India v Australia, only T20, Rajkot October 10, 2013

Yuvraj blinder overcomes chase of 202

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India 202 for 4 (Yuvraj 77*) beat Australia 201 for 7 (Finch 89, Vinay 3-26) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In his second comeback after recovering from cancer, a leaner and fitter Yuvraj Singh was called upon to do a job he has done numerous times for India in ODIs - revive a floundering chase, with MS Dhoni for company, and only the lower order to follow. Only, this was a T20 and Yuvraj did not have the luxury of building his innings before accelerating. He duly cut out the building part, and unleashed trademark pick-up sixes and lofted drives to haul in the target of 202 with two deliveries remaining. India were facing an asking-rate of nearly 12 at 100 for 4 in the 12th over, but Yuvraj's response was so forceful, that all Dhoni needed to do was give him the strike. By the end, the partnership was 102 at exactly two runs a ball, Yuvraj's 77 off 35 showing his dominance.

Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli had all failed to kick on from starts and India's innings was in danger of going Australia's way, who had lost too many wickets in maintaining a frenetic pace of scoring, and had run out of steam at the death. Aaron Finch seemed set to carry Australia way over 200 but his exit in the 17th over for 89 off 52 helped India keep the visitors to 201, as only 29 came off the final four. India themselves needed 49 off the final four, but Yuvraj was in such flow that the big shot was always at hand.

Yuvraj first took 18 off Clint McKay in the 14th over, and then, when the pressure escalated again, carted James Faulkner for successive sixes in the 17th. The timing on the boundaries was vintage Yuvraj, as was the effortlessness and grace. George Bailey's preferred field of three men in the ring around point worked to Yuvraj's advantage, as did the fact that Australia bowled too full to him.

Dhoni did his bit, constantly scampering twos and ones as he does in ODI chases, and coming up with the crucial boundary, a typical stretch-and-club to cover, when it came down to six needed off four.

Yuvraj's cool assault meant Finch's innings, and Australia's electric start, were in vain. After being put in, Finch and debutant Nic Maddinson had kickstarted the innings with a 56-run partnership inside five overs. It was the manner in which the openers attacked the offspin of R Ashwin that stood out. The highly-rated Maddinson, 21, calmly stepped out to Ashwin's first delivery and lofted it cleanly over extra cover for four. Finch set about cutting and lofting with intent, and Ashwin's first over cost India 17.

Maddinson made 34 before missing a slog to be bowled. Vinay Kumar got both Shane Watson and George Bailey in the eighth over. Finch, meanwhile, kept battering boundaries, generating immense power and finding gaps consistently. He was swift and brutal on the cut, played the lofted drive repeatedly and when he went to cow corner, it was more timing and placement than slogging.

Glenn Maxwell showed Australia were in no mood to relent even momentarily, swinging Ashwin for three sixes in the tenth over as the score zoomed to 114 for 3 at the halfway stage of the innings. Ashwin's figures read 2-0-41-0, and Dhoni was forced to turn to Virat Kohli's mediums for a couple of costly overs.

Australia stalled after Finch clubbed a high full toss straight to Vinay. The blow split the webbing on the bowler's left hand, but did not deter him from sending down a couple of tight overs. A last-ball six from Faulkner took the score past 200, but Yuvraj hunted it down with the calm of old.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | October 10, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Australia last won a match in India (apart from WC games) on November 8th 2009. Since then they have lost 6 Tests and drawn none, lost the only 2 completed ODIs (3 abandoned) and a T20. Not a great record.

    What should be worrying to the Australians is that for a large part of today's game it looked as if it would be harder to lose than to win. Extending the losing sequence would not be great preparation for the Ashes, even if the squads are going to be quite different.

    Anyway, brilliant stuff from India. Very, very impressive chase. Keep calm and hunt it down.

  • POSTED BY strikeforce2003 on | October 11, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    The other guy, Coulter-Nile, a name outside of a Wibur Smith book, just ain't convincing..,there's just nervous energy in this chap, no thought

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    R Ashwin has been To complacent as instead of taking Wickets He is leaking runs i chunk, I Would Suggest Dhoni to Have a look at Amit Mishra. We Won the Match but they Still Manage to Score 201 and it Won't Be Chased Everyday as 2014 World T20 is Not So Far in Similar Conditions(Bangladesh).

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    In Place Isanth Sharma selectors can think Abhishek Nair (If Abhishek little bit expensive, even though he can manage with bat).

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    It's a brilliant come back by Yuvraj Singh.At first it was a nightmare for Indian bowlers but then changed to Australia as India beat the touring team by six wickets.At some time when India lost 4 wickets for 100 runs I thought the game is over and Aus won the match but Yuvraj has changed everything with his bat.With this I came to know one thing very clearly that the coming Seven ODI seires with Aus at home is going to be very tough for both the sides it's just a battle.

  • POSTED BY CriticAks on | October 11, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Hey guys..My comments were only based on shorter version of the game i.e. T20 and ODIs. Test Cricket is a different ball game and I agree that Ishant Sharma and Ashwin are well suited to longer version of the game.

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | October 11, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer, what you must also remember is that since 01 Jan 09, India haven't fared much better in Aus! Although, I think Aus will win at least one ODI in this series when we replace some of the obscure selections from last night. Aus can't have Maxwell, Henriques, Coulter-Nile, Faulkner and Doherty in the same side - and I'm assuming (hoping) we won't. Maxwell should be replaced for Ferguson, Henriques out for Voges and Coulter-Nile for Johnson. I think that bolsters both the batting and bowling which will certainly be required if Aus are to win a few matches.

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | October 11, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    I cannot understand this.Pakistan & Indian conditions ie pitch should be the same,yet Pakistan consistently produces top class bowlers.How come ,is it coaching or does it run in their genes????

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @CriticAks. I agree that Ishant Sharma shoukd not be in Indian team for ODIs as he cannot vary his pace or bowl yorkers but i disagree with the statement that he hasnt given a meaningful performance for a long time .He has never played well in ODIs period he is a good test cricket bowler and people only remember that but hes always leaked runs in ODIs and as far as i can recall has had only good performance in the T20 world cup against Austalia years ago and one match in the Champions trophy where basically everyone bowled well .and thats it.As for Ashwin i have felt for a long time that he is not a suitable player for ODIs .He has stopped bowling well even in IPL and his below average fieding and running between wickets makes him a liability.Someone like Bhajji who has delivered time and time again in ODIs and was playing well even when he was dropped would be more deserving or even Tambe,Amit .Again theres a difference between test cricket and ODIS.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Why is Ishant Sharma having such long hair in the hot climate of India? Moreover, the long hair also blocks his vision. I would drop him unless he has short hair.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | October 10, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Australia last won a match in India (apart from WC games) on November 8th 2009. Since then they have lost 6 Tests and drawn none, lost the only 2 completed ODIs (3 abandoned) and a T20. Not a great record.

    What should be worrying to the Australians is that for a large part of today's game it looked as if it would be harder to lose than to win. Extending the losing sequence would not be great preparation for the Ashes, even if the squads are going to be quite different.

    Anyway, brilliant stuff from India. Very, very impressive chase. Keep calm and hunt it down.

