Australia v India, CB Series, Brisbane February 19, 2012

Senior batsmen cost 20 runs in the field - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni has said the team will lose out on about 20 runs in the field if all three of Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag are played together. When asked if, taking today's XI as base, the addition of Sehwag at the expense of either Suresh Raina or Rohit Sharma was worth 20 runs, Dhoni answered emphatically in affirmative. He said the impact another slow man on the field will make is intangible to eyes outside, but fairly clear to him.

"People often talk about that one run, but that one run that you save, it changes the strike, and if the next ball the batsman plays a big shot - a six or a four, it can have a big impact," Dhoni said. "If you see, the last few games that we played, we got two or three run-outs and that really had a big impact.

"Also, it's not only these three players [Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gambhir] that we are talking about. We also have quite a few other players who are slow on the field. It will just add on to that, and we will be left with just two or three really good fielders. It's not that these fielders are bad, but for this environment and these conditions and big outfields, they are slightly on the slower side. They will be exploited."

"Once the ball goes to them, the Australians or the Sri Lankans will try to exploit the doubles or three runs. It means it will put more pressure on their body because the throwing needs to be good, and the diving needs to be good so they will under constant pressure. So ultimately it will be a pressure game."

Dhoni is not adamant, but it will only be an extreme case when all three play in a game together. "That may happen," Dhoni said. "It will affect our fielding in a big way, which means there will be more pressure on the batsmen to score those extra 20 runs. But if the middle-order does not perform consistently well, you may have to go with the experienced guys at the top of the order."

Dhoni was asked if the fielding was more important than skill. He replied that it is a misconception to not consider fielding a skill. "In India, there is less emphasis on fielding, that's why you say skill is cricket and fielding is fielding," Dhoni said. "When I was young, fielding was considered slogging around, and batting and bowling was always fun."

Dhoni will miss the next game because of the slow-over-rate ban, but when he comes back he has a challenge with the fitness of the side. Today, too, he said he was forced to bowl out Zaheer Khan early - in the 40th over - because the bowler was cramping up, and Vinay Kumar was cramping up too. It left India with Irfan Pathan and Vinay for the last few overs; Australia took 101 off the last ten.

"[It slipped in] the last 10 overs," Dhoni said. "The bowlers felt the heat. Right from the start of the second Powerplay, [in the] 36th over I saw my best fast bowlers battling through cramps, so that was the reason I bowled Zaheer Khan out in that spell.

"I didn't want to lose any overs from him and then kept Vinay Kumar for the last few, but he also felt the cramps. In the last 10 overs they batted really well and our bowlers were not really able to execute the way they could have if they were not battling cramps or the heat. It was hot out there and you are supposed to go through that phase, but I felt they found it slightly difficult to go through."

If despite resting bowlers and managing their workload, India are going through this problem, they have a real issue at hand. "Everybody was hydrated but at times we have seniors. Over here there is no breeze, it becomes very hot. And it is a big outfield, [batsmen] put pressure on the fielders, they have to put a bit more pressure on their body to not let the batsman score doubles from them."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • cricbee on February 22, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    It is an irrational logic by Dhoni to talk about batsman's fielding performances. One has to pick a batsman based on their batting proficiency and form not on their fielding talent. Fielding will comes into picture only when 2 batsmen have equal talent in batting. I think Dhoni went overboard here and creating nuisance. Dhoni, please get ur priorities right in picking a player.

  • K.A.K on February 22, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Hang in there guys! IPL is only a few months away. Home grounds, home crowd, lots of money, local cheerleaders and you will forget everything about this tour of Australia. Cheers.

  • Yolk_Eater on February 22, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    I have noticed that Dhoni promotes himself up the order if the opener's have provided a solid start and the game is in the bag. Then he promotes himself up to finish the game with a six which remains in fans' memories and maybe to boost his average. In the last two matches where India lost quick wickets, I didn't see him promoting himself then. Where was he hiding. And as far as Sachin is concerned, he is still one of the fastest runners between the wickets, if there is a two, he takes a two, no matter a tight one, but he is still more energetic and passionate than the youngsters. And he was the only batsmen who made some runs in Australia. 2 failures in ODI's and suddenly now he is out of form? Rubbish. He looks in good touch. At least better than Dhoni and his pal Ravindra Jadeja.

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    the video doesn't say that. when did he say what you claim he said?

  • class9ryan on February 22, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Its abjectly buish 2 speak all this... If u think Rohit Sharma saves 10 runs in d field and scores just 10-20 runs per match why would u prefer him in place of Tendulkar or Gambhir who atleast score 30-40 runs a match. If u even think about fielding, Ashwin, Zak and Umesh r not Usain Bolt why don't u remove them?? u can surely pick up Manoj Tiwary who is even better fielder than Rohit. why isn't he given a go?? I think Dhoni is creating some real nuisance in the team

  • zenboomerang on February 22, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    So MS Dhoni first blamed the batsmen... Then he blamed the bowlers... Now he's blaming the seniors players... Gee MS whose left to blame... lol...

  • stonecold4u on February 22, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    i compltly disagree.....if we will consider on fielding performance thn sachin,dhoni,sehwag,gautham,zaheer,ashwin,umesh etc..should b in team...vr having only 1 gud bowler n dats zaheer...soo jst 2 save 10runs team should replace zaheer or wat....i dont undrstand y every1 r blaming seniors...?....in d last match rohit sharma dropped couple of catchs....n he is nt performin well in battin....comin 2 jadiga i dont know y indians keepin him in team....jst he is doin fielding well....wat abt othr 2 departments?....i dont know y india not putting rahul sharma...whnevr he got chance he proved....frm 2 matchs pathan is der but b4 dat y he was nt in team???.....ther r soo many questions.....how can v say raina,jadiga,rohit as new players...vr nt giving chance 2 new players...like rahul sharma....thr will b soo many players 2 discover....jst luk at australia team...they r nt fear on loosing matchs...jst they r discovering new talent....

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 22, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    MSD and Yuvraj are the best thing that happened to Indian ODI team. 10dulkar and Sehwag are free riders. They should be dropped NOW. We started winning ODIs consistently only after MSD and Yuvi arrived on the scene. Before that everyone behaved like SRT - they were only interested in completing their individual 50 or 100. As a result we lost most ODIs against stronger teams.

  • fataquie on February 21, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I think not everything is right in the Indian camp. I have watched only a few overs and did not see anything unusual in this tour from Sehwag and Tendulkar that was different than the previous roughly 15-20 years of their playing. Even if they cost 20 runs, which I highly doubt, they more than make up for that in their batting. I think the bottom line is that both of these greats have passed their peak and they should not do a Ponting. Frankly, they should have retired gracefully and in awe right after India won the World Ciup.

  • TRAM on February 20, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Is this MSD talk against Gambhir because of his Gambhir's previous match media talk? Gambhir said on the prev matches, that the match shouldn't gone beyond 48 overs, which I agree as well. I also agree with MSD that the Indian fielders are bad and leaking runs. But are these things to be talked in this manner at the press? Now I tend to believe the Aus press reports that there is rift within the team !

  • cricbee on February 22, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    It is an irrational logic by Dhoni to talk about batsman's fielding performances. One has to pick a batsman based on their batting proficiency and form not on their fielding talent. Fielding will comes into picture only when 2 batsmen have equal talent in batting. I think Dhoni went overboard here and creating nuisance. Dhoni, please get ur priorities right in picking a player.

  • K.A.K on February 22, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Hang in there guys! IPL is only a few months away. Home grounds, home crowd, lots of money, local cheerleaders and you will forget everything about this tour of Australia. Cheers.

  • Yolk_Eater on February 22, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    I have noticed that Dhoni promotes himself up the order if the opener's have provided a solid start and the game is in the bag. Then he promotes himself up to finish the game with a six which remains in fans' memories and maybe to boost his average. In the last two matches where India lost quick wickets, I didn't see him promoting himself then. Where was he hiding. And as far as Sachin is concerned, he is still one of the fastest runners between the wickets, if there is a two, he takes a two, no matter a tight one, but he is still more energetic and passionate than the youngsters. And he was the only batsmen who made some runs in Australia. 2 failures in ODI's and suddenly now he is out of form? Rubbish. He looks in good touch. At least better than Dhoni and his pal Ravindra Jadeja.

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    the video doesn't say that. when did he say what you claim he said?

  • class9ryan on February 22, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Its abjectly buish 2 speak all this... If u think Rohit Sharma saves 10 runs in d field and scores just 10-20 runs per match why would u prefer him in place of Tendulkar or Gambhir who atleast score 30-40 runs a match. If u even think about fielding, Ashwin, Zak and Umesh r not Usain Bolt why don't u remove them?? u can surely pick up Manoj Tiwary who is even better fielder than Rohit. why isn't he given a go?? I think Dhoni is creating some real nuisance in the team

  • zenboomerang on February 22, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    So MS Dhoni first blamed the batsmen... Then he blamed the bowlers... Now he's blaming the seniors players... Gee MS whose left to blame... lol...

  • stonecold4u on February 22, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    i compltly disagree.....if we will consider on fielding performance thn sachin,dhoni,sehwag,gautham,zaheer,ashwin,umesh etc..should b in team...vr having only 1 gud bowler n dats zaheer...soo jst 2 save 10runs team should replace zaheer or wat....i dont undrstand y every1 r blaming seniors...?....in d last match rohit sharma dropped couple of catchs....n he is nt performin well in battin....comin 2 jadiga i dont know y indians keepin him in team....jst he is doin fielding well....wat abt othr 2 departments?....i dont know y india not putting rahul sharma...whnevr he got chance he proved....frm 2 matchs pathan is der but b4 dat y he was nt in team???.....ther r soo many questions.....how can v say raina,jadiga,rohit as new players...vr nt giving chance 2 new players...like rahul sharma....thr will b soo many players 2 discover....jst luk at australia team...they r nt fear on loosing matchs...jst they r discovering new talent....

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 22, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    MSD and Yuvraj are the best thing that happened to Indian ODI team. 10dulkar and Sehwag are free riders. They should be dropped NOW. We started winning ODIs consistently only after MSD and Yuvi arrived on the scene. Before that everyone behaved like SRT - they were only interested in completing their individual 50 or 100. As a result we lost most ODIs against stronger teams.

  • fataquie on February 21, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I think not everything is right in the Indian camp. I have watched only a few overs and did not see anything unusual in this tour from Sehwag and Tendulkar that was different than the previous roughly 15-20 years of their playing. Even if they cost 20 runs, which I highly doubt, they more than make up for that in their batting. I think the bottom line is that both of these greats have passed their peak and they should not do a Ponting. Frankly, they should have retired gracefully and in awe right after India won the World Ciup.

  • TRAM on February 20, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Is this MSD talk against Gambhir because of his Gambhir's previous match media talk? Gambhir said on the prev matches, that the match shouldn't gone beyond 48 overs, which I agree as well. I also agree with MSD that the Indian fielders are bad and leaking runs. But are these things to be talked in this manner at the press? Now I tend to believe the Aus press reports that there is rift within the team !

  • Blue-I-Love on February 20, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Lately, there's a lot of buzz around how inadequate a batsman M. S. Dhoni is in Overseas Tests. Below, I present before you Dhoni's batting stats along with those of three other gentlemen. First of them Kapil Dev, is the best all-rounder India has ever produced. Second, Mr. Ganguly, who was one of the best batsmen and a "great" of Indian cricket. Third, is a gentleman called M. Boucher who happens to be one of the best Wicketkeeper-Batsman of our times.

    Here's the stats:

    Kapil Dev: In Aus = 20, In Eng = 35, In Ind = 37, In NZL = 10, In Pak = 26, In Sri = 24, In WID = 29, In SAF = 40

    S. Ganguly: In Aus = 35, In Eng = 65, In Ind = 43, In NZL = 28, In Pak = 50, In Sri = 37, In WID = 40, In SAF = 36

    M Boucher: In Aus = 25, In Eng = 27, In Ind = 31, In NZL = 09, In Pak = 29, In Sri = 30, In WID = 22, In SAF = 33

    M S Dhoni: In Aus = 19, In Eng = 39, In Ind = 43, In NZL = 77, In Pak = 60, In Sri = 32, In WID = 22, In SAF = 31

  • on February 20, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Yes this is rue than sachin was a great fielder and great batsman. but time is changed.. team needs all rounders.... as a captain dhoni is best. and we have no replacements for big hitter and sehwag and also for old formed sachin.

