Australia v India, CB Series, Adelaide

Shouldn't have taken game to 50th over - Gambhir

Sidharth Monga at Adelaide Oval

February 12, 2012

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Gautam Gambhir, who scored 92 runs in India's tight win against Australia, has said the match should never have got as close as it did. India needed 12 off the last four balls and Gambhir's captain, MS Dhoni, hit a massive six under pressure to help India cross the line. Gambhir had fallen at 4 for 178 in the 35th over, leaving India 92 to get in 15.5 overs. Dhoni started slowly, scoring 2 off the first 16 balls he faced, but as wickets fell around him, he stayed calm and delivered the six when it was needed.

"We should have finished this game in the 48th over," Gambhir said. "We shouldn't have taken the game to the 50th over, that's my personal observation. I know it's always easier to talk when you are in the dressing room, and it's always tough in the middle, but my personal observation is we shouldn't have let this game go into the last over. Obviously when you put yourself in that situation, someone has to pick his hand up and say, 'I want to finish this game'. It shouldn't have gone into the last over."

It was an interesting observation from Gambhir. Over the last few years, Dhoni has been India's best ODI batsman, especially when it comes to finishing games off. He has his method of doing things: he takes the game deep, and more often than not it pays off. Gambhir, however, feels otherwise. He said that perhaps Dhoni wanted someone else to take the responsibility of going for the final assault.

"I know it's easier said than done," Gambhir said. "It's always different. The pressure on players in the middle is far more. It's they who have to take that decision. It's their game plan. I don't know what was going through MS's mind, but maybe he wanted to delay it, maybe he wanted someone else to take that responsibility. Cometh the hour, I think the most important shot of the match was made by him. Six balls, 13 runs, with the kind of shot he played, he has done a fantastic job, he has always been a finisher, but that's his game plan. He wants to delay it.

"Someone like me, if I was there, I wouldn't have taken it to the last over, because I always feel that any runs in the last over is far more pressure than finishing one or two overs before. Even if you need five or six runs in the last over, the pressure is far more on the batting side. We are different human beings, we think differently, we have different gameplans."

Gambhir was asked if he was happy with the rotation policy, which has him sitting out every third game, and when India would start playing their best playing XI in this tournament. Gambhir said even tonight's side was the best XI, and that it was not about big names.

"To be honest, any [XI] - for me this is the best XI too," Gambhir said. "For me, the best XI is if 11 players have the belief they can beat any opposition on the park. And this playing XI had the belief that they could beat Australia in Australia and in this ODI. For me, one or two individuals don't make a difference. It's about 11 people who have the belief that they can beat any opposition on that given day.

"This XI had that belief that we can beat Australia today. For me this was the best playing XI. It's not about names, it's about people who can go out there and have that belief from No. 1 to No. 11. If they have the belief that 'yes, we can win this game', that's the best playing XI. You don't want names, you want people who can deliver. We have shown it, I think."

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Posted by   on (February 15, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

@a1 bundy

under sourav we didnt have a great squad like dhoni has like kohli,raina,rohit,fast bowlers like umesh.when there was ganguly we had below average players like kaif,dinesh mongia etc who were mere waste of places .in bowling zaheer was very inexperienced then

by the way reaching world cup finals in south african pitches is wayy difficult then winning a world cup on indian pitches

dhoni did a gud job .there is a saying "ganguly is the best indian captain and dhoni is the captain of best indian cricket team" thts the fact.

ganguly may not be as tactical as dhoni but ganguly always gives his 100 % for india.he is a fighter.

dhoni is cool and ganguly is aggressive.i like both especially after last 2 matches

but dhoni shd be kicked out of test team asap .he is a walking wicket we can groom saha he is scoring hundreds in domestic matches.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 15, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

People criticizing Dhoni should go back and look where India was before he became the captain. He is the best captain India has had so far. He won the T20 World Cup and ODI World Cup and took us to #1 ranking in tests. He may not be a test quality batsman. For that matter, Saha seems to be a better test quality keeper. But Dhoni is the best thing when it comes to ODI and T20. Look at the records of Dravid and Tendulkar as captain. Only Dada is comparable - but even he could not win any World Cup for India

Posted by deepsillypoint on (February 15, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

Gambhir would have been more accurate if he had said 44th over because then he would taken into acount other players' failures too - why base it on only Dhoni's?

Posted by SmartCricketFan on (February 13, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

Guys, Are you really talking about Dhoni. I never saw India winning world cup in my eyes until Dhoni become the captain. I read about it that we were champion @ 1983. This guy(DHONI) made it possible what ever not possible after 1983. This is the guy doing keeping, batting and winning the matches. Please go and look at his record of winning and what is his run rate on it. 104%. I appriciate every player in the field. But, Only one person could be the captain and you will never know about his job and responsibilities unless you become a leader atleast in any field. The pressure that you have on the field, management, media what not. Despite of everything, He won the game for us. Won the T20, World cup 2011 and top in both the ODI and Test. Which captain did this other than Dhoni??.You dont need to encourage, but atleast don't discourage.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Who stopped him from finishing the game? They should kick Sehwag out in overseas series and get Rahane in. That will make perfect Xi. Pure arrogance and ingorance on part of GG. Gauti scored 92 in best cricket pitch and started talking nonsense again. he should be thankful that he still has place in this team.

Stop whining and do the job. If not, after couple of serise, there will be somebody else in your place. Leave Dhoni alone, he cleaned up mess after yourself, Sehwag, Sharma after playing foolish shots.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

At least Gambhir is one bloake who tends to speak his mind out.

Dhoni was hoping someone from the other end to play da attacker's role n finish off da game, n thats y da game went onto da ultimate over.

After he realized that ashwin was going to blow it with his hit n miss approach, he refused the 2nd run to get strike n shifted his gear into overdrive mode. It wasn't intentional as if to become a hero or anything.

Posted by Shiva3 on (February 13, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

It was the worst game of Dhoni I have ever seen. No one can do that except Dhoni like head weight people. He want to win the match in last over by hitting 6s or 4s to become hero. He wanted'ly delayed to finish the match. If that ball doesn't go for six, all fans would have cried literally. You don't become hero when you struggle to take singles and a six, you will become another sixers bedade.

Don't try to do it again for the sake of millions of Indian fans.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

i don't y ppl r making such a fuss abt tht best xi remark..... what did you want him to say??? that no, this wasn't the best xi.... that the young guys shouldn't be allowed a place in the side b'coz they don't have a gazillion runs to their names....

i don't think this was the best xi either (sehwag should b dropped... plain nd simple)... but it's ridiculous tht everyone makes this huge hue nd cry when sachin's rested.... grow up, guys!! sachin's a very good batsman... nothing more nothing less....

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

I appreciate Gambhir for this comments,atleast he has dare to tell to Dhoni what other feels about him.. 3rd Power play with Jadeja and only 18 runs they have managed. I have seen the tendency to win the game from Gambhir but not Dhoni. He should have finished the game earlier. I was a great fan of MS before but his approach to game has failed me to like me any more....

Posted by misnad on (February 13, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

Gautham Gambhir is talking very immature. He is really lucky to have his place retained after his recent slump in form. Everybody criticising Dhoni is unbearable. What wrong has he done? He is the only captain in the world who has brought the T20 world cup and 50 over world cup to India besides leading India to the No.1 status.

Guys please turn back, look and realise what Dhoni is done for Indian cricket

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Dear Gauti, MESSAGE CONVEYED in a VERY DIGNIFIED WAY. Hope the nation agree with the message. Hope the Selectors and BCCI got the message.This para is most important in the present context and balance of TEAM INDIA: "This XI had that belief that we can beat Australia today. For me this was the best playing XI. It's not about names, it's about people who can go out there and have that belief from No. 1 to No. 11. If they have the belief that 'yes, we can win this game', that's the best playing XI. You don't want names, you want people who can deliver. We have shown it, I think." YES WE DONT WANT FAMOUS NAMES, WE WANT RESULTS.

Posted by bhrangi on (February 13, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

@givemefood : It seems ur die hard fan of Dhoni irrespective to his form, what ghambir said is correct, i was prayed for dhoni to get out( I AM ALSO DHONI FAN), so that some one atleast rotate a single. Dhoni is fading thats the true. I wanted india to lose, so that it wont happen again. I am sure people praising dhoni here may hav not seen the live match, just seen the highlights/ scorecard. It was real frustration, he is wasting the balls like anything. at one stage he hit some 15 runs for 45 balls. almost wasted 5 overs, run rate from 5.96 to 9 at one stage. So raina . jadeja has to go for shots bec of his failure. IF Dhoni is scripted/fixed to finish like this, nothing to do. If its natural play, then take rest for some odi and learn to rotate single.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Match would have been over by 45th over (not just 48) if Gambhir had a strike rate of 100 at least. Gambhir was lucky to get at least that score. Saying this team as the best 11 proves he is arrogant and he wants to be in the team forever.. He forgets one thing that life is a cycle and it can allow even Saha (in future) to criticize Gambhir in public..

The person who criticizes a (the most successive and positive )captain, will soon criticize STR, RD and other legends.. He may also say India should have won the 1983 world cup in 10 overs.. lol

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Irresponsible is the only thing I can say about what Gautam has done

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

Mr Gambhir seems to say, HE is a better batsman than sachin !!!.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

i feel really really pity for sachin... we never asked sachin to play cricket for India... he started it and he know how to play and wen to retire??? wen sachin scored centuries we enjoyed it, we he played match winning innings we enjoyed it and lots more... whether he is playing match winning innings or self battle to score the 100th ton.. it doesn't matter still a man at this age is playing fluent shots against the greatest bowling attacks..someone commented here to make a series with zim/WI to score sachin's 100...if he really want to do it he would have done with WI series..he kept himself out to play against aussies.... most important dhoni clearly mentioned he need sachin in team where can seek advice on field when shewag or gauti is not willing too....

