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

'Attacking seamers was our only chance' - Faulkner

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India's death-bowling problems are well documented, and Australia's batsmen seemed to know all about them, timing their late assault in Mohali to perfection to complete an improbable chase. James Faulkner, India's wrecker-in-chief on the night, said after the game he knew better than to go after offspinner R Ashwin, while Adam Voges, Australia's top scorer, said Faulkner had specifically looked to get after Ishant Sharma in an over that changed the game.

"I didn't feel I could get Ashwin over to the long boundary, with his carom balls. So I thought if I could just get seven or eight off him and target the other end … that was our only chance of winning, to take 20 runs each from the medium pacers," Faulkner said after his team chased down 304, needing 44 off the final three overs. Ashwin had bowled the 47th over and the pair of Voges and Faulkner took eight off it, with just one boundary. The next over, Ishant was thrown the ball and, according to Voges, Faulkner said: "This is it, I am going after this."

And go he did, slamming four sixes, a four and running a two to take 30 off Ishant and bring the equation down to a very manageable 14 off 12. Ashwin bowled the following over too, and again Faulkner and Voges sensibly knocked him around for five, before easing to victory off seamer Vinay Kumar.

While Faulkner's innings was "extraordinary", as his captain George Bailey termed it, Ishant did provide him with the opportunities to hit out. The pace bowler pitched short repeatedly, bowled length and delivered only one full ball, and even that delivery allowed Faulkner the room to have a swing.

Asked if the Indian seamers crumbled under pressure, Faulkner said, "There is always pressure to bowl at that stage, I know that as I have done that a few times for Australia. It's just a matter of if you can execute [your skills] or not. There are going to be days when you would look silly out there, and that has happened to me a lot of times. But there are other time when you might bowl a really good over and win it for the team."

Faulkner's late assault turned the game completely after 91 were required off the last nine overs when he arrived at the crease. He reached his half-century off 24 deliveries while Voges held the other end together with a solid 76.

"It was a very good innings from Vogsy," Faukner said. "It's clear that you struggle early in the innings, but to battle the way through like he did and help me out when I was struggling initially, I think he batted exceptionally well with a mature head."

Australia are ahead in the series with four matches to play and Faulkner expected it to be a close fight between the two top ODI teams.

"Both teams are ranked 1 and 2 for a reason and you have season how close the games have been," he said. "It was a kick in the guts, the second game in Jaipur. To score 360 and have them chase the total one down was really disappointing. We knew we had to bounce back with a good game tonight and now we are 2-1 up in the series. It's going to be a really tough contest for the next four games."

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  • on October 20, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Well plaeyed Australia. They deserved to win. But these pitches are ridiculous for bowling. A bowler missed off stump by inches he gets driven to the off side for 4. The outfield is so damm fast that if a bowl is tapped to the gap it will end up for 4. The boundaries are so short that mistimed shots clear the boundary with ease. Remember yuvraj's 77 in T20 - he didn't even go through the shot and ball was clearing the boundary. It is not good for a spectators point of view, as all it takes is one decent partnership, and the bat dominates ball. Living in Australia, I enjoy the ODI games here, especially in MCG or Perth with bigger boundaries and bowler friendly pitches respectively. But what I saw here was ridiculous. Also in a dust bowl served in tests, a fast bowler barely bowls 5 overs. And India complains they have no fast bowlers.

  • mysecretme on October 19, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    I would not blame Indian pitches for this. If you had seen both Indian and Australian scoring patterns, you would see that they both found the going touch at the front, somehow kept chugging along and exploited the death overs to score. None of the bowlers in both teams know how to bowl at death. Everybody is getting tonked. India would've been better off if Yuvraj's overs had come off, but in this match, we say Aussies taking chances against him and succeeding. India needs Zaheer back in this team in place of Ishant. At the moment, even Venkatesh Prasad coming straight out and having a bowl will do better than the current crop in death overs.

