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

Satisfied Dhoni plays down revenge talk

Sharda Ugra

March 24, 2013

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At the start of the series MS Dhoni was under the hammer for being the first Indian captain in 28 years to lose a home series to England, that too after being blanked out on away series in England and Australia. After defeating Australia inside three days and completing a 4-0 sweep for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Dhoni chose to toss a few hammers towards the written press after India's six-wicket victory, but said using the word revenge was all too "confusing."

Even after turning around the 0-4 defeat to Australia in 2011-12, 'revenge' was a word Dhoni had made it a point to avoid all series. "It doesn't matter if it's 0-4, 2-2, 2-0, 3-1... I don't like words like revenge coming out of the series because in the very next question people talk about the spirit of the game. So revenge, spirit of the game - the vocabulary becomes too confusing."

His summary of the series was simpler, "It's better to say that it was a good series for us. There are plenty of individuals who did really well, quite a few bowlers, quite a few batsmen… They got some exposure, they scored runs in difficult conditions."

The disadvantage of having lost the toss in all four Tests meant that India had to bat last in three of the four Tests, but had done enough with the ball in the third innings to keep the target down to reasonable numbers. The Delhi Test may have ended inside three days, but it was here that India had to chase their highest target of the series, 155 runs, on the most treacherous wicket of the four Tests.

"The openers have performed really well. As I said, the conditions were quite difficult for the batsmen to score freely. Shikhar [Dhawan] batted really well in the last game, Vijay batted well over a period of time. So I feel they've done really well. [Cheteshwar] Pujara, I'm really impressed with Pujara. He got injured in the first innings yet he came out to open for us and score those big runs. I think overall I'm very happy with the performance of especially the newer players who've just got a chance to play in this series."

The defeat to England had led to a "tough time", Dhoni said. "You learn a lot more when you're going through a rough period compared to the good times when everything goes your way. I think individuals learnt a lot from the tough period and we were able to implement the learning in this particular series."

The key for India he said was the ability to build partnerships. "When we were batting, we said that what we want is partnerships, we don't want individuals to score hundreds. We laid a lot of emphasis on partnerships. Ultimately, if you earn the kind of partnerships you are talking about, you'll get individuals who will score centuries." Six of the nine century partnerships made in the series belonged to Indian batsmen, along with M Vijay & Pujara's 370 for the second wicket in Hyderabad and Vijay and Dhawan's match-winning 289 in Mohali.

Dhoni came out in support of coach Duncan Fletcher, saying he was "glad he is around" and that this had been the best India had performed during his tenure. "He has had a tough time… but I think he is someone who knows the game really well. His technical knowledge of batting is immense. He is there helping all the youngsters who have come into the team to groom them to do well in different conditions. Specially, I am very happy for him because he has only seen and spent tough periods with us, specially when it comes to days cricket."

"I think he is someone who knows the game really well. His technical knowledge of batting is immense. He is there helping all the youngsters who have come into the team to groom them to do well in different conditions" Dhoni on Duncan Fletcher

The Man of the Series and top wicket-taker R Ashwin, Dhoni said, had been "facing a bit of pressure." For Ashwin to come back "in the right frame of mind" was important. Once again he said, the criticism of Ashwin following the England had been on the similar lines about appraisals of his captaincy. "People talk a lot of different things… the same way if you have a lot of variations, when you are doing well, people talk about those variations but once you are not doing so well and not taking so many wickets, they say he is not consistent, he bowls a lot of variations."

It was important for Ashwin he said, "to back himself" but there had been no pressure on him from the side. "I think that he bowled really well. What was important is that he needs to have his own plans, his own strategies as well as going along with the team's strategies. Being the lead bowler, he performed really well in this series. Whenever we needed an important wicket, he was always there. And if he didn't take it, [Ravindra] Jadeja took it for us. So that really helps, if you have two or three bowlers who give us important breakthroughs at the right time."

He had said newcomer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bowled 64 overs across eight innings and took six wickets averaging 39.83, had given India important wickets, "especially in the last Test match (Mohali) if I am not wrong… The fact that we won with 2.3 overs to spare, a lot of credit goes to the bunch of bowlers for bowling quickly so that we could generate those extra overs. If we had bowled just 14-15 overs an hour, we wouldn't have got those extra 5-10 overs. The credit goes to them." Bhuvneshwar would be "very effective abroad, especially given that he swings the ball both ways. We will have to wait to see but he has shown especially in the ODIs that if the conditions are slightly helpful, he can really swing the ball."

When asked about his own place at No. 6 in the batting order, Dhoni said, "about No. 6 position, Jadeja has done really well with the ball and slowly he's getting into that thing of scoring runs. He may take a little bit of time but it's very important that we have a youngster like him who can bowl consistently and bat a bit. So that once we go abroad, or different conditions, we can use it and still have five bowlers in the bowling line-up."

About Ajinkya Rahane, who made his Test debut for India in Delhi, Dhoni said, "I don't think he is being considered as an opener. He will bat middle-order."

During the series, Dhoni has been far more animated on the field, in terms of ticking off slow fielders or celebrating wickets. It has marked a change from his otherwise much-celebrated 'cool' unemotional response to victory and defeat. Dhoni said he had "had to change a bit" because of the arrival of younger, inexperienced players in the squad. "The bowling line-up is quite the same, but the batting line-up has changed a lot, almost completely. Which means that you have to tell the youngsters what needs to be done, what went wrong and all those things. You have to change a bit."

Experienced players in the side, he said, "more often than not they know what really went wrong. So you don't have to be vocal at times. But what's important with the new side is that you often have to talk to them, keep telling them what needs to be done, what are the faults. All those small things that really matter. When it comes to operating on the field nothing much has really changed."

He said that it was important to get his younger side, "into a system" with good habits. "Because the habits they get used to right now are what they'll go ahead with. I may not be there in two, three, four years' time. But all these cricketers, they will be around for eight to 10 years. So it's important that they start off with good habits and continue with them, so when the newer generation comes under them, they also just go ahead with the good habits."

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by ProdigyA on (March 26, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

I always hated Dhoni in Tests. There is no doubt he is a legend in ODI's but in Tests, he didnt even deserve to be in the team let alone captaincy. BUT, since the fourth test against England, I have started to see a very different Dhoni. He talks more the bowlers, talks a lot more behind the stumps, is more assertive and looks like he is enjoying himself other than standing like a rock behind the stumps and saying everybody should know what to do and then give stupid excuses for failing. I hope this is a permanent change.

Posted by Naresh28 on (March 26, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Dhoni has not been successful using the 4 bowler strategy. The five bowler policy is definitely the best. He has handled it well in INDIA. What strategy he employs overseas needs to be seen. We will have Umesh Yadav back, B kumar has done well. Maybe we need to go back to ZAKS (best left armer we have had) and Sreesanth.

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

@rajesh pal PAkistan are not good players of spin they have been taken out by Nathan Hauritz in Aus ,Robin peterson in SA. If they come to INdia and play on turners like this their Batting will collapse more easily against Indian spin trio than Indian batting against ajmal and rehman... and India will win test series...... It is a myth that Pak batsmen are good players of spin their batsmen will collapse when there is pressure .Imagine Pak chasing 155 runs against INdia in Delhi pitch instead of Australia they wud be all out before 100 runs.

Posted by Agni_25 on (March 25, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

300 run partnership in a test match is a one off and its hard to pull off every match...but three 100+ run partnership in a match is wat will help team INDIA during SA tour. Hope all our batsmen will find their touch before SA tour. 4-0 margin against AUS was excellent.Its mainly because of Spinners and 1 or batsman getting big scores. SA is gonna be different,its gonna be pace,bounce and swing... so lets prepare for the next battle... wishing and praying for team INDIA...Sachin's experience will surely help INDIA...

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

The decision to drop seniors and giving chance to youngsters help dhoni to manage 4-0 win.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 25, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

So does being one of the top run getters in two back to back series against ENG and AUS....will Dhoni let PUJARA into the ODI team....looking at his ability to UP the tempo when needed.... or does he have to still THINK how he will fit in the scheme of the things...?

Posted by Harmony111 on (March 25, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Once upon a time in the 90s (and prior to it), AWAY for India meant OUT-OF-INDIA. Then as India started doing well AWAY, some people said "SC is just like India after all" and changed its meaning to OUT-OF-SC. India again did well AWAY (in parts) when they won in NZ/WI. These people now said that WI/NZ were weak teams and the REAL AWAY is ONLY Eng/Aus/SA. For these people these are the only teams & places where REAL Cricket exists. Thus, India's wins in SL/Pak/WI/NZ suddenly do not matter a bit to these people. Never mind.

