India v Australia, 4th ODI, Ranchi

Washout after Australia make 295

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

October 23, 2013

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Match abandoned Australia 295 for 8 (Bailey 98, Maxwell 92, Shami 3-42) v India 27 for 0
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Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey averted a middle-order collapse, India v Australia, 4th ODI, Ranchi, October 23, 2013
George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell put on 153 for the fifth wicket in 22.4 overs © BCCI
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  • MS Dhoni led India for the 146th time in an ODI. He joins Sourav Ganguly at second place in the list of captains to lead India in most ODIs. Mohammad Azharuddin leads the list with 174 ODIs as captain.
  • George Bailey has scored 318 runs in this series - the most by any Australia captain in a bilateral ODI series. The previous best was 295 runs by Ricky Ponting against West Indies in 2010. Overall, AB de Villiers leads the list with 367 runs from five matches in South Africa's bilateral ODI series against Pakistan earlier this year.
  • The 153-run partnership between Bailey and Glenn Maxwell is Australia's highest for the fifth wicket against India and the fifth-highest for them against any team in ODIs.
  • Australia have hit 38 sixes in this series - the most sixes ever hit by the side in a bilateral ODI series. They beat their previous best of 34 sixes in a series, also against India, in 2007. With three matches still to be played, they are likely to beat the record for the most sixes hit by a team in a bilateral series - 40 by West Indies against New Zealand in 2012.
  • Maxwell and Bailey were both out in the nineties, only the seventh instance of two or more batsmen in an innings getting out in the nineties. This was the third such instance for Australia.

Unseasonal rain in Ranchi washed out the fourth ODI after 4.1 overs of India's chase, ensuring the series moved 2-1 in favour of Australia to Cuttack, which was experiencing more inclement weather. There had been a brief shower soon after the match began, but it dissipated to allow Australia to complete their innings. The second instalment was heavier and prolonged, and though it relented with enough time to squeeze in a 20-over chase, the umpires ruled the outfield had been rendered too soggy to allow any play.

Before the damp end, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell had revived Australia from 32 for 3 with a massive fifth-wicket stand following Mohammed Shami's opening burst. However, their dismissals in the batting Powerplay robbed the visitors of a 300-plus total for the first time in the series, albeit narrowly. Bailey and Maxwell added 153 in 22.4 overs but after both fell in their nineties to Vinay Kumar, Australia's lower order was able to add only 57 in the last ten overs.

Shami's sharp first spell had challenged Australia for the first time in the series with the new ball. The attack, however, lacked the same intensity afterwards. India also put down five catches, and only a couple of them were tough takes. Bailey was put down first ball off Shami by Virat Kohli at third slip, and on 35 by R Ashwin off Vinay, both takeable chances. Maxwell was dropped on 44 by Yuvraj Singh off Jaydev Unadkat, a rather difficult diving opportunity at point, before MS Dhoni reprieved him on 69 behind the stumps off Suresh Raina.

Bailey went on to make his third half-century of the series and India were fortunate to see his back two short of a century, when he top-edged a Vinay long hop. Maxwell kicked on from the cameos he has been getting to inflict punishment on India with a 77-ball 92 before falling lbw.

Bailey and Maxwell hardly allowed the spinners to settle, and were also presented with regular long hops. India weren't able to exert pressure at all on the duo, who turned the strike over consistently. Vinay delivered an entire opening over of gentle looseners, and Bailey drove and pulled him for three boundaries. Maxwell was given plenty of leg-side offerings to indulge in his quick-arm powerful swing. He countered Ashwin's line from round the wicket, powering him for successive reverse-swept boundaries, the first of which went for six.

After India sent the duo back, Dhoni didn't give the ball to any of his seamers, opting for spin for nine of the last ten overs before he brought back Shami for the last one. Australia 's lower order, tied down by Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, promptly took 12 off it, despite atleast three deliveries finding the blockhole.

Bowling at a testing length at pace and generating movement under some cloud cover, Shami had delivered an opening spell of 6-1-21-3. The lowest opening stand for Australia had been 68 so far this series. Shami sent back the openers by the sixth over, and also claimed Shane Watson. India's decision to play a fresh new-ball pair in place of Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had paid off. They even managed to avoid leaking runs at the death, but Bailey and Maxwell caused considerable damage in the middle.

When the chase began, Mitchell Johnson sent down a couple of menacing overs filled with bouncers to let India know they were set for a testing evening. Shikhar Dhawan countered by charging and hitting Clint McKay for a couple of fours. And then the rain arrived. Dhoni said after the abandonment that India would have been happy with a 20-over chase with all wickets intact, which would have meant a target around 150. The rain, however, wasn't ready to allow an ODI to be decided by a T20 innings.

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Posted by ian2208 on (October 25, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

So many records being broken by this Australian side. Anyone would think they were really something special. Either that or the wickets are flat like roads and the grounds quite small ........

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 25, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

Thank you Faulkner !! You did what Dhoni and our selectors could not do - get rid of Ishant Sharma. Ishant's bowling has been pathetic for last few years. We have good young pacers like Bhuvi, Shami, and maybe Ishwar, Sandeep Sharma, Imtiaz Ahmed, etc. We just need Zaheer Khan to guide and lead them for a year, or two.

Posted by Valavan on (October 25, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

@Iceman29, more than your arrogant comments. I am differing you here. Probably Australia were warming up on Shami, 3 more ODIs for them to expose his weakness. When you compare Kohli and Dhoni to legends , why cant others. Btw i am not an aussie or SL supporter. Speaking about test victories 4 - 0, does that mean you will conquer Aussies, English and saffas in 2014. I dont rather give them a chance as i expect ONLY PACE AND BOUNCE in contrast to your SLOW AND TURN. not just before Monty, Swanny and Andy conquered your legendary greats at your backyard in tests. Dont underestimate anyone, India is just same as Australia who win at home, India will start to face it from SA tour. Unless then enjoy your teams victories against minnows Windies. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 24, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4:

For a change I largely agree with most of what you said but one thing that irks me a bit is that when Indians do it it is a question of ethics and when Aussies do it it is a question of having the right of doing it. I am talking about playing matches on flat tracks.

I am in no mood to open a front here with you but did Aus have young inexp batsmen in the team that was bowled out for 47 in SA? Remember they failed to chase 138 vs NZ in Hobart on a green top. That wasn't a new team either.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Jaydev another 125K bowler with no swing, no variety, no yorkers very disappointing. When will our Indian bowlers learn to bowl fast with some venom.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (October 24, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

Harmony111 - Mate, give these young Aussies a break. These are not the legends of not too far back where pitch - flat,dusty,swing/seam etc. - and any bowler of any type didnt matter and was just a matter of bowlers limiting the damage vs these mighty Aus bats. As for your- 'Aus can't play on fast and bouncy wickets and are now preparing flat tracks to hide these gaps' - I just want to say . It is not only Ind and Ind batsmen who have specific rights to play and make merry on flat tracks and its being going on for ages now. For a change let the young Aus guys have some fun batting on flat pitches here in Ind or in Aus . And to add to my point , just about all young int. bats now are 'flat track bullies' as you put it with Ind being still prominent 1s - Aren't they the 1s who get to play most on these flat pitches? My opinion is dont think any thing wrong with Aus,Ind or any 1 being so as the future is t20 and ODI cricket and test cricket in to last stages,it ain't all bad after all.

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 24, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

So we have atleast exposed the weakness in Aussies lineup thru Shami...I say lets bring back Zak and Bhuvi in the team and see how they perform...Zak's experience combined with Bhuvi and Shami may create wonders....flip Mishra for Ashwin...I see a great combination here....and then will see how the Aus team handles...Somehow I have a feeling that Maxwell, Bailey and Hughes will struggle against quality bowling....

Posted by Kashi0127 on (October 24, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Is there a concerted effort to thrash Vinay regardless of what he does? He took two vital wickets of Bailey and Maxwell and if they had remained Australia would have crossed 350 or even touched 400. Couple of catches were also dropped off his bowling which seem like a regular feature.

Posted by JustIPL on (October 24, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Dhoni is working on the formula that no bowler has to give more than 40 runs in the spell and that is why all bowlers dont complete quota nowadays. Shami gave 21 in first six overs of his spell and then 21 in the remaining 2 overs. In his comeback overs he was clearly limping and looked struggling with dropped speed. Ritual in dropping ishant and bhuvi seems to be that when they come back then both might come good not just bhuvi. Let see. Again three precious allrounders in aussie side became crucial. Maxy was simply not controllable by dhoni tactics and foxy kept it together during death overs where aussies got 57 runs despite having only 3 wickets in hand which I will not consider very good death bowling by india. If these three keep their momentum going and Baily/Voges keep building middle order with openers and watson taking care of top order then aussies can beat india comprehensively. Just aussies will have to ensure good death bowling then.

