India v Australia, 3rd ODI, Mohali October 19, 2013

The Ishant Sharma over that changed the game

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With 44 needed off 18, India seemed to have the match well within their grasp. Then James Faulkner slammed 30 off an Ishant Sharma over, and the game turned on its head. Here's a ball-by-ball account of that over:

47.1 I Sharma to Faulkner, FOUR, full and wide, Faulkner throws the bat at that and connects well, that soars over extra cover for four, the first ball is hit for a boundary and the 50 partnership comes up.

47.2 I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX, what an amazing hit that is, this was short from Ishant, sat up for Faulkner, who clobbers that to cow corner, he enjoyed that shot, it went a long way beyond the rope, 10 off the first two balls, what will Ishant serve up now? First he has to get the ball back, it went into the crowd and hasn't been returned since.

47.3 I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX, superb hit from Faulkner, that was a length ball, 'hit me' it shouted, Faulkner obliged, that is as straight as they come, over the sightscreen, and some fans in the crowd hang their heads in disappointment.

47.4 I Sharma to Faulkner, 2 runs, goes short this time, Faulkner is swinging at everything, connects well, but only a couple to deep square leg

47.5 I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX, this game has turned on its head in five deliveries, fans are stunned into silence as Faulkner reels off another six, another short ball and that is hooked behind square leg for another six

47.6 I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX MORE, what on earth? Ishant Sharma had his critics before this game, there aren't going to be many people backing him after this, short once more, another pull, right off the middle off the bat, and that sails into the crowd once more, crowd not sure whether to be gobsmacked by this hitting from Faulkner or be thrilled by this sensational turnaround, that's Faulkner's 50 as well

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  • mravikiran on October 21, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Ishant finished with 63/1 in 8 overs. That means, he was at one stage with 33/1 in 7 overs which is fantastic in the context of the match. That one over which he bowled, could have happened to any bowler. Just a bad day at office. That's fine.

  • on October 21, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Haha now my Indian friends who critics Pakistan will be silent Ishant good spinner Lolz

  • aussieperthindian on October 21, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Really it is irrelevant if Faulkner is a batsmen or all rounder- if Ishant bowled a good over and got smashed we would all be quiet. But our so called spear head bowled such a horrific over that he does not deserve to be in the team-period! I disagree with those who say Australia would have won anyway as clearly by the 48th over India were odds on favourites-if runs were scored from good bowling no one would argue Australia should have won-but to bowl such rubbish is unforgivable. The Kholi over was a punt gone wrong but did not ultimately cost the match as much as the Ishant "please hit me" over. And yes, when will India wake up to the bare pace cupboard-send all pacemen to County cricket-compulsary!! Maybe give Indian citizenship to those 100's of pace bowlers in Pakistan waiting to play international cricket!!

  • mravikiran on October 21, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    When Ishant gave 10 runs in 2 balls, the remaining 4 balls should have been dictated by the captain. I watched the matched, and I didn't see Dhoni come up with plan for the next 4 balls. There is no mid pitch conference, like the Australians or Sri Lankan's do... Once first 2 balls were hit, Ishant was isolated and left baffled, not in good mind set to do well on the next 4 balls. We lost as a team, and not single out a player.

    The BCCI is right to pick Ishant for the next 4 games.

  • Thegimp on October 21, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Ummmmm yes it was a good pitch and yes 300+ is exciting to see set and more exciting to see chased. The pace bowlers were able to exploit the bounce (See Johnson) and the good spinners were able to contain (see Doherty). Much better than watching dry turning pitches where a fast bowler gets the first two overs and then is rested for the rest of the game.

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    In a game of cricket both teams cannot win simultaneously. Only one team wins. So its needless to blame Ishant, because Faulkner played good cricket so Aus won. try to enjoy the game of cricket rather than criticizing players. Nice series this time.....

  • Razay on October 21, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    You guys can gloat but Ishant might be laughing all the way to the bank. BTW, if this bowling performance had come from a Pakistani, you can be sure it would have raised eyebrows and allegations of fixing would have been flying around like crazy. ICC would have issued a statement that the match is being reviewed to determine that all was kosher. Oz would have moaned, saying their fair and square win was being tarnished. India would have threatened world cricket with dire consequences if they didn't back off.

  • Naresh28 on October 21, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    ISHANT and VINAY do not have variety in their bowling. They dont even try different angles, positions, speeds etc. Ishant could be hit with batsman eyes closed it will come outside off and bounce so high. Faulkner knew each time where the ball was coming - no yorkers? No brain work.

  • on October 21, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    @the gimp:good pitch?I m sorry?In that case I have a better pitch in mind..Mumbai Pune express way..who needs 300+ scores..just get some quality batsman facing quality bowling..

  • on October 21, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Ishant should retire from Cricket gracefully...

  • mravikiran on October 21, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Ishant finished with 63/1 in 8 overs. That means, he was at one stage with 33/1 in 7 overs which is fantastic in the context of the match. That one over which he bowled, could have happened to any bowler. Just a bad day at office. That's fine.

  • on October 21, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Haha now my Indian friends who critics Pakistan will be silent Ishant good spinner Lolz

  • aussieperthindian on October 21, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Really it is irrelevant if Faulkner is a batsmen or all rounder- if Ishant bowled a good over and got smashed we would all be quiet. But our so called spear head bowled such a horrific over that he does not deserve to be in the team-period! I disagree with those who say Australia would have won anyway as clearly by the 48th over India were odds on favourites-if runs were scored from good bowling no one would argue Australia should have won-but to bowl such rubbish is unforgivable. The Kholi over was a punt gone wrong but did not ultimately cost the match as much as the Ishant "please hit me" over. And yes, when will India wake up to the bare pace cupboard-send all pacemen to County cricket-compulsary!! Maybe give Indian citizenship to those 100's of pace bowlers in Pakistan waiting to play international cricket!!

  • mravikiran on October 21, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    When Ishant gave 10 runs in 2 balls, the remaining 4 balls should have been dictated by the captain. I watched the matched, and I didn't see Dhoni come up with plan for the next 4 balls. There is no mid pitch conference, like the Australians or Sri Lankan's do... Once first 2 balls were hit, Ishant was isolated and left baffled, not in good mind set to do well on the next 4 balls. We lost as a team, and not single out a player.

    The BCCI is right to pick Ishant for the next 4 games.

  • Thegimp on October 21, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Ummmmm yes it was a good pitch and yes 300+ is exciting to see set and more exciting to see chased. The pace bowlers were able to exploit the bounce (See Johnson) and the good spinners were able to contain (see Doherty). Much better than watching dry turning pitches where a fast bowler gets the first two overs and then is rested for the rest of the game.

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    In a game of cricket both teams cannot win simultaneously. Only one team wins. So its needless to blame Ishant, because Faulkner played good cricket so Aus won. try to enjoy the game of cricket rather than criticizing players. Nice series this time.....

  • Razay on October 21, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    You guys can gloat but Ishant might be laughing all the way to the bank. BTW, if this bowling performance had come from a Pakistani, you can be sure it would have raised eyebrows and allegations of fixing would have been flying around like crazy. ICC would have issued a statement that the match is being reviewed to determine that all was kosher. Oz would have moaned, saying their fair and square win was being tarnished. India would have threatened world cricket with dire consequences if they didn't back off.

  • Naresh28 on October 21, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    ISHANT and VINAY do not have variety in their bowling. They dont even try different angles, positions, speeds etc. Ishant could be hit with batsman eyes closed it will come outside off and bounce so high. Faulkner knew each time where the ball was coming - no yorkers? No brain work.

  • on October 21, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    @the gimp:good pitch?I m sorry?In that case I have a better pitch in mind..Mumbai Pune express way..who needs 300+ scores..just get some quality batsman facing quality bowling..

  • on October 21, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Ishant should retire from Cricket gracefully...

  • Thegimp on October 21, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Two clasic one day games in a row and all people can do is talk about sacking Ishant. We should be relishing some wonderful performances from both teams and congratulating the groundsmen for turning out good cricket pitches. Dhoni, Bailey, Yurev, Johnson. The spectacle will now be over however, the experiment of producing fair pitches is over, flat, low turning, dustbowls to follow.

  • KrishG on October 21, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    What is the bowling coach doing? Sipping beer and pocketing hefty sum? No accountability or responsibility? Or Dhoni and Ishant not listening to him? Need to be probed.

  • on October 21, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Good old Sharma when will India realise this guys terrible. He bowls a couple of good overs against Ricky Ponting and they think he's a world beater m!

  • Monoz1976 on October 21, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    @ Valavan, you are spot on mate. Indian bowlers are pathetice and mediocre. Even they offered Umesh Yadav, Unadkat, Mohith Sharma, Zahir Khan or Irfan Pathan, Faulkner & Co. would have hit them hardly to win the match. Due to the pathetic performance of quick bowlers, Indian spinners also get stressed and become mediocre. See what happened to Aswin and Jadeja. If they continue their submissive behaviour of avoiding fast bouncy wickets for their ranking, they will start loosing to Ban, NZ, WI and SL continuously and quite easily. cricinfo please publish.

  • on October 21, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Great idea Joe. Get Kapil and Prabhakar out of retirement! Who cares that they are in their nineties now?

  • Nigah on October 21, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    I think Indian bowlers need to play in Pakistani domestic session as well as Pakistani Batsmen need to Play Indian Domestic cricket, than no team in the world beat both of these teams instead one another.

  • bhushanB on October 21, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Get Baba aparjith, Harmeet singh, pujara into the ODI mix, give Shami, manish sharma and unadkat chances.....

    Get Umesh, Irfan, Praveen kumar match fit....

    Play Mishra in place of Ashwin, Shami in place of sharma

    this is not a must win, high profile cup, whats the point in selecting the same 11, try different guys....find the 5 pacemen and 3 spinner for the ODI world cup... ASAP

  • bhushanB on October 21, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    After the first two balls of the 48th over, I wanted India to lose so that there will be some light on the already exposed blunt spade of Indian attack....

