Australia v India, CB Series, Sydney February 26, 2012

Tendulkar finds Lee in his way

ESPNcricinfo presents Plays of the Day for the match between Australia and India in Sydney
77

The break
Before the start of the 10th over of the Australia innings, the game stopped for about five minutes. Upon closer observation, the wicketkeeper was missing. Music played, drinks arrived, players joked around until Dhoni came back. By all evidence, he went to answer nature's call. When a man's got to go, a man's got to go.

The misfield
Had Suresh Raina not let one through at cover, who knows how much India would have had to work to get Michael Hussey out? There shouldn't have been a run, but Hussey saw it go past Raina and charged off. David Warner called him for a second, saw Irfan Pathan was a little too quick in the outfield, and sent Hussey back. India had a run-out.

The collision
This was nasty. These often put players out for weeks. In the 21st over, Warner swept Ravindra Jadeja, got a top edge, and Raina and Irfan converged towards the chance. Raina ran back from the infield, Irfan came in from the boundary. Raina was closer to it, Irfan was the man running in. So who should call for it?

Neither man did in this case. Raina completed the catch, and then the two ran into each other. Raina's hands hit Irfan's face, but he did well to not lose the ball on impact. He grabbed it as it was about to fall. The two lay flat after the catch, though. The whole team rushed to check on them, and when the two got up, they patted each other's back for the effort.

The run-out
It was a day of potentially controversial runs and consultation with the rulebook. After the David Hussey incident, another potential incident happened with Tendulkar. Gautam Gambhir bunted one down to point, and Tendulkar set off for the single straightaway, only to find Brett Lee, the bowler, in his way, near the striker's end, with his back to the non-striker's end. According to the law, it is the batsman's responsibility to run around the bowler; not the bowler's to make way. The only way a batsman can get away with such a run-out is if the fielding side withdraws the appeal. Australia were in no mood to. The supporters of mankading can stretch the point and raise the question why the umpires didn't ask the fielding side to reconsider this appeal.

Edited by Abhishek Purohit

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • ElvisKing on February 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    @ the ctexperience...It seems you have not seen the Replay and the exact impact of the Ball.It was bang on Leg stump but the ball was curling away down the leg side and it should not have been given LBW. He was absolutely right about his complaint. If you look at the clip the ball hits in front of leg and he hobbles a step which brings it in front of the middle and leg stump, at which point the umpire made the decision and wrong one...

  • Johnny_129 on February 28, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Fully agree with Shaktiiman on (February 26 2012, 22:23 PM GMT) - SRT is definitely the mosting sporting cricketer around. SRT along with Dravid and Laxman play the game the way it should be played, without fuss or feud - they just play the game on the park and leave it there. No Bullshit or trash-talk! Whether SRT would have made is ground or not is a separate matter, the truth is that Lee intentionally ran to hinder SRT - Lee was never going to field the ball and he did not go to the stumps as bowlers generally do. Lee's sole purpose was to hinder the run of SRT - whether that is within the 'spirit of the game' is anyone's call. Shame though because SRT was batting so beautifully.

  • on February 28, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I love how everyone is talking about India always playing with the spirit of the game. When it comes to when Ian Bell was run out and they called him back. Dhoni waited until after the break, when he had a chance to consult with his superiors before he called Ian Bell back, he didn't do it on the field right when it happened. He only did it cause he was told to. If Dhoni is willing to appeal for David Hussey to be out when it was questionable whether or not he was defending himself (and keep complaining to the umpires about it after the final decision was made) then why should the Australians withdraw their appeal against the run out of Tendulkar. Tendulkar was never going to make it in the first place and when he saw Lee standing there the first thing he did was head straight for him and then change course last minute. Also Tendulkar didn't even dive or stretch, if he had he maybe might have made it, or atleast had a better argument instead he just practically walked across the line.

  • on February 28, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Lazy effort by Sachin, no dive, no commitment, no effort BUT he knew he was no chance if warner hit. Nothing to do with Lee here!

