India v New Zealand, 2nd T20, Chennai

Weather a worry in deciding India-New Zealand T20

The Preview by Kanishkaa Balachandran

September 10, 2012

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Match facts

September 11, 2012
Start time 1900 local (1330 GMT)

Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have a chat at practice, Chennai, September 10, 2012
Will the rain play spoilsport to much-anticipated comebacks once again? © Associated Press
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A phrase that has found its way into cricket jargon of late is "controlling the controllables". One thing neither team, the fans or the organisers have been able to control is the rain. It has been an unwelcome visitor is all three matches on the tour so far, more so in Visakhapatnam, where thousands made their way to witness the city's first Twenty20 international and Yuvraj Singh's comeback from cancer. Southern India has been hit by showers over the last few weeks, and the venue for the final T20, Chennai, has had its share of rain too. The weather has reduced the Twenty20 series to a one-match shoot-out. Both teams will agree that even a completed T20, without interruptions, won't count as sufficient match practice ahead of the World T20. Much then would depend on the two warm-up games in Sri Lanka before the big event.

One player who will be itching to get out there is Yuvraj. Ideally, he would like to stage his comeback in India and, possibly, put an end to all murmurs regarding his match fitness. Spare a thought for the Twenty20 specialists who have flown in from New Zealand for what is effectively a one-match series. Daniel Vettori, for all his experience, needs match time to ease himself back in from a groin injury. New Zealand would want to play their best side, but that would mean their relatively inexperienced players, like Ronnie Hira and Adam Milne, may not be guaranteed a spot. India have tried out three different opening combinations in their last three T20 matches, with Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa partnering Gautam Gambhir in two of those games. They are expected to go with their regular pair of Gambhir and Virender Sehwag here, and both are struggling for consistency.

Form guide (Completed matches, most recent first)

New Zealand LLLLW

Watch out for

He may have slipped slightly as a wicket-taker in Tests, but Daniel Vettori has plenty to offer in T20s as a containing bowler, as his economy rate of 5.36 in 28 T20s indicates. With Jacob Oram, who kept batsmen quiet in the SLPL with an economy rate of 3.82, Vettori will be called on to squeeze the runs.

R Ashwin tormented New Zealand with 18 wickets in two Tests, and those who have faced him in the IPL will be aware of his skills in the shortest format. In 23 matches for Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Ashwin has 27 wickets, the second-highest wicket-taker for the franchise at the ground over three seasons.

Team news

L Balaji showed up for the pre-match press conference, but was non-committal over the team combination or whether he would play.

India (probable): 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ashok Dinda

New Zealand did not drop any hints regarding their playing XI either.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Brendon McCullum (wk), 3 Ross Taylor (capt), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Rob Nicol, 6 Jacob Oram, 7 Daniel Vettori, 8 James Franklin, 9 Doug Bracewell, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Kyle Mills

Pitch and conditions

There have been showers in Chennai late in the evenings. India managed to practice, but it reportedly rained after 4pm on the eve of the game. The forecast is for cloudy weather on match day.

Stats and trivia

  • The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai will be hosting its first Twenty20 international.
  • Chennai had its share of high-scoring games during the 2012 IPL, with a season run-rate of 8.01. Super Kings' 222 for 5 against Delhi Daredevils in Chennai was the highest team score for the tournament.
  • In the 2012 IPL, spinners accounted for 33 wickets in Chennai, second only behind Eden Gardens (34).


    "We're quite strong in the spin department, as well, in the current T20 setup. If you look at the experience we have got and the destructiveness we have with bat and ball, it [the shorter format of the game] does suit us."
    Brendon McCullum says New Zealand have the skills to perform better in T20s

    "The long lay-off did not rust my skills in any way. It has been a competitive three years in the IPL and Ranji Trophy, as well as some other first-class matches."
    L Balaji says he is ready to make a comeback to international cricket

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Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Lolz INDIAN`s They never won even Single T20 ever against Newzealand ..... Hahahahaha!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Dhoni has just Lost us the Match !!!! What was Dhoni doing can someone answer me Plz. I am struggling to find a reason for his slow batting !!!!

Posted by kumar692 on (September 11, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

I don't see any point in playing 7 pure batsman in a T20 match. If you see India's past records in T20, they have won more matches playing with 5 genuine bowlers eg. 1st T20 world which they won. After that its been huge disappointment in T20 world cup's. You have irfan pathan at no.7 who is more than capable in batting and hitting big sixes.....Please somebody tell this to Mr.Dhoni....