For many Aus/Eng, a few SA & Most SL/Pak/BD fans, India's AWAY begins beyond SC. Reason is familiar conditions of SC. Is Mohali like Chennai? Is Mumbai like Colombo or Karachi?

Astonishingly, AWAY for Aus/Eng is NOT SC. Losses of Aus/Eng in SC or UAE do not matter to them. For Aus/Eng AWAY is Eng/Aus :-p

SC is unfamiliar to them but then these are doctored, sub-standard wickets. Ind lose AWAY cos we lack fast bowlers but Aus lose cos wickets were poor.


Posted by JustIPL on (March 25, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

I dont understand why Dhoni is satisfied but he is being reasonable while playing down the revange talk. Dhoni should be surprised that how a team that suffered at the hand of poms a short while ago was able to leave a good impression. Also, it came in the wake of many bowling lineup experiments done by aussies and off course conditions totally expoited by the indian spinners who were mostly bowling within first 10 overs of aussie innings. As far as revange is concerned, india have to beat aussies in aussie and aussies have to beat india in india otherwise, aussies are most likely to be spun away by indians and indian will be bounced out in australia.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Though I am great fan of Dhoni. still I say this.

Even now if as per FTP if Pakistan comes to India I am not sure we will win the series. Because our fast bowlers are not of the best quility ones like of Pakistan. Also Pakistan are the best players of spin and have great spinners.

Unless we remove Ishanth for some time and bring back Irfan Pathan we cannot win consistently. Like we removed Harbajan and brought Ashwin see how results have panned up. Pujara for Dravid,

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

@spsr...the biggest joke i've heard is "Sourav Ganguly formed the team, he established players like Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Dravid, VVS, Zaheer and Kumble"...You must be joking.. Sachin, Dravid and Kumble were already established cricketers. Please stop being jeleous of Dhoni and stop praising Ganguly blindly. Yes he started the trend of winning abroad. Apart from drawn series in england and australia he didn't do anything as a player or a captain. I still respect ganguly for instilling self-belief but he was lucky to hold on to his spot in the indian side for a long time. Please take a look at his record as a player while he was captaining and you would know.

Posted by CricketBirbal on (March 25, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

So now it is crystal clear that India lost to England because of lack of partnerships. Those guilty of not providing the same were; Gambhir, Sehwag and Yuvraj. And among bowlers it was lack of Jadeja type bowler and an older Zaheer instead of a fit and raring Bhuvi. But the selectors were the same!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

For all those so called cricket supporters of Australia, who thinks Aus only lost the series because of sub standard pitches. I want to give one simple example. on Delhi pitch which is blamed as a bad pitch, Aus scored 62 runs in first innings and their no 9 batsman scored 50 in both the innings. Where as just last year a test match in SA in which Aus was playing ended in just two days. where aus was all out on 47 runs. At that time everyone said that it was a classic pitch . Why there is so much double standards. I believe a good batsman should be able to play in both on swinging bouncy cond as well as track turners.

Posted by din7 on (March 25, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

WELL For all those Talking abt revenge India whitewashed Aus 4-0...but its nowhere near the BLACKWASH aussies gave to india in aus...lets face the truth..AUS won 2 matches by an innings..whereas india won just won match by innings..and who can forget india had services of sehwag, sachin, dravid, laxman...etc etc..two with 150 tests and 2 with close to 100...and still they failed to avoid innings defeat...and what exp aus have right now 2,4'6,10 etc tests though india tooo had some new players...but lets face it this whitewash is nowhere near to that my poor indian fools have to live with that? india can never achieve that....and guys just be prepared for SA tour...3-0 is waiting...followed by NZ loss and then 4-0 in prepared guys

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

Posted by spsr on (March 25, 2013, 11:17 GMT), It is a joke when you say ganguly established the players like sachin,dravid,laxman and Kumble.They were in Indian team under azhar as captain.Its actually these players performance made ganguly a successful captain.Infact ganguly was lucky to have those players in prime form and moreover they were young.When dhoni took over in 2008 ,already two captains captained Indian team like DRavid and Kumble and Kumble retirement handed dhoni test captaincy .The players you mentioned were all not having age by their side and slump of form led to retirement of dravid,laxman .Harbhajan and zaheer are out of team.Same goes to sehwag and Gambhir who is struggling for past two years.This young Indian team performed well without these senior players and beat Australia 4-0 for the very first time and you still call dhoni a lucky captain.? It will be good if ganguly fans keep their biased ego aside and accept dhoni is a good captain instead usual rant.

Posted by Pathiyal on (March 25, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

the manner in which MS plays his game is worth noting. whether he succeeds or fails, he always makes a point to learn something out of it. its very clear that he is enjoying his stint in the team. his right attitude has brought him the title of a leader. and he talks straight and clear.

Posted by spsr on (March 25, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

MS Dhoni always gets praised, even if he is not the main match winner for India. Sourav Ganguly formed the team, he established players like Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, VVS, Zaheer and Kumble but for MS Dhoni it is walk on cake. He just build the top but the base was established by Ganguly. People say that he is the most successful captain but for me he is the most luckiest captain as he got the best team. People are criticizing Sachin but I am sure he will answer them with his bat in both IPL and upcoming India's tour of SA (Nov-Dec)

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

@Jayzuz thanks for your concers on what dhoni should do, and what india should do..... now will you please mind on what you team needs to do for avoiding 3 continuous whitewashes ( including 2 ashes )...... focus your thought on that and may be write the notes on what to whinge about.....

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Almost the entire Indian team who played this series, except Sachin, Dhoni, & Harbhajan should be sent on an "A" Tour to South Africa, a few months before the official tour.

At leat in that team, we should try out batsmen like Rahane, Raina, & Tiwari along with Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, & Kohli.

For spinners, add Rasool / Jalaj along with Ashwin, Ojha, & Jadeja. Same is the case with pace bowlers: I don't know who to add to the pace bowling group along with Bhuvi & Ishant, since no one seems to know who is fit and who is not. If fit, Yadav & Irfan should be added.

For wicket keeping two out of the three- Parthiv, Karthick & Saha can be chosen. Kohli could be the Captain of that "A" Team

Selectors should choose the touring national team to play SA, ONLY after seeing, who can adapt and who can not. BCCI has the money. SA is a friendly with BCCI to accommodate such a request. To find a window, if any existing tournament is to be dropped, the first candidate is the Champians Trophy

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

@Satishchander: I fully agree that it was a skillset issue with Aus batsmen and bowlers in these conditions. Sporting pitches would have helped India hone their skills which get exposed the moment they land overseas (Eng, Aus and SA). By the way, do you agree that India will think twice before turning out such pitches when Eng, SA, Pak, SL and Bangladesh visit India?-pitches that are worn out as as it would be on day 3 on day 1?! -:)

Posted by Majorraki on (March 25, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

@Jayzuz: For gods sake stop your whining on how pitches were doctored to suit indians,for once accept that the current Aussie squad is a pathetic bunch.How come The English played the same ' DOCTORED CONDITIONS' so well?Forget sportsmanship,Aussies have neither integrity nor dignity.If your 'SO CALLED UNIVERSALLY CERTIFIED BALANCED PITCHES' were so good then how come a whole generation of Aussie batsmen came a cropper against a '(SUPPOSEDLY BY GOD KNOWS WHOSE STANDARDS )MEDIOCRE BOWLING ATTACK OF INDIA'.I suppose Pakisthan missed a trick or two in UAE otherwise Saeed Ajmal would have taken all 10 Aussie wickets as many times as possible

Posted by satishchandar on (March 25, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

@Samdanh : What a good definition for sporting wicket.. Actually what we saw here in this series was, 100% assistance to spinners when India were bowling and 100% assistance to batsmen when India were batting.. It is not the pitch actually but the lack of skillset.. You would have got the good pitch definition had India won toss and batted first atleast once.. Even then, it would have been first 1.5 days batting pitch and then bowling pitch to result in innings win.

Posted by satishchandar on (March 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

@KatipamulaMukesh : May be it is no big achievement but it is one.. If we can say the same about India when they toured England and Australia - with experienced players but all of them were in poor form and retired/dropped one by one till today.. As for no good spinner in Australian team, will you be saying the similar thing if India goes to Australia with only Sreenath Aravind and Mithun or any other 110kph bowler as pace bowlers and get hammered saying that we don't have decent pacers and hence Australia won the games?

