Australia in India 2013-14 October 20, 2013

India retain squad for rest of the series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fast bowler Ishant Sharma retained his place for the remaining four ODIs as the BCCI tweeted an unchanged squad for the ongoing series against Australia after India lost two of the first three matches.

Ishant finished with figures of 1 for 63 from eight overs in the third ODI after conceding 30 runs in an over which turned the match in Australia's favour. In the first two ODIs too, his economy rate was eight and 7.77 runs per over respectively. India's pace attack, particularly in the death overs, has been a cause of concern for a while now and captain MS Dhoni admitted after the third ODI that the death bowling had become a "headache".

Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has kept his economy rate under six in all three matches so far, the two other pacers India have bowled with - Ishant and Vinay Kumar - have been unimpressive as India conceded more than 300 in all three ODIs.

The other pace options in the squad are Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat, who have not been given a chance in the series yet. Unadkat and Shami were among the top three wicket-takers in the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in August as they finished with eight and six wickets, respectively, behind Amit Mishra, who hasn't played in the ongoing series yet, who took 18 wickets.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat

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  • Vishal63 on October 27, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Playing XI that will guarantee a victory in the sixth ODI: 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Suresh Raina, 5. Yuvraj Singh, 6. MS Dhoni, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Amit Mishra, 9. Mohammed Shami, 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11. Jaydev Unadkat.

    With that squad you have the Jadeja, Mishra, Shami, Bhuvi and Unadkat to bowl 10 over each. In case any of them is having an off-day, you have Rohit, Shikhar, Virat, Raina, Yuvi or in the worst case even Dhoni to put in a few overs. Shikhar should be tried as he bowled very well a few months ago in an India A game which I think was also against the Aussies. This Nagpur pitch also does favour spinners at times and so maybe the third seamer will not be used fully.

    My predictions for the amount of overs bowled by each bowler:

    1.) Bhuvneshwar Kumar = 10 overs 2.) Mohammed Shami = 10 overs 3.) Jaydev Unadkat = 5 overs 4.) Amit Mishra = 10 overs 5.) Ravindra Jadeja = 10 overs 6.) Yuvraj Singh = 3 overs 7.) Suresh Raina = 2 overs

  • on October 27, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    With 5 matches gone, India needs to win both the remaining matches to come on top. They will have to select the playing XI wisely. I'd revert to playing 4 regular bowlers and 7 batsmen, including Dhoni. There are quite a few part-timers who can manage the remaining 10 overs. Suresh Raina has bowled well and Rohit Sharma hasn't even been tried. Put your thinking caps on, guys.

  • on October 25, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Why avg scores continue to be low in Pak matches when they too play mostly on roads..............Why in WC 2011 avg scores in all Non Indain matches were too low despite those being played on same so called dead Indian pitches..........similarly in ASIA cup scores in all non Indian matches were around 460 & in Indian Matches were 600........ ANS is poor Ind bowling & exceptional Ind batting

  • SL_rockz on October 23, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    @ anilkp

    Very sensitive and True comment about the situation of ishant .Basically the situation common to all cricketers...They dont study ,go picnics or do any other thing..They just know how to play cricket....when they are out from the team for one bad performance it sums up all the respct that he is given for his lifetime dedication.......

  • pradeepsays on October 22, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Ishant baba no doubt is a hard working cricketer. However, it looks like he needs some time off to sort himself and his bowling. Continuing to play is detrimental to his own growth or progress not to speak of the team. It is not the 30 runs he gave that is the problem. It is the fact that he has been consistently erratic and unreliable over a period of time interspersed with a few happy moments. I'm sure Ishant was as surprised as anyone by taking those 2 wickets that turned the match in India's favor in the Champions trophy final. That sums up his state of mind. Absolutely clueless. Go back to domestic cricket, get a good bowling advisor and come back Ishant baba.

  • on October 22, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I luv cricket n I m a die hard follower of MSD but whatever he z doing by backing some blunt players in the well poised series is just not tolerable. Not a Ishant hater but for all those saying he is getting beaten up coz of our flat tracks den to all those plz c clearly his. figures he is same ineffective everywhere I guess u all remember champions trophy final . Same is wid Ashwin Jadeja much younger n sort of less of a bowler compared to him yet jaddu posses 5 wicket haul n ashwins best is only of 3 I mean dont waste talenta lik Ojha and Mishra. And somebody tell me where is Praveen kumar .Bhuvi n Praveen vl b acid for india .

  • Vishal63 on October 27, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Playing XI that will guarantee a victory in the sixth ODI: 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Suresh Raina, 5. Yuvraj Singh, 6. MS Dhoni, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Amit Mishra, 9. Mohammed Shami, 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11. Jaydev Unadkat.

    With that squad you have the Jadeja, Mishra, Shami, Bhuvi and Unadkat to bowl 10 over each. In case any of them is having an off-day, you have Rohit, Shikhar, Virat, Raina, Yuvi or in the worst case even Dhoni to put in a few overs. Shikhar should be tried as he bowled very well a few months ago in an India A game which I think was also against the Aussies. This Nagpur pitch also does favour spinners at times and so maybe the third seamer will not be used fully.

    My predictions for the amount of overs bowled by each bowler:

    1.) Bhuvneshwar Kumar = 10 overs 2.) Mohammed Shami = 10 overs 3.) Jaydev Unadkat = 5 overs 4.) Amit Mishra = 10 overs 5.) Ravindra Jadeja = 10 overs 6.) Yuvraj Singh = 3 overs 7.) Suresh Raina = 2 overs

  • on October 27, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    With 5 matches gone, India needs to win both the remaining matches to come on top. They will have to select the playing XI wisely. I'd revert to playing 4 regular bowlers and 7 batsmen, including Dhoni. There are quite a few part-timers who can manage the remaining 10 overs. Suresh Raina has bowled well and Rohit Sharma hasn't even been tried. Put your thinking caps on, guys.

  • on October 25, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Why avg scores continue to be low in Pak matches when they too play mostly on roads..............Why in WC 2011 avg scores in all Non Indain matches were too low despite those being played on same so called dead Indian pitches..........similarly in ASIA cup scores in all non Indian matches were around 460 & in Indian Matches were 600........ ANS is poor Ind bowling & exceptional Ind batting

  • SL_rockz on October 23, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    @ anilkp

    Very sensitive and True comment about the situation of ishant .Basically the situation common to all cricketers...They dont study ,go picnics or do any other thing..They just know how to play cricket....when they are out from the team for one bad performance it sums up all the respct that he is given for his lifetime dedication.......

  • pradeepsays on October 22, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Ishant baba no doubt is a hard working cricketer. However, it looks like he needs some time off to sort himself and his bowling. Continuing to play is detrimental to his own growth or progress not to speak of the team. It is not the 30 runs he gave that is the problem. It is the fact that he has been consistently erratic and unreliable over a period of time interspersed with a few happy moments. I'm sure Ishant was as surprised as anyone by taking those 2 wickets that turned the match in India's favor in the Champions trophy final. That sums up his state of mind. Absolutely clueless. Go back to domestic cricket, get a good bowling advisor and come back Ishant baba.

  • on October 22, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I luv cricket n I m a die hard follower of MSD but whatever he z doing by backing some blunt players in the well poised series is just not tolerable. Not a Ishant hater but for all those saying he is getting beaten up coz of our flat tracks den to all those plz c clearly his. figures he is same ineffective everywhere I guess u all remember champions trophy final . Same is wid Ashwin Jadeja much younger n sort of less of a bowler compared to him yet jaddu posses 5 wicket haul n ashwins best is only of 3 I mean dont waste talenta lik Ojha and Mishra. And somebody tell me where is Praveen kumar .Bhuvi n Praveen vl b acid for india .

  • maddy20 on October 22, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    If he is in the playing XI for tomorrow then we can kiss the trophy goodbye!

  • vaidhyanathan8460 on October 22, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    send BHUVI home & Just give a chance to Mr.Nehra and Dinda BABA along with Ishantji. Then there will be no counter to Indian bowling which would be the pretty much best in the world

  • IndTheBest on October 22, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Requesting Agarkar to come out of retirement and take Ishant Sharma's place won't be a bad idea!!

  • on October 22, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Obviously it is still surprising that even after 8 years in international cricket, Ishant still need spoon feeding. I am not totally against him but if India's front line bowler cannot handle the other teams 6th/7th no batsman then only god can help India's bowling. And if someone is comparing Ishant with Stuart Board then it is again a joke. I didn't remember if Ishant has won any "Man of the Series" award in his career. And if you cannot put your own mind in bowling then must see the other teams bowlers what they are doing in same condition(s). That's good way to learn.

  • on October 22, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    It will be honest to call back Irfan Pathan or Zaheer Khan in place of Ishant Sharma, at times they will contribute by batting as well as by bowling. An experienced bowler will not give 4 sixes in a crucial time unless he is a spin bowler. 30 runs in a over by any experienced fast bowler is not acceptable, the selectors think they are the god and do all stupid things by giving an opportunity to Ishant again as there are many chances given to him but he has not proved worth it. Let him go back and prove himself in the domestic matches and can be considered, I don't think Ishant has given a lot of match winning game comparing others.

  • on October 22, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    India does have a Death Bowler!! Its Ishant. He kills the Indian team alas!!

  • on October 22, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    This is surprising, unless it clearly means that this is a last opportunity for Ishant to perform. I feel that Unadkat will surely get a game in this series. However, I have a hunch that he will be tried in place of Vinay Kumar, who hasn't been good either. Amit Mishra should also be tried, but who will he replace in the side. the way ashwin bowled towards the end, specially the second last over, means that he is coming back and it will be premature to drop him for Mishra. Jadeja is keeping his place as a bowler and fielder if not as a batting option. So there is no real slot for Mishra, unless India decides to go with just two pacers. Given the flat tracks it may not be a bad ploy at all though. with not more than 4 fielders allowed outside the circle, batsmen will be forced to over the top against the leg-spinner which can be a blessing in disguise for India's bowling.

  • crikcinfo on October 22, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    I guess retaining Ishant was selectors way of asking the management to play Shami or Unadkat or both in the next match. If they have given a replacement for Ishant, he will only play, not Shami or Unadkat again. If Ishant is picked into the 11, team management will only be blamed, not the selectors. Another well executed ploy by selectors I guess.

  • on October 22, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Please for heaven sake, don't show mercy upon Ishant, he should be thrown out from International Cricket. He will only bring disgrace to Indian Cricket. What a poor performance... In vain Dhoni's hard earned century could not save the match because of the Idiotic bowling of this tall guy. Fist of all he should cut his hair which makes him to lose concentration while bowling. Anyway, this should be the end of Isant's cricketing era and we don't want to see him again on any International Fixtures.

  • on October 22, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    The Indian Team management's approach to the problem is not clear. When a player is having a series of failures, he need time to revive himself. Surely he is not going to volunteer. So drop the player - "dropping" a player sounds bad if you take it in that sense, but technically it should be viewed as providing an opportunity to retrospect and come back more stronger. If you keep playing failing players you are doing injustice to them, they will only get worse when pressured to perform day in day out, when the confidence is down. We need to provide timeouts to players so that they don't loose confidence through criticisms they face because of continued failures. After all Players are humans, performance will vary, but the question is "do you managed failures or not". I would have rested Ishant and tried out any one of the two bowlers on the bench. Ishant's situation cant be compared with Stuart Broad, this is not a one off poor performance from him. Hate poor perf. and not player.

  • gyanesh.dan on October 21, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    one bad day at field and having the entire nation wanting you to quit. That's the life of a sportsman. And, Ishant has never been good at depth overs in many matches so it could have been noticed by the captain too.... but as i have seen there are no any other bowlers who can quickly replace him these days in the quad... his performance has not been that poor so far that he should be replaced quickly in the squad... i will say to Ishant "not to worry, as it happens to everybody"...but can not repeat the same mistake which gives a pause on his career.. he should learn from his mistake!

  • on October 21, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    I think the selectors have a decent job.the only change that they could have done is may be replace bhubaneswar Kumar with the experience of ashish nehera.nehera,ishant n Vijay Kumar would make a really good attack

  • hhillbumper on October 21, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Just pick 11 batsman.Pretty much you have no bowlers.or just make spinning pitches and see if that helps.

  • on October 21, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    After 30 very crucial runs in an over from Ishant Sharma, dhoni still persists with him for the rest of the series... This is what TRUE INDIA is all about.... Logic defying but repleted intuition... Dhoni stands for Indianism... This is a pattern that true Indians display... Cricket or war, India is the Eastern philosophy that west would never come close to....

  • ad2810 on October 21, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Why isnt mishra in the team his attack legspin is what india needs to offset the young aus team and it has been known that spin has got the better of the australians ask grame swann!!!

  • SevereCritic on October 21, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    To be fair to Ishant - he bowled a similar over (albeit more successfully) against the English to help India win the Champion's trophy earlier this year.

  • Temuzin on October 21, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    504429641 on (October 20, 2013, 11:50 GMT) - Featured comment Hold on guys... Selectors have retained the 15 member squad and not the playing 11. But the question is why selectors have included Ishant in the fifteen, when he has been proven to be a liability? Is there something which many experts and fans don't see in Ishant?

  • pradeepsays on October 21, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Dhoni is right to say that frequent chopping and changing is not good for the morale of the team. However learning from mistakes is equally important and on this occasion Ishant is not worthy of his captain's generosity at all. By Dhoni's logic Umesh Yadav should not be sitting out after so few opportunities as compared to Ishant. Umesh brings the X factor that M. Johnson brings to Autralia. At no point has he been so expensive as Ishant has been for so long! And why are the selectors hesitating to alteast include Mohit Sharma (who took 5 wickets in the recent India A tour) and Rahul shukla (IPL--Royals) who both can bowl decent pace and have better control. When someone performs below par for a long time he should be replaced. Infact in a team sport an underperforming player brings down the morale of others!

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Our real hero is ishant baba..............,what a bowler in india!!!

  • Blue_eagel on October 21, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    I am not sure why all are slamming at Ashwin, who had scored more runs and more wickets than SIR jadeja and Yuvi... Whats the point of having to identical allrounder in the team.. Matches/Inn Wickets Run Ashwin 3 3 33 Jadeja 3 2 13 yuvi 3 2 7

    If you want consider the performance of this series, above are the stats and please compare.. Now i am in a venture of searching when was the last game where Ishant claimed a wicket of good/avg batsmen on bold.. :P

  • DEV_ME on October 21, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Please retain the squad for the rest of the matches - BUT PLEASE atleast rotate players wthin the squad. We are giving extended runs to mediocre players with the hope making them specail. It is essential that players like Rahane and Pujara come into reckoning based on rotation. Players like them are the answer for 2015 World Cup in Australia. For all thats worth - 5 years and Raina still cant face seam bowling - Why try him at No. 4 ??? Rohit Sharma got a huge hundred and is now happily back at being tentative - what kind of a spectacular talent is he at opening the innings and not learning to be disciplined ?

  • charminar_express on October 21, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    The indian selectors are acting as if there is no bowler to replace ishant and he is the ultimate bowler whose mistakes can be ignored . But there are few other bowlers like munaf, praveen kumar, zaheer khan who are more experinced and had a better record than ishant. They might be out of the team due to injuries but it cannot be taken for granted that they lost their form. Its much better for him as well as the team that he takes a break and play ranji matches

  • on October 21, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    He should have been dropped even before this series. Do it at least now

  • Anwar-Lara on October 21, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    woww, can only happen in India..

  • Midnight1131 on October 21, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    India needs to kick this guy out and give somebody else a chance, Ishant's been bowling for a very long time on team India and he's never been that impressive. I would think that after the last game India would finally learn that Ishant needs time off. A lot of time.

  • on October 21, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    I agree that we cant throw out people with one or two failures, but ishant case is totally different. Bagging 5 years of experience, it is totally unfair to leak 30 runs in an over that too by the tail enders. He should be given a break to analyse & rectify his mistake. I seen Bravo bowled very good in IPL in the same batting tracks, due to his bowling variety techniques. If he can means, what about our bowlers?

    I know learning bowling techniques within a night is not at all possible.

    So my Suggestion to win this series is quite simple, choose bowling first and entertain the indian fans with bat.

    All the best for the rest of the series to indian team

  • Fan1969 on October 21, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @Superman121. Ishant has been to Australia and including his first series (famous for bowling to Ponting at Perth) he has poor statistics for wickets (123 balls and 73 runs per wicket) amongst Indian bowlers.

    He bowled at 5 runs/over in Australia in 2008 but was not selected in 2011 as he was getting hit around. He had not improved at all. Bowlers are suppose to evolve over time. Ishant has not done so and his age old problems recur too often.

    Indian fans are frustrated because he is 6'5" and has the physique to bowl fast and be threatening. He has gone only DOWNHILL. Speed is reducing and both his accuracy and ball movement is less than when he started.

    Vinay is less gifted but tries hard. Fans do not mind losing matches as long as the effort exists to play hard and improve all the time.

    Ishant with his long hair, repeated mistakes and falling speed is losing the TRUST of cricket lovers.

    This OVER was inevitable, Indian fans are frustrated with the lack of choice.