  • POSTED BY strikeforce2003 on | October 11, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    The other guy, Coulter-Nile, a name outside of a Wibur Smith book, just ain't convincing..,there's just nervous energy in this chap, no thought

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    R Ashwin has been To complacent as instead of taking Wickets He is leaking runs i chunk, I Would Suggest Dhoni to Have a look at Amit Mishra. We Won the Match but they Still Manage to Score 201 and it Won't Be Chased Everyday as 2014 World T20 is Not So Far in Similar Conditions(Bangladesh).

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    In Place Isanth Sharma selectors can think Abhishek Nair (If Abhishek little bit expensive, even though he can manage with bat).

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    It's a brilliant come back by Yuvraj Singh.At first it was a nightmare for Indian bowlers but then changed to Australia as India beat the touring team by six wickets.At some time when India lost 4 wickets for 100 runs I thought the game is over and Aus won the match but Yuvraj has changed everything with his bat.With this I came to know one thing very clearly that the coming Seven ODI seires with Aus at home is going to be very tough for both the sides it's just a battle.

  • POSTED BY CriticAks on | October 11, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Hey guys..My comments were only based on shorter version of the game i.e. T20 and ODIs. Test Cricket is a different ball game and I agree that Ishant Sharma and Ashwin are well suited to longer version of the game.

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | October 11, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer, what you must also remember is that since 01 Jan 09, India haven't fared much better in Aus! Although, I think Aus will win at least one ODI in this series when we replace some of the obscure selections from last night. Aus can't have Maxwell, Henriques, Coulter-Nile, Faulkner and Doherty in the same side - and I'm assuming (hoping) we won't. Maxwell should be replaced for Ferguson, Henriques out for Voges and Coulter-Nile for Johnson. I think that bolsters both the batting and bowling which will certainly be required if Aus are to win a few matches.

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | October 11, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    I cannot understand this.Pakistan & Indian conditions ie pitch should be the same,yet Pakistan consistently produces top class bowlers.How come ,is it coaching or does it run in their genes????

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @CriticAks. I agree that Ishant Sharma shoukd not be in Indian team for ODIs as he cannot vary his pace or bowl yorkers but i disagree with the statement that he hasnt given a meaningful performance for a long time .He has never played well in ODIs period he is a good test cricket bowler and people only remember that but hes always leaked runs in ODIs and as far as i can recall has had only good performance in the T20 world cup against Austalia years ago and one match in the Champions trophy where basically everyone bowled well .and thats it.As for Ashwin i have felt for a long time that he is not a suitable player for ODIs .He has stopped bowling well even in IPL and his below average fieding and running between wickets makes him a liability.Someone like Bhajji who has delivered time and time again in ODIs and was playing well even when he was dropped would be more deserving or even Tambe,Amit .Again theres a difference between test cricket and ODIS.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Why is Ishant Sharma having such long hair in the hot climate of India? Moreover, the long hair also blocks his vision. I would drop him unless he has short hair.

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | October 11, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    @ Mishra is a bowler who doesn't even turn the legbreak then how come he will find a place in the playing eleven??? He may have troubled ZIM batsmen with his googlies but anybody remember Eng 2011. those who remember that tour won't even recommend Mishra. sorry. @CriticAks: For god's sake that's CLT20 is a club level tournament. Remember Nathan Counter Nile who bowled well for MIs, what's his figures yesterday???4-0-44-1. And regarding RR bowlers they were bowling on a green Jaipur track where even Stuart Binny moves the ball a long way. In One match away from home they conceded 202 runs in Delhi in the finals. And Dravid never used Indian bowlers at the death overs. Its always cooper and Faulkner at the death. Please don't post half analysed news.@TheOnlyEmperor: Ashwin concede sixes. yes, so what??? remember Stuart Broad??? 6*6s by yuvraj????By your logic Broad shouldn't be selected even in the Indian team but wait he is a regular in England team and he is the Captain of T20 team.

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | October 11, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta: "Nobody is crazy enough to criticize a good player" its a like bit rich coming from you my friend. You don't consider the match situation or the strip on which the match had been played or avg score in that ground. but you simply look at the final statistics and come and criticize every player who is having an off day. Regarding Ashwin's form fading during the last few matches, Weren't you the same guys who want to drop him after one bad test series against England?? He was determined enough to raise his game against Aus and CT2013 and in WI(except one match where SL scored 340 he gave away 67 runs, nobody blaming the other bowlers for that, why is it so??). He was rested for ZIM tour and came back to active cricket through CLT20 and his first International match in 2 months. He didn't play a single ODI in between and some people wanted to drop him for the ODI series. On what basis are they claiming that? Or they watched anyother ODI series I missed in between??

  • POSTED BY CriticAks on | October 11, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    I feel that bowlers in our national team are worse than some of the bowlers showcased by Rajasthan Royal team (Rahul Shukla, Vikramjeet Malik, Pravin Tambe) in recently concluded champions league. These bowlers were putting some thought and a lot of hard-work in their bowling. Pravim Tambe figures were pretty astonishing whereas our main bowlers (Ishant Sharma, Ashwin) were going for a lot.

    Ishant Sharma and Ashwin are most disappointing in recent times. In-fact I believe that Ishant Sharma doesn't deserve a place in current Indian Team as he hasn't given any meaningful performance in a long time now.

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | October 11, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta: contd.. 13 wickets in 10 Odi matches against SL(good players of spin), WI, and in CT2013 at an economy of under 5.0 that too outside India. And please appreciate to differentiate between T20s and ODIs though. Will you select Yuvraj in the test team due to yeaterday's performance??? And many others are demanding replacing Ashwin in ODIs based on his performance in T20 matches. I think these are the same guys who want Rassol in the team. He failed to impress even in the India A team matches. And didn't Jadeja have a bad series against ZIM and performed poorly in CLT20 matches?? shouldn't he be dropped???? he just had a good day yesterday after a series(10 match list accor to you) of poor performances. Why there is no voice against him to be dropped????? India don't play T20Is so often so its just difficult for any particular player to come and do well. Many of the one off T20Is we won are due to Yuvraj's individual brilliance, nothing more, nothing less.

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | October 11, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta: Why are you mixing both domestic t20 matches and international matches I don't know??? There is always stats to interpret the way you want to interpret. First could you post me the scores of all the CLT20 matches that CSK played and the conditions in which it were played?? 1st 3 matches in Ranchi, avg score was 190 due to dew present at the ground. 1/10,1/32,1/36 econ: 7.00 approx. in matches where norm was at 9.5 runs per over. he had one bad over against RR in Jaipur(just 1 over) and you were talking of extras right then what about dropped catch by Raina at 1st slip in the 1st ball of Ashwin's over in the 4th match of CLT20 against T&T(read Cricinfo's ball by ball commentary). Will you consider that too?? and what situations he was bowling???? yesterday in the powerplay in the 3rd over. he has been taken for runs, ok accepted but did you consider that one over will destroy any confidence in the bowler in T20s??? cont..

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | October 11, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    @ Amaar Ali Is it coming from a supporter of a team who just lost a TEST match to Zim. Talking about swing and seam and your team couldn't handle swing and seam in ZIm again no. 10 nation.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Nobody is crazy enough to criticise a good player for nothing. Given below is the performance of Ashwin over the recent 10 matches. Make your own judgement, whether there is a dip in recent times, or just yesterday was a one match aberration.

    The number of wides may not even figure in the following statistics. That might have been dumped on he head of Mr Extras!

