India v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Brisbane February 21, 2012

Old, slow legs?

ESPNcricinfo presents Plays of the Day for the match between India and Sri Lanka in Brisbane
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The six
The Gabba is one of the bouncier and livelier pitches in the world. If any evidence was needed, it was provided in the sixth over of the Sri Lanka innings. It was Umesh Yadav's fourth delivery of the day, short and quick. Tillakaratne Dilshan went for the hook and top-edged it. Immediately, you looked at the third man fielder to see how well he was positioning himself for the catch. And you saw no hope, no anticipation in his movements, because the ball sailed well over his head, into the stands.

The "old, slow" legs
Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir are not supposed to play together because they cost India 20 runs in the field. You wouldn't believe it if you saw Mahela Jayawardene's dismissal. In the 19th over, with Sri Lanka well placed at 0 for 95, he pulled Irfan Pathan wide of midwicket, but Sehwag fell across to his left to take a stunning catch.

The field setting
That Lahiru Thirimanne had been out of form before this innings became evident with the welcome he received to the crease. Sri Lanka were going well then, at 3 for 124 in the 28th over, but Sehwag, a conservative captain otherwise, crowded him up with seven fielders inside the circle.Thirimanne responded with a beautiful cover-drive off the fifth ball he faced, which went for four.

The other side of the "old, slow legs"
In the 38th over of the Sri Lankan innings, Dinesh Chandimal pushed R Ashwin to Suresh Raina at short midwicket. Chandimal sent Thirimanne back, and Raina went for a direct hit, which the fielder at mid-off couldn't back up. Sehwag at cover, though, didn't move towards the stumps.

The drink
India had just come out to bat, Sehwag had just holed out to the second ball he faced, Sachin Tendulkar was yet to face a ball. MS Dhoni, not playing this game because of the over-rate ban - charged on with the drinks for Tendulkar. Did Tendulkar need drinks without having faced a ball? Was Dhoni carrying a message? We wouldn't know because Tendulkar waved Dhoni away when he was about 20 yards away.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY KelvinLTR on | February 22, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    sachin greater than bradman??? seriously?? i just wonder how sachin would have faced bodyline without a helmet.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    hope india turns victorious against aussies and lankans, which is unlikely to happen. but anything can happen in cricket, there isnt any point discussing about sachin or sehwag the whole team should be held responsible for the lass and i hope indians will overcome this defeaf

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    It's hard to understand Dhoni's obsession with Ravindra Jadeja. There is no solid contribution from him. I don't know how many chances like these, India owe him.Irfan Pathan should be in his place. Ashwin is quite close to an all rounder. We don't need two spinners.

  • POSTED BY RaviKarri on | February 21, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Sachin is Great, He was the BEST, He is a God, He is greater than Bradman, Gavaskar, Richards, Lara or any other batsman ever. But the present facts are: God is at his worst ever averaging 18 from all his 5 one day games (2,48,15,3,22). Not sure how long can this God stay there without scoring? He should withdraw from the CB series and he can play later series in Indian pitches for sure to complete his 100th 100. How foolish to continue him in CB Series even after averaging 35.81 in the tests (73,32,41,80, 15, 8, 25, 13). India is playing with only 10 players along with God. It will be an year by March 2012, God has been aiming for his 100. Even Ashwin could hit one but God is still trying to. Not sure How long India can effort playing only with 10 players. Oh Real-God save India :).

  • POSTED BY OutCast on | February 21, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Take my money & deposit into your bank account: India will not win anymore games in this CB series. They are done and they are playing for their individual purposes. I see Shastri in Kohli who has become just an annoying thing to see. How come acting captain always play irresponsibly? Sehwag thinks he is an auto entry into the team and scores baseball runs. BCCI must hire foreign selectors in order to give every Indian cricketer an equal opportunity. 1.3 billion Indians, and the national team has only 2 spots available for the talented youngsters waiting impatiently on benches and they keep snubbed game after game. It doesn't happen with Aus, SA or Eng. BTW, why do SL and Indian who live in Aus cheer for India or SL? Shame on them- they migrated to Aus to have a "life" and dissing Aus while living in AUs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Sehwag hardly seems to have any credentials to be a captain. The last two overs by raina and kohli clearly exposes two things - his lack of shrewdness and seriousness. Good captains like Dhoni wouldn't bank on luck. Its good that Dhoni is finally voicing his opinion - seniors have to move on. Good fielding will always make a difference, courtesy SL. And to those who put Irfan's obscurity blame on Dhoni: if he was retained back then, it would have wrecked his entire confidence. Now that two balls are being used at either ends, its the perfect time for his comeback. Good luck Team India

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | February 21, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Not sure whom to blame. Even Zaheer has been in and out of the eleven in this series...so whats the big deal all about? Sachin's 100?

