India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 3rd day

Dhawan flattens Australia with fastest debut century

The Report by Daniel Brettig

March 16, 2013

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India 283 for 0 (Dhawan 185*, Vijay 83*) trail Australia 408 (Starc 99, Smith 92, Cowan 86, Warner 71, Ishant 3-72, Jadeja 3-77) by 125 runs
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Shikhar Dhawan smashed one through the off side, India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 3rd day, March 16, 2013
Shikhar Dhawan's century was the fastest by a Test debutant © BCCI
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Shikhar Dhawan could possibly have been out before he had faced a ball in Test matches. The first delivery of the innings slipped out of Mitchell Starc's hand and landed on the stumps with the debutant out of his ground at the non-striker's end. There was no appeal, but if made it would have sent many running for the law book and coming back with varying interpretations of two laws: mankading and dead ball.

Dhawan, though, felt he was out, and took full advantage of what he felt was Australian generosity with a breathtaking century, its 85-ball duration the swiftest ever by a Test debutant. By the close he was still there on a commanding 185, looking utterly impassable while gathering runs with the kind of rare ease that invoked memories of Mark Waugh's debut against England at Adelaide Oval in 1991.*

Australia's tally of 408 had been swelled by Mitchell Starc's 99, but it was made to look laughably puny by how Dhawan set about his task in the company of the neat and tidy M Vijay. They formed a beautifully balanced union that did not take long to become plainly disdainful of the visiting bowlers, and by the close it was comfortably India's best opening stand against Australia.

On the way to what was also the highest total by an Indian debutant, Dhawan's stroke range was awe-inspiring, no fewer than 33 fours and two sixes streaming from his bat to all parts of the PCA ground. He was most savage through cover, piercing gaps no matter how many fielders Michael Clarke employed to patrol the region.

In doing so, Dhawan laid waste to a touring attack that should have been feeling quite haughty about prolonging Australia's innings on the third morning. The worst punishment was saved for Moises Henriques, Nathan Lyon and most of all Xavier Doherty, who in one over conceded an eye-popping 18, all to Dhawan's impudent blade.

Among the liberties taken in that over was a reverse sweep, conveying just how little Dhawan thought of the visiting spin bowlers. At the age of 27, Dhawan had been made to wait 81 first-class matches, 5679 runs and 16 centuries for this chance, coming in at the expense of Virender Sehwag. The flourish with which Dhawan took it was supreme, and indicated that India have not given up hope of forcing a victory over the remaining two days.

Vijay meanwhile constructed another innings entirely suitable to the occasion, settling in quietly and safely in Dhawan's slipstream but never becoming so tied down as to suggest the Australians had him covered. He too attacked the slow bowlers for a pair of sixes, and it was possible to imagine India have found an opening partnership to last for some time.

Clarke exhausted all of the bowling options except his own, though this is at least partly to spare his problematic back. At no point were his bowlers able to deliver spells consistent enough to create pressure, despite the fact that both Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc extracted reverse swing and there was enough bounce and spin for Lyon, Doherty and Steven Smith.

Most of all Australia missed James Pattinson, their most dangerous bowler in the first two Tests and an absentee here for punitive disciplinary reasons. Mitchell Johnson, another suspended bowler, has enjoyed success on this ground in the past, and it is difficult to imagine Clarke not wondering who else he might have called upon had team management not chosen to rule out four players for failing to follow the instructions of management.

Only once did Dhawan give the ghost of a chance, a thick edge on 94 flying through the hands of Phillip Hughes in the gully from Peter Siddle's bowling.

The Australians might have had some inkling of how swiftly the runs might flow when India batted after watching their own tail wag furiously. Starc assembled a brave 99, Smith managed 92, and in all 157 runs were added for the final three wickets.

For most of his innings Starc played nervelessly, hitting with power and pushing through gaps with finesse, while also defending when necessary. But he tightened up noticeably with one run to get for a hundred, beaten twice outside off stump by Ishant Sharma then edging an attempted drive behind after MS Dhoni brought the field in.

In that moment Australia were denied their first centurion at No. 9 since Ray Lindwall in 1946-47, and a rare chance to feel a rush of shared jubilation on this tour. So even during a session in which India were dominated, the hosts still managed to deny the tourists a feeling of achievement.

Smith's innings reached a similarly flat conclusion after he had also played with great assurance at No. 5, demonstrating a steadier approach and straighter bat than he had shown in his earlier Test match appearances in 2010 and 2011. It was a chanceless innings, and took a practically perfect ball from Pragyan Ojha to dislodge him.

*07.00pm GMT, March 16: The copy has been updated after reviewing the laws of the game.

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Posted by CarlP on (March 17, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

@kitten I'm not sure I was being critical, I was just suggesting it's not something to get too excited about as it's another flat track. If he performs in another country I'll be impressed but having watch the full innings he's just a flat track bully.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

@ Nampally .... I actually said that there should have been a spin camp for Cowan, Lyon and Wade after the 3rd Test against SL.

Please realise that India hasn't played Australia A yet.

As suggested earlier ... Step 1 - Agar and O'Keefe play 4th Test with Warne as Captain camped at mid on.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

@ Moppa ..... your reference to me just blaming Clarke for selections is incorrect. Often list all selectors and ask them all to take a bow.Although, please correct me if I am wrong, I thought that Clarke had two votes. I typically single out Clarke only when refering to bad captaincy AND selection, where he is responsible for both.

What I was acknowledging is the complete disregard that Clarke has for the talent that our bowlers have with the bat .. Lyon, Pattinson, Siddle, Johnson, and Starc have all contributed valuable runs.

In Hyderabad, Clarke could have settled in ... Fortress Australia ... with Siddle, instead he fed him the strike on the first or second ball of the over until he got out. When Pattinson came to the crease Clarke threw his wicket away. He then should have declared immediately, giving Australia 6-7 overs instead of 3, or batted on. If you declare in this position why would you give pattinson only 2SL & a G. Why not 6 attacking fielders applying pressure.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 17, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

@Greatest_Game on (March 16, 2013, 16:41 GMT) Thanks for that Mr Stats Guru.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 17, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

SRT makes 37 of 82 balls after making a comparatively quick start (31 of 52). Was he playing for win or draw? Such an amazingly selfish and conservative player. Was there any problems if he had played a bit more aggresively? India could have reached lunch close to the Australia score. He doesn't win any games for India neither does he help in drawing any games. Hasn't scored a test hundred in more than 26 months and 20 test matches. When will he leave the scene? He certainly isn't among the top 4 middle order batsman in the country now. Pujara, Kohli, Rayudu, Rohit, Manoj and even Badri is better than him.

Posted by Yuji9 on (March 17, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

Was Tendulkar in a world of his own and playing for a draw? Was he being selfish or is he just that far out of step with the pace of the innings? Honestly SRT has been on the scene for well more than half his life and in a country of more than a billion I really think he should give someone else a go at this point. Why should Dhawan have to wait til his late twenties to debut and how many other talented bats is SRT preventing from playing for India? Talk about idol worship gone crazy - isn't he 40 this year anyway??? Wake up Indian selectors & get tough - SRT may have cost India the chance of winning this match with that one slow innings

Posted by samincolumbia on (March 17, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

Tondulkar as usual playing for himself instead of trying to accelerate and put quick runs on the board...Thanks to Steven Smith for getting him out. The selectors need to quietly show him the exit and blood Tiwary in!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

Its high time we drop sachin., he single handedly is wasting the match and dawan innings. Still chasing personal records. 2 runs from 24 balls.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

i think india has lot initiative in this session by playing poor and defensive cricket specially by tendulkar. from here india can't lose so all they need quick scoring which they ain't doing.i don't know what tendulkar is thinking. he is in such a mess doesn't know whether to attack or defend. its high time selectors shud look for the future and bring rahane/sharma/tiwari in the middle order slot to replace this great man. every one has to go and probably this is the ryt time to call it a day in front of your own crowdand its almost now india is regaining BG trophy .so my opinion is to play next delhi test and retire with grace.

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (March 17, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

whoa i didnt watch this game but a century from 80 odd balls must have been pretty damn good to watch! hope he isnt a flat track bully though & i hope he can produce results all over the globe.. looks like india have got another batting stardom in the making! (SL fan)

Posted by line.and.length on (March 17, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

I think it's time for another Argus review

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

Is it just me or does SRT need to retire now so that Rohit Sharma can get a chance to shine? I can't imagine SRT scoring another innings of more than 20 runs. Please retire Mr. statistics SRT. Give our young blood a chance because our selectors don't have a freakin' clue. Go away SRT.!

Posted by GMathews on (March 17, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

@TRAM absolutely agree with your featured comment, India got hundreds of talented cricket "gems " in the country in the batting ,bowling and all the departments , but because of BCCI dirty politics, policies and partialities they never come up which outside world not aware, see the status of Dhawan,he is almost 28 years, he'd have played for India at least 5 years ago,

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 17, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

Excellent observation by @Charlie101 - Sehwag amd Gambir remind me a little of some of the English footballers when they play for their country. They pretend to try hard and look upset when they lose but in fact are relieved that they are not injured and are ready to turn out for their teams where they earn their money. You can add 10dulkar to that list - how he pretends that ball went under his bat when he gets out. Let the oldies go - they have been playing for years (decades in case of 10dulkar). Try the hungry youngsters!!!

Posted by shhanks on (March 17, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

to check whether or not rice is cooked,u do not have to check each of them...just squeeze one of them!!! the way dhawan approached his first test of his life...anyone can fell his impact on cricket arena coming in near future...the inning we encountered was sheer a glimpse of that impact!!! CA and their so called think tank treated their players including vice-captains as a school boys...the result is with us...u do not need power points presentation,u need points of power to present in the field!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

Now that the 4th Test is a Dead Rubber, the ACB should put Agar and O'Keefe on a plane. Ask Shane Warne to Captain the Team. He sits at mid on / mid off and coaches the spinners .... telling them what to watch, read the game, what they should try.

Maybe they could get some kind of return from this tour after all the money they spent!!!

Posted by cricketcraz on (March 17, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

I am a big fan of Indian cricket, but sorry to speak against the feedback of postive comments of this India vs Australia series. First of all, I feel it is too early to comment on the permenant places of the India test 11 for future tours. For example,Dhawan has showed great talent and confidence but you cannot say that he is the next 'Sehwag'. It is his debut match and scoring a massive score on first game is outstanding, but now that he has come into international test cricket, he will face a lot of challenges and trails thrown by varies opponents as teams will now be familar with him, and hence will research his weaknesses ans strenghts. Only then we will see the true character of Dhawan and many other great players of Indian youth. Also I believe that players like Pujara and Ishant Sherma should limit themselves from playing too much T20 (ie. IPL) as these players can improve a lot and continue to be permanently in the test team if they would just purely concentrate on test cricket

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (March 17, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

as an aussie fan who wants to see the back of mickey Arthur, pat howard, and coach and captain as selectors I welcome this indian play to continue. Plus throw in the last of lyon and Doherty ever in test cricket. The squad picked, teams picked, strategy, tactics and professionalism of this aussie team have been appalling from the start. The chicken has come home to roost

Posted by Int.Curator on (March 17, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

Free to air TV today broadcast Cricket in Crisis. Now the experts are suggesting a conspiracy theory. The player selection criteria encompasses Australia Cricket Boards direction with sponsorship deals and players sorted to fill the sponsors requirements. Or has this been going on for years?

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (March 17, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

Well done Dhawan! The weakened Aussie attack post-homeworkgate seemed to be below-Ranji level. So I look forward to seeing Dhawan take on the Aus first-tier attack in the next match.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

As we say in T&T, WHA iS DHA-WAN?

Posted by SUNDHUR on (March 17, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

It was a superb knock by Shikar Dhawan surpassing all great debuants of India! One can't say he scored against a weaker Australian bowling attack as from the way the same bowlers were treated at the other end by Vijay, Dhawan certainly showed his supremacy in batting. His fluent and natual stroke making set new standards of test opening. Vijay is proving to be a formidable opener for India having been part of record 1st and 2nd wicket partnerships. The way the two played yesterday made us feel Sehwag and Ghambir are back on the crease with the difference that the left right combination reversed. The only wish and hope for every one will be that the youngsters occupying the top order show consistency and responsibility in sustaining their performances in India and abroad.

Posted by Feroz9700 on (March 17, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

Well Done India! The new opening pair making batting look so easy. However it could be more to do with this Australian team which surely is in a transition phase and can probably do well only in Australian conditions. Well people should not read too much into this Indian performance b'coz we have seen them lose to England and that too in India. Swan and Monty made Indian batsman look ordinary and also seen them struggle against Jimmy Anderson. With 15 overseas tests to follow I'm sure green tops are awaiting Indians, and people should judge this team after those tests where technique of players is going to be tested. Only Sachin has the technique to bat on Foreign pitches, rest r only good to play in India.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (March 17, 2013, 0:33 GMT)

Reminds me of Amla doing as he pleased against the Ausie bowlers at the WACA last year scoring a century of 87 delivaries. Master stroke play, wonderfull to watch.

Posted by Nampally on (March 16, 2013, 23:27 GMT)

@Joseph Langford: Excellent advise to India & BCCI, Mate! It is well worth considering if India wants to regain #1 spot in Tests. However you do not seem to have any advise to your own Aussie Team. Do you want a reciprocal arrangement for similar pitch, groundsman from India to help the Aussies out from their weakness against spin bowling?

Posted by Naresh28 on (March 16, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

There is no doubt when we were losing tests abroad a change was due. I praise the selectors for taking steps in the last few games to bring fresh blood in. For me the seniors were failing due to poor eyesight and reflexes. They were persisted and we kept losing. When we talent like Unmukt Chand waiting his turn.

Posted by richardror on (March 16, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

It's scandalous that the old players like Sehwag, Laxman and still Tendulker were and are still keeping out good players like this.

