Australia v India, Commonwealth Bank Series, Sydney February 25, 2012

Embattled India on the brink

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Match facts

February 26, Sydney
Start time 1420 (0320 GMT)

Big Picture

India are usually known to be slow starters, but in the CB series, they were top of the table at the halfway stage. A week later, India are now sliding towards the exit. Not only have they lost their previous two matches, there has been plenty of off-field drama as well.

"Rift" and "communication breakdown" are the words dominating India's sports pages over the past few days, with board officials reverting to the usual "he was misquoted" refrain to try to douse the controversy. The Indian media manager addressed the press to ostensibly bring clarity on the matter, though the mantra of that session was "let's look ahead and forget about the past".

With India most likely needing to win both their remaining matches to qualify, their rotation policy is being shelved. All three of their experienced batsmen - Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir - are set to feature despite MS Dhoni's now famous claims that playing all three together would cost the team 20 runs in the field. Dhoni himself will return from a one-match suspension, adding steel to the listless lower middle-order.

Australia, on the other hand, have had far fewer problems in giving their youngsters opportunities. Ricky Ponting and Brad Haddin have been eased out of the side, and their place has been taken by Peter Forrest and Matthew Wade. They have an easier route to the final as well, with one win guaranteeing them qualification.

Form guide

Australia LWLLW (Most recent first)
India LLTWW

In the spotlight

India's death bowling has cost them dearly in the last couple of matches: 101 against Australia at the Gabba when Dan Christian and David Hussey took them apart; 91 against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, when Virender Sehwag decided to use Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli for the final two overs instead of the specialists. Who will Dhoni turn to on Sunday?

David Warner had a glorious Test summer, defying critics with his strong performances at the top of the order. His one-day form has been less bright - he has still to make a half-century after eight matches. With Shane Watson returning to full fitness, Warner has had to give up the vice-captain's spot. He might give up a place in the XI as well, if he doesn't provide the selectors another reminder of his explosive ability.

Team news

The main question for Australia to ponder is how to accommodate Watson in the XI. One of David Warner and Daniel Christian will have to make way if Watson is to play his first home game of the summer. Michael Clarke pulled up with a stiff back against Sri Lanka when he scored a half-century. He expected to be ready for Sunday's game, but if he pulls out, Watson could be captaining Australia in his comeback game. The other change the hosts may consider is bringing in Clint McKay for Ryan Harris, who was feeling his knee rather gingerly after taking a tumble while fielding against Sri Lanka on Friday.

Australia (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Peter Forrest, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 David Hussey, 7 Daniel Christian/Shane Watson, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Clint McKay/Ryan Harris, 10 Xavier Doherty, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

India are missing their most experienced bowler, Zaheer Khan, to a calf injury, while a hamstring problem is likely to sideline their regular new-ball bowler Vinay Kumar. That means Praveen Kumar, a revelation during the CB series four years ago, will return to the XI.

India (possible) 1 Sachin Tendulkar, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav.

Pitch and conditions

The only match of this series in Sydney proved to be a low-scoring encounter with Sri Lanka's medium-pacers dismantling Australia. Sunday is expected to be a pleasant day for cricket, with a maximum temperature of 29C.

Stats and trivia

  • India had lost all 11 of their ODIs against Australia at the SCG, before beating them in the 2007-08 CB series final
  • Over the past 12 months, Dhoni averages 80 in ODIs, at a strike-rate of 89.97

Quotes

"It [yesterday's result] has made the calculation easier. Rather than thinking of anything else, we need to win games. How we win is not really important."
MS Dhoni looks ahead to the final leg of the league phase

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • lankanlioncric on February 26, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    indians' comments r always concentrated on BATTING, dont they know there r 2 other departments which r BOWLING N FIELDING?????

  • prakash_mishra on February 26, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    @arshad817,Hahaha I liked your sense of humour brothers,I expect them to see when India is in Australia to play WC 2015.For today I am literally hopeless with this side,Jadeja is such a disappointment.He is supposedly the spinning allrounder,but why not Yusuf?? At least he has ability to turn the match around by himself.Zaheer is missing,or atleast even to give it a shot my XI would be- Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Tendulkar, Raina/Tiwari, Dhoni, Pathan, Ashwin,P.Kumar,Khan,Rahul Sharma. Atleast this combination can be tried out according to me,I still feel Since Rahul Sharma is new on the scene, He can provide some difficulty to Vulnerable Australian batsmen like Warner,Christian etc.P.Kumar can be given opportunity as he always keeps on trying to bowl at his best, better than Yadav who uses no brain of his(I suspect he has one), Sehwag is the best option to open, and only reason i root for Tendy at no.4 is because that will allow kohli to bat freely and accumulate few runs.

  • on February 26, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    to we must won this game to enter the final we must need good patnership

  • Dbatsman on February 26, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar, G Gambhir, V Kohli, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*†, RA Jadeja, IK Pathan, R Ashwin, P Kumar, UT Yadav this does not seems like indias best 11

  • on February 26, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    i personally dun know what exactly is ravindra jadeja is in the team for ????????????? rili ashwin can bowl better than him .. irfan can bat better than him ..... why do we need him .. every time he comes in , he anyways only eats up deliveries and puts us under more pressure .. please get rid of him , and we will be a much better side .... look at the side in the world cup .... that was a winning combination .. we dun have yuvraj .... but ravindra is by no means consolidating him in ANYYYY way ...... by far ... may be rohit sharma can be in for him .. or someone else who can deliver ..

  • on February 26, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    @Puneet Mahajan - Sl was humiliated in pakistan and SA.. then what can u call getting trashed 4-0 to england and 4-0 the aussies.??

  • Tramadol on February 26, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    My gut feeling is that Dhoni is just complicating a simple game. He is thinking too much - about world cup 2015 of which he himself is uncertain to play. I always feel that any Team should field its best possible 11 all the time no matter what - yes a little bit of giving chance to the so-called youngsters can be done if and when your team is secured to play in the semi-finals or finals. Dhoni's statements have been self contradictory throughout the CB Series to say the least and we all know that so no point stating those points once again. In the first match ofthe CB series I mentioned that Irfan is a much much better option at No. 7 in Australia or anywhere for that matter and certainly if your other option is Jadeja...he has done nothing in this entire series .... by only fielding you cannot book a place in any side. My first XI would be simply without thinking much for today - Sachin, Sehwag, Gautam, Dhoni, Tiwari, Raina, Irfan, Ashwin, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer/Umesh

  • gayansumeera2 on February 26, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    @wellwisherindia After lossing the toss in the WC final 2012 and winning the match after is also the " BAD LUCK"? Luck isn't the actual problem here,it's only batting problems that india having outside the sub continent.They haven't prepared for the short pitched deliveries much and with their weaken fielding and bowling batting problems is being expressing too much.

  • cosmos_kapil on February 26, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Not to go too far we witnessed two days ago how Mahela, the very senior member of the side laid down the foundation of big chase. He not only bats but bats with the requirement and match his runs with ball. No doubt SL young guns played their part too but I want to point out the role of seniors in the team. No doubt SL suddenly changed with the inclusion of Parera and Mahroof but their batting triggers with Mahela stepped up to open. Does our seniors shuffle their positions? In Australia also we witnessed the performance of Clarke and Mike Hussey and their are bettering themselves with age. No doubt they have Forrest and two David's with them, but it always the role of seniors which influence the youngsters. Not only this they axed Ponting who is not improving at the moment and certainly will not be a future's part. I think with that record he could have played for India for another 20-25 years.

  • cosmos_kapil on February 26, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    However the 'horrible' performance team India has put in since December apart from some over average individual performances doesn't left too much hope, but as there is still a ray of hope left for them to rub some ointments on their wounds. Though the captain has to stick with the players on his side regardless of their performance which can't be 'poor to best' overnight, he still can do something. I think India should now leave behind its rotation policy for a time being and should come up with best available players, and though rotation of players didn't proved fruitful I think rotation in batting and bowling orders could do. Not only acting captain Sehwag but but captain 'cool' himself seems to be without plan when we saw Zaheer's quota has been finished in 40 overs, to bowl part timers for the last two proved to be a gag. Even in batting order we saw Pathan's skill wasted, not only him I think Jadeja's also. So India could do something if the shuffle the orders.

  • lankanlioncric on February 26, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    indians' comments r always concentrated on BATTING, dont they know there r 2 other departments which r BOWLING N FIELDING?????

  • prakash_mishra on February 26, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    @arshad817,Hahaha I liked your sense of humour brothers,I expect them to see when India is in Australia to play WC 2015.For today I am literally hopeless with this side,Jadeja is such a disappointment.He is supposedly the spinning allrounder,but why not Yusuf?? At least he has ability to turn the match around by himself.Zaheer is missing,or atleast even to give it a shot my XI would be- Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Tendulkar, Raina/Tiwari, Dhoni, Pathan, Ashwin,P.Kumar,Khan,Rahul Sharma. Atleast this combination can be tried out according to me,I still feel Since Rahul Sharma is new on the scene, He can provide some difficulty to Vulnerable Australian batsmen like Warner,Christian etc.P.Kumar can be given opportunity as he always keeps on trying to bowl at his best, better than Yadav who uses no brain of his(I suspect he has one), Sehwag is the best option to open, and only reason i root for Tendy at no.4 is because that will allow kohli to bat freely and accumulate few runs.

