India v England, 5th ODI, Dharamsala January 27, 2013

India scrape to No. 1 ranking in ODIs

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India have reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in one-day internationals for the first time in three years. by finishing 0.20 rating points ahead of England after their 3-2 victory in the ODI series.

India had become the top ranked side after winning the third ODI on January 19 and held onto the spot, aided by South Africa's loss in their home series against New Zealand.

But they ended the series by being beaten, losing by seven wickets in Dharamsala, India's highest international venue. MS Dhoni had lost the toss on a chilly morning and England's fast bowlers struck three times in the first ten overs and reduced the hosts to 79 for 5 in the 22nd over.

"It was a bad toss to lose. Initially, in places like Dharamsala or Guwahati, where you have an early start, the ball does a bit," Dhoni said. "But this is good exposure for the younger batsman about how to play when the ball is seaming and swinging. The wicket eased out during the second half and it became easier for batting."

The fourth wicket of that top-order collapse was Gautham Gambhir, who cut James Tredwell to Ian Bell at point and was caught on 24. The dismissal continued a lean run for Gambhir, who had failed to pass 20 in the three ODIs against Pakistan. He began this series with a half-century in Rajkot but made only 8, 33 and 10 in three matches before Dharamsala.

"Yeah, he [Gambhir] has been going through a lean patch but he is an experienced player. I believe he has batted a bit better in the last few games," Dhoni said. "Unlike some of the earlier matches, he didn't look tentative and was a lot more decisive about stroke-making. "I believe he is improving and don't forget he is an amazing player of spin bowling. Ideally, we want him to bat till the 35th-40th over."

Another concern for India is the form of offspinner R Ashwin, who took 0 for 50 in Dharamsala and finished the series with seven wickets at 35.71 apiece. He was outbowled by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and England offspinner Tredwell. Dhoni said Ashwin's poor returns could be because of his excessive use of variations.

"Maybe he was using variations a bit too much but he has now realised his mistake," Dhoni said. "In the last couple of matches, he has been more consistent about length. He has not used too many variations and was trying to bowl to one line. The new ODI rules, with five fielders inside the circle, has also made it slightly difficult."

India don't play one-day cricket for quite some time now, with Australia touring for four Tests in February and March, followed by the IPL in April and May.

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  • POSTED BY ddlj26 on | January 28, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Keeping in mind that most of the one day matches were played in seamer friendly conditions against both england and pakistan ... firstly i got to say well played india in winning the series against england... Nextly for people who are clamoring on saying that India and england are minnows have been exposed then i guess same thing applies for teams like South africa in the ODI's against NZ and SL in the tests against Australia and australia themselves in the ODI series... and the list goes on, you see most teams nowadays are very beatable and that is a fact regardless of whether they are playing home or away... there is no team now that can consider themselves dominant like australia last decade and WI during the 80's.... even there is a big even field now... the champions trophy will be played in seamer friendly conditions and i can say this none of the batsmen nowadays from any team due to too much T20 and ODI cricket are well equipped to handle swing... so there goes that !!

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 27, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    India won this series because they played better than England. Overall they played significantly better, with England not bowling especially well in any game but the last and putting in two very poor batting performances. A win by 1 is as good as a win by 100 though, and England were the better team twice to keep the series score line tight and come away with a much better result than previous recent tours. India do deserve to be ranked #1 but the fact that it's by a small margin and that the #1 ranking keeps changing hands suggests that they won't be there for all that long, but neither does anyone else look consistent enough to take the ranking and hold it. The #1 ranking is not meaningless but getting there is barely half the battle. Keeping it is the real challenge and I doubt that India are good enough to do that, but I doubt that anyone else is either. I see the ranking continuing to change hands for a while.

  • POSTED BY VivSingh on | January 27, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Congratulations India. Another entertaining one day series and plenty to think about for both teams. The next major one day international tournament will be held in England in June. It will probably still be fairly seam friendly conditions and there are a number of Indian batsmen who are very suspect in anything but batting friendly conditions (Gambhir, Yuvi, Raina and I assume Sehwag is already out of the picture). Domestic success in India doesn't mean a player is of international standard because the quality is poor. England learned this of themselves a while ago. Some of the pitches against Pakistan and England had help for the bowlers and this is to be commended because it will expose lesser batsmen and make for a fairer contest. India must be applauded for this. Well done India but I hope this doesn't change the fact that Indian selectors need to think maturely about the future.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 30, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    @Nish_US: You are not the only one who does not understands Dhoni- his team selection, tactics on & off the field. You say "Dhoni could keep Pujara off the sub contenental pitches but he will definitely need him in Aus, England"- that is if he is still the Captain!. You are too optimistic when you say Pujara "did not get too upset by missing out in ODI's as well as in Ranji Final". It is heart breaking for any youngster to be given a double Whammy!. Nobody is so thick skinned not to be seriously hurt when he was dragged away from his 2 triple centurioes in a row, then benched for ODI & deprived of being able to help his own state due to spiteful MSD!. I am sure Pujara would have got at least a century in Ranji Final if not a triple century.

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | January 30, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    I am sorry to say this.. but I am happy that India lost the last ODI where the ball was doing a bit...

    It exposed the technique of batsman, whom Dhoni could draft into the team without have to think twice... a peek at what lies ahead....

    Hope dhoni realises that you need horses for the courses, and gets Pujara into the team asap.

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | January 30, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    I do not understand Dhoni, ... when he had Irfan available and playing well in the couple of chances he got... he rues - "india need a good allrounder"... then in Dharmasala he got the ball doing little bit.. keeps the one with best technique and form out of the team and rues "difficult conditions - good exposure for the youngsters"... It is good exposure if they tried to apply themselves...try to stay put, grind.. and spent some time on the field... How is it a good exposure if you get out in the first 10 balls you face.

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | January 30, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    @Nampally

    Dhoni could keep Pujara away on sub-continent pitches, but he will definitely need him in AUS, ENG... he is still un-tested in foreign conditions, but looks to have the best defence compared to every one else in the team.... Still a bit tentative compared to the likes of Dravid though.

    Hope he did not get too upset by missing out in the ODIs as well as the Ranji final, where he could have done a world of difference to his State team.....

    He must have seen a lot of politics on his way to the test team, so hopefully this did not hurt his emotions or confidence

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | January 30, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Guys,

    No.1 ranked team does not mean that they will beat every one below fair and square wherever they play.

    Look at Tennis, there are few No.1s who never won any grandslams, and there are few that one grandslams but never made it to No.1 ever. Not every No.1 will be a Sampras or Federer (that was WIs in 80s and Aus in the 90s).

    India at the moment is the ODI world champion and the current world No.1 at THIS MOMENT.

    Whether Indians gloat or Eng complain, that is the fact as of this minute... It can (will) all change tomorrow, but for today that is the FACT.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 30, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    @TheVillain: Your comment goes to show just how biased you ppl are and how blindly you try to make such disparaging comments.

    FYI, since 1st Jan 2010, India have the BEST W/L Ratio among all the major ODI playing nations when we ignore the matches played with the weak teams of BD & Zim.

    India's W/L Ratio is 1.66 while SA come 2nd with a ratio of 1.5. England are 3rd with 1.26 & SL are 4th with 1.05.

    Incidentally, Pak's W/L ratio is less than 1 at 0.7. BAHAHAHA and they keep beating their chest that they are one of the best ODI teams in the world. Grow up kids, when it comes to the men's club you are seen as adolescents. All you got is winning 9 matches vs poor BD & Zim - that's all you can do, beat the weaker teams. This also puts to rest those comments which say that Ind earn points by beating weaker teams - it is PAK that does that not India.

    In this time window, India have won the most ODIS vs the stronger ODI teams + they also won the WC.

    This is why they are worthy #1s.

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | January 30, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    ha! India as number 1 their win ratio in ODIs for the past year or 2 is like 50% that's not a number 1 team plus lost to teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh during that time. Ranking system is a bogus sorry to say a joke when compared to other sports.

  • POSTED BY ddlj26 on | January 28, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Keeping in mind that most of the one day matches were played in seamer friendly conditions against both england and pakistan ... firstly i got to say well played india in winning the series against england... Nextly for people who are clamoring on saying that India and england are minnows have been exposed then i guess same thing applies for teams like South africa in the ODI's against NZ and SL in the tests against Australia and australia themselves in the ODI series... and the list goes on, you see most teams nowadays are very beatable and that is a fact regardless of whether they are playing home or away... there is no team now that can consider themselves dominant like australia last decade and WI during the 80's.... even there is a big even field now... the champions trophy will be played in seamer friendly conditions and i can say this none of the batsmen nowadays from any team due to too much T20 and ODI cricket are well equipped to handle swing... so there goes that !!

