Pakistan in India 2012-13 January 5, 2013

Lack of positivity with bat cost India - Ganguly

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India's batsmen's lack of positivity cost them the Kolkata ODI against Pakistan, former India captain Sourav Ganguly believes. Also MS Dhoni's approach with the bat in the match - which India lost by a whopping 85 runs, and with it the series - wasn't right, Ganguly said in a newspaper column.

"The Pakistan spinners were exemplary, but what surprised me was the lack of intent to attack on part of the Indian batting," Ganguly wrote. "They should have played more positively. They came with the mindset that 250 is not a big score, so bat 50 overs and win.

"Though the Pakistan bowlers bowled better in this game than they have done [at any other time] in the series, it is important to play every ball on merit and the Indians just went into their shell. They looked like a batting unit short on confidence."

Pakistan had appeared set for a huge total in the match, after a 141-run opening stand, but India's bowlers managed to limit them to 250. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag made an edgy start but managed to survive, going at about four an over in the first 10. However, just like the previous game, a wicket opened the floodgates and the team was reduced to 95 for 5 in 26 overs.

And, unlike in the first ODI, in Chennai, Dhoni was unable to script a batting recovery. While he remained unbeaten on 54, his runs came at a strike rate of 60.67 and he ran out of partners as India were bowled out with two overs to spare.

It's time, Ganguly said, Dhoni moved up the order. "Dhoni continued to bat lower down; he was the man in form and in such situations [with the team struggling] it's important that the man in form or the captain stands up. He played superbly in Chennai and I still don't understand the reason why he has to bat at 29 for 5 or 70 for 4, rather than going in at 40 for 1. It really baffles me, somebody so gifted under-using his talent."

The final stand between Dhoni and Ishant Sharma lasted eight overs and the captain farmed the strike, but he did not look like launching a last-ditch, final assault at any stage. He blocked out deliveries and seemed to be coaxing Ishant to play with the utmost care. That was not what was required at that point, Ganguly said: "His approach with Ishant for company wasn't right. He should have taken on the Pakistan bowling, as it didn't [make a difference] if India lost in 40th over."

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  • Arrow011 on January 6, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Ganguly is only good in playing politics, Dhoni is a real match winner. Dhoni won the world cup, Ganguly failed 2 world cups. Ganguly fans are cock eyed, cant see the reality. Dhoni only rightly booted out Ganguly & Dravid from ODIs. Dravid was way better thyan Ganguly who scored 3 centuries in 2003 world cup all against minnows Bangaldesh & Zimbabwe.

  • on January 6, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    yes guys u ppl saying right.. if dhoni came to play in opening he cant score atleast 10... thats way he ll not play in opening.....and 1st n 2nd down also.. he knows how to utilize the situation .... first is preferred for seniors and down him from captaincy.. he played wel in previous matches but y?? not neccessary his score ....

  • mathewjohn2176 on January 6, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Posted by rlefti on (January 06 2013, 03:59 AM GMT), relax dude.This is not about dhoni versus ganguly.And people say ganguly built this team ,its a load of crap.Ganguly was a captain of the Indian team which comprised of many batting talents like sachin,dravid,Kumble,harbhajan and laxman.These great players made the Indian team and not only ganguly.Dhoni came in to the scene due to his talent just like kohli playing for india right now.Everyone who are in Indian team due to their talent and not mercy of ganguly.So get this fact correct.And I wonder why ganguly fans have to degrade dhoni achievement as a captain? India won World Cup and was no.1 in test as well If ganguly built this team,what happened to india in 2003 and 2007 World Cup? Give credit where it due.Dhoni keeps wicket and he can't bat up the order and why there are special batsmen in the team when they can't perform as openers? Funny openers can't perform against moving ball and you want wicket keeper to bat for them.sad.

  • on January 6, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    I want to ask a simple question why would you drop jadeja who took three wickets for 41 in last match. To give chances to continuous failures like R Sharma or Sehwag who are batsmen out of playing 11??

  • Arrow011 on January 6, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @Mohd Zamin - What makes you feel Imran & Hafeez as team players? Imran was the one who lifted the world cup in 1992 but never even uttered a thing about his team in his speech. He was only after the hospital he wanted to build, he was for himself. Dhoni has way better qualities & he comes late to give more chances to top order batsmen which to any sane mind is not selfish by any means. It is time Sachin is brought back in the ODI team for India to again crush pakistan.

  • on January 6, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    I hope, now I may get to see India's losing in StarCricket, StarSports HIGHLIGHTS !! Just hoping, It doesn't mean they will show though. :-(

  • on January 6, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Dhoni Waste Dada Best :)

  • Johnny_129 on January 6, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Dhoni's demise as captain has been just as dramatic (if not more) as his rise! He remains the best man for the job but seems to have lost the faith of a lot of Indian fans and, I suspect, a majority of the team. Dhoni has a lot to do in order to restore the lost faith - he can begin by stopping selection favouritism and dropping the likes of Jadeja...how can anyone justify Jadeja's selection is beyond me?? History shows Indian batsman and bowlers don't perform as well in the long run when burdened by captaincy - so it is perhaps a good thing that Dhoni is a wicket-keeper and his batting remains unaffected. Also, I hope all Tendulkar haters realise his value with the current Indian 'star batsmen' exposed by great pace bowling by Pakistan!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Even in today's match also dhoni is fearing to come out bat after India at 40/3....

  • rlefti on January 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    People say dhoni comes late because he has to keep...ok that applies if we are chasing but what about today when we bat first.... dhoni doesn't come up the order especially when it's tough facing the bowling because he knows he will fail ...he bats low because if you lose no one will blame you but if you win all the credit is yours....intelligent guy!!!

  • Arrow011 on January 6, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Ganguly is only good in playing politics, Dhoni is a real match winner. Dhoni won the world cup, Ganguly failed 2 world cups. Ganguly fans are cock eyed, cant see the reality. Dhoni only rightly booted out Ganguly & Dravid from ODIs. Dravid was way better thyan Ganguly who scored 3 centuries in 2003 world cup all against minnows Bangaldesh & Zimbabwe.

