Australia v India, Commonwealth Bank Series, Adelaide February 12, 2012

Sehwag gets another Adelaide edge

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The sacrifice
Rohit Sharma continued his good work in the field when he dived at cover-point and ran David Warner out. The batsmen reacted strangely: Warner and Michael Clarke both thought there was a single available there, but Warner was more cautious and went back in his crease when he saw Rohit had stopped the ball. Clarke, though, kept strolling towards the striker's end. At this point, Warner left the crease to sacrifice his wicket. Perhaps it had to do with how well Clarke had been striking the ball until then. Warner was 18 off 24, and Clarke 26 off 20.

The tackle
In the 48th over of the Australia innings, Matthew Wade drove Vinay Kumar towards long-on. It wasn't well hit, and Vinay thought he could dive and save the single. Except he would have to dive around Dan Christian, the non-striker. He delayed the dive for a split second, but it wasn't enough and he dived into Christian's legs, tripping him. Christian, though, recovered fast enough to make the single.

The run-out
Christian was run out next ball, attempting a second. It was observed immediately that he ran the second a bit casually, and that he didn't dive for the second. Christian, though, didn't know that the throw was coming to his end. That was thanks to the street-smart MS Dhoni. Dhoni never lets on that the throw is coming in at his end. This was a good example. While running towards the stumps, even before Christian had finished his first run, Dhoni signalled to Ravindra Jadeja to throw at his end, and then came and stood casually by the stumps, looking blank. Only when the ball approached did Dhoni get into action, and by then it was too late for Christian to dive or make up ground.

The edge
In the Test at the Adelaide Oval, Virender Sehwag fell to two full tosses, both leading edges. There must be something about this track then. Today he got a terrible loosener from Clint McKay, short of a length, down the leg side, a wide if he hadn't touched it, not a slower ball, but he somehow managed to get a leading edge on it to be caught at point. We could call it the Adelaide edge.

The Clarke touch
That Clarke is going through a captaincy honeymoon has been obvious this season with how his bowling changes have brought immediate wickets. He added to that tally today with an even more startling immediacy. McKay got Sehwag with the first ball he bowled, and when Clarke brought him back in the 35th over, he struck first ball again, getting Gautam Gambhir lbw for 92.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • rish5107 on February 15, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    i hope sehwag gets a score more than 20 at least once in this series .... its not enough to say that's the way i play ... once need to apply himself to stay right till the end to make your country win ..... i have never seen or heard an innings of sehwag or for that matter of ganguli where they have contributed to successful chases, if a batsman have the balls to chase thats when you really are an asset to your side,

    examples - michael bevan, dhoni, ab de vileries, tendulkar, michael hussey, ricky pointing, aravinda de silva, ranatunga, jaisurya,

  • joshvino on February 13, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    " Ya Sehwag is not in good form . but i think his form dipped when Indian team management called him urgently to England despite he is half cured . He looks vulnerable at times. but his average in ODI 's since 2008(his comeback ) is 45 . I think his hands are not quick as his old times . i think now seriously he should move to middle order .But this is is the time Dhoni looked good in ODI carrer . BEcause during IND/SL/NZ triseries sehwag scored 242 and second next highest in that series was dhoni of just 72 runs. DOnt tell me that as subcontinent tracks . i remember that series which had lot of swing and seam movement throught the series ,during SA series Dhoni scored the mere 80 odd runs throught the series . In world Cup he was the lowest run rungetter of all indian batsman .in World cup sehwag the third highest after sachin and yuvi .During world cup dhoni himself revealed he used sehwag's field placement during tough times .If want proof Refer SAkal times an Indian Newspaper .

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    This is not good team selection, if Sachin is made to sit out due the factor considering he needs rest from continuous cricket then its ok. But only for the sake of rotation policy if you are not making sachin to play is not the right decision. I think viru doesnt have the technique and patience to play his sot in these seaming condtions so rest sehewag not sachin......