  • POSTED BY suve on | February 21, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka, we played brilliantly and outclassed India in all departments. There is no point arguing with some Indian fans as even with a defeat like this, they don't appreciate the way we played. I hope SL go into the final with Aus because if India do, they and their fans will forget the 8-0 defeats againts Aus and Eng and make excuses about how good they are. I use to really enjoy the way india played as they still have such good players even without Dhoni in the team but it's really disturbing the way their players have played after the WC. The new players like Kohli and Ahwin ect.. are so rude and undisciplined, they should learn from Tendulkar and Dhoni. I hope India doesn't treat Tendulkar the same way Aus treated Ponting, forget the hundreth 100. He is absoloutley amazing and a couple of low scores doesn't mean he should retire, the best players should play for their team for as long as the player can.

  • POSTED BY KelvinLTR on | February 21, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    I'm Sri Lankan and we would be more than happy to see MSD not playing against us.

  • POSTED BY SpeedCricketThrills on | February 21, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Cricket has to borrow some ideas from Chess on 'laws of the the game' and 'spirit of the game'. 2 analogies from cricket come to my mind: 1) Touchmove - if a player touches a piece, accidentally, pensively or otherwise, he HAS to move it. No excuses. 2) Stalemate: it is a strategy to force a draw - though a similar thing in cricket would be seen as against the 'spirit fo the game'. Laws are made to be followed, not ignored, given a short shrift and made secondary to the game itself. Umpire had no business to pass the buck. OUT and he had to be given OUT! Poor strategy and execution by Indians.

  • POSTED BY KelvinLTR on | February 22, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    sachin greater than bradman??? seriously?? i just wonder how sachin would have faced bodyline without a helmet.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    hope india turns victorious against aussies and lankans, which is unlikely to happen. but anything can happen in cricket, there isnt any point discussing about sachin or sehwag the whole team should be held responsible for the lass and i hope indians will overcome this defeaf

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    It's hard to understand Dhoni's obsession with Ravindra Jadeja. There is no solid contribution from him. I don't know how many chances like these, India owe him.Irfan Pathan should be in his place. Ashwin is quite close to an all rounder. We don't need two spinners.

  • POSTED BY RaviKarri on | February 21, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Sachin is Great, He was the BEST, He is a God, He is greater than Bradman, Gavaskar, Richards, Lara or any other batsman ever. But the present facts are: God is at his worst ever averaging 18 from all his 5 one day games (2,48,15,3,22). Not sure how long can this God stay there without scoring? He should withdraw from the CB series and he can play later series in Indian pitches for sure to complete his 100th 100. How foolish to continue him in CB Series even after averaging 35.81 in the tests (73,32,41,80, 15, 8, 25, 13). India is playing with only 10 players along with God. It will be an year by March 2012, God has been aiming for his 100. Even Ashwin could hit one but God is still trying to. Not sure How long India can effort playing only with 10 players. Oh Real-God save India :).

  • POSTED BY OutCast on | February 21, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Take my money & deposit into your bank account: India will not win anymore games in this CB series. They are done and they are playing for their individual purposes. I see Shastri in Kohli who has become just an annoying thing to see. How come acting captain always play irresponsibly? Sehwag thinks he is an auto entry into the team and scores baseball runs. BCCI must hire foreign selectors in order to give every Indian cricketer an equal opportunity. 1.3 billion Indians, and the national team has only 2 spots available for the talented youngsters waiting impatiently on benches and they keep snubbed game after game. It doesn't happen with Aus, SA or Eng. BTW, why do SL and Indian who live in Aus cheer for India or SL? Shame on them- they migrated to Aus to have a "life" and dissing Aus while living in AUs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Sehwag hardly seems to have any credentials to be a captain. The last two overs by raina and kohli clearly exposes two things - his lack of shrewdness and seriousness. Good captains like Dhoni wouldn't bank on luck. Its good that Dhoni is finally voicing his opinion - seniors have to move on. Good fielding will always make a difference, courtesy SL. And to those who put Irfan's obscurity blame on Dhoni: if he was retained back then, it would have wrecked his entire confidence. Now that two balls are being used at either ends, its the perfect time for his comeback. Good luck Team India

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | February 21, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Not sure whom to blame. Even Zaheer has been in and out of the eleven in this series...so whats the big deal all about? Sachin's 100?

