India v England, 3rd ODI, Mohali October 21, 2011

You don't always want a friendly series - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni reckons England might need to change their strategy of verbal intimidation considering it has not actually worked in their favour in the ongoing series in which India have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead.

On the eve of the Mohali one-dayer the England pair of Tim Bresnan and Samit Patel had stressed on the importance of unsettling their opponents with "a little bit of a word or a look or a stare". The planned aggression cost Bresnan 7.5% of his Mohali match fee, after he was found guilty of breaching the ICC's code of conduct by snatching his cap from umpire Sudhir Asnani at the end of the 18th over of the chase. Players from both teams have been involved in a few verbal confrontations and Dhoni said he did not mind a little bit of "chit-chat" as long as long as his players did not step over the line or make personal remarks.

"A bit of chit-chat is fine because it makes things interesting. You don't always want a friendly series. But I think they should change their strategy for the next two games," Dhoni said after the five-wicket victory in Mohali.

Dhoni also did not want to get carried away and term this series victory as "revenge" for the disastrous summer India had endured in England, where they lost the Test and one-day series and the solitary Twenty20 match. "I don't think the word revenge should be used. On the one hand we talk about the spirit of cricket, and on the other hand there's this talk of revenge, which I don't think is right."

In Mohali, India were cruising in the chase before a few quick wickets left Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja 64 to get off 50 balls. Dhoni said he just wanted to bat till the end because he knew the bowlers would eventually feel the pressure. "You always want to stay till the end because you reach a stage where the bowlers and batsmen are under pressure, and then whoever executes better wins. We knew that if Jadeja and I are there in the end then even if we needed 20-25 runs off the last two overs, Twenty20 cricket has taught us that is possible."

Dhoni also pointed out that he would not like to disturb the winning combination and instead would persist with playing their young batsmen at the top of the order because they needed time in the middle. "The youngsters need to be batting 20-25 overs. Once they are more experienced, then we can experiment with batting them lower in the order. Nos. 6 and 7 are difficult places to bat because there's only one or two batsmen behind you so it's better players are only tried there when they have a few games under their belt."

After having been thumped in the first two matches, England gave a better account of themselves in Mohali, but their captain Alastair Cook said that did not make the loss any easier to bear. The match once again threw the spotlight on Jonathan Trott's position in the one-day side. Though Trott scored 98 not out, he took 116 balls to get there and struggled to hit boundaries in the end overs. Cook, though, insisted Trott played his role perfectly.

"Trott played the anchor role and did it nicely," Cook said. "Fifty overs is quite a long time to bat and you need people to bat around him. Three hundred was a decent score and was defendable. Trott's instructions are the same as everyone else's: to play positively and try to get 300. Today we did that and he got 98 at a strike rate of 80-odd, so he did his role."

Cook again highlighted his side's fielding as the most disappointing part of their performance but said the team would still battle in the last two games. "One of the toughest challenges in sport is to lift yourselves when you've already lost a series. But there's still desperation to win."

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  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    My England team for ODI's with this squad would be....

    Bell Kieswetter(wkt) Pietersen Trott Bopara Bairstow Patel Bresnan Swann Borthwick Finn

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | October 23, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    5wombats and all other england fans ---------

    Looking at the way Bairstow got cleaned up by Jadeja in the 4th ODI and english batsmen woes on this tour.....any predictions on the result of a test series between these two teams in India....If there was one?

  • POSTED BY cric_fan123 on | October 22, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    @5wombats - It is funny when the team loses and the fan still sticks to the same old mantra - we beat you in our backyard 8-0 when 2 matches were never played and the ODI loss has been paid back in full. Wait, you wont have any rains in India and get to see a 5-0 whitewash.