  • thectexperience on February 27, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    i find it hard to believe that Lee didn't mean to do what he did... Sachin's effort was poor though, which meant he hardly had an argument to make. it's not like he dived for the crease, or even really bent his back to slide in. looks like his time is coming, just like after his misguided complaint over his LBW to Starc in the tests

  • on February 27, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Cricket is no more gentlemen's game. Every team tries to win at any cost. These are parst and parcels of the game. Spirit of the game and sportsmanship no more counts, at the end all counts is that who won.

    Winning team always tries to prove their point like Mahela did in their game against India and loosing team tries to make their point with ' If's" Dhoni said about Lee & Hussey. At the end all Even up.

  • RMCroos on February 27, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    its simple India lost the game!!!!!!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    in 2008 also before last league match...tendulkar was being adviced to rest....or dropped....but remember his last three innings of tour:: 63, 117*,91.....and he was top run getter....

  • satanswish on February 27, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Tendulkar himself is blocking the way for many youngsters in the team. What is so big fuss about Lee blocking Tendulkar's way???

  • the_sport on February 27, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    "According to the law, it is the batsman's responsibility to run around the bowler; not the bowler's to make way. "

    But Lee was running towards the ball and suddenly stopped inbetween. The ball was far away from Lee. He shouldn't had to run so far. When you carefully see reply, sachin had to reduce his speed. Otherwise there were chances to reach crease before ball reaches stumps.

    Anyways, I never expect sportmanship from Australians. If it is micheal slater, ricky ponting, adam gilchrist or Lee.

  • ElvisKing on February 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    @ the ctexperience...It seems you have not seen the Replay and the exact impact of the Ball.It was bang on Leg stump but the ball was curling away down the leg side and it should not have been given LBW. He was absolutely right about his complaint. If you look at the clip the ball hits in front of leg and he hobbles a step which brings it in front of the middle and leg stump, at which point the umpire made the decision and wrong one...

  • Johnny_129 on February 28, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Fully agree with Shaktiiman on (February 26 2012, 22:23 PM GMT) - SRT is definitely the mosting sporting cricketer around. SRT along with Dravid and Laxman play the game the way it should be played, without fuss or feud - they just play the game on the park and leave it there. No Bullshit or trash-talk! Whether SRT would have made is ground or not is a separate matter, the truth is that Lee intentionally ran to hinder SRT - Lee was never going to field the ball and he did not go to the stumps as bowlers generally do. Lee's sole purpose was to hinder the run of SRT - whether that is within the 'spirit of the game' is anyone's call. Shame though because SRT was batting so beautifully.

  • on February 28, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I love how everyone is talking about India always playing with the spirit of the game. When it comes to when Ian Bell was run out and they called him back. Dhoni waited until after the break, when he had a chance to consult with his superiors before he called Ian Bell back, he didn't do it on the field right when it happened. He only did it cause he was told to. If Dhoni is willing to appeal for David Hussey to be out when it was questionable whether or not he was defending himself (and keep complaining to the umpires about it after the final decision was made) then why should the Australians withdraw their appeal against the run out of Tendulkar. Tendulkar was never going to make it in the first place and when he saw Lee standing there the first thing he did was head straight for him and then change course last minute. Also Tendulkar didn't even dive or stretch, if he had he maybe might have made it, or atleast had a better argument instead he just practically walked across the line.

  • on February 28, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Lazy effort by Sachin, no dive, no commitment, no effort BUT he knew he was no chance if warner hit. Nothing to do with Lee here!

  • thectexperience on February 27, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    i find it hard to believe that Lee didn't mean to do what he did... Sachin's effort was poor though, which meant he hardly had an argument to make. it's not like he dived for the crease, or even really bent his back to slide in. looks like his time is coming, just like after his misguided complaint over his LBW to Starc in the tests

  • on February 27, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Cricket is no more gentlemen's game. Every team tries to win at any cost. These are parst and parcels of the game. Spirit of the game and sportsmanship no more counts, at the end all counts is that who won.

    Winning team always tries to prove their point like Mahela did in their game against India and loosing team tries to make their point with ' If's" Dhoni said about Lee & Hussey. At the end all Even up.

  • RMCroos on February 27, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    its simple India lost the game!!!!!!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    in 2008 also before last league match...tendulkar was being adviced to rest....or dropped....but remember his last three innings of tour:: 63, 117*,91.....and he was top run getter....

