India v Australia, 1st Test, Mohali September 30, 2010

Advantage India at favoured venue

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Match Facts

Friday, October 1, Mohali
Start time 9:30am (0400 GMT)

The Big Picture

A Test series between India and Australia should be enough to whet the appetite of any cricket fan. But is that true of a contest spanning only two matches? We're about to find out. The abbreviated nature of the trip notwithstanding, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is up for grabs. India are the holders after their 2-0 win at home this time two years ago, but much has changed since then. Australia entered that tour ranked No. 1 among Test teams and India were third. MS Dhoni's men are now at the top of the list, while the Australians have slipped to fourth. If Australia lose the series, they'll fall to fifth and begin the Ashes ranked lower than England.

There are several fascinating subplots in this series. Will Harbhajan Singh continue to mesmerise Ricky Ponting? How will Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, Test cricket's highest scorers, fare in what could be their final series against each other? Can Rahul Dravid find a way to dominate Australia, a team that has had his measure since 2004? Will Nathan Hauritz hold his own against the world's best players of spin? Is Marcus North on his last chance? And what controversy will arise?

India haven't lost a Test series for two years and, despite drawing their last two, have so much talent in their batting line-up that it is hard to see how Australia can win. That is especially true of the first Test in Mohali, where India have lost only once, winning thrice and drawing five Tests. Can 20 wickets come from Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger and Hauritz? Australia can dream, but India are unquestionably the favourites.

Form guide

India WDLWL
Australia LWWWW

Watch out for...

It has been a heady couple of years for Suresh Raina. In that period, he has managed to force his way back from the wilderness through some compelling performances in the IPL, and done well in the shorter formats for India. Injury to Yuvraj Singh gave him a rare opening into Test cricket and he latched on with a fine debut century against Sri Lanka. That innings was testimony Raina's mental fortitude but, coming as it did on a flat track against a friendly attack, it did not say much about his technical prowess. Questions remain over Raina's ability to handle the bouncer and the next few months, including a tour to South Africa, offer him a chance to address those concerns. At some point over the next five days, Johnson and co. are going to test Raina with the short stuff, possibly with the help of the second new ball. How will he respond?

Since Shane Watson stepped into the opening role during last year's Ashes, only Simon Katich and Michael Clarke have scored more Test runs for Australia. Last time Australia played Tests in India, Watson was making his long-awaited return to the baggy green and slotted in as a useful, if not outstanding, No. 6. He will be wary of Ishant Sharma's ability to jag the ball back in; that angle has been a weakness for Watson at the top of the order. Stuart Broad and Graham Onions repeatedly trapped him lbw using that method last year and three of his four dismissals against Pakistan in July also came against the ball moving in. But Watson has started the tour well, with a century in each innings of the warm-up game, and will look to use this trip to add to his one Test hundred.

Team news

An injury to Harbhajan has cast a cloud over India's hopes of having their first-choice attack back in action, following endless fitness issues in Sri Lanka. Dhoni said India will take a call on the offspinner on Friday morning. If Harbhajan does not make the cut, Pragyan Ojha will assume the role of lead spinner. Mohali's seamer-friendly reputation gives Sreesanth an opportunity to make the final XI as the third fast bowler, ahead of legspinner Amit Mishra. The batsmen pick themselves and, barring last-minute fitness issues, M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are likely to sit out.

India (possible) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 8 Harbhajan Singh / Amit Mishra / Sreesanth, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Pragyan Ojha

Australia are waiting to see how well Doug Bollinger and Michael Hussey train after their last-minute dash to India from the Champions League in South Africa. However, it would be a surprise if either man was left out. The only change from the team that lost to Pakistan at Headingley in July is likely to be the inclusion of Nathan Hauritz, who has recovered from his foot injury, at the expense of Steven Smith.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Marcus North, 7 Tim Paine (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Nathan Hauritz, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Doug Bollinger.

Pitch and conditions

The Australians spotted a tinge of green on the pitch after heavy rain in Mohali, adding to the likelihood they would play just one specialist spinner. However, there is a chance the normally quick surface might play a little slower than usual due to the weather. It was here two years ago that Peter Siddle announced himself by thumping Gautam Gambhir on the helmet with his first ball in Test cricket. Dhoni admitted the difficulty in predicting how the pitch would play. "We will have to see the wicket tomorrow. It looks a bit damp, it's been watered a bit. It looks like a good track. There may by a bit of skid for the fast bowlers," he said.

Stats and trivia

  • Over the last ten years, Australia have lost more Tests to India than they have won. India are the only team that can boast of this record over Australia for the decade

  • During that period, Australia are the only team to have beaten India in a series at home

  • No bowler has dismissed Ricky Ponting more times in Test cricket than Harbhajan Singh, who has claimed his wicket on 10 occasions

  • With the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan is now the leading wicket-taker among active Test spinners, with 357

  • Michael Hussey and Simon Katich, who started their careers as opponents in Under-13s cricket in Perth, begin this series each having played 52 Tests and each having scored exactly 3981 runs

    Quotes

    "It doesn't matter on whom the pressure is. At the end of the day, you are expected to win if you are playing at home. Your ranking doesn't matter here much."
    MS Dhoni is not too caught up with the rankings

    "It is going to be a very big test for our bowlers and for me as a captain. India is the No. 1 team in the world and they are there for a reason."
    Ricky Ponting, on the other hand, is not losing sight of India's standing

    "Whenever I play against the Aussies and perform, I feel good. I will try to perform even better this time so that next time when the next series happens they should again take my name first."
    Harbhajan Singh gears up to play his favourite opposition

    Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY zapper22 on | October 1, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai---surely need to improve your comprehension and analytical skills...your argument that indian matched the aussies in the last decade is a fallacy and it was pointed out....Surely, going by your previous comments, i did think that you are a 10 year old,but your latest post confirmed the same.

