India v Australia, 1st ODI, Kochi October 17, 2010

Rain washes out first ODI

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Match abandoned Australia v India
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The opening match of the three-game India-Australia series was abandoned without a ball being bowled in Kochi. Heavy rain before the one-dayer saturated the ground and while the weather was clear at the scheduled start time, the clouds returned to send everyone home.

It was an unfortunate result for the thousands of locals who were filling the stadium in their blue shirts. Both teams are fielding inexperienced squads so the expectation was high, but everyone will have to wait for the second match in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

The Kerala Cricket Association has been criticised by former BCCI secretary SK Nair, who said better arrangements with respect to drainage and scheduling could have been made to prevent an abandonment. "This was not for the first time that an international match was planned in Kochi. In the past, organisers had been able to successfully overcome whatever problems came in the way. This time too, the organisers should have put in place a plan to overcome the hitches," Nair said.

TC Mathew, the KCA secretary, responded saying all possible measures had been taken but heavy rains made it impossible for the match to take place.

The series concludes in Goa on Sunday.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • rajesh_singhSTM on October 19, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    Seriously..why Ravindra Jadeja??There are many more better players for that spot...R.Aswin , Raydu , Badrinath , Abhishek Nayar , Pathan brothers , Uthhapa, but i never understood why JADEJAAAAA??/ His bowling is average and batting is below average.. Any of the above mentioned can score what he score and most of them bowl a lot better and are more reliable...but seem R Jadeja has some Godfather which others dont have

  • Antu_Mathiyas on October 18, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    All 3 matches going to abandoned, weather site shows 50% chance of rain at Visakhapatnam on Oct 20th and 30% chance of rain on 24th at Goa. Anyway very sad for Youngsters and big escape for Indian team, keep No 2 spot.

  • The_Professor on October 18, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    I am sick and tired of the selectors picking R.Jadeja again and again and again!! Jadeja should definitely be dropped, perhaps along with Rohit Sharma. There are more talented players (who are actually performing very well) who deserve a chance eg. Pujara & Rehane...the future mainstay of Indian batting.

  • AmmarRajar on October 18, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    i think i dont understand y is India giving so many chances to rohit sharma...they have so many other middle order batsman...he is useless for india....n the samething abt ravinder jadeja.......rohit sharma is like a disease for india as fawad alam for Pakistan

  • on October 18, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    I think BCCI's tour commitee is at fault here.It is the time of retreating monsoons and the coastline areas are prone to have rains during this time of the year.So it would have been much better if they had given matches to places in the interior of India.There is a low pressure in Bay of Bengal and one has to keep his fingers crossed for the Vizag match.

  • dharmesh_raval on October 18, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    In spite of loss of fun of 1st ODI I feel it's good at least for our players who have been playing since several months without break, at least for them it (rain) was good! Lets find something good in every day(thing) !! And we all (indians) have enough sweet memories of Test Series till the time we play our next game !!!

  • Jim1207 on October 18, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    oh, my bad! People would start lamenting over the brevity of the series and would question why on earth a 3 match series is not possible!

  • Indian_Rules on October 18, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Great..even the gods dont want to see Ravindra Jadeja play for India again... :-) ... Maybe this is the last thing which might make BCCI and its hopeless selectors to stop selecting Jadeja into the team

  • on October 18, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Goa is already raining...expect another washout

  • MeeraKrishna on October 18, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    I dont know who plans for these ODI venues. Its the time for monsoons in southern part of India between Oct-Dec. Everyone knows this but all 3 ODI are planned in south India. If you remember there was a sense of uncertainity over the Blore test as well because of weather. It makes me feel like BCCI is alien to India and they dont know the weather here.

  • rajesh_singhSTM on October 19, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    Seriously..why Ravindra Jadeja??There are many more better players for that spot...R.Aswin , Raydu , Badrinath , Abhishek Nayar , Pathan brothers , Uthhapa, but i never understood why JADEJAAAAA??/ His bowling is average and batting is below average.. Any of the above mentioned can score what he score and most of them bowl a lot better and are more reliable...but seem R Jadeja has some Godfather which others dont have

  • Antu_Mathiyas on October 18, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    All 3 matches going to abandoned, weather site shows 50% chance of rain at Visakhapatnam on Oct 20th and 30% chance of rain on 24th at Goa. Anyway very sad for Youngsters and big escape for Indian team, keep No 2 spot.