  • deepsillypoint on February 20, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Bravo Dhoni....real gutsy move. Seniors or not, everyone has roles to play in the game and if they don't...they deserve to be exposed. Time to change the "CLASS" system in the dressing room. Why fear.

  • Universalthinker on February 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Why Dhoni will not come to bat when there is an early wicket fall. He bats up the order only when its is good wicket to bat and especially openers gave good start. He can't face pace bowlers like Lee, Hil & Malinga. He feels comfort with non regular bowlers. Is Ashwin a better fielder than sachin , Sehwag or Gambhir. Dhoni is simply supporting his CSK partner

  • on February 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Having agreed with u(Dhoni) fully on that, I still think tendulkar deserves his place in the 11 if you judge him with some others in the team.He is a better runner between the wickets and a safe catcher if not a very good mover.For God's sake please let him play no matter who u are sacking frpm the other two.The guy himself sits out of the ODIs when u are playing with lesser sides, he is only playing trying to contribute in conditions where hardly any other in the team are likely to and hardly ever there have been any to madecontributions on the previous tours.Got to show the respect for the man for what he is.

  • on February 20, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    I will have to completely agree with Dhoni and praise him for his boldness. I have never remembered any other Indian Captain mentioning the importance of fielding the way he has done and it truely is intangible to many. It is high time to learn from the defeats. The poor fielding does allow the opponent to run away with the game, sometimes catches are dropped, run out chances are foild , forget about the misfields, they are always plenty.Those slow movers in the field not only make a travesty of the professionalism(of course, none of the Asian countries countries enjoy that privilege) the rest of the world lives upto but also letting the match slip away to the opponent.The most ridiculous thing is that a fast bolwer is always supposed to be athletic but you will never witness an Indian fast bowler who can truely make an effort in the field. Praveen kumar,Munaf Patel and you name it would have never made to the sides like Australia no matter how well they flared with their bowling.

  • aussiecurry on February 20, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    yeah MSD thats why even you missed 2 run outs against AUS... if you leave those 3 seniors mentally free they can give you 200+ in 35 overs, mate whole team with the bat is struggling even you are scoring runs for yourself,just to stop couple of boundaries you are asking for players who can't even play like a intl player..talking of rohit, raina, jadeja. Wakeup buddy stop rotational policy on a tour of big challenges. rohit was compared few times with the great sachin-what happened now???? using the same sticker bat does not make any1 like sachin- what say guys?????????????????

  • on February 20, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    captain dhoni and his excuses...cramps,,heat,,big out field and wat nt

  • on February 20, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    LAUGHABLE.... SCORE IN 2 MATCHES AND HAVE LICENSE TO SPEAK ANYTHING...

  • lala88 on February 20, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Sachin :- Dhoni is the greatest captain I have ever worked with

    Dhoni :- Senior batsmen cost 20 runs in the field.

    I'm not telling anything.Just See the difference

  • SANJAY10 on February 20, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    WHY IS THAT EVERY SECOND DAY THERE IS ONE OR OTHER BOMB DROPPED IN FRONT OF MEDIA? WHATS HAPPENING? MR DHONI YOU SCORE OR NOT, DOESNT MATTER. JUST GET THE DRESSING ROOM ENVT TO BE HAPPIER & HEALTHIER. AND MIGHT BE THAT YOU MAY RIDE ON LUCK FOR ANOTHER FEW YEARS......

  • porshatom on February 20, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Is that Tendulker & Sehwag pictured sipping tea at 1st & 2nd slip? lol

  • SANJAY10 on February 20, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. REMEMBER 2007= TOO MANY COMBINATIONS =TOO MANY BATTING ORDER CHANGES= TERRIBLE PERFORMANCE= CALLS FOR SENIORS HEADS- THEN GOING BACK TO BASICS= GOOD DRESSING ROOM ENVIRONMENT AND SAME SENIORS LED US TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD. LETS NOT AGAIN TRY TO BE AUSTRALIA. WE ARE TOO GOOD AS INDIANS.

  • Sudhakar86 on February 20, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    India needs a young wicket keeper who can take those two dropped catches,a missed stumping,2 missed run outs by MSD so that we can get opposite team's 5 wickets and save 100 runs. If you have guts come in at no.3 when the team loses wickets within first 3 overs. Don't come in at no.3 when openers score 150 runs of 15-20 overs and give that chance to Raina/Rohit. Where the hell Jadeja can find a place as a specialist batsman/allrounder ahead of Raina/Rohit. First you axed DADA,Kumble,RD,VVS. Now you are trying to axe SRT,Viru n Gauti who played a major part in 2011 WC victory.

  • SANJAY10 on February 20, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    MY FIRST POST AFTER A LONG TIME. NO BIASES...NO EMOTIONS OF BEING A ETERNAL SACHIN FAN BUT ITS BAD ON YOUR PART DHONI. HAS SACHIN DONE SO MUCH DAMAGE TO THIS ''YOUNG'' INDIAN TEAM?? JUST SCORING 470-ODD RUNS IN LAST 21 INTERNATIONAL OUTINGS HOW GREAT BENEFIT HAVE YOU DONE TO THE TEAM??? AND WORLD KNOWS WHAT GREAT ''YOUNGSTERS ARE DOING. SHOW THE MATURITY OF BEING WORLD CUP WINNING CAPTON.

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    haha,,funny ,dhoni gives a masterpiece that cricket matches are played & won with extra saving of 20 runs in the field,,ha why the you take all 11 good fielders as those fielders are pathetic in batting except virat..rohit is so shocked after every dismissal,raina totally out of form ,so as jadeje.giving aguy like shewag arest for fielding big joke msd

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Dhoni himeself is not a very good captain, nor his wicket-keeping. Even as a batsman, he is not very reliable. Dropping him may be a blessing in disguise.

  • savis on February 20, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Dude! Dhoni needs to see the fielding efforts made by Sachin in the past. His commitment in the field is much better than that of Dhoni.

  • Nrupen on February 20, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Dhoni is fit for only ODI's. He is unfit for tests and T20Is and moreover he should be removed as wicket-keeper and should be kept aside when the team is fielding. He should be taken only as batsman.

  • cricfanraj on February 20, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    The sad part in Dhoni analysis is he is not looking at right reasons behind defeat. This was not a close match where we lost with 10 or 15 runs. We have been thrashed and saving 20 runs doesn't matter at all. First we need to fix the batting. Sachin and Sehwag failing consistently and I think now if at all rotation happens it should be between them . Or GO back to your best 1,2 3. Sachin sehwag and Gambhir. Rotate , Raina,Rohit ,Tiwari and Jadeja. You need to score big runs to win the game backed up by decent fielding. BUt poor batting and good fielding will not take the team anywhere

  • SriSanka on February 20, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    "the team will lose out on about 20 runs in the field if all three of Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag are played together" says Dhoni. According to this theory the first man who should drop from this Indian team is MS Dhoni.He has conceded about 10 byes + missed 2 run out chances due to his poor wicket keeping ability and poor technique. So MSD walk the talk

  • BrianCharlesVivek on February 20, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Dhoni is just another opportunist and his comments reflect it rightly...he should be sacked first...

  • TheOnlyEmperor on February 20, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Where will Yuvraj field when he gets back? Yuvraj is slower than Raina, Kohli, Jadeja and Rohit in the in-field. He used to be good at diving and moving around but that was a few years back when he was young. Not any more. So he will be in the out-field along with Sehwag, Gambhir and the bowlers where he is only as good as them in running! A good fielder is decided by his ability to 1) To save runs 2) To take catches 3) To effect run-outs and 4) To hit at the stumps on direct throws! Almost all Indians suck at hitting the stumps or sliding in the outfield to save the boundary. The Aussies have long been the best fielding side in the world on the 4 mentioned parameters and that's the reason they make it difficult for the batsmen to score. The fact that the bowlers bowl an accurate line CONSISTENTLY also infinitely helps the fielders and captain in placing the right fielders at the right spots! A THOUGHTLESS boundary ball when bowled invariably destroys every FIELDER's morale!

  • vrkrish on February 20, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    The only problem with the current Indian side is the rotation policy. One needs to rotate the young players and not the senior players who are well experienced in every format of the game. Those who call for Gambhir's head must eat humble pie. Gambhir was the guy why India reached the finals last time in Australia. He is scoring this time too. Tendulkar scored heavily in finals so he may come good anytime now. And what they hell are they doing with Tiwary? With this kind of unstable middle order, one needs a player Yusuf Pathan to put pressure on the bowlers. Yusuf is not consistent and never will be..but he is a match winner.

  • sanzo5 on February 20, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    is he nuts... sachin is one of the best fielders in the world...

  • zenboomerang on February 20, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    I've have a few problems with the bowling selection of various captains recently... Why bowl Sharma who is the same style bowler as Raina & not bowl the lefty Jadeja whose ODI record is better than Sharma?... Didn't get 1 over... With the Gabba & WACA pitches probably being the 2 fastest in the world - why a different bowling setup?... In Perth Ashwin bowled & batted very well, as did Jadeja - the leading bowlers in economy with Zaheer 3rd & easily took care of SL...

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    its time for Dhoni to sack suresh raina and ravindra jedaja from the team

  • big_al_81 on February 20, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Whatever you think about Dhoni as keeper, as captain here he is finally saying something sensible about the fielding failures of his team. It's been evident for years to others and his insight into how fielding was regarded in India compared to batting and bowling is very illuminating. Fielding is a key way to put pressure on batsmen and helps to take wickets. That's something India have been failing to do for a long while so they could use all the help they can get from quality fielding.

  • ramli on February 20, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    There is nothing to analyse in depth ... fielding has always cost India runs ... they were offset by some top quality batting by seniors in the past .. now the top order failure is showcasing that ... Sachin has the best throwing arm ... but ... in doing that in every match .. it adds to his fitness worries .. . if he fields in slips for a change .. invariably he gets hit ... fingers or legs ... other seniors .. very reluctant to dive ... hence the intensity is lost ... no use in naming juniors with less fielding ability ... they have the age advantage ... and .. if they fail ... unlike seniors, they get dropped immediately ... let us not seek indivudal glories ... let us see cricket as a team game ... with equal emphasis on all three departments ....

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Its very clear that MS dhoni is targeting sachin,sehwag and gambhir.He is not talking any thing about suresh raina who is not doing well in battingl from the past 10-15 matches.There is is no use of Ravindrta jedaja in the team.Dhoni should give up his captaincy in test cricket

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 20, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    why is everyone making such a big fuss on what dhoni said ? he only stated the truth.. gambhir is all right as a feilder.. but sachin, sehwag are slow on feild, nd it can affect one day game in a big way.

  • ravi_hari on February 20, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Congrats Dhoni! I think you were bold enough to point out the slow movers in the team. However, you know the count only upto 3, I guess. If you honestly analyse the team you have only Kohli, Raina who can be termed fast. 9 including yourself are slow. How will you replace them? Why dont you insist on better fielders to be in the team? I think you are looking for excuses before the series is over. This is the reason why you lost 8 tests in a row. I feel Sachin is much better that your trusted 'yougsters'. He atleast runs fast between the wickets. Forget defending 2s and 3s, your batsmen do not know how to take singles. Saving is one thing and scoring is another. Both Sachin and Sehwag can score without taking singles, but can you say the same thing about your bowlers. Can they stop batsmen from scoring off them the same way? I think Dhoni is choosing the wrong forum for dressing room discussions. As a captain it is your job to see everyone performs. Otherwise you should move on first.

  • I_Love_Cricket_7 on February 20, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    In my opinion gambhir & Sachins are far better fielder than Praveen, Zaheer & Ashwin in the feild. We dont required a player like Ravindra Jadeja who cannot play under pressure.Raina is a T20 specialist should not play one day( on alien conditions).Rahul Sharma is better than ashwin as a bowler & fielder. "Rohit sharma is talented" is what i am listening from the begining don't deserve one more chance with the cost of sehwag/gambhir/Sachin. I dont prefer Zaheer on the side on Shorter formats. Raina is much better bowler than Jadeja.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Gambhir is a good fieldsman, why is dhoni saying he is costing runs in the field?? only Tendulkar, sehwag and zaheer are costing runs mainly because of there older age they have slowed up, also R Ashwin is very slow runner

  • johnathonjosephs on February 20, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Joke? Dhoni himself is the worst fielder of all. How he failed to mention the missed Michael Hussey run out (all he had to do was stand behind the stumps instead of to the side) and Hussey would have been out (KEY wicket). I was skeptical before of rifts within the team, but this confirmed it. Why is Dhoni singling out Tendulkar, Sehwag (who isn't even playing), and Gambhir (a pretty decent fielder)? Why fail to mention Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, Zak (both bowlers who "cramped up" towards the end), Rohit Sharma (dropped catch), etc? No captain in the world would mention the names of people who did bad on the team, but Dhoni seems comfortable with it. Looks like Dhoni is secretly calling for the retirement of Tendulkar and Sehwag by feeding this nonsense into the Indian media. Dhoni definitely doesn't want Gambhir on the team either.

