India v Australia, 1st Test, Mohali, 5th day October 5, 2010

Ponting defends Smith's throw of the dice

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It was so typically and positively Australian. Six runs were required, an lbw appeal - which looked plumb by the way - had just been turned down, and the batsman was out of his crease. Steven Smith, not even playing the Test, on as a substitute for Doug Bollinger, let the throw rip with nobody backing up. Not many young substitutes in the world would have had the presence of the mind, or the heart to go for that throw. It narrowly missed the stumps and went for four overthrows. The Indian batsmen jumped for joy, and the crowd went delirious. Johnson then fired one down the leg side, and it was all over.

This play will be remembered for how it released the pressure that was built through hard work over the three preceding overs, but we wouldn't have it any other way from an Australian. If there is a direct hit that can get Australia a win, it has to be gone for.

Ricky Ponting, still coming to terms with this gut-wrenching defeat, spoke candidly in the post-match press conference. He was a defeated man, but still deservedly proud of his team. Smith's work was a perfect example of how much value Australia added to the Test. "You feel sorry for Smithy," Ponting said. "Young bloke always looking for ways to win the game. Had he hit the stumps it would have been game over. That's what we expect from our guys. If there is a half chance we are going to take it.

"If that was me, I would have done exactly the same thing. I wouldn't have worried about who is behind the stumps. If I have a chance to hit the stumps and win a Test match, I am going to take it. There is certainly no blame going Smith's way. That's a great attitude for the young bloke to have."

Smith was obviously disappointed during that chaotic last over. "We have all spoken to him," Ponting said. "He was a bit disappointed coming off the ground, but there is no need to be, he saw the stumps, he saw the win there, he had a go and missed. Cost us four runs. Not much more you can say."

This wasn't obviously all that Australia brought to Mohali, but it summed up their attitude over the last five days. They might not be the same dominating side of the last decade, but they are going to make it difficult for sides to beat them. They just won't go away, and whenever there is a single stump visible for a Test win, they will go for it. That played its part in making this Test great. That is what Australia need to be thanked for.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on October 8, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    In case my comments get published I agree to you ijk.

  • ijk007 on October 8, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    I dont know why ppl are saying India have to beat England to prove their ranking and thats not the right go i guess... It should be "If England is a good team, then they have to come hard against India"... I hope for the last 4 series, England have never won against India in Home or away... Australians are much decent competitors than England against India... I think u ppl have bad memory, anyway i will recollect it... Last time when toured England India won it(1-0), against NZ(1-0), against 13 men Aussie team(1-2), against SA(1-2), against WI(1-0) irrespective of the subcontinent... So what needs to be done yet so far to reach No.1?... I think the only way to put down India is, U should bring Umpires like Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson... Isn't it?

  • on October 7, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    James from Surrey, I pray for u to get well soon. :)

  • Marcio on October 7, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    @ Gopal Krishna. The point is that Majr follows the same line as so many others here, selectively picking up umpiring errors that go against India (not no Australians complained), and then ignoring the rest so that it makes it look like the world is against India e.g, Majr wrote: "The number of times Hussey and North benefited should also be written about". Incredibly, Majr failed to notice that both Hussey and North were given out when they were not out in the second innings. Or maybe Majr is a not a native English writer, and confused his words (and he really meant that the decisions against Hussey and North were wrong). But I can only go on what is written on the page. I am not mind reader. Majr in particular didn't say there is a conspiracy, but many Indians here do say the umpires are against India. At any rate, given the large number of umpiring errors in this game largely panned out as about even, it is unnecessary to single out umpires for being the key to the result.

  • jameswayne on October 7, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    1 or 2 away tours against lowly teams like New Zealand and West Indies have certainly helped them gain on their top rankings. The whole Indian set-up is a SHAM and we all know how corrupt they are (See the CWG story from their own media). Let us see if India can beat England today as it is a totally dominant team with world class players. But there would be no tours to England because India wants to be number one for the year, Right. Shame on all of them. Nobody can bet on India winning a match against any of the top teams on a given day. Dominant teams are those who usually win against any team on any given day like the West Indies in the 1980s and the Aussies in the last 2 decades did. This Indian team is the worst number one in history and the more they play against the top teams will surely see them come back to where they deserve. The BCCI are governed by the most corrupt people on Earth and these people are trying their best to destroy the game of cricket.

  • Marcio on October 7, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    @ Gopal Krishna. You lost the Sydney test by 130 runs. It wasn't even close, and Bucknor was a neutral umpire. No wonder Michael Holding resigned from the ICC as a result of Bucknor being replaced. This is what I mean by this constant victim mentality about umpires and results. Get over the Sydney test. You lost, and by a far greater margin than Australia lost the last two Ashes series, where a single wicket decided both series, and where there were plenty of umpiring issues. Sensible people just move on. That's what you can learn from Ricky Ponting, whom your media and internet has demonised way beyond the reality of the man. After all, he allowed a free-moving Laxman to have a runner in both innings, and that cost Australia the game (if his back was so bad that he could not run, how could he smash it everywhere at a run a ball?). Instead of calling him an "animal' you should say " thanks for your generosity & gentlemanly behavior." He now clearly puts the game above himself and Aust.

  • rko_rules on October 6, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    I am a big Ian Chappell fan, so in this situation, I would have called him up and asked for his opinion before throwing the ball onto the stumps lol.. But guys what a match this was!! Actually we should thank both the umpires along with the players for giving such sanki (whose mind is not in middle) decisions. And one more good thing that this match did for me was, I again made up with my father after a long time, coz we were watching together but we didn't talk, but after India won, we both jumped with emotions and hugged each other. It was a great day for indian sports coz India also won 5 gold medals on that day in CWG.

  • karthikfromchennai on October 6, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    james,,...thanks for worrying abt our team...now go and wipe sheesh out of your team

  • on October 6, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Hi James from Surrey, it doesnt matter if u care about the rankings or not, lets look at the three series u've mentioned. England in England, beaten in 2007. The last time England beat India in a Test Match was way back in 2006 and in a Test Series was... in 1996. So England is out of question, let them do something against a good team. Next Australia in Australia, technically not beaten them yet (thanks to Bucknor and co.), but anyone who's followed the series would agree that its been pretty close in Australia between these two teams, so not a big deal. The last time Australia beat India in a Test Match was in 2008 (Sydney if u call that a test match) and that was also the last time they beat us in a series (well.. again if u consider the Sydney test in the results). SA is a mouth watering challenge. We need to have 2 5 test series between the two teams; one in India and one in South Africa to determine who's the best.

  • jameswayne on October 6, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Hi, this is James from Surrey. India certainly are not the number one side in the world. Look how they struggled to win scoring a paltry 216 against 4th ranked Australia. India are the only team who usually plays at home as their schedule are prepared not just by the ICC but also by the BCCI because of their money clout and dominance over the ICC, which is pathetic. India can be considered number one only if they win against England in England, win against Australia in Australia and win against South Africa in S. Africa. Nobody cares today if they are top in the rankings. Even Sri Lanka who have not beaten any big team abroad are number two in the world which is as big a joke as India's top ranking. You could clearly see the schedule and make out how the BCCI have twisted the schedule so that Indian team remains on top by playing Sri Lanka around 50 times home and away in the last 2 years.

  • on October 8, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    In case my comments get published I agree to you ijk.

  • ijk007 on October 8, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    I dont know why ppl are saying India have to beat England to prove their ranking and thats not the right go i guess... It should be "If England is a good team, then they have to come hard against India"... I hope for the last 4 series, England have never won against India in Home or away... Australians are much decent competitors than England against India... I think u ppl have bad memory, anyway i will recollect it... Last time when toured England India won it(1-0), against NZ(1-0), against 13 men Aussie team(1-2), against SA(1-2), against WI(1-0) irrespective of the subcontinent... So what needs to be done yet so far to reach No.1?... I think the only way to put down India is, U should bring Umpires like Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson... Isn't it?

