India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore

India edge sixathon with Rohit Sharma's 209

The Report by George Binoy

November 2, 2013

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India 383 for 6 (Rohit 209, Dhoni 62, Dhawan 60) beat Australia 326 (Faulkner 116, Maxwell 60) by 57 runs
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Rohit Sharma exults after reaching his century, India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore, November 2, 2013
The 200-club: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and now Rohit Sharma © BCCI
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It is an indictment of how skewed the contest between bat and ball has become that for 2961 ODIs, no batsman broke the 200-run barrier and now three have done it in the last 467 matches. Rohit Sharma was the latest entrant to the club, after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, and he hit 16 sixes - a world record - during a ransacking of Australia in the deciding match of a series that bowlers on both sides will be glad to leave behind. Incredibly, Australia lost because they were out of wickets and not time.

India hit 19 sixes as they racked up 383; Australia replied with 326, the ninth time in 11 innings that a team passed 300 this series. And though they lost by a sizeable margin in the end, they did not lose the six-hitting contest. Australia matched India in raining blows over the Chinnaswamy Stadium's tiny boundaries and together they smashed the record for the most sixes in a one-day international. India and New Zealand had hit 31 in Christchurch in 2009; India and Australia hit a numbing 38 today. And 29 balls remained unused. Vinay Kumar's 1 for 102 in nine overs were the worst figures by an Indian in an ODI; Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson were close to owning the record for the quickest 50 by an Australian, and James Faulkner's 57-ball 100 was his country's fastest ODI century. It was hard to make sense of it all.

The madness began with Rohit. For a batsman to have the opportunity of making a double-century in 50 overs, stars need to align, and they did today. Apart from the playing conditions that already favour run-making, George Bailey put India in on an easy-paced pitch and a Lilliputian outfield, the weather was cool and the humidity low, and Australia had sent home Mitchell Johnson, then lost Watson to injury in the middle of his spell, while their remaining bowlers sent down a variety of pies. Rohit had the necessary luck too, when on 120 he was dropped at deep square leg by the substitute Moises Henriques, who parried the ball over the boundary to worsen the six count.

Rohit might have felt the need to compensate his team and the crowd for running out Virat Kohli, the hottest batting talent in India at the moment, for a duck. He and MS Dhoni plundered 167 runs off 94 balls for the fifth wicket. India scored 151 in the last ten overs, of which 101 came in the last five. Rohit had gone past 100 off 114 balls. And then he went past 200 off his 156th delivery. It was difficult to recall that Rohit had played the supporting act during his sixth century stand in 19 innings with Shikhar Dhawan, their third such opening partnership of this series. And that he had to overcome a testing period, when Dhawan was trapped lbw in the 19th over and Kohli run out in the next.

Despite India having gone past 100 in 15.1 overs, a whole new level of carnage began from the 26th, when Rohit waylaid the spinners, launching Xavier Doherty and Maxwell repeatedly into the stands between square leg and long-on. When the quicks returned, they repeated their errors of bowling both sides of the wicket, and Rohit continued driving and flicking over the leg-side boundary, while also driving fours and sixes between point and long-off. His smooth stroke-play was in contrast to Dhoni's brutal blows, which included a helicoptered six that flew over the roof at long-on.

At the start of the final over, Rohit was on 197. He brought up his double by driving Clint McKay over the cover boundary, and sent the next one over midwicket to claim the record for most sixes in an innings.

When Australia had slipped to 74 for 4 in the 17th over of the chase, with Watson hamstrung in the dressing room, India looked like coasting to victory. But out came Maxwell, wielding his bat like a hammer. He hit his first ball for six, and then pillaged Vinay to sprint to 28 off 6 balls. He swiped and slugged his way to equalling Simon O'Donnell's 18-ball record for the fastest Australian half-century, and eventually fell for 60 off 22 deliveries.

Then came the wounded Watson, his penchant for six-hitting increased by injury, his anger stoked by Dhawan's graceless mocking of his hobbling between the wickets. He too vandalised Vinay for 22 in an over, and was in the running to beat Maxwell and O'Donnell, before he was caught for 49 off 22 at short third man, off Dhoni's thigh.

The most astonishing performance of the day, however, came from Faulkner, who added 115 runs with McKay for the ninth wicket. At one point, when the stand was worth 57, McKay had contributed no runs to it. He plundered Vinay, for 21 runs in an over, and moved from 35 off 29 balls to a century in the next 28 deliveries to beat Matthew Hayden's record for Australia's fastest century. While Faulkner hit fours and sixes seemingly at will, the Diwali crowd fell silent and had he had a proper batsman for company, Australia may have been able to pull off one of the most improbable chases.

They needed only 67 off 48 balls when Ravindra Jadeja began to slow them down, first with a three-run over and then by bowling McKay with the final delivery of his spell. Faulkner then mis-hit the next ball, high into the night sky, and Dhawan, running fast to his right at deep midwicket, caught it superbly to give India the series 3-2.

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Posted by Temuzin on (November 5, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Indian batsmen are too good for opposing bowlers. its unfair. There has to be balance between two teams. India should have dropped Dhawan, Kohli and Dhoni to make matches more interesting. For this very reason, this series was pretty boring.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

The respective attitudes of the 2 camps are reflected in Johnson's release and India's going for the 11 they fancy as their best, whether or not it actually is. So the A team argument from one camp has some merit, I thought.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

those who still whine that this series was farce, boring waste if time etc etc, who told you to watch it. simple switch off the tv or change the channel. as simple as it gets aint it. now coming to my 2nd point that lot of people here complain that batsman's performance should not be judged on how they bat on flat tracks, similarly bowlers performance should not be judged on how they bowl on bouncy, seaming or spinning tracks. that makes mcgrath, lee, ajmal, anderson, murali etc etc avg bowlers. reason simple- mcgrath lee bowled mostly in aus/eng and took most of the wickets on those pitches. anderson and co same on eng/aus which naturally assists fast bowlers. murali took wickets on the slow spin assisting tracks of sri lanka and ajmal creates havoc im spinning tracks of uae and asia. so i term all of them avg bowlers. agreed everyone who whines at indian batsman. cm'on u people cant have best of both the worlds. if ind batsman are avg then these bowlers are also avg..

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 5, 2013, 2:29 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha:

Pathetic excuses once again. Is this really Aus B Team? If so why did you send a 2nd string Team? Is it India fault? Aus did not come close to winning the series at all, 2 matches were lost out of which at least 1 was all for India's. Except the 1st match, Aus never really looked like winning another one but for Ishant at Mohali.

Who is missing from this 2nd/3rd String Aus Team? Clarke? Warner? Pattinson? The Aus A team was in India a few months back for tests, you know what happened then? India thrashed Aus 4-0 then. Btw, the Oz A team played in the prev Ashes too & lost 0-3 there too.

I guess u did not see the crowd applauding Faulkner for his 100 or do you want the Indian crowd to celebrate Aus hitting 6s? This esp when we do not see you guys saying anything for Kohli for 2 awesome 100s or for Rohit for his 200?

Ground was tiny? Most 6s were 80+ mtrs, large enough for even MCG.

Your logic is, anyone who played for Aus in the last 6-7 yrs is part of the A team.

Posted by srikumar_s on (November 4, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Avid movie watchers will understand that a hero is considered better if stakes are higher and villains are mightier. If not movies'll be boring. Imagine Schwarzenegger beating up villians who won't stand a chance anyways. This series was like that for bowlers.

Nobody is questioning india's capability to win even with bowling friendly conditions. But to have lop-sided contests which are pro-batsmen is not going to help them improve as team

When we talk about tendulkar's greatest innings, we say his innings as a teenager in seaming wickets of australia as a prime example. why? Coz, he overcame insurmountable odds and showcased his batting talent

Same with Lara's match winning knock of 153. even though it was home conditions, he marshalled the tail enders against the might of warne and mcgrath. i can still visualize walsh pumping his fist from the other end when lara batted against them and still won single-handedly

As an avid cricket fan, would you rather watch this 209 or that 153?

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

Look at the performances of some good bowlers in IPL: Sunil Narayan, Stein Johnson, Bhuvi, Bravo, Harbhajan Singh. Its the same set of pitches. One of the factors in this high scoring series is the true nature of the pitches, but you cant ignore the immense batting talent shown by Virat, Dhawan, Bailey, Maxwell, Faulkner. The batsman has shown tremendous self-confidence throughout the series and time and again they have been helped by dropped catches. The bowlers had not much going for them and they have not helped their cause by being in-consistent in their line and length and some bad luck when they the crucial catches were dropped. .

Posted by Waws on (November 4, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Slowly but surely bowlers will die out, or at least good quality bowlers ,I mean every cricket loving boy in school would have watched this series and would have seen how uneven an contest you get between bat and ball, I mean who would want to be a bowler on pitches like that in India, they might as well chuck underarm full tosses for the batsmen, saddest of all is that the bowlers still gets slack from the media at the end of the day, this my dear friends is India destroying the game of cricket....Run bowlers run, in India this is a batsmen`s game. Anyone that knows and totally appreciate the morals of cricket would have shook their head when watching this series, this is becoming a joke, lets see if the mockery continues when Kohli ect have to stand up to quality pace bowlers on normal wickets in SA.. Proud ENG supporter

Posted by Waws on (November 4, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Playing on flat tracks with short boundaries.....must be awesome being an Indian batsman, India is making a mockery of the game of cricket, in 10 years time all the kids in school would want to be batsmen, I mean who wants to be a bowler in a contest were you have absolutely nothing going for you... they might as well ask bowlers to throw underarm full tosses so that we can see witch batsmen smacks the ball the furthest, this is a batsmen`s game in India...But unfortunately we live in a world where some countries will have the last say in everything and have all their way...Well done on destroying an even contest India ,as you will see that none of your batsmen will be able to put up big scores in SA. Proud Aussie Supporter

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

This series was a farce. A mockery of the contest between bat and ball.

Posted by roger83 on (November 4, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

@Blade_Runner Mate you keeping whining , criticizing , undermining the efforts of Indian team , players , pitches , stadium boundaries and Team India will keep doing what they like the best "WINNING" ! Infact all your criticism(rather troll) is a good omen for us and also goes to show how keenly you follow India's cricket just like fan does ! Good job keep it up !

Posted by anshu.s on (November 4, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

@LillianThomson, may be because the series is being telecast on a paid channel, maybe because of the time differrence between Ind and Aus with most matches ending by 3 am in late night Australia time, nobody in India cares weather Auatralian public watched this series or weather they watch any cricket at all , ayways AFL,NRL and even EPL is streaking ahead of cricket in popularity stakes back in Australia, As far England is cocerned we all know it's football crazy and in New Zealand Rugby is no. 1 sport and in SA it is rugby and Football , when people from those country don't watch there own teams in action how do you expect them to watch Ind vs Aus, i am sure you will try to counter by saying cricket is so popular in all these countries and you also contribute financially but you will only be living in denial.India is nerve cente of cricket not only financially but we are totally cricket crazy with a fanbase of millions.So please accept the truth and get to terms with it.

Posted by TSJ07 on (November 4, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

1.Most non Indian fans are praising the match b/w SA and PAK while ridiculing AUS vs IND. Had Indian India prepared spin friendly wicket with 3-4 spinners bowling against AUS and PAK scoring 350's consistently against SA on flat pitches then no one could have complained coz these bunch of self acclaimed cricket critics just want to lambast Indian cricket be it BCCI or Indian players. I do not mind criticism of BCCI coz we all know the reasons but as Indian we should all stand up against this bunch of critics who always or belittle Indian team's performance wherever we play good cricket and laugh at us when we fare poorly. Credit should be given where its due. 2.Fans from AUS ENG NZ and SA should know that pitches in IND are different from SL and PAK pitches where bounce is low more so in BD and SL but in India the bounce is good thats why batsmen can hit thru the line and score heavily.Thsts why many AUS batsmen did very well & SA is finding difficult coz of heavy spin friendly pitches

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 4, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

FijiCricket-thanks for exposing so called Kiwi residing in AUS-i hyave been fallowing her/his coments for quate a while and it transpires he is from our region in desguise always demeaning IND team & talking big on a particular team from our neighbourhood.

Posted by Samdanh on (November 4, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

The mocking act by Shikhar was a rank poor exhibition of player behaviour and was in poor taste. It is high time Dhoni takes control and works to modify behaviour especially of some of the India team members who are keen to play to the crowd with their antics that show them in poor light more often than not, of late

Posted by avani on (November 4, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

I congratulate India for winning the series. Batsmen from both India and Australia flourished and got runs in abundant on these pitches. While performance wise indeed it is a very good performance by India, but we should keep in mind that these are Home ground pitches suited for batsmen. (I am not complaining about the pitch. pitch is a pitch whether batting pitch or bowling pitch. Performance matters). I will still insists that let these Indian batsmen also flourish in bouncy bowling pitches of SA, Aus & NZ. That is also equally important. Until then we cannot say they are the best in the world. Also we cannot judge bowlers as worst in the world either. What I mean to say is that, we need to have at least 2-3 batsmen who equally capable of scoring in tricky pitches consistently. Coming to Australia side, they are now so much used to batting pitches scoring big runs, hope they do not lose grip on bouncy pitches in Ashes. series.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

People are commenting " if guys like Faulkner can hit...." Guys please note just coz he comes at no. 7 he is not ordinary. please don t take him as one ordinary player. This guy is a very intelligent cricketer. I see him as d future captain of Australia. And he has ability/talent to be that. Just needs experience. There is just one other player who can give him run for his money is Steven Smith .Both these are exremely talanted and "intellinget" cricketers.

Posted by Fijicricket on (November 4, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

@Lillian Thompson-you watched SA/Pakistan in Australia? Which channel? It was NOT broadcast live! Please advise if some channel is showing so people that who like slow scoring games on doctored pithes can enjoy like you lolzzz

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

and besides when india will win tests at home these fans(sri lanka specially like blade-r.....) will start whining about the SG ball, like it gives advantage to india and favours india, other teams cannot play SG ball and blah blah, icc should ban SG balls etc etc .. but their genius brains cant accept the fact that india plays superior and better cricket then their below average team..all indian fans just ignore the baseless comments from these fans because they dont have any factuals to support them and if india wins everywhere still they will keep on whining. and lastly if india is poor travellers then sri lanka is pathetic worst travellers...

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

Its about time ICC and MCC sit down and discuss Bats and Balls, Im all for seeing a massive six being smacked out of the ground, but there is no comparison to past generations, Viv Richards had these modern day Bats, Boy o Boy would that have been fun for him guess he could of smacked it 170-190m easy without breaking sweat, lets give these Modern day Players bats from the '70 just for fun and see if they still can thrash it 100m, Another Area are Balls, England love their Duke, Australia Kookobura India SG, nothing against that at all, but lets bring an even contest for all nations, how about Tenders for different Manufactures for producing official ODI and Tests Balls? there are more Countries than just the big 4, this will give the bowlers advantage in knowing the Ball will be consistently the same in India England or New Zealand,

Posted by Samdanh on (November 4, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

It is the condition of the pitches that helped both teams score consistently above 300. Compare this with SA V Pak series in Dubai. It has been a low scoring contest so far though the rules are the same

Posted by Int.Curator on (November 4, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

If you are to have statistics they might as well be accurate!

Just in regard to statistics and factoring in an equation to validate a venue. We have some very small ovals in Australia where the RYOBI cup was recently decided.

It was David Warners home ground and he amassed a lot of runs.

Compare this to other larger venues where fewer runs are made.

Where is the consistency when venues differ so much to give an appraisal?

Where is the fairness especially if batting and bowling averages and aggregate medals are to be awarded.

Posted by Nids_999 on (November 4, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

Guys, this is not the first time cricket matches held in Indian grounds. Earlier also matches played here and no one scored beyond 350 often. And why everyone blaming Indian bowlers since Indian team had chased down 350+ two times and also scored 380+ in last match of Aussie bowling. Both the bowling sides failed since those are batting friendly pitches. This is not first time Aussie playing in India, don't forget that Aussie too batted well. But Indian batting side is better than any other team in the past 2 or 3 years. So India won the series...fair result..This is the team ranked no 1 because they have played better cricket outside India as well for the last some years.T-20 impact(especially IPL), the main reason for such high scores. Lets see in the upcoming series and decide how is it going to be..I guess even on the bowling pitches 300 will be possible from now on...

Posted by uksar on (November 4, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

@Purvutharahjah, I mostly agree with your points specially your assessment about the old greats with present perspective.Most of the fans get nostalgic when people talk about the old great.But the reality is present batsmen are far more aggressive than before. Probably Jaysuria has set the trend earlier and we have seen him mercilessly hitting the two greats (Wakar & akram).

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

Good series,and both side bowlers were clobbered,while Australia pacers were much better in terms of variety and quality,inspite of a batting pitch.BCCI has to review all these pitches on which matches were played,and build a better pitch which will make the contest even for all players in the team to exhibit their skills in their respective department,rather mad hitting.However our quality of pace and spin bowling including Ashwin and Mishra,frontline spinners need to be relooked by the selectors especially when India is having lot of matches against various opponents and prepareation of world cup Ishant,Vinay kumar need to go back to ranji,basics . before aspiring for recall.Surprised for West Indies again Ishant has come back.Do not understand Dhoni's liking for him.Send some of our pacers to bowl in county matches in England/Australia.BCCI has got tonnes of money to invest on our pacers,who have to learn to clock 140 +.

Posted by Greatest_Lame on (November 4, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

Congratulations to India, commiserations to Aussies. Final scoreline 3-2 is a right reflection of where these two teams stand right now and it felt good to watch a closely fought series.

It's easy to term these matches as batting slugfests and scorn at batting performances but no matter how challenging the conditions, pitches, new rules, are for the bowlers, when you witness India chasing down two 350+ totals without MS Dhoni playing a big role, it's safe to say that India's batting talent has shone brightly.

Pitches and stadium sizes in India have remained pretty much the same but the attitude of batsmen towards batting has changed drastically. Both Kohli and Rohit hardly slogged during their sublime performances yet scored big runs.

Some rules definitely need tweaking but bowlers simply have to adapt to stay relevant. It's a brutal fact but then it's Darwinian. Really good bowlers will find a way to succeed. Cricket's evolving in front of our eyes whether anyone likes it or not.

Posted by Insult_2_Injury on (November 4, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

Oh God, make it stop! Rule makers world wide have choked bowlers out of the game. Admins complaining about ODI's being a burden on the game, have turned it into a farce. 115 runs off 36 balls is criminal. Why would a guy want to be a bowler? This garbage game was reflected in the Australian domestic ODI comp last month, with ridiculous scores and crowds yawning as balls sailed over their heads. It's not cricket and it's not sustainable. Batsmen with inflated opinions of their ability and bowlers going for a 100 off 10 routinely is not cricket. MAKE IT STOP!

Posted by Cricdew on (November 4, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

@Lillian....Then mate why are you showing your frustration here...relax..you enjoy so called equal bat-ball series..let us enjoy this OK

Posted by MichaelBurton on (November 4, 2013, 2:36 GMT)

We easily thrashed Ausies. We all Indians are happy. Our legends scored bucketful of runs. Look at their averages. They might have raised it quite significantly. But, whats the purpose of dead flat pitches.We all bashed our famous Ro(No)hit Sharma since ages, but suddenly he became a legend in the calibre of Sachin. See what thes types of pitches could do. These pitches can make legends in single match. This could be the only series that a team scored 350+ three times. This could be the series with highest runs. May be highest player averages. What else? If we continue like this, other countries won't take our players averages seriously. They might ask to discount our players averages by a fraction. Unlike in the past, we could no more rely on the importnace of player averages in making legends. I prefer Pak vs. SA series over our series on any day.

Posted by jargan83 on (November 4, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

Worst one day series I have ever seen. Cricket is supposed to be a contest between bat and ball, not a game where every second ball disappears into the stands. Which player said you might as well have fast bowling machines out there?

Posted by LillianThomson on (November 3, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

@Rajendra Rele How do you argue that this runfest series has won over new fans?

Here in Australia the series was played in evening prime time, but the TV ratings were so low as to be unmeasurable. Even when Australia was winning, no one was watching.

I acknowledge that there seems to be an Indian audience for this product. But cricket lovers in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England can't be bothered to watch even if they subscribe to pay TV.

I'm a Kiwi living in Australia and while I subscribe to the channel in question, I didn't watch a moment of any of the matches. Why would I? I watched Pakistan v SA instead.

Posted by abc3 on (November 3, 2013, 21:46 GMT)

One guy screams small grounds and everybody jumps the bandwagon saying grounds are small. It's just remarks being passed out of pure hatred towards India without checking facts. Nagpur ground is bigger than all grounds in the world except for Melbourne with is a couple of metres bigger. Those 80 - 82m long boundaries in Nagpur didn't stop Indian from chasing 360. Stop this argument since all grounds in NZ and most in SA are much smaller these these grounds. Should be ban all those grounds then?.

Posted by Nampally on (November 3, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

In one of my earlier inputs here, I had stated Rohit Sharma got 204 out of his 209 runs in 4's & 6's. That should read 144. I regret my error & apologise for the mistake.

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (November 3, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

IF BD can chase 300 then why you guys have problem when No. 1 team India chases 350?

Posted by neutralcricket on (November 3, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

As a neutral observer, a few comments: 1> Pitches are same size as they used to be 20 years before. In fact, there are many smaller grounds all over the world where international cricket is played on regular basis. I noticed a few are struggling w/ some basic math radius/diameter. 2>T20 matches have given more confidence and thrash any kind of bowling. This helps particularly India more w/ IPL/Champion league exposure 3> Test of good bowler or batman is they can play on any kind of surface w/o any excuse. In upcoming SA/IND, ground would be pace friendly which is expected. At the same time, nobody should complain about flat pitches in India. 4> 4> Any rule change helps/hurts both the side. 5> IND has been producing better batsman - law of population & recent economy growth is helping them similar to how it plays for China/USA in other games. No surprise that all 200+ produced by Indians. Remember someone else again IND on those grounds but couldn't achieve the same so far.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Rohit a failure til yesterday overhyped suddenly have come good. South Africa will definitely seal his fate. Small tour but reality check. All watch out

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (November 3, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

@ Himanshu Dev, If this is not a cricket, then the team makes 225 runs in 50 overs match or the team makes 250 runs playing whole day in Tests. Is this what you call cricket? If there is no thrilling, nobody can enjoy. The people like you call 1970s cricket as "REAL CRICKET" when most of those tests used to be ending in draw? Or teams were playing unnecessary slow like bullock-cart and used to make 250 runs in 60 overs? That wasn't a cricket. This is called cricket where no one knows what score will be the safe to beat the opposition. In 1970s-1980s if any team made 250+ runs the opposition teams always felt uneasy to chase it. During that time, almost all the time, the second batters never try to chase those 250+ runs in even 60 overs. That wasn't a "CRICKET".

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

How is a run fest killing cricket ? It is actually making the game more popular, a game becomes popular when great deeds are accomplished and then more people follow it. Its not necessary that they all understand it as "completely" as some of the "experts" here. But I bet cricket acquired even more followers and converted many non-followers simply attracted by the batting pyrotechnics in this series. In past times great bowlers brought crowds to the game, so what if today batsmen are bringing crowds to the game. Cricket is much stronger because of this series rather than weaker. Fans become discerning over a period of time but are drawn to the game by super-human efforts...where was boxing before Muhammad Ali, where was golf before Jack Nicklaus, Baseball before Baberuth, Basketball before Larry Bird, Tennis before the great Rod Laver....It is to watch the deeds of great men that crowds flock, discerning they may eventually be but crowds they certainly are today...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

Rohit Sharma gets a double hundred, and India cross 350 yet again. Is this international cricket or stick cricket?!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

I forgot to mention the giant compressed tree stumps these guys bat with and I'm pretty sure messing with the ball is contributing to these sluggathons.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

More evidence how T20 has destroyed cricket, which has become a slogathon. Bowlers have forgotten how to bowl and grounds keepers have forgotten how to prepare a proper wicket.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

everybody taking about pitch, do you think it will happen every series.i personally feel it is heavy contest.still the highest score 434 has been chased down by SA is the best chase. do you think SA pitch is flat one?

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

George Bailey called the ODI series as an extra ordinary series. it may be true regarding the records.. but the truth is "it was One of the most boring/worst ODI series" ever..even Dhoni said we are better off using bowling machines . by producing these kinds of pitches, BCCI is killing any hopes left for pace bowlers. and no wonder why an Indian pace bowler is quickly becoming an endangered species, guys like Vinay Kumar or Ishant may not play ODIs again unless Dhoni backs them. I seriously hope Cricket Australia wont produce these kind of pitches for 2015 WC

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

lol whats wrong with you australian fans... when india lost to australia 5-0 in test we didnt complain, all we did was made a young team that is good on field and with bat and bowl and we went to england ( where the pitch is not FLAT or the ground is not small) and we won the champions trophy.. thats what a team should do rather than complaining.. lol and complaining the new rule.. guy have u watched the SA vs PAK match it was hard fro them to go past 200 and yet they still had same rule as AUS vs IND and they dont complain... and you guys talking about dhawan making fun of watson?..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

I don't understand some of our Indian supporters comment criticizing Indian bowlers? Look at their bowler economy and compare hw many wickets the got, against our bowlers. I think our bowlers did fair job include Vinay bit expensive but got fair wickets. Shami was best. Four out of first five bowlers are Indian in series. I think they did best job in given situation. Poor ishant one bad over on given day and done, I think he went 5 to 7 run too many in that over. Can any one analyze hw many overs we have seen more than 20 runs in over in this series. Criticism is good but do with compression and situation

Posted by Leggie on (November 3, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

The high scoring in my opinion were due to a) Four top order Indian batsmen - Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli and Dhoni came to form at the same time and this remained throughout the series - which is normally a rarity; b) Indian bowling lacked the skills - especially Ishant and Vinay; c) the pitches were well rolled and were being used for the first time for the season after the monsoons. This made the spinners ineffective, and all pitches started to look alike!! (The real nature of a pitch usually comes out once the top surface wears off after some usage). Though this series was boring in one aspect, one cannot take away credit from the Indian batsmen who scored very well.

Posted by Nampally on (November 3, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Congrats India for the series win & Congrats. Rohit for being the player of the series, sealing it in grand fashion with a double century. This series revealed many things about batting strength of both India & Australia. India got their top 3 batsmen- all youngsters, aiming to be amongst the best batsmen in the world. Similarly the OZ have some young talent like Maxwell, Faulkner & Bailey in batting & some good spinners apart from excellent pace attack. Indian bowlers ranged from B.Kumar & Shami (Good) to Ishant & Vinay (Ugly). In between Jadeja & Ashwin had their good & ugly days. However the sad part of this series is playing on grounds with small boundaries & dead pitches. They were bowlers Nightmare & Batsmen's Paradise. No wonder 300 total was insufficient to defend. ICC should make it mandatory to strictly impose the minimum boundary distance as specified in the rules + BCCI should make the pitches more sporting. Failure to do so will be disastrous for the Bowlers & Cricket!

Posted by class9ryan on (November 3, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

To stay in the middle till 49.3 overs requires some doing. I personally have always felt he is our best batsman in terms of caliber even on green tops. Rohit easily could be the best player in that 2 match test series vs RSA. That should be litmus test for Rohit. But on these Indian tracks, he just looks so comfortable.

Posted by class9ryan on (November 3, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

If we are playing in India, why isn't the ball turning ? Had the ball even gripped on the surface the score of 350 would have been 300-310... And curators please don't forget that spinners are bowlers, if u can't prepare wickets for pacers ... u could do it for a spinner. If this continues we will have atleast 10 Indian double centuries till 2018-2020.

Posted by SL-USA-Lions on (November 3, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Congrats India... You guys played well...

The pitch and the ground size are irrelevant because both teams had the same conditions.

Virat is a Gem and has the potential to be as Great as Sachin.

Hope he continues the good form. All the best from an avid Admirer...

Posted by SUPER_SIX on (November 3, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

This Aussie balling lineup is the weekest I've seen for ages. If CA Include Johnson,Pattinson,Starc,Harris in their ODI lineup they can be world beaters.

Posted by LillianThomson on (November 3, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

Golden age of batsmanship?

George Bailey averaged 18 in First Class cricket last season. MS Dhoni has played 77 Tests, half of them on dead wickets in India, and can't even manage an average of 40.

It would be okay if these huge scores were being compiled by great batsmen. But they are being achieved by batsmen who aren't even very good.

Posted by tendulkardhoni on (November 3, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

mind blowing innings by rohith sooper win by indians

Posted by fleetwood-smith on (November 3, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

......with Lee retired, Johnson returning home and Starc out we didn't have that. I would like to see Harris, Siddle and Cummings(when fit) play more ODIs, but CA seem to marking these as Test players only. BUT, having said what an enjoyable series it was, have to lament the lack of a contest between bat and ball. The rules forcing fielders up have to be scrapped. Aggressive running between the wickets and sharp fielding, two exciting features of the game, are being taken out. Who would want to be a bowler these days?

Posted by fleetwood-smith on (November 3, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

As a staunch Aussie supporter I have to say well done to India on the win in the one day series. The batting of Knli, Rohit, Dhawan and Dhoni was nothing short of incredible, and I must say that this series held my interest for longer and with greater focus than is usually the case with the seemingly never-ending one day circus. Usually its only the World Cup that I paid close attention to but this was compelling from the first match to the last. Quite buoyed by the efforts of the George and his team, proving that the cupboard is not completely bare and signs of a good team are beginning to emerge. With Warner, Smith, Marsh and Starc not touring, the depth is starting to improve again. Dhoni is right to say that it is not only India with death-bowling problems, and Australia have their own issues, especially given the way we were taken apart over the last 10 overs yesterday. You either need a supremely controlled spinner which we haven't had since Warner or extreme pace, and with....

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

First of all I love indian batting line up and I always have, I wish Pakistan had batsmen like that in their current line up. Now to the match. If this guy was played on different pitch bouncy pitch green, India would have still won. Dhawan, Kholi, Dhoin and Jadeja are good players, in my opinion Sharma is ok ok. Now the problem with this pitch is that no wants to see run feast, these pitches are just inflating their averages. yes they are good and one of the best currently but I think every game should be played on a pitch where it turns and bounce and also offer something to batsmen. India played good and I wont take away their victory because Aussie got the same condition its not like they batted on different surface but these kind of games does not interest everyone where there is nothing for the bowlers. India is good they showed us in ICC Champions trophy.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 3, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Congrats to India for yet another series victory. So it is 8-2 ( 4 tests +1 T20+3ODIs ) in favor of India. I have used this to remind the instance when some of the comments used such a logic to mock at India's last tour in Australia. Also, some people argued that rain protect India's no:1 status. Now what?

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

This slogging of bowlers have become to much! raining of sixes have also become to much! time to stop that. At least take away one new ball. Let the reverse swing come back-let the spinners enjoy also.

Posted by arnie66 on (November 3, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

The problem in this series has been that the Australian bowling attack is as toothless as the Indian bowling attack and is a shadow of the bowling attacks they had 10 years ago with Mcgrath, Fleming, warne, Lee etc. Both India and Australia donot have a single strike bowler like Steyn, Sunil Narine, Anderson, Ajmal etc that can be called to put the brakes on the batting side. In addition the new ODI rules has put these mediocre bowlers in a position to get hit off every ball.Further the batsman have got more aggressuve with the IPL (Kohli mentioned some time back after the Hobart run chase that the secret is thinking that the score is broken as 2 T20s rather than a single ODI chase). The pitches and Stadiums in India have not changed. Rather the factors above are contributing to the high scores. The Aus, english and SA pitches might help a bit but any contest with these teams will produce much higher scores than earlier due to the above factors.

Posted by cric_fan123 on (November 3, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

@Int.Curator - Please take a look at statistics which can be more easily deduced (as you looked at only the "Indian" conditions whereas same figures will emerge from Srilanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan/UAE too) like say Warne's record against the worst spin playing side - England and he played the most cricket against them. Lets put that to a barometer and adjust his wicket tally, should we? Or reduce Steyn's tally in SA, Eng and Australia. Or Philander's phenomenal record during his debut. I simply don't understand people's problem in undermining player accomplishment. So a sub-100 score on a seaming pitch and DRS -- Philander gets the credit but Faulkner hitting the fastest Australian century should be reduced? Thats mighty ridiculous.

Posted by Maverick73 on (November 3, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Thanks to BCCI and the retirement of the golden generation, cricket will become extinct in the next 5 years. Let me explain...

BCCI is all set to 'retire' cricket from public domain for ONE single reason. By making cricket a 'batting slug-fest'. The same batting superstars will be found wanting in swinging & bouncier conditions with the honorable exception of one or two. (e.g. test series in England & Australia)

Cricket is supposed to be a game between bat and ball. Bowlers have been reduced to mere 'punching bags' in Indian conditions. As a cricket lover I would be more interested to watch a match where the pitch has something for both the bowlers and batsmen and even a 140 is defend able in T20 (e.g. IPL 2 in SA).