  • POSTED BY suve on | February 21, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka, we played brilliantly and outclassed India in all departments. There is no point arguing with some Indian fans as even with a defeat like this, they don't appreciate the way we played. I hope SL go into the final with Aus because if India do, they and their fans will forget the 8-0 defeats againts Aus and Eng and make excuses about how good they are. I use to really enjoy the way india played as they still have such good players even without Dhoni in the team but it's really disturbing the way their players have played after the WC. The new players like Kohli and Ahwin ect.. are so rude and undisciplined, they should learn from Tendulkar and Dhoni. I hope India doesn't treat Tendulkar the same way Aus treated Ponting, forget the hundreth 100. He is absoloutley amazing and a couple of low scores doesn't mean he should retire, the best players should play for their team for as long as the player can.

  • POSTED BY KelvinLTR on | February 21, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    I'm Sri Lankan and we would be more than happy to see MSD not playing against us.

  • POSTED BY SpeedCricketThrills on | February 21, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Cricket has to borrow some ideas from Chess on 'laws of the the game' and 'spirit of the game'. 2 analogies from cricket come to my mind: 1) Touchmove - if a player touches a piece, accidentally, pensively or otherwise, he HAS to move it. No excuses. 2) Stalemate: it is a strategy to force a draw - though a similar thing in cricket would be seen as against the 'spirit fo the game'. Laws are made to be followed, not ignored, given a short shrift and made secondary to the game itself. Umpire had no business to pass the buck. OUT and he had to be given OUT! Poor strategy and execution by Indians.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    typically indian writers here are doing their best to advertise their overrated useless team..why everyone blames sachin? he is still india`s best...his short stay in the crease proved that...india is useless apart from sachin..poor bowlers, flat track bullies and very slow fielders..

  • POSTED BY immit13 on | February 21, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    At this stage of the Tournament, its hard but we have to say bye bye to youngsters wanting to be in the team for learning, TRAINING PHASE IS OVER GUYS... we are now faced with a TOUGH JOB to defend our world champion status, Bring in the BEST TEAM which means play with all Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin and Zaheer in all the IMP matches (which is all matches from now on). The new players have already made it hard for Team India to reach the finals...so we are back to the senior pros... BYE BYE experience gainers, will see u in some other series please... If now the seniors fail we can decide but right now we don't have any other option. I still believe if India team with all its experienced guys work together as a unit as they did in WC 2011, they can win an ODI series against anyone anywhere...AFTER ALL WE ARE THE WORLD CHAMPS.

  • POSTED BY siva_seemakurthi on | February 21, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    To all the people saying Sachin should retire, there would be no difference in match result by removing Just one man. And if you say its all preparation for worldcup, Sachin was still the major batsman in 2012 world cup on Indian side, in fact in any world cup I can remember. Honestly, can any one think of good replacement for Sachin!! Of course he is nearing his retirement age, but asking for his retirement just because India is losing is, insane. Only answer is, a better team can replace a great player. But looking at the current Indian team, I dont think the likes of Rohit Sharma, Jadeja, Ashwin can make a good team. Whoever people may recommend, like Manoj Tiwari etc, there is no way India is going to win the world cup unless it is held in India.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    why not let all the seniors player take rest for the rest of their cricketing lives. To me it is a sin seeing shewag and tendulker making zeros and twenties game after game after agme. Young cricketers should sue the selection committee for keeping them in the team while depriving them a chance of proving themselves. It is so shamefull of the seniors not seeing the reality- for a change look at Dravid and Ponting's example. Mr Tendulker, Mr. Shewag wake up and smell the coffee.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    We tried all the combos now and the results are their, pretty bad for India. Please bring Tiwari and Yusuf Pathan .

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    We do need to start preparation for 2015 WC. Pl. keep Sachin out of the team. Let him play 20 more tests to score a 100. As it is others too are not playing well in Tests so Sachin has a right to play in Tests untill he himself declare retirement as selection committee does not have guts to get him out of all the form of the cricket. The same can be applied to Dravid and VVS. If Sachin can play test after poor scoring in England and Austrailia then why Cant Rahul and VVS ?

