India v Australia, 3rd ODI, Mohali

Australia steal win with Faulkner blitz

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

October 19, 2013

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Australia 304 for 6 (Voges 76*, Faulkner 64*) beat India 303 for 9 (Dhoni 139*, Kohli 68, Johnson 4-46) by four wickets
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James Faulkner celebrates Australia's win, India v Australia, 3rd ODI, Mohali, October 19, 2013
James Faulkner smashed a 29-ball 64 to set up the win © BCCI
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While lifting India from 76 for 4 to 303 for 9, MS Dhoni had spoiled James Faulkner's figures at the death. Faulkner took it out on Ishant Sharma at the death in Australia's chase. Rarely, if ever, has a bowler lost it so completely while bowling to a fellow bowler. Australia needed 44 off 18 when Ishant was given the ball. Six balls and 30 runs later off Faulkner's bat, the game was effectively over.

Australia's chase had started strongly, but had been suffocated mid-innings, chiefly by Ravindra Jadeja's ten overs for 31 runs. George Bailey and Adam Voges had tried to keep pace, but the asking rate continued to climb. Voges had gamely hung on amid a clutch of middle-order wickets, including his own mix-up with Glenn Maxwell, when Faulkner joined him at 213 for 6. While their partnership lasted and grew, it seemed more a belated and inadequate attempt than a threatening one.

Then Ishant was brought back for the 48th over. If you can apply brevity to carnage, here is what happened. Full and wide, four. Short, six. Length, six. Short, two. Short, six. Short, six. By the time he pulled that last six into a shocked Mohali crowd, Faulkner had blasted 54 off 24, and Australia needed 14 off 12.

R Ashwin conceded only five in the 49th, but the damage was irreversible. Seeing his blinder of a century being nullified by his bowler's meltdown, Dhoni refused to give in. Seeing Faulkner was basically swinging them into the leg side, he put all the four permissible deep fielders there, including two long-ons. He needn't have bothered. With six needed off four, Vinay Kumar delivered a full toss, and Faulkner swung it over all those deep fielders.

One wonders what Dhoni feels seeing his bowlers do what they usually do - lose limited-overs games for him. More than that, one wonders how he manages to keep what he feels to himself when one of his bowlers is going through his latest meltdown. It is hard being Dhoni.

When India batted, he twisted his ankle in the 14th over while turning for a second run. He hadn't even faced a ball. He took treatment, reached 50 off 77, and then accelerated to his ninth ODI hundred in the next 30. Dhoni's favourite territory, the final stage of the innings, was yet to arrive. The Australia captain dropped him first ball of the penultimate over, off Shane Watson. Dhoni pulverized 34 off the final 12 deliveries to end unbeaten on 139, the third-highest score by a No 6 batsman, after Kapil Dev and Andrew Symonds. Even if it was normal service coming from Dhoni, that did not make the innings any less mind-boggling.

The last time Dhoni made an ODI century, in December 2012, he took India from 29 for 5 against Pakistan to 227 for 6. Helping him that day was Ashwin, who was around today as well, showing superb calm in adding 76 for the seventh wicket with his captain. Before that, Virat Kohli had been an equal partner in a fifth-wicket stand of 72, but had fallen against the run of play for his third successive score of 50-plus this series.

Admirable as these twin acts were, they were supporting ones. The stage belonged to Dhoni, who once again showed the entire range of his limited-overs batsmanship - from precisely-judged singles to hustling twos, from deftly placed boundaries to the late, towering sixes. And yes, he turned down three singles in the last two overs with Vinay at the other end.

Dhoni hit one four in his first 67 deliveries. He ended with 12 fours and five sixes. Faulkner's first eight overs went for 33, including just one run off the 46th. Dhoni hung back in the crease at the end, pulling out scythes, slices, slogs, helicopter-swings. Faulker's last two overs went for 32. Between those two overs, the threat of Dhoni made even as experienced a man as Shane Watson bowl two wides.

Before all this Dhoni frenzy, India's specialist batsmen had been roughed up for the second time in three games by Australian pace and bounce, especially by Johnson. But after the Dhoni frenzy, for the second time in the match, Australia frittered away a strong position. A start of 68 for 0 in 12.1 overs became 88 for 3 in 19.1. India's bowlers did well, bringing their side back with tight lines and lengths that squeezed the runs and built pressure.

Voges ran hard and kept hitting the odd boundary, but the game was slipping away from Australia. Queerly, Dhoni handed the ball to Kohli in the 40th over, which went for 18, courtesy Brad Haddin. The wicketkeeper's cameo ensured Australia were not completely out of it yet, despite the big overs Dhoni had managed late in India's innings. As it turned out, while they had Dhoni, India also had Ishant, and Faulkner was ready.

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Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 20, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

India has, and always will have problems finding a proper fast-bowler. Just look at the bowling line-up, zero dedicated Fast bowlers. Not sure why they have never put focus on that, it has always been a team with 11 batsman.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 20, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

There is nothing wrong with the team selection or Dhoni. Players just have to do their part when needed step up and deliver it for the team. I am sure everyone of these guys are capable of it.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 20, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

Ishant can not ball a single Yorker ? I can do it

Posted by android_user on (October 20, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

The way team india perform with the bowl, looks like MSD needs to play 4th odi with 8 bowlers

Posted by android_user on (October 20, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

let speed be the criteria for selection unless there is someone who can swing the ball in the air like bhuvi.For bowlers who are not natural swingers of the ball and prefer to bowl back of a length should be told to work on their speed guns.Do not select bowlers who bowl below 140 and in the same way drop a seamer even if he takes 5 wickets just because he is bowling below 140.This will make them work hard and will benefit indian cricket only.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 20, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

Atleast now Dhoni has to make few right calls in team selection or else he has to take extra burden to win games for India!! Vinay Kumar and Ishant doesn't even fit into my local street team and I don't understand how they are playing for Team India!! Ashwin is out of form so need a break for now and get inform Mishra!! Raina is an IPL player but doesn't fit for team India!! Coming at No.4 with such experience behind him and can't take the responsibility of building the innings? Job is always left for Virat, Dhawan or Dhoni!! When will Raina and Rohit win games for India? Still need 100 more matches for experience?? LoL Rahane and Rayudu who play responsible game should replace those 2 IPL players!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 20, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

Come on Australia u are the best team

Posted by android_user on (October 20, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

Classic ODI game. good to see Australia not giving up till last ball one can feel for MS &Team India. India lost the game in just one over. I guess its time to look for another spearhead head. guys like Ishant, Vinay and to some extent Ashwin do not deserve place in ODI team I dont remember them winning any game for india for a long time, IPL should not be benchmark for team selection. if we can drop Sehwag and Gambhir we csn surel6 drop Ishant anf co. for the sake of team India

Posted by android_user on (October 20, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

aussies did not go after spinners. Dhoni shd go with 3 spinners and 2 fast bowlers. Mishra shd be in d playing eleven. Mishra will turn d ball away frm right handers jst like d way jadeja do. Its time for changes and strong decisions.

Posted by android_user on (October 20, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

I am die hard fan of India, but before that I am cricket fan.... I said earlier that this is w tournament between two top teams..and I had predicted 3-4result in anyone's favour.... I hope the final match is not dead rubber... and dhoni...tips for u 1)mission raina heh....just drop it man...bring in pujara or rahane...2)limit ashwin to tests, atleast for some 6 months..3) never think of ishant again, not even in your dreams....I rather have umesh yadhav,and unadkath instead of ishant and vinay....4)and get your extra openers ready, I think we need back up openers..

Posted by android_user on (October 20, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

why selection commety select Ishant for playing 11.in slog over he fails every time and result India loss match.in last over four 6,one 4is show he was out of form.

Posted by android_user on (October 20, 2013, 2:53 GMT)

I honestly think Ishant should go have a hair cut so he can use his head better at the death overs.

Posted by android_user on (October 20, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

30 runs in an over is a joke and ishant seems to have cracked one. there are no yorkers, no change of pace, no tactics whatsoever. You need to score in excess of 350 runs everytime or else may not able to defend it. Any news on Zaheer Khan, I am missing his yorkers.

Posted by android_user on (October 20, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

The Skipper had almost carried the boat out of Hurricaneous sea BUT it was Ishant who draaged it back there or it was Faulkner who Did so. But it was a great cricket show first from Mr. Cool M.S Dhoni and then Faukner did the act of playimg incredible cricket and snatching the victory from India's pocket just like Kohli did the other day but with few options. Well played Dhoni n Brilliant played Faulker.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 20, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

Dear Joseph, I just watched a highlights reply of this game. At no time what so ever did it show Faulkner showing unsportsmanlike behaviour. I assume the instance you are talking about. Is when he fist pumped when he hit 6 to win the match. What is unsportsmanlike about that. Straight after celebrating with his batting partner Voges. That his team had won the match. Faulkner went around to almost every player in the Indian team. Shacked their hand and thanked them for the match. Their was NO action whatsoever from Faulkner showing unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 1:30 GMT)

That 1 over aside, Ishant bowled quite well in my opinion.

He went for 7 an over, with one over costing 30, take that away and he was quite economical. To pin the loss on him is ridiculous. If we are going to single out a player, we might as well point the finger at Yuvraj for playing a wide one 1st ball or even Kohli for trying to cut an offie who is bowling around the wicket.

He is still potentially India's best fast bowler, he simply needs to regain the form of the 1st 18months or so of his career. Injuries seem to have affected his pace, so he should seek out advice from players like McGrath, Walsh, Ambrose etc. who bowled more so with skill than with raw speed. When he gets it's right, he is unplayable, however it is when he tries too hard to put pace to bounce on the ball is when he fails.

I really, really hope this isn't the last we've seen of Ishant.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (October 20, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

@Joseph Langford, That's rubbish, he is the ultimate competitor. Kohli is like that for them, a nasty competitive character, but it's all part of the game.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 20, 2013, 1:22 GMT)

@Joseph Langford. Got to agree that Faulkner's got this attitude when steps onto the field. He has it with Tasmanna, Hobart Devils, Kings XI & any team he plays for. He gives it to his Aussie mates when he opposes them as well, so it's not limited to when he is wearing Aussie colours. He is very different to his father who was a very good quick bowler who was short short of test class. But he is a talent, no doubt, he can (and has) hit the ball a long way on Aussie grounds, so when in the mood, other grounds would never trouble him when he is in the "zone". Maybe a little humility might help him, but he is young. Not too many mentioned the pounding his last over got from Dhoni either, it takes more than one over to lose a game, & poor Ishant's timing was dreadful.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 1:12 GMT)

This match may be lost in statistics but those who saw it either on TV or live would remember it for long. It was one man MSD against odds who came out at his best. One would not ever see A Batsman teasing mighty Australians by refusing singles. Bailey kept the fire On by giving MSD a chance. However like a Hindi Film tragedy, show belonged to other characters too and Never Say Die Australians won. Great Game.

Posted by class9ryan on (October 20, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

When is the last time you probably saw a 139* not get a man of the match award ? This Australian team has quite a balance, there are power hitters as well as movers of the ball. They could be a tough team to beat in Australia. This team might be a good prospect fr the 2015 W C.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

Why is Dhoni getting so much focus in this article? I mean sure, it was a fantastic innings but surely Faulkner deserves to be given as recognition in the match report, especially given he was MoM for god's sake. Surely Cricinfo ought to be aiming to give credit where credit is due?

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 0:34 GMT)

@Kaidranzer Your analysis is flawed by the assumption that runs scored in sub-continental conditions are worth the same as runs scored in Australian conditions. Which is not the case. Also many of Bevan's key contributions came in bowler friendly conditions. His stand with Waugh vs the West Indies in 1999 in Scotland, his stand vs England in 2003 in South Africa. His innings for the rest of the world vs Asia Dhaka. Dhoni is a subcontinental specialist who I don't recall doing anything remarkable elsewhere. Bevan performed and performed impressively in clutch situations around the world. Dhoni performs at home or on his doorstep.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (October 20, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

I am sorry..but there is no need to feel for Dhoni here. He brought this defeat upon himself by continually picking Ishant Sharma despite his poor performances. It is a different thing to show confidence in somebody, but that 'somebody' needs to have potential. Ishant Sharma was never a limited overs bowler and never will be. He can be considered for Tests if there is enough bounce on the pitch. But limited overs cricket is not his cup of tea. So more than Ishant, I blame Dhoni for selecting him. Dhoni played a mind blowing inning today though.

Posted by JagKhan on (October 20, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

I have always very strongly believed that Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar do not possess the qualities of being international bowlers. And yesterday, they both, yet again confirmed my belief. To be a decent fast bowler you need to have either swing or genuine pace. If you have both then you have the potential to be great. Neither of the two have pace or swing. Ishant just does not learn. He keeps bowling short and gets the treatment. It's about time the selection committee drop Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar. They need to pick Umesh Yadav. The current Indian bowling department is one dimensional. Yadav will provide pace, and even if he does go for runs, he will take wickets. Plus he will add some sort of fear into the opposition as no one likes to face 145km/h+ pace. India need to invest in and manage bowlers like Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav. They have a young swing sensation in Bhuvi Kumar. Military medium bowlers are easy pickings for the batsman. Swing and pace is the way to go.

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (October 20, 2013, 0:04 GMT)

@kaidranzer Feel free to do your own analysis because it will hard to convince you by any arguments we make. I like the strike rate of Dhoni better than Bevan and Dhoni is not part of the greatest ever team like Bevan. If you compare Dhoni to Hussey then Hussey may have the edge but Bevan and Dhoni I think I will vote for Dhoni because of the superior strike rate. Please be impartial and open minded in your analysis and let us know why you feel that Bevan is far better than Dhoni.

Dhoni - http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/28081.html?class=2;template=results;type=batting Bevan - http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/4144.html?class=2;template=results;type=batting

Also the statistics may not give you another picture. Say Bevan's record in Australia. It does not tell in Australia against which team. Sometimes playing against Indian bowlers in Australia can inflate your record. Dhoni's record in Australia means he faced superior Australian bowlers in Australia.

Posted by La_Bangla on (October 19, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

The self Proclaimed Spearhead, Mr. Ishant Sharma, pulled out another defeat from the jaws of victory for his team..

Posted by salil247 on (October 19, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

India lost to Ishant Sharma. Australia were incidental beneficiaries.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

Congratulations to Australia and James Faulkner for winning this match. Awesome hitting by James Faulkner. I hope Dhoni learned a lesson today. It's good to give a decent run to the players, but it doesn't make any sense to keep selecting players who are low in confidence and not performing...

Posted by valleypf on (October 19, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

Joseph Langford And when and by whom were you given the authority to decide on behalf of the rest of us what "The Spirit Of The Game " is?

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

Well done, Sir James! But just look at the batting cards and notice the difference. This was a true team effort from Australia, in contrast to India, who relied on Dhoni and Kohli. To come back like they did after the thrashing in the previous game shows that this Australian team truly believes in itself!

Posted by Number_5 on (October 19, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

@Joseph Langford I am bewildered what actions of Faulkner you have seen that are against the spirit of cricket. Not one person in nearly 600 comments has come to same conclusion and many of these are clearly Indian fans. His celebrations were of no different kind to those of the Indian players when they successfully chased down 360 in the previous game, so it clearly cannot be that. Please enlighten us to what has taken place as I thought I watched the whole game?

Posted by jb633 on (October 19, 2013, 23:00 GMT)

Please India will you include Amit Mishra in the side. I am sure KP is licking his lips at the prospect of facing him next summer. India surely must think about Ojha. IMO he is the best spinner in the country by a distance. He seems to have had a raw deal recently and I am not too sure why. I personally have always liked Ashwin as both a bowler and a cricketer, he is surely worth of some time. I would like to see India bat him up the order and perhaps drop Yuvi or Raina as they seriously need more bowling. It has been apparent for a while that Ishant is out of form but surely calling for his death is sick. India are a good side but they need to think about how they are going to approach the ODI games. I will still back them to win the series but talk of a WC 2015 down under as a cakewalk is surely premature.

Posted by aj_mer on (October 19, 2013, 23:00 GMT)

I pity the way indian bowlers are bowling, the way Ishant bowled today I think club cricket playing guys will also hit him for fours & sixes. I dont know seeing his statisitics why he is in the ODI steup, maybe we should try new guys like shami ahmed, undakat, mohit sharma, P Kumar, Ishwar Pandey. Ishant is thinking he is spearhead of indian bowling. I pity our batsmen they have to work so hard for these bowlers misdoings & then to their hard work goes short because this type of bowling is not accepatable it is utterly nonsense. I dont know what this bowling coach is teaching them maybe it is time to replace him too.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I'm impressed with the depth of their batting reserves (like always). Off late, the likes of Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Yuvraj etc. have also added an element of 'won't lose until the end' character. But equally, I'm dismayed at how empty (like always) our bowling cupboard is. Through the 90s and early 2000s, we thought Zaheer, Nehra, Srinath, Kumble, Harbhajan etc. were good for ODIs, but not amazing. We discarded a proven ODI bowler like Agarkar (who probably has the best record among Indians since Kapil Dev), and later Munaf and Praveen Kumar on excuses of pace, fitness etc. But the present attack makes them look like Wasim and Waqar. Regardless of their 'Cricinfo profile' this lot hardly bowls 'fast medium' - a couple of hits makes them rely on slower balls. Their lines and lengths are atrocious, lacking any nous to outsmart the batsman. Those in the bench aren't knocking the door down either, but Shami and Unadkat must get more chances.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (October 19, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

I'm liking the way Australia is building towards the ODI World cup. When you take this squad and add in Clarke, Smith, another batsman, another QUICK bowler and a spinner, it's taking shape nicely.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

i dnt get y india not playing DK instead of rohit sharma and mohit sharma instead of ishant sharma

Posted by reality_check on (October 19, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

I think people are just getting too harsh on I Sharma. Faulkner was in the "zone" and would have hit any bowler. Granted that Sharma should have atleast attempted one Yorker out of the six balls but to just blame him for losing the game is a bit unfair. Yuvraj hit Broad for 36 in an over in first WCT20 but Broad was not vilified for that and eventually turned out to be a much better bowler.

Posted by cricketjazz on (October 19, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

Reality Check India. Back to the days of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Everyone's identified the problem - bowling; time for a change & for the benchers to be tried.

The deeper problems can't be denied any longer. All the playing pitches in India should be 50% conducive to spin & 50% conducive to pace, else we will never see any genuine fast bowlers in India.

The IPL is a double edged sword for India - on the plus side it enables players to make some money & to get new players noticed, also enabling some of the retirees earn a nest egg for their retirement. On the other hand, players from all countries are getting too familiar with our conditions and players and we are fast losing our home advantage. Maybe we should hold the IPL in other countries in rotation, like it was held in SA.

Congrats Faulkner, brilliant, brilliant knock. Tough luck MSD, good hit today, but your obstinacy is losing us games.

Please comment.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

Dhoni selects his favourites at will. I wonder why Ishant gets selected over and over again. He get pummelled; knocked unconscious and still claims he is the spearhead of the Indian attack. He is a joke compared to Junaid, Irfan or Umar Gul. India is even missing spinners with bite. Only Kohli and Dhoni himself deliver consistently with the bat. Why not try out a few big performers on the domestic scene. Why keep giving one particular individual (name withheld, but u know who it is) chance after chance until he finally scores a century some 3 years later. In the meantime, many a promising young player wither and despair in the wings. They will never get to play for their country because Dictator Dhoni wants only his favourites to play. How many runs has Jadeja scored in this series, may I ask. No other team in the world practices favouritism so blatantly. Time the Indians fans expressed their anger and displeasure.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (October 19, 2013, 22:39 GMT)

@joseph Langford I have not seen the incident you are talking about but nobody else has mentioned it either What did he do???

Posted by grumpylefty on (October 19, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

The reporting in this article is disappointingly one sided. For most of the article I was wondering whether the only two people playing in this game were Ishant Sharma (wearing a black hat) and MS Dhoni (wearing a golden crown with a halo above it). Great match and series, and awesome century by Dhoni, but Abhishek Purohit, how well do you know your non-Indian cricketers? Faulkner is not a "fellow bowler" to Ishant - yes both got smashed with the ball, but you imply Faulkner can't bat in order to make Ishant's bowling sound worse. Faulkner is an all-rounder, not just a bowler who got lucky. In the 5th Test v England in August his scheduled position in the batting order was 7, and he was sent in first drop when Australia was chasing quick runs for a reason. Besides Dhoni's and Faulkner's efforts with the bat not much of the rest of the match is mentioned (e.g. India's weakness against pace and bounce finally appears in 2nd-last paragraph), so it's hard to get a real sense of the game.

Posted by kaidranzer on (October 19, 2013, 22:28 GMT)

@KARNAWAT33: I see I hit a nerve there. What I don't see is a counter-analysis from your part.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 19, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

@EnglishCricket on (October 19, 2013, 15:53 GMT) Embarrassed as an English man with your comms. India probably do have a weakness with lack of pace options but have so much strength in other areas.

@Tousif Khan on (October 19, 2013, 16:23 GMT) That's a really horrible comment, Sharma may not be worthy of a place in the side but it's only a game for god sake

@sandy_bangalore on (October 19, 2013, 16:11 GMT) In this sea of egos , your balanced comments stand out like a beacon

Posted by Ajmal_raja on (October 19, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

i have always been a big follower of MSD. he has won numerous matches for india single handedly whether its batting or captaincy....one habbit of sticking to same players and undue favour to CSK players doesn't suite a character like dhoni.....for indian guys, there is a serious note for u guys. india should look for quality death bowling and guys who can hit 140 mark consistently......do it before it gets worst..

