India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day

India take 1-0 lead with eight-wicket win

The Report by Daniel Brettig

February 26, 2013

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India 572 (Dhoni 224, Pattinson 5-96) and 50 for 2 beat Australia 380 (Clarke 130, Ashwin 7-103) and 241 (Henriques 81*, Ashwin 5-95, Jadeja 3-72) by eight wickets
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Virender Sehwag was dismissed for 19 by Nathan Lyon, India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day, February 26, 2013
Virender Sehwag had his second failure of the match when he was dismissed for 19 by Nathan Lyon © BCCI
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An Indian victory that seemed imminent minutes after tea on day four was eventually completed by Sachin Tendulkar, 40 minutes before lunch on day five. Australia's resistance over that period arrived too late to change the result, but in it may be found the clues to a tighter contest when the second match begins in Hyderabad on Saturday.

MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Virat Kohli and Tendulkar were the pivotal contributors to India's 1-0 series lead, showing greater discipline and awareness of the sort of cricket best played on the MA Chidambaram Stadium's clay court. Save for Michael Clarke's first-day century and James Pattinson's fiery pace, it was not until Moises Henriques stood up with the bat in the second innings that the tourists showed evidence of catching up.

A target of only 50 to win was reached with the help of some Tendulkar fireworks - towering sixes from his first two deliveries against Nathan Lyon - but Pattinson again bowled well to the openers and Lyon showed far greater consistency of line and control of length than he had managed while being taken for 3 for 215 in the first innings.

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  • India's eight-wicket win is their 13th in Chennai. It is their most successful venue followed by Delhi, where they have 11 wins.
  • India have now won three of their last four Tests against Australia in Chennai (draw in 2004). The last defeat for India against Australia in Chennai came in 1969.
  • This is only the third time that Indian spinners have picked up all 20 wickets to fall in the match. The previous instance was against New Zealand in Auckland in 1976. Pakistan have done so twice and England once (Old Trafford 1956 when Jim Laker picked up 19 for 90).
  • The win is India's best-ever against Australia in terms of wickets. Overall, they have won eight times chasing (seven at home).
  • With the win, MS Dhoni now moves level with Sourav Ganguly on the list of Indian captains with the most Test wins. His win-loss ratio (1.75) is also slightly superior to Ganguly's 1.61.
  • The 66-run stand between Moises Henriques and Nathan Lyon is the second-highest last-wicket stand for Australia against India. The highest is 77 between Allan Border and Dave Gilbert in Melbourne in 1985.

India were left with some questions about their opening pair, M Vijay and Virender Sehwag doing little in either innings, and they may also wonder about subtracting another seam bowler from their XI should the Hyderabad surface be anything like this one. Australia have found a steady batting hand in Henriques, but much of their display in this match will be the cause of serious introspection.

Henriques and Lyon had put on 66 for Australia's last wicket, a defiant gesture after the earlier batsmen had failed to stand their ground. Henriques' unbeaten innings completed a fine double for the debutant, who has surely made his place safe for the second Test.

Ultimately it was Ravindra Jadeja who ended the stand after 25 minutes on the final morning, switching from over to around the wicket against Lyon and coaxing an inside edge onto pad that was snapped up by short leg.

Pattinson's first ball of the innings was a snorter, pitched short and seaming back sharply at Vijay, though it angled away from Matthew Wade and flew away for four byes. The ball kept Vijay thinking, and after depositing Lyon for one straight six, he fell when an indecisive drive was well taken by Henriques at a shortish mid-off.

In the next over Cheteshwar Pujara offered a sharp chance when padding up to Lyon, the ball striking pad and glove but eluding Wade, who was unable to adjust to the ball's shifting trajectory. Sehwag sliced a brace of boundaries over the slips cordon from Pattinson, and when Peter Siddle replaced him he drove sweetly down the ground.

Lyon, meanwhile, showed some evidence of improvement in his bowling. He twirled down far fewer deliveries that could be tucked around the corner behind square leg, and the better line forced some impatient premeditated strokes from Pujara. It also undid Sehwag when he snicked to Clarke at slip. This little joust was ultimately immaterial to the result, sealed as it was by Tendulkar's sixes, but demonstrated that Lyon was learning.

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Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

India deserved to win, given Oz's apparent vulnerability and the nature of the pitch. That said, such manufactured wins won't be leading you anywhere. And, unmistakably, the umpiring was disastrous. (One must say however, of the two, Dharmasena was, at least, generally unbiased.) Clarke's arrival itself followed bad decision; so his reprieve is not as much a sin as it's made out to be. While Clarke personally capitalized on his let off, it's the team that did on Sachin's. Don't say Sachin's was less obvious; even less was Henriques'. And all the 7 bowled were even more obvious than most the lbw's. When you get 7-0 lbw's in your favor while your 7 batters get bowled, and as this happens with too much regularity, your reluctance to use DRS becomes understandable. Anyway it's the concerned bodies' impotence that's landing their sides in trouble; so one feels no sympathy except worry for the game's future.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 27, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

@Meety: I had asked this a long time back but it seems even the Oz fans have now forgotten Krejza. What happened to him? He did a hell lot better than any other Oz spinner I have seen in the last 2-3 yrs. One major reason why Eng were successful were that Panesar, with all due respect to what he did, got unexpected success. No one saw it coming. And the secret of his success was that he was able to give the ball more revolutions at a faster pace. He has big big hands. His natural angle to the RHB helped him too. The ball was coming in at 90-95 kms and then turning away sharply. The Indian spinners were either too slow with same revolutions, giving Eng batsmen time to re-check or fast with no revolutions. I mention Krejza here cos IMO he is just like Panesar. He does give the ball lots of revolutions and he does get lots of spin. Even in the WC QF he did get plenty of spin. For India, Jadeja is a bit like Panesar but can't get that much spin. Surely none can do as bad as Lyon's 200.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 27, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

@Shaggy: Indeed, Minnow victories are all Australia have these days, I understand that. It seems to me that the 'Rebuilding Phase' needs to start right here. It will take quite a few years for new youngsters to come through, but Australia should without question make a start at rebuilding a new team from scratch.

Posted by aplomb on (February 27, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

A splendid knock by Dhoni by all measures. Any team who is not performing well would look at his captain for inspiration e.g. After Sourav Ganguly 144 knock Indian came within whisker to win series down under only denied by magnificent resilience by Waugh. And at the beginning of any series you would like to attach opposition weakest link which they are praying to be successful. Dhoni did just that and now even Australian fan were not sure about their spinner success. Indian bowling were never good but at least we could boast our batting. That also was waning since last 12 test. I would hope that this inning by Dhoni could instill some confidence in other batsman and they could provide their bowlers above par score to succeed. In a team sport like cricket, as an audience we still search for show man for any match whether it could be Ambrose spell at WACA or warne bowling against SA in memorable WC SF or Sehwag or KP dictating terms at their day. Hope that test outlook would be changed.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (February 27, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

@Michael Whyte Some other pivotal points you should have considered for a balanced view here 1)clarke not walking of when on 39 2)sehwag dropping warner in first innings 3)Cowan surviving 2 close calls in second innings 4)kholi dropping clarke on 0 in second innings. And only you dont seem to believe in dhonis edge when every one else has seen. If these pivotal points were also taken into consideration the game would have become one sided.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 27, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Add to that have a look at the test record of CUmmins, Harris, Bird, Hilfenhaus and Johnson - an Indian seamer would take any of these averages. We have lost only 4 tests from our last 22 tests and you say we are sliding down in relevance in the cricket world. If we are so irrelevant why do you need to comment on every Australian article. Alright to agree with you Im sure the current England side would like to put together 18 months of cricket as good as the worse Australian team that has become completely irrelevant. Anyway the only way to prove your argument of Australias irrelevance is to never comment on an Australian cricket article again.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 27, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Front-Foot=Lunge'; If your looking at a sample size of one test then yes India are the better team. You could have said exactly the same after England had one test. Which shows your comment is very poor. If everything about the Aussies reek of failure then try and explain this in the last 18 months we have beaten Sri lanka (in Sri Lanka), drew with South Africa (in South Africa), drew with NZ (at home this is the only failure you can pick out of 18 months of cricket), beat India 4-0 at home, beat WI (2-0 in WI), Lost to South Africa at home (1-0, Australia was unfortunate not to win one of the first two tests - if not both), beat Sri Lanka (3-0) at home. If this reeks of failure and is the darkest period of Australian cricket well I'm pretty content. The wk who cant bat is averaging 40 with the bat, Clarke who cant lead is averaging 100 in the last 14 months, the seamers who do nothing Siddle (av 28), Pattinson (21), Starc (32). The worse spinner in Aussie history is av 33. TBC

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

this win smacks of similarity with first win against england. then it was pujara's double hundred. then it was their captian and mat prior showed that spinners can be mastered. now it is australian captian and henrique who have shown that. then too ashwin dictated terms. but once attcked in next test he floundered. hope it is not deza-vu. only difference is that the wickets in march will be drying up and crumble and may help ashwin and co.if not, pattinson and siddle with 140150 kmph will diuctate terms and india may face the similar fate as against england. hope puzara, dhoni and virat kohli are able to stand up and be counted. and let sahwag just make 30 but spoil the shine on ball for others to capitalize. if all that happens india may have reasons to smile.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 27, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

@Meety - Thanks for your comms. I thought Hauritz was pretty decent vs England and was unaware of the history. What I will say - no offence meant - but if being dropped destroyed him then does that maybe show a character weakness? Surely the best players - at any sport - would use that as a catalyst to up their game etc?

Re SOK , his name seems to be mentioned by a few. Being that you're a test down and you need to chase the series - if you had your way right now , would you still drop Henriques or maybe think about dropping one of your underperforming batsmen to make way for SOK? What would your side be?

Posted by JG2704 on (February 27, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Re Michael Whyte's comms re the pivotal moments and the game as a whole not so one sided - to be fair he has a point in that the game was at a stage where either team could have gone on to win it when Dhoni was correctly/incorrectly been given not out. Where he is wrong is (as many have pointed out) is that he seems a little blinkered in his assessment but if things had gone Aus way AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME (and I'm not saying Aus didn't have their share of the breaks) it could have been different. However Michael , you may want to balance your post a bit by acknowledging Aus had some breaks prior to the incidents you mentioned

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 27, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

Whichever way you look at it, India are just the far better team. Everything about this Aussie line up reeks of failure: From a wicketkeeper who can't catch or bat, to a top order terrified of a moving ball (whether it be a swinging or spinning one), seamers who just bowl it up-and-down with no variation, a captain who can't lead and hides down the order no matter how bad the situation above him become. And to top it all, they have a 'spinner' who stands out a mile as the least effective ever to wear a baggy green, but who is in reality just a footnote in a journey lasting over five years, a journey that has seen Australia, despite it's best efforts, slide ever further away from being any sort of relevence in the cricketing world.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 27, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

@Meety I agree on Hauritz. He showed some guts (bowled with a severely dislocated finger, I seem to remember) and did a steady job on pitches that were not spin-friendly in the 2009 Ashes and then vanished. The succession of spinners played in the 2010/11 Ashes just gave an impression of panic in the Australian camp, was mocked by the British media and certainly helped to settle English nerves in that series. One of the biggest surprises to me was seeing Doherty back into serious contention as a spinner in Tests (3-306 in 75 overs and one of the wickets was gifted to him): his selection for the summer would be welcomed... at least in England. Lyon seemed to have 2 problems: (i) Only managing a single maiden in 47 overs, which spoke of not being able to keep things tight and build up pressure and; (2) lack of support at the other end - if, at least, someone at the other end is keeping things really tight his lack pressure wouldn't have mattered so much.

Posted by Rogerunionjack on (February 27, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

Drastic situations call for drastic measures - give the Aussie women's team a go, they just won a World Cup on Indian soil. And check if there are any more Portuguese settlers available. Even an Aussie commentators eleven would perform better.

Posted by Wefinishthis on (February 27, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Meety, I know Cummins is injured, but Bird is only going for some precautionary scans, he'll be fine. Harris also played a List A a few weeks ago. Harris was the only bowler in the ashes to not be disgraced. He has been our best bowler in just about every series he played in home and away and he's mostly only played in the tough series such as the home ashes and away to South Africa, WI and Sri Lanka. To walk away from all that with such a brilliant record proves that he's world class. Actually Jackson Bird and James Faulkner have good records on all grounds in Australia. Neither have really put a foot wrong yet. Other than perhaps Copeland, Bird is arguably the most McGrath/Asif/Philander-like bowler in our current crop, which is the type of bowling that will have success anywhere, even in India where McGrath had a great record (as he did everywhere). So the ACTUAL reality is that most of the "good" group I picked (with the exception of Cummins) are available and are absolute quality.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 27, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Instead of criticizing pitch, accept the fact that u can't play spin and have very ordinary team

Posted by Haleos on (February 27, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

@ CricFan24 - Agree about VVS and Gilly. But Lara? Shewag? Are you for real?

Posted by Meety on (February 27, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

@JG2704 on (February 26, 2013, 21:10 GMT) - (part 2). I would of selected SO'K instead of Henriques (make of that what you like), but the bloke is good enuff to bat at #7, (stat-wise has is a better FC batsmen than Henriques). IMO, SO'K would actually bat quite well in India also, IF the NSP used the same intuition in regards to Henriques with SO'K - they would of had to select him (I assuming that Henriques got selected on the back of good tecnique v spin on low slow wickets in Sydney) - SO'K would share those batting abilities. IMO - the SO'K selection would achieve a better version of what England were trying to do with Patel in that SO'K is a better spinner.

Posted by Meety on (February 27, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

@JG2704 on (February 26, 2013, 21:10 GMT) - the biggest problem Oz have in the spinning department has been caused by scattergun policies post Warne. There was absolutely no reason to drop Hauritz on the eve of the 2010/11 Ashes. Hauritz outperformed or matched Swann in the 09 Ashes (head to head). We had a procession of spinners spat out & as a result mentally destroyed (McGain & Casson the 2 most classic cases). So we should of been content to have a bloke doing a par job, but no they brought in Doherty on the back of some good BBL form & ONE ODI innings v Sri Lanka! Then when your mob lay waste to him, did they think to go with the bloke who played in the Oz A game against the England XI in Hobart, the one that took 3 or 4 wickets & scored an innings high 60? Nope - they picked some mate of Warne with an awesome surname (Beer). O'Keefe has got the PROVEN history & should of been in tandem with Lyon. (BTW - I do believe Lyon is a potentially very good Test offie).

Posted by Meety on (February 27, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

@Wefinishthis on (February 27, 2013, 4:10 GMT) sorry to break it to you, but BOTH Cummins & Bird are unavailable due to injuries/recuperation! The reality is the splits you give for good or bad are based on the premise where the players have equal exposure to opposition. This is clearly not the case. Whilst I think Bird is enormous talent, he bowls mainly at Belreive where Faulkner, Butterworth & Hilfenhaas & even Maher have sub-30 bowling averages & in the case of Faulkner, Bird & Butterworth - low 20s. I rate Cummins highly, but are you seriously using his Test average to classify him as "good". On proven performance I would take Starc over Cummins any day as he has far better FC stats. Harris is another I have a lot of time for, but he is FC stats are the same as Siddle & Hilfy. I do agree re: Patto - his Test stats are exactly where his FC stats are & so that adds weight to his status. The reality is ALL the "good" group you picked have either been injured or are injured inc SO'K!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 27, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Celebration37 - Greentop pitches where its all over in a couple of days isnt good for cricket. Batsman also require a chance. Im happy with the typical sub-continent wicket that favours spinners snd would be an advantage to the India style of game but gives the paceman some chance. I believe this pitch was dried beyond the norm, there was no grass on the pitch for approximately a week prior to the game. By all means take all the grass off for the spinners but take it off the day before the game so there is some moisture and it will hold together for more than 5 overs without bowlers footprints being clearly noticeable. Having said that i believe it was a clear advantage to bat first as we did and still lost so India deserved to win. I think it would be stupid for India not to prepare tracks for there spinners but to the extent they go to do that is my issue.

Posted by Meety on (February 27, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

@celebration37 on (February 27, 2013, 5:21 GMT) - Shane Warne never had problems bowling on "Green Tops". @Naveen Sharma - who say preparing pitches like Sth Africa is okay? Only Sth African fans. @Sreekantapuram Srinivas Rao on (February 27, 2013, 5:03 GMT) "...Please do not give lame excuses. We did not give any when we were thrashed 4-0" - I suppose you were not a member of this site back then. Indian fans have the WORST reputation for excuses. They still whinge about Bucknor in the Sydney Test - that was about 6 years ago! Indian fans seem to think that as there was some semblance of grass on the pitches last year, we gave them Green tops. None of it was warranted. BTW - yes, the better side won. @ozziespirit on (February 26, 2013, 21:57 GMT) "...and have spent the time since backing bowlers like Lyon, who is the worst we've ever put on a cricket field..." - I assume you are not FFL, IF you truely believe that quote, then I can say you are the WORST cricket fan ever!

Posted by celebration37 on (February 27, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

@shaggy076: I have a very simple question to you. Why donot you object to an england or south african test pitch where not even a single over of test bowling is needed. Its because there pitches have green top...... and u will not be asking an spinner to come an bowl on a green top. May be this has to do something with their inability to have a quality spinner (with respect to SA). Do you call that fair pitch......or SPECTACLE of CRICKET. You probably donot have any problem with 77 overs of fast bowling (out of 80); but u have a problem with 77 overs of spin bowling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man...Common accept it...This is what is called HOME ADVANTAGE. like what south africa enjoys. If u have to win in subcontinent pitches....LEARN to play spin as you learn to play swing bowling.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

I have read this stuff before and I am sure again people will going to write it, that this is a spinner friendly track and india needs to make pacer friendly track and so on. I want to ask what type of pitches you get in South Africa, I mean there was so much grass that you can not make any difference between ground and pitch. In England there is so much seam movement that it is almost impossible to play for subcontinent players. I just want to say that every country is playing to his strength and this thing makes this game s much interesting. I think it was a great pitch and I support this type of surfaces rather than a pitch which is like a grave for bowlers.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

Michael whyte, Please do not give lame excuses. We did not give any when we were thrashed 4-0. The better team won and that is it. In any test match an odd decision is going to go either way. India has suffered both on account of having DRS and not having it also. DRS consumed Dravid atleast 5 times with its innate fallibility. Coming to gamesmanship, MSD is one of the fairest cricketers in the world and this statement is irrefutable. All the Aussie cricketers need to borrow a leaf out of this great human being to become virtuous cricketers. One of the finest innings ever seen on Indian grounds should be acknowledged by one and all.

Posted by realfan on (February 27, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

@Michael Whyte you forgot another vital point in which clarke was given not out twice in a match...if the 1st one was given out , think of it, he wouldnt have scored the century, and i doubt if australia would have scored 250 in the 1st innings.....

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Talk about selective memory. Several people (e.g., Michael Whyte) are saying that pivotal moments went India's way (Dhoni not given LBW and Cowan dropping a catch). Why don't you recall that even after the catch is taken, Clarke was given not out, which is probably more clear then the LBWs. Also, Sehwag dropped Warner early in first innings and dropped another catch in second. India may also argue that some of LBWs were not awarded to them, which should have been. So if you take out all ifs-and-buts, India won comfortably. If you take ifs-and-buts, take them for both sides, and India would have won comfortably even then.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

Watch out India. There is far too much euphoria in the Indian camp about this win. Remember cricket is a funny game and there are no super stars. Star today may be a dog tomorrow. Take a lesson from last series against England. India went one up with a easy 10 wicket win and then lost the next two and the series. Nothing is over until it is over. Do not live in the past or for that matter the future. Stay in the present moment and work on your weaknesses to improve same. Chennai is very dry and the wicket crumbled from first day. Same may not happen in Hyderabad and every possibility for Kangaroos to bounce back. Some fans I see are already working on what the next team should be but if I remember it is always said that do not change a winning combination unless there is a compelling reason to do so. One bad thing is that this test showed that India has no good fast or medium fast bowlers. You rely too much on spin, then you can never win overseas. So better think forward beyond nose.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

Bring Back Gambhir, he definitely is the best Opener in India. Sewagh is nor where near his form, let gambhir and Rahane open innings. Want to see classic Gambhir scoring a ton in his next match. He is an elegant player.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

To everyone who does not like balance between pace and spin, on Chennai pitch. See the score card for the 3rd test between india and australia in Jan 2012 http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-india-2011/engine/match/518952.html Australia bowled about 124 overs adding both innings and not a single over of spin. Ofcourse india lost by an innings there. As Perth has traditionally been a fast bowlers pitch, Chennai has been a spinners pitch.. Bottom line is this australian team is not the same quality as before and can not adapt to different conditions. There is no point damning the pitch here.

Posted by Wefinishthis on (February 27, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

Meety - you would persist with Starc? Over the quality of Bird or Harris (or even Cummins)? The guy is fine for limited overs, but not good enough in test matches. I'd take Siddle over Starc too. Australia currently has a gulf between two groups of bowlers. The good ones (Bird, Pattinson, Harris, Cummins, O'Keefe) who all average between 19-28 and the bad ones (Siddle, Starc, Johnson, 'haus, Lyon, Doherty, Beer) who all average 28-35. Out of the bad group, I don't mind Siddle or Lyon being around, but they're more change-up bowlers and too inconsistent to lead the attack. NO team has ever become great without a great bowler who averages in the low 20's. Aus had Glenn McGrath, WI's had Marshall, Ambrose etc, SA currently have Steyn and Philander. That's how I was able to successfully predict India and England's short reigns at the top and SA's rise to the top as soon as I first saw Steyn and I predict they will stay there unless Australia start picking more bowlers from the GOOD group.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

Once again i say time and time again, leave Dhoni alone he gives his 100% IN EVERY GAME , and his love of the game will go unchallenged let him play his moves as captain which is a lot of stress after all he is doing it for INDIA!!

Posted by Meherdeen on (February 27, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

Indians do not play fair. They do things what is advantage to them. The wicket prepared @ chennai it self proves it. I challenge BCCI and the Indian players to prepare a fair wicket and play the next Test. Ind will loose the by innings. With regard to Dhoni, he cannot be considered a good Captain and a Test player. A younger player should be given this responsible job.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (February 27, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

A lot of talk about how Australia don't have any other spinners to pick from. I think Steve O'Keefe being the leading wicket taker by far amongst spinners makes him the obvious choice. Remarkable that a NSWelshman is having such a hard time getting selected, especially considering his form actually justifies selection.