    Recent matches Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard

    0/41 India v Australia Rajkot 10 Oct 2013 T20I # 331 0/16, 46 Super Kings v Royals Jaipur 4 Oct 2013 T20 9, 1/24 Super Kings v Trinidad & T Delhi 2 Oct 2013 T20 1/10 Super Kings v Brisbane Ranchi 28 Sep 2013 T20 1/32 Super Kings v Sunrisers Ranchi 26 Sep 2013 T20 1/36 Super Kings v Titans Ranchi 22 Sep 2013 T20 2/42, 0 India v Sri Lanka Port of Spain 11 Jul 2013 ODI # 3388 1/20 India v Sri Lanka Port of Spain 9 Jul 2013 ODI # 3387 25*, 0/25 India v West Indies Port of Spain 5 Jul 2013 ODI # 3383 1/67, 4 India v Sri Lanka Kingston 2 Jul 2013 ODI # 3382

  • POSTED BY Cricdew on | October 11, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @Amaar ....I think you have short term memry loss..you just lost against us in champions trophy where pitches are not biased..And for your info we have won Champions Trophy and Tri-Series in WestIndies........I think you feel envy becoj your team just lost to great side (Zimbabwe)....period

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | October 11, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    @amaar ali - the pitch is the same for both teams unless you saying that India only play themselves. A reminder to all SACHIN scored the most runs in the 2003 WC in SOUTH AFRICA - Indians are not just flat track bullies otherwise SACHIN would not have taken SHOIB AKTAR to the cleaners on SA pitches!!!!!

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | October 11, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Why in the world is Ishant Sharma being selected in T20s and ODIs? He can't bowl yorkers,can't take wickets, can't maintain line and length, can't bowl a mean bouncer, can't bowl the slower ball deceptively, can't field for nuts nor bowl economically? Is he being selected to fill some regional quota? There are tons of people in India who can be a better replacement to him. If you can't take my word on his incompetence then how about Wasim Akram? Why can't Stuart Binny be considered for T20? He can definitely bowl 4 overs more economically than Ishant and score at a brisk pace when required!

    Ashwin's performance as a fielder and with the bowl was indeed shameful. He is a bowler who often gives away sixes. I was most impressed Pravin Tambe's recent performance of not giving away a single six during the recent Champion's Trophy and taking the wickets he did. Couldn't he have been given a cap for this one-off T20? How else is recent performance and form going to be appreciated?

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | October 11, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    @Amaar Ali I think not long ago we have won a Champions Trophy, in a country called England, which if I recall correctly, is known for producing pitches that seam and swing. It might be worth noting that you could not win a test series vs Zim, or did you forget?

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    @Harish Kumar: I think we should cut some slack for Rohit Sharma...if you look at his recent performances on the international platforms...since the champions trophy held in england earlier this year..he's been quite consistent and if you had seen the matches, you'd know that he really cut down on his reckless shots to a very large extent and played patiently and delivered...he delivered for India A in South Africa after that...even in the champions league (which i personally don't consider much of a parameter to judge a player) he's done fairly well...i agree he was reckless earlier and wasted many opportunities that came his way...but now when he is performing..we shouldnt complain...! This is a very formidable batting unit that india has now...whether abroad or in the subcontinent...and with yuvraj back with this fitness and form...things look very much comparable to the best phase indian batting has ever had as far as the shorter formats are concerned...bowling still a worry though

  • POSTED BY swapnilrane on | October 11, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    I am fan of Rohit... but the way he got out yesterday..he deserve punishment.. the six before 2 balls was effortless and suddenly he attempts something foolish is so frustrating..... keep him out... a player should not be given more importance than the game.

  • POSTED BY DilluT on | October 11, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Everybody talk about failure of Aswin and Ishant, but about Rohit. What is the role of him? His role is just like a spectator in Team, blessed with overconfidence by Indian selectors always. I think he is the only player got so many chances still failed to do any work. There are many others players who performing very well but not getting chance. It's really a shame on Rohit as well as on selectors. He is a IPL player only, everybody of understand this except Dhoni and Selectors.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Australia picked wrong team, it was not best to pick McKay and this isn't hindsight, his t20 economy is over 8, and he bowls quite slow, in odi there is less slog so he works, but in t20 you need something special, I would've picked Johnson to bowl all overs straight up, depending on how he goes, and Watson and coulter for powerplay, picking too many allroumders was huge mistake, as was bowling henriques for 1 over, faulkners death bowling has seriously fallen away recently, Doherty bowled pretty well. 200 was very defendable but picked wrong team and used the bowlers very badly. Having said that epic comeback knock from yuvraj, I sense his mental strength is unequalled in cricket now, especially since his cancer battle. Should be good odi series. Bailey's captaincy hasn't impressed.

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | October 11, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    @Rajeshnaik: I think this time its Ashwin bashing club. Jeez. These guys just pop out of somewhere whenever the guy(whom they don't like) fails for just a single match(In this case its just a T20 at Rajkot, where RJ made three triple hundreds). Lucky that these fellows are not the Captain or selectors. @Kitten: Mishra always delivers?????? Where was your Mishra when India neede him in the Two tests in England in 2011. He couldn't buy a single decent wicket. he always delivers yes for SRH and India against Zim. And his fielding is far more terrible than Ashwin. He can't even catch.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    lol... i admire Indians batted out of their skins to win this one. But what happens to this so called 'Invincible' line-up when the ball starts to swing and seam. Not long ago last year, they were crushed three times in a row by the Pakistani bowling. I think they only win because of the biased pitches nothing more.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    lol... i admire Indians batted out of their skins to win this one. But what happens to this so called 'Invincible' line-up when the ball starts to swing and seam. Not long ago last year, they were crushed three times in a row by the Pakistani bowling. I think they only win because of the biased pitches nothing more.

  • POSTED BY kitten on | October 11, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    @Srinivasan Santhan Krishnan...agree with comments re Ashwin and Ishant. They were a complete disaster and failure. Ashwin seems to have lost his Mojo, and Ishant is not the force he used to be. Time for a change. Surely, Misra(who always delivers) and Unadkat cannot fare worse that Ashwin and ishant have done Hopefully we`ll see a few changes in the ODIs to come.

  • POSTED BY Andy3 on | October 11, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    It is unfair to say about Dhawan.. He also played beautifully....

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    You mentioned Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli had all failed to kick on from starts.All 3 were played better than Rohit. I dont know why everyone supports Rohit Sharma....This fellow blocks other talents

  • POSTED BY RajeshNaik on | October 11, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Where are the members of Vinay Kumar bashing club?

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 11, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    There he is, The Champ. Take a bow!

  • POSTED BY KK_Cricket on | October 11, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Great win by Yuvraj!! Don't see anyone else making those runs including Dhoni. Bailey needs to adapt quickly and learn from the game yesterday. Not sure why he did not bowl Maxwell against Yuvraj considering he would have taken the ball away and Yuvi is not a great starter against spinners (Tredwell on Eng's last tour and many more instances). Bailey needs to make full use of the resources at his disposal and Australia need to make sure that Kohli, Yuvi and Dhoni need to be kept quiet and make their plans around this.. I see a closely contested ODI series with AUS winning it by 4-3 or even 5-2 if Kohli doesn't fire

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | October 11, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    @siri12345....so you mean to say, that a team as proud as England, suddenly realized, during the champions trophy final that the tournament wouldn't help them win the ashes, and so purposely lost? So, when they thought that winning the trophy couldn't possibly help them with the ashes, they decided to just lose the match...?