  • on January 6, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    yes guys u ppl saying right.. if dhoni came to play in opening he cant score atleast 10... thats way he ll not play in opening.....and 1st n 2nd down also.. he knows how to utilize the situation .... first is preferred for seniors and down him from captaincy.. he played wel in previous matches but y?? not neccessary his score ....

  • mathewjohn2176 on January 6, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Posted by rlefti on (January 06 2013, 03:59 AM GMT), relax dude.This is not about dhoni versus ganguly.And people say ganguly built this team ,its a load of crap.Ganguly was a captain of the Indian team which comprised of many batting talents like sachin,dravid,Kumble,harbhajan and laxman.These great players made the Indian team and not only ganguly.Dhoni came in to the scene due to his talent just like kohli playing for india right now.Everyone who are in Indian team due to their talent and not mercy of ganguly.So get this fact correct.And I wonder why ganguly fans have to degrade dhoni achievement as a captain? India won World Cup and was no.1 in test as well If ganguly built this team,what happened to india in 2003 and 2007 World Cup? Give credit where it due.Dhoni keeps wicket and he can't bat up the order and why there are special batsmen in the team when they can't perform as openers? Funny openers can't perform against moving ball and you want wicket keeper to bat for them.sad.

  • on January 6, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    I want to ask a simple question why would you drop jadeja who took three wickets for 41 in last match. To give chances to continuous failures like R Sharma or Sehwag who are batsmen out of playing 11??

  • Arrow011 on January 6, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @Mohd Zamin - What makes you feel Imran & Hafeez as team players? Imran was the one who lifted the world cup in 1992 but never even uttered a thing about his team in his speech. He was only after the hospital he wanted to build, he was for himself. Dhoni has way better qualities & he comes late to give more chances to top order batsmen which to any sane mind is not selfish by any means. It is time Sachin is brought back in the ODI team for India to again crush pakistan.

  • on January 6, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    I hope, now I may get to see India's losing in StarCricket, StarSports HIGHLIGHTS !! Just hoping, It doesn't mean they will show though. :-(

  • on January 6, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Dhoni Waste Dada Best :)

  • Johnny_129 on January 6, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Dhoni's demise as captain has been just as dramatic (if not more) as his rise! He remains the best man for the job but seems to have lost the faith of a lot of Indian fans and, I suspect, a majority of the team. Dhoni has a lot to do in order to restore the lost faith - he can begin by stopping selection favouritism and dropping the likes of Jadeja...how can anyone justify Jadeja's selection is beyond me?? History shows Indian batsman and bowlers don't perform as well in the long run when burdened by captaincy - so it is perhaps a good thing that Dhoni is a wicket-keeper and his batting remains unaffected. Also, I hope all Tendulkar haters realise his value with the current Indian 'star batsmen' exposed by great pace bowling by Pakistan!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Even in today's match also dhoni is fearing to come out bat after India at 40/3....

  • rlefti on January 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    People say dhoni comes late because he has to keep...ok that applies if we are chasing but what about today when we bat first.... dhoni doesn't come up the order especially when it's tough facing the bowling because he knows he will fail ...he bats low because if you lose no one will blame you but if you win all the credit is yours....intelligent guy!!!

  • rlefti on January 6, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    @ mohd zamin....what major changes did dhoni bring in brother???

  • on January 6, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    thats also important.. In the indian team u cannot find a captain today and i think the situation is created by Dhoni to make his place safer in the team, he made the other people in the team look like they are not worth becoming captains.

  • Sinhaya on January 6, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    As a Lankan fan, I wish to say that Dhoni is the best ever I have seen of all batsmen who can dig out yorkers. He is all a great ODI finisher too.

  • on January 6, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    It is human nature to throw blame even if there is no blame to throw around. MS Dhoni brought Indian cricket to where it has never been. India historically had always been a weak team, always beaten and subjugated by pakistan then the revival came with Ganguly but Dhoni brought the major changes. However now the Indian team lacks talent and he has very few options, the only complaint I have with Dhoni is that he should come number 3 like Imran Khan did (who was a bowling allrounder) or Hafeez is doing (also bowling allrounder) because they are brave and played for the team. People say Dhoni just wants to savehis place thats why he is avoiding all the swing bowling by coming lower down the order, Im not sure...but you have no option other than Dhoni as captain, Gambhir and Sehwag are on the crossroads to be dropped for Rahane so no chance for them either...Who else than Dhoni ?

  • on January 6, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Dhoni has simply run out of luck .. not that he has run out of options, i just don't understand why he is making players like Ravindra Jadeja & Virender Sehwag play, when they are not in form. I really forgot the last time Sehwag has played a good knock for India. There are options like Manoj Tiwary who are sitting on the bench since a long time.. Don't understand why he has to sit out, although he has proved himself. There is definitely something wrong in the indian camp at present and they need to re-gather as a unit and think about options. Players who are out of form, shall be asked to go and play Ranji trophy and come back with flying colors.

    Ganguly is absolutely correct with his view, that Dhoni has been under0using his talent. Dhoni is far better batsman than what he has been proving himself to be! Its time for India to re-think their strategy and come back in the England ODI series.

  • on January 6, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    the place dhoni in batting order is an issue clearly.. He used to bat up the order when openers fire and kept coming lower when team is in danger.. In first odi he sent Rohit and Raina before him as he was looking for the ball to get older but in the 2nd t20 he came before Raina and Rohit when the situation was not bad and pitch was really flat (thats other thing that he made quick runs but Raina can also do that on a flat track). That makes clear that Dhoni most of the time chooses the batting position which is good for him not for the team.

    when the pak bowlers are on fire and ball swinging sending Rohit Sharma who hasn't performed recently and doesn't have any confidence is wierd tactics even if u can do recovery later as Dhoni's average is not a bigger issue than team's victory..