  • on October 7, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    James from Surrey, I pray for u to get well soon. :)

  • Marcio on October 7, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    @ Gopal Krishna. The point is that Majr follows the same line as so many others here, selectively picking up umpiring errors that go against India (not no Australians complained), and then ignoring the rest so that it makes it look like the world is against India e.g, Majr wrote: "The number of times Hussey and North benefited should also be written about". Incredibly, Majr failed to notice that both Hussey and North were given out when they were not out in the second innings. Or maybe Majr is a not a native English writer, and confused his words (and he really meant that the decisions against Hussey and North were wrong). But I can only go on what is written on the page. I am not mind reader. Majr in particular didn't say there is a conspiracy, but many Indians here do say the umpires are against India. At any rate, given the large number of umpiring errors in this game largely panned out as about even, it is unnecessary to single out umpires for being the key to the result.

  • jameswayne on October 7, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    1 or 2 away tours against lowly teams like New Zealand and West Indies have certainly helped them gain on their top rankings. The whole Indian set-up is a SHAM and we all know how corrupt they are (See the CWG story from their own media). Let us see if India can beat England today as it is a totally dominant team with world class players. But there would be no tours to England because India wants to be number one for the year, Right. Shame on all of them. Nobody can bet on India winning a match against any of the top teams on a given day. Dominant teams are those who usually win against any team on any given day like the West Indies in the 1980s and the Aussies in the last 2 decades did. This Indian team is the worst number one in history and the more they play against the top teams will surely see them come back to where they deserve. The BCCI are governed by the most corrupt people on Earth and these people are trying their best to destroy the game of cricket.

  • Marcio on October 7, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    @ Gopal Krishna. You lost the Sydney test by 130 runs. It wasn't even close, and Bucknor was a neutral umpire. No wonder Michael Holding resigned from the ICC as a result of Bucknor being replaced. This is what I mean by this constant victim mentality about umpires and results. Get over the Sydney test. You lost, and by a far greater margin than Australia lost the last two Ashes series, where a single wicket decided both series, and where there were plenty of umpiring issues. Sensible people just move on. That's what you can learn from Ricky Ponting, whom your media and internet has demonised way beyond the reality of the man. After all, he allowed a free-moving Laxman to have a runner in both innings, and that cost Australia the game (if his back was so bad that he could not run, how could he smash it everywhere at a run a ball?). Instead of calling him an "animal' you should say " thanks for your generosity & gentlemanly behavior." He now clearly puts the game above himself and Aust.

  • rko_rules on October 6, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    I am a big Ian Chappell fan, so in this situation, I would have called him up and asked for his opinion before throwing the ball onto the stumps lol.. But guys what a match this was!! Actually we should thank both the umpires along with the players for giving such sanki (whose mind is not in middle) decisions. And one more good thing that this match did for me was, I again made up with my father after a long time, coz we were watching together but we didn't talk, but after India won, we both jumped with emotions and hugged each other. It was a great day for indian sports coz India also won 5 gold medals on that day in CWG.

  • karthikfromchennai on October 6, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    james,,...thanks for worrying abt our team...now go and wipe sheesh out of your team

  • on October 6, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Hi James from Surrey, it doesnt matter if u care about the rankings or not, lets look at the three series u've mentioned. England in England, beaten in 2007. The last time England beat India in a Test Match was way back in 2006 and in a Test Series was... in 1996. So England is out of question, let them do something against a good team. Next Australia in Australia, technically not beaten them yet (thanks to Bucknor and co.), but anyone who's followed the series would agree that its been pretty close in Australia between these two teams, so not a big deal. The last time Australia beat India in a Test Match was in 2008 (Sydney if u call that a test match) and that was also the last time they beat us in a series (well.. again if u consider the Sydney test in the results). SA is a mouth watering challenge. We need to have 2 5 test series between the two teams; one in India and one in South Africa to determine who's the best.

  • jameswayne on October 6, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Hi, this is James from Surrey. India certainly are not the number one side in the world. Look how they struggled to win scoring a paltry 216 against 4th ranked Australia. India are the only team who usually plays at home as their schedule are prepared not just by the ICC but also by the BCCI because of their money clout and dominance over the ICC, which is pathetic. India can be considered number one only if they win against England in England, win against Australia in Australia and win against South Africa in S. Africa. Nobody cares today if they are top in the rankings. Even Sri Lanka who have not beaten any big team abroad are number two in the world which is as big a joke as India's top ranking. You could clearly see the schedule and make out how the BCCI have twisted the schedule so that Indian team remains on top by playing Sri Lanka around 50 times home and away in the last 2 years.

  • on October 6, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Marcio, please read things properly and then comment. Majr didnt say anywhere that there's a conspiracy against the Indians, he/she was just responding to the comment on Ojha's LBW which has been the focus as if that was the only bad decision in the entire match!! Also, I agree with you that Australia at no 4 is not correct, they'll go to their correct position which is no. 5 after the rankings are revised. And learning from Ricky Ponting!!! I agree that he's a far improved person from the arrogant animal he was till a few years ago, but cmon man, if some one looks upto that guy for learning manners I can only pity him/her

  • ijk007 on October 6, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Love the attitude..."If there is a half chance we are going to take it"

    What a personality he is... He supports his teammates in any situation. As a player that's what everyone likes in him. Really he is one of the best captain who can extracts maximum from his player during any match... I never saw him, blaming his teammates for their defeat... For me he is the best person when it comes to press conference... Even after a loss, he is so focused and composed... The best is if they win he will praise his team, if they loss he still praise his team for their effort and aggression on the field... After all he has to prove his worth also in the team... I expect Ricky to bounce back strongly... One of the best modern era player... But as an Indian I don't want it to happen this series... :P Hope he will bounce back strongly in Ashes :-) All the best Ricky...

  • georgey2002 on October 6, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    shouldn't people who contribute here be required to have at least an elementary command of the English language? about one third of them attempt to put forward some form of argument, but can't even begin to put a sentence together, let alone spell....

  • don_pedro on October 6, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    (continued from about an hour back) .... and this antagonizes several of my fellow desi readers who feel affronted by what they perceive as unnecessary Ozzie pandering on a day of Indian victory, much like Shiv Sainiks would react if the center piece of the Balasaheb's birthday celebration were a laudatory speech rendered in Tamil.... .... which in turn, distresses other desis, who frown upon this new-found intolerance among their Indian brethren, and find it to be an antithesis to the humble, work-hard, keep-your-cool, turn-the-other-cheek and respond-through-your-work-product attitude that has been our national motif from time immemorial, best exemplified in the current generation by Sachin, Dravid, Kumble, Dhoni, and especially today, Laxman.

  • jpa170478 on October 6, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    The great Australian teams struggled in India, this team is a good Australian team not great, bowling is getting better and better and with a couple of tweaks will be back to our dominant selves. India should feel very happy to have escaped with a win, but really with the wealth of talent that India has had over recent years they haven't been able to impose themselves in the way the amazing West Indies team did or the Australia team under Steve Waugh. Test cricket is not really dominated by any team at the moment and the number one mantle could go to any team our of India, Sri Lanka, England, South Africa or Australia

  • on October 6, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    @Wolver - disagree mate. India are no 1. at the moment, thats the fact. If they lose to Sth Africa, and their rankings drop below no 2., then they wont be no 1. Simple as that!! In the last year they have played all 7 test nations and have 4 won, and drawn 3. Buts a that pretty decent record.

    You cant start changing the criterion because you don't like the results. There was a female tennis player, Safina, last year who was no 1. without winning a grandslam (or maybe a tournament). But she was still no 1 until she wasn't. Ratings are never going to be perfect unless one team never ever loses, anywhere, ever!!! And Cricket is a particularly usual game, played with rather unusual and volatile countries. Nobody can tour Pakistan or Zimbabwe, SL/Pak rarely tour Aust/RSA etc.

  • on October 6, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Well looking at the comments by the Aussie fans (most not all, some have congratulated India on the win, and their appreciation is most heart warming), it proves that the unnecessary praise for a regular action can be harmful too. People have claimed that Australia scored quick in the second innings hence they were going for a win not India!! And then there are so many who say Indians should've done this and that at Sydney. Did anyone of you watch that game?? It's no wonder the Aussies haven't beat India since. They don't have it in them. Face it!!