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

to all people complaing about gambhir first please understand his statement he says if he was there he would have tried to finish of game earlier thats his style of play and dont forget MSD was ill so he was not comfortable or else i dont think he was so found of taking the match into the last over and yes afcouse dhoni is the best finisher in the game at the moment and his avg of 104 in succesful chases shows that but no point without any other reason and his second stament about the best 11 he is trying to say that we are not dependent on one player and can win without any player and seeing that sachin just play odi when he wants to play shows that this is best 11 accept one think remove raina from it

Posted by Rishabh.Mehta on (February 13, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

I Completely agree with Gambhir. ... You should not take it till the last over.... The match should have been won very comfortably..... where in due to dhoni's selfishness to maintain his above 50 average..... Poor Jadeja and Raina had to throw their wickets...... And everytime Dhoni is not going to hit sixes.... he was very lucky to have got caught in the deep of the no ball...... if it would have been a legitimate delivery india would have needed 6 runs of 2 and that is too much to expect of any tail....forget about india...... Someone should remind dhoni that India is the priority and not his own average and luckily is has come from a man Who won the MOM....The Gauti's......

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

It was through sheer luck that India won this particular ODI--Dhoni was caught of a no-ball in the last over--had that not been a no-ball India would have lost. It was the worst innings of Dhoni--which put pressure on other batsmen that were determined to try win the game, and in the process they got out. Full marks to Raina and Jadeja who lost their wickets purely because of the clumsy innings of Dhoni. As far Dhoni's six in the last over is concerned, you can forget about one particular ball and one particular shot--he played sixty odd balls clumsily, and one ball, one six, can't make him an angel of game-winning. He could just as well have been out on that ball, just as he was done by a no-ball subsequently.

If you have to win, you have to play in a different way. One six can't make a third-grade innings very beautiful--though it can win the match for you.

Posted by Cric_Tic on (February 13, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

Gambhir knows well tht it is easy to comment sitting outside than on the field, then he does not have to comment on the delay or tactic another team mate adopt.. or else he should have won it himself not leaving to others..!! these days any team member can come and talk rubbish in the media.. thatz the power of money n fame..!!

Posted by Sudhakar86 on (February 13, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

@All Sachin bashers, Comparing great players like Trott,Bell,Kohli to Sachin is comparing great Sania Mirza to Steffi Fraff:P Let anyone play 200 tests, 450+ ODIs they might do though they will not match Sachin's numbers. Above all is there anyone who can pull the nation to an unfamiliar game and make it the no.1 game of that nation outperforming the country's national game,carry the Nation's pride for 23 years,fulfilling the expectations of 1.23 billions,portraying the quality of a GOD??? Cook,Kohli,T Iqbal and many other youngsters at their physical peak had just started to play packed cricket. Let them play for 5 consecutive years and see how they drain out. Warne,Mc Grath,Donald,Akram,Walsh,Ambrose,Murali,Waqar,Vass,Fanie,Freddie etc. are no more to torment the so called greats Trott,Bell,Kohli etc. To my points one more thing to say. The day when Sachin,RD calls it a day Tests in INDIA will be like Rugby in INDIA. ODIs will be like Tennis. T20 will be the game saver at club level

Posted by crindex on (February 13, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Gambhir is batting for Sehwag here. In other words he says indirectly that if Sehwag had been there , the game would have finished much earlier . The ground reality however is that both Gambhir and Sehwag have been the Achilles heels for the Indian team in AUS and they are the reason for the top order rotation. Sehwag is ruefully out of form and Gambhir is till stuttering. As Gambhi himself says its easier to talk about it after the game or in the dressing room.

Posted by rienzied on (February 13, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

GG should be the next test captain and leave the shorter form of the game to Dhoni. Gautam is maturing fast and they need a new leader from the younger group of batsmen. They will need to move away from Lax, T'kar and Dravid now, swallow the medicine and build up their test batting side. As for Shewag, his style is suited for the slow dry wickets now and will need to find the desire to play his best for India

Posted by rish5107 on (February 13, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Its great that Dhoni lead India to victory but he really made it very hard for himself and for his team to win. I was surprised to see the way Dhoni played. I don't think that's the way he usually plays , he is generally so good at taking singles, may be he wasn't in good touch or possibly unwell. Its up to him if he wants to take it to the last over, but i think being world champions there is an expectation the India wins games with some authority where ever possible.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (February 13, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

I was also a member who use to criticize in public about a person but never let know other person by talking to him that you might have done better in that situation by suggesting a wayI feel i was wrong now. yes, Gambhir intention to let Dhoni know is right but not in media like this which wont be effective for team purpose. There is no lack of dedication and motivation for Gambhir and Dhoni. They are upto challenge, the format they like most. Gambhir letting know Dhoni his tactics mistake in person is best and only one person can comment on a team, that is captain, whoever it may be..may be Dhoni or some one else..only he can talk in media as he is mentor and is riding the team with unity so it can exhibit in unity to to register wins..So any team member who ever he is should abide by this rules of behaving with media..except the captain.

Posted by cricfanraj on (February 13, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

One thing everyone need to agree and I admire in Gauti is he is honest with his thoughts. He speaks his mind. Doesn't matter what you and I think or like to hear and what media wants. I like the 11 who matter. Over all we have done well but I also think Dhoni delayed it far too long but closed it beatifully. Well done India.Umesh is definitely absolute find. Rest Gauti in next match and Sehwag in game against Ausis. Sehwag doesn't look convicing at all against ausi team

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

ppl are saying tht the team in which sachin plays is the best team !! its rubbish !! its not 90's where we needed sachin !! now we have wayy better team if sachin plays or not it doesnt matter !! if kohli plays 450+ matches like sachin will make more runs sachin made and more 100's thn him same goes for trott and develliers and his 1st 100 came in his 78 th match !! had sachin been born in this generation he wont even get a look in !!

frm past 2-3 yrs its gambhir,kohli,raina,sehwag and dhoni are winning the games .sachin is blocking the place for rahane and manoj tiwary !! had sachin's entry been blocked by the then seniors he would have known it !! come on sachin world cup is over now plz dont block the place for rahane and tiwary .atleast they will get an experience in these conditions for 2015 what will u get ? a selfish 100 ? this is the fact !!.some blind sachin fans wont agree. they want sachin to play till 80's .go and watch ipl then !!

cricinfo plz publish

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

As Gambhir said truly ...its easy to comment from he had so much of insight then why did he get out in the first place after getting so set as a batsman...he should have finished the game....and where did all this smartness go in test.....So guys just one victory or one good score don't become carried away...this is anything can happen good thing we won....So since he finished the game in style better appreciate that as its his style...we acknowledge yours...even in worldcup u got out in ninties very much trowing game away...the easiest thing in the world is to criticize...and buddy u learned to hold the bat watching sachin play...he still can play the best of the innings than all u so called youngsters...

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

i think gambhir wrongly observed about ind wins easily in 48th over. if we looked in every match result in this tournament we found its tough mathces e.g. AUs vs SL in last match Aus bowlers how attacked to SL batsmans and that match also gons to last over. i observed that time Aus bowled approximately 75 % bowls slow & outside off stump that the resion to batsman cant hit big shot if try he loss his wicket.& that policy also vs ind they wants toughest result & Dhoni answered well i think dhoni hurry trying big shots its possiable to lose his wicket but he played diffrent and studied who i liked & hit very at the last over goes for Six fantastic wow briliantly.

Posted by SHANEDAPPAL on (February 13, 2012, 7:31 GMT)


Posted by anver777 on (February 13, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

After being inconsistent in the previous matches, Gambhir got this knock, so try & maintain the form before u criticize others ......... what would have happen if Ind had lost the match & Gambhir's 92 was in vain ???????

Posted by Tootsie on (February 13, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Gambhir was lucky not to be given out LBW to Starc very early in his innings.

Posted by DaGameChanger on (February 13, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

I can totally see How Gambhir (an typical opener) thinks vs Dhoni who is the finisher thinks. Gambhir like any other opening player will try to finish to off as soon as possible while Dhoni and lower middle order had complete plan where only 1 batsman was going after the leather while Dhoni was trying to rotate the strike. Dhoni is a very good finisher and been there many times, Gambhir should know that Dhoni knows his role better than him. Dhoni always waits till Game is just 2 shots away thats when even bowler comes into pressure knowing this can be over in 2 balls.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

As a Captain, Dhoni has all the right to play any 'style' to win the game for the country. The ultimate goal is to win for India. Gambhir, we are proud of what you did. But under the leadership of Dhoni we all stand together to support him.

Posted by joseyesu on (February 13, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Gambir is good and Dhoni is also good. But to take the match till to the last over i can't agree. Dhoni was somewhere around 35 of 55 balls. In the last lost 2020 also he did the same and accelerated in the final 3 overs where india has to score a mamoth. We have seen Yuvraj handling this very well compared to Dhoni. And Ofcourse dhoni is a cool captain

Posted by vertical on (February 13, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Though I still think Dhoni should not be in Tests(poor technique) and t20s(his strike rate is meagre 110 and creates immense pressure on other players) he is a very good one day player and was unusualy slow today.At first it all most seemed like the match was fixed or something but Ian chappell in the commentary pointed out that he was wearing a sweater and was having difficulty running(breathing hard). So cut the slack to Dhoni he does not play like this ,it was a one-off match.

