India v Australia, 4th Test, Delhi, 3rd day

Jadeja, Pujara take India to historic 4-0

The Report by Sidharth Monga

March 24, 2013

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India 272 (Vijay 57, Pujara 52, Jadeja 43, Lyon 7-94) and 158 for 4 (Pujara 82*, Kohli 41) beat Australia 262 (Siddle 51, Smith 46, Ashwin 5-57) and 164 (Siddle 50, Cowan 24, Jadeja 5-58) by 6 wickets
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Cheteshwar Pujara about to play a ramp shot, India v Australia, 4th Test, Delhi, 3rd day, March 24, 2013
Cheteshwar Pujara threw in the ramp shot to go with the more traditional drives © BCCI
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The final day of the series, in Delhi, resembled one of those when a crazy colourful storm from Rajasthan visits the capital. While the storm is there, it is all encompassing, and promises apocalypse. Soon, though, it blows over, and you can't tell it had been there. For about the first 200 minutes of the day, it was mayhem: spiteful spin, altercations, posturing, surprises, send-offs and some statesmanship. Twelve wickets fell for 170 runs, Nathan Lyon and Ravindra Jadeja registered their personal bests, Peter Siddle became the first No. 9 to score two fifties in a Test, but India got through the 155-run chase with shockingly consummate ease to win four matches in a series for the first time in their Test history.

Cheteshwar Pujara, opening the innings in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan and fighting a finger injury of his own, led the chase with his second fifty - 82 off 92 - which on this pitch must rank alongside one of his double-centuries. It might have been made to look simple, but it wasn't always thus.

Lyon, who had removed Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha with the last two deliveries of India's first innings, nearly had his hat-trick. M Vijay charged at him first ball of the innings, but the ball turned way down the leg side, and Matthew Wade missed the half chance.

In the next over, Pujara survived a close lbw shout, with a soft outside edge helping him. In the next over, Vijay was bowled while reverse-sweeping. That was the closest Australia came to having a chance.

Pujara and Kohli batted as if the events of the past two-and-a-half days didn't matter at all, as if the bunsen had lost all its fire. Which it hadn't; it was just clear-minded decisive batting on a spitter, making full use of every loose ball on offer. There were drives, there were ramps, there were sweeps. From Australia there were loose balls, overthrows and misfields.

A minor blip interrupted India's progress as three wickets fell for five runs to reduce India to 128 for 4, a period during which Sachin Tendulkar failed in possibly his last Test innings at home. Pujara, though, refused to acknowledge all this, bringing India level with three successive fours, and let MS Dhoni, whose grey beard bears the traces of two previous whitewashes of India, finish the rest.

Enough of this drive on a clear sunny day. Back to the storm. Back to when there were skirmishes even before teams had crossed the rope. Over who should set foot on the field of play first. That resolved, Australia took the last two wickets in no time, restricting India's lead to 10.

Australia tried to surprise India by opening with Glenn Maxwell alongside David Warner. In the absence of batsmen technically equipped to fight it out on this pitch, such aggression against new ball was perhaps the best way to go. Surreal scenes followed: Jadeja bowling to Maxwell in the fifth over of a Test innings. It didn't last. In his first over, Jadeja got one to turn, stay low, hit the outside edge of Maxwell's bat and cannon into the off stump.

With an assured and aggressive innings, Ed Cowan showed it was probably not the best move after all to demote him. He capitalised on every loose delivery, and hit five fours in his 24, one of them a superb drive through midwicket after stepping down to Jadeja. All hell broke loose at the other end, though.

Jadeja trapped Warner with a dart, and the Indian fielders let rip with a choreographed and a long send-off. Warner has been the sledger-in-chief from Australia, and has been in the ear of the Indian batsmen since the start of the second innings of the match. There is also a previous to this from the time India toured Australia, so that wicket would have brought Virat Kohli, in particular, and Jadeja natural and massive relief, and they just let it show.

The umpires, though, spoke to Tendulkar, who in turn, tapped Jadeja's shoulder a bit. With seemingly an appeal every ball, an explosion off the pitch every second, and a sledge every third, the umpires were under intense pressure. Amid some incredible calls, Aleem Dar erred with the Phillip Hughes lbw, with R Ashwin's offbreak turning past off.

It was all Dhoni after that. First through Jadeja, a player he has backed when few did. Jadeja removed Cowan before lunch, and Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson just after. The latter strikes were crucial as Smith and Wade had added 41 for the sixth wicket. His first ball after the break was a slider that Smith left alone to hit his off stump. The next turned through the gate and knocked Johnson's middle stump over. Australia 94 for 7.

Siddle not only survived the hat-trick ball, he - much like Pujara - seemed to have brought his own pitch to bat on. He went on a sensational counterattack, charging down to the spinners and clearing mid-off, and cover when mid-off was sent back, regularly. He looked as comfortable as any specialist batsman did on this track.

Around him, though, Dhoni put on an exhibition too. Wade advanced to Ojha, was beaten by the dip, edged it onto the top part of his pad, and as the ball died to his right, Dhoni changed direction and not only completed a one-handed take, he proceeded to break the stumps just in case the umpire had missed the edge.

Siddle was not too bedazzled. His assault continued. Back to Dhoni then. He gambled. He brought Ishant on. The first nine balls Ishant bowled went for 12 runs. With James Pattinson, Siddle had now added 35 for the ninth wicket to take the score to 157. Then Ishant went round the stumps, and got one to reverse through Pattinson's gate. Dhoni had worked again. Fittingly, as with the bat, he ended the innings with a stumping off a ball that could have been called a wide had it been bowled with restrictive intent.

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Posted by PavanBaikati on (March 26, 2013, 21:46 GMT)

Ind vs Australia since 1996...

Total Matches Played in India Played in Aus Draw in India Draw in Australia India Won Australia Won India Won At Home Australia Won At Home India Won in Aus Aus Won In India India vs Aus 36 20 16 3 3 16 14 14 10 2 4

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 26, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Ffl - Whilst watching the series in NZ seems England have one batsman, and a keeper. Without Swann there is no spinner and there is no pace attack. Should be a good series.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 26, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Just looking down that list of Australia players one can't help but think how inferior they are to the team they face this year in a historic B2B series - England. Australia - without a spinner, a top 6, a cmpetent captain, and of course a keeper. England, (no need to list them as it's all too obvious) have the exact opposite of the above. What a gulf exists between the two teams. Will be an interesting series to watch..

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 26, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

Australia were flogged in foreign conditions but it has to be said by a very good side. India when they reached number 1 had batsman capable of playing in all conditions and I do belive the new crop given expereience is going to be good on all surface too. A lot of Australian fans saying wait for the next trip down under shouldnt be so overconfident as I reckon by that time Indian batsman would have experienced other conditions and be very competetive. They had a shocking patch against England and Australia where they had several aging batsman and as soon as they got behind in the series didnt look like they wanted to fight. I doubt that this will be happen again. Look at there batsman Dhawan very talented, Vijay I htink will be good in all conditions, Pujara will be a star on all surfaces. Kohli has alreadysucceeded in Australian conditions. THey need to find a couple of quicks, a replacement for Tendulkar when he retires and a number 6 bat. I believe India will rise in all conditions

Posted by fguy on (March 25, 2013, 23:59 GMT)

pitch..drs..pitch..drs..ho hum.. Western media & fans have nothing else to drone on about? both external factors & not on-field performances. why not talk about the toss then. maybe how india "fixed" the toss too. but wait they lost those didnt they? maybe that was a conspiracy by the bcci?? & about the continued one eyed bias about pitches : according to arm chair "experts" these were not "good" pitches even though all 4 tests had wickets taken by both spinners & seamers. going by their very strict definition Perth (where Aus doesnt include even a part time spinner in their XI & goes in with 4 seamers regularly) should then be banned as a int'l test centre by ICC. agree?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Only thing that beat OZs is their mindset and surrender to the conditions and spin , there is no fuss in the pitch just some lack of world famous OZ character which was missing......

Posted by boffo on (March 25, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Poor captaincy by Watson in my view (and I was there).

He should have opened the bowling with Siddle in India's second innings. Siddle was fired up, had just scored a confidence building fifity and when dismissed ran off the ground as if he was ready for action. And what does Watson do? Opens with spinners from both ends! One end would have been enough.

And why did Maxwell open in Australia's second innings? Still haven't heard that explained. Too many allrounders in the team, players who would not make the team for their batting or their bowling alone, but who are bits and pieces players who can do a bit of each. This is test cricket; the selectors did a poor job too.

Posted by nyc_missile on (March 25, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Well now that the euphoria is settled down,let me state some facts and home truths for Dhoni fanboys.This win was NOTHING TO DO with MSD and everything to do with Pujara,Vijay,Ashwin,Jadeja,Bhuvi,Kohli and Dhawan.Sachin,Ishant and Harbhajan too played ZERO roles in the win.So just as media or the 'experts' didn't blame the loser Dhoni for those horrible white-washes,hope the dont give any credit to Dhoni for this win.Only the youngsters deserve the praise and applause.Dhoni must thank Srinivasan for his continuance.He is still a useless captain with zero ideas,no innovation and pretty poor cricketing instincts.So no matter how many matches we win Dhoni would have no role in them.

Posted by hnlns on (March 25, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

This is no doubt a moment to savour for all Indian cricket fans and our team deserves a pat on their back for the 4-0 whitewash, but our players have to quickly get over this euphoria and seriously start pondering over what they might be facing when they go to the next overseas assignment (SA). Our batsmen somehow have to learn playing balls that rise to hip height or above. Our spinners got to learn how to bowl on pitches which may not offer them anything like what they saw in the 4 tests. Our fast bowlers must learn to bowl again since they have become almost unused or underutilized guys due to the nature of tracks provided. Our selectors and the cricket board must use the 6-month gap to get the players into reasonable level of preparedness for this tough challenge, otherwise another drubbing overseas awaits India and the sweet memories of their 4-0 whitewash might evaporate in a hurry.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Where are Ganguly fans ,who kept saying the team was built by Ganguly ,which Dhoni is enjoying..This team was made fully by Dhoni ,particularly the inclusion of Jadeja!! Dhoni does not simply give chance to players , if he gives he sees that they are given ample time to perform ..Contrast to MI ,who keep changing their players every match!! Dhoni uses his conscience in choosing the best talented players and giving them ample oppurtunities ! Vijay ,Ashwin and Jadeja are one among them ! JAdeja ,sorry Sir Jadeja bowled one of the best deliveries to destroy the Aussies.. and most of them are bowled !! I bet none of them including Ganguly would have ever taken Jadeja into confidence to play the series against Aussies !! Jadeja is an excellent fielder ,bowler and a batsman,though his batting has not clicked in international arena .If it clicks , he is a real triumph card !!

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (March 25, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

Im disappointed with where our side is heading. From a players perspective it feels like we just dont have the ability to bat long periods. We dont have the players that make starts then go on to make big scores - not enough batsman valuing their wickets. So frustrating to see reckless swipes at the ball when they could be left alone. Well done to the Indian batsman for demonstrating how to bat long periods. From a management perspective - what is going on? No clear direction in regards to the best players or the team set up. Issues around team discipline that have to ultimately be dealt with by suspending players whilst on tour. Opening with an all rounder when there are 4 openers in the side made worse by the fact that there was so much time left in the game. At the end of the day i have seen india, england and south africa bat long to either win or draw a test in recent series. We need to rediscover how to show fight. c'mon boys!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

In hindsight Micky Arthur should've banned/punished the Players concerned after the Series had finished, to do it whilst a tour was still in progress was always going to cause alot of unrest amongst the Squad. Yes the Aussies performed poorly and they didn't just get beat, they were hardly competitive and when was the last time you could say that about a proud country like Australia?...Ponting and Hussey retiring has left a massive hole in the batting line-up. Had the batters posted a competitive total, it would've given the bowlers something to bowl at, but they barely had any support at all. i like the look of George Bailey in the ODIs, but i'm unsure what he's like in the longer version, plus David Hussey has a average over 50 in first class, surely he's worth a try at six. And for Peter Siddle to make half-centuries and top score in both innings, must be the only time a fulltime bowler has achieved that in a test match.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

There is nothing called sub standard pitch unless it is threatening your life, you should be man enough to play test cricket anywhere and on any pitch. Then only you'll be respected, that is the reason I think Hayden was the best Australian batsmen in the last decade. I love bouncy pitches of Australia because it offers us Indians to differentiate men from the boys of Indian cricket team based on their performances on the bouncy pitches which we are not used to. True test cricketer should be able to bat/bowl on any surface else play other forms where you can see the ball and hit it (Kids stuff).

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

India would have won the home series against England as well, if there have tried youngsters like Vijay, Bhuvneswar and Jadeja in that series. Indian selectors always give a lot of chances to out of form players. If India would have dropped players like Zaheer, Gambhir and sehwag result would have been different .

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

India are an ordinary team, can only win on slow low tracks but hopeless on seaming wickets.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

WOW U GAVE THEM THE TASTE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE ....

Posted by _Australian_ on (March 25, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

I said on this site when the selection of the squad to tour India, Australia would not win a game with such a badly thought out group. I am a cricket lover, player, fan etc. but not an expert like a national selector "should" be. How they expected that squad to perform is beyond me. So many people wrote wondering what was the logic. It then continued during the series with poor selected teams, dropping of players etc. We also had a huge game v SA in Perth for a series decider and the best side did not play? Until we go back to basics, like play if fit, no resting, Stop selecting bits and pieces players (most of our bowlers bat better than allrounders anyway) we will never get to no.1 again. It is also long overdue to start paying bigger incentives for winning games. More money for drawing games and nothing if you lose.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (March 25, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I am happy and in celebratory mood.But two main concerns resulting from this series are - Australian players poor skill in challenging conditions and India relying on the same old fashioned spinning tracks to win the test matches at home.But having said that, Indians could have even won if the pitch would be offering a considerable help to the seamers going by the form and skills of Aussie batsmen.(B.Kumar rattling Aussie top order two times in the series without any proper help from the pitch) I don't see India doing anything miraculous against SA later this year and a drawn series would be more than enough satisfying for us given the kind of pacers are at our disposal and the fragile middle order. Two players who have made a name of themselves in this series are R.Jadeja and Lyon for Australia.

Posted by breathecricket on (March 25, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Amazing that Siddle was never tried while India went on a rampage in the second innings. Siddle along with Pattinson was one of the best bowlers and probably the most aggressive of the Austalian bowlers. How is that he was not even tried? He would have been very high on confidence after 2 fifties on a pitch in which even top players were struggling. Really cannot understand how Watson did not use Siddle on such a wicket. If he was injured or could not bowl, some of my fellow readers can inform me. I am not aware of anything like that.

Posted by CricketFollowers on (March 25, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

This is an exceptional tour for the youngsters. India is on the verge of setting up a formidable side for home series and we have to groom fast bowlers who can perform in the foreign tracks. 4-0 is due vs England, i hope India will do the same against England in the next series when they come back . Instead of the fantasy cricket(IPL,Champions league) if they play a couple of tests that will help us to draw the series against SA which will be a big relief :). Indian players should prepare themselves to play against Aus,Eng & SA, you cannot keep playing and winning in your backyard, to earn respect from the other cricketing nation you have to win in their soil. Aussies are tough team and credit goes to the entire team because they always had the spirit to play for a win. All the best to Aussies for ASHES and i hope this ASHES will be a delight as England is also not that dominating.

Posted by tristen_kul on (March 25, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

Great batting & play by India, strong chances for the ODI and T20 series as well? For Australia, I say this is a pretty good 1 - 6 batting lineup:

1. Warner 2. Watson 3. Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Bailey 6. Wade or Haddin (wk)

Posted by aus_trad on (March 25, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

This is a big call, but I think this may well be the weakest Australian side I have seen in 43 years of watching (excluding the WSC split of 1978-80, of course). While it's foolish to blame team selection for everything, one of the fundamental rules of picking test teams was overlooked: test cricket is a game for specialists, not "bits and pieces" all-rounders and one-day specialists. The likes of Maxwell, Henriques and Doherty (and maybe Smith, though he at least has potential) simply don't belong in a test side. Dropping Lyon after the first test was just foolish. From an Aus point of view? I said to an English guy at work the other day: "Now I'm starting to understand what it must feel like to be English". His reply made me feel a bit better: "You have no idea what it's like to be English!" Aus will be back on top one day...but not for a while. At least we can't go any lower!

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 25, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

@ Albert_cambell

Right.

Relatively new inexperienced Team Ind that have just lost its Legends Dravid, VSS; that is suffering from poor form of experienced players like Viru, Gauti, ZaK, Bhajji and injuries of some players Umesh, PK, Dhawan, white-washing Team Aus 4-0, that had won toss in all 4 Test matches is indeed a matter of shame for Ind fans.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

So the tour is over and now it is the turn for Australia. You can bet your last dollar that the wickets in Australia will be fast and full of bounce. It will be a return to sabata, a reversal where Aussies will triumph 4-0 if they play 4 tests. But wait before that the test will be in South Africa later this year and no big turning wickets but full of swing, pace and bounce. If they pass SA test then India will be called a great team

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 25, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Haiphong - The result being over in 3 days doesnt mean that my statement was wrong. They had to persevere with Hughes he has been the most dominant batsman in the Sheffield Shield and yes struggled in India. Did well in the second innings of the third test and had to stay in the team. As so happens he batted really well in the first dig, was slowed by a brute of adelivery going through the surface and received a dodgy LBW in the second dig. I still believe Hughes had to play and has to be picked in the Ashes. As for Khawaja I called for him to come in for the third test but it seems he couldnt be bothered doing a team task. Why does Hughes average more in test level and shield level than Khawaja, why did Hughes take the opportunity over Khawaja in the one-day game. Khawaja has been in the test side averaged 29, averaged under 40 at shield and then in the warm up games in India didnt get past 30. Khawaja technique is awesome his attitude and ability to convert chances needs to improve.

Posted by WinNZ on (March 25, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

This series is a testament to the depth of talent in Indian cricket. The emphasis must be to spot the talent and give these players an opportunity to showcase their skills. Congratulations to the team and the selectors and everyone involved in bringing about a new era in Indian Cricket and on a great win.

Posted by HEARTOUT on (March 25, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Congrats India for winning at home...............Please let me know wot Mr.10 DULKAR is doing in the future TEAM INDIA................

Posted by Meety on (March 25, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

Just want to clarify, whilst I thought this pitch was POOR, it didn't unduly advantage India. On the pitches that were pretty typical Indian strips (2nd & 3rd Tests), India were too good. On this pitch, that COULD of been utilised better by Oz, India again were too good. The 1st Test pitch was a disgrace & the ICC should rule on the practise of selective watering immediately.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

I still feel Pujara or Vijay should have been man of the series,,,,

Posted by Amith_S on (March 25, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

I am a big fan of Khawaja and would give him his chance given he has been waiting for the last 3 months but also look at Rogers for experience. Their stats over the last 5 summers are good if taken overall on that period. Rogers 2010/11 (Shield) = 27.3, 2011 (County) = 50.9, 2011/12 (Shield) = 41.1, 2012 (County) = 38.2, 2013/13 (Shield) = 49.5 which is 41.0 over 5 summers. Khawaja 2010/11 (Shield/Tour/Test) = 48.9, 2011 (County/Tour/Test) = 37.4, 2011/12 (Shield/Tour/Test) = 32.4, 2012 (County) = 48.8, 2012/13 (Shield/Tour) = 40 which is 43.0 over 5 summers. Get both these guys in for the ashes as our batting has been our weakness for the last 2 years

Posted by PPL11 on (March 25, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

Well done India 4 - 0 is always a special and that too againts a side which has dominated world cricket from last 15 - 20 years (Definately not the strongest because Ausie are in transation priode) But for me real business for our young talent will be in SA againts pace battery likes of Styne, Morkel and Philander, So best of luck for that

Posted by ArnieRoss on (March 25, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

Aussies will just have to learn to have patience until some good cricketers come through... but that won't help unless the management get the message - 1) Too many injured players, especially fast bowlers, means there is surely something drastically wrong with the training methods. 2) Selecting T20 and One-day players, and expecting them to perform in Test matches is ridiculous (in ascending order of absurdity - Watson (since he no longer bowls), Warner, Smith, Henriques, Doherty and Maxwell).

Posted by GurSinghgur on (March 25, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

Hey, HNREDDY, "Dhoni's captaincy credential should be assessed only after he consistently wins abroad (at least a test or two in a series). " Wonder what more he should have done. Win this four-match series 5-0 ?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

feroz shah kotla ground, New delhi should be banned from all future matches

Posted by Cricket4World on (March 25, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

Gee, do you think Cricket Australia(and Clarke) are regretting the pressure they put on Ponting and Hussey to retire now?

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (March 25, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Posted by JG2704 on (March 24, 2013, 19:41 GMT):I agree with you about this being the best time for SRT to retire on a high note. Something I feel he truly deserves after 24 years of doing a great service to the nation. We'll never get another Sachin of course bt new players have shown a good temperament. I don't see selectors dropping him coz close acquaintances in BCCI say there is more strategy than meets the eye. The selection panel knows that a series of difficult away tours starting with SA later in the year await India. The youngsters are very good in familiar conditions but there can't be any substitute to experience on away tours (as Aus found out to their cost). With Dravid, VVS gone nd senior players like VS, GG, YS nt looking likely to be in test squad for SA, they have put onus on SRT to guide youngsters nd see the final phase of transition through in SA. Knowing him, he won't refuse it. I think after SA tour we'l see SRT bidding adieu nd a new Indian team take the field.

Posted by UAETigers on (March 25, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

IT was always on the cards after them team combination from OZ!! How on the earth they kept playing David Warner as test opener after his success of failures!! No chance given to U.Khawaja despite batsmen failing miserably.

Surprising to see M.Wade in for Braddin who is a lot better keeper and batsmen then him! S.Watson constantly getting out of playing pull shot! Batsmen playing on backfoot even in the 8th innings in India!! Mind blowing bowling combinations!! Dropping Lyon etc etc, the whole OZ management team should be sacked because of the decisions they took during whole tour!! Congrats to IND. they deserves to win after putting such a great and strong fight!

Posted by Romenevans on (March 25, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

Toss 4-0 to Australia, still Tests goes 4-0 to India. 'nuff said.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 25, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

What a historic moment!. Australia got what they deserved. Now India placed ahead of Australia in the rankings. Some BD fans who were jealous over India success were eager to celebrate Ausis win. It is pathetic that they do not have a single win agaist top teams in test cricket to celebrate.

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 25, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

Very sad to see the aussies capitulating like this. Surely this is not the best aussie 11?? At no stage of the series did they string together 2 good sessions. We in India who have grown up seeing Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh's sides fighting in Indian conditions can not believe that this is the best 11 that Australia can produce now. Siddle and Pattinson are the only ones who have shown fight of the old aussie teams. Warner and Watson were simply pathetic. They had no stomach for a fight. Surely there should be better openers in Australia where opening is an even tougher challenge?? I heard Chris Rogers averages more than 50. Why is he not in the team?? Why is Phil Hughes getting so many chances and no chances are given to Khawaja or Doolan or Ferguson? MJ is the most inconsistent bowler to have played the game. I dont thinkeven he knows where his ball pitches. We need the old Australian team which we loved to hate so much (and secretly admired for their attitude) back.

Posted by g.narsimha on (March 25, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

BDFOREVER-U need not worry on IND , last time we had almost won a series in SA , it was 1-1, in fact IND is the only team from subcontinent always doing well at SA , see the plight of other teams from our region in the just concluded series ,so dont asume that every time we go out it will be white washes , we had 2 bad tours , now our team is in rebuilding process , we have already got few replacements , just in need of YAADAV for overseas , more over my dear we agree we were poor in those 2 tours but what about u r team , doing wonders in SL in fimiliar subcontinentalconditions , first look at u r self than mock others , just see where u stand.

Posted by elgenioroshan on (March 25, 2013, 3:19 GMT)

@DeathKnell @yorkshirematt - The Indian fans wanted to see Sachin bat that is why they cheered after kohli got out because he would be next to come in. Even Dhoni said that in the post match presentation that Ishant Sharma was angry at the fans cheering after kohli's wicket.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

Congrats my Neighbor INDIA. we salute you great lessons you taught to these big head OZ team this shows in life too what goes up must come down. Speacial greetings to DHONI . you one of the best and cool capt India produced.

