India v England 1st Twenty20, Pune

Dhoni delighted with fielding effort

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 20, 2012

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Yuvraj Singh claimed three wickets, India v England, 1st T20, Pune, December 20, 2012
Yuvraj Singh produced a Man-of-the-Match display with bat and ball © BCCI
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MS Dhoni praised the efforts of his team in the field after India comfortably won the opening Twenty20 in Pune by five wickets. England began well with the bat, through Alex Hales and Luke Wright, before Yuvraj Singh took three wickets to knock the stuffing out of the innings.

India's fielding, which was often shoddy during the Test series, also improved considerably with Ajinkya Rahane claiming three out-field catches and Virat Kohli taking a superb, low, effort at long-on. With Suresh Raina also back in the team there was a far more athletic appearance to India and Dhoni did not have to shield so many slower movers.

The turning point of the match came in the 13th over when Yuvraj, who had already removed Wright, bowled Hales for 56 off 35 balls and two deliveries later had Eoin Morgan, the England captain and leading Twenty20 batsman, caught at long-on. Yuvraj later added 38 off 21 balls which included picking off Danny Briggs' only over for 18.

"Yuvraj was brilliant. He bowled really well and at the right pace," Dhoni said. "I felt each and every bowler, apart from Yuvraj, bowled at least one bad over in the game. But I'm overall very happy with the performance."

"And the fielding, which I wanted the team to do well. I thought we did brilliantly.

"The pressure was on the bowlers," he added. "The way Hales started - he went after the bowlers - that was the difficult part. We all know it's a bit easier to score against the new ball on the sub-continent, particularly in India. It was important from the eighth over that we tried to bring the team back into the game."

Morgan was left frustrated by the way England's batted faded from the position of 89 for 1 in the 11th over. They were also below their best with the ball where they conceded 10 wides after Jade Dernbach set the tone with three in his first over.

"We got off to a great start. Alex Hales played tremendously well along with Luke Wright but in that middle period we failed to kick on and score. That positivity wasn't there in our batting and we lacked about 15 or 20.

"We never seemed to get going again. We continually lost wickets, which is a shame because because the start we had, we were on for a good score. We always thought we were in the game. We lacked a small bit of discipline in our bowling but we were always up against it with that score on the board."

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Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 23, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

@Harmony111, I'm afraid, you are misquoting me here. I said our cricketers like shorter formats more than the longer format. I never said our cricketers (Indians) don't like Tests. So, please understand that you are talking to me based on what I never said. It is my wish, as a purist, that our selectors give me and people like me one last chance before we can sadly move on from Indian Test Cricket. This can be done by selecting players that have passion for the format in question. Imagine, you want to become a Doctor and your parents force you to become a Chartered Accountant. It won't help anybody, neither you, your parents nor your clients. That's the samething, I'm afraid, that's happening now. I may be wrong, but I have a strong feeling that there are many dead-weights in our test team who seem more interested in shorter formats. There's nothing wrong in liking one format more over the other. Coming to Dravid and Statchin - let's hold that debate for some other day. Cheers mate!

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 22, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas: Why do you even think Indians don't like Tests? We are so many that even the various disjointed sets of Test + ODI + T20 fans will be much more than the total fans in other countries. The other fans will try to push us down cos that's all they can do. Why do you expect others to relish in our successes. What has India not achieved in the last 5-6 years in Cricket? Tell me. We have won the WT20, the ODI WC, #1 Rank in ODIs, #1 Rank in Tests, we have even won the CLT20 (home and away though it is not a nation's cup). Yes, we have lost too but that is natural. We are bound to win some and lose some. We've not done well in the last 18 months but then Eng had done hardly anything in the last 20 years. They were perennial Ashes losers and would routinely lose to almost anyone. Our Natwest win in 2002 in their home is 1 of the greatest comeback of the game. Why pull our team down then?

As for Sachin, why do you call him Statchin? What are your proper reasons?