  • on October 21, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I notice they getting big scores like the other night ,Aussie score 359 , India score 360 to win that game ! But because the runs they making on small grounds, who remember Australia score an amazing 434 then South Africa went to beat that score 434 as well, that was a little grounds as well ! If that was played at the MCG , there's no way they would score that many on that ground ! Let hope the Aussie take the series !

  • on October 21, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    aussies back on to their best ??????? without clarke lets hope they be the best again

  • on October 21, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    go aussies go....hit every indian bowler out of the park.

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Australia back in track again to rule the world of Cricket...........

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    India think that they can win every match. They are very arrogant on the field too. It was the same with Aussies a few years ago. Then I was supporting any team against Aussies. Now I back any team against India. '

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Brad go take your views elsewhere

  • MelbourneMiracle on October 21, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    The biggest problem for India is that Dhoni believes in his luck & instinct too much which is backed by former Indian Cricketers, BCCI and the Indian public.

  • on October 20, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    Who cares? Another meaningless win in a meaningless series.

  • on October 20, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Well plaeyed Australia. They deserved to win. But these pitches are ridiculous for bowling. A bowler missed off stump by inches he gets driven to the off side for 4. The outfield is so damm fast that if a bowl is tapped to the gap it will end up for 4. The boundaries are so short that mistimed shots clear the boundary with ease. Remember yuvraj's 77 in T20 - he didn't even go through the shot and ball was clearing the boundary. It is not good for a spectators point of view, as all it takes is one decent partnership, and the bat dominates ball. Living in Australia, I enjoy the ODI games here, especially in MCG or Perth with bigger boundaries and bowler friendly pitches respectively. But what I saw here was ridiculous. Also in a dust bowl served in tests, a fast bowler barely bowls 5 overs. And India complains they have no fast bowlers.

  • mysecretme on October 19, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    I would not blame Indian pitches for this. If you had seen both Indian and Australian scoring patterns, you would see that they both found the going touch at the front, somehow kept chugging along and exploited the death overs to score. None of the bowlers in both teams know how to bowl at death. Everybody is getting tonked. India would've been better off if Yuvraj's overs had come off, but in this match, we say Aussies taking chances against him and succeeding. India needs Zaheer back in this team in place of Ishant. At the moment, even Venkatesh Prasad coming straight out and having a bowl will do better than the current crop in death overs.

  • on October 21, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I notice they getting big scores like the other night ,Aussie score 359 , India score 360 to win that game ! But because the runs they making on small grounds, who remember Australia score an amazing 434 then South Africa went to beat that score 434 as well, that was a little grounds as well ! If that was played at the MCG , there's no way they would score that many on that ground ! Let hope the Aussie take the series !

  • on October 21, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    aussies back on to their best ??????? without clarke lets hope they be the best again

  • on October 21, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    go aussies go....hit every indian bowler out of the park.

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Australia back in track again to rule the world of Cricket...........

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    India think that they can win every match. They are very arrogant on the field too. It was the same with Aussies a few years ago. Then I was supporting any team against Aussies. Now I back any team against India. '

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Brad go take your views elsewhere

  • MelbourneMiracle on October 21, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    The biggest problem for India is that Dhoni believes in his luck & instinct too much which is backed by former Indian Cricketers, BCCI and the Indian public.

  • on October 20, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    Who cares? Another meaningless win in a meaningless series.

  • Cricket24 on October 20, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    He called the bowlers medium pacers!! Wish it wasnt true though

  • Alexk400 on October 20, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Yorker is good if you have the curve on the ball and pace. If you are 140+ then yorker will be effective. Slow yorker will become overpitched deliveries easy to hit by batsman moving up few steps. So basically indian bowlers do not have pace.

  • Ibrarhunzai on October 20, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Where is Umesh YAdav?? He was a good bowler.

