Australia in India 2010 October 22, 2010

Win shows India's bench strength - Srikkanth

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Kris Srikkanth, chairman of the Indian team's selection committee, has termed the victory over Australia in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam a confidence-booster ahead of the World Cup. India went into the game without five first-choice players and their inexperienced bowling attack conceded 289, but the young batting line-up responded calmly to complete India's highest successful chase against Australia.

The victory was set up by Virat Kohli 118, and there were half-centuries from Yuvraj Singh, who has struggled for form and fitness over the past few months, and Suresh Raina.

"It was an important win in the context of the World Cup because it creates confidence in the team," Srikkanth told the newspaper DNA. "When you win against the No. 1 one-day team in the world chasing a record total, it is all the more satisfying.

"The way we approached the game was fantastic. The good sign is that the youngsters are putting up their hands and taking up responsibility. It has proved that we have strong bench strength. It's always heartening to see youngsters winning matches for you. It is a good sign for any country."

Injuries and fitness concerns have meant India have only sporadically fielded top players like Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in recent one-day tournaments. With the 2011 World Cup set to begin in four months, the selectors have a rotation policy in place for one-dayers to ensure the first-choice stars are fit and fresh for the competition.

Following the Australia series, India play five ODIs at home against New Zealand and five more in South Africa, apart from three-Test series against both teams. Srikkanth said there was a plan in place to manage the personnel in the lead-up to the World Cup.

"We have held meetings with the captain, coach, team management and the BCCI," Srikkanth said. "We know what they are doing with the board. We have drawn up a beautiful plan in coordination with all sides concerned. We're on track."

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  • Indian_Rules on October 25, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Hi Shrikant, Now that u can see clearly that we can win without ravindra jadeja ( pun intended ).. We hope that u stop picking him for the subsequent series

  • on October 24, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    @thescorpio

    Be careful while saying the words like "thrash" or anything. Everybody is having right to express their feeling. You're talking about T20 WC2007, what happened afterthat? There are two world cups. Everyone does know the facts. I didn't comment on you. And there are so many players than sachin who can win the matches when it is needed. Ex: VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Sehwag, etc. I didn't talk anything badly about sachin. ofcourse i'm also a big fan of sachin.

  • joseyesu on October 24, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    I think team should be prepared to chase 350+ if the no.7 selected is a batsman (say Kohli). Need to have that mentality. Then only we can overcome Aus.

  • joseyesu on October 24, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    @sunny patel. If that is the case then for every match India will chase 350+. But I hope that there might not be any allrounder at no.7th position. In that case then Virat kohli may get a chance. But it is risky for every match. You can depend on Sachin, Gambir, Yuvraj, harbajan and dhoni to some extent to chase that total.

  • thescorpio on October 24, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    I can't resist my self from posting some facts in here after reading so many trash comments about Sachin not playing T20 WC, but IPL. FYI... Sachin has ruled out himself from playing shorter version of the game before even IPL was on the cards. If you guys still want to know the facts, here you go : T20 WC was first held in 2007 where as IPL in 2008.

  • on October 23, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    @joseyeu, i think the line up will be Viru, Sach, Gauti, Virat, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Bhajji, Praveen, Zak, and Nehra! With Virat, Yuvi, and Raina to come in the order depending on the situtation. And the same three, plus Viru to make up our 5th bowler(more likely to be Yuvi and Viru).

  • on October 23, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    @ Valavan Chandran : PLZ READ WHAT IS POSTED AND INFER FROM THERE.DONT COOK UP WORDS. I SAID "some"..it does not mean "all" or "none"... it just means 'ponting lost his MIDAS TOUCH after the big boys retired' !

  • on October 23, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Mr.cooldiv

    My point is that if sachin can play 25 to 30 matches of IPL every year, why can't he play those 5 matches of T20 WC (I'm not asking him to play every T2 Asking about world cup T20 matches? Only reason he is not playing is he will get paid more money in IPL than other matches. And should play Alternate ODI's also. It's not good for him and the team to leave whole ODI's before WC11.

  • on October 23, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    BCCI is having so much of money. Why can't they prepare some good bouncy pitches ( or bringing that soil from Aus or SA to prepare some good bouncy pitches). In that way bowlers will be rewarded well

  • on October 23, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    What is Dhoni's contribution with the Bat since last 3 years? Not playing well. Just depending on all other batsmen. Sending them before him. In 80% of time he will succeed by sending other batsmen before him and remaining time if india struggles he plays a dirty innings (say 50 runs in 80 balls) and India will lose that match......well he will save his ODI Average. Sourav Ganguly is the best Captain and played unselfishly. Let us see what he will do in WC11

  • Indian_Rules on October 25, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Hi Shrikant, Now that u can see clearly that we can win without ravindra jadeja ( pun intended ).. We hope that u stop picking him for the subsequent series

  • on October 24, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    @thescorpio

    Be careful while saying the words like "thrash" or anything. Everybody is having right to express their feeling. You're talking about T20 WC2007, what happened afterthat? There are two world cups. Everyone does know the facts. I didn't comment on you. And there are so many players than sachin who can win the matches when it is needed. Ex: VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Sehwag, etc. I didn't talk anything badly about sachin. ofcourse i'm also a big fan of sachin.

  • joseyesu on October 24, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    I think team should be prepared to chase 350+ if the no.7 selected is a batsman (say Kohli). Need to have that mentality. Then only we can overcome Aus.

  • joseyesu on October 24, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    @sunny patel. If that is the case then for every match India will chase 350+. But I hope that there might not be any allrounder at no.7th position. In that case then Virat kohli may get a chance. But it is risky for every match. You can depend on Sachin, Gambir, Yuvraj, harbajan and dhoni to some extent to chase that total.

  • thescorpio on October 24, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    I can't resist my self from posting some facts in here after reading so many trash comments about Sachin not playing T20 WC, but IPL. FYI... Sachin has ruled out himself from playing shorter version of the game before even IPL was on the cards. If you guys still want to know the facts, here you go : T20 WC was first held in 2007 where as IPL in 2008.

  • on October 23, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    @joseyeu, i think the line up will be Viru, Sach, Gauti, Virat, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Bhajji, Praveen, Zak, and Nehra! With Virat, Yuvi, and Raina to come in the order depending on the situtation. And the same three, plus Viru to make up our 5th bowler(more likely to be Yuvi and Viru).

  • on October 23, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    @ Valavan Chandran : PLZ READ WHAT IS POSTED AND INFER FROM THERE.DONT COOK UP WORDS. I SAID "some"..it does not mean "all" or "none"... it just means 'ponting lost his MIDAS TOUCH after the big boys retired' !

  • on October 23, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Mr.cooldiv

    My point is that if sachin can play 25 to 30 matches of IPL every year, why can't he play those 5 matches of T20 WC (I'm not asking him to play every T2 Asking about world cup T20 matches? Only reason he is not playing is he will get paid more money in IPL than other matches. And should play Alternate ODI's also. It's not good for him and the team to leave whole ODI's before WC11.

  • on October 23, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    BCCI is having so much of money. Why can't they prepare some good bouncy pitches ( or bringing that soil from Aus or SA to prepare some good bouncy pitches). In that way bowlers will be rewarded well

  • on October 23, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    What is Dhoni's contribution with the Bat since last 3 years? Not playing well. Just depending on all other batsmen. Sending them before him. In 80% of time he will succeed by sending other batsmen before him and remaining time if india struggles he plays a dirty innings (say 50 runs in 80 balls) and India will lose that match......well he will save his ODI Average. Sourav Ganguly is the best Captain and played unselfishly. Let us see what he will do in WC11

  • varunrallapalli on October 23, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    One would totally agree with Krish Srikanth that India has a good bench strength in batting department, what about bowling?!We have Zaheer, Nehra and Munaf in fast bowling area. Ojha and Bhajji in spin department. Playing Australia and New Zealand at home makes sense before the World Cup as it is scheduled in the sub-continent. Why tour South Africa just the World cup is scheduled to begin at home. Pitches there are likely to be seamer friendly with lots of bounce and seam movement. It would be an uncalled-for litmus test for the young Indian batsman in the ODIs just before the World cup which is to be held on slow,low pitches in India,Srilanka and Bangladesh.More over what if our core players who are to participate in the event gets sidelined due to exhaustion or injuries after the series in SA. BCCI should have thought about this long before and they should be blamed if any player is burn-out before the Worldcup.

  • joseyesu on October 23, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Sachin, Sehwag, Gambir, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni,XXX, Harbajan,Ojha/Ashwin,Praveen, Zak/Nehra will be the final 11.