    So does it result in any changes....

    You know Dhoni.... he will brink back his favs at the first chance he gets.... like Rohit, Jadeja, Ashwin, may be even Vijay, RP, Bajji .. and now Ishanth

    He underestimated Dhawan, otherwise he would have never given him a chance... He knows pujara, so he wont give him a chance in ODIs, not especially on indian wickets... Otherwise how would you explain Rohit getting so many chances and Rahane brushed off after a couple of failures....

    there were days when Rohit's ODI scores read 5, 0, 1, 0, 5 etc... and still hes persisted with..

    After all every D has its day

  • Topgun10 on October 20, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    Its HIGH time India tries other strike bowlers... appears they have nothing to loose, anyways. Ishant lacks the nerve to bowl the penultimate overs as was evident - should have replaced him long time ago.

  • vj3478 on October 20, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    If it faulknere were a specialist batsman, then Ishant would have forgiven. But he's a bowler and worst thing was Ishant didn't have a clue abt wat length to bowl or the field to set. It's not the first time for Ishant and for Dhoni to pick him game after game is frustrating. Every player will have few bad days but it's the other way with Ishant - and will happen only when opposition throw their wickets and not for his good bowling.

  • Ali_Eorse on October 20, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    Just look at I. Sharma. Then look at Dale Steyn or Mohammed Irfan. These bowlers have a serious look, intensity, desire to give their best, etc. What do Indian bowlers like Sharma, Khan, etc. have? Nothing. They look bored. They focus on their jewelry like watches and their hair. They come to the stadium like they would go to a night club. They deserve to lose. They are not serious. It is time to let them go. Indian Cricket Team is a Drama Queen.

  • on October 20, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    With his retention for rest of the series, the selectors have sounded the death knell of his international career. Good bye Ishant.

  • on October 20, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    ishant is always a pathetic bowler . never liked him . he cant do any good to indian cricket . i liked dhonis temperament but . a very cool customer . btw bhuvi is a good bowler . but we another bunch of trying fast bowlers like umesh yadav , varon aaron , jaydev unadkat , mohit mahipal sharma etc .

  • wellrounded87 on October 20, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    To those who are defending Sharma. Yes Faulkner batted well. But in the 48th over of the game he dealt up short of a length ball after short of a length ball begging to be hit with Faulkner happily obliging. This is poor death bowling. Not even an attempted yorker in the entire over? It's not a case of well either Sharma bowled poor or Faulkner batted well. It is both. And Australia bowled poorly in the second game but the Indian batsmen also batted outstandingly.

  • Valavan on October 20, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    @ALLINDIANFANS, first understand that Australia won the match not because Ishanth Sharma, they believed they can do it as its the era of T20. If you score 140 in 30 overs for loss of not more than 3 wickets, you have a target of 165 in 20 overs, generally indian pitches are roads and in era of T20,160 runs is just chasable in last 20 overs. Can i also say, australia gifted the game in 2nd ODI, its Australian bowlers lost it rather indian batters. I have to agree with sandy_bangalore about celebration of Indian quickies, who are at their pathetic best, Jaidev Unadkat or shami ahmed will not do any better, as OZ,SA or Eng are very comfortable against any pacer india gives, As long as India do not produce pitches that assist quickies, india will never produce any genuine quickie and will find it much harder to win tests away from sub continent. cricinfo please publish.

  • Caveman. on October 20, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    A lot of the commentators here are blaming Ishant for being hit around the park by a "tailender". Well ... the so called tailender, James Faulkner is in fact an all-rounder. At least, that was CA's premise in picking him. That said, Ishant's place in the XI is hard to justify. He is an aweful bowler, irrespective of whether Faulkner is a "tailender" or an all rounder.

  • on October 20, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Two points:

    1. Faulker played to his potentials and knows the indian pitches much better than any other current australian bowler. So he applied and full marks to him.

    2. Ishant Sharma is a joke. Has always been. If a tailender can hit you for 30 runs a off, then boy, u seriously have no cricketing knowledge or tactics. I'd say he is a slot blocker, somebody else should replace him and vinay kumar. Time to call back Irfan or RP or ranji bowlers.

  • Ali_Eorse on October 20, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Can we get rid of I.Sharma, like Pakistan has done with S. Malik? These are bad players, passed their use by dates. Sharma needs to get a hair cut.

  • on October 20, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Poor decision by MSD and super batting by Faulkner.Vinay was a better choice.Ishant did not or cannot bowl a single yorker length bowl.

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    I could not understand why all including Dhoni accuse Ishant. when Dhoni was hitting, everybody appreciate his strength, finisher etc...but when james hitting all point finger on sharme...Man, give credit to en excellent display of batting by james & voges. They way they had batted, they would have hit anyone yesterday the same way Dhoni did it or Virat & sharma did in the previous match. Even in that match, bailey gave credit to the Indian batsman and not poiny fingers on his bowlers. That is professionalism which definitely not there in Indian team starting from the captain himself

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    MSD's decision was correct because only Ishant Sharma was available economic bowler at that stage. He gave 33 in 7 overs before that 48th over. It was because of Faulkener's outstanding innings. There were possibilities for comments on MSD as per possible match result as follows: -As India lost people say why MSD brought Ishant at this stage. That is why India lost -If India won, wow what a captain decision he brought Ishant to bowl at required time -Still V Kumar continued and Faulkener scored 30runs for him and India lost. Why didn't MSD bring Ishant because he was economic bowler at that stage as I mentioned above. MSD made correct decision to bring Ishant because he knew Aus will hit like 20/20 as they had 5wkt in hand and Aus may struggle if there is bowler change. But Faulkener made it. People must understand and accept this is a game either side can win. Last match Aus scored 359 and still they lost. Games should be like this till last minute. That is interesting game.

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Don't blame Ishant, It's part of game. One side wins, one loses.

  • joelucky on October 20, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Get Manoj Prabhakar or Kapil Dev out of retirement. They used to bowl yorkers. Prabhakar used to get clobbered too, but he had plenty of variations - slower ones, yorkers etc. And no stupid things like making Venkatesh Prasad as bowling coach. Under him, many pace bowlers became medium pace and ultimately slow medium. Classic example - Munaf Patel.

  • gaga001 on October 20, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    My personal opinion is quite different for this, I believe the 40th over of the Australian innings set the platform for Australia's dream to take a win, when out of a sudden Dhoni given the bowl to Kohli where 18 runs were given that over given Australia confidence that they can produce higher runs over in that Manhattan chase, so Dhoni himself to blame for this because u cannot give part time bowler who has not bowl even a single bowl in the match, & you are giving him a 40th over it is a shame.

  • fairgame149 on October 20, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Watching Ishant getting slaughtered by Faulkener only underlined a couple of points I have come to believe about Indian cricket in recent years. The Indian cricket hierarchy, be it BCCI or the team management, have no idea how to nurture and groom fast bowlers. If anybody wants to turn a 6 ft 5 in bowler capable of hitting 145k consistently into a gutless trundler, hand him to over to the Indian management. A fast bowler without an ego is like a missile without a warhead, and how can they have any ego when all the lucrative contracts, superstardom and leadership opportunities exist only for batsmen? If they want to change this trend they have to bring in coaches who understand the art of nurturing fast bowlers.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    You can not blame Ishant Sharma on his performance . The reasons of this performance are 1) Money 2) Indian bowling is not capable to face worldclass sides. They are not mature bowlers indeed.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Most intelligent people on earth are some former player who are good for nothing in their time and critics. Choosing Ishant in national squad is bigger crime than what Ishant did. Ishant is nippy bowler who hits good length. This kind of bowling do work in Test cricket but in ODI you need an intelligent bowler rather than talented bowler(specially in death overs). It's not that Ishant has gone for 30 runs but the way he bowled is a concern. All of his balls are either short or on good length. If you don't have slower deliveries and yorkers than you are not for odi. Today only 4 fielders can be outside 30 yard circle. If captain chooses 2-2 field than he leave a big gap on both sides and with 3-1 field one side will have no protection. In this scenario yorker is only option left for bowler. India always played with two pacers at home so they should follow this tradition specially against overseas sides. Imagine Australia playing three spinner against India in any part of world.

  • JAYESHQATAR on October 20, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    If India would have been won the game least by 1 run, the blames on Ishant, Dhoni etc would never been happened here. If you analyse the entire match, Aussies really deserve the win, becaz Bailey dropped Dhoni for an easy attempt. If that was caught, India's score never been went pass 280-290. Or in other way, I don't understand why Dhoni is still depending on both the out of form Ishant and Aswin, they must be rested. Ishant's last over shows how intelligent he is. Bowling desert due to politics..!

  • on October 20, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Dhoni field placing was not the best either. The team seem to have lost hope after Kholi's over. If the spinners were doing a good job, it might have been wise to keep Yuvraj on and try Raina if the pacers cannot get the job done.

    From all the IPL that is playing, you thought by now these pace men would have learnt a few things from Malinga on how to bowl Yorkers. I watched the match through out and I did not see anything like a good Yorker being bowled by an Indian pace bowler.

  • IndianCoolGuy on October 20, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    MSD: You should ask your bowlers to practice only yorkers in the nets. Ask them to bowl at least 25 perfect yorkers in practice session and then go to hotel and sleep. Indian selectors should select bowlers who can bowl yorkers too. They should not select just with the basis of number of wickets. I would say a bowler who cannot bowl a yorker how can he be an International bowler? Australian bowlers utilize one bouncer per over perfectly and they often bowl yorkers. Its pity to say our International bowlers cannot bowl perfect bouncer and a yorker. Funny to listen, but this is true that Indian ever could not produce a bowler who can bowl perfect yorkers. "120cr Indian population could not produce a good death over bowler? " a point which has no answer why. Its good that India has lost yesterdays match otherwise every one would have forgotten about this week point and moved on. Ishant- if you have any respect to cricket, please take a break, practice yorkers and then try for a place.