The golden generation consisted of Sachin, Rahul, Saurav, Anil, VVS and to a lesser extent Srinath & Viru. These guys consistently performed well for India under all playing conditions in India and abroad. with 1 or 2 exceptions, i don't see the current crop excel abroa

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

I don't think yesterdays match is batsmen game.....the pitch is dead n there is no value for bowlers ,so ple change the tracks n make competitive games..

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (November 3, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Ashwin bowled beautifully yesterday. Ganguly and Gavaskar were praising him. He was the most economical bowler yesterday while the batsmen were throwing the bat at every ball. He even bowled few Yorkers successfully which was fun to watch.

Posted by mridulDeka on (November 3, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Speaking about this series,bowlers were butchered.I was surprised to see boundaries so short.India due to its geography and climate offers less swing and bounce and things have gone worse by introduction of new rule.But remember its not fault of BCCI as they opposed against it.Spin is important art of cricket.It should be preserved.Four feilders rule should be eliminated.India is doing well should sort out their fast bowling.As for aus they compete well,showed lot of fighting spririt.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

"Cricket should be an even contest between bat and ball" - I would like to understand what do people mean by this? In my opinion, technically, it means 300 runs scored against 300 balls. Anything more or less is uneven - correct? Then I would presume any match when the teams score less than 300 would be unfair to the "batting" because bowling had dominated - would that be a fair assumption? Is 270 odd runs against 300 balls not a good contest? It definitely is a good contest and so is a 330 or 350 run against 300 balls.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

as shane warne said few months ago, there should be no field restrictions at all. then innovative captains will find a way to get the batsman out. only 4 fielders inside allows even average players to score boundaries, because of mindset change post IPL. remember indian pitches have always been flat, curators can't do anything about that due to the geography just like pak pitches are. but in test cricket they start spinning on 4th or 5th day. they don't play for that long in odi's. also 2 new balls have killed the reverse swing the fast bowlers used to get. So icc needs to fix the rules. india would have won this series on any type of odi surface IMO

Posted by funkyandy on (November 3, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Terrible cricket! Rohit Sharma is talented, but clearly not good enough for international cricket (his record outside the Indian 'roads' clearly shows this). He needs 5 or 6 go's on the flattest tracks ever to make a stack of runs that dont mean anything. All the Indians can go round slapping each other on the back saying this is great, when really this is just killing cricket. Its supposed to be bat v ball!! Just fit all Indian grounds with bowling machines and be done with it.

Posted by WakeyLee on (November 3, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Cricket is supposed to be a contest between bat and ball, this was not..

Posted by AlbertPintoGussaHua on (November 3, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Here's a thought for the ICC to consider -- throw out all the current ODI rules like power plays, field restrictions, use of bouncers, wide balls outside leg stump, etc. Use the exact same rules as a test match. The only difference should be use of a single white ball per inning, colored clothing and of course limited overs. Let all of the other rules remain as in a test. That will give bring back some semblance of equality between bat and ball. Otherwise few years down the road, you may find that every cricketer wants to be a batsmen. Then who will bowl to them? Bowling machines?

Posted by ashokvetri on (November 3, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

As a DIE HARD Mumbai Indian fan, i am proud of my captain Rohit. who joins the group of 200's with our EX-captain great Sachin Tendulkar & Violent virender sehwag. Congrats rohit, virat & dhawan for your great entertainment & achievements throughout the series.. Of course thanks to CRICINFO...

Posted by TSJ07 on (November 3, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

......went for plenty in every match in comparison to Aussie bowlers who almost all went for plenty in all matches collectively. What I want to say is that as Sunny G has said many times that bowler is as good as how batsman play him.So if batman is good then he might be thrashed more so in shorter format.e.g. this PAK spin attack is good against SA,AUS,ENG,NZ,,WI but not so good against SL and even worse against Indian batting as S.C. players are better players of spin.(With due respect to PAK bowling)

Posted by piyer on (November 3, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Hai Guys,

Please hold on some here say except kohli no one else will succeed in SA. I cant agree with it by this I dont hate kohli how can one hate such a fabulous player. And never forget there is dhoni best finisher ever to be born.He may not be a great test batsman but in ODI he is a real beast who just tear any attack some say gayle is the best hard hitter I accept but dhoni plays the innings with a purpose not just for entertaining others. Other so called greatest hitters can never come near dhoni when they face stiff target while batting with tailenders he does it often not like others who do once in a blue moon, Yes for me or for indians technique is second fighting sprit is first dohni is best examle and he also will succeed in doni especially in ODIs. Dhonis mental strength is above all that is what seperates him from the rest whether steyn or anybody you name he will demoralise if he is ready to bowl him in the last over while chasing.

Posted by TSJ07 on (November 3, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

I would like to add few things... 1. I do not know why some people here are ridiculing Indian batting here.It has been India's strength since ages and these guys are even better than the previous Indian batters.this may be true due to fearless cricket that they play in IPL against top International bowlers and also may be coz they possess more skills than others. 2.However I would also like to add that present ODI rules of keeping just 4 fielders out is killing the fun of close contest b/w ball and bat. IMO rules should be changed to previous one's. We should all keep on writing this on forums irrespective of our nationality. 3.Everyone talk about poor Indian bowlers but what about 'Great' Aussie bowlers? Infact they allowed 200+ in T-20 and 350+ in ODI (Twice) to be chased down while allowing other team to score 3883 in another match!!! I guess Indian bowlers did better than their counterparts. If you analyse it Ind bowlers gave away less runs only that one of their bowler.....tbc..

Posted by coolitbaby on (November 3, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

don't understand why sri lankans keep posting garbage on these forums. india has won 2 world cup, champions trophy, and so many other cups. i am trying to rememeber the last time sri lanka won anything at all. knocked out of asia cup with negative run rate, knocked out of champions trophy in early rounds.. list is endless. you guys need to learn some etiquettes and develop some sporting spirit.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

Cricket has lost its charm and luster.Batsmen are scoring runs at will and that too very frequently.The real battle between the bat and ball is missing now.Cricket is not about hitting big sixes and fours or scoring a double hundred in 50 overs match.The grounds are small,pitches and the new one day rules are favouring the batsmen,runs come easy to any batsman who can see and hit the ball.Because of this the bowlers were at the receiving end,even good ball were hit for a six.This is not cricket and its not good for the game.Even very good bowlers were reluctant to bowl to batsmen under these conditions.Ashwin was bowling a negative line yesterday,he was so scared of being hit.This foolish trend has to change. If not, in future we may not need batsmen to score runs ,we only want muscle men with good eye sight,they can hit sixes and fours at will and entertain the crowd like "GLADIATORS ".

Posted by just_chill_chill on (November 3, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

i agree with the commentators here. right now india, sa, eng, pak are in a league of their own. sri lanka has not won a test match in india EVER - after 30yrs of playing tests here. and nobody remembers when they won a tournament even against kenya. their flat pitch run accumulators like mahela, sanga are getting old. younger players don't know how to play cricket. better to consider giving ireland and afghanistan one day status instead of sri lanka.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

I congratulate Rohit Sharma for his double century. Vinay Kumar and Ishant Sharma have not justified their selection in the team. Well done Shami and Bhuvi.

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (November 3, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

@Anirban Mitra yes, india has been playing unbelievably wel winning many trophiesl, particularly in 1day and t20, for many yrs now. other sub continent teams not doing so well. pak is inconsistent. sri lanka used to win at home on favorable pitches but are now being thrashed at home also in addition to receiving hammering abroad. SL team finished last in asia cup on these "flat pitches" with a negative run rate !!! and these fellows are not able to digest india's awesome success. does not matter, india is WORLD CHAMPIONS. WOOHOO.

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 3, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

JAWAID AHMAD- Is any body ccompelled u to watch this so called farce , we are more than enough. i can understand u r pain - u r team could not win a single match in UK with so called world class bowling which always fails to win a match in bowling friendly conditions whether its in AUS, WI, ENG OR SA, on spinning tracks with 3 spinners at u r fotress u just won a match that too after failing to chase 180 at SHARAAH, had it been IND u people might have branded those pitches as mine fieds - yaa - so called great spinner again doing havocks on these mine fields after failng utterly in ENG, SA WI & EVEN IN ZIM.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

@AltafPatel November 3, 2013, 9:19 GMT

Faulkner's hundred of 55 balls tells what kind of talents he has under pressure that differs with your obsessed opinions of the pitch. Yuvi hit 6 sixes in an over against Broad & guess where it was.....in your own country South Africa. There are talents every where other than South Africa which should be applauded for their efforts. Proteas are hard to score runs against SL recently & against Pak in UAE.

@Int.Curator November 3, 2013, 8:42 GMT

Predetermine & prejudiced minded statistics won't help you to compare players from various countries. When we don't care about stats by our players, why do you need for comparison? By the way, IND batsmen have better away averages than the home ones. The current squad is fresh one and don't be judgemental too early. Btw, I had never seen such a bad statistical opinion as presented by you here.

Posted by anshu.s on (November 3, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Let me say first that i was not overly enamoured with the nature of batting friendly conditions in the series but most of the Australian fans on this website had already made there minds up to thrash the series even before a single ball was bowled, most of them didn't watch the matches and hence no comments about merits and demerits of the match itself.All you heard was BCCI bashing,undemining the efforts of Indian players and worse of all constant questioning of 50 over and T-20 format itself.Why do these fans get so beat up about various formats of the game ?? comments like this is not real cricket etc.I undesrtand most of the Australians commenting here are huge fans of Test cricket but why thrash talk or constantly demean shorter formats ?? shoudn't a true cricket lover enjoy all 3 formats, if not atleast respect them and the fans who enjoy them,. impression i get is that you blokes only watches test cricket and much rather watch a game of NRL,AFL, EPL rather than shorter versions.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

I m wondering why Sri Lankans and pakistanis are defending the Australia's defeat more than Aussie. jealous?

Posted by ssenthil on (November 3, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

How well Indian bowlers fared?

R Ashwin 9 Wickets @ 37.22 Avg, 5.98 E Rate and 37.3 SR

R Jadeja 8 Wickets @ 41.87 Avg, 5.58 E Rate and 45.0 SR

R Vinay 8 Wickets @ 43.12 Avg, 7.93 E Rate and 32.6 SR

M Shami 7 Wickets @ 22.85 Avg, 6.62 E Rate and 20.7 SR

Incidentally this 4 were also the top 4 wickets takers in this series that including Australia.

Y Singh 2 Wickets @ 50.50 Avg, 7.21 E Rate and 42.0 SR

I Sharma 2 Wickets @ 94.50 Avg, 7.87 E Rate and 72.0 SR

B Kumar 2 Wickets @ 117.00 Avg, 5.44 E Rate and 129.0 SR

Other bowlers who hasn't taken a wicket and their E rate

J Unadkat 5.16 E Rate in his 6 overs

V Kohli 11.25 E Rate in his 4 Overs

S Raina 5.50 E Rate in his 10 Overs and

A Mishra 7.80 E Rate in his 10 overs.

Do I need to explain more? The fact is Indian bowling is bad but Australia's is Worse or made it look worse by the Indian batting unit perhaps the Top 3. Others haven't really reqd.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

@srikumar_s The minimum distance to the boundary from the pitch is 60 yards,so you'll even see even smaller sixes.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Great series. India deserve the win..just. They have a great batting line-up and tons of ability. Australia should not be too worried. They played so well. Beaten by a more cohesive team. Who says ODIs are dead?

Posted by Int.Curator on (November 3, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Smith Garg@ yeah most definitely all statistics should be reviewed and validated by a factor, not just batting. I only looked at batting as it could be easily deduced.

A fair and reasonable process that eliminates the current inconsistency of contest between bat and ball at various venues.

The current statistics portrays and inaccurate appraisal of a players true ability.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

every team has a weak link. for us indians its bowling, same with the aussies. for pak eng and saf its batting but unfortunately for sri lanka the entire team is a weak link; batting bowling and fielding all are weak and the fans from there know this but cannot accept the fact that other subcontinental team like india has such a strong batting which wins matches for the country. also when by luck or chance when occasionally sri lanka wins a match its because they played brilliantly but when other team wins against them its because they played poorly and not that other team played well(according to players as well as fans of the counyry). sore losers, cannot accept the fact that other teams are strong and theirs is a below average weak team. losers and fans are justifying it repeatedly..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

every team has a weak link. for us indians its bowling, same with the aussies. for pak eng and saf its batting but unfortunately for sri lanka the entire team is a weak link; batting bowling and fielding all are weak and the fans from there know this but cannot accept the fact that other subcontinental team like india has such a strong batting which wins matches for the country. also when by luck or chance when occasionally sri lanka wins a match its because they played brilliantly but when other team wins against them its because they played poorly and not that other team played well(according to players as well as fans of the counyry). sore losers, cannot accept the fact that other teams are strong and theirs is a below average weak team. losers and fans are justifying it repeatedly..

Posted by AltafPatel on (November 3, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Faulkner scored hundred of 55 balls. Can understand what pitch had for batsman.

Posted by Aaranya on (November 3, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

This series can be explained in just one word........'absurd'

If these types of pitches and ODI rules to remain.....people will just stop seeing ODI matches....especially those happens in India or sub-continent....

ODI should not be something like extension of T20.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

@Int.Curator - So will the same factor be applied to fast bowling/spin bowling stats too? Why only target the batsmen?

Posted by cricketsubh on (November 3, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

i think this series real winner is pitch and india should stop make dead pitches if they want to find some young fast bowlers.

Posted by Int.Curator on (November 3, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

I've looked at the batting statistics in India.

Most touring batting averages are inflated by around 15 to 20 runs every time they bat.

The statistics tell part of the story and I am convinced India batting averages decrease when touring.

The statistics suggest the more you bat in India the higher your average and aggregate.

How valid are any player statistics with this inconsistency of players frequency of batting in India?

Especially when comparing players from various countries.

A factor needs to be applied when playing in various countries when determining statistics to gain a genuine value.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (November 3, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

This is early season and fresh pitches. May be curators were powerless to do anything with the pitches. Flat pitches combined with two balls rule and field restrictions made this series "batsmen's series". Bowlers looked demoralised. Captains were powerless, just stand and watch the ball sail over infield and fall on vacant areas and over the ropes. It is not good viewing if you want a contest between bat and ball.

Posted by siri12345 on (November 3, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

the fact that australia sent mitchell johnson home ahead of the most important odi of the series just indicate how important australia r taking this series.so the series was won by the team who desparately wanted to win the series at any cost that too only by 3-2.even if australia would hav taken this series 50 percent seriously they would have won it 5-0.on the longer run this type of series will hamper only one team and thats not australia coz they r nt even taking this series seriously.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Pakistan is the only team to beat India in India in a ODI series in last 4 years. Lost an ODI Series to Aus in Nov 2009.

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 3, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

JONATHAN JOSEPHS- All thoses great bowlers retired , but if u had fallowed crcket during thier playing days u must have seen how INDIANS - RIGHT FROM SIDHU, SREEKANT TO SAHWAAG, TENDULKAR treated WARNE & MURALI - just like club levels - WARNE - bowling ave - 50 + vrs INDIANS - EVEN MURALI baring few occations never been a threat to INDIANS , even WASIM , MACGRATH heavily suffered at the hands of our greats while touring IND, some one claimed on this page INDIANS could not have prformed like this against STYAN, i want to reauest all just refresh u r memory - SACHINS DOUBLE HUNDRED- that was vrs DALE STYAN & CO at NAGPUR few years back.like majority of cric lovers i am also pained to see these lifeless pitches , but all it transphires -for our IND bashers -if INDIA wins whether it on flat tracks in IND or seaming pitches in UK (CHAMP TROPHY) or in PERTH , J,BERG, IN WI, all those are branded as flat tracks only true wickets - when IND loses irrespective of venue ,

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

i am not sure why some are calling this not as contest of bat and ball...despite of the conditions, cricket is always a contest between bat and bowl...if the conditions doesnot help batsman or bowler, they need to evolve..i have seen many time batsman have rose to the level and batted beautifully on green pitches...however in this series bowlers have failed to rise to the level to challenge the batsman..well as u can see not all the batsman did well in this series which means that despite of the conditions favouring batsman, u still have to bat well to get the runs that dhawan, kohli, rohit, bailey, watson, faulkner did..both teams were poor at bowling...didnot see many variations, almost all bowls were similar and i rarely saw indian bowlers bowling to the field set..the series was outcome of some brilliant batting and poor bowling and fielding...not that i enjoyed bowlers being hammered, but that was their deficiency..johnson and shami showed at time how it should be bowled

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

there are many points to consider here especially for perpetual bad losers , those obsessed with fair contest between bat and ball and those suffering from chronic nostalgia of the past. 1. pitches were always flat in India and grounds have either remained same or gone a little bigger. Nothing has changed except for 2 ball rule and 4 player rule. AND both are advantageous to better bowling side , especially the side with better fast bowlers

2. Bigger scores are just the result of the above mentioned factors plus t 20 effect plus higher caliber of batters.

3. Game evolves and doesn't remain the same . one day cricket only started in 1975 and is still evolving. 1996 WC was one such watershed year , now this is another one

4. The reason why we play matches all around the world is coz of diversity of pitches . hence constant moaning abt them being flat is absurd . If India prepared spinning pitches , Aussies would have lost 5 - 0 . India did not exploit the home advantage at all.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

i think this is one of the most entertaining series rather than a great series....stop making this kind of flat pitches...this wont help any indianbowlers.....the talented bowlers from india are very few already,if this system doesnt change then it will be more difficult for the bowlers.....

Posted by 504429641 on (November 3, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

I guess @Purvutharahjah brought up a good point about how the bowling greats like mcgrath/ambrose/wasim/pollock would have bowled to this generation of batsman. Instead of always saying that ODI has become more and more batsman friendly, why not think in a different way that batsman have adapted to the game more than bowlers? (I agree that are a few rules which are batsman friendly but not entirely). Look at the bowlers, they are hardly bowling yorkers and variations like slower balls. Even if they bowl one or two, batsmen are picking those slower balls well and deflecting the yorkers to fine leg or square leg for four. Batsmen have definitely adapted more. Is there any innovation left for bowlers? Well, it will be an altogether new debate about the new ways of innovation for batsmen and bowlers. All I wanted to say is batsmen have adopted more than bowlers over the past decades. that's why we are seeing the increase in the average score.

Posted by rob_damn on (November 3, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

first century from an Indian bowler in ODI's... Congratz Vinay Kumar...

and on a completely unrelated matter, can we expect team management not to pick these peanut butter bowlers (read Vinay, Ishant, dhinda etc) ever again..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

@Zain Ahmed November 3, 2013, 6:40 GMT

What is the point behind your posting on this thread regarding unfit & dangerous ground issue which was rightly noticed by ICC. This is not a place where someone wishes to overreact. Dangerous precedence is always taken into account by every sports authority. Take an example of Boxing, Hockey, Football. There are certain rules set by authorities to follow so as to protect from unfair injury prone tactics. The restriction on punches on certain parts of body in Boxing, ball & stick control in Hockey, unfair harmful tackles in football are many examples. But what about cricket? Is there any fair mechanism to control the harmful malicious intentions of bowlers towards batsmen? Enough of said in the interest of bowlers & pitches here.

Near about 600+ comments posted on this thread & many are complaining every thing about this series. If this series is killing cricket or say mockery, why did they watch every ball of the series?

Pl Ans.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

...contd Being involved with sports, I can say that a good sports person can adapt to the given condition. Flat pitches, white ball etc are mere excuses. I feel that the reason of such huge scores is that the bowlers have not evolved much as the batsmen. They need to be more innovative and intelligent, like the batsmen. They should come up with something new, and I believe that such hammerings would compel them to do so. One ball can seal a batsman's fate and so they are always trying different things and so I would rather say that the bowlers have been escaping this wall-on-the back thing till now. I believe this would be for their good. And for all who are worried about bowlers becoming an extinct species, change is the rule of Nature and Mother Nature goes by "Survival of the Fittest". If we are not crying about the telegram and have moved on to mobile phones, so have cricket. Maybe its time to change our benchmarks too. That 60 in 10 is decent bowling figure and 300 is a par score.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

Yes, the pitches have been flat, but it takes a lot more to score such huge runs. India chased down 350+ scores twice, but in Bangalore, Oz were 211/8 at one stage chasing 383. Was it for the pitch? I believe it did not change drastically during Oz run chase, then why? There are lot more things contributing to such scores than only the pitch. 350+ scores can't be bad just because now they are being made so frequently and that they have not been made so with near-similar frequency in the past. Flat pitches demand more, both from the bowler and the batsman. Batsman knows they have to score more because the opponent will, they need to take more risk, be braver. Bowlers need more precision and control on their art, be skillful. I cannot imagine McGrath being hammered regularly in such a way even on flat pitches. Flat pitches are just a different environment to play the game, just like a green one or a rank turner.

...contd

Posted by Kashi0127 on (November 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

I think everyone has forgotten. Before Australia landed this time it was predicted that India will win 7-0 or 6-1 or somewhere considering the quality of Australian team and their present state of rebuilding the team. Considering that credit should go to Australia for making it this close and losing only 2-3.

Posted by RajeshNaik on (November 3, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Rules are rules. The players will have to learn to do well with those rules. If one bowls well then no matter what the rule is, one can still control the flow of runs. The game has become batsman friendly. At the same time it is an opportunity for bowlers to learn new skills and come on top.

Posted by Omarrz on (November 3, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Contest between bat and ball? Yeah right. "This was an ODI series between the no. 1 and no. 2 sides of the world so people stop comparing it with the series played by no. 5 and 6." - commented by someone during the 2nd ODI of Pak vs SA.

I mean seriously? We want to see an even contest between both bat and ball and not just a run fest. Team scores 384 and win by only 57 runs, another team on another planet scores 209 but win by 66 runs. Now that is some contest we want to see.

Posted by RajeshNaik on (November 3, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

The series is over at last. Plenty of runs and nothing else. Bowlers massacred and as a result one bowler finally scored a century and that bowler happened to be my favorite. But, point to be noted is no bowler from both sides except Shami bowled well. Bhuvaneshwar's USP of taking wickets early was hit hard. Vinay managed to give breakthroughs and showed plenty of cricketing sense on the filed but leaked lot of runs. Shami consistently bowled in good areas and took wickets as well, which was very commendable.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (November 3, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

@pinn I would not call any performances here have produced "future" heroes. I would really like to be proved wrong, but I will judge Rohit Sharma and other performances if I see the same in England (Old Trafoord and couple of other places), Australia (MCG, Adelaide), South Africa. What we witness now was equivalent to club cricket (not even Ranji quality)

Posted by John.cric.lover on (November 3, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Wonderful cricket match... That Australia recovered from 74/4 and 211/8 to 326, thanks to Maxwells 60(22), Watsons 49(22) and ofcourse Faulkners 116(73) made the match a classic....

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

I will not support such type of game

In current scenario

If there was wicket in hand then the run rate is not big issue Two things to notice 1- Vanish of reverse swing 2- 4 fielders outside restriction and BOTH ARE AGAINST BOWLER it dramatically unbalancing the coordination between bat and bowl Now you can find more Sachin and Shaihd Afridi But the class of Macgrath,Wasim, and sooo many will Vanished ICC soon have to look into this ,can ICC make 5 fielders allow in last 10 overs I will say GLOBAL WARMING IN CRICKET

Posted by Kashi0127 on (November 3, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

This is the most ridiculous ODI series I have come across. Making such dead flat pitches and one sided (batsman favoring) rules make these matches most boring to watch. An even contest would be one where wickets help bowlers (pace as well as spin) and batsman overcome the challenges. This wickets in this series seem to be made just to make money for the BCCI and associated boards. I remember the hundred that Gavaskar made at Old Trafford ranks amongst the top few and none of the hundreds in this series have any quality value other than statistical and thereby academical. This series was mockery of a cricket match. Dhoni in his speech was gracious to admit that bowlers cannot be blamed in this series and likewise batsman should not be unduly credited. Their true test comes in the Old Traffords and MCGs and not on these dead flat surfaces.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Vinay Kumar 9 Overs 1 for 102 LOL.... I am sure he ll be select in next ODI series also..... Srini-Vinay LOL

Posted by NP_NY on (November 3, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

@SydneyHarbour: Great, you've expressed your opinion. But unfortunately for you your opinion is different from 75% of cricket's current fan-base that seems to have enjoyed this series thoroughly.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

If a team fails to put up decent score, ICC takes notice of pitch (see: Galle, SLvAus). But all is well if there are nine 300s in Five ODIs.

Posted by Shueb on (November 3, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

the number of records made and broken in the series itself is a world record

Posted by SydneyHarbour on (November 3, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

Do people really want to watch 'entertainment' such as THIS? Whatever happened to the contest between bat and ball? It is now so skewed that not even a double century is seen as that unusual.

These slogfest games in India are killing cricket. Unfortunately, the powers that be in India, the people with all the money, deem that this is what they and the sponsors want to see, so this is what the world gets. It's a crying shame that meaningless series like this clog up the international calendar when what everyone wants to see is two top class sides slug it out in a much more demanding test series on challenging wickets in South Africa. Such a tragedy that politics have ruined that possibility.

Posted by gundapps on (November 3, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

Although India won the series thanks to some phenomenal hitting from Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Dhawan and Dhoni one has to fault Dhoni for rather poor use of his bowling resources. The part time bowling options like Yuvraj and Raina (neither of them were given even one over in the 7th ODI) were not used at crucial junctures in at least a couple of matches even when the medium pacers were being taken to the cleaners. If there is some deeper agenda in this we do not know. Any way it is high time that Vinay Kumar and Ishant are dropped from ODIs and the various deserving alternative medium pacers thrown up by IPL should be selected.

Posted by balajik1968 on (November 3, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

This pretty much reminds me of book cricket which I used to play in school, when the classes got boring. This is becoming ridiculous. Agree bats have become bigger, better, pitches are flat, but 383 is just plain silly. 700 + scores in 3 completed matches. What is happening?

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

For all those who use flowery language and tear apart the very efforts put up by these batsmen like rohit and faulkner should be in the center with millions watching their every moves.. It is easy to talk and write than go out there and deliver.. Let's be a bit empathetic and pay some respect to their hard work guys..

Posted by palambrugge on (November 3, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

Are there not standards in ground perimeter? Why should there be a small ground and a large one. The pitch is standard 22 yards. Why not the boundary all over, say 80 yards?

Posted by 504429641 on (November 3, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

This series introduced new crackers for this Diwali: 1) Rohit 200-wala 2) Faulkner allround-chakkar 3) Kohli hundred-bomb 4) Bowlers lemon-shot

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

Again i have one suggestion in icc should think about bowling power play means bowling team can decide to take this between 10 to 45 overs.In this rule bowling team can opt 6 players on boundry.Ohk this suggestion by me but think guys if this suggestion came from any former player than its a big news.Cric info please publish

Posted by Adoh on (November 3, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

For an Aussie team to be called just a shadow of its former self when losing a series 3-2 is degrading to the winning team in my opinion. The fact is the ODI Australian team has been top or near top for quite a few years now since the retirement of the former greats. I do however, understand the juvenile need to disparage the Australian team due to the years and years of humiliation piled upon other cricket nations in recent history. Your character is not only determined how you deal with losing, but how gracious you are in winning. Cricket is a great game, lets celebrate the entertainment and simply enjoy the wins without belittling the opposition.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (November 3, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

To those from certain countries who keep reminding us that India got whitewashed 8-0 abroad in Aus and England. What is wrong in that? Each team goes through a cycle of highs and lows, and India went through that. The lesson which was learnt from those series was that certain players were past their time, and they were made to retire, and fresh blood was inducted. The result was for everyone to see with home victories against Australia (tests and now ODI). Let us see what is happening to Aus test team now. They lost 4-0 to India in India and then lost 3-0 to England in England, so that is 7-0, which is slightly better than 8-0 loss which India suffered abroad. But this happened due to the fact that their legends retired, with no fresh replacements in sight. But, I reckon, that talents which was uncovered in this series (Bailey, Maxwell, Faulkner,...) will help their test team as well in the days to come.

Posted by thegr8indian on (November 3, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

After seeing Ishant Sharma & Vinay Kumar's performance in this series I feel very SORRY abt myself. In my childhood I am a village cricketer bowls at a decent face and yorkers at will. If I see Ishant and Vinay at that time definitely I will also have a hope to wear Indian jersey. Bcoz even a gully cricketer like me bowls better than these two after playing these many international matches. I do agree any bowler can fail in one or two matches but not these many. So common all gully cricketers awake up for ur chance

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (November 3, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Couldnt the aussies have bowled underarm...again? ;)

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

The Bengaluru pitch stood up to its hype that it virtually be a IPL like wicket and that the match would be more or less a six hitting contest.Even though India won the decider,Australia contested well through out the series in the Indian conditions,given the inexperience in its ranks.Australian rookies fared better than Indians in some areas.BCCI would do a world of good to its players if they come into agreement with CA to hold a series in Australia and then gauge the talent and consistency of its soon-to-be-star players.The aristocracy of BCCI in the cricketing world has helped its players to play majorly in featherbeds of India.The batsmanship of the Sachins,Dravids and Laxmans of the bygone generation was held in high esteem due to their majestic performances overseas.The Virats and Rohits of Indian batting line-up would be thoroughly tested in English and South African conditions where green,lively and bouncy pitches would be awaiting them eagerly.

Posted by SUPER_SIX on (November 3, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

The topic of this article should be "The great Indian slog festival came to an end with Rohit, Faulkner blitz"

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

As soon as India scores runs people raise eyebrows.India had such pitches from a long time.Now that India's batting is capable and t20 has made cricket more aggressive India scores heavy runs and chases down huge totals,why are people complaining about scores.Previously India would fail to chase huge total and people would say pitch was sporty and India's batting/bowling was poor.India didn't get to no 1 by only playing in India.Grow up man accept the fact that things are changing,ICC wants it to change not BCCI.The two power play rule was implemented by ICC,4 fielder rule also by ICC.Enjoy cricket and its flavors when it is played in different conditions.Remember it is always competitive because pitch remains same for both the teams and India loosed the toss today.If India had chased 2003 WC Final score of 359 had same questions been asked about pitches?

Posted by AnoMaLy on (November 3, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

Wow so much hate here! Can i just remind all the know it all smart alecs here that Ind won the Champions Trophy outside India. These days it seems it is fashionable to bash India. Can only say one thing - case of sour grapes. This team is not going to lose 8-0 overseas anymore so a lot of people will soon be biting their tongues. Don't be a player hater be a player congratulator - nuff said

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

Although Indian pitches are flat,dead and only supports batting and worst nightmare for bowlers, but the point is: this series produce some future heroes for both teams..From Indian side Rohit Sharma proved himself as one the finest batsman and a hero( i hope that indian friends won't call him No-hit again :) And from Australian perspective this series is fruitful becoz they have produced heroes like geroge bailey, Glenn Maxwell and top of that James faulkner..these 3 are the rare findings of this series..So, congratz to Australia for finding these real gems and India for winning this series..Australia will soon regain its old position in ODI's as they have founded real stars..Besides, i am really sad to see poorest bowling performances from both sides its is a big issue for both teams..Although Aussies have talented bowlers in their domestic cricket, so i hope to see new bowlers lot from Austrailia, but what about India? do they have fast bowlers in domestic? Cheers from Pak :)

Posted by pinn on (November 3, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

It is a great win ! Congratz India and to Australia too for their great fight !

For people criticizing flat pitches, why dont you think it is another testing field for bowlers. It was mad bowling from both the teams yesterday (& through the series ), no plans, no changes , keep blaming the pitch and pitch the ball in the same areas. How many of you notices Ashwin's bowling yesterday, taken for few sixes, but intelligently mixed it up.

Yesterday, on batting, it's form from Dhawan, class from Rohit, power from Dhoni, onslaught from Maxwell, revenge from Watson and brilliance from Faulkner. I don't think it is a slog or luck.

If you had given the same pitch to players of 90s era, do you think they can score 300+ ? No way, it's these players emerging with technology/shots, various match formats and more of T20s.