Posted by mamboman on (October 19, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

I'm sorry, I thought Australia actually won this game with a strong team effort. All I am reading here is that Dhoni scored a hundred and constant reminders of that incidental detail. Why can't you give credit where it is due, to a resurgent Australian team and not, for once, focus on you constant India-centric coverage?

Posted by hhillbumper on (October 19, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

Dear Indian fans.Your suggestion that such and such player should play county cricket.Why would we want your players when they so obviously can't do it on our pitches? Kumble and Srinath were the last really effective bowlers as for Batsman that would be Dravid. Your current lot wouldn't be worth a damn though frankly Ishant could get a go at our local village.As long as we are short of some players.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 22:11 GMT)

Congratulations Australia on the win.

Faulkner's talent is again overshadowed by his severe unsportsmanlike attitude and behaviour that he openly displayed in Australian colours at the end of the game. This disgusting infantile behaviour is obviously still condoned by the Australian Cricket Board.

I don't care how good you are with the bat or ball, I wouldn't even have Faulkner in a state team if this is the way he chose to openly behave on the sporting field.

These continual displays by Australians that are against "The Spirit of the Game". Unfortunately I believe the only manner that this can be stopped is by changing the rules so that umpires can award penalty runs to the opposition as seen in Section 42 of the Laws of Cricket, and that the game cannot be awarded cannot be awarded until all players have left the field.

Posted by angel19 on (October 19, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

i`m shocked and still surprised that DHONI hvnt get the Man Of The Match

Posted by born2DIE on (October 19, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

I am feeling pity for Indian bowlers, on flat dead pitches and small grounds they're only playing to support their batsmen. I guaranteed that on fast, lively pitches they have the potential to crash any team...

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

What an amazing ODI match! Unbelievable relentless hitting by the Aussies. If Dhoni's onsluaght was not enough, Faulkner stole the show. You gotta feel for Ishant, maybe its just the surname "Sharma"...(spanking hard at rookie meidoicre athletes)....Chetan, Rohit & now Ishant....

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

poor bowling by indian fast bowlers they even cant defend 300 hundreds runs and india need good bowlers in the end like Gul, Junaid and hat off to dhoni master class batsmen and kohli too my fvt batsmen well best of luck for futre from a pk fan ( Girte hai sheh sawar hi maidane jung mein) im confident dhoni will bounce bak inshaALLAH

Posted by KARNAWAT33 on (October 19, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

@kaidranzer: Really? Hmm... Okay. You certainly aren't in you prime, with respect to your mental fitness. Your ability to analyze cricketers' performances and compare them has certainly diminished with age. Are you from the Bradman Era?

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

the Indians should take some bowlers from Pakistani domestic circuit and Pakistan should take some batsmen from Indian domestic.......... both may become unbeatable........

Posted by SherjilIslam on (October 19, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

bring back zak asap, play mishra irrespective of ashwin and get rid of that so called death bowling expert tundler vinay kumar, shami ahmad/unadkat can b given a 4 match run. i would rather see losing a match with new bowlers than those tried and tested rotten ones, and no words for ishant sharma as i think nothing has left to b said for him after dis match

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 21:47 GMT)

Dhoni's wonderful knock was more than matched by Faulkner's matchwinning masterpiece. On the otherhand Dhoni giving Kholi an over and his remarkable faith in Ishant completely undermined India when they had all but won the match.

Posted by kashy1987 on (October 19, 2013, 21:46 GMT)

india have not got pace bowlers who bowl 90mph reguary

Posted by VivGilchrist on (October 19, 2013, 21:44 GMT)

So Dhoni batted brilliantly and Sharma bowled poorly? Did Australia take part of this game? Seems like this report is purely for an Indian audience.....

Posted by hhillbumper on (October 19, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

@Kaidranzer.Difference is Bevan could do it all over the world and on different pitches. Dhoni is predominantly a flat tracker. Also Bevan developed the one day game with his batting and finishing.

Posted by kashy1987 on (October 19, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

Faulkner you beauty. it only took 1 over in the entire innings to win the game for australia. to be honest india have got the worst bowling line up in the world. all u got to do worses india is bowl first. dnt bat first because india will chase anything down like u saw last game

Posted by alipk52 on (October 19, 2013, 21:36 GMT)

This is an absolutely brilliant hitting by James Faulkner, reminded me of an innings by Abdul Razzaq against South Africa in 2010, This is kind of innings i will remember for long time, what a talent he has, Al-Rounders like him don't come too often, apart from his brilliance, i would also like to acknowledge the master class of Dhoni, He's a kind of captain everyone like to have, a cool, calm, collective personality, delivers task on his own, when others fails, yes he is my ideal, he is an example of true leadership, hope his team man don't waste his hard work in future :)

Posted by Shaggy076 on (October 19, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Australia are now 2-1 against the World Champions and ICC champions at home. Reading all these comments and struggling to find anyone congratulating Australia for there performance. You indina fans were happy with your side winning those tournaments but now you have lost a couple of games it could never be because Australia played better. India were lucky to get to 300 through a Dhoni master piece and Bailey fumble, then the wicket of Watson wouldnt hit another set of stumps but an over zealous appeal from Jadeja managed to change the umpires mind (home town decision if you ever saw one), Finch looked stiff yet Australia won well done. Faulkners hitting matched Dhonis but unbelievable given very little credit as it seems to be only because of the bowling. However when Dhoni does it it is materly batting/. Try and give some credit to the winning.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

Now is there a possibility for BCCI to get back Zaheer khan into the squad??

Posted by Rahulbose on (October 19, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

Another useless bilateral ODI series being played in India. One constant with these series is that they prepare pitches where chasing down 300 is routine. There have been so many of such series played but I can't remember a single one, this one will be forgotten as well.

Posted by Brooksygrll42 on (October 19, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

There's an imbalance in the reporting here! Why is it that Dhoni's assault on the bowling is all due to his god-like skill, yet Faulkner is given virtually no credit for smashing 30 off one over to effectively win the match? The report and the comments are all about how abysmal Ishant Sharma's bowling is. Give some credit where it is due - Faulkner's effort, under pressure and with the match on the line, was very impressive. Or should I be writing about what a terrible bowler he is....? After all, he got pulverised by Dhoni so based on the Sharma logic, Australia should drop him. Great match and series so far - I watched a cricket show where Sourav Ganguly gave no chance to the Aussies prior to the series starting, saying India were too powerful

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (October 19, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

What an incredible match . There's been lots of criticism about the new rules. particularly that you can't contain batsmen at the death. If it leads to matches having both innings finished off like this I can't fault it. I did like the fact that quite a few wickets fell too.

Posted by kaidranzer on (October 19, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

@KARNAWAT33: Please don't favor Michael Bevan over Dhoni just to give the impression of being a connoisseur. Compare their records, reputations and the impact on their opponents. Dhoni beats Bevan in all aspects except the fact that Bevan's average is 1 more than Dhoni's. However, Dhoni's strike rate of 89, 15 more than Bevan's, more than makes up for it. I have watched both the players in their prime and their lows, Dhoni outclasses Bevan in every way possible. Also as their overseas records indicate, both were equally vulnerable in away conditions.

Posted by mzm149 on (October 19, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

Well played Faulkner!!! Congratulations Australia on winning the match even after two poor umpiring decisions.

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 19, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

Some wonderful comments from Pakistani friends here...nice to read it...thank you guys...if only we had one or two bowlers like in your team...we would have been a different team right now.....

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 19, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

Right now we need a complete overhauling of our pathetic bowling attack...Umesh yadav for Vinay, Zaheer/unandkadt for Ishant and Bhuvi should be in the squad....For spinners maybe Tambe/Mishra....Aus have a weakness for genuine spin bowling...Ashwin has lost his edge for sure the Aussies are reading him well...Mishra/Tambe will be ideal.... I would also like to see Mohit...we are losing only because of our bowling nothing else...

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 19, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

@Zerian Khan: Nice to see some positive remarks from a Pakistani fan and thanks for that. Bro, since India and Pakistan are 'brothers' in a way, how about loaning us some of your fast bowlers ? :) We could definitely do well with a Mohammed Irfan and Junaid Khan right now.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (October 19, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

When Fawkner won the caulfield cup yesterday, I said to my boys that is an omen for young Faulkner tonight in India, how did he go?

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Umpire blushes saved by Aussie win!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 19, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

@timbeau: You got a point. But, the difference is Faulkner doesn't get smashed every single time he bowls, Ishant does. This is why Dhoni's innings was truly special and BETTER than Faulkner's. ANY batsman with half a talent can smash Ishant Sharma with ease. Ishant is at par with club level bowlers and I don't want to see him wear the blue jersey of India ever again.

Posted by prinloves on (October 19, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

India should think about a new bowling unit rather than playing with these (Vinay, Isharma and Aswin) bowlers. in all 3 matches Aus scored more than 300 and bowlers still not learned their mistakes, then why should we continue with these players?? lot of youngsters want to perform and our captain is not ready to give chance to them. Still i don't understand why Dhoni is backing Ashwin whose performance is below average.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Why only ishant. Indian entire bowling line up lacks the threat that Indian batsmen have for other teams. Thanks to bad decision of getting Shane Watson out on a ball clearly missing leg stump, that India could came close to win the match.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

where r praveen kumar and rp singh

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

Congratulations Australia on a hard-fought victory.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

Dhoni is shame on name of cricket.... Iam an Indian and i still support any other Team against India .only reason is non deserving playes playing in Indian team.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

What a match of cricket, Loved it. well I am a Strong Pakistan supporter but Dhoni w/out doubt is the best captain around so for those who are talking bad about him should reconsider the love for cricket. Other than that Australia performed very well today. Ishant should not be playing cricket, he is just over rated. I think my Indian brothers get too exited about certain players (thanks to bollywood's IPL). Please India do something about your bowling for the love of cricket. Congrats Austaralia but overall thanks to both teams for a great cricket match.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

why not bring back praveen kumar and rp singh ...these two r also good

Posted by BravoBravo on (October 19, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

Besides, all hype, tantrum, and bad umpiring decision (against AUS), AUS won. More appropriate titles of article "IND could not steal the Win" or "IND fail to cause Upset".

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

dhoni doesn't stig on to basics today . bowling with ishant and kohli in those crucial overs are perfect gampling . no good piece of cricket . really horrifying to watch. ..

Posted by likeintcricket on (October 19, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

I am not surprised with the result as bowling of both sides are weak and under such excellent batting conditions they will struggle. India could have achieve the same target in 45 overs. You could only see the true potential of Indian batsman when they play against SA. But I am sure Dhoni and Kohli are true talented players and despite not an Indian fans I love watching their batting but than I also love watching their bowling.

Posted by BravoBravo on (October 19, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

It seems like that AUS lowers their game level while playing to IND as not to upset IND cricketing managers. But they are the real champions, they know how to win the game and series. At the conclusion of this game, I am pretty sure that IND will loose this ODI series besides the heroics of MSD. MSD is a beauty, but he made a mistake by handing the ball to Kohli. Like always, IND will need a scapegoat and some lame excuses to blame it on the bowlers (they did the same thing when they are served 2 consecutive SUPER white washes). Once again it is proven that their batsmen can not survive above average bowling whether they are playing in cozy comfort of their home pitches or away from home.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

Thats where Pakistan is so good cos they have specialist bowlers who can defend even a minor target for their team. Well no hard feelings for Dhoni. He never had a genuine Fast bowler who could bowl in the depth. I still regard Dhoni as one of the best captains India will ever have.

Posted by ssenthil on (October 19, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

The difference here is the one over which Ashwin didn't bowl and was the one bowled by Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma. Had Ashwin bowled all his 10 overs India would have won but a pure captaincy error.

Posted by tinogeorge on (October 19, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

I think india doesn't like bowlers who are able to ball 140Kmph.Guys like Umesh expressed their will to bowl fast .But nobody in Indian think tank likes to support.I am still wondering why all the Indian fast bowlers are dropping the pace and concentrating on their captains mantra ..Line and length without pace.Guys like KP can play reverse sweep against the likes of vinay kumar.

Posted by Lets_Bash_Indians on (October 19, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

How in the world Anyone didn't notice that Ashwin is Overweight,,, Even a blindfolded man can see his the excessive fat around his waist,,,,I can only imagine how had he pass the fitness test.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

@raghuinfo. Ishant and ashwin is not to be blamed?. Blame should go to the guys who made the rules for not allowing fielders outside the boundary rope ( faulkner should have been out to Ishants first ball ). C, mon, the bowling was unadultrated rubbish to say the least.Which old player you want in the team?Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin, ssehwag.what you mean when you say MSD played well today? He was the only one who played well today for India. All the blame on MSD, give some credit to Faulkner!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

A good match for cricket Fans.

Posted by test_cricket_is_real_cricket on (October 19, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

anyone noticed, whenever dhoni scores a hundred, india loses?? ;)

Posted by nasarkhan on (October 19, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

Well, i have always been a fan of MS Dhoni as he, like God, doesn't play with dice. He has always managed batting line-up, a great batsman and a frenzy-injecting captain. His captaincy reminds me of Afridi's captaincy, both are brilliant hitters and just install only zeal and enthusiasm into the rookies in their sides. Well done Dhoni, you shouldn't be blamed, your bowlers are to be but still you did a little wrong in captaincy today by giving over to Ishant with other bowlers having their quota remaining. You just raised the level of respect for you in me, take a bow you great fighter!

Posted by KARNAWAT33 on (October 19, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

This series is getting more intense, interesting and competitive by the minute. What a cracker of a game. Jimmy Faulks played a great hand there, helped by Voges n Bailey. Bailey's drop almost cost us the match. Great inning's by MSD and Virat.

I think BCCI is killing cricket. Flat wickets, fast outfields, small grounds, 300+ totals becoming a joke. Plus, ICC is certainly not helping with the rules on field restrictions.

Caan someone just launch a bid to boycott BCCI. Doesn't matter if the cricketers will earn less, cricket at least will be cleaner, competitive, unbiased (no one pressing for their on the back of MONEY), we can have more transparency in the sport and freedom will be given to the commentators. DRS will be used effectively. Traditional wickets will not be tampered with in foreign conditions. A series won't be curtailed because a player has to retire. And many more things won't happen, whatever goes behind the scenes.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Epic End to the match as well as for the report.....

"As it turned out, while they had Dhoni, India also had Ishant, and Faulkner was ready."

Posted by amarnath79 on (October 19, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

Why is Ashwin in team and not Bhajji? Bhajji is better than Ashwin in one days and 20/20 any time!!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

Guys lets face it Ishant and Ashwin are not going anywhere be aware of that remember they are spear heads of their departments pace and spin.so what is ashwin's figures are 8 overs 50 runs 10 overs 60 runs etc he contributes with bat and that is what MSD wants so he wont go anywhere probably to avoid media glare and public anger Ishant may face axe when squad is announced for next 3 matches dont expect more incase ppl noticed Dhoni acknowledged the fact that bowling is worse solution was using more of part timers so expect raina and rohit to bowl in next game.Time and again it has been proven when the ball does something indians struggle if not for surge of MSD this match was long last and for all my fellow indian friends basking about win in last match just one reminder you guys saw how we struggled batting first had we batted first jaipur we would have lost that too so guys relax and accept Indian team is weak and move on

Posted by timbeau on (October 19, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

so dhoni whacks 45 off the last 16 balls he faces and it is considered a wonderful display of batting. but when faulkner whacks 50 off the last 17 deliveries he faces, it is attributed to bowler meltdown. seems to be some inconsistency here, but it is an amusing conclusion to reach.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

Can Dhoni ever give the opposition any credit? Hell no....He mentioned his bowlers' blunders but did not give faulkner, no 8 any credibility or adam voges for their almost impossible fiasco...and u have people mention Dhoni's brilliant temperament to ward off the situation.....well done mates Great comeback to win an almost impossible game

Posted by A.J.KnightRider on (October 19, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

The way ishant bowled today, he is the only one to blame...... he was gifting Faulkner runs by bowling short balls to him........ God help his career.

Posted by Number_5 on (October 19, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

After unluckily batting first on a highway in the previous game Aus gets a chance to do to India what India had done to them. The gap between the pitches produced for Test matches and ODI's continues to amaze but is producing some fascinating of not batting favored conditions.MS and Virat were sublime clawing India back into the game and then Aus controlled chase paid dividends at the death. Im a fan of Ishant but have been amazed India have not given some 'young blood' a run this series. He has struggled to have any impact like many of the quicks this series but has looked the least potent. Surely with Indias 'riches' of talent there is another quick worth a run? I will do some research on the next venue but have a feeling unless there is a risk of dew in the evening both teams might be keen to send the opposition in if they win the toss. Great series so far lets hope for more to come still.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 19, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

Ishant Sharma and Raina - those 2 jokers don't belong in the Indian team. Raina can't bat against fast bowlers and Ishant can't bowl. Why are these 2 players still in the Indian team?? Why not try a youngster like Shami, Ishwar, or Mohit. Instead of Raina, why not give a chance to Rayudu or Rahane?

Posted by Criketanand on (October 19, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

I don't feel sorry for Dhoni. He deserves this for his silly captaincy. 1st his stubborn stance of playing people unequpped to handle good fast bowling at places they r not suited for. Raina, Yuvraj etc. 2nd adamant stance of not trying Pujara or Rahane for opening slot and sharma at no4 which would appear natural despite win in last game. 3rd sticking to ishant sharma and binay kumar in team despite as boycott would say rubbish bowling 4th stupid captaincy of bowling kohli when main bowlers were bowling okish and could have been persisted with or people like Raina/Yuvraj/rohit could have been bowled as they are better bowlers than kohli. All in all as before whether in win or loss dhoni's captaincy is more luck and strange decisions which lot of times click but lack any logic than brilliant

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 19, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

First of all, well done Faulkner and congratulations Australia. I know it is harsh to pin-point one player but I simply CANNOT see Ishant Sharma playing any more part in this series. I think he has bowled his last over for India in ODIs. Shami Ahmed or Jayadev Unadkat will be his replacement in Ranchi. However, I was surprised at MSD's change of heart when he tossed the ball to Ishant knowing his poor record at the death. It's not as if we have a Malinga waiting to break toes. But Dhoni should have bowled Vinay Kumar or another spinner like a Raina who I am sure won't do any worse than Ishant. Once Australia got the number of runs at par with the balls, they were going to win it without drama. All of India's WORST fears materialized today. Our death bowling has proved to be our DEATH. Thank God this wasn't an ICC knock out game. 4 more matched to go and Dhoni has plenty to think about. Surely, it is curtains for Ishant Sharma.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Please atleast consider zaheer for remaining odi's. He is the REAL spear head and amit mishra surely deserves a chance in playing 11. On ishant : in his 6?? Year carreer just has grown his hairs and not his cricketing brain...!! Well played MSD..!

Posted by Ibrarhunzai on (October 19, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

Dhoni is a such a kind of captain that he will still back his bowlers including Ishant and will try to give him confidence for the next match. Just like he did with Jadeja when he was not performing consistently but was still with the team.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

for most part of the game the Indians dominate.only a few overs including that of kohli played spoilsport. what is worrysome is the captain using a part timer in a crunch situation and not interacting with Ishant when he almost ran out of ideas.Even the best of athletes need a word of guidance and encouragement from their captain or coach in delicate situations.The problem of good bowlers is endemic to Indian cricket and a few selection exercises are not going to do wonders in the near future.But its high time for Dhoni to shed his subtle prejudices and be a little proactive for the sake of Team India.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

Can any one spot our a better fast bowler than Irfan Patan in this 15 member indian squad other. He can contribute with the bat too. He and Jadeja can bring a great balance to the team with 2 bowling all rounders. Who is favoring Ishant sharma ? Dhoni , BCCI or the selection committee? If it is Dhoni then he was rewarded good by Ishan. Forget about his ability with the ball but even with this height if he cannot generate more than 135KPH then what fast bowler he is?

Posted by CricOr on (October 19, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

@Bisauni Chautari. I read this in NDTV "MS Dhoni lambasts bowlers, says can't spoon-feed death bowlers in international cricket" if he has said so, it is cheap for a captain to insult team mates. Present day Indian cricket model like Dravid,Kumble or Tendulkar would not have done that. If comment of Indian captain is true it is a disgrace to Indian cricket(OR should I say BCCI cricket)

Posted by KARNAWAT33 on (October 19, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

@THE FEATURED COMMENT- You are crossing the line here mate. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a great finisher. ONE of the best ever. While playing in India he is phenomenal. BUT, please wake up. Michael Bevan was and is the best finisher in the game.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

i think its time of return for Zaheer Khan, We need atleast 1 left arm medium fast bowler

Posted by sachinisawesome on (October 19, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

@ Sachin_The_Greatest He is a Sri lankan not an australian. Sri lankans can not win against us that's the reason he supports other teams to beat India.

Posted by jb633 on (October 19, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

Jadeja is not good enough with the bat against a quality bowling attack. Technically he looks inept with anything coming at him 140 kph or more. It was funny again to watch Mitch give Raina a working over.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

i strongly feel india lack a death bowler who can not only pick up the tail but even stem the flow of runs at the end the ishant fiasco is nothing new he has been doing this for far too long as in for ashwin dhoni should be fair.. he hasn't been at his best for sometime he should bowl early in the innings to provide the much needed breakthroughs jadeja can always be used in later half of the match and mishra can be picked ahead of vinay kumar blindly coz aussies as we all know are poor players of quality spin.. atleast try him for couple of matches.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

I am amazed how many chances Ishant Sharma and Ashwin are getting inspite of the rubbish they are dolling out in every match. Is it the obstinacy of the selectors or Dhoni or both? India keeps losing matches and even series with this kind of mindset - England test series in India last year was lost because of same inaction. Professional sport has no place for players who keep failing for extended time. Unfortunately in India previous records seem to get more weight in the selection of a player. India ought to drop at least Ishant Sharma now and groom another player for the world cup in 2015. A player who does not have basic intelligence and control to bowl tight cannot be effective even in helpful conditions in NZ and AU.