As for the pitch... it might have produced well by the numbers. But frankly a pitch that looked like a patch of mud is hardly a good test wicket. In my opinion that pitch isn't fit for professional sport, it looked like someones back yard after a 4 year drought. Disgraceful... regardless of the result

Posted by samincolumbia on (February 27, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

@Michael Whyte - Your comments are hilarious to put it mildly! You speak about 2 pivotal moments, which incidentally happens to be a dropped catch by Cowan and an imaginary LBW of Dhoni. There was only one pivotal moment and that was Dharmasena failing to see the catch off of Clarke when it was clearly viisble even to a half blind person. If he was rightly given out, India would have won the match on the 4th day itself. Of course, expecting Clarke to walk when he knew he was out, would be asking for the moon.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 2:27 GMT)

People who are criticising Lyon's performance in this match are clearly doing so purely by looking at the scorecard and even then looking at it with one eye closed, and not assessing the differences he encoutnered to that of the Indian spinners. Firstly, Lyon was asked to do the same work that 3 Indian spinners were sharing (the Indian spinners conceeded twice as many runs as Lyon did - he needed some assistance). Secondly, Lyon was bowling at batsmen who grew up on dust beds like this one and are very used to them, yet the Indian spinners were bowling at batsmen who had never seen a wicket of this nature. I suggest that had Ashwin, Jadeja and Singh been bowling to their own batsmen (in particular Dohni in the mood he was in), and had Lyon been bowling to the Aussies, their figures would have been reversed. Also 7 LBs to 0 in favour of India does help the bowler - no wonder India refuse to use the DRS - sigh - if they had, LBs would have ended up about 4 - 3 to India

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

Cannot believe that Australia took the "attack" approach rather than play test cricket. The shots some, especially Matthew Wade got out, were ridiculous..., more like slap-and-bang IPL cricket. Looks like the Aussies gave up when india got to 572 on a turning wicket.

.......so, the Aussies are not yet complete.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

Michael Whyte, how about Clarke caught at forward short leg turned down by the umpire. If Clarke got out at that time, Aus would have been bundled by 200. So anyway India would have won by an innings even if they had scored only 400-450. Don't look only the situations that suit your argument. Look at from all perspective

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 27, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

@Michael Whyte on (February 26, 2013, 21:20 GMT), it's rather convenient to mention a let-off for Dhoni without mentioning what was an even more obvious let-off for Clarke.

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (February 27, 2013, 2:13 GMT)

India started out winning the first test against England -- then the roof fell off and the earth caved in .. so, India, beware.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

Australian pitches are the main cause for the paucity of quality spinners in their ranks. Good pitches should assist pacers in the first two days and spinners on days 4 & 5. In their obsession with pacers, they make pitches which assist mainly pacers throughout the five days. ( Even on such pitches, once in a while a good spinners may develop. But every one can't be a Shane Warne.)

I can see this dichotomy between India & Australia, in this reagrd. In a land of Lillies & Thmmos helping them dominate the world, they try to keep that tradition and maintain that traditional weapon. In a land of Bedis, Prasannas, Chandras, & Venkats, naturally India follow their traditional routes of success.

Of course, the weather conditions for most of the year, and physical stature, and strength also play a role, but we don't adequately recognize the role played by past experiences. And try to perpetuate the same old logic. Same old history. Human race, often, is a slave of history.

Posted by SRK666 on (February 27, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

Another comment on Australian team selection:

Most likely changes, if at all, will be to bowling. Few reasons why: (1) Siddle + Starc were ineffective, Johnson may be a better option. (2) Selectors may decide to include Doherty. (3) Pattinson may not play in Hyderabad, to prevent another long term injury (just came back from injury and bowled a lot of overs).

Doubt there'll be changes to the top 7. Clarke + Henriques + Warner are all safe, due to recent performances. Wade will keep his spot for the tour. Hughes won't be dropped; he is being groomed as a major part of the batting for the next decade, and selectors want him to develop his game on slow pitches against spinners. That leaves Cowan + Watson. Cowan probably won't be dropped because he has formed a solid partnership with Warner, and his main problem is making the best of a good start. Watson won't be dropped due to his batting experience in India, and long term prospects of returning to all-rounder status.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 27, 2013, 1:09 GMT)

This match was not as one sided as some jingoistic fans and media would like us to believe. If Dhoni had scored only a 50 instead of a double century, this match would have ended in a draw.

Dhoni would be a fool to play the same players in the next test. Sehwag and Vijay are walking wickets, Ishant is always "unlucky" and Bhajji can't turn the ball even on a spinning track. Cricket is a team sport. You can't win with 4 abject failures in your team. Agreed Jaffer and Rasool are not there in the Indian squad, but he can at least play Dhawan instead of Sehwag or Vijay, and Ojha instead of Bhajji or Jadeja.

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 27, 2013, 1:08 GMT)

Good call @Michael Whyte, agree with everything you say

Posted by poms_have_short_memories on (February 27, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

Bring on the Ashes, how many fingers will Johnson break? How many dents will Pattinson put in English helmets? How many Sth Africans(and English players too) will Starc get out?Plenty i think, but when it's all said and done I think England will probably win a low scoring series 2-1, assuming they don't pull an Indian trick and prepare dry pitches.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (February 27, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

@Steve Back. Cowan is stagnant, this isn't his first series he's had plenty of chances to shine and so far produced one worthwhile innings on a very batting friendly pitch. Sure it was against SA but they also didn't have Philander.

Watson and Warner make a much better opening combination. They are RHB/LHB which is good to give the field a working over and Both players have better averages. (Watson's opening average is mid 40's) And both players are decent players of Spin. My XIII would be 1.Warner 2. Watson 3. Hughes (if he keeps failing bring in Alex Doolan or Joe Burns) 4. Clarke (for india but back to 5 in England) 5. Khawaja (4 in Eng) 6. Henriques 7. Wade 8. Pattinson 9. Johnson 10. O'Keefe 11. Lyon/Doherty . Since NSP won't pick O'Keefe for whatever stupid reason they have play Lyon and Doherty for india series. Drop Doherty for ashes and bring in Starc/Siddle. Hell maybe even drop both for Starc and Siddle

Posted by popcorn on (February 27, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

My Team for the Second Test: Cowan,Warner,Khawaja,Watson,Clarke,Wade,Henriques,Johnson,Pattinson,Lyon, Siddle or Doherty.

Posted by popcorn on (February 27, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

Why is Shane Watson being wrapped up in cotton wool, and not allowed to bowl - just because he will get injured? Do we Aussies want to WIN, or don't we? He is not batting well either.We can ALWAYS find a replacemnt for him now that we have found Moises Henriques. Also, David Warner, Phil Hughes and Mathwew Wade think they are playing Twenty 20. They have no patience. Sack one or two of them and bring in the reliable Usman Khawaja. He has patience.He has opened,batted at Number 3 and 6. He has been treated shabbily by our Selectors - he has never been allowed to bat at a fixed position and show his worth.

Posted by OzWally on (February 27, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

A lot of suggestions as to who do you change out for the 2nd test. A bigger question is, with Jackson Bird heading home with back soreness, will the selectors eat some humble pie and send O'Keefe over to replace him?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 27, 2013, 0:18 GMT)

Who could possibly have anticipated that RandyUK would blame Mickey Arthur for this loss? It's like a bolt from the blue! Cowan gets criticised with no mention of the fact that he outperformed Watson. RandyUK has been telling us how good Hughes is and there's no mention of his failure AGAIN here. RandyUK has been telling us how bad Swann is and there's no mention of Lyon's ordinary performance. No mention either of Wade's poor game with both bat and gloves. Fortunately for Australia Michael Clarke is not so myopic as RandyUK and is prepared to take his lumps and admit that the players just weren't up to it. The players other than Henriques that is, who obviously slipped into the team without Arthurs and Inverarity noticing. I look forward to RandyUK's three-part manifesto on the way forward for Australian cricket.

Posted by SRK666 on (February 27, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

@Steve Back: tend to agree about Cowan. However, converting starts to big scores troubled him in Australia, so may be a problem independent of the batting conditions he's facing.

Also agree with replacing Hughes with Khawaja. Yes, Hughes got out to a couple of unplayable deliveries. But he was very awkward in the first innings. And /technically/ he is very suspect against spin on low, slow pitches---too offside dominant (good players of spin get behind anything close to straight and flick through the on side; Hughes' plays as though his middle stump is a foot outside off stump); can't drive through the onside (main scoring area is using the pace of the ball to cut/glide/square drive); too uncertain in defence, trying to read the turn off the pitch and play from the crease. Khawaja might not make big scores or dominate, but he has more scoring range and a better all round technique. Although, in a way, he is a bit like a LH Watson---good technique and all the shots, but heavy footed.

Posted by 3Cents on (February 26, 2013, 23:33 GMT)

Chennai pitch was tailored made to the strengths of the Indian team, which are not many. They have an average spin bowling attack that needed a worn out pitch to have any effect, especially against batsmen who are not experienced on this front. Also, it helped the Indians that the Aussie fast bowlers could not get enough reverse swing (Steyn, Anderson) or bounce (Morkel, Finn) as that would have exposed the vulnerable Indian batting. Dhoni is Yuvi kind of batsman. Outstanding in their comfort zone (when the ball is not too fast 140+ or importantly not doing much off the pitch), but suck quite badly (lack of technique exposing them badly) on helpful pitches. So we should look at Dhoni's 200, just as the way we looked at Viru's 219 against Windies (just a flash in the pan). Aussies, shouldn't worry too much going forward. Hyderabad pitch is normally either flat or more helpful to their pacers as it offers bounce. Then there is Mohali. So it is hard work from here on for the Indians.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 26, 2013, 23:15 GMT)

This game doesn't stop after the match is over. It's the job of Indian Selectors, Coach and the Captain to find and groom new talent. They should try out promising youngsters like Rasool, Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Sid Kaul, Shami Ahmed, etc. It looks like senior BCCI officials have favorites who get selected all the time. Bhajji, Jadeja, Vijay are not test class players. Let them play IPL and make money there.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

@Michael Whyte... So you remember Dhoni's decision... What abt Clarke's decision? Had been given out when he was yet to cross 40 and he deserved to be given out Australia would ended up around 250-270 (may be even less) in 1st inningsand then India still would have been chasing 125 which they would have anyways chased !

And Henriques got those runs because Indians got complacent in 2nd innings with 9 wickets down. Had that game been any tighter India would have knocked either Henriques or Lyon much cheaper than they eventually ended up conceeding.

Posted by Jacobite on (February 26, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

Too many people trying to decide what would have happened if Dhoni hadn't played well. The point is, he did play well. And so did a number of the other Indians. On the other side of the coin, what if Clarke had been given out in the second innings? The Australians would have got two days off from the test.

Posted by ozziespirit on (February 26, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

I can honesty say this looks like a real difficult tour for us. We've been backing the wrong players, for this tour and the last few years. Spinners like Hauritz lost their places in the team through one ashes series against england, who beat us fair and square on both the last two ashes and were the better team, but that should've been just a dip in Hauritz's career. So they dropped him, and have spent the time since backing bowlers like Lyon, who is the worst we've ever put on a cricket field. Those who say he doesn't really turn it are right: he doesn't do enough with it. He's got no variation, and just bowls 90kph seamers when attacked. and we've got no real spin talent waiting to be dropped in the team.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 26, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

@777aditya - Im not asking for a pacy greentop. I know it will be difficult for seamers to do too much in England but this one was really hard for them. A pitch like the first test against England where the INdian seamers bowled 50 overs in the second innings seems a good pitch to me. Still favours the spinners as indian wickets do but also gives the really good seamers a chance as well.

Posted by sjohn on (February 26, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

@Michael Whyte, How conveniently you forget the let off Michael Clarke got when he was on 39. He was caught at short leg by Pujara and was given not out.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

player of the match should have been Ashwin..!!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

This game was not as one sided as the Indian media and fans would like us to believe. There were two pivotal points in the match that both went Indias way. Either one goes the way of Australia and India would have been chasing over 200 in the second innings to which would have been a good challenge for them. The two pivotal points were Dohni being given not out when he was plumb LB on 93, sure he pointed to his bat to the umpire (which I found completely inappropriate) but it clearly missed his bat - this decision going the correct way would have seen the 1st innings totals end up about square. And the second point was Cowan dropping a sitter off Kumar the 4th ball he faced when the lead was only 26, he catches it and the lead ends up 50. Either of those would have made it a very interesting run chase. If you want to drop Cowan, put Kuwaja at 4 and open with Watson, but the change that must be made is Doherty in for Siddle. Lyon was left to do the same work India had 3 doing.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 26, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

I worry about Aus lacking the quality 2nd spinner out there , to change things around.Thanks Jono Makim/Moppa for the views on selections for the next test. RandyOz has informed us that Siddle should be outed and while I often hang on the words of wisdom from such a balanced poster I would like to see other views. I looked at the Oz squad and I must confess I worry about the spin options.It almost looks like an OD squad with guys like Smith and Maxwell.Seems to me they may as well give Maxwell a go if - as one of the posters above said - he handled Pak spinners well.Maybe have him in for a batsman and hope his bowling comes off. Also the batting - on paper - looks much weaker without Hussey in the middle order. I hope Aus can bounce back but - and I don't want to offend any Aus fans - it's hard to see how they can change things much other than the players they have out there upping their game if possible I wonder if India might prepare a rank turner next time out too?

Posted by JG2704 on (February 26, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Well played India and particularly MSD. I know this sound obvious but without his innings I think Australia might well have escaped with a draw. And yes it's obvious that his inns was the difference but if someone like Pujara scored that many runs , the game would not have been pushed forward at such an rate. I've often doubted his tactical nous but to me his leadership qualities have never been in doubt. The way he barely celebrated his double ton landmark to me showed how focused he was on the job in hand

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

@RandyOZ: But who else would you replace Cowan with? Peter Forrest and Shaun Marsh are both openers to my knowledge but neither have set the world alight. At least Cowan's getting starts for you guys - he's trying. His first class average is nearly 40 too which is superior to many young Australian (or English) batsman vying for similar spots. Give him a chance, touring India isn't easy, as we found in the first test in our series too. Who would your team be? If I was Australian I would see how Cowan, Warner, Khawaja, Clarke (c), Watson, Henriques, Haddin/Paine (wkt), O'Keefe, Starc, Siddle, Pattinson do for the whole series, and get a clear picture from there. Any suggestions?

Posted by half_blood-prince on (February 26, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

To aus. fans who says that there wasnt much difference betn 2 teams if dhoni,ashwin,kohli,sachin and tailenders hadnt played well..bt there would ve been a HUGE difference if clarkie,henriques and pattinson hadnt performed..dont behave like radios but mobiles..

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (February 26, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Well played India !! AUS was definitely looking weak but MSD has replied to all critics with his arrogant batting !! It reflects his style of answering the recent Indian team failures...

I hope MSD will grow in confidence with this test match result, and get the "Indian test" team working well again...!

Posted by dharsanti on (February 26, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

End of first day my comments were if Sehwag makes 100 in 50 balls india can won. Rather dhoni did that and in much better way. In next match if Sehwag scores 100 in his way, match will end in 3 days. Disappointed not to see Raina and Gambir. We definately one of them, they are stylish, auality players with technique and attitude

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 26, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

Well said @Dravid_Gravitas - Dhoni on the other hand, should at least drop Vijay and Harbhajan and replace them with Dhawan and Ojha. Ideally Jadeja should also be dropped for Rasool, and Ishant for Shami Ahmed. But knowing that Dhoni is such a nut, will he make any changes at all? He is already coming up with laughable statements like "we found a settled combination". Scary!! Dhoni was reluctant to change his team even when we were losing against England. This is where Dhoni is a notch below Dada as a captain.

Posted by 777aditya on (February 26, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

@ Shaggy076 - There have been pacy, bouncy pitches in Australia where India have been out under 50 overs without Shane Warne being much utilized (not even complaining about Sachin's shoulder before wicket)! Pitches, conditions will vary across the world, and that is the test of the visiting team. It is foolhardy to even think that India will prepare a fast, bouncy green top much in the same way that Australia will not prepare a rank turner. As regards Ishant, he used to bowl much faster 4 years ago (ask Ponting). If Pattinson could make an impact on the same pitch, Ishant should have done better. So, it is just a case of skill sets, not conditions or pitch. Dhoni was forced to bowl 77 overs of spin only because he knew how "unlucky" Ishant can get in terms of getting wickets (plus he wanted to play mind games). The same can be said about Lyon versus Indian spinners.

Posted by spiritwithin on (February 26, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

its the 9th wicket partnership and the Dhoni's time master piece which tilted the match in india's favor,without Dhpni's contribution aus was very much in the game,their bowlers did'nt bowled badly as many r pointing out,its just a brutal Dhoni knock which made the difference otherwise aus bowlers were very tight right from the outset,i m sure aus will come very hard at us in the 2nd test,i only hope that the pitch provide a little bit more assistance to pacers and it will spice up the contest,i was hooked to test cricket due to ind-aus battle and i hope this series wont dissapoint me

Posted by hhillbumper on (February 26, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

Jonesey 2.Genuinely you brighten my days with your insight.pattinson is prob not even the best bowler in his own family. Well played India and Aus you still have some way to go.As for Lyon well what a bowler.he is to spin bowling what Dernbach is to death bowling.

Posted by Sachin_Miky on (February 26, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

Remove Vijay...call Dhawan/Rahane...We need Sehwag as he can be useful at any time...we can't have totally a younger team....Need experience at the Top (Sehwag), Middle (Sachin) and Tail (Harbhajan/Zaheer/Ishant)

Posted by Beertjie on (February 26, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

Agree @SamRoy on (February 26, 2013, 6:58 GMT) More evidence of the stuff up by the NSP: pick 17 players but no back up w/k when you know he's suspect at standing up - nuff said.

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 26, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

How is it that Cowan continues to get picked despite poor performance? It really is ridiculous. Siddle should not be playing either. Just because these two are seen as good bloke's does not get them a spot. It is as bad as when Strauss played, although admittedly their cupboard is bare and was probably the best they had. This loss can be directly attributed to Arthur and Inverarity.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Dhoni's innings Simply Changes the game. Without his masterpiece, Australia would have won this game. Good on you, Dhoni from an English fan!!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Congrats Dhoni n team. Dhoni did it for India. Expecting Dhoni to be careful in picking team for hyd test, Dont persist with past perf. Leave bajji n pick Ojha. Leave Vijay for Dhawan, give him chance to prove his selection.Can Bowl few overs Sachin n Viru for right hand offie. Good luck for hyd test. One more chance for Viru n BK to stay in the series.Our opening pair of bat n pace has to perform to give back the lost glory. We need good pace attack to go forward.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 26, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

Clark would walk into any team today easily but unfortunately the team Wich he is leading is poor. Same goes to India they have ordinary team on bouncy wickets. Ponting was lucky enough to play with many greats throughout his carrier. We all know how his Stats fall badly Wen all greats retired. So Clark in my opinion is far better than ponting as a captain and as a player.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

You guys are whiners, when you loose you blame the pitch. Fact is the aussie batsmen lacked the technique to play spin. Period. I have read a few comments stating that the fast bowlers did not have a chance to ply there trade. Rubbish. Good bowlers would like good spinners would on a green top. The average one's although will not have much to do,

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

I feel pity for debutant Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and talented Ishant Sharma. We Indians often make complains of not having quality fast bowler, a pitch where spinners are making merry its disheartening to see both the fast bowlers as mere spectator, how can we produce quality fast bowlers. Alarming situation... isn't it??

Posted by Temuzin on (February 26, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

Posted by SachinIsTheGreatest on (February 26, 2013, 17:04 GMT) @Shaggy076, granted it's an ideal wicket where both pacemen and spinners of quality can perform while batsmen with technique and temperament prosper.

Well on this pitch a fast bowler Pattinson took 5 fifer, a spinner ashwin took two fifer and top batsmen scored a double 9Dhoni) and two century (Clarke and Kohli), two scored in 80s( tendulkar and Henriques) and game went to 5th day with a result. I think this is the definition of ideal pitch where all quality players were able to play well.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

DHoni Damaka at Chepauk in the first test match against OZ and our beloved captain DHoni led India to a 8Wkt victory and it was a very comprehensive one.Dhoni though a keeper behind the stumps led from the front and was responsible for beating OZ in ALL departments of the game.OZ did well to put up a first innings score of 380 runs and Indian batting clicked well.Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers in the first innings and he took 7 wickets in front of the home crowd.DHoni was in TOP form and created a no of records including the one for the 9th wicket with Buvaneswar Kumar lending him excellent support.Dhonis double,Kohlis ton and Sachins 81 consolidated the Indias reply of 572 runs and it was formality of sorts on the 4th day since OZ started their procession back to the pavilion after DHoni bowled ONLY his 3 spinners and India captured 9 wickets quickly.Hendriques who did well when their skipper Clarke scored a ton on the first innings continued his batting skills with a fighting inn

Posted by JustIPL on (February 26, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Really Lyon is the useless bowler, he is better off being the ground staff. While fellow indian spinners did well despite being on the verge of getting discarded he did not leave a lasting impression. Even fellow aussie quicks generated enough pace to threaten indian batsmen without depending on any reverse swing on this dust bowl. One thing goes in the favor of Lyon as he had no support and picture would have been totally different had Australia played 2 or three spinnersand also Clarke could not overturn 6 make it 9.The 6 wickets for Pattinson represent one triumph of the aussie experimentation with all quick attack. No-dount Dhoni is so important for Indian team always coming to rescue this time in tests as well. I still believe if he is given freehand to drop non performing seniors then he can build the future team india.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (February 26, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

@Rally_Windies, I didn't understand your analysis on easy win. Don't you think your are talking about too many IFs and BUTs here. If Dhoni was duck, IF Kohli didn't bat well, IF Ashwin didn't bowl well etc. Keep going on. If Dhoni was duck or didn't score well then Indian score would have been around 400+ and what if Clarke (only century scorer from AUS) was duck or didn't play well? Well you have seen that in 2nd innings so lets forget about your meaningless analysis and come to this world. It's all about team selection and state of mind of players. It was an easy win for India but never know AUS might hit back in 2nd test.

