India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 5th day

India go 3-0 up with last-hour win

The Report by Daniel Brettig

March 18, 2013

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India 499 (Dhawan 187, Vijay 153, Siddle 5-71) and 136 for 4 beat Australia 408 (Starc 99, Smith 92) and 223 (Hughes 69) by six wickets
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Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after taking a return catch to dismiss Moises Henriques, India v Australia, 3rd Test, 5th day, Mohali, March 18, 2013
Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets on the fifth day to help dismiss Australia for 223 © BCCI
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Long awaited for India, too little and much too late for Australia. MS Dhoni's team completed a six-wicket victory in Mohali and regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 3-0 with a Test to play, but not before the tourists had made India scrap for every run. Sachin Tendulkar's run-out was engineered purely due to the pressure brought to bear by Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc, before a few bold strikes by Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja settled matters.

India's victory meant they had won three Tests in a series for the first time since Mohammad Azharuddin's side swept Sri Lanka in as many matches in 1993-94. Australia's defeat meant they had lost the first three matches of a series for the first time since 1988-89, when Allan Border led his developing side to a 3-1 defeat at home to West Indies, a sobering gap of 25 years.

Like the results in Chennai and Hyderabad, India's win was built on the guile of their spin bowlers and the verve of their top-order batsmen. Shikhar Dhawan was indisposed on day five due to a jarred hand suffered in the field, but his coruscating debut innings defined the match, making Australia's 408 appear utterly puny. The Indian bowlers contributed evenly, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha sharing the wickets on day five after Bhuvneshwar Kumar had tilted the match decisively towards India by knocking over Australia's top three on the fourth evening.

The most unsettling thing about the tense way in which the match concluded was that this kind of contest had been so absent from the earlier and more critical passages of the series. Australia may take some solace from the fight displayed in the dying hours of the match, but the mere fact they were left scrapping for a draw that would still have lost them the series underlined how far they have fallen on this tour. It cannot be forgotten that this was a third consecutive hiding inside four days, after the first six hours of this match were lost to rain on Thursday.

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  • India have won three Tests in a series for only the fourth time (first against Australia). Their previous two such series wins came against England (1993) and Sri Lanka (1993-94).
  • India have won each of their last six home Tests against Australia. Including their win in the Mumbai Test in 2004, India have won eight and drawn two matches.
  • Australia have lost the first three Tests of a series for the first time since the home series against West Indies in 1988-89. They have been whitewashed in a series of three or more matches only twice (South Africa in 1969-70 and Pakistan in 1982-83).
  • India have now won their last three Tests against Australia in Mohali. Their only loss at the venue was in 1994 when West Indies won by 243 runs.
  • Australia have now lost 13 times after scoring 400-plus in the first innings (batting first). Five of the last six such defeats have come against India.
  • Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Michael Clarke for the fifth time in the series. This is only the fourth time that a batsman has been dismissed five times by a particular bowler in an India-Australia series. Among spinners, only Anil Kumble has dismissed Clarke more often (six times).
  • Australia's last-wicket pair added 44 runs in 109 balls. The number of deliveries faced is the fifth-highest for a last-wicket stand for Australia (second-highest against India).

In Dhawan's absence, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Tendulkar all made the handy scores required to win. At no stage did Australia appear likely to win the match, but equally they made no effort to cynically slow the game down. They face an uncertain team selection for the final match in Delhi due to Michael Clarke's tender back and the looming return of the vice-captain Shane Watson.

For a time it appeared that India's target would be merely a token amount. Australia slid to 179 for 9 in their second innings, only Phillip Hughes and Brad Haddin offering any kind of prolonged resistance, but Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty then hung around for 18.1 overs and 44 runs. Starc's innings followed his admirable 99 on day three, while Doherty demonstrated his impressively correct technique for a No. 11. Their efforts put those of many of the batsmen to considerable shame - David Warner and Moises Henriques in particular.

Before Starc and Doherty, Hughes and Haddin provided the only token barrier for India's bowlers. Hughes reached 69 before he was the victim of a questionable lbw shout and Haddin made 30 before he was undone by a perfectly pitched carrom ball from Ashwin, who now has 22 wickets for the series. After the back troubles that curtailed his contribution on day four, Clarke came out to bat at No. 6 but was still visibly restricted by the ailment. His dismissal was notable for a desperately tight call on whether or not Jadeja's foot had overstepped.

In the morning, Hughes and Nathan Lyon had resumed with Australia still 16 runs short of making India bat again, and Lyon was snapped up, edging Ojha behind, before the deficit was wiped off. Clarke walked to the middle after plenty of back treatment but looked not much more limber for the sleepless night, struggling to use his feet and battling visibly to run between the wickets.

Having made a swift start to his innings on the fourth evening against pace, Hughes again found himself becalmed against spin. In all he spent 35 balls on 53 before a top-edged sweep reaped a couple of runs, and he struggled noticeably to regain the momentum of the previous day. Nonetheless, Hughes fought hard, and it was his captain who fell next.

Most of Clarke's 18 runs came from leg-side deflections, and his dismissal was to a delivery he attempted to work in that direction, only to nudge a thin edge onto pad and up to short leg. Clarke delayed his exit while the umpires checked on a no-ball, and despite scant evidence Jadeja had landed any of his foot behind the line, the dismissal was rubber stamped.

A few minutes later Hughes was following Clarke, given lbw by Aleem Dar to a ball from Ashwin that pitched marginally in line with the stumps but did not straighten enough to be hitting them. It was a poor decision and a rum twist of fortune for Hughes, who had battled so hard after a dire series. Whatever the merits of the call, it now meant Australia's innings was swiftly deteriorating.

Henriques and Siddle did not last long, though the latter at least struck a pair of solid blows before playing down the wrong line at an Ojha delivery that plucked off stump. Starc, Haddin and Doherty were left to attempt a salvage operation, but despite their best efforts far too much damage had been done earlier.

1245 GMT, March 18: The several mix-ups between the wickets Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha took were corrected.

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Posted by Fijicricket on (March 20, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

@ Joe Thompson on (March 19, 2013, 10:04 GMT) There's nothing impressive with Australia winning on seaming tracks. For them the real test is on flat spin tracks which is why your team will always remain just average but congratulations on your series win AT home :)

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 20, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

@ Shuvrules95 on (March 20, 2013, 1:57 GMT) Probably 95% of cricketers of all countries did not score a century last year. So?

Posted by Shuvrules95 on (March 20, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

Everyone is so busy celebrating India's series win, no one has realized that Sachin Tendulkar has gone a year without scoring an international century.

Posted by hamathite on (March 20, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

How can australia "bounce back" in this series after losing it? Im thinking maybe this writer means in another series. no doubt, the whitewash is looming.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (March 20, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

@Joe Thompson your real test is in flat pitches. so you have accomplished everything here.

Posted by Shan156 on (March 20, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

@Ek Ajnabi, you may be right that without Hayden and Gilchrist, Aus. may have lost 0-3 in 2000-2001. But, also remember that without Laxman, India would have lost the same series 0-3.

Posted by Massey_T on (March 19, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

@bemused2 , thats the best comment ive seen in a long time, at least among those that are featured.We could rule again if we follow that policy.Rest are explanations, whining and name calling. Hmm Sanjana, you might hv a point there what with all the reports and the top comments. But not all of us whine. Hey aby, good on u mate, I see your respect towards us even in victory and the respect is mutual. We dont mind calling a spade a spade. So well played India.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 19, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

Great win by the youngsters. I have been saying this for a long time now - we don't have a shortage of talent - we have an abundance of talent. This win was set up by the explosive batting of Dhawan and Vijay. Do you think this would have happened if Sehwag and Gambhir were still opening for India?? We should have gotten rid of those 2 non-performers long time ago. Almost all the wickets were taken by young bowlers - Bhuvi, Ashwin, Jadeja, and Ojha.

Posted by ZenOfCricket on (March 19, 2013, 23:02 GMT)

It was a great achievement by Australia, the visionary leadership and the strategy to make the players do powerpoint presentations resulted in immense improvement overnight. With regular training on such presentations, the abilities and skills of the players can be improved exponentially. The kindness showed by the Cricket Australia managers to Shane Watson who finally realised the errors of his ways of not improving his presentation skills, is also exemplary. The large hearted Cricket Australia and team leadership immediately forgave him and provided another chance, and now cricket teams the world over should beware of the brand new motivated and extremely skilled Australian cricket team who will surely win all future matches by applying their power point presentation skills on the field.

Posted by Sanjana_p on (March 19, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

I dont know what fight the aussies have put. Even ganguly has said that this is the worst aus team to visit india. Aus would bounce back, thats for sure. But to say great fight etc is just too much when you lose a test in 4 days. I wonder why the report also puts more emphasis on aussie fight and even the featured comments feature aussie explanations and trying to explain on the 'reasons' and reduce the glory of an outright indian win, in this test and the 2 tests before that. If you see the comments featured and read the first 2 para of the report you'd see what im talking about.Thereafter it slightly supports indian efforts. This is strange.This wasnt the way when it was reported when india lost 4-0. Hence the report and the top comments selected look more strange.

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

I dont know what fight the aussies have put. Even ganguly has said that this is the worst aus team to visit india. Aus would bounce back, thats for sure. But to say great fight etc is just too much when you lose a test in 4 days. I wonder why the report also puts more emphasis on aussie fight and even the featured comments feature aussie explanations and trying to explain on the 'reasons' and reduce the glory of an outright indian win, in this test and the 2 tests before that. If you see the comments featured and read the first 2 para of the report you'd see what im talking about. This is strange.

Posted by mahesh567 on (March 19, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

It was an awesome game but i feel dhoni should have attacked a bit more with spinners by getting the field up. Ofcourse may be leaking some runs but gives the oppurtunity to take the wickets. Any way its a good alround innings but i was really impressed with how Vijay played because he can get carried away by seeing dhawan playing shots easily he holded his nerve and played brilliantly. Go India Go

Posted by josephmcc on (March 19, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Excellent team work of India.Team work afforded unpredictable 3-0 win.From the results everyone must understand Alister Cook is better captain than M.Clarke What cook infused in his team to beat India 2-1 margin,that confidence of the players could not able to infuse in Australian players by Clarke.Is it possible 4-0 win for India?If India can do this, it will be great achievement by the Indian players like recent world Cup win.4-0 win never happen for India in last decade. I hope 4-0.....

Posted by indianpunter on (March 19, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Not surprised that no one is talking about the "elephant in the room" amidst all this euphoria. SRT is finished. He no longer has the will or the mental strength to concentrate for long periods. Consider this; 1. He is the only 1 in the top 6 who hasnt scored a hundred this series. 2. Only 1 international hundred in the past 2 yrs, and that too against Bangladesh. 3. He is probably still good for the occassional 50, but is that what we need from him. I hope the selectors give him a nudge, otherwise, he will make a fool of himself in SA. Please go, ten!.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 19, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

Disgraceful selections lead to disgraceful play. Arthur needs to go ASAP.

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 19, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Arthur is missing the point that we have other young players who can do the job, Khawaja should have played a game already and Burns is impressive as well. We need the Sheffield Shield competition to be as strong as possible as this will have the added benefit of:a) Making younger players have to earn their spots in teams through weight of runs/wickets instead of currently where they are getting picked on potential with no performance warranting selection. b) Producing better more rounded players for International Cricket who have come up against better standards of opponent regularly. c) Giving the selectors more comfort in picking guys actually performing in Shield (as currently I think they don't rate the Shield competition and don't trust the quality of players it is producing……..which makes it even more baffling why they pick guys who actually are not performing in the Sheffield Shield).

Posted by crashdog on (March 19, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

@balajik1968

You hit the nail on the head mate! I have said it all along:trying to mess with tradition and include bits and piece players is a travesty. 6 Batsmen, 1 wicket keeper and 4 bowlers. It's a formula that has worked for the last 200 odd years, funny that! Look how many all rounders there are in this squad: Smith, Henriques, Watson, Maxwell, Johnson. Australia have chosen more all rounders for this tour than batsmen. Almost everyone is blaming the spinners in the Australian side, but how can spinners build pressure without a decent score on the board? Australian selectors have been doing this for the past few years. They keep up this ridiculous search for the next Bothem or Simon O'Donnel instead of waiting for a player of that calibre to rise to the top naturally. Selectors will learn eventually that Test cricket has been around since their great, great, great grandparents days. It's time they started to respect tradition instead of trying to be experimental heroes.

Posted by KaranNCbe on (March 19, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

Cant wait for our boys go to RSA to prove they they are not first time lucky to win a test in RSA...And SRT needs to play a big role in that...He is the guiding force ... If not as a player he should fly with the team as a team mentor..so as RD...

Posted by ZenOfCricket on (March 19, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

A day of play washed out by rain has helped Australia save face (if you can call it that, after a 6 wicket crushing defeat), one wonders to what further depths they would have been trampled if Indians had not been the last day as an ODI and had the leisure to score just a wee bit slower and not losing any wickets.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Well done India Lots of talk here about why the Aussies lost and not enough about why India won. India introduce new barsmen over the past 15 months and most have made immediate impacts on the game. Spin bowling is looking ok ( Baja not so much) As for Oz? Talk about picking the best, picking fighters? Let's have some names. Who have you got that isn't here, should be here - and would do better?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

There's nothing impressive with India winning on flat spin tracks. For them the real test is on seaming tracks which is why your team will always remain just average but congratulations on your series win AT home :)

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Congrats to India, absolutely superb, the team looks like a unit who enjoy playing together no matter who gets the nod on the day. Thrashing Aus in this manner has shown that good preparation and when the payers apply themselves India are world beaters. I see mention has been made bout the Indian tour to SA which is still a fair few months away but I would like to add if the best Indian team shows up and the best SA team shows up we will beat India to a pulp. Let it be known on current form there is not a test side which will beat us on our pitches or in Aus, Eng or NZ as it turns out, so have your fun beating Aus dont try your luck with us we will humble you.

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 19, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

umpiring has been awful. clarke and hughes were not out. you have to give it to Aussies (players i mean) for not whining about it. no matter how they are losing it, AUS are playing a positive game with no excuses for losing. had it been IND, they would have, by now, blamed it on pitches, umpiring, lack of practice, fatigue, injuries, global warming and extinction of dodo. every time, clarke has applauded IND's performance and said they were a better team. good on you, clarke.

Posted by Junikamra on (March 19, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

khwaja khwaja khwaja where is khwaja?????? why aus is doing so much injustice with this guy why? if it was khwaja in place of hughes and he fail in 1 match he was staight away out of the team bu hughes has support of captain and coach so he is in the team after continuous failure he has score 69 runs but out of whick more then his half runs came of fast bowlers nd what the hell henriques is doing in the team he is bowler?batsman? or what?.. he will be replace by another 4 over t20 bowler who can't bat and bowl in test cricket but due to captain and coach liking he is in the squad nd i feel he play 4th test.. for God sake if u don't play khwaja then release him for sheffle shield final.. aus is doing each and every thing to destroy khwaja injustice at his peak by aus.. when there is liking and disliking in teams then these type of results will come.. aus has to sout out internel and externel both problems if they have to compete in ashes...

Posted by sami2010 on (March 19, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

you have to give it to Australia for putting in such a fabulous fight! India would have raised their hands if they were in Australia's situation. Australian's are fighters, never give up so easily. If u want to win against them, u got to earn it! The fair outcome was a draw, sad they had to lose coz of bad umpiring decisions.. We indians get carried away so easily with victories. Australian team is in a re-building phase, thats it! Those days r not far when th title "Sir" to Ravi Jadeja will no longer be sarcastic lol.. b real guys!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

Exciting finish to a good & well played Test Match; credit to both the teams for making it interesting to watch - specially the final day.

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (March 19, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

@Int.Curator:

What? You only have ten excuses...? I thought you'd have a lot more than just ten, I mean Australia were K.O.ed inside 4 days of a rain affected test match, not to mention the fact that they scored over 400 runs in their first innings and STILL managed to lose (LOL at that one). They also let a man playing in his first test match score an 86 ball 100.....Your spinners have consistently given away 200 runs without any significant returns, oh and what about being so generous as to declare your first innings with less than 250 runs on the board as your team did in Hyderabad? Not to mention that you somehow managed to suffer your TENTH BIGGEST DEFEAT in your approximately 200 year old history of playing test cricket after which you added to the comic value of the whole series by dropping four key members of your squad over a trivial indiscretion.

I could go on and on.......

But obviously I don't need to 'coz were sitting pretty on a 3-0 lead and will see you soon in Delhi.

Posted by truestory on (March 19, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

i think australia need to settle down and behave like a international team , i know they will be under tremendous pressure now to prevent from being whitewash , all they need to do is back themselves and trust their skills , they may not be an experienced unit but they surely do have a good talent and they must deliver in the last test match , you have to motivate yourself during such situation , just train your mind your body will follow , mentally you need to be very strong to tackle such situation..

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

It looks like Australia first contrived to lose by banning 4 top players over a trivial matter. Secondly, few of their players have the patience, skill or desire to play top class Test spin the way it should be. As for India's win, as comprehensive as it was, I am not convinced that in a return match in Oz, SA or England, their batsman will be able to cope with the strategy employed by Oz, England etc. - tall men who bowl straight and fast at 140 km/hr. I hope I'm proven wrong.

Posted by nav84 on (March 19, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

Whether India wins in SA or gets whitewashed, one thing is for sure they won't get dismissed in 40's. That requires a special talent which only Pakistani and Aussie batsmen have.

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 19, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

@Int.Curator on (March 19, 2013, 5:28 GMT) These excuses are simply not up to scratch! Try some other new ones- those with pitches hold no value as both teams play on the same pitch! Even umpiring decisions have no value as no game changing decisions were made as so far Australia never looked like wining any of the 3 test .

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 19, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

@BDforever.Dude, Sreeshant, Umesh, Zak out due to injury. Gambhir is in form (check his runs in domestic games) too. When Umesh , Zak are back, they will be in the tema for sure. And Australia too won at home only! They have played their best unit. A tleast in first 2 tests. Rest of them - Ponting, Hussey, Lee, Warne, Mc grath - all retired mate! For you, BD avoid inngs defeat, that must be incredible.lol.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 19, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

@Int.Curator. Funny to see that. You can make 100 such things and make yourself happy. But that will not hide problems in your team!. I just wonder what you know about 'Mankad'ing! . 1) It wasn't a legal delivery until your bowling action completed - even if you count it as a legal, 2) there wasn't any warning - but that only required for someone who knows sportsman spirit 3) Not intentional. You asked for Makading just because he got 175!lol. If he will not score, Kohli or Pujara or any other person will score . India will play cautiously and may score 650. Which means you will lose by an inngs. Say thanks to not Mankding him.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 19, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Int.Curator..wat is young blood..most players from austraial are above 30...and most indian players in squad are below 28. :)

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 19, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

@Int.Curator- Loving some comments.. I thought we were talking cricket and performances. Nice to see trolls like you here. Lol. 10 lamest excuses you could come up with. You can do better,try again kid !!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 19, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

Few things make it incredible: India finished Australia in 4 days . (ist day rain). Australia scored 400 - still lost.Most of the time team scoring 400 on 3rd day 1st session, will not lose the match. India has 5 batsmen and a wicket keeper batsman and rest of them yet to score big. Out of that 5, India lost Dhavan due to injury.Remember, there is no VVS or Dravid who are experienced in 4th inngs pressure. and still able to make it! That make it special. Open your eyes and see it.

Posted by Int.Curator on (March 19, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

Ten positives Australia can take away from series thus far. 1. Blooded a very young team. 2. Missing a handful of players for various reasons. 3. Played on excellently doctored pitches. 4. Opted for DRS but declined by India. 5. Bowled over and beyond the required over rate to lose. 6. Allowed a Mankad to go without appeal. 7. Played with several injured players. 8. Suffered from some poor game changing umpiring decisions. 9. India were rewarded with 10 LBW's to Aus 1. 10. Stay and played rather than threaten to abandon series. (India 2008)

Posted by avani on (March 19, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

A test match on Indian pitch, after a day's play washed out due to rain could not have produced a result without ODI style batting of Shekar Dhawan. But for that dashing innings of Dhawan, the math could have been an easy draw. I agree that everybody in the team contributed with the bat and the ball. But the victory was made possible only by Dhawan's blistering innings. Not because he scored that much run but because of the phase at which he scored them. That speed negated the effect of a day's loss. So as a debutante he not set few records, he set a another new record of becoming a match winner in the debutante match itself.