  • on February 26, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    to we must won this game to enter the final we must need good patnership

  • Dbatsman on February 26, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar, G Gambhir, V Kohli, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*†, RA Jadeja, IK Pathan, R Ashwin, P Kumar, UT Yadav this does not seems like indias best 11

  • on February 26, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    i personally dun know what exactly is ravindra jadeja is in the team for ????????????? rili ashwin can bowl better than him .. irfan can bat better than him ..... why do we need him .. every time he comes in , he anyways only eats up deliveries and puts us under more pressure .. please get rid of him , and we will be a much better side .... look at the side in the world cup .... that was a winning combination .. we dun have yuvraj .... but ravindra is by no means consolidating him in ANYYYY way ...... by far ... may be rohit sharma can be in for him .. or someone else who can deliver ..

  • on February 26, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    @Puneet Mahajan - Sl was humiliated in pakistan and SA.. then what can u call getting trashed 4-0 to england and 4-0 the aussies.??

  • Tramadol on February 26, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    My gut feeling is that Dhoni is just complicating a simple game. He is thinking too much - about world cup 2015 of which he himself is uncertain to play. I always feel that any Team should field its best possible 11 all the time no matter what - yes a little bit of giving chance to the so-called youngsters can be done if and when your team is secured to play in the semi-finals or finals. Dhoni's statements have been self contradictory throughout the CB Series to say the least and we all know that so no point stating those points once again. In the first match ofthe CB series I mentioned that Irfan is a much much better option at No. 7 in Australia or anywhere for that matter and certainly if your other option is Jadeja...he has done nothing in this entire series .... by only fielding you cannot book a place in any side. My first XI would be simply without thinking much for today - Sachin, Sehwag, Gautam, Dhoni, Tiwari, Raina, Irfan, Ashwin, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer/Umesh

  • gayansumeera2 on February 26, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    @wellwisherindia After lossing the toss in the WC final 2012 and winning the match after is also the " BAD LUCK"? Luck isn't the actual problem here,it's only batting problems that india having outside the sub continent.They haven't prepared for the short pitched deliveries much and with their weaken fielding and bowling batting problems is being expressing too much.

  • cosmos_kapil on February 26, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Not to go too far we witnessed two days ago how Mahela, the very senior member of the side laid down the foundation of big chase. He not only bats but bats with the requirement and match his runs with ball. No doubt SL young guns played their part too but I want to point out the role of seniors in the team. No doubt SL suddenly changed with the inclusion of Parera and Mahroof but their batting triggers with Mahela stepped up to open. Does our seniors shuffle their positions? In Australia also we witnessed the performance of Clarke and Mike Hussey and their are bettering themselves with age. No doubt they have Forrest and two David's with them, but it always the role of seniors which influence the youngsters. Not only this they axed Ponting who is not improving at the moment and certainly will not be a future's part. I think with that record he could have played for India for another 20-25 years.

  • cosmos_kapil on February 26, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    However the 'horrible' performance team India has put in since December apart from some over average individual performances doesn't left too much hope, but as there is still a ray of hope left for them to rub some ointments on their wounds. Though the captain has to stick with the players on his side regardless of their performance which can't be 'poor to best' overnight, he still can do something. I think India should now leave behind its rotation policy for a time being and should come up with best available players, and though rotation of players didn't proved fruitful I think rotation in batting and bowling orders could do. Not only acting captain Sehwag but but captain 'cool' himself seems to be without plan when we saw Zaheer's quota has been finished in 40 overs, to bowl part timers for the last two proved to be a gag. Even in batting order we saw Pathan's skill wasted, not only him I think Jadeja's also. So India could do something if the shuffle the orders.

  • Singham3june on February 26, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    possible) 1 Sachin Tendulkar, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav

  • on February 26, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    I've enjoyed rubbing it in to Indian fans because they get cocky very quickly.. but I hope India plays well today. World cup victory means nothing if they can't follow up.

  • Siva-The-Human on February 26, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    @vishal hey guy just stop your stupid comment. this is the first ODI series for The Great Sachin after world cup. Do you remeber? sachin was the second highest run getter in woldcup. But sehwag (I am also fan of sehwag after sachin) played lot of odi match after world cup. But sachin played just 5 matches only.

  • on February 26, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Against Australia,ashwin is expensive and struggling...Rahul sharma is consistent and bowled well. my team for today match: viru,sachin,gambhir,kohli,M tiwary,Raina,Dhoni,pathan,Pkumar/Vkumar,Rahul sharma,umesh Yadav/zaheerkhan.. Z khan and V kumar if they are fit...

    OR

    rotation policy still continues... sachin, Gambhir,kohli,M tiwary, Raina,Rohit sharma,Dhoni,pathan, Pkumar/Vkumar, Rahul sharma,umesh Yadav/zaheerkhan.. Z khan and V kumar if they are fit... kohli/Raina/Tiwary/Rohit sharma can be used as 5th bowler...in slog overs itself...not end of the innings..

  • on February 26, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    rahul sharma has a decent bowling in the series still now.against australia ashwin struggling..give chance to rahul.replace jadeja with irfan.. team: sachin, sehwag, gambhir, kohli, tiwary, raina,MS Dhoni, pathan, Pkumar/Vkumar, rahul sharma, zaheer khan/umesh yadav.

    if rotation policy continues.

    sachin, gambhir, kohli, tiwary, raina, Rohit sharma,MS Dhoni, pathan, Pkumar/Vkumar, rahul sharma, zaheer khan/umesh yadav.

    tiwary/raina/kohli/rohit sharma can be used as 5th bowler.

  • afzalhyderabadi on February 26, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    It is high time that selectors should bring variation in the team. there is no left arm/leg spinner in the team, i think it is a time to bring back pragyan ojha into the team instead of ashwin, as there are lot of players in the team who can bowl off spin.

  • on February 26, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    If Dhoni sticks to the same team We can catch tonight flight and come back instead of spending more money for the team. He should drop Ravindra Jadeja who is useless and include Manoj Tiwary. Even he should include Parthiv in place of viru who is having 2 ball and 3 ball duck to his credit. Moreover Pathan should be sent after 2nd wicket and dhoni should follow.

  • on February 26, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    How many more runs Sehwag has scored than Rohit? Why Rohit is ou t ? isnt India looking to the future?

  • on February 26, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    bring him Johinder sharma dhoni's lucky charm

  • wazza85 on February 25, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    This shows India canno't adjust to Aussie pitchers. and they are kings in the sub-continent.

  • Pritt32 on February 25, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    India will neither be dismissed for less than 200 if they bat first or Australia will post 250 plus if they bat first. It will be another one-sided match. The finals will be much competitive with the Sri Lankan team. At least they will take it to the wire against Australia. India team should return home, as they are making no effort to learn from their mistakes and there is no desire and dedication to perform well as the 4-0 test thrashing and recent one day matches show. New Zealand and Sri Lanka competed much better than this useless Indian team. I am expecting another thrashing. I hope team India gets a good kick in the backside when they return home for shaming the nation and its loyal fans.

  • wehateCricket on February 25, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    zaheer in place of ashwin....and rahul sharma for sehwag

  • AlpsRock on February 25, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    arshad817 (coach) > has decided the team but DHONI the captain will have final playing 11 of his favor - Jadeja, Rohit, Raina, Yuvi (oops, still in hosptial, sorry Yuvi)/ Dhoni, Robin Uttapa, Dhoni, Jadeja, Rohit, Raina,Robin Uttapa, Rohit again!

    See - have to give double batting so they can perform and be selected for 2015 WC!

  • on February 25, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    with the probable team gambhir will have to bat at number 5 koli at 3 and dhoni at 4.

    dhoni needs to step up to 4 untill yuvi is back

  • on February 25, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    @WellwisherIndia, You are absolutely right. I remember what Ian Chappel said about Brisbane pitch "It is easy to bat on this wicket during day and difficult under the lights". India batted under the lights both the times, and lost. Winning or losing is dependent on the toss, how come such pitches prepared in the first place. For a one day match, the pitch should behave equally throughout the match, otherwise it would become on sided match. It is not an excuse, it is a debating point.

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 25, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    DID ANYONE NOTICE IN THIS SERIES OUT OF 6 MATCHES 5 TIMES INDIA LOST THE TOSS ''BAD LUCK'' ,THAT IS ALSO A FACTOR OF INDIA'S FAILURE,THEY WERE ALWAYS CHASING SIDE. HOPEFULLY DHONI WINS THE TOSS TODAY AND HE USES HIS BOWLERS PROPERLY, SPECIALLY umesh yadav MUST BOWL WITH NEW BALL, JADEJA AND ASHWIN NEEDS TO BE BOWLED ACCORDING TO THE SITUATION. I STILL WOULD LIKE TO SEE rahul sharma PLAYING. IF JADEJA IS PLAYING LET HIM COME TO BAT BIT EARLY FOR SETTLING , HE IS NOT A PINCH HITTER, HIS STRIKE RATE IS LOW SO THAT HE CAN AVOID EARLY LOSS OF WICKETS. Is that too late to give manoj thiwary a chance?????????

