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

Dhoni praises bowlers for clean sweep

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MS Dhoni was full of praise for his bowlers, and the way his side showed character despite injuries to key players, following India's clean sweep of Australia in the two-Test series.

Both Tests in this series were heading towards draws before India's bowlers triggered Australia's second-innings collapses, setting up close finishes in each of the games. "I think the effort put in by the players, especially the bowlers, was really outstanding because by losing tosses I am not really helping them out," Dhoni said.

"Every time, especially in the subcontinent, we are having to bowl first. First innings [in Bangalore] we couldn't get any kind of reverse-swing because the wicket and the square were not so dry, which meant they had to turn up and look for alternative ways to get the batsmen out. Still they were more than willing to come up with spells whenever needed. This was not a track where a match can get over in four-and-a-half days. It was not a turning track where the spinners can just bowl and get wickets."

As has often been the case of late, India played a Test series without their first-choice XIs, and also lost players along the way. VVS Laxman and Ishant Sharma needed injections and tablets to stand up straight, but they rescued India in a famous finish in Mohali. Gautam Gambhir, too, injured his knee and had to sit out.

All the three replacements, though, did their jobs in Bangalore, and Dhoni acknowledged that. "Not only in Tests, we have been playing series without our key players," Dhoni said. "Consistently we have not played our strongest side.

"I am fortunate to have a side that has performed very well in the past one-and-a-half years and the credit goes to them. Whether it is the youngsters or the seniors, they have always performed whenever they get the opportunity. Individuals like Murali Vijay, who is not consistently featuring in the XI because we have Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir doing the job for us. But whenever he has got an opportunity to play games, he has scored decent amount of runs. You could complain maybe that he got the kind of start he needed, but hasn't scored big runs. In this match, he really made it big. He got the start, went onto cross the century barrier, and continued his innings. It was a good learning experience for him. In the same way [Cheteshwar] Pujara, too, batted really well."

Having beaten Australia, their biggest rivals over the last decade, 2-0 in their last two series, Dhoni said India needed to create bowling reserves if they were to dominate world cricket like Australia did. "If our bowling lot can grow - four-five good fast bowlers, and one or two more spinners, the workload can be spread," Dhoni said. "It is very difficult for the fast bowlers to play every Test. Within the next 20 days, we will start another three-match series on similar wickets. You just can't turn up there and put the ball there, these pitches take a lot of effort. There is a lot of pressure on the fast bowlers, and especially with the four-bowler combination, spinners have to bowl a lot of overs. Especially when the captain keeps losing the toss."

Dhoni also credited the side for having come together well despite the limited time for preparation. "The whole team didn't get a chance to have practice sessions together because some of the boys were playing the Champions League," Dhoni said. "We got limited time, but what is impressive is the way we utilised those practice sessions in the right manner. Everyone was up for it."

Dhoni made it a point to praise the team for handling the pressure situations well. "Most of the times, this is a series that has plenty of hype created around it, and it's good that it ended without any controversy... One good thing in both the Test matches, even though the last-innings targets were not huge, was that there was pressure on both the sides. Ultimately it was a close finish in both the games. You may look at this scorecard and say this was an easy win, but still there was nervousness in the dressing room. I think it was a good short Test series we had."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • shovwar on October 15, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    @ RAHUL RAFAEL AND BASKARAN..You guys get too unsecured when someone say something against India..Rahul your totally offline..how would it make sense to you?..lol. I dont blame you. You didnt even understand what i was talking about. I dont care if SA played less Cricket than India thats not the point sir!! LOL..And I am not even questioning India being no.1 in papers at the moment. I was telling Pranav Desai that his Statement of India beating Australia in Australia was wrong they never won a series. But yeah SA beat Aus in Aus...and its a fact..you can argue as much you want but the best India could do was a draw in 2004 YES MR BASKARAN I watch as much as u do, maybe more. I was telling DEsai that They never won a series in Aus and its a fact. Draw is not conquering...SA drew the last 2 series in India as well...so what!!!And MR Baskaran dont give excuses that India could have won...come on!! It didn happen..Who is inside the cave now? LOL..BTW SA might beat Ind in the coming series.