  • The_Professor on October 18, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    I am sick and tired of the selectors picking R.Jadeja again and again and again!! Jadeja should definitely be dropped, perhaps along with Rohit Sharma. There are more talented players (who are actually performing very well) who deserve a chance eg. Pujara & Rehane...the future mainstay of Indian batting.

  • AmmarRajar on October 18, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    i think i dont understand y is India giving so many chances to rohit sharma...they have so many other middle order batsman...he is useless for india....n the samething abt ravinder jadeja.......rohit sharma is like a disease for india as fawad alam for Pakistan

  • on October 18, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    I think BCCI's tour commitee is at fault here.It is the time of retreating monsoons and the coastline areas are prone to have rains during this time of the year.So it would have been much better if they had given matches to places in the interior of India.There is a low pressure in Bay of Bengal and one has to keep his fingers crossed for the Vizag match.

  • dharmesh_raval on October 18, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    In spite of loss of fun of 1st ODI I feel it's good at least for our players who have been playing since several months without break, at least for them it (rain) was good! Lets find something good in every day(thing) !! And we all (indians) have enough sweet memories of Test Series till the time we play our next game !!!

  • Jim1207 on October 18, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    oh, my bad! People would start lamenting over the brevity of the series and would question why on earth a 3 match series is not possible!

  • Indian_Rules on October 18, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Great..even the gods dont want to see Ravindra Jadeja play for India again... :-) ... Maybe this is the last thing which might make BCCI and its hopeless selectors to stop selecting Jadeja into the team

  • on October 18, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Goa is already raining...expect another washout

  • MeeraKrishna on October 18, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    I dont know who plans for these ODI venues. Its the time for monsoons in southern part of India between Oct-Dec. Everyone knows this but all 3 ODI are planned in south India. If you remember there was a sense of uncertainity over the Blore test as well because of weather. It makes me feel like BCCI is alien to India and they dont know the weather here.

  • thaikkathameed on October 18, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Mr. S.K. Nair very well knows that when it is raining heavily no match is possible anywhere in the world. Even if the very best drainage system is available nothing can be done if it rains. The Kerala Cricket Council and the ground staff have done extremely well to try their best to make the ground playable at least for 20 overs each. But we cannot challenge nature. If Mr. S.K. Nair has some solutions to stop rains during cricket matches then he should pass his ideas and am sure he will be awarded a Nobel Prize. Everyone knows that during his tenure as the BCCI Secretary he did nothing for Kerala cricket and now he just does want others to do something for Kerala cricket. He is like a crack in a basket and pulling legs. Shame on you Mr. S.K. Nair. Be sporting and cooperate to develop cricket infrastructure in Kerala.

  • on October 18, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    Itwas really pathetic..!! it rain for like 10 mins...den it was absolute sunshine all over the place...!!!a better drainage system..nd a little bit f patience would have made d play possible..!!The Crowd was just awesome...!!! it was really disppaointing..its only once in a while dat get games to be played in cochin and when it ends up like dis, it really hurts..!!

  • Nujee on October 17, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Mr. Raj Narayanan- you took the words right out of my mouth!!!

  • Allrounder.no1 on October 17, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Rain jus screwed the fun.. i would love to C aussiez gettin banged xD hope the rest games dunn get affected!!

  • butala1982 on October 17, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    If series opener abandons due to rain why couldnt middle order carry on?

  • deepu767 on October 17, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Mr.Nair, Please stop talking nonsese. we all know very well what u did for kerala cricket in past. its easy to talk when u r not handling any position & we all know that the match abonded becouse of rain, they were all set to ready to start by 12'0'clock, but it was heavily raining at 10. we have seen so may matches abandened becouse of last nights rain. I cant understand what u mean by better arrangements, if u take any of the ground in world no play is possible in this condition.I fully agree with Mr.T.C.Mathew. they have tried their best. all the best for upcoming matches. Deepak, Dubai.

  • on October 17, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Indian grounds should invest in better drainage system (e.g., at Lords). What is BCCI going to do with the earnings

  • RakeshVEreti on October 17, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    India will win the one day series by 2-0!