Posted by SUPER_SIX on (October 24, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Now India has to win all remaining 3 matches to win the series. On the current form it is like mission impossible. Isn't it?

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 24, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

CricfanAustralia: oh oh...slow down buddy....This Aus team lost the test series 4-0 not so long ago and they were bundled out for 70 odd runs chasing 300 in champions trophy against Ind with same bowling attack exept Umesh and 1 or 2 wins you started comparing to the legends...before this series i saw some Aussies comment giving no chance to the Aus team in oneday series..and after only 2 wins that too in batting paradise pitches you started comparing them with the legends...just see how they perform when the ball spins buddy...just wait and see...

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

Had any time the BCCI contacted the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) asking about the weather conditions in the different part of the country throughout the year, before preparing such an important fixture?! This is North-East monsoon season India. You can see a rain belt through out the east-coast and adjoining region during this season. The next match is in Cuttak ! Odissa , a rain prone area in this season. The Duleep trophy matches also had been washed out because of the same reason. From June to November , it is rainy season in Kerala. When the BCCI rotates the venues they must have at least a preliminary idea about the prevailing weather conditions in the different parts of the nation. You don't even have to contact IMD if you don't want , at least consult a meteorology graduate , he can tell you that very clearly ! I tell you in very advance , the KOCHI ODI Vs WI and the Kolkata Test are also likely to be washed out completely or partially !

Posted by Biso on (October 24, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

@gsingh7: I have the same opinion as you have about the Aussie batsmen. When the ball moved just a bit at pace the batsmen came a cropper. In fact most of the Aussie batsmen have been seen to be suspect against the moving or seaming ball that is pitched on a length. Aussie fans talk a lot about their batsmen's ability to play the short ball but what they conveniently forget is that those batsmen play the horizontal bat shots on pitches where there is bounce but not much seam movement and very little swing. Those very batsmen can come a cropper when the ball swings even on sub continent pitches.Remember Zak troubling them with reverse swing on Indian pitches. If Shami and Bhuvi had been operating as a pair I doubt Oz would have touched 200. If Kohli had not dropped Baliley ,Shami could have had a good chance of putting more pressure on them. Vinay just opened the pressure release valve. Indians ,however batted well during the brief period. Looked Better than Aussies surely.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 24, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

Aren't Aus the real flat track bullies? Can Aus play fast bowling? They were bowled out for 65 in Eng when India gave them a target of 300+. They have scored bucketfuls of runs in the earlier matches played on flat tracks but the moment there was a little bit of movement and a bowler who could barely touch 140, they were sent packing. They lost 3 wickets to good bowling and frankly looked out of sorts on may occasions. They would have lost 4 and not 3 wickets to Shami but for Kohli's drop. If we juxtapose this with my 3rd sentence here then it is clear that Aus can't play on fast and bouncy wickets and are now preparing flat tracks to hide these gaps. For proof one can see the score card of the just finished Victoria vs NSW match where a 300+ total could not be defended and Warner scored 197 runs while batting 2nd.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (October 24, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

@Biso

Upper cut over third man & point, miss timed hook of shot pitch stuff on rib cages that flying over wicket keepers, uppish & missed time shots over extra cover, mid-off are proper technique shots and those are qualities of legends in some nations whose fans are living in a fantasy that because of such shots made end of some cricketers prematurely. Hence these fans have right to call batsmen as a slogger who plays proper controlled shots in cover, behind the point, extra cover region elegantly like Shikhar Dhawan.

By the way, any body could able to brief who was Venkatesh Prabhakar??

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 24, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

@dunger.bob: Talking about Wade, you would know better than us about his keeping but when I saw him last in the CB Series, he was quite decent. Keeping too is a thing of rhythm and touch and he may have lost his smoothness a bit but he can get it back with just the right amount of support. I became a fan of him after I saw him play the 3rd test match vs India earlier here with a fractured jaw (or cheek bone perhaps). We talk of Kumble bowling with a fractured jaw in WI but he bowled only in one session and then left. Wade played an entire test match, kept wickets and IIRC scored some 80-90 runs too. Wade has character and an this level it is extremely important that you have it.

No body can be as bad a keeper than Akmal (any of the three brothers). So if Pak can keep picking them then Wade can get in too.

Talking about the drainage, I did not see that footage but if they were using buckets to remove the water then it is shocking & someone will pay for it, BCCI will see to it.

Posted by CricfanAustralia on (October 24, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Good news for Dhoni and company as rain prevented the series lead from 3-1 at Raanchi. Australians are in tremendous form. Bailey in extreme form, maxwell as a pure replacement of Andrew Symonds. Faulkner working as Micheal bevan. Australians have also got a Aaron Finch ( as Adam Gilchrist). Now again a new era of Australian cricket to rule the world for next 10 years. Best of luck Aussies.........

Posted by Biso on (October 24, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

@ Blade Runner. At Shikhar's age Hayden came a cropper against the West Indian quicks and had to be dropped from the Aussie side. He came back strongly as a better batsmen years later. BTW i did not see any strange expression on Harsha's face. Did you see Shikhar handling the pace of MJ? He was absolutely comfortable. Shikahar, Rohit, Kohli , MSD can really hammer short pitch bowling. None of them are sloggers.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 24, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

@Naman Gupta: Yeah that is what I am saying. Dhoni knew that Shami, Undakat will go for runs in the slog overs owing to their inexp and so did not use them later. Aus also lost a few quick wickets before 40 overs and that meant Dhoni had to alter his original plan, whatever it may have been and to use spinners in the final overs who did a tremendous job. I think Aus could sore only ~50 runs in the last 11-12 overs.

Bhuvi was not dropped exactly, he just could not be accommodated. Speeds of him and Vinay may be similar but Vinay is far more exp than Bhuvi & Dhoni must have felt he was more likely to be in control in the slog overs than Bhuvi.

A perverse reason could be that Dhoni felt that Bhuvi could lose his confidence if he were to go for runs & so sacrificed Vinay Kumar as he was more expendable.

The pitch had early assistance but in India this does not last for much. The general nature of Ranchi is that of a somewhat slow wicket, decent runs & help to spinners.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

What is the point,even after Shammi;s performance other bowlers especially,Ashwin, Yuvraj and catches dropped gave away the advantage of restricting the opposition to less than 250.God send the rains,otherwise india would have lost,in view of the overcast,rain,etc. and better quality bowlers with Australia,our batsman would have surrendered.Time and again Mishra is not taken at the expense of Ashwin by the adamant Dhoni.leg spinners,Aus. may find it difficult,and mIshra has variety. No harm trying him.Ojha if selected could have made a difference.Next game if there is going to be movement and swing,bring Bhuvi in place of Vinay kymar.Try Rayudu in place of Yuvraj or Jadeja.

Posted by Blue_eagel on (October 24, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

@yrokslanka Yes Please...Do that and try to save your cricket and cricket board.. You can comment on the players but not on a nation or its cricket board.. And I believe its already late for you to save your cricket before it get vanished off.. AS i told you all praise on your pasts and history only.. lol

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 24, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

Someone queried why we comment on this series, why not? We are fans of ALL cricket not just blinkered into only talking up our own team. Please don't worry about the future of our cricket, WE will do that and the same questions were asked when e likes of Asankha, Roshan and Hashan retired..

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

India will surely lose in the remaining three ODIs left. They don't have the tendency to come back strongly and in such situations, they fail to accomplish a win against their opponent.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

Thank the Heavens! India will be at No. 1 spot at least for some more time!!

Posted by dunger.bob on (October 24, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

@ Land47 : As per usual, a frank and open assessment of the game. You're right about Aus being carried by a couple and no-one else doing much. That's completely fair enough, as far as the batsmen are concerned at least. The only thing I can say to counter that is that we didn't really get to see the bowlers in action.

I know the Indians got off to a quick start and all that, but really, any of the bowlers could have come up with a blinder, or alternatively the Indians may have cantered past the target in 40 overs. We'll never know, but yeah, the batting was a bit underwhelming.