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    first of all Congrats SriLanka for this win..being an Indian fan,I will root for SriLanka being an Asian country rather than Australia to win the CB series if my team fails to reach the finals which is looking difficult now and I think most of Indians will support SriLanka only and nt Australia in tht case..so fans get out of ur team's loyalities and stop this hatred among the Ind-SL fans...irrespective of today's defeat,India might have to win the next two games to reach the finals..If Aus win the next Aus vs SL game in hobart,Aus reach finals while Ind and SriLanka will have to fight it out to seal semifinal berth..howevr if SriLanka win tht game,then any of 3 teams can reach the finals...but to reach finals frm hereon is difficult for India..my lineup for the Sydney onedayer keeping in view Jadeja's poor form wid bat : Gambhir,Sachin/Sehwag/Rohit(one out of these 3 i would opt Rohit),Virat,Tiwari,Dhoni,Raina,Irfan,Ashwin,Rahul,2 out of Vinay,Praveen,Zaheer...

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | February 21, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Well...Mr,Monga you are right.! India would have definitely won it, if not for the 19 runs Thirimanne added AFTER that incident.!!! I guess...the other 32 runs short would have come from the heaven...! Mr. Monga why do you reserve your "miss-happening" HEADLINES only in India's favor..? In the previous match against SL, while highlighting and bloating about, relatively INSIGNIFICANT "five-ball over".... you completely ignored much more significant, MATCH-ALTERING wrong decisions (MANY) made by the umpires against SL.!!! Mr. Monga, I think it would be better for you to think twice about the duty of a sports writer...since Cricinfo articles are meant NOT ONLY for Indian pals.! No offence...Indian captain did the right thing, but young Thirimanne should be reminded and corrected about the basic things in Cricket, by SL authorities.!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    oooophh!!!Mahendra SINGH DHONI due to all his selfwishness in the world...wasted player like Irafan pathan for 4 years before he making comeback again....look at the way pathan is batting...tell me is jadeja is batter allrounder than pathan????No way!!!!Pathan is way better bowler and batsman than srilankan angelo matthews,i tell u but he was wasted for 4 years before he makes comback again..thats very sad....dhoni have some pool of players who he give preferences more than other guys...jadeja(he is a villain of two 20/20 wc losses,one in england and one in windies),raina,praveen,rp singh,piyush chawla(he played in two wc"s ..one in flopped 20/20 windies and one in india)..Ganguly as a leader played part in developing players like sehwag,harbhajan,zaheer,yuvraj,nehra even dhoni was brought into the team by ganguly wen it was rare for a guy from small state to play in team india.......Dhoni tell me one player who prospered under dhoni leadership...raina,jadeja,chawla,rp singh???who man??in fact he is wasting the talent of the guys like jaffar,murli kartik,dinesh karthic,badrinath,pujara,yusuf pathan,irfan,dinda,abu nechim...With Ganguly he was a guy who was known to pick talent even from streets but this guy Dhoni...it was ganguly masterstroke which made sehwag a world class opener...Dhoni Is too Over Rated Man!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 21, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Fantastic win by Sri Lanka;more so because seems to have got a good varied dependable bowling unit with fast medium bowlers,current No 1 bowler and a spinner (of my name sake) whereas Indian bowling looked threadbare.Congrats for a team coming late to the party! Ranil Herath-Kent

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Sri Lanka outclassed an undisciplined and unfocussed Indian Team at the Gabba. And what is the status of Zaks fitness? And Praveen ? That six from Dilshan was really something else !! I couldnt believe my eyes

  • POSTED BY Kuka1990 on | February 21, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Dhoni is 6 months older than Gambhir...and only 2 years younger than Sehwag. Do we have 4 seniors that should go to rotation policy?

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Once these slow legs start firing everything will be forgotten till the next lose. We have this tendency to praise and criticize players on basis of 2/3 matches. BCCI's lack of planning to drift in youngsters, Dhoni's reluctancy to dispense with Rohit Sharma or Raina or say Jadega and give chance to players like Manoj Tiwari is not understood. But, as a captain, he should be given the liberty to chose the side he wants. I personally feel that Sachin should reconsider his decision to play ODIs. He has withdrawn himself from Twenty-20 Internationals (though he still plays IPL). Now, he should concentrate on Test Matches only.

  • POSTED BY vkcv0911 on | February 21, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Dhoni is right. Sachin, Shewag and Gambhir are safe catchers. But in Oz big grounds, they are slow. 20 to 30 runs is big margin considering that they donot score runs now. In india, the shots that Sachn and Shewag got out would have got them a six in third-man. Let us face the facts. If India is going to field the same team for 2015 world cup, then it is a different ball game. The present youngsters are likely to be there in OZ wc. They too have failed is a different matter. We are emotional about the seniors. Even Ponting announced his retirement from ODIs after he was dropped. Let us learn some lessons.