Posted by 200ondebut on (February 26, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

Well done India. A comfortable win even with most of the decisions going Australias way. Saved on DRS costs and got a 5th day crowd in! Cher-ching!

Posted by SachinIsTheGreatest on (February 26, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

@Shaggy076, granted it's an ideal wicket where both pacemen and spinners of quality can perform while batsmen with technique and temperament prosper. However we don't have such wickets anymore anywhere in the world. Even SA recently I think won a test where their lone spinner wasn't required to bowl. I think it is better to just enjoy such tight contests rather than try and find that utopian wicket. Why do I call it a tight contest? Because all said and done it was only Dhoni brilliance and a stubborn tail that saved the game for India. Otherwise if India's 372/7 had ended in 400 all out a lot could have been different.

Posted by Bloody_Hell on (February 26, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

The thinking that India had an advantage due to the pitch is ridiculous.

The biggest advantage to be had in this Test was winning the toss and batting first, both of which Australia did.

The only real advantage India had was from the selection table, by taking in three spinners. Australia could have fielded a replica of the Indian team by taking in an offspinner, an all round off spinner and a slow left arm with two quicks. They didn't - their fault.

I expect to see two spinners, two quicks and Moises for the next Test. Lesson learned.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

As an Indian fan there's hardly enough satisfaction/glory beating a B grade Aussie team when you see what the top team team in the world is doing . The 7th choice seamar takes 7 wickets on debut ! Even if we do white wash Aussies , doesn't mean SA won't do the same to us. So actually we are back to square one !

Posted by mzm149 on (February 26, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

There is a quite a contrast between Asian and non-Asian teams in terms of playing cricket. Asians bowl and play spin well while non-Asians bowl and play seam/swing well. Every country prepares pitches according to its strength. Most of the time, results are predictable before the series start. I think curators should be neutral so that results in the series would be more interesting.

Posted by GrindAR on (February 26, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

Bhajji- Ohja+, Saving Sehwag for after 3rd down, Finding better openers (not pinch hitting/risking Vijay with another aggressive pinch hitter like Sehwag), combination such that, one stick to the rules of opening and another sensibly attacking (this match openers did not possess these mental abilitilies). Middle order sounded ok in this match. If Dhoni can bring more runs in his current place, probably he should continue there... Have some stable 2 folks below his name in the list. Ohja can be handy contributer at tail, atleast resist his urges and play on building partnership. Bhajji must sitout to for a match to figure out why he played the shot as he did in 1st innings, and why his spin is not doing the talk as it should.

Posted by samincolumbia on (February 26, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

What is the status on Yadav's injury? Will he be fit to play any of the remaining tests?

Posted by GrindAR on (February 26, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Good show by both teams. Except for Dhoni's fireworks, the match poised evenly. I remeber the India in Aus, when Warners 185 was the only difference between teams performance ended in Aussie win. Good wicket. Chennai is always lively pitch as it has been in this match.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

I still think India need a good bowling coach. Ishanth sharma is deteriorating Ahh.. he can't bowl a yorker neither he got a good bouncer to bowl aggressive lenght. B Kumar is a swing bowler with red ball and in indian conditions he may bowl just 5% of the overs. We need bowlers who can bowl flat out, something Pattinson has done in this test. A captain can never be aggressive if his doesn't have good bowlers. Bowlers wins matches in TEST. So if India wants to clinch the top spot they must work on their bowlers. India got very average bowling attack.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 26, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Dhoni on the other hand, should at least drop Vijay and Harbhajan. Dhawan or Rahane should be selected along with Ojha. Ideally Jadeja should also be dropped for Rasool, and Ishant for Shami Ahmed. But knowing that Dhoni is such a nut, will he make any changes at all? He is already coming up with laughable statements like "we found a settled combination". Scary!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

frankly speaking Aus need to bring another spinner in the squad, even smith would be a better option than henriques, yes he batted well but instead of all rounders in India u need 7 batsmen n 4 proper bowlers ( 3+1 or 2 +2 depending upon the conditions) smith has a better control on his spin & if u want to keep henriques then fine just drop mr hughes ....

Posted by cricketfanwrites on (February 26, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Congrats to India. The margin of victory is resounding but CA fans should not let that bother them too much. This match was a very competitive one except for Dhoni's inning and Ashwin's efforts. It will be interesting to see what change(s) both sides will make for the next test. Will India sit M Vijay for one of their other inform openers? Will they add another spinner at the expense Kumar or Sharma? As for Australia, I would like to see them add Doherty or Smith. Not Maxwell - he will get clobbered if plays. Warner is not 100% fit. Will they replace Hughes with Khawaja? That may seem like a panic move if its done now. I did said in a previous post that CA will have to go down 0-2 to India in order for Khawaja to get a crack in this series. Squads for 2nd test: Aus - Cowan, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade, Henriques, Doherty, Pattinson, Starc & Lyon. India - Sehwag, Dhawan, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Harbajan Singh, Kumar & Sharma.

Posted by GRVJPR on (February 26, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

If sachin tendulkar at 40 can hit 2 sixes on first 2 balls, What was Aussie batsmen doing out there?

Posted by dkboss62 on (February 26, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

i think M.Clarke is not a good caption because if Aus win in india required katich,haddin,johnson and j.kreza in XI. katich and haddin is good player against spin. kreza and johnson experience of in play in india

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 26, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

The other thing Aussies can do is, bring in a spinner anyways, regardless of his quality. He sure must have some quality isn't it? And remember these are Indian pitches. Also make a couple of changes or at least one change in the batting department. Khawaja (just because of the Asian lineage) may sure be a better player of spin than say a Hughes. Aussies must be knowing more about Khawaja. So, at least make two changes - one more spinner in the place of a pacer and drop one batsman for a batsman. I think Siddle shouldn't be dropped as he is a close buddy to Pattinson and Siddle will help in encouraging Pattinson on the field. Siddle is no slouch either. He just had one below average game (remember Indian pacers didn't even have a game). Yes Starc is young and needs to be encouraged. But come on, he has his whole life ahead. He can watch the match from the side-lines and learn. So my Australian team would be Starc out and Hughes out - in comes a spinner (Doherty or SOK etc) and Khawaja.

Posted by Bongz77 on (February 26, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

What a contrast in debut's for two very similar seam bowlers. On one end Abbott has a dream welcoming to Test cricket while Kumar on the other hand was a mere passenger in his first game for the Indians.

What was the point of selecting the young man if he was only going to be a spare fielder and a number 9 or 10 batsmen?

Posted by Elliott_Tree on (February 26, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Why so many comments about a 'flat' pitch? It wasn't flat, it was just spin-friendly rather than pace-friendly. Plenty of runs & wickets, result on Day 5 - perfect. Nagpur in the Ind-Eng series - now that was a pitch to moan about.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 26, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

I think Aussies are being a bit too harsh on Lyon. Pause and think for a while, what if Lyon was in the Indian team and bowling to these Aussie batsmen in tandem with Ashwin? What he needs is a better spinner as his partner. Do Aussies have any? IF the answer is a resounding NO, then you have to beef-up your batting, which can protect your team's honor. Even the genius Warnie couldn't do much when the Indian batsmen were at the peaks of their powers. So, go slow on Lyon and look elsewhere (batting) to arrest the slide. Winning should be left for some other day. At least, you won't lose if you can find batsmen who can play spin with authority and conviction. It has to be horses for courses whatever you might want to assume the tradition to be in test cricket (pace bowlers on pacy wickets vs batsmen who can handle pace). Warne was absolutely correct when he said there are no flat tracks as such - different challenges to adapt to. He spoke like a Champ, and he was, is and will be one.

Posted by SillyMid0n on (February 26, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

Superb innings by Dhoni and well played India over all.

Posted by Arrow011 on (February 26, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

If you compare VVS Laxman & Dhoni to play with tail then Dhoni is miles ahead. Dhoni used his power & made it 224 had VVS been playing he would have been 100 not out. The team score would have suffered due to his policy of giving strike to tailenders. It is time Dhoni always plays at 6 & does his power hitting like Gilchrist. The truth is, Dhoni does not have technique to play like Sachin even Gilchrist or Sehwag never had the technique but these 3 power hitters scored important runs by blasting attacks irrespective of pitch conditions. When you know you dont have sound technique then the best way is to blast attacks, this successful mantra of playing with tail was surprisingly not followed by Moises Henriques who just waited for Lyon to get out & he gets a Not out Batting average (very selfish).

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Aussie friends, Any news on Bird? Is he flying back? What happened to Starc? I was expecting him to be the best of the Oz pace pack. Also, Siddle wasn't as good as he was during his last trip to India? I won't be surprised if Oz replace the new Mitchell with the old Mitchell and also fiddle with Siddle's presence in the playing XI.

In the spin dept, if you guys let Lyon alone roar, it will wear him down by the end of the series. I had been commenting even before the Oz team left their shores that DoHerty's addition Do Hurt Indians! Oz fans' argument was that DoHerty didn't do well in the Oz domestic cricket. Those are the OZ pitches. This is India! Pitches will typically be Indian. Try him out at least in the next match, in place of one of the three seamers.

Posted by subbass on (February 26, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Hmm yes India must not get complacent but have Australia got the spin quality needed ? Pattinson is very good but he can't do it on his own. And that Aussie top order looks very very weak. So long as the wickets are turners - that break up like this one did - then for me it is hard to see India losing, guess I may give them a chance of sneaking a drawn series, but I would not put any money on that one !

England had Cook and KP amongst other solid batting performances and the twin spin threat of Monty and Swann, plus a far better WK.

Well played India.

Posted by Mitch1066 on (February 26, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

I think Australia need to go 1warner 2 Watson 3 Hughes 4 Clarke 5 Moises 6 maxwell or smith 7 wade 8 siddle 9 pattingson 10 Lyon 11 doherty . Only worrying thing for India is opening batsmen not lasting long enough . Ideally you like get least close 100 for first wicket . Sehwag undoubtedly is class batsmen but he not top of his game at moment though sure dhoni fletcher know what they doing. After all fletcher gave England first taste of ashes for long time maybe false dawn but it was nice he good coach but on downside he seam stick to same players for too long it seamed look at Giles over. Panesar in 2006 ahes as example .

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Dear Oz Friends. Is there no rotation policy for wicket keepers. After Healy and Gilly, what a fall! Any Tom, Dick and Mathew can 'Wade' into that role? No other decent keeper who can inWade Mathew's territory?

Posted by Rally_Windies on (February 26, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

easy win ? what is easy about a wicket keeper scoring a double century ?

Australia made 380 in the 1st innings and lost .......

winning after the team batting 1st scores 380, could never be easy ......

Arshwin did a great job ...

but he did not exactly rip out the heart and sole of the Australian batting line up...

Dhoni's 224 made the difference ....

had Dhoni made duck..... this would have been a draw or a Australian victory

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

It was Ashwin who took the game away from the Aussies. 12 wickets against Australia in 2 innings? You gotta give credit to this spinner for his brilliant come back. He was smacked real bad by the Brits but he came back strong against the Aussies. Dhoni's double century isnt the reason why India won but Ashwin's 12 wickets. I dont know whats wrong with the jury, they should motivate Ashwin.

Posted by WonkyBail on (February 26, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Good start for India, the lack of slow bowling options for Aussie seem to have cost them as many predicted. The irony of the result is that if India lose the next test there will be hundreds of posters caling for MSD's head and calling him useless/disgrace.

Posted by SUNDHUR on (February 26, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Congrats India, for starting the season with a magnificiant win! Test win against Australia is certainly a big morale booster. A lot of positives to take home from the game... a brilliant display of batting by Dhoni, his all time best 224 coming in a test match to top it all! Sachin showing his mastery skill again with a superb knock in the first innings and having been bowled by Lyon at 81, replying with two consecutive SIXES when he faced him next... Kohli's well balanced and solid ton in the first innings... Ashwin's 12 wkts haul etc. All in all, a great game of test cricket. Hope the momentum will be maintained and India will end up winning the series convincingly.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (February 26, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Well played Dhoni and Ashwin, both of whom made good comebacks after a disappointing last few series. This pitch and opposition bowlers suited india's captain and Ashwin finally looked threatening. India have much to think about caught at the crossroads, between the experience of the so-called senior players and inexperience of the others. Tendulkar have played a nice cameo but the odd good performance in 4 years is not enough. Harbajan's bowling improved in the 2nd innings but still not test level material. Even Jadeja bowled better than him with a consistent tight line and length, getting the ball to turn and bite and deceiving the batsmen with the one that didn't turn. IMO India should go forget about trying pick a pick a team to win this series and use the home conditions to blood the next generation of players. So that means immediate replacements based on merit for Sehwag, Tendulkar and Harbajan. We have to prepared to accept losses in the short term for wins in the future

Posted by Nampally on (February 26, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Congrats India & MSD!. Do not be complacent especially after what happened vs. England from a similar first Test win. A Series win should be the target. This might be Dhoni's finest hour. He scored a glorius double century against all odds & under very difficult time, when he came in on Day 3. It was his "Career" innings, which totally tamed the Aussies & turned the match India-way.This followed easily the best bowling performances of his career by Ashwin with 7 Wkt. haul. Ashwin finished with another flourish of 5 wkt. haul in the second innings to give India a well deserved win. The high point in the India batting was shared by Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli & Kumar. But Ashwin stood out in bowling, albeit the dropping of Ojha was a huge mistake on this wkt. Ashwin & Ojha would have made a short work of the Aussies.India need at least 3 changes in 2nd Test.Vijay & Harbhajan must give way to Dhawan & Ojha. Rahane comes in for one other guy. Sadly Rasool/Saxena are not in this weak squad!

Posted by Mitch1066 on (February 26, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

Well played India. It time for Aussies show what made of to see if they can comeback . But I think they need to operate two spinners like England did but both spinners need be able take wickets . Are Aussie spinners upto task though that question there seamer pattingson did well he showed his class

Posted by Haleos on (February 26, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Dhoni showed how to play with the tail. For all the accolades VVS got in his carrier, playing with the tail should not have been one to be associated with him. He let tailenders play most number of balls. Dhoni was not selfish like him where VVS would take single the first ball so that he is still there while the others may fall.

Posted by trav29 on (February 26, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

taking the point shaggy made in one of the featured comments a step further , how is it encouraging any youngsters watching to try to be a fast bowler when they see sharma and kumar almost being spectators for the whole time india were in the field. of course india have to play to their strengths to try and win now but the recent lack of success they have had away from home can only get worse if they become so one dimensional at home.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

I think Australia will come back in this series. The situation is exactly like the one against England. We won the first test and lost next two. The Indian team does not look solid (bowling is too weak!) and i think Clarke will be the difference in the next games just like Dhoni was in the this one.. so watch out for Clarke..

Posted by Sobhan_Sachinfan on (February 26, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Well played India. Aussies are always show that fighting spirit unlike many other teams; Today India are the better team. We need a contest in other matches... I AM WATCHING EACH n every Ball played by SACHIN as we would not be able to see the great man playing for long!!!!

Posted by Phrediac on (February 26, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Surely there a two young, deserving Indian spinners who could be blooded at the expense of Sharma and Kumar - unless those two are being played for their batting alone - in which case surely there are two young, deserving Indian batsmen who could be blooded... etc.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (February 26, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Aus showed promise against the #1 ranked South Africa but the problem with the team (same as then) are:Aus dont have a fast bowller to partner Pattinson and consistantly bowl good line and length for extended pressure building periods. Cowan, Wade, Lyon who are not test material! In todays test cricket you need a keeper who is reliable not only with the gloves but the bat also i.e. AB deVilliers and Prior. Eventhough the notion of having a good spinner is over rated i.e South Africa dont have one but they easilly dealt with Swann and Ajmal recently, I would rather go with and extra batsman say Kawaja and give the spin duty to a batting spin bowler or partimer say Clarke and Warner . CA also needs to beg Hussey to atleast retire after the ashes because at the moment Clarke is the only reliable lad with the bat.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Turning point of the test match was 9 th wkt partnership between dhoni and bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

Posted by wayno1971 on (February 26, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

As far as the talk about the pitch is concerned why are people complaining, it was always gunna turn, doesn't the captain and the coach have eyes, playing four seamers on a wicket devoid of grass and as crumbly as a stale biscuit was never a gamble just stupid, my second thing is why was Starc bowling continually around the wicket, was it that the powers that be were worried about creating footmarks on both sides of the wicket for there spinners because he was largely ineffectual and seems pointless picking a lefty if these are the tactics to be used, @ Front Foot Lunge what must an Aussie team do to have a team like England's? easy hand out more passports to South Africans

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

India started with a fabulous win... keep goin india....

Posted by Trickstar on (February 26, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

All this talk about the Aussies should of learned from England's series in India, the difference is that in the test match that England lost Swann took a 5fer and was a threat all game and it was obvious the extra spinner to back him up would have worked wonders, I just didn't see that with Australia. Yes we picked the wrong side in the 1st test but the Aussies only have Lyon who hardly threatened all game, going at over 4.5 rpo and they also haven't got a back up spin bowler anywhere near as good as Monty. So it's easy to say pick 2 spinners because England did but unless they have 2 good spinners they'll end up getting dealt with easily by the Indian batsman. I bet the Indians right now are thinking to themselves.......please please please pick the likes of Doherty or Maxwell, neither are test standard and will go the distance.

Posted by realfan on (February 26, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

@Pady Srini 1 good irani tropy century and VIJAY is in .... does the same applied for RAHANE, DHAWAN???? no it had not.....you know how many great tournaments rahane, tiwary had????

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Indians seamers are rubbish, not their strength. And why on earth is ishant sharma the most ineffective indian seamer still bowling? Have india still not acknowledged his dire statistics?

Play your strengths, it has always been spinners. Pakistan have some of the best spinners in the world, and most of their wickets are due to these skillful bowlers. No doubt their pace attack is great too, but they play spinners on surfaces which generally are considered NOT spin friendly, yet manage to take wickets. India should ditch the seamers, and play only spinners.

A rotating ball will bounce and ping off a fast surface just as a fast moving seaming ball does. However spin creates more doubt in the batsmans mind. Its all in the art of deception.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 26, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

Jonesy2: 'Lyon troubled the Indian batsmen'... LOL, the definitive classic from jonesy. Lyon was humiliated Jonesy, face it. He conceded hundreds of runs just by himself. He never span the ball (Tendulkar played on). And to top it all off, England were playing in India recently- and if the gulf between Australia and India isn't big enough for you, check out the gulf between Australia and England!

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (February 26, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

IMO this aussie side is much better than what most of the people are saying....the only thing that aussie batsmen don't have as compared to eng batsmen is PATIENCE.....if aus batsmen can apply themselves and frustrate the ind bowlers then they can succeed in india otherwise they can never win a single test match in this series....plenty of positives for ind.sachin,pujara,kohli all looked good and MS dhoni is always there when team is in trouble....bowling looks good as well with addition of jadeja(not many people will agree with me though),ashwin is back in-form....openers and bhajji are the problems of the ind team....dhoni need to bring in ojha for next test match.....cricinfo pls publish

Posted by shaolinfist on (February 26, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

Look, every type of pitch and cricketing conditions have their role in cricket. However the advantage players from South Africa, Australia and England have when they come to the subcontinent is that they have to adjust down, which is a minor technical adjustment. But when players brought up on subcontinental wickets go overseas, it is a totally different ball game. Dhoni has tremendous talent, but why hasn't he transferred it to his batting in tests overseas? Hence while everyone makes pitches that suit their natural game, players from the subcontinent should in my opinion, learn their trade on both kind of wickets. Anyway this push towards pitches for home advantage has only come up in recent years with the emphasis on test rankings. In 2001 India-Aus series the Mumbai pitch was as bouncy as perth, in 2003, Australia prepared some flat wickets for the India series.

Posted by dork29 on (February 26, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

A test that wcould have been won decisively was just won. One can be comfortable, if the whole team chips in with contributions - both from bat and ball, like South Africa is doing at the moment. For India, only Dhoni and Virat have succeeded with the bat and Ashwin with the ball. And Dhoni is not even a regular top order batsman. These are worrying signs.Between numbers 1 and 6, we need at least two big hundreds with others chipping in. This will jack up the score. All bowlers need to be among wickets. For SA for example, Morkel, Steyn and Philander are taking turns to bring the opposition to its knees. Amla, DeVilliers, Smith and Kallis are all scoring big. Sehwag has been a disaster, Vijay/Dhawan do not inspire much confidence at the international level and Sachin hits 50s sometimes. this will not do. Unless we click as a team, I do not see us winning this series. It was a good performance by India but by no means a clinical one.Replace Bhajji with Ojha and Jadeja with Rohit Sharma.

Posted by ScottStevo on (February 26, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Well played to India on a good win today. Dhoni and Sachin in the first innings were IMHO key. Sachin steadied the ship with an innings the quality of which he hasn't produced in many a year. It certainly highlights some problems in the Aussie camp of recent years - the inability to finish off the tail. At 372-7, Aus were still in this game - all out 572, no chance! It's happening all too often that Aus are in good positions and unable to clear off an innings to extreme detriment - especially so on days 4 and 5 of a test. This is down to the fact that we don't have a spinner of quality who can bowl with threat and purpose. For this reason, I fear that Aus will struggle through the rest of the series. As for the English fans on here, as per usual, the shortest of memories of all sporting fans, were completely trashed on by India in their first outing...and we'll see you soon enough.

Posted by aby_prasad on (February 26, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Many ask if Aus had an effect spinner.Didnt you notice something about Warner?B4 you scoff at me, just go through that again.He really did trouble Dhoni and Kumar with his awkard angle.See you have to understand Dhoni was in sublime form,hell he was just playing like a king doing whaever he wanted & to trouble him means theres something in Warner's arsenal.I would say think on those lines,remember what the unknown bowling of Clark did years back in mum,so use Warner 4 short spells maybe.Coming back to day3s play,Wooh Dhoni you beauty!This is a classic case where the college educated batsmen are baffled and left scratching their heads by a batsman from the streets!Thats Dhoni,he isnt technically good but he gets the job done!at least in this test,but odi he rules,given his 'finishing job' wherever. But wish he would do this a bit more in tests esp overseas.but given the choice of a technically good batsman n dhoni,id pick dhoni given his many utilities!(wk,cptn,batting,thinking etc!)