Posted by Nampally on (March 16, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

This game was heading for a draw from Day 2 scoreboard. But on Day 3, Dhawan has changed the face of the game thru' his brilliant 185 NO at a S/R of 110. If he keeps going at the same rate & others hold the other end even at S/R of 70, India has a chance of adding another 400 to their total. This gives India a good chance to play for a win on Day 5. Can India raise their batting to the ODI S/R? The Aissie bowling at the moment is in tatters with their lead bowler Pattinson suspended for failing to do his homework along with Johnson & Watson. Surely the Mohali wkt. would not remain as it was on Day 2 & 3 on Day 5. Several records at stake apart from double century of Dhawan. Indian opening wkt. stand is 413 against the name of Vinoo Mankad & Pankaj Roy. 131 runs more to break it. After breaking a few records on Day 4, India can still fight their way to victory on Day 5. Had India not missed all the catches & stumping chances, they might already would have been there. Still not too late!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

yeah its true he has been kept out of the test side for long but thats natural in a country like where there are more people to choose for just playing 11

Posted by landl47 on (March 16, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

I hadn't seen Dhawan before and I was blown away by his strokeplay- not only the ease with which he scored but the elegance and grace of his shots. It's hard to believe he wasn't considered good enough to play for India before this.

I hope he'll play for many more years- an absolute delight to watch.

Posted by mixters on (March 16, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

The feture comments for this artical were a joy to read. May I add to all the crittics of 20/20 cricket today was an example of what 20/20 has brought to test cricket. The days of playing for a draw are dwindling look what this young man did wonderful to watch. I also sat in the stand to watch Australia pile on 450 in a day against the great SA in Adelaide last year. There are many other examples around. 20/20 wont be the death of tests it will be the making. Ask yourself this would you rather watch this man Dharwan bat for 20 overs or 100 that is my question

Posted by Drew2 on (March 16, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

India certailnly have a talent pool second to none in the batting department. I suspect that there are more in the 1st class scene ready to put their hands up to. If they can find some fast bowlers to step up they will be a force outside of India. If they had South Africa's bowling........the mind boggles! Sachin Tendulkar needs to consider his reirement seriously now. He needs to go out on top, not after a string of failures.

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

India would have won England series had bcci sent headweights gambhir and sehwag home.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 16, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

Nampally - The Mankad rule has been changed to the bowler must throw down the stumps before entering his delivery side making it almost impossible. The only way for him to get a mankad is for the ball to slip out before delivery stride hitting the stumps. So under the rules had Australia appealed I believe he was out. Im not sure what Dhawan was doing leaving his crease so early and would have no problem if an Australian batsman was that stupid and dismissed in that manner.

Posted by Moppa on (March 16, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

@Joseph Langford, the reason why I say that you are Clarke-bashing is because he is one of five selectors and yet you sheet all the blame home to him. Why does Inverarity escape your scorn? He is after all the Chairman of the alleged selectors. Of course, Clarke is not above criticism, but in my view it is carries more weight if done in a balanced way, rather than being your 'modus operandi'.

In the case of the Hyderabad declaration, thanks for acknowledging the Pattinson/Starc mix-up. However, I think it is a long stretch to say that Pattinson could have put on 99+ on the second morning if Clarke hadn't declared. 1) the pitch was much more spin-friendly. 2) Starc made most of his runs with Smith at the other end, whereas Pattinson was stranded with Doherty , who wouldn't have lasted long.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

When batting in India even a club cricketeer looks collossol . The real test is facing Speedsters on their wickets.I dont think Vijay and Shikar will last. I still prefer Gautam as an opener .He has scored on all sorts of pitches.

Posted by Amarjitmadan on (March 16, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

It was indeed great to watch Dhawan's batting and more than a supporting role of Vijay which would have tilted the match in India's favour but for the loss of one day. I am very happy for the former and if he stays grounded he could turn into a great batsman but comparing with Gavaskar and Tendulkar may not help him at this stage. Vijay should consider himself more than lucky that after sub standard performances he got another chance which he grabbed with both hands. As youngsters their attitude should be to play good cricket without thinking about return of Sehwag and Gambhir. If one of them is able to make a come back can replace Sachin but bat three down after Kohli.Good luck team India.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

It's been a month of glorious debuts for test openers. Hamish rutherford did it a couple of weeks back, now dhawan. Let's hope they sustain their run making for some years before we jump to conclusions.

Posted by kc69 on (March 16, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

I guess Vijay and Dhawan are the replacements for Sehwag and Gambhir,as for both Gambhir and Sehwag they have a tough task ahead to make a comeback into the team.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

To those whinging about the pitch .. Australia won the toss, Australia batted first, Australia was found wanting.

Have to feel for Starc. Almost 2.5hrs batting to take Australia from 7/251 (that's less than the runs scored by Vijay and Dhawan) to almost 400, a 12-minute break, then bowl 4 of the 1st seven overs.

An amazing result for the opening pair.. and I do say pair .. that's 2-days continuously in the field. Amazing display of fitness, stamina, confidence, talent.

Now that India has won the series, don't repeat Australia's mistakes ..... plan for the future so that you can compete overseas against Aust, SA and Eng.

1. Buy 6 drop-in pitches from Australia.

2. Build 2 overseas training facilities. Both may be used by Senior, Development AND Junior Teams (Men and Women's) prior to touring.

3. Hire an Aust Groundsman for 3-years to teach your staff how to maintain them.

Don't complain about the cost!! We all know you have the money, so if you want to be No1 again, you can be.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

@Nutcutlet: I agree with you on most points, but let's not rush judgment on the pitch until the match is over. Yes, some Indian pitches are roads, but they also crumble and provide assistance to spinners provided the spinners are good. Regarding t20, you will find very few people who comment here who think that t20 is a superior form of cricket. But it has it's place and the fact that India plays a lot of t20 cricket through the IPL is something we all have to live with. I'm not sure that's the best way to develop young Indian players, but it's the reality of cricket in India. It makes money, the public like it, so be it.

Posted by Prakmca on (March 16, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

Dhawan was very positive in his approach right from the beginning, that why succeeded. Just revisit the way he batted against WI in one day debut. Pathetic.

the reason why he failed in one day was his batting approach. He tried to adjust his normal game and played defensively and that cost the place.

Hope Dhawan realize that, keep batting like this. Just a beginning... Lets all hope this will continue. Congarts Dhawan.

Posted by gandhala on (March 16, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Congrats Dhawan. Great improvement from what i saw of u against West indies in odi.

Lets not carried away , he was just having extended net session. He was not tested. Did anyone see smith bowling ? One waist ful tost - 4 to midwicket , 2 horrible deliveries down the leg side 4's . Gifted runs to Dhawan. I mean not international standards Agreed part time bowler , but when u have to go such a bowler to pick u ur first wicket . Its not up to std of this wicket. I still believe Australia can win the ashes if they erase their india visit. the are strong team outside sub continent

Posted by Adoh on (March 16, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

I did my homework last night, I have three ways Australia can improve: 1 - Hire a bowling coach with international experience in test match cricket; 2 - Hire a batting coach with international experience in test match cricket; 3 - Employ merit based selection of international coaches.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (March 16, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

Some observations from a highly interested but disinterested on-looker. (1) Congratulations to Shikar Dhawan! That is the sort of innings that defines the greatness of Test cricket - indeed, it is a massive tribute to it. SD's innings is the sort that legends are made of, & will be spoken about many decades hence. The question has to be, how is it that he has had to wait so long for his debut? (2) India is gradually letting go of the old guard & the batting is beginning to look as if it, collectively, has got the technique & character to take it to the opposition; (3) Dhawan has played a great inns, but to be a gt player he has to score heavily outside India, against better, more disciplined attacks than this Oz scratch side.(4) The pitch is another road - that explains how Starc & Smith can score 90s (but well done to them for showing some fight) (5) Never forget Murali Vijay. He has more than played his hand. (6) Discuss: t20 is a superior form of cricket. Is it, India?

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

I watched the the match for the first hour and saw the pitch was playing really well and that Starc was able to score runs easily, I switched off and went to bed with the thought that when I get up India would have scored about 165 without loss at the end of the day's play. Man, I was in for a shock, when I looked at the final score of the 3rd day's play...283/0, which was 100 runs more than I had imagined. The wicket looked real good for another 2 days and one can look forward to another big score from India and Australia with their backs to the wall. Bye bye Australia if you dreamt of any chance of putting it across India in the 3rd. Test at Mohali and salvaging some face. One thing is sure Mickey Arthur will surely curse his ideas of home work or "should I say trying to get a solution from the Team members on how to improve their performance instead of being able to give one, being Coach of the team". Corporate tricks of management do not apply to the game of cricket !

Posted by vk6848 on (March 16, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

Having seen the magical innings by Dhawan, (there are several other examples) I cannot help feeling that the money in cricket these days is keeping the best youngsters out of top level cricket in their best years! The oldies just don't want to go, and live on on the odd success here and there while the next generation has to wait till they are nearly 30. There will never be another Tendulkar or Sobers, and all the longevity records are safe!- Vasanth Kumar

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

Summary of 3rd day : Virender Sehwag has already played his last Test.

Posted by Chris_P on (March 16, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

On another note @Davcunto_Gravitas_Don_Statman, understand your points, but you also have to ask yourself, why has the Indian team struggled away recently? Pitches like this are the reasons. The incentive for quick bowler is taken away. Ishant could have developed into anything had he had encouragement at home, but both his pace & form has dropped by the continual bowling on lifeless pitches. As good as India are playing now, (far, far better than their effort against England) I doubt there is a serious cricket fan out there who doesn't think India will struggle on any seaming or pitches with life in it. It is a tricky balance, but if India want to continue be home track bullies & struggle overseas, that is, of course for their own management to set up. I know fans (like both of us) want our teams to perform away with some sort of semblance of competition, something we are both failing to see in our teams.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (March 16, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

If Indians can score another 300 to 350 by tea, we have a game on. Hoping to see Dhoni and Kohli holding on to the catches, even if Ojha was bowling instead of Jadeja. There has to be unity in the team, not petty politics.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (March 16, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

Good to see India are now "through their transition" and heading for top ranking in tests, presumably test cricket is no longer outdated and irrelevant, that is reassuring to a test fan.Looking forward to seeing the SA series later in the year should be a real tight affair, I am a really worried ahead of the series in England next year as the new batsmen will be cast iron legends by then :/

Posted by Chris_P on (March 16, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

Good effort by the Indian openers. After the way Starc batted, I was afraid this might happen! The Aussie bowlers really need to take a look at their length & line a little more, far too many hittable balls are being bowled than should be on an inforgiving pitch. I hope Hughes is studying the Indian batsmen hard & learning something.

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 16, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

I am astonished by the overhype of dhawan inning. You have to look at condition. We see vijay scoring tortoise pace because he is under pressure to keep his spot. He needed century to keep his spot. After he make century he will out score dhawan in no time. Dhawan playing well because pitch is flat and aussie bolwers are impotent. Period. I never have good opinion on dhawan. if he makes 3 century in next 3 test then i would say we have new opener. It will be musical chairs for the spot because everyone will have highs and lows. One positive in this , if he can keep scoring , we get young fielder along with decent opener which is lot better than blind sehwag with no fielding.

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 16, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Every one has highs and lows. Dhawan reaped rewards because pattinson did not play. Pitch is also friggin flat. Sometime people tend to overhype. Siddle and starc are weak bowlers , they need seaming pitch to be effective. And we all know aussie bowlers are useless. Basically it was a gift given to dhawan. That said he grabbed the oppurtunity with both hands. If he gets one more century in next Test , he sealed his spot for next 10 test. That said all these players did not do that great in domestic matches. People always work hard first few test to show what they are captable off. After that you will see single digit score. I think OX (chinese astrology) has good time now. So i even think sachin may make a century tomorrow. Runfest tomorrow. Aussies should fire micky arthur immediately.

Posted by Charlie101 on (March 16, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

I was impressed with Dhawan when he hit a century against us in a warm up match and how he as performed on his debut . Sehwag amd Gambir remind me a little of some of the English footballers when they play for their country. They pretend to try hard and look upset when they lose but in fact are relieved that they are not injured and are ready to turn out for their teams where they earn their money . In the cricketers case it is the IPL and the footballers it is the premier league . Play the youngsters who are hungry !!!!

Posted by Doogius on (March 16, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

I'm guessing after today, Clarke will do his homework. The questions will no doubt be, how do I set a field to stop runs, how do I put some confidence into the spinners (especially after I've been telling them they are crap and need to improve for so long) and finally, how do i convince the rest of my team that I'm a good man manager and that I care about my, ooops, no their careers a lot. Well batted Dhawan, and on behalf of Oz I must apologise. You'd want to make a fighting 100 on debut against a quality bowling lineup, instead we gave you a 100 against a team that bowled Smith and Doherty. Congrats regardless...

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

Dhawan Oye Dhawan. What a debut for my namesake :) All the anguish I faced while watching Australia humble India down under on ESPN and then reading the terrible walk of Indian batsman to the deadly hallows and the plight of the bowlers going to the cleaners, all down here, All of it: RIP! I just got my peace back. The individual performances have been a bonus. The new Team India of Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Ishant, Bhuvi, Ashwin and Sofa-cum-Bed (read Jadeja) looks very promising. Add to it Umesh and Varun with a bench like Raina, Rohit, Tiwari, Rasool, Unadkat and K3G Pathan. Wonder will the South African Jungles Tame the Indian Tigers or will it be the Indian Roar echoing in the African Neighborhood. Still a match and half to go in this series but I cant wait to see this New Team India on a complete international tour.