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

    if sehwag hadnt caught hussy,that would have been end of the story,no gambhir or dhoni would have saved the match...give credit to sehwag and dont say rubbish comments like he is a lottery hitter..he is a genius and where were these commenters when he scored 319,309,293,219 and other 15 scores of above 150.

    yesterdays match was won only bcoz of sehwags catch..now one thing is there,sehwag should be bought to the middle order,so that he can hit spinneres freely.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 13, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Now, it is clear that the Aged middle order was India's problem in the tests. Now with a young brigade and few inexperienced one, Dhoni did wonders and hope he will bring the cup as it was in the last CB series.

  • yorkerguru on February 13, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    What the hell was Matthew Wade doing at the no:7 spot???? and Why the hell Ponting opened the innings????

  • on February 13, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    I want india to play like champions, u got nothing to lose. U will only go up from here.

  • sweetspot on February 13, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Stop being harsh on Raina people! He is the only Indian batsman with centuries in all three formats of the game, and he is the only one in this game with a strike rate of over 100. That is what gave India the impetus. For a guy who comes so low down the order, an average of 35 with that 80+ strike rate is very good. Plus he creates the perfect headache with being left handed, and what a fielder he is - I'd keep him in just for that. It won't be long before he scores big runs. Be patient with him and Rohit Sharma.

  • Gizza on February 13, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @Rinto Jose , oh really? Well personally I think it was not a coincidence that India won their first ODI over Australia in this series when Sachin was resting. Tendulkar is the real overrated cricketer. At least Dhoni stepped it up in the 50th over. Tendulkar would never step it up and will just get out when he starts thinking about his hundred. @Other comments, I agree. This was truly a team effort by India. Everyone chipped in even a run a ball 20 by Sehwag helped India with the run rate a little bit. Only Kohli struggled today but he's been excellent so far so he's allowed to have the odd failure. India's next game against Australia, will have Tendulkar back so it has already become a tougher task to beat the Aussies again.

  • maddy20 on February 12, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    I was surprised to see the extremely sloppy fielding so unlikely of an Australian side but I am not surprised to see suicidal strokes by Indian batsmen. Sehwag, Kohli, Rohit all fell to strokes that were not needed at that point of time. Hopefully they will put up a better show tomorrow. @Cric_Sree One swallow does not make the summer. The fact remains that Sehwag has been throwing his wicket away consistently with extremely sill shots. One would expect an international cricketer to learn from his mistakes. This is not India where you can score freely. You have to respect the conditions as the bounce is a lot more than back in the subcontinent. Playing in the same way is harakiri!

  • rish5107 on February 15, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    i hope sehwag gets a score more than 20 at least once in this series .... its not enough to say that's the way i play ... once need to apply himself to stay right till the end to make your country win ..... i have never seen or heard an innings of sehwag or for that matter of ganguli where they have contributed to successful chases, if a batsman have the balls to chase thats when you really are an asset to your side,

    examples - michael bevan, dhoni, ab de vileries, tendulkar, michael hussey, ricky pointing, aravinda de silva, ranatunga, jaisurya,

  • joshvino on February 13, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    " Ya Sehwag is not in good form . but i think his form dipped when Indian team management called him urgently to England despite he is half cured . He looks vulnerable at times. but his average in ODI 's since 2008(his comeback ) is 45 . I think his hands are not quick as his old times . i think now seriously he should move to middle order .But this is is the time Dhoni looked good in ODI carrer . BEcause during IND/SL/NZ triseries sehwag scored 242 and second next highest in that series was dhoni of just 72 runs. DOnt tell me that as subcontinent tracks . i remember that series which had lot of swing and seam movement throught the series ,during SA series Dhoni scored the mere 80 odd runs throught the series . In world Cup he was the lowest run rungetter of all indian batsman .in World cup sehwag the third highest after sachin and yuvi .During world cup dhoni himself revealed he used sehwag's field placement during tough times .If want proof Refer SAkal times an Indian Newspaper .

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    This is not good team selection, if Sachin is made to sit out due the factor considering he needs rest from continuous cricket then its ok. But only for the sake of rotation policy if you are not making sachin to play is not the right decision. I think viru doesnt have the technique and patience to play his sot in these seaming condtions so rest sehewag not sachin......