  • SRT_GENIUS on February 20, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    So Gambhir is suddenly a "slow" fielder ? Wow.. just wow. I guess there is only one way out of this rift. Drop MSD from tests and Sehwag from ODIs. Make Gambhir captain of tests.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    ha ha Dhoni's keeping was pathetic in the match against Australia. Michael Hussey got number of lives in the match with the help of even 3rd umpire, Dhoni never stood behind the stumps to collect the ball and missed an imp run out as well.W Saha is better wicket keeper than Dhoni but his batting is not as solid as Dhoni. If Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir cannot play all the games than Dhoni too must not play for team because he is poor wicket keeper. To me Zaheer Khan is the worst fielder of all and Ashwin too is average fielder. Sachin is very good fielder and comparing him with Raina and other is not right in my view. Sachin is very short and his commitment for the team is unquestionable. Ok Australia did score 289 odd but Indian batsmen in the first 10 overs should have taken some time to get in. Gambhir got out of for a beautiful ball but after him 3 batsmen played poor shots and thrown away their wickets. Match was lost there. Whatever batting is getting poor for India.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on February 20, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    In the Indian ODI team currently the worst fielders are : Zaheer, Ashwin, Ishant, Sehwag, Gambhir and off-late Sachin. Kohli and Rohit are bad at the slips, where Sehwag and Sachin are good. The only place Gambhir is good at is short-leg. Overall, Raina is the best and very consistent!

  • somebody93 on February 20, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    It looks like Dhoni wants to convert this Indian Team into a Chennai Super Kings IX.

    Already there are 4 members - Raina,Jadeja,Ashwin and Dhoni.

    Maybe now he wants to replace Sachin,Shewag and Ghambir with Badrinath, Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund...

    Once that happens, then he can have total control over the team and he can do whatever he wants which is not possible for him to do when Ghambir , Shewag and Sachin are around...

    With Australia having dropped Ponting , there will be more pressure on Sachin and it looks like things are moving in Dhoni's Direction...

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Marginalization in the form of inclinations! >>> It's not just India all the international team's seems to have lost the grip of their own rationale. It's not an era where a player needs to (/ has to) play all the games, but where a nation's talents need to be utilized efficiently on national interest. Richness of the resources going around gives us the hope, but we are being pulled down by the outdated thinking. It's at juncture at which even the village idiot understands that "Selling Cricket" is not going to solve the "Problems of Cricket". Unfortunately, the "Top Heads" seems to be thinking otherwise!!!

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

    Dhoni is one of the worst wicketkeepers that India has seen in the last 40 years. Though he is fantastic when it comes to stumping, his ability to dive and take catches and to stop byes is extremely poor, even when he is not standing up to the stumps. And when he stands upto the stumps, he just doesn't seem to move to cover even the slightest snick. I don't even see his hand going out to take the snick by reflex action. The Indian bowlers are the worst when it comes to fielding. They just don't bend. There is a lot of hype about the "youngster's" fielding ability. Kohli has a horrifying record at the slips and Rohit dropped 2 catches on a single day at 2 different positions. Of late, I've seen that the Indians don't stand behind the stumps to collect the ball including Dhoni! Whoever is coaching them is doing it wrong. It ACTUALLY takes lesser time to collect and whip the bails standing behind the stumps than in front!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    And the juniour batsmen like sharma's and raina's cost us the whole match. Right Mr. dhoni.

  • S_Nath on February 20, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Can somebody teach Dhoni how to handle a fast bowler? We have Umesh Yadav, coming as 5th or 6th change after 25th over and bowling at 153km/hr! All other teams would have opened the bowling with him or atleast brought him as first change. Next step will be dropping him for being expensive, Dhoni can ruin the career of this first genuine fast bowler of India. Handling him carefully and using him as attacking option with new ball is best option. Who knows, Australia would have been 50/5 if you have somebody bowling over 150km/hr with new ball. Another surprising thing was dropping Ashwin and then using Raina and Rohit as offspinners for long spells! Also completely forgetting Jadeja! Dhoni had completely strange tactics during this match and it appears he got up from the wrong side in the morning. Australia scored 288 only because of poor captaincy by Dhoni and it was a foregone conclusion that India is not going to make it. Is Dhoni deliberately delaying so that he gets some bans?

  • monisammy on February 20, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    I TOO LIKE DHONI THE BATSMAN & NOT DHONI THE CAPTAIN... HE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT SENIORS ALWAYS... NEEDS TO REALIZE THAT WITHIN A COUPLE OF YEARS HE TOO WILL BE IN THE SENIORS LIST.. HE WILL REAP WHAT HE SOWS NOW...

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Mr.dhoni you are trying to be really oversmart. Can you explain why these sharmas and rainas are still in the team inspite of not a single match winning performance. The last two victories have come only by gambhir's brilliance and sachin is still miles ahead of these so called youngsters. Why don't you talk about your own fielding when you lost two run out oppurtunities. also why is jadeja played when he doesnt bowl. you are a great one day batsman but a poor captain.

  • TarunRaman on February 20, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Dhoni's a class act with the bat mind you, when it comes to leadership, he lacks the Ganguly sting you may say. He fails to bind the seniors and contradicts himself with his own resounding interviews. Obviously the seniors hate Dhoni, the youngsters are caught up in a brainwave between this nagging war. Kohli is buidling on the likes of Ricky Ponting, young,brash, provocative but speaks volumes with his bat and as far as Rohit Sharma is concerned, with more that 80 ODIs in his belt, he's got no right to complain for lack of opportunities.

  • 400NO on February 20, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Dhoni's looking for excuses to get rid of established players. If senior players cost 20-odd runs per odi innings, why were they played in the World Cup less than a year ago. India has batted pathetically throughout, time to address that first.

  • bhopinder on February 20, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    continued from my last comments.. Mr. Dhoni see how many times you commit mistakes behind the stumps which is your own specilised field as wicket keeping ..i have been watcher of your keeping ..but ..manytimes while collecting throw you are not collecting behind the stumps ..please improve fisrt and them comment ..and try to build good team in terms of skillls ..environments ..attitude who only play for country and win the matches ..fight to win ....you along with senoirs are great asset to Indian cricket ..young guys need to take your guidance and move forward ...no criticisism please especially against senoirs ...

  • bhopinder on February 20, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    I am very good fan of Dhoni and respect him a lot but his comments like this on greats -Sachhin .Sehwag especially ( Gambhir i am surprised he is still young and veryu good fielder) ,Noone is perfect in all departments but in my opinioin these greats -Sachin .Sehwag .Gambhir .. who has given everything to Indian Cricket and brought India to gerat position from where our juniors so called young and dynamic cricketers should pick up and move forward taking more responsibility ,which is not happening ..see Rohit how many time you will give him chances and he keep on failing ..Mr. Dhoni and selectors first find out the proper replacements for such greats otherwise please do not comment like . you should be fortunate that they are still playing for the country and trying their best though their body ..age ..is issue .. we better find as i said proper replacements and be very professional in selection ... secondly coming back to Mr. Dhoni as batsman ..and captain you may be very -tbcontd

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Is Dhoni insecure about his captaincy? He is clearly ruining the dressing rooms environment. He is trying to underplay sehwag and gambhir as they might overtake him as captain

  • sudvak on February 20, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    The luckiest captian trying to keep away all his possible replacements.. He just unsettled the rhythm of seniors.. and for saving 20 runs he is keeping raina, jadaja and rohit sharma.. Rohit was the much awaited replacement for seniors and proven to be a nice flop even while trying to defend aussie quickies..

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Well Said Dhoni 3rd Umpire must take little care before pressing any button it might have happened with Kholi. Get it rechecked.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    and the so called "THREE" will surely make up for those 20 on the field and plus make much more runs that the "young" middle order!! wonder how many chances Raina needs. and how long will he still be a "youngster?? he's already played 140 ODIs. that as much as 50% of the international players play in the entire career!!

  • MahendraSinghisKinng on February 20, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    I am a Dhoni fan. But few things are very clear on the field. Dhoni favours Jadeja. This is very evident when CSK bought Jadeja. Dhoni doesnt like Pathan. Pathan seems very uncomfortable in the field and also bowling.Dhoni is pressurising Sachin, Sehwag. But Sachin has a good throwing arm and holds on to catches as good as youngsters. I dont understand why on earth Jadeja didnt bowl. If Jadeja is a spcialist batsman, he cannot hit a six on any ground in the world. At no 7 he has to do that. Rohit, Raina are not youngsters they have played 77 and 150 odd games. IF they are still trying to cement their places then it is not senior players fault. Their averages are pathetic.Dhoni doesnt like Ashwin either.Dhonis field placement was pathetic, Virat kohli was standing at mid off, where ball comes rarely.Show me a team with 11 excellent fielders. Every team has 3-4 excellent fielders and so does India!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    hilarious!! :D the only guy in the team who does have to run around the field chasing balls makes a comment like this. and wat makes this a laugh riot is that he is the only cricketer i know of, who after every series goes to the BCCI and asks for rest!!! Mr Dhoni, if you wanna take credit for the good times, you bloody well man up and take the heat for losses. dont start this school cricket blame game!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    hi dhoni,

    what is the use of saving 20 runs if your raina / jadeja / rohit / kohli can not score even 100 runs between them. unless and until they score at least 160 runs between them, saving 20 runs here and there does not matter. u can not win matches only with fielding. u need to be a good batsman and a good bowler first at least to be competitive. then only the question comes of winning. currently we are not able to compete at all with so called youngsters of dhoni brigade. also why does dhoni not come up the order and take more responsibility in batting. by the time he comes to bat, match is already lost or in the losing position.

  • Satv007 on February 20, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    ZAK, Gambir, Viru are the worst fielders in the indian team. I saw Aussies taking 3's after hitting to gambir or zak. SRT is definitely a good fielder and he has one of the safest pair of hands. May be due to his age he might not be agile in the outfield. The team was good enough to beat aussies. Ashwin shoud have been there, as he loves bouce and could have made a difference. Why did Ravi Jadeja did not bowl?

  • saivich on February 20, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    It looks like the Indian players are not going to be tight lipped any more. There has been a tight leash on utterances to the press since the time of Gary Kirsten. It is possible that Dhoni's comments and Gambhir's "controversial" comments related to Dhoni could be mirroring a little tension in the Dressing room. It is always good to have a frank discussion, only I hope that is what is happening among the players. It is understandable that phasing out seniors has always been an issue with Indian cricket because of all the hush hush. I hope they do it well this time and get on with it. Also as Dhoni rightly points out it is time that in Indian cricket fielding is also considered a "skill".

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    frst try to keep properly...waste fellow of indian cricket

  • sabee66 on February 20, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Its sad to see TEAM INDIA falling apart and the truth of their game is showing up Aging player, Food, Fitness, Short pitch deliveries, Fielding

    What are they good at now?

    I guess IPL is the last resort

  • Dashgar on February 20, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Zaheer Khan is probably the worst fielder in the world, while Sachin and Sehwag aren't much better. Then Ashwin, Yadav and Gambhir are also poor. India need some serious work on their fielding across the board. Age isn't the issue it is players not putting in the work to make themselves good fielders. Look at Ponting, 37 and still an elite fieldsman, Brett Lee is a fast bowler in his 30s and he fields better than most of the Indians.

  • Riderstorm on February 20, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Well well well, A surprise turn of events. I remember dhoni praising gambhir, sehwag and sachin umpteen number of times. coming to the facts, gambhir is one of the safest and better boundary fielders that i've seen in the indian cricket team, sachin has been long considered the better fielders at his age, sehwag is the most laziest on the field. sehwag, not in form is the reason, he could just state that instead of beating around the bush.

