India v Sri Lanka, CB series, Hobart February 27, 2012

India eye qualification lifeline

India still stand a chance of qualifying for the final but it's not something MS Dhoni and his team were aware of before being told so at a press conference
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India have a head coach, a fielding coach, a bowling coach, and other support staff that includes an analyst, a trainer, a physio, and a masseur. Then there are 17 cricketers. Between them not one had bothered to check the playing conditions and inform the captain that India were still alive in the tournament - only just, but alive. After their third straight defeat in the triangular series - and third while conceding a bonus point to Australia - India's captain MS Dhoni said his side couldn't make it to the finals now because the margin of their losses was too big to make up for in the net-run-rate column.

This is not to jump at Dhoni's throat, but a side desperate to make the finals would know every last backdoor entry and try to break it open. This is clearly a side looking forward to going home. At least that way they can catch a break of three to four days before being packed off for the Asia Cup and the IPL. Dhoni himself - perhaps the man who physically endures the most in this side - had the runs during yesterday's game, and after it he hobbled out of the press conference.

To add to it there is Irfan Pathan, who might or might not experience trouble from his collision with Suresh Raina in the field. Zaheer Khan is already out with a calf injury, R Vinay Kumar has done his hamstring. The batting has been so abysmal the captain himself conceded the bowlers will have to keep sides down to 200 if they were to win in this current form.

Nobody likes losing, yet you can imagine the relief India must be feeling at the idea of home, away from the bouncing and seaming ball, away from the scrutiny, away from fans who line up at every training session expecting a better show, away from the pressure of that expectation even if for less than a week, away from the barracking, away from the losses, away from the same faces for close to three months, away from the media.

And then Dhoni is told his side is not out yet. That if they beat Sri Lanka by a bonus point, and Australia then beat Sri Lanka, India will play the final week of the Australian summer. Oh, the torture. Coming to terms with failure is hard enough, realising you have done it too soon is worse. Dhoni was expectedly sheepish, but then he smiled. He said it was good to know this was the case. In a second he was crushed too, possibly thinking of how hard it will be to attain a bonus point when he is struggling to find four fit bowlers.

"I am quite happy to hear that," Dhoni said of the playing conditions. "Gives us another chance."

A moment later he said, "That would be saying I am very optimistic, seeing that we have not consistently done well with the bat, which means whatever the opposition scores we will have to score in 40 overs, which will be a very difficult task, but I am happy that at least there is a chance subject to some other game, but I would love to take it."

So it is down to one more evening now. An evening in the beautiful Hobart. The players can look at it as one last evening before riddance. Or they can look at it as one last evening where they can let themselves go, where they give it their all and hope for another week in Australia to show the country they are a better team than the one that turned up earlier. Arguably, though, to get themselves up for this last league game would have been much easier if they knew this was it, and there would be a break after the Australia tour. Here, on the other hand, if India make it to the final, they ensure they fly straight to Bangladesh.

They will also be looking back with regret at the Adelaide game against Sri Lanka, which they had almost wrapped up but could only just tie because of some nervous, reckless batting. Had they won it, they would have only needed to win the upcoming game and wait for the other result as opposed to winning this with a bonus point and then sitting back to await the outcome of Australia v Sri Lanka.

Some of the players will get one final chance to show why they should not be dropped from the squad that will be picked a day after the game. Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag and Ravindra Jadeja find themselves on thin ice.

The bottom line won't change, though. The much-acclaimed batting line-up, more a behemoth on this tour, will have to either put on a total their bowlers can defend 80% of or chase in 40 overs whatever the bowlers have allowed. This is being asked of a group that has been bowled out in four of the seven games, thrice for less than 200.

India look every bit an ordinary side right now. It will take some extraordinariness to stay alive for three more days. It will be breathtaking if they manage to do it. A year or so ago, you wouldn't write India off because they had that intangible fight in them; now not many will be holding their breath.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    This is clearly a side looking forward to going home Zaheer Khan is already out with a calf injury Coming to terms with failure is hard enough, realising you have done it too soon is worse. Arguably, though, to get themselves up for this last league game would have been much easier if they knew this was it, and there would be a break after the Australia tour. A year or so ago, you wouldn't write India off because they had that intangible fight in them; now not many will be holding their breath.

    What great writing! I'm sure the Indian team needs such excellent writers and posts like yours to motivate them. Every ounce of today's win has your blood on it! Congrats Monga!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    And now what you have to say when team India has done it in less than 37 overs? And that too, while chasing one of the biggest target scores in the series?

  • POSTED BY manixsrinivas on | February 28, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    india always looking for final chance, here the fact is they not gonna get their final chance also, we should accept the poor performance by indians after WC. they should analyse on their condition to overcome such bad performance. this match condition seems SL will enter into finals with bonus points. will see what india ll do in asia cup.

  • POSTED BY sm601 on | February 28, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    The youths in the team shouldn't be compared with seniors. The youths performance should be compared with the youths in the opposition team. Similarly the seniors should be compared with the seniors in the opposition team. I think India and the selector krish srikanth should be worried of the performance of the indian youths in the playing 11. Krishn srikanth should be happy selecting CSK selection and not get into india team selection especially for foreign tours. The england and the australia tour are a wash out for his selection, wonder how much time he spent with the new coach after the world cup.

  • POSTED BY bwyan on | February 28, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    You mentioned 'that intangible fight'.

    Two words.......Gary Kirsten.

    I haven't seen it since he left.

  • POSTED BY nesith on | February 28, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    some one here said IND will score 450 today look like your wish is about to come true all be it you will have to make that in 40 overs good luck :)

  • POSTED BY kiranlegend on | February 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    For those of you who are asking for Sachin sacking should understand that in sport it is common that every player goes through rough phases. As far I am aware in the last 14 years of my watching cricket, this is the second time Sachin has hit the dry phase. One in 2007.. and second one is now. On both the ocassions, Sachin was among the highest run getters in tests. If we talk about this odi series, it all added up for his non perfomances. three poor odi batting displays(out of which in one innings he wanted to play aggresively as he was injured). 2 low scoring odis with unforseen kind of dismissals ( even though he just scored 13 out of 14 balls in the last match.) those 14 balls is a good lesson to anyone to work oneself out of form. Bad luck. I for firmly believe that age should be the criteria at all, only performance shd matter. In the past, almost everyone in the team got chances to stay in the team without performances. he shd get one more chance. he is too good a batsman.

  • POSTED BY avani on | February 28, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    India cannot get any bonus points for sure. Who care? as long as players get good bonuses!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    @ goodharry - You are very true !

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 28, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty - so will Pakistans!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    This is clearly a side looking forward to going home Zaheer Khan is already out with a calf injury Coming to terms with failure is hard enough, realising you have done it too soon is worse. Arguably, though, to get themselves up for this last league game would have been much easier if they knew this was it, and there would be a break after the Australia tour. A year or so ago, you wouldn't write India off because they had that intangible fight in them; now not many will be holding their breath.

    What great writing! I'm sure the Indian team needs such excellent writers and posts like yours to motivate them. Every ounce of today's win has your blood on it! Congrats Monga!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    And now what you have to say when team India has done it in less than 37 overs? And that too, while chasing one of the biggest target scores in the series?

  • POSTED BY manixsrinivas on | February 28, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    india always looking for final chance, here the fact is they not gonna get their final chance also, we should accept the poor performance by indians after WC. they should analyse on their condition to overcome such bad performance. this match condition seems SL will enter into finals with bonus points. will see what india ll do in asia cup.

  • POSTED BY sm601 on | February 28, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    The youths in the team shouldn't be compared with seniors. The youths performance should be compared with the youths in the opposition team. Similarly the seniors should be compared with the seniors in the opposition team. I think India and the selector krish srikanth should be worried of the performance of the indian youths in the playing 11. Krishn srikanth should be happy selecting CSK selection and not get into india team selection especially for foreign tours. The england and the australia tour are a wash out for his selection, wonder how much time he spent with the new coach after the world cup.

  • POSTED BY bwyan on | February 28, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    You mentioned 'that intangible fight'.

    Two words.......Gary Kirsten.

    I haven't seen it since he left.

  • POSTED BY nesith on | February 28, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    some one here said IND will score 450 today look like your wish is about to come true all be it you will have to make that in 40 overs good luck :)

  • POSTED BY kiranlegend on | February 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    For those of you who are asking for Sachin sacking should understand that in sport it is common that every player goes through rough phases. As far I am aware in the last 14 years of my watching cricket, this is the second time Sachin has hit the dry phase. One in 2007.. and second one is now. On both the ocassions, Sachin was among the highest run getters in tests. If we talk about this odi series, it all added up for his non perfomances. three poor odi batting displays(out of which in one innings he wanted to play aggresively as he was injured). 2 low scoring odis with unforseen kind of dismissals ( even though he just scored 13 out of 14 balls in the last match.) those 14 balls is a good lesson to anyone to work oneself out of form. Bad luck. I for firmly believe that age should be the criteria at all, only performance shd matter. In the past, almost everyone in the team got chances to stay in the team without performances. he shd get one more chance. he is too good a batsman.

  • POSTED BY avani on | February 28, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    India cannot get any bonus points for sure. Who care? as long as players get good bonuses!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    @ goodharry - You are very true !

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 28, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty - so will Pakistans!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY posybeon123 on | February 28, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    THE KEY IS THAT DHONI IS NOT PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE OTHER TEAMS BATSMEN FOR THE MIDDLE TO END OVERS!!!!!!!!! he needst to improve the field arrangements.......

  • POSTED BY crickeyt on | February 28, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    The one player who will be stung by India's insipid performances is SRT. Watch out for a young Indian team that has all but given up, with the exception of old warhorse Tendulkar putting in an effort to try and win. The state of the Indian team is back to the 1990s.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Cricket is game just like life..... There can be win or Loss... We should enjoy the game

  • POSTED BY chaitukash79 on | February 28, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    Its amazing how India has crashed and burned after the departure of Garry Kirsten. Just hope on a plane, get back to Indian and get back to the drawing board guys. I think most serious cricket fans are not going to give a damn about IPL this year. So just get your backsides back and work stuff out.

  • POSTED BY 1901 on | February 28, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    get rid of complacent dhoni..any player can captain better than this guy

  • POSTED BY ChuckyDoll on | February 28, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    We will all see Dhoni turn in his (captaincy) badge next week once they return to India. I'm not sure which game, the Tests or ODIs, but for one of the formats he is sure to give up captaincy. Interesting to see which one...... and who will be willing to take up the captaincy !!

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 28, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    This statement is from a captain who has no confidence on the team's performance. This is understandable given the performance of the team on the last two overseas tours. Finish the game as best as the team can, pack bags, and come home safely. BCCI needs to ponder on how to improve the quality of Indian cricket. IPL is not the cricket. Make domestic tournaments more competitive. Learn from others who have better domestic programs. Create more academies geared toward training young school talents with right technics. Expose them to international cricket too. This is where we will find next Gavasker, Kapil Dev, Tendulkar, Kumble. Will this happen? I have no faith in BCCI top brass.

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | February 28, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    I'm a Team India fan here but I would rather see SL to win this last match because SL have done well this series so it would be fair to see them go to the finals. Plus Indian selectors will not change their stubborn ways if India manages to miraculously win this. No Indian fan is even expecting a win here and per Dhoni's comments, they aren't expecting it either. I do hope Team India fights all the way until the last ball though, and I have no doubt that Team India will bounce back soon. All these losses are good lessons for the young team or few of those players that want to make a difference for Team India. India won CB series in 2007-08 and now its SL's chance to win it because they prepared better than India. Plain and simple.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    This comment = Accepting defeat before playing. Giving away points was very easy, how many bonus points have you given away. Pathetic performance.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    conveys all emotions beautifully. Nice piece this by Sidharth Monga. It will be nothing less than a fairytale if India manage to trump Sri Lanka by a bonus point and then expect the Aussies to do them a favour, so that they can make a backdoor entry to the finals. As an Indian supporter, fingers crossed. As a cricket lover, may the best team win. And India do not look anywhere close to good, leave alone best, since the past few months

  • POSTED BY Deenesh on | February 28, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    India are unlucky, tired, out of form, lacking in communication, confidence and moral. This entire tour has been like that. They might very well lose this match. But in the next two years they will dominate at home, and SL, Aus, Eng, and the rest of the world will falter before the awesome cricket team that not too long held the number one spot in tests and won the world cup. No doubt they have been horrible at touring, but they have time to work on that. A new coach might be in order.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    Dhoni, go one down, have Parthiv Patel bat at 7 and bring Tiwari instead of Raina and Rahul Sharma instead of Jadeja. We will go in by a mile not just a bonus point.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    India will win with Bonus Points as long as Jadeja and Rohit Sharma dosent play. Also they would have to bat second as they will know what exactly to chase in 40 overs ...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    its Coach's fault n captains....why batting line up is not shuffled. why is sehwag still batting at top. he should be batting lower with dhoni. team for final match: 1)SACHIN 2)GAMBHIR 3)KOHLI 4)ROHIT 5)DHONI 6)SEHWAG 7)IRFAN 8) RAINA 8) ASHWIN 9)PRAVEEN 10)UMESH. BATTING TILL 8. BOWLING OPTIONS OF 7 INCLUDING ROHIT HE WILL BOWL BETTER THEN JADEJA. LETS HOPE FOR THE BEST. Irfan raina can do the job of pich hitter at any stage of game dhoni needs to be hitting batsmen. sehwag should last chance to save himself and should bat slowly with raina irfan dhoni as finisher. i still believe sehwag can be a good finisher. if he cant do that drop him and bring in yuvi and drop rahul if cant do well bring back harbhajan. they make fielding batting bowling all look gud with their attitude towards game. i see no intensity rite now. before whenever team was lacking intensity dhoin use to send yuvi for batting n harbhajan for bowling. I think indian team supporters should have noticed this by now.

  • POSTED BY CUSE on | February 28, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Even with rotations, poor M. Tiwari didn't get a chance to play in the final XI. If he wants to secure a place in the Indian team, it may be better to give a try to represent CSK as long as Dhoni captains India.

  • POSTED BY goodharry on | February 27, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    @ deepu111

    My playing Eleven in order be

    1.Gambhir 2.Tendulkar 3.Pathan 4.Virat Kohli 5.Manoj Tiwary 6.Dhoni 7.Sehwag 8.Raina/Jadeja 9. R Ashwin 10.Parveen 11. Zaheer Khan

    Hope some one listen to this

  • POSTED BY goodharry on | February 27, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Mr Dhoni .. giving away bonus point was easy for team India .. so getting a bonus point is impossible for team India so i would say just play for a win first and get onto a plane to India right after today's match..

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    easy 2 give hard to get?????

  • POSTED BY usnycus on | February 27, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    "This is clearly a side looking forward to going home". I agree. Dhoni & co. should let SL win, and two better teams play the final. Good for the cricket.