Posted by Protears on (March 25, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

It was easy for India to succeed on home excessive turners, where Ojha and Ashwin could bowl excessive amounts of overs and on square turners. India away from home were humilated by England, and the same Australian side where the spinners where not given favorable conditions to bowl on. This is highlighted in India's poor collective bowling figures in both tours and even more critical was the fact that Arshwin has only taken 6 wickets at 72 out of India. Forgive me but this is dire seriousness. I cant see India being successful in Australia, South Africa or England for some time yet simply do not produce anything seam up that looks like it can win matches.

Posted by Samdanh on (March 25, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

Dhoni is not playing "revenge" down, for nothing. He is wiser after 1) what happened when we were shouting from rooftops "revenge" and Engalnd ground India in our own design of dust bowls, and 2) what could happen if he talked of revenge now, when India travels to Aus late next year. Sad thing is we have wasted an excellent opportunity to test our skills on sporting wickets against this very weak Aus side. That would have helped us when we travelled to SA later this year and to Eng and Aus later.Real cricket lovers know the meaning of sporting wickets-one which helps 60/40 fastmen / batsmen first day; helps batsmen/bowlers 70/30 next 2 days; helps spinners/batsmen 60/40on day 4 & 5. What we did in this series was produce wickets that were as good as day 3 wickets on day 1. I wonder if we would do this against Pak, SL, Bangladesh, Eng, and SA. All these sides bat better than Aus against spin and also have their own strong spinners

Posted by aavalentine on (March 25, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

Good on Dhoni. I rate him very highly as a batsman and ODI/T20 cricket, but not as highly as a 'test' captain... until now.

He showed his true character when the team had been defeated by England, and he's bounced back hard. The team, under him, has taken on board all the things they didn't do well in the England series.

I think it's safe to say, if it weren't for the defeat to England, India would not have clean-swept Australia. So a blessing in disguise, methinks.

The evolution of captains in very interesting to say the least. Graeme Smith had his tough periods, Dhoni, Clarke, etc.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

we are too emotional and very quick in praising and critisizing. So let us be happy that India won 4-0 with AUS and give credit to all team members and support staff. Let us wait for couple of years and see how the team performs and decide the players ability.

Posted by true_point on (March 25, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

Great Series. Wonder what would be the result, if the England team were to come now and play their test series in India. During the England series, except the Ahmedabad test, the openers (Shewag & Gambhir) did not click. Now that this opening combination has put some partnerships under their belt, they should be given a chance. Hope the selectors do not bring back Shewag & Gambhir in the name of experience. Vijay should perform consistently and cut out his impulsive stoke-play like the reverse-sweep in the II innings. Feel bad for Rohit who wasted all the opportunities provided to him. The new mantra should be "Perform now or else perish". We should also congratulate the new selection panel for their bold decisions. It is a pity that the old ways of intemperate, ungainly and ugly behavior (aggression) by Australians in this test could not win it for them.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

Well played Team India!.. But this inexperienced Aussie team is notoriously weak against spin bowling. This is not Aussie XI.. Looks like club XI. Sheffield teams like NSW, WA, SA or Tasmania could have played competent cricket in Imdia. Even Zimbabwe teams played better cricket when they toured India. Even though India have won 4-0 still Dhoni knows it will not be bed of roses in South Africa. But history is made...

Posted by KatipamulaMukesh on (March 25, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

hey GRVJPR winning India is not a huge achievement that too wit a side which had no specialist spinner... Take England it had Swann and MOnty.. We lost the series.. Australia did not have even one... even when Lyons bowled well in the last match we struggled to score runs..This Australian side is the weakest side that have toured India.. If it had 2 spinners in it .. India wud have struggled..

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

4-0 is a good result home/away.However, lets be pragmatic here. Does India look like a side ready to challenge SA or England for the no. 1 spot?. Not likely. The young batters have shown promise and need to continue their exploits in overseas conditions. It is the bowling overseas that is a major problem. B. Kumar will be a prospect for swinging conditions, Ishants time is up he was rubbish, so too is Bhajjis. Ashwin and Ojha will be tested. New quick bowlers need to be tried. Poor Yadav was overbowled and not handled properly, Zaheer is done, Dinda is a perennial tourist, who else? And need i mention that the little master needs to seriously think about giving up his spot. he has been mediocre for a couple of tests now.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (March 25, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

This series proves that if a player is not performing or is out of form - no matter what his reputation - drop him and give chance to players in form. The place in the team is no anyone's birth right. If you perform you play, if you dont perform give way. I hope the usual miraculous returns doest happen of players like Piyush Chawla without even playing any domestic games between getting dropped and getting picked again. Gautham Gambir was given chances in at least THREE Series too many and once he is sent out look what Shikher Dhawan has done. Gambir should not have played England Series with his across the line flick to get LBW in first over to begin the series. He was an AVERAGE PLAYER who just got LUCKY there are plenty batters better than his ability just needs to be given chance.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

main thing is that Australian have very week team,,,no world class spinner,,no world class batsmen part from (clarke watson and warner) watson is not fully fit

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 25, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

So how come Duncan Fletcher was responsible for those 8-0 results. What he could have done with those outdated seniors, slow in field, slow in reflexes and out of form. A good coach now has opportunity to work with young team. At least there would be some who will listen to him. Aakash chopra argued with me on twitter saying " What is one single achievement of fletcher?" , Well aakash this is the best result for indian test team in their history of 81 years of cricket. Where are you hiding. If he was held responsible for that debacle and you were so excited to jump all over him, Why not give him crwdit now. This is his biggest achievement that too with young team. Or if you don;t want to give him credit, you have no right to criticize him as well.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 25, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

India played wonderfully with just 5 specialist batsmen. Heavy scoring from top order never exposed their tail. It was going to happen in the 1st test where Dhoni come-up with 'once in a life time' batting. You cannot ask for an Australian wicket in Indian conditions. You will never get a turning track in Australia, then why? Good teams will field players who can utilize those conditions. Eg: Englands last tour. They played monty and swan who utilized the conditions. Also, remember the only test match India won at SA last time. Zaheer and Sreeshant utilized the fast pitch and bowled then out. If you donot have players like that, you will go down 3-0 or 4-0.

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

Indian team Exploited the conditions well and deserved to win the series. Youngsters shown a lot of promise. but Team India cant get carried away. The real test for these youngsters is to prove themselves in all conditions they play in. Unfortunately in India, we play almost all matches in batting friendly wickets or square turners. Our youngsters don't get enough exposure in bouncy tracks like those in SA, Aus., New Zealand etc. MSD always demand for Turning Tracks for our home matches. At least for some domestic matches, we have to make a few bouncy tracks, so that our upcoming youngsters would be able to cope with the bounce and movement they could face during away matches. And we have to send our Junior(U19) teams to tour abroad on a regular basis..

Posted by SydneyIndi on (March 25, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

Well done Dhoni and team. 4-0 is fantastic but team India needs to be coached and trained well to adjust for overseas conditions; with all the accolades the team should still remember that they are not that good against bouncy & swinging wickets overseas. I am still not convinced that MSD's batting technique can succeed overseas, only time will tell. So far I am afraid it is not ok and a few others like raina are not good in hooking; all top order bats must be able to hook to succeed in my opinion. As for the Aussies, I am afraid they missed the channel 9 cheerleading team in India! The presence of the cheerleading team might have helped? Well, possibly not. I wonder where is Bill, Heals, etc? the smart alecs.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

This is what I like the most about Dhoni. In victory or defeat he remains the same, at least he can show this on his face, I am sure underneath he must also be feeling the same as we do. I always love India to see winning against Aussies for obvious reasons,but this win must not be seen as conclusive.There is plenty of space to improve.We got ingredients for future but now we need to focus on the fact that they don't go haywire like many of talents went in past.Need to decide first 22 players who will always feature in home or away series.Tendulkar will go soon, we need to tell Rahane to get ready now.That will boost his confidence a lot. Gambhir should also remain in the hunt. Can't say the same about Sehwag though.