Remember, it is the same Indian team won CT few months back in England (won all the matches). Do you have flat pitches there ? Let's just enjoy this moment :-)

Posted by YS_USA on (November 3, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

India is going to SA in December and then to NZ, so we will have better contest between ball and bat. They also recently won in UK, WI and Zimbabwe

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

I am grateful that this farce of a series is finally over. We can all go back to watching real Cricket now.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

Cricket will be killed with bowlers becoming extinct specimen! Singles will be clapped when it rains only sixers and fours. Coupled with ICC new rules, and ball hardly coming to gentle waist length, thanks to BCCI pitches, even 1000 is possible. India will find it difficult to come to knockout in WC in Aus and NZ.If the ball come to shoulder ht and beyond in fast pitches we need Dravid, T kar and Laxman. Better get Pujara and Rehane to bolster middle order.Time to rewrite ODI rule book.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Well.. Some people saying this is a second string aussie side.. but whose missing? Except Clarke? (He had an injury.) Siddle doesn't play ODIs. Warner wasn't selected because he wasn't in form before the series and who else? Mitchell starc is not allowed to play ODI cricket.. that's CA's fault. BCCI doesn't select aussie's team. Come on, sour grapes.. Give credit where its due.! Btw Well played Rohit. Looking forward to your Test Debut.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (November 3, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

Actually India has batted much better than this abroad. In Jan 2012, we managed to chase down 336 against Sril Lanka only in 36 overs in Hobart. The last I checked, Hobart is not in India! And again, Virat Kohli made 183 runs in that. In that disaster of a test series which preceded that triangular series, Kohli made a century against Oz in one of the tests. So Kohli has performed everywhere, as have India. For example, after winning Champions trophy played in England in June 2013, team India traveled immediately to West Indies and played a triangular series against WI and SL, and won that also. So cricket in India is on a high, unlike what is happening to our neighbors in the subcontinent. And IPL is a very good thing which helping unearth fresh talent in India, and also in other countries. Plus it is financially rewarding so that cricketers can lead a dignified life.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

Despite of all this cry about flat pitches and high scores, its the Indian captain who is strongly voicing the wrong idea of outfielders.Easily Dhoni would have seen this as a boon than a curse, but as a true reader of the game, he rightfully pointed out the mistake.Kudos

Posted by NP_NY on (November 3, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

@LillianThomson: I agree that just because one likes a certain brand of cricket doesn't mean that he should belittle another brand of cricket. And I agree that Ashes will be a fans' hit. But when it comes to fan base, viewership and money involved, there is no contest. 75% of cricket revenue come from India, and India has over 75% of the global fan base. Whether we like it or not, that's the truth. For this reason, one-day slugfests and T20s are always going to be more popular in India than test cricket.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

why is Rohit sharma given man of the series award.. this is too biased selection. I think George baily deserves to get that award.. also kohli might have been the right choice..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

i dont even consider this as a series its predefined that india will win the series . if those two matches are not cancelled after six matches it would be 3-3 and final india will win ... these are just the practice match for the world cup :P . . if india is really a good team they should prove it on south africa .

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

@EnglishFan - I agree that Dhoni repeatedly gives chances to some players,but I'm also in favour of that. In the past some captains/selectors are guilty of dropping players just after 1 or 2 matches.The classic example, when Sachin was captain of the side.Atleast Dhoni is making a case for a player either to drop or to continue after giving atleast a handful of chances.Players like Rohit, Raina were given extended runs and that paid dividends. Having said that, I genuinely feel that Rahane and Manoj Tiwary deserved more chances than they got ...

Posted by NP_NY on (November 3, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

@jakkasan: Well said. It's simple - most people commenting here desperately want India to lose. Sure the pitches can be sporty but they won't be complaining as much if India had lost more matches than Aus in this series. Even when India won the Champions Trophy in England, this lot declared that India only won because the pitches were similar to sub-continent pitches. Also, it is clear that they are only watching the results and didn't actually watch the Indian batsmen bat. If they had seen Dhawan, Kohli and Sharma bat in this series, they would have seen that they have some of the best batting technique in the world, which means they won't be just flat track stars.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

R.I.P. INDIAN CRICKET:

With the legend retiring in a month, we can also see "cricket" being moved to oblivion with him....All left is a bunch of machos/models/batters whose number of tattoos in the body and endorsements get multiplied with the rise in their batting averages (well thatz not quite difficult with such placid wickets, short boundaries, and add to it the new one-day international rules)....Letz forget Kapil Dev (career best 9/83 in Ahmedabad) and Anil Kumble (10/10 in Chennai) who wore their hearts on their sleeve when they played for the country...

After all, all we have produced in the last 40 years are mere batsmen barring a few bowling legends (Kapil, Kumble, and the spin trio of Bedi, Prasanna, and Chandrashekhar et al).

A request to all "true cricket fans" out there, Indian cricket has been buried in Chinnaswamy Stadium Graveyard, Bengaloru.. you can place a bunch of roses on the graveyard and say "ADIOS AMIGO, WE WILL MISS YOU.....

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (November 3, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

Now I look forward to the upcoming series against WI. They have very good individual batters (Gayle, Pollard,...) and also some excellent fast bowlers and spinners. It is just that they don't seem to click as a unit somehow, but talent wise, they are much better than many other teams including SL and Pakistan. So it should be an exciting series ahead. I hope that this time India will produce spinning tracks which will bring spinners of both the teams in contention and make for an even contest between the bat and the ball...

Posted by thegr8indian on (November 3, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Those who posted comments and feeling happy abt our Indian speed spearhead Vinay Kumar, SORRY guys. Indian selects and our great MSD never lose hope against Vinay Kumar as they did against Ishant Sharma (hard to believe he is in test squad).

Posted by uksar on (November 3, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

This subcontinent have had pitches of flat nature always. But the current aggressive batsmen (post T20 era) exposed it more. I don't think batsmen of eighties & nineties could have made so quick runs as the current players are scoring.

Posted by Int.Curator on (November 3, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Watson so injured he can't bowl.

But can score 49runs of 22 balls.

Says a lot about batting and bowling in India.

India has fiddled and tampered with cricket so much they broke it.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (November 3, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

Tennis ball street cricket.............................

Posted by kapsitash on (November 3, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

Australia got away easy this time around. If we would have made rank turners than it would not have been a competative series. Remember 60 all-out in champions trophy ...LOL

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

It is not only surprising but also dis-interesting to see the boundaries shrinking. It is more easy to hit sixes than fours now....kids play!!!

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (November 3, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

in continuance to my previous comment, I already wrote to ICC:

As an avid cricket fan, this pain me a lot watching just concluded Ind-Aus series where so much high score being score and chased take out the element of thrill out of the game. Bowlers are being reduced to mere spectators. I know you will provide example of SA-Pak series scores, but Pak is a poor batting side and SA weak too at the moment in batting and on top of that both are excellent bowling sides.

Being an Indian, I should have been happy that India won, but I am not. Am I veering away from the game?

Please do something before its too late.

Posted by ramli on (November 3, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

The bias towards batsmen is visible even in this report ... there is no mention of Ashwin's feat of most economical bowling figures from both sides amidst the run fest ... when no time is lost to report Vinay's expensive figures there is no word of appreciation for good bowling ... why this lopsided reporting? Bowlers besides suffering from flat pitches also are ignored from reporting

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

sorry to say but..is called dead of cicket.its tally joke. i think that was street cricket with tennis ball..

Posted by Mr.PotatoesTomatoes on (November 3, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

I believe the present rules concerning outfielders and two balls must change.The character of Indian pitches hasn't changed,but with balls staying relatively new throughout and no cover for the hapless bowlers,there's no stopping the batsmen. And to those contending that with the same rules the UAE series is churning out a nail-biting contest(really?is that what they are calling incompetent batting these days?),the tracks in UAE are slow and weary,and are the kind of wickets that make for matches that have little spectator-value.If you are saying that UAE pitches are the ideal that every track should aspire to,you are merely promoting tedious cricket. If ICC rules were to be reversed,you will find sanity returning to ODI cricket in India with spinners coming into the picture a lot more and pacers able to find more help from the old ball through reverse swing and cutters,still giving the batsmen the upper hand so that the day's cricket ends up being entertaining,not meandering.

Posted by test_cricket_lover on (November 3, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

All the nonsense that happened in this nonsense series can be attributed to 2 reasons. 1) both the teams bowling was below average and both the teams batting was pretty strong. 2) the tracks were absolutely flat. It is mostly because of the first reason that the teams scored "excess" of 300 in almost all of the matches.

The second reason is very big and it has in it to kill the wonderful game. We hate villains, but a movie with only hero and no villains at all - is hardly going to entertain you, however heroic the hero is.

One thing is for sure: Series/performances like this is never going to be etched in your memory.

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (November 3, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

as an Indian I wanted us to win this series. And from last few series we have been doing pretty well in this format, I expected that we will win. But these kind os results on these kind of wickets are just plain madness. Come on guys, I see 500+ comments on this article and most of you carry the same sentiment. Lets write to ICC, to roll back this 2 balls and 4 fielder rule. I believe, that rules are the major issue. Wickets had been same throughout for ODI's in India, but these are rules which have caused the havoc and made games just & just a slugfest & boring. I am writing. Are you?

Posted by LillianThomson on (November 3, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

@Atul Babar wrote:

"I think people come to watch batsmen hitting sixes in the stands ... that what excites them and BCCI knows it very well as to how to market and give the crowd what it wants . ... moreover, which country gives you this huge amount of fans watching live cricket in the stadiums".

Well Atul, Cricket Australia has just announced that Days 1 and 2 of the Melbourne Ashes Test are sold out - that is 99,000 tickets sold both days.

It is fine that Indian consumers just want to watch a slogfest.

There are many of us in other countries who love cricket who prefer Test cricket. I pay $180 per month for my Pay-TV subscription to watch it, and this year have spent hundreds of dollars to watch Tests at Wellington, Brisbane and Old Trafford and I intended to go to Cape Town to watch SA v India but the failure of BCCI to agree to an itinerary made it impossible for me to arrange travel to South Africa at such a late stage.

Australia and England generate huge cricket revenue too.

Posted by ramli on (November 3, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

What is so nonsense about this run fest? If green tops or so-called sporting pitches call for different kinds of skill-sets, so do flat pitches ... balls have to be put across the fence even then ... have there not been low-scoring thrillers even on flat pitches? Have heart to appreciate the feats achieved by players irrespective of nature of pitches. I thought winning CT-2013 in England is testimony to this young Indian team. We will answer critics in 2015 in Aus ... wait until then

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

The criticism of the result (India winning) and the state of the pitches are not the same thing. India won because they were the better team. But like many people here, i agree it seems ludicrous that all these records were smashed in conditions that heavily favoured the batsmen. Of all the factors that made batting easier it is the wicket that makes all the different. People point out that bowlers bowled half volleys and half trackers and its their fault. But as a bowler if you are getting no assistance from the wicket then even good balls get smashed. This means bowlers have to try all kinds of unorthodox stuff which also gets smashed, then after awhile they just give up and go through the motions as there is nothing they can do to change the outcome. People say bowlers should just bowl entire overs of yorkers, but batters can even get used to that too. Please bring bowlers back in the game!

Posted by GaneshIyer on (November 3, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

People are talking about Pak & SA series. My view is that they are the worst one day teams of the current lot. So no surprise, it is such a low scoring affair.

That Indians only win on flat track is a myth. India reached world cup final in SA. Won champions trophy in England. Defeated the Aussies in triangular series in Aus, Have always given close competition to aus/s.a in tests in their countries (not in the recent past though), have won series in test/one day in england/westindies/new zealand.

Don't know what Indian team needs to do to prove its detractors wrong. If your teams cant play on batting tracks, that's your problem. It has always produced the batting tracks for last 50 odd years. Still Indian team does well when it plays outside sub continent. Teams from sub continent fail miserably when they tour. Whose fault is it? Is it incompetent batsmen who cannot bat on batting beauties or useless bowlers who can't bowl line and length.

Posted by Prats6 on (November 3, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

Mind numbing numbers for the game. I find it difficult to decide what was more powerful - the ineptness of the bowlers or a quality of the batsmen? Perhaps its a combination of both but these are matches you hope once in a blue moon not every damn day.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (November 3, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

@KiwiRocker: India managed to lose 2-0 to England at home? When did that happen? The scoreline was 2-1. And after that we defeated Australia 4-0 at home, just like Australia defeated us 4-0, at their home. And this team is totally different from the team which traveled to Australia and England in 2011, and also England at home in 2012.. After loss against England so many new players were inducted (Dhawan, Vijay), to name a few) who performed excellently against It is this team which won us Champions Trophy played in England, where we defeated Pakistan and all other teams comprehensively. Once Tendulkar retires, our test team will become even stronger, with possibly Rohit Sharma replacing him. So Indian cricket is on top unlike the cricket in Lanka or Pakistan. For example Pakistan even managed to a lose a test to this Zimbabwe team...

Posted by finncam on (November 3, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

Cricketin in India is nothing but a borefest.

Posted by safiullah.asifi on (November 3, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

Well great knock by both teams, and nerve ticking cricket played since one month. If anyone who is blaming Indian batsmen for their double centuries inside India should please check that Saeed Anwar also scored that 194 in India but 183 by Virat was not scored inside india which was a winning innings. Please stop commenting uselessly and be sincere to appreciate their great knocks. The Indian batting is greatest and they desrve to be NO.1. Thanks

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

@xtrafalgarx: Yes I was! Which is why I surprised myself by hoping he would put those Indian bowlers in their place and get them past the total. Let's face it, everyone has certain players that they do not take a liking to, but something about this match made me really want the Indians to be punished for their bland pitches here. So...hard luck Faulkner. But it'll be business as usual come a few weeks.

Posted by captaincool79 on (November 3, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

I think it has been a combination of everything this series. It appeared that both India and Australia had better batting line ups than bowlers. Smaller grounds, 2 new balls, flat pitches, no reverse swing and some ordinary bowling made this series interesting in the sense that it came down to the last game to decide the series and I thought that was good from a viewer standpoint. The final game did live up to the expectations and the game was as close as as any of the other games have been. What has been disappointing has been the lack of penetration from bowlers from both sides. Australia definitely missed Mitch in their last game as he did have a great impact in their earlier games and for me was the best quick bowler of the series. The saddest part to me was to see some of the mishits going for 6s. Looking to the future and the world cup in 2015 to be held in Australia, there are questions for both sides. From India's standpoint their bowling and fielding needs improvement, I think

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

Well I don't know why everybody complaining when India wins in India, when there were turning pitches, then it was India's fault, when there are flat pitches, then it is India's fault. So, India should also complain about bouncy pitches in Australia, England or South Africa. You cannot make same pitches all over the world. Just complaining will not do anything. Its better that you just sit down, relax and just enjoy the cricket. If it was India losing, I am sure nobody will say anything, since they only know criticizing and not praising

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (November 3, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

This series was between # 1 and # 2 ODI teams, and turned out to be really high voltage affair, befitting their ICC rankings. Although Australians lost the series narrowly, but they fought very bravely till the end. After seeing the performances of players like Faulkner, Bailey, Maxwell, and Finch, I can say that the future of Aus cricket is in good hands. It is only a matter of time before Aus go to the top once again. As an Indian, I am glad that many of these Aus players also performed excellently in IPL, so IPL has contributed in a positive way to the Australian cricket. I look forward to seeing them again in next year's IPL. Although, I consider test cricket to be boring and dead, but, nevertheless good luck in Ashes.

Posted by taslu613 on (November 3, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

These new rules of ICC is totally ruining the interest of the game.Two times india chase down 350+ scores. Australians were mighty close on the final day.This is really a mockery of cricket.Pitches are being so flat (paata Wicket in hindi).There is no respect for any bowler whatsoever.I donno no why Ishant Sharma was being criticized by many.I think, he did what everyone is doing. Vinay kumar conceded 100+ runs last night.My point is, bowler should no be criticized only.There should some assistance for them in the pitches.I think bowlers like wasim akram and glen mcgrath would have failed in those pitches were matches were held.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

Its very funny that people are asking for low scoring games with max 5-6 sixs and all....r u crazy??? If such a match happens, the same people will tell that, this is the worst batting line up and will throw stones on players and their houses....come on...try to accept the fact that we are now in abundance of batting line up and no fielding side can restrict the flow of sixes with even 10 fielders in the boundary as 90% of the sixes are clean hits into the crowd.

Posted by InfiniteWhite on (November 3, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

The debate can be easily resolved. In the next overseas ODI series, if Indian batsmen make 350+ most of the time, then their batsmen were the winning factor. If not, then it was the pitch. Simple.

Posted by cric_roch on (November 3, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

Every over presents a batsman possibility of scoring 36 runs. When only 4 runs scored some people believe it is an even contest between bat and ball...If 2 more runs scored and rate is 6/over they say it is not balanced. based on what? they had a dream ?

Posted by LillianThomson on (November 3, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

I'm not going to get on the India-bashing bandwagon after this joke of a series.

All I will say is this. George Bailey has - like Rohit - scored a mountain of runs on flat wickets with a heavy bat against castrated bowlers.

And it is highly damaging to his development as a Test batsman, because it provides zero preparation for playing moving balls on and outside off-stump with a packed slip cordon.

Rodney Marsh recently said - wisely - that players should not be permitted to play T20 until their 30th birthday.

I would simply add that they should not be allowed to play 50 over cricket either.

If Indians think that this sort of slogfest is cricket, good luck to them. But they will be treated exactly how Australia has treated them in this series: visitors will send a B team or C team to collect the Rupees on offer, and no-one in those countries will watch the series.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (November 3, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

When the dust will settle, Indian administrators and fans will realise that how much damage this series has done to Indian cricket ( Just like IPL). A whole generation of Indian bowlers is being wasted. Cricket is a contest between bat and bowl. Australian team and CA obviously gave zero importance to this series as they sent a second string team and recalled their best bowler just before the so called decider. Indian fans will like always hype themselves with these worthless records. R.Ashwin is a fine bowler who has started to look like very ordinary thanks to Indian pitches. Bhuvneshwar is on decline. A fine bowler like Vinay Kumar suffered an embarassing hammering. This is not cricket. If you want to see real cricket, switch over to SA and Pak series being played under same rules and see how nail biting and interesting the contests are.India is the same team that lost 8-0 in England and Australia and even managed to lose at home 2-0 against England! This is death of Indian cricket!

Posted by SASANK360 on (November 3, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

Well that was a superb knock by Rohit. Hope he remains consistent for a long time whichever format or wherever he plays.For those who are complaining of flat wickets, wickets here have not changed since India started playing cricket.In limited over games they are flat ones. In tests they are slow turners.This is the first time big scores consistently. Evidently the reason is poor bowling and new rules.Now the two new ball rule is very handy in good conditions like AUS,SA and ENG.But not in subcontinent. Clearly ICC wants to kill the spinners and the culture. There is no reverse swing. I have seen only Mitch Johnson, Steyn , Junaid Khan out of all the fast bowlers who obtained a bit of reverse swing with these new rules( not so old ball). ICC must reconsider these rules. Also max of 4 fielders on ropes is very cruel. Bowlers need five atleast.Otherwise introduce atleast 10 overs of bowling powerplay. Anyway all of us have suggestions. HAPPY DIWALI. PLAY SAFE....

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

@faisal tauqui... bro ur comment is just awesome. its 200 in an odi. even then it seemed like nothing extraordinary. surely 200 is regarded as 100 in india.

Posted by raj6434 on (November 3, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

if anyone calling sachin is selfish that is they are jealous. no one questioned when walsh played at the age of 40. yes no doubt rohit deserves a slot in test side. no one commented with the unchanged aussie team for at leat 6-7 years. they are all jealous on Indian cricket and Indian cricket fans that there is only one sachin one kohli one dhawan one rohit all are only indians

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

from now on kumble and kapil dev will be considered the best bowlers ever because they took there wickets on the flat indian wickets btw if the wickets were so flat why did the players from the other teams get a double century

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

Dear Mr. As if - pls stop posting such useless comments on Indian Cricketing Team. I don't know who you are & which country u belong to. If a world record is created, we have to appreciate the talent, not by criticising the size & the nature of pitch. And for your better knowledge, its always two teams which plays in the same FLAT PITCH - why the opponent's have not done such things???? may it be the south Africans or west Indies now even the Aussies could not repeat what INDIANS have done in cricket. pl praise or else keep quiet. thanks.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

what a mockery of cricket it is... rohit sharma's 200 even looked very ordinary to everyone because of these nonsporting flat highways in indian grounds. pls present day so called great indian batsmen never ever compare yourselves with the greats like don bradman, viv richards, sachin tendulkar, brian lara etc. Because these greats earned their runs and ur runs are gifted to u. I am eagerly waiting to see the performance of these flat trac bullies in SA.

Posted by samincolumbia on (November 3, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

It was good to see the players making an impact in this remarkable series as opposed to the controversial Ashes, where the star of the series was DRS! Speaking of pitches, what's the point of preparing rank turners and then unleashing Pakistani spinners on hapless South Africa, when they cannot even play spin on a normal surface? It only helps boost the stats of non-performers like Afridi which is hurting them in the long run.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

People who are saying they don't like this kind of cricket but they are the ones who are watching it.. Just switch the channel or switch off ur TV.. Simple isn't it? But no they will watch it cz everyone loves batting but If Indian batsmen bat like this everyone gets jealous cz their batsmen can't bat like this..oh poor guys..

Posted by DylanBrah on (November 3, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

Why do Indians assume the Aussies are whining because they lost? Read the comments! They are upset because these batsmen friendly flat-tracks are ANTI-cricket!

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (November 3, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

The reasons for scoring 350+ every time are:- 1) Two new balls rule which is causing problems for spinners in the middle overs. Batsmen are scoring like last 5 overs in the middle overs too. Fast bowlers are hardly making any reverse swing. 2) 4 fielders outside: I do not understand why this new rule created by ICC. at least 10 more boundaries are being hit extra. 3) Because of t20, batsmen's talent gone to higher level. 4) IPL made grounds more batsmen friendly and that is effecting 50 over game. ----------------------------------------------------- BUT... same pitch is for both teams, at the end INDIA has won. because it is NO1 team in the world. Under MSD, India won T20 in 2007 at SA, WC 2011, CT2013 in Eng, Test No1, ODI No1, Winning test matches overseas, beating Aus in Aus. etc. We can understand that some of the people cannot digest the fact that India is at the TOP. Elephant do not care about barking dogs. I Wish all the best for MSD and India.

Posted by siri12345 on (November 3, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

and talking about next odi series against wi if ind manage to prepare this type of track i will give it 3-0to west indies .they hav some real hitters in their rank like gayle,samuels,pollard,sammy ,bravo brothers,simmons and narine who will love this type of flat wicket .they may score 450 against indian bowlers but i vry much doubt if ind will prepare this type of wicket against the dangerous windies as india is the only team in the earth that prepares pitches keeping in mind both india,s weakness and opposition strength.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

If Australia would have won this match and hence the series by chasing down India's humongous score then all the sour grapes here would have been singing an altogether different tune. Well played Australia for putting up a good fight. If only the batsmen hadn't slowed down thus losing the momentum giving some confidence back to the bowlers and doubts in the minds of the batsmen giving India just the leeway that they wanted to seal of the match. It is a mind game out there and India has an able captain to out think and out fox the opponents. It remains that India would have won even with a score of around 300 as then the chase would have panned out in a different way with the Australian main batsmen coming into play and not the sloggers. If Australia would have batted first India would have chased down any target with their specialist batsmen and with little or no desperate slogging needed.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

well guys 200 is the new 100 in India:)

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

@AsifRana- Let your batsmen score double hundred in Odis here..let's see how much skills they have..Indian pitches are not just made for indian team, the other team too has equal oppurtunity to play on that but why can't they score like Indian batsmen do? Bcz they don't have the skill to blast the opposition.. Keep ur jealousy with urself..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

as Aussies have lost the series it has become pointless....I they wud have won it....they wud say they had the better bowling unit....I say the better bowling team won the series.

Posted by Mitty2 on (November 3, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

Oh and speaking of ruining cricket, I once had immense respect for Dhawan as the coolest guy in cricket with a lovely mo and immense batting talent, but his antics last night were absolutely pathetic. Him and Raina should be in big trouble and what they did just reaffirms that there's no such thing as the 'spirit of cricket'. Gentleman's game... Pfft. But of course, BCCI will come in and nothing will happen. Of course if we did this to you there'd be repercussions and the BCCI would threaten to never play against Aus again. Which on one hand, I wouldn't mind!

If only Jadeja was playing against SA, we all know he wouldn't make a run and would get absolutely pummelled!

Posted by siri12345 on (November 3, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

i completely agreed with most of the posters here.it was really funny looking at the way indian players celebrated after winning this meaningless series.just looking at the australian squad and players that r not in the squad any sensible cricket fan can really sense who would have been the winner if aussies would not have concentrated on a particular test series so much.it will be fair to say that this is australia,s 2nd string side.guys like warner,steven smith,ryan harris,mitchell starc,michale clarke could hav easily replaced guys like hughes,voges,coulternile etc.and nobody yesterday noticed that watson could bowl 5 overs due to harmstring.i just wonder how such lucky incidence happen only against india.first morne morkel in champions trophy opener couldnot complete his quota of overs and as a resuly difference of some 20 runs which eventually led to india winning the game and now a clear difference of 25 runs could be seen because of watson not completing his quota

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

Fine enough to blame Indian pitches for what they are but then why should we blame our teams for losing on fast pitches which are tailor-made for their speedsters. Please also see the comment above, which has pointed out SA successfully chasing Aussies' 434. Why do we always insist that we are playing on with am unfair field. Our wickets attract criticism whether they are made for spin or for batting, then why the Australian and South African wickets are not criticised for being made for speed? Obviously because of the skin colour.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

anyone who is saying that it is flat tracks,small grounds..whatever-they do not have knowledge of cricket. these were the same tracks. in india from start. people dont understand that the level of cricket,especially the batsmenship has gone to another level in last 5-6 years. following the t20. and if it flat track,mate its same for both teams,if you dont want to watch,no one is bounding you to watch it.let others enjoy.

Posted by landofcricket on (November 3, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

i can say new rules,t20 impact bring this kind of matches,icc need to change this new rules....as for as limited over concerned india has proved outside india.even this year CT,WI series ,no one has right to criticize india....

Posted by nyc_missile on (November 3, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

It might be ODIs but Rohit has settled his claim for a test spot..alas it might not yet take place courtesy selfish Sachin's presence against WI.And then they're off to SA.So it will be unfair and ridiculous not to include Rohit in the XI against WI so he might get the needed practice before going to SA.In any case,Vijay is lucky to be selected at all in the squad. Rohit & Dhawan have now become such a successful pair that it makes no sense now to break it for tests. I sincerely wish Tiwary and Rahane also play regularly in tests since 1 slot will open up after SRT's retirement. Dhawan,Rohit ,Pujara ,Kohli ,Tiwary & Rahane should form the core of Ind batting in all formats going forward.

Posted by vigneshmurali on (November 3, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

Lets all praise dhoni for the way he stuck up for his bowlers saying that no one ever hears about the australian players conceding runs.even though he says that he knows india have got to restock their bowling armory.even though both sides conceded runs our bowlers never troubled any batsmen except the shami watson thing .lets hope our bowling gets better.hears to a new gen of searing fast indian pace bowlers!!!!

Posted by Mitty2 on (November 3, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

First paragraph is wrong, it's purely due to the Indian pitches. The batting first innings totals have barely increased from 2010 to now with the inclusion of these supposedly batter friendly rules, with an average of just under 250. The case in point being the scores made in the Pak v SA series. On the other hand, in India the first innings totals have averaged around 275-280 during this whole period. And was around that high before the rules came in. The pitches have gotten flatter with enough pace for it to be easy to score on... and the conditions have gotten easier and easier. BCCI is killing cricket, but that's fine - more money is all what matters.

Congrats to India on what's been a highly competitive series between the two batting line ups, if not entertaining (although the more 350 is reached the less entertaining it becomes to watch it). We couldn't care less about the series, evidenced by the exclusion of MJ, but again, more money, so who cares?

Posted by Ajronald on (November 3, 2013, 3:01 GMT)

Good that Vinay Kumar finished with 1 for 102 on a winning note. Time to show him the door!!!

Posted by vigneshmurali on (November 3, 2013, 2:57 GMT)

Good thing my ashes 2009 game on my pc seems more realistic now.i always plunder 400 scores all the time and i always felt it was unrealistic.The match we saw yesterday pretty much looked like i was controllin the players in the game.n e ways cheers to india well played.A hearty congrats to the men in blue lets hope 2015 we bring the world cup bak home..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:53 GMT)

Being a bangalorean, its always disappointing to see bowlers murdered here. The ground is so small here. You can probably even recognize faces sitting at opposite end of ground. The pitch is one of the best in the country for fast bowling. Probably next best to Mohali. I sincerely wish our KSCA does something to increase the boundary length and breadth! For Now, I would like to see a few boundary rules changed just @ our Chinnaswamy stadium :) Ball bouncing over the ropes - 2 de full toss over the ropes - 4 runs Out of the stadium - 6 runs :)

Posted by stueyh1 on (November 3, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

All country biased comments aside, I am becoming increasing worried about the balance between bat and ball in one day cricket. It seems to me that entertainment to administrators means run making slugfests. The balance has tilted too far in favour of the batsman, particularly in limited over cricket. With the added technological advantage given by new improved bats, we are getting to a point where bowlers are increasingly irrelevant. So Indian grounds are small, so what? That is part of the diversity that makes up this great game, but I would love to see a bit more balance return to the game.

Posted by jimbond on (November 3, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

Faulkner is the first real allround prospect for Australia in about forty years (apart from Gilchrist). In tests he can easily take over from Watson whose body is constantly breaking down. The advantages Faulkner brings in, are manifold. He can bowl long spells and can do a holding role. He doesn't give away too many runs, and on slightly helpful surfaces takes wickets. He is ideal to bat at No. 7, has a good technique to lend in some lower order support, and can also slog. His no. 7 position allows either some better wicketkeeper batsman to play at 6 (enabling Australia to play five bowlers), or else a pure batsman at 6, and the WK at 8, and four bowlers in total. Australia should use this opportunity to add balance to the team- in all versions of the game.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:48 GMT)

Had Vinay Kumar's bowling average (like the other bowlers) been around 7/over India would have saved nearly 40 runs which means the winning margin would have been close to 100 runs, a substantial margin in such a high scoring game. It is evident that Vinay Kumar is a misfit and a weak link especially on the bowling front. Unadkat may have been a better option as he definitely has better skills that Vinay. Time consign Vinay to the scrap heap and build capable young legs with focus on the next world cup.

Posted by japper on (November 3, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

@BubbyRambha: The reason why most cricket lovers complain is because the contest between two sides has to be with Ball vs. Bat and not Bat vs. Bat which is what you get in most of the countries outside the sub continent and hence scoring a ton is not as easy as it is in subcontinent esp. in India where the pitches are so lopsided in favor of the batsman that our batsman who hit 150 km/h deliveries on the front foot here are all at sea when they play outside the subcontinent esp. in Test Matches.

Posted by srinideva on (November 3, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

We want to see real cricket, rather than 50 over IPL matches..or Baseball kind of stuff...100`s are become a cheap in this format..look at R sharma who haven`t scored a 100 in 3 years scored a 100 and 200..are you kidding me?..J faulkner just easily become the fastest centurion for Australia. It is disrespectful to cricket.. Some Indian fans might like this matches but as a cricket lover you can`t say the same..

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 3, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

What a madness!!! It was really like seeing someone play video game sitting next to me. Cant blame bowlers of both sides. Aussies missed Johnson in the game. It was an improved performance by the Indian bowlers than in the other games of this series,especially ashwin.I dint enjoy Shikar's gesture mocking at Shane.Faulkner is really promising.Thumbs up aus. Dear indian fans!!dont mind the trolls like @blade-runner and reply to his derogatory comments. He is among few of the Lankans who appear in the forums mainly to write bad things about India,no matter whether India wins or loses.He has always wanted to drag the Indian fans into argument.Repeated demoralizing defeats and lack of young talents(unlike india) to replace their greats must be like a thorn in the flesh for these people.The reason why these people are jealous of the Indian youngsters and also the Indian team is well known to the cricketing world. Best thing the Indians can do is not to reply these trolls with frustrated head

Posted by tanstell87 on (November 3, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

@Samantha Dassanayake - hahaha enjoyed your comment...but Sam why should subcontinent teams change their wickets...the wickets in Dubai are prepared to suit Pakistani spinners but unfortunately their batting is weak which cant withstand South African pace battery...when India,Sri Lanka & Pakistan tour England, South Africa & Australia do they get wickets which assist them...no they dont...so its important sub-continent teams dont change their wickets too...also i like to remind India scored 414 against Sri Lanka in 2009 ODI at Rajkot...The Lankans replied with 411 back then...remember what match we had until the last over...

Posted by Rodc on (November 3, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

M johnson going back to Aus did not make any difference because his two bunnies ie Raina & yuvraj did not perform any better, India Won the match because of he heroics of rohit,dhoni and dhawan who had given similar performance in past when johnson was playing for aussie.the aussie board was smart to keep johnson away from all this and not letting his moral go down.

Posted by Adesh_Goyal on (November 3, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

Why is it always that a batsman has to prove himself on bouncy wickets to be a good batsman and for a bowler to be good, we again need bouncy wickets. Why can't a good bowler remain good on a flat track. Why different criteria for batsman and bowler. A 150km/h yorker is same everywhere, irrespective of the pitch. If the current bowlers can't bowl it, why pitch is to be blamed. The fact is a bowler needs only one good ball to get a batsman. Also it's not just pitch, there are many other factors for high scores during this series. The Indian batsmen being on their toes throughout the innings to make up for the weak bowling as they know their bowling unit is not good enough to defend any total. Similarly, Aussie batsmen also hitting throughout the inning knowing the strength of Indian batting that they could chase any target. These psychology also affect the scores, not just pitches to be blamed. I am sure, if Indian bowling was good enough, the batsmen would be more relaxed and the game

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (November 3, 2013, 2:32 GMT)

It is OK for an allrounder like Faulker to score 30s or 40s but to get to some 100+ that too at a speed that no Aussie has ever done should make all concerned think (ICC, BCCI, Pitch Curator). I think ICC should allow a few of the spectators also to join the fielding side to make it a little difficult for the batsmen. While the match was interesting but there is no better sight than to see bowlers turn or move the ball and beat the batsmen square. A Vishy's 97* against the best bowling side of all time any day stands tall compared to a 209 of some 150 balls or 117 of 60 odd balls. I am already fed up of these high scoring matches. When ultimately somebody does break Sachin's record, we will all be wondering whether we are comparing apples and oranges.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:31 GMT)

Even my great grandmother could score a a century in 50 balls on those pitches.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:27 GMT)

@Nirudaka Netthasinghe and co who want stop watching such dull games,, please do,, no one forced you to follow and take time to comment here. Let me see your countries making pitches to suit the strengths of visiting countries and then we can have a chat about it. Till then, sour grapes....