  • on October 17, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    This Indian team will be good enough for the Aussies ! Expect India to win. Quite surprised by Dhoni's comments that Saurabh Tiwary will play and could bat at 6 or 7. Unless Dhawan is a certainty at the top, I would be tempted to open with Tiwary and Vijay. The composition of the team is unclear at the moment, but I would have gone with Vijay, Dhawan, Kohli, Raina, Singh, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Kumar, Nehra and Patel.

  • on October 17, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Well that was really bad. The irony is winter has begun in almost all the other parts of the country except Kerala. From what I hear it has been raining for the past one week!

  • on October 17, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    To Satish Kumar Katare: U wil cum to kno who scapd d whitewash on next sunday... wait nd watch Mr katare..........

  • on October 17, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    To Nishant Singh, Firstly I have no objection about your ignorance about the stadium and city of Cochin, but please do some research before making such statements. Secondly, this was a problem with the weather, are you saying that it doesn't rain where you are from ?

  • crali on October 17, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    The weather really was bad!

  • on October 17, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Austrailia are sooooo lucky. They would have been hammered

  • on October 17, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    THey could have went with replay that is they could have kept tommorow to but why did the rain made the hell they had 4 days time but why the bcci officals did"nt change the venue to some other states

  • MANSUR_MUSCAT on October 17, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Dissapointing DAY for the YOUNGISTAAN especially TIWARI, DHAWAN, ASHWIN & Vinay Kumar, who might be waiting eagerly to show their performance! Don't worry guys our CRICKET calendar is very hectic given the fact if you get an opportunity again to play in XI or back in team! everybody can't be a lucky JADEJA or ROHIT SHARMA or DK for the reserve seat!

  • on October 17, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    too bad.. what more to say.?!

  • on October 17, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Australia get away rain save them

  • vibhash on October 17, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    M.CLARKE would be happy relief now battle for 2-0 otherwise it had been shameful if australia loose by 3-0

  • on October 17, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Thank God,ODI washed out in Kochi :) India narrowly escaped a 3-0 whitewash :P

  • on October 17, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    First match of the 'Harbour series' gone. Lets hope the other ports (Vizag and Goa) are rain-free

  • on October 17, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    god only knows why these type of centres are given any matches......

  • on October 17, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    Sad! Was waiting for the match glued to TV

  • on October 17, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    They could have played a T20 match instead. Wait till evening and just to please the crowd have a T20 game. Don't make it official if the ICC creates much of a ruckus.

  • Apache_Indian on October 17, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    It was a good chance for young players/new comers of both India and Australia to show their talent ! But still, 2 matches are left. I won't watch the matches though as regular players like Sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer, Ponting, Watson, Johnson etc. are not playing !

  • on October 17, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Hope the organizers of the match & of course, the players get their money without a single ball being bowled! Do not the organizers know the weather conditions for this time of the year at a place as Cochin? Extrapolating from the weather pattern of the previous 2 weeks (say) do they not have enough freedom and ability to shift the venue up to about 10 days in advance? Sorry for youngsters as Tiwary, Kumars and others on Oz side over their disapointment.

  • avkris on October 17, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    its such a shame, d match didn go on. this was d 1st match here after 3 years too!! so many had turned up from far-off places. there was only a 10 min shower in d morning, but tat did enough damage as d ground was just abt getting dry after overnight showers...to rub salt to d wound, d sun's been beating down since then here!!

  • on October 17, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Bad day for both teams rain interrupted the 1st ODI. I hope and wish ODI series between India and Australia will be 1-1. If Rain does not interrupt 2 other ODI matches in Vizag and Goa. V. Bhagirath Kumar, Hyderabad, India.

  • on October 17, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Why it has to be played at Kochi at this time of the year? Looks like the organizers to be educated something on Indian Geography. In Kerala, it buckets down even in summer!

  • on October 17, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Rain washes out first ODI chalo vadia hoya hun ik jit jange te fer series ni harde.....hahah

  • on October 17, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Why ? The rain was predicted long back.Since last three four days we keep on listening about heavy downpour. Why did BCCI not shift the venue ? I am not suggesting to move to North or East India,but in South India itself, there were centers unafftected/less affected by rain ? BCCI is so cash rich that they could have thrown currency to the ground to soak the water.Still,it seems that they did not any modern means and mode to keep the ground dry .