Posted by realfan on (March 25, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

positives for india 1) pujara- man he surely he the new version of dravid, consistency, class, humble, obedient, learner, team man. what more you need for a no. 3 batsmen.... 2) kohlli- again a class act.... he will be our new laxman for me, he proved to some extent that he can hold the tail with him ( 2nd and 3rd game )..... he is again consistent for no. 5 batsmen.... 3) dhoni- man he become completely a different player altogether... he improved his batting, keeping and mainly he got back his attacking captaincy... 4) ashwin- i never though he was a learner of the game , but he proved me wrong... the way he spoke after the match made me realize he is a learner and humble as kumble, foe me he is new jumbo. 5) vijay- he improved his game, he worked on his patience, he is willing. 6) dhawan- i think we got left hand version of sehwag. to early to say but i hope for that.. 7) bhuvaneshwar- he is too good a bowler to be bowling for india 8) jadeja- good fielder, good batsman, good bowler

Posted by PTtheAxis on (March 25, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

india may have won 4-0 but it doesnt take away from the fact that dhoni is too defensive and does not have a winning mindset. thankfully there are many new youngsters like kohli, ash-win etc who really want to win. dhoni's captaincy even in this test match was inexplicable when there were just 2 close in fielders of spinners when the other team is 5 down for almost nothing. so many catchable balls went through vacant areas around the bat. he does not actively try to take wickets and wasnt actively going for the runs to win in the 3rd test until jadeja came and hot 2 boundaries. now he has the guts to say that there can be no aggressive apporach to winning in the modern game. sheer nonsense.

Posted by Arrow011 on (March 25, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

INDIA never considered South Africa & England as great teams, these 2 never interested the players a great deal nor did the Indian public. No wonder India's triple hundred partnerships have all come against Australia, Bhajji's 32 wickets, VVS 281, Sachin's best scores, Dhoni's 224 & many more. Over the last 20 years INDIA always wanted to play their best against AUSTRALIA & always considered Australia as the best team to play their best. Now that Australia have lost 4-0 they will put their focus on these 2 teams who claim to be the best, they both will be beaten fair & square in their own turf.

Posted by Edassery on (March 25, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

Kudos to the young team at the same time the fans shouldn't get carried away by the team's success in own land. The results could totally reverse in the South African tour as this young team is only starting to build itself. It may take a few years before we get to see a real test team like the one we had 7-8 years ago.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (March 25, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

The concerns for Indian cricket is how these new batsman will go outside the subcontinent and how their pace attack will go.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (March 25, 2013, 2:27 GMT)

look... the selectors of India , have finally picked something resembling their Best 11 ...

Finally ...

Their Best 11, would would have to leave Tendulkar out ....

That is Sad ....

Posted by satishchandar on (March 25, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

Reasons for the massive difference.. Same as the one India lost to Australia 4-0.. 1. Top order failed miserably. 2. Bowlers not consistent. 3. Playing 11 not picked as per need. 4. Home bowlers used conditions very well. 5. Home batters scored big when set. By the time the visitors learnt something, the series ended. As Dhoni maintains, revenge is s poor word in sports. If you think u got revenge now, the trend will continue forever. Win someday and lose someday. Always try to perform better everyday. India has lots of positives from the tour with a new look batting lineup. Sachin might retire after SA tour and it will be a completely new lineup post Sachin. Will Jadeja be picked for SA - I think he can come in as second spinner. He did a marvellous job over here to merit that place. But certainly i wouldn't play him at 7 and spinning all rounder in SA conditions. My no.6 in SA will either be Rahane or Tiwary or even pick Sehwag as no.6.. We need a pure batsman in at 6.. Dhoni to 7..

Posted by Jayzuz on (March 25, 2013, 1:51 GMT)

If I were Dhoni I'd be placing that picture of him smiling on his dressing table, because it won't be there long. Can't see the Indian bowling outfit conceding less than 500 runs every first Innings outside India, which means they can't win. The pacers are impotent, and you can't open the bowling with spinners on fair tracks. The spinners are also barely middling test class. These Frankenstein tracks put down in this series made them look good. The batsmen will be just as clueless as they were last time round - maybe worse, as there are a few inexperienced players there. Time will put this win in the correct perspective, and fortunately it will not take long. I agree with Bishin Bedi. This series has been very bad for test cricket. It sets a very bad precedent with the lack of integrity by the home team in pitch doctoring, and massively distorted the result. Does India now expect that other teams should not do the same when they tour overseas? IND has to play by the same rules as all.

Posted by Yoker111 on (March 25, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

Cant wait to see this same team travel to SA, Ausi and ENG!!! all eyes on pujara n the other youngstars... they would tremble!!!

Posted by MuhAhsan on (March 25, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

Yet again India wins on their "home pitch". They got crushed by Pakistan, and now they are trying to prove that they are the best in the world. If India is just that good, they should whitewash Australia in Australia. Like that's ever going to happen!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

Our future is in the hands of the youngsters, no doubt. However, post identification of the replacement, the follow-up administrations, especially in non- cricketing areas, need strengthening. Some need improvement in general health and stamina. Some need counselling in handling the sudden explosion in exposure. Some in handing finance. Some in career-life balance (career counselling). And so on.

Many have mentioned what need to be done in the cricketing area; hence not adding on it.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

Weldon Dhoni and team who out payed Aussies.....Best Wishes from Sri lanka.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (March 25, 2013, 0:05 GMT) on (March 24, 2013, 18:45 GMT) Nice post, agree revenge has no place in cricket, well certainly not test cricket maybe IPL with all the enraged faces in the stands, what would Jonners say :)

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 24, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

I think its more of aussies quitting than india winning. Thats is what i see. I do not see anyone that good may be some extent i think pujara is good. All others are not great players. They will be out of form if we go overseas. Hahhaa. Everyone can be worked out.

Posted by SUNDHUR on (March 24, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

Well done Dhoni and team! As suggested by some readers, bringing in youngsters paid dividents and a good deal of success is due to this aspect. Dhoni has always established his qualities of leading little known or inexperienced cricketers successfully as a team which has been the key differentiator. By playing down revenge talks, contolling sleging etc he has also exhibited maturity in his leadership. All in all, a well deserved series win against Australia due to great leadership and wonderful contributions from youngsters of Indian cricket team. Hope the same approach shall be followed for the next SA tour.

Posted by sumgad on (March 24, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

It is easy to get carried away after a one sided series win. The questions to be asked are if India has the ability to play on all surfaces, has any spearhead bowlers who can git rid of tail, can field better than average, can run fast between wickets, has a team of hungry players who want to perform under all conditions.Does the team comprise of players who are the best? I am afraid the answer to all these questions is a definite "No". It is also difficult to understand "Hero" worship mentality of Indian fans and cricket managers.For more than two years they are carrying a player who is incapable of performing at this level.Why not hire him as a consultant and keep him out of top eleven.And for God's sake bring in DRS to relief of all players and viewers except of one...who is a "God' in India.

Posted by tfjones1978 on (March 24, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

A test series should be two tests at home and two tests away every two years, meaning that Aust vs India should have been four tests, two in Aust & two in India. Which country has the first two tests should rotate. Eventually I would like to see a two tier system of six teams each, with each tier playing five series, four tests per series (two home, two away) with five points for win, two for draw and one extra point for first innings. This will create better competition and make all tests relevant. Any "extra" test should not count towards the competition or the rankings. Warm up matches should be played only against other countries (eg: touring Europe, warm up against Ireland, Holland and Scotland).

Posted by nilb on (March 24, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

Yeah yeah, go outside of the subcontinent get beaten as usual and take revenge at home. India is always home champions.

Posted by moBlue on (March 24, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

i am cautiously optimistic about the new-look IND team... i refer to IND's away series in SA where we have always struggled, much more so than we have in oz... for the last 20 years!

i'd like to see sehwag back in the side *in the middle order* in SA... after all, he scored his first test hundred on debut in the middle order against a rampaging SA. so, we know sachin [even on present form!] and sehwag [in the middle order] can succeed against the deadly SA quicks... as will, i suspect/hope, pujara and kohli, both of whom have the game to survive in SA.

but the rest are an unknown quantity when it comes to playing searing pace and quality seam/swing bowling in SA! i mean, both the openers, and dhoni as well! if pujara, sachin, sehwag, kohli and dhoni play from #3 to #7 in SA, then i'd try murali, dhawan and/or jaffer at the top... i have no idea who the 3 IND seamers to SA should be! if they are all fit, i'd go with zaheer, umesh and sreesanth, the last based on his record in SA.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

Hats off to Dhoni. A composed captain, not loosing temper come what may, chooses correct mix of bowling, complimenting the young players on and off and above all, very balanced statements after a victory or loss. Youngstairs should learn a lot from his body language and coolness. Feeling proud of an able team and a superb captain who has shown real mark of maturity.

Posted by nilb on (March 24, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

Oh so now is Indian team the best test team in the world now? And is Dhoni the best captain in the world? PPPfffffft... SA will get their easiest <50 test match dismissal ever.

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

why on earth is WARNER and siddle not fined for the match..??and just ishant sharma is fined...its a shameless double standard rule man...and why isnt there any comment section in ishant sharma's article..??