  • POSTED BY m.a.khokhar on | October 1, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    India and Australia.. hmmmmmm. A very good series coming up . Being a Pakistani am a huge fan f indian batting and indian captain but their bowling...? Well i think the bowlers win u the test matches by taking 20 wickets ,apart of harbhajan no body loo like threatening to aussies batting line up. Pakistan have given them a tough fight to draw the series coz of their outstanding bowlers . Its really unbelievable than in 1.2 billion population there isnt one bowler who can bowl around 150km/h .if they have one then the results of series is 2-0

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    i hope that india will win the matches we need sachin and we need some spiners.Dravid and RAnia needs to improve their batting.................pointing is out of form..this year austalian bowls weak.....india is great giving chance to pujara and m. vijay

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Hahaahaha really these comments make me laugh,india favourites ojha will be better than harbhajan, common. I really feel sorry for indian cricket & indian cricket fans,at the time when each indian cricket fan is planning tactics in mind as how to win the series,indian players are thinking about ipl3 auction they are thinking how much money they will get. SOO dont get surprised if dravid tries to go after bowling laxman shows he is good t20 player & they are right this is last chance to prove to their buyers they are worth more. Good team india earn money & that is good lesson for fans to remember money comes frist. Good luck for ur auction team india...

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 1, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    @zapper22, even this time aussies dont have alan border, dean jones, ian healey....so indians have a great chance.....isnt it? hey, also bradman is not there....so ddefinitely we have a bright chance. what say?

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 1, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    ....even if ind loses to aus in this match...no worries it would still be a clean game.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 1, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    thank god we dont have tainters in the team...even if we lose no worries...great effort.

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | October 1, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    I bet Ohja will take more wickets then Harbhajan. Harbhajan will have a poor series and should make way for Mishra or Ashwin. "Shanthakumaran "Reverse-Swing" Sreesanth would had been way better choice than Ishant "Run like a giraffe and throw half way down the pitch" he also have this huge no-ball problem. About time they drop Ishant.........

  • POSTED BY roy_sundalangi on | October 1, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    I am a cricket fan from Indonesia. I learned to play cricket 25 years ago in Pune/India when in high school. I picked up the game again in 2002 in Perth/Australia while doing my post-grad, since then I followed the cricket thru cricinfo. I'm a cricket fan of both Oz & India. I think this is going to be a good series, though short it may be. The chances are 50% draw, 25% for India and 25% for Australia.

  • POSTED BY jiten27 on | October 1, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    my sugessiton is that give chance to pujara and m.vijay. let sit down rahul dravid and laxman. they played lot against to aussi. try new blood.leave ashwin for a odi. he is very good compare to other spinner. they should call piyush chawla . he is a perfect allrounder. he is very good at bat too.

  • POSTED BY zapper22 on | October 1, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai---surely need to improve your comprehension and analytical skills...your argument that indian matched the aussies in the last decade is a fallacy and it was pointed out....Surely, going by your previous comments, i did think that you are a 10 year old,but your latest post confirmed the same.

  • POSTED BY m.a.khokhar on | October 1, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    India and Australia.. hmmmmmm. A very good series coming up . Being a Pakistani am a huge fan f indian batting and indian captain but their bowling...? Well i think the bowlers win u the test matches by taking 20 wickets ,apart of harbhajan no body loo like threatening to aussies batting line up. Pakistan have given them a tough fight to draw the series coz of their outstanding bowlers . Its really unbelievable than in 1.2 billion population there isnt one bowler who can bowl around 150km/h .if they have one then the results of series is 2-0

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    i hope that india will win the matches we need sachin and we need some spiners.Dravid and RAnia needs to improve their batting.................pointing is out of form..this year austalian bowls weak.....india is great giving chance to pujara and m. vijay

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Hahaahaha really these comments make me laugh,india favourites ojha will be better than harbhajan, common. I really feel sorry for indian cricket & indian cricket fans,at the time when each indian cricket fan is planning tactics in mind as how to win the series,indian players are thinking about ipl3 auction they are thinking how much money they will get. SOO dont get surprised if dravid tries to go after bowling laxman shows he is good t20 player & they are right this is last chance to prove to their buyers they are worth more. Good team india earn money & that is good lesson for fans to remember money comes frist. Good luck for ur auction team india...

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 1, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    @zapper22, even this time aussies dont have alan border, dean jones, ian healey....so indians have a great chance.....isnt it? hey, also bradman is not there....so ddefinitely we have a bright chance. what say?

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 1, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    ....even if ind loses to aus in this match...no worries it would still be a clean game.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 1, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    thank god we dont have tainters in the team...even if we lose no worries...great effort.

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | October 1, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    I bet Ohja will take more wickets then Harbhajan. Harbhajan will have a poor series and should make way for Mishra or Ashwin. "Shanthakumaran "Reverse-Swing" Sreesanth would had been way better choice than Ishant "Run like a giraffe and throw half way down the pitch" he also have this huge no-ball problem. About time they drop Ishant.........

  • POSTED BY roy_sundalangi on | October 1, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    I am a cricket fan from Indonesia. I learned to play cricket 25 years ago in Pune/India when in high school. I picked up the game again in 2002 in Perth/Australia while doing my post-grad, since then I followed the cricket thru cricinfo. I'm a cricket fan of both Oz & India. I think this is going to be a good series, though short it may be. The chances are 50% draw, 25% for India and 25% for Australia.

