India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Jaipur October 15, 2013

India brace for another pace test

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Match facts

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Start time 1330 local (0800 GMT)

Big Picture

On a slow pitch in Pune, Australia's fast bowlers made the Indian batsmen hop and jump, asking old questions about their ability to handle high-quality pace bowling. India are going to be put through the same test again, but in conditions that will add another level of difficulty. The series moves to Jaipur, where the pitch - on the evidence of how it played during the IPL and the Champions League this year - will be spicier and in a way, rather Australian.

The quartet of Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Shane Watson and James Faulkner didn't just deliver a win in the first ODI, they also put seeds of doubt in the minds of the Indian batsmen, forcing them on the back foot with predominantly short of length bowling, but cleverly mixed it up with accurate bouncers and teasing fuller ones.

Virat Kohli acknowledged that too. "Very few batsmen get out to short deliveries," he said. "It's not a wicket-taking delivery but a tactic used by teams. But at international level, one should be ready to play any delivery that is thrown at him." It was a 'tactic' that was executed to perfection by Australia's bowlers, two of whom - Watson and Faulkner - have played more matches in Jaipur in the recent times than anyone in the India side.

Australia's seemingly inexperienced batting has taken advantage of India's weak bowling too. In 70 overs, they have amassed 505 runs, that too without Watson making a contribution. Aaron Finch continued his dominating form this year and Glenn Maxwell provided those sudden spikes in scoring later in the innings.

It's still early in the series though. India's top three have looked comfortable against the Australian seamers and it's about how the rest pull their weight. That includes the bowlers, who, until now, have looked tired despite this being just the start of the new season.

Form guide (Most recent games first)

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In the spotlight

The figures of 10-0-38-1 don't tell the whole story of Mitchell Johnson's spell on Sunday. Johnson was at his menacing best, hustling the batsmen with deliveries that were hurled around 150 kmph. His only wicket was that of Yuvraj Singh, who was given a good working over. Yuvraj stayed on the back foot for five deliveries expecting the short ball, but only got full ones. Then came the snorter, which Yuvraj could only edge behind. It was a masterful spell. However, the other Johnson, the one who sprays the ball around, is never too far and Australia will hope the bad one keeps his appearances to a minimum this series.

Ishant Sharma's career has been almost as long as Johnson's - both have played the same number of Tests. But while Johnson's form follows a cycle, Ishant's stays in a perennial trough with a few stray spikes. The only remnants of the exciting young bowler who debuted in 2007 are his run-up and his hair. He has lacked pace and leaked runs in the two matches against Australia, but with limited fast-bowling stocks, India don't have the luxury of letting him go. Kohli, Ishant's Delhi team-mate, also defended him, saying, "I don't think you can drop a player on the basis of two poor matches." Ishant has just two more matches to do something of note before the squad for the last four ODIs is announced.

Team news

MS Dhoni has a tendency to stick with the same XI and is not likely to disturb it just after one ODI, but there is a case to try out either Jaydev Unadkat or Mohammad Shami.

India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Ishant Sharma/Mohammed Shami/Jaydev Unadkat

Brad Haddin left the field during the first match after being accidentally poked in the eye by James Faulkner, but he was back to keep wickets later in the day and should remain part of the XI. Australia are not likely to make any changes.

Australia (probable) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Shane Watson, 4 George Bailey, 5 Adam Voges, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty

Stats and trivia

  • In the last five years, the average of India's middle-order batsmen (Nos 4-6) is below 35 against only three teams - Pakistan, South Africa and Australia.
  • In the same period, India's bowlers have struggled against Australia. Each Australian wicket costs them 46.55 runs, which is their worst against any team

Quotes

"In T20s, everyone gets hit. Even Australian bowlers went for a 200-plus score. They didn't change their bowlers in the next match. This is my opinion and rest is on the team management. I am not the captain or the coach to decide on selection matters."
Virat Kohli

"I don't think we used the short ball any more than any other game we play, but we were happy with the result. We do have plans against certain players though."
Brad Haddin

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • nazim_ali on October 16, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    @Harmony111 Posted by Harmony111 on (October 16, 2013, 5:59 GMT) "The match was well within India's grasp at that point but Raina had a sudden brain freeze & India lost the momentum form that point onwards."

    I don't know why you are trying to take the credit away from the Australian bowling and blame it on brain freeze. the pressure was consistently built up on the indian batsmen. its just not that credit goes to a bowler when an unplayable delivery takes a wicket. Consistency and building pressure is also a wicket taking tactic and the bowlers should be lauded and blame shouldn't be put on brain freeze. Brain freeze is when the batting side is well ahead of situation (asking rate etc) and batsman throws his wicket away for glory.... that was not the case

  • cricket_slcsupport on October 16, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    I'm a Sri-Lankan, I support India. C'mon India thrash the Aussies ! India is the number 1 team. Dhoni & co you have done it in the past, please keep up the good work.

  • stonecoldb4u on October 16, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    i cant believe it india dont hav bowler like watson.....can any1 tel in present indian cricket who can bowl better thn watson...n he is batting all rounder......watson will select in any team as a batsman....in addition he is pure all rounder...it would be nightmare 4 indians if watson comes 2 form...with poor bowling attack....no1 can stop watto....it would be ruthless...in terms of hitting he is jst next 2 gayle......mayb indian fans praying dat he should not come 2 form...

  • on October 16, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @ Harmony111 on (October 16, 2013, 6:18 GMT):

    Most of the concerns were regarding Indian Bowling (not batting); which let the Aussie team score 300+ on a 240-250 pitch.

    If we don't see changes in the bowling group, it means there is something wrong with the team management who decide the playing XI.