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:25 GMT)

Please, can we have some competitive pitches??????????????

Posted by CricketFever11 on (November 3, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

All three double centurions from Indian grounds... Fare reflection of size of the ground and type of the wickets.....Indian pitches should be banned from cricket. It is better to watch baseball games than cricket in India......All cricket grounds in India should be converted to Baseball pitches...... Most funny thing is after making century in these flat decks, they compare themselves with greats like Bradmon.....

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

A pointless seven (7!) match series, played in the spirit of hit and giggle, as a lead in to a must-win Ashes series.

Bravo CA!

Bravo...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

That is most rubbish idea I have heard about the game of cricket, BuubyRambha. No one is saying India dont deserve to win but have some persepective plesase.The game is a contest between bat and ball. Scores of 350 plus should be an occasional score not every game! Green pitches in Australia which ground dear sir are you referring to ? Adelaide is one of the flattest wickets. If there was a 100% bowler friendly pitch , the pitch would be declared "dangeours and unfit to play on" !

Posted by tanstell87 on (November 3, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

I don't understand what other people are saying....South Africa chased Australia's 434 at the Bull Ring in 2006....no one said anything about that back then...but if India scores 401-3 against South Africa & 383-6 against Australia...people start to criticize BCCI,Indian pitches & other things...let me tell you if BCCI start preparing rank turners in ODIs in India, Australia would have lost 0-5 & England early this year would not have won 2 ODIs...so stop criticising BCCI & Indian wickets...other important problem is the use of 2 new balls in ODIs which is not going to help...reverse swing is done with after implementation of this rule as everyone is aware that 25 over ball doesn't reverse....every home team prepare wickets to suit home & there is nothing wrong if India also does that & no one should have problem with it...anyways it was great contest between the number 1 ODI team who are World Champions in this format & the number 2 ODI team....

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:17 GMT)

Some more suggestions to ICC 1>all bowlers and fielders should wear only one shoe 2>If no-ball bowled then bowler should bowl with the other hand. 3>the ground should be a slope where pitch is 5 meter high from the boundary 4>batsmen can bring any type of bat he wants

this is a handicap match..

Posted by tanstell87 on (November 3, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

@ James C Birbeck Dar - if India doesn't have a bowling attack then howcome they won Champions Trophy in England & tri series in West Indies...let me guess by picking wickets or was it by playing 11 batters all the time..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

Same old Aussie whining ??? Same rules and ground conditions for both teams. If Infia out thougjt Aussies is it wrong?The new new ODI rules were meant to cut off any spin or reverse swing - Aus main frontliners for it.But it has helped batsmen more than bowlers but isnt it same for all teams. If you goto Aus they make green tops where even average bowlers like McKay look kings.In India they get exposed.Same for Indian batsmen who go to Aus. Countries use home advantage - pls stop whining on it.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

This is the dullest series I've had the misfortune to witness.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

This is not a good sign for ODI, frankly speaking due to just such a high scoring match. Though it looks fascinating on the paper and records, but I am so worried what if the same thing happens against minnows. Would that be a real record if someone from Rank1 team individual scores 250+ and innings total 500 against a team with lower rank? Common, this is not cricket, this is some kind of movie. The cricket has been called as a game of talent, team balance and game for all bowlers, batsmen and all who participate. Its like a butchering bowlers with back to back sixes on such a small ground. We need a bigger ground ICC please.

Posted by anton1234 on (November 3, 2013, 1:52 GMT)

I don't like some suggestions that have been made to try and bring the scoring down. We just have to get use to a new norm. T20 has changed the mindset of the players. We are going to see run rates in ODIs of 6,7,8 on a regular basis. The players these days are generally stronger, the bats better, and these two combinations make hitting sixes easier, and more frequent. These 70-75 metre boundaries must feel like 60 metres to some of the players.

Boundaries must be an absolute minimum 75 meters, preferably 80m. Only problem is many grounds these days cannot accommodate a boundary bigger than 75 metres (sometimes not even 70m). But even on a 75 metre boundary on all sides there still remains remains a lot of open spaces on a cricket field. I propose 2 designated fielders, making a team field 13 players in all. The two extra fielders won't bat or ball and will only field, thus making fours and sixes more difficult. It will make it harder to pierce the field so easily.

Posted by cricpolitics on (November 3, 2013, 1:43 GMT)

It is ridiculous and just non-sense cricket. I have said it before and will repeat again, this series is nothing but a stage drama. There is no real cricket.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 1:36 GMT)

Since when you change the rules to make a game interesting? Games are made interesting by competition and playing with passion. The rules are changed to make MORE money and it's a shame that these commercial-minded people are allowed to keep tinkering with the rules and we're letting them.

Posted by hotcric01 on (November 3, 2013, 1:35 GMT)

A lot of fans here are complaining about the pitch and short boundaries. But it is same for the both teams.Some people try to underestimate india's effort because flat pitches.But they have forgetten india won the championship trophy in England ,trianangular tournament in west indies and 5-0(second strimg indian side) in zimbabwe in complety different conditions. The reasons for high scores in this series not only flat pitches or new odi rules,India and Australia have the best batting line ups in the world at the moment.(sri lanka also come close).India's brillance in chases is another point.India would have chased 295 easily in ranchi(good batting pitch) which was washed out and would have won game in punjab if not for ishant's pathetic over.so india completely dominated in this series.India's fast bowling was not up to the best but what about australia's fast bowling?nobody impressed apart from jonson.He too wasn't economically so good.so people accept the reality.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (November 3, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

@Steve Back: Wern't you a Faulkner basher during the the ashes???? Faulkner is turning out to be a very good player for Australia, what a cricketer he could be for us. He is the only one with the potential to replace Shane Watson.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

As a cricket fan, this is horrible, it is becoming pointless to watch without any good bowling attack. Plat pitches are just ruining the game. if we go with same trend there would be no more beauty in bowling and no more Waqar,Wasim,Lee,Murlitharn, Strung etc. ICC must intervene to save the spirit of cricket.

Posted by dj_dhananjay on (November 3, 2013, 1:18 GMT)

Why should one feel sad for the bowlers ??? The bowling in this series was - atrocious, disgusting & even down right filthy at times !!! This is not to take away any credit from the batsmen - who were simply brilliant !!! I think the rules had little to do with the outcomes - and this too can be corrected by perhaps giving the fielding side a power play of 5 overs with no field restrictions.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 3, 2013, 1:17 GMT)

Someone pointed out that the Dhawan behaviour was 'Most probably Watson said something to Dhawan at Nagpur after he hobbled back to the pavilion scoring 100'. I'm not excusing it just trying to explain the possible motivations behind it.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (November 3, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

Aside from the first game - pretty awful series (and that has nothing to do with Aus winning the first game). Balance between bat and ball was non-existent. Seeing the expression of excruciation on the bowlers' faces was totally heart-breaking.

Posted by class9ryan on (November 3, 2013, 1:09 GMT)

38 sixes, why are we complaining ? The previous best being 31 in a ground in New Zealand. Nobody asked an explanation for that match, so why Now ???? There was some balance between the bat and the ball until the last six overs of Indian innings. The only game I remember which had such hitting was the famous NZ vs PAK 2011 WC game where Ross Taylor and Jacob Oram smashed 100 in the last 5 overs. But this was some hitting tonight.

Posted by Gaswell on (November 3, 2013, 0:54 GMT)

Enoughs enough. No more of this farcical, unwatchable rubbish. We must demand a contest between bat and ball. These pitches are not good cricket wickets. Nobody should pay to watch this garbage. I love cricket with a passion but this bares little resemblance to the game i love. It is predictable, boring and completely unwatchable. I turned off after 8 overs. It should be a chargeable offence to produce pitches like this as well as to change more laws in favour of batsman. I would rather see bowler friendly pitches than this tedium. We don`t know who the best side is because there was no contest between bat and ball. If Indians like cricket this way then let them have it. For the rest of the world, i`d rather see less money generated and better, more entertaining and credible cricket.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

If these flat pitchs are the norm then the selectors should adjust accordingly. Have 8 Batsman, 2 All rounders and a batsman keeper. Select no specialist bowlers at all. Just offer up part time pies - since the opposition are going score 300+ anyway.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:45 GMT)

I think people come to watch batsmen hitting sixes in the stands ... that what excites them aNd bcci knows it very well as to how to market aNd give the crowd what it wants .... why don't we complain of bouncy tracks when we go down under ... it's not our homeground but we still adapt ... so y can't any other team adapt to Indian pitches ... moreover, which country gives you this huge amount of fans watching live cricket in the stadiums ... I think , the new ball rule should not be there to help the bowlers for reverse swing during the last ten overs ...

Posted by Biggus on (November 3, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

Another snorefest. Thank god that's over so we can play some real cricket now. What shameless stat-padding wickets.@ TheBigBoodha:-Couldn't have said it better. The deafening silence when the opposition does well highlights the poor sportsmanship of the average Indian fan.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

shami bowled well.kept beating the batsman for pace.ashwin was the best bowler on either side.he & jaddu seemed to be dhoni's go to men.bhuvan couldnt find his line or length.vinay was as is always was pathetic.hope we don't see him & ishant in the eleven for a looong time.spare a thought for mckay who was mauled in this series.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

Untill the game is interesting, no one is going to remember the records.. I can still recall the match between India and Pakistan in Dhaka, the Asia cup final.. where India changed down 314.. Not as many records were made or broken.. but It was one of the best ODI games ever..

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 3, 2013, 0:30 GMT)

It's not just the rules, and it's not just Indian pitches. When better baseball bats were invented, they were banned. When better golf clubs and balls came along, fairways were tightened. Can't change the size of a ground once it's built. How about limiting the maximum, and average depth of a cricket bat ?

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

I next ICC meet, they are going to decide to only send dolly fulltosses to batsmen, and will make sure that every ball is being hit for a six. If not it will be a no ball.. and that too you can not bowl above than 130..

Common why they are always changing the rules and that to reduce the contest between the bat and ball..

For me bring back the large boundaries as Eden Gardens, let bowlers allow 6 bouncers.. no batting powerplay.. and I am sure you will only find praising comments here..

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 3, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

A fantastic Diwali present from Rohit Sharma and Team India to the nation and all supporters. Happy DIWALI guys !!! May God bless all with peace and prosperity. And may God continue to bless India and Indian cricket. Let Diwali bring more brightness to Indian cricket. Let the festivities begin ! :)

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

People are comparing Sachin with Virat. Indian fan are very loud Virat is going to break Sachin record. But Sachin faced Hughes, Macdermot, Warne, Macgill, Gillespie, Whitney, Macgrath, Kasprowitch, Fleming, Malcom, Cork, Gaugh, Caddick, Giles, Harmison, Morrison, Hadley, Bond, Marshall, Ambrose, Bishop, Walsh, Vaas, Murali, Jaysuriya, Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Saqlain, Qadir, Mushtaq, Donald, Pollock, De Villers, Macmillan, Klusner all the wicket genuine wicket taking bowler with wick taking pitches, Even those days up to 1996, there are not even 15 over restrictions. Virat will definitely break Sachin record, However, Sachin would have this kind of flat pitches on his peak time on 90s, he would have scored 25000 odi run with at least 75 one day century

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

And we wonder why so many batsmen can't build an innings or tough it out for any length of time in Test cricket ...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:16 GMT)

why does the bcci just make batting pitches in india? theres nothing for bowlers in those pitches. i really feel sorry for the bowlers. its not fair. the bowlers dont get any help from the pitch.

Posted by whoster on (November 3, 2013, 0:10 GMT)

Some excellent personal performances in this series, but sadly they were all from the batsmen. None of the matches were a competition between bat-and-ball, and that isn't cricket.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:10 GMT)

The truth is no one expected this series to be so competitive with Australia struggling recently and India on a high. Credit should be given to Australia for competing so hard and making the series exciting. However, ICC should seriously look into the revised rules since the bowlers have become a punching bag. Many will lose their confidence if plundered like this.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

Sad day for cricket scoring a hundred shouldn't easy must be earned ICC should step in and stop this Mickey Mouse cricket .hate to see cricket degraded to this now.

Posted by sjw2k on (November 3, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

Must agree that this is not cricket. With the new regulations the ICC have killed 50 over cricket for good, no longer a battle between bat and ball, it's just a matter of how many you can score. Don't know if its in the ICC agenda to bombard the true cricket supporters with high run rates with boundaries galore but I feel its anti cricket at the moment.

Posted by Number_5 on (November 3, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

I think its pretty clear what cricket fans for both competing countries and fans from around the globe think of this series. Cricket is a battle between bat and ball. This was just a hybrid T20 slog fest. The most disappointing thing from this game for mine however was the mocking of Watson's injury by the Indian players, surely that as much as the road this series has been played on is worth comment by the media and as much against the spirit of the game of anything we have seen in quite some time. What can the cricket fans around the globe take from this series? Is this the future of ODI on the subcontinent? Do stricter laws around ground size and pitch preparation need to be enforced? After seeing some of the LBW decisions in this series how can the BCCI expect to be taken seriously by not using DRS?

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

A Letter sent to ICC (enquiry@icc-cricket.com) SUB : Cricket dying a seemingly cheerful death ? Hello ICC, Greetings ! Being an Indian, i have thoroughly enjoyed the series. However, as an ardent cricket fan, i wish to highlight that the recent change in Cricketing rules, in favor of the Batsmen, is ruining the Contest & turning Cricket more into like Baseball. One might as well wish to sit the bowlers out & use a ball throwing machine instead. Note that one of the reasons for the fame & reach of cricket is because it used to be simple & thus people/fans enjoy not just watching but also playing cricket themselves, in many parts of the world. Once the rules become too complex to follow, or when it becomes so heavily skewed that half the time (while bowling), one party is not enjoying playing it, the game will begin to loose its charm. We & You all love cricket, Lets do our best to improve the Game Rules. Thanks & Regards (just another ardent cricket lover)

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 2, 2013, 23:59 GMT)

Congrats to India on the win and to Rohit for the double.

I'm ok with flat wickets as each country is different but the fielding restrictions and the tiny grounds make a match less interesting. ICC should enforce how long the boundaries should be, minimum 80 meters IMO and get rid of the fielding restrictions.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

The Indian fanaticism and population should logically create the greatest cricket team ever. But they're not now, in the past and nor will they be in the future if they continue to play on grounds of this caliber!

The Indian side will always battle and loose away and disappoint their fans after their highs at home. A great side will always win away everywhere they play. SA, OZ, WI and England have done it but not India.

So if the Indian fans want a really great side to come out of India then do something about these unusual pitches & grounds. You won't see as many runs but perhaps you'll see a great winning side wherever they go.

The alternative is probably the only chance the Indians have of winning the world cup again is at home. Could be a long wait! Or not?

Posted by DingDong420 on (November 2, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

batting is all about partnerships, and Faulkner nearly won it with his partnership with Vinay Kumar!

Posted by testcric4ever on (November 2, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

A close series, CA will take their big fat pay check from the BCCI, Indian fans have seen some F50 cricket and believe their batsmen are the best of the world and now we can all get on with some real cricket. Bring on the summer.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

those rohit sharma sixes would have cleared any ground.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

if u blame the length of the ground, then no grounds in new zealand are fit for international cricket

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

india edge sixathon with ROHIT SHARMA`S 209

Posted by SpartaArmy on (November 2, 2013, 23:42 GMT)

Of all the players that AUS had (Hayden, Gilchrist, Ponting, Symonds, Warner) who would have imagined Faulkner is the one who is going to be the score fastest 100.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 2, 2013, 23:41 GMT)

@ EnglishCricket: Look at what your are saying. When India won the Champions Trophy this year, did they play in India or in good Old England ? Were all those roads too ? Then they followed it up by beating both WI and Sri Lanka in the Caribbean just days later. That is the hallmark of a superior team. One thing is for sure, India will never be as bad as England in ODIs.

Posted by fguy on (November 2, 2013, 23:38 GMT)

All the people saying that they find matches in India/odis boring and can't wait for them to get over please do yourselves and the rest of us a favor and buy yourselves a TV from the last 30 years. They come with this great gadget called a remote control which allows you to switch channels or even astonishingly turn the TV off. I myself found it very handy during the snooze fest called the ashes. and if you'll want to start discounting performances of Indian batsmen on "flat pitches" then we shall do the same for pace bowlers on green pitches. Lillee, McGrath, Anderson, Donald.. their records don't mean much since they were taken in helpful conditions. Sounds fair, right?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 2, 2013, 23:37 GMT)

A lot of Aussie fans here living in self denial. It is funny how they think this is a second string Aussie XI ! That's a joke considering ONLY 2 players are missing from this line up - their captain Michael Clarke, and Mitch Johnson. The rest are either out of ODI contention OR sitting as subs in the team dugouts in India. PLEASE admit you were beaten by a superior team. Flat wickets or not, cricket is played by 2 teams of 11 players each. For those of you who claim this series was like baseball, let me tell you that baseball fans DON'T whine about flat pitches and conditions. Baseball rules are designed to reflect fairness and status quo in conditions to both competing teams. That makes baseball a fundamentally BETTER sport than cricket in all respects. Cricket is too reliant on the conditions. In spite of that, India have surpassed every team in terms of sheer brilliance in ODIs. The sky is the limit for this team. Sadly, even some Indian supporters don't realize this.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 23:36 GMT)

Need more bouncers in the game. I need to see the use of the shortlegs again. you introduce the helmet and then take the short pitch out of the game. Do that seem reasonable.

Posted by Just_love_it on (November 2, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

So many negative comments about too many runs being score in series , OK fair enough but not seeing even 5 % criticism about current SA/Pak series where teams defending poor score like 180/200 repeatedly ! Well I think if spectators (so called expert commentator ,real spectator on ground won't mind it ) don't want too see 350 chased down repeatedly then I'm sure they don't want to see 180 defended repeatedly either ! Well I think in t20 era we will see 350 is new 300 and that's nowhere safe score anymore like it or not ODI is diff now from 80 s where 220 was good score and 250 was winning score and in 90s where 260 was good score n 300 was winning score now may be 350 is good score but nothing is really like a winning score anymore not even 380 !

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 2, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

Congratulations India. Obviously Team India haters and Aussie fans have once again proven to be poor losers by whining about another loss to the Aussie team. Yes the pitch was flat, there is nothing that can be done. It has always been like this when it comes to ODI games in the subcontinent. What do you people expect ? Rank turners ? This was a fantastic game of cricket in which Australia demonstrated good skills to almost win from a hopeless situation. By jeez, I have never seen so many whiners in one place !! Well have fun munching on your sour grapes. India once again proving they are the undisputed ODI kings and true world champions. NOBODY even comes close to matching this Indian batting line up. Proud to be an Indian supporter. Up next the WI !

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

Its's funny how Australians are now talking about flat tracks and small boundries and not blaming their pathetic bowling which is responsible for their loss. Thier bowlers are so used to bowling on tracks that require minimum effort from the bowler, but hey at the end of the day we gave you a crushing defeat so stop whinning and accept it you can't beat the world champions.

Posted by Nampally on (November 2, 2013, 23:23 GMT)

It was a great Six-Fest in the 7th ODI + a Record setting day at Bangalore. Rohit Sharma came up with a brilliant double century- only the 3rd in ODI history. Sharma had 16 Sixers & 12x 4's - 204 of his 209 runs by clearing the short boundary! It was followed by fastest century by any Aussie in ODI, when Faulkner hit his way in 58 balls. It was a nervous crowd - some of them praying in face of Faulkner's onslaught- for an Indian Win. India put up a record ODI total of 383 & just managed to hang on! Aussies took up the challenge - Mission Impossible & fell short with 5 overs left. But for 2 dropped catches off Faulkner when he was under 20 both off Jadeja- one at mid wicket & another C & B, India would have won easily. India won the Series but with severely bruised Bowlers! Only Shami & B.Kumar looked good. Jadeja & Ashwin had spells of glory but mauled. Vinay & Ishant were the worst!. Why play on such batting paradise with short boundary & break the hearts of the Weak Indian Bowling?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

After Clarke's worthless captaining display in the same country less than 6- months ago and the 4-0 demolition of the Australian Test Team, lets forget that Bailey was on the brink of Captaining Australia to winning the series ..... well that was until CA decided to take, who I consider, the best Australian bowler out of the team and fly him home a few days early. It was as if CA wanted to significantly reduce the possibility of Australia winning the series!!!

Can anyone tell me what this minuscule advantage may have been achieved through the withdrawn of Johnson over the potential team morale boost that may have been achieved by Australia winning the series??

Meanwhile Clarke can't lead a team that includes many of the Australian Team or those on the cusp of selection (so we are told) to a victory over a significantly weakened State Team!!

It's time some people opened their eyes

Posted by abc3 on (November 2, 2013, 23:18 GMT)

Aussies got it easy with these pitches. If India had gone ahead and prepared dust bowl spinning tracks then white wash was on the cards for Aussies who would have bundled out for sub 200 scores in a few games to Indian spinners. Then the same set of bashers would have come rushing in here commenting that India prepares dustbowls to their advantage. Damned if you do damned if you don't. These people never change. Bashing Indian team has become a fashion nowadays even if they are winning on all surfaces lifting trophys around the world. Go India. Ignore the cry babies and do what you do best.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 23:14 GMT)

If this is the direction world cricket is taking, then the future generations might never see the birth of another McGrath, Warne, Wasim Akram or Malcolm Marshal.

Posted by basheerch on (November 2, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

The new rules of BCCI have a bad impact on ODI's. See the India Aus series.. Runs flowing like Flood. Chasing a huge Score of 350 is as simple as A 20-20 match.!. Only Batsman rules. Nothing to do with the Ball..No surprise, if Mohd Shami or Ishant sharma makes A Century.!! No wonder if any team Scores 500 & other team Chases ...!! Any how a gud series for India.. Welldone Youngsters specially, R sharma,Dhawan,Kohli & the Captain Cool dhoni. Congrats to Aussis Also for making the series Alive..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

this series was more like stick cricket than international cricket. we need a bowling revival.

Posted by samincolumbia on (November 2, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha - Where were you when India won the Champions Trophy in England beating your mediocre team in the process? India won fair and square - It's one-eyed fans like you that are ruining cricket for everyone.

Posted by KFRITZ on (November 2, 2013, 22:54 GMT)

Some facts here: The Bangalore chinnaswamy stadium has always been the same thru the years... whether its the pitch or the stadium size...nothings changed...its only the batsmen have got the better of the bowlers....Even the worldcup match between India and England was a high scoring thriller which ended in a tie ...Same is the case with other grounds as well...Fact 2::Rohit sharma has always been known to play such big shots not only on this ground but everywhere else..Fact 3: no matter what the non indian fans say, this batting lineup is the best in the world and they proved it by winning the CT as well without losing a game...beating SL,pakistan,south africa australia and england ....

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

Dead flat pitches, shorter boundaries, for god's sake! this is ODI not T20! ...

Posted by sudhir98 on (November 2, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

Truly disgusted by the game. It was surreal watching this game - me and apparently most spectators at the chinnaswamy stadium sitting stunned at what is transpiring in front of our eyes. If this the quality of cricket that will be served up in future, I for sure will not be watching.

Posted by T-800 on (November 2, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

The star commenter of the day Himanshu, was at least enthusiastic enough to watch this match. Frankly, I was bored by the first two matches of this series that I didn't bother watching this one. Congrats to Rohit Sharma though. Hey, a double ton is a double ton, no matter what. This type of cricket, I am afraid is NOT my cup of tea. This is somewhat tolerable in T20, but going too far, if the one day format too is infected with this. ICC is alienating the genuine cricket lover in favor of the low info, shallow cricket lover. I can only hope this slogfest loving trend dies a quick well deserved death in International Cricket

Posted by jango_moh on (November 2, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha... if aus had won, im sure we would not hear all these comments... i totally agree that the pitch was flat, and the new odi rules do not work on subcontinent pitches, but give credit where its due!!! this same team won the champions trophy in ENGLAND!!!! but to say that all this is some kind of conspiracy is pure crazy!!!! 400+ runs were scored in the "supposed" best odi match b/w aus and SA in SA!!! cricinfo pls publish!!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

The sorry, farcical world of cricket in which bowlers are chained down with every possible "law" that can be contrived while the batsmen are free to "innovate" all they wish. This is not evolution - it is a horrific mutation of the game we love. If the batsmen can hit the "dilshan" or the "helicopter", the bowlers must be allowed to bowl the bouncers & place fielders where they wish. Let there be a balance. Let the batsman have the fear of God in him, and then let him bare his "courage" - his so-called "vijay". Meanwhile, continue to enjoy the bollywood circus. Cricket! pathetic!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

Whatever it is, it is the same ground given to both the sides, please accept that Austr lost the series. Why can't you accept the hard truths

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

some series people wants to remember for many years.. but I dont anyone will remember this series more than 6months.. it was dead wickets nothing for the bowlers.. high scoring matches.. both teams are scoring 300+ easily.. totally disappointing stuff :(

Posted by bigwonder on (November 2, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

Congratulations to Team India and specifically Rohit, this was an awesome thriller to an exciting one day seies. Couldn't have asked for any better. Yes, the pitch is not green and bumpy, yes the boundaries are shorter, but who cares, you have those in England and Australia, we don't need them around the world. I really get bored watching Ashes as it is not real cricket but a contest between two rivals to see who has better fast bowlers. Congratulations to India on retaining No. #1 ranking in ODI, ignore the naysayers who loath ODI's high scoring but continue to watch them.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

am so happy that India won I feel really good

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

Well said TheBigBhooda.Will be looking forward to seeing dhawans chest thumping when he has to leave his back yard and play in normal cricket conditions. Disgusting behaviour by India all round. On and off the field. But what else do we expect from them anymore? Well played Aus. The better cricket team by far.

Posted by jango_moh on (November 2, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

ok, i get that the contest between bat and ball is completely skewed here!!! but some non-indian fans are going overboard with this stuff... @TheBigBoodha , i didnt see the likes of you saying the same when SA made 400+ to win a game in SA!!!! that was considered the best odi match ever, so a little perspective would be good.... having said that, even i would like to see better contest b/w bat and ball.... even dhoni acknowledged it, the new rules will cause this to happen on indian flat tracks, but work differently on non-asian tracks!! something for the icc to think about for sure.... but the notion that this is all planned for an indian win is absurd!!! i sense a little bit of jealousy there.... u gotta admit that the current indian batting is the best in odis, period!!!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

was an avid fan of cricket until the imbalance in the game killed all my interest. another lame odi match today..anyways, cngtrz to team india

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

Indian Batsmen like Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma would score 500+ if they get to bat against Indian bowlers....

Posted by Vishal63 on (November 2, 2013, 22:18 GMT)

Best XI for the test series: 1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Murali Vijay, 3. Cheteshwar Pujara, 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. Virat Kohli, 6. Rohit Sharma, 7. MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8. Ravichandran Ashwin, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Umesh Yadav, 11. Mohammed Shami

Posted by AH_USA on (November 2, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

What India needs to realize is that flat tracks like these, short boundaries, etc., are not doing any justuce to its quick bowling lineup, which is a department that India has always struggled with. In fact, it is disheartening and discouraging to its quick bowlers to see themselves getting hit all over the ground because of flat tracks. How will India ever be able to produce decent quick bowlers unless it provides them an opportunity to bowl well by providing them competetive tracks? Why would someone dream of becoming a bowler when he knows quite well that there is not much in it for him in the long run? For those who are pointing out that Pakistan also used to prepare bowler friendly tracks are forgetting that Sehwag hit a double or tripple ton in Lahore because it was a dead track. But in the next match in Karachi, he was cheaply taken out in both innings, which showed his weakness on lively tracks.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

This is rubbish. Below par bowling by both the sides, aided by flat pitches have made a mockery of cricket. More or less a similar Indian team was bundled down for around or below 200 three times in Pak v/s Ind series. This is cricket at its worst!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

Some may say most of these comments are lame excuse, but Indians made every cricket lover in the world to see a boring a predictable game when they play in their own soil...... This is pathetic... I don't think even if a world team come with a 11 batsman and 11 bowlers (like Wasim Akram, Chaminda Vass, Curtley Ambros, etc) can beat Indians because this is not Indians playing its their PITCH playing for them.. Oh man... why should I waste my time for this... I'm sick of watching matches now... Like to see anyother match even "A" teams playing without India or any match in India..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

Then came the wounded Watson.....lolz !!! (para 8)

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha November 2, 2013, 20:37 GMT

This is also another level of cricket. You need to get over from deep frustrations of defeat which I can understand. Take it sportingly as Oz played really well but lost to a better team. What about grounds in NZL & WI? There are literally small & some of them are rugby grounds. Nobody did complained till date now. Flinch was plumb & please accept the verdicts. We Indians also got unfair calls but those were parcel of the game. Whatever you are terming about this Oz side, I will see full strength side's performance but I can assure you some of these guys are much better than so called top side. Maxi, George, Finch & Faulkner are good to fit in any team. Still I say you were lucky to see 2 wins because of some stupid play some IND players. Wishing you best luck in ASHES, hope your full strength side would able to display good show & enjoy your best cricket.

Please excuse us, BCCI, Team IND, TV commentators & pitches.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

Ok,we will change cricket to Bollywood style.Let guys to bowl to their own batters.No need to waste energy & time,just under arm tosses are enough.Then we sub continent guys enjoy this as our stupid movies.Instead of Great Kapil Dev,Mohinder Amaranath,Chandrasekar,Bedi,Aravinda de Silva,Muralitharan,Arjuna Ranathunge-we will have Virat,Rohith,Dhawan,Dhoni,Dilshan similar to sharook Khan,Akshey Kumar,Rithik Roshan!!!!!!!

Posted by TRAM on (November 2, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

Tendulkar, Sehwag, Rohit are the only 3 to score 200+ in ODIs.

The common attributes: 1. All 3 are Indians, 2. All 3 are openers., 3. All 3 scored in Indian pitches. 4. All 3 scored after 2009. How do you explain this spurt of Indian talent (of course only in Indian conditions)? May be that: Indian players face the maximum competition to get in to their country's playing 11. Performance of Indians are the most scrutinized by media. Indians playing in India have the maximum pressure to perform because of huge local audience. (compared to Aussies playing in Aus etc). So, it brings out the best of the best?

But how do you explain the point 4: All 3 scored after 2009. India pitches were flat for decades. So that can not be the factor. Rule changes? nah, that is common for opponents & other countries.

I cant help this guys. It has got to be the IPL. There is something the IPL has done to the Indian batting talent.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

Many comments have been seen through out this series about the flat wicket, killing ODI etc.... Even a non Indian gentleman tweeted that his grandma can get 50 runs from the Indian pitch. Gentlemen I recommend pls look into the scorecards... 2 times India lose. 2nd victory to Aussies and the 7th ODI brought to an entertaining finisher by a person, unless him "FAULKNER" Aussies should have been down to 4 -1. Again Indian have bowled out all Aussie batmen in the last (7th) ODI in the chase where Aussie can't do while India was chasing. Think......

Posted by Hookies on (November 2, 2013, 21:36 GMT)

Demoralizing series for the bowlers....I guess India figured the only way they would win the series with the strength of their power batting line up hence the flat pitch and small boundaries...

Posted by hhillbumper on (November 2, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

This must be an Indian dream.A wicket that takes bowlers out the game and they can hit to their hearts content.At home they are indeed a good team but this has no relevance to real cricket.The other point is what message does this send to future bowlers? Already they are undervalued by Indian cricket so in the future you will have even less bowling ability than now.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Why do everyone discuss about the pitches,new rules? The Indians rely more on batting rather than their bowling.The Indian bowlers will be mentally strong bowling in these kind of pitches and they will surely perform better overseas.....As it is the batting unit that needs to click in the overseas, the Indian batsmen need to get confidence before the important SA tour.This series exactly provided what is required for them, a huge morale booster.....# positive thinking by an Indian fan #

Posted by ArmaanSingh on (November 2, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Few questions running in my mind:

1. Why Yuvraj not bowling when rest failing? (3rd highest wicket taker in 2011 World Cup) 2. Are we going to see Sehwag/Gambhir again in ODI format? 3. Why Zaheer Khan not playing when India desperately need good bowlers? 4. When India will get regular playing 3 proper fast bowlers?

Posted by Digimont on (November 2, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

I predict one of two things here..either people will flock back to test cricket to see a proper contest between bat & ball, or its RIP cricket. Either way, India's sacred cash cow (pun intended) has just been mortally wounded. What a disgrace this series has been to lovers of the game.