  • POSTED BY jiten27 on | October 1, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    my sugessiton is that give chance to pujara and m.vijay. let sit down rahul dravid and laxman. they played lot against to aussi. try new blood.leave ashwin for a odi. he is very good compare to other spinner. they should call piyush chawla . he is a perfect allrounder. he is very good at bat too.

  • POSTED BY RockingIndian on | October 1, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    @klobania even if My country loses the series i don be a shockin indian rather i do appreciate ma warriors efforts rather than watching the live spot fixing scandal over television like yu guys;)

  • POSTED BY nikita_karthick on | October 1, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    My point of view, Indian bowling to tail-enders will be the crucial factor of the series. By paper and statistics India is far more better team but its all about application. Dravid and Raina need to prove..... Ponting has been out of form..Not a great Austalian bowling attack! make shift w/K.... Yes India are the favorite but all about application.

  • POSTED BY ashwinsanth on | October 1, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    I hope india rocks the aussies. they do have a good pace bowling attack but we do have a solid batting unit. good contest on the hands. Hoping to spend the last week before I go to my first job watching fascinating cricket...

  • POSTED BY zapper22 on | October 1, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Indians deserved to be no. 1 ---thats a debate...You need to win series to be considered a No.1 team...winning an odd match and loosing a series does not make anyone No.1...And how much of away cricket has India played since the tour of australia in 2007-08? Hardly any. And i find it funny when indian fans say--"-o look we won a match in SA though we lost the series, and we drew 1-1 with SA at home so we deserve to be No.1 " or when they keep on harping about how they were done in by umpiring in the sydney test else the series would have ended 1-1 (well then why dosennt the indian board employ the UDRS if they feel they lost a test because of the umpires and not because of the incompetence of their 3 batsman who got out to Michaal Clarke in the space of 5 deliveries) or the fact that the Indian team has not beaten SL away since 1993. When the aussies or WI were ranked No.1 it was because they were sweeping the opposition unlike India who make it to the top basis a dodgy ranking system.

  • POSTED BY zapper22 on | October 1, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    @Karthik --- Indian matching Australia in the last decade??? Well except for the 2-1 series win of 2001, Indians never faced the first choice bowling attack of australia...In the 2003-04 series there was no Mcgrath, now Warne, and Lee was returning from an injury lay-off. In 2003-04 when they faced the first choice bowling attack, the indian captain chickened out from facing them on a green wicket, and India went on to loose quite easily...And the last 2 times they played, the aussie greats like Mcgrath, Warne, Gillespie had already retired or were out off international cricket...and of the 2 series India won 1 and lost 1... so the point that india were the only team to match up to the aussies in the last decade is a fallacy...

  • POSTED BY Woody111 on | October 1, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    Sounds like the pitch for the first test will be more pace-friendly which will advantage Aus. Sharma still isn't bowling in the form he arrived in Aus with so alot depends on Zaheer - Sreesanth is too erratic and emotional to trouble batsmen for long periods. Ohja looks a very good spinner so India have the spin advantage whoever plays for them. Test cricket is alive and well!

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    I wanna see ASWIN in this test match.......

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | October 1, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    Oh I could see Yuviraj crying in other side why not selected. Small kid knows why you have not selected. Don't assume yourself, you are fixed there. First perform then think about. We are still searching old Yuvi, not good as a good fielder at least as a batman.

    There are so many with disciplines and fighting to get places: Pujara, Badri, Karthik, Tiwary, Rahane, Abhisheik. Please join with Rohit and celebrate night lifes.

    Test squad need good revamp now like Aussie do, otherwise, future team is ?

  • POSTED BY swamistyle on | October 1, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    People say that outside of the Ashes, test cricket is dead. Well wot chance does it have when the BCCI puts 2gether this shambles of a series? Aus v Ind should be one the great contests in world cricket & yet only 2 tests are being played, 1 of which is at a ridulously under-qualified venue. If they played a proper 5 test series in Mumbai, Kolkota, Bangalore, Chennai & Delhi (after the commonwealth games), I guarantee u the crowds will pack the stadia every day & we would be celebrating the renaissance of test cricket. But of course this will neva happen; politics, greed & self interest have destroyed cricket in India. Cmon BCCI, have the guts to give it a go - u mite be surprised with the outcome & would go a long way to restoring the world's faith in the integrity of this gr8 game & reduce everyones cynicism agst Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    If Harbhajan is not able to make it for injury Ashwin should be given a chance. Who knows? He may prove to be a better weapon against Aussies!

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    After the the two test series in England - one featuring Australia and other England against Pakistan which had brought cricket to its lowest thanks to allegations against one team we know have a series that offers a great prospect for some interesting Test Cricket - India Australia rivalry in Cricket has long over taken all other rivalries - the contest between these two countries together with the 2005 Ashes series in England has been the show case of Test cricket in recent memories. India is # 1 test side PERIOD - and Australia is the team that wants that slot back. What more can you ask of a contest

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | September 30, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    I hope India win to keep Australia's slide going in international cricket and hopefully kick the aussie selectors into gear and make them make some changes.

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | September 30, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    @Karthik_1982 you must be forgetting the 1999-2000 series in Australia. 3-0. And of course the one in i think '04 where Gilchrist and co. whopped your buts until the final test! But seriously, when are India coming back to Australia. I want to see Tendulkar and Harhajan one more time! And listen to Harsha Bogle. He is awesome.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Being an Australian I hope that we win, but regardless of the winner this is going to be a great series. India is so strong at the moment and we are starting to find our feet again. Only 4 hours to the toss!

