India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 5th day October 13, 2010

Ponting rues batting lapses

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In Mohali, the width of a stump - the one Steven Smith had a shy at and missed - separated Australia from a famous victory. In Bangalore, in front of a passionate crowd that was worth at least half a man to the home side, there was no Heartbreak Hotel room to check into. This was a comprehensive defeat, the manner of it all the more galling after Australia had matched India for three days and more.

"It's probably a little bit harsh, isn't it?" said Ricky Ponting, when asked about the 2-0 scoreline. "We played very well for the majority of the first Test, and pretty well for the majority of this one. It just goes to show that unless you play five good days of Test cricket - and that's five, not four or four-and-a-half - you don't win games.

"The first Test was a great example of that. Even this Test here ... our inability to break the M Vijay-Sachin Tendulkar partnership on day three was crucial to the outcome of this game. There was also our inability to bat for three sessions in the second innings of a Test match. We needed to bat for one hour longer to put India under some pressure. Then it would have been a really good game of cricket."

Ponting, who has now lost two series as captain in both India and England, fought valiantly for the series-levelling win on the fourth evening, but a classy innings of 72 was cut short when Zaheer Khan once again exhibited his mastery of reverse-swing. "I was really disappointed and down last night to get out when I did," said Ponting. "I probably played as well yesterday as I ever have in Indian conditions. I did it for three quarters of the day but didn't get across the line. When you get those starts, you have to capitalise."

Little went right for him when India batted. Virender Sehwag's poor run in the fourth innings of matches continued, but India found a new hero in Cheteshwar Pujara, who stroked the ball with tremendous fluency and showed great poise on his way to 72 on debut.

"I was hoping we'd take some early wickets and I was hoping we'd get Sehwag out early, which we did," said Ponting. "We knew Sachin was going to be a big wicket for us. I guess the Pujara-Vijay partnership put us a bit behind the eight-ball. They scored at nearly a run a ball and had the momentum going their way. That's what I spoke to the boys about at lunch. It was about stemming the momentum and slowing the scoreboard down. We got one wicket, but we weren't good enough to maintain it through the course of the day."

He admitted that Australia were a little surprised to see Pujara stride out in the No. 3 position that Dravid has occupied for so long. "I'm not sure what the reasoning was behind it," he said. "I'm sure you'll hear from MS [Dhoni] later on. I imagine it was something to do with him being fresh and not doing much batting in the first innings. I also had a look at Dravid's record in Bangalore, and it's not great. Maybe they were trying to be pro-active and send someone out that was willing to keep the scoreboard ticking over at a faster rate, rather than someone who was under a little bit of pressure."

Having nearly made a hash of a similar run-chase in Mohali, India went about things rather differently on this fifth-day pitch, with Pujara's belligerence the best example of a refusal to get even slightly bogged down. "They seemed to have a bit more intent," said Ponting. "We were able to get four wickets late that night [in Mohali]. It was a tough little period for them to bat.

"That's the sort of start we needed to have today. It seemed their approach was a bit different. Even Pujara, playing the way he did, showed great intent. He showed he was willing to take a few risks to try and get the momentum going India's way, and it paid off for him today."

And while there was a lot of criticism of his own tactics, especially the fields set when Nathan Hauritz came on, Ponting admitted that any dreams of parity pretty much disappeared with his frontline spinner conceding 76 in just 12 overs. "Nathan's disappointed with the way he's bowled this game," he said. "Saying that, I thought even our guys yesterday handled the Indian spinners well. It was the reverse-swinging ball late in the day that got them two wickets. There's no doubt that we have some work to do, on how we bat against reverse-swing bowling and also how we deliver it when we've got the ball. Zaheer and Sreesanth, again today, have done that a lot better than us this series."

India now haven't lost a Test series since Sri Lanka in 2008, but Ponting suggested that any ambitions of replicating the sort of dominance that West Indies and Australia enjoyed for so long would depend entirely on how well they dealt with the changing of the guard. "What I know about the Indian team at the moment is that all their batsmen are very experienced, bar Suresh Raina. When VVS Laxman comes back in, one of Vijay or Pujara's going to have to go back out.

"The greatest challenge they'll have is how they maintain the standards they've set over the last couple of years when some of those guys start to move on. That's been the biggest challenge for Australian cricket over the last three or four years. When those very experienced and very good players move on, how long does it take for the next crop of young guys to stand up and start playing the way those players did in winning games for their country? It'll be interesting to see how India cope with that."

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  • POSTED BY Robofk on | October 14, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    It is good cricket is dying in Australia all other team should defeat Australia and one day they need to stop playing cricket. BAN RSA also from cricket then INDIA can stay at No.1 always......comeon..........INIDIA...ALways play aganist Bangladesh, Eng and PAK...keep adding points............

  • POSTED BY Proteas123 on | October 14, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Indian team has played well, no doubt, but it has been at home. If India played more away games, SA would be ranked number 1. India does not have a hope of winning in SA.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 14, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    It is funny to see Ausis and Pakis complaining about ICC rankings and degrades India's progress over the last 4-5 years!. Do not just blame , pls read the last 5 yers results. How many of teams able to beat Engalnd and Aus in their home?? Also check how many wins for Aus after that Infamous test win in Sydney.

  • POSTED BY Rukus_NZ on | October 14, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Gee Popcorn you are too one sided, seriously.. When you think about it, Mitch Johnson and his batting failed, Clarked failed hard aswell... The Indian Spinners out classed the Australian spinners by a HUGE margin.. Ricky and Shane had some decent batting but should have pushed on more to higher scores... How can you say your rusty... >> Come on thats a weak excuse, its not like thier practice games were washed out like the NZ vs Bangladesh games... Having said that, Dravid didnt look too convincing either.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Poor popcorn, He has been burnt from all the sides. So he is talking like this. Poor australia are in a difficult stage as they struggle to win in their home also & away is what we see in the present. so be careful when you comment about india as rating is mixture of both not only home or away.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 14, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    I think Ponting's batting performance should be considered average in this series because the average of his 4 innings scores match about his career batting average. To think that Ponting was outstanding in this series would be an overstatement. Ponting's performance is still declining. If Australia does not bat first in Ashes then Ponting's batting skills will be tested-- there is no doubt about it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    @popcorn .. I second dat... I feel sad 4 aussie.. Hail Ponting..at da same Imdia have no ryt 2 b No.1--- Dey play @ home like 9 out of 10 times... Fortunately dey get exposed in Mega-tournaments wen dey move out of da subcontinent....especially "SHORT BALLS".. Teams like da West Indies get da betr of dem ...

  • POSTED BY Wismay on | October 14, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    @Popcorn

    Ishant Sharma was not out. But was wrongly given out. Why you blissfully over look it?

    According to ICC rating India is No1. That is it.

    Australia also can do the same. No need to win away, just win in Australia and try to be No1 in the ICC ranking list. No one is stopping them!

    Don't try to find fault in everything... and discredit opposition teams...

  • POSTED BY ManivannanGovindarajan on | October 14, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Ponting had given a good interview about the two Tests held in Mohali and Bangalore which turned as 2-0 victory for India. And he also quoted about the future of Indian Team. Because now, Ponting is still searching for the place which was left by Symonds and Gilchrist. Eventhough we have the back up of M Vijay, Pujara, S Raina , Yuvraj and probably R Sharma also it is very very difficult for particular point of time to maintain the same standards after Sachin, Rahul and VVS if retired..

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Finally, India, look into yourselves - you have NEVER won a series abroad - how can you say you're No.1?by pop corn...

    You better know the matches played by India from 2007...it won a series victories in England, Westindies, Newzealand , Pakistan, Srilanka, and the last series in Australia...India was very close in winning the Sydney test where...the decision was given favourable to aussies....otherwise....Australia would have lost the test match....the series would have been won by India 2-1...

  • POSTED BY Robofk on | October 14, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    It is good cricket is dying in Australia all other team should defeat Australia and one day they need to stop playing cricket. BAN RSA also from cricket then INDIA can stay at No.1 always......comeon..........INIDIA...ALways play aganist Bangladesh, Eng and PAK...keep adding points............