  • satanswish on February 27, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Tendulkar himself is blocking the way for many youngsters in the team. What is so big fuss about Lee blocking Tendulkar's way???

  • the_sport on February 27, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    "According to the law, it is the batsman's responsibility to run around the bowler; not the bowler's to make way. "

    But Lee was running towards the ball and suddenly stopped inbetween. The ball was far away from Lee. He shouldn't had to run so far. When you carefully see reply, sachin had to reduce his speed. Otherwise there were chances to reach crease before ball reaches stumps.

    Anyways, I never expect sportmanship from Australians. If it is micheal slater, ricky ponting, adam gilchrist or Lee.

  • on February 27, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    I remember Sachin has faced the same situation earlier also, when he was playing a Test Match against Pak and he was given run out by the Umpire, wherein one of the spinner namely Arshad came in his way and he was given run out

  • abyrao on February 27, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    What if this was done with Ponting or Watson? They would have made an issue as if the heavens fell down. It was Shameless on part of Lee to obstruct. Hussey was out for sure he should have just walked away. Anyways Indians are playing such horrible cricket this would have not mattered, but once again Aussies at their best when it come to sportsmanship

  • soumyas on February 27, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    on tendulkar's run out, when u aren't brave enough luck denies to come to u.... so be brave... luck favors the brave...

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    It was obvious, that Lee was in the way, albeit unintentionally. There was no case for the appeal being revoked.

  • kitten on February 27, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    How is it that the umpires always request India to reconsider their appeal(it happened in England when the English team asked the Indians to reconsider), and also against the SL team. But yet when the boot is on the other foot, the umpires are ready to give out, and the opposing team is not consulted at all. I feel, all decisions if within the rules should be made by the umpires and the opposing captain should never be put in a situation whereby he can be criticized if he does not 'play in the spirit of the game'. How come Australia were not chastized for not considering Tendulkar's dismissal. The umpires should have asked Watson to think about withdrawing the appeal after Tendulkar showed his disappointment, but no, they are Australians and will never agree to 'spirit of the game'. They play by the rules, and so should India, if they want to rise to the top(though at this period of time, I am afraid it is extremely doubtful)

  • zenboomerang on February 27, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    @Sidharth Mong :- "supporters of mankading can stretch the point and raise the question why the umpires didn't ask the fielding side to reconsider this appeal"... Why?... The bowler did nothing wrong & where was Tendulkar's game awareness or come to think of it Gambhir's... I've seen many instances of batters nearly/or running into both bowlers & the other batsman on many occasions... Bowlers "bowler stumping" is a completely different topic & is perhaps a new phrase you should learn to use...

  • niceslacks on February 27, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Did anyone actually watch this? Brett Lee started going towards the ball, and knowing he couldn't get there, stopped. At no stage did he actually enter Tendulkars running line, in fact the only reason they got that close was when Tendulkar realised he wasn't going to to make it, and veered in towards Lee, I presume in the hope he might get an obstruction out of it. Anyone who thinks this was not out, or that Australia should have withdrawn their appeal has no idea. It was a terrible call and Tendulkar paid the price. His reaction was simply deflecting from this. And for what it's worth in case you think I am biased, Hussey was out. He should have let the ball hit him like every other batsman has done since the dawn of time.

  • Gaenes123 on February 27, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    India played one of their horrible games..there is no need at all to blame hussey or brett lee or whom so ever it may concern...the absence of these controversies wouldnt have made any difference..

  • MVRMurty on February 27, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Cricket is no more a gentleman's game. The people who taught the game to the world are modifying the rule book to a filthy book. If Billy Bowden or Simon Taufel cannot declare David Hussey out in today's game, this clearly shows their credentials that either they are absolutely unfit to be umpires as well the ICC rules are becoming ridiculously hopeless day by day. We have known SRT to be the best man of the game. I dont know how the umpires and the players are not ashamed to play a game with such indiscipline. This is a shame to the game and the people who watch this game accepting these blunders. I pity the future of this game which I love so much. Please ban the umpires and as well the players involved(Lee, Hussey and Watson). I plead ICC to save this game of cricket. I cannot hate this game ever, but cannot love it as it is not played with any spirit.