  • POSTED BY cyniket on | October 22, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    this is a tricky one. it does seem as if several indian players have had just as much to say as england players. and for the england players, if they don't show some fight, people will say that they're only tough when they're winning. certainly india's meek surrender in england was not impressive. equally all those indian fans crowing about england's bad behaviour, well that's not very gracious (or sporting) is it? india's home grounds could do with a bit more respect for the opposition, when the opposition hits a four or scores a fifty there's silence.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | October 22, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    @svenkat02, being indians, we want revenge against England for what they did to us. But, like Dhoni said, revenge is a strong word and you should not be thinking about it all the time. We'll have to wait and see, until a good fast bowler can come without injuries and bowl 20 overs in an innings. The unreliable Zaheer Khan has failed us many a time so we still need a good fast bowler, maybe Praveen Kumar or Ishant Sharma. Hopefully, Sachin can play in that series but I doubt it because his body is getting old and he cannot last 5 days in the heat.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | October 22, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    I do not care much for this series, beating England and watching them get irritated on the field is fun; but what I would love to see is a test series involving England in the sub continent. Not the Pak series in Dubai, but the SL series would be quite interesting. Will probably prove one way or other if the Eng team is just good in their backyard.

  • POSTED BY MrsBoycottsStickOfRhubarb on | October 22, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @svenkat02 - you may be right. I think (hope) it will be a good contest though. Can't wait!

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 22, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - no mate, the funniest part of this forum is watching you and people like you continue to excuse indias attrocious displays in the Tests in England with comments like; "play the MOST interesting format of the game, which is 50 overs cricket". Ha ha ha - 50overs the most interesting form? Ha ha. As if. You use the word "peace" but you don't know how to keep it.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 22, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    @Rahul Ranjan - "are there no england fan here now...perhaps they should search a gud hideout" - that is a very funny comment coming from a cricinfo member who wasn't saying anything when india were on their 8-match losing streak a few weeks ago. Perhaps @Rahul Ranjan - you only support india when they are winning?

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    India won their first world cup in England ...we made the mighty west indians surrender in Lords but England hv never won a bilateral series in Indian since 1984 forget the world cup...lolz..

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    My England team for ODI's with this squad would be....

    Bell Kieswetter(wkt) Pietersen Trott Bopara Bairstow Patel Bresnan Swann Borthwick Finn

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | October 23, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    5wombats and all other england fans ---------

    Looking at the way Bairstow got cleaned up by Jadeja in the 4th ODI and english batsmen woes on this tour.....any predictions on the result of a test series between these two teams in India....If there was one?

  • POSTED BY cric_fan123 on | October 22, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    @5wombats - It is funny when the team loses and the fan still sticks to the same old mantra - we beat you in our backyard 8-0 when 2 matches were never played and the ODI loss has been paid back in full. Wait, you wont have any rains in India and get to see a 5-0 whitewash.

  • POSTED BY cyniket on | October 22, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    this is a tricky one. it does seem as if several indian players have had just as much to say as england players. and for the england players, if they don't show some fight, people will say that they're only tough when they're winning. certainly india's meek surrender in england was not impressive. equally all those indian fans crowing about england's bad behaviour, well that's not very gracious (or sporting) is it? india's home grounds could do with a bit more respect for the opposition, when the opposition hits a four or scores a fifty there's silence.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | October 22, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    @svenkat02, being indians, we want revenge against England for what they did to us. But, like Dhoni said, revenge is a strong word and you should not be thinking about it all the time. We'll have to wait and see, until a good fast bowler can come without injuries and bowl 20 overs in an innings. The unreliable Zaheer Khan has failed us many a time so we still need a good fast bowler, maybe Praveen Kumar or Ishant Sharma. Hopefully, Sachin can play in that series but I doubt it because his body is getting old and he cannot last 5 days in the heat.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | October 22, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    I do not care much for this series, beating England and watching them get irritated on the field is fun; but what I would love to see is a test series involving England in the sub continent. Not the Pak series in Dubai, but the SL series would be quite interesting. Will probably prove one way or other if the Eng team is just good in their backyard.

  • POSTED BY MrsBoycottsStickOfRhubarb on | October 22, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @svenkat02 - you may be right. I think (hope) it will be a good contest though. Can't wait!