    Incidentally, the OZ bowlers seem to have learnt a lot from their IPL experiences.

  • Bonehead_maz on October 16, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    As good as ODI's get ! This is a good series. What is interesting to me is not the scores.... it is how fast and straight Johnson bowls. The other 21 out there are largely irrelevant to me. However, I expect this match might be Watson's turn ?

  • lonewarriorram on October 16, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Mishra and Jaidev must get in place of Ashwin & Ishant. India must stop project Ishant immediately to save their batsman. Ishant made Vinay look much better than he is. Ashwin must be out too so that he can sort his bowling issues. On current form Mishra is a better bowler and an improved batsman. Of-course both Ashwin and Mishra are below club standard fielders.

  • on October 16, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Please exclude Vinay Kumar and Ashwin, get Jaidev unadkat and Mishra into the team. Ashwin lost the variations in his bowling and Vinay kuamr don't know how to bowl.

  • VenkyN on October 16, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    It has become fashionable to call the Indian batsmen as weak against short pitched bowling. The reality is that nobody likes quick short bowling directed at them. In this particular game, the top order in fact played pretty well, and it was the short selection that let them down. Rohit prodded at one outside off, Raina went for a swipe over midwicket and so on. Only Dhawan and Dhoni got out to real wicket taking deliveries. The reason was pressure, pure and simple, due to chasing a large score, and some good bowling, and had nothing to do with short pitched bowling, or the inability of the Indians to cope with it. In fact, in this current team, with the exception of Jadeja and Raina, most of the others can play the short delivery quite competently, though the latter is improving in that regard as well. Rohit and Dhoni in fact revel in punishing it, and Virat, Dhawan and Yuvraj are not bothered much by it.

  • on October 16, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    My playing Xi will be... 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Jaydev Unadkat, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Vinay Kumar

  • vijayNaidu on October 16, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Drop Vinay kumar & Ashwin please include Jaydev Unadkat & Amit Mishra Reason for this is Ashwin is not able show much serious impact on Aussies batsman so let's have a go to Mishra. Vinay kumar is not international pace bowler he will be best fit for domestic level only.

    My playing Xi will be... 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Jaydev Unadkat, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Ishant Sharma

  • nazim_ali on October 16, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    @Harmony111 Posted by Harmony111 on (October 16, 2013, 5:59 GMT) "The match was well within India's grasp at that point but Raina had a sudden brain freeze & India lost the momentum form that point onwards."

    I don't know why you are trying to take the credit away from the Australian bowling and blame it on brain freeze. the pressure was consistently built up on the indian batsmen. its just not that credit goes to a bowler when an unplayable delivery takes a wicket. Consistency and building pressure is also a wicket taking tactic and the bowlers should be lauded and blame shouldn't be put on brain freeze. Brain freeze is when the batting side is well ahead of situation (asking rate etc) and batsman throws his wicket away for glory.... that was not the case

  • cricket_slcsupport on October 16, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    I'm a Sri-Lankan, I support India. C'mon India thrash the Aussies ! India is the number 1 team. Dhoni & co you have done it in the past, please keep up the good work.

  • stonecoldb4u on October 16, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    i cant believe it india dont hav bowler like watson.....can any1 tel in present indian cricket who can bowl better thn watson...n he is batting all rounder......watson will select in any team as a batsman....in addition he is pure all rounder...it would be nightmare 4 indians if watson comes 2 form...with poor bowling attack....no1 can stop watto....it would be ruthless...in terms of hitting he is jst next 2 gayle......mayb indian fans praying dat he should not come 2 form...

  • on October 16, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @ Harmony111 on (October 16, 2013, 6:18 GMT):

    Most of the concerns were regarding Indian Bowling (not batting); which let the Aussie team score 300+ on a 240-250 pitch.

    If we don't see changes in the bowling group, it means there is something wrong with the team management who decide the playing XI.

    Incidentally, the OZ bowlers seem to have learnt a lot from their IPL experiences.

  • Bonehead_maz on October 16, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    As good as ODI's get ! This is a good series. What is interesting to me is not the scores.... it is how fast and straight Johnson bowls. The other 21 out there are largely irrelevant to me. However, I expect this match might be Watson's turn ?

  • lonewarriorram on October 16, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Mishra and Jaidev must get in place of Ashwin & Ishant. India must stop project Ishant immediately to save their batsman. Ishant made Vinay look much better than he is. Ashwin must be out too so that he can sort his bowling issues. On current form Mishra is a better bowler and an improved batsman. Of-course both Ashwin and Mishra are below club standard fielders.

  • on October 16, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Please exclude Vinay Kumar and Ashwin, get Jaidev unadkat and Mishra into the team. Ashwin lost the variations in his bowling and Vinay kuamr don't know how to bowl.

  • VenkyN on October 16, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    It has become fashionable to call the Indian batsmen as weak against short pitched bowling. The reality is that nobody likes quick short bowling directed at them. In this particular game, the top order in fact played pretty well, and it was the short selection that let them down. Rohit prodded at one outside off, Raina went for a swipe over midwicket and so on. Only Dhawan and Dhoni got out to real wicket taking deliveries. The reason was pressure, pure and simple, due to chasing a large score, and some good bowling, and had nothing to do with short pitched bowling, or the inability of the Indians to cope with it. In fact, in this current team, with the exception of Jadeja and Raina, most of the others can play the short delivery quite competently, though the latter is improving in that regard as well. Rohit and Dhoni in fact revel in punishing it, and Virat, Dhawan and Yuvraj are not bothered much by it.