  • Sri1967 on February 27, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Sachin is the senior most cricketer playing now and best batsman in history of cricket for me. It was his call and there was no single at that point especially you have a fielder like Warner. Further he should have not changed his running line as that's his right. Then Lee could be at fault coming on Sachins way and stooping at the last minute. It's true umpires could have review the happening or Aussie should have called back Sachin or Sachin should have requested for a review the situation since he was obstructed by Lee. Once you accept the verdict and walk out, no one to be blamed. Even Dhoni could have raised same at that point instead of talking to media about it later. Is Dhoni playing a double game or playing safe to be in the good books?

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Spirit of the game is testing india

  • PaddyRasta on February 27, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    No disrespect intended to the man but it is time to give it up. Tendl should not have been playing. He should concentrate on Test cricket and allow a younger player an induction into international cricket via ODIs. Look at Ponting's dropping from the team - this has allowed Forrest a chance and he is looking good.

  • satish619chandar on February 27, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 26 2012, 14:08 PM GMT): An out is a OUT? Thirimanne and David Hussey incidents showed something else.. @Posted by on (February 26 2012, 12:24 PM GMT): Australia well within rights to block throws and come in way of batsman.. Please don't say that Lee never know that Sachin ll run that way or he went to field or backup the throw.. @Posted by on (February 26 2012, 16:48 PM GMT): Yeah.. No need to blame umpires.. 116-5 with only all rounders to come to bat ll be different from 116-4 and a fielding team robbed of one important wicket..

  • smudgeon on February 27, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    I've seen harder hits in under 12s hockey.

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

    There was no reason to withdraw the appeal. It is the batsman's responsibility to avoid the bowler while running, Tendulkar who has been an international cricketer for over 20 years surely ought to know this. But IF the Australians had withdrawn the appeal (which I don't think they should have) would the Indians have withdrawn the run from their score? Didn't think so. If the Indians were going to appeal against David Hussey, why should the Australians withdraw the run out appeal? Anyone? The Indians set the standard for what was going to be appealed for. They cannot complain. But we all knew they would because it is their pattern to stir up controversy.

  • on February 26, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    The thing that surprised me is that Sachin appeared to give up when Lee was in the way rather than sprint around him.

  • Shaktiiman on February 26, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Farhan, Ahmad,Chattha, 3liteindia - Guys, Tendulkar never complained or said it's wrong, he was just frustrated. No one in the History of Cricket has more Sportsman Spirit and Ethics than the Little Master, so Get A Life guys!

  • donda on February 26, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    What ever, i don't ever expect australians to call some body back after getting him out. Indians are soft and aussies are hard. In the end australia won the match and india lost it because they are not hard core specialist any more.

    Tendulkar needs to retire from ODI now. Sehwag should not tour outside india at all. Dhoni should leave captaincy now. It's not worth to captain this team

  • on February 26, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    India now playing badly... it's true... They are thinking about too many unnecessary things & loosing the games specially because of the batsman s... They want to blame everybody but not thinking positive way for wining the games for India... If they play same way they will beaten by Sr Lanka from miles... I am Sri Lankan & I want to see India vs Sri Lanka in the finals... But now it's better Aus vs Sri lanka...

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    It's not like Lee got that close to Tendulkar, he had plenty of time to move and was frustrated that he didnt judge that run properly

  • vishnumc on February 26, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Possibly this is the last innings for Sachin in ODI's to play in SCG.... If it is then the ending can only be described as TERRIBLE !!!!!!!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Nowadays Sachin makes news in all kinds of ways other than his traditional way.

  • americanFan on February 26, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Hussey probably should have been out. If you look at the replay of the TLM run out half way down he changes direction to run toward Lee and then he ran around him. In any case he barely had to change stride. He knew if the throw hit there was nothing could save him. As one of the commentators said, he should have actually ran into Lee.