  • mohsin9975 on October 23, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    What has rayudu n tiwary done to earn a national call?Rayudu did well in u-19wc n 1st ranji season.Look at him now.He is very much like chamara silva of sl.Cant time the ball consistently,gets runs wid edges here n der.And tiwary-plays in plate division of ranji trophy avg 49.Not good enuf,considering rahane,pujara,mukund,dhawan,badrinath.Jst bcoz he is frm same state as msd,has long hair and plays for mi in ipl he gets an odi debut.All posters wanting these 2 in wc squad r either mumbaittes or big sachin fans reading too much too much into what sachin has to say abt mi youngsters.Sachin obviously will praise youngsters of his mi team,bt u hav lots of them like these 2 who hav done jst as well.Performance in domestic t20 tournamnt isnt good enuf.Rayudu is already 26-27 yr old.He will never get a chance not after d way plays in ipl.He isnt jst intl class.Tiwary was prematurely inducted in odis.He has to prove a lot in A teams nd list A career to b considered

  • mohsin9975 on October 23, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    What has rayudu n tiwary done to earn a national call?Rayudu did well in u-19wc n 1st ranji season.Look at him now.He is very much like chamara silva of sl.Cant time the ball consistently,gets runs wid edges here n der.And tiwary-plays in plate division of ranji trophy avg 49.Not good enuf,considering rahane,pujara,mukund,badrinath.Jst bcoz he is frm same state as msd,has long hair and plays for mi in ipl he gets an odi debut.All posters wanting these 2 in wc squad r either mumbaittes or big sachin fans reading too much too much into what sachin has to say abt mi youngsters.Sachin obviously will praise youngsters of his mi team,bt u hav lots of them like these 2 who hav done jst as well.Performance in domestic t20 tournamnt isnt good enuf.Rayudu is already 26-27 yr old.He will never get a chance not after d way plays in ipl

  • Hutchinson on October 23, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    @Mansur...Great Team selection because This will be Strongest Batting lineup in world cup

  • on October 23, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    @ Sonal dey, u didnt see champions trophy 2009 and T20 WC 2010 finals, or you were in coma :))

  • on October 23, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    @SONAL DEY, what you are saying, ponting won champions trophy 2009 without his prime players, also advanced till T20 WC 2010 finals as well, where did you see he didnt advance league stage?, i know sachin is a great player, but Ponting is a better captain, he tries to captain during transition times, ye he is arrogant, say who is not arrogant? Lets see if India can really life WC 2011 and if sachin could be in world cup pride.

  • mohsin9975 on October 23, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    V shudnt b overly happy wid d success of yunguns in jst 1 game.Also not many r gonna play 2011wc.Sach,viru,gauti,zk,bhaj,yuvi,nehra,pkumar,msd,raina r sure 2 play wc.Except raina,all r bad fieldrs.Odi s r not only abt bat n bowl bt also fieldng.Bringng in irfan or yusuf makes matters worse.Thats why i think one spot is still vacant for wc.Kohli seems the man,even tho i dont like his attitude much.He can also bowl some dibly doblies,ala chris harris.3 pacers n bhaj/ashwin(not much to choose betwn them) is the way to go wid kohli,yuvi n raina makin 5th bowler option(viru seems to hav lost his spin as seen in aus series-he used to spin more dan bhaj).V all know what happend in wc07 nd t20wc 09 n 10.Every cricketing nation knows d imp of fieldng.They kno indias weakness is fieldng bt india team managmnt hav turnd a blind eye to this most imp aspect of odis tnday. Its again goin to haunt us in this wc as well.Dont expect even frm our ful strngth team to win wc

  • sportsta on October 23, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    The reason sachin has scored heavily is that Australia is not having a good team. If Mcgrath is there he wouldn't have scored that much heavily. Let us see how sachin plays in South Africa (SA & Srilanka are the only teams can compete india). Why sachin not playing T20 word cup for COUNTRY? And he's playing commercial IPL. Any comments on this are welcome. I would like to see Sachin bowling atleast 2 to 3 overs in ODI's and 5 to 10 overs in Test Matches? Comeon Sachin You'll get Wickets also, not only runs

    Shame on you kiran vemula

    I strongly believe even greats like MC Graw, shane ..... as a matter of fact any great bowler on earth would not agree with you. Your comments may make you feel better but they are not acceptable for cricket lovers.Its just easy to thrash achievements with words. Congratulations you are very good at that. Why are you so easy on his bowling , he got a bunch of wickets toooo. You should make better efforts on dousching his bowling as well .............

  • on October 23, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    @ Alexk400 : u said sachin has ) WC nand ponting has 3...well ponting has just got a team of the same ability as sachin has played most of his career..I'll see how many he can win now... (PS: did nt even advance to knock out stages in some major tournaments after the big aussie boys retired...what a pitty for the grt ponting...as if he lost all his midas touch after mcgrath and co. retired)

  • on October 23, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    @ Rakesh_Sharma : selection to a national team is not based on how many years you have played but how well you have performed in those years.Get a better performer and exchange the place...else shut up !

  • on October 23, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    @ Pratap Jain : Refer to my last post to the person you r supporting here...

  • MANSUR_MUSCAT on October 23, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    MY WORLD CUP TEAM: 1. SACHIN 2. SEHWAG 3. GHAMBIR 4. KOHLI 5. RAINA 6. YUVRAJ 7. DHONI 8. HARBHAJAN 9. PRAVEEN 10. ZAHEER 11. NEHRA. RESERVES: 12. ROBIN UTHAPPA - Reserve Opener/wicket keeper, 13. ASHWIN - 2nd specialist spinner given the venue sub-continent, 14. IRFAN PATHAN - take him as batting all-rounder, 15. MUNAF because of his wicket to wicket line! In my playing 11, you can see the depth in batting and also bowling because of slow tracks we can trust/use part-timers like Yuvi, Raina, Sehwag, Kohli for 5th bowling options!. Hard to write but fact is that no place to the following players for various reasons 1. MURALI VIJAY because we have plenty of openers, 2. Yusuf/Jadeja due to their inconsistency and failures. 3. ISHANT/SREESANTH due to bad economy rate. Any comments pls?????

  • Vilander on October 23, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    @ kanas, yeah Braken good bowler funny he is not playing...they forgot him...but you forgot mighty dougie Bolinger :), he is their Trump card. Punter feels he can win it here with pace ( Tait,lee and M Jhonson) but its Dougie whom he needs.

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

    both the teams that played were genuinely zimbabwe class, actual indian or actual Aus team would make very short work of both these sides..Srikanthji what are talking about sir, pls bring in Irfan.

  • on October 23, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    @Kiran Vemula...the answer for sachin Tendulkar not playing for India T20 but in IPL was given by himself sometime ago.when a journalist aksed him..he said he did not wanted to disturb the set-up of the world cup winning squad.It is as simple as that ..people who wants to criticise for the sake of it while criticize anyhow... I think it is absolutely wonderful for indian cricket the way sachin Tendulkar is playing very less ODI's ;- 1.firstly,it would give sachin more chances that he is 100 % fit & raring to go by the world cup as we all know hoe tough it can get on the body playing ODI's. 2.The Indian team is slowly losing its dependence on sachin & during world cup,when sachin is added to this team,it would give them a tremondous boost.

  • PradeepJohnktr on October 23, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Worldcupteam: Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Harbajan, Zaheer Khan, Asish Nehra, Ishant Sharma, Sreeshanth. extra: Kohli, Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, R ashwin,Praveen Kumar.Best team that I can suggest.Change that we can put on Asish Nehra/Sreeshanth , as per there performance.Good Luck Team India

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

    @ Kiran Vemula ... remember 2007 ? sachin was supposed to be "too old" to play T 20 cricket, and was virtually thrown out of the team along with other seniors ... and when we won that T20 WC, i read hundreds of comments saying we dont need "oldies" in the squad anymore ... sachin hasnt played T20 internationals ever since ... and I dont blame him for that ... and now when the "old man" has shown what he is still capable of, we are blaming him again for not showing commitment to his country !

    IPL ... well, Sachin is made Icon player for mumbai ... where BCCI wants every big name player to play ... even VVS laxman plays IPL !

    Mcgrath ... apart from abdul rajjak's 5 consecutive boundaries against him, i dont know any other player who had played mcgrath with the ease that sachin has (and rajjak's dominance lasted 5 balls only) ...

  • fkauser on October 23, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Guys ....no need to think about team india and suggest about what sort of team they should play with...coz this selectors are talking all rubbish .....Mr Srikanth you are talking abou the youngsters have given you the win...but against whom .....against a young team ...i think you also know this is not the best of australia team if the will win against bollinger ...tait ...lee...than you can open you mouth ans speak something.....you cannot with the matches with this selection like karthik ...jadeja......in 2nd odi also the player who has given you the win is ...yuvraj...raina...and the main kohli who has already played around 35 matches ...now atleast dont call him youngester ...he is youngster but not with the experience only with the age.........so please put you best team ..orelse will be out like T20 world cup ......bring back Irfan the best allrounder india have .....but you are playing with you jadeja the funny guy....hahahahhaha

  • on October 23, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    i agree with kiran vemula, sachin has not missed even a single match( may be one or two )but have not played any T-20 for india and opeted out completely from many one day series. He sole aim now is to prolong his IPL days as long as possible, that is where he make money.