  • Marcio on October 6, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    @Majr, you are a rather sad chap if you complain about umpiring even when you win. There were just as many umpiring mistakes which went against Australia. Think about it. If the umpires were trying to get India to lose, why was that late, plumb LBW decision turned down? I will tell you why. It's because the umpire made a mistake, one of many in the game.There is no conspiracy against India, dude! As I said before, time for some of you people to grow up - and look to Ricky Ponting for clues on how to act in a sportsmanlike behaviour, LOL. He's several classes above the whiners here on this board.

    As for all this India #1, Australia #4 nonsense, I'm afraid you people take the ranking a little too seriously. You are thinking as if there is a huge difference between these teams, where there clearly is not. Australia have lost a lot of games and series by TINY margins in the last year or two, affecting their ranking. That's the way it goes sometimes. They are still a good team.

  • don_pedro on October 6, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    (continued from Oct 05 2010, 23:41 PM GMT) ..... Ponting, of course, is oblivious to such delicate matters as statistics, since he is wont to think with his balls, using his head for the more monumental cricketing task of carrying his helmet. Still, with his ingrained see-stump-throw-ball attitude he applauds Smithy's actions..... .....Along comes Monga with his general appreciation for Australia's never-say-die attitude, and he likes what he perceives as a captain's support for a young teammate in distress. Having a contractual obligation to write 6 articles after each Test, and having already written or contributed to articles about Ishant, Laxman, Dhoni on Laxman, Ponting on Laxman, and Laxman on Laxman, Monga perceives this as being a subject worthy of his penmanship, little aware of the ripple-waves he is going to let lose..... (to be continued)

  • SUNDOS on October 6, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    No one can take away anything form the Aussies.What wil lbe difficult for them will be coming to terms that they are no longer the all conquering side they were.Perhaps Ponting,after all these years should assume the role of elder stateman and keep away from mindless encounters on the field.The rest of the cricketing world,unfortunately is also catching up on sledging and boorish behaviour which till a few years ago was the sole domain of the Aussies.But truly a test match that had all cricket lovers thoroughtly enthralled.And yet again Laxman..you are very very special.

  • on October 6, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Well Ricky i am sure that that is why is it called Cricket and test cricket , if Oz had batted longer and made more runs you would not be in a situation like this, but do not worry mate it will make you stronger.

    Gazz

  • Tarzan-from-USA on October 6, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    India can take some lessons from the comments made by Ponting. Ricky is absoutely right about the attitude to win when there is a decent chance to do so. The supported Smith and that is that. No wonder Aussies work as a team and support each other. Had an Indian player done the same, he would have been crucified by not just the media and Indian fans, but the other players themselves. India, learn some lessons in competitiveness, team-loyalty, and ethics.

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 6, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    @higherd: Your argument doesn't hold water. You will always get more opportunities to score runs as a batter than take the wicket as a fielding side. And when it is potentially a match winning chance you take it, who knows when the next one would come by, if at all.

  • StarveTheLizard on October 6, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Great innings from the Indians. They won despite injuries to key players. I can only say that Australia DESERVES it's number four rating. Most of its batsmen are passengers. The middle order consistently fails.

    I just hope that North isn't picked for the second test. What a dead weight!

  • mosin007 on October 6, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    dear patriotic Indian!its good that u dont wana listen about match fixing remarks about ur country but then plz dont give any remarks about other nations otherwise i will remind u about certain match fixers from ur country and also some 95% bookies who belongs to ur country. so plz take it easyand chill

  • on October 6, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Totally agree with@ Marcio when he says Ponting has changed his attitude and has become less aggressive...that's wat is expected from a class player like Punter whu attimes becums too vocal and aggressive..look at greats like lara ,sachin,shewag,gilchrist ,rahul,kallis,sunny,border like players who are often cool on field..I think because of Punter';s arrogant nature people kindof dont like him even though he is behind Sachin only in test cricket...we wld luv to remember him as a great batsmen,great fielder next to jhonty only & a terrific captain givn he kools down his nature....

  • on October 6, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    i feel the time hs cme that ricky pointing gives away his doll(his captaincy)and retire frm cricket cuz now a days he doesnt knw wt to do at rite times and his mins doesnt work i think his age is calling its days so i thnk he shld call of the day and retire frm cricket a serious suggestion frm my side RICCCKKKKYYY or else u will hve lots of laxman cming ur way

  • mysecretme on October 6, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Smith could've thrown it underarm. There wouldn't have been an overthrow for four in that case and it would've been accurate. I think that might have already been addressed in the dressing room and Ponting is only giving the public statement because he doesn't want a promising youngster under pressure. Sid Mongia made a blunder by mentioning Pojhas decision. That in effect ruined his article. IMO the Aussies are not whining about it, only because they were in the game thanks to atleast 4 other howlers which went their way. IMO Indian team opposes UDRS because it doesn't give the same odds for both the sides in their view and introduces one more complicating factor into an already complicates game.

  • on October 6, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    billy has done his job. he first misjudged guati and then ojha.so its tit for tat

  • shiby on October 6, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Man Ricky!!! Not only an overthrow! U talk again jealousy! U remember Ishant LBW is a given gift to AUS, otherwise b4 that over u will be punish that match loose early! Smith not mistaken, it is obvious a Temper boiling condition a fielder what can do more than this? If Smith broke the stump he will be the AUS Hero! So Smith is right, even offer a Single Run cause Luxman chance to strike. Again sure Smith absolutely right!!!

  • sonofchennai on October 6, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    hell must break loose during BCCI's AGM...is there any sense to not using UDRS..we are missing the essence of a sporting victory..ppl keep saying Ojha was out...ofcourse, gambhir, ishant were again mistakes with hussey as well...BCCI sucks...

  • dmqi on October 6, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Hard to believe australia can not win a test when they are 92 runs ahed with two wickets left, Ponting needs to think about his strategy. How many times in test cricket they have lost from such position? Laskman should have been the man of the match for his game under such pressure. Amazing batsman. Well, India got lucky at then end, the LBW was not given. Why the #1 team does not accept TV reply? Are not all these valid questions? There could have been better umpires for the test.

    Laskman, Zaheer and Ishant won this test for India from a loosing position. Excellent test indeed.

  • bluebillion on October 6, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    The question is - faced with a similar situation in the future - say in the next test - would Smith or any Aussie player uncertain of his place in the team go for the stumps? Methinks - NO D-Uh.

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 6, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    LMFAO @ indianzen, Simon TOEFL BAHAHAHAHA. What's next, GRE Chappell or Chapel even? Page 2 should run an article on Sabotaged Cricketers' Names.

  • SettingSun on October 6, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Oh look, here come the Pakistani fans. Just because so many of your your own players are allegedly crooked, it doesn't mean everyone else's are. But this is what your nation has done to our game. Whenever there is a big mistake or an unlikely result in cricket now, everyone will suspect it because of the suspicion and disquiet so many of your players have brought on the game. Congratulations. It will take cricket years to recover from their dishonesty.

  • on October 6, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    does this match was fixed seems to me it was fixed by umpires. how could a umpire do such blunder it was out 100% and BILLY was blind there....

  • on October 6, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Now PTV will start saying in news that Indians bribed Smithie to overthrow.

  • Proteas123 on October 6, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Was a good game. Aussies fought hard but Laxman saw it through. To ruchinn, India has not earned number one spot yet. You need to beat South Africa and you still need to beat Australia at Home. The ranking is inflated due to all the sub-continent games. Let see how India go in SA on the greener wickets against the strength of Steyn and Morkel. Note: India has never won a series in SA.

  • uglyhunK on October 6, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Dude wants to write something about the match. He is reading toooooooooooooo much into this run out...come on get some sleep mate. This article is just sheer crap of first order.....

  • SSRajan on October 6, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    @Narayan.Shastri : This wicket was not a dust bowl. Anyway, I don't think we need to be apologetic about the pitches here. We don't get pitches that suit us when we go abroad. So why should we prepare one that they are used to when they come here. Secondly, whatever makes you think that only fast bowlers that scare the batsmen are the good ones? There have been plenty of examples in India and the world were even the gentle ones and not so scary ones have done brilliantly. Remember the likes of Hadlee, Walsh, Kapil Dev, Glenn McGrath etc. None of them was scarily quick, yet they were brilliant at what they did and each one of them is a legend..