Posted by dakshinap on (March 19, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

Congrats!!! We are waiting for 4 - 0

Posted by frankzzzster on (March 19, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

@Thefakebook : Never live in past legacy. As an Indian fan, I admit we lost 4-0 in Australia with our best team. But what matters is the present. Indian future cricket looks in good shape. But aussies, i dont think so. May be they need better management to nurture these new talented guys. Sachin is still hanging there bcoz, we need experience to bring up a new team. Indians wont just abandon like Aussies (Ponting, hussey) did.

For all who say this team will crumble in SA, Lets wait n watch what happens. Even if they lose poorly, Its just a learning curve for this new team. So nothing bad in it.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 19, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Even if Shikhar Dhawan is fit for last test, I will bench Sachin tendulkar and Give Rahane a chance in the middle order.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

well Done India Excellent work keep it up! we are with you beat them 4-0. from a Pakistani fan.

Posted by realfan on (March 19, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

1 thing for all fans who are eagerly waiting for INDIA tour of SA, to see SA trashing INDIA.... before the series there were talks about how the so called monster fast bowlers from AUS will demolish indian batting line up no matter what the conditions are....see now they got answers.... i can see some guys who made those comments are missing.....better watch out, because you may be in same position as the others are now when INDIA tour SA.....

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 19, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

Indian Commentaters amazes me. Mitchel Starc produced just 2 good deliveries and here they are saying "Amzing Effort", India croseed 400 easily that time. It was just 2 good balls and aussies got thrashed.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

80 runs scored off 34.2 overs by the last two!! Why cant we knock tailenders over quickly????? Also why was Dhoni and Sachin bogged down by the Aussie pacers? At one stage the match looked set for a draw before Jadeja's twin fours took the match away. Jadeja looks absolutely like Sunil Joshi - a complete package of left arm spin, boisterous batting and a howitzer throwing arm. In the last match, India should give debut to Ajinkya Rahane to see how he shapes up. I dont think this is a reflection of Australia's weakness - against much the same side in Australia of course with Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey they beat us 4-0. Another twist to a intense rivalry from 1996 should we win this 4-0. Dont forget Delhi is also a fortress for us.

Posted by gana27 on (March 19, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

those equation before this series is only half completed so India was aiming for atleast draw and rarely someone heroics can win the game, now its complete with the inclusion of crucial position that can balance with both bat and ball i.e., supporting either of them. its Sir Jadeja Now i feel like team effort.

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 19, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

@Mohammed Allie Ebrahim - Some people are so delusional,as one would expect. Being a pak fan,may be you are talking about your team which was blown away in SA. Poor umpiring decisions ? Like Pujara got one. By your logic, I can say he might have scored a century,India will have to chase a small total and the innings of Philip Hughes wouldn't have mattered much to save Aus the test match. A decision here n there always comes,as Clarke's decison when he was out and went on to score a century in 1st test,but fans aren't nagging about it. This Indian is a better test side than they were last year,and everyone is giving their contribution. I sense negativity from you, I love it when fans like you comment,just adds more pleasure to these wins and yeah adds the humor to this section. And this is an Indian Team in transition(just like Aus). They will only get better come SA. I can assure you, this Team will give a fight to SA and you will find out.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

Useless they are (Austraila ) , so how can India be so lucky in this test, maybe England would be the next luckiest team in the world just like India did that ! Shame Watson should hadn't stay home to spend more time on his new baby, waste of time going back there as the game already lost and getting flog the next test for sure ! Might as well called off the Ashes series as well .

Posted by venkateswarlu84 on (March 19, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

In Dhawan's absence, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Tendulkar all made the handy scores required to win. Mr. Daniel Brettig, dont u think its too big to write?

Posted by HNREDDY on (March 19, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Let us be frank in assessing this series. This Indian team is only good enough to beat THIS Australian team. It was not god enough to beat a traditionally poor spin playing England team at home recently. So the improvement in performance is mainly due to the absence of QUALITY spinners in Australian team. This Indian team is not going to achieve anything better than 3-0 demolition at South Africa later this year (Pakistan with BETTER Pacers and Spinner lost 3-0, so what chance this team has?). So let us not praise this Indian team too much and pour accolades on them only to throw brickbats at them later. True revenge is when they go to AUSTRALIA and ENGLAND and beat tem in the range of 3-0, 3-1 or 4-0.

Posted by balajik1968 on (March 19, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

Australia's Test selection of late has been more like the selection for 20-20's or LOI's with far too many bits and pieces players. Also the decision to play 4 openers meant that the middle order began(and ended) with Clarke at 5. In their prime, Australia selected 6 batsmen, a keeper and 4 bowlers. Of course, it helped that the keeper was Gilchrist, but the selection was pretty clear headed. Right now, the Aussies look muddled, or is it that the selectors have no confidence in the players coming out of the domestic circuit? I refuse to believe that talent is lacking.

Posted by a1234s on (March 19, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

well done India. We need some good fast bowlers now to complete the team. ofcourse, our batsman will struggle in SA. the kind of shots they play in India will turn into catching practice in SA. But, I think with a few practice matches they can change their shot selection and do well.. Our 1st aim in SA should be to NOT lose the first test match..

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

I can't believe all the bashing towards the Aussies. Of course they didn't have anyone like Mathew Hayden in team but still they performed good, just Indians were better in their home conditions, specially all the new blood. Mind you, without Hayden and Gilchrist, australia would have lost 3-0 in 2001 series too to a Indian team that wasn't even close to being best Indian side. They still lost 2-1 even with the likes of Pointing, Hayden, Gilchrist, Waugh brothers, Warne, McGrath, Gillespie, Fleming in team.

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 19, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

@ Sid Abbas on (March 18, 2013, 12:36 GMT) Whatever happens in South Africa remains to be seen.One thing you can bet your bottom dollar on- it will be a good contest and guaranteed better than the humiliating mismatches that Pakistan were subjected to.The amount of interest in the future India/SA match amongst Pakistan fans & Aussie fans keeps Test cricket alive and well ! That series will eclipse Ashes in terms of interest worldwide. Thanks to India for interest created in cricket world.

Posted by Shan156 on (March 19, 2013, 0:24 GMT)

@jb633, as expected, we see Indian fans pouncing at you and not really understanding what you meant. I see your point but I believe this victory was something that India really needed. After consecutive 0-4 hammerings away and a home series loss after 8 years, it was important for them to register a commanding win against decent opposition. I would argue that India made Aus. look worse than they really are rather than the other way round. Remember that 3 or 4 Indian players contributed zilch in the first two tests - mainly, Sehwag, Harbhajan, and Ishant. Still they blew Aus. away. I think it is fair enough that they prepared turning tracks. You need this variety to make test cricket interesting. Please note that Eng's victory wouldn't have been so sweet had the series been played on seaming tracks. However, I see your point about Ind's preparation for SA. Obviously, they will have a few of their pacemen fit for that series. With a solid batting line-up, they can give SA a tough fight.

Posted by Shan156 on (March 19, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

@clarke501, well said. Some Indian fans are still bitter that not only was their team unable to deliver the "revenge" that they so eagerly sought but were also overturned on their own soil by an unassuming but talented England side. Many of these guys would never give due credit to England but it doesn't matter.

Now that the series is won comfortably, would India rest Ashwin and give another chance to one of their fading stars - Harbhajan? I say this considering India's impending tour to SA where Harbhajan did pretty well last time. I don't see Ashwin, Jadeja, or Ojha posing any threat to the SA batsmen in their turf. The only one, even though he is a tad out of form now, who could cause problems is Harbhajan. He is a rhythm bowler and would need more overs under his belt to return to his best. India should bite the bullet and play only Harbhajan and Jadeja as their spinners and pick another young paceman for Delhi.

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (March 18, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

No shame in being beaten by a better opponent - but there is if that opponent is ENG! IND have been very good; AUS have been very ordinary; but you only play as good as the opposition lets you. We haven't won many sessions, let alone get close to winning a test. If ya ain't got lemons, don't make lemonade. If ya ain't got high quality spinners, then don't bowl spin in IND. But the bowling attack can't take the bulk of the blame. The batting line-up is tragic. Batted 1st after winning all 3 tosses, and only went past 400 once, due in large part to the bowlers. Only went over 200 once in the 2nd innings (but were 8/143 at one stage). No wonder we're getting flogged! Things must be turned around pronto, but at least we're a chance in ENG. They're struggling to beat the Kiwi's atm. Well done to IND in making us eat humble pie (yet again). Quit whinging about umpires, DRS, etc.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 18, 2013, 23:41 GMT)

maddy20 - You say Aussie fans are rarely sportive, yet you yourself are guilty of several posts in here of the same sort of winging. Yes some Aussie fans are bad but so are Indians - It's fine to cast judgement but when you are also guilty of the same behaviour it is certainly not creditable. Even your last post is winging about one of the most obvious LBW's in test cricket history while at the same time bemoaning Australian supporters for doing the same.

Posted by disco_bob on (March 18, 2013, 23:34 GMT)

The Hughes decision was most disappointing not due to the fact that it may have been the difference between a draw and a loss but because it looked like it was going to be a career defining knock where he would have gone from mentally shot laughing stock with an average of 5 on the tour, to the person who pulled it all together under the most adverse of conditions and kept the series alive.

Posted by Freak7820 on (March 18, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

Australia needs a serious rebuild of the whole test team.

They need to work out who will play in the top 4, who is the #1 spinner and who should be the allrounder to play the #6 or #7 position.

Cowan has shown signs of improvement, Warner is still inconsistent, Hughes doesn't look comfortable against spin.

I'd go with the lineup: Cowan, Watson, (X), Clarke, Haddin/Smith, Warner, Wade, Henriques, Pattinson/Starc, Siddle, (X).

They need to find a #3 batter..and stick with Doherty or Lyon or even give a chance to O'Keefe.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (March 18, 2013, 22:54 GMT)

Couples of points: 1) How many catches have gone to slip so far? Yet Clarke persists with 1-2 slips and a gully - is it because he likes standing there? Those fielders would be better off in short cover and mid wicket. Hate to say it but Dhoni (who looked so clueless in Australia) is making Clarke look bad. 2) With tail enders like Starc, Pattinson, Siddle do we need to continue with this all rounder obsession? It's time to have a specialist batsmen at six. 3) Why was the effort and intensity of the Aus team in the last hour (when the game was essentially gone) not shown on day 3 when Dhawan and Vijay were batting when it would have actually mattered? 4)

Posted by khan_man on (March 18, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

To the journalist at the game.. would someone please ask the Aussie coach/captain

"give 5 reasons on how to improve the performance of the team for the next game"

thanks

Posted by MinusZero on (March 18, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

They effectively lost in 4 days, dont forget that. These are the problems as i see it. 1. The coach and captain should not be selectors, there is too much bias in selection and they dont want to drop mates. 2. Test players should be picked on first class form, not ODI, T20 etc. Doherty and Maxwell are examples of players picked based on ODI. Watson is the classic example though. Good ODI player, bad test player. 3. Pick teams based on current form (last 3 months), not past history. 4. Forget searching for an allrounder, Flintoff kicked our butts years ago...get over it. Australia need the best batsmen and bowlers, not bit part players who dont excel in either discipline (Watson).

Posted by Lozza1968 on (March 18, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Let's not kid ourselves. Whilst it is tremendous to see the Indians thrash the Aussies in India, we still have some glaring weaknesses when going abroad to countries like Sth Afr, Australia, and England. The new batsmen may perform admirably, but who will take the wickets on these fast bouncy tracks. We still have a lack of quality pace bowlers to exploit those conditions. Why, Oh Why can't we produce quality Fast Bowlers!! Our fielding is still suspect and cannot be compared with the likes of the Sth Africans and Australia. I love my Indian Cricket, but I still see tough times ahead when we travel! But for now, I will enjoy the clean sweep of the Aussies!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

Congratulations,despite the small target, India had the jitters. The young guns deserve all the accolades. The reliance on the old heads is waning and that's how it should be.India has to have the killer instinct,have to repay the Ozzies with a 4 zip scoreline. Enjoy and back to the preparation tomorrow!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

Well this test was a major improvement for australia at least. Michael Clarke barely troubled the scorers and they still posted 400. Warner, Cowan, Hughes ans Smith posted some runs, the next step is for these guys to post a century. And fingers crossed with Watson back they finally pick a team with 6 batsman.

As for the bowling attack Siddle; is back in form and Pattinson should join him in the last test. I'd also expect Doherty to make way for Johnson. Australia needs to play to their strengths instead of falling into the trap of trying to emulate another side. And after Johnsons summer in Australia and his experience in India it is criminal he is yet to play

Posted by Patchmaster on (March 18, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

@ RandyOZ......I was going to say 'how the mighty have fallen' but AUS haven;t looked very 'mighty' for a while now, and the future looks a little bleak, with England and the Ashes just around the corner....

Posted by bemUSed2 on (March 18, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

i do not like to be critical without offering some sort of solution so here it is... australia need to settle on a young squad of about 20 players who above all else have the passion for australian test cricket to bleed green and gold... perhaps they won't be the most flashy or talented players in the country but they need to have a never say die attitude and be prepared to work hard ALL THE TIME in order to improve and play tough test match cricket... no more picking on potential... pick players with iron in their veins... remember the mid-to-late 80s??? players like border, jones, steve waugh, marsh, boon, healy, hughes, mcdermott... all tough as nails, all prepared to work their backsides off for their country, and all given time to develop as test cricketers... three years of mediocre results sure paid off in the 90s and 00s

Posted by bemUSed2 on (March 18, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

you know australia is playing badly when FFL's comments are accurate... i agree with nikhilesh, australia got pummeled in this match and when the opportunity was there for them to "fight hard" in the third innings of the match they batted very poorly apart from hughes, starc and doherty, and in the fourth innings india scored at more than 4 runs per over yet there was a perception that australia fought hard??? this perception shows just how low australia has sunk

Posted by Nerk on (March 18, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

Well played India. They have gone up a gear since England toured, they came out fighting and have simply outclassed the aussies. However, I still believe this India team is one that depends on confidence. With a little pressure the cracks will reappear. As an Aussie fan, I am happy that the lads actually fought in this test match. The last two saw Australia play without determination and guts and its about time. At least they fought. Cowan, Smith, Starc and Siddle rate special mention here. We must remember most of the Aussies are still young. It took a much more experienced English side two disastrous series in the U.A.E. and Sri Lanka to learn how to win in these conditions. If the boys fight they can learn from the experience and come back in four years with a better chance.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Some disastrous decisions against Australia by umpires namely to Hughes & Clarke ( a no ball)...I expect this Indian team held in high esteem by its supporters to fall over like a pack of cards later this year against South Africa

Posted by shillingsworth on (March 18, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

@G.Sri - Nice line in hyperbole but the reality is rather different. The 'thrashing' at the hands of SA actually saw a final test of fluctuating fortunes in which England fell short of their victory target and hence levelling the series by 50 odd runs. The team which is 'struggling' in NZ made the home side follow on in the last test.

Posted by PACERONE on (March 18, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

The most memorable and exciting thing to happen in this match is that we did not have to watch Sehwag and Gambair giving their wickets away with rash strokes.The replacements played exciting strokes that good cricket lovers can appreciate and enjoy no matter which team they back.If these players are given enough warm up matches in S.A. England or Australia they will perform admirable.They have the tools to play good cricket. It used to be when you went to England you would start by playing Worcestershire then move on to another county before the test.Now they have T20 and ODI then test.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 20:31 GMT)

India should now take off and leave their A team to finish off australia. After all, the series has already been decided. Australia tried doind so after beating west indies.

Posted by Dhanno on (March 18, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

@Cricketforpeace

Dhoni was shackled. When SRT got chance he would rotate strike but Dhoni was rooted and couldnt get Starc/ Siddle away. The pressure was removed in the over before SRT's dismissal, when he took aerial route against Strarc and finally got a 4. Once SRT was dismissed, Jadeja played couple of good shots and calmed any remaining nerves. With 9 reqd of 4 overs finally Dhoni could hit them 4s, with every fielder probably saving singles. Dont blame SRT for everything, Dhoni/SRT partnership was dominated by dhoni w/o any runs.

Its a different story that I hoped SRT retired 8 games ago with VVS. His point of being around is almost absolutely equal to a big whooping zero!

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 18, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

It's getting depressing. Australia manage 400 in the first innings after a day's play is lost and still lose by a distance despite the efforts of the tail with bat and ball. You have to think that there is not a lot that anyone can do to avoid that 4-0 scoreline. You might as well write off the series and plan for the summer instead: if the side manages to avoid defeat, great, but it isn't going to happen unless someone plays a blinder and, one suspects, that India are still hurting and are not going to accept anything less than 4-0.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

I was reading all the report about this much and in all of them reporters saying Australia fought hard, i cant understand how ? it was only 4 days match and India won with 15 balls left ,if the match was drawn we can say Australia fought hard,but for a 6 wicket loss that too in 4 day,i don't this Aussies deserve that kind of appreciation, it was one of the very bad performance by Australians,well done by India who finished a test match with in 4 day.

Posted by Chris_P on (March 18, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

@Abdullah Becs Yazdan Not taking anything from India who thoroughly deserved their succes, but if you are going to quote "stats" try getting them right. Australia, fyi, has consistently beaten Sri Lanka over there in every series they have played except one, something India hasn't managed to df since 1996. Last I heard Sri Lanka was in the sub continent, but I'll admit error if proven otherwise. Scanning thru the comments, there is little evidence of people complaining, the majority of Australian have long accepted the sub continent tracks spin & accept it. This is nothing new, I have been following tests since the early 70's & it has always been the case. For India's future though, if they don't start aiding their quick bowlers, they will ALWAYS struggle on seaming bouncing pitches, that is to say, this present attack would be fairly ineffectual in SA, England, NZ or Australia. Promising bowlers like Ishant will be disenchanted as shown by his lack of development.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (March 18, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

@jb633: Don't worry about India, we'll do well in SA if we plan properly. Did you forget the thrashing england received at the hands of SA in your own backyard? Go and talk about team who is struggling in NZ, who knows, after a thrashing in 3rd test(hopefully) huge ego of english supporters might come down.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 18, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

It's time to acknowledge that this Australia are just not very good. England really set India up on a plate, just like in 2011, but unfortunately Australia do not have the players to compete at this level. Clarke is a disaster as a captain. The batting line up is well below par. And the less said about the bowling unit the better quite frankly. The saga of the 'spinner' position has haunted Australia ever since the retirement of Warne. It just got a lot worse.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

It was indeed a great comeback by Team india after been devastated by England.As for this match is concern aussies showed some fighting spirit.But all they lack is a Spinner who can explore the condition.Doherty and Lyon failed even to pick up the foot mark,which is considered as a basic in modern days cricket.This lose also rubber stamped that only clarke is capable of tackling spin bowling.Henriques batting in last two tests proved that his performance in chennai again indian spinners is a fluke deal.Irrespective of our spin bowling,we also got a swing master Bhuvi.Whose swing action reminds us Praveen kumar,but bhuvi is capable of swinging the ball in every session,where praveen can do so only under flood lights.Over all a great leap to Team india .

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 18, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

sankurian on (March 18, 2013, 14:06 GMT) Mate the selectors and leadership is not good

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 18, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

Regarding the many comments from some Indian fans and a lot of concerned(?) fans from other countries on how India's SA tour would go, I am sure not many of us in India expect this young team to beat SA in their own backyard. However, if they show fight and show they can compete, I , for one, would be happy. That, I guess, is what is lacking in this Aussie team, the intent and willingness to rough it out. Starc and Smith showed it in this test, Henriques in the 1st, and a few others. But these have been sporadic and not really strung together to make an impression. Where India will struggle in SA is on the pace department. BK will not get wickets as easily as he has done here, you need 2-3 bowlers who can keep things bottled up and exert pressure, not sure Ishant can do that. Maybe India should try a couple of pacers in the next, Ashwin and Jadeja can do a few overs between them....Wish Rahane and Tiwari got a chance as well. Ah well, time will tell.