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 27, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    India won this series because they played better than England. Overall they played significantly better, with England not bowling especially well in any game but the last and putting in two very poor batting performances. A win by 1 is as good as a win by 100 though, and England were the better team twice to keep the series score line tight and come away with a much better result than previous recent tours. India do deserve to be ranked #1 but the fact that it's by a small margin and that the #1 ranking keeps changing hands suggests that they won't be there for all that long, but neither does anyone else look consistent enough to take the ranking and hold it. The #1 ranking is not meaningless but getting there is barely half the battle. Keeping it is the real challenge and I doubt that India are good enough to do that, but I doubt that anyone else is either. I see the ranking continuing to change hands for a while.

  • POSTED BY VivSingh on | January 27, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Congratulations India. Another entertaining one day series and plenty to think about for both teams. The next major one day international tournament will be held in England in June. It will probably still be fairly seam friendly conditions and there are a number of Indian batsmen who are very suspect in anything but batting friendly conditions (Gambhir, Yuvi, Raina and I assume Sehwag is already out of the picture). Domestic success in India doesn't mean a player is of international standard because the quality is poor. England learned this of themselves a while ago. Some of the pitches against Pakistan and England had help for the bowlers and this is to be commended because it will expose lesser batsmen and make for a fairer contest. India must be applauded for this. Well done India but I hope this doesn't change the fact that Indian selectors need to think maturely about the future.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 30, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    @Nish_US: You are not the only one who does not understands Dhoni- his team selection, tactics on & off the field. You say "Dhoni could keep Pujara off the sub contenental pitches but he will definitely need him in Aus, England"- that is if he is still the Captain!. You are too optimistic when you say Pujara "did not get too upset by missing out in ODI's as well as in Ranji Final". It is heart breaking for any youngster to be given a double Whammy!. Nobody is so thick skinned not to be seriously hurt when he was dragged away from his 2 triple centurioes in a row, then benched for ODI & deprived of being able to help his own state due to spiteful MSD!. I am sure Pujara would have got at least a century in Ranji Final if not a triple century.

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | January 30, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    I am sorry to say this.. but I am happy that India lost the last ODI where the ball was doing a bit...

    It exposed the technique of batsman, whom Dhoni could draft into the team without have to think twice... a peek at what lies ahead....

    Hope dhoni realises that you need horses for the courses, and gets Pujara into the team asap.

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | January 30, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    I do not understand Dhoni, ... when he had Irfan available and playing well in the couple of chances he got... he rues - "india need a good allrounder"... then in Dharmasala he got the ball doing little bit.. keeps the one with best technique and form out of the team and rues "difficult conditions - good exposure for the youngsters"... It is good exposure if they tried to apply themselves...try to stay put, grind.. and spent some time on the field... How is it a good exposure if you get out in the first 10 balls you face.

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | January 30, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    @Nampally

    Dhoni could keep Pujara away on sub-continent pitches, but he will definitely need him in AUS, ENG... he is still un-tested in foreign conditions, but looks to have the best defence compared to every one else in the team.... Still a bit tentative compared to the likes of Dravid though.

    Hope he did not get too upset by missing out in the ODIs as well as the Ranji final, where he could have done a world of difference to his State team.....

    He must have seen a lot of politics on his way to the test team, so hopefully this did not hurt his emotions or confidence

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | January 30, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Guys,

    No.1 ranked team does not mean that they will beat every one below fair and square wherever they play.

    Look at Tennis, there are few No.1s who never won any grandslams, and there are few that one grandslams but never made it to No.1 ever. Not every No.1 will be a Sampras or Federer (that was WIs in 80s and Aus in the 90s).

    India at the moment is the ODI world champion and the current world No.1 at THIS MOMENT.

    Whether Indians gloat or Eng complain, that is the fact as of this minute... It can (will) all change tomorrow, but for today that is the FACT.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 30, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    @TheVillain: Your comment goes to show just how biased you ppl are and how blindly you try to make such disparaging comments.

    FYI, since 1st Jan 2010, India have the BEST W/L Ratio among all the major ODI playing nations when we ignore the matches played with the weak teams of BD & Zim.

    India's W/L Ratio is 1.66 while SA come 2nd with a ratio of 1.5. England are 3rd with 1.26 & SL are 4th with 1.05.

    Incidentally, Pak's W/L ratio is less than 1 at 0.7. BAHAHAHA and they keep beating their chest that they are one of the best ODI teams in the world. Grow up kids, when it comes to the men's club you are seen as adolescents. All you got is winning 9 matches vs poor BD & Zim - that's all you can do, beat the weaker teams. This also puts to rest those comments which say that Ind earn points by beating weaker teams - it is PAK that does that not India.

    In this time window, India have won the most ODIS vs the stronger ODI teams + they also won the WC.

    This is why they are worthy #1s.

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | January 30, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    ha! India as number 1 their win ratio in ODIs for the past year or 2 is like 50% that's not a number 1 team plus lost to teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh during that time. Ranking system is a bogus sorry to say a joke when compared to other sports.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | January 30, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Very well said in this article - Another concern for India is the form of offspinner R Ashwin, who took 0 for 50 in Dharamsala and finished the series with seven wickets at 35.71 apiece. He was outbowled by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and England offspinner Tredwell. Dhoni said Ashwin's poor returns could be because of his excessive use of variations. Ashwin's variations make him a good T20 bowler, but the same variations make him toothless in Tests and ODI. It's time to try another spinner in ODI - maybe Nadeem of Jharkhand, or Parvez Rassol of Kashmir?

  • POSTED BY kristee on | January 30, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Whether ICC Rankings or WC win, what matters is how well you perform while clinging on to that position. Ranking mechanism somehow doesn't allow much liberty. Still it too often flatters to deceive, thanks to manipulative tactics. Only WI and Oz have managed to hold such positions with enough dignity. Currently, SA look the best outfit. Perhaps too much emphasis on quota robbed them off some impact players.

  • POSTED BY IndiaNumeroUno on | January 30, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @bobmartin - I hear a lot of "Englands plan for future" and "managed transition" of players and blah blah blah... if the system is so fantastic why no ODI world cups yet?

  • POSTED BY Des_65 on | January 30, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    RandyOZ, you are right. Instead of giving points to win/loss, give points to runs difference & wicket taken difference in order to get a better picture. This will also offset grounds (flat or not) because runs scored or wickets taken are not considered but their difference is considered.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 30, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    @All_The_Way on (January 27 2013, 15:42 PM GMT), the number of matches played is irrelevant to the rankings because it's based on the proportion of the games played that were won and lost, not the number of wins. 5 wins out of 10 games is worth the same as 10 out of 20, assuming that they're against the same opposition.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 29, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    @vivek_86: I think you hit the nail right on the head with your remarks about Rohit Sharma. I had mentioned earlier that Rohit is poor choice for the opening bat against good class bowling. You estimate of not lasting more than 10 balls against the opening attck listed is so right. Just because Dhoni's gamble worked once does not prove the validity of his move. I call it a fluke. As regards Pujara, he has the best technique against both spin & seam bowling of any Indian batsmen. His benching was a huge loss for India to establish one sure batting spot. Also Yuvi is #6 bat not #4. Ashwin is good batsman but fails when he is promoted from 8 to 7 spot. He is not #4. I have backed Nadeem for the LH spinner spot for over a year now but he does not even appear on the radar. I personally prefer Vishal Joshi be given a trial at off spin spot. There a couple of other good off spinners too. India needs to get a team selected on performance rather than on politics to be a world force again.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 29, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: How many times have Ind beaten Pak in Pak in a WC? Did you really ask that question? Has such a match ever happened? If not then what is the point of asking such a question? I am ROTFL seeing this from you, I really expect you to be smarter than this.

    So you yourself just admitted that NZ winning vs SA in SA does not mean much for you and you would rather see how India are beating Eng. Are you a NZ fan or a Pak fan or are you an Ind fan? Your stand is always amusing.

    And then you talk of Champions Trophy that really no one gives much respect to. That trophy is seen so poorly that ICC have now decided to scrap it altogether after 2013. And even there, Ind have won it once and been runner up once - what have Pak done there?

    Pak drew vs Aus? Was it in Aus? No, it was in England - a neutral place. Pak's record in Aus is as shameful as it gets. And if one should stop living in the past then why do you talk of 0-4?