  • Alexk400 on January 6, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    It seems like pakistanis suddenly seeings the world with beautiful flowers and seeing dhoni cooking up another scheme they think he is only one playing for team. he is not.He is just protecting himself and his job. He lost confidence in his abilities to rally his team. They do not listen to him anymore. The minute he blamed dravid and vvs , he lost it. He could have made change in england and brought defensive opener. He did n't. He was afraid to make change. I am no fan of ganguly because of his politics but you can never blame him in afraid to act. He always believed in something and acted on it. He brought greg chappell but it did n't work out because they are mirror copy. Two people of same type in same house not possible. I listen to ganguly if he says good thing if he is not i am first one to say ...crap... Dhoni lost all his qualities as a leader when he is afraid to make changes and take responsibility. He could guide young team but he is failing miserably in his duties.

  • Rahul_78 on January 6, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    When MSD wants to strengthen the batting Rohit gets a game ahead of Rahane and earlier Tiwari. When he wants to strengthen the bowling Jadeja is picked and someone like Ojha who has decent ODI record doesnt even get selected into 14 by selectors. Less said about Sehwag at the moment the better. India is reaping the sour fruits of blind and illogical selections, lack of planning and arrogance of its star players after winning the world cup and becoming no 1 in test matches. Indian fans should brace themselves for many more such disappointments in the future.

  • Alexk400 on January 6, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Dhoni is not best indian captain in Indian team , it is gambhir> gambhir is emotional and aggressive and imperfect. Dhoni is perfect but fear of failure in protecting his reputation which he got because his team mates played out heart for him. He is a douchebag. He fail to treat great players instead made them scapegoat. I hate people who blames others for their own failure. I think taking responsibility show leadership. Dhoni never had leadership. He was always a leecher. He leech others good work and claims its his. Worst captain. Ofcourse he won world cup after kapildev, so he did something good but definitely he is worst captain after 2011 world cup win. He must go. I do not like losers or people who are afraid to make changes to protect their reputation. Dhoni in past 2 years trying to find scapegoats. He has become Mr.Excuse. I can only laugh at people who think dhoni is good captain. Simple. Take accountability then i will say you become a leader.

  • Alexk400 on January 6, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    You people are praising wrong man. Simple. Dhoni does nothing. Thats his speciality. He speaks good game after game but does literally nothing. If you watch him every game you know. I used to think dhoni was greatest captain when india were winning. All changed now. I think he is conservative and safe captain who is afraid to take risk. He let things go bottom and then act. In every instances he did that. Even world cup he let it slip to end and win it finally. May be it was his luck. It deserted him now. All we see bones not luck. We see dhoni who afraid to act on anything. Afraid to do anything. But quick to blame bowlers fielders and batsman. People needs to grow some brain around here. I am astonished at people who praise dhoni , low expectation is the problem. We all know sehwag is worst captaincy but he is great great batsman when you give him freedom. Do not blame him for india's failure. It is like dhoni eliminating one by one finally he will have no one to left to blame.

  • ayan_team on January 6, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Ganguly was the one who built the team India that won us the world cup. He even brought Dhoni to the national level. Dhoni is no doubt the best one day captain currently but you cannot take any thing away from sourav ganguly who actually gave Dhoni an ' already built in team'.

  • ashqarmahi on January 6, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Dhoni is the best indian captain right now.....ok if you want to replace dhoni then who is your best choice....NOBODY.....yap in that case india can make history...playing circket without a captain....or you can bring a new kid from under 19 team and make him captain.....thats the better solution....

    com'on

    Give this man a credit...MS DHONI....atleast he tried to protect his pride where other indian didn't....they r eyeing for next IPL...!!!

  • RaviNarla on January 6, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Ganguly is very right. If you are the best batsman you should be playing up the order. Dhoni is clever, he comes in when the bowlers aggression is comparatively lesser. True he had won world cups for India, that cannot be used as a shield. If he is the best ODI batsman in the team he has to own the situation. Just because he is keeping does not support the cause for him to bat at No. 3. Gilchrist opened the innings and kept all day. Andy Flower kept and played at 3 and so is Sanga. First off we need committed players likeRahane, Tiwary, Badri, Kaif. The day when India loses quota based selection that will be the dawn for Indian cricket and not just cricket.

  • rlefti on January 6, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Can everyone just shut up especially commenting on the greatest Indian captain...ask any sports journalist or analyst or writer they will clearly say what role ganguly played for the Indian cricket, what success dhoni has enjoyed is because the stars / teambuilt by ganguly.. Infact dhoni was also his produce, he has been the only un biased commentator from india in the media all others licking....all he is doing here is supporting dhoni cause that he should bat up the order especially when he is in form...even ganguly did the same when he was in form he opened with viru and when sachin was he made sachin open.....some say that commenting off the field is easy but ganguly has seen the most toughest Indian cricket crisis and he braved india out of it....so we all should shut up and listen when someone of his stature speaks or comments.....

  • on January 6, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Why Pak people support Dhoni? Well answer is simple - past guilt. Dhoni is facing same situation which Inzimam did after lost in world cup, or how we treated Miandad or saeed anwar or muhammd yousaf etc.

    We all dumped great players because of the flaws of others. And in Dhoni we see the same tragedy taking place i.e. 99% team and management fault and 1% of their own, and we dumped the player.

    Do people realize that Tendulkar, Lara, Inzimam, younis khan, and many other good players screwed up while they were captain at one point or another. Lets admit one reality of cricket, not everyone is a perfect captain.

    All indians need to do is give Dhoni his confidence and capable players. He will get his confidence back when he will know he has a tools to fight with.

  • on January 6, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    These ex-cricketers of India and the very ordinary media (who do not know what cricket is all about) are getting wise after the event. When our top 5 have consistently failed in tests/ODI/T20 for the past five years, what Dhoni can do to motivate them is not understood. He has always taken CSK and Ind through batting lower down and controlled the game. He is a wicket-keeper/batsman and not a specialist batsman. Despite this, his ODI batting average is 51.88 and only among all the Indian batting greats only Kohli is averaging above 50.00 which is also going down very rapidly. Indian cricket will never be the same with the exit of all good players and Ganguly should be lucky that he had many stars under him.