Posted by Red_Stripe on (March 18, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

Wow - difficult to see where the Aussies go from here. I can't see them salvaging any pride in the 4th test, India are really on a role, Dhoni and the Indian team have seemingly regained their appetite for test cricket after looking down and disinterested against England. It is clear that lessons have been learned with a culling of the underachieving so called superstars, and their replacement with young and hungry batsmen, who also look the part in the field. Probably best for Australia to write this series off and start planning for tours ahead now. With England around the corner, the only crumb of comfort for the Aussies is that the ashes is such a unique contest it may stir them into lifting their game. Pitches will also suit the seam bowlers far more, although serious thought needs to go into the batting line up which is has looked shockingly fragile.

Posted by ashy2010 on (March 18, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

I think Hughes and Warner should open and Cowan should bat at 3 with Clarke at 4 and Watson at 5 Haddin at 6 Starc at 7 Pattinson at 8 siddle at 9 followed by Doherty and Lyon.. This is the Best Australian team that can be picked from this unit... There is no place for Henriques if he cannot be effective with the ball or the bat

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

Well done India, congratulations on winning the series and best wishes. Now go on to make it 4 - 0.

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

so with the win,the series is sealed....now take a look at some point..

1)some sore loosers are saying that AUSTRALIA lost because it is in a transition phase...well NEWZFLASH so is INDIA,DHONI is the second most experienced player in the squad after SACHIN...

2)those people who say INDIA just win games at their home and not overseas,well then that makes two of us...in all history neither AUS,ENG,SA perform in the sub-continents,they just do well in their homes too

3)those who cry for preparing flat tracks,dude these were the same tracks where your 20 batsman got out within 5 days...

4)if pace bowling is a part of TEST cricket,then so is the spin...when you only prepare fast track pitches,why will we not prepare only spin-friendly pitches,so stop whining...

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

To me the batting of shikhar Dhawan made the big difference between India and Australia.The speed at which he made those massive runs provided for the lead as well as sufficient time for the spinners to spin the Aussies out.So a victory not achieved by fluke but sheer dominance of the proceedings by the batsmen and the bowlers.Rare of its kind in recent times.The biggest positive of this match stands out to be the fearless and skillful display of cricketing prowess by the youthful new generation indian players.So continue the momentum and do the same in Africa also.Best of luck Team India.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

N what about tendulkar ?? Except for the one inning where he managed 81 his batting seems pathetic ....isnt it high time that he stopped riding on the team's victory and bid goodbye ?? Amongst the Indian batsmen he is has the lowest average in this series...a series full of runs for the Indian team !!!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

@Sandeep Patil. Its Murali vijay and Sachin Tendulkar who scored at a good strike rate. If they also wasted balls like others it would have been more pressure at the end. Simply dont say Sachin has to retire. Tell me who is a better batsman than Sachin even at this age in pitches like SA, AUS and ENG. May be Kohli and Pujara can do better bcos of their composure. you guys dont know anything and simply say the mantra "Sachin has to retire" just like others as if you know everything.

Posted by slasaus on (March 18, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Well played India, some good players are coming through and i thouroughly enjoyed Dhawan's innings. But what is this Aussie test team all about? Obv they still got a good bunch of seamers but apart from that they look totally out of their depth. 3 test defeats in a row within 4 days, dark days are glooming for a test team i first saw in the 89 ashes. Nevermind the Aussie legends of the game but will (apart from the captain) any of this bunch become solid test batsmen like ie Taylor, Slater, Boon, Martyn, Jones, Katich?

Posted by prakdm on (March 18, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Congrats India. This is a marvellous acheivement. The chase was tough with siddle and starc in full flow. MSD was anxious. He cudnt put bat to ball, jadeja saved the day. Hope we make it 4-0.

Posted by jkidst on (March 18, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Australia face some really odd selection issues with some improved individual performances... How can you drop a resurgent Hughes for improving his technique or drop Starc who made 134 runs and was their top scorer? Or drop Cowan or Warner? Smith also showed maturity when he batted with Starc and can play spin like a true SCG boy (alluding to the Cricinfo article on Bradman, Clarke etc who are some of the best Aussies at playing spin, all plsying for NSW). They'll probably drop Henriques which seems very harsh given his performances only 3 tests ago in Chennai. My XI (I'm a pom) Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Clarke (Watson if Clarke is injured, Smith, Haddin, Starc, Siddle, Pattinson, Lyon, Doherty.

Posted by jaysam68 on (March 18, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Why has Clarke bowled only 8 overs in last 3 tests?? He still has the best figures of 6/9 on his last tour to India. Has he lost confidence in his bowling?? He is far far better bowler than Doherty hands down.

Posted by ram4crictheory on (March 18, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Logical thought. The so called weakest Australian team would have looked better just with Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey (especially) in the team even if they both are not performing at their peak, as they would have given invaluable suggestions to these less experienced players from their enormous experience on the field and would have certainly helped them to perform better than this. Due to their absence, now people are calling for the heads of Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, David Warner, etc. If I remember correctly people were asking seniors to resign so that these young players will get a chance, now after getting a chance because of lack of proper guidance these youngsters are at the verge of losing their entire cricketing career. If we people can suggest what is good by just watching the matches, what would be the knowledge of the players who have served the game for so long, start respecting them and stop criticizing just because u r annoyed by the result of the game.

Posted by jaysam68 on (March 18, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Aussi Best 11 for the 4th test. Looking at future prospects as well. 1 David Warner 2 Shane Watson 3 Usman Khawaja 4 Phillip Hughes 5 Steven Smith 6 Matthew Wade 7 Glenn Maxwell 8 Mitchell Johnson 9 Peter Siddle 10 James Pattinson 11 Xavier Doherty

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Why doesn't rich BCCI open an academy for fast bowlers in England or Australia so that we do not suffer for lack of exposure every time out of subcontinent. IPL has shown that there is enough talent, all they need is practice on bouncy wickets, which is difficult to produce in India. Another point, its time for SRT to retire gracefully. He could have been the reason for India not winning today. Possibly Dhoni also wants last of the vintage to go. He also waited for the blast till departure of SRT.

Posted by sents2013 on (March 18, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

There are some doubts about Dhoni's batting today. He has taken a single in the last ball of every over, without allowing Sachin to bat. Sachin was the only batsman today batted solidly. He was run-out because of the pressure created by Dhoni and virat Kohli lately. Whether Dhoni done it deliberately just to become a last ball hero or its just part of the team strategy is yet to be known.

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 18, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

@jb633- You are so incorrect. India have clearly been the better side and they deserve some credit here. If it was a mismatch,Aus shouldn't have toured India. By your logic, A team having better Spinners,should not face a team having better Seamers. Joke? They dnt have spinners,ponting n hussey retired, thats the Excuse you come up with ? Evn India is in transition,since Dravid,Laxman have retired. Isnt it ? India have very Inexperienced players, with Bhuvi,Dhawan debuting in the series,Jadeja playing his second match to begin the series. Vijay,Pujara have not even played more than 15 tests. Mohali was a Seamer friendly wicket and good for batting even on the last day,as shown by the Indian Batsmen and Oz no. 9,10,11. By the way India won this test match in 4 days,after Aus scored 400+. And were able to score quick runs in the 1st and 2nd innings of the match & the players getting just better. Yeah,Tough conditions in SA,but ,India is on its way to getting a better side.

Posted by realfan on (March 18, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

@a1234s dude dravid and selfish???? both are like north and south pole......if there is and was a person who is so selfless and devoted to team, thats dravid... even street boy can say that and even non indian players praise dravid over sachin..... and i agree gambir is most selfish... and sehwag to some extent...... but for gods sake remove dravids name from that list...

Posted by realfan on (March 18, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

@jb633 yeah indian will not do well in SA , not worse than Aus in INDIAN right now.... and also AUS are not going to world beaters if they dont prepare pitches that have a little bit assistance for spinners..... and coming to indian pitches ..... 1st match 5 wick haul for fast bowler, 2nd match 3 wickets for rookie bowler, 3rd match 5 wicket haul for fast bowler and 3 wicket for new bowler... isnt this enough assistance???? one thing mate dont expect cricket to be walking game... different conditions, differenct nations, thats what you get that wat you should play with.....

Posted by ram4crictheory on (March 18, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

The match was very close than it appeared in the end. I dare say this match is saved by Dhawan's innings, which happens only once in a blue moon. Usually after such an innings, other players come and play aggressively for the sake of team score and may end up losing wickets, but India lost their 10 wickets for just over 200 playing proper cricket as they would play even without Dhawan's innings. Luck was with us this time and we won because of one innings of Dhawan and this may not happen again and again. I would suggest all the current youngsters in the team to learn building the innings both in terms of runs and time, just don't get bogged down after getting a start for any reason unless u r facing a unplayable spell from the bowlers including Sachin who often drops his guard before each and every break (lunch/tea/drinks/stumps) and takes time to start again fresh, which is mostly leading to his downfall. Rotation of strike is very important especially Vijay has to learn this.

Posted by CandidIndian on (March 18, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

Congrats to Indian team,after getting whitewashed in Aus and Eng followed by losing series at home against Eng this 3-0 scoreline is very comforting .Why all these comments about Aus team being weak.Aus did well in SA and won in SL,they won most of their series at home,i dont think a weak team can have such record.About doctored pitches ,well these pitches are spinner friendly, if you have good spinners you have an equal chance to win the test(just like Eng showed few months back) ,that's hardly unfair.Even the pitches in Eng and Aus were not doctored as few young Indian players claimed after whitewash,those pitches had extra something for pace bowlers just like these pitches have for spinners.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 18, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

@jb633: What is exactly the PROBLEM with people like you ? Instead of asking Australia to improve in the subcontinent, you are here lecturing about what India needs to do to make themselves look 'better' for some far away tour next year. Why is it that every time India wins, their efforts are undermined and insulted by such belittling comments ? Why doesn't anyone including some INDIAN fans themselves appreciate the high quality cricket played by the Indian team this series ? It was a MAGNIFICENT team effort to beat Australia 3-0 with 1 game to go. I am sure they have an agenda this time around when they get to SA. I don't think SA will demolish India that easily. Sure they are the no.1 team in the world BUT you always have to give the visiting team a chance. That's exactly what India have done to Australia; our team did NOT underestimate the Aussies. They played BRILLIANTLY to win 3-0 because they know every team should be respected. Cut a slack and chill my friend.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 18, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

revenge is best served cold. cool dhoni is making it as cold as possible. expecting another rank turner in delhi which is most turning track in the whole world. batting second means 60% of match is gone before first ball. if india score 650 plus batting first then it will be 4-0 on 4th day tea time. come on india . 1.24 billion hearts bleed blue . win 4-0 , make them go home winless and dejected.

Posted by CandidIndian on (March 18, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Congrats to Indian team,after getting whitewashed in Aus and Eng followed by losing series at home against Eng this 3-0 scoreline is very comforting .Why all these comments about Aus team being weak.Aus did well in SA and won in SL,they won most of their series at home,i dont think a weak team can have such record.About doctored pitches ,well these pitches are spinner friendly, if you have good spinners you have an equal chance to win the test(just like Eng showed few months back) ,that's hardly unfair.Even the pitches in Eng and Aus were not doctored as few young Indian players claimed after whitewash,those pitches had extra something for pace bowlers just like these pitches have for spinners.

Posted by CivilGaurav on (March 18, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

As far as Test batting is concerned India has a pretty looking bench. There are guys like Jaffer, Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Tiwari, Badri and so many others younger ones in the long queue who look to be good for Tests. Retirements of Dravid and Laxman and the dropping of Sehwag and Gambhir does not matter much. But the thing is that these players should be given a chance and not kept on the bench like Rahane has been. What India desperately needs is some good fast bowlers - but based on past history that is wishful thinking.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (March 18, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

@Vijaym6m44, Are you serious? Look fair play to Ind you have bossed this series & I would expect you to go on & take the series 4 nil. However you sound like you are getting carried away.The fact is this is the weakest Aus team since the mid 80s, the vast majority of them have not played in sub contintal before & they had next to no preperation before the series. Of the bowlers you are saying will do well in SAF Ishant & sreesanth have both been around for yrs & both have extemley ave records both in Ind & Abroad, Umesh & Kumar are both promising but have played next to no International cricket and may well both find it very difficult on such a tough tour & Praveen is at best military medium & won't frighten any of the SAF batsman. This Ind side isn't so different to the one which was humbled by Eng a few mths ago you need to have realistic expetection of your team if they can go to SAF compete loose narrowly with some of the young players performing you would have done well

Posted by a1234s on (March 18, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

just imagine if selfish players like Dravid, Sehwag and Gambhir had retired a year ago. Pujara, Murali and Dhawan would have gotten a chance to play in 2012 itself.

We surely wouldn't have lost 4-0, 4,-0 if these 3 had been chucked out then.

Posted by CivilGaurav on (March 18, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

This has been a strange series full of bizarre events -1. The best Indian bowler of the previous series is not worthy for the first two tests. 2. Ashwin so flat against the English, is fizzing like a cola bottle. 3. Jadeja the master of the two triple tons, is pathetic with bat but magical with ball. 4. Dhoni, Vijay and Dhawan - the three lesser batsmen, are unmatchable match winners. 5. The highly professional Aussies became so careless that they did not even do their homework.

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 18, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

@Srinivasan Mahadevan - Why so much negativity about your own team ? Im sure everyone will agree that the Indian Team is playing their best Test Cricket since Dravid,Laxman retired. SA is a tough opponent for any country, but Im sure India will do better than they did in Eng,Aus. I see everyone contributing in the Team, a more attacking Captain this time,everyone having a better temperament,do you ? Winning a test match in 4 days was not an easy task,with Oz scoring 400+ in 1st innings. And these players will only get better come SA Series. May be you are trying to be neutral with your comment,but to have no faith in the team,overlooking their performances is just hollow. Get some positivity from somewhere, try protons !!

Posted by atthipatti on (March 18, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Looks like Aussies are going to have a lot of PPT assignments before the 4th test. Guys don't miss out this time to submit your home-works please!!

Posted by rohufish on (March 18, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

This series is an important psychological watershed for India, like the 2001 Kolkata test was. If India can pull off a 4-0 win, they will have tasted absolute and total victory, a pinnacle very few sports teams experience, but those who do, are forever left with a familiarity with a predator's 'killer instinct'. The memories of that instinct linger on through generations of team members, infusing a sense of belief in their legacy and abilities. Great teams must pass this watershed moment. They must also learn to stay motivated afterwards, with no goal to aim for except your own aspirations for self-improvement. Many teams achieve one such victory and then wander aimlessly. The Australians of the Waugh era and the Calypsos of the Lloyd era showed us what is possible if you compete against your own self - truly unbelievable things happen. So, India, you have a Test to win, and uncharted and wide open space to navigate thereafter, without getting lost. I wish you the best!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (March 18, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Congratulations to Team India. Commiserations to Team Australia and Aussie fans! It now looks like 4-0 is not impossible. I'm pleasantly surprised. I hope Statchin calls it a day in the final test so that he can go out as a retiree. If he doesn't have that honesty in him, he should be dropped and India should move-on. Ishant is a passenger since that one spell against Ponting in the last decade. He should go. Harbhajan has to go. Bring in Shami, Rahane and Rasool. Once Umesh comes in, we are all set.

Posted by jb633 on (March 18, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

This really is a mistmatch and a very poor standard of cricket all round. With no real spinners Australia were always doomed to fail and the Indians have capitalized to the maximum on some shocking spin bowling. India are being made to look far better than they really are. Australia have a decent seam attack but due to the retirements of Hussey and Ponting they were always going to struggle in the batting department, having various youngsters who had never toured before. India look like world beaters when the ball does not move and they are facing very average spinners. The problem is that the media will inflate the ego's of the likes of Vijay, and when they come to tour SA they will no doubt be demolished again with all the old problems rearing up to bite them like a spitting cobra. I really don't see how India will ever become a proper test match side again, can win home and away, until they create pitches that give even a hint of assistance to their seamers.

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

@ Ramesh Somanathan. Disagree with your comments. SRT is an important component in India's progress over the next 2 years especially away from home. He has been batting well but been unlucky. See my comments at 15.10.

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 18, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Brilliant effort by India. Even with the opposition scoring 400+, India won this Test in 4 Days of Play on a track which was more pace friendly and at the same time a good pitch to bat on,even on 5th day.India losing only 4 Wickets,as they were trying to Accelerate.They have performed Extremely well,not only as Individuals,more so important as a Team. You can just see the players enjoying themselves,at the same time always focused on a win.This is a strong Indian Team.

So many positives for India- Dhawan announcing himself as a Solid Opener,Vijay showing the Temperament that was missing & he looked determined to stay at the crease and play a long innings, Kohli getting better & better at the Test Level,Jadeja has announced himself at the Test side by bowling so Accurate which binds the batsmen, ability to take crucial wickets.Gotta say, Dhoni has been a pro active Captain,with his bowling changes & field placements.Again managing to get the best performance out of his players !!

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 18, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

If I was BCCI I will take a special care of Sreesanth, Bhuvi, Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Dinda before that tour to south africa. Just get a feeling we could do better that last time 1-1 draw series, especially with fearless youngsters. There is nothing to loose for young India when the Old guys haven't won the series there.

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

well played India .Credit goes to both shikar dhawan and murali vijay because 68% of the runs are scored by them this may not be the end for sewag's and gambhir's test career but this can be the end for their opening combination .If rahane gets a chance to make his debut in Delhi then we may not see sehwag-gambhir combination as there are more options for India regarding opening combination

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

Ravindra Jadeja's contribution is phenomenal in this win. He took that last wicket which wasn't coming. Took a brilliant catch. Hit two crucial boundaires at a very nervous time to seal the deal. Who says he can't play. It's not the numbers of runs and number of wickets, but the value of them is what counts in the end.Well done, young rockstar!

Posted by India_boy on (March 18, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

Contd.... Australia made the mistake of playing right in the hands of Indians. As an Indian fan, I will say that we are one of the worst players of high quality pace bowling along with SL and Pak (as respectively proved in Aus and SA recently). Indians played the card of spinning pitches, without actually turning out spinning pitches(after having burnt our hands against Eng) and Aus walked into the trap. The best combo for Aus was 4 pacers - Pattinson, Johnson, Siddle and Starc - 2 right and left armers each and 1 spinner (lyon or whoever to give rest to the pacers). this would have created huge pressure on us. But alas, Mickey Arthur and CA...proverbial head in the sands. This tour has taught me a lesson that can be imparted in other aspects of life as well - use your best resources(p'son,sidd,MJ,MS) in unhelpful situations instead of using your mediocre to poor resources(lyon,doherty,smith) in helpful situations

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

Why don't the Australian batsmen get big runs on the same flat pitches? How come that they get ALL OUT below 100 for 4 Times in 2012 alone in their own conditions in Australia. If it was not for Peter Siddle Australia would have the lowest test score. They were 21/9 at one stage against SA on a bouncy Australian like pitch. Explain that? Then explain why do Australian players and commentators complain about flat pitches? Spinning pitches and conditions in which the ball reverses stay throughout the day unlike bouncy and seaming pitches which have that bite only in the morning or on cloudy days.

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

Congrats to Team India.After being trashed 8-0 in foreign tour n 2-1 in India against Eng they need some wins in their belt.Indian tour is the toughest of all for the all countries bcz they not only have to deal with the very good team like India but also tough condition here. Australia: they are going through transition phase.This tour will be good learning for them and i m sure come good in their next Indian tour.This tour will make them mentally tough. England: They have good team but will suffer after peterson will retire.Cook is best test player at current. India: This team too is in transition phase n doing well. Interesting to see them in overseas again.well they have the best batting bench strength for sure. SA: Best in the test.