Posted by Davcunto_Gravitas_Don_Statman on (March 16, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

@cric4world - Life in pitches in Indian conditions mean hyderabad or even up coming Delhi pitches i,e rank turners. For your nation it may mean fast bouncy green tops, not for us. So why should we go out of our way to put 'life' in pitches when what we already have is making 'life' difficult for visitors, aye? get over it..or i should say for aussies - learn to deal with it.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

The way he batted today, Dhawan gives me a slight hope .... what if Sehwag is back to his original self on time for the SA tour & joins Dhawan at the top of the order - maybe Dhawan is not upto Steyn & Morkel. ....Maybe he is. Just imagine - Sehwag & Dhawan Vs Steyn & Morkel a battle to look forward to. ...only time will tell.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

This guy deserved a spot in the team after all his domestic performances, and he delivered. But his real test will be when he plays outside of India. Too early to say India have found an opener.

Posted by dariuscorny on (March 16, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

i loved his moustache,like a Royal Indian Rajput ,way to go boy.....oh Boy did i miss something? ,that was awesome debut.but Dhawan cement ur place in the team by playing equally good abroad...congrats....

Posted by yagnateja on (March 16, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

actually India has a chance of winning because of this fabulous inngs from dhawan.

Posted by ansram on (March 16, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

@a1234s - You can't give up all your seniors together and build a team full of inexperienced youngsters. This team may still be exposed under foreign conditions. None of the youngsters may be able to play the kind of innings that Dravid played in England.

Look at team Australia and how they are struggling having lost experienced seniors. We needed a proper plan to phase out seniors which wasn't obviously there, well, at least things are beginning to look brighter for India.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (March 16, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

@Greatest_Game I think cricinfo should employ you ASAP( wonderful comment). Great batting display by Dhawan no matter the outcome certainly this has been the best batting display of the series thus far(Dhoni's knock was effective but not pretty, he lacks the quality of stroke play displayed by Dhawan). I think with proper work Starc can turn into a more than useful allrounder, this knock reminds me of his 60+ against SA last year which i thought he looked more than capable with the bat(Watsons replacement in the future maybe).

Posted by HURRICANE.Sehwag on (March 16, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

@ Greatest Game .. You should be an author. Nice comment. Looks like India have finally got a commendable opening pair. The only thing left is to try and integrate Sehwag into the middle order. With guys llike Dhawan in the squad and the likes of Tiwary and Rahane in queue, once again Indian batting may regain it's past glory.

Posted by tennakoon63 on (March 16, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Its time for India to take a hard look at Sewag's and Gambir's performance before deciding to make Murali and Dhawan their permanent openers. It is time for Sewag and Sachin to hang their boots.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 16, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Since Dhawan and Vijay have given India a good platform. I am thinking what Dhoni and co will do to Australian bowlers tomorrow. India needs quick runs to force a defeat on Aussie. Lets see how other batting guns grab this opportunity of scoring big and scoring fast. I am drooling on that prospect.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

real master blaster , this is call ,no sachin,no sachin,no sehwag only SD rules.what a batting.

Posted by jonesy.2 on (March 16, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

the Australians were far to good for india bowlers. how much luck did they have while batting Dhawan could have been out 3 or 4 times wait till sunday when we have a 1st innings lead.

Posted by uksar on (March 16, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Such a big impact on the match while somebody scores so quickly like Dhawan did. Had he played like a traditional opener, the score would have been 100 odd less and a dull draw was guaranteed. Instead, the outcome of the match can be thought differently at least. Sewag had the same effect on cricket. It is fortunate that somebody who replaced Sewag played like him. It is also sad to miss him (Sewag).

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

Certainly, Dhawan has surprised everyone after he was dumped from limited over format with poor showings both home and away couple of years back. Stage was set for him in this test where aussies got recrord opening stand in india defying indian bowling that is superior to aussies specially in the spin depart. Later on aussie tailenders also made merry against indian spin and pace attack. Also, aussies faced tougher conditions as Indian pacers had the first use of seaming and swinging pitch. I am glad that may be Ganguly has been re-incarnated.

Posted by a1234s on (March 16, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

it's really a shame that selfish players like Dravid, Sehwag and Gambhir refused to retire despite being past their sell-by date. Dhawan and Pujara could have debuted atleast 12 months earlier if not for these 3 selfish players.

Now, that the team has transitioned smoothly, Tendulkar can be eased into retirement too. Kohli can then take the 2 down position and Rahane the 3 down position.

Posted by aravind805 on (March 16, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

dhwan is waiting from past 10 years to get a chance in Indian team. grate knock for him. i think he will do more than 250 to 300 runs

Posted by thinkgood on (March 16, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

You have to give due credit to Vijay too for giving solid support to Shikar Dhawan. Its the partnership which matters more than individual scores. I don't know when Indian fans will learn to appreciate partnerships between players than hero worshiping record makers only. Not to take away the credit due to Shikar Dhawan this was a great start which India has been sorely missing the past few years !

Posted by Scube on (March 16, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

@LKMN: Just what I thought too! Neither was Starc consciously attempting to mankad Dhawan nor was Dhawan trying to take off the block from his crease as though going for a run! I bet, 99 percent of the time any non-striker would be getting out of the crease by default once a fast bowler completes his action!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

@ Greatest_Game - One of the best comments I've ever read. Thanks to Cricinfo for keeping it on the top.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

good start for India. might win this too.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

No doubt Sikhar played a breathtaking innings on his debut,but the fact is whether he could do this consistently or not. I always like Viru as an opener and really missing him now.but i hope he would come back again with a big bang...coz personally i feel he has one more 300 under his belt. Dhawan is looking good but let's see how he performs in abroad.i don't think Vijay and Dhawan would become successful opening duo like Viru and Gambhir.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (March 16, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Nice work Dhawan, quite rightly putting Oz's journeymen to the sword on a road. We dont like cricket..., Oh No!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

@IPSY No point in blaming for unfair pitches and giving green tops a fair value... a pitch where there is nothing for bowlers as per your view... Y Australian top order failed every now and then... y they dont have the skill to survive in flat pitches...One more thing here in India its not a secret that the pitches will suit spin for that you should have a quality spin rather blaming the pitch... England had and they conquered... Now this part of the world cant be neglected, it should be taken seriously for their success. Your batsman and bowlers should perform here too only then they can be considered as great... Even your batsman and bowlers perform mostly in their own backyard... and fails miserably on Asian conditions..So its simply pathetic...for your players too.....

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 16, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Hopefully we won't have to see Viru and Gauti in Indian colors again. I was tired of those 2 non-performers getting selected and failing again and again. It's time to ease Tendulkar out of the Indian team as well.

Posted by LKMN on (March 16, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan was technically out before he had faced a ball in Test matches. Daniel Brettig please see the dead ball rule He cannot be given out on a dead ball 4. Umpire calling and signalling Dead ball (a) When the ball has become dead under 1 above, the bowler's end umpire may call and signal (viii) the bowler drops the ball accidentally before delivery.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 16, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

@VinodGupte so credit to starc. That doesn't mean you take away credit for man on debut. Too many others have failed. Cricket is a game for those who take their opportunities. And life is worth for those who have courage to appreciate good thing and not find faults round the clock.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 16, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

WOAH !!!!! Dhawan you BEAUTY !!! Putting the hapless Aussie 'bowlers' (if you wanna call them that) to the sword. A magnificent innings beyond words !! This goes to show how poor Australia's efforts with the bat was. 408 on this batting wicket is at least 150 runs below par. I am impressed by this young man. I always knew he had it in him. He's been performing consistently in domestic cricket for many months until the lead-up to this game. Both Vijay and Dhawan have now almost sealed their positions at the top for India. For those of you who are yapping about the pitch being 'flat', well too bad, your Aussie batsmen STRUGGLED on it big time except Steve Smith and Mitch Starc. Irrespective of the kind of pitch, you gotta still score runs. What an innings by Dhawan !!! Respect man.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (March 16, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

What a fantastic, easy on the eyes knock by Dhawan! What a happy way to celebrate his century sans swearing! Now, please get rid-off Statchin, if he doesn't retire, so that Rahane can play some honest cricket just like Dhawan. While we are at it, let's say good-bye to the perennial 'unlucky' Ishant and bring-in Shami Ahmed. Once Yadav is fit, we are all set. There's no dearth of talent in India. It's just that our cups are over-flowing with politics. Wonder what the other south-paw (read Gambhir) has to say now - can't get a hundred for 3 years and the debutant slays the attack to pieces without giving catching practice to the slips. What a contrast! Now please get rid-off Statchin and Ishant. Pujara is a better version of Dravid and Dhawan is not just a left-handed version of Sehwag but with a foot-work that is as awesome as it can get, unlike Sehwag. What a shame - squad selection and final XI selection are so rife with politics that it took so long for Dhawan to debut for India.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

Superb knock by Shikhar. I hope the media does not turn him into a star overnight. He can be a great asset to Indian team, but should be groomed properly so he can perform overseas too....All the best Shikhar Dhavan

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 16, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

don't go overboard. this pitch is good enough for starc to score 99.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

I don't get when people criticize a spinners pitch. What about preparing green pitches when sub continent teams travel? It's the same thing.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

what a display of batting skills by shikhar dhawna

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

Dhawan has been waiting for his chance for a long time...Finally He gets it and makes full use of it ...its time to bid adieu to our most succesful Openers Gauti and Viru

Posted by kitten on (March 16, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

CarlP, 'Another flat pitch where a tailender scores 99 and everyone seems to be getting excited about a big hundred by an opener!! Typical boring sub-con pitch again. I'll sing his praises if he does it in Eng, Aus or SA, I really doubt he will.' As another onlooker, let us be honest with ourselves, on this same 'flat pitch', Michael Clarke and a few others were out for ducks and low scores. Let us all applaud a wonderful innings by Dhawan, whatever the conditions, and as AB rightly said, this was one of the best innings he has seen played by a debutant. SA, Australia, England are for the future, let the young man bask in his achievement, and I am sure he, alongwith Vijay, Pujara, and a few others will make India proud abroad. Criticism is fine as long as it is constructive.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

india should be looking to win this match. good positive batting.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

Great debut Mr. Shikar Dhawan and well supported by Murali Vijay, selectors were to late Sehwag and Gambhir should have dropped at the start of the season vs New Zealand, that would have given this pair more time to settle and understand each other once they starts playing outside subcontinent. i hope Shikar continues his innings tommorrow and settles all new record for debutants and hope to see him playing same throughout his carrier.

Posted by SLSup on (March 16, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

The article begins by referring to Dhawan being 'technically out' just so everyone is clear that whatever Dhawan did thereafter don't count. What appear to count is the gentleman-ship of the Australians in not mankading Dhawan! Haha. What a joke. Cricinfo is getting too technical for comfort. Like its recent horrendous effort to solve the problem of Batting Averages. All that gibberish about what a valid innings is and not! How many batsmen are given out when they were CLEARLY TECHNICALLY and LAWFULLY were NOT OUT? But that is TECHNICALLY counted as out! Then there are those batsmen who do get out but are GIVEN NOT OUT. Technically they were out. Let us not get too technical because - as in any situation: sports, work, or marriage - getting technical merely gets you all confrontational. A batsman STARTS an innings when he walks out to bat and crosses the boundary line. As did Dhawan did and boy did he do that in style! Stop the madness with these technicalities!

Posted by wolf777 on (March 16, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Did Indian selectors made a mistake by not playing these new players in England series? Had Sehwag and Gambhir been dropped for England series, the outcome could have been different….

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 16, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

@ JG2704, who wondered "what the highest individual score on debut is." England's RE Foster, on Dec 11th, 1903, made 287 at the Sydney Cricket Ground - the 7th test century on debut, the 1st of only 5 debut double centuries, & still the highest debut innings.

The highest debut match score was by the West Indian Lawrence Rowe, at Sabina Park on Ferruary 16th, 1972. He scored 214 in his 1st innings, and 100 not out in his 2nd, totaling 314 for the match. Pakistan's Yasir Hameed scored the only other 2 centuries on debut, 170 and 105, at National Stadium, Karachi, on August 20th, 2003.

The highest maiden innings century, was Garry Sobers' 365 not out in Kingston, February 26, 1958.

Dhawan, scored the 97th debut century, & 15 more will make him the 6th to score a debut double. He needs another 102 to score the most in a debut innings, 115 to score the 1st debut triple century, 130 to score the most in a debut match, and 181 to notch up the highest maiden score. (If my math is correct!)

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Dhawan ...was waiting for a chance for a long time and at the age of 27 he got it. His innings begs a question on why have we given a long rope for Sehwag and Gambhir inspite of their dismal performances... Anyways better late than never. Welcome Dhawan ...long way to go.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

The way two played was amazing to say the least on one hand dhawan was seeing cricket ball like foot ball hitting the ball to his wish and at one point it looked like 4 out of 6 balls will be definite four and other hand you had vijay who played with patience ,solidarity and not to forget his stylish strokes in between on the whole we can safely say the risk indian selectors took paid off handsomely.

Posted by lovepork on (March 16, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Sabash Dhawan, CONGRATULATION! You added another feather to Indian batting line-up, after Kohli, Pujara, and Vijay. Keep up the good work and gutsy attitude.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Superb Batting!! But the Million Dollar Question is What will India do with a new Batting Line-Up in South Africa?? Well Cricket's not a game to be played on paper. Our Senior Batting Line-Up failed in Australia and England!! But Will the selectors afford the risk of going to South Africa with a new and inexperienced batting line-up to face STEYNs and MORKELs in their backyard? Also, Will they take the next 8-months limited over performances into account?? One last opportunity selectors have is in ct13. That's because it is Hostile English Conditions? Also, Another Question is a shortage of a middle order batsman. Ravindra Jadeja does not deserve a game in those conditions.

Posted by CarlP on (March 16, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Another flat pitch where a tailender scores 99 and everyone seems to be getting excited about a big hundred by an opener!! Typical boring sub-con pitch again. I'll sing his praises if he does it in Eng, Aus or SA, I really doubt he will.