Posted by sandeepknk on (February 13, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

very correct observation by gambir,everybody knows dhoni had some problems,while playing and selecting team.why he is not making rotation for aswin and jedaja.rahul sarma is a good leg spinner ang Irfan is a good all-rounder.dhoni playing for chennai not India and he wanted to be a hero in last match thats why he try for not out till the end,as everybody knows that was a good batting track,it could have been finished earlier.But one thing we have to admit Dhoni is the most Lucky man in the world.that loose overpich ball in the last over.Oh God.if anybody otherthan dhoni that ball will go out of the stadium.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

a senior person was addressing a meeting and he said a joke and all of them laughed, he said the same joke again and only 60% laughed and he repeated the joke the only 30% laughed and he repeated the joke and none laughed. Then he said you will not laugh thinking the same joke repeatedly but why do you cry again and again thinking a bad situation.

so guys enjoy the happy moments and leave the rest, Not always times would be best

Posted by pappu_saala on (February 13, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

Did anybody notice that Dhoni was struggling to get his timing or shots early on? Whats the fuss about his 20 odd dot balls ... its just the nature of the game, he was just not getting his rhythm. But once he started running those quick two's & three's and Raina played his part in getting some timely boundaries .... Dhoni was just beginning to warm up. Only Dhoni could have finished it the way he did .... Advice to Gambhir ... shut up and finish the next game or 2 in the 48th over .. or whatever over you think the game should be over in. Wonder how many games he has actually finished, really.

Posted by kas_kas on (February 13, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

l loved Dhoni's play showing cool and composure most teams lose games because they want to finish quiclky and this gives yourself unnecessary pressure for the team...if most teams could adopt the coolness of Dhoni they would have many wins under the belt

Posted by devalyagnik2003 on (February 13, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

and its not just about SRT, its about every senior players, before England tour every one started talking crap about Dravid and praising Sachin, after that tour it was reverse!! They are great players, they have done so much for our team in last two decades, and accept the fact that in test matches we don't really have 3 replacements anyways, learn from Aussie fans.. even in worst time of Ricky Ponting, with form and behavior still everyone was supporting him, Aussie fans were giving him the due respect, I wish we learn something from that.. and the one who said in one of the comment that SRT can't play in middle order should go and check the net west series we won. Everyone remembers the final match Yuvi and Kaif won for us, had SRT not scored TWO centuries coming at 5th position in that series we couldn't make it to the final anyways!

Posted by devalyagnik2003 on (February 13, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

I am agree that we need to start giving chances to youngsters to build a future team, but now please don't start talking crap about SRT again!! its funny and tragic how everyone is just waiting for a chance to start talking about how SRT is no good!! in last VB series when India won two finals he was the highest scorer in BOTH finals and MOM in one!! This days even not in his prime form he averages better then everyone else in last year! in England during test matches he was second to Dravid, in Aus he was second after Kohli, if performance is the key kick Sehwag out first!! He is the worst performer so far! anyways Sachin him self has started skipping one day matches in recent years to give youngsters chance and its because its IN australia he is back in to the ODI, yes we should give chance to rahane, rohit etc but then you can't justify Sehwag's place in team.

Posted by satish619chandar on (February 13, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs : Exactly.. One bad ball changed the mindset of both the batsman and the bowler.. McKay lost it completely.. Rare to see that as he is the best finishing bowler in Australia as of now..

Posted by satish619chandar on (February 13, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

@ChuckyDoll : As if you don't know the answer.. Lol.. In the context, we represents the entire team.. "I know it's always easier to talk when you are in the dressing room, and it's always tough in the middle" says his concern for his teammates.. He just said his personal opinion.. Lets leave it as it is..

Posted by satish619chandar on (February 13, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

With first round of rotation policy, we can see Rohit is playing well but getting out to one rash/bad shot.. Viru really missed out to impress.. I would rather go with Rohit in next leg and if he doesn't score a 50 atleast, we can have all the three in the rotation to play in the pre-final leg.. Rotation is good but winning the trophy is the ultimate.. As Australia did, we need not experiment on what is going well as they made Punter to open and Wade to bat in middle order unnecessarily.. @happy-go-lucky : The real problem was Dhoni's dot balls.. Even when it was 8 off 13, he played two dots in a row to make it 13 in 6 with Ashwin taking strike.. Bowling ll be good but as a batsman, u need to manufacture ur shots.. Just because Dhoni completed it, what he did earlier shouldn't be discounted..

Posted by sacnit11 on (February 13, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Yes, totally agree with Gambhir. If we forget about last 3 balls where dhoni scored 11 runs, it would have been good innings if he had played in the 4 match test series. In batting powerplay, dhoni almost played 20-24 balls scoring 3 runs. The pressure was donw coz of raina nd jadeja going for runs, if not India would have end up needing 20runs in 6 balls. Whoever says dhoni played in a good way think once again what would have happened if that ball was not a no ball, Dhoni in a dressing room leaving Ashwin nd Zaheer to score 6 from 2 balls. For a moment I felt "Is it a test match we are watching", Dhoni should have scored singles instead of those dot balls. And for people who is talking about sachins 100th 100, did he ever mentioned that to you?? He is playing ODI after world cup and there will no place for rahane in this team if Sachin retires. Has sehwag scored back to back 100??? No. Has Dhoni scored?? He almost lost a match which would have won very easily. Think guys, think.

Posted by mrms on (February 13, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

Gauti is right. They should have targeted a 48 over finish. The approach of the batsmen in the late overs did not suggest that. Lot is being talked about Dhoni's 6 off the last over, but remember that the no ball bowled by McKay was another event that contributed a lot to the victory.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 13, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

Yes, different people have different Ideas. Dhoni always let others to finish the game and he will be silent at that time... if it went wrong, he will finish things in the last over. But Gambhir is not that patient, he would like to finish it much earlier and will lost his wicket on that process...WC final is another example.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

I think GG is quite rightly say. His statement regarding rotation policy is right. You should always play your best XI based on their form and dragging the match till end of the last over won't be end in your way always. MSD wasted too many scoring deliveries. It is not requied to go for big shot but at the same time you can rotate the strike. If you are playing as a finisher you need to rotate the strike and steal as many singles as possible. Even in this match OZ looks bit sloppy in the field(too many mis fields and missed couple of run out chances as well). MSD prefer Jadeja than Pathan means where is the rotation policy for the all rounder? Playing in Australia with spin all rounder is some thing strange.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

GG you are criticizing a batsman with AVg of 51 it ODI with a strike rate touching 90?( Dhoni) . And then you dismiss Sachin. You are a forgettable batsman at best.

Posted by timohyj on (February 13, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

ghambir is pretty daring to take a dig at both dhoni and sachin. It is true however that every time he plays a great knock someone else gets all the glory because he fails to stay and finish the game off and always gets out in 80's-90's. In the WC final he was 3 runs away from becoming India's biggest hero but he got out for 97 and dhoni became the hero.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Oh gambhir.... look ur previous scores and start commenting on others especially compare it with dhoni..u did the same in WC final, where and last eve we need dhoni in team and more important as captain... u dont need to speak abt the best XI and all.... get right back to nets and start preparing for the nxt match and wen it comes to matter score runs!!!! look aus, eng, & SA players, they do their job as a team... and more importantly stop being brand ambassadors for alcohol related products....

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Well!! It is true that eventually it looks like Dhoni has tried to make a Rajnikant image of himself by prolonging the match all too longer and smashing one when it mattered the most. Yeah! I agree he could have finished a bit earlier but I guess he was not doing well. So far as Gambhir is concerned he really is talking too much. Once the best batter is missing from the team, the team is lacking in substance and it's not about mere name it was him the Master who helped India win the last triangular series in Australia and not to forget it was Tendulkar who was the highest scorer in the WC and not so called Mr. Gautam Gambhir, a player who is an opener but is terrible again speedesters and short-pitched bowling. Yeah he is a good subcontinent player and can play some spin. if u come up with a score once in a while against a strong side doesn't quite mean u will fill up his boots dude. no one will do ever in the Indian side.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (February 13, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Thank god someone from Indias own camp had a nerve to call spade a spade. Its alright and glorious to watch Captain Fantastic scoring 115 Meters six in the last over but with required run rate of run a ball and 6 wickets remaining there was no need for India to scrap for this match. Dhoni came in the batting power play and limped through it with 3 runs per over. That can be justified by saying that he wanted to block one end and expected the set batsmen to score from other end but in todays T20 world 6 or 7 runs per over isnt that big of a ask specially on OZ ground with 80+ meter boundaries there are always big gaps in the field and quick runners like Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja can turn ones into two. There was no need to take any risks and just keep getting single and double to achieve the required run rate. All is well that ends well but if THAT hit would have been mistimed by Dhoni we all would have been asking the same question that GG is stating here..why it wasn't finished earlier?

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (February 13, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

Gambhir's right. When the Run rate is jumping to 7, you do not want to be looking only to defend the balls and only get singles. Dhoni was playing UNNATURALLY slow like he has been in the T20s, and something in my gut tells me he is thinking of his 50+ average the entire time. Dhoni may be one of the best finishers in ODI cricket, but today's performance had nothing to do with ice cold coolness. 13 runs in the last over is extremely tough to get and McKay bowled an easy ball to hit for the 6 and then lost his head completely with the no ball. Its not Dhoni's coolness that won the game for India, but McKay's loss of coolness

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

I think Dhoni has this figured out to a tee. He knows that the bowler is under pressure too, and that knowledge gives him the edge in the last over. Its like a stare me down, he waits for the bowlers to lose their cool . If he attacks when the bowler is not feeling the pressure, he may not be able to pull it off. If it can be postponed till last over, why not?

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

stop critisizing sewag, !!!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

Make Gambhir the freaking captain.