  • POSTED BY vipinchirackal on | October 11, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    @siri12345good joke.i have never heard such a theory before.when india looses opp take it seriously.otherwise they take it as a timepass.was it so in worldcup and champions trophy also.come on man.come with some sensible opinion

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    I am always a fan of Yuvi. and Gambhir who are the major contributors for winning 2 wc, what a comeback from Yuvi, i wish Gambhir also makes such a return to the indian team ahead of rohit sharma. Mishra is in form , replace ashwin with mishra and unadkat for ishant.

  • POSTED BY vigneshmurali on | October 11, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    u really r very yuvistrong cheers to yuvraj and cheers to yuvistrong lookin forward to his showings in odi les hope he catches tat plane to the ever distant SA tour

  • POSTED BY akshayshah13 on | October 11, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    @siri12345: "in spite of being the weaker team out of two india managed victorious as suddenly eng realised that winning the champions trophy will not take them any where in terms of ashes preparation so the two careless shots from ravi and morgan" --- Can you explain how rational is this logic? I am Indian team fan, don't know much about english team, but I think Morgan and Bopara are England's limited overs specialists, they don't play ashes. (Bopara played his last test match a year ago of this ashes and morgan 18 months ago) So are you saying they don't care about their 'bread and butter' game format?according to your explanation when india loses opposition has taken series seriously else they are just casual??? Casual in an ICC trophy??? and How exactly was india a weaker side in CT final?? they went into finals undefeated, England were crushed by Sri Lanka in group matches......

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | October 11, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    @siri12345, so if India wins then opponents don't take the match seriously and if India loses then opponents take it seriously? Sore grapes are definitely smelling very bad here. I don't care India winning this T20 match because for me ODI and test matches are more enjoying but the way you are crying make me laugh loudly.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | October 11, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    There may be many players who were axed earlier and desperately wanted to come back to Indian team, Among them seniors like Sehwag, Gambir, Zaheer are still struggling & probably Harbajan might have lost hope too. Yuvi has shown the character how to make a come-back. Perhaps he was in the most worst situation then rest of the senior players, but he never give up, never let down himself and probably only cricket was running in his mind. We are all thankful to you for working hard and for giving us such a pleasureful strokes to watch AGAIN. I would say after Dhoni its only Yuvi who can finish the games as neatly as Dhoni in India. In yesterday's match Yuvi was never looking like he is playing for a come-back.He was so comfortable at crease and played as if he was playing for a long. Australia now clearly aware of Yuvi's threat to the rest of the series. I wish Yuvi a wonderful season ahead and hope he will have God's blessings too.

  • POSTED BY jgoogly on | October 11, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    UVI is always overlooked by everyone as they exaggerate their heroes. HOW can anyone forget the 6 sixers he slammed in one over of Broad.

    jeg

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    The prince is back... Splendid performance... Way to go Team India

  • POSTED BY himanshu.team on | October 11, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    to siri12345 : Why should anyone care if the opposing teams do not take their matches seriously? If India won the WC and Champions trophy, if they thrash Australia 4-0 in tests and continue to win, then as Indian fan that is all that matters to me. By the way: can you tell me who would take which series seriously against India in future? I would be keen to know how India performs then. Till that time, I don't mind them beating their 'casual' opponents, more so if that opponent is Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Indian bowling is always a matter of concern, anyways well bowled by vinay & bhuvi in the end. 200 never seems to be challenging but India lost too many wkt in the process, then came the best finisher of the game after a long gap of illness n treatment. Overall this team looks good but just 1 change i would suggest that please bring in shami or unadkat instead of ishant. ashwin had a bad day and Aus team has too many right handers, so role of left arm spin in form of jadeja & may be Yuvi is gong to be important in coming matches

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | October 11, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    its another series where india will take it damn seriously and opposition doesnot care type of series.i wander how many such type of series india has played in last 4 -5 years.barring the 2011 worldcup i cannot remember a single series which india has won where the opposition has taken the series seriously.i can give examples to support my fact.when india went eng and aus to play the all imp test series the result indicates everything.then eng and pak came ind and took their respecvtive series very importantly and thus the result in their favour.on the other hand ind managed to beat eng in the odi series which eng didnt give a damn about.the same occured in champions trophy.they caught eng preparing for ashes trophy and thus inspite of being the weaker team out of two india managed victorious as suddenly eng realised that winning the champions trophy will not take them any where in terms of ashes preparation so the two careless shots from ravi and morgan when eng were just cruisin

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    Replace Ashwin by Mishra or Pervez Rasool and ishant with Shami or unadkat. Both Ashwin and Ishant do not get wickets, that is if they get any at all,by good bowling but by the mistake of batsmen. And this has been going on for quite some time.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | October 11, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    I am a fan of Rohit Sharma and would like to see him play in tests and I believe that with Sachin's retirement, the No. 4 position is his. However I am not very sure of his role in the limited overs stuff. Or someone needs to counsel him. In a 20 over match chasing over 200, batting in the first over with field restrictions, how can be just let one ball go without attempting to play? Ashwin right now is in a poor phase- the best thing the selectors can do is to immediately replace him with Amit Mishra (in all versions of the game) who is in excellent form now. Ishant Sharma has been irrelevant for a long time, I mean how long can one continue to play on the basis of one good spell bowled at Ponting several years ago?

  • POSTED BY AndyPowell on | October 11, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Yuvraj's innings was fantastic, no doubt, but arent we overlooking Jadeja's contribution with the ball? 1 for 23 at 5.75 per over, when the innings went at 10+ per over and the 4 overs from India's other slow(er) bowlers went for 65, is an awesome result. If he had not performed, India would have chased 220 not 202 and even Yuvi may not have managed that..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 11, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    He made a solid comeback , thus charged India to a huge victory, he is only man can change any game at anytime

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    On the day that the cricket fans across the globe heard a news that they did not want to hear, the comeback man produced a gem of an innings as a relief.. Yuvraj Singh played an important important innings in his life on the same day that Sachin Tendulkar made an important decision in his life,, that of his retirement plans.. Yuvi was in superb form coming into the match and did justice to it.. After a wonderful batting by the Australians, India needed someone to lead their way.. At the start of the innings, Shikhar Dhawan was the man.. But India kept losing wickets in regular intervals until the skipper and Yuvi came together.. After their union, it was a clear nightmare for the Aussies.. The ball was travelling all over the park.. It was a perfect T20 game as it produced 400+ runs.. Excepting a cracker in the One day series too.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 11, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    Yuvi shows the world that he is not done. Millions of prayers r with Yuvi. This Indian team has a very good batting fire power. Rohit should be carefully analysed in the odi's. Ishant should be replaced. Please do not judge ashwin by one T20 game. The fielding was also not upto their standards yesterday. Come on India. Now lets win the ODI'S.. Well done and best of luck Yuvi :-)

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    What a day? Adios to one Master of the past! Welcome back the Master of the present; after his miraculous resurrection.

    If only, the new Master Yuvi develop some of his non-cricketing attributes like 'more humility' and better 'man management' ; he could be an extremely good replacement for the Master who decided to hang his boot -- as a leader & role model for the angry young fearless new generation of cricketers.

