Australia v India, Commonwealth Bank Series, Sydney February 26, 2012

Australia in finals after 87-run win


Australia 9 for 252 (Warner 68, Wade 56, D Hussey 54, Sehwag 3-43) beat India 165 (Ashwin 26, Watson 2-9) by 87 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

India succumbed meekly to the pressure of a chase of 253 - a chase they were required to nail to remain in serious contention in the triangular series - and were bowled out for 165 by an Australia side that eagerly grabbed the chance to seal its own spot in the competition deciders.

Short of a bonus-point victory in their final match against Sri Lanka and a subsequent loss to the hosts by Mahela Jayawardene's flourishing side, India will fly home earlier than desired from an Australia tour that peaked all too early with Rahul Dravid's Bradman Oration and has disintegrated steadily ever since.

Australia's stand-in captain Shane Watson compensated for a poor showing with the bat by nipping out Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, and generally led his team soundly in the field in the absence of the injured Michael Clarke. He had a bonus point victory in front of 33,639 spectators to show for it.

The folding of India's batting was a familiar tale of patterns and misadventures. Virender Sehwag extended his horrid run on tour by punching a return-catch to Ben Hilfenhaus, Sachin Tendulkar found another way to fall short of 100 international centuries when he was run-out after a mid-pitch collision with Brett Lee, and Gautam Gambhir battled for fluency then dragged Clint McKay onto the stumps.

All this rather undercut the efforts of the touring bowlers, who had done well to restrict Australia to 9 for 252. India were given a fine start by the intelligent and miserly bowling of Praveen Kumar, whose opening spell of six overs harvested two wickets at a cost of 14 runs, including only one boundary. Umesh Yadav also made a mark with his speed and aggression.

Praveen's victims included Shane Watson, playing his first international of the summer as Australia's stand-in captain while Michael Clarke recovers from a flare-up of the back trouble that has been an intermittent problem across his career. Australia have now had four captains of the national side in various formats this summer - Clarke, George Bailey, Ricky Ponting and Watson.

David Warner fared the best of the batsmen, striking his way to 68 from 66 balls before skying Ravindra Jadeja. Suresh Raina claimed the catch despite a heavy collision with Irfan Pathan that left both fielders laid out on the outfield. Matthew Wade and Hussey also chimed in, but the latter was perhaps fortunate to get past 17.

Running a single, Hussey held out his hand to block Suresh Raina's return from the edge of the fielding circle - whether this was an attempt to simply prevent getting hit was unclear - and MS Dhoni immediately appealed either for handling the ball or the recently changed laws for obstructing the field, which forbid a batsman from changing his running line to intercept a ball headed for the stumps. After a lengthy television consultation the appeal was rejected, much to the consternation of the visitors. They exchanged plenty of words with Hussey when he was dismissed, 37 runs later.

On a night when a rapid half-century might have set his side on the path to victory, Sehwag's exit in the second over arrived courtesy of a fine Hilfenhaus take, scooping up a low catch near his ankles. Tendulkar and Gambhir prospered briefly against the new ball, but when the former was called through for a single, both he and Lee ran in more or less the same direction. Lee's pursuit of the ball ended when he saw David Warner in better position, and Tendulkar had his path interrupted by the bowler as Warner threw down the stumps.

Kohli again hinted at a decent score, only to be undone when Watson introduced himself to the attack. Following Lee, Watson's seamers were noticeably slower, and the reduction in pace had Kohli playing too early as he looped a catch to Daniel Christian.

McKay ended Gambhir's cussed stay, and Watson struck again when he angled the ball across Raina to induce a simple edge to Matthew Wade. Ravindra Jadeja fell in a similar manner, though his edge from Daniel Christian flew to Watson at first slip, where he held on to the catch having earlier grassed a chance to pouch Dhoni.

For as long as Dhoni remained at the crease India had a chance, however slight, so there was plenty of relief in Australia's huddle when Hilfenhaus pinned him in front of the stumps for a painstaking 14. The rest melted away.

The match appeared destined for a closer contest when Australia's early progress was slowed by Praveen's wiles, though more runs were collected from Pathan at the other end. Watson pulled at a delivery shaping away from him and managed only to spoon a catch to mid-on, while Peter Forrest fell to a slower delivery that he dragged onto the stumps.

Warner's innings provided the hosts with some momentum, but he lost Michael Hussey due to a running mix-up, and his own bright stay was ended by Jadeja. David Hussey's reprieve offered him and Wade the chance to regather the innings, which they did well enough in a stand of 94.

Wade's stay was ended when he steered a swift Yadav delivery into Dhoni's gloves, before Hussey fell to the same combination, snicking behind in his attempt to pull Yadav from outside off stump. The fact that Hussey appeared to walk did little to soothe India's frustration about the earlier incident.

Clint McKay was not long in staying before he wafted at Virender Sehwag and was stumped, and late blows from Christian and Xavier Doherty took the tally past 250. It looked a mediocre total, but then there have been times on this tour when India would have given much to achieve such mediocrity. So it would be again this night.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Bruisers on February 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs - There are many promising youngsters like Manoj Tiwary, Pujara, Rahane, Pandey, Dhawan to name a few... Saying India has no promising youngsters without watching any Indian youngster is ridiculous..

  • on February 28, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    if we focus on Indian fan Comments , India have to drop all the team members and have to build a brand new team!!! Simply what i think is every team get a certain tough period in their career. Australia , Sri lanka , England ,NZ or Pakistan will be face the same scenario.but they have to comeback to their form soon.if they enable to come then it will be a problem. Like West Indies facing at the moment.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 28, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Its time 2 dump 10dulkar, Sehwag, and Raina for good. They have been given enough chances. Bring in Manoj tiwari or Rahane into the playing 11.

  • on February 28, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    FGUY, Simple truth is that India cannot handle fast bowling on bouncy wickets, whereas SL is marginally better. I am sure SL fans do not worry about Indias performance in the tournament. Please also note that SL team would not be going on begging without your IPL. Most SL crickerters are well off . I have also seen some very ugly comments from some of your fans as well. Please do not paint your guys as saints. What I like about the SL team is they play a tough game with a smile on their faces. I am neither Indian nor a Lankan. I am a true supporter of this SL team.

  • on February 27, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Jasonpete, You said it was hypocracy after reading few comments about Sangas article. Are you sure now? Sanga was right mate? Please do not worry about Ind-SL rivalary. This is a love hate relationship. Most SL fans love Indians.

  • on February 27, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Can Sri Lanka placed the last nail on Indian Coffin of hopes?? Hope they can though......

  • joseyesu on February 27, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Raina, Sehwag - Is not fit for overseas. We need a allrounder where someone can BAT and BOWL a little(no way Jadeja can be called, pathan is much better to bowl a 6 to 7 overs). Is there any in the team that can replace Sachin?. GAMBIR is the only one responsible and dependable and how long he can take the pressure? Dhoni entered with big hitting, but now he is not that. Atleast throw Raina and Sehwag out in the last match and give chance to Tiwary and Rohit. In Bowling as always no one is dependable.

  • on February 27, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @ Mohit Anand. But Srilankans and Australiyans did.

  • rgfedex on February 27, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    this is perfect info. Abt bonus point. The team that achieves a run rate of 1.25 times that of the opposition shall be awarded one bonus point. If u want to more info. Click on cb series 'point table'.

  • neilson on February 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    The best India could do now is go back home,have some rest and then remove all th e under performing and proud players.Needs to have more kholis and Umesh yadivs along with that superb finisher with a marvelous helicopter shot.And finally kill the IPL.It wont do any good for the cricket in india.

  • Bruisers on February 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs - There are many promising youngsters like Manoj Tiwary, Pujara, Rahane, Pandey, Dhawan to name a few... Saying India has no promising youngsters without watching any Indian youngster is ridiculous..

  • on February 28, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    if we focus on Indian fan Comments , India have to drop all the team members and have to build a brand new team!!! Simply what i think is every team get a certain tough period in their career. Australia , Sri lanka , England ,NZ or Pakistan will be face the same scenario.but they have to comeback to their form soon.if they enable to come then it will be a problem. Like West Indies facing at the moment.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 28, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Its time 2 dump 10dulkar, Sehwag, and Raina for good. They have been given enough chances. Bring in Manoj tiwari or Rahane into the playing 11.

  • on February 28, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    FGUY, Simple truth is that India cannot handle fast bowling on bouncy wickets, whereas SL is marginally better. I am sure SL fans do not worry about Indias performance in the tournament. Please also note that SL team would not be going on begging without your IPL. Most SL crickerters are well off . I have also seen some very ugly comments from some of your fans as well. Please do not paint your guys as saints. What I like about the SL team is they play a tough game with a smile on their faces. I am neither Indian nor a Lankan. I am a true supporter of this SL team.

  • on February 27, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Jasonpete, You said it was hypocracy after reading few comments about Sangas article. Are you sure now? Sanga was right mate? Please do not worry about Ind-SL rivalary. This is a love hate relationship. Most SL fans love Indians.

  • on February 27, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Can Sri Lanka placed the last nail on Indian Coffin of hopes?? Hope they can though......

  • joseyesu on February 27, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Raina, Sehwag - Is not fit for overseas. We need a allrounder where someone can BAT and BOWL a little(no way Jadeja can be called, pathan is much better to bowl a 6 to 7 overs). Is there any in the team that can replace Sachin?. GAMBIR is the only one responsible and dependable and how long he can take the pressure? Dhoni entered with big hitting, but now he is not that. Atleast throw Raina and Sehwag out in the last match and give chance to Tiwary and Rohit. In Bowling as always no one is dependable.

  • on February 27, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @ Mohit Anand. But Srilankans and Australiyans did.

  • rgfedex on February 27, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    this is perfect info. Abt bonus point. The team that achieves a run rate of 1.25 times that of the opposition shall be awarded one bonus point. If u want to more info. Click on cb series 'point table'.

  • neilson on February 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    The best India could do now is go back home,have some rest and then remove all th e under performing and proud players.Needs to have more kholis and Umesh yadivs along with that superb finisher with a marvelous helicopter shot.And finally kill the IPL.It wont do any good for the cricket in india.

  • shadabkhankhan on February 27, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    as a indian fan i think team selection is too poor, everything will change by changing captain..Dhoni has some favouritism by CSK. if we change capt, favouritism ends, and dhoni will feel less pressure , so he can bat freely, And think about pathan he is a captain material, and virat also but virat batting can influence, and we need virat as pure batsman. but if shrinivasan and srikanth is there to select the captain , this will not happen, they persist with dhoni bcoz he is CSK captain. so IPL is handling indian team, its really sad. IPL and CSK 100% influencing our INDIAN TEAM. No real cricket, this is about money and power. GOD save us...

  • zenboomerang on February 27, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    With Oz now into the finals I wonder if some players will get rested this Friday?... With just a 1 day break between that game & the final series which all have just a 1 day break inbetween - possible 4 matches in 6 days in 3 cities... Tough on SL as well - 5 matches in 9 days in 4 cities... With SL likely to be in the finals, both teams will be stretched to their limits... Its also going to be hard on Watson to back-up after such a long lay-off... Bit of a dilemma on whether to play him with so little cricket behind him or keep the in-form players for the finals... Also found it curious that Watson didn't bowl Christian for more than 3 overs yet was taking wickets at a good economy rate - I guess Christians 24 runs to Watson 1 run from 7 balls was too much for him :P ...

  • zenboomerang on February 27, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    @sameerpurohit... Bad maths & the wrong maths... Bonus point works on 80% of the match... i.e. winning batting in 40 overs or bowling the oppostion out in 40 overs - or if D/L used, then proportionally the same (80%)...

  • anolikecriket on February 27, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    @sameerpurohit as you say there is a missing part that is the run rate is calculated by dividing the score by 50(overs) for the loss team. so rr=165/50=3.3, got it?

  • vk6848 on February 27, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    sameerpurohit, the run rate for a losing team is calculated as if they batted 50 overs. Otherwise a team can be all out in 3 overs for 48 runs and claim a run rate of 16.0!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    @ sameerpurohit

    India run rate (3.3) = 165/50 not how many overs they batted but how many overs they were given. They got bowled out that counts as 50 overs....

  • jmcilhinney on February 27, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    @sameerpurohit, it's got nothing to do with RR. For the team batting first to get a bonus point, they must hold the team batting second to 80% or less of their score. Aust made 252 so needed to hold India to 201 or less, which they did. For the team batting second to get a bonus point, they must score the required runs in no more than 80% of the overs allotted to them.

  • PrasPunter on February 27, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    @sameerpurohit , when a team is dismissed, their RR is taken for the entire number of overs ( 50 here ). Hope that explains.

