India v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Perth February 7, 2012

Struggling World Cup finalists meet again

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Match facts

February 8, Perth
Start time 1220 (0420 GMT)

Big Picture

Just over 10 months have passed since that Wankhede night, last April. Within that period, the fates of the two teams that brought the best out of each other in that memorable World Cup final have nose-dived in bizarre style. India have been mercilessly stripped of their No. 1 Test ranking, the sunset on their golden generation of batsmen hastened by eight successive away drubbings. But their one-day outfit still holds promise, with the energy of fresh legs and the power of broad bats, for the moment at least, masking the worry of poor techniques on quick pitches.

Sri Lanka have had it worse. Finishing second-best in two successive World Cup finals is a tragedy in itself, but even that pales in comparison to what has transpired since. They have endured series after wretched series, home and away, against Australia, Pakistan and South Africa, with no silverware to show for their efforts except in the Twenty20 format. Their players haven't been paid by a board that is now bankrupt. Battered on the field and off it, Sri Lanka are already under their third captain since the World Cup. Mahela Jayawardene led them in the 2008 edition of the CB series, and his reluctant return to the musical chair gives rise to the uneasy feeling that Sri Lanka haven't progressed in four seasons.

Both teams are desperate for the familiarity of better times, and their first encounter since Wankhede will provide them just that. No two sides have played each other more often in ODI history, especially in recent years - 34 of their 129 clashes came between 2008 and 2010. This series kicks off another glut of games between these thick foes, with the Asia Cup and a bilateral series in Sri Lanka to follow in quick succession. Establishing early supremacy in Australia could prove integral in determining which side heals better in the coming months.

Form guide

India LWWLW (Most recent first)
Sri Lanka WWLLL

In the spotlight

MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag haven't played together in an ODI since the World Cup final, though they have individually featured in 11 and four games, respectively. When Sehwag's been fit, Dhoni has been rested. When Sehwag was expected to play, he was 'rested' in the first game of this series. Murmurs of dressing-room disagreements between India's captain and vice-captain mean their internal dynamics will be scrutinised when they take the field in Perth. Signs are that Sehwag will play - you normally don't 'rest' a batsman who smashed the highest score in ODI history in his last outing.

India wouldn't have forgotten Thisara Perera who thumped them to all corners of Mumbai in the end overs of the World Cup final. It wasn't the first time Perera showcased his big-hitting skills through the leg side, and it wasn't the last. More recently, he cracked five sixes in an unbeaten 69 off 44 balls to help Sri Lanka chase 300 against South Africa. His late-swinging yorkers could make him effective at the back-end of Sri Lanka's bowling innings too.

Team news

India won the last edition of the CB series by playing to the conditions, as opposed to their traditional strengths. Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan and Sreesanth, all played big roles with the new ball, while spin was relegated to a support role. MS Dhoni went the other way on Sunday, and the move backfired when India's three inexperienced spinners came unstuck in a rain-reduced game. The Perth track will be more amenable to pace, and Dhoni will consider bringing in Pathan for Ravindra Jadeja, whose 2.4 overs leaked 41 runs against Australia. Sehwag is expected to play, with Gautam Gambhir making way at the top of the order. Zaheer Khan or Umesh Yadav could be in line for a call-up too, since India could do with an extra yard of pace.

India: (possible) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Irfan Pathan/Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Vinay Kumar, 10 & 11 Praveen Kumar/Umesh Yadav/Zaheer Khan

Injury kept Jayawardene out of the latter stages of the ODI-leg of the South Africa tour. He will resurface in the middle order on Wednesday. On form, Angelo Mathews should make way, but the axe is likely to fall on Lahiru Thirimanne who hit a match-winning 69 in the final ODI in South Africa.

Sri Lanka: (possible) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Chanaka Welegedara/Dhammika Prasad

Pitch and conditions

The WACA strip was zippy in the Test match, and is expected to behave similarly, but it would require bowlers with real pace to make that count. The conditions in Perth are dry and hot, meaning the pitch has cracks to go with its green tinge. The teams will have an interesting time zeroing in on their bowling units.

Stats and trivia

  • India hold the advantage against Sri Lanka in ODIs, with a 68-50 head-to-head record. They also have a 2-1 advantage in games in Australia.
  • Only one batsman has scored over 3000 runs against one particular team - Sachin Tendulkar against Australia (3060). If he gets 18 runs on Wednesday, he would have repeated the feat against Sri Lanka.

Quotes

"I think they haven't played really well in the Test series. That's a plus point for us. [But] They are a different team when it comes to the one-dayers. We are up for it and we are ready to go."
Angelo Mathews isn't taking India lightly

"[On] Any day, any team can beat anybody."
Much like his batting, Virender Sehwag keeps his predictions for the series simple

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 10, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @Al_Bundy Cricket is the team Game many ocassion your great inning get noticed by hidden brilliance of other team members in the Team,Ponting,Richards and Miandad are match winner no doubt but when they were at their peak they had the best Bowling line up in their side unlike Tendulkar Who always denied the luxoury of being part of the side containning troops of World class Bowler.When you have Fearsome attack it reduces much pressure on the batting but if your bowling is average The pressure directly falls on batters.Kindly look at the stats with Bowler of calibre of Marshall,Garner,Holding,Robert,Wasim,Waqar,Aqib,Mushtaq,McGrath,Warne,Gilespie,Lee any team of Capable of defending the modest Target too where as When India batting every Indian fans hopes to score should be some where around 275 to be competative.There were so many occassion where India fails to win after scoring 250+ while WI,Aus,Pak manage to win by defending mere 150

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 9, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    SRT may or may not be comparable to Don Bradman, but I know that he is not comparable to Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards, or Javed Mianded. They were match winners who could (and can) single handedly win matches for their country. Forget about winning, our so-called GOD of cricket can't even save a match. That's why Gavaskar will always be considered the best Indian batsman. He may not have won many matches, but a number of times he single-handedly saved India from certain defeat. As Imran Khan said - Sachin should have retired after World Cup 2011 on a high. It's better to leave while there's still some respect for you.

  • on February 9, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @ Rooboy We all know the difference between Avg 99 and 55 but let me remind you both the batsman are borned in diferent era Tendulkar debut in International Cricket after more than 40 years after Bradman retirement .When Bradman were playing There havent been that much amount of Pressure,Expectation the media,where the Cricket hasbeing played in front handful of spectators addition that he mostly played against England in particular and South Africa,He hadnt visited Subcontinent to play on Turner against Quality spin bowling in those days which is still a major Challenge for the batters down Under even Today.Were as sachin has played every oppositon against Every attack and in every condition.In the First 10 years of Intnl Cricket he carry the burden of Entire nation in his shoulder were India labelled as one man team.There is media.Technology in Cricket too where minute flaws are highly exposed.llike Sachin Don Never played ODI,T20.So both are equal in their respective places

  • on February 9, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    @WKLANKA, i GUESS YOU ARE MORE INDIAN BASHER RATHER THAN SRI LANKAN SUPPORTERS WHY ARE U PUTTING YOUR WORDS STRONG ON SRI LANKAN SUPERIRTY ON BASIS IN PERFORMANCE OF BOTH THE TEAMS IN ENGLAND, AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA RESPECTIVELY,YES INDIA PLAYED BADLY OF LATE COMPARATIVELY MUCH MORE THAN SRI LANKA IN RECENT SIX MONTH NO DOUBT,BUT IF WE MAKE AN OVER ALL COMPARISON INDIA HAVE BEEN WAY AHEAD OF TWO,THEY WON WORLD CUP TWICE COMPARE O SRI LANKAN ONCE,THEY WERE DOMINANT AND WINNING POSITION BUT HAVE SHARE THE 2002 CHAMPIONS TROPHY WITH LANKAN WHICH WAS WASHED OUT IN RAIN,INDIA HAVE WON THE WORLD T20 CUP IN 2007 SRI LANKA NONE,INDIA WON THE TEST MATCH EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD SRILANKA YET TO REGISTER SINGLE TEST WIN IN INDIA AND AUSTRALIA SINCE LAST 30 YEARS,JAYSURIYA IS AN OVERRATED ,SELFISH CICKETTER DONT COMPARE HIM WITH SACHIN.LOOK AT JAYSRIYA RECORD HE ONLY BLASTED WEAK INDIAN TEAM DURING HIGH PHASE OF HIS CAREAR HAVE U REMIND US ANY OF HIS GREAT KNOCKS AGAINST AUS,SA,PAK,ENG

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 8, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    @satish619chandar : Whether Sachin calls for a substitute or not is debatable. What is not debatable is that - he is a poor fielder. Ponting and Sachin are of comparable age - but is their fielding comparable? Ponting fields like a tiger prowling the point region, while our Big 3 look like sheep being taken to a slaughterhouse.

  • satish619chandar on February 8, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    @josh2david : Sachin calls for substitute most occasions? I think you are either too critical of Sachin or not watching matches itself.. He uses substitute for very short breaks only on the field usually unless injured..