Posted by reb1 on (October 19, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

Australians are figuring out how to bat on these pitches. With the exception of Kohli, who seems truly exceptional, and Dhoni, it is pretty easy to see how these pitches can create superstars out of good batsmen. When Dhawan plays in Australia, he will likely not be walking out of the crease on fast bowlers. I am sure he has been told that by Mitchell Johnson and Watson.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

they r intetnational bowler bt they dont know how bowled yorker in last over.beter to replace all bowler please.its very shame for us

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

I think MSD did all the right things except for giving ball to Kohli, With available resources at that point in time, Ishant was the only choice available. Players like ishant, Vinay Kumar, Dinda do no justice when you leave some body like Zaheer behind.....

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

cool

Posted by neeraj5336 on (October 19, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

breaking newssssssss its ishant sharma over that change the match if dhoni continue to playing with i sharma then the headlines would be ,......... its ishant sharma that causes india to loose the series

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

There is no point in blaming either batsman or bowler for the loss because both were equally responsible for today's loss. Except Dhoni and Kohli the other batsman seemed to be clueless when short balls were thrown at them. The Indian batsman need to understand that they would be playing on bouncy pitches in the world cup so they have to learn to handle those short balls.

Yes! It's hard for Indian bowlers on batting pitches like these but when fast bowlers dont take wickets upfront when you use two new balls or don't bowl even one yorker then there is a problem. I wonder what the bowling coach is doing. Dhoni yet again showed his critics why he is the best finisher in the world. Dhoni's 139 showed how one has to pace his innings at critical situations. Coming to captaincy part one would agree that giving bowl to Kohli was a big mistake but we can't blame Dhoni for giving Ishant another over because Ishant gave away only 23 runs in his 7 overs. It was Ishant's mistake,not Dhoni.

Posted by saif.h.siddiqui on (October 19, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

O ye Ishant haters, hear me! Ishant is a good guy, with long hair and strapping figure. So what if he is completely useless as a fast bowler, batsman, fielder, generally everything else that matters in cricket? He has a good glare, usually reserved for tail-enders who get caught at the boundary having tonked him out of the park half a dozen times. If Ishant is not selected again, YOU LOT will be the reason that world cricket misses the glare! For the sake of the glare, please stop harping on about an expensive over! How is it Ishant's fault? Couldn't Sir Jaddu have been more economical? Couldn't MSD have scored a few more runs? As I said, it's not Ishant's fault at all......

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

Poor captaincy by both captains, giving the ball to such bowlers like shane watson and faulkner 1st by Bailey and Ishant and Ashwin from Dhoni side... they were consistently leaking runs throughout the match, they deserve to be punished

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

Great bowler ... Ishant Sharma

Posted by PrasPunter on (October 19, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

@Vijay Narayanan, on one hand, you folks complain about that series in 2008 . On the other hand, your administration opposes DRS tooth-and-nail. Can't have cake and eat it too. When decisions go against india, you do a lot of things - threaten to pack bags, get the umpire banned and what not. But when it happens to the other team, well it is truely a part of the game , huh !!

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

even after spending more than six years,a guy cant bowl a yorker,its his moral duty to go to nca and take a temporary break from international cricket. Due to this guy's performance today,and pathetic it was,no youngster wil want to be a bowler. he cant make merry just on ponting getting out to him in 2008. you are by far the worst bowler i have seen.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Perhaps the worst bowling attack in the world.I still don't understand y india keep on playing with Ishant.Dhoni is a legend Respect from Pakistan.

Posted by pull_shot on (October 19, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Every one talking about umpiring its watson is blunder but finch was marginal and he didn't walk when he was out caught by kohli proof: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-australia-2013-14/content/story/680625.html

Posted by yvivekcb on (October 19, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

@Bladerunner: Your mediocre SriLankan (Club) Team cannot win even 1 series against India & you want to express that anger over here. Shame on you. By the way what are you doing here on a India / Australia series? Go and train your club team to beat at least a Ranji team. Pathetic...

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

this comment is especially for Lankan fans.... these guys( I guess only one guy, May be more) should remember that this pathetic spineless bowling attack defeated you in your own backyard,in our back yard, on aus, in England..well everywhere for that matter.... is that that your batting is soo less than club level that u hot beaten by our club level bowlers??? one should think of their eligibility to comment here..... jealousy is not allowed here....ciao

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

well played India

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

sachin_The_Greatest : FIRST of all Blade-runner is not Australian...he is from a country which we beat everytime we met...yes he is from Lanka....

Posted by theRule19 on (October 19, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

Time and again..Ishant shows that he is not fit for this team..Wonder why Dhoni and the selectors persist with such a non-performing bowler. Vinay Kumar also does not seem a great choice either and barring B. Kumar..India really has to strengthen their bowling department..there are some serious issues with that. Death bowling lacks zeal and variations. Bowlers just do not use their minds how bowl tight and look for wickets..simply get wickets by luck. With such a pathetic bowling line up..no matter how good the batsmen perform..they will still be short. Some serious thinking needs to be done by Dhoni and selectors as to who should play next.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

1) Though a good player and clever captain, Dhoni's partiality towards few players still continue. This is where he is way behind Ganguly, as a captain. 2) This type of player selection reveals that BCCI's team selection is an utter failure; How can they select a team without quality bowlers for an important series???? Why Ishant, Vinay, Ashwin?? Why not Unadkat, Umesh, Mishra/Harbhajan? Its high time for Team India to mold a group of reliable bowlers for the future( specially for the WC). TODAYS MATCH: Apart from the devastating performance from Ishant which was the main reason for failure, i do not understand few decisions made by Dhoni, specially when India had the platform to win this game and be ahead in the series: 1) Why was Kohli given the ball at a point where aussie had a chance to come back? 2) Why was experienced Yuvraj or Raina not considered instead of Kohli? 3) Why was Vinay Kumar reserved for the crucial last over? Or else, was Dhoni running out of bowlers??

Posted by knan on (October 19, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

Thank you James Faulkner for the amazing hitting. Your hitting has probably accomplished what the wishes of countless fans could not do -- dropping Ishant from the Indian team.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

I would sympathize with Ishant.. Even though it is true he needs a break and probably to rediscover himself needs to play a bit of County Cricket. Even though he may be short of talent or skill he is never short of effort and can be guilty of over trying. He bowls his heart out on these dead wickets. What about Faulkner? He is skillful yet he struggled.. I would NEVER bash anyone who tries his level best.. I would rather pat his back & say forget it mate, It was a bad day..

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

You remember Saeed Ajmal conceded 20 off final over in T20 Semi final against Mike Hussey. First decide Ishant's role. He is a good bowler. Pakistan has defined Ajmal's role now he is No.1 bowler.

Posted by hhillbumper on (October 19, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Hyperbole from both parties.Two teams with poor bowling.Ishants over was a guide in how not to do it and the umpiring was not always great.

Posted by SAF-Fan-no-1 on (October 19, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Today's Australia is exceptional I love to watch that kind of game. To be fair Ishant & Vinay they are IPL BOWLERS get read off them get from completely from international team get also get read off Yuvi and Raina and get new comer Sanzu Samson& Rahane And varoon Aaron & irfan Pathan or Zahir khan That's make team more balance

Posted by Wajahatt on (October 19, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Dhoni has been a revelation for Indian team. He remains calm in distressing situations. He becomes a champion when cornered. He sets examples for the team when the going gets tough and leads them like a true warrior. Arguably, the best captain the sub-continent has produced.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

India cannot win with Ishant bowling in shorter formats. I have said it before and I am saying it again. If India finding it difficult to replace him then he should cut his hair. Here is my take on this match:- India was not supposed to lose this match even though I feel Australia has a stronger team in this ODI series. Regardless one may say this is cricket and anything can happen I watch this match from beginning to the end...

1. Ishant cannot see what he is doing. I cannot understand for the time Ishant is bowling, he could not bowl six deliveries slightly outside off stump and let Faulkner go for it. 2. Ashwin was so wild today; way down the leg side and way to the off side. Had Watson or Bailey batting, the game would have ended earlier. 3. There should have been at least a fielder placed at short square around the umpire area for Jadega and Ashwin. I counted Australia scored 37 runs in that area. Saving half of that runs would have still give India some hope.

It is a let down

Posted by neeraj5336 on (October 19, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

well if Dhoni continue to playing with R Ashwin and I sharma in this series then these two players carrer end with the end of these series as ashwin is too feared to bowl when maxwell on the batting and i sharma continue to give their full 100 % efforts to help aussies to win the matches it is humble request to dhoni to please stop giving chances to these two mens when amit mishra and junadkat are on the bench and ready to play, these players are not the players who only available to play with teams like zimbabwe,bangladesh nd ipl matches only, plz give chance to him nd bring back fast bowler Varun AARON And Umesh yadav who are the real fast bowlers in india becoz only these two mens can help to india to win the matches in Safrica tour and New zeland tour and also in 2015 wcup not the bowlers like Vkumar, Mshammi,Isharma

Posted by Sachin_The_Greatest on (October 19, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

posted by Blade-Runner on (October 19, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

wasn't your on field tiger, your world class international team couldn't defend target of 359. that time our batters did the job & scored that many runs in 43 overs.

unlike this game where you got lucky that your team had to depend upon a miracle from a tailender.

though i am not like you & i admit that our current fast bowlers are even below the fast bowlers from club cricket from your country.

& regarding umpiring decisions, is their a need to remind you Sydney incidence?

Posted by vijai_madras on (October 19, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

Cant understand the people claiming for ashwin's head... Quite sure he isnt having the best of days..But he is an off-spinner bowling 9 overs between 29-49 overs in an ODI. When the RR is 8 rpo, he had a good economy of just over 6...espesially just 5 off the 49th over... Jadeja bowled his darts quite well... but he failed with bat, and ashwin batted really well.. who is the all rounder in the team??

Amit mishra had got a lotta chances... ofcource he can still be given chances, but not at the cost of ashwin..he in my view is an intelligent cricketer, and is surely going to be a better player than what some people make of him...

Posted by zamoo on (October 19, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

I feel it's really unfair to blame Ishant sharma or any other indian bowler for this loss. More often than not India prepare flat pitches for their batsmen to go and make 100 after hundred. Crowd comes pouring in to see what? THEIR BATTING HEROES GETTING HUNDREDS. They make all kinds of records. Of course Indian batters are very talented. But sometimes india forget that if the opposition have a good batting line up they could do the same to the poor & helpless indian seam bowlers. Why don't India make good pitches for the bowlers? Are they afraid of losing fans? Let's assume that india make good bowling pitches for a minute. THEY MAY LOSE FEW MATCHES IN THE BEGINING, BUT THEY WILL GET GOOD AT PLAYING IN BOWLER FRIENDLY PITCHES. WOULDN'T THAT BE A GREAT INVESTMENT? SO THEY CAN ROCK ALL OVER THE WORLD! But Problem with the indian fans is that they want the batters to make tons of tons. So authorities make crazy flat pitches and ind bowlers get hammered. YOU CANT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS GUYS!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

MS Dhoni would have felt today how Sachin used to feel during the entire decade of the 90s and then being accused by people of not having won enough matches for India.

Posted by tuff_dude on (October 19, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

drop aswin,ishant,vinay & yuvraj...bring in amit mishra,unadkat,zaheer & rayadu

Posted by raghuinfo on (October 19, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

Ishant is not blame. And neither is Ashwin. Poor guys. They know they are under performing and would step aside for sometime. But they were chosen by their Captain. A Captain who doesn't want to open any door or window for old players to get their foot in. He's building his own squad, where he's the KING. By the way he did play well today. But then again, to WIN, you got to let good players (who are not your followers) in the side, too. Heil Dhoni.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

if he wants to do the favour for indian he should take the retirement immediately

Posted by kp_jersey on (October 19, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

Appears to me like everyone wants to be on the ' Hammer Ishant' bandwagon now but one has to be fair…this was a flat pitch and Faulkner too deserves credit for connecting so well at such a crucial time. If he hadn't, his wicket might have made all the difference. It's worth reminding ourselves that this is the same Ishanth that not so long ago starred for India in the Champions trophy final with a game changing over when victory for England seemed inevitable. So he was fine when it mattered. I agree he probably doesn't deserve to be picked for the next match but let's not bash him out of shape for one bad over in what is ultimately a fairly inconsequential match in a series that still remains wide open.

Posted by itisme on (October 19, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

Why Kohli's and Dhoni's inings are called brilliant and excellent, and that of Faulkner is said to be the result of india's inept bowling? why this double standard? Why do not we say that Kohli and Dhoni made those runs because of sloppy bowling and fielding by the australians? come on. apply the same yardstick to everyone.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

I am a very very very satisfied indian fan today.. i wanted India to lose today, for ignoring better fast/spin bowlers raring to go but've been kept waiting forever & for sticking to the same team inspite of worst performances by the bowlers(i mean ISHANT).. Why is he even in the 15member squad, let alone the playing XI.. There is so much talent out there.. We've to nurture them for the WC 2015.. If not, with the kind of bowling(ISHANT) we've, we wont even clear the league stages..

Posted by Ibrarhunzai on (October 19, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Wonder how many times will star cricket show this match :)

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

Ishant Sharma should retire.U cannot win a series with such a pathetic bowling display. Tub raj could have been a better bet.Selectors should take note.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Australians are proud of you #IshantSharma. you should be banned from bowling. Watching you bowling, no kid will want to be bowler in his future. You should stop playing cricket for India.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

I am surprised with everyone blaming Ishant. What about Dhoni's captaincy? Handing ball to Kohli and Ishant while other bowlers had quota remaining.

Loved the way Jemmy thrashed flat track bullies despite blunder umpiring. GO ON Aussies.

I wonder if still India still claim to be called no 1 w/o a decent bowler.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

faulkner did all wrong and so did dhoni by asking him to bowl....why blame ishant...

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

we need good bowlers.give chance to unadkat

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 19, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

The problem with Ishant is that he is a kid in his brain. He is just thyroid accident. Big physical growth and small brain. It can not handle pressure or complexities. Its just do not go to his brain.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Excellent batting by James Faulkner, he showed charachter and proved he is an emerging all rounder.

Posted by Nampally on (October 19, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

In the ODI Preview I had commented that if Ishant is in XI India would likely lose the Match. Dhoni is too stubborn in his belief about his XI. In ODI 2 he persisted with Ishant after his terrible outing in ODI 1. But then Dhawan, Rohit & Kohli bailed him out with an unbelievable chase. In ODI 3 Ishant was still in XI & this time it not only hurt Dhoni's Pride but floored India down 2-1 in the series. Dhoni'is captaincy today was at its worst after his brilliant exhibition of Power hitting.His bowling changes were irrational. Kohli with an 18 run over started the downfall & Ishant with his 30 run over iced the Indian defeat. Raina a fine off spinner was ignored in 3 ODI's as was Dhawan with LH spinners. Yuvraj bowled just 3 overs. These 3 are wicket taking spinners & the Aussies are weak against spinners. Why were they ignored when Ashwin was bowling so badly? Mishra is a better alternative to Ashwin in present form. Kohli's Captaincy+ XI selection vs. ZIM. in ODI's was much better!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 19, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

@sachinisawesome ; Your club level team just got owned by a tailender. LOL That proves that Indians are nothing but a bunch of overhyped club cricketers. They couldn't win that game, even with the help of umpires. That's what happens to fake champions. Champions on paper, losers on the field. lol

Posted by Pkunhambu on (October 19, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

I think Dhoni feels Ishant is a lucky charm for him... but i suppose this match would have changed his mind for ever... he is one mediocre bowler... and the champions trophy he was just damn lucky to have got those two wickets.... hopefully better sense would previal on dhoni and management.. and we would see some new bowlers coming to the forefront... it is terribly dissapointing to see such a great innings go for a waste... in a way it reminds me of all those wonderful innings which tendulkar used to play.. and the bowlers used to screw those matches... in the world cup... tendulkar played some wonderful innings... but to his dismay.. we lost both those matches.. it was like heart break.. and there were people who used to say... just bcos 10dukar scored 100.. we lost.. so this is a good reminder to all.. that it is not bcos of tendulkar but becos of terrible bowlers we used to lose.. and i feel Dhoni would be on the same shoes as tendulkar would normally feel when india loses

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

India's bowling is lacking variation I think. Other nations have looked at it and said "Right - we need to know how to play skiddy low spin bowling". That was the trick keeping India ahead of the rest at home bowling wise. Skiddy low spinners. Now every side has practices against that style and turns up prepared for that bowing. India have lost that advantage. No quality seamers now Zak hardly plays. No idea how someone with Ishant's form is getting a look in. He really isn't very good is he. Indias batting is still excellent and will win them some games, but the bowling needs more variation. They need effective seamers and spinners that bowl slower.

Posted by LongLiveTestCricket on (October 19, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

This stubbornness to not make changes despite adverse performances time and again is shocking. Making no changes despite bowlers getting clobbered for 360 runs and refusing to learn anything with experience is a terrible. How can one keep waiting for a lucky breaks like the one in Champions trophy which almost failed? Instead of dropping the consistently poor performer so that he can atleast try to come back much improved, continuing with him is not solving any purpose. Same can also be said about Raina experiment- I mean seriously how many % of us believe he'll be able to bat for 35 odd overs at no. 4 in AUS/NZ or SA. Inability to change bowlers can be understood if there is no bench strength but Mohit, Unadkat, Shami, Mishra are waiting, so are the likes of Pujara who had to wait for ages for debut which could have made the team really stronger.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

sorry for indians basically i m a pakistani but the relation that i m belonging from the subcontinent .i m feeling very sorry for defeat of india.despite you all say that dhoni is the best captain but today he shows that how he is a best captain by giving the 48 over to mr ishant sharma .look beyond my words you all indians

Posted by PrasPunter on (October 19, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

pathetic umpiring !! No way Finch and Watson should have been given out !! May be this is the reason why the indians oppose DRS so vehemently ? And better not listen to the indian commentators. Literally begging the umpire on air to give the batsmen out !! Congrats my Aussies !! Fabulous stuff !!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

Decision against Watson was totally wrong. Why India is scare to apply the DRS .

Posted by Vpd23 on (October 19, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

What do you do as a Captain and that too a WKP at the other end. Oh boy! I gez secretly Dohni might have chewed a wicket with frustration.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

I stayed up and watch the entire Indian innings, the grit shown by MSD was amazing, he is the best finisher in the game ever, hands doon. He does it again and again. I am true cricket fan and my opinions are unbiased and my criticisms are objective and rational. I have watched every significant Indian contest in past 12 years and have watched the legends retire and young guns mature and I am proud of my Indian cricket team. With that said, IM(objective and honest)opinion ISHANT SHARMA needs to be replaced with another Indian bowlers, he needs to get his confidence back and work on his basics. I am not saying he is solely to blame, but this poor guy has now failed time after time and I am sorry but he is not the replacement for Zaheer Khan. Vinay Kumar has been disappointing also, but I have higher expectations from Ishant with his experience in international side, and I believe he truly failed MSD today!! GL India in the next game and well played Aussies

Posted by jb633 on (October 19, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

@Musif Khan, your comments show you up as a person. Killing someone for a poor performance on a cricket field. Get a grip mate

Posted by Wannabekenobi on (October 19, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Everyone keeps talking about Ishant's meltdown over, but no one is mentioning MSD's bewildering stupidity in giving Virat Kohli an over! That is where the match changed, Voges even commented on that saying thats where his pressure was relieved, 18 runs off that over when the pressure needed to be kept on there was the game changer. You can talk about that 30 run over all you like, but that was not the game changer. That over from Virat gave Voges the space he needed and played a nice anchor supporting Faulkner allowing him to hit in that over. For all the bizarre things MS does, this one was foolish, gets a lot of praise for his moves now and then, but it doesn't always come off.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Rp singh should replace ishant sharma.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

Being an Indian supporter i loved Australia for exposing weak Indian bowling.Bring on Zaheer,Mishra and Harbhajan

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

shut up usless dhoni, why the useless ishant sharma is still in the team, u are a useless captain ur bad time started since then u had hit a maiden one hundered at the venue

Posted by Akshita29 on (October 19, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

Well well that was some match . I felt both Voges and Hughes eats up too may balls in such pitches .And apart from Voges and Hughes each and everyone in the top 7 of Australia can smash it to every corner . Even Bailey hits sixes . In the last match he hit a 106 meter six . After this match it is obvious Ishant can't bowl and Aswin is clearly scared of Maxwel and few others.. I felt Mawel would take Aswin apart . But that run out and slow batting of Voges almost handed over the match to India but my god Faulknar belted Ishant big time .. This Aussie batsmen are dreaming they could get to play on -play pitches like this for ever

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

It was a must win game for India but Faulnker snatched the victory with the help Ishant Sharma's poor deliveries....But nothing to say...If luck was in the side of Ishant he could be today's hero of the match....Gamble doesn't works allday.....