  • POSTED BY Proteas123 on | October 14, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Indian team has played well, no doubt, but it has been at home. If India played more away games, SA would be ranked number 1. India does not have a hope of winning in SA.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 14, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    It is funny to see Ausis and Pakis complaining about ICC rankings and degrades India's progress over the last 4-5 years!. Do not just blame , pls read the last 5 yers results. How many of teams able to beat Engalnd and Aus in their home?? Also check how many wins for Aus after that Infamous test win in Sydney.

  • POSTED BY Rukus_NZ on | October 14, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Gee Popcorn you are too one sided, seriously.. When you think about it, Mitch Johnson and his batting failed, Clarked failed hard aswell... The Indian Spinners out classed the Australian spinners by a HUGE margin.. Ricky and Shane had some decent batting but should have pushed on more to higher scores... How can you say your rusty... >> Come on thats a weak excuse, its not like thier practice games were washed out like the NZ vs Bangladesh games... Having said that, Dravid didnt look too convincing either.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Poor popcorn, He has been burnt from all the sides. So he is talking like this. Poor australia are in a difficult stage as they struggle to win in their home also & away is what we see in the present. so be careful when you comment about india as rating is mixture of both not only home or away.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 14, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    I think Ponting's batting performance should be considered average in this series because the average of his 4 innings scores match about his career batting average. To think that Ponting was outstanding in this series would be an overstatement. Ponting's performance is still declining. If Australia does not bat first in Ashes then Ponting's batting skills will be tested-- there is no doubt about it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    @popcorn .. I second dat... I feel sad 4 aussie.. Hail Ponting..at da same Imdia have no ryt 2 b No.1--- Dey play @ home like 9 out of 10 times... Fortunately dey get exposed in Mega-tournaments wen dey move out of da subcontinent....especially "SHORT BALLS".. Teams like da West Indies get da betr of dem ...

  • POSTED BY Wismay on | October 14, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    @Popcorn

    Ishant Sharma was not out. But was wrongly given out. Why you blissfully over look it?

    According to ICC rating India is No1. That is it.

    Australia also can do the same. No need to win away, just win in Australia and try to be No1 in the ICC ranking list. No one is stopping them!

    Don't try to find fault in everything... and discredit opposition teams...

  • POSTED BY ManivannanGovindarajan on | October 14, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Ponting had given a good interview about the two Tests held in Mohali and Bangalore which turned as 2-0 victory for India. And he also quoted about the future of Indian Team. Because now, Ponting is still searching for the place which was left by Symonds and Gilchrist. Eventhough we have the back up of M Vijay, Pujara, S Raina , Yuvraj and probably R Sharma also it is very very difficult for particular point of time to maintain the same standards after Sachin, Rahul and VVS if retired..

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Finally, India, look into yourselves - you have NEVER won a series abroad - how can you say you're No.1?by pop corn...

    You better know the matches played by India from 2007...it won a series victories in England, Westindies, Newzealand , Pakistan, Srilanka, and the last series in Australia...India was very close in winning the Sydney test where...the decision was given favourable to aussies....otherwise....Australia would have lost the test match....the series would have been won by India 2-1...

  • POSTED BY 68704 on | October 14, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    I think the Indians are getting carried away by the final result. The first test could have gone either way and the only day there was a little bounce India lost 8 wickets. This is a very ordinary Australain side without a decent spinner and we are playing at home in front of our own crowds and on our pitches. This is similar to the results India has had in Australia tilll very recently. Let us not get carried away. We have a great batting side but a very ordinary bowling side with the exception of Zaheer. If India is smart it will use the New Zealand series to blood a couple of young bowlers. Let us worrry about South Africa and not worry about the Ashes or how bad Australia is. South Africa will be the key and how we bowl to the South African batsmen will be key. Let us enjoy our Sachins and Pujaras and Zaihirs without knocking others, who knows what our own situation will be in two years time when our biggies call it a day! sridhar

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Funny thing by "Popcorn"...saying that India has never won a series abroad.....

    Mate,check the stats....they won the Test series in England last time they went (where aussies have lost twice consecutively).....and the same in NZ and WI......

    And in the same innings in the Mohali test, Ishant Sharma and Gautam Gambhir were given out wrong...and the whole world saw that as well...

    Stop cribbing....Gone are the days of McGrath, Warne, Lee, Gilly.....enjoy cricket. :)

  • POSTED BY iamgroot on | October 14, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    India didnt win series abroad?? what a joke.. We won in NZ 1-0 against NZ ..against a full strength Sri lanka.. side we came back from behind and won the last test to draw 1-1 .. sril lanka was supposed to win it but it couldnt.. even against a weakend Indian side.. next? we already won in England long back that test series ..1-0 few years back.. and we are YET to go to AUSTRALIA and SA..under the captaincy of DHONI.. and Australia lost 2-0 to India under dhoni captaincy in 2008 and again now 2-0 in 2010..so Australia didnt win in india.. and against Indian team ponting has 4 losses.. under dhoni.. who asked dougie to play in t20? he could have sat out..nobody forced him.. before ojha..there were many other decisions that went against Indian team.. what about those?? Dhoni was clearly notout , ishanth was notout.. what about those??? DONT CRY OVER INDIAN TEAM SUCCESS..Indian team won bcoz Indian team was far better.. than this Aussie team which couldnt win a single test match in 3 yrs

  • POSTED BY toosmart_goldie on | October 14, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Well this is a time for India to celebrate and Cherish!!!!For Australia, they have to again move back to the drawing board and have to ponder about what went wrong for them in this series because they are probably going to field the same team for the Ashes.As always Jonshon was inconsistant.Hauriz hardly impressed.Even the senior pros like Hussey and Clark were rusty.Pointing and Watson rose to the occasion but was not enough to take their team behind the line.I feel they are missing a quality spinner(like Warne) badly and unless untill they find someone it will be a tough task for the Aussis to regain the Ashes this time.

  • POSTED BY tough_cool on | October 14, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    India's impressive results of last two years have probably got more to do with dhoni's captaincy than with their illustrious players, and since dhoni's is going to be around for some more time so rest assured India's gonna be a force, The thing about Dhoni thats different from previous captains is that he knows his players well and he seem to pick right players from the domestic circuit i.e spotting talent -- of course except ravindra jadeja --than his predecessors, something which Rahul dravid could not do when he was the captain.

  • POSTED BY cricmypassion on | October 14, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    @popcorn: you have repeated yourself in two separate posts that India haven't won a series abroad. We won in England, WI and NZ. I suppose you dont want to count SL, BD since they are part of the subcontinent. But seriously, when was the last time you followed cricket on a regular basis? If you just mean Aus and SA, perhaps we should be specific.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | October 14, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    @popcorn ,Being funny as ur name,Ojha arrived to the crease oly because of a even more terrible decision on ishanth..Actually u must thank the umpires for making it -Oz lost by 1 wicket rather than 2..

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | October 14, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Cheers australia for putting up a fit for 9 whole days..Every session there has not been a team dominating, days of fluctuating fortunes ,a grt ambassadory for the twst cricket..The whole talk in the colleges are about this series ,so has been the contest..Pls for heaven sake no more test series with the boring lankans.htey actually spoil test cricket.lankans don have the ability to take 10 wickets in a day so to save tham thay keep piling runs..Ponting has truly shown where he stands in the arena.surly he s the one closely marching with sachin.Has shown great spirts and gained respect among the indians..We indians now a have a kind of liking to the OZ ,not cause we beat them but 4 their changed attitude and 4 Punter..I need Oz to beat the over confident england to claim the ashes.BRAVO OZ.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | October 14, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    @popcorn: Get your facts right buddy. India won the series the last time they visited England, West Indies and New Zealand. You're partly right in that they are yet to win a series in Australia as well as South Africa, but having frontiers to breach is quite different from NEVER winning a series abroad.

  • POSTED BY harry514 on | October 14, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    @pop corn u said india is not number one... but better than Australia in Test Cricket. Any team that comes to indiia for tests will return with empty hands as far as the fab 3 dravid,sachin and laxman are there. u talked about billy bowden.what about Ishanth Sharmas not out LBW in Mohali and what should the indians say about bakner at Sidney. India is number one bcuz it s still maintaining the spirit of cricket as well as it s playing the gentle men game. They did not go for the appeals even for dropped catches. They did not how to cheat for winning matches. Sure in the next australia tour India is going to get that test series too... If australia wants to learn the spirit of cricket then they must go to kiwis again.

