Australia v India, World T20 2012, Super Eights, Colombo September 26, 2012

'We're ready for Harbhajan's aggression' - Hussey

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No Australian Twenty20 team has been as aggressive in word or deed as the one about to face India in a critical Super Eights match at the World T20. So there is understandable anticipation about the rejoining of an old battle with Harbhajan Singh, famously provocative in the past but so far this tournament doing more with the ball than with his choice of words.

Australia showed plenty of intent in the field in their opening match against Ireland, David Warner and Shane Watson particularly active in their efforts to rile the opposition. Watson later said this was part of how the team "gets up" for a serious contest. Any attempts at a similar approach against the West Indies were momentarily silenced by the blazing bats of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels before George Bailey's team notched a rain-assisted victory.

Harbhajan's recall was always likely to tempt another encounter with Australia, a team with which he has a history of confrontation and controversy, not least the 2008 Sydney Test match and its aftermath. While his striking display against England suggested a Harbhajan more focused on his bowling than anything else, the sight of the green and gold may stir that old familiar feeling.

Michael Hussey, a witness to much of the aforementioned history, said he expected Harbhajan to resume his famously provocative ways, and counselled his younger teammates to remain true to themselves in dealing with any verbal confrontations.

"I prefer to walk away and not worry about it," Hussey said. "If he [Harbhajan] wants to use his energy up sledging and carrying on, that's fine. Some other guys really thrive on it. Davey Warner, he likes a little bit of interaction out there and it gets him going.

"So I don't think there is a right way or wrong way to handle it but I think it's up to the individual to know he's going to try these tactics so you've got to be ready for it, and be sure it doesn't affect your concentration but handle it in your own way. I just think let him [Warner] go, let him play his way. That's what has given him success so far."

The match against India is the first of a testy trio that also features South Africa and Pakistan, leaving Hussey to reason that a first-up victory would ease a great deal of pressure from the team's shoulders.

"If we can win that first one in the Super Eights, it does give you that confidence and that little buffer that you know you just need one out of the last two to get through," Hussey said. "It's pretty much an early grand final really in the context of the tournament. But that relaxed attitude is important as well. We need to make sure we're not too tense.

"All the [batsmen] are playing well in the nets and they've got a lot of confidence, and that's a big part of Twenty20. You need to have no doubts in your mind or fears, you've got to trust yourself and let your instincts take over."

The coach Mickey Arthur treated Australia's player to two days off after their qualification for the next phase, though he then extracted a measure of recompense by pushing the players through a decidedly rigorous Tuesday training session.

"We have had a few relaxing days but I expect that's all about to end," Hussey said. "Training yesterday [Tuesday] was very long and pretty intense and a welcome back to reality really. The pressure and tension are only going to rise as we get closer to that India match because it's a huge game."

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

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 28, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    T20s are really a waste of time. One small, tiny pieces of info that Indian fans may want to take out of this game is, note the result, note that this is the sub-continent. Note the way Indian wickets fell, I said a few days ago, in all honesty, I think Oz are a much better chance of winning the upcoming test series v India than in any of the previous 6 or 7 years. Can't tell on 2 overs, but the Turbanator MAY still be a threat, I think Kholi is definately, but India are not as good a side as 12 mths ago.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 28, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    @DINESHCC on (September 27 2012, 09:55 AM GMT) - you were saying? @satish619chandar on (September 27 2012, 08:21 AM GMT) - sorry it was Ashwin that was going to be slog-swept by Watto! @Mo Tabaqui - care to elaborate any further? @T20WC on (September 27 2012, 02:24 AM GMT) - surprisingly, I think after the way the Indians tried to play Cummins & Starc, they might be foolish enuff to try a slog-sweep. THAT, could end very badly! @rod77 on (September 27 2012, 02:10 AM GMT) - am I still dreaming? I swear the website says clearly, that Oz won by 9 wickets. @sammysam on (September 27 2012, 00:10 AM GMT) - LOL! Dhoni smashing 6s against Oz - dreaming mate!

  • POSTED BY alihameed on | September 28, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @chinkart, half of what you said was correct.. yes Shane Watson did play but India didn't play at all!

  • POSTED BY chinkart on | September 28, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    shane watson will play well today but still Indian team will win , since India play asa team but Australia is dependent on few individual performances ,,,

  • POSTED BY RinDar on | September 28, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    things looking 'black & white' for india, although having most formidable batting line but still easiest prey in the toughest group. Anyone of the remaining three will qualify for semifinals. Africans are the best batting, bowling & fielding side, Aus have batting, bowling & fielding to give tough time to any opponent & Pak have a batting concern but still it is decent, there fielding is looking good & there bowling as usual, Afridi & Ajmal will prove to be the back waters in storm for pak & for india withot batting, fielding, bowling are just at club level.

  • POSTED BY Shimbo on | September 28, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Australia is going to be too good for India I guess. If Pat Cummings maintains his form he would be a handfull for Indian openers whether it is Sewag or any one else for that matter. It is true that the 3 best teams in their group and India must carry the minnows tag behind SA, Pakistan and Australia, unfortunately. Given the current form SA will top the group and Pakistan and Australia will fight for the second place. Cricket is a funny game and T20 is even funnier and opposite can happen too. If India to make an impression, Harbajan should keep his cool and should avoid confronting the Aussies at any cost. Aussies know that well enough and will do anything to derail Harbajan. I know that 1billion of Indians will not agree as they obsessed with their Crikcket and can't see the reality. Thanks to Tendulkar, Indian cricket had a little bit of venom for the last decade but now he is no more. Now they have Kohli and he is the one to make an impression if theyto progress any further.

  • POSTED BY Kapil_Choudhary on | September 28, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    I have to say that it seems really ridiculous that THIS Aus team is keeping David Hussey out. As far as I am concerned, warmups and minnows don't count so the IRE match means nothing and the middle order didn't bat against WI. Thus, this is a highly inexperienced AND untested middle order. We all know that even Bailey is in the team mainly for captaincy and not for batting. The way I see it, India should get Warner early through spin (I am betting that if Ashwin opens the bowling than Warner will be gone before the end of over no 4 - even if 2 of those overs are bowled by a seamer) and if India can then break the Watson-Hussey partnership early, it will be a cakewalk.....unless of course Aus comes to their senses and play David Hussey

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 27, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @Chris_P on (September 27 2012, 21:19 PM GMT) - I think he must be Front Foot Lunge's love child! @Mozenrath Tobaqi - if you read what I said, you would understand that it was a response to a question/statement - that implied Oz had never won a competition in the sub-continent! It has nothing to do with who we played, rather WHERE we played. I'd also throw in making the 96 World Cup was a fair effort too! @DINESHCC & others - you all might want to read the last sentence of what I wrote. No need to get your panties in a bunch!