  • CricOr on February 27, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Read this in BBC when reading India beating France in finals and making it to Olympics in Hockey. Over the years, the game(Hockey) has lost its popularity in India which is primarily obsessed with cricket. Truly we Indians r OBSESSED with cricket why why are we OBSESSED promote other games too in India

  • ribnarak on February 27, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    wow you guys are blaming tendulkar and sehwag?? What about Dhoni: 14 from 49 balls. Is playing a test match out there?

    Why is it that this is overlooked? Id rather take a sehwag that gets out early than someone who wasted 35 balls. pathetic. If you guys followed the score, sachin's strike was going pretty well. He's been one of our best batsmen against australia.

    Dhoni needs to be seriously dropped.

  • being on February 27, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    india dont desereve to play in finals with this current form, they are mentally week now, our players don seems to be intrested in playing, give them atleast 3 to 4 months rest... some guys are always bashing others here... don feed ur ego too much dudes... coz ur comment will tell that what kind of people you are, to others...its just a sport... celebrate ur victory but don celebrate others defeat... coz u don know when ur turn comes...

  • KKRajesh on February 27, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    very long batting lineup,yet we failed to chase 253.. hooo.. is this the team won the world cup..?!!! only God can save Indian team....

  • KKRajesh on February 27, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    This series has been the worst by India and the worst umpiring.

  • syedmkr on February 27, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Here everyone is asking the same question: why non-performing Jadeja is in the team while lot of capable players are still warmingup the bench? who will answer? neither the team management nor the captain/coach is thinking wisely to mould a team for current series, they are too far thinking of next world cup; rubbish!

  • satish619chandar on February 27, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Wel lall said and done, India doesn't deserve to be in the finals with the brand of cricket they played(Leave alone the controversies) but still mathematically it is possible for them to reach provided the one of the teams in good form loses two matches in utterly bad fashion(Which is very much impossible given the form of SL).. Indian team should rather get ready to reach home and practice for Asia cup and IPL rather than hoping SL to have two massive defeats.. Australia could try well to inflict max damage to SL as they would prefer India in finals than SL but still, India need to beat SL to stay alive which is too tough and rather impossible to do on current form..

  • on February 27, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    this is good lesson to Indians. they play very well in home but if play out side they are struggling.and i wish SL play very well captain front Chanimal finishing his style.

  • Busie1979 on February 27, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Another low strike rate for Forrest - this time with only 7 runs. Believe me, he has not done enough to justify an international cap in the first place. I will admit he has exceeded my expectations to date (expectations which were not very high based on his state record), but his low scoring rate is an ongoing concern. In any case, I'm highly sceptical that he will sustain his international runs over the next year or so. He clearly has potential, but even his biggest fans will have to admit that has had a very easy ride compared to others. He should not have been picked until he earned his spot by getting runs on the board. By this, I don't mean a couple of first class 100s in his first decent season. That may be enough for weaker test teams. But for Australia, you either need 2-3 good seasons behind you, or you come out firing as a youngster. Voges and Ferguson, and Cooper should get priority ODI selection based on their international records.

  • sameerpurohit on February 27, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    How does Australia get the extra point ? India RR = 4.17 Australia = 5.04 India RR = 4.17*1.25 = 5.25 < 5.04, then why the extra point? I am surely missing something, but this extra point crap needs more explaination?


  • on February 27, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    India whitewashed 0-4 in the Test series and won't even qualify for the one day finals - but if you believe Dhoni (and the usual grizzlers in here) - it's the weather's fault, it's the umpire's fault, it's Lady Luck's fault, it's everyone else's fault except the players who came here with high expectation of being the first ever Indian team to win a Test series in Australia, but will go home as clearly the worst of the three sides competing this summer.

  • Anil_Koshy on February 27, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Tendulkar and Sehwag should be permanently dropped from the side. They simple lack the commitment to play cricket, Australia can drop a great player and match winner like Ponting but India does not have the courage to drop Tendulkar who is just run machine not a match winner. Sehwag is there in the side because of his double ton in India. There is not future for these two so called greats.

  • sammysam on February 27, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Ashamed to be an indian after this dreadful pathetic series in Aus. India are truely paper tigers. All selectors and players should be sacked. Start afresh. Can twait for this pussies to get out of Aus. Shameful bunch

  • on February 27, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    . HALF OF OUR TEAM IS USELESS, Dhoni, Sehwag,Sachin,Raina,Jadeja and these people have played almost all the matches in this series. Then how can we expect to win? .Before sacking any body in the team, our selection commitee shoudl be sacked and there has to be an enquiry on how this guy Jadeja is continuing in the team irrespective of his performance.

    WE DO NOT DESERVE TO BE IN THE FINAL. It would be a disgrace to cricket if by any miracle we get there.

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    @LioNinSriLANKA Well Said Machan..We are the Real Champions

  • skumar77 on February 27, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Thanks to the seniors for such inspiring performances, thanks to the "juniors" for taking inspiration from their senior' performances and not taking the scores of chances that have come their way, thanks to the captain for running out of the charmed lives he has had so far and more thanks to him for promoting a lemon in the team and sucessfully selling it to CSK, thanks to the BCCI for not even acknowledging that there is a problem in the team - we can always rely on you to mess things up, thanks to tendulkar for choosing not to retire in glory and fight for the team and his 100s.

    May you all prosper in the upcoming IPLs and make money from the fans who continue to watch your performances while holding their bladders due to lack of clean sanitation facilities in the stadia where you perform.

  • Don_Simon on February 27, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    @jasonpete:The moral of the story is that this Indian team is finding it difficult to defeat even a second string Australian team.

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    Like this Aus team.they play hard cricket with smile on face as SL and Ind pls concentrate on your game,weaknesses rather than whining for small cases ..afetr all its just a game only and play with common sense to enjoy this damn good game:)

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Drop Jadeja, Gambhir, Sehwag, Sachin, Raina, Vinay etc.. and take Rahane, Mukund, Pujara, Dinesh Karthik, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Ashwin and other promising youngsters. Even though we may loose one or two series initially, these players are future prospects and they will definitely learn and improve.

  • men_in_blue22 on February 27, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    some facts about Mr. dhoni or captain * he had the world champ team which is 70% made from gangully. * he can not wait till the 48 overs when he is batting at no 5 or 6. he has to rotate strike. * he isn't great captain. May be he is the player who is good to be a captain in our team right now. but not grater than kapil dev and ganguly or smith or ponting. * And the last thing BCCI should have the fast track like Perth or Melbourne in India so we can encourage fast bowler.

  • CUSE on February 27, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Dhoni, Don't worry buddy. UMPIRE'S ERRORS ARE PART OF THE GAME !!!, ha ha ha !!! lol !!! :D

  • CricketChat on February 27, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    The obvious discontent in Ind camp seems to have affected their ability on the field on this Aus tour. The fact that MS has shown guts to take on the seniors doesn't seem to sit well with timid Selectors and blind fans. Ind team is very much due for an overhaul. Ind cricket should take a leaf out of Aus book if they want to progress.

  • CUSE on February 27, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Dhoni, Don't worry buddy. UMPIRE'S ERRORS ARE PART OF THE GAME !!!, ha ha ha !!! lol !!! :D

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    There was not effort at all to rotate the strike and bat. Either wasting the balls or hitting aimlessly. Ashwin and Pathan appears to be striking the ball well than the top order. Any how, the team as well as captain... all are in the same boat. At least for the next series, discard Jadeja, Sachin, Sehwag, Raina, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel and even Gambhir. Select Mukund, Rahane, Pujara, Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Ashwin, and other promising youngsters. Even if we loose one or two series, it will not be a problem since all these youngsters are future prospects and they will definitely learn and improve.

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Team India, hereafter dont play with big nations and in overseas. Try to play with india and invite team like WI, Bangladesh, Zim...etc.

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    india tried their best but didn't win . Its OK. I still love india because indian cricketers are the best 11 in 1.2 billion and if they can't win nobody else can

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 27, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    I hate to say- I told you so!! These days playing with 10dulkar and Sehawag is like playing with 9 players. You can't win against a very competitive side like Australia or Sri Lanka with just 9 players. 10dulkar was a formidable batsman in his heyday. Now he is a joke of a batsman. Sehwag should be banished from playing cricket outside the Indian subcontinent. He's a tiger on India's flat pitches, but tame as a pussy cat on bouncy wickets outside the subcontinent.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 27, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    I'm at a loss at why Indian fans are praising Irfan Pathan. Sure, he may be the best batsman out of the entire Indian team at the moment (no joke), but he is THE worst bowler to have on the team. Each one of his matches was above 5 runs an over and he's been averaging towards 6 runs an over with no real threat to the batsman. My idea? Replace Jadeja with him and go with 3 quicks/ Pathan/spinner. Kick ashwin out too. High time Indian selectors start investing in a real bowler - Rahul Sharma

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    I wonder why they're not playing Robin Uthappa instead of Rohit Sharma!

  • peterss on February 27, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Drop Pathan & Jadeja. Both cant bowl. Pathan gets smacked in the death overs. Jadeja can do neither. Play R Sharma & Tiwary.

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Move Pathan up the order and blood some youngsters. Even if you still lose, at least you give the next generation of Indian cricket a chance to shine.

  • fguy on February 27, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    <<CONTD> all that is forgotten and now india is on a low (it happens to all teams) SL fans are saying things like 'flat track bullies' (hello, where was the 952 run snoozefest played??!) like their pitches are perth-like! and also denigrating IPL (not my favorite tournament but different strokes...) which pays many a SL cricketer, something which ther own board hasnt for months. remember, if it wasnt for IPL the SL cricketers would prob'ly be forced to beg in order to support their families. so keep that in mind..

  • fguy on February 27, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    normally i would've supported SL in the finals now that Ind are almost out (which they absolutely deserve seeing the way they played) but looking at some of the statments here by SL fans all i have to say is wow! they're arrogant like they're No. 1 for last 10 years in every format of the game. and are putting down India, a nation that supported them (morally and financially) during their infancy and growth. dont forget that earlier other nations questioned SL's int'l status like they do with b'desh and zim now. but Ind helped them grow by sending teams regularly (to the extent that i'm thoroughly bored watching ind-sl encounters). CONTD>>

  • bombay4u on February 27, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    I cannot belive how Team india has played and hadled players in Australia and also in india. 1. Why did Shevag and Tendulker opened, it would be better to have left right combo then have Shevag or Tendulker bat at 4 to help middle order as well as thier own form...Opourtunity missed. 2. Why did Jadeja Played again ??????? is he using some of his 2 mil IPL to get his shot, i feel sorry for the team that gave him 2 million, i play better then him and i will play for 1 million. 3. Why Irfan was not tried at either number 4 to get ahead of run rate while he has been batting well and in form ahead of Raina. 4. Why did Raina play, he has done nothing so far to have him included in this 11, why not push Aswin to Open , he has better technique then Shevag for sure. 5. Dhoni he is good captain & Gem of a person but slow learner, you need to be more proactive, Shevag and Ghambir have personal agenda and that is stoping them from playing well for india, atlest Shevag should be dropped NOW.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 27, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    To all you guys who are saying that India should replace Raina, Tendulkar, Jadeja, who will you replace them with? Youngsters are not looking as promising as we all thought. Face the truth which is sad. This is India's best team right here and they are getting whipped

  • johnathonjosephs on February 27, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Surely Sehwag will be dropped in the next match and they will let Gambhir open? Gambhir has made 2 90's while opening and Sehwag is averaging 5 runs in this ODI series after coming of great form in India from making a 220 odd score. What happened to Sehwag's form? Its called flat track bully in flat pitch (rajkot should be banned as a pitch). Bring Rohit back in place of Sehwag. He's averaging 12 i think and we all know that 12 is more than 5

  • preedys on February 27, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Why have'nt u guys noted a common thing in all failures of India? Its called Umesh Yadav who gives all the runs to the opposition when the other bowlers r doing well. He has no line or length, just gives the pace for the batsman's use.

    Another one in Team India is Ravichandran Ashwin who is fit only to play at home. See these two bowler's overseas stats & u can judge yourself. Do we really need such bowlers? Dont know what impressed the selectors in these two except for high level recommendation cos in India its recommendation first, talent next.

  • Andys-cricket on February 27, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Indian Team and All players need serious rest, they should be back in any kind of cricket only after few months and that's the only way Indian cricket team can come out of the coma.

  • criclanka on February 27, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    @jasonpete, im a sri lankan fan, i agree with you 100%. india is our big brother and our immediate neighbor. we should not let these few arrogent fans to hamper cricketing relationship of SL and IND.i can remember when we are staging the world cup in 1996 AUS,WI refused to visit our country and it was our friends in IND and PAK led by AZAR and WASIM who came here and staged a friendly match and told the world SL is a safe place play cricket..i have full respect for indian team in the 90's led by Azaruddin, they were the true ambassador of cricket. However as for me the present indian team except for sachin, dhoni and sehwag, all others are playing only for rewards not for love of cricket..once those great players retired??????