Posted by true494 on (September 11, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

@krishheturi why don't we give more chances to other wicket-keepers(Backup for Dhoni), we have lot of talented WC. Dinesh karthick is better than Dhoni in test matches. How many test matches saved by Dhoni, i think we can findout on fingures. He is also not great in behind stumps in test matches. As a captain also he is having worst record. See his stats outside india. If you consider talent/class Badrinath is 100 times better than Dhoni.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Agree with "andrew27994". RG is a special talent. Of the current crop of the Indian batters, none plays the short ball as easy looking as Rohit. He is one of the most elegant right handers batsman. No wonder why Sachine and others have shown their faith in him. He just needs few good innings to gain his confidence and he will be a regular in all three forms of the game.

Posted by V.Jammy on (September 11, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

How come Rohit Sharma get so many chances instead of much better batsman like Rahane??

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

I think Irfan Pathan should open with Gambhir, this way he can utilize the powerplays without posing any threat to the loss of wicket

Posted by Joby_George on (September 11, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

add one more say...Ind had never beaten NZ in a T20 match

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Let us ready to watch out,what's rohit gonna do......i'm eagerly waiting.....As a fan of him,i hav to support him.......cheer him up guys...!!!!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

No rain in chennai. hope Today v can see yuvi Batting after a long struggle :)

Posted by krishheturi on (September 11, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

@true494 dude dhoni is getting more chances because he is playing for csk if it is the criteria we have badrinath and other players too it is because he is backed by "SRT" you know dhoni took reigns because of "SRT" and rohit too gets his chance because he is also backed up by "SRT" so till "SRT" rules the board with his influence you have to see this fellows in the team

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

india win by 5 wicket. all friend injoy and we are indian family ok my friend

Posted by bobbo2 on (September 11, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

I reckon NZ are a good chance here. We have a good record against india. While we don't have quite the same batting line up our fielding makes up for some of that

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

i thinks India will have to play at their best to beat kiwis. They performance in t20 is much better than india..with jacob oram n vettori back in the team now they have a very well balanced team..

Posted by TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed on (September 11, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Why this projection 'Comeback match for Yuvraj'' & 'This world Cup is dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar'.bla bla.Just play the game and prove yourselves how worthy you are!

Posted by andrew27994 on (September 11, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

I don't support this playing XI of India's. They should substitute Rohit with Harbhajan. I say this because this enables India to play 5 decent bowlers so that takes care of their bowling department. As for the batting department, by playing 3 all- rounders like Ashwin, Pathan and Harbhajan, they have a long tail till No.9 which is more than enough in T20s. In my opinion, it doesn't matter whether the 11th player is Dinda or Balaji because they are both good.

So here is my Playing XI : 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ashok Dinda / Laxmipathy Balaji.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

No rain in Chennai clear sky

Posted by alagu4ever_india4ever on (September 11, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

weather is playing fair today in Chennai..... Hope there wouldn't be any interruptions....

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Hi Friends,

This is Satish from Chennai, its very sunny from morning over here. The max temp recorded 36 degrees, So Mr.hydcric. Today Ind vs NZ definitely gonna play and India gonna win. All the best to Indian team and my favourite Yuvi - Your presence brings great positive energy to our team...

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 11, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

@anand pawanalkar even though i am not a great fan of Rohit, i will pay to watch Rohit than virat kohli when he is in full he needs to get out of that mental block and i want him to be in the test11 in the place of Raina as soon as possible......

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

No rain in forecast. Warm weather. 33 deg C. Partly cloudy.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 11, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

5.30PM local time and 1.5 hrs from start. Positive : Shining brightly.. Negative : So did yesterday but t orain around 6.30. Keeping fingers crossed to get the game started.

Posted by Sujithlal on (September 11, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Is there any Chance of rain in chennai......

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

No rain here in chennai..!! Today v gonna watcha rocking T20 n Return of the champ :)

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Rohit Sharma's problems seem to be arising more from his off filed activities that dont prepare him adequately for a long spell at the crease. Suggest he takes a break from his elbow exercise routine.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

my playing team is gambir,sehwag,kohili,dhoni,yuvi,rohit,raina .harbajan.ashwin.irfan,balaji. khan need rest... balaji not playing international cricket last 3 yeras.balaji need practice thats y he play this match. he is also in wc squad.