  • on October 23, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Come on Kiran Vemula, How many more years we should rely in SRT, he is an amazing, gifted, talented, responsible, down to earth and a true ambassador of game and India, but he already served the country for 21 years as a great soldier for Indian cricket, people can still criticize whatever, but there will be no other player like SRT in the future. He is 37 and he is very intelligent about maintaining his body and workload and doing the right thing. Sachin along with other seniors never thought T20 would be that hit and we would win the inagural cup. So they opted out of it and since then he is living by his decision. He also once told that he is happy to be away from T20 intl, but if board needed his service, he will think about it. There are enough batsmen dying to get in to Indian middle order and probably one generation of batsmen never got a chance to get in to mighty middle order due to SRT, Dravid, Laxman & Ganguly. It's too much to ask from him to bowl now :-)

  • anchal1210 on October 23, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    @ spb24 : Agree with...Bolwers contribution should also count..for e.g 1 wickets = 20 runs as 5 wicket haul for abowler considered to be a century...haha gud thought man

  • ABP235 on October 23, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    All is fine, but I dont understand the logic of playing 5 ODIs in South Africa just before the world cup! What will happen, or can happen is, these same youngsters who are doing well in India (vs Aus, NZ) can struggle and then fans and media will start making noise. Hopefully, if the team management and selectors do not give much importance to the failures in SA, it will be good for the team. And I hope SA will prepare pitches that are not too bouncy like in India, to help themselves to prepare for the world cup. The biggest worry of course is Dhoni who is not willing to rest despite having his middle finger continuously bandaged. Will he be given a rest against NZ? And do the selectors have someone beyond Karthik in mind? Here one interesting choice is Robin Uthappa, a dynamite batsman who has now permanently taken over the wicket keeping gloves. This will prepare a good second wicket keeper cum aggressive middle order option for the world cup.

  • on October 23, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    The reason sachin has scored heavily is that Australia is not having a good team. If Mcgrath is there he wouldn't have scored that much heavily. Let us see how sachin plays in South Africa (SA & Srilanka are the only teams can compete india).

    Why sachin not playing T20 word cup for COUNTRY? And he's playing commercial IPL. Any comments on this are welcome. I would like to see Sachin bowling atleast 2 to 3 overs in ODI's and 5 to 10 overs in Test Matches? Comeon Sachin You'll get Wickets also, not only runs

  • theswami on October 23, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    WE still have a fast bowlers' spot open ... I think we ought to bring back the tried & tested ( with great results) L.Balaji .... he is doing well in domestic cricket ....after all when the two highest wicket-takers Vinay & Mithun are being taken for runs ( & rp, mUNAF palpably out of form), who else can we turn ourselves to ....

  • on October 23, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    Worldcupteam: Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Harbajan, Zaheer Khan, Asish Nehra, Praveen Kumar. extra: Kohli, Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, R ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Sreeshanth.

    Some good bowlers are needed. I think R ashwin is good talent, should be there in the team.

  • on October 23, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    Don't think Team India is in right shape. They do need a good allrounders like Irfan pathan, Abhishek Nayar. These two players are worth to be there in the squad & Team. Irfan Pathan is a player who can regain his form at any time, the only thing selectors should show a little bit of faith in his abilities. Unnecessarily experimenting with slow faded Jadeja. There's no fighting spirit at all. Harbajan singh belts the ball better than Jadeja.

  • Cric_Is_Fun on October 23, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    @spb24 Good point. In India there is no role model for youngsters to become a bowler. Everyone wants to become the next Sachin. That is why we have good batsmen but no quality fast bowlers. Also the lifespan of a fast bowler is almost half that of a batsman. So, may be BCCI should pay fast bowlers the maximum salary (~1.5 to 2 times of a batsman) and that should be a great encouragement.

  • gystg1 on October 23, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    India's WC XI should be:

    1 Gautam Gambhir 2 Virender Sehwag 3 Virat Kohli 4 Sachin Tendulkar 5 MS Dhoni 6 Suresh Raina 7 Irfan Pathan 8 Harbahjan Singh 9 Zaheer Khan 10 Ishant Sharma 11 Pragyan Ojha

    This is definitely a WC winning side

  • SnowSnake on October 23, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    It is one thing for fans to get carried away with close wins, but I think Indian board should refrain from issueing statements like these after every victory. Honestly, it is pure arrogance. No doubt, Indian bench strength is strong, but if history is any proof, Indian batting lineup has some tendency to collapse all of a sudden. This team has shown some reselience, but Dhoni fits the traditional bill where a players shows initial success and then does not perform till he is kicked out. Dhoni is very cunning person, he has placed his batting position in such a place that if India does good, he ends up winning runs, and India does bad, he ends up playing early and gets out, only to give excuses about poor opening batsman. Srikant, please wait 6 months and then make such claims. Don't do it in the middle of series.

  • KrazyCricketKid on October 23, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    Oi Srikkanth. please drop jadeja and rohit sharma man. Give chances to Irfan pathan, Robin uthappa and Ambati Rayudu in ODI matches. These boys are the combination we need in the world cup. ALSO, Give chances to Abhinav Mukund and Ajinkya Rahane in test matches. Mukund, Rahane and Pujara will replace Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman when they retire. Kudos to you my good man

  • on October 23, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Look this may of already been said but I will say it again... Who where these batsmen facing??? They were facing a second or even third rate bowling line up. It was a good win but please put it into a bit of perspective.

    I know India put up a second string team but so did the Aussies and I'm sorry to say having a pissing competition over who wins between your 2XI's is not going to be an indicator for a World Cup Victory next year... This was a poor article, who ever wrote it should look at the whole picture...

  • varunsporty on October 22, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    According to me Indian World Cup 15 should be:

    Virender Sehwag Sachin Tendulkar Gautam Gambhir Mahender Singh Dhoni {c}{wk} Yuvraj Singh Suresh Raina Ravichandran Ashwin Harbhajan Singh Praveen Kumar Zaheer Khan Ishant Sharma

    12th Man Virat Kohli

    Sreesanth Pragyan Ojha Murli Vijay

  • spb24 on October 22, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    @Mr.Cheeka - Hahha ...Actual Strength is missing in the bowling lineup for WC instead of strengthing the bench Strength .Batting is not worry at any point of time.Please focus on finding young talents who can bowl +150KMPH. I think, better idea would be like, in those days kings use to announce a challange and comminication will be done like, whoever can take up this challange will get 1000 Gold coins something like that...hahha Really embrassed to say we have more than billon, cant find one stike bowler for decades...May be its all because of MEDIA not focusing MUCH attention on the BOWLERS. Give lots of MAN OF MATCH to the bowlers...It might be interesting to apply some different concept....Say e.g if the bowlers take 1 WICKET, its equivalent to 25 RUNS.... if ;he takes 4 WICKETS = 1 Century.Seriously as a CHAIRMAN please APPLY SOME NEW CONCEPT as i mentioned...What ever concept it may be ...It should encourage the youngers to take the bowling profession seriously....

  • cricarch on October 22, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    I know its a wild wish, but I want selectors to try something entirely surprising right before the world cup. How about making Virat Kohli the captain? or bring Rahul Dravid back? or something like this. Only a sudden change would grab player's attention and release some pressure off them. Otherwise, its in Indian psyche to keep great records but only until the final moment where you see yourself fail. 2003 world Cup set an example.

  • on October 22, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    @Savvy Canadian: Your team looks fine..except 1. I don't know who is Irfan Patel :) 2.You pick Umesh Yadav ahead of Nehra and you pick Ishant because he can contribute with the bat..dude this is not test..this is one day..Ishant can only defend 3. You have picked Robin Uthappa has reserve keeper but you have not picked the main keeper which is MSD..lol :) Uthappa is gonna be the captain? he he

  • SavvyCanadian on October 22, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    I would like to keep Dhoni out of the current ODI team until the end of World Cup, because he is overplayed, suffering from fatigue and tired. He has lost his batting form, and he is just a shadow of his former dashing self. I know this is a very controversial statement, but I would love to give Dhoni's place to Robin Uthappa, who can open an innings and can be as destructive as Sehwag. Dhoni, unfortunately nowadays, is even unable to accelerate the run rate even at crucial junctures. He should be rested for six months.

  • Navi_raj on October 22, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    @SavvyCanadian

    where is Mr.Dhoni...?????!!!!!