  • on February 27, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    As an ardant Australian fan your mind is always pre-occupied with SL-IND fan rivalary. Let them sort out their differences. After all they are neighbours. I have not seen SL fans behaving cocky towards your team. I am sure niether SL nor Indian fans would accept an advice from an Australian. You won the match, and enjoy your teams sucess. You too enjoy your cricket.

  • Emancipator007 on February 27, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Fans and selectors, please BELL the Raina cat. HIGH TIME. Hopeless in ODIs abroad,10 straight ODI failures in SA over 2 tours and now 7 in OZ. There is something to what people say b/w Dhoni and Pathan (for that matter issues b/w Dhoni and many Indian players). Pathan is OBVIOUSLY the more accomplished and proven batter internationally than Jadeja (and even Ashwin), yet he comes after them. Further, Sehwag had gotten into some sort of rhythm with his 62 in 2nd innings of 4th Test, plus a 200 in his last ODI (yeah, how many legends have scored that many in ODIs in India) yet was rotated or rested in 1st ODI. You don't DROP or rest a Class legend like Sehwag (similar thing was done in last CB series Down Under). Ridiculous decisions. Tiwary (red-hot form) should have played by now. Normally, I have a lot of time for Dhoni's captaincy in ODIs, but his stubbornness, biases and bad decisions cost India dearly in this series.

  • gitapat on February 27, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    This is the right time for BCCI to take decisions based on common sense and in the interest of future of Indian cricket. First,they must play two Teams-one for Tests and the other for 50 and 20 over formats and ensure that players in one Team do not play in the other. The Test team should comprise Gambhir.Sehwag.Ahinav Mukund,Dravid,Tendulkar, Virat Kohli,Cheteswar Punja,Dinesh Karthick,Ashiwn.Amit Mishra,Ishant Sharma,Umesh Yadav,Sreesanth and Unadkat with Gambhir as captain. The ODI Teams can be built around Dhoni and Yuvraj from those who do well in IPL As IPL gives a lot of money to Indian cricketeers,they will still make money playing only one format and have the right technique and be fit to play the crowded Indian cricketing schedule.

  • on February 27, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    All the best for Asia cup for India. Hope we will see New Names. or still sachin for his 100 th 100 saga goes onnnnnnnnnnnnn.

  • on February 27, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    India................................................just overrated.

  • on February 27, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    very disappointed - was hoping it would be very close match

  • on February 27, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Every player at some point in his life is going to lose a battle. He is going to fight and he is going to lose. But what makes him a man is at the midst of that battle he does not lose himself. This game is not over, this battle is not over.

    I absolutely have no doubt that the Indian team is trying their best but some of the players look like they are lost. The Indian team that won the CB series last time and the team that drew the test series 2-2 is an example of not getting lost in the middle of a battle.

    At the end of the day all batsmen have difficulty handling a moving ball. Indians have issues with pace, seam and bounce. Others have issues with reverse swing and spin. Only players with natural talent in their prime come out on top in alien conditions.

    To win overseas, BCCI has to share revenue with Aussie and English boards and include overseas domestic league games for state association players for ages 17-25.

  • bMike on February 27, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    A team who performs well only at home & get hammered every time when they play outside home can't be considered as world champions & it's a shame for other world cup winning nations if such a country is considered as world champions. This CB series proves that India are home champions & SL are real world champions!

  • bigcric27 on February 27, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    I feel bad for all Indian fans & good luck Australia for reaching the finals. India's making a big mistake having viru & SRT in the playing 11 when both should be practicing in the nets (so Dhoni gets a chance to try out Tiwary) any way the biggest dissapointment is Ravi Jadeja who is the highest bid in the IPL auction for $2 million, he don't deserve it, If he keep performing the way he is doing right now forget playig to India, Mr. $2m will have to sit on the bench in the CSK games.

  • on February 27, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    India chickened out finally.It is extremely optimistic to believe that they can make it to finals based on hypothetical assumptions.However, it is another series and as we all know cricket is an unpredictable game.It may be India today and some other country tommorow .It would have been much nicer if they admitted their lapses rather than giving excuses and accepted defeat gracefully.Sachin was unlucky today but that's how the game is being played.Hopefully he will get his much deserved 100th century soon.Good luck India .You can pack your bags on Tuesday.You guys definitely need a break.

  • wake_up_india on February 26, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Time to rebuild -- from the top to the bottom, starting with the BCCI at the top, including the coach and the captain, weeding out non-performers based on recent form and ending with the pitches. This failure is not about Old versus Young, it is about all round lack of a particualr skill -- how to bat and bowl on bouncy pitches. The fans are also to blame. They need to stop hero worshipping individual players and remember that they are watching a team sport, not golf.

  • Silverbails on February 26, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Well, well well, another pathetic shambles of a display, to back up that pathetic 4 - 0 drubbing in the Test Series. How much lower can this team sink to? Who knows. And, Srinivasan's comments don't make for happy reading. Time for wholesale changes, BOTH to the Test team, and to the ODI team. India really are the flat track bullies; give them ANYTHING even REMOTELY with something of a bounce in it, and look what happens...they fall over like ninepins. No fight, no resistance. It's a sad and disappointing end to this woeful Australian campaign. Sehwag needs to be DROPPED NOW, and to LEARN to play a lot more on bouncier pitches before he comes back into the team, rather than to give the opposition team a cheap early wicket!! And, as for Ashwin - A BOWLER - making the highest score in the Indian innings...well, that's just a VERY SAD indictment of this whole so - called batting heavyweight team. Time also for SRT and Raina to be dropped from the ODI team! No, COMPLETE CHANGE is required!

  • AlpsRock on February 26, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    India won't win until the Captaincy style change, no matter whatever the difference are but they are there. I still don't get it, why so called Jadeja is still playing in XI. He has no batting talent (might show some in IPL, i am sure there is pressure NOT to drop him from CSK / BCCI - MOST expensive player though worth nothing). Keep him as 12th and make use of his fielding...Pathan's brother are better choice over Jadeja and Raina / Rohit (another push overs). Get on with life, i have been watching these games all night from Canada, i give up now...NOT worth the loosing sleep for this Indian Team. Look at Mr Cool, finding execuses now, played almost 68 balls (strike rate 28%, shame not able to rotate strike) for nothing (14 runs), what's the execuse for that!!! Trying to be hero again like WC Final, taking credit (Gauti) of whole teams success but not failure...enough said! Done.... I wish these players or BCCI read this comments or CricInfo can forward all this to them...please

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @ truebleue_cricfan on (Feb 26 2012, 14:49 PM GMT) :-- TOTALLY AGREED. But even I am pesimist about the Changes that are required but may not come. Asia Cup is comming in Dhaka. The same OLD players (literally) may make big scores against Bangladesh and also may be against SL & Pak on the flat pitches and every thing will be forgotten.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    Indian Batsmen fail again. Whats the news. This is an age old story. The over hyped Indian players are only flat pitch bulys.

  • Sidura on February 26, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    @csowmi7, must be really frustrating for you see that India kept loosing since the WC (apart from some winnings played locally). Looks like you guys have more say in the game than its players. Then why did you send them to Australia? Bangladesh would have done a better job!

  • on February 26, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    @Sabir Syed, Because Irfan in his first 5 overs gave 28 runs, got no wicket and wasted new ball. Infact Dhoni should not have started with Irfan and should have given new ball to Umesh. Because irfan failed while Praveen on other end ended with two wickets with less than 13 runs in his first 5 overs taking 2 wickets. Dhoni new that when irfan couldn't do anything with ball getting older. He would have been easy target to hit with his lolly pop pace. Jadeja on the other hand came and immediately got the inform Warner and finsihed is 10 overs against the well set batsmen. Is it hard to understand?

  • Precioustar84 on February 26, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Congratulations to Aussies! This win was expected at least by half of the Team India followers. India have the same non-performers again and again so how can the results be any different? Of course I'm disappointed since there's always slight hope for the best but Team India losing could be a blessing in disguise. Had we won or even made it to the finals, the Indian selectors would keep the same playing X1 while others sit out. There are no perfect replacements but there are potentials. Kohli seems to be the only hope for future even though his antics are embarrassing but at least he was given proper chance.

  • yorkslanka on February 26, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    @cswomi- you are absoutely right my friend but the only difference between us is that we won our world cup away from home..unlike you...still agree with you though...

  • Mitcher on February 26, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Quite possibly one of the worst sides to ever visit these shores.

  • SKamaraj on February 26, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Srilanka looks a better team than India at present. I am sure India will bounce back very soon when they get rid of the dead wood and drop some of the players who are not fitting into the scheme of things.Sehwag needs to be dropped as his form is gone and will never return. Raina cannot play outside the sub continent and hence has no role in the future. Jadeja is a good containing bowler and an excellent fielder, but will need to improve his batting a lot before he is called an allrounder and he needs to stay out until then. Zaheer's fitness can never be trusted, it's better to drop him and trust the young guns. Overall I see Dhoni having a game plan - he is showing up some of the senior players like Sehwag and Gambhir so that he can get them out of the team and bring in youngsters. This is a good move. Bring Rahane and Tiwary immediately in to the team and you will see great improvement.

  • kingishere on February 26, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    @max234 though your comments make complete sense to me but I dont agree with you that Indai should play the reserves in the last match, instead they should give chance to the same flop heroes in the last match as well. What I mean is if they give the reserves a chance in the last match and they fail they would be the unfortunate ones who would be dropped from the team in future selections while the flop stars would continue to be in the team.

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Don't worry Indian batsmen ... you've got the Hit & Giggle tournament coming up soon to be "heroes" again ... but in the meantime, a country with over a billion people can't squeeze even one of two countries of less than 1/50th of their population out of the the tri-series finals!

  • KENNETH2007 on February 26, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    what to say poor cricket....ashamed to say the WORLD CHAMPIONS get...exited from the CB verdict......we can only bat ON DEAD PITCHES BACK home ....and no where ...this gives a sign that if dont change our tactics of BATTING ON fast tracks and bouncers we can say CHAO TO 2015 WC ALREADY.....


  • NairUSA on February 26, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    lee and hussey were merely following the aussie national tradition of foul play starting from their glory days of winning a match using underarm bowling.

    No team should expect fair play from this aussie bunch. However, India has to take up with proper bodies to book lee for obstructing a player. Bowden is a great guy, but his age might be catching up with him. India should ask ICC to review his past decisions just to make sure he is still good.

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    For all Indian fans....What about Sangas Article about India ??? True ist it ??

  • vishal53 on February 26, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    India have received a million wake up calls but aren't understanding what they are for. They need a change in the ODI Squad. Big time. It's high time that the selectors step in and actually select a good squad or else the BCCI should sack each and every one of the selectors. If they can't do their job then why ruin the future of the Indian team? What happiness do they get by watching a million people walk down the streets of India upset. The Asia Cup is not even two weeks away and India are expected to perform over there. Honestly, it would be fine if India made some permanent, drastic changes to the squad and still lost. At least they will be building up to something. I have listed whom I think would fit in a strong squad for the Asia Cup. 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 Subramaniam Badrinath, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Piyush Chawla, 11 Munaf Patel, Bench: M.Vijay, P.Patel (wk), RP.Singh, R.Jadeja

  • Jack_India on February 26, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Why didn't the umpires get the fielding captain involved to check if he wanted to withdraw Sachin's run-out appeal in 'the spirit of the game'?

  • SanjivAwesome on February 26, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Australia played like a champion team. It was a privilege watching them doing a clinical job on my team. Their intensity in the field was electric. Good body language too. Bowlers ran in hard on India batsmen. As for India, the game was lost the moment we selected Sehwag and Tendulkar to cobble together our playing XI.

  • doctornikki on February 26, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    dont understand why jadeja plays ahead of and even bats ahead of irfan pathan...what a waste...shame

  • Dimitri_SL on February 26, 2012, 19:37 GMT even I feel sorry for INDIA...set aside all our differences and verbal abuses thrown both ways,(Most of which Cricinfo did not publish) I really feel that you guys should reinvent your team...

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    india needs a change in mindset. the IPL is here to stay, but controls should be established so it doesnt flourish at the expense of test cricket and the erosion of talent. the market drives the game.

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    ok at last we got a chance to try new talents. for the last match vs lanka go with this team. tiwary, gambhir, kohli, rohit, raina, dhoni, pathan, jadeja, aswin, praveen, vinay.

  • ribnarak on February 26, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    dhoni should shut up. 14 from 49? Lol this guy is a joke. Is he playing a test match out there??? Don't ever criticize sehwag. he's just a lucky person who wins because his players perform. In the worldcup it was Yuvraj who brought us the victory.