  • JustAnObservation on October 20, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Favoritism reaches its zenith in Indian cricket. Despite a string of pathetic performances and extremely poor record, this guy gets to play 50+ Test Matches and even more ODIs. While every single player plays under stress and knows that he can be dropped even for a couple of consecutive failures, Ishant has managed to retain his place in all formats even after below par performances for over two years now. Courtesy Dhone and his yes man, the Coach. What are the selectors doing? The entire country now knows the record of this guy, whereas the selectors don't even bother to check his stats. He is automatically selected.

  • Markdal on October 20, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    My only comment is, for a series that should not have taken place, what a crazy series! You have India chasing down 360 with time to spare, you have Australia chasing down 300 after being in a hopeless position (I went to sleep at 5-184 with about 12 overs to go!). Maybe send Ishant to the same school that we are sending Johnson, McKay etc.

  • on October 20, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Everyone's talking about Ishant's 48th. I just can't understand why Kohli got to bowl that 18run over when things were going smoothly, i think that over changed the course of game. Things were quite tight for Aus at that time and that over let the shackles opened up a bit. Though no doubt getting 30 an over is not fun any day, but the tactical error was giving Kohli that over when there was enough overs with everyone else.

  • on October 20, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    I blame Dhoni's captaincy as well. He should not have selected sadhu Ishant at all and should have asked him to go to the Himalayas.

  • aliyusuf on October 20, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Whatever happened to Pravin Kumar? Why not bring him back? Even Zaheer Khan quite definitely would be better than this. India was let down by Ishant Sharma. He completely froze mentally.He has become a liability.

  • aussieperthindian on October 20, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Enough is enough! Ishant has not performed for a long while and does not belong in the Indian team. He single handedly lost India the match(no disrespect to Faulkner-he delivered). Not sure what captain and selectors see but the Ishant and Vinay do not belong in the international arena. Raina at 4 is also a joke. I can only repeat the sentiment of others and like them seething at how India grasped defeat from the jaws of victory!! Schoolboy cricket from Ishant-that's being generous. And please feed Bhuvi and send him to the gym-he might gain 10km pace and be pretty lethal. Bring in Pujara, Yadav and another paceman asap. Shocked and disppointed supporter here like millions others.

  • on October 20, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Ishant is good for nothing. He has been proving that time and again.Can't remember any match winning performance from him in the recent past. Can't understand how he finds a place in the Indian team quite regularly. Not judging him on this single performance alone. Already lots were written about these GREAT players in the Indian team. An article was written on the same topic just before this GREAT PERFORMANCE( India's blunt spearhead). For heaven sake, the people that matters the most, the selectors and the captain are still not listening. How long India will continue to play with only 8- 9 players in a game that allows 11 players per side??????????

  • on October 20, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    If Ishant has any self-respect, he should ask selectors to give him a break, sort out his problems (especially in death bowling), get to know Yorker (not the NRI from New York; but all good pace bowlers friend), and come back strongly.

  • on October 20, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    And you might have watched Ishants performance in IPL 6. The worst over he bowled there was against CSK when Raina was batting, he conceded 28 runs in the 18th over, which eventually helped CSK to post more than 200 runs. Thus Ishant is not a good bowler at the death. He has not got the control over his length and has not been able to land the ball where he wants. He needs a break....

  • on October 20, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Everybody is blaming Ishant...Nobody is asking Why Dhoni has given Kohli one over which costs 18 runs and released the pressure from Auusies when Ishant & Vinay has plenty over left. Ishant has bowled well till his 8th over.I think Shami ahmed should share the new ball with Bhuvi and Amit Mishra to be included in place of Ashwin Who I think was bowling continuously on leg stump of the batsman...

    Now as we can have a new squad for next 4 odis, can include ZAK in place of Ishant...Yuvraj should play @No.4 following by Raina...

  • Mirzawaseem on October 20, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Don't need to explain what happened last nyt, but giving away 30 runs in an over, what shud i say to vent my anger on the so called spearhead of the Indian team. Its high time Ishant himself realize that he is not worthy of playing in the team, He is representing his country and he is not supposed to perform this way. Not just yesterday, Ishant has been the thorn in many Indian wins, his Economy goes over 7 RPO in ODI's. Replacing him with a economic bowler who can bowl yorkers will help the team. I strongly feel that Dhoni should hav replaced Ishant after the 2nd ODI.

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

    Yesterday it seemed Ishant was basically trying to scare Faulkner with short pitched balls with his 120 plus kms :-) after having hit for a 4 & 6 in the first two balls (school-boy style ego). May be he dreamt of becoming a Michell Johnson short pitching and getting lRaina & co. with his 140 kms and occasional change of pace short balls. Ishant put the team at stake for his ego and therefore, people having such attitude as him should be thrown out of the team. Off couse, Faulks did what he was supposed to do and I am glad. But my question towards BCCI is when are you going to prepare fast tracks which suits swing and pace to cultivate genuine pacers? That would be an end to the issues with death bowling.

  • JustIPL on October 20, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I think dhoni took faulkner lightly may be looking at his batting record in indian domestic cricket but that backfired. dhoni thought that only maxwell is dangerous and was lucky to get him run out but aussies have three precious all rounders now and it worked out for them. There is no way out here as Johnson is extracting pace on batting surfaces and if india become slightly more bowler friendly then they will risk losing batting superiority also but it will keep indian bowling look very very ordinary.

  • on October 20, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Dear CricInfo, bout the article on most runs in an over. Could u give the stats on most runs in an over when a team was chasing???

  • on October 20, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    After seeing all these Ishant and Vinay ..I feel Agarkar was a far superior one.At least he knew how to take wickets.Himachal player Rishi Dhawan who plays for MI in ipl has a pretty good allround average at domestic level.Perhaps we should given him a few matches and see how he shapes up rather than relying on the same bunch of bowlers time and again.But again he doesnt play for CSK :D. He along with Mohit sharma should be considered..

  • on October 20, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    It is not Ishant fault, it is the fault of selectors and captain that the repeatedly pick him. Even in Champion's Trophy final we were losing but captain gave the over to Ishant, who was in bad form, but at that he picked the wicket and it looked a grt move. Even I would not say no to play for India if selectors pick me up from streets so what is the fault of Ishant. Whole of India knows that he does not even come into into India's top 10 medium pacers but he is still picked. Ashok Dhinda, IC Pandey, Sandeep Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Udakat are much better bowler then him. Moreover, Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav have not been picked up. So we need to drop from this team Vinay kumar and Ishant Sharma. For middle overs we need to bring in a solid batsman like Pujara or Rahene with Yuvi and Raina at No.4 our batting becomes too weak. Raina at best is a slogger and no team in world would play him at No.4. He is just good for no.6 or 7 and all the team wuld be happy to seem him at No.4.

  • uksar on October 20, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    The fortuitous one over heroics in CT final has given him the license (with his captain's blessings as well) to continue his pathetic bowling run for more games.

  • on October 20, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    @stshekhar: I am also a fan of Yuvi but this is the fact that Yuvi is having problems with short pitch balling even on the pitches where teams has produced five 300+ runs in 6 innings. Yuvi has completely failed in this series to show any impact with bat. Pointing fingers on Ishant to fail in bowling department on flat batting tracks is incorrect but pointing batsmen of their failures on these tracks, i think - justified.

  • sam911 on October 20, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    If Dhoni ask for sporting pitches or that suits bowler, then indian team score in every match is less than 130, and indian bowlers didn't have that ability to use the favorable conditions, there is only one solution indian team batted on a flat track and opposite have to chase the score on a sporting pitch or that suits bowler, it is the only way indian team have a chance of winning

  • 777aditya on October 20, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Dhoni's rigid mind blocks him from making even small changes to any combination, even if it is not a winning combination. This is the inevitable result. An inefficient, over the hill, run of the mill, stupid bowler gets match after match. Jayadev Unadkat did a fair job in Zimbabwe - wonder why he was not picked in place of the 'unlucky' Ishant. Enough is really enough now!

  • Rammohan_in on October 20, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    In the recent past, I never remember Ishant Sharma getting a wicket in good ball, for which credit can be given to bowlers, all the wickets he got are basically due to bad shots from the batsman or unluck (luck for Ishant). I am not sure how only this player got lot of chances - even Harbajan has to sit outside - despite poor performance.

    This specific over reminds me the controversies recently we had with IPL, considering the bets that can be in this series inside and outside of India (some places it is legal!!) - smelling something rotten?

  • on October 20, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    All analysis from the Indian perspective only. Luck had played its part in India posting that kind of a total too. Bailey had dropped Dhoni, but for which they'd have ended up around 275. Ishant's figure until that over was okay with all others' even more susceptible. Why not admit Faulkner was unstoppable. If he wasn't, well, Aussies can as well say some bowler from their ranks erred and India got undue advantage, stuff like that.

  • suhrid on October 20, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    it may be rights of supporters to scrutinize the players. but I guess it was not Ishant's day. Dhoni tied to win it single handedly. He tried his best. too much criticism is unwarranted. selectors are there to pick the best available team. I don't understand why everybody wants to be selectors.

  • jokerbala on October 20, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    baba aparajith or abhishek nayar in Ishant's place for 4th ODI. boh in pretty good form

  • popcorn on October 20, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    I am ecstatic, jumping for joy,that we won yesterday.We would NEVER HAVE WON had it not been for James Faulkner who demolished India after the two incompetent Indian umpires gave 3 lbw decisions for balls that were missing the stumps.And no DRS.

  • DaisonGarvasis on October 20, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Half tracker after half tracker and he got what he deserved - the last three deliveries looked identical until they reached faulkner - and then faulkner changed the spot for hitting sixes from those identical deliveries. Ishanth is a headless chicken, the self proclaimed "spearhead" of the attack, he should have heard a variety called yorker damn it.