Posted by kapilesh23 on (March 25, 2013, 3:07 GMT)

Now after the series loss I hope Mickey Arthur will ask whole team to write a very long assessment essay or probably a novel giving reasons why they lost. The person who fails to write this essay and send it to Arthur in time will lose his place for ashes.

Posted by HNREDDY on (March 25, 2013, 3:05 GMT)

Well done India. 4-0 against Australia is good, but will not cover the fact that against a QUALITY Spin in India and against Pace abroad, India have not done well recently. This is going to be proven again in South Africa Tour, considering the fact that our pace battery is not that good. Dhoni's captaincy credential should be assessed only after he consistently wins abroad (at least a test or two in a series). Let us hope that this Indian side has turned a leaf for the better. About the Australian team, there are only a couple of good spin players there. So winning against them is not a great achievement, but winning by 4-0 I an achievement to be cherished for the time being.

Posted by kapilesh23 on (March 25, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

This series is similar to Indias Oz tour where they were at the receiving end of 4-0. There in Oz Virat Kohli was the only centurion for India and here Michael Clarke is the lone centurion for australia. The only difference is the match there it was last here it is first. Same like India putting some fight in the first match of their tour, Oz also fought in the first match only in this tour. After first match both the side went downhill and lost miserably, helplessly and hopelessly.

Posted by Haiphong on (March 25, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

What's his name...oh yeah, Shaggy (sorry mate!). "Selectors got it right this time." Yes, they "did"! I wanted to see an early finish to this match (mid-Monday is what i had said) but then again - with Warner, Hughes, Maxwell, etc., why drag it out. Oh but I forgot, Hughes has more runs than Khawaja in all forms of the game. Silly me!!! We got what we deserved. Plain and simple. The tour was destined to be the miserable failure it turned out to be before the guys even hopped on the plane. Certainly, the madness continued with the selections during the tour. Haddin back home and Khawaja warming the bench as we provided further experience to guys who did NOT belong - at least on this tour. Well done!!!

Posted by Meety on (March 25, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

@popcorn on (March 24, 2013, 11:54 GMT) - as soon as you said drop Warner, I was dubious, but then you mentioned Quinney & I had the words Lost & Plot in my head. Quinney isn't in the top 20 batsmen in Oz (not inc tailenders)!

Posted by Meety on (March 25, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

Pujarra is a class act. I would like to think he has the skills to be able to bat well anywhere. In India anyways, he is brillliant. The whole Jadeja thing is hard to stomach. It's a bit like if Oz had 4 green tops for the next India tour & we assembled an all pace line up with say Harris, Starc, Pattinson & Cummins only for Watson to bag 30 wickets! I could handle Ojha & Ashwin doing well (particularly Ojha who I think is class), but Jadeja bagging Clarke 5 times? IMO - that is the difference between Oz running India close in this series & being blotted to nil. == == == re: Pitches. The 4th Test pitch was NOT a good wicket IMO. That said, there wasn't any real advantage to India. Having a delivery run along the ground before Lunch on Day1, then take off on a length an hour or so later is POOR. I repeat, no real advantage to India - if anything, it could of given Oz an advantage. The 2nd & 3rd test pitches were what I expect Indian pitches, India were too good.

Posted by Naikan on (March 25, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

While many contributed, this series victory should be primarily credited to Dhoni. He has been at the recieving end of a lot of brickbats over the few test series, which would have broken down most captains. To Dhoni's credit, he maintained his cool and used his resources well to procure the most comprehensive test series victory ever for India. Congratulations to him and the team.

Posted by Meety on (March 25, 2013, 1:56 GMT)

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Well done India, in Indian conditions, we (Oz), were not good enuff. I would like heads to roll, but not the normal ones. Normally players & coaches get sacked after this sort of abysmal result, but for me, it has to be the administrators. They have sold the players up the river, with a terrible schedule, some of which (WI ODIs) was totally plain stupid. With the squad the NSP was selecting, (inexperienced in a Test tour of India), they needed plenty of time to bed down the different skill set associated with playing in India. The persons responsible for signing off on the schedule have to get in their thick heads that the current Oz team are not chock-ful of all time greats who were able to lob up in most players & compete on the back of one or two tour games. England's preparation is infinately better than Oz, yet the second they go light on their tour games (NZ), they struggle. We need meticulous planning & all levels of Cric Oz to be on board.

Posted by jezzastyles on (March 25, 2013, 1:52 GMT)

Congratulations to the Indian team for their historic win - at least AUS showed a little more fight in the last test, but were still far behind their counterparts. Good luck on your tour of SA - hope it proves to be an entertaining tussle. Cheers.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 25, 2013, 1:44 GMT)

India white washed the weakest Australian against spin bowling. Even BD would have whitewashed this team. I am not sure why these indian fans are celebrating so much.

Posted by mar2000 on (March 25, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

Hi you Aussie fans, go home with you heads down , It happen to all of us sometime .You are in a rebuilding fase so expext to hold some blows along the way . Take a look at the WI , still cannot get over the hump after so many years . making it back to the top is a battle, so all you Aussues fans , on that trip over to England be prepare to shed more tears .

Posted by ramaprasadkiz on (March 25, 2013, 1:16 GMT)

Indians win in India. Aussies win in Australia. Indians can't play pure pace. Aussies can't play pure spin. Indians are tigers in India. Aussies are redbacks in Australia. Local heros are usually losers abroad. Most of the time. Can we please have a synthetic cricket pitch that suits spinners and pacers simultaneously? Can we have all games played undercover? Can we have all games judged by three umpires and and advanced electronic system? Then we can really compare teams. If we give curators the freedom, we will always whinge about the pitch till the end of time. Just an idea. Don't kill me.

Posted by Hammond on (March 25, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

I think you blokes missed my point. I am Australian, and my team is at it's lowest point in my lifetime. I'm jumping back on the bandwagon, and going for Australia again! All the old arrogance is well and truly dead. Hope we do well against the poms, but I'm not holding out much hope :)

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 1:02 GMT)

Rahane should not be picked for oversears tour because he seems afraid of fast bowling. If Sachin decides to go and doesn't cross 75 runs total in the first test - 2 inngs, then he should finally be dropped so Rohit Sharma and others can be given a chance. Harbhajan should not be picked for an overseas tour. I have head good things about Prasool and other spinners in India who could make a difference. Let's start giving youngsters a chance. Dravid and Laxman, thanks for the memories and also retiring so that Dhawan, Pujara and Vijay get a chance. When do you plan on doing the same Sachin? You have no idea how much you are lowering your image as a cricketer with all the fans around the world. A 32 Test average over the past 2 years is lower than Ashwin's if I am correct. Please go.

Posted by hycIass on (March 25, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

Not blaming Watson as he did a good job as captain but his batting along with the other top order(i.e Hughes, Cowan) failed us. Watson alludes to the problem, but he doesn't know it. The top 4 HAVE played their best and it's not good enough. The top 4 also play "their natural game", and it's not good enough. They play to their strengths, but they aren't as strong as they think they are. And all this with Clarke's stated encouragement. There is little ability to dig in and show patience and know obvious insistence from Clarke for it. A fresh batsman hitting the ball out of the ground shouldn't be applauded because within the dew deliveries he will always be out playing a similer low percentage shot, even if his IPL price goes up a fraction as Maxwell can attest to. Khawaja who should have come in the second game after our batting failure in the first test didn't play and that was difficult to digest. Lyon should never have been dropped after game 1 and there was nothing to work on.

Posted by sunshineforever on (March 25, 2013, 0:50 GMT)

@yorkshirematt that shows still people want to see sachin batting, but the problem is that sadly this is in all probabilities the last time he will be playing in india.

Posted by Indianpunjabi on (March 25, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

Player Like Shane Watson Cant take Aus Team Forward..Watson is just an Ordianry Cricketer..@Yorkshirematt Because They Wanted To See Sachin Tendulkar Bat so Sachin was the Next man after kohli got out Thats the reason

Posted by vish2020 on (March 25, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

@yorkshirematt Indians were cheering Kohli's wicket because the master was walking in next. That's the respect he deserves and he gets.

Posted by playitfair on (March 25, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

Congratulations to team India for winning the series 4-0. Time for some serious introspection now....the Indian bowlers found it difficult to get the Aussie tailenders (no.7 to no.11). This indicates a serious weakness in the bowling department. The Indian tailenders folded up very easily....this speaks of lack of committment. Except for Bhuvnesh, no other tailender was willing to put a prize on their wicket. Even though India won the series, they still need to strengthen their bowling department. Jadeja and Bhuvnesh were revelation. Ashwin achieved what he was supposed to. Instead of rejoicing in victory, they should work on their weakness as the South Africans will not be giving anything away. Good Luck to Team India in future.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

Why on earth would Dhoni retire from Test cricket nyc_missile? He did an outstanding job as captain in this series, not to mention the 224. And who would replace him? Apart from Sachin, he's the most experienced player in the side by a long way. India needs him to mould this new, young side into world-beaters. It's good to see him being more expressive on the field, although he's still Captain Cool. And who would you have replace him? Virat Kohli is always mentioned as a future captain, but his behaviour on the field is atrocious. Dhoni's captaincy has suffered of late, reportedly because of tension in the side between the 'old guard' and the youngsters, particularly between himself and Sehwag. The young players would walk over hot coals for MS. India is currently ranked no 1 in ODIs & 4th in Test cricket. Notwithstanding the ever-increasing grey stubble, Dhoni has a gift for bringing out the best in his young, less experienced players. India needs him for a bit longer yet.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 25, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

This is what I have been saying here for so long - India has abundance of talent. Just give our youngsters a chance to prove themselves. Sure, not all of them will succeed, but even if half of them succeed, we can be world beaters. Now that Viru and Gauti are gone, we see the top order performing again. This is the perfect time to get rid of 10dulkar - he's the weakest link in out batting.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

Oz would have struggled in any case, given the inadequacy of their top order. Still, substandard pitches and poor umpiring made them look even more pathetic than they actually are. Cricket's history suggests it's more about pace than spin. No side ever dominated without quality pacers. It's understandable pitches assisting home teams, but conscious efforts to offer dust bowls could only be counterproductive in the long run. The clever strategy of putting umpires under pressure by staying away from technology is however working very well. The disciplinarians would do well to shift their attention to this; after all, bullying players with headmaster stuff served little purpose.

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 24, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

Tigers at home (against weak teams) and wet cats outside . This is india tead

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (March 24, 2013, 23:30 GMT)

@hitsacrosstheline lets just say that its not acceptable that Khawaja hasn't played, Hohns and boof spoke up for his attitude so Arthur has little to stand on. Arthur has to reaslise that this is a multicultural country and get over his issues. And as for the sledging if the opposition is doing something you don't like, then tell them, if you hadn't noticed we're now in the most competitive position we've been in on this tour so far, and I can say absolutely that the "sledging" as people call it contributed to that, in other words it served It's purpose.

Posted by ex-Srilankan on (March 24, 2013, 23:29 GMT)

I wrote at the beginning of the series that India had to win to arrest their downward slide and that is exactly what they did. The Indian fans should feel happy that their side is now moving in the right direction and took advantage of the gifts Australia offered them.

I also said at the start that Australia was rebuilding and they were probably in a better position than India. But after a 4-0 whitewash, the roles are reversed and Ausralia's rebuilding is in complete disarray. Australia appeared to think tactically rather than strategically with confused batting and team selections. When you lose there are always lessons to be learnt but Australia appears to be so confused I am not sure if they even know what those lessons are to try and correct them. Australia's only good news for the Ashes series might be that England are playing below par in NZ. But if England lift their game to the levels we expect them to, Australia is in trouble for both Ashes series.

Posted by Raginggbull on (March 24, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

Dhoni bashers couldn't find much.. Heeehhehehhe..Pity. India's most successful test captain in track of building a younger brigade. He has lot to offer to Indian cricket.224 in chennai is the icy one, which gives the momentum to this series.

Posted by Eight8 on (March 24, 2013, 23:20 GMT)

Seems like India had the Aussies covered at every turn. When we did post reasonable first innings totals (380-odd and 400) India did even better. In the last test when it was basically all square after the 1st innings and they had to bat last they rolled us cheaply in the 3rd innings and batted positively to avoid a loss. Their spinners bowled very well in their conditions so hats off to them.

Hope the Aussies learnt the lessons to Indian conditions (patience, play in the V early, wait for the bad ball, learn to use your feet, show some ticker!, etc). At least Lyon showed he was learning. Aussie selectors didn't help the situation either.

There are some serious question marks now over some of our batters and some still remain unanswered: Khawaja shooting himself in the foot on the eve of a recall means we are still unsure what he could offer. Big test ahead for India to see if they can replicate this performance in different conditions and against a great team in SA.

Posted by Eight8 on (March 24, 2013, 23:12 GMT)

Well, firsty credit where credit is due. The Indians were generally very good across the series and deserved their series whitewash. As an Aussie I must admit I am bitterly disappointed. After the last couple of years and given where India were at over the last year I was hoping for maybe a 2-1 series loss at worse.

The newish players in the Indian setup were superb. Players like Dravid and Laxman were awesome for a long time but new blood was required after the hammering they got in Australia and guys like Pujura, Vijay and Dhawan played a big role in their success this series. The top of the order was generally where the batting difference came from (except for Dhoni's game changing 200) and some good contributions from Kohli (who does personally rub me up the wrong way but is a very good player).

Shattered the Aussies didn't aquit themselves better and I hope, like their fans, they are truly hurting right now and that fire in the belly will only help them medium term. TBC

Posted by Chiller38 on (March 24, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

I am very happy to acknowledge that Australia were completely outplayed in India by superior opposition who know and adopt their twechniques to the local conditons. Congratulations to India. At the same time it is very easy to see whyIndia cannot win series in other countries such as Englan, Australia and their next opponents, South Africa. The wicket preparation in India designed entirely to pander to Dhoni's self-interest will do noting but hamper the developing batsman such as Pujara, Kohli & Vijay. Once those players get on decks such as Durban, Cape Town, Perth and Brisbane their technical flaws against quality quicks on wickets offering far more bounce will be exposed. I am expecting anothe Series whitewash in South Africa, only it will be in favour of the Proteas. Steyn, Philander & Morkel will make mince meat othe Indian Top Order. If India do seriously want to reach No.1 at Test Level and maintian that status, they are going to have to prepare more equitable wickets.r

Posted by ste13 on (March 24, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

Poor planning from India - they should have arranged at least one home series in 2013/2014 to cement the side. Anyway, new era for Indian cricket and hunger for success among the young players. Good for competitiveness of the game.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 24, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

India are still average. Once they go to overseas that same scoreline goes against them :)

Posted by Nerk on (March 24, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Well played India. This deserve all the accolades and praise, they have totally outclassed Australia in this series and have gotten their just reward. We're just so sorry that Australia couldn't have put up a bit more fight for you.

Posted by spindizzy on (March 24, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

Australia used the same tactics in all 4 tests and then expressed surprise when they failed exactly the same way in all 4. Frankly that's a description of institutional insanity. Arthur has to go after this - he's the man with the failed plans.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 24, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

28041991 - The biggest issue with the last pitch is the variable bounce, Im not as bothered if a pitch gives sideways movement. The ball Vijay got in the first innings is an example of this. Im not blaming the pitch for losing as I have never said it is unfair but I do believe this test was a poor pitch.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (March 24, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

@ElevenStars, I still doubt ENG's ability to dominate in Indian conditions. I agree they won the series recently in India but that is not enough to prove their ability completely. But I can say they are better than earlier in Indian conditions. Same for India when it went to ENG in 2007 they won the series but that didn't mean that India was dominant in such fast bowling conditions.

Posted by filizant on (March 24, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

Congratulations to India. A well deserved series win. Pretty pathetic effort by Australia. Yes, eveyone knows how difficult it is to win in India, and I was expecting Austraia to lose. Even the dominant Australian team with Waugh, Ponting, McGrath, Warne, Gilchrist etc. struggled to win in India. But there wasn't even any fight or "never say die" attitude shown in the current Aussie team (except the bowlers occasionally, and Clarke) which was a trademark of past touring teams. Border and Waugh must be hanging their heads in shame. For everyone complaining about pitch conditions, that's cricket. You have to deal with opposition home ground advantage. The truly great teams are able to adapt and win both home and away.

Posted by creekeetman on (March 24, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

most pathetic performance i've seen from any oz team in nearly 40 years of watching test cricket. even a second 11 that toured the windies in the early 80's did better than this mob, against better opposition to, they even chased down a total in excess of 350 to win a test. what did we learn.... india are still an average team with a few promising batsmen, but the real test is yet to come. oz have no spinners, and please dont use lyon's 7-94 as an example to argue against that. wade is not test class, neither is hughes, but we already knew that. watson is not a top order batsman... now theres a shocker, i'm wondering if he is still even test class, without his bowling he certainly is'nt. finally arthur needs to go.. plain and simple.

Posted by bash_pwd on (March 24, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

because they want to see SACHIN bat!!!

it's atrocious that it happens that way, happened here and in hyderabad, when Vijay played a superb innings. instead of cheering them on, they are happy to see them get out. I AM SO GLAD SACHIN GOT OUT IMMEDIATELY, serves all those FANSS correct!! I am sick of being an Indian fan, where people cheer their own players getting out! Its a shame!!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

its incredible to see all the players of this australian team averages in the 30's i haven't see a australian team like this in my life can't believe how quick things can change in cricket right now i can only see they can compete with bangladesh.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (March 24, 2013, 20:31 GMT)

Some things i hope CA can learn from this series.

1. Always play 2 spinners in India 2. Don't leave your best spinner at home when travelling to India. 3. If the no batsmen other than Michael Clarke gets a century and the next closest is a tail ender, try new batsmen Don't leave them out (Khawaja) 4. Who cares about homework 5. Drop Mickey Arthur and Pat howard. Players are dropped on their performance or lack their of why aren't the two in charge dropped when the whole team fails to perform?

Posted by yorkshirematt on (March 24, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

@DeathKnell well even with that explanation it still makes no sense to me, like chelsea fans campaign against Benitez, but i suppose they can do what they like having paid for their ticket. I might try it next time pietersen gets out

Posted by Prakmca on (March 24, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

Truly great innings by Pujara while chasing a target in 4th innings. He has done this before against Aus, during his first appearance in Test cricket. His strike rate is amazing.

Senior batsman has to learn here, test cricket is not something you have go, block as much as deliveries and scores at the rate of 50% strike rate.

Most of the indian batsman always scores less than below 50% strike rate, irrespective of their form. Exception is sehwag here, who bats in the same manner in all formats. No need scores at exceptional high strike rate, atleast they can score at 60-70% strike rate. Make the game more interesting.

So test cricket is not something you have to bat at less than 50% strike rate and T20 is not the one where you have bat always 150% strike rate. Bat for the situations. In 3rd test, india managed to win in the last over of the match. Chasing a stiff target, in 4th innings, atleast one or two batsman has to score at brisk rate.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

people bashing Sachin and calling for his retirement should understand the impact he has had in the dressing room. Only players like Vijay, kohli, Yuvi know the amount of work SRT has done with them behind the scenes. We need him in SA both in the nets and on the park more than ever bcz none of our other young players have had experience there and SRT knows what it takes... i will pay to watch couple of perfect defensive strokes from Sachin any day... winning and loosing aside SRT always possessed different level of batsmanship.. the one that no other player might ever have again so relish it while lasts fellows

Posted by HURRICANE.Sehwag on (March 24, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

The only negative for India from this series : the failure of Rahane. He's an incredible talent and can do wonders if he gets his mindset right. Hopefully he'll get over the shock of being on the bench for so long before it becomes a habit :P . He's definitely got the talent to be the future No.4 for India.

The only negative for the Aussie team : there are no positives.

Good luck Aussies. Hope you thrash England. You got the support of a billion people. :P

Posted by nyc_missile on (March 24, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

Though the overseas humiliations are hard to swallow,this dominating white-wash heals a bit.Kudos to the young guns who grabbed opportunities and performed at the right time.Vijay apart from his dismissal against the bouncing ball has displayed lot of maturity and temperament as he's always had the talent.Sure he will be challenged in SA but his determination may pull him through.Dhawan too has proved his credentials as a test batsman with a match-deciding inns.Kohli is slowly returning to his invincible best of 2011 season.Rahane needs a lot of matches to be judged.Sachin simply MUST GO,he's embarrassing himself by selfishly clinging on despite failing in 10 home games. Areas to work on: Ishant,Sachin.Umesh as soon as fit must be in for Ishant.Tiwary should take Sachin's place.Dhoni should seriously think of giving up test captaincy because he might struggle in SA and just concentrate on ODIs for WC 2015.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 24, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

@Balaji Kumar on (March 24, 2013, 12:37 GMT) IndianSRTfan on (March 24, 2013, 19:15 GMT) - It seems they've done what so many Indian fans were calling for re bringing new blood in. How do you feel re Sachin? I don't see them ever dropping him and personally I think it would be a perfect time to go out. It's not going to get any better than going out on a 4-0 home win against Australia. Congrats once more

@kumarcoolbuddy on (March 24, 2013, 16:36 GMT) Those who boo the most about decisions are nearly always the most one eyed posters on these threads

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

@yorkshirematt - because the master batsman was walking in to bat at no 4.....

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 24, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

There were 5 days left over, maybe they could have played one more test? :D Jokes apart, I really feel bad for this Aussie team which was downright pathetic. Hope they improve in the Ashes, confidence is pretty much zero. If England lose to NZ maybe there will be less of a gulf. India did very well, hoping they do have a good SA tour. @Mervo, you need a new name for the game when Maxwell opens. lol.@Mitty, keep moaning, you are only making it worse. Your team was once great, then good, now downright pathetic. Deal with it.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (March 24, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

Posted by JG2704 on (March 24, 2013, 12:18 GMT): Excellent post sir. I have always liked people who give credit where it is due. I do not believe the rankings should be attributed as much importance as they are currently. In fact the numbers 2, 3, and 4 changing frequently indicate competition is tough and thats good according to me because it leads to much closely fought contests.

India are emerging again and its good to see youngsters performing. Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Ashwin, Jadeja, B. Kumar and most importantly Dhoni himself grabbed their moments and gave some memorable performances. They look set to dominate the home series for a long time to come. There are a couple of new promising young seamers and Yadav coming back from injury. On away tours they will face different challenges, but I believe they have the skill set to succeed there.

Finally all cynics and naysayers, this young Indian team is full of talent and whether they will succeed or fail?? Just wait and watch.

Posted by nyc_missile on (March 24, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Perfect time for Dhoni and Sachin to retire from test cricket.Go on a high..for Dhoni because he might struggle in SA and could not be an ideal ending for him;Sachin as he is just there to keep sponsors happy.MSD has to now just focus on ODIs and T20s.

Great win primarily due to Pujara,Ashwin,Vijay,Jadeja,Kohli & Bhuvi in that order.Losers of this series: Sachin,Ishant,Harbhajan.

Posted by DeathKnell on (March 24, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

@yorkshirematt - because they can quickly see Dhoni hitting the winning runs, soon after the walking wickets are gone....

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Many Indians predict the Indian team for SA tour. And I see Gambhir in most of them. Forget it lads, The guy isn't even performing against a second string Indian attacks on dustbowls. He will be butchered in SA by steyn and co. I dont see him featuring in the probable 14 in the next couple of years. And also, bye bye Jinx 7 & 1 is not gonna reserve you a berth. Disappointed by the way he threw his wicket today... All votes for Tiwary instead of Jinx.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Jadeza and pujara both are from saurashtra this is very heartening. Sachin must be dropped if he does not retire and if he is not dropped then SPATIL must be arrested and put in jail

Posted by yorkshirematt on (March 24, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Just been watching the highlights. Why on earth were the indian fans cheering kohli's wicket?