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

To win after losing the toss and Aussies getting to their highest innings score of the present test series is quite brilliant.That it was achieved on a track which was largely good for batting throughout, and held in it something for pace bowling,the strong suit of Australia's bowling makes it even more special. The series might have been won,but as Dhoni mentioned during the presentation,the next game is still an international,and should present another fine contest.The Aussies showed improvements in a couple of areas,which should aid them in Delhi.Mitchell Starc,and Smith's batting in the first innings was assured,both looked technically compact,and tried to bat positively.Siddle's burst in the first innings to go with his inspired spell towards the end of the match,means that he can go to Delhi a better bowler in Indian conditions,bowling full at good speeds to use the old ball to good effect.India need to work on scoring lower order runs,knocking the Aus tail cheap,or both.

Posted by shaantanu on (March 18, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

well played India.3-0 up is a great scoreline but i m still not too enthused about indias upcoming overseas tour.to win against a not so strong Aus side in home conditions n performing overseas against present better teams like Sa n eng in alien conditions is as different as chalk and cheese.How India performs outside will determine how far they have come as far as transition is concerned.....lack of quality fast bowlers is still going to haunt india.keeping my fingers crossed though.....n btw the world needs a strong Aus side like earlier times.Always loved the way they thrashed the poms.5-0 used to be such a common scoreline.

Posted by shrastogi on (March 18, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

coming to SA series in later part of the year the BCCI needs to handle the series more professionally than it normally does if it wants its young team to do well there. If there is a one day series planned then keep it before tests. If there are only tests then send team there 15-20 days in advance and have 3 practice matches before first test and couple of others scheduled in between. A right idea would be to hire a SA bowling coach whose loyalty for the period is with India for the series. These things would ensure a better prepared Indian side. SA at home would be tough to beat but remember in 1989 Imran, Akram et el couldnt beat India even with home conditions.

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

Australia even though lost the match and the series, their fans (and their captain) have been extremely gracious in their comments, praising the opponent and its efforts and criticizing their own team. This is where us Indian fans usually lag, led by our captain. Great Spirits all around! That said, Aus has been a benchmark for cricket teams and lovers around the world, for the last 16 or so years. It used to be said that an Aus domestic team will beat any international side with a day to spare. So today, when an Aus team has been beaten this comprehensively, it does give a few bragging rights to the fans, apologies for the rude chest thumping around Regarding the match, Id say that of the too 4, Cowan has the best technique, he just needs some confidence, and may turn out to be another Katich or Langer in some time. cricinfo pls publish...Contd....

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

Congrats to IND, thoroughly deserved the win and outplayed AUS on all fronts. No point blaming umpiring decisions, the better team emerged victorious - it's just sour grapes from anyone that does so! Average bowling attack on subcontinent pitches and spin department is without any class whatsoever. Batting is nothing short of pathetic - lose 1st day to rain, win toss & bat, score 400 in the 1st innings (thanks to the tail), and still lose - because the 2nd inning effort was shambolic, as usual. Arthur & Clarke are delusional if they think this has no bearing on the upcoming Ashes series. I reckon team confidence will be shattered, most of our weaknesses have been on full display for all and sundry to see, and I fully expect ENG to capitalise. IND will win 4-0, and I hate to say it, but the Poms will wrap up the Ashes in comfort (ENG 3-1 is best case scenario for AUS). AUS batsmen will continue to struggle in ENG. Once again, congrats to IND.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

I could see so many Indian fans saying this Australian team is weak and S.A. is the team to beat! Just enjoy our Victory now Guys!!

Posted by HNREDDY on (March 18, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

People are forgetting the fact that the same Indian team lost to England and Australia 4-0 each away and even lost to England at home 2-1 recently as they had some class spinners. The main problem with this Australian team is their lack of quality spinners and another two decent spin playing batsmen. India cannot wipe out the fact that they lost 4-0 to Australia and England and 2-1 to England at home (After a long long time indeed) by this series win. The shortcomings of this Indian team will be highlighted in South Africa and other overseas tours shortly. Mr. Gavaskar who wanted Dhoni to be removed from captaincy when they lost to England want him to be the Captain of India till 2019. See what a series win over a team (even though it is a weak Australian team for Indian pitches) can do to Mr. Gavaskar's opinion about our Captain. At least I hope the same people will back him if he loses badly in SA.

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 18, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

India 's bowling attack due to Bhuvanesh kumar is quite exciting if we add fit Sreesanth , Umesh Yadav , praveen kumar with Ishant and one spinner can be really a handful in SA . If openers can perform we will perform well .

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 18, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

That Australian tour and this series has shown what can happen when you give chances to youngsters. In australia, just after 2 failures people were demanding to drop kohli. But well done to dhonni, what kohli has done after those 2 matches is there to see. Jadeja has been treated like a child but has shown when team needed it, to take that last wicket when ashwin and ojha were struggling and hitting 2 crucial boundaries just when things were getting out of hand, he stood up.

Posted by big_al_81 on (March 18, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

GRVJPR. If you're concerned about why people aren't that fond of India, just take a look in the mirror. You're bashing on (twice) about the ifs and buts of rankings. The fact that India might overtake England in the rankings says nothing about the relative merits of the teams and everything about the absurdities of the ranking system. This winter SA beat two teams that travel badly and beat them very well. Fair enough. England become the second team in 11 years to win a series away in India, and may well beat NZ away, or else be thwarted by the weather (& a spirited Kiwi team at times!) Even if they end the winter with 2 away series wins they'll end up further behind. Do you seriously believe that after an aggregate defeat of 5-1 over 8 tests, that India would be better than England simply because the rankings might say so? I'm mightily glad there as re other comments from Indian fans that restore your faith in there being some who have a sense of proportion about where India are at.

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 18, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

Well played India especially Dhawan , great fight by Aussies also on the last day , Siddle and Starc bowled their heart out superb bowling . Delhi could be also exciting . Rahane may open as Dhawan unfortunately is injured .

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

@Al-farooque Ul-hasan,

The fact remains and has been inscribed in the history books. Indies HAVE WON the series. simple!

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 18, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

@hhillbumper You are slightly wrong my friend. The name 'India' might be same but team is looking new with some exciting young players who never complain about cinditions and never compalin about media slapping and child like treatment from critcis.

Posted by timtom on (March 18, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

VIRU/ GAUTI/ Yuvraj/ Zaheer replaced by VIJAY/ DHAWAN/ JADEJA/ BHUVAN and see the difference. Should have done this during ENGLISH tour and results would have different if not the same. Better late than never...

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Congratulations, Dhoni for a well deserved win at Mohali. It was a combined team effort of Shikar Dhawan, Vijay, Buvanesh kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashwin, Jadeja & Pragyan Ojha. It is time that the selectors focus on young performing cricketers and not get swayed by reputation of a non performing Star Sachin. For all his great reputation as a great batsman, his record in the last four series have been below average of his own record. Why people go over board with an occasional 50 + innings. His failures are far more than his successes these days. He is gone!! yes let us celebrate his great past record and enjoy some of his greatest innings in History. But do not play him now as a old war Horse. Look at how the W.I. and Australia displayed the guts to drop aging Vivian Richards and Ricky Ponting when they were well past their best. The Present belongs only to Youngsters & not the aging stars and the recent test matches are only proving what I am saying. Wake up Indian selectors!

Posted by shrastogi on (March 18, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Congratulations to Dhoni & Indian team for being clinical.At least we have exploited opponents weakness. Dhawan's innings set up the match. It is good to see that at least in Indian conditions our young batters are doing better. With 7-8 youngsters in the side the achievement is remarkable but there would be sterner tests in future so there is no need to go overboard. As far as bowling is concerned I think the diefference has been Jadeja though everyone has contributed with Ashwin back to form. He has taken 20 wickets in 4 tests and has done what Harbhajan failed to do. We may not even have Tendulkar for SA series. His concentration levels are dipping. I hope he score hundred in Delhi and says goodbye which means Dhoni would be the most experienced man in SA until unless Sehwag/ Gambhir are taken there.. Dhoni as batsmen in test cricket needs to play his normal game with older ball but should sort out his game with new red ball. I cant tell him how but that a batting coach should do.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

I can't see this Indian team winning the series in South Africa later on this year which will go to show that they're so used to home playing conditions but clueless when they play abroad and outside of the subcontinent.South Africa are the team to beat now, just as the Aussies were when they were the champs for about 15 years or so.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 18, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

If England is held to draw by number 7 New Zealand and India can win 4-0, India will move to number 2 in ICC test ranking. India did beat New Zealand and england is struggling to do so. Also India will receive the ICC maze for the best ODI team in the wrold, that trophy is sealed.

Posted by hhillbumper on (March 18, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

this still the same team that England beat 2-1.The fact that Australia have lost so badly just goes to show how level the test playing field is at the moment.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 18, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Actually ICC really needs to look at Aleem Dar. In england vs India, especially in 2nd test, there were atleast 10 decisions that would have easily gone in favor of India and they could have won the series.

Posted by nambiar.s on (March 18, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Australia:

-FIRST team in Test history to lose by an innings after declaring in Chennai. -Lose all three matches after WINNING the toss. -Foreign commentators and Australian Players often complain about flat Indian pitches.. then why don't their same batsman score big runs on those same flat Indian patches. -Indian pitches are not easy to bat on. Our batsmen make it look easy. Spinning conditions and reverse swinging ball stay throughout the day unlike bouncy and seaming wickets that have that bite only in morning sessions or on rare cloudy days. -Australia have managed to get ALL OUT below hundred for FOUR times in 2012 alone in their own conditions in Australia. -Australia would have had the record of lowest test score had it not been for Peter Siddle against SA. Australia was 21/9. Then I wonder why their players ramble on about conditions.

Posted by Dhanno on (March 18, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Part C of comment: I believe I am sticking my neck out for someone like Hughes, who has been reviled by fans, do remember India is place where even Ponting took 3 series to come good. It does not mean automatically Hughes will get better or suggest that he is as good as Ponting but the fact is if he learns from this tour and applies it, it will go long way. I had expectations of Khawaja as well, and home-work issues aside, I hope does well when given a chance :).

Having said that, if delhi is square turner, australia will need to bring their A+ game to table and even then it might not be sufficient. Goodluck to both teams.

Posted by supadupamonk on (March 18, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

To all my fellow Indian fans one thing i would like to say is that we should not judge our team's strength by this result because this current Aus team is very weak...our real test would be in SA...the selectors should keep that in mind and select the team and groom the youngesters....or else the humiliation will be inevitable for us...by judging the luks of our team it will be very difficult for us to win matches outside India...

Posted by Dubbs on (March 18, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

People are getting carried away with Sachin's retirement. He is an important part of India's plans for next 2 years regardless of his age. How many of India's batsmen have encountered SA, Eng and NZ conditions? He is probably the only batsman India have who feels at home on foreign conditions. Once these tours are over he should play one more series at home. I have seen him bat in this series. He looked good, very good but has been unlucky with dismissals (Lyon and Smith probably bowled their best balls ever to dismiss SRT), leg side catch and runout. On another day he would still be batting.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 18, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Just to get the Blood Pressure High of anti indian fans - India will recieve ICC trophy for best ODI team (currently ranked number 1 in world). As far as test macth is cocnerned south africa has won it but the race is on for number 2 spot. F New zealand can draw the last test as well and India can beat australia then India will go to number 2. Not bad for our team.

Posted by Dhanno on (March 18, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Continued: There is muddled thinking behind selection (affecting both Ind/ Aus) of bits-pieces players and it comes from limited overs (esp T20) cricket. Some of these guys can take 2 wickets in 4 overs in IPL and score quick 30 that does not make them FC cricketers. Look at Eng, they are protecting players from T20 onslaught and somehow the Test team is more Technical/oldfashioned 6 bats 1 wk and 4 bowlers. Same goes with Pak, a team who is deprived of IPL riches but it reflects in type of players that represent them in Test matches, they are more suited to the format.

The batting and fast bowling talent is present in australia. Its necessary to stick with guys like Cowan/ HUghes but also some of them are sitting in australia and would have been better than a certain Warner (he might go and hit a 80 ball 100 next game but that does not convince me). With regards fast bowling, they have been managed better over last couple years but only when compared to slow-bowling fiasco.

Posted by RaviTheChamp on (March 18, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

It was definitely the lack of runs from Dhoni's side which added to the mounting pressure to which Sachin eventually succumbed. I was forced to point it out after I read someone mentioning that Ravi Shastri was telling that there was no single. Agreed Sir , but when the other batsman doesn't score , the pressure does tell on you..All said and done , there is no taking away from whatever Dhoni did to silence Starc in the closing moments of the match. Hail the resurgent Team India(at least in their own backyard :)) And Sachin is there to continue.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

This is excellent piece of cricket from India, their efforts were as a team. As a Pakistani I will first appreciate a good show cricket who so ever shows it. Well deserve victory for India and Im hoping India to Whitewash kangaroos....... :p

Posted by kk777 on (March 18, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

@Ajeesh Ferdin: GOLDEN WORDS MAN ! Feeling really nice about this rejuvenated Test line up. And everybody please stop asking for Sachin's retirement. He was the only comfortable bat in the 4th innings.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Congratulations to India for the hard fought win.Somewhere in the closing moments, I felt Dhoni was really struggling to score a single run to rotate the strike. Sachin is more experienced dealing with those situations was kept idle while the pressure is mounting. A stage has come that India can't finish the job in a convincing manner thereby wasting an opportunity to win.In spite of losing the first day, this match produced a result is a good news.I really appreciate the way Aussie fought today. Dhoni should remember that winning test matches should be in all type of circumstances and varying demands and it is not possible to pile huge runs always and easily make the opposition to buckle under pressure.

Posted by Dhanno on (March 18, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

It is about time that australia starts looking for proper test material players than going with the flavor of the month slow bowlers, bits and pieces "alrounders" and flash in pan batsman. Some of the issues are at FC level: There does not seem to be effort to develop/ encourage/ locate a good spin option since Warne's departure. It does not help the youngsters that even till Dec 2012 there was talk of maybe warnie will make a comeback for next ashes. Spinners have been rotated/discarded at whim by the management. So chop the ones who are already playing FC cricket but not good enough for next level at the same time develop youngsters/ get them interested from age-groups (12-15 etc). Secondly the policy of nowhere cricketers like Smith/ Moises being included in test match has to be reviewed. It is same with India, it is all good that Jadeja has proven to be 3rd spinner and no-7 bat here, but he wont be good enough to be taken to AUS/Eng/SA.

To be continued

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

The game concluded in 4 days of play. I wonder why Cricinfo says it was a contest.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 18, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

I think this will be as low as Australia go. I think they will be more competitive in England as conditions suit them more but make not mistake they will get taken to task by England. I dont think Hughes is up for it and I would have Watson, Cowan, Khawaja as my top 3 with clarke slotting in at 4 and drop the T20 players they have.

I have to say, I think India / BCCI really need to bring in some form of DRS into the game now, whether they use the 3rd umpire or whatever. Some of the decisions were shockers and fighting for survival on the last day on a turning wicket - thats the last thing you need.

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (March 18, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

@28041991 India's victory was all good and fine but saying this Australian team isnt young is not realistic. Warner, Hughes, Smith, Henriques,Wade, Starc, Pattinson, Lyon are all 26 years or below and none of them have toured India before. Compare to England's first lineup Cook, Bell, Pietersen, Samit Patel, Prior, Anderson, Broad, Swann and Panesar had already toured India before and most were extremely experienced (including the whole England attack). Its okay to get carried away in victory but accepting that the opponent was young and not altogheter great would be a good move. In no way am I claiming India did not deserve to win or that there is a problem doctoring pitches. Its home advantage and its fair.

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 18, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

One to go before SA tour, only good performance and fearless cricket can succeed IND in SA and this team has that ability. It might be a big turning point for this next-gen Indian team. Looking for surprises in SA this time.

Well done & Good luck!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

guys, it is dhoni's habit of steeling the lime light from other good performers by first making the situation critical and than hitting the winning runs, also it is Indian teams habit that keep the opponents hopeful all the time untill the last ball.

Posted by Porsche997 on (March 18, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Dhoni nearly messed it up for India with his fear. 25 balls for his 6 up to that point forced Sachin to force the pace un-necessarily and get run out. Dhoni seemed scared of making contact with the ball with about 30 needed off 60 balls which he converted to 25 needed of 30 balls. What happening to his IPL hitting ? Made Sachin have to take undue risk. Sachin deserved to be there at the end and would have been if Dhoni had tried to hit a few balls....

Posted by thinktank1 on (March 18, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

Australia beaten India 4-0 in Aus, England beaten Indian 4-0 in England and also 2-1 in India. These series defeats made India to come strong at Aus. It's not India's natural strength to attack this way. In SA, the passion and strengths go down. Let's see if this team lineup has it to win in SA.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (March 18, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Congratulation India..the transformation period is going well so far but the real test awaits in SA,ENG and NZ. The present batting line up not yet tested in alien conditions,the pace bowling unit is still looking weak may be the inclusion of Yadav along with Dinda and Shami will make a good attack but we need Zaheer in SA to guide the pool of young bowlers but right now its India all the way. P.S-if Aus even manage to draw the Ashes that then that will be biggest surprise to me than BAN wining the world cup.

Posted by AltafPatel on (March 18, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

Australia should have focus in current matches and series rather than Ashes. It diverted their mind much from current series preventing them to deliver their 100 %.

Posted by AltafPatel on (March 18, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Great performance by team India winning match in 4 days. Australia made mistake in last session using seamers over spinners. Strange Steven Smith not given bowling on slow track and Doherty given limited overs to bowl. Hope to have Dhavan recover earliest to see inform.

Posted by sitaram58 on (March 18, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Duncan Fletcher is a greates coach that ever lived. All credit must go to him ALONE for the way in which India has won three tests. He shold be made coach of India for life (or atleast until we lose the next series). If cricket is a religion MSD is God. let us alter those effigies a bit and convert them to statues (atleast until we lose the next series). how about we retire that guy in the stands with the number 10 and India flag painted all over

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 18, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Got to feel for Dhoni. He tried his best to take it the last over and be the last-ball hero again, but Sachin and Jadeja spoiled his plans. Happy for Dhawan too, only a win could have done justice to his brave innings.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

India played Australia in Australian conditions, lost 4/0. Australia playing India in Indian conditions, trailing 0/3 Both teams good just in their own backyard. End of story.

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

@ Showbags88 : Nice to see some sensible comments there. One thing I must say, most subcontinent teams (and their fans) do not complain about the pitch when they visit Aus/SA and fail miserably on green tops. They usually accept they are just lacking the skills and application to succeed on those wickets and the crux of discussion usually revolve around "when wud we stop being good at home only and learn to play on green tops". It's mostly the other way round, some of the Aus/SA (and I repeat, some, not all of them) fans keep cursing the subcontinent wickets to hide their teams failures.

Posted by Vivekaks on (March 18, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Its been a while since I have seen such a performance by the Indian team. Young guns are finally firing...and it will not be big deal if they fail on overseas tours. they would have to learn the hard way... The only thorn for me was the tense finish that indian team ensured. Not required. Its the opening pair or the top order which has contributed to indias cause this series...if we didnt have the right platform, we could have lost or drawn the matches...so the axing of gambhir and sehwag is welcome...and now Mr.Gambhir shouldnt think that he and sehwag are the best options we have...no Sir... even if Dhwan and Vijay fail, its all right for the number matches gambhir got to play in last 3 yrs without substantial score is much bigger a sore point. We shoudlt expect India to do well straight away...we have to wait and watch...young guns will blaze!!!

Posted by riverbaby11 on (March 18, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Glad to see India getting back to winning ways , but the last session showed why Aussies deserve respect. They fought hard till the end. Hoping for a 4-0 end to the series.