Posted by CricSriLanka on (October 24, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

@sachinisawesome: There goes the big harsh talks of Indian Fans. Life and even cricket is a roller-coaster ride. Sometime back i remember either Sachin or Azarudeen stated that what score you put up against then SL team, they will chase it down. That was the high times of SL cricket then IND was not so threatening. Now it is just the other way around. Similar to what has happen Aus and even to WI. SL do love SL cricket but we love cricket as a whole, we like to see CRICKET prosper not only SL cricket. Not like you guys you only want IND batsman to show-off having flat batting pitches. And thru IPL BCCI try to make all the cricket players from other countries like your cricketers; chasing money. See how many crores these IND players make not only from cricket but also from ads etc, Do you get a single rupee for even making these comments of criticising other teams. This even goes out to SL fans who criticises without just commenting on the match and the performances. PEACE!

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

the thing is srilankan fans are m9re interested in indian matches more than their own matches well I guess they are just frustrated at being thrashed by the indian team on all possible cricket venues..and some one just called dhawan a slogger I guess you got confused with him being k perera ..ya that medicore sl player whi could not buy a run in champions trophy.

Posted by ShanNachimuthu on (October 24, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Everything was going well until Vinay comes to bowl. Have came and gave away 16 runs in his first over and that's it, Aussies geared up to post another 350+ despite the early loss of wickets. The run-up and delivery stride are very important for a fast bowler. Both looking not good for Vinay though he is able to move that ball both ways. Somehow I never felt like he is an intl bowler. Definitely Bhuvi should be back for next match in place of Vinay. Need to bring in Mishy either inplace of Ashwin and Jadeja. As our part-timers are struggling these changes needs to be done.

Posted by CricSriLanka on (October 24, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

@samincolumbia: I thinks it is Virat Kholi that gives nightmare for SL more than MSD. But one thing for sure it is far less frightening than the nightmares which Sanath Jayasuriya gave to Indian fans and bowlers those days. As Ausie_the_Great stated Manoj Prabhakar literally quit cricket...

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 24, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

@oneyedAussie: Still 3 more games to go buddy...so lets wait and see...

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

bcci should change the cuttack venue immediately.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

@Blade _runner the way you behave on cricinfo i bet you have always seen only one side of the coin.Do you know even a toss is also decided on the basis if its Head or Tail.may be if you stop focusing too much on tail you will be able to use the other side of yours -Head :)

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

we have witnessed good cricket overall but lack of real commnesense tonhave match where there is rain forecast, rain threat is morw in cuttack.on sat where ind is going to play their 5th odi. why dont they wisely shift the venue as mothing is going to be proved except for bcci's wrong decision. please we cannot stand anymore dissappointments I request all fans to come together and use all means od social media to raise your opinion to change the venue immediatley to a place with no rain threat atleast. let our voice shake the roots of bcci, at the end they are.playing for us. Together we stand with one slogan "CHANGE THE VENUE"$$$$$ Afsar, Abudhabi

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

@dunger.bob you are totally right mate and i see no offense for us(Indians) in what you said.Yes you are right with the drainage system in Australia or England may be the match would have been possible.But still at the same time I can see the kind of improvement I have seen in the Indian grounds both in terms of quantity and quality has been pretty good.Its not like BCCI doesn't invest money as I have seen some of the most beautiful grounds with pleasing facilities for both players and audience now India when 10-12 years back they were not totally of international standards.Yes there is always scope for improvement like you said in drainage and hopefully there will be in future :)

Posted by landl47 on (October 24, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

Not only the drainage but the covering of the ground was inadequate- the BCCI needs to put some money into bringing these international grounds up to present-day standards. Perhaps they don't trust the technology, though! Too bad the game couldn't be played out, it looked as though it might be interesting.

Shami bowled well, but the fielding was not great- there were actually 6 catches dropped, the 4 mentioned in this article plus Raina, who ironically couldn't get the ball in his hands, and Dhawan off the last ball of the innings. Bailey and Maxwell played well for Aus, but no-one else did much.

Some warning signs from MJ- he was fast but all over the place. Speed is less important than control and late movement, just think of McGrath.

Posted by Number_5 on (October 24, 2013, 3:00 GMT)

Wouldn't mind seeing the DRS involved. Some of the LBW decisions have been appalling, regardless of some of the commentators views. No excuse when the technology is available. Another flat track, liked the look of Shami, seems an impressive young player able to move the ball. Should MS have bowled him out? First time ive seen the Ranchi stadium, looked equally as impressive, despite the rain. Fine knocks by Bailey and Maxwell who have grown as the tour has progressed. Would be nice to get pitches as sporting as these for the Test matches. More changes for the next test from both Teams?

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (October 24, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

@SLDude, I think you are just killing your time here. Have fun.

Posted by class9ryan on (October 24, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

Shami bowled really well in these conditions. I think he's a genuine test material and can be utilized in bowling long spells due to a simple and untiring action. I hope he's atleast in the squad for West Indies tests.

Posted by cricket_ahan on (October 24, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

Liked the change of seamers, but would have liked to see Vinay Kumar out instead of Bhuvi. The last few pitches offerred very little for the seamers, and RVK leaked about 2 runs per over more than Bhuvi, so not sure how that warrants keeping his place. Bhuvi is also a better future prospect so should have had more leeway based on that. Completely agree with Ishant's dropping. He should not return unless he demonstrates more than solid results at domestic level. Even then, I think Yadav deserves a call back first.

Posted by Flat_Trac_Bally on (October 24, 2013, 1:51 GMT)

@Diamond2017: It is wrong mate. It is Lankan Sanath who demolished the carrier of two of your bowlers Manoj Prabhakar and Venkatesh Prabhakar.

Posted by TRAM on (October 24, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

Dhoni dropping Bhuvaneshwar was atrocious. Bhuvi was the only bowler taking early wkts for India. Dhoni badmouthed him saying he needed to improve his death bowling! And whereas he did not talk about his pace bowling spearhead!

If Bhuvi had bowled at the other end, Aus would have been 40 for 6.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (October 24, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

There are 3 more games left and India need to win at least 2 of them while preventing Australia from winning a single game to take the series. Seems pretty unlikely. Good luck to India though. I mean, I'm sure it would be quite embarrassing losing to this Australian team that many of their fans called a minnow B-team. Doesn't really seem like the kind of thing a world #1 team would do, does it?

Posted by D-Ascendant on (October 24, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

I think Dhoni got his Kumars confused and dropped the wrong one...

Posted by dunger.bob on (October 23, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

@ cvenka: I think you've nailed one of the big issues with your comment re the ground. Note to all Indians, Please don't take this the wrong way because it's not meant to be a put down, it's merely a statement of the facts as far as I can see them.

I am pretty confident that if this match had been played on an Aussie (or English, these days) ground, we would have seen a completed match. Why? .. Well, simply because all our International venues have unbelievably good drainage systems. Sometimes it's astonishing how quickly the surface can be played on after a down pour. CA, with it's meagre resources, has made a real effort to get this done.

I know nothing of the politics or mechanics of Indian cricket so I have no idea how individual grounds are managed, but it seems to me that the BCCI could look at improving some of them as a sort of investment back into the game. If they are as rich as we're told, they might have a few bucks lying around not doing much, so how could it hurt?

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Australia deserve to win this series

Posted by wellrounded87 on (October 23, 2013, 23:02 GMT)

@Sudheesh Kumar P K He hasn't been given a chance because his first class record is extremely mediocre. White ball cricket is very very different to Red Ball cricket. And selecting players based on 50 over form is what gave us the Watson problem. Absurd logic behind calls for players like Bailey and Finch to get test callups.

It's like selecting a marathon runner based on his form over 100 and 200 metres. In limited overs the bowling is all about limiting the run rate and applying pressure that way. In test cricket it's a completely different ball game. A session of 2 RPO without loss is better than a session of 5RPO with 4 wickets lost. This is why Bailey and Finch don't get selected. Because time and time again they prove they do not have the technique or application to occupy the crease for extended periods of time.

Posted by dunger.bob on (October 23, 2013, 23:01 GMT)

@ Hien Trinh: If Aust. bring Wade in to replace Haddin, I will be violently sick all over the carpet!! I've seen Wade in a couple of domestic matches this season and his keeping seems to be even worse than what it was before he was dropped. I didn't believe that was possible, but Matty has found even more ways to fumble his way through an innings. .. Wades batting quite well, I'll grant you that, but he'd have to be good for 200 runs each and every match to make up for the dropped catches, missed stumpings and other assorted stuff ups behind the stumps. .. I rate young Ludeman from South Australia a far better keeper then Wade and his batting is pretty good as well.