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

The biggest outcome of this 4-0 series win over the Aussies is that India finally has a stable batting & bowling line up at least for the home games. In Vijay & Dhawan, India has found 2 good openers who are capable of providing the team a good start. Pujara is currently the best #3 with an astonishing record in the last 2 series of 8 Test matches. He averaged 87 in 4 test series against England & 84 in 4 Test series against the Aussies. So in the last 8 Test matches he has an astonishing average of 85!. Kohli has not yet matched Pujara but is a promising #4. I hope the Selectors bring in Tiwary at #5 to complete the replacement of Dravid, SRT & VVS. In bowling India found good spinners in Ashwin, Jadeja & Ojha. B.Kumar & Ishant are a good combo as the opening Seamers. Yadev is the #1 seamer when he is fit. In Dhoni & Saha India has 2 good WK/batsmen. In addition to these players there is host of other promising youngsters. Great Renaisance of India with a promising New Team of Future!

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 24, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

Maxwell's selection was the biggest joke for me. The most undeserving player to wear an Aus Cap. I mean how he was picked ? Im baffled !! May be the selectors thought that the "Big Show" will actually perform,sorry No show !! Warner, thinks this was Bigbash ? I mean ok,i enjoy his t20 stuff,but never looked to occupy the crease. Throwing his wickets away when Oz team needed him to fire and then he had to sledge to take out some frustration. But loved Jadeja's Sendoff to him !! Hughes played one good innings, and secured his place in this test. He struggles against spin. Wade has been a disappointment, Haddin looked good in last match, wonder why he was dropped.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (March 24, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

I gotta admit it was a thrilling series & i was glued to my seat, otherwise i would have left.

Posted by talkcric.com on (March 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

talkcric.com says you Aussies are a bit of a joke at the moment. Mr Boycott's mum would have scored more runs using a stick of rhubarb. Every empire rises and falls but when will we see those xmen like Australian cricketers again? These guys are a shadow of a team who not long ago had a world best at every number. Then again thats why we love cricket as it is never static, it constantly changes and new teams evolve as another one withers and passes away.

A big congrats for Mr D as he showed his class on the field and gets to make those who doubt him eat their words. He is a great leader and a deserves a big pat on the back.

Posted by pull_shot on (March 24, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

Thanks Australia for touring India hope u like our hospitality. All the best for Ashes hope u win 5-0.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Aussie fans now want to change the subcontinent soil just because they don't have the footwork and patience to play on them. The true character of Indian pitches will always be spin-heavy. Spinning tracks are sporting tracks in India. You ought to give Indian team the credit because they did their "homework" after losing against England!

Posted by binojpeter on (March 24, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I have to say after the two 4-0 drubbings and all the taunts from the fans of other countries, feels much relieved that India gave at least one 4-0 drubbing back. But I have to warn my fellow Indian fans not to go overboard. Our youngsters who did well might perform the same way as Aussie youngsters did now when they tour South Africa.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

congrats to team INDIA...Hope to continue the good form...

Posted by Sanjana_p on (March 24, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

@aby prasad When you said , way before this match when the series started, that you haven't seen an australian team like this ever in India from the time of Border till Ponting, this page had highlighted the comment that you are wrong. Well, with the stats now and the way it turned out,now the media, experts, this page and the fans have no doubt on that. Guess the page owe you an explanation or apology now hahaha @Jason83, funny you say that cos i saw Shane Warne licking his lips today, and i mean literally! when he was seeing the proceedings. Sad that he couldn't play on this pitch or on that 2004 mumbai pitch!,could have changed his image in india forever!

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

i think the preparation for SA tour should start asap after ipl....... ther will be champions trophy that will aid partially for SA tour as the conditions will be tad similar...... and have some grass on pitches and more bricks underneath... that should do it..... garry gave 3000 balls to play for every batsmen on these conditions and it worked last time..... considering the talent that india have and their learning ability they should learn how to play on those kind of pitches fast.... i hope BCCI takes this seriously....

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (March 24, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

@Mitty2, you are talking about Hughes' decision which looked close enough to give it out and it is your (or people's who think it is not out) assumption that it wouldn't have hit stumps. But there were many blatant wrong decisions went against India many more number of times than AUS have/had. You are just talking about the wickets who were not crucial but India received wrong decisions on crucial wickets many number of times. Then how can you say that India is gaining advantage by not using DRS? It clearly shows that You are to play mind game here by diverting the AUS's issue to DRS.

Posted by nambiar.s on (March 24, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Which team has won 4-0 after getting beaten by that same margin, just 12-14 months earlier? Only India. Has one seen England or South Africa do that after getting beaten 5-0 and 3-0 respectively? The ans. No team except India. Which team has won the Toss on all 4 matches, batted 1st in the best batting conditions and lost 3 matches in this series inside 4 days and 3 days? Australia. That is called Humiliation. Which team has won the toss, declared and still lost by an innings? Again Australia. That is REAL humiliation. Which team has suffered back-to-back series white washes? Australia. The score... 6-0.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 24, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Congrats India, what a thoroughly crushing victory the dealt.

My current Test rankings: 1.South Africa, 2 England, 3. India, 4. Pakistan, 5. New Zealand 6. Sri Lanka 7. West Indies 8. Australia.... I think this is fair reflection of skill and ability. Too many T20 players playing for Oz these days and Clarke may look good batting at 6 and hiding down the order but he is no leader of men. Lots of questions to be answered and not a moment too soon as the back to back Ashes series looms...

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

This series is very similar to the last one we had played in Australia in2011-12, we got 4-0, now they got 4-0, in last series they got six centuries and we got one, and this time we got six and they got one, in last series our captain got injured and Sehwag got the captaincy but fate of the series was not changed, this time Pup got the back injury and Watto become the captain but didn't change the fate of the series, last time there fast bowlers Ben Hilfenhause took 27 wickets and PM Siddle took 23, tables turns over here this time Ashwin took 29 and Jadeja took 24 wickets, bowlers hunt in pairs......

Posted by vildoc on (March 24, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

As an Indian the 4-0 win was an amazing feeling however something inside me was sad. I have always know the aussies as the epitome of never say die spirit. Seeing them defeated like this wasn a good sight. Having seen the likes of border,boon,waugh brothers,hayden,gilchrist etc decimating the opposition its a bitter pill to swallow seeing them like this.Hope they bounce back.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

@Jason83 well said boy..... hope all the fans will be garcefull even as you are....

Posted by bkrish on (March 24, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

In spite of what Lyon has achieved in this test, the big question is : Would he be in the Australian lineup on their next trip to India ? If you go by past history, seems very unlikely !

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

Contrary to most Indian comments here, I really look forward to the South African tour. I hope the pitches are green and seaming, or else how will our medium pacers find any purchase? If the pitch is a batting paradise, I bet, India will have lesser chances of winning. Simply because, for the SA batters brought up on QUALITY pace, our pacemen will be no match if pitch offers nothing. Just like Australian spinners struggled in India, our pacers will find it difficult in SA if there is no green. However good the batting may be, if bowlers cannot take 20 wickets quickly, the match is not won.

As for the batters, if they cannot bat on SA wickets, they need not be there in the team. A young Dravid made 146 in Johannesburg. A young Sehwag bullied his way to a debut century in Bloemfontein. A rather young Sachin blasted the SA guys on thsi way with Azhar. It is not like impossible to bat there. Let there be green.

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

Well done Boys. BIG congratulations! That was a great victory and a series win. Vijay and Pujara made sure to score bulk of runs and Kohli equally supported the cause. Dhoni and Jadeja played counter attacking role and spinners did the rest of the job. Love the way Jadeja, Kohli and Co. gave massive send off to Warner.

Posted by aby_prasad on (March 24, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

Thanks to all aussie fans for the respects...naming a few would be disrespectful to others ...so thanking all. Sort of strange but those fans are similar to the aussie playing style. They comment hard n tough till the game is over, but once its over, win/lose they would have a friendly drink. I like that. As for others who try to irritate, well then thats what you do usually dont you., and that goes for many indians too as i remember the way many had given similar comments when we lost.Many of us are too soft unlike till the 80s n 90s where players n fans were tough and thought on how to deal than why me kind of attitude. Once more, thanks to all aussie fans,...and even the indians who kept a dignified stance even in victory

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 24, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Congrats India for 4-0 win , not a bad home run of test this season with net showing of 7-2 and 1 draw . Sure if openers were different for England series the results would have been different then too. Aussies also fought hard , Clarke , Pattinson , Siddle , Cowan were always contributing . I do not think they will lose Ashes so easily it will be a hard fought series . For India njoy the moment this kind of series wins are rare , SA still has 8 months to go!!!

Posted by theRule19 on (March 24, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

I am sure the current setup of the Indian players look like they will do good in SA on fast and bouncy pitches and will be a good test of their skills and attitude against yet another strong pace attack. They have just showed that on spin friendly tracks, unless they are all having a bad day, can dominate the best of attacks in the world. Well played team India.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Any one who thought Australia would not lose 4-0 was kidding themselves. We do not have the batting to win in any sub-continent country at the moment. But we beat India 4-0 which just shows the difference in playing styles. India will, as they always have, struggle on any pitches that are not in India but will win most at home, as with most sides.

Australia needs to look at the batting, which was always our issue. Watson is simply not good enough as a pure batsman. I thought Cowan was decent and is valuing his wicket, unlike Warner who is hopeless. We also need to stop playing 2/3 all-rounders. Maxwell and Smith should never be in the same side. Wade is a poor gloveman.

Clarke finally fell over and I think he needs to improve his player management and stop thinking he is the boss. He is the leader not the boss. He needs to pull his head in.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

It's good for Test cricket that India won this series 4-0....for two reasons...first, hopefully, it reignites a passion for test cricket in India...second...this loss will completely demoralise Australia....and with the ashes coming up..that is good...yes...good..

Posted by Jason83 on (March 24, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

Aussie supporters, be honest, do u think if they had brought say a Hodge or D.Martyn out of retirement they would have out preformed the current crop of batsman? If you answer honestly, you would have to say YES! Thats not even mentioning Warne, McGrath etc.....Standards have slipped far beyond embarrassment.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Duncan Fletcher should be happy and relieved. The relief will be of a higher magnitude than the happiness. Duncan Fletcher wasn't generating much traction. He appeared every bit an undeserving passenger, though I wouldn't know what goes on before and after a day's play. By contrast, Mickey Arthur will have much to do. I wish Mickey Arthur a happy Ashes summer.

Posted by Setu_Madhavan on (March 24, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

@ abcdef_12345 "Congratulations to India from a Bangladeshi fan.We are always supportive to India".

Well the feeling is mutual. As a team India fan, I have always rooted for Bangladesh. Infact I am very impressed with the level to which Bangladesh cricket has reached in recent years. The day is not far when Bangladesh will stun the world in a world cup tournament, and walk away with the trophy.

You read it here first!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Good Win for India. This should give them a lot of confidence for their future tours.

Just looking at the number of batsman getting out bowled, and the manner in which thats been happening. Seems to be something really wrong with their basic defence techniques.

Posted by lazymouse on (March 24, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

Dear All..

What Oz is facing is similar to what happened to Windies at 90s. The legends retired and there were no one to replace them.. just some good players but not in the league of legends... the biggest problem in my opinion is when there is a number of great players in the team,, there is no opportunity for young guys to develop and understand the international standards, one fine day all the legends retire and an unexposed group hits the international level.. its all for sure that they will fail and will take time to keep the standards,,. Windies after 12 years of decline are slowly comming back just because there are no superstars in there team and all of them have to perform for survival. hope to see Oz back in 5 years time because of there strong regional structure .

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

after this series my respect towards some players has hugely increased especially for AUS players 1) peter siddle :- aus media was right , he is a never tiring hard fought ever fighting demon ( sorry for demon word, but i dont know how to describe him ) the character he showed while he was playing ( be it bowling or batting )..... he will be in my all time 11 for sure....

2) micheale clarke :- after watching 4th match , i was surprised how did clarke managed to keep the players like warner, watson, pattinson, jhonson under control... they wer bizzare on the ground in final match.... i think if he gets the right sportspersons, clarke will be one of the greatest captains.......

3) pujara :- like dravid, you tell him to open an innings he will oblige, you tell him to score briskly he will do...... never tiring , down to earth, person..... i am seeing lot more similarities in pujara and dravid ( both are humble, obidient, team men, both WON the games for india ).

respect gentlemen.....

Posted by Mr.RockOn on (March 24, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

All you whiners, Indian and Non-Indian, whats wrong if the game didn't proceed into the 4th or the 5th day? It happens everywhere in the world - go and check how many of SA's games against NZ and PAK recently finished within 3/3.5 days. Its due to the form and skills of the players on the park, and sometimes external factors like weather. Many players of this same winning Indian team were also part of the team that got white washed, twice, in 2011-12. Then they were criticized to hell, same are being lauded to heavens now. Why its alright if a game finishes in 3 days on so called sporting tracks, but not so if that happens on spinning tracks.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

@RandyOZ

thank god i am seeing some or rather many ausie fans applauding india's effort and they are looking at there own teams fault instead of just blaming pitches ........

Posted by CricketBirbal on (March 24, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

My team for SA: Vijay, Dhawan, Gambhir, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Sehwag, Rahane, Dhoni, Saha, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar,Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shami Ahmed, Aaron/Dinda.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 24, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

well done team blue. u made whole india smile. long may ur success continue. now win in sa and be number 1 in the world where u rightly belong. come on team INDIA. be champion.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (March 24, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Massive congratulations to India for that annihilation of Australia. That was a very good display of grabbing the moment. Always a treat to watch the spinners dominate.

Posted by crickketlover on (March 24, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

This is a great achievement for Dhoni and India team selectors. Congratulations. Hope they continue to do well. Great talented young cricketers are available in India. Thanks to Dravid and VVS as they chose to retire at the right time so that young players could play and win for India. In addition, thanks to selectors for axing Sewag and Gambhir that helped India to come up with a productive opening partnership.

Posted by CricketBirbal on (March 24, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

Virat Kohli has to learn quickly that when he is there at the crease, he should not let others finish the job. Twice in this series he has got out while there were only 30 to 32 runs were required and then after he got out others also followed creating a bit of a stir. He has done this once before against Windies in 2011 when only 19 were required and he got out and we were almost beaten. Just a mental tune up I suppose. The support staff should pay more attention to this problem.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 24, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Congratulations to India from a Bangladeshi fan.We are always supportive to India.

Posted by Jason83 on (March 24, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

I will finish with this: If Brad Hodge had played in India in the recent series, would he have topped the runs and averages for Australia? The answer: I think YES! Speaks volumes for the standard of cricket being played in Australia between this generation and the previous one.....

Posted by Jason83 on (March 24, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Iv been waiting to post on here for a long time but never have. I love cricket and have been a fan of cricket my entire life. Im Australian and have watched the decline of our cricket ever since the greats starting retiring. The point that everybody seems to be avoiding in Australia (and fans of Australian cricket worldwide) is the fact that we just are not as good as were were. This to me is UNDERSTANDABLE! its not hard for me to understand this or admit it. When you take out some of the greatest players that have ever played the game, of course a decline in results will follow. I could name players that have retired but you all know who they are already. I think its time the media in Australia woke up and stopped expecting the same results that the previous generation dished us up. Its simply comparing apples and oranges in my opinion. The media is most of the problem here.

Posted by vinaykmr on (March 24, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

a surprise package of ravindra jadeja although selected as batting allrounder, he performed brilliantly as bowler n scored crucial 43 in first inning. such a good bowling performance by jadeja that although considered as a fifth bowler in team, he excelled to become 2nd ranked bowler getting 24 wkts in 4 matches. that also having killer instinct of getting rival capt mostly. jadeja is definitely a talented but under-rated bowler. he needs to score with the bat. has scored 2 tripple in domestic ckt. even if he takes 50% of success to intnl level, it vl b best for ind.

Posted by lovepork on (March 24, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

CONGRATULATION, Indian team, sabash blue shirts, awesome revenge! Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Vijay, Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar will make the future very bright. With Gauti and Umesh Yadav returning along with captain cool, Ishant and Ashwin would be a formidable side! Sachin please retire now you will lose your respect if you wait more.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

@Shaggy076 ""My definition of a good pitch is one where the ball doesnt go through the surface and pace bowlers and spin bowlers alike need to beat the batsman without the help of the pitch"" this definition you gave is a definition for a GOOD BOWLER not for the good pitch.. beating batsmen in air without pitching got nothing to do with the pitch... its just skill of bowler or the overcast conditions.......

you got your definition wrong so as your idea of good pitch....

Posted by supadupamonk on (March 24, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

samincolumbia: ur partly right...Ind need really gud fast bowlers....but we also want to know how this young team will perform in foreign condition especially in South Africa...it will be a real challenge for our players there...

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

thanks ausie for the support .... except for the few ( i know there are not ausie , but they pretend they are ) , you guys have been awesome for the whole series..... hope you come back strongly for the next BORDER GAVASKAR TROPY ..... al the best AUSIE team.....

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (March 24, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

In the first three matches over 400 runs in an innings atleast once were scored. So you can't blame the pitches. Yet those matches were one sided. Delhi pitch was more spinner friendly than others, but the match was closely fought and the most exciting of the series. When Siddle and Pujara could score two half centuries each why couldn't others? If most of the players played like them, the match would've lasted longer.Home boards should prepare pitches to suit home teams to satisfy fee paying home fans. It makes cricket sense as well as business sense. It brings fans to the stadium. Aren't test matches interesting when they are played in varied conditions in different parts of the world?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Test matches, will and always be my fav form of the game, love the present India team, give the boys, some much awaited kudos.Some time u win big, and sometimes u do not.thats why u play the game

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Lets celebrate the victory. Aussies have been a great and proud cricketing nation. And very soon they will for sure come back hard. India did not deserve losing 0-4 to Aussies down under either.

India must build on this fantastic victory. We have found a new team of young performers who have talent, verve and panache. Lets not keep players in simply on their past reputations. Recent performances must be more relevant. Also we need players who strive to give their best always rather than promoting those who are percentage players intent on survival and doing just enough so as to retain their position in the team. Match winners are needed in the team.

It is great moment for India. I remember 1969 when Aussies after mauling India went to SA and were ambushed 0-4 there to everybody's utter surprise. I do believe this defeat will also be one that will not recur for Aussies for the next 44 years.

Posted by rajattiwaari on (March 24, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Its a great victory for IND. winning 4-0 is no mean feat. What satisfies me the most is that all the players contributed,almost every box was ticked.Bad days are behind us now(hopefully). One remarkable change was MSD's captaincy. Even the most loyal dhoni basher will agree that there was a massive change in the way Dhoni lead the side.Brilliant captaincy!!

Posted by gudolerhum on (March 24, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Sachin, you have served your country and graced the game in the most excellent manner. This is the appropriate time to say a fond farewell to the international scene. Let us remember you as the hero you are not as one who stayed a little too long at the party. May you enjoy many years in your retirement and hopefully grace the comments box with your wisdom from time to time. Thanks for all the wonderful memories you have given those fortunate to have witnessed them.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

@BDforever my boy thanks for worrying about india all these time, now you try to hold onto you test status...it may well get lost after couple of years.... you may want to win in home atleast to retain your test status.....focus your mind on that...give your valuable suggestions to your team instead...india is whole on the other league when it comes to subcontinent teams....

Posted by lennie_pascoe1001 on (March 24, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

There is no doubt that India deserved to win, and were by far the better side, Australia should have been more competitive, and perhaps could have nicked a test match. Australia need to get their selection right. As opposed to worrying about whose wearing the right uniform.

We need a solid top four. We need to move away from this obsession with youth, and look at some of our experienced players. If you are 30 you should still get a look in. Unless you are an amazing talent then the selection criteria needs to be a solid record of 3-5 years at shield level.

Australia should be bringing in young players, at number 5 and 6, not 3 and 4, and expect them to perform. We need specialist's batsman and bowlers, and not too many all-rounder. (Maxwell, Henrique's, these guys will get their chance in time)

We needed 2 specialist spinners to play in each test. We only needed 2 fast bowlers. In these conditions, an average specialist spinner is more dangerous than your 3rd seamer.

Posted by hitacrosstheline on (March 24, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

So knives will be out for Mickey Arthur, but CA is even more culpable for hiring him while knowing full well his pedigree. Competing well demands playing your best eleven, which under Indian conditions means playing two spinners (compare England's recent tour of India). But Arthur, having never developed an appreciation (understanding?) of good spin bowling chose to exclude Lyon from the second test (Lyon was clearly the second best bowler in the first test). Then there is the seemingly inexplicable nature of selecting the middle order. Pujara has shown what good technique means to batting in challenging (or all) conditions. From what I've seen of Usman Khawaja, he possesses the second best battting technique amongst the Aussies, after Michael Clarke. But there's no place for him. Arthur says that Khawaja has a poor attitude. Translation: Perhaps he doesn't 'fit' in, in the same way so many talented 'others' has had trouble 'fitting in' the SA eleven over the years (ask Ntini).

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

Clearly as lot of people suspected including myself, Rahane does not belong at this level. Pujara, Dhawan and Kohli are the future. Dump Sachin and get Tiwary in. Now only we could find a couple of decent fast and spin bowlers.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

Scientists seem certain the Hadron collider has discovered the God Particle, Indian cricket seems to have found its own in debut centurion Shikhar Dhawan. This 27-year-old high energy particle accelerator has blasted his way into the game with the fastest Test 100 on debut." Well done INDIA....

Posted by binojpeter on (March 24, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Those who say pitches was doctored should know that Australia batted first in all of the 4 tests and could not win even one of them. If the pitch was bad, why couldn't their bowlers exploit that condition even in one of them?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Australians just lacked experience and confidence. They needed someone like Matthew Hayden or Kevin Peterson to give them that confidence boost with atleast one aggressive long inning. Pitch was not that scary, Siddle, Starc and Pattison showed that with bat, consistently. Anyhow, i liked the aggression they showed under Watson's captaincy.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Take That Australia 4-0

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

in my 25 odd years of coaching, playing and watching cricket i never had a tear of joy in my eyes.....i can see that in my boys eyes for whom i coach....

finally the advertisement "WELCOME TO INDIA CRICKET IS WORTH WATCHING"

welcome to india cricket.......

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

Sweet Revenge... a taste of their own medicine !!!!

Posted by DawnBreaker on (March 24, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Incredible performance by the Indian Team! Seeing Jadeja get the man of the match and Ashwin man of the series and performances of Dhawan, Pujara, Vijay, Ojha shows the growth of young talent for India. Congratulations to the Indian Team! Australia can take some rare good moments in the test like Lyon's 9 wickets in the final test, Smith's 90 odd, Clarke's century etc... Australia have the potential to play their usual quality cricket. It would be great to see such a come-back!

Posted by mgsperera on (March 24, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

Very Well Done team India !!!!! It is not too easy to beat Auzi in any given conditions ..great win ...best wishes frm SL Fans..

Posted by vinaykmr on (March 24, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

congrats team ind. shining part was pujara's batting which was terrific. target of 150 plus wasnt easy on this devil track. all the credit of run chase goes to pujara who remained cool n finished the job with his 82 remaining unbeaten till the end to finish the job. if not for him, the procession wud hv started n ind wud hv been bundled out in second inning!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

Bravo India! Well done. That you have been kings on home soil was never in question, save for the blip against England recently. Please now do the ultimate, decimate these opposition in then dens.

And yes! we wish to say good-bye to our beloved Sachin Tendulkar. He has made India proud for so many years but now the most graceful time has come for him to say a nice good-bye. Remember those who quite at their peak like Bjorn Borg, Sunny Gavaskar, Steffi Graf, John Elway, Annika Sorenstam, Barry Sanders, Jim Brown etc are remembered & respected far more.

Posted by rocket_rocket on (March 24, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

cheers to team india for their 4-0 win ...a win of this magnitude will boost the confidence of the team like a rocket...beating any australian team anywhere is always special to any team...this loss does mean the aussies will lose the ashes. the aussies have plenty of positives from this tour. 1.lyon is a wicket taking bowler . 2.they found 2 more allrounders in starc and siddle . 3.steve smith is a decent test player. and as far as india is concerned time to enjoy the cricket carnival IPL.