  • POSTED BY Fan84 on | October 14, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Ricky,,dont worry,, u r without Symmonds, Brett lee, Langer, Hayden, Gilchirst, Warne, martin,, they have been match winners,, they are not there in the team now, ur known for ur aggression,,in the current series,, i didn't see that in ur team,, pls don't give that up...iam an indian,, but truely speaking,,MOHALI matcgh would have been YOURS,, if BILLY BOWDEN would have given OJHA out (OUT AS PER TV REPLAYS AND HAWKEYE) to JOHNSON bowl,, or steven smith hit that stumps,, I HOPE UR GOING TO BE ON THE TOP VERY SOON,, I SUGGEST ,, DAVID WARNER SHOULD BE CALLED TO OPEN WITH WATSON IN THE TESTS,, his excellent skills should not be limited mere to the T20s

  • POSTED BY Afroze.... on | October 14, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Excuse me mr.popcorn........u said dat ojha was out in the 2nd innings...b4 dat ishant sharma's decision was wrong one he was not out.....if he was given right decision ...the situation wouldnt have gone 2 ojha..........and regarding the india nvr won overseas.........ths new team has not got a chance to play in sa,eng.....but we played in aus.....we could hve won it had we got the right decisions in sydney...

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | October 14, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    @popcorn

    Rankings indicate CURRENT STANDINGS.They are not dependent on history. Last 3 years India has beaten England , New Zealand , WI away and you say India has "NEVER" won abroad? Agreed India are not dominant as Aussies or WI teams have been. But they are number 1 at the moment if you compare them with others.

    Australia have won just 1 series in 41 years in India. Does that mean they didnt deserve to be called number one until 2004,[ when they beat India in India]?NO.

  • POSTED BY Sumeet.Gupta on | October 14, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    @popcorn, if you closely followed the Mohali test, it was India who was at the receiving end of more bad decisions than Aus. Yes, Ojha was not given out plumb LBW, but Sharma was given when he was not. Ojha would never have been batting if Sharma was there. So stop cribbing and accept the decisions with a pinch of salt. Aus lost the plot in the 3rd innings of both tests. and BTW, India beat England 1-0 last time they toured, and England was pretty much at their peak then. what was the scoreline when Aus last toured England? Your comments are probably more emotional mate, once the emotions subside, do think hard and you'll realize that India were indeed the better side in this series. And as for wins abroad, looking forward to next 3 big away series - SA, England and Aus.I hope India wins and shuts the mouths of a few doubters like you :)

  • POSTED BY T.R.O.Y on | October 14, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    @popcorn: you guys amaze us buddy... being gracious in defeat or victory has never been a strength of urs sadly. excuses and attitude even after getting thrashed. ojha would have nvr came in if ishant wasnt givn out wrongly in the first place.. ponting has been doing well but no where near his best. reverse swing has been troubling u guys for the past five years. and about us winning. guess you didnt see nzland. even when u were at ur best india was considered as the final frontier and its still the same.

  • POSTED BY Abhiramb on | October 14, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    It will be very interesting to see the constitution of Australia 1 day team for W cup. What happens to Clarke who is their captain in the absence of Ponting!! How come the impressive Aaron Finch is not being tried out before the W cup? Same with S Africa. They persist with Smith who does not do much in one day and T20 on big stage and they leave out people like Davies who was so impressive in the recent T20. Watch out for England, India and S Lanka in the world cup next year - and of course you can never write off the Australians who have a penchant for performing well on big stage!

  • POSTED BY --.-- on | October 14, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    @ popcorn...Finally you look in to yourself....Even Ojha made life miserable for your Australian batsmen then just imagine what Swann will do ! My Prediction for Ashes: 3-0 in favor of England. To be frank, your current team doesn't even deserve to play Ashes, let alone winning ! Go and find a quality spinner first !

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    A great short series. From an Australian perspective with the Ashes in mind, it was an outstanding result. To get so close to India at home(should have been 1 all) is meritorious. Our top six batsmen are safe for at least the first three tests. Now Cricket Australia and the respective coaches, need to spend every effort and $ to concentrate on our bowlers. We have to take 20 wickets to win a Test, and in all due respects, we won't with an offie of Hauritz's current standing. We must bring on Smith,a leggie as the Poms have a shocking record against leggies, and if needed use Warnie(not just for an hour or so with Warnie in a suit) or Jenner for some long and consistent coaching. Our quicks need to learn how to swing a ball.Hopefully Siddle and Harris are fit ans can put pressure on Johnson. I still believe we will beat the the Poms, 3-1. Cheers, Wally

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | October 14, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    1. Oz batting is very weak in non-Australian conditions. 2. Bowling lacks a match winner of class - the over dependence on Mitchell Johnson is taking it's toll on him. 3. Most of the players are old - Ponting, Katich, Hussey (35), North & Clarke (31 each) and Watson, Bollinger, Johnson (28 plus). it's not a team under rebuilding at all as is being claimed by the skipper repeatedly - it's a team of Dads and Uncles. 4. Future emergence of sustainable talent on the test front is not promising since the younger lot is moving on to T20 for quicker returns and lesser wear and tear. 5. last but not the least, they have a lousy skipper. He had been losing matches with the star players around too (2005 Ashes). The present team is not that bad to justify such a major losing streak. Bollinger and Johnson will walk into any team in the world. Australian cricket seems to be lacking direction and purpose at the moment but I'm not complaining - it's good for us.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    @popcorn: u wouldn't have got Ishant in the first place if not for a wrong umpiring decision....speaking of such decisions how much did Australia pay Bucknor for SYDNEY?

  • POSTED BY --.-- on | October 14, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    @ popcorn ...Can't you guys see that Gambhir and Ishant Sharma both were NOT OUT but umpires made wrong call and gave them out. Had Ishant Sharma not been given out, Pragyan Ojha wouldn't have come to bat and India would have won quite easily. And we too had lost Ishant in first innings, and VVS was injured in both the innings. SA came here but couldn't beat us. Sri Lanka (No. 2 test team) challenged us in Sri Lanka but couldn't beat us. Australia came here but we white washed the series. Now we have to tour SA and Eng..so just wait and watch ! So far we are on track. And I'm surprised that you didn't criticize Indian bowlers here , What happened ? have you forgotten ? or did Indian bowlers bowl the Aussies out twice in both the matches ? Just imagine what how dangerous Zaheer will be on JUICY TRACKS !

  • POSTED BY yako_cheers on | October 14, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    @popcorn - " We lost the first Test thanks to Billy Bowden who did not give Pragyan Ojha out - the whole world could see,he couldn't. " What about Ishant Sharma, he was given out for a delivery which was going away. You lost because India played better game of cricket than Australia. And your comments about India you have NEVER won a series abroad, Please remember Sydney test.. Whole world knows about the bonding b/w CA and Steve Buckner.

  • POSTED BY BillyBowden123 on | October 14, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    I gave Pragyan Ojha not out because Ishant was earlier given wrongly OUT.It was all planned. Haha

  • POSTED BY Bone84 on | October 14, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    We are now in 5th place in the rankings for the first time and to be honest we dont look like winning a series against the top 4 sides with the team we have and changes are desperately needed. We have some of the best young talent in the world today that would walk into any other team eg Smith, Kawaja, Hughes, Hastings, M.Marsh, Ferguson and Okeefe but instead of playing these infrom youngsters that are sticking with the OLD out of form players because they are 'good mates' something needs to happen soon for us to make our long climb back up to number 1

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | October 14, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Mr Popcorn what the hell are you takling about and if you are talking about the decision of Ojha why arent you taking about Ishant's if that decision would have been proper Ojha would never have come out to bat. I agree India hasnt won many series abroad but for winning series abroad they need to travel which they have not in the recent past. So just accept it INDIA deserve to be the number 1 team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    I think we are too harsh on Ponting. He was playing India in India and came very close. This Indian side is the best batting side ever - with some of the all-time greats like Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag helped by in form Laxman, Gambhir, Vijay, Raina and MS Dhoni. This is a dream batting combination.

    The bowling unit was atleast on-par with Aussies with Zak, Ojha, Ishant all doing well. England's batters has nowhere as much quality as this side, so Ben & Mike could quite prove big.