One "constructive" idea...let the crowd keep the ball every time a six is hit and give the bowling side a new ball.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:26 GMT)

What a mockery has this series made out of the bowlers... the ICC should intervene here to keep a look at the tracks that prepared ..dead rudders in India..puffy sized boundaries to add to it...reallly..RIP BOWLING...thanks for the memories..and a liittle ethics lessons for Dhawan too...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

I agree this series has made a mockery of the contest between bat and ball, but this is an Indian issue, not a global one (look at the ODI series between South Africa and Pakistan in UAE). Indian pitches favour batsmen, which plays to India's batting strength and neutralises the opposition's generally superior bowling. This is compounded by short boundaries, which allow mishits to go for 6. There's nothing wrong with preparing pitches to suit the home bowling, everyone does it (India won't get any turners in South Africa). One of the great tragedies of today's game is that Caribbean pitches are no longer fast and true. The problem is that Indian pitches almost concede the team doesn't have a bowling attack.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

Being a Pakistan fan, I don't care much about TEAM INDIA's achievements but comments by Himanshu Dev made me write these lines. For me cricket is a competition won or lost on several factors other than bowling and batting. India makes pitches to support their strength which is "BATTING" and they have a right to do that because as a home team they have to play to their strengths. I am surprised that some INDIAN fans still criticize this approach which is logical and ethical. Wishing best of luck to INDIA and hope they can put on the same show on "AUSTRALIAN PITCHES" some day :).... great performance Rohit !!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

all those who are saying this is not cricket etc, are just not able to cope with sachin's record being broken and sachin retiring

Posted by Agila on (November 2, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Its scintillating batting from both sides..one of them managed to pull off 350+ chases twice in quick succession, the other could not! Dont understand logic of few people here about Mitchell Johnson not playing..didnt he play those two matches when Ind chased 350+ with ease? Would any one complained of flat tracks if Aus won? Go chill!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

@Himanshu Dev Featured comment

As a DIE HARD cricket fan, I am disappointed to see your comment making mockery of efforts by batsmen especially Rohit. We have witnessed extremely opposite styles of Rohit's batting . The way he was playing initially till some 60 odd runs, nobody even thought about he could able to post decent hundred. He was in totally defensive approach. He suddenly accelerated after 2 quick wickets failed at other end & one of which runout of Kohli. The Oz batsmen got advantage of dew factor which caused difficulty in gripping for bowlers & they capitalized it. I saw similar batting of Ajay Jadeja's heroics in 1996 Q/F against Waqar. Please note that Rohit/Dhawan/Virat showed fearless approach which made huge totals in this series. Flat pitches are mere excuse for some bowlers who bowled with bad line & length. Mind it that this is another level of cricket than low scoring defensive competition which somebody feel a proper cricket....Uff...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

If India wants to have any chance of defending its title, it has to stop playing on these very pitches. Otherwise it will surely be knocked out of the first round of the world cup in 2015 to be hosted on fast Australian, NZ tracks. Only Pak has beaten India at home in ODI's in recent years, and that's because Pak batsmen too love dead pitches and cant do any better when they go to SA, Aus or England

Posted by Int.Curator on (November 2, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

India ODI Series

50/100 overs for Entertainment.

50 overs of bowling/ fielding boredom.

Cricket is obviously broken.

Please fix it!

Posted by LaKe_pLaCiD78 on (November 2, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

I am certainly not amused to see today's performances by the both team... and it was pretty much preditable after earlier ODI of the this series... But well done & Congrats to Team India specialy Rohit Sharma to won the Battle of Runs...

By the way all three 200+ are by Indian Batsmen & in INDIA only for the recent time...Which clearly shows the influence of the IPL in the ODI Cricket with short boundries & batting friendly pitches (Bowler's onslaught)... Its not all about the rules or poor bowling to be blamed... but the Pitches & grounds too...

Anyhow, Waiting for the tour of Team India to South Africa where the real test will be for Team India... Specially Top order Dhawan/Rohit/Kohli/Raina & the rest...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

What a farce!! Shouldn't the ICC have an idea what a qualifying ground is for international matches?

Posted by avmd on (November 2, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

The series was somewhat entertaining, at times, it was anything but cricket. Cricket is the thrilling contest between bat and ball and it was no where seen during the series.

Posted by Pyketts on (November 2, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

Yawn, another Indian player smacking the ball around on a flat pitch with small boundries. Glad to see a lot of the people on here are commenting that this has to change as it's killing this form of the game.

Suspect India don't care though as they want T20 to come more to the fore and increase their control over the game even further.

Can't wait until the Ashes, at least it will be a competition between bat and ball not glorified Baseball.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

Indian team is for sure scoring above par , and really by the luck all the stars are shining brightly . But what the hell is this all matched so ruthless for bowlers. Bowlers used to be heroes back then , now by watching such low standard bowling matches one can easily imagine how difficult ICC have made bowling. ICC should re consider its policy regarding bowler friendly approach towards cricket. There should be some tug between bat and ball.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

Good effort by Australia. As an Englishman I was surprised to find myself rooting for them towards the end of that match, especially Faulkner.

Posted by Puffin on (November 2, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

I can't help but feel uneasy about this level of imbalance between bat and ball.

Also, it is hardly apt preparation for an Ashes series. But we knew that already.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (November 2, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

This is not cricket. It is a nauseating display of self-fixated, chest-thumping nationalism... the tiny ground, lifeless track, silence of the crowd when AUS were smashing it, Dhawan's mocking of Watson, BCCI controlled robot-commentary, Finch's lame LBW - it's a blatant circus designed only for one thing, Indian victory and vain national glory. This was a second string AUS side - 3rd string bowling. esp with Watson down and Johnson out and all good bowlers in AUS. That they came close to winning the series in such artificially controlled circumstances designed to emasculate them is a great credit to them.

Posted by Abhishek.2626 on (November 2, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

@Ankur Sharma, Its not that we are not proud of us Indians and Aussies didnt get their due. I agree, Aussies too played on the same wicket. But if this continues, Say after a few years, nobody will care about whatever record any Indian Batsman makes even though they are talented. It ll always be like "The Pitch". Today I myself wasnt surprised or overjoyed seeing Rohit's Hundred. Nobody gives a damn to oneday batting records by Indians.

And the Game too is becoming soo boring. The rules need to changed. And the pitches in India need to changed asap. Chennai is actuallly a perfect wicket in India. Where it has a lil bit for everybody.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (November 2, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

India is great team and great players but dont feel any excitement watching India playing against any other team in their own ground!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

Sachin predicted after his 200, that the players who he forsees to break his record are Sehwag and Rohit Sharma....most of us would have ridiculed his 2nd choice, but boy how true he was...the "talent" has ripen today...what a knock...16 clean huge sixes...and add to that the magnificent helicopter of Dhoni... what a cracker-jacker of a show by the Indian batting....just on the eve of Diwali... simply magnificent... our batsmen are taking ODI batting to an absolutely new unassailable level... Proud to be a witness to the magnificence of all the 3 only ODI double-century scorers...all being Indians....WOWWWW !!!!! #Goosebumps

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

What would a spectator rather see an average score of 220 odd or massive scores and a lot of big hitting involved out the end of day I guess it's good for ratings etc but not good for the bowlers.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

If teams are consistently scoring 350+ in this series, then it is also a reflection of how poor the bowling must be from both sides. As a general rule, a six is usually hit off a bad ball. In other words, majority of sixes hit are off long hops, or grateful dishing out of bowls on good length. How many times did we see a yorker in this series? How many slower bowls or variations were tried? How many times did a bowler try to change the angle in the middle of an over? For people clamoring to redress the balance between bat and bowl, please look at the quality of bowlers on display. None apart from Mitchell Johnson would have given sleepless nights to batsmen. And that to me suggests that all is not lost!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

Look ODI's are to entertain and this one surely had that entertainment. I think that the bowling these days are average compare to the quality and stroke play of the batsmen. Since helmet came out the batsmen has excel and became braver especially the Indian batsmen, but the bowlers not, even though they are now using two new white balls.People around the world need to give the Indian team credit and don't be negative towards them. India is a team in demand and everybody want to play against them without India cricket will die so please people enjoy the best talent on display today and count yourselves lucky to witness it.

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (November 2, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

I do not know about the other matches but it is not entirely the pitch's fault. Look at the scores at 20 over mark. There was some movement for both pacers and spinners. But batting becomes easy with the white ball after about 15 overs. Which is after 30 overs with the new rules. With four fielders outside and no reverse swing or decent spin how are the bowlers supposed to stop runs. With the new rules I challenge any body to prepare a wicket that gives something pacers spinners and batsmen in the same match. With the old rules 15 to 35 batting becomes easy. If it is seeming wicket first 15 overs are for the pacers and 20 to 35 for spinners and 36 to 50 is for both which 16 to 30 if you intend to go for it you can score runs at a brisk pace. The new rules have taken out spinners and reverse swing out of the equation. The Bangalore pitch was a 280 to 300 pitch with the old rules and if the spinners bowl well u can restrict to 260

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

India should try and make competitive pitches. It is not fair to put the entire blame on new rules. South Africa and Pakistan are struggling to chase down 180 - 200 runs in Dubai. Can you believe that both these series are played using the same rules?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 2, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Australia got absolutely thrashed again, and I mean this time India hammered them. Which prepares the nicely for the upcoming Ashes.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (November 2, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

Guys, dont blame the rules - please see the PAK vs SA games. Its the flat pitches that are being prepared are the issue here.

One small change I would make however, is only using 1 ball to promote reverse swing. The issue is the batting side would complain that they cant see the ball as it gets discoloured so they could get the ball changed.

RIP Fast Bowling as a spectacle on these pitches.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

i would love to here from Dhawan about that mocking incident.. My guess is that he was giving back what he got from the aussis when hobbling out after getting out in the last match..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

Gone are the days when we saw Kumble fight the castle for India along with the average looking but still effective Indian pace attack against hard hitting sides like Australia and south Africa. Even with that kind of attack the ODI's still looked way more interesting than nowadays cricket.Basically the rules are not to blame. It's the approach towards the game that's being shown by the cricketers that's creating more problems for us to feel that it's good entertaining cricket.Earlier they were more like watchful gentlemen silently executing their plans.But now they are more fearless and full of confidence and that's where batsman friendly rules small grounds dead sort of pitches have helped them dominate the bowling attack in whatsoever conditions available.This series was evident of it and now ICC has been left with questions to ask themselves that do they want ODI cricket to be big brother of T20's or the bowlers will get some respite.Not to forget the spinners too.god bless bowlers.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

was that a cricket ball pitch or tennis ball.. this kinda pitch is dangerous for the game of cricket...shame India producing such things

Posted by JustIPL on (November 2, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

Just small grounds, flat pitches, rules, short boundaries are not just the reasons as aussie players play a lot of indian domestic tournaments which has acclimatized them to indian conditions. After all being comfortable with the grounds is also important which has made scoring so easy for aussies as well as Indian players. Other teams will still struggle to score in india apart from windies who have similar privileges to play in indian domestic tournaments.

Posted by Natesan333 on (November 2, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

Had the Aussies batted 1st and scored 383, India would have chased it down with ease. Our batsmen are just that great.

Posted by sams235 on (November 2, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

To non-Indian fans who are complaining about the pitch. Yes, majority of us Indian also think this is getting ridiculous. We want turning pitches if bouncing pitches cant be made. We fans are getting sick of these high scoring matches. Dhoni was right about some things when he said about the new rules. But, the pitches are to get more blame for these terrible games. The new rules hardly affected the SA-PAK match. They both were low scoring ones.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

all of you who are blaming pitches do you guys have enough knowledge of pitches pitch, length of boundries rules everything wad same for both the teams team india got edge over Australia thats it please appreciate n respect both teams n don't compare this match or series with other series just enjy cricket

Posted by sumit1982 on (November 2, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

well these short of match can bring smile among crowd , but seriously curators are preparing these short of pitches which does not helping our spinners at all. I think Bcci you need to talk these curators and to built spinning friendly wicket.Batting always our strength that known by team come outside subcontinent and and the neighbors of India.It is spinning track that the aus, pro teas,black caps and barmy army etc. are eager to face it .

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

I completely agree that d new rules are totally one sided towards the batsmen especially in sub continent conditions where d dependency is more on spin & reverse swing which 2 new balls cancel out, but seeing todays match i must say that the bowling is way below international level. All the bowlers kept bowling length balls after length....yorkers r an extinct variety & bowling variations like bouncers,slower ones (by actual fast bowlers), outside offstump bowling r all getting endangered. To cite 2 examples - d 18th over to maxwell by v.kumar was abysmal in which he kept bowling length & just short of good length even after repeatedly getting hit for 4s & 6s, then d bowling to watson was looking like gifts in which instead of flighting the ball or bowling outside offstump to make him reach out and hit with his hamstring they kept giving him easy bowls to score..&, most of the aussie bowling was also embarrassing in d last 5 overs with all bowls being length bowls instead of yorkers

Posted by Brenton1 on (November 2, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

If India want this type of cricket then who are the rest of the world to complain about it. But for every action there is a reaction. If India continue down this road they will not develop any decent bowlers. And after this series who will blame the youngsters for wanting to be batsmen and not a bowlers.

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (November 2, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

Now why would you want to become a bowler?

Posted by rayfanatics on (November 2, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

To sum it up - Great batting, good match, poor pitches, worst bowlers and abominable rules by the ICC. Two new balls could only have come from an England representative seeing that they don't have any clue(aggressive batting or reverse swing) how to win ODIs in the subcontinent. Mocking in poor taste by Dhawan, Rohit and Faulkner take a bow while Maxwell, please bat like you are not in the matrix. Dhoni almost got a helicopter with his shot today, incredible! A series no one cared about only for it to be referred someday in the eulogy of bowlers. Well batted both teams. Lets get to Sachin and the Ashes!

Posted by sameer_warun on (November 2, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

No doubt Indian team is the best batting lineup in the world but this is KILLING Indian cricket preparing this kind of pitches ,this is like hongkong six's , like exhibition cricket match rather than ODI cricket match, look tail end batter came & hit 100 for 57 balls !! that can't be in real cricket , this is not the first time & It happens through out this series. 1. BCCI should prepare 50-50 pitches 2. ICC must change this rubbish rules OR cricket will die soon !!

Posted by Jama on (November 2, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

Its people's game and i feel World Cricket Fans are to blame for this. They wanted to see big sixes and big scores and thats what ICC is delivering. We get what we demand. I got so bored after the first 6-7 overs indian batting that i turned of my TV. Fans can bring back the old style cricket where there would be equal opportunities for the bowlers. They should boycott watching cricket until these stupid rules are amended.

There should be no bilateral series at all becasue they are meaningless. They should be replaced by tri series.

Only fans can revive real cricket from 90's

Posted by amitdashore on (November 2, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

talking about flat pitches n subcontinent wickets, i think people should have a look at the ODI that held the record of maximum sixes before this match! it was NOT in subcontinent, NOT with new 4 fielder rule, NOT with two new balls n in times when T20 was still fresh!! http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/366627.html

Posted by sideee on (November 2, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

Indian grounds are becoming truly disappointing. I am not even talking about the pitches here. The size of the boundaries is appalling. As it is the grounds are small. On top of this, they bring the boundaries in by 10-15 meters. Its difficult to fathom mistimed shots clearing the fence by meters. Here is a suggestion - just as batsmen are allowed to bring their own bats, maybe bowlers should be allowed to bring their own balls. And just as batsmen change their bats whenever they like, the bowlers should be allowed to change the ball whenever they want to as well. So, a swing bowler could use a new ball, when the spinner comes on he bring his own old ball, a death bowler might want to bring his own old ball for reverse swing. The only regulations should be on size and color and this should be left for the umpire to decide. Else, just as balls are provided to the bowler during a game, standard bats should also be provided at the start of the game.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@Sandeep Kesavan

Well I hope you must know diameter and radius are two different things. Precisely diameter = 2* Radius

Practically 97,100m sixes are huge ones.

Posted by bul98 on (November 2, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

I wonder why even playing bowlers in this series, how bad a non regular bowler could have done. In India every team should play with 11 regular batsman as no bowlers needed in series in India. Free Suggestion for BCCI and Indian fans who just like every bowl to get hit for SIX!

Posted by cool2cool on (November 2, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@Blade-Runner: Agree with you. But hoping that you had the same opinion for the match where 872 runs were scored or the test match in which the the captain ahead by around 200 runs on the last day decided to to keep on batting to score 950 odd runs as he knew his bowlers are also not going to get anything or the matches in Singapore on that tiny ground where 50 was scored n 17 balls and 100 in 48.

Posted by BlackEarth on (November 2, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

In addition to an excellent batting display, Indian batsmen have just shown the level of imbalance between bat and ball in some particular grounds. With the longest boundary of 75 meters, only 4 fielders outside the circle and ridiculously flat pitch, this strongest ever Indian batting lineup can comfortably score 350+ in almost every match. How many records must be broken to draw ICC's attention?

Posted by Shashi_Pratap on (November 2, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

This is series is an addition to long list of pathetic ODI series organised by BCCI round the year, felt proud of the Australian B team which smashed the Indian Bowlers all over , Indian cricket should hang its head in shame. What great stock of bowlers we have , Vinay Kumar , Ishant Sharma . god. Wish to see India in a proper 4/5 match test series against SA or England in their countries , our so called flat track bullies will be brought to earth again just like in 2011-12, why we hate our bowlers so much ? its a sick joke to prepare pitches like this so that guys like Rohit Sharma can score double ton.

Dhawan really lost respect when he mocked Watson , instead of admiring his resolve to bat inspite of being injured

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

And ICC says 50 ovr cricket will survive. ODI cricket is becoming a pathetic sport day by day n most of the credit goes to BCCI

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

It's cent percent true that the series was in favor of the batsmen. However, it is intriguing to see Mitchell Johnson being pulled out from the decider when he could have made a difference of 20-30 runs in the game with his discomforting pace. Giving a hell lot of importance to the Ashes to the extent of withdrawing a match winning pacer bodes poorly with the team. Every game and series with competent test playing nations is a serious affair, and perhaps that's what has robbed the tourists of the one day series.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

"Only Rohit or Virat". This was the answer which Sachin Tedulkar gave to the media, wheb asked who were capable of breaking his humungous records. Gayle, couldn't make it yet nor did Watson, I feel that the 200 club in ODIs belongs to the Indians. First, the Superman, then the Iron Man and now its the Hitman..... Congratulations Rohit Sharma on a stupendous knock which included an array of breathtaking and mesmerising strokeplay and which has us craving for more.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (November 2, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

It is kind of confusing what to make of the series. When Sehwag plays the way he does it is/was exciting to watch. But When everybody start hitting the ball in the air cricket loses it's charm. Australian innings was perticularly chaotic today. Anyway well done india and Rohit sharma. Hope normality resume when india take on windies.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 2, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

People will agree that AB de Villiers is much better batsman than Rohit Sharma. Yet he fails to score a total of 50 in two consecutive ODIs whereas Sharma scores 200 in a single day. What does this tell? De Villiers is facing quality bowling on a competitive pitch (with assistance for both pace and spin) whereas Sharma is lucky to have a pitch which has nothing in it for any sort of bowling whatsoever. De Villiers is an excellent player of spin and pace bowling as his records worldwide show.

I am not boasting Pakistani bowling attack. I am just writing this to point out that there should be some sort of parity in preparation of pitches. Only one aspect of cricket either it is bowling or batting should not be kept in mind while preparing pitches.

Posted by ozone8237 on (November 2, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

NO DOUBT! India Possess a competitive batting line up. But hey Playing on a dead-batting-friendly-pitch ?? what BCCI & Dhoni want to bring out of it? Some records that no one cares no more. I believe time has come for the ICC to intervene that home side shouldn't be given 100% charge of the Pitch conditions. It should be 60%-40% and the 40% should be according to ICC standards. Don't let the Pitch to be either completely batting or bowling friendly. Make it a nail biting contest as the current series going on between Pak and SAF in UAE. Even though Pakistan is the host and SAF is the current #1 side the pitch favors both bowlers and batsmen. Mr. Dhoni your retiring time is approaching Indian team Fans respect your Captaincy leadership role, your batting in critical situations now its the time for you to earn respect in terms of neutrality and approach towards the game and conditions from the rest of the world as well..

Posted by Wannabekenobi on (November 2, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Agree with you 100% Himashu, its just not cricket. Many are blaming the new rules for it, but i for one blame the pitches. Low scoring thrillers also satisfy crowds and give them the joy of saying "i was there at that thriller".

The 3 double centuries scored have been in India, the pitches there need to be remade to suit Cricket and not Batting.

Dhoni can blame the rules all he wants, the rules contribute yes, but the pitches are useless. Smaller boundaries, less fielders outside, 2 new balls, no drs. the fielding team just does not have a chance at all.

This is absurd and sad. Records been broken like this is nonsense. As for kapitash thinks, you are a typical indian run fan, not a cricket fan, The rules that were amended are simply because you are the richest place to play cricket and the BCCI has just twisted ICC into making the rules to suit YOUR brand of cricket. 11 batsmen and a bowling machine. Thats how you can play cricket in India!

Posted by mrgupta on (November 2, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

This is not Cricket! Its like playing a Video game with a six hit button pressed. Worst bilateral series ever! What was the role of the bowlers in the entire series? If it had been one or two matches out of 5 where 600+ runs were scored it would have been fine but 3 out of 5 had 700+ runs scored! unbelievable!! Where are we heading now? Pathetic.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Well, I really enjoyed matches. Both teams batted well. It is just like No. 1 and No.2 ranking games(as they are), most are close games. I would have enjoyed a lot if there was no rain for two matches. They played like 20/20 even though it is 50/50 game. Looking forward to West Indies Games.

Posted by busim on (November 2, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Would have liked to see how the current crop of batsmen from all teams would have fared against like Donald,McGrath,Ambrose,Walsh,Waqar,Wasim,Warne,Pollock,Kumble,Muralitharan in the same match scenarios.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

Hats-off India, MSD & team.

Though Vinay Kumar did not bowl well, he did 2 great things for India's victory.

1. Intelligently Vinay ran-out Bailey. Had Bailey stayed, we don't know what would have happened? It was a fabulous boost for India. 2. Vinay tempted Maxwell to hit a ball going outside off. It was a big break-thru for India as Maxwell was almost settled down. Of course, Sir Jadeja took a fabulous catch.

So, let us all give some credit to Vinaykumar also, not bombarding him too much on his poor spell.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Pal, there is something called balance of the game.. Unless you have it in the game, there will be no charm left... The competitiveness is what makes a game magnificent.. If a typical football game starts seeing 10 -odd goals, it will stop interesting me and I'm sure many others too...A good bowling is a beauty to watch and rules must be conducive for such bowlers to emerge...Afterall, it is just the quality of the pros we pay to watch... No quality, no game...

Posted by Reececonrad on (November 2, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

What happened today was a combination of bad bowling(awful/embarrassing/pathetic), a flat deck and some pretty gutsy/awesome batting. It is a terrible/good advertisement for one day cricket. For one it shows the death of death bowling and it shows that being a batsmen is what it's all about these days, and it shows that no one would want to be a bowler in India. It does show though that in cricket you have to take your chances like Maxwell and play your natural game if want to be successful, also that no total is safe and that creates more pressure to score runs means for interesting games, bowlers hopefully take more wickets as players try to up the run rate. But ultimately do you want a good game where it is tough to win for both sides or entertaining runfest where there are plenty balls flying into oblivion. At the moment you have the two most contrasting series you will ever find Aus vs Ind and SA vs Pak

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

India now have won 5 series on the trot in odi's. firstly vs eng at home den ct in england den in wi nd zim nd nw vs aus at home. they r maintaining dere no. 1 ranking since a long time in odi's

Posted by rookie4u on (November 2, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Absolutely, no contest between ball and a bat. How can there be so many huge scoring games in a single series. Aussies rightly sent Johnson back for Ashes preparations. No use of him or any bowler to stay back and being murdered by Indian batsmen. The audience should understand that this isn't the way cricket is suppose to be played. Extremely poor pitches. This is how cricket has changed in India during a decade or so. And, with advent of lucrative T20 league cricket, it has only got worse. This mindset of Indian Cricket Board will kill ODI cricket forever. ICC should show some guts and put in strict rules for making sporting pitches where a batsman gets an opportunity to show his talent and equally a bowler to show-case his. In this series, the bowler is a mere spectator seeing the ball flying away in every direction. Indian fans and media is delighted the way their batsmen are killing the bowlers becos of short boundaries. Superficially though.. Sad times of ODI cricket

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 2, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

The problem is not flat pitches. The real problem is few people took cricket experts from australia, england, and India seriously when they declared that after retirement of sachin. dravid, laxman, ganguly , it will take 20 years for India to find a decent batsmen. What they are seeing is completely different from their happy dream. Young Indian's are true champions. They don't even have support of their own countrymen, yet they deliver every time.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

As a die hard fan of cricket it really upsets me where they taking the game. seriously this is not the game i love to watch. no disrespect to all those who contributed with bat but whats in it for the bowlers. changing the rules flat pitches & small boundaries whats left in it for bowlers. ICC please wake up before its too late.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

I agree with Humanshu Dave, the syupid rule change to keep player inside 30 yards circle is apparently favouring batting side. Nevertheless the pitches made today are batsman supportive. These are the major contributory factors which is very well politically brought to reap out chuncks of money from a made cricetk fanatics like Indian public. Before you jump to conclusion let me tell you I am Indian from Mumbai and the real essence of cricket is sacrificed. Must admit out batting line is good but bowlers are pathetic, absolutely blind. We seriously need bowling coach from Pakistan who has produced world best seam and york bowlers.

Posted by TrueFactors on (November 2, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

Regarding bowling rules: Two new balls do not make any sense for reverse swing or spin. Reverse swing or spin bowling are true art of bowling and they are not to injure batsmen. I think they should two balls rule should be taken off. One ball is enough. Bouncers are to hurt batsmen, particularly because they are frustrated, so batsmen can stay scared of injuries and do not hit those bowlers out. I see no sportsmen spirit in that.

Posted by AK1318 on (November 2, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

I am compelled to write this after seeing farce of a match. The root of the problem is NEW RULES. Only 4 fielders outside means that Bowler has to bowl according to set fields. This 4 fielder rule clearly tells about the line of attack which a bowler intends to bowl. This gives a HUGE advantage to batsman in predetermining/anticipating the line of attack of a bowler. It doesn't now need a genius of SRT to guess which line a bowler is going to bowl. So a batsman can hit Sixes or fours at will. Earlier it needed a very good batsman who is well set to understand the line of attack which was even difficlut, but now, with these rules batsman knows where the bowl is going to come. As for bowlers bowling badly, he is under tremendous pressure to bowl according to shortened protection and when still hit, he tries variation which because of less field protection again goes for boundary. This rule of 4 fielders is ridiculous, please get rid of this rule. I hav'nt even mentioned spinners plight.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

Everybody keeps saying it was small/tiny ground. Does it meet the ICC regulations on ground dimensions? Yes, it is compliant by a long way. Can't you people see that most of these ~40 sixes were over 90m long? Yes, it was a run fest. Learn to live with the fact that batting standard has come a long way from what we saw before the advent of T20s. It is very clear that the new playing rules regarding the ball and field are adversely affecting the game of cricket. Surely the ICC can see that and hope they will take these new rules back. The rules as of the WC 2011 were the best and they should be persisted with for a long time. Perhaps, the batting power-play is unnecessary too.. At least it is up for a debate. The governing body must take a serious look at these factors. Nevertheless, the better team has won the series. Any visiting team in any country is faced with the challenge of facing the home team in their home conditions and Australia have failed at it. Time to move on.

Posted by giri201282 on (November 2, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

well Its not Rohit sharmas fault that the rules favor the batsman and ground is small.ICC needs to look into it. But we need to understand this is the team which won champions trophy in england, won a tournament in WI. Also its to be understood that in this series scores above 350 have not been defended except for this match and excluding vinay kumar, almost all indian bowlers were below the match avg runrate. So it was a decent bowling in the given situation. India is No 1 team and it is playing like one.

Posted by shot274 on (November 2, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Cricket will not die in India-it depends on what we mean by die! This sort of circus brings huge money so it will prosper economically. What it may mean is that a tour to India will have no significance apart from the monitory aspect. Unfortunately most boards will be happy with that. For those who actually appreciate the game this was a pointless series. Dont know if its ICC rules, wickets, sides with no bowling or a combination of these. It was all quite farcical. Not sure what to make of itl. Kohli, Sharma are really good batsmen, but Maxwell and Faulkner are starting their careers! Everyone seemed to be batting as if it was a match played with tennis balls! So not sure about the significance of any performance.

Posted by Zakhil_Suresh on (November 2, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Dhoni made the right statement during the presentation. We discussed a lot about Indian bowlers giving away runs. But Australian bowlers have done the same and no one spoke about it.

Posted by TrueFactors on (November 2, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

Correction about grounds for ODI matches.

1. Distance from centre of pitch to all boundaries should be minimum 80, max 95 meters for a valid ground size of international ODI match (so that minimum six size we see is 75+ meters). 2. For any legal first class ODI match, ground size is between 75 and 90 meters. Less than 75 meters will not be a legal match.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

now australia is come back very strong team, after the return of micheal clark and david warner the batting line up is looking very very dangerous then indian line up, opening finch and warner, then watson, clark, bailey, maxwell, haddin, faulker,johnson. lets just imagine this team, all are big hitters and game changers and also next world cup will contected by australia in their home soil, so next world cup australia is leading front between the all teams. in india points of view out bowling line is looking very ordinery, just throw out vinay, ishanth, unadkut then we should findout fast bowling all rounders like faulkner, parnell(south africa), darren sammy(west indies), tim bresnan (england), corey anderson(newzealand) otherwise our dream to be win next world cup is dead.

Posted by Witty365ca on (November 2, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

FLAT PITCHES is one of the main reasons why India is unable to produce good fast bowlers . The advent of T20 that has taught batsman to hit good length balls is main reason why you see batsmen scoring 200s so easily. Doctor orders SANITY in game with 3 changes: 1) Do NOT have two balls but one ball allowing Reverse swing and Spin bowling to entice batsman. 2) Sporting pitches similar to Lahlee (Haryana) ; Gabba etc that allows bowlers to bowl fiery line with max 2 or even 1 bouncers/over. 3) STANDARDISE the cricket ground sizes all over the world . Minimum boundary = 70 meters (77 yds) perpendicular to the line between the centre stumps at both ends and Semicircular boundary line behind the wickets at both the ends with radius of 70 metres from centre of stumps such that considering the oval shape of ground, the Maximum boundary would be 87-90 meters towards the Long off and Long on. NO ALLOCATION of matches to cities with smaller grounds. We will then see sanilty in the game.

Posted by Phantom96 on (November 2, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

For all those pople who say both india and Australia are batting on the same pitch so the state of the pitch doesn't matter are fools. People are complaining about the battle between bat and bowl has been lost. First Sachin leaving the game, then stupid new ODI rules and now stupid pitches, what is happening to cricket

Posted by _Cover_Drive on (November 2, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Himanshu Dev -

It's an extended version of t-20 drama.

If the World Records are broken every Olympics, then why not in Cricket?? Every game or sport in the world thrives and reinvents itself for records some times. Almost everything in life evolves and you can not always sit on the school of old thoughts. The world does not wait on you.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Sachin double hundred wasn't because of the pitch, it was a tipical india track. It was batsman friendly for sure, but not as bad as the pitches in this series. He was also facing a good bowling attack. Sehwag was dropped thrice and was facing a terrible bowling attack. Sharma was on the flattest, most tame track in the world against an average attack and got dropped on 120. Sachin is the only one who deserves to be a double centurion. If he was in the form he was in in 2010 and was playing in this series, he would have got close to a triple hundred for sure.

Posted by Harry_Harish_6 on (November 2, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

I remember this particular incident after this game is being finished. It was 2012 and Rohit Sharma was having a horror of time at the crease. He used to throw his wicket and I never had hopes on him. I updated my facebook status as "Good bye Rohit Sharma I don't want to see you again." Now as the time has passed, he is delivering the results and I have to change my opinion about him. So what I've learn't here is just not to write off anybody. A player is bound to have a rough phase and it is important to stand by him and not to be emotional. He is delivering wins for India today. Dhoni is a terrific individual. He has never been emotional and maintains calm even when somethings don't go the right way. He has been a phenomenal leader. His captaincy records would have been much better had he played against the minnows India have swept. His wins have come in the crunch times and his bat answers the best in the big games. Good to have him as the skipper around guiding the novices.

Posted by napster96k on (November 2, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

What a win. great a performance by Rohit, Faulknar, Shikhar , Dhoni, Maxwell and watto. IPL is the reason behind the fearless attitude of these players.

India have won 24 out 30 international outings in this year, with "so called pathetic bowling" at every corner of the world in all formats. So shut your mouth and appreciate the real champs.

Posted by Temuzin on (November 2, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

Posted by Shwetank Pandey on (November 2, 2013, 17:16 GMT) Sorry to Say M.S .Dhoni... don't blame ICC rules of 4 fielder outside 30 yards, but blame urself , pitch cuerator and BCCI for preparing such bad Flat pitch, Why don't you prepar concrete pitches to make 600+ runs in 50 overs..