Posted by CricketpunditUSA on (March 24, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

I am not going to label this as a great indian victory. The quality (or the lack of it) of Aussie batsmen and Spinners stood out. I am not sure David Warner is a Shewag or even a Chris Gayle for that matter. Philip Hughes for all the 40s he made in the last two innings does NOT belong in this level. Maxwell - You should have seen the way he got bowled in the last match for an easy carrom ball. Again, does NOT belong to a Test Team in the current form. When an Andy Flower, Cook, Dean Jones, Matt Hayden, Lara etc. can score and score heavily in the turning pitches, it shows the quality. Steven Smith was decent. Clark was the only that appeared as a batsman for the Aussies. With this team, and no spinners to back them up, Aussies are back to 1980s. A strong rebuilding is required. India probably has sorted out the batting troubles to an extent. But bowling is NO good. Ishant and Kumar do NOT deserve a test place. That's the fact. Jadeja is not going to do anything useful outside india.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (March 24, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

Congrats India on a fantastic series victory. Having watched live cricket for 30 odd years now I can safely say this is the most mediocre Aussie team Ive ever seen. Even the teams of Kim Hughes and Allan Border in his early days had at least a few good players. The techniques and footwork of the top order batsmen bar Clarke against spinners was embarrassing to say the least. Its a long time since I felt sorry for an Aussie side!!!. As for India, some great individual performances from a young side. They definitely have to prove themselves abroad and the England series is not forgotten but for now lets just enjoy the moment. Cheers Team India!!!

Posted by Arjun_CB on (March 24, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

It's really nice to see a score card of 4-0 on india's way !!! Well played india Now i would like to do my own analysis on this series.

India - Very much satisfactory perfomance, completely outplayed Australia.. +ves : Constistant Top order batting , Spinners done marvelous job -ves : Getting out the tale enders!! not only with this series...

Australia : Very alarming !!!! +ves : Tale Enders batting... -Ves : None of the Aussies (Except few shown good intend but not enough) had any clue against the turning balls... It's really ugly to see Hughes, cowan etc technique( or style ) on defending the balls ---- " after offering shot squaring them up and always hiding their bats beteen their LEGS " lol ....

Suggestion: Aus has to change their pitches, make turning tracks like india ( ( If they can't then don't even open mouth to have a say about making fast tracks in india))

Posted by hhillbumper on (March 24, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

to all those Sachin fans is this another one of his winning second innings contributions? Retire now or do you want to pad out the figures and bank balance a bit more.

Posted by trueanalyst on (March 24, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

@Surajit Chakravarty,Why don't you savor such a historic triumph instead of thinking about something which is 9 months away.Nobodyis looking that far and we are very happy with the result.Regarding Chateswara Pujara,here is his performance in England and WestIndies in the only 2 away tours he competed.He is way above his peers including the opposition teams.See England lions stats.It includes Cook,Bell,Trott and Bopara and he performed way better than them. Some people instead of living in present day happiness think about something on which they don't have any control. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/averages/batting_bowling_by_team.html?id=7320;team=1832;type=series http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/averages/batting_bowling_by_team.html?id=5621;team=1832;type=tournament http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/averages/batting_bowling_by_team.html?id=5621;team=1003;type=tournament

Posted by gana27 on (March 24, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

some peoples are more pessimistist here thinking of SA conditions. India have formidable batting and bowling(in spinning), they can grind in any conditions. Guys from Saurastra have come with purpose and passion, no one can deter them. thanks for their selection.

Posted by grizzle on (March 24, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

What surprises me somewhat is the many Aussie commentators (though not all by any means) on here bemoaning the nature of the pitch. Yes, it was a brute of a pitch, but so what? Consider the following test match played in Perth between WI and Aus in 1997: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63733.html

That match ended in 3 days with victory to the Windies, principally because of the destructive power of Ambrose, Bishop, and Walsh. Warne took a couple of wickets for the Aussies, but is there anybody who seriously believes that spinners had a chance on that pitch? They wouldn't even have entered the contest within 3 days! If I remember right, that pitch even had a gigantic crack down the centre which made batting nigh on impossible! The point here is: Test cricket is richer for the unique challenges it throws up. Straitjacketing it into a single stereotype would weaken its allure.

Having said that, I wouldn't have minded seeing a seamer-friendly surface at Mohali!

Posted by Ben.John on (March 24, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Match ended in 3 days! It was a great test match and excellent test series for India. Australia, with their inexperienced line up fought well and they must have learned a lot in this series. I like to see the India youngsters continue to show their talent and worth. TEST MATCH IS THE REAL CRICKET!!!

Posted by madurai-625001 on (March 24, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Atlast a convincing series victory for the Indians...There a few positives.. as well as some negative issues that are to be addressed by us before touring SA. Positives: 1. Good opening combo in vijay and dhawan 2. The middle order looks solid with pujara, sachin, kohli , dhoni (dhoni should continue batting at 6) 3. The spin trio (ashwin, ojha, jaddu) 4. Bhuvi will surely be handy in overseas :) Negatives: 1. Batting performance is expected from jaddu and ashwin (especially in overseas conditions). 2. India should think beyond Ishant as his bowling average itself shows his overall performance ( avg in 40's). 3. Question over Rahane's batting spot..whether a reserve opener or a middle order batsman. 4. How these new players are going to adopt to the overseas condition (especially the spinners and the opening batsmen)..

Posted by stormy16 on (March 24, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Hammered fair and square are Aus and there should be no excuses other than they were totally outplayed by a great Indian team doing what they always do best at home (except for Eng!) bat really well and tie up the opponents with quality spin. Which ever way one looks at it a 4-0 loss will be hard to cop for Aus. Full credit to India who have been in total control througout the series and hardly gave Aus a lookin. The young batters have stood up and show real class and what a sensation has Jadeja been. My take on this result is both these teams need to accept the reality that neither of them are world beaters and should not be get dillusioned with that idea. They are both really strong at home provided the opponents are not real world beaters (SA and Eng). I think India are well on their way to climb up to the top again but Aus have a long way to go.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

India win 4-0 Congratulation to Dhoni & Indain Team

Posted by landl47 on (March 24, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

I know this is hard to believe, but after the game, Watson (he who averaged 16.5 in the series, hasn't made a century in the last 39 test innings he's played and got out to as bad a shot as you'll ever see in the second innings of this game) blamed the bowling.

Since Maxwell's a part-timer, Johnson and Pattinson only bowled 5 overs between them and Siddle didn't bowl at all, that means Watson is sticking the blame for this defeat on Nathan Lyon.

The sooner Watson is removed from the side, the better. He can't bat, doesn't bowl, won't follow the coach's instructions and now he's dissing the one man who kept Aus in the game. What good is he?

Posted by grizzle on (March 24, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

japper: Absolutely right. Nevertheless, the point is to win test matches both at home and abroad and at the present, the very least that we have is a side capable of winning in home conditions (and possibly subcontinent conditions in general, though that remains to be proven). As for South Africa, preparation for that series (and other overseas assignments to follow) is of paramount importance, and I hope the BCCI are looking into it: preparing more seamer-friendly pitches for domestic competitions and scheduling more warm-up matches (say 3 to 4 3-day games) would be great! Without that, however, I think India may be in for a pasting once more.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 24, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

I have to agree with the Indian fans re: all the Aussies complaining about the pitch. We knew they were going to be like this (fair or unfair) so we should've picked our two best spinners, O'Keefe and Lyon. Don't blame the selection panel, blame Clarke and Arthur picking their mates, and the rest of the selectors.

Posted by Tweety20 on (March 24, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Congrats to india for the series win.I was really suprised with the way the Aussies fell apart to give away the series.I thought they would comeback and take away the 4th test.anyways,nobody is perfect.What India need to improve is their away record which is not encouraging.Their real test will be the tour of SA which is not going to be easy.If they can perform well against SA in SA then they really deserve a 'hats off'.All the best.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 24, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

AUSTRALIA won the toss in every match. So they had the option to go for bowling/ batting as per pitch but still they lost all the matches.

Then why some of the critics questioning pitch ? Surely they are not happy to see Ind win.

Posted by Shamim051109 on (March 24, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

Great India!!It seem to be the new step to be the best of the world.

Posted by Rags57 on (March 24, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

A great series win by India by any yardstick. Outstanding team effort - you look all around and you have winning performers - Vijay, Pujara, Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja were remarkable right through the series. Ojha was good if not great, Kumar chipped in with key wickets at Hyderabad and Mohali, Sachin pitched in at Chennai, Bhajji had a decent outing at Hyderabad, and Ishant was decent in the last couple of matches. The only ones to have missed out were Sehwag and Rahane. What India need to do before the SA series is to get Mohali ready with pace and bounce for some tough pre-tour practice for a few weeks and also use the tactic used by Kirsten to get at least some of the key players early there to get acclimatized to conditions there before the tour begins. I see no reason why this team can not become the number one team in the world in the next two years because we have the nucleus of a great team now.

Posted by Nampally on (March 24, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Congrats India & MS Dhoni for a magnificient 4-0 whitewash! It is a sweet payback for India's corresponding defeat in the OZ land. Australia was totally outplayed & demolished. India played as a Team. There was one big score followed by a few medium sized scores but always at least one big partnership. The spinners led by Ashwin, Jadeja & Ojha were outstanding. They really did their job to perfection. Pujara & Vijay emerged as the most reliable & consistent bats. Vijay particularly surprised one and all with his 2 consecutive centuries + a 57. Pujara, a victim of bad umpiring, given out wrongly in 4 out of his 9 outings, once again showed that he is the best Indian batsman for Tests & ODI's. He opened Dhoni's eyes wide open for the ODI's too! Jadeja certainly was the find of the series with his consistently reliable bowling - second Vinoo Mankad for India.Dhawan was unlucky to be laid low after a brilliant debut century. Revival of Indian Cricket. India go on "High" to S.Africa!

Posted by hdave1176 on (March 24, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Dhoni - Greatest captain ever (in my opinion)‏

He has given us days which we have not even dreamed in Indain cricket in our lifetime. Unbelievable! Hats off to Sir Mahendra Singh Dhoni!

another one. most successful series ever in indian cricket (that too against Aussies) http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/team/6.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=won;template=results;type=team;view=series

and yes SRT - please for god sake retire now and don't wait for 200th test: http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/626464.html

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 24, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Sorry state of the Aussies shown by the fact Siddle was the highest scorer of both innings. Zimbabwe might have won over them in this decimated state. Easy win for the Indians but are there any real bright spots who could take them to places abroad, is a moot point. However congrats to Dhoni marshalling the troops well. Sri Lanka seemed to have found a imposter to Jayasuriya in Kushal (Perera) & is Pujara be such a one for Tendulkar. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

If India will only win on rank turners than there is nothing much to cheer about. If a Jadeja(limited over bowler with limited variations) is bowling spearhead then it's a worry when India tours. England had a good bowling attack and they defeated India in similar conditions. Australia is rebuilding and am sure if they had a Swanny or Panesar ...this lottery test match series would have had a different score line. Cricket fans in India have short memory and administrators have short sightedness. Fans forgot the struggle against England and administrators did nothing to build team that can win overseas.

Posted by AVRAJAN on (March 24, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Congrats "Pitches" for the remarkeable series win.Though I am an Indian Fan, I am not at all happy. Especially in Kotla the pitch has won. And Cricket has lost. I request the ICC not to plan any 3 day test matches (like the 20-20) based on Test matches played in India.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 24, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Thank You, Team Ind for giving us happiness by brown-washing the Aussies. Congratulations to all Ind fans all over the World. Being an Ind fan, I have felt the humiliation of getting white-washed in Aus and Eng before. So I will cherish this brown-wash by India for many coming years.

They generally say Ind's bowling attck is weak. In this series our bowlers picked 80 out of 80 wickets. 100% Result. Anyone ?

Some ppl r saying this is NOT the best Aus side. But hey, this is not Ind's best side either. Dravid and VVS have just retired. ZaK, Viru, Gauti are out due to poor form. Umesh, PK are not playing either. Means a relatively new, inexperienced Ind side brown-washing Aus is a Big achievement. Give credit where it is due.

Jadeja, Ashwin, Pujara and Vijay's consistency in this series along with some unbelievable knocks from Dhoni and Dhawan in different matches helped Team Ind win the series.

I'm a IPL fan too. So this win sets up the right mood to enjoy IPL season. :) Cheers !

Posted by Kulaputra on (March 24, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

Regardless of result, the pitch was pathetic. Pujara, Kohli, Jadeja and Siddle were the only ones that seem to understand this pitch and its behaviour. While I am very happy with India's whitewash (I still wish Ponting was the captain), pitches like the one in Delhi are not meant for a 5 day match. A 2 day league perhaps but not the longer version. Make a spinning track all right but a decent one !!

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (March 24, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

@Int.Curator ...Indian cricket board, BCCI is caring for us, so i don't think you should not be worrying too much about our team. We have shown how can we win outside sub-continent in Australia in 2003-04 series. So we now how to do it and we have talent and technically sound players in domestic circuit. Just we need some time for young team to settle

Posted by moBlue on (March 24, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

to those who complain about IND preparing pitches to their advantage, what with IND batters traditionally being better players of spin... i have watched IND play test matches all over the world for over 2 decades now. what do you think other countries do when IND plays them away?!? i'll give you one clue... they don't present IND with turning tracks! every country - especially SA, AUS and ENG - prepare [generally fast and bouncy] tracks that favor the home team! yet, IND nearly beat oz in oz in 2003 [check cricinfo archives if you don't believe me!] and nearly beat SA in SA in 2011... and i [and other IND fans] never even thought to complain about the pitches prepared by the home team!!! it is called "home field advantage"! my only complaint [when IND lost 4-0 to ENG and oz away] was that IND's batters couldn't play on fast and bouncy tracks!

yet, here you all are, cryBabies, every last one of you who points out that IND's pitches are turners! get your batters to learn to play spin!!!

Posted by statsindia on (March 24, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

MOM Jadeja, MOS Ashwin, Top run getter Vijay, Highest score in series Dhoni all CSK. CSK has won IPL without a ball being bowled.

Posted by partha19 on (March 24, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

It was a very pathetic performace by a medicore Aussie team.. A team where openers can't score a century in the entire series can never think of winning a test match. Bring back Ponting who is in brilliant form and also you got to bring back Hussey . I cant see any replacement for this Batsmen . The coach should be replaced & Aussie need somebody like Greg Chappel who is a task master. They need to pull their socks to face English team who are far superior to this Indian team.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Support for Japper's opinion. These 4-day pitches are entertaining - but ultimately useless as preparation for, say, S.Africa. All these new batsmen remain untested. I can't be sure that Karthik, Dhawan, Pujara, Rahane, Jadeja, or even Dhoni, Raina and Yuvraj have the technique to make big test runs in S.Africa. Only Kohli, Gambhir and Sachin can be counted as somewhat reliable in S.African conditions. But there's reason to have high hopes from the "fast" bowlers. If they can manage to stay fit, a combination of Bhuvneshar, Ishant, Umesh and Aaron (Pravin Kumar would be my chosen backup) might be a handful in S.Africa (along with one spinning allrounder - most likely Ashwin or Jadeja). But they better do their homework on S.African batsmen before they show up there. Suggested team: Gambhir, Karthik/Dhawan, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja/Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Umesh, Aaron, Ishant.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

@japper: Friend, I can understand your concerns. Having said that, Indian pitches will NEVER resemble the green tops of SA, England and Australia. It's against Mother Nature if anything uncanny as that happens in the sub-continent. The best the Indian curators could have done is prepare flat highways like the ones in Sri Lanka which would have resulted in boring draws and inflated averages of batsmen on both sides. I rather have a spinning wicket ANY day over a flat highway. All pitches were GOOD in this series. Australians cannot blame anything or anyone because they won all 4 tosses, they batted first every time and still lost. So it's a fair and square victory for our young team. SA is for the future, for now let's savour this historic achievement from a pretty good Indian team in the making.

Posted by Riz000 on (March 24, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

Being a Pakistani fan i got to give indian selectors and Captain a salute at-least thy try new players unlike PAk & funny thing is they all come good lol India has no worries of batsman's after tendlukhar and few others go however Im very disappointed on Australia how bad they treated Usman Khawaja i think usman should make his way to Pakistan asap as we desperate need him right now

Posted by BDforever on (March 24, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

It's great to see how Australian fans behave as true gentlemen here without making excuses like some other fans. As I always believe there is not much difference between losing all and winning ONLY at home. India have NOT won any away test for years now. I truly expect they would NOT continue their away losing record of 8-0 to 11-0 when they tour South Africa this year.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (March 24, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

It has been a painful series for us and not too many positives to take from it. Steven Smith batted much better than what most thought about him, he looks good against quality spin bowling. Need to wait and watch against swing and pace.Michael Clarke, he's been a good bat but a 4-0 loss, the dropping of the four players for the third Test and his bad back will all add up to pose a few questions. Peter Siddle is a work-horse but took two Tests coming into his own. James Pattinson did well in the first game but did not have anything to show for in the others. Phil Hughes failed too many times but his 69 was good. Khawaja should have played this series and don't think most folks will argue against that. Ed Cowan has split opinions but his inability to go on after 30 is worrying but he fought which i can't say for some other batsman. I will back Nathan Lyon too. He is no Shane Warne but a bowling average of around 33 after 22 Tests is reasonable going.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

The skills and the talent of indian youngsters is just unbelievable,when they take any job under their seleves they just cant leave it unfulfilled and incomplete jobs are the reasons of real destruction fot the team and fot its proud and accomplished players.it has been a memorable series for the indian younters . the way the younsters came of age in this series is just ramarkable. firstly to handle themsevles speaks a great deal of maturatiy on their heads y.when there are able and capable younsters waiting in the wings to get bin the tea,m ,we should mix turn chop and change so that every body gets a chance to play for team india. . youngsters are the future and present of any team progress. when you have five or six guys at the helm and who are will9ing to use their energy in a contructive and fruthful way it reallay means that the team has come out of transition a nd its in a position of making their position permanent once and for all . younsters also have a lot of unused enrgy

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (March 24, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Lyon didn't fire when it mattered, plain and simple. He hasn't got a pass mark as far as I am concerned. Doherty, Maxwell, Watson, Warner and Cowan should not be going to the ashes. There are other players who can do the same as them but have much better upside and form

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

After a cracking series, this might be a good time to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of both teams. While India have won in handsome fashion, the fact remains that the batsmen struggle on seaming and bouncy pitches. Which means that they will struggle in Aus, Eng, NZ and SA - and prosper in SL, Pak(UAE) , Ind , WI and Ban. The bowling remains an issue - India don't have bowlers who can get 20 wickets in seaming conditions. They need to get Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and other budding speedsters up to the Test level soon. Even the spinners need to be able to bowl on different kinds of pitches. Australia are a team in transition - the batsmen showed that their technique is suspect against quality spin bowling. They need to spend time in the nets working on it. The bowlers actually had a reasonably good outing given the low expectations - however, the spin department is bare.First class cricket is not bringing forth the kind of talent that is needed. Fundamental change is reqd.

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (March 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

An extremely satisfying win for India. Australia were totally outclassed or rather outspun but they should be better for the experience. Now its time to prepare for South Africa.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

congratulation all the Indian cricket players for this great success

Posted by Midonoff on (March 24, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

Congrats to India, well played. Australia beleive they are still a good test team which clearly they are not. I think West Indies has the best test record of all teams touring in India up to today, unless some wants to prove me wrong.

Posted by Int.Curator on (March 24, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

Congratulations India, dominated most sessions of the series. I really wish for India's sake this could have been contested on better pitches. They will never know now how good they could have played, and their credibility to perform well, continues to be questioned.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

@JG2704: Thanks for some lovely words there my friend. Yes, it's a wonderful achievement for a YOUNG Indian team. It's been a disappointment for more than 18 months now with regards to Indian Test cricket. This is such a high point for every Indian player involved in this series. Having said that, it's disappointing to see some Aussie fans berate the Indian team's crowning achievement. Australia had the BEST conditions to assert their dominance over India. They won ALL the tosses and batted first in every game. They simply didn't play well and so they have NO RIGHT to be angry or grumpy. At the same time, it's nice to see many other Australian fans appreciate and congratulate India on what's a truly MAGICAL series victory.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (March 24, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Australia were brave but blokes like Pujara and co. made sure it would be 4-0. It was quite a heated game and would be interesting to see what happens. Warner needs to pull his head in and focus on his own game.

Posted by maddy20 on (March 24, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

@Shaggy076 Not as much as you guys. I was disappointed with my team's performance . Sure I have made 1 or 2 posts but not like you cry babies. Evey singlepost of yours, you have harped about the pitch or the umpires . Its always something or the other . Seriously its starting to get very monotonous and boring!

Posted by Sachin_Rahul_fan on (March 24, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

For all those cynics who are itching to criticise Indian team saying this team does'nt succeed abroad blah blah blah...This win is certainly a big boost and it is going to be the beginning of a new era..The young brigade in our team is going to be the core group that always have the hunger to succeed be it away or home..

Posted by iluvtest on (March 24, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

It seems that people have very short memories. when SA toured Australia The best fast bowlers in the world could not get wickets in the first two tests not because of excellent batting.It is by preparing FLAT pitches only.Isn't it doctoring? India in particular is pointed out for preparing spin pitches to get advantage is ridiculous. England prepares pitches that help swing and absolutely don't help spinners. It attributes that to climate and weather. No body questions. Same standard is to be applied every where.India can prepare whatever they want and if visiting team doesn't have players suited it is their problem. Are we complaining when we presented with ultra fast pitches? The same goes with anybody.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 24, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

A win is a win .... but India have no reason to be too pleased coming as it is on home pitches doctored and vs the worst Aus team in generations.... !! With couple of their spinners having flattering no. of wickets in series making them look far better than it is and a poor bunch of medium pace seamers like Ishant S and B Kumar there is an air of inevitability to the carnage about to befall them late this year in S Africa .... A 3-0 thrashing probably by an inngs. and in 4 days by the no.1 team is looming ... and it will make it 11-0 ..... can't get worse can it?

Posted by KhanMitch on (March 24, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

@AhmadEsat i share your frustration, no doubt Khawaja didn't get a fair go but our losses were bigger then just 1 player, there was the case of Lyon being dropped after 1 game, the gang of 4 getting blame for our on field issues, Hughes getting chance after chance because the skipper is a fan of his. For starters lets not make the captain selector, Clarke is a great batsman but doesn't need to be selector. And Lyon has hopefully shown that he is our number 1 spinner.

Posted by bobbo2 on (March 24, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

If Siddle can get to 50 twice what what was wrong with the actual batsman?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

Well Australian batting was not upto the mark here in India but pitches are going to be different and i personally think Australian fast bowling resources are overall better than England's except Anderson who is in a different league now... So will be a exciting Ashes this year even though England has a slight edge because of there batting

Posted by Raj_Adv on (March 24, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

Every time India wins, we hear all kinds of irresponsible comments about how the pitch was doctored, it was substandard, etc. Does anybody care to remember India's trip to New Zealand in 2002-03, it was so green that the pitch could not be differentiated from the outfield? The fact of the matter is that this is Test cricket, it is as much a test of skill to play on spinning, spiteful wickets as it is to play at the WACA or Hamilton or Johannesburg, where the ball does the fast bowler's bidding. If not, let us have the same kind of pitches everywhere like Hockey or football, and take the life out of Test cricket.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (March 24, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

What an incredible performance from "Team India". A young Indian team with brave hearts with a captain who showed how should you play fire with fire in first test match just shows his commitment and his teams commitment towards improving Indian team in tests further joining league of South Africa. I believe in Dhoni's leadership always in any format. Because he never fears or panics. He tries everything. And some Whining Aussies should understand this is called as playing in "sub-continent". Congratulations Team India. 4-0 is big feat. I am so happy.

Posted by sillypoint6 on (March 24, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

i dont undestand why everyone is shouting over india's win. forgot how england (tests) and pakistan in odi thrashed india in their own den, winning from childrens in your own home is not a big deal. we will see when india tours south africa white wash is on the cards. jadeja will even find difficult to be in playing 11, so gud luk guys for the thrashing!!!!!!!!