Posted by HAVANA on (February 13, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

Very well said Ghambir. Especially that its the 11 who matter, and not big names who have a past record. I am not sure when common sense will prevail in the selection committee, to reverse ridiculous performances on the internationaql front.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

now it is insane : he delivered for the first time in tour and going crazy

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 13, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

Agree with @Chetan007, This might be the last tour of Australia before the next world cup & if Sachin wasn't in the team someone like Rahane will get the chance to get used to the condition before the next world cup. Why is he playing in this ODI series and why are the selectors indulging him? Like Imran Khan said - Tendulkar should have retired after winning 2011 World Cup on a high. The reason is obvious - he is playing for his personal milestone. BCCI should arrange an ODI series with Bangladesh or Zimababwe so that we can put this old horse out of his misery (of not scoring 100th 100).

Posted by happy-go-lucky on (February 13, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

Really dont understand Gambhir's logic. He says the game should have been over in 48 overs. Was he not watching the game? Raina and Jadega both perished trying the same. Both took pre-meditated risk and it didnt pay off. Had it paid off, maybe the game would have been over by 48th over. After they got out, did he want Dhoni also to take risk and finish it off early? If Dhoni also gets out, then what? Clearly Dhoni's plan is to wait for the loose delivery and capitalize it then. There were no loose balls on offer, so he bid his time, getting as close to the target as possible and then went for broke in the last over. Dhoni has once again proven that he is a man of supreme self-belief in his own skills and also get temperament to handle pressure, something which Gambhir lacks. Clearly the team is divided into camps and there's an internal tussle. So far, Dhoni has been winning. But its not good for Indian cricket.

Posted by satish619chandar on (February 13, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

What is wrong in Gambhir said? Dhoni had he not played 20+ dots, the match could have been finished in 48 overs had he scored 14 singles in it.. Such is the game.. Gambhir's was a classy innings.. For the ppl who say he shd ve finished it, not many openers finish out ODI match on their own.. Only Sanath has done it many times.. Even Sachin don't finish it off often.. Lets give him a break.. Under such bad form, he played out of skin to do it for the team and he deserves pat on back.. I dno't see any rift.. Had there been any rift, why should Gambhir wish for Yuvi(Who is very very close frnd of Dhoni) in presentation first of all? We just make hills out of moles..

Posted by rustyryan on (February 13, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas : Good to see you man, finally you have come out of the hole. So how much Dravid scored in test series. And for you comments, Sachin has batted well agains Sri Lanka than other youngsters. At least he is not like the so called broken and crumbled Wall who fails under pressure.

Posted by satish619chandar on (February 13, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

@givemefood : Dhoni finished but his innings was no where as fluent.. Plus, give credit whee it is due.. Gambhir really held on what was a very bad top order until now including himself and paved way for the hitters to do their finishing role rather than coming in early and consolidate.. Politics are everywhere and it is media and fans like u who make it bigger than it is in reality..

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

Ghambhir criticizes the pitch in test series . now , he criticizes indirectly our captain and sachin . It looks like Delhi Vs india but delhi guys never deserves to be captaining any sides . For eg strongese Delhi Daredevils in 1st edition of IPL never won any trophy

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

Dhoni was correct as ever. It is difficult to hit out against Doherty because Straight boundaries are big, no pace on the ball and perhaps it was against wind direction. I think Mckay was a better choice. Don't even question Dhoni's ability because he is a a champion finisher.

Posted by NP_NY on (February 13, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

Looks like a few people making comments here just love drama! Gambhir spoke about how he would have approached the finish line but never said anything negative about Dhoni. So why are people talking about rifts, jealousy, captaincy-greed, etc.? If you're that much into drama, stick to the TV soap-operas, guys! :).

Posted by ChuckyDoll on (February 13, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

Complete your sentence, Gambhir: __________ shouldn't have taken game to 50th over. Don't be shy! C'mmon now. Don't be afraid!

Posted by NP_NY on (February 13, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

Dhoni has an average of over 50 in 200 games at a strike rate of almost 90. What's more, he finishes tough games more often than not. Gambhir can comtemplate how he (Gambhir) would have fihishisd this game which is what he seems to have done in this press conference, but no one can question Dhoni's ways in ODIs. Atleast not until Dhoni's ways stop being successful.

Posted by Cricketfanatic2103 on (February 13, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

I agree that Dhoni took it to d last moment but Mr. Gambhir u cannot commnet on that as U were not even there to take the team past finish line.I am pretty sure Dhoni knows his plans and also has a clear picture of execution.Even in the World Cup final u got out and it was our Mr. Cool Dhoni who paased the finished line

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

Gambhir says that this is the best XI. Such an irresponsible comment, especially in the middle of the tour. So, the rest of the 5 in the squad wouldn't comprise the best ? you are demotivating them. And he has no right to state the SRT wouldn't figure in the best XI. If Gambhir doesn't apologize for having a dig at SRT, most Indian fans would forever lose respect for Gambhir. figured in the best all time world XI and were the only Indian to do so. The sun doesn't care if dogs bark at him...

Posted by SRT_GENIUS on (February 13, 2012, 0:53 GMT)

Well.. I guess for sometime, in many glorious Indian victories, Gambhir has provided the starts with his 70s and Dhoni has finished with his 40s... Usually a tight finish means *everyone* is watching when Dhoni is batting and taking the team to finish (but not *everyone* watches the entire first 25 overs). People watch Gambhir's first 5 overs. So they remember him either getting out or on a score of 15 or something like that. I guess he is getting a little tired of "big names" getting all the credit without much falling in his lap. And now that he was out of form, people started asking for his head, while old names continue to play as and when they please. At some level he feels cheated.. and with the rotation thing - where Sachin doesn't want to relent his position and wants Gambhir,Sehwag to rotate amongst themselves, his cup runneth over.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

Gauti is right that it should not have gone to the last ball. But I dont think Dhoni intended that. Dhoni is not the best batsman in the side but he is the best batsman under pressure and Dhoni knows this. That is the reason he promoted himself in the WC finals above in form MOS Yuvi! Today also he wanted to stay in the middle while others finish so that just in case of a pressure situation he can anchor India to safety and that is what happened. Gauti should have stayed around to finish off in WC final and today but like several of his predecessors he did not. India has seen several great batsman who hit sweetly and score big runs. None till date has been able to handle pressure and win matches like SUPER KING, SUPER COOL, SUPERMAN DHONI.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (February 13, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

We don't want names, we don't need names......we want people, we want people who believe, we want XI....looks like his digs at Sachin seem to be unending....

Posted by   on (February 13, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

If one or two individuals don't matter for Gambhir, he can surely retire now. Thanks for the contributions!

Posted by CricketkaFunda on (February 13, 2012, 0:22 GMT)

I am surprised to see some comments here criticizing Gambhir for his remarks like @ RGPKNR. He is asking who Gambhir is? well, He is unsung hero of Indian cricket. Though he said that he followed cricket for last 21 years but did not seem to me that he even followed cricket last four years. Gambhir is the one who played a major hand in 20-20 world cup win, with even making score in 70s in final. He played good knocks during WC, and also contributing score in 90s in final. Today also because of his 90s, India got close to winning position. Dhoni has just habbit of getting credit for everything in Indian cricket but I think Dhoni is plain lucky to be at right place in right time. This team winning habit was build up by Ganguly, who was and will remain best captain ever. Dhoni has no captaincy and batting skill and just being plain cool does not make you a good captain.

Posted by Naresh28 on (February 13, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

The RIFT between Shewag camp/Dhoni camp is hurting the indian team. Both sides need to be sorted out by BCCI. Right now both DHONI and GAMBHIR are both important to the ODI team.India won because of both these guys effort. No use comparing their roles. One is a starter and the other is a finisher.The spinners have been quite good so far in this series.

Posted by sirviv on (February 12, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

look GG, before you start giving your opinions and perspectives, be thankful that you were able to lift yourself out of the slump you were in. Take a close look at your previous ten scores, and then look at this last innings you played and start focusing on your role as an opening batsman. time is not on your side, so please play the anchor that an opener is required to play. I wonder how you have been given so many chances over and over and over again. please perform and let captain cool do his part. bottom line is you won the game.....who cares if it went to the last over....more thrilling for the fans and cricket really needs that right now

Posted by maddy20 on (February 12, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

Gambhir may be right about not leaving it till the last over but one can see that Dhoni was not 100% fit. Me thinks he was ill or something but finished it masterfully in the end. But he is definitely wrong about this being the best XI. If you want to see the best XI play Sachin instead of Sehwag. That would be a truly solid batting order more so coz all the batsmen seem to be finding some form at last.

Posted by Micgyver on (February 12, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

I dont think Gambhir's critisism of how his captain handled the situation was very smart.Its the type of comment you might say behind closed doors and not to the media who can manipulate anything.But i think Gambhir may have dibs on himself becoming the next Indian test captain.

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (February 12, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

Gambhir: "If I was still there......" is he taking a swpie at the bad umpiring decision? It's their choice not to use DRS.

Posted by hsitasP on (February 12, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

@TRAM, as in life, there are no ifs and buts in cricket. would Miandad be able to repeat the last ball six he hit in Sharjah to win the Australasia cup? maybe not. would Hollies be able to bowl Bradman out in just two balls again? most likely not. The fact is these guys did it when it mattered, like Dhoni today.

Posted by Masud_BITK on (February 12, 2012, 23:05 GMT)

Friends, I was watching the whole game and I really think that it was a bad plan from MS Dhoni. He wasted so many balls to pull the game at the last over. It looks to me that he does not want to win. I don't blame Jadeja, he tried hard to finish it earlier. It could be different, if Australia did not make mistakes on fielding and/or no balls. However, the last balls six and threes again proved that it could have been finished earlier by MS Dhoni. It is a mystry to me that why he made it delayed. Only MS Dhoni can answer that? I love his 6 but hate his delayed plan.

Posted by Simoc on (February 12, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

Its a pretty dumb thing to say after a win or at any time, should've (scored centuries in the tests), would've (if he hadn't got out), could've(won every game), what a load of nonsense. The main thing was it was a great win.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

I remember Dhoni's words after the world cup final.. "@ Gautam - He should blame himelf for not getting his hundred". And today, Gauti has done a similar thing.