  • Rajeshj on October 20, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Poor guy, he bowled nicely for 7 overs and one over has caught him on the wrong side... Ishant definitely needs a break at least after this onslaught.. he needs to go to the nets, relax with a bowling consultant and re-gain his confidence and the edge in his bowling.. He is definitely a talented guy, and one to be nurtured for future.. he needs to be handled the same way as that of Mitchell Johnson.. but its time for him to go to the nets.. And you can say that Yuvraj is quite lucky, because his bowling and batting has been pathetic in this series so far.. Still the media wouldn't want to focus on it and instead blame the game on guys like Ishant, Vinay, Ashwin etc.. On these flat pitches, I think these guys have fared a lot better than what Yuvi has done so far..

  • DonNaren on October 20, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    I generally dont read all the comments. But today i read all just to see how many are feeling the same way as i do about Ishant. Being an Indian fan i didnt like the Dhoni's way of giving these many chances to a dumb fellow like Ishant, while there are many other efficient bowlers waiting for a chance. As a bowler ishanth failed... Actually he was never succeding.. Come up Dhoni time to stop showing your Favourisms.. Fans ( Not Dhoni's but India's) are getting hurt because of this irresponsible decision making

  • pat_one_back on October 20, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    If it were an Indian batsman who had turned the match like this the bowlers name would hardly rate a mention, Faulkner plays an amazing innings and all Indian fans can do is blame Ishant... Man up, your batsmen were 20 short, you picked up lucky LBW's to get into the game, India lost to superior Australian batting and bowling not simply because of Ishant.

  • on October 20, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    That's one of the most sensational hitting Ive ever seen.Jamie just teed off on Ishant and as far as ishant goes, he honestly needs to go back to first class cricket and perform much better to have any chance of getting back in this indian team.Hats off to Faulkner for playing a blinder off an innings.I think everyone knew the capabilities of Jamie but this was INSANE!!!

  • on October 20, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    Just on the basis of his performance in the first two games (7 Overs, 56 Runs, 1 Wicket and 9 Overs, 70 Runs, Wicketless), he should have been replaced by Zaheer Khan but thanks to Dhoni's over-persistence, he got another chance. And look what he did! Untamed beast always rearing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Dude! sincere advice, go back to the nets and practice how to bowl a yorker in the death overs. Or, otherwise be prepared to be hung on the Wall of Shame as another of those flop Sharma's in the Indian Cricket history.

  • ucricket_12 on October 20, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Ishant and Vinay are not at all eligible to play in ODI/tests...drop these players and bring back zaheer and umesh yadav ..Ishant and Vinay have got too many chances and have proved not enough good at international level...

  • sandy_bangalore on October 20, 2013, 4:03 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.

  • ShanNachimuthu on October 20, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    MSD I am your follower. Still I can not digest what you are doing now. We wanted to have a 'Consistently performing' Indian team, not an 'Occasionally performing'. You said that you wanted to be fair for your bowlers by providing longer run. But you should be fair for cricket loving Indian public, who made you, your team members and your BCCI to earn Million and millions by purchasing your sponsor's product. What is that you are doing with Ishant & Vinay? Does they have the ability to bowl the deliveries at their will with at-least minimum margin of error. I suspect whether these guys even trying yorkers during the net practice. Are you guys keeping them because of the reason that they making you batsmen feel comfortable when they bowl for you during net practice. Also I hardly remember when Jadeja performing with his bat and 'Occasionally performing' with ball. Dear Dhoni, Please wake up. Please do not say you are retaining the same team in you next toss outing. God bless You.

  • on October 20, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    And then MS Dhoni...the captain...if your bowler is getting howled up what were you thinking..!!! You should have gone up to him give his some doses of choicest expletives..and changed the filed..!!! To be just "COOL"..will not land you anywhere..!!!Sometimes it is imperative to use emotions to make the bowler understand!!!

  • Optimism on October 20, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Delhi has produced such great run machines: sehwag,gambhir,dhawan,virat and.........Ishant Sharma..

  • on October 20, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    India has to try out a new combination in IC Pandey, Mohit Sharma or Varun who is just now injured, Dhoni likes Bhuvi with IC Pandey and Mohit. This could be a bit a similar to Vinay and Ishant who bowls well in Mohali and Dharmasala. Once in a while Ishant in the death overs is expensive and his temperament is flawed. Shami and others have not come good any way. So for the series Bhuvi IC Pandey and Mohit. IC and Mohit are a bit quicker than Vinay and also have strength like Kapil has not in pace but death overs

  • on October 20, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    IPL was supposed to give death bowling experience,and improve the game of batters and bowlers alike.But in Ishant's case ,he has lost it all-as if he has learnt how to leak away runs in crucial time.He did the same thing in the previous two ODIs too,but it was compensated by the batters in one of the game.

    This should be his last game in ODI and T20 !In tests he can show his efficient short stuffs/incutters

    P.S:Not sure why my last comment was not posted here.

  • LCD12 on October 20, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    what an incredible hitting by Faulkner !!

  • on October 20, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Though India lost the match to Australia (one that could have easily gone the other way), IF lessons are learned, this loss could prove very useful.

    Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar should be dropped from the team and in their place choose the best two of the following :- Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Shammi Mohd., Mohit Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat.

    My personal choices would be Umesh Yadav and Praveen Kumar.

    My India XI would be : Rohit Sharma, Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on October 20, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Poor bowling has once again proved to be team India's Achilles heel. Hopefully the selectors will finally wake up and smell the coffee that has been brewing for a while, but masked by good batting in the previous game. Lets learn from this setback and make the necessary changes... bring in M. Sharma, J. Unadkat, P. Kumar, M. Shami, V. Aaron, S. Kaul. Anyone of these will prove to be better than our blunt spearhead.

  • jimbond on October 20, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    The tragedy is- Sharma may have been useful on SA and Australian pitches in test matches, now the Aussies have hit him out of contention. Ishant Sharma is too innocent to be a death bowler in ODIs. A death bowler needs a bit of guile. Actually it may serve the Indian team well to play on Indian pitches with three spinners and two pacers. I am sure that Amit Mishra would not have conceded as many runs as either Ishant or Vinay Kumar (In fact Mishra would be better than the two other spinners and would have been the only attacking bowler in the team if he had played- I guess the two other spinners are preferred because of their batting). Is Praveen Kumar injured? He used to at least try something different in the final overs. On Indian pitches, Bhubaneswar Kumar with Praveen Kumar and three spinners may be the way to go. Abroad, they can replace one of the three spinners with Yadav or some new bowler.

  • on October 20, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is the most overrated bowler in world cricket period, Idk how the hell he keeps getting selected, surley Zaheer or Irfan would not have gone for 30 runs.

  • on October 20, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    Dhoni's job was compunded with a battery of bowlers who leaked runs. Ashwin wnet for runs. To cover him Kohli bowled one for 18 runs. If you are covering your main spinner with a non-regular captain cannot be blamed. Raina was not used at all so far. Less said better about the bowler who changed the course of the match. i was praying that he should not get a wicket or two in his spell ( much before the "30" mayhem) so that he plays again. Has Ishant played the last match of the series or the last match of his life? To borrow words of Boycs " my mom would hit six with a broom stick" would explain Isant's bowling.

  • Sheela on October 20, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    All those who supported bowlers like Ishat Sharma, Vinay Kumar etc. should hang their heads in shame. Even in gully cricket one could not expect such a series of bad balls asking for punishment. Dhoni, selectors, critics etc. should stop such comments.

  • rahulcricket007 on October 20, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    While the so called spearhead lost the match, our young roorkie b kumar s figures were 10-1-50-1. And doni still cals b kumar for improvement

  • on October 20, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Don't get me wrong. This Ishant guy is still going to play the next game because Dhoni will give an extended run despite failures. Even Ishant's ex-coach is disappointed with his recent performance. He is a hopeless case in ODIs, but still find favor with the selectors and the captain. Calling himself a spearhead will tell you Ishant lives in a different world

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 20, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Not not only this Sharma, but the other Sharma is a dead-weight too. Players who need to be dropped - Nohit Sharma, Generous Sharma, Pull-less Raina, Domestic Jadeja, Trundler Kumar and may be Yuvraj Singh also. Realise that India is winning in spite of these 6 under-performing players.

  • ProdigyA on October 20, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    I really hope Dhoni does not become a selector after retiring. He's got to be one of the worst selector of the playing XI. No point in blaming Ishant, he is what he is and will not learn or change. Its upto the selectors and Dhoni not to select him and the fault totally lies with them.

  • foozball on October 20, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    If Dhoni didn't keep on requesting slow low pitches, maybe his bowlers would have a bit of assistance and be able to do a better job.

    Guess you reap what you sow :)

  • on October 20, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    The choice for IC Pandey and Mohit Sharma will be wide open once the 3 matches have produce these results. Bhuvi, Ishant and Vinay may have to be changed. The strength and not pace is better with IC Pandey and Mohit Sharma. This was the main reason for Kapil's success. The strength in the death overs tends to weaker. We have buried Praveen Kumar and RP Singh was because of strength. Vinay and Bhuvi have pace but not the strength and the same with Ishant.

  • on October 20, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    Sharma has been the cause of India's loss so many times. He MUST be dropped from ALL international matches.

  • Selfishkar on October 20, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is the Rohit Sharma of India bowling, give him 3 years like Rohit, he will take a match-winning 5-fer. Experts commentators and selectors know both a immensely talented.

  • on October 20, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    The level of bowling skill (or the lack of it) displayed by Ishant Sharma at the Mohali ODI will not even find him a spot in a first grade team at the local club cricket in Australia. That performance alone would be enough to consign him to fifth grade or lower. However for reasons unknown to the world, Indian selectors and the captain seem to persist with him in the national team. Ever since he was auctioned off for a fabulous sum at the IPL due to his "heroic" efforts in Australia in 2008, he has been nothing but downhill. He has extremely poor fielding and batting skills and now the bowling has hit the nadir. He simply doesn't have the intelligence an average fast bowler ought to possess. To save Indian cricket from further embarrassment Ishant should immediately be put out to pasture.