Posted by Kitschiguy on (March 24, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

I agree with RandyOZ - except for the bit about Clarke and the bowlers.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Well Done India..........

Posted by JG2704 on (March 24, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Congratulations India.I believe it means that you now (barring miracles) overtake us (Eng) to become number 2 in the world. To me this shows huge character.I personally had a fancy for Australia in this gameseries based on Ind coming off a home series defeat and Aus playing so well vs SA in which they had the upper hand in 2 of the 3 tests. Team selections I feel were an issue and while Ind found the bottle to drop some of their underperforming senior players in favour of fresh faces who each have contributed massively Aus seem to have been persisting with the same underperforming batsmen and seem to have left their best bowler for these conditions at home. Although they will take comfort in how Smith has come in and looked a fair player. It's a strange game.I felt that we may lose our 2 ranking but after we beat India I felt it less of a chance and never saw India being the side that overtakes us. Congrats Ind and SA are the huge winners as they pull away further at the top

Posted by ICU11 on (March 24, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

Well done team India , you have made us cry, you had brought us shame but today you brought us happiness . I live for today , well done.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 24, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

I have to agree with the Indian fans re: all the Aussies complaining about the pitch. We knew they were going to be like this (fair or unfair) so we should've picked our two best spinners, O'Keefe and Lyon. Don't blame the selection panel, blame Clarke and Arthur picking their mates, and the rest of the selectors.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (March 24, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

As much as i hate it hopefully there will be some fall out from this series. We have a top order that apart from Clarke is barely up to test standard. If conditions aren't exactly how they like it then its limp capitulation. Hopefully someone will pull the pin on the grenade for this team and set up before the Ashes as very few deserve to survive the blast.Can't see Cowan,,Hughes and Watson improving in England and Smithy is weak against seam. But I can't see the NSP abandoning them either. Khawaja should come in at No.3 but common sense doesn't always prevail.Cannot believe someone as esteemed and knowledgable as Rod Marsh saw fit to persist with weakening already weak batting by picking Maxwell and not getting Khawaja in there. When will we realise that 4 good bowlers are enough to win and we don't need a bit and piece allrounder.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

As for the Aussies - They finally gave a good fight this test. Looking ahead for the ashes it will be a lot closer than what people are predicting. England have the better spinner, but I would rate Anderson, Finn and Broad vs Starc, Pattinson and Siddle equally. Its the batting where Australia might lose out. Cook and Compton look a lot more solid than Cowan and Warner. Middle order of Bell, Trott, KP and Root/Bairstow is equal to Hughes, Clarke, Watson/Khwaja and Smith in English conditions (although Clarke is the best batsman between the 2 teams). Its Prior vs Wade where there is another big difference. So, it advantage England by 60-40. Not as much as the pessimists within the Aussie camp think.

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 24, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Hi Jaysuz, well done in losing 4 zip. It is all the more entertaining to hear from SORE losers like yourself. And yes, it was quite satisfying to see the Warner send off.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Posted by V.Sethuraman on (March 24,2013,12:10 GMT)

It was a historic clean sweep for India against Australia.Full credit goes to able leadership of M.S.Dhoni who was well supported by M.Vijay,C.Pujara,V.Kohli, R.Jadeja,B.Kumar,I.Sharma R.Ashwin and P.Ojha.This is memorable series for India against Australia wherein all the Indian players proved their worth except Viru.

Sethu.

Posted by magpie22 on (March 24, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

well deserved victoy and big praise to india for a fantastic and thorouguhly deserved triujmph, but am i the only person n the universe to question ojha's action?

Posted by pull_shot on (March 24, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Australia lost 7 test matches in a row in india turf. 1)now 4-0 2) 2010-11 series 2-0 (only 2 test match series) 3)2008-09 Series last test at nagpur i.e ganguly's farwell test (india won 2-0 of 4 test match series)

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 24, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Maddy20 - "your disappointed with the whining Australian fans" Then you proceed to whinge about the series two years ago in the same paragraph. Do you expect the Australian fans to be better than yourself?

Posted by popcorn on (March 24, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Time for the Selectors and Coach and Captain Clarke to take a good hard look at themselves and stop being sentimental - dump Phil Hughes and David Warner.Get in Usman Khawaja and give Rob Quiney the same number of opportunities you gave the perennial failure Phil Hughes.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 24, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Absolutely pathetic by the Australian Cricket Team. With the exception of Clarke and the bowlers, the rest are a disgrace to the baggy green and don't deserve to be anywhere near the national side.

Posted by japper on (March 24, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Its a great win for India, but the more closer you look at this, you tend think are there any positives to take from this series though we have won 4-0? Are these pitches going to do us any good in preparing our team for overseas assignments? Yes our batsman have scored big hundreds and our spinners have taken bag full of wickets, but are these pitches going to help our team in the long run? The answer is big NO and this has always been the bane of Indian cricket. Our batsman who so easily negotiate the opposition fast bowlers in India become sitting ducks when they play on pitches even with marginal assistance to fast bowlers which is what 90% of the pitches in the world will provide and there is no way in the world our spinners are going to run through any side outside of subcontinent. Moreover our fast bowlers just don't develop as they hardly bowl. We can savour this victory, but, one can only hope the ghosts of last year don't come back when we play our next series, in SA.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (March 24, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

We won all the toss, batted first in all and lost all the matches.Its really shame, No positive from this tour expect smith was good to some extent and Khawaja given he never played a match. How Khawaja wasn't played is not acceptable. And as for the Indian team they seem to be settling finally post retirement/exit of greats. Pool of openers in Vijay, Dhawan, Mukund, Jaffer and Gambhir. Middle order - Pujara, Kohli, Tewary (yet to debut), Tendulkar, Raina / Yuvraj? Keepers Dhoni, Patel, Saha & Karthik. Fast bowlers - Yadav, Aaron, Sharma, Seamers - Kumar, Dinda and Spinners Ashwin, Ojha, Mishra / Chawla and H Singh. They will have sterner tests to prove their mettle in fast and bouncy tracks abroad though.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 24, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Absolutely pathetic by the Australian Cricket Team. With the exception of Clarke and the bowlers, the rest are a disgrace to the baggy green and don't deserve to be anywhere near the national side.

Posted by riverlime on (March 24, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

It is time for the BCCI to stop milking the sachin cow. Let him retire with his average still good enough to be termed great. As it is he now has scored 15837 runs off 327 innings, for a mean of 48.4 runs per innings, and it is dropping every time he comes out to bat. By comparison, Lara scored 11953 runs in 232 innings, for a mean of 51.5 runs per innings. In other words, you could have expected 3 more runs from Lara, every time he walked out to bat.

Posted by SRT_thebest on (March 24, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

@ every whinning ausie supporter- U guys talk about doctored wickets when u dont know what that means. Doctored wickets arent wickets made to favour home team they r wickets made to undermine opposition teams. Wen aus came to india every man n his dog knew spining tracks will be made it is u r fault u dont hv such spinners. If u want to see who makes doctored wickets u will find its infact australia doing it. We make spinning tracks whatever the team infront of us may have same with south africa who make green tracks whichever the team against be. England dont change tracks to suit oppositions weakness its u guys doing it.

If australia pak eng or saf come to delhi u will find same pitch. But when eng r saf travel to aus u will find docile tracks to nullify their pace attack while wen india r srilanka travel to same venues we find green tinge on them to exploit our weaknesses that is docoring a pitch

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 24, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

@mukesh_LOVE.cricket- Sehwag is more talented and uses a good hand-eye Coordination Technique. Has played all over the world and scored Runs, with two Triple Centuries(which is quite amazing), which requires patience,ability and backing yourself. Warner has no patience.little ability and yeah backing himself. Warner should have been dropped after 2 tests. Reason for Sehwag's fall is his problem in Eye sight and slow reflexes because of his Age, which were his big strengths in his batting.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Sending a number 7 or 6 to open in a test and its not near the end of days play?(no respect for top-class indian spinners?) As I said from the beginning, Aus would lose 4-0. India have shown that they will be a force to reckon with. Siddle could score fifty in both innings, so why couldn't the others score similar? Its time auzzie supporters awake and accept the fact that their team; once at the piinnacle on cricket, is on a downward spiral. The only thing that can help them breathe pride is playing against a minnow team and winning. India were trying to rush things early on and so lost their way slightly in the chase. Finally, I wonder what sort of homework mr.arthur would demand now. Worry not, some minnow opposition will surely come touring down under soon. That way we shall all boast and say how the bowlers and batsmen are so much in form! Well done india!

Posted by ElevenStars on (March 24, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

This is the message to Every Test Playing Country touring to India, If you dont have world class spinners in your side and if you dont have the ability to play against quality spin attack then you will be Humiliated and White washed just like Oz's and Kiwi's by Dhoni boys. This is B'coz Our Spinners and Pitch Curators are in top form..!!. At present,only England and Pakistan have that ability to challenge Team India in Indian home conditions. England won here as they were balanced side to what I highlighted.

Posted by a1234s on (March 24, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

@mervo

Warne has been whipped by India - home AND away. Murali was a no-show in Australia. Kumble was neutered in England and Australia..but was phenomenal at home.

Warne got all those wickets coz Saffas, Windies and those Pommies cant play spin for their lives.

We need some perspective here. Australians cant play spin and they usually lose in India. Indians cant play pace and they usually lose in Australia.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Congratulations to India, but lets not get over the top. We cannot forget that we were whitewashed against England and Australia away. After the home series against England, we have regrouped, found a good combination for home conditions. I think we are back to our unbeatable best in India. But, away from home we still lack in various areas. I hope Fletcher and Dhoni work on it. I do not want to see us go back to the 90s. They have the potential to do well overseas, but I hope the players are not content with such hone whitewashes.

Posted by shishirji on (March 24, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Just loved the send-off Warner got....like an empty vessel he makes way too much noise!!!!.....coming to the pitch, if it was such a disgrace to test cricket, then how how would you explain 0ver 300 runs scored today, and 280 odd yesterday.....you want to know whats a BAd pitch?...In 2000, at headingly test b/w WI-ENG got over in little more than 2 and half days, bet no one called it a BAD pitch then.......would serve AUS better if they let their players attend "How to play on spin" clinics....it should be their "HOMEWORK" ...haha!!!!

Posted by Dhanno on (March 24, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Superlative performance from Pujara. Reminiscent of a Mumbai test (against Aus) where SRT/VVS played as if on different surface altogether. Assured in footwork and ever confident that they could negate the pitch as they wish. Cover him in wool and protect this fella, a bright spot in test cricket for india, one which does not come with riders.

I am not gonna club this with dhoni 200/ Dhawan 180. Those were freak of innings which will happen once every 3 years (glad they happened here, but lil bit perspective is needed when looking at them). Pujara's innings is the one which confirmed the outcome in 2nd innings shootout, but we gotta accept he is capable of it. This is singularly the top achievement for Dhoni's test team in last few years. 4-0 victory, albeit against young australian side, it needs the perseverance, a bit luck, some magic (the dhoni/dhawan show) it needs to be appreciated. I just hope Dhoni doesnt label some IPL crown above this after all.

Posted by manuneel on (March 24, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

This is no competition. One team whose worst batsman goes by the name of Sachin Tendulkar... playing with the other one whose best batsman is called Peter Siddle. Who would have imagined this day!

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (March 24, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

Lets not get carried away guys , Indian victory over Australia was expected given the fact that they are clueless against spin bowling (except Clarke of course) , but in my opinion the only REAL 2 positives that came for India in this series was confirmation of pujara and virat kohli's class , rst were things we already knew that

Posted by cnksnk on (March 24, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

This is possibly not the best of times to be parochial but I cannot resist taking N Srinivasan, Dhoni and CSK bashers. So the top two bowlers for India are from CSK viz Ashwin and Jadjea. Two of the top 3 scorers are from CSK, Vijay and Dhoni. So are we going to hear that Srinivasan has bought out the Australian team to shown case the CSk talent.

Come on guys. A captain is as good as his team. Previous series against England and Australia were lost because we did not perform consistently. We can hang Dhoni but it is not going to help the cause. A team has to play well like a team.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Sad day, great commentary here tho"

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 24, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

It seems every Test over there that our batters struggle while Indian batsmen blast us all over the park. Time for some tough decisions to be made Hughes and Cowan are not Test match material and Watson isn't doing better unless he bowls(though he did captain well in this match). Smith did well , and get Khawaja back into the side asap. I'd like to a see a pace attack of Starc, Pattinson and Bird, and Lyon proved me wrong, i was one of his critics but he bowled with alot of heart this game, i can see why Hussey made him the song singer. Siddle top scored again for us, that's not acceptable, changes must be made to the batting lineup and what exactly has Maxwell been picked for, his batting or bowling, i am confused. And Clarke can't save us in every match.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (March 24, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

I have always believed that Ravindra Jadeja will prove to be a modern day Vinoo Mankad and so I have said in these columns repeatedly. Today I am happy that we have had a glimpse of the making of a great allrounder. People have repeatedly tried to pull down this brilliant Rockstar- to borrow a name coined by none other than Shane Warne- and I must congratulate Dhoni and the selectors for having stuck with him over bad and good times.From his improvement in the ODIs to now Tests we have all seen what a match-winner India has got. Dhoni and the selectors should not expect anything from him as a batsman for sometime so that he can play as a bowler alone.That will ensure that he becomes the champion i expect him to become not just in India. Like Vinoo Mankad proved at Lord's in '52 when he was pulled out of Lancashire league to play for India as a reinforcement Jadeja will shut up the many naysayers with just his bowling. And his batting is true Katiawari as we will see. 300s and above.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

keep whining about the pitch..but it's your inability to play spin !! 4-0 it is LOL...

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 24, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

A big Triumph for the Young Brigade of India. Alot of Positives for India- Vijay improving at the Test Level and showing the Technique,Dhawan's blistering Innings,Ashwin getting his Rhythm back. Pujara & Kohli just getting better. Dhoni's Captaincy cannot be overlooked,he looked very Pro-Active and was always in the game. But,The revelation in the series has been Jadeja. A bright Allrounder in the making. Interesting to see how he performs in SA.

Like Aust, Indian Team is also in Transition. I've said it along, the Oz Squad didn't have the players in the Squad to be at Test Level. Still some positives, Siddle, Lyon,Starc are the stars for Ozs. There were glimpses of good performance.Having said that, India had a lot of Impact Players in every test match,and almost everyone made big contributions in all the Test matches.Indians look a gr8 Unit & happy for each other success, Gr8 signs for Indian Cricket. Thumping Series Win 4-0 !!

Posted by crashdog on (March 24, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Australian selectors continue to disrespect the traditions of the game and continue to flog a dead horse, even though they can clearly see it doesn't work. If you field a test side with 4 batsmen, a wicket keeper, 4 all rounders and 3 bowlers expect to lose. Especially if you open with a number 8 all rounder (Maxwell) Without making excuses (well done India by the way) we have not been helped by the ridiculous selections of the team hierarchy. This is not one day cricket or T20, this is TEST CRICKET. Australia have arrogantly tried to rewrite the rules and traditions of test cricket in their quest for a new age approach with their ridiculous can't bat, can't bowl all rounders policy. They are hoping for notoriety and praise for their selection brilliance, instead they have disgraced our country and made us look like a third rate team. 6 batsmen, 1 wicketkeeper and 4 bowlers is a traditional test side! I'm quite confident any reasonable person with common sense understands this.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

I think India and Australia showed a good picture of Test Cricket. Be it any condition, these countries have hold their heads high in bringing up a great contest.

i know there has been some wrong gestures made in the spirit of the game, but one must say well played Australia and very well utilized India :)

Posted by aby_prasad on (March 24, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

Bye bye tendulkar, i have a feeling the little master has played his last match in india. The next one wont be , in a long time. Thanks for the memories! Amongst all who jumped and hopped around, Siddle,pujara, vijay and a few more played like 'what the fuss is about with the pitch' lol . Thank god for the non performing indian batters being kept out of this series! Siddle is a real find and lyon in the number of wickets he has got till now in his career isnt that bad, i dont know why he is criticised so much. Clarke, now he was a real miss in this test match. I still feel this hurt aussie side would do wonders in england, all sides who bleed tend to be more hungry! Beware england :P . England now by far has shown india and aus that they are truly a better side, ofcourse s.a. is right up there! but i have a gut feeling that this is just the beginning for these 2 sides, india n aus i mean considering the youth in their team!! Exciting days to come!...love it.

Posted by whofriggincares on (March 24, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

@hammond , good point you make about not being able to complain about the nationality of the Indian players. Have you noticed England is the only team that has 40-50% of their players who have learned to play cricket in another country? You will quickly drop back down the rankings if you picked an all English born side. 5-0 whitewashes will again become the norm. Hope that doesnt happen because the ashes finally have some meaning after 15 years of yawns and early celebrations.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

We never had the cattle to win this series. I never expected we would. But i didnt expect to see a white wash. It must be said that this is not the India that lost to Aust here and England in two series. There is some hungry young batting talent in this side and while they will initially have their hands full away, the future of Indian cricket looks very positive. Aust has to look seriously at their scheduling. During an over crowded domestic summer all we ever talked about was Ashes this, Ashes that, with very little consideration to this Indian tour. We were even playing the Windies on the same day as we were playing the Indian warm up game. Consider how Matty Hayden prepared for his tour to India when we spent hundreds of hours in the nets perfecting the sweep in preparing to face Harbajan Singh and co. Now the Ashes will be upon us and we are going in after a whitewash.

Posted by MSDMoorthy on (March 24, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

@ Ramesh Ramakrishnan - "The captain obliging but visibly upset and scolding the youngster who hit three consecutive boundaries and stopped short so that his captain could do the honors. Truely a great day for cricket indeed. "

Well. It seems you don't like the captain of the Indian team. Did u have any magical ears to hear what was dhoni saying to pujara which we all can't hear as you. Even a gentle talk seems like scolding in ur eyes. Grow up.

Posted by ram4crictheory on (March 24, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Congratulations India on first 4-0 win. Anyway I have seen an indication clearly that Sachin's retirement is going to be announced very soon between tomorrow to next match and I am certain that he will not play another test match. I will be touch disappointed as Tendulkar is retiring when he was struggling instead of saying goodbye on high, but he is certainly taking a decision when India as a team is certainly on high after winning 4-0 over Australia. Thank you for everything you have given us Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Take a bow whole heatedly

Indications: 1. Waving off from balcony to crowd even before presentation ceremony, which is clearly not the waving done after marching around the ground with trophy. 2. Tendulkar didn't accept to take Border-Gavaskar trophy, which Dhoni first offered to him to show to the crowd and later Dhoni gave it to Murali Vijay. The reason for Tendulkar not accepting to take the trophy is that he understood that he didn't do much to win it.

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (March 24, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

India have found 2 rock solid players who will be carrying our batting in the future , hats off to pujara and kohli , 2 class players in the making , now if rohit sharma comes in for sachin tendulkar our middle order will be settled

Posted by starvingcreative on (March 24, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Great performance by India well deserved you out played us in every department!. As an aussie i feel we need a major make over in not only the make up of the team but management as well. 1. Mickey needs to go 2. The selection team has a lot of explaining to do, for the last year or so aus. Have had a strange selection policy. They simply not picking the best team. 3. Watson is at a cross road, he cant be vc when he cant prove his place in the team. 4. Is a good for the FUTURE but he is not ready yet!

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (March 24, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

@BDforever: I don't think you've been following Australian domestic cricket. This IS Australia's first choice side. Don't worry, Bangladesh will never be able to do what India has just done, i.e. beat the once mighty Australia 4 NIL.

Posted by hraghava on (March 24, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

@Firstdrop - guess a test match ending in 3 days in Perth is a very good wicket. Get off it! Australian fans are behaving in a graceless manner right now.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 24, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

Australia are a shocking team, probably one of the worst in the world right now. India were set up on a plate by England, just like in 2011, for Australia to take but instead the Aussies get whitewashed in the most humiliating fashion. Clarke has to go as captain, scoring runs against minnow teams does not cancel out the fact that he is a terrible man-manager and on-field tactician. No wonder the likes of Hussey retured early. The less said about the absence of a spinner the better, Lyon was never going to achieve the heights of Swann over there. Australia need yet another Argus review into why they are so bad at test cricket, they have been completely destroyed in this sries.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

This is Austraila worst side ever, India doesn't need a congrat thing cause they are the most lucky team in the world , hopeless they are !

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (March 24, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

i think warner is another sehwag in the making , dangerous and match winner at home, clueless abroad , but philip hughes and lyon have shown improvement over the series. hughes was the most unlucky considering he was at the receiving end of some questionable decisions and an unplayable delivery

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

This Australian team can take heart with their bowling performance. Shane Watson would have thought that by winning this match he would have taken the fight to Clarke..!! But alas...Watson strategy of sledging..with Warner gave Indians enough ammunition to clean sweep. The dismissal of Warner was a clear sign how much pumped up was Indian Team..!!! With due respect to Australian cricket...Please go and learn "How to Play Spin", for Swann of England is waiting for your decimation. Indeed Aussies are not used to such a humiliation...but you know arrogance never pays...!!As for umpiring decisions we all know how aussies had played in Australia.I still remember the lbw decision of Tendulkar off McGrath in 1999 series...Where were the cricket spirit then? All in all we had super Sundays..and if at all..now it is the turn of Australian coach to give a presentation to CA.."What went wrong..and how to prevent 4-0 against England in Ashes if he still remains there!!! Good luck Australia!!!

Posted by sweetspot on (March 24, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

There are two groups of Indian fans I have a few questions for - those that ask for chopping and changing each time India loses, and think the selectors are dummies. What now? Have all their decisions proven right?

The other group is the one that always suspects a hidden hand in every choice that MSD is involved in, invariably pulling in some CSK connection even while playing for India! M. Vijay - Top run getter, Ashwin - Top wicket taker, Jadeja and Dhoni - not too far behind. What more do CSK players have to do? Yes, for the record, I think it wouldn't have been hard for Raina to do better than what Rahane did too!

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

@TheBigBoodha - It seems you haven't been following the series well mate. It was said right before the start of this series that if India win 4-0 they will go up to no. 2. At this time of writing, cricinfo hasn't updated the rankings yet but they will soon do. You can check it then. So no. 2 in Tests, no. 1 in ODIs and no. 3 in T20s and also not to forget current World Champions doesn't seem like a bad team to me that only wins in the subcontinent as proposed by you and some others that India is an "average" team. The previous 2 overseas tours were humiliating for us since we were in a transition period and our best players were getting old and we didn't have enough talent to play on fast wickets. We may not win the upcoming SA or ENG series but definitely it would not be a whitewash.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 24, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Ranjith - My definition of a good pitch is one where the ball doesnt go through the surface and pace bowlers and spin bowlers alike need to beat the batsnmnan without the help of the pitch.I dont mind pitches conductive to turn or pitches conducive to pace but when they explde of a good length then that is a poor pitch. I had no issue with the pitches from Game 2 or Game 3 of this series.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Sachin has to play till next australian tour of India....... That counts nearly 18 test matches from now... He plays well against pace bowling... Hope he carries on..

Posted by 200ondebut on (March 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

After the thumping is the last Ashes I would have thought the Aussie fans would have learned to lose with a bit of grace. But none of it. Excuse after excuse; whinge after whinge. The pitches were typical indian pitches - the Australian batsmen simply do not have a good enough technique to bat on them. Australia are an average side - a couple of good bowlers and one test class batsmen - who will continue to be found out away from home conditions.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

Time for disgtuntled aussie fans to start complaining about the pitches and DRS. somebody has criticized the Kotla pitch as unfit for tests. This was by far the most exciting test of the series, and its only such pitches which produce thrilling tests - the kind of matches which test cricket badly needs to survive.