  • SSRajan on October 6, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    I Don't know what the writer means by this article. Does he think only Australians go for such a throw in such a tight situation and no one else does?? Any cricketer worth his salt would have gone for it. So rather than make Steve Smith out as a hero and/or martyr for such an act, he should be given lessons in throwing. That was a horrible one. Missing the stumps from such a close distance. School kids don't miss that, yes not even in tight situations like this... As for the writer, he needs to get over this praising-the-visitor-and-be-a-good-host mentality.

  • Percy_Fender on October 6, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Dr Alex Kuruvilla, has pointed some of the mistakes in umpiring which benefitted Australia in this match. Actually I wish someone would point out all the mistakes as seen from Hawkeye so that this victory will get its added perspective. The facts as I saw them were that Gambhir was not out in the second innings. But for that wrong decision, there may not have been an Indian collapse in the second innings, given how well Gambhir bats in tight situations. Then again but for the wrong decision that Ishant got in the second innings when he and Laxman ( actually it should read Laxman and Ishant !) were bringing India home,there would not have been reason for Ojha to come out at all. The decision he got in his favour would then never have been talked about as if Australia had been denied by that monumental mistake.As Dr Kuruvilla says, Katich North and Hussey definitely benefitted from the Umpires. There is surely a need for URDS but only if there is no human element in the final verdict.

  • Sam_Singh on October 6, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    I'm completely aghast with BCCI's and Indian team's continuing reluctance to use the UDRS. How stupid these people can get? Some technology is better than nothing at all and relying on the ump's limited vision. Absolutely ridiculous!!!

  • Percy_Fender on October 6, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    It is a pity that some Pakistani commentators are talking only about match fixing at a moment like this when perhaps a great Test match in history has been played out.I wish they would get out of this one track. I also wish that the media would write about all the dodgy decisions that were given in this match rather that singling out the verdict in favour of Ojha. The point is that but for the wrong verdict against Ishant, Ojha would not have had to come out. Then again, but for Gambhir having been given out wrongly in the second innings there may not have been an Indian collapse. We all know how well Gambhir can bat in tight situations. The number of times Hussey and North benefitted should also be written about if only to bring in a bit of objectivity in reporting. We must be bold enough to write about umpiring errors. The URDS is definitely needed provided there is no human element involved in the final verdict. The third umpire at present causes the problems I feel.

  • soundar1155 on October 6, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    soundar,,indian

    This is the first time i like ricky.........no other captain ill have guts to say like this "If I have a chance to hit the stumps and win a Test match, I am going to take it" well mr.ricky.......my standing salute to you sir

  • cricbee on October 6, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Truly it became Laxman vs Australia than India vs Oz. So, I would say Laxman won. By the way, good gesture by Ponting supporting young lad. A bit of Ganguly character.

  • on October 6, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    As per the satta rule, the next test will be won by Australia.

  • on October 6, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Can't figure out why UDRS is NOT a mandatory arrangement for all tests and ODIs. It will not only relieve pressure from the umpires but most importantly it will ensure that the game is played under the most accurate system available to date in order to avoid any unintentional judgment errors by humans! HOOT HOOT ... when will ICC listen ?!

  • Doggy74 on October 6, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    Thanks for the article Sidarth, thanks to those contributors who can recognise a great game and the elements that contribute to it. To the remainder I urge you to stick with reading Peter Roebuck's articles and satisfy yourself with your craven, idiotic thoughts.

    Essentially the difference between this current Australian team, and it's leadership and the Indian side competing in Sydney and it's leadership is plain. Credit given where credit due, no excuses, no blaming, no questioning the winning side's honour or approach to playing, no racism and acceptance of the result.

    Well done to VVS and Ishant, awesome partnership and well deserved victory!

  • daager on October 6, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Couldnt agree more. The Aussies have done more than any other side to force results in test cricket and keep this format the pinnacle of the game. The Aussies really seem to bring the best out of the Indian side, well done to Sharma and Laxman.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 6, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    There's a diff bet India and Aus, even tho' India are technically the no.1 side. The Oz play to win and fight till the end to win. They don't "accept" defeat, when the circumstances are against them unlike the Indians, the Indians who always hope to win and therefore are never able to perform above par when circumstances get tight. That's the reason Sehwag, SRT and Dravid's performance are below parl in the 2nd innings and even worse on the 5th day. Come the 5th day, the seniors think the entire universe conspires against them, imagining pitch behaviour and see all bowlers as demons. In the fight-flight war, the flight mechansims reigns supreme. This can be corrected. Easily. But only if the problem is acknowledged. As the sport becomes more competitive, it's more important to control the mind to ensure good performance. All the talent is useless, if the mind isn't calm. Now boys, tell me how many times Indians have lost the next match after winning the 1st one? Ponder on it will ya?

  • Samar_Singh on October 6, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    MS is a lucky captain... Ponting's statement was very balanced and sporting...

  • KaZsa on October 6, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Great statement by Ricky. This is how you back up the young players in a side.And its nice to see that aggression in the field. Hope the next one is gonna be a thriller too.And being a Sri Lankan looking forward for a mind blowing Aussie tour later this month.

  • leggetinoz on October 6, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    ishratjamaal asked "Why nobody raising the question against the umpiring in this match??"

    Basically because it was a great test which could have gone either way and the two best sides in the world playing. I think people will happily admit that Australia are a lot better than number 4 in the world. There was drama and skill on show every day which proved that T20 is no comparison. The umpiring errors as us aussies always state evened itself out over the game and both teams got some bad calls. Well done to everyone, unlucky for Smith, the guy has a great future though

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 6, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    So India won a match which they should have won easily, by clutching on to defeat until the very last minute, giving the opponent every chance to defeat them. Yeah, tell me again that India has the sporting temperament to be number 1! India's self belief is so so high, that the loud mouthed Shastri while commentating, thought it could be the 3rd tied test! After all people who have never been able to take the team across the finish line under similar circumstances can never think of victory and that's reason to keep them away even from commentary. As far as I'm concerned SRT has scored 136 vs Ricky's 75. He's extended the lead on the aggragate runs scored. I wish he had been more responsible in the 1st and 2nd innings - getting out to poor shots. I didn't see any reason why the Indians needed to panic and start playing inventive shots when it was a meagre 216 to win. IMO the oldies are psyched out playing on the 5th day and even 100 seems a mountain! And why is Dhoni panicky?

  • Kneekhil on October 6, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Completely Agree with Marcio... Lets not forget the fact that inspite of an invisible injury ( not seen anything that it was onfield) to VVS, Ricky allowed him the runner right from the start of both innings. Give him credit where its due. I am an Indian and speaking of Cheating & Sledging Indians indulge in it. Lets not forget Match fixing , Ball tampering etc all originated from the subcontinent. Tendulkar & Ganguly have claimed false catches the former in Newzealeand & sri lanka and latter in WC final. Tendulkar has been caught ball tamepring in SAF .Using Unfair advantage w.r.t pitches has been forte of Indias Victories. India should have won with an innings such ordinary is this Australian side experience wise but they had to fight till the last day & last run. Ricky Ponting is an Hard Fighting Australian but I think he is fair when it comes to onfield & never seen such a humble guy who accepts the fact that he is a Bunny of Bhajji. Does Tendulkar accept he was Mcgrath`s bunny?

  • kallu007 on October 6, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Good that this test was not against pakistan. Else the world would have started questions on "how can a team lose when they are 92 runs ahead for 1 wicket?". Presume there is no bookies involved. Or was there?... an overthrow at a critical time!!!

  • Pathiyal on October 6, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    hard luck to Ricky this time. yes, we all agree with UDRS. lets start it now....

  • naeemhussain on October 6, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    What Smith did if it had done by a Pakistani player British,Australian and Indian media was going to blame for match fixing.Now they are praising it. Bunch of hypocrites.