  • on January 6, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    The fact that Ganguly never understands is that keeping for the whole innings and then bat at 1st down is insanely hard work for the body. Come on Ganguli and all dhoni-haters, if it were not for his coolness India could have never won two world cups. People should credit him where its due.

  • Alexk400 on January 6, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Dhoni is fear of failure. That is why he fail to make change in team batting order or make any significant change in 10-0 Test losses or ODI. His best change was benching sehwag and got drubbed badly. He do not want to make change and lose. It is quiet clear. He lost all his leadership capabilities. He is looking for scapegoat game after game. If you look sharply you find out. Pakistanis supporting dhoni are clueless. We observe dhoni from beginning. We glorified him when india winning. Now he showed he is worthless luckless tool.

  • immi2711 on January 6, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    Ganguly...it is easy to stand on the sideline or sit in a booth make suggestions. When you are not on the field, or playing it is easy to be a wise ass.... Are you all blind, how can you blame dhoni for taking strike. Ishant is not a batsman, thats why he is last. So he need to protect Ishants wicket, and all Ish had to do is block. Look at what happen when he was given a ball, he got bowled. You guys are crazy. Had dhoni batted out, guns blazing, you would have complained as to why was he not playing carefully as he was the last legit batsman there.....Look here my inidan friends, Dhoni is a very good captain, a very level headed player, and a very inteligent captain, probaly the best Inida had after Dravid... Ganguly was street boy, who was made captain, and captained the team by threatening ppl.

  • Natraja on January 6, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Going over media reports particularly Cricinfo. It seems there is anti Dhoni campaign being run by vested interest. Cricinfo has stopped even publishing sane comments but publish all anti-dhoni nonsensical posts. Great JOB cricinfo. I know it will not be published.

  • xylo on January 6, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Look who is criticizing Dhoni. The last time Sir Ganguly was going to face a quality bowling attack in India, and found out that the pitch was going to aid bowlers, he feigned injury and let Dravid face the music. Ganguly would also do well to remember what he initiated as a practice within a team during the 2003 World Cup campaign when the commentators were not particularly fond of his tactics leading to the event.

  • on January 6, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    I am from Pakistan and I tired of hearing so many reasons what happened to Indian batting. Lets face it even though India has one of the world's best batting lineup but there are three major motivational factors for them to play good cricket: for country, for money or for fame. Remember they play in IPL and overly tired now but they have already money and fame so they don't need that at all. Playing for country is only factor left for India but being tired it is not possible nor it is possible if you don't need anymore fame or money.So even one player under perform or not motivated whole team goes down.

    If India wants to win, bring some hungry players who are looking all three of the above factors. Keep Kohli, Ishant, Dhoni, Kumar and Dinda but hang all the rest for committing crime against the country. Bring 6 or 7 new players who have performed best recently. There is no true celebration in Pakistan as games are one sided people of Pakistan want real competition.

  • on January 5, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    it is sad to see all the blame to b put on dhoni . the captain can only perform if he is given the right resources. indian media shouldnt demoralize the captain in that way. it is sad . i guess he is still he best cool minded captain in all the cricket playing nation . i m his fan from pakistan

  • on January 5, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    C'mon Guys, apart from 141 for No Loss at 23.5 Overs, Pakistan scored 109 runs in the remaining 26.1 overs losing their all 10 wickets. Its their opening paid that made the difference nurtured by pathetic 2nd grade Indian bowling attack. Secondly team India DOES NOT deserve to be within the top 4 ranking in ODI or T20 with a bowling attack like what he have at present....shockingly POOR. Thirdly, India was 96/5 in 26 Overs after being 42 for No Loss in 9.4 Overs.i.e. they lost 5 top orders batsmen for 54 runs in the next 16.1 overs @ 3.35 runs per over (Gambhir, Sehwag, Kolhi, Yuvraj & Raina). So what do you expect but for absolute lack of application & total negative approach. The team knows that the cricket crazy Indian Fan has a very short memory and even a win over B'desh instantly wipes out extremely poor performance in previous 10 matches. What is BCCI doing to promote good bowling attack, when just across the border Pakistan and Sri Lanka are producing quality bowlers.

  • khanofcricket on January 5, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Those who are wondering why dad is criticising Dhoni need to understand that he is talking about the lack of positive mindset. When you are down 9, a good batsman would take the opposition on for 4 balls and try to take a single on the last 2 balls. Dhoni wasn't doing anything like that - instead he just prolonged the defeat. This shows that Dhoni was not playing with a positive mindset and similarly, the other batsmen had lacked this intensity.

  • itsthewayuplay on January 5, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Interesting that Ganguly thinks Dhoni should bat higher up the order yet when the chips were really down in the tour against England in 2011, Ganguly was silent on Tendulkar moving up the order to 3 when Dravid had to open the innings despite being the only other player with technique and experience of the moving ball albeit not the form. Instead they sent VVS a pure strokemaker in at 3. No point blaming Dhoni if he hasn't currently got the bowlers who bowl consistently well or any reliable batsmen or the selectors only give him flat track bullies. The focus has to be on rebuilding the team and accepting that the team is going lose in all formats home and away until the next generation are able to establish themselves. Until then, the only things that matters are bowlers bowling line and length, batters occupying the crease, and everyone show some fight and pride for playing for India. Look after the performances first and results will come in due course.

  • cric_mojo on January 5, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Blows me mad when someone listed in an article india's new quick "B kumar" ... please his avg speed is 120k... speed at which other fast bowlers sometimes bowl a slower one. India will dominate race for being a punching bag.. ..till it bowling unit is corrected.. R Ashwin.. B kumar.. Ishant.. Dinda... do they think its unrespectful to bowl on good length or full... can't understand why they continue to bowl half trackers.. consistency is only in bowling a boundary ball every over... Anyone who played half decent cricket wouldn't take long to identify talent.. if selectors think these are best players..they are not doing their job.. with a set up of leagues, Zonal's , Ranji's lot of Sachin's, Kapil's in pipeline.. selectors save the nation from Shame... its your turn to shut up critics like us... Just do it!!!!

