India v Australia, 1st Test, Mohali, 5th day October 6, 2010

Bollinger's absence hurt us - Ponting

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October 24, 2009. Brett Lee joins the Australian team barely 12 hours before the toss for the first ODI of the gruelling seven-match series. Till then, Lee has been occupied in winning New South Wales the Champions League Twenty20. On the day of the match, with Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar threatening a heist with the bat, Lee pulls up sore. End of series.

It's déjà vu in October 2010 in certain ways. Doug Bollinger, after a successful Champions League, arrives here two days before what turns out to be an all-time great Test, bowls impressively in the defence of a modest total, and when he is on absolute fire, running through the Indian batting with his aggression and hostility, he has to pull out because of abdominal pain. After an over in which he bounces Harbhajan Singh out, Bollinger is not available through the rest of the innings.

"I actually had him ready to bowl the next over," Ricky Ponting said later. "I went to grab his hat off him for the start of his next over and he said he'd felt some pain in one of his abdominals, and being a fast bowler and having that sort of injury I just sent him off the ground straight away." Ponting, captaining an Australian side not dominant any more and hence in need of every resource it can get hold of, didn't hide his disappointment last year. He is not hiding it this year.

"It would have been nice to have another fast bowler to rotate through when we needed that breakthrough," Ponting said. "At that stage, Doug had bowled just the one spell as well, so he would have been nice and fresh. When you are bowling at the tail, you need those strike options. That said, we used five other bowling options, but none of them could give us that result."

Ponting - not obligated, unlike many other international players, to always sing praises for the leagues - and the Australian team management haven't been a fan of the clashes the various leagues create with national duty, the preparation part more than the actual playing part. They have all been concerned about the late arrivals of Bollinger and Michael Hussey.

There is nothing to ensure that Bollinger wouldn't have been injured had he trained with the Australian team for the last 10 days, but it helps a captain to know that his strike bowler has not been away playing in a private league until two days before a Test.

"It probably doesn't help," said Ponting of Bollinger's Champions League commitments. "But he'd been bowling, and that's one positive for Doug that he'd been playing competitive cricket. "He probably hasn't been bowling the amount of overs in the Champions League that some of the others have had coming over here, but the facts are that he's been playing, he arrived a couple of days before the game.

"I thought his work before that was very good, I thought his spell today was probably the best he's bowled during the game, so [it was] disappointing for him to go down at the end there, it hurt us a lot."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on October 9, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    CustomKid I can assure you no ones jealous of Ponting. Let him score some runs in India, or do something credible as a captain first. :)

  • Kiran58 on October 8, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    I dont think anotherfresh bowler would have made any difference.. they had Nathan Hauritz but ponting did not have enough confidence in him ( dont blame ponting with the way he bowled).. better luck next time.. Very Very Very Very Special Laxman was too hot for Aus to handle..

  • Jassie_singh on October 8, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    "'""'Grapes are Sour""" "''Aussies are simply complaning. Ponting think about Luxman and Sharma, they were injured as well and Sharma was off the field for long time. Luxman came in to bat at number 10in the first inning. Consider this if Luxman was fit and batted at his usual position in the first innings..India would have (possibly) taken a lead. Hussy complaing about CLT20. Raina and Dhony played same match as well. And Zaheer, Tendulkar, Harbhajan were there as well playing CLT20.

  • on October 7, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Well done SFay, congratulations you've got the attention you needed. :) Obviously no point trying to make u understand the various things which make cricket so exciting, but yeah one comment u made was interesting, regarding the pitch. I just wondered what made u think BCCI would take a leaf out of CA's book and ask for flat pitches? Please refer to Sydney 2004 and Adelaide 2008.

    P.S. : I wont be surprised if u come back and say that you'd ve won in both Tests. LOL

  • CustomKid on October 7, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    C'mon Indian folks - don't be jealous of our Ricky. Just because he owns practically every trophy in the game is no reason to hate him, while your god SRT owns very few. Little man syndrome is what you all possess. He's a hard player who is a good captain and does it well. Another thing SRT failed to handle. Why would you crucify him over his comments in this article? Had India lost I'm sure MSD would have pointed out injuries to VVS, Sharma, and Gambhir as the journalist would have asked 'how did that impact your performance?' They are genuine reasons for both sides. If Australia was to win the next and the journalist asked 'did the inexperienced replacements hurt your side?' If he replied yes we weren't at full strength would that be an excuse?? No it would be a genuine reason just like Pontings answers. Such insecure people on this sight it's laughable.

