India v Australia, 3rd ODI, Mohali

Raina fails Johnson's short-ball examination

Plays of the day from the third ODI between India and Australia in Mohali

Abhishek Purohit

October 19, 2013

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Suresh Raina was peppered with short deliveries, India v Australia, 3rd ODI, Mohali, October 19, 2013
Raina hopped, jabbed and missed in the face of some short-pitched stuff from Mitchell Johnson © BCCI
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The controversy
Aaron Finch had provided another sturdy beginning when Vinay Kumar banged one short in the 11th over. Finch went for the pull, but could not get hold of it. There were two sounds as the ball seemed to snick his top edge before pinging his shoulder and lobbing towards point. Virat Kohli ran in, dived forward and plucked it inches from the ground. Even as Kohli celebrated, umpire C Shamsuddin remained unmoved. Kohli turned his attention to Finch now, imploring him to walk in characteristically colourful language. Finch was going nowhere.

The power
MS Dhoni went berserk at the death, and James Faulkner went for plenty. In the last over, Dhoni stayed back in the crease, targetting the straight boundaries, trying to get under full deliveries. The third ball of the over, the helicopter shot made an appearance, the ball disappeared over long-on and Mohali shouted hoarse. Next delivery, Dhoni flashed his arms again, and the ball went over long-off for six more.

The dismissal
Soon after Suresh Raina came in, Australia brought back Mitchell Johnson. And then began the expected short-ball examination for India's new No 4. Raina hopped, jabbed and missed. He tried hooking half-heartedly but could not put bat to ball at Johnson's extreme pace. When he did, off another weak attempt at a hook, he only edged to slip.

The repeat
Yuvraj Singh walked in on his home ground and walked back first ball, his dismissal a replay of the manner in which Johnson had dismissed him in the first ODI in Pune. Johnson banged it in short of a length. The ball pitched outside off and moved away. Yuvraj followed it instinctively, had a waft far away from the body and got a healthy edge through to the wicketkeeper.

The timing
Fresh from making the fastest hundred for an Indian in the previous game, Virat Kohli showed off his touch early in his innings. The fifth delivery he faced was a fast yorker outside off from Mitchell Johnson. Kohli calmly bent his knees in the crease and opened the face of the bat. The ball raced past point for four.

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Posted by Samdanh on (October 22, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

It is pathetic to see the writer using "Controversy" title on Aaron Finch incident. It would have been only fair if he had used the two wrong lbw decisions handed out to Aaron Finch and Shane Watson, but for which Aus would have won in 40 overs. ESPN Cricinfo, please publish this comment. It is high time there is a neutral editor team that edits such one sided views, lest ESPN Cricinfo becomes a site real cricket lovers do not care to visit or read

Posted by Nampally on (October 20, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

I never heard of Umpire Shamsuddin. He made many mistakes. Besides the catch off Finch by Kohli, B. Kumar had Hughes plumb LBW which Shamsuddin turned down. He turned down 3 close calls from B.Kumar. In desperation Kumar changed ends. @superman121: The negative comments are against Ishant Sharma- not Rohit Sharma. Ishant has been wayward for many matches now, yet he finds his way into the XI. Also the fans are upset in losing this match when India was cruising to victory. Inability of Raina & Yuvraj to play good pace bowling was evident both in ODI 2 & ODI 3, especially when Dhoni thinks these are the 2 best #4 batsmen for India.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

What went wrong, Dhoni? Ashwin had one over left. Kohli is a great bat but why O why, does he get the ball? Yet again, 18 runs in an over and no wickets. @Superman121, Ishant has already been to Australia twice. First time as a 19 year old, not much was expected. Didn't get a lot of wickets but showed promise. Last time, he was battered on pitches tailor-made for fast bowling. He bowled straight & short, at around 130K, no swing or seam. Yuvraj has also been there and failed miserably, as he does on fast pitches. Raina too. VK also failed. Let's not tale the same failed people back to Australia. Not when a great like Pujara is not in the team. Also, Karthik can play overseas.

Posted by Wolverine77 on (October 20, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

Thank you for pointing it out mate... But u have to agree with me when I say Raina's ODI econ is far better than the self appointed "spearhead of the indian fast bowling attack" Ishant Sharma.... :)

Posted by Nampally on (October 20, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

My first play of the day was Dhoni's brilliant century which pulled India into the winning position. But I am reminded of the famous Einstien's Quote for a certain type of character: "Repeating the same blunders but expecting different results". Dhoni has often used Ishant Sharma in the "death overs" with disasterous results. He did it again for the nth time & what appeared to be India cruising to victory became a defeat! This is my second play of the day. What was hypocritical was Dhoni called for improvement of the "Death" bowling with the same Ishant Sharma in the XI & him being the root cause of problem!

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

@Wolverine77, I agree with almost everything you say. India has one of the best ODI batting lineups in history, I mean the line up has to be good if it keeps the likes of Sehwag and Gambhir on the sidelines! but I just had a query about you labelling Raina as " One of the best ODI all-rounders" I hope you mean his all round skills are fielding and batting (which both are excellent) because 21 wickets at 49 runs per wicket and 5 runs an overdoes not qualify him to be a "bowling and batting" all rounder.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (October 20, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

If this is the best Ishanth can give, India might as well play a rookie

Posted by Superman121 on (October 20, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

Gosh! judging by all these negative comments from the Indian fans, I can imagine what sort of pressure those players must be having representing their country.. Indian team is playing good cricket and everyone can have a bad game or too... Fans need to realize that they can't win each and every game they play! Rohit Sharma was a hero coming in to this game and look at the comments he get after one bad game... Raina has won games for india single handedly in the past.. he is new to #4 position. give him some time to settle down...

