Australia v India, CB series, 1st ODI, MCG February 5, 2012

India beaten in battle of strategies

The plan to go in with a spin-strong attack is fraught with risk in Australian conditions, as India were made to realise at the MCG
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Two entirely different ODI philosophies came up against each other, and the more attacking one, the clearer one, won. Matthew Wade, David Hussey and Michael Hussey played the important knocks that gave Australia a target to defend, but the real difference between the sides was in their bowling attacks.

Australia went all out against the India batsmen, not bothering about the odd wide or about the odd streaky shot. India had two fast bowlers who rely more on control than pace; they did well between them, perhaps exceeded themselves in bowling the first 11 overs for 35 runs, but were followed by a collection of spinners, who on most Australian pitches will remain a defensive strategy.

It didn't help that India were caught by surprise by the extent of the rain, and were suddenly left with just three overs of pace once the rain subsided. How much can rain be blamed is a different matter altogether. India knew it was going to rain, which is why they fielded first, but left themselves open to the prospect of 30 - even more - overs of spin, knowing full well how average R Ashwin has been for the better part of the tour.

MS Dhoni said he made the choice because the resources are sparse. Zaheer Khan is injured again - Dhoni didn't mention which of the knees - but is expected to be available for the Perth ODI against Sri Lanka. Irfan Pathan, Dhoni said, would make it three bowlers bowling at 130kph or even slower. Umesh Yadav has been rested. He last bowled on January 27, which gives him eight days to recover.

Dhoni doesn't have an enviable supply of bowling resources at his disposal, but this is nothing but a restrictive mindset, which works better in subcontinent conditions where the pitches are more responsive even to part-time spinners. The margin of error is little for spinners here despite the big playing fields, and the slow bowlers today transgressed that margin merrily, going for 154 runs in 17 overs between them.

Dhoni was severe on them. "We were two bowlers short [today - Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja]. Two bowlers went for a lot of runs. You bowl loose deliveries, but there are certain deliveries that are so loose that will always go for a boundary. Today we bowled quite a few of those. Even though the field was big, I think the execution wasn't really great."

India will need to re-examine the subcontinent strategy of playing with an army of part-time spinners on these pitches. "Of course if plan A doesn't work, you have to go with plan B," Dhoni said. "We also have to see the resources we have got. We don't have a fast-bowling allrounder. Irfan [Pathan] is a part of the side, but he has just come in.

"We will also have to see if we can have variation in the bowling. If you have the same bowling line-up, in the sense, if you have all bowlers bowling below 130, you don't have the kind of variation needed. You have to decide if it is better to play with three seamers or sticking to three spinners. With pace comes the opportunity to score runs, so you have to be very consistent if you have to score fast."

Australia didn't need any Plan B with the ball. They did with the bat, but they handled it pretty well. They had an ordinary start when they were given nothing to hit by the new-ball bowlers, but Wade took India on just after the rain break, and the Hussey brothers shredded the spinners. It was striking how their bowlers went after India's top order.

That was their Plan A, to reopen some of the Test wounds. Ryan Harris hurried through with aggression, Mitchell Starc swung the ball, and got Gautam Gambhir out with the short one again. The better part was when Rohit Sharma scored a streaky yet run-a-ball 21, Australia didn't step back despite this being just a 32-over game. Harris even bowled a wide trying to get into the ribs of Gambhir, but didn't mind it.

Australia know the conditions well, they are playing according to them. India have a fair knowledge of the conditions having spent more than a month in the country, but through bull-headedness or through lack of resources, they are trying to make things work the only way they know. If it does work, they will have truly outdone themselves.

Amid all this, India's new young batsmen, who have been the talking point over the last month and a half because of the non-performance of the seniors, are out in the limelight again. Suresh Raina has been bounced out again, and a premeditative Rohit didn't look convincing at all. All the youngsters have lifted the look of the side with their fielding, but they know will have to score more than they save in the field.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 7, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    we need tons of guts to call the time up for seniors in tests and even in odis. we have to try atleast one new opener if not both with rahane. this is high time and lets start living without these seniors. atleast if this makes us lose few games let it be. we will catch up. middle order should have pujare and rohit apart from kohli. a bowling allrounder like pathan should be in the team rather than serving drinks/biting his nails outside.

    captaincy needs to be attended to. strategies have to be reworked around spin and pace departments and last but not least field placements!!!

    A wholesome sincere and impartial attempt be made for the rehaul and betterment ofIindian cricket. But where and thro whom these tons of guts are coming from????

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Nampally sounds like a guy who knows cricket.Listen to him.Simplify Dhoni's leadership.He is handling it like it is rocket science.Keep it simple, stupid.No need to be too cute.That's my advice for Dhoni.

  • Des_65 on February 7, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Indian seamers were better than Australian counterparts in this match which means that Dhoni's strategy is all wrong. I remember an ODI in the tri-series in Australia where India tied with WI (both 126 all out). India had four seamers who had used their 40 overs and WI were 126 for 9. Sachin was given the ball to bowl the 41st over and WI last man was out caught in the slips probably first fall of Sachin which was an outswinger. Why was Sachin not used as a seamer when he is in the playing 11?

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Dhoni's strategies are bamboozling to say the least. Picking 2 slow medium pacers in Melbourne makes mockery of a selection. It is literally 5 spinners on operation. Hope better sense prevail and change his strategy before the series gets over. He was so adamant in not effecting any change in the playing 11 and lost the test series. He played the same batting lineup from test 1 through 4 and the result is there to see.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Agree with @amarasir123 - India should drop Sachin Thendulkar, there is no point having a player for the sake of getting his 100th hundred. Also drop Gambhir or Raina and play Manoj Tiwary. Ashwin has been a flop so far. Pathan can do better than Ashwin.

  • on February 7, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    Please fire Dhoni for God's sake. He is not fit to be a captain in any format.

  • Meety on February 7, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @Nampally - Ozzys are very good against wrist spinners, in Oz we play wrist spinners even better. Warne's Shield stats weren't as good as his Test stats - tell you something? For a country that has produced Warne, MacGill, Grimmett & O'Reilly we do know a bit about leggies. As for Rahul Sharma - yes he should be given a go because Oz pitches are much more conducive to wrist spin as opposed to finger spin.

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    1 SOLUTION = DROP DHONI

    So many problems will be resolved in 1 shot ranging. Think about it.

  • on February 6, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    "Irfan has just come ito the team" Dhoni says ! Well, hes been in Aus for over a week now and besides, has played in Aus on two full tours earlier in his career in 2003-04 and 2007-08. Next thing you know he will be saying that the inexperience and newness of Rahul Sharma and Vinay Kumar is helping!!