  • on October 7, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    i win is a win.and dont talk like india won by skin of its teeth etc.. aussies is a good team,through india.but fails in bowling 60%,thats the indian problem.here,they did well,ishanth ,zaheer &bhaji worked well.and dont just prase rickey.........msd is best captain than ponting.............just remember that!!!cheers 4 dhoni

    Mahendra singh Dhoni 's greatest fan, Fawaz

  • Runster1 on October 7, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    @MOLLAMARIS Wad do u mean "I am happy that the australians have their priorities right country first club later unlike some Indian legends who would prefer to pull out of ODIs and tests for rest rather than from IPL" THE ONLY AUSTRALIANS THAT BOYCOTT THE IPL ARE THE ONES THAT CANT PLAY T20 CRICKET!!!!!!!!! Ricky ponting! Michael Clarke has not hope in T20 and hence OPPOSES the IPL!!! IPL is a fantastic opportunity for international cricketers to fine tune the new form of the game and indian domestic cricketers to vs internationals. AND BOLLINGER AND HUSSEY ditched their "country" team to play for an INDIAN club!!!!! So much for "ADMIRATION" for the "LOYALTY" of your country man!!!!!! btw, i am a test cricket fan, so dont think i am a complete t20 lover! btw, i dont think many captains admire pontings ways. Ponting shud have RETIRED last year!

  • Harmony111 on October 7, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    @ SFay:

    You are completely clueless about the concept of reverse swing and therefore equate it with ball tempering. Btw, Simon Jones et al destroyed Oz in 2005, was that due to ball tempering too? Brett Lee also get a bit of reverse swing going, is he a ball tamperer too?

  • trust_27 on October 7, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Australia has always been the crying baby when they lose any match. Even for us when Ishant was bowling at his best he got injured and hardly managed to bowl in the next part of the Australia's second innings. Who knows they might have been bowled within much less score than they actually have. Again regarding the Indian players weakness we have talking about short pitch stuff. Think about the conditions they have grown in with. Even the best of the countries are always susceptible when they are playing outside their own courtyard. We Indian's only have the time to criticize the Indian players nothing else. No other country have the time to criticize their players as they love to celebrate when they win rather than cribbing all the time. Change your attitude or stop commenting.

  • lazy.boy on October 7, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    guys.. that was an awesome game of cricket. one of the best test match ever. because both the teams put their best in. there were many "ifs and buts" like bollinger, ishant and laxman being injured and poor umpiring of course. but it was a great game. lets all enjoy the game. and hope for the best for the next match..

  • on October 9, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    CustomKid I can assure you no ones jealous of Ponting. Let him score some runs in India, or do something credible as a captain first. :)

  • Kiran58 on October 8, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    I dont think anotherfresh bowler would have made any difference.. they had Nathan Hauritz but ponting did not have enough confidence in him ( dont blame ponting with the way he bowled).. better luck next time.. Very Very Very Very Special Laxman was too hot for Aus to handle..

  • Jassie_singh on October 8, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    "'""'Grapes are Sour""" "''Aussies are simply complaning. Ponting think about Luxman and Sharma, they were injured as well and Sharma was off the field for long time. Luxman came in to bat at number 10in the first inning. Consider this if Luxman was fit and batted at his usual position in the first innings..India would have (possibly) taken a lead. Hussy complaing about CLT20. Raina and Dhony played same match as well. And Zaheer, Tendulkar, Harbhajan were there as well playing CLT20.

  • on October 7, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Well done SFay, congratulations you've got the attention you needed. :) Obviously no point trying to make u understand the various things which make cricket so exciting, but yeah one comment u made was interesting, regarding the pitch. I just wondered what made u think BCCI would take a leaf out of CA's book and ask for flat pitches? Please refer to Sydney 2004 and Adelaide 2008.

    P.S. : I wont be surprised if u come back and say that you'd ve won in both Tests. LOL

  • CustomKid on October 7, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    C'mon Indian folks - don't be jealous of our Ricky. Just because he owns practically every trophy in the game is no reason to hate him, while your god SRT owns very few. Little man syndrome is what you all possess. He's a hard player who is a good captain and does it well. Another thing SRT failed to handle. Why would you crucify him over his comments in this article? Had India lost I'm sure MSD would have pointed out injuries to VVS, Sharma, and Gambhir as the journalist would have asked 'how did that impact your performance?' They are genuine reasons for both sides. If Australia was to win the next and the journalist asked 'did the inexperienced replacements hurt your side?' If he replied yes we weren't at full strength would that be an excuse?? No it would be a genuine reason just like Pontings answers. Such insecure people on this sight it's laughable.