    As the Japanese might say: Leader of the "Shin Jinrui" (The New Generation)

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    I think this is a fitting tribute to Sachin on the day he announced his retirement, his batting protege's responded to win the match by his brand or batting.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Sehwag in for Rohit...? Aswin was murdered like nothing... wonders occur in the short format of the game...lets see what happens in ODI series...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 11, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    brilliant come back yuvi..

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Good about Yuvi : If it is for india he raises to the Big event and plays a match winner ( remember WC2011,T20 WC 2007 etc).

    Good Abt Dhoni : Every one says sachin served nation for 23 yrs ...But this guy has just spent 8 yrs , Taken Indian cricket to its highest Level.Also see he wants his team members to do well instaed he goes upront and to prove his presence.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 10, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    Yuvaraj once again proved himself that he is the only cricketer who can hit huge sixers and win the match comfortably thanks to yuvaraj and best of luck for ongoing ODI series

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | October 10, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    You know you're doing something right when MS Dhoni is feeding you the strike at the end of a limited-overs match.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    I would like Yuvi to bat at No.05 since he has a good record there. This would give people like Raina, Rahane, Tiwary and Rohit to play at No.04 which would help them to build innings and stake claim for Test spot.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    I haven't seen this match but can visualize his hits and blows on Australia. Morally Australians are hit and YV is always a match winner be it with ball and or with bat.

    Ask kp and he may say YV is always the best bowler he faced.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    I haven't seen this match but can visualize his hits and blows on Australia. Morally Australians are hit and YV is always a match winner be it with ball and or with bat.

    Ask kp and he may say YV is always the best bowler he faced.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    It's so sad that Vinay Kumar's figures don't even get a mention in the match report. Understandable it's a batsman's game but anyone who know cricket should pay tribute to how important they were in this match.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | October 10, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Got this conspiracy news just few minutes back.

    Seems it was after all a nice strategy by Ashwin for the sake of Yuvraj. Ashwin, after the toss, seems to have promised Yuvraj that he (by his bowling) will make sure Yuvi gets lot of runs to chase so that this would be a dramatic and memorable come back for Yuvi. It was indeed.... :-)

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 10, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    @hillhumper - I doubt England would have chased that score in 50 overs, considering their run rate in T20 never goes above 4.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | October 10, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    For all the focus CA has put on T20, compromising the Shield and Ryobi comps, and therefore weakening the standard of our Test team, we see that Australia are ranked no7 in the world at T20. For all the time and money and sacrifice of the other formats, i ask you, Where are the results?

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    One more time Yuvi has proved himself. What a great player he is of limited over cricket. It was his comeback match but it never feel like that when he was at the middle. It was never an easy match but he made it like a catwalk for India. I have seen some of Sir Viv Richards and quite much of Lara ( both are the cleanest and biggest strikers of the ball that cricket has seen in my view) but believe me they will pale when Yuvi is in full flow. No any target is big enough and out of reach when both Dhoni and Yuvi are at the middle. I am proud of you Yuvi , in my memory no any player has seen this many difficulties and still come out victorious. Really you are an inspiration to not only sports lovers but also those who have seen torrid time in life. May almighty make you free from any other obstacles in future future.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | October 10, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    yuvi delivered more than expected of him in his comeback game"umeed se jyada". ashwin and ishant and rohit needs to be dropped for few years to learn their cricket skills in domestic circuit .mishra wud surely be not hit all round the park if he wud have been bowling. even chawla can spin the ball better. tough luck finch,if not for him, it wud have been a cakewalk for INDIA. now little doubt about one sided odi series which is going to unfold in few days' time.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    What an inning played by a truly match winner Yuvraj. I still can't believe this. It was a very good match for India but still there is so much to improve. 1. I think today batting order was not upto the mark, after falling of first wicket Kohli should be at no. 3. He needs some time at the middle before he could explode. Then it should b Rains after that Yuvi then Dhoni and Jadeja. Yuvi is best at five as he could finish the innings well this Dhoni and Raina could accelerate at middle overs. 2. At any team Amit Mishra should be India's first spinner but he is out of playing eleven ! So funny. Currently he is best spinner at Indian arsenal. Throw out Aswin as he can't take wicket at his current form even against Aussies. 3. Fast bowling department also looked so weak. We can't have two military medium fast bowler(?) Bhuvi and Vijay in playing 11. Both are identical in all aspects. Vijay need to replace by either Shami or Unadkat . At last well played India keep it up.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 10, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Indeed it was a chase of 201 runs, as predicted. What a match with over 400 runs in 39.4 overs- India winning with 2 balls to spare & by 6 wkts! Yuvraj once again the match Hero, with total domination of the Aussie bowlers - 77* @ S/R of 220 with 8 x 4's & 5 Sixers. The 3 Aussie fast bowlers Mckay, Coultier-Nile & Faulkner were hammered for 130 runs in 12 overs. Doherty was the best bowler @ 8 runs/over. Don't be surprised if Yuvraj spends 6 months/year in France regularly. Earlier the Aussies led by Finch at the top & Maxwell in the middle threw the gauntlet with a huge total of 201. As expected Ishant Sharma & Ashwin were the 2 worst bowlers leaking 93 runs in 6 overs between them. Ishant needs to be rested for sure with many better alternates. But on Rajkot wkt. it is a total that can be chased by the Power packed Indian batting. Raina is a Finisher, hence it was surprising to see him at #3 instead of #5.Yuvraj made Maxwells 27 in 13 balls look pedestrian with his own razzle dazzle!

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    What an inning played by a truly match winner Yuvraj. I still can't believe this. It was a very good match for India but still there is so much to improve. 1. I think today batting order was not upto the mark, after falling of first wicket Kohli should be at no. 3. He needs some time at the middle before he could explode. Then it should b Rains after that Yuvi then Dhoni and Jadeja. Yuvi is best at five as he could finish the innings well this Dhoni and Raina could accelerate at middle overs. 2. At any team Amit Mishra should be India's first spinner but he is out of playing eleven ! So funny. Currently he is best spinner at Indian arsenal. Throw out Aswin as he can't take wicket at his current form even against Aussies. 3. Fast bowling department also looked so weak. We can't have two military medium fast bowler(?) Bhuvi and Vijay in playing 11. Both are identical in all aspects. Vijay need to replace by either Shami or Unadkat . At last well played India keep it up.

  • POSTED BY Roleplay on | October 10, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    yuvraj the sole player without who we wouldn't have two cups in India. T2oWC2007, ODIWC2011. Some people have this great tendency to rise on big occasions and he is definitely one of them.However he couldn't thrive in test cricket but that could be due to constant in and out of the test team which was often well guarded by senior players. Yuvraj still has achieved a lot and given back to cricket with his heroics and especially the way he fought cancer.His is the story that one day surely will appear in national geographic for people fighting bravely the very odds the life throws at you.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | October 10, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    8 absolutely meaningless games of cricket no one cares about played by an Australian side that couldn't be further removed from the test team that will take the field next month is no litmus test for the Ashes. England supporters, c'mon, at least try to pretend to be sensible with your comments!

  • POSTED BY deeplongon on | October 10, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Is there a potential pattern here. The new guys for Australia make a contribution while the old ones don't. If this continues will the pattern be reflected in ashes selections.