Btw its good to observe each other's mistakes. Ths will only lift their games. But strategicially anuybody can go wrong. Gauti wanted to fnish of the final early. But he couldnt. He didnt even realize what would if 3 or 4 batsman folllows him immediately after he walks back to the pavillion.. /likewise in a couple of instance Dhoni had delayed the chase and he has failed.

Personally i feel its about the day and what have got to offer when you are out in the middle.

Posted by darsh127 on (February 12, 2012, 22:38 GMT)


Posted by hsitasP on (February 12, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

I agree with @agamgoyal totally. Gambhir is not only a doughty cricketer but also a thinking one, and hence the one most suitable for the captaincy role in the current team, post Dhoni (whenever that is).

Posted by TRAM on (February 12, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

I will give another 10 chances to Dhoni to score 13 runs of last 6 balls (with Ashwin facing the 1st ball)!. I bet he will fail 9 out of 10 times. So many things could have gone wrong. Ashwin could have been out in the 2nd ball bringing new batsman to face the 3rd ball!. In that case Aus would have brought all the fielders in preventing single. Yes, no ball was a BIG gift. My point, yes, Dhoni very wrong and unprofessional to raise the rrr from 7 rpo to 13 rpo ! Gambhir is absolutely right.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

Are u guys for real. Check Gambjir's record in tests and ODIs. While the last year has been a lean one for him, he has been one of India's outstanding player. He will get over this slump as all great players do (look at Ponting) and he will be back to being a consistent scorer. Dhoni has a far way to to go before he can match Gambhir.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (February 12, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

I love it. India have their best and most convincing performance of the summer and Gambhir marks it by coating off the captain for another masterful finishing performance and then retires Tendulkar by deeming this their best team. This man has a job as a UN Diplomat for the taking once his career is over. Methinks maybe he has got a bit giddy on his retreat to the easier life of ODI's where his Test limitations against the short ball arent exposed.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

If Gambhir scored run a ball, then game would have been finished early

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

Gauti, Dhoni took the game to the last over in the 2nd t20 as well. you couldn't even get a single for a while. my point is that it's hard to go out there and start making quick runs. he was letting raina and jadeja score runs and they couldn't. You got to blame sehwag,kohli,rohit for their horrofic shot selection. I do agree with you that dhoni could've atleat batted at a 90 strike rate instead of 50 for most of his inning. It was a great moment for india to finally beat Australia. It's time to enjoy the sweetness of this victory boys!!

Posted by MiddleStump on (February 12, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

Somebody needs to ask for clarifications from Gambhir. Does he imply that the Indian XI without Tendulkar is the best XI? How does he explain the win against Sri Lanka in the previous match which was achieved with a solid contribution from Tendulkar? Was it a fluke? And finally, why did it take so long for Gambhir to realize that the top three batters have to bat at least for 35 overs? What was he doing himself during the test series and the ODIs so far? One score of 90 on a flat Adelaide pitch after spending more than two months in Australia does not give him a license to take a dig at others who did not play this match.

Posted by RGPKNR on (February 12, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

Can somebody please tell me ...Who is Gautham Gambhir ??. Is he a batsman ?? Am a fan of indian cricket team for the last 21 years . never heard of Gautham Ghambir ...??? Reading the above article , seems like he is the inventor of indian cricket team and strategies..Well , quite frankly , a person who can not face, lightning fast pictches and deciplined bowling, has no right to talk about game plans. Does he have the courage what MS dhoni showed to us in WC ?.His game plan is simple . devide and rule . Very OLD politics. As somebody said already, he & viru will take the team to 80's. My advice , kick gambhir out of the team ASAP.Aiming at captancy , Dhoni-> Viru -When he had enough play with Viru , he will promote himself as captain. End of indian cricket. Though its too early , after dhoni , Kohli should be the captian when he had enough experience. Not Ghambir.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Gauti, you have shown that you and Sehwag want Dhoni out!! Both of you have been eying the Captaincy for a while... pity your form isn't good or else Dhoni would have been taken off... And while i remember Yuvi and MS dedicatign their WC win to SRT, i know i never saw you and Sehwag saying so... the India media is probably right about you then after all!! I think MSD should retire on a HIGH now and lets see where you take Team India!!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

Rightly said Gambhir. It's sad that we can not even able to trust last 6 wickets for 90 runs.

Posted by trueanalyst on (February 12, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Some people commenting about Gambhir's once in a bluemoon knock seems to have forgot that he was our most consistent batsman for the last couple of years .One bad year does not make him a lesser batsman.Gambhir thrives on Confidence & this knock will surely be a defining one.Gambhir is well entitled to air his views on anyone & everyone becos he was the person instrumental in India winning 2 world cups(Twenty 20-Score of 75/157,next highest was 43 (Misbah) & 97 (Anchored India to victory when a so called God of whom I was one of the greatest fan failed once again leaving India at a precarious 31/2) .His captaincy is more dynamic than Dhoni. As a chief contributor of India's 2 World cup wins he stands above any other player in India's present team & hence deserves more respect .

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

A lot of you fans keep saying things like "Dhoni delivers when it matters" If that is true then why didn't he deliver as you put it when India played Australia in the recent test series? did he instead deliver a pizza instead of a proper game of cricket?

Posted by Jessclvn on (February 12, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

The issue here is someone scored some runs after a long while and thinks himself as a super hero. Dude, take care of urself and score runs consistently and that's what u r asked for. (He just want to divert the issue of the repeated failure of his today's co-opener). And most importantly, why didn't you stay there and finished the game if the things were as simple as what you were thinking? Please dear, we don't expect this so called petty politics from you; keep your admirers intact as there will not be anybody around to support you in your bad times.

Posted by Januka on (February 12, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

When India loose, everyone cries for a win, When they win, everyone cries for a higher run rate .. Seriously?

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Every player has their own way of responding to the situation in the end the work should be done what matters most.if Gambhir would be in middle he could have finished the game earlier.dhoni did it in his style.objective completed..that matters.

Posted by likeintcricket on (February 12, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

This guy always gives silly comments. Dhoni was absolutely right. All the great one day players including Beven, Miandad, Hussey etc always used to wait till last moment before delivering. That's why they were called good finishers. If Dhoni was gone in 48-49 over than there is no one to handle even 4 runs in the last over. Ask Gambhir why he got out on 92 and not stayed till the end.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

One 90 in one year and he is commenting on Dhoni and the team plan. Gambhir has neither won any cup for India or his Ranji team or IPl. Dotn deserve to speak about Dhoni. Dhoni knows the game more than Gambhir.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Precisely the reason why MSD is considered as a great finisher and you are not Mr Gambhir.

Posted by Big_CricInfo_fan on (February 12, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

@ddlj81: you are spot-on. Easily the best comment of the lot. Also Dhoni came in during the powerplay when the infield is packed. One miscue (like in last game) and this match would have been over even before the 48th over (Aus winning). Dhoni has finished a lot of matches and he knows more than what Gambhir does. Gambhir's onlu implying that he knows less than Dhoni. Obviously, that was an unnecessary statement to make to the press. And many of us are reading too much into the best XI comment. What do you expect him to say? That he sorely misses Sachin and wants him badly in the team? Or any team without Sachin is not the best team? Doesn't that mean there are differences between him and his Captain wrt Sach? Doesn't that mean the others are not competitive enough to play Aussies? It's a profession for them. They are just diplomatic statements, perhaps meant to encourage the younger lot to make believe that they are the best & competitive and that's why they are on the field.

Posted by thinktank1 on (February 12, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Gambhir scored 90 in batting conditions.. in difficult conditions there is no way he could get away from short balls and rising outside off deliveries. Once in a blue moon performance doesn't count. He should work on his technique and support his captain.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1 ..gudone wat kindof cricket do u fllw u knw sachin has been best f best's bet INDIA hs ..b it ODI or TEST,do u think WC is evrythin??If yes ..he hs been leadin scorer in 3 WC!!common get ur facts far as u r talkin bout gambhir n dhoni ..both r playin stratgecally dhoni fr his CSK mates n gambhir fr his delhi(viru n all) mates...n datz really dstrbin...dhoni d mst tkniclly ill persn tuk india to victory cnsider it luck, nt a problm in ODI n T20s but in longer version it sure is!!!nd gambhir speakin mountain just aftr scorin a fifty aftr god knws hw many innings z very cocky...wl lov 2 seee ur downfallllllll!!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

Dhoni should come in top order if he wants to anchor the death overs dot balls increase the pressure in the other end.i saw so many matches ,dhoni is struggling score in leftarm spinners bowling.dhoni was succeed in some matches with his waiting game.but in adelide odi india would have chase atleast with two overs spare.any way good heroics by gambhir and dhoni.gambhir missed out a century...great innings.

Posted by shreem0791 on (February 12, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Gambhir's ODI average is 41.5.

If you remove Bangladesh, Ireland and other minnows from the list, his average is 36.6.

A guy with 36.6 average (over 100 ODIs) hasnt earned his rights to say anything about anyone.

Posted by cricveda on (February 12, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

i think its lot of opportunities for sehwag he should be dropped we want a batman to play shots with calculated risk rather than striking every ball it works in india that too once in 5 we dont want scores like 0,20,15,31,9,29,200 we want him to consistently score and add stability to top order which he has failed to do why the hell are these people not giving opportunites to rahane he is a class player or even manoj tiwary

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 12, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Agree with @mowgliworld. Raina and Jadeja tried to accelerate and got out in the process, so Dhoni minimized the risk of losing by taking it to the end. This is where Yusuf Pathan, if he can get more consistent, can come in handy. His bro, Irfan, might also do the job. He's no bunny with the bat.