But i'm disappointed with indian fans who complain that we cannot win an away series, we doctor our pitches and so on. For the first time in history, we have won a series 4-0. Why cant we just revel in the moment? i'd consider this the greatest moment in our cricket history along with the two world cup wins and the 2001 series against australia. Loosen up and enjoy the moment, fellas.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

A day in cricket that will be remembered for a long time to come. A day in which reverence was shown graciously to the captain who was unwilling to revel in it or even accept it. A captain gracious in loss (against England) and gracious in victory; A legend who paused to come out to bat, when another threw his wicket to please the crowd; the legend himself playing an uncharacteristic across the line shot to sacrifice his wicket followed by another youngster so that the captain can hit the winning shot. The captain obliging but visibly upset and scolding the youngster who hit three consecutive boundaries and stopped short so that his captain could do the honors. Truely a great day for cricket indeed.

Posted by maddy20 on (March 24, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Disappointed to see the whining from Aussie fans. They prepared pitches that resemble concrete slabs and almost every ball ball was directed at the rib cage at 145Ks to negate our batsmen. Here despite of them having won every toss and had the opportunity to bat when the wicket was at its best. If you get bowled out for 200 and the opposition scores 500, then you can't certainly blame the pitch. Fortunately there's coming relief like BD forever, whose team has not won a test match in a decade, makes fun of India and claims that Aus have put a second or third XI on the field. Someone please tell him that Gilchrist, Hayden, McGrath, Gillespie, Shane Warne, Mike Hussey and Ponting have all retired and this is the best XI they could put on the field!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 24, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

What a lot of Aussie fans don't realize is that irrespective of pitch conditions, home/away advantage, it is a REMARKABLE achievement to beat a team 4-0. By trash talking about the conditions, you are in fact undermining your own team. You are telling a billion Indian supporters that Australia are unworthy of playing test cricket in India. Now that's a bigger embarrassment to your team, as fans when you put their efforts down to zero. Goes to show how good England were just over 2 months ago. Nobody knows what the future holds, but for now, team India have found a brilliant CORE group of young players to take Indian cricket forward.

Posted by cricketforpeace on (March 24, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

At the end of the day, a fascinating series of test cricket.The bottom line is that clearly,the Australian team did not prepare themselves mentally or skill wise for this series.No team can rest on past laurels.Australia's tactics and planning have been all exposed.It is up to the Australian think tank to look into what went wrong and why and rectify the errors.Knowing Australians well, they will come off with a much better performance.To loose is not shameful but to not learn and improve from ones's mistake certainly is.England fans beware - Underestimate Australia at your own peril! As for India all credit to them.There will always be people criticizing the conditions of play.The pitch and conditions are the same for both teams.India clearly utilized the conditions better than Australia.And,it is never easy to come back after a 8-0 loss last year.The infusion of youth and faith in them has also paid off. Here one must complement the Indian selectors for showing the necessary wisdom.

Posted by WellwisherINDIA on (March 24, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

The way the Australian tale enders batted and Nathan Lyon bowled.. the Australian fans got no right to blame Indian pitches, if the blame pitches it is so silly!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Vishnu27 on (March 24, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

@Hammond: no excuses in our loss to India. We were beaten by the better side. Comprehensively. Certainly no shame in losing to India at home. I'd be worried about the imminently humiliating series defeat you are about to suffer at the hands of NZ if I were you though. A NZ team who have completely & utterly outplayed England (outside of the 2nd test). Talk about looking over your shoulder nervously. Now that's a shocker (no disrespect to the Black Caps & all their loyal supporters: an unexpected series win is my point). Nice attempt at deflecting your pain Hammond. What excuses will you be pulling out tomorrow?

Posted by vrkp on (March 24, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

There is a saying in Indian language which basically means that a person who can't dance properly gives excuses that the stage is not set correctly.

When i read the comments from some of the Oz fans i remember that saying only.

If pitch was so bad how could Siddle score two fifties and Pujara, Vijay, Kohli all scored well?

When India tours abroad, we don't expect anything other than fast/swinging pitches. When we had pacers capable of taking advantages of the pitches, we did win matches. Zaheer, Pathan, RP Singh, Sreesant all won matches for us in bouncy pitches.

Posted by Al_from_OZ on (March 24, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

Team India you did lose 4-0 in Australia and were humiliated but you sure as hell returned the favour with a 4-0 convincing series win over Australia in India. You were riducled here by all and sundry that you could not perform outside India and while that might be true it does apply to other teams as well who falter away from home. Well done and Congratulations to the entire Indian cricket team.

Posted by 2020sux on (March 24, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

just a quick word on the dodgy umpiring calls i have never seen a batsman copping a dodgy call while centring a scorching drive to the boundary. all these decisions come from misshots , poor choices or being beaten by the bowler. not saying they should be given out but the difference between genuine out and howler is rarely huge. india got most of these calls not because of any callusion but simply because they beat the batsman on far far more occasions. we can blame the pitches, one eyed umpires or dodgy curries if it makes us feel better but fact is we were outplayed. if we are going to make an impact in the oncoming ashes series' we need to honestly access our performance player coaches selectors and support staff sooner rather than later.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Good built up for future from Indian perspective. The only weakness still there is fast bowling attack. But, for sure once Zak, Umesh and Irfan get back then they will have more choices. Rahane had terrible start and should learn quickly to convert any opportunities offered. Will be interesting to see how this young generation performs on the green tops in SA. But, all in all well done India and heartiest congratulations to MSD and co.

Posted by sweetspot on (March 24, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

This series wasn't just about beating Australia, for this Indian team. It was about playing well, to start believing they could put up a fight, and actually dominate from time to time in passages of play. India hadn't done that for a long time, and it was so very important for a relatively young team finding its place in world cricket. Suddenly, the "senior players" are Dhoni, Ashwin, Sachin, Ishant and even Kohli! Not seniority by just physical age, but the cool heads who can put wins together, draw on experience, intelligence and ensure things go to plan. The youth brigade would actually be Shikhar, Jadeja, Ojha, Bhuvaneshwar, Rahane, and Vijay! The hunger has pervaded both groups and hopefully they will support each other and pull together in the future.

Aussie fans, don't be distraught. Your players are good enough to know what they need to do and we fully expect them to do well soon enough.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

aus lose the series by 4-0

Posted by MSDMoorthy on (March 24, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

@ Dantavakra Dwivedi - That's greedy mate. winning 2 -3 world cups and beating all teams in their home consistently. To do that you need good fast bowling resources bowling well consistently. Most of the Indian fans will be happy if Indian team play competitive cricket outside subcontinent with this young guys instead of surrendering without fight.

Posted by pradave17 on (March 24, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Great work boys. Keep it on for a long. This youngsters showed a massive explosion that they can do. Now Mr. Sachin, please do not afraid to get your decision for your retirement. Young cricketers like Pujara, Vijay, Jadeja, ashwin are in the line behind the team. so, give them a chance now. it is not nice to play as much as you can. Cus, these players also will get aged with you.

Posted by ibbani on (March 24, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

what a lovely comment 4-0 against Aussies. MS, Vijay,Pujara, Dhavan, Kohli,Sachin, Bhuvi,Ashwin, Jadeja - everyone performed, it was ateam performance, well done India.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Definition of Bad/Good Pitch: A PACE friendly pitch is a Good Pitch even if the game is over in 3 days. But a SPIN friendly pitch is bad even if the game gets over in last over of 5th Day. However, wherever Aussies cant play, even though it is a pace friendly pitch, will be classified as Bad Pitch.

Provided further that Aussies winning in Australia by 4-0 is not a case of "Home Strength". However India winning in India even by 1-0 in a 4 Match series is clearly Home Strength.

Posted by BDforever on (March 24, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

None of fans or players should go sky high when you can ONLY win at home and you get hammered like a school team every time you play away from home conditions. I'm quite sure Australia could have won this series 2-0 or 3-0 if they played their first XI.

Posted by Vishnu27 on (March 24, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Full respect to a very strong Indian team performance in home conditions. India completely outclassed Australia at home. Many lessons for Australia in this series. I'm happy to see some late improvement in the Aussies though. Siddle continues to be as lionhearted as ever with his all around game. Pattinson was good in the first two tests. Smith showed poise & composure under fire once included & looked as assured as anyone confronting the spin battery. Lyon had a good last test. Hughes had a recovery of sorts (but suffered a couple of poor decisions in the last tests) & looked more confident towards the end. However, a thoroughly disappointing effort overall by Australia. India batted so so well & their spinners were undeniable at home. I do think the lack of the DRS in India is a blight on the international game & India should be setting an example in this area. A lot of incorrect umpiring decisions were made in this series.

Posted by Kitschiguy on (March 24, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

Well played Australia. For such a poor team you played well during this series. Sure, it was a 4-0 whitewash but it could have been much worse. You could have lost by an innings in 3 days in every match.

Always nice to see big-mouthed, arrogant players like Warner put in his place to. he does nothing for the game. nothing at all.

Posted by Shekahr_123 on (March 24, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

Keep finding excuses Aussie fans…whole world know how bad losers you are….you won't digest 4-0…….rather than blaming pitch you would rather have Opened innings with Peter Siddle and Starc…if they can bat why the others failed? …Accept the facts…POOR BATTING led you lose the matches…and India batted in 4th inning on the same pitch…amazing batting by Pujara !!!

Enjoy the moment 4-0….!!!!!

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (March 24, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

@BDforever - "this is probably Australia's 2nd or 3rd tire team" Really? Could you kindly tell us what a full strength Australian team would look like right now? I do seriously hope that you know Hussey and Ponting have retired.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

Worst level of Australia Test team visiting India since I remember. They could hardly put up a competition barring the superb fight during mandatory overs of the previous match. Though it is nice to see 4-0 which is an impossible position for India-Australia but not much fun with those one sided games.. Just came to know this is only 4th time in history Australia faced a whitewash and the last occasion was in 1986.. tells a lot about the team capabilities since then.. Good to see some strong Indian players emerging as future torch bearers like Pujara, Vijay.. but some surprise revealations like Jadeja and Dhawan.. If these four can actually maintain the level of performance.. test cricket looks bright for India.. But only time will tell or just simple SA Tour will be enough to prove if its a myth or flook for India.. SA tour will be the real challenge.. PS: despite great effort from Jadeja and fine play by Pujara, kotla pitch proved to be really a three day pitch..

Posted by trumpoz on (March 24, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

India were clearly the better team in this series and outplayed the Aussies in virtually every facet of the game. Congratulations are definitely due to the players.

A review of the pitches: 1st test: 'Selective watering' to negate the opposition. The groundsman admitted to doing it. India outplayed Oz and deserved to win. 2nd test: Another shocker of a pitch. India outplayed Oz and deserved to win. 3rd test: Finally a more consistent wicket with something for everyone - India outplayed Oz and deserved to win. 4th test: Described as a minefield on the 3rd morning. Balls breaking the surface on the 1st morning. How is this fit for test cricket? India outplayed Oz and deserved to win.

The BCCI and ground staff have done their nation's reputation enormous harm this series and cast a shadow over the dominance of their home side. India was by far and away the better team and didn't need help from doctored pitches.

Well done to the Indian Cricket team you deserved the 4-0.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (March 24, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

This is our worse series loss in 40 years so alot of questions to be asked of Arthur when he comes back. MS Dhoni's double-century was the turning point in the first Test. He set the tone with that effort and with some brilliant bowling changes through the series - it can get difficult choosing between three spinners in the playing 11 sometime.Then there was Ashwin who master-minded this rout with his bowling, he was at the batsmen throughout and ended with 29 wickets. Most of the time he was picking wickets, but when he wasn't, he was doing a good containing job. Its still hard for to understand that Khawaja didn't get a chance as he is one of our better talents, lets hope we don't make the same mistake in the ashes. If we have Mike Hussey, Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting in your middle order then you can get away with a bits and pieces allrounder at 7. Its a baffling decision and cost us in this game.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

I don't think there is anything great in this victory. Winning 4-0 on cowdung laced pitches that turn from day 1 is hardly outstanding. If India can win unchallenged in external venues like SA, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies or England consistently, win 2-3 world cups consistently then we could call them a great team, Until then, we can use this soothe the average Indian cricket fans bruised ego.

Posted by oze13 on (March 24, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

As I said before the start of the series if Siddle gets any more than 12 wickets I'll eat Warnie's floppy white hat. Well Shane, you can rest easily. Siddle turns out to be a better batsmen than bowler. Some might say Australia's best batsmen! A shambolic tour with many pointless Australian cricketers who can neither bat, bowl or field!

Posted by aalkool on (March 24, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Typical of some Australian supporters to make all kind of pathetic excuses when they have been comprehensively outplayed. The one about doctored pitches takes the cake, cream and cherry on top! The batting lacked skills, the fast bowling looked pedestrian and instead of playing your best XI, you tinker with the combination, including dropping your best bowler. But no, don't look within, blame the pitches, BCCI and lack of DRS. Australian cricket is just not good enough. Fact! Get used to it.

Posted by IndiaChampspakchumps on (March 24, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Greatest win for INDIA. India deserves to be ranked No.1.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

How does Maxwell even get a game?If I was a selector Watson,Maxwell,Wade,Johnson would'nt be playing for a while.Application is piss poor,egos too big,hearts too small.Peter Siddle & James Pattinson,Steve Smith,Mitchell Starc hold your heads up.along with others I can't remember but who put everything into it,4-0 'aint your fault.

Posted by hycIass on (March 24, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Without wanting to flog a dead horse, can anyone actually put together a coherent expanation for the below: - why Maxwell is on this tour, let alone playing? - Khawaja not in the linuep despite our top order failures and despite him being one of our better batsman. I'm also at a bit of a loss to explain the hatred of Cowan….sure an average of 30 is not something to sing about, but he is applying himself - surely a trait we'd like a few of our other batsmen to display? I think people would be probably be happier with the current hierachy, and even a few losses, if there was a clear plan to improve and develop a stable team. There appears to be little evidence of this, be it in scheduling, priority given to particular formats, selections, obtuse press conferences apparently explaining things like 'rotation', preparation for tours, seeming inability of players to adjust to different formats……etc. I could go on, but it's giving me a unnecessary headache on a Sunday arvo.

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 24, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

harbhajan singh's prediction has come true! i was the first one to ridicule him for his comments. but IND has indeed won the series 4-0.

Posted by handyandy on (March 24, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

Congratulations India ... Australia has a lot of work to do before England.

Posted by Akshita29 on (March 24, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

Great Series win for India . Australia bowled well enough throughout the series but their Batting really let down them . Probably the end of career for Sehwag and Gambhir . And have to say well done Sir Ravindra Jadeja . He really did bowled well . Really going to enjoy the moment .

Posted by Potatis on (March 24, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

Well done to India, you were the better team all series. You play these types of pitches better than any other side. I wish your side the best of luck when playing outside of these home conditions.

To the Australia side, chin up, you won't have to play in these conditions again for a while so things can only get better from here. The pitches in England will be fair for both sides, and there'll be DRS, so everything will feel more civilised. I'm sure the Aus side is a better side for the experience in India though. Mickey Arthur, please go away.

Posted by BDforever on (March 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Good win for India. Anyway everyone should remember that this is probably Australia's 2nd or 3rd tire team. In fact Australia have never lost 8-0 consecutive away tests

Posted by nthuq on (March 24, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

Fantastic win by India, but I'm glad we came so close this game. Gotta say though, there's something wrong with India's middle order. They've caved in every game except the first. Anyway, that's India's problem, as is the fact that said middle order is going to be crucified in South Africa, and New Zealand, and then England where I'm sure you'll get the same treatment as last time. :) Total respect to Pujara and Ashwin though, what players. Hoping both can apply themselves to perform overseas as well. Hopefully there isn't too much change in this team. Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Clarke, Watson, Smith/Khawaja, Wade/Haddin, Siddle, Pattinson/Harris, Starc/Bird, Lyon/O'Keefe/Fawad is still our number one team.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 24, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

Early in the morning here in Canada and WOW ! What an achievement by team India. You boys have made me proud. I may not be a test cricket supporter BUT as an Indian fan, any Indian win is sweet as far as I am concerned. Australia got pasted and wasted by an awesome display of test cricket by India. Blame the pitch all you want my Aussie friends, but the fact remains your team were simply not good enough to challenge India. Well that's your worry, I am in a hurry to celebrate this win. Good luck with the Ashes.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

bring on the pitch blamers.. lets hear how the pitches are doctored.. hahaha... australia lose 4-0...

Posted by Essex_Man on (March 24, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Huge congratulations to India for an emphatic series victory and the first time they've ever won 4 Tests in a series. They won all 4 matches very easily notwithstanding they lost every toss; and those wins were even more impressive given that the team was coming off the back of a mauling from England and that the starring roles were played by young players. Great to see that Test cricket is alive and well in India despite the attention paid to the hit n giggle nonsense of the IPL.

As for Australia, they've reached a new all-time low. The cupboard is completely bare and it is difficult to see how they can pick themselves up after this when there is so little talent at their disposal. If you field a team of mentally weak, club-standard cricketers, then you're inevitably going to get whitewashed. Glad all my Ashes tickets for this summer are for days 1-3; I don't envisage Australia being able to take too many games into a 4th day.

Posted by ddlj26 on (March 24, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

Ok let me get this right... the aussies fans are complaining about poor pitches despite the fact that pujara, kohli and your tail end batsman siddle made it look like a batting beauty... does the term sore losers apply here ??... and to top that you should also be considering this 4-0 pasting as a forewarning sign as this indian team is a young team just like the aussies and they were able to do this you.. just imagine what the english will do... a 5-0 on the cards i am afraid.... You have lost this series fair and square despite the fact aussies won the toss in all matches and batted first which in indian conditions means you have won the lottery, if india had batted first most of these games would have been innings defeats and would have been over within 3 days and that is the blunt truth whether you guys like it or not !!!

Posted by Hammond on (March 24, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

Glad to see all the Aussie fans got their excuses well and ready. Shame you couldn't just argue about the nationalities of the Indian players. 4 tosses won, 4 test losses, a new record, and the lowest point for Australian cricket in my whole lifetime. I think the old arrogance is well and truly dead, time to start cheering from Australia again. Happy days.

Posted by Mervo on (March 24, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

Skittled - I think if you read most these pages you will understand that what most cricket followers around the world want is not substandard wickets, but ones that produce a contest and bring into account all the skills in this great game. The myth that other nations produce green top wickets that suit their bowlers is nonsense. Look at the data, the good spinners there do well too. Warne and Muttiah show that. These doctored wickets in Indian did not do that sadly. After the England series that India lost at home, it was going to go one of two ways. India would bite bullet and prepare wickets that represented a more rounded form of cricket and work to the future or they would go even deeper into the mire of dry, cracked wickets, constructed in the middle of lush outfields. They did the later to their discredit. These wickets were worse than the ones dished up to England. So India may have 'won' this series but they have lost respect and the future opportunity for their cricket

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Some of the Aussie supporters can keep whining about the pitch. As an Indian fan, I am SO PROUD of our boys for thrashing Australia 4-0 !!!!! What a fantastic result for Indian cricket after 18 months of disappointment. Well done boys !!!! Spin bowling - what a FINE art of cricket. Too bad the Aussies don't know how to play it. I am going to celebrate this victory LONG into the night. What a remarkable achievement !!!!! Proud to be an Indian.

Posted by colossalcricketer on (March 24, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

@28041991 Agree mate ! When teams perish for 40+ in an innings in SA , that is what is death of test cricket... ! Spin is one of the most intrinsic & beautiful part of cricket which keeps evolving with time.

Posted by JayanDamodaran on (March 24, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

A preliminary analysis of the Border-Gavaskar series finds a lot of interesting facts.

1. Two young Indian batsmen have scored over 400 runs in this series (M.Vijay & C.Pujara). Now India has a young bregade of 4 batsmen out the first 5 with level heads. 2. R. Ashwin has established himself and the leading blowler. A new spinner/all rounder has emerged with 24 wickets to his credit (R.Jadeja) 3. Apart from M.Clarke no other batsman in Aus side has an average above 50. 4. The Delhi pitch is not that devlish as shown by P.Siddle twice. 5. Sachin Tendulkar scored just a single fifty from 4 test matches at an average of 32. 6. If NZ beats ENG tomorrow, Team India may become world No.2 in test matches, apart from being No.1 in One Day Internationals!

What an achievement Team India!!

Congrats!!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

Brilliant, India! Waited a while to see that! A memory to treasure 4-nil outplaying Australia in all departments... Dhoni, Vijay, Pujara, Dhawan, Jadeja, Ashwin, every one a hero.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Team India completed 4-0 and opened up lot of questions for Australia

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Wonderful result for India!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 24, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Well done to India simply better in these conditions, hopefully the young Australia team with only Watson, Clarke, Johnson and SIddle to ever before have played a test match have learned great lessons from this. We have played good cricket in small patches but its the batting collapses, and the 0/159 sessions that have lost us games. First test completely in it until Dhoni took it away in a session, 2nd test never in it, 3rd test again one session of batting by Dhawan and VIjay killed us. Then this test the 5/30 in the second session day 2 and th3 5/50 start. We have competed but only for half the matches. Congratulations to India clearly the better team.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

If Australia doesnt win, the pitch is a disgrace to Test cricket.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Forget all the pitch stuff. Who was the idiot who decided to send Maxwell in? We have 4 opening batsman in the team and we send in a very ordinary No 7 or 8 batsman. If it was Watson turf him out.

Posted by Jayzuz on (March 24, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

@ phunny_game, Australia didn't play with the right spirit? You have got to be joking, coming against a side who have massively modified every wicket to suit their team, and rejected the DRS to manipulate umpiring. If Australia did this when India or SL tour there would be absolute hell to pay! Sadly, these double standards are now a regular feature of games played against India.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

i wont predict on pujara's away performances.... but as far as indian conditions considered INDIAN have found a new WALL..... he is doing just what dravid done in his career.....

Posted by gnbatsnballs on (March 24, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Reading the comments above, I can only think...you all serious? Any of you played any first class cricket? Having played on pitches all over the world, there is a distinct difference between preparing a pitch that has specific characteristics due to environmental conditions, ie soil and clay content underneath the playing surface (that will accentuate the pitch conditions) and 'doctoring' a pitch which is to over or underprepare (overwater, cut) etc the playing surface in order to allow a particular 'bowling/ batting' skill to be over-represented. I will let you guess which version of the pitches these are....in addition, having gone through all of the dismissals in the series with Hawkeye tech, have a guess how many would have been overturned? And the comments on the Spirit of Cricket @28041991 - I have played against Australian, Indian, English- as a visitor during the SCG Test match....the comments/ behavour of the indian team and BCCI prior to Kumble's press conf - v.disappointing

Posted by Bongz77 on (March 24, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

How true is the rumour that Clarke and Mike Hussey do not get along that well?

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 24, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Dear fellow Indian fans, we are on the verge if a historic win!!! Hope we will all rejoice and simply enjoy this series clean sweep rather than criticise certain individuals like we usually do. Great series win. CONGRATS INDIA!!!

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

aus needs just 4 siidle's in top order and 3 siddle's in their bowling ar may be another siddle for keeping.... that will make perfect team for ASHES..... for me siddle is never tiring monster...... respect from indian fan.....

Posted by Sunjay007 on (March 24, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Another over hyped Mumbai player? I am glad, Dhawan sat this match out with an injury. Not at all impressed by Rahane, yet. Tiwary, Rayadu, Jiwanjot, or other deserving candidates from lesser state teams need to be given an opportunity. In fact even Sehwag playing in the middle would be much better option. The other Mumbaikar, Tendulkar, looks like his career is on life support. Aussie batsman have made our spinners look good but we need more firepower to get the champs, South Africa. Hope Yadav is back for the tour. Jadeja has impressed by I am not sure on SAF tracks he will be effective as a bowler. Maybe too early for Saxena, or Rasool to visit SAF, but not too many other options?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

please keep this Rahane guy for IPL flat tracks... he has an average batsman and the more i watch him more i feel for the guys like Rayudu... i wonder all these people who have been crying for this guy understand or watch the game at all.. Rahane and badri are the ideal examples of what the level of indian domestic cricket is

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 24, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

As a reflection of the poor state of selecting: wade drops ANOTHER one... Game's already lost, but still, it makes you wonder, just how many has wade fluffed up of lyon's bowling? He lost us the test against SA in Adelaide and has lost us positions of complete power on many occasions due to his inadequacies. I wonder how he warrants selection over a Neville/hartley or a Paine?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Australia has batsmen from 1-6 whose batting technique is worst than the tail-enders.Its already proved.And this is not a poor pitch.Cricket in India is very difficult to play than Australia,here in India ball turns a lot with uneven bounce too.One ball comes to your head's height and other below your knee level.Its very difficult fro Australian team which is currently worst than Bangladesh(posted 600+ against SL recently).india vs australia live streaming.So anyways Australia is going to lose 4-0.No need to whine Australia.Also you need to worry about India in SA and shed your crocodile tears here.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

@Firstdrop it seems like you have forgotten that SPIN is the finest art of test cricket..... when fast bowlers get 10 wickets in SA for 40+ runs within an hour of 1st day 1st session, thats what called a death of test cricket... not this one.....