  • on October 7, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    i win is a win.and dont talk like india won by skin of its teeth etc.. aussies is a good team,through india.but fails in bowling 60%,thats the indian problem.here,they did well,ishanth ,zaheer &bhaji worked well.and dont just prase rickey.........msd is best captain than ponting.............just remember that!!!cheers 4 dhoni

    Mahendra singh Dhoni 's greatest fan, Fawaz

  • Runster1 on October 7, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    @MOLLAMARIS Wad do u mean "I am happy that the australians have their priorities right country first club later unlike some Indian legends who would prefer to pull out of ODIs and tests for rest rather than from IPL" THE ONLY AUSTRALIANS THAT BOYCOTT THE IPL ARE THE ONES THAT CANT PLAY T20 CRICKET!!!!!!!!! Ricky ponting! Michael Clarke has not hope in T20 and hence OPPOSES the IPL!!! IPL is a fantastic opportunity for international cricketers to fine tune the new form of the game and indian domestic cricketers to vs internationals. AND BOLLINGER AND HUSSEY ditched their "country" team to play for an INDIAN club!!!!! So much for "ADMIRATION" for the "LOYALTY" of your country man!!!!!! btw, i am a test cricket fan, so dont think i am a complete t20 lover! btw, i dont think many captains admire pontings ways. Ponting shud have RETIRED last year!

  • Harmony111 on October 7, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    @ SFay:

    You are completely clueless about the concept of reverse swing and therefore equate it with ball tempering. Btw, Simon Jones et al destroyed Oz in 2005, was that due to ball tempering too? Brett Lee also get a bit of reverse swing going, is he a ball tamperer too?

  • trust_27 on October 7, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Australia has always been the crying baby when they lose any match. Even for us when Ishant was bowling at his best he got injured and hardly managed to bowl in the next part of the Australia's second innings. Who knows they might have been bowled within much less score than they actually have. Again regarding the Indian players weakness we have talking about short pitch stuff. Think about the conditions they have grown in with. Even the best of the countries are always susceptible when they are playing outside their own courtyard. We Indian's only have the time to criticize the Indian players nothing else. No other country have the time to criticize their players as they love to celebrate when they win rather than cribbing all the time. Change your attitude or stop commenting.

  • lazy.boy on October 7, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    guys.. that was an awesome game of cricket. one of the best test match ever. because both the teams put their best in. there were many "ifs and buts" like bollinger, ishant and laxman being injured and poor umpiring of course. but it was a great game. lets all enjoy the game. and hope for the best for the next match..

  • bluebillion on October 7, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    @mollamaris - it isnt really clear which side you are on. you are one of those who probably sit on the fence all the time. what the "Indian supporters" here are trying to say is that India won a tough game and that shows the difference between being number 1 and number 4. The champions have the character and strength to pull off such victories, close or not. by the way, did you want to say "cake walk" or "walk in the park" coz like your sitting on the fence thingy you actually said "cake in the park". When you say "susceptible to short-pitch bowling" ... but which batsmen isnt uncomfortable with fast short balls? Didnt Ponting get out to one in this test? Isnt he regularly getting out to it these days? What about Clarke? When he gloved the Ishant bouncer, did he look at ease?

    @Sfay - You mean there are no instructions to Perth groundsmen when the sub-continent teams play in Aus? And hurrraaayyyy we tamper the ball to get reverse swing but nobody can catch us :)) hahahaha

  • Psyc_s on October 7, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    @mollamaris-whatever you told about Indian Legends Participating in IPL and avoiding ODI's is not rite, it is like if Sachin announces that he is not going to play for Mumbai Indians the very next second people will start claiming that he has no integrity for the state and Powerful politics will come into his day to day life from Rich hands and politicians for such announcement. I tell you that Sachin is an Angelic spirit to escape from modern mass media and dangerous politics in India. It has become a habit for people to comment or criticize Sachin on each and every article even if that was not about him, why is that so?

  • Woodsheart on October 7, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    @molla moris : if u dont knw that not one indian wud hv imagine that india will win wit oly 2wickets left for 80 odd runs...knw it: I believed that india will win the match ,truly from my heart..TEAM INDIA :I believed they wud fight till the end ...and they won ..and it'll continue forever..and there are lot of others who believe in our team to win even in tough situations like this..

  • Percy_Fender on October 7, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    In continuation of my earlier post I would like to add that a Captain's luck plays a big part in the team's performance. Even if the team has 11 world beaters, the element of luck is what will decide several things. For instance, there may be rain or riots or a player may be injured during the game.Nothing will illustrate this better that the manner South Africa lost to England in the 92 World Cup or whn the last day's play was washed out in the Chennai Test between India and Australia in 2005. Gilchrist was the Australian captain in that match. India needed just 200 in a whole day's play to win after Sehwag had hit magrath for 20 runs in the opening over. India could have lost on the last day just as they could have won. But the records will show the match as having been drawn. No mention will be made of the fact that a storm washed out the last day's play. There are many such instances that one can reel of. The importance of luck cannot be underestimated.