    Remember the players of the great Australian team of the past got their chance in one day cricket and Australia v Australia A games. Neither format is used or respected anymore.

  • POSTED BY deeplongon on | October 10, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Is there a potential pattern here. The new guys for Australia make a contribution while the old ones don't. If this continues will the pattern be reflected in ashes selections.

    Remember the players of the great Australian team of the past got their chance in one day cricket and Australia v Australia A games. Neither format is used or respected anymore.

  • POSTED BY They.Ra.S on | October 10, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    graet Yuvi, you did a fabulous innings for India to winn the match, u r 500% greater than doni

  • POSTED BY gkakar on | October 10, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Rest Ashwin...for GOOD. since we have Yuvi back and he could bowl those 4 overs in T20 and 5-6 overs in ODI. Either play a real bowler or bring in additional batsman.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 10, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    bravo to yuvi....... the GOD IS BACK

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | October 10, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Yuvi today is rejuvenated and committed. He has commanded the kind of respect that rarely is given to any player. He raised himself from ashes or ruins with his cancer, fought it, and came back with a bang. What I admired is the commitment he has shown since coming back from cancer. He realized he needed to get fit. He signed up for a rigorous fitness camp in France with Zak and now the results are obvious. He is lot more fitter now than his early days. He has shown grit and determination that was lacking earlier. This is a different Yuvi that other teams will need to watch out for.

  • POSTED BY AsherCA on | October 10, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    devil_in_details, I am not much of a fan of Ishant, but do understand that his pace when right gets us wickets & when marginally off, goes for runs. That is the order of the game. Dhoni clearly wanted a crack at the wickets. before picking on any of the bowlers, just note one small detail - bowlers from both sides have gone at an average of 10 an over, some at 15 OR more. That is the nature of the ground.

  • POSTED BY vildoc on | October 10, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    @Aus123 I think Johnson was rested more than dropped. The way he was bowling in the clT20 he will be a handful for the english.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Some might say its Master Blaster,some might say Dada and some might say Wall is the greatest player for India but I say its the fighter Yuvi.And believe me I am not exaggerating as sometimes records don't speak the truth as much as the life does itself.#RESPECT

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 10, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    congrats india good luck for feature matchs.,

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    consistency is more important for yuvi in upcoming matches...

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | October 10, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    1 month of test match, 2 months of IPL, 1 month of CL so equals to almost 4 months and from Watto to Coulter Nile all are in India for 4 months but still can't find the how to beat India. OMG I just forget the recent WC. Its really serious matter for Oz. Warning bells for CA, WAKE UP ! otherwise Australia will be next WI.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | October 10, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Nothing short of a legeng is Yuvi. What a role model to have. A man with immense descipline and self belief only can overcome such an ordeal. Down with cancer, down on form, over weight. But he fights everything and makes a come back with a bang. Salute this sporting icon. Something that Viru could learn from.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Thank u Yuvi,that you have recovered once again ur past experience. it was so chllenging game to win india,even i was thinking that india will loose,but our beloved batsman once again brought back the hope of crown for the india...i am so greatful to u uvaraj.....keep it up ur talent and do ur best in upcoming matches........i love u yuvi......bye good night.....see u again first ODI match......

  • POSTED BY Shantaveer on | October 10, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Dhoni impressed me. He would have scored more runs but saw Yuvi playing good, gave chance to him by taking singles. Both Kumars bowled well. We see how it will go in One days.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | October 10, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    I agree with most of the comments made about poor performers from India. At the outset, Ind needs to replace Rohit (never performs in crunch/pressure situations like today), Ashwin (lost bowling ability and more useful as a lower order bat than a wkt taking bowler these days) and Ishant (way expensive even if he gets a wkt or two during the bashing). Mishra should be given a chance. He seems to be a permanent bench warmer even as non-performing seniors are playing all the time.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | October 10, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Indians were lucky to be chasing 202 as aussies looked good for 220-230. Finch and before him Maxwell's wicket turned the tide. I hope Maxwell doesnt become Shahid Afridi of Australia who wants to hit six on every ball. I'm really jealous of him :-). Imagine getting paid a million dollors for doing 30 runs in one game. A lean mean Yuvraj with burning desire to do well was fantastic. Dhoni was smiply giving strike to him and he did the needful.In all a good win for home team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Super innings by yuvi.good luck for India for rest of games

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Now yuvi is the role model for modren cricket world.Comeon yuvi comeon ,starts your game ,play and play untill you reach your target.I wish you all the best to yuvi.

  • POSTED BY Aus2013 on | October 10, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    I am just wondering its just waste of time...This series should have been started after the ASHES series...This shows pretty clear that the Aussies are plainly not focusing in the ASHES series....Have a look at the ENG side they are plainly focusing in the ASHES series not touring to any country....AUS think tank are Brainless..dropping Johnson is a very very terrible decision....you cant judge him by the means of one series CLT20..He is an exprncd bwlr..Faulkner,Coulternile and MC Kay are pretty good bwrs but totally in exprncd compared to Johnson...Full credit to Yuvi..what a plyr he is..Such an Asset to the Ind team...very very fighting plyr just like master legend SACHIN...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 10, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Welcome back Uvi.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 10, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Uvi is good fighter uvi can do any thing.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 10, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Yuvraj is an example, an idol, a legend.... respect..

  • POSTED BY NKSUDHIR on | October 10, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Congratulations Yuvi!!! What a comeback!!! May God give you lots of strength and good health and you can serve our country for many years to come!

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    What a Match !!! Congratulations to the Inidan Team. Welcome back Yuvi. Made us all proud...

  • POSTED BY devil_in_details on | October 10, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    It was Yuvraj's brilliant innings that sealed it but the first turning point of match came with Vinay Kumar's slightly lucky catch of Finch. In such high scoring matches it is usually the big wicket even at the fag end of the innings, which can make a difference of 10 runs to the opposition's score and can prove to be the difference between a win and defeat. Therefore well done to Vinay kumar and Bhuvi also for taking those wickets and to Jadeja for providing some control to Dhoni and offsetting the damage done by a strangely off- color Ashwin and the permanently useless Ishant.

  • POSTED BY I_Love_My_India on | October 10, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    One thing I noticed is Yuvi looks 10 years younger. How could he do this in such a short time? I mean, I try dieting all the way even go without eating for hours and shredding calories by exercising. I could reduce 2 or 3 kgs, but never like this. Awesome training and continue staying fit. Yuvi, you must share the secret....

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Welcome Back Yuvraj Singh.....Wish you good luck for the up coming series....Hope we seen you in Test Cricket also soon..!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 10, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    only yuvi can do this, congrts !!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 10, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Good to see Yuvraj come back and play like this but my question is why Bailey didn't change field in 3/4 overs when Yuvi was banging all around and why the bowlers didn't use any variations. It's like Bailey was jus giving it away. Why does every Indian win seems like rigged (I kno all the Indians will go crazy on this comment) but jus saying. It's like you plan and say 'you know what would be a great game, Yuvraj come back inning in India win' and boom there you go it's as perfectly planned game and awesome ratings. Eryone gets worth their money. Maybe I'm jus overthinking it but as an Aussie I would def question Bailey's tactics. That was highly questionable.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Fantastic comeback by Yuvi-- May God bless him-He did what exactly is needed

  • POSTED BY manoj01 on | October 10, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    The way Yuvi came back and batted today reflects true character and fighting spirit of sportsmen. Incredible batsmenship... LOV U

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | October 10, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    hhillbumper The same track was presented to Australia but Yuvi and Sachin proved best then Aussie..