  • POSTED BY seshu06 on | February 27, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Missing Yuvraj so much in the middle.....That guy !!!! such an integral part of one day squad

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | February 27, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    I have read some SriLankan fans not happy with the rule of the trounament which gives more importance to the head-head record than the net run rate. But, it is always the case with any other tournaments. One thing which is very bad for the tournaments is the Bonus point. Bonus point can bring in very boring cricket. For instance, say(just hypothetically) India bat first and score 300 today. Then, SriLanka can decide not to go for the target and try to avoid a bonus point by chasing only 240. By doing so, SriLanka will lose the match, but win their spot. So, Bonus point can make the teams to deliberately lose the match to win the tournament!. Bonus point is the most ridiculous rule that Australia brought to the game.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    My prediction : they will win with a bonus point. India will be in the loosing side.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 27, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @Bruisers: Even if India bat second, they need to restrict SL total to <200, if they stand any chance of chasing it and getting it in 40 overs. Now in order restrict SL to <200 they need economical wkt. taking bowlers. Rahul Sharma needs to replace Jadeja straight away! Is this acceptable to Dhoni when Jadeja is his #1 choice even if he did nothing in last 5 matches. Secondly the Big hitters like Sehwag, Kohli, Raina & Sharma need to score 50's. They have not done so far. Can they turn it round for a change? . Also get rid of expensive bowlers like Yadev>7 runs/over!.Ashwin, Rahul & Sehwag in spin + Pathan & Praveen in bowling. ZAK & Vinay are out injured. Dhoni also needs to change his batting order so that Sehwag does not throw away his wkt. irresponsibly as opener.At least 2 of top 3 guys need to bat middle order. Ashwin has a sound technique to open the innings with Gambhir. This is the last chance for Dhoni - don't blow it with same XI & same batting order.Shake & WIN - OK?

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | February 27, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    @Saurav Bhasin and @Yougander Reddy : I really do not know if you know that Sachin has ODI 100 against all Test playing countries except Bangladesh. I doubt if he would be able to get his ODI 100 against Bangladesh in coming Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | February 27, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Rahul in place of Jadeja (no brainer), Tiwary for raina (should have done this for the last game...for this it is a bit gamble now...but no other options)...

    o my gosh.. I do not even know the whole team.....

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | February 27, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Funny but.....I hope the rotation policy has tested all the players.. and India have the best line up for the finals.... oops...

    Sorry guys... really tired....of all this..

  • POSTED BY Ra_Thore on | February 27, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    IPL's gains are losses elsewhere!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    I find few strange comments posted by Srilank fans. They think they birth right to win world cup final last year because they doing well in CB Series. May best team win the final, today Srilank look better, but my money on Australia will win the final.

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | February 27, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Call to every one that hints that IPL is the root cause for this Indian debacle.

    I for one surely beleive it is the cause for the failure at least in tests (If only they use IPL to spot talent.. then follow their performances in domestic season... and possibly schedule a few India-A tours with those folks... and then finally draft them into the side.... In that case may be it will really help Indian cricket).... and so I am pledging to not watch IPL either on live-TV or even on cricinfo.com...

    Who else is with me?

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | February 27, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    India have tried out 16 out of 17 players of their squad in this series.. The unlucky chap who has missed out is MANOJ TIWARY, a very talented, underrated batsman of great calibre.... Isn't it finally time you give the poor lad an opportunity as he could be your main middle-order batsman in 2015 WC down under?

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 27, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    @ Theekshana Perera on (Feb 27 2012, 10:13 AM GMT) :-- AGREED. On current form i expect SL to win both the matches maybe with bonus point against India. And on current form and selection i expect India to loose against SL. Dhoni is right, Bonus point difficult. He is reffering to form and does not want to set right the selection by removing Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | February 27, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Need a win with a bonus point?? Here's what your Playing XI should look like- 1.SEHWAG 2.TENDULKAR 3.GAMBHIR 4.KOHLI 5.DHONI 6.TIWARY 7.RAINA 8.PATHAN 9.ASHWIN 10.PRAVEEN 11.VINAY.. Tiwary will be your trump card just give him a chance and watch!

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | February 27, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    India need to bat second to stand any chance of winning with a bonus point.. SL just need to win the toss and put India into bat first to enter the finals.. By the way, India haven't batted first even once so far in this series.....

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | February 27, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Indian ayers should put the white flags up and return home to their respective IPL teams I am sure they will entertain us in the T20 matches.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 27, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    @ Master_Mihil on (Feb 27 2012, 16:44 PM GMT) :-- AGREED. During the Pakistan series Dishan & Jayawardane ware a little out of touch & Chandimal was raw and learning. But now with the sieniors back in form they are bashing everyone. And i am sure tomorow Dhoni and his friend (Jadega) will get a good bashing. Bonus point may me difficult for Dhoin but it will not be so difficult for Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | February 27, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    @Darkmanx12155: If Indians are going to set a target of 450 tomorrow we are not afraid as we could chase it down probably within 45 overs or so. If India can score 450 the par score for the wicket should be somewhere around 600 runs. Dhoni sure hit a wet ball for 6. But since then dying his level best to make sure his batsmen can make contact with the ball. HA HA HA...

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    If India wins today match bonus point. Sri Lanaks loose next match with Australia. India will go to final. Because run rate will not matter, because head to head with Sri Lanka there will 2 wins to 1 lose for India,

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 27, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    @ Master_Mihil on (Feb 27 2012, 16:44 PM GMT) : - AGREED.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 27, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    @ Raja Muthiah on (Feb 27 2012, 16:28 PM GMT) :-- Dhoni has marketed for Jadeja to make him the most cosliest player in the IPL-5. I think by now his owners would have realised that it might become the most costliest mistake of IPL-5. Now he thinks that he can also make Jadeja the costiest player in International cricket. poor chap, he is trying hard.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 27, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Yes Mr.Captain. Bonus point very difficult for you. not so difficult for others against you. Because you are bent upon carryign excess baggage (your fried - Jadeja) and some senior player (for that i do not fault you). I am sure by now there is no pressure on you. so you and your friend just go their and enjoy. I hope your friend enjoyed the trip to Australia. After all we fans have funded him. So did he enjoy the free trip.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 27, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    BONUS POINTS ARE DIFFICULT TO GET??? how is that mr. Dhoni?? It seems they are very easy to give away. As in last four matches you gave away bonus points in each & every match.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Why people do not talk aout Dhoni's performance. He has not done any better than others. Drop Dhoni!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 27, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    India have no chance of getting the opposition out early & get those runs in <40 overs with Jadeja in the XI. They may have a faint chance by getting a specialist batsman or specialist wkt. taking bowler instead of Jadeja or both.Jadeja is neither a bowler nor a batsman.Jadeja already failed twice against SL. How will Dhoni justify his place? In order to get SL out, India needs bowling. Go with Kumar & Pathan in pace + Ashwin & Rahul in spin. Yadev is good but very expensive.Sehwag bowled v.well against the Aussies to be a good 5th bowler - took 3 wkts. Use Rohit Sharma or Tiwary instead of Yadev.So 2 changes - Rahul for Jadeja & Rohit or Tiwary for Yadev.Let Ashwin or Kohli open with Gambhir.Send Sachin & Sehwag 4 & 5. Raina bats #3 if Kohli opens otherwise Kohli bats #3. Sending Sehwag or Sachin to open is a failed policy. Learn from failures. These are still the best Indian batsmen but need to bat lower. Will Dhoni try these changes or perish with his stubborn & failed policies?

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 27, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    My message to Australians: "Please make your CB series SHORT next time okay ?" Tthis is a LONG and BORING tournament. I favor the old Sharjah Cups of the 80s and 90s. Just a two tier league with the finals. This series is a joke. I feel sympathy towards the Indian team. These guys have been away from home for more than 3 months. I am sure they would love to win everything but sadly that hasn't happened. SL and Aus deserve to play the MEANINGLESS finals. Let them go about it. MSD you are wonderful guy and you have done your best. Come back home and prepare for the Asia Cup so you may thrash Pak, SL, Bangladesh and others.

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | February 27, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: Seriously, how on earth are they tired. Sure 4 test matches were scheduled but from the 20 days no more than 12-13 days were played. And prior to this series lot of senior guys were rested from the WI tour to India and and moreover Test team was changed big time to accomodate ODI leg of the tour. They've been on tour for about 2 month an considering there performance from the beginning I don't think your attempt to hide their incompetence behind tiredness will catch up. Sure India won't to leave to avoid further humiliation but if you say they are tired look in to mirror and slap the guy you see there. SL have been on tour constantly since WC prior to their Aussie tour they've been in SA for tough 2 months fighting a class opposition and they were no pushovers there neither here. So buckle up. Sport doesn't change the way you want. Learn it and play the way it's supposed to be. Then you'd taste the success.

  • POSTED BY Agnar on | February 27, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    I am trying to write Limericks these days and thought Dhoni not knowing the rules was funny and ideal for one. Number of syllables may not be correct but close and the all the other rules of Limericks are observed. Here it is:

    There was a man called Dhoni of India He led his pack to fight in Austarilia He was very strong But his mind was home And was caught napping in underware

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Dhoni - leave India !!! If Tiwary doesn't play tomorrow's match you can stay away.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    MY PLAYING ELEVEN FOR TOMORROW'S MATCH : A.RAHANE,P.PATEL,R.SHARMA,V.KOHLI,M.TIWARY,MS DHONI/(R.JADEJA),S RAINA,I. PATHAN,R.SHARMA,U.YADAV, P.KUMAR. GIVE BENCH STRENTH A CHANCE & REST FOR UNDERPERFORMERS IN TEAM FOR TOMORROW'S MATCH AS IT IS A RUBBER .HENCE WE CAN EVALUATE THEIR PERFORMANCE FOR FUTURE SERIES!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    If Dhoni ignores Tiwary in this match as well, God save him from the wrath of Indian fans ....... he should be immediately stripped of his captaincy bcoz of undue favoritism and plot to destroy careers of young talents.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Some people commenting that Rahane is not getting chances in the 11 Friends,check the Vijay Hasare trophy mumbai scorecard,Rahane is the opener .Please understand Rahane is not in the team...!

  • POSTED BY oziejune on | February 27, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Dhoni is partial to his IPL players Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin etc. There is a definite rift in the team and the dressing room atmosphere is hurting. You can see from the body language on and off the field and during interviews and press releases. This team is like ship without a captain. Where is Fletcher and his team. Players are lacking mental strength and discipline. The selection comittee should make way for new blood and new thinking. The team is not willing to make changes. Why is Jadeja or Ashwin batting ahead of Irfan?. Why is Raina still in the line-up? Why not Rohit. He gets a few chances. Everyone else gets plenty of excuses. Time for change and leave Sachin alone. He is playing well but is not building on and has also had very little luck in his favour, in all fairness. He still has some cricket left and is still valuable to the team, on and off the field. Be patient please.

  • POSTED BY samudralakiku on | February 27, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Dhoni is giving a hint that they are not looking to win this match either. Bunch of actors/jokesters in the Indian team. They will be very successful in Bollywood.

  • POSTED BY immit13 on | February 27, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    "A year or so ago, you wouldn't write India off because they had that intangible fight in them; now not many will be holding their breath" So much aptly said, nothing else is needed to be written/spoken/discussed/planned/promised for this HOPELESS INDIAN TEAM... Here in Canada i won't be staying up all night long to watch this people play because you already know the result that who ever plays against India right now can WIN... even Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands etc as there is just no fighting spirit or winning spirit or team spirit in this Team.

  • POSTED BY Ra_Thore on | February 27, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    India have lost toss 10 times in last 12 games. That should tell them they are outta luck with anything expecting miraculous.

  • POSTED BY bolyston on | February 27, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    @ Harikrishna Sukumaran - Come on dude, the English, Aussie, NZ and SA struggle in Asian conditions. They too lack technique when it comes to playing in Asia. Don't just write off any team. Not sure if you have the maturity to get this.

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 27, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    mahela jayawardane and michael clarke are the best captains in world cricket at the moment... really impressed with them

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 27, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Enough talk about India they have been PATHETIC , Australia is looking good but a bit inconsistent , what really surprised me is sri lanka's performance.. mahela jayawardana back on captaincy seems to have done the trick for them , finals are going to be really interesting , i still think aussies are going to win it..

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | February 27, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    just like the Test series, in ODI series also Dhoni won't change batting order regardless of repeatative failure, he won't play Manoj Tiwari, Rahul sharma for Raina and Jadeja. Dhoni promoted himself in WC final when he was out of form, now he is in form, why doesn't he promote himself now to build the innings rather than coming at no 6 when match is already out of reach!! selectors have to take some hard decisions against this ODI and Test team

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | February 27, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    i have no hope on this indian team now, they have become pretty consistant in losing, looks like they are ready, bagpacked to come home, catch some rest before IPL. clearly BCCI and Indian players put IPL over India. IPL is demolishing Indian cricket

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | February 27, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Drop the losers - Sehwag and 10dulkar. Play both youngsters - Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary. Ashwin can open with Gauti. What's the worst thing that can happen? We are going to lose? We are losing anyway

  • POSTED BY Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on | February 27, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    First time I wish India to lose this match or series and come back home. as then an Asian country can dominate the title....and its only SL who can do it Australian will try to make all thing possible so that India can make, to final if they win tomorrow As it will be easy for them to defend the title.they won't like to face SL in finals And even as an Indian spectator I'll like to c fight in finals

    no dead match anymore like in tests , a fresh team was playing with old and tired team. Everybody will become in form in IPL every old will become young.their techniques will become tremendous . they will become full of energy.so as Indian spectator we must limit ourselves to IPL. we are wasting our money and donating it to other countries in vain.we must limit TRP for IPL only

  • POSTED BY Don_Simon on | February 27, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    @spinkingKK : According to your estimations SL should lost all the six games so far. But the points table shows who the toddlers are !!

  • POSTED BY lilanaml on | February 27, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    well you dont have to worry dhoni.you are winning it with a bonus point tomorrow.coz what happened in WC final would be repeated tomorrow.sl cricket is heavily depend on bcci and they would be there to rescue indian cricket at any time. so called world champions will win it in style tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY symsun on | February 27, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Eagerly waiting for the announcement of squads for the next series. I am sure the selectors are ready to prove their worth. Lets show the exit door for some big players who were playing just by past reputation and give entry door for young talents. Lets start grooming for the next world cup and the future. Move on India!

  • POSTED BY abiindia on | February 27, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    I request all of you, feel negative in all of you, and yourself be with this team india will surely fail, promise yourself never wanted to hear or see the score card. make yourself confirmed that this match will go fail. at the end. come and have a look at 35th over. result will be different.

  • POSTED BY VickGower on | February 27, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    "This is not to jump at Dhoni's throat, but a side desperate to make the finals would know every last backdoor entry and try to break it open." Which planet is this note coming from?! This thing is over. )This is a defeated side. Desperation is not the issue here, talent is.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Rohit Sharma can be excused for failure in just 3 or 4 matches. he is a finisher,batting at 5,6 position ideal.. at 4 position he hasnt good record.Manoj Tiwary not given any chances in the series.Irfan Pathan has been successful at least partially as allrounder. i could go with him dropping jadeja and picking up m.Tiiwary...youngsters must be encouraged to play Counties in England and Australia for getting more exposure to the pitch conditions there, and that would definitely benefit them.

    y dhoni doing rubbish to put jadeja in the XI only for his fielding ability.rahul sharma can be given a chance and pathan as geniune all rounder that gives a variety to the team.

    my team: sachin,Gauti,kohli,Mtiwary,Raina,Rohit sharma,dhoni,pkumar,ipathan,Rsharma,vkumar.

    Mtiwary/raina/rohit/kohli can be used as 5th bowler...sehwag is rested..

    Mtiwary and Rsharma should be given a chance,,selection for Asia cup taken up on their performance...