Posted by jb633 on (March 24, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

Well played to India it must be said. I have been very critical of India over the last two years but thought there bowling in this game in particular was very impressive. Happy to swallow some of my words and admit when I am wrong about Jadeja. He bowled virtually no bad balls and deserved the hat ful of wickets he got. Even as an English fan I was glad to see Lyon get a stack of wickets at long last. Like Warne said on air the important thing for Lyon is that he learns from his beatings. Their is no shame in a spinner having a tough tour of India, Warne himself did Swan had a tough first tour but learnt from the experience. Put it this way Lyon is by far the best spinner in Oz and I think given the right treatment could turn into a consitent performer. Keep him well away from ODI and T2O cricket and he will develop properly. I think playing in the Big Bash did him no favours at all and he seemed to struggle in against SA with bowling too flat.

Posted by kevivnajar on (March 24, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

Congrats Team India..Good looking squad now. For abroad tours just bring back Umesh - one swing bowler, one 140's bowler, and one left arm seamer will be good. Jadeja can support Ashwin. Shikar dawan & Vijay can open. A.mukund, A.Rahane or M.Tiwary shd be in the squad as back-up for Sachin (and take over after he retires). Rasool / Harmeet (u19) shd be the optional spinner for spin tracks. this wud be a good start of a long re-building exercise.. good luck guys.

Posted by Jose on (March 24, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

Australia Lost the series... Purely because they couldn't even deal with mediocre and spineless spin from India. India once again showcased that they are masters of the Indian flat pitches. I am sure it would bring loads of cheers for Indians and can happily forget their dismal performance outside India for sometime.

Enjoy the win until you go to SA... Apart from Pujara, no one in India will be able to even defend the hostile bowling of Steyn & Co... :)

Posted by debojyotis on (March 24, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

I think Cricket has become a much easier game compared to 80s and 90s. Also, the 5 days cricket is loosing much of interest as it seems players are not much interested in test cricket anymore and through their wickets like 20-20. It's not a very good sign for World cricket....and it goes with every test playing nation. The way this Kotla test ended suggested this. 16 wickets in 1 day with quite a few overs remaining for the day is a huge example by itself. I think India cricket also need to look the different areas of improvement from this series. They should look batting more time in crease and finishing off tails a bit faster. With young guns, the fielding has really lifted this site. My team for SA would be considering the present performance : Dhawan - Vijay - Pujara - Virat - Raina/Yuvraj - Dhoni - Jadeja - Aswin - bhuvi - Ishant - Varun/Umesh/Sreeshanth

Rock SA and become No. 1 in test cricket once wishes!!!!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

the credit must be given to pujara n jadeja, for SA tour i dont mind picking jadeja ahead of ojha as 2 spinners will be enough for that tour along with a pace brigade. Prob of openes is slightly solved with vijay n dhawan and sehwag/gambhir as a cover, in SA we dont mind even if we lose as we r in a process of formation of a new team INDIA

Posted by AjaySridharan on (March 24, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

Dhoni is consistent...with this words. He embodies the spirit of staying in the moment, while being ready. He must be a great influence on the dressing room. Whether he is right or wrong, he doesn't mince his words. Only time I felt he was letting himself down was during the Australia and England series when he was doling out excuse after excuse rather than accepting responsibility.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

well played everyone especially vijay, pujara, ashwin, jadeja but don't forget MSD's innigs of 224 which was really a series turner

Posted by sweetspot on (March 24, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

India's performance is bound to look better than it actually was, even though it was fantastic. Aussies' performance is going to look much worse than it was, because of off field matters and matches getting done in 3-4 days.

As unconnected as it may seem right now, this big win will give IPL6 a huge fillip, because a lot of Indian cricket fans will be fully emotionally satisfied and will want to feast on the fun. If players carry on their form into the IPL, CSK will be very hard to beat this year.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Well wining a home series, aint mean they are a improved side ! Dhoni's test as a captain to surpass the Ganguly's bright result in away series :)

Posted by phunny_game on (March 24, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

Perfect Series win for India... Most of the checkboxes should be ticked... But i think batting of lower order is still an issue which needs to be addressed... Except Bhuvneshwar, None of the bowlers, and that includes Jadeja and Ashwin, did not show enough application or temperament to stay on the wicket and grind it out, prett much like the Aussie top order... Hope the fast bowlers don't injure themselves and we can send a full strength side to SA, something that we couldn't do in ENG...

Posted by on (March 24, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

and yes words like revenge has no place in cricket , because revenge implies that India was somehow wronged in the Australian tour which is not true ,bcoz we simply played poor cricket and lost .

Posted by TRAM on (March 24, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Still cant believe some are talking about Gambhir. The youngsters proved so strongly how superior they are than the repeat failures Sehwag & Gambhir. Even Pujara, the #3 when asked to open, succeeded. If Vijay/Dhawan/Pujara are not enough to tackle the new ball we have another young Test material Mukund who stayed at the crease several hours in foreign conditions and not given chance in India. The selectors gave repeat chance to Kholi & Vijay and they got in to the groove. Those are examples. I think Pujara and Dhawan will achieve far greater heights than Dravid/VVS, just the same way I think Ashwin will achieve far greater heights than Harbajan. I also wish the admins groom Bhuvaneshwar well and find more youngsters like him - bowlers with control, plan and focus. In that sense I have a soft corner for Sreesanth who needs to be groomed as well - who kind of knows how to bowl (in SA) and tries to focus all the time.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Well done Dhoni and team!!! sacking of Viru and Gauti did the trick ... am so happy for this... they were never interested to bat for India after the world cup!!! Turnaround for this series are the innings from Sachin and Dhoni in the first test.. This is where you got the confidence that We can beat Australia.. If you remember, there was only 1/2 big scores when Australia beat Ind in Australia.. Get Irfan and 1 pacer who can be fit for entire series be it either be Umesh / Varun / sreesanth along with Bhuvi and Ishant for the SA tour... BIG NNOOO to Gauti / Viru

Posted by on (March 24, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

This is what i love about dhoni , in the midst of all the noise , hype , expectation and extreme emotions that is Indian cricket he keeps his mind focused and feet on the ground. he backs his words , supports players and accepts responsibility. captaining Indian team is a tough job and this guy has done it fantastically. but iam afraid the dhoni bashers will be back if India slips in SA (forgetting the fact that a captain is only as good as his team allow him to be , look at clarke , very good captain but let down by a mediocre team)

Posted by maddy20 on (March 24, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

@ Int.Curator I really hope that you are not really a curator, coz you don't have a clue about test cricket played in the sub-continent. The Aus batsmen vs Spin often varied between comical to hilarious! If your no.7-No.10 batsmen average more than your top order then you should blame your top order not the pitch. Perhaps you should send Siddle and Starc to open the batting. That will give you a right hand -left hand combination as well. Having said that Aus will be whipped by England too and then you will have no excuses left to make. So for a change, try to think of other excuses from time to time. Their bowling lineup is good enough but its their batting lineup is pretty good(albeit due to Pseudo-South African batsmen!)

Posted by vathabivaranan on (March 24, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Well done Dhoni and Co. It is a good team efforts of bowlers and batsmen. However, we have to appreciate the selectors to axe players like Sewag and Gambir who time and again failed to give a reasonable good start on and putting India in the back-doors. See, once new openers inserted,India had a very good start and a good start led to a 4-0 win over Australia. We believe, in future also our selectors should take tough measures in the interest of our National team.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman There is no doubt that Dhoni's captaincy was excellent in the test series against Australia.Further,he has been well supported by the upcoming youngsters,M.Vijay,Shikar Dhiwan,C.Pujara,V.Kohli,B.Kumar,R.Jadeja,R.Ashwin, & I.Sharma.This historic clean sweep series victory against Australia will boost the morale of the Indian team that will enable our present young cricketers with the addition of Zaheer Khan,Umesh Yadav,and other upcoming young all rounders to outplay the opposition teams in their soil. In this process,Dhoni will groom the youngsters well to excel in all departments to get back to number one status in test cricket before he calls it a day.


Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Sachin's retirement, revenge series; call it what you may but this is probably not the best XV Australiaby far sent to India, but more like the sacrificial lamb. India going in with 3 spinners, Maxwell making it to the playing XI, No Starc, Siddle showing the top order the way; all the makings of one serious potboiler. About time we got this out of the way and look forward to the next 6 weeks of rock n roll cricket...