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 22, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - no mate, the funniest part of this forum is watching you and people like you continue to excuse indias attrocious displays in the Tests in England with comments like; "play the MOST interesting format of the game, which is 50 overs cricket". Ha ha ha - 50overs the most interesting form? Ha ha. As if. You use the word "peace" but you don't know how to keep it.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 22, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    @Rahul Ranjan - "are there no england fan here now...perhaps they should search a gud hideout" - that is a very funny comment coming from a cricinfo member who wasn't saying anything when india were on their 8-match losing streak a few weeks ago. Perhaps @Rahul Ranjan - you only support india when they are winning?

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    India won their first world cup in England ...we made the mighty west indians surrender in Lords but England hv never won a bilateral series in Indian since 1984 forget the world cup...lolz..

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | October 22, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    @crazycricketfan4life: Indian cricket must be heading in the right direction, if a non-Indian cricket fan like you watched a THIRD-STRING Indian team in England so eagerly. But it must have been extremely hard for you that India was the No.1 test team for such a long time and that they ARE the reigning one day champions.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | October 22, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    @crazycricketfan4life. I M ALSO EXCITED ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN TOUR BECAUSE THIS YEAR WE HAVE A GOOD CHANCE TO WIN TEST SERIES THERE . ALSO INDIANS ARE QUITE GOOD IN PLAYING AGAINST AUSTRALIA . I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT SOME PLAYERS LOVE PLAYING AGAINST AUSTRALIA LIKE LAXMAN, DRAVID, BHAJJI, SACHIN , ISHANT ALSO SEHWAG HAS A GOOD AVERAGE IN AUSTRALIA . SO I M PREETY SURE THAT ENGLAND TOUR WILL NOT REPEAT IN AUSTRALIA . ALSO AUSTRALIA HAS WON AGAINST SL WHICH DON'T HAVE ANY PROPER REPLACEMENTS OF MURALI, MALINGA . AND AGANST SA WHICH HAD NOT PLAYED CRICKET AFTER WC .WAIT YOU AUSSIES YOU WILL FACE A FRESH FULLY FIT INDIAN TEAM IN AUSTEALIA AS OUR SENOIR PLAYERS HAVE TAKEN ENOUGH REST AT THAT TIME .

  • POSTED BY 360review on | October 22, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    @crazycricketfan4life, oh so now Australia will beat India in India. But what happened to the best the Test team in the world? Did they forget to show up in India? Are they nursing their bowlers or protecting them from being mauled? Its well known why Stuart Broad did not go for IPL - cause it reminds him of Yuvi. England should focus on what they think they are best at - boring and long test cricket.

  • POSTED BY SRAM20 on | October 22, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Wait till England visit India for a test series. They will receive the worst ever hiding of their lives. I guess they are coming next year for a test series. They better be prepared really hard. The thumping India will give to them will echo all round the world. A lot of our players are seething from the 4-0 loss in England and will pay it back to England when they come here.

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    @ crazycricketfan4life : 4-0 test series was humilation for india and we have to agree that. I want to repeat the same thing as u told, A temporary bliss were there for u guys during summer, wait till you get yourselves to pakistan (in UAE) and god knows what sort of a beating is awaiting you ... I can't wait for that series too.,.,Its very hot over ther compare to india and before that eng hav to play in srilanka and ofcourse India again (test series - U guys ll lose interest in test series too as u lost interest in ODI after u played 3 ODIs in INDIA LOL ) ., Am sure ur no1 test ranking ll be gone after these 3 series.

  • POSTED BY Giridhar. on | October 22, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    If playing on flat and spin track is that easy then why is not England finding it very easy when they are good in fast and swinging conditions. If India is good only in Home conditions same is the case with England now. My point is that playing spin and fast are art in their own space.

  • POSTED BY MrsBoycottsStickOfRhubarb on | October 21, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Very cute from Dhoni. Make out that India have an exemplary attitude when in fact both captains have been questioned about behavior.

    And Cricinfo staff - Bresnan did not get fined for premeditated aggression towards India, he got fined for losing his rag after for going for 9 runs in 2 balls following an overthrow and an edge. Let's not let the facts get in the way of a good story though, eh?

