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

We felt the pressure during chase - Dhoni

Sharda Ugra

March 18, 2013

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As much as India have exerted control and dominance over Australia in this series, the last stretch towards a six-wicket victory in Mohali rattled their nerves. India were coasting towards the target of 133 with their openers putting on 42 in 9.2 overs, and the third-wicket partnership between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar adding 33 in 8.2. At the start of the last mandatory hour of play, India had set themselves 45 off 15 overs. When Kohli fell with the score on 103, India needed 30 off 56 balls. The new man MS Dhoni struggled to rotate the strike against a fired-up Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc, and the scoring rate began to fall.

At the end of the game, Dhoni said it had got close and he did not want to gamble in that position by launching into his signature big hits, even though Australia had packed the inner ring with single-saving fielders ."Yes it got close. If you see I don't gamble, but the stakes were high in the sense we had everything to lose and literally we had nothing to gain."

He agreed that India did stand to gain "satisfaction that we are winning one more Test match", but it had been Australia's gains that played on his mind. "But the Aussies, if they had won, it would have given them a chance to come back into the series." Several other factors, he said, played on his mind: that India were without one batsman, due to an injury to Shikhar Dhawan, as well as "the fact that from No. 7 to 11, we had not exactly scored a lot of runs. All these things play at the back of your head."

Dhoni said it was important that India had set batsmen to take them through the last three or four overs. "Even if we need six runs an over for three to four overs, you can try to explode and lose a few wickets -it doesn't really matter but that was not the case. We lost M Vijay when there was a sound partnership and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. So it got close with one batsman less [Dhawan], the lower order is not really performing well. We were under a bit of pressure."

MS Dhoni pulls to the leg side, India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 5th day, March 18, 2013
There were many things to factor in during India's chase, MS Dhoni said © BCCI

Dhoni said it had been Dhawan's high-speed Test century on debut, along with his 289-opening stand with Vijay, that had given India the momentum they needed in the match. "What was important for him was to play his natural game. He backed himself to play a few shots… Also the pace at which both the openers scored, that was important because we didn't bat the same amount of overs but we got more runs than Australia."

There was a distinct possibility, Dhoni said, that Dhawan "may not" play in Delhi, his hometown, and that the lure of a 4-0 whitewash was not going to be a factor going into the last Test. "You have to see the stakes. Everyone wants to win a million-dollar lottery but it depends on whether you buy a ticket for five dollars or five-hundred. You have to weigh everything. Because what you want is a series win to start off. And that's the most crucial thing. It doesn't matter what has happened in last series."

Dhoni said the main difference with the home series against England was the failure of the Indian batsmen then to not score runs consistently. "It is important to put the runs on board for the bowlers. The pressure of 500-550 runs is a very different kind of pressure."

The series result against Australia, Dhoni added, would have little bearing on the winter tour of South Africa because of the duration between the two. "In India people talk of span of memory and the next series we have got is ages away. I don't think anyone will remember what we have done in this series. The interval is too long to carry forward this memory. Maybe some people will make an half-an-hour show on the last series that we played but overall I don't think common people will carry this memory for that long."

The decision to drop Harbhajan Singh and pick Pragyan Ojha, Dhoni said, had to do with the fact that Australia had reduced the number of left-handers in their side, bringing in the right-handed Brad Haddin for the injured Matthew Wade. Dhoni made it clear that the decision to leave out Ojha had to do with the India's "horses for courses" approach. "It's not like Pragyan was left out because he was not bowling well, he has bowled really well in the last series… but you can say it was that horses for courses kind of thing. Since [Ravindra] Jadeja is also someone who is bowling well for us, we thought with [two other] offspinners we could put pressure on opposition."

Talking about the bowling combination that may play the final Test in Delhi, Dhoni said, "[Whether or not] Delhi will be same or Bhajji comes in, we have to see because we will also have to provide Pragyan the same amount of chances in the Test matches."

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by indiarox4ever on (March 20, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Australia was nowhere near winning the last test but Clarke "believed'' he could win while our much hyped" I will take the match to the last over/ball finisher" (read Dhoni) felt the pressure. For scoring 45 runs in 15 overs? Wonder how we became the World cup holders and current No 1 side in ODI's. MSD must understand that there is more to Indian team than just Mr Dhoni. He has been doing this for quite sometime now but Mohali test was the last straw for many of his fans like me.