  • Woodsheart on October 7, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Oh oh oh !!! aussies , get ur eyes here : I do respect a lot ricky and his captaincy ,yea' he's one of the best ever , produced world cup victories under his captaincy and brought many laurels for aus cricket, not every indian fans sayin him that he s not the best .Better hv some sort of respect also for us,who really loves gud cricketers ,we aren't seeing which team he's frm... And sachin is a tremendous player and no.1 at the moment ,his statistics shows that ..I believe in strategies...and in my opinion Michael clarke is not a gud option for future captaincy for aussies ..I sum times feel why is he in the team??? ..coming to : bollinger and hussey ,yea' bollingers absence on the final 2 session of the game wud ve hurt ricky ..board shud flex their arm and solve this kinda props next tym around ..AND ITS TRUE THAT AUSTRALIA ARE STRUGGLING WITHOUT THEIR CLASS PLAYERS; INDIA WILL HAVE THEIR DAY TOO...NOT TOO LONG DEAR MATES...

  • Percy_Fender on October 7, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    While I do feel sorry that Bollinger got injured and could not bowl at a very crucial phase in the Mohali Test I believe it is just part of the game which should not be talked about.In the 2002/2003 Ashes, England could have given Australia a run for their money under Nasser Hussain. Michael Vaughn was at his peak and Trescothick was brilliant.But they lost 1-4 because Harmisson lost his run-up,Simon Jones foot took an about turn, Flintoff and Giles got injured and they were far from the force they were expected to be.That was because of Nasser Hussain's luck. Australia won handsomely. In Sri Lanka,India played without Zaheer Khan or Harbhajan or Sreesanth,not to mention others due to injuries and could manage only a 1-1 draw. Sangakarra and other Sri Lankans were shouting from the roof tops that India did not deserve the No 1 position. Even at Mohali they were without Sharma and Gambhir.But they won against a resurgent Australia.Bollinger's injury came during the game just as Laxman's

  • Aussasinator on October 7, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Ponting would have liked another fast bowler. Well, so would have Dhoni. Difference is Dhoni doesnt crib and makes do with available resources and gets the best out his men with good man management skills. @disappointed. You said Ponting is building a new Australia. He is supposed to have been doing that for 3 years or so now. And a doing a petty bad job of it. Rebuilding refelcts itself in youngsters playing - not the Husseys, Katiches, Watsons, Clarkes, Ponting himself , most of them Dads and Uncles. And mind you, a good captain does not insult his existing team by constantly harping on missing out the stars like Mcgrath & Warne, years after their retirement. There is no excuse for bad performance but lack of skills. Time for Clarke to take over before its too late.

  • on October 7, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    India were also short of Laxman and Ishant in first innings. Aussies should except that they lost the match instead of giving excuses. Bottomline is India had beaten australia and lead the series 1-0.

  • vertical on October 7, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    I think australia were awesome in this match. After the departure of Mcgrath, Warney and others australia are playing really close matches and unfortunately losing more. Though this has increased competition its sad that that australia have sunk instead of other teams raising their games.

  • vertical on October 7, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    I think australia were awesome in this match. After the departure of Mcgrath, Warney and others australia are playing really close matches and unfortunately losing more. Though this has increased competition its sad that that australia have sunk instead of other teams raising their games.

  • Adeel-Shehzad on October 7, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Pakistan has also played the last ODI series without its key bowlers...there is no excuse in cricket..Ricky Ponting must know that Aussies era is almost over now.....& i think that bollinger also might not be able to stop the indian legends like Laxman & Sachin!!

  • on October 7, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    This is yet another forum on Cricinfo where Ponting vs Sachin is going on...c'mon guys, as a skipper he has all the rights to express his disappointment on non-availability of a strike bowler in those circumstances. Further, he never denied that India deserves this victory. And yes, We were a little short on resources too and i am sure if we would have lost, all of us would be hearing similar tales from Dhoni about Ishant, VVS and Gambhir. Just wish to see 22 fit men fighting till the end in Bangalore.

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

    @mollamaris: Tendulkar must be the legend u are mentioning . With a split finger webbing a single 20-20 match might look possible .. Too much of competetive cricket cannot be played with that. legends of the gam know wat to do and wat not to do.... :)

  • asanka1984 on October 7, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    I believe the Ausi's should act in a civilized manner here..!! now now no point of been jealous.! You should agree you are not on the top of the list, either ICC test or ICC ODI sides..! so realize the truth and act like civilized people.! to add one more thing.I agree with " cricinfo_2010" 100%...ponting might be a good cricketer but the guys attitude is the worst in the game.! Don't start crying over this now ok.. :) everyone knows who ponting is ...but players like Russel Taylor and Gilly deserves to be called true gentlemen.!