  • on February 8, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    dhoni days over now...he needs to step back as captain...whats wrong with msd...he was one of the best captain till 2009..but then started doing mistake one fafter another...1.when opposition is in trouble he goes defensive and allows oppositon to build partnerships by giving singles easily 2.when some one get hit badly he tries to stick with tht guy for next 2-3 matches so that india can get out of tournament or loose next 2-3 matches(exmple.jadeja in wt20 2010 &2009 and recent aus test series is biggest example) 3.he doesnt surprize opposition like he used to by changing order and team 4.now in aus he is playing with all his spinners at mcg??which was the reason ind lost 1st odi 5. last but not the least after getting thrash by aussies he prefer to play both ashwin and jadeja that too against side tht plays spin well and tht too at WACA??????talented yadav n irfan warming bench when side is playing on waca ..i used to be msd captaincy fan but now he is worst than sammy :)

  • on February 8, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    The good news is Thirimanne in.

  • on February 8, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    india is v good one day team nd hv lot of chances to win this match.Only thing india can not match with Sri lanka is BRAVERY. Sri lankans r v brave nd great fighters nd this is their plus point

  • on February 8, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    you can watch it live on www.espnstar.com

  • on February 10, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @Al_Bundy Cricket is the team Game many ocassion your great inning get noticed by hidden brilliance of other team members in the Team,Ponting,Richards and Miandad are match winner no doubt but when they were at their peak they had the best Bowling line up in their side unlike Tendulkar Who always denied the luxoury of being part of the side containning troops of World class Bowler.When you have Fearsome attack it reduces much pressure on the batting but if your bowling is average The pressure directly falls on batters.Kindly look at the stats with Bowler of calibre of Marshall,Garner,Holding,Robert,Wasim,Waqar,Aqib,Mushtaq,McGrath,Warne,Gilespie,Lee any team of Capable of defending the modest Target too where as When India batting every Indian fans hopes to score should be some where around 275 to be competative.There were so many occassion where India fails to win after scoring 250+ while WI,Aus,Pak manage to win by defending mere 150

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 9, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    SRT may or may not be comparable to Don Bradman, but I know that he is not comparable to Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards, or Javed Mianded. They were match winners who could (and can) single handedly win matches for their country. Forget about winning, our so-called GOD of cricket can't even save a match. That's why Gavaskar will always be considered the best Indian batsman. He may not have won many matches, but a number of times he single-handedly saved India from certain defeat. As Imran Khan said - Sachin should have retired after World Cup 2011 on a high. It's better to leave while there's still some respect for you.

  • on February 9, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @ Rooboy We all know the difference between Avg 99 and 55 but let me remind you both the batsman are borned in diferent era Tendulkar debut in International Cricket after more than 40 years after Bradman retirement .When Bradman were playing There havent been that much amount of Pressure,Expectation the media,where the Cricket hasbeing played in front handful of spectators addition that he mostly played against England in particular and South Africa,He hadnt visited Subcontinent to play on Turner against Quality spin bowling in those days which is still a major Challenge for the batters down Under even Today.Were as sachin has played every oppositon against Every attack and in every condition.In the First 10 years of Intnl Cricket he carry the burden of Entire nation in his shoulder were India labelled as one man team.There is media.Technology in Cricket too where minute flaws are highly exposed.llike Sachin Don Never played ODI,T20.So both are equal in their respective places

  • on February 9, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    @WKLANKA, i GUESS YOU ARE MORE INDIAN BASHER RATHER THAN SRI LANKAN SUPPORTERS WHY ARE U PUTTING YOUR WORDS STRONG ON SRI LANKAN SUPERIRTY ON BASIS IN PERFORMANCE OF BOTH THE TEAMS IN ENGLAND, AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA RESPECTIVELY,YES INDIA PLAYED BADLY OF LATE COMPARATIVELY MUCH MORE THAN SRI LANKA IN RECENT SIX MONTH NO DOUBT,BUT IF WE MAKE AN OVER ALL COMPARISON INDIA HAVE BEEN WAY AHEAD OF TWO,THEY WON WORLD CUP TWICE COMPARE O SRI LANKAN ONCE,THEY WERE DOMINANT AND WINNING POSITION BUT HAVE SHARE THE 2002 CHAMPIONS TROPHY WITH LANKAN WHICH WAS WASHED OUT IN RAIN,INDIA HAVE WON THE WORLD T20 CUP IN 2007 SRI LANKA NONE,INDIA WON THE TEST MATCH EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD SRILANKA YET TO REGISTER SINGLE TEST WIN IN INDIA AND AUSTRALIA SINCE LAST 30 YEARS,JAYSURIYA IS AN OVERRATED ,SELFISH CICKETTER DONT COMPARE HIM WITH SACHIN.LOOK AT JAYSRIYA RECORD HE ONLY BLASTED WEAK INDIAN TEAM DURING HIGH PHASE OF HIS CAREAR HAVE U REMIND US ANY OF HIS GREAT KNOCKS AGAINST AUS,SA,PAK,ENG

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 8, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    @satish619chandar : Whether Sachin calls for a substitute or not is debatable. What is not debatable is that - he is a poor fielder. Ponting and Sachin are of comparable age - but is their fielding comparable? Ponting fields like a tiger prowling the point region, while our Big 3 look like sheep being taken to a slaughterhouse.

  • satish619chandar on February 8, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    @josh2david : Sachin calls for substitute most occasions? I think you are either too critical of Sachin or not watching matches itself.. He uses substitute for very short breaks only on the field usually unless injured..

  • on February 8, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    dhoni days over now...he needs to step back as captain...whats wrong with msd...he was one of the best captain till 2009..but then started doing mistake one fafter another...1.when opposition is in trouble he goes defensive and allows oppositon to build partnerships by giving singles easily 2.when some one get hit badly he tries to stick with tht guy for next 2-3 matches so that india can get out of tournament or loose next 2-3 matches(exmple.jadeja in wt20 2010 &2009 and recent aus test series is biggest example) 3.he doesnt surprize opposition like he used to by changing order and team 4.now in aus he is playing with all his spinners at mcg??which was the reason ind lost 1st odi 5. last but not the least after getting thrash by aussies he prefer to play both ashwin and jadeja that too against side tht plays spin well and tht too at WACA??????talented yadav n irfan warming bench when side is playing on waca ..i used to be msd captaincy fan but now he is worst than sammy :)

  • on February 8, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    The good news is Thirimanne in.

  • on February 8, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    india is v good one day team nd hv lot of chances to win this match.Only thing india can not match with Sri lanka is BRAVERY. Sri lankans r v brave nd great fighters nd this is their plus point

  • on February 8, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    you can watch it live on www.espnstar.com

  • Rooboy on February 8, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    @Bhavesh Pandya - the thing about Bradman and Tendulkar is that one averaged 99, and one averages 55. If you cannot understand how much of a bigger number 99 is than 55 then you should have paid more attention in maths class.

  • on February 8, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    I feel Lanka bit ahead of the indian team. They won their last two games convincingly against SA and India still need lot to plat at least some good cricket. Loosing a game is not a problem. The way lost is the problem. Only first test we can say the match decided in the fourth day, the remaining all matches we lost in the day one itself. Even in the last one dayer we lost the match once we started our chase. MSD's tactics looks vulnerable now a days, using two spinners is not a good idea once you are playing in Australia. He and Mr.Srikkanth showing lot of vengeance against pathan brothers. Dropping any player is not a problem but keeping him away from the XI once he getting his rythm back is something irritating. Direct selection of raina and ashwin after their disastrous performances showing MSD's clear CSK sharp corner.

  • krish75vijay on February 8, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    can any one point out who is more fit and performance man than Tendulkar. India is yet to figure good replacement for our senior players. Time will come when Tendulkar will retire in a glorious manner.

  • zenboomerang on February 8, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    The game starts in 2 hours... Good luck to both teams - always love watching SL, Ind (&Pak) play in Oz... Often exciting & any team on their day can win...

  • zenboomerang on February 8, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    @Bijo Mathew :- "cricket is a game of good luck"... Well sometimes good/bad luck - more to do with batsmen than bowlers... Players make their own luck - positive attitude is the key ingredient to luck...

  • johnathonjosephs on February 8, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka in a real hole, but their last 2 games will give them hope... granted they were against a weakened South African Side. Thissara Perera, or the "Indian Specialist" will be key, but I think most key about this is how to manage him. You do not put him in the opening 20 overs (like Dilshan did) but he is more of a middle overs kind of bowler to be played alongside the spinners

  • on February 8, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    @josh2david. With the utmost respect I have for the great man, I will say, "give him his next 100, he will ride into the sunset, and will continue to be the beacon and guiding force for many youngsters to come in shine". Dil maange JUST one more! That's all!

  • on February 8, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    On form, Mahela should make way!

  • on February 8, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    Mr Nitin Sundar!!! Don't Take Srilanka as a Nursery Kids...Hope u'll give the Match Report after Srilanka Beat India Later this Evening Insha ALLAH.... Lions never Fallen...indians were Demolish by Pacy Pitches all Time...we Beat RSA in their Home Soul.... Our Young Bloods Ready to Goooooooooo.....

  • on February 8, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    i m sure jadeja would play.. dnt seem to understand what dhoni has against irfan pathan..

  • posybeon123 on February 8, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    viru,sachin,gauti,rohit,koli,doni,irfan,umesh,zak,pk,aswin

  • popcorn on February 8, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka will humiliate India,I predict.