Posted by rockx on (March 19, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Its surprising to hear Dhoni talk of defeat when his team has so utterly dominated the series. Shows a ultra defensive mindset and a lack of confidence in his and the team's abilities. If it were not for Clarke's spirited attempt to liven up the game by going after the Indians aggressively (in the process bowling more overs for India to get the target), the game would have meandered to a draw very easily. I think in the end India was lucky to bag the win given the way they approached the target, especially the captain's ultra-defensive approach. Perhaps, Sachin's run-out was a blessing in disguise which allowed Jadeja to come in and infuse some life into the proceedings with his positive approach. Given Dhoni's comments its unlikely India will be pushing very hard for a win in the fourth test for a 4-0 win. They might be quite happy not to lose and win 3-0. His post match comments would be a series win is all that matters, 3-0 or 4-0 doesn't matter! C'mon!Its a once in a lifetime chanc

Posted by vivek12 on (March 19, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Don't forget that he has done it successfully for India more times than not. And no one before his time has done it as he does it consistently. And yes there may be occasions when it proves a bit tough for the team but then he is a human after all. May be he would have done it the way people wanted if there had been another player who has similar level of confidence and ability like him! So please try to appreciate for what he does to the team than just making hateful comments. Anyways he is proving it again and again that he is reliable, which is what matters the most for the team victories.

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 19, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Dhoni is plain lucky. he got the greatest skill in the world. LUCK. He is useless other than that.

Posted by andrew27994 on (March 19, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

While I am a big fan of Dhoni especially for his commitment to the team, I agree with all those who criticise him for making the match situation more difficult. He is being selfish at times, trying to put the team at risk and prove he is a hero and glorify victories. I hope people start accusing him of doing it so that hopefully he would stop that habit of his. We all know how cool he is in tense situations but that doesn't mean he should try to put the team at risk just to prove it again and again.

Posted by bipulkumar on (March 19, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Had aussies not cleaned up Indian tail quickly, Dhoni would have never declared because of so called pressure. India would have ended up with a draw. He needs to grow up and get more confident about the team he has.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 19, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

dhoni reveals a lot less than he conseals, he is strongest cricketer mentally of last few decades that i know. he is not the most gifted wk or batsman around neither a shrewd captain, but oh boy, he is so mentally strong. india might have drew test if sachin or ganguly were captains , dhoni has absolute confidence in his limited capabilities, much like cook. both are limited batsmen but mentally strong, direct opposite to say sachin or kp.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Fully agree with @PTthe Axis &HarryGlow.Huge enigma that M S Dhoni is,he almost made a hash of y'day's victory by his ultra cautious,ridiculous 'I don't gamble...' approach, if it were not for Jadeja shifting to top gear which was just the catalyst for MSD's sudden flurry of 4s

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

It is ridiculous to hear some guys coming up with suggestions that the Double Hundred in first test by Dhoni was fluke just because he played and missed a few shots in this game. What are the chances of he having a bad day yesterday? And the same guy is saying people are not lazy to forget so fast. Well he sure did forget so fast!!!

Posted by HarryGlow on (March 19, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Dhonis comments reminded me of the match against the WI which we drew instead of won it. Shows Dhoni needs some more time to get back full trust in his decisions. That said - Dhoni doesnt look like sharing everything with the media. Nor he need be. To an extent He gave the media what THEY want to hear. Also he put some indirect perspective on that Sachin run out..which; to me; reflected Sachins own fears than anything else. Dhonis way of keeping the game challenging till the end and then get a dash of the target may not be in alignment with all (read: Sachin)

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

what does he mean?? does he don't want to win it 4-0 after loosing 8-0 in away matches??.he's is hardly confident of winning when it comes to test matches..he himself struggled a lot yesterday. the way he struggled yesterday, it seemed his 224 at chennai was really fluke..also he should understand that public are not so lazy to forget this series results..this is a thumping win and it will be remembered for long!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

MSD may be correct in his analysis that poor batting that resulted in disastrous performance against England during last home series. But the main reason for the debacle was the superb spin bowling attack England had in Monty and Swan. We must concede they were much better spinners than the "Straight ball spinner" like Ashwin and pedestrian Ojha and others.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

Poor tactics.... So negative and defensive!!! Whole india will appreciate if we lost while fighting to win... To win without risk is to win without glory....

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

Only MSD can think like this :(, after this he definitely deserves sacking as captain, he is too negative :(

Posted by SamRoy on (March 19, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

@GRVPJR Ishant Sharma should be dropped as punishment for being the most important reason why India did not win the series in SA last time around. When India had SA at 130-6 in the final test and Sreesanth was bowling tight lines without luck (Zaheer had an injury and was bowling 120 k but still keeping it tight), Harbhajan was very threatening because of the huge rough outside the right hander's off stump and was taking most of the wickets; Ishant came and bowled a dreadful spell of fast bowling serving up hit-me-pies on middle and leg stump which both Boucher and Kallis were very happy to oblige and put them away. It reduced the pressure and destroyed India's golden chance (and ruined my birthday too) of an elusive test series win in SA.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

Must say that the Openers won the match for India. India's problem with England Series was the lack of getting a good start. Other than Pujara and Dhoni, Middle order is yet to fire in the series. Expecting some big scores from ST & VK. It will be always great to whitewash 4-0 that too when Aussies is on the loosing end.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 19, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

@CricketLifer It will be highly unfair on Ishant Sharma if he is to be left out of south african tour. He has been played on unfavorable conditions. We have seen how difficult it is here to take wickets. We have seen much more rates aussies bowlers struggling and India piling up 500 after 500 runs match after match. I will keep him in 15 atleast.