  • POSTED BY Sprewell on | October 14, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Great series, a shame it was only 2 matches. India played extremely well and Australia were competitive but not good enough. However, lets be honest, the umpiring cost the Aussies a win at Mohali (Ishant was LBW but not given). Very similar to the Sydney test, except India got it good and the media didn't care about the poor decisions by the umpires which favored the home side and cost the tourists a victory. Then in Bangalore, the umpiring continued to favor the homeside and undoubtedly played a hand in the victory (ie Vijay was plum LBW in the middle of the mammoth partnership with Tendulkar but not given). Then Hussey was given out LBW when it was clearly missing leg stump. I also noted Khan was quite aggressive towards Aussies, but hey who cares?

  • POSTED BY peveve on | October 14, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    How come only Pujara is getting mentioned why not Murali? His innings was as crucial as Tendulkar's, maybe he even inspired Tendulkar to put on his best. Shows most of bloggers are parochial. I suspect that Sehwag's poor score could be to express his anger in dropping Gambir, an age old tactic of Mumbai and Delhi players that uses their best players to get their not so gifted into the team. Some fool writes that Dravid's days are numbered little realizing that even great players have off days. Dravid and Laxman were the backbone of the team that won may matches due to their great 4th innings temperament which was found lacking in Tendulkar at crucial times in the past.

  • POSTED BY gaurav1780 on | October 14, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    @popcorn: i agree, ojha was out, but aren't you overlooking that ishant sharma was given out when he wasn't. some decisions go for you and some don't - tough luck.

    btw, bowden did NOT give leg byes on that run so he thought that there was an inside edge.

  • POSTED BY gaurav1780 on | October 14, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    @popcorn: Mate, India has won heaps of series oversees! the latest being 2008-2009 series win in NZ (not considering 2009-2010 series win in Bangladesh). Before that, 2007 series in England, and many more earlier. Here's a complete list - http://stats.cricinfo.com/india/engine/records/team/series_results.html?class=1;id=6;type=team

    So, take a moment and think before you post something

  • POSTED BY Runster1 on | October 14, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    @POPCORN India will always be better than australia. DO U REMEMBER THE SYDNEY TEST MATCH!!???? WHO WAS FAVOURED THEN?? Sharma was given out when he wasnt out and the nohja was not given out when he was out. FAIR MATE. GET OVER IT. AUSTRALI LOST AND ARE NOW RANKED 5TH!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Good as always to see the Aussies get stuffed. Can't say which way the Ashes will go because our bowling isn't the best, especially not overseas, but with the likes of Clarke, Hussey and North in such rich veins of form we'll feel we can run through them once we get past Ponting at three. And seriously Hauritz must have the England batsmen quaking with fear. Bring back Warne, he'd do a better job. I see nothing to fear in the Aussie team at the moment, the only problem is that England aren't exactly playing like world beaters. It could be a low scoring, scrappy series, which would actually make it more exciting.

  • POSTED BY Saurav_cap_dada on | October 14, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    @popcorn : I agree that in the first test Pragyan Ojha was out and not given. What about Ishant Sharma ?? He was not out and given - else the Australian team would have lost by 2 wickets. Now coming back to abroad wins - you remember Sydney gate incident - you should because you had played with 12 players - the West Indian umpire himself. The whole observed the honesty and integrity of the Australian captain. Had it been played right we Indians would have won that series itself. Coming back to no.1 status, buddy in the last 3 years we have lost 2 series only one that was cheatingly won as I had mentioned earlier how and other to Srilankans. We had won series in New Zealand drawn in SA in case yuo mean abroad mean outside the sub-continent. In case you assume Australians win lots of abroad series( though they do not) I don't remember when did a team slide 5 positions in a matter of 2 years or even less.

  • POSTED BY AndrewFromOz on | October 14, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    The best team won and hats off to India. Lots of things for the Oz selectors to ponder... Siddle back into the mix? Smith for Hauritz? Glad I don't have to make the selections...

  • POSTED BY KevinCostna on | October 14, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    @ popcorn - don b such a hypocite bud. ur comments about Ojha's decision tells me that u hav been sleepin 4 the remaining part of the cricket match. otherwise, u wud hav noticed that Aus too got many reprieves in both the tests. "Ponting strikes fear in the opposition" - this is the best. i was holding myself hard to stop laughin while readin this bit. btw, it's not just Indians who r saying that India is # 1 in tests. its the whole cricketing world including ICC. open ur eyes n walk towards the truth mate. i know its hard for u guys to digest it for now. but slowly, u'll get used to it esp after da next Ashes bashes.

  • POSTED BY shovwar on | October 14, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Congratulations to India, they are the current no.1 in papers but yet not the best. They would still have to win in SA to retain the no.1 status....Losing to SA would hand SA the no.1 status and slide to no.2 this November. If they can beat the africans in african soil they can stamp their authority on the no.1 spot. The real battle starts this November and SA team is a harder opponent than Aus team at the moment given the form and place where the test is being played....Great played against OZs at home...Best of luck against SA away from home.......Keep your eyes on the...I wil....

  • POSTED BY ROOLERS on | October 14, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    @popcorn: India have won a series in England. Anyways, the point is that India has beaten Australia in the last two series and are playing the best cricket since 2008 and are deserving number 1. Regarding the umpiring decision u r crying about...Australia has won so many matches having been favored by these umpiring blunders so please don't even bring that up.....Australia being number 1 for so long has a lot to do with the umpires..... go back to some recordings where Sachin was given out wrongly thrice in 3 test matches including the shoulder before wicket by an Aussie umpire. So stop crying and accept the reality...Aussies are no 5 and are on their way to loosing Ashes at home...be ready!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    @popcorn - u say india have never won a series abroad ???? really??? please get ur stats right ...really please...and on that note...temme who IS winning matches abroad right now APART from india??? sri lanka has never won a single match in their history in India , SA or AUS ...they are at No. 3....do the math yourself ...and as for hussey and clarke....im sure they ll strike back against england...stop whining.....there were bad decisions against both teams in mohali....really stop whining like a baby...

  • POSTED BY rnkasthuri on | October 14, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    Ponting destroyed Australia. The are good players, but arrogance and high headedness brought them down. They desrve downfall, naturally. Remember their act of pushing Sharad Pawar? The Australian side never had any decency or respect for others. They deseve this sort of humiliation.

  • POSTED BY Sach_is_Life on | October 14, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    @Sabree Ismeth ...Boy ..Wat abt World Cups 1999 and 2003 and where r u guys in 2007 T20 WC..?BTW,its not u guys who crashed our party in 2007..its our another neighbors ..who upsets our party..u guys just finished the formalities ..anyway..Dont worry..anyone can upset anyone in an ODI or T20 matches..and I do agree that u guys hav pretty gud limited overs team..but In Test Cricket common..r u kidding..? U guys really think that u can beat Eng in Eng or Aus in Aus forget abt SA in SA with your bowling line up? Ok..leave all these predictions..wat happend to u guys in India..Now plz..dont tell me that u guys didnt got enough oppurtunities 2 play against India in India..lol..Now with Murali retiring from Test cricket..God only knows wats in store 4 u guys in future..!!!

  • POSTED BY Sach_is_Life on | October 14, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    @popcorn..ur time is UP buddy ..better stop whining unless ur so called great team win something ..and if you wanna know why Our team is No 1..go and ask your former greats like Waugh,Warne,Hayden or even Ricky ..They'll tell you million stories abt this Indian team..starting from 2001 ..or check the record books..who won more matches in Border-Gavaskar trophy ..lol..and its not like we didn't won anything abroad ..we came close to win a series in Aus and even in SA..and won a series in England,WI and NZ ..where as your guys cant even beat an incosistent young Pak team outside Aus and struggles to win a series against WI and PAK at home ..forget abt beating Eng in Eng or winning atleast a Test match in India ..I still believe that U guys gonna bounce back ..but its defintely time 4 u fans 2 stop talking nonsense abt INDIA ..Cheers..!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    hey snowsnake or whatever..... a team not knowing to bat or bowl does not have a minor problem...itz a major one..hahah