  • santanukb on October 21, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    It is better to choose another bowler than Ishant to retain for another four matches. He needs some more exercises. Whatever he is a good bowler for India. What is noticed for last few matches that the bowler missed line and length, even offer bowls to go to the bat. Even in slog overs he donot try so much chances to score.

  • Sultan2007 on October 21, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    I dont believe Ishant bowled badly at all. He had great numbers after 7 overs and Dhoni was entitled to believe that he could go to him towards the end of the innings. THe challenge was that Australia were in a different mood at that time and possibly believed that they could win the game if their risks paid off. The important thing is to understand how Australia were able to come back into the game. And I believe the key to that is actually Ashwin not delivering. India plays with 4 specialist bowlers and Ashwin is the main man, especially at home. When he goes for plenty, and that too without wickets, opponents will always get in excess of 300 in India because wickets are friendlier and and we dont have the bowlers who will take 3 or 4 wickets with some regularity. With wickets in hand most quality teams will get big runs. We should rest Ashwin and try Mishra/Ojha. And why the heck not Bhajji?

  • SamRoy on October 21, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I hope Ishant plays the next 4 matches and gets hammered and also tears his hamstring or gets a bone fracture that will sideline him at least for 6 months. Don't want him to tour SA, NZ, England or Australia as part of the test team. Averages 58+ in tests in SA, 60+ in Australia and England. Terrible, terrible bowler.......

  • Iceman29 on October 21, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    @ PrasadGunawardane: If Ishant gets advice from Malinga then Maling will forget how to bowl toe crushers.. :) cheers..

  • coldcoffee123 on October 21, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    What happened to Munaf and Praveen? Praveen especially has those subtle variations that do not let the batsmen premeditate for every ball. Australia bat deep, all the way to number 10. Giving an over to Kohli is unacceptable. Who in world cricket other than Dhoni, does not know this already? Kohli does not even bowl for RCB while he is captaining.

  • on October 21, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    It will be even more STUPID, if the team management plays him in the next game.

  • humi_cric on October 21, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    I am a diehard Pakistani team supporter but feel sorry for Ishant. Yes he did perform bad in the recent past but he is a fast bowler and need some rest. Just look how Eng/Aus/South African board taking care of Jimmy Anderson/Peter Siddle/ Dale Steyn and V. Philander. The amount of cricket India is plyaing now is too much for a fast bowler (may be BCCI don't know how to utilize fast bowler, as no prior experience), as after this meaningless 7 ODI series, WI series then SA tour then NZ series and then IPL then Eng tour, oooo Gosh. I am not surprised that he lost pace and rhythem, as he is bowling with tired mind and body, just throwing ball (no effort and skill). He needs a decent coach whom he can spend sometime in net (atleast two months break). For me, he was clearly not ready/prepared in the last match (by face and body language). I still believe he is a much better bowler then Munaf, Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Dinda etc.

  • on October 21, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    I think this is what best for Ishant & India... give him a break or at least let him watch the next few matches. It may put him out of action for several months if he fails like this in the next few matches against Australia. The worst part is he can't bat to score some runs to reduce the damage done by some very ordinary bowling.

    Good luck Ishant & Dhoni (he is choosing him right?)

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 21, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Do not blame Ishant. These flat pitches are made for batting. India top order batsmen did not score enough runs. They should have scored at least 350. Keep the bowlers change Yuvraj who gave way the wicket. Rayudu is the only change for Yuvraj.

  • ladycricfan on October 21, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    People who wants Mishra over Ashwin have to remember Dhoni values fielding a lot. Dhoni can hide Ashwin in the slips. Ashwin is a good slipfielder. Where can Dhoni hide Mishra? Mishra has googly, Ashwin has carrom ball.They are both equally good as spinners. Ashwin contributes with the bat as well. Ranchi pitch will assist the bowlers. I wouldn't be suprised if Dhoni chooses the same team for Ranchi match.

  • on October 21, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    MS DHONI had brought all his CSK players in Indian team. Ashwin, Raina, Jadeja, Vinay ..... He does not want his competitors like Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Irfan who can do well. That is why he is experimenting with Vinay, Ashwin, Ishant, B.Kumar.....

  • PrasadGunawardane on October 21, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    I recommend Ishant Sharma to get some consultancy from Lasith Malinga! Its true that, its hard to be a great death bowler like Malinga unless you have the natural instinct. However dedication and hardworking also have a part to play for sure!

  • ashokies7 on October 21, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    why dhoni is behind ishant sharma?. i do agree he is well for test matches. not for ODi & T20. We need some experience bowlers like zaheer.... then only we can stop runs from aussies after 40 overs. Anyway dhoni selected the same team, need to keep Jaidev unadkat, shammi & mishra behalf of vinay, ishant & ashwin. Hope we will win the next ODI using these three bowlers..

  • guninbraa on October 21, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    india did not win this match due to ms dhoni's arrogancy, he gave bowling to virat kohli after 40 overs at such crucial stage when match could be turned either side..and did he forget " what he scored in last 5 overs'' and estimated aust side foolish like thet even couldnt attack virat kohli..good punish to india..

  • vijai_madras on October 21, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    the best indian death bowler available at present is L Balaji...This is the state of Indian fast bowling

  • on October 21, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Bailey dropped captain dhony and he went on till he finished at 303 . Anybody will recommend bailey to be dropped from Aussie team??? pls do not corner a player for his bad spell

  • black_bird on October 21, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Please be a little patient with ishant. Remember, he gave you some world cups. and i saw some of his delivery was better than wasim akram. it was just an off day. His statistics speaks for himself. hope, he will get 5 wickets at upcoming matches.

  • on October 21, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    ishant lacks a killer instinct that is needed for a fast bowler. time and again, it can be seen that he completely loses his line/length/focus once the batsmen begin to go after him. if a tailender like faulkner can rip him apart, he deserves no place in the playing 11 now.

  • Indian Idol on October 21, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Why Indian Selector are not giving chance to Mohit Sharma. You all know Apart form Mohit , all fast bowler were the part of Indian cricket team on Zimbabawe Tour. It seems Politics is also comes with Cricket. Where is Varun Aaron,Umesh yadav, Why Indian Selector have not picked up Zaheer Khan,Irphan Pathan. Indian team will never win series against Australia with this pace attack.

  • on October 21, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    I totally disagree with the fact that Ishant is bad bowler.. If he was than he would have not bowled so fast and well in IPL 2012. Indian team needs new bowling coach.. Victor Barnes or Damien Fleming would be better coaches for Indian bowlers.. Ishant just need to rectify his few errors and again he will be bowling at his vintage best... Rohit Sharma has been utter waste of talent. Instead of him Ajinkaya Rahane should be persisted with as an opener. And matter of #4 slot; I dont think Raina suits the bill. Infact cos of this shuffling Yuvvi lost his focus.. Yuvi is rightful #4 for ODI and T20. I would also like to see Rasool and Amit Mishra been used instead of Jadeja and Ashwin.. Also Vinay Kumar should be dropped and Unadkat should be palyed instead of him..

  • JAYESHQATAR on October 21, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Desert in bowling due to Politics...! No strategic plan from BCCI & Captain.. India to play without 'a single' strike bowler (fast & slow).. Batsmen to score with a strike rate over 150.00 to overcome this situation.. Whree is Dinda, Aron, Yadav, Pathan, Mishra....

  • DeepsB on October 21, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    For all those people who feel sorry for Ishant or think this is an over the top reaction... All these comments are not based on one game! He has been shocking for years! His stats read as one of the worst averages and worst economy rates in world cricket!!! This is not a bowler who has just come onto the scene, he has been around a very long time and apparently is our spearhead!!! You do him no favours by keeping him in a squad and get slaughtered by everyone, take him out and let me get back to basics and EARN his place in the team!!

  • Iceman29 on October 21, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    @ CRLShamalka: For once i agree partially with your comments...only partially. :)

  • SurenShan on October 21, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Shami, Unadkat and Mishra are not close to Dhoni and off course they are not playing for Chennai super kings. So how did anyone expect them to be in the squad. By the way, Dhoni did the same thing again by giving it to Ishant, who certainly believes in binary number game. In ICC Championship final its 0 to 1 and in the last match its 1 to 0.

  • Cricketlover54 on October 21, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    As we all know, India has a population of 1.3 Billion people, yet they cant win against a country with a mere 22 million who aren't 'cricket mad.

  • ms.arjun on October 21, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    I know very little about cricket but i think Ishant's biggest problem is taking wickets. The minute he starts picking up those early wickets, he can bounce back. You leak 80 runs in 10 overs, and you still pick up 4 wickets, i guess no one is gonna complain. But its high time to try new talent and groom them before it might be too late.

  • ladycricfan on October 21, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    One over disasters happened to others as well. Stuart Broad went for 6x6, yuvi went for 5x6. They all bounced back. Faulkner went for 21 in the same match, but he was lucky that he could vent all his frustration with bat and won the match and MOM award as well.

  • Vivfan on October 21, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Where are the Indian fans who predicted 7-0? Would have to be a divine intervention if India even wins 2 games. I would feel for Ishant; the entire country speaking about him, asking him to be dropped, hope he performs well in the upcoming games.

  • CricketMaan on October 21, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    So was it all about Ishant in that last ODI? James Faulkuner went for 24 runs!! although he made up wiht his batting! Even Bhuvi had an off-day. I'd say nothing wrong in retaining him, although would be good to make him warm the bench, work hard in the nets and earn his place back for the final ODIs.

  • ImPrashanth on October 21, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Ishant needs some time off the field.So rest him for some ODIs and give him some time to revoke himself.He needs some good bowling advice from senior bowlers.

  • Vicki_Rogers on October 21, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Well.. what do you say..? You will retain your place in the side if the captain is your friend. Tell which bowler in world cricket, including India, would hold their place with bowling averages of over 8 in each game played? Only if you are Ishant and Captain is Dhoni. India deserved to lose and hope they lose the remaining games as badly because the captain is playing his friends. Raina, is a paper tiger and good only in sub-continent. He is a bunny when they move overseas. Dont believe it? See what happens to him in SA in Dec. Ishant in Australian conditions? If he plays in world cup 2015, good bye India... They will need a Dravid like player (Pujara) to hold their innings up in 2015 WC. Dont believe me? well the precusor will be SA in Dec. See what happens to these Johnnies in SA even in ODI. They will be hopping and huffing and hurting. Play Ishant Play.... It always helps to have a captain who is your friend.

  • vwazalwar on October 21, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    wow its really nice to hear the news that squad will be unchanged.. When you are giving so much chances to ishant then why not try a hand with unadkat or shami or mishra when they are included in in 15 members squad.. Yuvi is also been a failure he can be replace by Rayudu whos also there in team for 2 -3 matches... As also the players are been judged by the performance of 2-3 matches... Where are yadav, munaf,praveen,irfan,dinda, harbhajan,piyush chawla...... where are rahane, chand,tiwari,rayudu,.... There also one name when everybody is saying who will fill no.4 spot; you can groom pujara for that spot very well.... also for no.f dinesh karthik is gud option?? also parthiv patel a nice replace ment.... we are saying we need young team when will these young players will get a look.. I guess india is again goin in to phase of team rebuilding....

  • Ananth83 on October 21, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    We tend to be impatient and start rooting for someone's head based on few shoddy performances. Pretty much expected the same squad apart from Ishant's selection. He's done nothing in a very long time and it has come to a point where he himself would've been surprised that he is still in the 15. Vinay hasn't been given as many opportunities compared to Rohit. Persisting with him isn't a bad idea even though he looks nowhere close to threatening / wicket taking. Comments about dropping Raina is astonishing considering he has been a very consistent performer for years and has the capability to win games single-handedly. One reason I can think of why Ashwin makes into the team is because of him being an off-spinner as Jadeja / Yuvraj both are left arm off spinners due to which he would be the bowler who turns the ball the other way. Agreed he's been erratic but definitely can be given more chances. Surprised that no one mentioned about Ashwin's crucial 76-run 7th wkt partnership at 6.8 Rpo

  • RajeshNaik on October 21, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @Johnny Rook: It is equally stupid to look at career average when we are talking only about this series. Wasn't Ishant good in Champions trophy and WI tour? Have you forgotten that? Wasn't Vinay good in I tour and the 20-20 Match? It is in this series all 3 of them are ineffective. Just bowling and then loitering around the boundary is no good. One needs to take catches as well. And you are talking about what Faulkenr said. He said he was not confident abut talking on Ashwin. Even if Bhuvi were to bowl, he too would have gone for cleaners. We should stop hiding the performance of our favourite players. My favourite is VKumar. But I am also the first to say that he has not done well in this series. But IT is also true that none of the pacers have done well. For your information please look at Ishant's and Vinay's economy in first 10 overs of an innings. It equals that of Bhuvaneshwar. Please do some stat check before commenting.

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    What the hell selectors are thinking. One thing i would like to warn BCCI ar they wanna fight against audience..? then i SHOCKED to see unchanged team for next 4 matches. This is the end of Indian bowling line-up if they wont terminate Ishant from international cricket...

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Hope Dhoni will play Rayudu in the next two games starting from Ranchi.

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Though i am pakistani and just like every pakistani wants that india lose every match.. but as far as cricket point of view doesn't Understand teh selection policy in sub continent.. why mohit sharma,shami ahmed,umesh yadav,zaheer khan (if he is fit),being give much chances ahead of mediocre medium pace bowlers like ishant sharma, vinay kumar ..

  • Machu.mac on October 21, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Give Chance to Umesh Yadav as he got 5 Wickets in India vs Australia Warm Up Match in Champions TROPHY 2013 AND Australia were Allout for 65 Runs ....

  • jigu7 on October 21, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    why was virat not fined, when finch was not out given by umpire n in reply also some doubts were there, he used bad words and still no fine for him, this is not good cricket, this shows that indian team know they r going to loose the position and loose in SA also

  • Sumeet.Gupta on October 21, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    @Superman121, whilst i agree that we Indian fans tend to be a fickle lot, there is no denying the fact that Ishant Sharma has not been delivering what is expected from him. If you did have a look at his over, his confidence seemed to have shattered after just 2 balls and he looked under tremendous pressure to finish the over. And here is what is wrong with him. As the leader of the pack and with almost 7 years of international experience behind him, he was lost for ideas. I am sure that had it been Unadkat or even Vinay Kumar, you wouldn't have heard so many people baying for his blood. Rohit Sharma has been given a very long rope as well, and he is finally justifying his talent. With Ishant Sharma, it is always a case that he is unlucky, which he may. But then, you make your own luck!!

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Give Ishant a break guys...Kohli bowled an over in the match and went for 18 runs==>what was the point of bowling him anyways..Stuart Broad got hit for 6 sixes in an over once and now he is one of England's premier fast bowlers.Ishant deserves a second chance.

  • Falew on October 21, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Angelo Mathews bowling >>>>> Indian bowling attack

  • on October 21, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    It is high time to give chances to other bowlers, in one dayers the current form has to be given weightage over the class. Players like Umesh Yadav, Basant Mohanty and Prasanth Parameswaran are to be brought into the team fold. They will form a potent force along with Bhuvaneshvar, Shami and Unadkat.

  • on October 21, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    This is ridiculous,i dont remember a match where Ishant has been a match winner or a game turner,he is just being provided too many chances by dhoni,who has the tendency to overlook better and upcoming bowlers like Irfan,Shamim,Harbhajan,and many more,This goes to prove that there is a certain bias and groupism within the team,with raina,ashwin,bhuvanesh and ishant keep playing even when they under perform,must have another all rounder like irfan or yousuf to play attacking cricket. EVEN HARBHAJAN has been ignored time and again,which is very bad for the buildup to 2015 world cup and the upcoming SA series.

  • Aspraso on October 21, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Ishant retained? Good news -- the Aussies are not complaining !!

  • on October 21, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Its shame that Ishant has not been dropped from the sqaud..dhoni is protecting him..i hope he doesn't play the remaining matches.

  • on October 21, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Its true that in the history of indian cricket their bowling never favoured team in crucial matches like this. They lost many matches like this. But still they give consistant chance to bowlers like ishant sharma.. I think selectors made wrong decission in selecting ishant in the first place. After bad season he was to be rested against such a great team like australia to gain confidence.

  • on October 21, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    dhoni why you hv not given this much chances to sehwag or gambhir?

  • on October 21, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Please see cricket as a sport and not as revenue generating business..........Because this is not about the indian team or its individuals victory / loss. Its all about the entire nations prestige and it will be followed from Kashmir to kanyakumari

  • sumitsingh02 on October 21, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    @Superman121: I do agree that Ishant might do well in Australian conditions, but being thrashed like this is not going to help his morale or confidence in anyways. And being a bowling spearhead you are expected to do much more than what he is doing currently.

    Getting hit for a six on Indian tracks is not a big deal, but when you stick to the same length after getting hit is a problem. Moreover his speed has also dropped drastically. I think it would be better for him to return to Domestic cricket and hone his basic skills rather than getting humiliated further in this series.