  • POSTED BY Dan2982 on | February 21, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    My argument: if there is enough capable young talent coming through the system which could be internationally proven then yes, mature cricketers should step down. At the movement is there enough CAPABLE youngsters to fill in to the shoes of Shewag and Tendulkar? Indian fans are so unique. They worship players when they majestically score 200s in ODIs and accumulate 99 centuries over 20 years. But failing in a match or a tournament, then it's all over. Both the entering phase and exciting phase for international players should be astutely managed by the selectors. Constant communication should be an integral part of the process with out leaving players and teams to ridicule. High time to introduce a flawless, transparent, fair mechanism to over come this recurrent obstacle. Doubt whether Aussies have a one in place!!!

  • POSTED BY skumar77 on | February 21, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Thanks to Dhoni, Chennai have got a lemon for > 6 cr

  • POSTED BY IndiansbestXI on | February 21, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    to mohanan: Did you know that Dhoni was run out for zero after facing just one ball in his first ever internation apperance ? Sachin must have asked Dhoni something or Dhoni went on to pass a message. Sachin is been ruling the world with his bat for more than two decades and now people want to question his credibility for have drinks even before facing a ball.. Ha how nice.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 21, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    why is jadeja is in team ? he is not a batsmen neither he is a proper bowler . he is only a part time bowler .

  • POSTED BY NikhilNair on | February 21, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Indian team's dynamics itself isn't looking good... they need a chat and solve the non cricketing issues first. And then, cricket will come naturally to many of them. India needs a pinch hitter at 7, not a slow [for the position 7] batsman like jadeja there. I agree he is talented, then either move him up the order or bench him temporarily. I miss the days of watching Yosuf Pathan hit 110 meters plus sixes... someone who could be a better choice than Jadeja. In fact, Y. Pathan is a good bowler and fielder also. Or, hopefully Yuvraj will be back soon to takeover the middle order...

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Just bcoz today Sachin or Sehwag managed to catch a good one each, does not mean they are quick and agile. Batsment take them for granted and chance an extra run everytime the ball is headed towards them. Sachin looks hopeless with the bat, so does Sehwag, they should quit. To be honest, it is very evident that Sachin has lost self pride and is playing only for money and statistics.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | February 21, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    It is not the age but unwillingness to work hard on fileding for most Indian players. If you look at Ashwin he is a good bolwer and a very good lower order batsman but his fielding is worst than anybody in the side. I can not understand why he can not lose some weight and work on some speed on the field. These cricketers get paid millions of dollars these days so there is no excuse.

  • POSTED BY NeoTheSaviour on | February 21, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    IPL coming . Lets put it this way international cricket is used by BCCI to select players for IPL..LOL

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Pls let me know what is the rule if your banned for a match..Can MSD go into the field carrying drinks..is he allowed?

  • POSTED BY RRnair12 on | February 21, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Now Dhoni isn't playing to day and who is to blame for todays defeat,many have been branding him as the cause for our failures when in reality only him and gambhir are the only two who looked like scoring runs in this one day series

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | February 21, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Being an Aussie and a neutral in this match,I would like to point out here. Gambhir criticized their captain m.s dhoni for not finishing the game in 46 over,I guess now everyone got the answer .india finished the game in 45 over by getting all out.Hope some of the Indian fans learnt to appreciate their captain dhoni for contributing so much to win the games instead of losing well before 50 overs.India really missed dhoni in this game.I don't want to mention about sehwag,except dhoni no one plays for the team winning cause.congrats to srilanka.well played.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | February 21, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Funny thing is Sachin is older than Gambir and Sewag but I am pretty sure he is quciker than both of them.

  • POSTED BY lankavigi on | February 21, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    To be honest i think Dhoni is correct. India should atleat retire Sachin from playing cricket. I've got a feeling that Dhoni has a rift with other players in the side. Tendulkar waving dhoni away. Even if he's junior he is the captain of the team. Respect should be given. ANYWAYS SL LOOKING GOOD but still there is a long way to go in this tournament and anything can happen. Sl need another two wins under their belt to cement their finals positon

  • POSTED BY Machag on | February 21, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Every one following the VB series knows, which senior Indial player will be dropped for the next game.......Wake up Big Bro - You are the Worl Champs !