  • girikula on February 26, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Agree with below readers and many others who have shared their views in a neutral way:

    NALINWIJ Matt Post Sano27 mubs62

  • enthusiastic on February 26, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    It was yet another meek show by the worlds best batting lineup in the world. Is the god cricket not god anymore or have the demons of cricket got the better of him. It's time to forget personal glory and look at new players with hunger and passion and willing to play cricket for the country. A day when the sportsmen of our national sport hockey put up a great show and qualified for the Olympics, the more sought after cricketers let us disappointed. It's sad we will continue to support only our cricketers and put these shocking tours once IPL stars in April.

  • say2mahesh on February 26, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Why India is still playing with the same XI. R Jadeja (Two Million Dollar Man) should have been dropped and should be replaced with either Manoj Tiwary or Rohit Sharma. P.Patel should have been given chance instead of Shewag. Also A.Rahane should have been in the squad. Players like Rahane, Tiwary were part of the India A Tour to Australia some three to four months before India played in England.

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    The batting performance of our Indian players was excellent. And to all,Just be positive in your replies. You can see that India have reduced their defeat from 110runs to 87runs, which is far better improvement. LOL. If they keep improving, they can atleast manage to defeat netherlands or canada or zimbabwe or kenya. Those teams are stronger than us. And At Aussies."Even though if you get 70 or 80 runs in 50overs, Indian players will still be reduced to 20 or 30 runs(All out) in 20 or 30 overs. LOL. So don't worry about your performance, Indian players have fear against your team and they will never win against you from now."

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    lol @ MATT post. when india lose in 3 days in fast pitches then u say ha ! india can't play at these pitches. when aussies got ragged on indian pitches then u say pitches r bad and india can only win at home.same applies for england. we also want to see 5 day matches but it is your type pitches which cause all 4 innings to be played in 1 day.( i hope u got my hint)

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    I reallu dont understand indian moment when dhoni hits a six n win the match he is a very good finisher n when he gets out " he is the worst batsman n should be sent back to ranji trophy ' puh-leez guys....rohit sharma n ravindra jadeja n raina r the guys who cant bat . dont heap al the criticm on dhoni....n sachin who has done so much for india cant be allowed to get a graceful exit after scoring 100 he must be thrown out before....

  • jason79 on February 26, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    If i was the selector,below is wht i would hve done 1)Drop Sachin out totally from one day..India wins when he is not around 2)opening slot will be manoj tiwary /or any other newcomer and sehwag/gambhir(depending on their form) 3)Yuvraj singh..hope he recovers fast 4)Kohli or raina(depend on form) 5)yusuf pathan/rohit sharma(again on form) 6)dhoni- he is still best captain 7)jadeja/irfan pathan(preference for irfan) 8)ashwin/harbhajan(based on form) 9)zaheer khan 10)praveen kumar/ishant sharma/(based on fitness) 11)umesh yadav /Aaron(based on form and fitness)....if neither of them available then maybe sreeshanth. Ponting once as a captain was able to win almost allmatch couze he hd some star players,the moment those players retired he started losing ..same with Dhoni..he looks lost without yuvraj and harbhajan..thatz the damn fact..and he was quite right with the rotation policy..couze those top 3 thinks they are untouchable,thnks to the fans,media and spinless board its true,

  • praveenchopra on February 26, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    if jadeja and sehwag open we would have won the match,but we can still win the next game with a bonus point and sl may lose to aussies,then we can be in the finals,all the best to india

  • drsandeep009 on February 26, 2012, 17:33 GMT


  • on February 26, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Time to say that India is a overrated team and their last won WC was fluke. Now waiting to see when they are regularly get beaten by Ireland and Netherlands, let alone Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

  • spiritwithin on February 26, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    @Matt Post,how d u expect indian team to get better when they cant even accept that their is something wrong with the system,d u expect Srinivasan,Pawar & co. to d something for indian cricket when they does'nt even knows the abc of cricket,when BCCI president gives statements like '' india wins at home so losing outside sud'nt be taken so seriously''....

  • El_Toro_Loco on February 26, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    So now it's umpire's fault that team india lost all games overseas in the past 10 months or so? How pathetic. Never seen this in any kind of professional sport where the same team losing like this after winning the World Championship. What a shame...

  • AvidCricFan on February 26, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Barring SRT's run out, the rest of Indian batsmen simply didn't perform. Shewag, Raina and Jadeja's role in the team need to be revisited. Raina after being in international arena for 5 plus years has not sorted out how he handles bounce and swing on pacy wickets. He will be liability of the next WC. The same will be true with Shewag and Gambhir. If India is building team for the next WC - Shewag, Gambhir, SRT, Raina, Ashwin, Zaheer, Rohit Sharma should have no role in ODI going foward.

  • wolf777 on February 26, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Irfan Pathan for No. 6 in the Test Match.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Drop Sehwag , Sachin ..... Bring in the Spectator M.Tiwary and P.Patel !!!

  • bMike on February 26, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    @ SamRoy: I can't believe why you blame Sangakkara for those four changers though it was done by the selection committee may be after discussing with captain & vice-captain. SL made 4 changes not because of they are panic but they had no way to play the same semi final team as Mathews was injured, Chamara Silva's batting form was horrible & Indians are well aware of Ajantha Mendis. The only doubt was playing Randiv ahead of Herath but Randiv played as he could use his bounce & he justified it by being the most economical bowler & match result could have been different if Kula could hold Gambir's catch for Randiv's only 3rd ball. Sangakkara didn't take all decisions himself & we saw he's discussing with Jayawardena & Murali. One big disadvantage was Tharanga & Dilshan's show start but Sanga & Mahela overcame it but SL bowlers didn't get any support as dew came so it's not all Sanga's fault. I'd love to see a final between Australia Vs SL & I don't care who wins this CB series.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    If India win with a bonus point on Tuesday, and if Australia beat Sri Lanka in the last league game, India can still sneak into the final....

    Imagination level:over 9000

  • Htc-Baseball on February 26, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @Dev9212: Spot on man ur comments. And for all lankan and aus fans -India won WC cause of an Fit zaheer and spirited Yuvraj.. Without these two again playing at the same time , cant expect anything more

  • madras_boy on February 26, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Blimey ! Ashwin is the top scorer in this game !!! What the hell the top order is doing ??? Look at the score stats, Oz hit 15 fours and 2 sixes and we hit 13 fours and 2 sixes. What we lack are the precious singles and two's. We need a partnership to win games. Top order must contribute. Time to REST sehwag and sachin and look for some promising youngsters like SL did in Chandimal and Tirumanne. Probably Vijay and Rahane. We need to groom our batsman rather than depending on the old horses. Raina is a T20 player not fit for building partnerships in recent times. Need someone solid in the middle who can handle pressure and score those vital singles. Dono why Rohit is not performing... had he performed well in the initial one dayers, he would have been playing today ! Comeon Indian selectors, cant you get a best XI from our billion population !!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    In a way its good India lost the match. Its better for Indian cricket as this atleast will be a reason for selfish Indian players to be ashamed of and call it a day. BCCI has lots to do now, fixing this Indian side will take some gals,lot of corrections. Hope things work out for better for Indian cricket.

  • jaga.ra on February 26, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Come home dhoni boys we need some rest and regain fitnes to play ipl.

  • san789 on February 26, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    @sunil Prasad... I know how u feel...... u will not regret the day you respect other cricket playing countries and their talent... no doubt Indians are not world champs, they are just Home champs......i realy dont understand why you guys are mad about this game,.. just love this game... its not only about winning...

  • cric4lyf on February 26, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    bye bye india...home tigers..dont cry now

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    india are down n out of cb series,doesnt look like world champion at all,major changes required immediately,selectors should take some daring dicisions

  • reb1 on February 26, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Brett Lee was bowling at 135-140 kmph and yet he was getting much better seam movement and bounce than the Indians.. There is a big difference in class.. The ball that swung in the air into Tendulkar after pitching and the ball to Gambhir that kissed his glove and went for four were phenomenal. The run out happened because Gambhir seemed to want to get to the other end desperately--the single was probably not on..

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    who will go out of Australian team when Michael clarke comes back ? looks like Daniel christian will be the unlucky guy

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    virender shewag took this command

  • ranilb on February 26, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    India did it again: they gave away the bonus point to Australia for the third consecutive time! Did they really win world cup? Why did Sri Lanka screw up the final against a team like this??

  • yusuf97 on February 26, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    dhoni right now cant do anything when his players are not performing...he cant go aand bat for them...he is performing well...each and every team in the world has under gone bad phase...its indias time now...a time will come when austrailia will lack the quality of players it has already started...after gilly warne magrath has departed it has become will further depleat after the exit of lee clarke and watson

  • Nandika on February 26, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    bad luck india.india should learn something from sri lanka.sri lankans have done greatly in last 3 years in autralia.indians should learn how to play in fast and bouce wickets.winning a world cup means not best team in the world.its just a one match one cup .winning consistency shows the best team in the world.thats why australians was considered as the no 1 team in the world last dacade.but now they are going down.srilanka coming as the best team in the world.they have beaten SA in SA by chasing 300+ twice and now domintaiong Ausies.if sri lanka win this cup then surely be the best team in the world.

  • lankanlioncric on February 26, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    i think india dont want DRS coz then they can give excuses when ball knocks batsman's hand or blame the bowler for running towards the ball

  • samudralakiku on February 26, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Indian team can find new lows when it looks like there can not be any worse and the only way is the way up. This disgusts me as an Indian fan. I think it is time to drop all the seniors and build a younger team. They are good for nothing outside subcontinent.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    what a great feeling to see this over hyped team thrashed.even Zimbabwe would have put up a better fight!come on Indians, don't give excuses simply admit the fact your team has been thoroughly outplayed. :)

  • CyclopsXMEN on February 26, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    yea yea ITS IPL time for INDIA , Smaller ground , blow dried and Flat pitches where can score 200 ... :P

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    @street_smart - why are you blaming dhoni ? he captained well and limited australia to 253... what is he supposed to do when his top 5 goes for 80 something runs ?? one thing is true , jadeja is a joke on away pitches.. but we didnt lose because of that..

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Now this is not really surprising.. india has been facing the SAME PROBLEM through out the tour (from england tour itself).. it was clear as daylight that sehwag and sachins failure at top was hurting india's chances.. and what do we do ? we stick to the same things.. why did they not changing anything , something ?? get sehwag out , open with tiwary , let sachin bat down the order , dhoni coming before raina.... really disappointed..

  • calypsocricket on February 26, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    I am so dissapointed with Dhoni's comments. Thought he was Mr.Cool. Should take some time out and hang out with Gayle ( Mr.Super Cool ), when the IPL Circus begin. Gayle will teach him to accept a lost with grace. His post match interviews will be like : "Dhoni accepts defeat because Dhoni's team was not up to standard for the entire tour".

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    EVerything will forgotten when indian batsmen will score centries and 300 plus run on dead pirches back home.

  • changX on February 26, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Tendulkar , raina & Jadeja should be dropped from the indian team for the next series. tendulkar should not give another chance to complete his 100 ton.

  • Ecovijay on February 26, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Its time 2 dump Ravindra jadeja and bring in Manoj tiwari or Rahane into the playing 11. His spin is proving of no use n he is no match to an allrounder like irfan pathan. There is no use in experimenting with someone like rohit sharma who has played 75 odis and still we see him as emerging and upcoming ???????????? He has wasted the opportunities given to him and failed to seal his spot in the team Eg. Virat kohli's consistent run earned him a place in the world cup squad. Dhoni needs to stop expecting players like jadeja and rohit to give a match winning performance everyother match and they keep failing. Dhoni needs to look a deeper look at the youngster's statistics and decide the playing eleven. Rohit sharma's Avg is 15 in the CB series!!!!!!!! its terrific!!! y rest Gambhir?????

    The truth is that sachin is not blocking any youngster's way into the team but its our jadejas n rohits who r the real culprits. Bcci can easily afford different teams for different formats.

  • drvp on February 26, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    the truth is some of these players simply do not have the force of character to help india win in alien conditions! example- jadeja- great fielder no doubt!, but overrated left arm spinner and flat track bully as batsman.....does not bat well under pressure. raina- good fielder again, but a BULLIED( by short piched stuff batsman) and well an occasional offie. ashwin- on the face of it he seeems ok.... look at his figures against aussies, no wickets...CANNOT win us matches on bouncy tracks!. rohit sharma- the greatest tragedy of all!....4 years back he was pivotal to india winning the CB series,now he is simply out of sorts!. in this bleak scenario( not even mentioning the travails and failures of sehwag , gambhir and SRT), i thought umesh yadav and irfan really showed some spunk....yadav needs to leak a few runs less though and irfan can still bowl better, but his batting was heartening!. and virat of course did well, but he ought to be a better finisher!.