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

"As it turned out, while they had Dhoni, India also had Ishant" This single line tells the whole story :D

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

Peter_Jones2012- Mate were you not surprised of the pathetic decisions made by umpires when India toured Australia for the test series that turned bitter??? Bad decisions are just part of the game....Further, I think I must remind you about India's recent dominance in the Champions trophy...was that also flat/concrete wickets where the Aussies failed miserably??? World cup runner up in 2003 and t-20 world cup win was held in South Africa and further India lifted the world cup in 1983 played in UK..and what about the one day tri series in Australia that India ripped the aussies 2-0 in the finals.....So its fair to say that India has performed well in the limited format irrespective of where they play....The Aussies dnt know how to play in alien conditions and this is something you guys need to worry about and more importantly the ashes series.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

Its high time selectors find replacement for Ishant Sharma.He almost lost India Champions Trophy final against England.His bowling is way beyond mark in 4 matches against Aussies (1 T20 too).the second weak link in Indian bowling is Ravi Ashwin.He bowled almost 70 % carrom balls then why not play leg spinner Amit Mishra.Harbhajan is in fine form too.Kudos to Dhoni his brilliant innings went in vain.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

Well done team India . Ishant Should play at least 2015 World cup :)

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

bring to zaheer

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Aussies now should give Ishant citizenship and Order of Australia for immense contribution he has made to Australian cricket inspite of being member of rival team. Apart from contributing to his batting, he has shown immense athleticism on the field that has impressed Indian selectors and captain year over year. His bowling economy rate and gentleman attitude after he takes wicket of tail enders should be appreciated and highly recommended for wisden cricketer of the year. If rumour mills are to be believed, top shampoo brands have queued to sign him for their brand ambassador of their products because of his blinding hair locks.

Posted by mzm149 on (October 19, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

India should exchange some of their batsmen with Pakistani bowlers.

Posted by masodur2000 on (October 19, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Cricket is a game without bowler, India proved this. O f course, the success is not always consistent.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

India being the host, they have chosen to make flat pitches to support the batsmen and everyone knows india has a strong batting lineup. if people choose to blame one person I particular then you have to take away dhoni's batting performance. he took the team to a winning position against professional bowlers. same goes for the Australian batsmen.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

what about suresh raina.he is getiing too much oppurtunity.indian bowling never had leader like kapil dev

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Good bye Ishant Sharma , you showed us a dream by tormenting Ricky Ponting in Australia in your debut series. In that series you were bowling like a cobra spitting venom. Nowadays, you are treated even by tailenders like a kid will handle a toothless snake.

You have played 68 ODIs and your economy is 5.70 for which you average 31.36 for 96 wickets. You are the only Indian bowler along with your teammate Vinay kumar to have worst career economy rate.

You bowl so bad that even Ashish Nehra has suddenly become popular. May be you can share with him fitness tips and in exchange he can teach you bowling,,, Until then good bye...

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Danial lopez great comment they need to eat some mutton n beaf lolx Great batng by faulknr....indian were talking about white wash i earliar said this isn't possible bcoz of there pathetic bowling and now i wanna see ausie to win this series Good luck bailey good luck ausie

Posted by Jay219 on (October 19, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

""Poor Ishant is getting a barrage of unprintable mails."" Dear Cricinfo...plead you to just send all the unprintable mails to ishant today itself before he sleeps. I dont think he even have a rethink on the game. Plsssssssssssss just send him all the mails.

Posted by Zahidul_Mustakim on (October 19, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

Not a single word about umpiring in this report? I guess if Australia had lost this match, then reporter would have mentioned it.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

I was almost going to smash my t.v when i saw shane watson and faulkner being smashed of such lose and ordinary bowling even full tosses. What happened to Australian bowling these days suddenly they look to be a 3rd class bowling attack, the par score should be 0nly 250 but thanks to aussi bowlers and at the end much thanks to Ishant of his foolish bowling and making aussies win..

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

bring back zaheer khan and irfan pathan and umesh yadav they are better than ishanth sharma hope selectors mind this and improve the bowling side in the following matches :

Posted by .......junk on (October 19, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

being an indian fan i am very happy to see india loose this match . my concern has always been indian pace attack hope fully this game will help india make changes in bowling department . u have a good left arm seamer unadkat give him a chance mohit can swing the new ball and trust me shami ahmed is very good when its in the death where he does not have to think ,only bowl yorkers . no team is as consistent as india , all three matches india gave 300 plus scores , if it was not for india's batting 2nd odi also we would have lost.infact a win in 2nd odi covered up the mess how ever now dhoni will make change ( contradicting his policy to persist) try rahul sharma or aditya tare give ashwin a competition , if yuvraj can be dropped then any can be replaced

Posted by SaadRocx on (October 19, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Well done Australia ... Captain Bailey is doing a fine job despite of Clarke's absence..MSD played a brilliant knock today...so has Faulkner..Australia did look a bit rusty on the field but they are a young group of guys and they'll improve..I think this is a fine aussi squad and they should carry on with the same team till 2015 WC...Clarke should be included after he got recovered from the injury though..would make a really strong Australian team for WC..On the other hand MSD was the One man show for India..I wonder why Indian selectors keep on pursuing with Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar...To me (ZaheerKhan, UmeshYadav, BKumar) would make a reasonably good Indian Pace attack...Best of Luck to both teams for the next game.!!! (Pak fan)..

Posted by job_eapen on (October 19, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

ohhh....for God's sake...get that good for nothing Ishant off the team and bring in someone who knows to ball...isn't there someone who can ball better than him..????? still can't understand why he is still in the team.....!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by VenkyN on (October 19, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

This ridiculous Ashwin bashing has to stop - yes, he has not had the greatest of bowling series and has generally been a bit out of form, but Dhoni does give him some tough assignments, and with the new ODI rules spinners find it tough. Today, he bowled his last 6 overs for 35, bowling from the 39'th through the 49'th when the Aussies needed in excess of 10 an over. What more can you expect of a spinner ? And he batted beautifully in conjunction with Dhoni, exactly the need of the hour at that time. Harsha even kept mentioning that Ashwin looks more comfortable than most in the Indian team against pace and bounce and he certainly looked the part today, more than Jadeja the bona fide batting allrounder in his harried stay at the crease.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

OK here's the silver lining for India: Maybe finally Ishant will get dropped and more eligible bowlers like Unadkat or Mohit will get a go. Let's face it: this was bound to happen sooner or later. Ishant had been riding his luck for way too long. Now hopefully we'll see the back of him.

Posted by thecricketcritic on (October 19, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Dhoni just made the game today by both his exceptional batting and outrageously foolish team selection by picking Ishant again. Right from the moment that M S got back on his feet after the injury it seemed as if it was gonna be one of those M S nights where he just couldn't go wrong,a feeling that grew stronger when Bailey dropped him & his much criticized selections Ishant&Vinay bowled well initially.But when everything was going smooth for the captain,India's self proclaimed 'spearhead' snatched the match from Dhoni's hand,packed it beautifully and handed the present over to Faulkner who accepted it gleefully.Faulkner's incredible hitting came at the right time for the Aussies as well as the Indian think tank in a way - now they have no other option but to drop Ishant and find another 'spearhead'-preferably someone who has a better head on his shoulders. Finally kudos to the curator who prepared an excellent cricket pitch for the match.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

with a country over 120 crores people we cant find good pace bowler bowling over 140kph...we have blame bcci for making spin/batsman friendly wickets....if wickets here changes to pace bowling only then we can find some good pace bowlers....this loss is good for india,this shows we dont have a good death bowler,stop making jokes by saying we r preparing the squad for 2015 world cup....if this was the squad 1992 will get repeated

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (October 19, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Players who need to be kicked out are - Ishant Sharma, Suresh Raina, Vinay Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja and may be Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh. Almost half the playing XI doesn't deserve to be there.

Posted by NareshPodi on (October 19, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Dhoni, a humble request for you... Please drop Ishant and Vinay Kumar from the team.... There are many good bowlers available in our 100+ crore Indians. How many times that we need to spend sleepless nights by remembering the way we lost marginally. You are hiding the wound just by taking pain killers by saying the dew factor on the pitch. Looks like you are ignoring the fans emotions.

Thanks to James Faulkner for smashing Ishant to make Dhoni to regret for taking him.

Both Kohli and you are awesome and keep continue that..

Ashwin is trying too many things at one time. ask him to come back to the basics and hold on to it.

Posted by Ram.TG on (October 19, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Drop Ishant, Ashwin, and Yuvraj.

Bring in Rahul Sharma, Pravin Thambe, and Unadkat .

Optimal 11:

Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Raina, Jadeja, Dhoni, B.Kumar, V.Kumar, Unadkat, Rahul Shukla, Pravin Tambe

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 19, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

@sachinisawesome. So is Perera getting thrashed in a club match is same as Ishant getting thrashed in an international game.

Posted by ADARSH100 on (October 19, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Credits to James Faulkner and Adam Voges for winning it for Australia. I am disappointed coz India cudnt win it despite of Dhoni's awesome century. Indian batsmen felt difficult to read short balls today also. Bhuvi,Vinay and Jadeja bowled well. I cudnt unserstand why Ashwin was bowling wide to the leg stump in almost all deliveries. It was actually funny to watch Vinay and Ishanth trying to bowl short against Aussies and got hammered over the ground. I seriously dint like Ishanth's bowing in this series. Its high time to replace him for time being. We cant blame him alone for today's lose but still Ishanth is not in the form. Being the " SPEARHEAD " of India's pace attack, Ishanth has to work more and more harder and we expect alot. Next 11 should be : Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin/Mishra, Bhuvi, Vinay, Shami/Mohit.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

bring zaheer khan back into the odi team.we need him badly.

Posted by WC96QF on (October 19, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

When this ODI series began, I thot it was a real waste of time. Best way to get most out of it, from Indian cricket point of view, was to prepare hard bouncy pitches, like in Aus, so our boys can get practice, good prep for WC 2015. Turns out they r getting a diff kind of lesson ! If the opponent can beat u at ur own game, what do u do then ? Pitches can't get better for batsmen than this ! There's no getting away from getting good pace bowlers ready, build them at least now BCCI, make some pitches, give them encouragement, manage them better. If not, India wl not be tops in ODIs for long.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

ishant has never apeared to. be able to carry out any particular game p lan and lacks accuracy and pace. would like to see amit mishra and unadat. also I would have preferred raina ahead of kohli and yuvraj. both raina and yuvraj were disappointing as all the had to do was not take risk against johnson. otherwise the rest od the aussie attack is pedestarian at best if not friendly. they trick batsmen out rather than intimidate.

Posted by cho2mastr on (October 19, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

I think in today's game Ishant was pretty good unless for the one over that he gifted the aussies with. Throughout the game bhuvi, vinay, Ishant and jaddu were all bowling to a plan and the plan was turning out to be perfect. They all were expected to do a certain part with discipline and courage and they did. I think the culprit was ASHWIN for today. He was perfect when he first appeared in the Indian bowling attack. People were finding it difficult to read his varieties the carromball and all that. Now most international batsmen are accustomed to his bowling and he is not learning or improving. Today his quota of 10 overs cost us the match. Except for the penultimate over, in a pitch holding up the ball and the aussies struggling to score at even a run a ball, he bowled with an economy of 8 if not above. That's pathetic for a strike spinner.This has been the story for about two months now with India and CSK in IPL. I suggest that he be taking few games rest now until required.

Posted by nSreeganesh on (October 19, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Ishant, whole of Australia is thanking you. India was thanking Bailey in the fist session for the dropped. Retaining Ishant after 189 (17) in 3 matches, Dhoni Can do better. BTW, Let's not forget the great over by Aswin the one after the carnage.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

I feel very bad for dhoni.one of the greatest innings by dhoni gone to waste because of one useless bowler named ishant sharma.he should be dropped for the rest of the matches.also zaheer back.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

dhoni is great but his antics are absurd to keep winning side. zaheer is still much better than ishant in any form of cricket and even undakat is better as he is already in team. ishant seems to be blue eyed boy of dhoni.harbhajan should be in oneday and t20 team along with ashwin.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

Ishant Sharma should be dropped and sent back to domestic circuit to learn the basics of bowling..worst bowling i have seen for many years. Vinay Kumar and and Ashwin should also be dropped if they fail to perform in the next couple of matches.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (October 19, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Dhoni played great innings with the bat but his captaincy was atrocious. His wicketkeeping was below par as well.

Posted by K_Srini on (October 19, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

I don't think so many people can be wrong at the same time. INDIA unanimously, rather desperately wants its poorest bowler(Ishant) to be out of the team. As viewers have brought out above, Ishant does not even deserve to play gully cricket in Delhi. Selectors & Captain, please for heaven's sake, throw him out of the team and bless the indian fans.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

if dhoni and bcci still persists with ishant... Australian team will give guard of honour for his contribution to Australian victories

Posted by magicshaw on (October 19, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Ishant Sharma lost the match for india. HANDS DOWN. I don't know what Black Magic he has done to indian selectors but he keeps getting bashed and they keep picking him.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

finch was clearly out with ball crashing onto leg. watson a tad unlucky. however he did himself no favors with his footwork. also finch got the benefit of decision when he was out earlier and did not walk. so guys complaining about umpiring undoing the aussies, shut up. the umpiring was not top drawer, but the errors were evenly spread. if dhawan were to be not out, then I might have agreed.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (October 19, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Ind lost the match due Dhoni Only! No Doubt Dhoni batted beautifuly what his decisions as a was totally Horrible. Playing with same dummy bowlers again and again. Some times Dhoni showing over reaction too much. See Bhuvi hardly bowling 10 ovrs in any match still playing. Aswhn so favorite player of Dhoni,playing and playing without any performance. Ishant i dnt know how HE can be part of final IX despite of hammering he is receiving in almost every match. Vinay Kumar always leak runs when it matters. 3 matches so far ind is lucky to grap 1 otherwise it is now 3-0 in favour of aus. Dhoni Mr Cool is still not learning from his previous mistakes. Coming with same dummy bowling line up. Sorry to say bt yes Dhoni is taking selfish and poor decisions these days!

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Mr Dhoni... when would you stop persisting with a club level bowler Ishant Sharma who has time and again proved he can successfully loose matches for india. Wake up dhoni and show ishant the boot

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Australia could have won easily if Adam Vodges raise him temper bit higher than what he was today. But it had to be James Faulkner's game today. He took what he gave back.

Posted by KUTEPRASAD on (October 19, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

This was going 2 happen!actually m very hapy dat faulkner has made sure ishant's axing now' if we had won dhoni would have not drop him so b happy people on dis defeat!!'

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

1st Ishant Sherma cut his long Hear Then come ranji trophy

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Please take out Ishant and Ashwin. We had a very good batting display, but all went in vain today. MSD we will loose the series if Ishant and Ashwin play the series.

Posted by ajmaldomintesswann on (October 19, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Its called AUSTRALIANISM(single handedly try to win from an impossible position)..we felt it when hussey did against ajmal in t20 worldcup..today it was indias turn to get it.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

This is same ishant who took 2 important wickets in one over at end to win ICC champion trophy final ,Broad was hit by youvraj for 6 sixes and now he is a one of top bowler i must say to inidians one match cant b whole carier

Posted by AVRAJAN on (October 19, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

I am sad to see India lose a match but at the same time happy to note that it had lost because of Ishant. Well I will never see him bowl again for India. And my humble request to Dhoni. He should read columns in espn. Had he read the articlle on Ishant's poor form a couple of days ago in these pages, then he could have won this match. Dhoni said in post match interview that things have become worse to worse. I would like to repeat his words to himself. Actually instead of resting a player when he smells out of form in the initial stage itself, he pushes a bowler or batsman from worse to worst state by continuosly giving chances. He should start rotating players. After all everyone is Indian and all talented players must be given chance to play for the country. It should not be left to an individual's whims and fancies.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

1st Ishant Sherma cut his long Hear Then come ranji trophy

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

this morning I commented ishant should have been replaced for bleeding runs; he did not disappoint me he lost another match for India. Ashwin is useful with both bat and ball and he has win in his name as well he should continue along with jadeja.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (October 19, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

I cant understand the kind of comments... Vinay Kumar was perhaps the best bowler today. And even in previous ODI, if only Bhuv Kumar had held the catch off Vijay instead of bungling at the boundary he was best Indian bowler there too. I agree Ishant is way past expiry date

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Please MSD, it is a begging request to you, kindly consider all of this match spoiling effort of Ishsnt Sharma, before giving him any more chance...please please please....

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Dhon has to ask Ashwin not to bowl short pitch balls and should make sure that IShant should not be in the team for rest of his career. even dinda is better than ishant.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

It is interesting how Pakistani players who have been barred from the IPL have developed their cricket differently as compared to India, Aussies or SA. Pakistani bowlers have not experienced the helplessness that other bowlers feel in the IPL and therefore they go out with a positive mindset. It would be next to impossible to chase > 300 against Irfan, Junaid, Ajmal, Hafeez, Babar, Gul, Rehman, Afridi etc. On the other hand Pakistani batsmen who haven't experienced the IPL would not believe scoring 300 + in an innings is possible.

Posted by Scheduler on (October 19, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Ishant Sharma wins it for Australia .The Tall gangling bowler produced a match winning over that resulted in 30 runs. Superb over . Bravo Ishant bravo

Posted by ALI514 on (October 19, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

m very happy today..bcoz india lose the match. i think it's time for harbajan nd ashwin out...ishant shoud be want one chance...he bowls well insted of 1 last over...

Posted by PSK_analyst on (October 19, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Ridiculous bowling in the death by ishant for quite some period of time, his champions trophy final performance makes even "flash in the pan performances" look silly, this day was coming, this guy was shielded from odi cricket for tests for regaining rhythm and for not being suited to this format. God knows why he was brought back again to limited over cricket. I cannot recollect a more mediocre limited overs bowler given so many chances.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Dhoni is going to steal ishant's passport.

Posted by DylanBrah on (October 19, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

When will Doherty run out of chances? He was destroyed by India in the Tests (selected on ODI form), and again here in the ODI's. Figures of 0/54, 0/70, 0/45 is not good enough. He never looks threatening, and is a poor death bowler. His average is 38 and averages less than a wicket a game now. Time to give Lyon/Holland/Hauritz a phone call and Doherty a flight home to NSW for the Ryobi Cup.

Posted by avinashbalu on (October 19, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

pathetic bowling from Mr. ishant ,please get him away frm the indian side.what a useless bowler.someone should buy him a beer from the australian side for giving them victory.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

yesterday I was suggested aus bat 2nd you will win. please do so for next game also.

for india please drop awshin ishant vinoy kumar as soon possible.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Great performance from Faulkner, thoroughly deserved mauling of Ishant, long time coming, hopefully this kicks him out of the team, For good!! this series will be very close now, with scoreline of 4~3 expected. Umpiring today was bad but don't forget that shamshudin gave 2 lives to Aussie openers early on but then it evened out with Richard's class! May the best team take the series, Australia it seems enjoy playing in flat Indian conditions with great ODI success in the past too. Cheers!

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (October 19, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

@Vimalan Sadhasivam The truth is - If Dhoni coming in at no. 6 has to score a century then it means our top order has failed. Which means we score 20 30 runs too less. But Dhoni's captaincy was not great either

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

indiian pace bowlers need more pace . nobody can reach 140

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

Australia deserved this win as they won despite some wrong decision were given against them otherwise they could have won with less efforts. India loss is a lesson for MSD to make immediate change in bowling department especially by replacing Ishant & Ashwin.

Posted by JustIPL on (October 19, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Jaysuria ended career of Vankatesh parsad, maindad of chetan sharma and faulkner of ishant sharms. India might persist with the same lineup as they kept it tight for sometime during aussie chase but with 300 pressure it was aussie batting who showed patience. Johnson said after first innings that we will take to 40th over and then go on from there, wonderful vision from him. India need to cut ashwin, ishant, vinay at least. And please for god sake no bowling from Kohli which just seems to be the ritual. Replacements may come good but I doubt mishra will be any effective. Jadeja can be persisted with but only as a bowler. His woeful batting makes his domestic tripple hundreds doubtful, what level of bowlers he faced, god knows. With the level of aussie bowling they seem to be quiet unlikely to turn the tables on india and earn the top icc odi ranking beating india 6-1.

Posted by cho2mastr on (October 19, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

I have been an MSD fan for long now. I appreciate the fact how he just trusts in his team mates to deliver at difficult times and most times they deliver too. I love the fact that even mediocre players turn into mainstream players under his leadership. egs: Jadeja, Ashwin, joginder sharma, etc. I mean these guys do miracles under his leadership. Inspite of all, I cannot understand why he is so reluctant to change. India is a very good batting power now but balling has been below par forever. Indian cricket team have a fabulous future provided the bowlers start to show discipline, patience and do the basics right. That's when they do stuff that they are expected to do. I think it's high time that Dhoni opened up to changes. India's bowling attack has to change. It's pathetic that Bhuvi Kumar is the only bowler who does what we expect him to do.

Posted by Rock_cricket on (October 19, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Well played aussies. over all great batting by James and dhoni. Third class bowling attack by our team.i hope Sandip Patel and co was watching the match and will take some quick steps to get rid off the so called winning combination.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Project Raina will be a big flop. Raina is a talented batsman.Good in playin spin nd in sub continent But he is not made for constructing and pacing an inngs which is the major quality of a No.4 batsman.He is ideal for no:6 spot because of his hitting ability.Yuvraj at no:4 and Dhoni at no:5 will make better sense. Rohit Dhawan Kohli Yuvraj Dhoni Raina Jadeja B.Kumar A.Mishra M.Sharma Unadkat should be the line up. After some more match practice Zaheer should be re called to play tilLl WC 2015 as he is India best death bowler.Form was never the concern in case of zaheer,it was his fitness that caused problems.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

bring zaheer to the field

Posted by desiboy454 on (October 19, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

OK can someone please tell BCCI to kick ISHANT SHARMA OUT, like seriously, I am tired of hearing about the spell he bowled to ponting! That was 6 years ago, who cares now. He can play in IPL, but please what does he do for team india?? he calls himself the spear head, PLEASE give Mohit a chance or bring ZAK/Umesh back, this is ridiculous. And what the heck was MSD thinking giving Virat an over? Virat is a horrible bowler, maybe slips a wicket here n there but is HORRIBLE. Should have given Raina a go. but seriously ISHANT SHARMA, I am tired of him. He avergaes 31.36 in odis with an ECON of 5.7 & his test average is 38? thats pathetic, I know the spell to ponting was good, but dam DALE STEYN BOWLS THOSE DAY IN DAY OUT. basiclly ISHANT IS GONNA PLAY FOREVER CUZ HE BOWLED 1 GOOD SPELL. JEEZ, I am soo ticked off right now. gimme a break. MOHIT or UNADKAT need to have a go, I would prefer undakat for his left hand seam and also, give ashwin a break, he seems tired. Mishra is in top form.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 19, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Now India can't win even on flat tracks. So they are not flat track bullies anymore. They are just losers.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

MOM James Sharma Sorry James Faulkner. Thanks James. Dhoni's effort going in vain because of one man. Replace Sharma with Unakdat and Ashwin with Mishra. Spearheads are becoming Spear in the Heads. Kashinath

Posted by crick_sucks on (October 19, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

I am sure the blunt spear head would not have realized what he has done. Instead he will be staring at vinay kumar all night thinking that he lost the game for India.