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    ishant not deseved a place in playing x1 ,even in the champions league if he has not taken those wickets in final its over for him,umesh yadav is a better option for his pace,irfan has to come in considering world cup conditions in australia,ashwin is not taking the impotanty break throughs so amit misra has to get a chance or harbhajan has to come back,unadkat has to be given more chances as he is the only left hand option ,if dhoni is not doing this the bowling department we are going to face problems

  • DaisonGarvasis on October 21, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Backing the player is all understood. But while backing a player one need to look if the guy is improving his performance. In case of Ishanth it looks like his prime is past him (not in terms of age but his performance). I remember earlier in his career he gave an interview saying "he does not plan on taking wickets or bowl according to batsman/situation, he just turn up and bowl". That attitude clearly shows in his performance. Its as if all the opposite batsman known he does not think. He does not have plan A, B or C. Just run in and try to bowl fast. An economy of over 7.5 is not what you want from your "spearhead". When you call yourself spearhead of the attack, you need to show a thinking head to help yourself and help the rookies. It is right time to drop Ishanth and give the experience to another youngster for next WC.

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Huh! why is the star of India's Champions Trophy win Dinesh Karthik (he is quite competent against short ball too. If u r thinking Australia) not there in the team? And why does #shortballlegend Suresh Raina given numerous chances ahead of Ajinkya Rahane?

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Why to select 15 players As long as Dhoni is captain, only select 11. and the ball boys in the ground will bring the drinks. As Dhoni a has the tendency to carry on with the same eleven even if more than one player is out of form. Ishant has been this way since Champions trophy. He got lucky in the over he bowled in which he took 2 wicket against England in the Final.

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    I can't understand the logic behind, retaining Ishant Sharma in the squad. Being the most experienced bowler in the Indian squad and the so called spearhead of Indian fast bowling attack, he should have shown more discipline in his bowling. He is irresponsible and a stupid bowler. He has no merit to remain in the squad. What a pity, India lost the match just because of one innocuous over from a leading fast bowler. He didn't even tried a Yorker in that decisive over. After playing so many years in the International level, if he couldn't think about such silly things, then he should not have been picked up again. Dhoni did every thing right, but did one wrong thing by believing his leading fast bowler to do the right thing. No one will blame the captain for his decision but people will feel annoyed for backing his selection again in the team.

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    sorry it should read Ishant and not Shrshant. My apologies.

  • Rahul_78 on October 21, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    I bet my bottom dollar that MSD will play Ishant in 4th ODI. MSD has a history of backing the guys to the hilt. He is a very stubborn captain. Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja and M Vijay are prime examples. It has came back to bite his backside in the last game so he has a point to prove to everyone. Only way MSD knows is to give Ishant more games, not to bowl in him in difficult situations and hope for the best. From the people who are benched if anybody deserves a chance then is it Mishra. He has taken WICKETS whenever given a chance and at the moment it is a rarity for Indian bowlers.

  • on October 21, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    @Superman121 Am guessing you are an australian. because the only people that want ishant in the indian team are the oppostion team and their followers and for some unexplained reason, the indian selectors. look at his averages and economy rate in any form of cricket at international well as domestic level. almost every fast bowler that has represented india in the last 5 years has a better domestic record than ishant, and stil he has played 51 tests and 68 odis for India. Look through last 20 years of cricketers and see if you could find one bowler with an average of 38 after 51 tests. he is a huge asset, only for the opponent.

  • TopTipper on October 21, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    I don't understand why did the selectors announce squad for only first 3 ODIs? The rational must be that the non-performing players would leave the squad for the next 4 ODIs making way for the new ones. However, Ishant, after woeful performance is still in! Then why this drama of 3 + 4 selection? Why not pick the squad for the whole series instead? Beats me.

  • on October 21, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    B. Kumar does not bowl the death overs! Try him and see what happens. You will then stop criticizing the other bowlers. Faulkner too was sent to the dry cleaners but he will not be dropped even though he is a bowling allrounder. So why are you after Srishanth?

  • on October 21, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    I do not understand the policy of selectors. It was only due to worst bowling fo ISHANT in 48th over in second ODI India lost the match. Still how he is retained in the rest of the matches i wonder of the world.

  • on October 21, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    Even ashwin has been so disappointing in all the one dayers and got the hammering in t20 also....he has been so irractic and given a lot of runs...why dnt they try amit mishra who had a great series in zimbabwe...

  • JohnnyRook on October 21, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    @ RajeshNaik. It is stupid to consider bowling averages in 3 matches. Look at his career average. Bhuvi is bowling good. He is creating the pressure. So Aussies are preferring weaker bowlers as mentioned by James Faulkner after previous match. That gets Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar a few wickets and a huge economy rate. If only they could bowl a little better and create pressure from both ends, India will start winning matches and Bhuvi will get more wickets....

  • on October 21, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    At present Ishant is the worst bowler in India, selectors pls go through his records you will come to know why people are opposing him. Being 6+ feet height and bowling 140 kms speed will not be considered as good fast bolwer. At least Vinaykumar is better he gets wickets. And also MSD should test Buvenshkumar in death overs. I completely agree Mr. Sunil Gavaskar as he said on NDTV on Indian fast bowlers.

  • BravoBravo on October 21, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    AD Mascarenhas (0,6,66,6,6) slaughtered Yuvraj Singh in England v India, The Oval in 2007. I don't understand the bashing of Ishant, IMO, all Ishant did is to equal the record of Yuvraj heroics.

  • pvidhale on October 21, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    It is overconfidence to retain Ishant Sharma, Ashwin in the side. Ishant needs to go through domestic cricket and with the academy. His performance has been dismissal. It is not a question of luck at all. In overseas conditions where there is a help from the pitch and the weather, average Indian international bowler does well. Even Zaheer may do well in these circumstances.

  • Anil_Koshy on October 21, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Ishant is not good in any conditions, he is a complete failure. In Indian conditions even the best of the bowlers get hammered, Mitchell Johnson too got badly thrashed but he tries to do something, Ishant has not learnt anything, the same goes with Raina, somebody should remind him that international cricket is different from IPL, even bowlers from Afghanistan would know he cannot play fast bowlers, only Dhoni and God would know why both of them are in the side

  • on October 21, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Ishant Sharam, can't field, can't bowl of course, and can't stay at the wicket for while, but he is in the team. It is not just this game he is consistently poor. He is doesn't understand the game he is dumb simple. Just like Rohit sharma, I have never seen so many unfair chances for these two players. Now they say Rohit sharma as come of age, really. Indian cricket selection is biased towards Upper caste and reference and influence. Apart from Indian cricket (BCCI) is made for batsman. The pitch is getting flatter, and the ground in getting shorter, and the bat is getting heavier. Nice going BCCI to destroy the bowler and the cricket.

  • Adam_Leban on October 21, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    India doesn't have any decent fast bowlers. So, all this talk about replacing Sharma is meaningless I reakon. Make do with what you have mate and don't be scared to play on sporting pitches.

  • on October 21, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Congrats Dhoni for a batting. Great win for Aus from the jaws of defeat. Ishant needs to be groomed. He is not using his height bowling way outside the off stump or a short pitch rising delivery which gives a batsman who is apporx 6ft tall & hooks it to score 4 or 6. He must be intillegent to use yorkers & vary the pace. Lengendary bowler Kapil Dev must be the bowling coach. He a can understand the language & will be comfort with him also. Best of Luck for both the teams & cricket is always the winner.

  • on October 21, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    What ever we people feel about Ishant/Vinay/Ashwin.. Dhoni is not going to change his team 4 the next match... I can bet on it... Unless and untill any miracle happens team will be unchanged..

    And the worst will be if Ishant manages to take 3/4 wkts@ Rachi then no one can stop him from playing in all the matches and even more....

    Best for the team will be to let Ishant play all the matches so that he can be dropped for a whole WI tour...

  • nagwabivory on October 21, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Somebody tell Ishant Sharma he is not Samson and get a bloody haircut.He cannot see or think where he is bowling.He is way too predictable.With all the experience in the T20 format...He is pretty useless as far as thinking where to bowl is concerned...Surely with India's vast population there are other "FAST" bowlers.Come on Indian Selectors go out and scout for some talent which is surely there.

  • RajeshNaik on October 21, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    The article spares Bhuvaneshwar from the list of unimpressive bowlers just on the basis that his economy is under 6!. But his contribution to the series has been absolutely nil and cricketing sense he has displayed is awful. In 3 matches of this series his average is 145.00 and economy is 5.37. Vinay's avg is 38.2 and economy is 7.2. Ishant's is 94.5 & 7.87. Who provided crucial breakthroughs in all 3 matches? It was not Bhivaneshwar, it was Vinay. Who bowled in batting PP? It is VK and IS and NEVER Bhuvaneshwar. Who dropped catches? It was only Bhuvaneshwar. Who did not show cricketing sense by wandering too much inside the boundary? It was Bhuvaneshwar. Let us see how he bowled in death overs in these 3 matches? It is 3-0-31-1. He too is in the same lines with Vinay and Ishant. Dhoni has not bowled him in PP. It is unfair to say that only Ishant and Vinay were unimpressive. All 3 were unimpressive. And for me Bhuvi was the most disappointing if you look at overall contribution.

  • on October 21, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Guys.. As an indian Fan, I too upset once we lost from a winning position. Every opponent Team knows our batting strength and bowling weakness, So Selection committee should select bowling side from the available experienced bowler Mr. Zaheer khan as a main bowler (spear head) and others to support him especially playing against tough teams.

    Really we are wasting our available source without giving a chance to them same like Robin singh in the past and now irfan pathan. If Irfan pathan is given a chance like ishant sharma (more than 5 years continuously), he would have been mould as a best bowler now and he is the only fast bowling all rounder in india till now.

    I hope selection commitee will act positively in future by not upseting the indian fans again.

  • Adam_Leban on October 21, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Why are the Indians scared to produce sporting pitches? They keep playing on flat wickets to inflate the average of their over-hyped batters. paper tigers. meh. boring cricket if you have such one sided pitch mate.

  • guru29 on October 21, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Pujara should be devloped as no 3.Raina cannot face the short stuff. He has not ipemproved.But I find it defficult as Mr.Shrinivasan is president & Mr.Dhoni as skipper.

  • Fan1969 on October 21, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    I truly sympathize with the selectors. Irfan, Praveen, Varun Aaron are injured. Zaheer clearly wants to play in Tests and ODIs in bowling friendly conditions, not home ODIs.

    The new boys like Mohit, Sandeep, Rishi Dhawan and Sid Kaul should not be exposed to death bowling in India as their confidence may get shattered.

    Thats leaves us with RP Singh, Awana, Dinda, Balaji, Umesh Yadav who have all proven to be more expensive in recent times than Ishant and Vinay.

    The pace bowler cupboard is EMPTY.

    Are there any strong, aggressive and intelligent men out there? Please start bowling fast and you have a good chance of being in the Indian cricket team.

    BTW, some who sympathize with Ishant must note that he has the worst strike rate in Australia in Tests and even in the ICC Final he got wickets as the hits by Morgan, Bopara went to great fielders rather than being good balls.

    My problem with Ishant is NO IMPROVEMENT, just downhill.

  • on October 21, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    I am a SriLankan, but love to watch Indian Cricket, I never miss any T20's, ODI's and Test which India plays. However, I am dis-appointed about the bad bowling performance by Ishant Sharma, just bowled like a 3rd class school boy on a crucial ODI with a great team. I plead unto the Indian selectors, to keep out Ishant Sharma from all three formats in the future fixtures for the betterment of Indian Cricket. He is a black sheep for Indian Cricket. Dhoni, your batting line-up is amazing, but your bowlers play havoc. Get the best seamers from your "A" team along with Jadeja & Raina to handle the spinning role. I wish good luck for the Indian Cricket in the years to come. Once again I wish to state - No more Ishant Sharma OK.

  • MelbourneMiracle on October 21, 2013, 3:21 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.

  • Vishnu_Pareek on October 21, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    If this does not warrant him dropped than what does? He has taken just 144 wickets in 5 tests at an average of 38. He is the most unworthy person to represent a national side. He is not "Unlucky Ishant" as many commentators will describe him. He is indeed very lucky that we have so inept selectors to still keep him in the side after the latest show.

  • cricketIND on October 21, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    "Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has kept his economy rate under six in all three matches so far" - For me this saying is not fair, because Buvi has only bowled thrice after 45 overs in all three matches (1st match 9 runs in the 49th over, 2nd match 15 & 7 runs in the 46th & 49th overs respectively) so his econ rate in these three overs are above 10 rpo.

  • mahi678 on October 21, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    why is pujara not selected in odis? if he is selcted one batsman from the squad will be replaced. its looks like batsman never get injured....

  • mahi678 on October 21, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    i think few people comment in favour of what ever decision made; just to show they are nice or may be they are superior. the comment of @superman is just like that. ishanth over the years has been failure. bt sure his time will come, he will be replaced another pacer soon. may be its zaheer or some youngster. any sign of eswar pandey???

  • on October 21, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    oye ashwin fans tell that stupid man to get in shape first he is looking like a pregnant woman. Anyone who represents india should be way better than others.

  • on October 21, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    i dont understand the logic of cricket board.if someone is not playing well why are u keeping them in a team.pleas give the chance to young bowlers.ishant should be dropped along with ashwin.this is the words of true indian fans .please dhoni...

  • on October 21, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    Bowling in Indian conditions might be tough, But bowlers with variations like Dwayne Bravo have succeeded at Death overs.. Ishanth played a plenty of test matches overseas in Australia and England without any major contribution except a bowling spell to Ricky Ponting which might be only accomplishment in his 6 year career..He had bowlers like Wasim(KKR) and Waqar(SRH) as his bowling coaches in IPL.. He has the height and action to be spearhead.. With all these attributes, If a bowler cannot show any improvement, then there is something seriously wrong and give him a break from the game and give him a chance to play first class games and work hard to earn his place back.. Need some common sense from selectors or team management.. Any other bowler would have learnt something from this experience but not Ishanth.. Also Not sure how is thinking and playing with long that hair in hot and humid Indian conditions..

  • 777aditya on October 21, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Same squad + same playing 11 = same result. India will keep losing if Dhoni's rigid mindset makes him resist changes. It surely makes sense to not tamper much with a winning combination, but what about this?! Indian bowlers went for more than 200 in the T20 and comfortably more than 300 in all three ODIs so far. One can understand that Ashwin and Vinay with the ball and Raina, Jadeja with the bat are under performing and deserve more chances BUT WHAT ABOUT THE NEVER IMPROVING ISHANT?! enough is painfully enough now! Let us at least hope that he gets replaced by Unadkat, who did a fair job in Zimbabwe and showed that he could at least bowl yorkers when needed. Also, Mishra should get a look in sometime soon. Poor Irfan Pathan and Manoj Tiwary are missing out big time - Tiwary bowled some good leg spinners, along with his agile fielding and reliable batting could have been an asset.

  • cricket_lover1 on October 21, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Ishant doesn't deserve next 4 games at least! Also Vinay Kumar and Ashwin should be rested for next 4 games. I think selectors have not done a good job in reatining these 3 players. They should not have been selected and that would have given some time to these players to sort our the issues. Also Selectors had a very good opportunity to find some new fast/spin bowlers which they have lost now. Unadkat deserves a place in playing 11. need one fast bowling alrounder which selectors didn't even show any efforts to find one. We need 2-3 quality off spinners. I don't believe the thinking of the selectors...Sad for Indian cricket!

  • D-Ascendant on October 21, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Er.... not sure if Ishant qualifies as a "fast bowler" or a "pacer". At 120+ kmph, wouldn't he qualify to be a "brisk, bustling seamer with the pretend aggression of a genuine quick"?

  • Anukalp_23 on October 21, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Indian Selectors : Neglect Yuvi , Ghambhir and Sehwag cuz they ain't performing well for India for more then a year, in addition they have a stint with MSD ... Ishaant out of the blue has the excuse, future Indian Spearhead who hasn't performed well since his spell in perth ... but favorite of captain MSD way to go selectors ... why not Mohit Sharma , Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat given a chance... I badly want ishaant to play in next match cuz i m sure again he will go for plenty

  • beaconhill on October 21, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    The biggest difference between the 2 sides the other night: Fielding!

    Apart from a direct hit by India and George Bailey's dropped catch the difference between the 2 sides was huge. India must have made at least 10 errors in the last 25 overs. All this talk in the first match of them being a great fielding side is rubbish. Maybe they are equal to the Australian side... of the 1980's!

  • Jason_Key88 on October 21, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    India can't produce quality bowlers, hence they need to churn out flat wickets to help their batters. Even the small stadiums are a joke. There is nothing impressive about the likes of virat, sehwag smashing the ball in dead wickets. Produce sporting wickets won't ya and give chances to bowlers as well ay

  • class9ryan on October 21, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    The reason why Ishant is been given an extended run is just because of the 2015 WC in Australia. He bowled superbly in England in Champions Trophy for most of the campaign and also got a man of the match award. Stuart Broad was taken for 36 in an over but look at Broad now. I feel this might well be a turning point in his so far erratic career.

  • on October 21, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    i think india have just produced 2 bowlers over last 30years thats kapil dev the legend and zaheer khan..ishant sharma should learn from them he is just spoiling himself .like muhammad sami from pak did,but sami still got pace.ishant pace have gone down as well.