  • crick_wizard on February 26, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    its unbelievable and shocking to see the rigid mentality of dhoni..desparate times call for desparate measures and the least thing india could have done was re-shuffle the batting order a bit..both Sewhag and tendulkar are struggling for confidence and one of them could be made to bat at No 4, so they dont need to face the new ball and can get into some sort of form when the field is spread..also that would have bolstered the hapless middleorder with their experience...and what on earth is Irfan doing at No 9? Its ridiculus playing him below Jadeja and Ashwin, considering how assured he looked with the bat in earlier matches and how much Jadeja struggled...dhoni and india dont deserve to reach the final so i hope they lose the next game as well..

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    The way how Umesh Yadav and Praveen kumar batted saying current situation of the indian cricket. whats the problem with u guys?? its ok, if u loose.but where is ur fighting ability?if any one look the way that umesh played for brett lee , I thought he needed to give the match early to the aussies.where is ur team spirit?

  • ptnair on February 26, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    @Tharindu Shamantha Perera: SRT's place is strong. Young blood, other than Kohli, didn't do better than Sachin in this series so far. And yes, he is GOD for us, even after retiring. And yes, we , Sachin fans, can wait to see his 100th ton. I can understand your feeling, the jealous, for not having a player like sachin in Srilanka. :)

  • Prakmca on February 26, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Ridiculous..... On what basis they are selecting team.. On what basis Jadeja is in playing eleven. Rohit also taken 2 wickets, and scored 70+ runs in 5 matches and Jadeja in 7 mataches, 2 wickets and 70+ runs. Rohit was dropped, but Jadeja is playing continuosuly. How come.. is it because, he is Dhoni's pet????? First selectors have to think what international capability jadeja is having????? Atleast for asia cup, please drop Jadeja, in all no performing players.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Humiliation for India should certainly have been more had there been more than three teams in this tournament. It is the useal business of Indian team who have never stamped their authority on the game after the WC. Parvin making impact was normal. Batsmen doing the normal job of getting out as they mostly do away from home. Umesh going for plenty of runs and bastmen taking him lightly and getting out. Wonderful fielding by Dan to run Tendulkhuwar out was a usual piece by aussie fielding standards. Lee did not feel at ease that a fielder is already approching and was drawn towards the ball then stopping to see that dan is doing the wonderful job. Tendulkarr was out despite lee in the way due to this beautiful work in the field. Tendulkar was lethargic any other indian player like kohli, jadeja or dhoni would hae make easily. Stand against DRS and limiting the number of teams whom India can play has also made Indian players weak and lower in confidence.

  • rp1106 on February 26, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Rohit got "rested" (dropped) according to Dhoni because of his bad shot selection. Now I would like to ask what about his Raina and Jadeja? What they have done in the entire series? What about the top 4 (Gambhir, Tendulkar, Sehwag and Kohli) ? Gambhir played only two valuable innings. Jadeja is neither contributing with bat or bowling. What kind of all rounder he is?

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene's flourishing side will meet Australians in Finals and hope crush them...Have a safe flight Indians...

  • jasonpete on February 26, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Well done guys for reaching the finals with a bonus point.India team seriously need to look at themselves with some of their players in their team like sehwag and few others.They need to bring youngsters instead of keeping same players over and over again after so many failures.Hope they do some high level changes and look for future.Regarding some of the comments below from few SL fans,They won last CB tri series in 2008 by beating out best team with players like gilly Hayden and Ponting.Hope you all understand they are going through rough patch as all the teams go through this.So instead of behaving cocky like some of the other Indians fans ,hope you all takes defeat and success as it comes.By seeing the comments below ,I understand that some Indian and SL fans are all same taking dig at each other when gets opportunity.Relax and enjoy cricket.Once again well done guys for CB final.@ Matt post, second that, agree with you.

  • KOCHAR on February 26, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I am a big fan a sachin. But maybe its time to reconsider his place in the playing 11 for the ODI'S. Tests no doubt he is still the best batsman in the world. Come on Paaji you have given so much pleasure to billions and billions of fans but its time for you to bid farewell to ODI'S you will still be remembered as one of the greats. Raina please score runs as you are a proper batsman not only a fielder. Jadeja time to play only in india in small grounds not in australia. And Sehwag we want to see some constitency not entertaining scores of 4 and 5 but 40 and 50. Time to relook at the entire team. We will definitely rock

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Sending Pathan in at number 9 and Jadeja at number 7 is a travesty. You leave a man too much to do, too late, and he will succumb to the pressure. Ashvin and Pathan should both go before Jadeja. Also, Pathan getting 5 overs and Jadeja getting 10 is a travesty. I really disagree with Dhoni's leadership.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Dear Indian Selectors, LOOK at SL Young Batsman Dinesh Chandimal. He learned very quickly how to play on pace and bouncy piches. What about your poor batsman like raina, Sewag, Kohil etc..

  • KOCHAR on February 26, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    As an indian fan am disappointed with the way team india played. I am sorry mr dhoni maybe too many chances for Mr Sehwag, Mr Raina and Mr Jadeja. You state that you want to groom the youngsters for the 2015 WC. Why is manoj Tiwari still on the bench even he can save the 20 to 30 runs that Mr Raina saves. Why Rohit sharma in the hut after 4 bad performances even though Mr Raina and Mr Jadeja can keep playing even after 40 bad Perfomances. Disappointed that Irfan was not given a chance earlier atleast he is getting that 20 to 30 runs needed in a hurry by the lower midddle order batsman. If rotating was a policy taken by Team india then manoj tiwary should have played atleat 4 games and then be dropped if not performed.

  • suve on February 26, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Well played Australia, There is no way India are making it to the final, unless they beat sl by something like 300 runs or win the game by 10 wickets. All the Indian Fans were going on about how Sri Lanka are a usless team and will have no chance against the Brilliant Indian team, well there is your answer. The Indian Flat track bullies wouldn't of even won a single game if it wasn't for Dhoni and his selfish batting, trying to keep strike every ball and not trusting the other batsmen at the other end. Learn something from Mathews who trusted the number 11 batsmen (Prasad) and built a 50 run partnership to almost win the game from no where. Bring on the Aus vs SL Final.

  • csowmi7 on February 26, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    @ Kasun Tharaka Dissanayaka. Winnning the cb series is not gonna make time go back so you can win the world cup. India are deserved champions and played superb cricket prior to the world cup. Sri Lanka were beaten fair and square in the final. At the moment India are listless and are going through a very tough phase as a cricketing nation. You're team has had its chances in two world cup finals and has squandered them. This does not make Sri Lanka world champions.

  • 99999ggg44 on February 26, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    indians are missing yuvraj big time.not only he is a good batsman but he is also a good fielder and a decent bowler.get well soon yuvi.we are missing you.

  • truebleue_cricfan on February 26, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Its a good thing that India have not made it to the finals. Any turnaround would have resulted in all the BCCI and selectors forget about the humiliation of the last 10 months. Hope the selectors seriously decide to build a new team after this debacle. But having heard BCCI president Srinivasan's recent comments, I am not too optimistic of any changes. SL is a much better team than India currently, and they have better balance with a few good allrounders in the side. After all the disappointment, any Indian fan will surely agree that SL and Aus were clearly the two best sides in the tournament. Well, hoping for better times for the Indian team.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Its hard to believe why Dhoni gave just 5 overs to Pathan and full quota of 10 overs to Jadeja. Plus Pathan was sent down 8th down after Ashwin. Is this the Indian team or CSK team.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    India need Yuvraj sing in the middle,also its about time Sehwag started playing responsibly,

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    The only thing I can state is that The better team won and the other is out of the tournament.Dont blame the captain .That is what India is at the moment.

  • Herath-UK on February 26, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Indian fans will not have to wait longer to heap praise on their stars when these stars score by buckets and do heroics in the IPL. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Despite all the rubbish heaped upon Virat Kohli by his own supporters for the entire tour until he came good in the Perth test, he has been far and away the best Indian batsman of the tour, and was probably the only batsman the Aussies actually feared in the ODI's. Interesting what can happen when you show faith in a talented youngster is it not?

  • dr.akhilmaloor on February 26, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    We need a bating alrounder at no7 , not a so called alrounder mr jadeja, who is a bowler who fields well.. India had done well in the past only when they played 7 proper batsmen..Aswin looks far far better than jadeja with the bat.. Sehwag , oh man he needs to work on his batting and fitness. INDIA need a good opening stand if they want to chace down these targets, Sehwags form didnt helping India at all.. Same with Raina.. Raina,Jadeja and Sehwag should be droped. Give manoj a chance atleast.. Hope that selectdnrs will do a good job while picking the team for Asia Cup

  • street_smart on February 26, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Dhoni should go & take captaincy class from Ganguly..

  • SamRoy on February 26, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    @bMike Well the only dark spot in the CWC 2011 was the presence of dew in the final (whereas there was no dew in the semi-final between India and Pak as a result of usage of anti-dew spray ). But with Sangakkara's defensive captaincy even with no dew SL might have lost. Also Dhoni's mastery of Murali. And the four changes which Sangakkara made before the final. It is clear he panicked seeing India in the final. When you panic especially against a hard nut like Dhoni the mental battle is half lost. Add to that defensive captaincy and despite Jayawardene's innings of the tournament (and one of the best WC innings ever) the battle was almost lost even before it was played on the field. I am pretty sure is Jaya was captain SL would have won.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    there is nothing to panic or blame ...... it just the way of cricket you cant win for ever ..... india need some new blood .....specially in batting ..... need to get this god tags out from indian cricket ....don`t make anybody's places permanent..... make them work for there places and then the results will come automatically

    ..... srilankan .......

  • CSI_R2C on February 26, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Today no 5 ball over,No rain,no rotation policies but luckily they got 2 umpire decisions to talk about.Datz how this world champions are playing these days.They do not bother about their feeble batting line up.But they are trying to justify their defeat.ha ha LOL.This is almost a comedy drama.Dhoni is better to lead a debate team not a cricket team.Congratz WORLD CHAMPIONS.Keep it up.I wish that I could see another episode of ur humerous drama series on tuesday against LIONS...

  • street_smart on February 26, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    As usual the great jadeja bowled 10 overs for 51 runs & got just 1 wicket.. While batting scored 8 runs from 17 balls but still his place is secured in the hand of dhoni both in Indian team & CSK team.. Indian selectors are puppet & can't intervene as well.. Srinivasan & Dhoni has joined had in this cheap politics to ruin Indian team & flourish CSK

  • max234 on February 26, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Dhoni is lucky because everytime they play there has been contraversy to blame on.inspite of blaming rules he should have sought out whats missing in the team like srilanka who found their best eleven.but dhoni persisting with same players is one of the main reason for downfall.jadeja ,raina not suitable in these condition.atleast the last game they must play the reserves to prove themselves.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I implore all Indian cricket fans who are as disappointed as us Aussies regarding the debacle that is the Indian tour of Australia 2011/2012 to think carefully, recognise the true causes of your woes and demand from your board and players the reforms that are plainly needed to remedy this situation. If you dont know what they are just read the comments section of all articles since you arrived to get the general gist. In the name of sport please do this and do away with your corrupt BCCI who are only interested in personal power and cashflow. We want to see most test matches going 5 days not 4 or 3. We want to see heart and vigour in the face of adversity. We want to see sport. As the Poms would say: (God bless their little cotton socks), "It's just not Cricket!"

  • era89 on February 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    ok feeling sorry for thousands of indian fans (except those who talk remarkable excuses and calling other teams punching bags while been punched to the bottem)

    one should admit that this team is not the team to do it.poor cricket.i dont see a hugge talent from their youngsters.ok exicution may go wrong but temperment should be there.look how well cleark,jayawardana and other seniors have led the way to excellent youngsters like chandimal,forrest,perera,dhorethy,mathews to perform.indian seniors?they play for their own honour.and youngsters also not up to the task.india may play well again in subcontinent but remember the next world cup is in australia........i hardly believe they have found some thing new except kholi(yadev and ashwin overrated one would say...).pls no xuses this tym....i think this is it for india...........

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Indians are flat track heroes.Everybody knows that.SL LIONS Real world champions.........Jaya wewa!!!

  • Abhinay15 on February 26, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Its time to say goodbye to tendulkar and give sehwag a break so that he finds form.Rohit sharma or Manoj tiwary should be drafted in with a caution to play better cricket.Umesh yadav is a good bowler and he should be persisted with. Dhoni should look to be more flexible and also let Raina play Ranji cricket and find form.Rains has failed for too long and he should be on the replacement list.