    Where did u get that 12-0 from? Ind did Pak in Pak in 04 :-)

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | January 29, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    The funny thing is that no one actually looks at the ICC rankings, because they don't reflect the true facts.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | January 29, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @ All_The_Way.England are at no:2 in test due to that? in that case, Pakistan should be no:1 in T20. More WINS gives you more points. grow-up.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | January 29, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @KiwiRocker-. It is very funny to see you are quoting Dada even if your hatred towards Indian team. Even if you are asking do not talk about history, you are talking history by pointing Indian test loss in England and Australia. But you forgot that they were 1 yr back and it is history now. 6-7 tests played after that. And you told England do not have main bowlers in it and you forgot that India too donot have main bowlers in this lineup. 2 newbies and a test bowler is in the ODIs and still they were able to win the series - that is phenomenal. And they defend a low score to your world beaters team recently.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | January 29, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Also in terms of finding new talent i would say it is 1-0 in favor of Eng. I would love to swap the series result (and also the num 1 ranking) if a player like Root was found in indian camp. Of course a series loss means more bashing from the likes of KiwiRocker but i can live with that. Now Root looks like a certainty in champions trophy (or even ashes). If he is going to contribute heavily in Ashes i am sure Eng wouldn't mind another series loss(ODI) to find another Root.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | January 29, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    @JG2704 , @Trickstar You missed one important point. Beating a high ranked team fetches you more points (and the high ranked team looses more points). So SA's loss to NZ and Eng loss to India helped India climb the ranking. Infact thats how Eng too got their num1 ranking.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | January 29, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    vivek_86-Absolutely correct,in test matches a solid opener is important not the stroke makers,even in ODIs when ball is swinging early in the match same application is necessary.Nick Compton did this job very well for Eng.If openers can play out 15-20 overs at the start it makes the job of middle order very easy.

  • POSTED BY vivek_86 on | January 29, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    We need to have S.Nadeem in the team. He bowls at good pace and difficult to hit.

    Dhoni should consider rotating the players from now on so that every player in the fringe can get an oppurtunity to prove their worth. Our batting order should be flexible,some players who are out of form can click when they bat at different positions.

    15 players for the WC should be Pujara,Gambhir,Kohli,Ashwin,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,B.Kumar,I.Pathan,U.Yadav,Dinda/I.Sharma.

    Reserves: Mukund,Sreesanth,S.Nadeem,A.Rahane.

    Dhoni, I don't want my post to go waste. Please look into this.

  • POSTED BY vivek_86 on | January 29, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    India shouldn't celebrate this Tag. We are going no where. Every move has to be made keeping World cup in Australia in mind. We have good talent but poor team selection is causing us down. I am sure Rohit sharma opener role will not work in Australia(as well in champions trophy in England) as the ball tend to swing a lot in these conditions. I am sure bowlers like Hifhenhaus/A.Mathews/ Anderson/Bresnan/Junaid Khan will get hiim out in 10 balls. We need a opener who just play out first 8 overs. Pujara is correct option for opener role. (Remember 2003 Australia series, We dominated that tour only because of Akash Chopra who plays out the first 20 overs in most test matches).

    With the current bowling form, Ashwin needs to come in at no.4 (instead of Yuvi, Yuvi is more of liablity these days than asset) to justify his inclusion in the side. Ashwin can't play big shots but can effectively rotate the strike and form big parternship irrespective of the conditions.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 28, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    @bobmartin: I sympathise with you in hearing the same excuse "India is a team in transitiion". I always felt that India have the guys to replace Dravid, Laxman & Tendulkar + Sehwag & Gambhir but Politics is taking away that oportunity. To start with there are at least 5 opening batsmen in waiting to replace Sehwag & Gambhir. #'s 3,4,5 spots can be filled by Pujara,Kohli & Tiwary. For WK there are at least 3 good candidates in Saha, Karthick & Patel. There are at least 3 top class LH spinners in Ojha, Jadeja& Nadeem + 3 good off spinners in addition to Ashwin.There are half a dozen seamers clamouring to get in regular spots. There are 4 good young all rounders in addition to Yuvraj & Pathan. India just needs a visionary Selection Team + a Captain like Cook who can keep the Politics out. Team development+Leadership skills are Missing. Once these skills are injected, instead of a "Team in transition", you will suddenly find "Contending team" for #1 spot in all 3 Formats in 2013!

  • POSTED BY Steve32 on | January 28, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: Statistics are a double edged sword and you can twist them any way you want. You are always against India and always find faults with them. Pak is no better. Shows on your character. You may like your own team but don't hate other teams. Asian teams mostly depend on individual performances rather than collective efforts. Traditionally Pak have done well in Tests due to their bowling and India in ODI's due to their batting. But never could any one dominate the cricket world consistently.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 28, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    @Sir.Ivor:Well said Sir. India had a chance to win the 5th ODI outright but Dhoni has placed his own agenda ahead of the Team interests. The Best Batsman Pujara was benched again to suit personal interest of Dhoni.Pujara was just as capable of getting a ton at Dharamsala as Bell did. Benching him again & even refusing to release Pujara for Ranji Final is destroying a young batsman's soul. India does not want another Captain like Dhoni in Tests or ODI's. India has lot of talented batsmen & Bowlers but lacks a captain who selects the best XI on performance & Form rather than personal favourites. One who places Indian Team interest above his own. One who is keen on getting these talented guys to play in XI & develop a team with the best batting & bowling.A Captain who strives to win rather than give excuses for losing- one who unites the players rather than divide them. Hopefully BCCI & the Selectors learnt from this experience & will strive to correct the wrongs done to many youngsters.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | January 28, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    If I hear this "India are a side in transition" excuse again it will be one time too many. You should always be in a state of transition, otherwise you wind up like the Australians did when they played the same players year in year out and then they all retired at virtually the same time.. and they still haven't recovered several years later. India are going through the same problems now. It's their own fault for their over-reliance on the likes of Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar, etc and never drip-feeding in the new players who would eventually replace them. So that excuse just doesn't wash I'm afraid.. Hopefully England have seen the light and with Bairstow and Root at least there's an attempt to plan for the future.

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | January 28, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    India deserve to be no.1. Jealous Pakistani fans can go somewhere else. The fact that India keeps knocking Pakistan out of world cup tournaments hurts them badly. LOL! 20 years and not one win for Pakistan, terrible record.

  • POSTED BY foursandsixes on | January 28, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    India should hold month long training camps at places like Dharamsala before tours to England, Aus, or RSA. They should consider creating a batting academy there (like the pace foundation in Chennai), that is the only long term solution to learning how to play bounce, seam, and swing.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | January 28, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    @Kiwirocker -Mate you didnt even read my comment properly ,let me help you out with that "Well if we see other way round two other big teams from Asia ,that is SL and Pak didnt get whitewashed so badly either" here i clearly mentioned about te whitewash so there is no reason to preach me about that, secondly".Apologies if i sound cynical but repetition of good performances in Aus,SA and Eng ,looks a distant dream for now" here i have clearly mentioned that it looks like it will be difficult for Indian team to repeat the past successes.My comment was quite balanced and it has constructive criticism of new team India .What is so hurting in that,or you are purposely taking a dig at me as my username has Indian attached to it?Well if that's the case you can continuing hating me its your choice.BTW i respect Pak team,have many Pakistani friends too in real world with whom i have friendly banter.You chose wrong person to take a dig ,its a virtual world where virtual egos does not matter.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | January 28, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    @Kiwirocker -Mate you didnt even read my comment properly ,let me help you out with that "Well if we see other way round two other big teams from Asia ,that is SL and Pak didnt get whitewashed so badly either" here i clearly mentioned about te whitewash so there is no reason to preach me about that, secondly".Apologies if i sound cynical but repetition of good performances in Aus,SA and Eng ,looks a distant dream for now" here i have clearly mentioned that it looks like it will be difficult for Indian team to repeat the past successes.My comment was quite balanced and it has constructive criticism of new team India .What is so hurting in that,or you are purposely taking a dig at me as my username has Indian attached to it?Well if that's the case you can continuing hating me its your choice.BTW i respect Pak team,have many Pakistani friends too in real world with whom i have friendly banter.You chose wrong person to take a dig ,its a virtual world where virtual egos does not matter.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 28, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    @Trickstar on (January 28 2013, 13:07 PM GMT) I'm not sure how far back results count towards the rankings but India's results prior to 2012 were probably much better. Also their recent results (last 6 months) I think would aggregate 8-4 in their favour. I think our last 2 series results would have aggregated something like 4-5. Also I guess India get more ranking points for winning 4-1 in SL than they would have if beating SL 4-1 at home and beating Eng who were 1 would elevate them higher than if they were to beat a lower ranked side. SA must be kicking themselves as they had a great chance to go top and now they are down in 4th position. I think the shorter format rankings fluctuate so much and it's hard to keep up with. If India had won their 2nd T20 match vs Eng they'd have gone top of the rankings. Now (a month or so later) and SL have a 12 points advantage which will increase or decrease some depending on their next result vs Aus

