Australia v India, CB Series, Melbourne February 5, 2012

Wade sets up 65-run win for Australia

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Australia 5 for 216 (Wade 67, D Hussey 61*, Vinay Kumar 3-21) beat India 151 (Kohli 31, McKay 4-20) by 65 runs by D/L method
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Australia's mix of youth and experience worked to great effect at the MCG, where the debutant Matthew Wade scored an impressive half-century to set up a 65-run victory over India. The selectors had consciously chosen a squad that blended fresh faces with veterans and while Wade top-scored, David Hussey's brisk fifty, a fast 45 from Michael Hussey and a pair of blinding catches from Ricky Ponting were key factors in the win.

The rain-affected clash was reduced to 32 overs a side. Australia pushed their score up to 5 for 216 after a shaky start and the total remained unchanged under Duckworth-Lewis, but it was the sort of target India should have felt was achievable. But two early wickets to Mitchell Starc, followed by a pair of strikes in Clint McKay's first over left India expecting too much of MS Dhoni and the lower order.

In the end, India were dismissed for 151 in the 30th over in the first match of the Commonwealth Bank Series. The last wicket came when Praveen Kumar pulled to long-on to give McKay figures of 4 for 20 after he also had Ravindra Jadeja caught in the deep. Xavier Doherty had picked up Rahul Sharma and Dhoni, who holed out to long-off for 29.

But the highlight in the late stages was Daniel Christian's run-out of R Ashwin, his sliding work in the deep followed by a well-directed throw as the batsmen attempted a third. It was an indication of they way Australia outfielded India, who gave away overthrows and lacked the sharpness they displayed in Friday's T20. It also continued a good debut for Christian, who had also had Suresh Raina caught for 4.

Things didn't start well for India, who had rested Virender Sehwag. In the second over of the chase Sachin Tendulkar, on 2, chased a ball angled across him from Starc and drove in the direction of point, where Ponting dived low and to his right to take a wonderful catch. Starc added a second wicket in his next over when Gautam Gambhir, surprised by extra bounce, edged behind for 5.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma combined for a 51-run stand that featured some classy shots, including a drive from Rohit off Ryan Harris that nearly cleared the cover boundary. But McKay's twin strikes ended any realistic hope India had. He had Kohli for 31, another super catch from Ponting at point as a fierce cut flew straight towards his face, and Rohit (21) edged behind two balls later.

From there, it was all Australia. It didn't look like being that way when they trudged off in the rain at 2 for 35 after 11 overs, having been sent in by Dhoni. Despite a few false starts from the groundstaff trying to remove the covers it turned into a long delay as the showers kept returning. And the rain came at the wrong time for Australia, after Wade had just launched Praveen over long-on for six and then cut him for four more.

Although it took Wade a little while to get set again after the resumption, he soon found his touch and showed he is comfortable at this level. Brad Haddin has been rested for the first three games but it would take a brave selection panel to dump Wade later in the series. He brought up his half-century with a short single dropped into the leg side off his 55th delivery and eventually played on when he tried to pull Rahul's quicker legspinner.

His 67 left him sixth on the list of highest scores by an Australian ODI debutant, behind Phil Jaques, Shaun Marsh, Kepler Wessels, Mark Cosgrove and Michael Slater. And his 73-run stand with Michael Hussey came at better than eight an over, the latter the aggressor having been promoted to No.5. Michael Hussey was in fine touch, sweeping boundaries both square and fine, and he raced to 45 from 32 balls before he pulled Vinay Kumar to deep square leg.

Fortunately for Australia, David Hussey scored even quicker than his brother, a pulled six off R Ashwin and a searing drive through extra cover for four off Vinay among his highlights. He also helped Australia take 19 off the final over as confusion spread on the field; the rain delay meant only two bowlers could bowl seven overs, and Rahul began the over without the umpires realising that he would be the third.

He was allowed to bowl two balls before the mistake was noticed, and Jadeja continued the over to poor effect for India. David Hussey brought up his half-century from his 28th delivery with a six over midwicket off Jadeja, and struck another six from the final ball, a free-hit thanks to Jadeja's no-ball from the previous delivery. David Hussey finished on 61 from 30 balls and Christian was on 17.

It was a strong finish from Australia after their shaky start. A day after he was bought for $1 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL auction, Vinay showed his limited-overs talent by getting rid of David Warner and Ponting early. Warner had been tied down and he tried to thump Vinay out of the ground, but the angle from around the wicket allowed the ball to sneak in through the gate to bowl Warner for 6 from 14 balls.

Vinay followed up with Ponting who was caught at cover trying to crunch a drive through the gap for 2 from 12 deliveries. After the rain delay the Australians soon lost Michael Clarke, who skied a catch to deep midwicket off the bowling of Rohit for 10 from 21, and at that stage India were in charge with Australia at 3 for 49.

But through their mix of youth - Wade, Christian, Starc - and experience - the Hussey brothers and Ponting - Australia regained control. John Inverarity's panel could hardly have hoped for better.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on February 8, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    INDIA WILL LOSE EVERY THING IN AUSTRALIA THEY CAN BEAT S LANKA

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    @platinum: unfortuntely the fake ipl player took 3 wickets with an economy of 3.00 in a match where bowlers were hammered all over

  • TheBrilliant on February 7, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    We got to accept the fact that most of our Indian players are out of form. In form players + Positive attitude won us the world cup and they even lost the positive attitude now. We can clearly see them battery less when the opponent put up a good partnership or bowling over the right line; it can be a test, ODI or T20. Continued loses, rankings downhill, criticisms making them even more worse. Better coach, confidence, positive attitude and better practice will bring back what all have been lost. It's waste of our time shouting in these blogs unless our players realize their mistakes and work on it. In case if the players we suggest do the same mistake and we continue losing the games? Look at the history and get satisfied... Time will change and we will see those glorious days again...

  • on February 7, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    get bhajji back!! he is a aggressive player and can match Australia's toughness. he is also better than ashwin and has experience.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Why is Dhoni playing 3 spinners in Australia? He needs to play 3 pacers and 2 spinners. He can get extra spin from part timers. Please play Pathan, Vinay and Praveen, if Zaheer is unavailable.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    India fell short in batting as well as bowling. Replace Gambhir, Tendulkar and Raina with Sehwag, Manoj Tiwary and Irfan Pathan. Gambhir can't play the short ball, Tendulkar is a spent force - he has nothing left to give - don't understand why he is still playing. We have been giving chances to Raina for the past 5 years. It's time to groom Manoj Tiwary. He was in excellent form in the recently concluded Ranji Trophy.

  • Meety on February 7, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @Okakaboka on (February 06 2012, 05:22 AM GMT) - don't agree that "Haddin has always been a hack" - he was the perfect man to step into the post-Gilly shoes or gloves! Just on Wade, the keeping to spinners query was only because I haven't seen much of him. I don't think Wade needs to be compared to Gilly just yet, though I could see him become statistically superior in averages, if he can get 3/4 of the way to Gilly's achievements he'll be huge!

  • TheTrueSport on February 6, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    When touring Australia, India should have at least 3 fast/medium-fast bowlers in the playing 11, and Harbhajan Singh should be included at least as a reserve. He has had success there, isn't close to retiring like Laxman, and can offer advice and tips to the new bowlers. The ODI playing 11 in Australia should be: Tendulkar, Kohli, Gambhir, Sehwag, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Khan, and Aaron. Aaron because you need someone with genuine pace. A replacement for Yuvraj is Rohit Sharma.

  • on February 6, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    well the D/L dint do any good to india cause they would obviously feel a bit pressure chasing 215 in 35 odd overs.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 6, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I have to say that India have the players to become good again. Trouble is WHO is in the squad. Look at Pakistan, they have legends in the making like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal who are being guided by in form seniors like Younis Khan and Misbah ul-haq. India cannot become successful with Vinay Kumar who is a "fake" IPL bowler. The Indian squad should be infused with players like Manoj Tiwary. Raina is a tried and failed batsman. The squad should be 1.) Ghambir 2.) Sehwag 3.) Kohli 4.) Tendulkar 5.) Tiwary 6.) Rohit Sharma 7.) Dhoni 8.) Jadeja 9.) I.Pathan 10.) Zaheer 11.) Umesh Yadav This squad is good as the young middle order has seniors to help the youngesters to progress and the seniors themselves, to make runs. This pace attack is great as you have Yadav being supported by Zaheer and Pathan. Jadeja is also a good genuine allrounder.

  • on February 8, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    INDIA WILL LOSE EVERY THING IN AUSTRALIA THEY CAN BEAT S LANKA

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    @platinum: unfortuntely the fake ipl player took 3 wickets with an economy of 3.00 in a match where bowlers were hammered all over

  • TheBrilliant on February 7, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    We got to accept the fact that most of our Indian players are out of form. In form players + Positive attitude won us the world cup and they even lost the positive attitude now. We can clearly see them battery less when the opponent put up a good partnership or bowling over the right line; it can be a test, ODI or T20. Continued loses, rankings downhill, criticisms making them even more worse. Better coach, confidence, positive attitude and better practice will bring back what all have been lost. It's waste of our time shouting in these blogs unless our players realize their mistakes and work on it. In case if the players we suggest do the same mistake and we continue losing the games? Look at the history and get satisfied... Time will change and we will see those glorious days again...

  • on February 7, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    get bhajji back!! he is a aggressive player and can match Australia's toughness. he is also better than ashwin and has experience.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Why is Dhoni playing 3 spinners in Australia? He needs to play 3 pacers and 2 spinners. He can get extra spin from part timers. Please play Pathan, Vinay and Praveen, if Zaheer is unavailable.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    India fell short in batting as well as bowling. Replace Gambhir, Tendulkar and Raina with Sehwag, Manoj Tiwary and Irfan Pathan. Gambhir can't play the short ball, Tendulkar is a spent force - he has nothing left to give - don't understand why he is still playing. We have been giving chances to Raina for the past 5 years. It's time to groom Manoj Tiwary. He was in excellent form in the recently concluded Ranji Trophy.

  • Meety on February 7, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @Okakaboka on (February 06 2012, 05:22 AM GMT) - don't agree that "Haddin has always been a hack" - he was the perfect man to step into the post-Gilly shoes or gloves! Just on Wade, the keeping to spinners query was only because I haven't seen much of him. I don't think Wade needs to be compared to Gilly just yet, though I could see him become statistically superior in averages, if he can get 3/4 of the way to Gilly's achievements he'll be huge!

  • TheTrueSport on February 6, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    When touring Australia, India should have at least 3 fast/medium-fast bowlers in the playing 11, and Harbhajan Singh should be included at least as a reserve. He has had success there, isn't close to retiring like Laxman, and can offer advice and tips to the new bowlers. The ODI playing 11 in Australia should be: Tendulkar, Kohli, Gambhir, Sehwag, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Khan, and Aaron. Aaron because you need someone with genuine pace. A replacement for Yuvraj is Rohit Sharma.

  • on February 6, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    well the D/L dint do any good to india cause they would obviously feel a bit pressure chasing 215 in 35 odd overs.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 6, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I have to say that India have the players to become good again. Trouble is WHO is in the squad. Look at Pakistan, they have legends in the making like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal who are being guided by in form seniors like Younis Khan and Misbah ul-haq. India cannot become successful with Vinay Kumar who is a "fake" IPL bowler. The Indian squad should be infused with players like Manoj Tiwary. Raina is a tried and failed batsman. The squad should be 1.) Ghambir 2.) Sehwag 3.) Kohli 4.) Tendulkar 5.) Tiwary 6.) Rohit Sharma 7.) Dhoni 8.) Jadeja 9.) I.Pathan 10.) Zaheer 11.) Umesh Yadav This squad is good as the young middle order has seniors to help the youngesters to progress and the seniors themselves, to make runs. This pace attack is great as you have Yadav being supported by Zaheer and Pathan. Jadeja is also a good genuine allrounder.