  • asanka1984 on October 7, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    I believe the Ausi's should act in a civilized manner here..!! now now no point of been jealous.! You should agree you are not on the top of the list, either ICC test or ICC ODI sides..! so realize the truth and act like civilized people.! to add one more thing.I agree with " cricinfo_2010" 100%...ponting might be a good cricketer but the guys attitude is the worst in the game.! Don't start crying over this now ok.. :) everyone knows who ponting is ...but players like Russel Taylor and Gilly deserves to be called true gentlemen.!

  • satanswish on October 7, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    All of you criticizing me for Ricky's poor show as a captain, did you guys really watch the match on 5th day or did you just see highlights package?

    Ricky Ponting had set totally defensive field when VVS Laxman arrived at the crease. Wristy batsman took full advantage of such field settings & milked bowling by taking singles & doubles. Stylish Indian batsman was fully set until Ricky realized its too late to set attacking field. Had he set fielding similar to he did during last couple of overs, result could have been different. Wayward bowling by Hilfenhaus & Co. helped Indian cause as they bowled too many deliveries down the leg side. Not to mention, winning runs came from wayward leg-side delivery.

    I'm pretty sure if captain was Mark Taylor or Steve Waugh, such nail-biting test match would have won by Aussies with great commitment.

  • asanka1984 on October 7, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses.... how could Ponting survive without these..!! LOL

  • PROTEAFAN on October 7, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    True that Bollinger would have made a difference, but the problem was the batting. Ponting's runout in the first innings was inexcusable, and Clarke and North, well the Aussies will never dominate world cricket again with players like this in their squad. Aussie arrogance has come back to haunt them - they threw Hayden away without a second thought, and found a silly excuse to get rid of Symonds, each matchwinners in their own right. Symonds on that wicket would have been interesting.Water under the bridge now I guess. David Hussey must be given a chance, he can contribute with the ball as well and is a good player of spin, so why wasn't he in the squad?

  • asanka1984 on October 7, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses....excuses.... how could ponting survive without these..!!!!!!!

  • on October 7, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    @SFay, sour grapes may be?

  • dinosaurus on October 7, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    It was a great test match, spoiled for me by reading the "up yours" comments here from Indian fans. With a few honourable exceptions, there weren't many gracious comments from the fans of the victors. If Steve Smith's throw had hit would the Indian fans have been so rude?

  • BillyBlue on October 7, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Pointing's crying again? He did not cry this much about Warne or McGrath when they were injured. But back then Auz were incvincible & he could afford not to not "make excuses" to justify losses. Auz r just sore losers, plain simple. Now for people that say #4 Auz gave #1 Ind a scare in Ind, consider this: Ind basically played 2 players shorts, 1 bowler & batter in the1st innings, dropped 8 catches, costing them > 300 runs & still beat Auz. If that does not show that they have the character for no. 1, I'm not sure what will. Additionally the above shows the standards of other teams post the Auz invincibility era. You can't blame Ind if other teams just can't win enough. Finally, its ironic the Auz #1 position earlier in the decade, wasn't questioned even though they did not win in Ind. But Ind, who have not had a chance yet to play in SA & Auz since getting to #1, get put down & questioned at every turn. By the std.applied to Auz, an Ind loss in Auz is irrelevant to their #1 rankin

  • knowledge_eater on October 7, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    He is right actually, he was really needed at the end. This Dug the rug can really do damage sometimes. Its the heat that got him. Well too bad Ricky, I wanted Aus. to lose anyway, better luck next time.

  • Frais on October 7, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Why is that every time I read any blog on cricket it is the Indian fans that are the ones that spew the most vile rhetoric about other sides especially Australia. You people really need to get over yourselves and support cricket in a positive light. Just Remember Tendulker and Dravid almost 38 Laxman not far behind apart from Zaheer and harbhajan you bowling is pretty thin, I have seen the IPL and there is not much to wright about there. You also have start playing away from home soon other then Sri lanka and bangladesh then we will see about the number one ranking, not that it means much as we have just witnessed. But then again the BCCI will put pressure on England, Aus and SA to produce docile wickets when they eventually tour, wont' they. For a country that seems to think they are mad about cricket, alot of empty seats to be had. Ashes will be packed that I can tell you. Indian fans put their own teams achievement to shame when they spew forth some the rubbish i read.

  • ILuvTests on October 7, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    I wonder if any but a miniscule minority gets pleasure from watching cricket. As opposed to watching their team win.

  • on October 7, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    I don't know why people are criticizing Ricky, Australia played well and there was not many difference between the two teams and India enjoyed the home advantage. Win was great but no room to criticize the Aussies

  • nzcricket174 on October 7, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Considering how easy Indian tails usually fall over, this is a great feat.