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | January 28, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    I wonder how India have got to No.1 because their results in the past 12 months would suggest they shouldn't be nowhere near, just comparing them to England - India have played 24, won 10, lost 13, NR 1, win loss ration of 1.3. England have played 20, won 14, lost 5, NR 1 , win loss ration of 2.8 Quite a huge difference in stats in England's favor, must come down to something more than results then ;)

  • POSTED BY Sir.Ivor on | January 28, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    It was a nice way for the series to end because this England side is one of the best to have played in India. In Cook they have a Captain who is already a great for his batting and promises to be one of the greatest of all time. India is in transition but the signs are there that they will be back to their assertive best in a year or so. But I hope this is under a new captain because for some reason they seem immobilised and so are holding on to Dhoni for whatever the reason. A new captain will have the motivation of wanting to win not just turning up and taking part in the game.That seems to be what Dhoni is today. Resting on the World Cup and earlier laurels that he led India to. I hope the Selectors have the ability to drop from Captaincy for a start and use him just as a player for the moment. Then they should bring in Murli Gautam or Wrid Saha and let Dhoni be a closed chapter. His rise was meteoric as he strode like a collosus. I hope his eclipse will be jsut as sudden.

  • POSTED BY WAKE_UP_CALL on | January 28, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Gambhir: what a player .he is the best example to show how a batsman plays not for the team but for the place in the team and still manages failures at his selfish desires. favourite shots : 1 inside edge onto the stumps as harsha said once that he has played not for the first time and not for the last time.2 catching practise for slips though he does it during the match and for the opposition fielders.3 tap the ball next to stumps and run irrespective of the fact that other batsman makes it to the other end or not. rohit sharma. when he made 83 at opening spot everyone though why this special talent should be given more chance and when in dharamsala played a rash shot everyone thought how he has a special talent to even let go of the umpteenth opportunity. dhoni helluva of a odi batsman maybe the best of all times in odi history but such a impotent talent hunter and someone who is toying with some of the indian players careers and indian cricket future. ishant sharma .the oldest 24

  • POSTED BY IndiaNumeroUno on | January 28, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Well done India!.. This is a team with lot of work in progress and I'm sure we will see lot of new faces come and go in the next two years with the World Cup preparation in view. Congratulations on the #1 ranking :))

  • POSTED BY BEHOLD_CRIC on | January 28, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Oh Come on INDIA NEver deserves to be NO 1 side , , its all Favourings

  • POSTED BY Mundrathy on | January 28, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    @Kiwirocker, you are always saying the same thing "Second string English team", this team was thrashed, even when it played second string Indian teams (India A and Delhi teams), and looking at your Pakistani team, you still support it, name a batsman who can with stand the whole innings (at least one day innings) without umpiring mistake or dropped chances, lol. Pakistani team always had good bowlers, but Indian team has good batsmen, have to accept the truth mate

  • POSTED BY WAKE_UP_CALL on | January 28, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    jadeja finally played to his potential but still has to prove in batting against quality attacks.

    rahane thought came in at the right time when seniors were under performing but now might think there is never a right time to enter in this indian team where talent is turned a blind eye and ugly politics thrives in this team.

    pujara.though not played already has his admirers.that should give him confidence.

    yuvraj .oh poor guy has his ad going on ngc about unbreakables but he keeps breaking his own playing formats and now just will be good as a t20 player .a sad end though was termed as destructive as sehwag once but couldnt make it to tests.

  • POSTED BY Sultan2007 on | January 28, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    I think India actually did rather well against both Pakistan, and then England. India is a team in transition - certainly with the bowling attack and even to some extent on the batting side with changing roles for expereinced players such as MSD and Virat as Sachin and Veeru have transitioned out. And when you look at performances of "new" sides in recent home ODI series i.e South Africa and Australia, there is good reason for optimisim in the Indian camp. The caution of course is that the success against England was delivered through the peformances of a few. There numbers of players off the boil are unaffordable and that should introduce an element circumspection to any conclusions that can be drawn from the recently concluded series

  • POSTED BY realfan on | January 28, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    well played My team ( INDIA ) but.... white wash is what expected from you guys considering the previous results in ODI against same opponent... never the less here are some positives i found in this series... 1) strong match finishers.. 2) ishant's come back, Bhuvaneshwar..... although i am not impressed with Shami, but i think he will learn.. 3) bowling will be strong with the creturns of YADHAV, IRFAN... 4)good fielding unit.... 5) i am happy to see indians are exposed to alien conditions in home more of these pitches will help in WC 2015 perspective...

    and negatives... 1) good for nothing ASHWIN, GAMBIR, ROHIT SHARMA... enough of them already.... 2) virat's failure...it seems like he needs some time to settle down and get back to himself.... 3) and we still need an openers.... and spin department should be leading by OJAH in both TEST and ODI , not with ASHWIN... he is not game thinker.....i would like to get rid of him as soon as possible

  • POSTED BY CoolCharlie on | January 28, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    indian team is in transition and yes it has had ups and downs but even in this condition we are certainly better than many teams ... And I am sure given 2 years and this team will be quite formidable one.. and we will be very serious contendours for next World cup ....

  • POSTED BY Hash_Tag on | January 28, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    @wake_up_india on (January 28 2013, 03:42 AM GMT) - bro very good post I agree with you every word.. Sure - we have won this tournament against England but not so long ago we used to whitewash them here. India just isn't the force that it used to be and this co-incidence with IPL cannot be just chance. I believe that IPL is the ruination of high level Indian cricket. I have no time for it.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | January 28, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Harmony111: Always a pleasure! I was never away. I was merely enjoying a second string English team hammering India in 5th match. Mind you, much stronger Englush teams have not achieved that. Your comment about Pak record against Australia makes no sense. While you were a sleep, Pakistan also drew their last series against Australia 1-1 while India sufferded a shameful white wash of 4-0. Stop living on past mate, start judging teams on their current performance. As one of India's finest captain Ganguly used to say' history means nothing'. If you want to talk about history then Pakistan has thrashed India in ODI's 71-49 and in tests 12-0. You talk about world cups but how many times India has beaten Pak in Pak ina WC? Pak can also claim India has never beaten them in Champions trophey..Say what? You can overhype but future is bleak for India chum: Yuvraj, Kohli, Sehwag, Ashwin, Rahane, Gambhir were all disaster in last 8 ODI's. Bhuvnesh Kumar and Shami can't bowl in death! Get a job!

  • POSTED BY Ashish_514 on | January 28, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @Naveed Khan- Two words- wishful thinking.

  • POSTED BY WAKE_UP_CALL on | January 28, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    let me clear off the smoke of those cretins who yabber about umpire decisions.first of all cook was the sole pillar for laying the foundation of their long wait of series win in india.cook was out lbw on 40 in ahmedabad test when he went to score 176 and brought some life in england camp and then in mumbai he was again out lbw on harbhajans ball on 36 again given not out which of course would have boosted harbhajans confidence for a comeback but didnt.cook given out wrongly in nagpur test twice in a dead match where trott also got life and pujara was given wrongly out on bat and pad off swann.jamshed got his century when he was clearly out bat pad caught by sehwag and for sure pak would have been in trouble.shoib malik was given not out by indian umpire when it was called no ball in a t20 match and was given out first pad then bat lbw by nz umpire

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | January 28, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    There you go the bashers at it again. I expected KiwiRocker to gloat about his Pak teams 'Brown Wash' (Alas it was just 2 victories in ODIs after a long time when india had been 'Red Washing' them in all WC events) Then he mentions his teams lone victory in Eng in 2010 which is considered an achievement which according to him india cant do and Last time i checked we won series 1-0 in 2007. Wonder how Pak would have fared it was 4 match series rather than 2.

    I wish the article could also have covered how England lost num1 rather than how india scraped to num1.

    @JG2704 You have put it right sir. I see this num 1 ranking oscillating between SA, IND, ENG or Aus. There is nothing much to read here.