Posted by PTtheAxis on (March 19, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

if indian fans still do not wake up than there is no solution ... dhoni is saying that he felt pressure with 7 wickets remaining to make 45 in 15 overs. he was taking the match to a draw until jadeja foiled his plans. he says we had 'nothing' ( mark that 'nothing' ) to gain ... nothing to to gain in winning a test match which the bowlers and others have worked hard to set up. no wonder they could not get the last ozzie wicket ... dhoni was already on the defensive and was happy with a draw. starc only survived that long as because he was not surrounded by closein catchers. sharda is trying hard to cover up his absolute foolishness by saying he did admit this and that. this guy along with that do-nothing coach need to be sacked immediately otherwise it will be the same old humiliation in SA and other overseas tours.

Posted by ultimatechamp_1 on (March 19, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

I am not convinced with Dhoni's tactics. in no way you can lose 7 odd wickets in 7-8 overs, and at that point even a draw would have been a big win for aussies. Dhoni was totally at mistake by just trying to draw a test which was already half in India's pocket.

Posted by Humdingers on (March 19, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

This guy is on crack. What is he on about "we had nothing to gain and everything to lose"?? How about you could win the series 3-0 instead of settling on a draw! And how you would lose from that position, well I guess only a team like India could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And then talking about lottery and spans of memory... dude seriously, get off the crack!

Posted by Vivian_Richard on (March 19, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

People will always have something to say. You use a philosophy that works for you. And if a safety first approach gets you a 3-0 result, so be it.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

This Team has lifted the confidence of Indians....woooh

Posted by dhr_acharya on (March 19, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

comgratulations to ms dhoni and indian team for winning the series against australia really fantastic performance by indian team but india loosing wickets after big patnership i think indian team needs to work on this thing

Posted by stalefresh on (March 18, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

India lost the england series at home because they did not 'gamble' with the yougsters. You cannot keep playing Sehwag, Gambhir and Tendulkar and hope they will turn it on.

India's squad of 15 to SA should be: Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli(C), Rahane, Jadeja, Raina, Dhoni (wk), Ashwin, Ojha, Bhuvaneshwar, Praveen, Ishant, Umesh, Parthiv.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 23:05 GMT)

@Santosh Rao - Ojha's homeground is Hyderabad? You need some rest!

Well done India

Posted by AjaySridharan on (March 18, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

Strange interview by Dhoni. He seems to be contracting himself. He talks about horses for courses approach, but also talks about giving Ojha the same number of chances. He talks about the stakes in Delhi, but also says winning the series is most crucial. Haven't you already won the series? Why wouldn't you want to try and make it a white-wash? And pressure chasing 45 off 15 overs with 7 wickets in hand?! In crunch situations where he has "think", he more often than seems to err on the side of extreme conservatism. In ODIs, typically in crunch situations you don't have to think much...just go all out and bang it out...and he is incredible in those situations

Posted by CricketLifer on (March 18, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

It is high time that Ishant is given a rest. Surely we have other medium pacers who should be tried ahead of SA tour. If Dinda is chosen just to warm the bench then perhaps we should play with 3 spinners and let Bhaji play. Whatever happened to Irfan, Praveen Kumar and Mithun? Ishant has cashed his 1st Aus tour performance for too long!

Posted by TRAM on (March 18, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

Dhoni (& India) felt the pressure because the roles of each batsman is not clearly defined ahead of the innings start. Thats how it looks to me. Was every batsman trying to score little faster than usual, or MVijay alone was instructed to score faster? Or were they simply thinking runs will come automatically if they play out the overs?

It certainly didn't look like any Ind batsmen went berserk, except RJadeja whose 4s saved the game really. MVijay & Pujara played naturally faster. But the fact they got out and being a ODI/T20 situation, needed a Raina at the middle order. But Ind had only Kholi, SRT, Dhoni and they were bogged down. (SRT was playing far better than his usual I should say).

Again it *seemed* there was no team plan and clear definition of batsmen roles - which are needed however small the target is.

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

Well done to India; they have come back well after the series defeat to England. However, let's keep this real, guys. Dhoni is one of the finest ODI cricketers of the last 20 years, and a decent Test WK/batsman, but he's not even current he best Test WK/batsman (Prior), let alone the best of all time (Gilchrist).