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (October 19, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

After we won the Champions Trophy and the tri series in West Indies we have more people from England acknowledging our cricket. WI have always been very supportive of us. We have some Pakistani supporters as well. So once we win in SA and Australia they will also start acknowledging us. I am not sure if we can change our SL and Bangladesh fans though. Funnily I think SL fans will acknowledge us once India does not dominate SL so much. It's as if they are in denial. But I am quite ok with some SL and Bangladesh comments because their childish comments bring a chuckle out.

Posted by srp73 on (October 19, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

I feel very sad for Captain Cool MSD and Team India. why Amit Mishra and Jaydev Unadkat were not given chances? I feel Shell Shocked after watching the match especially the 48th over. I wish good luck for team India for the remaining matches.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

Bye bye Ishant for ever! Let new set of bowlers like Shami Ahmed. Jaidev Unadakat run the show...they are far better than Ishant. I can't blame much on Vinay as he bowls well at least once in 3 matches....

Posted by priceless1 on (October 19, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

dont blame the poor Ishant sharma , instead blame the lifeless Indian pitches where fast bolwers get no help , if indians are going to prepare wickets like this in all games then they should drop all of their bowlers and play 11 batsmen in the next game :D

Posted by Fan1969 on (October 19, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

I wish as an Indian fan, i have seen the last of Ishant Sharma. Mr. Sandeep Patil you took courageous decisions to show the door to Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer when needed.

Ishant is a no brainer so I am amazed he still figures in the team.

I do not mind losing seeing Mohit, Unadkat, Rishi Dhawan, lose a match as long as they learn and improve.

Ishant has only gone down since 2008 and his accuracy is appalling. Even kids do not bowl so badly.

Indian batsmen hit amazing shots to good balls while we feed nonsense andgift away games.

Mr. Patil - please oblige us and let Ishant play Kanga league only.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

Very disappointed performance from some of the indian bowlers. but I think they should not be criticized so much because they have proved themselves as the improving day by day in the past like in CT. and it happened in the cricket. 3 days before the same situation happened to Australian bowlers who were just able to got one wicket and concede 360 runs.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

Dhoni deserved it, Ishant and Aswin played only because of him. Really sorry to say that Ishant has played his last match for India. Hope Dhoni will learn from this.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (October 19, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

And the umpiring was absolutely sub-standard. Umpire Shamshuddin showed why we have no Indians in the elite panel. Australia were damn unlucky to lose two wickets(that too to mediocre bowlers), so glad that they won in the end. The arrogant Indian bowlers were put in their place fair and square!

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Kindly bring Bhajji and Zahir back

Posted by andrew27994 on (October 19, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

Faulkner was simply brilliant tonight with the bat. I just wish he had played like this in the CLT20 final against MI. But this knock will not be forgotten in a very long time. India have this problem in ODIs where their bowlers leak runs in the death overs but somehow always win these tight contests. Today it was not to be and it's a lesson well learn't for being complacent. Aus win tonight is going to be a huge confidence booster for the team for the remainder of this series. So finally India will face a very tough challenge at home after their 2-1 drubbing against Pak.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

It is not Faulkner who won the match for Aus but Ishant did the magic.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

@Amar Behra : I agree with you. That should be the bowling line up.Even Munaf Patel was far better than Ishant. This is not the first time Ishant is bowling like. Bring Unatkad in place of him. Even club level batsman can clobber that balls for six. Faulkner had been taken for runs in the final over, but its because of Dhoni power. Its not because all balls are length balls. But Ishant's length is ohhhh..What can i say..Worst death over bowler.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (October 19, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

@Indian Fans: Its high time we stop celebrating our cricketers so much, especially the mediocre ones. Its one thing to celebrate the likes of Dhoni, and another thing to hero worship the likes of jadeja,vinay kumar and Ishant. It can be clearly seen that all this has gone to their head. Ishant even after getting a wicket off a dubious decision though it appropriate to use swear words agaisnt Aaron Finch. And he does that even after getting wickets off long hops. And Vinay kumar behaves as if he is a reincarnate of Ambrose or amrshall, looking at his celebrations. These mediocre, hot headed guys are giving Indian cricket a bad name, and whats worse, they cannot even back it up with performance. Its high time we stop hyping them so much, and leave them to learn some humility. Thats why the likes of Dravid and Tendulkar are adored and respected even to this day.

Posted by sonu77 on (October 19, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

@cricinfo: why is this? "Lord_Buddha" as a profile name? shame on you! please don't give chance to insult any religion or religious leader... this is not good for the image of your reputed site!

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

best cricket and surprise

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

I think harbhajan mohit/umesh shud replace ishanth n ashwin

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

Ishant Sharma obviously has to be dropped but Ashwin does too .1 think Vinay has played well enough to deserve a chance .hes the one who Dhoni turns to ,to bowl in the power play and death overs . Instead of Ishant i dont mind seeing almsot anyone else . Instead of Ashwin i would love to see Harbhajan ,hes always been a top class ODI bowler even if his test cricket skills might have declined but Amit Mishra would be good too . Heres the problem ,If Ashwin is dropped ,who besdies Vinay and Rayadu will represent the South Zone and we all know from recent experience how powerful the South Zone is and please please dont bring back M Vijay .I would prefer seeing Ashwin anyday . To the ordinary Indian fan like myself we just want to see India win whether all 11 players are from one zone or not .they should just be the best 11 . Indian cricket is unfortunately still a game of zones ,regions ,clubs and politics ,Ill be interested in seeing what happens

Posted by DANGEROUS.DON on (October 19, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

India has only excellent batting and not have even just good attack. They will suffer severely in world cup 2015 because its not in India its in Australia NZ where their batting will fail and bowling is already failed.

Posted by PrasPunter on (October 19, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

As an Australian supporter, though I am happy for the win, wondering whether the ODIs are fast losing relevance because of it favoring the batsmen way too much. There is no contest between the bat and ball and I would blame the field-restrictions to some extent. Why can't we simply go back to those era where even 200+ was defended. With two balls for an innings and only 4-fielders outside the ring for most of the time, no total is easy to defend.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 19, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

@sachinisawesome ; Your club level team just got owned by a tailender. LOL That proves that they are nothing but a bunch of overhyped club cricketers. They couldn't win that game, even with the help of umpires. That's what happens to fake champions. Champions on the media, losers on the field. lol

Posted by PadMarley on (October 19, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

IPL: Its a skill that Indian batsmen mastered easily, but their bowlers miserably failed to learn!! More than anything, its a skill that foreign batsmen learnt to master by playing in India!!! Now, doesn't that explain this series????? India will no longer be able to hold the batting supremacy in flat wickets in limited over versions, due to IPL giving extensive exposure to foreign batsmen!! And batting on flat wickets is not such a difficult skills to master, given the opportunity. The real differentiation in the modern game in Indian wickets is those teams with quality bowlers.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (October 19, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Indians should not be getting too high or low over this ODIs. The real test is the World Cup in Australia in 2015. India needs to be trying different players to get ready and moreover BCCI needs to release Indian players to get practice in BBL matches.

Posted by anoop3301 on (October 19, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

James Faulkner hits more sixes in an over than Ishant Sharma has managed to hit in his entire first class career. Hats off to Ishant- a bowler who gets bullied no matter what the pitch is. An all track bully.....

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Instead of Ishant Sharma take Mohit Sharma & Instead of vinay Kumar take jaidev unadkat, then india get automatically good performence for bowling side.

Posted by jb633 on (October 19, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

So we are still led to believe that WC 2015 is a foregone conclusion with India being the only side that can win it. I am very dubious about any side that only has one string to their bow. Put whatever seamers out you have and all of them are cannon fodder. If the pitches don't spin then India are stuffed. Amazing hitting from Dhoni and Fualkner and a cracking game of cricket. Obviously all the Indian fans are murderous about the Ishant over but it was poor captaincy too. Despite what these comments say until that over Ishant actually bowled pretty well and Dhoni had to bowl him out when there was far less pressure on him. When you know a guy is struggling you surely need to look after him a touch and particularly considering he was doing a good job in the middle.

Posted by andrew27994 on (October 19, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Being an Indian supporter, I'm actually very happy that Faulkner tore apart Ishant to win the game. But feel very sorry for Dhoni after that incredible knock. However, Dhoni has only himself to blame for not dropping Ishant when he had the chance. Ishant was given too many chances but not once did he prove that he was worth giving the opportunity. I don't remember him performing well even once since his ODI return. Hopefully Unadkat will get his well deserved opportunity.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (October 19, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Ishant has made even the temperamentally poor Sri Lankan team look like world beaters. The guy can't take pressure. Worse than SL.

Posted by DANGEROUS.DON on (October 19, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Great win by Australia. If India has substandard bowlers like Ishant sharma and other seamers they have. They dont look like at No.1 spot in ranking. India should take bowlers from Pakistan if they dont have ability to produce quick's.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

It high time Mr Ishant Sharma should be dropped.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Ishant,Vinay Kumar and Ashwin should be axed. Zaheer,Mohit/Unadkat and Mishra are the ideal replacements.How on earth Ashwin becomes India's strike bowler?? One can clearly see the influence nd personal favours of Dhoni on selecting Ashwin over Mishra who took 19wickets in last 5 ODI'S .Forget Ishant, it is all over for him..Kohli was given the ball when batsman was trying to slog and he went for 18.On an other day Kohli would have got a wicket while batsman trying to target him and may only give away 6-8 runs in d process and you end up calling it is a Master Stroke of Dhoni.Dhoni is a good captain and definitely a match winner but i don't think he is the greatest captain. He had the luck in his favours on many occasions.But it seems luck is running out now

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

Is it the lean body n long hair of Ishant Sharma, which is no bad than any girl, thats still keeping him in the dressing room having group of bachelors and healthy hunks??? With his performances, I don't see any other reason for him to be in dressing room

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

Clarke, surely is not needed in this team. Australia has put in two inspirational performances (albeit one with a poor bowling effort) without him, and their renewed enthusiasm is undoubtedly due to his non-attendance in the changing rooms. And I think the team is desperately trying to show it; sparkling batting performances; Johnson bowling faster than he has done in years.. the signs are all there.

Posted by NEIL_GD_S10 on (October 19, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

@ Gihan Obeyesekere its weak bowling and not week bowling! and for your prediction or thinking, for that we have to wait coz i think its gonna happen viceversa.

And heartfull thanks to Australian, as because of you we can finally get rid of Ishant Sharma. Coz simply i cannot understand y he is getting selected again an again in almost all format even after performing consistency worst than poor.Selection committee here are showing double standards in selecting bowlers as they where fast in changing batsmen and giving chances to the likes of Shikhar Dhawan or Rohit Sharma or even for Yuvraj Singh.

Please give chance to Mohit Sharma, Rishi Dhawan,Varun Aaron,Umesh Yadav and many more.

Shuffle Them Dude! (Bowlers)

Posted by JohnnyRook on (October 19, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

I am an Indian fan and I am glad we lost today. Lets hope this loss will be enough for selectors to throw this obsession with Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar. If you can't find better bowlers than them and Zahir Khan is not fit, I say bring back Ashish Nehra and Munaf Patel. They may not be young but they do the job. Nehra has avg of 31.72 at economy of 5.19. Munaf has 30.26 & 4.95. Sharma and Vinay Kumar's respective figures are 31.36 & 5.7 and 36.25 & 5.7.

Indian fans should really spare a thought for Ajit Agarkar. Poor guy had an averge of 27.85 and economy of 5.07 and he was kicked out of the team because he was expensive. Plus he was a lot better batsman and fielder than all of the above mentioned bowlers. It must have been heart-breaking to watch these bowlers from the sidelines for him...

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Ha ha ha ha............. India, flat, easy wickets will help get a gazillion runs for you? Same goes for others as well. It is not all Ishant Sharma's fault. You had it coming. Try a fast, bouncy wicket next time :)

Posted by MrCrane on (October 19, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

It's high time Ishant been dropped from the team. He has learnt nothing from the past and keeps bowling filth. I don't understand why he is being selected over and over again. With this bowling attack, india can't win WC 2015. Time to persist with Umesh. Hope selectors are listening..

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (October 19, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

@Vimalan Sadhasivam I am a Pakistani and without Dhoni's 100 India would have lost in 35th over. You Indians understand cricket more than our country people can't you see MSD is a legend? And our captain when he scores a 50 we loose because Misbah is an average player but Dhoni is a legend admit it, it was no one but bowlers fault. There is only one good swing bowler in India right now Bhunashwar Kumar. Jadeja is good spinner but Ashwin has also lost his edge. Its fault of whole bowling Unit except B.Kumar.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

players like amit mishra , umesh yadav might be thinking what's required to play for india. after today's performance favouritism in Indian Cricket is out there in open and for all to see.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

players like amit mishra , umesh yadav might be thinking what's required to play for india. after today's performance favouritism in Indian Cricket is out there in open and for all to see.

Posted by DylanBrah on (October 19, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Ishant Sharma, you are welcome to play against us any time you want mate. ;) What I like most about Jim Faulkner is his winning attitude and self belief. You put that self belief in the mind of Khawaja for example, and we have a winner. Wins like this are great for team morale. Well done boys.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

We have a saying in Pothwari - usna tu paar chor ya ne! This is exactly what Faulker did to Ishant. It means he slaughtered the bowling!

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

ok bashers.... come on.... start ur sacred work.... another reason for u to use ur computers.... make this article reach 1000 comments....

Posted by sandeep33 on (October 19, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

@Ayaz Kamal,,we lost to no 2 side,,bt v nevr lost to no 10 zimbabwe in test,,and nobody is visiting ur counry 2 play cricket ha hha..

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (October 19, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

We Indians traditionally have weak bodies. So it is hard for us to produce bowlers how can bowl fast. We have only produced Varun Aoron and Umesh Yadav and I hope that they learn the art of moving the ball with control from somebody. It's do not see any other fast bowling options around. But there are couple of decent medium pace options. But with five fielders inside death bowling is a nightmare for any team. You need mystery or master spinners like Sunil Narine or Saeed Ajmal.

Posted by csekartik on (October 19, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

@Vimalan Sadhasivam:

Out of 9 hundreds made by Dhoni... 6 of them have come during victories... Ratio wise he has done better than Sachin

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Impudent Domination of India over ICC proves by Ashwin

I was totally shocked by seeing the behave of Ashwin with umpire. It is impudent. It proves it is not International Cricket Council ICC, it is Indian Cricket Council.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Posted by Joe Thompson on (October 19, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

Let me answer to your 4 posts here one by one.

SA cannot produce any spinner even as vast country. I can't comment on their weakness.

SA bowlers are simply rubbish. hopped & puffed while picking pak's 10 wickets on flat wickets in UAE. Even the likes of Zimbabwe, Ireland and even Afghanistan have better bowlers than them.

Indian fans think they can win the world cup in Australian pitches yeah sure. But SA can't. You know the reasons. They are champions of choking at right times.

SA can't generate revenues on their own and hence they rely on India still their blind fans are shouting over money here.

Now you can laugh...ha ha ha.....

Posted by DauD_ on (October 19, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

This is how Team Australia rolls. We are the true champions of the cricket

Posted by andyfun on (October 19, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

It ws Ishant once who just tore apart mighty Australian batting attack consisting of Punter ,Gilly ,haydos and Hussey..who can forget tht Perth test in Aus 2008. I even felt Ishant is the new nemesis of Ponting..the way he made Ponting clueless with his swing bowling.. bt today he showed the final burst of wht he ws continuing to show in prev matches I thought he wd be dropped after ct13..bt those 2 wickets in 2 balls(those wre truly not the best) jst saved his head..nd became a overnyt hero..GOD SAVE ISHANT NOW!!!

Posted by RajeshNaik on (October 19, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

I feel for Dhoni. Seeing his masterclass of an innings going in vain should hurt anybody. I feel for him not because of his knock in a losing cause but more because he was let down by Ishant. We all know how much he supported both Ishant and Vinay. Vinay redeemed himself to some extent today, but Ishant just let Dhoni down completely. It should hurt Dhoni more that the guys he supports and gives more opportunities are not learning! Dhoni was also let down today by Suresh Raina, who being given a chance to bat at number 4, came a cropper against short ball. Faster these guys learn, better for poor Dhoni.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

There were a lot of poor fielding from the usual suspects; I don't have to name them. But surprisingly, two among a few of the best fielders in the team were also under some reverie, while fielding: Raina & Kohli. That was a surprise! Day dreaming, in the Mohali "warmth"?

When some of the good players field badly, and if they can bowl, Dhoni usually throw the ball at them. As if telling them to make amends. But, today, it did not work with Kohli!

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

not only the bowling what is with that rediculas hair? lol

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 19, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Ishant Sharma...the so called self proclaimed spearhead bowler who still dont know how to bowl yorkers after 6 long years in the Ind team

Ishant Sharma....The saviour of opponents

Ishant Sharma....the bowler who is even worst than some of the SL bowlers

Ishant Sharma...the one who is still in a learning phase even after playing for 6 years in International team..

Ishant Sharma...the boy who never grew..

Posted by zzby on (October 19, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Bring back Zaheer,Irfan, Yadav and Awana.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Non Indian supporters ,you can post all the anti Indian propoganda you want to .Noone even reads it .As an Indian cricket fan my only interest is in seeing India win .who the opposition is dosent matter and I am least interested in posting about anyone besdies India .But to fans of other countries it does appear that what India does ,matters indeed because they are always posting some stuff or the other .I guess thats the extra attention or jealousy you get from being a world champion .On the other hand ive never been interested in any other team world champions or not .

Posted by srinideva on (October 19, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Probably ishanth sharma played his last odi match for india..postive sign for indian cricket..

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

maybe the banana and milk that dhoni consumed 3 overs from home gave the aussies the strength!! you know that it's easy to slip on a banana skin..

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Finally it has happened. Ishant Sharma has, with a little assistance from Vinaykumar, managed to singlehandedly defeat India. What a great achievement!!! In Marathi, there is a paly called Raigadaalaa Jevhaa Jaag Yete - meaning "When Raigad [shivaji's capital] awakes. Are we now waiting to see "Dhinilaa Jevhaa Jaag Yete or Sandeep Patil laa Jevhaa jaag yete"? Why do we keep persisting with this dangerous character in the team and demoralise all other good performers?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Spear head need to show the out of ground spear

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

MS Dhoni did an amazing job until the 40th over where he gave the ball to Virat Kohli where he conceded nearly 20 runs. He made many specialist options to stick with but his unorthodox methods didn't quite work today. Ishant Sharma, as everyone knows, isn't exactly a death bowler. Still, Dhoni used him when he probably should have given Vinay Kumar or Ashwin to bowl the 48th. India has a lot to do and ponder over when they go back to their dressing rooms, especially the death bowling.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (October 19, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

Cricket these days: In the same match, same team, 10 overs for 30 runs and 1 over for 30 runs.

In the past, I have always been Fan of an unpopular person. For example, Dravid instead of Sachin, Vengsarkar for Gavaskar. One exception, I have been MSD fan for the past 6 years or so. Watching him more and more only makes you think how valuable he is - an understatement.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

its so good to see faukner play today and show the world and especially indian selectors and MSD how bad a bowler Ishant is.. MSD finally paid the price of playing Ishant. He should have been dropped long before.. bring back Umesh yadav, Varun Aaron ( if he is fit).. We need some pace in our attack.. Why is Unadkat not playing.. MSD please never select Ishant..

Posted by sony_sr on (October 19, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Dhoni (or whoever selected todays 11) is the only people responsible for todays loss. anyone with basic common sense would not have selected ishsant sharma, aswin and vinay kumar.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Awesome match. ... Thanks Ishant .... ur memories will remain for years to come. .. I guess even faulkner's grand kids are gonna talk about this day. And abt Ishant Insane Batting James. .. That was toooo good...

Posted by gmathew on (October 19, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

What a shame. You follow a game one whole day, ball for ball and then towards the end when victory is in sight....one bowler throws it all away in one 30 run over. Dhoni you have no right to promote Ishant at the expense of a billion people's desires...I am devastated.

Posted by sachin_paul on (October 19, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Why all the blame on Ishant though? Wasn't Dhoni partly responsible for this defeat? He tossed the ball to Ishant Sharma even though the bowler has proved utterly incapable of bowling at the death. And his managing of overs was terrible...he should have given the ball to Ashwin when Bailey and Voges were looking to consolidate. Instead he bowled out Jadeja and was forced to use Ashwin in the end. And why the obsession with Kohli bowling? Why not toss the over to Yuvraj or Raina? Am sure they'd give less than 16 runs that Kohli gave away. Anyway, am glad that Aussies came out with a win! Now for the series!