@coldcoffee123: I can see where you're coming from re. the pro-active reduction in the number of overs to be played, BUT, and this is the thing, what do you think would happen if the rain didn't actually arrive !!. We'd have a shortened match for no reason and the team batting first would be severely disadvantaged.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

@siri12345: When Australia last toured SL in 2011, Aus won test series by 1-0 and ODI series by 3-2.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

@Blade-Runner:: Sri Lanka's so called best fielder Dilshan dropped 3 catches in a ODI against England in Champions trophy match. Kohli dropped one catch today & u r calling him worst fielder, so how would you address Dilshan, Worst Worst Worst fielder.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

@harmony - vinay kumar bowls just as fast as bhuvi but bhuvi is far more economical. Also in the slog overs, it was spin that played a major role in restricting Australia. Likes of vinay, and shami hardly bowled at the death. So ur argument doesn't justify not having bhuvi instead of vinay. Remember this pitch had early assistance for pace - conditions like these where bhivi is guaranteed to do well. Considering how economical he was in early overs on flat pitch, imagine what he would have done on this pitch. India really missed out on a few wickets.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 23, 2013, 22:03 GMT)

During the live telecast on SKY, a fan sent a question via ASK EXPERT asking if there is a similarity of batting styles of Dhawan and Matthew Hayden. And Harsha directed this question to Matthew Hayden, hoping a positive reply. Then Hayden replied "Are you saying that I was a slogger ?" LOL And the look of Harsha's face was just Priceless !!!! LOL

Posted by izzidole on (October 23, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Australia has an exciting batting lineup for limited overs cricket and with Clarke and Warner to come into the side they look a very formidable side for the next world cup in 2015. Finch, Bailey, Maxwell and Faulkhner are three fantastic cricketers who could walk into any ODI team while Watson, Warner and Clarke could further strengthen the batting. If we can get Cummins, Pattinson and Starc ready and injury free Johnson, Harriss and McKay will further strengthen the bowling attack. Currently once again Australia look firm favourites to win the next world cup in 2015 for a record fifth time. By then the team would have settled down to a very strong unit. At present they are number two in the ODI rankings behind India with a 2-1 lead with three more matches remaining. The biggest worry for Australian cricket is the never ending injuries to their fast bowlers who keep breaking down in the middle of a series and unavilable to participate for many months thereafter.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

ashwin is a spinner without any spin...lol

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

does anybody know why was vinay kumar preferred b4 bhubaneshwar kumar??

Posted by SLDude on (October 23, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

Before start of this match, there were so many comments asking to replace Ishant with Unad and so called yes wide no wide cricket experts commented saying "shami is equally worse ". Now they dont like Unad and hundread of comments for Mohammed Shami just bcoz he took 3 wickets. I am sure after couple of matches they will ask again to replace Mohammed Shami with Ishant Sharma. Thats how Yes Wide - No Wide indian team fans do comment here.

Posted by SLDude on (October 23, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

Team India should be called as Team Yes Wide No Wide

Posted by SLDude on (October 23, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

Rain saved the Yes Wide - No Wide indian team

Posted by Gaswell on (October 23, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

Congrats to the Australian team so far. No one gave them a chance in India on typically doctored pitches. Bailey has led superbly from the from and had just enough back up from the younger brigade. Johnston has been excellent. Well done lads. You have turned what should have been a pointless cakewalk for India into a compelling series.

Posted by robbieg2011 on (October 23, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

How come there wasn't any reserve day for play?

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

Bearley has good potential and talent. I dont know why he has not been given a chance in test cricket so far. He is far far better than other test players like steven smith, henriques, Edcowan etc.

Posted by cricpanther on (October 23, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Now again rain chances at Cuttak, so what is the plan for management? Are they hope not to have rain fall or more? Why can't shift the venue or atleast make it Day Match instead of Day N Night!!

Posted by Chris_P on (October 23, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

Great effort by the "Big Show" who is finally starting to show why he is so dangerous in this form of the game. Wow, so many comments from the ill-informed about how easy India was going to win. Obviously, they have never played a serious game of cricket in their life & have no idea how games can turn within an over or 2 nor how unpredictable the game is. You need only look at the first 2 games, India were magnificent chasing down a big score in game 2 & were totally wrapped up by the Aussie seamers in game 1, so go figure how anyone can be so certain which way the game would go.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

It's hard to not like Bailey

Posted by Karthik78 on (October 23, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

Even if AUS is 5 down for 30+ runs, Faulkner, Haddin and Johnson would have scored 300+ runs. I mean any batsmen can score 300+runs against India even after early wickets. Please remove Ashwin, Vinay and Unad too. Try it out new new players till we get right combination. Only after the change of Ishant in this match, we get Shami who bowled well.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

The main player of India " Barish Khan (Rain Khan)" saved the match :-). :-)

Posted by RST_99 on (October 23, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

I think had kohli taken that catch it cud have been 32 for 4, perhaps they cud have been bowled out for 100-150 and india cud have managed to score that b4 rains...Dont blame weather for today's washout....It cud have been India's day....

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Barely 4 overs was the age of the chase, yet the majority of comments I can see is busy measuring the paucity of effort with which India would have won this match. So typical.....

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 23, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

@samincolumbia:lol ur right buddy...infact India should tour sl when the players are in low confidence..we will beat the pulp out of them obviously and everyone will be ready to take any challenge...

Posted by siri12345 on (October 23, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

when sl toured aus last time sl played with almost the same australian side .infact that side also had starc ,clarke ,shaun marsh and wade and we drew the odi series 2-2.could have been 3-2 but one game got washed away where the target was 220 something.i also remember in one of the game aus was bowled out for 76 runs and in another game 180 something.and still some indian fans criticise sl in each and every comment telling how sl is a weak team .i dont know why??????cricinfo plz publish.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

India would have won the match easily. Aussies should be smiling at the backyard, that rain saved them. Shami have the swing and pace, should give him more chance. I dont know why mishra was not given a chance instead of Ashwin, now a days Ashwin is too easy for the batsman to read and attack and it seems he lost the normal half spinning ball ( too much of experimentation). Mishra is a wicket taker and love to see him playing next match.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 23, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta:

I partly agree with you. In the short time that Shikhar & Rohit have opened together they have done quite well and have a few century openings stands too. Their record as openers is better than one might have expected but still when I watch them I have a nagging sense of something not being quite right. I have thought about this a lot and have concluded that this is because we have not yet seen a cracking opening stand by these two. One would say their opening in CT2013 and vs Aus in the 2nd ODI here was cracking but I am not talking about opening stands of 6-070 or 100+. I am talking about opening stands of high RPO say 100 runs in 13 overs. I am talking about dazzling stroke-play that makes you sit up. That has not happened so far and we all are missing that.

However, we need to keep in mind that times have changed. Now there are two new balls & the filed restrictions are for 10 overs only, not for 15 overs so in these new times, these two have done quite well.

Posted by palla.avinash on (October 23, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

First thing dhoni has to learn is never put kohli in slips keep any one else i have seen him seen him dropping 20 catches since England test series in India. He is definaly not slip fielder at all, he should be some where else rain,ashwn and jedeja will be good choices.Ashwin dropped few today but he is a good at slips and h has hieght in his favour.Now kohli should take slip catching very seriously as his batting need to work few hours very week in slip catching rather than before match hiccups.As he is expected to be next captain he needs to lead the team by example in fielding especially in catching also.If he don improve i might wright article on kohli catch drops and is consequences.

Posted by anupkeni on (October 23, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

Going by the weather forecast it looks as if the matches in Cuttack on October 26 and Bangalore on November 2 will also be washed out in all probability. So India has to just win the match in Nagpur on October 30 to square the series!!!

Posted by samincolumbia on (October 23, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

@Iceman29 - Blade-Runner is an SL fan. It's not just him, the rest of the SL fans and players get Dhoni nightmares in their sleep.

Posted by gyanesh.dan on (October 23, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Bailey: no comment ... he proves that he is captain... Maxwell:good to see him playing with patience and understanding the game situation...., Shami excellent job kept dhoni's expectation ... ISHANT Sharma: i think he will give a strong come back... :)

Posted by crindex on (October 23, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

I am glad Dhoni decides to give 2 new bowlers a chance though he could have retained Buvi instead of Unadkat who was clueless .

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

Those who are so much supportive of dhoni's baffling decisions with reasonable explanations would also do good to explain dhoni's irrational persistence with ashwin and not willing to give mishra a chance..Is dhoni afraid that mishra will bowl better and then dhoni will be forced to keep ashwin out and keep playing mishra?

Posted by deathstar01 on (October 23, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

just loving Bailey's batting. A consistent performer for the Aussies.

Posted by Diamond2017 on (October 23, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

What a shame, we could have easily won the match.

@LAKingsFan - And we also take your bowlers to the cleaners. When you have a bowler tour India and finish their carrier.