  • hamz501 on October 15, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    Iam really impressed with Zaheer Khan. The guy is clearly a world class bowler now. Its a bit of a shame because i feel he wasted a lot of his career, but now he seems to understand his bowling and is spearheading the Indian attack with great success. Would you all agree that he was the best bowler on display in the series? Other than that the aussies need to better develope their bowlers, yes they can be a handfull of hard, bouncy pitches but they look pedestrian at times on pitches outside Australia.

  • TRAM on October 14, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    @ shovwar Fully agree... I am not belittling India's skills. But the ranking system's awarding points based on no. of matches played - does not reflect the true skill of a nation. There has to be a 'Test Tournament' or league as the ICC is discussing now. India should beat Aus in Aus and SA in SA (and so with every nation). Thats the only way India can compare with when Aus was #1.

  • TRAM on October 14, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    @Nilesh Thakker: Good unbiased review of our past fast bowlers. @MasterClass: The team that wins is the BEST team!! I like that.

    People talk about *quality side like Australian team* ... The truth is this Aus is the team that cant get Ishant Sharma in 90+ balls !! that is 15+ overs with no bowling/field restrictions!! C'mon.. Lets not think too great about the Indian batsmen who succeeded against this Aus team. I appreciate Ishant's effort. I do agree India is the best team in the world. BUT ... The fact is that the standard of cricket in the rest of the world has come down a lot due to various reasons. Especially our contenders ..

    Aus & NZ - due to sudden resignation of big players. Pak - due to bad polictics. WI - due to poor administration

    SA are the only ones now to fight India .. But they too have not much answers against good spin bowling. And except Styn no other bowler threatens.

    My point: Indian talent remains same (=good). But others have gone to worse.

  • on October 14, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    @shovwar haven't you seen the 2004 series IN AUSTRALIA which was drawn 1-1 by India when the aussies were supposedly at their peak... It would have been won by India had it not been for the flat pitch on the fourth test... Come out of your cave!!!

  • cheguramana on October 14, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    I think it is necessary to praise the spirit in which this series was played. Compared to the other series in recent past, the sledging, 'mental disintegration' tactics have thankfully been put in the deep-freeze. Aussies in fact have been very sporting, Ponting's decision to allow a runner for VVS Laxman being the most notable instance.

  • on October 14, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    @shovwar - The statement you said doesn't make sense to me, India became No.1 due to SA not playing more tests, thats a very good excuse, you are saying as if India din't allow SA to play more tests..lol...Its their board issues, what has Indian team got to do with tht..Ask the team's board to arrange tours and play more matches and beat teams or loose matches..No one is stopping any team from playing matches... So, if you give a lame excuse like that, i got bag full of excuses with me, let me give u one for example...India would have won the Test series against Aus with ease if not for the poor umpiring of Mr.Steve Bucknor, how does this sound to you for an excuse now?? Stop making excuses and start appreciating cricket, let be any team who plays it.. And now if u say this Aus team wasn't a full strength team , then ask the ppl who retired to come n play.. Dude, stop making excuses...think practically and stay in the present.Njoy life...Cricket is the real winner at the End of Day.

  • shovwar on October 14, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    @ PRANAV DESAI........YOU SAID"..When australia was #1 Only india beat them in Australia, I want to see someone come into India and WIN!!.."..Well...just before you get really carried away and give everyone a wrong impression let me break it down to you...India never won a test series in Australia period....lol..But if u mean by winning a test but lost series like 2-1 ...yes India won single test in Australia when Australia was no.1....But so did England in the ashes in Aus and so did SA....And I am talking about while Aus was no.1 test team....Please watch world cricket..Supporting India and watching only those test where India plays is alright but dont make incorrect comments...please. And it is SA who beat Aus in a series in Aus recently and pulled Australia down from the no.1 spot and beacme no.1 in 2009....SA where initially the no.1 team but due to not playing more cricket than India they slide to no.2...And both Aus and SA beat India in India...Not too long ago..Get it ryt pls

  • nataraajds on October 14, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Congrats team india. Indian bowlers Zaheer,Baji and ohja did extreemly well on a good batting wicket to win this Hystoric 2-0 Australian wash. Sachin, Vijay, Pujara have set the tone for india and they batted exceptionally well.