  • on October 16, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    My playing Xi will be... 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Jaydev Unadkat, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Vinay Kumar

  • vijayNaidu on October 16, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Drop Vinay kumar & Ashwin please include Jaydev Unadkat & Amit Mishra Reason for this is Ashwin is not able show much serious impact on Aussies batsman so let's have a go to Mishra. Vinay kumar is not international pace bowler he will be best fit for domestic level only.

    My playing Xi will be... 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Jaydev Unadkat, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Ishant Sharma

  • BatsmanWhoBowls on October 16, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Everyone out there waiting for Miss-the-pitch-Mitchell to turn up, I predict you will be waiting a while. Watch Johnson's action. Watch it closely. It's the same, for the first time in his career, consistently. Finally, he's got his action repeating over and over. The nature of his action, slinging as it is, and the amount of pace he generates, means that he will bowl the occasional rubbish delivery. That's the nature of the beast; Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar, Jeff Thompson, Shane Bond, Andy Roberts and other express pacemen were all the same. But an entire test match of awfulness, ie Brisbane 2011, isn't something I expect Johnson will produce again.

  • Harmony111 on October 16, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Aus manage to win one game vs India in several months and some ppl again start their scooter of Aussie pace attack. The fact is that even in the 1st ODI & even with Mithcell's high quality bowling, India were well on their way to chase the target when Kohli & Raina were going solidly. The match was well within India's grasp at that point but Raina had a sudden brain freeze & India lost the momentum form that point onwards. Reading too much into the 1st ODI's result is over-analyzing, nothing else. Aus did well to score 300+, India were doing well too but lost wickets at crucial moments & so lost the game. Aus did bowl well & more than Mitchell's, it was Doherty who should be praised cos he just did not allow Kohli & co to get any quick runs, that put the real brakes on in the middle part of India's batting. But the problem with the Aussie fans and some Ind fans is that the moment they see a 150+ ball, their old superiority/inferiority complexes come out.

  • ali66dmch on October 16, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    because of ipl all of india's ground are now becoming so familiar to others.... and sometimes making them guest to their own venue as in jaipur..:p

  • vijayNaidu on October 16, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    As expected Indian batsman struggled against top class bowling from Aussies team. BCCI isn't taking any actions on pace bowling options. This is the serious burning factor for Team India. I don't know why vinay kumar getting these many chances, instead of him give a go to Jaydev Unadkat. He can perform better than him.

  • Harmony111 on October 16, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Aus manage to win one game vs India in several months and some ppl again start their scooter of Aussie pace attack. The fact is that even in the 1st ODI & even with Mithcell's high quality bowling, India were well on their way to chase the target when Kohli & Raina were going solidly. The match was well within India's grasp at that point but Raina had a sudden brain freeze & India lost the momentum form that point onwards. Reading too much into the 1st ODI's result is over-analyzing, nothing else. Aus did well to score 300+, India were doing well too but lost wickets at crucial moments & so lost the game. Aus did bowl well & more than Mitchell's, it was Doherty who should be praised cos he just did not allow Kohli & co to get any quick runs, that put the real brakes on in the middle part of India's batting. But the problem with the Aussie fans and some Ind fans is that the moment they see a 150+ ball, their old superiority/inferiority complexes come out.

  • Qa_ankit on October 16, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    I have always liked Jhonson. He is fast and furious. To be very frank i think it was Jhonson you made Ind. batsman to play on backfoot. His fearless approach and his bombs were too good to handle by Indians. And so they were plundered by other bowlers who made their plan work. Great effort. But i would love to see Indian team playing more in Jaipur. As this is the nearest wicket they will get similar to Aus, Eng, SA or NZ. There is no excuse for the failure. You have to adapt it.

  • on October 16, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    The Indian batting failed to perform in one match and already people are labeling it as weak. It's just one match, these things happen in sports. I'm sure they'll hit back strong. But there definitely need to be some changes int he bowling line up (Ishant and Vinay) as they haven'y performed collectively as a unit for a long time.

  • John_zeena on October 16, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    hy I think BEAR (Cameron White) is gd form again.he had made 8 50's on this last 10 inn. i think he is best player for no 5.

    plz consider him back , as we all knows he's a game changer.

  • sachin_paul on October 16, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    The deciding factor for this match will be whether Mitchell Johnson turns up or not. If it is his erratic self, India will probably win easily. Australia need to make one change to their batting , I feel. Out goes Glenn Maxwell, in comes Callum Ferguson. Its all fine having Maxwell if your top order fires, but if it is 100-4 , Maxwell wouldn't be of much use. And Bailey is really turning out to be a gem of a batsman. The test team would be much better off with him (instead of Hughes/Khawaja) and Finch (instead of Warner). For the Gabba test, Australia should go - Finch, Rogers, Bailey, Smith (back up Ferguson) , Clarke (back up Voges), Watson (back up Hughes), Haddin (back up Hughes again), Johnson (useful batsman + match winner), Siddle, Harris, Lyon

  • sivaganeshan on October 16, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    It is obvious that Indian national team don't have the quality in bowling department as Aussies , but we managed to deal with deep batting line up in last 2-3 years. Always we go for part timers who managed to take wickets with some drippy deliveries. Its so deceit that India so better than Aussies but this series is the one to prove something unreal.

  • on October 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    king of Pacing. ...............I loved to watch that talent....

  • on October 16, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    try ashwin to play in top order.... he can be useful and can contribute some runs quickly and release the preasure of other dominating batsman

  • shashi_dhoni on October 16, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Every one knows how jaipur wicket behaves ,,,, If dhoni decides to play ashwin again he will leak runs.... My playing 11 will be... Rohit , dhawan, kholi , yuvi , raina, dhoni , raydu , jaddu , vinay , bhuvi , ishanth, ... Jaddu is more a bowling allrounder ... he is not fit for number 7 .... we want seven quality batsmen to overcome such a strong bowling attack..... yuvi & raina is capable of finishing 10 overs less than what ashwin conceeds....