  • POSTED BY sanrt on | October 10, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    king is back with a bang kudos to yuvi

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 10, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    @hhillbumper: It was a magnificent game. I am not sure what you are on about ? Both sides played well but YUVI was better than everybody. Yes, this is the kind of pitch that should be there for every T20 game. Can't play such a format on grasslands which test cricket is played on !

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | October 10, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Time to pack up Ashwin, and get the deserving Amit Mishra in the side. Ashwin does not even deserve a place in the 15. Bajji has still some fire left in his bowling and attitude but maybe hard to find him back in the side; if they do it will be better than having someone like Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY Kadiyala05 on | October 10, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Welcome Back Yuvraj Singh.....Wish you good luck for the up coming series....Hope we seen you in Test Cricket also soon..!!

  • POSTED BY India2014 on | October 10, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Please replace Ishant Sharma with Unadkat or Mohit Sharma or Shami Ahmed. Ishant Sharma just bowls like a robot, he never uses his head. Same length and line. He cannot bowl Yorkers too. Ashwin its just a one bad day. He deserves to be in the team. Miss Zaheer Khan.

  • POSTED BY sgma on | October 10, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    please guys, can we be a little more graceful in victory. Australia did play well and gave india a run for their money. lets not gloat too soon.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Yuvi is like the Terminator of world cricket...he keeps coming back in style!! Even cancer couldn't keep him down,how could a 3rd rate Aussie team defeat him??

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | October 10, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Just one aside. Is there a reason why Ishant Sharma gets picked? He has been in the promising category most of his career and will soon be in the wily veteran category.It is just a shame he will miss out on the part of his career where he actually delivers. He is to fast bowling what Tony Blair is to honesty.They both have heard of it but seemingly can't do it

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | October 10, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Jaddu is back to his usual winning mode. He was the best bowler in Indian team today.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Astonishing innings by Yuvraj Singh and Aaron Flinch. But Ashwin was rubbish today. Looks like he came in with zero match practice after the break. And how long will the selectors persist with Ishant? Can't understand why they keep playing Ishant Sharma. He cannot bowl well in any format of the game anymore, in any sort of conditions. I doubt if he is good enough to represent even Delhi on current form.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    what a comeback by Yuvraj . real super batsman. aussies were ruthless ..what happens after is devastated batting by yuv to take a winning performance .. this is real T20 match . kudos to India Team .

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 10, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    A magnificent game of T20 cricket and YUVI you BEAUTY !!! What a comeback for the man. India were a strong team without Yuvi and now they are MIGHTY. Tough luck for Aaron Finch and Australia. They posted a super score and if it was on any other ground, it would have been sufficient. Well played to both teams. Can't wait for ODI #1 over the weekend.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | October 10, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Oh osh he hit some runs on a flat blameless deck.The new Tendulkar is amongst us.Cue hyperbole

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Yuvaraj is the king of 20 twenty........................No doubt

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | October 10, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Not taking anything away from Yuvi who deserves all the credit for the way he batted in his come back match after many months away from Ind team, I think even T20s need to assist bowlers. It is never good for the game if there is no contest between bat and ball.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 10, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Awesome. Love u YUVI.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | October 10, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Ashwin had a bad day just like Clint Mckay and Couter-Nile. Having said that Ind should try Amit Mishra or some other spinner in T20s since Ashwin is running out of ideas just like Harbhajan.

    Ishant should be out and bring in a youngster like Rishi Dhawan or someone. Rohit should not open and on current form Rahane should take his place in the team.

    @Blade-Runner- I am sure you are still lol and wondering after Ind hit 8 sixes and it only took 6 batsmen vs 8 to get to 202. Are Aussies worse than club cricketers :-) Let us look at the recent Ashes performance shall we. Relax and accept this is T20 and anything can happen.

  • POSTED BY AlbertPintoGussaHua on | October 10, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Replace Ishant Sharma with Mohit Sharma, Ashwin with Mishra and Rohit with Ajinkya. Then you'll have the optimal unbeatable side.

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | October 10, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    By god, is there any score safe from this team. Absolutely incredible.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    right said abt rihit and ishant, dhoni is providrd girls i guess for thrm to be be still playing

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Absolutely stunning from yuvraj Singh and that's why they say form is temporary and class is permanent. Another key performance today was from vinay picking up wickets at the right time. All in all an exciting game indeed.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    After Ashwin's best performance Dhoni was looking like a lost person, oh he was looking for Harbhajan, Ashwin has been decoded by batsmen and his dance days started . He is Mendis of India

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | October 10, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Yuvi...the biggest match winner India has ever produced. 1st or 2nd innings, never bows under pressure. Hail Yuvi!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 10, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Love u Yuvi...he iz on top

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Vintage Yuvraj SIngh! Just reminded me of the innings he played against australia in 2007 T20-T20 World Cup. A blessing it was to watch Yuvraj Singh!

  • POSTED BY geminianrahul on | October 10, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    LOL LOL LOL...Who is the KING of T20 cricket? Yuvraj Singh.. Sing is King. who is the King again. Yuvraj Singh.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 10, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Is Australia the NEW Sri Lanka? It's been that way every time they play against India for a while now. Not that I am complaining...hehe.

  • POSTED BY desiboy454 on | October 10, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    YUVI YUVI YUVI OYE OYE OYE YUVI OYE YUVI OYE YUVI YUVI YUVI!!!!!!! Yuvraj is back! He deserves to be in indian playing XI. His bowling and batting is an asset to any team, he can help india win next years t20 WC & 2015 WC!!! Happy to see Yuvi bat after sachin announces his retirement.

    I say bring Virat to #4 in tests and yuvi at 5! Give him a proper go, not 2 tests here n there.

    LETS GO TEAM INDIA

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | October 10, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    India first team in T20Is to win chasing 200+ on two occasions. South Africa & New Zealand have done it once.. Best t20 team

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | October 10, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    @Blade-Runner India his 8 Sixes and 19 fours and won by 6 wickets... Are you still there?

  • POSTED BY bbnn on | October 10, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Game over! Vintage YuvRaj !

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 10, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Yuvi is back...and to all the haters, India just keep winning. Best in the world. Jai Hind!!!

  • POSTED BY DylanBrah on | October 10, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    And that's what happens when you select useless cricketers like Henriques and Coulter-Nile instead of proven performers Voges and Johnson. Well done to Yuvraj & India though.

  • POSTED BY Assasinator_007 on | October 10, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Yuvi Yuvi Yuvi....you beauty!!!!! Welcome back Boy. @bladrunner....you have become expert in eating your words!!

  • POSTED BY naruto_senju on | October 10, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    UV UV UV.... man doesnt he look great.... what a come back by this man..... he made a =n example of how to make a comeback... watch this gambir, shewag, bajji.... watch him and learn..... he definately looks like the UV against aus in 1st t20 WC..... take a bow you master....

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 10, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Argh, faulkner just thre it away in the 17th over, 20 runs! Surely game over from here, yuvi played a blinder.