  • POSTED BY CricketFundas on | September 27, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury Australia cannot play spin, India cannot play medium pace, fast bowling, mind games or outside of India. England cannot play. Period.

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

    @Rogerunionjack. Let us revisit your statement after it's all over, or will you simply disappear like many others have "prediction experts"?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 28, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    T20s are really a waste of time. One small, tiny pieces of info that Indian fans may want to take out of this game is, note the result, note that this is the sub-continent. Note the way Indian wickets fell, I said a few days ago, in all honesty, I think Oz are a much better chance of winning the upcoming test series v India than in any of the previous 6 or 7 years. Can't tell on 2 overs, but the Turbanator MAY still be a threat, I think Kholi is definately, but India are not as good a side as 12 mths ago.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 28, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    @DINESHCC on (September 27 2012, 09:55 AM GMT) - you were saying? @satish619chandar on (September 27 2012, 08:21 AM GMT) - sorry it was Ashwin that was going to be slog-swept by Watto! @Mo Tabaqui - care to elaborate any further? @T20WC on (September 27 2012, 02:24 AM GMT) - surprisingly, I think after the way the Indians tried to play Cummins & Starc, they might be foolish enuff to try a slog-sweep. THAT, could end very badly! @rod77 on (September 27 2012, 02:10 AM GMT) - am I still dreaming? I swear the website says clearly, that Oz won by 9 wickets. @sammysam on (September 27 2012, 00:10 AM GMT) - LOL! Dhoni smashing 6s against Oz - dreaming mate!

  • POSTED BY alihameed on | September 28, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @chinkart, half of what you said was correct.. yes Shane Watson did play but India didn't play at all!

  • POSTED BY chinkart on | September 28, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    shane watson will play well today but still Indian team will win , since India play asa team but Australia is dependent on few individual performances ,,,

  • POSTED BY RinDar on | September 28, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    things looking 'black & white' for india, although having most formidable batting line but still easiest prey in the toughest group. Anyone of the remaining three will qualify for semifinals. Africans are the best batting, bowling & fielding side, Aus have batting, bowling & fielding to give tough time to any opponent & Pak have a batting concern but still it is decent, there fielding is looking good & there bowling as usual, Afridi & Ajmal will prove to be the back waters in storm for pak & for india withot batting, fielding, bowling are just at club level.

  • POSTED BY Shimbo on | September 28, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Australia is going to be too good for India I guess. If Pat Cummings maintains his form he would be a handfull for Indian openers whether it is Sewag or any one else for that matter. It is true that the 3 best teams in their group and India must carry the minnows tag behind SA, Pakistan and Australia, unfortunately. Given the current form SA will top the group and Pakistan and Australia will fight for the second place. Cricket is a funny game and T20 is even funnier and opposite can happen too. If India to make an impression, Harbajan should keep his cool and should avoid confronting the Aussies at any cost. Aussies know that well enough and will do anything to derail Harbajan. I know that 1billion of Indians will not agree as they obsessed with their Crikcket and can't see the reality. Thanks to Tendulkar, Indian cricket had a little bit of venom for the last decade but now he is no more. Now they have Kohli and he is the one to make an impression if theyto progress any further.

  • POSTED BY Kapil_Choudhary on | September 28, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    I have to say that it seems really ridiculous that THIS Aus team is keeping David Hussey out. As far as I am concerned, warmups and minnows don't count so the IRE match means nothing and the middle order didn't bat against WI. Thus, this is a highly inexperienced AND untested middle order. We all know that even Bailey is in the team mainly for captaincy and not for batting. The way I see it, India should get Warner early through spin (I am betting that if Ashwin opens the bowling than Warner will be gone before the end of over no 4 - even if 2 of those overs are bowled by a seamer) and if India can then break the Watson-Hussey partnership early, it will be a cakewalk.....unless of course Aus comes to their senses and play David Hussey

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 27, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @Chris_P on (September 27 2012, 21:19 PM GMT) - I think he must be Front Foot Lunge's love child! @Mozenrath Tobaqi - if you read what I said, you would understand that it was a response to a question/statement - that implied Oz had never won a competition in the sub-continent! It has nothing to do with who we played, rather WHERE we played. I'd also throw in making the 96 World Cup was a fair effort too! @DINESHCC & others - you all might want to read the last sentence of what I wrote. No need to get your panties in a bunch!

  • POSTED BY CricketFundas on | September 27, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury Australia cannot play spin, India cannot play medium pace, fast bowling, mind games or outside of India. England cannot play. Period.

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

    @Rogerunionjack. Let us revisit your statement after it's all over, or will you simply disappear like many others have "prediction experts"?

  • POSTED BY cricisme on | September 27, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Harbajan has performed just once in this tournament and that too against Englishman whom he had been playing recently. i would wait before considering him a threat. I watched him bowl and I see "no spin or turns" in his bowling. His wickets are mainly because the inexperienced batsman just did not play him correctly. You don't hit across the line if the ball is pitched in line and straight - may be he was lucky. He is no threat once batsman can figure him out.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 27, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Lot of Pak fans wishing India' ill, as usual but no worries they will turn into blessings as usual.

  • POSTED BY Varun_Subramanian on | September 27, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    @ Rogerunionjack u surely jest...

  • POSTED BY Electric_L0ser_Wacko on | September 27, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    @ Balochtiger99 - mate you seem to be obsessed with india's 0-8 record past year... agreed that india lost badly - but before that tour - they had a pretty good record in australia - came close to winning the test series in 2008 - also drew series in 2004, also won the ODI series(2008) there as well !! lets look at your own team's record there for a moment (assuming you are pakistani - going by your alias) --- 3 tours to australia in the last 10 years - (3-0),(3-0),(3-0) -- WOW that's a superb achievement i should say!! Forget about winning in australia - you haven't won anything against them at home as well (we beat them 4 out of 5 series at home in the last 10-12 years - even though they were at their prime) - talk about mediocrity - your team is worst culprit - Enough said!!!!