  • on October 20, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Like India took the credit of chasing in 2nd odi, let us credit Australians especially Faulkner for their chase in 3rd ODI rather than blaming the bowler Ishant true he did not bowl well, but the batsman over came and in no way any bowler could have stopped him - Hats off to Faulker and we are poised for an interesting and tough series.

  • siddhartha87 on October 20, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 i dont it would be wise to compare Faulkner with Wasim at this stage but yes this guy is determined and got some serious class. I was really impressed when i saw him bowl in BBL .He got a fantastic cricketing brain.

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Exciting Cricket in all matched so far but it is very disappointing to see the umpiring standards in the series...All decisions going in favor of Indians...ICC must take the action of this poor umpiring....dhawan was clearly stumped in 2nd match but not given and Finch, watson and bailey all were not out in 3rd match but were given out...This is very embarrassing for Cricket....

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Faulkner had been part of three IPL Teams (1) Kings XI Panjab, (2) Pune Warriors, and (3) Rajasthan Royals. Based on three different regions; on three different grounds, day in and day out for three months, over several IPL matches!

    It is RR under the leadership of Dravid, which let Faulkner bloom in Indian Conditions.

    Faulkner not only knows the Indian conditions, but also knows the Indian bowlers inside out. No wonder, he thought that he may get out if he tries to hit out at Ashwin indiscriminately. And, also that Ishant is easy meat. He would have tried the same tactic against Vinay too, since Oz had a few more wickets in hand. Moreover a batsman can use most pacers' pace to let the balls fly over the ropes! That is why many pace bowlers bowls yorkers and slow balls in the death overs. None of the three pacers in the Indian team was proficient in either. And, the next batsman Mitch Johnson can also hit big! Which decent end-game batsmen will miss that chance?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 20, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    The world has been waiting for it and it is here ,folks - After the great Waz Akram a genuine quick bowling all rounder . The wait was long but with young F'kner showig why he is the most exciting youngster in world , it no longer is. Has showed glimpses os his talent with ball - genuine left arm swinger of new/old balls @ around 140 ks, so good in the field ,good temperament and game sense - in his few int. games . Only is going to improve with the world's best pace attack giving him company in Aus colours . Till now, hadn't lived up to his v handy batting capabilities. He has shown what an asset he is in lower order and a dangerous game changer with mix of good rotation of strike to add to his massive striking prowess. An outside chance of making Aus' Ashes pace formation , even with the quality of Aus' pace stocks. Clearly, just from bowling p.o.v he is the best 'pace' bowler - Left/Arm or Right/Arm - in the world named 'James' at the moment and not named 'Pattinson' of course -:)

  • cricketanand12 on October 20, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Who says that no Indian can bowl deadly yorkers.Irfan path an and yadav could bowl more accurate and yadav at times bowl deadly Yorkers at 145kmph.pathan can bat welll.My odi team KL rahul,Shikhar dhawan,Kohli,yuvi,msd,raina,ash win,pathan,yadav,bhuvi,amit mishra.Jadeja performs with bat in handful of matches only and ash win has performed well with bat.My test squad,dhawan,akshat reddy,pujara,juneja,zol,mad,kohli,ash win,ojha,yadav and ishwar pandey and t20 squad is robin utthapa,shikhar dhawan,rain a,kohli,yuvraj,msd bhajji,mshra,bhuvi,suryakant pradhan,jaydev unadkat.Kedar jadhav,warrir can also be tried.

  • friendfromusa on October 20, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Poor show by the most experienced bowler of the squad. What can we expect from the juniors now? Someone rightly said, Dhoni earned it, Ishant lost it.

  • TheBigBoodha on October 20, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    @super-six, I hate to break this to you, but the WC will be played on typical AUS ODI tracks - good bating pitches. They will be bouncier than Indian tracks, but nothing alarming for any batsman who has a little international experience. This is what India and sub-continent teams have always gotten when they have played in ODI tournaments in Australia. Why would that change now? And yes, some games will be played in Perth. That's normal. When SA toured Australia and played 3 tests we didn't shy away from playing there. Suitability of surfaces plays no part whatsoever in the preparation and location of games in Australia.