  • Universalthinker on February 6, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Why Dhoni is playing with 3 spinners, as if that is not enough he is using parttime spinners Rohit, Raina too. Is this strategy? that too in Australia? He is not even thinking like a gully captain..Selectors need to drop him. Why he is giving chances to Ashwin (who is a lazy fellow)Take Irfan & Umesh in team. Viru got double in last ODI aginst WI. All players seem to be in touch Virat-leading ODI scorer, Rohit-two man of the series winner recently,Sehwag-got a double. If anybody needs to be out of team that is Dhoni himself, he didn't do anything great in anyformat recently

  • mohanan on February 6, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Team India misses Yuvraj badly!

  • csowmi7 on February 6, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    A billion cricket crazy fans certainly deserve better than this. Enough is enough. This Indian team is certainly capable of much better performances and need to work on their shot selection. Tendulkar. kohli, dhoni, raina and jadeja got out to poor shots not great bowling. But that is not to say Australia did not bowl well. They bowled in the right channel and were certainly far better than the listless Indian spinners.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    dhoni si playing politics by not including pathan in the team ,irfan is in foam and he deserve a position in the team ,he is far better than jadeja ,the team is not wiinning any ways ,give him a chance,if he is playing in the evelven , he is an asset to batting bowling and feilding,who ever put the final eleven here they put irfan pathan there....so its time to think for dhoni honestly for sake of our indian team and please include sehwag...you cannot ignore his talent ....last one day match he scored 200 and the next odi he is not in eleven ...mr dhoni.....please for god sake ...change your strartergy ..........

  • sharkwolf on February 6, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma is the better option and Raina may be his deputy... both can transform thier attitude according to the available situation

  • jitesh24 on February 6, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    I think there is no need of 3 spinners in the team , I am very surprised where is Zaheer Khan , he should be there in place of Rahul Sharma or Ashwin and Irfan Pathan should also given chance.

  • cricketlover_crazy on February 6, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    wish every Indian for the sake of Indian cricket to get back to its glory days, we will boycott IPL 2012, we will not watch any matches played either on Tele or stadium, this shuld have severe dent on BCCI finance and we should teach them the lesson. As we spectators wish to watch team India perform internationally rather than this franchise cricket.

  • ArivGovind on February 6, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @sathishvaiju - In that case sehwag is the one man army. but everyone has to play for the country, they should not think about captain whom they are played under but should give 100% effort with honest and unity.if sehwag play this one day series well means he can capture the test captaincy but he wastes his talent.

  • on February 6, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    A big SHMAE...for a team boasting of a world class line up. In test matche sthey played like T20 and in ODI they are playing like test match. Couldn't score a single boundary for consecutive 12 overs in a rain curtailed 32 over match.....resting Sehwag and Irfan Pathan.........this was on cards with everybody enjoying with their families and getting big boom in IPL auction.....Country stands nowhere.............

  • on February 6, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Contrary to the general belief until recently, that Dhoni is the best captain India has ever had, let me say that Dhoni was successful earlier because the then India team played outstanding cricket till the World Cup of 2011. When the seniors' performance declined, Dhoni got exposed as a poor Captain. His main weaknesses are his reluctance to change, conservative team selection, his lack of confidence in youngsters and preference of senior players even when they do not perform. Very defensive in approach and over reliance on past reputation of senior players have led to below average performance of his team in both England and Australia. What baffles me as to why he selects and has a fascination for a medium pacer like Vinay Kumar who got exposed as a very poor bowler in Perth. In England he did the same thing by not playing Varun Aaron, a genuine fast bowler and now he prefers Vinay Kumar to Umesh Yadav. I am sorry to say that Dhoni has no strategy or vision for Indian Cricket

  • on February 6, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    i feel india played with too many spinners in 1st ODI vs australia, and droping sehwag for team11 was Wrong decision made by M.S.Dhoni............i think atleast with Srilanka our mr.cool should do commit mistake .......i think this should be playing 11 vs srilanka 1)V.Sehwag 2)S.R.Tendulkar 3)G.Gambhir 4)V.Kohli 5)R.G.Sharma/S.Raina 6)M.S.Dhoni 7)I.Pathan 8)R.jadeja/R.Ashwin 9)R.Sharma 10)V.Kumar 11)P.Kumar

  • sathishvaiju on February 6, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @kosakshipasapugazh - Ya may be at this time your words are right but sehwag's quick 40 - 50 runs of 20 balls we always need my friend - am i right?

  • SLfan on February 6, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @ kosakshipasapugazh - What Kholi has is not the agression but the arrogance. Putting Kholi as the captain will not solve problems at all. First of all captain should be able to control his emotions, otherwise how can he respond to tense situations...In that sense, Dhoni is well ahead of Kholi. Other option for the captaincy is Gambhir who will be a great leader as well. But he also has the same problem as Kholi.

  • ArivGovind on February 6, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @sathishvaiju - These days sehwag is not playing up to his mark. becasue of the rift with dhoni he is playing casually. that's not right. that's why we have to sack these two players and put kholi as a captain. he has the aggression. future india will be safe.

  • on February 6, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    An old saying : "If u beat somebody in the previous birth, it comes back to u in the next birth"!! In Cricket the scene has just gone like this in 2 continuous occasions. How ?

    Scene 1 : Go back to 2011, India / WI series India won, then immediate series with England, India lost 4-0 and till the end of the series they kept losing !!

    Scene 2 : 2011-12 India / WI series India wins , then immediate series with Australia , India lost 4-0 and are on the process of losing further !!

    So it seems West Indies is the hurt one in the previous birth, and India gets hurt in the next birth !!

  • on February 6, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan Waiting for BAJAJ infused F1 technology. WROOooooooooom!

  • sathishvaiju on February 6, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    @kosakshipasapugazh - Wat Sehwag did? he is not a politician like the captain cool. Dropping Dhoni is the solution for everything.

  • zenboomerang on February 6, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    @Okakaboka... Agree on your assessment of Wade - most whinging about his keeping goes to 1 BBL match & 1 ball... Even Kerry O'Keefe repeats this when defending Haddin - hasn't Haddin ever made 1 mistake?... lol... Yeah & Wade keeps better than Gilly at the same age & his FC runs are just 4 lower than Gillies(for his whole career)... Wade is also getting used to all these new bowlers + the pressure of his 1st ODI... Looks the goods to me & time is on his side... Not sure about Hartley(averages 31) & nearly 30y.o. Wade(av40) & just turned 24y.o. Peter Neville(av49) & 26y.o. - we are in a rebuilding phase & need to look for the next 5-10 years...

  • KK_Cricket on February 6, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    I agree with many people here but can't the Captain/Coach see it? Ashwin or Jadeja, either of them should play.. not both.. And Irfan and Zaheer/Umesh should be in...

  • KK_Cricket on February 6, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Guys.. I know its the first match but how can the bowling be so woeful and how as a captain can Dhoni be hiding and making statements as we bowled too many loose balls..? Till when will this favoritism continue? Raina cannot play short ball, Ashwin is woefully out of form.. even a part timer would have done better job then him on Sunday.. Opposition was 49/3 and we could not restrict them to 160-170? Give me a break.. Lets face it, Harbhajan is much better bowler in pressure then Ashwin.. Get Bhajji back, play Irfan/Jadeja based on the turf.. dont blindly play 3 spinners and treat Australia as sub continent..Dont make your fans so ashamed by playing like a minnow.. play and attack as world champions... prove that it was NOT A FLUKE guys...

  • satish619chandar on February 6, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 : Harris, McKay and Starc were in frame long before Pattinson, Cummins.. I guess you ll never get a easy fast bowler from Australia.. Pick anyone in domestic circuit.. All ll take wickets and win matches.. it is happening ever since i started watching cricket.. Having a strong domestic circuit always helps..

  • theswami on February 6, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Team for next match: Rohit, Kohli - openers, Tiwary, Dhoni, Sehwag, I.Pathan, R.Ashwin, Rahul, Praveen, Zaheer, Vinay.

    4 batsmen, 1 wk, 2 all-rounders, 4 bowlers

  • on February 6, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    OMG!! I dont understand why ppl always spk like this..!! its yet the first match. They will surely come bak hard.. Its just the matter of tym..! There isnt a proper balance in the team ryt now.and once they r settled they will surely keep winnin like before

  • csowmi7 on February 6, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Indian's made an absolutely terrible tactical blunder. Two spin options is often a hassle in aussie conditions. now we want a third. Even in India i've seen dhoni play 3 fast bowlers for stability. Jadeja/Ashwin needs to be rested for a couple of games and irfan pathan should be given a go. That way we have 3 fast bowlers and 2 spin options

  • ArivGovind on February 6, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    dropping dhoni and sehwag from the team is remedy for all problem. Is this the Indian team or their team who gave rights to these two men. Its very ridiculous, dont make indian cricket viewer's a fool.

  • crindex on February 6, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Very surprised to see a few things in the 1st ODI:

    1. Sehwag not playing and his replace met Rohit Sharma not playing at all. 2. Poor fielding on the field by Indians from the start. 3. Dhoni and Jadeja not making the most of Batting Powerplay. It looked Poorplay and not Powerplay from them. May be the fround is bigger. We have similar grounds in India too - Nagpur, Hyderabad for example. 4. Ashwin bowling poorly. What has happened to this young man? Wins and losses are part of the game but one should not lose the zest for winning.... 5. Suresh Raina has not learnt to play the short ball at all.... how many more chances he needs? 6. Where is Duncan Fletcher? Is he hiding from the cameras? What's his strategy ?

  • Scube on February 6, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    What a multi-million performance from RJ! Just 41 runs off 2.4 overs! If only he had bowled the full IPL quota of 4 overs, he could have created a new record giving away 70 - 80 runs! Can he please take along his fellow superstars, Raina, Dhoni & Ashwin and get into a boot camp for couple of months to prepare for the IPL in Seaming & Swinging conditions in Chennai!

  • on February 6, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    India should drop this player or bring that player and everything will be fine... no one is concerned with the real problem and that is the ATTITUDE of the Indian players... they couldnt care less about the losses... their attitude is SO WHAT if we lost some games... its not a big deal... and if you dont like it its your problem not ours... support your team through thick and thin, they say... but in order to get support one has to show some humility... defiance doesnt earn you respect and support... my humble suggestion is to not allow THESE players to play in the IPL... if they cant perform for their country they dont deserve to make money playing in the IPL... let them sit in the corner and think about what they are doing to their country...

  • sarathy_m2 on February 6, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    They can only play 20-20. Pity, cant even play 30-30 now.

    How can they manage 50-50, and 5 days ?!!!

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 6, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    LOL. I did not even know that First ODI was played on sunday. Only checking cricinfo now and then.Sure many people are loosing interest in Cricket. When is F1 starting?