  • Navraj1967 on February 6, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    I am very much agreed commentrs written by Mr Ravi Gupta, plus decision taken by MS Dhoni to bat first was very wrong too? When you know you have two stable openers like Sachin n Gambhir why did he chose to field first? In Australian pitch conditions are always to bat first doesn't matter which part of the Australia you play? Dhoni shouldn't have play with two spinners in first place specially in Australia? Where all pitches are bouncy! I think Dhoni brain has stop working after loosing so many matches continously? I thinks he needs a big break?. Then he needs to give more chance to leg spinner rather than off spinner?

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    we need tons of guts to call the time up for seniors in tests and even in odis. we have to try atleast one new opener if not both with rahane. this is high time and lets start living without these seniors. atleast if this makes us lose few games let it be. we will catch up. middle order should have pujare and rohit apart from kohli. a bowling allrounder like pathan should be in the team rather than serving drinks/biting his nails outside.

    captaincy needs to be attended to. strategies have to be reworked around spin and pace departments and last but not least field placements!!!

    A wholesome sincere and impartial attempt be made for the rehaul and betterment ofIindian cricket. But where and thro whom these tons of guts are coming from????

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Nampally sounds like a guy who knows cricket.Listen to him.Simplify Dhoni's leadership.He is handling it like it is rocket science.Keep it simple, stupid.No need to be too cute.That's my advice for Dhoni.

  • Des_65 on February 7, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Indian seamers were better than Australian counterparts in this match which means that Dhoni's strategy is all wrong. I remember an ODI in the tri-series in Australia where India tied with WI (both 126 all out). India had four seamers who had used their 40 overs and WI were 126 for 9. Sachin was given the ball to bowl the 41st over and WI last man was out caught in the slips probably first fall of Sachin which was an outswinger. Why was Sachin not used as a seamer when he is in the playing 11?

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Dhoni's strategies are bamboozling to say the least. Picking 2 slow medium pacers in Melbourne makes mockery of a selection. It is literally 5 spinners on operation. Hope better sense prevail and change his strategy before the series gets over. He was so adamant in not effecting any change in the playing 11 and lost the test series. He played the same batting lineup from test 1 through 4 and the result is there to see.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Agree with @amarasir123 - India should drop Sachin Thendulkar, there is no point having a player for the sake of getting his 100th hundred. Also drop Gambhir or Raina and play Manoj Tiwary. Ashwin has been a flop so far. Pathan can do better than Ashwin.

  • on February 7, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    Please fire Dhoni for God's sake. He is not fit to be a captain in any format.

  • Meety on February 7, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @Nampally - Ozzys are very good against wrist spinners, in Oz we play wrist spinners even better. Warne's Shield stats weren't as good as his Test stats - tell you something? For a country that has produced Warne, MacGill, Grimmett & O'Reilly we do know a bit about leggies. As for Rahul Sharma - yes he should be given a go because Oz pitches are much more conducive to wrist spin as opposed to finger spin.

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    1 SOLUTION = DROP DHONI

    So many problems will be resolved in 1 shot ranging. Think about it.

  • on February 6, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    "Irfan has just come ito the team" Dhoni says ! Well, hes been in Aus for over a week now and besides, has played in Aus on two full tours earlier in his career in 2003-04 and 2007-08. Next thing you know he will be saying that the inexperience and newness of Rahul Sharma and Vinay Kumar is helping!!

  • Navraj1967 on February 6, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    I am very much agreed commentrs written by Mr Ravi Gupta, plus decision taken by MS Dhoni to bat first was very wrong too? When you know you have two stable openers like Sachin n Gambhir why did he chose to field first? In Australian pitch conditions are always to bat first doesn't matter which part of the Australia you play? Dhoni shouldn't have play with two spinners in first place specially in Australia? Where all pitches are bouncy! I think Dhoni brain has stop working after loosing so many matches continously? I thinks he needs a big break?. Then he needs to give more chance to leg spinner rather than off spinner?

  • TheTrueSport on February 6, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    2 reasons why India are failing: 1.) Defensive fielding. 2.) Too many spinners. I agree that batting has been an issue, but that won't matter if good fast bowlers are included.

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    This is clearly Dhoni's personal issues with Irfan coming in lime light. Even in subcontinent or WC so many spinners were not proffered. On top of that rainy forecast was predetermined, still Irfan was left out. Also, this looks as comical as Dhoni's on field strategies "We don't have a fast-bowling allrounder. Irfan [Pathan] is a part of the side, but he has just come in." ROFL.

  • mahquraishi67 on February 6, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    dhoni was a good captain but its now rubbish he is take ]ing india down to earth we are loosing All matches now a days ,he is wasting irfan pathan and the reason he is giving that he is just in .what it means no body knows because he also dont know to justify by not playing irfan its rediculous now i feel so many splits in indian team groupism thats viru rested inran neglected,

  • goldjas on February 6, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    "We will also have to see if we can have variation in the bowling. If you have the same bowling line-up, in the sense, if you have all bowlers bowling below 130, you don't have the kind of variation needed." Ummmm......and the speed is the only element to judge variations? R u serious Mr. Dhoni? Did you ever hear of left hand/right hand batting combination? So why can't you have bowling combination of left hand/right hand? There's a variation in trajectory, angles, swings, the bounce. Why are you looking like non-sense captain now Mr. Dhoni?

  • Nampally on February 6, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Try Yadev, ZAK & Vinay for the next match at Perth as 3 seamers. Let Sehwag & Rahul be the 2 spinners.Ashwin has been ineffective as a bowler. Sehwag can bowl economically. This way part time bowlers can be avoided. In batting Tendulkar & Sehwag open the innings followed by Kohli, Rohit, Tiwary, Raina, Dhoni. This will give a balance of 6 bats & 5 bowlers.Gambhir is failing against pace bowlers repeatedly.Tiwaryis a good batsman & deserves a chance instead of constantly failing Gambhir. Having all specialists batsmen & bowlers gives some credibility to the side.The last ODI was a joke with Dhoni complaining - lack of bowlers due to his own bad selection. It is best to select a team & give it to Dhoni since his captaincy is so irrational. Even the strategy of bowling changes & field placing needs to be given to Dhoni. I would relegate Dhoni to captain T-20 only, in future. Let Raina or Rohiti captain ODI & groom someone like Tiwary to captain the Test team.Captaincy has let India down!

  • csowmi7 on February 6, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Lets not get too carried away by rahul sharma. All he's done is taken a couple wickets in the t20 and 3 wickets against west Indies. he is an even worse fielder than ashwin and i dont see him scoring a test century and a 9 wicket haul on debut.