    I'm actually quite pleased England care about their performances. It's better than giving up and looking like they want to be elsewhere.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 21, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    The funniest part of this forum is that some English fans say they DON'T care about the ODI format and yet they cry over the fact that the Indians were not interested during the test series. So is it fair to say the Indians are BORED to hell with the test format ? if you think that's not a fair conception then the same applies to the English. If they are not interested to play the MOST interesting format of the game, which is 50 overs cricket then too bad. Keep losing fellows. 5-0 up for the grab here by India. And this English team still harbors ambitions to become the next world champions ? gosh ! Like it or not, there will always be a world champion in ODIs. Tests don't have that good fortune. The ranking system of the ICC is nothing put an accrued points table that is full of flaws. Peace.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 21, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    @crazycricketfan4life: I agree the 4-0 mauling in a test series is a humiliation simply cause test cricket is LOOONG and there is more than one chance to come back in the game. But you also need to accept that almost being WHITEWASHED every time you come to India is ALSO a humiliation. So don't beat around the bush and deny the English team's weakness in ODIs. Secondly, you guys need to humbly accept India's superiority in limited overs cricket. This is the problem with some fanatic supporters from both sides. Some Indian fans think their team is a top class test side and deny the obvious. Some English fans think their team could roll over India IN India. At the end of the day, the lion roars MIGHTIER in its own den. Peace.

  • POSTED BY crazycricketfan4life on | October 21, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Indian Fans and their pay back!!!! Lol.... nothing can pay back for the mauling you received in England... 4-0 to the "no.1 test team", 3-0 in the one-day series. A temporary bliss for the Indian team, wait till you get yourselves to Australia, god knows what sort of a beating is awaiting you there from a rejuvenated Aussie side... I can't wait for that series

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | October 21, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_A_Flat_Track_Bully: b.b..but 'twas on a flat track!! (Trott's strike rate).

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    @craigdrm who has little interest in this series amazes me for he has all the interest in this report and comments... LOL

  • POSTED BY vattettan on | October 21, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    @craigdrm: You did not watch even one ball in this series but (possibly) read all the cricinfo reports on the match, may be even other newspapers and even all the comments here! Moreover got time to respond too!! @Yevghenny: Looks like you have not watched the series in England. May be you can say India did not compete well in the test series (the reasonably did in the first two tests). But the one day series was a closely fought one, all the one dayers were just like this third ODI in the current series. At least India had the injury excuse in the England series. Quite frankly, never in my life I heard or read about such a pathetically injury hit series in any sport. But what do England have here as an excuse?

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_A_Flat_Track_Bully on | October 21, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    I'm surprised at some of these comments on Trott. 84 is not a bad strike rate for ODIs for the role he plays. Some people think this is still T20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    are there no england fan here now...perhaps they should search a gud hideout for aggressive and rude behaviour on field by deir representatives.....another win for India...yipeeeee.....But honestly England played very well...three claps for dem too......and as far as trott is considered he is like dravid of india...he should concentrate on tests only

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | October 21, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    @craigdrm:If you haven't watched a single ball in this series why are you commenting on this forum man.If English can only watch matches when England wins ,don't watch a single ball on test tours in sub continent and also not watch a single ball of all away odi tours.Meaningful cricket to return in January good mind you that is in sub continent and if you loss to lower ranked opponents even in away matches rankings will go for a toss .

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Too bad Stuart Broad got injured. He could have snatched the _umpire's_ hat and got away with nothing or at best a warning. Bad luck, Bresnan, your dad isn't a match referee.

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | October 21, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Misbehaviour no at all ! It is an act of promotion. Well no one is watching this series. Pretty bbbbboooooring.