Posted by donda on (February 12, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

So funny interview. He himself got out scoring 92, when you are set then why did not you bat on long and won the match in 46 overs mr. ghambir. Like in WC final you did not able to finish it, it was Dhoni who finished it and today he finished it again.

Why Raina got out after scoring 30 odd runs, he should have finished it. What about Jadeja or what about Mr. Sharama.

Dhoni average is 50+ in ODI because he is great finisher and proven ODI batsmen for years now. Do not criticize him, see your face in the mirror Ghambir.

How many times you have finished the ODI match = 0.

How could you talk like that about your WC winning captain , you are awful.

Posted by Baundele on (February 12, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Gambhir is right, Dhoni's approach was also the correct one. Dhoni wants to go as close as possible before the final push. To his credit, he has strong nerve and does not give away his wicket. He is a confident man. Gambhir wants to play safer and making things easier as early as possible. Just two different approaches.

Posted by KK_Cricket on (February 12, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

I completely agree with what Gambhir has mentioned.. 8 out of 10 times, you cannot score 13 while chasing as the pressure is enormous and you cannot rely on your luck, chance arms and get a 6.. India had enough overs and sufficient fire power in batting to go for the target when 5-6 overs were left but they chose to do it otherwise.. Is better to be safe then sorry.. plan your chase well and get it done convincingly... And coming to Sehwag, too many chances and he has really lost the hunger and desire to score runs.. His game is like a lottery, either full money or nothing... we need consistency as openers and Tendulkar even at this age and this stage of his career has the desire to score runs and is far superior in all respects then Mr. Sehwag.. And if you want to rest Sachin, give chance to youngsters like Manoj Tiwari.. its better not to gamble with Sehwag as we cannot afford that in tough Aussie conditions and its better to drop a player who doesn't put a price on his wicket

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

now gambhir scored the 1st big knock aftr a long tym n talking how dhoni shud play hw the team shud b ridiculous.......gambir played a fabulous match,but he doesn't deserve 2 say hw the game shud b won or wen the other batsmen shud start hitting....

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

I totally agree with Gambhir.. dhoni put too much pressure on raina and the rest to score quickly by playing out balls like that.. at some point i started to wonder which team dhoni was playing for.. One things for sure.. if that last over did not work out for dhoni he would have been chewed and spewed out by the media and the public... he saved himself with that six..!!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

it sad to read a comment that team is divided . Gambhir and Sewhag divided team who told this false story to him............

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

@IJustLoveCricket he was not trying to be the hero he WAS the hero, he got the job done. Today was the not the first time (not sure if you have been following cricket??), but let me remind you....check his one day stats, including last few series vs. england, Also, this guy won us the world cup. That 112 mts six was a slap in the face of all those who doubt his abilities...

Posted by SriramNatarajan on (February 12, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

In the 2nd T20, Gambhir was there till the last when India needed just 1 run off final over.. he could nt get a run for first 3 balls.. if he had completed that match in 18th or 19th over, he has the right to talk here.. but he didnt.. even 4th ball of 20th over he had to force a ball from outside offstump to legside to get that 1 run..

Posted by Chetan007 on (February 12, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

This is all about Sachin 2 retire from international cricket. I don't think anyone needs him in the team. He is playing for himself more than the team. This might be the last tour of Australia before the next world cup & if he wasn't in the team someone like Rahane will get the chance to get used to the condition before the next world cup. Also, the team management will able to know which player best suites to be in the team & can be the future of the team. Sachin is not allowing the the team management 2 get the best XI prepared b4 the world cup. Might be we have got another back up opener if either of Shewag & Gambhir gets injured. Gambhir should focus on his fitness. He is loosing some touch b'coz of getting injured regularly. He is good player. Both Gambhir & Dhoni have planned to send saying few words against and then say something to get rid of Sachin. Both of them are mature enough 2 create any kind of war within the team. Dhoni should be happy if some1 finds his weakness.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

No amount of wins in this ODI series will make up for the fact that India are rubbish and they lost the test series so comprehensively.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

anyone remember t-20 in champions league v/s T&T.Match was lost by csk due to Dhoni's slow start not sunil narine excellent bowling,he score 7 in 22.CSK lost by 12 runs. Clearly if he score run a ball then CSK have a graet chance.

Posted by mowgliworld on (February 12, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Gambhir is right. However, lets analyse a little more. India were comfortable - scoring 8 runs/over does not really need risky hits - all it needs is a couple of 2's and 4 singles. So Raina and Dhoni should have been able to make it 32 in 4 and then gone for 1 or 2 good overs. However Raina and Jadeja got out, so Dhoni minimized the risk of losing by taking it to the end. In my opinion, a masterfully controlled chase by the best finisher in world cricket today.

Posted by critic666 on (February 12, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Gambhir gave his honest opinion which may or may not agree with other team members' opinions (or your own). I appreciate that he has an opinion and gave it out when asked. At least he is being straightforward and upfront. What is this silly thing of dissent or cold war? Do you think all 10 players in the team must be yes-men without brains and accept whatever the captain does or says? They can have their own opinion and it can be very well contrary to what other team members think. In fact Gambhir could freely give his opinion without making any strong accusation shows the maturity and understanding in the team. Read his words well, he said he is not the right person to make a judgement as he was not in the middle, but he stated that he was just giving an opinion -- how much mature can one be than that?

Regarding best XI - he did not say SRT should or should not be taken. Some people here need to stop worshiping cricket stars to have some objectivity.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Now Ghambir is next to Bradman. Ha,ha ha ,ha,ha.......

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

Gambhir is right when he says the match should have been over much earlier. The way Dhoni batted initially was uncharacteristic of any batsmen in that situation. This knock by Gambhir will give him lot of confidence when he goes into next match. Sehwag's consistent failure is overshadowing his inconsistent match winning knocks. He needs to be rested to regain and reshape his mental balance in cricketing terms. Dhonis's stars still are taking him above water for much needed breaths at crucial moments. What can one ask for to survive and prevail !!!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

@give me food

dude there is nothing wrong in what gambhir said !! he was right .dhoni was playing at a snail's pace !! 2 runs of 16 balls and 17 of 40 balls wow it lukd like a test match to me when you are chasing 270 + u shd take singles and not waste the balls !! dhoni didnt do that he left it till the last ball .when raina was there raina was the aggressive one and when jadeja came dhoni left it to jadeja to play big shots when he himself was the set batsman there !! what would have happened if dhoni couldnt get his 6 or what if mckay didnt bowl an noball ?? dhoni would have been out and india too.

u may be a dhoni fan i dont care !! luk at the way gambhir played with an ease taking the singles.if it hadnt been gambhir's 92 india could never have won the match .and whenever india has a huge target while chasing its only gambhir and kohli's partnership which always saved india so give him his due and he knows wayy more abt cricket than u and me so just dont whine.

Posted by TrueFactors on (February 12, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

May be Gambhir do not deserve to say these words, but Gambhir said absolutely true. Dhoni made it closer than it should. Raina was playing nice and fluent, but Dhoni left a lot of pressure on Raina and new-comer Jadeja. With over 7 as asking rate in last 12 overs and Dhoni was playing out overs like to play out for a test draw. Smells like a match fixing or a spot fixing here. Dhoni tried best to loose this match from winning place.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 12, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Good (and obvious) observation from Gauti - The pressure on players in the middle is far more. That's why SRT does not want to bat in the middle in ODI, even though he is a middle order batsman in tests. That's why Dhoni is hundred times more valuable to his team than SRT. This is a good combination - we should stick with it. The only change that might make sense is - Replace Ashwin with Irfan Pathan against Aussies. Ashwin seems to do well against Sri Lanka. There's no spot left for SRT. Why is he playing ODI anyway? He won't be around for the next world cup.

Posted by couchpundit on (February 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

one 90 in one year and you mouth off? get a life man....why the hell you didnt finish it when you were set?

shutup and score cobsistently.

Posted by kriscricket on (February 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

@givemefood, please remember that Gambhir did not throw away his wicket... he was played down by a bad call on the field. Had that not happened, we would have not felt the pressure of having 2 new batsmen, just at the start of the batting powerplay. I accept that it was perfectly done by dhoni to win this match for us... but is also feel this game should have been over with 12 balls to spare...

Posted by IJustLoveCricket on (February 12, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Absolutely spot on Mr. Gambhir. Dhoni eats up a lot of deliveries and waits till the death overs, and if he pulls it off, he'll be Ice cool Dhoni, excellent finisher, does it when india needs the most etc., And after the match he has the audacity to say we have to improve shot selection. He's not referring to himself, but his teammates who are trying to keep up with the run rate, and try to be heroes by waiting till the penultimate or the last over. This match could have gone either way.

Posted by world.cricketer on (February 12, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

This shows there is some cold war B/W Dhoni and (Sehwag, Gambir). but he is true in what he said. My sincere to Gambir is "please don't split the team into groups Play and score runs even if sehwag is dropped".

Posted by SatishT2105 on (February 12, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Gambhir's point about names not making a difference need not be viewed as something derogatory as many would pull out their knives and daggers immediately. He's right that a set of 11 people need to have the cohesive belief about winning games. Now, this is a key difference between the team from the 1990s & early part of last decade when the team used to falter in Australia in run chases under lights when playing the Aussie attack. However, the team of 2008 that won the triangular CB Series beating Australia 2-0 in the finals paved the way for India to believe that chasing in Australia or any part of the world is not impossible. When Yusuf Pathan gave the South Africans a few nightmares in South Africa in early 2011, we knew that we have enough batting prowess that can win ODIs worldover. However, our problem was never with our batting on flat beds, it's our toothless bowling attack that costs us games.Be it India or anywhere, our bowling needs to penetrate for us to win, period.