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 13, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    This has to be the worst possible preparation for the Ashes that the Australians could have had. They come in having lost 3 tests in a row and with hardly anyone on the team looking in good form. Ironically, the only batsman who played consistently was Ponting, which means that he stays as captain- good news for England. Clarke and Hussey are in wretched form, North plays one good innings in every 8, Watson hasn't looked as bad as he would have done had he been caught second ball in the first test and Katich has got out every time when set. Paine's looked a good player, but none of the bowlers have done much, even with the advantage of bowling last. It's hard to see the Aussies beating an England side that has won 5 and drawn one (in South Africa) of its last 6 test series. Time for a rethink, Australia.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | October 13, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    If the death of Australian hegemony came a while back then today marked the funeral and its afterparty- a jolly little affair with India's youngsters and young at heart skittishly playing with the inadequate bowling. And to cap it all in surely their worst moment in many a moon, they dipped below England in the rankings. The knife has been plunged in deep and is now twisted ihard. Could there have been a worse scenario-well apart from being below New Zealand? The ignominy of it all was telling as Ponting reached hard for that bit of humour he has had use all too often recently. Congrats India. The series in SA will be a good one. Roll on Brisbane too!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    2-0 is a very harsh result for a series which was possibly 53% India: 47% Aus. After the close one in Mohali, Aus did well restricting India to a partly lead after tendulkar's knock. Their second innings - some key batsmen failed - that separated the two teams - a touch unfair.... New crop from India - Vijay, Pujara, Raina - appear good - will they have the mettle against the 'shortball' - may be a test or two at Wanderers or Perth will gives us the stats. India may be No1 in test - but lack bowling of any calibre to threaten opposition. A genunine No1 can bowl out opposition consistently below 250/300 - across both innings..(not just on slow spinner friendly wickets). India have a long way on that front - they may inpart replace their aging warriors - Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman - it is their bowling that is going to determine months or days they are at the helm (unless BCCI devises a schedule using game theory to be no.1)...

  • POSTED BY sammykent on | October 13, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    Ricky's last comment about changing of the guard sounds like an excuse to me. Australia may lack a bit of experience but they have so many good players that they could field two teams that would be competitive in Test cricket. India do have an aging batting line up but they have shown that the guys in the second tier are ready to go. Australia needed a good spinner and Doug the Rug to be competitive in the second test. As much as I like North as a batsman he needs to go. A consistent batsman like Callum Ferguson would be ideal but his inclusion would limit the bowling options and put pressure on Clarke and Katich to bowl more often. On the Ashes I think Swann is going to prove difficult to handle and if conditions suit spin at any stage England will be in a good position to win.

  • POSTED BY dougie on | October 13, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    When will Aus learn to play or even bowl reverse swing. Once again batting collapse and no bowling penetration. And Ricky does his usual BS speak about how well Aus played and that they could of won. Ricky and cricket Aus wake up. England will win in Aus this summer, may be then changes will happen.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | October 13, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Heads should roll, but given the love-in that is the aussie cricket team its unlikely. The I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine mentality needs to go. I dont care if you name is Ponting, Clarke or whatever. The team needs to be picked on form. In most other sports, the coach and captain are first to go when the team isnt doing well. soooo.... what are the selectors waiting for?

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | October 13, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    @popcorn - I'm not sure if you knew this but Laxman came in at 11 in the 1st innings of the Mohali Test. If he had batted in his usual position, you can be sure that Oz would have been looking at an innings defeat given the form he is in. He's averaged over 80 over the last 2 years.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    @ popcorn Indians are not saying they are No1 THE ICC rankings are saying so. Its not India's fault is it if they have been consistent for the last 5 years or so. They did win a series in England and NZ. So it is not really accurate that they did not win overseas. Besides they are the only team barring south africa which has consistently troubled Australia in Australia. So no point of getting bitter. Sit back and enjoy the good cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    It is a pity that the great australian side Hussey/Clarke/Katich/Watson/North all failed when mattered the most. Talking about coping up with new crop of players is no good as Katich/Hussey are in 35s and Clarke is Australia's deputy to take over next from Ponting in an year or so. If 3 out of 6 batsmen is in such an awful form and Ponting himself cannot score a century where a debutant like Pujara or a newcomer like North/Vijay batted so sensibly in these 2 tests shows that Australia needs some homework and Ponting is under pressure to perform at higher standards. There is no comparison with Sachin anymore as he is leading by 2000 runs and 10 centuries during the same time when Ponting appeared so close to cross an year back. It shows lack of big scores and pressure building up within. So, Ponting need to look inside than outside to comment. Time for the joy finally as Sachin is rocking....

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | October 13, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    @popcorn: These ranking reflect the current performance alone. No one is comparing this team with Australia of the late 90s and early 2000s and the West Indies of the late 70s and early 80s. Secondly, do you even KNOW why Pragyan Ojha was at the crease? It was because Gautam Gambhir (India's 2nd innings of the match specialist) and Ishant Sharma (who was batting brilliantly were wrongly given out and those decisions were much more horrendous). A clear case of SOUR grapes, I should say. Or selective amnseia.

  • POSTED BY stylemacha on | October 13, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    @popcorn Dude, Aus lost the series. Now Aus is no. 5 and India is no. 1 Instead of blaming Bowden, do some soul searching for the future. Gould gave Ishant Sharma out when he was clearly not out. The whole world saw that too, but he didn't. Yet, India won the game. Aussie time at the top is over. Move over and make way for the new number 1.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Some very interesting and knowledgeable comments here. I agree that Oz bowling is a problem rather than the batting but there is a question mark now over Clark , North and Hussey. Aussies definitely needed a quality spinner in India, which they didn't have. Having said that, a poor decision by Billy Bowden may have changed at least one result. India, a country so passionate about cricket , with countless millions playing the game, deserves to be No.1 . It's good for India and good for the game. Can India maintain the position for 11 yrs, like Australia. Time will tell. It bewilders me why some India supporters try to belittle Ponting and Australians in general. Australian supporters have never criticised Tendulkar , whose Test average is only 2 runs better than Ponting's. Enjoy your time at No. 1 , you deserve it , don't demean yourselves with cheat shots.

  • POSTED BY ebbie-qld on | October 13, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Gee, some of these comments are getting real personal. Come on kiddies, grow up. The Aus team was always going to struggle when they lost so many very good players over the last five years and a high turn over of bowlers (injury related). It is amazing that they have stayed near the top for so long. Remember Border had to do they same thing in the 1980's. Have a look at how close most of the matches that Aus lost to India and England were. As Ponting stated, Aust played well for most of those matches but played poorly for one or two sessions, and that turned the match. Congrats to the Number one side for winning at home (as they should). Good to side we are getting some very even test matches. Lets hope the Ashes are close but an Aussie win of course.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Thanks to all the aussies who have appreciated India's win. The series was a hard fought one and I really enjoyed the matches a lot. Its not hard to say that little bit of here and there and the series would have gone to Australia.Anywayz all the best for Ashes though I have little hope for you.

  • POSTED BY Xebadir on | October 13, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    India are very good at home...hard to deny that. They might as well play on astro turf though as that sums up how flat those pitches are. They use a type of ball which only suits them as well, has a fairly prominent seam and mainly gets reverse fairly quickly. IE Spin and reverse...the only weapons their medium pacers and confidence spinners have. Australia's biggest problem has one name. Hauritz. Cruddy spinner who should have been out long ago, but gets endless chances to make an idiot of himself as did Jason Gillespie. The runs conceded by him alone is multiple times the actual difference between the two teams. We can only hope that this poor result sees changes and he getting the boot. Marcus North also has to stop getting lives...its nothing to do with his ability to score the odd century, but the run of poor scores between. India barely deserve the No. 1 status and their rank if they could come so close to drawing if not loosing the series. Saved by a number 10. UDRS should be in

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | October 13, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    NOW,all you critics of Ricky Ponting, who say,"off with his head", realize how important he is to the Australian side? Michael Clarke,Michael Hussey,two veterans of whom so much was expected were worthless. Only Ponting strikes fear in the opposition. His innings at Bangalore is comparable to Old Trafford 2005,alas, he couldn't save us.Nathan Hauritz is a joke- Shane Warne should do his job - scout for spinners and develop them,not open his critical mouth.He was tonked by the Indians when he toured India. James Sutherland should quit before he does more damage to Test match preparations.Left to himself, he'll organize T20 games instead of Shield games as preparations for The Ashes. We lost Dougie to T20 in the crucial last session of the Mohali Test. We lost the first Test thanks to Billy Bowden who did not give Pragyan Ojha out - the whole world could see,he couldn't. Thanks,Kiwis.Finally, India, look into yourselves - you have NEVER won a series abroad - how can you say you're No.1?