    Ishanth & Sreesanth both disappointed in bowling, we need to look for someone to share newball with Zaheer effectivly , i think we must try Nehra & Praveen kumar in test on rotation basis because both a good enough in short spells & both are in good form. let give ishanth a break.

  • OliverWebber on October 14, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Congratulations to both teams for an outstanding series. In England we have had a rather grim summer (albeit winning comfortably) thanks to allegations of corruption, and the future of test cricket has been questioned. Let this series stand as evidence to the doubters. I just hope England can give Australia a comparable challenge in a couple of months...

  • shovwar on October 15, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    @ RAHUL RAFAEL AND BASKARAN..You guys get too unsecured when someone say something against India..Rahul your totally offline..how would it make sense to you?..lol. I dont blame you. You didnt even understand what i was talking about. I dont care if SA played less Cricket than India thats not the point sir!! LOL..And I am not even questioning India being no.1 in papers at the moment. I was telling Pranav Desai that his Statement of India beating Australia in Australia was wrong they never won a series. But yeah SA beat Aus in Aus...and its a fact..you can argue as much you want but the best India could do was a draw in 2004 YES MR BASKARAN I watch as much as u do, maybe more. I was telling DEsai that They never won a series in Aus and its a fact. Draw is not conquering...SA drew the last 2 series in India as well...so what!!!And MR Baskaran dont give excuses that India could have won...come on!! It didn happen..Who is inside the cave now? LOL..BTW SA might beat Ind in the coming series.

  • hamz501 on October 15, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    Iam really impressed with Zaheer Khan. The guy is clearly a world class bowler now. Its a bit of a shame because i feel he wasted a lot of his career, but now he seems to understand his bowling and is spearheading the Indian attack with great success. Would you all agree that he was the best bowler on display in the series? Other than that the aussies need to better develope their bowlers, yes they can be a handfull of hard, bouncy pitches but they look pedestrian at times on pitches outside Australia.

  • TRAM on October 14, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    @ shovwar Fully agree... I am not belittling India's skills. But the ranking system's awarding points based on no. of matches played - does not reflect the true skill of a nation. There has to be a 'Test Tournament' or league as the ICC is discussing now. India should beat Aus in Aus and SA in SA (and so with every nation). Thats the only way India can compare with when Aus was #1.

  • TRAM on October 14, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    @Nilesh Thakker: Good unbiased review of our past fast bowlers. @MasterClass: The team that wins is the BEST team!! I like that.

    People talk about *quality side like Australian team* ... The truth is this Aus is the team that cant get Ishant Sharma in 90+ balls !! that is 15+ overs with no bowling/field restrictions!! C'mon.. Lets not think too great about the Indian batsmen who succeeded against this Aus team. I appreciate Ishant's effort. I do agree India is the best team in the world. BUT ... The fact is that the standard of cricket in the rest of the world has come down a lot due to various reasons. Especially our contenders ..

    Aus & NZ - due to sudden resignation of big players. Pak - due to bad polictics. WI - due to poor administration

    SA are the only ones now to fight India .. But they too have not much answers against good spin bowling. And except Styn no other bowler threatens.

    My point: Indian talent remains same (=good). But others have gone to worse.

  • on October 14, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    @shovwar haven't you seen the 2004 series IN AUSTRALIA which was drawn 1-1 by India when the aussies were supposedly at their peak... It would have been won by India had it not been for the flat pitch on the fourth test... Come out of your cave!!!