  • DINESHCC on February 6, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Naresh28: It is only the first game. India missed Yuvraj. We have been seeing these type of comments since England tour. When India whitewashed in England there were many comments that India missed Zaheer Khan, Umesh, Sehwag (for the first two tests) were not there and many players were injured. When India fielded its full stregnth against Oz, what happened? Please accept the fact. This team does not have the potential to win a overseas test / odi / T-20 as long as Dhoni is the captain, Fletcher is the coach, Shivlal Yadav is the Manager and the continuance of present selection committee includng Mr.Srikkanth.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 6, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Wow. In 10 overs, Australia was 25/2. 25 for 2!!!! When it started raining and it turned into a 32 over match, Australia CLEARLY was at a disadvantage. A HUGE disadvantage. But they demolished the Indian bowling attack getting 194 runs in the next 22 overs at a run rate of 8.8. Then bowled India out for 151. Whats up with the man of matches performances in Australia? Surely David Hussey should have been man of the match? The Aussies really mess up on this, especially last time when they gave the Man of match to Warner instead of Bracewell

  • truthhh on February 6, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    I AM NOT AN INDIAN,but i can say what's the reason behind this indian failure playing at abrod.*-actually indian has&had good batting lineup than othercountries,but thier blowing attack is very weak since the time that cricket playing has been started.one main reason for that is india having slow pitches&not good for attacking fast blowers,those pitches are only good for batsman.so what would be the final result?not like an indian team,that other all counties have good blowing side,but other counties batting lines are not superior like indian batting line,so whenever foringers come to indian,they gonna fail,not because of that they are weak,but they cannot implement their blowing attck in indian,because of dull pitches,specially fast blowin seem to be useless in indian.so indian selectors may think we donot need good fast blowers..so indians have t suffer a lot whenever they go to aboard without having good fast blowers,on the same other all teams having good blance team*

  • oceans287 on February 6, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    IAM AN INDIAN BUT A HARDCORE AUSSIE FAN ...... PLZ TEAM INDIA NEXT TIME DO INCLUDE IRFAN OR WHOEVER THEY SAY IN THE COMMENTS BELOW AND YA TEAM AUSSIES THRASH THEM WHOEVER THEY INCLUDE ..... EACH NAD EVERY TIME RIGHT FROM THE BEGGINING OF AWAY SERIES THEY KEEP ON FINDING SOME REASONS NAD FAULTS ...... THEY DONT ACTUALLY REALISE WHATS THE EXACT PROBLEM

  • ravi-1967 on February 6, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Aswhin has to be dropped and Zaheer needs to come in. As rightly said by many Ashwin looks jaded and he is predictable which does not help.

    Sehwag should be dropped for the series and the remaining should be persisted with for the entire series keepin in mind the next world cup to be played in Aus.

  • Okakaboka on February 6, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    @Meety...Yeah...um..Been watching Wade's keeping for a couple of years. He seems to be a fast learner. I still think he keeps better to spinners than Haddin now! Certainly, he is superior to the quicks. He will get the gloves to balls that Haddin will allow to sail merrily by on the way to the boundary. He keeps really well to McDonald so just give him a couple of games to get used to new faces. At the same stage, I think Wade is a slightly better keeper than Gilchrist.....Remember, he is only 24. One thing is for sure, as you said, his batting has been excellent. I suggested Wade should go to the West Indies with either Neville, Ronchi or Hartley.......not Haddin. So we agree on that one. As far as keeping goes, Haddin has ALWAYS been a Hack. Now, he has no idea how to bat either!

  • Itchy on February 6, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    @mamboman: Nope England 2006/07

  • streetblader on February 6, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Why does Dhoni make it a point to mention"YOUNGSTERS" at the end of every match..? What good are these bunch of so called "YOUNGSTERS" doing for him...? Losing by 60 odd runs in a 30 over match reeks of some dismal cricket!! Does he realize that he has been getting all these laurels and now eating off of the hard work done by the seniors before him...?

  • dunger.bob on February 6, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    One thing that everybody seems to be forgetting is that Australia IS the no 1 ranked ODI side. By quite a big margin actually. .... have been for a long time as far as I can tell. .. India is mid table , so, by rights Australia should win most of these matches in Australia. ... Sri Lanka should be a handful for India as well I reckon..

  • syedmkr on February 6, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    Too many spinners in the team. Aussies were struggled against spin in 2nd T20 but they outsmart against spin which cost India. Obviously India need a swing bowler in Irfan/Zaheer. Moreover the Indians never correct their problems of: outside offstump deliveries, short-balls like the Aussies who corrected their spin and posted 216 runs in which 181 runs from 21 runs; HUGE LETDOWN BY SPINNERS!

  • dunger.bob on February 6, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    @ always_an_indian : Aussies were lucky were they. Wade had just creamed a 6 & a 4 the over b4 the big wet. He came back on and played brilliantly, despite the long loong break. Some would argue that maybe India were lucky Wade didn't have time to really build an innings. ... to change the subject and sorry if this has been said before but... did anyone notice how well some of the Indians played in that T20 the other day. Right b4 the IPL auction wasn't it ?

  • on February 6, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    Hey Guys wait untill indians meet SL. this is best time for the world cup revenge pay back from ralast world cup final. I am prettty sure the way they beat SA the last 2 matches in SA. I hope SL will trash India big time.

  • on February 6, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Another poor performance as Usually BANGLADESHI players are lot better than theses guy's...

  • akbombay on February 6, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Any Indian, who loves cricket will hit peak frustration and anger, viewing the recent performance of India in Australian tour. The only word best describing the situation would be "pathetic". Always acceptable when we fight and loose, but this is clear nonsense. It's clearly understood from body language of players, that players have no discipline or commitment to the game. Whether they play or not; win or loose; they get their money. Earlier, cricket used to be passion for all players; but now its only for money, fame and luxurious living. We ourselves are to blame; not just players. IPL is one of the reason; has to be banned for a while; players get a fortune from this entertainment game.

    Match fee not to be paid to players, if they loose. At least, we can hope this can drive them to some extent to play for country Or we just have to quit following cricket

  • SLfan on February 6, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    @ puneet_usa - Yes mate, have a secret recipe for you guys.... That is, just respect the other teams and don't bad mouth them, also ask your players not to be arrogant but to be attacking, always don't put up thousands of excuses when you lose but be humble to give the credit to the opposition...That's the recipe and results will follow. Good luck for team India for rest of the matches !

  • IJustLoveCricket on February 6, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Am I the only one who's noticing dhonis pathetic wicket keeping? He just can't collect the ball properly and can't take catches and can't effect runouts.

  • dms1972 on February 5, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @Karthik Thirunavukkarasu Panangondar, bad luck????? You have got to be joking! Bad, yes, but luck has had nothing to do with India's recent results.

  • whyowhy on February 5, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    India have to rest the 2 million dollar man, so that he is fresh for the IPL or maybe the Kings might reconsider the purchase. If this guy is worth 2 million for his fielding alone, there are a couple of south africans and who might be worth 5 million each as they can also bat and bowl...........

  • Naresh28 on February 5, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    @INDIAN FANS - its only the first game. Dont give up. India will miss YUVI who helped India win the world cup. It was no fluke as some are saying here. All teams were there at the WC. We also had subcontinent teams there anyone could have taken it. India were the hungrier of all teams to lift it.

  • Meety on February 5, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Always felt that Haddin was the best option in the post-Gilly era, & am sure when people look back on it, they'll agree. Given nobody has really came close to filling the post-Warne void, & it has taken years to match up to the post-McGrath era, Haddin had massive shoes to fill as Gilly was probably the most influential cricketer in test history. I think Haddin deserves a lot of kudos for the great work he has done. That being said, it is clear that his time has come. Wade has grabbed his opportunities & run with it! Top shelf stuff. The only thing I am not 100% sure on atm, is his keeping up to the stumps v spinners, or medium pacers. Wade has been a revelation. The selectors need to take note, outstanding performances in our domestic comp, do mean something. I think even if the selectors want to take Haddin to the WIndies, Wade should play as a batsmen at the very least. However, I think the 2 keepers to the WIndies should not include Haddin. Thanks for the service!

  • yourpanacea on February 5, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    I was wondering why cricinfo never mention the bowling speeds of vinay kumar ?.... even in second t20 every other bowler's speed was mentioned except that of vinay kumar.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 5, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Totally agree with @Dravid_Gravitas. Sachin has becoming a laughing stock now. FOR THE SAKE OF INDIAN CRICKET, PLEASE DROP SRT FROM ALL FORMATS. He was a great batsman 10 years ago. Now he is a shadow of himself.

  • on February 5, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @ Naseem, Are you sure Irfan can do all that? Because team managment may be watching him in the nets and may be convinced he is not doing fine and should not be included in the 11.

  • gpm86 on February 5, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    @Dinesh K Singh - of course he will make it one day. He gets to go home soon and play on dead pitches. Then there is always the games against bangladesh.

  • da_team on February 5, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    @Dinesh K. Singh, im with you on that 1. Im a die hard Aussie FAN that dosnt respect any other team in the WORLD but what i do do is respect Individual players from teams and Dhoni deserves respect as a cricketer and a person hes a great Captain and it wont be long till India aare back thank god not in Aussie though lol. I think the team should be blamed and Indias selectors not Dhoni hes doing everything he can the team as individuals arnt performing.

  • only_sehwag on February 5, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    how come nobody is blaming VVS for this defeat? he is the designated fall guy !!

  • AvidCricFan on February 5, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Even with changes things may not improve. Most of us understand that. However, the inaction on right changes after repeated failures is what is frustrating the fans. Even Tiwary or Irfan Pathan may not perform. At least, it would be accepted by fans as earnest attempts to shake things up. Many here are rooting for Shewag. What has he done in the past two years when playing outside of subcontinent? He shoud be benched for the rest of ODIs with few other non-performers like our cricketing God.

  • on February 5, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Very upset of Sachin Performance. I wish Sachin would play for another 5 years at least. However, the way he is playing last 6 innings and his recent form i got doubt on his ability. He doesn't look like a master. He simply looks like a normal and very ordinary batsman. If he continue to play like this, he will lost the respect all of his millions fan. I can only say, wake up and prove your value. But i strongly believe this time it is very difficult for him to come back from poor form and prove himself. I pray from my heart that my belief is wrong

  • on February 5, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    why u carrying irfan pathan.he can swing the ball as well as can use good shot in batting also

  • on February 5, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    I think Team India should do tow things. 1. Play Rohit Sharma in all games no matter how many runs he will make. He is a class act. He is an immensly talented player and given the ample chances one day he will make a century and may win one or two matches. So Rohit sharma should be in the 11 for 100 matches conitnuously to show his talent. He is not like Australias wade who scored a half century on debut. Rohit must be given a lot of chances. only 60+ ODI is not enough. That will also satisfy a lot of Indian fans. In case of team losing they can blame some one like Ashwin or Dhoni.

    2. Keep playing Tendulkar till he drops dead on the pitch. He is the God of cricket and will make his 100th century to give India something to cheer about for long time. It should not matter if he takes another 5 years to score that century or India loses all her matches. What matters is that we should respect him and let him make his century. I gaurantee he will make one day.

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 5, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Most runs Player Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 0 4s 6

    Tendulkar 9 482 120 53.55 91.98 2 2 0 52 8

    GUYS WHO CRITICIZING SACHIN THIS HIS WORLD CUP 2011 SCORE, REMEMBER HE DID NOT PLAY ANY ONDAYS SINCE THEN, he wll play his role soon mates

  • on February 5, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Cricket is a strange game and its Indian fans stranger. NOT long ago Dhoni was blamed for favoring his friends IRFAN Pathan and RP Singh, when he gave Irfan and RP enough chances to prove themselves. Unfortunately both were dropped from the team. Now fans are blaming Dhoni for not selecting Irfan in playing eleven. One can only guess if (God forbid) Irfan flops, they will again criticise Dhoni for including him in the eleven and leaving out another player.

  • mamboman on February 5, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Alright. Let;s address the elephant in the room. The Indian team - Is this or is this not the worst touring team to Australia in 20 years?