Posted by KannanSR on (October 23, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Virat Kohli and Ashwin should be the most happiest players tonight and must be having a Great Party thrown out by MSD.Also can someone reply as to the existence of a Fielding Coach for Team India.If they have forgot to appoint one,then it is hightime to do so.Otherwise Indian bowlers and MSD will have a pathetic field day and Virat on the other side will be making unnecessary Dive to attract the Cameraman rather than catching the simple chance by Bailey.

Posted by cricpanther on (October 23, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

who has designed to fix this rain affected venue? Ranchi?? for odis...Wastage of time and efforts!!!

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 23, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

I think we Indians are #1 in having high hopes from our players & in being critical of our players. We expect Ashwin to be miserly when he often bowls in the powerplays and in the slog overs. We expect him to be in top form all the time & can't give him any down time. We expect every decision of Dhoni to be successful. We expect Raina to do something magical in mere 2 matches of his promotion to #4 (btw he batted ok in the 1st ODI). Yuvi has just played a sensational T20 knock but we expect him to be in top gear immediately in the ODIs too after making a come back.

Coming to the dropping of Bhuvi, those who are critical of it, do they see that perhaps Dhoni would have felt that having Undakat, Shami & Bhuvi was potentially a huge liability just in case the ball did not move or India were bowling 2nd and in the slog overs? Cricket is like chess, you can't move pieces in isolation.

Vinay is a better bowler than present but he is being a foolish bowler here. He needs Chayawanprash. :-p

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 23, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Mitty2: yup Bailey is an exciting player..but its too early to decide about it...will see how he plays in not so batting friendly pitches...

Posted by LAKingsFan on (October 23, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

If a country has a player like Bailey, with doubt whether he's a batsman or not, send him to India. We have made batsman out of Ijaz Ahmed,Jimmy Adams, Sanath Jayasurya,Alaistar Cook and now Bailey.

When in doubt, tour India. You'll be made as a batsman.

Posted by sweetspot on (October 23, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

Oh, please! This is Dhoni experimenting with everyone so that his team is fully ready for all situations. He isn't even trying to win this series. He is merely preparing for the WC. He would no doubt have had his conversations with the Indian selectors and without a shadow of a doubt, have a plan. Those that think MSD isn't thinking right really need to take a step back and wonder if they will ever get to know him.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (October 23, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

I m Not Happy the way Dhoni using his resources these days. Why? Aswin all the time? Shami hv taken 3 wickets clearly today he is the best bowler for India still Mr Dhoni hv not completed his 10 ovrs. There are so many other stupid decisions he has taken without any purpose or Sense. Its like gambling all the time rather than any game plan or anything. India is LUCKY today otherwise series will be 3-1 in favour of AUSTRALIA.

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 23, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Blade-Runner: Dhoni didnt even travel to Zimbabwe dude what are you talking about..virat lead the team...is it your habbit to make fun of yourself in evey forum here...lol....stop trolling...did the heavy defeats at the hands of Ind team made your mind like this...if so am sorry....

Posted by cvenka on (October 23, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

It was embarrassing to see the ground staff at Ranchi using tins in which they poured the stagnated rain water from the covers! Don't we have any decent system to remove the water from the covers?. Even smaller countries have good drainage system in their stadiums. I hope BCCI do some analysis of ground facilities available in the stadium before allotting a match to any centre.....

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Dhoni hasz done a good thing in sguffling the slow bowlers and made the Aussies to struggle to get runs. The game is with us already. This shows we are definite of winning the series. Weldone Dhoni sir

Posted by Temuzin on (October 23, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

After reading comments from our reader, I am filled by jubilant hope for the future of Indian cricket. Among our readers we have better selectors than the current selection team and at least 200 better captains than Dhoni and 500 better coaches than Duncan. We can easily fill those selectors, coach and captain's slots with our expert readers on this site and win all the matches India plays. Go India go..

Posted by CricketChat on (October 23, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

Don't know why B Kumar was replaced, he wasn't a problem before. With Ishant out, Ind were at least able to restrict Aussies below 300 (barely). For the next match, Mishra should be in along with Kumar with Ashwin going out.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Sigh. Was hoping for a good come back by India.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

please keep brad haddin out nathan corinile or henriques in team foe ashes ryan harris johnson bollinger

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (October 23, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

On an overcast day, with 2 rain interruption during Aussie batting, 64 overs are bowled and NO RESULT. Why can the ICC be not proactive and just reduce the number of overs per side, instead of letting one team bat for 50 overs? I know that the counter argument is "how can you anticipate a wash out to begin with?". But that is not my point. I am saying when you know that there has already been 1 interruption during the first innings, ICC should have provisions where the umpires can step in early and reduce the overs. If it is overcast, you go out with an umbrella, don't you? It does not matter if it rains or not. The point is, you need to be prepared for any outcome. I am sure the crowd would not mind a reduced over game WITH result and no rain, rather than an abandoned game.

Posted by RajeshNaik on (October 23, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

There could be 2 reasons to keep Bhuvi out. One is that he was not giving the early breakthroughs for which he is in the team. Early bowling is his strength. He is no good in bowling PP and in death overs. The other reason could be that to try out Shami in the initial overs. For that to happen Bhuvi has to sit out. Vinay is the one who has been bowling well in PP and is the one who has been giving important breakthroughs throughout this series. So he could not be dropped.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

shami bowled well today...Unadkat is good because shami is good at the other end..so without pace dhoni cant use him in the end overs so bhuvi could be a better choice..

Posted by RajeshNaik on (October 23, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

My favorite Vinay Kumar at it again! Comes in first change and bowls an awful over. He could see that whenever he kept the ball up, he did not go for runs and whenever he bowled short he went for runs and still kept bowling short! Just an incorrigible guy!! But, all Vinay bashers including Saurav Ganguly, please take note that he still gave India 2 vital breakthroughs. But he bowled too many loose balls too which went for plenty.

Posted by jimbond on (October 23, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

@Neil Shaw: There may be more meat eating people in India than in the rest of the cricketing world (combined). Pace is not directly related with height or mass. Waqar, Malinga, Marshall- all not so big or tall guys. One may thing that this may also have to do with the type of pitches available for play in India. Given the type of pitches where games happen, there is no incentive for a new player to be a fast bowler.

Posted by jimbond on (October 23, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Unadkat can never take wickets, there is something in his bowling- similar to Ishant Sharma- perpetually unlucky, or unable to make the batsmen play. The other left handers that India once had- Irfan Pathan and RP Singh were wicket taking bowlers. Anyway India was lucky to escape this time with their pants intact.

As far as Australia is concerned, they will end up regretting that they played Hughes instead of Maddinson. Bailey is the find of the tournament so far. The question of course is whether he can be upgraded to tests to take up the no. 6 position. I would be tempted to take a risk in tests by opening with Maddinson and having Bailey at 6 and as captain in tests.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

match has been called off.on the bright side india would be no.1 if oz would win all the remaining matches.for oz throw haddin out and make hughes has wk and play with extra seamer

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

I dont know y people are so against vinay kumar, i think he is the best bowler india has got after zaheer at present moment and people say that he cant do any thing with the ball that a bowler has to do. but u dont need talent to play this game u need dedication, hard work, passion. i agree he cant swing the ball like bhuvi, nor move it of the pitch like zaheer. but he has his method to get the work done and he will do anything to get it done(the way he increased his pace in aus after that bashing from warner). In a way he is similar to dhoni(batting).and he never shy away from bowling in the depth overs. u need people like him who will do anything for the team n the captain. as any bowling coach would say he is the most hard working bowler in indian team and he is a better fielder than any of bowler excluding jadeja.

Posted by Hmk12 on (October 23, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

What is the reason 2 select vinoy kumar in india team,he is not even a best domestic bowler,instead of him umesh jadav,pravin kumar ,ishwar pandey.zaheer khan are more best bowkers,amrit mishra gets 19 wicket in the zim series but still he did n't gets a chnce while the economy of ashwin is above 6 and he managed just 5 wicket,my favourite team is Unmukt,uthapa,raina,kohli,yuvraj,dhoni,yusuf pathan,rosool,zahir,abu nechim,pravin,rahane,shami,mishra,mohit

Posted by popcorn on (October 23, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

We were cruising, in fact we were at an excellent run rate before the Batting Power play. There was no need to accelerate in the Powerplay.We lost 3 wickets, slowed the run rate. We would have scored 300 easily, and Captain George Bailey would have got his century. Why did he have to heave the ball, mistime it when he was just two runs away from his century? And Brad Haddin trying to heave the spinner's ball, and get bowled when all he had to do was to play that ball defensively.