Posted by xylo on (December 22, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

@ Sanjiyan. I am not very sure about that. In my opinion, Gary Kirsten is also a reason for the recent poor test performances since the departure of Dravid and Laxman. He did not plan for their succession, and shrewdly left at a high, instead of giving in to emotion. I am still keenly following what he does for SA wrt succession of Kallis.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 22, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

@Harmony111, I must admit that I love your posts. But I'm afraid, you misunderstood me about T20s. Anybody who read my posts know that I'm probably the most ardent supporter of T20s and IPL in particular. I even laid out very clearly in several of my posts over the last couple of days that our team members seem to be more interested in shorter formats and so we need to respect their liking since it is their life choice and profession. As a purist, I request the selectors to give fans like me one last chance to follow Indian Test Cricket before I can move on. For that, they shouldn't select players who have their passion in shorter formats. I'm not forcing cricketers that they should like Test Cricket more. Regarding your question about Dravid and Statchin, a cerebral poster like you shouldn't arrive at such loose conclusions about Dravid and Statchin. So my answer is - No.

Posted by NairUSA on (December 21, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Dhoni, Yuvraj and other 20/20 'stars' should be delighted. This peformance along with any similar ones in the remaining 20/20 will guarantee that their IPL revenues for 2013 will be either intact or increased. As a human nature, performance will peak only with promise of greater incentives. IPL, with its many defects, is a great source for Indian cricketers to achieve some financial freedom. It will be foolish to expect the current Indian team to put similar spirited performance during a test series and try to win them. They very well know that they cannot become millionaires by playing test cricket!

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (December 21, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

it's all IPL effect. india should only be allowed to play T2020 any more. no test and odi cricket for them because they are boring.

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 21, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar, luvcricket_new_gen, Rahulbose: You are among those who say the glass is half empty instead of being half full. If you guys do not like T20s cos they are the shorter format and don't test the players in full then why are you here commenting at all? Why can't you look somewhere else when T20s are played? And Dravid_Gravitas: Have you gone through some accident or what? You used to be a lot better and made much more sense than your recent comments. Btw, if Sachin is Statchin cos he scores run for himself and doesn't help India win matches then isn't Rahul Dravid selfish too cos he scored 3 100s for himself vs Eng in 2011 and yet India lost 0-4?

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

I feel the most funny part is to see how people comment on the website as if they are expert and played so many international Matches. Till the time they criticising a player or team is fine as they are audience and pay to watch but it becomes funny when they rectify error, or give tips.

Posted by Jalz007 on (December 21, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

India are strong in T20 & ODI's, but are struggling in Tests due to their transitional phase. it's not surprising that they have lost at home....They need to re-group. plan for more Tests. Select players on merit from Domestic Pool & come back strong on International Arena. To compete against Australia, England or West Indies at their home turf, they need to blood new talent & play more away Tests to accustom to foreign conditions. This is the way out, if they want to capture glory in Tests...All the Best Team India.

Posted by Sanjiyan on (December 21, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

@fasttrack10 you mean rise to the top of the T20 rankings? Any other format asks too much effort and concentration for this Indian team. I think its apalling that noone of the indian team admits whats really wrong. I'm sure Gary Kirsten is dissapointed at what has been done with all his hard work..

Posted by eng_mdkhan on (December 21, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Everybody knows it, has talked about it and it manifests time and again. Dhoni is a good ODI and T20 captain but not Test match material and probably Dhoni acknowledges it as well. His unwillingness to come clean and resign from the Test captaincy is a corpo-political decision not a cricketing one. A clear indication how corpo-politics interference can harm sport; in this case Indian Test cricket.

Posted by garibaldi on (December 21, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Well done India - England got off to an excellent start and I thought they were heading for 180+ at the halfway mark. All credit to Yuvraj in particular, who took the game away from England in each innings. I'll be interested to see how Morgan and England respond - Morgan seems aware of the problems (the way the batting tailed off, eg) but whether there's time to fix them before the next match remains to be seen...

Posted by chin-music on (December 21, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Clearly , as far as England are concerned, the "real" cricket in this tour is over - all that remains is remaining hit-n-giggle limited overs cricket, from which they have sensibly rested all their key players. India , of course, will do their best to delude themselves that random wins in these aimless limited overs games will somehow paper over the cruel spotlight that England have shone on the bankruptcy of talent and attitude in Indian cricket.

Posted by AbAdvani on (December 21, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Irfan Pathan is injured. He has also not been playing for Baroda in the Ranji trophy after he sustained injury

Posted by QingdaoXI on (December 21, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Its T-20 dhoni so obiviously fielding will be good, as there are only 20 overs to field. I would kindly like to request selctors that please have three different squad for all three formats, no player can play more than 2 format and have separate captain for each format. Test: Ashwin, ODI:Dhoni and T-20:Raina. I dont think Kohli is captaincy material due to his bad behaviour and in India most of the good players are flopped in batting when they are Captain. Ashwin is the better test player than any one at the present and i dont want to burden a batsmen as i have given a reason above, in ODI's Dhoni is still best and in t-20 dhoni should be dropped and new keeper should be inducted and captaincy should go for either of Yuvi or Raina or Rohit (Yes he is best in this format).