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | January 28, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Narrow win over Endland cannot hide major problems for India. Batting was again very inconsistent. Rohit Sharma sparkles lasted just one single game. Ghambir was poor, while big surprise for me was poor form of Y Singh. Quite surprisingly bowling was OK (with exemption of R Ashwin). It is also a pity that England disregard the format by not selecting their best bowlers. Playing Dernbach in 4 games was a joke - not fair to India - who send their best team in any format.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 28, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: Nice to see you back. I really missed you esp on the NZ-SA forum where I thought you would sing many a songs about your HOME team of New Zealand who have just beaten SA in SA. But guess what? You never commented there - except one half-hearted one which was more about India than NZ-SA.

    Anyways, the reason why India can't win a test vs Aus in England is cos they never play Aus in Eng - got it? It is that simple. You are using this as proof or your real team's superiority? Take a big LOL from me for this. Tomorrow you will say that Ind can never even dream of beating Eng in UAE and it shows how great Pak is. You are running out of arguments and are now desperate to show your real team in some good light vs India.

    Btw, Pak are 0-3, 0-3 & 0-3 vs Aus in Aus in the last 3 series. That's 0-9. In fact they lost 0-3 in SL/UAE too vs Aus. Their LS were 72/72 and 53. Is this team worthy of playing tests?

    Remember the team that won last Asia Cup was humiliated by India's batsmen?

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | January 28, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    No.1 does not count, really. Performances by the Indian team in the recent past has been inconsistent, Period. Actually that would apply to quite a few other teams as well. Regarding the SA team missing Amla and co., that is a moot point. It is a team game. I hope India becomes better in batting abroad, SA tour and the future overseas tours would be interesting to say the least. I expect them to lose, but hopefully they do better than the pathetic shows in Eng and Aus.

  • POSTED BY BragBoy on | January 28, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Well, players and the cricket fans need to slightly decouple themselves from the ranking system. If you see India in the recent past, they have performed poorly with severe losses in the Test against Aus, Eng (twice). Moreover, according to the ranking criteria India are only "just" above England and the fact that they have no ODI games to play till April will definitely improve the chances to fall from that position. Ranking does not matter, what matters is how the team is going to perform versus the home series versus Aussies and the important away series in SAF. In my humble opinion, the only two teams who were No.1 by a great margin and over a great period of time were West Indies and Australia. Every other time only lived there for a short period or were highly intermittent in raising up and falling down.

  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | January 28, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    The fact that India and England are No. 1+ 2 in ODIs is rather because of South Africa's dismal showing against New Zealand than India or England being competative against each other ... The fact that South Africa didn't have Amla and De Villiers rated 1+2 at their disposal didn't mean that the number 8 ranked side would run over them like a steam train ... but for a last ball 6 ... England and India were also lucky that Sri lanka and Australia were on even terms ... in their series ... Australia also having their share of problems ... but having said all that World Cricket is in a transition phase all round ... Australia lost McGrath, Warne, Hayden, Ponting ... India lost Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman ... Sri Lanka ... Vaas & Murali ... So there will be a tussle for some time for number 1 amongst the top 6 sides ... India seem to have the best in Kohli as a prolific youngster ...

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    India may be #1 in ODI, its immediate prospects look bleak. In Home ground India won 3-2 against a 2nd string bowling attack. England were without Swann, Broad and Anderson. India lost to Pakistan at Home and could have been a 0-3 loss if Pakistan had not 'given away" third ODI to placate India. Umpiring was mediocre at best. If there had been UDRS, India would not have won the series against the English Team. In near future, Indian team will be relegated to mediocrity.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | January 28, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    I don't know what Ms. Dhoni is talking about Gambhir's good performance in some last matches. His last 10 innins are follow: 24 , 10, 33, 8, 52, 15, 11, 8, 21, 43, and most of them are below 70 strike rate. The bottom line is Gauti the goat got captain's back. Now no matter how bad he would play, he would be shown up in at-least next few years.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | January 28, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @ KiwiRocker- Funny to see that you are so ingnorant in the case of Indian wins overseas. India won a test series in England 1-0 series before this and beat Australia in 2nd test before that last series. Also beat SA in SA and leveled the series which Pakistan can't even imagine. India is the only team beat Australia back to back finals in VB series final. If you donot know these facts that's a shame for you.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | January 28, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    CandidIndian : Last decade is over mate. India is ALSO the only Asian team to lose 8-0 in England and Australia. Pakistan and SL did not suffer such humiliation. Actually as a matter of fact Pakistan won two tests on their tour of England in 2010 ( one against OZ other against England). This is a feat that India has not managed in last 26 years. Stop living in past and start judging teams on recent performances. If you want to see the entire cricket history, Australia has highest winning ratio followed by SA and Pakistan. Talking about India's ODI performances, Pakistan just brown washed them and their face saving win in 3rd ODI was thanks to an Indian umpire. India was booted out of regional Asia cup and India was not even in final of tri series! The last decade is over mate. Welcome to Year 2013 where India has no bowlers( fast or spin), and Gods and walls have disappeared! You think Dhoni who scored 13 runs against Pak will save india or Yuvraj who scored less than 100 against poms!

  • POSTED BY Badgerofdoom on | January 28, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    @RodStark The rankings may be a points based system but on the other hand teams are under no obligation to play an equal number of games home and away. Just taking Eng Vs India as an example since the last 5 match series in England (Eng won 3-0) we have played 10 matches in India (India won 8-2 in total). Each team clearly has the advantage in home conditions but because twice as many games were played in India the overall score is 8-5 to India. For these reasons I think the ODI rankings are not so important, they just give us something to talk about while waiting for the CT and World Cup. I don't dispute India being at no.1 in the rankings but just think that them being world cup holders is more important.

  • POSTED BY rshn on | January 28, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    scarped??? I thought India won the series and beat the number 1 ranked team to win back the number one status.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | January 28, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Well India is the only Asian team in last 10 years to win test series in Eng and WI and drawn series in Aus and SA ,also they are only Asian team to beat Aussies in test series twice(whitewash once) even if that happened at home.Well if we see other way round two other big teams from Asia ,that is SL and Pak didnt get whitewashed so badly either.Looking at the kind of temperament and patience Indian youngsters have shown when ball is moving , i wonder which record will India improve,former or latter.Apologies if i sound cynical but repetition of good performances in Aus,SA and Eng ,looks a distant dream for now.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | January 28, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    No 1 Yeah - thats sounds good though I dont know how long that would last as India doesnt have any one day engagements till April 1 and others have. Significantly this has come without Tendulkar so those sheding tears over his retirement and its debilitating affect on Indian team must learn something. The pick and choose Tendulkar who was so much playing for himself and not for team contributed immensely to the mediocre performance of the team. Significantly the team's victory has come against erstwhile no 1 England and with a young attack though at home. So much hoopla has been made of India's loss to England in tests but we forget our current ranking and how seniors like Tendulkar actually being burden on team. So hopefully he would raise his game against aussies and if not would gracefully retire and allow a young India to express itself.

  • POSTED BY realfan on | January 28, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    the only way india going o hold its number1 spot is by dropping ASHWIN, GAMBIR, ROHIT,....and including OJAH, PUJARA ot TIWARY, and Drop yuvraj to number 6........

    and anyway nothing mentioned above are going to happen.... and i find australia series as difficult one for india with ASHWIN in the squad.....

  • POSTED BY wake_up_india on | January 28, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Indian fans need to adjust to the fact that this is a mediocre team as Boycott has rightly remarked. The chances of the team improving dramatically in the foreseeable future appear low as they have a captain, one of the richest men in India as per recent reports, with considerable personal talent but little apparent hunger to win at international encounters. There will be a few victories interspersed by many defeats (like in the old days). Many of the players are quite talented but lack motivation as the goose laying the golden eggs is IPL, a low-cricketing-quality carnival that has become the opium of the Indian masses. Indian cricket is entering a new phase, where playing for the national team is insufficient motivation to bring out the best in a player. This is compounded by selection practices riddled with politics. All very Indian.

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | January 28, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Congrats to India once again for No. 1 ranking.....But there are few things to say like MSD is not a good selector of match winners when we compare him to Saurav Ganguly, although MSD had won the T20 & ODI World titles he never picked good match winners on almost all conditions...All we knows he is developing careers of Rohit Sharma/Raina/Jadeja/Ashwin/Ishant Sharma while Dada had flourished careers of Sehwag/Laxman/Agarkar/bhajji/Zaheer/Yuvraj/MSD...further MSD had hurdled careers of Pragyan Ojha/Pujara/Badrinath/Tiwari & to some extent Kohli in beginning....so I believe Dada was a better man manager....and Dhoni team's success is not so consistent....