  • POSTED BY domino007 on | October 21, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Being indian fan - I am pretty happy with the performance. But my query to all indian fans who are saying that this is a B team - do you expect Zaheer or Ishant to come and bowl out Eng for 100 or so. I am 100% sure that there would not be much difference in Eng score even if the Indian primary bowlers are back. For the batsmen - having viru, sachin, yuvi - will india score 400 runs in 50 overs? Indian never did that in the past (against Eng atleast). The bottomline is that the "gaps" are being filled. And the "team" is performing and winning.

  • POSTED BY SammyLee1 on | October 21, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    I have never seen a picture of despair more graphic than that of Dernbach's mooing when Kieswetter dropped Kohli off his bowling.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | October 21, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    we want India to win 5-0 to payback what we received in England.

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Gowrishankar on | October 21, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    The great West Indies teams had bowlers who could intimidate an army and yet they were more than humble in their behavior. You don't get to see an Ambrose or a Garner exchanging or engaging players in a battle of words. As they say in english " Empty vessels make more noise " . " Spirit of Cricket" - I would really like to see an English team upholding it on the field when the situation arises.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Batting for 50 overs and not completing a century is terrible. How many overs does he need to score a ton? He is a quality batsman, maybe a generation too late in the scene. But his inability to bat according to the situation will always cost England a lot of matches. Players like him put a lot of pressure on the batsman at the other end.

  • POSTED BY harikrish24 on | October 21, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    A question for All English fans......what really would happen if likes of yuvi (Who is on top of his game against English team)... Viru Zaheer....and not to forget the GOD himself played in this series ?????

  • POSTED BY partha132 on | October 21, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @Yevghenny I guess u r pretty used to seeing England lose in India.. 4m wat I remember u have won only a single match in last two years in India and if I am right lost to Ireland

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    More than anything ..i worry about Indian Bowling ..When did Indian attack become Pace and Bounce???..where is the famous 3 spinners or 2 spinner attack at both ends???...Dhoni has said 70 % we play at home every year so why think Classical Indian style bowling rather than encouraging quick's!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Pommy bresnan said in england, this summer :"This Indian side looks lifeless. They should go home and not be be here". I bet after all the trashing he has got at the hands of indian batters this series, poor bresny is dying to go to home sweet home now !!!

  • POSTED BY 360review on | October 21, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    @Yevghenny, didn't you hear that Indian B-Team was in England for vacation and not for the series? Come on, how could you have missed it? It was on "The news of world". Actually, Flower and Strauss should never have gone to Dhoni begging to let their batsmen back on the crease. Totally unprofessional and selfish. England team is acting like kindergartners and Dhoni is correct in pointing that out.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    England can only beat Indian team when Indians field a second string team... oh waitt... things have changed.. now they cant even beat the second string Indian team :P... sadddd

  • POSTED BY bigwonder on | October 21, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Well said Dhoni, intimidation and no talent does not always win you matches. It may have worked in your own backyard but not in India. Its funny to watch Tim and Samit talk about stare and words - now only if they could back it up by their performance. No one likes loosing but England has never learned how to be graceful when loosing. Anyone see a pattern here and similarities with Broad's on-field behavior?

  • POSTED BY partha132 on | October 21, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    I think someone just called Indian team overratted.. Well if appreciating the world champons is overrating then yes.. But as far as I know u guys never won the Cup so stop before commenting.....

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | October 21, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Seriously Indian fans, I would rather England lose like this, at least it shows they care, instead of just counting down the days till the flight home - "Only 2 months to go boys"

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    More than anything ..i worry about Indian Bowling ..When did Indian attack become Pace and Bounce???..where is the famous 3 spinners or 2 spinner attack at both ends???...Dhoni has said 70 % we play at home every year so why think Classical Indian style bowling rather than encouraging quick's!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Real Champs are West Indies who won both at home and abroad - against all nations. They were nice about it too. It was always a nice feeling to watch them play whenever they came to India although we were bundled out of often by their pace attack. Viv's batting is always memorable and their respect for their opponent was a real winner.

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Sri on | October 21, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    England are behaving like a bunch of bullies. I think Andy Flower, KP and all other school children who have come to India to get a sound thrashing realize this. Else they will look like "you know what!!!"