Yuupp. Now Dhoni should become a pitch curator. If not fire him he is no good.he only captains, does some wicket keeping and batting. Dhoni is seriously under worked, make him pitch curator, ground drainage in-charge and also to sell peanuts in the stand when he is not batting. lol...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

congrats Indian team for winning the odi series.The confidence level,fighting spirit and skills on display were the big positives so far as the young gen. team India is concerned.But for those who have followed competitive intl. cricket for the last 25 years or so one big negative in view would obviously be the quality of pitches being offered to bowlers.Such flat tracks ensured the bowling of both teams looked ordinary.Most will agree that the present lot on both sides stand far behind the likes of Mcgrath,Warne,Srinath or kumble.Let not such big scores blur the vision of those who are serious for the future of cricket and especially the future of fast bowling which has remained the soul of cricket and will so in times to come.

Posted by hudsen on (November 2, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

This is perhaps the first series that was "boringly" interesting. For the first time im not too happy with India winning the series because this was hardly cricket. Earlier we use to hear "Its a good pitch" Now its all about "Its a good batting pitch". To be honest, lately the match that i enjoyed most was Sa vs PAK 183/182 match. Boy that was a pitch!! These batting friendly pitches have started annoying me. And people (also BCCI) CRICKET is about Bat AND Bowl. Good heavens if this continues, India will never be able to produce a REAL bowler. Everyone will want to be batsman. Also, Dhawan ! What was that? As much as i like your rise and batting, that mocking of Shane's injury was totally brainless and stupid !!

Posted by British_North_America on (November 2, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

This match was batsman vs batsman, bowlers did not even play.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

cricket has given a batsman more flatter pitches, friendly field restrictions, more protection gears, improved bats, smaller grounds and many other things to demolish a bowling attack.Just give one such example if you have given a single friendly solution for existence of bowling..

Posted by vsroc on (November 2, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on (November 2,2013) It was a spectacular knock of 209 runs by Rohit Sharma and a breezy 53 by captain Dhoni in 35 balls enabled Team India to score a massive total of 383 in 50 overs. Quickfire runs scored by Maxwell and Watson and a well compiled century by James Faulknar went in vain in overhauling the huge target set by India.Good short spells bowled by Shami,Bhuvi,Ashwin and Sir Jadeja are mainly responsible for taking regular wickets to commence with.Ravinder Jadeja bowled well to get the terrific breakthroughs by taking wicket and a nice piece of catch in the end to attain ultimate success.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

According to ICC rule book, a typical cricket ground has to have atleast 137 metres as diameter to be considered a ground. when a person hit 97m sixes, 100m sixes its only radius, not the diameter , but with new rules like having 4 only fielders outside is harsh to bowlers, it like 50 over power play .

Posted by Rajesh_Treasury on (November 2, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Well Done India but itz not good for indian cricket and BCCI should remeber that next world cup is going to be played in Australia were they will prepare bouncy pitches with large stadiums so BCCI should prepare fast and bouncy pitches to retain the world cup. If the team continues to play in death pitches then the team will be exposed in those pitches. then the rules of keeping five players inside the ring, itz absolutely ridiculous decision. the bowlers are looking like death ducks better we can use bowling machines instead of players to entertain the audience

Posted by _Cover_Drive on (November 2, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Confusing cricket! Can't say whether it's flat pitches, pathetic bowling from both sides, new power-play regulations, or mysteriously, the recent T-20 experience. But one can say it was a sum of the whole world.

With so much of t-20 experience in recently concluded series, I feel that these big hitters can assess T-20 risk in longer formats and Dhawan, Bailey, Maxwell, Kohli, and NOW Rohit have mastered it well.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

4 fielders outside the circle in non power play overs is a rule that has to be scrapped. It's killing the bowlers more than big bats. How I loved the days when 240's used to be competitive on a supportive wicket for bowlers & scoring 300 was an achievement. Still hard to believe that India was the last of the test playing nations (till 1996) to score 300 in ODI's.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Winning gives us satisfaction but not at the cost of bowler. Bowlers are integral part of cricket match. There should be contest between bat and ball not with batters only. All cricket board should think about this before playing a cricket match. Ground can be disqualified if we play like this.

Posted by abc3 on (November 2, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

If batsmen's efforts cannot be appreciated on the flat beds then we need to discount the so called achievements of Andersons, Morkels, Bret lee, Philander etc etc produced in their own greentop back yards .They cannot be called as greats unless they can prove it in subcontinent. Do we agree for that argument and discount their averages bowling on helpful wickets. Fair enough isn't it. Bottom line these kind of arguments are useless. Just enjoy the game for what it is and the excitement it produces on wide variety of pitches across the world.

Posted by vishal_pintoo on (November 2, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

This is unbelievable. He never looks as if he can hit sixes frequently if you see his stance...back lift....many factors. He plays so late.....how does he speed his bat like this...Watson must be more surprised with his efforts.....because he did it with Bangladesh...and he must know how difficult it is to hit so many sixes....and Rohit did it against a strong team. But I am sure Rohit is more a Test Player.

Posted by Scube on (November 2, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

So, Vinay will be paid a match fee of about 2.5 lac++ for his 1 for 102!?! I'll go for an injured Zaheer any day over Ishant & Vinay!

Posted by CodandChips on (November 2, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Also Dhoni's captaincy successes more to do with individual brilliance than his own captaincy (includes his batting eg world cup final). Champions Trophy was Duncan Fletcher's success, as well as Jadeja leading the bowlers, and Dhawan leading the batsmen.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (November 2, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

@srikumar_s ; You are spot on. I believe that you are a true cricket fan who wants to preserve the unpredictability of this magnificent game that we love so much. There was a time that we were thrilled to see the ball sailing over the rope. But today, that thrill, that excitement have almost disappeared. We can now almost predict that next will be hit for a four or six. Where is the fun in watching cricket now ? All thanks to these disgraceful belters and 60 m boundaries. I'm not sure where India is going with this, but they are dragging this game with 'em. ICC, open your eye and do something coz Cricket is dying here. Today's game was a great example for it.

Posted by Temuzin on (November 2, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Posted by srikumar: According to ICC rule book, a typical cricket ground has to have at least 137 meters as diameter to be considered a ground. This is specified in wiki as well. I saw 97m sixes, 100m sixes today. How can they be sixes is really beyond me.

If you can figure out difference between diameter and radius, it will be easy for you to understand how can a ball hit by a batsman from the pitch that travels only 80 meters in the air is considered as six. Cheers!

Posted by CRIC_FAN94 on (November 2, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Everyone is talking about the pitches ,new rules,ground sizes etc etc which are costing the bowlers, but where are the yorkers from the bowlers in death overs? There is nothing to do with the pitch as every batsman tends to go after the bowlers in the last 10 overs let it be on the australian ,english or south african wickets.As you see india scored 150+ runs in last 10 overs. The only way to avoid runs is bowling yorkers,slow balls and few variation deliveries,which both the teams lacked. Yes the one less fielder is helping for extra runs but what can the rules do when Rohit sharma has a nak of squeezing a good yorker past the covers or dhoni helicoptoring a yorker length to the stadium roof. Coming to the ground size ,yes it is bit small but not as small as South africa or New zealand grounds.But one who watched the game will say nothing to do with siz of ground as 17 of 19 sixes would have easily made the ropes in any country

Posted by indcricfan2009 on (November 2, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

More than the pitches I would blame it on the line and lengths that bowlers on both sides used. Except a couple by Shami, I have not see any yorkers. With Mitch out today no well directed bouncers, the bowling is pretty ordinary. Good bowlers should be able to bowl on any pitches. Also I like the comment Dhoni made during post match presentation, no one talks about Aussie bowling, where India could chase 350+ scores twice with ease, same conditions both both bowlers.

Posted by gudolerhum on (November 2, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

The problem with 50 over cricket is that the boundaries have been reduced way too much in length. Short boundaries in T20 is one thing, that form of the game is for sheer entertainment of the crowd. Fifty over or forty over cricket is also about entertainment, all cricket is, but short boundaries load the odds against the bowlers way too much. The semi-longer forms should allow for a rather more formal style of the game to be played where big hitting can bring rewards but there is a more even chance of the bowler outwitting the batsman. While the series Aus v Ind was very entertaining the sheer number of sixes tells anyone who appreciates the finer points that it "is not cricket". Let's rethink these rules, please.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

I strongly feel Aussies was in the hunt only because India had a poor bowler.He's so poor that no place is there for him to hide. Just look at stats excluding vinay kumar. Cant understand why we need a bowler bowling at 120 kph when we have Bhuvi in the team. Shami made me proud. He's a great find that India is blessed with a pacer.Had been any body in Vinays place it should have been an easy 100 run victory.9-0-102-1 cant be juistified what ever be the conditions. Ishant Sharma is a better bowler than Vinay for sure. Vinay is equally worse be it depth,powerplay,new ball or middle. At least Ishant can bowl under 7 in middle overs. Please No more Vinay Kumar in this Blue jursey.

Posted by FRpunk on (November 2, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

@Englishfan . Good Side . I no Dhoni`s record overseas in test cricket is very poor but still he is l our best WK batsman by a mile . just can`t leave him out . Ojha i don`t think will do much to trouble the English batsmen so ashwin would still be the sole spinner . he is getting smacked in the current odi`s but he had a fantastic test series against australia and he can Bat as well . Very Handy .

Pujara , Kohli , dhawan and Sharma would have to score the bulk of runs . Vijay had a good series against the aussies but i think he might be replaced by someone else if he fails in the SA tour . Maybe Gambhir .

The bowling attack has to be Bhuvi , Yadav and Shami . I would still pick Zaheer in the Squad even if he would play just a couple of matches and not the full series . he is still our best bowler . Praveen would also be in the squad along with Aaron , who can bowl as fast as Yadav .

Beating england in a 5 match series is a one hell of a task .

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

@srikumar_s , 137 is the diameter not the radius. Given that pitch is approximately in the center 97m and 100m sixes are perfectly logical.. It is simple maths.. How hard it can be !!

Posted by CodandChips on (November 2, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

To justify my comment on Dhoni's "poor" captaincy, I believe he selects his favourites rather than best players eg Ashwin (although he bowled well today). Dhoni also doesn't comfort his bowlers when in need or appear to show much faith. He doesnt appear to be a great leader off the pitch either. I think he should play t20 and odi only and as a batsmen.

A repost of my test team from earlier to tour England. Would love to hear your views Indians. Should be a fantastic series.

1Dhawan 2 Vijay 3 Pujara 3 Kohli c 5 Rahane 6 Sharma 7 Samson 8 B Kumar 9 Ojha 10 Yadav 11 Shami

Posted by aadz50 on (November 2, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

First, let's get one thing straight for everyone. Cricket is a dynamic game, just because you do not want it to change does not mean it will listen to you. If you dont like it, then you can always turn the tv off, its not like they are forcing you to watch it. I fail to understand the logic behind: a game is considered awesome when bowlers dominate but its considered a flop when batsmen do a better job? Aren't we being unfair to the batsmen? What if the quality of bowlers has depreciated and batsmen have become more aggressive? It was reverse in the old days when test cricket was the only cricket played; odi cricket changed it right? To the issue of pitches, people basically want to standardize correct? Just make pitches which are similar throughout the world so its fair for both teams; how can you even agree with that? There will be no homeground advantage, we might as well have all teams play in England so we can judge everyone on the same scale?

Posted by Rahulbose on (November 2, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

I understand today all those comments I heard over the years about batsmen in 90s not having to play without helmets and on uncovered pitches. You cannot fault players for exploiting the existing rules. But the records they make now in ODIs are devalued by the rule changes. I guess it falls on folks like me now to explain to next gen fans why the 194 from Saeed Anwar was a better knock that the 200+ score by Rohit sharma or the others to come.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Lmao, this is just funny, not sure if this would do any good to cricket. Small grounds, new rules, flat pitches, and perhaps shameful bowling. Every match had a tally of around 700 runs in total, this is a joke. Australia played their B team in this series, and even they managed to pound the bowling away from home. Something to think for ICC. Regardless, great knock by Rohit none the less, kudos to him.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

For all my friends who are blaming the pitch , short boundaries and denying to give credit to indian players, I want to say - You just cant blame the pitch. there are pitches around the globe which are bowling friendly so to become world champion any team should also be well equipped to play on batting friendly pitches. Which is same as different courts(clay,hard,grass ..) in Tennis but I have never heard any one blaming the courts in tennis. The pitch behaved the same through out the game so it was still a batting friendly 22 yards when Aussies were batting. Same goes for short boundaries. Boundaries were same always.If any team wants to become world champion, THEY HAVE TO BEAT INDIA IN INDIA WHERE I/7th OF WORLD POPULATION RESIDES without this just forget.For those who are saying hitting 200 by any individual is not tough in India. Numerous of matches have been played in india, Every team around the world has visited india and played ODIs. But how many have done this.

Posted by Witty365ca on (November 2, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

@fan- There is no way to bring back the 90s or 80s or even 2000s especially after the advent of T20. It appears that the comments by Alan and Ganguly made at the end of Indian innings have been missed by you. The analysis on TV by both these experts mentioned that most of the sixes hit by Rohit were > 100 meters. hence nothing to do with only 4 players outside but yes to a certain extent it is Flat pitches & these flat pitches existed even in 70s/80s/90s/2000s. It is T20 being games that have upped the game standards of hitting good length balls something which was not tried in yester years. However I think the rule of 2 balls which was brought in by Australia/England/Newzealand to balance the game (indirectly killing the spin as well as reverse swing with only 25 overs possible with one ball) will be gone in 2014 for sure because at Dubai meet in Sep/13; India/Pak/Bangladesh/WI/SL voted against 2 balls rule and SA(neural vote). Hope to see competitive cricket in future with 1 ball.

Posted by sugandhamalli on (November 2, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Dear Himanshu, Don't worry. Its not only that Quality of Bowling is low, but the quality of batting has increased many fold. Understand now. Understand the secrets. The Secret is that risk factor is eliminated from batting. Once batsmen used to hit six only when he is 100% confident or where there is an impending necessity. Now after the twenty twenty came and batsman had a lot of speed hitting practice, they understood that each and every can be hit to six or four, but all these days it was not done because of risk factor. In 20-20 games after 10 overs if the score was 70/2, the remaining overs the batsmen can play freely as their are lot of wickets and only 10 overs to play. They play at will . Its like playing for a free hit every ball. Once they start hitting rapidly they understood with power and some concentration, they can hit any ball to either four or a six. This is the secret of Dhoni's batting. Dhoni has just the basic ingredients. Power, Concentration and confidence.

Posted by Temuzin on (November 2, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Posted by P.BIPULKUMAR on (November 2, 2013, 16:38 GMT) I totally agree with MR Himangshu . If this type of mockery continue , Who will want to be a bowler from India ?

And also who will want to be a bowler from Australia. Those poor guys could not defend two 350+ scores in this series alone.

Posted by TrueFactors on (November 2, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Contd.. Rules for batsmen: 1. If player is inside the crease, or they are not attempting for a run and stops the throw to save themselves, then that is not called interrupt the ball and batsman is notout. 2. Keep playing hard, make score of 350 runs and prove that batting level has really gone higher than olden days.

Posted by kapsitash on (November 2, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

To all Australian & Indian fans, things that undeniably showcased in this series were: 1) Flat pitches/good batting conditions( both team played on the same pitch) 2)Poor/mediocre bowling performances from both side, both Australia and India, Indian bowling critics still need understand that bhuvi Kumar was the most economical bowler of the series( V. kumar,Ishant sharma were pathetic) 3) Indian batsman handsdown are the world leaders in this format of game. 4) Australian players played out of their skin to win this but fell just short. 5) True Champions- Team India For all those complainers or moaners that this would destroy cricket because Australia werent good enough to win is crap.... Learn to admire and appreciate, coz both team plyd on similar conditions and India emerged winners For those who still moans...Nobody cares about u guys India World Champion, champions Trophy winner, No.1 currently, and the richest place to play cricket in the world. We dont care what losers think

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

It will be considered a memorable series as lot of runs have come out. Domestic fans enjoyed the matches.

Posted by Temuzin on (November 2, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Its BCCI's fault that Australia lost today. Why did they not play Ishant Sharma? Just imagine Vinay Kumar at one end and Ishant sharma on other. That would have been a great sight for Sixathon. Even McKay might have hit a century.

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 2, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

I think everyone on Cricinfo goes with the assumption that Indian bowling is weak and draws conclusions. What stops anyone from saying that Indian bowling won this match? After all they took 10 wickets and Australian bowling was so bad that they leaked runs. I don't buy that Australia score 326 against Indian bowling because Australia was on a suicide mission against this huge total. The Australian fast scoring was expected. I have a new conclusion, Australia's bowling sucks and is worse than India's bowling. Australia lost 2 350+ matches and could not defend their total against India. It is not sufficient to say India's batting was great. If you cannot defend 350+ score then the balling is bad. No matter which team. My prediction Aus. is going to lose the Ashes!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

this is horror advertisement of cricket. I don't blame any1 but bcc. I'm eager to see their performance in South Africa in December... India should blame himself by not producing quality bowlers...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

more defeats are in store for Australia in coming months . English team is ready to win 4th ashes in a row. this fragile bowling attack of aus cannot stop English batsmen from posting huge totals. Australian bowlers these days crumble under pressure very easily.marked difference from tge teams of past.more losses are in store for this aus team if they bowl similarly in ashes.

Posted by Hanumall on (November 2, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Why was Yuvraj Singh not given a bowl at all in the sixth and seventh matches in the series despite the fact that all other bowlers proved quite ineffective ?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

faulkner has been the greatest find for australia in this series..hope he reaches by milestones with his allround performances

Posted by Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on (November 2, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

I don't want to watch only 4s and 6s in a cricket match. A pitch and rules that makes 275-300 competitive is what I want to watch. Having said that, this was a great series just because of the competitiveness between two teams.

Virat Kohli should have been the man of the series and not Rohit Sharma.

Posted by pull_shot on (November 2, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Faulknar ur hero well played and u played for win rather than century

Posted by TrueFactors on (November 2, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Contd.. Lets talk about ODI bowling rules. Rules for bowlers: 1. Bouncers are actually not a part of gentlemen's game. We never saw batsmen set keeper's head as target when they swing the bat. But, a good bouncer tastes batsmens' skills. To maintain it, there can be maximum 2 balls per over at over-shoulder high. 2. Along with that, fielding side can have not two but three Leg-side fielders behind stumps as maximum. 3. Any ball over head-high is wide. 4. Too close leg-side wides are crazy. Leg-side wide line must be 5 inches more than current rule. Give some freedom on leg side too. 5. On switch-hit, consider both sides as off-side to let bowlers allow wider balls either side. Batsmen should live with that.

About grounds for ODI matches.

1. Min 74, max 82 meters from centre of pitch is valid ground size of international ODI match. 2. For any legal first class ODI match, ground size is between 65 and 80 meters. Less than 65 meters will not be a legal match.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

I feel sorry for the Indian bowlers, their captain keeps insisting on these road (It`s insulting to call them pitches). They are asked to do a job and the odds are stacked up against them by their own captain. This will also reduce the interest in the art of bowling among the Indian youngster as bowlers will be looked upon as just canon fodder on the field to be hit. And every time Indian batsmen play against a good bowling side even on flat pitches and get a less than 300 total the bowlers will just give in.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

Today it was Carnage of sorts @ Chinnaswamy. But i m left wondering and.i m afraid morale of bowlers across world would start dampening ..they will start setting low standards..econoies of 6 to 7 would be counted decent...where is the even contest between bat n ball here...i dont see it any more..is ICC listening?... Also from 2015 WC perspective..i dont see India going the distance as i see Indian bowlers were weaker then their opposition counterparts in this series..onlly reason india won this series is coz of batsmen..and aus batsmen were less effective overall

Posted by pitch_curator on (November 2, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

@ Martin Briggs - Second Australia 11? Who is missing other than clarke? And if clarke were playing, Aussies would have lost 4-1 because his replacement Maxwell was the main reason Aussies were so competitive. And please spare us your homilies about test cricket. I have said it before as well. If test cricket were so great then fans would have thronged the grounds and audiences would have lapped it up on TV. Fact of the matter is that test cricket is dying if not already dead and it survives only because of the revenues generated from limited overs games. The argument that test cricket is better than ODI is like saying that desktop is the real computer because laptops came much later. lol.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

I have always love indian batsman BUT in this series , something is not right. All of a sudden we are watching 350 being made by both teams and targets being chased. Rohit sharma is nowhere in the class of Tendulkar and Sehwag. He has never scored a century and suddenly in this series he scores a century and double century.

Can it be that it was deliberate attempt to make new hero out of nothing? With indian board having financial power, it can not be ruled out. ICC needs to look into the pitches being made in India as it will ruin the sports. We need pitches where only best batsman is able to perform and teams have difficulty in scoring 280-300. if ICC does not act and also BCCI does not take actions in the cricket larger interest, i fear that the cricket will be the loser.

Posted by bumble23 on (November 2, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

After watching such run feasts day in day out no kid in india would want to become a bowler.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

India prepared extremely flat pitches only to negate the Aussies bowling and secure the series. I feel for bowlers on flat tracks. Its much easier to hit on these wickets than to bowl few overs. Micheal Holding and Younis Khan had said that such type of cricket, especially T20, is fun and they are right. Cricket is at its best when there is a balance between bat and ball.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Well this innings from Faulkner confirms him as my favourite player. This man will be a great allrounder for Australia - he is all fight and plays his best when we need him most. Just a shame he ran out of legs.. looked tired at the end. Congrats on your maiden century mate, and may there be many more to come in ALL formats of the game.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

Sorry to Say M.S .Dhoni... don't blame ICC rules of 4 fielder outside 30 yards, but blame urself , pitch cuerator and BCCI for preparing such bad Flat pitch, Why don't you prepar concrete pitches to make 600+ runs in 50 overs... really bad cricket..

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (November 2, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

RIP Bowling and competitiveness in cricket. This really was a dumb match

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

that was much awaited series for me... but the way matches proceed, behavior of wickets really ridiculous .. Congrats INDIA... but with that sort of wickets they r simply playing with the carrier of their bowlers who r already an average..

Posted by sudhir36 on (November 2, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Nice to see India Finally Win... But its not good to see in every match teams scoring 300+ Runs

Posted by atthipatti on (November 2, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Tired of this circus....ODI quality going down the drain....disappointing really....may be these are being played for the gallery & not for real knowledgeable fans...hit & giggle at its best!!!!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (November 2, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Faulkner's 100 runs made Rohit's 200 runs look like 20 runs. And that shows the conditions of this highway. What brand of cement do they use to prepare the pitches in India ? Must be a good n expensive one.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

I'm not so good at predicting stuffs yet, these are for sure.. 1. The average score in an ODI is soon becoming 400. 2. Almost all of batting records will be broken except for maximum runs scored of a single over. Herschelle can breathe a sigh of relief. 3. Economy rates of bowlers will reach a sky high and if at all a youngster takes on field saying "I want to be India's premiere fast bowler" will see a look of 'Dude, seriously?' around him. 5. Numbers don't matter anymore, does it?

Posted by RahulWise on (November 2, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Well, whats going on? 350 in almost every match? Yes, it is fun watching 4s and 6s, but if it becomes routine, then whats the fun? 4s and 6s are line 2s now. Honestly, when I was watching the match live, i didnt pay much attention on the match as it was one more ball hitting dumb match. If this continues, ODI cricket in India will die, soon, very soon.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

It is awsome but if indian want to retain world cup 2015 they need to build their bowlers as johnson with pace of 140-150. With these bowlers other teams scored 100-150+ runs afters losing 6-7 wickets which is a biggest problem of death bowling. RP SINGH, UMESH YADAV, like these bowlers are great bowlers in death bowling

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Totally agree with Himanshu-These tailormade flat batting paradises will eventually kill the game of glorious uncertainities. Rohit Sharma will surely be exposed on the green tops and bouncy strips in SA, where Steyn & Morkel will be baying for blood-a scenario much opposed to the brown, flat and lifeless wickets that our players are accustomed to.

BCCI needs to seriously re-think on its policies regarding pitch preparation, unless of course they want to turn the sport from an evenly contested joust between bat & ball, to a senseless, slam-bang slugfest where even numbers 8 & 9 back themselves to get a hundred.

Mark my words-Make this Indian team play against the same Aussie unit in Lahli or Dharamshala-and I am sure that we will be found wanting. We need serious intense battles, not batting-oriented toss-dependent slugfests!

Posted by devil_in_details on (November 2, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Interesting match overall although the ease of hitting sixes reduced the impact of the batsmen's admirable efforts. In a batsmen friendly surface like Jaipur or Bangalore, the only way to win while defending is to take wickets which the Indians managed to do and the Australians couldnt- there is no way you are going to restrict a team from scoring boundaries and so no total is 'safe'. now onwards to the tests where the pitches should have more for the spinners. For some reason BCCI seems to have decided as a matter of policy that spinner friendly pitches are only for Test matches and not for 50 overs or T20 matches. If that is so then it is a poor policy decision because it takes away the unique flavour of cricket in subcontinent.As for some allegations that flat pitches worked in Indias favor , well its actually the opposite case. More bowler friendly conditions would have exposed the poor techniques of the visiting Australian team vs the Indian batsmen- something that happened in CT.

Posted by TrueFactors on (November 2, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

We need to correct many rules in ODI now. Starting with powerplay.

Powerplay is to make match interesting, not to kill it. Rules for Powerplay:

1. Powerplay should be max 15 overs - choice of 8 overs to fielding team, and 7 overs to batting team in max 2 intervals. (means, max 4 power-plays) 2. Fielding team must complete power play overs by end of 30 overs. 3. Batting team must be played out these overs by end of 45 overs. (means, power-play will automatically start at 39th over, if not taken) 4. During powerplay, max 4 fielders should be outside circle. 5. For non-Powerplay overs, there must be minimum 2 fielders inside circle (apart from a bowler and a keeper). 6. At start of power-play, there will be 5 minute break for team meeting. No meeting break - if Power-play taken at first over of inning or taken in straight overs.

Any remarks on these rules will be welcomed.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Believe me. If this is the way cricket is being played in India with no life in the pitch and with two balls in an innings then surely cricket will die in India.

Posted by srikumar_s on (November 2, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

I felt that sehwag's 219 and rohit's 209 today don't deserve to be in record books. Seeing the grounds they both got the runs, it is a shame to say that these r records.

According to ICC rule book, a typical cricket ground has to have atleast 137 metres as diameter to be considered a ground. This is specified in wiki as well.

I saw 97m sixes, 100m sixes today. How can they be sixes is really beyond me.

Look for comparison of baseball and cricket as well. In baseball, despite having shorter grounds, the batters have to hit from one corner of the ground to the other corner making it tougher to do so.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Pretty sad that there is nothing in the pitch for bowlers.. I do not what BCCI wanted bowlers in the team with this pitch. They could have gone witha team cosisting of all batsman and Raina, Kohli, Jadeja, Yuvraj, Ashwin and even Dhoni to bowl 50 overs. Atleast India could have won series 5-0. One more suggestion: India could have given option to Australia to what total they want to defend, at least match length could have reduced and viewers can enjoy Indian batting for which pitch is prepared for!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

It better to inform BCCI make more smaller grounds so team can hit 50 sixes.that also can create a world reccord,that is exactly happening now,were is ICC rules followed for making a perfect cricket ground!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

George Binoy's match report correctly says:... "Incredibly, Australia lost because they were out of wickets and not time....".

What does that mean?

Again, it proves the old adage that it is bowlers who win matches!

LESSON: Go for wickets. We need wicket taking bowlers for any surface; for any ground. Faster we develop that, better for us!

Posted by praveenv27 on (November 2, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Well played Australia and making a match out of this total! Shame on BCCI and curators for preparing such hopeless wickets. This is just a circus, this is not cricket. World class bowlers are made to look like school kids and pathetic bowlers are made to look worse than they already are. RIP bowlers - it's not your fault always.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

I really enjoyed Faulkner, Maxwell and Watson's batting, it was awesome fight back by them, they way they were making rain of sixes i though they would win the match by 45 over. Oh the Poor Vinay Kumar, my heart breaks in tears for him LOL

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

hello well done team India i ve never seen batting line so strong lyk india i ve always luvd indian batting by the way Sachin is my fav..i wish pak batting shld learn frm indian batsmen best wishes frm pak

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Pitches were bad. But, why is no one not calling out the elephant in the room - bowlers? In this series, Mitchell Johnson was able to be fiery and get out Raina & Yuvi everytim. Shami was quite successful. Buvi was economical. Mishra got a lot of turn last game when he bowled right. In short, if the bowlers do well they can still get success. In this game Ashwin gave just over 5 in economy. Shami got 3 wickets.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Cricket is simply cricket! you can not blame the grounds in india. Both teams have 11 players going onto the field. Rules are the same for both teams! Australia and India are verymuch of a even team, indian players just worked together and performed well amd didnt leave it up to tailenders. Good work india and australia!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Everyone is talking bout batting friendly series hmmm. its amazing how human change its opinion according to the results. if aus wuld have won this series then aus is best n now india have won the series india is the best. not fair on personnel playing hard in the field n not thinking bout pitches n rules. hats off to them I wuld say both Indians n Australians.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

There was no cricket today,it was a six hitting competition.I want the old low scoring games back.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (November 2, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Great win by India. However, I would agree with the sentiment of few that the ODI has become more like a T50, and expanded T20. The pitches,ground sizes, and fielding restriction has made ODI just an eye candy for commercial exploitation rather than a good tussle between ball and bat. India still need to look at the performance of the middle order and pace bowling. Vinay Kumar is clueless on how to bowl.

Posted by ahtasham.rvj on (November 2, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Pathetic .....no contest between bat and ball...Flat tracks and small grounds..the worst series that will surely going to kill cricket...And rubbish bowling too from both teams besides flat tracks and small grounds..Indians are just using cricket to earn money by first introducing leagues like IPL and ACL and now this type of pathetic series...Everyone who has some sense to Cricket will surely gonna hate this kinda series...they have no spirit to the game..

Posted by sanapal24 on (November 2, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

its not like cricket ,its just a childrens game ,i didnt see any tough fight between the two teams ,in all the 7 odis ,if this type of pitches and rules continue,those records made by the legends will go in vaine,everyone can hit a double hundered ,every one can make 100 centuries ,IM VERY DISSAPPOINTED with this series .please change the rules ,give importance to both batsman and bowlers.

Posted by prazad on (November 2, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Alright, this aint cricket :( For a moment there, when the middle order wickets went for india, i hoped we would see a competitive match. Sad that it became another 20-20 game.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

indians win this match like real world champs

Posted by aravabalaji on (November 2, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

@Himanshu Dev is absolutely spot on. This is just like gully cricket. With boundary lines made short and no life in the pitch, anybody with feeble batting power can hit a six. All the finer elements of cricket like bowling yorkers, fielding, stealing singles gone into oblivion. No grace only slogging. Its like Ivanisevic hitting ace after ace in Wimbledon. I can bet that those who made run riot will find it very hot anywhere outside India. Saner voices of the likes of Ian Chappel never heard in the din. Money, money, money.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

i think we are overestimating falkunar's effort here ...aussies were down and out and had nothing to lose .. hence they started hitting without fear..once the target got close ...they has a glimmer of hope and they they were bowled out...Kohli's innings were truly gr8 coz he played under pressure and secured us the wins ..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

@ Himanshu Dev: Have you been watching the ODI series between South Africa and Pakistan that's on right now? No massive high scores there. That's because their teams have strong bowling attacks, maybe the pitches too. It is possible, with these new rules, for it to not be a run fest. Dhoni should take note of that, along with everyone who is saying that these new rules are bad.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

U can expect 200 by individual in such pitches, Rohit Sharma's 209 is not a big deal in such condition, even 250 is possible.

Posted by dariuscorny on (November 2, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Well that was awesome hitting from both sides,Recrntly IND won CT yet we see the detractors here,had they lost the match they wud hv been termed as (something i dont pay heed to)but champs are believed to win everywhere just like they won in Eng..gud bowling from Shami....@blade_runner IND won,what do you say?....

Posted by Altaz on (November 2, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

All da best India. All the best to :The Great Aussies" Hats off to Faulkner & Maxwell the way they strike the ball. I just njoy always Aussies Game. What ever it may be you are champions.....

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

bowling has become much more tougher ! but i wont say it was all because of the conditions, being a player who played at a decent level, i did felt that standard of bowling was below par, baring ashwin and vinay kumar towards the end. though shami and jaddu took wickets the didn't bowl the length required for the situation. bowlers from both side started to mechanically put the ball on a length resigned to the fact of getting hit! i don't know where the fiery fast bowlers and the willy spinners have gone? A bouncer can be used cleverly even on a low pitch if you can read the wicket and find the length from which the ball will skid through. this length differs from wicket to wicket based on the pace of the wicket. bowlers almost forgot the other lengths namely the purposeful short bouncer and the full yorker. the conditions are tough but 380 is not to be scored even on a concrete wicket. hope that some bowler will start using his head soon !