  • Precioustar84 on February 20, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    @Kugan Kn - I'm not sure about Mahela but Dhoni is pointing out the problems without any solutions. Fielding is an issue to deal with but he should not handle it this way. There are couple in Indian team that are great fielders like Raina, Kohli and even Jadeja. Rohit had an off day this game else I've seen him work better. Another person who commits 110% in the field is actually Sachin if playing even at his age. The only problem with Sachin is he should not be playing anymore but thats a different issue. The rest including Dhoni are average. Dhoni as a captain should not be speaking to the media even if he is tired of sugar coating the problems. Singling out "seniors" only is not a solution unless he is including himself as a senior now. Dhoni is not the only wicketkeeper for India but he knows if he stands anywhere else, he will be the worst fielder.

  • grimes23 on February 20, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    i think that it has become obvious to everyone that india will not dominate world cricket to there potential while VVS dravid sehwag and even possibly tendulcar are all in the same team rather it be test or ODI, it seems pretty clear that dhoni has close to no power over the team selcted seeing that he chose to bowl raina and not jadeja at all, because raina is an off spinner and yet ashwin who was left out of the side is an off spinner, maybe dhoni is coming out and talking about all this to put preasure on the selectors to start dropping these players perminantly and begin bringing through some of the younger talent india have.. id also love to know what people think of yadav? i compair him to james anderson who come to australia 4-5 years ago and got smashed by the australians because he was quick and straight but now he moves the ball is arguably the worlds best fast bowler??

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Insulting great Players like Sachin,Gambir & sehwag .who had done wonders for Indian cricket is Very Sad.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 20, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    SEHWAG & SACHIN ARE SLOPPY FIELDERS BUT GAMBHIR IS A GOOD FIELDER . ALSO HE IS ONLY 30 YEARS OLD & CAN PLAY IN NEXT WC EASILY .ALSO I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC THAT WHY DHONI IS SAYING THESE THINGS OPENLY TO MEDIA ?

  • jsmistry on February 20, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Dhoni is playing mind game here to kept out of sehwag,gambhir and sachin by this unusual comment.he did not give one over to Jadeja because he want to show how raina and rohit is useful by bowling. but he failed.I think he just lost his confidence and afraid of to lost capatancy, thats why he kept gambhir and sehwag out on rotation polycy. on rotation policy players cant set. Rohit and Raina failing match by match. how much time to wait for Manoj tiwray who scored 100 in last match. i cant understand. it is time to change captain and Kohli is a very aggressive captain. team is very good but leadership looks very poor in this tour.team is not looking as a unit....

  • AnilJaiswal on February 20, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    dhoni is insulting seniors. he does not have courage to blame himself. why is he picking wrong team? is jadeja worth a place in team as a batsman only. why dhoni has not used his left arm spin? is he tyhinks rohit and raina are good spinner than jadeja? Why he is fiiling four fast bowlers in the side with a lonely spinner as jadeja and then forget him to use as bowler. Mr Dhoni, first try to blame yourself for bad performance of team. then blame the senior players

  • thomachan4u on February 20, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    dhoni tries to mask the failure of his captancy and put the blame on others which are irrelevant to the current scenario, what difference in yesterdays game it makes if australia is short of 20 runs. this is the point india should work together, sort out whats really wrong and come up with good results. balming on seniors like tendulkar and sehwag doesn't mask failure of dhoni as a captain. what we see is a collective failure from indian team, as a captain dhoni should not try to induvidualise them.

  • Sanj747 on February 20, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Meety agree with you. Zaheer and Sehwag definitely have an allergy to the ball when fielding. Dhoni is struggling with non performers around him unfortunately. The youngsters like Rohit Sharma, Raina and Kohli all have tempers and apart from having dummy spits (Kohli and Raina in particluar in Brisbane) can't do much more than high 5s and tapping each other. All get padi big sums of money but struggle to perform.

  • on February 20, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    He has not been good in the field yesterday. He missed two easy run out chance off the accurate throw because of only his position around the stumps. So, I think he can not blame Sachin, Shewag and Gambhir. If Dhoni goes on like this, this might be end of his captaincy.

  • CricSpirit on February 20, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    MSD have his own IPL Team in IND side. He has Raina (his favourite), Ashwin & now Jadeja. I think BCCI should send the whole Chennai team to play the match and IND will be united and will win games.

  • devalyagnik2003 on February 20, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Dhoni should watch the highlights. Australia might be in pressure from the very first over had YOUNGSTER ROHIT SHARMA not dropped the catch. It was straight to Sachin and whatever Dhoni says, the fact is that Sachin is YET one of the safest hand in our side. I rarely seen him drop a catch and even in test series when every one else gave up in the field, Sachin was among the 4-5 players who were still chasing the ball and trying hard in the field. I won't say the same for Sehwag but Sachin and Gambhir are better then many other players in field. If Rohit can save 10 runs on field, he actually gave them a good start by that drop catch in first over. Yes young Indian players are really good fielders and a Captain should be clear and strict in his thoughts but he must be careful while choosing his words too

  • sandunk on February 20, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Ok, fielding is important..agreed but what you are implying here Dhoni is that Batting & Bowling are lesser important, and saving those 20 runs more important. And as I understand, 20 runs is combined effort of 4 fielders, not individually so break it up and their contribution starts 5 each. So in other words, thats what each Zaheer, Sachin, Shehwag and Ghambir are worth.

    And he quickly forgets the fact that Rohit dropped a sitter early on which could have potentially changed the course of game, not just the 20 odd runs Wade made. Wicket first over and Ponting in the midde!. Agree Shehwag & Tendulkar not firing this series but how much have Raina and Rohit made this series?

  • avani on February 20, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Dear Dhoni, FYI Gambhir is younger than you by almost 100 days. Also he has played much less ODIs than you. So you are certainly senior to him. So please do not put him in the same catagory of SRT, Shwg. He should be part of the young team. and Gambhir is a good fielder too.

  • on February 20, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    I wonder why the T-20 millionaire Jadeja is being played. Nil Contribution so far. Get Manoj Tiwary instead of jadeja. Manoj was in form and then he will be given 1 game, and make him fail and if he fails, he will sit on the bench. They keep on playing Raina and Rohit for ever and for ever until they will score in one fluke match (law of averages).and thereafter play all matches permanently.

  • aravindhramachandran on February 20, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Lol

    IF DHONI DIDNT MISSED THT 2 STUMPINGS .. AND YADAV AND SHARMA DIDNT DROPPED CATCHES.. MSD WIILL BE IN TEAM AND AUSSIES IN 240s.

    I THINK MSD FORGT VEERU'S BLUNDER CATCH IN PREVIOUS MATCH, AND SACHIN'S EXCELLENT FIELDINGS AGAINST LANKAns ..

    MAY BE HE FORGT RAINA AND JADEJA';S OVER EXCITING THORWES TOO

  • Gishan_Buddhika on February 20, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Who will be the captain if Dhoni not playing? Best choice would be Ghambir.India dosen't have any young players who can lead the team.Kholi has talent ,but he over estimate him self always,he doesn't know to respect other cricketers or umpires.Raina's place is uncertain in the team.If BCCI want to appoint Raina as captain,before that they should introduce a law to cricket as...."Any bowler is not allowed to bowl bouncers aginst RAINA"

  • Samarjit2k12 on February 20, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Please don't change the team after such a disastrous tour downunder. This same team can white wash any foreign team in the sub-continent. Rather BCCI should try to prepare a few venues/pitches in India on par with Australian or New Zealander pitch conditions like fast and bouncy. It is these type of pitches on which if youngsters start playing more matches only then they will be able to deliver in there conditions. And BCCI should select players for Australia, New Zealand or South Africa from players who score more runs on these type of pitches irrespective of his zone or state. A player who scored maximum in Ranji Trophy but failed to score on fast bouncy pitches sholud not be selected for these tours. A horses for courses approach should be taken for youngsters atleast.

  • viswanav on February 20, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Hmmm...What about the runs that India's so called "best allrounder" concedes every times he comes on to bowl? Doesn't he invariably concede 20 runs more than he's supposed to? It amazes me how he still has an ER of 4.97 in ODI's...His strike rate in T20 internationals in pathetic...The fact that he didn't bowl this time was a pleasant surprise...And if fielding is the base criterion for selection, then Zaheer should be the first to be dropped...

  • electro on February 20, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Big grounds?? We won the last tri series in australia with almost the same team (in terms of senior-junior composition). Although that was 4 years back I can't see any improvement or drop in the athleticism of the senior players. They were as bad back then as they are now.

    Juniors lack skill. Seniors lack stamina. Ouch..my ear hurts!!! It is pathetic to hear all these silly justifications from a world-cup winning captain. Just admit that you are not playing well and get it done with. Who cares for your excuses.

  • cricketgladiator on February 20, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    I agree with Dhoni that young players like Kholi, Jadeja, Rohit, Raina and Vinay saving 20 more runs than what senior players would/could do, however, i just don't understand why he has to discuss this in the press room and pointing out to senior players who he/India still mostly depends on??? That's not gonna help him anyway or do any good to the team...That was very very poor captaincy!!!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Dhoni, better look at performing rather than making excuses. How many mistakes he did in yesterday's match? Playing 4 seamers keeping front line spinner out, Bowling Umesh Yadav too late, Bowling out Zaheer too early, Now bowling Jadeja at all (he deserved an over or two in place of Rohit), Missing two critical runouts. Also, the field placement has been always questionable. Sachin was hit by ball due to bad bounce but still he did not misfield the same or even the next ball which came to him before leaving the ground. The catches were all missed by so called youngsters. Dhoni is forgetting the basic good old mantra of cricket that catches wins matches. He is a good finisher? He plays too slow initially and let the runrate climb till almost unachievable. In due course, the opposite batsmen try to hit hard and get out.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 20, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    How is Gambhir a bad fielder? And the only "senior" batsman in the game today were Tendulkar and Zaheer. In fact, the youngsters were at fault for the bad fielding today. Rohit dived in front of Tendulkar and dropped Wade in the 1st over (he later went on to make 50 runs) . There were 2 other dropped catches too, one including Michael Hussey (who started the acceleration), but none of them were due to Tendulkar and Zaheer. Fielding is important, yes, but Dhoni is trying to hide his mistake of finishing Zaheer up before the 40th over and keeping Irfan/Yadav and dropping Ashwin. Now Dhoni won't even play the next game, should be interesting if Sehwag comes back, if not, who will captain?

  • agatha.francis on February 20, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Dhoni has completely forgotten that one of the member of his so called talented young brigade "ROHIT SHARMA" cost India 45 runs or may be more and a chance to bring vulnerable ponting to the crease in the very first over of the match, when he threw himself in the way of the catch from Mathew Wade which was heading to the safest pair of hands in Indian Cricket - Sachin Tendulkar. Wade made 45 runs after that... and as far as my knowledga says..i havent seen Sachin dropping too many catches in last 23 yrs....What ever it is from the above comments from Dhoni...1 thing is pretty clear...All is not well with the world champions...

  • on February 20, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Utter nonsense by Dhoni. True the old horses might not be as quick as some of those younger ponies, but to rubbish them outright is balderdash. The team has to accept blame that other than Dhoni & Gambhir, no one has done any justice to their abilities or stats. The team selection has been woeful, if saving runs on the field was the only objective- then these young blokes could very well be substitutes on the field. The bowling changes have been pathetic- imagine letting Mike Hussey run away and a Rohit Sharma dropping catches at will. Get the team act together. Hopefully we will see a resurgent performace at the Gabba on Tuesday- a dream this summer. What a woeful position to be in, Indian Cricket Fan.

  • infinitycrick on February 20, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Seems like the truth hurts...

  • criccriccric on February 20, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Dhoni, surely gone out of mind. Gambhir/Sachin are slow fielders, seriously??? What are you conveying to the Team? Sure you are a Captain and hold the responsibility of Team performing well and get the Team motivated, but rather your comments are purely baseless and sound like you seek attention for the flaws you made in recent One day matches. Also, why isn't there any mention about your wicket keeping? The number of 'easy takings' you missed that will result in a batsman scoring big runs are quite frequent, aren't they?

  • donda on February 20, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Fielding needs to improve from whole team not from old players only. BCCI and Media is taking too much toll on these old players. This is really sad that after serving for 23 years now Sachin has to proves his worth again.

    However Sachin should retire now from ODI's he should give chance to new players.