  • Balumekka on February 26, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Feel sorry about some of the Indian players who talk more than perform. The are busy with mindblowing opinions on various off field issues, but simply unable to deliver with bat and the ball.

  • DADA on February 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    So from now on a bowler or fielder can just stand in batsman's way while running!!!. This is legal. Also the batsman can stop the ball if he thinks he cannot finish the run and claims he was protecting his body. I am not saying Hussey did it purposefully but his incident leaves the door open for others....Congrats Aussies for reaching the finals!!!!

  • NALINWIJ on February 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    When Australia made 252, I was expecting a cliff hanger but India capitulated. India need a bonus point win against SL and SL to lose again to qualify. This would be a miracle.India has to be brave like Aussies who dropped Ponting. Unlike AUS India has a greater depth of young talent deserving a chance.

  • Raj12345 on February 26, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    scarp all indian players except Kohli. Problems will be solved. What the hell Raina contributing to team except fielding. Oh forget he is in CSK, so we can't touch him.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Here we go. Sunil Prasad and doubtless countless others by the time comments are moderated, Hussey was not out due to a fair interpretation of the rules which you are more than welcome to look up but of course will not due to your blind anger. As if it would have made any difference. India lost because they were completely outplayed. End of story.

  • Sano27 on February 26, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    well done Dhoni for still choosing Jadeja,Sehwag for the crucial match.....indeed Sehwag bowls very well,he once again showed his irresponsible batting during the chasing....Jadeja who seems to be as the attacking allrounder once again showed that he was a part time bowler & an average batsman....he statistics assures that...batting failures seems to be the biggest problem for the Indians in this tour rather than the bowling & lets hope atleast in the Asia cup we can see some more young bloods ( talented ) !

  • hnlns on February 26, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    It is most appropriate to say that this Indian team has not yet touched the rock bottom of their form yet, they seem to be capitulating more and more easily and keep going further down with every game. India are as good as out of this tri-series final. Looking at current form, don't expect India to score something like 400+ and expect Sri Lanka to crash to something like 50 all out. Both will not happen realistically. Indian team can book their return flight tickets now itself for immediate departure after the match in Hobart finishes. The real nightmare of a tour is finally about to come to an end, that must be the only relief for this team of prideless non-fighters. All this from a team which was "World Cup Winner" not very long ago. Are they fit to be called World Cup holders any more ?

  • lankanlioncric on February 26, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    r the so called world champions going home? maybe 1.2 billions should write excuse letters to ICC. they will probably consider it

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    IND is a joker team recently..after winning the WC they forgot everything...AUS and SRI deserve to play in the Final..

  • playitstraight on February 26, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Dhoni's performance was abosultely horrible and horrifying. His batting style must change, it was painful to see how many dot balls he took at the beginning of the innings. I thought he would blitz with sixes and fours, but alas, it was not to be. Viru needs to be dropped, he needs to rethink his game plan.

  • lankanlioncric on February 26, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    i'm sure optimistic indian fans, will be thinking, they still got a chance. a win over sri lanka with bonus point n if sri lanka looses to australia, then indians r in.

  • Kashi0127 on February 26, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    What I cannot understand is how did India win coupe of matches that they did. Were opposition teams a bit lazy or kind? It should have been total loss according to me - all matches (against both Sri Lanka and Australia) lost and Indian being removed from Test and One Day Playing league. ICC should allow them only IPL to help money hungry BCCI.

  • Nampally on February 26, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    My pre-match suggestion was to open the innings with Ashwin & send the seniors down the order @ #4 & 5. But Dhoni, as unenterprising as ever struck to his lack lustre ideology. He does not change anything and expects results. Shake up the Xi or the batting order or do something different. Look at SL. They brought Mahela from #5 ot open the innings with instant success! Also Dhoni persisted with his almost lunatic way of thinking that Jadeja will be the Messiah!. Rahul Sharma would have posed a ton of problems with his leg spin & goolies. India needs an enterprising captain at the top - one who can rally his team, with rotation of batting order, bowlers & XI. Dhoni's one track thinking, favouritism & zero new ideas have hurt India very badly on this tour. India needs a more aggressive captain with new ideas who can get the best out of his team. This was a disasterous tour where nothing went right. Only the high point was Dravid's Bradman oratory, off the field. Rest a horror story!

  • VK_MSD_IND_Champs on February 26, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Before the tournament begins,some INDIANS said that it's useless to include SRILANKA as the 3rd team and they called SL as the "official punching bag" in this CB series for OZIs & INDIANS.But unfortunately,after all these humorous & ridiculous performances by the so called WORLD(DOMESTIC) CHAMPS,i wonder what would THEY say about their own team (except,as usual,"JAI HIND"...)lmao

    LIONS ARE ROARING@THE MOMENT...BATTLE BETWEEN THE KANGAROOS & LIONS IS WAITING @ THE FINALS... I wonder what SIDDARTH MONGA will point out from his next article.Will it be about Tendulkar's collision with LEE or about Hussey's obstruction in the field?? :P (cricinfo please publish this..)

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    India's Remarkable tour ended with another horrible Defeat.. tym to build new indian team..

  • Vijay51982 on February 26, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    I want this slight variation in the next match against SL. Only change is Tiwary IN & Jadeja OUT. First, Sehwag has come down after raina, so that the openers, kohli, raina may have some confidence while batting. Secondly, if the first 2 or 3 wicket fallen quickly sending Ashwin will be a good idea. The reason is, he is tall chap who can block some bouncer from Oz. Thirdly, MSD has to rotate his strike regularly instead of waiting till the end. If this changes hapn, I am sure we can expect 250+ in the score card or else same story of below 200 with bonus point to the opponent. Finally, 3 seamers & 1 specialized spinner (Ashwin is already doing the better job with bat & ball)to be in the XI. Zak/PK, Vinay & Irfan and Raina, Sehwag & Kohli will share the rest. Above all, it is better to send Irfan in the middle to knock some boundaries, so that middle orders and the rest may feel comfortable when they come for batting under any situation. Will it happen? Come on India, you can do it...

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    ohh better luck next time dhoni...............

  • lankanlioncric on February 26, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    sure indians will find excuses saying umpiring decision. they r past masters in excuses. if it were another team other than india, it would be no excuses

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Dhoni does have favourites, probably more than most of the recent Indian captains. He was probably trying to get parity between CSK and India, which would have made management easier for him :). While his favouritism did work to some extent some time ago, now its deserting him miserably. I dont think he is the one to learn from mistakes. We have seen him make same mistakes repeatedly, match after match. Another aspect of his personality is stubbornness. Rigidity to make changes when his previous plan has failed. It becomes glaringly evident when things are not going the way it should. Finally, Sachin, Please leave us behind the great Sachin to remember, rather than an ageing cricketer, desperately hanging on to his place, only to create a record which I believe no one will even talk about in future. 99 100s is as big a record and unsurpassable as 100 100s. Sad that he doesnt realize it.

  • sunnysaeed on February 26, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    well after today they shud think about the new team for T20 and next world cup.

  • Ashish133 on February 26, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    I would like to thank Shewag, 10dulkr, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Jadeja and Dhoni for losing today... Now finally I can concentrate on my work. Atlast, Enough of Cricket!

  • om.pani on February 26, 2012, 13:54 GMT


  • ssmith123 on February 26, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Good Job Sachin and Sehwag.. keep it up.. aren't you guys ashamed of getting your paycheck...get away and give your spots to thousands of youngsters in the line...How long can we wait until Sachin hits another 100..When will the Indian selectors learn... always putting politics ahead of country.. North India vs South India...India needs complete revamping of team if they need to qualify for semi-finals in World Cup 2015...

  • men_in_blue22 on February 26, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    India should play "kabbadi" inside. not international cricket.

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Indians are Lion's at home,,cat's abroad...!! hope they play like Champions atleast next game..!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Another poor performance by India on an insipid tour. Time for out with the old and in with the new. So many supporters at home and in Australia and they have been let down badly. Australians know the feeling after last years capitulation to the Poms in Australia. I must comment on the David Hussey incident. He intentionally hit the ball away with his hand and should have been given out. I am a cricket umpire myself and was quite surprised he was not given out.

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    OK Indian fans...what r the excuses this time....punching bag buddies where r you?Learn how to chase BIG scores from the 22 year olds( Dinesh & Lahiru)of Sri lankan team..No one should never ever underestimate the LIONS.Bcz they never ever give up....Now go home & keep playing in your flat tracks .It is time to admit that SL is the best team of Asia in present who play better on fast bouncy pitches. GO LIONS bring it home. And we never ever blame or criticize our player when they lose..

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @ lordrudraksh on (Feb 26 2012, 11:35 AM GMT) :- Yes, Shocking. the highest scorers :- Ashwin - 26, Gambhir - 23, Extras, - 23, Irfan - 22, Kohli - 21, SRT 14, Dhoni - 14. All others single digits . SHAMEFUL SCORES. AND INDIA IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE WORLDS BEST BATSMEN. ALL THE BATTING RECORDS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HELD BY INDIANS. MOST SRT - WHO IS PLAYING IN THIS TEAM. WHAT A SHAME. And we still want to run after personal milestones.

  • bMike on February 26, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    That's why I always believe Sri Lanka as true world champions & India as nominal world champions. If the WC finals played under fair conditions SL would win it

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Indian fans always look for excuses after every lose. Only difference between india and other teams is that others dont make a hue and cry when decisions dont go their way.

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Most disappointing aspect of today's game is no one shows any fighting spirit at all. In spite of experienced lineup still we find ourselves in a no win position once again. We should not blame any individual only whole system needed to be revamp.

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Now the typical indian fan will say..Nxt match we ll come back strongly we will defeat SL with a bonus point. And the GOD will score his century....60 billion people still suffering from delusional disorders...ROLF!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    @Sunil Prasad India has been comprehensively Beaten Dont Blame the Umpires for that!! Learn to except defeat and move on!! Its not Umpires fault that India Disagreed to involve UDRS in the series!! On a personal note india does not deserve to be anywhere in this final as they have proved them self hopeless overseas!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Indian's are still vulnerable to bouncing pitches, God knows when they will learn to play accordingly. I think "World Champions" should have a thought about it.

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Now which incident would be hilighted - Davis hussy,s senario - lee on his way to slow tendulkar - end of the day all these things regulary happend when ever india faces a match - dhoni was banned earlier - tirimanne scene - all these indian fans complaning as if these things were effected to their victories - to be honest they were just incidents but you guys were pathtic in each and every match and never played like world champions - end of the day you were WORLD LOOSERS please concentrate on IPL and packed your self to go home aftre tuesday .

  • kamriyas on February 26, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Dhoni never convinced with Irfan as a bowler or as a bowling allrounder. It is just because he never like Pathan to be in the team. Irfan Pathan, no doubt is a big hitter and if given chance at the top, he will be consistent with his batting too. He should bat at No.4 in the absense of Yuvraj Singh. Bring back Uthappa to open the innings with Gambhir. Uthappa is no bad than Shewag. With Kohli at No.3 and Irfan at No.4, We need a consistent player at No.5 which should be rotated between Raina, Rohit and Manoj Tiwary to find the best one. Dhoni at No.6, Yusuf Pathan can be tried at No.7. Yusuf can be the best on his day unlike Jadeja. Maximum Jadeja can score is like 20+ runs with a strike rate of 70. With Ashwin permanent at No.8, three bowlers should be picked according to conditions.

  • ankush0531 on February 26, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    We are very good side in subcontinent conditions but very poor in bouncy pitches.. yes there were some exceptions to this general rule but cant expect repeatation of exceptions.

  • S.Jagernath on February 26, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Suresh Raina & Ravindra Jadeja once again showed their amazing talents.M.S Dhoni will be very pleased with his close friend's performances.

  • cricketforpeace on February 26, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Einstein once said - To persist with the same technique and strategy repeatedly and hoping for a different result each time is akin to madness! The Indian strategy is playing itself out very much similar to what Einstein once said.

  • PhilipMartil on February 26, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Is it me or does the Indian team has a knack of creating some sort of a drama at every defeat!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Bret Lee surely didn't have on his back side, but it looked like Sachin's eyes were on the backside of his head, he ran right at Bret not the other way around. But go ahead and use that run out as an excuse for loosing, just like ur baseball captain Dhoni always does!

  • mubs62 on February 26, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    @sunil prasad the fact is indians played poor cricket and aussies dominated in all aspects.

  • cricketforpeace on February 26, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    @Sunil Prasad. I am an Indian fan and feel that irrespective of the supposed umpiring errors, we would have still lost in a miserable manner. The Indian showing - specially batsmen - was simply pathetic. Throughout this Australian summer; there have very few moments for the Indian fans to cheer about. Sehwag continues to play in his cavalier fashion inspite of there being no dividends. Sachin seems a pale shadow of himself. Gambhir flatters, only to deceive. Raina cannot play on pacy and seaming tracks. Dhoni's luck has deserted him along with his wicketkeeping and skills in strategy. There seems no rationale as to why Jadeja is being persisted with in the playing eleven. I also know that these same players will strut around like champions once they start playing in the IPL. Can there be anything more pathetic and also more ironic?