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | October 21, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    @Yevghenny - India did not invent the ranking system. India have improved consistently over the last ten years. India have won two real world cups, and one fun T20 World Series. England have won only one T20 in the hundred odd years they have been playing cricket all over the world. India have consistently been graceful, and have upheld the traditions of cricket higher than this English team is even remotely capable of. So maybe they should take up some other game? Shall I suggest kabaddi?

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | October 21, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    england became no.1 exactly the way india became no.1, india became no.1 without winning a series in aus and sa, all england did won a few series at home, and against strugling aus, they even lost series in WI last time, and lost against sa at home, england cnt play in sub continent, frget abt winning series, they cnt win a single test in asia, neither india nor england deserves to be no.1, lack of good bowlers is d reason of cricket losing its popularity...

  • POSTED BY navy_fan_of_warrior_prince on | October 21, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    hope dhoni becomes more aggressive,,, win a match for the team,, but win a battle fr d fans,, we don wan jus a team tat wins,, we wan a team tat dominates,,, go india!!!

  • POSTED BY craigdrm on | October 21, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    RE ramli 'Hey ... British fans ... where have you all hidden ....' Not in hiding, waiting for January when meaningful cricket (Test Cricket) returns. I for one haven't watched a single ball of this series, it appeals to me so little

  • POSTED BY Sankara on | October 21, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    I think both sides are proving very clearly that there is no champion side in world cricket today. They both can claim to be better than Bangla Desh and Zimbabwe since they are capable of winning at home and those two are not very consistent doing it. So all the fans who keep harping on how great their side is - applies to both sides but a bit more to Indian Fans, take a chill pill. Wait till your side starts beating other good teams consistently on your overseas tours before bringing out the war drums to tom tom greatness

  • POSTED BY pappadu on | October 21, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Dhoni's words are so mature. He is completely right. If there is spirit of cricket, there is no room for revenge. The English not only used aggression against the opponents, but also on their own team mates. Look at the bowlers swearing when there was a misfield or a drop.

  • POSTED BY AnniyanIndia on | October 21, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Is it Kieswetter or Kamran Akmal?????????????

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    real champions are Aussies who has won home and away continuously

  • POSTED BY SpartaArmy on | October 21, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Cloud, Rain and damp pitch fans, please come out of hiding. DONT act like you are not used to this. If Indians cant handle Swngg ball, your guys cant handle spnng ball. Dont you ever DARE to DREAM to become the AUSS of last decade.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | October 21, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Nasser Hussain, We want your expert comments on England fielding...India take this series 5-0. Go for it..

  • POSTED BY justk on | October 21, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    @Rahul Jain: yesterday indian team played badly yet they won the match and series..so england will not win a single match now..in this series

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | October 21, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    What a wonderful ambassador of cricket you are.......Dhoni......you spoke like a "World Cup" winning captain who always is gentlemanly and full of grace........

    England, who always knew, were never the champion side........almost threw a fit when things were made difficult for them......as if demanding india to lose for them....

  • POSTED BY passionate_cricket_follower on | October 21, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    @Aussasinator: But Rahul Dravid did win India a lot of matches with the bat! He is a proven match winner in ODIs. You don't always need to go bang bang in ODI cricket. Else there wouldn't have been terms like sheet-anchor, and finisher in the ODI lingo.

  • POSTED BY AnniyanIndia on | October 21, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Could see Keiswetter becoming Kamran Akmal

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | October 21, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    As always, I prefer Australia better than England, becoz they dont sledge when the team is loosing... England, if loosing then one can hear spits from all the 11. This series is going to be a whitewash for sure... I want to hear Hussain now...