  • on February 5, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    The thing is not about his recent performances ... the thing is to find the right balance .... We need some bowlers who can bowl at greater speeds while travelling

  • rajachandra on February 5, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    @only_sehwag : Good one !

  • on February 5, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    This stupid planning from the board of cricketers in India, coaches, selections, training all are absolutely stupid. Name one Indian who looks comparably fit as an Australian. Whenever we find someone who is as fit we don't give them the chance to excel. All Indians people who are in the board & Selection committee needs a boot up the u know wat now. Get them out and get players who has that sense of aggression and planning. India looks like bunch of 10yr old princesses playing.

  • on February 5, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Why india did not bring Irfan into the team..its too bad and what happened to zaheer?????

  • stari09 on February 5, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Status Quo resumed in Australia.....

  • Mohd123 on February 5, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    I WANT DHONI TO OPEN THE INNINGS AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. I HAVE SEEN HIM MOST OF THE TIME HE HIMSELF PROMOTE IF HE FEELS INDIA IS GOING TO WIN AND TAKES THE CREDIT. IF INDIAN IS GOING TO LOSE HE DOESNT PROMOTE HIMSELF UP THE ORDER. HE IS MEAN GUY. SHEHWAG SHOULD COME IN THE MIDDLE ORDER AS WE DO NOT HAVE NOW YUVARAJ SINGH. SACHIN SHOULD NOT PLAY INSTEAD MANOJ TIWARY IS BEST OPTION. ASHWIN CAN BE REPLACED WITH IRFAN PATHAN. MAKE OPTION BETWEEN SACHIN AND RAINA BOTH ARE WASTE PRODUCT. IF YOU HAVE ANY ONE BETTER THAN THESE 2 PLEASE INCLUDE THEM.

  • on February 5, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Ansar, have you forgotten that Sachin is the top run-getter for India in the recent World Cup,he's playing 1st game here. If Sachin doesn't even score around 300 runs in this Triangular series I am quite sure he'll quit. Why don't you change? It's like protecting the cows till it gives milk, the moment it stops giving milk you send them to the butcher-shop, is it ansar? You always criticize players regardless of their individual experience didn't perform well in 1 or 2 series they should be dropped. Remember the same Sachin only took India to a Sharjah Cup win during 1998, again the Indepence Cup in 1997 held in Dhaka, all the home-series with sledging Australians, Champions trophy in SriLanka when Tendulkar-Ganguly created a record 252 opening wkt in the final, during 2009 instrumental in beating Aussies 2-0 with a century & 94 in Carlton-United series & above all took single-handedly to the finals in 2003 World Cup in SA. & above all his 2 5wkts haul came against Aus. Shame on you.

  • on February 5, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Ahh Sorry.. Accidentally opened .. Is this cricinfo ?? A page i use to visit last march-april everyday . . . A page where-in i stayed all thru on april 2nd - 2011, kept reading all the articles over and over again.. I was reading abt a team that fought well.. A team which had the instinct, desire and determination to win.. I am now nt worried abt the loss, bt abt the lack of these characters that team had :( :( :(

  • MathewsAdelaide on February 5, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    This is the just beginning of triangular series, it is the time Indian team needs supports from everyone, whenever a rain washed 25/30 over matches,always there is chances for these sort of result. No team can plan anything in this situation properly, rain interrupted matches never favored India. INDIA HAD PERFECT START WITH 11 OVERS 2/25 FOR A FIFTY OVER MATCH,I FEEL WHEN THERE IS RAIN INTERRUPTION WHOLE MATCH MUST BE PLAYED AGAIN. HOWEVER LAST triangular series IN 2008 INDIA HAD 1 DRAW, TWO LOSSES , 1 WIN AGAINST AUSTRALIA THEN INDIA WON TWO CONSECUTIVE FINALS AGAINST THEM, no need to be panic now,if they are confident and get enough support they can make the same again. Any how I am more worried about YUVARAG status at present, we miss such a great cricketer in this series, specially in Adelaide ,INDIA desperately required him when they chase a score like today. lets us all pray for him to get well soon & play for India...

  • KBulldozers on February 5, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Vinay Kumar gave tight slap through his bowling whose who talk cheaply about his talent..

  • MINHAJAHMEDKHAN on February 5, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    FUNNY COMMENTS"The best Indian player is the one not playing" We all know what's going to happen when Irfan plays He is going to get spanked around like his mates.strange to see ashwin bowling like this. Short balls just begging to be hit. Strange how the same bowler was the leading wicket taker in the champions league in south africa. Despite being a quality bowler i feel ashwin is under too much pressure and overworked( the press conferences and flak). He deserves a break for at least 3-4 games so that india can fit in irfan & zaheer khan (it will be a test of comparison between irfan & zak,ks & msd will get the answer who is better(bowling.batting & fielding)rest raina or jadeja for irfan pathan.just to get 100th 100 tendulkar is forcing others to sit out so he gets it,sure he wont get it now onwards.IF MSD CAN BE BRAVE,FORGET ILL FEELING FOR IRFAN,PUT A PAT ON HIM,SEE HOW GOOD HE CAN BE FOR INDIAN TEAM,BEST OF LUCK IF IT GOES MY WAY OF THINKING.

  • Zulfi65 on February 5, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Irfan Pathan"'s continuous exclusion is mystery. Dhoni and the team management are doing the same mistake they did in selecting test match XI. it is going to be another worst one day tri series for India.

  • mohanan on February 5, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    @ansarR:The stats don't support your claim. Sachin made two centuries and two fifties in the 2011 world cup and didn't play an ODI after that until today. Don't be emotional after defeats. Think rationally and be respectful for what the senior players have done in the past.

  • khan-touch-em on February 5, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Just tuned in. Did not see the game, reading the score card Vinay Kumars figures are v good. There has been alot of Indians questioning his place in the starting eleven, what would those people say about his recent performances? If im not mistaken he also took a couple of wickets in the T20 match.

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been diagnosed with Cancer, Althought it's curable. You never know what the Almighty has planned. Wishing you a speedy recovery! Get well soon Yuvraj, Love Pakistan.

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    india will win this cb series bet with me ,dhoni never let us down ,dhoni is the best captain in world

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    well guys india back to normal

  • puneet_usa on February 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Guys- it's a really painful phase for Indian cricket... and yuvraj Singh diagnosed with cancer is a very depressing news... I really hope we start winning now, Indian cricket fans are missing the charm and vibe these men in blue use to create..Anyone got any secret recipes here or should we just start praying like we are doing for YUVRAJ SINGH'S SPEEDY RECOVERY

  • only_sehwag on February 5, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Rohit should be given more chances..maybe 200 ODIs and 100 Test matches...he has so much talent...so much more than Lax and Dravid...he will definitely come good one day..each youngstar should be given at least 10 years to prove themselves...ashwin will continue playing for India as long as he is part of the CSK team

  • VickGower on February 5, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Folks, let's face it. The best Indian player is the one not playing. We all know what's going to happen when Irfan plays. He is going to get spanked around like his mates, and then we will howl, why are Dravid and Laxman not in this ODI team?

  • csowmi7 on February 5, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    strange to see ashwin bowling like this. Short balls just begging to be hit. Strange how the same bowler was the leading wicket taker in the champions league in south africa. Despite being a quality bowler i feel ashwin is under too much pressure and overworked( the press conferences and flak). He deserves a break for at least 3-4 games so that india can fit in zaheer khan. even raina or jadeja needs to be rested for irfan pathan. And sad to see such a great cricketer of tendulkar's caliber batting like a mere shadow of himself.

  • AvidCricFan on February 5, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    BCCI needs to come up with a new format of matches when India play overseas - the fastest in loosing wickets in 100 runs!! May be team can compete in those games. BD and Zim should not be allowed in this competition.

  • cricketistheway on February 5, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Problem with India is the defensive mindset of selectors and captain. Australia have never come under pressure because of Dhoni's approach. They should have taken inspiration from NZ who levelled series only because they attacked the Australian batsmen.

  • only_sehwag on February 5, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    sehwag scored 219 in his last ODI and still got dropped ...wow !!!

  • on February 5, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    bad luck and rain follows India in oz too... hope they come good in remaining matches, bring in parthiv for gambhir and sehwag for sachin, yadav for ashwin.One spinner is enuf

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 5, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Get rid of Tendulkar and Ashwin - they can't bat, bowl or field. Replace them with Sehwag and Zaheer/Irfan. You need 3 pacers in Australia and you need your top batsmen to put some runs on the board. I was very impressed with Vinay Kumar's bowling. He was bowling with good pace (for an Indian bowler) and movement. Virat and Rohit need to hang around longer. They need to understand that they aren't kids anymore. We could use a fearless hitter like Yusuf Pathan. He took the fight to Steyn and Morkel in South Africa last year.

  • RAJARAGULAN on February 5, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    For me, went with vinay that was good option coz he has been good in windy condition that s why he has done well in melboune .. bt MCG is highly supportive to seamers especially for swing bwlrs…. Went with ashwin was not a gud decision … instead of ashwin india shuld hav played wit pathan since zak was not fit… perth wicket also similar to MCG so my 11 will be…. 1.viru, 2.sachin, 3.gambhir, 4.kohli, 5.rohit, 6. Raina, 7.dhoni, 8.i.pathan 9. Jadeja(or) ashwin(or) rahul Sharma 10. Zak (or) Yadav 11. P.kumar Important thng is vinay shuld not be opted 4 nxt game since perth wicket is not a windy supported track ..

  • on February 5, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Dhoni should have promoted himself to save team India, like he did in last 20-20 match and in world-cup

  • on February 5, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    We need Irfan Pathan in the line up. Why do we need Sachin? He can just concentrate on the Tests. We need some one like Pujara/ Badrinath in the 4th/ 5th down position. Gambhir should practice more or make way for Abhinav / Mukund. Vinay Kumar played this time but on any other day he will be hit all over the park. Any ways, all i can say, Good Luck India. Rohit, Raina has to pull their games else will risk their positions.

  • on February 5, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    @ansarR in 2008 IND won the cb series becoz of tendulkar he played 2 best inn in the finals of that series and won the match for india .... bro he was playing ODI after 10 months

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 5, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Tendulkar is a dead weight. Get rid of him otherwise Team India will sink with him. Arrange a series with Bangladesh or Zimbabwe so that he can score his meaningless 100th 100.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 5, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Given India's advantage where Australia had to restart in a now shortened game (why doesnt Duckworth Lewis adjust for that?) this was an almighty thrashing. 2 million dollars for Jadeja? Imagine how much he'd cost if he was any good. Sad to see Tendulkar stretching out trying to pick up the 100th by rolling the dice forever. Perhaps its time to schedule a home ODI against Zimbabwe on a 25 yd long wicket made of bitumen.

  • kunderanengineer on February 5, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    The difference between Aussie selectors and Indian selectors is that the former are willing to take chances with their youngsters and stick with them whereas the latter have an uncanny ability to discourage them at the first sign of failure. Case in point: England tour 2011, Mukund scores an unbeaten 113 in a tour match just before the 3rd test. His reward? He's dropped for the next 2 tests.Granted it was only a tour match but it was accomplished by a 20 yr old in English conditions and apart from Dravid and Kohli, that was the only century scored by an Indian in any match during that tour be it tour test ODI or T20. In the current series, an in- form Rohit Sharma was used for carrying drinks during the entire test series. I'm sure the same twisted logic, which only they understand, will be used to deny opportunities to Irfan and Manoj in the upcoming ODIs.There's no shame in losing with youngsters but there is shame in not using them Well done Indian selectors! Keep up the good work!