Posted by Hetdave19 on (October 23, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Ryan Harris produced some fantastic display of swing bowling in the recent Ashes and yes, Mitchell Johnson should be picked for the upcoming Ashes. His fiery speed will add incredible strength to Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle. Cricket lovers across the globe are awaiting this epic clash.

Posted by Hetdave19 on (October 23, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and James Faulkner have done enough in recent times to be starters in the upcoming series, Mitch for the way he is bowling presently, Siddle for his pace, and James has been good with the bat and ball, James if he continues his form could become an all-rounder.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

good decision taken by indian captain to moffer banch for ishant but why he offer for bhuvi...... i am not getting this thing.... so by the introduction of saami is totally hammered to aussi openers.....

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

What is the current status of the match???

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

What the heck is Dhoni doing? His selection decisions are as muddled as is Sharma's mind when he starts bowlling. Mishra for Ashwin and Bhuvanesh Kumar for any body is a must. It seems we are on a back foot even before the match starts.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

I still maintain, that we don't have a settled pair of opening batsmen. A lot of hit & miss is goin on. Dhawan has the occasional tendency to be a "Veeru". And Rohit is essentially in the old-world opener's mould; taking time to speed up. But to keep up the high RRs, (whenever required), Rohit takes risks early on, and gets out.

And, historically, most of the time, when the openers do well, India wins & vice versa!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 23, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

I hope that Dhoni will have courage to say that he is leading the worst fielding side in the world. Once again, media hype won't take catches or save boundaries. 5 catches were DROPPED today. The word is pathetic for an international Cricket team. Kohli is one of the worst catchers in the world. I remember him dropping catches in the IPL, then in Zimbabwe (one in each game) and now here. But NO WORRIES !!! According to Sunny Gavaskar, its BALL'S FAULT. LOL Every time an Indian fielder drops a catch, he says "the ball was heading away from the fielder" and praise the fielder for the effort (failed) to take a relatively pretty easy catch. LOL Then he goes on to say that even best fielders can drop catches. :)) OMG :)))

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (October 23, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4, pls give a break to your analysis. You are dreaming on IFs and ELSEs analysis. Even before dreaming on AUS scoring 320 what if India had taken early catches? Do you think AUS could have scored at least 150? I think you are over confident looking at untimingly bad bowling performance of India in previous match. Even AUS players are showing their over-confidence by using words "intimidating", "threating" against Indian batemen.

Posted by DeepsB on (October 23, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Not sure why everyone question decision to REST Bhuvi. He has proven his worth, even the last three games he has had the best economy rate (although disappointing by his standards). Dhoni knows what he is going to get from him so may as well look at others. Sharma on the other hand has been dropped! only reason he is still around is because India have no other tall bowler to bowl that angle, and BCCI are hoping that he turns it around before world cup.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

The problem is the pitches prepared in India and the vegetarian diet. One can't have fast bowlers unless they are over 6 feet tall and eat meat. If India can fix those 2 problems, then it will have the best bowling attack in 20 years time. The batting might suffer though...

Posted by bbnn on (October 23, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Bhuvi is not there because Shammi and Unadkat are branded as new ball bowlers so as Bhuvi But Vinay kumar is First change bowler But Bhuvi should play instead of Vinay and Bhuvi and Shami can share the new ball and undakat come as fisrt cut bowler

Posted by Hetdave19 on (October 23, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

,It is still drizzling here at the JSCA Stadium, Ranchi. The ground staff are working nonstop to clear the water.India are okay because they are front with D/L method !

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

Most of the eastern part of India, "V" & "B" are pronounced rather similarly. That is why there might have been some confusion, between V.Kumar & B.Kumar. Half in jest, let me say, perhaps they meant to bench V.Kumar, and ended up benching B.Kumar ???

For the remaining matches, I hope they bring in B. Kumar & Mishra in place of V.Kumar & Ashwin.

Both B.Kumar & Shami are good in the early overs, if there is any swing; but ineffective later. Answer to that problem is simple: Don't preserve any of their overs for the death bowling. We will try to slow down the pace of the ball during death by using slow bolwers like Ashwin/Mishra, Jadeja, Raina, & Yuvi. none of them are likely to bowl worse than Ishant's 30 run over!

As far as Ishant is concerned, the more frustrated he becomes, he try to bowl faster balls, at shorter length. Faster the ball comes to the batsmen, faster it goes to the boundary, or over the boundary!

Where is P. Kumar(Not "V" or "B")? He disguises slow balls well.

Posted by bbnn on (October 23, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

@srinideva,yuvraj and jadeja are not legspinners, they are slow left arm orthodox bowlers A legspinner is a wrist spinner and SLA bowlers are fingers spinners And if a left arm spinner bowl with wrist it may come under the catagory of Chinamon bowling ex Hogg,Bevan and now our own Kuldeep Yadav

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Not enough bowling changes made yet. Jadeja's batting has gone south and he leaks a lot of runs .Ashwin do not belong in T20 & one day matches. Period! Both of them have to be replaced. India has better spinners for this format of games but sadly they are over looked! By the time the test matches come around ,the over used spinners will be innocuous here in Indian pitches too!

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (October 23, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

@electric. I was quite impressed by Maxwell, showed real maturity and that he is not just a slogger. He came in at a crucial time and played a responsible innings to show that he can be a mainstay at no.6 for us as an allrounder. he didn't "throw away" his hundred, lbw is being taken out rather than getting yourself out. Bailey you could say he threw it away, but it was a long hop and deserved to go, he just mistimed it, if he got it it would have been a well deserved 100 though.

Posted by Selector_Ads on (October 23, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

@ Mitty2 I'm hearing you buddy, between McNamara's "flippin burgers" and Chapelli's constant negativity, Bailey has a tough ride. Bailey is now seriously in the top 5 of world ODI batsmen, and is totally outplaying his ODI teammates who play in the test team. Add to that he consistently dominates top class international bowlers (ODI guys that play in their test teams). he is an absolute MUST for the test team, bat him at 5, Smith at 6. People keep quoting that he averaged 18 last Shield season, but no one remembers that he averaged 58 the year before. Bailey will be our next test captain.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (October 23, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Haddin is a senior head in a team lacking experience. He is a better keeper than Wade hands down. I think people around the world got carried away after Gilchrist came on the scene, first and foremost a keeper must be a good glove man, anything with the bat is a bonus.

Posted by Army_rangers on (October 23, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

Everyone here are bashing vinay!!yeah,he may not be better at swinging the ball than bhuvi,but he is a thinking bowler..he can be used anywhere.also today,his bowling figure may have looked better,if 2 catches taken..so dont blame bowlers today,they had done their best today but dropping 5 catches....well,thats it..

Posted by cricpanther on (October 23, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

there is no make sense to play cricket on rain affected areas!! you have advanced noticed that there is rain chances at Ranchi, so BCCI could have atleast change timings of match from day night to day match over there! or not to play at Ranchi!! What is wrong with BCCI, still oldies thinking going on?? BCCI members do not play cricket in their entire life and they should not allow to run this club.Better to hand over BCCI to the cricket players.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

still no ferguson. y pick haddin from first place anyway. wade is the best choice keeper for WC. y still play 35yo when he not even make run.. drop catch...

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

When the coditions suited bhuvi he didnt played and vinay was playing, strange

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 23, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

Why doesnt Bailey feature in Aus Tests, is that coz he has an ordinary sheild record? He certainly does seem to have the game for tests although i saw him struggle a bit against a few spinning deliveries.

Posted by Kanyalayush on (October 23, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

I think bhuvi should have been given a chance in this match

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 23, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

@gavinfrank & D.O.D:

Shami took wickets upfront when the ball was moving and the field was attacking. Dhoni did bring Shami back in the later overs but his inexp showed and he went for runs. Dhoni realized that it is not necessary that the most wicket taking bowler early on will also prove to be the most economical in the slog overs. Shami may have again taken wickets and may have been very economical but it did not look probable to Dhoni and I can see his thinking there. You guys perhaps did not see his master stroke of Raina who was very economical. Why are we talking about Pervez Rasool? Who is he? What has he done? I think he went for plenty in the recent A series in SA, didn't he? Amit Mishra does have a strong claim but where is the space? Dropping Ashwin will be a bad idea cos he bowls in tough situations in the matches. He is not in peak form but being in peak form is not a prerequisite for a slot in the team. Do you expect him to bowl 10 overs for 30 runs on these wickets?

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

To many dropped catches by India...