  • cricketfan1 on October 16, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Where is our (India's) Mitchell Johnson..a.k.a Umesh Yadav? Is he injured or victim of politics? Dhoni..u need to answer to India Fans..who is better, Ishant or Umesh?

  • on October 16, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    @Surendra Hegde on (October 16, 2013, 4:28 GMT):

    Agree with you. By the way ALL OZ players, except Haddin, is (or, had been) part of one IPL team or the other.

    Moreover this is RR Fort. In OZ team, there are TWO big guns from RR. Dhoni's team has none!

    It is clear, as you said, OZ team seems to have a better "Home Advantage". All their 4 fast bowlers and the support pacers will relish the pitch. Indian batsmen can use this ODI for training to face fast & spinning balls, as a preparation for their tour to SA, England, NZ, and later to Australia.

    Good luck to India, in their pre-tour camps, organised with the help of Cricket Australia. Thanks CA!

  • popcorn on October 16, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    The so-called Number One ODI Team is running scared to play in their own backyard? Tut,tut.

  • on October 16, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    I too agree on Vinay's Selection.... He is not an International material..He is good for IPLs and may be T20 Internationals.

  • on October 16, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Everybody is only talking about weak Indian bowling ,batting also does not seem to be convincing!

  • on October 16, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    I think India should not make any changes to the team even though they have lost the last match with a huge margin. The Captain and the Coach should instill the confidence and improve the morale of the players. I am sure the same players will do better in the 2nd ODI. Yuvraj should complete his quota of 10 overs which will make the pacers to share the balance 20 overs. Ishant should not give any width to the Aussies and concentrate on the short of length bowling to make the Aussies batters struggle to go for their normal shots. Buveneshwar Kumar could be a key to pick some early wickets especially Finch and Watson to slow their pace of quick scoring. Ashwin carrom ball is very predictable now a days and he should prefer to bowl normal off-breaks instead.

    It will be an interesting tussle. I expect more from Raina and Dhawan.

  • on October 16, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Most of Australians had played lot of cricket in India in recent times so India has less home advantage ,will be a difficult series for India .

  • sweetspot on October 16, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    "Hopping and jumping"? Which Indian batsman was hopping and jumping playing Aussie "pace"? Even the tailend Kumars didn't have much of a problem. Sure, they weren't smashing them, but this isn't by any measure a menacing pace attack. The Aussie bowling was fantastic in the first ODI, and good bowling almost always gets results, unless the surface is a true bounce flat wicket with set batsmen willing to play shots all around.

  • MichaelBurton on October 16, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    @Manoj: Ind definitely will come hard at Ausies in next 6 matches. This Ausie team is not understrength anyway. They have used all most all free scoring batsmen. Cleark wasn't playing good recent times. Don't always bash Ind with baseless comments though some Ind fans do this more frequently in SL forums.

  • apki100 on October 16, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    As long as Vinay keeps playing the team has no chance.To call him a bowler is the biggest joke, the handful of wickets that he has got are the tailenders throwing their bats around. Aussies will have such bowlers for b'fast.

  • on October 16, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    India needs to bring Yuvi back at no 4 and raina should come after Dhoni, Jadeja needs to be dropped he just cant bat on crunch situations, irfan pathan is a far better batsmen than jaddu and he can swing the ball as well. He just cant stay in the team for his bowling and fielding abilities. If he claims to be an all rounder he should prove that he can bat consistently if not drop him ASAP.

  • ARJUN217 on October 16, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Who's this writer just a loss not gonna destroy the confidence of the indian side. Ausis Brace for another indian batting storm. i think a change needed dhoni can open the innings rohit should bat at no. 6.

  • Nampally on October 16, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    It looks like India will play unchanged XI, with unchanged batting order & unchanged bowlers. Dhoni is daring the Aussies to repeat the same score at the risk of being 0-2!. In order for India to win, Dhawan should give India a great start & should bat thru' the innings. He is a fast scorer who has played confidently so far. The rest of the Indian batting is unpredictable. The Jaipur wicket is lively.Johnson & his pace mates will just revel. This wkt. also gives a fair chance to spinners like Mishra who unfortunately is not in the XI. Shukla was excellent on this wkt. in IPL. Faulkner, Watson & Maxwell know the pitch. So the Aussies start with confidence of being 1-0 and playing on a familiar turf. Ashwin nearly won the game for Chennai here with his batting & all CSK players know this pitch as well. So it is going to be an interesting battle. If Ishant clips his wild hair, he will bowl better- using his head. Unfortunately Ishant & Vinay will decide the result as they did in ODI #1.

  • jiten27 on October 16, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    We should let two more seam bowlers this time Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat instead of ishant sdharma and ashwin. ashwin seems fail to take the wickets, jadega has neck of taking wickets. nothing to loose.

  • contactmnr on October 16, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    MR. Ranjoe, Pls watch the match and performance before posting any comments about VINAY KUMAR.Vinay is far better than the Ishanth Sharma for your information. Before commenting think.

  • on October 16, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    @Venu Gopalan on (October 15, 2013, 15:24 GMT) :

    Amit Mishra in place of R. Aswin ? Yes, certainly. But Yadav is NOT in the 15 selected for the first 3 ODIs.

  • on October 16, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Virat can change the tide on the Aussies with his grit and unparalleled skills.

  • on October 16, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    India Team Bowling Group's friendly business motto goes something like this: WE GUARANTEE YOU A MINIMUM 120 RUNS IN THE LAST 15 OVERS. IF WE DO NOT DELIVER, NO QUESTIONS ASKED; MONEY RETURNED".