  • on October 22, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    @SavvyCanadian, Your Dream WC Team has a reserve WK, but no WK at all, there is no Dream team or team with out MSD. He is the man for the job, whether his luck, ability or mental toughness whatever but it's working and don't need to change any thing. Irfan and Uthappa should be in the squad, AND MAKE SURE RAVINDRA JADEJA SHOULD BE DROPPED, I don't know why he is getting more chances than any upcoming player.

    Bowlers: Zaheer, Nehra, Ashwin, Bajji, Praveen Kumar and Ishant All Rounders: Irfan Pathan, Sehwag, Raina and Yuvraj Singh WK/Captain: MSD Batsmen: SRT, Gambhir, Virat Kohli & Uthappa/Saurabh Tiwari/M Vijay

    Please do not waste a slot to RAVINDRA JADEJA.

  • Cric_Is_Fun on October 22, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    @Alexk400 Ponting did not win the WCs because of his batting. He was fortunate enough to be a part of the best team. If his batting alone mattered then just compare the averages of Ponting and Sachin in WCs. In WC Sachin averages 57.93, Ponting averages 48.03. Please do the hard-work and get your facts right before committing blasphemy.

  • Cric_Is_Fun on October 22, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    Dear KiwiRocker, I am assuming you are from the KiwiLand. If so, then you have forfeited your right to comment on others after a convincing WHITEWASH against BANGLADESH. End of story.

  • nomikshah on October 22, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Keep dreaming. The W'cup needs to be moved out of the subcontinent so these sub par players with 0 technique dont get to last around that much. Otherwise India has played a masterstroke. Its a pain to watch these mediocre players slash their way right and left on barren pitches..

  • SavvyCanadian on October 22, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    Why Indian cricket-lovers hate Ravindra Jadeja - (1) He is not a Team Player. He is always more concerned about his personal batting averages than a Win for the team. When it is essential to accelerate the run-rate for the overall benefit of the team, he plays slowly to make sure that he does not loose his wicket and his batting average does not go down. Thus he does not want to make a personal sacrifice in the interest of his team. (2) He does not have physical strength or mental toughness to play at International level and he wastes an important number 7 spot which should go to more deserving players like Irfan or Yusuf. Even when playing the last one or two overs of the ODI or T20, he is not able to hit big shots. He is just not capable to do it. (3) His spin bowling is actually a bits and pieces bowling, which is like a lollypop for hard hitting batsmen. Thus he gives away too many easy runs. Therefore, he must be kept away from Indian teams of ODIs, and especially, the T20s.

  • Jacks2010 on October 22, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Thanks Gott the Chateshwar Pujara chants stopped with the victory. It was almost like he is the most indispensable batsman in India. Someone quoted Dravid as saying Pujara is the best fit for his position for India. Raina plays the closer better than most others in one dayers. Look how he'd cleaned out Pakistan with 5 overs to go and 50 to get. Now this. It was dicey situation with 5 down. Would Australia have closed it with a 9 run 5 wicket haul like in Mohali? The possibility was there with debutant Tiwary. Why are'nt the chants going up for Tiwary now, who's had as big of a dream debut against the 3 time world champions? He's as much of a David who destroyed Goliath. One match is not enough to judge an entire career.

  • SavvyCanadian on October 22, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Winning strategy for India to win the World Cup in 2011 - (1) Keep Ravindra Jadeja out of the Indian team, (2) Select a genuine all-rounder like Irfan Pathan, or Yusuf Pathan. Both these guys bowl reasonably well, and score a quick 30 to 40 runs, which is the expectation from a number 7 batsman, (3) Reserve Wicketkeeper should be Robin Uthappa, who should also be an alternative Opening Batsman for India, as he is as destructive as Sehwag. The 15 member Indian team I suggest for World Cup - OPENERS : (1) Sehwag, (2) Tendulkar, (3) Uthappa, who is also the Reserve Wicketkeeper. MIDDLE ORDER : (4) Gambhir, (5) Kohli, (6) Yuvaraj, (7) Raina, (8) Rohit. ALL ROUNDER : (9) Irfan Patel, (10) Yusuf Pathan, BOWLERS : (11) Zaheer, (12) Ishant, (13) Harbhajan, (14) Ashwin, (15) Umesh Yadav. I have recommended Ishant and Ashwin, compared to their competitors because apart from being reliable bowlers, they are able to contribute with the bat. Umesh is the fastest Indian Pace Bowler in India today.

  • IndyColts on October 22, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Why are Robin Uthappa and Irfan pathan over looked despite their strong performances. They both are very good players and good allrounders, given the opportunity they are suppose to be part of the next generation core group of the team. These fools in the selection committee are very biased and the merit system is still not legit in India. Srikanth is giving just about infinite chances for Murali Vijay and the yellow marbles of the chennai IPL franchise. And jadeja, why was he in the team, his purpose was never served.

  • daksh2011 on October 22, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    my dream 11 for wc 2011 1.sachin 2.sewag 3.gambir 4.yuraj 5.dhoni 6.raina 7.yusuf 8.bajii 9.praven 10.zaheer 11.nehra -- bench--12.dinesh 13.sreesanth 14.ohja 15.kohli

  • on October 22, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    i dun think this win can be taken as true indicator of world cup preparation and bench strength. india were up against almost australian B team. still they conceded too many runs. i will never see this as world cup preparation. they gotta prove it regularly. India has got 10 odd matches left before world cup and if these youngsters can perform in 70-80% of matches then a conclusion can be drawn. its too early to draw any conclusion. i still think there is a requirement of RAHUL DRAVID in the team for big events like World Cup.

  • Nampally on October 22, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Many have commented on the team selection and search for #7 - All rounder.The moves by Srikant & the selection committee have been very questionable during the past 2 years.India still does not have a set of world class bowlers, especially the pace bowlers- either for ODI or tests. Don't talk about the bench strength when Srikant has not done much beyond relying on Zahir & Harbhajan. 3 more bowler are needed. India is dependent upon their batting to carry them forward.First task is to zero in on a pool of 10 good bowlers - Zahir, Harbhajan, Kumar, Ashwin, Ishant, ojha, Nehra, Mithun, Chawla & unadkat. Get them to bowl consistently on good spots & to a set field which should limit runs to 3.5/over. Unless all 5 bowlers produce, all this talk about bench strength is an illusionary bogus.As long as Sachin, Sehwag & Dravid produce at the top India is fine. Yuvraj is the best available All rounder.Gambhir/ Kohli, Raina, Dhoni + 4 bowlers- rest of the XI. This is the winning approach.

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 22, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    I think India is very much on track to dominate world cricket in next decade........very much like Australia did...

    We have phenomenal batting stars coming-up and bowling is doing well as well...........

  • ssenthil on October 22, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    People who are asking for Ifran Pathan and R Uthappa, please would start follow Domestic Cricket or at least get to know what Domestic Cricket is going on. Currently Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2010/11 is going on for each Zone and Irfan Pathan not even in the Baroda Squad and the Blind Fans Asking for a International Comeback??? We all seen R Uthappa Batting in SA and he is not even able to Karnataka to the Next Stage from South Zone where Kerala Beat them, Don't ask who is the Topper of that Zone. It's as usual Tamil Nadu

  • ssenthil on October 22, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    @Alexk400, do u have any idea of growing up or will be like this only forever? I never know before world cup win by a Single Individual and I was told it always given to a TEAM. Get Well Soon

  • on October 22, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    People may say that India was playing against a weakened Aussie attack - dudes don't forget - we too are playing a much weakened team with five of our choice ones out. So think of this as a future Aussie team against a future Indian team - and yeah we were better!!!

  • on October 22, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Totally agree, just one match is not enough. Too early to claim anything. 5 overs went for 85 runs and seems like no one is concerned. Cant forget the two overs Tiwary batted struggling to take a single. if Raina would not fire then we were toast.

  • Hritabrata on October 22, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Well its true our bench strength is now strong with the likes of pujara, kohli and vijay performing at crucial situations... but we need to give them more time to be cosistent which comes with experience.. Talking about the bowling we have got Ishant and Sreesanth both again regaining their form slowly.. good sign..God kows when Munaf will take cricket seriously and prove his potential....In the last match lots has been said about indias bowling.. but i feel dey did well for the first 45 overs keeping in mind that the last 7 matches in vizag produced batting totals of 600-700 in average... Take the positives..The pathan brothers seem lost.. so has been rohit sharmas poor form.. he is technically so sound but fails to deliver on stage.. jadeja should contribute with bat more.. Players like vinay kumar, badrinath, dinda, uthappa should be given more chances.