  • on October 19, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Nothing great of Faulkner that Australia won!! Its the none other than genius Ishant sharma who did the job for them :(

  • Harrysran on October 19, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Hi friends I knew this from yesterday bcz Mr cool gona pick him a most experienced bowler as I was talking on the radio show. Mr. cool should learn his lesson that when u do favoritism in the team the result will be the same. Why we pick a team of 15 when they only sit on the bench u can't give them a chance to perfume. Let's learn a lesson pick the fast bowler who can bowl in depth overs some good Yorkers and get some wickets in that conditions. If u are preparing the team for world cup think twice about these bowlers and find some one like Zahir Khan, Irfan Khan, Mohit Sherma, Raul Sherma , Rishi Dhawan, S kaul, Sandeep Sharma etc. I think We need Harbhajan Singh in front of Ashwin in one day team. We should learn a from other teams we need three different teams in all three formats t20 ODI and Test. We need the rotation policy Mr cool what happen to it

  • JagKhan on October 19, 2013, 23:30 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.

  • on October 19, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    Another lovely piece by Abhishek Purohit.

  • Johnny_129 on October 19, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    An appeal to the selectors, please, please, PLEASE DROP ISHANT! Ishant needs time away to re-energize. The way Ishant was carted around did not only lose the game for India but it was also highly embarrassing for Indian fans!!

  • deeplongon on October 19, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    Getting a bit tired of all the Sharma bashing from the Indians. How about some praise for Faulkner.

  • JAYPEs on October 19, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Indian teams Future Looks extremely weak for the World Cup with Ishant Sharma in the team. I have witnessed the Luckiest over ever bowed in International Cricket in The Oval by Ishant Sharma (Champions Trophy 2013). I don't think luck will play any more part for Ishant Sharma or India on the Current series. My 89 year old Dad said that He can do much better bowling than Ishant Sharma. It must be very hard for Amith Misra to control the boiling point of his blood while watching the current non sense from the Indian camp. Well,,,That's what you get from Indian bench..... Poor Guy. On the other hand the real talent of Ajinkya Rahane is being wasted for favouring Suresh Raina. Probably he needs to change the current management company if he needs to be considered. Indian Cricket's Grassroots seriously needs some nourishment....

  • Prakmca on October 19, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    With bowlers like Ishant sharma playing, you cannot even defend 400+ runs. Pathetic. When dhoni is going to realize this??? Selections what the hell they are doing?????

  • TheBigBoodha on October 19, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Stop hating Ishant. Dhoni and your officials keep serving up ridiculously lame batting tracks to make India's batsmen look invincible and to neutralise oppositions fast bowlers. Then you wonder why your own bowlers get anhiluated. By my reckoning that is three successive 300+ scores AUS have smashed. I doubt any team in the history of ODIs has ever done that. Thanks Mr Dhoni.

  • Raghav1111 on October 19, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    All Ishant needs is a good haircut... so that he can see and bowl...

  • on October 19, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Hang on.... How about well batted Australia? No matter how bad the bowling it still has to be put away.

  • smudgeon on October 19, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    What on earth happened to Ishant? He started out his career with pace, bounce, and aggression, now he seems only capable of bowling absolute dross. Are there really no better pace options in India than him? Full marks to Faulkner of course (you're doing Lonnie proud, lad), it's a shame I missed seeing the fireworks. Definitely proving to be worthy of his place in the Aussie side.

  • on October 19, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Ishant sharma should either be sacked from team or if he pleads he needs to get a haircut. At the time of delivery all that hair gets in the front and i think he must be losing some of his accuracy

  • Ajmal_raja on October 19, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    for heaven sake where have the yorkers gone.....a dying art really in india.....get it up front....aim for middle and leg guys....its such a pain watching u.

  • on October 19, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is a gone case for sure....Best International bowlers who knew their job as far as i ve seen or remember always set their own field with the captain..Warne Akram Waqar Murali and the likes coz these people had an idea of what sort of field to set for their bowling...that is why they were greats...None of the Indian bowlers in the current lot I ve not seen them talkin to Dhoni about a field they want...Dhoni is human as he said in his post match interview ...He simply cannot spoon feed....This is not gully cricket...Out of 1.2 billion, it is really saddening that we cannot create a quality pace attack...In my opinion, India should try Mohit, Umesh, Aaron and Praveen Kumar in equal amount of International matches overseas tour keepin in mind the World Cup. Out of them whoever is best, stays rest - out. current lot lacks the mental stability for a World Cup due to their age if we remember Zaheer's bashing at the World Cup final against Australia. Nothing replaces experience

  • Giant-Guru on October 19, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Full credit to Ishant Sharma for helping Australia win a match that India should have after good batting from Dhoni and Kohli. Ishant Sharma should not have a place in the team for the guy have not developed as a bowler ever since I have seen him being part of the Indian team. And if you take this long to develop then you probably lack skills or not fit enough or does not want to learn or all of it, and do not deserve to be on the team anymore. Dhoni is also to be blamed for maintaining that Infamous emotion-less expression some people call COOL.....one sixer and you run to the bowler and tell him what he is doing wrong, you are being for 6's and still you bowl short for that spinner like speed, its hightime now that selectors and the captain stop being stuborn in playing Ishant Sharma. Not just Ishant we need to find some genuine fast bowlers for the coming world cup or with this kind of garbage we have we may not make it to the quarter final of the world cup.

  • cricketfan1 on October 19, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Please read my previous comment about I. Sharma, this comment is not "hindsight 20-20". It is not that he was hit for 30 runs, the manner in which he was hit says it all. To say this guy is useless is understatement. Can't bowl yorkers, don't have any swing, all he has got in-cutters thus so predictable. I am too very disappointed with Dhoni's captaincy/favoritism. Another experiment of Dhoni that is bound to fail is "Raina for No. 4". This guy can't handle short-pitch bowling on Indian pitches, how will he handle overseas? Again, see the manner in which he got out; first rattled perfectly by Johnson, then forced to miscue. I will ask Sunny/Ravi ("Ask the expert") next time about these choices. Rohit was also out of short-pitch bowling, but he is mentally tough and technically sound for short-pitch bowling.

  • nainil0683 on October 19, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Wonderful Ishant Sharma. You did exactly what was expected from you. Hope Dhoni realizes this. So you next target is to give 36 runs of one over. Or even better, you are capable of giving more than 36 runs in an over with your superior ability of bowling wides and no-balls. Let's also bring that record home. Way to go Ishant. Australians would be begging to God for playing him in the next game. I am sure Dhoni will pick him in the next game. Once again, wonderful job Ishant.

  • charminar_express on October 19, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    It would be really funny to still continue him with the international cricket.Surely,he has to go to first class cricket and i doubt that even there he might need some time to cope up. I am not saying it but his recent performance does.

  • CricketLifer on October 19, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    The reason that this over cost India only 30 runs is that Faulkner was not able to connect well on the 4th ball. Having played in IPL and understanding that Ishant was offering Deewali sweets, he was able to feast well otherwise.

  • QTS_ on October 19, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Kind of like the end overs of Tendulkar's 100th century match against Bangladesh - two consecutive sixes by Mushfique off Pathan and the game had changed hand.

  • CricketLifer on October 19, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Surely India would not have persisted with Ishant if he was a batsman and failing so consistently for the whole world to see! Surely we have other bowlers. Credit to Faulkner for exploiting rubbish bowling but there is blame here for Ishant for bowling and for Dhoni and others for not reminding him to stop bowling those lollypop short balls which perhaps a high school batsman can hit it out of the park. Dhoni and selectors have kept this below average bowler employed for too long - he does not belong in limited overs PERIOD. I have also read that he is being rewarded for all his hard work in the nets but if your hard work is not helping you then it is time to realize that sometimes lack of skills cannot be overcome by working hard at the nets. He has been gifting other team 20-30 extra runs in each match he plays. It is only because Indian batsman overcome this so regularly that people don't realize this. Don't handicap our team further by keeping this washed out bowler any longer.

  • on October 19, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    I don't blame Dhoni for captiancy. Ishant had did well prior to that over. But come on guys what a captian do if the bowler cannot bowl according to the field set. And i think he deliberately bowled short balls and had fielders there thinking faulkner will miscue one of the big shots he is attempting to. I cannot understand why these indian bowlers cannot bowl a perfect yorker in crunch situation. I mean these are international cricketers, they should be able to bowl that. Look at the last over vinay kumar tried to bowl yorker and ended up full toss saying hit me as far as u can.

  • on October 19, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - I do enjoy your cutting put-downs. I agree on Ishant, he's not an international class bowler. He had a go but didn't succeed. India should focus on Bhuvi Kumar and mould him into a first-up seamer for the national team. They've got good spinners, nothing to worry about for them on that front.

  • on October 19, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Ishant Sharma isn't getting any more popular with Indian fans, is he? They seem to feel the same way as we England fans feel when Tim Bresnan gets picked for ODIs. His record is even worse.

  • dhiru22 on October 19, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Extremely disappointed by MSD(not talking about his batting) and Ishant Sharma too(I hope everyone is disappointed with Ishant except Dhoni itself).....People always Talk about dhoni's captaincy skill..Really!!!!!!!!what he did today...1-Gave the bowl to ashwin in 29th over for the first time(dont find any logic there) 2-Gave bowling to Virat kohli in crucial moment(NO logic) 3-Ishant proved costly in death overs in past...why did he choose ishant over vinay and others... 5-Post match speech..In which he talked about batting responsibility n all.....It was the bowling MSD 4-Why didn't he tried raina then(In fact Throughout the series and in past too) He is promoting Raina for NO. 4 position to have a BACKUP....Where is the "BACKUP PLAN" for bowlers...why they are not trying 1-Amit Mishra 2-Mohit Sharma and many others...Totally out of understanding...MSD you are excellent in batting but its a wake up call for your captaincy skill !!!!!!!!!