  • manasvi_lingam on October 7, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Well, both sides had less than ideal conditions. Ishant was missing for most of the match and so was Laxman. In fact, if Laxman had been fit in the 1st innings, a total of 550 or so would have been very possible. So, I guess it more or less evens out.

  • venbas on October 7, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    @SFay - FYI Bangalore has been the worst pitch for India in terms of win statistics. Dhoni and co. should consider themselves lucky to get away with a win in Mohali as otherwise it could well have been the first ever whitewash defeat for India in India. (atleast in the last 3 decades)

    It was definitely a good advt for Cricket. Both the teams played tenaciuos cricket and I was actually hoping for a tie in the final stages. India would also be losing their Fab 4 soon and it would be very interesting to see whether we will have the same level of intensity.

  • balajik1968 on October 7, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    I personally feel Ponting missed a couple of tricks. He had 2 other occasional bowlers, Katich and Clarke. Katich especially, because his kind of bowling is rare in world cricket. Either Ponting has no confidence in Katich's bowling or he knows something we don't.

  • jamrith on October 7, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    There is no doubt that Bollinger's absence on the 5th day was a major loss to the Aussie bowling resources as he was "on fire". True, India missed Ishant in the first innings but he had been bowling badly at that stage. And again, hats off to Ponting for allowing Laxman a runner, he could have refused, since Laxman was obviously carrying this injury into the match and did not sustain it after the match started.

  • Deenesh on October 6, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    so wat ponting's saying is tht had boullinga bowled, Aus wouldve won. Jeez man, its not like India didnt have any players coming from the champions league. Had they lost, they would not have blamed anything on fatigue. (mainly cuz its they're league but styll)

  • zxaar on October 6, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    @mollamaris "Also I am happy that the australians have their priorities right country first club later unlike some Indian legends who would prefer to pull out of ODIs and tests for rest rather than from IPL." ---------------- you mean like Ponting certainly NOT playing in next ODIs against india. Or he is dropped?? what is it? Aus certainly have got their priorities right.

  • Sach_is_Life on October 6, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    @SFay..The No 1 team with only 9 players for most part of the game defeated a No 4 team with 11 of their best players for most part of the match....It is bcaz VVS was not available in the 1st innings ..you guys've at least got that 1st innings lead..Otherwise who knows..if he z fit ...the way he batted in the 2nd innings means...most probably..India would've won with an innings to spare lol..VVS vs Aus,3rd day of a test match and on a flat batting track when the score was 350/5...Enough Said..!!

  • Rooboy on October 6, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Some of you guys are unbelievable with your complete lack of balance and reasonableness. Did some of you even read Ponting's comments?! He said it would have been nice to have Bollinger available. How can any reasonable person argue with that?! Ponting also admitted he used five other options but they weren't good enough to get the result ... Ponting's comments are a LOT more gracious than the vitriolic rubbish emanating from some of the hypocrites here. @cricinfo_2010 - this guy you claim is not a good ambassador for cricket could have denied Laxman a runner had he wanted to, which would have made a huge difference, but he didnt. Why don't you hypocrites comment about that? . @dissapointed - I agree except for your comment about 10 years - had Aus won, the whining would have gone on for much longer than 10 years!! Both sides copped some shocking decisions but its always the Indians who think it only ever happens to them. And its their team that didn't want the review system!

  • montys_muse on October 6, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Surprising to see an Aussie captain making excuses...

  • on October 6, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    Funny to read Indians commenting about "excuses" given by Ponting, may be you guys cant take it when others imitate you. BTW your Indian team "escaped" defeat, dont forget :P

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

    I dont think the test win was a cake in the park. I am sure not one of the Indian supporters in this forum even imagined an Indian win when we needed 80 odd with two wickets. If Australia is a poor team and India is the no 1 test team it surely did not look like that. So let us stop blowing our trumpets and criticize Australia and ponting. We still are susceptible to short pitch bowling . We still lack an allrounder and a good third seamer. Also I am happy that the australians have their priorities right country first club later unlike some Indian legends who would prefer to pull out of ODIs and tests for rest rather than from IPL. I still admire Ponting as a captain and I think that any captain would be proud to achieve what he has in his career.

  • cricinfo_2010 on October 6, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Ponting, the captain with lot of excuses. Period. I like him as a batsman, he may be successful capain, but not a good ambassador for cricket.