  • joelucky on October 20, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    No Indian bowler knows how to bowl yorkers at the death, right from the days of Srinath, Zaheer to pretenders like Ishant and Vinay. The last bowler with a decent yorker was Manoj Prabhakar and even he got clobbered at times. Get Wasim Akram or Umar Gul to teach the Indian bowling attack how to bowl yorkers. Or Malinga who can bowl 6 yorkers in an over at will. Without knowing how to bowl a yorker, the economy rate of Indian bowlers is always going to be sky high. Hope Dhoni or someone realizes this quick qnough

  • asifind on October 20, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    dont just blame ishant guyz, but i blame dhoni's captaincy for selecting ishant and not selecting shami or yadav.shami can really crush their toes in the death. india need to bounce back. i'd suggest to remove ishant and select yadav or shami.indian bowlers need to bowl full lengh or yorker at good pace.what ishant did was bowling length deliveries at death to faulkner which was a more of a birthday gift for him.i also think that it is time to convert a part time bowler in raina to an excellent spinner,rather than giving the ball to kohli.anyway,i think raina is better than ashwin. if indian bowlers click, indian team is a dream XI. all the best to india.God save India!!

  • SUPER_SIX on October 20, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Are there any Indians who believe that they can win in 2015 WC. They are going to play more matches in Perth I heard. Aussies will give them some green pitches with pace & bounce for sure as a return for India giving rank turners for aussies earlier this year.

  • OneEyedAussie on October 20, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    India focusing on their bowling problems while continuing to believe the myth of "invincible Indian batting line-up".

    Here is the sum of averages of Indian top 7: 33.97 + 42.19 + 51.10 + 36.34 + 36.68+ 51.19 + 31.37 = 282.84 (or 40.4 on average).

    Here is the sum of averages of Aus top 7: 34.57 + 40.86 + 41.39 + 51.24 + 47.94 + 29.16 + 31.53 = 276.69 (or 39.52 on average).

    Not that much of a difference really. In fact, take Maxwell out for the injured Clarke and the Aus batting lineup is superior.

  • santhosh05 on October 20, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Where is Parveen kumar. i want to bowl both kumar's in first spell ..

  • umairaslum on October 20, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    MSD is the only one playing cricket for India. Rest are only batting for their country. He is sick n tired of the incapacity of Indian fast bowlers. Why can't they put a yorker in the right place. They are not giving him any margin or choice. Its really tough for him to call someone to bowl at death.

  • Pathiyal on October 20, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Good presence of mind from the 24 year old against a mindless bowling 'attack' from a much experienced ishant sharma.

  • ghostcall on October 20, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Oh man this series is getting bigger n bigger . Both teams are not trying to win but molest and demoralize each other by beating the heck out of each other. If chasing 360 by going 1 wicket down was a slap then Aussies did equi good on India blues by making this target stiif through initial deliberate slow down n respecting the medicore bowlers only to rip them apart in the later stages. Like I said earlier purpose is not to win but to break the confidence of each other. How would India react to this assault would truly set the tone of another great rivalry n making it epic series :)

  • umairaslum on October 20, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    This reminds me of Wasim Akram. He always had to bowl at death. Whether he was skipper or not, his 4 or 5 overs were kept for the last ten or twelve. Amazing isn't it? I'm sure if he was in any team, he would be bowling at death and to bear the pressure. He was successful at least 9 out of ten. For 18 years he bowled in last covers. Only dew was his weakness. He was right up there at 140 ks with reverse swinging yorkers. Only once Flintoff shit him sixes. Wasim is the best ODI bowler.