  • Lets_Bash_Indians on October 19, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Do yo know its time for u to go,,even Though every Indian have tears in their Eyes,,ISHANT.

  • on October 19, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    @Rizwan Mughal dude we still r holders of the 2011 world cup and the champions trophy... and i go back in recent memory Pakistan has not won any major one day trophies in recent times... we recently chased down 360 against a very good OZ bowling attack... and u will do well to find a talent like Virat Kohli for ur team... it will do ur fledgling batting resources a whole world of good... where a 37 year old captain still has to do the bailout job in batting

  • on October 19, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    india should produce pitches that are helpful to bowler...

  • on October 19, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    India Lost Badly - and Ishanth was a victim of the show -ALL BECAUSE OF RAHUL DRAVID ' Dravid groomed Faulkner to this level by allowing him in RR and encouraging him to this extent otherwise otherthan IPL players none of the Aussies are masters of flat pitches in INDIA - again Rahul Dravid should be blamed and Dravid has to retire once again from all cricket and even consulting ; his students from other countries will be threat to INDIAN CRICKET : DOWN DOWN Dravid

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 19, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    I am afraid but Ishant Sharma has played his LAST ODI for India. Knowing the Indian selectors nowadays, I can't see Ishant being picked again in this series. I know that is harsh but COME ON, a 'good' bowler doesn't give away 30 runs !! Ishant has FAILED to learn from his past mistakes and should be rightly shown the door. Shami Ahmed or Jaydev Unadkat will take his place in Ranchi. Bye bye Ishant, hope you enjoy your exit and oh please get a hair cut while you are away.

  • on October 19, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    the indian dressing room culture is not suitable for nurturing fast bowlers :) that should bring in some one like waseem or waqar to be their bowling coach :)

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 19, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    @Rizwan Mughal: I bet you were crying like a child when India hammered ALL the Aussie bowlers in the previous game. In fact, Dhoni smashed Faulkner in this very match in the final over belting him to all parts of the park. So you see, any bowler can get hammered on a good batting pitch.

  • MiddleStump on October 19, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    It was no doubt very poor bowling by Ishant in that over. But it is a stretch to say that this over alone changed the game. What about Dhoni's decision to bowl Kohli for one over when the asking rate was above 11? He went for 18 runs, the momentum shifted decisively and the asking rate went below 10. Where was the need to experiment with Kohli when the match was well under control? Except for that one poor over, Ishant wasn't bad at all. His overall economy rate was still below 8. But it is time for him to take a break and get his bearings. And did anybody else notice the weird strategy employed by Dhoni for the last over? He had the leg side packed and apparently asked Vinay Kumar to bowl full and make Faulkner lift the ball. The result was a full toss and a six. With six runs to get in four balls why this weird ploy? But Dhoni has many admirers in the media who will not question him. So Ishant will get all the heat.

  • Indfan76 on October 19, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Selectors needs to find the bowlers for 2015 world cup, Aron, Umesh, rahul sukhla are to be selected. some one can bowl more than 140. Time for dhoni to think !!!

  • Harpreet on October 19, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Some people feel that Ishant Sharma has been unlucking throughout his career ... I disagree with this view ....... Ishant has been consistently inconsistent in his career & is lucky to come this far .... he wouldn't have survived in any other good team with this performance ...... he was expected to be bowling during power plays n death over ....... n if he didn't work out on that .... he deserves to be kicked out ..... n ofcourse some abuses as well ..... even Raina/ Kohli wouldn't have given this many .... Ashwin n Vinay tried their best .... but it was game over there itself ..... Ishant go n do some other work ..... don't even think of bowling ... n God have mercy on those players for whom he becomes bowling coach in future (if ever so).

  • on October 19, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    after playing so many years at international level, and still he can't bowl Yorkers...what a shame on him and also to the Indian teams Bowling coach. if a bowler don't know how to bowl a YORKERS he should not be in one day team. ishant has played enough now he needs rest. he can enjoy playing Ranji Trophy matches and learn to bowl Yorkers for such one day , matches. good bye Ishant Sharma.....Welcome Jaidev Unadkat. Goodbye Ashwin....Welcome Mishra...!

  • Al_Bundy1 on October 19, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is a match winning bowler - for the opposing team!! I and other fans have been crying hoarse for more than a year that Ishant has no brains, but why should anyone listen to us?

  • theRule19 on October 19, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Pathetic bowling..Ishant has no ability to outsmart a batsman..just gets wickets by luck..and I dont blame the pitch at all..people dont come to watch a low scoring game..there should be some thing for the batters to score and high scoring games are fun. This is where bowler's skills are measured. Wonder why people keep blaming that India or the sub-continental pitches are batting paradises. I dont support that thought all..these are mere excuses when a team loses..Its like asking why are pitches outside India are bowling friendly and pacy. Be it anywhere..if we are talking about the bowlers..then they should be skillful and smart anywhere they play..A true performer does not complain about the situation but sees how they can perform better on that. The greats in the past have done that..e.g. Muralitharan, Warne, McGrath, Wasim, Kapil, and many more.

  • on October 19, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    I would like to see Sandeep Sharma and ishwar pandey for the next ODI's!

  • srinathb on October 19, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Kick out Rohith,Ishant,Raina,Vinay from the team as soon as possible...they are only good for stupid IPL games..there are far better players who want to play for INDIA..

  • samincolumbia on October 19, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    @Rizwan - Did India lose to Zimbabwe?

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on October 19, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    wow...cant believe that cricinfo wrote a special piece for that over...now a must watch for every cricket follower :) looks like delhi has produce some run machines: sehwag, kohli, and ishant sharma :p (copied from an indian friend's wall)

  • Sachin_The_Greatest on October 19, 2013, 18:45 GMT

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

    I donno which game you are watching, the recent success has come only on low slow pitches, where often our bowling is hopelessly defensive. I agree that Dhoni is a great one day captain, but over there too cause we are just trying to defend.

    true test of dhoni will be forthcoming overseas tours. I enjoyed dhoni's todays knock. but our recent failure specially in fast bowling & in test matches is all because of negative strategies, where we are waiting for opposition batsmen to make mistakes.

    And it's coming from die hard indian fan

  • prasbanari on October 19, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Please give chances to other bowlers who can bowl perfect yorkers in the depth overs....Why the Hell they dropped Mohith Sharma...? Please take Jayadev or Amith Misra in next matches...Pleazzzzz

  • GeoffreysMother on October 19, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    I saw the last 12 overs. Poor bowling and poor fielding ( three misfields on the trot in the 38th over). Whilst Ishant's over will get the headlines, Kohli's was equally rubbish at an earlier stage (going for 18 - and would have gone for as much in club cricket). Ashwin was bowling well down the legside and if the Aussies had the gumption they would have simply left 5 out of 6 to be legside wides ( he doesn't turn it that much to hot the wickets. Credit to Faulkner though, he can only slog (and slog he did) what is sent his way.

    Poor cricket though compared to the Pakistan v's S. Africa test. I wonder if India will dare go to the UAE - that would be fascinating and as a neutral ground for both teams free of the political and security issues that are rightly a concern in the sub continent. Mind you India might not yet go to South Africa - and I can't really understand why - unless they are afraid their young superstars might not be as good as the broadcasters would have us believe.

  • ROXSPORT on October 19, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    I had commented yesterday that Ishant Sharma was a good for nothing bowler who would continue to bowl short and would be punished. I ain't sure whether I should be happy that Ishant proved me right or be sad that such a valiant innings from Dhoni went in vain. RIP Ishant Sharma.

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Ishant please go and learn basics how to bowl yorkers not even a single yorkers u tried in the death overs!!!

  • Alexk400 on October 19, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    This is thyroid accident that created Ishant. Big body , child brain

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is just a bit unlucky and misunderstood!!...... He should be persisted with for at least till the 2015 World Cup..... He will show in a few years that he is the "SPEARHEAD OF INDIAN BOWLING" !! :P

  • cricket1fan1980 on October 19, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    If Dhoni is so supportive of his pace bowlers, then why doesn't he choose any one of them in Chennai Super Kings squad? Only Ashwin makes the cut, and I don't think he would also make next year's team, based on Ashwin's present performance. It's time to bring back India's old war horse Zaheer Khan. He is way way better than the present lot in death overs. Zaheer is much fitter now.

  • crisis_man on October 19, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    this vindictive reporting by Mr. Abhishekh Purohit is utterly uncalled for in a sport like cricket. anyone can have an off day. its the job of Team Management to drop consistently non performing players. even selectors/MSD are to be blamed here. Had Ishant/Bhajji/Gauti been dropped at the right times in their careers, they would not have fallen so low that rising again becomes next to impossible. Hope to see Ishant dropped for next 4 matches atleast. -an ishant fan

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Poor Ishant, was a great bowler, lost all his potential. However, in this game, his previous 7 overs cost him only 33 runs, less than 5 per over, better than many others especially ashwin. Dhoni was right in giving him the over, but Ishant failed.

  • kp_jersey on October 19, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Appears to me like everyone wants to be on the ' Hammer Ishant' bandwagon now but one has to be fair and Bharath Srinivasa makes some pertinent comments. 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 Ishant 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.

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Find an another sport to follow CRICKET has retired from all forms of international games. Try football, hockey basket ball

    Best of Luck Guys.

  • anton_ego on October 19, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    A career which kicked off by decimating a Tasmanian, and ended (hopefully!) after being decimated by another Tasmanian. India needed this. Thanks Faulkner..

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    I am sure this was his last game in a while. I have not seen any one as senseless as Ishant sharma ever. We need specialized One day bowlers like mohit sharma and praveen kumar, or even RP Singh....enough of ishant, vinay and ashwin.