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    England had 3 of their first choice bowlers missing and one of their first choice batsmen out for the entire series, so will probably take more out of this in terms of positive - the 4th spot for their bowlers is intensely competitive, which is great. Add back Trott at #3, Eng will have some confidence for the future. Dhoni is a phenomenal ODI player, and Raina was a stand out throughout with 4 50s in 5 games. But Bell scored the only ton for either side. KP was relatively quiet.

  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | January 28, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    @Harmony111, let me just jog your memory a little bit. BD recently beat WI convincingly in an ODI series. And the last time they played India, this might be a little painful for you to swallow, BD beat them convincingly. In fact, in the same series they also beat SL (who accepted their defeat much more sportsmanlike that IND). They also came very close to beat PAK the ultimate Asia Cup winners. IND is still the stronger team, but I bet every time BD play IND there is alwasy a 40-60 chance of beating them, and they will be happy to take those prospects any day.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | January 27, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    This series has been of series of finds for both India and England - well, India find in Jadeja as an genuine all rounder and the ability of Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Ishant bowling well on helpful wickets. It also has given a hint on Gambhir's and Yuvraj's horrible future and growing of India as a an exellent fielding unit except for the bowlers...... England on the other hand take back a solid opener in Ian Bell, a genuine run accumulator in Joe Root, the ability of Finn and the simplicity of James Tredwell and might discover that Dernbach is just a third class bowler

  • POSTED BY RodStark on | January 27, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    I don't understand why there is so much arguments over which team "deserves" to be ranked #1. I follow college basketball in the US, and every week they have a poll of coaches and journalists to determine who is ranked #1, and quite reasonably, there is a lot of non-pointless debate about it. But the cricket rankings are set by a pre-determined points system, so where is there room for argument?

    On the other hand, if you're just arguing about which is the best team, then fair enough. But it's silly to dispute the rankings (unless of course you'd prefer a different system where your own team's wins counted double)!

  • POSTED BY themightyfenoughtys on | January 27, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Watch out for India's away tours becoming shorter and shorter. They're guaranteed so much money for every match played at homeand the more home games the more favors to their voters in the state associations. The more wins, the less criticism. All you'll see is the token triangular featuring the reserves in West Indies or Sri Lanka whenever an ICC vote is needed. What's the incentive to play an away tour in New Zealand or even Pakistan - no extra income, just the potential of an embarrassing defeat.

  • POSTED BY CaliforniaMysterySpinner on | January 27, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    M.S. Dhoni is the master of excuses.

    The reality is, Ashwin should be dropped for either Shabazz Nadeem (strongest domestic spin bowler this season) or Ohja. In bowling, I actually do not have that much faith in Shami Ahmed or Ishant Sharma. However, when Irfan is healthy, he should take the spot of one of those two. A returning Umesh Yadav may also take the other's place.

    In batting, India desperately needs Che Pujara to get a chance. Rohit, Gambhir, and Yuvraj (especially since he will not be used as a bowler) all are too inconsistent to be part of a stable XI. In their place, Pujara, Manoj Tiwary should be regulars and regular openers like Dhawan and M Vijay should be given a chance for the second opener's spot.

  • POSTED BY knight_in_cricket_gear on | January 27, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    @Lahori92 & 21tu, maybe we should. After all beating Eng (2nd ranked side who whitewashed Pak ODI side in the UAE) and Sri Lanka (away) and two games vs Australia (away) in the last one year werent enough. Pak managed to win two out three very very close matches in India and congratulations to them for that but that doesnt make them world beaters or us minnows.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 27, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    @Shan156: This Ind team has been giving us some shocks so one never knows. In 2011, I had thought Ind might win vs Eng 1-0 or lose 0-1 or 2-1 or draw 1-1 but had never thought they will lose it 0-4. Then when Ind Aus I thought Ind will at most lose it by 0-1 or win it by 2-0/1-0 but we again lost by 0-4 and when Eng came to Ind I thought a 4-0 revenge will be diff cos Ind wickets won't let 20 wickets fall all the time but I thought Ah at least this time Ind will win 2-0 or 3-0 but we lost there too. So even though Aus do look very weak this time, perhaps weakest in all these 4 series but one never knows. Monty till now had a rather snorkeling kind of career but he really turned it figuratively and literally. And Aus have so little talent in spinners that I've no idea who is how good. With RP/MH gone Aus are very weak but with India one never knows. We are known to be LBH/debutant/rookie friendly.

    Ind shud win vs Aus but I've felt the same in 2011 and 2012 too.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | January 27, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    MSD missed a trick by not playing Pujara. Why is he so reluctant to change his team even when it's clear that some players are not pulling their weight?? This dead ruber was a perfect time to try Pujara and Mishra. The Indian Selectors fumbled by not replacing Gambhir and Ishant with Dhawan and Ishwar Pandey for the last 2 ODIs. A meaningless series is the perfect time to give some experience to youngsters. BCCI needs to learn from Australia and England on how to manage resources.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | January 27, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Dhoni is the best ODI player in the world right now. But he should consider stepping down from test matches, where bowlers are able to exploit his technical flaws. Saha, Karthik, Patel, Gowtham, etc can do a better job in tests. But the problem is, who will captain the test side?? Pujara and Kohli have not yet solidified their places in the test team. Sehwag and Gambhir are walking wickets, and Zaheer Khan is not even in the team anymore.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 27, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    @Shan156: On a brighter side of this mixed record of all teams, this CT may be the most open of all cos nearly every team can beat everyone else, even BD but it will also be the last. Hope it turns out to be memorable and the matches are rocking.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | January 27, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    @Harmony111,

    "I didn't say JA had come in 2011."

    Fair enough. Anyway, the series result may or may not have been very different had Anderson/Swann or Zaheer/Harbhajan played. It is irrelevant to talk about missing players and "what ifs". On the same note, it is irrelevant to talk about how the result would have been 4-1 or 5-0 in favor of India had Ishant Sharma given away less runs in the 1st ODI or had India taken the dead rubber game in Dharamsala seriously. What matters is that India won 3-2 and deserved it.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | January 27, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    btw, @Harmony111, all the best to India in the Aus. series. Hopefully, your boys will thump the Aussies and keep fans like @RandyOZ quiet for a while:-) I don't think Aussies have the personnel to win in India. Ashwin and Ojha must be licking their lips at the prospect of bowling to Warner, Hughes, et al (that is, provided they survive the new ball:-)) The Aussie pace attack is good but let's see if they are fit enough to play the whole series.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | January 27, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    @Harmony111, neither India nor England are minnows. If we really are, then pretty much everyone else is since we are the top ranked teams according to ICC. I agree that India deserves their #1 ranking. They beat top ranked Eng. and also SL 4-1 in SL and, more than anything else, the world cup. Those who don't accept it really don't know what they are talking about or they are bitter.

    Re: our ODI health, I am not too worried. We weren't expected to win a single game in India, such as been our record in the country since 2005. However, we have done pretty well everywhere else (of course, I wouldn't read too much into the 1-6 thumping at the hands of the Aussies after the Ashes. The test win was so huge for Eng. that I don't think there was enough interest in the ODI series that followed. Not an excuse though, Aus. fully deserved the win). I expect us to do well in the CT.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | January 27, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Dhoni got rid of sehwag we still have opening issue not resolved. Dhoni can win in ODI even overseas. He has that skill of managing ODI because his contribution in ODI is huge. But his contribution in TEST is zero and 50% in T20 with 100 strike rate

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 27, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    @Shan156: I didn't say JA had come in 2011. I said in the prev tours i.e either JA or GS or both had come in one or more of the prev tours. I had checked the past series before I made that comment.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 27, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    @Shan156: What do I do? Ppl here are saying that the current WC and #1 ODI team is a minnow or doesn't deserve either the #1 rank or the title. Their logic is that Ind don't win away from home. Well, but show me which team did? Eng lost to Aus 1-6 in Aus, Aus lost to Eng 0-4 in Eng, SA lost to Eng I guess in Eng, SA won vs NZ in NZ but lost to NZ 1-2 in SA, Pak lost to Eng 0-4 At Home*, Ind lost to Eng 0-3 but won 5-0 & 3-2 in Ind, SL lost to Ind 1-4 even in SL and cud only draw 2-2 with Aus in Aus. And BD never really win much, their summers are rarer than Dinda's yorkers.

    So in such a mixed state of affairs, if the reigning WC+#1 team is a minnow, isn't everyone is?