  • Rags57 on October 20, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Other than Jadeja in this match, the bowling has looked way too ordinary. Not sure what happened to Ashwin's guiles - are too many variations hurting him again? What is his real strength? Not sure if he wants to be called an off spinner because he hardly ever bowls classical off spin. Ishant being persisted with seems insane considering he is terrible with the bat in limited over matches. Bhuvanesh Kumar has been a pale shadow of what he was against Pakistan last year. Vinay is a hard trier but not your match winner. Yuvraj has been terrible with both bat and ball. Kohli is a terrible choice for a part timer. So what do we really have as a bowling attack?

    Time to try Raina in a part time bowler's slot. And time to bring in Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav or Unadkat. Give Bhuvanesh Kumar a few more matches because he has promise. Consider bringing in Amit Mishra for Ashwin - he is at least a wicket taking bowler. India needs to be bold to prepare for 2015 world cup.

  • Gurudumu on October 20, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    I cannot seem to fathom why Dhoni et al persist with Ishant! Surely Shami or Unadkant would not fare any worse - come on give them a go in readiness for 2015.

  • on October 20, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    James faulkner has done a great service to the aussies. He has finally comeup with his potential batting. Though aussies are ahead in this ongoing series, it is going to be an interesting series to be watched. Both teams are high quality batsmen but aussies are slightly up in bowling department. India should revamp their bowling strength and bring in either mishra or ojha and drop one of their batsmen to strengthen their bowling department. Well done James congratulations. Dhoni should probably replan his plans- wish Dhoni & co a spirited comeback.

  • on October 20, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    It is lesson for Indian cricket team management to have some strategy in team selection. Generally MSD never changes the eleven he has chosen. We may see this continues in forth coming matches. The pounding Ishant Sharma got from Faulkner, the bowler himself would prefer to stay away from next match(s). But MSD will insist for keeping him in eleven. In spinning department, you can see R.Ashwin will play till MSD in command. Amit Mishra is a classic spinner who has got wicket taking ability where the off-spinner concentrates in containing the batsman rather than taking wickets. The opponents are fully aware of this and Faulkner openly revealed their strategy they adopt in dealing with R.Ashwin. Hard days are a head for team India.

  • SKT_G on October 20, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    As a player and also as a captain i am big fan of MSD. No doubt he is the best finisher in the world (avg 50+, SR 95+). But the thing i don't like about him and most of the cricket lover his stubborn attitude and tactics of playing with same XI either team is or loosing doesn't matter. Never want to give a chance to player like mishra and rahane and keep giving chances to player like ishant and ashwin doesn't make any sense. Many times we have seen raina bowls at good length and just gave 2-3 runs and provide break throughs and suddenly he don't get a 2nd over, yesterday dhoni don't even tried him for a single over instead of him gives ball to virat . Any good reason for this?

  • JustIPL on October 20, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Aussie death bowling is not great either. They should have gotten inida out under 200 but they allowed india to reach 300. However, johnson might become unplayable but BCCI has to find bowler support on future tracks so that there is even contest. T20 style pitches where bowling is a mere formality and hitting sixes is the main objective will only produce ishants.

  • man23ish on October 20, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    If BCCI is seriously preparing for WC2015, then a few players need to be re-looked at seriously. Suresh Raina is a sitting duck on the Fast & Bouncy Wickets in Australia and New Zealand. Ravinder Jadeja needs to be given some hand at #4 in ODIs. Also, Bring on Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Siddharth Trivedi, Dhawal Kulkarni maybe even Abhishek Nayar if he can bowl well.. Dhoni perhaps missed a trick or two in not giving the ball to Suresh Raina and/or Rohit Sharma to further stem down the scoring in the middle overs. It wouldn't have been as easy to hit a spinner for sixes on that huge ground.

  • on October 20, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Additionally indian bowlers keep on going for the negative bowling...All the balls at the leg side and they even conceded number of wide balls in that area.. Tendulkar introduced that trend of bowling at extreme leg side and yuvraj, great jadeja and ashwin followed that trend quite actively.