Posted by shreem0791 on (February 12, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

OMG. Gambhir has lost perspective of how irrelevant he is to Indian cricket. Scores 1/3 of the team's total ONCE and starts talking like a reliable performer. He cant seem to take the higher road on a single topic -- always trashing his own team members -- here he insinuates that the team is better off without Tendulkar. He needs to be reprimanded for such anti-team statements. Also, Sehwag needs to be dropped so he can get his mojo back. He has sucked for SO LONG.

Posted by devalyagnik2003 on (February 12, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

If you want people who can deliver, and if its not about big names, than how can you justify Sehwag's place?! Look at his record recently, vs australia 23 and vs england 15 in last one year. Dhoni was slow and yes he should keep rotating strike that he wasn't, as well as Sachin is not in his prime form, but they both are way better then Sehwag, His statements will for sure create tensions in between players..

Posted by SmellyCat on (February 12, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Yes, names don't matter in team sport but if Gambhir is in team is primarily because of his reputation and not on the form. You gotta do it more consistently.. taking a dig at someone does not make you big..

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (February 12, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Gambhir is right in what he says... Dhoni had left it for too late. At one stage he had scored 4 off 21 balls, with required run rate close to 6. Today it worked out. But in a lot of recent games (especially T20 Internationals), Dhoni's plan of leaving it for too late has back-fired. Raina played an important part in the chase too. He kept us in the chase when Dhoni was struggling at the other end. All said, Dhoni did well to hit that crucial six in the last over and thanks to McKay for that no-ball!

Posted by bombay4u on (February 12, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

I would admit that i was disturbed by the pace at which Dhoni was setting up the runs, i think in run chase you should stay slightly ahead of the required run rate to rule out any surprices. I really think we nearly lost this one for our own doing, why could not Dhoni cut loose Raina to go after the bowling when it was easy during 35-44 overs is beyond me, that put too much pressure on Jadeja to play rackless, generally when run rate is very high even good batsman can make mistakes, just look at what happend to Wade. Shevag and Ghambir have hidden agenda and they are eyeing for captaincy, to me both are rackless and do not have temprament of captains, just look at how Shevag did when he was captain , with his hopeless field pacements. I really think Dhoni is cool, may be little too cool, but he deserves credit , Ghamhir was lucy not to be given out LBW early. He should concentrate on batting noting else. Shevag deserves to be removed from the team.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

@ givemefood .... to be precise . Gautam is Right .. this victory was not taken by Dhnoni at all.. even he took india to the losser side ( say thanks to the no Ball of the poor guy Mckay ) .. jus scored 2 on 16 delivery .. Raina came in the middle and gave some relief , and jus everyone knows he wasted so many deliveries in the middle .. and india was jus abt to loss the match jus coz of dhoni ... and another thing regarding this inning of MR. COOL Captain .. if it was not a six today it wud have the end of his career as a captain .. but i m very thankful to his lucky stars who's helping him all the time .. wat gambhir said is right and GAMBHIR like him ;-) .. no building can be made without the BASE... he build it and just said it shudnt hav taken too much time ....

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

i totally agree with him.. Dhoni hasn't delivered his best... if he missed the last six or lost his wicket in last overs , india would had definitely lost the game.......

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

@all who are bashing Gambhir for his comment , guys he just means that match shouldn't have been this close. Virat, Rohit , Raina,Jadeja all played reckless shots gifting away their wicket adding to that Dhoni took a little too much time to settle down .. he simply left away/missed around 15 balls and was one of the reason of the pressure created at the end.Had we played normally/sensibly we really should have won it comfortably but anyways he did well at the end otherwise we would have lost the match and cursing Dhoni on this very same thread :P .. give the credit where its due .. Gambhir you rock man !! ..

Posted by driftingmoods on (February 12, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Gambhir's right. Dhoni almost lost the game. Captain Cool would have looked like Captain Fool if he had got out while trying to hit a six in the last over. Don't forget McKay also helped by bowling a no ball. The run rate kept creeping up and all Dhoni did till the 50th over was to squirt the ball for singles. Reminded me of India of 80s and 90s. It was so easy for the them to find a way to lose a match which was in their grip.

And yes selector's should end their fetish with playing Jadeja time and over again. Ashwin is over-rated, lacks athleticism as well as the attitude of a winner - remember the draw with West Indies? India will do much better with the likes of Yusuf Pathan and Harbhajan - at least in the ODIs. Fail or succeed, these guys fight to the hilt.

Posted by debashisgamma on (February 12, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

He is right.I mean with all due respect to Dhoni,who undoubtedly is India's best ODI cricketer at present,this method is a little bit risky.What if McKay had bowled an outstanding yorker his third ball? This way you give yourself the smallest margin of two balls to win the game or lose it.But hey,what do I know? I don't average 50 with a strike rate of 85...MS does...But please both of you do something about your test form!!!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Is these the sign of divide in Indian Cricket Team? I am not sure but it seems like so. U talk about this strategy when team looses. Dhoni has his own plan and it's working. Nobody cares about your opinion Gambhir, when someone else is the Captain of your team. It's the captain who makes strategic plan, not other players, I suppose.

Posted by contactmhatre on (February 12, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Yes Gauti, India not should, must have finished the game earlier. Thanks to MSD for playing so slowly and taking it up to last over to wind-off the things. Why the heck do we always have to wait till the water rises till higher level?

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

He's attacking Dhoni. Please make me and Shvagh captain and vice captain, thats what he's saying indirectly.

Posted by ddlj81 on (February 12, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Its because of your temperament you can never be a finisher. You played great in the world cup but could not carry till the end. You got out trying to finish the game when there was still more than 50 runs to make. Same in this match. When asking rate goes up too high, you get nervous and start playing irrational shots. Nice that players like Dhoni are present in the side who can take over from where you leave. Its a team, you play your role and be done with it. Don't comment on what others should or should not do.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Yes we could have if Sehwag makes more than 20-is that his highest score on this tour??How about giving Rahane and Pathan a chance by dropping two of india's worst fielders Zaheer and Sehwag

Posted by bheekuchatri on (February 12, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Clearly Gambhir is quite frustrated to be left out of the playing XI earlier. If Tendulkar does not retire now, then how will somebody else be ready as opener for WC2015? About Dhoni - he gives chances to people around him to finish the game... what can he do if they don't accept it ? Even in WC cup final Gambhir got out playing a shot TO FINISH THE GAME and we all know the history right? It is Dhoni who finished that game.

Posted by AllwinJ on (February 12, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Finishing is the most important and the most difficult thing to do. Something that Gambhir is not good at. We saw that today, we saw that in the world cup. He should not be commenting on how to finish a job.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

I completely agree with Gambhir's statements.. Don't keep pushing for Sachin in the team.. He hasn't played in a single win for India throughout this summer. And he doesnt look like getting his 100th ton either. So, whats the point of playing him? I agree with the rotation policy and the time for Rohit and Raina is running out.. Much so hyped Rohit hasn't stepped up at all. Hope he delivers soon.

Posted by Naresh28 on (February 12, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

All those idiots who were claiming that bangladesh should have been here instead of India should now eat their words. We downed Oz - thats all that counts. On its day India can beat anyone.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Gambhir should revisit his last over drama against SriLanka in the previous ODI and than talk.

Posted by DoWnToWnBoY on (February 12, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

lol. what if his team lose the match in process of finishing the game in 49th over instead of 50th. all blame would have been on dhoni for playing so recklessly. Cricket is a funny game. but cricketers are funny too.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Gambhir has the right to say whatever he wants. Because Dhoni is mocking Sachin, Sehwag, and Gambhir by "rotation policy". I mean if Dhoni want's to give more chance to Rohit Sharma, why don't he rest either Jadeja or inform Raina. Both are all rounders with same talents, but not pros. And also Sharma can bowl more than 5 overs. I also want to Irfan Pathan in the team instead of Vinay. What would happen if Gambhir wouldn't play this match because of rotation policy? I am ok if Dhoni gives "rest" to seniors in unimportant matches, but in big games we have to set our top players.

Posted by 100_rabh on (February 12, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

am i alone here in sensing team being divided between 2 camps. GG speaking too much, he is a good odi player-period. wish he concentrates on his test batting overseas

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (February 12, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

You should say this is best X not XI. I don't think we are playing with XI players as Sehwag is of no use currently. Sehwag might have played well in earlier series but what matters is how did he perform in this series including tests.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Gambhir concentrate on your own batting,just one knock and he starts making comments which could divide the unity of the XI.....So Gambhir talk less,play more

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

@Laat aji Laat , if gambhir is classy player means thn wht ll u say for Sachin , Dravid , Ponting , Lara , Hayden , kalllis , Yousuf etc . Classy means player shld drive the every parts of the ground without slog . imo Gambhir neither belongs to classy or no like Gilly ,Sehwag ,klusener , Cairns flintoff , Dhoni

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

lol.. is Gambhir implying that Sachin no longer deserves place in ODI squad, otherwise why will he call the current XI as the best one??

Posted by bobmartin on (February 12, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Gambhir is right.... It was Prima Dhoni playing it his way AGAIN... showboating to ensure that he is the hero who leads his side to victory..