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (October 23, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

What a waste of supposedly good inngs by Bailey and Maxwell ! They threw away 2 certain 100s and the Ind bowling woul'd have been at their mercy and the score be 320-330 rather than 295. But if the world's fastest bowling the way he is - W/o the rewards in Wkts column to show till now - Mitch is due to have 1 of his destructive of days . If that happens, Ind will be well short of any challenge in this chase and may even be done and dusted for < 150. Mitch under lights @150 clicks to short ball Ind masters Raina,Dhawan,Yuvi will be good viewing -:)

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Can Haddin be dropped now? He hasn't performed well since his return to green and gold colours. Tim Paine has done a lot of hard work to return from injury. He deserves a chance now.

Posted by D.O.D on (October 23, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Dhoni - Best Captain Proven and Accepted But your decisions off-late is really intriguing 1) Not bowling the full quota of Shami when his results today prove that he was the better bowler 2) Giving the ball repeatedly to Ishant when he is low on confidence (due to the bashing he received in his earlier spells) 3) Retaining Raina in spite of a 100 articles on his failure with the short ball not teaching him anything but encouraging the reporters to write the 101st one - ur love affair with Raina is beyond reasoning logic and clearly doesnt make sense. 4) Shami played in Jan 2013, he bowled maiden overs on debut, maintained an economy of 3-4 against Pakistan and then played 3 matches in Aug 2013 against Zimbabwe where also he took wickets in all 3 wit same economy. Question is After Jan - he was never picked Why? After Aug 2013 also - he was picked but never played Why? When 80 percent people vote against someone analyzing his performance, is it ur "Style Statement" to go against it

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

good tactic in using spinners at death. Looks like he learnt from the past couple of games. Shami needed to bowl more overs in the middle though. Same goes for bhuvi.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

It's India's game now.They just need to keep wickets in hand and win this comfortably.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

Maxwell seems to be more matured and has started converting 20s and 30s

Posted by gavinfrank on (October 23, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

Shami is our best bowler for the day and he gets to bowl only 8 overs????? Inexplicable tactics by MSD. Why the persistance with Ashwin. If Raina can prove more effective than Ashwin , It begs the question, y we are still playing Ashwin. I would prefer to see pervez rasool or even amit mishra playing .A leg spinner is always an attacking option. Also y vinay kumar at the expense of Bhuvi ??? Retarded selection ..............enough said!

Posted by AsherCA on (October 23, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Irrespective of what happens, India's bowlers will end up getting criticism for the 295 on Australia's scorecard, nobody will talk about the 100+ runs that they got thanks to Raina's clumsiness resulting in dropped catches. In case Raina's bat is not responsible for an India win today (which would be 5 no-shows in a row with bat for Raina), Raina should be given a break to recover his mental energies & focus.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Great batting by both Bailey and Maxwell. Amazing to see their consistency on foreign soil. And a welcome change in the bowling line up. Freshness did help. Raina's 8 overs were crucial.

MSD can be easily put in the firing line. After all, he's the one who calls the shots on the field. Why didn't Shami Ahmed bowl his full quota? Obvious question. But what if he'd gone wicket-less in his 'extended' spell with the new ball? A different set of people would've come around and blamed MSD for making him bowl the extra overs, like they have, when Bhuvi has bowled them.

Posted by Mitty2 on (October 23, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

How quick to turn against your own players you Indian fans are. I for one won't be forgetting Ashwin's brilliance against us in the earlier 4 match test series. Sure, it was on those terrible, non-test standard pitches, but even I can admit that his bowling was great. The bowl he got Mitchell Johnson with was brilliant, and shows the ADVANTAGES of his variations. He bowled 99% stock balls (which get plenty of turn and dip) and thus when he used his variations they were more successful... However that wasn't that much of a factor then and it isn't now. These pitches are not turning. They are skidding and considering the dew factor it's hard for spinners - especially for Ashwin who doesn't just bowl darts and bowls slower. Give him a break - I doubt this Mishra would do much better.

Posted by JustIPL on (October 23, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

Aussies had just 3 wickets left at the start of 41st over and still they score 58 runs in last ten which is not bad. With more wickets in hand they would have crossed the 325 mark easily.

Posted by neeraj5336 on (October 23, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

Finally...md shammi and unadkat got their chance to prove themselve aganist the good team but playing vkumar instead of bkumar is a bad decision on this pitch where some help for seamers imagine if md shammi move nd swim the ball nd get the rid of top three aussie batsmen, imagine if Bkumar also there then may be this 290+ total is 150-170. once again maxwell nd bailey prove their talent nd it is good to see maxwell batting he will get 2nd highest price contract for ipl7bids after pollard

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Dropped catches took australia nearer to 300 might be tough to chase underlights

Posted by k51ngh on (October 23, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

i think shami ahmed was defintely better choice but buwneshwar kumar should not be sitting out. the pitch was turning today and he could surley do well. three fast bowler should be shami ahmed, b.kumar, vinay kumar

Posted by Mitty2 on (October 23, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

Bailey has the aura that Mike Hussey had in ODI cricket. We truly have a special cricketer on our hands and he must be utilised in these Ashes. He has a poor Ryobi Cup average and the fact that he averages above 50 in ODI cricket shows how he lifts to the occasion and can handle the pressure of international cricket. Even if the Bailey project fails, we won't be losing much, the rewards are veryhigh for not much risk. Also, Since Channel 9's executive producer (Mcnamara - now abysmally commentating on the Ryobi) said George Bailey could be "flipping burgers" he averages 68 at a strike rate of 97 in ODIs. And as for Haddin, he needs to go, he averages 17.4 in ODIs in the last two years, with just one fifty.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

and finally msd leaves out ishant which itself is a victory in a sense! it was great to see shami running in with passion and energy as compared to the listless hops by ishant in the past few games ! vinay Kumar is still in the team and god knows in what way he is better than bhuvi! he gets 1-2 wkts when batsmen are looking to slog every ball and ends up with a 6+ eco rate consistently! Mr dhoni please do consider mishra for the last 3 games ...by his own admission during the aus series this year ashwin needs a break when he gets into this t20 mode of trying too many variations ...send him back to his mentor so that he can focus on the basics ahead of the WI and SA tests ..we need an in form ashwin if we are to put up a good show in those series...

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 23, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

I hope that Dhoni will have courage to say that he is leading the worst fielding side in the world. Once again, media hype won't take catches or save boundaries. 5 catches were DROPPED today. The word is pathetic for an international Cricket team. Kohli is one of the worst catchers in the world. I remember him dropping catches in the IPL, then in Zimbabwe (one in each game) and now here. But NO WORRIES !!! According to Sunny Gavaskar, its BALL'S FAULT. LOL Every time an Indian fielder drops a catch, he says "the ball was heading away from the fielder" and praise the fielder for the effort (failed) to take a relatively pretty easy catch. LOL Then he goes on to say that even best fielders can drop catches. :)) OMG :)))

Posted by Rajeshj on (October 23, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Ashwin's wickets in this series have been due to terrific deliveries.. Mishra's wickets, on these flat decks, if any could be only due to mishits.. there is a subtle difference there and hope we don't lose brains by measuring performances on these flat decks.. anycase, the Indian public is in love with Mishra more and so be it.. We would always love to watch Ashwin at least in the league games out in Chennai.. he is a true master in his trade... May be if he was born in Mumbai/Delhi, he would have got glorious treatment even for nothing..

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

India need to struggle to win but they can do kudos to india

Posted by lovemadan on (October 23, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

dhoni , we like to remember you , your better bowler as of now , your services as a medium fast bowler is required remove ashwin & jadeja or vinay , let rayudu come in and keep wickets , we like to c you bowl 10 overs , i think raina bowled better than ashwin today , so dhoni , raina , yuvi 20 overs remaining by shammi , udkant ,bhuvaneswar .

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (October 23, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

Not a bad total in the end. This has been a bit of a trend - everyone seems to be able to chip in when the chips are down, so to speak. Will be interesting to see how the batsmen and bowlers handle the conditions for the second innings. India might struggle a bit.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

All eyes on mr dhawan.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

ishant should at least be given a 2 yr break...

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (October 23, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

terrible terrible terrible from indian bowlers. 3 early aussie wickets, and still having to chase 300 runs??? hope shikhar and kohli fire again otherwise it might get really tough.