  • on February 25, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    I do not think India deserves to be in hte finals the way the tournament is shaping up - SL were adjusting themselves to OZ conditions thats why they were at they lost initial matches- but the way they have played out both opponents shows they deserve to be at the top - India must do something very special - but hte writing is on the wall now!

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 25, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    No Viru please. Either Dhoni or Pathan should bat at #4, after Kohli. Either Gauti or Kohli has to stay there and hold the innings from one end. Pathan, Dhoni, Raina, etc can keep scoring from the other end. We can expect a contribution of 20 from SRT, nothing more - he's so pathetic with bat these days. If both Sachin and Sehwag play at the same time, we are going to lose. We can only afford to play one loser at a time.

  • on February 25, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Guys to win tomorrows match surely india would neet a brand new technique...I guess since the same batting order has failed many times in this series in Australia,we need to rely on someone new and very different....I guess we can use Irfan and Ashwin somewhere at night watchman and dhoni supporting them at the end....else it would be same old story...also india need to win the toss at least this time as without pressure they would be able to score a good 280 plus and together india can bowl and field well.....lwts see what is in store for us tomorrow.....may god be with india ....

    shreshth and dhruv

  • bharatavarsha on February 25, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    But Rohit at no.7 in place of Jadeja is a thought (thank u @amanvirk)

  • cobra_shhh on February 25, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Go Sehwag go ............... make a ton or two or three .....

  • iamgroot on February 25, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Finally!!!!!! common sense prevailed.. All three big guns playing together.. happy to see this playing X1 tomorrow. Everything started because of Rohit sharma.. .. seriously ..Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir.three big batsman. and rohit sharma after giving so many chances.. 78 games or so .still cant grab his chances.. always plays loose shots ,gets out when he is well set.laziness, lack of commitment.., arrogant..is what rohit sharma is ,. at least raina contributes with ball and much better fielder even though he is also due for many runs.. and when will we get to see MANOJ Tiwary..this guy is a terrific fielder..handy leg break bowler and committed batsman....everyone has talent..but who is mentally strong and who is committed , those guys should get the opportunity. It might be better to go with Manoj tiwary in place of Jaddu.. then this team will be very deadly. Australia and Sri lanka are looking settled. Come on India bounce back Good luck!

  • bharatavarsha on February 25, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Sehwag has to move down to no.3 or 4 (in tests as well, to no.4); He has been hitting them well & seems to be just one knock away...Whatever happened to all those who called Rohit "Talented"? His stand-and-deliver style will fetch him more sixes than most in IPL (& on flat tracks) but he simply doesnt belong at int'l level...Rahane & Mukund looked the most comfortable against the new ball in england,wud like to see Rahane open, but little chance of that seemingly.

  • Roar911 on February 25, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    ....for the sake of those who hate SL since '96 world cup semis, please win today aussies.... let the home champions enjoy their trophy bought by indian cricket council, til 2015!

  • arshad817 on February 25, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    My eleven for today: Jayraj, Sanjeev, Kamal, George, Saleem, Neraj, Pragnesh, Akbar, Syed, Jain and last but not least Ravi. Oh you dont know who am talking about? Me neither just change all of them we have better change, cant go wrong.

  • Nampally on February 25, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Dhoni will never learn! He is still keeping Jadeja in the line up. Last ODI he bowled against Australia, he gave 41 runs in 2.4 overs. Why is Rahul Sharma the best spinner in the side being consistenly ignored? Even in batting Rahul is better than Jadeja. Irfan & Ashwin are good all rounders.We don't need a mediocre Jadeja just for his fielding.It is time for Sehwag, Tendulkar & Gambhir to stand up & be counted. India could bat Sachin & Gambhir #4 & #5, by opening the innings with Ashwin & Sehwag.Since Ashwin has played the bowlers well with correct technique, he might surprise one & all with a big score. He also has a strike rate of over 80.Indian regular openers have performed miserably so far.So It is a calculated gamble. If it pays off , Dhoni will look like a genius!If Ashwin stays at the crease for long it will frustrate the Aussie seamers.Making no changes in tactics is poor show in a must win game.Playing Rahul instead of jadeja is another fine move.But Dhoni goes his own way!

  • Mr.Deepu on February 25, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    shewag in middle order would be deadly.. we are playing with best xi, we are loosing because that's our potential.it tastes bitter but its truth. leave d new ball to sachin gauti and kholi. shewag instead of raina next to ifran in d order is not a bad idea to try, as we dont have anything to loose now.Not to forget that raina's quick 40 followed by dhoni's performance earner d top spot for us early in this series. shewag/ raina/jadeja any two according to d final looks of pick. for a usual scg i ll play shewag, raina along with rohit with out doubt, its going to be a high scoring game, pitch with have some assistance to spinners too. shewag showed some promising bowling skill in d last match. this pitch requires strong hitting batting depth

  • thinktank1 on February 25, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Irfan, vinay, Rahul Sharma, Zaheer will be good against Aus.

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    what suresh raina is doing in this series.......the answer is nothing and india got many good batsman but they are not getting chance. no one can take place of sachin or sehwag

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    lolll ... again Tendulkar playing Again india will looooseee

  • Abhi.Kumar on February 25, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Pray to God for Cricket God (Sachin Tendulkar) to made double century in this match then come to press conference and told him to retire ODI Cricket after Next ICC World Cup 2015 because defending champion team member.

  • vishal53 on February 25, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    @STLA I do not understand. Please explain more about your comment containing the following words: 'Sehwag in Australia or England is like playing 10 players (batting).' Doesn't that mean you loose out on a player? So isn't your comment against Sehwag? I think this because he is known to only perform in India and no where else in the last year.

  • andrew27994 on February 25, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I have an interesting tactic that India might want to consider for tomorrow's match. If India lose 3 wickets before the 15th over then promote Ashwin up the order because he has batted a lot better than the other top order batsmen and he could be important in constructing a partnership and since that would be the bowling powerplay period he doesn't need to run very hard between the wickets. Also Raina should bat somewhere between the 25-30 overs period as that would give him both enough time to settle him and an opportunity to capitalise in the batting powerplay. From what I have noticed the best batsmen for India in the batting powerplay are Raina and Dhoni. WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?

  • vishal53 on February 25, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    @Praveen Jaladanki. I too am a Sachin Tendulkar fan. Name one who hasn't watched his superb batting. All I'm saying is he was 'watched' and now you can't 'watch' and assume you'll get the same Sachin as he was before. He's moved into a new phase in his career. He should most definitely not retire from cricket but he should do what's right for the team at this time. He must retire from ODIs. Yes, I mean he should just chase down that 100 and retire in style, but how long can he keep the world waiting? Answer that Praveen Jaladanki. When will he reach 100 International Hundreds? When will he walk down to the Presentation Ceremony holding that trophy of Man of the Match for a 100? If he retires from ODIs he still has Test matches to prove himself and track down a 100. Or another option, Praveen, is that Sachin plays at No.4 which works. India should play this tomorrow 1.) Gambhir 2.) Sehwag 3.) Kohli 4.) Tendulkar 5.) Raina 6.) Dhoni 7.) Pathan 8.) Jadeja 9.) Ashwin 10.) Kumar 11.) Yadav

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    @ samaru nirman u need not worry about our indian team they will bounce back and they will hold their place in the final and my wish also the same but here my indian team to repeat the world cup final match!! becoz in that we have shown what we are by the sparks of gambhir, dhoni..and hopefully once again we'll get a chance to repeat the final!!! and by sealing the fate of ur team losing to india despite their luck in some matches!!! ok

  • Abhi.Kumar on February 25, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Today Indian Team (Source By BCCI)

    1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Manoj Tiwary, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Suresh Raina, 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav.

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    yes sachin and sewag both need to perform well, then all the problems will go away, india are always achiving the must win situation

  • iraj17 on February 25, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    How many times we have seen india vs otherteam's preview and we have said that India will play good? Don't worry guys its gonna be same story as last time.

  • Master_Mihil on February 25, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    India should try to win tomorrows match by a bonus point and Srilanka should try hard and win against India don't want to be complacent, Should give india a good thrashing whether or not they select for the finals, for the old times sake. I wonder what Australia is doing now. The media and all. These two matches are very important to them as well but i don't see much hype. Pls Aussies comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • starincricket on February 25, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    1. gambhir 2. sachin 3. virat 4. jadeja/ashwin 5. dhoni/irfan 6. sehwag 7. raina 8. irfan/dhoni 9. ashwin/jadeja 10. praveen 11.umesh/vinay

    jadeja/ashwin can rotate the strike by up the middle order, rather than expecting to hit down the order at crucial times.. this make sense..

    rohit can come in the place of sachin .. yuvraj can come in the place of irfan.. yousuf pathan/robin uthappa can come in the place of sehwag/raina.. dinesh karthick can come in the place of back up wicket keeper.. zaheer can come in the place of umesh/vinay.. if needed 3rd fast bowler,he can come in the place of irfan/sehwag/raina samething for 2nd spinner as well

    i dont think, without spin bowler option ll work for india.. until unless we found 2 great fast bowlers atleast..