Posted by fastrack10 on (December 21, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar , Rahulbose , luvcricket_new_gen ::guys y r u all so very negative about our team??yes it hurts when they fail, yes it hurts when they loss so badly, but sa a earnest supporter i think thats the time to stand up be positive & be with the team..rathat than push them even more behind with these hursh words. yes criticizing is important for growth, but dont u all thnk media is doing that well enough?? mark my wrods this team will agin rise to the top..we are praising so much of this english team..but dont we remember england was a very avarage team for so many years..atlest we were unbeaten @ home for 8years, let alone england i doubt if any other team can claim that in last dacade. i wish we all stnad behind the team in their hard time & help them riseup stronger than ever before.

Posted by Sagay-Ed on (December 21, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

"India's fielding, which was often shoddy during the Test series, also improved considerably with Ajinkya Rahane claiming three out-field catches" - Did India drop any catches in the test match which were similar to the ones caught by Rahane? I don't think so.

Posted by Abimanyucbe on (December 21, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Dhoni lead the team well....... spinner did a fantastic job.........especially yuvi......... Ashwin need to maintain his temperament for the entire 4 overs..........

Posted by Legaleagle on (December 21, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

Who cares about T20. India can win 50 T20 but that cannot change how much they suck in test match cricket.

Posted by subbass on (December 21, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

As a player you can't argue with the satisfaction of doing well in TEST(hence the name) cricket. It's fairly amusing how India suddenly get all excited about winning a game of hit and giggle lol. And anyone who thinks Test cricket will die out are only the ones who are rubbish at it. Anyway, the Ashes will never die, nor will the likes of SA or Pakistan ever want to quit the best and most credible form of the game. t-20 WILL DIE OUT if anything, as to be honest it was only bought in to attract fans who are ay best casual only cricket fans who can't appreciate or fully understand the war of attrition that is 5 day cricket. Those who know, know, those who don't don't. Funny how India liked Test cricket when they were number 1 in the world though. Answers on a post card.

Posted by AnujitKM on (December 21, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

Dear Readers, I agree with Dravid_Gravitas. There is not sufficient emphasis on test cricket. It is not only the case with the players. The entire management of BCCI (if it can be called a management) is providing lip service to test cricket. It does not matter to BCCI that India has had such poor results in test cricket. Changing the composition of the team is just one matter. The first class cricket and test cricket - formats that are in danger in India - must be managed well overall, starting with improving the grounds.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

I hope our fans don't forget the drubbing received received in the test match series with this meaningless T20 win. Also give Awana more chances and I am happy Dinda did well in this match.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

Playing against a England B-team (not even A-team..!!), and winning is something Dhoni is so proud about!! Fielding well for 20 overs is no big deal!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 20, 2012, 23:27 GMT)

Oh yes, fielded well for 20 overs. How about if we extend it for another 150 overs? Everything falls apart - batting, bowling, fielding, captaincy and coaching. It's hard not to see that our players like the shorter formats more. If my observation is indeed correct, then test cricket will slowly die in India. But before the fire of test cricket in India gets extinguished, I request our selectors to let Pujara, Rahane and Kohli in our middle-order, one last time before we all can give up on test cricket. And most importantly, there shouldn't be Statchin or Dhoni in that team of XI. DK or Saha should be the WK. Sehwag and Gambhir on strict notice. Period!

Posted by Rahulbose on (December 20, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

This is the generation next of Indian cricket. For 20 overs they can field very well, bats very well and bowl well. Its only when you "test" them for 5 days that they fail in all three departments.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Y is not all rounder Irfan pathan not batting ............ Yousuf P. not in the match?

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (December 20, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Good chance for England to win the second match. Consistency has not been there with Team India. One good thing is we don't feel the pain of watching old players who fail consistently in tests. I think the whole Indian team and support staff are relieved when they don the color clothes. White clothes are for prisoners as in Indian jail, such is the state of test cricket in India. No players, No form, No crowd, No energy - Forget test cricket if you want to avoid pain. Hard to imagine a quick turnaround. Good luck for second match in Mumbai

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