  • cheguramana on October 14, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    I think it is necessary to praise the spirit in which this series was played. Compared to the other series in recent past, the sledging, 'mental disintegration' tactics have thankfully been put in the deep-freeze. Aussies in fact have been very sporting, Ponting's decision to allow a runner for VVS Laxman being the most notable instance.

  • on October 14, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    @shovwar - The statement you said doesn't make sense to me, India became No.1 due to SA not playing more tests, thats a very good excuse, you are saying as if India din't allow SA to play more tests..lol...Its their board issues, what has Indian team got to do with tht..Ask the team's board to arrange tours and play more matches and beat teams or loose matches..No one is stopping any team from playing matches... So, if you give a lame excuse like that, i got bag full of excuses with me, let me give u one for example...India would have won the Test series against Aus with ease if not for the poor umpiring of Mr.Steve Bucknor, how does this sound to you for an excuse now?? Stop making excuses and start appreciating cricket, let be any team who plays it.. And now if u say this Aus team wasn't a full strength team , then ask the ppl who retired to come n play.. Dude, stop making excuses...think practically and stay in the present.Njoy life...Cricket is the real winner at the End of Day.

  • shovwar on October 14, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    @ PRANAV DESAI........YOU SAID"..When australia was #1 Only india beat them in Australia, I want to see someone come into India and WIN!!.."..Well...just before you get really carried away and give everyone a wrong impression let me break it down to you...India never won a test series in Australia period....lol..But if u mean by winning a test but lost series like 2-1 ...yes India won single test in Australia when Australia was no.1....But so did England in the ashes in Aus and so did SA....And I am talking about while Aus was no.1 test team....Please watch world cricket..Supporting India and watching only those test where India plays is alright but dont make incorrect comments...please. And it is SA who beat Aus in a series in Aus recently and pulled Australia down from the no.1 spot and beacme no.1 in 2009....SA where initially the no.1 team but due to not playing more cricket than India they slide to no.2...And both Aus and SA beat India in India...Not too long ago..Get it ryt pls

  • nataraajds on October 14, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Congrats team india. Indian bowlers Zaheer,Baji and ohja did extreemly well on a good batting wicket to win this Hystoric 2-0 Australian wash. Sachin, Vijay, Pujara have set the tone for india and they batted exceptionally well.

    Ishanth & Sreesanth both disappointed in bowling, we need to look for someone to share newball with Zaheer effectivly , i think we must try Nehra & Praveen kumar in test on rotation basis because both a good enough in short spells & both are in good form. let give ishanth a break.

  • OliverWebber on October 14, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Congratulations to both teams for an outstanding series. In England we have had a rather grim summer (albeit winning comfortably) thanks to allegations of corruption, and the future of test cricket has been questioned. Let this series stand as evidence to the doubters. I just hope England can give Australia a comparable challenge in a couple of months...

  • hellraiser9 on October 14, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    We have 7 batsman and only 4 frontline bowlers..of course raina, sehwag can be partnership breakers even sachin is very dangerous..with his bowling.. but having said.that.. isnit it fair to give credit to bowlers? bowling is not easy.. especially against a quality side like Australian team ..they are no pushovers..Zaheer,ojha, ishanth, sreesanth , bhajji have all bowled well ..otherwise Australia will not b bundled out for 200 or less in both the matches in second innings.. if bowlers didnt take those 20 wickets.. sachin's contribution would have gone in vain.. people should remember test matches are won bcoz of team effort.. not bcoz of one individual.. no doubt sachin contributed with 400 runs which is more than brilliant.. but without bowlers taking those 20 wickets ..those 400 runs will not have any value bcoz the test matches would have become dull draws without bowlers..and even SACHIN knows that.. ..that is why dhoni credit bowlers ..

  • toosmart_goldie on October 14, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Welldone guys!!!! The Indian team has done a tremendous job in this recently concluded test series.It was a treat to watch Sachin and Laxman bat as they played some breath taking stokes.Our bowler did a excellent job specially in the 2nd inngs of both the test by restricting the Aussies.Ohja has again showed his temprement and Class and is probably going to cement his place in both the test and oneday squad.Laxman again showed why he is special and Zaheer and Ishant were upto the Mark. But I still believe Rahul has lost his golden touch and he has to sweat more in the nets.In all India were ontop and again proved why we are No.1.