  • on October 21, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    I believe its time to give Ishant a break...he is an amazing bowler who made Ponting cry in his heydays..agreed..his performances are not upto the mark but he desperately needs a break and has to stay away from the game for a month or so. He can always get some games in the county circuit like Zaheer and come back as a better and a meaner fast bowler.

    As far as Ashwin goes, I guess that will happen to any spinner on Indian pitches in the limited overs matches.

    BCCI needs better man management. Irfan Pathan and Manoj tiwary got injured at the wrong time. Vinay Kumar is unsure of what he is doing...time for a Ashok Menaria or Abhishek Nayar at least to strengthen the batting? And someone needs to remind Sir Jadeja that he also needs to bat. Had he scored 10+ at least, no one would have talked about Ishant's 30 run over to this extent.

  • ProdigyA on October 21, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    The new bunch of selectors headed by Sandeep Patil are worse than the previous one headed by Kris Srikanth and above all Dhoni for his arrogance and stubbornness which is costing India so many matches.

  • siddhartha87 on October 21, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    @Sarathy PB not sure why are you comparing Ishant with Ryan Harris. harris is class apart.FYI Harris has 44 wickets in 21 ODIs .He was not selected as he is injury prone and Aussies need them fit in Ashes.I dont think Ishant is a good test bowler as well. 138 wickets in 51 tests @38 shows he is not fit for tests as well.He is just selectors favorite for some unknown reason

  • techie77 on October 21, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    @Superman121 ....seems like you have forgotten the last disastrous tour to Australia ....Ishant was part of that squad and was not able to do much in that series other then tell Australians "Come to India" :). Not sure what Ishant gotta say now ..;)

  • on October 21, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Stupid to say the least. Should Hv dropped Ishant,Raina,Vinay and tried unakadt, shamming or even included Balaji who is economical in this format.this is assuming that Umesh,zag err,Varuna r still under rehabilitation. Could have even tried Ashoka Dinda. B n Sitaramanw

  • on October 21, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    The two featured comments give theclue to what apperas to be clueless. comment from @504429641, rightly says that selectors chose he 15. The 11 is the choice of Captain & Coach. It is up to the latter to use Unadkat , Shami, & Mishra. Now, it does not look to drop them without even giving them a chance.

    @Superman121 gives us the possible reason why Dhoni keeps Ishant despite getting hit on his face by Ishant's consistent failure. They think, Ishant is the best bet down under for the next World cup. Despite the frequent protestations that "here & now is more important, they all seem to be focused on the next world cup!

  • on October 21, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    Worst think that can happen to Indian cricket. On performance even Balaji Clould be be tried.

  • Topgun10 on October 21, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Its HIGH time India tries other bowling options... they have nothing to loose, anyways. Ishant lacks the nerve to bowl in the final overs as was obvious in the last match. He should have been replaced a long time ago...

  • vakkaraju on October 20, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    The biggest problem is the pitches. India will never produce fast bowlers when they have to toil in such conditions. Every youngster seems to start with a lot of promise and then they get the whip first from batters and then from the "Experts" in the media. Most drastic critics are those with absolutely no experience in playing at a high level.

  • vineelr6 on October 20, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    These days many international bowlers are leaking runs except few, any bowler in the international cricket gets popular only when he is deeply hurt by leaking more runs, stuart broad has leaked 36 runs in one over and since then he improved a lot and he has become one of the leading bowler for England, they have won more matches under his bowling and he is truly a match winner.. Ishant has to learn from this and improve his bowling, its a shame that he never bowls an yorker in the death bowling, yorkers will fetch more wickets and less runs..MSD has to tell his bowlers, its just not that they have to finish the over and the game is done...its all about consistency.

  • Adam_Leban on October 20, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Why do Indians insist on playing on flat/dust bowl type wickets if they are so good eh? No wonder, Indian batters get humiliated when they come up against pace, bounce and swing movement. plonkeers. Take some risk and produce sporting pitches mate.

  • Ali_Eorse on October 20, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    The problem with Ishant Sharma is that he is dis-interested. There is lack of focus, desire, hard work, etc. It shows. The same for all Indian bowlers - from Zaheer to Harbhajan to Sreesanth. They are all talk, more shows, etc. Just look at them: their focus on their hair, their focus on necklaces they wear. Some even wear a watch. What is this? A game is not a visit to night club. Just look at Dale Steyn (SA), Md. Irfan (Pak), J. Anderson (England), etc. You will see their intensity, dedication, etc. They do not focus on accessories (like hair, watch, etc.). Indian bowlers, like Sharma, do. Thus, we will always lose. If we win, it will be via a miracle.

  • Adam_Leban on October 20, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    India doesn't have any good bowlers mates, barring Zaheer. But he is getting on as well and folks who think, IPL performers can simply turn up and take wickets in international is simply day dreaming. With flat/concrete like pitches in India, who wants to be a bowler eh? No wonder, Indian batters do well at home but get hammered when they face pace/bounce etc. Good stuff from the Aussies.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on October 20, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    I would rather have Ishant in the playing 11 than Jaydev Unadkat. The guy bowls at 120kph.

  • Unmesh_cric on October 20, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Where is Umesh Yadav? He is our best bowler along with Bhuvaneshwar in the pace department. If not him, why not bring back Zaheer in place of Ishant? I know Zaheer may have fitness problems. But even if he bowls from a wheel-chair, I don't think he will give away 30 runs in an over. I have said this before and will say it again: Ishant is not suitable for limited overs cricket. He is only suitable for Tests when there is some bounce in the pitch. Ishant has good attitude and is a hard working player. But as with some batsmen, some bowlers are not made for limited overs cricket.

  • chechong0114 on October 20, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Great decision by BCCI not to drop Ishant Sharma from the team like I said in my earlier post he is not the problem here as such he should not be made a scape goat in this instance. India is losing tons of its cricketers due to burn out its an underlying issue that no one seems to be noticing and the cricket loving fans only want wins, which is understandable but at the same time they too must understand that the players need rest. I believe that India can win this series but it will take a true test of their metal and grit, great too see Tendulkar resting out this series and probably gearing himself up for the upcoming WI tour and with good cause because he will want to be in the right frame of mind and well rested to score lots of runs in his final matches and go out with a bang. The BCCI could not have picked a better team to play his last series against either, he will enjoy the WI bowlers on the flat wickets of India so good luck to him and good decision BCCI with Sharma.

  • millsy24 on October 20, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Ishant had bowled pretty well up until that over. Don't forget that Faulkner bowled garbage towards the end as well and Dhoni smashed him didn't he, Watson too. You guys should be supporting him not putting up stupid cartoons such as the one above.

  • on October 20, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    IND won WC 2011 on 2nd April 2011. Since then IND had gone through a large reshuffling, transition, developing phase. Even though IND maintained best W/L ratio(1.95), best winning 63% and not least but much lesser loosing percentage. I am counting from 3rd April 2011. Cricket has been developed since then. T20 added next dimensions to ODI. Let's face the facts. We have seen much recently similar shows by other bowlers too, Eranga at CT 2013, at Celkon cup 2013 final. Ishant's problem is about his adamant behavior & he is not listening to any. A bowler has to develop new things now. Every bowler has to face more or less in future. Hence critics (more from SL who has worst W/L ratio 0.88 & highest in loosing %) need to be careful to write off on individuals. My PAK bros also need to understand that they had won just 1 Test against Top team. I was surprised to see PAK better W/L ratio & high % but eventually found that they played against Ire, BD, ZIM, Scots, Afghan more than any.

  • on October 20, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Instead of thinking about the #4 batsmen for WC 2015.. india should focus 100% of their energy on picking 4-5 bowlers who can get them 10 wickets!!!

    Considering the world cup is in australia, these are the people who have to be invested in.. and given chances.

    #1 Rahul Shukla #2 Mohit Sharma #3 Umesh Yadav #4 Varun Aaron

    And from the obvious bunch, Bhuvneshwar Kumar & Zaheer khan should be persisted with.

    Vinay Kumar is the most useless bowler in the world. Even more so than Ishant Sharma! I don't see him doing anything in WC 2015..

    Remember when India toured Aus for the test series? Vinay Kumar kept getting lofted by David Warner at WACA (Supposedly a pitch for pacers) lol

  • on October 20, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    My changes for the next ODI -

    Shami to replace Ishant - Not to drop Ishant but give him a few more days to get over the assault and come back fresh Amit Mishra to replace Ashwin - Trio of Mishra, Jadeja and Yuvraj should give good variety to the spin attack Raina to come at Number 5 and Yuvraj at Number 4 I wish we had someone to replace Vinay Kumar also but Jayadev Unadkat is again unimpressive..

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 20, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    i thought when Jadeja wasbowling his last 2 overs that Dhoni should have kept those for the final four overs. I think if he had done that then Jadeja could have bowled in tandem with Ashwin at the end and won for India. In fact I wish he had put Raina on at the end as it was. Once Ishant had been stunk out out for 30 runs, it was obvious that spin would do more good.

  • on October 20, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Dont blame Ishant Sharama its these phatta wickets u should blame. India chased 359 against Australia for same reason. If Indians batsmen are that good why not make bowling supporting wicket ?

  • Aashiq.kb on October 20, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Both Ashwin & Ishant looks tired...May be they've started to take their places for granted.... And can someone please tell Raina to stop playing the pull shots halfheartedly....He doesn't have the necessary skills to play that shot. If he really wanna play then he should practice it well. Dhoni should stop acting like a CSK man and start to behave like an Indian captain... Give the waterboys (Mishra, Unadkat & Shami) a chance to play!!

  • itsthewayuplay on October 20, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    A lot of negative comments towards India's bowlers and the spotlight on Ishant's 30 run over. But hold on a minute, despite an excellent hundred in the 2nd game and a half century in the 3rd, why did MSD give Kohli an over that cost 18 runs when the other bowlers had an unfinished quota. Ishant's career hasn't moved in the direction that many expected after a promising start. But he should be seen as a long-term prospect as pace bowlers usually hit their peak at about 27 / 28. To drop him mid-series may actually do more harm than good but given lack of progress after a good run in the team, Cricket India should consider whether it would be beneficial for him to continue his development at domestic level perhaps even a season at county cricket.

  • on October 20, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Now Zaheer is fit... selectors should have consider that... Zaheer directs very well other bowlers too... india need his experience during this new rule period....

  • cricketlovee on October 20, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Ishant Sharma says he likes to swing the bowl like Dale Steyn and bowl fast as Shaun Tait

  • on October 20, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    I think Ishant should be taken out and other youngsters given an opportunity to perform. It will be very motivating for Ishant to sit out one or two games. On the other hand, yuvi, raina must perform or sit out to make way for other young players.

  • on October 20, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Give ishan break for hair cut's not his fault if he can't see batsman or pitch

  • on October 20, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Indian recognised some time ago that the time had come to dispense with Sewhag, Zaheer, Yuvraj and Harbhajan. Yuvraj and Harbhajan have subsequently gone away, worked on their game and re-emerged as superior players than before. Given how long Ishant has failed to perform for now, he must also be dropped form the international side, and if he fails to improve his game, he must also be bade farewell too, especially given the pace bowling strength Indiaa now possess in Vinay, Yadav, Varun Aaron, Shami, Kumar and Unadkat.

  • Criticalthinking on October 20, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    All these guys talking about Ashwin's performance. Why you people are not talking about Rohit Sharma. Think he played almost 100 matches. In how many matches did he performed. If India persisted with Rohit for that long. Then why not Ashwin and Raina. Amit Mishra took wickets against weak Zimbabwe. Is that really a great achievement. Excluding Zimbabwe series, look at Amit Mishra's test and ODI performance...................................... TEST matches : Innings-22 ,Wickets -43, Average-43.30, Econ -3.19....... ODI matches: Innings-15 , Wickets-19, Average -??. ............................. Look at Ashwin's performance.............................................................. TEST Matches: Innings-31, Wickets-92, Average-28.53, Econ-2.89......... ODI matches: Innings-60, Wickets-83, Average-4.86............................. This clearly tells why we can persist with R Ashwin. Even persisted with the useless Rohit for long time with no performances.

  • bbnn on October 20, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    There was everything in the last match 1.Class bowling by Mitchel Johnson 2. Creative captaincy by Geroge Baily - used short balls against Raina and Jadeja effectively for that each time conceded single to Virat and Dhoni 3. Great stroke play by Virat Kohly timing and class personified 4 Fight back and a perfect finish by Indian captain 5.some tight bowling by Vinay Jadeja B Kumar and even from I sharma and pressure to cope up with the required run rate 6 and finally awesome hitting by James Faulkner ,so it was a great ODI enjoyed even though India lost

  • Karthik78 on October 20, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Dhoni did not understand the Indian cricket. If the players Ishanth/Ashwin/Vinay are not selected, it is good for them only. They will get time to prepare for next series. Instead Dhoni felt they need to be given chances immediately. These Aussies get used to these bowlers also we had good bowling unit in bench (Amit/Unad) as they already proved well in Zimbabwe. What is harm in trying new and let these guys (Ishant etc) can take rest for some days to prepare for next series.

  • mk49_van on October 20, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    The time has come to let him go. Sometimes MSD's persistence with some players is puzzling....

  • on October 20, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Its high time to drop the bowlers like ishant & vinaykumar. Give chances to sidharth koul, mohit sharma or sandeep sharma. Even umesh yadav is far far better than ishant sharma, at least he is a wicket taking bowler. I cannot see ishant sharma's weak bowling again and again.

  • on October 20, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner : A valid and a good comment from you this time around. More so since its backed by valid stats. Well, I wud totally agree and back this one and I am of the firm opinion that Ishant should not atleast get to play in this series anymore. Ishant in the current form is actually a liabilty and providing his spot to some1 els wud actually mean giving him some valuable experience against the No. 2 ODI team.

  • on October 20, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    What about the pitches made in all three matches? I think target under 350 is chaseable and we can't blame the bowlers.

  • anti-dictatorial-attitude on October 20, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Ishant has not performed at all for a long time. If he is being retained in the team with WC is Australia, in mind, then BCCI should let him play in the Big Bash and other local league matches, if CA allowed. He should definitely give way for a bowler who bowls well in Indian conditions. BCCI's narrow minded policy of letting foreign players play in its tournament and yet not allow its any level player get experience playing outside the country, is one of the reasons for lack of home field advantage. Half of the Aussie team is familiar Indian conditions. I understand it is a free world but our players should not be the only ones who are prevented or rather banned from playing outside the country and thus not gain valuable experience to counter other team's home field advantage.

  • on October 20, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Never understood the critics view on Ashwin. Everybody goes through a bad patch and is going through it righ now.He bowled a smart 49th over,to add to it he is handling the short stuff better than Jadeja,Raina & Yuvi..He is sweet timer of the ball and in most of the recent test series(excluding Aus test series) he was the only one who hung around.He needs the backing and he is getting it from Dhoni.In Ishant's case its different.The Ishant of 2008 never returned to amaze.He has not produced a single match winning performance in the recent years,wheras Ashwin has produced many.Still Ashwin has the least economy rate in IPL after the battering he got this year.Is test record is phenomenal whereas his ODI & T20 records are good.He needs the backing.If rohit sharma can erase all his previous failure with a single knock then Ashwin's bad patch has to be tolerated.MSD is exactly doing it. Now all the people who wanted ZAK out of the team are singing praises of ZAK.#irony #crazy people

  • ravisinghania on October 20, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    dhoni does not take decisions on the field wisely with brain..its always his luck which saves him..smtimes umpires save him by giving decisions in his favour...cortesy(champions trophy final stumpings,watson finch lbws in 3rd odi,dhawan stumping in 2nd odi,virat caught bt not given)..I smtimes dream why bad umpiring decisions now a days go always in favour of it the power of bcci or what.. one more thing that india hv always been a low bowling side so they would always oppose bowling friendly rules...earlier also they opposed bt nobody listened them bt india nw becoming economic power house in cricket seems like running icc nd creating its own rules..scoring huge runs has become chalk n cheese..very poor contest btwen bat nd bal going on nw a days...value of scoring runs is decreasing. any ways on this topic I would say dhoni is very stubborn nd so are not the selectors who seem to be puppet at the hands of dhoni..

  • on October 20, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Just reminds me a mythological story of Vikram & Vetaal. King Vikram wanted to win over Vetaal. Everytime Vetaal escaped by making squared planning against King Vikram by his usual tactics. King Vikram was never ever won against Vetaal.

    Now What will be next tactics of KING MSD over Modern Vetaal ISHANT?

    @Manowara on (October 20, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

    " how Lasith Malinga does in depth over."

    Ishant was inspired by Eranga in CT 2013 who had wonderful spell against Ravi Bopara.

  • HonestTalk on October 20, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    The problem with Ishant is his attitude...doesn't seem to give 100%...there is also lack of effort and planning...flat conditions allright...but u need to try as a bowler to get the batsmen out..ishant lacks it..he shldnt have been in the team at first place...there is no doubt he let the whole nation and himself down...Dhoni's effort went in vain..agreed results are not in our control but to put effort and to try and do well is in our control...u dont see that with ishant...thats the reason the loss is very disappointing....ideally in these situations the batsmen is under pressure but here the bowler was under pressure thereby conceded 30 runs in one over...any bowler cld have done better including me and thats the reality...