  • POSTED BY testcricket_lover on | September 27, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    @Rogerunionjack....Mate looks like no crown this time other than ur Queen's crown.

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

    @haq33: you are doing well! From kohli you went on to remember Sehwag and Zak. Dont worry by Sunday you will remember all 11. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY sumanchettri on | September 27, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    good to see some fans supporting their teams...... but team like england in the sub continent is not even going to even semis............. anyway they can win a match with kiwis if hey can get mcculam out before powerplay

  • POSTED BY Rogerunionjack on | September 27, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @ indianfan535 on (September 27 2012, 09:03 AM GMT) Starc and Cummins are raw and wild, bit like Tait was earlier. They are by no means good, and will go for runs. The fact is that both Australia and India have no bowling whatsoever to speak of. And you can't win T20 matches by packing team with batsmen. Blokes like Malinga, Ajmal, Narine and Steyn will win you matches. The cupboard's bare for both you and the Aussies. We are the defending champs and will retain our crown. And we haven't even included KP.

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

    @ Safian malik, "Australia's lack of ability to play spinners in turning conditions were exposed during the T20 series against PAK in UAE". The truth? The UAE series showed that AUS, even facing a far better spin attack than IND has & on far more spin-friendly conditions than in SL, are quite competent with spin. PAK and AUS won 1 T20 game each, 1 tied game was decided by 1 run on the final ball of a super over. AUS won the ODI series on the same grounds 2-1 a week prior to that. That is no evidence that AUS was bamboozled by the best spin attack in the most spin-friendly conditions on the planet. New players like Maxwell and Bailey showed great ability to smash spinners. Are you saying Harbajhjan in SL is as difficult to face as Ajmal in the UAE? Don't make me laugh! I make no predictions about the game, but this Indian team won't be doing any spin bamboozling out of the ordinary. I'd be far more worried about IND's ability to play the pace of Starc, Cummins & co.

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

    @DonNikhil - I wish you might have been coaching the Indian team, and Dhoni might be reading your comments, expert panel advice ! :)

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | September 27, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Who says it is going to spin, I have not seen any yet at this ground.

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Australia's lack of ability to play spinners in turning conditions were exposed during the T20 series against pakistan in UAE. The best player of spin by far is micheal clark. Mike hussey is prone to getting LBW fairly early in his innings when he is trying to play the off spinner on the back foot. All in all India is the most dominant side so far. Looking forward to sunday after which Pakistan could play India in the final again should both teams progress.

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    India's STRENGTH is batting and spin bowling. They should go with: Sehwag, gambhir, kohli, yuvi, raina, dhoni, irfan, bhajji, chawla, ashwin and zak.

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | September 27, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    MEETY: You are too late. Already HAWKSEYEFOCUSED, HAQ33, CHRIS_P, BALOCHTIGER99, PAVEL2241, ROGERUNIONJACK, BIBBY JOHNY, POTATIS, SHAYAD entertained us a lot with their jokes. Earlier RANDYOZ was entertaining us. After the U19 World cup final, he disappeared from the scene and is now focussing on Nambia and Saudi Arabia cricket matches.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | September 27, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Australia cannot play spin, India cannot play medium pace, fast bowling, mind games or outside of India

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

    This is the old-fashioned Aussie tactic. They would talk more about the opponents gettin them to think hard and eventually it builds some metal pressure, at times. for players like Bhajji who go more with emotions. I would prefer spin trio all the time against Australia. They may play spin but wud be pretty difficult for them to dismantle the shell!

  • POSTED BY nthuq on | September 27, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Satish, I would definitely agree with you. India's opening pair of Gambhir and Sehwag clearly aren't doing the job, and they should definitely consider Irfan and Ashwin to open!

  • POSTED BY bMike on | September 27, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    When teams were divided into two groups their recent performances had been considered. England, SA, SL and Pakistan have been outstanding in T20 cricket recently so they were always ranked top in recent years. Both group 1 and group 2 have two strong teams along with two weak teams. Defending champions (England) who have been always at the top in T20 rankings, SL who have been always in top 3 in T20 rankings are the strong teams in group 1. Current top ranked SA (the most consistent team) and Pakistan are the strong teams in group 2. Above-mentioned strong teams in both groups have a good chance to easily make it into semis as they have horribly inconsistent weak T20 teams in their groups. Hopefully England will lift it again.

  • POSTED BY indianfan535 on | September 27, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    @Rogerunionjack: Unless you are Pakistani(which I very much doubt you are), you have absolutely no right to talk about bowling attacks. Even though I'm Indian, I think Australia has the best bowling attack comprising of Starc and Cummins among others.

  • POSTED BY DonNikhil on | September 27, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    @ Team India - If u bat first, please dont restrict to 180. After 15 overs, if u have around 6-7 wickets, then go for the kill (20 runs per over) Dont repeat the mistake u did against Pakistan (scoring 180 plus and losing) in the warm up match.

    @ Virat Kohli - If u want to hit a six, then u shud be able to hit tht in the gap without much of height else u will be caught.Better if u stick on to hit a four rather than a six. You are the key man for this tour. Dont throw ur wicket away.

    @All bowlers - Taget yorker length so tht u can save boundaries. A bowler can always restrict a batsman from hitting a six. Remember that.

    @Dhoni - Take 3 spinners against Australia and SouthAfrica

    Chak De INDIA!

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

    Not easy for India, all depends on how they handle australian pace attack.

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | September 27, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Lolz at eat sleep play cricket....dude, nice reply. Looking forward to the museum tour. Sehwag and zaheer will need some major professional restoration work before then.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | September 27, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    India's STRENGTH is batting and spin bowling. We should play Bhajji, Ashwin, Chawla and drop a pacer. Irfan should play. Lets not be hoodwinked by Chappell's comment on Shewag.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | September 27, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Open with Irfan and Ashwin. Watson of all is a bit late in picking the one which goes the other way when offie bowls it and i have seen many a times him top edging the intended slog sweep in IPL as well against SC teams. It is one weaknedd to exploit. If Ashwin is going to bowl with new ball, you strongly need another spinner in middle overs. And, i would pick Bhajji for it. Ignore the funny @Meety comment of Bhajji getting smacked by Watto. Watto might really smack 3 sixes of Bhajji but ONLY if he manages to stay alive till Bhajji comes in. I predict a close contest with Mike Hussey as the key man for the Aussies. He is the ONLY reliable player in the Aussie camp now. For India, how they handle Starc and Cummins will set the card. They are too good with high pace. Sometimes pace can hurt themselves but it will aid most times.