    And as for Eng's ODI health, one should get serious about it. Ind won it 3-2 and were 3-1 up + it could have been 4-0 but for some runs here or there. That Ind could do that much even though they are not at their peak shows Eng needs a lot of work. Save BD, all else will fancy their chances vs Eng as of now.

  • POSTED BY Lahori92 on | January 27, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    WOW, india number 1 again, by playing all their games at home. Just like the when their test side became number 1 team by playing at home most of the time, we all know what happens when they travel abroad.

  • POSTED BY 21tu on | January 27, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    if India needs to retain No;1 spot in one dayrs,why dont you fix some matches with Zimbabwe,Bangaladesh and Kenya.So you can enjoy being No;1 for 2013.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | January 27, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    @Harmony111, re: your comment to Front-Foot-Lunge, some of what you write makes sense but what you forget is that Eng. also beat Ind. 3-0 at home. And, no, JA didn't tour India in 2011. But, that is irrelevant. I accept that India are a better ODI side than Eng. atm but what I don't understand is why would you call Eng. a minnow ODI side? They did play like minnows in 2 out of the 5 games this series but they also won 2 games. And, you don't judge a side just by their record in India. Since the world cup, England's record is pretty good. The only top team they didn't beat in that period was SA (and they drew that series).

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | January 27, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    @EnglishCricket, Regardless of Ind's series win at home, we were ranked #1 before the series. India beat a top ranked team and hence got more points. It looks fine to me. India deserve their #1 ranking like Eng. did theirs. Let's accept defeat gracefully and let's hope that our team does well in the upcoming CT.

  • POSTED BY whoster on | January 27, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    It does make me laugh seeing all the nationalistic comments below. The fact is that no team is dominant in ODI's - and all teams are beatable. I'm not complaining about India holding the no.1 rank - and they certainly shouldn't be criticized just because they're not dominating like Australia did a few years ago. From an England point of view, it was disappointing to lose the three middle matches, but with a few youngsters being tried out, it should be a step in the right direction. I'm all for Tredwell partnering Swann in future - that'd be England's big bowling weapon. Was really impressed with Joe Root too; both in this series, and in his single Test appearance. With Steven Finn continuing to enhance his repuation as well, we shouldn't be too despondant. An ODI series in India is always a huge challenge, and there were certainly a few plus points.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | January 27, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Is it the same team which Pakistan just beat ? Blown away by an inexperienced fast bowler, Junaid, and they are the number one team in the world, ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | January 27, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    @Harmony111, Frankly, that was a silly comment and didn't expect it to come from you. Eng. are minnows? Really? Let's look at our record since the wc, beat SL 3-2 and Ind. 3-0 at home, lost 0-5 to Ind. away, beat Pak. 4-0 in the UAE, beat Aus. 4-0 and drew with SA 2-2 at home, and lost to India 2-3 away. We are just 0.2 rating points behind #1 India. So, if we are minnows, then everyone else must be minnows too, surely? SA just lost 2 games to NZ at home and have not won anything significant since the WC. So, going by your logic, SA must be minnows too. And re: Eng's dead rubber win, you must be really bitter that Ind. lost. A win is a win. India deserved to win the series and England played well to win the final ODI. Give credit where it is due.

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | January 27, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    woohooo.. number 1 in ODIs.. Sook on it england. Oh btw lets arrange some ODIs with SL, Zim, NZ to hold onto the number 1 ranking. Oh heck, NZL beat SAffers, SL gave tough time to Aus so maybe its only zim left..bring them on guys :P

  • POSTED BY FurqanKhan on | January 27, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Jadeja shud hav been the player of the series for gr8 bowling, batting and fieldingg...wht else u need to do...no doubt raina also had a gr8 series.. but jadeja to me is the man who made the difference with his bowling and also with crucial late order turn around in 2nd match with dhoni...he bowled england middle order awayyy and gave a gr8 assurity at the end of every inningss...eeven in today's match, his performance was of note..!!!

  • POSTED BY Tlotoxl on | January 27, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    @Ricky_Ponting: did Dhoni just say that? what planet was he on?!?!?!?! 2-1 really flattered India and as for this series they could only just beat what is effectively an England B team with no Trott, Broad, Anderson and Swann and he is trying to say that is some kind of achievement!!!! India should have been ashamed of anything less than 5-0 India did win the world cup so being at No 1 is probably correct but they are on a massively steep downward trajectory IMHO.

  • POSTED BY bhaloniaz on | January 27, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    There is no doubt this India team would be good. Their bats are maturing. Kumars, Sharma, Shami are bowling well. I still their number 1 ranking is premature. England is figuring out their team. With DRS cook would not be out dubiously so many times. With Woakes and Bresnan England should play Briggs in place of Root. They have enough (though somewhat slow) batting in Cook, Bell, KP, Morgan, Patel, Butlar/Roots/Kiewis, Woakes and Bresnan.

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | January 27, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Whoever said ODIs are a dyeing format need to take a look at themselves in the mirror, ODI is what generates the most interest in Cricket. If there is a dyeing format then its Test Cricket I'm afraid.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 27, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: Tell me this. How does it matter what Eng have done in Tests when the context is ODIs? Each time an Eng fan uses their Test record to somehow make their ODI record palatable it sounds like a horrible excuse of a man who has been badly mauled in a boxing duel but keeps saying that he can run a mile in 3 minutes. He may be saying the truth there but it doesn't alter the fact that he did get badly beaten in the boxing match. Either he shouldn't have entered the ring or should now gracefully accept that while he may be good at something else he is not all that good in Boxing - esp vs the man who won the duel.

    FYI, India too had 3 youngsters: Bhuvnesh/Shami/Rahane. Eng missed SB, Ind missed Yadav and for the nth time let me remind you that when JA & Swann did come for the past tours, Eng had still lost 0-5, 0-5, 1-5 in 11, 08 & 06. So what's your point? Youngsters? Barring Root which youngster played? Tredwell is 30+ btw.

    Eng lost 2-3 and yet "as good as them"? Wow.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    My suggestion to those who doubts or makes fun of India's ranking in ODI to check the stats in Cricinfo. against Eng, SL, WI, Pak we have won more matches than lost. Against SA, our recent record is poor and against Aus we have done not good.

    But at the same time, SA just lost their recent ODI series against very lowly ranked NZ and Australia just scrapped to tie the series against SL.

    The ranking is definitely a fair reflection of how the teams are faring in the last couple of years. Unlike 80s WI and 2000s Aus, no team is nowadays 100% consistent. Within that inconsistent nature, India is doing better than other top teams, hence we are no. 1 for the moment.

    India win - loss stats against all major teams in both home and away since Jan 2011:

    vs Eng - won 8 lost 5 out of 15. Vs SL - won 8, lost 2 out of 11. vs Pak - won 3, lost 2 out of 5. Vs WI - won 8, lost 3 out of 11 vs SA - won 2, lost 4 out of 6 Vs Aus - won 2, lost 3 out of

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 27, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Not even going to get involved in the debate of who should be number 1 or respond to various moronic rants. India deserve their ranking even if they are not a GREAT side. The fact is that although they lost to Pakistan they have just beaten previous number 1 side England and prior to Pak a big win in SL. Some say Eng's ranking was a joke and while it certainly flattered us we did come away from UAE with a 4-0 win and I'm not sure how many sides would do that. Not to mention the 4-0 win over (the then number 1 side) Australia who many say are more deserving of the top ranking. Even SA have just lost a home series vs NZ , so every team has been inconsistent over the last 12-18 months and a number of fans can say we should be number 1 because or you shouldn't be number 1 because.....

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | January 27, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    @Harmony111, Knowing just what a gulf lies between England and India in test cricket must hurt a bit. Coupled with the fact that you got thrashed in your own back yard - now that must be difficult. Face it, England's youngsters showed they are as good as India's 'A' team, and what a damning statement of Indian cricket that is. True cricket fans recognize how Test Cricket is the Ultimate form of the game, as opposed to the popcorn cricket which is all India and yourself have got to talk about. A Great Big LOL at your delusion.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | January 27, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    @Ricky_Ponting, Dhoni was making a very clever point. The test series was not close (Eng won convincingly) nor was the ODI serier (India won convincingly). Each team had on;ly one more win than the other, but in each case it was clear which one was the better team.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 27, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Either some of the Eng fans are in denial or do not realize but the fact is that their team is a real minnow in ODIs. Their record in Aus and Ind is pathetic and even at home they are nothing great. Eng should realize that while a Test player may struggle on T20s or vice versa, most players who do well in ODIs are capable of doing well in either T20s or Tests as per their abilities. Thus ODIs are an apt format to see the versatility of a player. Eng would be unable to build a pool pf players if it keeps giving little imp to ODIs. It will either end up with too many Test-only players or T20 players. If they want it that way then fine but if they have an iota of foresight then they will start giving due attention to ODIs from now on.