Posted by shaolinfist on (February 26, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

1. Look a lot of people complain about the tracks in the subcontinent but Nagpur 2004 and Mumbai 2012 were examples of sporting tracks. Further every kind of track has its place in cricket and you can't alter the natural surface beyond a point. Besides if it was so flat, both sides should have had Dhoni like innings. 2. In this match with the reprieves both sides got, the DRS issues were nullified. 3. Australia got first use of a deteriorating track where winning the toss is an advantage 4. Steyn & Anderson have won their teams matches in the subcontinent 5. This is still not a bad performance from Australia, even the great Aussie side of 2000s took 3 tours to finally win in India. Barring a once in a lifetime gem from Dhoni, both sides were equal. 6. Irrespective of the result here, the bowling and allround options for Australia still look good for the ashes.

Posted by BDforever on (February 26, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

It has become a habit that India win a test match at home once in a while in between number of series defeats. It would be a big relief for their fans also since they can forget about losing and they can have a winning mentality at least for a day or two.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Viru is a failure,, he needs to understand the value his role as opening batsman,,,,Dont understand why Jadeja got more overs than Bhajji,,,, if MSD does not like Bhajji,, no point for him to get humiliated like this,,,

Posted by SirViv1973 on (February 26, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

@Hyclass, I'm not sure I understand the team you are proposing going forward. You say drop Cowan or Hughes & bring in Khaljwa but you are also saying oz cant have Wade at 6 & you need an extra batsman? IMO I don't think the batting will change much for the next game although isn't watson due to go on paternity leave at some point?. The only change could be Henriques & Wade swapping positions. The bowling may well be shaken up though (which I predicted before this game began) . I feel sure Doherty will play probably instead of Siddle & I have a hunch Johnson may come in for Starc. The attack has a lot more balance to it for the conditions with with 2 spinners & MH as the 3rd seamer. However whoever plays there are huge question marks as to if they can take 20 wickets & score enough runs.

Posted by Krish_00 on (February 26, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

I watched the match in chepauk and it was quite hot even in shade . So really a great performance by all the players to score so many runs in this test match . Particularly creditable performance by Aussies in a foreign land infront of a huge crowd .

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

y not a single word about Bhuvanesh Kumar yar without him this victory is nothing no double hundred for Dhoni no first innings lead of 192 come on guys we cud atleast say that we got sum1 who can support a proper batsman if required to play supporting role..Well done Bhuvanesh.......

Posted by ADB1 on (February 26, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

LOL!!! "Calling RandyOz to the forum. Calling RandyOz....."

Seriously, well done India/Dhoni, and come on Aussies, fight back in the second Test like England did. It ain't over yet.

Posted by jet2001 on (February 26, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Congratulations to India a very good win, and an excellent test match. As a neutral I'm, looking forward to the rest of the series I'm sure the Aussies will fight back but their spin bowling is weak this may cost them the series, reverse swing could be the answer, have Australia got the bowlers. As for all the comments on pitch preparation, the various conditions throughout the cricketing world make test cricket what it is a TEST, India are testing the Aussies skill level against spin in India. A good pitch is a match that lasts 5 days, produces a result, batsmen score runs, and good bowlers get wickets, so I think we got a good pitch. Well done to the grounds man

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Very satisfying performance by the Indian team...after a long long time!...only disappointments: Openers, Medium-pacers and Bhajji. So its Ok.:-)

Posted by Theredbaron on (February 26, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

Is this the best 11 that the Aussies can put out in the middle at the moment. If that is the case then its serious worrying. South African reject Micky Arthur is not good enough, but it seems that doesnt bother the ACB. Its time Australia face facts that they are now bottom of the pile of top test nations with South Africa, England, India and Pakistan above them.

Posted by Giri.Murthy on (February 26, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

I see everyone praising Tendulkar, Pujara, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli batting but all are missing B Kumar's batting ability. Without his support Dhoni would not have reached 224 and India might have got out for 410-420. That extra 170 runs scored reduced the target for India on the 5th day else it might have been a totally different story.

Posted by anirudhr007 on (February 26, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

A good win for India! I think it was a good team effort. Tendulkar showed the intent, Virat continued with his flair and Dhoni blasted his way as the only way he knows. In Bowling dept Ashwin played his part. Ishant sharma should find his knack by playing some county cricket. I think Bhuvaneshwar kumar was pretty underbowled and would like to forget his debut as a bowler altough he batted well with dhoni. Bhajjis time is up, and congrats to him for 100 tests. I would want ojha to be back for hyd. Openers failed yet again, probably get ajinkya rahane to open in hyd. Sehwag please get back in into your elements! All best India for the series!

Posted by Er-.S.R.shankar on (February 26, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Even after Indian victory there are knee-jerk reactions and suggestions from fans to drop x or y. I am more reminded of bashing free unleashed on Dhoni and Ashwin to the deplorable extent of dropping them after England series, Now all of them have gone--Let me confess that a bowler like Ashwin or Ojha cannot claim four or five wicket hall in every test and a wicke tkeekper like Dhoni is not supposed to save the team from batting collapse every time. Do not take out the sword if they fail in next test The bitter truth is that it was an abysmal failure of Indian batting from openers to middle order that led England series defeat but the blame was shifted to bowlers who tried their best against quality batting from Cook, Peterson, Root etc Ojha was unfairly dropped for the 100th test sentiment on Harbhajan, He should logically regain his place-only change Rest will have another rope before shown the exit door.Australia too would add one spinner Plead for more balanced views guys

Posted by Prakmca on (February 26, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Good Win.

I thought Tendulkar will be scoring his 52nd 100. He missed this time too. Only best to way to get hundred is attack, he cannot score hundred by scoring defensively. By playing defensively, he gifted his wickets many times...

Bring in Ohja for ineffective Harbajan. in spin friendly track he almost bowled 55 overs for 3 wickets. Ridiculous. yeah every one says (our cricket genius) he is the greatest of greatest spinner in the world. Show him the door permanently. His mission of playing 100 tests is done. Best retire.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 26, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge; Not entirely sure what you are reponding to. Your right there are some issues but believe we played better than England in there first crack at Indian conditions. We were right in the game, until the 9th wicket partnership. As you point our a long list of problems so we should be able to rectify the difference pretty quickly

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 26, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Though Australia lost, they should take heart from Michael Clark's continued good form regardless of where he is playing,Pattinson's very good comeback and of course the unearthing of a wonderful all rounder in Henriques.Though we got to see only his batting in this game, he could be a handful on a slightly more sporting wicket.And he seems even tempered which is a breath of fresh air from newcomers in the Australian team.Hyderabad will also be a slow turner I think as for the New Zealand Test.But unlike the Kiwis,this Australian team will be up for a fight. On the Indian side,Ashwin and Jadeja are the positives in bowling. I think Jadeja will evolve into a very good all rounder.He reminds me of the great Vinoo Mankad who alsoo came from the same part of India, had an appetite for big scores and above all bowled with a round arm action.Harbhajan should make way for Rassol without the usual emotional pangs.Sehwag and Vijay should make way for Rahane and Dhawan.It is the right time now.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 26, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Well played India. This is an absolute hiding, no two ways about it. I thought the aussies would give a better fight in second digs after their fighting perfromances against SA, but I guess they dont have any fight left in them. Time to rest the bolwers up and bring the second string in for run? This doesnt bode well for a ten match ashes series later on. Eng will be looking to get the number one spot again after this marathon series.

Posted by pr3m on (February 26, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

A dude scored a century in the first innings, and a fast bowler took five wickets in an innings, but the tourists were still playing catch up till the third? Damn, that's some of the stupidest writings I've read in the recent past.

As far as Lyon, he's made it to the Australian Test cricket, he can't be that bad. MS had his day, and on his day any Indian batsman worth his salt will not leave an off spinner without a spanking.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 26, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

I think Harbhajan singh may have played his last match. In the 2nd test, I expect Ojha to come back. Howver, he has now played 100 tests and that itself is an achievement.

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Posted by Avidcricketlover on (February 26, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Couple of things why Australia couldn't make a match out of it:

1) When Dhoni was batting, they kept bowling Lyon at him even when he was blazing him with fire. They should have attacked Dhoni more with Pacers.

2) Indians are always good at playing spin. Also the pitches against England had pace and sharp turn. That's the reason why India lost. It doesn't Indians are poor players of spin. England spinners were better on those pitches. Monty in particular with pace and sharp turn played the best man part.

3) Now Australia do not get carried away and play Smith and Maxwell. That will only result in a pasting. What Australia should do have three best fast bowlers - Pattinson, Siddle and (Bird/Johnson). Starc looked one dimensional and wasn't attacking. He was more accurate bowler but just outside off stump and never tried anything really.If the pitch isn't going to swing, do not play him. SA has done well with pace. That's where Indians will struggle if there is disconcerting pace.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 26, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

@ Shaggy076: You must have missed the test match that just ended. Lyon was utterly humiliated, conceding hundreds of runs off his own bowling. Australia's captain was out-captained again (This time not by an English captain thankfully..). The Aussie batting has proved to be sub-standard for this level of the game. And Matthew 'Waste' continues to embarrass himself with both the gloves and bat. That's a long list of problems.

Posted by Al_from_OZ on (February 26, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

As an Australian citizen of Indian origin I had to cop a lot of flack last year when India came to Australia and were humiliated. Today I went to work with my head held high so very proud of our Indian cricket team. Dhoni your fireworks definitely turned the game in our favour after it being leaning towards an Australian win. A real captains knock. A special mention to Virat, Sachin and Ashwin and a big Thank you to the entire team for making my day. Keep it up and dont loosen the noose. Chak de India!

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 26, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

I was trying to think of something to say about this game when i suddenly realised i didnt have to. the aussie team did it all for me.

Posted by BDforever on (February 26, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Looking forward to see a good series. "Tendulkar hit 2 consecutive sixes for the first 2 balls he faced in an test inning". Is that the biggest upset in the history of test cricket?

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

I agree with Flashman. 600 runs is normally enough to win a test. Dhoni's brilliant innings, and some poor bowling from Australia, were the difference. For a while there they were not bowling consistently on one side of the wicket. Still Aus do not need to hit the panic button. They probably did not expect to win this series when they left Aus, and that has not changed. As long as players learn, improve and compete, then this series will be a success. Let's face it, as a 4 test series squeezed in between the home series and the Ashes, there was never much else to gain. For most of the game, the teams were closer than the final result indicates. Let's see what the rest of the matches bring.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (February 26, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

@Jonesy2 you talk alot of sense champ, lets hope the selectors take note.

Posted by Fijicricket on (February 26, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Great match- a boost to Test cricket. Whilst the scoreline suggest a mismatch-far from it- it was on the last hour of the 4th day one could safely say who will win. All those complaining about LBWs or the pitch - are just wasting their time with useless excuses. There was not a single LBW that on replay DRS would have been missing the stumps so all decisions would have stood. The team to gain from umpiring mistakes was Australia with the Clarke decisions and he survived 2 LBW call that probably would have been given out on review. This series is no comparison to the Pak/SthAfrica match that- who the winner would be- was decided on the first hour of day one in every match! India did well against Sth Africa (same players) - SAF failed to win even with homegroud advantage!. Having said that- we all agree Sth Africa are the undisputed world champions, and a great representative of Cricket

Posted by mano.mcse on (February 26, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

This is incredible moment for India....these all credit move to MSD,Ashwin,jadeja, Kohil and Maestro Sachin...Jadeja and sachin showed their average performers in this match..they should improve..and our opening batsmen want to score more otherwise they will lose there place....lot of guys waiting to enter.our opening batsmen need to stand at least 20 to 25 overs...

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 26, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

@ hraghava - "Pattinson, Starc and Siddle are not in the class of Anderson, Finn and Broad" - CMON Pattinson has got as many wickets in one test as Broad and Finn got combined in the latest series in India. I know which 3 combination I would prefer. @Front-Foot-Lunge; How Australia would love an emerging proven talent like Joe Root. Didnt realise one test was proof - in that case we have Henriques who has outperformed Root's debut test. Your right about the direct comparison England lost the first test by 9 wickets Australia by 8.

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 26, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

@Wefinishthis i echo your every word, well said

Posted by ChuckyDoll on (February 26, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

India needs to move Sehwag in the middle but now there is no room. M Vijay is such a waste. I would put Rohit or Rahane in to open; although I like neither. We have a problem...... with no end in sight. This is why I don't pay Willow TV to watch these games because BCCI does not put enought efforts in long term planning. Hello BCCI: show some long term planning and I will pay to watch Test cricket (or ODI). T20 is a disgrace so it will not be addressed.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (February 26, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

@SK5983 i agree with your lineup 100%. @Retrogenius fair points mate.@SRK666 yes i would get Khawaja in at 5 and move Clarke up to 4. @heart1974 i would also like to see Khawaja in but lets not expect him to get a 100 in his first game as he is always expected to perform in his 1 and only showing, give the kid time to settle in.If Australia is going to continue playing Wade or an all rounder at 6 I would suggest we can only afford 2 of the current top 4. That leaves somebody else,i.e Khawaja to fill out the middle order and hopefully provide some backbone and support to Clarke…

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

One test and Vijay must go. Will the same rule apply to Rahane and Dhawan ?

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (February 26, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

Dhoni has treated us to two of the most brilliant innings we've seen in international cricket in recent times: The first was the 100 is the most recent ODI series against Pakistan. He came in when the side were 5 down for 30 on a seamer's and when he was done, India had a respectable 220+ score with Dhoni himself scoring at over 90%. He brought up his 100 with a massive six over extra cover off the bowling of the 7 feet tall Mohd. Irfan.

And now this brilliant and decisive double century (one of the quickest ever). in my opinion, it's Dhoni versus Prior for the title of the best wicket-keeper batsman in the post Gilchrist era. it remains to be seen how long de Villiers contines to keep wickets, and if he manages the dual role successfully for a few years, he too can be compared with Dhoni and Prior. Too bad Sangakkara has stopped keeping in tests......goes to show how difficult the role of the 'keeper batsman is.

Posted by andrew27994 on (February 26, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

@Selassie-I Yesterday when I said the pitch was a bit unfair, I never meant that it was unfair to Australia. I was saying that it was unfair to batsmen in general. The balls that Pujara and especially Clarke got was too unfair. There was absolutely no way of even getting an inside edge on the ball. Balls aren't usually supposed to turn and bounce like that especially on Day 2. Overall, we witnessed a very good cricket match. The pitch played good on the first 2 days but after that it was very difficult. Thats why I feel that Dhoni played one of the best Test innings that I have seen from a middle order batsman. However, in my opinion the best Test innings ever would always be VVS Laxman's 281 against the Aussies.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (February 26, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Though India won the first test comfortably on a sub-standard pitch, we need to look at the positives which were few but notable like debutant Henriques batting, showing great temperament & technique along with Pattinsons lion-hearted bowling performance. If such pitches are the sign of things to come, then its extremely vital for us that we bat extremely well in the first innings, their batsmen need to come good, produce big scores if they seek to remain competitive ahead in the series, For India, the attacking brilliant century by captain Dhoni was the turning point as that innings took the game away from the Aussies. Such a thing never happened against England because their quality attack never allowed the Indian batsmen to score freely with their tight bowling.Big mistake not to include Khawaja in the first test and we need to get him in for the rest of the series either for Cowan or Hughes, i would lean towards dropping Cowan as that allows Watson to move to opener.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

i think australians dont have to be demoralised withat that loss in first match. I was not a big loss for them . They could easily win the game if they would have restricted india within 420-430 after 405/8....It was that 9th wicket partnership that change things and that kind of partnership are very unusal or mirachulas one. Luck favour indians again when they got nightmare dismissals of clark and hughes.so all in all,australian lost but they performed well.There is no need to change the batting squad.They were inexperienced but batter than england which were more exp.but still could not do anything on a pitch less turning than this chennai pitch...Adan voges could have been ideal replacement if mike hussey but still they dont have to think much about batting.they batted really well ovarall....I think MAXWELL would replace siddle in next match...IT will help australia both spin bowling department and batting department also.GOOD LUCK AUSSIES FOR THE NEXT MATCH..DEFINITELY GONNA BE 1-1

Posted by phunny_game on (February 26, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

I cant understand why people here are saying Bhuvneshwar should be dropped... Whats the point selecting 4 spinners and underbowl two of them. Strange opinions seriously... Yes Murali vijay has always been a doubtful selection... But he wont be dropped...

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

Can we get rid of Sehwag please!?

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 26, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

the pitch was by no stretch of imagination a minefield as the Australian reporters are making it out to be. If the Australians are not going to accept this as a reality like what England did, they will continue to get humiliated. I would urge them to learn from what England did and then who knows they could even snatch a series win from India like England did.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Am I allowed to say, "I told you so"

"If Lyon does catch an edge, let's hope that it is thick enough to go to 1st slip because you could be in the field for a long time and somebody may lose concentration." (Comment in Cricinfo story : "Henriques to debut in Chennai")

"Have Wade but what happens if he drops another 6-catches and we are down 1-0 after 2-Tests. Just take Haddin or Paine!!!" (Comment in Cricinfo story : "Doherty, Henriques in Test squad for India")

"Why would you take another spinner if you take Wade as wicket keeper." (Comment in Cricinfo story : Maxwell's bowling 'better and better' - Arthur)

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

I would like to congratulate Nathan Lyon for a great comeback. I have previously commented on the importance of some of his tenacious 10th Wicket Partnerships, and his efforts in this test did not go unnoticed. A 66-run partnership in different circumstances may have done more than prevent an innings defeat.

I also think that he took the opportunity while he was out there to watch the Indian bowlers. See what they do close up and personal. I think that he took it in and applied it because he bowled significantly better in the 2nd Innings.

Who knows, this could be the making of a fine spin bowler

Too bad that you will still have Wade as keeper.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Well done India. While Mickey Arthur had some success with SA, it was good that we realised he had passed his sell by date. Can see similar patterns with Aus now.

Posted by hraghava on (February 26, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

ENG beat IND in India primarily because they played their best bowlers for the conditions (Swann & Panesar), aided largely by a whining & complacent Indian team thinking about 0-4 in 2011 & revenge rather than winning the series at hand. Lyon, Maxwell, Doherty and co. are NOT Swann & Monty's class. Pattinson, Starc, and Siddle are NOT in the Anderson, Broad, and Finn class (yet)! Interestingly, there's been very little about pitches from the Indians in this series. Hopefully their cricket will win out even as the pitches vary in Hyderabad and Mohali (both with some pace and bounce). Expect the Kotla to be a dead-slow turner. Let's not assume it will be Ojha for one of the pacemen at Hyderabad. If the pitch offers any pace & bounce, expect even a guy like Sreesanth to take Bhuvaneshwar's place. For the bounce, think Ojha would do better than Harbhajan. Batting - Vijay MUST go.... Rahane MUST play.

Posted by soumyas on (February 26, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

Hoggy wud have made a difference on this kind of pitch even though he is aged... at least better than Sidle on Indian pitches... playing IPL he knows indian pitches... now with bird flying home Aussies can replace him... i don't any other spinners from Australia still playing good...

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 26, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

This series, coming straight after the England tour, allows Aussie fans a direct comparison with England. And what a comparison it is: Australia have no spinner: Lyon, aside from one ball which Tendulkar inside-edged and played on to, never turns the ball. In stark contrast, England have spent the last five years possessing the biggest turner of the ball in world cricket in Swann and the world's best test opener in Cook. And the flat-deck/green-top magician in Anderson. They have emerging proven talents like Joe Root, legends like KP, and the best wicket-keeper/batsman in Prior. What must Australia give to have a team like England's...

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 26, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Australia Should open with Warner and Watson either they get fast runs with new ball or both will be trying to play the shots for crowd. Aus team Xi for Hyderabad tests: Warner, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke, Smith, Henriques, Johnson, Wade, Pattinson, Lyon and Doherty. So Australia can have one Right arm fast and one left arm fast medium with another medium pace of Henriques and to help Lyon (Off-spin) they will have Doherty(Left arm spin) and Smith (Leg-spin as well as his batting).

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 26, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Congrats to team India. But needs to find good opening pairs. Both of them - Viru and Vijay are not good. Also, Bhaji is under lot of pressure and include Ohja. @BDforever. Rather than commenting on performances of India, you should comment on 'great' performances of BD.lol.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 26, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

I think we will see results in all matches as both the batting order looks weak (India's New batsmens and Failling openers and Australia's fragile top order as they all are attacking batsmen except Cowan and if they keep on attaking then India are sure of getting wicket any time as early as possible, Clarke should Step up and bat @4 and Henriques@5) and to bat them for 5 days is really hard. So get ready for Hyderabad We Will see Whether its India coming out 2-0 or its 1-1 by Australia. Wish a good luck for both teams for Hyderabad test, bit more for Indian team.

Posted by screamingeagle on (February 26, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Drop Sehwag or Vijay, get Dhawan in; drop Bhajji and get Ojha in. Should be enough for the next test.

Posted by LovedFansofIndianCricket on (February 26, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

India should not get over confident by this result. Against Eng also they started with bang in first test and Pujara getting double ton and Shewag scored 100. Here also Dhoni scored double ton and Kohli hit century. Pls remove openers and give hance to Rahane and Dhawan. Atleast Remove Vijay. Rahane and Dhawan deserves more time. We gave many chance to Vijay.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (February 26, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

If there had been DRS, this match would have been over in well under 3 days. It was that kind of a surface.

Posted by dariuscorny on (February 26, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Pattinson is a must ,probably along with Tino Best he's the fastest bowler in the world right now.his performance in Chennai on that track is probably one of the best in recent times in India,specially when we hv just seen in the last series aginst Eng,seamers from both sides were ordinary,Eng seamers were struggling to bowl 120k ,this effort frm Pattinson gives clear indication he will be the Aussie trump card in the ashes, if, yes only if he stays fit...........