  • Muhammad_Usman_satti on January 5, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    I dont know why every one is after Ms Dhoni. Some say he should bat higher some say he should be sacked. Well as a pakistani i would love to see dhoni not playing as he is the only batsman in current indian line up that can be threat for any opposition and above that he is the most consistent performer in current indian team. If any thing that really required to be corrected is the opening pair. Put pujara and rahane in and drop sehwag and gautum. The main reason i can sort out is that indian players are not playing as team infact i can sense all this being staged to sack dhoni from captaincy. How come the whole batting line be out of form other than dhoni. something is wrong.

  • on January 5, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Everywhere people blame sehvag/gambhir batting etc.. and I agree that too but nobody is speaking about the bowling specifically spinner R. Aswin!. (we know our limitation in fast bowling so nothing say about them) All the matches played in India or spin wiket/home condition what this guy has done nothing. Against ENG - Monty, Swan, Jadeja (comparing him one game) , OZA is much better than over rated R. Aswin. in current series other spinner Ajmal,Hasif, Jadeja are much better than R.ASWIN then why his place is granted and nobody is talking about his performance. he is t20 bowler but due to media/dhoni/srinivasan he is surviving in test/50 over. (now don't tell me about his performace against NZ/WI, both teams are beaten by Bangladesh also)

  • mikejr on January 5, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    lets hope that the team India will come up against the third 1 day & England match. I suggest that only 1 change to be made in the Indian team ie to take out Rohit sharma & give dinesh karthik a chance to prove himself ( he is in good form). the board has given Rohit enough chances.

  • on January 5, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    I did not think about this approach and it makes sense. I guess that is why Ganguly was one of the best captains that the Indian Cricket Team has seen. At this stage, moving up the batting order is not going to hurt anymore. The ODI series is already lost, and Team India should try and get as many positives as they can from the next game.

  • on January 5, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    "His approach with Ishant for company wasn't right. He should have taken on the Pakistan bowling, as it didn't [make a difference] if India lost in 40th over." This is why Dada is so special as a captain and its this difference between him and other captains of Team India makes him so special. U always rock Dada the Captain...This positive energy is the need of the hour for Team India. Can we see Dada as the next coach of Team India , We have confidence in you that you will bring more positiveness to the team.

  • sirviv on January 5, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Please dont blame captain cool. He has been the most consistent in the England series and now this one. The article should be about the top 5 batsmen, and in particular, a guy named Suresh Raina.

  • on January 5, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    @dilip why should we not talk about ganguly when his statement are being paid by indian media. why should he comes up the order when you have one of the best top order batsmen. 1 match makes him that he is in form? who scored in t20? england series, didn' t kohli made century? it is not that they are in form, it is that they have been shocked by pakistani bowlers. so stop blaming dhoni that he should come up the order.

  • on January 5, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    For once, I agree with Ganguly. There is lot of insight in his analysis. It seemed that India team after losing two wickets just gave up? Not Only Dhoni, I believe Raina, and Yuvraj played in nonchalantly as if results does not matter.

  • on January 5, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Is it too hard to believe that we were a better side??

  • on January 5, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    In my humble opinion, I believe the Indian team is going through a transition in both formats of the game. After all, replacing a top order like the one they had a few years ago cannot be easy. Yes, they lost matches then too, but there is a difference between losing without intent and losing while fighting. Now, the team has no intent or confidence. A few years ago, even if they lost, they lost while fighting. i.e. the match against Australia when Sachin score 175 and still lost. Even when they lost that match , they created a fear in the opposition that even a 350 score was not safe against them. But, time is different now. India doesn't have Ganguly and Sachin as openers, Dravid at 1st down and Yuvi at full strength and/or form. No matter what anyone says, those 1st 3 had over 38k ODI runs, and it will be hard to replace. So, India as a nation needs to show patience and give the new boys some time. Constructive criticism is welcome, but constant criticism is counter-productive.

  • VickGower on January 5, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    I wanted to say a few things, but I took a look at zubair2704's comment, and realized there is little I can add to what he said. The Indian media's demonizing of Dhoni has probably been one of the most nonsensical episodes of reporting ever. It is just plain dumb to hold a captain responsible for a team which doesn't have a single dependable batsman or bowler. It is the BCCI and selectors who need to answer for the gutting of Indian cricket - for either not developing talent or not taking care of them. The role of IPL in the long list of injured Indian bowlers and all rounders has to be looked at. I predict they will all be well by IPL time.

  • PakiPace on January 5, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    I have been wondering for years why Dhoni does not bat at 3...he is by far the most complete 50-over batsman in the team, and can provide stability to the dashing, but inconsistent youngsters like Kohli, Sharma, and Raina. It used to baffle us why Inzi would hide at 5 for Pakistan, and Dhoni is wasted at 6...just look at the last WC final to see his worth. If I was still playing, he would be the toughest player to bowl to in India.

  • on January 5, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    its time ffor change of guard. Team needs fresh ideas i still remember the test series against australia when sachin was catain and man of the series , india lost badly . Dhonis inspiration is not good enough for the team. Lets have a new captain and we can see a lot of things change on and off the field.Period

  • krikitt-fan-toronto on January 5, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    mr DADA .. u need to understand this fact when u were captain of indian team.. that was a different time .. sachin dravid laxman urself anil kumble harbhajan ... dont blame poor Dhoni for all this ... he is still performing better than anyone in the team .. and if u need quality fast bowlers then y dont u go to Kapil Dev the legend ... in pakistan whenever needed imran wasim waqar always there if board need them before start of important series.. everyone is crying but solve the matter ppl .. plz contact kapil dev who can solve this fast bowling problems .. and one more thing .. always support ur players for God sake ..

  • Zahidsaltin on January 5, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    We all agree that a batsman in form needs to be promoted and Dhoni should have done that. But I do not agree that Dhoni should have started blasting 6s and 4s when playing with Ishant. Asking rate then was about 15 and no one could expect them to last 10 overs with average of 15. Pakistan will surely have 3 replacements tomorrow and I am sure Anwar Ali will come out with 4 wickets.