    The point is, we just do not have bowlers for the last 10 -15 overs. Even our good bowlers like Bhuvi goes for runs during that period.

    By the way, almost all the indian pacers seems to ask; "What is a Yorker? Some one from New York? An NRI?"

  • dunger.bob on October 16, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    One thing I've noticed about the probable Aussie team is that there is very little cover if one or more of the front line bowlers gets injured or cops a pasting. As far as I can see, there's only Maxwell who could bowl a few overs if needed. .. Maybe Voges in a real pinch. India could use that to their advantage by targeting one bowler and try to hit him out of the attack, thereby exposing the soft under-belly of our bowling.

    Anyway, good luck to both sides and let's have a clean, hard fought battle with both teams playing some really good cricket.

  • wellrounded87 on October 16, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    @Posted by Mandu Bharadwaj on (October 15, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

    You are kidding right. Bailey better than pup? So you're saying a bloke with a first class average in the 30's is better than one of the top 3 batsmen in the world? You need to ease up on the crazy pills mate.

    I don't even like pup but there's no denying the fact that he's easily the best batsmen Australia have and one of the best in the world right now.

    This is an understrength Aussie side, a full strength side would have Harris in for Faulkner or Johnson. Warner in for Hughes and Clarke in for Voges.

    But i do disagree with Manoj. I think it's silly to start bashing India or praising Australia because of one match. I still think India will win this series. But Australia have shown they're not the easy beats many Indian fans were thinking they'd be.

  • arnie66 on October 16, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Here are Ishant's stats...Economy rate of 5.63 in ODIs and 8.63 in T20. As for averages, 37.99 in tests, 30.29 in ODIs and 50 in T20s. These are stats after 89 innings in tests and 65 in ODIs. When there are so many bowlers available like Ishwar Pandey, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Shammi Ahmed, Uadkat, Mohit Kumar, why does India persist with him ? Sometimes the actions of Dhoni and the selectors are totally confusing !

  • OneEyedAussie on October 16, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    I would think the first step to producing decent fast bowlers would be to cultivate surfaces that at least offer them mildly favourable conditions. I feel sorry for Ishant - trying to be a fast bowler in India is really like being on a hiding to nothing. Why would anyone want to do it?

  • Nerk on October 15, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Ishant has been out of form for a long time now, which is sad because he has/had the potential to be a really good bowler. I think part of the problem is that he has to lead the pace attack, where he should be the young speedster bowling fast rather than the old, experienced war horse. Australia played really well in the first game, but the middle order still makes me nervous, and if the top order fails...

  • landl47 on October 15, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    India certainly couldn't be accused of preparing a wicket to suit their own bowlers in the first game and if this wicket has more pace and bounce it will suit Australia even better. The Indian bowling is so ordinary at the moment that their batsmen are being put under too much pressure against a useful, but hardly lethal, attack. Only Bhuvi Kumar and Jadeja looked as much as tidy in the first match; Vinay Kumar is just a trundler and Ishant and Ashwin are right out of form.

    I still like India for this game and for the series, because they have solid batting down to #7 and players like Kohli, Raina, Yuvi and Dhoni who are experts in this format, but another Indian bowling display like the last one and I'll begin to rethink my forecast.

  • KeepitHonest on October 15, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    Oh GOD, more bowling torture - retire Ishant ASAP, bench Ashwin ASAP, drop Vinay. Get Zak ASAP, try Praveen Kumar, maybe Unadkat/Mohit. Spin with Rasool. BATTING - get P.U.J.A.R.A. in URGENTLY!!! Does Dhoni have the guts to tell Pujara he is not fit for selection because he hasn't played 50 ODI??? What a JOKE. Stop the #4 madness.

  • on October 15, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    WAITING for another game....

    .best ofluck AUSSIES... hoping easy win with in form johnson faulkner finch baley maxwell mckay in team......

  • on October 15, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    India should win this series at least 5-2 to remain respected around the world..

  • Kirk_Levin on October 15, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    after the thumping indians got at the last match, they will get back to playing it safe; slow turning pitches to help their bowlers/batsman's. just wait and see. indians have yet to win a series in aussie or learn how to face pace and bounce, because it's not natural to them. keep scoring runs on concrete tracks mate.

  • linguboy on October 15, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    @JustIPL: First of all India doesn't need to win 6-1 to keep the NO.1 Ranking, Its Australia who need to win 6-1. India need to win it 4-3 to keep their ranking intact. Anyway thanks for your concern about Indian Cricket though!!!!!!!

  • gauravm5 on October 15, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    ISHANT sharma made his mark in international cricket with pace which he dropped later saying "line and length are more important" and now this guy doesn't have pace, line, mength, swing & seam and still called India's spearhead

  • Clavers on October 15, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    When was Mitchell Johnson's last bad bowling performance? November 2011 against South Africa by my reckoning. He has improved the consistency of his performances markedly over the 23 months since and I don't think he is getting enough credit for that.

  • Fijicricket on October 15, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Ishant is trying his best to leave the team but the selectors wont let hime go! Look out for yet another "please let me go home"performance from him

  • TRAM on October 15, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Talk about Ishant's "lacked pace and leaked runs in the two matches against Australia" ?? Why talk about only last 2 matches? What about the 10,000 matches he played before that? Did he EVER take wicket other than the final slog overs?

    Regarding Ashwin, I think what he is doing (wrongly) is not bowling defensive like Jadeja. Jadeja throws so fast and straight, whereas Ashwin keeps flighting even when batsman is on the rampage. He must learn from Jadeja in that aspect, You bowl your flights in spinning track and when the batman is on the defensive. And lets not talk about the rank short / full-tosses coming from both Ashwin and Jadeja. Why dont you guys talk to one Mr. Anil Kumble about bowling "on the spot" every time???