    Ind still are not in their top form and yet won this series 3-1 and only lost the dead match when all interest was gone. And this wasn't even our best team, imagine the margin if Ind were even 20% better.

    Jealous Eng fans, pls calm down.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | January 27, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    So once again the typial Ind bashing starts huh? The ranking system was all fine when Eng were #1 or when SA were #1 even though none of them ever has won a WC. Ind won the WC twice, once at home but once away too yet ppl here have issues with Ind's #1 rank. Jealousy?

    As for some ppl saying that Eng should be the #1 team cos Ind can't win away for home - BIG BIG LOL from me to them. Eng? Of all teams? Do Eng EVER win away from home? Didn't Eng lost 1-6 to Aus? Haven't Eng lost 0-5, 0-5, 1-5 in India? Didn't Eng lose to even BD and Ireland in the most imp tournament of ODIs?

    Then will someone tell me on what basis do Eng even lay a claim to being #1?

  • POSTED BY NCP1 on | January 27, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    India is #1 by virtue of winning last world cup in India. This point system is a joke. To be real #1 champion you need to have settled team like WI and AUS in the past and win most of the games. India can not win against any good side, the Indian side is really not settled as it was under Ganguly around 2003 time. there are few good sides around the world now, no clear champion side. Dhoni needs to be impartial and get the best guys in the team, he seems to be playing politics right now may be for his own good but not the team India.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | January 27, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge ... sour grapes eh? India beat England convincingly in 3 matches and narrowly lost the first match. This was a pure toss driven win for England. India is #1 in ODIs... that is a cold hard fact. But, it's okay for Eng fans to be in denial if they can't live with that fact. While you have your legs up relaxing, is the Eng test team #1? I didn't think so. In denial yet again? On another note, terrible blunder that Dhoni didn't play Pujara in this venue.

  • POSTED BY Ricky_Ponting on | January 27, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    "Series was as close as the Test series" - MS Dhoni, lol. Was the test series really close or is Dhoni living in the fairytale world where eveything starts and ends in optimism.

  • POSTED BY GerrardLK on | January 27, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    They say Cricket is a funny game & yes it is when you have a minnow team like India holding the no.1 ranking. After all now top teams like Saf, Aus & Poms don't take any interest in ODIs whilst Indian fans gloating about their team's achievement in this dying format. Test cricket is the ultimate game where India is just slightly above Bangladesh. What I mean is they're minnows in real cricket.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | January 27, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    These ranking systems are a joke. India beat us 3-2 not 4-1 or 5-0 and they won the series at HOME but still they are top is beyond my belief. Everyone knows India are minnows when they play away so definitely not 1 in the world totally agree with Mr.All_Way I personally feel it should be England on top.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 27, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    It is obvious to any Cricketer that the A.M. conditions @Dharamsala will be ideal for good & accurate swing bowlers. Dhoni said "But this is a good exposure for younger batsmen how to play when the ball is swinging & seaming". When he benches Pujara, the best equiped Indian batsman to cope with such seaming & swinging conditions, MSD blundered. The batmen need correct footwork & batting technique + sound defensive capabilities. Both Rohit & Kohli are lacking in these. Gambhir keeps poking at the balls outside the off-always. Yuvraj is #6 bat, under such conditions. Considering how ill equiped the top 5 batamen were, even a score 49 for 4 was a great one! Fortunately for India the lower order batsmen Jadeja, Ashwin & Kumar batted well to help Raina carry the side. Only Raina was getting behind the ball & looked good, from top 5. India badly needs Pujara to fill the void @#3 + 2 solid openers. Rohit is NOT an opener.Get Dhawan & Mukund to open.Sandeep Sharma was ideal swing bowler here.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | January 27, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    The fact that England's youngsters could challenge India, and that being all some fans (gsingh7) have to cheer about, speaks volumes. India were thrashed in the test series, and only no-DRS limited the damage further, and enabled them to win this ODI series. What a joke, England's U-19 'G' team challenges India and India go number 1. England's test team must be putting their feet up right now and laughing at this. lol

  • POSTED BY Wexfordwonder on | January 27, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    There does not seem to be any clear leader in ODIs. India are ranked No1 but everyone knows that they will lose (did lose) away from home. England only managed to draw the series vs SA last year. We await a clear leader in this field. SA are the clear test leaders, Sri Lanka seem to be the T20 leaders, but ODI is still looking for a nation to stand up and make it their own.

  • POSTED BY ygkd on | January 27, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    I don't understand how India are number one in anything except some lazy bowling, even lazier batting and some very, very lazy fielding. Don't get me wrong, there is some ability there and I want to see a strong India when Australia next tour - if they can beat our less-than-impressive team, good on them. Maybe they should play in Dharamsala - it'd have to be a decent home-ground advantage. Should have watched it. A Bell hundred is always worth watching.

  • POSTED BY Desiboi80 on | January 27, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    @All_The_Way, you meant to say they weren't no. 1 because of "Quality" and not "Quantity" and you would have been wrong even then because they sure have won some good games against quality oppositions during the past few years in One-Day games. Your logic that they are no.1 because they have played more games than anyone else is flawed, because playing more game does not guarantee that you be no 1. In fact it makes it harder because you have to win more games to stay a top.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    @All_The_Way; the ratings are based on simple averages total points/no. of matches. so it is a level playing field. more number of matches "quantity" isnt going to help them until they gain more points each match. Simple maths ":D"

  • POSTED BY Mr.pPp on | January 27, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    couldn't find dhoni in the photograph

  • POSTED BY fifer on | January 27, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @All_The_Way LOL Everything Including No. of matches is also considered while rating a team kiddo ;P

  • POSTED BY ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on | January 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Congratz ! from Sri Lanka...SL in t20's, Ind in ODI's,hope pakistan will grab top position in tests after SA tour.:) ASIA ROCKSss......

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | January 27, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    A curious series. England totally AWOL in matches 2-4. India in the first and last. Both sides will take positives out of the series, but neither covered themself in glory.

  • POSTED BY tententen on | January 27, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    india deserve to be no.1 as its the only format where they still look like a team

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | January 27, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Dhoni showed that he still doesn't understand the limitations of his batting line-up. There was bound to be seam and swing and it would have been the right place to play Pujara. Either Rohit, Gambhir or Yuvraj could have been rested. Moreover, the series was already won. Now Pujara doesn't get a game neither does he gets to play for Saurashtra. What a waste!

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | January 27, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    congrats india now keep it up and be top of world cricket for years to come

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | January 27, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    They got there because they played far too many matches than anybody else. Maybe be number 1 on table but really they're not because of the 'quantity' :D

  • POSTED BY Jay.Raj on | January 27, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    india dont deserve to be number one

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | January 27, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Ashwin can try be a left arm spinner now that's a good variation. anyway Ashwin doesn't turn the ball so why does he need variations?.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | January 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Congrats India great series victory and a deserved No 1 ranking......

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | January 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Congrats India great series victory and a deserved No 1 ranking......

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | January 27, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Ashwin can try be a left arm spinner now that's a good variation. anyway Ashwin doesn't turn the ball so why does he need variations?.

  • POSTED BY Jay.Raj on | January 27, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    india dont deserve to be number one

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | January 27, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    They got there because they played far too many matches than anybody else. Maybe be number 1 on table but really they're not because of the 'quantity' :D

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | January 27, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    congrats india now keep it up and be top of world cricket for years to come

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | January 27, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Dhoni showed that he still doesn't understand the limitations of his batting line-up. There was bound to be seam and swing and it would have been the right place to play Pujara. Either Rohit, Gambhir or Yuvraj could have been rested. Moreover, the series was already won. Now Pujara doesn't get a game neither does he gets to play for Saurashtra. What a waste!

  • POSTED BY tententen on | January 27, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    india deserve to be no.1 as its the only format where they still look like a team

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | January 27, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    A curious series. England totally AWOL in matches 2-4. India in the first and last. Both sides will take positives out of the series, but neither covered themself in glory.

  • POSTED BY ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on | January 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Congratz ! from Sri Lanka...SL in t20's, Ind in ODI's,hope pakistan will grab top position in tests after SA tour.:) ASIA ROCKSss......

  • POSTED BY fifer on | January 27, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @All_The_Way LOL Everything Including No. of matches is also considered while rating a team kiddo ;P