  • POSTED BY fearless69 on | October 21, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    England team pushed to 5th rank LoL... England team proved they are poor fielding side on sub-continent pitches LoL.. England pace bowlers gave away runs at the economy rate of more than 6 to 7 runs per over LoL.. Their batsmen played too many DOT balls like if they are playing test match?? LoL.. Here is the result infront of you, they can't even beat bangladesh team.. Shame!! And thn what they got is just aggression for opposition.. Grow up guys.. Learn how to respect else you'll get replies like mine.. Tit4Tat english players & fans.. Enjoy huge defeats by India :-D

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Welcome to India.... Well We will give a final farewell to you guys with a 5 - 0 Series White Wash

  • POSTED BY CricketLife.net on | October 21, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    "They should change their strategy for the next two games"

  • POSTED BY Quazar on | October 21, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    MS Dhoni is all class. We are fortunate to have someone like him in Indian cricket, as well as world cricket.

  • POSTED BY Quazar on | October 21, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    MS Dhoni is all class. We are fortunate to have someone like him in Indian cricket, as well as world cricket.

  • POSTED BY Azharuddin on | October 21, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Dhoni said rightly some time ago, that at least Indian team didn't lose composure when they were losing in Eng, but look at this english team, yesterday Swann was shouting on Samit Patel, Dernbach and Bresnan were yelling....this losing is not new to Eng team, they are losing badly since the time they are playing but still they behave as if they are world champions. They can't bat, can't field....

  • POSTED BY Y2SJ on | October 21, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    I would like to know what Nasser Hussain thinks about England fielding skills (or a lack of thereof) now.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    English players r following d earlier Australian way of sledging... but they must keep in mind that this Indian team is not 2003 team and they give it back hard... anyways i hope England shows a better performance in the remaining games... the last 2 lines by Cook in this post is very nice... :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    If You see Finn yesterday he just controlled himself and he bowled well yesterday he didn't get amused even in the last over where he went for 12 /13 . on the other hand bresnan, dernbach, swann they get frustrated by the fielding let down and shouting at them is not gonna help their cause either. the same goes for the india as well . there have been some anger celebration when they pick up wicket

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | October 21, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Mahi in great form, hope he becomes the no-1 ODI batsman once again

  • POSTED BY ramli on | October 21, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Hey ... British fans ... where have you all hidden ....

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | October 21, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Dhoni should keep judgement on England quiet after the shambles that was the Indian team visiting England. They were an embarrassment to the game, strolling around the field without a care in the world and were completely and utterly crushed in a 4-0 defeat. Yesterday could have gone either way, and India have played like they want revenge and have certainly given England a thumping we deserved for getting a bit too big headed, but you will not see the England team give up as easily as Dhoni and his overrated side

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | October 21, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Lessons for England on "Spirit of Cricket" by captain cool. Hope they learn something. Whether you are winning or losing, it is of utmost importance. Even in last game, Kohli had the chance to run out a set batsman for backing up unfairly but he instead warnned him. Whether they are winning or losing, India has always been a great team and always will be. Unsettling the batsmen with cheap tricks is not their thing!

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    whatever you do guys...i dont see you winning againsd india more than a match from the remaining and that too will happen if India play badly.. it really doesnt matter weather you perform good or bad.. everything depends om how india play..

  • POSTED BY azaro on | October 21, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Dhoni really is a class act and a great leader.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    this performance will shut the mouth of all englandians

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    .Why in the world are we still playing bairstow ???Ian bell should be replacing bairstow period!

  • POSTED BY indian....... on | October 21, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    congratulations team india..................we want diwali gift 5-0..............

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Where are the English Supporters now? Too much heat and flies everywhere eh? :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    The spelling of ENGLISH has been rearranged in this ODI series, the English team now have !!!!!!! to express their emotions at this dramatic turnaround. England have proved the old adage, Lions at home and Mice abroad.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | October 21, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Trott is the Rahul Dravid of England. He will not be a match winner as a batsman and his utility to the ODI side is only if he can keep wickets too!

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | October 21, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    I always think that attempts at intimidation on the cricket field look silly. Do batsmen really get worried when a bowler stares at them? It makes them look like school children. I always thought that Brett Lee had the right balance of aggression and humour. He obviously doesn't like being hit but he always seems quicker to smile at a situation that an outsider might also than most other fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    There were many Eng fans here commenting Indian players as Old, Tired and Injury prone abt their fielding display. Wt do they hav to say abt their own young energetic and fit Eng players.?