  • POSTED BY Rogerunionjack on | September 27, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Both teams have rubbish bowlers, Boycott's grandmum could play them left handed in her sleep. Australia may not qualify for the semis, India certainly won't. Start packing your bags.

  • POSTED BY shayad on | September 27, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    india vs aus = aus ind vs pak = ind ind vs sa = sa

    india out of the worlcup simple

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Team India should play this combination Ghambir Shehwag Kholi Raina Rohit Yuvi Dhoni Phatan Khan Harbhajan Ashwin

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | September 27, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    TO ALL THE AUSTRALIANS WHO ARE SAYING WARNER & WATSON WILL SMASH INDIAN SPINNERS FOR SIXES NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT INDIAN TEAM. THIS TIME RAVINDRA JADEJA IS NOT IN THE TEAM AGAINST WHOM YOU HIT SIXES IN LAST T20 WC .

  • POSTED BY Potatis on | September 27, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    There's no way I could say that India won't beat Australia. It just that if they do, I'd be very very surprised.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | September 27, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    I DON'T KNOW WHY AUSTRALIANS ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT WARNER . AFTER THAT 180 IN PERTH HE HASN'T DONE ANY WONDERS . HE WAS FAILED BADLY IN THE WI TOUR & UAE TOUR .

  • POSTED BY ADSACHIN on | September 27, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Team against Aussies on 28th Sept'2012 :1. Sehwag, 2. Gambhir, 3.Kohli, 4. Yuvraj, 5. Raina, 6. Dhoni, 7. Rohit, 8. Pathan, 9. Harbhajan, 10. Ashwin, 11. Zaheer

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | September 27, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    MEETY -Very nice predictions , hope will see those are realised on field but mark my word ,out come of this match will be entirly defferent what u r dreaming .its going to be repatation of 2007 , t-20-wc in sa , where ind beat these team aus,sa, eng, & pak to lft the cup , history going to be repeated in sl again in 2012.

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Aussies will win the match comfortably . they will beat india by 5 wickets . bhaji will be punished as 4-0-64-0

  • POSTED BY afroze222 on | September 27, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    No doubt Australia will win easily...

  • POSTED BY madhan17 on | September 27, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    it was a very very though group for india, but that make india to play hard & come out as a winner in the group, all the people talking abt Kholi,Watto, warner, hussey, as a game changer to there team, but most of u forget the real game changer, The One Man Army Yuvaraj, dont forget, 2007 Semi & 2011 Quater final, so today is his day make my words india will win & yuvi will be man of the match, By a great Yuvi Fan

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | September 27, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    i for one would never ever get into any "interaction" with dave warner if i was an opposition player, only going to end badly for you he is one of those guys who just keeps going and going and going, like an energizer bunny. then he will come out and smash you all around the place. nope, i wouldnt say a word to warner if im an opposition player. i like this aussie batting lineup against india because like someone said they all star in the IPL each year. get ready for the switch hit

  • POSTED BY Virat_123 on | September 27, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Last 5 IPL seasons tells the whole story where including bhujji all the indians were smashed by the Australian. But in T20 the game will win for the team who will handle the pressure well. Y everyone is more exciting abt bhujji. Do u forget yuvi and Kohli????

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Lookin forward to it. Aussies have great strength in top 3 but Bailey and Maxwell are exciting too they've got that australian grit of old.

    I'm actually a touch more excited for the Aussie team than the Pakistan team simply because their players feel stronger

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 27, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    @T20WC on (September 27 2012, 02:24 AM GMT) - wow that was highly original! LOL!

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

    what do you mean by "we are talking of only limited overs" ??? FYI Irfan Pathan is till today the only bowler in the cricket world who has taken a HAT-TRIC (03 wickets in a row) in the very first over of a TEST match, against Pakistan ... A record that will Insha Allah never be broken EVER...for tuning him as an all-rounder let him bat at 3 or 4 ,,,why sacrifice him as an opener ??? or has team India really no good opener !!!!!! ????

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    all the best pathan bhai .....get watson and warner soon in power play

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    1.Gambhir, 2.Sehwag, 3.Kohli, 4.Rohit, 5.Yuvraj, 6.Dhoni, 7.Pathan, 8.Ashwin, 9.Harbhajan, 10.Zahir, 11.Balaji

  • POSTED BY Massive_Allan_Border_Fan on | September 27, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    I'm anticipating a great contest. It's a shame about the groupings putting all top-form sides in the one group though. The final may not include the two top teams, as it should. That said, T20 cricket has always been chancier than ODIs, and tests rarely come down to a few lucky wickets or a few big hits like T20s do. If India win this one, expect them to be favourites for the tournament.

  • POSTED BY Rogerunionjack on | September 27, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Two mediocre teams in a mediocre group trying to come out of a slump. Neither will make the semis. SA is the only decent team, but they too can progress only as far as the semis. The class is in the other group, headed by the defending champions.

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    @Meety 1987 WC , Aus played Pak in Semis and NOT India. In 2006,India were going through a rut which continued till 2007 WC. None of those Aussie teams had blatantly vulnerable batting line ups vs spin. your Openers got most of your runs recently vs Pak in UAE. Can you deny that? @BattosaiXX your Aussie already admitted the problems against swing after Hobart test vs NZ, Eng used those to their advantage in June (4-0). obviously you have a poor memory of last 2 Ashes in Eng. and Irfan Pathan has a good record in Aus and he is a swing bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    IRFAN Pathan should open the inn with Gutam and Sehwaeg shou dorp bec his form is not ok yet

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    I congratulate Sitanshu Shekhar on (September 26 2012, 21:29 PM GMT) who showed great sportsmanship in his post. I don't know who won the match but its sounds a cracker if both teams played good cricket. Thats what its all about, entertainment. With this match, sadly I predict a win to India as I don't know who David Hussey has upset but the team lacks balance without him. He is a good batsman and bowls neat lil offies. Bailey is a fighter but hasn't convinced me that he is up to this class and Cam White is yesterday's man. To be honest, even at their best, D. Hussey is more value than White. I don't think India are worried about the Aussie quicks as (a) the pitch is more likely close to a road and I do like the Indian spinners chances (b) India really do bat long now. Anyway, may it be a great game. I don't want to see an All Out 85 from either team. Perfect match is side A gets 170+ for 7 and side B wins or loses in the last over. Go the Oz !