  • on February 8, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    @xylo Let's talk about the team which killed a test match by batting for 4 days on a mud pitch so that two of their batsmen could score their triple centuries and beat the world record (which did not happen). Leave SRT alone, worry about your heroes and garland them and ride them on horses like you guys did after that test match.

  • Drew12 on February 8, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    @Wood Dash E The game is televised from 3pm AEST on channel 90 (GEM). I wish they would televise Australian games on GEM too. From the backup coverage we have had so far this summer when cricket has been on GEM the picture quality is noticably crisper.

  • on February 8, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    @Wood Dash E, you can watch the game on GEM, which is the alternate channel for Channel 9. It might only be a HD channel though...

  • on February 8, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    @Wood Dash. Yes, I wonder what importance the TV channels are giving to this series. Totally unsporting.

  • wjkalana on February 8, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 hey sorry mate ya its 3-0 (ha ha u just proof my point) but still its worse than our record, we 3-2 in early summer on more seam and swing friendly conditions. And our sereis decided in the last match of 5 match sereis unlike u r s. Now we have a good captain unlike Dilshan so lets see today whats gonna happen. Its gonna be a humiliate defeat for india. Raina, gambir and rohith will be malingas or pereras bunnys for their short balls. Raina will get out giving a catch to infield if he survives Malingas toe crushers. And those 3 combined will score around 50 runs. Tendulcar only plays for records and he is becoming an another jayasuriya for sri lanka by not retiring. If he scores a 100 SL will definitely win remember 100 from SRT mean opposition wins. If he doesn't india will bundled out less than 200. Talk abt india balling zahir khan max speed 130+ preveen kumar max speed 125 vinay kumar 125, irfan pathan 110. SL malinga 145+, perera 140+, welagedara 130+,

  • criclanka on February 8, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Good luck to MJ and the sri lankan team...

  • OOOM on February 8, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    @Wood Dash E - This game is being televised on GEM

  • RameshRayaprolu on February 7, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Wait for Sri Lankan comeback through this series :) !! They would definitely target to beat the "low in confidence" Indian team, rather than planning for host team Aussies..

    Get ready for further humiliation...India.. !

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    That was a good one by @ Pankaj Thakur - we have the strongest batting lineup ... lol. While we are playing Tendulkar, why not play THE WALL and VERY VERY SPECIAL LAX so that we can see them make a fool of themselves? But wait! Haven't we been watching that for the past 6 months? They can't play fast bowling, but why can't they handle second rate spin bowling of Lyon and Clarke? Rohit Sharma might have made only 21 in last ODI, but that was still 19 more than the so-called GOD of cricket.

  • on February 7, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    This game is scheduled to be telecast on GEM (Free to air HD channel) in HD! Would be an interesting game to watch.

  • on February 7, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    @WOOD DASH E. I think they are televising this match in GEM. (Which is an HD channel btw)

  • Valavan on February 7, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Haha SL IND rivalry blooming, If Malinga has a good day at office, India wont score even 180. Good luck SL, you dont have a better chance of meeting a so called world beaters who got grounded in all formats since English summer. SL has won 2 ODIs and Twenty20 series and just lost 1 test, but Indians lost altogether in England. Recently in 2010 , SL won a bilateral ODI series in OZ. So as long as India underestimate their opponents, they will hit the ground as faster than they can. Good Luck SL. Walk the talk. cricinfo please publish.

  • josh2david on February 7, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    I have to point out as ian chapell said star culture is a real problem in indian sports , the older players are not definelty yongers, remember Kholi wasnt borm when tendulkar start playing , you cant really expect from tendulkar the quick reflex, this has definetly demonstrated tendulkar rely on substitute for the filding most occasions, i beg tendulkar to move out of the way for our young talents like Rohit, Rihane and Badrinath every good things has to be an end !

  • Mahooch on February 7, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    @Wood Dash E ... it will be broadcast on GEM

  • Aaravmurali on February 7, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Spin Bowling:Drop Ashwin and keep Rahul sharma in. Allrounder: Drop Jadeja and bring Pathan in. Seamers: Bring in Yadav with PK and VK.

  • Baccanalion on February 7, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    The ideally Dhoni should bat at 3 or 4 . He has never failed when he played up the order. Sehwag should bat at his original position 6 as he is very good player of old ball and spin. Raina is a waste so should be replaced by Tiwary. R Jadeja should not be allowed to even play in his apartment complex. S tendulkar with due respect its his time to retire before he spoils he reputation by people bad mouthing him.

    1. Ajinkya Rahane 2. Gautam Gambhir 3. Virat Kohli 4. MS Dhoni 5. Rohit Sharma 6. Virender Sehwag 7. Manoj Tiwary 8. Irfan Pathan 9. R Ashwin 10. P Kumar / Rahul Sharma 11. Zaheer Khan

  • man.of.steel on February 7, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Goodluck Srilanka!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on February 7, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    @WJKALANA . INDIA LOSE IN ODIS BY 3-0 NOT 5-0 . CORRECT YOUR STATS PLAEASE . THEN TALK . WE TIED ONE MATCH &ONE MATCH WAS WASHED OUT BY RAIN .

  • on February 7, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    1) Sachin 2) Sehwag 3) Kohli 4) Rohit 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Irfan 8) Rahul Sharma 9) Jadeja 10) Zaheer 11) Praveen. but I would love to see Dhoni out of Team and Saha AS kEEPER.

    Ashwin IS Ineffective( poor fielder). Vinay Kumar(not a international level bowler). Yadav( Save n groom him for Test Matches. Tiwari(needs to be an allrounder to fit in.).

  • Ameega on February 7, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Come on SL and Indian fans! Everyone is talking about comparisons in Eng and home soil. Let it be, please give a go in this series and see who is doing better. Hope Aussies do not get the best part of it while Ind and SL are fighting for the bone!

  • AvidCricFan on February 7, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    SL will milk spinners. India needs to have pace dominated attact. India also needs more dept in batting and fielding to cover bowling weaknesses. My eleven would be: 1. Shewag, 2. Tendulkar, 3. Kohli, 4.Rohit Sharma, 5. Raina 6. Dhoni, 7. Jadeja, 8. Irfan Pathan, 9. Oja, 10. Zaheer Khan/Vinay Kumar 11. Praveen Kumar/Yadav. Yadav is liability in the field and still does not have good control. He can bleed. However, on his good day, he can give tough time to SL batsmen.

  • NewYorkCricket on February 7, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Drop Ashwin.. Get Rahul Sharma in..

  • Navraj1967 on February 7, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    My recomendation for choosing 11 tomorrow is 1. Sachin 2. Sehwag 3. Virat Kohli 4. MS Dhoni 5. Suresh Raina 6. Rohit Sharma 7. Sunil Sharma 8. Irfan Pathan 9. Praveen Kumar 10. ZAK. 11.Jadeja

  • xylo on February 7, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    ha ha... another stat for Sachin to go after, and his *fans* to drool over.

  • on February 7, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    It is absolutely a joke that this game is not being televised anywhere in Australia not on free to air and not on Pay TV.

  • on February 7, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    @wjkalana: Why this selective memory mate? If you have to go back, go back to 2003 WC too where you guys came back licking your wounds and India reached finals to lose to the rampaging Australians like you did in 2007. The point is these two teams have the worst of forms right now and even as an Indian fan am not too keen on watching them struggle against each other. May the worse team lose...

  • Nampally on February 7, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    @RAJU4KERAL: You are thinking on the right path. But BCCI's thinking is out of sink with the rest of Indian Cricket Fans. There are many easy way of doing this but the question is will BCCI do it?. Firstly: Create a pitch (es) simulating the England's green pitch, with similar bounce & seam, in a coaching camp & let the players practice there for 4-6 weeks before they tour Engalnd. Secondly create a similar pitch simulating the Australian pitch conditions regarding bounce & Seaming in a similar coaching camp. For English type of conditions to be similated you also need moist breeze blowing across. This can be done by means of blowers with controlled dampness. All this will cost few millions but with BCCI making $ 39 Million profits in 2011 can afford to do this quite easily. A third essential is for some Indian cricketers to take up pro. contacts under BCCI sponsorship in England & Australia to get used to the pitches in those countries.Will BCCI invest funds for improving Cricket?

  • MH19 on February 7, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Surprise Omission is Lahiru Thirimanna and this guy does not deserved to be dropped but Mathews for sure and also Mahela they are both out of form.God bless our Cricket.

  • wjkalana on February 7, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    @rahulcricket007,GMathews, Jay_N, FrankMeister, chapathishot And now lets discussed about SAF, somebody said about SAF B team, well it had dale stain, philander, morkel they had all their top ballers only thing they didnt had was amla and kalis. But they did their part with the bat by batting 300+ in last 2 ODIs and still SL managed to chase down that target in seaming and bouncy conditions against the top ODI balling fast balling attack in the world. As far as u guys beeting us in SL is concern just look at stat regarding the toss. MSD won the toss in colombo 2 matches so u guys won those two games and we won the toss in the last match and we won that game. That was the problem with the ground where they had to revamp the whole pitch and the ground by raising it 1 feet above the previous level to avoid the moisture coming to the surface. They did it before the WC, and neither team won those matches due to their tallent. But now if India comes to SL we can see whats gonna happen.