  • POSTED BY SuperSaj on | February 27, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    This whole tour has been a pitiful joke from the view-point of the Indian spectator. There are several severe issues troubling this team and while the longer structural change and indeed removal of certain big egos needs to happen, I would suggest that India line up like this for tomorrow:

    1: Sachin 2: Gambhir 3: Kohli 4: Dhoni 5: Sewhag 6: Raina 7: Aswhin 8: Pathan 9: P Kumar 10: Yadav 11: Rahul Sharma

  • POSTED BY bigcric27 on | February 27, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    The chances of India reaching the finals is very thin, specially when Sri Lanka has adjusted to the Aussie conditions right after the first 2 games they lost & the necessary changes they made by dropping Tharanga and promoting Mahela up the order with some solid batting from the youngsters in the middle also not to forget about their bowling deparment doing a fantastic job, good luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY suve on | February 27, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Dhoni did't know he could still make the finals, that is the worst excuse i have ever heard from a cricket player. He said all the players including the staff didn't know thet had a chance, yer right. Dhoni and Sachin were the only two players I respected in the Indian team, now I lost all respect for Dhoni, typical Indians cannot accept defeat even after playing worse cricket than zimbabwe. Poor indians, You still think you're going to qualify to the Finals, yer maby in your dreams tommorow.

  • POSTED BY slcrickcrazyfan on | February 27, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Go team INDIA...to the deepest depths....!!!There are troughs and trenches awaiting for home sick....!!! Wishing you with my deepest emotions...Go...I may not say where...LOL(any way why the hell you won that WC against us...??? I was wondering...LOL)

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | February 27, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    As a kid, I remember the days when we played gully cricket bare feet in the bylanes of Mumbai. We were wary of the upsetting the rich kid who played with us because the bat, ball and the overall kit belonged to him. Team India nowadays reminds me of that rich brat...Indian cricket fans, look at the brighter side and take pride how our smaller neighbours SL have performed in this series. It would be nice to see them win in the same way like Pakistan beat the Englishmen in the UAE tests. Good luck Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY MyFineLeg on | February 27, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Dhoni, Dhoni please don't cry ; World Cup forgotten by and by ; India losing though you try ; Lanka will be home and dry.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    We all know your lack of technique, enjoy Australian summer, do some shopping, and come back and prepare for IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    I hope Sri Lanka wouldn't let them off the hook like at the World Cup for mysterious reasons.

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | February 27, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    The reasons given for Srilanka became underdogs for this series were misplaced. Actually Srilanka has done well in the recent past. They were thoroughly beaten only by pakisthan. God knows why! in all other occasions Srilanka was unlucky to loose the tournament decider. Reason for this was Srilanka was heavily experimenting with players, Thisara perera , jeevan mendis, seekkuge prasanna , thirimanna are some examples. Now they have got a winning combination and it works like a dream. So Srilanka should never have been underdogs. On the other hand Ausies look like a side depleted with talent. The only player remaining from their dominating past players is clarke. To be honest i don't see any wunderkind in this current Aussie team. Wade,forrest,warner are mediocre at best. I hope i'm wrong though severel years ago whenever SL travel to Aus they come with heave losses. I dreamt so bad to beat Australia at home thoroughly. It was thee cricketing dream of my generation.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    India Win or lose. I'm going to see this match.. May be this is the last time we are going to see some Indian players playing in Aus.

  • POSTED BY yug20 on | February 27, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    looking at dhoni's comments and interviews, this indian team is not willing to stay in Australia another day more...they are ready backpacked and want to be back to their respective IPL team management to get the required players selection..... sure IPL is much lucrative than indian team for them.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Sehwag, Raina, Jadeja are getting endless chances, and Rohit Sharma is being accused for failure in just 3 or 4 matches. Similarly, Tiwari and Rahane are not given any chances in the series. Why different logics for different players? Fortunately, Irfan Pathan has been successful at least partially. Had he failed, he would have been taken to the task by this time? Let us hope that more exposure to England and Australian conditions would make good to them. Raina, Rohit and Kohli must be encouraged to play Counties in England and Australia for getting more exposure to the pitch conditions there, and that would definitely benefit them.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    why dhoni doing rubbish to put jadeja in the XI only for his fielding ability.he does not have the abillity to be as a all-rounder in the team.instead jadeja play rahul sharma,and pathan as geniune all rounder that gives a variety to the team.also drop sehwag for manoj tiwary.we need a stability in the middle order to reduce the pressure of dhoni,pathan to play their natural game.if these changes wiil not happean atleast in the deciding vs sl.india will definitely loss the game and out of the series its sure!!!...

  • POSTED BY Angry_Bowler on | February 27, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    The problem with Indian team is every senerior player's place in the XI is granted and no accountability. Just look at the way sewag (4 matches 35 runs)is playing. No one can replace sachin (6 matches 104 runs)!

  • POSTED BY yusuf97 on | February 27, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    fingers crossed... hoping for a big upset...in cricket anything can happen...dont forget the way pakistan was playing in test matches winning all the matches and then loosing all of the odi matches...hope at least india wins 2morrow

  • POSTED BY Sano27 on | February 27, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    a must win situation for india with bonus point....but i'm very much sure that India even cant win the match against SL.....a horrible tour for India due to the incapability in batting by the so called batting giants & the even more worse thing is that Dhoni dint have the gutts to change team composition even after consistent failures in batting...pathetic !

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    !! Interesting, Dhoni didn't know there's a chance to get into final ! .... hoping against hope for tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY street_smart on | February 27, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    MSD... due to your arrogant team selection all through this tour, India had suffer heavily... since the last match is remaning can you please give a chance to Tiwary so that he can scored another century & then get prepared to sit out from the next series again....

  • POSTED BY sili on | February 27, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    I really dont understand how come Schwag is still in the team with just his Indian soil performance, for me it is obvious not to count him in the number of wickets, every team knows he is a goner... no one is there in the middle or end to be with Dhoni to complete the innings.. without dhoni india would have lost the other two matches also. not from heart but india should not go to finals and that would create the selectors to change this team entirely to bring younger/fresh team...

  • POSTED BY Agnar on | February 27, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Please replace Dhoni with akskada (see comment at 11:19 AM GMT on February 27). I find it very funny that Dhoni didn't know that he had a chance. This is just a joke and I don't mean to offend Indian fans.

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | February 27, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Roar911 and you lost the WC, what's your point???

  • POSTED BY Advanced_Donkeys on | February 27, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Why is Sehwag repeating the same mistake? Now the bowlers can read his mind well ,and bowls accordingly.We saw the otherwise few years before.

  • POSTED BY samudralakiku on | February 27, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    To be honest this Indian team does not deserve a Final Berth, not to say that they will sneak in. I do not think even a single person in this team even cares to win an International game. They probably would be more interested to win an IPL game for their franchise, because their franchises would be more serious if they lose than BCCI does. All money games in Indian cricket at the moment. No one in this team or BCCI even cares as their pockets and bank accounts are filled with money.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    @praveenchopra, aer u sure?Don't do day dream buddy.Sachin is a excellent player.But he is not a match winner.If he get 100 SL definitely win.

  • POSTED BY SMAM-Jameel on | February 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    In favor of India and it would be a better as well as a good turn off removing Tendulker, Dravid and Laxman from the team. My view about Tendulker the selectors and the BCCI are paralyzed by hesitation about removing him from the squad, he has been a superman to India since 1989 but at 38 years old the time has come for him to walk off for sake of country. It is time for Tendulker to consider goodbye himself from the team, definitely he realizes that. But he wants only to lay personal records, and now want to set hundred centuries. His fielding is very poor and a batsman doesn't hesitate to make runs while he is fielding, in addition to this his batting also disappointed in the CB tri series.

  • POSTED BY mr.truth on | February 27, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    go India home, IPL waiting there can achieve.Will be back to form in IPL

  • POSTED BY vishal53 on | February 27, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Well sure it's going to be a tough task. That's what happens when you play like you've just come from a jungle for the past 6 months. I still have hope in India. Mainly, in the MS Dhoni. I also hope that we, India, lose tomorrow because then maybe the selectors will come to their senses and select a team worthy of playing for India for the Asia Cup and onwards. India's XI for tomorrow (Source from BCCI): 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 Irfan Pathan, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Suresh Raina, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Rahul Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav

    Already, I feel the team is getting better by the new look team for tomorrow's match against Sri Lanka. Dropping Sachin Tendulkar is a big ask for India but the team management has done this for tomorrows' game. Promoting Irfan Pathan sure is sensible as he can blast runs when needed. Lowering Raina and Jadeja makes sense as the main reason they are still in the team is because they can field.

  • POSTED BY Agnar on | February 27, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Dhoni did not know India is still alive? I feel sorry for the iIndian fans who show more enthusiasm for this tournament than there captain.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | February 27, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    @nampully - I enjoy your contribution. Yes Dhoni is stubborn. If a team is doing poorly why keep those poor players. Shewag and Tendulkar are not suited to ODI anymore - they should retire in home matches. Yes they have given India great victories in the past. These days cricket is about energy on field and gritty players. In the past we could win due to the way games were played. Yes Rahul Sharma should have figured in the X1 he is a genuine wicket taking bowler. SHewag does not listen - he falls to the same trap and spoils for the rest following. Does he have a conscience? You need to win with the best XI.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I would like India to take bonus point and show they have cricket left in them for long and fro ever. No matter if SriLanka loses to Australia or not, I want India to show the cricketing world that they are tough enough to accept any challenge. Go India GO!

  • POSTED BY Ha8rick on | February 27, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Fire Dhoni, keep him as a batsmen. Bring in Saha as the keeper+batsman. Give other youngsters a chance who deserves it and NOT play the Selection politics by giving Parthiv Patel more chances. Think of the future India!

    India won the world cup in 2011 and it was a proud achievement. Time to move on from that and prepare for the next world cup on bouncy tracks.

    Sachin: We love you and you have been a great servant for Indian cricket. But please hold your heads up high and retire. We need to find the next Sachin and longer you hold on to your spot, longer it will take to find the next talent.

    Sehwag, Dravid and Laxman needs to do the same. Help groom youngsters and stop being selfish!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    If india want to win the match by bonus point....they have to make bating first 500 runs and then let Sankara to all out in 10 runs. hope sachin will make 300 runs tomorrow and sehwag 200 runs and remaining just warm the bench cox its too cold in Australia now..

  • POSTED BY HRISHI625 on | February 27, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    india at this moment simply doesn't deserve to be in the finals of a big series lik the CB series........

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    the squad should be same.there should be no change in the batting line up besause that may effect the momentum.........sachin and gambhir should open the innings......bring rahul in place of ashwin.......umesh is the key in batting powerplay raina cant be removed because he is the superb feilder in that 30 yard circle......

  • POSTED BY singhrahulrnc on | February 27, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Do u know why India Team is not performing in CB series bcozzz all of them are thinking and planning about their IPL teams...As said by samuels Sachin had contacted him for the IPL...Today Mumbai Indian got Levi as their Abroad player for this IPL...Is our players really playing for our country???I want to make 4-5 changes for the asia cup...Their is a request for Sachin,plzzz announce your retirement after 2morrow match..We dont want to see u in Indian One Day team now...whether u score century 2morrow or u got out for 0,plzz say bye2 to one day cricket...I know u dont want to leave cricket,it will be better for u to play for your IPL team now and concentrate for ur IPL team... India is losing so many matches in the ongoing series and they r thinking about their IPL teams...

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | February 27, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Dhoni says bonus point difficult task; resolves to manufacture new controversy to divert attention.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka ...!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    why did the media take the effort of reminding them that they still have a chance. Most of the team including the captain is not interested in continuing on the tour(they've already had enough of it ) it seems.......plus our star God player(u know whom im talking about) needs to go talk to Cheeka Shrikanth to arrange a tournament with Bangladesh or Ireland inorder to complete his Mahashatak. Why bother playing against the likes of Australia, SA or Pakistan......no chance in scoring records against such teams.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    @praveen chopra

    r u joking ?? india scoring 400 in australian pitches with this pathetic line up and srilanka lukslike they r in the form of their lyf !!

    india dont even deserve to dream abt a bonus point !!

    honestly india dont deserve to enter finals !!

    indian team can come bak home no need to play this game too we know the result and we can watch asia cup where our sachin can score his 100th ton on bangladesh and make a record !!

    and sehwag can hit another 200 on bangladesh !!

    and rohit,raina can come bak to form on these flat pitches !!

    ashwin can rock on indian pitches again !!

    jadeja can hit 6's in a stadium withboundary lines smaller than 60 mtrs !!

    india shd stop touring to othr countries and play only in india !!money waste for tavelling and time waste for viewers .we already know whts the result !!

    jadeja,rohit and ashwin shd be kicked out asap !!

    ppl were crying on bhajji now wht great did ashwin achieve ?? not even 1 wicket in 1 match pathetic !!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    YES BEST OF 4 Finals for SL and the host AUSSES. SL will win it 3-1

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I reckon - India will have to start pondering for alibis from this moment onward..

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I Think Mr. Sid Mongia has forgotten about the net run rate which India is far behind even though India win with a bonus point it will take them only to a tie in points table with sri lanka where Sri lanka id far beyond the reach... FYI sri lanka chased 290 and never got out lesser that 185 which happened twice to India neither India have not chased high totals in this series, so i agree with Dhoni's points here...

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    aus media "India cannot go home soon enough to their bulging bank accounts and flat, grassless wickets And to top it off - This over-paid, over-indulged, over-aged bunch of prima-donnas should be ashamed of themselves."" ...thumbs up for the writer , LOL

  • POSTED BY lankanlioncric on | February 27, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    indians r really optimistic..lol bye india , have a safe flight home

  • POSTED BY vivek_khyati on | February 27, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    here lies the importance of one run in cricket.. had india taken one more run or saved few runs against the lanka in tie match.. india would have had 2 more points and lanka 2 less points..

    i wonder why india always lose with bonus point!! all three loses against australia, each time with bonus point.. india should stop being so generous while losing..

  • POSTED BY mohanan on | February 27, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Are Dhoni bayya!, we know it is a very difficult task for India. But go for it. It is the spirit of never say die that matters. That's why we loved South Africa when they chased down that 434.

  • POSTED BY Prajay1986 on | February 27, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    stop dreaming, to get into the finals,.. this tour was disastrous,.. may be winning one match, doesnt make any difference,.. take it in a positive note,.... jus go ther on the field and play like true Indian players, atleast one time in this series, play like single team, doesnt matter whther u win/loose.. u pick RJ/Irfan... jus play like nobody can defeat and come back home,.... whatever done its done,.. think about future,.. we need a good, young coach who understand the team and the management, all the best for the match.... jus play well and come back,.. lets SL and AUS play the finals,.. they deserve that position...

  • POSTED BY cric_follower on | February 27, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Hero to Zero in an year. Youngsters failing is the biggest worry.

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | February 27, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    The Aussie cricket lovers would always prefer the Sri Lankan's brand of approach and attractive brand of game to that of the Indians. But, from a winning point of view the team will be wanting India in the finals as SL have the better record against the Aussies. It will be a tragedy and an insult to cricket if this Indian team were to even qualify for the finals let alone try to win this Tri-Nations. it seems as though India are resigned to be on the next flight home to start burying their sorrowful tours over the past few months. Will be hoping that the earth split open and swallow at least most of the team. Kholi has shown true grit and attitude in this tour. If you hate losing then you will want to be playing like winners. This Indian team seem to accept that they are there to lose. The winning mentality is gone. This is a funny series as SL seemed to be here to make up the numbers. How wrong we have all been proved. Eng, SA & Pak tours seem to be far away. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • POSTED BY siddulkar on | February 27, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    For India to qualify, India (and SL) needs to do following (all numbers are approximated for understanding but the true numbers are pretty close): India has to win to SL by about 160 runs (or has to chase a depleted score of 200 in 21 overs). SL has to lose to Aus by about 120 runs (after the above being true) or Aus has to chase a low score of 200 in about 29 overs Now that's a huge margin for a team, who has been so performant in last 3-4 games, to go an lose. Shame on Dhoni who didn't do his calculations beforehand. A good leader has to be aware of all the possibilities and should know the back-door entry combination, always.