  • on October 22, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    CONTINUATION OF MY LAST COMMENT :I Think These Gambhir, Yuvraj, Kohli, Ashwin, Ojha, Praveen Will Be Tested In Up-coming Matches, If Praveen Doesn't Performs Worst Then May Be Selected Due Need Of Fast Bowler,Even Though If Kohli Performs Well Than Gambhir & Yuvraj Kohli May Be Omitted,Gambhir & Yuvraj Will Be Selected If Performs Well,If Ashwin Bowl & Bat Well May Be Selected If Any One Batsman Doesn't Perform Well,If Ojha Bowls Well May Be Selected If Ashwin And One Of Yuvraj & Kohli Doesn't Perform Well, If All These Players Perform Well In Up-coming Matches Then It's Hard To Omit Two Players But Some May Be Selected By Experience & Pitch & Position. If Ishant & Munaf (Performs Well) May Have Been Selected If Praveen Performs Worst. Let Us Wait & See Who All Are Selected.....!It Is Good Work Done By BCCI By Giving Chances To Young & New Players....!

  • on October 22, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    India are chokers. They probably will not even make it through the first round. Tendulkar will probably flop as usual in big games as do most Indian players

  • kkulkarn on October 22, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Well, Indian team certainly has hit the same patch as when Dravid took over as the captain during Greg's tenure. Irresptive of who was in the team winning was a habit. Equations changed when suddenly there was a hostile environment, even the slightest nip on the pitch choked the batsmen. Is Srikkanth so blind or does he think the young guns can adapt to any conditions - only time will tell. Even in the previous match, if closely scruitinized, there were just plenty of opportnitues lost for Aussies. Fortune favors the brave,- that was the adage while India was batting. One young gun that needs to be trashed is certain Jadeja who cant bat like Yousuf or bowl like Bhajji, wonder when the love-affair will end. Agree with earlier comment, DK, Robin certainly need another chance; according to one of the selectors they have guts to face anything. To Amol M, there is Sairaj B, Pankaj D who never got to see the light. These guys are certainly lucky - talented & determined time will tell.

  • happyreddy on October 22, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Sachin should be there till semi final but not in the final if india have to win a world cup. there is sentiment for that india will not win cups if he is there in team in any major tournaments. he should voltaierly step out in the final if he wants india to win. take my words it will come true

  • on October 22, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    Now It's Become Really Tough For Dhoni & BCCI To Decide The Squad & Playing XI For WC. I Think Sachin,Sehwag,Raina,Zaheer,Nehra,Harbajan Are In Good Form & Good Players,Dhoni Is Good Player But Not In Form But He Is Wk & Good Captain,So This 7 Players Will Play The WC. Gambhir Is Good Player But He Is Not In Form In Last Few Matches,Kohli Is The Good Player & In Good Form But He Is Middle Order Batsman Where Middle Order In India-up Have Been Filled But He Is Not Big Hitter,Yuvraj Retains His Good Form & He Is Good Player Under Pressure Or Chasing & He Is Big Hitter & He Is An All-Rounder,New Ashwin In Good Form In Bowling & May Be Act As A Good Bowling All-Rounder But Need To Be Perform Well In Upcoming Matches,Ojha Good Bowler & In Good Form But Already A Spin Bowler Harbajan In Line-up But He may Be Added When 5 Pure Bowlers Need,Praveen Good Bowler & Perform Like A Above Avg Bowler In Recent Matches But He Need To Play Well In Upcoming Matches.WILL BE CONTINUED IN MY NEXT COMMENT.

  • Anbu12345 on October 22, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    @rairatank - Do you seriously think uthappa can play long innings. Its one day man not T20. PLz no Irfan (He will 6 slow bowls in a over). Only his strength is swing - which he lost nowadays. He will need to bowl in power play - I dont think he is capable for that. Better we need to select bowlers who can be economical. Control runs wickets will fall automatically.

  • Cricket_4_Blood on October 22, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    As if like the Indian team is gonna win the WC. Ask them 2 fly a kite. That's what they're capable of. I wonder how they are gonna qualify for the 2nd round. Have you ever seen them performing in big stages? May be the last time they did is 20yrs ago. Just stop dreaming about Indian team & focus on the other teams' performance. TEAM INDIA ARE LOSERS BIG TIME!!!!

  • Nipun on October 22, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    @ _csb :- I am talking about India's tour of South Africa.Forgot it?LOL :D :P

  • Cricket_4_Blood on October 22, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    As if like the Indian team is gonna win the WC. Ask them 2 fly a kite. That's what they're capable of. I wonder how they are gonna qualify for the 2nd round. Have you ever seen them performing in big stages? May be the last time they did is 20yrs ago. Just stop dreaming about Indian team & focus on the other teams' performance. TEAM INDIA SUX BIG TIME!!!!

  • jithupm on October 22, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    hi fellas!!!! how can we forgot abt robbie, he can be used as second wk for india in wc squad, instead of dinesh karthik who fails to make a point... robbie can used as wicket keeper,hard hitting batsmen/he can bowl right cutter.... dhoni must take rest for kiwi series and make robbie a chance.......i donno why selecter give chance for jadeja rather than robbie... jadeja is 1 of the huge reasons for failure in t20 wc in west indies,england, and champions trphy also,, i think he is simply wasting the all rounder role.....

  • Aussasinator on October 22, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    batting wise, the bench strength is great and fine. But something has to be done about the bowling bench strength too, or else better batting sides like SA and Sri Lanka will make mincemeat of the Indian attack.

  • Raj12345 on October 22, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Hello selectors. Just go by basics: Skill, Fit, Spirit & team work. Don't go by name & fame. True cricket fans never forget what happens in last world cup. We didn't cross first stage after having heavy weights. It is all about guys are committed to deliver on field?

    Everyone still can't dreaming (Rohit) about becoming Tendulkar. Go and fix your basics and then try talking of being in Indian team. Already many people showed and try to occupy middle order. After playing more than 50 matches, so pathetic on scored runs.

    Even DK is talented cricketer among all youngsters - by Kirsten. But problem is Kirsten can't tell publicly and may loose his job. DK is delivered whenever he got chance in middle order, but never got chance more than 1 match in a series at that place. People put him in wrong place and marked failure. No one remember A Mazumdar now, since there were no Rotation at that time. that is what Indian cricket. Still current rotation policy is biased.

  • asadkum on October 22, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA.................................................................. Wow !!!!!!! what a batting line up........What a batting depth !!!!!!!!! Very very good prospect in WC ........................................................... Sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer & Bhaji's inclusion in WC squad would be amazing !!!!!!

  • Cricket_4_Blood on October 22, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Are we gonna see another failure by the Indian team at the Big stage like WC?? It's a million dollar Q but it's not far away. Poor fans!

  • rairatank on October 22, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    One match & we change our music.B4 yesterday's match we were ruing our youngsters and today everyone wants him in eleven.Thats we indian.If play our best eleven where does he fit?Answer is at no. 7, considering yuvi, raina and sehwag will be our 5th bowler.Neither Virat is suitable to bat at no.7 nor partimers can be regular 5th bowler. Now our grt selectors don't have any answer for player to play at no.7 and they don't to find either.They only thinks about batsman like Tiwari,Rohit,Vijay,Dinesh and fact is there is no place in top six if everybody is fit and Virat in reserve.Same goes for bowlers and they keep trying Umesh,Vinay,Munaf,Mithun and others but they also know Zaheer,Ishant,Praveen,Nehra,Bhajji and Ojha are certain to be in team.End of the day only positiion is vacant is a reserve keeper and an allrounder. If cricinfo survey to their readers 50% will go for Uthhapa and 90% for Irfan but our grt Jokers will select Dinesh and Jadeja.

  • on October 22, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    thank god jadeja was left out .... plz keep doing the saame

  • Anbu12345 on October 22, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    What the hell every one want.. Why we need Ifran pathan in the team.. He will be useless in Indian conditions for bowling. He will give easily 8 overs per over. Batting is also not great to take him as a batting allrounder. We can have Yusuf pathan, ashwin or even ravindra jadeja might be better off - they may give runs around 6 per over and bat little bit. We already have batsman but we need bowlers- dont need to be great wicket takers just need to be economical.. Its going to be a run feast this world cup. For God shake dont complain for not selecting IF pathan.. I will select if I go for AUS or ENG for tour.

  • vibhash on October 22, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    y is not mahendra singh dhoni playing ,he hasn;t score atleast fifty in last matches

  • on October 22, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Also showed our death bowling depth...didnt it?..

  • boris6491 on October 22, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    No doubt they played impressively. But saying this after one match does not really back up Srikkanth's claim. If they can display consistency without the likes of Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir in their lineup, then we can truly deem their bench strength as strong. Recall also that they are playing a weakened Australian side. I do feel that the best way to empirically and accurately test bench strength is by exposing the bench to a stronger team.