  • on October 17, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Its Shame to have this kind of result....One possible thing in scheduling the match is to consider two stadiums for the match at two different places Making sure one is the first choice... if it the weather is not well in the first choice stadium beflre 3 days of the schedule the match should be moved to other stadium........This may reduce this kind of results.....We should be innovative like this kind of thinking........

  • on October 17, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Oh gosh, this is really a bad news, specially for the youngsters of both sides...good for the rest two games anyway. cheers! guys

  • TexasCricket on October 17, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Jadeja didn't cost a game.!!,well played kid. no one will blame you for this one..

  • neil.heaton on October 17, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    If ever a region is affected by a drought, just schedule a cricket match there

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on October 17, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    it is expected. iam from kerala .there continuseley rain for last 7 months it will continue another 1 month (untill the thulam month ends and virshikam month starts). Loat of person not intested india's match after the 2nt onday b/w india and south africa onday seres feb 2010.After that india does not played full squard for one day cricket . present indian team is not indian team it is india blue or india red or india a . nothing more than that.this kind of selection will kill the 50 over onday cricket. grooming the youngsters is one thing but no or less specters to watch the match is the big problem.selection policey very bad . there should be mix of younsters and seniors. what the bcci select is not indian team but for indians there should be some thing sin for a indian team like sachin ,sahwag,gautham,khan,harbajan no body in the team how can we think it is indian team. iam so very happy that the match is abandoned.why they are not given brake to Dhoni ?????????

  • on October 17, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    crazy to hold games in kochi at this time of the year. Abandonment is on expected lines

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  • on October 17, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    crazy to hold games in kochi at this time of the year. Abandonment is on expected lines

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on October 17, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    it is expected. iam from kerala .there continuseley rain for last 7 months it will continue another 1 month (untill the thulam month ends and virshikam month starts). Loat of person not intested india's match after the 2nt onday b/w india and south africa onday seres feb 2010.After that india does not played full squard for one day cricket . present indian team is not indian team it is india blue or india red or india a . nothing more than that.this kind of selection will kill the 50 over onday cricket. grooming the youngsters is one thing but no or less specters to watch the match is the big problem.selection policey very bad . there should be mix of younsters and seniors. what the bcci select is not indian team but for indians there should be some thing sin for a indian team like sachin ,sahwag,gautham,khan,harbajan no body in the team how can we think it is indian team. iam so very happy that the match is abandoned.why they are not given brake to Dhoni ?????????

  • neil.heaton on October 17, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    If ever a region is affected by a drought, just schedule a cricket match there

  • TexasCricket on October 17, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Jadeja didn't cost a game.!!,well played kid. no one will blame you for this one..

  • on October 17, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Oh gosh, this is really a bad news, specially for the youngsters of both sides...good for the rest two games anyway. cheers! guys

  • on October 17, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Its Shame to have this kind of result....One possible thing in scheduling the match is to consider two stadiums for the match at two different places Making sure one is the first choice... if it the weather is not well in the first choice stadium beflre 3 days of the schedule the match should be moved to other stadium........This may reduce this kind of results.....We should be innovative like this kind of thinking........

  • on October 17, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Why ? The rain was predicted long back.Since last three four days we keep on listening about heavy downpour. Why did BCCI not shift the venue ? I am not suggesting to move to North or East India,but in South India itself, there were centers unafftected/less affected by rain ? BCCI is so cash rich that they could have thrown currency to the ground to soak the water.Still,it seems that they did not any modern means and mode to keep the ground dry .

  • on October 17, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Rain washes out first ODI chalo vadia hoya hun ik jit jange te fer series ni harde.....hahah

  • on October 17, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Why it has to be played at Kochi at this time of the year? Looks like the organizers to be educated something on Indian Geography. In Kerala, it buckets down even in summer!

  • on October 17, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Bad day for both teams rain interrupted the 1st ODI. I hope and wish ODI series between India and Australia will be 1-1. If Rain does not interrupt 2 other ODI matches in Vizag and Goa. V. Bhagirath Kumar, Hyderabad, India.