  • csowmi7 on February 6, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    i mean give ashwin a break guys. he's only 25 and the conditions dont suit his style of bowling. he has been phenomenal with both bat and ball over the past 2 years. one match he hasnt performed and everybody is calling for his head. In the t20 he was very economical conceding only 23 runs and in the other one he took 1-34 reasonable bowling stats given that it was a t20. In the 26 ODI's he's played in he's taken 39 wickets at an average of 28, economy of 4.8 and sr of34.

  • Nampally on February 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @PadySrini: Rahul Sharma is the only spinner the Aussies have not played in Tests. He is a wrist leg spinner - the type of bowling the Aussie3s are weak against. Rahul bowls much quicker than a spinner at around 100 KPH with lot of bounce.When you talk about runs/over just look at the other spinners - Ashwin 9.6 runs/over, Jadeja 15.5 runs/over, Rohit Sharma 8.5 runs/over, Rahul Sharma 6.9 runs/over. So even amongst spinners, Rahul is the most economical & is the #1 guy to go to. Pls. remember that on green Aussie pitches, you go with 3 seamers + 2 spinners. India went in with just 2 seamers of 125 - 130 KPH! Why was Yadev, bowling at >140 KPH, not included? You cannot contain the opposition with spinners on a seamer's wkt. So #1 reason for the Indian defeat is playing a wrong XI. Second reason is poor batting made worse by dropping Sehwag. The choice of all rounder was wrong - Jadeja over pathan on seamers' wkt? Bowling changes were crazy - meaningless 1 over each for Kohli & Raina?

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    What a joke ? Everyone wants Rahul Sharma as main spinner ( btw his rate was 7 runs an over ) after 2 games !!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    So there is one guy who gets 60 matches but is still not proven, and then there is a guy who got the Man of the Series last series, and let us get him out because he didnt do well in one game ? How fickle the Indian audience is ? And the Aussies have played a guy for 10 innings and he has not scored more than 5 runs.

  • sir_sachin on February 6, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Generally teams don't change the winning combination, But Dhoni believes in not changing the loosing team.

  • on February 6, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    What I saw yesterday was commedy of errors! For a moment I thought how did we win the world cup.Aswin,Raina,Jadeja looked like players of some mediocre club.Jadeja lacked intelligence which was evident in the two overs that he bowled.Tendulkar looks jaded and he should now gracefully bow out.He appears to be out of place netither battling or bowling.Dhoni has neither plan A or B.What he has is recipe for disaster.There is complete lack of passion in the team and the faster we get rid of Duncan Fletcher the better.

  • on February 6, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Its clear india were out-thought & out played. So dhoni's post match lecture was boring rubbish. he's strategy to always bowl first when it rians is hard 2 comprehend. 2] Not playing irfan is puzzling & reasoning he's just arrived is still more perplexing. Did he expect irfan 2 arrive ages b4? And thirdly resting viru was no good.Dhoni's reasoning he was rrested 2 accomadate rohit is beyond comprehension, bcos rohit was part of this side anyway. Players like raina, jadeja cannot serve ur in australia. they may field good but batting-wise forget it.

  • Wasim_Wasamadroota on February 6, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    I think India for all their years of trying to attain the number one test ranking and a ODI World Cup are suffering from one hell of a hangover having briefly reached the pinnacle. The view from the top all of a sudden seemed a bit scary and too much hard work to stay there. Tony Greig hit the nail on the head the other night when he said Ricky Ponting was twice as fit (and determined for that matter) than the likes of Tendulkar, Dhoni and Sehwag. When you are trying to hide players from the ball in the field you know you have problems - have a look at Ponting who prowls around and itches to get into the action. The elder statesmen should take a look at the effort some of their younger players are putting in.

  • n_jraman on February 6, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    india has become a mediocre side only due to bad policy,team selection and greediness...one sided captaincy and dumb coach...even in sub continenet u dont play 3 spinner in a game,this goes to show that doni doesnt want irfan in team ... jadeja has the ability to give 25 runs ina over but he cant make 10 runs in a over..yusuf pathan can do it..even if he gives two sixes ina over,,he can give it back..he is a match winner..shown in SA series...jadeja is misfit also ashwin..ppl have grudge against pathan brothers which is bad for indian cricket...not sure when or who will change it

  • PiyushD on February 6, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Its the team management failure including the coach and captain, they simply do not have any plan B and plan A is wrong. They play overseas with mindset of subcontinent, and what is Dhoni talking? Vinay and PK are same but IP being a left arm bowler is different and have a look at Ashwin, can he justify his place in 11 on this tour except some batting in first 2 Tests. He is supposed to be the prmiere spinner in team, Rahul Sharma looks much much better bowler than Ashwin.

  • on February 6, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Of course if plan A doesn't work, you have to go with plan B," Dhoni said. "We also have to see the resources we have got. We don't have a fast-bowling allrounder. Irfan [Pathan] is a part of the side, but he has just come in. "

    If Irfan has just come in.. will he be given chance to play after 30 ODI's.. IRONY

  • on February 6, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Hahahahhaha... its a sport all you guys must understand that... every one cant win and as well india will be a side that can loose matchers too.... so give them some time... coz talking is eazy but doing the work is so hard.... Like you all can get the job done.....

  • valvolux on February 6, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I think the way Mike Hussey and co. batted after the rain break was superb. They scored at nearly 10 rpo for the final 17 overs after the resumption - leaving a score that only required a run rate of 6.7 over 32 overs. Going by how much easier the batting was after the storm (or that's how it appeared) - this was certainly India's game to lose. The husseys are masters of limited overs - they just rack up singles and twos off the good balls and put away the bad balls. This gave them the momentum that they lacked during the batting power play where the guys tried to bash the ball out of the ground rather than take the easy runs. The rain almost always favours the side batting second…particularly when both captains know rain is going to be about before hand. So no excuses from the Indians. After such a dismal start by the aussies, this was a fantastic victory.

  • satish619chandar on February 6, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Rahul Sharma should be the first choice spinner after this performance.. Ashwin s lacking something and not consistent enough with his length and line.. I thought D Hussey was more consistent than Ashwin until now in all matches.. No use in having variation unless you can bowl normal delivery well consistently.. We saw downfall of Mendis only because of this reason..

  • satish619chandar on February 6, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas : Its rather very critical comment.. I would rather wait for a couple of matches before coming to conclusion.. Picking 3 spinners when the rain was predicted in first innings was the worst thing to happen.. Plus, with this composition, we should have batted first.. So, even after winning toss, we bowled first.. If the captain was thinking captain, he should have stopped using fast bowlers by 6th over and saved them for later as it was threatening to rain and give it to Ashwin irrespective of the outcome.. I would say "Ridiculous planning" from team mgmt..