  • on October 6, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Please remember that it was only who wanted a result in this match!otherwise see dhoni wat was he doing!in the 2nd ing aussie played fast as they wanted a result as compared 2 india!last time in sri lanka dhoni played sooo slow in the 2nd test as they were playing fr the draw!soo thnks to aussie for making a match!sooo for mee ricky ponting is far far better captain than dhoni!its just dhoni has his luck with him!cheers

  • on October 6, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    well done india and australia for playing out a fantastic game of cricket. Hats off to both the teams for the never say die attitude. :) BCCI it's time that you bring in UDRS and Captain cool ur face was saved by the bowlers and the senior members .

  • Narayan.Shastri on October 6, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    It was a cracker of a Test Match. Till the ball that gave two leg byes to Ojha, Australia were damn sure of winning. It is definitely luck that India won when Ojha was at strike. Anything could have happened!

    Even though India is number one ranked team, Australia will always be the toughest opponent, no other opponent. Rivalry aside, there are many technicalities that Indian cricket can learn from Australia, such as world-class pitches (not those disgusting dust bowls in India), good pace bowlers who make batsmen at the crease cower in fright. At present there is no Indian fast bowler who can scare the batsmen!

    I personally am not happy that the Indian fast bowling cupboard is VERY BARE and rarely do two fast bowler work in tandem.

    Come on, Indian cricket people, there is nothing wrong in learning the tricks of the trade from Aussie greats like Steve Waugh and Brett Lee!

  • soorajiyer on October 6, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Well said Ricky, would love to have that attitude too.. Unfortunately we Indians are a lot softer and cannot think it this way. Its got to do with the way we are bought up! GaneshIyer agree with you on the run rate front.. Marcio agree with you - I was a ricky hater for years together and I dont blame myself. But now, slowly I started liking him for the way he carries and supports his team. Wonderful and he has become a better human being.. So as long as anybody tries to change, appreciate it. I do and slowly become a ricky lover!

  • mihir_nam on October 6, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    @BCCI..Kindly start using UDRS..I understand you were saved on Ojha's plum lbw..but Ishant Sharma was not out as well...Please walk with time and technology.. Ojha was plum LBW not given ..but Ishant drifting legside was given LBW..

  • keyguy007 on October 6, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    iam getting the feeling as if this test match was FIXED.

  • indianzen on October 6, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Worst umpiring ever in India... There should be Justice, Ian Gould doesn't judge by whats happening, but by how many are appealing... Billy bowden, thinks himself a hero after coming into the ground... I would say, let these folks get a training from Simon Toefl...

  • sarathy_m2 on October 6, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Good encouragement by Ponting, The Captain. Good play by Indian, The Laxman. This was a good match to watch. whoever wins, thats not matter, a test match ended with a result. Will the another match be like this!? Because the game goes in Indian pitches!

  • v_singh on October 6, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    it was a wonderful match to watch and I hope test cricket of this intensity is played out more often.. One thing has been noticeable of late : since the 'legends' of Aus. crickets retired one by one, and Aus. started to be on the loosing side, Ponting has toned down in his comments :) Even his post match conf. comments are pleasing to hear, and a fry cry from what he would have said or used to say earlier..

  • ishratjamaal on October 6, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Why nobody raising the question against the umpiring in this match??

  • Alexk400 on October 6, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    I have 3 views. 1. India was lucky and aussies were not that lucky to win the game. 2. Sachin choked as usual. 3. Did aussie figured out how to get sehwag early? Or just got lucky in both innings. I really think hilfenhaus bowled perfect Brahmastra ball to sehwag. It gets him out every time. Key is it has to be surprise ball. Same ball may not work in the first inning because sehwag goes for it. Sehwags gets out most times when he gets tentative. For aggressive sehwag gambhir is a must. he need player who can rotate it. Dravid don't run gets bogged down.Raina should go before dravid to counter attack. Dravid skow down sehwag and sehwag threw his wicket.

  • MinusZero on October 6, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    I was really happy to see Tendulkar and Laxman come out with intent on the 5th day. Too many times teams have stuffed around and been bowled out by the Aussies. Quick runs early on put Australia on the back foot. Australia need to bring in some new young players. If they draw or lose the 2nd test, they will drop to 5th in the ICC team standings. Since they are already down in the rankings, whats the harm in trying some new players. Yes, they may lose some games, but they already are. Hussey and North's time is over. Pontings time isnt far off too, especially if they lose the Ashes. It should be bye bye Ricky. His captaincy is questionable at times and he has been out of form for about 4 years

  • CustomKid on October 6, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Vismorkel - if you want a simple answer to your question. You make/create your own luck plain and simple as that. There is no luck god that bestows luck upon you. As an Aussie and Aussie supporter, great teams create pressure and when they need that bit of luck, their pressure and presence can usually produce it in their favour more often than not by creating doubt in the opposition. Australia did it for years as you mentioned. India is a great team now and they held their nerve, created pressure and got the luck they required. That is what No.1 teams do in all sporting fields.

  • diss on October 6, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Both sides played fantastic. I don't think there is anything to read into this defeat. If the throw had gone an inch or two the other way the result would be totally different. And why wouldn't you go for it. Well played India, deserved win. Well played Australia, tough luck.

  • KAIRAVA on October 6, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Over the coming years, Ponting & Australia will only remember those matches in India which hurt them the most & which enthralled them the best, in this decade. All the other matches in which India or Australia won convincingly in India, will definitely take a backseat & will gradually ease from public memory when compared to this five most heart-breaking/exciting Australian moments in the "final frontier". Whenever Ind-Aus contests in India are discussed in the future, Australian fans & players alike would always refer to those gems as that "Epic Kolkata test (2001)", that "nerve-wracking Chennai Test (2001), that " heart-warming Nagpur Test (2004 - where Australia finally conquered the final frontier)", that "dust bowl laden exciting Mumbai Test (2004)" & now this "heart-breaking Mohali test (2010)".

  • Marcio on October 6, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Ricky showed himself to be a champion in defeat, congratulating the opposition and even by endorsing Smith's throw. That must have been hard given the nature of the loss. It's time for some Indians to stop hating and start appreciating Ricky Ponting, not because he is perfect, but because he has grown in stature as as a human being over the years. Yes, he makes a lot of tactical errors, and has had a bad run with the bat. But let's give credit where it is due. With his attitude we all win, even when Australia lose. That's exactly what he said before the series started. Still, all we ever hear from some very immature people is nonsense about cheating and bad sportsmanship. Get real! As far as I am aware, the only Aussies cited for any on field misbehavior in the last few years was Mitchel Johnson in NZ a few months back, and that was no major incident. Thanks Ricky for being a gracious in defeat. Certain other teams, officials and supporters could really learn from him.

  • CricketLiver on October 6, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Nice comment from Abdul Enqyoob: "Even if the ball is grounded, Australians will appeal for a catch"? lol have been rolling around laughing! It was a great game guys! Aussies played hard, So did VVS and Ishant!! Stop blaming any one player... In the end it could've gone either way and anyway was going to be fun! I was following it live and cricinfo hung up and could not update itself. What happened to the "Tendulkar Servers" they were gonna order?

  • higherd on October 6, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    Rubbish! Assume Australia was batting, need 6 runs, last wicket, field up, main batsmen facing, would he encourage a big hit to win the game??? I don't think so.

  • vismorkel on October 6, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    aussies have'nt won a test against india since SYDNEY2008 whereas ind has won 4 out of 7...3 tests were drawn & aus were the ones who dominated 2 of the drawn tests(adelaide& bangalore)..they were well on their way to a victory in mohali untill ishant & laxman stopped them..why has luck desserted them in these test matches...smith was agonisingly close to hitting the stumps but missed it...Aussie dominance for a decade was not luck but the incident which started the dominance was sheer luck,gibbs dropped waugh after he had caught it cleanly,donald was run out aftr klusener had almost won it & the match was tied,worse the ball by fleming was a no ball(UMP FAILED TO SPOT IT,SHOWN BY REPLAYS) & the previous victory helped australia through to finals...in rare instances when aussies were tested during their dominance luck had always helped them...why is it that luck has desserted the aussies recently...Is it the curse of SYDNEY??plz dont take this seriously...just dramatized for fun..njoy.

  • GaneshIyer on October 6, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    What every one is missing is the rate with which India scored their runs in both the innings. Australia took almost 2 days and India took 1 day and a session to score the same amount of runs in the first innings. This setup the game nicely with 2 days to go and all results still possible. India's positive approach to batting in both the innings stood in good stead and helped them win the match.