  • POSTED BY Nobleguy on | September 30, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    I fully agree with ABP235. We should replace Harbhajan with Ashwin who proved to be a very intelligent bowler. And this is what we are looking for. Harbhajan's performance is below par and Ashwin will prove to be a very new attack. Wake up Indian selectors.

  • POSTED BY ABP235 on | September 30, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Not replacing Bhajji with Ashwin is a shame. Ashwin is a very intelligent prospect but Bhajji has remained in the team despite his poor performances consistently. And whenever Bhajji is injured or not available, he is replaced by less capable guys like Mishra or Ozha so that Bhajji's absence is felt. If they bring in a talented Ashwin, then probably Bhajji will lose his test place forever.

  • POSTED BY andnfpsfhps on | September 30, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    I predict a victory to india primarily because of their long as batting line up.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | September 30, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    @rockingindian if u really think that pak is so behind to india then i guess after being thrashed by aussies in this series u might appear as "Shocking Indian" rather than rocking indian i guess

  • POSTED BY klobania on | September 30, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    @hindh88 i think u r missing the pple like me also indicated the results against recently concluded tri-series abt indians capabilities which were exposed against 3rd string kiwis bowling attack where india failed to reach 3figure marks more than once

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Unless Mohali is a spinners wicket, I do not see India bowling out Australia twice. Ishant Sharma would not qualify for Club Cricket in most of the major playing countries except for Bangladesh. However, I agree that the only country that has a chance of winning the test is India.

  • POSTED BY hamzaboy on | September 30, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    when u people will get old u know australia is going to sweep the series 2-nil thanks GOd there are only 2 tests otherwise things could have been worse

  • POSTED BY klobania on | September 30, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai i think u need to be updated that pak has recently beaten aussies in england mind u in england n not in subcontinent dead pitches where most of ur batsmen are bulied only in dead pitches. n if pak is so behind then why on earth their stats with pak are on lower side man go n check out stats first before speaking rubbish. oh let us promise here u wont hide this time around once india will thrashed all over the park in ongoing series against aussies like u did when pak beat aussies in t20 series n test match at oval

  • POSTED BY Karthik_1982 on | September 30, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    The only team to beat and match up to the australian force in every series played in last deacde was India. Rest of the team just played hot and cold and could not maintain consistency. So ppl talking abt India not deserving No1 check the last deacde test results and you will see India right at the top. Srilanka & Pak has no match to India; if we have 2 division between Test playing nation based on result then except India all the other sub continent team will be relegated to 2nd division. So please check the stas before commenting abt India.

    India being a slow startes to any series, I dont except any winners from this series... this will end up 0-0 with 2 draws.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    The whole series depends on Toss, as the team winning the toss shall choose to bat first and neither of the team teams have beaten the other batting fourth since 2003, so the result of the all the important series comes down to the toss. If India bat first, Aussies stand no chance against them, while if Aussies win the toss, they would bat India out of the game and the game would be drawn unless India show some serious panic.

  • POSTED BY Denisha12 on | September 30, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Looking forward to some great cricket with lots of strategic bowling...

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    australia team is very strong team if indian players forght abt this might b loss match...!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    I Think This Is Going To Be A Good Series...!I Think These Grounds Are Favour To Bowlers. India Will Win The Series If The Bowlers Use The Pitch Properly.Indians Are Need To Play With Spirit And Should Be No Catch Dropped By Indians. Australia Batting Line-up Is Good And Experienced,Their Bowling Line-up Seems To Be Above Average But No Experience.Their Bowlers Will Struggle To Keep The Best & Experienced Batsmans Wickets In India.If The Aus Bowlers Take All 20 Wickets,Then Aus Will Win This Series. If Both Teams Play Well With Spirit & Their Full Strength,Then This Series Will Be Draw.In My Opinion, India Have 40% Chances To Win This Series, While Australia Have 35% Chances To Win This Series.However, There Are 25% Chances To Be Draw.Let Us See Who Is Going To Use Their Chances(I Think India)....!

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | September 30, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    @Sai Bharadwaj "Harbhajan is registering his place for next home series against Australia" I agree, how can he select himself?? he is not a selector. World Cup is just few months away, we can not afford to waste more time on Harbhajan, he already has had way too many opportunities to prove himself. Even if is preform in this test series, it does not mean that he will be any good for the team in the ODIs and T/20s. Ashwin should replace him in the ODIs n T/20s and Ohja can very well replace him in the Tests. When India wants to play 2 spinners then they can always choose between P. Chawala and Mishra.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    I FEEL IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY CLOSE SERIES WITH INDIA JUST MANAGING TO WIN 1-0!

  • POSTED BY RockingIndian on | September 30, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    I really don knw from where pak comes into picture.Don compare INDIA n OZ with Pak which struggles to score in 3 digits collectively n team which has the GREATEST FAST BOWLERS WHO CAN BOWL NO BALLS IN TEST CRICKET.Also SL a fit 4 nothin team outside their home country sud never be taken into consideration wen talkin bout No.1 side.If india doesnt have enough Bowling attack and if Indian Batsmen doesnt have stuff against quich Oz means how do they beat OZ consistenly in recent years?? Jus think before yu blabber

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Harbhajan is registering his place for next home series against australia. I hope he plays cricket nothing else. I hope the same with some of oz players.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    I am not predicting anything for this series (b/c its very difficult two gr8 teams are playing) but eagerly waiting for the series to start. I know Indian bowling is a feeble compare to the Aus but on a good day Bajji and Zaheer is very dangerous for any side and there is no doubts about IND batting line-up. If the Strong batting line-up of India fails even in one innings the Series will go to Aus and If our Bowling department gets Success in one Innings we will win the series. I wish our entire top batsman to perform well in this series with some help from the Bowlers and try to win the series.