Posted by vrkp on (March 24, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Very well played by India to win the series 4-0. I'm very pleased to see Pujara developing into an excellent batsman and made us to forget Dravid with the performances in the last two series. In fact, i would say he had outplayed Dravid in one area which is scoring runs at a faster clip. This is still early days for our batters as we can only find out the true potential of them when we play away from Asia.

My squad for SA tour: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, SRT, Dhoni, Jadeja, Pathan, Tiwari, Rahane, Bhuvi, Ashwin, Umesh, Sreesanth, Dinesh Karthik (backup for keeping and opening), one more pacer.

Playing XI for the first test (based on all players in equal form and fully fit):

Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, SRT, Pathan, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Umesh, Sreesanth/Jadeja

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

@parikshit_Ops- Agree with you there. To be honest I didn't have faith in him after seeing his performance in Eng ODI Series recently. He was the Opener and struggled so much against Finn. His footwork was nowhere near it. As a result, he was bowled/lbw 2 to3 times. Yet, they went with Rahane, I was hoping for Raina/Gambhir. Raina should've been picked. I tried to be positive about it.

In the 1st Innings,I can understand, he was hit on the head, playing his 1st Innings,under some pressure. But the way he got out, the ball was way outside leg stump and he tried to flirt with it & got out. That was a loose shot anyway. But in the 2nd Inngs,no excuse for that. The table was set for him, Ind needing abt 30 runs,No pressure,a set Pujara at the other end. He get out playing a crazy shot. His success in IPL doesn't mean anything. I heard some fans wanting him at no4. No way !! He needs to work on his technique. He's nowhere near International Standards right now

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

Hoooooo. Dhoni Proved the Leadership tat, Opposite ti Success is Failure. Its Quiting. He never quit and he proved. Hats off to him.

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

India need Zaheer, Yadav and Sreesanth for SA tour.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

So finally the test match season is over for India. It has been a very mixed season starting with terrible lows of England series(Yes losing to England at home is shameful) to terrific highs of the Australian whitewash. I see a lot of people talking about sachin's inclusion, sehwag's exclusion, Dhoni's position in the test team. Comeon, the next India are going to play is ages away. No point discussing about the next test series right now. All Indians just enjoy the whitewash(truly a superb achievement) and gear up the T20 extravaganza over the next two months!!!!!

Posted by riverlime on (March 24, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

I think Vijay, Pujara, Gambhir, Dhawan, and Kohli are a good enough top five to replace Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar.

Posted by parikshit_Ops on (March 24, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Well, you can call Rahane unfortunate to get Test Debut on such a pitch but its clearly visible that the guy is not fully ready. Maybe he has lost his confidence because of being kept on tenterhooks. Giving him one match out of when somebody is injured wouldn't do his confidence any good. Remember he developed into an IPL star only because of Rahul Dravid and RR Management's decision sending him for opening in every IPL match. So either you continue him in middle order in every match of next SA tour or simply drop him.. The guy still needs to show killer instinct of making a sole chance count....

Posted by Cricket316 on (March 24, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

@kumarcoolbuddy- Dont srgue with him,you're wasting your time. He can find a lamer excuse than that. Its insulting our Intelligence.

A big triumph for Young Indian Brigade. They showed great Attitude and looked an Organized unit and seem to be loving their Cricket and Happy for each others Success. Gr8 to see !!

Now on Pitches, you cannot blame the Pitch for the Result. Ozs have batted poorly and have not been able to pick up 20 Indian Wickets.Bottom line. Let me remind to those whining about pitch,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 ? No, It is by preparing FLAT pitches only.Isn't it doctoring? India particularly is pointed out for preparin spin tracks to get advantage. Ridiculous !! Eng/SA prepares pitches that help swing and absolutely don't help spinners. It depends on soil & weather conditions. Nobody questions that. This applies every where. Nuff said !!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

For we Indians, there is a poor perception on Cricket, when they win it is only the team effort! and when they lose it is due to Dhoni (captain) and when they wobble to win, it is due to the poor team selection and the influence of IPL(in particular, chennai superkings), and when a player who is not from his region perform well, it is just "luck", but when it comes to his place, "hard work". Crazy cricken fans, and crazy cricket...! Yet we are united and enjoying cricket as a dominant nation with full spirit! Lets get ready for the upcoming IPL fest with International players;)

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

@int curator: the aussie maxwells selection is the biggest joke . he is a t20 player nothing more than that and funny they didnt do any homework, by bringing in steven smith, doherty and maxwell to play in india. they are all just club spinners. if they had played against the weakest ranji team, they would have lost. nathan lyon was the best and he was dropped for a test..STRANGE!! and regarding tosses, clarke and watson along with mickey believed that tosses win matches in india and that too have been proven wrong.

now mickey and clarkey wtch out for cookie. an another 5 -0 drubbing !!

Posted by on (March 24, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

This series shows Mr Dhoni is still a quality cricketer and captain. If India can get more of the pace attack sorted and look to a better regime of nutrition and tough physical training then they can chase South Africa for no1 spot.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

which brings me to solution no 2 on Sachins retirement....he being the greatest Indian cricketer ever, the ICC+BCCI combine should organise a match up between India vs a World 11 with test status to give a send of to Sachin in Mumbai or maybe even a 2 test series between India 11 vs World 11 so that the greatest cricketer plays against the greatest 11 currently and also completes 200 tests.....however my preferred option is to play Sachin as a leg spinner and what a sight it will be to watch a man with 16000 runs and 50 plus test 100's to walk in to bat as no 9 or 10 or 11.....he can break all records held by 9, 10, jack in the history of cricket.

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

This was a seires won solely on performance of youngsters.Except for Dhoni seniors flunked badly - be it Sehwag,Harbhajan or Tendulkar. Ishant Sharma can hardly be termed youngster after 50 test and he did just OK. I think knock of the series has been Dhawan's 187. If he can give useful starts with Vijay, who grabbed his second test chance completely, in SA India would be well served. Pujara is batting superbly and his unbeaten 82 in Delhi was as good as his double hundred. He shouldnt be branded as test player as he has got potential to be a very good one day player as well. Kohli gives it away and should develop hunger for big runs. Rahane didnt have a good debut so we would have to see if Manoj Tiwari,Ambati Rayudu or Rohit Sharma could do better. Jadeja has done splendidly with ball. He wouldnt be automatic choice in SA as a better batsman is needed at 6.Ashwin made up for his flop show against England and for Indian conditions Ojha should be stuck with. Bhuvi should enjoy SA.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

All this talk of Sachin retiring, Ramachandra Guhas article included where he gives an apt reason for him to retire now and how 2011 world cup win was the best time and so on and so forth about his retirement by almost all of us who have played or watched cricket.......while i cannot disagree with Guha and the rest who are for or against his retirement, i have 2 solutions i have strongly believed in for a while and i am going to post it here hoping Sachin or someone else sees it who could take it to him and the selectors.......1) I have truly believed that sachin could have gone on to become a leg spinner almost as 3/4 as good as Warne and India dearly needs a leg spinner after Sachin has 6-8 months to train under Warne and Chandra and he will selct himself into the team as a spinner and imagine the fear in the South African opponents in Nov when sachin comes out to bat at No 9 or maybe even 11 and the stats show 16,000 runs, and spinners are not bound by age right?

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 24, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Well Done! boys. My squad for SA is: vijay, dhawan, chand/gambhir pujara, kohli, tendulkar/rahane/sehwag, dhoni, jadeja, ashwin, ojha/rasool/harmeet, bhuvi, yadav, praveen/pandey/sandeep,ishant/zaheer & rayudu/tiwary, saha. keeping finger cross!

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

That was real humiliation. Australia having won the toss, batted first on all four test matches, even managed to lose one by an innings after declaring. They were beaten in four and three days. This last test in 2 and a 1/2 days. Wow... India played really... really well. I feel for Australians and Australian cricket supporters. Its gonna hurt them real bad especially in the coming days when it will sink in. Its good fun though for the Indians i must say.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

thank god dhoni said rahane will bat middle order.... that means he has not being dropped just because of this 1 test..... i am sure he will fill the boots of sachin.....

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

Actually again a spinners gifeted win but pain question again unanswered i.e fast bowling. Now any development seen in this area. When we will woke up and produce seemers like donald, lee, akhtar.... if same goes no wonder if we get heavy defeat in Proteas in coming series in SA.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (March 24, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

@Int.Curator, tell me one thing....AUS knew that Indian batsmen were struggling with short pitch balls and why did AUS take that advantage when India visited AUS last time? Except this 4th test all the other tests helped Fast and spinners but spinners had more relatively. Why would Ishant, Bhuvaneshwar, Siddle, Pattinson get wickets if they were completely Spin friendly? On top of that AUS had toss advantage too. So try some better excuse now.