  • Htc-Baseball on October 22, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Another thing we need to note is, had yuvrajs spin went for a thrashing in vizag could have meant fatali..need atleast one genuine all roundr .irfan could just be the need for the moment.One spot s left open for the wc.Its upto grab between kohli,irfan or ashwin.If ashwin can bat he ll be damn handy with his abilites to bowl at death.sach,sehw,gauti,raina,dhoni,yuvraj,pathan/ashwin,baji,zak,pk,nehra s d way to go

  • Nampally on October 22, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    It is fortunate that the future of the Indian batting showed up for this win. Kohli and Raina are the best Indian fielders and also the most aggressive batsmen. Yuvraj before his fitness problems was an excellent fielder and a great batsmen who has been out of form.It was nice to see the 3 cylinders firing together to beat the Aussies. It is very difficult to predict the team selection with some odd approach by Srikanth & his selectors.In the world cup ODI's, logically, the Selectors must include Tendulkar& Sehwag as openers and Gambhir, Dravid and Kohli will be fighting for #3 spot, if Selectors act rationally.If Dravid is included, the top 3 bats will be formidable. Gambhir/ Kohli , Raina and Yuvraj can then bat at 4, 5, & 6 spots with Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zahir, Nehra, Kumar/Ishant completing the 11. This leaves Vijay, Ashwin,Rohit, Mithun and other youngsters in the reserves. But will the logic prevail & the Selectors act rationally is a big ?.We don't want Jadeja & Yusuf again.

  • Htc-Baseball on October 22, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Think the oz fans havent peeped into our side,we r playing without sachin,sehwag(the 2 can single handedly win a match),gambir,harbhajan,zaheer,oja,ishanth. well tat counts to 7.And had yuvraj been in any trace of his own form would have thrashed this bowling rot of oz into all corners of stands(surely in home conditions).And oz missed the service of punter,watson,johnson,bolly,hauritz this counts to 5.This shows whose bench strength s feeble.Anyway all of the above pacemen went for a thrashing ,so woudn have made a difference.The oly talented pacemen OZ missing s BRACKEN.All others are junk in indian conditions.

  • bhoomi4ibm on October 22, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    What happend to IRFAN Pathan why is he kept aside by selectors

  • on October 22, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    I fear that amongst all this personnel management, there is one person being left out. Dhoni himself, i dont see him taking rest at all. You need to give him some rest, he has been playing non-stop cricket. it is also time to groom a vice-captain. what happens if dhoni gets injured in WC, and we dont get a good leader to take us thru some matches. it will be a total disaster. Coz i dont really think that Sehwag is as astute as Dhoni. We need to look for more thinking heads to lead the one-day team in dhoni's absence.

  • on October 22, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Guys, please .... Sachin himself is ready to retire. He wants to try one final time to get the WC. His recent performances show that he is ready for the final showdown. Win or not, the team definitely owes him that. Also, where better chances than in the sub-continent. So, please let him play and let the team play hard to win the WC ... GO INDIA.

  • vrntrc28 on October 22, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    One win against a depleted Aussie bowling attack doesn't show anything, if you want to prove something show consistency with the same team and win multiple matches. this is the problem with our country one good thing happens.. we think we become better...

  • sameersky on October 22, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    alexk400... do not be a bias man mate... world cups are not one by one batsman.. its won by a team.. australia was a great team no doubt with gr8 captains.. steve,taylor and ricky but common sachin is the best batsman.. more runs than anyone. top avg. than all current players..also look at the amount of runs in one dayers.. they are huge...

  • CuppersXI on October 22, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Yet another "India vs anti India" debate. My take- Ultimately, all that matters is if you win or lose. India is winning and legitimately. Period.

  • on October 22, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    nice decision by BCCI...hope player will adjust himself in SA condition quickly ...

  • Sachin_Shankar on October 22, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    while considering fast bowlers, Irfan is exceptional he is giving runs as like other fast bowlers like nehra,praveen,vinay, and even zaheer. One spl thing is he can capabilities to score atleast 30-50 runs regulartly. Only one fast bowling allrounder in India. He is required for match wining.

    We want Irfan backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • byadav on October 22, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    KiwiRocker-->Criticism is fine, but should be done constructively. Many critics of Sachin are trying their best to hide the truth. I am neither a blind fan of Sachin nor a believer of Sachin as a god, but Sachin is undoubtedly the best cricketer ever born in the history of cricket. Most of the critics belong to c grade newspaper community and the people who are almost ignorant about cricket.u said he hardly performed in any major turny...6 centuries in tournament finals (world record)..He has an average of over 43 while batting 2nd...17 centuries came when chasing target. out of it 14 times india won...u also said sachin z not match winner..then FYI..sachin played 39 final in which he scored 1833 wid an avg 55.54 n hgst 138..6 century's 10 fifties.. n ovrall 61 man of match..may be this z enough for u..n plz now shut ur mouth..n dont compre wid anyone..here he z not overrated u all r over jealous..lolzzzz

  • on October 22, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    @kiwirocker....dude i agree we may not have a deadly pacer..yet our medium pacers are enuff do destroy any batting attack..and our batsmen are capable of putting enuff runs on to win most of the matches...we won the asia cup widout sachin..we made it to the finals of lanka triseries widout zaheer...n yeah srilanka has been CRUSHED by india many a times in recent past in two nation tournaments..yeah dey have been doin well in tri nation n all...yet we are the number 2 side in ODIS n number 1 in tests and these positions are acheived becoz of victories..not becoz of having useless fast bowlers who fix matches...

  • on October 22, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Anyway chances for India in WC is very dim. Only it will be DHoni who India will depend on captainship, If Dhoni cant, then who can??

  • alphatruth on October 22, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    @KiwiRocker, Get your facts straight !! Sachin won lots of major tournaments for India. He has the most man of the series awards than any one in the history of the game. His records speak. We agree Lara is a great player but Tendulkar is a class apart !! In any test Fourth innings might be crucial, but if the player does not perform in the first initial innings it is no way good for any country. And I doubt you could show me any better player who played for 2 decades and still scoring 200 in ODI and scoring more than 400 runs in two test match series. This is the best performance any cricketer can dream of. Only Tendulkar makes those dreams to reality.

    Otherwise I agree to Australia's half bench strength smashing Indian bowling which is a concern to India's bowling department. Seems Kris is trying things.

  • Va..Va.. on October 22, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Yes, you all r right Indians are winning their games only bcaz of batting stuffs. We r running short of bowlers. Give a chance to some young bowlers like unadkent in the upcoming odi series to test him. If we hd 2/3 good bowlers then no one can beat us. Chak de India ... !!!

  • cskfangg on October 22, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Hey...hey hey fools....stop critizing India...and also my dear Indian mates stop prasing this victory...No one cares about this issue now... But one thing for sure ...for a decade..If one or two main players are missing.. The job will be unfinished..but our youngsters finish it this time around...but they have to be consistence..i Hope they will... and About bowling..??...India is in serious trouble in WC..bcoz there is no one at moment, can able to bowl well in depth overs..(apart from zaheer)

  • on October 22, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    this is the MY world cup team players .. 1. Sachin 2. Shewag 3.Gambhir 4.Yuvaraj 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Kohli 8.Harbajan Singh , 9.Praveen Kumar 10.Nehra 11. Zaheer Khan

    5th bowler can be Yuvaraj , Raina, Shewag, Kohli These are better than any all rounders we have at present.

    sub : M Vijay , Dinesh Karthik , Saurabh Tiwary , Irfan Pathan , Ravindra Jadeja , Munaf Patel , I Sharma , S Sreesanth ,Aswin , Ojha , Amit Mishra , Yusuf Pathan(he should be used only for rank no 7,8,9,10,etc teams).

    Yuvaraj , Gambhir , Kohli, Shewag should be consistent then only we will think about world cup otherwise its once again dream..

  • Alexk400 on October 22, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Sachin won zero world cups. Ponting has 3. Enough said. With greatest batting line up india laid egg on every world cup because of sachin.

    Sachin should retire or hope he he gets injured before world cup. Time for this limelight hog go away and leave it to youngsters. :)

    I concur Rakesh_Sharma

  • dannydazil55 on October 22, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    @Kiwirocker - I Dont understand why people associate greatness with the 4th innings runs and the number of tournaments won by a single player. As u hav spoken abt lara check out how many tournaments he has won for WI and wat is his 4th innings record. It is easy to compare between 2 players, easier to comment anything abt anyone but the most important thing is that u prove it. Can u prove that?? Ask any bowler in the world presently whom they fear most and u ll know the answer.. And as far the bowling of India goes i agree with u to a certain extent, Indian bowling is toothless now sometimes but u cant have the best of both the worlds..u cant hav world class batsmen along wit world class bowlers in the same side always.. dat happens once in a generation (WI of 70's and 80's) and Aus till now..and to say bowlers win matches is an overstatement really..matches are won cos of teamwork and nt oly bowlers..what will the bowlers do if the batsmen dont score runs and vice versa..