Anyone who can remember Dhoni's captaincy in the last two series against England will immediately accept that his Test captaincy is, at best, average and probably more accurately described as poor.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 18, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

Dhoni is great finisher. He does not suffocate even if runs are not flowing. Because he knows he can hit fours and sixes as per his wish. Thats called confidence in his own ability. Its only others get suffocated if singles not allowed. well done dhoni.

Posted by Dhanno on (March 18, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

The difference between this series and last series :

Lower quality attack in current series. The batsmen are not tested consistently for long period of time from both the ends. With England the pressure was relentless, you had work through an entire session to get a breather. Here maybe indians would go slow deliberately for a session, but that is because they knew they turn it on anytime. Bowling was toothless

Second, there were 3 big partnerships/ individual performances per game. If you take that out India still folds for less than 200 runs (aggregate for 8/9 wkts). Again this wont be repeated against quality attacks.

Lastly, the capt's negativity is absolutely shameful. He is equating the chances of winning last game to a lottery. Any team on top at 3-0 would say that "we will go in confidently and try to win this game, just like any other test match". We are sitting with the predetermined goal of "series win", which once achieved anything more is considered "lottery".

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

The difference between this series and the last series, is that the whole team is performing. Against England, we had basically Pujara and.....Ashwin batting well for us. In this series, Tendulkar performed a rescue act, then solidified by Kohli and Dhoni. When those three didn't perform, we had Pujara, Dhawan and Vijay take the team to a good score instead.

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (March 18, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

@sixnout : I don't know about you, but personally I've never doubted Dhoni and his capabilities. He is definitely the best ever, in finishing, captaincy and overall leadership... and I mean this internationally... Have you ever seen any other Captain/ player going about his business with such level headedness? His calmness after hitting the winning world cup six and the way he gathered his bat back after the shot just summarises everything :) Nothing personal or emotional, proper sportsmanship.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Stop Complaining guys..

Its not Dhoni or Someone else performed or not performed its a Combined Team Effort.... End of the day all counts is a Win or Lose ..........

Lets keep Arguing comments aside.. Team India is Performing well at the moment at the same time improving as well. So cherish the moments....

Well Done Team INDIA.. Keep Up the Good Work Guys... !!!!

Posted by indiarox4ever on (March 18, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Dhoni ensured that sufficient pressure was exerted on SRT by plodding his way to 3 runs in 19 balls, enough for him to lose his concentration and wicket, but as soon as his Chennai super king mate Jadeja came along, he magically found his touch to hit 3 consecutive boundaries. This finisher hype is destroying our chance to win handsomely. Before the Delhi test it is obvious Dhoni will try some lame experiment and lose the chance to notch a professional 4-0 knockout.

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

All that talk by Dhoni regarding the inclusion of Bhajji, of off-spinners bowling to left handers, was pooh-poohed in this test. Just check the number of wickets taken by left-arm spinners against those by off-spinners. Fact is that a good bowler will get wickets whether bowling to left or right handers. A poor bowler well past his expiry date (Harbhajan) won't get you any. Proved again in this test.

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

@Sree Vathsa: So again Dhoni leads India to a win, and you are complaining? May be you forgot about the first test. Today, Kohli, Pujara etc. batted slowly - not because they wanted to but Australia were good today and it was difficult to bat. Dhoni once again batted under pressure and made sure the job was done. Which other batsman (who also keeps and captains) made India win chasing under pressure so many times?

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

Strange coincidence? Under Dhoni, none of these played in their homeground match Ojha in Hyderabad, Harbhajan at Mohali and now most probably Dhawan in Delhi.. only exception for Chennai Super king teammate Murli Vijay

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Who is Dhoni trying to fool? He is one guy who always tries to glorify easy victories by taking it to the last ball, and if the gamble works, pose like a big finisher.

Had Jadeja not hit those 2 boundaries in 3 balls, anything would have happened.

Posted by sixnout on (March 18, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

@IndiaNumeroUno.. Dhoni better than Sanga and Gilchrist from the 2000s generation. Even though Sanga is not keeping anymore.

I guess we Indians are too emotional. When India fails Dhoni is the egoistic non performer. When India wins he is the best WK batsman of all times. We hype our players until they tend to believe in our hype and make them super human. Then at the first sign of failure tear that person down. Now we say Pujara is better than Dravid. Kohli is better than VVS. Shouldn't we just let them be themselves and enjoy the present?