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 5, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Get rid of Tendulkar. He is done - can't bat or field. Ponting is miles ahead of Tendulkar. Sehawag or Rahane can bat better than Tendulkar. Ashwin is another mediocre cricketer. Please play Irfan or Zaheer. There's no point in playing 3 spinners in Australia. Vinay Kumar was the pick of Indian bowlers. Prince Yuvraj - we miss you.

  • RAJARAGULAN on February 5, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    For me, went with vinay that was good option coz he has been good in windy condition that s why he has done well in melboune .. bt MCG is highly supportive to seamers especially for swing bwlrs…. Went with ashwin was not a gud decision … instead of ashwin india shuld hav played wit pathan since zak was not fit… perth wicket also similar to MCG so my 11 will be…. 1.viru, 2.sachin, 3.gambhir, 4.kohli, 5.rohit, 6. Raina, 7.dhoni, 8.i.pathan 9. Jadeja(or) ashwin(or) rahul Sharma 10. Zak (or) Yadav 11. P.kumar

    Important thng is vinay shuld not be opted 4 nxt game since perth wicket is not a windy supported track

  • priceless1 on February 5, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @Ravinder Shah Viney Kumar bolwed 7 overs for just 21 runs and took 3 wickets ( while some others went for more than 9 runs per over).whats more do u expecting from him?

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Australian pitches are not much supportive to spinners..i was surprised to see Vinay kumar..he bowled very well, Praveen was handy too..but it was spinners who were SMASHED by Aussies...Dhoni should change the game plan and he should rely much more on fast bowlers instead of spinners, as these are not sub-continent pitches...i saw that the Aussies are not comfortable against Vinay and Praveen...

  • AidanFX on February 5, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Tendulka? Howd is he going at the moment?

  • rapidchase88 on February 5, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    I think Dhoni made some mistakes., 1) After winning toss, batting first is better in this pitch (but caz of rain., its ok) 2) After two yearly wickets, dhoni should have come up in the order, like in t20. Rohit play was not fluent and added pressure to kohli. 3) We are failing in the batting order in this siries, so why dont they select allrounders who can succeed either in batting or bowling. We should play JADEJA and IRFAN in all matches in CB series. 4) Raina & Rohit can have couple of overs to cover Rahul sharma so we can choose bowling alrounder. 5) After Kohli, Dhoni should come in., is in good form in t20s. 6) It looks like match is over with 5 wickets down, so we must need batting till the end atleast till 8th wicket. 7) Next match with srilanka is like must win to face Australia again, If Sehwag in, then both SHARMAS should go, one for SEHWAG other for IRFAN. 8) Finally, not an easy task., hope IRFAN get a chance with Lanka, he can be like CRISTIAN for INDIA, good luk IND.

  • DaDaL0G on February 5, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @sathishvaiju : i Heard that "Dhoni is the best captain of indian team" and i also heard him saying " i know how to win",from that day he has been punished in every series i guess except home Series.Dear it aint just captain india got several old sheeps in team like Sachin he is just looking to work out for his 100th century not looking to finish victorious and many other names, lets home india'd do better in future.

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    India have won be World Cup at home but Australia are rightfully ICC No 1 in ODI's. They can win at home or abroad and have shown that for a very long time.

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    anyone miss bhajji.irfan not playing as long as dhoni is captain.

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    I wonder if anyone would have paid 2 million for jadeja after his performance today!

  • Romenevans on February 5, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Warner gone, Punter gone...tied up Aussies...rain comes....rain goes...match restarts...Dhoni goes to his as usual T20 defensive mode...spreads the field to save runs...Backfires with easy 2's and 3's and BAM! Hussy brothers start smacking everywhere. Match over.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 5, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Sachin is supposed to play in important series for Team India and will 'rest' in unimportant series. He is becoming a laughing stock now. Let us know the perspective from which this is an important series for Team India. Is there anything like a World Cup 2012 in the next month? He is blatantly blocking a youngster who could have had many ODIs under his belt in Aussie conditions. Selfish to the core. Shame! Sachin should have been allowed to play ODIs only in India so that his fans can say goodbye to him on our soil. What a loser he is turning out to be in the hunt for an artificial landmark! I think, if India has to progress any further he should be dropped immediately.

  • hhillbumper on February 5, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    How did this team win the World Cup? If you were to put them against any other team in foreign conditions you would back the other team at the moment.

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    I reckon India can be crowned as champions only within India - they should focus more on IPL and other domestic challenges.

  • on February 5, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    The Major problem with India is their team selection. They know that Australian pitches are meant for Pace Bowlers. Yet they persist with players like Rahul Sharma, and Ravichandran Ashwin. Where's Irfan Pathan..Give him a chance..Did they take him to Australia just to warm the bench.. 3 spinners and two medium pace bowlers against Aussie.. Shows that India lacks PROPER Pace attack...

    And Why Sachin?

  • cricket-is-passion on February 5, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    am not sure Irfan cud hv been of any use when all of them failed like this. He cud hv added lil bit more options in bowling departments after Jadeja's disastraus perofrmance with the ball immediately after IPL auction. Well, bowling was really poor today except first 10 overs, bowled too many loose delivers. it will be interesting to see what value Irfan adds on a seaming pitched when picked up in 11. TeamIndia let their fans down again, especially me a lot. I had very good hopes until rain delay in 11/12th over but really wasted my sleep time (midnight USA) on my wedding Anniversary day :(. Hope Team India can play better going forward.. BTW, why Dhoni didnt like Irfan but likes Yousuf?

  • ramAB83 on February 5, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    hussy brothers.. who took away de match from indians.. coz its big and bouncy track which is not found in india. and its not easy to get much runs in that track.dave scored very quick runs. and in bowling, christian not read the indian batsmens they scored some free shots in his over.. he should be replaced by watson in that order. my australia 11's after 3 matchs in order. 1.warner 2. wade 3. ponting 4. clarke 5.mike hussy 6. dave hussy 7. watson 8. pattinson ( or) harris 9.starc 10.mckay 11.doherty .

  • kunderanengineer on February 5, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    After the Rohit - Kohli partnership was broken, the rest was just a formality.

  • Hayes.Adam on February 5, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    We were Anticipating crunch series from India in all formats against Australia,But this Indian team hasn't got to the spine, I wonder now was the WC a fluke? On the other hand I am hugely Impressed by Pakistan , they are improving day by day, would like a contest between Australia against Pakistan.

  • on February 5, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Don't really understand why we should play SRT in the one-dayers? As as long he is there, players like tiwari or irfan would never get a chance to play in this series. Poor Dhoni, he is facing the wrath of a bad opening pair...not only in test cricket!! I dont feel trying Ashwin was wrong, he has performed reasonably well prior to this series, so unless he is given a chance no one can judge if he is worthy of a selection. Irfan deserves a chance too!!

  • sathishvaiju on February 5, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    The problem with India is Captaincy.

  • on February 5, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Dhoni's mantra - No matter wat happens wont let Irfan pathan play in the 11.... Even if we keep losing.

  • kunderanengineer on February 5, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Go with the youngsters even if they lose every single match in this tour. There's no shame in that and at least they gain some experience. This is what they should have done right after the test series was a lost cause. Instead the selectors have this uncanny ability to destroy the confidence of young players. Just one example - last summer in England just before the 3rd Test in a tour match against Northhamptonshire, Abhinav Mukund scored 113 not out. What was his reward? He was dropped for the remaining 2 tests. I understand that it was only a tour match but it was still accomplished in English conditions on a tour where no Indian batsman save Dravid and Kohli scored a century in any match be it test tour ODI or T20. In this series, an in form Rohit Sharma was used to carry drinks.To keep with the logic that only they understand, Irfan and Manoj will also likely be ignored. When will the selectors learn to be patient?You will not get instant results with young players!!

  • sheenu on February 5, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka chased 300+ scores TWICE in a row against SA. India should tighten up their act and perform well. Otherwise, they will 2-0 very quickly in the triangular series.

  • ansarR on February 5, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    What is Sachin is doing ODI.He should Quit now! He is preventing an young budding matching and match winner of the present and future India. He has not contributed anything useful over one year.His should hang up his boots!He cannot just play just for love cricket doing nothing to win a match or at least for draw- save a defeat.

  • on February 5, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    There is a pattern after the IPL auctions. Especially with $2 Million ( Rs10 Crore) guys. Last year, Gambhir and Yusuf got it; they were good players before the $ 2 MM; since then continuous decline and failure. Yusuf is already out, and Gambir is on the way out, unless there is some drastic improvement . Gambir's Napier performance look like a very distant memory, from another era. Look at the latest case. Jadeja got the $2 MM contract yesterday, see what happened to him today. Only the $1 MM guy, Vinay, did try his best and showed exemplary results. In fact, I was among the critics of VInay. After seeing his improved efforts and results today, I won't. But for Vinay, I would have said, too much money is the sure way to decline!

  • selnia on February 5, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    How is it even possible that a country with a population of about 20 million can beat a country in a sport with a population of about a billion??? Surely the chances are that the best 5 players in a club of 10000 members will be better then the top players of a club of 200 members? It can't be the infrastructure as we can see Indian Cricket has plenty cash and it can't really be the conditions, otherwise the international would be no good in the IPL.

  • on February 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    India lost the match when dhoni decided to bowl after winning the toss.. a show of defensive mindset,.

  • azmat20031 on February 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    It was David Hussey's cameo that turned the events in favour of india. 61 of just 30 balls when wickets were goin down from other end. India has no such player...at least in overseas ya in india even Harbhajan can score a century

  • Nishant2012 on February 5, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    i really dont know wot to say now about india.... i am just speechless

  • on February 5, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Oldies have eaten up 4/5 precious years of young batsmen who cud have matured by now. When Tendulkar and company leave the slots, there will be this disconnect, staring at those responsible, between the very old and those at this 'debutante' end of spectrum... Really , thats the result of making people stay when they're long over-due.

  • brija on February 5, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    It is time to drop dhoni.on batting wickets he comes ahead of others in the batting order to score runs and literaly plays for himself.Today he scored 28 in 35 balls actually when he should have shown lot more urgency to chase the target. He tends to play the same way as gavaskar did in his days.In this situation a sehwag or yuraj would have gone for quick runs.Dhoni is basically a very ordinary captain who has a fine record of victories mainly because of a very strong team that he always had.Remember when sehwag was captain against WI,he won 4-1,and before that ghambir as captain won 5-0 against kiwis.

  • Imad_K on February 5, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Like I stated from well before both the Eng/Aus series India will get thrashed. Yes teams win and lose but India are completely getting thrashed. What is a T20/ODI here or there - even teams like Bang and Ireland win against better teams because you just need one person to play well. Even though Aus played the tests with a weak team - probably about 2/3 reliable batsmen and their number 4/5 bowlers they still thrashed India. India won one T20 - not sure why the Aussies were playing so many spinners when clearly the Indians can't play pace. Also, the Aussies were just mucking around in that match anyway trying different things by moving Wade down the order etc. India will always get thrashed against good teams outside the subcontinent because they have no bowling but the MAIN PROBLEM is India can't bat on bouncy tracks against quick bowlers. Whilst the main Aussie bowlers are injured they need to pick bowlers like McKay - guys who hit the deck quick and hard which the Indian's hate.

  • Raja.krishna on February 5, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Rohit and Virat batted superbly.. Rohit will play all matches in this series. R Ashwin and Jadeja are well known IPL guys.. Aus finds it easy to play them. Ghambir is a big flop in Australia and will flop in ODI series too. If not outside off poking, he will be tested with short stuff.. no way ghambir.. I still feel Dhoni's slow batting is becoming a big problem while chasing a big score. Praveen Kumar is strictly average. Rahane can replace Raina.