  • POSTED BY nik_ on | September 30, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    finally some cricket. I wish there were atleast 3 tests.

  • POSTED BY Crazy_Cricket_Fan on | September 30, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    @lankan_neutral, whatz wrong with you lankans?? are you guys blind(including Sanga) ?? just see the numbers http://www.cricinfo.com/india-v-australia-2010/content/current/story/479205.html Sanga did mention that he couldn't understand how India is No.1..numbers mentioned in this link will explain...you guys try to win 'a test series at home' and A SINGLE TEST in AUS against AUS then talk..

  • POSTED BY cricarch on | September 30, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    I somehow agree with mitgop11. There are better venues than Mohali in India, with better supporting crowd that show up in good numbers. Specially when their 'Home boy' Yuvi is discarded from the team, Mohali stadium is going to be deserted. Other venues should get chances to host test matches too, which is the right test for the quality of their pitches.

  • POSTED BY cricarch on | September 30, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Long awaited series. But come on! Only two test matches!! Is BCCI afraid of loosing a test series at home? Or are they replacing tests with money-making ODIs and T20s? Someone please tell them that a two test series gets over even before it starts! We need to see some real contests and not slog-shots and cheerleader's dance!! And as for the series, I think it's India's series to loose, but I'll be watching it only for three reasons, 1. Sehwag's smashing of Johnson & Co. 2. Ponting Vs Bhajji, 3. Sachin.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    It will be a good series.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Some reitrement on cards for Australians after the end of series.Remember the Perth-WACA test where Shaun Tait announced that he would fire up the Indians and Indians will lose within 2 days.What happened then?The result was reversed.It was in India's favour.Had the Australians not cheated in Sydney Test we should have easily won the series in Australia.Though Mr Shaun Tait had to retire from Test cricket after that for some time.That's the impact of India.So watch out for some australian retirements(Johnson and Bollinger) on cards as they are going to get hammered by Sehwag,Gambhir,Tendulkar,Dravid & Laxman.Ricky Ponting as usual will be bhajji's bunny.

  • POSTED BY arunkumar_s6 on | September 30, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    I don't know whether Aussies r gonna win or the v (Indians) r gonna win. But its going to be a good series overall... Not like the third rated performances like SriLanka did in Australia thus far or like Pakistan did in Australia or such a sick thing in England. We can enjoy this series....All the best India....

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Harbhajan supposedly the leading wicket taker among active test spinners, got a long way to go catch Murali, he might never reach that spot in this lifetime.

  • POSTED BY Razor88 on | September 30, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Lot of ppl say Indians are not deserving No.1 ...... Yea we have not performed well enuf to be a Dominant Side...... But Only India Have managed a better Win lose margin over the champions ...... Keeping in Mind that India Have not performed well in bouncy pitches ..... neither have most of the other teams in Turning Pitches .... Aus, Eng and SA have not Preformed well enuf in India ..... but this year can change the mind set if India Go on winning This series and the next one in SA ..... they are deserving No.1 Team..... And Ashwin should get a Go soon ... He was By far the most threatening one in the CL than any other Spinner...... Bhajji's Peek is Done ........ He should be dropped !!!. If raina fails ..... Vijay and kholi are knocking doors to fill in...... We seriously Lack Pace ..... I seriously Hope some one like "Doug(Who joined CSK and which changed the whole side)........ I seriously Pray for Dhoni to Get an Allrounder and a Paceman soon......He can win a lot of games 4 us..

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | September 30, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    @kolbania, no worries when pak plays next....they have EARNED enough in england.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | September 30, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    someone said india is overrated and aussies are ordinary....hmm, may be compared to SL and PAK ...yes, we know the standards of these teams....SL never won a game in India. Pak won only one match against Aus in last 15 years...wow, now you know who is ordinary and over rated.

  • POSTED BY nikhilpuri on | September 30, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    @lankan neutral...Please do not make statements without backing them up with facts. you said "Please play with SA or END without any home advantage and show the world that you are #1 (I am sure you will be failed)." Secondly, look at our last home and away series against England. We beat them 1-0 away from home in England in 2007 with largely the same bowling attack. We also beat them 1-0 at home in 2008, chasing down 382 in the 4th innings. So we have proved that we are successful against them. South Africa-we beat them in a test away from home (something that SL has never done) and although we lost the series 2-1. I think we were very successful in winning a test, again with largely the same bowling attack. At home, earlier this year, we drew with them 1-1. We've beaten Aus more than anyone in the last 10 years and as far as SL is concerned, we've thrashed you at home every time, and we drew against you 2 months ago away, in SL without our frontline bowlers. We deserve to be No. 1

  • POSTED BY ashok_cricfan on | September 30, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    @ lankan_neutral... why talk about india's crashing out their opponents only at home, srilanka couldnt defeat us atleast on their home grounds. Series was ultimately a draw. How do you expect to become NO.1, Moreover srilanka didnt win a test match in india, aus or south africa till date.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    @lankan_neutral: Lankan? your number 1 batsman Jayawardene has not even played a test in MCG. first win a test outside Sri Lanka..Then talk. India have won a test match on all countries and moreover anyone who says Australia is an ordinary team can only be a fool.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | September 30, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    @hindh88 the series u r talking abt at that time indian bowling attack was never being exposed as it is exposed now. anyway we should sit back n wait till 2morrow then read my comments at that time my comments will be crystal clear to u n entire indian fanatic fans

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | September 30, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    I feel frustrated with Harbhajan's fitness issues. We would have beaten Aus in Aus in 2003-04 if he had played the Sydney test which got drawn. Why the hell don't these guys manage their fitness levels well?