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (October 19, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Dear fellow Indians - let us not dignify illogical and hate based comments made against India with a response. Let us enjoy the game of cricket. Sport is supposed to build relationships. Mocking and hurting others is not our culture.

Posted by SVSHK on (October 19, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Out of box hitting by Faulkner, really disappointed to see Dhoni special to go in vain all becoz of Ishant and really need a change. Dhoni cannot afford a chance, Ishant was out performing and it is clear from his first 2 games and still Dhoni gave him another chance When you have bench strength waiting for a chance, giving a chance to Ishant is not a good deal by Dhoni. These are the guys he needs to give a break …. Raina , Ishant & Ashwin.

Posted by zaknfs3 on (October 19, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Good lord India lost finally because of Ishant. This was bound to happen and at least now the indian selectors should realise , Ishant needs to go. He is been there since a long time now hiding under the umbrella of others, this time it wasn't enough. Not only death over, whole indian bowling lineup is minnow level. India is not ODI#1, instead india is world's batting no#1 team, cus bowling dont even ask, may be below no#10. This was solely lost because of one bowler and he needs to go. When you are defending a score and you give away 30 out of 44 runs needed in then it means you are no international lever bowler. This is not one bad performance he had, this is how he performs, so no excuses for him to be in the team.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (October 19, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner If two losses makes the whole India losers then I think the sri lanka is ultra loser as they loose all the time.

Posted by SamRoy on (October 19, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

I think justice was served as Australia get plenty of wrong decisions from Indian umpires.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Sandip Patil & Co. Unless you remove Ishant from the 15, Ishant will always be in the XI. It seems...

Posted by Sid316 on (October 19, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

It would be very interesting to know when did Ishant take his last "bowler's" wicket, only one I remember is the Ricky Ponting wicket 5 years ago... The selectors should give people like Jaydev Unadkat a try !! Also, what happened to Pravin Kumar, I don't think he was worse than Ishant !

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (October 19, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

@Bladerunner I am usually someone who ignores illogical and hate based comments like yours but your comments about Yuvraj are regrettable to say it in a polite manner. This guy has suffered from Cancer and lost his strength and fitness and still has the will to go through two months of rigorous training to make a comeback. It does not matter which country you belong to you should learn to respect such a guy if you are not able to respect right away. Blind hatred is not good for your soul. You will understand once you suffer a injury how difficult it is.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

@blade runner.. Do you seriously know anything abt cricket or is it just blah blah blah you do best???

Posted by spence1324 on (October 19, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Has to be one of the sights in would cricket a stunned silent indian crowd.

Posted by wkp. on (October 19, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Everyone is certainly going to be looking at how badly Sharma bowled.. but even though Dhoni scored a hundred (and it was awesome to watch), his captaincy still remains questionable. Why was Kohli bowled on the 40th over when his main attack had spare overs left.. ? that over alone cost India a good 16 runs... On the other hand, massive credit to voges for sticking it out till the end and obviously Faulkner... the hero of the match!!!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Why Ishant was still in the playing XI, for the third ODI. "Good Books Theory" explains it well. Here is it: You never lose, if you get into the good books of any power center. Here is some empirical proof: Ishant, Ashwin, Vinay, Jadeja, Rohit (during his out of form days), et al. Someone like Irfan will prove the inverse of the theorem. Irfan was favored till he fell from grace. Shreeshant, even in his "good" days (bowling-wise) was never in the "good books" of the then prevailing power centres.

Posted by Hotshot007 on (October 19, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Dhoni Says: You have to back your strength Comment: So. . Since when did bowling short @ 130k become India's strength?!

Dhoni: you don't need to spoonfeed bowlers at the international level Comment: Sounds well and good boss, except you selected Ishant despite knowing his bowling form was bad. So. . Who's the advice to?! Yourself?!

Dhoni: we need more from the part-timers Comment: Yeah, ok. All that's well and good. Part-timers are needed to back up the main bowlers on a day when they aren't bowling well, but in the end they are part-timers. They can't be expected to perform on every given day. Ishant on the other hand is your main bowler. And Puhleez! When Vinay had 2 overs left, why was Ishant even handed the 48th?! The part-timer excuse is used when you a main bowler doesn't do well and you are a bowler short, not here.

Posted by genuineIndianFan on (October 19, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

I think Faulknar did a good job not only for AU but for India as well, if this happened to be Ishant's last match for the country. Love you, Faulknar :)

Posted by playitstraight on (October 19, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

The death bowling issue has existed for a long time, and still has not been properly addressed. The selection panel may have a few questions to answer in picking Ishant and Vinay, but Dhoni will be held responsible for his captaincy, despite his wonderful innings. More importantly, the bowling coach must be asked why has there still not been a bowler who can be reliable that can bowl yorkers, slower balls, and good line and length balls in the death overs?

Really pitiful, but I felt this loss was coming after the 2nd ODI, when KOHLI did not walk after edging Watson to the keeper. He added some 64 runs after that, poor spirit of cricket. The law of karma never fails, as it showed today, although I feel sorry for Dhoni overall.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

No blaming on anyone for the loss. But where are the yorkers, low full toss, full length bowling? Even average gully cricketers like me know this. How come international cricketers and support staff doesn't know this?

Posted by nazish_altaf on (October 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

congrats aussies .very well played faulkner and i thank u for at least i really hope that i wont see ishant in team now. Enough is enough plz drop him now

Posted by nazish_altaf on (October 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

congrats aussies .very well played faulkner and i thank u for at least i really hope that i wont see ishant in team now. Enough is enough plz drop him now

Posted by nazish_altaf on (October 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

congrats aussies .very well played faulkner and i thank u for at least i really hope that i wont see ishant in team now. Enough is enough plz drop him now

Posted by nazish_altaf on (October 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

congrats aussies .very well played faulkner and i thank u for at least i really hope that i wont see ishant in team now. Enough is enough plz drop him now

Posted by InfiniteWhite on (October 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

The Indian bowling attack was so weak, without poor umpiring they would not have taken 3 wickets let alone 10. Well, as the saying goes, a symphony orchestra is only as good as its weakest member. Thanks both teams for the amazing entertainment!

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Blade Runner...your team has worst bowlers than Ishant..so dont just stop critizing Ishant...start with Eranga, Perera etc...lol...

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

What a batting by Faulkner How many more 300 plus to come from Aussies Now they can challenge any side They have a competitive and well balanced side More wins to come and they will grab the series Well done

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Faulkner inng was way better than overrated Dhoni!

Posted by nazish_altaf on (October 19, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

congrats aussies .very well played faulkner and i thank u for at least i really hope that i wont see ishant in team now. Enough is enough plz drop him now

Posted by Kingzzzz on (October 19, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Even with the help of their umpires India still cannot win at home on a flat wicket. Australia are less experienced than this Indian team but still lose bad. The only world class young talent they have is Kohli. The rest are ordinary.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

@Ayaz Kamal , All indians (ur enemies apparently) are somewhere happy too that it will stop Ishant from getting picked again and will let India win more "important" matches like world cup etc ...

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

We've got to give credit to Faulkner.We never expect a bowler to hit the sixes nochantly

Posted by Kirk_Levin on (October 19, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

If Indians had some self-belief and guts, they would prepare sporting wickets. No wonders, kids in India don't pick up fast bowling, when flat pitches are rolled out to ensure high scoring matches. This is also one reason, why India has never won a series in Aussie.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

at least Indian pundits admit the man of the match should go better player in the winning side than losing side 100 . remember jamshed got unbeaten 100 and win the match but dhoni got the man of the match . i really thought they will do the same here. good for cricket.

Posted by mzm149 on (October 19, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Well played Faulkner!!! Well deserved victory for Australia specially after two extremely blatant umpiring decisions.

Posted by Smithie on (October 19, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Careful boys don't upset Mr Srinivasan too much or there will be no India for next summer's Tests or the World Cup. This result will not go down well at the ICC meeting in London - unless of course Guru placed a few rupees on Aus around over 46 ?

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Ishant! Ishant! Ishant! Anti-hero role works only in Bollywood movies. Anyway, you repaid Dhoni's faith in you extremely well, even erasing all the good work done Dhoni, with the bat.

Kohli also repaid Dhoni for his faith in him with the ball. Last time, it was 12 run in a solitary over. This time, Kohli improved it into a solitaire over, by offering 18 runs to our good guests from down under. Diwali mood, No?

Ishant, with Kohli's support role, turned the match around beautifully! Beautiful, boys; beautiful! How beautiful? It's indescribable! It has to be experienced from the depth of one's guts, as Dhoni might have, towards the end of the match.

Posted by ns09 on (October 19, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

@pull_shot : Gud point :) . awesome balling from india wow .....

Posted by Alanckrit on (October 19, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Please remove Ishant Sharma from the squad...and search for seriously interested and skilled bowlers....if u fail to find one...come to me...i will not be more disappointing and disastrous than ishant sharma....(btw i too have long hair in case u give any preferences other than bowling skills..)

Posted by Kirk_Levin on (October 19, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

I was really shocked by the umpiring decisions. Such mistakes are not excusable eh. Good on the lads. Aussies showed, they are also learning how to play on flat/concrete like wickets, which Indians always seem to favor. One sided game, where bowlers are irrelevant. On to the next game mate.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

my mom said exactly like this "that fellow with hairs(she doesn't know his name) will come and win the match for Australia" she said this the next ball ishant bowled in 48th over.... my mom can understand simple thing and our selectors and captain can't understand that.... Simple man ISHANT WON'T BE ALLOWED TO EVEN PLAY IN STREET CRICKET IN DELHI,HOW IS HE PLAYING FOR INDIA????

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 19, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

oh boy here we go...the Ind haters will creep up from all directions for an unlimited bashing...let the bashing festival begin....THANK U MR.ISHANT..I hope you retire from Ind cricket as soon as possible and Ind government may terminate your citizenship so that no future bowlers or the next generation may luk up to you and be ashamed of....

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Still you guys believe Dew factor? He trying to find some reason to hide the mistakes what he has done...

Posted by diehardINDIANcricketfan on (October 19, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Ishant Sharma is not even a blunt spearhead. He is a pin poking sometime around

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

potential bowling line up: zaheer khan, pragyan ojha, ravindra jadeja, bhubaneswar kumar, harbhajan singh/umesh yadav/jaidev unadkat; we need strong bowlers who can be relied on..

Posted by Ragas96 on (October 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Despite his great innings Dhoni truly deserved this loss. His dogged persistence with Ishant & Ashwin is inexplicable. I hope the selectors will drop these two blokes from the 15 so that the decision of playing them is taken out of Dhoni's hands.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Please drop raina enough msd u suported ur csk team mate more

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

It is very Sad moment for me as a cricket fan to watch such pathetic and substandard bowling performance from a team who is undoubtedly one of world's best. They are only best because of their wonderful batting talent thanks to IPL more or less. But why the Indian bowlers don't even use their minds if they have. They can't bowl according to the field set by the master captain. Bring some thoughtful bowlers world champions otherwise these performances will surely lower the graph of your performance very soon. A concerned Pakistani fan without any biased opinion.

Posted by dzdiamond on (October 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

|4 6 6 2 6 6| is the error of whole indian Team for the Reasult behind Todays.

Opponents took benifit from our flaccidity and mistakes. brother Ishant, Recover the blind side of you.

Posted by anilrajan22 on (October 19, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Dhoni has made right decision to give the ball to ishant, he is the most experienced bowler and should take the responsibility of delivering what is expected of him, it cost India a loosing match however it will surely end a saga of an overrated ODI bowler, and he(ishant) will have only to blame himself after such a long run of opportunity given to him by selectors.. No point of selecting him again untill he starts picking up wickets with wicket taking delivery, his economy goes down below 4.00 and starts bowling yorkers.. domestic cricket should be the arena to judge this, not anymore of international experiments...

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

haha..whenever Dhoni scores a century, India loses...thats how Sachin was criticized, now what about Dhoni ?

Posted by sachinisawesome on (October 19, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

@ EnglishCricket If India keeps on playing like this they will become pathetic like Sri Lankan team. I hope India doesn't become that pathetic. Ishant brought back the memories when Dhoni thrashed Parera for 34 runs in one over and dented him for life.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Ishant Sharma pack up ur kit and go home...

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

haha..whenever Dhoni scores a century, India loses...thats how Sachin was criticized, now what about Dhoni ?

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Dhoni decides what ads to do in team meetings I assume.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

It was jst a bad luck bt nw its tym to prove ursrlf pull up ur socks indian team

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

really happy todayyyyyyyyyyyyyy aussies beat my enemy.....................................................

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

this is what happens if you just wanna keep chamchas in your team....dhoni is persisting with ishant for reasons best known to him...dhoni brought ishant on to bowl at the death...dhoni played a great knock but he is also responsible for india losing this match...even harbhajan could have bowled a decent 48th over in mohali and india could have won this match...but dhoni just wants chamchas in his team

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

What a commanding victory for Australia. It was fantastic to watch James Faulkner ripping the mediocre Indian bowlers apart. LOL Australia could have won the match much more earlier if it wasn't for some dubious umpire decisions. # Finch lbw #Watson lbw. On both occasions, the ball was missing the leg stump. I must apologize to all Indians for calling 'em FTB's. They are not even FTB's. They are just losers. Aussies are now high in confidence and will win rest of series easily. # Ishant Sharma - the best death bowler in the world !! lol

Posted by abyrao on (October 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Shame on the headless performance of the so called spearhead Ishant. Not one Yorker. Even a layman would know what to do. After chetans Miandad fiasco I think this is the second on list. Go for Zaheer and must drop Ishant from all formats maybe even delhi team. Can understand losing its a game but can't stand game and happiness spoilers like Ishant.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

When the match begins today, the first thing I noticed that whether Ishant Sharma is included, hope next time the selectors / coach may interfere in the final XI just to exclude Ishant for ever. Felt so bad with Dhon's stuborn nature of selection....

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Ishant Sharma is just misunderstood..... I think he should be given ONE MORE MATCH!! :P

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

No point in playing 3 fast bowlers in indian conditions...look at ravindra jadeja's figures.... it will be wise to bring in pragyan ojha in place of ashwin or ishant sharma for the remaining games...ojha is by far the best spinner india has. the wisdom of bowling the 40th over by virat kohli was also not understood by me.. that is when australia started to get back into the groove.

Posted by pahora on (October 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Samshuddin! The most pathetic and disgraceful umpire going around. He cancelled a clear wide after calling for it, because Ashwin scared him. Professor Sharma did the same in 1998 against Sri Lanka. He gave Jadeja out when he knocked the cover of the ball, and then scratched his hat like nothing happened. And guess what! They are both from India. The land where a good umpire is a luxury.umpiring was really not of standard of International Cricket... you can easily say that the dismissal of Shane Watson was straight forward wrong... and dismissal of Aron Finch was also wrong... bad decisions were there but still Australiya manage to win this match... that shows weak bowling line up of India.....

Posted by samincolumbia on (October 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

This series is turning out to be one of the most exciting in recent memory!! Both teams giving their best and fighting until the very end. I would take this over the boring and hyped up Ashes or the recently concluded England-Aus ODI series where the highlight was watching english batsmen scoring at no more than 3 runs per over in an ODI game!

Posted by y4yoga on (October 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

If there is one person whom the whole of India have to blame , its definitely Ishant. I hope Now Team India will realise the importance of Death bowling of Zaheer. Atleast let him play the remainder of the series and for some time atleast till India finds a young talent to replace him

Posted by Usman_Jilani on (October 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Why can't Dhoni ever praise the opposition? Doing this will not lower his status. That's one thing I've never liked about him. Sore loser

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Ishant I have only one word for you.....

if killing someone is allowed in our country for hurting national pride than you definitely would have been butchered............ 30 runs and that also to a bowler cum hitter and you called yourself a spearhead. You are pathetic and a shame on bowling community and MSD you played one of the most memorable knock but you are responsible for this defeat. What is between you and Ishant that you can't make him seat in the bench. Becoz of you only Unadkat, Amit and shami will have to go out of team without playing a match.

We need Zak back atleast he can bowl some good yorkers in the end and MSD please back up Ishant again and get him selected for the next 4 ODI's

Really it hurts when you are cheering your team and this happens.

Posted by Hotshot007 on (October 19, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Why India kept bowling short when they had only the pace to bowl at 130k at best baffles me. This after India supposedly kept practicing yorkers in the practice sessions after the 2nd ODI. What was the point of all that then?! Yes, Dhoni brought India back into the game with his whirlwind knock, but in reality he lost the game earlier when he chose Ishant. Not to take anything away from Faulkner, but the way Ishant was bowling, any good attacking batsmen would have probably taken advantage, and Faulkner just took full toll.

Posted by SamRoy on (October 19, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

I am happy India lost. Hope it makes Dhoni more flexible. Unfortunately it won't. Vinay and Ishant are club standard bowlers. Ashwin experiments way too much in ODIs and should only be playing tests. Jadeja will not useful if the wicket is flat. Bhuvi, Mishra, Unadkat, Shami is a far better bowling attack (though Shami is a longer version bowler and would have preferred someone like Mohit Sharma ahead of him).

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Bring back Tambe, mohit and Mishra...Eliminate Ishant, Ashwin, Vinay from the team

Posted by FAB_ALI on (October 19, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

If our batsmen say to bowlers " go out and give as much as you want, we will score one more", our bowlers say "go out and score as much as you want, we will give one more" !!!!!!

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (October 19, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Death bowling is becoming a nuisance for all teams with the new ODI rules. Maybe we should change the rules so that you can have five fielders out for the last ten overs. India does not like to play against Australia in India under Dhoni. He struggles to contain their batsmen on flat wickets. I think there is a good chance that we will lose this series and it would be difficult to accept for us. But if we can try out other bowlers now instead of being obstinate I would be very happy. Dhoni is not a fan of change. When things go bad it gets highlighted as his most negative quality. Ashwin should be given a break as well or we are going to lose him soon. He will soon be like Irfan Pathan if he does not get time to reflect about his game today. Perhaps we should also give a chance to military medium pace all rounders like Abhishek Nayar and Rishi Dhawan. This is the series to try out changes. Think about what would happen if Jadeja gets injured right before the world cup

Posted by diehardINDIANcricketfan on (October 19, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Well Played India. didnt feel sorry after losing, infact i am very happy as now eyes will open of selectors. this is needed and its done. Australia should have won this game with atleast 5 overs to spare in front of such a bowling attack. Amazing play by Dhoni and Faulkner. Felt sorry for Watsons wrong decision.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Ya joe we can win

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Dear Indians! Request some bowlers from Pakistan. I thought Pak batters are as worst as Indian bowlers are. But these bowlers proved me wrong. Indian bolwers are worst on Planet, but Pak batting is weak but still decent.

Oh my god, if Pak batman can score 303 in an ODI and which team can chase against them, No one!

Posted by pahora on (October 19, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

Samshuddin! The most pathetic and disgraceful umpire going around. He cancelled a clear wide after calling for it, because Ashwin scared him. Professor Sharma did the same in 1998 against Sri Lanka. He gave Jadeja out when he knocked the cover of the ball, and then scratched his hat like nothing happened. And guess what! They are both from India. The land where a good umpire is a luxury.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

great injustice!Dhoni should have been declared MoM (lol)

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

Mr.Ishant Sharma please announce ur retirement and save indian cricket

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

I am annoyed DAT even after scoring 300 runs we were unable to defend those many runs . Ishant u shud quit cricket and sit @ home. ishant after having playing for 6 years could not defend 30 runs . we shud kick him out off the team.

Posted by sidbala on (October 19, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

We have lost the match due to Dhoni's team selection. Neither Ishant nor Ashwin has to be replace with some other member to win the next 4 one day. Otherwise we will loss the balance 4 matches. Why Dhoni is still playing Ishant and Ashwin. These two member are burden for the team.

Posted by reghuh on (October 19, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

Ishant sharma is sureshot man of the match

Posted by tmp789 on (October 19, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

What India lacks is not good fast bowler, but a thinking fast bowler. The last thinking fast bowler was Kapil Dev.

Pakistan on the other hand have plenty, with the best being Wasim Akram. Anyone can have the skills of Wasim Akram, but you can have his brains.

I thought Ishant was not thinking at all. In the 48th over, its better to be mishit rather than clobbered with so much disdain. I dont know what excuse Ishant has.

Also, as a bowler, I want to be able to see clearly what the batsmen is doing when I run into bowl. With hair that long, not sure if he gets a good view at all. Might as well bowl blind folded.

Posted by TRAM on (October 19, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

This is what politics does to the country. Hope whoever was backing up Ishant resigns his job and stays away from selection matters.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

lol..... hard luck for India I watched the last overs.of this match on tv. Better luck next time. From a Pakistani.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

Incredible effort from team India!!!!!!!plz...plz..plz. Ishant Sharma is asset of team India... India should bot waste his qualities(how to loose) a wi match.... good going indian bowling..... :D lolzz

Posted by mansel on (October 19, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

What a beautiful game ODI cricket is. All this action in just one day and after 50 overs it can still go down to the wire in the very last over. Well done both sides for putting up another spectacle.

Posted by applethief on (October 19, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

Genuinely think that Ishnt is completely unconcerned about his performances, hasn't shown the slightest inclination to want to improve. As long as he has his IPL contract lockerd down, I think he'll continue to not give a crap about his performances for India

Posted by Ragas96 on (October 19, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Despite his great innings Dhoni truly deserved this loss. His dogged persistence with Ishant & Ashwin is inexplicable. I hope the selectors will drop these two blokes from the 15 so that the decision of playing them is taken out of Dhoni's hands.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Throw out these useless bowlers and bring new blood into the team....