  • zubair2704 on January 5, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Not sure why Indian media and ex players are criticizing Dhoni. I am from Pakistan and in this series, from Indian side, i just enjoyed two players ... Dhoni the captain and Dhoni the batsman .. besides that, there was Kumar the bower. Dhoni's 100 in first ODI was one of the greatest and best under pressure innings of all time i saw ... these are the words of our cricket legend Imran Khan ... the issueu is that Indian media is a bit sick .. first he promotes his players to the status of superman and then takes them down to lows that is not humiliating for players but for the country also. You guys have no idea that apart from win, our real laughter with joy also comes by watching indian media. They should be shames n controlled for the respect of country. I feel the biggest culprit of indian team was the top order .. the first 4 batting supermen who failed n let everyone down in India. Stop criticising Dhoni. He got game,attitude as well as manners. True gentleman in accepting defeat.

  • AHFAD on January 5, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    @@torsha

    You are right.

    If the idea is to replace non-performers in both teams. Then India need 10 new players (Dhoni survive). On Pakistan end.. They just need to replace only one player i.e. Misbah.

  • walikss on January 5, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Indians please support your top order to perform this is the only way India can beat may team.

  • BiplabKundu on January 5, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    "Dhoni continued to bat lower down; he was the man in form and in such situations [with the team struggling] it's important that the man in form or the captain stands up. He played superbly in Chennai.."- Ganguly Ganguly told Dhoni was the only batsman who was in form. But ppl are thinking, he is always against Dhoni... This is Indian Cricket.. :-)

  • on January 5, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    No one here should talk About Ganguly....He is a ODI Genius...The bowlers now in Pakistan team never heard about them before this series...Remember the Paki bowlers he would have played and attacked before,the likes of Akram,Aktar,Waqar....Not only pakis also the other world class bowlers not only in India and also in foreign soils....Look at his stats here before speaking you Cricket Childs... http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/28779.html

  • AHFAD on January 5, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Dada. I agree with you 100%. But the weaknesses you mentioned about Dhoni aren't new. So many expert commentators have been highlighting the same.. even when India was winning.

    So why India was winning? Flat tracks and negative bowling (on pads) by half bowlers.

    I can guarantee India will win Delhi ODI if the wicket is flat. Because bowlers will be neutralized and Indian batsmen are better on flat surface. Need more convincing? Think why India won the 2nd. T20? Answer is "flat pitch".

    Why there aren't flat tracks in all the games against Pakistan? Well, the intention was surely to make it like that but the mother nature (weather) had the final word.

    The situation is so worst for India is, they won't prepare spinning track either. Pak bowlers are better spinners too.

  • torsha on January 5, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Wherever Dhoni bats but Ganguly needs to tell other batsmen to play good. I'm surprised why everyone is after MSD. I sometime laugh on people who criticize Dhoni. Without Dhoni, Indian team will fall like a house of cards.

  • on January 5, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Whenever India won matches, whether tests or LOI, opening partnership laid the foundation. What is Rahane doing sitting out ? Sehwag has not done anything of late to remember and is it not a good idea to try Rahane, who is sound technically and effective even in T20. As Sourav has said, Dhoni should come up at the fall of the first wicket

  • bilal_muzaffar on January 5, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    In such situation's i have always seen Dhoni use the same approach and finish with a 50 not out rather then attacking all out. Of course it does not hurt his 50 plus average

  • EPSNCricinfoFANatic on January 5, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Pak-Talent-factory & maddy7869 you BOTh are spot on..I always feel im alone in thinking india dont realise how good a gift he is.. We all need to learn from him with his leadership skills.. He enjoys his cricket and lets the other players have their own space. He can play such shots as the scissor.. wont t20, test status No1, \First to win W C in HOST country.. His 141 in Pakistan I believe in 2004 samsung cup.. His style. yet if you support you team, you have to understand the potential and put losses down to the mental state created by t20 cricket and seniors disrupting the balance with their views.. We must realise that a quality bowler is needed. If indian cricket in important to the BCCI instead of profits they must find one.. go outside the main districts being divided for section and find the freak cricketers with actions/talent. in a country as big as india I cant accept someone isnt out there.. Our Dna cant be that different:) Mental state plays a huge role in sport..

  • Naeem578 on January 5, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Ganguly you are right but they are up against some serious bowlers and each of those bowlers is world class. If dhoni promotes himself, I don't think his fate will be different than other top order baters.

  • Srini2001 on January 5, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    We should not blame MSD, for all debacles, he is been lone fighter in both the matches. The blame goes to openers who are not performing , we might need a shuffle there and middle order the Yuvis, virats, rainas who need to understand and play their role. Blaming every thing on one single person is not correct, the failure is total responsibility of the Team, Pl remember how many times SGANGULY lost matches under his captaincy and way they have been lost.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on January 5, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    virendar sehwag has to go ! anyone who saw his batting last match will agree to this , he is simply not good enough to play moving ball we have guys like pujara ,rahane,tiwary waiting on the benches , why not try them for 3rd odi ?

  • on January 5, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    dhoni is the only batsman who looked confident.....he should stay int he team but promote him to no.3 spot.... as when the ball stops swinging the next batsmen may find it easy to play.....raina, yuvraj,virat, rohit maybe destructive at any stage ........ gambhir should be a part of team ..........though he is not in form he is reliable and can keep the scoreboard ticking...................sehwag might be rested and rahane must be given a chance who was middling the ball nicely in the T20s.Rahane has the capability to play a long innings when he is set..........jadega and aswin can be utilized up the order.... because he is of no use coming at no. 6 and 7 when the team is in danger.........

  • spinkingKK on January 5, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Well said Ganguly. But, I am sure he would have been doing the same kind of stuff if he was playing. The problem is, Indian batsmen are too scared to lose a match which they will end up losing anyway. They have to enjoy the competition and take calculated risks and counter attack. I haven't seen a good counter attacking Indian batsmen in the mould of Ravi Shastri, Robin Singh for a long time (Except Tendulkar). They have to understand that they are playing each matches to WIN. Never forget that. There is no point in reducing the margin of defeat. For that reason, I hated the bonus point system that aussies brought in.