  • hellraiser9 on October 14, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    DHONI has praised sachin in his interview with Ravi shastri..infront of packed stadium and if thats not giving credit then what is it? this article is about him giving the importance of bowlers when he is losing tosses.. if bowlers didnt take 20 wickets we could have seen a boring draw..Sachin is no doubt greatest ever,one and only master blaster..but without TEAM support..u cant win TEST match..its disgusting and ridiculous to blame Dhoni that he didnt give credit to sachin..infact it is sachin who didnt do that ..Sachin has been playing for 20yrs under different captains.. but he never looked so comfortable,happy,team winning consistently..it is not DHONI who doesnt give credit to sachin..it is indian fans who dont give credit to DHONI..no matter how brilliantly he marshals his bowlers with the team he got.. and under him team has won 12 test matches out of16 matches..MOST BY AN INDIAN CAPTAIN.. just wait and see after he completes captaining 47 test matches...

  • Rahul_78 on October 14, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    I enjoyed mitchell johnsons wicket zaheer took in second inings so much..it was a perfect plan. He bawled some wide deliveries to johnson to drive on the up and the big gap between bat and pad was clearly visible. And then the death rattle with the one which landed on the spot and came in. Perfectly planed and executed with great skill. It feels so good to see an indian fast baller on top of his game and doing well in tough home conditions against quality apponents like australia. Kudos to zaheer.

  • oj..cricfan on October 14, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    @nomikshah: you are forgetting the key difference from the 2007 WC team and this team. Greg Chappal. He spoiled the Indian team and shattered the dream of all Indians.

  • on October 14, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    What a series!! A lot of action, Test cricket stands out. First of to all the haters, Arent we #1 now?? When australia was #1 Only india beat them in Australia, I want to see someone come into India and WIN!!! first of all credit to Australia, and Ricky Ponting the player, did well. This was a brilliant team performance. Everyone contributed, and great to see, Pujara, Vijay and Raina doing well. The MASTER proves he is the GREATEST, no one can deny it. We can also win abroad, cant wait till South Africa. Should be very very exciting. Best of luck to all the youngster for the ODIs and Australia for the ASHES. LETS GO TEAM INDIA

  • MasterClass on October 14, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Hang on a minute! "Consistently we have not played our strongest side"??? I'm not sure Vijay, Pujara and Co would appreciate that. Anyway, not entirely convinced that Gambhir is better than Vijay (at this time) and Pujara certainly played a very Laxy innnings, besides being a fabulous fielder bristling with energy! Mr Dhoni: The team that wins is the BEST team!!

  • shovwar on October 14, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    Congratulations to India....they beat Australia yet again at home....They are currently no.1 in papers in test cricket which is not permanent....But not yet the best.....I think everyone is forgetting about South Africa....The real challenge is there....SA have drawn last two series in India which was not that long ago...And they beat India in all the series they played at Home.....So far Sangakkara is still right....The real no1 team has to win everywhere and Australia are not the form team at the moment. If India can beat SA in SA they can stamp their authority on the no1 spot and if not they would automatically slide to no.2 position giving the spot to SA....The battle for no.1 has not begin yet....Its starting this November.......Good Luck to India....Great play at home.....

  • aftabk on October 14, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    You are right Mr Rahul, when Muralitharan retires, it will have a big impact on the Sri Lankan team. Likewise, what do you think will happen to the Indian team when Tendulkar retires. Muralitharan was probably the best spinner along with Warne of Australia in the last 15 years. Tendulkar is probably the best batsman in the last 15 years, he has been carrying the Indian batting for several years. Just look at what happened to Australia, they lost Lee, McGrath, Warne, Hayden, Gilchrist, and several other great batsman in the last 5 years and they are no longer #1. They lost to England and now India. That's the name of the game

  • rnkasthuri on October 14, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    Without Murali rilanka will remain "A BIG 0 (ZERO)". Just wait and see how Srilanka performs. Sagakkara always puts his foot on his B mouth.