  • KENNETH2007 on February 25, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    If he will play Sehwag he is going to play AGAIN like a madman and get out ASAP...the same with Jadeja..agree he is promising... but not in Australia... the team should be as follows : 1.Rahane 2.Gambhir 3.Sachin 4.Kohli 5.Raina 6.Tiwary 7.Irfan 8.Dhoni 9.Ashwin/Rahul 10.Umesh 11.Praveen I think Rahane would play those short balls better... and Tiwary too would try to play sensibly to show his class...rest all should play according to their merit ...or else no use in watching them play at all...

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 25, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    i still think some one like rohit sharma should have played at least 2 tests.. the problem with odi's is there is not much time to settle down and get used to the pitch.. and he always comes to bat with 2 or 3 wickets down.. test cricket would have given him that exposure and time.. young , classy and a good back foot game, has all the right things to make him the future of Indian batting line up along with kohli

  • SLMaster on February 25, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    It should be SL vs AUS in the final. Both teams are playing great cricket. India even though won few in this tournament they aren't palying poor cricket.

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

    top order is not playing well so why cant we take manoj tiwary because gambhir has a better avg and sehwag haas been flopped in this series.and seniors have been flopped why cant we give a chance to youngsters has they can prove themeselves

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 25, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Where's Munaf Patel? He may not be an express bowler like Yadav, but his line and length bowling is perfect for this ODI series. He was our 2nd best pacer (after Zaheer) in last year's World Cup. Yadav is too wayward for an ODI match. BCCI should reserve him for test matches.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 25, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    so many things could have been done differently by india , but no use commenting about things that have passed. in my opinion the XI should be - sachin , gambir , kohli , tiwary/rohit sharma , raina , dhoni , ashwin , irfan , vinay kumar , umesh yadav , praveen kumar ... this is bowling attack looks like a joke without zak , but not much we can do about it right now :-(

  • on February 25, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    @Oshan Liyange Two wins and the SL fans have forgotten the humiliating times against Pakistan, SA and indeed in the last CB series and returned to boasting?

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 25, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    No Sehwag please. He can be a BULLY in India, but in Australia he is a WALKING WICKET. Playing with Sehwag is like playing with 10 players. Same thing goes for 10dulkar, but we don't have another opener. Parthiv Patel is a joke. Both Dinesh Karthik or Saha are better than Parthiv. Maybe Dhoni can use Pathan at 4 or 5 as a pinch hitter?

  • sports99 on February 25, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    For all practical purposes please drop Shewag from oneday team and give more freedom for Dhoni to settle the things may be after this series. That should take care everything atleast for one-day team.It's a thin line palying aggressively vs a rash shot. Tendulkar use to play more aggressive than Shewag till 1998. Anyone remember the 2 sublime centuries played by Tendulkar against Australia in Sharja cup finals in 1998 agree with me. My gut feeling that Tendulakar will announce the retirement from one-day team after this series, So he will play the remaining 2 or 4 matches. And find a suitable partner a new youngster for Gambhir going forward for one day team.

  • suli7 on February 25, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    India is such a waste team.Pathetic bowling, batting full of flat track bullies and still their fans dream of winning this series.These indian fans even after the 8-0 drubbing have still not understand that their team is nothing but just abunch of flat track bullies and club standard bowlers which can only win on flattest tracks in the world. go india, pack your bags and go home. C.B series will be much much better without you.

  • lankanlioncric on February 25, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    its all over for india if aussie win, hope aussie wins n sends india home

    everyone calling india world champions? world champions for winning the finals at home vs sri lanka? lol there was west indies, then australia, now no world champions.

  • Gishan_Buddhika on February 25, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Best of luck to India.It's horrible to see some Indian fans commenting that Sri Lankans are waiting to see India loosing tomorrow.Oh... what nonsense,we are the 1st in points table and have 2 matches also.The truth is India will have to wait for the results of other teams.Sri lanka(so-called punching bag) just need another 1 win to enter the finals.

  • on February 25, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    who ever India play, they will loose. AUS vs SL final is value for money because both very competitive teams on current form. India with the exception of Dhoni is poor indeed

  • starincricket on February 25, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I strongly feel that the following batting order which should suit for the australion conditions and recent performance of team india in Aus.It might suit for next series also.

    1. gambhir 2. sachin 3. virat 4. jadeja/ashwin 5. dhon/irfan 6. sehwag 7. raina 8. ashwin/jadeja 9. irfan/dhoni 10. praveen 11.umesh/vinay

    not sure someone ll think abt this order from mgmt/coach/capt...

    why cant team india try with some dramatic change..

  • starincricket on February 25, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    I strongly feel that the following batting order which should suit for the australion conditions and recent performance of team india in Aus.It might suit for next series also.

    1. gambhir 2. sachin 3. virat 4. jadeja/ashwin 5. dhon/irfan 6. sehwag 7. raina 8. ashwin/jadeja 9. irfan/dhoni 10. praveen 11.umesh/vinay

    not sure someone ll think abt this order from mgmt/coach/capt...

    why cant team india try with some dramatic change..

  • on February 25, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    @vishal53 : that was very hilarious of you!!! Were you trying to compare some stats with those of Sachin's? I pity you!

  • on February 25, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan,i would love to see an India vs Sri Lanka final in this CB series since the WC final was "very" questionable of it's outcome, so SL can prove they were the hardworking team and the team that deserved the worldcup, but it looks like India is about to go home before the finals..yet they have Dhoni, so its not that Impossible for them, best of luck to both teams!

  • vishal53 on February 25, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    @rishi78 Finally someone whom I agree with. Well said buddy, well said. Your plan is one, the other what I have stated in my comments above and the last being that they take a side all the bad players and bring in the good players which would leave them only with a few. They would then have to 'fill the gaps' and this is what they'd get.

    1.) Robin Uthappa 2.) Gautam Gambhir 3.) Virat Kohli 4.) MS Dhoni 5.) Dinesh Karthik 6.) Manoj Tiwary 7.) Yusuf Pathan 8.) Irfan Pathan 9.) Harbhajan Singh 10.) Zaheer Khan 11.) Praveen Kumar

    Their bowling now looks really strong but batting really weak. Once Yuvraj is back the batting will be great again.

  • vishal53 on February 25, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Changes should be made.

    ODI Squad: Coach: Anil Kumble/Rahul Dravid/Sourav Ganguly, Captain: MS Dhoni 1.) Gautam Gambhir 2.) Virender Sehwag 3.) Virat Kohli 4.) Suresh Raina/Rohit Sharma/Manoj Tiwary/Robin Uthappa 5.) MS Dhoni 6.) Yuvraj Singh 7.) Yusuf Pathan/Ravindra Jadeja 8.) Irfan Pathan 9.) Ravichandran Ashwin/Harbhajan Singh 10.) Zaheer Khan 11.) Umesh Yadav/Vinay Kumar/Praveen Kumar

    Test Squad: Coach: Sourav Ganguly/Anil Kumble, Captain: MS Dhoni 1.) Gautam Gambhir 2.) Virender Sehwag 3.) Rahul Dravid 4.) Sachin Tendulkar 5.) Virat Kohli 6.) Yuvraj Singh 7.) MS Dhoni 8.) Irfan Pathan 9.) Zaheer Khan 10.) Ravichandran Ashwin/Harbhajan Singh 11.) Umesh Yadav/Praveen Kumar/Vinay Kumar

    T20 Squad: Anil Kumble, Captain: MS Dhoni 1.) Robin Uthappa 2.) Virender Sehwag 3.) Virat Kohli 4.) Suresh Raina 5.) MS Dhoni 6.) Yusuf Pathan 7.) Ravindra Jadeja 8.) Irfan Pathan 9.) Ravichandran Ashwin 10.) Zaheer Khan 11.) Umesh Yadav/Vinay Kumar/Praveen Kumar

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 25, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    At this point I don't even care for the CB series or for any of the participating teams. This series is a perfect example of how the ICC can KILL off 50 over cricket. I feel the series is WAY TOO LOOOONG for my liking. It's meaningless and boring. Let's have the finals between Aus and SL already. Let Indian team go back home to their families and prepare for the Asia cup because they are gonna defend it. I hate such meaningless series like the CB series.

  • praveenchopra on February 25, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    yadav is leaking runs,we need a good line and length bowler as praveen kumar,jadeja should open with viru and sachin should follow

  • vishal53 on February 25, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @STLA Why Sehwag and no Sachin? My answer is very simple. When was the last time Sachin scored a big total in and ODI match? And when was the last time Sehwag scored big in an ODI match?

    I am a fan of Sachin and Sehwag but my opinion is what's right for the team. The two questions that I phrased for you should answer your great question.

  • on February 25, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    hoping sachin and sehwag get a big inning , they just need a inning to get back in confidence , i dont think any youngster has proved anything apart kohli ,no one can take place of sachin or sehwag .we all knows only one inning of these 2 can make thing turn around in india's ways .