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    ishant sharma u rock...ishant should play 2015 world cup ......i am waitnig to see response of indian media on their champions hahahahahha.....and just want to see virat kohli face.....hahahahaahha

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    India should take positives from Ishant Sharma's over or rather stop producing batting friendly pitches which make looklike Dhonis batting "a match winning turned losing cameo"

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    @ Bharath Srinivasa - you are blaming dhoni for Ishant's performance? hahaha do you know any thing about cricket? All the successs that india has had recently is bcas of dhoni, inspite of the useless bowlers that we produce. So please think before writing anything.

  • crisis_man on October 19, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    All this bashing against an individual who helped India avoid a certain Test defeat at Mohali 3 yrs ago is utterly unfair. Ishant is naturally a back of a length bowler. its the job of Team Management to ensure that he plays on wickets conducive to his bowling style, that he plays in conditions suitable to his skill set.

  • Tigg on October 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    India's problem is that they have one decent death bowler in Ashwin. The others, including potential Ishant replacements like Irfan and Unadkat haven't got a clue once the ball gets old.

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    ishant is a pity bowler except his long hair to threat the batsman he as nothing and b cos of the un due support by dhoni he still in the team should send him to any LOCAL CLUB TEAM TO PROVE HIS SKILL DHONI WILL SUPPORT HIM AGAIN BY SAYING CANT JUDGE APLAYER BY ONE OVER HE WILL WEAR THE BLUE AGAIN AND MAKE US BLEED IN SHAME

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    He is useless bowler and for death bowling his contribution is big ZERO..Only injury can make his exit from team..Dhoni gave him maximum chance but no improvement means like useless b...... Giving so much chance means is he doing dhonis personnel job?

  • neeraj5336 on October 19, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    dhoni also equally blamed for his decisons in this match, he gave the ball to ashwin very late in a match after yuvi, when yuvi continue to bowl short pitch deliveries and cant able to maintain the pressure made by jadeja from other hand, he gave 1 over to kohli when a set btsmen Avoges and attacking batsmen haddin on batting ( where aussie need to hit big hitting or loose the match) which cost 18 runs nd at that stage sharma and vinaykr over are left, bkumar also need to improve his bowling in last overs becoz u always not to finish ur 10 overs in 1st spell with new ball, where u get the swing and some movement oterwise he will hve the same career as pkumar and this action made more pressure on other bwlers to bowl at later stage of the game as ashwin get the bowl very late in match which may impact his game mentally indteam should stop trying to observe raina at no 4 spot wen yuvi there in the team and much more talented then raina

  • Ramseer on October 19, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    They should drop him from ODIs, he is only 25 years, he can always comeback. But this won't help him and the team. not just because of today's performance, apart from that over in Champions League final (I'm sure still Morgan and Bopara are wondering what they had done) he has been performing poorly since beginning of 2013. And I don't understand what he is thinking while bowling short pitched deliveries at his pace to Australian batsmen.

  • KarachiKid on October 19, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    To me the problem is not Ishant, not the Indian fast bowlers. The problem lies in the Indian, and indeed now global, mindset of stacking all odds in the limited overs cricket against bowlers. Flat featherbeds, one bouncer rule, calling wide even if ball misses leg stump by a few mm's, ludicrous field setting requirements. Indian cricket is obsessed with sixes and fours. In this situation how can you expect to develop world class fast bowlers ? remember best bowlers come from South Africa or Australia or England where we have pitches that equally favor batters and bowlers. Pakistan is a bit different. But even our fast bowlers have not done too well in SA and Australia (apart from ofcourse Imran, Akram, Younus, Akhter, Asif and Amir) because they rely on abrasive surfaces and reverse swing.

  • ladycricfan on October 19, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    When there was nothing to lose Faulkner started throwing the bat and poor Ishant bumped into him. It happens in cricket. t20 experience is helping the batsmen nowadays in 50overs match. Ishant needs to go back and play ranji trophy to gain confidence before wi series.

  • wrenx on October 19, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Where's Yadav these days? Is he injured?

  • crisis_man on October 19, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    this is unfair criticism on ishant. it has happened to Broad. it almost happened to Faulkner too in this game itself. All Ishant needs is a county stint to introspect & rediscover himself! I still remember zak in pakistan in 2005 series when he was just like ishant. Not swinging the ball, no pace and was the most experienced of the bowlers at that time! He was then dropped...he took a county stint, came back in late 2006 in SA series after 1.5 yrs & the rest as we all know, is history!

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Ban him for life ......Even I have the confidence to hit a six on his bowling... And for record he mostly start his spell for six or four.....

  • eng_mdkhan on October 19, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    MSD has this group of players he persists with despite bad performances and perhaps anyone out of this select group which is perhaps part of a bigger organization is not being given chances. Indian cricket is no longer a sport it is a mere political party-business being run by people who do not consider the sport's interest as priority. At this point it is not possible for the common indian public to comprehend what is going on indeed ignorance is bliss and even if they did know it would not make a difference such is life. I do suggest that perhaps we should just stand back and enjoy the moments rather than trying to analyze, that way atleast we would not be wasting our time and be happier.

  • maddy20 on October 19, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Umesh Yadav, Ishwar Pandey, Shammi Ahmed, Baba Aparajith so many options available and Dhoni keeps picking him. He even made Kohli bowl an over. Those two overs cost us 48 runs and ultimately the match!

  • sam911 on October 19, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    the so called media heroes r actually zero on the ground, its better that all Indian team should allow to play only in ads. Its also better for the world cricket and BCCI too, as BCCI get more money and Indian team cannot be humiliated by opponents, and fans get real cricket.

  • Abhay_Pethe on October 19, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    In 2007 Agarkar did bowl a similar over or was this worse? Agarkar was thrown out of Indian national cricket team. Let us see how Ishant is treated now.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Umair.I understand if Ishant bowled decent line and length and got smacked. All the 6 balls he bowled in the 48th over failed to hit the length.He has so much international experience and has not shown any improvement.Time to move on and give an youngster like Shami Ahmed a chance.

  • Rohit... on October 19, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    The problem does not lie in ishant being hit... The problem lied in Ishant being targeted...Faulkner told Voges that he is going after Ishant... Now the question is -WHY ISHANT??? Vinay kumar is certainly slower than him and yet he was waiting for Ishant....This is certainly hurting the team preparation for the WC.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    ashwin out and bhajji in

  • stshekhar on October 19, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    @Umar Iqbal: Bcoz Ishant Sharma is "SPEARHEAD" and Yuvraj is "BATSMAN".

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Pathetic Ishant Sharma. All he had to do was to bowl yorkers, thats all. Short balls were bound to go doe sixes. He looked more pathetic than Stuart Broad when that chap was clobbered for 6 sixes in one over. He gets nervous after being attacked, and it shows. Immature bowler.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Ishant Sharma and two Kumars, Bhuvneswar and Vinay together with other reserve seamers should be guided by an Internationally reputed fast bowler of the profile of Wasim Akram orGlenn McGrath or a successful allrounder like Kapil Dev. Khel dekke malum hua, 'Kumars se nehi hoga. sob ka sob ashant hai. Sadi suda kichi ko bulaiye.' It is not Ishants but those who selected them are responsible for the damage done. Please have them replaced.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Before pointing the gun towards Ishant, it is the system which has produced the man, and I blame MS Dhoni equally for it... Unimaginative captaincy during 2011-12 season.. hopelessly one sided fields for bowlers.. asking the quicks to bowl medium pace and standing up to the stumps even during test matches..!! And almost all our bowlers have lost focus..!!!

  • Albert_cambell on October 19, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    What a match winning player Ishant Sharma. My request to BCCI, please include Ishant Sharma for the SA tour. Our batsman will score 100 runs in his 10 overs.

  • SpartaArmy on October 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Amazing batting, Pathetic bowling. Dhoni might feel dejected, but the law of equation says he got what he deserved. Giving long rope to some one like Ishant sharma might perhaps be the biggest mistake Dhoni ever did as a captain. I wonder what happened to Mohit sharma. An experienced fast - who am I kidding, not spin - bowler who give away 30 odd runs to a no8 inexperienced batsman during a chase is not acceptable.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    I think India needs to stop focusing too much on pace. Ishant was initially selected because of his pace, but the guy does not have enough talent to go with him at international level. Vinay and Bhupaneshwar are far better bowlers. Where is Praveen Kumar? India needs to keep their feet on the ground and use the best of what they have. They can't match Pakistan in bowling exactly like Pakistan can't match them in batting. Pity but true. Pakistan has realized this fact and tries to win through bowling only with batting serving as a backup if required.

  • borninthetimeofSRT on October 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    At least now we know of the weak link, of one player who will perhaps not be on the plane Down Under in 2015 WC. Ishant hasn't matured and taken the baton well. And he is running out of time. He needs to be perform well, and guide the likes of Bhuvaneshwar and Vinay Kumar during their spells - something all Indian bowlers like Zaheer and Srinath, even Nehra have done in the past. But he has been in his own world. He is non-interactive - just goes about doing his job like an employee. Somebody give him a pair of scissors and ask him to cut off his mane.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Who is selecting this guy times and times again. Surely he has some "Reference" to hold his spot in the team.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    This is not a joke, what india and dhoini have done and what india is at present with such remarkable batting side, all they need is to use thier barain to take best bowlers of india and not Ishant Sharma for years he is the thorn of ruin for others success, all his trohines should be taken away, he ought to be banned to think of sports and cricket, he has hurt more than a billion indian in a matter of minutes, thisoe soecters need to be wise, there was no need for shoni work to be in ruin and australia has a hearty laugh for another million years... due to ishant sharma

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Another bad day in office for the Indian players. But the question is, we the cricket lovers comment here day and night but does the selectors or the team management does ever have a glimpse of it? To some extent it feels the players are taking it for granted to play for the nation. Only 15 in a country of billion worth to play for the nation!!I'm not asking for change of players but how much time does a player needs to learn and correct his mistakes? Ishant Sharma is playing for the past 8 yrs and STILL LEARNING!! Indian bowlers should learn how to bowl in death overs (45-50). Please no short pitch deliveries and outside the off stump.In today's IPL era batsman has learnt how to hit. Unless bowlers ball the slower delivery and full length they will be hit!! Just bowl stump to stump. I don't belief in past laurels what counts is the performance on the D-day. Hope to have a better bowling show in the coming matches.