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    To all those who posted comments against the master. Did he complain? He is class professional. If it was any other man or team they definitely would complain especially in loss. Please look to yourself and also the team you support before commenting on the little champion. He has nothing to prove or see the book for any reference. I agree with Ganesh, he so as Indian team is out of luck and so we are out of the series unless we get a bonus point against the lankans and Aussie if they can beat them which is near impossible. The end result is Srilankan's are the champions.

  • kenishah on February 26, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    i tink this cb seires was really not fair towards india. india have been very kind lately. they let thirimanne off wen he was out n even tho he only scored like 10 runs after u neva knw the next bastsman might have got out . cricket is unpredictable. india were unlucky cos hussey was out. n the umpires didnt give it. n lee was cheating badly. he was coming from over the wicket n he finished his follow thru on the other side n he knew he wasent gna get the ball but still went a few yards forward 2 block tendulkars way. i have 2 say india didnt play well n luck is not on ther side soo hope india get in finals soo gd luck india

  • Hursh_Valecha on February 26, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    when u r talking as a sport should be played in true spirit, its always been the indians. Ultimately, India lost the game. So now what we should do is in the practice sessions, bowlers should try and run around the non striker and make then run few yards extra and do the adjustment. Let us see how many fingers are raised. Then u say "It's within the laws". Nothing wrong. What rubbish. !!!!! Wake - Up team India. This is not a time to play fair anymore. It only results in losses. Moreover, its not respected as well. so go hard and play unfair to give all the taste of their own medicine.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 26, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Great match, so many events happened on and off the field. Whenever India plays cricket, there will be controversies :)

  • Jack_India on February 26, 2012, 20:18 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'?

  • hagar009 on February 26, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Who are Match Winner's, Record says it all…. Tendulkar 51- Test 100's IND has won 20 Matches Ponting 41-Test 100's AUS has won 27 Matches Kallis 41-Test 100's SA has won 19 Matches Inzamam-ul-Haq 25-Test 100's Pak has won 17 Matches

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    ..precisely why i always thought india's letting off thirimanne earlier this series & Bell in england last year was anachronistic... no pt in only 1 team trying to be extra sporting . Yes sachin was out but then so were bell & thirimanne.

    & btw, david hussey was clearly out on both counts -"obstructing the field" (law 37) or "handling the ball" (law 33).

  • Ramkishan on February 26, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    We Indians have alsays taken care to avoid these controversies either like Bell in Eng 2011, Thirumanne of SL in Aus 2012.. The others donn care.. We should stop walking like Sachin too.. We should only be bothered about winning. Winning matters to be a true champion.. Later after being champions unlike the Aus we can indulge in more sportsman spirit decisions.. The struggle to the top may not be affected by these 'excuses'. According to rules Sachin had a reprieve only if the opposing captain had a sportsman spirit.. Unfortunately, we know this great attribute is limited to Indians. Now m in two minds.. Lets be Indians of true spirit than mere ruthless champions.

  • MANMOHANSINGH on February 26, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Tendulkar has to admit that he is getting old with no reflexes and cant ran also please quit gracefully now for India sake gracefully. Dont wait like Ponting to be axed.

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    David Hussey should have known the rules too. Sticking your hand out while running to stop a ball is OUT - plain and simple! Many a batsman have taken a hit on the body while running, and that is perfectly legal. But deliberately sticking the hand out to stop the ball? If that is not out, then this rule should be removed, because it makes no sense. But in retrospect, shame on the Indian batsmen for not being able to reach 253. Talk about young blood and axing the seniors - but these so called "young talents" have done nothing of note so far. Total lack of character and application.

  • INSPIRATION-AGGRESSION on February 26, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Aussies are never going to withdraw anything unless it is in their favor. They knew that if they get Sachin's wkt, match will be in their hand right away. Anyways, we have to accept that we didn't play well enough too.

  • insightfulcricketer on February 26, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Lee was in Sachin's way deliberately. Third umpire could have seen Sachin was going in the straight path and Lee came and stood there ball-watching. If that is not wrong - what is? Do we have to wait for the time that an on rushing-batsman simply whacks the head off the fielder/bowler standing in his path? That decision had to be overturned and the ball re-played if at all.Keep the game simple and pure. David Hussey had no business to look at the fielder but to his running path and furthermore no business sticking his hand out to block the throw. To play 11 persons in away-condition is tough as it is then it is made harder when it includes the on-field umpires and the joker sitting as third umpire too. Simon Taufel was over-rated always and today's show justified that.