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 24, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

@CivilGaurav: Glad you could get to the game, and find time to comment here so quickly......I don't have any time for Ishant's complaints. He should do his talking on the field, has there ever been a more fortunate bowler in Test Cricket History? Never mind Indian cricket, the man has played 50+ Tests now and he's still learning to bowl stock deliveries.

And what's so bad about being called "lambu"? Some of our players are overly-sensitive, and many of our fans, in turn, lack a sense of humour. However, agreed that fans were wrong to call for Virat to get out but they probably sensed this was Sachin's last Test at home - I certainly hope it is, the man isn't just past his best, he's past his worst and into a different dimension altogether. I say this as his biggest fan!

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

@Int.Curator this guys is really amazes me.... 1st day of match he said pitch was doctored, 2nd day he said pitch was undoctored and indian cant perform on undoctored pitch, now he is saying again pitch was doctored...... keep in mind it it wasnt for pitch AUS was also wouldnt have been able to hold the cup last time.... and for curators sake please take away that name from your name......if any curator read out comments they will be soooo upset with that

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 24, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

@davidpk: I guess it hasn't occurred to you that Oz didn't win a single Test because India played well. Too difficult to give any credit to India, eh?

As for the NZ-Eng match, it's not yet a foregone conclusion that NZ will win. I also fail to see how Oz will get anything out of a 4-0 defeat even if Eng do lose to NZ, the Kiwis have not dominated Eng as India have done to Oz. Further, Eng play NZ again in a few weeks whereas Oz's next Test will be the Ashes - which comes after the ICC Champs Trophy, a tournament in which another 2 of their quicks will surely break down.

Posted by gestapo on (March 24, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

everyone's going gaga as if India won the Test Championship if there is one. India did outplay Aus and steamrolled them ,agreed. But indian fans get carried away with wins and losses. The tour to SA is a different ball game altogether, Indian team has always struggled there even when it had stalwarts like RD, VVS,Sachin, Dada and Viru in form. Jadeja was a revelation in this series, but even in this series he's failed as a batsman and u don't get spin friendly tracks in SA. One can't expect Jadeja to excel in those conditions and expect him to bat and bail out from the position that the great VVS did on countless occasions. The indian Fast bowling dept. is a big joke and all the spinners that spun the web around Aussies in India would be totally ineffective there as pacers get wickets in SA and you only go in with one spinner in the playing XI. Openers laid the platform in this series, but not sure how vijay, dhawan ,pujara would perform there. Moreover, it's their first overseas tour.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Kudos to India on its clinical performance this series against the Aussies. Well played India, it was an absolute team effort and this shows the importance of the openers for a team. In all the matches atleast one of them went to play important innings. Congrats once again India

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

zaheer khan definitely needs to be in the tour of south africa he is expiernced and i think tendulkar should retire after the s.a series hopefully jadeja can continue this all around performance in foreign pitches zaheer,umesh yadav,bhuvneshwar andi dont know about ishant sharma hes had a lousy series against australia

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

@InsideHedge very well observed there ...... the distribution of the contribution is what team indian needed at this stage..... and thats what they got...... what amazes me how these young guns of india are not afraid of giving their best......i think they think as the team, and hope they will...... and yes they have a long way, 2 or 3 away series will do good for their experience , or they may well prepare for SA tour, that should give lot of experience.....

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

now all india has to do is to find some gud fast bowlers to fill the no 10,11,12 !! bhuvi can swing the ball better than any other player on swinging tracks !! he gets massively huge swing and in sa it will be a boon !! ishant shd raise his bar up or get kicked out we have enough talent in wings warming the bench for too long !!umesh yadav is fit now so he will be leading the pack !! we need varun aaron or praveen kumar or irfan pathan all are gud at swinging the ball .we hav soo many gud bowlrs in the wings lke pankaj singh,dinda,siddarth kaul,ishwar pandey,sandeep sharma !! india shd use the horses for courses trick here and take bowlers who swing the ball for those swinging cobditions in sa !! sachin is one of the best against fast bowlers but abit too much over hyped no offence !! our best batsmen now are pujara and kohli and if u still dont agree then ur biased !! rahane shd value his wicket or drop him and get rayudu,manoj tiwary or rohit !!no raina and yuvi in tests plz

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 24, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

@ Int.Curator Just one question to you. Have you watched how Pujara batted in the second innings? Be gracious in defeat man!!!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

This match was won on home turf. The real test will be on the South Africa tour. If we beat them there, then we're a very good team.

Posted by CivilGaurav on (March 24, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

I was at the stadium today and I agree that Ishant is justified at being angry since the crowd wanted Virat to get out for the purely selfish reason of seeing Sachin bat. When India had just 30 runs left for the win and looked like victory was certain the whole stadium started chanting 'we want Sachin' in unison and that very ball Virat got out. Maybe Virat got distracted, but anyway the whole stadium cheered Virat's dismissal and then cheered louder when Sachin walked in. Also the crowd was not too nice to Ishant when he was fielding at the boundary earlier in the day - calling him 'lambu' and shouting his name. Clearly the public is not happy with Ishant's ineffectiveness as a bowler in his Test career. And this is when it's the home ground for both Ishant and Virat!

Posted by Cricket_apostle on (March 24, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Next up mission SA.I feel Sir jadeja was the the find of the series.he should be picked as the allrounder though skeptical how he will fare in the fast SA pitches.The batting line-up looks solid with shikhar dhawan opening with vijay. SRT should stick till the SA tour! but i do have a feeling he will announce his retirement before it. the way he is batting it feels he is going through the motions. hope he makes it big in the SA tour. It will be a bonus to have umesh yadav fit and bowling with ishant and kumar.

Posted by bumsonseats on (March 24, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

i think the pitches in all the games have been heavily in favour of india, and would suggest spun more than the 4 games against eng. but the aussies won all the tosses in those games which should have seen them win at least 1 and at a push, 2 of the games as i thought it would have been closer 2 - 2 was my prediction. the aussies maybe have found a spinner in Lyon but he will never have better conditions in which to bowl but they still did not trust him to play in the 3rd test which i found strange. so going in to the ashes, with eng looking as if they will lose against nz and with it the series, so both teams will be on a downer. but maybe of the 2 the aussies will take more out of their series loss than eng.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 24, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

I think Dhoni got his team now. Viajy, Dhawan and Unmukt Chand as openers, Pujara, Kohli, Baba Aparajith, Jiwan Jot Singh in the middle, Dhoni (WK), Jadeja (AR), Gautam (WK) and Raina followed by Ashwin, Harmeek Singh (Spinners), Bhuvnesh, Umesh, Varun Aron/ Shami Ahmed, and Pankaj Singh ( Seamers) should be selected for for SA tour.

Posted by lovIndia on (March 24, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Congrats team India. As Dhoni said there should not be a word 'revenge' in sports history. As no team plays to loose. I have seen many criticises Dhoni for his captanship and team selection for his backing of Vijay, Jadeja..etc. We should realise that at the end of the day he or the team management is in the best position to judge a player and his capability on the field. We just watch the match from the stadium or at home. I feel the team management and Dhoni did the right thing by backing their pllayers and give them what is required(trust). So don't rush, the same team may not perform well in every condition but we trust them play well and back them. Winning and lossing is part of the game. Indian team is in a transition period. Give them time and space to get settled down. The same thing is for Aus team also, they did not play well this series but they are still good players they will gain experience. All the best to Australia. Once again Congrats Team India.

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

@InnocentGuy well said mate.... hope selection panel dont make that mistake... a couple of fast bowlers is all that matters in the SA series...( umesh, zaheer , and my alrounder would be irfan pathan) he is a serious cricketer..... he has been underutilized... he will be the key for that series if he get selected...

Posted by Rags57 on (March 24, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

I saw two refreshing chases by India in the last two matches - especially the one in Kotla. There was more intent, purpose, aggression and absence of nerves in both the chases. How often have we seen in the past Sehwag failing in the second innings while chasing and the middle order becoming a bundle of nerves till Laxman comes in to calm things down and take India to a win? The young brigade of Vijay, Pujara, Kohli and Jadeja has looked much more at ease than we saw with the old hands we had before. Keep it up India. Way to go!!

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

"Ishant was a bit angry when they wanted Virat [Kohli] to get out so that Sachin paaji could come in and bat, so he was a bit angry."

by saying this dhoni proved that the members in team have unity in team.....

congrats boys....