Posted by vyshak.v on (March 16, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

Awesome batting by Shikhar and Vijay.. Expecting a double ton from Shikhar. Folks, dont worry about SA, thats in future tense. Lets be happy with what we see in present/present continuous tense :)

Posted by Perera32 on (March 16, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

Wow, well played Dhawan. India are producing some really talented young batsmen now, If they can get a couple of consistent Pace bowlers then they will be outstanding in Test Cricket.

Posted by AKS286 on (March 16, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

i think Clarke must give up his captaincy. We never saw Oz team like this. I don't understand soo many allrounders in the test squad- watto, moises, smith, maxwell. why Oz team don't consider specialist batsmen like- Forrest, Marsh, Ferguson, Doolan, Voges, Burns, Cosgrove. Just open the cricinfo Aus squad everyone is having smile except n.lyon.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

Best wishes from Sri Lanka............keep going Dhawan ..get your double ton,Good Luck.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

If the Indian selectors gave any imagination, let them try Sehwag at no.4 in place of Tendulkar who can be pushed down to no. 6 if he does not choose to retire in South Africa. Sehwag is not as old as Tendulkar and still deserves a chance as a middle order bat. Do we have the courage to see reality to recognize that Sachin is not as great as he was two or three years ago. Shikar Dhawan is in the same league as Sehwag was in the first decade of 21st century. A new star is born in Shikar Dhawan and with Pujara will form a formidable batting line up along with middle order Viru and Dhoni. Let us have some imagination and enterprise and do not live in the past of Sachin's glory days.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 16, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

Anyway, we shouldn't forget Dhoni's defensive captaincy in the meanwhile. Starc played well but because of Dhoni's captaincy was allowed to play risk free cricket till he reached 99. Then Dhoni asked the field to come in and got immediate results. As long he keeps giving easy singles away he is going to suffer especially away from home. I like Dhoni as a player but not as a test captain.

Posted by Nampally on (March 16, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

I do not think the first ball that slipped out of Starc's hand & landed on the stumps was a legal ball. It was called "Dead ball" & one cannot get out to a dead ball! What an imperious innings by Dhawan. He debuted with a glorious 183 NO with the aid of 33 x4's + 2 X 6's & with a S/R of 110. He left Vijay standing like an Aston Martin overtaking an Ambassador on the Autobhan. Bravo, Dhawan, the 007 James Bond! I hope you play more innings of this quality. Dhawan's debut was long overdue. He has been tearing the Ranji Records this year with sterling batting. He got a century in the friendly vs. the Aussies, earlier, captaining India A. Dhoni benched him for the first 2 Tests even though Leftie + Rightie combo is the preferred one instead of 2 Righties. But Dhawan showed convincingly that he is the "Real McCoy". He literally destroyed the Aussie bowling. With just 2 days left, Dhawan's knock has given India a new hope of forcing a decision via 400 on Day 4 + bowling out OZ on Day 5!

Posted by VENKY2110 on (March 16, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Now, after watching test series against Aus, i feel like India again came to the top spot in test... I felt soo bad after india lost series to ENG &AUS...but finally i have seen two future cricket stars of the indian test team .. heartly i must say we are proud of you "Shikhar Dhawan "...it was a fantastic knock from you...i have to appreciate Indian selectors for giving opportunity....great cricket players are now on the screen ..... keep going on boys...we are proud of you.. ("-")

Posted by aahahaa on (March 16, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

well played Dhawan and Vijay.hope the boys take some confidence out of this after the bitter(?) losses before the SA tour. refreshing changes in the team are happening but will someone get rid of the muppets (SMx2, RJ) in the com box please.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Am Pakistani and it was pleasure to see once again indian is keep producing quality batsman,finaly transition period over now in just one year after retirement of Dravid and laxman.Well Pujara is almot replica of Dravid,Vijay is repalcemnt of Ghmbir,Dhawan is repalcemnet of Shewag,and its time of tednulkar say good bay to cricket as well. Literly am enjoying way auses been treating in this series and with every passing day their faces color getting murky bcz of humiliation they got in the series,woo Dhoni need to tell them its called home advantgae,it should be 4-0.

Posted by pull_shot on (March 16, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Special thanks to delhi for again giving opener for india

Posted by Temuzin on (March 16, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Well Played Dhawan. Congrats and keep it up. Here is another comparison from the bowlers side. Some fans were down playing Jadeja for Ojha. Check the head to head bowling of these tow on same pitch against same opposition in same match. Decide who is better. And remember jadeja got Warner and Clarke out. Ojha?

PP Ojha 28 5 98 2 3.50 RA Jadeja31 7 77 3 2.48

Posted by phaktaa_tikit on (March 16, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Defintely a great start but honestly my prediction is that I dont think this guy can surivive on grass courts. He will be one in so many of those who had great starts beginning their career in India but could not cope up grassy conditions. Indian observers dont learn their lessons & pre-maturely conculde openers slot & one down is booked.

Anyways, I wish him good luck anyways & really hope he proves me wrong

Posted by torsha on (March 16, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

When India lose a test match, they blame MSD. When India drop Sehwag, so called Indian legends Ganguly and VVS said it's all because of Dhoni. Now Dhawan has scored big, no one will praise Dhoni. Whether you praise him or not, the truth is so many jealousy behind back for MSD. Congratulations Dhawan, Starc and Smith. That was some knock from Dhawan.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

he got the chance and grasped it both handed.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 16, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

Well Done Shikhar and Vijay. You have proved selectors wrong for persisting with out of form and over the hill Viru and Gambhir for so long. Get Tendulkar out of the team and this young team under Dhoni is good to go.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 16, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Everyone who says this pitch is a batting wicket, cause Starc and Smith scored 90's... It is the same pitch on which your no.3 Hughes was looking clueless... Now please don't say Smith and Starc are better batsmen than him...

Just admit Oz attack is bad and the batsmen played pretty well... Glenn mcGrath scored 61 in a test match, and the next innings, NZ were bowled for less than hundred, doesnt seem like a batting pitch, right?... SO if a lower order player scores runs, it means they played well, not necessarily that the pitch is flat!!!!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 16, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

Agree with @kingsland - We are seeing outstanding performance from talented players. Great performance from Dhawan...BCCI should wakeup now say BYE forever to senior players like; Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar. We should look worldcup 2015 and give chance to new talented players.

Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar are just wasting indian team & making money.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

Greatest_Game: that is beautifully expressed; you should take to writing about cricket, if you do not do so already.

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

hauritz, beer, and Holland? The cupboard bare? no way okeefe, ahmed, and agar are very promising and are the future. hopefully this indian tour will be the last of nation lyon and Xavier Doherty. I would take fawad and steve okeefe to England and let agar develop with another domestic season because he is only 19.

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

His Flamboyance reminds me of Vinod Cambli.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Bbye...swetheart Sehwag....gud night...and a lovely dawn for Mr. Dhwan...India wants you!!!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 16, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Agree with @ CharlestonRamesh - Sehwag and Gambhir must be breathing a sigh of relief seeing their torture come to an end. For Gambhir the torture was a long 18 months. There is no need to praise the selectors for seeing the light after such a long time. We lost matches and series because of their stubborn faith in a couple of losing causes. It's time the selectors talked to Tendulkar. Right now Tendulkar is the weakest link in India's batting.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 16, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

what can i say?? (warne) dhawan decimated australian bowling 'attack'. thats all.

Posted by philipsmgp on (March 16, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

There has been a lot of talking about fair pitches..... most of them by australians. I dont understand why only fast bowling pitches are called sportive pitches.What about the art of spin then?Most of the fast bowlers make merry in other conditions...why not spinner make merry in sub-continent.The glory of a cricketer lies in his talent where he is able to adapt any conditions and score runs or take wickets.we as indians never complained the pitches in australia supported fast bowling.We gracefully accepted we didnt play well?why dont you people accept?

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

If these openers repeats the same feet in next game too than its bye bye for Sehwag and Gambhir in test cricket

Posted by azzaman333 on (March 16, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

So much for taking 20 wickets with this bowling lineup.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (March 16, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

When watching Phil Hughes bat, I do wonder how on earth he scored those runs against SA at the very start of his career! He can't play short stuff, balls that angle across him, spin! What can he play? He has a technique like a flapping tailender. Can anyone name a worse specialist top order Australian batsman?

Posted by cricketsage on (March 16, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Great innings and kudos to Dhawan for overcoming debutant jitters and play a masterful innings.

However, long term, the real proof of his abilities would be when India tour England and Australia. If he can put their bowlers to the sword on bouncy and seaming pitches, I would be sold on his talent. Against a mediocre Australian attack on flat ptiches, I would like to reserve judgment.

Posted by jahbert58 on (March 16, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

That what batting is all about! great job Mr.Shikhar Dhawan, it was a pleasure watching your stroke playing at its fines. absolutely best inning i have ever seen.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Are we going to have another set of Fabulour four / five : Dhawan,Pujara, Vijay , Kohli, Dhoni. It would be great to watch these guys flattening the bowling attacks. Hoping for the best.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (March 16, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

smith got a 90 in one innings, the detractors still have a case until he performs consistently which he is yet to do. once again no aussies going on to get a 100 once set and it will cost them.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Well, it was a good innings for a debutant to watch. But the real test lies against the likes of Dale Steyn and Co when India visits SA later this year. The audacity with which Shikhar Dhawan drove the ball might as well bring his downfall in swinging and seaming SA conditions. So lets not judge him on the back of only one innings. But this surely has shut doors on Viru and Gambhir for some time to come especially given the fact that there are no more tests following this series. Nonetheless, lets enjoy the stroke play and hopefully he can achieve many more milestones (a triple hundred maybe!!) in the 7 days (2 days in this test followed by 5 in the Delhi test) to come. Go, Dhawan!!

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 16, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Well, well, well. After seeing Oz finish their 1st innings score i thought this was going to be a draw. Then the 2 indian openers came in and carted this sub-par ozzie bowling attack into all 4 corners of the ground. If you cant spin a ball on day 4 in India, then you really have to start asking questions about your ability as a spinner, Lyon & Doherty have these questions. India will come in tomorrow and blitz for two and a half sessions, get a lead of 200 and put the ozzies in for 4 sessions left in the match. Game on. Imagine the first day wasnt lost due to rain, goodness me !

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Toothless tiger impact of Australian bowling attack looks ever so much like the Bangladesh; 2006 bowling attack that allowed Graham Smith & Neil McKenzie(South Africans both) to break the original world record 1st wicket partnership that was firstly set by India's Vinoo Mankad & Pankaj Roy at Madras against New Zealand in 1955. The Mankad/Roy stand was worth 413 runs, the Smith/McKenzie stand was worth 415 runs. Unless there's a concentration lapse by the 2 Indian openers during the 1st session on the new day this global record for the 1st wicket is odds-on favourite to go and with it Australia's current lead of 125.

Posted by Arrow011 on (March 16, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

The biggest blunder Aussies do is punish their own established players, now where does Clarke & Arthur hide their faces after this big plundering? Clarke systematically kicked out Andy Symmonds for "gone fishing episode", now booted out Watto, Mitchel Johnson "line in the sand episode". Nowadays he is performing well as a batsman but in the next few years when some other takes his captaincy he is sure to be in the receiving end. Team rules can be bent when it is the need of the hour, now suffer more humiliation for being over strict. Finally, India will win 4-0 &the way things are Australia is going to get hard boots from England also atleast 4-1. I am sure after Ashes it would only be ashes for Clarke & Mickey. All for being over strict, good idea of Mickey, he has made a Mickey of Australia.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (March 16, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Even though, the match is being played on a highway, Dhawan must be given credits for his magnificent show. That was SUPERB !!!!

Posted by popcorn on (March 16, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

The ONE BIG Positive we can take is: despite Michael Clarke scoring a zero,4 of the batsmen scored 70 and above,and we got to 408.So Mickey Arthur's dose of medicine has had a good effect.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

realy it was an innings of pure class from the indian oppener. india have as alaways a lot of batting tallent. its a treat to watch such inningses that indian batsmen have be4en producing over the years

Posted by Nightwing32 on (March 16, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Well I didn't watch it but wow it must be an awesome knock by the debutant. Yeah Australia are stuffed but at least England is not India, so that's a positive I guess. I mean just don't have the experience yet to beat India at home compared to the 04/05 side. I mean for Australia it was tough to beat India at home for years. Anyway hopefully we can pull out a draw and win the 4th.

Posted by Whatsgoinoffoutthere on (March 16, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Well done Mr Dhawan!

Now, remind me... Virender who?

Posted by realfan on (March 16, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

@IPSY i agree with your point of playing away from home is real test.... but keep in mind on this same flat test track with low bounce, your team made 277 for 7 on day 1.....what does that make to australian team??? what does that mean to their players???? and coming to point of 'fair' test pitches in australia and southafrica...really??? are they fair???? how may spinners will get enough aid from those pitches??? you dont call fair pitches when 1 team make 40+ allount and other team makes piles of runs... you dont call a pitch a fir pitch when a fast bolers stike rate is 30+ and that of spinner is 100+....i dont call this indian pitch is also fair pitch... but it is near, nearer than any australian and southafrican pitches.....

Posted by Arrow011 on (March 16, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Sachin is already a playing coach so only on his blessing is Shikar Dhawan playing the way he is. Just read when he gets out or after India declares he will come to the media & praise Sachin. The genius Sachin plays way too many roles behind the curtains for the good of India only sane minds can understand.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Fantastic knock by Dhawan. Absolute treat to watch, hope we get 500 quick and then declare, and then knock them over on the last day.