Posted by himohan007 on (September 11, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

@hydcric here it is not raining staying 5kms away from ground. Only a slight overcast conditions. Hope that full 40 overs will be bowled. My team would be 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Harbajan Singh, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ashok Dinda/L Balaji

Posted by C_r_i_c_Fan on (September 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

@ hydcric its not raining as of now but it may rain aft 6. this is happenin for the past 2-3 days.... it wud not rain the whole day and will start raining in the eve.

Posted by jagulei on (September 11, 2012, 11:33 GMT)


this is t-20 match between india and nz.

This is not any rank by ceat or ICC.

Why you represent world t-20 xi-

My best t20 team will be 1)warner 2)gayle 3)watson 4)y.singh 5)dhoni (c)wk 6)pollard 7)afridi 8)razzaq 9)narine 10)ajmal 11)gul

I strongly believe - harbhajan should get a chance with 2011 real hero - yuvraj.

balaja also should get a chance.

Man learns so many things from past, I think harbhjan and youvi might get that much knowledge from past. Let them get going.

Go and win india.

Posted by C_r_i_c_Fan on (September 11, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

@ hydcric Its not raining as of now but may rain in the eve aft 6. For the past 2-3 days its happening in the similar way. The whole day it would not rain but will start raining in the eve.

Posted by Sanjeevtiwari on (September 11, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Remove Rohit straight away, Tiwary deserves it and well suited for no 6 position.Tiwary is equally talented compare to Rohit but Rohit has lost his chances and it now chances should be given to Tiwary. My probable team will be 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Manoj Tiwary, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Harbhajan Singh, 11 Ashok Dinda

Posted by senthil25 on (September 11, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Here in Chennai there is no rain we can enjoy the match & UV in the feild...................

Posted by theswami on (September 11, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

The smiling assassin returns. Welcome back Bala

Posted by rohitrainakohli on (September 11, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

@Anand Palwankar i agree with you Rohit played well in t20's and i hope he can do better if he is given a chance in today's match

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

200 run not possible in this weather!!!

Posted by hydcric on (September 11, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

is there raining in chennai, pls let me know, im very eager to know

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

Please request to all cricket lovers............leave alone Rohit Sharma. Let him concentrate enough. Please dont pressurise him. He has everything what an extraordinary cricketer needs. Only the pressure all the time to perform from everywhere is doing adverse effect on him. He is player who hit 50* against SA in debue T20 WC. He has maximum catches on his name than anybody in T20. Coming at no 4 he has over 400 runs against his name at international level. Again and again nonstop pressure only making wrong effect on him. Please leave him alone. I know most of the fans may disagree with me as today so many tallent is waiting to get chance in Indian team. But still. I have faith on Rohit. He will come back strongly. All the best Rohit ! Now only your performance will support you for your place in Indian team. Its now or never for you. You have to come out from bad patch. Take fresh guard. And go Rohot go ! As a pure your fan I am realy eager to see you performing for India.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 10:20 GMT)


What will score ?????? I think 205-300 should be possible

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

They should bring Balaji instead of Dinda. Also they should bring Harbhajan instead of Rohit Sharma

Posted by Shaikhzaid on (September 11, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

india india india india india

Posted by Tijara on (September 11, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Weather affects many matches, therefore it would be nice if CRICINFO could show actual tempearture and humidity values during the game at the top of page. Values for temperature and humidity are available for all cities where international cricket matches are played from "Weather Web Sites".

Posted by Romeo46 on (September 11, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

My best t20 team will be 1)warner 2)gayle 3)watson 4)y.singh 5)dhoni (c)wk 6)pollard 7)afridi 8)razzaq 9)narine 10)ajmal 11)gul

Posted by true494 on (September 11, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

Tiwary/Rohit is better than Dhoni, Still Dhoni is blaming/showing fingers to other players since his failure in 8 testmatches(England and Ausis - his avarage is less than 20). He is not a good test player, why still he is getting place in test matches(May be because of he is in CSK)!!!!!!. This is time for searching another wicket keeper. Even he is not having great form in T20 also. His atrike rate and avg is less than compare to out of form Rohit.

Posted by JUBINJOSE on (September 11, 2012, 8:43 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Harbajan should replace Rohit. he is better than Rohit Batting.