  • laxmanrules on January 5, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    It might be worth playing three openers in ODIs. Gambhir, Sehwag and Rahane. It is clear that Yuvraj, Rohit and Kohli have trouble when the ball swings and adding another opener might help with that. Also, Rayudu is brilliant against quality swing bowling as any Ranji player will tell you. May be, we could test him out in the top order as well.

  • CricketChat on January 5, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Sourav, the right choice of words should have been, "Lack of form with bat cost India". Virat and Raina (to some extent) have been propping utter failures by openers for quite a bit in the recent past in the ODIs. Yuvraj has become more of a bowling all rounder (than a batting one before) of late. When all your top 5 batsmen flop, there is no escape. That's the main problem. Surprisingly, the Ind pacers have done a decent job despite being new. High time we find replacements to both Ashwin and Jadeja (another Rohit Sharma in the making?).

  • Happy_AusBang on January 5, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    If Dhoni goes up the order it could be bad news for the only form batsman in the Indian team. If he is making runs at number 7, why remove him? It is as if they want everyone to accept that the top 5 or 6 players will not perform.

    On the PAK team, I'd say give Azhar Ali a rest from ODI games, and don't spoil a test batsman with good technique. I was aghast to see his comical batting in the two ODIs. Next, when he plays tests he will be down on confidence and he will try some of the ODI shots and we will see another promising batsman go out of form.

  • Pak-Talent-factory on January 5, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Seriously !! India doesnt deserve a man like Dhoni, he is a real fighter, I am a Pakistani but a true fan of Dhoni and I have no idea why people are after him. Even if Dhoni had come at number 3 or 4, he wouldnt be able to turn the match around because wickets were falling at the other end, and when wickets fell your runrate slows down. If you Indians feel like raising your voice, you should raise your voice against selection committee and against your top order batsmen. You have no idea how much your team is blessed with the presence of MSD ! Support him

  • Jalz007 on January 5, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    No Excuse for the poor showing!

  • maddy7869 on January 5, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    I'm a Pakistan supporter but here I would like to suggest some honest advise to our Indian friends. Ganguly is forgetting that the two new balls are exposing the Indian batting line up, as one wicket falls then the others cant cope with the new ball(as the new rule has two new balls from either end), and by the time they wait for the ball to be old then the wickets are not there to post a total big enough or chase,plus the quality spinners which Pakistan has destroy any hope of getting or reaching a total. All the posts which I have read are not even trying to address the issue but turning a blind eye to it. Indian batsmen need to cope with the two new balls and for that you need to have quality net bowlers who they can practise on.Dhoni's batting position is fine as he would struggle as well against the new ball...... I hope my post gets published.

  • on January 5, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Rohit should be in for Kohli and play one down.

  • PrakashKrishnagiri on January 5, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    I tend to agree with Ganguly on Dhoni moving up the batting order. After all it was Ganguly who moved Dhoni up the order on more than one occasion and got the best out of him.

    Indians batting with a preset lineup is never a good strategy. The Batsmen 3-7 should be floated around based on the opening partnership, the match situation and the Pitch. Here again, Ganguly has many times sent, Robin, Irfan, Dhoni, Dinesh Mongia and the likes up the order getting the best out of these players as batsmen.

    It is a known fact that Dhoni, Yuvraj and even Rohit Sharma need to spend sometime in the middle before they start scoring freely. Only Virat Kohli and Raina are an exception in the side (besides the openers) who keep the score board ticking right from the first ball on almost all their innings. So atleast 4-7 should be flexible to bat anywhere depending on the situation in hand. And Indians need to learn this and learn it quickly.

  • lancia71 on January 5, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Dhoni moving up the order isn't going to solve the problem. Simply this Pakistani attack is too good for this Indian flat track bullies. There is a big difference between the 2 bowling sides. Only sri Lankan attack look worse than the Indians at the moment.

  • Graj2153 on January 5, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    the series was billed as indian batsmen versus pakistan bowlers.We need to accept reality that we dont have quality bowlers who can bowl consistently well.If we want better future, BCCI needs to identify a pool of 30 fast bowlers who can bowl at 140+ . Let NCA take up the challenge and mould atleat 10 out of them. This is the only solution for the betterment of indian cricket.

  • on January 5, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Dhoni is the greatest test batsmen in onedayers and very good one day batsmen in tests.

  • on January 5, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    If there is any team that should have rotation policy, it be India. They have been playing non stop cricket. It is difficult to sustain energy and motivation level for such a long time. The England ODIs is a good opportunity to rest a few senior players and try out the young exciting talent we have.

  • on January 5, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    I believe Coach's job is to motivate n give them the right mind set, Sourav can definitely provide that, its under his leadership India started to believe they can do well overseas..

  • kingcobra85 on January 5, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    haha when he promoted himself during earlier the same fans said he was selfish

  • Sir.Ivor on January 5, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Much as we all like Saurav for the self belief he brought in the Indian players as Captain,after the nadir was reached the last time in 2000, I think coaching is not the same as being the Skipper. Saurav was lucky that apart from himself he had Sehwag,Sachin,Dravid and Laxman at their best during his tenure. He had Harbhajan at his best and Anil Kumble to turn to when Srinath was to be rested. In short he led a team that had all the ingredients to succeed at the top. Today, on the other hand, it appears that the selectors are stuck and afraid to make changes to the Indian team. Why I am not sure but I think that is the legacy left behind by Srikanth and as per the whims of the President whose reluctance to adopt the DRS is hurting Indian cricket as we have seen no less than this freeze. Saurav cannot change all that. Besides, I feel Saurav is subjective in his assessments,and cannot take in a wider spectrum.Dada should be assisting in the NCA because he has an eye for talent

  • S.Kamran.Ali on January 5, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Dhoni is not the person to blame

  • srinideva on January 5, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    hmm...now ganguly interested in india coach...i don't think it happen since dhoni the man who dropped gang. When he was under performing...it would be a gamble. The same way he try to drop the non performing sehwag in the wct20...unfortunately india lost and the whole nation rise their hand agt dhoni. Now the same people looking forward to see the sehwag exit. Looking for some -reply...