  • karthik_raja on February 6, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Perfect article.. Game is lost whn only 2 medium pacers r selected.. Batsmen cant b blamed always.. Its the bowlers for whom Fielding is chosen to give thm better conditions.. They failed terribly.. Too many short balls from Ashwin.. And Jadeja, u cant bowl no-balls @ this level.. And full toss as free-hit.?? That too, the last ball of the match..??hmm.. U cant do that.. Hope u all come good in next match..

  • RISHI2016 on February 6, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    previously this was a speculation...now its known...for whatever reasons , Dhoni does not like Irfan Pathan... The logic was useless.. And was he surprised when Vinay bowled in 140s.. If Khan is injured get a replacement. why not blood someone like Dinda or try unknown Rituraj Singh.... Rahul Sharma looks promising and Irrfan in any time is much better a player than likes of Jadeja...perhaps would nothave gone @ the rate of 15 RPO...

  • truebleue_cricfan on February 6, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Question - What is Tendulkar doing in the ODI team? Doesnt bowl, fields at third man or fine leg, doesnt bat long enough. I can understand his wanting to play test matches, but I just cannot comprehend what joy he gets by playing ODIs. It is beyond me why he doesnt make way for some youngster. This is his first ODI after the WC final, but should he even be playing this?

  • karthik_raja on February 6, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    I hv always had this feeling.. Dhoni is a man of Stubbornness.. He will always try to prove that wt he did is right.. Hmm.. Heard abt Plan B frm him lot of times.. Bt, never seen such a plan on field(except for setting defensive field).. Its more likely he will go with same squad for next match to prove that he can win with the same team.. He has done this in the past.. If he don't repeat it now, its good for team India.. I am not against any particular player. I will support any1 who turns for Ind Team.. Bt, this match don't require 3 full time spinners.. Irfan shud hv been in, esp whn Zak is missing.. Or atleast Umesh in for either of Kumars to add variety to attack.. We hv 2 left arm swing bowlers, 2 right arm swing bowlers, 1 145+ fast bowler, 1 sla bowler, 1 off spinner and 1 leg spinner.. Add to that, we hv Raina/Rohit/Kohli's part time options.. I really cant understand wt Dhoni mean by "We also have to see the resources we have got".. Can any1 explain..??

  • on February 6, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Dhoni's Strategy is looking very ordinary... Pathan is a Left hand bowler their are no similarity between Praveen Venay and Pathan bowling styles,, he is preferring Jadeja who is bit a bowler bit a batsmen not a complete all rounder and on the Aus pitches he is completely useless........

  • theswami on February 6, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    We do have talent @ home,employ them ...Pankaj Singh,Rituraj singh, L.Balaji, V.Yomahesh, J.Kaushik, A.Dinda.

  • logicalthinking on February 6, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    @Mohsin Nisar: correction buddy india's population is 1.2 BILLION. the 100 MILLION u missed could account for all of AUS/SA/ENG/NZ............LOLl. On a serious note u have raised a v. valid point. I feel we should have 6 teams. 2 for each format. 1 team trained all yr round for overseas conditions and 1 team for sub conditions. WITH INDIA'S POPULATION n MONEY BCCI CHURNS OUT ISNT IT POSSIBLE??

  • ESPioNage007 on February 6, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    I don't see the point of Jadeja in the team who is a proven "Match Loser". India lost 2 T20 world cups because of him and the main reason of India winning the 2011 World cup was that Jadeja was not a part of the team. If there was a "culprit of the match" award like Man of the match, then jadeja would get the maximum awards in this category.

  • maxximoo on February 6, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Well after reading these and recent comments I have come to the conclusion that India are a nation of 1.1 billion selectors. But also there is such a large variety in the proposed 11's. There seems to be the assumption that if they left player A out and put player B in they would have won easily. I disagree. Considering yesterday's ODI and the test series preceding, I think that India have been thoroughly outplayed by a better team in most if not all areas of the game. I have seen one comment that said India had underestimated the opposition. This is closer to the truth. I think hitting the nail on the head would be to say India over-estimated themselves. I do hope this trend reverses quickly so we can all enjoy great cricket regardless of the winner......Wednesday should be interesting.......

  • Abhimanyu on February 6, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    India should be playing Umesh Yadav instead Ashwin who has done absolutely nothing in the 4 tests, 2 T20s and 1 ODI so far. He has been the biggest disappointment when you look at the Indian bowling in Australia. He has even lost his control over the ball and have been bowling those loose deliveries in every match that he has played so far. When you compare him with Rahul Sharma, Ashwin looks like some club net bowler and that it exactly what he is and nothing more. Let him play in his club Chennai Super Kings he is not talented enough to be playing international cricket for sure.

  • on February 6, 2012, 6:56 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...

  • joseyesu on February 6, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    The selection of 11 is poor. It is like Aus playing with fast bowlers in Ind pitch. Irfan should get nod for either Ashwin or jadeja. Give Ashwin a break.

  • on February 6, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    India in these condition must have Umesh(Express) , Praveen Kumar(Swing) , zaheer/Vinay ( this because Zaheer will not play the next world cup). Also since they are in Aus Pathan should be preferred over Jadeja. If Dhoni wants he could possibly promote Jadeja or Pathan to Open. Sachin and Sehwag must be rested , Sachin will not play the next world cup and it looks the same with Sehwag, who has fielded badly and batted even worse. India must try out combinations keeping the world cup in mind, VB series or any series in Aus comes once in 2-3 years , its here that Team must be built. If Sachin is included he must bat No 4 , because if Yuvi comes back , he will bat there. Also Ashwin/Ojha/Rahul must be chosen, currently Rahul sharma looks better than Ashwin. Who I think needs a few days to rediscover himself.

  • zenboomerang on February 6, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Well I hope that Dhoni has looked at the game schedule - WACA, 2xAO, 2xGabba, SCG, BO... 5 games that really suit pace attacks so U Yadav & Zaheer have to be used or rotated with Irfan Pathan - the 3 bowlers he didn't use in the 1st Tri-nations... Rahul Sharma is the only specialist spin bowler that I would keep - Oz only used 4 specialist bowlers & 1 all-rounder... Even David Hussey didn't get bowled & should be an example why 3 specialist spinners are a waste of resources on Oz pitches...

  • dongiri on February 6, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Dropping Sehwag who made 219 in his last ODI is a crime. India keeps making the mistake of selecting test team based on T20, for ODI based on test performance, etc. I don't think Sehwag is too bad a bowler than Jadeja and he is a matchwinner when compared with Jadeja's batting. The fith bowler's quota could easily be completed by Rohit, Sehwag, Raina, and Kohli. My bet would on Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Umesh Yadhav, Zaheer/Vinay, Ashwin/Jadeja.

  • max234 on February 6, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    dhoni is making a sme mistake which he made in england playing with 2 seamers.there is no good back up bowler like ganguly.there r plenty of part time spinners so there's no way of going with 3 spinners and yet they play them again n again.and for IRFAN if has come just now then why the others who r here for 1 month does not doing well????