  • six-hitter on October 6, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    I LOVE THE WAY INDIAN FANS TALK ABOUT AUSTRALIA'S CATCHES THAT ARE "GROUNDED" AS IF INDIANS NEVER DO IT. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS GAME.

  • geturdream on October 6, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    Ponting has rightly defended his young team member but he souled also take the blame on his shoulder for this loss. When Aussies were in commanding position in the match, the bowlers bowled the short balls to VVS ( who is on of the best batsman of short bowling) not to Ishant. Giving due respect to Ishant, I think it would have been tough for Ishant if Hilf or Jhonson bowled bouncers to Ishant. Ponting allowed VVS to free his arms and rotate the strike when Indian players had their their back against the wall. Luck again favored Dhoni when he did change the bowling and Ishant replied to all his critics with a bang. Really fascinating five days of cricket play and a true endorsement of 5 day format.

  • CustomKid on October 6, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    Electronsmoke sums it up pretty well.

    Fastcrew I'm guessing your and Indian?? You can't be number 1 forever? Do you have the same hatred toward the WI for their greatness in the 70's and 80's? How much longer do you think Ind will be number 1? You can't succession plan in this game. When you have a great team you can't expose young talent as you can risk leaving out a great player. The young play 1st class but that just isn't the same as test match cricket.

    The Aussies are a good team at present not great but they will compete which is the heart of this article. When SRT, VVS, RD, and co call it a day where will you sit? My guess back in the middle the next team steps up.

    Time to drop the jealousy of the recent Aussie success because IND doesn't hold a flame to what they have achieved ever nor will they.

  • manasvi_lingam on October 6, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    I thought it was a rather stupid move by Smith. Given that Ojha was a poor batsman they could have waited and they probably might have won. And Laxman's innings, with a great back, was a great innings. Not as good as Lara's 153, but very good nonetheless.

  • jamrith on October 6, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    I am an Indian supporter and delighted at the win, but full marks to Ponting for being sporting enough to allow Laxman a runner in both innings. He would have been well within his rights to refusethe request, as Laxman was obviously not fully fit from ball one of the match. I also thought Ponting's remarks at the post-match presentation ( really, how much longer do we have to put up with Ravi Shastri's bellowing at such events?) were very straightforward, no excuses. So, well done India, but don't get too cocky. And BCCI, stop being cowardly and start using UDRS.

  • henchart on October 6, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    Indians scrapped through and folks here are going gaga over it.Hope the Indian team doesnt go overboard celebrating and lose the Bangalore test.Complacency is their bane. Never underestimate the Aussie side,especially a wounded one.

  • smart84 on October 6, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    I think Ponting made an absolutely correct statement. At that point Australia was seeking just one wicket and Smith had 100% chance to get the win if he could hit the stumps. But it was his bad luck that he missed and gave away four runs. Accept the fact that Australia still gave two more runs after that, and they could still bowl out India but they failed do so as well. At the end what matters is both teams gave their hearts to win the game, but 5th day was India's day especially VVS and Ishant Sharma who gave India a memorable victory. As an Indian fan watching this final moment live at 1:20am in USA is unbelievable, but I also respect the effort that Australian team made to win the game. Finally I would say that this was a great example of test cricket and it shows that test matches are born to live forever no matter how popular T20 becomes in future.

  • jrm1186 on October 6, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    When they win, we appreciate their efforts and their victory but when India wins, they always that India were just lucky!!! Like when India won semifinal against oz in T20 world cup in 2007. Such a successful cricket team, but such disrespectful cricketers (and fans too)!!!!

  • Marcio on October 6, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    Thanks for your positive comments, Electronsmoke. It does get tiring reading comments from Indians constantly bashing Australia. Congratulations to Ricky for being a great sportsman, yet again. Despite the constant rants of whiners from the sub-continent, he is most often very gracious in defeat and victory, and one test n Sydney a few years ago doesn't change that. It's time you Indians got over it. You were thrashed by 130 runs in that game, and still moan about how the neutral umpires robbed you. Take a leaf out of Ponting's book. He cops it when he loses, even in controversial circumstances. No mention of the sledging incident, the plumb LBW at the end, or the fact that Laxman was able to use a runner for a chronic problem, not an injury (and then show no problem, smashing it everywhere). Great to see he backed Smith for the throw. I'm glad Smith took the shot. It was very Australian. With such attitudes, we have great cricket, good sportsmanship, and the game is the winner

  • Un_dercover on October 6, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    I am pretty sure there are tons of Aussies Fans hating Laxman after the 1st test because of his ability to stop Australians from making a history..well played VVS and Australia. Looking for a strong comback from Aussies.....Cheers

  • on October 6, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    Really hate to see Aussies lose; hate it more when India or England win against them; but this time cricket won- and I hope Aussies dont drop their shoulders but remember that they could give Indians a competition in their own backyard; especially during world cup :) Good Job Ponting.....

    FYI I dont need lessons on patriotism :)

  • don_pedro on October 5, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    To mathematically summarize the situation. Smithy, thought he had a 50% chance of hitting the stumps (and so a 50% chance of conceding 4 byes). The alternative was to hold off, and let Johnson bowl 2 more balls at Ojha, before Laxman faced the next over and (given the high regard the Ozzies hold VVS in) probably got to the victory pronto. Again, Smithy probably didn't hold Johnson is as much regard as he held himself, and attributed each of those balls he bowled to Ojha with about a 10% chance of getting a wicket, so roughly a 20% chance of getting Ojha out before the end of the over. Being the astute mathematician that he is Smithy, realized that he had a statistical obligation for the throw and let it rip ......

  • ruchinn on October 5, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Fact is India won & when so called experts & pundits of the game comment on India's ranking with IFS & BUTS, it looks like a hypocrisy. Among the current teams in the world with their performances India is the only team which deserves to be ranked No 1. Yes Australia played a great game but India were better. I will like to know what Chapell (Now an Australian selector) thinks of Ponting now, as he was the one to bring an end to Ganguly's career. Indians should be proud of the win & enjoy the ranking we have. Encourage the team & don't let the experts create doubts. It's our time & it's time to come to the party.

  • on October 5, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    I'm not sure why so many Indian fans on here are so anti-australian but it does seem a little harsh. What we saw was a fantastic test match between two very strong opponents and I certainly hope the next one is just as close. I will caution Indian cricket fans in thinking that Australia's time in the sun is over as it would be foolish to assume so. With the amount of talent in our state sides I wouldn't be suprised to see Australia reclaim the top ranking in tests within the next 5 years ;)

  • peeeeet on October 5, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    @Abdul Enqyoob the whole point of "Australia never say die" comes down to the fact that the Aussies aren't as good as they were 5 years ago yet they still hang in there and make it tough for teams to win. Look at this match - its team 1 at home against team 4. When Australia were team 1 at home hardly anyone could beat them, especially in the first test. There was the odd match here and there, but i think it was something like 16 or 17 series they went without being defeated at home. The fact that team 1 has won by 1 wicket in the opening test proves how the Aussies never say die (that sentence as a lot of "one" in it lol). I agree with you that India also hung in there and "never said die" - through the 'Very Very Special' Laxman, umpiring decisions, Ishants 2nd innings spell etc, but to totally discredit the effort of team 4 - pushing team 1 to the last wicket of the match - is pretty disgraceful.

  • rko_rules on October 5, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    o maza aa gya match dekh ke. chak te fatte India ne. Buurrrraaaaa.

  • Blood6 on October 5, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    India was better than us for one reason: Dhoni. At 0/87, they were in big trouble, so Dhoni thinks, I will give the ball to Sharma (should have been MOTM). 10/105 was the result. Ponting gave the ball to Hauritz at a crucial time and it was an error. Sorry indian fans but I don't rate Zaheer Khan as a batsman despite his 75. Remember Mcgrath (My favourite) has a 60 plus score against NZ. Ponting over bowled Hilfenhaus who was visibly tiring and underbowled Bollinger and Johnson. No 3rd slip or leg gully. No silly mid on, many of the facet of true aggressive cricket were lacking. And Johnson bowled way too much over the wicket instead of his traditional around. jrnmorris is correct, Ponting is now 0/6 in India and unless he is dropped, I can't see him wnnning the Ashes or World Cup. Askhat, there are too many old Aussies, but keep your racism to yourself. And speaking of racists, Harhajan deserved credit as I consider him the best bowler of the 2nd innings.