  • TheTrueSport on February 25, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    hopefully zaheer khan will be healthy for the last match

  • on February 25, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    what is Manoj Tiwari doing in Australia??? what a pity.. he hasnt had a game since he made a telling century in his last match.. i guess he needs to join CSK in IPL to get more chances in d indian team.. If u aren't playing bro thn enjoy australian beaches n have sum fun..n india vl keep on loosing..

  • Siva-The-Human on February 25, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    My team selection is: 1.Sachin 2.Gambir 3.Kohli 4.sehwag 5.Dhoni 6.Tiwari/Raina 7.Irfan 8.Ashwin 9.P.kumar 10.Rahul sharma 11.Zahee(if fit)/U.yadhav

  • kunderanengineer on February 25, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    The only thing I like about this line up for India is that at least the tail is a little shorter with Irfan and Ashwin both included. But what good is this if the top order doesn't produce and the death overs and the fielding are a disaster?

  • on February 25, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    1) Manoj Tiwary 2) Irfan Pathan 3) SR Tendulkar 4) V Sehwag 5) V Kohli 6) S Raina 7) MS Dhoni 8) Rahul Sharma 9)R Ashwin 10) Umesh yadav 11) P Kumar will be the best team for tommorrow's match..no more vinay kumar and ravindra jadeja(both f whom are limited capabilities player fit till ranji nd ipl level).....both v kumar nd r jadeja should be allowed to rest in peace.............

  • on February 25, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    dhoni, please forget cb seires cup,indian team need to be re group.

  • jaga.ra on February 25, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    1.ashwin 2.gambir 3.kholi 4.dhoni 5.sehwag 6.raina 7.irfan 8.praveen 9.vinay 10.zaher 11.yadev

  • on February 25, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    @STLA. You are spot on. We had been playing with 10 men, in this series! Sehwag, (the good old Sehwag), please come back and replace the impostor, and help India play with 11 men!

  • supadupamonk on February 25, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    I hope that India forget all the incidents happening around them and return to their normal form in this series...if everybody in this Indian team played atleast half their potential we will win the matches am sure...no player so far in the history has made double century in one day international and we have two great batsmen done that in our team...its not a joke...they can say that they made those double centuries in India but its something nobody has achieved in their own backyard or anywhere in the world.....I hope our team come to form..we love u no matter what happens guys..we are the world champions...Go India go..:)

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    At last Seniors privileged, Captain Dhoni's policy is gone into the deep well, Once Policy had worked,....and India made 2 wins and one Tie, then it is no necessary to go back to Three Top openers,...This is Do or Die match so India after Dhoni's return must think that One of the Top opener could be left Out and Tiwari Could have played, so can Dhoni's One statement could have been solved (20 Odd Runs) I am sure that Tomorrow India will win and Dhoni will Rock again,....Always Dhoni had made the match into tensed moments and won It very easily,....Best Of luck My Team,....

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Throughout this tournament, teams which produced good opening partnerships (or at least excellent total form the top three together) WON. That is where India CONSISTENTLY failed to produce runs. And the worst performance was from Sehwag... who alone could and did change the course of matches, many times in the past. Where is he? Who is this apparent impostor? Youngest among those three is the only significant contributor to some decent score, so far. Hope, the law of averages will help the other two in the remaining matches.

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Common India ,go for it.We want to meet you in the finals .Don't hide away.We want to show in a neutral venue who the true champions are.

  • sathish008 on February 25, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    unfortunately we are sticking with Jadeja for his bowling. He is not going to do anything with the Bat. Better to make Pathan bat at no.7 and move Jadeja down the order. For me he is a just a another spinner, not an all-rounder. Irfan is better with the bat.

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    lets hope for the best guys.......hope India gets a good start tomorrow...be it with bowl or bat........but the way they have performed till now in the whole series is thoroughly disappointing..........have to admit Sri Lanka played the best in the CB series so far...whereas Aus looked vulnerable at times...........hope India can pull out things in the last 2 ODIs and make it to the finals :)

  • nickcarter80 on February 25, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Dhoni says: Is there cricket match tomorrow? I have this important problem of mankading to explain to media………………|What a joke the Indian team has its captain has become.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on February 25, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    This jadeja was performing so well in last few series..almost saves 10-15 runs in the field and one or two bad match and people hav started criticizing him. The guy averages 30(strike rate 78.88) with bat and 37 with bowl(economy 4.95) plus a brilliant fielder. Irfan 22 with bat(strike rate 78.71) and 30 with bowl, as he was primarily a strike bowler, nowhere close to jadeja in fielding. It's for everyone to see who fits the role of an allrounder in team! i have no grudges against pathan, my personal 11 at sydeny would be-- Gambhir, SRT, Kohli, Tiwary,Dhoni, Raina,Jadeja, Irfan, Ashwin,Praveen,Umesh.

  • Dimitri_SL on February 25, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Aussies,,,Pls put India out of its misery

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    omit the sachin and shewag and gambir must open the inning with rohit..

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @ Jay_ab Aus only dominated after 2003.They were very inconsistent between 2001-2003, losing odi series at home. India only had one bad series after WC , in Eng with a much weakened team , but they were competitive and did not deserve 3-0 unlike the tests.

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    1 SR Tendulkar 2 G Gambhir 3 V Kohli 4 MS Dhoni 5 R Sharma 6 IK Pathan 7 SK Raina 8 R Ashwin 9 P Kumar 10 R Vinay Kumar 11 UT Yadav

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    If India want to win they can do only one thing... Pray !!!Whatever twam combination they go with... they're not going to win,,,,,

  • KushanS on February 25, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @torsha: with the current form Sri Lanka is in I dont think they mind who ever that comes into the finals. In general I think India should make some changes to their lineup. maybe Ashvin should be dropped and Rahul Sharma should be given a chance. Jadeja should bowl more and may be Pathan should come @3. India desperately has to do some changes to their lineup or this would be another walk in the park for Australia.

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    That is a very strong Indian batting lineup. Can't see Australia getting up.

  • Giridhar. on February 25, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    India should try with this 1. Sehwag 2. Gambhir 3. Sachin - should play at 3 4. Kohli 5. Rohit 6. Raina 7. Dhoni 8. Ravindra Jadeja/Umesh 9. Ashwin 10. Pathan 11. Zaheer

  • on February 25, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    if msd is in good for he shud come in at no.3!!!!

  • chapathishot on February 25, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Happy that all Srilankan fans are reemerging and commenting on the forums.I have commented that they had hit the rock bottom and only way from now on is up,which is happening and also commented that the player to watch in the series is Chandimal.But as an Indian fan I would like to see an India ,Srilanka final being a rehersal for Asia cup final next month and repeat of world cup final last year .So we can see what would have been ,if the final was played in a place other than home for two teams.Currently it is even as one win each and a draw.But I feel it will be India Austrailia Final

  • on February 25, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    In this track i think both the specialist spinners(ashwin and rahul) will be played. i think jadeja will sit out.... with three quasi- allrounders viz irfan, ashwin, praveen kumar, why do we need a full all rounder in jadeja.... i think he will be made to sit out.... infact he should be......

  • on February 25, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    In this track i think both the specialist spinners(ashwin and rahul) will be played. i think jadeja will sit out.... with three quasi- allrounders viz irfan, ashwin, praveen kumar, why do we need a full all rounder in jadeja.... i think he will be made to sit out.... infact he should be......

  • Htc-Baseball on February 25, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @vishal53: Just as a registered member of cricinfo,, i feel the team who have chosen is horribe, wonder how will it be for an already confused Indian team to view this. If u feel tiwary deserves a place in eleven then it must be sehwag or jadeja who must sit out and not sachin(I am not a fan of sachin,and never one of sehwag neither). Though am mighty sure Tiwary wont last against aus pace attack.Atleast u didnt drop dhoni.Play rahul sharma instead of jadeja or sehwag that ll settle the issue. Others are just fine.

  • torsha on February 25, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    It's funny how some of SL's fans wish that India should lose so they can be in final lollol..It won't be that much easier for SL I tell u that. Go team India.

  • Htc-Baseball on February 25, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    @vishal53: Just as a registered member of cricinfo,, i feel the team who have chosen is horribe, wonder how will it be for an already confused Indian team to view this. If u feel tiwary deserves a place in eleven then it must be sehwag or jadeja who must sit out and not sachin(I am not a fan of sachin,and never one of sehwag neither). Though am mighty sure Tiwary wont last against aus pace attack.Atleast u didnt drop dhoni.Play rahul sharma instead of jadeja or sehwag that ll settle the issue. Others are just fine.

  • STLA on February 25, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @Vishal53 your reason seems very vague. Sehwag in Australia or England is like playing with 10 players (batting).

  • on February 25, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Now its time to bring tiwary in for jadeja because he has not prove him self to be playing in top 11 .

  • STLA on February 25, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    @ Vishal53, why Sehwag and not Sachin, please explain?

  • cricketisagame on February 25, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    I still do not understand one thing so far. Forget about Jadeja. He can bowl, bat (better than Ashwin in ODIs) and exceptional fielder (no comparison to Ashwin), How Ashwin is continue to be the automatic choice for the playing eleven when Rahul Sharma proved he is a better bowler and fielder than Ashwin. I have not seen Rahul's performance by bat in ODIs but guess he can bat like Ashwin.