  • nandydesikan on October 6, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    India had more injury problems than Australia yet they emerged out winning. In the days of Aussie domination from 2002-2006, many matches where Aussies were about to lose were interrupted by rain corroborating the fact that though they were great, they were very fortunate. Australia would do themselves mighty good if they stay under Punter for 1-2 years. Cameroon White is being groomed for leadership. I hate this Michael Clarke leading Australia in the future, he is just trying to imitate Punter not knowing he cannot match Punter's class. Dont forget that Punter is the league of the greatest cricketers ever played along with Sachin,Lara, Don Bradman, etc. This Clarkey is just good enough player. When his own batting when it matters is questioned, how can he be a good succcessor?

  • ladycricfan on October 6, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    CLT20 is a joint venture of BCCI, CA AND CSA. All the players participated in the league did so with the permission from their respective boards. There were AUSTRALIAN AND INDIAN test players involved in the tournament. Ind V Aus Test matches were sheduled by the BCCI in agreement with CA. If Bollinger and Hussey's late arrival in India is such a big deal you should blame the boards for the SHEDULING.

  • dissapointed on October 6, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Looking at the comments it is obvious that the people writing them have very little knowledge of the game. SATANSWISH: Australia's best captain, and one of the best captains that the game has eve seen was Alan Border. He took the weakest Australian side in our history and one year after he retired Australia had removed the mighty West Indies as the most dominant team in the world, the rest is history. Taylor and Waugh's record, especially Waugh's record is because of the players he had, and Ponting's captaincy not only is brilliant considering the lack of depth, he is building a new Australia, not unlike Alan Border. In 5 years since Ponting took over from Waugh, the players lost: Warne Langer Hayden Martin Gilchrist McGrath and others, look at what they achieved. I'm glad India won, if they haven't we would be hearing about poor umpiring decisions for the next 10 years, Ponting was disappointing, that's what the article was about.

  • on October 6, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Would ricky had said the same thing if australia had won the match? I dont think so... India too was a bowler less and a batsmen less in the first innings... How they managed to claw back is what it matters... Ricky's gotta admit that he is losing the plot and should retire

  • EightBall on October 6, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    The criticisms of Ponting are unwarranted. He was most likely responding to a reporter's question. A question such as, "Do you feel Bollinger's absence hurt?" As for his captaincy, I feel that this is the weakest Aussie team in more than 2 decades. And they pushed India in India to the absolute hilt. It could really have been anybody's game. Ponting needs to be credited immensely for being able to shepherd this team. It is much harder to be captain of a team in descent than in ascent. The latter was the case for Waugh & Taylor, given what they inherited from their respective predecessors. (Border, in the case of Taylor.) As for the erstwhile stars such as Hayden & McGrath, let us not forget Kim Hughes, who was unable to handle stars such as Lillee and Marsh. Ponting commanded the respect of all the stars in his team. He really was (is) the undisputed leader.

  • Stevo_ on October 6, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    @Gopal Krishna Sharma Nandyala "if the Aussies have finally learnt how to use it " Yeah they don't ball tamper so that kinda takes the reverse swing option away from them.

  • Stevo_ on October 6, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    @satanwish The number 4 team stretched the numner 1 team and nearly stole a win under Pontings captaincy , so I think your being a bit hard.

    Shame that this series is over now, as we all know that the BCCI will be telling the groundmans to prepare a road for the next test. Boring draw here we come . . .

  • crikkfan on October 6, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    satanswish no wait till this series and then the ashes is over. losing the ashes will be the death knell. hasta la vista ricky (as captain)

  • PremZtalks on October 6, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain says "He missed a fastbowler" meaning he needed atleast 4 to 5 bowlers to dismiss India's No.10 & 11. Hmm... No doubt INDIA is the No.1 Test team in the world.

  • on October 6, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    funny how the IPL and Champions league are always to blame for injuries....even if they occur several weeks later!

  • svinodmenon on October 6, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Its Simple Ricky don't like T20 as he couldn't play. Another one Clarke not a T20 player. But he was the captain. Where are the Aussies going. Clarke will shut teh doors for Aussies in the future, they will struggle to find another captain. T20 is the future. Make urself available or move on to your kitchen. 5 day cricket can be played but players like bolinger is not very much practised to it. Put more pressure on your bowlers ricky you will end up with no bowlers for the odi. Come on ricky grow up.

  • crazycricketfan4life on October 6, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    Yes it was a great Indian victory in the first test but it is always ridiculous how Indian cricket fans attempt to deprecate the opposition, whoever that may be after pulling of a remarkable victory. In this case as the comments from these users suggest that Ricky Ponting is not a great captain because he had a great team and so on and so forth. Guys, get a brain check, you are talking about the captain of the greatest team to have played in this generation and despite losing your major lynch pins all in the space of two years Australia brings out great teams through a measure of both talent and true grit to win test matches from impossible scenarios. Sometimes obviously things don't go your way. I am not an Australian cricket fan but I have a lot of respect for a team which has changed test cricket forever and is still carrying the baton for cricket in terms of ability. Guys show some respect where it's due, oh wait am I trying to rationalize with irrational Indian fans!!!!

