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Dikshit - 'Never rule India out'
Bryce McGain and ESPNcricinfo's Vishal Dikshit join Raunak Kapoor to preview the 5th ODI between India and Australia, scheduled to be played in Cuttack, India.
October 25, 2013
India v Australia, 5th ODI, Cuttack
Dikshit - 'Never rule India out'October 25, 2013
Excerpts from the discussion below.
Raunak Kapoor: Australia would be disappointed, they would have fancied their chances given the momentum after they recovered in that last ODI…
Bryce McGain: Yes, it was interestingly poised there. It's definitely been a batsmen's series. Batsmen have somehow found a way and bowlers have been treated with disdain particularly at the tail end of the innings. One can only wonder what would have happened but hopefully now with the weather forecast, they can get that fifth ODI in.
RK: Let's hope so, it has been raining in Cuttack, Vishal, quick word on the long awaited and perhaps long overdue bowling changes made by India in the last ODI, were you surprised at Bhuvneshwar Kumar also being dropped, especially given the conditions with the cloud-cover just before the game started at Ranchi?
Vishal Dikshit: Yes it was, because for the first three ODIs India made no changes but Dhoni's known for that, but changes were expected after India went down 2-1 and Ishant Sharma was dropped as expected, but dropping Bhuvneshwar was surprising especially considering India had to win that game and he's been India's best bowler in the last few months. And you ended up having two fairly inexperienced bowlers with the new ball in Undakat and Mohammad Shami. It's great that Mohammad Shami got those wickets and toppled the top order, but if he hadn't Australia well have posted 350.
RK: Bryce, Australia can take a lot of heart from the way they restructured their innings. After being 4 down, and then Maxwell comes in who everyone associates to be a bit of a dasher, for him to come and construct the innings all over again with George Bailey, Australia must take a lot of heart from that kind of recovery…
BM: Undoubtedly. At 71-4, things were looking very difficult with the top order in the shed. And Glen Maxwell as you said, he's renowned as just a hitter, he settled things down, he still has that overdrive gear to go in and we saw him clear the rope a number of times and he did with the captain. George Bailey has shown some remarkable leadership and amazing batting forma and probably deserved to get a hundred in the end but yes they restructured their innings and got themselves to a competitive total.
RK: This side has looked very good this series, add Michael Clarke & David Warner perhaps to it and its looking good for the World Cup in just under 18 months time isn't it Bryce?
BM: That's right and David Warner domestically is in sublime form in the Ryobi Cup. He's scored three hundreds in his last four innings. Hopefully with Michael Clarke back and fit it'll make for quite a strong line up, no doubt.
RK: Moving to the 5th ODI, Australia on top with a 2-1 lead, we do hope we get a game, tell us the latest that you've been getting Vishal via social media or people at the ground, what has the weather been like over the last few days?
VD: Well as far as social media is concerned, everybody has been tweeting that it's pouring and has been for the past few days. Aaron Finch has said ever since they've landed there it has just been pouring, so it's very unlikely that we'll get to see a full match.
RK: Could the authorities have considered a venue change like they did in the Champions League T20, did they have enough time…
VD: It's difficult to guess how they allot games because even in domestic cricket we saw recently the Duleep Trophy final washed out because of rain. Also, Cuttack gets a match once every 2-3 years or so, so they should probably have given them a match at a better time in the year.
RK: Let's hope we get some cricket, but if we do have a curtailed match, we know all about this Indian side that have played a lot of IPL & CLT20 cricket, but what about Australia, they've also got players for the shorter format, would they fancy their chances in a reduced game?
BM: Yeah, you've got to play that by year and as far as tactics go you've got to keep wickets in tact especially with Duckworth-Lewis coming in to play. I suspect they wouldn't necessarily play it like a T20, but both teams are quite flexible and experienced and they'd like to bat second so they know what they need to get and the tempo they need to set, so the toss is going to be quite important.
RK: India will be the more anxious of the two teams, they're 2-1 down, if they lose at Cuttack they can't win the series, but this is where India are known to produce their best, can we expect them to bounce back in this one given the situation?
VD: India are known for that, when they're in pressure cooker situations they perform well, no matter what the conditions, especially in limited overs and so you can never rule India out.
RK:Do Australia have the maturity mentally and the temperament to kill the series at this point or would there be some complacency given it's not a decider for them?
BM: I'm sure they'll want to strike while the iron is hot. There's no doubt about that. They'll be looking to close out the series and there's some big incentive as well, they're climbing up the ladder of the one-day title and not only that but I think players are renumerated as well based on where they are in the world rankings so I'm sure they'll be as eager to up their wallets as they will be to lift the trophy.
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