  • POSTED BY jango_moh on | February 27, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @praveenchopra , LOL.... i like ur extreme optimism!!! im sure india wont qualify, but atleast if they can win the match, that wud be great... SL deserves to be in the finals, period.... time for india to shake things up once they reach home... oh wait, nothing's gonna change!!!!!

  • POSTED BY symsun on | February 27, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    I am Indian and strong cricket fan. But I wish them to come home early, throw away the wastage (in all departments - players, squad selectors, playing XI selectors) and get the units cleaned. And I wish our friend SL to thrash Australia in the CB Series. So that Australia should the record for getting defeated to subcontinent teams in their CB series. How gud it would be :-)

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    The way things have gone, we can assume that Sri Lanka would win at least one game or even in the worst case, not concede a bonus point (in last 6 games, Sri Lanka brought every games (except first game against India) to the last over). However, cricket is uncertain and any team would defeat any team, thats how cricket has always been. However, India has lost the confidence recently and unless they again gain enough confidence, its hardy to believe that India will win matches in overseas. Sri Lanka meantime has gained a huge confidence and unity in the team once Mahela was appointed the captain. While Dilshan is a good player, he hasnt been a good captain. It was really a good decision to appoint Mahela as the captain while some went desperately against him and still would go if he fails. I wish Mahela and the team good success in future as well !

  • POSTED BY Roar911 on | February 27, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Reminds me of 2010 T20 WC, where India needed to win with the net run rate, against SL... where at the end, in the last ball, Kapugedera sent Ashish Nehra into the orbit, along with India's hopes..... instead of Kapu, SL got better players (anja,thisara,chandi,lahiru,sachi) and instead of Nehra? only under-rated Pathan.... .... wishing for a Deja Vu, good luck SL... finish it tomorrow!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 27, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Even before the last game against the Aussies, it required a complete line shake up for India to win. Now India has almost zero chance to make it thefinal.Dhoni was the main architect of this debacle. He benched at least 2 players who should have been in XI - Rahul Sharma & Tiwary.Rahul is an excellent leg spinner well suited to the Aussie conditions & Aussies are weak vs.wrist leg spin.Similarly, Tiwary is a very responsible bat unlike some in Dhoni's XI. He would have brought a lot of stability to the middle order.Dhoni is too stubborn to listen to any advise & his cricket knowledge is very limited. Promote Ashwin & Pathan up the line up & send Sehwag & Tendulkar down the order. Get Rahul to bowl first change & see what he can do.By trying something new you get the best out of your team & if it works you are a genius.Dhoni is uninterprising & boring captain too set in his wrong tactics & favouritism.India need a dynamic/tactical Captain to move forward! Let Tiwary lead India.

  • POSTED BY praveenchopra on | February 27, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    dhoni,dont be dishearted,tomorrow is the day viru score 200 and will be 100 th 100 for sachin,and we will score 400+ and we will go to finals easily

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    India dont deserve a Final Berth ........

  • POSTED BY amarendu on | February 27, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    The captain has given up. the players gave up even before him. the support staff may have noticed but with the mood the team is in dont think they would've dared to tell the team. So why is the media so eager to inform them of what can do? Now its the fans turn to give up! Goodbye Indian cricket. Was nice while it lasted. :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    We are the best critic of our team. Do we blame captain or batsmen who failed to score consistently or bowlers who were ineffective most of the series. We talk about Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir should be dropped but we seldom realise that India has failed as a team to win for the past several months.

  • POSTED BY rapidstar on | February 27, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    No way India will win with a Bonus point with their current mind set. Their minds are so cluttered & thoroughly confused. India will have to rebuild a new team. At a minimum drop Raina, Jadeja & Rohit. They have got way too many chances & they don't deserve a place in Indian cricket team. Bring in Pujara, Manoj & Rahul instead. In a way I am glad to see that India's poor performance now immediately after the world cup win. Now they will have an opportunity to build a stronger team & win 2015 world cup! :)

    I suggest Dhoni to change the batting order in their next game against SL. Open with Ashwin & Gambhir. Dhoni should bat at #3. Kohli#4, Tendulkar #5, Tiwary #6, Sehwag at #7. They can't win with the current line up. It doesn't hurt to try something totally different isn't it?

    The way SL is playing, they will beat Aus comfortably in their next game & 2-0 in finals!

  • POSTED BY Farhan_hoo on | February 27, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    There going to be 4 finals SL vs AUS...............

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | February 27, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Indians read @helen_mucus. It is true. India has insulted international cricket fans by not playing it hard. The damage is not just on the image of cricketers but on the people of India too. Dhoni and his men have rolled back the respect of India by at least 8 years. It will take at least 8 years for India to find and mauld good players who would go to England, SA and Australia to recover the lost but already not so significant respect of India. Climb on Slide two.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    If If If --------It would have been better for India to go home and lick their wounds and get prepared for future games rather than getting peppered further.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Lets have a close look at hard facts. India has had two back to back miserable overseas tours. Injuries are not an excuse for such a vast country which should have enough resources to pick from. In my opinion the reasons for this debacle are giving special treatment to senior superstars, giving priority to making records instead of planning to win matches, IPL effect (it is not the best event to prepare players for ODIs although some new innovations can be learned), improper planning. There is no point putting down a small cricketing nation like Sri Lanka who have achieved a lot within very short period of gaining full member status. I do not only mean 1996 World Cup. There had been many achievements by Sri Lankans both as a team and individually. Just look at what B'desh have achieved after more than 10 years since becoming a full member.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | February 27, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    India should score in 80% of overs whatever SL scores if they bat first provided they make use of full 50 overs. (OR) India shoud bowl out SL for 80% of their Total scored, if India bats first. Anyway tough ask, so good luck Dhoni, hope you have more excuses in your tank, but i think its SL vs AUS all the way. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | February 27, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    India should aim to win if the bonus point comes along it would be nice. Batting is a big miss and if hadnt been for rotation of seniors in earlier matches the two wins and a tie wouldnt have been possible. I dont know why there is so much questions asked on Jadeja - he has atleast won you a game. India should also field Manoj Tiwari & Rahul Sharma. There is no point in playing Sehwag. Make an honest effort and hope for the best.

  • POSTED BY A.Z.Abbasi on | February 27, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    This shows their desperation to go back home. A nightmarish tour they wanted to over asap.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Even though ind wins against SL,and SL Loses against Aus very badly Ind cannot better .net RR .

    next derivation is not mathematical BUT logical based on bonus points

    Simple Logic Aus won against india with 3 bonus points.ie IND = -3 SL won against aus with 1 bonus point.. SL = +1

    If sl gives 2 bonus points to the opposition in next two matches then SL = -1 IND = -2

    Bit tricky to think logical ,in this case ind and sl will have 15 points.

    but still SL will be ahead in terms of Run Rate

    Outside Possibility :

    If sl scores only 100 in two matches.. and their opposition gets this target in 15 overs..then there will be outside chance for india..this will not occur as SL has the advantage to play based on their net RR.

    So Rest assured guys.. the final is between SL and Aus..

    better you carry on with ur work rather than watching the next two matches..

  • POSTED BY Naren on | February 27, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Srilankan board is in need of money and they might save BCCI face by losing this match with conceding the bonus point. Lol.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    MS Dhoni knows all the rules and keep arguing with umpires in last few years. Even one of the best elite umpire complained to ICC but nothing happened. Further he has made some own rules in the team for rotation. And here he says he does not even know this rule to qualify for finals. That is a joke..

  • POSTED BY sl_supporter on | February 27, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Sri Lanka will be in the finals, take that to your bank. Now Sri Lanka is united and one country very soon boys from Jaffna will play for Sri Lanka, get ready for more Murali's. India can't do it with billions yet lankans can do it with millions.

  • POSTED BY Dhushan on | February 27, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    "Oh, the torture. Coming to terms with failure is hard enough, realising you have done it too soon is worse." - Love it Sidharth. Absolutely fabulous! I'm lmao!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    My point is, India is on 10 points and SL on 15. Suppose India beat SL comprehensively and gain bonus point, SL have one match to go with Aus. If Aus beat SL, both India and SL will be locked at 15 points each, so whats the surety India will reach the finals?

  • POSTED BY Mr.Gibbs on | February 27, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Players wanna go home and play IPL and get cash!! thts modern days cricket, heard Afridi after joining the merlbourne team tht he joined them cuz they paid more money as simple as tht LOL, I hope Srilanka wins this they deserve it really but again they have a mountain to climb which is to beat Australia 3 times if they loose to India !!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Dohni to quality one must win games..

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    India needs to borrow Inzamam for one day to come up with a strategy to not play the match. For the Asia cup, India needs to find a new set of 15 players.

  • POSTED BY S4CHIN_IS_GOD on | February 27, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Where's Duncan Fletcher? Why hes not taking any blame? in Kirsten regime, we had tactics to win against strong team with poor bowling. where's Munaf Patel? whats going on with Indian cricket team?

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    How the Indian team and supporting staff don't know these rules. Even I and many of the fans knows these rules very well. Mr. Dhoni may say that if they knows the rules well before to the tournament, they would have avoided from conceding bonus points:)... Shame on Mr.Dhoni, Indian cricket team and entire support staff... Looks like the Indian team and support staff also thinking like BCCI....

  • POSTED BY OhhhMattyMatty on | February 27, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    England broke India's spirit in the Summer, Australia and Sri Lanka are now just mopping up the broken pieces of this once great heirloom. England's whitewash will go down in Indian cricketing history as the biggest moment ever!

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | February 27, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    All the people who are commenting that India is gone, should do so very carefully. Because, India's record aginst Srilanka outside the subcontinent and in Australia is huge. So, it is quite possible that India could get a bonus point on Tuesday. Then, Australia are getting stronger with the presence of Watson and the back to form Warner. Clarke may return as well. So, it is also a quite a possibility that Australia could defeat Srilanka. It is not as if India are going to play the West Indies of 80's or Australia of 2000's. It is only SriLanka. If Indian stars finds their form and hunger back, then India could still make it. Indian players should find the strength to fight this low and come out victorious. Its in their mind and I beleive they can overcome this low. GOOD LUCK INDIA. MAKE US PROUD. JAI HO.

  • POSTED BY ha72 on | February 27, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    i am very hoprfull about India even if they failed to qualify for the finals they will get the third position means still a place on the victory stand and a bronze medal....no worries

  • POSTED BY seantells on | February 27, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    ya ya we've all heard the fox n the grape story

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous and sums up the level of seriousness in Indian Team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Why are we even discussing this thing guys. We will surely suffer. I have been expecting from them since the start of the tour and each day the only thing that i got was frustration.

  • POSTED BY krv954 on | February 27, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    dhoni only worries if they have a realistic chance. What r we asking him to do here

    1) Win against SL. 2) Get a bonus point.

    They way India is playing, neither one of them seems realistic. so please don't blame dhoni because that is not a realistic expectation

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    I think 1 thing is very clear as of now if India somehow manages to win tomorrow's match with bonus & Sri Lanka losing to Australia then it'll be we the Indians will clinch the triangular series without being fully deserving it. Anyhow fight till the end of 95 overs for heaven's sake Mr MSD & co atleast for tomorrow's match.

  • POSTED BY AjithSankar on | February 27, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    How about the scanner on Sachin sir?? Thin ice only on Raina, Rohit, Sehwag & Jadeja..... This is really partial... very bad for indian cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    India gonna loose tomorrow :D

  • POSTED BY bingohaley on | February 27, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    End their suffering, pls dispatch them home.

  • POSTED BY kiranphy on | February 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @csotty the Aus have different laws than other world. usualy in the tournament when points become equal the team with higher run rate goes to final or next stage. This is usal thing. So its not necessary that players have info about stupid laws in the aus

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    let's hope altleast Ind finds a consolation prize by winning against SL tomorrow.., cant dream of getting a bonus point in this scenario., i know it wont soung good at any case...,

  • POSTED BY EvoRyder21 on | February 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    It would be the joke of the tournament if India some how qualify to play the finals against aussies. The aussies might as well get their A side or even a one of the provincial sides to play the Finals instead, that would still give India a tight run for the money. They might as well have M Clark and the top men resting while Dhoni and his complaining clowns battle it out in the finals. That is Only if SL dont qualify which is a massive IF looking at their current form. I guess Dhoni realized it hence he tried suggesting that India is already out & more over IPL is calling boys!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Bonus point is not required at all. With the recent form of all the players, it is difficult to say that we can play 40 overs with healthy run rate. Dhoni cm back wid ur brigade and play in the IPL. this only suits u. Where u cn hit sixes on small useless grounds and can take further into Modelling industry.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    one thing is sure,,,, SL win win tomorrow match with Bonus point.......

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    being a Pakistani in Germany, focussing on my PhD... even I know that there is still a chance for the Indian team to play the finals and a cricket team of Professional Cricketers dont know about such a possibility for themselves..... this is extremely rediculous ! :/

  • POSTED BY anbuit on | February 27, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    I had a target of 170 yesterday, but Indian team lost all the wickets for 165 runs. Sure India loses by big margin with a bonus point to SL on Tuesday.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Articles like this tend to assumme that India have already won and that the only issue is the bonus point.

  • POSTED BY arifbag123 on | February 27, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    i think indian players now thinking about ipl and they know that if we goes to play ipl fans will follow the club and forgot what players does in the past.

  • POSTED BY symsun on | February 27, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Regardless of whether India goes to final or wins the CB series. I wish BCCI selectors to show the doors for Sachin and Sehwag to get back to local matches and gain form. If Raina, Rohit and Jadeja are still future of india outside subcontinent continue with them with warnings. Get some talented players who are technically strong like Badrinath, Pujara, Mithun, Rahane. Develop different set of players for T20, ODI and Test cricket. Everyone should understand T20 is not the entry point for test cricket. For ODI we need a mixture of batsman. T20 can be entry point for 2 or 3 batsman in the ODI line up. Rahul Sharma should be used effectively in all forms.

  • POSTED BY ravirrs on | February 27, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @ Mr.Murugappa: Optimistic thinking . I doubt if Mahela's team would do anything wrong at this time - Captain leading from Front with batting and fielding. Youngsters are chipping with bat and ball. India does not deserve to play in Final.

  • POSTED BY Gandhi_Abhi on | February 27, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    i wonder if anyone has noticed it, India have been bating second in this series. Has Dhoni thought of batting first? Even in the press conference he mentioned chasing the total in 40 overs if they need to qualify. Team is really in a bad shape. o thought process, no commitment to the game. Feeling bad as a fan

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    He He beat Sri Lanka with Bonus Point day dreaming .. otherway around will happen for sure>>>>

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    india will definetely beat lanka and aussies will definetely beat lanka so all the best both india and aussies and we would like to see aussies and india in final and a repeat of 2008 cb series final from india all the best dhoni

  • POSTED BY Ameega on | February 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    @Manohar Murugappa "if we win with bonce point, India will win the cup." This IF would not be there IF India played as a competitive side through out the series. No top team can concede bonus points in three games out of four losses.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    I feel India should lose and India will lose with highest margin in score. they have to concerns the issues that goes through players mind. Being very out-meditative with Aussie players,Aus media had gone through Indian minds with many issues which was on going and gone one's. i says India needs to be parted to a three captain's game.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    go home india fans, dont expect them to win ..... and if they won, it will be a bonus in its self let alone the bonus point.Tendulkar should play for his country not for his 100th century. he always seems to worry abt his 100 and not abt his team. and Sehwag, Well i dont rate him any higher than albie morkel or afridi.........