  • Rahul_78 on October 20, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Ishant must be going through hell at the moment being butt of the jokes around the world and you can sympathize with the bloke. But lot of criticism coming his way is well deserved. The guy has played 51 Tests, 68 ODI's and 14 T20s. It is a common fact that best of the bowlers do endure a horror day at the office. But what makes the performance deplorable is the predictability of length, lack of variety or control and succumbing to a pressure situation. There was not a single yorker or attempt to bowl one in the onslaught. It was a depressing performance from India's self appointed senior pro. Equal blame should be shared by skipper, coach and selectors. It is a common knowledge that Ishant has been struggling on flat subcontinental pitches with new fielding restrictions. There is no point throwing lambs to the wolves. He is definitely a better prospect in Tests. Now it will take lot of courage from Ishant to come back from this mauling and to gain back selectors faith.

  • Rajeshj on October 20, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    For all Ashwin bashers, please check what Voges/Faulkner had to say about not being able to dominate Ashwin.. Only in India, we are not acknowledging the fear and extra plans/strategies being worked out by all other countries against him.. We bash him endlessly for doing nothing wrong.. Please remember that all these pitches are 600+ scoring games and to come out with an economy rate of 5.5 is really an achievement.. We have seen enough of Mishra being blasted endlessly on such pitches and still now he is seen as a likely replacer for Ashwin.. In this match, he bowled his first over was in the 29th over and he bowled completely in the last 20 overs when Aussie batsmen were looking to dominate.. They could not dominate him completely in this flat pitch and that shows his true class..

  • JagKhan on October 20, 2013, 3:47 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.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on October 20, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    Thank you Faulkner and Co. You showed India's death bowling problem and Ihanth's in ability. Without you Dhoni can not understand this and may persists Inshanth for next few games. Now I think he can try Jaydev, Shammi, Sandeep Sharma etc or he can try old horse Irfan when he is fit or Zaheer. Thank you Faulkner and Aussies. And also for India haters. Aussies also not having strong bowling line up. Pls memories last match's final 2 overs and 2nd match at jaipur.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on October 20, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Well done lad you got belted then came out and did some belting, all those predictions at the start of the series 7 nil 6 - 1 all look prety silly now..........so if my guess is right we should have a lot of 5_2 India predictions today haha.

  • Kays789 on October 20, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Never in the history of ODIs has a world cup winning team been so abysmally incompetent in one discipline! One billion people to choose from and not a single bowler of note in the history of the game of cricket in India. Quite remarkable that.

  • mysecretme on October 20, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    There is another pattern. Except Bhuvi, none of the Indian first choice bowlers completed their quota. I feel that this is a pattern of Dhoni's captaincy. He wants to keep his options open in terms of death bowling and keeps most of his bowlers at 2-3 overs to bowl at the death. This is counter productive. What Dhoni should do is to tell a couple of Indian bowlers- "You will be in the team if you do well at the death. Otherwise, we will search for other options." and let them do the death bowling. The remaining guys "should" finish their quota. If they don't then opposition gets around 10 overs in the middle where they would be able to keep up with the game without taking risks. In Indian conditions, spinners are better death bowlers, unless you have reverse swing.

  • IAS2009 on October 20, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    It was Rohit sharma time in last game and all posts were full of praise no one said the Aussies bowlers gave it to him, same standard should be applied here too, Faulkner nailed it this time, he played brilliantly, of course bowlers will be clobbered in situation like this, a decent Aussies attack was clobbered by three Indian batsman the other day, full credit to them also. India bowling is bad even in the world cup, but they won the WC, the batting was bailing them all the time, occasionally bowling will cause you game but come on, India have won many games with super batting. If Pakistan have one or two batsman like India they could be number one team with their bowling. India will still win the series, far better batting than Aussies, If pitches are flat bowlers don't mean anything. 44 from 18 India should have won, but Aussies should've won after scoring 359. Ishant bowled well earlier to bring Aussies loosing three wickets 9not all by him) between 10-20 overs.