  • on October 20, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    from 2 year selecters r giving lot of chance for ishant they have to drop ishant and call back munaf patel and irfan back in to the team and with out zaheer india cant improve they bowling come back soon zak

  • rsurya on October 20, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Could some one tell me which of the following could Ishanth bowl, A 150+ delivery, A yorker, An in swing, An out swing, Reverse swing, A good vertical bouncer, variation (disguised slower ball), An angled ball that gets away from batsman.

    All I could find in these 6 years was a Hit me delivery offside with accurate room for batsman to hit it where ever he likes. He could bowl a bouncer that will travel horizontal when it reaches the bat, its another hit me delivery. 150+ only 25 short, Swings only after reaching the boundary, slower balls cant be bowled as his normal delivery itself is very slow, angled delivery can be possible only if he is allowed to bowl from mid on.

    Please cricinfo, kindly make a statistics on how many wickets Ishant earned(not how many wickets taken) in the last 5 years. Definitely it would be a success article.

  • on October 20, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    atleast india should give chances to shami and undakat we have seen likes of ishant and vinay now make some change atleast we are preparing a squad for world cup so these young lads should get some exposure against these tough teams. Dhoni paji please let these young guns get a chance a least.

  • DingDong420 on October 20, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Ishant needs a break (preferably a long one) and he needs a haircut

  • ThatsJustCricket on October 20, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    @common_man_review, only problem with that is the Sharma's (both Rohit and Ishant) are such favorites of Dhoni that he will always let them in the team if they are in the squad. Sometimes, it is best for everyone, including the player himself, to drop the man, let him go back to domestic cricket or A tours, perform away from the limelight for a while and then make a comeback on sheer weight of performance. If Ishant can't do that, then may be the team will be better off without him.

  • on October 20, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    It is silly to say "we should chop and change" and keep on playing Ishant, when you have other options and can play them. If you want to make Unadkat ready for 2015 he has to play against the like of this Australian batting line up and not go by his exploits in Zimbabwe alone. So wake up and do the smart thing about the bowling department, Mr Dhoni !

  • on October 20, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    This irresponsible bowler should be out of the team and rested. If Mahinder wants him to continue, then shave his terrible hair off today itself and apply sandal paste so that he becomes a cool headed and thinking bowler. Only thinking bowlers can bowl perfectly. GOOD GOD!!! 30 runs in the 47th over. He should be shown the exit. Mohammed Shami,Ashok Dinda,Parvez Rasool,Jatdev Unadkat.They can bring in variety.Rest Ashwin and bring in Amit Mishra.

  • on October 20, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    same team foe next 4 odis no problem but ishant should not included in playing eleven

  • Balaji_Pandian on October 20, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    I don't Why the hell selectors retained Ishant sharma after his worst performences, His economy rate is around 8 perover in the last 3 matches. Damn! it gonna benefit the opposite team,No pace, no swing, not bowling in good line & length. He has nothing in bowling. Except that 1 performance, 7 over spell against ponting in 2008, He has done nothing to the bowling department...When he is in the team any team in world could believe that they can chase any target set by India.

  • sumit1982 on October 20, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Well I think instead of raina indian selector must give chance to Ajinkya Rahane. And Australian batsmen are not good on playing leg spin so let give chance to amit mishra or Piyush Chawla. You must offload vinay kumar from team he is military medium pace blower so give chance to shami who have good pace.

  • AyubIsmail on October 20, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Ishant Sahrma has been given more than enough chances. It s time to try out someone else.Can't persist with him for ever. People have been sitting in reserves and ageing. Use them before it's too late.

  • prakash_mishra on October 20, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    I don't understand why India is insisting on playing 3 seamers under these conditions.When India beat Australia 4-0 in the test series earlier this year, They had 3 spinners in Ojha,Ashwin and Jadeja. Aussie batsmen were clueless and rattled against these bowlers. I know its a limited over format but why not play to your strength ?? Dhoni's logic is that under new fielding regulations,with only 4 fielders outside the circle, spinners will be easy prey for the batsmen.But if spinners bowl well during middle overs (10-35) and claim 3-4 wickets during that period then it will create pressure on the batting team and they will have to be cautious against the seamers during the powerplay and later overs. I know its much difficult to apply this but then has India benefited even a bit by playing 3 seamers in last 3 matches ?? so why not go with Jadeja,Ashwin,Mishra,B.Kumar,I.Sharma(we seriously don't have any other way out!!), rather than the current bowling line up??

  • on October 20, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Why only Ishant, please give another 200 chances to Harbhajan Singh too.

  • sony_sr on October 20, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    I can't believe!!! Such a horrible decision to retain Ishanth Sharma!!! My comment is not simply based on the 1 over he bowled yesterday. He is continuing this sub-standard bowling for a long time. Even in champions trophy final huge luck helped him from embarrassment. Vinay has always been a club level bowler. So no comments about retaining him. He should not have been selected in the first place itself after his poor performance in zim. I guess aswin is teh only player whose inclusion even after poor performance can be justified as he has talent. What the hell is stopping us from dropping these players and giving chance to bowlers like mohit sharma, shami ahmed, iswar pandey, amit mishra... Am sure mohit sharma is one bowler who can be very effective in odi and probably in tests in future.

  • Govind1234 on October 20, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    The major problem with Ishant is his long hair.He should take an haircut so that his flowing hair dont hinder his vision while bowling.Also he has to concentrate on minor,extremely minor issues like line and length.......

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 20, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Personally, I feel sorry for Ishant. I also agree with MSD. No bowler likes to give away 30 runs in an over. But, Ishant has simply failed to learn from his past. He also crumbles under pressure. It would be fine if Ishant was a young kid playing his first international series. But this guy has been out there for more than 5 years. He has lost it TOTALLY. I think he deserves a break. Let him remain in the squad if that's what everybody wants. But he should NOT play the remaining 4 games. If you take the bowling averages of all the fast bowlers from India that played in the 3 games so far, Ishant has the WORST average closely followed by Vinay Kumar and then Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. I am also interested to see what happens with Ashwin. Clearly, the SAVIOUR of Indian spin bowling isn't doing anything substantial. I bet Harbhajan Singh is cursing the Indian selectors for choosing a bowler over him (Ashwin) who isn't doing anything extraordinary at the moment. Too many variations = confusion.

  • on October 20, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    This will be the most discouraging moment for other bowlers in Indian domestic cricket as they are not getting any opportunity in Indian team and Ishant Sharma always getting chance even though he is non performing in almost 95% of games.

  • on October 20, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    It is a pity that none of the Indian pacers have learnt to bowl yorkers which become very handy in death overs

  • Iceman29 on October 20, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    @Vilander: ya in your dreams...this trundler team won the champions trophy and world cup..then wat will you call the other teams then....its just the bowling that needs to be settled there are exceptional players in the current you dont have to be so rude.....

  • nainil0683 on October 20, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    There will be no changes in the fourth ODI. Ishant will be in the playing 11 until he retires and fringe players like Mohammed Shami, Jaidev Unadkat, Amit Mishra, Parvez Rasool will grow out their ages. Dhoni should rest Ashwin and give Amit Mishra a chance. That kid did wonders in Zimbabwe ans deserves at least a couple of games. But knowing Dhoni, my bet is on the same playing 11 so Ishant can get a crack at conceeding the most runs in a single over, maybe 40. He surely is very capable and extremely talented in that regards.

  • on October 20, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Isahnt sharma should never play for India for long time and should play for Delhi in ranji trophy and he is very overrated bowler and where is Umesh Yadav.shami and of course Zaheer Khan the best swing bowler INDIA ever had and Amit Mishra should be front line spinner and INDIA can score over 300 and will still loose these games and selectors should get there act in order and pick a balance side

  • on October 20, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Its really pathetic.... Dhoni is a much better bowler than Ishant... and he must bowl in coming matches

  • on October 20, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Ishant is just short of his confidence which reflects in his performance and yes good decision by Selectors to retain Ishant but i wonder if the selectors had thought about Mohit Sharma to be included in the squad. Mohit i see as a brilliant bowler even on batting friendly pitches and he has the little outswing which troubles any batsman

  • on October 20, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    i dont think unadkat have some variety rather than he is a medium pacer with a little bit swing..only with a new ball, mishra some how a better choice and he should given a chance in place of Ashwin,,he has some varities and quality spin..i dont know why munaf patel and praveen kumar are ignored? they are good seamers and both have some qualities, praveen is a very good seamer in his 1st 5 overs..he swings the ball inside and bowls a consistant line where a batsman have no other option rather than to defend or to play the ball....his other 5 overs are not so he should be utilized as soon as possible..where as munaf has the ability to ball a good line with a little bit swing..he restrict runs and much more effective in death overs...i always saw him keeping his nerves in last overs...regards from pak fan.

  • on October 20, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Indian fans, brace yourself for yet another 300+ total by the Ausies. There's a chance of India winning only by batting 2nd. Batting 1st, I doubt! Hope Ishant gets a break and so does Ashwin.

  • siddhartha87 on October 20, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    will be really disappointed if i see Ashwin in playing XI in 4th match.Aussies have targeted him.Nothing can save him now.

  • on October 20, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    where have the selectors ignored pravin tambe ??

  • Anukalp_23 on October 20, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    I don't understand the mindset of selectors and some of the indian fans here ... for how long people can be deaf and dumb ...seriously why ishant will always given chances after repeatedly doing the same mistakes .... He has been bowling now for more then 6+ yrs,coached by wasim akram , waqar younis and some great bowlers, treated regularly amongst the best in lot of fast bowlers india has produced still doesn't know how to bowl a yorker ... why waste India's resources .. it is such a shame, he is just another celebrity who doesn't know how to bowl but knows how to manage his long hairs .... he wasted his talent i never seen this guy playing and performing well in regional(ranji )matches when not selected in indian team, off-course he is a superstar ... Its time for India to rather give it a go to some local heroes like Mohit Sharma or Jaydev Unadkat .

  • bdsmaruf on October 20, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    b kumar,umesh yadav, irfan pathan are best combination for pace attack in odi in any condition.

  • Mehool_Sarkar on October 20, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    It's totally rubbish...what is doing selection committee...I wish Australian team won the series 6-1. If bowler like Ishant Sharma get more & more chance.. All the best Australia you have great chance to win the series in India and became a number one in ODI. I think all Indian fans not seen that series with your heart & your emotion.. you just see it's like circus & just enjoy entertainment. Guys like Ishant had powerful lobby so that's why he always be lucky. He already played 50 plus TEST and alos he complete 100 TEST with poor bowling average and after that he being famous commentator and analysis other young bowlers bowling in the future. It's really bad for indian cricket.

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    It is high time that Zak should be called. He is india's best slog over bowler.Ishant is now being saved for numerous times. Really unacceptable that an aussie tailender coming and smashing his way towards victory.Hope somebody makes a wise decision.

  • SUPER_SIX on October 20, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    I personally think Ishant will feel happy If they dropped him. Then he can live in peace without all this pressure.Aussies will be really happy to hear this.And Faulkner might be licking his lips to have a go at Ishant again.It will be interesting...

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    It is a bold move by the selectors to retain Ishanth and Vinay kumar. But i believe we will see some changes in the playing 11 at Ranchii. unfortunately for Team India, the substitutes in the reserve are not proven death bowling specialists. Both Shami and Jaidev have shown promise with the new ball, but when it comes to bowling at death their ability is still a question mark. I may be wrong , but i think Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is the best death bowler we have now , as i have seen him send down some good yorkers.

  • Blade-Runner on October 20, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    This news must be like music to ears for Aussies. During last 3 matches, Ishant and Vinay have bowled 50.3 overs combined and conceded 380 runs, that's about 7.55 per over. That's about 40% of the total runs that Australia have amassed. But they have bowled only 30% of the total no. of overs. The word is liability. Some stats..that's all !

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    The most important player in a batting heavy team will always be that bowler who stands out amidst a very friendly attack. I really believe that a Zaheer-Bhuvneshwar attack can be successful.

  • fah4 on October 20, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    many people suggesting that Ishant is not in playing XI but wait and see he will be there in playing XI also and he will take 2 wkts with bad economy and will be retained if India wins the match.If Raina was given the ball I'm sure he will do lot better then Ishant or even Dhoni can bowl better then him.

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Hold on guys. Let us admit that Faulkner batted brilliantly. Ishant could have bowled better in that decisive over. But Faulkner played well. This is a game and a game is for entertainment no matter which team wins. The better team on the day wins.

  • Rashgul on October 20, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I am a firm believer in sticking with players despite their poor form. At the end of the day, Ishant has got something . If anyone gets a chance to play at international level, then there is a good reason why they have got that opportunity. With Ishant, he does have some pace and he can bowl, despite what others may say. The key for India is to stick with him and seek to find ways to boost his confidence in himself and his ability. Once that is done, he will find his rhythm and accuracy in the high pressure overs. But dropping him just sends the wrong signal. Dropping should be done for a technical flaw; not a lack of confidence.

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    do not know what the fuss is about this damn 30 run over..if yuvraj hits it it is his batting excellence but if faulkner hit it is ishant's mistake cannot believe it...i say give full chance to ishant for entire series let him make mistake if that is the case at least we know where we stand for WC..unbelievable indian media..cannot stand behind there own players when they need it desperately

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    where is Javed unadkat, Mohit sharma and Parvinder Awana?

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    awesome cartooning to say the least...

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    I think Vinay Kumar should have finished his full quota of overs and none of this would have happend

  • switchmitch on October 20, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Ishant surely cannot be included in the playing 11 for the rest of the series. He was given 3 chances and has come up dismally short on all the three occasions. Others deserve a go because they certainly cannot do any worse than what Ishant has dished out so far. Even if they do, we can chalk that up as a learning experience. As for Ishant, we already know he won't learn anything. He hasn't learned anything in 6 years and we should not even expect him to mend his ways. He will continue to pitch the ball short or length, day in and day out. A fantastically consistent "spearhead" that he is.

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    @dhavnath do you realise after that test match ,India hasnt played a test match so what about rahane being dropped and he may not be picked for the next test becouse he was a replcement for injured dhawan in that match ,who got a century in the previous match .

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    So did he (Ishant) agree to cut his hair or will he wear a head band to keep his hair from falling over into his face?

    Hope Dhoni do a better job in field placing for the bowling attack he has to work with; and do consider Yuvraj for longer spells and give Raina a few too if the pace men falters again.

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    @Superman121 well said you already explained. Indian current cricket fans are up to believing India is gonna win every match they play. We need to give the credit to the players like Gangully, Dhoni and the young cricketers in the current team with do-or-die attitude which setup this type of expectations in the Indian Fans. But Guys y'day match was won by Aus due to their talent it is nothing different from the 2nd ODI where we chased down the record total with ease. U need to be lucky to watch a such a entertaining cr8. Lets watch cricket and enjoy it not jump unto any conclusions b/c of one match. Kudos to Indian and AUS team for providing such an entertainment. Long Live cricket.

  • MaruthuDelft on October 20, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Guys, you take out Ishant..then the Indian side would look the traditional unimpressive Indian bowling unit. You need a tall and strong fast bowler charging in to bowl his heart out in any team. Unfortunately even Umesh somehow doesn't provide that.

  • jimbond on October 20, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    All those calling for Unadkat's inclusion should be forewarned- this guy has a first class bowling average of 34 (Compared to this, Vinay Kumar/Ishwar Pandey/Mohit Sharma have averages of 24, Sandeep Sharma at 22, Rishi Dhawan has an average of 25.6 Shami Ahmed at 26.6, Siddharth Kaul at 26.6 and and Ishant is as bad as Unadkat at 32). In other words, Unadkat is a totally dud bowler who has come into the team based on regional quotas and confusion among the selectors. If I were a selector, I would take a risk with Rishi Dhawan (who also has a batting average over 40) or Ishwar Pandey (who has the build of a pace bowler and was last ranji season's highest wicket taker, or Sandeep Sharma who swings the bowl well and is just 20 years old.

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Ishant sharma should be excluded from the playing 11 also I feel Ashwin is not in a good shape so replace Unadkat since he is a left armer that will bring little variety to the bawling unit as well as give amity mishra a chance since he has done well recent past. Vinay kumar can be retained though his figures are expensive he is giving the breakthrough when it is needed.

  • FAB_ALI on October 20, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    I have been bashing Ishant for last two days and awaiting for some changes in the squad. However, I am feeling quite happy with this news and Dhoni's comments have really cranked me. To back someone after such a drastic performance takes some real guts and this is what I think makes MSD such a great captain. His deeds not only on the field but off the field are admirable as well and he talks rationally every time. We sitting outside felt so embarrassed and shocked with that defeat then, what he must have felt when he saw all his efforts go in vain within a few moments but he has still came out and responded rationally shows his mental strength and understanding, Hats off MSD!! Maybe, Ishant comes back with some memorable performances and justify the faith that the captain has shown in him.