Posted by mylife4cricket on (February 26, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Great win for India but yet again openers failed and this problem is something serious.It is the responsibility of the openers to provide a good start for the team,so that the middle-order can bat a little more comfortably.And this started couple of years ago with Sehwag and Gambhir and still both are finding difficult to regain form.For the next test match there will be some changes in the team & i really hope to see Dhawan & Rahane in the place of Viru & Vijay and in the bowling department one seamer would be enough and that too Kumar and adding Ojha as third spinner.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (February 26, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

Finally, a win for India. It seems like ages and I do hope this series doesn't go the England series way. However, if India doesn't take care of a few things, we could well see a repeat. Openers come and go, Fast bowlers are in to make up the 11, emotional selections like Bajji's continue. Finally, it is left to a few batsmen (read Kohli and Dhoni) and a few bowlers (actually just one) to take India over the line. This situation has to change if India wants to get into a winning habbit, atleast in Home. Will Dhoni announce the playing 11 for Hyderabad 4 days ahead of the 2nd test?

Posted by ambujkumar on (February 26, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

well played team india...a good overall team effort ...

Posted by McCricket_ on (February 26, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Well done India, this win was well deserved and the pitch fair. After all, Australia won the toss and batted, and in most cases, innings of 380 and 240 should have been enough to win the match or set a tricky run chase for India in the 4th innings. 380 by Australia should have meant a first innings lead; and 240 in the 3rd innings should have meant a run chase of 250, 260 or 270+ by India. What actually happened is . . . Dhoni single-handedly turned the match with an incredible, attacking innings. He also ensured Australia batted on day 4 instead of day 3. Well played India -- it's nice to see a Test match won via attacking batting (backed up by solid bowling), rather than won via spinners only on a spinning pitch.

Posted by srikanths on (February 26, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Some have mentioned how some ifs and buts cud have changed the course of the match. No disagreements but the ifs and buts by and large cancelled out each other. Dhoni had a dropped catch at 98 which had a major influnce. but Clarke got a life albeit from the umpire in 1 st knock. To be fair, the match was not as one sided as it might appear. Another 100 runs plus another spinner with OZ , the match cud have been a thriller. India's 9 th wkt partnership had a very decisive influence , more than the 10 th wkt partnerhsip of OZ in Inngs 2. SRT appears to have got back some confidence, but let us not forget he is 39, hv to temper the expectations accordingly. Worry for India are openers, Bhajji ( Ojha wud come in I suppose) and inncuosness of Ishant and Bhuvanesh Kumar. Ishant has been given enuf chances to prove that he is definitely not quite there at this level.Better behaved Sreesanth is a better bet.

Posted by GSTR on (February 26, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

I feel that Aussie may not even put fight in coming matches with this squad and they wull be targeted by Indians with additional Spinner Ojha in place of Kumar. I also feel that the aussie team require lot of changes in the top order, they should drop Cowan, Hughes, Wade and Watson, immediately bring Paine, Voges, Ferguson and Marsh. They should drop starc and play Doherty as they can at least fight in these kind of pitches

Posted by CandidIndian on (February 26, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Good win for India,thanks to Dhoni,Ashwin ,Kohli, Sachin,Kumar and Jadeja but problems remain.Since SA tour two years ago Sehwag has failed in every test series home or away, Vijay has average of 17 in Ranji Trophy where he must have faced mostly medium pace bowlers ,looking at these facts its chancenot surprising that both openers failed miserably.Rahane and Dhawan can do much better as openers surely.Dhoni and Fletcher should seriously think of making some changes as its very difficult to reach final score of 300-400 if you get poor starts like we got in this match.Also if spinning tracks like these are prepared where there wont be much help for pace bowlers,its better to include Ojha or Amit Mishra .India is missing Zak and his reverse swing badly.Aussies will come back hard in next match surely,but they need much improved Lyon and another good spinner.1-1 or 2-0 we will find out soon.

Posted by dabhand on (February 26, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Enjoyed what little I managed to see on TV, hopefully the next wicket will offer a little more. What I don't understand though is you Indian supporters wanting wholesale changes to the team - evolution not revolution is generally the most successful approach though I don't pretend for one minute to understand all the politics.

@Sugath - how you could expect agreement on pitches when the odd country or two won't even accept DRS is beyond me.

@RandyOz - missing your usual insightful comments re the quality of the opposition or do you only comment on other countries ? Minnows ?

Posted by kc69 on (February 26, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

Well its almost similar to what happened when England last time toured India where they lost the first match because of spinners and won the series from there.I hope Dhoni and Co. doesnt get complacent and carried away by 1 win.Ojha and Dhawan are worth trying for the second test.Being his home ground Ojha will know the conditions at Hyderabad better than anyone and Dhawan's recent form earns him a spot in the playing 11.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

Just a thought : With Virtually every test match has ended in a result and every series has shaped up in interesting way in past few months ,I feel there would be no death for Test cricket ! I felt it when watching the game vs Aus on sunday feb 24th at Chepauk and then the Sa vs pak match ! Test cricket is almost like chess! And i feel the best way to Defend is to attack if needed in tests to make it more gripping ! Such a knock was Dhoni's ! Hope to see more tests between good teams like Ind,Aus ,Eng ,SA in future♥

Posted by bouncedout on (February 26, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Easy for India. Dhoni was magnificent and showed the Aus attack up for what it is.........average at home and poor anywhere else.

Pattinson continues to promise so much but has yet to deliver any quality.

This shows the gulf between the very best test teams SA/Eng and the others scrabbling around for 3rd place. Well done india

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Out played, out selected, out prepared, out spun, out administered.

India learned a lot when they played Eng. Aust learned nothing when they played Sri Lanka, in fact Aust ignored 6-mths of evidence. Even Clarke's luck with the bat continuing, not given out on 39 in the 1st Inn and being dropped on a duck in the 2nd Inn, Aust should have come a lot closer but didn't. It is hard to believe that Australia scored 380 in the 1st Innings and had India 2/12, and could have easily lost by an innings. The excuses of Pattinson's non-use on the second day to obfuscate Clarke's 'captaincy' were enlightened with his application on Day 2

The theory of Quiney being used to protect Hughes re-entry into test cricket against a weak SL gained a little more weight.

Meanwhile we have Wade. For those who are interested, ignore the two dropped catches, take a look at where Wade's gloves are when Sehwag nicks one through to Clarke at first slip. A slightly finer nick would have hit Wade's pads.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Test match is dull, boring & unpleasant sometimes to watch but when you get a outcome it completely changes the mindset about watching a particular format . A test victory is achieved when you have dominated the proceedings & won most of the sessions as india were right through this game .team india has an ideal test match

Posted by mateyman on (February 26, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

The pitch poor, but I don't mind VARIED pitches across the world. I'm all for spinning wickets, but the variable bounce isn't what you want to see in a good test pitch. Before I get jumped on, yes, the Hobart pitch was poor as well earlier in the summer. The pitch can spin out the wazoo, so long as the bounce is consistent. Otherwise, you get ridiculous dismissals (like Clarke's in the 2nd innings, and both of Hughes'), where the batsmen can't do anything about the ball, and the bowler didn't actually do anything particularly special to produce the ball. Congrats to India though. Hopefully we can fightback in the series

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 26, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

It was a bit of a mixed bag for India with the ball. Ashwin was obviously devastating in the first innings, helpful track or not. He looked a completely different bowler when compared to his performance against England. He concentrated on the basics and it worked wonders for him. Did he even pause just before delivery at all? I didn't see too much of his bowling but what I did see just looked like good honest off spin. The seamers were obviously disappointing, even if they were expected to play second fiddle to the spinners. Jadeja didn't do too badly and is certainly at the top end of part-timers, which begs the question whether Harbhajan did enough to warrant keeping his place. I doubt that he'll be dropped for the next game but I can't help thinking that India would be better with Ojha.

Posted by subbsm on (February 26, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

Aussies came to India with 1 spinner...with Greg Chapel, once an Indian Manager and yet did not see this.. seems unbelievable or may be no quality spinners in Australia..may be they should bring back some out of retirement..or else they go this way in the remaining matches or at best can draw

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 26, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Congratulations India and well played. It wasn't a perfect performance but then how often does that happen for any team? The openers are still a worry but I'm not sure that dropping either of them after one poor game is the right way to go. I know that they have both had chances before but surely they need more than one game this time around to know that they're not going to perform. It seems that many don't think that Vijay should have been there to begin with though. Besides that the batting looks rather good. Pujara looked good enough and, although his dismissal looked all too familiar, Tendulkar looked to be back in good touch. It's really important for India that Kohli steps up and performs consistently and he's made a good start here. Dhoni's inning was mind-boggling and not much more needs to be said. He was absolutely in the zone. Jadeja's still a bit of an enigma and if Ashwin continues to develop with the bat then his days are almost certainly numbered. Bhuvi batted well too.

Posted by Moppa on (February 26, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

For those arguing this is a typical Indian wicket, a quick bit of research reveals that since WWII, around 56% of deliveries in Test cricket in India have been bowled by spinners, and 44% by pace bowlers. In this match the ratio was 65% spin to 35% pace, and would have been even higher had Australia selected the right team for the conditions, i.e. two spinners. So this pitch seems particularly spin friendly, even for India. Regardless, the pitch doesn't explain Australia's loss, it played better than it looked. The main reasons for our loss was poor batting against spin (Cowan, Wade, Warner, Watson and Hughes all suspect), and Lyon being left without adequate support and exposed by some very good players of spin. I don't blame Lyon - he probably would have torn through the Aust batting line up if he was on the other team! India too good, Aust must lift their game. Doherty in for Starc. India will also improve with Ojha replacing Harbhajan, and possibly a new opener or two.

Posted by phunny_game on (February 26, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Asking for a green pitch at chennai is like asking for a dust bowl at perth... If there was so much problem with the pitch, the australian board shouldn't have approved chennai as one of the venues, they always knew the nature of the pitch... Apparently they did...

When India were no.1 in rankings they didn't lose a single series in almost two years, which includes one in SA... And SA are doing that now, even aussies did that in 2004 in India.

So if u want to be the best side, try and adapt to the conditions instead of constantly complaining...

Posted by satishchandar on (February 26, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Terrible pitch, useless pitch are the ones which aid ONLY batting alone - The flat tracks. Any pitch that aids any kind of bowler is a good test wicket. We do see various pitches which aid swing bowling, hit the deck hard wickets, bouncy tracks all these variations in England, Australia and South Africa. Those are really tough on the batsmen and requires lots of effort to stay on the wicket. It is the same here. It is just another kind of wicket which aids one kind of bowling. It was how it remained for decades. No one comes to Asia expecting a fact bouncy track. It is practically impossible given the geographical location. Especially Chennai. We have 10 months of summer and 2 months nonsummer. You either get ultra flat track like where Viru scored 300 or good turning wicket like in this game. As a cricket fan, Which one do u prefer? Flat road or challenging bowling pitch?

Posted by SamRoy on (February 26, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

We can play Rayudu and Dhawan as openers in Hyderabad. And Ojha must come in place of useless Ishant. And make it a farewell match for Harbhajan.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

Just remove Vijay from the eleven for the next test and warn Sehwag as well.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

@All_The_Way I don't know whether you came to the ground or just thinking based on what they showed on TV. I was there for all 5 days and the stadium was more than half full on Friday, Monday and Tuesday. On Saturday and Sunday the ground was full and lot of people were stranded outside since they couldn't get tickets.

Posted by anupamraj114 on (February 26, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Well i don't think auss or SA or eng prepares for subcontinent tours by preparing rank turners at home against pak or ind.. why prepare green tracks against aus at home for a senseless theory of preparing for overseas tours Dese preparations should b done at grass root levels....green pitches should b prepared for ranji nd other domestic tournaments....so that our youngsters should learn to cope with moving nd swinging balls.. dis is what i feel..

Posted by ajetti on (February 26, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

Yes, Dhoni deserved the man-of-the-match award. Kohli and Ashwin played very crucial roles. But....without Sachin's innings the confidence to perform would have been lacking in the team. I wonder what the Sachin-bashers have to say!!!!!

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (February 26, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

Murali Vijay is good only at local level or max IPL, he is not good enough to play international cricket. India should give a chance to Waseem Jaffar, who has been playing consistent cricket over the last few seasons, they should also bring a leg spinner to support Ashwin.

Posted by sawnoff on (February 26, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

well played India, this is can say as team effort, the Tendulkar - Pujara and Tendulkar - Kohli innings gave the platform for Dhoni to fire and the awesome support of the tailenders to build the total which could challenge the Ausis. also the bowling dept showed character that they could bowl out the opponents 2 times in a match god work Ashwin and congrats Bajji on 100th test, expected more from you but surely you will surprise us in the Hydrabad you are a game changer you have done in the past and you will do it again i believe in you. pray they carry the same temperament and attitude to Hydrabad. wish you good luck and success for the rest of the tournament.

Posted by CricketBirbal on (February 26, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

My Team for Hyderabad: Sehwag (last chance), Dhawan, Pujara, Tendulkar,Kohli, Rahane,Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Ojha,Sharma. Out-Bhuvaneshwar,Harbhajan and Vijay.

Posted by pitch_curator on (February 26, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

For all the aussie supporters here.. do not despair. The second test match is being held in my home town Hyderabad and Aussies have their best chance of winning here. The pitch has probably the best pace and bounce in India as I believe the soil was brought from Australia to lay the pitch. If you look at the Ranji matches held here this season you will see that the opening bowlers have taken truck loads of wickets and the pitch will deteriorate only after day 3. So, it would be a more even contest and Aussies should retain the same composition and opt for bowling first after winning the toss.

Posted by Naresh28 on (February 26, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

@vinay kolhatkar Same thoughts as you.lets try a player like Tiwary as opener. Just one gutsy knock could see a Tiwari/Rahane/Rayudu seal an opener slot. I also thought of Rohit Sharma - India's biggest problem is with their openers. Its a really tough job no doubt,but there must be someone with right temperament for the job.

Posted by Paras.Rishi on (February 26, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

I can't see the Aussies wining any test against India, maximum they can earn a draw at Mohali.

Posted by KingAjmal on (February 26, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Not much crowd in this whole test match :)

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

No criticism of the pitch. Criticism for the Aussies on not selecting a team suited to the conditions. India did and they won well and deservedly as a result. Naive Aussie selection policy (i.e. "play to our strengths" and not play to conditions) somewhat arrogant harking back to the heady days as unchallenged No.1 Test side.Selection in denial.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

good job done by whole indian team.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

It seemed as though Clarke wanted to make the margin of defeat shorter and may be put a dent in the confidence of Indian batsmen. The plan might have succeeded with the openers, but Sachin had different plans. In just two balls he just destroyed the whole Aussie plans and their confidence in bowling, whatever was remaining.

Feel blessed to have had the chance to see that from the cheering crowd. This was really the case of "Crowd going berserk".

Posted by phunny_game on (February 26, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

just hold on... all this crying and whining about the pitch by aussie fans... WHY... This is the same team that produced flattest of tracks against SA at home to negate their fast bowlers advantage, and in the one test that was in perth where its traditionally bowler friendly, they lost quite comprehensively and now complaining about the pitches because its an away tour... Well, thats convenient, isnt it!!!

When the team captain doesnt have a problem with the pitch (he himself scored a hundred in the first innings) , then why do u ppl keep bringing this issue up??

Posted by shiv_mishra on (February 26, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Reading through these comments, i feel test cricket is dying. Somebody posted 20 wickets by Indian spinners, surely it was a dead pitch. People need to understand what is dead pitch, spinning track, green top, pitch with bounce and carry. Nagpur against England was a dead pitch. This was a perfect subcontinental pitch.Weather makes it impossible to have reasonable swing in India during feb-nov.So what is the option? India tried to do away with spinning track and introduce tracks with even bounce.And we all saw for 4-5 years in middle part of last decade how many boring test matches we had.Even if pitches helped seamers on first day,they crumbled as the test match progressed making it impossible to take wickets in 3rd or 4th inings. And we cant do anything about it.That is the nature of subcontinental soil.So good that India has reintroduced spinning track As a test cricket fan, i go to see battle between bat and ball and it does not matter if the bowler is balling at 160 kmph or 60.

Posted by Rahulbose on (February 26, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Good win for India, but just like the Eng series the first test win is showing signs of weakness in this team. Watching Sehwag and Vijay one wonders why Jaffer is not playing in this eleven.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (February 26, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Australia will bounce back strongly in the next match just like England did three months ago and won the series. So long way to go for india

Posted by PANKAJ_GOGIYA on (February 26, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

congrats to India but i still think opening is a big concern.....murli vijay doesnt luk like a test player to me...bring in rahane......i dnt knw wat manoj tiwary has to do get a chance.......

Posted by Int.Curator on (February 26, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

Australia the lucky country. Lucky few aus. cricket players would have ever played cricket on such a poor wicket. It has become common place that wickets in india are below par. The poor pitch preparation bewilders and frustrates people in Aus so much they tune out. The Border Gavaskar trophy is only broadcast on pay TV and a mere speed hump to the Ashes series. Indian cricket need to step up and stop dragging cricket wickets back 100 years.

Posted by ste13 on (February 26, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

One more comment- I disagree with the critics of the pitch. It is good for cricket that we have diversity around the world and some different skills are required. Then you can see, which players can adapt to the conditions.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 26, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Well played and Congrats India, 8 wickets is a good victory margin and could've been much worse if it wasn't for that Portuguese guys valiant efforts. This shouldn't gloss over the glaring inefficiencies in the oz camp at the moment.

Oz management have some serious thinking to do, they cant go into the 2nd test match with the same team or it will be the identical outcome. I recommend getting their Pakistani batsman in the starting lineup. I was also dissapointed with Starc, he was in great form i expected him to do well.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

Well played india.Aussies shouldn't be complaining about the pitch at all .They have played on a worst pitch in Sri Lanka where they won series.It was a just quality spin bowling by the Indians.Morethan 1100 hundred runs been scored in the match and game went on to 5th day ,not like South African wickets where Aussies couldn't even made to 3rd days tea.So accept the defeat and move on to next game because series is not done yet. Good luck Aussies for the rest of series

Posted by Rags57 on (February 26, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

Daniel seems to take pleasure in repeatedly calling the MA Chidambaram stadium pitch a clay court. The clay court lasted almost five full days!! If India had a target of 200 in the last innings, we would have certainly had a real match that went down to the wire and perhaps to the last few overs as well. I guess that would have been the best compliment to a pitch that was by no stretch of imagination a minefield as the Australian reporters are making it out to be. If the Australians are not going to accept this as a reality like what England did, they will continue to get humiliated. I would urge them to learn from what England did and then who knows they could even snatch a series win from India like England did.

Posted by DanTas on (February 26, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

Well done India. Better team for the conditions. Think Doherty may have been a better Aussie option as the spinner, but we'll never know. As an aside, when I was a youngster we all aspired to playing high level cricket on "turf". Man, I saw precious little of that on this wicket. We talk about inconsistencies with umpiring. How about some consistency with wickets. At least a bit of grass should be a prerequisite for being a Test match venue. Not sour grapes, just an observation.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

At the outset, great applaud for how MSD marshaled his innings of record(s) breaking 224 but I would like to defer from MOM selection..As far as I understand the Test matches are more of taking 20 opposition wkts than piling mammoth runs. I understand Dhoni ensured a comfort zone for India by getting the lead to handy 192, but we need to give due credit to Ashwin who scalped match-winning 12 wkts, chipping in every time the team needed a breakthrough. Aussies missed the trick by going with pace attackt & lone spinner which allowed India to score, what they did in 1st innings.

I would give +1 to Dhoni for his captaincy skills for rotating spinners very tactfully.. If at all Dhoni was to be awarded MOM, he shud have been asked to share with Ashwin. There cud hv been scenario where MSD could have offered it to Ashwin..

Posted by ste13 on (February 26, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Good game. But again a lot of ponder for both teams. For India - Ohja should be back in place of Harbhalan, both openers should be replaced. Middle order clicked and I think this is the combinantion for a lot of time to come. Dhoni played a special knock - match winning, and very entertaining one - just for this he deserved the man of the mauch match award, just a fraction ahead of Ashwin (who showed huge improvement from England series). For Aus, there is a problem, they do not have quality spinners like Swann and Panesar, while some of the batsmen have problems with spin. Not looking good ahead of the rest of the series. But some changes have to be made. Tend to agree that they should bring Johnson and other spinner - whoever he is.

Posted by cyberflirt on (February 26, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

When Englishmen toured earlier, the pitches were no different.When u want to be No.1 in test rankings u have to adapt to all the conditions and come out successful.Or else this debate will never end at all..

Posted by real_gone_gadd on (February 26, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

If I was Australia, I would drop Siddle and bring in Maxwell for the next Test. Would give Lyon a reprieve after his second innnings showing, but make clear that Doherty is knocking on the door.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (February 26, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

Despite winning a crucial toss, Australia lost this Test primarily because of their poor first innings bowling effort. The pendulum swung decisively on the third evening as Dhoni went after a tired but skilled set of bowlers. The foundation to Dhoni's assault was laid on Day 2 and 3 by Pujara, Sachin and Kohli (MSD rightly acknowledged their contribution in the post match interview). But India's not-too-comfortable chase on the final morning should give enough clues to Australia about India's weak spots and choice of bowlers and method of attack in Hyderabad and the later matches. The penultimate maiden over of the match by Siddle to Sachin--fastish off cutters bowled to a fullish off spinners' length with a primarily run-denying split field--should have been the method of attack for Aussie pacemen throughout this Test match. Every loss has its lessons and Aussies should take their medicine and move on.

Posted by himanshu.team on (February 26, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

I am not too sure what the Aussies will do, but India need to make atleast two changes. Ojha must come back in place of Harbhajan. Vijay must go and Rahane should come in the squad. Also, clear warning must be issued to Sehwag, that unless he scores big, it will be his last test match for now. After that he will have to perform in Domestic cricket to earn his place back.

Posted by cyberflirt on (February 26, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

Why people around the world has to be criticising the pitch??EVery country plays their home test series to their own advantage. Does Oz produce a square turner pitches in Perth or Melbourne??then why crib about the Spin tracks in India? Spin is their forte and leave it at that. Its baseless to comment time and again about the quality of pitches instead of accepting that Oz are not good players of spin barring Clarke.