Posted by prashadguruge on (October 19, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

excerlent aussies.....continue the win to next matches

Posted by arnie66 on (October 19, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

@ cric_roch..I agree Ishant needs some rest..FOR EVER !!!!..He should not be allowed to play in school teams let alone an International team like India..When India made 303 today, I thought we were 10-20 runs short..How? Well Ishant and Vinay will consistently leak 80 runs in their 10 overs...so that's 160 runs..The remaining bowlers at best need another 150-160 runs to defend in the remaining 30 overs...So that's a total of 310-320..As long as Ishant and Vinay keeps playing, India needs to make totals of around 320+ to win. When will Sandeep Patil and Dhoni get some sense into their heads and drop these good-for-nothing so called fast bowlers ?

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Samshuddin! The most pathetic and disgraceful umpire going around. He cancelled a clear wide after calling for it, because Ashwin scared him. Professor Sharma did the same in 1998 against Sri Lanka. He gave Jadeja out when he knocked the cover of the ball, and then scratched his hat like nothing happened. And guess what! They are both from India. The land where a good umpire is a luxury.

Posted by India_boy on (October 19, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

i'M EXTREMELY HAPPY that it's because of Ishant and Vinay kumar that we have lost this match. Who did they let down ? MSD- the guy who scored one of his best hundreds despite being injured for 80% of his inns. and who was their only supporter. Now, hopefully MSD has got one in his guts.Such an obstinate captain. Secondly, if they had kicked out these two pathetic "bowlers" after the 2nd match, there might have been a chance of calling them back sometime in future, but hopefully they r done and dusted now. Bury their careers like they bury radioactive waste, inside iron box of 2 feet walls and 10 feet underground. cricinfo pls publish

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

I'm truly heartbroken! This was our game to win. Thanks Ishant, for ruining cricket for us. Dhoni tried his level best and this is what you give back to us. Thanks, Thanks a lot!

Posted by mayank_yuvi on (October 19, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

ishant is the very low category bowler. Pravin Kumar is the better bowler in compression of ishant. why dhoni forgot the pravin kumar?

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

Ishant should quit cricket....

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

awesome.... wow!!

Posted by neelabhsamvatsar on (October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

michael bevan is much better than dhoni.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

All credit will goes MSD, still he believes Ishant, Vinay and Ashwin though everyone knows they are useless and out of form. Though he batted well all his bad decisions gave the game to Aus...Keep up the good work MSD

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

not only this match he is not bowlin well from this 3 matches,for jharkhand cricket lover sake please remove ishant fr next three match

Posted by cricketanand12 on (October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

The two sharmas as are said to have lot of talent.does it need 100 chances to prove your talent.a country having a population of over 1.2 billion does not have only two talented people.IPL has only few Indian bowlers and teams succeeder due to their fast bowling of overseas player.suryakeant pradhan,imtiaz Ahmed,pankaj Singh,sandeep warrier. And SHARMA, and many more are there.especially pankaj Singh.r.I.p. isishant SHASHARMA,many bowlers became old while you were playing and now they are avoided because that have becomae old.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

Go Ishant... Go Ishant... Go to sleep and don't wake up. Now, open a shop because noone in the world will take bowling coaching from you.

Posted by pull_shot on (October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

According to Ravi Shastri any game above 600 runs is good one sick......

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

I wasn't sure that James Faulkner belonged at the international scene, then I saw him end Ishant's career.

Posted by indikalocal on (October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

Please don't overact. There are far better teams. Be sensible to accept the reality.

Posted by kdevil3 on (October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

I dont mind india loosing this match if it get rids of ishanth

Posted by Sunny_Shine on (October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

1st of all, this was a brilliant game of CRICKET, I really enjoyed it till the end(almost till the end) :)......, Secondly (most imp.) someone needs to put his arm around this ISHANT SHARMA'S NECK AND.........tell him, there's no harm adding variations(yorkers,bouncers etc.) to his (PATHETIC)bowling arsenal. And at last question of this century "WHAT WAS DHONI THINKING?" Good day everyone :)

Posted by AvidCricFan on (October 19, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

The last five overs gave India a respectable total in this game and just one over from Ishant Sharma gave Aussies the game. The bowler in spite of being in the international cricket for 6 years now, has not learned the art of death bowling. Bring back Zaheer Khan. He probably would have won this game for India. With little chin music both Raina and Yuvi were out of depth. This is second game in a raw Yuvi is out for a duck chasing rising delivery outside the off and play miles away from his body. He needs to sort out his technique quickly and make amends with his batting. He also bowled too many short "hit me" balls.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Ishant SHarma is the heir of Ashish Nehra in the Indian Team. He has always been a useless bowler. Performance wise an absolute zero. Still has grown long hairs as if he is the worlds most feared bowler. The kind of bowling India has, they will have to score more that 350 runs every match to have a chance of winning. That too is not certain.

Made a wonderful innings from Dhoni go in vein.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

cngrts...!! Australia.. bst wishes frm SL cricket fans.

Posted by Sarangarajan on (October 19, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

There cannot be any reason for Dhoni to continue with the same old bowlers who are 'cannon fodder' for any international team-especially Ishant leading the bunch. This Indian bowling is simply an embarrassment .How long you continue to hide behind good batting.Dhoni is adamant in not changing the bowlers and he has paid for it.He blames the part time bowlers for the loss- very funny indeed. Australia is really pumped up now to win the series comfortably.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

i liked the look of Faulkner in the last of the Ashes tests and I like what he is showing here in this series as well. The guy is a real competitor with a bit a fair bit of talent. Excited to see what becomes of him. A fair bit of shine has been taken off MSD's innings, but i hope in a quiet moment of reflection he gives himself a bit of a pat on the back for today's century. The guy is a bit of ODI batting genius I reckon.

Posted by Brahams on (October 19, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Wow! Great hitting by James! Wonderful match and great finish. And mega entertainment.

Two strong teams and looking forward to remaining matches.

And to all those fan boys cribbing about pitch, DRS, umpires, meaning of cricket and global warming - chill out! Just enjoy the game.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Pathetic Ishant Sharma. Faulkner batted well and deserved the victory.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (October 19, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

@LOrd Buddha: Hope you are enjoying your humble pie for dinner! And what a pity that your team cant find 2 bowlers from 1 billion. Enjoy man

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (October 19, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

India's strike->aka leak bowler does it again for his team ... 30 runs from six balls ... if an out of shape Zaheer can be given a break .... this chap can be surely dropped ... too much complacency has creep-ed into his mind ... this is hurting India real bad

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (October 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

India's strike->aks leak bowler does it again for his team ... 30 runs from six balls ... if an out of shape Zaheer can be given a break .... this chap can be surely dropped ... too much complacency has creep-ed into his mind ... this is hurting India real bad

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

i have only one thing to say that Ishant Sharma should be no more in the Indian team. He is the most pathetic bowler india has ever produced. He has ride on his height till now. BCCI need to emphasize on the fast bowling side of indian attack.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

@ English Cricket - we rely on our in bred talent..We dont outsource players into out national team to win matches..I sadly agree with your statement though

Posted by Jay219 on (October 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

"I love being the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack," Ishant Sharma had said in August. - Do u know even what bowling is? Do read this space after your bowling today. And just get the hell out of cricket.

@ BCCI - Shame on you all for not able to find at least 1 bowler who can bowl yorkers. We Indians are cursed by many officials who do not hunt for fresh talents and just work on non-credible players.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (October 19, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

@Shankar Jairaman: HB is doing what exactly a comentator should do, ie stay neutral! Commentary is not cheerleading. In any case, there are enough cheerleaders in commentary these days with Siva leading the pack. Sorry your cricket knowledge isnt good enough. And sorry to see your celebrated bowlers being hammered..lol

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Ishant Sharma is the new Ashish Nehra of India. Infact he has always been a faltu bowler. The kind of bowling India has, they will have to score more than 350 runs every match to give themselves a chance to win.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

ishant sharma is not good bowler.he gets wicket luckily as i observed.i dont know why they didnt bowl just on the line..they cannt make any yorker ball.they dont know the temparent as aussies r...ishant sharma should be out of this team.many good bowler r waiting to show their bowling skill.....ishant sharma,u always break my heart..you are not indian national team player,you r player of slums....

Posted by RachitRajIndian on (October 19, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

There is always a positive underlying adversity. The loss probably means an end of charity to Ishant Sharma.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

His century cannot his his blunder in bowling Kohli unnecessarily to hand Australia the momentum and his initial blunder of playing pie chuckers like Ishant Sharma cost us a match we should have won by some distance. Shame on the Indian captain!

Posted by sumit1982 on (October 19, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

I couldn't believe being ishant more experiences blower , he doesn't known in slog over he need to blow in yorker length rather giving short pitch stuff to the aus who from their childhood are used to play with.

And vinay kumar another blower he doesn't have the pace like Johnson but on and on blowing short delivery, Aus batsmen have enough ample time to play those delivery.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Austrailia's win reminds me of the Nagpur blunder.Where India did not defend 296 against SA &lost by 3wkts despite 12 in the bag. The replacements Ishant out, Unadkat in Ashwin out,Mishra in &Rayudu in. This will be a perfect squad.MSD played well and he deserves the MOM AWARD

Posted by JimmyDean on (October 19, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

MSD still blame dew???????? Ishant is your problem!!!!!

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

I was never had good opinion about ishant... With this match it is completely gone. It is good that India lost this match... Most of the time when he messed it up, other team members used to cover up and his lack of skill is forgotten. This time he made such a big mess with one single over, so that others couldn't bring out India from claws of defeat. Hopefully selectors consider this a lessons learnt and make sensible decisions. He did have some good performances in the past but they are too distant to call anything other than luck....

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (October 19, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Congrats Australia. Great match. If and it's a big IF Ishant gets dropped after this match the whole of India will have to thank Faulkner

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (October 19, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Ishant has been very expensive and non performing in the last many matches. And he just handed over this match to the aussies!! Good this happened. Atleast now he can be shunted out of Team India for continuous non performance!!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (October 19, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

The selectors and Dhoni have a lot to answer for with regards to Ishant's continued selection. Prior to this match even journalists had printed articles of Ishant's lacklustre performances. The fans also posted their disappointed. The selectors and captain failed to heed the message that the rest of India were fully aware of!

Posted by Patdabac on (October 19, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

So this is the downside of the IPL for Indians. Faulkner is turning out to be a very useful allrounder too. The Aussies showed why India are not the No 1 team in ODI's because of their very poor bowling attack, not a single bowler is dangerous in the Indian Team.

Posted by Shan156 on (October 19, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

@Lord_Buddha, looks like the joke is on you thanks to your 'spearhead'. If Ishant does not get dropped after this performance, then he never will. Vinay and Ashwin have also been ordinary. Anyway, well done Aussies. India will bounce back though.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

umpiring was really not of standard of International Cricket... you can easily say that the dismissal of Shane Watson was straight forward wrong... and dismissal of Aron Finch was also wrong... bad decisions were there but still Australiya manage to win this match... that shows weak bowling line up of India.....

Posted by Midnight1131 on (October 19, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

India would've won if it wasn't for Ishant Sharma. Goodbye Ishant. India can have bowlers so much better than you.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Now its time to say good bye to Ishant forever

Posted by true_point on (October 19, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

For goodness sake, don't know why Ishant Sharma was selected. Why is Ashwin bowling a leg stump line?. Why was Virat given the ball? Why was not Raina given the ball to bowl? There is also a question about Dhoni's captaincy in team selection. Hope the selection committee brings in Yadav and Ishant should be dropped. Ishant has to go to the drawing board and improve his bowling (seam position). The Indian Seamers were feeding Finch with short and outside the offstump. Next match Amit Misra has to be given a chance. Yadav should be brought in. Ashwin should be dropped or should be made to listen to the commentators like Gavaskar, L. Sivaramakrishnan. They said Ashwin was trying too many variations. So why dont our players listen the experts and coaches Adam Voges said that Hayden had told them about betting in India and they listened to that.. Our bowlers in the beginning and in teh end, were not bowling to the field setting.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

as I said earlier indian bowling has always been a weak link, you cant bowl quick by eating dal and vegetables :)

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

lool! and Indian fans think they can win the world cup in Australian pitches yeah sure.

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 19, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

This match was lost not because of Ishant but because of Dhoni picking an gud for nothing club level bowler like Ishant...we are fed up with this guy..I have been posting this many times in cricinfo....Ishantand Vinay are not upto International standards...when are you gonna learn Mr. Dhoni....

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

Nobody fears Indian bowling. Even minnows can smash them out of the park. The funny thing is that they have the money, resources and people to produce a dangerous fast bowler but can't :) Now batsman of other teams will look at this sensational knock from Faulkner and do the same thing hehehe

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (October 19, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

@Lord_Buddha: Yo have to eat your words man. Your flat track kings and worlds worst attack ensured a loss for blind supporters like you, Enjoy

Posted by Chris_P on (October 19, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

It's never over till the fat lady sings. And for those who asked why Voges is in the team, go check the scorecard out & figure it out for yourselves. Amazinbg hitting from Faulkner, I guess he learnt something from how Dhoni handled him last over. Good student.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

I hope Ishant would be taken to the fence for ever with that over ! Bring back Baji and Zak , that's much better !!!

Posted by jay_vkjay on (October 19, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

I don't mind India loosing this match, if this is going to be the end of Ishanth for quite some time.

Posted by ScottStevo on (October 19, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

@Lord_Buddha, yes, that was a nice flat pitch - thanks! Should learn to keep it shut until the game is over, or you end up looking almost a silly as you do now!

Posted by JimmyDean on (October 19, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

@ lord Buddha ..... Yeah yeah .... The pie is on you buddy.....lol...... Ask Faulkner about the 30 m boundaries and he'll tell you ..... Throw some more Ishant pies his way.....lol

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Looks like there are a lot of indian boy players and fans who dont seem to be very happy at the moment. LOL Looks like the indian bowlers cant bowl under pressure. LOL Looks like they need to make the boundaries longer so there arent so many sixers smashed by the aussies against gutless indian part time bowlers. LOL Australia win india lose LOL

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

ishant is not blunt he is just mediocre and deserves nothing else than to lose his contract with bcci

Posted by MohitVerma1980 on (October 19, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Congratulations to Ishant!!! Last match , he tried his best to deliver whatever was in his hands but rohit and kohli wasted all his efforts. This time he has to bowl in second innings and he knew the target and thus he succeeded in his mission to provide as many runs as the opponent wanted. Worst bowler!!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Wow what a win by the Aussies, the indian bowling pretty pathetic in the end, sensational batting by Faulkner. Aussies should win this series from here against a week indian bowling attack.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Axe ISHNAT Now! Message to Ishant: Quit Cricket...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Hey Lord_Budha, what's that about Australians being unable to clear the ropes?

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

why they select Ishant?there are other who can bowl better than him

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

LOL, LOL, LOL, All the comments regarding Aussie batting and look what happens!! Even with 2 dodgy LB decesions against what we thought were our 2 biggest hitters(before Jame's 30 of one over) and we still win!! JAMES YOU LEGEND!!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

there was still one more remaining for vinay???????????,why on earth did msd give the ball to ishant ????????? to finish the game eariler????????????

Posted by HDG1978 on (October 19, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

My comments is appearing in the featured comments. Dhoni won me over today but that lasted only about 3-4 hours. Despite Dhoni's innings, one would like to underline the fact that his obstinacy referred to my me in my earlier comment has cost India the match. For me India winning matters much more than MSD. Would not want to see MSD be in the Indian team for too long despite his finishing abilities as his stubbornness is costing India matches and that is not at all acceptable. Won't be surprised if we find Ishant in the India XI in the next ODI. Cricinfor may not publish my comments but would like to reiterate down with MSD.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

6 ball and 9 runs needed!! . 2 out of 3 ware lolly low full tosses including the last ball which was six!. awesome bowling !!!

Posted by CricketChat on (October 19, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Once in a career knock from Faulkner! I always thought he was too good a batsman to come so low in the order. Hopefully, his batting will help his bowling as well, which needs some encouragement. This should be the end of Ishant, Vinay for ODIs. At the minimum, Ind should look to replace Ishant, Vinay, Ashwin and Jadeja for the next matches to have any chance in this ODI series. I think the best innings came from Dhoni.

Posted by pull_shot on (October 19, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Thanks James Faulkner for helping get rid of Ishant Sharma, All those guys who r asking sachin isn't a match winner see india's bowling over d years what ever u set its useless.That was a gem of an innings from Dhoni but see what happened?

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

way to go ishant! im lovin this

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Australia beat India in a jail break style, by four wickets in the3rd ODI played at Mohali.

Over all, it was a thriller and India had ascendency in the match during 90% of the game.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Iam happy that India lost this match. Or else Dhoni would have made the same mistakes he was doing in selecting his eleven players. Now that he lost the match and because of that 48th over..by an tall useless ...he must do some thinking and drop someone by name I Sharma.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

As an Indian fan, it was actually good to see the Aussies pull off this match. This should light a fire under the selectors arses to replace R. Vinay, I. Sharma and Ashwin (possible also Yuvraj) with other more capable bowlers and batsman. Mishra, Pujara, Unadkat, Shukla - surely we have better players than what we have seen in the first 3 matches...

Posted by blthndr on (October 19, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

mixed feelings.....upset for loss...bt very happy to see ishant kicked himself out atleast for years....

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

excellent innings by faulkener and right treatment given to the most pathetic bowling attack in the world

Posted by Chetan125 on (October 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Shame on you Ishant Sharma You don't deserve a place in the squad Please retire from cricket

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

poor ishsnt? he has surely been given longest possible rope ever. Actually he is msn of the match who turned the things of Australia. I wonder some times if he is a paid professional. I think its high time his awfully painful and long career comes to an end.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Lord_Buddha ... Aussies Flat piches . Lolz ahahahhahahah

Posted by foursandsixes on (October 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Really hope this is the end for Ishant!

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (October 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

James Faulkner take a bow lad what an innings, superb. Guess this so called number ODI team is not so great after all. And guess what they will create a flat track in the next game to give themselves a chance-we all know their batsmen are flat track bullies LOL!!!

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

I don't want to see ishant bowling again even in his streets.... street boys are more reliable than him... god gave middle figures for us because we have ishant.... come on man u got 30 runs in 47th over on top of that it was tailender batting..... quit it man, cricket is mot for u...try some other profession....

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

India cannot produce fast bowlers because they are too small and weak.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Team played better has won today.....All Indian Team Bashers are welcome.Still Series is not over.......Cant say early that Aus will win series.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Indian fast bowlers are simply rubbish. Even the likes of Zimbabwe, Ireland and even Afghanistan have better fast bowlers than them.

Posted by neelabhsamvatsar on (October 19, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

this is the truth of indian cricket and indian bowlers. australians are bew defeated india in india haaa, haaa, haaaa

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Poor Sharma... Hahaha

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

stunnig victory for austrlia

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Its high time to take out blunt spearhead from Team India. Dhonis great effort under pressure gone waste. Great game of cricket but couldnt accept the result. Good luck team india for next game!

Posted by JimmyDean on (October 19, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

@Vishwas .....lol ...... You have 13 players and still lost the game at a winning position. Maybe you should clone your best player in Ishant...... Lol ...30 runs in 48th over to give game away...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Superb play frm faulkner , this bloody indian tesm deserves to lose , ishant sharma go back to school or play with kindergarden kids ...east or west ausie r d best .....

Posted by cric_roch on (October 19, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

Ishant needs some rest...atleast until world up

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

MY DEAR ESPN PLEASE REMOVE MR. Great HARSHA BOGLE FROM COMMENTARY Box. He is adding Pinch of salt (on Wonds) to our Ambitions and Motivations on INDIA. Really Irritating to hear his Commentary (who always supports Opposition Team).

Posted by ARJa on (October 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Wonderful win for Australia. But Ishant really lost it for India. 30 runs against a rising bowling all rounder in one over. And this guy is India's fast bowling spearhead. Good luck defending scores against any decent team. No wonder India wants a pathetic opposition like the windies to come to their shores for some easy games.

Posted by silentstand on (October 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Amazing from Aussies especially Faulkner 2-1aussies series keeps getting better

Posted by chennaicricfan on (October 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Just saw the 3rd ODI between India and australia. I think Ishant is a big fan of Abhishek Puro and fully agrees with him. He actually proved him 100% right, in this match.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (October 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

hahaha India are an overrated pathetic team that are only ranked at the top because they play far more Cricket than anybody else. With so much experience and playing on flat tracks at home still get beaten. Cannot even defend big totals either. Billion people and still cannot produce 1 proper fast bowler. Too small with weak physiques I'm sorry to say.

Posted by kdevil3 on (October 19, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

i dont knw wat 2 say isanth sharm..u knw his tweeter acount

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

ishant sharma ... 30 runs in 6 balls.. man of the match

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

well played australia, holded the nerve at the key moment. good bye ishant, hopefully forever

Posted by CrICkeeet on (October 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Some people r sooo excited nd really very early they love 2 make their "Final" statement here :)... i dont knw where r they now who r little while ago commented "LOLZ" type comment... Just Read their COMMENTS Now.. How SILLY Those look like now after the match :) Nd, yah Thnq Dhoni 4 selecting Sharma again nd again :p james u beauty....

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Wonderful by Faukner

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

Ishant sharma should be the man of the match. On what basis is this guy playing for India. What is good in him than Irfan Patan? Such a useless bowler ever to play international cricket.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (October 19, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

The self-proclaimed Indian pace spearhead, Ishant Sharma, hands this game to Aussies. Hope the Indian selectors see value in not picking Ishant in the team.

Posted by Brahams on (October 19, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Some Aussie fan boys seem flustered - why are our batsmen struggling against pie chuckers and that too on a 'flat wicket'.

I would say, a good learning experience for many!