  • on October 14, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    It is very shame that Dhoni still does not recongnise Sachin's contribution to whole series, who was the main contributor than yongesters. Even Dhoni himself failed miserably. His arrogance would destroy him very soon. Take 1st and 2nd match Sachin or Batsmen were the major contributors but he would name only bowlers as he himslef did nothing.

  • on October 13, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    We should see what Sangakara has to say now. He was the one who raised controversy after India became number one Test side that he doesn't understand on what basis the teams are being ranked? I hope he got a good answer now.. This is how number one teams perform and this is what number one team is made of Mr.Sangakara... Let's see what Srilank does after Muralitharan retires???

  • on October 13, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Guys... plz watch the post match ceremony of MS Dhoni with Ravi Shastri... he has mentioned about Sachin... What you read above is what he said about the bowlers...

  • on October 13, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Dhoni doesn't have to give credit to Tendulkar.....

  • kunal83 on October 13, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Dhoni does not need to mention Sachin people. He, Sachin and almost the whole world knows what is to be done by the greatest Indian cricketer. Stop all this nonsense of 'Dhoni's allergy for Sachin'. Grow up!

    A great victory for the team, and one for Test Cricket too. I will like BCCI to give Tests to venues which have passion for this format.

  • on October 13, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Whats wrong with you folks?? Sachin does not need any mention... Dhoni as well as the entire world knows the importance of Sachin! Maybe a few seconds off the media and public radar is what he needs!

  • on October 13, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    ishant sharma and laxman's effort is incredible...

  • David47 on October 13, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Terrific test series, but India simply too good in both tests - congrats to Indian team, you deserve to be number 1. Also good to see great crowds at the Bangalore test - test cricket (the best) is alive and well (if only we could keep Sutherland and CA away from it). I think that the India/Aus series now needs to be played on a similar basis to the Aus/SAF series - two sets of three tests played consecutively home and away. Leading up to the ashes I think Aus can take a few positives out of this series - Watto continues to impress, Ricky's batting was encouraging (although his captaincy was at times - mmm), Tim Paine's keeping and batting should keep Haddo at bay (in a fair world, but the selectors and CA obviously won't allow this to happen), and Peter George looks promising. But, unfortunately, there are two blindingly obvious negatives - our bowling and middle order batting. There are options to fix both of these, but I don't for one moment imagine that the options will happen

  • sudhs_107 on October 13, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    @mrgupta --- He did told about Sachin, Laxman and others. But, emphasized bowlers more. Because, all these matches, he is been losing the toss and India had to start with bowling on first day, which will be difficult because pitch will be fresh and new and easy to bat. Don't know why people like to find fault in everything. Sachin and Laxman are kind of players who doesn't actually need any praising. Everyone knows their value and contributions to the team!!

  • on October 13, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    MSD summed it up well, and gave a fitting reply to Mike Hussey on preparations.... We utilized our best from whatever we got. Professionals are expected to adapt to different situations, rather than complaint and play the blame game.

  • on October 13, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    I just hope that bowlers like Sudeep Tyagi, Dhawal Kulkarni. ashok dinda and any other youngster for that matter dont rpeat the mistakes what RP, Irfan, Balaji, Nehra, Munaf and sreesanth have done.

    RP singh, Irfan Pathan, Balaji, Nehra, munaf patel were all selected in the team as tear away fast bowlers. Nehra and Balaji were hit with injuries, although nehra is a part of the ODI team, he isn't preffered in the tests. Balaji is struggling with his accuracy, although he did bowl well in bits and pieces during the CLT20. hope Balaji bursts back into the team and gives us those magical performance he gave in Pakistan.