Posted by AVRAJAN on (October 23, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

The best bowler of this day is given only 8 overs while a part time bowler(Raina) is given 8 overs (may to give a chance to shine atleast in bowling); poor captaincy by Dhoni. Also first time I often see wrinkles in Dhoni's face.Fans should consider the new rule of 4 persons only before passing comments on a bowler.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Thanks to the selectors for giving Shami and Unadkat a chance, but hard to digest that the main bowlers are not able to complete their full 10 overs...this really shows the weakness in our bowling or it was lack of captaincy...somebody tell me please

Posted by HDG1978 on (October 23, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

Sad to see the state of India's bowling and fielding. They can niether bowl nor field.With Dhoni's blue-eyed boys like Raina dropping sitters, god only can save India from a first round exit at the next WC. i.e. if our 'Captain Cool' backs these non-performing duds at the WC as part of the India squad. Thankfully sense prevailed and Ishant was finally shown the door. Shami took his chance and that helped India limit Aus to under 300 for a change in this series. However, Undakat failed to pick up a wicket. Won't be surprised if he is dropped in favour of Ishant in the next ODI. Let's hope India wins though I am not expecting them to. I dearly want India to win but the team seems to be headed the way they were, when Tendulkar was new with somebody's brilliant individual performance(like Dhoni's in the last ODI), but a defeat to savour at the end of the day. With all the batting stalwarts gone and the replacements not good enough(except Virat),India's struggles are here to stay.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

yaa ofcourse....it would hav chngd the course of match.......

Posted by srinideva on (October 23, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

@Haleos , Hello, first understand that Ashwin is a Off spinner and Mishra is Leggie/. we already have 2 leg spinners in the form of UV and jadeja in the playing XI. first understand the logic of selection and comment here..same goes to everyone who bashing dhoni and Ashwin..

Posted by baseball_sucks on (October 23, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Why did Dhoni not give Mohammed Shami, far and away India's best bowler a full 10 overs? If you have a team 3/30 then 4/70, there's no way they should make 295. If India lose this, put it down to poor fielding and poor captaincy

Posted by JustIPL on (October 23, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Shami did surprise everyone but initial use of the wicket was key in that. He got hit in the end as well. Dhoni was lucky to win the toss otherwise johnson would have exposed everyone here. Lets pray for dew otherwise aussies are within a very good chance here. Again the precious all rounders play their role.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 23, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

This is what I was talking about!! There's no shortage of talent in India. There's no need to continue with pathetic Ishant. It's the selectors fault if they still keep selecting Ishant. Also, it's time to ease out Ashwin. Players have figured out how to milk him for runs, and he is the worst fielder in the Indian team. Amit Mishra and Parvez Rasool are waiting for a chance to prove themselves.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Well done Australia. Good comeback after a poor start! It wont be easy but we can defend this!

Posted by ReverseSwingAtPace on (October 23, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Any new Indian bowler does well against the aussies. Ishant when he first came in. Today Shami. Is it the surprise or being unknown factor? Is it because once they have had a look a the bowler, the plans and strategies come into play and thats when the bowler starts struggling?

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

ishant is spared the abuse for this match.... sigh... it made for entertaining reading :p

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

Ashwin should rest and give chance to misheard. If virat takes aus captain first ball face catch....the match will be in different. RAFI

Posted by Haleos on (October 23, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Jadeja ahead of Ashwin after 8 over each. Who is the lead spinner here? We all know unfortunately the man who matters is being told to use the useless forever. Even someone like tahir is bowling better than Ashwin.

Posted by REALMADRIDFAN on (October 23, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Bailey was dropped the first ball he faced by kohli. Now indians will pay the price for it.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

ashwin should have been out of the team ...

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

come on guys.. we need a wicket !

Posted by DingDong420 on (October 23, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

How are Ashwin and Vinay still playing??? B Kumar instead of V Kumar and Mishra instead of Ashwin surely

Shami and Unadkat have bowled well today

Posted by bhushanB on (October 23, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Why not give Shami couple of overs now, before this partnership goes completely out of control...

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (October 23, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

gsingh7, I disagree. Don't judge a pitch until both sides have batted.

Posted by MKA5 on (October 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Bowlers like Vinay Kumar and Unadkat look so innocuous on this pitch. Only reason Vinay has been preferred over bhubaneshwar kumar is probably because of his death bowling as MS has got no confidence in BK's death bowling.. And if Vinay is not successful in containing the runs then MS should think of including Umesh Yadav..at least he can inject some pace and make it more interesting to watch if nothing else...

Posted by Shubhashis on (October 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

I wonder that Vinay is a batter bowler and option then Bhuvi. He is the best opening and swing bowler in current Indian team. And Man Of the Series of previous Indian Tour @Zimbabwe, Amit Mishra really deserves a chance with downgraded performance of Ashwin. Performers should be in the team and not with names !!!

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

Poor fielding from India by dropping 2 important catches !!!!!

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

So ridiculous that the best bowler B Kumar is benched and V Kumar plays. Bhuvi & Shami should be regulars with the new ball plus Irfan Pathan, Mishra and Jadeja. If Irfan is not fit, there is Unadkat & Pankaj Singh or even Zaheer, who even at 35, is fit enough to bowl 10 good overs. Vinay K is the slower version of Ishant.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

ridiculous. How could a person stick with vinay kumar and remove bhuvi. Bhuvi was one of the most economical bowlers in the entire series. Why remove him. Yes he didn't pick up much wickets, but when a bowler is forced to bowl back of a length because of these ridiculously tiny boundaries, dead batting pitches and a lightning fast outfields, he is is forced to bowl back of a length - taking his swing out of the equation completely. And when someone of his pace is forced to bowl a back of a length, u are not getting many wickets. With the type of batting wickets and Australia's massive batting depth I would rather have someone that gets 0/50 then someone who gets 2/70 - even those 2 wickets gotten cheaply when batsmen looking to slog after damage already being done.

Posted by bhushanB on (October 23, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Vinay squandering the advantage that conditions are offering... straying in both line and length...

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

Vinay is the one who will get success in the future mark my words.He has a lot of variations and can also pitch the ball up in helping conditions.He will be the one whom dhoni will turn to in the final overs.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

good decision dhoni

Posted by gsingh7 on (October 23, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

lols ashwin and vinay again playing after being thrashed no less than 3 times in a row.vinay went for 14 in first over when innings run rate was 4? shami was unlucky that future indian captain kohli dropped a regulation slip catch. we will see real aussie batting strength on a moderate pitch which have something for bowlers. they had it easy on roads previously prepared by curators.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

No bhuvi I mean a gud decision followed by a bizarre one dis was a gud pitch which could help his type of swing u did it again BCCI N co. y Vinay :-(

Posted by bhushanB on (October 23, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

Aus nicely picking and targeting the weak link...not that Unadkat bowled any wonders.. but he atleast did not commit that suicidal mistake of bowling short

Posted by Haleos on (October 23, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Vinaykumar would soon be playing for CSK and so would ishant. Next year we will see an all CSK india XI. Srini would work hi magic and get the foreign players Indian citizenship. Go Srini Go. We are with u. Please send us the CSK passes. We too are great enthusiasts.

Posted by bhushanB on (October 23, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

looks like Vinay is playing Ishant today..... may be a bit early....

To someone dismissing Bhuvi for lack of wickets.. did they see him bowl at all..... Look at Vinay's plight in the very first over...

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

why is Amit Mishra kept out of playing 11? His bowling figures are remarkably better than others. He had a very good form in IPL. He is a vwry much improved bowler. God knows why decision is taken basis big names rather than performance

Posted by bhushanB on (October 23, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

playing for the outswing... watson was cleaned up.... good pace.. good swing on both sides.... little more control is all what is needed in these rather slightly helpful conditions

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

bhuvi has failed to pick wickets so he is out..........

Posted by JustAnObservation on (October 23, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

Bhuvi benched so that Ishant does not get a guilt feeling... Bhuvi is sacrificed just to give the guilty a sense of comfort that even the best is benched. Ishant will be back for atleast the last couple of matches in case any of the bowlers misfire. These four do not deserve a long rope, only a few select do!!!

Posted by PANKAJ_GOGIYA on (October 23, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

what in the world did bhuvnesh kumar do wrong to be dropped???vinay kumar still in the side....bhuvi is far far better bowler than vinay kumar...

Posted by Haleos on (October 23, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Good to see fans talking about Ashwin on the feedback page. The rope for him defintely seems like it can go around the world few million times.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Ishant is a good bowler but why he is out of squad...... amazing..... he made India to lift the Champion Trophy.... now people are saying Ishant is not good....

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 23, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

why Buvi left out and why Vinay retained?

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

Guys what about B kumar ,,,,,,,,what wrong with his bowling

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

Mishra so sad...in ipl u be in csk thn oly u can be in playin11

Posted by CrICkeeet on (October 23, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

No Ishant?? oh, dear... people really gonna miss some six-a-side hitting today..

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