Posted by Hammond on (February 26, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

Wonder where RandyOz went? He's all over the England pages but doesn't even seem to follow his own team? Strange. Brilliant from Dhoni, expect 3 Indian spinners next test match and an even flatter surface.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 26, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

Lots of false parallels are being drawn with the Ind v Eng series before Christmas. Bear in mind that England scored over 400 in their second innings and started Day 5 with two batsmen at the crease who had already put on 140 together. In other words, the fight back had already started and India were in a position from which, had Ojha (9-165 in the Test) not made his early breakthrough England could even have escaped with an unlikely draw. Australia went from a position from which they had a likely draw and potential win tolosing thanks to a massive collapse: the momentum is different. Secondly, as has been pointed out, England had a single change in the balance of the side that allowed them to wrest superiority in the bowling department. Combined with more confident batting it changed the balance of the series. Also, in that 1st Test, Ravi Ashwin had Lyonesque figure of 4-191 and was completely neutralised as a threat by England, something that Australia have not managed.

Posted by CricketFirstLove on (February 26, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

I think we must lobby for neutral groundsmen like the neutral umpires. The take from this test is Dhoni and Moises Henrique. What great players both. It is just a bit unfortunate Henrique could not complete his debut century Lyon got out. Nevertheless a great fight back although a bit too late for Ausies. The Hyderabad match will be more exciting as neither team can afford complacency.

Posted by Mervo on (February 26, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

India really don't have to produce wickets like that to rescue national pride. Clay is not a good wicket for the future of the game. Ashwin also took a 12 for, in NZ on their seaming wickets and a fellow called Shane Warne did pretty well on the Australian 'green' wickets. So come on India look to the future of your cricket and stop paying for the pitch and pride, instead of the game.

Posted by hycIass on (February 26, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Much has been said about the condition or 'doctoring' of the wicket, but the pitch was the same for both teams and in fact Australia, batting first had the best of the pitch. Its not like we provide touring teams from the sub-continent low slow pitches when they tour Australia. What the pitch did show was effectively the following two points which are hard to dispute. Firstly we can't have 5 batsman with wade at 6 and must get 6 specialist batsman in in which case i would bring in Khawaja. Either way he needs to come in for Cowan or Hughes, my prefernce that Cowan be dropped as he hasn't done enough in his career and his fielding cost us dearly . Henriques is capable of bowling medium pace as the 4th bowler. Secondly While there is little in the wicket for quicks, success doesn't automatically greet you because you have a spinner in your team. Lyon took a few wickets but handed out runs per wickets like American banks handed out credit cards prior to the GFC.

Posted by Avi56 on (February 26, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

It might be a good win for india...but a very sad day for indian cricket too....Why??? Of all the 93 overs bowled in the second innings, the spinners bowled 90 overs... Ah..This is the highest Ratio of Spinners against fast bowlers in the History of Test Cricket that is 30:1... This clearly shows the defensive tactics of MSD which he always does especially on a dead pitch...He Does not trust his fast bowlers who were quite economical plus would have made it more challenging for Aussies..But anyway India won but not a convincing win...not an aggressive Game but purely Defensive...1 up but 3 to Go..

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

Congrets MSD,but your recordbreaking inning was instrumental this fabulous win. one more record perheps stastitions forget to note that MSD scored more than hundred run in one session of play.he scored 109 run in the third session of the third day .i think no other player in recent time did it.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Every country has its own speciality in pitches. For e.g. countries like Aus, SA have a speciality in preparing green tops, fast pitches. These suites fast bowlers. And not necessary from home team but also it suits the bowlers from travelling team. Similarly, pitches in sub-continent especially India are more suited to spin bowling. Eng proved it by carrying world class spinners with them, India can be beaten at home. The same trick was missed by Clarke & co. in the first test & went with all pace attack. They can bring Khwaja in place of Hudges / Cowan who had absolutely no answers to Ashwin & Co. They still have Doherty, Maxwell in their kitty. If they don't use them skilfully. 2-0 or maybe 3-0 is on the cards.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

in fact bring in both rahane and dhawan....let them atleast score 50 odd runs!!1

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

Wade is an absolute disaster when it comes to keeping to spin. He cost them the series against SA and this Chennai test is further proof of why Australia needs to call up an alternative keeper, especially since Haddin and Paine are better players of spin bowling too. Comeon Aussies, stop being in denial, you need horses for courses. Can't have 4 pace bowlers on Indian wickets, you do need a left arm spinner who can take the ball away from the right handed Indian batsmen and who therefore cannot be slogged through the onside, with the spin. Bring in Doherty and Haddin, drop Siddle or Starc, promote Clarke and Henriques up the order and then we will be in for a good fight in this series.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

20 wickets by indian spinners, surely it is dead wicket which has only supported the spinners. Bad selection by aussies, now they should inject more spinners, just like english did. the result will different. well played by dhoni and his spinners.

Posted by SP68 on (February 26, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

Congrats to India and MSD for the win after the series loss to England. Well begun is half done. But the Indian think tank should introspect into the positives and negatives. Opening pair is a concern and it is good to see Bhaji among the wickets, he is still not at his best and an a spinning wicket with bounce he did not get the best. Probably in HYd get back Ojha and also looking at the pitch we may go with only one pacer and having BHaji and Ojha in the team.

Posted by zac1968 on (February 26, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Great win india and great batting Dhoni. Highest score by an Indian wicket keeper I heard. The aussies tried had, but needed a few quality spinners in the attach to even things out. Having said that, if India want to travel to other countries and play good cricket, they need to stop doctoring the hone pitches. In Australia you can go to Perth with has a bouncy wicket, or Sydney which helps seamers and latter in the test spinners, Adelaide is similar. Taking a wire brush to the wicket the get rid of all the grass should not be part of the preparation of a pitch.

Posted by DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on (February 26, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

HERE2ROCK: "Who do they drop to accommodate Ohja"? This is not at all an issue. Drop both the openers, get Dhawan / Rahane and Ojha. Whatever the runs scored by the openers in the Chennai test will score by Ojha himself.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

Every country has its own speciality in pitches. For e.g. countries like Aus, SA have a speciality in preparing green tops, fast pitches. These suites fast bowlers. And not necessary from home team but also it suits the bowlers from travelling team. Similarly, pitches in sub-continent especially India are more suited to spin bowling. Eng proved it by carrying world class spinners with them, India can be beaten at home. The same trick was missed by Clarke & co. in the first test & went with all pace attack. They can bring Khwaja in place of Hudges / Cowan who had absolutely no answers to Ashwin & Co. They still have Doherty, Maxwell in their kitty. If they don't use them skilfully. 2-0 or maybe 3-0 is on the cards.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 26, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

Fanofcricket1234. I doubt if any player except KP from this generation can play such innings which changed The match in short span on a pitch Wich was turning lot. No doubt Dhoni is ordinary when playing on bouncy wicket but this inning was a masterclass

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Rasool & Mishra can replace Jadeja & Harbhajan. Gambhir & Tiwary (as an opener) should replace Vijay & Sehwag. Irfan Pathan/ Nayar & Yadav/ Pankaj Singh to replace Kumar & Ishant. 6 changes are necessary, since only Dhoni, Ashwin and 3 batsmen are contributing.

Posted by anuragclk on (February 26, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

plz i will request shewag sir to fire coz critics are opening their mouth very loudly...............plz sir

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 26, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

380 is a par first innings score. 200 odd on that pitch was not terrible either.The bowling was a bit toothless and the difference really was Dohni who turned a close match into a procession.The Australia selectors constant mistake is bringing players into test cricket after a few good scores, yet over 30 years old with averages under 40 at first class level. That's banking on what they think is safe mediocrity. You've got to get the younger blokes with potential in there. Its time now to bring in Khawaja most likely for Cowan whose dropped catch of Kumar cost us and who failed to capitalise on both starts in the game. Won't even go into his average after 14 tests but the fact is that Watson is a better opener. And get Burns into future series, he is a very good talent.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 26, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Matthew Waste....Oh I'm sorry, Matthew Wade. Brad Haddin copped heaps for his dismissal in South Africa not long ago. Wade's 2nd innings dismissal against India was far worse than Haddin's. Healy was a better bat than Wade, Marsh too, even Zoehrer would've shown more application.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

I expected India to win even from the first day's play when Australia scored over 300 runs with M.Clarke scoring a century. Because the wicket prepared for the Test was a deliberate turner from day one. This is not in the interest of Indian Cricket in the long run. We are trying to win the wrong way by making substandard pitches just to win. I am advocating normal Indian Wickets like the ones we had in the great series of 2001-02 when India won 2-1 with master class Laxman's 281. The wickets were not deliberately doctored to be dust bowl. This strategy of preparing substandard pitches will be self defeating in the long run. We will be white washed again and again abroad when our spinners will fail abroad and our fast bowlers will not make as much impact as other fast bowlers. Because you do not play them in India and they in turn miss much needed experience and skill in alien conditions. To dominate as a world class cricket team, India needs to be ambitious to succeed every where.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

I hope India show due appreciation to Australia's NSP for the win. Yes, i know its only the first test but already the writing is on the wall. Watson & Hughes should be dropped immediately. Not that Khawaja or maxwell are any better against spin but they sure can't be worse. Siddle should be replaced by Doherty (for God's sake don't give Smith a game) & Wade put on notice. Paine should be put on standby (his keeping is better than Haddin & he scored runs on the last Indian tour). Only Clarke, Patto & Henriques can feel safe at this stage.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (February 26, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

De'ja' vu? Oz has faithfully followed England's path last November. What happened after that? England wised up & got Monty in, -- & in the same breath, India took their foot off the gas. If India wants to ensure that the boot remains on the throat of Oz, then Ojha - about whom they know little - has to reappear. It would be all too easy for MSD & Fletcher to think that a winning side doesn't need changing. From here everyone can expect Oz to redouble their efforts & come back as strongly as ever. These days the Oz side is not star-studded, but one Oz characteristic never changes: their resilience.

Posted by shankyvar on (February 26, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

Out of the total runs Australia scored, 68% came from right handers. With two specialist off spinners in the team, India was able to control the game but not by much. Had it not been Dhoni's innings, India would have been chasing a total in excess of 200+ having been 406/8 at one stage. The match could have gone either ways then. So, comfortable win as it seems as of now should not make India complacent. Furthermore, India must include Ojha in the next match as he has a good record against the right handers. They can do away with Ishant atleast for Hyderabad test and replace with him Ojha. Time to give a chance to Shikhar Dhawan as well, to try a left hand-right hand combination at the top. Both Sehwag and Vijay have been a big failure in this test. Rest of the team looks quite balanced as of now. Congratulations to the Indian team !

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

@ Darren Taylor yes sir you are spot on. The day five result and 5 fors from both types of bowler hundreds from both teams. we Australians are never going to get a pitch like that in Aus just as India will never see WACA or GABBA pitch. The question is this good for cricket. AUST, SA ENG cricket yes, the more exposure we get to this kind of pitch the better. With more and more cricket played in India IPL ect international players get better on this kind of wicket. My concern is foe the future of Indian pace bowling I mean why would you bother was it less than 10% of there overs bowled by the quicks. Not much of a future there. So the rest of the world will struggle but get better on these pitches the Indian bats will still struggle against good quicks because they will never develope them at home with these wickets. Maybe these pitches will be short term wins long term slide to cricketing oblivian. Hope I am wrong

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 26, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

380 is a par first innings score. 200 odd on that pitch was not terrible either.The bowling was a bit toothless and the difference really was Dohni who turned a close match into a procession.The Australia selectors constant mistake is bringing players into test cricket after a few good scores, yet over 30 years old with averages under 40 at first class level. That's banking on what they think is safe mediocrity. You've got to get the younger blokes with potential in there. Its time now to bring in Khawaja most likely for Cowan whose dropped catch of Kumar cost us and who failed to capitalise on both starts in the game. Won't even go into his average after 14 tests but the fact is that Watson is a better opener. And get Burns into future series, he is a very good talent.

Posted by dariuscorny on (February 26, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

danger signs for India,although they won coz of 2-3 great individual performance.openers are a huge concern,both Vijay and Sehwag looked clueless,Sehwag has passed his prime,Vijay is the worst batsman in the planet,Ishant Sharma was picthing short with mediocre pace,he has to put some gas in his bowling ,he can or else he will find himself out of the team as there are other bowlers waiting for a chance.Harbhajan as Sehwag looks to hv past his prime....literrally India is playing with 4 batsmen(minus 2 operners and 1 jadeja) and 2 bowlers(minus 2 seamers and 1 bhajji).just give chance to Dhawan or Rahane in openining slot in place of Vijay(as he is a definite drop)......

Posted by JanpreetSingh on (February 26, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

Australia will come hard.. They just have to redefine their batting order with clarke at number 4 and henriques at number 5. Also drop siddle and get doherty in. For India, they also need some changes.. They should have selected Jaffer as a third opener.. With Jaffer and Dhawan to open, they both place pacers well.. Also pls drop Harbhajan and get Ojha in.. Even against left hander he will bowl much better than bhajii.. I must say, India must be very sharp in second test because somehow aus will come back very hard in second test.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

@sandt

A win is a win.Instead of predicting the result of the rest of the series its better to appreciate the hard work and the effort that the Indian team put in to win this match so convincingly.I don't know what the result is gonna be for the rest of the matches but this win was no fluke,the team thoroughly deserved this win! and for the people who are not satisfied with MSD's batting in tests,you can see his last 10 test scores :) When India wins,MSDs captaincy is not appreciated but IF they lose,he's a thoughtless captain.What a joke.

Posted by Manavrbi on (February 26, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

Well done India... In my opinion Dhoni and Ashwin both should have shared the man of the match award.. 12 wickets out of 20? how can u left Ashwin?... After this easy win, still need to change is required in Indian Squad..... Sehwag and Vijay should be replaced by Rahane and Gambhir...... Harbhajan with Ojha.... and if spinning track in the next match too then Ishant could be replaced with one more new commer spinner, might be Rasool.....

Posted by SirViv1973 on (February 26, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

@Jonsey2, Have a bit of respect! all the rest of the Oz fans are big enough to admit that that was a great Inns from Dhoni not 'a freak' as you describe it, give a bit of credit where its due. If you think that was the only difference between the teams then you need to get your head out the sand. If Clarke would have been given out on day 1 you would have lost this match by an inns and the game would have been over in 3 & a bit days, even without that its still a very comprehensive defeat. Got some other news for you Khawlja isn't just going to come in and transform the batting he only ave 29 & you already have 4 batsman in the top 6 ave well under 40! oh and your stuck with Wade for the rest of the series. It's also pretty likely that Ind will play their best bowler Ojha in the next game i'm not sure Oz really have anyone on the bench who can come in & make any real difference.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 26, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

@James_Murphy, stamping the passport will not help Australia in urgency and that too vs India. The record of Fawad Alam in not good in subcontinent condiitons(Pakistan) and dont hope he will come good so early that too vs India. If Indian batsmen start thinking him as pakistani than ask Saqlain Mustaq or recently Saeed Ajmal how they feel when they are hit all around the ground.

Posted by Fleming_Mitch on (February 26, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Dissapointed to see our boys lose, but Dhoni take a bow but that was a long time coming.We need to stop him this series. He is a gun player when he is on form and my favourite player to watch besides Clarke. India did win the first test against England though and then failed badly so its still very early days here…. Good start nonetheless. Khawaja is a must and must come in, and not at the expense of Hughes but for Cowan who has failed to cement his spot after 14 tests in a row. @Reternogenous i am a fan of both Hughes and Khawaja but Hughes has issues with spin and Khawaja is much improved this season against spin under boof. @SRK666 i also like the lineup alot more with Watson, Warner, Hughes, Khawaja as the top 5. I am optimistic that collectively this team will improve as the series progresses. I doubt it will be enough to win the series, but we shall see.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 26, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

@ jonesy2 comes up with some real crackers, but these 2 really take the cake. First, he wrote "aside from the result, no team really got the upper hand in the series." What on earth is that supposed to mean? Aside from the result: does that mean "ignoring the fact that India won by 8 wickets?" A draw would mean that no team has the upper hand. After 1 match, India definitely has the upper hand. It is the one that just spanked Australia.

The second jonesy cracker:"pattinson shows hes the best bowler in world cricket." Yea right. 5 for 97 suddenly makes him the best in the world? Did Ashwin's 7 for 103 and five for 95 not happen in the same match? On the same pitch? And as for current quicks bowling in India, Dale Steyn's 7 for 51 in Nagpur are the kind of figures that have kept him ranked as the the no.1 bowler in the world since 2009. Claiming that Pattinson is the best bowler is about as accurate as saying that Wade is the best keeper, and about as funny.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 26, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Well played. Excellent pitch. It produced runs wickets everything. Those who r saying pitch was not good don't know anything abt cricket. If pitch favors pace and swing it's a sporting wicket but if it turns like this it's not a good wicket ? I can't understand this logic. I m sure ENG would have won with a big margin on this pitch as they have 2 quality spinners and great player of spin in KP cook prior etc

Posted by ultrasnow on (February 26, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

For a Tendulkar fan all seems right with the world right now. The great man had a good outing and was even in the middle when the winning runs were scored. I can't stop myself grinning goofily at all and sundry right now on a busy Mumbai street.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 26, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

First thing...good play India ...deserved to win. was far better team in all the facets. Aus is heavily inexp. w.r.t most vital aspects viz. Batting unit - Ex, Clark and maybe Watson - the spin.. well just no quality there and Lyon does not look like has in hit to take the load of Aus' lead spinner with pressure to deliver in spin tracks .Doherty in/Lyon out ... much more potent vs Ind's RHB with is pace in the air and a natural stump line attack with bit of turn away...also he gives choice to Clark to use the rough o/s leg bowling to RHB to be used as effective restrictive /attacking ploy to players used to mostly looking for scoring chances v spinners ..Also Hughes out/Khwaja plays ...need to find way to fit Johnson in ...a bowler of his potential has to play ... lots to play for in series with flat H'bad pitch and sporting Mohali affording Aus' best chance of clawing back with win with the respective bowling merits of both sides.. Even bog avg . Eng won aft. big 1st test loss..

Posted by Sugath on (February 26, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Test cricket reminds one of the old story where the Stork invited the Fox to dinner and Fox to Stork. When Fox arrived for dinner he found two containers with long neck containing things to drink, and had to just stay put till Stork drank from both.Then Fox invited Stork to dinner where drinks were served on flat plates. That is what is now happening in Test cricket. In India they make pitches that turn on first day while in Australia they bounce and swing on all five days. The reality is that it is difficult to say which team is better.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

Remove useless Vijay and harbhajan. Bring in ojha and dhawan. Give one last chance to sehwag next test.

Posted by Davcunto_Gravitas_Don_Statman on (February 26, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

I am happy to see India win.But you know sachin still did not get his hundred!

Posted by PkZindabaad on (February 26, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

I won't disagree with indians preparing turning tracks in sub continent. Look at what that we got from South Africa, swinging conditions and negated our best bowler Ajmal- the master of spin. Its high time we subcontinent teams need to dish out pitches that would be difficult for players from South Africa, Aus, Eng to play spin.

Posted by N.Sundararajan on (February 26, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

N. Sundararajan from Chennai----Daniel Brettig---please be fair and unbiassed in your reports---do not be carried away by personalities----Sachin's first six was flat and barely fell outside the ropes---the second was better , but still not towering! For you to refer these two as "TOWERING SIXES'- clearly shows your bias towards Sachin ! Personal biases have no place in a formal report on the premier website of the game!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

As a neutral, that was a cracking test match and a cracking pitch. No declarations, a result on the fifth day, a double century, two other centuries, five fors for both pace and spin. How can anyone moan about that?

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

@Jonesy2 Pattinson the best bowler in the world?! Seriously?!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

well done INDIA , It is a great to watch India win in a test match after long time.

Posted by Retrogenius on (February 26, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

Well done India - too good for us this time. MS Dhoni is a champion - good to see the number 1 scapegoat receive some recognition from the Indian public.

I can see a few positives for Australia - Clarke's continued brilliance, Henriques' arrival and the fire of Pattinson, but the truth is that we are still an average side.

We can get better if the right team is selected and allowed to develop. however, a few players seem to have secured their place prematurely.

Matthew Wade was very lucky to get in while Tim Paine was injured - he seems to be half the wicketkeeper that Paine is and a Gen - Y batsman who wants instant glory. Paine has the maturity that the side desperately needs, even if he can't slog sixes at the rate of his counterpart.

Watson is deeply overrated as a batsman. If he can't bowl, his position is tenuous.

How Hughes got in front of Usman Khawaja I'll never understand. Reverberations of the White Australia policy, or another case of the in-club mentality?

Posted by Sandt on (February 26, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

Is this series going the same way of Eng series. In that series first test one Indian batsmen scored double century another one century.Indian spinners bowled like magic and got them twice almost cheaply.India won by 9 wickets and here it was 8 wickets.And indian media write-off Eng after first test and boost India with lot of praise.We have seen what happened from 2nd test.Eng came back and played positive cricket, india sudenly start batting and bowling like they are alien to the conditions.India lost the series after long time in subcondinent.This series is also heading towards same result as we can expect Aus to come back strongly in next test.While opposition is attacking Dhoni is a pathetic captain without any options. we have seen that earlier also.

Posted by SachBro on (February 26, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

This is something I never understood. When India wins, all hail Team effort, when India loses, it's Sachin's fault and he should retire. Please understand that Sachin and Kohli's innings and their partnership was perhaps the most important aspect of this victory. They performed when the chips were down. Dhoni played brilliantly, but I would like to see how he reacts if middle order crashes, as opening pair is already doing nothing. I know when people say it's a team effort, Sachin is in it. But don't just bash him when India loses.