  • amanvirk on February 25, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    My Team 1. Sachin 2. Sehwag 3. Gauti 4. Virat 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Rohit Sharma 8. Irfan 9. Ashwin 10. Vinay/Parveen 11. Umesh Yadav

    I think we hav to go with our full batting strength. Bcoz we dont have our main bowler Zaheer Khan. Dhoni can use rohit or suresh as a part timer. Vinay is also injured so i think this combination should work in India's Favour...Thatsall

  • rishi78 on February 25, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    If India wants a shot at the title, they need to be very aggressive with their selection of the playing XI even it means leaving out the senior legends. They have no choice now but to play their best in form XI players which according to me would be G.Gambhir, Sir Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, V Sehwag/Suresh Raina, M S Dhoni, I Pathan, R Jadeja, Rahul Sharma, R Ashwin, Zaheer/Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar. I strongly feel that this team can give the Aussies a run for thier money. I feel The great Tendulkar should come in at No.4 and Pathan should bat up the order. India still has it in them to reach the finals despite the media hype of the Indian team's unity issues. Australia are not playing their best cricket as yet and they can still take advantage provided they play as a unit and the captain makes some good decisions

  • Jay_ab on February 25, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Wht do u think of these so called world champions,when aussies were chaps,they dominated the cricket world ,in every series,in every tournament etc.But look at the indians..once in a blue moon stuff...after winning world cup..shmeful really!Dhoni rocks...dnt criticize him..

  • Jay_ab on February 25, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Wht do u think of these so called world champions,when aussies were chaps,they dominated the cricket world ,in every series,in every tournament etc.But look at the indians..once in a blue moon stuff...after winning world cup..shmeful really!Dhoni rocks...dnt criticize him..

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    ya if ind wants to win tommorow then they have to be at their best...they can chase or post around 270 easily but if they want to win they should chase..team should be 1.sehwag 2.asachin 3. gambhir 4.kohli 5.rohitsharma 6.dhoni 7.raina 8.pathan 9.ashwin 10.pk 11.yadav/zak (if fit).5th bowler could be shared between sehwag,raina,rohit sharma...raina bowled well tht day...PERFECCTTTTTTTTTTT team

  • RamanBansal on February 25, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Given this combination, I would try a different batting order with well defined targets: Stage1: (Top 5 with a target of getting to 35 overs and 175 runs) 1) Tendulkar, 2)Gambhir, 3)Kohli, 4)Jadeja, 5)Ashwin. Stage 2 (Next 4 with a target of 125 runs from last 15 overs) 6)Dhoni, 7)Raina, 8)Sehwag/Tiwary, 9)Pathan. Both Jadeja and Ashwin can be utlized better in the middle orders when the pressure of run-rate is not that high. And keep the firepower for the last 15 overs.

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    so this is it, final nail in the coffin for india.

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Aussies will win tomorrow,no doubt about that.

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    No more hoopla; no more come from behind wins. Let's pack bags for the return trip. Lose this match and give Manoj Tiwary a chance in the inconsequential match and he fires a good century.

  • NVIK on February 25, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Best Indian Eleven as per MY view:-1. SEHWAG,2. GAMBIR, 3.KOHLI, 4.Rohit Sharma 5.MANOJ TIWARY, 6. Raina, 7.DHONI, 8. IRFAN PATHAN, 9.PRAVEEN KUMAR, 10.RAHUL SHARMA, 11.ZAHEER KHAN

    By this we have deep batting and also we have pace trio and spinner who constant threat to australia. 5th bowler should be Rohit, Raina and Kohli

  • sid_r on February 25, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Mr.Ravindran, please update your form guide displays the results of the last six matches instead of the entire seven played by both teams since the tournament started. Its a bit misleading and hence this comment.

  • ExCric on February 25, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    My Take... the seniors could decide to tank this by throwing their wickets away. The media will then blame the rotation policy. This ensures the new young guns policy is buried under horse s#!t as the media has ensured this is about age and not performance.

    Then again the challengers such as Rohit 'I am too good for this' Sharma or Ravindra 'I have connections ' Jadeja or Virat 'hell I can never finish things' Kohli or Suresh 'When will they ban bouncers' Raina have not really earned their place in the team. Not to mention Irfan 'As quick as a spinner' Pathan.

    Maybe Manoj Tiwary can get a look in for the last match if India lose tomorrow?

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    India must drop Shewag and tendulka

  • Subin_Daniel on February 25, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    I reckon Dhoni's view points are true. His concerns over 2015 World Cup and his view point that the Junior batsmen like Rohit, Kohli ,Raina ,Jadeja and so on to get a handy lookout in these conditions is excellent. It is a long vision that our captains lacked in the past. But it is ridiculous to blame the Captain for the youngsters not grabbing the oppurtunity.

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    They schedules all sl matches during the weekdays and ind -aus matches were on alomost all sundays..they think sl is not gud enough to pull the crowd...as it turned out sl has played the most entertaining cricket in this series..Now everybody is hoping for a aus -SL match cuz its far more scintillating to watch..thanks to SL for making cb series entertaining

  • VivGilchrist on February 25, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Tactic for India to win this game - Don't get Forrest out. Make him bat as long as possible. While he's at the crease Australia crawls along.

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    indian cricket team is now "wounded tigers" ... do or die..

  • vivek_khyati on February 25, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    BEST 11 TO PLAY FOR INDIA: GAMBHIR, ROHIT, KOHLI, RAINA, TIWARY, DHONI, JADEJA, PATHAN, ASHWIN, PRAVIN, UMESH.

    there is no place for out of form sehwag and overage sachin. feel sorry for sachin, but its fact that he too should accept. he is getting hit on helmet, getting hit on shin.. shows his reflexes has become bit slow.. today ab devilliers won match for south africa from 35/3.. it has been ages since sachin - the supposedly best batsman in world has played for india. the media is too biased in favor of sachin. so, we always feel as if dropping sachin is crime. whats the use if ur team is losing with best batsman of world? if we lose with youngsters, there is still some gain in the form of experience. sachin will definitely get that 100th ton in some test match. he should voluntarily sit out of 11 and play the role of a mentor. team wise, india does not deserve to be in final to spoil the thrill of best of 3 final.

  • ms2000 on February 25, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    You got to accept the fact that India is no match for Sri Lanka and Australia at this moment. They are worst than a ordinary Club team. So its nicer to accept the fact and do the changes that is so well needed in the Indian team and start all over again. Sri Lanka is surely the No 01 team in this tournament. Got to learn a lot of lessons from them.

  • on February 25, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Please Australia.. Just Mankad these Indians and send them Home.. They deserve it. The team that haven't played good cricket at all and doesn't have team unity.. does not deserve to be in the Finals.

  • on February 25, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    My team for tomorrow: Sehwag, Sachin, gambhir, Kohli, raina, Dhoni, Manoj Tiwari, Pathan,Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Rahul Sharma.

  • era89 on February 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    oh god i really saw a dream..by 1pm when i had a nap.sachin scoring 100th ton tomorrow.can it be real???????????wow........

  • on February 25, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    chk for the comeback game on sunday & tuesday...india will rock this time for sure....

  • abiindia on February 25, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    when you are in school you put so much hardwork to score marks, once achived you would feel like to go around the world to see thing, when you reach ages, when you do work and achieved something or promoted and you would be granted to go for holiday for a vacation, this is everybody's mindset and this is called humans. the indian players achieved the world cup, now their mind is not looking for more heights, need proper vacation and holiday to get things done and back to the business. until than there will be all hiccups or ups and down. once they realizes what they have missed since the world winning cup. and they are unbeatable. you fans are need patience to your cricketers

  • abiindia on February 25, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    and gambir and shewag may drop down to 5th and 6th.....

  • abiindia on February 25, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    i feel Ashwin and dhoni may open the batting...

  • abiindia on February 25, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    point one:-When do the besics right can win as easy as taking cup of coffee. with out losing a wicket for 25 overs. can go for every ball hit after 26th. point two:- you never know where the power hanging around and with whom until you try or given chance. i accept shewaq clean hitter. but same time try another 7 for the opening slot, ou may find something unbelievable, may be even in jedeja or Irfan or even in Rohit Sharma. people may fail in times, but their talent never go away from them.

  • ajayrcs on February 25, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    No worry for me, really don't care who is in the team or not. India will WIN THIS match and series.

  • on February 25, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    it's all happening due to the untimely rotation policy .. I'm not challenging the selectors, but it was not a perfect time and good decision either. Tommorrow definately india will win with a good margin.

  • henchart on February 25, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    If Sachin,Sehwag and Gambhir are going to play together ,as should be the case tomorrow ,and Indians manage to bat first,India will win.SLK will slump in the final phase and go down in their last 2 league games.Like it or not -it is going to be Ind V/s Aus Finals.But Indians have to bat first tomorrow.

  • Rainaabilan on February 25, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Don't worry guys!!!!v r the champions!!!no probs!!!we will win the match!!!Be Positive!@#go INDIA go!!!!Sachin 100*100!!!!!!