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    I think AUS is gonna lose this series too.

  • POSTED BY Razor88 on | September 30, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Aussies are Strong ...... But are they Strong Enough ??? Indians on the other hand ...... Ashwin should Get a Go ...... What happend to Kamran khan who was Impressive ...... Finally CP in action ......

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    @ lankan_neutral: Even an aussie would have laughed at your analysis...for your information, India is numero uno in Test Cricket, and they have maintained that position for about 2 years now. If sub-continent teams don't play bouncy tracks well, then australian, england, SA never play well on slow turning pitches. Zaheer & Harbhajan are the best in their own way...

  • POSTED BY Ramesh-IT on | September 30, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    @Lankan_neutral: Hey mate, have you got any stuff inside your cranium? or is it just vacuum? describing india and australia as ordinary sides eh? then who's the best side? your great lankan side? couldn't even win a single test match in india or australia even with the presence of great bowler Murali shows the greatness of your side. and those two great batsmen who can score only in srilanka could try to score something away from the subcontinent to prove they are reasonably good batsmen. only then you can comment about the former and present No.1 teams.

  • POSTED BY mitgop11 on | September 30, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    @lankan_neutral : Pls check india's record in australia since 2001 (and when you get time check srilanka's too :)

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | September 30, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    I predict Australia will shock India by winning the series.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Pretty close contest but we must all remember that cricket is a game of glorious uncertainty & must be placed on the field with bat/ball not in the dressing room with our mouth.

  • POSTED BY nataraajds on | September 30, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Bajii & Gambhir's injurry and Zaheer's form may be a big concern for india ahead of this series. During BP XI match only Chawla & Rahne was impressive. rest of the players wasted the given opportunity. Bring in Ashwin & Chawla into the team. But still our bowling is not confortable to win the test.. it's only home advantage which is the plus point favour india.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    To Lankan neutral......U crazy guy you sound more like INDIA hater than LANKAN Neutral. Go get a life.. dude.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Go aussies go and crush india like ants.........................ur friend from pakistan

  • POSTED BY elmo_leon on | September 30, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    i hope the heading of this article is an eventual curse, resulting in India losing!

  • POSTED BY Harshtmm on | September 30, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    @klobania though it is painful to accept the truth your comments are true. Sad for us Indian fans but true. We don't have a single bowler capable of getting wickets on international level. they are not good for Ranji level matches forget international. Though its painful to read your comments I agree with you.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    @lankan_neutral Please, your team cant win even a single game without the great murali.And with Murali retired I wonder how Sri Lanka going to win a single series even at home.Only hope for your team is Malinga and he too is in and out of the test team due to his fitness concerns.

  • POSTED BY Harshtmm on | September 30, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    this is article is meant to be a joke right? the author is kidding. India's no.1 position is a fluke, they deserve to be no 5 or 6 for their talent. And this weak India winning against Aussies has to be the joke of the year. Our bowling attack cannot get Keny out in one innings, you are talking about getting them out twice in one match?? ha ha this is the biggest joke. India is one of the weekest teams in the world if not for Sachin, Rahul and Shewag they would be no.10 in the world.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 30, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    @khobania: India has the strongest batting line up in the world and if it shows up to its potential and if Dhoni wins the toss, be assured of a 600 total. But Sehwag, Tendulkar, Daravid & VVS must show up. On the other hand the Aussie have a very strong fast bowling line up. If the wicket is soft, it may not be very effective.Yes, Pakistan's pace bowling with Asif, Amir, Gul and Shoeb is the best in the world and no wonder they beat Aussies at their own game - pace attack. So comparison based on rule of three, is not possible.There is a world of difference between pak's batting strength & Indian. Indian top 4 batsmen are capable of centuries. So looking at it realistically, on a easy paced wicket the result would be a draw. On a pace wicket, Aussies have the upper hand if the Indian batting does not show up. On a spinners' wicket India has the advantage provided they field & bowl well. But both the teams will be fighting to win or save as the case may be. Let us not prejudge the resul

  • POSTED BY henchart on | September 30, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Chances of Harbhajan Singh pulling out feigning injury are very bright.The guy knows that he is no longer a force to reckon with and if Aussies have a measure of him,which they would have had at Mohali ,his career would be in doldrums.Harbhajan would love to save his career by bowling to weak Kiwis and thanks to our selectors led by the mediocre former Opener,Harbhajan will eat his cake and have it too.Gambhir will also be facing litmus test.Can he stand upto quality fast bowling .We will come to know lest he allows follows Harbhajan's way and fakes injury .

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Though the bowling looks a little weaker I think Zaheer Khan will come and lead the bowling attack from the front and also if Harbhajan sits out in next match It will be a great chance for Pragyan Ojha to showcase his talent and I think Sehwag and Raina will do the part time bowling. Batting wise I look forward a superb performance from Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir. Otherwise the batting is OK.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Ojha nor mishra inspires a lot of confidence.....

  • POSTED BY HariVenu on | September 30, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    All through out the discussions, all the columnists, reporters, and everyone mentioned (and hyped) Harbhajan, Sachin, Rahul and Virender... No one even gave a passing glance at VVS. As if he never existed. As if he is just another player against Australia. As if no Aussie bowler will find him a threat, even remotely. As if he has been disappointing, and he is there in the team because no other special player was available.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 30, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    It has been known for few weeks now that Harbhajan may not be fit for the 2 tests. Why was he included in the squad based on his lack of physical fitness & lack of form? Even he was included, there should have been an alternte off spinner like Ashwin included as back up. When will the Indian Selectors learn to have some foresight and forward planning? Zaheer, Gambhir & Harbhajan are coming out of injuries & have not played for a few months. Their form and fitness is questionable.Vijay & Ashwin on their present form should replace Gambhir& Harbhajan respectiyely. Zaheer & Sreesanth are big question marks as well. Get a physically fit team on the field instead of crippled & out of form guys relying on their past record rather than on their present form. Train fast bowlers like Unadkat, Mithun, Jadhev & Ahmad to replace aging & unfit Zaheer & Sreesanth. Indian fielding & bowling is already poor even with fit 11. Don't make it attrocious by putting half fit men. Selectors - Please Wake up.