  • SuperStar_XI on February 7, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    My Odi 11 for the match v/s Srilanka 1 V. Sehwag ,2 S.Tendulkar 3 V.Kohli 4 R.Sharma 5 S.Raina 6 MS.Dhoni 7 I.Pathan 8 Rahul Sharma 9 V.Kumar 10 Z.Khan 11.U.Yadav

  • on February 7, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Good luck to both the Asian teams ... hopefully we see a competitive encounter Malinga vs Sachin and sehwag! From Pakistani :)

  • wjkalana on February 7, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    @rahulcricket007,GMathews, Jay_N, FrankMeister, chapathishot whoof long list, anyway lets talk about this, When I talk about bounce and seam condition I m talking about 2011 performance. Well if you guys want to talk about 2008 and beyond lets just talk about it. What happend to your India team in 2007 WC, oh let me guess they kicked out of the WC in 2007, where as SL went on to make the finals in 2007 and 2011, (so sri lanka played better in home WC campaign and away WC campaign). Well talk about recent away performance in england India lost 5-0 and test matches you lost 4-0. SL had the worst conditions in england and still lost the test sereis 1-0 and one day 3-2. Last time sl had the better conditions in england (jult aug summer in 2006) we draw the test 1-1 and won the ODI 5-0. and I saw somebody mentioned about injury to the indian team well they had the full team in test matches and still they lost 4-0. So how can we believe if you had the full team in ODIs u can win it.

  • Navraj1967 on February 7, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Rotating openers may be a good idea? What's Mr Sehwag is thinking of playing with two spinners? Are you joking because aren't you familiar with new rule? Now two balls will be used for ODI which means no ball will become too old to make a good spin? You are talking about Semi Final which was in India? During that time only one ball use to be used?

  • on February 7, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    i dnt know why everyone wants Ashwin in the team when Rahul Sharma has performed better. I will also like to include M.Tiwari in the team. I also think that Irfan should be given a chance in place of Jadeja since in Perth, the pitch has got more to offer. My playing 11->Sehwag,Sachin,Kohli,Rohit,Tiwari,Dhoni,Irfan,Rahul,Praveen,Zaheer,Umesh.

  • on February 7, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Suresh Raina / M Tiwary, 7 Rohit Sharma, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Vinay Kumar, 10 Praveen Kumar, & 11 Zaheer Khan / Irfan Pathan.

  • on February 7, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    my 11 for tomorrow's game 1. Virender Sehwag 2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Gautam Gambhir 4. Virat Kohli 5. MS Dhoni (w/c), 6. Suresh Raina / M Tiwary 7. Rohit Sharma 8. R Ashwin 9. Vinay Kumar 10. Irfan Pathan / Zaheer Khan 11. Praveen Kumar.

  • on February 7, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    SL bowlers should go at the indian batsmens throat, simple.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    That was extreme sarcasm from @BalKang - Sachin has looked the most technically sound. Like when he got out playing defensively to a part-time spinner like Michael Clarke? Why doesn't the so-called GOD of cricket play when his team needs him? Why didn't he score centuries in Australia or England while the so called lesser mortals were scoring double and triple centuries? In fact HE has been the most over-hyped batsman of all time. HE is not even comparable to Ponting, Richards, or Miandad. They could single-handedly win a match for their team.

  • on February 7, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    I guess voice for Irfan pathan z getting increased .... I will say 90% of pplz are not Irfan fans.... but these srikanths and dhonis making irfan as hero.... we all who support n giving voice for Irfan pathan need a simple reason frm sikka and dhoni for " why irfan being ignored in the all possible ways? "

    Worth of any product is high untilled the product is un exposed.... Dhoni and Silks can give irfan chance in few matches and can avoid him if he is not fit for the bill.... ignoring him to the core makes us to give voice for him

  • BalKang on February 7, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    @WOW007 - So you would leave out Dhoni? Why?

  • on February 7, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    my 11 would be.....

    sachin sewag gambhir kohli rohith dhoni irfan r sharma p kumar z khan U yadav

  • josh2david on February 7, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    @ Balking in my view there is no such transitional period that india going through,young guns are waiting for Tendulkar like senior players reitre, remember batting is not the ODI, clearly fielding paly major role in ODI, Sanjay pointed out in his interview the senior players like Tendukar , Dravid and Laxman all of them struggling in the field. India has plenty of options.

  • 9ST9 on February 7, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    @chapathishot - thanks for enlightening us,until you mentioned we were all believing SL Played against South Africa and not South Africa 'A'. It's a pity India Didn't have a tour to SA Recently, or else we could have seen how they fare against South Africa 'A'.

  • on February 7, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    though all media n experts expect irfan to play our MS Dhoni feels it in other way around... ( following the legs of kridhnamatchari srikanth by ignoring irfan in all possible ways ) ... from the 1st. T20 onwards cricinfo ( not only cricinfo) telling in preview that " irfan would find his berth in playing 11..." but our captian feels irfan as a waste material...

    believe me or not.. all preview says irfan would play in the past limited over matches... even irfan's pic came in preview... but not irfan... dhoni and srikanth... why this much harsh on irfan? ???

  • seantells on February 7, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    simple and easy, SL will beat IND convincingly

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    @WOW007 - mate there is one problem with the team that you have put up: there is no wicket-keeper in your team!

  • imJoheb on February 7, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Sri lanka will thrash the minow tomorrow!! Best of Luck Lankans!!

  • WOW007 on February 7, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Team should be like this 1. Virendra Shevag 2. Sachin 3. Ghambir 4. Virat kohli 5. Rohit sharma 6. Ravindra jadeja 7. Parthiv Patel 8. Irfan pathan 9. Vinay kumar 10 R. aswin 11. Umesh Yadav/Pravin kumar.

  • BalKang on February 7, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    no disrespect to Flether but only one person can sort this mess out, just like he did in 2000, and that's 'Dada' Ganguly but this time as coach! - My 11 for tomorrow are 1.) Sehwag, 2.) Tendulkar, 3.) Kohli, 4.) Rohit Sharma, 5.) M Tiwary, 6.) Dhoni (w/c), 7.) I Pathan, 8.) Ahswin, 9.) Vinay Kumar , 10.) Z Khan., 11.) U Yadav.

  • BalKang on February 7, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    I mean whats happened to the India A tours and the U19 tours??? those are what helped the youngsters to play on picthes abroad. I'm also starting to understand that no doubt 'Dada' Ganguly is the greatest captain India had, I said to a collegue that Dhoni is a good captain, his response to me was "with that India side, I could captain them and look great". Also is the India side basically going to be the Chennai Super Kings, with Jadeja going their, it seems that way. I'm getting abit cheesed off with Raina also, he is not performing and has not performed for some while, he should be replaced with M Tiwary for the time being, also last time Jadeja (prior to this tour) faced Australia he was smacked for 20+ runs in each overs for two games in row, it looks like he could be heading the same way again. Irfan Pathan needs to play, you can't expect him to come in and hit the ground running but he needs to be involved. India cricket is in a mess at the moment, no disrespect to Flether but o

  • BalKang on February 7, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    I will remind all of the exist from the 2007 World Cup, Ian Chappel was very vocal that Sachin Should retire, he's past it. Tendulkars response to that was with his Bat, producing a sensational season in both One Day and Test cricket in 2010, simalr to his feats in 1996 and 2003. Tendulkar will know when the right time to go is and I don't believe he will drag it out. India need Tendulkar to help with the transistional phase, all the young guns coming through will look up to him and his professioalism. In my humble opinion if Sachin stays fit, he can play at the top until he's 40 years old. Back to the old saying "Form is tempoary and sheer class is permanant"!! One of the main reasons for Indias woes abroad of late is becuase of the BCCI and the dam IPL, there was an article of late suggesting Kirsten knew this phase was coming, I mean India win the World Cup and ONLY 4 DAYS later are forced to play in the dam IPL! BCCI need to put India cricket first and money second!!! I mean what

  • BalKang on February 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    I usually tend to keep a calm balanced head, but with Indias recent troubles I have to let my feeling be known. First off, I can't understand why some people are turning on Sachin Tendulkar, suggesting that he should be dropped and that he is not playing for the team and just for 'this record'. I firmly believe that is rubbish, the great Tendulkar does not need money and endorsements, from the age of 16 he has represented Inda and from the age of 21 playing in an average side he has shouldered the expectations of a billion people and on occasions made an average team exceed expectations due to his efforts and skills. Its not like everyone else is playing well and that only Sachin is not performing, infact in both the recent defeats abroad Sachin has looked the most technically sound and this is whilst going through a bad run of form. In essence Sachin out of form is probabally still better and more valuable than most in the Indian side, infact any side. I will remind all of the exist

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    "Sri Lanka have had it worse.." is the joke of the century. India in ENG tests 0-4 ODI 0-4.In Aussie 0-4 in tests. SL in ENG Test 0-1 ODIs 2-3,in SA tests 1-2 ODIs 2-3(with consecutive 300 run chases.). While India have proved that they are the worst WC winners ever, SL have been consistently getting used to winning without Murali. And they have shown that the young guns in SL are going to take over in the right way. They have had a leadership struggle true. But the potential has been shown immensely. This is gonna be a one hell of a clash.