Posted by bang_on_target on (March 18, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

jadeja is bowling better than ojha,why should there be 2 left arm spinners in the side?why not play amit mishra in place of ojha??he is the best leg spinner of india at the moment and looked very impressive in the recently concluded Deodhar Trophy.Harbhajan does not deserve a place in any international side.Amit Mishra's presence would add variety to the bowling attack and mishra is a better batstman than ojha too.Ishant sharma needs be dropped.May be shami ahmed or dhawal kulkarni should replace him.

Posted by sankurian on (March 18, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

@ScottStevo: you are right mate, Clarke will definitely NOT hitting that 100 in Chennai if DRS was there in place and australia would have lost by innings there

Posted by Selassie-I on (March 18, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

@Posted by Beertjie on (March 18, 2013, 11:54 GMT) I agree that you need to start rebuilding from the bottom up. They initially had the right idea, but as you say they seem to demand immidiate results, like the fans, after one loss they start demanding heads to roll. You should stick to the team you picked and let the players have a decent run. Everybody has an off day, stop dropping them for it! How can anyone play with confidence when they don't know if they're going to be dropped/rotated!

Not sure abou this whole rotation thing, a bowler puts in a good performance then you want him in the next test, not carrying the drinks while someone else bowls themselves into form. I bet you would've never heard Lillee saying "i'm a bit tired boys, think i'd better sit this one out". I agree with modern scheduling that plaers need some rest, the odd series off every year should do it really, but playing 1 or 2 matches a series, I really can't see how they can be expected to maintain form.

Posted by Haleos on (March 18, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

@ Shaggy076 - Agree with you completely. In fact Ponting never performed to his high standards in India barring a few innings.

Posted by realfan on (March 18, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

when was the last time aus won a test match in india???? they lost 8 out of last 10....and more over 6 out of last 6.... that makes 6-0 for india in india.... and i think it will be 14-0 for AUSIE at the end of all the ashes matches starting from this series..... thats a recored ( they had a record of winning 14 continues matches , including that epic sydney test )

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 18, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

@jmcilhinney; hughes won't be dropped for the last test as we need 6 specialist batsmen and I'm not sure we have 6 in this tour party. that means we have to bat, Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke as our top 5, then I'm not sure we have another specialist batsman on tour! Then I suppose you could go with Smith as he certainly isn't a leggy! Haddin and 7 with Pattinson, Siddle, Starc and Lyon. Moving out of here and heading into England, I think we should be looking at guys like S Marsh, C Ferguson, G Bailey, Forrest and a few of the younger guys to step in to the batting mix. We need to develop a spinner, but that's not going to happen in time for the Ashes, so we have Lyon. Our pace stocks are good in Siddle, Starc, Pattinson, Bird, Cummins with Johnson, Harris and possibly Hilfy - even Coulter-Nile. it's not our bowling that's a concern, its the top 4 not scoring...

Posted by RG2008 on (March 18, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

India clearly deserved to win & were much better than a terrible Australian side - still I thought this another example of how terrible Dhoni's captaincy is & how negative the Indian approach is. 6 men on the fence for Starc was ridiculous, as was the failure of India to accelerate their batting in the first innings & go for the jugular. There is no way this side will challenge SA & England unless they play to win - it is an embarrassment they did not win this test with half a day to spare.

Posted by sankurian on (March 18, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

@Thefakebook: If this is Australia's 2nd playing eleven, why they didn't bring the best playing eleven to India? And who are the members of that team? why are they sitting in Australia?

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 18, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

I think we all must thank Sadeep Patil & Co. for taking brave decisions of throwing out the 'failing & falling' stars of Indian team, if they would have taken this decision earlier on ENG series then the result might have been interesting. Hope they take this type of brave decisions in future for the sake of team Ind. I wished BK would have been in ENG series.

Posted by vk18rox on (March 18, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

the new captaincy and attacking tactics from dhoni Also, sachin still has game keft in him for south africa

Posted by SpaMaster on (March 18, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

This lousy strategy by Dhoni to drag along chases to the last over has done in India on more than one occasion. Today that led to the dismissal of the fluent batsman, Tendulkar. I don't know if it is poor planning or some kind of nervousness, but Dhoni needs to get over this.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

good game Ind to win in 4 days...good sporting spirit from aussies..for not slowing up things too much :)...

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

Many of us keep talking about Australia's poor performance and India's good performance but let me tell you, both teams are equally talented and going through transition phase. India has got new openers while Australia still trying to get solid middle order. India is trying to get some good fast bowlers while Australia is looking for better spin options. I have no doubt in the Dhoni & Clark's captaincy but overall both team looks equal, they will perform better in their own backyard and will struggle in foreign condition. We have to just wait and watch, give both the team some time, 2-3 years and then judge which team is best..

Posted by bumsonseats on (March 18, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

the Aussies put up their best performance in parts in the 3rd test but india thoroughly deserved their win. how can you win 3 tosses in a row in India and then be 3 zip down in the series. England lost the 1st 3 tosses against India and were leading 2 - 1 and went on to win the series, and did to India what India are doing to aus. with the skipper been highly unlikely to play in a loosing series. with the boys in naughty corner back, but doubt it will make much difference and as this test pitch gave them their best chance as the spin on the last day was very un India in so much as it did not spin excessively. if India did win the toss then watch out australia

Posted by colossalcricketer on (March 18, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

That was the best Australian squad and it lost ! This squad gained a lot of experience and will mature & may perform in the Ashes !..

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

The Price Dhoni comes at the right moment, just when India needed those runs to win! He has this knack of being in middle of such action.. I think for UNCLE SACHIN its right time to signoff from Cricket, for all of his efforts, he can never claim to have been there to see India thro sadly. Congrats India and keet it up in Delhi too!!

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 18, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Well done IND! only one test to go before high anticipating SA tour and that tour will be the ultimate test for this next-gen Indian team, it might be the turning point for the test future of team IND in overseas.

I think this time around IND may surprise everyone because the new players looks fearless on the field.

Good Luck!

Posted by rnisha on (March 18, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

why is everyone is telling that australia team is weakest team india has faced, this is the team who has drubbed india 4-0 at australia . same set of Players peter sidddle, david warner, ed cowan, mitchel starck, michale clark,

congrats team for india for winning three in a row

Posted by Scube on (March 18, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

As an Indian, I feel really sorry for Hughes! Afterall, the pleasure of watching cricket (or any sport) is not just about watching great skills and natural talent, but also about an underdog trying to punch above his weight! He was really playing a gutsy innings out there making up for his lack of skills against spin! And as the fortune favours the brave, he was getting away with his edges & play-and-misses! And he rightly turned his focus to the next delivery forgetting whatever happened in the previous delivery! He truly deserved to stay in the crease till the logical end of his or Aussie innings! I won't be surprised if he succeeds in the future playing in India or in the sub-continent spinning tracks!

Posted by realfan on (March 18, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

@Int.Curator yeah doctored pitches , umpire decisions, young australia team????? how many of them are below 25 years of age????? and if you cant see INDIA competing with SA, better watch out for AUSIE team in the upcoming ASHES back to back series......

Posted by MartinC on (March 18, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Congratulations to India on another very good win and an excellent series win. Hard to see anything but an Indian win in the 4th test as well.

However in the long run India still have a lot of work to do in developing a side that can compete with the better sides (SA and England) outside the subcontinent - the lack of good fast bowling and batting that can play good fast bowling is still there.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

aus fans kindly stop shouting about poor umpiring decisions it makes you look soooo weak and laughable...I think you guys are feeling the same hell of an feeling that we Indians felt during the 4-0 rubbing in australia....but I am happy for your hurt feeling, whenever you guys make excuses eg like the ball did not touch the rope bcoz the ball boy took it(lol) makes me sooo happy....have dinner and sleep guys....

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 18, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

To my fellow Aus supporters, you need to calm down. This isn't the worst team ever or the darkest day in our history. You need to remember that we were always very unlikely of winning here before the tour started and have consistently done poorly in India. With the squad that was selected, we were given even less of a chance to win and then with the loss of 4 players last week, I'm glad that we even made it this close in this test match. Don't fear, after here we move onto England where our pace attack will come into it's own and our batsmen are much more confident - oh, and both their spinners have pretty averages records agaisnt ;) To the Indian supporters, please, congrats.But u have absolutely no right to tell any nation not to complain about umpiring decisions when you're by far the worst at accepting errors. Or try and excuse the decision for not using DRS as "it's still in its infancy" - complete garbage as plenty of decisions in this series could've been corrected rather easily

Posted by Maverick_IN on (March 18, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

I sense that a lot of ppl think AUS have performed really (REALLY) poor to lose this test but its actually unfair and taking away a lil credit from the MSD's boys. I mean check the stats when was the last time any team had got to 500 runs @ almost 4 r.p.o. And even the second innings except a couple of wickets we really had to work hard to get the rest of the wickets. And phenomenal Shikhar really took the game away from the Aussies on day 3.....When u play like that these sorts of results arewhat one can expect. To add to all this how many overs did India manage to bowl each time they got out their.... phenomenal over rates also played the decisive factor.!!! bottomline : INDIA gave ALL it had to win this match

Posted by torsha on (March 18, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

It's time to drop Ishant and bring back Sreesanth. He should be in the test team at least.

Posted by big_al_81 on (March 18, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

@IndiaNumeroUno. Dhoni's a good finisher I grant you, but he's not close to being the best WK batsman in the world right now, let alone ever. At present he might possibly be third after Prior (better at both) and ABdV (much better batsman, improving WK). When Sanggakara did both there was no contest either! Well done India for bouncing back after the England defeat though.

Posted by JayanDamodaran on (March 18, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

The situation for Australia looks worse than the times when Allan Border took charge from Kim Hughes in early 1980s. No Hayden, Langer, Ponting, Hussey, Gilchrit, Damien Martin.... No McGrath, Warne, Gillespie... It's tougher time for them. A cocky England is already mocking them through media and making fun through Twitter! And alas, their captain courageous is hampered with a souring back! But luck favors the brave; so does victory! So, if Clarke does not turn fit, Watson should come forward gallantly and take charge as captain. It's high time the Aussies put forth a fight that can shake the Indians. With the limited resources they did more than a bit today at Mohali and it shows that Indian can be put under pressure! So, come on Aussies, let's witness a high spirited, nerve wrecking finish for this series! With Pattinson, Jhonson and Khwaja raring to go, we expect a real tough last test!

Posted by maddy20 on (March 18, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

@ BDforever I thought I will refrain from posting to embarass a BDeshi fan but I couldn't resist the temptation to post this. Bangaldesh since 2009 Played 16(17th in progress) , won 0 Lost 15(Home or Away does not matter) drawn 1 and you are making fun of India? And this is the 5th tier of Aus? Would you like to enlighten us as to what the best 4 Aus teams would be? As I am writing this the pathetic Bangladeshis are on verge of losing another test to make it 16 losses and 0 wins!

Posted by 200ondebut on (March 18, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

Well done India - great result. As a Brit it is sweet listening to the whinges and excuses from the Aussies - how the mighty have fallen. The problem for the Aussies is that the technique of their top order batsmen is awful. Seeing Warner and Hughes bat together is a bit like watching the Bruins. This may be OK on their made to measure pitches at home - bit soon as they step on a plane they hit trouble. Boy are they going to get pounded this summer.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Nothing is going right for Australia. Mainly because, none of their players including Clarke know a thing about scoring runs. They just can't play well in India. Whole of this is covered with disciplinary measures and plenty of talks for the next test. Sick of that. How can you lose a test match in 4 days after scoring a substantial total at the head. You must be playing real bad cricket. The Aussies keep on expecting performance from players who are not playing..n when they are pulled in, the result remains the same. This clearly means, this is not your correct test team. Even when they move on to Ashes I can bet with this current unit lack of consistency is bound to happen. England have many a times settled team and are riding high.They wouldn't leave a chance for this present bunch to come anywhere near success. India is playing terrific and with this new found energy has a slight chance in South Africa because these youngsters want to learn quickly and perform, but not Australians.

Posted by sankurian on (March 18, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

@chin-music: mate, How can you forget that infamous under-arm ball by australia against NZ in the last ball of an ODI in the 80s? There are thousands of incidents like that with Australia. But, yes, I am really surprised to see them not using those tactics today? Mabe they are losing their skills in that and so cannot win matches like they have always done before?

Posted by Morgan78 on (March 18, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Well played India. The Aussie team is not up to the task but India can only play the team presented and is showing a nice 'no prisoners'attitude. To take a win after losing a day and conceding a 400 run innings to Aus is a great feat.

Some positive signs for Australia but Dehli will be a real challenge to try and avoid a clean sweep. National pride is taking a battering but I remain hopeful that the adversity will improve the team in the coming years.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

This is India 's best chance to whitewash Australia and make it 4-0. This is the weakest Australian team since last 20 years. Good to see youngsters from India performing.

Posted by Scube on (March 18, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

@Popcorn: Can't agree more with you reg the Clarke decision! The umpire had no business picking up that edge correctly without any technological help or DRS! More so, when Clarke's reaction didn't give any clue about the snick! So, worst umpiring decision I've ever seen!

Posted by Selassie-I on (March 18, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Lots of people saying Watson will lead in the next test, well 2 points there;

1) wasn't he booked to have it off due to childbirth? 2) Should you have a plaer sippering the side immidiatley after coming back from suspension?

Pretty sure Clarkey won't play it either way as then they'll have an excuse for the whitewash and, of course, he wants to be fit for the all important IPL.

Posted by arindamsg on (March 18, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Interesting to see Bretig devoting a paragraph each to poor decisions that went against Australia. India had its share of those too, earlier in the game.

Posted by indiancricketfan12 on (March 18, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Well done team India, Should be looking forward to playing in SA on bouncy wickets, Want Sachin to be part of that series and score biggggg

Posted by Showbags88 on (March 18, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

It was a terribly selected squad. There are better players in Australia than the ones currently over in India right now (not saying they are world beaters but better than Maxwell, Doherty, Henriques, Lyon, Cowan, Starc who can't even dominate in State Cricket). India were clearly the better team (and this is coming from an Australian) and deserve their victory. I will not blame the pitches and think it's completely fair that curators make pitches to suit their teams but I just hope when India tours Australia again next year that they don't complain when they get pitches that are green tops.

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 18, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Hey guys OZ still head the series as a whole (both home and away) 4-3 it may end up 5-3 who knows? Or remain 4-3 or 4-4???? Still OZ's 2nd playing 11 team performed better than india's best playing 11 that tour Australia last year.Lost 3 test within four days and 1 in 4 and half.

Posted by Majorraki on (March 18, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Congrats Indian team!!It is definetly great to emerge victorious within 4 days and that too after Australia scored 400+.Our inability to finish the tail off quickly stems from the problem with our seamers.Is Bhuvi good only with the new ball?Ishanth Sharma doesnt even seem to bother the tail enders let alone take some top order wickets.We need a good fast bowling option to complement the spinners.Hope Sreeshanth gets a chance in the next test.Jadeja has done really well in this series but he is definetly not an allrounder option in the SA tests seeing how he struggled against Aussie fast bowlers in our home conditions.Bhuvi,umesh,Sreeshanth/praveen should be the bowling combo going to SA

Posted by please_concentrate on (March 18, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

@shaggy076. You make a good point about inexperience shaggy, but you appear to have missed the fact England are also in a rebuilding phase, though somewhat more advanced, that 5 of the squad have never toured India in a test tour before.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (March 18, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Hey Jayzuz...you are one of the worst winners and worst losers on this site. You cling on to the belief that you are at the top of the tree and ignore the fact that you have an ordinary team. Your rude dismissive comments about the Indian achievements, the pitch and everything else mark you out as a very immature person. India flogged you as you did to them in Aus; why whinge? It is called home advantage princess! That is not a new thing and won't be stopping soon either! England won on these pitches so why can't you? Why not try being gracious for once if that is even possible. Mind you, you'll probably cherry pick some ridiculous statistic to convince yourself that this isn't the worst Aussie team for 30 years.

Posted by Nampally on (March 18, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Congrats India on winning the 3rd Test & the series. It was a great win achieved despite rain spoilt first day. Dhawan & Vijay emphatically laid a huge foundation. All the bowlers for India did their jobs admirably. The Aussies now have a long way to recover from this shocking 3-0 series defeat. They need reinforcements both in batting & bowling. Watson & recalling Poting may be a good start in batting. In bowling they need Johnson to be included. These 3 changes may make a huge difference to the team's fight back. But the approach used by the OZ coach of "homework" assignments is not the right approach. A practical & action orientated approach is the need of the hour! Good Luck to both the teams in the 4th Test.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Congrats to Team INDIA for better bowling and batting than Aussies have

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 18, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

this has to be the worst AUS team ever. although i am from IND i am embarrassed to see them meekly surrender like this. a 4-day test match is enough to beat them. several problems with AUS cricket. where do they begin? i think they can begin by axing irresponsible, once-in-30-innings warner from the top.

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

1 straight comment. when India went to AUS, they had all fast and bouncy pitches, we were beaten 4-0. Then comments seeped in, India cant play fast bowling. Now, we have given fast pitches and spin pitches which suits your captain who is the best player of spin.Still you guys are giving reasons, stop your micro management, if you had handled things much better, you would have not won i it though, but things would have not gone this worst. Again I say, you guys are not a team who can handle the spin. England handled it in fluke as they read how to do.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Congratulations to The Team India. Clarke should be rested for next match because there is nothing much left in this series. And off-course Australia don't want him to miss out the Ashes due to any injury.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

More homework are coming for Aussie boyz. Lets see who gets the suspension! Not many days to submit their homework before the next test starts! India should definitely play Monoj Tiwary. He has played well before the series and deserves to be part of the middle order after Sachin retires. India can also experiment with their pace options.

Posted by kc69 on (March 18, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Well i've seen all kinds of battles on and off the cricket field,but gotta say one thing after this match that no-team is invincible.Bad days for Aus cricket but the thing that was missing was the agression that Austrtalia carried forward during their fight.This clearly shows in their body language that they are down from inside.India on the other hand have been dominant but as usual not perfect regarding their overseas combinations(which will be realised soon).As of now seems like team India is going to give a bitter taste of whitewash to Aussies.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Praise and support the Aussie cricketing spirit, everybody.. They did not fold like how other teams have folded before chasing low targets..This Aussie team needs support and backup like the old giants from OZ had a decade before.. I'd love to see Clarke's men win the Ashes and show their true potential. Everybody cursed R.Jadeja in the ODI & T20 arena a year back. The now has proved and proving others wrong by his performances on the field. This didn't happen overnight. He got the support he required at hard times. Bring in Marsh,North and Quiney and add up some spice to the team. This is what is the need of the hour. I believe the Aussies will recover from this slump. You wanna blame, you blame it on the coach whose petty politics left your team in a slump. PS: Get Sourav ganguly as the Australian coach. He will bring back your golden days.

Posted by maddy20 on (March 18, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

@whofriggincares "Atleast we know the rules". How can you be certain of what the ball is gonna do on a day 5 wicket? IF it was an Aussie batsman who was given out that way, then you would have cried foul and raised hue and cry. The fact remains that the Aussie players and fans alike are rarely sportive. We have seen how the crowds behaved with our lads when they toured there. And the best part of Indian crowds is , we are mature enough to respect our guests!

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (March 18, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Well played lads... Dhoni's cool composure even after finishing the match in a hurry while there was still huge pressure built by the Oz bowlers was awesome. I remember the Oz sides of the past having that never say die spirit.. just saw a glimpse of that in the 4th innings..Well played guys .. even though the match ended within 4 days..I must say that this match was worth watching. About the Ashes(as an Indian fan) - its not going to be a piece of cake for the poms as Oz bowling lineup with Patto, Cummins, Siddle and Stark are way better than Anderson & Co on a Green track - you folks don't really need a spinner with a pace battery like that(Wish India had something similar). Will be rooting for Oz come ASHES!!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 18, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Who bats for Australia in the next Test? Watson will be back but has underperformed and Khawaja is in waiting, but Smith did well in the first innings and Hughes finally came good in the second. Do Australia drop Hughes now that he has finally scored some runs. I don't think they will and Khawaja will miss out again when he should have been playing this game in Hughes place if he hadn't been so stupid. As for Watson, I think that he'll come back in for Smith because, on balance, Australia have to believe that he's the more likely to do well. You'd think that Pattinson would come back in but for whom? Starc or Doherty?