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | October 21, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Where are those Indian Fans gone who were blaming IPL for the India loosing matches in England, Dhoni/Virat/Raina are playing non stop even after England tour in Champions League and still scoring briskly.........

  • POSTED BY abhitupe on | October 21, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Its been a very good series for India, just shows the mental strength of Indians coming back and blanking england in the series. Well done India. Does not take away anything from England of how they performed in England similarly they should understand that england is miles away from the "invincibility" aura. England fans should be objective, be their football, cricket or Rugby, there are other countries who are better than them in certain conditions, they are obviously no.1 test team, but their reign to the top will be tested, I am looking forward to the Abudhabi series with pakistan, the way they played this test match against SL, will definitely be scaring england. I just hope England are full strength, so that they dont whine if they loose, it will be good if they win and prove themselves, but definitely it wont be walk in the park...so be ready england your glory days are over, again well done MSD, you are wolrd class in terms of mental strength and composure.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Revenge or no revenge, this is a sweet victory for India. I thought England were actually going to dominate cricket for the next few years considering the mauling India got in England. Nothing like the Aussies of the past decade. In fact, these 2 teams along with South Africa will probably be in the top 3 for the next few years. When they are winning, it is wonderful to watch, but when they are losing, it is really desperate. (Remember India vs South Africa test series in India, the 2 test series was level, but both were innings victories!). This is probably good though, 3 good teams instead of one great team. But the mood swings is painful to watch...

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  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Revenge or no revenge, this is a sweet victory for India. I thought England were actually going to dominate cricket for the next few years considering the mauling India got in England. Nothing like the Aussies of the past decade. In fact, these 2 teams along with South Africa will probably be in the top 3 for the next few years. When they are winning, it is wonderful to watch, but when they are losing, it is really desperate. (Remember India vs South Africa test series in India, the 2 test series was level, but both were innings victories!). This is probably good though, 3 good teams instead of one great team. But the mood swings is painful to watch...

  • POSTED BY abhitupe on | October 21, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Its been a very good series for India, just shows the mental strength of Indians coming back and blanking england in the series. Well done India. Does not take away anything from England of how they performed in England similarly they should understand that england is miles away from the "invincibility" aura. England fans should be objective, be their football, cricket or Rugby, there are other countries who are better than them in certain conditions, they are obviously no.1 test team, but their reign to the top will be tested, I am looking forward to the Abudhabi series with pakistan, the way they played this test match against SL, will definitely be scaring england. I just hope England are full strength, so that they dont whine if they loose, it will be good if they win and prove themselves, but definitely it wont be walk in the park...so be ready england your glory days are over, again well done MSD, you are wolrd class in terms of mental strength and composure.

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | October 21, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Where are those Indian Fans gone who were blaming IPL for the India loosing matches in England, Dhoni/Virat/Raina are playing non stop even after England tour in Champions League and still scoring briskly.........

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    There were many Eng fans here commenting Indian players as Old, Tired and Injury prone abt their fielding display. Wt do they hav to say abt their own young energetic and fit Eng players.?

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | October 21, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    I always think that attempts at intimidation on the cricket field look silly. Do batsmen really get worried when a bowler stares at them? It makes them look like school children. I always thought that Brett Lee had the right balance of aggression and humour. He obviously doesn't like being hit but he always seems quicker to smile at a situation that an outsider might also than most other fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | October 21, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Trott is the Rahul Dravid of England. He will not be a match winner as a batsman and his utility to the ODI side is only if he can keep wickets too!

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    The spelling of ENGLISH has been rearranged in this ODI series, the English team now have !!!!!!! to express their emotions at this dramatic turnaround. England have proved the old adage, Lions at home and Mice abroad.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Where are the English Supporters now? Too much heat and flies everywhere eh? :)

  • POSTED BY indian....... on | October 21, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    congratulations team india..................we want diwali gift 5-0..............

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    .Why in the world are we still playing bairstow ???Ian bell should be replacing bairstow period!