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

    if sehwag hadnt caught hussy,that would have been end of the story,no gambhir or dhoni would have saved the match...give credit to sehwag and dont say rubbish comments like he is a lottery hitter..he is a genius and where were these commenters when he scored 319,309,293,219 and other 15 scores of above 150.

    yesterdays match was won only bcoz of sehwags catch..now one thing is there,sehwag should be bought to the middle order,so that he can hit spinneres freely.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 13, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Now, it is clear that the Aged middle order was India's problem in the tests. Now with a young brigade and few inexperienced one, Dhoni did wonders and hope he will bring the cup as it was in the last CB series.

  • yorkerguru on February 13, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    What the hell was Matthew Wade doing at the no:7 spot???? and Why the hell Ponting opened the innings????

  • on February 13, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    I want india to play like champions, u got nothing to lose. U will only go up from here.

  • sweetspot on February 13, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Stop being harsh on Raina people! He is the only Indian batsman with centuries in all three formats of the game, and he is the only one in this game with a strike rate of over 100. That is what gave India the impetus. For a guy who comes so low down the order, an average of 35 with that 80+ strike rate is very good. Plus he creates the perfect headache with being left handed, and what a fielder he is - I'd keep him in just for that. It won't be long before he scores big runs. Be patient with him and Rohit Sharma.

  • Gizza on February 13, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @Rinto Jose , oh really? Well personally I think it was not a coincidence that India won their first ODI over Australia in this series when Sachin was resting. Tendulkar is the real overrated cricketer. At least Dhoni stepped it up in the 50th over. Tendulkar would never step it up and will just get out when he starts thinking about his hundred. @Other comments, I agree. This was truly a team effort by India. Everyone chipped in even a run a ball 20 by Sehwag helped India with the run rate a little bit. Only Kohli struggled today but he's been excellent so far so he's allowed to have the odd failure. India's next game against Australia, will have Tendulkar back so it has already become a tougher task to beat the Aussies again.

  • maddy20 on February 12, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    I was surprised to see the extremely sloppy fielding so unlikely of an Australian side but I am not surprised to see suicidal strokes by Indian batsmen. Sehwag, Kohli, Rohit all fell to strokes that were not needed at that point of time. Hopefully they will put up a better show tomorrow. @Cric_Sree One swallow does not make the summer. The fact remains that Sehwag has been throwing his wicket away consistently with extremely sill shots. One would expect an international cricketer to learn from his mistakes. This is not India where you can score freely. You have to respect the conditions as the bounce is a lot more than back in the subcontinent. Playing in the same way is harakiri!

  • Cric_Sree on February 12, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Now I see lot of people criticizing Sehwag's fielding.. I am not his die-hard fan; but today's match really turned on its head when Sehwag caught David hussey; or else he would have really thrashed the ball out of the park in the final overs; and those 15-20 runs would have made the difference bw the two teams.. Where were you all when he scored that double hundred against WI? Now all of a sudden you ppl jump u to sue some1 !!!

  • RameshSubramaniam on February 12, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Match should have been over by 48th over had Dhoni been able to rotate the strike. He built the pressure and somehow, he won for Team India. Do not forget Raina's innings which kept India chase alive. Overall it is a team effort.

  • Cric_Sree on February 12, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    @Chris Sun: It hasn't been ages since India won their last ODI in Australia. Remember what happened in the two final games last CB series? Look before you leap while commenting!!

  • prudhvi70 on February 12, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    The paly mentioning run out of dan christian is superb. I went back to the highlights and watched it closely. Cheeky dhoni.

  • AndyMack on February 12, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    If the Indians complaining about Dhoni don't want him, we'll have him in Aus. Not for his captaincy, but his finishing is brilliant. Not sure why people are turning on him. Its alright for GG to say game should have been won by 48th over, maybe if he had not lost his wicket it would have been!!!!

  • on February 12, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    i dont know why Dhoni always bring raina in playing xi..he not deserv....may be he is Dhoni's best buddy...

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on February 12, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Wonder what Virat and Rohit were thinking playing unnecesarily expansive shots which shows a bit of immaturity on their part.