  • SUNDOS on October 22, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Its wonderfully funny that when a team wins the plans are going "beautifully" but kudos to the much maligned Srikanth &Co,Theyre lucky to have a wonderful back room team of Kirsten and company,and an even more wonderful captain in MSD.Now its time to put the 'smart cap" on and rest MSD for the KIWI ODI'S,Let him take his new bride and enjoy a few days R&R in South Africa ahead of the teams arrival.I say R&R because,otherwise we will see a plethora of aDVERTISEMENTS AND pAGE 3 APPEARANCES BY HIM INSTEAD.

  • Retire on October 22, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Its not fair to say that we have a good bench strength by winning just one match against weakest australian attack. Apart from those 2 century (one is almost a century) knocks done by Viru in srilanka tri-series, we lost many games this year after sachin opted out to take rest from one-dayers(Doubt whether it is sachin's decision or not). If we see yesterday's scorecard, our young bowlers except aswin were get hammered by australians. Also our openers failed to playout the new ball. As far as the bowling is concerned, we dont have bowlers to bowl in death overs. Except zaheer, none of the indian bowlers is able to bowl yorkers. (Do we need to bring back ajith?). If we keep this bowling attack in our WC squad, we will definitely be knocked out in sudden-death stage.

  • on October 22, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Hi BCCI & KIRSTEN,

    Thanks for taken good decision to sending players SA at early. my opinion is bcci should send players to SA after 2nd test vs kiwis...first group is sachin, shewag, gambhir,rahul dravid,vvx laxman, zaheer khan,sreesanth, harbajan singh, sharma...

    we can play 3rd test vs kiwis with 1.Mukund, 2. Vijay, 3.Pujara, 4. Rahene / Badrinath / Kohli, 5. Raina, 6.Dhoni,7.Irfan Pathan 8. Aswin, 9.Ohja,10.Jaidev Unadkat/ RP Singh 11.Munaf Patel / Mithun

    We can play first 3 ODI vs kiwis with 1.M Vijay 2. Dhawan 3. Kohli 4.Yuvaraj 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Tiwary 8. Aswin 9.Praveen Kumar 10.Nehra 11.Munaf Patel after 3rd ODI should send Dhoni, Pujara,Ohja,Raina to SA

    We can play last 2 ODI vs KIWIS with 1.M Vijay 2. Dhawan 3. Kohli 4.Yuvaraj(captain) 5.Tiwary 6.Dinesh Karthik / W Saha (w), 7.Irfan Pathan 8. Aswin 9.Praveen Kumar 10.Nehra 11.Munaf Patel

    bcoz we all knew kiwis performance in Bangladesh but we wont underestimate but i think above team will competitive for kiwis

  • anchal1210 on October 22, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    @ Rakesh_Sharma : can u leave ur job when u r performing best...? i think ur answer will be ..no..then how can u ask God of Cricket to retire from when he is in one of the greatest form of his life.... do not go with his age..he is just a champion player..i also want to see more youngsters perform well..but they should capitalise on the given chances...not like rohit sharma who is consistently failing in International cricket..Raina has all the qualities to do become next generation ganguly...kohli can be a asset to indian team...gambhir and sehwag makes a greatest opening pair in the world right now....yuvi n dhoni complete the middle order..

  • KiwiRocker- on October 22, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    There is an interesting point made by Rakesh Sharma. It is true that Tendulkar is most over rated Indian batsman. He is no where close to Brian Lara. Biggest blip on his record is that he has hardly won any major tournament for India.See his4th innining record.Now back to main topic. Kris Srikkant is living in a ga ga land.India does not have a single quality all rounder.Indian middle order is weak. Let's do not forget Australia's half strength batting line pulled up a massive 289 against India's front line bowling attack.Yes Zaheer was absent but he is average bowler in ODI and so is Harbhajan. Indian batsmen like Kohli, Sharma, Raina & Youvraj are often exposed against quality fast bowling. As recently as in Sri Lanka, they were taken to the cleaners by an average Sri Lankan bowling attack. India can not handle fast bowling attacks like Lee, Tait, Steyn, Morkel, Aamir(if he returns) etc even on subcontinent pitches.! Lets all be realistic. Bowlers win matches and India has got none!

  • Srini.M on October 22, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Personal Opinion : We are wining matches majorly because of Batting, i still feel India's bowling attack is a BIG concern. because at all the tough situations we are depending upon either ZAK or Bhajji(it's proved in the last match also). If incase in the middle of WC2011, if ZAK or Bhajji got hurt then who will lead the indian bowling attack. You are just 4 months away from to start the WC2011 & still wondering to answer this questions. Hope in the next coming ODI series will throw a *********** YOUNG INDIAN BOWLING SUPER STAR***********like RCB Express D.Steyn

  • cimrsimg on October 22, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    @Rakesh_sharma: As many have pointed out, show a candidate anywhere close to be capable of replacing Sachin. Even today, every opposition's think tank works on a strategy to get him out. Aussies claim openly that don't sledge Sachin, it will backfire. He has not only earned respect in the game, he is an authority. Don't want to exaggerate, but if there can be any human god in Cricket, it has to be Sachin. And trust me, in India, many will simply stop following Cricket the day Sachin retires.

  • on October 22, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Cannot Understand the selection committee's thoughts on including Rohit & Jadeja. They do not deserve to be in the team. Honestly there are far better players than them.

  • RyanSmith on October 22, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    You're joking right! India wins one match (not even that convincingly) against an Australian team missing AT LEAST 6 first choice players, and you think you can make conclusions about it's bench strength. I would have thought last year's series win in India by the Australians against a full-strength Indian team with a seriously under-strength team said a lot more about bench strength. It was one match against a team who has hardly had a chance to train properly since most of them arrived because of bad whether. IF India win the next match then maybe you can conclude something, but even then I wouldn't read to much into the series because the Australians obviously care more about the ashes at the moment!

  • Runster1 on October 22, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Brilliant stuff from India! These youngsters gave Australia a beating. And to aussies fans who are complaining of a depleted team: you were still the favourites of the match. If india wins nxt game, it will top of a dreadful tour for australia :D And to aussie fans who are complaining about "depleted team"; you guys still bag IND team for losing to bangladesh when we had a depleted team. Ur team was less depleted than ours. We beat you with our B team. And to other aussie fans who are complaining about the first test: UMPIRING DECISIONS HURT INDIA MORE THAN AUSTRALIA. At the end of the day though, it evened out i guess. Gambhir=Hussey. Ohja=Sharma. Sharma's lbw was a very bad decision and was going to miss the stumps. and ohja's wicket made up for that blunder. Note, that if sharma hadnt of got out, india wud have been home. All in all, India needs to keep on playing great test cricket and ODI cricket: give us the best chance of winning the WC!! And test championship!!!

  • on October 22, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    @ gfthgh: Ok so if this win means nothing then you mean to say that victories of Australia during the time in 90's against India means nothing as well since the team then was weaker than Australia. Remember, Australia is fielding a good team as well but the difference is confidence and will to fight. The past Aussie teams conquered the world coz they were willing to fight to the last ball and never give up. India is now a stronger team and so you discredit its victory. If aus had won, you would have attack India more. There is a word to describe you mate: Hater.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on October 22, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    @rakesh sharma...you know what trolls do..right :) I thought so...

  • AntonAloysius on October 22, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Well no doubt in India's bench strength but one has to consider Australia's form as well,they haven't been performing as they should in recent times. So it would be rather fare to evaluate India based on their performances against good teams.... England are in amazing form may be a series with them before the World Cup would help India realize their strengths and weakness's..............

  • sodyathwal23 on October 22, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    I think its good moral victory for india b vs aus b team. Both teams have young players in the teams, its not fair to say kohli can me. Dominate against good blowing lineup he did good in IPL matches. For india to win the world cup they must find good fast bowling line up. I think batting should be ok. If they stay fit for world cup I like india chances at home finally winning one in there home soil.

  • gagagaga on October 22, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    take a deep breath India............its the start of the Australian season and it wasn't even an Australia A team. Great batting by Virat Kohli and it will be a shame that he's not batting next game. well he's injured right, hamstring. He should be out for a week with that injury, however if it was fitness (cramp) he should be ok for the next game. we'll see next game whether he's a liar or not.