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

MS dhoni still under a scanner for some people. But MS Dhoni ur decision sometimes unable to understand but it mostly paid of. In THis test after losing a day in rain INDIAN boys palyed really well to Win the match. Ojha get chance. Last season was very tense moment for INDIAN TEAM N CROWD too. Dawan hopefully get fit if not then it will be rahane time to play a inning of life

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

Show some respect for Sachin guys. Incoming new players have far to go and some of them can become a great player like Sachin but don't bash SRT in favour of new players. And people who say that Dhoni has picked his CSK team players, please don't be so ignorant. How much u guys are expecting from MSD? MSD is a genius. Period.

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

@jayeshvk you are spot on mate. Kholi and ashwin were fielding like amateurs at slips. The match wouldn't have been this close had they held those catches.

For Sir Jadeja we can take him as a bowler but not as an allrounder. Ashwin and bhuvaneswar should bat higher the order. Now ishant should be given some rest.

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

@MAR00N5 yea why not play 7 spinners..we need to change our mindset and get some fast bowlers

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

@ Raghu Doppalapudi; I don't hate Dhoni; but u talking about Sachin's record in last 11 innings.. Apart from 224, Dhoni's Avg in last 11 innings is 28. We lost to England at home which we never did (Even when we had bowlers like Raju).... It was under Dhoni's captaincy.. We didn't qualify for T20 WC semi final thanks to great tactics of Dhoni (Either giving Ashwin first 3 overs in powerplay OR directly giving him 9th over).. But I will still say he is the best captain India has produced because we did wonders under his captaincy.. We should accept that it was team failure in 2012.. These things happen.. So I beg u.. Stop bashing my God.. He is the greatest human being I have seen in my life..

Posted by SamRoy on (March 18, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

@guptakapil13 You are absolutely right. It's close in fielding against spin is pathetic. Both Kohli and Pujara are slow to react and don't have good reflexes. It's time we tried somebody else like B. Kumar, who looks very eager and keen to learn and improve.

Posted by Arrow011 on (March 18, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Indian team even if they win 4-0 wont be the best as the win at all costs is missing. Humiliation was not given to Australia instead it looked as if India eeked out a win in the last 10 minutes shows the flawed batting by Kohli who seemed to have 50-70 overs in his mind. Sachin was good but he got out too. Dhoni creating a situation as if he is the lone hand to bail India out by prodding at first & then hitting in the last.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

@Sir.Ivor talking of kumble and jadeja in the same sentence..what has the world come to

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

FINALLY, something for Indian Cricket Fans to be glad about..... everyone keeps saying "it's a young australian team" , but in retrospect, India are a young team too Dhoni, Sachin and Ishant, and for the first half, Sehwag, are the only players who have played 50 tests, Bhuvneshwar and Dhawan have debuted in only in this series, and Jadeja came into this test, having made his debut against England in one test. Vijay came in thru a good show in the Irani Trophy, Pujara and Kohli were our best prospects for victory coming into the series, and Ashwin and Ohja are relatively young spinners... and we could see Rahane debut at Delhi...

the transition is almost over, if Sachin retired, we can call this a New Generation Indian Team.

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

@ Raghu Doppalapudi; I hope he will retire after playing 200 tests. Dont tell us he is not playing for the records.. If you love Dhoni, that doesn't mean you should bash Sachin.. Please.. Nobody can do what Sachin did for team.. He was running for the runs even they didn't exist because he wanted to make some record.. Be mature guys.. Give these people respect.. These guys shown us days which we never imagined even in dreams.. Let the man go on his terms.. Sometimes I feel, Justin Langer is praised more in Australia than Sachin in India.. Just show respect otherwise seriously we don't deserve the legends like him..

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

overall this winning, we must not forget the fact that we missed many catches in slips and close areas. this si to adressed so the bowlers can reap what they deserve

Posted by jay_vkjay on (March 18, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Its a bit like ''Revenge'' for Indian fans who watched India's 4-0 loss Down Under last season. But, if the slip-catching and close-in fielders catching was a little more up to the mark, then these victories should be more pleasing. Please Kohli, Pujara, Vijay, Jadeja and Ashwin try hard at slip catching practice.

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

For all the people who are too surprised at Jadeja's performance as a match winning bowler, unable to stomach it and who are now waiting for him to fail in South Africa because they believe that the wickets there are not conducive to spin.I would like to tell them that they used to say the same things about Anil Kumble as well. Like Anil, Jadeja too is intelligent and will evolve as he thinks is necessary.I have seen Vinoo Mankad bowl in 1953 at the Brabourne against the Commonwealth side,and if my memory serves right, he too used to bowl a bit round arm much like Jadeja does.He too had a a vicious arm ball and had great control over the pace.He was very very accurate. Incidentally Jadeja too comes from close to where the great Vinoo came namely Jamnagar.They have a great cricketing tradition.You will also see the batsman in him emerge once he scores a 100 in Tests.I feel Jadeja will be a matchwinner abroad as he was in the ODIs in England in 2011.How does it matter if he is from CSK

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

Ashwin bowled really well, particularly in the 1st innings and the pressure, he maintained made significant difference to Australia's total. His confidence is really god now and the ease with which he is bowling is a real good sign for India.