  • NIT2222 on October 6, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    guys he is one of best captain stop insulting him......he is best and alwasy better than SACHIN.....

  • satanswish on October 6, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Ricky Ponting was never a great captain even though Aussies were invincible team. It was Mark Taylor who built this super aussie force and later Steve Waugh carried the baton. Ricky Ponting's record shows great statistics just because he had great players like Hayden, Warne, Gilchrist & McGrath who played their best cricket under his captaincy. His poor performance as a captain was always overshadowed by brilliant cricket by such good players, now as the backbone of Australian cricket have retired we can now see Ricky fully exposed. His team lost Ashes pretty badly last year & his own poor form continued for extended period. I remember last year Ricky Ponting was talking about Sachin's retirement. It would be great favour for all aussies, if Ricky packs his own bag now.

  • on October 6, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    There are always Ifs. If Laxman had been fit in first innings, we wud have never gave the lead to Aussies. If Ishant had not been injured Aussies would have never scored 400.

  • on October 6, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Yeah poor Ricky needs 5 bowlers to get no 10 and 11 on a 5th day track with uneven bounce (putting it mildly). prodigious reverse swing (if the Aussies have finally learnt how to use it i.e.) and sharp turn. Great job Dude!!

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  • on October 6, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Yeah poor Ricky needs 5 bowlers to get no 10 and 11 on a 5th day track with uneven bounce (putting it mildly). prodigious reverse swing (if the Aussies have finally learnt how to use it i.e.) and sharp turn. Great job Dude!!

  • on October 6, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    There are always Ifs. If Laxman had been fit in first innings, we wud have never gave the lead to Aussies. If Ishant had not been injured Aussies would have never scored 400.

  • satanswish on October 6, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Ricky Ponting was never a great captain even though Aussies were invincible team. It was Mark Taylor who built this super aussie force and later Steve Waugh carried the baton. Ricky Ponting's record shows great statistics just because he had great players like Hayden, Warne, Gilchrist & McGrath who played their best cricket under his captaincy. His poor performance as a captain was always overshadowed by brilliant cricket by such good players, now as the backbone of Australian cricket have retired we can now see Ricky fully exposed. His team lost Ashes pretty badly last year & his own poor form continued for extended period. I remember last year Ricky Ponting was talking about Sachin's retirement. It would be great favour for all aussies, if Ricky packs his own bag now.

  • NIT2222 on October 6, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    guys he is one of best captain stop insulting him......he is best and alwasy better than SACHIN.....

  • crazycricketfan4life on October 6, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    Yes it was a great Indian victory in the first test but it is always ridiculous how Indian cricket fans attempt to deprecate the opposition, whoever that may be after pulling of a remarkable victory. In this case as the comments from these users suggest that Ricky Ponting is not a great captain because he had a great team and so on and so forth. Guys, get a brain check, you are talking about the captain of the greatest team to have played in this generation and despite losing your major lynch pins all in the space of two years Australia brings out great teams through a measure of both talent and true grit to win test matches from impossible scenarios. Sometimes obviously things don't go your way. I am not an Australian cricket fan but I have a lot of respect for a team which has changed test cricket forever and is still carrying the baton for cricket in terms of ability. Guys show some respect where it's due, oh wait am I trying to rationalize with irrational Indian fans!!!!

  • svinodmenon on October 6, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Its Simple Ricky don't like T20 as he couldn't play. Another one Clarke not a T20 player. But he was the captain. Where are the Aussies going. Clarke will shut teh doors for Aussies in the future, they will struggle to find another captain. T20 is the future. Make urself available or move on to your kitchen. 5 day cricket can be played but players like bolinger is not very much practised to it. Put more pressure on your bowlers ricky you will end up with no bowlers for the odi. Come on ricky grow up.

  • on October 6, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    funny how the IPL and Champions league are always to blame for injuries....even if they occur several weeks later!

  • PremZtalks on October 6, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain says "He missed a fastbowler" meaning he needed atleast 4 to 5 bowlers to dismiss India's No.10 & 11. Hmm... No doubt INDIA is the No.1 Test team in the world.

  • crikkfan on October 6, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    satanswish no wait till this series and then the ashes is over. losing the ashes will be the death knell. hasta la vista ricky (as captain)

  • Stevo_ on October 6, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    @satanwish The number 4 team stretched the numner 1 team and nearly stole a win under Pontings captaincy , so I think your being a bit hard.

    Shame that this series is over now, as we all know that the BCCI will be telling the groundmans to prepare a road for the next test. Boring draw here we come . . .