  • JustIPL on October 15, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    It is a very interesting series as both teams are very capable units. Both teams should remain open minded deploying required resources and bringing changes as needed. Both the teams can win a given day. Finch or Johnson will not come good in all seven matches. While aussies are a bunch of players coming together, India are also coming with a lot of practice in the limited overs cricket. Furthermore, aussies have experience of playing for indian domestic teams in india and will use that experience to good effect. India need to win 6-1 to keep their ranking which is really uphill task and cannot be achieved by targeting the ranking only but by performing to their best ranking can be preserved. Otherwise, indian fans will be disappointed and leave the stadiums like they did in the tests.

  • dinedk on October 15, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Pls dont try one player with 50 matches or so to prove his credibility. Just 4 or 5 matches are enough to prove one good player. We have enough resources available in stock. Team India should try and change the players then only we can produce a well balanced team.

  • dinedk on October 15, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    i dont know and only god knows why Ishant is in the team. In India If the team is fixed then they do not wan to alter the same. Team India needs to change strategy to change and adopt new players then only we can produce a good team. They dont want to change because if the new come performs well then the it will be a nightmare for the existing players ........

  • Ranjoe on October 15, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Ishant seems to be sure of his place so not seeing much effort from him and so any imporvement. Not sure why Vinay kumar can even be considered international level. We can atleast get a kid in his place. And pls no NEHRAS, MUNAFS,PRAVINS

  • CricketChat on October 15, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Unless Indian can contain Aussies, they should be prepared for another pasting. They must get wkt taking bowlers while getting rid of expensive and ineffective Ishant, Vinay and Ashwin.

  • on October 15, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Umesh Yadav and Zaheer Khan should be back, soon. I still find Ravindra Jadeja very over-rated. India should play another spinner.

  • SRV_india on October 15, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    I too sure that india will go unchanged for this match and is expected to lose comprehensively

  • SRV_india on October 15, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Guys, What about the inclusion of Vinay kumar, the great speedster.

    In the last match, he finished with figures of 68 runs of 9 overs. But the interesting thing is his first 5 overs cost just 21 runs. Also, he had given 4 sixes in 2 overs for the australians.

    Seems, india always want to chase big runs in any match.

  • PPL11 on October 15, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Ishant is possibly worst thing happened in past 5 years, god knows why Nehra, Munaf, Pravin is consistantly being ignored for the place of Ishant

  • on October 15, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    we need victory rather than veeru , our team ll come back

  • on October 15, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    ODI cricket is incomplete without veeru.HE does not need form to prove how good is.!!..he can back in form any time..viru should b selected..

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on October 15, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Well has very very stong batting line up. they should call in Munaf patel or Ashish Nehra, Even Zaheer preformed well agains WI A. Why did don't bring him in. As for as Australia is conceroned, they should use the same strategy. Mitchel Jhonson and Mckay is their key bowler. and Finch, such a Joy to watch. ! Wisht both team best of the luck. A Cricket Fan from Pakistan :)

  • Ajronald on October 15, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    A un confident man produces too many body gestures - now a days I see too many gestures from Shane Watson. Some one please provide him the confidence. Want to see the care free Watson on fire

  • on October 15, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    The key to India's performance is its bowling.. Though everyone is running with knives behind Ishant i feel this series might also be career deciding for Ashwin....I am an Ishant Sharma fan but it doesnt seem logical to give him a place against the side that can play pacers so so well...In the 1st ODI what really hurt Indian confidence was their front spinner Ashwin been hit through out the whole ground with some impressive front foot and across the line shots...Jaipur should be the decider for Ashwin ,if he cannot perform its best for the time being to let Mishra take the lead...As far B Kumar goes just continue to impress in those earlier overs kid ..you are the future if this Indian side... Best luck India

  • on October 15, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is probably the luckiest bowler in the history of Indian cricket! With all his mediocre stuff, he has played 51 tests and yet, has some of the worst stats! Wonder what Dhoni and the selectors see so special in him :) Anyway good luck India !

  • IndCricFan2013 on October 15, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Fuloria, you still refuse to accept Raina as #4 in Indian lineup? or just copy paste issue?

  • VVSR92 on October 15, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Ishnath needs to be bowled out before death if he is to have a future in odi cricket. he doesnt have the skills or application to bowl in death overs but is an effective option upfront.Ind should review his place before giving him a further longer run

  • strikeforce2003 on October 15, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Another victory for Australia on the horizon, on a livelier wicket at Jaipur it seems..unless, Aussie bowlers start bowling astray

  • samincolumbia on October 15, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Ashwin should try a new variation, ie do a Murali. Pause and chuck. Hopefully, the umpires will look the other way, like they did with Murali.

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    C'mon Rohit. When you will be an adult?

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Why everyone here shouting Ashwin Ashwin!! y everyone want ashwin to b dropped?? is it because he leaked some runs in T20?? is it because he gave some runs in first two overs in the last ODI?? or is it because he is from tamil nadu?? This is called regionalism! U want a performing player to be dropped as he is from chennai. Currently he is the best spinner in india. Getting few wickets against Zimbabwe dosent make mishra a great bowler. Ashwin might have gone for runs in the first two overs of the last match but did u know how he came back? at the end of the match, his economy rate was lower than that of yuvi. Another guy here want U Chand to be groomed at no.4 instead of raina. Dosent it seem something foolish! I'm not supporting to groom raina at no 4. But U Chand is too young. He need to establish himself in domestic ciruits first. then only he can knock the door into national team. He cant be given a straight entry as he is from delhi. The only change now needed is shami for ishant

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Good experiance for indian batsmen. Quality pacers on wickets which looks more Australian. Hope all the matches are played on wickets like the one in Jaipur .Teams with good fast bowlers always do good in India. Australia, Pakistan and the westindies of mid 80's are classic examples. INDIA, Where r the fast bowlers, where r the swing bowlers?.