I'm a little disappointed in our bowling, that we didn't extract enough reverse. Ishant, sadly looks very ineffective at the moment. Bhuvi is a good bowler, but I was surprised he was picked ahead of Shami Ahmed. Shami is stronger and has a bit more zip. He has a decent bouncer too. Currently he should be the first choice to partner Umesh Yadav in the Test side. Dinda third seamer when we go overseas.

Posted by pincheater on (March 16, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

except for the guy called jayzuz no body has complained about the pitch. cause there is nothing to complain about here. Even Australian Tailenders had a good day with the bat and Indian seamers got wickets too. So why is Aussies not able to return the favour with their pacers.. forget their spinners. too mediocre to deserve any respect. Dhawan was a class act. hope he is able to preserve this for a long period. Respect for now. Hope Sehwag stays home till ret

Posted by realfan on (March 16, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

apart from shikar's innings i am extreemly impressed with VIJAY's innings....it remembers me those parnerships between gambir and sehwags when they were in prime.... its good to see vijay grew up in his patience....its always easy to loose control of your game when the other batsman is playing so t20 style.... as a prefound t20 batsmen vijay applied himself to be a test quality batsman .... making bowlers frustrated is what every openings batsmen should have and these guys made that today just like shewag and gambir used to do that a few years back...... hope they play well in the future....

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Congrats to Dhawan, congrats to India.

0-283....Was Australia bowling underarm?

Posted by TATTUs on (March 16, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

Everybody is just heaping praises on the team and Dhawan. Well, yes well done for the 3 tests. Excellent debut for Dhawan too.

But what about the shortcomings? Our bowling is as bad as any team around. There is no fast bowler who can take wickets. Even our spinners at home strike around every 15 overs. Batsmen are yet to play outside India let alone outside subcontinent. We have been just beaten by one of the worst players of spin, that too outsmarted at our on game. This Australia team is nowhere near a top 3 team. So I would just wait. Yes I would savor the moments but without jumping the gun.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (March 16, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Genius' seem to come thick and fast in Test cricket. Last week it was Hamish Rutherford, this week Dhawan. He does look a treat,though this pitch is not too demanding given Starc made 99. That is not to take away from Dhawabn's record breaking innings evoking comparisons with the great Lara. and with it it's Gautam Who? and Virender Who?. Opening stand of almost 300 tend to have that effect. Aus did well to make 408 against the odds but 6-700 seems well within the compass of India, and then the spinners can get to work again. Intriguing.

Posted by IPSY on (March 16, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

I am not rating any innings that is made on a track where the deliveries from even the fastest bowlers don't rise beyond the level of the batsman's knees. When you bestow so much accolade on young batsmen, when they do so well on flat tracks like this one at Mohali, where it was prepared to bat on till eternity, most of these guys get swell headed and go away with the idea that "they can bat". Then when they meet the real test, like on 'fair' cricket pitches in South Africa or Australia, they appear like novices to the game. It happened recently to some Indian youngsters in England and Australia. So we must wish them well. Don't tell them that they are great! Only if a batsman retires after a single innings that it can be deemed to be his career.

Posted by truestory on (March 16, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

When a Test cap is handed to dhawan by Sachin tedulkar miracles was bound to happen !! So no doubt dhawan played exceptionally well today along with murali , but according to me when a palyer performs overseas he is the real player for me , i am not demoralizing any player here , the thing i want to say these players are used to indian pitches and plus the australian team which lack experience is an added advantage for India , the character of the player is tested when a player performs abroad and in a consistent manner , its always been easy to win in India and perform but when you learn to win in foreign soils thats when you gain some respect . and looking at the previous few matches in overseasmatches the stats are not very good and thtas the reason to very..if you keep performing in home grounds and keep loosing in abroad thats really a mtter of concern..anyways congrats to shikhar dhawan for his maiden century and hope he goes on to do well .

Posted by richardror on (March 16, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Australia's test status should definitely be reviewed. Very entertaining innings from Dhawan, giving no mercy against the worst bowling attack in test cricket. Only England are good enough to beat India, in India, because you need a combination of slow and solid batsmen as well as class spinners.

Posted by realfan on (March 16, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

i was surprised that dhawan was given chance ahead of rahane... and got frustrated too.... but i take my words back.... man that dhawan is too good..... let me tell he dint even hit single ball in the air untill he reaches 100..... and not even a single edge he got....love to see the cover drives that the left handers play.... watever the pitch may be, flat or fast, bouncy or pacy, spin or seam..... scoring 180+ with srtike rate of 110+ , that has to be something with that man.....shear brilliance from this man..... and as a indian i like the way he just turned his mustache...:) :) every indian is proud of their mustache... :P well played shikar.... i think he will reach that SHIKAR( peak ) quickly....

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Well what can you say!! Nothing much except to watch in awe the batting display of this young man who flayed the Australian bowling attack with impunity. Well done Dhawan. Wish you all the best for the future. It was a priviledge to watch you bat from Down Under.

Posted by king78787 on (March 16, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

This is what sehwag was there to do. Get the team on a flying start, gmabhir play in his slipstream and put together a slower and more steady knowck. These 2 are just better version of sehwag and gambhir. Long may it continue...

Posted by Crick_Expert on (March 16, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

We are seeing outstanding performance from talented players. Great performance from Dhawan..BCCI should wakeup now say BYE forever to senior players like; Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar. We should look worldcup 2015 and give chance to new talented players.

Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar are just wasting indian team & making money.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

Dear BCCI - please reserve 2 slots in all series for "promising" players. Give them a chance in rotation when they are YOUNG - i.e less than 21.

Reserve 2 slots (1batsman, 1 bowler) for bench strength and keep playing people in rotation. Unmukt Chand, Rahane, Badrinath, Pujara, Dhawan, Manoj Tiwari etc. and a host of younger talent should get chances when YOUNG!

Especially if the rubber is dead or if its against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe or West Indies, we have got to take chances and expose youngsters to test cricket.

Posted by Dhanvanth on (March 16, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

I whole heartedly feel very satisfied with dhawan's debut ton. But i beg the bcci to include new blood than the so called experienced senior pros. Wake up bcci.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Dhawan .... On d Rockzzzzzzz

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

hahahhaha Oz fans why are you guys blaming the pitch? Just accept that Oz bowling is abysmal and india's batting is extraordinary.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

3 Cheers Shikhar Dilliwala !! I had met Jonty Rhodes a couple of years back and asked him which Indian player he rated as the best fielder, and his reply then had been- SHIKHAR the DHWAN !@! Jeetey Raho,pappaey !@!

Posted by din7 on (March 16, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

hahahah even yusuf pathan playin in india would be quite dangerous. On this pattas (even smith scored 92) everybody would look like god of cricket....and against this aus team in which captain and coach have themselves divided the whole team it was just a ok knock. hes not a test player also vijay..they both are just limited over players..selectors instead shld have tried mukund who atleast has some technique..just wait and watch this hitters play in SA agnst steyn, morkel, philander...3-0 is well on the cards...also 4-0in aus and eng on next tours! hahahah

Posted by cricketanand12 on (March 16, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

Murali vijay must be given a run in odis..he can clear the boundaries,has strong defence ...

Posted by JG2704 on (March 16, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

First of all sad for Smith and Starc for not getting to their tons but from 270-7 overnight and scoring 408 without Clarke scoring a run , I think most Aus fans will have settled for that. Obviously fantastic debut inns and it's looking like it could be a double ton on debut. I wonder what the highest individual score on debut is? From this position India can't lose and to me it would not be a too big a gamble to push the likes of MS and Kohli up the order in search of quick runs. Maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself here but if Dhoni and Kholi come up the order they could score at 5-6 rpo. If they score at 5.5 rpo they could have a lead of near 300 after 75 overs and leave Aus an hour and a full day to bat out the test knowing they can't lose the test. If the gamble didn't come off you'd have the likes of Pujara to come in and steady the ship. Worst case scenario as I see it is that they're pretty much level which still would not give OZ time to set a score and win.

Posted by aharav on (March 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Is not that as per the modifi8ed rules of ICC, Manakading is not allowed in tests any more unless the batsman is previously warned? How could the australians have appealed against that accidental breakage of stumps? besides the bowler was behind the crease so it was not even a ball in action as the ball is dead till it is bowled!

Posted by Puffin on (March 16, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

I had this feeling that the Aussie attack were not well suited to these conditions, but well done to Dhawan for making it painfully obvious. I'm sure we'll see more from him in future.

Posted by SL_rockz on (March 16, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

well done india....reason for your good run is mentality...you have belief in you now that u can win....Well done shikar...late entry to national team...hope he will have a consistent run...one 200+ and 5 under 50 's doesnt make a legendary test player ..Consistency is the key....Aussies lack of good bowling line up is exposed heavily..

Posted by FairCricket_indinaus on (March 16, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

2sessions tomorrow apprx 70 overs at 5 an over = 350 -125 = 225 runs lead then get the aussies to bat & crumble again hopefully. Do u think this plan wud work? Or even get a lead of 275 and have 15 overs to spare 4th day and full day 5. Maths works on paper but will c how it adds tomorrow.

Posted by cricketanand12 on (March 16, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Congrats dhawan.,exquisite performance.I hope you make a triple century or even break lara's record. Still,I will support and recommend Unmukt chand for odi's and call him ODI specialist. Unmkut too has phenomenal record like dhawnan.He was given late chance,and i Don't want that same happens with unmukt.Just give him a chance.Somebody like him is a big match player and record can never describe his talent.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (March 16, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Smith played so well this test. So will Callum Ferguson, Bailey or even David Hussey. You need batsmen to play with some positive intent. So, the good shorter format batters will do well in Tests in India. For the bowling, surely, you guys can find 3 pacers to go with Pattinson. You guys have so many pacers: Starc, Mitch Johnson, Bollinger, Cummins, Harris, Hifenhaus, Siddle, Cutting, Peter George, c'mon….I watch the Big Bash sometimes and you guys have so many pace bowlers. Forget the pitch. Pack all the spinners ( I don't know why you guys call them spinners, may be like we call ours as pacers) and send them back home. For the next test at Delhi, No spinners. Play 4 pacers+ Moises Henriques. This is your only chance in the last test.

Posted by sixnout on (March 16, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

An amazing debut by Shikar. Hopefully being on the sidelines for so long he has matured enough to deal with the vagaries of test cricket. Just hope the young man keeps a calm head and manages to fulfill his potential. To all the fellow Indian fans, lets leave him alone for sometime before we start our usual "putting him on the pedestal only to knock him down" attitude by praising him sky high. This is australia I agree. But dont compare this team with the invincibles of the nineties. Its a team going through transistion. Remember it took the invincibles 3 trips before they could conquer the Indiansubcontinent.

So lets take it easy. Enjoy the moment. Please dont start building the hype and unbelievable expectations on this young man.

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 16, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Has an Australian attack ever suffered such a thrashing before? - embarrassing to watch - best bowler Pattinson sitting watching because he didn't do his homework! Going to have to find better bowlers for Ashes. Khawaja should have come in for Hughes but he sits out as well, how can we do this 2-0 down, make a point after the series not during it. For the bowlers Camm Sayers & Ryan Harris come to mind & hopefully Jackson Bird recovers. But apart from Haurtiz, Beer and Holland the spin cupboard is bare. However one bright spot - we seem to have found the all-rounder they are looking for in Starc and he was one of the less expensive bowlers.

Posted by hnlns on (March 16, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

I hope at least now, the Indian selectors will realize that brining in fresh talent is the answer to phase out struggling seniors who have been nonperforming over last several tests. Dhawan has made this amply clear today in a very emphatic fashion.

Posted by agarkarno1 on (March 16, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Nice innings by Dhawan. Between in commentary, someone questioned Sunil, why there is more crowd when India is batting and not so when they bowl. Sunny as boring as a commentator replied to that interesting question in a lousy way saying pakistan would be happy when their bowlers bowl saying examples like Akram, Imran, etc. To me for any fan would be happy when their side bats. When their side bowls, their happy moment comes only a maximum of 10 times in 300 balls in a ODI. But when their side bats they would be happy everytime a boundary or a six is scored

Posted by Essex_Man on (March 16, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Congratulations to Dhawan for an extraordinary debut knock, albeit against a mediocre bowling "attack". There will be much sterner tests ahead when he plays against decent opposition, but for now he can enjoy what is undoubtedly a quite sensational start to his career.

Funny to see all the Aussie whingers trying to blame a flat track for their mediocrity. It didn't seem that way when the Aussie batting collapsed yet again yesterday! If England agree to put out a 4th XI, the Ashes could be quite a close contest.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Dhawan you might have Made fastest debutant Century .. But Virendar Shewag is the Best attacking opener in test cricket dont forget that .. you cant replace him and those who think dhawan is better than ♥ Shewag ♥

Posted by Beertjie on (March 16, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Great knock Dhawan! @hhillbumper on (March 16, 2013, 10:24 GMT) Yes they do have a test class spinner. He took 24 wickets this season at an average of 22 and his name is Steve O'Keefe. Unfortunately for him, as captain of the Shield team that Michael Clarke also occasionally plays for, it seems he doesn't appear to have the greatest relationship with Clarke. He was not selected and a man who also bowls leftarm spin and who had terrible first class cricket figures this season was preferred. Let's hope the failures in India are replaced by those actually taking wickets this season: SO'K and the about-to-be-naturalized Fawad Ahmed. Take them to England and on any turning wickets Oz will be able to compete - otherwise be prepared to be outplayed despite whatever pace attack plays. But also pick RHB batsmen who perform, like Doolan. Otherwise another Ashes disaster beckons.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (March 16, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

@Joseph Langford agree with your comments. Never was it more frustrating then not to see Pattinson play today and not see Khawaja in the top order. Sure the blokes could have been punished but not at the expense of this series. Khawaja must come in the 4th test for Hughes and Pattinson for Siddle. And wow how good is Dhawan, where have the Indians ben hiding this guy, he was very impressive and looks like a long term prospect for India, good batsman seem to grow on trees in that country.