  • on February 12, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Sehwag is a lottory hitter! Its shame that he holds the top score record! he doesn't have at least 1% of Sachin's batting skills

  • FAB_ALI on February 12, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    It was dhoni's strategy. He could have played in any manner he wanted, instead he let raina or jadeja take the chances and made sure he stood anchored at one end. Having self-belief is very key.

  • yusuf97 on February 12, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    when sehwag plays he doesnt allow any one of the opposition team to play. he saved india many times from loosing...he is a player of his own kind..his work is to demoralize the opposition from the very first ball...

  • on February 12, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Stupid Sehwag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • couchpundit on February 12, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    @Arvind Pai - if it was a six by Sachin...it would have been the only paly to have been listed. LOL by this time everyone knows Mr.Monga is not fond of Dhoni, if not he wouldnt write a seperate article on Gmabhir's Interview about game should be over by 48th over. LOL gambhir who socres 90 for first time in many series thinks he would have finished earlier...guess what he couldnt convert his long stay to score winning runs speaks volume.

  • world.cricketer on February 12, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    I think more than Dhoni's six it was Raina's 38 of 30 balls which kept INDIA in Fight were crucial. It was lucky to get a half volley at that moment and then a NOBALL. all players contributed well, Dhoni capitalized on them and stolen all the credit.

  • bombay4u on February 12, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Drop Shevag permanently, dont see why he should even captain Ranji side, as he is a person of agenda and wrong tacticks, look at his feild placing in the test match they were rediculious. Shevag and Ghamhir want to be the captain, not a ill by itself but they should earn it by thier bat and performance , team spirit, inspiration and good will not arrogance, lack of understanding of the game and pure politics. Putting Shevag in charge of india A means the younster will learn from him how to play politics like how it was with Gavasker time. STOP SHEVAG NOW, DROP HIM PERMAMTLY, allows Tivari and others to get in the middle order, open with Tendulker Ghambir for now.

  • on February 12, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Why u guys always criticize Dhoni..... A man who can come at number 3 and can make lot of personal runs, is comming at 6th/7th position just for team sake (bcoz Sharma and Virat cannot play at 6/7)... and doing good at 6/7th position... then what is the problem..... the one thing I know is Dhoni is the best ever finisher for India.....

  • on February 12, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    more than dhonis six it was lucky that india won. that no ball saved india from loosing once again aganist clarkes captaincy

  • on February 12, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Dhonis six wasnt play but whole match

  • on February 12, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    What is all this talk abt rotating Ashwin ? Look at the scorecard and see the bowler's runrates. Everyone were approx the same - between 5-6 ( except for RSharma but he had only 2 overs ). Why not rotate Raina/RSharma for anybody you are wishing to see in the team ? If the 15 have gelled nicely, then rotation makes sense for rest. Or it has to be a strategy decision. Ashwin really had one bad over against DHussey. But that is because he is one spinner who has the guts to throw the ball up and take wickets. And he is always asked to open or bowl in batting powerplays or at the end. And he has proven himself enough bowling in these situations.

  • on February 12, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    wat everyone would have said if dhoni failed to hit tat ball to six,????dhoni almost wasted gambir's effort,somehow he made up......tat six is a shot from no where

  • jasonpete on February 12, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @ Adithya raghunatahn, as an Aussie supporter,I can only say Indian fans see through one eyed vision.Even though gambhir made 92, and if dhoni got out early,then India will still lose the match .Its a combined effort of gambhir and dhoni led India win today ,if dhoni don't finish up the game today,then gambhir 92 will go waste.Appreciate your team effort,rather than criticizing for each and everything.I really feel dhoni is the best finisher in one day game along with began.well played India.

  • on February 12, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Dear Indian Selectors: Drop Viru. Drop; not just rest. Make Viru the captain of an "A" team, consisting of all fringe players, and players permanently parked on the benches, and sent them off IMMEDIATELY to tour England, NewZealand or South Africa. Please. Pl do it before the next game -- if at all possible! Three birds in one shot. 1. Get rid of Viru from this series. 2. Satisfy 'Viru-for-Captain" mongers. 3. The fringe players will get to learn how to play on fast pitches.