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @Manoj Thibbotuwawa

    So called over-hyped champions has best win/loss ratio(2.04) among all countries since 1.1.2011 till date. Next team has W/L ratio of 1.57. It raised even better in 2013 to 2.83 with 6 losses in 23 matches. Do you still believe a fake?

    SL has 1.05 but highest in terms of playing ODIs(83). SL had poor record against IND having won 3 out 15 since 1.1.2011. Is this also a fake?

    What makes you find under strength or full strength? IND has strength whether it was full, half, no strength, U19 or A team , they hammered SL in every part of the world.

    I don't have say in Aus Selection but I feel this so called under strength side is much better than Ashes side. Bailey is better than Pup. If they won 1st ODI, they have the reason. But what makes you to put rash comment?

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    drop vinay and ashwin bring unadkat and mishra

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Play the damn third spinner.. Two seamers are enough to leak runs..

  • Charlie101 on October 15, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    India is at home and the no 1 team in ODIs - I can not see them losing the series so I expect India to come back with a win in this match. The early talk of a whitewash by India was just stupid and it was always going to be a hard fought series.

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Aussies have the firepower in their bowling. add to this their variety. add their line and length. add India's inherent falliability to left arm over. add the hop and jump at short stuff and fishing at outgoing deliveries. Final answer to this "sum" may be 6-1 for OZ.

  • vigneshvinu on October 15, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Sanjay patel was telling that he would pick the players who has fitness and form,i dont what fitness and form he saw in ishant sharma. You need a bowler who is showing consistency and a one who performs once in a year. Ashwin is bowler who can bat and maintains a run rate how Vettori was doing it for new zealand over the years.

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Ishant sharma is it not time to put him out to rest. He has been one person who always was a promising bowler never a performing one. He is in a way Indias steve harmison

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Which aspect of India will escape NOT being weak? Batting? Bowling? Fielding? Captaincy? None? Choose one. Shall I lock in your answer? Sure? (With apologies to Amitab Bachan)

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I see a lot of SL fans commenting on these forums.. Maybe because their team has not been able to give them enough to cheer about against India except that one '160 run victory' which will be in their memory forever. Need Burnol? LOL...

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Selectors shud now realize the importance of pace bowling, Ishant n Vinay are not international materials, while Shami n Unadkat are another 130-135kph bowlers with no big variations....if not UMESH atleast they cud have selected Rahul Shukla who is also a fiercy pacers operating in 138-145kph bracket....

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    "Jaipur fort is impregnable"; Watson & Faulkner would say. These two were two formidable soldiers who defended RR's Jaipur fort, with distinction (with bat and /or ball).

    It will be a miracle, if India wins, Of course, miracles do happen. Hope, at least everyone will come out without any injury, PLEASE!

  • Rajas-Page on October 15, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Why isn't Mishra or Ojha is getting Chance in the Playing XI when they are already proved. All the CSK players are been given chance. This is not at all a fair decision. Ashwin badly needs a rest and no variation at all rather amit or ojha can be variety. how many years you will keep them in bench? unfair selection.

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    It is SHOCKING to see Ishant in the line up. And surprising, that Mishra is NOT played in place of Ashwin.

    IF...IF...IF Ashwin is absolutely "non-droppable" (whatever may the reason behind or logic for the same), please give Ishant's spot to Mishra. Mishra will be far more effective than Ishant, with this OZ team.

    By the way, Ashwin, I WAS your fan, pl prove my current assessment of you wrong, for India's sake.

    The only hope is that as of now, this is Cricinfo's "Guess-work Team"; and not team management's team. Hope to see Ishant out ; and Mishra in. At least after the toss! Better late than never!

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    I think Amit Mishra in place of R. Aswin and Yadav in place of Ishant Sharma could prove to be more useful.

  • Damian123 on October 15, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Hope to see India walloped and pummeled again! LOL

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Well India are SHORT OF QUALITY PACE BOWLERS at the moment, believe me Unadkat, Shami and Ishant Sharma will get smacked all around the park against any International side.... Why don't they bring back Zaheer into the XI just for match practice??? They should stick for Umesh Yadav as has got some pace at least, Kumar also struggles where the ball isn't swinging as he has absoulutely no variation at all!!!!

  • MohanRagavan on October 15, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Wish India will bounce back strongly . It would be better to use Shami inplace of V.Kumar..so that India Will have two bowlers who could bowl 135kmph..hope for the best .....come on India.....#ODIChamps

  • nainil0683 on October 15, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    I am afraid to say that Ishant is the next Rohit in the team. Whatever he does in the middle, Dhoni will unconditionally pick him each game. Give Unadkat a chance.

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Pace bowling problem for India,yes it has been,but at the moment people need to chill off .Just one loss and people are reacting as if some volcano has erupted .This team has been performing consistently and one loss isn't a worry .And if the pace problem was really so serious for the ODI TEAM,then how did India win the CT in England unbeaten?

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    why all oz,sa and english teams are shoutin bout dust bowls whenever india travel to these countries they prepare green pitches to help their pacers.

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    I would like to see the young suryakant pradhan and sandeep warrier.Especially,Pradhan who is just 19 ,is a left-armer and bowling all-rounder.He performed very well in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 league and List-A.He has an economy of 4.85 after 8 T20s and taken 11 wickets.He also took 7-for in list-a match.Warrier who is quick,needs some international exposure.Ishant is still establishing his place in indian team(he is playing international cricket for last 6 years and is said to have some talent and gets chances due to height).Warrier is also of almost same height and is more accurate.