  • POSTED BY Metman on | October 13, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Well! Well! Well!The mighty Australians have been relegated to the bottom 4.Mr.Ponting and all you Aussies,do you know who the bottom four is made up of?Forget Zim.and Bangladesh for the time being---Australia is there along with Pakistan,New Zealand and oh yes !the once mighty WI.What has become of your famous sledgeing or provocation when the shoe is on the other foot?Didnt it work for you this time?or is it reserved solely for Sulieman Benn and the WI? Now is the BEST time for a two tier test series, with Zim.and Bangladesh making up the fifth team in each group.Over to you Ricky Ponting!

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 13, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Australia has minor problems that they need to fix. The first problem is that they lost the series due to bowling and not due to batting. In the first test, they could not get the 9th wicket for over 50 runs. In second test, they conceded a lead after scoring 478 runs. So, batting is not a very big problem. Aus. batting is strong with Watson, Ponting and Paine. Their weak links are Hussey and Clark. As far as bowling is concerned, after Lee and Aktar, there are no genuine fast bowlers left in test cricket. All fast bowlers in the world are enhanced fast-medium bowlers. Australia lacks high quality fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY David47 on | October 13, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Congratulations to team India - you deserved to win the series and also deserve your number 1 status in test cricket. For Aus - Ricky batted well, captaincy was at times a bit "iffy" (but look what he's got). Katich had a poor series, as did Clarke, Hussey and North (apart from the "save me" innings). Tim Paine went well and should keep Haddin out of the Ashes (but won't, the selectors will see to that). Hauritz?? - well, I'm not going to say any more. Hilfy went "OK", Bolly is Bolly, and Peter George looks promising. Johnson needs to be dropped for a while to give him a shake and get him to think about whether he really wants to play at this level (again, this won't happen). Like India with Murali V, Pujara and Raina, Aus has plenty of quality alternatives (eg Usman K, Aaron Finch etc), and any number of fast bowling options. But will any of this happen for the Ashes?? - nope.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    @Sabree Ismeth I think you should rue with Srilanka Cricket for not arranging tours to South Africa.Even BCCI had the same problem with their scheduling in the 90s but they improved because of the growing economic clout.India spanked Srilanka fair and square in 2009 and still you are complaining about UDRS.Srilanka has good grounds and the talent they are throwing up is very good if you look at the population and economy of the country.Cheers to that.

  • POSTED BY mafiasam on | October 13, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    @Sushant... Do u believe in law of averages? if yes, then Saffers have just been served, Sehwag went thru his low patch of the year in this series. now wait and watch for the havoc he creates in SA. and dont reply by sayin that he can't play swing, coz if u say that, then u really weren't following test cricket for the last 3 years. and yes, others will play a good supporting role. Regarding Pujara, It is not too late for him.. he is a great talent, and will surely make the best use of opportunities. Hope the selectors keep their head in the right place.

  • POSTED BY mafiasam on | October 13, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    @ Ram1560..lol great comment...for once i want Aussie to win against someone.. i hope they win the ashes.. coz no matter how much success england achieves, i just think England is a highly overrated team. with KP as the most overrated batsman. Success feels good under the belt of Aussies, Indians, and Saffers. Amen.

  • POSTED BY Chapelau on | October 13, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    @ram5160 - you are hilarious .... but I agree England are do "DEAD" - where DEAD stands for Destined to Eat Aussies for Dinner - Punter played well but is Swann's bunny - this series will probably be Punter's last. Tight call but England will edge the Ashes - Aussies a spent force I'm afraid.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    After the England-Pakistan series, which was marred by all the controversies in its own regard, the one series I looked upto was this one and I guess the Indian team did not disappoint me as did my DTH operator. They knew what they were and what they had to produce to be there. The way that Sachin showed his brilliance as to where he prevails is just wonderful. It is time for us to fill in his shoes as I am not quite sure he will be there the next time around the Australians tour India, but I am surely quite disappointed by the attack that Australia put because you dont expect a team to lose in such a way they did before going into a series, where their pride rests. I surely am happy to be there at the No. 1 position for a little more time and hopefully there are more tests set up where the best of Indian team comes out.

  • POSTED BY Vice-Captain on | October 13, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Without Murali I predict SL will be a very average side. There will always be Sanga and Jayawardene -- but it will be more in line with West Indies side that has two god batsmen surrounded by athletic, but ordinary cricketers. Mendis was a hope - but thankfully for other teams, he has been figured out.

  • POSTED BY addiemanav on | October 13, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    terrific win for the indian team..and thanks to the aussies for being a great contest..it was a fabulous series bcoz india played like no.1 team and australia as a former no.1 and not a lowly 5th ranked team..poor ponting didnt hav the armoury that he had earlier..sachin was truly magnificent..he has mixed attack and defense so well that he is the real 'fire-wall' of indian team..talking about shane warne's comments,i feel surprised that he is saying in such a manner when he himself came short against the indian batsmen..remember sachin smacking him to mid-wicket for 6s at will in 98' as he did against hauritz!!but everyone has his own opinion and shud repsect that!!but india shud not get complacent bcoz bigger challenges r there ahead..the SA series in SA is going to be another difficult series!!last question-why was this only a 2test series??cud hav been one of the greatest 5 natch series!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Yes we won and proved that we deserve No 1 spot. Any critics now to say anything... and before you open your mouth about flat pitches, remember that teams play on the same pitch! Indians are well habituated at sub-continent pitches so are players of their respective nations.

    However, we must be respectful of a team who has given us so much entertainment for more than a decade, and yes I mean Australia. They've dominated cricket and taught us the true meaning of DETERMINATION.

    Well done SRT, VVS, M Vijay, Pujara, Ishant, Zaheer, Sreeshant and Ojha. All the best for the upcoming matches.

    Good luck Ponting & Co for your Ashes series, though I want England to win.

  • POSTED BY hatomaru on | October 13, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Great series. Loved every minute of it. Maybe on the last day things got away a bit, but for the rest of the series there was hardly ever a time where one team was far and away in front. Perfect test cricket really. Loved watching Sachin; still in wonderful form. Ponting will be disappointed he didn't get a ton but he looked good when he was in. The young Indians will be around for many years to come I think, and it makes me a bit sad to think this might be the last Aus vs Ind test where Dravid, Laxman, and Hussey play. A final note - it is great to see some positive comments regarding Ponting. As I have said before, I have not always been proud of everything he has done, but in the year or two I think he has been everything test cricket needs. I hope this series takes a bit of the focus off hit-and-giggle for a while. I know there is a ODI series coming up but I for one will be just checking the results, wondering only if anyone might play themselves into the test team!

  • POSTED BY mits6 on | October 13, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    @ manish ..........I agree anchoring is really bad

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    @Ashish Bathini - dude.... stop complaining... sri lanka does not get enuf chances like india... come on compare da number of tests india plays to da number sri lanka plays per year.. When v hav got.. we make da most use of it..Sri lanka put india out of the 2010 T20 world, Sri lanka put india out of da 2007 world cup.. sri lanka thrashed india in the 1996 Semi final world cup in India...Man srilanka has not played in SA since 2000... 10yrs..Den how r v supposed 2 win.. have sme sense... Wen v played last against Australia - v were given jus 2 test matches India given four- in which india lost da first 2 Next-- ur point abt playin in india U ppl deprived us of da UDRs system wen v cme dere jus bcoz u ppl dunno how 2 use it.... it cost us lots of runs n wickets... However v gave fyt... Dude.. get a life..

  • POSTED BY ponting_is_the_best on | October 13, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    I think a 2-0 scoreline does not depict how the series was played. I think aussies should have won the first test. I mean aussies made a match out of 216 n got India down to 124/8. They lost Bollinger, else I think he could have got Ishant somehow. Finally feeling good that Ponting played too well in conditions where he could hardly score before.

    Really don't blame Ponting 4 d kind of field he set for Hauritz. Absolutely no respect for Hauritz from India and co. Smashing him with 4-5 men on the boundary. I think Warney shud be realistic about Hauritz. No 1 has seen Hauritz posing even a remote threat 2 Indian batsman. Hauritz got to bowl because other bowlers needed some rest. He did bowl some variations n d last session though, wonder wer the variations wer hidden earlier.

    I think rather than aussies playing Hauritz just 4 d heck of playing a spinner, they should play 4 pacers. Atleast the 4th quickie won't b hit fr 76 in 12 overs!