Posted by ste13 on (March 18, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Again very good win by India, who surprisingly report very high level of eagerness, enthusiasm and appetite to win matches. It is an effect of refershing the squad. I would say batting is now good, but in each test, it was two players who sparkled and the rest was average. Still, this is a team game, so maybe it should be like that. Quite surprisingly chasing of this small target was tense - or maybe Dhoni just played it one-day pattern to accumulate the wickets then attack. For Australia - it was slightly improved both batting and bowling as compared with two previous tests, but not enough to post serious challenge. I still expect the last game to be most competitive.

Posted by Farhana.farha on (March 18, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

i think ausic needs baily and hussy to their middle order, if they can't keep watson,baily,hussy in their x1 i dam sure that bangladesh can beat them in test

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

The Rising star of Indian test Cricket -JADEJA

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

Can we please have Gambhir and Sehwag back for the last test, like pretty pretty please? Do i need to beg?

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (March 18, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Mmm, no Clarke. Haddin and Watson in charge. Out with the powerpoints and chardonnay on media moguls yachts, in with some serious drinking. Get Boon in as coach with a back up team of Merv Hughes and Andy Symonds. Last 11 standing play. Aussie rennaissance begins.

Posted by vikramsamal on (March 18, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

With all due respect to the Indian team's performance, I still firmly believe this is the poorest Australian team that I have seen tour India.One world class bowler with a good group of quickies. Thats it. This team lacks 3-4 good batsmen and a good, guily spinner. Lyon and Doherty are plain mediocre. And against Indians who historically are the best players of spin bowling, they were proved to be even lesser. All 3 games lost within 4 days. This series lost, and I predict India will sweep this series cleanly whats the road ahead?? Mind you, this same team will appear world beaters when they play teams like NZ and Pakistan or WI in Australia. But what with Eng or SA or a regrouped India in future?? Australia do not have a bench which looks hale and hearty. Aussies have lot to ponder about!

Posted by Engfasttrackwimp on (March 18, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Dhoni - the best WK batsman and coolest finisher in the world ever!!

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (March 18, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Not the best day for us, but i still think we can win the fourth test. It seems that Clarke may be unfit in which case Watson will lead the side. Our batting has been a issue in which case I would birng in Khawaja as he will give grit to our top order, something that's been missing. Pattinson is a no brainer to come in

Posted by Romenevans on (March 18, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Feel sad for Aussie fans. But hey! This is exactly we had to go through when you guys did this to us. It feels so dejected when your team try doing everything possible but nothing comes out. Happened to India, now its turn for Australia. But in all this, Cook comes out as a legend in the making the way he batted and handled his team in India. Respect!

Posted by faisalpatel on (March 18, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Even thoug v won dis great test matches i wonder some supporter r saying like Aus team with no exp in indian condition blah blah and blah who cares man....What matter is result for us and its 3-0 now..waiting for white wash nw...And MSD u r Gambler man ,,Hats Off ..lets make some noise INDIA INDIAAA INDIAAAA

Posted by Jayzuz on (March 18, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

The sheer arrogance of Indian fans is mindboggling. For years we put up with whining and tantrums by players, fans and captains when they lost, threats to abandon tours, refusal to allow players to be sanctioned for misbehaviour, refusal to adopt DRS technology... Now everything is cool, given that all the dodgy stuff is going their way. Yep, nothing to see here! Until the SA tour of course, where all this delusional thinking will die a hard death when conditions can no longer be controlled.

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 18, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

come rain or snow, we will manage to lose - new tagline for CA

Posted by Chaitanyark on (March 18, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

It's really disappointing to see the current Australian team. I had expected to put up. at least, some fight and not give in tamely.. It's never easy for a young and inexperienced team to travel to India and start winning right away but considering the legacy left behind by players like Ponting, Gilchrist,Mcgrath, it would be nice to see some of the players rising above themselves and perform in the forth test. And I would certainly like to see Khawaja replacing Hughes and Watson coming in for Henriques. As for India keep up the good work. And it would be good if Rahene gets to play in Delhi.

Posted by AbAdvani on (March 18, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

India should not get lulled by a 3-0 win. The fact that they have been struggling to take tailenders suggests that their bowling leaves a lot to be desired (you can mask these concerns on spin friendly home grounds ). They need to develop a good pace attack -Yadav, Aaron and Irfan need to be in the scheme of things especially when going overseas - Jadeja, Ashwin and Ojha will not make any dent outside the Indian subcontinent. I hope Captain Dhoni is thinking now about the tour to South Africa this year. Time for Ishant to go back to Ranji trophy and improve his bowling -his bowling seems cannon fodder even for the likes of Doherty, Lyons and Starc

Posted by zarasibaat on (March 18, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Just worse captaincy by Clark. They had to bowl just 27 overs over all but they did not use any tactics to slow down the over rate and allow India to score 133 runs in 36 overs. What Clark was trying to show??? A team who was already 2 nil in the series did not try to draw the match. Neither he took any protection in deep extra cover or mid wicket and runs were licking easily in boundaries. I really did not like the captaincy of Clark. They are now under tremendous pressure of being white wash in the series. If I had been the captain of this side I would not allow my bowlers to complete an over before 10 minutes and also give atleast 3 protection in the deep for my bowlers from the 1st ball of last inning because there were only 2 possible results in the match a draw or win for India. So I would go for the draw. So for me only Clark is responsible for today's defeat..

Posted by zarasibaat on (March 18, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

Just worse captaincy by Clark. They had to bowl just 27 overs over all but they did not use any tactics to slow down the over rate and allow India to score 133 runs in 36 overs. What Clark was trying to show??? A team who was already 2 nil in the series did not try to draw the match. Neither he took any protection in deep extra cover or mid wicket and runs were licking easily in boundaries. I really did not like the captaincy of Clark. They are now under tremendous pressure of being white wash in the series. If I had been the captain of this side I would not allow my bowlers to complete an over before 10 minutes and also give atleast 3 protection in the deep for my bowlers from the 1st ball of last inning because there were only 2 possible results in the match a draw or win for India. So I would go for the draw. So for me only Clark is responsible for today's defeat..

Posted by hycIass on (March 18, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

@Sunil_batra i share your frustation mate, well said.

Posted by cricketforpeace on (March 18, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

India's tactics whilst batting towards the final session of the match was a bit mysterious.The game seemed to have been slowed down. Dhoni's scoring rate of 5 runs facing 25 balls indicated the nervous state of the Indian batsmen.He played and missed on many occasions and his brutal batting display seen usually was missing.Even though India ultimately won the match, the stamp of authority seemed missing when inching for victory.Did the Indian team actually think that there was a chance that they could lose the match when they had started batting second?The loss of Tendulkar's wicket was a blessing in disguise. Jadeja did not brook any nonsense and his 2 fours seemed to bring some life into Dhoni's batting which ultimately saw India coast home.Even though Australia lost the match,full marks to their bowlers-specially Siddle and Starc.Theirs was a commendable performance and showed glimpses of Australia of the old.Clearly their management had erred in not putting their best team on field

Posted by hycIass on (March 18, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

I don't ever remember being embarrassed about Aussie cricket as I am now. Bring in these good young players and stop discriminating against them, and get rid of Arthur if he is standing in the way. And please can we find some batsmen who concentrate, build an innings, use their feet and don't play ridiculous shots when they come to the crease! Khawaja might be a good start and how about flying in Burns into the squad. Making 60s or 80s is not enough if you can't convert, learn from Dhawan and Vijay or Pujara. Hughes needs to be replaced, he can't survive with so many failures. Dhawan aside I must mention Ravindra Jadeja. This series - including this match - has proved that in Indian conditions, Jadeja can do a job as a bowler. This is a shameful performance and Arthur and co have alot to answer for.

Posted by Babbls on (March 18, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

2nd Slip One month ago this Australian team was praised as the as a bunch of upcoming Heroes, With Clarke - Best batsman in the word Shane Watson - Best All rounder in the world Hughes back in form with back to back centuries A pool of more than 10 fast bowlers, all bowling more than 140 kms per hour, Lion hearted Siddle, Firey Pattinson, Tall Starc who could swing the ball in all directions ect Warner - the Most exiting opening bats man with ha special switch hit under his belt And now how can you tell that this is the weakest Australian team ever ?

Posted by MyOpinion4u on (March 18, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Congratulations India for this emphatic win.... I was surprised to see Australian supporters excusing umpiring error for their defeat. In past I heard these kind of excuses only by Indians after defeat i.e. biased umpiring, rain, dew,,,, even once I heard Dhoni saying in a post-match presentation that they could not qualify for the T20 semi's because other teams in the group did not play good. Today, its Australian supporters doing the same. Why dont people accept defeat and try to improve next time..... I respect SAFFERs always for this,,, They accept defeats and wins with honor.....

Posted by Antani on (March 18, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

"Superb innings from Starc - his personal best, 99 - has all but made sure Australia can't lose this match."

This are the last lines from ESPNCricinfo commentary when Oz innings completed but it proved wrong. Australia actually lost this match.

Posted by thelapal on (March 18, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

Wondering how commentators call it great fight by the Australians at the end of the test match .. Is it because they are unable to draw a 4 day test match after scoring 400+ in first innings . This is really by far one of the worst performance by Australia this is a 4 day test match great pitch to bat on and none of the Australian batsmen tried to reach a 3 digit score after getting good start.Overall both siddle and starc bowled some good deliveries especially during the last session may be 10 overs together but just for that 10 overs can't say that team did great fightback. I Don't think clarke wants to enter the record books for a 4-0 white wash. he might himself step out for the final test with the reason of back pain so that watto can captain the team and takes more pressure.

Posted by handyandy on (March 18, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

The worst Australian team since World Series Cricket.

Extra homework for everyone concerned.

Posted by aby_prasad on (March 18, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

@Shaggy 076, point taken! . But surely, there were other Aus teams that toured India for the first time at some point of time? I dont remember a scoreline at least, that resembled this back then, or at any point! . I was talking about Ponting's team, same with Border, Taylor, Waugh not just these individuals. I guess even then thats that, i mean maybe what you say holds i guess. But still i have this nagging feeling that no other earlier team resembled this (even with many players on their first tour to India!). But yeah, I got your point, and hey, no disrespects meant alright, the cricketing world followed Aus as a benchmark for a long time, that wasn't limited to the team, but their admin, their work culture (many did try to imitate them too). So only respects, and it is that respect which made me disapointed! You can see that as a compliment sort of :P . Hope you understand. Your comment is a 'featured' one so you should be happy heh.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

so India is beating Austrailia like a drum,let's see what happens in South Africa.whitewash is whats coming to my mind,no homecooking there for Indians.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Congratulations to Team India. Great win with 4 days of play.

Posted by Babbls on (March 18, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Now we are 3 - 0 up in the series, I think it was rather easy to beat Australia in Test match, but the toughest part to make the one eyed Aussie fans accept that we have won and they have lost. England will win the Ashes this year and its going to be a clean sweep 10 -0

Posted by Temuzin on (March 18, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

Congratulations India and Dhoni. Well deserved victory. Make it to 4-0 now.

Some fans were crowing about Ojha being the best India bowler and were not endorsing Jadeja. Here is head to head account of their bowling in recently concluded Mohali test. Let see who bowled better: Ojha; bowled a total of 49 overs(total of both innings) gave away 144 runs for a total of 4 wickets. Economy 2.94. Jadeja bowled a total of 47.2 overs (total of both innings) gave away 112 runs for his 6 wickets. Economy 2.37 First round goes to Jadeja. he beat India's best bowler Ojha by a margin in both wicket taking ability and choking runs. Jadeja got Warner, Clarke and Henriques among his wickets. Ojha got out of form hughes and smith in first and bowlers Lyon and siddle in second innings. This speaks of volumes about our best bowler. Let see what can they do in Delhi.

Posted by Munafis810 on (March 18, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

It is said "Seniors bring experience to the team and experience plays an important role during pressure " . Well to me it looks like SENIORs are more liability ....be it Sachin or Bhajii or Sehwag.....All of them have been failing consistently.. and as result talented men in form of their life .... like Rahane, Nayyar, Jiwanjyot singh, Sid Kaul , Rasool , Rayuudu are all bieng forced to keep out

Posted by chin-music on (March 18, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Congrats to the Indian team ! But the thing I found most impressive on the last day was the fact that even in their darkest moment , with a 3-0 (& potential 4-0) looming -- neither the Aus capain , nor anybody in his team attempted any cynical gamesmanship / time wasting to try & cheat their way to a draw. I think we can safely say that had the situation been reversed , not only would Indian team have shamelessly wasted time , it would have been wholeheartedly supported by majority of Indian fans/ media etc with rationalizations about Aussie sledging etc from the past.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (March 18, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

This was a terrible performance by our boys? There was no grit in here at all. A Last wicket rear-guard action to put the result slightly in dispute is not gallant. Gallant would have been saving the match. Look at that score sheet. From positions 1 to 6: Openers out for single figures, 1x69 from "the Crab" and the most under 30. Do you not think that some of those might have batted say the three more overs to save the match? That's all it would have taken. 3 paltry overs from 7 players..thats just under 4 balls each. To be good in test cricket, you first have to be hard to beat. You need to be able to grind out draws so all opponents know you will always be there or there-abouts. From that foundation, you can go on to start winning. I saw nothing gallant, as it was a loss and I might point out, a loss in under 4 days! Do you forget the first day was rained out? Pathetic from us. If we don't make changes then there is something wrong, Pattinson and Khawaja must come in.

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

Three wins for India in as many tests. The most consistent performance in these three tests has come from Ravindra Jadeja. His performances are evenly spread across all the six innings he has bowled (Dhoni did under bowl him in this test). It is also high time M Clarke got his class work correctly done against him.

Posted by nav84 on (March 18, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

@BDforever kindly tell us what is Australia's 1st tier team.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (March 18, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Congratulations to India but please dont get ahead of yourselves this is the worst Aus team that i've seen in my cricket following years. Dont see this Indian team causing South Africa any trouble whats so ever at the end of the year. Im sure Steyn, Morkel and Philander will make an easy meal out of this bunch. Amla and deVilliers will be liking their lips at the prospects of uping their career averages.

Posted by armchairjohnny on (March 18, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Not sure I share the same sentiments with those praising Australia for 'putting up a fight' in what was effectively a four day match :P

@candyfloss you are absolutely correct about the 'loaded' nature of the report. Most intelligent cricket fans already preempted the excuses mill. Sadly, some people will waste their time trying to belittle a winning team rather than congratulate them. I'm fairly sure Wisden almanack will simply dismiss the entire series as a non-event due to 'inner turmoil within the Australian camp', 'a series tarnished by a weakened australian side' etc, etc. Looking forward to the Ashes and more excuses for 10-0.

Posted by ramli on (March 18, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Intcurator ... you can't see anything ... you are blinded with Aussie ineptitude and hence failure ... India will cross the bridge in SA when it comes buddy ... don't worry ... we too have won tests in SA before ...

Posted by Cricket_archive on (March 18, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

What a great test match.congrats Team India on a much deserving win.They have clearly outplayed australia in all the departments.I guess dhawan made a huge difference in the result of the game and deserved to be man of the match. Its such a shame that some australian fans are complaining about the pitch and umpiring decisions.They cant accept the defeat and are giving senseless excuses here.waitng for an Australian whitewash in the next match.

Posted by mumbai2007 on (March 18, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

India have now won three in a row by playing the type of knockout cricket which the Australians pioneered in the 2000s, hitting the opponents hard and fast and giving them no chance to settle or recover. 380 and 408 were once regarded as close to impregnable first innings scores so extremely well played to India.

Posted by SudharsanVM on (March 18, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Even Rain cant save Aussie this time.

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (March 18, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Congrats to India for a great. Forcing a result in 4 days is a pretty good effort. Fair play to the Aussies too for not wasting any time and bowling negetive lines, they made India earn every run in the end.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

I'm afraid Aussies will be doomed in the next match too - In Delhi the ball never rises above knee level even in Day 1. Spinners come into play very early. If Clarke loses the toss and India bats for a day and a half for 350+, then game over Aus, 4-0 it will be.

Posted by Fleming_Mitch on (March 18, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

India have never won a series 4-0 I think and that's exactly what they will be gunning for going into the Delhi Test. Jokes aside and no puns intended, Australia have a bit of homework to do but things won't change overnight. James Pattinson's presence will help, and the hope is that Khawaja's will too if he can get a single game under his belt. There has to be changes in the side. I suspect Pattinson will come in for one of the spinners and Mitchell Starc might retain his spot in the team. Moises Henriques' poor form could see him lose his spot to either Khawja or Watson and Clarke may miss out due to his injury, but all in all it's a selection headache for the side - Hughes for me hasn't done enough given his overall failures in this series. Don't be surprised if India go for one more spinner instead of a paceman for Friday.

Posted by CustomKid on (March 18, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

I'm not sure what Michael Clarke is on about. Showing character? You just lost a test in 4 days after posting a first innings of 400! You and your entire team from selectors , management and the players on the field are an embarrassment to the baggy green. Oh I should add cricket Austral to the list also.

Clarke talked tough after dropping four players for not pulling their weight off field. Instead of defending this rabble and saying they showed character, give them a rocket in public and admit to what the supporting public are also thinking. I'm embarrassed by this rubbish and sadly I don't see a fix at all in the next 10 years

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Who here still thinks Australia is no.1? You have to be dreaming. Who thinks Nathan Lyon is Australia's best spinner and a match winner? Again you have to be dreaming. A really good comeback by India who were so humiliated 4-0 in Australia than 2-1 at home to England and now bouncing back to win back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Michael Clarke looks like he is the Brian Lara of the Australia, scoring mountain of runs but getting no support. That's what happens when you lead a weak team. His second series loss as captain after losing to SA 1-0 last summer at home. He has never lost 3 on the trot before. The selectors should dump the rotation policy and pick the best team to win.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 18, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

On top of that they had more warm up games and still had a poor first test. India have played some great cricket and some of there inclusions have been excellent. In two test matches it was the individual efforts of Dhawan and Dhoni that have won games. Dhawan never played against England and Dhoni is refreshed after finally having a break in his non-stop cricket schedule. So its 3-0 but a rebuilding Australia can take some positives out of the tour. Particularly if they win the last test.

Posted by siraj640 on (March 18, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Well Done INDIA, keep it up, Proud to be an INDIAN

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Its time for fun,Bcoz we win the match

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (March 18, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

Another great win by India, though Dhoni and Sachin played like a couple of old grannies for a bit. Jadeja has not batted well till then and showed Dhoni how to find his mojo. Makes England's victory in India that much tastier. Look forward to Friday and hopefully a finakl nail in the coffin for Aus, and then onto the Ashes for them. Can't wait!!

Posted by arvindaslia44 on (March 18, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

its time foe whitewash........... but we should finish this fearly

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 18, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Good win but... BK should have been used better. Dhoni was making such heavy weather of the chase. So was Kohli. They seemed to have forgotten the art of taking singles. I do still feel all these new 'stars' will have a rude awakening in SA. Steyn and Philander will have a field day. I hope I am wrong, but I doubt it.

Posted by BDforever on (March 18, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: did u just wake up after couple of years? "No Viru, No Gambhir, No Zaheer, No Sreeshant , No Umesh and still able to beat Australia!" ha ha ha don't u know that almost all of them were dropped because of their poor performances? If your senior Viru, Gambhir, Zaheer, Sreeshant, Umesh played Australia could have won this match by an inning even though Australia played their 5th tier team. Winning against a 5th tier team with the support of all home conditions gives that much joy...lol Incredible....!!!