  • Vishal_07 on February 26, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    If it was India fielding that time instead of Australia, they would have called the batsman back (in this case Tendulkar). I am not complaining about the decision - it was unfortunate but Tendulkar was out and he had to go, but the Indian team should not be so charitable themselves, calling opposition's batsmen back after they are rightly out. You are there to play hard, and win, rightly, not by gifting them away. The so-called 'spirit of cricket' at least hasn't been there for the last 100 years, if it was then nobody would any on-field umpires, third umpire, match referee, DRS, HotSpot and what have you.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    True ,if bowler stands where he should be standing, then it is batsman's responsibility. But what business he was having at the striker's end when he was not picking up the ball. There should be some regions defined for bowler to stand

  • hsitasP on February 26, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    yes, @farhan, but same should apply to the likes of Thirimanne, D Hussey and I Bell as well.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    No need to blame umpires.. INDIA played poorly..

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

    hahahha.why india always cry..in test india blame that rohit sharma was not playing thats why we lost, in ODI they are blaming that tiwary is not playing thats why we are losing and today coz tendulkar was out..hahahah what tendulkar has done in this series all knows...if he was not out he would be out bowled or caught by making 20 runs maximum. shame on indian players sehwag making 200 runs in ODI and rohit man of the series but only at home...

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

    Sachin was given a raw deal!! But he didn't receive what he gave during the match against srilanka... Come on aussies be sportive... David Hussey murdered the spirit of the game (Gilly look at him!! I want to read Gilly's remark on these two issues, hope he says something about these incidents in press tomorrow) by blocking the ball with his hand and not walking off... And LEE... You would have definitely got Tendulkar out by your sheer class of bowling... You were really staming in... But this scapegoat act... Definitely a Shame on you two aussies... Don't ever say you guys played with the GENTLEMAN" Gilly...

  • zubinmathewsdv on February 26, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Seriously!!! the should have withdrawn the appeal. DHoni must select the team impartially. A spinner like Jadeja cant do anything in these wickets, so he must be dropped, India's problem is a weak batting line up, so he must include Rohit/Tiwari in place of jadeja. Raina/Sehwag/Rohit can bowl the overs which Jadeja bowls without much difference. And keeping everything for the end and blocking each and every ball is not feasible always. Take singles and twos and rotate the strike. My team for the next match 1)Sachin 2)Sehwag 3)gambhir 4)kohli 5) rohit/Tiwari 6)Dhoni 7) raina 8)Pathan 9)Aswin 10)PK/ZK 11)Umesh yadav.

    And a captain is not someone who puts the blame on everyone he sees. So if you have some concerns about anyplayers, talk to them personally or in a team meeting not in front of the media. You are responsible for Sreesanths downfall, dont do it others in your team. You are a good captain, now be great. Raina and Sehwag should put atlease some price for their wickets.

  • ashu.lifeisbeautiful on February 26, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    He was out, that's it. Tendulkar's reaction was spontaneous, he will know he was clearly out once he looks at the replay. Its good material for the media to discuss though.

  • zuber21886 on February 26, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    do India get such a response after they show true spirit of cricket in England in Ian Bell case and the mankading act

  • stormy16 on February 26, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    I am afraid Sachin should have just run around Lee but in reality he was rather unfortuante to be run out the way he was but cannot blame anyone - it was just an unfortunate course of events.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Never mess with Ozzies in their land. India tried to be sneaky with David Hussey and Ozzies came up with their game plan from dressing room when they had a chance to do that. Unfortunately India was at the receiving end in both incidents. Game has to go on..!!