  • Andy_H on October 19, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    Well done Australia, well done Jimmy.

    India : well done-in.... by a policy of persisting with club level medium pacers. Ishant Sharma & Vinay bowl max in the mid 130s. Carry on with these and leave out quicker bowlers like Shami, Umesh Yadav or Varun Aaron and of course never consider a genuine quickie as bowling coach as Australia have done with Craig McDermott.

  • Nampally on October 19, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    While Dhoni was brilliant scoring a magnificient 135* to pull India to a winning total, he blundered badly as the Captain. His first blunder was including Ishant Sharma in the XI after his worst showing in the first 2 ODI's + T20 vs. the Aussies.MSD was saved by the Indian batting Trio, Rohit, Dhawan & Kohli to chase 360 total in ODI 2, after Ishant's terrible bowling. Indian fans in the Cricinfo columns + the Media, unanimously opposed Ishant's inclusion, Dhoni persisted stubbornly to include him. Kohli was inexplicably brought to bowl in late in the game which cost India 18 runs in one over. Is Kohli a bowler? Why not Raina- the best part timer who broke partnerships or Yuvraj or even Dhawan? Finally when it came to the crunch time he went back to Ishant. His single over yielded 30 runs. From "Mission Impossible" to an easy win with 3 balls to spare! Clearly MSD put Ishant's interests above that of India. No individual should be greater than the Team - SAD POLITIKS!

  • __PK on October 19, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    If the Indian spinners are soooo good, why weren't they bowling them at both ends in the final overs? No, the problem goes deeper than the medium pacers. Dhoni obviously doesn't trust any of his piechuckers.

  • SanjivAwesome on October 19, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    James has ignited this series with his devastating assault. Emotions are highly charged based on posting from both sets of fans, some with an emotional age below 7. James has mastered his IPL fuelled experience, with the 47th over showing all the hallmarks of a torrid IPL T20. Dhoni must be writhing in emotions as he watches his chosen bowlers lob out lollipops. What will he do next? The ball is back in our team's court to respond in the next match. I have applied for leave from work to watch it live! Here is to cricket.

  • Mannan.81.pk on October 19, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Indian batsmen+ Pakistani bowlers= World beaters Indian bowlers+Pakistani batsmen= Worst combination

    Indian bowlers generally begin their career with a bang with Agarkar the ideal example but very early in their careers, they start fading and eventually become just the ordinary bowlers. There must be something horribly wrong as to how the career progress of young indian bowlers is monitored/coached. India of all the teams need a permanent specialist fast bowling coach

  • on October 19, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    India, pegged back by their own arrogant attitude. GOOD. Poor Indian fast bowlers, what chance do they really have when pitches are catered for spin bowlers and batsmen. No wonder Dennis Lillee got he f.ck out of there. I feel sorry Ishant, he never was class but he is not sh.t, if he played in Aus/SA/England he would be an absolute asset and would have acquired assets and skills that he is not learning in India. A ruined man I am afraid.

  • CricketLifer on October 19, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Faulkner, thank you for doing India a favor (if they choose to recognize and act). India has carried this so called bowler for too long for inexplicable reason. Hopefully this gives India a chance to have some other bowlers get a few more match experience before the 2015 WC.

  • CricketLifer on October 19, 2013, 20:19 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.

  • glen1 on October 19, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Yes, I agree with Captain Meanster. India being a cricket crazy nation, it is high time that some of the permanent loopholes in the cricket team be plugged, and the Government should step in. Allow foreign players to stay permanently and play for India. No shame here, US does it, UK does it, so does Australia. Enough of this death bowling nonsense; Magic Man Dhoni cannot deliver all the time. Thirty runs an over after having played a zillion internationals!