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

@cricketsunami, I completely agree,Though Dhoni says B.Kumar is pick of the bowler second innings, he did not introduce him today during morning moisture but he went with Ishant and though clarke is keep getting out to Jadeja Dhoni has not introduced until Clare spent 25-30 balls (If not injured Clare would have settled well) Not sure why Dhoni keep persisting with Ashwin.Though I am big fan of Dhoni, I feel Dhoni has done few mistakes in this test, since India won no one is going to care.

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

@Leggie - your comments are valid, on the flip side this Indian team too is young and relatively inexperienced No.1, No.2, No.3, No.5, No.7 and new bolwing allrounder at No.9. and especially after getting mauled by England(read Cook, KP in Mumbai) on very familiar and helpful conditions to show some character is appreciated. This may not go down the history as much as the previous encounters with Aus in India but a step in right direction, given that most of these might tour and play in SA, NZ, Eng and Aus very soon. the issues you pointed is just normal Test cricket, remeber Bhajji's 100s vs NZ, saved us from embarasment or Ashwin's batting in Aus. Tails wag..and teams collapse after huge partnership..that is Test cricket. The upcoming India A tour to SA will define or will let us preview how the Vijays and Dhawans, the Kumars and Dindas will fair. And not to forget Tiwary, Rayudu and others. Let us enjoy this victory and wait for SA tour to read the future.

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

People like @cricketsunami just have a look at the final scoreboard and start forming an opinion ! They hide in the garb of 'armchair-geniuses' and post some utter crap in the forums. Stop bashing a player for the sake of fun ! Ojha bowled well and was threatening throughout ! And u are so blindfolded by your 'love' for 'Dhoni' that you visit these forums to make baseless comments in favour of Dhoni . I will still say that Dhoni is an average batsman incapable of playing classical swing bowling . There were a few glimpses of his 'impotency' against quality swing bowling today ! Come SA and Dhoni will fail bigtime. Anyways, unlike you I am happy that the team is in balance !...

Posted by guptakapil13 on (March 18, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

In all this winning, we are missing the BIG point, that our close in fielders are not taking sharp chances. We have a problem with close in fielding. If we are building this team over spinners, we need to take sharp close in chances....

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

Even as a hardcore Sachin fan, I thought his runout today was an absolute act of idiocy. Not because there was no run there - which was true all right - but more because he was trying to take a run that would have given the strike to Dhoni (who was making heavy weather of the bowling so far and hogging the strike) for the remaining 4 balls in the over !! Another 4 dot balls would have made it 16 runs in 3 overs, which would have been even worse.

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

Posted by Aniruddha Shidhaye on (March 18, 2013, 14:14 GMT) Mahendra Singh Dhoni favors only his CSK players.... He gave more oppurtunities to ashwin and jadeja who are in CSk then to oza who is in MI..

Really, you made me laugh at your ignorance. Check the scoreboard before commenting.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 18, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

@cricketsunami Since you watched the scorecard and I SAW THE MATCH LIVE, there were 3 catches dropped of Ojha's bowling and only a single drop of Jadeja's bowling. Jadeja's bowling is tighter than Ojha's and it is better when the pitch is turning because some of Jadeja's balls turn and some doesn't and a quicker pace; on pitches that doesn't offer any turn his bowling is cannon fodder for batsman. Jadeja gives very little revolution to the ball compared to Ojha (and Ashwin). However, I was delighted when he (Jadeja) bowled the odd ball slowly on the last day. It shows he is improving and learning. Problem with a lot of people in this discussion panel is that they only look at the final scoreboard and prejudicially decide who bowled well. Even though Ashwin took just a single wicket on the first day, he bowled the best I have ever seen him bowl. He was easily the pick of the bowlers on the first day of this test.

Posted by thelapal on (March 18, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Sometimes Dhoni tries to create more tension in the dressing room as well as audience trying to make it as a tight finish and taking the credit at last ..he should stop doing that because in cricket anything is possible.Thanks to Jadeja for hitting those two fours and taking the pressure off.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (March 18, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

@Rajat: Agree with you Siddle and Bhuvi bowled their hear out in this track and not to forget the spinners, Dhawan made the difference by scoring those quick runs and @ Kaushik: Agree Praveen along with Yadav, Shami and Dinda and it will be game on in SA as well as othewr overseas assignment,but its the batsmen who need to deliver, long live Indian cricket

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

dhoni is just trying to justify his decision to play jadeja .....but we know he is not a test material ...let the tour of S. Africa come his doubts will be cleared as well....