Posted by wake_up_india on (March 16, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

It is a shame that it took BCCI so long to pick Dhawan. All in the name of retaining experience!

Posted by cric4world on (March 16, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

mitchel starc 99 n indian openers 283. sub continent countries really need to start making test wickets. producing tons of tons is not an achievement if game is so one sided n pace bowlers look like a laughing stock. look at pakistan the country famous for producing fast bowlers cant find even 2 for their national side now. save the game n put some life in wickets

Posted by CharlestonRamesh on (March 16, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

Sehwag and Gambhir must be breathing a sigh of relief seeing their torture come to an end. For Gambhir the torture was a long 18 months. There is no need to praise the selectors for seeing the light after such a long time. We lost matches and series because of their stubborn faith in a couple of losing causes. Anyway, I loved the innings by Dhawan. I love Tendulkar and will always love him too but him to step aside seeing the depth of talent out there. Today was perhaps the best day in the history of Indian cricket!!

Posted by netlook on (March 16, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

' session in which India were dominated' eh? A run rate of 3ish with 3 wickets gone can't be 'dominating' without the help of 'desperate hyperbole'. Vijay-Dhawan had a rate of 5+ for a period - a chance-less partnership on top of that. Now that is what will be called dominating. Period.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

dhawan u beauty. absolute magic!!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Shikhar inning was the best knockI ever seen in Test Cricket any batsmen on Debut Match and which was also come against the big reputed Australian team that matter most.Shikhar is playing best knock of his life for forever.Nothing can't happen better then this from Indian team and Fans point of view because this partnership along with Vijay is taking Indian team near to the Victory in match take them to 3-0.After this opening stand by this pair secur their places also long period of time in Indian side because they filling the boots of shewag&gambhir those done well for India in past.Shikar Inning will reamin on top for so Long from Indian Side by a debutante.Wicket was dry and slow some bowl was kepting low.I think this inning shows how big player he's&how much time he spent on the domestic level.I saw him in 2004 Under19 cup where scoring runs like a bullet that time he was not pickup by the selectors because some players like Kaif,Yuvi,kholi expose early he wait 9yrs knw his turn

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

india have very good bunch of young and telanted cricketer like dhavan,chand,raydu,baba aprajith,shami ahmed,jivanjyot,tiwari,cm goutam,kulkarni,nayar,rahane,pandey,sandeep sharma,etc now that is depend upon selector or bccci how give them opurtunity....... after 2 year indian test team dhavan , rahane, pujara ,kohli, raydu, tiwari, cm goutam bhuneshwar, ashwin yadav, shami, jivanjyot, chand,ishant,jadeja

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 16, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

I don't understand whenever an Indian batsman scores big, people complains about the flat pitches and also about his ability to play outside subcontinent! Lets see what happens, nobody can predict the future.

IND should declare their innings by the end of tea with the lead around 100-150 runs and put pressure on OZ. Again, a great partnership between SD & MV.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

New Star Bron in Indian Cricket History, its Awesome to watch Shikhar Dhawan and we never miss Viru here

Posted by prakdm on (March 16, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Congrats Shikar... what an innings. Your 100 was the most delightful in recent times. absolutely perfect!!.. hope you make 300 at least..

Posted by Sanjeevakki on (March 16, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

TO all Australian Here :- Just One Question why they have not selected George Bailey as a batsmen??? He is one of the best players of Spin

Posted by phunny_game on (March 16, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

A lot of people who were saying Dhawan shouldn't be selected before Rahane must be short of words or criticism today... Well played by the young opener. Taking no credit away from a blazing knock, i still feel he will not be successful in SA. He comes hard at the ball, i hardly saw a shot where he played with soft hands and thus he is more prone to be edging the ball... Neway, all that should be forgotten today. Its his day and he deserves the kudos.!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

we should not carry away with the performaces of pujaras,dhawans,vijays, although they all have grabbed the opportunities with both hands. i still feel this team needs gud fast bowlers to win test matches overseas. ishant is probably the only player in test history who have played 50 test matches even after averaging horrible 38 with the ball. we need out and out fast blwer in our bowling line up . i still feel BK is very useful in overseas conditions .

Posted by SASANK360 on (March 16, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

Superb batting by Shikhar and Vijay. Australia again dominated. England had two very good spinners who helped them to series win. But that is not the case with Aussies. They do not have a fast bowler like McGrath, Akram or Gillispie to pick wickets on less conducive wickets. Also not having a decent spinner hasn't helped them. Atleast Mitch Johnson would have proved handy. @MERVO Yes Siddle did pick up the Walking Wicket (Sehwag). Anyway wish India good luck.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

india need to score another 275 (125+150) in two seasions and declare or all out then they can put pressure on australia and try to got them out in 60-70 overs... otherwise its a draw

Posted by broken_chairs on (March 16, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

What kills me about the australian team is that they don't put their best XI on the field. what's with this perceived requirement that we need to play all rounders no matter how talentless they may be? feeling for hughes, he's a great talent and definitely test quality, but psychologically he's a mess right now. we need to protect the dude and bat him lower in the order.

play this team and we might have a chance, or at least be humiliated slightly less...

1. Warner 2. Cowan or Watson 3. Marsh or Khawaja 4. Clarke 5. Smith or Khawaja 6. Hughes 7. Wade 8. Pattinson 9. Starc 10. Lyon 11. Bird

Posted by avani on (March 16, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Dhawan has compensated for the loss of a day's play due to rain. In an any ordinary test match, an innings of 408 all out by one team and 275 for zero by another team would have anyway taken 3 days to complete. Good debut as an opener. If play continues like this tomorrow, India can pose a total of 600+ till last session and can try few overs at Aussies before the close. A result could be possible. (or may be most likely)

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

Earlier in the innings there were questions raised about dhonis field settings, for failing to stop the singles instead he kept the fielders to cover the boundaries. Yeah, I believe they had their answers in the second part of the game. Single page of the book cant explain the whole story. Cant wait to watch. Vijay maturing on this way, by developing patience. true monk.

Posted by Stateside_Steve on (March 16, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

Dhoni was correct all along in fighting to drop non performers, especially non performing big names like Gauti, Veeru and VVS. He has to go through a lot to get new guys to come in to the team. Mind you guys he is overseeing a pretty good transition for the Indian team.

As great a debut this is by Dhawan there will be some who will be itching to call him another flat track bully or challenge him to perform in foreign conditions. Sooner or later India is going to take care of its foreign condition issues and then there is no stopping them from there on.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (March 16, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

This performance proves for BCCI to not hang around with not or marginally performing stars. I hope the die-hard fans of Shewag can reconcile his drop from the team.

Posted by Selfishkar on (March 16, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Sachin is clearly the weak link in Indian batting lineup, with the exit of Shewag and Ghambir , the only one not to score a century in the last 12 months.

Posted by Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules on (March 16, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha: A truly glorious day for OZ,A batsmen with an avg of 30,along with a tail ender both scoring 90's and putting the top order to absolute shame.Great to see the OZ ''Spinners'' bowling so well on pitches where the Indian spinners have done so well.Also great to see that the OZ quicks doing great so far taking a total of Zero wickets in this innings whilst an Indian quick with an avg of about 50 at least managed to get two.Looking forward to similar OZ glory in the upcoming Ashes.With much glee,actually.....

Posted by ozziespirit on (March 16, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Nice innings from Starc, that's one thing that went well. Our spin attack is simply getting thrashed every game though, Lyon just isn't doing much with the ball. Time for O'Keefe in the last test.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 16, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

This is what I was talking about!! There's no shortage of talent in India. Granted neither Dhawan, nor Vijay have been tested outside India, but at least they are doing well in India. They are doing much better than what Viru and Gauti, at least in India. The failure of our opening pair, combined with failure of our batting superstars, was the main reason for India's defeats over the last 2 years. Hopefully grandpa will realize this and announce his retirement.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 16, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

I think it is a very bad time to be an Aussie cricket fan right now. Their nation is suffering from a real shortage of talent in cricket, and as Dean Jones recently said, the Aussie cricket team may just go the Windies way. Unless Aussies discover a very talented bunch of cricketers very soon, the future looks very bleak. A real hiding is awaiting them in the Ashes unless things improve dramatically. The main problem is that apart from Michael Clark, Aussies don't have any other reliable batsman.. From what I have read on the internet, there is really nothing in the reserves, so the team which is in India right now is their best possible cricket team. I think cricket is going to be dead in Australia, and will be played vigorously only in India, England, Pakistan, and South Africa.

Posted by Naresh28 on (March 16, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

India keeps hiding talent like this away. When we were losing in Oz and ENgland there was so much being said about indian cricket was dead and buried. We the fans knew that we were playing with aged players whose eyesight and reflexes were gone. How we cannot have a place for player like Unmukt Chand is beyond me.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (March 16, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

What a knock by Dhawan. He's playing like a fine West Indian batsman. Dismal day for Australia, however, Siddle bowled quite well, but the others were ordinary to say the least.

Posted by MadhushaDmendis on (March 16, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

What a Debut ,he surely deserves double tons ...or evenly 400..

Posted by ramli on (March 16, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

GRVJPR ... India's transition started with Eng in India ... the earlier losses were due to batting failures by the established stars and the perennial bowling limitations in overseas ... you are right that transition seems to be over for India at least in home conditions

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Great series, so far, for India. Dhawan has probably made it unforgettable. It ranks with some of the greatest innings the game has seen. Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara appear to bring a new kind of maturity to the top three. Hope they can repeat this overseas. Can't wait.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 16, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

A truly glorious day for India. The wicket of a single batsmen with a test average of 30, plus two bowlers for a total of 150 runs. Then scoring lots of runs too. Great to see that two wickets have fallen to pace bowlers over two days - both off ricochets from bat or pad - on India's most pace-friendly pitch. Looking forward to similar Indian glory in the upcoming series in SA. With much glee, actually.

Posted by Supratik on (March 16, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Incredible innings by Dhawan, albeit against a weak attack and helped by shabby bowling on both sides of the wicket and on as benign as a 2nd day Mohali pitch. However, the maturity shown specially after the 100 was done augurs well for Indian cricket. The real test ofcourse will come overseas with SA tour round the corner. Hope he can announce himself as the man he replaced did a dozen years back at Bloemfontein! The twirling of the 'mush' will have an even more ominous meaning then.

Posted by Simoc on (March 16, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Great innings from the Indian openers which should ensure a good lead for India by stumps on Day 4. If the pitch deteriorates they may win again. We see the Oz pace attack selected was as effective as coach Arthurs ability.

Posted by womenlovecricket on (March 16, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

First of all congratulation for the Indian pair for giving such a treat that will go down in cricket history. Secondly what with the constant hatred towards the Indian team. They might have lost their recent overseas tours but are now trying to rebuild the team with youngsters. So what if these players are breaking records on home grounds - you start at home then you try away. People should start giving credit when credit is due. This Indian team may fail in the upcoming overseas tours but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't appreciate their home tours...

Posted by sirjadega on (March 16, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

@jayzuz...the precise date is 29th Dec, 2010 when India defeated South African team at Durban. India has only performed badly for last 2 away series in recent years, earlier for some period they were performing well even outside.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 16, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

Of course @Jayzuz, India is making pitches favouring the home side. But Dhawan's batsmanship till he got about 115 was absolutely dumbfounding. It was like Gary Sobers' highlight reel. Take his century of 85 balls. About 25 defended or left alone. Rest everything attacked. About 20 went to the fielders in the circle. Rest 40 went either for single or a boundary. Each one of them was exquisitely timed. Everything along the ground. No lofted shots. I do not know how Dhawan will shape up in the future but till he reached about 115 and started playing lofted shots, I have to say this was the most beautiful display of batsmanship I have seen, ever. Just gobsmacking. May be it was an easy pitch but it cannot take way his batsmanship.

Posted by Attractivue on (March 16, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

This is quiet fascinating really. This is a dream debut, he's my age and I can imagine when he was growing up (Australia being the best team at that time) he would have dreamed of slamming a double ton against Australia. I hope he gets it tomorrow (Best wishes from Pakistan)

Posted by Engfasttrackwimp on (March 16, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

Best ever Test debut by any batsman in the world. Well done Dhawan.. you have made the country proud!!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Some people really suffer from inferiority complex. There is nothing called a fair pitch in test cricket. Everybody prepares it suit their strengths.

Posted by Scheduler on (March 16, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Now if Vijay scores a ton as well Sehwag and Gambhir can just relax and enjoy first class cricket .Selectors should give a long rope to Vijay and Dhawan now that both sehwag and gambhir had enough of the rope themselves. There are lot of commentators and former players backing the S and G team but they should realise there are lot of players performing consistently in the domestic cricket and need to be rewarded .One cannot just go by the past history of the players. At the end it is the country's win that matters than anything else

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Wonderful, wonderful batting!!!

@ 3_Reasons .... I thought that they would struggle!!! That's why my team had 6-bowlers. Australia needed 20-wickets here to retain the BG Trophy .... at the moment Australia will be flat out getting 10-wickets.

Posted by DMJR on (March 16, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

I wish he will cary his form to IPL and play well for sunrisers it was dissapointing about Starc

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 16, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

@Jayzuz on (March 16, 2013, 11:17 GMT) What was unfair in the conditions? Both teams play on the same pitch so your excuses have no value. Aust is still in this game unlike Pakistan in SA where the flat track bullies were out of the matches within the first session of every match ! India has beaten all countries in their home grounds- pls check out records and then comment about any thing. Too many people make a fool of themselves with their baseless comments

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 16, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

After west indies I haven't seen a team taking so much of transition time as australia. India's transition period is already over it seems.