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

We found a legend today . No not rohit. But marks the Legend Of Vinay. He has don nothing to keep getting the chances. Bring New kid's with no fame and hungry for success.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (November 2, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Those fans of test cricket please leave us Indians alone, and enjoy it amongst yourself. In India test cricket is truly dead in the sense that grounds are 90% empty, and the people who do show up, have free passes. Recently India whitewashed Australia 4-0 in test matches at home, in empty stadiums. In principle one can get jam-packed stadiums for test matches in India, if a lot of unemployed people are paid comprehensive sums of money just to watch test matches. On the other hand, T20 and ODIs are very popular, and the most popular even it IPL. So please enjoy your Ashes and all, but we Indians have zilch interest left in Test Cricket.

Posted by P.BIPULKUMAR on (November 2, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

I totally agree with MR Himangshu . If this type of mockery continue , Who will want to be a bowler from india ? BCCI , the big hand of ICC should think about it . Cricket is not only batsmens game , it is also bowlers . If this type of surface given for TEST how many days need to 40 wicket to fall ? this type of wicket is only applicable for T20 ., Days are where , when there will not be any specialist bowler in Indian playing XI , all will be part timer like Dhoni , Raina , ......

Posted by muruknavasalapuri on (November 2, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

thats relaxing, our bowlers defended one in the last, records that tumbled today 1.fastest 200 in odi 2.most sixes in an odi inni 3.most sixes in an odi 4.fastest ton ay ausee 5. may be highest partnership for 9th wicket for ausse........... better to watch a 220-250 on a green top or 250-270 on a sportive track, anything it might be as long as india wins i am happy. congratulations rohit it may be a flattest pitch, all the bowlers may had a off day yet you need to hit it (and also for answering people those who called him nohit, now he is on record books for hitting most sixes in an inni). And for those ausses who said ind got got the runs because it is a flat track. now answer why if indians can get that runs from so called better ausse bowling why can you get there even with weaker bowling attack on the batting friendliest track with short boundries??????

Posted by mzm149 on (November 2, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

Well played Faulkner and well fought Australia. Winning doesnt matter because it was not a cricket match. It was circus.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

Disappointed with Man of series :(. I understand Rohit did very well this series and put up good opening partnerships. But for me Bailey did a splendid job both as a batsman and as a captain. He should have gotten the man of the series award.

Posted by vrkp on (November 2, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Thanks to Faulkner, we may finally be able to get rid of the useless bowler Vinay Kumar. What a rubbish bowler. Apart from him, i think other bowlers bowled reasonably well and sometimes bowled very good deliveries.

Ashwin and Shami were bowling some excellent spells and Shami was bowling at good pace and also bowling some yorkers.

For those who worry about how we will perform in WC2015, i would like to say that 2015 is another 18 months or so away.

In the last 6 years we have won some important ODI/T20 trophies in non sub-continent type conditions.Also, before 2003 WC, we were thrashed in NZ but able to reach the finals.

So, anything can happen.

Posted by abc3 on (November 2, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

This is how No1 and No2 teams should play throwing punches back and forth hard at each other with neither side giving it up easily. Exciting series and these two teams currently deserve the rankings where they are at.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

This was a terrible advertisement for one-day cricket. Your need-to-win was much in excess of the niceties of the game. Poor cricket. This was worse than a B-grade masala movie from bollywood. Of course, you will have your audience for these types of shows, but SERIOUSLY, is this what one-day cricket is all about? Please keep SLAM, BANG, THANK-YOU-PAM to T-20, PLEASE!!

Posted by CricketChat on (November 2, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

I almost certain that Aussie batsmen have finished Vinay Kumar's international career with this match. More than the runs he went for, he failed to try any variations to make batsmen think. He and Ishant bowl similar predictable line and length. Ind were clearly lucky to have won. Great knock by Faulkner, he almost took them home! He will be a player to watch in the next few yrs in shorter formats.

Posted by desiboy454 on (November 2, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Anyone feel that the 183-182 game between SA PAK was more fun to watch? this game seems like when I played gully cricket and we hit a ball 30 meters and called it a six. Poor Vinay Kumar went for 102 but was it reallly all his fault. I dont get how the BCCI allowed these pitches. Pathetic!! The bowlers got nothing out of this but let downs, the batsmen got false ego.

I kept hearing the commentators saying the new rules and blah blah.. 39 sixes? 7 fielders couldn't have done anything. Why can't they bring back the rules of the 90's they were fine. This is what I propose: First 15 overs - powerplay. no more 5 overs later 1 new ball, at 32 overs give the bowling side an option to change the ball. during power play, 3 fielders outside circle and then next 35 overs, max 5 outside circle. give 2 bowlers the option to bowl 12 overs each. I know Icc thought ODIs got boring but is this not good cricket.

LETS GO TEAM INDIA!

Posted by cvenka on (November 2, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

To all those belittling Indians achievement today my question is what they expect in India, green top & bouncy wickets? When you plan to come to India for a series, you should be well aware that the pitches would be flat & low taking spin from first day onwards for a test match & pure flat heavenly batting wicket for an one dayer. It would be a huge challenge to overcome these pitches & some teams haved achieved this. So not an improbable feat! So do not talk about pitches. If you win here we will accept that team as a champion team.

Posted by dirtydozen on (November 2, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Great that india won But despite being the underdogs. The aussies have managed to score 300 plus in every match. This shows there fighting spirit. Even with an inexperienced squad they gave a close fight against indians. Despite losing the series they have encouraged or made new fans

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

i don't even understand what happened in this series...... almost every match 300 are scored in each inning..... was that to attract crowd or to make bunch of world records..... Australian bowlers are repeating same mistakes pitching at same spots..... that was not real cricket but an entertainment like wwe...... come on guys even street cricketers can take more than 3 wickets while other team is chasing 350+ runs.......

Posted by just_chill_chill on (November 2, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

@piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda i agree totally. recent series have shown the need to ensure quality in world cup. SL, Kenya etc. are not really world class teams, and should fight it out among themselves to decide who qualifies for the world cup.

Posted by samincolumbia on (November 2, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

There was only one aussie batsmen, Faulkner, who did most of the batting for Australia, throughout the series, and some contributions from Maxwell and Bailey. Take Faulkner out and India would have won the series 4-1. The rest of the aussie batsmen were just average. Facing mediocre bowlers like Ishant and Vinay made Faulkner's job a lot easier.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

If both the teams are easily putting 350+ scores .. what's the point of blaming the bowlers. Most of the mis-hits are flying to sixes, all the balls are coming to bat even on the 90th over!! Though 1 six in an over is entertaining , I will be more entertained by a convincing six of a good line and length ball. Do something ICC .

Posted by abc3 on (November 2, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Lol at all the comments on Indian bowling while the opposition team who clainms to have a great bowling unit is conceding 10 to 20% more runs than the so called pathetic Indian bowling unit in entire series. Indian bowling was the best in recently concluded champions in England where they bundled out most teams for low scores consistently better than all the other teams. They were unbeaten in that entire tournament including practice games. Also an all their major trophy's won over the years were in countries who claim to have the fast pitches. Also this current series has been the most exciting bilateral series in quite some time. I will take this kind of exciting series over pathetic low scoring games currently being played by two mediocre batting sides SA vs Pak.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (November 2, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

and that ladies and gentlemen is why india is the world champion. #hatersgetlost

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

I think that the rules should go back to one white ball per inning and 5 fielders outside...if you look at this entire series, both side had equal batting power, if not to say india's was better. It's the bowling that wouldve made a difference and Australia by far, had a better bowling side than India. But with the rules as it even with better bowling sidees it doesnt matter anymore

Posted by just_chill_chill on (November 2, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

india played like WORLD CHAMPIONS. tough like aussies, great performance from you too.

Posted by coolitbaby on (November 2, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

amaing performance by india. take a bow faulkner. india is a firm favorite to win the 2015 world cup.

Posted by coolitbaby on (November 2, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

India played this series like true CHAMPIONS. Bring on world cup 2015 !

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

I am sorry, but this was such a joke of a series. Unless you are a fan of one of the teams, this was shameful display of bowling.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

This is one of the weirdest match and series I have ever seen. There is absolutely no contest between bat and ball. Looked like bowling machines were being served to batsman from both sides and smack them as hard and far as you can from what I have picked. This is not Cricket and will just ruin the game if nothing is sorted because this not only has happened in this game but in the entire series - filled with RUNS. Good for batsman so they can easily boost their run tally and improve their record but bad for the bowlers because their overall tally gets seriously damage. But got to feel for the bowlers especially because they work really hard and suffer the most injuries and now I can see why. ODI rules, pitches etc in my opinion needs a complete checking once again because far too many records have been broken and made throughout the series.

Posted by Ajay_999 on (November 2, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

I want to remind the people who say that the indian bowling unit is weak and all that, the aussie bowlers hav conceded more than indians- 3 matches compared to india who hav conceded more in 2 matches, for the very reason that the aussies lost the series. And Indians won in england due to bowlers, and in ct u can say that india's attack was the best. Stop bashing the indian bowlers, they have performed better than their aussie counterparts in the series.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

India may be the best ODI team in the world at present, having cemented their place by beating an Australia 2nd XI, but Test cricket is the only real benchmark for a team - and, to be honest, India are mediocre at home and an embarrassment away. Last time they toured England and Australia they weren't common entertainment and didn't even justify a 4 match test series. True all-round No. 1 team in the world they certainly ain't...

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 2, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Well done India, well deserved series win. I hope they change the rules now to give the bowlers more of say in the outcome.

Posted by koiralanikesh on (November 2, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

I know Rohit sharma played very good innings but the show stealer for me is James faulkner. I have a deep respect for his effort. No other batsman in a 8 down condition will ever think of win in such condition but he did. Stand and salute the brave Faulkner

Posted by cric_roch on (November 2, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

What is the fight between bat and ball...few pseudo fans believe it is 180 runs on 300 balls...have you done some scientific research on this...when both the teams score below 200 its they call it good cricket..i see at as failure of 22 batsmen who cant find gaps between 11 men in around 20 square Km area...now situation when both teams fail , it is called good cricket...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Awesome knock by Rohit!! Another runfest.. Batsmen continue to hammer the ball.. Bowlers are again struggling to make an impact.. New fielding restrictions, small grounds, batting friendly pitches is changing the way cricket is played.. No motivation for a bowlers at all! Bowling a dot ball is an achievement for them.. Scoring 350 is new 250.. Scoring individual century is new half century! There will be many double hundreds now on..New batting records are being made in every single game (specially after they started the new fielding restrictions rules) Is this the beginning of new 'BATSMAN focused' Cricket?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

The reason for these kind of high scoring games between these two nations is the amount of T-20 the players playing. See the squad all are T20 specialists. When they take on you can expect this kind of high scoring matches only. The 2 new balls and 4 fielders are added advantage only.

Posted by sweetspot on (November 2, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Conditions or no conditions, I think this series has proven the envelope of performance is being pushed. No wonder these two sides are in the top two ranks. Respect for Faulkner, Australia's hero for the years to come. What a fantastic talent! Thanks for the entertainment, India and Australia!

Let the rest of the debates continue unabated after the celebrations!

Posted by Hanumall on (November 2, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Well played India! Well played Australia! The match was much closer than the 50 odd run margin would indicate. In the end a 3-2 series win for India is a fair result. The crowds got their money's worth of entertainment.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

no matter what happen in the match aussies are always best team ... way the faulkner bat...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Well India bring it home belatedly despite some very very poor bowling by Vinay Kumar, but lets face it India let their guard down at 211 for 8. The top Aus players just didnt have the belief and only some devil may care batting by Maxwell, Watson and Faulkner showed what might have been had the top order planned their attack a little bit....the stand out players for Australia are only three Bailey, Faulkner and Johnson..the rest were very mediocre...the curtain rises on the main course now...the Ashes...enter England and let phase 2 of what happened in England begin....

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (November 2, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

What a funny, funny series. Records tumbled like a pile of cards.

Posted by kochumvk on (November 2, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

Great show by Australia here. No matter even if they failed to pull it all the way. Not so convincing a win team India.

Posted by coolitbaby on (November 2, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

AWESOME performance by india. down by 1-2 and then chasing down 360 in great style and then winning this one comprehensively. #IndiaGreatTemperament !

Posted by samincolumbia on (November 2, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

Congrats Vinay Kumar on your ton! Another master stroke from Dhoni.

Posted by Brahams on (November 2, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Great match and a great series!

Next word cup, Bring it on!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

@Neil Shaw, every Indian is thinking the same. it's not true we have only bowlers like ishant and vinay. if that's the case, there is now one less Indian fan

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

To those asking why the foreign players don't score a double century in India, the answer has to be that they are not used to the lower bouncing tracks and at not as good at playing spin as the Indian batsman. How many people still think that India should lose this match, fire the selection committee and pick younger bowlers who deserve a chance? Don't give Dhoni a chance to pick the team either because he keeps picking R. Vinay Kumar and Ashwin despite their woeful performances.

Posted by Brahams on (November 2, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

LOL! A lot of comments on that and this and this and that. Enjoy the game!

And just a reminder - India just won the Champions trophy in ENGLAND, which BTW, is not in India. And India has won ICC trophies in SA and Australia, all great places, which again are not exactly in India.

Posted by kochumvk on (November 2, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

BCCI with all the money completely failed to grow even a single world class fast bowler. All bowlers are better and faster when they join national team , they moves from 145 kmph to 120 in no time.

Indian team will not be complete without a world class fast bowler at the minimum.

in 2003 world cup (barring final!) we have seen some quality fast bowling and its results. making it much nicer thing to remember.

with too much 20-20, now only thing that can be called beauty is getting the fast bowlers talk with great spells.

its no fun any more. forget world cup or anything else. even if its not there, we cannot justify such mediocre bowling.

Posted by GoldenAsif on (November 2, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Regardless of the outcome of the match and the series, Indian bowling once again has been brutally exposed. I know the pitches are flat but if they are conceding that many runs at home (300+ in every game), there will be no hiding place for them when they visit places like RSA and Australia. One could give the Australian bowlers some benefit because this is new turf for them

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

@criticalthinking. yes I am watching the match and while India may sneak a win today, their bowling is pathetic at best. I don't think they stand a chance on the bouncier Aussie pitches while also lacking a pace attack like SA, Aus, Eng, Pak or even SL. Heck, I think Afghanistan has a better pace attack than India. I'm sure you'll agree.

Posted by SILVERSANGA on (November 2, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Are you kidding me? Even after posting 383 and having Australia 211 for 8 are India still gonna lose? What a match!

I still hope India would win although not in very convincing manner. If Australia wins this it'll be a disaster for India's POV lol.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (November 2, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

No matter what the final result will be, Australia is the real winner for me here. If Aussie tailenders could bring this match this far including a century from Faulkner, thats good enough for me.

Posted by pglkd on (November 2, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

This is the end of real cricket. Dhoni and Bailey should just play stick cricket online and decide the winner. After all bowlers have no say in the game anymore. Cricinfo will now never be the first page I open in the morning. And India games will no longer get my office-at-7am-still wake-up-at-2am Eastern-Time-devotion. Sad...... sad sad sad....

Posted by kochumvk on (November 2, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

This is one great innings by Faulkner , he can take Australia to a deserving victory.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

I wonder how many records have been broken in this series.

Posted by Assasinator_007 on (November 2, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Come on Ozy.... You can do it. 76 from 54 balsa needed

Posted by Brahams on (November 2, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

@Ronnie, Was India playing against India? If the conditions are so helpful, why can't players from opposition get 'easy' 200s?

Again look at the statistics, the big runs, big chases, big hundreds have come in may different places.

And to have a logical counter argument, I would like to see fast bowlers taking wickets in India and not in England and Australia where 'anyone' can get wickets on 'trampoline' wickets.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Short and wide again from India. Four to the esteemed batsman McKay...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Another full toss...blimey. This is pathetic from India. Laughable stuff. Great batting from the Australian lower order. Scintillating, even.

Posted by kochumvk on (November 2, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

Vinay Kumar got one more over!, lets count the target as 355

Posted by Criticalthinking on (November 2, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

Mr. Neil Shaw, Are you watching the match? Do you follow cricket?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

102 runs from 9 overs at 11.33 per over. That's bad even for T20. Just why is he in the team?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

What on earth was that delivery from Jadeja to Clint McKay, of all people!!! Short, slow, wide, no turn, no venom, oh dear. Gets from bad to worse.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Vinay Kumar is one of the worst bowlers I've ever seen. Brainless bowling. Kapil Dev he certainly isn't. If India do lose this match and the series, serves them right for delivering such lifeless decks and picking half-baked pace bowlers. This is shocking for a team with such impressive one-day pedigree and reigning ICC Trophy champions. I never thought I'd say this, but...go Australia!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

What the .... i am reading comments here like India should prove themselves in away conditions and so on. Please remember that for Australia it is away conditions too, did they prove? No, please realise that India is current Champions trophy winner and World Champions in two different conditions. And all those countries those who mentioned here like England, SA and PAK are the same when they are in away conditions.. I N D I A haters please stop whining.. Ghrrrrrrr..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

@Mazhar Javed, et al... Its the same pitch and who is stopping Aussies to chase that down? Apparently the weaker Indian bowling should be easy isnt it? Pakistan can ONLY win on spinning tracks, let them come to India and at this current form, they cant score even 150 on these batsmen friendly wickets. The Indian team won ICC CHampions trophy in seaming conditions, so chill. Sour grapes ...we dont care. The Indian team is the world champion and No.1 team in the world. Period.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (November 2, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Vinay Kumar is racing toward his century. Now he is on 99. He might get their before Faulkner. Awesome

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Does R. Vinay Kumar thinks that he is a pace bowler? Why is he in the side at all? Perhaps someone could articulate.

Posted by kochumvk on (November 2, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Flat Flat Flat, not good to watch at all. all are right said. any great bowler can go for more than 20 an over here. no doubt.

@bouncer709, Looks like only 3 good players from whole world played here. 200 is not a measure for skill now. agree that though. one need to be lucky too.

Posted by Tornado1 on (November 2, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

These pitches are really a joke, killing cricket. Whatever you call, this isn't cricket

Posted by Jadejafan on (November 2, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

As an Indian fan have to admit that these kind of pitches along with the small boundaries will just destroy the game. We already have T20 and don't need the same for 50 overs otherwise there's no point in that format anymore. Smaller grounds don't help either. This series itself is far too long countless of free runs too boost one own records.

Posted by MASpak on (November 2, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

I remember scoring 250 in my garage...........LOLZ! Scoring big in India, by an Indian is no rocket science. Kindly score a 100 in England, Australia or South Africa by an Indian will be the real class and science.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

@bouncer pls do a look at my comment again. did I say nobody could do that? as per my knowledge cricket is a sport where u fix up a target and stop the opposition in achieving it. so go for it. and I do know to appreciate if a team chase a huge total regardless india or Pakistan rather than complaining about tracks. coz thats a game for u. if india travl to aussie or South Africa and get bowled out for a little , I dint c anyone coming up and saying they stitched the pitch for their bowlers to have a go but seen people shouting indians are juz flat track heroes. hows this a two dimensional approach?

Posted by RishiSg on (November 2, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Hadn't india won ICC championship in England recently n pak lost all their matches with their star bowlers... Against India Pakistani spinners and particularly Afridi looks mostly ordinary.. Having said that i m also of opinion that India should prepare more sporting pitches n show world how good their batting are...

Posted by k51ngh on (November 2, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

i can see some jealousy here... india is number one ranked team please accept this haters....

and dhoni is best captain and player

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Cricket in India is fast becoming a circus where bowlers are like machines whose job is just to throw darts. The art of fast bowling, the real beauty of Cricket, is on the verge of extinction. White Washes on foreign soils in upcoming years will not be a surprise. Even Indian batting is overrated. I say this because against good bowling attacks and in slightly trying condition they struggle big time. Like they did against Pak in Jan this year.

Posted by Cricdew on (November 2, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

@EnglishFan..........I am totally agreed with your opinions...

Posted by cvenka on (November 2, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

@Englishfan how dare you say dhoni's captaincy is poor & you omitted him as a player & captain? He is India's finest & world's best captain having won the 50 over world cup, T20 World cup, Test No 1 status, Champions trophy, IPL championship twice for his team, CLT Championship for his team. What more is your criteria for a captain? Is these achievement not satisy your criteria for a captain, pl tell me the achievements of all other present captains? I expect your reply.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

India can only win the 2015 World Cup if their bowling goes from Woeful to Good. They will score runs, but the opponents will score more because of the likes of R. Vinay Kumar, I. Sharma, R. Ashwin and others who are below average bowlers for the format of the game. Bring in Ohja, Yadav, Aarun, Mohit Sharma, R. Shukla and even the young man (41 year old) who impressed in the latest CLT championship.

Posted by luvmyindia on (November 2, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Pakistanis and Aussies both prepare pitches for bowlers according to their strength so there is no harm in preparing flat pitches according to our strength. A recent example is going on in UAE. Where pak is defending a score of 209 and a team like SA cant chase it. Looks like we r not the only one making pitches according to our strength...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Well said @SC13159..another complete non-event on a postage stamp. I hope all you Indian 'cricket fans' aren't going to come out of the woodwork with your crocodile tears and mourn cricket when your board finally kills it? What utter dross dressed up as international cricket. Bring on the bowling machines, run-scoring circles and fielders in deckchairs throwing the ball back to the machine-feeder. We could have 824 for 6 plays 789 for 8. Bowlers could stay at home or do the shopping with the missus or DIY for what good they have become. Well done BCCI, have a big pat on the back. RIP ODI cricket, it was good whilst it lasted...25 years and more ago...

Posted by Brahams on (November 2, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Good fight by the Aussies but chasing 350+ is never easy, especially for teams that are not India.

IPL clearly has changed the ODI, at least in India. Clean hitting by Maxwell, Faulkner and Watson - do they all play for RR?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

India might just pull this match out...

Posted by maddy20 on (November 2, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Not always easy to chase 350+ scores. Only Indians can do it and make it look real easy. The first time Aus had to chase 350, they are falling like 9 pins! People should learn to give credit where its due!

Posted by Akks31283 on (November 2, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

People are questioning your ability..They are blaming pitches while it was same for other batsmen too who easily got out..But those who are getting surprised may have forgotten the fact that until Sri Lanka implemented the first 15 overs domination strategy, those overs had always been considered to build partnerships rather than to attack the opposition. Until Australia started playing tests matches to win, no body had ever thought of test matches as interesting and gripping enough which they are found these days. Some even questioned that if Rohit couldn't bat well agaist Zimbawe, how can he hit a double ton??? How ridiculous and funny the argument is! Mind you guys! It was a level play ground at least for Batsmen..Do not demean somebody's efforts. When we do it, we actually show the limits of our thoughts.

Posted by kochumvk on (November 2, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

Blade-Runner thinks guys like Kohli is compared with greats like Viv because of one or two innings!, there are cool guys all around the world.

Maxwell, have done great hitting. So did Watson. Hey Watson is one fine fine cricketer. He can do it with ease.

To win a big chase, a team needs sustained hitting, wickets in hands, patients and aggression at same time. Not very easy as we can see, or as we have seen.

Posted by bouncer709 on (November 2, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

@Suraj Menon: Well how could you say this about Australia can not score what India did, Austrailia scored 360, 350, and 300+ in almost all these matches.and today Also seems keep going with good pace though due to wicket fall it seems they will fall short today. Saeed Anwar played only 10 matches in India, and he also scored 194 facing 147 ball, though he could not make double century, but when he got out 3 overs were still remaining. So any good player, who on the day if become able to play 50 overs on Indian pitches can score double century. It is no rocket science to score double century on Indian pitches.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

The reason Aussies are losing is because of something called "scoreboard pressure" more than good bowling.

Posted by cvenka on (November 2, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

@Mazhar Javed When India tour SA, the result in the one dayers would be 3-0 in favour of India & 1-1 in tests. Want to say something?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

That famed expert Indian fielding strikes again. What a dolly. Easy catch. If any team were to drop that, it would be India.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 2, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

For the betterment of Indian cricket, I hope Australia chase it. This is not cricket the way they are treating the bowlers with disdain. To be fair, as I mentioned before, remove all the restricton in ODI's, only then the true talent wil rise. More importantly the attitudes shown by some Indian cricketers is unacceptable. Is this what they learned from our gr8's lke SRT, The Wall, LAX....Most of these players are mediocore but the arrogance is mountain high. What hapened to the Gentleman's game?

Posted by cvenka on (November 2, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

@Blade-Runner don't u know helicopter shot is a powerful shot invented by dhoni & till now noboday has been able to duplicate it? Hitting out of the park with an helicopter shot is the hardest thing to do for a batsmen except ofcourse for dhoni!

Posted by kochumvk on (November 2, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Its no more an impossible task now. just keep them coming and yes. After this successful chase, we can say 400 is the new 300!!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

In the history of One Day Internationals so far, 3 double hundreds have been scored, all by Indian batsmen and all of them in Indian pitches. Coincidence? They should play outside instead of playing home condition...would be happy if I saw indian batsmen making centuries in Australia SOuth Africa and England..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

can this Indian team travel to UAE and play against Pakistan's bowling attack. I will see if Pakistani spinners Ajmal,Afridi and Hafeez allow them to even score 250. with runway and roads prepared for this meaningless series this type of cricket has no fun to watch. I will see the scoreline in SA vs Ind in South Africa.Im sure Steyn,Morkel and Philander will not let them to score freely like they r merry-making in their own backyard. sorry guys! these flat tracks and small boundaries are ruining Cricket.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (November 2, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Watson just hit the 30th SIX, sorry 31st one now, in this match. Aussies are 189 in 26 overs. Maxwell just broke the Aussie record of the fastest 50. Dear Indian fans, Pls tell me , it has nothing to do with the flatness of the pitch or 60 m "SIXTY METRES" boundary. Pls tell me that Maxwell can be compared to Sir Viv now. What cement do they use to make the pitches in India ? This is called CRICKETI-CIDE !!

Posted by CodandChips on (November 2, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Indian batsmen are good but they are playing on roads against poor bowling. Interesting to see how they play in England, where I reckon the test series will be competitive.

I think India should play the following test team in England but bear in mind the only Indian domestic comps I know are IPL & CLT20: 1 Dhawan 2 Vijay 3Pujara 4Kohli (c) 5 Rahane 6 Sharma 7Samson (wk) 8 B Kumar 9 Ojha 10 Shami 11 Yadav Not sure about tail batting order.

I'm sorry but although Dhoni is the best finisher globally, his keeping, captaincy and test batting are poor. Dinesh Kartik is a poor keeper. I heard Samson is scoring runs atm. Not sure about Kohli as a captain because he seems aggressive and has not yet established himself in tests. B Kumar swings the ball and is accurate so should do well in England- just ask Chris Woakes and Graham Onions. Shami and Yadav have pace and look good.

I would love to hear your views Indians please.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (November 2, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Anybody craving for proper cricket match?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

India is not playing cricket anymore it is just business. I accept the fact that kohli,rohit sharma,dhawan etc they are good batsmen infact india has the best batting lineup but what is happening in this series is just entertainment :)

Posted by cric_roch on (November 2, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

All the 3 200s hit in india are by indians.No one from opposition teams has been able to do it ,even on flat tracks forget about green. Jadeja has become number 1 bowler by bowling in this flat tracks,what about other's bowling in friendly conditions. Would you discount AUS,SA and other bowlers for taking wickets in helping conditions.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (November 2, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

the only batsman in the aussie line-up i am scared of is james faulkner !!

Posted by blthndr on (November 2, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

@Blade-Runner....u know what is talent....hitting out of the park with a helicopter shot....

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

why do people complain about tracks and pitch.? is not it the same one given for Australia too. if india scored why cant aussie? hence india played better. stop criticising india as flat track heroes. coz the opposition is also given the opportunity to bat in the same field.

Posted by Satya_baba on (November 2, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

It is a sad direction for Indian cricket to take. The game is dead in India. If I were an Australian, I would send second tier teams to India and consider that experience net practice for real challenges on pitches that offered an equal challenge between bat and ball.

It is way more exciting to watch cricket in England or Australia where batsmen get beaten often.

The governing bodies (BCCI) are to blame here. The choice of pitches and rule changes allow these run orgies. They are minting money while they can while destroying interest in the game. I wish the players had more of a say in deciding the future of the game.

There are at least 2 ways to overcome India's deficient bowling attack: (1) find better bowlers, (2) make bowling irrelevant to cricket. Guess what they do.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

That's a negative thought. India has one of the best batsmen is a +ve thought. If one wants to win, think +ve.

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (November 2, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

based on recent cricket matches, right now in the world of cricket there are 2 sets of teams. india, aus, eng, sa, and pak in league 1. SL, BD, Zim, Kenya in another league 2. the difference in class between these two leagues is huge. it might be better to add some associate nations to league 2 and have a qualifier to decide which ones should get a chance to play the big boys of league 1 in the world cup. that will help shorten the WC duration unlike the 2011 world cup which got seriously extended unnecessarily.

Posted by luvmyindia on (November 2, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

If this is a so called flat pitch then why are these Aussies going down so badly?We Indians proved that we can chase down any target, now its the time for Aussies to prove. Stop the excuse of flat pitches...

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (November 2, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

i don't think any team on the planet other than india is capable of such big chases !!

Posted by blthndr on (November 2, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

@Blade-Runner ...according to you aus doesnt hav any talent....or what are you trying to say...

Posted by pull_shot on (November 2, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Maxwell get ready 2-3 million dollars in next ipl auction

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

@Blade-Runner: As an Indian, I also agree with you in saying that these flat pitches are not what cricket used to be. I also think that BCCI is actually hurting cricket and our own cricket team by prepping pitches that have nothing for the bowlers. But, by saying that "a batsman doesn't need any special talent to crack a century in these conditions" and "Even an amature cricketer can do that" aren't you highlighting the sub-par batting talents of your own batsmen who are unable to score on a pitch where even an amature cricketer can score a century. I mean it's the same pitch that both the teams are batting on. It's time to accept the truth my friend!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Blade-Runner. We respect your opinion. With due respect we will learn to live without your admiration for India's batting performances today and in this serious. We have the likes of Hayden, Ganguly and Gavaskar wax eloquence on this performance. I can safely say these blokes know a little more about cricket than you and me put together. Thank you very much. But I am seriously surprised by your critique on Rohit Sharma. I am not sure how you cannot see his talent, class and ability. You must think we randomly pick our national sides. Your comment undermines a lot of things to say the least. But opinions are like a certain body cavity. Everybody has one.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Somehow, everyone passing comments on flat indian pitches forgets that both sides are playing on the same pitch! India is handinf out a proper thrashing to australia...chin up gents!!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (November 2, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Nobody is bashing the Indian team for chasing these totals. Most people here are bashing the pitches in general.... remember that Australia have chased down 300+ scores too (the series IS tied 2-2). Its just ridiculous that a record 350+ scores have been chased continuously. This is an insult to all the players who once played the game. Once I read on cricinfo that it was another flat track in Bangalore (match preview), I didn't even want to watch the game. A good team is not one with good batsman, but one with good bowlers too. There must be balance to the team. I would love to see Rohit hit 10 runs against the likes of Wasim/McGrath/Murali/Warne

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

bailey said that they have to get virat quickly out to win but in today's match only one of his wish is get fufiled

Posted by nylem on (November 2, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

Peculiar how all 3 ODI double hundreds are by Indian cricketers on Indian pitches...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

We were born in era of Indian cricket where its was an quest ..is it actually possible to make 200 runs by one batsman in ODI , but we all know this quest was ended by Sachin Tendulkar in Feb 24, 2010. And now we have another quest of 300 runs (Ye Dil Maange More :) ) ... All The Best Rohit sharma and Virat kohli..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

More centuries that Indians score in substandard pitches the quality of the players in the form of Ricky,Lara,Kalli's and Gilchrist is high. I mean they play in high standard and bowler friendly pitches but still found in the top ten list in runs and centuries along side the Great Indian players who score only in flat tracks.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (November 2, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

This seriously is really getting out of hand. The combination of flat pitches and new rules is really hurting ODI cricket the way we know it. The ICC must manage the pitch conditions in India it this continues, because this is really getting ridiculous. Nobody will remember this series for its closeness, or for Virat's Hundreds, or even for Rohits 200. Rohit's 200 will not be "legendary". People will just remember this series for having the flattest tracks. IPL has killed Indian cricket

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

Trust me....being an Indian...and once upon a time a arednt fan of cricket, realized that cricket has since long being turned from cricket to an scripted entertainment...So i stopped watching cricket....If cricket mean...s about only about ordinary batsman like Rohit Sarma making double century...Ohh....Then why do you need bowler in our team? Pack 10 batsman in a team....Anyway every national player can bowl a bit of course...Better to watch baseball where at lease i can the latest version of cricket

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

Aussies got bashing!!

Posted by kochumvk on (November 2, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

Looks like Maxwell have some plan! If he sustain the hitting and get an able partner, this can be a dramatic chase.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Blade-Runner. Haddin himself admitted that Indian conditions are no longer alien to them given the amount of cricket the Aussies play here. Aussies know the pitches and know the opposition well. Besides given the way you describe this wicket and the fact that even an amateur can make runs here, it should be easy for aussies to replicate this, right? Why dont you answer this? As i type this Maxwell is taking Vinay Kumar apart and its good to see. He is showing ability and we respect that here. Well I do love Maxi anyway being a Mumbai Indians fan.