  • Andross on February 26, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    While the David Hussy one seems dubious to me, as he was sticking out his hand the moment that the fielder threw it, I don't understand why people go on about the incident with Lee. He clearly went after the ball (remember that he has affected several runouts off his own bowling in his career) saw that Warner was closer, and stopped. Coincidently in Tendulker's way. But not once did he look over his shoulder, not once did he move to obstruct him, he showed no sign that he knew he was there, he simply stopped because he realised that someone else was better placed to get the ball. Perfectly legal. One might ask instead, why when the popping crease extends for twenty metres either side of the pitch, every Batsmen insists on running right next to it, and not 2-3 metres further away? Certainly if you are worried about running into the bowler, that is a far more prudent action than whinging about them being in the way afterwards.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    an out is out...............

  • playitstraight on February 26, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    This CB series should really be renamed the run-outs and controversies series, there are so many unwanted things going on in this series! Tendulkar should've known the rules, he can't complain.

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    In the Lee-Tendulkar incident If we think the bowler deliberately block the way how the law apply and why the umpires not check the incident with upstairs.I this case I have a doubt Lee has block Tendulkar.s runner way.

  • AvidCricFan on February 26, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    India repeated its usual performance of the tour. It is practically out of the series. Even with a win against SL, it will be tough ask to go to final. Batting failed as usual with all normal culprits failing. Tendulkar's run out was unfortunate. He was playing well. Raina's role in the team on bouncy conditions need to be seriously reconsidered by the selectors. At this stage in his career, he should be at the peak. Barring Kohli, the entire team can be replaced by the next WC. BCCI needs to start the team rebuilding process with a sense of purpose and urgency.

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on February 26, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    the sydney one shows the game spirit of australians . there is no spirt to play cricket but only to win by hook aur by crook. a black day for cricket. if shewag was asked to reconsider mathews run out why not waston should be asked for the same . i am death sure if the incident happen in india this will be given out, if not umpire should be chanced. cricket is the funny game who knows sachin stays on the wicket india wins and enter the final . this should be reconsider to define clearity in laws . and this question to all cricket fans is brett lee a real ambassador of the game . initially he do not knows the incident but after he can talk to waston to reconsider it. and at the last no body will let sachin play because he is a litle master and will definately be. really consider it from heart and mind

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    well if dhoni appeal for david hussey then why watson shd withdraw tendulkar s runout ? as dhoni started ugly play without benefit and watson ended in style.......

  • kevinpp24 on February 26, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Well yeah this is the first time in history of cricket that a batsmen was made to run around the bowler. Common, D.husseys decision was once in a bluemoon but Sachins decision was a regular one. Almost in every international match we are seeing batsmen running around to reach the crease, well even after playing 460 matches, the fake god himself doesn't know the rules. The funny part is every other cricketing nations thinks ICC and umpires are always leaning towards India but they are thinking the otherway around. Lol. Please post.

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

    Seriously!!! the should have withdrawn the appeal. DHoni must select the team impartially. A spinner like Jadeja cant do anything in these wickets, so he must be dropped, India's problem is a weak batting line up, so he must include Rohit/Tiwari in place of jadeja. Raina/Sehwag/Rohit can bowl the overs which Jadeja bowls without much difference. And keeping everything for the end and blocking each and every ball is not feasible always. Take singles and twos and rotate the strike. My team for the next match

    1)Sachin 2)Sehwag 3)gambhir 4)kohli 5) rohit/Tiwari 6)Dhoni 7) raina 8)Pathan 9)Aswin 10)PK/ZK 11)Umesh yadav.

    And a captain is not someone who puts the blame on everyone he sees. So if you have some concerns about anyplayers, talk to them personally or in a team meeting not in front of the media. You are responsible for Sreesanths downfall, dont do it others in your team. You are a good captain, now be great. Raina and Sehwag should put atlease some price for their wickets.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Oz players have never been sporting while fielding especially in Sydney. So there is no point in asking Fielding side to let Sachin batting. They under the banner "Play 2 Win" do things which normally player should not do.

  • JohnnyRook on February 26, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I seriously wonder why Umpires didn't ask Watson if he wanted to take the appeal for Tendulkar back. Anyways I hope now Indians and particularly Tendulkar himself understand that this spirit of cricket nonsense has to stop. Just follow the rules and thats about it because the world is never going to return the favors.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Why cant aussies show some spirit??? Is it that they dont knw wat a gentleman's game is all about??? Learn some spirit Aussies.... U desperately need dat....