    Come on aussies!!! We need better team selection

  • POSTED BY arvi19 on | October 13, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    India needs to look at the way how it is gonna move on in the transition period. The likes of Vijay, Pujara Raina and Rohit sharma need to bat in tests along with the Seniors to get as much on field experience as possible. The inputs shared are so valuable. I cud see how much pujara was listening to the little master all thru while he was batting.

  • POSTED BY StarveTheLizard on | October 13, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    We have an average captain and a weak middle order. We deserve our place below England. With this line up there is no way Australia will retain the Ashes. Will the selectors make a change? Of course not. The Australian "brains" trust seems to spend it's time justifying the status quo. Somebody ought to break the news. Australia were second, then third, fourth and now fifth. That doesn't look like status quo to me!

  • POSTED BY akpy on | October 13, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    i am a die-hard sachin fan but i dont agree to all these silly comparisons that people keep making..on his own, ponting has been a very special player for a long time but i have not liked his attitude/sportingness..ii have no problems about a winning attitude but punter is always a bit like 'holy thou attitude' and a bit arrogant when he could have just been a bit sober and admit that aussies simply had a super team of individuals..but now, on this trip, punter has been an excellent ambassador of the game..certain natural instincts would never go but he has kept himself under control..he batted very well but the way he leads his average team is excellent..you do not see him losing temper with them ever..he always backs them when he could so easily get frustrated after leading the great names in the past who could deliver any time he wanted..i have actually got a bit of respect for him now and i think his batting resurgence will happen now..

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Dravid must get back to his old habits can't drop a legend, needs to play in domestic circuits or in counties. Raina should play in local circuits to book his seat in test. Pujara has been damn good in domestic circuit for 2 seasons. bowling not a problem. Sehwag, VVS, Zaheer, Bajji needs to work on their fitness. Dhoni not bad. All in all this team is fit to defend no. 1 status for atleast next 5-6 seasons, provided Dhoni play to his wit.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Very interesting. Australia has now been demoted to No.5. I wonder - what is their thought now on two tier test teams. We probably should put foward the arguments - 6 teams in lower Tier and 4 teams in higher tier - that way you can reduce the work load. How about that???

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Quoting Mr.Ricky Ponting: " I thought even our guys yesterday handled the Indian spinners well." I didn't know he had such a good sense of humor. Maybe we should ask their top five batsman for a confirmation. Surely Ponting wasn't talking about the recently concluded Bangalore test, was he?

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    sum1 s jealous:) feeling gud...

  • POSTED BY sonjjay on | October 13, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Well it was good to see a competition between the sides, was rivetting cricket esp the mohali test frankly i was bored of the India vs Srilanka contests .Anyways we must remember at the end of the day its just a game you win some you lose some, all the best to ponting and his team for the ashes...

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | October 13, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    What a Test Series...the stand outs undoubtedly Zak, VVS and SRT. Also spare a thought for Punter. Probably the last time we will see him playing Test cricket. What a player.

  • POSTED BY mits6 on | October 13, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    no doubt ponting a great player, but same can't be said of his captaincy

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Ponting is spot on the last paragraph. It would be futile not to groom the likes of Pujara and Vijay to keep the old guard. Rahul Dravid could be rested for a couple of tests to help him get back the form when Laxman returns.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    This Australian team is way better than the thrid placed team Sri Lanka ... seriously all lankan batsmen do is pile on the runs batting first and get their avg up .... how can they not win a sigle test match in Aus, SA, India for such a long time and still beat 3 .. and more hilarious was Sanga's questioning of Inida being there at # 1

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Very good test series. Liked everybit of it. I always like reading comments of Australians, they generally speak truth .. if not in a controversy.

    The "Neo Sports" commentary by "RK" is too bad. He doesn't let the discussion ripe; interrupts too many times and makes too many "light" comments.

  • POSTED BY shri619 on | October 13, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    i am felling very bad for Nathan Hauritz a bad seris. well he has to improve hope aus selectores will give him another chace. yes he is a quality bowler but needs to improve i don't know when you have somebody like warne the king of spin aus should appoint him as a bowling coach or just appoint as a advisor you will see a big improvement in bowling department especially slow bowling.batting has not a promblem for aus bowling is the real worry they have to find a slow bowler who can take wickets hauritz is good but he needs a partner who can build the pressure from another end

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | October 13, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    It wasn't the bowling that let Oz down, it was the batting. And India needs to groom its youngsters otherwise we'll go the same way too. Rahane, Pujara, Raina and Vijay should make up the middle order along with the usual opening pair of gambhir and Sehwag.

  • POSTED BY nani_cool21 on | October 13, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I agree pontings comment .Its going to be a hard transition period for india .Because the like of dravid sachin and laxman very hard to replace.But pujara is a good finding .I am still not convinced with raina and his testabilities.But to replace sachin and dravid is going to be the toughest challenge selectors going to face in indian cricket history.But what i can sure is india is also going to struggle a bit in that period its very hard to imagine a india team with out sachin and dravid.As a true cricket admirer i cant even dare to dream about ateam with out dravid and sachin >So all the best lols

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | October 13, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Ricky, the reason why Pujara came up the order was because of the fact that he's a run-machine who also scores fast and is exceptional against spin.

  • POSTED BY shri619 on | October 13, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    yes one of the good test series beetweeen two countries australia played well but bowling was a bit disspointment Hauritz was completly out of form his line, length nothing was good on spinner friendly conditions fifth day track he has not trabble any one this was a series he will not remember. well india deserves no.1 yes because they played and dominated aus. we salute the master sachin

  • POSTED BY ram5160 on | October 13, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    "We've got to be harsh on ourselves. Three scores in the 70s is not good enough." England are so DEAD.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    I always knew India would win the second test in an outright manner. Australia's only chance in this series was winning the first test because of India's notorious poor starters tag and they fluffed it.

  • POSTED BY UltimateCricExpert on | October 13, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Don't balme Ponting for this series loss. He did his best for winning but I feel he doesn't have resources that can beat India in India in tests. Even now I feel they are favourites in the coming ODI series.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | October 13, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Respect to Ponting for the fight he put into the two matches,great player. Respects in reverent pose for the great Sachin, good man.

  • POSTED BY cskfangg on | October 13, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Most of the Aussie's & srilankans who Questioned the No.1 Test Rank of India..Now got their answers... India will play with same spirit and win the Worldcup for sure...

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | October 13, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    The solution is simple; get rid of inconsistent performers like Hussey and North. Hussey was a great player during his day, but even great players have to go once they're passed their use-by date. North has never been a consistent batsman, and what the middle order needs right now is consistency. There are PLENTY of batsmen to choose from at state level, it's time for the selectors to make the tough decisions.

  • POSTED BY bluebillion on | October 13, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    I dont know when Aus come to India again but for the near future I am sure the spinner issue is all but over. Its hard to imagine Ricky going with anything other than a 4-prong pace attack in the Ashes and against any team in Australia. They have part-timers in North, katich and Clarke who can all bowl spin if required. The bigger issue the Aussies face is in batting and in able to bowl swing (conventional and reverse). They dont have the pace to blast teams out anymore. They dont have the line and length of McGrath. The Ashes will sure be very interesting.

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | October 13, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Good to see Ponting not putting on any excuses for the Loss unlike what Sanga did during India's last test Win in SL. Ponting was very honest and that shows the person and player he is. He is one of the Great batsmen of the current Era and he showed a glimpse of it during the Aussie second inning where if he had stayed on for further 10-15 overs the game cud have been different. The only problem here is that Aussies are suffering from multiple problems. Their batting isnt as good, Ponting is definitely not the same batsmen he was few years ago. Clarke & Hussy are going through some tough times and North is very inconsistent. That leaves Katich and Watson who have though done well but they are nowhere near the Hayden-Langer class. Bowling lacks a good spinner and barring Hilfy none of the fast bowlers looks dangerous. There is little Ponting can do at this time. I sure hope they can get their act together against Eng in the upcoming Ashes series. Eagerly waiting for that.

  • POSTED BY UnBiased_True_Cricket_Lover on | October 13, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Punter has finally batted really well in India atlast...I hope that all his critics will now keep quiet of his playing spin in Indian conditions..Its also very nice to see him complementing the Indian side which deserves wins in both the tests..MS is really lucky that he is blessed with a mix of experienced and confident young players and of course there's Tendulkar too who is now batting at his best in his whole career.On the other hand,its only Ponting and Hilfenhaus who are consistent.Damn Sure that this series will help the Aussies a lot for preparing for ashes though they lost..