  • POSTED BY Bigchops on | February 27, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    the sooner this indian rabble goes home the better, and i'm not an australian fan (black caps fan living in oz),there performance has been disappointing and some of there on field antics are much like a pantomine. The captain appears disinterested and they played like Dads Army in the Tests, next time bring guys with a bit of ticker and fight eg. Harbajhan.

  • POSTED BY venkat4018 on | February 27, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    I am seeing comments that sewag is in worst form or dhoni is not a great leader. Otherwise Why is Jadeja / Raina / Rohit / Sachin are playing or we miss yuvi, dada, etc...

    Can anyone analyse that if we need to win a match, we cant give an opposition easy runs. We blame and sack Sreesanth, Agarkar for poor sconomic rate. Why is nobody blaming Umesh yadav for averaging between 7 and 10 in each and every match. We do not need bowlers with good pace of 140 - 150 kph. We need intelligent bowlers with swing and bounce. Other than Indian batsmen, other batsmen can play pace very well. Players like watson, sanga, mahela, huseey play pace better than even sachin and dravid. So we need to remove Umesh Yadav. He is overrated. We need to start Pace foundation for training young and out of touch bowlers: New bowlers: 1. Pankaj Singh 2. dinda 3. D. Kulkarni 4. Parameswaran 5. Sangwan 6. Gony 7. V Aaron 8. Mithun Out of Touch Bowlers: 1. Munaf 2. Nehra 3. RP Singh 4. Agarkar 5. Sreesanth

  • POSTED BY cosair on | February 27, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    India has no chance in making the finals. Firstly India has lost all the tosses and hence will end up chasing the target set. This is something India cannot do with the present form of its players. Forget about this summer in Australia and learn for the losses. Build a team from scratch and think of the future and leave the present behind and move on.

  • POSTED BY Scotty99 on | February 27, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    This is a joke. India is one of the most major cricket teams in the world, and they didn't even know the rules. They really want to go home, obviously.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | February 27, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    I fail to understand how the support staff didnt know the rules - that's simply not accpetable. Dhoni as captain has enough on his plate and would surely rely on the support staff keep him updated on this sort of thing. While there has been plenty of critisism against Dhoni, the selectors, the seniors, the IPL you name it no has mentioned the coach. I think the coach surely has to take part fo the blame here.

  • POSTED BY akskada on | February 27, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    cricket is a funny game... you never know India might go on to win this tournament as well, so i guess its too pre-mature to be pessimistic..

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    gsr -- Beware guys! It is cricket! Anything can happen in cricket. It is important who plays better on that given day. Hope and wish india will do this miracle.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    if we win with bonce point, India will win the cup.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | February 27, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Bonus point sounds great. Look at this way, we are generous donors, we have helped SLC lots of times before now we have another chance. We will not earn bonus point that's a guarantee so we can lose and give SL a bonus point and help SL play tension free final match of the league phase. Anyways, who is watching ? The soap serials are much better than the cricket, literally I'm bored of it. Can some one bring some ice in India, I would like to watch ice hockey instead.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    ha ha no problem and pls people do not bother so much on counting the numbers simply because india gona loose tomorrow he he

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    might as well forfeit the game and go home and save further embarrassment

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | February 27, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Well i would like to see the team in the finals, but its unlikely that the team will beat lanka with a bonus point and its even more unlikely that the lankans would lose to aussies in their next game, honestly as the tournament progressed the lankans are looking like the best side and india the opposite!!

  • POSTED BY avudaithangam on | February 27, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Lets see if India beat SL, and that too with a bonus point...

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    What a shame! India needs to do better.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | February 27, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    What a joke! India can not win a game chasing a small target and now all of a sudden they are going to turn things around with a bonus point. Oh this is so funny!

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | February 27, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Posted by annys on (February 27 2012, 07:23 AM GMT) "The umpiring was pathetic no question about it." Another expert who appears to know more about the Laws and Playing Conditions that the highly paid, highly qualified ICC umpires who are, incidentally, two of the most highly regarded in the business... So perhaps annys... you could explain exactly why, in your opinion, the umpiring was so pathetic... Maybe a quick study of the two aforementioned documents might help with your analysis, but I wouldn't bank on it.

  • POSTED BY dinosaurus on | February 27, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    How can it be that the article itself explains how that unlikely series of events could indeed lead to India qualifying in place of SL, and further that many of the posted comments repeat, and indeed even expand, how the written rules confirm that this is indeed the case but that we have a large number of posts "explaining" how impossible it would be for India to overhaull SL's net run rate (which is of course true but totally irrelevant)? One comment does indeed get the point but immediately goes on to criticise the rules *and* the competition! Look, what we have been privileged to watch is a three-way contest between the top=ranked ODI team and the two finalists in the recent ODI World Cup. Two points, firstly at least look at and try to apply the rules of the competition and, secondly, don't get too carried away with results in making judgements.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Doest this mean that there is a rift withing the indian team if Dhoni claims not to know the rules of the series...............amazing....................what kind of captain are you Dhoni what if this was the world cup?????????????????

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    i think they gave up.. as their body language's tell.. but somehow.. it reminds me WC92 when pakistan was packed to going back home. and suddenly they were in quater finals and won the wc. so who knows..

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | February 27, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    None of these Indian players are on the job. They want to get back to IPL ASAP so they can get rich. Nobody cares about the Tri Series in Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    On a separate note, just to focus Dhoni's defending statements:

    MS Dhoni after the recent lost against Australia:

    "Unfortunately we lost all the tosses and kept batting in tougher conditions."

    Losing matches because losing tosses is not a good enough to say MS Dhoni. Sri Lanka lost the toss twice out of their 6 matches but both of those matches won by them:p

    The so called:p world cup champions whose batting unit is popular for big scores, defending themselves by saying that they "lost all the tosses and kept batting in tougher conditions".

    So is Dhoni admitting that (although a fact), India can only bat at home? The double hundreds can only be done at home? And to end this, Sachin has to wait for a series at HOME for his 100th ton:p

    Total Score: Sri Lanka=1419 runs in 6 Matches and India=1472 runs in 7 Matches Scored more than 200 runs: Sri Lanka=5 times in 6 Matches and India=4 times in 7 Matches

    Surprisingly, conditions and tosses are only hitting the Team India:p

  • POSTED BY Chuck_Nunchuck on | February 27, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    im tired of rooting for india..i have already stopped bleeding blue. gosh whatta gutless and spineless batting against Aussies. Seriouslly we couldve had that game but none of the seniors played intelligently and nor did the youngsters raised their game to help india win from that hapless situation. Me thinks India has really given up that can do spirit or the aggression to win matches for that matter I think it was only under Ganguly leadership that these Indians really stood up and fought it out valiantly. I for one wouldnt be supporting or rooting or even care to watch India play in India and that would be for 2 years i guess.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    I agree with Gnani Ram , we should re think about it. Do we need a team playing for the country, or a national team playing for there own benifites... Please thinkkkk.....

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | February 27, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    I think India have had a very tough schedule over the last few months - perhaps the fans should bear that in mind. England had the same ridiculous schedule with the Ashes and World Cup and the two Series to follow hard on. Fans should also try to imagine what it must be like to be a modern player scrutinised not only by the media but by all and sundry all the time. We ask too much of our cricketers - never to fail, for example, in a sport famous for its 'glorious uncertainties'. The media does not help with its typical knee jerk reactions encouraging hysteria in the fans. The pressure is not on the pitch nowadays but off the pitch. Dhoni responds courteously and with a smile. Marvellous captain. You should be proud of him.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Reflects on the state of cricket in this country

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Sri Lanka are a side who have taken to Australian conditions like a duck to water and it's a completely contrast to Indians who have spent nearly three months and have yet to find their feet Down Under.

    There are brief showers predicted on Tuesday but they are all in the morning. India wants nothing but sunshine to manage a miracle.

  • POSTED BY dissapointed on | February 27, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    vk6848??? Are you for real? This format has been around for over 30 years, the bonus point for well over 10. The penalty for losing is just that... these ranking, complicated point systems are a joke so don;t make them any worse. If you win every game you don't have to worry about bonus points... and a quick point to India and now England being ranked #1 by the ICC... 2 teams were number 1 in the last 40 years, West Indies for 15 of them and the Aussies for 10. You know when you're playing number 1 is when you're playing with no hope and all fear.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_fan85 on | February 27, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    My only question remains the same.. Why is Dhoni bothered about the umpiring decisions which did not go his way when his job is to perform and win.. STRANGE.. While whole of cricketing world knows that David Hussey was out , they would also agree that Tendulkar deserved to get out because of his own fault. If you cannot dive that extra distance why would you even respond to that run ????. I am not convinced that one run was needed when you are playing with a team which fielded like they are all in the world cup final..

    I am not going to comment on Indian fielding .. While all of us agree that Indians are playing lot or cricket , none of us agree that you can go and loose games because of what you call " FATIGUE".. But Indians have lot of fans in Australia who are fans of Watson.. Indian team successfully brought him back to form and ensured that he is brimming with confidance through rest of the tournament !!!

  • POSTED BY vamshi_teamindia on | February 27, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    time has come for Sachin even with rahul n laxman to retire.........should be gudbye for the legends thiis year!! No fighting spirit in the team.......in this regard we miss some one like bhajji n yuvraj who are great fighters. we need that sort of characters in the team...........can t be at the recievng end always :P

  • POSTED BY Asad_Haroon on | February 27, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    I think everybody in indian team including dhoni knew their chance but kept silent bcz they want to go home ASAP. Dhoni would be cursing the journalist who pointed it out ...

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    ha haa haaaa guys dont talk things dat never gonna happen.... Sri anka to loose 2 matches in a raw in this current form n india to win the match against sl with a bonus point... you guys r so funny but i feel sad abt u all n ur captain who got wotever excuse for his defeats... even ur players know they can not do that... so Sidharth Monga n rest of the indian fans... just stop wasting ur time here guys... watch the ipl n enjoy... ur team cant win matches here (aus) 0-4 , 1-1 , 2-4 this is da record so far... by tom night it will b 5 losses out of 8 matches.... n the asia cup gonna be ours too... soo sad

  • POSTED BY gacbe on | February 27, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Hi Every body in india not to see IPL match this season

  • POSTED BY Hafeez_Malik on | February 27, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    They are not looking to Asia Cup for sure I can bet most of the senior players will skip That tournament to get ready for IPL.

  • POSTED BY MUQ1 on | February 27, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Any rules made by Australians must have to have some twists. Remember that World cup in 1992, where SA was asked to make 22 runs with 1 ball left!! A silly rule that Game must be finished before a TV deadline time. Who ever heard of such thing.

    That is Australia and their rules!! They try to make them so unreasonable and so complicated that people cannot understand it.

    If India enter Finals with SL having better run rate than India, it would be another victory of injustice over justice. A thing which is not so unheard in Australia

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | February 27, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    the kind of motivation that Indian fans got with this final chance, we hope Indian players get the same motivation and give their best which is yet to come in this tour.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    During 2003 World Cup, South Africa needed a mathematician to calculate their D/L Score, but In India's case they require a Secretary to organize and let them know whether have a chance to be in a final or not!

  • POSTED BY ansram on | February 27, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Let India win first. Then they can worry about the bonus point. My guess is India will award SL a bonus point, the way they are playing right now.

  • POSTED BY praveenchopra on | February 27, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    everyone is blaming sehwag,but he scored a double ton only recently,who knows,tomoro maybe his day and he will score a double again,and beat srilanka by 200 runs and win the cb series,i am very optimistic

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    There is no "best team " for India. It was miserable. Jadeja must sit out and not enter as a bowler. Raina and Sharma have been given enough chances. Sehwag, Gambhir and Sachin had their places in and all we are looking at is some miracle. And once that happens when either of the "big 3 " score, all the fans will carry them on their heads and catapult them to glory. But the law of averages has failed. Assuming that Sachin scores 100 and India loses still, what is the point ? Be it Sehwag or Gambhir it is the same. So play Manoj Tiwari, fly two successful young "domestic bowler"s and complete the formalty. And if India does pull it off in the two remaining matches, I will be happy.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    The team that is deserved to be in Finals should be there. I would rather call it as the performances should speak for themselves in booking a spot in Finals. I do not see any stand out performance or a place for India in the finals. One can easily compare what Oz and SL has done so far with a line of consistency. One has to remember, guys like Thirimanne, Chandimal, Perera for SL; Forrest, Wade, Warner for Oz who provides consistency are the young budding chaps with hardly any experience. I personally wish Aus and SL to meet in the Finals which would be a feast to watch :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Siddharth Monga has certainly moved on from the Sehwag-Dhoni incident...Yet he still got the chance to avenge with his pen just when he learnt that Dhoni&team didn't know about the LAST but DYING chance to make it to finals... Well Done Mr.Monga... "The pen is mightier than the sword"

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | February 27, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    For God's sake stop criticizing the Indian team. We won the CB series last time. We may lose this time. It's just part and parcel of game. You can't expect a single team to win all the tournaments every year. Other teams are not there to count cookies!! It's a bad performance by us in odis after a long long time...Team india will bounce back for sure..

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Common Dhoni and the company,show your colours as champions.Don't try to chicken out.It is dim but a realistic chance as cricket is very unpredictable in it's true nature.Anything is possible.Practise hard and give your best shot tommorow and you may never know.By the way,pack your bags and reserve tickets to go back as well so you can save some time for last minute shopping.All the best India.

  • POSTED BY jishubhai on | February 27, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    All these are rubbish talks. Match after match Media writes this kind of articles to fool the fans. These Indian cricketers have become more important than the game. The system needs immediate change. We have infrastructure to bring up new talents (at least far better compared to what we have in '90s) but this system need to be upgraded. People are performing in domestic competition but they are not getting selected. The most recent example is Manoj Tiwary. There were several others who scored consistently while the Current Natial players had been failing. It shows that the system does not have confidence in domestic competition. Who cares!! I think everyone is happy because a Ranji player is also paid handsomely these days and he is also earning, probably even more, from IPL. This kind of attitude from a cricket nation like India is ruining the game. Definitely fans will move away if it goes like this. Australia has shown us the way but India do not 've the attitude to learn frm other

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | February 27, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Aha... So, despite giving the impression of knowing the Laws and Playing Conditions far better than anyone else, including the ICC Elite Umpires, it appears that MS Dhoni isn't quite as clued up as he likes people to think he is.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    BCCI should rethink about the amount of matches Indian players are playing within a year. There is no rest for players. I m not a big fan of India Cricket Team but I think this will be a positive approach. There is no doubt about the ability of the players, I believe there is only one team to beat Australia in Australia. Players are exhausted and tired............ give them enough time to energize........... (Personal opinon, thnx)

  • POSTED BY mohit.r on | February 27, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    India has failed miserably. A sri lankan team who has defeated australia twice in a row by a comfortable margin will not give in easy to the indian team.

    Jadeja should be replaced for tiwary.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Indian team should be playing in BPL instead of getting thrashed in Oz.

  • POSTED BY sameer997 on | February 27, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    couldnt they open cricinfo!!!