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (February 26, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

Fantastic win from India. No doubt on that. However lot of pending problems still remain which need to be addressed immediately. Then only Indian team can sustain the winning rhythm. *Drop Sehwag & Vijay. Bring in Rayudu & Dhawan *Drop Harbhajan & Ishant. Bring in Ojha & Umesh Yadav. *Tiwari can be tried as an alternative to Jadeja. He is a better batsman who can also bowl decent spin. These changes can be done in a phased manner so that we can come up with right combination well ahead of the South Africa trip.. Hope the present selectors think on these lines.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 26, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

So what can Aussies do now? Well, if they don't want to lose any further matches, they should have the batting personnel who can protect their team. If they want to win, then they should have the bowling personnel. Aussies should be realistic about what they have. If they honestly feel that they have the bowling personnel who could knock over the Indian batsmen, then they should draft that bowler in ASAP (remember how England drafted Monty in ASAP?). If they don't have any classy spin bowler to join Lyon, then their best bet is to step back and protect their team - get batsmen who can play spin - Khawaja may be? But if Bedi is to be taken on his face value and if Indians draft in Rasool, then I think Aussies are in for some trouble even if they draft in good batsmen against spin. Ojha, Ashwin and Rasool will be more than a handful for any visitors on our pitches. Tough for Aussies now. They are short by one spinner and one more batsman who can play spin with authority like Clarke.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

The reason why England were more succesful in India as compared to Australia - 1) they played steadily without being aggresseive. 2) matt prior contributed far more than wade.3) England spinners were handy than aus spinners.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 26, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

Everybody against poor Jadeja , his technic against pace bowling need to be corrected but he bowled very well taking the workload of other bowlers by bowling bulk amount of overs without conceding much runs and brings balance to the bowling attack Rain and Yuv raj cannot bowl this much overs please understand.I always like his attitude and he saved some runs also

Posted by Theredbaron on (February 26, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

As I said before, this is a very poor Australain side. Now that Hussey has gone, Clarke is expected to shoulder the responibility of the batting alone. They have a very poor bowling attack, although Pattinson did ok. They need Brad Hadden back in a hurry. Right now only Clarke would make the South African side, and thats the reality of the situation.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

drop vijay and bhajji, bring in rahane & Ojha

Posted by CoolCharlie on (February 26, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

I dont understand people saying that pitch was not of international standard. Thats pretty lame. Is spin not part of cricket? Is it Hockey or football? You call yourself an international player. You ought to know how to play spin. So this was a good pitch. You got players making runs and also you get a result . All wickets are good pitches if they give you result. All types of wickets should be promoted no matter it is spinning or pacy one. Thats the beauty of cricket. You should know how to play in every condition before you call yourself best.

Posted by maddy20 on (February 26, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

Aus need to play one spinner and Clarke needs to bowl a bit more for Aus to have any kind of chance. Wade is hilarious to watch. He has easily dropped around 5 catches in the match. One wonders why in the world the OZ selectors picked him ahead of Haddin!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

Congrats to India! We played to our strengths. It was great to see Sachin scoring fluently. Thanks to him, the team got a great foundation and didnt collapse after the openers went cheaply. MSD was unbelievably great - he must bat at 6. At 7, he comes under too much pressure with very little time. At 6, he gets time to settle in and play his range. The obvious questions are the openers, Bhajji and Jadeja. Sehwag has to deliver soon and Vijay has to justify his selection over Jaffer. Bhajji probably will play the next test in all fairness- though the team has to get Ojha backin his homeground - he was the highest wicket taker against England, a better side than Australia. He cant be sitting out. Jadeja has to deliver with the bat - else Rahane is a better choice at 6 or 7. Good luck for Hyderabad - Viru please score a century and shut up your ccritics!!!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

The Smell of victory is the greatest joy for any sportsman,Congratulations Team India for you have made 1-0 lead in the series. I also like to add like the hyderabad pitch is to be as same as Chennai,so replace ishant by ojha,it will be great combination. And who knows the Test match might last for just 3 Days.

Enjoy:)

Posted by sweet2hrme on (February 26, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

India good win aftr a long time.. But i want few changes in next match hope team selectors or team management are watching our comments! Starts with Openers! Murli Vijay is not fit 4 test level. Some players are good only in domestic level it works similar 4 Murli Vijay! Good t20 player but not 4 test! Shikhar Dhawan shld be open with sehwag! Ojha will find his place but whom?? I think india shld drop one of faster may be bhuvneshwar! Sehwag shld be given another chance. Rahne is another inclusion in place of jadeja! So my team is: 1 Sehwag 2 Dhawan 3 Pujara 4 Sachin 5 Kholi 6 Dhoni 7 Jadeja/Rahane 8 Aswin 9 Bajji 10 Ojha 11 Ishant

Posted by SamRoy on (February 26, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

@Mitty2 I shouting at the top of my lungs in every Australian forum (even though I support India) that Wade is the worst Australian Test WicketKeeper I have ever seen and they need Paine (Haddin was bad but not Wade-bad). If they need a batsman they can play him (Wade) as a specialist batsman (I am not sure they need it after seeing his ability against spin). If you ask me, play Haddin as a specialist batsman (in place of Hughes or Cowan; both are bad players of spin) and Paine as wicketkeeper in India.

Posted by sam.sandeep_aryan on (February 26, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

Dhoni is my favourite. He deserves MOM award. He did a great job But i still think he should come at number 5 and spend more time with regular batsman to become more threatening for opposition. M vijay misused this opportunity to score runs. He should be replaced by rahane

Posted by SRK666 on (February 26, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

Oz Batting: Cowan + Watson showed enough to think that they can adjust to the conditions and make decent scores. The liability in Australia's batting lineup is Hughes. On low, slow pitches he can't use the pace of the ball to carve between cover and gully, and he can't drive through mid-on and midwicket. Khawaja isn't going to be the difference between winning and losing, but he has a better all round technique suited to these conditions. That said, it also wouldn't surprise if Khawaja slotted in at 4 or 5, with Hughes opening instead of Cowan---this is a more balanced batting order.

Oz Bowling: real problem was Siddle + Starc were completely impotent, and Dhoni had a once in a career innings. 1 spinner is enough; mostly pace attack worked for SA in 2000, almost worked for Oz in 2001 (if not for Laxman + Dravid), and worked for Oz in 2004. Those teams had better pace bowlers; but they were bowling to a much better batsmen. Different bowlers wouldn't have helped Australia all that much

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 26, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

well done INDIA , Now push for 4-0 series win. opening is only problem , aus have problems in every facet of game , they might slip few ranks down the icc ranking come the end of series.if vijay is again selected , i wud lose hope in humanity. bhajji needs to go , ojha needs to come back(best bowler on these pitches). siddle ,starc ,lyon need to stay in aus team for easy victories for indians, doherty is also welcome by indian fans.hughes cowan and wade should play all tests , they are good for indian morals. go team BLUE. WIN 4-0

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (February 26, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

with england having shown the aussies how to do it very recently, it beggars belief that Mickey Mouse Arthur and his hapless gang chose the players they did... and will patto be able to play 2 in a row or will clarke have done him like he did cummo in sa

Posted by satchander on (February 26, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Somehow feel this is not a very convincing victory by India. Allowing the aussies to score 241 on such a detiorated pitch clearly shows our spinners did not bowl their best. I mean apart from Ashwin who clearly was the pick, the other two Jadeja and Bhajji were not very impressive. Still I would say Jadeja will get a nod ahead of Bhajji beacuse he bagged 5 wickets compared to Bhajji's 3. So the axe must fall on Bhajji and I really Dhoni brings back Ojha. This way we would have a better attack. Also at least one of the openers if not both have to be dumped. I defintely want to see Rahane or Dhawan opening in Hyd. But knowing Dhoni, I don't think he will tinker with any of the changes that we are all discussing in this forum.

Posted by din7 on (February 26, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

first of all well played aussies (im indian for all those fumin) just remember what target did india despite havin 3 spinners on spinning track gave to eng in 4th innings 38 and 57 and aus gave 50 with just 1 spinner or sorry slow bowler, aus were going to lose this series with lack of spinners and batting strength its just the diiference with how much they are goin to lose the series, aus managed 380 and 241..which is good considerin their battin and india though won this match are certainly going downwards,aswin isnt a class spinner, its just aus batting that make him look good, had it been SA i dont know how they are goin to get amla and kallis wicket? they will certainly win here without a frontline spinner no doubt,sachin is lookin good agin? hahahah its just lack of good spin bowlin from aussies and too much pace bowlin on spinning track let him go to Sa in next series he will surely understand his expiry date has already expired, aus is goin to lose this and next1 in eng

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Some good comments regarding the future Aussie team. This game was in Australia's favour, until a once in a life-time performance from Dhoni. Aust. may have won with Doherty. I am not convinced that Doherty is the right spinner, but if he had played, he would have taken a few wickets and eased the pressure on Lyon. Why Okeefe is not in India, is a mystery, but as he is not, the next test team will include Doherty and Johnson. Cowan is worth keeping and will be a success against England. Open with Watson and Warner with Cowan at 3, Hughes(one more chance, though he will be suited in English conditions) and Clarke at 5, Henriques at 6, followed by the keeper and bowlers. Pattison, Johnson and the 2 spinners

Posted by PrameshP on (February 26, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

Well Done India........Particularly SRT........now no pressure for Sachin when he will go for bat in 2nd test! I am sure we can see couple of hundreds from SRT in this test series. Good luck Sachin!

Posted by heathrf1974 on (February 26, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

The Aussies put in a brave perfromance. Hopefully we can improve for the next test. I would like to see Khawaja in for Hughes, Doherty in for Starc, and Johnson for Siddle. It's a shame Bird is injured he would have been my pick to partner Pattinson.

Posted by Paddy789 on (February 26, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

Positives for India - Ashwin, Dhoni, Kohli back in good touch. B Kumar is good but this pitch was not for him. Negatives- Opening Slot, and wrapping the oppositions tail enders. Fielding was good though but still can be improved.

Michael Clarke, Henriques, Pattinson and for me Ed Cowan are the positives for Australia, Even if they add one more spinner it wont make much difference as they can be handled easily by India's in form middle order.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 26, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

@ Sugath suggests that differences in pitches around the world translates as "come to my place and i will teach you a lesson." Well you can't be watching much cricket, Sugath. South Africa in the last year toured New Zealand, England & Australia and beat them all. They did not lose one test. They were supposed to play in the sub-continent this year but Sri Lanka won't play tests against them. England just beat India, in India! They taught India the lesson.

Pitches don't win test matches - batting, bowling and fielding does! Australia could beat India if they had a keeper instead of a bloke with gloves who drops the catches that win matches!

Posted by pun_eat on (February 26, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Whats with the pitch fus..game went till day 5 ..what more can one expect ..pitches like AUS, SA where game ends in three days ??

Posted by pun_eat on (February 26, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

its good to see Master presenting some demos to the younger generations

Posted by Nightwing32 on (February 26, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Congrats to India, they outplayed Australia but Australia had their chances, just need bring in Doherty and play better. This is a solid team, just need to bat better, bowler better and field better. One dropped catch made the difference. Australians will come back. Nice to Reeks do well though, really great. I always liked him but never thought he was test standard (still early though)

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

"as shane warne said "" there is no such wicket as bad or good, best players find a way to score and take wickets "" ........... Right on Shane......but in the same breath......Aus selectors need to select a side for the conditions, just the same as they invariably pick 4 quicks at the WACA. Two spinners (to ease some of the burden on Lyon) and more right-handers required in the top order (inexperienced lefties struggle with the offspinning ball turning away from them in the subcontinent). Moises Henriques' outstanding debut assisted by his right-handedness (even RHB Nathan Lyon lasted 85 mins & 77 balls in the second inns).

Posted by xsSandy on (February 26, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

I wonder how many suggestions Aussie n Indian fans are offering. Ain't both teams think tank clever enough to take wise decisions? At least, they understand game much better than us for the simple reasons that they have been playing, coaching for many years and have probably seen the pitches/ grounds much closer than us. They can simply read the game better than us.

If PAK lost 3-0 to RSA, is it team combination to blame or simply the skills, talent, experience and better preparations are the differences?

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (February 26, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Congrats to India who thoroughly outplayed and exposed the weakest Australia team for 35 years. In terms of whether Eng have much to worry about later in the year the answer is an emphatic no. We already knew they have 1 decent bat in Clarke and Pattinson shows a bit of potential but will probably hobble off injured at some stage in this series. On a more positive note I reckon I can pick Lyon's straight'un.

Posted by here2rock on (February 26, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Good win for India but their side for the 2nd Test Match will still be uncertain. Openers is a big headache for India. Dhwan should have played this match, Murali Vijay has not been in good form for a while. Their bowling remains uncertain, Harbhjan bowled well in the second innings here. Who do they drop to accommodate Ohja? Jadeja bowled well too and took important wickets. Ishant Sharma could be dropped but too many spinners and throws the balance of the side out. Plenty to think about for the Indian think tank.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 26, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

@Sugath on (February 26, 2013, 5:24 GMT), there's just one little flaw in your description of pitches around the world: pitch preparation has absolutely no direct bearing on swing. The ball swings in the air and has to do so before it hits the pitch to be effective. The ball and the atmospheric conditions are what affect swing. Now, if the pitch and the outfield have a good covering of grass then the ball will stay newer for longer and can enable conventional swing to last longer, while less grass can cause the ball to get roughed up quicker and thereby start reversing sooner, but grass on the pitch does not make the ball swing. If the ball is not swinging to begin with then no amount of grass on the pitch is going to make it do so. Grass on the pitch can have an effect on seam movement though. As for who's best, how each team adapts to less familiar conditions is going to be a fairly good indicator. By that measure SA are currently a deserving #1.

Posted by pun_eat on (February 26, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

@soumyas raina is not in squad..and one doesnt fir two openers at a time ...dhawan should be in purely because he is a leftie . and it would help against quality fast bowling . .rahane at 6 wold be great too

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

The way SRT & MSD played in this Test was really awesome.They need to carry this form throughout the series. Selectors need to think seriously on the opening pair issue. May be Dhawan or A Nayar deserve a chance here.

Posted by soumyas on (February 26, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

On rank turning and variable bouncy pitch they left OJHA. and included JADEJA and he took 4-5 insignificant wickets and selectors are justified.. On flat batting pitches they will include OJHA and he will sweat hard and struggle... look at the lost test matches vs England, where even Ashwin struggled get wickets but OJHA performed well but we lost the game. selectors keep OJHA OUT for next match and they prepare rank turners becuase we LOST, and include JADEJA again. At the end of day everyone looks at statistics... Ironically very few ppl analyse bowler's wickets QUALITATIVELY (which also depends on bowlers ability to get the wicket, not by batsman's mistakes)...

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

A problem called 'Sehwag'. Since recent - in fact a prolonged past, the problem with sehwag has not been that he is not making runs and not doing his job as opener. The problem is that now every Tim, Dick, Harry can now get him out. It's shameless that he is still sticking there by luck and the selectors not experimenting with others - as if there is dearth of solid openers. It's time to ask Dhawan to open, and Sehwag goes back his Ranji team. Doubt, has he get a place there too.

Posted by Batesta on (February 26, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

What about Haden...... he may not be everyones cup of tea, but the guy is a better keeper then Wade and has shown given his performances back at State level to be a reliable bat.

This idea of squeezing a batter into a keeping role is just wrong, but if you are going to do it - there has got to be a net gain. Wade is a better bat, but Haden is not that far behind that Wades keeping inadequacies are justified.

Healy was on the mark earlier this summer.

Posted by realfan on (February 26, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

@soumyas i agree with most of your options... but dont you have option other than raina to replace jadeja????? why cant ambati raydu/ rohit sharma/ abhishek nayar????? raina has given many chances an he got great start( scored century on debut ) but he coudnt capitalise on that.....but i still think jadeja is better than raina for TEST cricket.....

Posted by nzcricket174 on (February 26, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

I seriously hope Nathan Lyon is still around by the end of this tour. Remember last time? Hauritz had a rough tour of India and they dropped him, despite having a pretty good record in context of his team. Please don't make the same mistake again.

Posted by Simoc on (February 26, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

India were miles to good here and the Oz batting looks increasingly brittle. The problem with bringing in Khawaja now is that he is lead footed to start and can't turn the strike over. Plus they'll need to play him in all the tests to give him a fair go. So put Hughes and Khawaja down for minus 100 runs this series. The problem with Steve O'Keefe is he is barely state grade ability but has an army of infatuated lovers. The run scoring is up to Watson and Clarke with the odd Warner special. Wade seems to be getting worse on every outing. Not really up to scratch now. Can Pattinson get through two tests in a row. We'll soon Know.

Posted by realfan on (February 26, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

how can we afford the openers who doesn't have patience to score 50 runs both included when they have all the day for them.....let patience alone they dont have footwork whatsoever..... i cant see vijay and sehwag playing in any match in this series hereafter..... its high time to test rahane...

Posted by GMathews on (February 26, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

Indian eleven changes for Hydrabad test:- Sehwag and Murali Vijay out get Sikhar Dhavan and Rahane(openers) in , they must get Ojha in also

Posted by Meety on (February 26, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

Congrats to India. Very well played Dhoni. His captain's knock shaded Clarke's, but the speed in which he rattled along meant that India had plenty of time to go for a win. Didn't like the pitch, but Oz still could of winked out anouther 40 or 50 runs in the 1st innings & then another 50 odd in the 2nd innings which would of been a tough 150-run chase. The 3 stand outs for Oz were - Clarke, Henriques & Patterson. == == == For the 2nd Test; my side would be 1. Warner, 2. Watson, 3. Hughes, 4. Clarke, 5. Khawaja, 6. Henriques, 7. Wade, 8. Starc, 9, Pattinson, 10. Lyon, 11. Doherty 12th Maxwell. I would bring SO'K over for Bird & straight into the team if the world revolved around me.

Posted by jay_vkjay on (February 26, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

India Positives: 1. Sachin & Kohli back in form 2. Ashwin back to the killer instinct with the ball. 3.Dhoni's Batting and captaincy improved

India Negatives: 1. Hapless opening pair 2. Harbhajan is only the shadow of himself in early 2000s 3. Pace duo can't do anything

Australia Positives: 1. Batting of Clarke and Henriques 2. Pattinson's good bowling in unfriendly conditions

Australia Negatives: 1. Collective failure of Top order 2. Wrong bowling combination 3. Matthew Wade way below Brad Haddin in both keeping and batting.

Posted by Sando008 on (February 26, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

This defeat of Australia has given them lot more concern to think about their strategy and their gameplan which is not worked in this 1st test. We all know they can bounce back and become more dangerous in next game but they need to think seriously about their team combination. It was not ideal to going with almost 4 seamers and 1 spinner. Smith should have been there in the team. For India they have done superb job with bat and ball after disappointing performance against England. We'll see some good cricket in upcoming matches because aussies always known for their fighting spirit but they are having some serious concerns about their batting which is totally busted by the indian spinners. We have to see what gameplan they adopt in next game. Cheers for India for this comprehensive win against their top opponent. We know there is weakness in aussies's batting and what we'll make a good use of it in next game yet to see.....

Posted by SamRoy on (February 26, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

India needs to play at least two proper spinners. Ashwin is a proper spinner when he is not trying a hundred different things. Ojha is the only other proper spinner (and a better spinner than Ashwin) in the squad. We are kidding if we think Jadeja will be the next Monty Panesar. Panesar bowls at 93 kms/hr and actually gives the ball a rip. So every second ball turns. Jadeja basically bowls darts at 93 kph and depends on the pitch to take top order wickets. He is not an attacking spinner to top order batsman. Also, Jadeja is not a top 6 batsman (can't play good fast bowling.) Harbhajan is a long way past his prime. People were praising that he bowled well on that pitch but come on after playing 100 tests if you bowl like that on that pitch you are begging to be dropped. He needs to be dropped and replaced by Rasool. Ishant nowadays does nothing. He and Sehwag need dropping as well.

Posted by GrtIndia_Ann on (February 26, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

One among many other reasons why Australia lost so cheaply is their aggressive attitude towards the game irrespective of the situation of the match and strength of the team.....they should humbly accept the fact that they are no longer the invincible team that they were 6 or 7 years back....India have been fragile against England few months back....but a lot of that good performance from England can be attributed to their patience in adjusting to Indian conditions....they tried to be calm and patient...but not ruthless....u cant come down the track to a spinner every time u face two consecutive maidens....understand the situation, evaluate your strenghts and WEAKNESSES, respect the opposition......then u can surely succeed...atleast avoid an embarrassment.....

Posted by CricFan24 on (February 26, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

All the armchair selectors - Please just Relax ! Attacking batsmen sometimes play a few innings which turn a match - Sehwag, Dhoni, Lara, VVS, Gilchrist etc...Happens just a couple of times or so in their entire careers...Can't go about making wholesale changes in a team based on that.

Posted by crh8971 on (February 26, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

@Mitty2 - Paine may be better with the gloves than Wade but he is averaging 18 in Shield cricket this year. Better a talented batsmen that gets out occasionally to an ill advised shot than one that is a liability. To be fair to Wade the pitch looked a tough one to keep on and he gave away less byes in the Indian innings of 572 than Dohni did in the Aussies 2nd dig of 241. He is not the greatest keeper to the spinners at this stage but I believe he is our best option with plenty of upside. I think the batting in the top six is far more of a concern with only Warner and Clarke being solid selections at this stage. Watson and Cowan have both wasted too many starts and Hughes looks like he can't play spin. Kawahja must get a game in the next test.

Posted by oneupnowuv on (February 26, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar has made a statement in this match.#heretostay test me guys!

Posted by reality_check27 on (February 26, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

well i dont understand this from aus fans. when india lost the series in australia and all indians were talking about the pitch all aus fans were saying well when one team can score 550 or 600 why cant the other nothing wrong with the pitch and samething appied here india got more than 550 why cant australia. And here it goes to show that a good player can bat well no matter what kind of pitch it is cook was a great example. he alone played better than most and on pitches that were turning even more than the pitch offered to australia. so grow up and stop blaming pitches if thats what u expect from ndia than you have to live up to it first

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (February 26, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

Best possible Aussie team for this Test series: Ferguson/ Khawaja/ Haddin; Clarke/ Watson; Smith/ Hendriques; Lyon/ Doherty; Pattinson/ Starc

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

Bashing Matthew Wade is getting out of hand, Healy critized him once and now its all you here... its his fault Lyon went for 200 at almost 5 runs an over is it?