Posted by SamTheKing on (September 11, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Include Bajaji he has good variations. and he's a good T20 Bowler..

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

rain a worry?? its heating like an oven now..

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

balaji is better than dinda and give chance to bhaji also. my team:sehwag,ghambir,kohli,yuvi,raina,rohit,dhoni,irfan,harbu,zaheer,balaji

Posted by Jack_Tka on (September 11, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

As the discussion is moving towards Rohit VS Kohli, I'd say Kohli is anyday better than Rohit in any kind of match, be it T20/ODI/TEST. The guy seems to change his mindset as per the format and situation. BTW, Rohit is talented, but look at the way he was getting out during the recent series. Mentally, he is as fragile as any sportsman can get. KOHLI(Ind) and BAIRSTOW(Eng) are the two upcoming batting talents in WORLD STAGE. They have skill and mental toughness required at the highest level.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 11, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

It has been raining in Chennai for last 3 days in the evening. The overnight rain is not that much to cause trouble today but still, it is raining exactly in same time the match should be starting by around 7PM local time. Keeping fingers crossed that we could get to see the Cancer-beater in action one time before we move on to the T20 WC!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

We shouldn't wonder if we get to see Rohit Sharma in 2030 t20 world cup team too. He consumes maximum 5 balls which i don't think will make much difference to India's result.

Posted by sundoo on (September 11, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

Harbhajan should play in place of Rohit .

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

My best T20 XI: 1. David Warner 2. Shane Watson 3. Virat Kohli 4. Kevin Petersen 5. Yuvraj Singh 6. M S Dhoni (c) (wk) 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Daniel Vettori 9. Morne Morkel 10. Sayed Ajmal 11. Dale Steyn 12th man: Virender Sehwag Coach: Gary Kristen.

Posted by himohan007 on (September 11, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

The funny fact of Nohit Shrama is the people who dislike him accuses Dhoni for persisting with him. The people who likes him also accusing Dhoni for not giving him chances in the right format,right bat order,right pressure-less situation bla bla bla. So Dhoni kick him out the team along with journey menz Yusuf,Sirji,Vinay,Chawla,Vijay the rest of the team will co-op for victoryzzz to come. Do it we are with you.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 11, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

My 11 would be, Viru, Gambhir, Virat, Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina, Irfan, Ashwin, Bhajji, Zaheer, Dinda/Balaji(Dinda as first choice). Why i prefer Balaji is, he can bowl well in middle overs as he had done the same role in almost every season of IPL. Wheereas, Dinda is predominantly a new ball bowler. I would have Bhajji in place of Rohit/any other No.7 as Bhajji can give it a slog at no.8 as good as anyone and on his day can bowl 4 overs. Rest of the lineup picks themselves.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

Please don't include Ashok Dinda in todays 11 members squad, Please select L Balaji.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

my team is sehwag, gambhir, kohli, yuvraj, raina, dhoni, irfan, zaheer, ashwin, harbhajan & dinda

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

i just can't understand one thing why not bcci shifts these 2 t20s to another dryer venues so that both the teams can prepare for t20 worldcup . specially when they know about the weather forecast. i don't think n.zealand will mind shifting venues as they need practice for t20 world cup too & what better place they could get to practice than india if world cup is in srilanka

Posted by nachiketajoshi on (September 11, 2012, 2:01 GMT)

The Form Guide both both teams should have "W" as a last letter for "Washed Out" in the last game :-)

Posted by nyc_missile on (September 10, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

It was amusing to see lazy analysts and Rohit haters speak ill about his Test prospects when the guy hasn't even debuted :) They've resumed it again merely after a couple bad ODI series.Please remember that even if against a lowly WI,he saved the day for Ind against WI both home away last year before going to Oz..And there was some solid,scintillating batting involved.So please cut him some slack and be objective.If ever he needed encouragement and support it's now,otherwise we will be witness to another glorious talent going down the drain like Kambli's of the World.I'm always with Ian Chapell on this that Rohit is any day better than Kohli in terms of Test 'talents' its just that he needs Kohli's will-power and application to make him complete.As for the squad,terrific batting unit with some bowling edge too with Balaji & Dinda in the mix.Not sure why Zak is in T20's in the 1st place.Waste of a slot.

Posted by Temuzin on (September 10, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

Nohit again!!!!!