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | September 27, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Of course Meety, being so lowly ranked.. we will be positively thrashed. Let's just hope we put up a good effort. I bet our guys are shaking in their boots.. not often a team so lowly ranked gets to face the supreme overwhelming efficiient machination that is we will be pitted against in the super 8's. *G*

  • POSTED BY pitch_curator on | September 27, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    The first three wickets are the key. If India gets Watson and Warner early (maximum by 30-40 runs) then I cant see anyone else in the Aussie line up taking on the Indian spinners. This australian T-20 team is like the Indian ODI team of the late 90s. Heavily dependent on the openers.The rest only make up the numbers.

  • POSTED BY IndCricFan2013 on | September 27, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Drop Shewag and get Harbajan in. I would open with Gambhir and Rohit. Kohli and Raina should come in 3/4 depending on who gets out to keep left/right going. They 4 should be playing mtop 4, most of the balls. Dhoni at 5 and Yuvi/Shewag/Tiwary at 6, Irfan at 7, Ashwin at 8, Harbajan/Chawla at 9, Zaheer at 10 and Balaji/Dinda at 11. The only issue/consideration is that Shewag is (only) best in sub continent pitches. He might click, if there is a place to take risk at 6.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 27, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    @Chris_P on (September 26 2012, 23:37 PM GMT) - there's also the small matter of the 1987 World Cup & the 2006/07 Champ Trophy. They were fairly useful wins!

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    India 'll win comfortably

  • POSTED BY T20WC on | September 27, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Meety, I predict that Sehwag will slog sweep Cummins for 4 sixes in the first four balls, and then slash him past point for two fours, as usual the Aussie camp will loose everything and India will end up with 1/251 with Sehwag with a common ton, and Gambhir and Kholi with 50 each, (and 51 wides from Watto). And of course the spin duo of Ashwin and Harbhajan will rip through the Aussie order with 5 each. Aussies all out for 99 with George Bailey, not out on 49.

  • POSTED BY Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on | September 27, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    haq33 :a) That clearly shows your cricketing knowledge which i pity on. b) every time our player rips your team apart than they get into musuem because the next guy eagerly waits to add more salt to the wound. Dont worry coming sunday will give you a museum tour.

  • POSTED BY rod77 on | September 27, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Good night Keep on dreaming meety.

  • POSTED BY sampu_sheikh on | September 27, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    My Indian team for Australia's match: Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan, Dinda. India should have 3 main spinners along with 2 part timers in Yuvraj and Rohit. If pace seems to dominate the match, Kohli can bowl a couple of medium pace overs. India can't afford to play just 4 specialist bowlers against a team like Australia which is why I have dropped Raina. He seems to be the out of form player.

  • POSTED BY pavel22441 on | September 27, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    .watson,warner.hussey,white, the top 4 aussie batsman are star performer in ipl, against indian spinner, even captain bailey is a csk player, so nothing to worry about indian spin bowling.if david hussey play, he is also a master of hitting sixes against spin. Do not forget he took 23 in one over in super over against ashwin in champion league. Even low order chirstian also did well against indian spin in ipl.

  • POSTED BY torsha on | September 27, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Hey Atif Hussain, let me tell u one thing, whatever result will come on this match but u guys get ready to lose on sunday. BTW this game will be cracker.

  • POSTED BY Balochtiger99 on | September 27, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    "Old Foe" give me a break... look at their record against India.. They are not freaking rivals from any look. everyother series they beaten the hell out of them and still want to be looked as the uper class of the cricketing league. India was a mediocre team and it will stay that way in the forseeable future.. still dont believe me.. do you remember their last two outings 0-4 vs Eng and 0-4 vs Aus??

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    gonna be a Great game Indians will win but gonna be close ,,,If Watto is gone in 2 to 4 overs Indain hav aChance,,,the rest of Aussie has been like not able ,,,

  • POSTED BY gummadv on | September 27, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    India is very strong in sub-continent which was proved in World Cup. If pitch assists spin bowling they can only be beaten by two or three great performances. One can hit Patan or Zaheer and spinners out of attack but risk is also huge.

  • POSTED BY Angry_Bowler on | September 27, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Bajji one win over the moon just wait Oz will bring him down to where pak thrashed him in the warmup match.

  • POSTED BY sammysam on | September 27, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Your dreamin Meety. Watson will get bowled for a first ball duck Warner is a goner and india will cruise to victory. If anyone is going to smash 6 sixes its going to be Dhoni off Cummins.

  • POSTED BY KenyaDigIt on | September 27, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    n'aww...poor aussies. At least Watson acknowledged earlier that Ireland are now on par with Australia

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | September 26, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    @sonipatX1 You asked for an example, go check Australia's one day efforts against India over there in 2009 (4-2 to Aust), and with a virtual 2nd XI! There are no constants here, just form on the day, especially in T20!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 26, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    I predict Watto will slog sweep the Turbanator for 6 sixes in the first over of the match, this will cause panic amongst the Indian bowlers & Oz will cruise to 3/250, with Watto getting a rare ton. Then the Indian batsmen (except Kohli), will wilt under the shock & awe pace of Cummins & Starc & fold for 100 with Kohli not out 60. First salvo for next years test series - LOL!