  • Capricorn60 on October 19, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Admittedly I too thought Ishant was very unlucky at times in not having many more wickets in his international career to date but his bowling is now an absolute embarrassment! To think he now considers himself to be the spearhead of the Indian attack, yet has absolutely no control over his death bowling at the end of a match! His Test wickets have cost a ridiculous 38 a piece & his ODI/T20 bowling record is just as bad too. After costing India the match today, it is time for him to be dropped immediately but he is young enough to go back to his state team, hopefully improve considerably & one day prove to be good enough to make a comeback into the Indian team.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    It is very intriguing to see Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who's currently the best Indian medium pace bowler being shielded by Dhoni at the death overs. He could turn out to be a good bowler at death which Indian cricket team need very badly.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Well said Ashish Patel... Agarkar is far far better than our current fast bowlers apart from Zaheer... I am sure Agarkar can scalp more wicket than any fast bowlers till now, even he is little expensive... but he was a match wwinner... Shame to Ishant and the selectors... try Zahee, Bhuvanesh and pathan.... and Habhajan and Jadeja will take over spin department, supported by yuvi.... Batting is excellent...

  • getgopi on October 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    I understand Dhoni likes to give his bowlers a long run. But, even by his standards, this has to have been a very bad call about Ishant. And who knows, Ishant might have come back stronger after an extended drop. He doesn't have the stardom of a Tendulkar. So dropping him would have been an easy decision. But if his strengths only come to the fore in Test cricket on the bouncy, pacy tracks of SA or Aus then he should be considered for playing in only those conditions.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Its high time now that I Sharma is revealed of his Indian duty.. Never uses his brain.. just got some long hair and comes in running every ball and he himself does not be knowing where's he going to pitch the ball ... shameful performance from him today .. why dont India give a chance to Unadkat who is being selected for this series ??

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Thank God he did not bowl an extra delivery.definitely he must be feeling low.a batsman can hit 36 runs of an over , can/has happened in the past.but if everything comes of the middle of the bat then there is some lackage of strategy from the bowler's perspective.Giving due respect to the trainings/net sessions of both the batsman and bowler,not to take any credit away from the batsman,on any day i feel a bowling untested wicketkeeper can come out with some plans to restrict the batsman.Runs may be of some sort of luck or edges but not all hits of the six deliveries from the centre/sweetspot of the bat.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    One can understand a bowler having a bad day.. Yuvraj and Broad have experienced it. However this performance after a string of shoddy performances is simply unacceptable. Time to ring in some changes.

  • ReverseSweepIndia on October 19, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    I as an Indian fan, am very happy with this defeat especially the way it came. And from 4th ODI onwards, new team will be selected, I am sure this good for nothing bowler will be not be part anymore. We would not have got rid of passengers like Sehwag and others if Eng would not have defeated us in test series. It would be better if have this bowling attack for next 4 ODIs: Bhuvi, Jadeja, Mohit, Mishra & Nayar. Adding Nayar will give us extra depth in batting and he will not do bad in bowling than Vinay or Ishant for sure.

  • Narkovian on October 19, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Ok , so I know others are now asking the same questions. But as an ENG supporter, I cannot see how Ishant has managed to keep getting picked for ANY Indian cricket. Talk about over-rated... ( unintentional pun). Couldn't bowl the skin off a rice pudding, and that's been the case for about 3 years. PS. Please keep picking him, when ENG play you !! PPS.Probably help if he gets a haircut. Might be able to see down the pitch !

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    I Sharma (India) 24.0 overs 2 maidens 189 runs 2 wickets 1/56 best bowling 94.50 average 7.87 economy 72.0 SR

    Poor Ishant is getting all the burst on him, but this is cricket. Sometimes you have bad day. Ishant is facing issues while bowling on flat tracks. But he will bounce back soon as he has the ability to do better.

    All words are against him only, but we have some other poor performances as well. like Yuvraj is consistantly having issues with short bowling in ODIs. Why Media is not writting or commenting on his poor come back in ODIs.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Surely this should be the final nail in the coffin for the blunt spearhead. He has done nothing for years now.

  • DanXI on October 19, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    I cant comprehend the logic of Ishanth's inclusion and I cant believe he is persisted with after such poor returns. I wonder when we will look for an alternate. High time MSD looked for other options.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    With Ishant bowling so consistently, can someone recall Agarkar for few matches, just like how Sourav recalled Srinath in 2003? I guess even at this age, he would be better than most of current Indian bowling attack. Where are Indian pace bowlers?

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    poor lad! ishant Sharma should not loose heart! this happens in cricket.go to domestic cricket again work harder and get back to Indian team again!

  • Prem-balu on October 19, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    My bet....Dhoni will play him next match :)

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    i dont know y ishant sharma is being prefered over irfan pathan.Atleast irfan pathan bowls sensibily and can bat also really well.

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I don't understand why dhoni did keep Ishant in this match after given away so much runs in the previous matches. Should have been tried with Unadkat and Amith in place of Ishant and Ashwin.

  • Dhiraj9 on October 19, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Wrong info.. 48th over was bowled by ashwin he gave 5 runs and then 49th over was bowled by ishant in that over he gave 30 runs and then vinay kumar gave 9 runs in first 3 deliveries of final over.. hence australia won by 4 wickets with 3 balls remaining..

  • Ryan_H on October 19, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Well, clearly Ishant Sharma is NOT at fault at all here. He did everything he can and gave his best here and I don't doubt his commitment or hard work at all. To me this is clearly Dhoni and the team management including selectors' fault for selecting Ishant repeatedly despite all his failures and lack of certain abilities. I can hope this serves as a perfect testcase of why he should not be selected again and other deserving bowlers should get a chance to fill in that spot. Time to start planning fast bowling resources for 2015 WC.

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    How can he self proclaim himself as a SPEARHEAD for the Indian team....He just ruined every bit of hardwork that Dhoni had put in to get a massive score......His line a length in the 47th over was pathetic all length balls......Faulkner stole Dhoni's show.... Poor Ishant

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Blaming Ishant is easy and it is right also, but this is not the answer to the bigger questions. The question is simple "what is long term solution of bowling problems?" After Kapil we have Srinath and then Zahir. After early 90s only 3 prominent pacers. Look at spin department, who is after kumble (definitely not ashwin). Dhoni has used best possible option in most efficient manner but what can he do when machine has lesser horse-power.

  • DauD_ on October 19, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Best Over I've seen in a while.

    Thrilling finish, what a game!!!!

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    I have not seen a clue less international bowler as Ishant ever ...Hope and i am sure he will get a long sitting out of the team and may be learn a thing or two in that time ..

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Bring back Umesh!! He's much better than Ishant.

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    James Faulkner made my day. Superb stuff.

  • Hotshot007 on October 19, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    What was annoying about that over was how Ishant kept persisting with bowling short despite getting hammered. You'd have thought he ( or at someone nearby advising) would have had the sense to bowl or at least try to bowl some yorkers. When you bowl at high 120's or low 130's, your short balls are eventually gonna just sit up. Not to take anything away from Faulkner, but that was more to do with Ishant bowling rubbish than him doing any extraordinary other than connecting well.

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Superb hitting! Hats off to Faulkner

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    clearly evident ishant needs to be dropped for minimum of 2 years , he has been consistently failing in odi's despite sufficient chances.

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  • on October 19, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    clearly evident ishant needs to be dropped for minimum of 2 years , he has been consistently failing in odi's despite sufficient chances.

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Superb hitting! Hats off to Faulkner

  • Hotshot007 on October 19, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    What was annoying about that over was how Ishant kept persisting with bowling short despite getting hammered. You'd have thought he ( or at someone nearby advising) would have had the sense to bowl or at least try to bowl some yorkers. When you bowl at high 120's or low 130's, your short balls are eventually gonna just sit up. Not to take anything away from Faulkner, but that was more to do with Ishant bowling rubbish than him doing any extraordinary other than connecting well.

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    James Faulkner made my day. Superb stuff.

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Bring back Umesh!! He's much better than Ishant.

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    I have not seen a clue less international bowler as Ishant ever ...Hope and i am sure he will get a long sitting out of the team and may be learn a thing or two in that time ..

  • DauD_ on October 19, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Best Over I've seen in a while.

    Thrilling finish, what a game!!!!

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Blaming Ishant is easy and it is right also, but this is not the answer to the bigger questions. The question is simple "what is long term solution of bowling problems?" After Kapil we have Srinath and then Zahir. After early 90s only 3 prominent pacers. Look at spin department, who is after kumble (definitely not ashwin). Dhoni has used best possible option in most efficient manner but what can he do when machine has lesser horse-power.

  • on October 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    How can he self proclaim himself as a SPEARHEAD for the Indian team....He just ruined every bit of hardwork that Dhoni had put in to get a massive score......His line a length in the 47th over was pathetic all length balls......Faulkner stole Dhoni's show.... Poor Ishant

  • Ryan_H on October 19, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Well, clearly Ishant Sharma is NOT at fault at all here. He did everything he can and gave his best here and I don't doubt his commitment or hard work at all. To me this is clearly Dhoni and the team management including selectors' fault for selecting Ishant repeatedly despite all his failures and lack of certain abilities. I can hope this serves as a perfect testcase of why he should not be selected again and other deserving bowlers should get a chance to fill in that spot. Time to start planning fast bowling resources for 2015 WC.