  • chapathishot on February 7, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    @wjkalana: Yes great performers in bouncy tracks getting out for 55 in First one day was a proof.They played against SA A team in the last three ODIs and still had to fight in all the games to win 2

  • FrankMeister on February 7, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @wjkalana (February 07 2012, 13:50 PM GMT) what are you on about?!?!? Your players might not even turn up tomorrow looking at your board as they haven't been paid since agessss! and plus when you talk about you would have beaten us in bangladesh - well... we mullered bangladesh in the first match of the wc2011 by scoring 375, and sehwag top scoring with 175... so think wisely before you comment.

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    there is lot of people crying for pathans inclusion... the match he included it will end.. because like all other hyped players he also will be battered all around by australians.... not only pathan no one can save india at the moment.... cricket is a game of good luck... india is going through a bad time....

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    This article is replete with questionable statements. SL's performance wasn't that bad after all. They played the top four sides in the world and didn't nearly get white washed in any. When was the last time they had series wins, anyway. If SL loses this game, it would be if Mahela fails again having kept out Thirimanne. Things were looking up at end of SA series and a winning unit seemed to have come together. Anyway, Dilshan won't be there as captain to be kicked around by all-comers. Hope to see him show who he is by his batting.

  • Nampally on February 7, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    I do not agree with the list of probables given above. India will dispense with Ashwin & use Rahul Sharma as the sole spinner. Sehwag can do the off spinners' role.Secondly on this fast bowlers pitch,Yadev is the first choice of the seamers along with ZAK (if fit) + Vinay.India should not go with 4 seamers. Rahul's leg spinners will be effective on this fast pitch. The real issue is will Sehwag & Tendulkar show up and set a good example for the youngsters with their batting heroics of the past. It is about time too as the tour will end faster if they don't.Unless Raina is being taken exclusively for fielding, Tiwary is much safer bet in batting. But knowing Dhoni, his favourite is Raina. The same is the case with all rounders. Jadeja is his favourite & irrespective of logic he will pick Jadeja. Dhoni's selection is always on his gut feeling - logic does not come in.On paper India is better team. But depends upon who shows up. SL team will definitely show up!.

  • mankan1992 on February 7, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    my best team would be.............sehwag sachin gambhir dhoni kohli rohit pathan bhajji zaheer rp singh and praveen kr..............no team in the world can defeat them//

  • Dxb_Chargers_Forever on February 7, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Despite in the most recent results of Sri Lanka and India, this match is evenly poised. The reason is despite India beating Sri Lanka in their most recent meeting, Sri Lanka are known for their brilliant performances in seaming and bouncy conditions. And as we can see above, the two teams have a good squad. Wish my luck!

  • bMike on February 7, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Sri Lanka have the upper hand tomorrow. SL lost the wc finals as it was played in India & there India got home advantage & dew factor also played for India. But it's no longer in India now so SL will definitely win. After the world cup finals India were not able to win at least a single ODI outside India but SL beat South Africa in 2 ODIs (in SA) and England in 2 ODIs (in England). So tomorrow match will be a big contest between home champions and world champions!

  • on February 7, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Its simple play the players who deserve to play, Dhoni is being stubborn and not experimental . Great captain are the won who experiments and have confidence on there team . At present Dhoni is just playing as many as possible Chennai Super King players (Dhoni,Raina,Jadeja,Ashwin) and not everybody is performing well . So he needs to rest players which are not performing and give chances to others . Rohit Sharma was not given chance in entire test series and Ajinkya Rahane was sent home without even a match played and if Dhoni wasn't banned from last test even Saha wouldn't have got the chance . When will they play subs when they would have been knock-out of tournament and have to play last compulsory match. Now, players who are despirate to play are not playing . 1)Sehwag 2) Gambhir 3)Kohli 4)Tiwary 5)Dhoni 6) Rohit 7)Irfan 8) Rahul/ Ashwin 9) Umesh 10)Vinay 11)Zaheer/ Praveen .

  • on February 7, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    we will see my indian friends.... we both have dreams......we need our wc back and show we are the strong cricketing nation...... but we never ever punish our boys who wins or loose ...... dili should play his scoop shot with a quick 60 with tharanga ....then we can win easily

  • bluebillion on February 7, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    @Pankaj ThaKur - I agree - so will all other fans who fall into our category of "eternally optimistic" fans for whom India are unbeatable and past losses are mirages. We can indeed beat any team on any ground on any given day provided that we choose to and want to :-)

  • bluebillion on February 7, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    My XI for WACA would be: Sehwag (rotation policy???), Sachin (elephants cant be dropped), Kohli (on basis of performance), Dhoni, Rohit Sharma (deserves as many chances as he can get), Raina (for lack of other reliable options and a couple of overs of spin), Jadeja (brilliant fielder and good technique), Irfan Pathan (no reason why he shouldnt be the starting XI), Rahul Sharma (preferred over Ashwin who is the worst fielder and runner in the team and seems to have developed a bit of an attitude), Zaheer Khan (experience counts in must win games), Umesh Yadav (dont need more than two swingers at WACA and IK can bat, PK thinks he can).

  • ramAB83 on February 7, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    hi pankaj thakur.. ur story was good, who narrated for you?:)

  • CRmadrid on February 7, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    SL will win this easily..period

  • ramAB83 on February 7, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    oh pankaj thakur... u saying about india or srilanka?

  • on February 7, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    I don't mind Tendulkar getting his 100 cos when ever he scores big India loose .;) also note he only worries about records.. not India winning..

  • ravip175 on February 7, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    if team india want to win please play the following playing xi;- 1.virendra sehwag 2.sachin tendulkar 3.gautam gambhir 4.virat kohli 5.rohit sharma 6.suresh raina 7.m.s.dhoni 8.irfan pathan 9.rahul sharma 10.praveen kumar/vinay kumar 11.zaheer khan/umesh yadav . For god sake don't play with ravindra jadeja again on this tour,only play with him if pathan fails to perform.

  • lananad on February 7, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    If ST scores a hundred is good because SL will win. Remember the formular if Tendulkar scores India loose.

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    To all of them, who said against Pankaj Thakur, Where did the strong batting line of the British team? very poor and low performance, have they won a world cup yet, and about australia, India has given them chance to feel proud, worse games played by Indian team, I agree, pointing and his team has performed very low and badly in last 2 years, pointing was going to retire, before he got this life line, Sachin is the best, British cannot play in Asian subcontinent,middle east or any where apart from their fast tracks, in Australia and home land , playing spin and slow wickets is also an art as you have work more and need more power to hit ... Just imagine Sachin was playing from Australia or England, they would have bragged about it for 100 years of more , they are doing it for Doberman, opps Bread-man...ooops Bradman... plz publish this, if you are a true cricket columnist

  • Jay_N on February 7, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    @wjkalana Unfortunately, there are a lot of could have's and would have's in your post bro, but could have's and would have's ain't reality.

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    rohit , raina n virat promise a lot 4 india......i woud recommend sac 2 announce his retirment so dat he gets bac his form.......india miss bowlers lyk rp singh n sreesanth in de squad i bliv dey r mor useful dan zak ,umesh n pkumar.......i woud also recommend irfan 4 india......n 4 sl dey mus get in younger players..lot depends on lasith's bowlin.aussies r well balanced...

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    my team for 2morrow match is 1. dilshan 2.tharanga 3. sanga 4.chandimal 5.mahela 6.thirimanna 7.mathews 8.thisara 9.kulasekara 10.herath/sachithra 11. malinga. this is the best combination. pls dnt drop thirimanna. 4 seamers including mathews is very handy.

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    India should win this match and zaheer khan has to play along with umesh and irfan what the hell were praveen kumar and vinay kumar were playing why were they even playing and thinking what they dropped sehwag all rubbish selection in the first match.

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Prasad should be in the playing XI. He'll be useful on these seaming wickets. I hope Mathews will bowl a few overs as well. His recovery is taking ages! Longer than anyone would have liked.

  • zico123 on February 7, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    good decision to rotate the openers, specially given reckless shots Sehwag continues to play and terrible habit of Gambhir poking at new ball when slips are waiting.

  • zico123 on February 7, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    My playing XI for against Sri Lanka @ WACA, 1.Viru 2. Sachin 3.Virat 4.Dhoni 5.Rohit 6.Raina 7.Irfan 8.Rahul 9.Zaheer 10.Umesh 11.P Kumar/ Vinay. Play them we will win.....

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    in the first paragraph i assume what you meant was 'unmercilessly' stripped.. rather than mercilessly..

  • Lakpj on February 7, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    SL had it worse?? lolzz I can't remember SL getting hammered twice (4-0) in tests and ODI series 4-0 in England. They have had the best tour to SA ever. If not for that stupid D/L in the 3rd ODI SL could have won that match, with that the series as well. Seems that Indian journalists are trying to hide their own demise by throwing stones at other teams.

  • GMathews on February 7, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    wjkalana@ says:- Sri lanka is going to win the match comprehensively, Simple because sri lanka is a better team in bouncy and seaming conditions than India?????????? THEN WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR SRILANKAN TEAM IN 2008 COMMONWEALTH BANK SERIES mate..