  • POSTED BY Mehboob_hoo on | February 27, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    I think Indian players are away from home, they are doing cricket as a job nor as a passion. This is very immature & un-professional attitude by the Indian squad think Indian management had to seriously think about playing best sides on seaming wickets. I think Sachin & sehwag had to retire & chance must be given to young blood. as a Pakistani, I loved Indian team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    india has to play the next game as a 40 over game, and can only beat lanka if sehwag or gambhir play aggressively. dhoni has to bring out his demolisher attitude and india should play their best team

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    INDIAN BATTING AVERAGE THIS SERIES

    India batting averages Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s MS Dhoni 6 6 2 205 58* 51.25 303 67.65 0 2 0 7 3 G Gambhir 6 6 0 245 92 40.83 312 78.52 0 2 0 21 0 V Kohli 7 7 0 240 77 34.28 316 75.94 0 2 0 17 1 IK Pathan 4 4 0 96 47 24.00 88 109.09 0 0 0 9 4 SK Raina 7 7 0 142 38 20.28 188 75.53 0 0 0 9 2 R Ashwin 6 6 2 81 30* 20.25 99 81.81 0 0 0 6 0 SR Tendulkar 6 6 0 104 48 17.33 143 72.72 0 0 0 12 0 RA Jadeja 7 7 1 101 24* 16.83 144 70.13 0 0 0 4 0 RG Sharma 5 5 0 79 33 15.80 111 71.17 0 0 1 6 1 Z Khan 3 1 0 9 9 9.00 11 81.81 0 0 0 2 0 V Sehwag 4 4 0 35 20 8.75 42 83.33 0 0 1 6 0 P Kumar 3 2 0 16 15 8.00 21 76.19 0 0 0 2 0 R Vinay Kumar 6 4 1 19 12* 6.33 33 57.57 0 0 1 1 0 PA Patel 1 1 0 4 4 4.00 7 57.14 0 0 0 0 0 R Sharma 1 1 0 1 1 1.00 2 50.00 0 0 0 0 0 UT Yadav 5 4 4 6 6* - 11 54.54 0 0 0 1 0

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | February 27, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    This says it all. Not knowing the rules before start of the series is a serious failure of the management. What was Duncan Fletcher doing? Dhoni should have taken the time to read the changes too. We see different sets of rules for each tournament so that there is some kind of fairness. Dhoni of course has been thinking of the net run rate here which would not have been possible to achieve even with a bonus point. Wins are superior to net run rate. It is too much of an ask for Dhoni to be taking all responsibility in captaining, batting, team selection, media, administration(rules) and taking the flack too. Having these seniors in the team who have virtually done sweet nothing. Get rid of the lot and let Dhoni start all over again with the youngsters. Kholi is exceptional and should be the No2 to Dhoni. Khan is holding on. Vaas was shown the door to let the youngsters in. India needs to look to the future today not tomorrow. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • POSTED BY Mr.Shrek on | February 27, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Come on - give us a break - Now Does Dhoni want India to survive on others left over crumbs, Dhoni should be humble and accept his teams dismail performance gracefully and save some face for us Indians. No last Hoorah here.

  • POSTED BY CRICSL on | February 27, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Folks why bother about NRR when SL gonna trash IND Tuesday? Pack the bags and get ready for mediocre IPL...

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Guys, India has won more games than Srilanka, playing outside subcontinent. With just one series like this, we cannot say Srilanka is better than India. WC 99, WC 2003, Natwest 2002, CB series 2008 ... these are series played played by India and srilanka outside subcontinent and India did far better than Srilanka in these.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | February 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    when people around the world expressed their opinion about IPL on these forums most indian fans termed it as jealousy on our part, but the fact remains that IPL is ruining cricket around the world not just in india, india suffered the most because the whole BCCI macheinery is behind IPL and making money, BCCI has lost track of indian cricket, its run by businessmen not cricketers, you cant play cricket all year round, cricket is a very very demanding game, consumes alot of energy and you have to priorities different formats just like England has. BCCI's priority is money and they have plenty of it now but their cricket is done and dusted.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Could this bethe end to India's reign in world cricket?!?!?! :)

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 27, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    As an Indian only things i can proudly recall is dravid's bradman oration and virat kohli finally proving he belonged at the international level with his performance in Perth and a century in tests. Umesh yadav is okay , have all the right attributes but not even close to being a finished product , ms dhoni tries his best on field but it is his off field performance that has to improve , looks like he and coach has absolutely no control over things..

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Press is sadistic, by trying to push the Indian team to stay there longer than the minimum requirement. Please save the team from more humiliating defeats -- one more against SL, tomorrow is more than enough suffering.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    @Darkmanx12155..ur prediction is india scoring 425!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow dear they coulnt do it in australia even in test matches..........any way good luck with ur predictions.they are great!!!!!!! great dreams i mean...........

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | February 27, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    The Indian's are flogged out. They've had enough of Australia. The spotlight, the travel, the fast bowling, the itenerary, the food, the TV, the fast bowling. ... I can't say I blame them. Must have been like 3 months in hell. ... anyway, thank you, do come again.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | February 27, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    If for some reason SL fails to qualify to the finals, which is a bit unlikely and certainty unfair, but it will simply go down for 4 drop catches. 2 from Sanga and 2 from chandimal. Sanga's catches against India and Aus cost SL two wins as Aus won one and India tied the other and chandimal's catches of Kohli denied SL a bonus point against India.

  • POSTED BY squidhead on | February 27, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    As an Aussie I know the Sri Lankans will not only give us a good challenge for the finals but with their momentum building they're possibly favourites. Even so, I hope they beat India by 300 in Hobart. Sri Lanka fight hard and play attractive cricket; India have done nothing but whinge, whine and play soul-destroyingly poorly all summer. They don't want to be there, no-one else wants them there, and to not even bother to seek out a way to get through from their position on the table speaks volumes. They've insulted their fans and Cricket Australia with their showing over last few months. Even Zimbabwe showed more fight and more pride in their recent tour of NZ. Good riddance.

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 27, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    i still remember during the build up to this tour there was so much talk about 'how this is the BEST CHANCE for inida to win down under , how sachin is going to get his 100th international century... blah blah and what was surprising was the fact that even some Australian cricketers were saying India was favorites' guess we proved all of the so called experts wrong

  • POSTED BY unregisteredalien on | February 27, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Not to worry. I'm sure MS "Keep-It-Simple" Dhoni knows the laws of the game backwards and can offer valid and meaningful critiques of how they are and ought to be applied.

  • POSTED BY GreenGoat on | February 27, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    wow, not using NRR does not make sense but u would expect the team leaders (captain, coach, staff at least) to know the rules of this tournament... 70% of the indian fans who loyally comment on this website knew this so why not them???... in fact i remember reading a comment by a guy who said there are xx number of possibilities and even gave probabilities of each team reaching finals... maybe its only the fans who care abt cricket in india anymore,... in SL the board doesnt care the least, atleast the team

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Come on bring on the IPL, Indians are gonna rock

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 27, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Finally this nightmare tour is going to end.. sigh.. let our 'world champs' squad , captain cool , 'god' , invisible and almost non existent coach , 'slow and fat but thats how i played for last 10 years sehwag' , 'all rounder' jadeja , allergic to short ball raina come back and take a well deserved rest before IPL joke with its 'dlf maximum' and 'karbon kamal catch' and strategic break starts...

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Please lose the next game with Sri Lnaka, come home, take a short breather... And, try to re-discover your normal selves... before the Asia cup. Those who deserve to retire gracefully will also get a few days, at home to mull over the crucial decision. Good luck to all, for a speedy return to India.

  • POSTED BY Iamnotboredofcricket on | February 27, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    "if they beat Sri Lanka by a bonus point, and Australia then beat Sri Lanka" - Sounds like the usual last gasp permutations we in England have had to put up with whenever the England team enter some ODI competition...!

  • POSTED BY Scotty99 on | February 27, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Wow, for one of the major cricket teams in the world, and not knowing they could make it... it's a joke. Every team should know the series rules.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    are you joking?? india to beat sri Lanka with bonus point. if you are talking about match against Namibia or Nepal i do agree. droni, pls pack your goods & go to match. if not you may miss the flight . you cannot alone win man... no support from others. i don't know why...

    it is all about India is disabled a lot currently . but you guys can turn on at IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag and Ravindra Jadeja find themselves on thin ice. - Well what about the Great Sachin Tendulkar...who should have been dropped 2 games ago? At least sehwag took some wickets in the last match

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    forget india and come back home and bully the minnows in your back yard come on !!

    present indian team is pathetic !! we value the big names more than form of the batsman !!

    sehwag,sachin,raina,rohit and jadeja shd be replaced asap !! they will score tons in the sub continent and again come back in to the team !!

    ashwin is even pathetic than harbhajan !! atleast bhajji gets 1 wicket in 1 match and ashwin couldnt even get 1 wicket being the lone specialist spinner !!

    ashwin is very bad in odi's for sure he never even won a single match with his bowling in odi's after playing almost 40 + odi's .or atleast a single 5 for till date in odi's !!

    replace ashwin with rahul sharma in odi's and t20's !!

    ashiwn,jadeja,sehwag and rohit are liabilities in the team !!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    So the Indian team doesnt read or follow cricinfo?? :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    drop jadeja get sharma n pathan in, we need 8 batsman going guns blazing

  • POSTED BY dinuhebbar on | February 27, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Dhoni was told about the possible chance during post match presentation ceremony, to which he specifically replied he not good in mathematics and hence he would stick to cricket. So Dhoni is either ignorant of what he had been already told or Sidharth wrote this article without taking note of that statement.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka Deserves to be in final than in India they played well beat the Aussie's and twice more confident than Indians who are Out of Form. People have to Understand every body goes through Rough Patches I think Indian Team should be given Time to Increase their Standard like Before.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | February 27, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Most of the Indian players will be happy to return to their IPL teams. They are already thinking about the money the are getting paid from these contracts. Ravindera Jadeja would not care if he does not play another ODI for India, he is getting paid cool $2M for 2 months of work. They will return back to dead tracks against hopeless bowling to become super stars again. Anyone for IPL?

  • POSTED BY Sadam814 on | February 27, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    What the hell dhoni is talking that he doesn't know the rules....even 3,4 year children in our locality knew it all...what if india wins ,what if they lose, what bonus point can prove fo india etc

  • POSTED BY abhi026 on | February 27, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    There we go another BIG IF. Can india do this .anyone remember t20 wc.india had to beat sl with bonus point and expext aus to beat wi.india lost to sl though aus beat wi.again they have to beat sl with BONUS point.OH!NO.indian bowler will have to bowl sl out under 150.only then india can chase it within 40 overs.Nothing is impossible in this unimaginable world but will it really happen.we can expext aus to beat sl but tuesday's game is the most important game.getting bonus point is easier while batting first rather than second.Dhoni wil have to call the toss right.so clear cut for india.beat sl with bonus point and enjoy australia 3 more days or pack bags. let see if players want to stay there.

  • POSTED BY mohanan on | February 27, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    I think the problem with India is fitness. They look a tired lot these days.

  • POSTED BY Nanditha on | February 27, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    India is not deserve to enter into the best of 3 finals so no need to discuss about how to qualify for the finals. currently they play forgetting about they are the world champions and it is SHAME

  • POSTED BY sunnysaeed on | February 27, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    i think they are too Humiliated and too much stress due to bad performance outside india .... well in my opinion they need Geniun Fast Bowler ( not Medium Pacer ) , cause they are not winning matches onky cause of their performance ,,,, and pls stop BCCI to be too much stubborn with everything no matter u r the richest board in cricket sport.

  • POSTED BY Darkmanx12155 on | February 27, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @ Amal-Mampitiya on (February 27 2012, 05:28 AM GMT)

    You wait and see.... cant u remember the way Dhoni hit a SIX to win the world cup less than a year ago... tomorrow u see how sachin and shewag gonna destroy SL to pieces... get ready to chase 450... tomorrow SL..... WE R THE BEST ODI TEAM IN THE WORLD.... WE WON THE WORLD CUP

  • POSTED BY Sobat on | February 27, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    ha ha is this the Indian team we know???? or is it keeping them self fresh for the IPL..... now all the world know what have T20 done to world cricket....all over the world its killing the game everybody wants it... but the rest of cricket has gone.......... Indian media tolk so high about the Indian players but is this all what they got to offer after staying for almost 3 months in AUS......

  • POSTED BY ramli on | February 27, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    There is no joy in any Indian player's face ... they are just going thro the formality of completing games .. not competing ... it is not a team game any more ... and is a case of a few players joining the clash between individuals ... our results will better only when we start viewing cricket as a team game ... pity

  • POSTED BY CricAnbu2011 on | February 27, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Now comeon guys ...give the team and the captain some breathing space.. It is true that the team is not doing well and there are some differences within the team.. That doesn't mean at every available opportunity we start bashing them left, right and centre.. this was the same team that warmed our hearts less than a year ago in the World Cup which no team in the last 28 years did.. whether it was Indian soil or whatever.. there were teams earlier which did better in Aus/Eng/SA but couldn't win at home WorldCups.. here Dhoni just hoped for the straight forward results .. win the remaining 2 matches and qualify ..having lost the Aus match he presumed that they are flying back .. now that there is a mathematical possibility he again hopes something could be done afterall .. and India has come out of such situations earlier.. afterall the entire team is to be blamed and not just the captain.. when he gave Joginder sharma the last over everyone appreciated.. where is Joginder now..

  • POSTED BY asif.muhammad on | February 27, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    "A year or so ago, you wouldn't write India off because they had that intangible fight in them; now not many will be holding their breath". Bcoz they were playing at their home. and now... they are not to visit any other country until Mar 2014 to play a full series (except some tournametns). So, enjoy team india. your good days are ahead :). Do make centuries, doubles and triples... it all your's to be taken.

  • POSTED BY premendrasinghal on | February 27, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    @Malin Dharmaratne : As per the rule Two top teams will be chosen on the basis of points first if points are equal then most no of wins between the those two teams will be counted. If India win tomorrow with a bonus point India will gain a lead of 2-1 against Sri Lanka and If Sri Lanka loses against Australia both India and Srilanka will be having 15 points each. Only that way India can make it to the final Net Runrate is counted at 3rd.

  • POSTED BY ceylonjee on | February 27, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    My opinion is Indian batting line up is very strong in subcontinent specially in india away home slightly differs, now it becomes poor,

  • POSTED BY thinktank1 on | February 27, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Indian team especially Dhoni loves to make fun of Siddharth Monga again and again.. coming to cricket, it's all over for India. Manoj Tiwary deserves a chance.

  • POSTED BY udayanavada on | February 27, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    India's performance in this tournament is below par. They does not deserve to be in the finals. I wish Srilanka will win the cup. Advance congratulations from a fan across the shore.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Earlier Indian team leaves Australia is better. There is NO fight left in this team like there wasn't any during their last summer tour of England. May be BCCI should think seriously about the performance related contract for all category A players. Time has come for Shewag and Sachin to ask them selves what they are doing to Indian Team!!!

  • POSTED BY vk6848 on | February 27, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    In bonus point games the LOSING team must also lose a point- or else teams can get to a position where they can manipulate who gets to finals. More importantly, there should be something to show for extra poor performance just as there is for extra good performance. Anyway If SL were to be eliminated in this series it would be because they beat the top team twice (including a bonus point win) but beat the other team only once. Silly rules, I say!

  • POSTED BY jasif on | February 27, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    hahahahaha......what a joke...none of the team members knew abt it..... might be feeling really home sick....in future might drop al those who feel homesick during the tour :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    When IPL with huge money is at stake for Indian cricketers, why should they bother about the fate of the country in tests and ODI'?

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    the tournament rules make no sense, this is a tri nation tournament not between SL vs IND , so IF SL has a higher NRR simply because they are consistent with their perform within the entire tournament , so you should consider NRR ahead of head-to-head performance .