  • AKS286 on February 5, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    yes i'm always supporting since the ASHES that mckay will be in the all 3 formats. Oz best pace bowler HARRis again flops.again i'm supporting BEER for all 3 formats of the game. CHEERS for BEER(current best spinner of Oz).

  • on February 5, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    At all those who wanted 'youngsters' and 'young blood' in the Indian side, what do you say now? Except Sachin and Dhoni, all others were youngsters. Granted, Sachin failed, but what of the 9 youngsters in the side? Except Vinay Kumar who clicked for the first time, none of the youngsters gave a genuine contribution. Bring back Zaheer, Sehwag and Irfan, our experienced players. Come on, Sehwag got a double hundered in the previous series. How can you keep him out? Like the first line in this article says, Australia won due to a mix of young talent and experience. India needs to have the same. Get rid of Praveen, Ashwin and Rohit.

  • Herath-UK on February 5, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Very poor batting display by the Indians especially the experienced guys;hopefully Sri Lanka can bring in some spark to this tournament otherwise will be just a one way with Indians not standing up. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Nightwing32 on February 5, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    We have two keepers now. Wade for ODI, keep there for a solid two years. Glovework to the spinners not so good, so he will improve rapidly. Haddin is rested and getting back into form, so keep him in tests like the Gilchrist Healy thing until Haddin gets cut or retires which isn't too far to both. Then we can have Wade as a full keeper because Paine, he will not look like keeping sadly again. Great bowling by everyone and we have a ODI spinner in Doherty. Teams good and yeah rotate the quicks and yeah we have a great team.

  • sherlockholmes345 on February 5, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    This was very disappointing from the Indians. Before the rain break they were in control of the game but after the break they went down without a fight. The bowlers didn't bowl in the right areas and quite a few batsmen succumbed to the short ball. Also, the decision to leave out Sehwag was strange, unless he was rested. I believe that he should be back instead of Raina as Raina has a lot of problems with the short balls (evident enough in the tour of England and this game). The Aussie fielding was simply outstanding today. Hats of to Matthew Wade and the Hussey brothers for their batting, and to Clint Mckay for his bowling.

  • on February 5, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Can somebody pliz tell me what is Vinay Kumar doing instead of Irfan Pathan in the Team............................................

  • Dev9212 on February 5, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Ashwin has not come to term with the Kookubura ball and I dont see him playing in rest of the series but I am must say am not impressed with Rahul Sharma either he is bowling short of good length and I cant see him picking wickets with that length. India also needs to drop Gambhir you cant have an opening batsman having problem outside the off stump and its absolutely ridiculous that Sachin is still playing this format. The 100th ton can be scored in test too.

  • Stark62 on February 5, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    I didn't watch the match but could someone clarify to me whether, Jadeja actually went for 41 runs in 2.4 overs?!?! o.O

  • rahulcricket007 on February 5, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Dhoni, what a great captain. He wants two spinners on Australian pitches but not Irfan Pathan. Indians cant hit boundary even in powerplay. Shame. From now on I am supporting Australia. Go to hell Dhoni

  • dms1972 on February 5, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    @ Rooboy, I completely agree. Both Tendulkar and Ponting are legends of the game but if you had to choose one over the other, Tendulkar's dismissal today is the reason you'd pick Ponting every single time. They have very similar batting records but Tendulkar can only dream of the standards Ponting sets in the field.

  • AvidCricFan on February 5, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Nothing new in India's performance. Its continuation of the test series. More than half of the ODI team is carry over of the test team. The players that need serious looking at for next game are: Gambhir, Ashwin, Rahul Sharma. Replace them with Shewag, Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan. Irfan Pathan is a better allrounder than ineffective Ashwin. Ashwin is also very ordinary fielder. Next couple of ODIs should be last chance for SRT to perform too.

  • dms1972 on February 5, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @ Rooboy, I completely agree. Both Tendulkar and Ponting are legends of the game but if you had to choose one over the other, Tendulkar's dismissal today is the reason you'd pick Ponting every single time. They have very similar batting records but Tendulkar can only dream of the standards Ponting sets in the field.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 5, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Who cares for indian victories in international one day, test matches or even 20-20. The name of the game is now IPL. The recent contracts for the players running into crores is what our cricket guys need. Winning international matches will fetch them only peanuts, some plated awards but these IPL mix breed matches will bring them crores.

  • wwechampsaad on February 5, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    matthew wade,david hussey and mike hussey is the best middle order batsman ms dhoni will this CB series

  • mdev.mp on February 5, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    In CB series, IND V AUS, AUS will win 3-1 out of 4 ODIs and IND V SL, SL will win 3-1 out of 4 ODIs. Its AUS v SL in best of 3 finals. Indian team definitely not give any sort of fight to AUS team. Mr. Sachin should take rest till 2015 world cup after this series. He is played 22+ years international cricket for INDIA.

  • Silverbails on February 5, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Oh NO, HERE WE GO AGAIN!! Another thrashing looks like it's on the cards on this terrible tour. After the 'blip' of the second T20, it looks like the Aussies are back to resuming 'normal service' with this appalling Indian side. Can India lift themselves again, for the remaining fixtures in the CB Series?? Who knows, and ON THIS FORM , it looks like a DEFINITE NO... VERY, VERY SAD TO SEE....This Indian team can't seem to do ANYTHING RIGHT. I bet that the dressing room after the last T20 was all abuzz about the turnaround...A FALSE DAWN, as always, and ONE WIN and it SEEMS that this pathetic Indian team gets carried away, yet again...I REALLY don't hold much hope for the rest of the Series, including against the Sri - Lankans. India are ONLY good at playing at home, forget overseas...

  • Rajeshj on February 5, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    I think its too harsh to drop Ashwin at this time... the field placements for his bowling were quite awful with not enough protection on the legside for lefthand batsmen... no wonder Wade and Hussey creamed him there... he needs to be shown confidence with which I am sure he will get better... Jadeja was very ordinary and he should be swapped with Irfan for next match...

  • mdev.mp on February 5, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    What is the need for playing that kind of a shot by TENDULKAR. He is not able to give good start to INDIA s inning.

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    After all that walloping, does Dhoni still not realise he is playing in Australia ? Stuffing yourself full of tandoori chicken spinners is asking the Aussies to chew you up and then spit you out.

    You can't wear ballet shoes and expect to win the football match? I have no sympathy for a man who chooses to use the wrong tools ( I can see that Dhoni is just as hurt as I am), but burying your head in the sand and pretending that you dont need fast bowlers on bowler friendly pitches is setting yourself up for failure over and over again.

    India you are the world champs ! acknowledge that some of you have been found out, there is no shame in admitting that some of you do not belong at this level in Australia !

    Turning my wrath towards Jadeja, some IPL nutter handing him $2m feels as unjust as the UK Government handing out my hard earned cash to a bunch of dossers on dole.

    Dhoni, I know you are just as proud as I am to fly the tricolour, now lead us back to the top!

  • mdev.mp on February 5, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Today Vinay Kumar did exceptionally well. He is a hard working guy, wil improve certainy as experience adds. But what is Ashwin and R jadeja doin. Surely Ashwin is fit to be a gully cricketer. Today INDIA could have restricted AUS to 150-165 if both these bowlers bowled well. For next match drop Ashwin, Take U yadav in place of him...

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Lol its simple..india just isn't upto speed anymore..

  • mdev.mp on February 5, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Sachin really opens against Zimbabwe bowling attack. His bad luck, The third team in this tri series is Srilanka. Surely We have to wait till IND V Zimbabwe ODI series to watch Sachin's 100th 100. Our master rips.....

  • S.Seshachalam on February 5, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    It's the same story again. Total revamping of the Indian team is the immediate need of the hour. This includes the coach and selection panel also. Bring in youngsters and introduce a performance accountability system. High time to get rid of big star names, however great their past reputation and performance may be. Lastly it is better to scrap the IPL. When a player sees millions of dollars at a very young age, he may not have the zeal to perform at the highest level for the country. There is already big money in shorter and easier games within India. so get rid of the stupid IPL and introduce more accountaibility in domestic games like Ranji and Duleep tropy.

  • rockanpur on February 5, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    dhoni is captaining the team india as he plays his shot.....total crazy way.how come your potential players are warming the bench and you are playing with some jugad or lagan team. pygmy fast bowlers and unnecessary tall spinner.this team lack aura of national team and more like a ipl team without cheer leaders

  • rahulcricket007 on February 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    To the Indian "cricket team": stay away from Australia. You guys are an embarrassment to India and to Indian people in Australia. Saw you at the MCG today- what a bunch of losers with the exception of Kohli and Vinay Kumar. That guy who wants Bharat Ratna: mate you do not deserve it. Get out of cricket and go enjoy your millions. Your image is totally false and you have become a totally selfish money-minded greedy individual. What a fall.

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    'The Law of change in pitch behaviour' states that when India bowl, pitch is dead and when India bat, pitch is lively.

  • mdev.mp on February 5, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Tendulkar never be a good batsman while chasing. Even the todays target is not so high. Its just little above 6 runs/over. He is not able to handle Aus opening pacers, then how can Ind chases. He played 450+ ODI in different pitches, den where is his experience. Useless....

  • Jishnu.v.v on February 5, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    All,

    Please dont keep criticizing the Indians. They are good else they would not be playing for India. Till the rain played spoilsport, Indians were on top. Yes they should have gone with atleast 1 more seamer. Batting needs to improve and Irfan,Zaheer should play.

    But all credit to the Australian Batsmen, Hussey brothers and Mattew Wade after the play resumed after the rain. Also the Australian bowlers did very well.

    Ashwin needs to improve his athleticism.

    We should give our support to team India at this time

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    oh no.. not again

  • dms1972 on February 5, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @ Rooboy, I completely agree. Both Tendulkar and Ponting are legends of the game but if you had to choose one over the other, Tendulkar's dismissal today is the reason you'd pick Ponting every single time. They have very similar batting records but Tendulkar can only dream of the standards Ponting sets in the field.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 5, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Australia's top line and 2nd line fast bowlers are injured (Lee, Cummins, Pattinson….) but still Indian batsmen can not even compete. What a joke Indian team is.

  • dms1972 on February 5, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @ Rooboy, I completely agree. Both Tendulkar and Ponting are legends of the game but if you had to choose one over the other, Tendulkar's dismissal today is the reason you'd pick Ponting every single time. They have very similar batting records but Tendulkar can only dream of the standards Ponting sets in the field.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 5, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    NO INNINGS DEFEAT THIS TIME . PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN .

  • TopOrder_ on February 5, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    The Only Problem of Indian team. Out of the population of india, they produced 11 fine cricketer (and few greats) but they cannot produce even a single Fighter (including The greats). Cricket is about turning the game around, we have seen this many times in recent past from all of the teams apart from Indian Team. 1st step of Winning is to THINK THAT YOU CAN WIN. India needs someone like the great IMRAN KHAN. Cricket is not a Job its a passion to win.

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    India back to square!! The batsmen are really consistent in failure!!

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    At last australia has better selectors. No more haddin,no more cameron white. Wade surely has the spot now in all forms of the game and the other new guys are pulling their wait. Sachin should have retired long ago,he is a shadow of michael husssey or ponting. And that hundred hundreds thing is rubbish,this is a team game. And to think that indians once though he was a god,its the reverse now boys. Think about it.

  • dms1972 on February 5, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    That list of highest scores by an Australian ODI debutant doesn't augur well for Matthew Wade's ODI career.