  • on January 5, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    spot on. also raina should also move up. If Jadeja is in the elevan, he can also bat higher

  • Abbas_G on January 5, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Whatever are the reasons given by different personalities, the truth is that Ind has lost the game in front of a quality bowling attack. Dhoni is the best captain around, and previously his leadership skills and abilities have proven this many times. there always comes a bad patch so quickest recovery is required rather than blame game. come on look at the next game and make your strategies accordingly. Best of luck...

  • masoodali150 on January 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Agree with the above said. I will add further that India take Pakistan in a easy way.

  • pandez on January 5, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    If can't change the captain then change the coach and no better man right now than the former Indian Skipper Sourav Ganguly. Sourav is a born leader and Indan team needs the service of such person when things are going totaly wrong. He did it when he was handed the captaincy and he will do it when handed the coach but with some authority for sure.

  • Faheem_Imtiaz on January 5, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Very truely analyzed i believe its more of a mental thing with India rather than technical specially in the last match when there were not too much demons in the pitch! May be the media pressure of loosing! May be height of expectations from the demanding public! May be both! They will have to keep that out of mind and just need to play cricket! They will be fine! But i wnat that to happen in England Series thought:-P

  • on January 5, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    I am really surprised and shocked that many ex-players are gunning for Dhoni for all that bad has happened for the past one year in the Indian cricket and will certainly be the case in future unless we find Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag(fit and young), VVS, Anil, Saurav and Bhajji. Saurav was extremely lucky that he was blessed with the best ever team ever India had and despite that not many important victories were registered. There could be some questionable tactics by Dhoni and when ALL OUR BATSMEN and ALL OUR BOWLERS are failing regularly and in unison, what a coach or captain can do? It is time that the ex-players stop gunning for Dhoni as his record itself would suggest that his batting and wicket-keeping has been much much better than any of these Dhoni bashers.

  • SherjilIslam on January 5, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Ganguly is absolutely right.....and that's why he should be the coach of our team.He can bring the motivation, aggressiveness and the confidence which is seriously lacking under this current coach.

  • on January 5, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    expert comment from DADA,BCCI should look forward to make him the coach,as he has saved the team from these conditons before when he was captaining india in early 2000.

  • Sachit1979 on January 5, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    I think Dhoni is more interested in preserving is 50+ average in ODIs rather than being more productive for the team. That's the reason he prefers to come down the order and go back unbeaten. But the problems starts right with the opening pair. Gambhir's defence looks like that of a typical tailender against quality pace attack and Sehwag is inconsistent. It's high time to move on and give chances to youngsters like Rahane, Dhawan, Manoj Tiwary and Jalaj Saxena.

  • on January 5, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Very well said Ganguly. It seemed like Dhoni was playing for his batting average so that it remains 50+. What a pathetic display of chasing and captaincy and then blocking to play 50 overs for nothing. U might as well take ur chance , who knows a 20 run over wud have brought some hope ?

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  • on January 5, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Very well said Ganguly. It seemed like Dhoni was playing for his batting average so that it remains 50+. What a pathetic display of chasing and captaincy and then blocking to play 50 overs for nothing. U might as well take ur chance , who knows a 20 run over wud have brought some hope ?

  • Sachit1979 on January 5, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    I think Dhoni is more interested in preserving is 50+ average in ODIs rather than being more productive for the team. That's the reason he prefers to come down the order and go back unbeaten. But the problems starts right with the opening pair. Gambhir's defence looks like that of a typical tailender against quality pace attack and Sehwag is inconsistent. It's high time to move on and give chances to youngsters like Rahane, Dhawan, Manoj Tiwary and Jalaj Saxena.

  • on January 5, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    expert comment from DADA,BCCI should look forward to make him the coach,as he has saved the team from these conditons before when he was captaining india in early 2000.

  • SherjilIslam on January 5, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Ganguly is absolutely right.....and that's why he should be the coach of our team.He can bring the motivation, aggressiveness and the confidence which is seriously lacking under this current coach.

  • on January 5, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    I am really surprised and shocked that many ex-players are gunning for Dhoni for all that bad has happened for the past one year in the Indian cricket and will certainly be the case in future unless we find Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag(fit and young), VVS, Anil, Saurav and Bhajji. Saurav was extremely lucky that he was blessed with the best ever team ever India had and despite that not many important victories were registered. There could be some questionable tactics by Dhoni and when ALL OUR BATSMEN and ALL OUR BOWLERS are failing regularly and in unison, what a coach or captain can do? It is time that the ex-players stop gunning for Dhoni as his record itself would suggest that his batting and wicket-keeping has been much much better than any of these Dhoni bashers.

  • Faheem_Imtiaz on January 5, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Very truely analyzed i believe its more of a mental thing with India rather than technical specially in the last match when there were not too much demons in the pitch! May be the media pressure of loosing! May be height of expectations from the demanding public! May be both! They will have to keep that out of mind and just need to play cricket! They will be fine! But i wnat that to happen in England Series thought:-P

  • pandez on January 5, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    If can't change the captain then change the coach and no better man right now than the former Indian Skipper Sourav Ganguly. Sourav is a born leader and Indan team needs the service of such person when things are going totaly wrong. He did it when he was handed the captaincy and he will do it when handed the coach but with some authority for sure.

  • masoodali150 on January 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Agree with the above said. I will add further that India take Pakistan in a easy way.

  • Abbas_G on January 5, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Whatever are the reasons given by different personalities, the truth is that Ind has lost the game in front of a quality bowling attack. Dhoni is the best captain around, and previously his leadership skills and abilities have proven this many times. there always comes a bad patch so quickest recovery is required rather than blame game. come on look at the next game and make your strategies accordingly. Best of luck...

  • on January 5, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    spot on. also raina should also move up. If Jadeja is in the elevan, he can also bat higher