Posted by Skittled on (March 24, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

The Aussie fans crying about the pitch are an embarrassment, the home side has a right to prepare a surface to suit their attack just as we do, thats the way it has always been and crying about it is pointless. England won on similar decks in India, stop your whining and accept that we made bad decisions and selections and played poorly, that is why we lost. Look at India's batting in their second innings, or Siddles two half centuries, or Starc's 99 in Mohali. England adapted to the conditions here with a suitable team and won the series, we didn't and were whitewashed, just like we whitewashed India on our seeming pitches that suit our bowlers, deal with it. Congratulations India on 4-0 whitewash, well played.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar bowled yet again, and for just 1. He MUST retire now, or the selection committee MUST tell him to either retire, or be left out. It is no longer acceptable for him to keep out the Tiwarys and the Rohit Sharmas and the Rainas.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 24, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

Ramanathan - Time to get over it some of those things happened 15 years ago and your pinpointing the entire series down to single decisions. Im not sure how Monkeygate was the fault of Australians also, there has been neutral umpires for at least the last two series that you refer to. No need to play the victim all your life.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 24, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

Now SRT is in a difficult position - if he announces retirement now, haters will say that he did not care for India's tour of SA where he was needed for his experience. If he does not announce retirement then of course he will get a backlash. Perhaps a carefully worded media statement along the lines, "I would like to announce my reticent at this time but I will make myself available if the team and selectors need me for the SA tour" would help.

Posted by colossalcricketer on (March 24, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

I have been a great fan of Sachin but he should call it a day now ! That's it ! We need young players !

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 24, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

Australian cricket officially has no No 3, Who is world class at the moment. Job ad at Centrelink tomorrow.Wanted:A World Class no 3 Out of 22 million people we surely can find 1 no 3. Khawaja makes most sense given he bats there for the Bulls and also previously for the Blues and very successfully at that but at this time i would be just happy for him to get a chance, doesn't matter what batting spot. India struggle too in the pace bowling department, they can out of a population of 1.2 billion people only find 2 world class fast bowlers, Ishant sharma, and Kumar, but i know India has other fast bowlers injured at the moment which was lucky for us.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 24, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Since the end of the series is near... Let the crying and whining about the pitch begin :D

I don't think aussie fans should be crying about the pitch, they played well, not with the right spirit though, but their performance was better than any other match. As far as match getting over in 3 days is concerned, matches get over inside 3 days in SA too... So chill... and accept it

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 24, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Please dont categorise Smithy as the typical Australian 99.9% know that Siddle was definetely out in a very common type dismissal. Very common practise for bowlers to dart it down legside to get a stumping on a wide.

Posted by whofriggincares on (March 24, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Congrats to team India once again when the game was in the balance they performed and we didnt. Test whitewashes against us are very rare and is a great achievement by this mostly young Indian side. The pitches have been typical Indian pitches prepared to give the home side the advantage, nowhere else in the world is this done so blatantly that is a fact. But that is to be expected and is accepted as what is going to happen when you tour here. As for the posts on here that complain about the Aussie sledging and gamesmanship well I might mention the ugly agressive sendoffs afforded to Warner and Pattinson in the second innings these two incidents were on the bad end of the scale and would attract hefty penaltys in any other country. Lastly please please let the BCCI for once admit they are wrong and bring in DRS there have been many decisions that would have been overturned in this series for both teams and that is what the DRS is designed to stop , the absolute howlers. Congrats India.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 24, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

This pitch is TERRIBLE! It has been doctored so that batsmen can score runs! Just look, India are scoring at 5 per over, and are 118/1. How cunning of India to doctor the pitch so that batsmen can score runs. Scoring runs is just not the point of cricket, is it? The Aussies do it right. Their bowlers score the runs. On a proper pitch the bowlers should take all the wickets and score all the runs. And the job of the cricket fans is then to whine and whinge about the pitch, and the umpiring, and anything else they can invent to avoid having to admit that they were soundly beaten when both teams had to bat and bowl on the same pitch…..which is sort of the idea about the game being a test of equals, is it not?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

There is no problem on australia team, every teams are stronger in their home,There is a only experienced batsman [pup] , in 2012 india in australia{ with sachin, dravid , laxman ] they lost 4-0 don't forget that [3 out of 4 are innings defeat ] so aus are better than india with new faces [ there is no hus or punter ] so my 11 for ashes [ if thy are in form and available with out injury ] 1-warner 2 watson 3- cowan 4- clarke 5-hughes [wicket keeper]6-smith 7-[a new face/ maxwell/henriques] 8-siddle 9-patto 10-bird or starc 11-lyon what is ur opinion about this team ?

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (March 24, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

this is a shambles. reminds me of the drubbing we had against english in australia which was 3-1 i believe, with all 3 defeats being huge. this is a total disaster for the entire australian planning, as well as personnel. 4-0. first of all the problems-

1. selection. this bears final outcome and explains the drubbing. the outcome of the ashes was an inquiry, and the same thing should happen here. the selectors were a shambles both in batting and bowling, how does Khawaja not get picked and why did Lyon get dropped after the first test. 2. ed cowan - scores too slowly and doesn't contribute big scores. he is one of the most limited top order batsmen i have seen. placeunder pressure as 30s not good 3. phil hughes- terrible in this series. showed some glimpses , but overall he has been one of the worst batsman despite any excuses made on his lbws. 4. lack of a 3rd spinner option is Hauritz or SOA -.would've been decent on these decks as we see Jadeja a left arm spinner doing well

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

People who do not know rules crying foul. Stumping of a wide delivery is perfectly legal. Get your facts right.

Posted by amitgarg78 on (March 24, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

Superb test of technique and mental fortitude. Sidle proved that there were no demons in the track. Both hs innings were different from each other but the others were just too scared to bat and tough it out. Another tour, similar performance for most players.

Posted by indiacricfair on (March 24, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

i am unable to fathom why everyone is blaming the pitch..? if the pitch is very grassy and bouncy and threatens batsman's head ..its hailed as sporting pitch..if the track is a spinning one,it needs all the guile for a batsman to counter it but termed as bad to worst ...why..? seems double standard to me.!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 24, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

Tea day 3 - Is this really the same pitch that Aus batted on? Quite clearly Indian batsmen are much better in this pitch so umpiring decisions can not be used as an excuse for Aus loss!

Posted by tony122 on (March 24, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

@Mitty2- It is the right of the host nation to prepare whatever pitches they want. And duty towards the paying public to prepare result oriented pitches. Everything else is subjective, open to different interpretations and just does not matter. You are acting like a schoolchild and have used needlessly provoking words. Even the Australians always prepare pitches to suit the opposition. Remember the recent SA series in Australia, first two pitches were flat. Sub continent teams get a little extra grass than normal. I do not grudge Australia it is your choice and entirely fair. Also remember India has around 10 test centers compared to 6 for Aussies so you will get more variety in India.

Posted by Romenevans on (March 24, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

The test match is not even over yet, and the Aussie fans are out with excuses. LOL they don't even have faith in their team, and then they talk about pitch. Did you give us spinning tracks in Australia? What would you expect? Should we serve the trophy in a silver platter without playing the series? Grow up and accept that your young players are not good enough for international games.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 24, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

@Tal_Botvinnik

I disagree with you calling IND spinners mediocre... I would describe them as emerging and time will tell how good they are..........looks like the art of spin itself is emerging... flight and guile is being replaced by variation and pace

Posted by tony122 on (March 24, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

@KGY27- Indian spinners are not mediocre and Siddle's batting has not exposed them. i will be the first person to say Indian spinners have not proved themselves world class yet but they are on the way... You simply do not understand the nature of spin bowling. It is very different from fast bowling. When a great fast bowler is on song and on a helpful wicket only a master of pace bowling can face up to him. If not tailenders got no chance. But a spinner is a different breed. He has to be patient and often tricks out a batsman. It is not about raw pace or bouncing out the batsmen where tailenders got no chance. In such patient bowling and playing mind tricks and varieties of deliveries lots of poor batsmen can sometimes make runs. The main thing to look is in all 4 tests besides one or two innings by Clarke Indian spinners totally dominated Aussie batsmen.

Posted by amitgarg78 on (March 24, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

@kgy27 To lose over 60 wickets to these "mediocre" spinners in the series must hurt. But when you bring mediocre players in squad, that's bound to happen. On current form, and skill, only Clarke would get close to any other side as a top order batsman. Rest are below mediocre actually. Now watch out for the better ones in swann and Monty. You might not last 3 days in any game.

Posted by moBlue on (March 24, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

it is funny to me how oz fans complain bitterly when their long-time sledge kings [going back to the days of steve waugh] are paid back handsomely in the same coin! :) you reap what you sow, people!

i have been impressed with the way ENG handled the same circumstances... not only in winning in IND, but in playing fair with the absence of over-sledging! the oz brand of sledging - aped by other teams now, if only in revenge mode - is a blight on cricket, especially when hopeless cases like warner who can't bat to save his life (on this tour) indulges in it and embarrasses his country...

Posted by riverlime on (March 24, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

Several years ago, Australian Cricket declared that there should be a two-tier cricket system, with the weaker teams only being able to play one another, and not fouling up the schedules by losing within 3 or 4 days.....Perhaps it's time to revisit that statement, huh? The two teams losing within 3 days are Zimbabwe and ...AUSTRALIA! A complete whitewash and internal dissension suggests something rotten at the core of both those teams, but at least Zimbabwe can blame it on Mugabe. Who can Aus blame?

Posted by Nish_US on (March 24, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

@RoJayao

Indians WERE saints on the field - the ones from the Gandhian Era..they just let their bats do the talking .. but the modern day players... will give it back....both with bat and words...

It is AUS that went a little overboard first... and IND just retaliated.. I think.

Posted by harish-cricket-mad on (March 24, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

"Posted by Smithie on (March 24, 2013, 7:56 GMT) Typical Indians getting the last wicket from a clear wide. With DRS this would not have been out. Hopefully cricket Gods will see SRT given out to an absolute umpir ing howler."

- Smithie - The rule book says you can be stumped off a wide.

Posted by oze13 on (March 24, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

When is Australia going to learn that verbal abuse and aggressive posturing have no effect on the outcome of a game? Their boorish behaviour is embarrassing. India let their 'aggressive' batting do the talking. Shane Watson's face is a picture as India ease to another crushing victory. As for David Warner, has there ever been a more churlish and childish cricketer? I've not seen one!

Posted by tony122 on (March 24, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

What a beautiful game it is turning out to be. Easily the best match of the series and competitive until the third innings. I totally disagree with critics who think this was a bad pitch for Test cricket. On the contrary I will say this was the best pitch of the entire series. In the criticisms I see a pace jaundiced view of the cricket. Pitches like WACA(90's) were celebrated for their destructiveness. I remember matches have finished by the lunch third day. When it slowed down most cricket pundits were upset and were nostalgic about the good old days. Many said it was the TV right holders who pressurized the boards into making pitches docile enough to last 4-5 days. But when it comes to spinning tracks they are at best tolerated. Why so? Why not celebrate this Delhi pitch as the WACA of spinning tracks? Anyone remembers the Kumble Perfect 10? Any case enjoy Pujara's batting and remember Jadeja and Lyon' bowling. perfect.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (March 24, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Lyon's 7wckt haul and Siddle heroic batting goes in vain as India completes historic clean sweep.

Posted by Criminal_Roots on (March 24, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

@Smithie Typical Australians crying out for fouls when played with their own tactics....Remember Michale Clark getting out SRT with a wide delivery...Wait...How can you forget SRT's wicket off McGraths bowling [that too with the help of Man in White- Steve Buckner]....Poor baby...Cry..

Posted by AhmedEsat on (March 24, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

As an Aussie I am disappointed at the poor sportsmanship from a team that has been soundly thrashed. To add insult to injury, Usman Khawaja, a specialist Test batsman was left out to T20 hackers- so much for our motto of "A fair go?" This in a team that that consistently failed in the batting department.Perhaps some skin lightening cream is in order...what's the point of having a minister for multi-cultural affairs??

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

@Mervo sorry mervo but you need to play and win in these pitches to rise to number 1 spot.... those good looking ugly pitches of SA, AUS, ENG will do no good for those countries as it will be a test for them when they come here.....

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 24, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

@RoJayao- Spirit of the game ? Thats a new excuse even for Oz team. You cannot usee "The spirit of the game" and "Oz Team" in one sentence. Its called a taste of your own Medicine. Yeah,its disappointing, but that was well deserved. May be you missed the Action when Warner started the Sledging stuff yesterday. Well, you started it, so deal with it. Just wanna say,it doesnt feel does it ? Well, Ozs Team love to do it,when they start losing. India is just showing the mirror,while they are Winning.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

@Smithie: Do you understand cricket at all? As an Indian, I too want the DRS, but stumping off a wide is perfectly legal. True, that should have been given a wide, but the way the game is progressing now, that 1 run really won't matter, because India will win this one comfortably.

Posted by sankurian on (March 24, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Also, DRS is coming to talk as well!!

Posted by sankurian on (March 24, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Now, its time to goo back to the usual complaints about the pitch! Yesterday, there were no problems with the pitch, but it was india's single partnerships in the first 3 tests was the problem!! especially if you read @dhanno's comment in yesterdays report.

Posted by ThemanID on (March 24, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Funny how when India toured aus and eng, it was the players complaining about the green pitches and all that ( sehwag, gambhir, kohli etc) while the fans were just angry at the team. Now it's the opposite. It's Australian fans complaining about the poor pitches while the players are accepting defeat graciously. I guess we need to have India vs Australia on West Indies tracks as they are suitable for both pace and spin

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

@Smithie ther is nothin DRS can do with stumping..... stumping for a wide ball is allowed in cricket, as also run out for no ball and free hit is allowed try to know the rules....

Posted by Nish_US on (March 24, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Hope Pujara has proved a point here that he is ready for ODI... time for Dhoni to start thinking where to fit him in the ODI squad... He is going to need him for the next ODI worldcup outside of the sub-continent...

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

@Smithie: for your information stumping in wide ball is allowed if you know the rules , So nothing to do with DRS. @RoJayao: what you mean by spirit of game , remember 1996 WC league match, Mark waugh get SRT for a wide ball when we was smashing ever Aussie that time. Do not cry, improve your game back to back ashes i dont think back to back ashes needed as only one ashes is enough for england to whitewash 2 times

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 24, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Nathan, despite bowling brilliantly in the second innings, in this fourth innings has bowled way too full and thus not allowed it to turn..

Have to agree with @thefakebook, but there have been some positives. The result of this series was inevitable. It is a culmination of disgraceful selection and inexperience in conjunction with the Indian curator's disgusting and unfair (to say the least) pitches which eradicate the threat of our prime strength: pace bowling (which happens to be so much better in calibre to england's). Selective watering is just a reflection of the cheating nature of the BCCI, not to mention not using the DRS and the umpires who somewhat coincidentally, always favor India. How many times did Lyon get tendulkar out in one innings? Four?

Just compare australian pitches with india's. Ours: something for EVERYONE on different days, india's: depends who they're playing; whatever works in favor for India and whatever works against the opposition's weakness. Disgraceful.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

as may saying discussions on siddle dismissal..... there is nothing wrong in the dismissal..... stumping is allowed in wide ball and run out is allowed for no ball and even for free hit.....try to learn the rules before commenting...... those kind of stumping are seen everywhere in cricket..... dont get over worried about that wicket.... worry about you BATSMEN's scoring......

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 24, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Siddel would have been out even with DRS. You can get Out on a wide ball. It's pretty simple but some people doesn;t know the rules here. ANd DRS can't declare a ball wide.

Posted by Divinetouch on (March 24, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Smithie, u do not know the game of cricket. A batsman can be stumped off a wide in any form of cricket. Please learn then come back and comment. RoJayo there is nothing unsportsmanlike to stump a batsman off a wide.

Posted by 2020sux on (March 24, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

some good thoughts about the pitches needing worldwide uniformity why don't we just play test cricket on a concrete pitch and make the bowlers bowl 1 bounce underarm lobs with a tennis ball, i mean who wants the variety and entralling soap opera test cricket has been throwing up globally for over 100 years

Posted by POONAANAL on (March 24, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Can Aus fight the match rather individuals in Indian Team. Again you can't blame the pitch. Pujara and Kohli are playing splendidly.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (March 24, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

I am in the crowd at Delhi. We love Siddle. A gutsy dude who stood up to our bowlers and the pressure.

Posted by kc69 on (March 24, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

and they were saying something about an Aussie fightback.Sledging alone cannot win you a match.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Super effort from Siddle, not looking like anywhere near enough runs at the tea break though. They desperately need a couple of quick poles after tea. Can´t believe Patto didn´t get the new ball!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

To All those Aussies who say,turning tracks are bad and stuff like that and then call Indian batsmen as flat track bullies.Then why are not Australian Batsmen scoring runs in these flat tracks?So Australian batsmen are supposed to be Fast Track Bullies.Simple.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Australia is till to recoverer to find a proper team since the retirement of Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hadden, Steve Waugh, Shane Warne, Glen McGrath and Andrew Symonds ,and the selectors further compounded the situation by not encouraging Mike Hussey and Ricky Pointing to delay their Retirement until after the tour to India. Australia should know the only teams that this current Australian side can dominate are the West Indies, Bangladesh , Kenya and Zimbabwe.Please bring back Hussey to help Clarke with the batting since Cowan, Watson, Warner and Hughes are not world class but just good for Sheffield Cricket and Twenty/20

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 24, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

To all those who think that Hughes was Notout, you got another thing coming. Hughes was hit on the Back Leg and the ball would have hit the offstump.Just see the replay. A Bad decision ? Jadeja was given out when was not- the ball was turning away.

You cannot overlook the poor batting performance of the Ozs at the Top order, so dismal that the lower order has to score runs. I've been saying it since this series started, Just look at the test Squad of the Aust Team. You expect to win a Test Series or survive ? Maxwell, Doherty, Warner(just because he plays IPL,doesn't mean he knows the condition well) Warner should have been dropped after 2 Tests. Stop blaming the pitches guys, really. Aust won all the four tosses & batted 1st. They had a gr8 chance of putting Ind on the back foot(as Ind batting in the last innigngs). But for not even once, Ind looked like loosing a Test match or in trouble. The selection was wrong in the 1st place. Thats a fact. Deal with it now !!

Posted by blamblam on (March 24, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

When a test is done and dusted within 3 days then how can that pitch be up to test standard? Just sayin...

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

In this series, 53 wickets out of 79 were claimed by Ashwin (29) and Jadeja (24). What does it mean?

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 24, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

The sheer frustration of all the Aussie Fans is coming out now,as they are on the Edge,AGAIN. Really, I mean bad pitch ? Thats the same excuse over and over again. No doubt both the teams have struggled on this pitch. But, Oz top order is below Mediocre which has been the case entire series,instead your tail has batted well. What can we expect when you have T20 players like Warner,Maxwell in your test team Plus, if you saw the wickets all of them were Lbw or Bowled convincingly,except for Watson which kept a bit low(but he was playing an Aggressive shot). Really why the pitch is so criticized for bad batting of Ozs,its an even bounce pitch and the odd ball is spinning much.FYI, India is batting 4th in this Match.If it was Aust,then there wld have been an Entire complaint box from Oz fans abt Turning pitches,impossible to bat on and all that. BottomLine- Oz batting is just not good enough. It was also proved in Mohali where the pitch was most Spin Unfriendly and they got beat in 4 days.

Posted by Dravidian_15 on (March 24, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

funny how the aussie locals think they are better than the aussie cricketers out there by talking trash and being sentimental idiots, not being able to accept concrete facts. Listen you were the best and the strongest, but now you are under reconstruction and you will take time to rebuild. Its just a fact that you have been well and truly beaten in this series and thats just a fact. You will come stronger in the Ashes. What makes you locals think that you guys are much more knowledgable than Clarkey who has openly admitted in each of the 3 that thay have been well beaten.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

@handyandy think of the other way around, AUS , SA, ENG will have play in india also.... ofcourse england did well.... but thats just 1 series.... what are AUS doing doing right now..... if they cant learn how to play on subcontinent they wont be number 1 ... never.....

Posted by indirockz on (March 24, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

Hahahahaha..... Hear the on-field sledging and here again crying excuses from fans. You OZs can't take defeat very well it seems. Well NEWSFLASH...start taking it as this is starting of a new downfall for your mediocre team where at least 3 of last 5 batsmen averages more than top 6 in the series

Posted by Potatis on (March 24, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

I've been yelling at Watson through the television. Why will he not bowl Pattinson? Or Siddle? When the side has so few runs to play with, and you need to build pressure, why bowl Maxwell or Johnson?? Really poor captaincy, Watson!

Posted by Mervo on (March 24, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Please Tal_Botvinni, don't get carried away because Indian have won out of sheer desperation on poor wickets. As you say Jadeja, Ashwin, Ojha have no record at all out of India. Australia still have a good side, a better one than India on current rankings. We have a stunning array of fast bowlers ready for you next time. Let's see how India go in SA and after that. These guys are no Warnes' or Mutiahs', they just have substandard wickets.

One thing that is for sure is that Matthew Wade is a terrible 'keeper. He may hold his place as batsman - maybe - but we need a keep like Haddin who is better in both departments. Failing that, Chris Hartley is the standout for years now. He just comes from QLD.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

I can understand the comments about Kohli and Ishant, but the wide ball from Ashwin is very much legal and accepted way of dismissal and has been carried out by many sides, not just India. I don't see anything wrong with it. If anything, it showed smart thinking from the bowler. That was the way Mark Waugh got a rampaging Tendulkar out to start India' slide in the World Cup League match in 1996. Hereprobably being a Test match it was not given wide and even if it has to be given wide it's the umpire's error and nothing to do with sportsmanship shown by India.

Posted by Firstdrop on (March 24, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

This is not test cricket. Two and a half days with 26 out of 31 dismissals attributed to spin is not test cricket. This is a monument to arrogance of BCCI and an irrelevant sideshow. Congratulations India! This part of a calculated strategy to discredit test cricket to the ultimate benefit of the product that is IPL.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Ok, fair enough...Peter Siddle is in my International XI squad...

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (March 24, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

You know why Siddle is batting so well right? Several of us on this website questioned his spot above Pattinson and Starc in the batting lineup, he read that and has come out to show us all what he's made of.Fantatic batting. And our top order woes can't continue forever, througout this series our batting has let us down and its time now to bring Khawaja in for the ashes, how long will he stay on the sidelines for. And boy are we missing pup in the batting lineup.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

Agree that the weak Australian batting is making Jadeja and company look invincible. Also, I don't see SRT getting 20 runs in this innings. But he will be retained so others like Shikar Diwan don't get a chance in SA? Vijay's dismissal shows that he needs to work harder as he has done earlier in the series to apply himself for longer innings. In SA, the short innings will be in plentiful supply otherwise.