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

I hope the Indian cricket fans remain cognizent to the fact that this is one of the youngest Australian teams to tour India - after Kim Hughes' team in the early 80s. A win is a win - alright, but India is to truly assess itself, they should look at at least three phases during this Test that they struggled. a) The Oz tail wagged merrily in the first innings and a number 9 could score a 99!! b) After a comfortable 384/2, India collapsed to 499 - a phase than seemed more like hara-kiri than brilliant bowling and c) Oz tail once again wagged to score 200+ - a total that almost cost India this victory. Good teams always look keenly at correcting even while they win, and I hope Dhoni & team corrects this. Otherwise, there is a good chance of this team following the foot steps of the Azhar-Wadekar combination, and fail miserably abroad.

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

Mahendra Singh Dhoni favors only his CSK players.... He gave more oppurtunities to ashwin and jadeja who are in CSk then to oza who is in MI..... also he was 5 from 30 ballos... if not for jaddu's fours, the test would have been drawn

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

Posted by kaushik280 on (March 18, 2013, 13:40 GMT) oza was given less opprtunities than jadeja and ashwin :

REALLY? You should have checked the score card before commenting like that. Please check the score card now and then read my another posting on this thread. I have provided the stat. Ojha bowled a total of 49 overs in this test and Jadeja bowled 47.2. Is this you call less opportunity? Ojha gave away 144 runs and jadeja gave only 112. Ojha got a total 4 wickets of Bowlers and jadeja got 6 wicket that too of clarke, (twice) warner and henriweus.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

@kaushik280 - "Sachin gave away his bcoz of dhoni". Did you see the match? Do you know what Shastri said? there was no run. Go look at Sachins stats for the last 11 test matches and let us know why he should be in the team? At age 39, what good it will do him to regain form? I hope he will retire after playing 200 tests. Dont tell us he is not playing for the records. Stop Dhoni bashing.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 18, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 18, 2013, 13:10 GMT) Dhoni does not miss even the slightest opportunity to sing praises for his beloved Sir Ravindra Jadeja.

He better not. How can you not praise excellent effort of your team members? Thats called positive reinforcement. If a player plays good then say so. Jadeja got Clarke 5/6 time in this series cheaply. Once Aussie best batsman was neutralized, it was easy to demoralize the rest.This has great impact on the series whether you realize it or not. Jadeja is a revelation in this series.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (March 18, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

RJ's bowling and fielding have been just BRILLIANT. He should work on his batting in order to cement his place in the Test team. He did hit a couple of boundaries today under immense pressure. Hopefully Parvez Rasool too gets a chance one day. Jadeja-Ashwin-Rasool could be a deadly allround spinning trio. Oh yeah, there's a certain Jalaj Saxena too. :)

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

Every team has a distinctive advantage playing in their own familiar conditions. India in this tour was able to nail down that advantage. But Australians have done pretty good considering they had to omit some of their key players for the Mohali test. If not for the individual brilliance shown by Dhavan and Bhuvneshwar this victory would not have been possible. Only SA is a team currently that can boast of having the true champion command to be able to win in the backyards of other nations. Pretty close to the 80s WI. For India and its selectors now it comes to finding the right future combination (Sachin excluded) for the various formats from a set of proven 15 players now. Vijay, Dhawan, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Sehwag, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Yadav, Ishant, Ojha. There are 3 seamers, 3 spinners and 8 specialist batsmen to choose from. What it finally comes down to is the right combination to win a match.

Posted by Robert1612 on (March 18, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Well done to India, definitely deserve to be up 3 - 0. As an Australian supporter have enjoyed watching the Indian batting, First Dhoni and Kholi in the 1st test then Pujara and Vijay in the second test and finally Dhawan and Vijay again in this test. It seems that the inability (except for Clarke) by the Australian top order to make big hundreds has really cost them. That and poor bowling for a session or two in each test means Australia can never quite feel that they have India's measure. Hopefully it all comes together in thr final test!!! Go Aussies!

Posted by kaushik280 on (March 18, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

praveen kumar is good option for ishant sharma

Posted by kaushik280 on (March 18, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

sachin gave away his wicket bcoz of dhoni, oza was given less opprtunities than jadeja and ashwin reason dhoni, kohli dropped catches on p.ozas bowling purpously for aswin to get wicket.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (March 18, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

I didn't realize Jadeja has taken 17 wickets already! That's a pretty big haul for a bowler in just 3 Tests.