  • surfy67 on February 20, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Tendulkar NEEDS to be dropped, he's a lead weight around India's neck and is dragging the rest of the team down with him.

  • kh1902 on February 20, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    A captain who never learns from his mistakes is the biggest problem. Suspended again for slow over rates? Shame on you MS Dhoni - you're an embarassment to Indian cricket.

  • LillianThomson on February 20, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    As a Kiwi resident in Australia, it's frustrating that a season which began against teams who can actually bowl (South Africa and New Zealand) has turned into endless matches against India and Sri Lanka, neither of which can bowl. In the case of India, they can't bat either, but my kids have to watch them sulking, showing dissent (Dhoni) and behaving like spoilt brats (Kohli). It's a shame that commercial pressures make our Board schedule endless series against India rather than letting us pay to watch better opposition. Poor Tendulkar averages 16 in his last 10 innings and waddles around like a grandfather. Someone should put him out of his misery: before this tour there were people around who thought he was in the all-time Top Ten batsmen. Now there's noone left outside India who thinks that he is in the same class as Kallis, Sangakkara or Ponting, let alone the greats of yester-year.

  • koolramesh on February 20, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Arrogance from MSD. It was Rohit who missed couple of catches and MSD himself missed couple of run out chances. Dhoni should stop giving contoversial statements during the middle of the series. Or is he finding reasons for the poor performance by the team. If Jadeja is played as a batsmen why not pick Manoj Tiwari.

  • MandarSathe on February 20, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Dhoni is loosing is head.....on field we saw loosing his cool and putting hand on umpire and now this crazy statement...... If at all this was his view then why didn't he come out with these views during World Cup? Now that the top3 are not amongst runs he is trying to get rid of them..(as they are threat to his captaincy/brand image)... I don't see Dhoni captaining side after this series the way he is heading (the wrong path)...

  • kh1902 on February 20, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    While fielding is important, India's bigger problems are that they can't bat, bowl or think strategically either. On top of that, there is no team unity. As the captain, Dhoni should not be making such divisive comments. It's a pity he's not this outpsoken against the BCCI.

  • on February 20, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    I am really surprised for Dhoni's comment. I even more than surprise because of few comments here......I think here should be 1000000 comments against Dhoni per hour. He knows....Tendulkar is looking for his great centuary and he is the most dangerous Batsman ever. Dhoni should proud to be a part in Team India with Tendulkar.....Simply dhoni is trying to save his captaincy....Bad times comes for every team that mean not that you have to blame on Seniors. Dhoni should mind that if ghombhir in rotation policy, then Dhoni's time will be coming in Rotation from next year. Dhoni should respect senior.........

  • dsig3 on February 20, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Well I am an Aussie and I think overall India have been the best in the field this tournament. Especially when Sehwag is out. Not sure why he is raising it in the media. Every team has a few slower guys. For Aus Clint Mckay is the slowest fielder I have seen in Aussie colors for quite a while. For India I think its Ashwin and Zaheer. India's fielding is the least of their worries.

  • CricketLifer on February 20, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    The long losing record is taking its toll as evident by the infighting. Team needs to sort such issues out in private and not in public and certainly not in media interviews. It is incredible that such behavior is not stopped immediately by BCCI, team manager or the coach. Where are they all? Self destruction in slow motion! Too many aspects of Indian game need to change - it starts from selection, captaincy, fielding, bowling, batting and staying together as a team. Above all, team needs to be played based on merit and not other factors.

  • world.cricketer on February 20, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    So what dhoni want to say is ROHIT Disnot miss DROP the catch. and DHONI didnot miss TWO RUNOUTS. and BLAMMING SACHIN for what he got injured to leg in slips and and went to MIDON and saved FOUR by dive.

  • ollie99 on February 20, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    Forgive my ignorance, but isn't India the home of searingly hot and humid conditions? And yet they are the ones cramping up? Sounds like the BCCI need to bring their conditioning practices into the 21st century.

  • neerajprasher on February 20, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    we dont need Raina plz post this

  • Brumby90 on February 20, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Of course, lets not forget about Dhoni who is easily the worst keeper in world cricket. Dhonia is arrogant and shows his poor sportsmanship constantly. His poor keeping that allows byes an run outs to be missed. And they talk about Haddin being bad. Yikes.

  • on February 20, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Indian batsmen scored 178 in thier innings. That had nothing to do with "slow seniors'.

  • Meety on February 20, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Interesting Dhoni didn't say that Zaheer is the worst fielder in the side. Ashwin (young player too) is also a poor fielder. Dunno why Gambhir was put in the same category as SRT & Sehwag. In fact I would say Sehwag is the worst of the batsmen in terms of fielding - although he doesn't drop too many, he also doesn't move!

  • AsifKhan2012 on February 20, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    It is difficult to understand why Dhoni's is revealing such sensitive information to the media, it is certainly going to divide the players in the dressing room. Dhoni himself missed few run-out opportunities in yesterday's match and his persistence of selecting players such as Jajeda, Raina and Vinay is questionable. Lastly, passion and commitment is missing among the players in the last few matches. They seem to be just going through the motion, it could be due to lack of interest or burnout.

  • Precioustar84 on February 20, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Gambhir doesn't like what Dhoni does. Dhoni doesn't like what Sachin/Sehwag does. Sehwag doesn't like what anyone does. Etc. Etc. Is there ANY unity left in Team India or are they on their own nowadays? THIS is exactly what IPL teaches in my opinion - to each is their own, and that mentality is carried on to our national team too. I'm a fan of Dhoni The Batsmen but not a fan of Dhoni The Captain. Yes, he bats consistently and helps win matches for India but he has NEVER been a great leader. Winning is not everything if you hold responsibility of a captain. There is plenty more to that title that Dhoni does not seem to understand.

  • on February 19, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    doni speach clearly shows he is not respecting other players....... gambir is just 30 and he is a good fielder at boundaries how come doni say gambir will cost runs. already talks are on that donis captaincy is of only luck and now a days it became ineffective....... only sehwag and gambir are in contention for next person to take over as indian captain. this clearly shows doni is trying to save his captaincy and he doesnt want gambir and sehwag to raise their potential to become a captain. this is not a good captains behaviour........... bcci should ask question to doni and and he should be warned by bcci for this speach.................

  • on February 19, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    One should expect changes in the Team Indian set up post down under tour. There is no point criticising now that the damage has been done. The selectors and BCCI should seriously start to thinking about the changes they want to rope in. The younger brigade should be prepared for the takeover in a managed phase.

  • on February 19, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar has still the one of the best arms in Indian Team. Sachin runs much faster than any of the youngster in Indian team. Its wrong to put Sachin and Sehwag in same category for fielding. MS Dhoni is not doing good to Indian Team psychology at all. He is just ruining the dressing room environment. Just because he captained the team who won WC ( yes, that the team that won WC not him) , he cannot exploit any one by the powers that has been given to him. This is utter nonsense he is talking about.

  • on February 19, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    i'm no indian or dhoni fan but i think he is a good captain. he is analizing failures, not making excuse. u cant improve next game without finding out where u went wrong. He is way better than mahela, he is atleast not taking positives out of failure like mahela.

  • Punters_Mate on February 19, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Athleticism and fitness were talking points in the Tests as well where India's batsmen lost many, many runs by not even trying to pressure the field and turn singles into two and so on.

    In the Melb Test on the day I attended while it was enjoyable to watch ST, VS and RD bat they squandered many runs with lazy running. Each reinforced the old axiom that batsmen run harder for their own shots.

    It must make the task harder in the one dayers when you have to hide a number of slow coaches in the field.

  • spinkingKK on February 19, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    I am not commenting on hindsight here. I beleived that Dhoni missed a trick by not bowling Umesh Yadav first up. Brisbane track was fast and bouncy and the conditions were ideal for the fast bowlers. India should have gone on attack early on with Zaheer and Yadav opening. If Australia lost the wickets like India did, the match would have been very very close. But, Dhoni went for containing the runs and that was a big mistake. Yadav wasn't given the ball until after the 20th over. Australia attacked the Indian top order and they got rewarded. With no big hitters like Kapil dev to come, the match was lost in the first 10 overs.

  • Rakesh.Sinha on February 19, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Who told seniors are not doing good fielding. If you want good fielder, than why you left kaif. Dhoni left 4 to last bowl, that was not a error? I am supporter of Indian team, not of any individual players. Dhoni is doing what he want, 20 % time. He got success, 80% time not. It was not considerable that Ravindra jadega was playing and not boiling.it was worst captancy I ever seen, rohit is bowling, not jadeja. Captain need to change in the team now. that is the best way to improve the performance of team. Have seen the last catch taken by Sahwag, one can not say he is not a good fielder. Its just escaping from their own fault to blame on some one else.

  • on February 19, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    How lame on Dhoni to give fielding as a reason.... Tendulkar has been one of the greatest fielders...i have never seen him dropped catches or misfield..He still has the best throwing arm in the Indian team Gambhir is also one of the better fielders.. Sehwag is bit slow but has improved a lot....remember his catch in the last match he played.. I know Tendulkar is short of runs..but has played well in the test series... and with his stature and records..he deserves more trust...he has a habit of changing a bad series into a great one with a sudden change of form..i still believe he has it in him.. rohit sharma has done nothing that u keep him in the team... dhoni should come ahead of raina..it worked in the world cup..and in the past...raina is a good finisher and not a game builder dhoni can play both roles... jadeja should bowl.he is more of a bowler den batsman..if he had bowled..i am sure dhoni would not have been suspended..

  • on February 19, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Ha Ha funny Captain Cool. I remember it was you with your sloppy Keeping gave away almost 7 runs behind the wickets in the 48th and 50th over from Irfan and missed 2 simple runouts trying to be smart collecting the ball which proved costly later.

    @Anoop Mishra.....Very true not so long Sachin played a massive innings where he carried his bat throug the innings and even in the end he was running those 2s and 3s.

    Look at you before making comments on the only 2 players who had acheived the greatest milestone in the ODI.

  • srisri on February 19, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Enough disgrace. If I was Sachin, I would retire. This loos beginning of the end for Team India.

  • manish0618 on February 19, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Dhoni's comment about the seniors may be fair to some extent but I have seen Sachin/Ghambhir do some pretty good fielding in the IPL.Besides the number of runs Gambhir has made more that Rohit, Jadeja and Raina in the series. Runs should also be an equally important criteria to select a team. Also the so called Youngster have played 77, 53 and 140 odis. If that is enough exposure on the filed I don't think it would ever be. We should be choosing them now on merit not on their youngster tag. They have got more chances than what many other youngsters would have got in the past. And if performance is agreed to be the selection the criteria Dhoni also needs to introspect about his own position in Test match team in which his abysmal away test match performance has also been a cause for poor Indian performance( He averages only 33.x away with a few N.O.). He should be thinking of rotating that place with other players/ youngsters who can get exposure and may prove to be better than him.

  • myStraightTalk on February 19, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    CLEARLY IT SHOW THE TEAM IS NOT UNITED. GAMBIR AND OTHER SENIOR PLAYER WAS NOT HAPPY WITH DHONI AND SPEAK OPENLY . AUSTRALIA IS SMART IN GROMING FUTURE CAPTAIN. TENDULKAR AND OTHER INDIAN SENIORS SHOULD LEARN FROM PONTING HOW PROACTIVE HE IS WHEN IT COMES TO PITCHING IN FOR TEAM CAUSE.

  • on February 19, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    I must say that MS Dhoni was very lazy with his keeping at times. He could have run out an australian batsman once when he should have been standing over the stumps, instead he took a throw from the outfield about a metre from the stumps> Very strange.

  • Stixncc on February 19, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    @sakz mate they have stopped taking a second "new" ball in this series of ODI's. Instead they use 2 new balls from the very start, 1 from each end. at end of over you give ball to umpire.

    Dont know if it will used everywhere after this, But I think it is a good change.

    I would like to see Dhoni charging around in the outfield. Half the time he cant even be bothered to run to the stumps. He is just as guilty as his older fielders of sloppy fielding.

  • srini2109 on February 19, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    W have more talent ignored and not utilized like, Dinesh Kartik, Chateswar Pujara, Uthappa and many more. With all the money BCCI should produce pitches like Australia, England and Soiuth Africa Fast and Bouncy and it is easy to pick young talrnt from 130 crore population. Instead of the blame game work for the right cause future of Indian Cricket in mind.

  • ansram on February 19, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    No unity in the team - plain and simple.