    Irfan has swung his attention to batting and has lost his pace. RP and Munaf are trying to swing the ball, rather than be quick. Sreesanth has gud grip, and is quicker than these two, and swings the ball better. his attitude & bodylanguage could be his downfall.

    Praveen kumar is suited best for shorter formats.

    the batting and the spin department are doing good though..

  • on October 13, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    where is Irfan Pathan gone from picture in ODI and in T20 why selectors are not picking him Till date he is only allrounder in India

  • kumarcoolbuddy on October 13, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Winning First test was very very very crucial for India. Just because India had won the first test it didn't need to take pressure in 2nd test. VVS, Ishant, Sachin, Pujara Zaheer and others well done. Good to see young batsmen shining. It will be great if we get young bowlers too so that Indian team will not be incomplete at any time.

  • ShilajitBava on October 13, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Lax and Ish pulled off the impossible but mayb the 2nd test win was unavoidable!

  • mrgupta on October 13, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Isnt it strange that the Man who made the difference, the Man of the Series and the No.1 batsmen in the World doesnt even get a mention in this interview? Wasnt Dhoni asked abt him or did he not want to give credit to the Great Man. I sure hope Dhoni realize that its because of players like Sachin and Laxman that India has been performing at its best at this level. Without them Dhoni wud be what Ponting is today. A Captain is only as good as his Team.

  • on October 13, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Did somebody here mention Agarkar? You've gotta be kidding me, mate! If he bowls we will be chasing 700 in the first innings

  • on October 13, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Dhni's interview and no mention of Sachin Tendulkar... as expected! Somehow Dhoni has allergy for mentioning Sachin!

  • Ganes.V on October 13, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Well done Team india. Bowlers did their job alright, but Australian batsmen also did not bat well we have to admit. As Ponting and Dhoni said- in test cricket every team has to play very well all through and if you have one or two bad sessions, you lose the test which is what happened to Aus. Had they batted for another hour onthe 5thday the story line would have been different now. India would have played out a draw i guess like they did last time in Bagaluru against Aus. This time probably with more young blood in the team they went out with an open mind and played positively. Bowlers also helped a lot but batsmen contributed equally. When the wall failed (which he has been doing regularly now- his average which boasted 56+ is in low 50'ss now) we had the likes of sachin and Vijay in the second innings who scored big. The bowling department still needs improvement if we are to dominate world cricket as rightly pointed out by Dhoni.Anyway Wishing the team all success for the one days

  • nomikshah on October 13, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    How is this Indian team different than the one which crashed out of WC2007 in 1st round? and was abysmal in T20 WCup in 2009 and 2010? Its the same bowlers, same batsmen. Has India discovered unearthed new icons or the rest of the world has forgotten how to play????

  • green_jelly on October 13, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    An overlooked statistic: Sachin Tendulkar has featured in 6 of India's 10 successful 4th innings chases of 200+, and has scored 341 runs at an average of 113.67 in the 2nd innings in these games, remaining unbeaten on 3 occasions.

  • on October 13, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    100% true Mr. cr. srinivas

    i too was thinking the same and lakshman i feel is once again ignored as usual by both his captain and jubilant media ( over Sachin Tendulkar)........

  • on October 13, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    If guys like RP Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ashok Dinda, Nehra, Agarkar (?) could keep themselves fit and always in contention for a spot in the team, it would mean we are on the path to conquering the world.

  • on October 13, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Why is Dhoni so wary of giving Sachin enough credit? Is he still insecure about his berth in the team, or regrets that he can't rope in few of his favorites.

  • SnowSnake on October 13, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    This series proved three things to me. 1) Indian bowling is much better than they get credit for, 2) Indian batsmen's shorcomings against bouncers is a myth, and 3) India is very convencing #1 test playing team in the world. India won batting second in both games. Also, removal of Gambhir, Ishant, and Laxman did not have a dent in the second test performance of Indian team. With such talent in abundance, India will remain a very strong test team for next five years. Retirements of Dravid and Tendulkar will not have much impact on India.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on October 13, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    India go to S Africa in December and England in the middle of 2011. Should be a couple of great series and will decide how this Indian team is remembered.