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    @ wjkalana, I deeply Agree What you are Pointing out That Sri lanka at the moment are better than India in any condition But I strictly protesting your last statement where you crossed your line by exaggerating the statement like That Sr ilanka could have won the World cup had it been in neutral country say Bangladesh. We have beaten lankans in Lanka many occassion in last 2 years see our ODI records in 2008,2009 Asia Cup 2010 etc etc .Further Check the last 9 World Cup edition No Team have ever lifted the World cup in front of their Home Crowd.India have beaten Srilanka in the World Cup final because they have been better side of Two on that Particular day .Remeber Sri lanka too had a chance When they reduced India at 30-2 while chasing The testing Big target in pressure situationnof World Cup final but let them off.hence Winning the World cup at home is still a gigantic achievement..India are being playing Poorly and no excuse of that but The lankans hadnt done any thing special

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    nearly all batsman from both sides are due for runs. expect big scores from mahela and sachin. thirimanne deserves a game, very unlucky, could nearly drop herath for him

  • rahulcricket007 on February 7, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    @WKLANKA . INDIA LOSE SERIES AGAINST SA BY 3-2 NOT BY 5-0 OK FIRST CLEAR YOUR STATS .. IN ENGLAND OUR MANY ODI PLAYERS WERE INJURED . ALSO WE WON A COMPAQ CUP IN SL & ASIA CUP IN SL . ALSP WE NEVER GET BOWLED OUT AT 43 IN SA , . LOL . YOUR SL TEAM CONSISTS OF FLAT TRACK BULLIE . THAT 'S WHY YOU HAVEN'T WON A SINGLE TEST IN AUS . LAST TIME YOU WON A SERIES IN AUS BECAUSE OF FREAKY PARTNERSHIP BY MALINGA . BUT THAT WILLL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN . INDIAN ARE MUCH BETTER THAN SL .

  • rahulcricket007 on February 7, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    @WJKALANA . LAST TIME OUR INDIIAN TEAM WAS WINNER IN THE SEAMING & BOUNCY CONDITONS IN AUS .

  • AvidCricFan on February 7, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Against SL, India needs to field only two spinners, Jadeja and Sharma, and three pacers with Irfan Pathan coming in as an allrounder. With two allrounders, India will have sufficient batting depth. Gambhir can be rested. Indian batsmen can make this a feasting opportunity until they play AUS again. The most logical team will be Shewag, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Raina/Tiwari, Dhoni, Jadeja, Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar/Praveen Kumar, Rahul Sharma/Yadav.

  • Romenevans on February 7, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Here we go again....Sri Lanka vs India. People are so bored watching them play with each other. Specially tired of watching boring Mahela Jayawardehne....mahn he is so boring.

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    best team on cards-- sachin,sehwag,gambhir,kohli,raina,dhoni,jadeja,rahul sharma,zaheer,umesh,praveen.

  • wolf777 on February 7, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Irfan Pathan in the playing eleven under Dhoni's captainship? You got to be kidding…What I don't understand is that how in the world Irfan Pathan is on the touring party under Dhoni….

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan, but i have this trange feeling that St will get his 100th 100 against SL tomorrow :(

  • imJoheb on February 7, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    @Pankaj Thakur haha you speak fluent sarcasm!!! mate you are talking like Mr. Sehwag he also speaks fluent sarcasm!! his bat also speaks sarcasm! cheers mate!

  • imJoheb on February 7, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @ Pankaj Thakur lol! yeah the best batting line up! thank's for the joke mate!! i wish to see more jokes from you!! @ Pankaj Thakur (worlds strongest batting side) ha ha ha!

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    My playing XI for against Sri Lanka @ WACA, 1.Viru 2. Sachin 3.Virat 4.Dhoni 5.Rohit 6.Raina 7.Irfan 8.Rahul 9.Zaheer 10.Umesh 11.P Kumar. Play them we will win.....

  • on February 7, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    drop sachin and play gambhir

  • praneeth1992 on February 7, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    The best team possible will be 1.sehwag 2.sachin 3.kohli 4.rohith 5.dhoni 6.raina 7.pathan 8.rahul 9.zaheer 10.praveen 11.vinay

  • mdev.mp on February 7, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Sachin have the great chance of scoring 100th 100. Wait we will see what he does. Mostly Virat Kohli is the key player for tomorrow. he plays lankans well. Even dhoni also bats well against SL.

  • jerryman on February 7, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    maybe sl should drop wellegedera /prasad in the above xi and play thirimanne , extra bowling can be shared between matthews /dilshan ... or else mahela open and tharanga can be replaced by thirimmane .. i believe he should play based on his previous performance.. stop the politics.. play the best side based on form and performance... am more in favor of tharanga playing and dropping a bowler .. batting is sometimes frail.. good luck to all 3 teams .. may the best team win.. please no excuses on the pitches or pacy wickets .. cricketers should learn to play under all types of conditions ... otherwise matches will be boring and one sided.. cheers !!!!

  • wjkalana on February 7, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Sri lanka is going to win the match comprehensively, Simple because sri lanka is a better team in bouncy and seaming conditions than India. India is a team filled with flat track bullies. Recent performance is proof to that. Even under a fragile captain sri lanka perform good in englad than India. Sri lanka got the worst conditions (early summer) with more seam and swing conditions and still we lost the ODI 3-2. Final match we came quite close to winning it. Where as india let me see 5-0. in SAF 1st ODI sri lanka went to the lowest possible place but came back sharply. Chasing 300+ scores twice and if without rain sri lanka would have won the 3rd ODI as well and they could have won the sereis (3-2). We could have won the WC if the final was in a neutral country like in bangladesh. India can only win at home period.

  • on February 7, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    I agree with rahulcricket, India Should DROP PRAVEEN , ASHWIN & JADEJA & PLAY WITH ZAHEER , IRFAN & UMESH, RAHUL SHARMA . RAINA , VIRAT & ROHIT CAN DO PART TIME BOWLING . BUT IF DHONI CONTINUES WITH ASHWIN , JADEJA THEN SL WILL WIN EASILY . Its Team India Mr.Dhoni. Not Chennai Super Kings. You Can Select Jadeja & Ashwin for every match for CSK in IPL. We want a match winning team. I hope to See Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Raina, Rahul Sharma, Zaheer, Umesh, Vinay Kumar against Srilanka & hopefully fin the entire series.

  • on February 7, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    My playing XI for WACA pitch 1.Viru 2.Sachin 3.Virat 4.Dhoni 5.Rohit 6.Tiwary 7. Irfan 8.Rahul 9.Zaheer 10.Umesh 11.P Kumar play them we will win......

  • drdatla on February 7, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    sachin has to ask himself "is he doing any good to indian cricket by continuing to play"

  • kolusu on February 7, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    My India team will be like 1)Virender Sehwag, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Gambhir, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Zaheerkhan/irfan pathan 9 Vinay Kumar, 10 & 11 Praveen Kumar

  • joelaugustine on February 7, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Really surprised to see Ashwin in the probables.He's doing noting good for the team since he had been hit all over the park by pollard.I think he lost his confidence and need some rest...

  • nilb on February 7, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    OH NO!!!! NOT ANOTHER INDIA VS. SRI LANKA GAME!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    1.Sewag 2.Sachin 3.Gambir 4.Kohli 5.Rohit 6.Raina/Pathan 7.Dhoni 8.Rahul Sharma 9.Zaheer 10.Umesh 11.Praveen/Vinay

    This is the team i pick for tomorrow pls dhoni do this for india win other wise you lose the 2nd game and if win toss bat first

  • RAJU4KERAL on February 7, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    India should play with dignity and pride to win here in Australia. We have better batsman but the real problem is with the bowlers. I was a curious watcher of Indian cricket when our team goes overseas. I am seeing them play from 1999 overseas/ australian tour and never misses many. The main problem, which is a long pending, may be years, is LACK OF QUALITY FAST BOWLERS and second SPORTING WICKETS. i havebeen hearing about sporting wickets every time India loses overseas and it has be heard form 1993 onwards. BCCI will forget the issue once india clinches HOME VICTORIES against MINOR AND MAJOR TEAMS in the DUST BOWLS. And suddenly everyone seems to be happy and forgot about the MENANCING PROBLEMS. So i humbly appeal to the BCCI to look into the grave problem of FAST BOWLERS AND SPORTING WICKETS or else we will be scripting the same story abroad

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    I guess Dhoni needs to work a bit on his selection strategies, there seems to be some stubborness in his approach, for example Sreesanth bowling in WC finals was a classical example, In Australia too, he is trying the spinner angle when the wicket is going the other way round. Vinay , Praveen , Zaheer/Yadav must play, Zaheer must be rested as he will not go till 2015, on the other hand Tendulkar must move down the order, to do what Yuvi did well in world cup, him coming in at 4 or 5 can give India stability. India should also try out a new Opening combination other than Sehwag/Sachin/Gambhir as this is the most vulnerable of Indian batting order right now. Any Opening combination that cant consistently put 50 runs on the board should not be persisted with. What use is Ojha, Parthiv Patel etc if they dont get an oppurtunity.