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

For India,

They played very well. The young team is strong, balanced, composed and have all the confidence to win big matches. BCCI should continue the pace of bringing in new players and letting go off the older players who either do not perform at all or the very least to somehow secure their place in the team.

For Sachin: He is a legend. However he should seriously consider his retirement for very obvious reasons. It hurts all his fans to see him getting out so easily. He needs to introspect.

For Australia,

They need to get more spinners in their team at least when they are playing in India and the subcontinent.

They need to train their batsmen for playing against spin. They maybe doing this already but clearly its not enough.

They should not be giving any excuses for not performing well.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 24, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

A few youngster have performed very well in this victory. Murali Vijay, Pujara, Dhawan, Jadeja, and Ashwin. They are Dhoni's findings. Dhoni stuck with them in spite of lot of criticism from Fan and experts. All of them have proved their captain right and all of them will go on becoming legends in future. Hats of to Dhoni for the guts he showed in persisting with these players. His belief and guts have made them stars now. Good Job Captain. Hats off to you.

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

Great job by the team for winning the series 4-0 (must be a first for our team). However, the focus shifts on to SA. Jadeja for all his great performances cannot be selected as a no.7 in the line-up or as an allrounder in the side. We need to play three openers in SA and one opener should bat in the middle order at 5/6 to play out the second new ball or prevent a total decimation if the top order plays. How I would love to see a fast bowling allrounder in the side, but no one except Pathan fits the bill. We should be taking 6 fast bowlers including one as fast bowling allrounder and two spinners. One reserve wicketkeeper, middle order bat and one reserve opener along with the 3 openers. My Squad for SA: Vijay Dhawan Gambhir SRT Pujara Kohli Dhoni Dinesh Karthick Ashwin Jadeja (as 2nd spinner) Zak Ishant Yadav Sreesanth B.Kumar Irfan Pathan Rahane. Reserves: Viru, P.Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Bhajji. Playing XI: Vijay Dhawan Pujara SRT Kohli Gambhir Dhoni Ashwin Zak Yadav B.Kumar

Posted by wake_up_india on (March 24, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

This new Indian team will go a long way if cronism does not interfere with team selection. For SA tour, a more capable pace bowling outfit wil be required. The batsmen also need to start working on their abilities against true pace. The batting heros of the present squad may not be the best candidates against real pace and swing. Team selection needs to bear that in mind.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 24, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

Congrats to Dhoni and Team India. Dhoni is the best we ever had. Keep going guys. Dropping of Gautam and Sehwag has brought good results. Team India now looks united and and every player is playing to their potential. Jadeja is the finding of this series. He has started to show his talent. I hope he will be more confident from now on and will many matches for India. Great job guys. keep it up.

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

Congratulation to dhoni for winning the series 4-0.He was correct to say it was not a revenge series.the series was not that easy as the score says.australia gave us a tough time after their seventh wicket in almost all matches.Even today if they could have set us 200 it should have been a different story.hats off to Jadeja for his all round performance.He has really fought for his place and he is there to stay if he continues.He never dreamt of playing test cricket until he scored that double treble hundreds and got selected.Rahane I think should have lost his position like how Raina lost his position during New Zealand series.He should not have attempted to come forward after kholi and pujara steadied the score to 123.Tendulkar can play South Africa series and retire.Sehwag has to be called for South Africa tour.

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

Finally, well played to Australia too, they were much improved in this Test altho I wish they wouldn't have to reach for their so-called inner mongrel to raise their performances. I expect they will be more competitive in the Ashes as spin will not be such a great factor and they have good seam/pacers.

However, Oz have a serious problem in keeping their bowlers fit, every Test sees a different bowling attack. And whatever anyone says, it will take a long time to replace Ponting and Hussey.

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

Pujara's temperament has been impressive, he seems to be unlucky with injuries but 2day's effort was superb. When he went out to bat, Australia were in with a great chance of winning the game, the victory was made to look a lot easier than it really was. Hats off to Jadeja and Murali Vijay, I had serious doubts about these two but when someone performs, and consistently, the least they deserve is acknowledgment.

Even the most ardent Indian fan wouldn't have expected a whitewash when the series began, we really needed some good performances after the defeat by England. Still lots of work to do, there will be more difficult days (and defeats) but the team is definitely moving in the right direction, the most pleasing aspect is the contribution of the youngsters and overall spread of the contributors, we're not relying on one or two individuals, it's a very impressive team effort.

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

@Int.Curator : Ur username does u no justice. Such a sore loser. For god sakes since when has spin bowling (that deadly art perfected by Shane and murali) not been cricket..?? All u wanna see thru ur narrow vision is pace bowlers taking wickets??? get outta here.. ur no cricket lover.. U can remember that in australia or SA its the pacers taking 90% of the wickets.. Aint that rite mate..??.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 24, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Agree with @InnocentGuy - Please don't let Sehwag and Gambhir back into the team to SA. This squad is good now. Just bring back Dhawan and then add 2-3 fast bowlers (Umesh, Zaheer and Shami Ahmed?).

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 24, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

Congrats Team India, you have done the country's cricket lovers proud. MSD sums it up perfectly, a humble man with a little hint to Gambhir and the silly TV channels who like to label cricket series as anything more than a sporting encounter.

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

@Int.Curator this guy is awesome,,,,,every cricket ground in the world should have this guy as groundsmen

Posted by grizzle on (March 24, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

The Delhi crowd wanted Kohli to get out so that Tendulkar could come in to bat? That's absolutely disgraceful! I'm not a bit surprised that Ishant was angry. I would be surprised, however, if Kohli threw his wicket in deference to the Kotla crowd. In any case, thankfully, Tendulkar made a low score and the crowd got exactly what it deserved.

Also, fantastic innings by Pujara! What a batsman he has turned out to be this season! At all times, exactly what India needs. Wall-like in that fantastic first session on Day 2 in Hyderabad, positive and full of intent in the 4th innings chase here. Good on you! Kohli has also come good this series, though batting at No. 5 he hasn't been able to showcase his talent as the tail has been collapsing more often than not. Many positives for the Indian batting line-up from this series. The bowling, though, still looks a little suspect. Hope they put in the hard yards before SA!

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

Even though India won the series, there is a big concern in Indias batting. Actually India was saved by their bowling and Aussies batting failures. This opening combination will be tested in SA. India should bring back Gambhir for SA test series. I wonder how England won the series in India. Counter attacking did the Job for them, as siddle did for Ausies.

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

Congrats Dhoni & boys - you guys gave a fantastic "payback" to Aussies. Enjoy the moment.. all of you deserve a warm round applause..

Posted by Int.Curator on (March 24, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Interesting that this article and MS Dhoni most dominant series victory, highlights and reflects the difficulty of the pitch and how influential it is to the contest. Hilarious. MS if it wasn't for the pitch you might not be holding the trophy.But we will never know now.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (March 24, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

Please don't let Sehwag and Gambhir back into the team to SA. This squad is good now. Just bring back Dhawan and then add 2-3 fast bowlers (Umesh, Zaheer and Irfan/Sreesanth?). That should be a decent team, and I still expect them to lose the series but it'll be invaluable experience for this young team.

Posted by JayanDamodaran on (March 24, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

A convincing series win, that too 4-0 against Australia must be really heartening especially when history says that such a thing has not happened in the last 43 years!

Without the services of Dravid, VVS, Zaheer if India has achieved it, credit must go to the young brigade that India has developed and ofcourse to the captain who marshaled his limited resources ahead of the rival team. The selection of Jadeja as the third spinner was mainly Dhoni's and it's vindicated. So is teh case of Murali Vijay. So full credits to him too!

Congratulations Team India and let the players enjoy the IPL to the fullest without causing any injury woes especially when the Champions trophy is around the corner!

As for Aussies, they fought gallantly at time individually, not as a team. Their top order deceived them. or else the results must not have been the same!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

a really good win for india..Australians are never in the frame of winning.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Call it revenge or not, I'm always happy when Australia gets beaten. They are a boastful team and India have humbled them. I'm West Indian and I am very happy for India and their convincing series victory. Congratulations India.

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

Congratulations Mahi !!! What a FANTASTIC achievement. Let the naysayers live with their negativity and cynicism. This is a bright new dawn for Indian cricket. Winning 4-0 anywhere in Test cricket is a hard thing to do. We now have a nice group of players with which we can build a strong team for the future. After more than 18 months of disappointment, this is a such a sweet day to savour. Well done boys !! You did India proud. All the best for the IPL.

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