Posted by torsha on (March 18, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

@ProdigyA And why not if he can perform with bowl albeit he should perform with bat too.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

His tactics paid off for Dhawan but as someone asked me whether it was a ODI or a test? It was xhanceless innings and should give him confidence in his abilities. A good LH substitute for Sehwag. He had good foot work, good timing esp on the off drives. He should develop the right temperament as he may not get such easy pickings always!

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (March 18, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

Glad there is no revenge talk.. we saw plenty of that(only from indian fans not players) after the 1st test against the poms.. I am just happy with the way ind played instead of being happy of how badly the Oz are being demolished. Awesome advertisement for test match cricket...Too bad we had a poor 5th day audience at mohali for a great test match.

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

Dhoni handled that question well, but there has been a terrible lack of perspective and maturity exhibited by certain quarters of the Indian cricketing establishment (Gambhir, Shastri etc). Cricket is about bat, ball, skill, endurance, planning and passion - but leave revenge out of it. It is better suited to the vocabulary of ethnic conflicts, or freedom struggles, or geopolitical machinations, than that of sport.

Posted by yogesh61 on (March 18, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

That why dhoni take easy match to the difficult i must if jadeja dont hit two fours dhoni who was on 5 runs from 30 balls made match difficult

Posted by mm71 on (March 18, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

But, I'm sure, it was somewhere in the mind.

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

Yes that's why India have won. Always captain cool my favorite MSD! Congratulations!!

Posted by mani86 on (March 18, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Now Sir Jadeja only has to improve his batting to convince all his devotees that he has arrived full time on the big stage.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 18, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

true words. win was to show india's talent to world. revenge is for hot heads who take too much to heart. such as gambhir yuvi and kohli. sachin dhoni sehwag jadeja are cool heads

Posted by Temuzin on (March 18, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

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 ProdigyA on (March 18, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Dhoni does not miss even the slightest opportunity to sing praises for his beloved Sir Ravindra Jadeja.

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (March 18, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Dhoni - The best WK batsman in the world ever!!

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

Superb display from bowlers especially jadeja.. The way jadeja has been bowling, its really gonna be difficult for any other spin bowler to come in place of him!! and Kudos to team India.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

Why oh why is Ishant Sharma still playing? Isn't it obvious now that the man isn't made for international cricket? He's played 49 matches and still has an average of 38. Steven Smith performs better than that.

Posted by chaitu_7 on (March 18, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Fantastic win by the Indians, although in both innings they could not polish off the tail as quickly as they would have liked. Bhuvaneshwar provided crucial break-throughs in both this and the last test match. Also it is now quite apparent that Jadeja has added immense value to the Indian team at least in home conditions where he will get some help from the pitches, also through is electric fielding. He will need to score more often though. Best thing is, he appears to be more accurate than even Ojha, which is a great bonus as Indians will not leak runs from his end. Shikhar Dhawan is going to have to carry the burden of expectations from heron, but that can be a positive pressure sometimes. All in all a great win - inside 4 days! Will they have the hunger to try and make it 4-0?

Posted by AnujAgarwal on (March 18, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

Saw the way he carried on with the chase..Sachin was batting well..all he had to do was to give him the strike..but we all saw what he did..made it frustrating and tried to prove that he's a hero..and he even succeeded in doing that to quite an extent..

All credit to him for playing the way he's done right through this series..but what he did today with the bat was utter nonsense..

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

Even this is a comprehensive victory by India, its actually a 4-day win as the first day was washed out. If we had some play in first day, their would have been no scope of even the little fight that Oz showed in final hour. So, we can say Australia have been beaten all hands up.

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

Congrats team india. Keep up the good work....all the best for the fourth Test :)

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

Well done India.Australia has shown that it is finally coming to terms with the conditions and it has shown a great attitude. Next match, it is time to experiment for India.Time to drop Sachin and bring in a youngster.This win for India was due to the performance of youngsters.Bring them on!They come without baggage. India has lost so many games with Sachin in the team, what do they have to lose if he is replaced?

Posted by Abhi1230 on (March 18, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

Hope Jadeja does well with bat too.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

literally or illiteratelym dhoni is playing with 5 bowlers only........................jadeja is not a batsman even if he hit 3 first-class triple centuries.... look at his ODI and T-20 Records and now add that to his test records too.........he is a bowler who can bat

Posted by cg.dhanasekar on (March 18, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Well done....Team India....Lets go for 4-0...

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

Congrats..INDIA..u did really well as a Team..Gud Luck for 4-0..

Posted by binu.emiliya on (March 18, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Jadeja bowling in this series 71/2,72/3,33/3,33/3,77/3,35/3 total 17 Wickets behind Ashwin,he silenced all his critics and he is taking vital wickets that include best player of AUS job wel done..!

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

Dhoni, the coolest mind and the master of the game....

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

well done India - M Clarke - homework was obviously substandard

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