  • crick_wizard on February 5, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    MCG..pitch with some pace and bounce..rain forcast even before the match started and possibility of wet out field..and India went into the match with just 2 quick bowlers!!!!..what on earth was dhoni thinking? and why on earth is irfan pathan not playing? we have not had a decent seam bowling alrounder since manoj prabakhar and that was more than 15 years ago..why is the board / selection committee not doing anything to develop seam bowling alrounders?

  • BravoBravo on February 5, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    @Harry_Kool: Excellent comment. Your comment is funny yet so true. This forum is always full of suggestion by IND fans that what the winning IND team should be for next match, and it is going on since the first test match played between ENG and IND, and since then everyone knows the results, defeat after defeat for IND. Fact of the matter is that IND is a below average and looser team irrespective of the format of the game. They cant win, proof is their worst WIN to LOSS ratio in every format of the game. REQUEST TO AUS:" Please lower your game, so that there is some competition left, AUS you playing a below average team here." Even BD and ZIM would have played better than IND. CONGRATS AUS!!!

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    On tonight's performance, how could India possibly be the World Champions? Oh, that's right, the last one was played in India. Bad news for India and their fans is the next one is in Australia, and they will be lucky to make the quarter finals - they were terrible tonight.

  • Tisse on February 5, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    This is what I said after the T20 win, the Commentators and the Press are the culprits, even today both Shastri and sanjay were talking as if India will cake walk to a win, they were also of high praise for Dhoni, when they should have actualy critizised him for going so slow knowing very well that the asking rate was over 10 / over. he always does this and then it is too late, there is no point in him getting a good score if the team loosers, I have been a follower of Indian cricket, let some one make a study and see How many martches India has won when Sachin has scored, you will be surprised that it is very few, in fact many times India wins when he fails - the reason --- you have people like this who are very good players but very selfish, they think only of their records and statistics but not for the team to win - Clear this problem and India will star to win. Sachin is only after his 100 centuries and nothing else matters

  • dms1972 on February 5, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Both Tendulkar and Ponting are legends of the game, but if it came down to choosing one over the other, the dismissal of Tendulkar today is the reason you'd pick Ponting first every single time. Very little difference between their batting averages, but Tendulkar can only dream about the standards Ponting sets in the field.

  • D.Sharma on February 5, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Tendulkar should be dropped. Bring Rahane in.

  • dms1972 on February 5, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Both Tendulkar and Ponting are legends of the game, but if it came down to choosing one over the other, the dismissal of Tendulkar today is the reason you'd pick Ponting first every single time. Very little difference between their batting averages, but Tendulkar can only dream about the standards Ponting sets in the field.

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Is somebody mortally afraid that Irfan would shine and could eventually be a candidate for the captaincy...you think?

  • mohanan on February 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    India lost it after the rain break, too many spinners and some loose bowling. Wickets tend to fall when the asking rate is so high, So I wouldn't blame the Indian batsmen.

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    I do not understand why you are resting your premier batsmen shewag for this match. Raina could have been rested. As we all know shewag can change the complexion of the game in no time. Yes he is out of form. But what about the forms of other players. When no one is scoring you don't dare to rest your premier batsmen. Only Dhoni can understand what he is doing. Look at the way Dhoni played. Some times there is a feeling whether he has forgotten how to hold his bat.

  • syed_wasif on February 5, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Sachin should retire atleast in oneday format, he has to think is it possible for him to play next worldcup, if no then why blocking place of one youngster. i dont think he would be available for 2015 worldcup coz then he will be 42.

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    jadeja & Ashwin are in chennai ipl team so dhoni is testing them for ipl.so DON't stop DHONI.IPL is more important for him AND srinivaSn AND SRIKANT

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    i wonder why people call jadeja as an all rounder.....look what he has done here.....2.4 over 41 runs and scored 19 runs and his job iz over ..i think dhoni is trying to prove that jadeja is worth 10 crore by picking him every time instead of pathan.....

  • on February 5, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    why sehawg dropped? why three spinners in bouncy pitch? indian captain totally wrong

  • PrasPunter on February 5, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    A good win to begin with. Handy contributions from almost all !! And what to say about the Punter ? Hard to believe he is 37. What a catch was that !!! He is just awesome !! Good Luck for the rest of the series !! Go Aussies !!!

  • syed_wasif on February 5, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Is still there is some Internal problem with Ms Dhoni with Irfan Pathan, the number 7 position is the position who can come and hit sixes not making singles not building innings, if 6 batsmen cannot build innings then dont expect no 7 will come and build innings, for me yusuf pathan / Irfan pathan or Uthappas is best no 7 batsmen theses 3 can win match single handedly,

  • vijay.n on February 5, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    India lacks necessary aggressiveness which hussey brothers displayed. Fielding and bowling also needs to be improved. Irfan should be played instead of one spinner

  • longandshort on February 5, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    So India is pathetic at Test matches. Thrashed in one T20. Now this. They look like Bangladesh not able to last as they are bowled out. Ridiculously pathetic in all forms of the game.

  • cric4lyf on February 5, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    @ Rooboy ..well said punter is the best..tendulkar is just an average pplayer,,,go and play zimbabwe

  • contactmhatre on February 5, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    MSD said in the presentation "They pitched it in right areas". Mate, when are Indian bowlers gonna pitch their deliveries in the right areas? But how would that ever happen? if you move around with so many spinners....

  • EvilQuill on February 5, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    @Bithal Agrawal - Spoke too soon? :-P

  • Dashgar on February 5, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Wade again performs. Makes the selectors seem a little foolish for persisting with Haddin for so long but I guess he was part of a winning team. Wade should be given the chance to be first choice keeper in the West Indies. Haddin deserves to be dropped from all formats and is no longer required.

  • on February 5, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Good fielding alone is enough to win a t20 match here and there. An ODI win requires a little more effort on the part of the 'young guns', especially in the batting department. R Ashwin seems a bit off. A 3rd seamer wold have added more fire to the bowling.

  • cric4lyf on February 5, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    hey BCCI ..u can contact PCB and ask for players..we can give u players from our streets who can perform bettter than ur ODI team...there r numbers of tendulkar & dhoni in pakistan..

  • cric4lyf on February 5, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    jadeja the million dollar man proved by giving 41 runs in less than 3 overs..india's so called talent

  • on February 5, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    India must hav had atleast 3 genuine fast bowlers today to restrict the aussies under 170.

  • on February 5, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    I just love indian team,even win or lose!---!!!!-cos iloveindia~

  • eshwarmv on February 5, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    India must win all its matches against SL to qualify for FINALS. They look vulnerable against Aussie pacers. They get that extra bounce, which unsettles our batsmen. Ashwin must be dropped. Irfan must come in.

  • eshwarmv on February 5, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    A bit of illogical thinking from Dhoni. One could also call it arrogance. Raina and Kohli gave only 4 runs each in the 1 over they bowled. He instead chose Ashwin for 3 more overs. That was one difference. Jadeja was confused and forgot to flight the ball. That cost India badly. Ashwin must be dropped and Irfan must be brought into the team. A better fielder than Ash.

  • on February 5, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    may be dhoni should stop being partial.. and give irfan a chance... anyway we r not winnin anthin.. so wats the max tats gonna happen...

  • on February 5, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    It's a familiar story .. India deceiving at the end. The bowlers toiled hard and made an impression, aided & abetted by wind, hazy weather & rains .. but alas, the Batsmen, headed by Tendulkar ditched the Team India and the millions of spectators the world over ! Sachin shd honourably QUIT from this form of cricket; he can't ever score a ton, unless it's Bangladesh, Zimbabwaye and the like. It's an INAUSPICIOUS START for the tr-series. How they are against the Lankans will unfold in the next few days .. but the demoralizing effect is writ large on everyone's face and the TV screens bring them out vividly.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 5, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Enough. India has to get rid of people who go for short cuts; Dhoni is the main component. Although the system here makes it almost impossible for proper cricketers like Tendulkar to reach the national scene if the selection panel is determined it can be done; Pakistan does it; why can't India? A Quciky must have at least 3 of fighting heart, wicket getting sense, pace and body able to withstand a 10 year carreer; otherwise no point in investing on him; investments on Ishant, Sreeshant etc have all gone waste. A spinner must spin; Ashwin is a shortcut man but Ojah is a proper spinner; select Ojah; don't select Ashwin even if he takes loads in Ranji. A batsman should be like the big 3. Don't select anyone in the mould of Sehwag, Dhoni, Raina....They are short cut batsmen; they found short cut approaches to get to the national scene by ignoring developing the skill to play short balls.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 5, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    I WONDER WHAT WILL ASHWIN SAYS TODAY IN PRESS CONFERENCE .

  • JB77 on February 5, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    To paraphrase that Australian classic, The Castle: 'There's a fella here trying to sell Jadeja.' 'How much does he want for him?' 'Two million dollars.' 'Tell him he's dreamin''.

  • Harry_Kool on February 5, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    We apologize for the slight blip from that Indian victory in the T20, normal service has now been resumed.

  • on February 5, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    reading the post rain comments hoping for rain to resume so india can win look so hilarious now that the game is over.

  • on February 5, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    drop Sachin, Aashin and Vinoy. Pick Manoj, Zaheer and Irfan. Team order should be

    1. Gautam 2. Monaj 3. Dhoni 4. Kholi 5. Rohit 6. Raina 7. Jadeza 8. Irfan 9. Rahul 10. Zaheer 11. P kumar. Now team may have 5 regular bowler and 3 part time. 6 regular batsman, 2 allrounder

  • Rooboy on February 5, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    And again, Punter proves to be to an overall superior cricketer to Sachin. Even if Tendulkar is arguably a marginally better batsman, he can't catch like that. I'd like to see Punter drill a shot at Tendulkar as happened in reverse .. for Ponting it's a catch, for Tendulkar it's hands out the way and ball into the fence

  • cric4lyf on February 5, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    hahahahah,india lose again.where is the so called youngsters gone...world champs shame on u.wat excuse now..no laxman dravid now...rohit a street player...go and play IPL..dont deserve international cricket india.

  • sacnit11 on February 5, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Dhoni giving chances to Raina,Jadeja nd Ashwin to make sure that they get enough match practice before IPL by dropping Sehwag.. I think Raina should be dropped from ODI squad as he is unable to get over the short pitch deliveries. Dhoni should concentrate on winning matches for INDIA nd not to give his IPL team mates a match practice.. Both Ashwin nd Jadeja are expensive today. Bhajji is far better than Ashwin in AUS pitches. Indian selectors are paying price for fropping bhajji. Now for all the people who blamed seniors for test disaster, what these youngsters are doing? Simply blaming is not correct.

  • dsig3 on February 5, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    I think India missed their opportunity. Everything went their way and they came up well short. The difference is the Indian bowlers will never threaten Aus. They may restrict us at times but they just wont threaten us. Harris, Starc and co will certainly threaten the Indian batsmen.

  • on February 5, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Horrible team selection first of all, also where is IRFAN PATHAN ??? Surprisingly Brad Hogg plays for Australia then why cant IRFAN be included in the playing 11

  • mubs62 on February 5, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Great victory!! well-done aussies........

  • always_an_indian on February 5, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    India did surprise me today in the first 11 overs.. Aussies were cramped and restricted to on 25 runs for 2 wickets. how uncool is that?? Despite of Aussie winning the match today.. though they were lucky to get a rain shower when they were performing very very badly. I still support my Indian team, they r the best and they will comeback hard on Aussies showing luck wont always be in Aussies side.

  • MisterObvious on February 5, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Yes, I know I was the git who said earlier that India should win fairly easily knowing they had to build only a 32-over innings with 10 wickets to spend. But I spoke before the Hussey boys belted the cover off the ball after the rain delay & before Starc turned Sachin & Gambhir into his bunnies very early on. Everything changed after that. Never bet on the cricket as you'll lose your house or your pants, whatever you put up. Good on you, Oz.