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Watson,Wade,Forrest,Clarke,M. Hussey,D. Hussey,Christan,Brett Lee,McKay,Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus...my team

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    come on aussies ! pls win this

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    there has been so much juggling with the Indian team that wouldn't it make sense to let the circus run its full course by now doing some juggling with the batting order - by moving either Sachin or Sehwag down the order and sending Pathan up the order to be the pinch hitter that India needs - now that Sehwag is no longer capable? Desperate times, no?

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Rahul Sharma and Tiwari in Raina Jadeja out

  • EvoRyder21 on February 25, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Over the past two days I read a few comments that were posted on such articles which had this kind of message "No matter what happens India is world champions for the next 4 years". It hard not to think that the Indian team itself might be submerged in such mentality since the worldcup. Especially with all the rift and debacles happening and no one putting a foot down to address it, it looks like they totally lack the fighting spirit when the going gets tough. I expect India to loose tomorrow and get eliminated which they deserve after their clown show in aussie over the past two months. I still remember the ads on TV before the Ausie test series boasting about delivering Thunder down Under lol! more like Thunder plus Lighting has together struck and rocked your own boat.

  • on February 25, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    India is in big disadvantage by playing Ravindra jadeja in the side. Since he comes at no. 7 and requires a better job as a batsman. India is playing him due to his ability to complete 10 overs decently. But bowling is not the problem for India, since they are losing due to bad performance in batting. So they should bring one extra batsman in place of Jadeja and try to bowl their ten overs by raina and kohli. Generally, that was always the indian plan in the time of ganguly that they play only three or four bowlers and depend on their batting performance.

  • vishal53 on February 25, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Well, if Ravindra Jadeja is just being used as a fielder for the XI. Then why doesn't he just come on during the middle overs as a field replacement for Sachin Tendulkar. Suresh Raina did so during the World Cup, Group Stage. Then the Playing XI for tomorrow could go like this:

    1.) Gautam Gambhir 2.) Virender Sehwag 3.) Virat Kohli 4.) Manoj Tiwary 5.) MS Dhoni (Captain) & (Wicket-Keeper) 6.) Suresh Raina 7.) Rohit Sharma 8.) Irfan Pathan 9.) Rahul Sharma/Ravichandran Ashwin 10.) Praveen Kumar 11.) Umesh Yadav

    With this squad there is lots of depth in the batting and all the youngsters are also playing. Sachin could play instead of Rohit. Manoj Tiwary must play as his average is a strong 33.00 and in his previous game he scored a solid century. He is more deserving to play than Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina put together as they can't score anything on Australian pitches. Manoj should be given a chance as he will be playing in the 2015 World Cup for India.

  • Imrazf on February 25, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Common India you can loose it. Your'll dont deserve to be in the finals never played good cricket...

  • vishal53 on February 25, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    I hope that a member of the Indian Cricket Team will read this comment because this could be vital for their success for the remainder of this Tri-Series tournament. ... India should select a strong squad and so I have listed who I think should play tomorrow against Australia. I have taken account of the injuries and so I haven't listed the players with injuries in the plans for the squad. I will continue to comment on the previews for the remainder of the matches left in this series.

    India Squad: 1.) Gautam Gambhir 2.) Virender Sehwag 3.) Virat Kohli 4.) Manoj Tiwary 5.) Suresh Raina 6.) MS Dhoni (Captain) & (Wicket-Keeper) 7.) Irfan Pathan 8.) Ravindra Jadeja 9.) Ravichandran Ashwin 10.) Praveen Kumar 11.) Umesh Yadav

    Questions?

    Why are Gambhir and Sehwag opening and why is Sachin not listed? Well this is because the two score bigger when they open and not when Gambhir comes at No.3.

    Why Tiwary? Well because last match he played he scored a 100. His average for ODI is 33.00.

  • Herath-UK on February 25, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    The fact is though India was on top of the series that was because of impromptu Dhoni batting than good team performance;at that stage though Sri Lanka had lost two games they looked the cut.I think the main loss is Zaheer as India's bowling looks threadbare unless they come out with a sterling show to grab a win.On the whole indian team is poor;they were here with plenty of time (as opposed to Sri Lankans coming hot on heels after IPL) and now has been playing in Australia over two months but the results were pathetic, to say the least.I bet for a Sri Lanka Australia final though to be realistic. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • saket8391 on February 25, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    V. Sehwag S. Tendulkar G. Gambhir V. Kohli S. Raina M. Dhoni R. Jadeja I. Pathan R. Ashwin Z. Khan U. Yadav

  • eshwarmv on February 25, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    MS Dhoni has achieved what other captains could not achieve that is winning in all the possible formats and tournaments. One must not forget that India won the CB series last time 2-0. The aussies had Gilly, Symonds, and Hayden. One of the finals was at brisbane. On both occasions India had a good solid start with Sachin and Uthappa combine building a solid platform. A solid opening will ensure that India has every chance qualifying for the finals and also winning it. Sehwag must be told by the management to buckle down in the initial stages. If he is there when Doherty comes in then India will have great chance of getting 280. All India needs to do is win the remaining 2 matches. The REAL FIGHT is between Aus and SL, provided India win the two games. A close look at the points table will confirm that.

  • RajuallenEmanuel on February 25, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Its Seems In The Past Two Matches India Didn't Have Any Plan In Their Mind While Taking Feild. Against Australia They Pick Jadeja And Didn't Give Him A Single Over and Finished Zak Very early in the innings. No Spealist Bowler Like Zak At Final Over To Deliver yorker. Instead Vinay was took away for plenty. Again Against Sri Lanka, there was no planing. Irfan who was bowling yorkers was finished his full quota before 46th over and They gave the ball to Raina to bowl 49th over, And to the surprise Virat to bowl 50th over. But Look at Sri lanka, They Are Out With Plan A,B,C ect And they Are Executing It SUperbly. Malinga Was Given 2 overs spells all the way, and they use the spinner very well. But Inida????????

  • perl57 on February 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    India needs to take a better combination. Sachin, Veeru, Gauti, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Raina, , Jadeja, Pathan, , Ashwin, Zaheer. In absence of Zaheer Praveen and he should finish his quota in first 30 overs. He is worst in final 10. Zaheer should bowl 2 overs initially and 2 in PP2 then 3 in PP3 and next 3 within 40-50. Ashwin, Pathan, Kohli, Sharma and Raina should be tinkered within rest overs with only highly experienced bowling the final 10. (Zaheer 3, Pathan 3, Pathan 3, and 1 from among others). Gauti and Viru should come 1 and 2 and Sachin 3, Kohli 4, Sharma 5, Dhoni 6, Raina 7, Pathan 8, Jaddu 9, Ashwin 10, and Zaheer 11. I know I am thinking like a billion other but this prospect is no difference.

  • om.pani on February 25, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Dhoni's HERO......RAVINDRA JADEJA)THE WALKING WICKET.

  • world.cricketer on February 25, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Dhoni ........... why do you want to do calculations when 2 games are left and your team supposed to Win those two.

  • RajuallenEmanuel on February 25, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Its Utter Madness To Include Jedeja into the playing XI again. India Should go for Rahul Sharma and Let Irfan Be One Bowling All-Rounder. India Should Go With 4 Specialist Bowlers(Praveen,Ashwin,Zaheer/Yadav,Rahul) Else they will suffer at the end overs. Dhoni Should Bat At No.5 rather than Raina at 5. Dhoni Should Move Himself Up To No.4 or 5 To Steady The Ship Like Mahela Doing For Lanka By Moving Himself Up The Order To Open The Innings, Which is Doing Wonders for Lankan Batting Line-up. Raina Should Play the roll of Finisher at No.6. The Best Playing XI Can be. 1.Sachin 2.Gambhir 3.Virat 4.Dhoni 5.Shewag 6.Raina 7.Irfan 8.Ashwin 9.Rahul Sharma 10.Praveen 11.Zaheer/Yadav. I Prefer Shewag At 5 Because He Himself Said "He is Waiting For A Chance to Move Back To Middle Order". Its right time to do. It Will Also Prevent Fall Of Early Wickets and Early Advantage To The Opposition. He Can Give The Power Hitting At The Middle Order Which Lacks Yuvi's Presence And Can Clear Ropes Easily.

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Should be a good game looking forward to it. I think Australia will win though, they look stronger with the return of Watson and India lose Vinay kumar and Khan who have been great bowlers for India. Also with sachin and sehwag not going past 50 this ODI tournament opening up would be a weakness

  • sunnymachoo on February 25, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    This is the problem in South Asia. If you win, you are admired like anything. But if you lose, you are in hell! It hasn't been long since India won WC and look at the criticism. Similarly Pakistan just whitewashed England in Tests and after ODI series whitewash, same captain is being criticised. I'm not protecting these two teams for losing. But at least media should respect their historic record. Both Misbah and Dhoni have been very good captains for their teams.

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on February 25, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    praveen kumar?!! binay simply better.

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Sound positive Mahi. Good going..

  • Siva-The-Human on February 25, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Tomorrow we hope you win the game and forget about the differences of opinion within you. Go india go we have the right potential to win the game tomorrow. we are the Tigers.