  • street_smart on February 12, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    The diff in current Indian & Aus team: Indian when loose, loose convincingly. When they win, they win fighting hard. When Aus loose, they loose fighting till the end. When they win they win convincingly.

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Interesting.."While running towards the stumps, even before Christian had finished his first run, Dhoni signalled to Ravindra Jadeja to throw at his end, and then came and stood casually by the stumps, looking blank. Only when the ball approached did Dhoni get into action, and by then it was too late for Christian to dive or make up ground"...Don't know if it is planned or commentators are reading too much into the situation.

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Dhoni's six in the last over was a crazy shot, but at the right time. Superb Knowck!!!

    Time to win the Series Dhoni. Answer your Critics

  • Thomas_George on February 12, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @Chris Sun: What makes you think that Dhoni would have offered the catch to the square leg fielder, if it were not a no ball? Also, India is only playing its second ODI of the tour against Australia -- so, the 'finally' seems a little premature. In their previous encounter before this tour, India had defeated Australia in a world cup knockout match.

  • sweetspot on February 12, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Oh this play acting at the wicketkeeping end by Dhoni is nothing new! People who have watched India regularly will know he completely fools the runner by standing casually until the very last moment, when the ball is about to come into his reach. The batsman running to him takes it easy, thinking the action is all behind him. Then, FLASH! Gone! It is incredibly impressive, and the opportunity for this is a lot more frequent than we might think. Clearly, when MSD is able to do this, he comes into some sort of element, and the six really seals that impression for me today. 112m? What is this guy made of? And it wasn't even a huge swing of the bat!

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    @cricmatters--- First of all when umpire is chosen, its an agreement b/w BCCI and CA to select the umpires. During matches in India, I have seen one new umpire from India everytime and its an understanding b/w 2 countries, where the visiting side takes a risk. If India can do that then y not Australia? Any umpire can do the umpiring but both the cricket parties should agree.

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    @thekobra: "How your play does not include the Dhoni six is beyond me!" Article written by Sidharth Monga. Does that answer your question?

  • AvidCricFan on February 12, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Inclusion of Gambhir and Yadav paid off very well. Shewag still is an enigma. I think India should go with Tendulkar and Gambhir at the top and rest Shewag for the remaining of the series. He is also slow in fielding.

  • PACERONE on February 12, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Paul Reiffel is a honest umpire.He did not hesitate of call for third umpire for that no ball.I have seen Dwayne Bravo given out from a ball that was definitely a no ball in a game that he was playing beautifully.W.I lost the game. Dhoni is unbelievable..he does not get out like say how Raina did and delivers most times when needed.India could of made it easier..too many balls hit directly to fielders. Good win for India

  • AvidCricFan on February 12, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Well played India. Looks like bringing in Gambhir and Yadav paid off. Shewag still continues to manufacture shots to gift his wicket away. Having had enough chances, it looks like Shewag needs to be rested for a while. However, his catch of David Hussey was the catch of the match and game changer. Rotation should also be used with young brigade. Tiwari should also get chance. Its not that Raina and Rohit Sharma are doing great. The spinners were ineffective. Ashwin can be rotated to give chance to Irfan Pathan, specially when India is playing AUS.

  • chapathishot on February 12, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    @ Chris Sun : I think you are not following one day cricket for a while ,In Austrailia ,India have won three of the last four ODIs played against Aussies and also you did forgot the WC Quaterfinals when Aussies were shown the door by us

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    dhoni batted poorly and some how he became an hero of the media!!! tat is the bottom line of his career!!!! it was the indian fielding and gambir won this match for india

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Completely agree with Cricmatters' view, can't expect everyone to be honest; Also, I was bit disappointed when Gambhir was given out LBW (though that has nothing to do with the nationality of the Umpire), the ball was pitched outside leg stump & as far as my understanding goes, it was not out!!!

  • zuber21886 on February 12, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    If India would have lost match even after dhoni hitting that six, still dhoni would have got lots of criticism unlike how he is praised now

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Sucks all the life out the innings, makes me lose all faith in his ability, then nonchalantly rescues Victory from the jaws of defeat. I swear Dhoni does it on purpose...... ;) :P :D

    Thats the Way... Maahi way.....