Posted by mk49_van on (March 18, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

It will be one of those 4-0 series. Enough said.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 18, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Nothing to take out of this game what with vastly empty stands for the test match showing the game in poor light and with what has been a dull series so far between 2 ordinary sides it has done tests no good in India ...and already interest so low in this format the coming IPL will worsen the scenario . As far as this series Ind has been a lot flattered and made to look good by the worst Aus side ever and that is v bad sign as what awaits them is ...... South Africa and even being optimistic any Ind fan will admit a 3-0 whitewash for Dhoni's men is almost inevitable vs the no.1 team .... not to forget the last 2 overseas debacles and vs Eng in Ind . Only 2 points 1. been dull series between 2 below par teams 2. Ind have made to look good by this shambolic Aus side who 1 month ago won 3-0 vs SL... you get what I mean ??

Posted by vish57 on (March 18, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Good win for india at Mohali, more even contest than at Chennai and Hyderabad. Hats off to selectors who choose to play Bhubaneswar Kumar, Vijay and Dhawan in this series and were sucessful. Time Tendulkar to call it a day, better BCCI plays 2 test series against Bangaladesh in India to ensure he plays 200 tests and bade good bye to his cricket; though a phenominal cricketer, at 40 years he has to call it a day in a team game. Tendulkar form is yet not so great to demand a place for him in playing XI, Rahane or Rohit Sharma or Manoj Tiwari or Suresh Raina can step in. India should develop one batsman who can bowl medium pace like oldendays Manoj Prabhakar to bring better balance to team. Let the selectors ensure right India A team is sent to South Africa after IPL so that the youngesters are challanged in pace and bouncy wicket there and best team can be selected for the senior tour.

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 18, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

This is pathetic.The saddest day in Aussie cricket in 25 years.This has been a tour from hell. This is such a sad day for Australian cricket, how low have we become. Our batting let us down, the bowlers did everything with the ball and even bat to give us something. Changes must be made to the batting lineup, Khawaja and Watson must come in if Clarke is out. And lets put this homework saga behind us, it was one of the darker moments in our history and may cost Arthur his role.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 18, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

excuses, excuses and excuses...pitch, umpiring, young players...this is the same thing Indian fans told few months back...bowling pitch, worst decision even if with DRS and not young but aged players who are not in good touch...funny to see the ausis using the same!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

No Aussie complained about the pitches in India when they had Warne, Mcgrath, Gillespie, Lee in their squad. The Aussie team is on rebuilding phase. Maybe in another 2-3 years this team will be better than what it is now with a bit of experience. Hope this team performs better in the Ashes. As for India, they needed a convincing series win before they go to South Africa. A 4-0 result will give the youngsters in the team confidence after reversals in England and Australia and also the home series loss to England.

Posted by sankurian on (March 18, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

@Int.Curator: Mate, there will be big differences in the results of next Ashes and SA vs India. India have levelled the series 2 years back when they went there, Aus didn't do better than that in SA. With the current team, Ashes result seems to be 5-0 and I can't see India losing in SA for 3-0 .

Posted by heathrf1974 on (March 18, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

Better effort by Australia. Hope they can take that improvement and build on it in the final test.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

One of the reasons, often cited for keeping very senior players in the team, is that they can, with their experience, keep cool in pressure situations. Today, Sachin proved that, that reasoning is NOT true. After Sachin fell, Jadeja proved the contrary, that brash inexperienced youngsters, just with their confidence, can keep cool better and also deliver. Bring more of them on! For the sake of Indian cricket's bright future.

Posted by little_champ on (March 18, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Well down india...Happy to see india giving it back to the aussies...go for 4-0 team india...gud luck

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

It should not be forgotten that Australians were handicapped except for Peter Siddle. Though Starc put up a decent show and injured back of Clarke. India's effort was also guided with more than a little bit of luck. Umpiring decisions were little tipsy topsy although most of them went India's way. It should be noted that First day was washed out with not a single bowl being bowled and Australian century opening stand in the first innings. India managed to win the test against the Oz in four days.

Posted by Simoc on (March 18, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

A win in four days to India on the back of the outstanding batting of their openers and bowling which was to good for our batsmen. Despite the kindergarden like comments of those like Selassie Australians don't make excuses. They have their best team in India plus the worst coach/selector in the business. If the batsmen, apart from Clarke, were able to effectively play spin in India that would help. Then we would need effective bowlers . Just nine players short in the test department this time around.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

So, India win this test. It is good to see the youngsters showing the way with smooth and natural performance.Australia, as always, showed a lot of character and determination not to give up at any odds. In the final analysis, it is time for India to let Sachin go.I can not recall a game in last few years where he has taken India home with a win or a draw when India were under sustained pressure. His presence, in most cases, seems to make the batsmen partnering him go in their shell and lose their natural strokes.The fifteen or so overs he spent with Virat and Dhoni are an example of that.The situations where pressure is sustained over time, he is choking and he is passing it on to colleagues.

Posted by sankurian on (March 18, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

I am really surprised by Australia not trying to save the game when they went to bowl. They could have set defensive field and ask spinners to the negative line around legstump. Also, they should have used the seamers fully before the mandatory overs which would have saved them few overs and during the mandatory overs, they could come back with spin on negative line. That kind of Australia is what I have seen before. Always use such tactics. Really surprised by their attitude today to lose this test match.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

I can't understand all the griping about the pitch and umpire errors. For starters this is late "Summer" in India which means all the pitches are sun burned, dry dusty turners. Australian batsmen always play poorly to spin, look how Harbijhan <sic?> tormented the side in the great 2001 series. As for umpires, yes one can argue this decision or that decision cost a team poorly but over the context of the match and series, things even out. Yes Hughes got a poor one, but then so did Pujara and others, so I suggest using umpires as an excuse is rubbish. Australia lost this match AND the 2nd test as soon as Kumar knocked the top 3 batsmen off. Australia's top 3 should hang their heads in shame at getting knocked off by a pie chucker. The better team won, just enjoy the match and stop the childish moaning. India has easily proven to be the better side in this series in both batting and bowling. As for this match, may I suggest Mickey Arthur and Pat Howard as joint Men of the match.

Posted by thegoodgame on (March 18, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Australia gave a good fight till the end and made India work for it. India should have achieved the total without losing so many wickets. So obviously the guys have a lot of work to do yet. But its good to know that in each match different players are making contributions, which augurs well for the future. Both sides got some bad decisions in this series so its even stevens - even football took so long to accept goal line technology, so why be so harsh on the BCCI for wanting the technology to improve?

Posted by popcorn on (March 18, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

David Warner is IRRESPONSIBLE. This is the SECOND Time when he FLASHED and got out cheaply - the first time was at the WACA against South Africa. Dale Steyn was the bowler.We lost that Test too. He should have buckled down and played like an opener,like Simon Katich. Haydos was aggressive too, but NEVER flashed outside the offstump. Warner has ZERO technique for Test Cricket. And it wasn't as if he got out to spin - we play on bouncy fast tracks in Australia - he flashed at the fast bowler Bhuneshwar Kumar. AGAIN,for God's sake. At one time we had a Horses for Courses Team Selection thinking. Phil Hughes and David Warner are better off playing in the Twenty20s ad ODIs. Ed Cowan and Usman Khawaja should be the openers.With Shane Watson at Number 3,,or Khawaja and Watson should trade places.Michael Clarke, like Steve Waugh,makes his most runs at Number 5. Callum Ferguson or David Hussey or Alex Doolan at Number 4.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

good win by India largely due to Dhawn's rapid innings. Aus played well to stay till end.. To all the aussie fan's who wants to compare how many lbw's aussies got as compare to india. I dont think even with Drs it would have mattered, because indian bowlers were hitting pad regularly in line. And aus bowlers were hitting middle of bat regularly. Remember you need to hit the pad to get lbws. If you count the ratio of lbw shouts you will understand why india got more lbw's.

Posted by mystery_edison on (March 18, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Australian team is really weak. Indians are taking advantage and playing good. No scope of excuses for aussie fans...! congrates india ! we need white wash !!1

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

Congrats to India...Superb performance from our team. But i have to say umpiring has been poor in the series and a bit unfair towards australia.i cannot say the result would have been different because there is no place for if's and but' in cricket but the disappointment and complaints from australian fans are totally fair. Anyways hard luck for australia and well played India good to feel some dominance after a long disappointing two years still a lot of work to do if we have to win overseas but at the moment just enjoy the victory.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

HAPPY with performances of team india , but in this match whole batting unit didn't play up to the mark , only it was shikhar dhawan and vijay show. it was a fantastic debut by the former never seen done by anyone .

few decisions were questionable , say it either a bad luck or good one . after a long time india has played very well in tests or ozs are not aware of these conditions .

Posted by Captain_Crick on (March 18, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Well deserved victory for India! Dropping Bhajji and picking Ojha proved good for India. Who knows, Aussies might well have won this match had it not been for their 'homework' and leaving out their best bowler.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 18, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Starc will open the batting for Australia in the next test. That is the only positive we could find from Ausis performance!

Posted by John-Price on (March 18, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

Could it be that Shane Watson will return from suspension to make his debut as captain? How very singular.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

Micheal Clarke said: "Over the past two years, we have been consistent at home, but not away from home". Almost all teams seem to be in the same boat.

England, and to some extent Pak are the only ones, in recent times, who managed to win some games overseas.

I still have worries about, India's forthcoming overseas tests.

Posted by Stuart_Lord on (March 18, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

Well done India! The Ozzies have been beaten 3 times in 3 tests and the Indians can now look forward to a series whitewash in Delhi. Given the fiasco in the Australian camp regarding the 4 players that were axed for this test - players who would have wanted to redeem themselves and arguably save the test - will the team coach now be disciplined? Instead of trying to pass the blame to his players.....

Posted by vikaskumar1248 on (March 18, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

The match became intresting due to rain,, thanks to god,,

Hoping a good contest in DELHI. I am just hoping because, in delhi, Pitch starts turning from the very first day and it turns a lot.

Posted by whofriggincares on (March 18, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

@maddy20 , at least we know the rules LOL. Would have thought you would have been too embarrassed to post after the "pitched a mile outside off" comment.

Posted by Nilesh_T on (March 18, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

3-0 ,going onto 4-0 mostly is nothing but payback time for India, simple as that - DRS or no DRS, spinning tracks et.all notwithstanding. Stand out performance by India with Shikhar ,Vijay and Jadeja superb. Jadeja has finally silenced all his critics, and is a real asset in the team with his all round skills. Same team for India in the Delhi test barring Ishant Sharma, high time he is dropped for non performance, sick & tired of him being labelled the 'unlucky bowler', enough is enough. Umesh Yadav or Dinda on one leg even would be better than Ishant, for heavens sake. Duncan Fletcher should be buying a lottery ticket due to his sheer good fortune than anything else by way of any substantial contribution . Australia can take heart for the fight they showed, esp.superb showing by Starc, Siddle, Smith & Cowan. Drop a spinner and bring in Johnson in Delhi.

Posted by Beertjie on (March 18, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Agree about the quality of the team @Selassie-I (March 18, 2013, 11:27 GMT) Many of us have been bemoaning the selections of the squad, especially the lack of form and deserving players (O'Keefe, Rogers, omission of Khawaja). Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. They even wanted to keep young Agar if he had performed better in the warm-up game! Now they'll take him to England and the poor guy will be slaughtered because he lacks experience. They'll also take Cummins and he'll break down. So you see the NSP (which now includes Arthur and Clarke) want short term solutions for long term structural issues, because they are so determined to become number one! First get a top six which should include someone who can bowl a bit. Then pick the best spin bowler and the best keeper who can bat decently. Ensure your fragile quicks are properly rotated and hardly ever play consecutive tests. Always use Shield performance as a basis-wanted Hussey to tour but he had too poor a season.

Posted by Clyde on (March 18, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

The homework furore may have freed Australian talent from a lot of the encumbrances of skinfold theory. The talent, such as it is, will be more in evidence in the final Test.

Posted by PPL11 on (March 18, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Well Played india, good fight by Australia on last hour of the match, v happy that india is now 3 - 0 and good luck for 4 - 0

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 18, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

dhoni almost made a 20-20 out of this match. nothing explains his 25-ball-2 runs.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

I love it how Siddle has finally figured out how to get people out on Indian wickets. Although it has come a little too late (lol) you have to admire the mans persistence. Both himself and Pattinson could make a great combo come delhi!

Posted by Chris_Howard on (March 18, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

A good effort from Australia, but they still got hammered in 4 days. And India made the Aussie bowlers look better than they were for most of the last innings. Once they decided to end it, it was 5 fours in 7 balls. Before that it really seemed India were playing for the draw. If Dhoni wanted, he could have ended in the first two overs he faced.

Well done, India. Good luck, Dhawan with the fingers. India are building quite a formidable team. Hopefully they can also win outside of India.

Australia though still has a long road ahead to find decent batsmen. Only Warner and Clarke average over 40. That's extraordinary for an Aussie cricket team.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 18, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

@Gary Shea. Just like the luck Australia got @ home, right? be professional and congratulate opponent for a hard fought victory.

Posted by realfan on (March 18, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

@dan1234 saorgrapes mate.... you are clearly showing them...... who cares for the next series when a good test series is going on.... enjoy the moment right now..... oh well you cant enjoy can you, you are an australian fan....waiting to see how AUSIE perform on non sandboxes against england in ASHES ... white washes in both ashes...... ah well AUSIE have not won single game in their last 10 matches in INDIA.....that includes the matches played by former players as well....

Posted by Lenniesahayi on (March 18, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Congratulations to India,partly disappointed with Aus, at the same time feel that such a moment had to come to expose the problems within the Aus set-up.Am looking forward to a terrific Australian comeback though in Delhi,Watto is back!

Posted by ezaad on (March 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Well done India. You have shown the Australians can you play test cricket. To all AUS fans, please acknowledge the result and congratulate India for their win. Decisions will go sometimes in your favour and sometimes not. Thats the nature of the game. Things balance themselves out over time.

Looking forward to India's visit to South Africa, followed by the Australians.

Long live TEST cricket!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Well done India! Good fight Australia; your determination and discipline will win out in the long run and will enable you to win in hostile conditions as you keep learning. The inclusion of Pattinson in Delhi could add those vital extra 6 wickets or more which were the difference in this match!

Posted by CricketFollowers on (March 18, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

This is the best show so far by Indian players because it came in 4 days conditionally. It will be great if India can bat first in Delhi and make it count as 4-0 which will be a V for the whitewash we had in Australia. Again you never know India might lose the last, consistency and Fast bowlers always lack in the pool for a long time. For folks who talk about UDRS, please stop that argument, there is no use. Why on earth ICC has given the liberty to the cricketing teams to decide to have it or not. Write that in the rule book or stop talking even if it is against your own teams.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 18, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Yah..... u lost bt still i love my beloved pup.... <3

Posted by starvingcreative on (March 18, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Once again a poor 2nd innings performance. This has been happening 4 awhile bnow. There was perth against SA and all three tests. Clearly the techniques of our players is not good enough. Firstly cowan needs to go he averages 30 in 16 matches NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Secondly our wicket keeper needs to bat at seven and we must have a PROPER no. 6 Hussey. Proved how important that position is: id give it to kawaja. Finally Hughes is simply to inconsistant his ups are great but then the lows are terriable! Bailey is my man a seasoned cricketer. And whats up with us scoring less than 3 an over forturne favours the brave the indians were scoring close to 4 an over! Well done to the indians well deserved!

Posted by realfan on (March 18, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

absolute gem of a match from both the teams....specially with the australia, they have improve alot in their fast bowling department( only fast bowling department) apart from few decisions which were against both team( fell sorry for players involved ) this was a great match of test cricket.....

Posted by vasu_m_r on (March 18, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Umpiring in this test has been dodgy to say the least. However, full credit to Australia. They lost but they played superbly today. Umpiring possibly robbed them a bit but the showed admirable spirit. Also special mention should be made of the fact that they didn't use any time wasting tactics.

Posted by aby_prasad on (March 18, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Absolutely fantastic. We can't even blame tracks too as then in that case, both the teams should have scored like many matches that turn out to be batting epics for both sides. Well that didnt happen, so cant blame it on that. A few bad decisions, nop, overall you cant blame it on that as well.Or you could go with Sidhuism saying if this decision was that & if my nanny were that and if this was that, then the other thing would have been this etc etc. So thats nonsense as well. I being an Indian fan, Im still disappointed with Aus, Ive grown up seeing Border era, Taylor, Waugh, then Ponting. Never have I seen Aus like this. Last day and you cant hold on to bat is no excuse. Sad thing is, you can't blame the aus admin, benchstrength,test/odi system back in aus (all of that is brilliant compared to most countries).Its just one of those things that has no answers.Anyways well played India, but id be happier if they do this overseas too like hw they used to win post 2002 barring last year!

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 18, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Xcually cricket now bcomz a game of Condition rather than cricket skill........ Home teams r winning evrywhere......... bt anyway.... india dserves credit nt um nt taking anythng 4m them.... well done ind..... bt hard luck 4 my beloved pup....... <3

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 18, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

KingKongIn - Firstly I'd like to know why Pujara was not out in the second innings? Considering he was actually out prior to the LBW and Im not sure what was wrong with the LBW. I havent watched the full match due to work and cricket committments but from what I have seen there has been 5 incorrect decisions Doherty, Pujara, Cowan, and Hughes given out and Pujara given not out in the second innings. 4 against Australia 1 against India. Secondly do you honestly believe the Aussies will lose 10-0 in the Ashes. Besides the tour of India on conditions completely foreign to our team we have competed against South Africa drew the series in SOuth Africa and unlucjky not to beat them at home. Your right we are not that good but neither are England they have struggled against NZ, flogged by South Africa and Pakstan and unable to beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka which we easily achieved. England will be favourites for the Ashes but its not going to be as simple as you make it sound.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 18, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

Australia are literally one of the worst sides in the world right now. It's no surprise they're now 3-0 down in a 4 match series.

Posted by Int.Curator on (March 18, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

Watching the last 3 test with the cards heavily stacked in India's favour with some match changing umpire decisions, the doctored pitches and a very young Aus team surrounded by selection controversy, I'm not sure India are winning these games rather than Australia set up to lose them. This in mind Australia would have to come away a much stronger team to contest the Ashes. I just can't see India competing with a seasoned SA team.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

@ whofriggincares Indian spinners have also been denied LBW's in the first 2 tests. and Clarke's also been reprieved in those. Aussies have not created that many leg before chances to begin with, HOW CAN THEY BE ON WORSE END, I am not sure.

Posted by Jayzuz on (March 18, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

Agree there were a lot of positives, Shaggy. Just a pity with all the dodgy umpiring, which is the only thing which stopped us getting the draw. The Hughes decision in particular was a shocker, and that alone cost us the game. But its what you expect in India, where LBW decisions always go with the home team. The less I say about what I feel about the Indian management of conditions the better. I agree the bowlers look to have learned a lot, and are mostly bowling well. Too bad Pattinson wasn't there, as he is our best bowler.

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 18, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Regardless of the poor umpiring in this series - exactly why the BCCI is against UDRS for home series - the Australian team just hasn't been up to the challenge and are getting rightly beaten. The selections for the first two tests and the squad in general have been horrific and then Arthur with this ridiculous remprimand of players. It's appalling and it's time for monsterous management changes. Arthur should have this last test in India, then be shown the door. Invers need to go to a retirement home and some of the selectors and the rugby performance guy need to be ditched too. Good last ditch effort there from the lads but never enough on the board, shame we didn't bowl like that in the first innings though. Now that we've seen all of our bits n pieces players, how about selecting a team with 6 batsmen, a keeper and 4 bowlers. We don't have 2 spinners, even if conditions favour, so I'd rather stick to our strengths with 3 quicks and Lyon.

Posted by Selassie-I on (March 18, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

Great performance from the Indians, smashing the Aussies in 4 days!! They thought that the rain had saved them, but alas no, it didn't!

Nice to see all the Aussie fans as per usual making a load of excuses, pitch, umpires etc. look guys you're 3-0 down, the poor quality of the team has to be the reason. Also some usual candidates like Randy seem to have been on holiday for a week!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 18, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

@popcorn. 33(in fact 36) overs is not help from Australia. It is just because India bowled their overs quickly with spinners and hence got plenty of time left in the game. Do not come up with lame excuses.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Stop press !!! India is now the worlds most luckiest team ever !!!! There no point playing the next test by get flog by the lucky team again ! Next lucky team will be England for sure !