  • syedmkr on February 6, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Dhoni's strategy to use part-time spinners soon after end of rain is backfired him. Further he should have realized that both Hussey brothers are smart against spinners as Dhoni himself the captain of David Hussey in Chennai SuperKings very well know he will play spin effectively and fed him lot of spin to him; he made the huge score faster than T20.

  • gopaldhal on February 6, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Let's see how many more opportunities they give to Sachin to score his 100th hundred. He could not score in tests so he was included in one dayers. It did not come at England, it did not come against West Indies at home and I am sure it will not come in Australia. BCCI should invite Zimbabwe for a series in India so that he can score his hundred and retire.

  • JustIPL on February 6, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Remarkable relationship b/w IPL and Indian youngsters, a day before Jadeja the best fielder and a day after the worst bowler. Anyway, this is the starting point to up the ladder and without Tendulkar(We pray that he makes a hundred and then retires to save us from boring cricket) it will be more meaningful for India.

  • on February 6, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Is it really that hard to find 2 fast bowlers bowling with genuine speed from a country of 1.1 billion population?

  • cosair on February 6, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    India lost the game after having 3 spinners and allowing Australia to bat first. Jadeja bowled a ridiculous last over. There is no excuse for a spinner to bowl a no ball. India needs to go in with 3 seamers even if they lack pace. Tendulkhar should seriously consider retiring. He is just a liablility to the team.

  • amarasir123 on February 6, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    India should drop Sachin Thendulkar, there is no point having a player for the sake of getting his 100th international hundred. My question is why didn't Umesh yadav get chance to play the 1st ODI after doing so well in the test series as well as Irfan. Mr. Dhoni should come up with a clear a idea for the rest of the series or it will be a very ordinary series for India.

  • on February 6, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    i realize that people are criticizing sachin. he looks good at the crease. there is nothing technically wrong with how he is batting. the only time i doubted his technique was in england. but he is solid as ever throughout the series. the problem is everytime he is settled a flurry of wickets keep going at the other end in the test series. nothing was wrong with tendulkars dismissal in 1st odi. it was a great shot from middle of the bat and was spectacularly caught by ponting. the only thing is that he usually doesnt play a flashy cover drive on this knee. if anyone is to be blamed are the other batsmens technique and dhoni using only subcontinent tactics

  • .vaka. on February 6, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    i think the problem is not with the team it's just based on team selection......dhoni should be rested first....i think it's time 4 dhoni... i think dhoni should think about team also...ashwin should be rested as he is playing from the westindies tour..

  • mc1987 on February 6, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    There's always an "excuse" (or 15) when India lose. It's never about being outplayed by the 'better' opposition, it always revolves around what they did wrong. The simple facts are: Australia are ranked Number One in ODIs (by a SIGNIFICANT margin) and playing at home. India may have won the World Cup in home conditions, but they continue to disappoint overseas in what was their 8th consecutive overseas ODI without a win. Australia continue to introduce new players & youth throughout amongst the three formats of the game and the results are showing where as India stick with the tired & predictable and expect the same results... well, it's not going to happen.

  • wake_up_india on February 6, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    The prognosis is finally out. None of Indian batsmen in this team, perhaps in all India, can play fast, bouncy, accurate swing bowling. Why are we not surprised? Now let this team lose in peace and stop asking them to do what they have no training for. Go out, team India, and enjoy the game and by the way, watch how the rest of the world play the game you call cricket back home.

  • Dhsquarem on February 6, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    I think India failed due to bad policy. India played test at the same venue and knew that spinners do not do well on these pitches. Why would you play three spinners?.. Also Jadeja and Ashwin bowling short ball did not help. Doherty did very well, because he was bowling flat and full. He did not give any room for batsman to get under the ball or go to backfoot and play a shot. But Indian spinners did not bowl full. Dhoni should have played Umesh in place of Ashwin. Also I am not sure of Tendulkar in one day series. He is not so confident in front of good pace bowling like Aussies are producing. He is playing so far wide and away from his body, that he can never keep it down to the ground. Why not give chance to Tiwary?.. He is also a good fielder. He would save few more runs than Sachin as well. Raina still can not play short ball.

    My suggestion for the playing team and batting order, Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Dhoni, Rohit, Tiwary, Irfan, Jadeja, Umesh, Vinay, Zaheer.

  • RJHB on February 6, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Part time spinners do work in Australia on our pitches, but you can't base an attack around them. Sure India may not have enough gun seamers but whoever you have in your side, wherever you are playing, you have to BOWL WELL! I totally agree with comments from the likes of maheshrathi on (February 05 2012, 21:51 PM GMT), if India bowl like that, they'll get massacred nine times out of ten even in India! We know they can bowl well, i'm sure the World Cup win wasn't a complete fluke, they just need to change their attitude and actually show some heart. This is one of THE worst prepared, most poorly selected and worst led touring sides I've seen come to Australia in thirty years of watching cricket!

  • on February 5, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    I would put Irfan in right away just because he can bowl and can put few runs in a hurry.India needs more all rounders. What's going on with Yusuf Pathan ? Compare to some of the kids playing now, he is much much better player.

  • gpm86 on February 5, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    I think the problem is batters as well as the bowlers. Dont exclude the batters from being the problem.

  • maheshrathi on February 5, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    I could not disagree more! If these spinners bowl like this, they will go for runs even in India. I do agree that we should have played 3 seamers, but not for the reasons you cite. The reason was the problem gripping the wet ball.

    What has really puzzled me is the way Sachin has gotten out all through this tour, after looking solid all the way until the point when he gets out.

  • spinkingKK on February 5, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    "We don't have a fast bowling allrounder" Are you serious? The reason for him saying this is, "Irfan has just came into the side". So, just coming into the side is no good? So, you want the allrounder to be in the side for an year to give him a chance? Dhoni and Fletcher should start using the pinch hitter in ODI's like this. Praveen Kumar is a big hitter and he should have been sent in place of Raina to boost the run rate. If he fails, it was not the end of the world and the normal service of playing to lose the match could have still continued.

  • on February 5, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    i hope dhoni will learn from his mistake... and play a third seamer in next match instead of ashwin... dhoni... please remember that u are playin in australia and not india... so play 3 seamers...

  • on February 5, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    India beaten full stop. Not good enough is the reason.

  • bondbonddb on February 5, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    I don't know y dhoni is not giving chance to irfan pathan. He is also playing politics. India is finished now. They are preparing to play in IPL which is enoough for them to earl lot of money. India is playing worst than bangladesh. 110 crore ppl of population and never produced good bowler like mcgrath, wasim akram, marshall, etc. We have so many talented players but becaz of politicis they are not getting chances.