  • on October 13, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    MS Dhoni, Ravi Shastri asked you what the turning point in the series was...and ou rambled about losing tosses, bowlers doing their job..more blah and more blah...for me the turning point was VVS and Ishant. This completely turned the series on its head...Thank you Tendulkar for acknowledging that..you cant imagine what the first test "win" would have done to Ponting and his men if not for VVS and Ishant.. but putting in Pujara was a good move.

  • manasvi_lingam on October 13, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Laxman was not badly missed in this test since Pujara played a Laxman like innings. However, Ishant was missed mostly for his batting and bowling. Bhajji was OK, Zak was outstanding. Ojha is doing well in the second innings.

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  • manasvi_lingam on October 13, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Laxman was not badly missed in this test since Pujara played a Laxman like innings. However, Ishant was missed mostly for his batting and bowling. Bhajji was OK, Zak was outstanding. Ojha is doing well in the second innings.

  • on October 13, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    MS Dhoni, Ravi Shastri asked you what the turning point in the series was...and ou rambled about losing tosses, bowlers doing their job..more blah and more blah...for me the turning point was VVS and Ishant. This completely turned the series on its head...Thank you Tendulkar for acknowledging that..you cant imagine what the first test "win" would have done to Ponting and his men if not for VVS and Ishant.. but putting in Pujara was a good move.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on October 13, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    India go to S Africa in December and England in the middle of 2011. Should be a couple of great series and will decide how this Indian team is remembered.

  • SnowSnake on October 13, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    This series proved three things to me. 1) Indian bowling is much better than they get credit for, 2) Indian batsmen's shorcomings against bouncers is a myth, and 3) India is very convencing #1 test playing team in the world. India won batting second in both games. Also, removal of Gambhir, Ishant, and Laxman did not have a dent in the second test performance of Indian team. With such talent in abundance, India will remain a very strong test team for next five years. Retirements of Dravid and Tendulkar will not have much impact on India.

  • on October 13, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Why is Dhoni so wary of giving Sachin enough credit? Is he still insecure about his berth in the team, or regrets that he can't rope in few of his favorites.

  • on October 13, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    If guys like RP Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ashok Dinda, Nehra, Agarkar (?) could keep themselves fit and always in contention for a spot in the team, it would mean we are on the path to conquering the world.

  • on October 13, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    100% true Mr. cr. srinivas

    i too was thinking the same and lakshman i feel is once again ignored as usual by both his captain and jubilant media ( over Sachin Tendulkar)........

  • green_jelly on October 13, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    An overlooked statistic: Sachin Tendulkar has featured in 6 of India's 10 successful 4th innings chases of 200+, and has scored 341 runs at an average of 113.67 in the 2nd innings in these games, remaining unbeaten on 3 occasions.

  • nomikshah on October 13, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    How is this Indian team different than the one which crashed out of WC2007 in 1st round? and was abysmal in T20 WCup in 2009 and 2010? Its the same bowlers, same batsmen. Has India discovered unearthed new icons or the rest of the world has forgotten how to play????

  • Ganes.V on October 13, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Well done Team india. Bowlers did their job alright, but Australian batsmen also did not bat well we have to admit. As Ponting and Dhoni said- in test cricket every team has to play very well all through and if you have one or two bad sessions, you lose the test which is what happened to Aus. Had they batted for another hour onthe 5thday the story line would have been different now. India would have played out a draw i guess like they did last time in Bagaluru against Aus. This time probably with more young blood in the team they went out with an open mind and played positively. Bowlers also helped a lot but batsmen contributed equally. When the wall failed (which he has been doing regularly now- his average which boasted 56+ is in low 50'ss now) we had the likes of sachin and Vijay in the second innings who scored big. The bowling department still needs improvement if we are to dominate world cricket as rightly pointed out by Dhoni.Anyway Wishing the team all success for the one days