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 19, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    In all honesty, Faulkner was helped by Ishant Sharma. NO WAY India should have lost the game. I think with the money the BCCI has, they need to 'buy' some bowlers from other countries if this pathetic trend continues. Our batting is mighty but let me tell you, bowling usually wins games MOST of the time. Time to say good bye to Ishant Sharma; can't see him play any more in this series or the near future in ODIs. Reality check for India and it has hit them hard like an atomic bomb.

  • on October 19, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    i told yu the aussies would win,,,,,, no one is talking now,,,,

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    This series nicely shaping up !! If two of the current so-called-fast bowlers aren't dropped, then no one's gonna cheer for an Indian win sadly. Md. Shami, J. Unadkat, A Mishra have almost burnt the bench by warming it ! Irfan Pathan had a lovely holiday tour this to the West and now relaxing at home for his rib injury, after warming the bench till God wished him to. This Indian bowling is going nowhere if we produce such mediocre batting friendly pitches, Mohali being the exception. Quality degrading all over. No threatening Fast Bowler or Spinner right now in the circuit and that's ALARMING !

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Great batting jammie :) & poor bowling Ishant :(

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Enchanting performance (Y)

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Enchanting performance (Y)

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Great batting jammie :) & poor bowling Ishant :(

  • on October 19, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    This series nicely shaping up !! If two of the current so-called-fast bowlers aren't dropped, then no one's gonna cheer for an Indian win sadly. Md. Shami, J. Unadkat, A Mishra have almost burnt the bench by warming it ! Irfan Pathan had a lovely holiday tour this to the West and now relaxing at home for his rib injury, after warming the bench till God wished him to. This Indian bowling is going nowhere if we produce such mediocre batting friendly pitches, Mohali being the exception. Quality degrading all over. No threatening Fast Bowler or Spinner right now in the circuit and that's ALARMING !

  • on October 19, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    i told yu the aussies would win,,,,,, no one is talking now,,,,

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 19, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    In all honesty, Faulkner was helped by Ishant Sharma. NO WAY India should have lost the game. I think with the money the BCCI has, they need to 'buy' some bowlers from other countries if this pathetic trend continues. Our batting is mighty but let me tell you, bowling usually wins games MOST of the time. Time to say good bye to Ishant Sharma; can't see him play any more in this series or the near future in ODIs. Reality check for India and it has hit them hard like an atomic bomb.

  • glen1 on October 19, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Yes, I agree with Captain Meanster. India being a cricket crazy nation, it is high time that some of the permanent loopholes in the cricket team be plugged, and the Government should step in. Allow foreign players to stay permanently and play for India. No shame here, US does it, UK does it, so does Australia. Enough of this death bowling nonsense; Magic Man Dhoni cannot deliver all the time. Thirty runs an over after having played a zillion internationals!

  • CricketLifer on October 19, 2013, 20:19 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.

  • CricketLifer on October 19, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Faulkner, thank you for doing India a favor (if they choose to recognize and act). India has carried this so called bowler for too long for inexplicable reason. Hopefully this gives India a chance to have some other bowlers get a few more match experience before the 2015 WC.

  • on October 19, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    India, pegged back by their own arrogant attitude. GOOD. Poor Indian fast bowlers, what chance do they really have when pitches are catered for spin bowlers and batsmen. No wonder Dennis Lillee got he f.ck out of there. I feel sorry Ishant, he never was class but he is not sh.t, if he played in Aus/SA/England he would be an absolute asset and would have acquired assets and skills that he is not learning in India. A ruined man I am afraid.

  • Mannan.81.pk on October 19, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Indian batsmen+ Pakistani bowlers= World beaters Indian bowlers+Pakistani batsmen= Worst combination

    Indian bowlers generally begin their career with a bang with Agarkar the ideal example but very early in their careers, they start fading and eventually become just the ordinary bowlers. There must be something horribly wrong as to how the career progress of young indian bowlers is monitored/coached. India of all the teams need a permanent specialist fast bowling coach