  • Santhosh_Netha_Kairamkonda on October 20, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Team Diagnosis: 1.Rohit: with his shot making ablity he fits the bill,need to improve on rotating strike n shot selection 2.Dhawan: in limelight,need to stand upto the foreign challenge in the next year 3.Kohli:Contemporary best NO.3 4.Project Raina So called Project raina would expose flaws against swing n bouncers in his technique, we need accomplished batsmen at this position Yuvi is the best bet that we have though he is more suited for 5/6 so is raina Jaddu shud be promoted to test his skills shown at FC level Dhoni keeps money on every position from 1~7 i wud suggest Yuvi/Jaddu/Dhoni at 4 5.Yuvi/Dhoni/Raina/Jaddu could fit the bill very wel 6. Dhoni/Raina/Jaddu could be the best bet 7. Bat/bwl alrdr who can bwl some pace- Nayar/Pathan 8. Ashwin spin bwl head n bat 9. Bhuvi- Swing stk blr 10.Zak/Unadkat- stk bwl with lft am swing 11. Project real Fast bwlr:Ishant/Umesh/Aaron- who bowls short spells of fierce pace 6~8 in total..esp death bwl n to unsettle the batsmen initially

  • on October 20, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    This is indeed a Master Stroke by the selectors by retaining the same squad for the rest of the four ODIs.. It would in fact help MS Dhoni to prove his captaincy skills by making Ishanth Sharma a real match winner

  • raj_p_parmar on October 20, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    if this is the yardstick (300 runs given last 3 matches) by not changing bowlers than we have Death Bowlers issue and NOT death bowling issue!

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Ishant's bowling is comparable to any ordinary club standard and is no greater. I do not understand who has selected Vinay Kumar whose bowling is below the club standard.

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Very poor decision from the selectors to retain Ishant Sharma. He has never been nothing more than OK bowler at his best in ODIs and has been very inconsistent throughout his career. And obviously, he's far away from his best at the moment and has been awful in this series. Given Dhoni's reluctance to take tough calls with seniors if they are in the squad, the selectors had to take the decision. He'll play the next game and will produce another horrer performance by the look of things.

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    India Selectors please have a look at the IPL 2013/12 bowling stats and you could see all the possible death bowlers. We need to send out: Ravi Ashwin and Ishant sharma of the squad. And bring in players like: Mohit Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Amit Mishra. These are the tried and tested bowler of the IPL!

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    its been partial as it was always, bhajji & zak both r back in form and rightly so they deserve 1 more chance......

  • whocareswhowins on October 20, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    @SC13159 : regarding Ashwin's bowling on 'unfriendly' pitches ??? If bowling on India's ''unfriendly'' pitches allows him ( a spinner) to demonstrate these ''fantastic'' bowling figures, then I shudder to think what his figures will be on the 'spin-friendly' pitches of South Africa !!!!!!

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    MSD is so adamant and takes a position not to give respect to fans. If any player like Rahane, Rayudu, Jaidev are not in his good books, thats it. They live in bench only. Since we all cricket-crazy, MSD takes us for granted and continue to irritate us. A question to MSD, who said "part-time bowlers should play a key role". If he is genuine, why he did not ask Raina to bowl. Instead an inferior part-timer Virat was given a over which gave 17 runs to Aussie. No one counters (including Ravi sastry) MSD on such bad decisions. Even Rohit might be better than Virat in part-time bowling. Why he was tried. Its not only Ishant's 30 runs, but all bowlers 2 Kumars, Hyped Ashwin, Yuvi, Virat (except Jadeja) conceded too many runs. MSD should own up the defeat in Mohali ultimately.

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    I don't think Dhoni will change the playing 11. We have seen in Australia in their whitewash Dhoni did not change even the batting order. So Ishant has been served a warning by Faulkner rather than the selectors that he must improve or he is out of the team.

    The SRH knew the weakness of Ishant's death bowling in the IPL, so most of the matches they used up Ishant at the start of the innings.

  • jonam5024 on October 20, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Its not fair.....if u r in Dhoni's good book u'll be backed by him irrespective of ur performance....other players also deserve a chance...

  • kevivnajar on October 20, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    @ superman121: I partly agree with you. But the fans are not asking for a win every game. everybody can have a bad game, correct. but if one is having bad game continuously it is unacceptable. If Ishanth is gud for Australia, lets play him in those pitches only and lets not sacrifice this series for WC practice. Ishant is by the way, the world's second-worst bowler after a zimbabwean. We have enough time to groom someone like Mohit sharma or Shami. This is the only ask.

  • GRVJPR on October 20, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    If auistralia can retain their bowlers, why can't India? Australia couldn't defend 200 runs in T-20, They got slaughtered at jaipur where they can't defend 359 runs. This match Indian bowlers bowled with much control. Not everday aussies can expect a tail-ender to get 30 runs in an overs. I like this selection committee. It's like batsmen getting few ducks in every few games. That doesn't mean that he should be dropped. If kohli socres a duck next game, most people here will demand to drop hin forever. Why India is trying to play good hosts? They should give turners. Its all right making fun of raina and saying he can't play short balls. Let me see how many of these aussies can play a turning balls. But problem is as soon as turning wicket comes along, it will be labeled as BAD WICKET, and that is RIDICULOUS!

  • common_man_review on October 20, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    I think they took a wise move in retaining Ishant to keep his morale and confidence. They have kept him in squad of 15 not the final playing 11. In final 11, the team management must include Unadkat, left arm pacer and Mishra instead of Ishant and Ashwin. Don't criticize the selectors.

  • rocket123 on October 20, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Ishant needs to hire a personal bowling coach for at least a month. He has not bowled remotely anything close to what he offered to Ponting in 2008 Australia series. Getting 3 wickets in the final of Champions Trophy was a fluke. India having won 2 major ODI tournaments (one was converted into T20 final match), still does not exude an aura of Champions like West Indies and Australia. Flat tracks help Indian batting get away in ODIs. However, Ishant needs to engage the services of legends like Waqar Younis or Wasim Akram for one on one coaching and needs to practice his bowling with them day in and out with them for a month. Yes, he has that kind of money to pay to 2Ws to make himself a real bowler because no other coach can teach him how to bowl. It would be good for him and Indian cricket.

  • krishmar1 on October 20, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma have been given the longest of ropes, as far as I know. Rohit will struggle in foreign conditions for sure, he lacks the temperament. More consistent players were dropped for fewer failures. Ishant is pathetic -- I have never seen him bowl any yorkers in his 6-year career! What a shame -- he's our blunt spearhead! And everybody was talking about Yuvraj's comeback -- the fact is we don't need him. We need a good bowler. Even a half-fit Zaheer is 1000 times better than a fully fit Ishant. Bring back Zaheer Khan!! Drop Ishant.

    By the way, nice caricature :)

  • Santhosh_Netha_Kairamkonda on October 20, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    If at all india has to remain No.1 team it shud be slotted With 4 best bats at top,1 Wk bat, 3 stk bwls n rest all rds and the strong bench of 16 member team could be the aim 1 out of 15&16th player to accomodate the flexiblity to diff pitches across the world Rohit,Dhawan,Kohli,Yuvi cud easily be best 4 bat at top.... with raina/rahane as bakup Dhoni- wk bat vth Rayudu/Karthik as bakup Bhuvi,Zak/Unadkat,Ashwin,Jadeja wud be the best bwls... with Mishra,Shami as bakup Then the search is for the 2~3 pacers with atleast 1~2 bwl r bat alrds Ther is no dearth of swing bwls in india, lookout is for who can crush batsmen toes n make them hip hop in 6-8 overs that he get.. Definitely Ishant has the capablity, but he is lacking that verve ... So we need to give Umesh,Varun n few others as many chances as ishant... we need to look out for pace bowling alrds atleast one in the team who can bat from 6~8 lend bal to attack by that 4th pace option so bring pathan/Nayar/binny/rishi dhawan in

  • BEST7 on October 20, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Well superman121. your so called "asset in conditions assisting fast bowlers" Ishant has done nothin in Australia, New Zealand and in South Africa to be called an asset... Time to bring in Mohith Sharma in....

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Why the selectors avoiding Zaheer every time for ODIs.?

  • arvin on October 20, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    dhoni is not a great captain but lucky captain who is very biased... he will continue to keep his friends like ishant/ashwin in the team while ignoring mishra who has been india's best bowler in recent past...

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    I think Unadkat should be given a chance in place of Ishant..who not be a bad bowler but currently out of form so we should give chance to players who are in form. Unadkat was in form in zim and also in the domestic matches...also mishra can be given a chance in place of aswin who is not taking wickets and australia dont play leg spinners welll.. also mishra is in good form..

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    i think this will be the turning point in ishants career, like it was for stuart broad,.. u'll see an improved bowler and an asset in australia, and south africa

  • BEST7 on October 20, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    @ Darkmanx12155 : well said dude!... Really good idea... even if raina, UV and dhoni himself bowls those 10 overs, they won't give away so many runs... And after-all, who needs a "spearhead" who can not bowl his full quota of overs in a ODI in the team????

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    why the hell are we persisting with ishant, vinaykumar and raina. Get in pujara, mohit sharma , unadkat in 11.

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

    Honestly i like the Aus team better, they have exciting bowlers, i hope they win 6-1. This indian trundler team needs to loose.

  • pujandaripa on October 20, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    A cat has nine lives. But dear Ishant has innumerable ones. I love you. And your boss mr MSD, another dear.

  • suyash08 on October 20, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    I still don't understand why india trying to fit a middle order batsman at opening. Rohit sharma so called future of Indian cricket :) would give his best in middle order only. If India wants to try someone at opening position then it should be suresh raina who has suffer for good cause of team as he is better one down batsman along with virat. Yuvraj is neither middle or top order batsman, he is a finisher so he can't be in middle order. My team India 1) Dhawan 2) Raina 3) Kohli 4)Rohit 5) Karthik 6)Dhoni 7)Jadeja/yuvraj/irfan 8)Ashwin 9)b kumar 10)Rp singh 11)v kumar/mohit sharma

  • Rik_Renegades on October 20, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Ishant Sharma Is retained, this is the way dhoni works.He will give lot of chances to the player he supports , and whom he donot support they will warm the bench(like Rahane,Mishra,Manoj Tiwary). Irfan should be included in the current line up if he is fit.I think that will balance the side.

  • Harpreet on October 20, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    What the hell is going on here? Ishant gets picked again.... This guy is damn lucky. If selectors have given him opportunity even after bowling poorly ... then why not give chance to Bhajji, Sehwag, Umesh, Gambhir etc

  • Darkmanx12155 on October 20, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    What is wrong with MSD..?? I have lot of respect for the god of captains MSD but SERIOUSLY, having Ishant Sharma in the squad for the remainder of the series is too much for me to handle... Well, Dhoni can do this.. Since he is not willing to replace Ishant, lets not replace him... lets just play without him the next game... Lets play 10 players... Im sure india can win the game with 10 rather than having Ishant as the 11th player...

  • CricketChat on October 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Retained does not mean included in playing XI. Unadkat must replace Ishant. For the next match, Ind should replace one Jadeja/ Ashwin with Mishra. Most know Dhoni is stubborn headed, but this is carrying too far. Ind bowlers are being slaughtered by Aussie batsmen, and Dhoni continues to leave Mishra on the bench.

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    right way to go...bcz after such a bad match if u drop someone...he will never comeback..a good performmance in d nxt matches will give him confidence...remember stuart broad...36 run over..if england would have dropped him ...he would never have been a bowler he is now

  • Santhosh_Netha_Kairamkonda on October 20, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    I consider this as a wise decision by selection committee and team management to retain the same squad, it sends positive signals to those who are struggling to put up a fight and it also shows the immense faith that we have on our strengths,weakness and progress. we never know what is happening behind the big picture, the guys like rohit, raina n ishanth might be promising alot, only team management knows better... As an ardent cricket fan i am not worried about individuals but with the roles in the team... An ideal ODI team should have 1.Best 4 batsmen at the Top 2.4~5 all rounders(including 1 WK batsmen,1-2 bat all rds,2~3 bowl all rds) 3.2~3 front line strike bowlers when we talk about the bowlers we need 6~7 bwlrs(incl all rounders) with variety should be our take 1. 4 pace bwl should be part of the team, to take adv of 2 new balls 2. 2~3 spin bwl options 3. variety of left,right arms n swing bwlrs who cuts batsmen into half initially n fast bowlers who can crush toes at death

  • singh_mp on October 20, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    i think harbajan would recalled foe the sqaud anh j.udankat give chance in place of ishant.......

  • MSU_BULLDOG on October 20, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    At International level bowlers are expected to bowl 6 good balls every over. It felt like Indian bowlers thought they are entitled to a bad ball every over. Everyone knows you can't bowl short pitched balls at any level. The difference is at International level bowlers are expected to implement what everyone knows. What good is 140+kmph if you can't bowl good line and length? Indian bowlers don't seem to be getting the basic thing about bowling - 6 balls of good line and length every over!

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    committing a mistake once is considerable. but doing it twice thrice is foolish. just throw him out of the team. play wid a new attack man. its jus not acceptable. u'll keep giving more than 300 runs again...

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    This is poor Selection...Ishant is basically a Test match bowler like siddle and Ryan harris who though bowl around 145 plus hardly get in to the Aus ODI team as their bowling suits Test same way Ishant just bowls length length and even in death overs and I havent seen him trying yorker even once..

    Mohit Sharma looks promising and same way Umesh havent does anything bad to be dropped,even Umsh bowls loose balls he picks up wickets with good balls..If we are planning for world cup, Zaheer,Umesh and Bhuvi are the 3 pacers for india along with Ashwin...

  • Manowara on October 20, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Sure Ishan sharma has bowled close to the retieing age. But Indian fans and selectors should see what front line batting had done here. If it was a story of 325 runs or little more to chase in this wicket. who can beat poor Ishan sharma who never bawled up to expectation at depth overs. This Msd would not say bcs of the fear of loosing faith of front line batting. Msd would not find a bowler in Indian team whos done better both new ball and depth over yoker how Lasith Malinga does in depth over.

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    I still don't understand Indian selectors is defending Ishant Sharma this much as if like there are no other players who knows fast bowling. If someone like Ishant throws away the ball an conceed runs like this why not to try someonelse and give India a better chance to win....Dohni and selectors should consider having Ishant in the team even though he provs to be nothing in adding value to the team....then why is Zaheer left out when he is not as bad as Ishant!!!!!!!!

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Ishant sharma in IPL average speed above 140khps here .. not even near that.. Suresh raina in IPL always scores 50+ but here in Odi not not up to mark. Ashwin in IPL always bowls economically around 6 . but here above 6 .. rohit Sharma in IPL strike rate above 120 always here below 100.. I dont know why so much of difference when there is 50 overs to play where as in IPL just 20 overs ! And BCCI persisting with IPL heros ..Whole domestic season is simply waste in that sense.

  • naansari on October 20, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Really surprised by this selection....I was hoping that Zaheer Khan or Mohit Sharam would have been given a chance after the miserable performance especially from Ishant and Vinay in the death overs. Also Ashwin performance is of very below standard. Now there's little hope of India winning the just to have pray for some miracle to happen from these futile bowlers. All the best!!!

  • ladycricfan on October 20, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    A poll on Ashwin's pause showed that 54% liked it (hahahaha) and 46% hated his pause. If you are irritated by his pause you are in the minority. Ashwin is the only Indian bowler in the top ten in icc test rankings and 3rd best test all rounder. Odi in unfriendly pitches sometimes batsmen go after him and he goes for runs. India with 6 batsman and Jadeja yet to perform with the bat Ashwin's contribution with the bat is also important.

  • parvinder7 on October 20, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    i agree with all the brothers on these comments. I am a huge indian cricket fan since i waz 9yrs old, The 87 world cup. Ever since dhoni has done favouritism india has lost. No matter how hard he tries india will lose. When he picks people on form india wins. If it was not for the indian fans, cricket would not be huge. At least we keep cricket as no1. Respect all indians.

  • India_boy on October 20, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    THIS, particularly this obstinacy of MSD cost India two overseas series. He persisted with the same old combo and Eng n Aus were made to look like international standards. Now he is persisting with vinay n Ishant , two of the 3 worst bowlers in India along with Dinda. Mr. Dhoni, it's not one or two performances, it's been half a decade since ishant performed. kick both of them out please. @Mitty2....u faail in the major assessment of your argument mate. Mckay, faulkner and watto are actually above decent bowlers and this was their off day, on top of that MSD is one of the top 3 batsmen in the world, that too in Indian conditions. On his day he would have torn apart the combo of wasim, waqar, macgrath and donald. But ishant sharma faced a bowling all rounder whose perf has been OK so far. Ishant has been under-performing for the last 3-4 years, which is why everybody is baying for his blood now. hope u get the point. cricinfo pls publish

  • ramesh80 on October 20, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    When arrogance reach head people will take this kind of decision. Why should Mr. Dhoni and selector Listen to common people/fan view when they are world champion.

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Ishant need Rest Vinay is always Costly where are Umesh Yadav Varun Aron Mohit Sharma Zaheer why MSD Always Stick with the same side why not play with 2 Seemers 3 Spinners or 2 Right Hand Seemers n one Left Hand Seemer MSD should give Mohit Sharma enough time if he wishes to have him 4 2015 World Cup experience n Exposure required for the young Fast Bowlers M Sami J Unadkat n Mohit Sharma Selectors / Selection Com are destroying the Image of Indian Cricket by following MSD This will not Help MSD nor indian cricket by keeping same team n same playing X1 always

  • Natx on October 20, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Insane! Seriously this guy has some political backing. Wishing Aus a 5-2 win with some more home run feast.