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    the tournament rules make no sense, this is a tri nation tournament not between SL vs IND , so IF SL has a higher NRR simply because they are consistent with there perform within the entire tournament , so you should consider NRR ahead of head-to-head performance .

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 27, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    To earn a bonus point, India have to beat SL by a 1/5th margin of India's runs in that match or to chase in 4/5th overs of SL (i.e. 40 overs). So if India bat first and score 300 then India should restrict SL to 240 to earn the bonus point. If SL bat first and score 280 then India have to chase it in 40 overs to get the bonus point. If this happens then India will have a 2-1 league win record over SL and the Net Run Rate column won't be used to decide who goes into the finals. Had it been 2-2 India-SL THEN the Net Run Rate column would have been used and then SL would have gone through.

  • POSTED BY sampathsl on | February 27, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    I can bet IND cannot win even with Afghanistan in AUS soil (other than IND mud soil)

  • POSTED BY jasif on | February 27, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    hahahahaha......what a joke...none of the team members knew abt it..... might be feeling really home sick....in future might drop al those who feel homesick during the tour :)

  • POSTED BY sampathsl on | February 27, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    for CSK_sundar-->

    If u'r thinking that way u will never win a match outside a ind.B'cos cricket is a team game not a individual's game.

  • POSTED BY ANEESH2388 on | February 27, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    India has one more chance to get into final.If India scores 320+ runs and restrict srilanka below 150,then Indians N.R.R will be around -0.20. If Aussies repeat the same score and restrict srilanka below 200 .. this is the only chance for the world champions to get through to the finals..

  • POSTED BY dm2012 on | February 27, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Bring back uthapa as opener and yusuf in middle order

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Even MS Dhoni knows that india don't deserve to be in the finals!

  • POSTED BY Rooboy on | February 27, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    @ Ismailglt , Pat Wright etc - net run rate does not come into it. As per a cricinfo article published a few days ago - 'tie-breaker will rank the teams who are level on points: i) the team with the most wins; ii) the team with the most wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins; iii) the team with the highest number of bonus points; iv) the team with the highest net run rate.' If India beat SL and Aus beat SL, india and SL will both have 3 wins and a tie, but india will have beaten SL twice with one tie and one loss, so criteria ii) comes into play and india go through to the final without regard to the NRR. At least, that's how I understand it.

  • POSTED BY I.Aziz on | February 27, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    I wonder that on current form how Srilankans are going to lose 2 games so badly that they don't reach finals all this discussion is based on as if the Lankans don't have a game in hand after India-Lanka game. WHICH THEY DO so it is ............... bye bye

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    this is time dhoni to say by bye intranational cricket.Indian team need to be re group and changing.

  • POSTED BY ooper_cut on | February 27, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Very very well said. I don't think there is any fight left in them, any fight left is off the field. I hope there are some sweeping changes starting from the leadership.

  • POSTED BY ABRAHAM24 on | February 27, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    if our team is to turn to winnning track , yuvi is wanted .. b coz yuvi is the backbone of the middle order.. we are all believe it.. then why wll yuvi be become a captain.. BCCI S works in that manner .. kick out krish from selection committee chairman.. put SAURAV on the post who built a team so much strong..from a dismantled one... then put yuvi as the coming t20 world cup trnmnt.. then see what will ...u know dhoni won the match with the players yuvi, bhaji, zaheer , shewag .. all are found by saurav

  • POSTED BY annys on | February 27, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    The umpiring was pathetic no question about it. Indian performance was disgusting to say the least, Indian cricket is going down the drains. The performance of the Indian Hockey team in the finals was very refreshing. India as country needs other sports to come up, Cricket has become so boring.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | February 27, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    @ Pat Wright : IF they win against SL with a bonus point and SL lose against Aussies ,India will qualify automatically as India will have two wins as against one by SL in matches between them as that is the first criterion and runrate will be a factor only if first one cannot qualify a team

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Could you please explain how can India qualify to the finals provided they beat SL with a bonus point and SL loose the match to AUS, Cos even then I cant figure out how many runs SL need to loose by to india to overtake the net runrate....

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    If India wins the match against SL with bonus point, then they have more win against SL in the series that makes India qalifies for the finals, if Aus beat SL,.. thats the back door entry,.. All the best for India and Aus,.. i think the nrr does not matter much in the CB series...

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Love or Money ? Who will prevail in tomorrows clash. There's team playing cricket for the love of the game, and another team playing for the money in the game.

  • POSTED BY sampathsl on | February 27, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    IND players are willing to go home quickly b'cos they need to get ready for IPL.Hhhhaaa

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Unless India learn to play on hard bouncy tracks by producing them in India, in high altitude places and run tournaments on these surfaces, they will always succumb to this inherent weakness. Let's wake up and create these conditions in India and play less on muddy tracks.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    I knew the rules all the way..

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 27, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    MS Dhoni first blamed the batsmen... 2nd loss he blamed the bowlers... 3rd loss he blamed the seniors players... 4th loss its the umpires... Perhaps he should look into a mirror... Dhoni's batting was one of the reasons for the drawn game - his slow batting in the final overs created the 4 runs required off the final ball - if they had won then it would be a completely different attitude by the players & adding those vital points to put pressure on the other teams... I don't like critisizing opposition players, but when you open your mouth to the media you leave yourself open to questioning...

  • POSTED BY CSK_sundar on | February 27, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    IN this situation, we miss yuvraj, who will fight back in aggression and anger on opponents, Aussies wont forgot yuvi ever. Aussies are lucky withou our super star, yuvi.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    it appears they will have to massively increase their net runrate (nrr), it is currently -.8 for india and +.4, srilanka, nrr will be the determing factor should they match sri lanka by obtaining a bonus point

  • POSTED BY Hit1968 on | February 27, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    They should come back home. This team seriously need an overhaul. I must say the tour is too long and players , staff is just not into winning any more. They all try to blame this and that , but the fact of the moment is they are not playing as a unit. Time to take some time out and rethink.

  • POSTED BY Ajayvs on | February 27, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Thanks Buddy! This shows how much you have your mind on Job!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Honorary doctorate,honorary Lt. Col. titles...i think ICC must intervene and give Sachin two honorary ODI hundreds (so that his tally in ODI goes to 50) or atleast one in tests or ODI's (to complete 100 international tons).the man has entertained us a lot i think he deserves atleast this and BCCI can push forward for this.Release the burden from his shoulders atleast he can think of retirement without any pressures.

  • POSTED BY BellCurve on | February 27, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Here is what India must do: drop Raina from all formats, drop Laxman from the Test team, drop Sehwag from all matches and all formats played outside the sub-continent, drop Tendulkar from the ODI team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Can't blame them for wanting to go home. This tour, like the ashes last year and the 7 pointless one dayers after the tests has been over for some time - at least in their minds. When will all these cricket boards learn that less is more.

  • POSTED BY neerajprasher on | February 27, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Play with extra batsman.my team is sehwag,sachin,gambhir,kohli,sharma,raina,dhoni,tiwary,pathan,ashwin,kumar

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    This just shows that redundant tournaments such as the IPL are ruining cricket. Cricket used to be about so much more than money, but sadly, it seems that money is all the Indian cricketers care about.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    What a dream sin, try next time India.................

  • POSTED BY Raju_Iyer on | February 27, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Here we go again, Siddharth did you not hear what all those who watched Dhoni at the post match ceremony said to Mark Taylor, " I am not good at Maths, I will stick to cricket and let the scorers tell us about it... Some of you journalists have concluded that this team now just wants to go home! One thing is for sure, if there is one thing worse than the performance of the batsmen on this tour, it is the pathetic attempts by the press to create mountains out of molehills!

  • POSTED BY Pkjinjala on | February 27, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    First india need to keep losing toss for tomorrow as well then we can surely win Tommorows match against Sri Lanka , team of match should be as follow with batting order : gambhir, irfan, kohli, tendulkar, dhoni, Manoj tiwari, sehwag, ashwin, p.kumar, rahul sharma, Umesh yadav, . This team with this batting order, india can win with bonus point .

  • POSTED BY vcvidath34 on | February 27, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    I think missing YUVI and HARBHAJAN, really affected to this indian side cause in WC 2011 both of them done a extremely good job to achieved the title... and Zaheer injured as well.... As a Sri Lankan, I feel there would be lot of Chandimal kind of young talent in India, but the question is how to find these talents into National level.... In india, I think it's something like you are try "Catch a particular fish out of the others in the Ocean"

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 27, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    With all respect to the organizers, I feel this series is way too long for many people's liking. At this point I don't care one bit about India's chances and I am sure many Indian fans don't either. India have looked poor and even if they sneaked into the finals, though highly unlikely, they would still under perform. Clearly, the Indian team want to return home. It's been a long tour and they are only humans who deserve a break. The BCCI have been ruthless in their scheduling. India's recklessness with their itinerary have cost the team big time. They need a break. I feel sorry for the Indian team. Too much cricket is straining. The Asia Cup followed by a grueling IPL season is very tough for Dhoni and his men. You have done your best guys, take it easy for now.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    First India have to win with Bonus Point. Wining margin will be minimum 125. Then Australia have to defeat Sri lanka by over 125 runs. Can this happen ???? I don't think. Any Sri Lanka Vs Australia Final on 04th March 2012.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | February 27, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Most of the Indian players will be happy to lose and return home to their IPL and get ready for the big two monhts coming up. It has been a long and tiring trip for them. There will be no miracles.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    The drive is missing in each one of those 17 players. I am sure some might have started to plan for IPL. We need players who have drive to do well and take pride in representing

  • POSTED BY Ismailglt on | February 27, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Dhoni is Right their side is practically out of the final race. they live but on ventileter. things are not in their contorl now win with bonus point still not enough for the india now due to very poor run rate. i think tehy have to win with the margin of 200 plus runs which imposible pratically with the current form, if they do so still depending on the match bewtween aus,srilana . i think dhoni now should focus on asia cup.

  • POSTED BY Criticbala on | February 27, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Hi Sid, It looks dhoni or Team India never read Cricinfo..! This already been mentioned in the how to qualify column too. I think already they started dreaming about IPL purse and plagued by mental fatigue. So no point in using your ink to keep on writing about the Team. the only guys to blame is the selectors who are not able to have a fresh contigent for Tests and Odi's in a pool of 300-400 talented cricketers. see AUS only clarke is from the Test squad. If a small country like AUS can have a entirely different team for ODI why not the big MONEY and Population Giant India cannot..Attitude and think tank issues..!

  • POSTED BY Shiva_Ram on | February 27, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    India def qualify for finals...

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    I am an Indian fan but I feel that this Indian Team should not reach the Finals. I think Sri Lanka is deserved to be in the Finals.

  • POSTED BY amit.80s on | February 27, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Shewag has been on the thin ice since the start of the this tour but that shameless thin ice is still holding on, so if he can get so many chances after continous failure and he didnt even bother trying his approach then how can u put guys like Raina, Jadeja and Rohit on notice just after 1 bad series. There shouldnt be any preferences, partiality or double standards for seniors and juniors instead they should be adjudged on performance.

  • POSTED BY ikr4m.17 on | February 27, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Clearly, the Indian team doesn't check cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 27, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Maybe they shouldn't of told the team they still had a chance? An Indian side with nothing to lose in a dead rubber game seems better than the one in a must win situation (against Australia)

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Of the team went to Australia, only the following to be considered for Asia Cup - Virat Kohli, Gambhir, Dhoni, Ashwin, Rahul Sharma,Vinay Kumar, Irfan Pathan. Those who not played at all.......like Manoj Tiwary to be brought in. From domestic circuit, Dinesh Karthik should get the nod. Yusuf to be discussed. Mukund is not for ODI and Vijay a failure. Harbhajan did nothing in between to deserve a place. All reasons that got him dropped remains there. Rahane need to be in the radar. Also, when we look for new faces, let us not go by one or two ranji performances

  • POSTED BY nesith on | February 27, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    It was not just Dhoni who didn't know the playing conditions the host broadcasts commentary team didn't know either , they all thought run rate was the deciding factor like it used to be in previous triangular series, I just wonder if this happens does India really deserve to be there??? does 2 best teams play finals?? I think run rate should have been the deciding factor, SL have beaten AUS 2wise, when India Have beaten AUS Once, and Concedded 3 bonus points to AUS, SL have conceded(1) if above scenario happens, They have Gained a Bonus point Against Australia, Yet they could fly home, I belive that this would be the worst thing that could happen.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    India not deserve the final

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Its all over ...... Just had a win on SL and get ready to bounce back in Asia Cup .... If you want to show a good performance in IPL ... then loose the Asia Cup and get home early to practice for IPL ... because you get more money from IPL naa .... dont worry Dhoni & Co. ... keep loosing and concentrate on IPL and Ads .... WAY TO GO GUYZ ....

  • POSTED BY NIKXI on | February 27, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and dont think that India deserve to be in the finals irrespective of the results in coming matches, Srilanka have looked a better team and truely deserve to be in the finals. India have done well in the past but now its time to head back home and look at improving things, I still believe in our team and we will bounce back. cheers..

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | February 27, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    India are playing like a team which doesn't think it has to prove anything to anyone - they've been pretty listless, apart from Dhoni. In fact, they've been dreadful. Oh well, I guess the IPL will be on again soon and they can stop pretending that their national teams mean as much as a domestic T20 tournament. C'mon guys, you won the world cup - now play like a team which deserved to win.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | February 27, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Even a super optimist like myself will vouch that it is impossible for India to qualify unless Shewag gets a hundred and probability of that is one in a million at current form.And also Srilanka should be in the final because they are performing really well and have the team combination to deal with two new balls having three seaming allrounders.

  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | February 27, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Now that and since he blamed the media for exaggerating and propogating the non-existent myth.....the media has decided to attack Dhoni at every opportunity......like here....there is nothing wrong with the content of the article.....only the headlines and overall language is not neutral anymore.....trying to strir up anti-Dhoni sentiment

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Oh!How we let our emotions run over our head.Indian team has been so below average in Australia and to expect them to beat Sri Lanka with a bonus point is asking for nothing less than a Moon.Sri Lanka have been just superb and it will be totally out of character for them to let their guard down. India need not feel bad about not making to the final.The truth is that they are presently not good enough.Their seniors are tired and youngsters are not good enough.A stark contrast to Sri Lanka who have some really promising youngsters. India will take quite a few years to get to Sri Lanka's calibre.

  • POSTED BY hagar009 on | February 27, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    this is the height of day dreaming ... INDIA Will NOT qualify .....

  • POSTED BY Ravi2605 on | February 27, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Dhoni didn't know it. Bad! But what about your own team, which is responsible for telling everyone about the rules. All your commentators on TV were talking about Net Run Rate yesterday and today Gavaskar in his TOI column spoke about how India can't qualify now because of poor NRR. Dhoni at least gets paid for his cricket. But what about these cricket experts??

  • POSTED BY TenCricket on | February 27, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    No Point of talking about past, India need a Good Coach who can motivate the team, And where is Varun Aaron, Rahane ? , they should get more chance All the best for Asia Cup

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    -Example how you answer D PRESS CONFERENCE..lol..

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    I m looking World Cup 2040, Sachin is batting with support of a nurse and emergency doctor placed on wicket with special permission of ICC on BCCI request, that is to complete 100th century. Best of luck and would advise BCCI to give another chance to sachin failure in Asia Cup :)) cause i m a crazy fan of him.