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    The Perfetct team but not the perfect result.Good Luck Team India.Lets foget this tour and surge ahead.Cheers!

  • ankush0531 on February 26, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Accrding to Sunil Prasad .. ..tendulkar was obsructed by Lee..Sehwag was unlucky catch was not clean ..Kohli had played good shot but was unlucky..raina and jadeja was not out. no edge.. dhoni given wrong out..pathan was out on no ball. gambhir was unlucky..out on no ball..The totality is that the india would have won if umpires made all desions in favour of us. One thing is clear .. we indian never lost by their own fault.. because we have the greatest greatest player of the universe and greatest fan like sunil prasad

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @sunil, so you think india deserved to win?

  • mubs62 on February 26, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    hahaha!!!!!! de world champs lost another match....... n gifted the mighty aussies another bonus point...... what happened to Dhoni and his chipmunks!!!!!! Go Aussies go......

  • Lovetesh on February 26, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Why why why Mr. Dhoni you keep persisting with Raina and Jadeja? It is proven that they don't have technique to play on bouncy wickets, still they get the chance. Only play them in India.

  • Sakthiivel on February 26, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Ashwin the highest Run scorer for India, Ask him to open the batting. Kindly send Ajinkya Rahane, Abhinav Mukund,Manoj Tiwary to some other country atleast they play some game there.

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Some action has to be taken by the BCCI. No use repenting for this loss!

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    I feel sorry for my team. It can't be easy to go from glory to abject failure.

  • Herath-UK on February 26, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    I thought this was the best opportunity India had when Clarke was declared unfit at the last moment and Watson fell immediately with some good bowling from Kumar.However the capitulation again to concede another bonus point to the Aussies is annoying as it gives them the unfair advantage over the Sri Lankans too had it all come down to scramble for points to the finals but the Lankans are a confident lot now.It is sad to see the strain looks that have befallen on Sachin and Sehwag however and hope the media be fair to them. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • rohittttt on February 26, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Again poor performance team India. World's greatest batting line up clashed once again like playing cards.Indian batsman showing more respect to the Australian bowlers, heads off to Shane Watson who played first match in this series showed their worth in bowling after flopped in batting.Australia always keep focused in attacking while India keep defense,Common India now one match two go so common show their potential and may be this time we will won the toss and scored more than 350 and Sachin and veeru will score 100...

  • Vijay51982 on February 26, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Rain rain come again don't want see Indian match again.............

  • infinitycrick on February 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    @Sunil Prasad.. Hey mate, accept the fact that IND ruined their chances due to the utterly useless top 3.... They should follow examples set by the other two teams and give some opportunities to youngsters.. Past statistics wont help a team..

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    To Sunil Prasad, keep those weak excuses going!! Three occasions now you have to Australia with a bonus point, and with Australia scoring a mediocre 9-252, the game was there for the taking by India, but just like the fourth day of the first test in Melbourne when you had the first test to for the taking with Australia 8-274 and less than 230 in front, India failed to grab its chance to seize the initiative in that series. I agree David Hussey should have been given out run out, but you can't keep making excuses. For example, what about Doni's dismal innings of 14 runs off 49 balls for a pathetic strike rate of only 28. That alone had a lot more to do with India's failure in this match and tournament than one umpiring decision.

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    india get ready to pack your bags

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    India is a punching bag for better quality teams like AUS , SL , ENG , SA. Absolutely the worst overseas cricket i v ever seen. Even Zimbabwe play better overseas.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Sunil Prasadh:- Come oon man... u probably saying that runout of SRT. look at that . first thing no run at all there.slightly it can be reached if SRT faster like kohli or raina. next thing is y r u calling such a risky single and he definitely saw that warner guy came like a rocket to the ball . then if u watched replay , u can see tendulkar had all the time in the world to see Brett Lee.not suddenly it happened. So I think that criticisms are not fair mr Sunil prasadh.reality is India is way behind from all the batting ,bowling and fielding.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @ Sunil Prasad- Indian team is very weak. just accept the facts. SL can chase 280 against AUS but IND cant even chase 250. Very weak middle order batsmen.

  • RealBangladesh on February 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    @Sunil Prasad , It is India who did not want DRS.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    In btwn all d rifts or no rifts.. Wht is d role of coach duncon flether.. He seems to b jst going through motions...Dis ws d same team that won d wc and CB series 08.. is bcci sleeping....

  • Sinhabahu on February 26, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Oh my, guess who's the real punching bag? LOL!

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    India are minnows now, what a miss match, india not up to the sl or aus standed,, if we had a side like SA, or pak instead for india, we would have had a awesome tri series, now 2 dead rubbers :(, hope aussie wont invite these boring indians to worlds best tri series again in next 10 years,

  • abuukasha on February 26, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    @Sunil Prasad: my friend learn to accept defeat gacefully, don't blame umpires. or ask your captain & BCCI to accept UDRS system.

  • Nilesh_T on February 26, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Not once in all the games so far has India got to bat first which is a significant factor in their pathetic performance. That aside, the batting has badly let the team down throughout when the bowlers have done a reasonably good job to keep the opposition in check. Sehwag & Raina are mere passengers and too much is being asked of Dhoni down the order. Kohli & Gambhir perform only in patches while the great SRT is a mere shadow of his former self. Pathan has at last been drafted in over the past few games ,but its too little too late. Jadeja,the less said the better. Overall a dysfunctional team which has nothing to show at the end of a disasterous tour. Winning & Loosing are part of any sport ,no question but spineless performances of such magnitude deserve no sympathy at all. What is the coach Duncan Fletcher doing in all this mess ? Where is he hiding,the fans want to know.Go home team India,you have shamed and let down your loyal fans enough !!

  • steelo_esq on February 26, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    And India fails on a mildly lively track again, well at least they'll have nice flat dead roads for the Asia Cup so they can show off their batting "prowess" to the world.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    i hope at hobart india win toss and bat first and top order finally clicks and ind score a 330 350 total and beat lankans wit bonus point n lanka lose 2 to aus and we qualify fa finals and beat australia 2-0 in the finals!!!!!!!!!!

  • Buddhika86Liyanage on February 26, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    1 umpire decisions went bad for India and Sachin's runout incident. Anyway, I like to see comments from praveen4honestremark.

  • Aspraso on February 26, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    India succumb to Australia, India give away a bonus point, yawn yawn. Lets have some fresh news here?

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    india proved another poor perfomance in overseas.india must learn from srilanka.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    whatever happens, however we lost the match, we will keep on supporting indian team, we cant win all series guys, let them analyse what happened wrong, but please dont say, play him, take him out, the team will take care whom to, whom to left, they know better than us, so just watch the game and enjoy, if we lose, better luck next time yes I am too frustrated seeing the performance, but please dont let the support down

    atleast for pride, we have to win the next game

  • rahulcricket007 on February 26, 2012, 12:50 GMT


  • on February 26, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    weldone....ausis, India go home...! the homeground champians byeeeeeee Don't joke telling u can win agnst us witha bonus point and sri lanka will suffer huge lost @MCG

  • shadabkhankhan on February 26, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    anything in the universe, if want to save itself, then withdraw the body not put the body in firing line.... ridiculous.....

  • Gishan_Buddhika on February 26, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    This was on the cards.Another struggle by the Indians,now they don't have any chance as I feel,because defeating SL with a bonus point is so far away from the reach of Indians.It will be very exciting finals between SL and AUS.

  • shadabkhankhan on February 26, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    totally lack of motivation, they earn everything, fulfilled dream after winning world cup and money by playing in IPL. why they try to win now.TOTALLY LACK OF MOTIVATION AND APPLICATION.......please GOD save us .....

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Well,where was the spirit of game when Tendulkar was given out & David Hussey was given not out.SCG has always been like that for India (Controversial Test match 3 years ago).All bcoz, spirit of game never comes in, in case of Aussies.Come to India & will be proven that there are always advantages of playing at home.

  • spinkingKK on February 26, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    David Hussy should have been run out under the old law for Obstructing the field which states that the batsman is deemed out if he touches the ball with his person after it has been touched by a fielder. But, umpires just don't like giving out other than for LBW, stumping and caught behind. Esepcially so when India appeals. Mathew Wade also obstructed the field when he changed his direction by diving on to the stumps (thereby blocking the stumps altogether) to avoid getting run out. But, Indians were so totally despirted at that stage with the David Hussey incident that they couldn't be bothered to create another drama for no benefit. If Hussy was given out, Australia would have crumbled well under 200 and India would have won this match with that ridiculous BONUS POINT. Now, people can say India capitulated and all those rubbish. But, the truth is completely hidden when you just look at the results alone.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Still, at least they're world champions..... Best team in the world.

  • CricfanAustralia on February 26, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Watto Rocks, Bret lee in fire, Hilfe roaring, Warner explosive, wade sticky........this is what Australian team is known for. But really miss the real hero( Ponting).Cricket Australia should bring back Ponting to make Australia rigid and consistent.....

  • dan_loves_cricket on February 26, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    I sincerely thought Indians would have pulled this one off...but once again their betting failed and more importantly they've been quite average in the field.It's disheartening to see the large margins of defeats on a regular basis.but let's hope it can only get better for India from here.mind you all's not finished yet.still the series is open for both India and Sri Lanka to fight it out for the place in the finals but it could have been really interesting had India beat Australia today to fire up the series even more by keeping the door open for all 3 teams-Sri lankan Fan

  • kunderanengineer on February 26, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    What does it tell you about this Indian team when the opposition, despite having a bad day at the office, still manage to win by 87 runs with 63 balls to spare? Just a rhetorical question, by the way.

  • AnilkumarPeddi on February 26, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    hope india comes back strongin the last odi againt srilanka . today india is very unlucky

  • Dev9212 on February 26, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Few questions that the team management and the selectors need to answer ; Q1. Who clears Zaheer Khan's fitness report and on what basis is he is declared fit? Q2. Why is Jadeja still in the team when both Ashwin and Pathan are performing (where is Rahul Sharma)? Q3. Was the Rotation policy only for Rohit Sharma has the team management forgotten about the likes of Tiwary, Rahul Sharma. Q4. What are the roles of Sachin and Sehwag in the team? Q5. When would Dhoni bat in a way which doesnt put pressure on the other batsmen ( even Ashwin outscored him today)?

  • Indian_55 on February 26, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    It was bound to happen... with this playing XI.

  • lilanaml on February 26, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    ok this is for the one billion indian selectors who chose their 11 here in cricinfo.,who else left to select...? azharudeen? sidhu..?kambli..?pls select some one who can drag the match to the 45th over atleast....

  • dinosaurus on February 26, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    If you consider the comments made here (and not just this Australian summer) it is probably not surprising that the Indian team is less able to derive benefit from the DRS. When it first came in, Michael Hussey was inclined to be too keen to appeal for reviews of his dismissals - but he soon learned to make cooler judgements. The first pre-requisite is to consider the Laws of Cricket. If every decision in an unusual case (e.g. the David Hussey incident, but perticularly the Tendulkar incident) is regarded as an umpiring error if the decision doesn't benefit India there are always going to be disappointed fans.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    why R.jadeja is playing in the team not contributing with bat and ball......highly inconsistent plus u. yadav hadnt ball 10 ovrs in last 3-4 matches............always expensive....if part timers are bowling 9-10 ovrs every game then whats the point of playing jadeja select rohit or tiwari babu in playing 11...not learning from mistakes.....gambhir should have open just like jaywardene did for srilanka......dhoni should have batted at 3 or 4th no..............not making any changes..........

  • Makkumatr on February 26, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Since the BCCI heads are purely interested only in the money making IPL, all these losses will be ignored and forgotten soon. But true cricket fans will remember this shellacking and the spineless Indian display for a long while. The lack of a fight and arrogance shown is shocking.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    These days aren't Indians' but Srilankans'

  • ajayrcs on February 26, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    I am totally annoyed with this cheap Umpiring. Can anyone do something about bad umpiring? Sachin was not out and David hussey was out, thats it!

  • anaveenaaron on February 26, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Hi guys, there is no point in discussing about this team performance, australia series is all over for India, they don't deserve to be finals. Dhoni's comments on seniors, shewag, raina, ishant sharma, rohit, all waste to be in this team. Can't believe we are the world champions. Such a dismal performance, after the England series!!