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    I am amused and rather laughing reading many comments out here many people are blaming selectors for retaining Ishant and not getting another player.Guys Guys Guys understand one basic thing the selection committee picks 14/15 players whom they deem are the best.Ishant being best is another story dont wanna elaborate on it.Choosing the best 11 out of 14/15 is captain and coach prerogative selection committee wont say who plays in playing is dhoni's choice.Simply dropping ishant by selectors who is there to replace him?? PK Umesh no idea if they are available or injured.Zak has performed for india but is prone to injuries going backward aint ideal.Instead of blaming selectors blame Dhoni for not using resources he already has shami udankat mishra.If all three or atleast 2 play there is limited scope but I dont expect drastic changes esp from Dhoni maybe Ishant will get injured (read indian injury) and benched nothing beyond that is bound to happen

  • friendfromusa on October 20, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    ...and Ishant is retained for the rest of the series. Vow!! Good job selectors. Now India is destined to lose, unless the batsmen score more than 400 runs.

  • BharatBhushanHir on October 20, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Interesting : People say whenever Sachin score a hundred India loses. Out of 49 ODI Hundreds of Sachin India lost 14 of them. i.e. 28 %. MS Dhoni has scored 8 ODI hundreds playing for India 3 of which were in lost matches. i.e. 37 %. Its interesting to see how people react to this !

  • ns_krishnan on October 20, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    I agree that selectors sometimes need to take unpopular calls, but this is ridiculous.

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    by including him I guess there is a clear message from the selectors...u either perform all the matches or be ready to be sacked...we have seen this methodology with gambir, sehwag, bajji... this is the way of dhoni... and not to be surprised if ishant bowls at 140+kmph in the upcoming matches.... we have seen him touching 149kmph in IPL...

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

    I think dhoni has immense faith in ishant sharma. Ishant should be dropped for the next 2 odis and they should bring unadkat.

  • Jaffa79 on October 20, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    It really goes to show how bad Indian bowling stocks are when this guys keeps getting picked, He wouldn't get into An English, SA, Australian 5th XI.

  • Vishal63 on October 20, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Now that the mistake of retaining the horrendous bowling attack has already been complete, we need to make the most of the bench too. The ideal playing eleven for the group of players we have is not very different from the eleven that have featured in all matches this series. The selected squad is just not good enough. There was no need to change a Champions Trophy winning squad at all.

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

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    what happent indian selectors, why not replaced ishant and Vinay Kumar? we dont have good bowler, but we have good batsmen,so i think want to good bowler for team, i hope and praying for indian team, my favourite team Squad: MS Dhoni (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh,Gambhir , Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, zaheer khan, umesh yadav, Amit Mishra, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat.

  • vbthegr8 on October 20, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    this is not the right move. we need to make sure we give other bowlers a chance(sandeep sharma, mohit sharma) or even get back the old ones(umesh yadav , zaheer khan). we need a team which has capable bowlers to extract bounce in australian pitches for 2015 world cup. ishant sharma is a good bowler but not in odis. we need bowlers like unadkat, praveen kumar, umesh yadav , bhuvi and zaheer in the line up.

  • shk635 on October 20, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    feeling frustrated after seeing this, its not about his talent about his confidence. i dont know why MSD backing him. j unadkat is the best choice to play in the playing 11 . he done well RCB in IPL. he has ability to bowl death overs, bowls behind the arm slower ball well, he swings the ball into right handers. please give him chance MSD..

  • SOORYAPRAKASH on October 20, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    I do not see any good reason for everyone to go after Ishant Sharma alone for our defeats in this series. Look at R. Ashwin's and Suresh Raina's performances. Ashwin has picked just 3 wickets in this series @ 54.33 at an economy of 6.03 per over. Poor Ishant because of his 30 runs in one bad over has a economy rate of 7.87. Raina has scored just one fifty in the last 18 innings that too against Zimbabwe. If Ishant is to be axed then both Ashwin and Raina too have to be shown the door especially Ashwin whose fielding is pathetic to say the least

  • kiran_2662 on October 20, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    This squad is far more better than the current squad. Sehwag/dhavan,gambhir,kohli,yuvi,raina,dhoni,rohit/rayadu/jadeja,harbhajan,zaheer,irfan,buvaneswarkumar/mohit.....

  • Machu.mac on October 20, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    give chance for amit mishra,mohit sharma or zaheer khan instead of ishanth sharmaji

  • ssenthil on October 20, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    There goes the chance of India being No.1 for long, for sure Aussies are not going to win this series 6-1 to get the No.1 but we probably going to lose the series or lose too many points in the rating. Selectors as usual gone mad. The options given to Dhoni for Ishant also poor and I m not sure how good Unadkat can be against a strong side.

  • inswing on October 20, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    If a bowler is bowling well consistently, he shouldn't be dropped based on 2-3 bad performances, or one match-losing over. Ishant is not such a bowler. He is a bowler who has consistently performed badly. If the 2-3 exceptionally bad performances come on the heels of many generally bad performances, the bowler should be dropped. Ishant should have been dropped well before the last match.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    As said by some, Windows media Player is a better player than Ishant.. Why no one is not talking about Rahul Shukla

  • ladycricfan on October 20, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Every fan has his own favourite players. Selectors and captain are there to do the selection. Leave it to them. Credit to them that India is the no1ranked team and the world champions. Relax and enjoy the fascinating contest developing between India and Aussies.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    I for once feel glad that Ishant is not dropped from the squad. Trust me he just made me feel dejected after his over. But I think he should be tried for the remainder of the series and see whether he learns anything out of the last game. So that it wont look like he was kicked out after a bad day (ofcourse there were never a good day for him in the recent past).

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    why do they ignore Zaheer Khan ?? Mishra bowled well in Zimbabwe series.. still he is sitting in the bench as a spectator... Harbajan bowled well in CLT, where is umesh?? why is our selectors so blind... Oh GOD...

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    What more does Ishant have to do to get dropped? So many talented players in the past with better records than Ishant have been dropped for non performance.

  • kiran_2662 on October 20, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    I feel the selectors have forgotten a person naming zaheer khan.Who is the only bowler from india who can get the yorkers in depth and swing the ball both way.Why play ishanth who is hardy touching 135/ks and getting hit all over the park....

  • mjrvasu on October 20, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    What a joke! Dhoni's injury is obvious, and we do not have a spare wicket-keeper in the side. At least Amit Mishra deserves a call into the eleven, but chances are he will remain out. The existing bench players may as well go home and do something better. This team selection is either total dumbness or arrogance, anybody's guess.

  • sheik_10 on October 20, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Its another no ball from the selectors. A big blunder why don't they give a chance to Mohit Sharma as you can see his performance in champions league & IPL or Ishwar Pandey. As these is a home series and these peoples should get chance and groom in home conditions they are familiar with. Then these guys could be prepared for abroad matches. Ishant has been playing ODI's for the last five years and not learned yet and not expecting much from him....

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    where are the left arm seamers and fast bowlers

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Holy Ghost!...........Those who don't learn repeat the same mistakes! Again. And, yet again.

  • TRAM on October 20, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    People (including me) criticized Srikkanth for poor selections and praised Sandeep Patil for making courageous changes. Wrong! They never selected. Now we know who is the one and only selector. It is Mr. MS.Dhoni. No one else can be this stubborn. No one else has this guts either. Also take the clues from who got dropped and who stay in the team. Those who form union against him will be out. Those who compete with him for captaincy will be out. Also take a clue from who gets mistreated in the team (such as getting pushed in wrong batting order OR made sit in the bench etc). They would be those who perform and Dhoni finds it difficult to drop them. Let Dhoni prove me wrong.

  • Sethali on October 20, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    I am assuming its dhonis strategy to axe ishant once n for all..give him a chance..he would go for 7.5 per over without a wicket or luckily one through batsmen mistake and then drop him for good and we never see him again.. if this is the ploy then nice work MSD.

  • scorpp on October 20, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Good for Aus. No wonder Faulkner had some sympathetic comments for Ishant. Love to see him being hit for 50-60 in a short 5 over spell. Let Dhoni keep picking him in the team giving the long rope that he carries around in his back pocket.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Double standards!! Mohit Sharma dropped after 2 matches for giving away runs @ less than 4 rpo.Ishant retained after giving 241 runs in 28 overs @ more than 9 rpo. Where is Indian cricket going??

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    @mitty2 there r thousand replacement of sharma. for you I want to name a few: umesh,praveen,zaheer,shami,irfan,dinda,Aaron,ishwar pandey,unadkat,mohit sharma,sandip sharma,awana if you want more let me know India has good fast bowling stock but selectors defile us.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Looking @ Dhoni comments. looks like we have only 11 players overall for Indian team, rather giving plenty of chances to inconsistent players like Ishant, Raina, Ashwin. They have to give 2 or 3 chances to others. Ishant - Unakat, Raina - Karthik/Rayadu, Ashwin - Mishra. If this happens, please wait for Indian audiance response.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    India could have made a few changes in the team. In that mood, the will lose all the next four games.

  • Shikhy Aggarwal on October 20, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    unadkat is needed desperately by india and it would not hurt to go for him for even just one game. im sure he would impress. ashwin also deserves some rest. i think that mishra will come in for ishant especially on the ranchi track which supports spin.

  • apusumit on October 20, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    The problem is India has good 3-4/per over bowlers.Except Bhuvi nobody is able to beat batsmen on a consistent basis.Others blows 3-4 good deliveries and concedes 6/8 runs in rest two deliveries .Ishant/kumars/.... everyone falls in this category...worse is that they do not have stock delivery to take wickets too. To win big tournaments bowlers needs to win matches ,just like Champions trophy final in England. Giving chance to same group will not help...need new bloods.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    bcci shud give a chance for young bowlers.itis the bettr time now.bcz there is short time for world cup new bwlrs has to addct for the cnditions..there is no attack from ishanth sharam iam watching his bwlng from many years but there is no change dhoni alwys giving chance to him but he loosing his chance dnt know howmany years he will take for devlp his bwlng skill . y dnt give a chance for others like unadkt,shami nd praveen kumar...if this bwlng cndition for wrld cup v dfntly bad bowler is enough for loose the match..we are number one team but i dnt think sooo.not good bwlng.then hw v r no1 team.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    my playing XI..: dhawan rohit kohli yuvi dhoni raina jaddu bhajji ashwin zak team can beat this..

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Please tell that this is not true......... and if it is then atleast they would have made Ishant sit out for Rishi Dhawan, Mohit or Umesh Yadav.......what the hell is happening in indian selection

    how could someone say there is no replacement without giving opportunities as we found replacement for gambhi and sehwag than Ishant is a mediocre case for finding replacement.

    please selectors you must give a valid reason for not picking up even ZAK and bhajji above pathetic Ishant sharma.

    This is unbelievable and disheartening.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    I know our batting is strong enough since we chased 360 in 2ND ODI but Sehwag should come in place of Raina. Raina is the most wasted played in the team who is presently batting at no 4 and fails to perform. If u see the stats of last two years raina has been an under-performer (Except IPL). Bowling: Zak, Ashish Nehra and Munaf patel should come in the squad since they were part of the world cup winning team and well experienced. Dhoni must try amit Mishra for the coming ODIS against Australia since he is in form and wicket taker bowler.

  • whocareswhowins on October 20, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    One of Dhoni's faults as a captain is his persistent refusal to change non-performing players, even after repeated failures. This was manifest during India's disastrous Test tours in England and Australia in 2011-12. And that same trait is to the fore again. He 'persists in persisting' with the same bowling attack despite 3 consecutive beatings from the Aussie batsmen. Well, actually 4 beatings, as Oz crossed 200 in the T20 match. Ashwin needs to go away and develop consistency, discipline and put away that irritaing pause in his delivery stride where he more often than not bowls a rubbish delivery. Vinay Kumar runs in faster than he bowls. He is neither here nor there. And finally, our long-haired, lanky brain-dead Ishant Sharma has has 51 Test matches and countless ODIs under his belt, and still has not learnt the art of bwling a yorker. He never will. Give the other bowlers in the party (Shami / Unadkat) a chance - they probably cannot bowl any worse than Ishant !!

  • loke_cricfan on October 20, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Why there is much leniency towards Ishant. He is yet to prove as a bowler after playing 6 years of International Cricket. Why is double standards shown by the selectors especially (Sandeep Sharma) when they drop Shewag who has strike rate of 110 in ODIs, why Bhajji and ZAK had been dropped, Why Gautam Ghambir had been dropped, we accepted that eventhough they had plenty of experience due to form they had been dropped, then why double standard shown, why Ishanth still in the team?????????????

  • Nandu_Athadu on October 20, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    as expected..Dhoni and selector continued with same team..yes at times bowlers gets bashed all round the park..but 30 runs in one over and that too for a batsman of Faulkner experience speaks thousands of pathetic bowling...Ishant - cut your are not in modelling profession were it will be X factor for you..just look at your videos after u deliver the cant see for some frame ofe time what is happening in next few seconds..being a galli cricketer I can analyze this ..donno why these highly qualified and professional coaches and staff not dong anything on this point..I hope Ishant and Vinay will not be in final eleven..HOPE - thats all we can do....

  • Pankreap on October 20, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Again M.s dhoni showing his influence on the selectors.Its not that people are criticising ishant sharma after seeing him way way underperforming for just two matches.Even in the champions trophy final he was being clobbered all around the park while india were defending such a low against england.if u have look at his E.R FOR last 10 matches,it stands at 7.5-8.0 at an average.As far as talent is concerned,i know that he is talented but looking at his bowling,his talent fits only in FC CRICKET not in the rigours and extremes of international cricket. Lets face it he does'nt deserve to be a spearhead of indian bowling attack and dhoni's influence on selectors should be minimised.MS DHONI said at the press conference yesterday that he will try to give ishant long rope and will interfere if it concerns selection. A pure politics being played out there. Also jadeja can't bat.Even ashwin and bhuvneshwar can hit boundaries.but just can't.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I think one need a surname sharma so that they seem talented and stay luckiest in one billion!

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    why don't we change playing conditions and allow ishant to bowl 20 overs in the next odi

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 20, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Amit Mishra with 18 wickets in the last series is warming the bench. Just look at the guts of Dhoni! India should lose this series.

  • Libinchristo on October 20, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I dont know y the selectors are still selecting this guy who dont know how to bowl.. This is simply rubish.. I think Dhoni is still supporting this irritating guy ( Ishanth).

  • challagalla on October 20, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Good of the selectors to keep faith with the same squad of 15. I don't like all this chopping and changing. Yet you can certainly make changes in the playing 11 and test your bench strength. If you do make changes, please persist with them for the next three games atleast.

  • kdevil3 on October 20, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I dont want to hear god

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Guys come on dont bash selectors its of no use.Dhoni had options of Unadkat Shami Mishra and raydu for the first 3 odi's too but none were used reason Dhoni does not favor them.Its not just this series Dhoni has always been like this and dont expect knee jerk reactions also if by chance Ishant gets dropped would be a miracle thats it dont expect Dhoni to drop Ashwin Raina.One thing will happen now Dhoni has used 6-7 bowlers till now will change to 8-9 with Rohit and Raina turning the arms around had Dhoni had a spare keeper even he would bowled but anybody can keep so expect Dhoni to bowl that is Dhoni and Indian cricket for you

  • IndCricFan2013 on October 20, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Good to retain the team. Ishant could play and a) Leaks more and gets out of the team for ever b) Comes back strong or c) does not play, sit in bench, watch other playing as a kind of time out.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    play 3 spinners then oz will loose last 4games open with one spinner. this team a real suspect of spin spin them out and Bailey is extremely ordinary in spin so vogues and Hughes. spin them out! my team: rahane dhawan kohli rohit dhoni raina sir rj ashwin mishra bhubi unadkat

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 20, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Praveen Kumar should come and bowl with bhuvi. Mishra to replace Ashwin as he is a brilliant leggie and can bat similarly like Ashwin. Karthik and Rayudu can also come if any of the batsmen struggle. But for the remaining matches I would replace ishant for Shami and Ashwin with Mishra. Also it is recommended that Kohli should not bowl !

  • kamriyas on October 20, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Very good decision by the selectors retaining Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar.. as far as Australian team is concerned

  • crinfofan on October 20, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    It seems selectors of indian cricket don't want india to be ranked # 1 team in one day so they selected third class seamers, MSD please give chance to shami ,amit Mishra and ambati rayudu in place of raina.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    shami ahmed is such a good talent. Try him instead of wasting time with ishant. Sandeep sharma or praveen kumar should replace vinay kumar.

  • Tony_Dominic on October 20, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Hello guys, BCCI only retained the "15 member squad" for the remaining ODIs, not the playing 11. Because they would like to give some chances to Amit Mishra, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Poor Indian selection they never changed....