  • Mohd123 on February 5, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    IT IS BETTER TO CHNAGE THE BATTING ORDER, PLEASE ASK DHONI TO CHNAGE THE ORDER FROM 11 TO 1, WE WANT BOWLERS TO OPEN THE INNINGS AND LETS SEE THEY CAN WIN THE MATCH FOR US. SHAME ON THESE PLAYERS

  • npse on February 5, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Winning the toss and bowling when all through this series we have seen the kind of ordinary bowling the Indian team has dished out. Ashwin and Jadeja must be dropped if Dhoni has any credibility left. The problem is very clear, Captain , Coach and the bowlers. I cannot see anything good happening for the INDIAN team unless this entire structure is dismantled. Dhoni dislikes Irfan and will not select him just like Ohja who went back without been selected, This Indian team is an embarasment!!!

  • on February 5, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    dhoni and flecher responsible for this loss..... poor team selection in overcast australian condition with playing 2 spinner .. with 2 medium pacer.....( 120 kmp ) lol... and 3 part timer......its not fault of ashwin or jadeja... u cant expect them to deliver best in australian condtion . after rain .. shame on dhoni for poor tactics

  • ultrasnow on February 5, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    I have no idea what are India's plan A, B or C. The only plan that seems to be working is plan D (D for defeat)

  • on February 5, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Sid yaar, u write so true and awesome...u drain out my frustations...not bcoz the team is not performing..but coz the ppl around me cant see that really its the culture, mindset or whtever thts degenerated and rotting in Team India...whos responsible for it, mmm I have some very mean sounding ideas for an Indian fan there...hope u'll write tht sumday...cheers good writer.

  • amarnath79 on February 5, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Why is Bhajji not in the team? He is a better bowler than Ashwin any day and in any form of cricket. He is a better fielder. They are probably same in batting. Bhajji has had 2 hundreds in test cricket and 6-7 fifties.

  • on February 5, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Is Dhoni a lawyer secretly?

  • on February 5, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    I really want to understand how some people here say sachin tendulkar can't bat, bowl or field. I hope you can be a better batsman than sachin when you say this. Even the world's top class players don't dare it. A $2 million player cannot justify his role by stopping few runs in the field, scoring 19 runs and giving those 19 away in just one over. Every player will have tough times. Sachin was the one who started this tour well at MCG and SCG. There is no support from anyone except Dravid who later on failed. Also please understand that some who did extremely well in Ranji matches is not guaranteed to do well on bouncy aussie tracks. Having said that, I believe manoj deserves a chance to be tested. Please show some restraint while speaking about the likes of sachin, ponting, dravid and the rest. They are the best whether you accept it or not.

  • Twenty20Sucks on February 5, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Siddharth, you are being much too charitable to Dhoni and company in trying to come up with rational explanations for their pathetic performance. What I see is a persistent underestimation of the Australian team on the part of the Indian team leadership. It's as if they step on to the field expecting to win and are immediately surprised by the quality of their opponents' cricket. They seem unwilling to do the hard work of self-examination and correction. With their fatalistic attitude towards the game, victories (if any) will come only through random individual performances. It's the 90s all over again.

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    i think we should send ccl players to Australia....

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Don't know why? Indian used to destroy new fast bowlers by reducing their pace, so they can bowl on certain line or length. Here in Pakistan we never do this, if you wana change natural instinct of a fast bowler then he will be no where. You are killing the bowler by doing this. Let him bowl fast, let him be aggressive. In this way may be he goes for some runs but surly his strike rate will be much better.

  • 12thman on February 5, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    For some reason Dhoni has lost his enthusiasm. In Australia if you want to win the strongest side needs to be on the park. Gautham Gambhir and Suresh Raina need to be sent back to the NCA to rectify their technique against serious short pitched deliveries. Kohli & Rohit have done reasonably well but they can't always carry the side. Sehwag is getting old and the Aussie bowlers have worked him out and he is never going to do well on this tour. Its curtains for Zaheer Khan. You cannot all the time get injured on every overseas tour and hope to be the leader of the attack. In due course Umesh Yadav will take over this role. But for the time being he should not have the shadow of Zaheer Khan looming over him in the side. So Zaheer needs to retire and go and get married and settle down and serve India as a bowling coach like McDermott. Nothing can be said about Tendulkar. Ashwin is stale. If anyone needs a rest it is him. He has been bowling non-stop since the Windies tour. Not able to writ

  • on February 5, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    ha ha ha this.... again the same old story.... dhoni is stubborn.. he will not change anything...at least he could change the batting order by promoting himself up in the order... leaving out sehwag and bringing sachin in was ridiculous... still india is looking for sachin's century than india's win... i dont think even god can save india in overseas testing conditions... they are tigers in flat placid tracks.. thanks god world cup was in subcontinet.....

  • ccrriicc on February 5, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Resources - ask Mr. Srikkanth - with the bowling attack that we have - there is no plan B, what plan B - Mr. Dhoni is in for more of the same - only Rahul Sharma looked like a wicket taker! Batting - is brilliant ( on the tattered paper of Indian selcetors). We will wait for then to fire - they will eventually - but the Indian criket lovers must see this - Australia was far superior, far superior. Do what Sahara did and you will feel good!

  • Sri_chicago on February 5, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Once again, it is Captain Dumb and Dumber who is causing India a major headache. As you rightly pointed out Ashwin has been average all tour and I dont follow why he is an automatic selection every time. Pathan is full of confidence and waiting for his opportunity - if not picked now he might well bowl badly later on when he is eventually selected, after India have lost atleast 6 games. Case in point being Rohit - who was in the form and confidence of his life when he landed in Oz, only to watch from the sidelines for months - and finally when he has got a chance it is but natural that he is over eager to succeed and not playing each ball on its merit.

  • on February 5, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Why dhoni doesn't want Irfan in final XI ,if he apply defensive Strategy for rest of the series India never win single game in Australia drop Ashwin he got lot of chance in this tour he is gud blower but now he's moral is down. and one more think we should replace ducan grandpaaaaaaaa !!!!!!!

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 5, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    India's biggest mistake was playing Tendulkar. He can't bat, bowl, or field. The second mistake was playing with only two pacers. If Zaheer was injured, India should have played Irfan Pathan instead of Ashwin. Ashwin is a poor spinner and even poorer fielder. Maybe play Manoj Tiwary instead of Suresh Raina. Manoj was in excellent form in recently concluded Ranji Trophy.

  • m_ilind on February 5, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Let's give credit to the Aus batting for putiing up a competitive score, rather than blaming Dhoni's captaincy. Chasing 218 in 32 overs was always going to be tough given India's batting form.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 5, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    FROM HIS INTERVIEW , I DON'T THINK HE WILL PLAY PATHAN IN ANY MATCHES OF THIS SERIES .