  • Something_Witty on October 5, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    There is no shame in losing to India IN India by a measly one wicket. Well played both sides is all that should be said.

  • on October 5, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Ponting has shown time and time again through his captaincy that he is unable to bowl to tail enders. He doesn't seem to have any contigency plans when things don't go his way. Its true an inexperienced bowling attack doesn't help but there are far too many occassions when a couple of tailenders get stuck in and the Aussie bowlers start bowling rubbish. Remember the Dale Steyn - JP Duminiy partnership? Broad and Swan also had fun belting us around in the ashes last year. If he could find a way of keeping the pressure on and settling things down when the tailenders get on top then he would be able to finish his career with a few more wins.

  • sai456 on October 5, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Yeah probably you were right but i think india won this by skill not luck and i am not saying that australia arent good but i think that india deserve to be no 1 and i think that ricky ponting has to be a better captain and not discourage the other team like he said on one of the articles as he said "i hope VVS Laxman stil has his sore back so he cannot play in the VVS wouldnt have scored 73* so i think that Sharma is now a good batsmen as well.

  • frozeninusa on October 5, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Let's analyze the three different scenarios associated with that throw and how the Indian media would have reacted to that: 1. Smith throws and hits the stumps: "that is a win for Australianism, they had the guts to throw it and hit it". 2. Smith throws and misses: that is the scenario that happened, we see that the media appreciates the Australianism invloved here. 3. Smith does not throw: "Not only the Aussies compete fiercely they also keep the poise in tense situations to not do anything stupid",

    Not that there is no truth in some of what has been said (and we should acknowledge that) but the media goes overoverboard and mostly the analysis is not balanced. Had an Indian attempted and missed the throw in the same situation, the knives would be out.

    What about the positive batting by Indians in the first innings compared to the slow run-rate of Australia. Did anyone talk about Australianism or Indianism involved there?

  • DiggersRus on October 5, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    When is the Australian team going to get rid of these washed-up old 'has-been' players like Ponting, Hussey, North and brings some fresh blood into the team. Guys like Smith, Khawaja, Hughes, Ferguson, Klinger, White are all top players waiting for a chance.

  • Stevo_ on October 5, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    @ElectronSmoke

    Great post mate, coldn't agree more. Some of the comments here are of kilter. No-one is taking anything away from the Indian team. There are 4 articles on the front page saying how great the win was, this writer just decided to write on something different.

    Australia are a team rebuilding from No 4, not sure why all the Indian fans still have tall poppy syndrome towards them, maybe because they don't approach the game as a world No 4 team ? . . .

  • __PK on October 5, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Wow. Great test. Interesting how this will go down in history as a great test, but the last Aus/India test in Sydney won't despite the identical closeness of the result and the controversial decisions along the way. Why? Because India won this one and Harbhajan had noone to make racist comments about. And clearly Australia handle losing like adults, unlike their opponents few years back. Do you think Ponting will threaten to abandon the tour because of the poor umpiring decisions?

  • jrnmorris on October 5, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Ponting should be dropped as captain!

  • on October 5, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Ya dats the way the young blood is going ....... If the win is not coming directly-'Take it from some one who deserves it less' ............. This time it was AUSTRALIANS

  • on October 5, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    just imagine if in the 1999 worldcup if the run was scored only if

  • on October 5, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    Who r we to criticize or to comment on any team? To comment on any player/team by siting in our bedroom is very easy than what happen on the real field. So please stop throwing nascence comments on Indians or Aussies having no meaning at all. It is impossible to compare between the 2 if we consider 1st innings of both the teams. Its true that Aussies never give up in any situation. Such aptitude should be praised in the interest of Game(Hands up to them). As fer as 2nd innings batting is concerned both the teams are not played up to their capabilities SO I DONT UNDERSTAND THAT WHY EVERYONE IS DEFENDING THEIR HOME TEAM BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIELD TODAY. If we talk about LUCK Umpire has given wrong decision for both the teams. But pl pl pl pl pl pl pl pl pl pl pl TELL ME ONE THING ARE ISHANT AND LAXMAN SHOULD NOT BE PRAISED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TODAY?. I think these two players made all the difference for winning(cause win to india) and loosing(Loss to Aus) teams

  • on October 5, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    VVS does it again ! very few batsmen left in the game who brings the real essence of test cricket into play - VVS is certainly one of them, this is going to be intresting series.

  • on October 5, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Donno what to say. My mind agrees with the author, but rest else totally totally agrees with Abdul Enqyoob. Anyways, I am happy that India won, doesn't matter if Aus did not lose, though.

  • on October 5, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Ponting is right. This is the difference between Australia and the rest of the world. They play positive cricket and the Australians people support that. If it would be India or Pakistan, the whole media will be talking about that throw rather then the game.

  • on October 5, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    I don't get Abdul Enqyoob's point - obviously India fought as hard as Australia did for this win (harder, actually, since they won the game), but that doesn't mean the Indians had an easy time of it. For almost every session of the five days, it was a back and forth tussle - sometimes exciting, sometimes not - and both teams deserve commendations for it. Not just the winning one.

  • ElectronSmoke on October 5, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Being an Indian - it's positively shameful to see some of the reactions here. I support my cricket team, I stay up nights to watch the match at the other end of the meridian - but as a lover of the game I'd think we need to pay the opponents the due respect. No one, not even Ponting is grudging our win - he admits to being outplayed. But they were not the team "expected" to win - they had inexperienced bowling attack, and even though their batting was more grizzled - still less experience compared to the Indian line-up. They snatched a lead when barely expected, kept the game alive despite being shot out for 192 - went for the win at the last minute, lost it and ain't complaining - give them their due. Congratulations to Team India - fantastic win, but kudos to Australia - the team which never defeats themselves. (and if you want to respect Laxman there are other articles in Cricinfo to comment on :P)

  • mrgupta on October 5, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    @NIT2222: Ya you are right, India was lucky, We are lucky to have a great team who kept their calm & composure to take the match away from the so called 'Best team'. Your best team cudnt stop our No.10 batsmen from having a 81 run partnership which actually won the match. Get real, accept the fact that Aussies let the match slip when they were looking like sure winners, what India managed even from 124/8 is commendable. In last 7 test matches between India and Australia, India has won 4 and lost nothing.

  • nag520 on October 5, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    @ NIT2222 Indians are always best and they play best in world cricket.

  • on October 5, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    ya he correct in his way....but no matter what was the result ,the thing is that last half n hour was thrilling.....

  • fastcrew on October 5, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    @NIT2222 no offence mate, but Australia got many chances from the umpires to win the game and they STILL cudnt win it. ponting's team were disappointing. The umpires were really stiff in harbhajan's overs when there was atleast one lbw that cud have been given out against katich. gambhir shudnt have been given out. Sharma shudnt have been given out. A beauty from Harbhajan (or was it ohja, can remember...) was plumb lbw against hussey but the ump was quiet and then harbhajan got his revenge by getting him out later with the wrong decision. What do u mean "luck"? australians are the most LUCKYteam in the world. They win all the close wons by playing so aggressively. its about time aussies get a bit of their own medicine. wat the bottom line is u guys are ranked FOURTH in tests and DONT have the border-gavaskar trophy.

  • ThirdSlip on October 5, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Really? What happened to pragmatism? For Ojha, every ball would have been tough to face under that kind of pressure. 4 runs is a lot in those circumstances - its fine to defend your player in a post-match analysis but quite another to say Australia would always expect that of its players because it was a stupid move. Praise where there is none needed.

  • ultrasnow on October 5, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Typical young arrogant aussie. So smithy thought he'd hit the stumps and achieve instant fame, become an hero? Luck favours the brave, so smith missed.