Gangully is no match to Dhoni's captaincy and has no cup to show. Dhoni has two ( T20 and 50 overs).

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

Why is Rohit playing again after such a bad show? Why isnt Tiwary playing after a good show?

Posted by Rushikey on (September 10, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

VIKUN man, I agree Dhoni is a great captain. but the record which you mentioned about 'Dhoni is the only Indian captain who lead India for 4 T20 worldcups' is foolish. because T20 was not their for previous captains :) lol

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 10, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

India has good batting to score 150+ imost matches. Pakistan ,NZ and England will disintegrate moment they see 150 to be chased. All that is needed is bowling to the stumps and wickets will come. The only sides capable of chasing 150+ are WI ,SL, Aussies and SouthAfricans .My prediction/hope it is WI vs India final. Pakistan and SA will probably be the loosing Semifinalists . An India -Pak semifinal is on cards for sure.

Posted by nikitheboss on (September 10, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

@yoohoo - Sachin was India's top scorer in the 2011 WC. Sehwag was 2nd, followed by Yuvraj who was a close 3rd.

Posted by Nampally on (September 10, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

India's batting is a powerhouse of great hitters. In addition there are 4 lefties & 4 Righties in the top 8 batting line up. Having a lefty & a righty combination will pose a serious challenge for the bowling side to adapt to. This makes it possible for India to keep the strike rotation going during the over. That is the main point that the Indian batsmen must keep in mind. But if it is all 4's & 6's it does not matter about the strike rotation. It is reasonable to expect a total of 225. This should give sufficient score even for the weak Indian bowling to perform well against a relatively weak NZ batting side. Indian bowlers must focus on bowling to the field in an economic manner.ZAK,Irfan, Dinda & Ashwin should be able to bowl at an economy rate of 6 runs/over. Yuvraj, Sehwag, Raina & Rohit can all bowl if needed. But the 4 main bowlers must show up & do their job in curtailing run rate. India should consider including Jadeja & Munaf patel in the squad for world T-20 as back up.

Posted by Secunderabadi on (September 10, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

If you are a bowler and you excel with the bat in the Indian Team, it means you are loosing your bowling abilities and have chances of getting kicked out of Indian Team. examples: Irfan pathan, Harbhajan Singh. Check the stats if you don't believe.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Dhoni will lead in front who ever in team does not matter, India will win if match happen to be held on. Most watch out is Raina and Yuvi

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

We are lucky that the test series wasn't washed out. BCCI should make it a point, not to host any games in India during the monsoon season.

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (September 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

To be honest, I wanted to see Yusuf Pathan and Robin Utthappa in the T20 team. I am not sure about Rohit Sharma. Because his performance in ODI against SL was not at all appreciable. I just wonder whether he played any domestic cricket during the test series? Bowling is major concern for me. I would prefer to include both Bhajji and Ashwin in the team. Both Bhajji and Ashwin they are different kind of off spinners. My preference would be i) G Gambhir ii) V Sehwag iii) V Kohli iv) Y Singh v) M Tiwary (reason is that he can bowl leg spin vi) S Raina vii) M S Dhoni viii) I Pathan ix) H Singh x) R Ashwin xi) Dinda Reason behind I am not including Z Khan in the team bcoz he is very slow in the field and more over Dinda bowls very good yorkers.

Posted by yoohoo on (September 10, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

@PiyushD - How many tournaments have you won as a captain? the logic of luck is looking stupider by the day. Fact is that Ganguly was the luckiest indian captain. He got to play Kenya in the WC semi-final!! and never had to play against South-Africa! He also had Sachin, Sehwag, dravid, zaheer, srinath and harbhajan in peak form, and yet he couldn't win the world cup. Dhoni had only yuvi in peak (sehwag and sachin are not performing, and zaheer was on last leg), and gambhir and raina doing ok. Still he managed to get the WC. That is captaincy. Playing in finals is no joke, unlike over-rated ganguly.

Posted by cricket-india on (September 10, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

looks like NZ's unbeaten record against india in T20s will stay intact for a while now...

Posted by VIKUN on (September 10, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

GREAT ABOUT DHONI!!!: Dhoni is the only CAPTAIN from INDIA leading their side in all FOUR T20 World Cups...... GREAT MS Dhoni.......... Dhoni, we need the same glory of winning the ICC events.........