BTW, it is amusing to see Aussies can't clear 30 m boundaries. LOL!

Posted by Temuzin on (October 19, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

India really need a real strike bowler of Steyn's ability. Then this team will be invincible.

Posted by Temuzin on (October 19, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

Haddin, another Australian that succumbed to short pitched balls from mediocre Indian bowlers. What's wrong with Australians, Cant they play rising deliveries?

Posted by Brahams on (October 19, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

Boy! Looks like Ausses getting stuck with in a 'flat pitch' LOL!

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

flsherdan: every umpiring is dodgy when it's against u... why don't u suggest icc to ban umpiring decisions when u r playing against India??

Posted by JimmyDean on (October 19, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

Who is this ump Shamshuddin? How much is he been paid?

Posted by Temuzin on (October 19, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

Thanks to Jadeja for Haddin's catch now basher's cant blame umpires.

Posted by ARJa on (October 19, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

Samshuddin! The most pathetic and disgraceful umpire going around. He cancelled a clear wide after calling for it, because Ashwin scared him. Professor Sharma did the same in 1998 against Sri Lanka. He gave Jadeja out when he knocked the cover of the ball, and then scratched his hat like nothing happened. And guess what! They are both from India. The land where a good umpire is a luxury.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

please icc ban umpiring decisions for any team that plays against India...fans don't like those...only run outs are allowed...icc please include these rules...

Posted by Temuzin on (October 19, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Posted by SL_rockz on (October 19, 2013, 13:27 GMT) Jadeja is turning out to be the best all rounder to a burden now.

Not really, He has justified his position with a 10-31-1 bowling figures. No one, no allrounder can fire all the time in both departments, in every game. Give Sir Jaddu a break.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Australia win

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

I dont know why the ozzies are struggling against the average indian bowling. even a club team will chase 400 runs against this indian bowling line up and top it up with those flat wickets .

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

what is wrong with Australian ?someone other btsman out lbw there is nothing but an australian out they disturbed why?

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

guys like bigboodha forgets the not outs given to Hughes and finch... and they complain about Watson...hypocrites.... well that's wat they have got as excuse this time... good luck...lol

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

oh I saw some celebration from dhawan... he can celebrate too.... I thought he was.serious guy.... that was needed fir this young enjoying team of India

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

aussies cant handle short stuff of V kumar? on slow low pitch? maxwell goes

.dierct hit by Dhawan..thanks umps have nothing to do with that or bashers will rise again...

Posted by ShanNachimuthu on (October 19, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Looks like project Raina going to spoil both Raina & Yuvi. Please scrap the project with immediate effect. Somebody ill advised Raina to hook all short pitched deliveries.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

@bigboodha wher were you when hot spot were creating blunders in Ashes? wher were you when Phil Hughes given not out LBW of B kumar in same match where were you when flinchy given not out of V kumar There u come when Shane is got out..

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

Adam voges !!! He is so annoying for the team someone very slow like some asian batsmen. Australia should replace someone instead of him

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

@bigboodha wher were you when hot spot were creating blunders in Ashes? wher were you when Phil Hughes given not out LBW of B kumar in same match where were you when flinchy given not out of V kumar There u come when Shane is got ou..

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

@bigboodha wher were you when hot spot were creating blunders in Ashes? wher were you when Phil Hughes given not out LBW of B kumar in same match where were you when flinchy given not out of V kumar There u come when Shane is got ou..

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Bailey goes dangerous for India. out him

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Awesome innings by Dhoni. Huge respect from a Pakistani. If there is one Indian player whom I like the most its Dhoni. He always saves the day for India when things r tight. Just like our Misbah!!!

Posted by SamRoy on (October 19, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

@BigBoodha The reason why Dhoni averages 18 in Australia and not many more in SA is a result of extremely bottom handed technique and his propensity to lunge at the ball and so if there is a bit of extra bounce he edges to the slips. He can't change his technique now can he? Ponting averaged below 20 in India until the 2010 tour. So will you call Ponting a fast track bully? Every cricketer has their own strengths and weaknesses noody's perfect and that includes Sobers and Bradman.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

@bigbodha - which dodgy decision? the one where finch was not given out?

Posted by JimmyDean on (October 19, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

It seems the dews is not causing the problems but however refs dodgy calls is replacing the dews problem

Posted by JimmyDean on (October 19, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Two dodgy lbw to keep home team on top. Make a mockery of playing here. As if India needs these one sided calls......

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

how about the Finch wicket? was that not dodgy. and drs for all its technology is equally, if not more random.

Posted by prosanto on (October 19, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

i don't know what is Adam Voges doing in the team!!!

Posted by Jayzuz on (October 19, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

That's it for me. I refuse to watch games that are decided by officials and groundsmen. The paying public deserve better than this. Finch and Watson were not out. Simple. Sure, the Indian public love it. But the rest of us have had a gutful. Cricket as a fair contest has been destroyed by greed and blind nationalism.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

next match dhoni should dropped...lol

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

@bignodha where were you when flinch was given not out off vinay kumar?

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (October 19, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Another dodgy decision keeps India in the game. Finch should have refused to leave. It seems umpires are terrified of offending the Indian crowd, commentators and players. They take forever to give Indian batsmen out, and all too keep to raise the finger if there is a close call with an opposing player. Get DRS back, for the good of the game.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

YUVRAJ should bat at 4. NO point in sending raina

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

MSD the best finisher india produced

Posted by common_man_review on (October 19, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Match is evenly poised.. All depends on how Ishant and Ashwin bowl the remaining overs now.. If they fail today again then Mohit and Amit Mishra should replace them

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (October 19, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

I think India is going to have a tough time in the near future. The recent success (Tests against Aus and ODI cup in Eng) was primarily built on Bhuvanesh Kumar's and Jadeja's bowling. Now the sheen has come off. When you have no good bowlers your batsmen too would fail because of pressure save for in India.

Posted by SL_rockz on (October 19, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

Jadeja is turning out to be the best all rounder to a burden now..:O ... He has got to the top of the cricketing ladder in past few months.but now his performance is making him a burden to his team ...Hope he will perform again..quickly...733 points will definitely go downwards...Means QUESTIONS!!!!

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

why is ishant Sharma selected to the playing 11 time and again I don't get. he bleeds a lot of runs is not consistent and has an attitude to match.

Posted by Hanumall on (October 19, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Another stunning innings from India's Captain Courageous, his umpteenth. The Aussies who had the match well in control for three quarters of the duration of the Indian innings, knew what hit them but just could not stop him. A couple of Aussie batsmen should stand up now and emulate Captain Cool's cool and make a match of it to ensure that Team Australia comes back in the match and the series.

Posted by SL_rockz on (October 19, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

MSD is a wonderful finisher... I believe the best India has produced ever...How many times did he found WIN when there is no sign of winning..... It is quite amazing how he bare all the stress and responsibility alone.The biggest reason why india is no 1 in ODI's is Dhoni...If MSD was not there so many matches will be lost and india will not have such good momentum of winning... Against SL in tri-series finale MSD single hand performance won the match and series.And specially Sachin will not be lucky to put his hand on a WC trophy if DHONI did not fire in the finale chase of 270+.That 91 runs made India's dream of winning a WC reality. There are many more occasions i can remember where MSD pull up win outa now where.....Hats off to this unbelievable captain and true gentleman .

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

if sachin is god dhoni is next to him

Posted by ashis022 on (October 19, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Yuvraj should bated at no.4 for his confidence

Posted by pull_shot on (October 19, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Australia batsman never walk that was cheap from finch

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha: You say Mohali is a flat track. That sums it up. Then where can we find spherical or hyperbolical tracks, professor?

Posted by Temuzin on (October 19, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

MSD= Magnificent Super Destroyer. Bow MSD

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

Glad to see Dhoni play a great innings today . Hope our bowlers are able to bowl a decent spell to beat the Aussies .

Posted by Temuzin on (October 19, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Dhoni the teacher has showed the class how to bat in ODIs during trying circumstances. Hail Dhoni.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Well done MSD.Now i hope tje bowlers defend the total

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

expected start by indian bowlers... leaking runs!!

Posted by anoop3301 on (October 19, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

@ CricketSkills: Dhoni, a veteran of over 200 ODIs cannot win a toss where as Bailey, a relative new comer calls it right every single time. Very impressive isn't it ?

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

wht a knock frm indian captain MSD..He proved it again. He is the most successful captain..

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Dropping Dhoni = All your hard work is undone.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

a champion is supposed to be performing even when the rest of the gang fall short .... now erase this sentence and simply put MSD

Posted by Kingzzzz on (October 19, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Australian players have been impressive. Indian team has far more International experience than these Australian players and still Australia can match them at home. Players like Dhoni and Yuvraj have well over 200 ODIs and then you have players like Kohli, Sharma etc over 100 ODIs and Jadeja, Ashwin etc close to 100 ODIs where as Bailey, Finch, Dotherty, Hughes, Mawell etc all under 50 ODIs :P

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Yuvraj again missed on his home ground. Let's see if he got something to show off with the ball. Cheers. Come on India

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Fans of specific countries do themselves a disservice by belittling countries that do well. They produce great cricketers but the fans instead of analysing and enjoying the game cry like babies and dont go past cliches. Their inability to analyse and articulate cricket per se and take on partisan hues is laughable and akin to watching a petulant child create a nuisance. The game is greater than everything, someone is on the up today like someone else was on the rise yesterday....Lets enjoy the game....today's performance firmly puts Dhoni in the league or even above Javed Miandad, Bevan and Waugh. As far as fast bowling is concerned it is only one type of bowling and certainly not the only yardstick to judge teams and a very basic analysis will show that there is very little difference in how well or badly any team plays it over the long term.How many teams have returned a whitewash with a whitewash....only one....

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

MSD played captains knock with a well deserved support from Ashwin and Kohli. Great work boys keep up the good cricket.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

doesnt matter how much people criticise dhoni brigade. they are the #1 team and they have players to make a comeback from any situayion thrown at them. with this team its over untill the last ball is bowled.

Posted by pull_shot on (October 19, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

@ Waws See odi new rules 2 new balls,5 fielders inside circle,2 bouncers per over these r all created for advantage of fast bowling i.e for especially AUs,Saf,Eng now for spinner at least one out of long off or deep square leg should be inside 30 yards circle that means he should not toss it up which means killing spin bowling. Ur players those who don't know how to play spin blindly sweep or slog sweep 1 or 2 balls an over and defend remaining. Now can u say on which side icc is???????????????

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

if its so easy to bat it out on Indian pitches why are the other teams finding it difficult to win here. I think flat track losers should stop complaining.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

I have seen the only 'SUPER MONK' .... He flies HELICOPTERS for THE INDIAN TEAM !!! :) :D

Posted by DD_f0rever on (October 19, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

ATTENTION: I think, in ICC ODI rankings, this innings of Dhoni should get him double the points. . On FAST and BOUNCY pitch of Mohali, Dhoni with ankles injury took India from 150/6 to a comfortable total of 300+ facing 150+ kmph bowlers. . HELICOPTER shots shows that Dhoni is a cut above likes of Gayle, Yuvi and Pollard. He is easily the most powerful guy.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (October 19, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

I am just about ready to give up on this AUS team. Game after game we see the same scenario - get into an unlosable, dominant position, then just surrender. That Bailey drop just sums up the whole pathetic situation. A child could have caught that catch. So instead of chasing 270 AUS now chase 300+. Clearly they do not know how to win, and become deeply confused when they attain winning positions. Saw it in the Ashes and elsewhere too many times to recall. Mind you, Dhoni averages 18 in tests in Australia, and is the classic flat track bully.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

Great century from Dhoni. Congradulations for settingup hihest score record for Mohali pitch from an Indian!! As a captain only mistake he does is in choosing his team. God and may his wife will know why Ishant is still in the team. Is it just utter negligence or calculated risks ??

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

@EnglishCricket...You obviously dont watch English cricket much then...

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Wow, the man himself, MS DHONI! Whhadddaa Playyaaaaaa!!

I hadnt in my dreams expected such a thing to happen. IT was one of those innings.. Amidst all the flat track comments, this man deserves to be applauded.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

very interesting game...going on

Posted by Kash89 on (October 19, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

The Power of Yuvi + The Guile of Kholi + The Attitude of Dhawan + The Temperament of Dravid + Billion prayers once belonged to Sachin = MSD WADDA PLAYAAA

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

@ Criticalthinking, Ashwin is first bowler then batsman. Once in 20 matches he needs to bat, But he has to do bowling in every match, Where he is much below than average bowling performance. It is the time for Ashwin to go.

Posted by DD_f0rever on (October 19, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

.....Dhawan Gone, Sharma gone...Shastri - "Jonhson on fire !" ..... Kohli stables the innings..Yuvi comes and goes without disturbing score board.....Gangully - ""India in trouble""........... .

Dressing room panics..... Fans panic....... commentators "Ind in DEEP trouble"....... . DHONI comes in.....scoreboard proceeds slowly.....*DHONI is calm* . Kohli gone, Jadeja is no more Sir Jadeja..... *Dhoni is still calm* ........

Ashwin tries but goes .....*Dhoni is still calm* . No. 9 batsman comes in.......

4-5 overs left ...Now Dhoni opens his Hands ....Watson stunned; Bailey Stunned; Aus fielders watch the ball go over their heads....yes it is HELICOPTER shot...yes.100m distance....effortless...Fans celebrate; Dressing room celebrates...Sharstri yells...... . India reached comfortable score of 300 from 150/6...... . *Another Day in Office for DHONI*

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

we love you dhoni magnificent performance

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 19, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

@Ausie_the_Great:

If India are the #1 team then how can they play a better team than them? Talking of playing away, India demolished Aus for 65 runs in the practice matches prior to CT13, you remember that? India scored 300+ runs in that match so either Aus can't bat even on flat tracks or they can't bat on Fast & Bouncy Wickets. Btw Ind won CT2013 AWAY defeating the Home team.

@Vivfan:

---"champsions trophy had dry and lifeless pitches"---

In that case someone needs to explain the 65 a.o. score of Aus in the practice match & the failure of Eng to chase a paltry 130 runs in 20 uninterrupted overs.

In the last 2-3 yrs, India have toured SA, Eng, Aus, WI, SL & are slated to tour NZ & SA in the next few months. No team tours Pak anyways. India recently toured Zim too, this leaves only BD where India have not toured of late. Thus you need to explain what you mean by saying that India avoids touring opposition even if we ignore the usage of the word "better" in your comments.

Posted by Adoh on (October 19, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Its embarrassing to see the fear of Dhoni in Wattos and Faulkners bowling. Dhoni is simply employing the approach he learned from the great Australian batsmen of the 90's. Intimidate the bowlers, then cash in on their bad bowling when they lose their cool. 'Helicopter shot' - what 5 year old came up with that classification? Oh sorry, I meant creative genius...

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

dhoni.....great......@@@@

Posted by silentstand on (October 19, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Incredible from dhoni captain cool does it again

Posted by Lets_Bash_Indians on (October 19, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

INDIA past 300...now hope for Aussies almost get diminished,,

Posted by Sharath_Rocker on (October 19, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

304 will be tough score to chase

Posted by Criticalthinking on (October 19, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

What a gem of a player is Dhoni :). India is lucky to have Dhoni :). Incredible innings

Posted by Criticalthinking on (October 19, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

Dear JustAnObservation, Are you watching this match? Have you seen the contribution from R Ashwin? He did a great job of scoring 28 almost run a ball and another thing he rotated the strike and provided the confidence to Dhoni as well. Consider a scenario, If today Ashwin got out cheaply (when 154/6), then things would have changed to any way. India would have got out less than 180. R Ashwin batted sensibly than R. Jadeja. Look at the ranking, R Ashwin is third among the all rounder list. If India is in deep trouble, atleast Ashwin can bat and support another batsmen around him. Do u still think is this not a contribution from Ashwin?

Posted by Sharath_Rocker on (October 19, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

100 for Dhoni !

Posted by EnglishCricket on (October 19, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Jadeja is the most pathetic mediocre overrated player I have ever seen.

Posted by Vivfan on (October 19, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

@harmony and Adiya Singh. What I think Waws is trying to say is that India doesnt get exposed to overseas bowler friendly conditions, champsions trophy had dry and lifeless pitches. And also avoids touring better opposition.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 19, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

Jadeja, raina and ishant needs to be axed ASAP. This so called sir jadeja is a huge flop with the bat, some genuine batsmen should take his spot

Posted by Int.Curator on (October 19, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Despite the Indian cricket architects demanding and getting flat pitches, the pitch needs to be much flatter for the Indian batsmen to get runs.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

Manu:Here i dont think tat Jadeja will maintain his level,,,Dhoni plz drop him and Take Rahane for opening And Rohit will be in lower order And sixer King wil be taking care for Bowling

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

@waws wasnt it the indian team who toured england for the ct13 followed by a tour to westindies for a triseries and after that the indian team went to Zimbabwe for 5 odis ..and india contrary to popular belief actually play less at home than abroad please get your facts right before commenting ..!!

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 19, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

@Waws: It is indeed just you actually. I think you started following cricket just a few weeks back cos barely 2 months back India went to England to play in the Champions Trophy 2013 and may be you don't know it but they returned as Champs from there. Immediately after that they went to WI for another trophy and won there too. They did not win the title the last time they went to Aus but guess what? They won the title in Aus in 2008 defeating the home team there.

You are allowed to not to reveal ignorance to us but if you do expose yourself here then a lot of mockery shall come your way. Don't blame us in that case.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

I dnt know when Eng and australia have toure away in the period of their home season...never...did boxing day test match in Aus ever not happened? did Every year from may to spet ever England team toured away? never ever....in fact India is touring away right in period of indian home season(from dec to april) after 2 home tests against WI it will be touring SA NZ ENG and Aus.. so guys please get your knowledge updated and I can understand why you guys are so uncomfortable regarding Indian LOT...simple becoz they are on top

Posted by JustAnObservation on (October 19, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Even players like Yuvraj, Raina, etc always play under pressure. They know that 2 or 3 bad performances may put their names on the chopping list. However, players like Ishant and Ashwin play fearlessly. Their names are always ticked in the playing 11 immediately after Dhoni. What is the coach doing? Do the selectors ever check performances of some of these players?

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

ind will score 280 and will win match by 20 runs. this is my gut feeling

Posted by Rajesh_India_1980 on (October 19, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

@Waws: You are spot on mate. This over-hyped bunch of players is interested in only maintaining their ranking. Cricket is no more a gentlemen's game for them. They always avoid away series with better teams.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

kohli and dhoni have power and consistency they will bat through the whole innings and will score competitive one for aussies to chase. watch dhoni and kohli they both are fighter

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 19, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

The King of comebacks went for a golden duck. A short ball did the trick as usual. Another short ball sent the "Project Raina" back to the pavilion.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

my request to selector please remove yuvraj singh,suresh raina,ishant sharma from next three match .replace them with some talented player

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Anything under 300 is going to be tough for India to defend with their attack; however 85/4 Oz should have ambitions of bowling them out for a sub 250 score.

Posted by cnksnk on (October 19, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

While we all realise that Dhoni does not like to change the team, may be here is a more Machievilian agenda. his thought process may be is that one more bad performance from Vinay and Ishant, the selectors will drop them from the 14. That way he does not have take the difficult decision. I am saying this more in jest as I cannot imagine any other reason for not dropping Vinay and Ishant

Posted by PANKAJ_GOGIYA on (October 19, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

its good there is some movement today bhuvnesh will be star he will take 2 wicktes with the new ball...

Posted by Waws on (October 19, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Is it just me or does India hardly ever tour and play away from home, this India team is so spoilt andbwell looked after by the icc,its seems that certain people in the icc is just bought over to swing things the way so that india gets what they want,afterall we all know who has the last say when it comes to desisions being made of who get home and away series,its india.....pity these lot dont go play a series in SA or Aus, but we all know they cant play on fast pitches,thats why I will never rate them, they get their way in everything they do, poor sa is cut short of a series so that they can play a home series in India against Wi, again india getting their way, I have lost all my respect for these lot,il never rate them if they always play at home

Posted by GURBAXX on (October 19, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

still kohli is there. also time for likes of jadeja to show that he can bat as well

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

rohit is a class batsman.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (October 19, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

@ODI, why not? He is India's best bat for mine, quite easily infact..

Posted by atuljain1969 on (October 19, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

I still remember, when India was in England last time for Test and one day series, there were lot of demands for Umesh Yadav to play , but Dhoni refused to let him play in the ist eleven, but thereafter Umesh became integral part of the team when given proper chance.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (October 19, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Form is temporary...class is permanent...Rohit gone for 11...Proves again

Posted by Vivfan on (October 19, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

The pitch is doing something; ball is swinging, uneven bounce. Indian openers already gone, not a unusual equation.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (October 19, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

i firmly believe kohli is better batsman than dhawan and rohit sharma. Since CT 2013 was not played on usual green tops as it used to be in england and also dhawan and rohit was struggled in zimbabwe few months back and toaday dhawan gone, rohit finding inside edges, they need to prove outside sub-continent.

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Its high time that Dhoni needs to rethink about the bowling combination. Unadkat needs to tested. However this could be last chance for Ishant Sharma who needs to prove why he is there in the team. Batting seems to be settled. Well it all depends how India play today..

Posted by atuljain1969 on (October 19, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Dhoni becomes more adamant, if critics start challenging him on certain specific decisions. Right now, there is need to allow other players to get a look in - Mishra, Unadkat, Rahane, but he is not listening.

I personally believe a captain should be flexible enough, to make players understand that keeping them out does not mean they have been dropped, but their could always be temporary loss of form, due to which bench players are drafted in.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

India batting first. Good very good

Posted by android_user on (October 19, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

India can do miracles

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