  • asifhasnain on February 5, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    India's win in T20 against Australia's C team looks like a typo mistake in their perfect resume for world champion losers. LLLLLWL. 2 Million for 1 jadeja eh 1$ for 2 million jadeja sounds much better.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 5, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    INDIA BACK ON TRACK WITH LOSING THE MATCH BY A BIG MARGIN . TIME TO MAKE SOME CHANGES FOR NEXT ODI . ASHWIN OUT , ZAHEER IN , JADEJA OUT , IRFAN IN . ALSO SACHIN SHOULD HONESTLY LEAVE THE TEAM IF HE IS A GREAT (????) MAN WITH BIG HEART .

  • rahulcricket007 on February 5, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    WHY HAS ZAHEER NOT INCUDED IN TEAM ? HE WAS THE HIGHEST WKT TAKER FOR INDIA IN WC . WHAT IS THE NEED OF PLAYING JADEJA , RAHUL , AHWIN TOGETHER IN A MMATCH ? IN AUS YOU NEED FAST SWING BOWLERS NOT PART TIME BOWLRS LIKE JADEJA . I STILL REMEMBER HIS DISASTROUS SPELLS IN T20 WC AGAINST AUS & WI .

  • rahulcricket007 on February 5, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    i had said many time that jadeja 's bowing & batting are not suitable for overseas . tiime to drop him & get irfan pathan .

  • on February 5, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    India is actually missing Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan now. They would have been instrumental in bowling as well as in batting(which has left India reeling). At least they are a lot better than R Vinay Kumar and Rahul Sharma.

  • malinki_in on February 5, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    i don't understand what is going on in dhoni's mind? how can we play such and important game without ZAK india's most experienced bowler?

  • Mervo on February 5, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Australia now have front lines bowlers: Lee, Cummins, Pattison, Johnson and Lyon all injured, and still they beat India. Amazing.

  • on February 5, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Did the Australian get any advantage as they play first 11-12 overs keeping in mind it was 50 Overs Game. I think a little bit advantage should be given to a team as chasing team would know from start that they are playing for 32 Overs???

  • Gallant on February 5, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    So Sehwag was rested was he? Needs it after all those long, enthralling, tiring innings he played during the Tests and T20Is. I feel for him. And what of all these million dollar men? Jadeja got creamed. What side picks 3 spinners for an ODI? This is going to hell in a hand-basket. India heading to lose all ODI matches in this series, including to SL.

  • on February 5, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    A comedy of errors... That's Indian cricket, always...

  • on February 5, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Rohit made 21 today!!!! Dhoni should give him more chances because he will make a century at 15th innings.

  • CricSpirit on February 5, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I think Brad Haddin can rest for the rest of the series. He knew this was coming. Congrats to Mathew Wade. It was a waste who ever named him as a Vice Captain.

  • on February 5, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    I don't comment on Vinay Kumar as he was bowling in 50 over match but Ravindra Jadeja has proved himself to be the Most Expensive Player Especially in Bowling Dept. LOL:)

  • world.cricketer on February 5, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    I don't see any reason of playing 3 spinners today jadeja.....as an alrounder is OK Rahul sharma.....inform Bowler BUT why ASHWIN..........because CSK.... Come on Dhoni pick Irfan/Zaheer/Umesh

  • Des_65 on February 5, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Why only 2 seamers when India had already played Test match over there recently where the ball was swinging. Where is Zaheer?

  • on February 5, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    ipmressive spell by vinay kumar.....but i guess a third seamer instead of rahul sharma or r ashwin..wud hav been handy....

  • rahulcricket007 on February 5, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    HOW MANY MATCHES WILL WE NEED FOR DROPPING ASHWIN FROM THE TEAM ? JADEJA AGAIN COMES BACCK TO ITS NATURAL FORM . THIS IS THE REASON I NEVER LIKED HIM , HE HAS BEEN TOO INCONSISTENT . HE WAS THE MAIN CULPRIT FOR INDIA 'S DEFEAT IN T20 WC OF 2009 & 2010 DROP EITHER OF THEM & SELECT ZAHEER /IRFAN IN TEAM .

  • on February 5, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Couldn't understand the team selection... In fact the selection 2.5 spinners has already been backfired.... Is Zak injured?

  • on February 5, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Aswin gave the game away.. hopeless...

  • on February 5, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Toothless bowling no surprise. Hope the batting bites the kangaroos in the back (side)

  • on February 5, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Jadeja has proved he is most expensive:)

  • on February 5, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Million dollar player gives away million runs. Haha.

  • BapiDas on February 5, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    the younger cricketrs are definitely more agile and athletic on the field and they are bowling well. Let's hope that they do perform consistently and they perform well with the bat as well.

  • on February 5, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    good spell by Vinay...hope to see him bowling in the same rhythm............Nice Choice

  • VivGilchrist on February 5, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    I don't understand why Warner goes into his shell when playing 50-over cricket. He's aggressive in both Tests and T20, but seems the get a bit lost with ODIs. Great choice by Aus putting Mike Hussey ahead of his brother Dave in the batting order as Dave gets too bogged down as best displayed on Fri night resulting in 2 runouts.Dave bats best when he is forced to get a move on.

  • MisterObvious on February 5, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Aus goes through the first 11 overs pacing themselves for a 50-over match. Rain falls, causing significant delay, & now Aus must re-strategize for a 30-over stint, with 19 overs to play instead of 39. Doesn't seem remotely fair that Ind can re-plan their innings from the start, rather than halfway through, & can pace themselves accordingly. If there's no more rain delays, Ind has huge advantage & should win easily. I think that if 20 overs or more are cut from an ODI innings then the match should be restarted from scratch. Much more fair.

  • on February 5, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    we're going well, but the rain god was not pleased...,/////!:

  • mdev.mp on February 5, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Super Vinay.......do it pick up 5+

  • on February 5, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Rain Gods pls stop the rain..let India capitalise today

  • on February 5, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    The turn around has begun its time to watch Indian guns blazzing.....................

  • joseyesu on February 5, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    @Gaurav Vishal -Please don't promote Irfan he is here more because of reputation as an all rounder. He lost his speed totally. We don't want somebody who can bat to bowl, but who bowls and bat a little bit

  • on February 5, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    tendlkr innn , vinay s cut by 2 wickts ... dis tym for india

  • Okakaboka on February 5, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Geez...India bowled fantastically this afternoon. They field better than Australia...wow! They deserved their position. Pity the rain has stuffed this match. I was looking forward to see how Wade coped with the situation. Seen more than enough to know he is a vastly more versatile batsman than Haddin (more shots...better defense...more modes of play). He is clearly a better keeper.....so....How can they honestly retain Haddin in the test matches given these facts. I expect to hear some sooking from Haddin in the media before the test team for the West Indies is announced.

  • pravineswar on February 5, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    It is good to see India making changes in top order. I feared India might bring Sachin at expense of Rohit, Raina or Jadeja but its refreshing to see such change. I believe Dhoni thinks Australian middle order is not comfortable with spin and with big boundaries it might not be bad idea. U will see changes, when we play with S.L. For thought, we played 3 seamers & 1 genuine spinner in spin helping Indian conditions in ODIs. It worked and hope this might work too

  • soumyas on February 5, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @Mervo, looks like u r really worried abt sachin's 100th hundred record...

  • on February 5, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    please... god.. stop the rain ... India is going to win for sure..

  • MisterObvious on February 5, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Well, as I write this, it's coming down in buckets at the MCG & whether the match will resume is a toss-up. Significant advantage to India though, should play go on. Very low run rate by Aus, plus loss of 2 early wickets, means Ind can pace its response with deliberation - just like in the recent T20. As an Aussie, I would not be completely brokenhearted should the match be called off. Warner a disappointment of late, getting impatient then getting out, yet again. Wade I like a lot. If I were a selector I'd give Haddin his walking papers today & make Wadey Aus's wk in all 3 formats of the game henceforth. Have you noticed how, when he's behind wicket, he's encouraging the bowler every ball over the stump mic? As a 'keeper he's definitely a keeper! Only 24 years old, he's the future now. Now if we could only find Warney's younger twin & a decent #3 bat we'd be sweet.

  • prao81 on February 5, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Sehwag and Zaheer rested . Great !!!

  • VAS4 on February 5, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Does anyone know any legal online streaming of CB series in UK? Sky sports is too expensive. I only watch cricket, so it does not worth paying £75 a month for two or three matches a month. Also I would prefer watching it online than TV only. Please can someone suggest something? ESPN and bcci.tv is not available in UK.

  • RameshRayaprolu on February 5, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    no worries...this match is gonna be abandoned ! wait for the next match....

  • on February 5, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    good spell by Vinay...hope to see him bowling in the same rhythm for next matches

  • on February 5, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    It is surprise to see India going in with three spinners. If they wanted so, they could have dropped ohit to play Irfan Pathan that would have given them the batsman and bowler. O at least dropped Ashwin/ Rahul to accommodate Umesh. You don't play in Australia with medium pace bowlers.

  • on February 5, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    vinay rockin !! oly dhoni,selectors n franchisors know value of him...stop criticize n encourage him.

  • was11 on February 5, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    I think Dhoni has gone Crazy or might be in a dream assuming as if we are playing on Sub continent wickets,whats the point playing with 3 spinners when you got inform Irfan in the side who is a handy batsman down the order, can get much help from melbourne Wicket ....

  • on February 5, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    i wonder what dhoni is thinking... just two fast bowlers (slow medium pacers) in the side when you're playing australia in australia?

  • Mervo on February 5, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    I see Tendulkar is back. Normally he would not bother with the ODI at this stage, but he wants this 'hundredth hundred'. It is all meaningless as ODI are not even 1st class games with short boundaries and fielding bowling restrictions. Now a 100, first class hundred would be meaningful. Boycott did that.

  • on February 5, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    India will lose this, guranteed..................

  • katsunn on February 5, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    why is zaheer not playing???????????????????????

  • on February 5, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Nice Choice...........Although some might think Irfan Pathan for Jadeja.............

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  • on February 5, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Nice Choice...........Although some might think Irfan Pathan for Jadeja.............

  • katsunn on February 5, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    why is zaheer not playing???????????????????????

  • on February 5, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    India will lose this, guranteed..................

  • Mervo on February 5, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    I see Tendulkar is back. Normally he would not bother with the ODI at this stage, but he wants this 'hundredth hundred'. It is all meaningless as ODI are not even 1st class games with short boundaries and fielding bowling restrictions. Now a 100, first class hundred would be meaningful. Boycott did that.

  • on February 5, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    i wonder what dhoni is thinking... just two fast bowlers (slow medium pacers) in the side when you're playing australia in australia?

  • was11 on February 5, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    I think Dhoni has gone Crazy or might be in a dream assuming as if we are playing on Sub continent wickets,whats the point playing with 3 spinners when you got inform Irfan in the side who is a handy batsman down the order, can get much help from melbourne Wicket ....

  • on February 5, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    vinay rockin !! oly dhoni,selectors n franchisors know value of him...stop criticize n encourage him.

  • on February 5, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    It is surprise to see India going in with three spinners. If they wanted so, they could have dropped ohit to play Irfan Pathan that would have given them the batsman and bowler. O at least dropped Ashwin/ Rahul to accommodate Umesh. You don't play in Australia with medium pace bowlers.

  • on February 5, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    good spell by Vinay...hope to see him bowling in the same rhythm for next matches

  • RameshRayaprolu on February 5, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    no worries...this match is gonna be abandoned ! wait for the next match....