Posted by maddy20 on (March 18, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

It is really sad that instead of appreciating good cricket from the opposition, the Aus fans find several reasons to whine about. First we have seen them whining about the pitch being a rank turner, which it was not. Your No.9 batsman top scored in the innings and made the second highest in the second. Then they complained about the pitch being a road instead of appreciating a fabulous knock from a debutant. Then the pacers came back to their best and there was talk about Aus winning the test. Again they were bowled out for a paltry score and India strolled home now they blame the umpires? I mean seriously. Is this the best you can do?

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

When umpire gives indian batsman out... is that ok??? lol i have been following aussie from long time now.. n they use to dominate world cricket boards n now not ne more.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

ICC test rankings was last updated on 24th Feb. When it will get updated to the current date ?.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 18, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

Congratulations INDIA on a remarkable series win... 3-0 baby !!!! Now, they need to go for the whitewash in Delhi. Commiserations to the Aussies and their supporters, tough going BUT your team were simply not good enough. Good luck for Delhi and the Ashes.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (March 18, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

Team India has been suffering from poor umpiring decisions ever since DRS came into picture. Pujara was clearly NOT OUT in 1st innings. And Haddin was CLEARLY OUT in 2nd innings when he was on 2 or something. But umpire didn't give him out. Poor Umpiring.

BCCI should really use DRS so that umpires don't wrong decisions against India.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 18, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Congratulations to young team India. No Viru, No Gambhir, No Zaheer, No Sreeshant , No Umesh and still able to beat Australia! @popcorn. Remember Dhonis dismissal in australia - DRS manipulated the NO-BALL when umpires asked to check the it- and later apologized after the game. Whom to blame? DRS?

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

16 deliverys to spare. I wonder which poor umpiring decision had the biggest impact? I guess some posters on here will say bad umpiring doesnt affect the outcome of a match. Well it certainly had some bearing on the outcome of this one. I will say it again, India has belted us in this series but I will always say we deserved to draw this one. Call it sourgrapes but it is truly how i feel.

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

Whatever be the final result, this Australian team will give England a good fight in the Ashes even win it. Their fast bowling is top class. Let us not underestimate it. Lyon is a good spinner who will do as well as any good off spinner can do in the month of July in England.Remember that Graeme Swann is himself an off spinner. Their batting should be very good with Watson poised to return to peak fitness soon, possibly bowling also. Warner, Cowan, Fergusson and Shaun Marsh are quality players. Besides they also have Ponting on close call if the need arises ! So let us not make the mistake of under estimating this side. They are losing to India badly because India is very much on their way up again. With a team like, Vijay,Dhawan, Pujara, Rahane,Kohli,Dhoni Jadeja,Ashwin,Yadav,Ishant Unmukht,Ojha,Gambhir Sehwag and Bhuvaneshwar, I am sure they will do well in South Africa. I am assuming that Sachin will retire at the end of this series and Sehwag and Gambhir may be part of the side.

Posted by maddy20 on (March 18, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

@popcorn Clarke was not out? You are kidding right? There were two sounds which could be heard down here in the South. We know about Clarke's acting skills as if nothing had happened. He had been doing it since the first test, nonchalantly marking his guard after a bat-pad to Pujara! Seems like the Aus fans are getting desperate and can't stand to see their team torn to shreds 3 out 3 all of them inside 4 days!

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

@Popcorn, exactly that was our feelings when we lost to AUS, and ENG . and for the wrong decisions , don't yuo watch full match, Pujara was also given out wrong in both innings. I can understand your frustration but you have to understand that Aus team is not that good now....be prepare for 10-0 Ashes whitewash !!!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 18, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Looks like we are about to lose but overall a much improved performance by Australia. asically lost this game with 4 hours of poor bowling and some incredible batting from Dhawan. From the start of Day 4 the Aussies have bowled exceptionally. Siddle and Starc have been massive in this last innings and unlucky not to get the edge on many times. Not sure what team needs to be picked for the last game but I would probably go with Warner, Cowan, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Haddin, Johnson, Starc, Pattinson, Siddle and Lyon. That way we can have 4 quality paceman to keep the pressure on all innings with the help from Lyon. Think we are starting to work out these conditions. Congratulations to Dhawan the score and scoring rate you produced has pretty much individually one India this test match and I cant recall any debutants ever having that impact.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 18, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

@popcorn why so many CAPSLOCKs mate :) "Phil Hughes was NOT OUT. EVERYBODY saw that" Yes Everboyd saw pujaras decision too.

" Also,the bowler's foot was EAXACTLY on the line" I thought the line belongs to the umpire? (out or not out)

I also Wish we got few more favours in Haddin (who ate up all the time) by walking early.

Posted by whofriggincares on (March 18, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

@maddy20 please dont comment on whether someone is hard done by with an LBW decision as you clearly dont know the rules. A ball is allowed to pitch outside off as long as it hits in line. Pujara was plumb and he was caught at slip earlier in the innings as well. The umpiring has been questionable on many occasions in this series hurting both sides. But I am sure even the most loyal Indian fan (who knows the rules) would agree Australia has been on the worse end particularly when it comes to LBW's.

Posted by Dhanno on (March 18, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Goes on to show the avg bat that Dhoni is. Bottled it up. Praise him for his 200 or whatever but he cant do it for another 30 tests, its once flash in a pan.

Posted by deepushanmukh on (March 18, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

umpires to be blamed for wrong decisions....true that!!! but they are also human and mistakes happen, 2008 Ind VS Aus 2nd test at SCG, steve buckner and other umpires outplayed india by wrong decisions...ofcourse, they also gave wrong decisions for AUS as well, but the ratio was peerless...and only if 50% of those wrong decisions against India would have been fair, India could have won that test match...so please, lets not blame the umpires now.....

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 18, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Maddy20 - Im trying to work out your problem with the Pujara dismissal in the second innings. The ball is allowed to pitch outside off stump but has to hit him in line. You correctly pointed out it was pitched outside off stump, however he can still be out if hit in line which he was.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Aussie Team for 4th Test should be like this, if they've to make a chance to Win! 1.E Cowan 2.S Watson 3.M Clarke 4. M Henriques 5.C White 6.M Wade 7.B Haddin 8. M Starc 9. M Pattinson 10. P Siddle 11. N Lyon 12. X Doherty

Posted by deepushanmukh on (March 18, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

though Indian pace attack is not as effective as SA's pace, still we've got some quality seamers like bhuvaneshwar...and to remind those who r alleging Indian seamers, its bhuvaneshwar who took early 3 wickets in the 2nd innings and ishanth sharma in the 1st innings, though the pitch didn't facilitate much for them...so one can expect a very quality bowling from them in SA tour....

Posted by popcorn on (March 18, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Who gave Aleem Dar the Umpire iof the Year award? Phil Hughes was NOT OUT. EVERYBODY saw that.Even the commentators sounded sheepish and silly. He was playing very well, and could have taken Australia to a much bigger score. So also Michel Clarke. There was NO EVIDENCE of a deflection. Only TURN. India MUST thank the generosity of Umpire Kettleborough and their resistance to DRS for this. Also,the bowler's foot was EAXACTLY on the line. So it was a no ball. So if you want to be happy that you got favours from the umpires and won, go right ahead, India. Sic. Also be thankful to Australia that we did not employ delay tactics - that you got 36 overs to make 133 - whereas you should have got 27. Unlike Andrew Strauss's English Team at Cardiff who stalled play by bringing gloves and the physio TWICE onto the field. And you guys complain about Australia not playing within the spirit of the game? Sic.

Posted by CricketFollowers on (March 18, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

dan1234, Did i forgot to mention about "ASHES". ;)

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

@Dan1234 there was no drift to catch if you were serious, India were also no 1 in the test, and still no 1 in the ODI,

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

Funny to read few comments which rate Indian team far below par.. To be honest, the pick against England weren't the best. Now that both the openers in this Indian team knew what they were doing, this match is ensured a result. England could have been a cake walk if India's batting had clicked. BTW, Starc and Co are definitely on par with the English bowlers(except the spinners) !!!

Posted by maddy20 on (March 18, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

All those whining about Aus wrong done bythe the umpires, Pujara got the wrong end of the stick, twice. In second innings too the ball pitched a mile outside off-stump. In the morning Haddin has inside edged onto his pad when he was on 5 off 22 balls. the guy went on to last for a 100 balls, but fortunately, Aus were playing poor, defensive cricket so it did not cost us much. These 3 decisions are balanced by wrong decisions of Cowan and Hughes. Clarke is clearly out, to say he is not is lunacy!

Posted by candyfloss on (March 18, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Preposterous time wasting tactics by the australians before the 19th and 20th over. And to think this being done by the same team whose fans blamed england of wasting time in the ashes 2009,well you wont hear a word from them now.The scoring rate has picked up after Pujara's dismissal, if only the umpires gave him out sooner.

Posted by KingKongIn on (March 18, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

@dan1234 Aussies got out twice on sand box wicket, and if you include first two test as well then , they are all out 6 times (if you want to exclude one inning when clarke declare the inning after falling 9 wickets then 5 times) . I dont understand why dont accept the truth and give the reaspect to a team where it is due in this series.

Posted by dan1234 on (March 18, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

And yet here I am watching Australia downslide. Of course, to have a downslide implies you were at least at one time at the top if you catch my drift ;)

Posted by tanstell87 on (March 18, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

@ dan1234 - and everyone knows whats going to happen in 10 Ashes test matches..

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

@GRVPR: ver ritely said... Jadeja is turning out to be a real revalation.At final times when Doherty started playing strokes everyone understood if any body is going to get a wicket then its Jaddu; Hats off Jaddu.Is there any one left now to blame MSD or to say non performing CSK players are his buddies???

Posted by CricketFollowers on (March 18, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

dan1234, I bet you are an "ARDENT" Aussie fan not able to watch Australia downslide. Yes even i am interested in the upcoming Ind-SA series. I am an Indian and i have always accepted about India's defeat at away and home but not a biased one ;).

Posted by dan1234 on (March 18, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

@CricketFollowers "Australian team has been bowled out twice, means they are in a bad shape if they dont come out this situation then 4-0 is on the cards for India" Wow, incredible insight right there. Are you an expert of the game? Because you are sharing some real amazing information no one else is aware of. But seriously, I'm more interested in how India do in their next series overseas where every pitch isn't a sandbox. No need for me to share my 'expert' view, everyone knows what will happen.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

What's wrong with Dhoni? Tet again Jadeja misses out on a 5 for because he only gets 16 overs whilst Ashwin gets 31 and Ojha gets 22. Why? Yet Jadeja is the one with 3 wickets. Even stranger is the decision to hold back the very fast scoring Dhawan.

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 18, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

Autocorrect is a real beauty, USA? I meant aus. @sachin_vvsfan, oh that's a real beaut. Funnily enough, pujara just edged it onto his pad and was caught; if he didn't edge it, he would've been plum LBW, but kettleborough knew the mistake of pujara's first innings dismissal so he decided to rectify it with another equally as poor decision.

Don't take this is as an excuse, because there's no chance we can win, but it is an attack on BCCI, who believe they are superior to other cricket nations, and despite DRS having the pros heavily outweigh the cons, BCCI will not implement it for whatever reason. Can you really argue that you want these howlers? That howlers are a part of the game?

Why would there be a third umpire for run outs and checking for catches (dropped or not) if there's no DRS?? The fact that when checking for a catch Erasmus made sure the third umpire checked if the bat hit the ball in the first place. Ridiculous. The contradictions are obvious.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Talk that it will be Vijay,Dhawan and Pujara at the top in the South African series..sitting ducks abroad..every run scored by them have been of balls below the knee roll..

Posted by CricketFollowers on (March 18, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

So 3-0 has become inevitable. India have dominated the current Australian team completely. Batting first after first day called off, Australian team has been bowled out twice, means they are in a bad shape if they dont come out this situation then 4-0 is on the cards for India. This is the most vulnerable Australian team i have ever seen. India have done well for this series so far lets see how we play the 4th test match. I am very curious about the Mickey's strategy now, waiting to see who is going to get suspended for the next match for not lifting the "Manali" :D.

Posted by JustMyOpinon on (March 18, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

If there had been DRS quite a few of the clear LBW decisions denied by the umpires against the Indians would have been overturned and it would be a much closer game. In fact I suspect the difference between the teams even on this pitch is not great. Remember Cowan, Hughes and Clarke are not tailenders and their tenure was ended prematurely.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Ojha didn't get Clarke out as the article says.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

I kept on saying, Do-Herty 'do hurt' ! He did hurt. Along with Starc, he ate into 18.1 overs and 44 runs of India's pie ! (There were too many pie lovers in the main commentary section) That alone is going to make the chase an edgy affair. Shame that, Dhawan can come in only after the fall of the 7th wicket. If 7 wickets fall within this last session, India will be playing for a draw. And, Dhawan's style is not meant for playing for draw. Effectively, India lost him for this crucial innings. Unless Dhoni, does a Chennai, India will be scatting on thin ice.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 18, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Well done Jadeja. Aakash chopra wanted to drop you out but without you we couldn't have finished the australian batting line up. That Ojha is very overrated. he finished with most wickets vs england because there wereno bowlers at the other end to challenge him. Panesar infact got wickets at better strike rate and avergae.

Posted by salil247 on (March 18, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

@Khalid Mahmood- You mean from Baker Street??

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

i don't want a repeat of mumbai test against westindies wher india required 4 runs of last over & india didn't get that....where ashwin was batting...

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 18, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

@Mitty2 I also feel sorry for pujara (who gets these inside edge lbw decisions very often since Eng series). Absence of DRS denied him yet another possible double ton and Ind wouldn't have batted second innings. Talk about balanced theories mate. Aus woudn't have scored 300 plus in chennai (if clarke was given out on 39) And for Cowan lbw decision i suggest you to watch it again. You cannot compare cowans with hughes.

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 18, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

Agree with Aprya, lets focus less on the 1 umpiring decision that went against us, Haddin was out to silly point but that one wen tour way so it evens out. I don't think anyone is doubting that changes our needed to both our batting and bowling. For the batting it has to be Khawaja and Watson to come in and for the bowling Pattinson has to come in. Worse thing about this match is that the homework saga(biggest waste of time in my opinion) which was meant to improve us has weakned our team, the body language from our players was terrible, no talk in the field, heads were down, the keeper was too quiet, no stare downs from the bowlers, no energy or presence at all.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 18, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

Candyfloss - Unfortunately Australia lost the series against South Africa when a decision like the Cowans one was changed by DRS because half the ball was pitched in line with leg. On this occasion I certainly didnt see half the ball pitch in line with leg. Personally I dont like that decision because I dont believe the umpire could comprehensively say that was out. I'm happy with the Clarke dismissal there needs to be clear evidence for a noball to be called. Hughes decision its inconceivable to see how the umpire thought that was out, the Pujara decision was wrong but its much easier for an umpire to miss an inside edge. Doherty's decision in the first innings was another shocker. However, overall its clear to see in these conditions India is the better side and deserve victory.

Posted by satishchandar on (March 18, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Irrespective of not finishing off the last wicket, i really appreciate the Indian bowling lineup for picking 20 wickets in this 4-day test. That was a very good thing to do on a track where there was no real spin on offer. Both Ishant and Bhuvi too picked crucial wickets. Even more credit to Dhawan for producing a Viru like impactful innings which made everything smoother. There were criticisms for the game like nto scoring quickly but still, Sachin n Vijay played for lunch and second new ball did the damage by picking Vijay and Dhoni in same over. Rest were not in great form and whatever they scored will be worth more and managed to add valuable runs. No criticisms on the team actually. All remember this is a 4 day test and to come to this distance required lots of effort from team India. Kudos for that..

Posted by whofriggincares on (March 18, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

@Arpra , A guy who gets 69 out of 220 odd is given out in error and this doesnt change the outcome? He had some good fortune I agree but who is to say he woudnt have continued to have luck and make a big score. To say it has no influence is just silly. Becomes even more important when it is not even a line ball decision , that ball wouldnt have hit a fourth stump absolute shocker. However what is more pertinent is the way a few of the aussies surrendered their wickets. Warners dismissal was atrocious and Henriques to a lesser extent why would he try to drive the ball in the air so early in his innings? India has smashed us this series but we played well enough in this game to deserve a draw IMO. That will take a miracle now as the Indians go out to chase this total.

Posted by Mervo on (March 18, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

gsingh7 - no, not really. Look again, over the last 20 years Australia seem to have won a most series away from home until the mass retirements of the last 18 months. Unlike India.

Posted by KingKongIn on (March 18, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Wow ...its going exciting now !! India should play for win now.. don't want to see a draw from here !!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 18, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

Why is the guy who top-scored with 99 in the first innings batting at number 10?

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 18, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

even in 4-0 victory also nothing to chear for india... reason 1) this is worst australian team (who cant pplay spin also fast).. 2) indias future team is not best in bowling dept....only ishant sharma know whats his aim as bowler ..no ohter knows it...

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 18, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

@mervo-- reverse is true for australia who are useless in foreign condition can only win in australia

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Indian are Lions of Homes

Posted by candyfloss on (March 18, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

What a loaded report! The fact is Micheal clarke's call was a marginal one and could not be overturned until there was any conclusive evidence.I remember during our tour to england some decisions were made in favour of the english team despite there being inconclusive evidence as to whether the balls was nicked,thats the way the marginal calls go.Hughes was unlucky as was Pujara and Ed cowan was out plumb with half the ball pitching in line in which case DRS would have upheld the onfield umpire's decision which was out. Mathew Hayden who was on commentary during cowan's dismissal said that would have hit middle stump about 3 quarters up.Over to the nitpickers now.

Posted by Mervo on (March 18, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Australia are not good against spin on low slow wickets as in India. However for the few overs where the second new ball bounced and swung a bit yesterday, India looked completely at sea as they did in their white wash by Australia last series. It just shows how much they rely on the specific conditions.

Posted by Arpra on (March 18, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

Sorry, Daniel, there seems to be too much emphasis in most of your articles on umpriring errors. Hughes was a not so great decision but the way he was playing it was fortunate that he lasted so long, frankly. The Jadeja no-ball could have been called either way. And as expected you missed listing out the Brad Haddin inside edge. India has had a few bad calls as well (pujara for one yesterday, numerous Michael Clarke decisions this series).

Larger point is, reporting a game as a balance sheet of umpiring errors kind of overlooks the quality of bowling/batting involved and does not do justice to the players involved or your readers. And almost on all occasions bad decisions do not really change the overall result of the game.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 18, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Pragyan Ojha must show us that he can take a 'non tailender wicket' just like jadeja took clarke. Struggling even on 5th day

Posted by Resultpredictor on (March 18, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Great comeback by India. First credit goes to Dhawan, who played excellent innings and scored at rapid pace which helped India to take lead and have enough time to bowl out Aussies in second innings. Secondly the spinners for maintaining tight line and taking wickets by conceding fewer runs. Credit to Dhoni for bringing out best in every player. Congrats India for regaining Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 18, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Feel bad for hughesy, a good innings, but, like Cowan; out to an erroneous decision. That can only do wonders for his confidence. The lack of DRS unfortunately coinciding with a huge benefit (in decisions) to India. Coincidence? I wonder exactly how many LBW's have we got in this series conpared to india's. The chennai and hyderabad tests unfortunate decisions weren't as bad, however as some of the terrible decisions going against England in the November test series, but nonetheless, the lack of DRS favours India yet again. I know this is an excuse, but you can't argue that it didn't strip USA of the chance of fighting for a draw.

Overall, we still played better in this test than the others, despite having a markedly worse team personal wise. Good response from the fiasco.

The Clarke decision on the front foot issue is fine, if it's in doubt, don't reverse the initial decision of out, (in this case).

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

it is not ojha, but ravindra jadeja, please rectify

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 18, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

This AUS team makes IND look infinitely better than they really are. At this rate, AUS would struggle to win against WI, NZ and BAN.

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