  • POSTED BY Karthik_1982 on | September 30, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Series will end 0-0 with one tame draw and onw tense end..... if not Bhajji, i would like to see Ashwin drafted in. He is aggressive and calm like Dhoni himself.

  • POSTED BY cricket_for_all on | September 30, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Match between overly rated team (India) and ordinary team AUS (Of course they can bounce back). It is contest between two ordinary teams. India does not want to play good cricket or develop their bowling attack (Can you anybody name a single match winning bowler in Indian team? If you say Zahir OR Hurbajan It is gonna be a joke) rather they want to keep #1 spot. So they try play with ordinary team with their home advantage. Please play with SA or END without any home advantage and show the world that you are #1 (I am sure you will be failed). Even If you play with AUS in Australia they will crash you.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    i want to see an great match from the indians play ur best india , good luck

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | September 30, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Australias only chance is to win the toss. if india bats first it is all over for the aussies.

  • POSTED BY Rockyali on | September 30, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Go Oz go Good luck ! just hold all the catches you will bag the series !

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | September 30, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    @klobania ppl like u said the same thing abt india last time around but it was the aussies who were thrashed instead. so refer the stats before commenting.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    as an english fan i jus hope that india can win this lol i want australia to begin below us hahahaha

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | September 30, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    @klobania I think u did not follow the last series in 2008.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | September 30, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    there are going to be some exciting individual contests too in the test series...gambhir vs shane watson..( remember the huge six gauti hit off watson to reach 200 in delhi last time) ..sehwag vs johnson..( after the series probably johnson will be put in his place by sehwag) ..ponting vs harbhajan....but nothing would match the yesteryears' contests..sachin vs mcgrath or sachin vs warne...

  • POSTED BY pointofViv on | September 30, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Some good quality old fashioned cricket is ahead us. Hope it will be exciting and will go without controversies. Tough task for both teams for sure, I don't see any favorite. That team will win which perform better when it matters. Australia has great players so does India. Best Luck to both teams. Let the TEST cricket be the king ... once again!

  • POSTED BY TexasCricket on | September 30, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Welcome back Test Cricket.. This should show what actual cricket is about after the pure money business 20/20... Good luck TEAM INDIA.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Gauti is completely out of form and should be replaced with Murali vijay. I wouldn't mind Bajji not playing bcos his performance over the last 1 year hasn't been encouraging either. I guess its a good time to try out someone like Ashwin, at-least in the upcoming one-dayers. Aussie bowling looks strong and it will be areal test for our batsmen, especially Gauti and Dravid.

  • POSTED BY dr.aditya on | September 30, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    the form guide posted in this article for india is incorrect, either way, for ind aus tests or india's last test series, according to which it is LDW

  • POSTED BY BEARSROCK on | September 30, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Indian players are over estimated while australia just is plain horrible

  • POSTED BY 1st_april on | September 30, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Peter George can be good,he plays for South Australia in Adelaide,he has a 1st class bowling average of 28,and that is good for someone who plays in the conditions of Adelaide,where there is no help around for the fast bowler,and he is 6'8",he can be effective in the Adelaide like conditions of India

  • POSTED BY 1st_april on | September 30, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    lets hope that Australia can hold things up,i am a fanatical Australian fan,but this will be though,Australia should play its best cricket and be proud of it

  • POSTED BY klobania on | September 30, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai ha ha ha now get ready to be thrashed by aussies right from tomorrow by looking at ur current bowling attack aussies will laugh out n will realize that how deadly pak bowling attack was. by the way make a promise u wouldnt be hide out this time once india will be beaten up in this series which im pretty sure gonna be happened

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    With a bowling line-up like the ones Australia has and the Indian bowling doesnt compare close .. I doubt very much that India are the favourites..

    The batting strength of India is however no joke but have failed many times due to complacency and over-confidence..

    India's spin attack and the Batting consistency are the key here and if Australia has plans for these .. India could easily fall into trouble ..

    and India definitely needs more than big names to counter Australian pace attack..

    However the Indian team are good at bouncing back .. but given this is a two match series .. there may not enough time to bounce back .. My verdict is that India has a lot to watch out for .. and if they must win they must be pro-active and be aggressive and destroy the opposition before they bare their fangs ..

    They definitely should make this atleast a three-match test series or a five-match test series .. Two match series is so dumb!!

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | September 30, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    I agree with mitgop. Test matches should be played on better grounds. See Australian calendar. Every year they have test match on the boxing day at Melbourne and new year day at Sydney. We don't have any specific calendar. For the convenient date of other teams we play test cricket and ODIs. In earlier days during January 14th test cricket was there at Chennai. Now it has gone. Venues are selected based on pick and choose method. Test crickets are played at the venue of Ahmedabad, Mohali, Jaipur, Kanpur, Nagpur, Rajkot, Guwahati where empty gallaries welcome the players.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    harbhajan always been different player against aussies.so stop under estimating him....he'll gone a rock...