Posted by kochumvk on (November 2, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

Badmouthing Indian bowling even now is clearly not wise.

@ StatisticsRocks

Shami have done better than most I think. So the better ones does it on even flat wickets. Yes batting wickets for all the matches is not cool. However if second ball want there, spinners might have displayed something. If couple of them in middle order are taken quickly, these 300-350s will eventually become tough.

While one makes green pitches in other parts of the world, nobody says its built for home teams advantage.

Another thing is, if it was not these two sides, these much runs in sustained manner may not be possible. All cant hit in even flattest of wickets.

Posted by Haz95 on (November 2, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

R.I.P Cricket These typed of pitches are destroying legends like jayasuriya, ponting, hayden, richards, anwar, tendulkar etc. Chasing 350+ with ease is pure stupidity. I'm surprised ICC aren't changing these pitches. What's more is that there is blatant signs of match fixtures. Earlier on this year, India struggled to chase 250 targets set by Pakistan--the people they're supposedly worse than and went on to further lose the series. Then people like Rohit Sharma suddenly hit 200s whilst just weeks ago he struggles against zimbabwe. What a shame. Current IND and AUS are destroying Cricket. If IND can beat pak at UAE, I'll call them the best or beat SA in SA

Posted by cvenka on (November 2, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

@Blade-Runner Pl ask your aussie batsmen to score like indian batsmen in these pitches & make a match of this!

Posted by ScottStevo on (November 2, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Hard to believe with the fielding on display that these are the top 2 teams. Completely awful. Bailey may have cost himself a test spot with a effort like that - and it's not his first time either. Schoolboy error.

Posted by suresh.sure06 on (November 2, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

Stop bashing the pitch alone for high scoring games,bowlers from both teams are very very average,Bangalore is the same pitch for some years(batting paradise),but teams never scored this heavily here,high scoring games are a compound effect of average bowling,2 new ball(takes spinner,reverse swing in the depth overs out of contention),20-20 cricket.i cant see a single yorker bowled in this serious by either side.the likes of lee,steyn,gul bowls yorkers at wil in the depth overs,imagine if hendriques caught that catch of rohit @120,surely india would have ended 50 run short,its sheer brilliance of rohit that he scored heavily(2nd hundred in 44 balls, it takes some batting).this opening pair has already proved in champions trophy,only raina and yuvraj are vulnerable to short pitch... if you have wickets in hand in last 10 over teams can easily score 100 runs irrespective of pitch,its the thumb rule in cricket.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

ya jaisurya was a legendary player with a mediocre average of 35

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

The great great Australia are going down without a whimper on a "flat pitch" where the indians swung and cut the ball and against toothless bowling (Haddin didnt understand how he was bowled) looks like they're going to get use to whining as thats what they're going to be doing for a long long long time....

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

An eye for an eye. A runout for a runout. Kudos to India for keeping up the pressure and being sharp on the field. This is what makes you a top professional side. I would love to see an Aussie batsman step up to the plate on this flat lifeless highway of a wicket which has been engineered especially for the Indian batsman to shatter all batting records and make them into Batting superstars and send bowlers to their grave. Should not be difficult.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

All those who are whining about flat tracks and belittling Indian team saying any team can chase down targets in excess of 350 easily on flat tracks - are you watching how Oz is crumbling? Remember how India chased down 350+ on two occasions without succumbing to PRESSURE - that's what you need coupled with immense talent this Indian batting team has. Go make yourselves a humble pie and eat it.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

The way Australia are batting, I think some grass grew on the "flat pitch" during the innings break...LOL!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 2, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

What amazes me is India bashers going gaga when Australia batted first to score 300+. When India chased it down, they then started crying that the pitch was flat. In this match, when India batted first and scored 300+, they are saying straight-away that the pitch is flat and not a positive word about our batting. It gives me great pleasure to see the desperation in their posts. Cheers!! Have fun India bashers.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (November 2, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

These Indian fans keep asking us to appreciate the talents of Indian batsmen regardless the conditions (flatness) of the pitch. I ask, what talents are you guys talking about ? Flat roads!! 60 m boundaries !! that too at HOME !! Does a batsman need any special talent to crack a century in these conditions ?? Even an amature cricketer can do that. Rohit Sharma struggled to connect his bat with the ball a few weeks ago in Zimbabwe. It took him over 3 years to hit a century. All of a sudden, he is scoring double tons. Give me a break guys. These kinda pitches insult the legacy of legendary hard hitting batsmen like Jayasuriya and Sir Viv. Period

Posted by SBurhan on (November 2, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

I think aus will lost today

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Neing Pakistani I jave always admired the Indian batting, one after another they keep producing these gems but why waste it like this? Whats the harm in making pitches that offer something for both. India has one simple game plan, if we bat first make so many runs noonce can chase, if we bat second we chase anything..what about bowling? And what would happen when you'll get pitches that will support bowlers and no batsman. This flury of runs is actually boring by the way.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (November 2, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Hughes is proving that he is not a one-day batsman. Too slow in his scoring when compared to the pace of this series.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (November 2, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

Yawn another double century on the flat beds of India nothing surprising here any one can look like Don Bradman on the type of pitches prepared for this series!!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

@TheBigBudha. I never said Finch can't bat. He didnt today, infact he was pretty ordinary in the field today and probably not his day. Why would I after seeing how Finch has performed in this series and his ability in the IPL. As I type this Hughes is out to the first ball from a spinner. A lack of temperament to chase large total perhaps? Something the Indians dont have a problem with :o)

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (November 2, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

@Purvutharahjah

Wait till India goes to SA.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 2, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Even as an Indian, I am appalled at the pitches we come up with.As such the rules inO DI are in favor of the atsmen, do we really need flat pitches on short cricket grounds. How can we even produce bowling talents with thes k ind of dust bowls. I agree with many who say this is destroying cricket and will lose substantial fan base, should this continue. BY fans, I mean true cricket loving fans like me, for whom test match is the ultimate form of cricket. Lets go back to the old rules and also allow bowlers to bowl bounces at will in ODI. Let's then see how many centuries will be scored. This is not fair at all. I hope when we visit SA later for the short series, STEYN & co wil test us with swing and short pitch deliveries to bring out the real characte,determination,r and temparament in our batsmen.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

@TheBigBudha. This is precisely the difference. An Indian batsman on current form would have probably despatched anything going down leg to the fence and not get wrapped on the pads being beaten for pace. The Aussies always have my respect for their abilities and this Team have done well too inspite of expectations but the Indians have been up a notch. The fact that these performances are inviting such petty critique is testimony that its hurting the non Indians deep inside.

Posted by Beefy_B on (November 2, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor. Having said that it's always nice to see the Aussies getting spanked all around a cricket ground!

Posted by kochumvk on (November 2, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Australia have done good by dealing Virat early. Chasing 450+ would have been tougher. Now lets wait for Bailey magic.

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (November 2, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

India are THE masters of the game.....Period.

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (November 2, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

@Gsingh, don't know where you got your stats from, India did not win every game from CLT20, SLvsInd 348-1 India 188 all out is one of the heaviest defeats in ODI in past 20 years of ODI.

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 2, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

aus are 35 after 8 overs with one batsman dismissed . where is talk of flat track now?? i guess only when indian batsmen are sending cricket balls into outer orbit , we see some fans come out of rocks to talk about flat tracks. why are opposition batmen incapable of scoring enough runs on flat tracks and smll grounds if that is the case. i guess its sour grapes that indian batsmen are best in the world. history proves me right with most records in batting are to indian batsmen's name.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Virat Kohli's runout was not Rohit's Mistake. Kohli definetly had enough time to call off the run, but he till continued. it was clear, rohit was in no poition to turn back and run. I request the editor to change the first line I this topic.

Rohit Sharma - congratulations

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

@English Cricket: I wouldnt put it so dramatically. Rules have always changed througout the history of cricket. You think the current lot of bowlers are going to meekly fold up and fall over? No. They are going to practice in the nets how to bowl toe crushing yorkers or sharper short balls ør deceptive slower balls. If I was a bowler I would relish the challenge. Ofcourse there is no denying the fact that its advantage batters at the moment and we need to even things out. What I dont get is why should there be so many field restrictions? we dont restrict batsman in anyway then why the Bowlers and Fielders?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

@Surepush For cricket's sake, cut Rohit some slack now. He had a very poor 2012. And yes, he's lucky to have been retained in the team at the beginning of this year. But there was a very cricketing reason behind why Rohit Sharma had not been doing justice to his undeniable ability. Looking at the ease at which he plays in T20s and first class cricket (yes, he boasts of a 60+ average) compared to his poor ODI record reflected only one thing - he didn't like to be dictated by the match situation. He's someone who likes to know from before more or less how much time he'd have in hand. Thank goodness, the management identified this, and sent him out to open, where he'd have all the time in the world to play himself in. And with Dhawan as his partner, he has really prospered. One who has followed the game, will have noticed that he and Dhawan have worked to take pressure off each other during the course of a partnership - whenever one is tied up, the other would take charge.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

@Marcio I dont think CA think this is a nonsense series since they've sent a full strength team here..International cricket is played between full strength teams. Please improve your knowledge in cricket the Pattinsons, Cummins and whoevers are test bowlers and dont have the variation to bowl in one dayers. This is the best Australia has...face it...however bitter it may seem....

Posted by cvenka on (November 2, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

My SALUTES to Rohit Sharma. What a player! This innings was a long time coming. Such was my belief on his talent that I got frusturated when he again & again failed & prayed to god to atleast keep him in the team. Hats off to Dhoni & selectors for keeping faith. One another thing. This is an indian pitch. And these type of pitches were here for a very long time. Teams have come & some times won. The only difference this time is 4 fielders rule & 2 new ball rule. India got nothing to do with these changes. If the rule favours the batsmen then the same applies to Aussie batsmen also. INDIA BASHERS PL STOP whining & appreciate the performances where due

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (November 2, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

@Francis Arun Bjorn Mel, that ball was going down leg! Oh the irony, saying Finch can't bat when given out on a bad call - yet again this series!

Posted by Crick_Player on (November 2, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

All three double centuries on Indian flat wickets. This is not talent this is waste of talent. If they keep continue playing on flat tracks they'll see disasters in coming WC in Australia.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

So after the first five overs Australia have made 19-1 and for all the evangelists of flat tracks , green tracks and what not Australia are pinned back by Indian swing and pace... I guess the track was replaced from one from Perth in the break...

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 2, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

@landl-- if its not of of any interest to u then u better watch domestic matches in county cricket or something of that sorts. leave following this match where 2 best odi sides in the world are testing their skills on batting friendly pitches. why are u so insecure? were india not the best side in ct2013 played in england where they won every match from practice match to defeating england in final? its festival of lights in india and we fans are enjoying rohit's double ton while india is on way to win the series 3-2 .

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

Rohit must be saying.."the second ton is of KOHLI"...

Posted by alarky on (November 2, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Congrats Rohit 'The Classical' Sharma! While you and Shikhar are the openers for India in the future, we would see lots more double-tons, from both of you! You are also helping to ensure that the confidence your fans place in you, the best classiest batsman in world cricket since 2008 is now bearing fruit. Not that it is so much of your fault, as your critics want to suggest, it's just the result of the overly bizarre policy of Indian cricket - a youth with all the talent in the world, with class never seen in India cricket history, was being marginalised in favour of old has-beens who can't get the ball off the square! And the ridiculous thing is that some of these old-has-beens were given such long ropes to establish themselves - eg, allowing them to play for all of 5 years without scoring a single 100 and averaging in the 20s; yet the said authorities showed no patience for Rohit, a player of much higher class, who has now scored 4 tons in his first 5 years and averaging 38!

Posted by joelucky on (November 2, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

That's interesting. Bhuvanesvar Kumar bowled a maiden over, the first of the innings. How did that happen?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

This is not a miracle with rohit sarma with such a batting potential

Posted by EnglishCricket on (November 2, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

These kind of pitches will destroy Cricket. T20 is enough for these kind of dustbowls. This will discourage youngsters to become bowlers if nothing is sorted. Not only the pitches but boundaries in India is just too small and therefore inflate batsman averages and strike rates. The other matches between Pak-Sa and Ban-New are played on sporting pitches between bat and ball so credit to them for that.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

I don't think this is a road. I don't think this is a flat deck..yes it is not a Durban pitch..but then why should it be. This is India and Australians are finding it tough. There bowlers are getting hammered all the time. Better they start becoming better bowlers and perform throughout the world. India is generally doing good and there is definitely an element of sheer jealousy in posts from non-Indians. How long you guys will keep reminding your pitches. Your pitches don't define cricket as a whole. Let's see how much Australia scores in this match and how comfortably. they are suffering in the hands of Indians and we all know it.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

anything scored in India should be divided by 2. if Rohit Sharma scored 200 in India tonight, its actually a 100 in real world. An Indian batsman with an average of 66 is actually a 33 in real world. They are just awesome in their own small backyard.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Well done India. Misunderstanding between Sharma and Kholi didn't do any harm to Indian side. Had Sharma was not dropped when he was 120, the end scenario might be different. What a wonder performance by Sharma - 16 sixes and 12 fours. Salute to him. We anxiously wait to see Ausis batting performance which would also be equally electrifying.

Posted by A__J on (November 2, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Really well done, a well deserved knock from Rohit. But thiis series does not do justice to the bowlers

Posted by Marcio on (November 2, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

@Rajendra Rele, what a nonsense comment! What top AUS bowlers are playing here? None!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Congrats Rohit on the achievement but remember every T. D. & Harry coming and scoring double ton in ODIs isn't going to help the esteem of the record itself! The frequent the score is made the less significant that will be.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

Since 2010 three double centuries scored... but all in India...

Indore Bangalore Gwalior

No more comments

It happens only in India

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

@Joelucky ... India scored 400 runs against STEYN and CO. a few years back, with Sachin scoring a double hundred ..... wanna still say something about it??

Posted by sapnil2000 on (November 2, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

when india will stop making flat pitch, so their batsman make run feast, this is crazy. as an indian fan--i am ashamed

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Being a Sehwag fan, happy to see Rohit missed Sehwag's highest score record.

Posted by surepush on (November 2, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Even after this innings I will say he got favoritism from team & management to be in the team.

It is wel payed innings on a flat batsmen friendly pitch with everything favoring batsman.

Congrats for good innings Rohit. But with so much support given to you makes one think that you do not deserve to be in the team

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Great batting from Rohit Sharma...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

cool.. we now have 3 Indians in club 200..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Indians do not spare their batsman when they get out feebly sticking their bat out on a swinging wicket ør get out fending on a bouncy track. Its only fair that we hail them when they perform like today. As I type this Mohammed Shami has trapped Finch lbw. You can bat on the flattest of wickets against the weakest of attacks but you still got to have the ability to hit the ball. Finch couldnt today...lets see about the rest.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Deewali Gift for Indians.. .

Posted by landl47 on (November 2, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

This isn't cricket, it's hitting practice. Really of no interest at all. I watched the last few overs and was glad I didn't make the effort to get up sooner to watch the rest.

Australia will get a decent score, but with Watson injured it probably won't be enough. No doubt India will say this shows what a good one-day side they are. Actually, they are a very good one-day side, but this series didn't show it.

Thank goodness it will soon be over and we can watch some real cricket in Australia.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

good perfomens rohit

Posted by joelucky on (November 2, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

@Azam Fair point. I'd say more of bowling ridicule. Saeed Anwar came close to 200 on one of these pitches, and a toothless bowling attack. But then yes, the great bowlers would have responded differently. I can't think of Steyn or McGrath or Wasim Akram allowing themselves to be hit in this fashion. They would have improvised and come up with a counter attack.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

Its mockery of bowling,,, noone loves to see fours and sixers,,,boring matches,,, Yes that was a world record,, but does this reflects true talent???

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Well played Ro-hit Sharma! Hats off

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

@ StraightHit i hope you are just being sarcastic lol. But i have seen steyn and co being destroyed in a odi on a similar pitch when tendulkar scored his double even before the rule change. pitches play a big role in this, just like anderson gets so many wickets because he bowls in swinging conditions in england most of the time in tests

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

Problem is; all those who are bashing these one days are forgetting...cricket is not invented yesterday by ICC.. it has been like this only for years, teams have visited indian soil and played on these tracks. only difference is , they were good, and india was sachin..... now with india so much of talent makes a mockery of them with bat, they cant accept it and start bashing piches and rules and everything even BCCI.... point is, it has always been like this here.. FLAT PITCHES... end of story. batsman just got better, if u dont agree see yuvraj and raina struggling. they had same pitch or whatever reason you are trying to find to undermine this indian team. fact is U CANT... accept the defeat with grace my friend

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

LETS hope that this is gonna be a close contest

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

If Australia win this i will seriously kill my self .

Posted by sachin.sss on (November 2, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

The new rules seem pretty lopsided. It does seem like ODI match is played with powerplay on 24/7. the concept of running 2's and 3's probably doesn't exist anymore, since anything in the gap is a sure shot boundary

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

@blade runner. We take your point but its getting rather repetitive from you. A good batting display is a simply that...why put a caveat? Whats stopping the Aussie batsman from replicating it? I caught the post match interview where Haddin said that the Indian conditions are not alien to them anymore and besides the pitch is neither a turner ør two paced. Lets see if the Aussies can match the superior batting talent and ability of the Indians. Ofcourse the Indian batsman will not do as well in Australia, South Africa ør England but thats the nature of the game.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

McGrath and Warne must be squirming to see what has become of their great australian bowling in a few short years.Total destruction....Wherever India play they are going to destroy bowling in the same manner....The confidence will be so high now that there will be a sense of ascedancy. Bring on the World Cups 2015 and 2019...Sharma alone made as many runs as SA and Pak in their individual innings in UAE...so bring on SA, AUS, PAK, whoever wherever....

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 2, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

wat a playa is this rohit lad. hitting bowlers into submission like its nobody's business. he has a bright future. sachin is now number 3 on all time highest score list. its ironic that nohit sharma has hit maximum sixes in an innings in the history of game. carry on rohit,hit a triple century in odis sometime soon.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Good day for Indians but sad day for DRS flawed

Posted by RokibulIslamRoky on (November 2, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Respect to Rohit Sharma. :) :)

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

There are two ways of looking at these Indian performances. .batting greatness or bowling ridicule. I have no doubt Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli would have done well on sporting pitches also so why this extreme batting friendliness? It must remain evenly balanced for batting and bowling. Yes, some of these sixes would have cleared any ground but the bowlers would have also responded. If Steyn bowls here what would he have gotten? lets remain fair.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (November 2, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

My prediction is for India's next one day score gonna be around 450 -500 loosing of 4 wicket ! very frustrating to watch cricket honestly if score line is like this !

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 2, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

@anton1234 I do not know the minimum distance but the off side seems to be very short that a simple jab from dhoni went for six (also a miscue hit from yuvraj). Similar shots in Aus will result in out get caught but then the new rules are insanel

Posted by Greyfalcon on (November 2, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Well, looks like Rohit decided to score Kohli's runs as well. A hundred for himself and another for Kohli as his miscommunication got him out!

Posted by CricketChat on (November 2, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

I would like the boundaries brought in to minimum distance (I think it is 60 meters, not 100% sure), so we can see totals in excess of 450 on flat batting pitches like in the subcontinent. At least, we can avoid one sided matches involving minnows and lower rung teams. T20s will see totals in the range of 250-300.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (November 2, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Well done Rohit, third Indian to hit 200+ in odi. Take a deep breath Indian Bowlers. Ball is going to start flying from ball one. Australia bat very deep. Fasten your seat belt everybody.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (November 2, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

@Bilal Raza, there are at least 8 Australian bowlers absent from this game by my calculation, due to other commitments or injury. Given the pathetic conditions, it is pointless criticising them.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Every master piece cricketers were saying that VIRAT KOHLI will break the record of SACHIN but ROHIT has made it wrong & he has broken the record first with classy 209........jai ho DHONI captaincy......

Posted by joelucky on (November 2, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

This is Ishant Sharma's "I told you so" moment. I am an Indian cricket fan, but this is utter rubbish. Flat pitches and small grounds with field restrictions. What does a bowler do in these circumstances? A few years back, 300 plus scores were a rarity. But now they're the norm and not the exception. At this rate, we can have bowling machines and play 11 batmen in a side. Why do we need bowlers when they're going to be butchered in this fashion? And why would anyone want to be a bowler after watching this kind of a massacre? Terrible, just terrible. Bring on test cricket - the real kind of cricket.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

waho excelt top clas 3rd indian to score 200in odis simple ind bating is world clas but aus after2007 w cup bow unit is very weak ..sewag gambir can b retire from odis

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

3 Indian batsman beat 200 runs in One day international

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 2, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

@Vivfan, did you know that the pitches in England were 'FLAT' at the beginning of the champions trophy or at the end of the champions trophy?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

@Francis..well said dude..there are lot of sour grapes around who just cant stand seeing India performing!

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 2, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

@sidh78- you are correct in your statement my friend and your team rightly won that tournament as the best team in it, but as someone who lives in England, i can tell you that the wickets that were prepared then are NOT the usual type of wicket here in England and I am sure that they wont the be the type in Aus/SA either..i repeat NOT taking anything away from your win of that tournament...i wont be surprised if your team does well there as i have already acknowledged the stregth of the Indian batting line up..

Posted by ScottStevo on (November 2, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

WORST BOWLING PERFORMANCE EVER. Seriously, McKay should never play again. NCN is useless too. Doherty...well, the less said the better. Didn't help losing Watson, but that was awful. Hard pressed to call these bowlers professionals after that display. Henriques should never play in Oz colours again after that drop. Completely useless..and Maxwell has now made 2 serious drops. .I just hope that Aus bat half way to make it a respectable loss. Can't see us winning after gifting 100 of 5 overs. Ridiculous. More likely to get rumbled for 200 trying to go after it from the get go....

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

Really a sad day for ODIs and an eternal-damage-doing series this is. ICC must do something about match/pitch conditions to avoid such a ridiculously high-scoring series ever again..!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Oh no another boring match. ODIs in India have become like the masala movies of bollywood. Same run fest plot ...only the players and stage are different. But then the world is not about India or Indians only. They have the t20s that can be used as batting feasts so why not make ODIs more balanced? Cricket over kill. Test matches in India are played on flat tracks too. So at least make the ODIs closer.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (November 2, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Dhoni please don't come and start the "new rule theory". 16 sixes and it's nothing to do with the rules!

Posted by Lets_Bash_Indians on (November 2, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Now Indian Batting will be recognised as the team which changed the rules of ODI. ICC should consider what dhoni said on that day. Serioushitting #209. RESPECT.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

Indian Team is in good shape, let the captain & the management think & decide about WC 2015 .. Let us enjoy the games being supportive to the team .. This is the time when we look forward to the God of the game, going to play his last 2 tests .. He genuinely wants the bright future of his team & our love & support will only make this happen .. hence, cheers!! Pray for today's win ..

A True Indian Cricket Fan ..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

let's see if Australia can chase the highest total of the series...

Posted by mahi678 on (November 2, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

aussis we give man of sries for u giv us the series instead

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Why do we always over analyze when it comes to Indian team?? Traditionally sub continent pitches were always flat and Indian Batsmen in recent past have adjusted well while touring overseas. They are professionals and leave their job to them. I am sure they will do well in SA and Aus or where ever they go outside..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

RO" HITMAN" the new opener for indian cricket

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 2, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

Rohit sharma has scored double ton in ODIs. He started slow and at one point i was cursing him for his slow batting(~38th over)but one more wicket at that stage would have meant a total score of less than 300. So credit to Rohit sharma.

However we must not jump to joy as this came against some weak Aus bowling unit combined with some poor fielding(dropped catch) in a small ground. I am happy for Rohit for this innings but lets not jump quickly to declare him as the all time best. I know he is capable of batting like this in Aus too(proved in CB series 2008) only time will tell if he will fit in or fade away.

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 2, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

road or not,well batted to rohit sharma great innings to watch from one of the most underrated batsmen in the team.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

all hail to the curators of the pitch in indian grounds :)

Posted by pull_shot on (November 2, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

I am sick of these 100's and 200's get on some grass on d pitch or make a dust bowl

Posted by Lets_Bash_Indians on (November 2, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Both teams Got Pathetic Bowling,,,,

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Whoever came up with the term flat track bully is just someone with a case of sour grapes and extreme unsportmanship. You have to be a fool to deny the greatness of this batting display. The Indians batsmen have pushed the boundary of what batting is capable of...a new high.

Posted by anton1234 on (November 2, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

Can someone who is watching this match on TV please list the distance of some of Rohit's sixes that he has brought up in his double century. There is a lot of talk about boundaries being too short and that it is making a mockery of the game. I would love to know the length of some of the sixes in his innings.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

I don't buy the fact that 'batting condition performances' are not praiseworthy or even worthy. I even laugh when people dont give it its due appreciation or value. Being part of different cricketing conditions all around the world, it has its due worth and skill required. But after seeing the heavily batting aided conditions from the 90s and huge scores, I'm fed up already. And after seeing todays murder, its driving me to the point of belching/throwing out. No offence against the performances, what should they do? play soft because it suits their conditions? No, this has more to do with the admins and curators and such including each countries and ofcourse the ICC. No fault of players though the sheen is somewhat diminished no doubt! And personally, I'm fed up to the point of you know what!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 2, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

I am an Indian fan but i don't like the way the bowlers are toiled. 4 fielders outside the circle.This rule is really insane. As i write this Rohit sharma is on 190 (he was dropped after century) The ground seems to be small. Mind you we get bigger grounds in Aus for wc 2015. We will never produce good fast bowlers in these conditions.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Did you'll see that helicopter shot, it was hit for a six went accordingly and then some extra too. Nothing but pure skill there.

Posted by Vivfan on (November 2, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

@sidh78 Pitches in England for Champions Trophy were FLAT.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (November 2, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Indian team is so predictable that you can even tell before them game what's the score gonna be in their backyard.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

This Australian side is one of the weakest bowling line up in modern day cricket. They can only bowl two deliveries. Short pitch or over pitch and that's all.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

the greet partners in team back we font have any another to feel that partnership

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

All pitches are flat and dead in the literal sense. Of course it takes a bit longer to get adjusted to tracks that give more bounce to the seamers more so when u are not too accustomed to ball zipping past at shoulder height. India has bowlers now who too can exploit such conditions. Indian cricketers are none too intimidated by alien conditions any more. Indian batsmen never lacked skill only some lack of confidence which has been fully exploited by an unfavorable tour itinerary which prevented the players from getting properly acclimatized. Bring on the sporting pitches our batsmen can deal with it.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

He miscued it... rows back into the stands... six length 71 m

what's going on?

are really icc new rules destroying the cricket

or it is ???

It happens only in India

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

No doubt about rohit's 100 but for a moment one would think he has taken some time to get there, he is playing too many dots, slowing it down we need to put up a big score.

Posted by sidh78 on (November 2, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

dear yorklanka & english who won the last champions trophy without loosing a single match including warm up matches on fast bouncy seaming pitches in engaland.they defeat every team convinientaly.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 2, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

What a pity you mistime and mishit and 4s and 6s are guaranteed.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Pradeep from Germany.. normally Bengaluru pitches offer support to bowlers as well. Hope happens today as well..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

let's see how they play in south Africa

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

India is the best bating side in the world.but when it comes to bowling then they are wrost

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 2, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

@cvenka- no one should deny the batting skill of the Indians, it has always been your strength for the last few decades but the point is that people must be realistic that the wickets that are being prepared are flat and dead and conducive to your batting strength. This has to be coupled with the poor bowling effort from the Aussies, it's a shame that their top line bowlers are all injured, however, India can only play the team that is put in front of them. If your batsmen do the same thing in Eng ,Aus & SA then they are as good as so many make them out to be...

Posted by cvenka on (November 2, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

@Blade-Runner my point is give credit to the batsmen for their efforts, They have not asked for flat tracks but were offered! It is not their fault & therefore do not take away any credit from them. Yes they can be judged abt their abilities after their performance in alien conditions. So let us reserve our judgement & till such time give credit to their performances wherever they play. In that respect, now I have become an admirer of George bailey now. what a batting feast by him.....

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

send indian team to Australia or SA , then see how they score 350+ runs..

Posted by sachinisawesome on (November 2, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner If that's the case then how come they help India win series, tournaments outside India as well and you team is yet to win a single tournament outside sub continent. So our batsmen are rightly hailed as the best in the world. And need I remind the the millionth time that we won CT in ENG and then against WI & SL in WI. Waiting for your answer.... Plz Publish.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

350 would be challenging.total for aussies untill there is no faulnker

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

I am really worried about these flat track. how we will tackle the situation in Australia where condition is not good for batting. pitch curator should prepare the pirches keeping in mind australian situation.

Posted by cvenka on (November 2, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

@Blade-Runner, hai nice to read your comments. Yes I fully accept your views. I am of the firm belief that a team's performance should be analyzed while they play in an alien condition. In that respect I judge indian batsmen or bowlers of their performance only after noting how they fare especially in England/Australia or South Africa. Likewise I do for the players from these countries how they perform in India. In that respect I now have huge respect for George Bailey, Watson, Finch, Maxwell, Jhonson & co. But the point I wish to state is that now that the series is played in India, let us appreciate good performance & not take away any credit for the performance by blaming pitches. Pl reserve our judgement till such time they play in foreign countries.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (November 2, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

@cvenka ; Actually we don't mind what kinda pitches India prepare. They can prepare flat decks, dustbowls or whatever. Our problem is that Indian batsmen are being hailed as batting legends after scoring runs on these flat roads. So, If you guys stop boasting about your batsmen's averages, we will stop talking about your flat decks.

Posted by rookie4u on (November 2, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

Another placid pitch. Another huge scoring game. Absolutely, no contest between ball and a bat. Rightly, Aussies have sent Johnson back for Ashes preparations. No use of him or any bowler to stay back and being murdered by Indian batsmen. The audience should understand that this isn't the way cricket is suppose to be played. Extremely poor pitches. This is how cricket has changed in India during a decade or so. And, with advent of lucrative T20 league cricket, it has only got worse. This mindset of Indian Cricket Board will kill ODI cricket forever. The board should put in strict rules for making sporting pitches where a batsman gets an opportunity to show his talent and equally a bowler to show-case his. In this series, the bowler is a mere spectator seeing the ball flying away in every direction. Indian fans and media is delighted the way their batsmen are killing the bowlers. Superficially though.. Sad times of ODI cricket.

Posted by CHKReddy on (November 2, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

today india team played well

Posted by prazad on (November 2, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Lets wait for the aussie innings before declaring it a road. Time was when, bowling at 150 kph got batsmen to tuck in; with players like dhawan and kohli, that doesnt work anymore and the aussie pacers have to work a wee bit harder (an experience they can now share with indian spinners abroad ).

Posted by Jediroya on (November 2, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

@EnglishCricket, yes that's true, but countries that prepare sporting wickets at home againt India soon find that India doesn't tour their countries anymore and they lose out on a share of all that tv revenue. such countries soon "choose" to tow the line.

Posted by cvenka on (November 2, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

To all IndiaBashers, guys pl note that India are not violating any ICC rules by playing flat tracks which assist batsmen. Yes these are pitches which are nightmares to the bowlers. But the one thing you fail to note is that the PITCH is common to BOTH TEAMS. Yours comments are as though India are playing in one pitch & Australia another! If India posts bigger targets or chase bigger targets & Australia fails to do so, then pl give credit to the Indians & not put the blame for the failure on pitches!

Posted by EnglishCricket on (November 2, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

What an absolute road. It just boost batsman's records and make them look like superstars. Teams can exploit that when they play India by preparing sporting pitches though and expose their vulnerabilities and win with ease.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

India's top 3 dhawan rohit and kohli can be great players. they showed dat in england in ct den in windies nd nw in india..

Posted by i_golam on (November 2, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

I am watching this game right now and all I see is ... poor Australian bowling ! So no wonder why this Indians are making this huge runs ? Pace will not have any impect & throw a ball very quickly does not work on the Indian batsman anymore ! Don't know what this Australians are doing ... ?? Why not take out the pace /off-cutter / leg-cutter /slow pace / spinn / slow-bounce ??? No bowling variation & nothing special from the Aussie'S !!! Poor cricket from Australia and thats what I am watching right now //

Posted by nazish_altaf on (November 2, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

dhawan is rocking ...great going india

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 2, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Looks like yet another flat road prepared..this Australian bowling attack is the poorest I have seen from them in a long time. Then again sending their only decent bowler home to prepare for the ashes show the importance of thus tour to them..still players have bills to pay too I suppose.

Posted by pull_shot on (November 2, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

pakistan prepare bowling friendly wickets u name them as sporting pitches to nullify their bating weakness ( when was d last time they chased >250 i think vs india 258 courtesy of jamshed 100) same with india they prepare bating friendly wickets u name them flat pitches to nullify their bowling weakness which ones is good?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

poor india

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

india will sum up for 230

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