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | September 26, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    Yes I agree with may others i.e., once Aus lose 3 wkts they will plunge deep to Indian spinners like Eng plunged. All non-sub-continental teams would. But remember it was IPathan who grabbed the initial 2 wkts against Eng. India needs those early wlkts against Aus to win. Zaheer of today would be thrashed any team. Dinda is not experienced yet. IPathan+Balaji+ surprise 1 or 2 overs from Kholi are enough in the pace dept for India. Since Ashwin can bowl in new ball, it should not be a lot of worry handling new ball. India should play to their strength which is *spin*. So I strongly suggest India play Ashwin+Bajji+Piyush. In the batting dept, Sehwag techniques have been analyzed for too long by Aus that even Aus kid knows how to bowl to him. Gambhir is a proven failure against Aus pace attack and I would bring Tiwary in the XI (fielding and batting). I would open with 2 out of IPathan/Tiwary/Ashwin/Harbajan. Let them have a go. That would upset/waste Aus plans against Sehwag/Gambhir

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | September 26, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Harby is a great bowler, love watching him play. Can go over the top. Maybe Aussies have a bad rep as sledgers, (we didn't invent it, sledging has been around since before W.G. Grace) but we don't slap our team mates. But he is a good bowler, always lifts himself against Australia. Furthermore, it is always interesting to watch Australia play spin, we either play it really well or really poorly. Should be a good game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    I've seen a fair amount of T20 matches, but the semi-final between these two teams in 2007 World Championship has got to be one of the best matches ever. Even though the win margin was 20 runs, and the game did not extend to the last ball (It was practically over by the end of the 19th over), the aggro, the clean bowled, the fielding, and the shots from Hayden, Gilly, Yuvraj and Uthuppa were unbelievable. The tension in the air, the occasion etc havd definitely made it one of the best. You would have seen better batting, bowling and fielding in other separate matches, but in that match, everything was top class, by both sides. Hoping for something similar on Friday.

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back on | September 26, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Cricket is not tiddly winks, in competitive sports players attempt to undernine their opposition's confidence. We see this in the Olympics for heavens sake, think cycling or swimming for example. If your best effort is to mock someone's appearance, I mean if you are that bad at it then I suppose you have to claim it's unfair, unsporting, unprovoked wah wah wah, it was provoked by stepping into competitive sport.

  • POSTED BY CaptainKool on | September 26, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    It is unusual to see Hussey making such comments. If anyone in that team have done that, I would have understand. Harbhajan is a lot more mature now than he was before, so there won't be much aggression this time.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Gud Luck 0z team come hard against Indian team.Want to see u wining against Indians Good Luck Australia from Team Pakistan

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | September 26, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Eat sleep plAy cricket - I mean CURRENT Match winners, not your museum line up.

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | September 26, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Australia won against Ind/Pak/SL in sub continent when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister of India.

  • POSTED BY intcamd on | September 26, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    It seems the set up is to reward the 2nd place guys and penalize the winners, or how else can you explain Ind/Aus/SA/Pak in one group and all the runners up in the other group? Something smells here

  • POSTED BY mazii on | September 26, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Lets see who wins, but my good wishes are with India. If Australia able to pick Kohli earlier then they have the chance, otherwise, we all know Australia don't play spin better. On the other hand, Aussies are very professional and each one of them knows their role very well and they will come hard against India. Indian bowling is below par. I'm not saying out of biasness, in fact, Indian bowlers really have to bowl their heart out against two W's and hussy. Hopefully, India wins and Pakistan meets India in the finals. Best of luck India. Pak fan.

  • POSTED BY HawksEyeFocused on | September 26, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Summary after the match!!! Aus win convincingly!!! It's a cake walk for them!!!

  • POSTED BY Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on | September 26, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    @ haq33: LOL. Ever heard of Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Gambir, Sehwag, Rohit, in t20? Keep dreaming and analyzing until Sunday and you will see the match winners.

  • POSTED BY Lala_Amarnath on | September 26, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    If AUS bat first, India bowlers need to use the moisture and swing the ball. 3 Wickets for less than 50 runs, restrict to 150 or so, comfortably achieve it. Ashwin will certainly trouble AUS batsmen. India fielding will hold key - need to take all catches. Raina, Rohit should avoid the cross bat.

  • POSTED BY kriketluva on | September 26, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    You know the aussies have no shame. They are the inventors of sledgers and admit they will never stop sledging. Harbajan will defend himself against them. Or are they the only ones allowed to dish it out. They have always sledged and could not win without it. If you look at how mcgrath would do it to sarwan notice how he speaks under his breath as he passes Sarwan and then he works himself into a rage as Sarwan defends himself. Ask Graeme Smith about them. I say they have no shame. Should they shut up they would lose. Go on Harbajan, give them a good dose of their own medicine.

  • POSTED BY sonipatX1 on | September 26, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    @hawkseye..watever....dominance....wat....any subcontinent tournament u can recall where the aussies dominated....it going to be one way traffic...all INDIA's way....watch out...

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | September 26, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Aussie players already started mind games.....but Harbhajan will strike once against Australia......just like India are labelled as flat track bullies( only 2 series they lost badly since 2001)...Australia too are home track bullies who got beaten by West Indies in West Indies & England in England.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | September 26, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    @2011WorldCup - Not fast track bullies. say straight bouncing ball bullies. it the ball swings even 1 inch then oz can't play. if it spin then also they can't play. if ball is slow and low than also they can't play. they can play only when it's up to a comfortable height and doesn't swing. agree with you spot on mate.

  • POSTED BY sittuv on | September 26, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    every one shut up and see the match on friday

  • POSTED BY SRAM20 on | September 26, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Whooohoooo...!!! Now we are called as the initiators of sledging. Coming from an Australian, this is awesome. Finally, India have struck back and made the masters of sledging call us as the initiators. Good going Bhajji (and Sreesanth too). By the way, this time Bhajji should fully focus on his bowling and not resort to words. But if the Aussies invoke him, he should give it back to them.

    Hope Bhaj plays this game. Him and Ashwin will be awesome combo. Ashwin can be the tie up bowler, with Bhaj as the aggressor. Ashwin should bowl in the Powerplay, when there is less chance of Hussey to bat. Hussey knows Ashwin well... It will be a great battle. With Gambhir coming into form and with Yuvi, Raina, MSD and Rohit Sharma, India are well set for a good tournament (touch wood)

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | September 26, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    how funny that australians r talking about sledging from harbhajan ignoring the fact that their whole team is famous for sledging be it watson,warner or their bowlers ,except for hussey and hogg they r known to abuse regularly,so plz stop these stupid mind games and concentrate on ur games

  • POSTED BY BattosaiXX on | September 26, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    @2011WorldCup Australia cant play swing?? Dude get your facts rights. Australia only weakness is spin and with India quality of bowling it does not really matter. Its a contest of Well all rounded Australia team vs Best batting team India. And people talking nonsence. India line up from is made of Match winners. But batting can only take you so far in the tournament.