Posted by ayanraja on (March 24, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

For the Australians who are cribbing about the turning tracks, here's the pace/spin distribution of the wickets taken by Australians when we visited them last: Mel: 19/20 (Pace/Spin) Syd: 18/20 Per: 20/20 Ade: 15/20

Total: Pace - 72, Spin - 8 Percentage: Pace - 90%, Spin 10%

Posted by RoJayao on (March 24, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Nothing about that Siddle dismissal is in the so called spirit of the game. Where was the wide?? And what about Sharma's disgraceful send off of Pattinson? And Kohli's trouble making all day, especially trying to instigate something with Wade as they walked off for lunch? Where is India's self proclaimed status as the saints of fair play and sportsmanship? Everyone is super quick to launch into Australia when this sort of thing happens, but where's the scathing diatribe when India go over the top?? Print this cricinfo please, there needs to be some balance in the posts for once!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

I despise people who complain and call this a bad pitch. How is a turning pitch that produces 4 wickets per session worse than green ones that produces the same frequency of wickets? As long as there is a good contest between bat and ball and we get a result in 5 days time, we have a good test pitch. Different players adapt to different conditions. And today, its been Siddle who has somehow mastered the trick of playing spinners. That is the beauty of test cricket. That is why playing in the dry subcontinent is as much of a challenge as playing in overcast England.

Posted by Smithie on (March 24, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

Typical Indians getting the last wicket from a clear wide. With DRS this would not have been out. Hopefully cricket Gods will see SRT given out to an absolute umpir ing howler.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (March 24, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

Target may be little competitive but based on the form of Indian batsman, its going to be easy chase for india. Just 155 for whitewash.

Posted by KGY27 on (March 24, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

What ever happened to the pride a batsman puts on his wicket? The Indian spinners are mediocre as Peter Siddle has shown. Not our batsmen, but a bowler!!!!!!! He's the best team player we have. Always bowls with heart and gives 100%. Others in the team could do well to follow his lead. Well done Mr. Siddle.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (March 24, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Siddle is a LEGEND ! He may not be and probably isn't a great player, but on what index that's missing isn't he ? He can't bowl and gets wickets, can't bat and gets runs etc.... sheer will power well before the analysis, used to be worth more than anything.

Go the woodchoppers !

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 24, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

Ah at last this horrific tour will end today or tomorrow but as they say somethings just have to end in terrible fashion for even greater things to being.

Posted by dipz_v_dipin on (March 24, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

122-8 to 145-8.....siddle becoming a thorn in india's flesh....if he hangs on Aus will win bcoz a total close to 200 will be really tough to be chased...

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 24, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

CRICKET bcoms a game of HOME CONDITION rather than skill.... Home teams r winning evry where!!! This is d same INDIA that whitewashed by 8-0 (eng+aus) nd nw beating aus in dis series. so this is d cricket now!!!

Posted by dipz_v_dipin on (March 24, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

siddle becomi9ng a thorn in India's flesh.....:(

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 24, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

To those who say India cant play away- Heres record v Australia in Australia India in Australia- Australia v India at Perth - Jan 16-19, 2008 India 330 and 294; Australia 212 and 340 India won by 72 runs

Australia v India at Adelaide - Dec 12-16, 2003 Australia 556 and 196; India 523 and 233/6 India won by 4 wickets

Australia v India at Melbourne - Feb 7-11, 1981 India 237 and 324; Australia 419 and 83 India won by 59 runs

3rd Test: Australia v India at Melbourne - Dec 30, 1977 - Jan 4, 1978 India 256 and 343; Australia 213 and 164 India won by 222 runs

Australia v India at Perth - Dec 8, 1991 India 208/7 (50 ov); Australia 101 (37.5 ov) India won by 107 runs

4th Test: Australia v India at Sydney - Jan 7-12, 1978 Australia 131 and 263; India 396/8d India won by an innings and 2 runs

Australia v India at Brisbane - Jan 18, 2004 India 303/4 (50 ov); Australia 284 (49.4 ov) India won by 19 runs

Australia v India at Adelaide - Feb 12, 2012 Australia 269/8 (50 ov); India 270/6 (49

Posted by pommy80 on (March 24, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

The pitches in this series have been below par standards, similar to those England faced in India, but they adapted and destroyed a mediocre India team. Australia should have done the same, but the inexperience of the top order lead to this downfall. That said, these pitches are devaluing test cricket, the fun of seeing fast bowlers steaming in bowling 90mph+ has long gone in the subcontinent. Shame a team has to rely on spin friendly pitches to win a test series.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 24, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

@Int.Curator I am just curious to know if you had commented on that SA VS Aus match in SA where Aus bundled out for 47.

Neutral observation. England fared a lot better in much worse conditions.They literally had the rank turners in mumbai and kolkata and the worst pitch in nagpur. Even in nagpur cook said he had to make sure that the batsmen grind out to secure a draw. Perhaps your batsmen particularly watson and warner might want to take a cue from cook on how to bat in these conditions.

I would like to hear your next excuse from you soon in England

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 24, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

@sal 80, Australia DOES NOT make special pitches for India or sub-continent teams. This is what really infuriates me. Everybody else IS NOT doing this. Yes, the saffas are known for it. I invite you to find video if ANY pitch in Australia that looked remotely like the one the saffas produced when they bowled out PAK for 40 something recently. Some cricket boards have standards. Some have poor standards. Some are simply corrupt.

Posted by Vipkan on (March 24, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

After reading all the posts and complaints about the Indian pitches I am confused...

So if a pitch is seaming and the ball is swinging that is normal and all is OK in this world. Even though it is alien to teams from the sub-continent?

Well then to us the normal is the spinning ball. And that is OK for us. Even though it is alien to visiting teams.

Got it?

That is why the word "Test" match.

Posted by Mervo on (March 24, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

Doctored wickets prove nothing but desperation. I have seen backyard pitches better prepared.

Posted by WILAD on (March 24, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Everyone's asking for a two tier system yet.How many test series have really been close between the top 5 in the past couple years? Apart from South Africa every team just beats the other at their home and can't win away except for what England did in India recently. All these series end in 4-0, 3-0, 2-0 defeats. Where was the call for the two tier system when England was on of the worst a few years back? No that would a travesty for England to be in a bottom tier wouldn't it?

Posted by handyandy on (March 24, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Doctoring wickets to suit your own team is all well and good ... but at some point you will have to play in Australia, or England or South Africa.

Cricketers need to be able to play under all conditions and this is where the Indians are going to be found wanting. They will never be the world's number one team if they can only win in their own country.

Posted by handyandy on (March 24, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

What a sad excuse for a batting lineup this is.

I shudder to think what will happen when this team go up against England. The side will need to be totally revamped.

Australia's only real hope in this match is that one of the lower order batsman can stick around with Wade.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Australians are crying like babies, be dignified, accept that you were not upto the mark. India has played better in your conditions, than you in Indian Conditions. Aussie batsman does not have the skill or patience to survive in these tracks, thats the fact.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

Australia Reluctant to do something through fear of embarrassment or humiliation,IN Australia pitches were bouncy and flat where as in sub continent pitches were spin, Australia should be ashamed and cannot play like spin pitches,why you Australians were blaming India and BCCI,please do agree that you guys cannot play spin pitches and just give up instead of blaming.

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 24, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

@ Insult_2_Injury - Agree with you mate. Thats what I've been mentioning since Day 1. The Selection was wrong in the 1st place. Really, I could not believe when Maxwell,Henriques,Doherty got green baggy. Is this Test Cricket ? It would have been competitive matches if it was a good team. But Oz team is not even a shell of what it used to be. Bad Selections everytime - Warner picked,everytime he throws his wicket away,Hughes - 69 in Mohali after scroing 18-19 runs in 5 innings picked,Not trying Khwaja. Pitches are not to blamed for poor Oz show. If anyone wants to mention the pitch, Remember, India have batted last in all the Test Matches, so Ozs had a better pitch to play on,when we compare to India. Bottom Line- Oz Management should've picked a proper team that is willing to play TEST CRICKET and apply themselves. Afraid to say mate, The future looks not so bright if they go with these players in the future !!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 24, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

200 target in fourth innings is game for me. Aus tail is pretty much capable of adding that. All the previous matches we had the luxury of first innings lead but rahane's inclusion coupled with sachin's obsession with 4th spot messed our batting order this time. Nothing to take away from Lyon but this order certainly had some effect. Not sure Pujara will open the innings again and if rahane is too nervous they might stick with kholi and our lower order looks fragile.

Move up jadeja to num 3 and ask him to bat sensibly in his own slow style.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

The pitches are terrible to play on,India have been very lucky on this series believe me they have ,useless they are !

Posted by happycric on (March 24, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

@Tal , it is not about Indian spinner it is more about australian batting line up that is inexperience to spin bowling. This is very poor performance from a very inexperienced australian batting line up.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

@Int.Curator : When Australian curators prefer non spinning tracks in favor of the Australian team there is nothing wrong in Indian curators preferring spinning tracks in favor of Indian team. And that's why there is always a home advantage. You shouldn't always expect the pitch to favor you. We never complained about your pitches being non spinning when we lost and in the same way even you must learn to accept the defeat rather than complaining.

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 24, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

Dhanno on (March 24, 2013, 6:00 GMT) There were hardly any howlers in this series like the Steve Bucknor controlled match in Sydney.The ONLY howler was Michael Clarke edge which everybody except the umpire saw -Clarke made over 100 after that and saved his team from innings defeat. Even with DRS the scoreline would have been 4-0 whitewash

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

It is exciting test cricket going on in Delhi - a battle befitting the final test of the series. Test cricket is all about playing in alien conditions, in front of partisan crowds, over a period of time and winning. Indian teams till recently were termed ' bad travellers' for their inability to win abroad. The team has more belief. Even then they were beaten at home by England. It shows that Indian cricket has way to go. The Australians too are a team in transition and most are visiting India the first time. They can only improve. There is no point blaming tracks for being different.

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 24, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

TheBigBoodha on (March 24, 2013, 5:35 GMT) Both teams play on the same pitch so the pitch excuse holds no value- If the pitch spins/turn/ seams/bounce/wobble/anyother behavior for one team, then it does the same for the other. You are wasting your time as one team just too good for the other .

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 24, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

To all those who think that Hughes was Notout, you got another thing coming. Hughes was hit on the Back Leg and the ball would have hit the offstump.Just see the replay. A Bad decision ? Jadeja was given out when the ball was turning away. Having said that, You cannot overlook the poor batting performance of the Ozs at the Top order, so dismal that the lower order has to score runs. I've been saying it since this series started, Just look at the test Squad of the Aust Team. You expect to win a Test Series or survive ? Maxwell, Doherty, Warner(just because he plays IPL,doesn't mean he knows the condition well) Warner should have been dropped after 2 Tests. Stop blaming the pitches guys, really. Aust won all the four tosses & batted 1st. They had a gr8 chance of putting Ind on the back foot(as Ind batting in the last innigngs). But for not even once, Ind looked like loosing a Test match or in trouble. The selection was wrong in the 1st place. Thats a fact. Deal with it now !!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 24, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

@Dhanno whilst i agree that india did not know how to use DRS properly in their initial matches i believe it would not have helped here much if Hughes was ruled out 50-50(which was the most likely case) and the umpires decision stands final.

Dhoni is having horrible day behind stunps. Missed stumping hughes and dropped wade. this could be crucial.

That said I am all for DRS (although not a fan of hawk eye)

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

An unedifying spectacle from both sides! Constant appealing from the Indians paid off by putting undue pressure on the Umpires - Hughes got one not hitting a second set of stumps. Australians indulging in a bit of verbal ripostes to the Indian tactics - hope things settle down after lunch.

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 24, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

Rodney Boodlal on (March 24, 2013, 4:49 GMT) Australia beating people on there home conditions nothing strange if this same series was played somewhere else like India they would have been the ones getting beat

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

Australians are crying babies,when they cannot win. India Performed much better than Australia , than the Australians in India. Remember in the past also India performed well in India, Follwing would have been the results , had it not been for partisan umpires like Steve Randell, Dareel Hair.

1986- 2-0 India.

1992-2-2 (David Boon was never given Lbw in this series,because child sexual abuser upire I thin k his name was Steve Randell)

1998-99 (2-1) to Australia Tendulkar shoulder before wicket series

2003- (2-1) India Ricky ponting & steve waugh never given LBW whren they were plumb infront.

2007- ( 2-1) India, but for monkey gate & bucknor.

2012-( 3-1) to australia) , because of unimaginative captaincy by Dhoni.

So Aussies, dont cry like Babies, dont think that you are superior in home conditions also.

Posted by rajiv55 on (March 24, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

smith playing well and also Australia first innings top scorer siddle to come.hope that lead pass 150 and we then have a exciting match.Batting test for India awaits.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

Oh god, will the Aussie fans stop whinging? Why can't you just admit that your spinners aren't good enough? If Monty and Swann were bowling here, this would've been England's game. And for those who say this is a "doctored" wicket, I think this wicket has given Aus the best chance for victory. The uneven bounce brings the fast bowlers into play, something that was missing in the 1st 3 tests. Having said that, Steven O Keefe and Lyon bowling in tandem would've made it far more tougher for India.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

Well nothing wrong in this pitch. Although ojha, jadeja and ashwin are just ordinary spinners but india knows that aussies dont even have ordinary spinners who can trouble their batsmen and worst players of spin bowling in their batting line up. Thats why they prepared these type of pitches. I can bet they wont provide such rank turners to Sri, Pak & Eng.

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 24, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

The sheer frustration of all the Aussie Fans is coming out now,as they are on the Edge,AGAIN. Really, I mean bad pitch ? Thats the same excuse over and over again. No doubt both the teams have struggled on this pitch. But, Oz top order is below Mediocre which has been the case entire series,instead your tail has batted well. What can we expect when you have T20 players like Warner,Maxwell in your test team Plus, if you saw the wickets all of them were Lbw or Bowled convincingly,except for Watson which kept a bit low(but he was playing an Aggressive shot). Really why the pitch is so criticized for bad batting of Ozs,its an even bounce pitch and the odd ball is spinning much.FYI, India is batting 4th in this Match.If it was Aust,then there wld have been an Entire complaint box from Oz fans abt Turning pitches,impossible to bat on and all that. BottomLine- Oz batting is just not good enough. It was also proved in Mohali where the pitch was most Spin Unfriendly and they got beat in 4 days.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 24, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

@ Neil Robinson If you are talking about hughes decision give it a rest. That was more closer than what jadeja got in first innings and even if DRS was there the umpires decision stands final if it had ruled out 50-50.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 24, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha: I am sick and tired of these petulant excuses coming from Aussie fans like yourself. Why don't you ask your players to improve in India rather than mouthing off lame excuses. It's getting to a point where even boredom will get bored. Your players are weak ! There are no 'ifs' or 'buts' here. Go on and prepare some green tracks next time India come to Australia, cause that's what you guys do anyway. India won't mind it at all. The ONLY number 1 team is SA and only they can perform commendably anywhere.

Posted by shabbir on (March 24, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

@ Int.Curator and others of the same views, why this concern when in India, why not the same apply to green top fast pitches, they are also doctored to suite their bowlers and weakness of our batsmen. If you are a world beater, should be competent enough to play in any condition and beat the opposition. It is not fair to cry when your loosing here and laugh at apathy of Indians in foreign conditions.

Posted by indirockz on (March 24, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

Hhahahahahaha... I thoroughly enjoy complaints of OZ fans here. If you can't win a game then pitches, blame DRS. How hard it is for you guys to understand that it goes both ways. Whatever pitch is offered to Oz, same pitch Indians are batting. The difference here is the top order where Indian top order ponders mammoth runs averaging 70+ while Oz top order looks like having no clue averaging early 20s and below. Try hard on your next tour and put some batting practice rather than sledging practice. Who knows...you might win a test match.....Good luck for next time

Posted by Dhanno on (March 24, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

In the debate of DRS. The NZL-ENG game was a good example. There were 4 lbw decisions referred and correct outcome presented every time. NZL will be happy to get those wickets eng wont complain either, if the system is working they themselves will make use of it in second innings. 98% howlers are eliminated this way and it is good for the game.

India doesnt know how to use it and hence refuse to employ it. The fact that they can bully umpires is in addition.

Hughesy was really unfortunate.

Posted by Insult_2_Injury on (March 24, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

When the inevitable India Tour post mortem is done by the bureaucrats at CA, I'll guarantee you that there will be no arrows pointed at those most culpable for the debacle. Those most responsible - the lunatics running Australian Cricket; including the selectors and 'coaching' staff. There's at least eight players not up to a baggy green, but it isn't their fault that the game plan is inept, shuffling the batting order every innings gives no sense of permanency and the lunacy of rotation and homework punishment just shows that the 'accredited' fools at Australian Cricket place no value on the winning culture developed through to 2006. Any Aussie fan knows that with this 'rest players for the next game' policy that the diamonds in the team will not get enough experience playing in all conditions to produce a competitive unit. It's a long time in the wilderness. Who woulda thought 3 years ago, that the Australian cricket ethos could be shredded from the inside in such a short time?

Posted by sal80 on (March 24, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Now i days i feel there is no good competion left in cricket home team makes the pitch which suits them, if we go to Auss or southafrica they make bounce track and in subcontinent there are spin wickets. winning is all about now in your on backyard. Every country should make equal playable pitches and ICC should bring the rule that pitches will be all same every where.

Posted by Amarjitmadan on (March 24, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

Both teams have struggled on this pitch but regrettably it not to the standard required for Test matches and not an entertainer at all for viewers.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Lyon has secured his place for the ashes and puts to rest the debate about who is the best spinner in Australia. He just needs to be a bit more consistent. But the fact that the pitch may have played a part in providing helpful spinning conditions, he may struggle on pitches which offers no help to the spinners. But this would certainly help with his confidence.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

Another shit umpiring decision that could have easily been avoided with DRS. Thankyou BCCI. In future "Corruption and Ineptitude" should be included on a little banner underneath the BBCI logo. A truly pathetic organization.

Posted by Sandt on (March 24, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

"india beating people on there home conditions nothing strange if this same series was played somewhere else they would have been the ones getting beat" Why these guyd have problem with India winning. We had played in AUS/END now it is time to play them in India.You want us to play always in strange conditions which help these teams. When Au/Eng wil in their conditions it is excellent cricket.Why people cannot accept that in their own conditions all these tems will be good.But when other countries they cannot play well.If these teams are so good why cant they play well in Indian conditions.Admit that Eng played well in reccent tour in india but it is largely due to india's non-performace in 2nd and 3rd tests.

Posted by Int.Curator on (March 24, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

This series is has been the best example of why you should not doctor wickets for an unfair advantage. Appalling pitches has equalled appalling cricket. These are the best players in the world yet have no opportunity to perform. Indian curators should be ashamed.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (March 24, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

Jadeja, Ashwin, Ojha are mediocre spinners. all their wickets have come at home against mediocre test sides with poor spin records.Against england all of them looked hapless and on non spinning tracks in australia they were on thin ice. Herath,ajmal,swann are far more superior bowlers. all this hype is created by the indian media.

Australia have no future and even Bangladesh can skittle with their bowling attack. No Good batsmen no good spinners no quality allrounders.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

I agree with the fact that india is relying on spinners but don't forget the best team is winning, OZ standard of cricket is de-growing

Posted by goodhoot on (March 24, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Currently watching Australia self destruct in the 2nd 5/53,yet again the tail is left to pull them out of it.If Shane Watson gets a game after this I'd be surprised,his selection of shots in both innings reeks of arrogance,and ends up in stupidity.Let's see what Mickey Arthurs has to say at games end which should be today,belted inside 3 days.Watson again hitting across the line,also Warner when it's so important to play STRAIGHT! Junior cricketers learn quicker than this lot

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 24, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Yet another pathetic pitch. Why doesn't the ICC step in and censure India. Just so sick of watching our players batting on cracked dust owls with spinners opening the bowling. Has any team EVER manufactured conditions to this degree in a series before to suit themselves? There is no honour in winning in this fashion. Just making a mediocre team look good. India won't win a game in the upcoming three away series.

Posted by aby_prasad on (March 24, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

Wow.Test cricket is back.Thank Youuu Australia and India you beauties!. Id pay to watch such matches anyday. The best thing is that these two teams are very young & this could be the start of a long & stiff competition between these two teams reviving the great rivalry & fight they had until a few years back! I know aus would rise in the coming days,just pray that India claw their way back or improve their overseas stature too!. Fans,id suggest to see the big picture on how exciting this has become than pinpointing and discussing micro issues & 'ifs' and 'buts', though I know its not easy 4 many to hold their nerve when things get really tight and tense!.Great cricketers & fans always think on 'how to' than 'why' with regard to pitch etc. Its not a dynamite as is being exaggerated. Anyways cant complain if you hate non-responsive pitches. All 4 matches didnt have dead pitches. Did you see people flocking to see the bowlers,in india!?1-2 days more of this, brilliant!, im loving this

Posted by Resultpredictor on (March 24, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

It seems that Australia cannot score more than 100 in their second innings. Its going to be an easy victory for India. Ashwin, Ojha and Jadeja brought back India into this game. Its going to be 4-0 either today itself or tomorrow.

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 24, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

Hughesy, again, given out erreneously. How can a full length delivery possibly turn that much from middle-leg and pass the bat, and then still be going on to hit the stumps? Another shocker, and with Watson being one of the biggest underachievers in Australian cricket just getting out to a truly terrible shot against a truly innocuous delivery, Aleem dar has just ruined us again. One of his worst umpiring series that I can remember. I guess we know why the indians don't like the DRS right? I'm sure that the 95% accuracy or the "5% inaccuracy" of the DRS truly justifies persisting with umpires who constantly give the wrong decision, but it doesn't matter because of them favoring india. I'm sure that the umpiring is just as fair as selective watering. You see in Australia, we have pitches that suit everyone! Spinners on day 4-5, batsmen days 2-3, and seamers day 1 and day 5 with the variable bounce of day 5. But again, what such fairness is there in Indian cricket?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

"I think whether Pak gov has decided or not to give India the title of most favored nation but it seems Aleem Dar already did! Shame on him giving Hughes out 2 times and that was certainly cruel....Though few decisions has gone against India as well but for them their is no excuse as they are not using DRS....As far as my personal expierence suggest the prob Aus is facing as no body from their side is using the feats as it was used by the English players.Neither of them has the capability of back foot punch as Matt Prior has shown.But their are few positive s as well Nathon Lyon 7 wucket haul and talender fighting spirit will definately help them in future and the invention of couple of good players Henriques and Smith that can be groomwd in future. As far as Indian team is concerned they can cheer for a while ; skipper will get lot of praises from the media and Bcci and he may facilitatethe pitch querators but trust me the problem persist for them!"

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 24, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

Lyon 7-94 take that JJ Krezja,now only if he'd played 2nd test he confidence would be sky high.Now then he should have a Hauritz or Ahmed for company in the Ashes and hopefully the selectors finally see the invisible one S O'K.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

well well well, looks like warner got it back.... some send off for him.....

Posted by zalmaypk on (March 24, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

Come on dhoni white wash them...

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

@Rodney Boodlal same goes for every team, australia won 4-0 in their home only....

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 24, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

hahaha @ warner. this is what happens when you promote t-20 flysquatters to test cricket. you begin at 0/1 nine out of ten times. there is no place for such players in test cricket.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

@Mervo whats your problem with opening bowling with spinners , u can you anything to get results.... its not like there is some rules or something..... ya unless your players learn hoe to play spin, it will be spiket for you guys....

Posted by Dhanno on (March 24, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Oopsie..Hughes does looks as ungainly as someone who just wandered into ballet practice made to go on stage. Well goodluck to him, any which way he can score them!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

india beating people on there home conditions nothing strange if this same series was played somewhere else they would have been the ones getting beat

Posted by whofriggincares on (March 24, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

Message to D.Warner try a straight bat. The tougher the surface the more that old saying comes into play. Does he even think about the game?

Posted by Mervo on (March 24, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

India opened the bowing with spinners? Incredible how limited this game has become. We need a new name for this version of cricket. Spiket? Zaheer must wonder how he ever got a game.

Posted by Dhanno on (March 24, 2013, 4:24 GMT)

A quickfire 70 will settle this. Someone has to take the charge and this shoot out will tilt aussie way. Warner/Hughes can do that. Getting out maxwell there, now that shows the intent. get him some time when the ball is hard and let him throw his bat at it. If Watson pulls this off, it will be major turnaround for the guy who was send back week ago! The kick on the backside as clarke calls it, looks like worked.

Btw hopefully the ones who predicted bhuvi fightback and aus folding at 75 come back :)

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