  • addsmiles on February 19, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    As a leader MSD has to own up the responsibility. He is not making any friends in the dressing room by talking like that out in the public. Somebody not doing the basics right (not collecting the ball behind the stumps) is worse than somebody making a mistake (dropping a catch). Also there is not point in crying about third umpire pressing the wrong button. It was a genuine mistake and happens once in a while. Bringing up what happened in West Indies is silly and immature. It's part of the game, so move on. -A disgruntled indian fan.

  • on February 19, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    How could MSD openly talk about sloppy fielding in front of press? Someone has to advise Dhoni about this. For those Sachin bashers, this match had everyone to blame. The bowlers gave away many runs in the last 10 overs and batsmen (all youngsters) did not bat well.

  • rishab.cricfever on February 19, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    well...baffling to say the least !!! a few questions 4 d team management 2 answer: 1. Y is our IPL millionare Sir Ravinder Jadeja in team for if hes not gonna bowl, surely he aint a better batsman dan Sehwag ?? 2. How many chances does Rohit deserve, he already has 7 consecutive failures here (5 ODIs + 2 T20s)..Surely hes got sum talent but between d ears (i.e; temparament wise) hes got everythin 2 improve..3. Wat else has poor Manoj Tiwary gotta do..he got a century in his last match, still he gets overlooked again n again nd hes much better fielder than Jadeja..4. 4m wen did Gambhir join d oldies club..its been only 4-5 yrs hes been around on a regular basis..5. Nd last wat was Dhoni himself upto 2day missing 2 easy run-outs by lack of technique..surely he cost more runs 2day dan Sachin and Gambhir combined thru these misses !!!

  • on February 19, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Only youngsters misfielded in the last match. Even drop catches were there. Rohit missed two and Dhoni was pathetic on the field missed two run outs and costed many leg byes. Most senior Sachin was there with his safe hands and was at the right place even on Rohit's missed opportunity and he took one catch too. Kohli has taken a nice catch and apart from that youngsters did not do anything on the field. MSD is completely wrong with this analysis.

  • SRT_GENIUS on February 19, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Gambhir is surely faster than Zaheer and Ashwin... wonder why Gambhir was clubbed with Sehwag ? hmm....

  • YadavAjay on February 19, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    such a lame excuse by so called captain cool... Nobody has more commitment in the field than Sachin ( upto some extent Raina). for rohit sharma they are rotating the openers, seriously? rohit is one of the laziest batsman (if not fielder) who seems to be frustrated like he is forced to play but he don't want it even before facing the first ball. Eve,n if he was a Jonty in the field(which of course he is not), you can't let him play with such batting.And What is use of R Jadeja when you are not giving him the ball ? He is no Yuvraj who can hit the ball cleanly and frequently in the end of innings.I think dhoni is bad captain who does not think at all.Bring back Y Pathan, give abhinav mukund a fair run in ODIs and I don't know what Tiwary or Rahane has done wrong compared to Rohit to et in the team.

  • SagirParkar on February 19, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    @Sakz i am not criticising your comments against Dhoni and he himself was a big culprit today when it came to fielding.. however, when you say that he got out as soon as the new ball was taken, let me remind you that the ball does not get changed mid-innings.. there are TWO new balls that the innings starts with, one at each end.. change in regulations came about October last year..

  • on February 19, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Captain Cool Dhoni is doing a Chappel to the team. Remember the gr8 Chappel era where we didnt have a proper plan, batting order was shuffled on will and gr8 amount of uncertainity among players? the same is happening now. Instead of picking the best team MR. Dhoni is giving funny excuses. Gambir and Sehwag are close in feilders so there is no issue of being slow. Sachin dosent have a fixed position but is better if not the best than any fielder. Sachin isnt himself now and we all know it effects his concentration if you dont let him to be himself. Well MR Dhoni not so long Sachin played a massive innings where he carried his bat throug the innings and even in the end he was running those 2s and 3s. i have seen you many times cramping half way through your innings. Had it not been the media you would have been nothing. ur capapbilities was well evident in test matches

  • on February 19, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    conveniently gambhir and sehwag are two of the main instigators undermining his captaincy and tendulkar is underperforming but still wants to play.

    dhoni must also realise he instills absolutely no confidence in his middle order when he moves himself up and down the order at will, no matter how brave that decision may appear.

    why play jadeja when you don't even bowl him and you've got legitimately better batsmen sitting out.

    vinay kumar lack of pace was again telling.

  • Dhutugemunu on February 19, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    MSD find some 10 fielders then. They will stop others from scoring. You can win matches alone. According to Dhoni's equation If the opposition try to score 250, his 10 fielders stops (10*20) 200 runs. So India have to chase 50+1. Dhoni can score that alone. lol

  • nova87 on February 19, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    I think a good captain must deal with these sort of sensitive issues inside the dressing room. Once they are taken out in the sunlight it will create more problems. At this point it is clear to everyone that there is a struggle for leadership in the indian team and its getting worse. BCCI needs to take a good look at themselves in regard to this crisis.

  • Sakz on February 19, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Dhoni is dividing the Indian team ....he is using the same trick he used against Ganguly......Well, he is blaming seniors for 20 more runs......

    and what did he do in today's match ...he missed two run outs simply because he has forgotten the basic rule to stand behind the stumps while collecting the ball....and that changed the today's match..

    And you can see what he did today ...just scored 50+ runs anyhow without caring about required rate ......

    He is very quick in playing blame game. He doesn't have to play new moving ball that's why he is talking nonsense . Even in today's match the moment new ball was taken he was caught out by hilfenhaus.

    Stats:---- Last few Innings:-

    Kohli---> 22,31,31,77,15,18,12

    Raina-->14,10,4,24,48,8,28

    Rohit-->21,10,33,15,0

    Jadeja-->7,16,19,24,12,3,18

  • Mr_Anonymous on February 19, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    @ BalldiƱho II I do like your suggestion a lot. I agree that I don't understand that when we talk about how important fielding is, why don't we have statistics on how many runs were given away due to the misfield and which fielders dropped catches as well. If the ball touches your fingers and it goes down (no matter how hard the chance) it has to be recorded as a drop. Perhaps some statistician (maybe at Cricinfo itself) will come up with a scheme for match to match "concrete" fielding statistics as well (and not just in terms of catches etc).

    I also felt that Dhoni himself missed 2 run out chances in this match because he wasn't placed well.

    As regards the comments about the seniors costing 20 runs per match, I think its a fair comment and needs more public debate. I know Sachin is a good fielder/catcher and might feel bad about it but that's not Dhoni's point. I think the seniors needs to realize their role in the side and need to perform and they haven't met expectations yet.

  • on February 19, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Since when Gambhir was a senior? He is barely 30 years old.

  • on February 19, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    i dont understand why dhoni is making these unneccesary comments which is putting pressure on the younsgters and senior teammates. as a leader, which he used to do, to backup his teammates. he put unneccessary pressure on Rohit by saying in public that to accomodate Rohit we need to rotate these 3 senior folks. He need to show some cricketing brains before his atrocious decisions and fieldplacings. some examples for this ODI and last few series including test macth 1. can somebody believe we almost played with same middle order after having 8-0 drubbing. 2. today jadeja played as a batsmen i guess since he didnt bowl. somehow i fail to understand how he can be in the team, no doubt he is outstanding fielder, but i dont see any matchwinning contibution from him from bat and ball in last 3 years. 3. how can we play 4 seamers when everybody knows Aussies can take our pacers to cleaners.? we should atleast one genuine spinner. wonder what our cricketing brains like supoort /coach dng?

  • Sanjeevanee on February 19, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    So Gambhir is a slow fielder? Wow, I wonder what Dhoni thinks of himself then.

  • Rajesh. on February 19, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Dhoni could do well to remember that these three (Tendulkar, Sehwag & Gambhir) played a big part in India's World Cup triumph not so long ago..... I don't blame Dhoni entirely, because as of now he is a frustrated man with all that has happened in the past few months. But this rotation policy is not going to take Indian Cricket anywhere. Play the best XI, as simple as that. Agreed that fielding is an important part of the game but if everyone does their role well you needn't worry about conceding a run or two here & there. What we need is specialists and the specialists to perform. A Tendulkar, Sehwag or Gambhir must score, a Zaheer, Ishant or Ashwin must strike. Bits & pieces cricketers will only take you some distance not the full distance. And it wouldnt harm Dhoni if he improved his keeping a bit too..... Rotation is no good. If you think Kholi, Rohit & Raina are better options now then drop Tendulkar, Sehwag & Gambhir. But I wouldnt do that.....

  • Mr.Deepu on February 19, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    dhoni blamed openers ..then ghambir blamed dhoni for not finishing early,. now dhoni going against seniors.. shewag and dhoni riot getting bigger.. it clear that d team divided. now its in d hands of sachin .the king maker.

  • on February 19, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    wow some of the people's comments are absolutely ridiculous, ofcourse the seniors are to be blamed, all these years of expirence they are messing up, and i dont care if it takes two more series to give chances to a guy like rohit, its better to give chance to a youngster of the future, then waste time against players that will be retiring anyways in few years. sehwag and tendulkar should be out of the team. irfan pathan has obviously proved he deserves to be in the team, he is always going to be that extra bowler and batsman. only thing india needs to decide is who will open with gambir, other then that team should be 1.gambir 2.kohli 3. rohit sharma 5. raina 6.tiwari 7. dhoni 8. pathan 9. ashwin 10. vinay kumar 11. zaheer khan.

    or you can replace a middle order batsman, raini, tiwari or rohit, move kohli at 3, and pick up ajinka rahne

  • on February 19, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Dhoni is big fool blaming GREAT BATSMAN SACHIN,he drags the game till the last over for gaining credit,first he have concentrate on his keeping and also over rate,better stop comments on SACHIN TENDULKAR.

  • on February 19, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Why Dhobhi, sorry, Dhoni is not talking about himself, when he missed out two run outs,by not going behind the stumps to collect the ball, which is ths basics of a wickeeper. Also he is batting in the middle overs like he is playing a testmatch. That puts more pressure on other batters. He should be blamed for a tie with slanka game. He just playing for his own average. Other batters try to score so we can win the game v/s DHOBI just plays for himself.

  • amilag on February 19, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Finally it comes out from Dhoni. The truth. Either you kick off me from captaincy or let me kick off this bunch of old men from the team!

  • Abhinandan on February 19, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    How many chances do Rohit Sharma need. 76 ODIs and counting...and average is still below 30 (excluding WI, ZIm, Bangladesh)...and he plays at higher position than DHoni and raina.. So what Dhoni means without jadeja,kohli, raina, sharma...aus would have scored 350 runs in this game...by same logic replacing tendu,gambhir sehwag, zaheer, yadav, ....... aus score would have been less than 200...

  • SJinUS on February 19, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Enough said MSD. What does he think? Public are fools?? You are the biggest problem with the team as of today for big mouthing like this and losing the respect. The runouts he missed today, poor fielding tactics, under-utilizing a bowling option (Jadeja). India's biggest liability becomes the captain himself. Watch what you say "captain"! Fix yourself first and then talk!

  • Alexk400 on February 19, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    I am still not sure why people want Irfan Pathan. He can't bat , He can't bowl.

  • zafarsmu on February 19, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    if the seniors argument is true, then why is it that aussie seniors like mike hussey, david hussey or ponting dont cramp up during games? plus vinay kumar isnt a senior, he's in his early 20's...it all comes down to physical conditioning, and players from south asia have a chronic problem when it comes to fitness....getting rid of seniors is not going to change that, a culture of discipline and fitness will....duncan fletcher should take charge in this case.

  • mega123a on February 19, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Onething for sure Dhoni is rubbish....

  • on February 19, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    its time out for u sachin,sehwag.. india need to search for a good opening pair.. and he it is no wrong to kick sachin,sehwag out... for all who is talking about keeping,india is more than enough lucky to have a keeper like Dhoni,for last 2 years Dhoni has been excellent behind the stumps leaving 1 or 2 odd mistakes that every keeper does ..

  • AvidCricFan on February 19, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Dhoni's point is absolutely valid. If the so called better batsman are not performing and they are slow in the field, it is double whammy. The likes of Raina, Kohli and Jadeja save 15-20 runs a match each. Manoj Tiwari, who is again a good fielder, should come in place of one specialist middle order batsman who is not performing. Rohit Sharma got enough chances. While he may have talent, he lacks game plan and intent when it comes to batting.