    Heart stopper contest...!!! Hail Dhoni and Gambhir....!!!

  • on February 12, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    looking at this ; I feel our captains decision to quit the tests in comin year is quite sensible. Hes the best finisher in ODI ; best captain in ODI we ever had IMO. SO If india wanna retian th e world cup title in 2015 which is gonna be held at same venue ; we need captain cool's every bit of strenght for that . Sometimes you need to save your energy for something you are best at

  • Fireballz on February 12, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    I didn't see the Dhoni run out but it sounds admirably clever. Well played sir...

  • thekobra on February 12, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    How your play does not include the Dhoni six is beyond me!

  • cricmatters on February 12, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    What happend to the policy of having neutral umpires in all international matches? Ponting and Paul Reiffel have played together. How do you expect Paul Reiffel to be neutral and make a judgement call when the game is hanging in balance? Umpires are humans too. You clearly see commentators bias in the commentary towards their respective countries. How do you expect umpires not wanting their preferred side to win?

  • on February 12, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Clint McKay lost the match for Australia by bowling that no ball. It was caught at deep square leg but the batmen were able to run 2, making it 3 off that ball. The celebrations were premature thinking that was the big wicket of Dhoni and with that the match wrapped up until they realised it was a no-ball. That was the difference between an Australian victory and an Indian defeat. Congratulations India, you finally won an ODI against Australia. That was also McKay's most expensive over. Michael Clarke will now know that he shouldn't let him bowl at the death.

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  • on February 12, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Clint McKay lost the match for Australia by bowling that no ball. It was caught at deep square leg but the batmen were able to run 2, making it 3 off that ball. The celebrations were premature thinking that was the big wicket of Dhoni and with that the match wrapped up until they realised it was a no-ball. That was the difference between an Australian victory and an Indian defeat. Congratulations India, you finally won an ODI against Australia. That was also McKay's most expensive over. Michael Clarke will now know that he shouldn't let him bowl at the death.

  • cricmatters on February 12, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    What happend to the policy of having neutral umpires in all international matches? Ponting and Paul Reiffel have played together. How do you expect Paul Reiffel to be neutral and make a judgement call when the game is hanging in balance? Umpires are humans too. You clearly see commentators bias in the commentary towards their respective countries. How do you expect umpires not wanting their preferred side to win?

  • thekobra on February 12, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    How your play does not include the Dhoni six is beyond me!

  • Fireballz on February 12, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    I didn't see the Dhoni run out but it sounds admirably clever. Well played sir...

  • on February 12, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    looking at this ; I feel our captains decision to quit the tests in comin year is quite sensible. Hes the best finisher in ODI ; best captain in ODI we ever had IMO. SO If india wanna retian th e world cup title in 2015 which is gonna be held at same venue ; we need captain cool's every bit of strenght for that . Sometimes you need to save your energy for something you are best at

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Sucks all the life out the innings, makes me lose all faith in his ability, then nonchalantly rescues Victory from the jaws of defeat. I swear Dhoni does it on purpose...... ;) :P :D

    Thats the Way... Maahi way.....

    Heart stopper contest...!!! Hail Dhoni and Gambhir....!!!

  • zuber21886 on February 12, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    If India would have lost match even after dhoni hitting that six, still dhoni would have got lots of criticism unlike how he is praised now

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Completely agree with Cricmatters' view, can't expect everyone to be honest; Also, I was bit disappointed when Gambhir was given out LBW (though that has nothing to do with the nationality of the Umpire), the ball was pitched outside leg stump & as far as my understanding goes, it was not out!!!

  • on February 12, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    dhoni batted poorly and some how he became an hero of the media!!! tat is the bottom line of his career!!!! it was the indian fielding and gambir won this match for india

  • chapathishot on February 12, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    @ Chris Sun : I think you are not following one day cricket for a while ,In Austrailia ,India have won three of the last four ODIs played against Aussies and also you did forgot the WC Quaterfinals when Aussies were shown the door by us