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | October 10, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    @all who are bashing Ashwin: He just had an off day today. Seriously guys are you guys talking about dropping players based on 2 overs in a T20 match on a pitch as flat as a pancake. Sorry it seems you have no idea or its simple personal vendatta. 0/47,1/36,2/35,3/48,2/15,2/44,1/670/25,1/20,2/42. his last ten match figures. go interpret anything from it. I admit that he is struggling in T20I but his test and odi figures are much better than anybody currently available. Amit Mishra good for T20Is but his test record is poor. avg of 44 after 13 matches for a spinner is never acceptable let alone decent. sorry folks.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | October 10, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    What an onslaught by Aussies. They hit 30 boundaries including 7 sixes. lol Ashwin 2 overs - 41 runs. lol Ishant Sharma 4 overs 52 runs. lol Are they really international cricketers or just club cricketers ? One would wonder..

  • POSTED BY naruto_senju on | October 10, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    beauty from finch.... and there goes another inning from THE MR. TALENTED ROHIT SHARMA... just how much we should bare with his SO CALLED class and talent... when are we really going to see that TALENT he has??? only in IPL? same old story repeats again.... does the selectors need rocket science to understand that rohit doesnot belong to intternational arena.....

  • POSTED BY naruto_senju on | October 10, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    man its annoying to see rohit getting everytime into the team with some ipl lub level form behind and come next game he annoys again..... wonder if selectors look ahead of him already.... frustrating to see rahane with all his strokeplay and talent is being wasted for this so called talented rohit sharma..... and what less, he is now a opener too....

  • POSTED BY DylanBrah on | October 10, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is the worst bowler to have played so many Internationals.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 10, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    It has been proved again that rohit only performs in IPL . He will be known only for IPL . He must not be selected rayadu will be better than him

  • POSTED BY kaysun on | October 10, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    There we go again. Rohit does not belong to international arena. He earns more viz. Mumbai Indians. Ashwin needs to be dropped for few matches. He has not been up where everyone thinks he is.

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | October 10, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Please never ever select Ishant Sharma again! Too much attitude, no returns!

  • POSTED BY Mass_Hypnosis on | October 10, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    I always thought of Ashwin as a defensive bowler. He always lacks basics of a off break bowler and trying out his funny variations all the time. Most importantly he becomes even funnier on test matches. Imagine the scenario on SA tracks. He'll get hammered by Devilliars to all parts of the ground. On the other hand Amit Mishra is a far better option than this guy. Always tries to give flight and he has got the trademark googly and the effective straighter as well. No wonder Aswhin all ways gets selected just because of Dhoni. This is ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | October 10, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    There's a bowler in this world who loves to bowl silly "Pause bowling"! (give a little pause sometimes b4 d delivry when struggling) but maximum time he cant get rid of smashing despite those pause delivries.. Its better 4 him 2 try 2 earn skill rather than how 2 make a pause during bowling time...

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Stupid team selection:- T20 Team 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2. Robin Uthappa-(VC) Virat Kohli 3. Yuvaraj Singh 4. Suresh Raina 5. Yusuf pathan 6. Ms Dhoni- © 8. Rahul Sharma 9. Mohit sharma 10. Bhuvanesh kumar 11. Unadkat Substitute Ravi Jadeja 13. 14. 15.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | October 10, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Looks like India will be chasing 200 odd. Dhawan/Kohli/Yuvi and Raina are our only hopes. Dhoni, if he comes in and we need 20 in the last over :)

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 10, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Well done Jadeja. You showed once again you are better than then best Spinner in India in limited overs. Way way better. Bhajji at least fields ewll and we can expect him to bat well too unlike the current old camel.

  • POSTED BY naruto_senju on | October 10, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    ashiwn was never a good bowler in shorter format... i dont know why he gets a edge over mishra atleast in shorter format..... ahwin is excellent in odi and test level though.....

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | October 10, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Oh FINCH.. U beauty... love ur hit...

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | October 10, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    australia started with a flyer. ashwin leaked 41 in 2 overs on indian rank turners. guess what batsmen will do to his innocent bowling in wc 2015. i guess india should get their return tickets in advance as they will not reach knockout stage with his bowling. only yuvi and dhawan could win this for india now.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 10, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Jadeja 2 overs for 11. Ashwin 1.2 for 29. Who is the spinner here? Go figure. Cant field, Cant Bat cant bowl. Why is he in the team?

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    B. Kumar, V. Kumar and I. Sharma, all in the same team, and that too in a t20 team... Are you kidding me.. Who will bowl the death overs???

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 10, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    What a fielder Ashwin is? I wonder in this fitness crazy age how come a sportman can be so unathletic. His misfields are a gem. All can go in coaching books about how not to field.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | October 10, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    India will heavily depend on Yuvi, Raina and Dhawan to win this match. Jadeja is useless as a batsman, especially in chasing or pressure situations and needs to come at number 8 with 7 proper top order batsmen. Vinay kumar has no talent and Ishant sharma has been underperforming for years. Unless Bhuvi, Ashwin and Jadeja bowl really well, India is most likely losing this game. Rohit Sharma's strike rate as an opener is very poor, so it will be interesting to see how this goes.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | October 10, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    India will heavily depend on Yuvi, Raina and Dhawan to win this match. Jadeja is useless as a batsman, especially in chasing or pressure situations and needs to come at number 8 with 7 proper top order batsmen. Vinay kumar has no talent and Ishant sharma has been underperforming for years. Unless Bhuvi, Ashwin and Jadeja bowl really well, India is most likely losing this game. Rohit Sharma's strike rate as an opener is very poor, so it will be interesting to see how this goes.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 10, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    What a fielder Ashwin is? I wonder in this fitness crazy age how come a sportman can be so unathletic. His misfields are a gem. All can go in coaching books about how not to field.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    B. Kumar, V. Kumar and I. Sharma, all in the same team, and that too in a t20 team... Are you kidding me.. Who will bowl the death overs???

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 10, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Jadeja 2 overs for 11. Ashwin 1.2 for 29. Who is the spinner here? Go figure. Cant field, Cant Bat cant bowl. Why is he in the team?

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | October 10, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    australia started with a flyer. ashwin leaked 41 in 2 overs on indian rank turners. guess what batsmen will do to his innocent bowling in wc 2015. i guess india should get their return tickets in advance as they will not reach knockout stage with his bowling. only yuvi and dhawan could win this for india now.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | October 10, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Oh FINCH.. U beauty... love ur hit...

  • POSTED BY naruto_senju on | October 10, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    ashiwn was never a good bowler in shorter format... i dont know why he gets a edge over mishra atleast in shorter format..... ahwin is excellent in odi and test level though.....

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 10, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Well done Jadeja. You showed once again you are better than then best Spinner in India in limited overs. Way way better. Bhajji at least fields ewll and we can expect him to bat well too unlike the current old camel.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | October 10, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Looks like India will be chasing 200 odd. Dhawan/Kohli/Yuvi and Raina are our only hopes. Dhoni, if he comes in and we need 20 in the last over :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Stupid team selection:- T20 Team 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2. Robin Uthappa-(VC) Virat Kohli 3. Yuvaraj Singh 4. Suresh Raina 5. Yusuf pathan 6. Ms Dhoni- © 8. Rahul Sharma 9. Mohit sharma 10. Bhuvanesh kumar 11. Unadkat Substitute Ravi Jadeja 13. 14. 15.