  • gfthgh on October 22, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    present australian team is week . no key players is palying. so the winnings has not that much value. present australian team is eqal to bangladesh. in 2009 newzilad seres happened in dead rubber after 2007-2008 india not played outside subcontinant.IN batting no new stars shown their potential in newziland and australia. Also in 2009 and 2010 t20 world cup and icc chapions trophy 2009.this shows that virat kohli's innings is misleading. so by this innings you cant judge him.All his innings are with week australian team ,sreelanka and bangladesh.swing and seeam bouncey condition he will fail also rohit sharma. But poojara has more ability fill the shouse of rahul dravid,

  • on October 22, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    @ Rakesh_Sharma, please retire from your job after 10 years. You are depriving crores of people an opportunity to show their talent and perhaps fair better than you.

  • on October 22, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    @Rakesh_sharma- People like you will understand the value of sachin only when he retires. You dont have to respect him but please refrain from insulting him.

  • on October 22, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    It's too early to tell about the strength on bench. Lets wait for couple of more matches then judge them. Consistency is what is required. So Srikant better you wait and watch rather then blowing trumpet.

  • hellraiser9 on October 22, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    I agree that we should not blow trumphet after one win.. but at the same time everyone should remember Indian team has been doing fairly consistent.. and this victory was smooth bcoz of the manner in which they won.. shows class..I think S tiwary has cool head and will do better with more opportunities.. Vinay kumar had a forgettable last few overs and will have to improve.. Virat was amazing with his batting. he has improved alot and he seems to b on right track..Vijay slowly but surely is getting into grove.. so Indian team which played in 1st ODI has been good and if munaf comes in place of Vinay kumar I think it will be even better.. Wonder what happened to Ashok Dinda.. He was good when he played his last ODI.. he has good yorker and good pace.. Chika shoulds take a note of him too...In world cup he can be a good bowler.. Overall Indian team is more or less settled.. as long as Rohit sharma and Jadeja stay far from this team Indian team will be victorious in coming ODIs as well

  • iitlaksh on October 22, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    @Rakesh_Sharma please dont say that Tendulkar has deprived a players spot, no player is as good as Tendulkar to play for 20 years and yet win a Best player of the year award at the end of 20th year. Please spot someone who could have taken his spot and then comment. Dont write comments just for the reason that u can write it.

  • _csb on October 22, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    @Nipun. 2007 world cup was not in SA. India rocked the world cup in SA. Except for the finals, india had a perfect tournament.

  • on October 22, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    No We Won Against a Weaker Australian team!!! So It doesn't prove a thing Chikka

  • on October 22, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    india should give chances to other promosing youngstars like chteshwar pujara against the weak new zealanders & sachin,dhoni should be given some rest before WC!

  • batmannrobin on October 22, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    @Rakesh_Sharma- oh man - Where were u wen Virat,Rohit and co were getting hammered in the SL triseries. n for God's sake leave Sachin alone.Credit to the gr8 man tat even a topic which is not relevant to him needs to talk abt him to keep itself goin. I wonder how all these articles ll survive the day the maestro retires. n by ur logic, i m not sure wat u r right now, i believe u wud retire from ur occupation once u complete 10 yrs of service to give opprtunities to all those unemployed !! Leave Sachin alone , guys - U cant get a better rolemodel sportsman than him.

  • zombieChamps on October 22, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    i aint a Sachin fan Rakesh..but i guess you must have been watching this game from Space since last 10-15 years..because on this planet, teams would do anything to have a player like Sachin in their playing 11. And what bench strength in 90s and early 2000 did India have? and you are talking about him stealing oppurtunities!! laughable :) And Viru is extremely inconsistent when it comes to one-dayers..its not me but the stats that indicates that. He still need to go a zillion miles.. Indian bench strenght aint good..and that clearly reflects in their bowling department..it looks spineless without likes of Zaheer. And i agreee completely with Etrnlwanderer.

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

    India's only chance is that the World Cup is in the subcontinent.Had it been outside the subcontinent,these so called talents would have been brutally shown up.Remember South Africa 2006-07?Apart from a hapless,awful New Zealand outfit,India have not played any matches outside the subcontinent since 2008,& even those New Zealand matches were played on absolute batting belters.The only occasions these so-called talents played against good teams outside the subcontinent(apart from New Zealand)since 2008 were in the ICC World T20 2009 & ICC Champions Trophy 2009,& we all remember what happened,don't we? :)

  • Rakesh_Sharma on October 22, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Another example to show that Tendulkar has deprived a generation of players a spot in the team. No player must be allowed more than 10 years when the Indian team represents 125 crores or 1.2 billion people. In such cases people dont get oppurtunities.OrIndia can have three teams.I am sure all these 3 teams will be very strong.

  • indianzen on October 22, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    This is a slap in the face for previous selectors who used Quota system. Better talent better place in the National side... Kudos Chika... we love you...

  • ravithecricbuff on October 22, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    All said and done..I now fear that keeping the likes of Tendulkar away from ODIs may backfire in context of the World Cup, Yes he may be the GOD but a human GOD, so he needs to get into the ODIs, practice and get some match feel. Not necessarily he has to play every match, because he must play all tests..tests is the big deal...but an ODI or 2 in a series wont hurt..rather it will only help...same with Viru should be applied I would guess..He is 2nd Human GOD ...a re-incarnation of the MASTER himself...who needs the DON!!

  • DINESHCC on October 22, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    With one win we can't judge the bench strength. Though Australia is the No.1 team, llike India they also fielded 2nd level team. Excepting Hussey and Clarke all players are almost debutants only.

  • Etrnlwanderer on October 22, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    One swallow does not make a summer, Mr.Srikkanth. Let the "young batting line-up" prove it consistently over the next6-8 games and then you can blow your trumpet. One thing for sure, the bowling is absolute rot!

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  • Etrnlwanderer on October 22, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    One swallow does not make a summer, Mr.Srikkanth. Let the "young batting line-up" prove it consistently over the next6-8 games and then you can blow your trumpet. One thing for sure, the bowling is absolute rot!

  • DINESHCC on October 22, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    With one win we can't judge the bench strength. Though Australia is the No.1 team, llike India they also fielded 2nd level team. Excepting Hussey and Clarke all players are almost debutants only.

  • ravithecricbuff on October 22, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    All said and done..I now fear that keeping the likes of Tendulkar away from ODIs may backfire in context of the World Cup, Yes he may be the GOD but a human GOD, so he needs to get into the ODIs, practice and get some match feel. Not necessarily he has to play every match, because he must play all tests..tests is the big deal...but an ODI or 2 in a series wont hurt..rather it will only help...same with Viru should be applied I would guess..He is 2nd Human GOD ...a re-incarnation of the MASTER himself...who needs the DON!!

  • indianzen on October 22, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    This is a slap in the face for previous selectors who used Quota system. Better talent better place in the National side... Kudos Chika... we love you...

  • Rakesh_Sharma on October 22, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Another example to show that Tendulkar has deprived a generation of players a spot in the team. No player must be allowed more than 10 years when the Indian team represents 125 crores or 1.2 billion people. In such cases people dont get oppurtunities.OrIndia can have three teams.I am sure all these 3 teams will be very strong.

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

    India's only chance is that the World Cup is in the subcontinent.Had it been outside the subcontinent,these so called talents would have been brutally shown up.Remember South Africa 2006-07?Apart from a hapless,awful New Zealand outfit,India have not played any matches outside the subcontinent since 2008,& even those New Zealand matches were played on absolute batting belters.The only occasions these so-called talents played against good teams outside the subcontinent(apart from New Zealand)since 2008 were in the ICC World T20 2009 & ICC Champions Trophy 2009,& we all remember what happened,don't we? :)

  • zombieChamps on October 22, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    i aint a Sachin fan Rakesh..but i guess you must have been watching this game from Space since last 10-15 years..because on this planet, teams would do anything to have a player like Sachin in their playing 11. And what bench strength in 90s and early 2000 did India have? and you are talking about him stealing oppurtunities!! laughable :) And Viru is extremely inconsistent when it comes to one-dayers..its not me but the stats that indicates that. He still need to go a zillion miles.. Indian bench strenght aint good..and that clearly reflects in their bowling department..it looks spineless without likes of Zaheer. And i agreee completely with Etrnlwanderer.

  • batmannrobin on October 22, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    @Rakesh_Sharma- oh man - Where were u wen Virat,Rohit and co were getting hammered in the SL triseries. n for God's sake leave Sachin alone.Credit to the gr8 man tat even a topic which is not relevant to him needs to talk abt him to keep itself goin. I wonder how all these articles ll survive the day the maestro retires. n by ur logic, i m not sure wat u r right now, i believe u wud retire from ur occupation once u complete 10 yrs of service to give opprtunities to all those unemployed !! Leave Sachin alone , guys - U cant get a better rolemodel sportsman than him.

  • on October 22, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    india should give chances to other promosing youngstars like chteshwar pujara against the weak new zealanders & sachin,dhoni should be given some rest before WC!

  • on October 22, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    No We Won Against a Weaker Australian team!!! So It doesn't prove a thing Chikka