  • POSTED BY Raginggbull on | September 26, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Mr.Hussey, you too.. C'mon Buddy, the whole world know who is good at the sledging, I should say your team has the legacy to do this as your bowling. Veterans are Ricky and Mcgrath. even your Greg Blewett sledged the so-cool dravid. C'mon grow up and stop playing the mean mind tricks and play your game. All your team and talks shows how anxious your team is in entering this QF's. We are waiting to see a good contest in ground only. India will route out the crying aussies.

  • POSTED BY cooljack_143 on | September 26, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    This is simple guys.Ind bt Aus(Yuvraj factor),,Ind bt Pak(tradition in WC) not offensive.SA bt Ind(stein factor);;Pak bt Aus (ajmal factor) ,Pak bt SA(ajmal factor),Ind bt Pak(umar gul factor ,poor fielding);; ,SA bt Ind,Pak bt SA,Aus bt SA;; Aus bt SA(collective play), pak bt Aus, Ind bt Aus.... Finally my favorite teams Ind & pak go to semis & hope they meet again in Finals..Then I don't care who wins , but tradition of WC always favors which team ????

  • POSTED BY arunsahu on | September 26, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    We all talking abt bhajji and ashwin but the main wicket-taker who is bowling well is irfan pathan.. and in the batting with kohili its raina who is performing tat well... include ashwing in tat list there are four and five match winners for india so need not worry abt pak,aus or sa.... we will be in semi's ..........

  • POSTED BY Sehwagism on | September 26, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    @Inet Surfur, Not fast track bullies. say straight bouncing ball bullies. it the ball swings even 1 inch then oz can't play. if it spin then also they can't play. if ball is slow and low than also they can't play. they can play only when it's up to a comfortable height and doesn't swing.

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | September 26, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Dont know what all the fuss is about, every team has players who like a chat during the game - good on em. Anyone notice how all the winners from the group stages are in this group of the super 8!

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 26, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Ha ha... the mighty aussies too scared now. You talk about bhajji, but ur real tormentor will be Ashwin. good luck.

  • POSTED BY Rulaniya on | September 26, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Whenver i watched warner he alaways smashed ashwin, but the real danger for indian spinners is watson, this guy has natural ability of destroy any spinner on any pitch, i am indian fan but this is a fact, any comment??

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | September 26, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Let's get real....if aus get Kohli out cheap, it's game over. India have no other match winners. Aus, RSA and Pak each have several proven match winners.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Aussie talking about sledging. Lol. Dada already expressed Aussies mind game start by 25th. So Team India, be focussed. Really all top teams in one group and tough fight. If Windies in place of Aussie in this pool, there comes great matches.

  • POSTED BY HawksEyeFocused on | September 26, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Being a neutral observer and analyst, the match between Aus and Ind will be just a cake walk for the former as they will continue to keep their dominance on the latter!!!

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | September 26, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    LOL Australians talking about sledging? now thats a joke!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Really... Harbhajan is the sledger now... coming from the inventors of sledging, this is below the belt :) Expect this to be a needle match... Weak or Strong Aussies can never be taken lightly... and Indians either do really well or reallyl bad against them.. no middle ground... Cracker!

  • POSTED BY captainzaibee on | September 26, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    well, i am a Pakistani and i agree that Pak, Ind, Aus and SA in one group means its a damn tough group... Ind needs to take the three wickets (aus openers and mike hussey) whereas Aus will req to take Kohli out of the way....... Lets hope for a great match b/w two great teams!!

  • POSTED BY nikhil2244 on | September 26, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I think Harbhajan should be dropped in the match against Aussies. His verbal banter is unbearable

  • POSTED BY rahuldravid_mr.cricket on | September 26, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    well d bigger worry wud b how 2 get kohli out....he is just unstoppable...he is d best batsman in any format....but he wud get out early vs south africans....steyn is eyeing kohlis wicket....nd he hs found a fault in his technique...as describd by him in an interview he said kohli is a great future prospect but he often gets across d line which is wat steyn is aiming for....will luv 2 c steyn vs kohli....but i wish steyn wins...even though i m n indian...but i luv steyn more...but only one guy who cn hit out steyn and co. is virender sehwag...he is out of form but if he sticks around he can hit steyn out of d park...so i wud put my money on india nd kohli vs australia nd pakistan...but against south africa its gonna b south africa n d d one nd only dale steyn...i just want 2 meet him 1nce in lifetym

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Aussies are afraid of Harbhagan.....Aussies are the creators of sledging ....Bhagi is simply uses their creation better

  • POSTED BY Armchair_Expert on | September 26, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    It is the Aussie contorted way of accepting that they are worried about Bhajji - their real inner fears are his form current and what he could potentially do to theirhopes of a win against India - the classic freudian slip !

    In what will defintely be a close match, Aussies are fighting hard to ease their nerves ahead of the game.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | September 26, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Aus are back to old ways. Concentrating more on sledging. But beware, Harbhajan Singh Ver 2.0 is more focused on the game than anything else. I am guessing that the Aus want to sledge the Indian batsmen out of the game. It will not work though. Virat will give them a mouthful by letting his bat do the talking. India should field the same team that they did for the last game, except for 2 changes. Balaji, Dinda out. Zaheer and Sehwag in.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | September 26, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    This is T20, any team can win as always. Time period of an innings is so small that a person cannot even complete a sentence if sledging.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | September 26, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Too much hype on harbhajan singh...worrying signs for india...

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    I hope Harbhajan focuses on his bowling. Thinking & rethinking -- adjusting, adapting and adopting ... to suit each situation...each batsmen...each over... each ball... Play the mind game through the ball, the way Ajanta (SL) & Sunil (WI) do. At least while bowling , let the other boys do the talking if needed. I prefer if the bowlers don't do it; as it distracts bowler's own energy more than that of the target. If his "supplementary inputs" are needed, he can provide that, when he is NOT bowling!

  • POSTED BY Patrick_ on | September 26, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    This is funny. The guys who are famous for sledging now complaints about that ?