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    this incident simply shows tat little master is in worst time in his career(witout luck) for me he shows some confident in his batting today but still bad time wins, Still u can do master take india home with a bonus point vs Srilamka

  • VAS4 on February 26, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Another shameful loss. Whatever excuses they say, it is another failure from Indian batsmen. Sehwag has hit rock bottom. Tendulkar is ready for exit. Irfan cementing his case again. Aswin again the top scorer. Feel sorry for Dhoni. But it is ok, we have IPL!

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    After 25 years in the game tendulkar should know the rule book by now. Australia were well within their rights.

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

    Cricket is becoming selfish game day by day. No spirit, no fun but only self benefits. When Clarke is not happy with mankading incident then what did AUS do now? That is the reason I say AUS always talks according to their convenience. When a country like AUS or ENG are not at all within right spirit what if such country becomes powerful in cricket?

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Sehwag is the worst cricketer ever, even though he took 3 wickets the sight of his fat frame bowling is the worst ever, he should be more athletic. Can sehwag even last a month in county cricket? Handling true pace and swing?

  • Master_Mihil on February 26, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    I'm not an indian so i guess my complaining is valid. I've always noticed this questionable behaviour of lee. Sometimes when there's close run lee tend to go stop in the batsman's path as though hoping batsman would be obstructed. He doesn't sure look at the incoming batsman when he does that. He just makes it look like he was there by coincidence. I've noticed this in the Sydney match SL vs Aus. But can't accuse him without knowing for sure. I immediately noticed it that day though...

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Spirit of the game applies only to India? Australia should have been asked to withdraw their appeal!!!! Umpires put pressure only on India... why ??? In England and also in Australia....

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    India is alone playing for SO called SPIRIT of the game,,and no one ind is world going Gaga over that an all,,and obviously India is losing,,,,,,,Play for the win and not for the spirit....

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

    "The supporters of mankading can stretch the point and raise the question why the umpires didn't ask the fielding side to reconsider this appeal." Great line.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

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

    "The supporters of mankading can stretch the point and raise the question why the umpires didn't ask the fielding side to reconsider this appeal." Great line.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    India is alone playing for SO called SPIRIT of the game,,and no one ind is world going Gaga over that an all,,and obviously India is losing,,,,,,,Play for the win and not for the spirit....

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Spirit of the game applies only to India? Australia should have been asked to withdraw their appeal!!!! Umpires put pressure only on India... why ??? In England and also in Australia....

  • Master_Mihil on February 26, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    I'm not an indian so i guess my complaining is valid. I've always noticed this questionable behaviour of lee. Sometimes when there's close run lee tend to go stop in the batsman's path as though hoping batsman would be obstructed. He doesn't sure look at the incoming batsman when he does that. He just makes it look like he was there by coincidence. I've noticed this in the Sydney match SL vs Aus. But can't accuse him without knowing for sure. I immediately noticed it that day though...

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Sehwag is the worst cricketer ever, even though he took 3 wickets the sight of his fat frame bowling is the worst ever, he should be more athletic. Can sehwag even last a month in county cricket? Handling true pace and swing?

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

    Cricket is becoming selfish game day by day. No spirit, no fun but only self benefits. When Clarke is not happy with mankading incident then what did AUS do now? That is the reason I say AUS always talks according to their convenience. When a country like AUS or ENG are not at all within right spirit what if such country becomes powerful in cricket?

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    After 25 years in the game tendulkar should know the rule book by now. Australia were well within their rights.

  • VAS4 on February 26, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Another shameful loss. Whatever excuses they say, it is another failure from Indian batsmen. Sehwag has hit rock bottom. Tendulkar is ready for exit. Irfan cementing his case again. Aswin again the top scorer. Feel sorry for Dhoni. But it is ok, we have IPL!

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    this incident simply shows tat little master is in worst time in his career(witout luck) for me he shows some confident in his batting today but still bad time wins, Still u can do master take india home with a bonus point vs Srilamka

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Why cant aussies show some spirit??? Is it that they dont knw wat a gentleman's game is all about??? Learn some spirit Aussies.... U desperately need dat....