  • S.Jagernath on February 5, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar might have made a mistake returning to this format,considering the last game he played was the world cup final,that was the perfect send off for this format.Suresh Raina failed in a chase again,the selectors truly protect Raina.Shikhar Dhawa,Abhinav Mukund,Cheteshwar Pujara can play as well as Donald Bradman even but Raina will still be preferred.Gautam Gambhir's performances are not getting any better either,his struggles are disappointing as he would have been expected to be one of the experienced players to remain after Rahul Dravid,VVS Laxman & Tendulkar retired but he might have leave with them.Ajinkya Rahane,Abhinav Mukund or Shikhar Dhawan are available to India,but the BCCI will still ignore them.

  • ahweak on February 5, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    The Indian team should just return home and play all their cricket at home.

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    no problem, lets hope India can bownce back in the series and clinch the title, comn india..,,, win or loose india is the best..

  • Nampally on February 5, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Once again Dhoni screwed up the XI. How can he go into any match on Australian pitch with 2 seamers @125 KPH? If ZAK was not available, why is Yadev sitting on the bench? With so many off spinners ( Raina, Rohit Sharma & Sehwag0 Why can't Ashwin rested? Resting Sehwag in a side with no batting is diabolical. Sehwag & Tendulkar are the only 2 double centurians in the ODI history.Sehwag at the top will always give 25 runs @SR of >100. That is a huge +. Gambhir could be rested any time. Also on a green pitch Irfan pathan is better than Jadeja, even if he bowls at <130 KPH, just like Praveen. Further more a left hand seamer for 2 left handed openers is far better tactics than 2 RH Seamers.Dhoni's knowledge of Cricket is shocking, when he gives an excuse to drop Pathan. The fact is Dhoni has 2 all rounders, wrist leg spinner,host of off spinners, a seamer @ 150 KPH+ 2 LH seamers in the squad.Excuse- NO variety in bowlers? Dhoni screws up the XI each time & justifies sadly with excuses!

  • NSGD on February 5, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    How can one expect them to win when they go in with wrong team selection of 2 seam bowlers and 3 spinners, to follow that the rain halts the match and there is nothing left for spinners, and to top that fielding that gave away 20-30 runs extra. Let's not talk about batting here :(

  • bombay4u on February 5, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Just want type of players do we have, Jadeja is IPL player who got ton of money, but i cannot remember him taking 5 wickets or scoring a century, Raina has been indefferent and Rohit loves to dessapoint whenever people are behind him, after vegitating in the nets for test series he is back to his old habits about being predictable risky player. Not even sure what Sachin's problem any more as he seems to find a way to get out all the time, Gambir love to flirt with rising ball and does not learn to leave them alone ever. I never understood why we need three spinners in a side, even in india let alone Au. Irfan instead of Rahul would have provided mediam pace and bating option, done worry about the speed , it not having 3 spinners that count. Dhoni seems to suffer from amnecia when statergy comes up, its not right to play 3 snpiners, especailly when you have Raina who can bowl some spin too. When we would get it all right i just dont know. I did think two openenors bowled very well.

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Dhoni c'mon u are saying that Irfan has just come in. so was praveen kumar in Australia for a month? Vinay and Praveen are same type of bowlers. Irfan could have added a variety with his left arm bowling plus he is a more than handy bat as well. He should have been picked in place of jadeja. It kinda looks like dhoni didnt want irfan in this squad by the way he is talking. He is the only thing India have who is close to a bowling all-rounder. Encourage him and allow him 2 get his confidence back. There was a time when he was the spearhead of indian attack.dude still has plenty of years left and who else other than the captain will encourage his players.

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

    Sachin is supposed to play in important series for Team India and will 'rest' in unimportant series. He is becoming a laughing stock. 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. Gambhir seems to poke his nose at everything that shouldn't concern him ala women who have lot of free-time. He should be dropped. Wonder how this middle-order that hasn't succeeded in ODIs is ready to represent our middle-order in test matches? Dhoni shouldn't be playing cricket at international level. Streel level - yes.

  • MINHAJAHMEDKHAN on February 5, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    MAHI YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN IRFAN,FORGET EVEN IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING WITH HIM,HE ADDS QUALITY TO YOUR TEAM,LEFT ARM,IN SWING,BETTER BATSMAN & A VERY GOOD FIELDER THAN ALL YOUR FAST BOWLERS.DONT DROP ASHWIN BUT REST HIM.IF YOU CANNOT PLAY A MAN WHO MADE 200 ODD IN HIS LAST ONE DAY,ONLY YOU ARE TO BLAME.WHAT'S THE NEED TO TAKE SACHIN,HE IS NOT GOING TO PLAY 2015 WORLD CUP ANY WAY.THE WAY YOU ARE SUPPORTING UMESH,PK & VINAY,JUST PUT SAME PAT ON IRFAN IN FEW MATCHES,YOU WILL SEE HOW HE PERFORMS,ZAK IS ALWAYS INJURY PRONE,HE IS 33 NOW,HE WILL ALSO NOT THERE IN 2015 WORLD CUP,WHY PLAY HIM,IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO LOOK FAR,SEE WHO WILL BE THERE IN 2015,,PLAY TAKING THAT IN MIND,JADEJA HAS TO BE THERE,SO ONE OTHER SPINNER+JADEJA & RAINA WITH IRFAN,PK & VINAY YOU HAVE 6 BOWLERS APART GAMBHIR,VIRAT,ROHIT,MSD,STILL YOU HAVE LIBERTY TO PICK 2 BATSMEN.YOU ARE THE BEST PERSON & YOU KNOW WHO TO PLAY.BEST OF LUCK FOR REST MATCHES.DONT RIDE HIGH ON ONE WIN,WE WILL WIN SURE,LOVE PLAYERS U DONT LIKE ALSO

  • here2rock on February 5, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Tendulkar and Gambir as openers is going to be a disaster. There will always be an early wicket and pressure. You can no play in Australia with 2 pace bowlers. Why is Irfan Pathan in the side if he is not going to play? Ashwin is a terrible choice in ODIs. He is unfit and over weight. He is slow in the outfield. Terrrible selection policies from the Indians on the whole tour and they are paying for it.

  • on February 5, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Irfan and Zaheer must be in playing 11. Irfan is far better than P kumar and Vinay kumar.

  • dsig3 on February 5, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    The Kumars may have bowled tidy against us, but you are not going to get alot of batsmen out except for the odd frustrated shot. When you dont threaten the opposition you will always get runs scored against you sooner or later. Australia have a real attack. Why are you guys not playing Ishant and Yadav? If you play them you will match us with a genuine attack. The Kumars are ok at keeping runs down but are not strike weapons. Use the fast men to strike and the spinners to defend.