  • satish619chandar on February 7, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    My 11 for India would be : Sachin, Viru, Virat, Rohit, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Pathan/Zaheer, Rahul, Praveen and Vinay.. Rahul has proven he is the best spinner among Ashwin and himself.. I wish Ashwin develops more consistency and adjustment to the Duke ball.. He is not getting it right consistently.. In fact, having Irfan in place of Jadeja might be a good option too to accommodate 4 fast bowlers.. SL looks more steady on paper.. Winning last two in SA would have provided some much needed confidence to the team.. As usual, hope to see a good contest..

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Where's the tragedy in taking part of two WC finals and loosing to the better team? Shakespeare is still crying in his grave.

  • csowmi7 on February 7, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @abhimanyu U say he's been the biggest disappointment in the test series. In the 5 innings he's bowled in he's taken 9 wickets and in the t20 he had figures of 4 overs 0-23 good t20 figures. Much better than the likes of Ishant Sharma who has always been "unlucky".

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    @(Pankaj Thakur on (February 07 2012, 09:16 AM GMT), As they have shown in Whole English and Australian tour.

  • csowmi7 on February 7, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @abhimanyu Lets not jump to conclusions so quickly. The club cricketer to whom you refer to has already taken 32 wickets in his first 6 test matches and scored a test century. That goes along with his 38 wickets in his 26 ODI's. One bad performance does not imply him being a bad bowler. Lets also not get too excited with Rahul Sharma. All he's done is taken a couple wickets at an economy of 7. Not to mention that he's an even worse fielder than Ashwin

  • KingOwl on February 7, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    "Sri Lanka have had it worse"? Come on, what do you mean? They have done WAY better than India. Drew two tests in England and WON one in SA! SL have not got anything like the kind of hammering and humiliation that India had. In fact, this was SL's best ever tour of South Africa, by far. Now, one day cricket will be a different ball game, granted. But Nitin, please don't twist the truth.

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    sehwag in place of rohit/raina,zaheer in place of ashwin,irfan in place of jadeja

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Whatever combinations & permutations Dhoni might indulge in, there is this factor of Psycho/Moral deficit in each of the players that's writ large on their faces .. Are there ace docs around to cure'em all ??

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Bring Umesh,Pathan and tiwary Raina is totally vulnerable against short pitch stuff and ashwin and jadeja are not effective. Team Shewag,sachin,kohli,tiwari,rsharma,Dhoni,pathan,praveen,vinay,Rahulsharma and umesh

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    India is definitely going to win.

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    hope Sri Lanka will do well !!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Sri Lanka are favorites but the only problem is the lack of match practice. only warm up game washed out.so India might be lucky

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    so India rested both Zaheer and Sehwag aganist Australia, which was the 1st match of the series. and both would play against Sri Lanka. does it mean India have given up winning against Australia

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Sl should go with another alrounder instead of no11. Aperfect team to beat the struglling 11

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    not good selection please use irfan and sehwag well. bring best opening ever sachin and sehwag.

  • criclanka on February 7, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    SL looks to be the more balanced side.however, since of late they are loosing the 1st match of a series very hevily: hope MJ's luck will change that.

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Yes pankaj, we sw that recently. Even in your last ODI

  • MathewsAdelaide on February 7, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    IT IS SIMPLE in Perth Irfan Pathan must play instead of Raveendra Jadeja

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Nice to see that Vinay's place is confirmed in the playing 11 and others (Praveen Kumar/Umesh Yadav/Zaheer Khan/Irfan Pathan) are fighting for a remaining fast bowling slot!

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 7, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    If management realy want to rest 1 out of 3 openers INDIAN BEST ELEVEN IN PERTH :- 1 SACHIN, 2 SEHWAG, 3 KOHLI, 4 RAINA, 5 ROHIT SHARMA, 6 DHONI, 7 IRFAN PATHAN , 8 UMESH YADAV, 9 RAHUL SHARMA, 10 & 11 ZAHEER KHAN/PRAVEEN KUMAR/ VINAY KUMAR

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Lahiru Thirimanna played well in SA. He should not be dropped. If anyone to be dropped, that should be Mathews.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 7, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    JUST ONE THING CAME TO MY MIND . WHY WAS SREESANTH DROPPED FROM THE TEAM ? HE PLAYED GOOD CRICKET LAST TIME HERE . HE TAKE WKTS ON SA TOUR IN 2010-11 . JUST ONE BAD ENG TOUR & HE WAS DROPPED FROM TEAM . WHILE ISHANT SHARMA WHO HAS BEEN PATHEITC FROM PAST 1 YEAR IS STILL RETAINED IN THE TEST SQUAD . WHY SUCH DOUBLE STANDARDS IN TEAM SELECTION? I WANT ISHANT DROPPED FROM TEST TEAM . NEXT TEST SERIES IS IN OCTOBER . HE SHOULD GO IN COUNTY ALONG WITH RAHANE , PUJARA & ROHIT .

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 7, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    INDIAN TEAM ELEVEN SELECTION HAS GONE WRONG ALWAYS IN THIS SERIES, its a blunder best performed spinner RAHUL SHARMA is sitting and Ashwin is in, if Ashwin is in because of his batting, then we dont want see another Irfan Pathan soon. ASHWIN ROLE IN THIS TEAM IS PERFORM WELL IN HIS SPIN BOWLING, OUR ONEDAY SQUAD TALE END IS NOT SO BAD FOR BATTING. AS PER PERTH PITCH CONDITION OUR FASTEST BOWLER UMESH YADAV MUST PLAY. WE CANT GO WITH ALL THESE 120- 130 SPEED BOWLERS HERE. PLS.. PLS.. PLS.. PLS.. PLS.. NO RAVEEDRA JADEJA he got lot to do for his IPL sponsers, not in the Indian team specially in Perth. Jadeja's last match figure 2.4 0 41 0 15.37 is fabulous. He has to show some maturity in the batting too. I prefer Zaheer also in Perth conditions.

  • AshikMaricar on February 7, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    1.Cant understand what's wrong with Zaheer, why he is not playing. 2. Dhoni has lot of faith in Jedeja, but he is lacking technique to fill that role.3. Irfan is a good talent, and he has 100 ODIs under his belt, no point treating him as a fresher, give him a go let him show what he is capable of.

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    India is a minnow..SL should win this

  • Jishnu.v.v on February 7, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    My playing eleven: gambhir,manoj tiwari,kohli,rohit sharma,raina,sachin-- batsmen

    wc--dhoni

    bowlers:vinay kumar,irfan pathan,rahul sharma,Umesh Yadav/Praveen Kumar/Zaheer Khan (would prefer Zaheer if fit)

    Ashwin needs a break i feel. He is struggling as of now. I think manoj tiwari needs to a get a look into the playing eleven.

    vinay kumar should be there in the team to continue with his rhythm and form.

    what do u all feel??

  • sathishvaiju on February 7, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    @Rajitha Mekige - Ha Ha Ha SL favorites to win. your comment seems to be ridiculous all out for 43 is again coming.

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    I am from PAKISTAN and my wish is that SRILANKA win this cup.BEST OF LUCK SRILANKA

  • Sakthiivel on February 7, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @Abhimanyu : Rahul sharama bowled Econ 7.90 in T20 Econ 8.50 in ODI , He is a poor bowler , Remove from the Indian Team

  • MAW71 on February 7, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Pankaj Thakur, ha..ha..ha.... we saw how strong they are in the test series!!!!!

  • AshikMaricar on February 7, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    1.Cant understand what's wrong Zaheer, why he is not playing. 2. Dhoni has lot of faith in Jedeja, but he is lacking technique to fill that role.3. Irfan is a good talent and he has 100 ODIs under his belt, no point treating him as a fresher, give him a go let him show what he is capable of.

  • PiyushD on February 7, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    I talk sense but Dhoni and Fletcher do not listen, my XI Sachin,Sehwag,GG,Rohit,Raina,Dhoni,Pathan,Vinay,PK,Umesh,Rahul Sharma. Probably Zaheer in place of Praveen or Vinay. I rested Virat as he has been playing non stop and against Sri Lanka its OK to miss him, Raina is out of form, playing GG against SL is important as he can get some form against them. I would also be tempted to open with GG and Sehwag coming at No.4

  • ashish_gajjar on February 7, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    i wish india go with 3 pacer,1 spinner and 1 all rounder and india have also part time bowler like raina,rohit and virat they we also bowl 6-7 overs and my best xi- 1)sachin, 2) sehwag,3) virat,4) msd,5) rohit, 6) raina,7) irfan,8) praveen/vinay,9) zak, 10) umesh,11) rahul and dhoni move to top oder and make strong middle order

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    MY XI (BATTING ORDER) - DILSHAN,THARANGA,SANGA(wk),CHANDIMAL,MAHELA,THIRIMANNA,MATHEWS,THISARA,PRASAD,HERATH AND MALINGA

    INDIAN XI- SHEWAG,TENDULKAR,KOHLI,ROHIT,RAINA,DHONI, I.PATHAN,RAHUL SHARMA,ZAHEER,VINAY AND UMESH..

    GOOD LUCK 2 SL HOPE SL WIN IN THIS FIERCE BATTLE AMONG THE CHAMPIONS

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    nt satisfied with lankan 11 players,my tm-dilsan,tharanga,sangakara,mahela,chandimal,samarawira,angelo,parera,malinga,hearth,khulesekra..........