Posted by nshibu on (March 16, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Playing well on home conditions is what most teams do well.. That doesn't take sheen off the performance by India today. Australians are clearly outplayed in this series.. that is a fact.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 16, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

I feel sorry for the Australian cricket team. The skill set of the players seems to be very poor. I mean if they can't put up a decent batting performance on a flat deck like this, I wonder where will they be able to bat? I think Aussie middle order should take batting lessons from Mitch Stark. But, perhaps, we should not be too harsh on the Aussies, because they have never really done well in India. The last time they won a test match in India was way back in 2005, when they actually won the series 2-1. Apart from that it has always been a one way street. For example, 2008 Aussies lost 2-0 and in 2010 also it was 2-0. They are already down 2-0 in this one, and there is a good chance that it may become 4-0. On the other hand India did win a test in Australia in 2008 in Perth which is more recent than Aussies won a test in India (2005). Anyway this series is becoming very boring and one-sided for Indian fans which is also indicated by the fact that there is no crowd in the ground.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

india needs atleast 300 tomorrow to make match out of it and that too before tea. 300 means they will get overall lead of 170 runs.150 per session.otherwise this is a flat batting track to dismiss aussies we need more time. 4and a half sessions will require atleast to ensure something for the match. onus is on indian batsmen to score more quickly tomorrow. anyways well played dhawan and vijay.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

that boundary of henriques when dhawan had already walked down few steps and just bringing his bat down on time baam of the middle no stopping the ball...best shot of the day.

Posted by balu.indian on (March 16, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

@jayzuz.. I wouldn't say no other team has manipulated home conditions as much as India did. The Australians had done it previously. They even got in umpires that gave outrageous decisions in their favour (buckner ficaso). And not to mention the way in which the great punter took up umpiring in that series too. If you have a doubtful catch you should have remained non-committal about it. After all that examples infront of you, how can you blame india? Also didn't the Australian batsmen played on the same pitch? How come they tumbled to 277 for 7 if they had the correct technique??

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

Is hilarious that people are calling this wicket road, when Australia were 277-7 yesterday on the same wicket. India's spinners found a fair bit of rip and bounce off the surface and Ishant found considerable reverse.

Posted by armchairjohnny on (March 16, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

@davidpk 'Near perfect batting conditions' Really? if you watched the game closely you would have noticed the seam bowlers were getting reverse swing and the odd ball was keeping a tad low. The Aussie bowlers just weren't good enough to exploit it the way an England or South Africa bowling attack might have. It was an outstanding performance by Dhawan no matter how you analyze it. 185* in his first ever test innings is no joke, yet all some people can say on in is 'Flat track bully'. There really is no pleasing some people. At least give the man a chance to prove himself overseas before you assign derogatory labels to him.

Posted by Clyde on (March 16, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

We need a little more information here. I would not have thought the ball's landing on the stumps would have meant out.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Well done Shikhar..he showed that he belongs to this level. Lovely cover drives from Left hand looked so elegant. I don,t know if this was planned onslaught to get Aussies bat again by post lunch tomorrow and create chances to finish it here..

Posted by Vivekaks on (March 16, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

What an innings. Blown away, congratulations to Shikhar Dhawan. For all the talks on toothless attack and flat bed of a pitch, 185 on debut at better than run a ball takes some talent. and this guy has demonstrated that in plenty. It doesnt really matter if he fails, its human to fail but he has shown what he is capable of. I hope he gets a long stint where he doesnt fear his place. Lets hope he does justice to his talent. I feel very bad for Rahane, but i believe he has made it clear that he wont open the innings, and he may only get a chance once the master hangs his boots. Because other spots are virtually assured. Good to see India pick themselves up and seriously hope we show some spine on foreign tours. Cheers

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

@jayzuz....you can not dismiss a pitch based on a single day's play. If India manages to score another 300 runs tomorrow, then with a backlog of 160+ runs, Aus will be asked to bat the whole day and save the match. How is this boring and road like? And mind you, only 4 and a bit day's play will be possible and we may have a result. Get over your obsession for fast and bouncy pitches, they are not the benchmark. If batting conditions are so easy here, how come Aus were 251/7 after 100 overs??? this is why they say dont hate your opponent, it clouds your judgement! Cricinfo pls publish

Posted by Sumallo on (March 16, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

@Jayuz, as much as I agree that the tracks favour the home team, just wondering if the same ROAD was not the same for the Oz batsmen.... When Strac was going, I hope you were watching too, weren't you? It's ok though mate, we also tend to switch off when our team is not doing well, just that we tend to take out our wrath on players and not conditions. But if you are an Oz too, i perfectly understand your sentiment. Cheers...

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

@ Moppa ... sorry for my error. Should have wrote Pattinson, as you correctly pointed out. As you would be well aware Pattinson is a more competent batsman having a batting average of 31 while Starc's is only 24.

What is Clarke-Bashing?? Surely you are not trying to take umbrage over the fact that I point out that MJ Clarke helped select the tour team, helped select the teams for the warmup games, helped select the team for the 1st Test (that was release 48hrs too early), part of the panel that panicked selcted a 'new' team for the 2nd Test, kept his mates on board and kept threats away with his politics and is now captaining a team that could be rolled by Tasmania. Or are you trying to placate this???

Ps. I have said that Clarke should always bat No5 .... that's his comfort zone .... like Hussey's was No6. WHY MOVE HIM?!?!? Find a No3!!! Oh that's right there is a young man named Khawaja. So why isn't he playing?? Is somebody scared that he might suceed??

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

why every body is asking what will happen in south africa , gambhir and sehwag played on indian soil recently and under the circumstances vijay and now dhawan showed that they are ready to take over , congratulations to both and also to sandeep patil and company for selction

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 16, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

What batmanship from india dhawan has made it look very easy .no need to think how he plays in SA that is 8 months away njoy the present INDIA COULD STILL WIN THIS ONE

Posted by DEV_ME on (March 16, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

@ mzm149 - It might not be as interesting or comical, as seeing the Aussies crumble on good batting wicket ... Wonder what the aussies will do on a rank turner ?!

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 16, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

@Jayzuz on (March 16, 2013, 11:17 GMT) For your info India has beaten all the top 10 countries in their home grounds! You can check out the records- dont expect others to check it out for you

Posted by Jaffa79 on (March 16, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Hey Jayzuz...wake up pal. You guys got flogged on the same wiket that the Aussie top order struggled massively! The Indians are simply playing better than you. Oh and by the way, the Indians played 3 spinners against England on raging turners before Christmas and we all know the result of that series. Stop whining and just front up to the fact that Australia haven't been good enough. Perhaps now, you will stop harping on about Australia's amazing form in Test cricket now? Time to wake up to the fact that Australian cricket is in a bad bad way from the players to the captain to the coach and as you so often prove, the fans.

Posted by Dalajit on (March 16, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Not even in his wildest dream also, Dhawan could have dreamed what he has done today to Aussies. There is every chance of all the records of a debutant in the history of Cricket is going to be rewritten again, if Dhawan can stay in the crease for an hour or so tomorrow. Who ever thought that Dhawan can play an innings like this on his debut match. Well done selectors by bring the youngsters in to the Indian team and showed the way to non-performing seniors. All the centurions on debut from India have made their marks in Test cricket except Raina and Dhawan could be another great on making at the moment. I think this is a birth of another God of off-side after Ganguly. He was playing like having to test matches for many years with 3 back to back centuries in as many innings. How could you even thought about a debutante who is playing first time against Australia score on such a pace and elegantly. A praise to Murali also for his solid and patience knock. WELL DONE!!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

I bet Clarke and Co are wishing they weren't such good sports now. Should have taken the runout when they had the chance. IT isn't like they have the ability to take 20 wickets on their own.

Posted by philipsmgp on (March 16, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

I dont understan why people are still tallking abt the indian openers in SA which is long time away.We are right now in midst of a series.This is the one we need to talk about how these guys are playing.These guys are trying to make the most out of the chances given to them.How do you know they wont play well in SA when u dont give the chances.Even with viru and gauti we had lost too many matches outsine sub-continent.Just sit back and enjoy what these guys are doing now.Forget SA for now.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan is a DIAMOND after the reprieve he got without having faced a ball. Never dreamt this would have been the outcome of today's play though I suspected that India would have difficulty getting the tailenders out. This illness is becoming a chronic disease for India. India still has a chance to win this test match but has to make all the play. Need to bat till the final hour on the fourth day and hope for the best. Let Ishant ,Kumar,Ashwin,Jadeja and Ojha loose. There is definitely going to be some reverse swing and of course spin though if the Ozzies are intent on defending they could easily force a draw.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

People who were and are commenting that its tough to score runs on Indian pitches have not noticed how the Indian batsman have scored on the same pitches it seems...

I havn't seen such a poor bowling performance by an aussie side...

@Jayzuz 10 years ago when Australia toured India they played on similar pitches but were brilliant, because they had a great team but now its just a group of amateurs, so dont blame the pitches like a loser

Posted by creekeetman on (March 16, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

oz need to declare their second innings in advance, retire hurt from the last test and go home... this is just pathetic now. oh, and for heavens sake, please dont insult great spinners past and present by refering to lyon etc as spinners... more appropriately they should be refered to as bowling machines, like the kind used in baseball practice to help the batters warm up and improve themselves.

Posted by wnwn on (March 16, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Lyon, Doherty and Smith are 3 of the worst spinners in international cricket. No control whatsoever.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Splendid innings by Dhavan. Never seen an innings like this before..

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

mitty2 he is not test class simple as that. in near perfect batting conditions he did very well, but in aus and any country were the ball does a bit he will and has struggled. he is not your answer to the 5/6 or 7. the Portuguese born henriques will be a better option and in aus/sa/eng his bowling could be useful

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 16, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Jayzuz..waht is manipulation in this groiund ??soar grapes .. accept the fact that indian played better cricket than australia.... in same condition england pulled 2-1 victory.. i know your next cometn will be engladn prepared worst home favoring pitch after ashes ( as defiently it look like 0-5 for asutralia) .. and yoy will stop cometning only after england tharsah asutralia in ashes in australia... sorry ..i love to see australia fight..but iwth this bunch of players no hope ..

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

Absolute class and a delight to watch the openers pile up runs. The blend of fearless attack and patient defense is a rarity specially when both the batsman are relatively a new found trying to consolidate their respective presence in test cricket. Australia will have to do some soul searching. While it seems they live and die for Ashes, break after this series has to answer way too many questions. More than the wicket, their bowlers are flat and far too ordinary. If the onslaught continues tomorrow which in all possibility will, I am afraid they will not have much to pick up soon. Often a team needs a complete break to figure out and solve such long lasting issues. By all means we are not used to see such a one sided contest with the Aussies at the receiving end. This is where the English team was a complete stand out. This is where Alistair Cook is such a champion. time to copy their skills and application else the monotony will continue till the end.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Was watching the Indian batting at Mohali. Extremely glad at the way Dhawan batted. Hammered the Aussies. To score 180 odd runs at a strike rate 110+ is too good. To all those Aussie fans lamenting about flat pitches and 'India good only at home', I didnt see any of you promoting 'tiger at home' theories when Indians used to be pummeled by Aussies In Australia during last two decades.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

India should try and win this one also.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (March 16, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

OMG !

Superb Knock, Shikhar Dhawan has been playing. A batsman on his debut can only dream of such thing. And Dhawan is living it.

Had never expected that Aus bowlers would struggle that much.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Australians were totally outplayed by India, thanks to the opening pair.

Posted by Jayzuz on (March 16, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

Keep celebrating, India - till you are presented with fair conditions which you cant control again. Please remind me of the precise date that you last won a game outside India against any of the top three teams.

Posted by gruntledemployer on (March 16, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

Fantastic innings by Dhawan. Once Shewag and Gambhyr work their way back to the top of the order, one can easily see Dhawan as a pinch-hitting no six or seven.

Posted by Indresh47 on (March 16, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

@Jayzuz aus should learn how to play in all conditions. Also blaming the pitch conditions doesn't hide how much India has outplayed aus this series

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 16, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Yet another humliating day for Australia's spin and seam attack, who are that in name only. When India were bowling they were getting turn and bounce: When Australia bowled, on a 4th day turning surface, they got neither. Nice innings from Dhawan, who knew he was facing dart bowlers and was untroubled by the thought of any spin. I can see India bat 1.5 sessions tomorrow and then roll the Aussies for 80.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 16, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

except brian lara and vinod kambli ..no one can dominate like this ..now dnt know will dhawan will become lara or another kambli.. i predict his as next kambli :)

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (March 16, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

@mzm149: We've to wait and watch but I can assure you they won't be embarrassed like Pakistan batsmen who are literally walking wickets.

Posted by Mike_Tyson on (March 16, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Good performance from Dhawan, looks like Sehwag and Gambhir may find it difficult to get back in if these two are consistent. As an outsider I find it amusing to hear the constant comments saying the Indian batsman will crumble away from home. You can only play who is put up infront of you, also not sure how many players worldwide are consistent away from home but looks like the Indian players get the most flak. Agreed they were absolutely hammered when the lost 8-0 but before that if anyone bothers to check the performances, they played well abroad for some time.

Regarding the pitch, yea it's flat but it's the same for both sides and as a couple of the Aus players showed, it wasn't that difficult to bat on if you were willing to show some patience.

Posted by bumsonseats on (March 16, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

dont think with even the boys in the naughty corner could have done much to stop the onslaught

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 16, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

@ mzm149 on (March 16, 2013, 10:43 GMT) I think these Dhawans, Vijays and Pujaras will do a lot better than those flat track bullies from Pakistan on seaming and bouncy tracks.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

WOW ! WELL DONE my boy SHIKAR !!!! Yes, Shikar means "PEAK". He has certainly made a debut that's reminiscent of the Himalayan peaks. What a sparkling innings... UNBELIEVABLE !!! India in command now. Feel sorry for the Aussie boys.. they are doing their best.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (March 16, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

This is a true beatdown. If a debutant can do it at a record run rate why can't seasoned Australian batsmen do it? Pathetic.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Everybody wants to see how these run machines would fare in SA pitches against top quality attack. Don't expect them to score in bulk, but at least a semblance of fight would be satisfying. Having said that, let us live in the present and enjoy rather worrying about the future.