  • svel on February 25, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    why the hell should we have sehwag in the team... he plays a maximum of six balls and does nothing with the bowling too... slow fielder... sehwag shouldnt be in the playing eleven... and why still jadeja???? please pick rahul sharma instead of him... we already have ashwin and irfan who can bat... the y do we need a jadeja???

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    labeled on top as AUS v SL ,better fix that ,cric team.............

  • mohanan on February 25, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Media play a big role in making things worse.

  • Yasindu on February 25, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    India need to play two specialist spinners. Rahul and Ashwin should be there and No 7th spot should go to Irfan. Other 2 faster bowlers should be Zaheer and Umesh

  • GMathews on February 25, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    In the Sidney pitch RAHUL SHARMA is a better choice

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    GREAT LINEUP, HOPE JADA MAKES A COMEBACK, HE LOOKS LIKE A DEDICATED PLAYER HE SHOULD HOPEFULLY. but sehwag needs to be dropped! he is a wast of wicket take tiwari or even sharma chances are sehwag wnt make more then 20 runs max, i can put all my money on that for sure. take sharma he might make 15 but will field better. open with tendulkar and gambir, i dont see why india dont see this, like its not even funny how stupid the selectors are to pick sehwag, are you guys even watching the game or what! oh lord good luck india, chak de

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 25, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    There is no doubt about that Australia is beatable team, it proves that the way Sri Lankan batsmen played against Lee, Harris, Hilfenhas, still their opening pair could not make good runs. Australia they dont have that strength of Hayden, Gilchrist, Worne, McGrath or Symonds etc. About Sri Lanka India have good recent record against them, majority of recent matches India won, and they are also beatable if India wants. Please Indian players just forget about what happened in the past couple of matches, BE UNITED UNDER DHONI YOU CAN WIN THESE TWO MATCHES , BELIEVE IN YOUR STRENGTH , BE CONFIDENT ..YOU HAVE DONE IT, IN THE SIMILAR SITUATIONS.. ALL THE BEST

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 25, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    IF INDIA NEEDS TO WIN AGAINSET AUSTRALIA , THEY NEED TO BRING RAHUL SHARMA AS THEIR MAIN SPINNER,because australians played very well ASHWIN so far specially in ondayers.Ashwin and Rahul Sharma are same kind of fielders.If Dhonii creates a proper field setting for Rahul Sharma it could be hard for Australians to play this dangerous/ genuine leg spinner. As long as enough batsmen and Pathan in the eleven india wouldnt required Aswin batting too.PRAVEEN KUMAR IS THE BEST CURRENT ONEDAY BOWLER INDIA HAS,BUT HE DID NOT GET ENOUGH OPPORTUNTY THIS TIME YET, TO GET FAMILIER WITH THE CONDITIONS. IF WE GO BACK TO 2008 COMMBANK SERIES HE PROVES THAT, HE IS A MATCH WINNER No doubt about it. Best Indian Eleven as per batting order:-1. SACHIN, 2. SEHWAG, 3. GAMBIR,4.KOHLI, 5.MANOJ TIWARY, 6.IRFAN PATHAN, 7.DHONI, 8.PRAVEEN KUMAR, 9.VINAY KUMAR, 10.RAHUL SHARMA, 11.ZAHEER KHAN, still you can decide on Sehwag or Rohit Sharma according to Sidny situation on Sunday

  • syedmkr on February 25, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    "Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Hobart" This was the heading on home page. please correct.

  • kamal_mmb on February 25, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    If Dhoni still stick with Jadeja & Raina in the next match - he is very adament with his decision - he want to get the single victory with the inclusion of the above players to prove his selection with the cause of not making the final. He can bring Tiwary & Rahul sharma instead of the above 2 players. You can't afford the players for their fielding efforts - if they saved 20 runs on the field - they are taking the same amount of runs on their batting collectively . Instead of sticking with Raina & Jadeja - he can bring new peoples for something to happen. Now no body question the non inclusion of Rohit - he is only the IPL & Domestic player. With his lazy attitude he is suffering now.

  • on February 25, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Is there no replacement for umesh yadav ? him being expensive is putting pressure on the part timers .

  • on February 25, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    India will benefit from including a specialist batsman or bowler in place of Jadeja, especially considering the form (both bowling and batting) of Irfan Pathan, Rahul Sharma might be a good option, we have seen that Australian batsmen struggled against him in the T20 and the ODI followed. Its time for Dhoni to think beyond Jadeja atleast in the Australian pitches.

  • neerajprasher on February 25, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Go India we are going to smash them!!

  • rahulcricket007 on February 25, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    JADEJA IS AGAIN IN THE TEAM . VERY GOOD . I HOPE HE GAVE 60 RUNS FROM HI 10 OVERS & MAKE ONLY 5 RUNS FROM 15 BALLS .

  • Satv007 on February 25, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Viru can bat at no.4 as it would strengthen the middle order. My top 3 would be SRT, GG and Kohli. Then we can have Sehwag, MSD, RS/Raina, Ashwin and Irfan followed by the bowlers.

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  • Satv007 on February 25, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Viru can bat at no.4 as it would strengthen the middle order. My top 3 would be SRT, GG and Kohli. Then we can have Sehwag, MSD, RS/Raina, Ashwin and Irfan followed by the bowlers.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 25, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    JADEJA IS AGAIN IN THE TEAM . VERY GOOD . I HOPE HE GAVE 60 RUNS FROM HI 10 OVERS & MAKE ONLY 5 RUNS FROM 15 BALLS .

  • neerajprasher on February 25, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Go India we are going to smash them!!

  • on February 25, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    India will benefit from including a specialist batsman or bowler in place of Jadeja, especially considering the form (both bowling and batting) of Irfan Pathan, Rahul Sharma might be a good option, we have seen that Australian batsmen struggled against him in the T20 and the ODI followed. Its time for Dhoni to think beyond Jadeja atleast in the Australian pitches.

  • on February 25, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Is there no replacement for umesh yadav ? him being expensive is putting pressure on the part timers .

  • kamal_mmb on February 25, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    If Dhoni still stick with Jadeja & Raina in the next match - he is very adament with his decision - he want to get the single victory with the inclusion of the above players to prove his selection with the cause of not making the final. He can bring Tiwary & Rahul sharma instead of the above 2 players. You can't afford the players for their fielding efforts - if they saved 20 runs on the field - they are taking the same amount of runs on their batting collectively . Instead of sticking with Raina & Jadeja - he can bring new peoples for something to happen. Now no body question the non inclusion of Rohit - he is only the IPL & Domestic player. With his lazy attitude he is suffering now.

  • syedmkr on February 25, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    "Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Hobart" This was the heading on home page. please correct.

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 25, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    IF INDIA NEEDS TO WIN AGAINSET AUSTRALIA , THEY NEED TO BRING RAHUL SHARMA AS THEIR MAIN SPINNER,because australians played very well ASHWIN so far specially in ondayers.Ashwin and Rahul Sharma are same kind of fielders.If Dhonii creates a proper field setting for Rahul Sharma it could be hard for Australians to play this dangerous/ genuine leg spinner. As long as enough batsmen and Pathan in the eleven india wouldnt required Aswin batting too.PRAVEEN KUMAR IS THE BEST CURRENT ONEDAY BOWLER INDIA HAS,BUT HE DID NOT GET ENOUGH OPPORTUNTY THIS TIME YET, TO GET FAMILIER WITH THE CONDITIONS. IF WE GO BACK TO 2008 COMMBANK SERIES HE PROVES THAT, HE IS A MATCH WINNER No doubt about it. Best Indian Eleven as per batting order:-1. SACHIN, 2. SEHWAG, 3. GAMBIR,4.KOHLI, 5.MANOJ TIWARY, 6.IRFAN PATHAN, 7.DHONI, 8.PRAVEEN KUMAR, 9.VINAY KUMAR, 10.RAHUL SHARMA, 11.ZAHEER KHAN, still you can decide on Sehwag or Rohit Sharma according to Sidny situation on Sunday

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 25, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    There is no doubt about that Australia is beatable team, it proves that the way Sri Lankan batsmen played against Lee, Harris, Hilfenhas, still their opening pair could not make good runs. Australia they dont have that strength of Hayden, Gilchrist, Worne, McGrath or Symonds etc. About Sri Lanka India have good recent record against them, majority of recent matches India won, and they are also beatable if India wants. Please Indian players just forget about what happened in the past couple of matches, BE UNITED UNDER DHONI YOU CAN WIN THESE TWO MATCHES , BELIEVE IN YOUR STRENGTH , BE CONFIDENT ..YOU HAVE DONE IT, IN THE SIMILAR SITUATIONS.. ALL THE BEST

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    GREAT LINEUP, HOPE JADA MAKES A COMEBACK, HE LOOKS LIKE A DEDICATED PLAYER HE SHOULD HOPEFULLY. but sehwag needs to be dropped! he is a wast of wicket take tiwari or even sharma chances are sehwag wnt make more then 20 runs max, i can put all my money on that for sure. take sharma he might make 15 but will field better. open with tendulkar and gambir, i dont see why india dont see this, like its not even funny how stupid the selectors are to pick sehwag, are you guys even watching the game or what! oh lord good luck india, chak de