Posted by reality_check27 on (February 26, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

well i dont understand this from aus fans. when india lost the series in australia and all indians were talking about the pitch all aus fans were saying well when one team can score 550 or 600 why cant the other nothing wrong with the pitch and samething appied here india got more than 550 why cant australia. And here it goes to show that a good player can bat well no matter what kind of pitch it is cook was a great example. he alone played better than most and on pitches that were turning even more than the pitch offered to australia. so grow up and stop blaming pitches if thats what u expect from ndia than you have to live up to it first

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

That gentleman called Harsha Bhogle was heard as saying, "an eruption at the fall of an Indian wicket can only mean one thing". Perhaps he must have felt an urgency to outwit Mr Erasmus and the pitch.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

can they drop sehwag also theyve dropped gambhir now its sehwags turn how many chances will murli vijay get he has failed everytime hopefully they will drop harbhajan and put in ojha i think rahane should get a chance to open in the second match and plzz no more murli vijay and rohit sharma

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 26, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

Australia need to dramatically improve their batting & spin bowling. They are sliding down the rankings. 2 more losses and India will pass them.

Australia has only one batsman - Clarke. If he fails, so does the team. Hendriques may be the real deal, we'll see. Pattinson, after 7 tests averages 38.2 with the BAT, better than Cowan, Watson & Hughes, & not far below Wade & Warner. Starc, after 7 tests averages 30.33, just below Cowan, & close enough to Hughes & Watson for them to blush.

In the rankings, Clarke is no.2, Warner 25, Watson 36, Hughes 44, Cowan 45 & R. Ashwin is 46. That Ashwin who just dismissed Cowan & Watson twice, & took Warner, Clarke, Hughes, Wade & Hendriques - the entire Aus batting lineup! The bowler who took 12 Aus wickets, as a batsman ranks just below Aus' opener & no. 3!

SA, Eng, Pak, SL, WI, India all have 3 or more batsmen in the top 25. Five NZ batsmen rank above Hughes & Cowan. Sadly, without Clarke Aus are nothing more than a minnow with good quicks!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

Firstly, well done India. It is great to see the Aussies battling it out and being asked to find something and be better. Challenges like these can be great processes of discovery and I hope it is for all the Aussies, especially Nathan Lyon. I remember when an uninspiring Graeme Swan first made the scene - how things have changed. On that note, it's time for Shane Watson to become a match winner when the chips are down - making a glorious 20 or 30 is nice, but a captain in waiting needs to find a way to go the distance.

Posted by KingKongIn on (February 26, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Please include Waseem Jaffer in next match with Dhawan. middile order looks good, except Jadeja shoud be exchanged with Rahane, include Pragyan Ojha in place of Ishant.

By this we will have 3 good spineer in which one can bat well, 1 Medium Pace who can bat as well. and will have 7 batsman including dhoni. I think Hyd pitch will also behave like chennai pitch so we dont need two Pacer in the team and anyways Ishant is in out of form so no better if we playing him.

Sachin, I love to see him bat like this, he should attack like he did in first inning at the start,

Best of luck India for Next matches, I'll be watching every mathces.!!!

Posted by soumyas on (February 26, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas, good to see that some one is with me in keeping Jadeja out. he is not a TEST player.. since Raina has showed great maturity and batted with responsibility in series against England, he shud be given a chance in place for Jadeja... Ojha is a default choice for Bhajji... also Shami ahmed can be tried for Ishant as we don't use fast bowlers much... Also Dhavan,Rahane shud replace Vijay,Sehwag... but i know selectors will always keep 1 or 2 favored players. i think they will keep Jadeja.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

A well deserved victory for India and Congrats to MSD for his maiden double ton....Still an improvement is required in opening position and third spinners spot. I feel Sehwag deserves another chance in Hyderabad but should be the nail in coffin if he doesn't produce a quality inning...As far as Vijay, I think Dhoni opted him for his local experience. We will see Dhawan opening in second test wirh Sehwag...Also I feel Ojha should replace Ishant(only because Bhuvi showed he can hang around with bat)) and Rahane should replace Jadeja and bat at no. 6. Even though Dhoni has scored at higher average batting at no. 6, he is still the best bet to bat with tail and he should bat at 7. For Australia Watson should be out and replaced by Khwaja at no. 5 and Clarke at no. 4. Also, Johnson should replace Starc and Doherty shall come in with Siddle out. Henrequies deserves promotion and bat at no.6 with Wade at no. 7...Hope to see a contest in Hyderabad.

Posted by V-Man_ on (February 26, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

Congratutation to India. They were the better side and deserved to win. The next test starts in less than 4 days. I would really like to see what the selectors come up with. I would drop Bajji and bring in Ojha, Rahane for M. Vijay I would make only one change in the Aus team. Doherty for Siddle or Starc. Move Clarke to No 4 and Watson goes to 5 followed by Henriques. Wade goes back to 7 (where a wicket keeper should be) I would give Hughes and Watson another go, if one of them fails, I would bring in Khawaja. Else Khawaja and Maxwell. I would also get Haddin immediately on the plane.

Posted by satishchandar on (February 26, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Being a big fan of Ojha, i would still like India to go on with Ashwin and Bhajji as the prime spinners backed by Jadeja considering the number of lefties in the opponents. Offie against leftie is a more fruitful combo than a leftie against them. If at all tinkering with the squad, would replace both the openers. Even if my new combo of Rahane and Dhawan fails miserably, they will do the job of current openers and whatever they score will be a bonus for the team. Ishant didn't impress much too. Throw in some unknown guy from any team who can bowl fast and he can do the job better. I would replace the openers and replace Ishant. Bhuvi deserves chance for his batting.

Posted by realfan on (February 26, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

@doosra_inventer \tell me one instance where pitch was not sportive.....batsmen got centuries, great debut for 1 player, spinners got wickets, fast bowler got wickets, and if australia had a decent lead of say 150+ they may had the chance of winning?

and you say pitch was not good???? just what you expect from pitch????? ust because some ausie fast bowler dint get wickets or just because india won, it doesnt make pitch a dirt race track..... when inexperienced pattinson gets 5 wicket haul then why cant the others get the wickets????

as shane warne said "" there is no such wicket as bad or good, best players find a way to score and take wickets ""

i hope you understand this bit of knowledge......

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Well played india . Only change will be to bring on ojha By dropping one of the seamers ,give one more chance To openers Aust will surely play dorethy in next test

Posted by jay_vkjay on (February 26, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

Seeing M.Vijay batting is painful. He was a good test prospect years back. But now he is a explosive T20 batsman(i mean IPL only). For this he lost all his test attributes. Now look at the top test players around the world; Hashim Amla, Clarke, Cook all quit T20 cricket, because they know that T20 will contaminate their solid technique. But quitting T20 is almost impossible for an indian player due to IPL. So future of test cricket in india is not good at all.

Posted by guy1234 on (February 26, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

I hope the Indians haven't forgotten about their recent turmoils in England and Australia. One win at home does not rectify that

Posted by iftareef on (February 26, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

congrats to india. hope they continue this. dhawan deserves a chance. ojha should replace bhajji or bhuvi

Posted by crh8971 on (February 26, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

Whilst I agree with the comments that Cowan keeps wasting starts, in fact in 7 of his last 11 test innings he has scored at least 29 but failed to make more than 56 with only 2 50's. Good batsmen should convert at least 4 of those starts to decent scores. I do not agree with the unquestioning retention of Watson as a batsmen. His record for a period now exceeding 2 years is well below test standard with an average of 27 since the beginning of 2011. Also Henriques has shown he is worth persevering as an all rounder who bats 6 and gives you 10 to 15 overs of medium pace bowling which means to me he takes Watson's spot. You then pick the best 5 pure batsmen which to me would be 1. Warner 2. Hughes 3. Kawahja. 4. Clarke 5. This is where you run into trouble as the reserve is Smith who never should have been picked for the tour. Can we beg Ponting to reconsider retirement? 6. Henriques 7. Wade. 8. Johnson 9. O'Keefe 10. Pattinson 11. Lyon

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

@wellrounded87 I 90% agree with you, I just dont like doherty haha... with bird flying home I'd be flying in o'keefe to replace him; cowan has to go, he's had enough chances, he either doesnt get going or throws his wicket away

1. Watson 2. Warner 3. Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Khawaja 6. Wade 7. Henreiques 8. O'Keefe 9. Johnson 10. Pattinson 11. Lyon

Unfortuntly they dont like o'keefe so doherty or siddle might have to do

Posted by soumyas on (February 26, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

@James_Murphy....If Jadeja takes wicket, any spinner can take wickets on that pitch...

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

Great Win :)

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

i think that innings from msd gave india a target of 50 if he hadn't it would have been 150 or 180 which is difficult..i think in the 2nd test drop one of the seamer an add ojha

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

The Indian team selection leaves a lot to be desired.. Harbhajan needs to go..let him retire.I am shocked to read Dravid call him a great...He is nowhere qualified to be an Indian great.. Ojha is far better than Harbhajan..play him in the next test. Ashwin should stick to getting wickets by flighting the ball and use few variations..I think he did those basics well in this test with assistance from the pitch and got good results.. Though Jadeja takes a few wickets, he is one player who does not belong in the Test team..He is an awful batsman and an average Test bowler....He would be long gone if MSD did not play favorites with him. Rasool is a far better bowler for Tests..Change the openers..Drop Sehwag and Vijay...though I doubt both will be dropped..Bring in Rahane and S.Dhawan/Rayudu.It is also time for Rahane to start delivering more consistently.I.wonder if his confidence is hurt by being in and out of the team.

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 26, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

For once im going to have to agree with one of, FFL's many ridiculous theories, all though this one is perfectly understandable: Matthew wade. His dropped catches and missed stumping in Adelaide cost us the test match indefinitely. He dropped two or three from memory in Sydney, again, denting lyon's confidence. And today, he dropped two catches off lyon in a chase of 50, not to mention the ridiculous amount of fumbles he made in the first innings and again for this innings. He's simply terrible. how can Lyon be expected to perform when I'd say more than ten chances at least have been squandered by the keeper. Lyon is no where near as bad as people suggest, any current spin bowler in the world would've got the same treatment off dhoni in his mood, but I'll say it again, with wade behind the stumps, our spinners will have no hope in hell.

He's more than a decent bat, very talented actually with two centuries, but he has often been found out for the wrong mentality. Where's Tim Paine?

Posted by Wefinishthis on (February 26, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

The current selectors are not implementing the Argus review of rewarding performance. Where is the accountability? I would drop Inverarity, Bichel and Marsh and bring in Border, Healy and Taylor and keep them away from training sessions and the team. They can't be making friends with them, they need to be ruthless. I think Border, Healy and Taylor would be the sorts of guys who would reward good performances from players like SOK, Harris, Pattinson, Bird, D.Hussey, Rogers, Burns etc and drop the dead weight of Cowan, Watson and possibly Hughes too (all averaging around 35 after plenty of games). Cowan is the worst opener to play for Australia in roughly 3 decades, how is he still there? My prediction is that only minor changes (if any) will be made, which won't be enough to win the series.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

great win. aussies should concentrate on spin department.england has made trmendous progress in spin department.For india bring Pervez rasool as off spinner. Rahane should open with sehwag.Tendulkar no matter what the form is must be regular member of test team.Spin is one of dimension of cricket.India must encourage spinners.

Posted by realfan on (February 26, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

its high time the selection board realize that VIJAY , SEHAWAG, HARBAJAN, ISHANT is not fit for test cricket...... i cant see them playing in this series again..... please bring is RAHANE , how long he needs to wait???? and ojah too.....

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 26, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

Well done team India, i just hope they keep the same intensity for rest of the matches too.No place of complacency, and if possible give at least a chance to dhawan in place of Vijay. And love the way Clarke comes up, takes the responsibility and gives the credit where it is due.I think Dhoni and some of the Australian fans here can learn this feature of Clarke as they are always full of excuses.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 26, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

The last over summed up Australias recent downward spiral for me in test cricket. Lyon bowling darts (medium pacers), manages to get a knick and its dropped by Wade - who has to be one of the poorest keepers ive seen. Compare him to Prior, Dhoni, AB de Villiers.....no comparison. Enough is enough, when will this slide end? Aussie fans must be raging with anger.

Posted by cv-joglekar on (February 26, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

Vijay, thanks for failing in both innings..... Keep continue the show.

Posted by MrKricket on (February 26, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

Business as usual for Australia. This tour was put on ahead of the Ashes to get them used to losing it seems. I liked how Clarke is not afraid to mix things up if something isn't working but to take off Pattinson after three overs in the first innings? Could have had India 5-70 and a different game. Aus needed to get India out for around the same score and it looked like it would happen but couldn't get the last two wickets. This is the sort of thing Australia did/does to other teams in Australia. As for the bats - move Henirques up above Wade surely? Hughes? Last chance coming up again. Cowan? Last chance. Watson and Warner have enough in the bank but watch out come the Ashes.

Posted by vednarayaninfo on (February 26, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

Hi Sachin, You were outstanding, you still look 20. keep playing, keep scoring and keep entertaining. What I expect from you is 300 or 400 in an inning. Do it, you have all the caliber to do it. Thanks and Bye

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 26, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

RabsMarshall - Settle down. We no longer have the cattle to be dominant or can just pluck a guy out of nowhere that is going to score a ton straight up in conditions so far away from what we see as the norm. Cowan, Watson and Warner have all spent significant time at the crease this test acclimitising to the conditions and think it owuld be a wast to remove them after one test and bring in someone with no experience at these conditions. Even our greats have always struggled with these conditons, the only player I remember to come in and be dominant first up is Matt Hayden. We werent too far away this test and there is plenty of improvement in us. However i do agree we need to make some changes to the bowling group and that may depend on how fresh the guys are come Saturday but I would definetely bring in Johnson and Doherty.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

Clarke stubbornly bowling nathon lyon no matter how much he got smacked around the park and a fearful batting approach is half the reason india got so far ahead... The selection of cowan even though he went out as soon as a spinner came on inspite of good starts in the practice matches and the exclusion of mitchell johnson, the only aussie bowler with experience in india is the other half of the reason

Posted by doosra_inventer on (February 26, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

The pitch was like Desert of dirt....make good supporting pitches then the world will see whether you can win from weak Aust team or not...i doubt u'll

Posted by Captain_Crick on (February 26, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Would be time to drop Murali Vijay if he does not perform well in the next match as well. Bring back India's best test opening batsman Wasim Jaffer! He would be more than a handful in SA's overseas tour with his sound temperament, experience and technique. But alas, this would only remain a dream!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 26, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

Commiserations to Aussie fans and Team Australia. Congratulations to Team India. Thank you for this win. Great job Dhoni. Well done. But please drop Harbhajan, Vijay, Ishant and Jadeja for the next match. Bring in Ojha, Dhawan, Shami and Rasool. Aussies skill level against spin isn't so reassuring and they will struggle even more with Ojha, Ashwin and Rasool questioning them through and through.

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (February 26, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Great win but LET's NOT GET CARRIED AWAY. It has been proven that our batting is UTTER RUBBISH. Been saying this for a long time - our batting is what made us lose against Eng (yes, our bowling wasn't great in that series but it was our batting which destroyed us). Imagine what would have happened if Dhoni hadn't scored that double century.

Sehwag - Looks hopeless but will still be given a chance. Murali Vijay - Need I say more. But might get a chance again. Pujara - India's best bat but hasn't looked comfortable against spin at all in the last innings. Sachin - Great to see him back. Didn't think he would do well. But its too early to comment. Kohli - Looks good but has a tendency to throw away his wicket in test matches. Dhoni - Looks really good. Jadeja - Cmon stop joking. He's not a batsman. Ashwin - With this batting, he HAS to click. Hopefully he does. Bhuvi - Very solid bat. Can stay and help the regulars a great deal.

Posted by soumyas on (February 26, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

team for next test.. Dhavan, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Ojha, Bkumar, Ishant

Posted by rkannancrown on (February 26, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

So, Vijay found the ball too fast in first innings & too slow in second. Sehwag was out defending to fast bowler in 1st innings & to spinner in 2nd innings. India's opening problems remain. May be Bhuvaneshwar can open in next test - he batted better than any Indian opener in last one year.

Posted by James_Murphy on (February 26, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

STAMP THE PASSPORT it is our only hope.

2nd Test Side: Warner, Cowan, Watson, CLarke, Khawaja, Wade, Henriques, Maxwell, Pattinson, Lyon, FAWAD AHMED. Doherty if not Fawad Ahmed.

Hughes looks out of depth vs spin. Maxwell boosts batting and bowling. Siddle and Starc tried their guts out but its a waste of time in India.

If Jadeja is picking up wickets and Ashwin looks like a world beater, there is only one answer....as the UK team did in the 2nd test:

Spin to Win.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

Its time to bring in Ambati Rayudu into the test squad as a opener. He has scored lot of runs in the domestic circle including the Irani cup. And I think instead of Harbhajan we should bring back our best spinner Pragyan Ojha.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (February 26, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

I just hope Australia learns a lesson from this. They really should fly Steve O'Keefe in and play him alongside Lyon in place of Starc for the next test. But they won't so at least play Doherty. My XI for next test. 1. Warner, 2. Watson 3. Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Khawaja 6.Henriques 7. Wade 8. Pattinson 9. Johnson 10.Lyon 11. Doherty

This team gives us the best shot at winning in these conditions regardless of what our strengths are. Siddle and Starc proved useless in this test and probably be much of the same in the next 3

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 26, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

a freak innings by dhoni the difference really. australia chose the wrong team. positives for australia are pattinson shows hes the best bowler in world cricket, lyon troubling indian batsmen, henriques was brilliant, inspirational. i would say aside from the result, no team really got the upper hand in the series. changes for the next test has to be a second spinner, cowan out, he cannot just keep scoring 30s then getting out if i was clarke i would be furious with him, khawaja in at 4 watson to open, wade on very thin ice if paine was in the squad then wade would lose his spot immediately

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

I have a feeling that at least some Indian players, and quite a few Indian fans, will now start the standard refrain - "Australia had won 4-0 only because their home advantage, and now that they are here in India, India will win easily, hence it all boils down to home advantage". A request that we remember the following: (1) India won because of Ashwin's much improved bowling (with some good help from pitch), Dhoni's brilliant double-ton, Kohli-Tendulkar's contributions and Pujara's solid response on day-2. This was not an all-round effort. (3) India still has large issues with the third spinner, seeing the way Harbhajan bowled in the first innings. (4) India still has issues with pacers. (5) Indian openers still need to improve much, instead of which they are deteriorating. These are not healthy signs, gloating over one win and glossing over these signs will not help. Restraint and introspection, please. Also, better luck to Australia for next test, hope we will see good contest.

Posted by rabsmarshall on (February 26, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

hmmm. the 4 openers aust batsmen are absolutely responisible for this. how embarrasing four men who have all opened for australia and not one of them can reach 100. get rid of them. let them play T20 cause thats all they are worth. Watson... what was that famous quote by Warne.. Cant bowl/cant bat.... hmmm yeah watto what gd are you?

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Its complete domination by India, Hope it was a Bad loss to Aussies against India in the recent past......Good job Team and Dhoni

Posted by mikey76 on (February 26, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

Not much Australia can do but hope the pitches quicken up and turn less as the series goes on. Other than Clarke and the Portuguese guy the batting looks all at sea against spin and India left their best spinner out! Lyon is pretty hopeless as most of us already knew. I'm guessing Starc will be the one to miss out in the next test but whoever they bring in whether its Johnson or Doherty will struggle to alter the course of this series. If I were India I'd go for the jugular. Ditch Jadeja, bat ashwin at 7 with MSD at 6 then they could play Ohja and Rasool with 2 quicks. Harbhajan should be put out to pasture now, time to move on.

Posted by Biggus on (February 26, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

Well done India, first round goes to you.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

Great win for India. Tendulkar, in his short second innings, proved once again that he plays so much better when in an attacking frame of mind. Hope he continues this momemtum into the 2nd test!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

And again sachin and Poojara came for the rescue... Is vijay playing one more test... rayudu is far better than him....

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

sachin two sixes are amazing....sachin is god of cricket..

Posted by spiritwithin on (February 26, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

for the sake of indian cricket plz drop Murali Vijay,he's been given enough opportunity till now and most often he failed,so its clear now that Vijay can score only in domestic cricket,also drop sehwag,he's past his prime and a very poor fielder as well

Posted by yogesh.gg on (February 26, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Murali Vijay needs to be shown door forever now.I would like to see Dhawan in next match.

Posted by Sugath on (February 26, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

The outcome of this is all the more reason why there must be international standards when it comes to preparing the pitch. In India they make pitches that turn on first day, In Australia the pitches have steep bounce, in England they leave lot of grass to make it swing and in South Africa they make pitches that have step bounce and lots of swing. So in reality there cannot be a team that is best, and this action by each country is very selfish and very parochial. What it says as in general life, come to my place and i will teach you a lesson. Let ICC ponder over and decide suitable remedy.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

I'm not able to understand why murali Vijay is in the team instead if rahane or Wasim jaffer who are the best openers available in India.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

So let us throw vijay out after 2 innings and give RSharma a few more chances...BTW, we dropped a batsman who scored 41, 33, 46, 55 in his last 4 innings and never gave him a chance ever...that is Indian cricket.

Posted by baskar_guha on (February 26, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

Indians need to avoid complacency and some changes should be considered. Not clear that they need two seamers - my choice would be to play Ojha in place of Ishant. Murali is not the circumspect opener India needs - Shikar Dhawan can be given a go although he is a bit of a stroke maker. As for Australia, playing a spinner instead of a pacer is a no-brainer but they need to keep a left arm pacer. Their batting order could use a right hander at the top and Clark should be bating at #4. Lets hope for another good test.

Posted by gv1357 on (February 26, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

worth trying Dhawan, LHB

Posted by Maratha-Mumbaikar on (February 26, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

who says murli vijay can bat. was cleaned up with 150KMPH in 1st innings & no need to say about 2nd innings.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
Tour Results
India v Australia at Delhi - Mar 22-24, 2013
India won by 6 wickets
India v Australia at Mohali - Mar 14-18, 2013
India won by 6 wickets
India v Australia at Hyderabad (Deccan) - Mar 2-5, 2013
India won by an innings and 135 runs
India v Australia at Chennai - Feb 22-26, 2013
India won by 8 wickets
India A v Australians at Chennai - Feb 16-18, 2013
Match drawn
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