  • on October 5, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    In de 1st place with 90 runs on de board it was foolish of Ponting to spread de field for Laxman...he shud have attacked both de batsmen rather than waiting to take de wicket of Ishant Sharma..Defensive tactics led to de loss of the aussies....:D

  • pravd on October 5, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    What I don't understand is neither the writer nor the captain seems to even try to explain the lack of a person backing up the overthrow with the game on the line. What is really "great" about this run out attempt? Isn't it a basic rule of fielding to back up a throw? Would the writer be lauding India's killer instincts or tearing the Indians apart for forgetting the basics of fielding if the situation was reversed?

  • Gopes_On_Dopes on October 5, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    I agree that Australia fought tooth and nail this Test, but cmon man, this euphemism is way too overboard. The next thing u know there'll be an article on how the aussies eat their food and how other teams should learn from it!!

  • LarryD on October 5, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Why is this guy always giving the aussies a reacharound? Last series he went on and on about Australianism, yesterday more pandering anticipating an Aussie win, and now that they lost, still glorifying a crucial mistake. This is Cricket 101 - NEVER NEVER risk overthrows during the endgame. Just goes to how stubborn Ricky is, not to mention how smitten Sid is with the Aussies ...

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    cant say more than ponting. it was another Very Very Special game, & Laxman was all around in there. yet India is currently ranked 1 , yet the winner of the match...they just remind me of the commonwealth game..."somehow made it to the end"

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    This Test was not about the display of outstanding skills but more about spills of which both teams had almost equal share. If Ishant's decision was pathetic, Ojha's was poetic justice. Similarly Hussey's and Gambhir's cancelled out the advantages conferred on either side. UDRS may not be perfect but India must go for it.

    What Smith did was what he ought to have and it is nice to see his skipper backing the rookie.

  • Dr.AlexKuruvila on October 5, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    >>an lbw appeal...looked plumb by the way>>

    Siddharth, not to take anything away from what you wrote about the Aussies... they work and play really hard, it is a given. However, the Indians are also getting stronger in their attitude on the playing field, as recent test wins would testify. The present day Indian cricketers are a different breed in their mental fortitude than those in the previous decade/decades.

    Now a comment re umpring. Although we had two of the best umpires on duty, the decisions generally tended to favor the Aussies. Nothing was more blatant than Gambhir's unfortunate dismissal in the second innings. Also to lose Ishant at that most critical stage to a poor LBW decision was terrible. I counted 4 other decisions that could have gone in India's favour (as confirmed by Hawkeye), but was not given, 2 against Katich, 1 against Hussey and 1 against North. Of course, Katich got a poor decision, but he already had 2 reprieves. So, this win was sweet & special.

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    @ Abdul:- very true....lol:)

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    cool cool saying by Abdul Enqyoob

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Hi, Sidharth Monga. I have been following your articles... Wonderful and impressive way of writing... But like, all I wonder is you are biased... You dont support India much (May be you are asked to)... But you got your own freedom...

  • NIT2222 on October 5, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    india won game just by luck not bcz they played well....Australians r best and will be best.....

  • sukuviju on October 5, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Imagine India in Australia's shoes and say a young uncapped Cheteshwar Pujara throws the ball misses the stumps and concedes 4 overthrow. Every arm chair critic will be baying for the young man's blood. That is the difference between Australia and India. On the positive side Indians have become great fighters thanks to Ganguly. They now play hard, sledge if necessary, fight till the end and never give up. The players on the ground have got their act together, now it is the turn of the spectators and arm chair critics to get theirs.

  • Karthik_1982 on October 5, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    With back spasm VVS plays for 4 hrs & with sore knee Ishant bowled spell of the match and batted & scored more than most of the batsman in the side. Doing all these and still being silent is Indian way.... Jai Hoooooo

  • rshn on October 5, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Aussie attitue? cheaters, whiners, sledgers. I hope the fresh blood plays it straight, like mark taylor's team.

    Ponting is the worst example for the spirit of the game.I hope aussies dont follow him, else they will be the most hated team like they are now.

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    I agree with Ponting on this. They don't worry about the Press. If it was an Indian player, the Press would jump all over him. If the game is on the line, you do whatever necessary to win it.

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on October 5, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    What is the big deal really? Are you saying someone from another side wouldn't have done the same thing? Maybe it says something about the psyche of the writer than that of the Aussies.

  • rahu367 on October 5, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    everyone always respect and admire more for australians if the aussie won in same way then many would have said aussie again win by showing gr8 intent and now india won they are saying that 'Whenever there is a single stump visible will go for it if indian fielder missed the wicket then the headline is indian fielders trying too much on their own and lost the match................

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    i should kicked the one who askd about the steve.........

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    So agreeing with Abdul. Who has scored a 70+ score with almost strike rate of 100, with a back spasm in, forget Austrailia, the world! He deserves so much due respect.

  • SakthivelS on October 5, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Well done Aussies.... Ricky, you don't have to worry. You have guys for the future. Just face the next test match as an Aussie. You can definitely win.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Great attitude from the captain..I strongly felt this match was interesting than 5 T20 ties..every other day diff team won..thats why i love tests..if its IND vs AUS..bring it on..well played both teams

  • addiemanav on October 5, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    this is what u expect from australia..truly they r gr8 bunch of players!!its gud that they standup for such a thing and back their players..i dont think there were any losers in the game..india won it but dont think australia lost it!!great advert for test cricket!!

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    ya its correct , no blaming on him for that throw and if it would had hit the wickets then aussies were gonna win that game, but unfortunately for smith and australia that didnt happen and resulted in 4 overthrows

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    This is why Australians are Australians. A game changing overthrow, and the skipper is still rock solid behind the rookie. That attitude, a something seen so rarely in Indian cricket. He didn't do much wrong, did Ponting. Neither during the match, nor after. Aussies.. thank you indeed. Keep losing to India, though.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Phooey, Siddharth, yesterday it was all about "Australia Never Say Die". Today it is "Whenever there is a single stump visible, Australia will go for it". What next? "Even if the ball is grounded, Australians will appeal for a catch"?

    Seems to me that there IS one team that "Never Said Die". 124-8, 216 for 9. With an aching back and the last man in. That wasn't Australia. Face the fact, please.

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  • on October 5, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Phooey, Siddharth, yesterday it was all about "Australia Never Say Die". Today it is "Whenever there is a single stump visible, Australia will go for it". What next? "Even if the ball is grounded, Australians will appeal for a catch"?

    Seems to me that there IS one team that "Never Said Die". 124-8, 216 for 9. With an aching back and the last man in. That wasn't Australia. Face the fact, please.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    This is why Australians are Australians. A game changing overthrow, and the skipper is still rock solid behind the rookie. That attitude, a something seen so rarely in Indian cricket. He didn't do much wrong, did Ponting. Neither during the match, nor after. Aussies.. thank you indeed. Keep losing to India, though.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    ya its correct , no blaming on him for that throw and if it would had hit the wickets then aussies were gonna win that game, but unfortunately for smith and australia that didnt happen and resulted in 4 overthrows

  • addiemanav on October 5, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    this is what u expect from australia..truly they r gr8 bunch of players!!its gud that they standup for such a thing and back their players..i dont think there were any losers in the game..india won it but dont think australia lost it!!great advert for test cricket!!

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Great attitude from the captain..I strongly felt this match was interesting than 5 T20 ties..every other day diff team won..thats why i love tests..if its IND vs AUS..bring it on..well played both teams

  • SakthivelS on October 5, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Well done Aussies.... Ricky, you don't have to worry. You have guys for the future. Just face the next test match as an Aussie. You can definitely win.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    So agreeing with Abdul. Who has scored a 70+ score with almost strike rate of 100, with a back spasm in, forget Austrailia, the world! He deserves so much due respect.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    i should kicked the one who askd about the steve.........

  • rahu367 on October 5, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    everyone always respect and admire more for australians if the aussie won in same way then many would have said aussie again win by showing gr8 intent and now india won they are saying that 'Whenever there is a single stump visible will go for it if indian fielder missed the wicket then the headline is indian fielders trying too much on their own and lost the match................

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on October 5, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    What is the big deal really? Are you saying someone from another side wouldn't have done the same thing? Maybe it says something about the psyche of the writer than that of the Aussies.