  • POSTED BY bestofluckindia on | September 26, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    MS Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Kohli, Yuvi, Bhajji, Gauti each one of them thrive on this kind of physiological drama coz they have seen one and all in IPL. Specially the CSK guys coz they have more often than not played fearless cricket to get to top 4. I am sure MS will be laughing on this article.

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | September 26, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Why are the 4 best teams in one group, and the 4 other teams in one group?? It makes no sense. Unless 3 teams go through from this group, and only 1 team from the other group. That would make sense and reward performances in the qualifying round

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    If history is anything to go by, t20 matches are a bit of a lottery and require fearlessness almost bordering on arrogance. I don't see the current Indian team members having those qualities, save a few players like Kohli and Ashwin. It ill be a miracle if India can beat even two out of these three teams

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | September 26, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Nothing of this sort will happen. They all are IPL friends now. This is just another media hype.

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | September 26, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    This put physiological pressure on indian team before the match start.. the indian team need to market themself their preparation against other team.

  • POSTED BY cricjaffa on | September 26, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    I am sure there wont be any sledging or provocative behavior from Harbhajan. Michael Hussey and the Australian team are creating a hype before the match which i am sure wil be a close game. The Indian team on the other end have their share of problems with Sehwag's fitness and with poor form of Zaheer khan, they will be least bothered about firing some verbal salvos at you Mr Hussey !!.

  • POSTED BY androyuvi on | September 26, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Leave Harbhajan.. What answers do you have for real aggressive player - Ashwin? Lets wait and watch!

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Look who is talking about sledging,

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Damn , this is a tough group.India will need a mini miracle to go through.But one might do well to recollect that these were the very teams India beat in 2007 to lift the cup.They need to display the same fearlessness and nothing to lose attitude, which I think this team lacks, if they should have any chance at all.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Stop the verbal banter Huss!

    Just in case the Colombo pitch is a turner, I would love to see how the Fast Track bullies play India.

    Also lets see how Aussies respond once top 2 wickets fall quickly!

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | September 26, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Seems like only Harbajan is a SLEDGER. Hey, the whole AUS team are like that. Apart from Watson and Warner Ind has very least to worry about.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 26, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    LOL, i'm sure bhajji will get kicked out of the team again if he resorts to his past ways, that too with just one good performance on a turning track against mediocre batsmen shouldn't change his mindset, keep calm and play well is the order of the day!!

  • POSTED BY srisharma_12 on | September 26, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Harbhajan Singh shall open the batting and bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    lol Bhajji the Singh King already worrying the aussies.... speaks alot about his character nd greatness nd the dominance he had over the aussies for more than a decade....especially wen aussies were in there prime !!!!!

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | September 26, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Brilliant mind game Mr.Cricket and that is why I'm a die-hard fan of you. You have put Bhajji on the line even b4 a ball is bowled, now Bhajji has to find a way out, having said that he saves his best for Aussies, much like Lax..so can expect a good War (if not of words)..Its simply the Aussie bowlers vs India's top order..Starc, Patty n Watto are a handful and those 8 overs will test India. I dont see much of a problem for Aussies to handle Ashwin, Bhajji, they have done that enough in 5 IPLs and had plenty of success. heart says India..but!!!

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | September 26, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    It is amazing how every undefeated team are lumped into the one group and every team that lost once in the group stages are in the other. The grouping system for the Super Eights has to change next time. And a similar system should never be used for any other multilateral cricket tournament (World Cup, Champions Trophy/League, etc.).

  • POSTED BY 360review on | September 26, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Well said Michael Hussey but alas too late. Only if you had shown such wisdom during 2008 and talked to Symonds about it. Its also funny to read how Australian are back again at mind-games, focusing more on sledging (Warner) than cricket itself. I guess you can never teach new tricks to old dogs.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    hussy :D beware buddy.... u won't b able to guess the turning ball.... warner... well he just gives a kitchen sink.. no technique :D :D watso is gud bt his stupid aggression will b stumped by Indian attack... both with bat n ball :D :D

  • POSTED BY lordrudraksh on | September 26, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    how will the tackle ashwin

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  • POSTED BY lordrudraksh on | September 26, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    how will the tackle ashwin

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    hussy :D beware buddy.... u won't b able to guess the turning ball.... warner... well he just gives a kitchen sink.. no technique :D :D watso is gud bt his stupid aggression will b stumped by Indian attack... both with bat n ball :D :D

  • POSTED BY 360review on | September 26, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Well said Michael Hussey but alas too late. Only if you had shown such wisdom during 2008 and talked to Symonds about it. Its also funny to read how Australian are back again at mind-games, focusing more on sledging (Warner) than cricket itself. I guess you can never teach new tricks to old dogs.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | September 26, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    It is amazing how every undefeated team are lumped into the one group and every team that lost once in the group stages are in the other. The grouping system for the Super Eights has to change next time. And a similar system should never be used for any other multilateral cricket tournament (World Cup, Champions Trophy/League, etc.).

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | September 26, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Brilliant mind game Mr.Cricket and that is why I'm a die-hard fan of you. You have put Bhajji on the line even b4 a ball is bowled, now Bhajji has to find a way out, having said that he saves his best for Aussies, much like Lax..so can expect a good War (if not of words)..Its simply the Aussie bowlers vs India's top order..Starc, Patty n Watto are a handful and those 8 overs will test India. I dont see much of a problem for Aussies to handle Ashwin, Bhajji, they have done that enough in 5 IPLs and had plenty of success. heart says India..but!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    lol Bhajji the Singh King already worrying the aussies.... speaks alot about his character nd greatness nd the dominance he had over the aussies for more than a decade....especially wen aussies were in there prime !!!!!

  • POSTED BY srisharma_12 on | September 26, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Harbhajan Singh shall open the batting and bowling.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 26, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    LOL, i'm sure bhajji will get kicked out of the team again if he resorts to his past ways, that too with just one good performance on a turning track against mediocre batsmen shouldn't change his mindset, keep calm and play well is the order of the day!!

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | September 26, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Seems like only Harbajan is a SLEDGER. Hey, the whole AUS team are like that. Apart from Watson and Warner Ind has very least to worry about.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Stop the verbal banter Huss!

    Just in case the Colombo pitch is a turner, I would love to see how the Fast Track bullies play India.

    Also lets see how Aussies respond once top 2 wickets fall quickly!