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 10, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

@indian fans some keep ridiculing Rohiy Sharma - give guy a break. He is talented and only time will tell if he can make comeback. He is A-team material thats for sure.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

This is peak rainy season.. I hope it doesn't rain in Srilanka for World cup.. !!

Posted by svenkat02 on (September 10, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Harbhajan can bat better than Rohit Sharma in his current disastrous form. And Harbhajan is a bowler too which means we can play 5 bowlers without relying on Yuvraj's bowling. When we have three bowlers who can bat and that too in subcontinent conditions (Irfan, Ashwin and Harbhajan), why do we need 7 batsman? I would play Harbhajan for Rohit, and not give any bowling to Yuvraj. If either Harby or Ashwin have a bad day, give Raina or Sehwag some bowl. If the seamers have a bad day, give Kohli a bowl. And we can bat till No.8 with Ashwin being an able batsman even in the recent Australia disaster test series.

Posted by cricket_lover1 on (September 10, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

L Balaji should play in place of Ashok Dhinda...

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

please dont play rohit....he will spoil all the excitement about the match...plz...

Posted by rsurya on (September 10, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Ashok dinda may let us down. There is no one good to replace him. Where is Praveen kumar?

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 14:34 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

no use of rohit sharma,instead of him we can use bhajji as he can bat better

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

TO ROHIT HATERS, he has played 2 times VS Ajmal and co. (including one warmup t20 in 2009) and looked very good. unlike Dhoni who struggled in the other games. he will be important against the off spinners of Pak and even Eng/SA when you see the no. of lefties in Indian lineup. So, Please please please leave him alone. (I am not a Rohit fan , btw.)

Posted by anjanm on (September 10, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Although it seems to be a good contest, I don't understand why team India continues to take out of form players like Gambhir and Rohit. I would place my bets on Ajinkya and Robin Uthappa instead. Good to see Yuvraj coming back to the side. Although, I would question the inclusion of Dinda in the team over Harbhajan Singh...

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (September 10, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

I agree..Chawla is only in team as lucky charm. T20Wc2007, Wc2011, CBseries2008 . He was in all teams but hardly contributed. A better bet would be Yusuf pathan.He also was in those teams that won so he could be lucky charm as well.He would have given same number of runs as Chawla but his batting on his day can turn matches in a couple of overs in Indias favor. However again with Ashwin and probably Bhaji in team ,Chawla or Yusuf would hardly get in playing XI. My XI would be Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Bhajji, Balaji, Ashwin, Zak or Dinda .

Posted by TestOfTime on (September 10, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

@CricketMaan, nothing in this article talks about Piyush chawla, so why are you bringing it up? Is it sad that we are still talking about Rohit Sharma?

Posted by dhoni_sachin_fan on (September 10, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

bet harbhajan will play. he has huge backing from dhoni. no way dhoni is going to pick dinda ahead of him for a match in chennai. i wish balaji plays as the third seamer.

Posted by Aryian007 on (September 10, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

plz tell me No-hit isn't playing...or else i am boycotting this T20 either Manoj, Balaji or give chance to some one else more deserving.....

Posted by PiyushD on (September 10, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

@CricketMaan Dhoni is a lucky man and he belives that luck alone can win him matches , so going for all the luch he can gather.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Well its raining cats and dogs in Chennai!

Posted by wolf777 on (September 10, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

Can't wait to see the 'graceful way' Nohit Sharma gets out…

Posted by raindelay on (September 10, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

why dont they change the timings of start to afternoon 2:00 clock for avoiding rain or even morning 10:00 am

Posted by CHAMP-INDIA on (September 10, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Indian team is looking unbeatable, very strong on the paper, hope they deliver the same on the feild too, all the best Indian team, Yuvi welcome back to the Internation cricket the backbone of indian team is back!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

NOOOOOOOO...........Not Rohit again :'(

Posted by CricketMaan on (September 10, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Chawla the lucky charm in that 2008 CB Series win and 2011 world cup win, otherwise was ordinary in IPL too..Dhoni keeps saying his batting is a plus, but what is the point if he cant take wickets or save runs?? I cant even see Bhajji and Ashwin in the same where does Chawla fit in. Iqbal abdulla could have been a decent pick if they wated variety..poor Rahul Sharma his drug adventure resulted him in sidelines..his confidence and lack of support must have left him shatered, but its a lesson too not to indulge in such practise while playing a sport.

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