  • Lord.emsworth on February 7, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Cant find much fault with Mr. Sundars English as one fan complained. In fact his English is rather good. In any case this article is about cricket and not about ones acumen in the English language. Will correct some facts though. SL losing 2 succesive WC finals wasn't a tradegy. It was a stupendous achievement to even reach these 2 finals. And MJ was recalled back to SL for a showdown with the SL selectors which was disguised as an 'injury' for some reason best known to the management.

  • Abhimanyu on February 7, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Rahul Sharma and Umesh Yadav both should play instead of 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.

  • Nuwas on February 7, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    one should not forget SL has revived in the last two games they played against SA on bouncy, zippy pitches chasing 300+ totals against a quality pace attack...youngsters like chandimal, Tissara, Thirimanne & Mathews are strengthening the SL outfit... neither the veterans like Sanga, Dilshan & Tharanga also are out-of-form...Has quality pace attack leds by Malinga, which can restrict any batting unit below 230 in any surface...SL got quality batsmen, bowlers & all-rounders... so its all up to them to loose a match, actually not anyone else to beat them, as far as I'm concerned...

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    To rahulcricket007. I totally agree with the fact that the Indian allow great players who are out of form, back into form. But India shouldn't look to be who they are not and take a pace attack, after all we took 4 pacers to the WACA test and lost in 2 and a half days. If you watched the BBL, there is plenty of opportunity for spinners at the WACA. I think we should go with 2 pacers - Zaheer and V Kumar/P Kumar and then take Aswin and Rahul Sharma.

  • akshayasiri on February 7, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Will Any day, any team will loss 8 away tests in a row. Shame on you sehwag...Then y are you guys representing national side if you don't have confidence.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    here we go again, useless boring india,

  • vak1997 on February 7, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    bring Irfan in for jadeja and zak in for ashwin.. in batting, viru in for raina/rohit. bowling change is a must...

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    I like the idea of giving the youngsters ago. If it were up to me, I'd bring in Yadav for the next game. He was the best bowler in the test series.

    I'd also give Irfan Pathan a go since he hasn't played any games all tour.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    we have worlds strongest batting side who can beat any team on any groundh on any day ....

  • ranjit.sg on February 7, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Ashwin instead of Rahul Sharma? Poor selection, if that's going to be true.

  • raju_bharwad on February 7, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Shocking not to see Gambhir in probable list. And Ashwin playing ahead of Rahul Sharma (based on their performances in last 2 t20s & odi). Jadeda still possible?

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    sachin will score his 100th ton for sure this time!!!!!!

  • atuljain1969 on February 7, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Is there any hope for excellent performers in current long format domestic season in India. I am sure they will be forget as always and big names will continue to play because class is permanent and form is temporary.

    Why, because in near future there are no Tests. And when the Tests will start, everybody will forget about domestic long format performances. The performance of recent 20-20 (IPL) and one dayers will be highlighted and selections made on that basis.

    Ranji/Irani/Duleep trophy performers should rather hope that they get picked up for some IPL team and there they could show their worth.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    I dont understand why gambir will be dropped. The key will be how well the all rounder irfan pathan plays, if he bats well at no.7 it gives the batting depth, and if he bowls well he could be dangerous, but his bowling cant afford to go for too many runs.

    The best team should be: tendulkar, sehwag, gambir, kohli, raina, dhoni, pathan, ashwin, p.kumar, z.khan u.yadav. rohit sharma will be unlucky to miss out but if any batsman play poorly he comes in. same goes for r.jadeja and vinay kumar in the bowling department.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should play instead of Ravindra Jadeja as it is because of Jadeja we lost the last match against australia where is went for 41 in just 2.4 overs at an outstanding economy of 15.37 :p .. but hes a amazing fielder.. (y)

  • dsig3 on February 7, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Sri Lanka will need to be on their toes here. With no practice matches and playing in Perth there should be a little bit in the pitch. I am an Aus fan but I think India will be up for this. They MUST play yadav or Zaheer.

  • TheRedox on February 7, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    so according to this artical SL should play 5 seamers?India only playing 3 seameers!I reckon it would be more than enought to play only 4 seamers,Malinga and Thisara with pace and Mathews & Kula for holding up! Thirimanna should get a chance at the no.6 followed up by Mathews and Thisara. And Sachithra should be in the eleven ahead of Herath.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 7, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    GOOD TO SEE GAMBHIR IS SET TO DROP FROM THE TEAM . I WAS BORED TO SEE HIM POKING ON THE OFF STUMP LINE AGAIN & AGAIN . ALSO I HOPE THIRIMANE DOESN'T PLAY IN THIS MATCH . HE IS A REAL TALENTED IN FORM BATSMEN .

  • rahulcricket007 on February 7, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    WHY IS RAHUL SHARMA DROPPED FROM THE SQUAD ? HE WAS BOWLING BETTER THAN ASHWIN IN ODI & T20S . AHSWIN WILL BE AGAIN THUMPED ALL OVER THE GROUND BY SL BATSMEN . ALSO IN PERTH WE NEED REAL PACE BOWLR LIKE UMESH YADAV . DROP PRAVEEN , ASHWIN & JADEJA & PLAY WITH ZAHEER , IRFAN & UMESH . RAINA , VIRAT & ROHIT CAN BOWL PART TIME BOWLING .BUT IF DHONI CONTINUES WITH ASHWIN , JADEJA THEN SL WILL WIN EASILY . ALSO IT'S A GOOD TIME FOR MAHELA TO COMEBACK IN FORM . OUR INDIAN BOWLING IS FAMOUS FOR DOING THIS JOB .

  • Sinhaya on February 7, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Sri Lanka must bowl and field well and not take the Indians lightly. Play with determination like how they did after the debacle in the 1st ODI in South Africa! Come on Sri Lanka!

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka favorites to win

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    well sir... you are talking about a one day team who chased over 300 targets in their last 2 consecutive games... and a team not only was whitewashed but also were crying out saying we ddn't have home condition. shame on you on your comparison.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    O mY gOd!! i have work tomorrow :(. Like onmore worldcup final

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  • on February 7, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    O mY gOd!! i have work tomorrow :(. Like onmore worldcup final

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    well sir... you are talking about a one day team who chased over 300 targets in their last 2 consecutive games... and a team not only was whitewashed but also were crying out saying we ddn't have home condition. shame on you on your comparison.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka favorites to win

  • Sinhaya on February 7, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Sri Lanka must bowl and field well and not take the Indians lightly. Play with determination like how they did after the debacle in the 1st ODI in South Africa! Come on Sri Lanka!

  • rahulcricket007 on February 7, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    WHY IS RAHUL SHARMA DROPPED FROM THE SQUAD ? HE WAS BOWLING BETTER THAN ASHWIN IN ODI & T20S . AHSWIN WILL BE AGAIN THUMPED ALL OVER THE GROUND BY SL BATSMEN . ALSO IN PERTH WE NEED REAL PACE BOWLR LIKE UMESH YADAV . DROP PRAVEEN , ASHWIN & JADEJA & PLAY WITH ZAHEER , IRFAN & UMESH . RAINA , VIRAT & ROHIT CAN BOWL PART TIME BOWLING .BUT IF DHONI CONTINUES WITH ASHWIN , JADEJA THEN SL WILL WIN EASILY . ALSO IT'S A GOOD TIME FOR MAHELA TO COMEBACK IN FORM . OUR INDIAN BOWLING IS FAMOUS FOR DOING THIS JOB .

  • rahulcricket007 on February 7, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    GOOD TO SEE GAMBHIR IS SET TO DROP FROM THE TEAM . I WAS BORED TO SEE HIM POKING ON THE OFF STUMP LINE AGAIN & AGAIN . ALSO I HOPE THIRIMANE DOESN'T PLAY IN THIS MATCH . HE IS A REAL TALENTED IN FORM BATSMEN .

  • TheRedox on February 7, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    so according to this artical SL should play 5 seamers?India only playing 3 seameers!I reckon it would be more than enought to play only 4 seamers,Malinga and Thisara with pace and Mathews & Kula for holding up! Thirimanna should get a chance at the no.6 followed up by Mathews and Thisara. And Sachithra should be in the eleven ahead of Herath.

  • dsig3 on February 7, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Sri Lanka will need to be on their toes here. With no practice matches and playing in Perth there should be a little bit in the pitch. I am an Aus fan but I think India will be up for this. They MUST play yadav or Zaheer.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should play instead of Ravindra Jadeja as it is because of Jadeja we lost the last match against australia where is went for 41 in just 2.4 overs at an outstanding economy of 15.37 :p .. but hes a amazing fielder.. (y)

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    I dont understand why gambir will be dropped. The key will be how well the all rounder irfan pathan plays, if he bats well at no.7 it gives the batting depth, and if he bowls well he could be dangerous, but his bowling cant afford to go for too many runs.

    The best team should be: tendulkar, sehwag, gambir, kohli, raina, dhoni, pathan, ashwin, p.kumar, z.khan u.yadav. rohit sharma will be unlucky to miss out but if any batsman play poorly he comes in. same goes for r.jadeja and vinay kumar in the bowling department.