  • on February 19, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    pity you Mr.Captain. No comparison with gilchrist, nor am i asking you to provide a reason to prove sachin is a bad fielder. but please do check your stats; sachin wouldn't have spilled as many catches in his entire 23 years career as you have spilled in the last one and a half years. Dhoni supporters please do try the stats before you reply to this comment, dont come up with the arguement that he's a wicket keeper. skills do matter, his performance is below average if you compare him with gilchrist, boucher, sangakkara, McCullum and many others. and to conclude, Mr.dhoni, play a proper cricketing shot(no need to be graceful as dravids defence, gangulys cover drive, sachins straight drive or anything of sorts) at least in the standards of parthiv patel or dinesh kartik. i swear, that day i'll support you in your gracious venture to remove the great players from the team.

  • Roykunal on February 19, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Rohit Sharma or Raina are not doing anything great.Not atleast Rohit sharma.Sachin is a very good fielder and we rarely see any fumble or dropped catch from Sachin.Same is with Gambhir.Sehwag is lazy that is true.But questioning Sachin or even Gambhir for fielding is a proof of mindset of our great captain.Sachin or Gambhir can produce the big score.Gambhir did that twice in this series.But we can never trust Raina or Sharma to score even a 50 against Australian attack.No need to bring in all 3 openers.But we can bring Manoj tiwary or parthiv patel in place of Sharma who is a burden for the team.Today he let loose a catch as well as fielding goof ups..If dhoni has to be harsh with the words,then he should accept that Rophit sharma is no good now.God only knows what he has in mind.He throws up his wicket against simple balls.He does not face any such difficult balls.He is not helping his cause to be in test team.He is good only in slow batting tracks like India or caribbean.

  • zapeta on February 19, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    These seniors have won the World cup for us not the so called Dhoni's youngsters. Dravid is called back to ODI side when the Youngsters failed to play 20 balls. Mr.Dhoni will become the most senior person when all our Greats retire and has to face music from a new captain very soon. Gambhir is days older than this Young Captain... Dhoni has developed a technique and mastered to drag the match till last over and winning to show his greatness with bat. India needs an Young captain Virat Kohli...

  • Precioustar84 on February 19, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Dhoni - you are a fool. What was Rohit's contribution in this match? Is he a senior?? I agree that seniors aren't in form at all but wonder if you would've said this if they were. And how in the world is Gambhir a senior? If he is senior than what are you Dhoni? Learn to tell teammates as is instead of the media!! For me, Dhoni is ruining what Ganguly instilled to the seniors and youngsters. Stop this dividing mentality among players else there will be no more Indian Cricket team!!

  • neel_in on February 19, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Dhoni has been at his ridiculous best... that means we get the best fielders in the team instead of best batsmen or bowlers.... anyway these so called young and brilliant batsmen have been reduced to fielders and sledgers only..... when you talk about fitness, we have seen Kohlis and Rainas suffering from cramps after batting for only 40 overs whereas likes of Dravids can still bat for more than a day..... what kind of logic is Dhoni giving... Indian failure has more to do with the issue of skills on bouncy pitches in Australia not fitness....

  • Gupta.Ankur on February 19, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    What a joke from dhoni. Did youngsters drop all those catches today? had they been held.....australia would have made atleast 50 runs less..

    And where are these youngsters scoring runs? in India? Tell me which of these youngsters has one us a match overseas?

    Like's of rohit/raina/kohli have been around for 5 years now....and people like rahane/tiwary/pujara are not getting any chances.

  • on February 19, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Why Mr. Dhoni is only looking for rotation among the openers and not among the middle order batsmen who are consistently failing. When will Manoj Tiwary get a chance ahead of Rohit Sharma who whatsoever has not performed in a single match in Australia? Why even Parthiv Patel is rested he can also be utilized as an opener. Mr. Dhoni I think you are biased in your team selection. As long as you will perform no one will point fingers on Jadeja, Raina and Rohit, but do you seriously feel that somewhere you are not doing injustice to several younger players who are looking for a place in the middle order?

  • meonly_araf on February 19, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Give the gloves to Naman Ojha.. Dhoni is getting aged.... get a young blood... how many catches did Dhoni miss in this tour?

  • on February 19, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    and now Dhoni has done PHd in making excuses...he is the lamest captain of all time.....what the hell he think himself..insulting batsmen who are 100 times better than him in every aspect is not going to do any good for him!!!

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Pity on dhoni, Sachin once a biggest ASSET now become a liability , including dhoni no one has the guts to ask Sachin to Quit, can he realize that his time is over ?? Mr.Franchise rohit sharma is a FAILURE, how many chances he needs ??

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    SRT should go. He is finished. Hanging around for records is silly, just lingering like a bad smell.

  • meonly_araf on February 19, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    People say "he is the greatest finisher" how many games did he finish single handed? without senior players laying up foundation? He is the captain only because Tendulkar refused to become.. why haven't he played all youngsters in world cup? Field for fast bowlers is set by Zak... they are guided bt sachin and Zak.. what great thing does Dhoni do while Zak and Sachin are out of squad... bowlers will be hit to boundaries black and blue.... woooooo hooooo the look who is speaking.... did anyone count total number of runout chances missed by Dhoni today?

  • BellCurve on February 19, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Gambhir has now played 50 international innings without reaching 100. His last century came on 4 December 2010 in an ODI against NZ on a very flat track. His last Test century was in January 2010. That's more than 2 years ago. It is time to get rid of him. He is weakening the team.

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    You must have some guts to speak truth, dhoni is such an upright cricketer

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    then go with 11 good fielders without batsmen and bowlers..........

  • BnH1985Fan on February 19, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Not only do the senior batsmen cost 20+ runs in the field, they collectively are not scoring as many at times, like the last ODI against Australia. So the net result is negative contribution. All the more reason to say tata to the seniors and bring in young blood -- and emphasize good fielding -- time to do what other countries have done already, focus on fitness and fielding over and above batting / bowling

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 19, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    10dulkar and Sehwag are a liability in the field, and liability with the bat. They need to be kicked out - for Good. Gambhir at least performs with the bat. Rohit Sharma has had enuff chances - time to replace him with Manoj Tiwary. How come a young guy like Ashwin is such a lousy fielder? We really miss Yusuf Pthan...he's a game changer. Sure he might score only once in 5 innings...but that's still better than 10dulkar and Sehwag combined.

  • Yogesh_ES on February 19, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Dhoni must be out of his mind to talk about these three great batsman like this... What about the run out chances that he missed today..????

  • squarepeg on February 19, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Dhoni is right about these three. He should have added Ashwin, Zaheer, Ishant Sharma also. Add to that below-average players likes Umesh Yadav, Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan, and you have the picture. Rohit Sharma keeps dropping vital catches, like in this match the catch he dropped could have put Australia in great pressure at 3 down for nothing.

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Dhoni wants to kick out all the seniors from ODIs....simple as that

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Lmao...he is puttin blame on sachin and sehwag...listen MS they are the guy who makes runs for you...your so called young gun looks upto them...they may cost 20 odd runs in the field...so do you spill couple of wickets here and there...i reckon indian team need a young wicket-keeper who spill less catches than MS...you are in the indian test team for too long...in the same spot Gilchrist made heaps of century...and his average were miles ahead of you...you should get out of test team.

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    no one can blame dhoni for any defeat in this series because he is leading and playing well....captain only as good as the team. There were so many blocks including the experts crying over the abundance of talent that rohit sharma got ... are they satisfied with the opportunities he got and the talent he shown... any one else, even a ccl player would have at least scored a quick forty with this many chances... so as ravindra jadeja.....if he is not bowling then why he is in.....

    Sachin did a mistake by choosing this series to play and complete the hundredth hundred... could have waited for a subcontinent series with run feast....

    comparing to the old ausies team this team is nothing still they are torturing indians for the last 3 months or so... when this torment is going to end...

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Gambhir is now a senior? haha... India quite conveniently shifts the blame onto the 'seniors' We are a shameless bunch arent we led by the king of shamelessness himself - Dhobi!

  • dpksingh on February 19, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    but today young rohit cost 20 runs by droping wade at sleep.

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    skill is no answer to energy. if skill is everthing then average age of the team would have been 40 to 50 years. you have to be 70% energetic and 30% skill. Dhoni should be more vocal otherwise indian team will suffer.

  • lvli on February 19, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    that point of view is real bad from dhoni.....he is talking about sachin,sehwag or gambhir...i am a big fan of dhoni's captaincy...but today in the game..it was rohit sharma who dropped catches..it was dhoni who dint collect the ball properly when there could have been runouts...and hussey could have been back...and it was his role that he dint make ravindra jadeja bowl even a single over..things could have been different..i know we can say this could have been done or dat coukd have been done...but it doesnt mean u criticise sachin...he has got great arm and even today he made a diving effort before goin out of ground..and he is always giving his 100%..he is the real hero of ours..and he will be always..i know dhoni is right about this fielding thing in india..people take fielding lightly..but few years from now..india will be a good fielding side..so no blame games dhoni boy...play good cricket..again u will be facing aussies in ur next match..

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    "When I was young, fielding was considered slogging around, and batting and bowling was always fun." HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH.

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    rohit had enough chances and its proved tht his talent is useless if it cant win the matches.wade was dropped by over enthusiastic rohit.actually catch was going to sachin in the slips and sachin could hav got the catch easily but mr.rohit useless sharma intervened.

    he cant bat ,cant field but is ready to pounce on wade !! he is there in the team to perform with the bat not with the mouth !!

    its time to drop him and bring in rahane and manoj tiwary in to the team atleast they cant be as worse as mr.ipl star rohit .

    ppl r supporting him including me before becoz he wins matches for mi and deccan in ipl.we have to think beyond this is indian team not ipl any more and only best players shd be in team not the lazy ones who take their place for granted and rohit is one of them

    jadeja and raina are not as technical batmsen as rohit but they put their full effort for their county which i nevr never saw in rohit not even 1 tym !he only wants to be in team but doesnt perform .

    no offence !

  • dileep.u.m on February 19, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Of course its an undeniable fact that fielding has a significant impact, especially in the modern times, in each and every format. But sacrificing (i.e., ignoring) quality batsmen/bowlers for the sake of some 'extra-ordinary' fielders is not gonna reap you big rewards, unless you are a 'Jonty' ( no offense to his batting credentials!!). Dear MS, jus take a look who won you both the CB series finals when you played last time. If you don't prefer to go that far, jus look back who was the 'real MoM' in your last 2 victories in this tournament . More over I've seen Viru taking some stunners in this CB series itself. So my point is, don't put too much pressure on them, wich you have done already. Jus look for some intelligent field placings to 'hide' them, rather than playing a blaming-game.

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Worst Comments by the Captain. He was criticized by many for his stupid field placements in test matches. He doesnt how to manage fielders and instead commenting on more better players than him. Shocked to hear these comments? What is he doing when these three played here before? Sachin toured this part of the world 9 times. Rohit? Whats the value of him in this series? didnt scored a fifty once and made to play in the place of these stalwarts. Grow up dhoni. experience counts. only fielding cant win u matches. if it is so then y didnt india failed to win all matches???Blaming more accomplished and great batsmen for the failure of one lazy batsman??? Its his pure luck.

  • TheGecko on February 19, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Dhoni certainly seems to have gone nuts! When you talk about committment on the field, Tendulkar always gives his very best. You can see him diving around on the field even at 38. What else does Dhoni want? The poor fellow hurt his shin and left the field. The master of excuses is so bereft of ideas that all he could come up is this utter rubbish! His comments are applicable for Gambhir and Sehwag though.

  • sateesh_kv_1985 on February 19, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Before commenting on other player's fielding skills, Dhoni should thin about his wicket keeping skills. Still Sachin is good on field compared to other players.

  • aniliitb on February 19, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Why to blame others......Dhoni himself missed two sure run out chances just because he was not on the right position and misfielded in the end too !.....common man ! i am your fan, and i expect you to be honest to yourself, the symbol of achievers !