Posted by trav29 on (March 16, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

@jayzuz would that be the same road that australia were 277-7 yesterday?

Posted by bemUSed2 on (March 16, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Australia thoroughly deserve this thrashing... They are playing the way they prepared... The worst performance by an Australian team I have ever seen

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

First Test, First Innings, First Batsman, Fastest First Hundred…… With in quick time Dhwan has reached "Shikhar" of Himalaya

Posted by DanTas on (March 16, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Maxwell not considered for selection as he "leaked" runs. Ha. Check out the bowling figures of Lyon and Doherty!! Arthur is a dill and must go.

Posted by handyandy on (March 16, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Moises Henriques started with a bang ... at least with the bat ... but he has done nothing in the last two tests. Australia would be better off with a specialist bowler that can bat a bit.

At the moment Australia has Johnson, Starc, Pattinson and even Siddle that can handle a bat. They really don't need any all rounders.

Hughes is a walking wicket at the moment. The selectors gave him some away time to fix his technique and he clearly did very little. He won't be able to cope with the swing and spin in England.

Australia's spin attack is so woeful that there really isn't any point in picking two specialist spinners. Between them Lyon and Doherty have picked up 6 wickets. Ashwin has picked up 20 just by himself.

This looks like a flat wicket ... probably the best Australia could hope for is a draw and that is provided that the Indians don't really get away tomorrow.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 16, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

It will be interesting to see how these Dhawans, Vijays and Pujaras will crumble on seaming and bouncy tracks.

Posted by Jayzuz on (March 16, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

Congratulations India. The problem of what to do with apace-friendly wicket has been solved forever more. Turn it into a road. . Hope you enjoy the cricket. The rest of the world has turned off. Forever. I have never seen a series where the home team has manipulated conditions to this degree. Nothing even close.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (March 16, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

As a pom, I am enjoying this series a bit :). India are looking really good, which is very important. For test cricket to survive I think India need a good side, I was concerned after they played India but the new guys seem to be taking to it well.

Course they're only playing the Aussies. XD

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

wonderful ...bating like one day match

Posted by trav29 on (March 16, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

so the most important question of the day has to be.

Which is worse?

The australian batting for being 277-7 on this pitch yesterday.

or

The australian bowling when a debutant is closing in on a double century at better than a run a ball.

Posted by lazyplayers on (March 16, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

@Deam "Sikhar" means peak.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

What's going on with the bowlers?Why have they not put any pressure on? God this is awful i am ashamed to be Aussie right now.DISGRACEFUL

Posted by Sando008 on (March 16, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

If Dhwan continue with his brilliant innings tomorrow and if we can get 100+ lead India is having a good chance of winning this innings. The picth will be more difficult on day 5 if on day one we can get 7 wickets why not we can take the all 10 wickets on day 5 picth after making some good score

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (March 16, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

Lyon is definately Australia's best spinner - he's only going at 5 an over! Imagine what would happen if India actually win the toss.

Pomshaveshortmemories - these really aren't raging turners, nor are India's spinners that good compared to those they have had in the past- that is why England beat them in India. Having said that I think you might find that Pujara, Vijay, Kholi and Kumar (lets not mention Dhawan yet) look the sort of characters that might do well in all conditions. I'd go walk about for a few years mate and live on those memories.

Posted by ObjectiveCricketism on (March 16, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Brilliant performance from Dhawan. I wonder how much homework Clark and Arthur will give the Aussie players at the end of today's play.

Posted by chemstry on (March 16, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Australia should take retirement from cricket.i am very shocked to see their performance

Posted by hhillbumper on (March 16, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

remind again do Australia have a test class spinner?

Posted by TripleCenturian on (March 16, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

@popcorn. Sadly your post sums up the desperation that comes with following a poor side so that in the end you want to use flukes to get a lucky break, whilst at the same time overlook the spirit of the game and how it should be played fairly between two teams.

Posted by 64blip on (March 16, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

I think both sides should exercise some caution. Unless Starc is the next Kallis then his 99 tells you this is a batsman's wicket and then some. Which means Smith can still be way short of test quality and Dhawan will still have to prove himself even if he flogs this woeful bowling for 300.

Posted by anuAddict on (March 16, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Meanwhile Micky Arthur has finally woken up to his mentoring responsibilities. Last heard, he is helping Pattinson with his homework. All set for submission in time for 4th test.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

Wonderful knock from Dhawan India should win from here.congrats shikhar

Posted by Moppa on (March 16, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

@Joseph Langford, your Clarke-bashing has to date been monotonous and tiresome... now it is also factually incorrect. Starc didn't play in Hyderabad. The not out batsmen when Clarke declared were Doherty and Pattinson

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

This is a good sign where India is looking for... Leave Seniors who r sticky n becoming burden for the whole team...

This is what a cricketing fan wants...

Posted by Mervo on (March 16, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Has Siddle taken a wicket in the whole series? Johnson must be very ... disappointed ... not to have played as Australia's fastest bowler with over 200 Test wickets. Still the selectors know best.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

Darwin has been reincarnated as Dhawan and hit the fastest debut century in Test cricket history. He is a survivor of the fittest. I'm not sure if his first name 'Shikar' is Indian for Charles. Regardless he has introduced Dhawanism to India.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

100 comes up from boundaries for Dhawan..

Posted by poms_have_short_memories on (March 16, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Next time in Australia, 4-0 to the aussies, 4 green tops, horses for courses, this is how test cricket is dying.

Posted by popcorn on (March 16, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

We are here to win. I see no reason why Michael Clarke had to be so generous.Damn anyone who would have said he is not a sportsman. Shikhar Dhawan had no business to be wandering out of his crease.Why was Ed Cowan declared out against South Africa? I thought Michael Clarke was hard as nails, not a softie.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

Highest strike-rate for a score of minimum hundred on debut for highest strike rates for completed centuries ... hear a lot of noise outside off. Things being thrown here and there. Wonder if Gambhir and Sehwag are there... I don't think we'll ever see Gambhir and Sehwag again.

Posted by colossalcricketer on (March 16, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

@ Int.Curator First of all Australia and SA are not 1st World countries and I guess Starc applied himself unlike other batsmen like Hughes !

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

Congrats Shikhar Dhawan for his maiden 100

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

What a fantastic knock from Dhawan...

Posted by sharpshooter77 on (March 16, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

And for those pitching in for Rahane in place of this lad, this is what he is capable of. Dhawan is in a different league altogether and now that he has gotten a well deserved break, sky is the limit. I wish him lots of luck for atleast a good decade of service to the Indian Cricket team!

Posted by vinaykmr on (March 16, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

good fightback by starc n smith. gutsy performance by them, they shud hv got well deserved century. n gr8 debut for dhawan hitting fastest debut century. good going.

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 16, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

@collosalcricketer, you are right but if praveen can control his anger he can a superb bowler, see his stats, he was the only good thing in the disastrous tour of ENG, if he can perform on those conditions then he can perform anywhere!

Posted by Beertjie on (March 16, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

@Mitty2, I'm one who invariably spoke disparagingly of the selection of Maxwell, Doherty and Smith. I'm very happy to remove Smith from that list now and hope that he continues to confound critics whose number will decrease proportionally. Critics are not vindictive in a personal sense - they simply want fair go's for deserving players judged on performance in Shield and not shorter forms!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 16, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

yes developing countires must learn from PAK ., SRI LANKNA how to prepare track :) may be best resoiurced pitches are from pak . ..bcos no harm to pitch so no resoiurces required..

Posted by Resultpredictor on (March 16, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Excellent batting by Dhawan, India is on top at present and there is great chance for victory. Australia get ready for long sessions as India will score fast and your bowlers cannot take wickets. Australia is on back foot.

Posted by chemstry on (March 16, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

very surprised to see the condition of Australia

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

I wonder what would have happened if clarke scored another 90+ innings and Australia would have shut India out of this match. The Australian still have the fighting attitude with them. Good knock by Stark, Cowans and Smith. Hats off. Wish the ex cricketers can encourage rather than discourage players. Wish to see a good test match of 4 days.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

really play awesome.....

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 16, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

Dhawan's ton is a k.o. punch on viru and gauti's test career, what a blinder!

Btw, how all the Delhi boys brings the spotlight and gutso attitude, whenever they are on the field!

Posted by Dalajit on (March 16, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

What a fantastic knock from Dhawan on debut that is also against Aussies, it seems to me like playing his 50th Test match with 3 back to back centuries in last three innings. It shows the kind of confidence and talent this guy has...long to go. All those achieved century on debut, made their mark in Tests except Raina, so he could be another great batsman in making. Well done and keep scoring runs. What a talent brigade is coming for India in Test...Dhawan, Murali, Pujara, Kohli...so the youngster should get more chances now. Well done selectors for bringing new talent to Test which was due for a long now.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 16, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

@I_m_AKS Compared to what aussies are bowling and getting hammered by debuttant, Ishant is quite a good bowler!

Posted by colossalcricketer on (March 16, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

@I_m_Aks Well , you might not be aware but u sound like a noob . You want an average bowler in the team who has no self control ? Sorry but there is no place for mediocrity in the team . Only Yadav can play in place of Sharma/Bhuneshwar because of that extra yard of pace !

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Well done Mr Starc and Mr Smith ..... with another high recommendation for Mr Lyon. Yes he only scored 9no but he held it together ..... VALUEING HIS WICKET ..... and shared in another 50 run low order partnership

Again I have to ask why Clarke was not interested with batting with Starc in the 1st Innings in Hyderabad.

Great start for the Indians!!! Could be ominous!!!

Posted by colossalcricketer on (March 16, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

What an innings by Dhawan ! He just dominated the bowling attack ! He showed a bit of intent & temperament ! Well done !

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

last tiem indian 100 + partnership in opening was in 2010... same way one can remember how david warner played agianst indian in australia....

Posted by AhmedEsat on (March 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Slaughter at Mohali. We may have a lot more Aussies not handing in their homework this week.In the context of this dead pitch. Australia's batting looks below par now.

Posted by baskar_guha on (March 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

As brilliant as Dhawan has been on debut and as solid Murali has been, it is on batting-friendly tracks. The gold standard to judge Indians openers is how they fare on seaming and bouncing tracks in Australia, South Africa and England. Wouldnt write off Sehwag and Gambhir just yet.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

good india good. we proud to be indian.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (March 16, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

credit where it is due: Starc is quite a talent. Personally Mitty2, I am delighted that Smith got runs! Well batted sir...keep him in the team!

Posted by iluvtest on (March 16, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

@truestory Sir, your wish is very unjust for the great performance by the openers.Please enjoy the game and encourage young.

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 16, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

Is it time to say good-bye to Viru & Gauti? dhawan & vijay putting up 100+ stand, when did it happen last time?

Posted by DHARMACRICKETLOVER on (March 16, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

Incredible performance by mitchel starc, dhawan hit maiden fifty......cograts to both of them....

Posted by truestory on (March 16, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

waiting for first 2 wickets to fall , so that sachin tendulkar comes out and bats..

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 16, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

Although Ishant bowled well but think he is a mediocre bowler, Kumar should have bowled more overs, I still think IND should bring back other Kumar (praveen), he can be great test bowler but not in the shorter formats,the both Kumars can form a great swinging combo!

Starc is playing the role that Johnson played 2-3 years back, he is even better batsman than Hughes in this conditions. Great knock by him!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

starc batted brilliantly , not to forget contribution by steve smith , its a message to australian selectors that youngsters are coming out in good shape , especially starc did a good job as allrounder , not to forget ishant sharma's wicket taking delivery..especially how he buld up and took starc's wicket

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 16, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

for a tailender, starc judged the length very early and made adjustments. that was impressive batting.

Posted by Faqerzai on (March 16, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

Indescribable batting by Starc!

Posted by fear_warner on (March 16, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

Superb fighting spirit from the Australians.

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 16, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

Good on Starc he is a proper batter he not once in that 99 slog a ball.Respect to you Starc. Hope he gets lot wickets now.Finally it won't be a whitewash this will end in draw if not OZ win.

Posted by Wallaroo on (March 16, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

Some fans must be Stark raving mad. Mitch Starc and Steve Smith have proven their value irrevocably. Agree with you Ozcricketwriter Mitch and Steve need to move up, although I think Steve should move to 3 and Mitch should move to 4, Michael Clarke has always done his best work at 5 and Hughes can move to 11 or even better Africa.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 16, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

Starc could b a very gd late middle bowling alrounder jst lyk shaun pollock (sa).... its early 2 say bt hope so......

Posted by SamRoy on (March 16, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Starc and Pattinson will become excellent bowling allrounders in the future. Both should certainly bat ahead of Siddle.

Posted by PrasPunter on (March 16, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

so there is a chance to salvage some pride - not lose 0-4.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (March 16, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

Mitchell Starc should be batting at 7, not 9. And Smith should be batting at 3. Put Clarke back at his normal position at 4 or 5. All of the Steve Smith bashing is alarming, given just how well he has done for Australia. Smith is a match winner.

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 16, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

Well played smith, Cowan and starc. I can only imagine that the smith detractors will ignore smith's chanceless innings, and instead make an intelligent statement connecting the fact that because smith played so well and made a 90 and that no other proper batsmen did, australia's batting must truly be terrible. It is an incessant never ending denigration. No matter what smith does, no matter what aus does, they will always be there.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

Much IMPROVED Aussie batting ............am sure they will take some positives out of it.

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