  • vigneshvinu on October 20, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    I didnt understand what Dhoni told he will drop a player from one off performance.He has given more chances to rohit sharma. Then why was Gambhir,sehwag dropped,Rahane was not given too many chances to prove his place.One t20 worst performance Awana was out of the squad.Lets come to Ishant sharma's case he doesnot swing the ball and he dont have the pace and he dont vary his length. Even Wasim akram during the KKR coach he criticised ishant for not obeying the coach and he dont do warm ups.He has been in the side for more than 3 years only in the WI tour in 2011 he has done well apart from these he has done nothing to the side.Sandeep patil even dont have the guts to sack him.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Funny decision!! How many times selectors will back this kind of players? he has almost 7 years of international experience still he dont know how to bowl an yorker in death overs. very funny.

  • Karnain on October 20, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    A great selection, he has already proved he is far better than the likes of Mohith Sharma, Praveen Kumar and even Zaheer Khan.

  • CherryWood_Champion on October 20, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    My 16-Member Indian Team for the 2015-world cup in Australia 1)Dhawan 2)Rohit/Rahane 3)Kohli 4)Rahane / Rohit 5)Yuvraj 6)Raina / Ambati Rayudu 7)Dhoni 8)Ravindra Jadeja 9)Ashwin / Mishra 10)Zaheer 11)Bhuvaneshwar 12) Umesh 13) Ishwar Pandey 14) Praveen Kumar 15) Ambati Rayudu 16) Amit Mishra

  • Chris_P on October 20, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    The guy bowled 7 really good overs until Faulkner's incredible assault. How often do you see innings such as this? Don't forget Faulkner, himself, was subject to a brutal attack by Dhoni, but no one is calling for his head as a bowler.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on October 20, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    It is obvious that there are no replacements and if there are any they will be tried against WI as softer challenge is expected. also, with the type of pitches where each and every ODI innings crocess 300 bowlers are truly irrelevant. One reason is the administrators who are all businessmen and dont have cricketing brains while dhoni or woolmer are just the rubber stamps. Cricket administrators think that by changing the team they will not look like tha champions.

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Anyway my team for next 4 odis- Zaheer, Umesh or Mohit in for Ishanth and Vinay... My playing xi in 4th ODI- Dhawan Rohit Kohli Raina Yuvraj Dhoni Jadeja Bhuvaneshwar Mishra Vinay Unadkat... Unadkat is best death bowler in IPL and ZIM and SA A tour..

  • sachin_paul on October 20, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Adam Voges played a bad innings yesterday and if not for Faulkner (and Ishant Sharma), he would have come off looking very bad. I really hope Australia select Callum Ferguson for Voges . (Voges can be a good back up for the Ashes team btw). And if Indians seriously believe Unadkat and Shami Ahmed are their pace bowling solutions, I pity them. Dhoni (and his friends from the BCCI) favour some players while others like Pujara, Rahane and Umesh Yadav get a rough ride

  • DylanBrah on October 20, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    This doesn't mean Ishant is playing, he will still be dropped for Unadkat or Shami.

  • Yog on October 20, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Where on earth is Umesh yadav? Time to bring him in and give him as much oppertunities as Ishant gets...

    Time to blood in and nurture someone like Rahul Shukla...

  • on October 20, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    unbelievable...zak should have been brought in the squad in place of ishant!!! ok..if this remains the team then better give chance to mishi and unadkat..

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    He is just not being retained, he will play too in the remaining 4 matches.....will target to better the 30 runs which he conceded yesterday.Hts off to INDIAN CRICKET !!!!!

  • Lets_Bash_Indians on October 20, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Means they Are Set To Lose this series, Thanks For Telling Us In Advance.

  • Capricorn60 on October 20, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    A real joke! After getting trashed in Tests in England & Australia a few years back, India then at last started dispensing all these non-performing players like Gambhir, Sehwag, Harbhajan etc & our fortunes dramatically improved by giving young hungry players a chance. So why are still persisting with Ishant - is it because our fast-bowling resources are so threadbare but surely others like Shami Ahmed or Mohit Sharma can't do any worse!

  • Sethali on October 20, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    No axing of Ishant yet!! If a player gets a chance after bowling more than 7 per over in his last three matches, then y no rahane or where he hardly got a series to prove. Also, why no zaheer when he too looks good with his rhythm and can definitely lead the bowling pack. At Least, he wont give away 30 in an over any time in his allotted 10 overs. Dhoni is a great and brave captain, but he and the selection committee needs a thought over this very seriously.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    why Ishant Sharma is retained is a mystery. Let the Selection committee come out and explain the reasons for retaining non-performers. Whether Dhone is backing his selection, If so he should explain to the public that the Individual players are more important to him than Indian team performance. It appears that there is an inexplicable reasons behind the selection of Indian Cricket team. Selection Committee credibility is questionable if they retain no-performer without giving justification . Players like Rahul Shukla (pace) and Tambe (spin) whould be given chances

  • cnksnk on October 20, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Oh Wow.... While a 30 run over can be considered as a one timer and a bowler not penalized , I am truly surprised as this move.... Ishant Sharma has been bowling very poorly for quite some time... This ODI series is as such not going to change too much in the cricket world. I would have thought that the selectors would have tried to use the opportunity to tests some of the other bowlers.. Varun Aaron is coming back from injury... Umesh could try and get his confidence back... Mohit could have been given a shot ( he has not been included in any of the matches including the WI - A series as he was playing the CL T 20)... sadly this opportunity has been wasted. I am sure that Ishant would have been better served if he has gone back to playing the longer version of the game in Ranji etc. Clearly an opportunity lost... But then some of the players seem to be having a guardian angle... Rohit has RS and SG... Wonder who it is for Ishant and Vinay... God Help....

  • LongLiveTestCricket on October 20, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Now this is turning towards being an all time shocker!! The likes of Mohit Sharma still don't get their deserved opportunity. Not even a singe change even for the sake of rotation as what will have the players achieved by playing all 7 ODI matches. This can only increase the chance of injury and making them unavailable for key Test series coming up. And this is height of stupidity to say that Ishant can't be dropped for one-two bad performances. He's consistently been poor in ODIs just look at him in last 15-20 matches how he has never troubled any batter whatever be the conditions and does not have the control to bowl tight spells either. All this when multiple other deserving bowlers are out of squad. I am afraid with this attitude of captain we need to stop dreaming about any success in forthcoming World Cup.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    i am not interested in watching cricket anymore. oops ishant is consitanly not performing still persisting with him. Ishant will surely will bowl ow bad ball in an over .. hw is in the suad for 5 years . he havnt improve as a bowler.......... no more cricekt bye bye.................

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    zaheer khan should have been selected instead of ishant sharma,,,,,,,,n amit mishra should get a chance in place of ashwin.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Well we already have many good bowlers in bench so no need to bring in new squad, that will end up in loss of bowlers who could be something but never given any chance, we already have shami, unadkat and mishra. So, it seems shami will replace ishant for the next game as Unadkat could prove costly, so will UY, and any other less international experience bowler. At least make the non-performers sit in the bench and make'em learn the impact of loss and bring them back when ready. As for Ishant Sharma, he's a lost case, cant keep his length right ever so let him prove himself in IPL only.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Ishant sharma needs hair cut before he delivers next ball in any format,as the problem is he can't see where he is pitching the ball.Jokes apart bring parvin kumar in vastly experienced and swing bowler

  • Iceman29 on October 20, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    My blood was boiling when I saw this article's header in the home page of long we Ind fans have to suffer for the foolishness and arrogance of the selectors and long they r gonna trust these useless Ishant and Vinay...there will be better street bowlers in India than Ishant and Vinay kumar....God Save India....

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Someone please, please tell me I'm dreaming. Please let this be a bad dream.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    bring in zaheer khan for ishant sharma and amit mishra for r ashwin

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Still with Ishant !!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    i would figure the selection that have been made on the bases that there are only 14 player in india and the rest of them either dont deserve a chance or they are only there to play IP. dear selectors please give a chance to the new breed. Ashwin dropped as he is not in form and so is raina and vinay.

  • genuineIndianFan on October 20, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    C'on Aussies. We need more and more Faulkner's from you in order for us captain and selectors to understand the real value of people like Ishanth, for the opposition. Even the club bowlers will do better than him.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 20, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Actually it is time Dhoni is relieved of captaincy and played only as a wicketkeeper. I am sure his complete merit as a player will emerge then. Virat Kohli should be given the reins for the ODIs so that he could be ready for the World Cup in 2015. Dhoni could remain the Captain for Tests unless he loses to all the teams India is due to play in the coming months.Rohit Sharma should lead in the 20/20s. That way there will be a clear separation of responsibilities. That apart, I think as someone said, they should play Unadkat and Mishra in the next few games.Frankly, this Australian side looks good enough to lift the World Cup.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    m not concerned with ishant sharma but guys this decision may help dhoni to use shami, unadkat, mishra . instead of new ones.

    acc to me dhoni should try amit in place of ashwin and shami and unadkat in stead of ishant and vinnay. and for batting order dhoni / yuvi on no 4 spot and raina for 6 spot. otherwise open with rahane and rohit on no 4. rplace raina with rahane. both are good batsman and attacking too and rahane fielding is too good.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Good decision... At least let him play a series

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    And selection blunders continue. I dont understand what experience of Ishant are these selectors banking on ?? Come on Patil&Co. Time to educate yourselves. Loosing the No.1 ranking is not at all a good start to the season. If we would not correct the present how will the team succeed in future. :(

  • IPL_Awesome on October 20, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Uunbelievable... Is India's bowling reserve so bad that we can't afford to drop Ishant ? The guy hasn't bowled a single spell that is expected from a pace spearhead.. He simply bowls short pitch balls and hopes that the batsmen make mistakes...

  • Sudhir65 on October 20, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    No experimentation or trying out others before World Cup 2015. Seems like Indian coach and captain have already made up their mind about 2015 WC Team. Or perhaps they think that this is the best team to be able to win this ODI series?

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Very Good. If possible cancel the contracts of all the young players and give contracts only to bowlers who have shown abilities to grant runs like Ishant, Umesh etc. Please don't make any experiment with the superb bowling combination we are having. And a Good Secretary to show example.

  • DeepsB on October 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Why Why Why!!!!!!!!!!! this guy can not bowl, field or hold a bat! Shocking bowler! forget international he will not even get into my club side! I am now refusing to watch India until this guy is dropped! Can not take much more of this!

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    This got to be some kind of joke...we are offering the series to AUZ on a platter...Cmon aussies

  • ladycricfan on October 20, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    No kneejerk reactions. Isharma 7 overs-33 runs, 8th over-30runs. May be, not to bowl him in the death overs. Keep jadeja for death overs. Ashwin went for only 5 runs in the 49th over. Hope Ranch pitch will assist bowlers.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    if ishant gives 30 runs & still india won then what would indian fans do???? I THINK IT'S A MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION... come on indian fans praise james faulkner who showed your true color of pace bowling, none of this pacer is not so so good for this australian batting line up.... 3 successive 300, u have to think about it........

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

    Please retire for sake of Indian cricket team

  • Mitty2 on October 20, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Also, how did staying unchanged go for you last time? You completely dominated us and set a few records on the way. As an Aussie it's been a tough year with all the losses but the only good way to get out of a rut is to persist with the players you have instead of dropping anyone who didn't perform. In the Ashes, when we got hammered at Lord's I found it completely ridiculous that we dropped Hughes when he scored 81 the previous test and had dominated the tour games, guess what, his replacement didn't even make above 30 runs for the next tests and Hughes so far has shown that he's actually in good batting form. Unless you have an adequate replacement for Sharma (looking, can't find him... Zaheer is past it btw) either replace him with a spinner or leave him there.

  • Dhanvanth on October 20, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    'unfair to axe players after just one or two matches' - dhoni. Then why was rahane dropped after only one Test?! Wat did he do wrong.. Pure politics and nothing else.. Indian cricket is heading nowhere:(

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Please give a chance to water supply department such as Amit Mishra, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammad Shami and Jaydev Unadkat

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    When will selector's learn...???

  • StarHawk on October 20, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    wow!! All the respect I had for Sandeep Patil is gone....he threw out 2 of our heroes for not performing for a while (Viru & Gauti), but will not throw out a useless bowler who has not done anything worthwhile for years.

  • Mitty2 on October 20, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Faulkner, Mckay and Watson got smashed by Dhoni, but there's no mention of them having uncertain positions because it was due to Dhoni's 'brilliance'... But when Sharma gets smashed by Faulkner, it's not due to any part of talent on Faulkner's behalf, but all of Sharma's waywardness and Sharma should be dropped espite having no better replacements... Right.

    There's only been one pacemen who's had any success so far and it's been MJ. Lay off him Indian fans, and maybe, just maybe, give credit to the opposition instead of downplaying the opposition and faulting your own players. What was great was the turnaround with Rohit Sharma and Jadeja, bagged by all and sundry, suddenly they perform and now they're (were in Sharma's case after his hundred) hailed. If anything, blame Dhoni for his captaincy in putting Kohli in to bowl for no reason and that over going for almost 20.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    India will lose series ... Bad selection.

  • deepvanarasi on October 20, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    This is outrageous.. Ishant Sharma does not deserve a place in the Indian squad let alone the playing 11. He has not learnt from his mistakes and is a very ordinary bowler. He does not know how to swing, doesnt have a good short bowl and has never learnt to bowl a yorker. There are many waiting who must be given a chance and Ishant Sharma with his utterly disappointing and mediocre performance has lost the faith among fans who love the Indian cricket team so much. Its not just the match in Mohali, he has done badly for India for last 2-3 years and I am thankful to God that he was not in the World cup winning otherwise he would have simply gifted the world cup to somebody else.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    amit mishra should get an oppurtunity

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 20, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Thank you MSD & selectors! Sincerely, An OZ fan :)

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    very very negative policy of bcci they say they do not have good player enough this is total failure by bcci

  • DaisonGarvasis on October 20, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Yeah, keeping Ishanth in the team is only going to DEMORALIZE other fringe players. Its like the Sharmas (Rohit and Ishant) can do any number of failures and the slate will be wiped clean after one good show. That gives the another 15-20 matches before they have to give a good show.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Poor poor poor selection.... y no PK, Nehra, UY..??? even zaheer can given a chance..

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    as expected and very good move! back them when they are not doing well and see whether they can perform! Sandip Patil is a real gem of a selector!

  • shashankdeo on October 20, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    This is really a shocker!!!!!! Ishant was really needing a will he now perform if given chance..... zak should have been selected instead of ISHANT SHARMA...

  • VJGS on October 20, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Utter stupidity on the part of the selectors. With more experience than the others, Ishant Sharma will continue to get into the playing XI as the bowling <b>"spearhead"</b>. How can the board handicap its captain like this? And someone please explain to me what happened to Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, etc. <br />Hopefully at least Vinay Kumar is replaced next match by Shami Ahmed or Unadkat.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! still insisting on Ishant???????????????????/. Why not mohit sharma or any other fast bowler. We won't be surprised he will be in the playing 11 as Mr. cool is backing player for there failure. He is insisting no 4 for Raina so that he say that it is only few match failure.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Why on Earth retain Ishant Sharma? Let him play local games and get back into form. Promising youngsters like Sandeep Sharma are getting wasted. :(

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Make a Chance shahbaz Nadeem he doing very well

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Dhoni should throw out Ishant, Ashwin and bring in Jaydev Unadkat and Amit Mishra as a left arm seamer and leg-spinner will help India put some pressure on the Australian batting line-up..

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Dhoni should throw out Ishant, Ashwin and bring in Jaydev Unadkat and Amit Mishra as a left arm seamer and leg-spinner will help India put some pressure on the Australian batting line-up..

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Make a Chance shahbaz Nadeem he doing very well

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Why on Earth retain Ishant Sharma? Let him play local games and get back into form. Promising youngsters like Sandeep Sharma are getting wasted. :(

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! still insisting on Ishant???????????????????/. Why not mohit sharma or any other fast bowler. We won't be surprised he will be in the playing 11 as Mr. cool is backing player for there failure. He is insisting no 4 for Raina so that he say that it is only few match failure.

  • VJGS on October 20, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Utter stupidity on the part of the selectors. With more experience than the others, Ishant Sharma will continue to get into the playing XI as the bowling <b>"spearhead"</b>. How can the board handicap its captain like this? And someone please explain to me what happened to Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, etc. <br />Hopefully at least Vinay Kumar is replaced next match by Shami Ahmed or Unadkat.

  • shashankdeo on October 20, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    This is really a shocker!!!!!! Ishant was really needing a will he now perform if given chance..... zak should have been selected instead of ISHANT SHARMA...

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    as expected and very good move! back them when they are not doing well and see whether they can perform! Sandip Patil is a real gem of a selector!

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Poor poor poor selection.... y no PK, Nehra, UY..??? even zaheer can given a chance..

  • DaisonGarvasis on October 20, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Yeah, keeping Ishanth in the team is only going to DEMORALIZE other fringe players. Its like the Sharmas (Rohit and Ishant) can do any number of failures and the slate will be wiped clean after one good show. That gives the another 15-20 matches before they have to give a good show.

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    very very negative policy of bcci they say they do not have good player enough this is total failure by bcci