  • POSTED BY Debu4u on | September 30, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    India will focus on keeping their No1 spot intact

  • POSTED BY Debu4u on | September 30, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    For sure India will win the series

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    AUSSIE ALL THE WAY !! I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED STARC INSTEAD OF HILFY. CMON, LADS, LETS DO IT . WE HAVE TO WIN AND WE WILL. AUSSIE !! AUSSIE !!

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    why not irfan pathan selected ahead of ishant sharma? irfan is perfect allrounder that our country requires

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    , India has the edge over Aus due to spin friendly pitch and the toss will play crucial role. Sachin, Viru, Zaheer and Ojha are the players to watch

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    harbajan talks to much and does less lol

  • POSTED BY mitgop11 on | September 30, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Why a test again in Mohali.. where only two men and a dog comes to the ground ? ..and why wouldnt test cricket die if important matches such as these are scheduled in venues such as these! Apart from chennai, delhi, kolkata, mumbai and bangalore crowd does not turn up anywhere else in numbers... and five centers for test cricket is enough... and these five centers deserve a test every year... dont they ?

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Aussies all day way. Harbhajan will be smashed all over da park.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | September 30, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Imagine if Steve Waugh is the captain of the current Indian team which is No1 ...he would have started the war of words, saying..."Aussies are not a force to reckon with anymore, they even lost to a team like Pak recently"..

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    I dont think india have advatage but i m sure we have great series ahead

  • POSTED BY Runster1 on | September 30, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    India should win the series. cmon dhoni, lead India to victory like u did with CSK!!!

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | September 30, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Carn Straya! Hope the pitches are sporting.

  • POSTED BY LUISITO on | September 30, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    A REQUEST TO BCCI. FOR THE SAKE OF GOD..PLAN A 5 TEST SERIES BETWEEN IND AND AUS AND IT WILL SOON BE COUNTED AS 'SIMILARLY IMPORTANT TO THE ASHES.' IT WOULD BE A TREAT TO WATCH A 5 MATCH LONG BATTLE BETWEEN THESE 2 TEAMS.

  • POSTED BY emil7 on | September 30, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Please stop writing things like "How will Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, Test cricket's highest scorers, fare in what could be their final series against each other?". You and me cannot decide their last match or series. You keep on writing and they keep on playing!!

  • POSTED BY LUISITO on | September 30, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    AS A GENERAL RULE..INDIA ALWAYS PERFORMS BAD IN THE 1ST TEST OF ANY SERIES AGAINST ANY OPPONENT. SO, I FEEL AUSTRALIA HAVE A BETTER CHANCE IN THE FIRST MATCH. WATCH OUT FOR SHANE WATSON AND RAHUL DRAVID.

  • POSTED BY SUNDOS on | September 30, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    A mouth watering series lies ahead of us.Expectations are high that two sides,one rich in wealth,the other rich in the" never say die spirit" clash.India's best chance of dominating like the Aussies did all sides that visited them in the past 12 years.Possibly a swansong for the likes of Dravid,and just maybe Ponting.For all the batting strength,Zaheer,Harbhajan,for India,and Hauritz,Hilfenhaus hold the key for the Aussies.In Mohali,the extra bowler in Watson could prove decisive.

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  • POSTED BY SUNDOS on | September 30, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    A mouth watering series lies ahead of us.Expectations are high that two sides,one rich in wealth,the other rich in the" never say die spirit" clash.India's best chance of dominating like the Aussies did all sides that visited them in the past 12 years.Possibly a swansong for the likes of Dravid,and just maybe Ponting.For all the batting strength,Zaheer,Harbhajan,for India,and Hauritz,Hilfenhaus hold the key for the Aussies.In Mohali,the extra bowler in Watson could prove decisive.

  • POSTED BY LUISITO on | September 30, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    AS A GENERAL RULE..INDIA ALWAYS PERFORMS BAD IN THE 1ST TEST OF ANY SERIES AGAINST ANY OPPONENT. SO, I FEEL AUSTRALIA HAVE A BETTER CHANCE IN THE FIRST MATCH. WATCH OUT FOR SHANE WATSON AND RAHUL DRAVID.

  • POSTED BY emil7 on | September 30, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Please stop writing things like "How will Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, Test cricket's highest scorers, fare in what could be their final series against each other?". You and me cannot decide their last match or series. You keep on writing and they keep on playing!!

  • POSTED BY LUISITO on | September 30, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    A REQUEST TO BCCI. FOR THE SAKE OF GOD..PLAN A 5 TEST SERIES BETWEEN IND AND AUS AND IT WILL SOON BE COUNTED AS 'SIMILARLY IMPORTANT TO THE ASHES.' IT WOULD BE A TREAT TO WATCH A 5 MATCH LONG BATTLE BETWEEN THESE 2 TEAMS.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | September 30, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Carn Straya! Hope the pitches are sporting.

  • POSTED BY Runster1 on | September 30, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    India should win the series. cmon dhoni, lead India to victory like u did with CSK!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    I dont think india have advatage but i m sure we have great series ahead

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | September 30, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Imagine if Steve Waugh is the captain of the current Indian team which is No1 ...he would have started the war of words, saying..."Aussies are not a force to reckon with anymore, they even lost to a team like Pak recently"..

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Aussies all day way. Harbhajan will be smashed all over da park.

  • POSTED BY mitgop11 on | September 30, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Why a test again in Mohali.. where only two men and a dog comes to the ground ? ..and why wouldnt test cricket die if important matches such as these are scheduled in venues such as these! Apart from chennai, delhi, kolkata, mumbai and bangalore crowd does not turn up anywhere else in numbers... and five centers for test cricket is enough... and these five centers deserve a test every year... dont they ?