  • Percy_Fender on February 26, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    It is good that India are out of this tri series. A win in this would have glossed over the horrible tour this has been in every way. The way things have gone for India after the World Cup victory, there can be no denying that just as Dhoni has been strangely lucky as captain in the early years, he has been really unlucky after the World Cup. The last time when this seemed to have happened was in the period before and after the 2009 20/20 World Cup held in England. India did not make it beyond the league stage then. After that India also bowed out in the Champion's trophy held in South Africa before the business end of the tournamenrt. The co-incidence between then and now in that the media had relentlessly played up the rift between Dhoni and Sehwag. The important thing that comes out now is that like in everything else these are bad bad days for India. Also, I must add that the current crop of youngsters are probably too fragile in mind. It is possibly,time to look for options.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    What is happening to the cricketing spirit of the Indian team?

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Horrible performace by millionaires j

  • roshdbest on February 26, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Love the decision captain Dhoni got.In this modern world technology should be used whenever possible.I think Indians will agree on DRS when they get more bad decisions.

  • sl_supporter on February 26, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    India, pack your bags now. Thanks for just making up the numbers. Go home and get ready for your IPL circus now!

  • MaruthuDelft on February 26, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    As everyone complains Dhoni is wrong. He is too slow. But not just Dhoni. All Indian cricketers are bad. Virat Kohli definitely has a problem. India thought he was a find but he is not. Certainly India has a problem. India has only 4 good cricketers. Tendulkar, Dravid and Zaheer but they are old. Only Pragyan Ojah is young. But keep Tendulkar as captain, Zaheer and Ojah and try 8 other players. Rahul Dravid, Manoj Thivari, Badrinath, Manoj Pandey, Umesh Yadav, Rahul Sharma, Praveen Kumar .....Rahane is not a strong sportsman. Never allow Murali, Mukund and Ashwin. Never recall Ishant, Harbajan, sreeshanth or Rohit. Immediately sack Raina and Sehwag the kids. If RP Singh is prepared to be serious about a long career he should be considered.

  • Dalajit on February 26, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Failure after failure, a familiar tale for Indian batsman in this entire tour and look at the side who are playing. Captain is no interest in giving chances to Manoj (God knows WHY?) and keep giving chances to non-performer like Jadeja, Raina, Ashwin etc. Even a person with little knowledge of cricket can understand the situation demands and try to play the non-tester player to see how the player will play in this condition but it is like Dhoni doesn't want to win the match. Clearly visible when he was wasting so many balls and increasing asking run rate in this match. Was he playing a Test Match here??? No matter what, if you won't try, how can you win? What he was thinking to play the 50 overs like that and can win easily. At least now it is high time to give chances to Manoj, Rahul Sharma in next match just for a consolation win. And once they back home, selectors need to take some serious action to give chances to some young blood by dropping all these IPL stars Raina, Jadeja etc.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    165 all out is abominable, but they cant even finish an innings! This is rubbish quality cricket, even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe can put up a 200+ score!

    I DONT UNDERSTAND: Why cant India drop out of form cricketers and just simple rubbish cricketers like Sehwag, Jadeja, Tendulkar Kinda) until they regain their form, Australia and other western cricket teams are so professional they drop Ponting even though hes even the most senior cricketer in the team????? India are just a backward thinking political fighting cricket team as always, no progress since the independence from Britain in 1947.... If India was with Britain atleast we would have some fast bowlers who can bowl 140kph+ lol!

    Its alright though, Greedy Tendulkar will get stupud 100th century against Bangladesh on bakwaas slumdog Subcontinent pitch!

  • trumpoz on February 26, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    incipid performance by India. Time to go back home, clear out the dead wood in your batting lineup and start to rebuild.

  • vijay42 on February 26, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Money making BCCI should understand the situation and wisely develop the first class structure. Fitness, performance management should be done properly as KUMBLE said previously and asking Rahul to step into the board. Grounds should be prepared with bounce and swing to groom youngsters. Look at Ponting, he got sacked from the team and get into the Tasmania for final two games which our youngsters don't do these days and that kind of attitude needs to be developed. As far captaincy is concerned there is no one to replace Dhoni now and Gambhir, Sehwag doesn't deserve to be, rather they are making their mouth taking off the field. Dhoni takes some time and meet players Imran to acquire some skills and spend some time with Rahul to improve his technique in Test level. Rohit, Raina, Ishant, Umesh should keep away from IPL for sometime and play some county matches to improve their technique in bouncy conditions. Wish SL and Aus in the final, love my Indian team even at difficult times

  • deol84 on February 26, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I understand why Indian team players known as indian papus(ipl).All i have to say to beshram selactors drop those players who are not performing SENIORS or juniors,look at sri lanakan players who dont have their salary paid for months but still play for their countrys pride.Dhoni was also correct saying old players not performing and leaking runs in the field.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    It seems they are not the champion. Just recall the past, when australia was champion .they rulled the cricket. they used to win most of the series whatevar on home or abroad. They played the actual rule of champion..on their regime they win most of the series. but now when india is champion its totally the oppsite. India has lost to england badly .nd now kicked out from the cb series. So , in my view. they are not the champion, they are only the world cup winner.

  • jamfai on February 26, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    I think the next 100 Tendulkar will reach will be his age..Seriously, why cant he just retire gracefully? I think despite the fact that he keeps on denying that he doesnt think about records, deeply inside he does, and that is affecting his batting. Ponting, take out Tendulkar for a drink and share your recent experience with him.

  • csowmi7 on February 26, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    good win by the Aussies but bad sportsmanship. If India can call back Thirimanne then why cant Australia call back tendulkar for that glorious bit of work by lee? Sad to see David Hussey resorting to negative tactics to keep his wicket. Hope tendulkar can get out of this hole he has found himself in and get some runs fast. Has had no luck whatsoever. There's no use calling for is head. Tendulkar these days hardly plays ODI's and will retire soon. Jadeja and raina need to go as soon as possible and rahul sharma and manoj tiwari deserve a chance. Sehwag needs to learn how to play the ball along the ground instead of smashing everything through the air.

  • Kulaputra on February 26, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Glad we lost. We can now get rid of garbage affecting the team and rebuild. The first time we won the world cup, we went on to triumph in a series in Australia and won that series as well.

    The team is not functioning if 1,2,3,4 fail this miserably. Slow batters and slow fielders do not help our cause.

    can we have a site for hockey please? May be our chances are better there

  • shadabkhankhan on February 26, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    i m a hard core indian fan... and today i accepted that again we became minnow. we are back in 1982 again...reasons are too may........ lets put the reasons and solution in the hand of BCCI. lets see what will they do..... my good guts is that they are going to make IPL 3 times in a year. and 5ODI and 2 test/year with Bangladesh or zimbawbw...... that is solution only. to become a good team. and days are not too far when we start loosing game in home condition....

  • bharatavarsha on February 26, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Coaches around the world have been busy, and often bold; They address the press, put players under duress And give their grey cells a heavy bench-press.

    Flower nudges KP up the order, Wright pushes McCullum down But Fletcher still sits on his back, Pizzas a dozen, and beer in the pack.

    Gauti plays in the V Unfortunately behind the keeper Technical weakness for all to see, While Duncan plays the sleeper.

    Viru needs to play at three And Rahane should get a chance Fletcher has to wake up and see That he is yet to earn his pepperoni.

  • Lakpj on February 26, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @Sunil Prasad you must be referring to the David Hussey incident I guess, India lost by 87 runs, even if that was given out it would had made a huge difference to the outcome of this game. You Indians really know how to find excuses when things don't go your way. Just accept that your guys played real poor cricket throughout the tour, starting from the test matches. Better luck next time.

  • Yasindu on February 26, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Oops World Champs going home early. Surely they are not world champs they just 2011 world cup winners. They were absolutely poor.

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Poor show of batting by India. Aussies were sharp in the field but it was stupid on the part of Brett Lee to just stand there while knowing that the Batsman must be coming in for the single. It just didn't make any sense; I would call it intentional, but it was stupid and might have cause India the victory. Aussies can't win a game these days without any controversy.

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Cricket is the only sport in which India of a billion-plus people has achieved any kind of world class consistency, and now that that one claim to fame is now over what other sport is there for them to try their hand/foot at...hopscotch?

  • Ameega on February 26, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Bad luck for India in two occasions. but that was not the sole cause for this disastrous defeat. Sehwag, Gambir and Kohli left too much on Jadeja and Dhoni. simply formal Indian collapse. Better India loose last game and regroup with a fresh outfit.

  • jason79 on February 26, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    After yet another defeat ,the only way to analyse the reason /cause for this dismasal performance lies in the way Srilanka has played in their last few games.A solid foundation from their top order coupled with support from the young middle order and along with that a well disicplined bowling not from the likes of malinga, but from the other supporting cast .

    Top order- Barring Gambhir, both Tendulkar and Sehwag has been a absolute flp throughout ...Is it couze they geniunely struggling or is it what the heck, perform or not we are anyway going to be in the one is going to kick us out attitude (which sadly is true)

    middle order- well the only excuse they have is they still have time on their hand and the same -who is going to kick us out attitude or even if we perform also what is the guarantee , will be included in the next match(case of rohit sharma) or who cares, i am already a millionaire , no need to struggle, will play as it comes .TIME FOR SOME NEW PLAYERS

  • Ravenous on February 26, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Dhoni to Sachin: Pack your bags Sachi...we are movin' out!!

  • dsig3 on February 26, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Great to see Watson bowling. He turned the game for us. Was glad it was his call to bowl himself in such a critical phase as I was afraid he might not. I was wrong about that. I wish someone would pull Lee aside, it all seems a bit forced with the tough guy routine. The bloke is too old to be carrying on like a pork chop. Its a bit sad really.

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Wll done Australia.... India needs the ultimate bonus point to qualify in finals....... Which will be imposible.... LIONS WILL MEET KANGAROOS IN FINALS.... GODBYE INDIA....

  • No1cricketfan on February 26, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    its sad to see Tendulkar like this, his time is up, time for india to move on

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Aussies thrashing India by 87 runs & qualifying for the finals pushing India to the brink of elimination. In the presence of legends like Tendulkar, India could not chase 253. What will happen to the team when he will retire? Most probably their performance would go even below average...

  • Master_Mihil on February 26, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    India always awards Aussies a bonus point when loosing. How fair is that ? Anticlimactic end to the CB series. I sure hoped india would keep things interesting.

  • anonymousfan on February 26, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    This Dhoni guy seems to have his favourites unlike Ganguly. Hope Manoj Tiwari gets a lookin in the last match at least. Why carry someone as excess baggage if you're not going to play him. Also looks like Tendulkar's one day career is in doldrums. Hope promising youngsters like Ajinkya Rahane, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha etc are blooded in slowly over the next 1 year.

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    little consolation is we 11 players played with 13 Aus players ( including 2 umpires)

  • lordrudraksh on February 26, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    well i am shocked. the highest scorer in this innings was ashwin. i say why not send tail enders to open and openers a lot down the order

  • zavahir on February 26, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Sheepish performance. Still, got something to complaint about.

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  • zavahir on February 26, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Sheepish performance. Still, got something to complaint about.

  • lordrudraksh on February 26, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    well i am shocked. the highest scorer in this innings was ashwin. i say why not send tail enders to open and openers a lot down the order

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    little consolation is we 11 players played with 13 Aus players ( including 2 umpires)

  • anonymousfan on February 26, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    This Dhoni guy seems to have his favourites unlike Ganguly. Hope Manoj Tiwari gets a lookin in the last match at least. Why carry someone as excess baggage if you're not going to play him. Also looks like Tendulkar's one day career is in doldrums. Hope promising youngsters like Ajinkya Rahane, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha etc are blooded in slowly over the next 1 year.

  • Master_Mihil on February 26, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    India always awards Aussies a bonus point when loosing. How fair is that ? Anticlimactic end to the CB series. I sure hoped india would keep things interesting.

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Aussies thrashing India by 87 runs & qualifying for the finals pushing India to the brink of elimination. In the presence of legends like Tendulkar, India could not chase 253. What will happen to the team when he will retire? Most probably their performance would go even below average...

  • No1cricketfan on February 26, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    its sad to see Tendulkar like this, his time is up, time for india to move on

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Wll done Australia.... India needs the ultimate bonus point to qualify in finals....... Which will be imposible.... LIONS WILL MEET KANGAROOS IN FINALS.... GODBYE INDIA....

  • dsig3 on February 26, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Great to see Watson bowling. He turned the game for us. Was glad it was his call to bowl himself in such a critical phase as I was afraid he might not. I was wrong about that. I wish someone would pull Lee aside, it all seems a bit forced with the tough guy routine. The bloke is too old to be carrying on like a pork chop. Its a bit sad really.

  • Ravenous on February 26, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Dhoni to Sachin: Pack your bags Sachi...we are movin' out!!