  • SoverBerry2 on October 15, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    So Mitchel Johnson is planning to get injured for the Ashes by bowling 150+ in an unwanted series!! What a surprise! I think they should rest him for the series...

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    I think its a bit of exaggeration in saying that Indian team showed signs of weakness against pace bowling.I think it was just one bad day for Indian batting.The real concern in my opinion is bowling.It was just one of those days in which our batsman couldn't cover up the mess our bowler made.So its a bit unfair to criticize them for the loss.

  • Albert_cambell on October 15, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Aussies will give another thrashing to this fake No.1 team.

  • sweet2hrme on October 15, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Plz plz no more Aswin now!

  • Cricdew on October 15, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    @Manoj...But these fake over-hyped champions are still way better than so called LIONS........Cricinfo please publis

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    My XI for this match would be : 1.S.Dawan 2.R.Sharma 3.V.Kohli 4.S.Raina 5.Y.Singh 6.M.S.Dhoni 7.R.Jadeja 8.R.Ashwin 9.B.Kumar 10.S.Ahmed 11.J.Unadkat

  • Narbavi on October 15, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    India should stick with the same team, great chance to prove to the world why Ishant doesn't deserve his place so that he can chucked out for good!!

  • manak_18 on October 15, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    @ manoj over hyped true ....but pls may i know why fake

  • Aspraso on October 15, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Amit Mishra who can be a handful for the Aussies is seemingly never in Dhoni's eye scan.

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    it will be close game waiting for that

  • kahvas on October 15, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    So just because India loses one match because of poor performance/team selection, this suddenly becomes a pace test. If that was the case how has India repeatedly won against pace, eg., champions trophy in England. If we win, the pitches will all of a sudden be flat

  • Amar_bw on October 15, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Where is Umesh Yadav? I thought he bowled much better than Ishant Sharma.

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    From the past experiences, I have always seen India bounce back strongly in the next match when they have lost the previous one. But, this time I have my apprehensions. The match is being played in Jaipur which was one of the spicier wickets during the CLT20 with the pitch showing more Australian traits than the Indian ones. Raina, Yuvraj are not at all comfortable with the short ball. Somehow seeing the way Rahane is batting at the moment, I feel the selectors missed a trick by not selecting him. He is one of our more technically correct batsmen at the moment. Also Rohit Sharma is not an opener. Makeshift openers are not going to work in the era of two new white balls. We need proper openers. Get Gambhir or Pujara into the side. Present bowling line-up is not capable of taking wickets. Ishant and Vinay are mediocre bowlers whom we are hoping to come good but it will not happen. Where has Praveen Kumar disappeared, why is a fit Zak not in the side? Lots of questions for the selectors.

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 15, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Johnson is the only real quick out of the 4. I wish Australia had another like Shaun Tait or Pattinson here to really get stuck into them ! Hopefully India don't produce complete slow dustbowls as we have seen from the IPL and Champions Trophy fast true tracks can be prepared no problem across the board.

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Please!!!Chuck Ishant out!! Does not deserve a place in this side!!! Unadkat has to come in!!

  • PPL11 on October 15, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    I would pick Shami instead of Ishant but then i am just a cricket fan and not Dhoni and i am 1000% sure Dhoni is going to Pick Ishant !!

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Fake over-hyped champions will be torn apart once again by under strength Ausie team.

  • on October 15, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Just wanna say... am waiting for world champions to come back strong in next match

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  • on October 15, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Just wanna say... am waiting for world champions to come back strong in next match

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Fake over-hyped champions will be torn apart once again by under strength Ausie team.

  • PPL11 on October 15, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    I would pick Shami instead of Ishant but then i am just a cricket fan and not Dhoni and i am 1000% sure Dhoni is going to Pick Ishant !!

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Please!!!Chuck Ishant out!! Does not deserve a place in this side!!! Unadkat has to come in!!

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 15, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Johnson is the only real quick out of the 4. I wish Australia had another like Shaun Tait or Pattinson here to really get stuck into them ! Hopefully India don't produce complete slow dustbowls as we have seen from the IPL and Champions Trophy fast true tracks can be prepared no problem across the board.

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    From the past experiences, I have always seen India bounce back strongly in the next match when they have lost the previous one. But, this time I have my apprehensions. The match is being played in Jaipur which was one of the spicier wickets during the CLT20 with the pitch showing more Australian traits than the Indian ones. Raina, Yuvraj are not at all comfortable with the short ball. Somehow seeing the way Rahane is batting at the moment, I feel the selectors missed a trick by not selecting him. He is one of our more technically correct batsmen at the moment. Also Rohit Sharma is not an opener. Makeshift openers are not going to work in the era of two new white balls. We need proper openers. Get Gambhir or Pujara into the side. Present bowling line-up is not capable of taking wickets. Ishant and Vinay are mediocre bowlers whom we are hoping to come good but it will not happen. Where has Praveen Kumar disappeared, why is a fit Zak not in the side? Lots of questions for the selectors.

  • Amar_bw on October 15, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Where is Umesh Yadav? I thought he bowled much better than Ishant Sharma.

  • kahvas on October 15, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    So just because India loses one match because of poor performance/team selection, this suddenly becomes a pace test. If that was the case how has India repeatedly won against pace, eg., champions trophy in England. If we win, the pitches will all of a sudden be flat

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    it will be close game waiting for that

  • Aspraso on October 15, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Amit Mishra who can be a handful for the Aussies is seemingly never in Dhoni's eye scan.