  • knan on February 19, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    I quite agree with MS on this one. Only 2 out of the top 3 should be played but given Gambhir's form, it should actually be between Tendulkar and Sehwag. Also, given the failures of Rohit Raina and Jadeja, one of them should be dropped in favour of Tiwari. With MS sitting out the next match, which means Partiv comes in to the team, the lower middle order looks brittle. Sehwag looks a certainity as the captain, unless he continues to be injured. If Sehwag doesn't play, I would like to see Gambhir lead the side. Given today's experience, it may be tough for India against SL unless they win the toss and bat first. SL under Mahela looks more resilient and one more win now should make them the favourites to reach the final ahead of India

  • on February 19, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    What happen to you Dhoni ?what is your gameplan? Why dont you undersand situation your are not playing in India man.senior players can leak 20 runs but they can score at least 20 or 30 but your socalled young tallents are flat track bullies they are unfit to international standards and they fit to be gully cricketers like you.

  • Stone-Aamir on February 19, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Poor Dhoni feeling the pressure of being a losing captain whose captaincy is under threat. Hope Sehwag continue his poor form in the whole Aurtralian tour so that Dhoni can keep his biggest threat to his position out of playing eleven.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni forgot or Ignored that how many runs & wickets he costs with his pathetic wicket-keeping

  • m_ilind on February 19, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Sachin doesn't deserve to open the innings anymore! there is nothing left in his batting. He should drop down to No.4 and let someone else open the innings with Gambhir.

  • TRAM on February 19, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    My kids playing tennis tournaments know especially in summer, you should drink LOTS of water starting *24 hours ahead of the match* to avoid getting cramps. Seems like the Indian players with all the millions spent around them dont know these things? Either that or they dont care?

    Another question to MSD: What is the reason you are not going close to and behind the stumps when the batsmen are running and ball comes from deep? Why are you standing in between the thrower and the stumps and not even close to the stumps?

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    This is EXACTLY why cricket needs more up-to-date statistics on the game, Fielding is JUST AS (if not more important then batting.) Stopping the other teams singles and boundaries should be more valued in a Cricket XI. Look at how many stats baseball have, and how they have players for pure defensive purposes at key positions. Cricket needs a major Upgrade across the board to come up to the modern times

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    I think Dhoni needs to have control on his words. The onfield gymnastic by Mr Rohit in first over has caused us to lose the match because both wade and warner held control after that.

    We last the match immediately.

    Put together the likes of Rohit, Virat, Raina have not scored more than 200 runs in the ongoing series so far.

    No body has rights to comment on. I think Tendulkar is still brilliant in field. And shewag has done tremendous catches.

    Today even commentators claimed about the onfield position of Virat and others because they key fielders are completely misplaced on field.

    Dhonis Gathering of Ball is again questionable. today a run out was clearly missed since he collected the ball before the stumps. I have watched the entire Australian innings and Dhoni repeatedly collected the ball before the stumps. As a keeper he should collect the ball behind stumps. It caused one run out miss and all the ones were converted into Twos. Learn man.. Try to act Matured.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    LOL. First official non-sense calculation by MS Dhoni. If Seniors cost 20 runs in field, then how many Raina and Rohit scores? This is such a stupid justification of backing Rotating Policy. Why should 3 players suffer for 1 man? I ask a valid question: Why you can't rotate Rohit for Raina for same position? Both are struggler for the position. You can't let sit Sachin Tendulkar in dough-outs at all.

  • swervin on February 19, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    remarkable! who would have thought it is sometimes very hot when you play cricket?! certain obvious irony also in dhoni criticising the older guys for being slow but he's the one banned for a slow over rate!

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Do whatever you feels is the right thing to do Dhoni ..... you deserve it after winning the world cup.... all we need is team India to win... and do well.....till and in the next world cup.....groom youngsters....one thing i will say for sure is Dhoni is the one setup the game......after watching 15 yrs of cricket...... i will rate him over everybody else......big cheeeeeerssssss!!!

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    if dhoni is talking about saving runs in fielding, then he is the person who should sit out, in todays match he missed two run out chances and gave away many byes with his worst wicket keeping skills.....

  • wjkalana on February 19, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    OMG I was wondering whats the excuse from this time around, I was thinking it may be hussys incident might be a excuse for dhoni, I never realized he will have a excuse from heat on the ground. Come on india and dhoni u r from india not from england. weather is like this in india for major part of the year so u should be used to it. SL and indians heat its not an excuse for bad performances. If my memory is right aus scored 187 in 40 overs so India all out for 178. So the match didnt slip in te last 10 overs, match sliped because of flat rack bullies in u r team. Incompetent of handling pase and bounce and swing. Grow up dhoi dont make excuses after every defeat, learn from mahela accept the problem. I must say this India are not world champions they are Home champions. LMAO

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Dhoni's attitude looks so arrogant....Since when Dhoni had the right to criticise the places of India's top-order lynchpins.....And dhoni should mind the fact that if Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir decide the play together he cannot stop it from happening even with all the powers he has.....Dhoni should first concentrate on his poor captainship and poor keeping and slow batting rather than talking abt great players.....

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Dhoni is a good captain, he is analyzing the failure of the team. Only when u know where u failed, u can improve on ur next game. our Mahela takes positives from failure. Taking positives from failure isnt great coz then ur missing the bigger picture, the negatives. If u had more positives than negatives, u wouldnt have lost the game. If mahela argue, to boost the moral/confidence, u have to look only at positives, then does SL players have so little moral/confidence that analyzing the negatives drain their moral.

  • playitstraight on February 19, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    I have seen some outstanding catches and fielding from Gauti, Sachin and Viru recently, not 10 years back. Actually, Dhoni himself must practice before he preaches. The last ball went for four leg byes, when it should have been stopped. I think the only youngster that is a terrible fielder than the seniors is R. Ashwin. But his batting and especially his bowling make up for that. The reason Dhoni wants the rotation policy is because he wants to give the youngsters an extended run.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Dhoni has no idea what he was talking.Jadeja should be dropped bring back y.Pathan

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    And Ravinder Jadeja saves 10 runs in the field, gives more than 50 runs of his bowling and scores a 0 while batting. If people like Sehwag/Sachin cost 20 runs in the field, they more than make up by their batting. But for people like Rohit Sharma and Jadeja the runs they save on the field is the runs they make.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Dhoni is now considering superior than any other player in the team......He forgets the fact that he doesn't have the right to talk about greats like sachin and sehwag just because he is batting well now....Dhoni should understand that form is temporary but class is permanent which he lacks.....

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    India's current wicket-keeper is also costing the team 20 or odd runs in the field.....though he scores 40 or 50 runs with the bat....Also dhoni adds more pressure upon other batsmen thru his poor keeping and slow batting.....So India should rotate the wicket-keepers first......

  • Master_Mihil on February 19, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    I too thought it was a peculier decision to bowl out khan early. Dhoni had his reasons, But no excuses for batting collapse. If the IND-SL game would won by the batting first side , i'd really believe india had no chance.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    From the start of Mr. Cool's Captaincy...I was very sure that he does not want Tendu in his team like Dada and Dravid. But due to his clout (of Tendu) he could not do anything about it.

    But as the things are changed now and Tendulkar is also not performing to his potential, Cool has found the golden chance to pressurize him and force him to take some decision (about retirement).

    From the start I have no doubt that MSD is great politician and he will be on the highest post of Indian Parliament if he is allowed to do his politics. Long live Indian Politics.

    MSD, please spare the person because of whom at least 20% public is watching cricket. high-lows are part of life but respect the setting sun.

  • velutn on February 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    what he mean to say? expecting tendulkar to retire.....? maybe he is right....? i believe tendulakar is dragging this 100 th 100 too far.

  • Asadpk on February 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    the most unfit international team ever!

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Dhoni is getting arrogant, all he is scoring is 50s in Australia, he was a dud in the test series, now he has the audacity to talk of Sachin who scored century after century like a machine for over 2 decades. Dhoni shoddy keeping in England tour of 4 tests & 4 odis is well known. He should shut up & concentrate on his half baked ODI & 20-20 pyrotechnics as he is still not batting with same command in Tests. He has several chinks in his armour.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Why did they play R Jadeja if he was not going to bowl. Dhoni is sticking with this guy too many times and we have not seen anything extra ordinary in his batting. I would play Sehwag in place of Jadeja all the time and I might even put Sehwag in middle order.

  • Chris_P on February 19, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    And you only just realized this now?

  • SriLankanLions on February 19, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    I'm not sure whether Dhoni himself knows what he's talking about. Why doesn't he admit the fact that he himself is very slow behind the wickets? Passing the failures to the others is not good leadership after all. The bitter truth is he is a selfish player. He's always the wanna be hero. Most of the times he talks about his own performances rather than the team's overall efforts. The best example is the post match presentation of the last world cup final. Today he proved how bad a leader he is. He just rides on luck rather than leadership. No offence though.

  • on February 19, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Good Excuses by Mr. Dhoni.I agree that Fitness plays an important role in present day cricket. but that doesnt mean he can issue such a rubbish statements against seniors. Playing Shewag, Sachin & Ghambir together at top three not only will reduce the pressure on them but also there are more chances that any one of them will go on to make a big score and that will be more valuable than those 20 odd runs he is talking about. And in the mean time, Can He tell us Y he didnt Use Ravindra Jadega to bowl?

  • on February 19, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Stupid Dhoni, y he didnt assess himself, how many catches he dropped in the entire australian tour, he is just making some excuses for the losses, he is trying to say that all the losses are came only due to poor seniors, GTH u fool

  • on February 19, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Wow! Sachin Tendulkar at 38 can beat anyone in the outfield! He is one of the best slip catchers (along with lakshman and sehwag) and his throws are still flatter, only bhajji comes close when it comes to throwing flat to the stumps. Dhoni was probably retaliating to Gambhir's comments, albeit illogically!

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  • on February 19, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Wow! Sachin Tendulkar at 38 can beat anyone in the outfield! He is one of the best slip catchers (along with lakshman and sehwag) and his throws are still flatter, only bhajji comes close when it comes to throwing flat to the stumps. Dhoni was probably retaliating to Gambhir's comments, albeit illogically!

  • on February 19, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Stupid Dhoni, y he didnt assess himself, how many catches he dropped in the entire australian tour, he is just making some excuses for the losses, he is trying to say that all the losses are came only due to poor seniors, GTH u fool

  • on February 19, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Good Excuses by Mr. Dhoni.I agree that Fitness plays an important role in present day cricket. but that doesnt mean he can issue such a rubbish statements against seniors. Playing Shewag, Sachin & Ghambir together at top three not only will reduce the pressure on them but also there are more chances that any one of them will go on to make a big score and that will be more valuable than those 20 odd runs he is talking about. And in the mean time, Can He tell us Y he didnt Use Ravindra Jadega to bowl?

  • SriLankanLions on February 19, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    I'm not sure whether Dhoni himself knows what he's talking about. Why doesn't he admit the fact that he himself is very slow behind the wickets? Passing the failures to the others is not good leadership after all. The bitter truth is he is a selfish player. He's always the wanna be hero. Most of the times he talks about his own performances rather than the team's overall efforts. The best example is the post match presentation of the last world cup final. Today he proved how bad a leader he is. He just rides on luck rather than leadership. No offence though.

  • Chris_P on February 19, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    And you only just realized this now?

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Why did they play R Jadeja if he was not going to bowl. Dhoni is sticking with this guy too many times and we have not seen anything extra ordinary in his batting. I would play Sehwag in place of Jadeja all the time and I might even put Sehwag in middle order.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Dhoni is getting arrogant, all he is scoring is 50s in Australia, he was a dud in the test series, now he has the audacity to talk of Sachin who scored century after century like a machine for over 2 decades. Dhoni shoddy keeping in England tour of 4 tests & 4 odis is well known. He should shut up & concentrate on his half baked ODI & 20-20 pyrotechnics as he is still not batting with same command in Tests. He has several chinks in his armour.

  • Asadpk on February 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    the most unfit international team ever!

  • velutn on February 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    what he mean to say? expecting tendulkar to retire.....? maybe he is right....? i believe tendulakar is dragging this 100 th 100 too far.

  • on February 19, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    From the start of Mr. Cool's Captaincy...I was very sure that he does not want Tendu in his team like Dada and Dravid. But due to his clout (of Tendu) he could not do anything about it.

    But as the things are changed now and Tendulkar is also not performing to his potential, Cool has found the golden chance to pressurize him and force him to take some decision (about retirement).

    From the start I have no doubt that MSD is great politician and he will be on the highest post of Indian Parliament if he is allowed to do his politics. Long live Indian Politics.

    MSD, please spare the person because of whom at least 20% public is watching cricket. high-lows are part of life but respect the setting sun.