Posted by PTtheAxis on (February 12, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

should have finished the game earlier - a perfectly correct thing to say. whats wrong with that. just because all the tongue-tied commentators can't say anything straight even when dhoni is taking the reqd run rate from 6 to 10+. dhoni got lucky in the end with one in the slot, no-ball etc but he was hanging by a rope - a very thin one. this game should have been over by 48th over if he was not poking around at a strike rate of 30 in a one-day. it was pressure put by dhoni which caused the demise of raina who had to singlehandedly keep the momentum going. without raina's hits it would have required more than 6 sixes in the last over.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Without Sachin there can never be best 11 for India. You should also realise Aussies never fielded as badly as they did today. Sachin should never be rested. Gambhir is in a moon for his flash in the pan innings, Sachin has scored 10 times more runs against Australia.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Sorry mate (gambhir) i disagree with you completely. No one was left with dhoni to finish of the match and yes the match would have been over say in the 47 th or 46th over provided somebody was der to support him.Since he is capt cool he won us the match .Genuine batsmen all gifted there wickets to aussies. Finally a win is that matters the most and the main thing is that dhoni didnt look 100% fit. Suffering some bug/flu.So he had to same energy till the very end so that he can go for the kill in the fianl over which he did successfully..Hats off MSD

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Its a team Game & Batsman backed up after a good show by bowlers..

Posted by rockanpur on (February 12, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

gambhir has spoken his heart out but no malice , as he pointed out that dhoni had delayed it because of purpose.he wanted to test nerve of so called young brigade. most of them failed.

Posted by Alexk400 on (February 12, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Sehwag has to be rested complete series unless sachin chokes bad. Sachin can't field , can't bowl and can't bat. Sehwag did make great cacth but he still try to smack every ball. Not Good.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

i tend to agree with gambhir... had that six not come or a wicket would,ve gone (not trying to be a pessimist, but thing is, why take an unnecessary chance), the game could,ve gone coach would advice you to pace your innings the away MSD at the end- ends are more important than means....

Posted by AvidCricFan on (February 12, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

BTW, Gambhir should not have made such statements in public that can create more divisions in the team. Shewag doesn't deserve place in the team based on his performance in this tour.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (February 12, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Gambhir's observations are right. Dhoni in a way created a crisis by batting slow early in the inning. However, he is wrong in saying this is the best playing eleven. There are persistent non-performers like Shewag. Raina and Sharma have not grabbed opportunities either. More rotations are needed for bowling as well as middle.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Why are people so sensitive to the truth? What Gambhir said was evident in broad daylight for all to see. No point in singing paeans about Dhoni when he was the one who took us to the brink of defeat before that six.

Posted by Krisheyet on (February 12, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Yes,every people like comfortable win then pressure except some people .

Posted by nkoch on (February 12, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

hm.... one good innings and tone has become arrogant. How many games has Gambhir finished in his carrier? Dhoni is the best finishe India has seen in agesr. He knows what he's doing. Don't doubt him and play your game of cricket, not the mind ones...

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

wooo look who's talking now against MSD.. Being a dancing girl in all previous 8 overseas tests Gambhir shouldn't have said such a ridiculous comment after 1 average ODI inning specially against greatest Indian captain ever MS DHONI...

Posted by Vilander on (February 12, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

This is a one off victory, going by what Gambhir say, there is lot of dissent in this team, they are bound to fail.

Posted by sameer997 on (February 12, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

seems to be angry!


Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

gambhir is 100% right.... when dhoni stepped into the field, india needed 92 off 95. then it was dhoni who pressurised it to 13 off 6. he cud hav planned the game better to finish it of earlier.

Posted by AlexDackard on (February 12, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

If Gambhir has indeed said what is stated in this piece, then Indian dressing room seems to be a place divided. Since BCCI doesn't care, let's see if the players grow a brain and sort it out, or go down in flames.

Posted by kunal_bhatt on (February 12, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

There are pretty visible differences between Dhoni & Gambhir/Sehwag and i guess these matured cricketers should try not going public about it. People understand what you are trying to say be it against Dhoni or Sachin (big names) but Gambhir you should understand that you too have been struggling a lot and this knock was more of a savior for you. Get on your work then making such statements like your other non-performing counterpart who has completely forgotten how to score beyond 20.

Posted by chancricfan on (February 12, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

@givemefood: he fell to a poor umpiring decision, given the way he was playing he would have definitely finished the game by 48th over. Everyone can easily say that it was deliberate from Dhoni to delay the win. Eventually India won that is all.

Posted by PradyunJagan on (February 12, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Gambhir - thanks for all the "mighty" runs you scored in the test matches. You score a 90 and all this talk comes just shut up and appreciate Dhoni's skills

Posted by ApurvDanke on (February 12, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

it is okay if gambhir has a personal opinion...nobody should have a problem with that...maybe if yuvraj was there the match would have been finished in 45 overs itself...but dhoni is different..even with such a mindset of first getting close to the target...he has won matches in the past with many balls/overs to spare...the best example being the WC 2011 final...he was cautious to start with..then played shots later on...but in australian conditions you cannot play extravagant shots and need to work hard for those 1s 2s and occasional boundary..thats what dhoni was doing...i think his approach was correct today...if not for the bad shots by sehwag kohli and sharma..and the bad decision for gambhir , the match would have surely finished with 3-4 overs to spare

Posted by street_smart on (February 12, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Game after game suresh Raina after playing so many ODIs can't finish a game.. Still he makes those quick 30 odd runs & get out.. When he will learn to shoulder responsibility?

Posted by agamgoyal on (February 12, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

This is a straight from the heart ....What he thinks he says ....What a gritty and straight forward cricketer ...I have always believed that he is the best man to captain int he Indian team ...even when India was winning consistently winning under Dhoni... If it all we need a new captain is gotta be Gambhir ..Respect for you man ..Very few people remember the World Cup final innings you played ...Even today the cricinfo article said " Ice Cool Dhoni downs Australia " ...Gambhir , wish u could have made 8 more runs today and 3 more runs in the WC final ....then people would have realized you true worth India is a century maniac country driven only by statistics and not by performances :(

Posted by ChuckyDoll on (February 12, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Yeah....Gambir. Next time, stay on for 50 overs. And, don't chirp! I guess you have come back from fishing (outside off) after 2 months on the tour ?

Posted by US_Indian on (February 12, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

@givemefood- You're sucking up to your partner Sehwag who's been eyeing the captaincy. You and Sehwag fall in the category of the Vengarkars, Gavaskars, who defied their captains and divided teams. Welcome back 1980s!!. Just on the money sir, brought back those awefull memories of my growing up days. "You don't want names, you want people who can deliver"-an apt statement- we all know what you meant by this- let me put this straight and little openly-your hint was Sachin but I would have been happy if you had Sehwag in mind too when making this comment.hahha. "For me, the best XI is if 11 players have the belief they can beat any opposition on the park. For me, one or two individuals don't make a difference. It's about 11 people who have the belief that they can beat any opposition on that given day.Rightly said. But one question for you-you said you dont want to take it to last over and get under pressure, when you were there you should have stay put and finish the game-Think over it

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Gambhir I like you but you are not a good finisher man. Remember world cup final. In my opinion you should have finished the game and gotten your well deserved MOM. Instead you got out and let Dhoni finish the game.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Dhoni the supercool finisher has shown once again why he is one of the best finishers of the game. Shewaag has to deliver , how much can you hide behind the remark... I play my natural game , it is high time he delivered.

Posted by Kays789 on (February 12, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

one substantial innings and the guy's got a lot to say. oh well lets not deprive them of this. its been rough going for the indian team lately.

Posted by zuber21886 on (February 12, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

dhoni didn't wanted to delay, he actually didn't take risk because he knew once he gets out the tailenders will have to swing their bats in air at every ball. It was good decision

Posted by agneepath007 on (February 12, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

so if this was the best XI as per Gambhir then wat Sachin is doing in Australia...Sachin is in Australia for Rest?? wow...wat a shame?/...Gambhir wants to take credit away from Dhoni.....hahahha...wat a shame ..hes trying to create a rift again in the Indian Team....!!....Gambhir you make 90 after all those failures.,..and you started to make voice...!! well done Dhoni..!!

Posted by CoolWorthy on (February 12, 2012, 15:19 GMT) you open up your mouth??? what a pity...a player like Dhoni who knows how to finish the game, need not want a suggestion or comment by never finished the game and will never...i respect your game till today...i like the way you play by coming forward on fast fast bowlers...but today everything has vanished from my good innings and raising your words..that too pointing to personnal, i believe is not good....i pity you...really pity you...

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Too much arrogance as usual from Gambhir. Like 'givemefood' said, chirping. This guy should have been out LBW on 1 but the umpire let him off. There has been so much luck going India's way this series with all thier edges running away for 4! Gambhir and Ashwin know that - I wonder when that luck is going to run out..

Posted by india79 on (February 12, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

@givemefood - Gambhir is classy not like instable dhoni... he did all his hard work and cleary laid ground to win in 48th itself...this is dhoni who wasted those many balls and finally with LUCK favoured him, escaped from that catch and did some how. anyways india won and it is good for all... every one has their own opinions and Gambhir too..try to enjoy the match as it is and not to point out things

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Why is Gambhir talking so much?

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Very Rightly Said by Gambir... I think Dhoni Just escaped a big embarrassment

Posted by givemefood on (February 12, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

So you hit a 90 and now you've started chirping. Guess what? You didn't stay till the 48th over. What you could have done.. what you would have done are all up in the air. Don't take away the victory that was taken to the finish line by Dhoni. You're sucking up to your partner Sehwag who's been eyeing the captaincy. You and Sehwag fall in the category of the Vengarkars, Gavaskars, who defied their captains and divided teams. Welcome back 1980s!!

Posted by scorbos15 on (February 12, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

You don't want names, you want people who can deliver - Awesome you gritty cricketer, we know what you mean - Regarding Dhoni, as you said everyone has their own game plan - no better finisher than Dhoni, he has delivered when it really matters, that is all team needs - Great work Gambhir as always along with Dhoni - We need you there in 2015 world cup :-) and as you said these best eleven :-)

Posted by CricEshwar on (February 12, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Gambhir seems to be going a little over his head. Yes, he has his opinions and I respect them, but these seem to be more like strategic statements.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

whenever ganbhir plays india wins, he is such a classy player

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