  • POSTED BY CRmadrid on | February 27, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    I have to say as a neutral fan really disappointed to see how cricinfo favoring indian cricket. They have been outsmarted but all the departments by all other teams & yet they look like still want to see india going through to finals & this is the first news in the home page. Honestly this is a disrespect for the other teams involved Australia & Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Hey PLease, drop Ravindra Jadeja,.. atleast for this game,..and take Tiwary or atleast rohit Sharma, then batting will become strong and instead of Umesh Yadav take Rahul Sharma if he is fit,..drop sehwag down the order,.. he has to bat @5 or 6 to regain form,.. else forgot abt Sachin retirement, everyone will talk about Shewag retirement,... Dhoni shld bat higher the order,.. remember the world cup finals,.. it all matter,.. we are the world cup champs,.. Jus remember You can do it,..(you have nike shirts, it says Jus do it)...... all the best...

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | February 27, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    One question is will Manoj Tiwary get to play? Their batting has struggled consistently so why not give the youngster his first chance of the tour. Sehwag, Tendulkar or Raina are surely ready to be dropped.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    India tean will never come back.......................

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Is India Seriously Thinking They Can Win With A Bonus Point? ;o, when was the last time india beaten srilanka by 50 runs or 10 overs to spare? :O

  • POSTED BY kitten on | February 27, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Dream on, dream on. India is done and dusted. I personally don't think they have the stomach for another game, and will only go through the motions. They are definitely dying to go home, and the earlier the better. I do hope I am proved wrong though. It would be good to see India play as they used to many moons ago. If, and it's a big if, Sehwag and Tendulkar somehow manage to get India to a good start, and Gambhir sticks like gum and glue to the crease, then the other batsmen like Virat, Suresh and Dhoni, not forgetting Pathan can go and play their natural game and show us what they are capable of. Is it a dream or will we see something different from all the rubbish we have been witnessing over these past few months.

  • POSTED BY Amal-Mampitiya on | February 27, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    don't worry SL will beat India tomorrow and Indian team can go home sally how on earth that do you think this Indian team can beat SL with a bonus point ?

  • POSTED BY PrakashDhami on | February 27, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    In the given form, India is no match to any of the other teams in the world. The other 2 better teams should reach the finals so that the viewers will get the worth for their money.

  • POSTED BY indiasupbangalore on | February 27, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    I don't know about you guys as much as I love the indian team, and I support them during bad times, I must admit india does not deserve to be in the finals, it should be SL and Australia the top two teams should be there. Also if bcci can get their together with selectors and captian, address few areas like specialist ODI/test/t20 teams, and seperate caption for each format, giving more rights to captain on team selection that will be great, since there will be less rift in the side.

  • POSTED BY ameen85 on | February 27, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    What a funny????? captain didnt know it. Maybe he s planning to go home early

  • POSTED BY I.RAGHURAM on | February 27, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    If India has got chance to qualify for the finals then that's good news for Indian fans.... But, with the current form the Indian batting line up is in, it is highly improbable that they would be able to overhaul any target within 40 overs to get the bonus point while batting second. Even if they bat first, it is again highly improbable that they will restict the Srilankan team within 80% of the winning runs since the bowling is also very thin and leaking lots of runs.... It is only hoped that a miracle happens with the law of averages catches up with Sehwag & Tendulkar. Sehwag scores another double century / Tendulkar scores his 100th international ton and India batting first rakes up more than 400 runs. BUT THAT'S HEIGHT OF EXPECTATION !!!!

  • POSTED BY donda on | February 27, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I hope Indians can go home now and don't play the finals. Let the deserving teams play the final. India as a whole team is tired ,needs rest and need to go back home. Down under is like a jail to Indian team now. It's time to be free and go home. Let them go.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | February 27, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    This is a defeated side lead by a leader who has surrendered to the ground realities. The team is marred by infighting, poor forms, ageing players, young players not coming to grips with alien conditions and made to square up against sides in top form. There has been no respite in any department for this Indian team. May be after dizzying highs of world cup India needed this reality check and kick up their back side to let go of old guards, rethink the team combination and reorganize the leadership group. One should not blame MSD and his troupe longing for the returning flight and trying to take shelter in home conditions after they have been battered and bruised on and off the field. The fight has long gone from this bunch. Need to retreat and have hard look at the mess that has been created and try to find some solution to get out of this hole.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    The greater the fan base the greater the money and the grater the pressure - these are professional and need to face the challenges that are presented to them. I am tired of hearing the tired theory - these schedules are established years in advance and those selected have the option to opt out - a choice that is rarely made. I am not grudging the money they earn but it comes with a price and for the Indian cricketers - it is time to pay up.

  • POSTED BY lionspaw on | February 27, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    It is good to see that Dhoni still wants to get into the finals.That is the spirit we love to see in Indian team. As a sri lankan fan I was expecting a Sri Lanka India Finals. Now since australia into finals, Theres noway my hope going to be true. India is a far better team than this. Forget this troublesome period and hope to see you perform well in the Asia cup. Dont worry critics comes your way as long as you perform bad. When you guys starts to dominate the game, which is you are very capable of doing so, everyone will start praising you.

  • POSTED BY SathishDhinesh on | February 27, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Really poor dhoni and team India ,even i have not played any cricket over 5 years, I know the possibility of making it to finals but they are telling they don't know about,so why they are playing cricket.

  • POSTED BY passionate_cricket_follower on | February 27, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    SRT should be among the names who find themselves on the ice.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Oh ; sorry to hear all this, i think writers are being paid (Like the Players) to giving false hopes to all of us. Now India will go to Bangladesh for Asia cup than IPL than 4 week opponents . Lets enjoy beating the weaken and start watching Hockey

  • POSTED BY Valerio_DiBattista on | February 27, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Excellent article Sidharth. India have given up collectively, although maybe a few are still putting in. Certainly Praveen Kumar with the ball has been a joy to watch. They will be horrified to think that they have a chance of making the finals. For me, it has been sad to watch Sehwag and Tendulkar in this series, both looking like they don't want to be there. Others such as Rohit Sharma, Jadeja, Raina, Ashwin have appeared short of international ODI standard. The whole team seems to have been on auto-pilot in the field, mindlessly bowling spin overs and conceding 5 an over without resistance, then in T20 mode with the bat. It has been horrible to watch. It can't end soon enough. On the other hand, Sri Lanka appear united under Jayawardene and really up for the series. Their fielding has been wonderful to watch. All power to them.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | February 27, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Play with this 11: Tendulkar, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Pathan, Sehwag, Raina, Ashwin, P.Kumar, U.Yadav. 5th bowler's position can be shared by Sharma, Raina, Kohli, Sehwag and Tendulkar. Send P.Kumar or Pathan as your Pinch hitter if need be. This will be a very strong batting line-up with some bowling talent. If you win the toss, bat first and try to use up your batting line-up, rather than scoring at 4 runs/over by keeping wickets in hand. I will include Rohit Sharma because I beleive he is a genuine match-winner for India and there is no point in making him sit outside in the most important maches. Same goes with the selection of Sehwag. Raina is still better than Jadeja and the way he held on to that warner's catch shows his commitment. Hence his selection. India can still make it, barring Umpiring drama. Because, it is quite a possibility that Australia could beat SriLanka. With Warner getting some runs and Watson back in the team, they could surprise SriLanka.

  • POSTED BY dilr on | February 27, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    By Bye India Go Home & Get New Players..Indians are best only @ India..then get all the games in india.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | February 27, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    NRR seems to be the accepted way to break ties in such tournaments these days, so I guess all the Indians just assumed that it was here too. You'd think that at least one official would have known otherwise though. I did read on this site a few days ago that it would be their performances against each other that would break a tie between India and SL but then, during yesterday's game, the Channel 9 (Aust) commentators kept going on about NRR too so I thought maybe CricInfo was wrong. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that TV cricket commentators don't actually know what's going on. Again though, you'd think that at least one of them would know the rules of the competition.

  • POSTED BY orangtan on | February 27, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    What's done is done, Indiashould now strive to put up a decent performance in the Asia Cup, ring the changes and let the chips fall as they may.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    He is being realistic, he knows they can't make it then why waste time in checking rules :)

  • POSTED BY senthil25 on | February 27, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Lose the match to srilanka also, & take rest before the Asia cup start, dont blame indian team players blame indian cricket selectors, they are not choosing the player to win the match, they are not learn lesson still now, what can dhoni can do having such players............? he is No one good captain in the cricket world.

  • POSTED BY sairek11 on | February 27, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    India is clearly missing Yuvraj....no one to stabilise the innings at the end with Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY Darkmanx12155 on | February 27, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    This is the time u can see the true indian spirit.... my prediction... Indians will kik SL out tomorrow with a margin of 250+ runs.... batting first india will score more than 425+ runs.... Sachin, Shewag and Dhoni will score centuries...... India will winn this year CB series trophie under the world cup winning greatest indian captain ever Dhoni... SL cant beat india... best example the 2011 world cup... india is the best team in the ODI format...

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | February 27, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Its very very obvious from the body language of the Indians that they really dont care about their supporters and are saving themselves for the IPL, where they are idolised for their flashy innings on flat wickets and sought after by B grade celebs. Its a crying shame that we can find 11 cricketers who have the heart and the skills out of a billion. And that too in a one sport country like ours, where cricket really has no competition.

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 27, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Being an Indian I feel India doesnt deserve to play finals. As they made a look weak aussie side as a strong side. I back SL to win this series.

  • POSTED BY CUSE on | February 27, 2012, 4:44 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Zulu17 on | February 27, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Of course..he doesnt want to play. This team needs an overhaul, the players, coaches, management fro top through bottom. Indian cricket team has never been a professional team and it is showing now when all the individual performances are coming to a standstill. No matter how much people cursed Sachin he was winning games on his own over the years. And now when he is not scoring consistently there are swords out for his head. But it is not just him but everyone in the team to blame.

  • POSTED BY ganeshram78 on | February 27, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    reading monga's recent articles, it seems like the home sickness has caught with him too! jokes apart, this is crazy. how can a captain not know that he still stands a chance of making it to finals.deserves to be dropped for this reason alone.

  • POSTED BY ms2000 on | February 27, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Thats looks a tall order. It is hard to belive that Sri Lanka will loose 02 matches the way they play now. Defintely India needs to sort out many problems with team selection.

  • POSTED BY rajbala on | February 27, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Even if India qualify, they dont deserve to play in the finals!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Forget about it! We have the IPL to look forward to :-)

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    if india bat first they need to make 300, and try and restrict sri lanka to under 240, they way i look at it, although i wish sehwag is dropped but for his sake, he will not get a better chance to prove himself in the team. whether india bat first or second, his task will be to come on and make a quick 50-60 runs. to help india acheive the bonus point. tendulkar, make your 100th century in this match, but sehwag style, all rounders will get some batting practice for ipl. this match is going to be very much funny if you look at it this way. good luck india. put on a show guys.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Poor souls!! our indian cricketers. They just want to go home; Please would someone listen to them and send them back; they just don't want to play anymore in AUS.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    I am an Indian and hope India doesn't get into the finals. We need a very hard failure to make a change and getting into the finals may provide a "we made it to finals" line. Sorry. I hope India fails and fails miserably. And all so called seniors are shown the mirror.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    Come on Dhoni..go...! cricINfo gives you courage.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    though there r no of persons in think tank still no one guide dhoni that if they r not winning this game..thats ok.. atleast they should have played for better run rate...sending Jadeja AND Ashwin AHEAD of IRPHAN was not right cricket tactical move...Dhoni must regard and respect IRPHAN talent and experience and should use it max..To know WHY we r loosing....Watch out on YOUTUBE....FORTUNE OF YUVI, DHONI, SACHIN, VIRU, KOHLI

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 27, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Bizarre. I knew they had a chance and I'm just a bystander. Despite their bucketloads of talent, this Indian team seems to be totally absorbed in their IPL contracts, their individual rivalries, their individual records, and management is fixated on promoting a bunch of highly marketable aging has-beens. They have dropped the ball and failed to form a competitive and cohesive unit. They were lacklustre in the Tests. It is hard to remember a day they won in the series. They came to life in the T20 games and looked like a new team - perhaps with future IPL contracts in mind. Now they have lost interest in the ODIs to the point that their captain doesn't even know that they can qualify. They cared at the World Cup in front of home fans. Perhaps the Australian tri-series is not lucrative enough for Dhoni and his men to break a sweat. To be honest, I'm sick of watching this team. By the looks of it they are sick of being here.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    are u crazy they never had chance?

  • POSTED BY ruester on | February 27, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    I am sure they cant wait to go home and play proper 'IPL" cricket. Indian cricket feel some shame, you are an embarrassment when you go away from home. You have been absolutely hammered by an Australian side who is very much in the rebuilding stage. Just think you where No 1 in the world twelve months ago and now a laughing stock.

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | February 27, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    This is quite shocking news! How could no one in the Indian team know they still had half a chance? And why then did Dhoni bat so slowly in last night's match????

  • POSTED BY hemal_brisbane on | February 27, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    it wsa obivious from dhoni's after match speech last nite..tht india is not tht keen to win tomorrow or make to the finals

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  • POSTED BY hemal_brisbane on | February 27, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    it wsa obivious from dhoni's after match speech last nite..tht india is not tht keen to win tomorrow or make to the finals

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | February 27, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    This is quite shocking news! How could no one in the Indian team know they still had half a chance? And why then did Dhoni bat so slowly in last night's match????

  • POSTED BY ruester on | February 27, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    I am sure they cant wait to go home and play proper 'IPL" cricket. Indian cricket feel some shame, you are an embarrassment when you go away from home. You have been absolutely hammered by an Australian side who is very much in the rebuilding stage. Just think you where No 1 in the world twelve months ago and now a laughing stock.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    are u crazy they never had chance?

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 27, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Bizarre. I knew they had a chance and I'm just a bystander. Despite their bucketloads of talent, this Indian team seems to be totally absorbed in their IPL contracts, their individual rivalries, their individual records, and management is fixated on promoting a bunch of highly marketable aging has-beens. They have dropped the ball and failed to form a competitive and cohesive unit. They were lacklustre in the Tests. It is hard to remember a day they won in the series. They came to life in the T20 games and looked like a new team - perhaps with future IPL contracts in mind. Now they have lost interest in the ODIs to the point that their captain doesn't even know that they can qualify. They cared at the World Cup in front of home fans. Perhaps the Australian tri-series is not lucrative enough for Dhoni and his men to break a sweat. To be honest, I'm sick of watching this team. By the looks of it they are sick of being here.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    though there r no of persons in think tank still no one guide dhoni that if they r not winning this game..thats ok.. atleast they should have played for better run rate...sending Jadeja AND Ashwin AHEAD of IRPHAN was not right cricket tactical move...Dhoni must regard and respect IRPHAN talent and experience and should use it max..To know WHY we r loosing....Watch out on YOUTUBE....FORTUNE OF YUVI, DHONI, SACHIN, VIRU, KOHLI

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    Come on Dhoni..go...! cricINfo gives you courage.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    I am an Indian and hope India doesn't get into the finals. We need a very hard failure to make a change and getting into the finals may provide a "we made it to finals" line. Sorry. I hope India fails and fails miserably. And all so called seniors are shown the mirror.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Poor souls!! our indian cricketers. They just want to go home; Please would someone listen to them and send them back; they just don't want to play anymore in AUS.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    if india bat first they need to make 300, and try and restrict sri lanka to under 240, they way i look at it, although i wish sehwag is dropped but for his sake, he will not get a better chance to prove himself in the team. whether india bat first or second, his task will be to come on and make a quick 50-60 runs. to help india acheive the bonus point. tendulkar, make your 100th century in this match, but sehwag style, all rounders will get some batting practice for ipl. this match is going to be very much funny if you look at it this way. good luck india. put on a show guys.