Don't blame bowlers, there nothing they can do in these batting friendly pitches... How can you blame ishant when the best Aussie attack was taken apart in the last game... Ishanth will do superbly well in Aussie conditions in the next WC. thats why Dhoni persists with him. He is an asset...

Posted by Wolverine77 on (October 20, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

I really don't understand why indian fans blaming Raina & Rohith... Guys wake up! Rohith won a game almost single handedly couple of days back! and Raina is one of the best ODI all-rounders of the game... and afterall india scored 300 + for Christ sake! blame the bowlers not the batters!

Posted by syedahmed91 on (October 20, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

The pitches made by indians are destroying their fast bowlers faster than it is making 'the next great batsman' As wasim akram said before when touring India why on earth would any fast bowler want to ball on these sorts of tracks... I don't blame ishant sharma I blame indian cricket structure. Had Ishant Sharma been on any other side he would be a ace bowler with his height and pace, however there's no way he can find rhythm on these batting paradise's. India needs to smell the fresh air and see that is not all about chasing batting records, I think with the way things are going Ishant should ask to be promoted to #3 on batting to prove he too can easily score 100's on these tracks.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (October 20, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

Indias batting display clearly proves one thing: that barring kohli and Dhoni, the batsmen are kings of flat pitches. Too much hype about the likes of yuvraj, raina an dhawan.

Posted by applethief on (October 20, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

Yuvraj and Raina have more than 450 a ODI matches of experience between them, but sure didn't play like it. Raina especially boggles the mind, how he keeps being all selected, at least Yuvraj has turned out in force in the past. And what's with the umpiring? Kettleburgh had proven how lousy he is in the past, but this was a new low even for him.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist 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.

Posted by syedahmed91 on (October 20, 2013, 0:04 GMT)

India - what a mess, has there ever been a ODI series where all games have been 300+ scores? No wonder they fail to produce any world class bowlers. I feel sorry for any indian wanting to be a bowler you just aren't going to make it. Ishant with his height and pace should've been a great bowler, however due to the obsession Indian people have with seeing their batsmen hold all sorts of records on flat tracks, he isn't. If I was him I would request to be sent at #3 in the batting line up in the next match at least than he would have a chance to redeem himself by scoring a century. Please post comment from a indian board fan

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

Posted by Shafeek As on (October 19, 2013, 18:02 GMT) ishant no match even for street cricket ...rohit and ishant total waste for the nation

Best comment seen finally !!!!! but I am sure power and money counts in Indian cricket or maybe.... due to that we will always see freaking rohit and the damn ishant and we will loose you see they might be having a good jack so you end up seeing useless gully players instead of talent sad but thats INDIA !!!!!

Posted by CricketLifer on (October 19, 2013, 20:17 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.

Posted by kasinath3449 on (October 19, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

Raina Time and again he is loosing his wicket to a short pitched delivery directed on his body He should learn to leave these ones and go for on other ones. Poor Ishant . Win from the losing position Call MSD and Virat. Want to lose from a Winning position give the ball to Ishant Bad Luck MSD James played better. I think IPL taught him . Good Luck in the next match without Ishant. Kashinath

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

sam911 ... cool boss ... India certainly is playing very good cricket ... winning or losing will keep on alternating ... we must keep moving forward ... and ... SA series is not the ultimate ... there is good cricket outside it too

Posted by samincolumbia on (October 19, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

@Blade Runner - Raina and Yuvi have been playing too many games againt Sri Lankan club-level bowlers and forgotten what good bowling is all about. SL fans should pray that SL does not meet India in WC2015, considering what India did to them in WC2011.

Posted by picket23 on (October 19, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

By far the most amusing play of the day, was when Dhoni made the umpire retract a wide call. The ball was about two feet down the leg side when the batsman tried to reverse sweep it, while not changing his stance might I add, and the umpire correctly called it a wide. Dhoni simply stared at the umpire with a look of distaste and the umpire reversed the wide call. Such is the power of the Great MS Dhoni.

A most embarrassing moment for the umpire you would think.

Posted by sam911 on (October 19, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

BCCI ordered ICC to officially announced that any team who play against India, should only be selected by Indian selectors, if not approved by ICC then BCCI asked ICC to limit test playing nations to select and send only their school teams against World best Indian team, otherwise India will not Follow FTP and only play IPL whole year.

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

It was simply as good as previous game...

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

highest regard for Dhoni always. But since he is loyal to his first 11and does not change the playing 11 unless some one breaks a leg, the selectors must do the following 1) drop ishant and vinay and take mohit and any other bowler and bowl at he stump at a decent pace. 2) while i think Ashwin and Raina will bounce back they should be rested and asked to play some of the Ranji games. No replacement for Ashwin as I feel that Amit Mishra must get atleast 4 matches. Similarly no replacement is required for Raina, as Rahane or Rayudu can play the balance 4 matches. We can follow the Engliash model of only having 12 players with all others playing in on going tournaments instead of wasting time sitting around. Finally it is BAU (business as usual) as far as Rohit is concerned. Poor and horribly concieved shot.

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

ishant no match even for street cricket ...rohit and ishant total waste for the nation

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

No more chances to Raina please.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 19, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

It was painful to watch Raina and UV struggle against short pitched deliveries. They are just sorry excuses for batsmen. And These are the players who are planning to win the WC2015 in Australia. LOL G'luck !!! LOL

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