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 21, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    dhoni is right in calling sachin and sehwag as feilders on the slower side.. but gambhir is good enough. this indian team seems to be affected by some non cricketing issues.. they are doing evrythng wrongly.. rest sachin nd sehwag, make gambhir nd some1 else open..nd try manoj tiwary for raina

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 21, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    WELL PLAYED SRILANKANS . I REALLY HOPE YOU WIN THIS CB SERIES SO IT REMAINS IN SUBCONTINENT , ALSO I WANT TO SEE AUS LOSING . AGAIN SAME MISTAKE DONE BY INDIAN TOP ORDER BATSMEN . THEY GIVE TOO MANY WKTS IN FIRST 10 OVERS .

  • POSTED BY mohanan on | February 21, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Dhoni being the water boy? I can't believe this.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Our opener comes out as if only for ribbon cutting ceremony. Comes and goes in no time. No big hitter, bunch of people called middle order /all rounder don't look international quality at all.

    Tough times ahead !!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 21, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    I WOULDN'T CALLED GAMBHIR OLD . HIS AGE IS 30 YEARS & IS A GOOD FIELDER . HE CAN SURELY PLAY IN NEXT WC IN 2015 IF HE MAKE RUNS .. DON'T KNOW WHY DHONI COUNT GAMBHIR IN SAME CATEGORY AS SEHWAG & SACHIN . THE SO CALLED YOUNSTERS OF INDIA ARE NOT MAKING RUNS . I DON'T SEE JADEJA & ROHIT PLAYING IN WC 2015 BECUASE THEY CAN'T PLAY ON BOUNCY PITCHES .

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | February 21, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Little bit too late to identify those old legs but the story has changed.

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  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | February 21, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Little bit too late to identify those old legs but the story has changed.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 21, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    I WOULDN'T CALLED GAMBHIR OLD . HIS AGE IS 30 YEARS & IS A GOOD FIELDER . HE CAN SURELY PLAY IN NEXT WC IN 2015 IF HE MAKE RUNS .. DON'T KNOW WHY DHONI COUNT GAMBHIR IN SAME CATEGORY AS SEHWAG & SACHIN . THE SO CALLED YOUNSTERS OF INDIA ARE NOT MAKING RUNS . I DON'T SEE JADEJA & ROHIT PLAYING IN WC 2015 BECUASE THEY CAN'T PLAY ON BOUNCY PITCHES .

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Our opener comes out as if only for ribbon cutting ceremony. Comes and goes in no time. No big hitter, bunch of people called middle order /all rounder don't look international quality at all.

    Tough times ahead !!

  • POSTED BY mohanan on | February 21, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Dhoni being the water boy? I can't believe this.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 21, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    WELL PLAYED SRILANKANS . I REALLY HOPE YOU WIN THIS CB SERIES SO IT REMAINS IN SUBCONTINENT , ALSO I WANT TO SEE AUS LOSING . AGAIN SAME MISTAKE DONE BY INDIAN TOP ORDER BATSMEN . THEY GIVE TOO MANY WKTS IN FIRST 10 OVERS .

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 21, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    dhoni is right in calling sachin and sehwag as feilders on the slower side.. but gambhir is good enough. this indian team seems to be affected by some non cricketing issues.. they are doing evrythng wrongly.. rest sachin nd sehwag, make gambhir nd some1 else open..nd try manoj tiwary for raina

  • POSTED BY Machag on | February 21, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Every one following the VB series knows, which senior Indial player will be dropped for the next game.......Wake up Big Bro - You are the Worl Champs !

  • POSTED BY lankavigi on | February 21, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    To be honest i think Dhoni is correct. India should atleat retire Sachin from playing cricket. I've got a feeling that Dhoni has a rift with other players in the side. Tendulkar waving dhoni away. Even if he's junior he is the captain of the team. Respect should be given. ANYWAYS SL LOOKING GOOD but still there is a long way to go in this tournament and anything can happen. Sl need another two wins under their belt to cement their finals positon

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | February 21, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Funny thing is Sachin is older than Gambir and Sewag but I am pretty sure he is quciker than both of them.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | February 21, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Being an Aussie and a neutral in this match,I would like to point out here. Gambhir criticized their captain m.s dhoni for not finishing the game in 46 over,I guess now everyone got the answer .india finished the game in 45 over by getting all out.Hope some of the Indian fans learnt to appreciate their captain dhoni for contributing so much to win the games instead of losing well before 50 overs.India really missed dhoni in this game.I don't want to mention about sehwag,except dhoni no one plays for the team winning cause.congrats to srilanka.well played.