  • POSTED BY Rohit-Gore on | October 13, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    The day the empire truly collapsed. They lost the Ashes and conceded ground to an old enemy, but they have the dominance of the last twenty years to point at and subdue England. Even South Africa. With India, there is no such legacy. Especially over the last ten years. A fraught, Sydney 2007 victory at home, sure, but compare that to Indian knockouts of Bangalore in 2010, Mohali in 2008 and Nagpur in 2008. Along the way there have been some astonishing heists by the Indians and none better than the act of VVS in Mohali, 2010- the Aussies had locked up the victory in a massive safe shackled by the chain of eight wickets when he stole it from them right under their noses. Or the cathartic fifth day 'I-won't-hit-a-boundary-in-the-entire-session' century by Virender Sehwag in Adelaide 2007. Today, the proud team, though bereft of its glorious gladiators, was bullied into submission by a couple of kids called Pujara and Vijay no one had heard of. Today, the era well and truly ends.

  • POSTED BY kripra on | October 13, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Going back to the India-Australia series when India was visiting Australia, I've always felt that Ponting lacked maturity, as his competitive side got the better of him on many occasions (the Sydney test for example). But since then I've been very impressed with his leadership and his individual contributions to his team's cause. This interview reinforces that; he can now make a legitimate claim for membership to the pantheon of Australian cricketing greats.

  • POSTED BY Hagemaru_Hageda on | October 13, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    He may find some excuse for such massive series defeat, fact is his poor captaincy is responsible for this.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 13, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    What a superb thumping for Aus . India the No 1 team have lost just 15 in last 6 years but have won 32.

  • POSTED BY Ganes.V on | October 13, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    We are sure to hear a lot more about Sehwag's inability to score in the second innings of a test match- Infact we may even hear his inability to score at all! He is going to see himself out of the test team if he plays like this! It seems bowlers of late have started thinking more than they did before and that is the result you saw in both innings Hilfenhaus swallowing Sehwag! It's a pity that Sehwag still doesnt understand! Sachin proved his class again. Pujara proved his selection and rarely did anything wrong until he got out esp in the second outing. I believe we will see Dravid calling it a day sooner than we expected as he is seemingly struggling. And bowlers headed by Zaheer Khan showed some discipline. Hope that they maintain this for the one day series as wel. Of course we will miss zaheer sachin etc. It would be better if seniors go one by one rather than all retiring at the same time so that youngsters will get time to settle in slowly ! ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA

  • POSTED BY bkraks21 on | October 13, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    I think India will cope better than Australia once the Big guns retire. Dravid has not played a significant part in this serious. Laxman still has few years to go and Sachin looks like he has just begun. The replacements that come along are good. Likes of Vijay, Raina, Yuvi, Pujara. There is Badri, Rahane, Kohli in the wings. I think batting is sorted. It is the bowling which is a worry. Anyways on fast and bouncy wicktets, Indian paceman are as good as any as they proved when they dismissed South Arfica for 84. Spinners would come good once they are given a long run.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Hahaha; all the dreams of the indians will be dashed when they play outside the subcontinent. South Africa will eat them alive in the winter.

    Cheteswar Pujara should have been in the indian squad 2 years ago.

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  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Hahaha; all the dreams of the indians will be dashed when they play outside the subcontinent. South Africa will eat them alive in the winter.

    Cheteswar Pujara should have been in the indian squad 2 years ago.

  • POSTED BY bkraks21 on | October 13, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    I think India will cope better than Australia once the Big guns retire. Dravid has not played a significant part in this serious. Laxman still has few years to go and Sachin looks like he has just begun. The replacements that come along are good. Likes of Vijay, Raina, Yuvi, Pujara. There is Badri, Rahane, Kohli in the wings. I think batting is sorted. It is the bowling which is a worry. Anyways on fast and bouncy wicktets, Indian paceman are as good as any as they proved when they dismissed South Arfica for 84. Spinners would come good once they are given a long run.

  • POSTED BY Ganes.V on | October 13, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    We are sure to hear a lot more about Sehwag's inability to score in the second innings of a test match- Infact we may even hear his inability to score at all! He is going to see himself out of the test team if he plays like this! It seems bowlers of late have started thinking more than they did before and that is the result you saw in both innings Hilfenhaus swallowing Sehwag! It's a pity that Sehwag still doesnt understand! Sachin proved his class again. Pujara proved his selection and rarely did anything wrong until he got out esp in the second outing. I believe we will see Dravid calling it a day sooner than we expected as he is seemingly struggling. And bowlers headed by Zaheer Khan showed some discipline. Hope that they maintain this for the one day series as wel. Of course we will miss zaheer sachin etc. It would be better if seniors go one by one rather than all retiring at the same time so that youngsters will get time to settle in slowly ! ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 13, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    What a superb thumping for Aus . India the No 1 team have lost just 15 in last 6 years but have won 32.

  • POSTED BY Hagemaru_Hageda on | October 13, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    He may find some excuse for such massive series defeat, fact is his poor captaincy is responsible for this.

  • POSTED BY kripra on | October 13, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Going back to the India-Australia series when India was visiting Australia, I've always felt that Ponting lacked maturity, as his competitive side got the better of him on many occasions (the Sydney test for example). But since then I've been very impressed with his leadership and his individual contributions to his team's cause. This interview reinforces that; he can now make a legitimate claim for membership to the pantheon of Australian cricketing greats.

  • POSTED BY Rohit-Gore on | October 13, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    The day the empire truly collapsed. They lost the Ashes and conceded ground to an old enemy, but they have the dominance of the last twenty years to point at and subdue England. Even South Africa. With India, there is no such legacy. Especially over the last ten years. A fraught, Sydney 2007 victory at home, sure, but compare that to Indian knockouts of Bangalore in 2010, Mohali in 2008 and Nagpur in 2008. Along the way there have been some astonishing heists by the Indians and none better than the act of VVS in Mohali, 2010- the Aussies had locked up the victory in a massive safe shackled by the chain of eight wickets when he stole it from them right under their noses. Or the cathartic fifth day 'I-won't-hit-a-boundary-in-the-entire-session' century by Virender Sehwag in Adelaide 2007. Today, the proud team, though bereft of its glorious gladiators, was bullied into submission by a couple of kids called Pujara and Vijay no one had heard of. Today, the era well and truly ends.

  • POSTED BY UnBiased_True_Cricket_Lover on | October 13, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Punter has finally batted really well in India atlast...I hope that all his critics will now keep quiet of his playing spin in Indian conditions..Its also very nice to see him complementing the Indian side which deserves wins in both the tests..MS is really lucky that he is blessed with a mix of experienced and confident young players and of course there's Tendulkar too who is now batting at his best in his whole career.On the other hand,its only Ponting and Hilfenhaus who are consistent.Damn Sure that this series will help the Aussies a lot for preparing for ashes though they lost..

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | October 13, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Good to see Ponting not putting on any excuses for the Loss unlike what Sanga did during India's last test Win in SL. Ponting was very honest and that shows the person and player he is. He is one of the Great batsmen of the current Era and he showed a glimpse of it during the Aussie second inning where if he had stayed on for further 10-15 overs the game cud have been different. The only problem here is that Aussies are suffering from multiple problems. Their batting isnt as good, Ponting is definitely not the same batsmen he was few years ago. Clarke & Hussy are going through some tough times and North is very inconsistent. That leaves Katich and Watson who have though done well but they are nowhere near the Hayden-Langer class. Bowling lacks a good spinner and barring Hilfy none of the fast bowlers looks dangerous. There is little Ponting can do at this time. I sure hope they can get their act together against Eng in the upcoming Ashes series. Eagerly waiting for that.

  • POSTED BY bluebillion on | October 13, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    I dont know when Aus come to India again but for the near future I am sure the spinner issue is all but over. Its hard to imagine Ricky going with anything other than a 4-prong pace attack in the Ashes and against any team in Australia. They have part-timers in North, katich and Clarke who can all bowl spin if required. The bigger issue the Aussies face is in batting and in able to bowl swing (conventional and reverse). They dont have the pace to blast teams out anymore. They dont have the line and length of McGrath. The Ashes will sure be very interesting.