  • on February 5, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Slight exaggeration by sidharth...He mentions Aus benefiting partially due to weather because spinners had to be used instead of pace instead of full quota. Im sorry but India had it easier knowing exactly whats on the board and what tempo to go at when India batted. Aus were disadvantaged going at 3 runs per over before weather and went at over 8 run per over after. India on the other hand had to only go at 6.75 for entire duration with all ten wickets in hand...If anything the rain disadvantged Aus way more and if the India pace attack is so much better then their spinners then where were they during the tests. I expect India pace aka vinay the million dollar man to get found sooner then later like he was in perth.

  • rustyryan on February 5, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Drop CSK players - Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja and if possible Dhoni himself.. Then team would easily win...

  • nskaile on February 5, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    I still think Dhoni is the best bet fo captaining the indian side but since he lost to Eng, hes been little stubborn when picking his side. Fo Ex - hes keep playing V kumar, which is alright but why not give chance to I pathan in 2ed T20? Even Ishant keep playing after takin no wickets against Eng or Wi, Aus. Look like he just wants to prove ppl wrong by keep playing same side and hoping one day they will pull it off and show eveone tht I WILL WIN AND WILL DO It ONLY WITH THIS SIDE

  • crikbuff on February 5, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Spot on - India lost the match because of poor team selection. With the pitch and overhead conditions, selecting only 2 seamers was idiotic. The think tank should go for a brain scan. Hopefully, this series should burst the bubbles called - Ashwin, Raina and Jadeja - and we should never see these fraudsters representing India again!

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  • crikbuff on February 5, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Spot on - India lost the match because of poor team selection. With the pitch and overhead conditions, selecting only 2 seamers was idiotic. The think tank should go for a brain scan. Hopefully, this series should burst the bubbles called - Ashwin, Raina and Jadeja - and we should never see these fraudsters representing India again!

  • nskaile on February 5, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    I still think Dhoni is the best bet fo captaining the indian side but since he lost to Eng, hes been little stubborn when picking his side. Fo Ex - hes keep playing V kumar, which is alright but why not give chance to I pathan in 2ed T20? Even Ishant keep playing after takin no wickets against Eng or Wi, Aus. Look like he just wants to prove ppl wrong by keep playing same side and hoping one day they will pull it off and show eveone tht I WILL WIN AND WILL DO It ONLY WITH THIS SIDE

  • rustyryan on February 5, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Drop CSK players - Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja and if possible Dhoni himself.. Then team would easily win...

  • on February 5, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Slight exaggeration by sidharth...He mentions Aus benefiting partially due to weather because spinners had to be used instead of pace instead of full quota. Im sorry but India had it easier knowing exactly whats on the board and what tempo to go at when India batted. Aus were disadvantaged going at 3 runs per over before weather and went at over 8 run per over after. India on the other hand had to only go at 6.75 for entire duration with all ten wickets in hand...If anything the rain disadvantged Aus way more and if the India pace attack is so much better then their spinners then where were they during the tests. I expect India pace aka vinay the million dollar man to get found sooner then later like he was in perth.

  • dsig3 on February 5, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    The Kumars may have bowled tidy against us, but you are not going to get alot of batsmen out except for the odd frustrated shot. When you dont threaten the opposition you will always get runs scored against you sooner or later. Australia have a real attack. Why are you guys not playing Ishant and Yadav? If you play them you will match us with a genuine attack. The Kumars are ok at keeping runs down but are not strike weapons. Use the fast men to strike and the spinners to defend.

  • on February 5, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Irfan and Zaheer must be in playing 11. Irfan is far better than P kumar and Vinay kumar.

  • here2rock on February 5, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Tendulkar and Gambir as openers is going to be a disaster. There will always be an early wicket and pressure. You can no play in Australia with 2 pace bowlers. Why is Irfan Pathan in the side if he is not going to play? Ashwin is a terrible choice in ODIs. He is unfit and over weight. He is slow in the outfield. Terrrible selection policies from the Indians on the whole tour and they are paying for it.

  • MINHAJAHMEDKHAN on February 5, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    MAHI YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN IRFAN,FORGET EVEN IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING WITH HIM,HE ADDS QUALITY TO YOUR TEAM,LEFT ARM,IN SWING,BETTER BATSMAN & A VERY GOOD FIELDER THAN ALL YOUR FAST BOWLERS.DONT DROP ASHWIN BUT REST HIM.IF YOU CANNOT PLAY A MAN WHO MADE 200 ODD IN HIS LAST ONE DAY,ONLY YOU ARE TO BLAME.WHAT'S THE NEED TO TAKE SACHIN,HE IS NOT GOING TO PLAY 2015 WORLD CUP ANY WAY.THE WAY YOU ARE SUPPORTING UMESH,PK & VINAY,JUST PUT SAME PAT ON IRFAN IN FEW MATCHES,YOU WILL SEE HOW HE PERFORMS,ZAK IS ALWAYS INJURY PRONE,HE IS 33 NOW,HE WILL ALSO NOT THERE IN 2015 WORLD CUP,WHY PLAY HIM,IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO LOOK FAR,SEE WHO WILL BE THERE IN 2015,,PLAY TAKING THAT IN MIND,JADEJA HAS TO BE THERE,SO ONE OTHER SPINNER+JADEJA & RAINA WITH IRFAN,PK & VINAY YOU HAVE 6 BOWLERS APART GAMBHIR,VIRAT,ROHIT,MSD,STILL YOU HAVE LIBERTY TO PICK 2 BATSMEN.YOU ARE THE BEST PERSON & YOU KNOW WHO TO PLAY.BEST OF LUCK FOR REST MATCHES.DONT RIDE HIGH ON ONE WIN,WE WILL WIN SURE,LOVE PLAYERS U DONT LIKE ALSO

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

    Sachin is supposed to play in important series for Team India and will 'rest' in unimportant series. He is becoming a laughing stock. 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. Gambhir seems to poke his nose at everything that shouldn't concern him ala women who have lot of free-time. He should be dropped. Wonder how this middle-order that hasn't succeeded in ODIs is ready to represent our middle-order in test matches? Dhoni shouldn't be playing cricket at international level. Streel level - yes.

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Dhoni c'mon u are saying that Irfan has just come in. so was praveen kumar in Australia for a month? Vinay and Praveen are same type of bowlers. Irfan could have added a variety with his left arm bowling plus he is a more than handy bat as well. He should have been picked in place of jadeja. It kinda looks like dhoni didnt want irfan in this squad by the way he is talking. He is the only thing India have who is close to a bowling all-rounder. Encourage him and allow him 2 get his confidence back. There was a time when he was the spearhead of indian attack.dude still has plenty of years left and who else other than the captain will encourage his players.