India v Pakistan, 1st T20, Bangalore

We were 10-15 runs short - Dhoni

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 25, 2012

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India were 10 to 15 runs short of a "safe" total against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 international, according to their captain MS Dhoni. India's openers put on 77 runs inside 11 overs to give the hosts a solid base but Pakistan struck regularly after that, as India collapsed to finish on 133 for 9.

"We should have got more runs," Dhoni said. "We got a fantastic start from the openers but we couldn't capitalise. We lost regular wickets and that hurt us. We should have got 10-15 runs more, 145 would have been a safe score."

India began superbly with the ball as the debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up three wickets but fifties from the Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik set the platform for the visitors' five-wicket win. India's quick bowlers picked up all five Pakistan wickets to fall, but the part-time bowlers conceded 75 runs in 7.4 overs as Malik's six off Ravindra Jadeja in the final over ended the game. Dhoni used up his fast bowlers by the 19th over, and had to bring on Jadeja for the 20th.

"It was a gamble to finish the pacers early," Dhoni said. "Malik and Hafeez were going well so we needed wickets. They were also going at a very fast pace so we had to take a gamble. The pacers did well, they left 10 runs for the last over which I thought was good."

Malik said Pakistan were struggling when Bhuvneshwar struck early but credited Hafeez for playing a "brilliant innings." Hafeez said once the India spinners came on, Pakistan knew they had a chance. He also praised his bowlers for bringing Pakistan back into the game.

"We wanted to do well at the start of the series," Hafeez said. "[Mohammad] Irfan was the surprise package for us and everybody. We knew we had a good attack. We knew that [Umar] Gul is always good with the old ball. They restricted India where we wanted them to. Once the [India] spinners came on after the new ball, we knew we had a chance, we took a risk at the right time and it worked. It is a gift for the whole nation. It is Quaid day back home."

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Posted by Manu_reddy on (December 27, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

People of other countries dont respect indian cricket team so only they call our team as weak team n rate us below bd...but d fact is in d last 10 years v were 1 of d consistent teams in both odi n tests...since 2002 v have lost test series to aus in 2004,to pak in 2006,to sa in 2006,to sl in 2008,to aus in 2008(v lost it due to poor umpiring),to aus n england recently(thats bcs of poor fitness n poor form of key players ) i e 1 series loss every year (which is next best to sa n aus) n in odis v have won wc, away series in aus pak sl wi nz eng n lost home series only to pak(1s) n aus(twice) n these stats show our consistency .. Ya in tests v were not doing well(as our team in transition with d retirement of key players) but v ll surely improve bcs v have that quality.. so people check stats(u ll always get in cricinfo) before giving negative comments abt indian cricket...

Posted by Vilander on (December 27, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

lots of respect for Ajmal and the new 7 footer.. amazing bowling by pak. Poor bowling by Jadeja and Yuvi had a bad day bowling.

Posted by Vilander on (December 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Actually Jadeja is not skilled enough to play as an alrounder for India.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Dhoni cannot be blamed, his bowlers gave him a good start, overted by some exceptional responsible batting from more experienced batsmen. India should look ahead as to how they should deal with Pakistani bowlers, 7.1 footer bowler with such a strong built is a revelation. India with vast population should tap such a talent.

Posted by creekeetman on (December 27, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

should've scored more runs..... didnt, means you were not good enough, just as india were not good enough in the tests against england. the excuses are poor just like his captaincy.

Posted by me1965 on (December 27, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

The teams failure to play good cricket is getting reflected in the results , the strategic failures, inspiration and lack of dedication from the players are contributing to the failures of the team. The quota selction policy need to be abolished and a selection policy based on merit to be introduced. current not the past statics to be considered while selecting a team.,BCCi goveringin body should get rid of politicians and bring in qualified administrators . BCCi has failed in nurturing talent at grass root level , .So Dhoni, it is time to think about your players skills and dedication .

Posted by dmqi on (December 27, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

After the world cup win, did not all the past 4 captains said, " DHONI IS THE BEST CAPTAIN INDIA EVER HAD'. Everyone in India was all praise for Dhoni. There is nothing called permanent in this world. Poor captain DHONI now.

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (December 27, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Yes, Mr. Cold, you were always 10-15 runs shorter because you never make runs. If you would have made those 10-15 runs, may be the result would have been different. Only India can let play 5-6 players in all formats. India have 27 local teams, but the selectors just don't wanna do their work as selection of perfect cricketer for perfect format of game. Dhoni just played 4 tests against ENG with making less than 200 runs in 6 innings with so less strike rate of 34.40, but still in T20 squad. This only happens in India. I currently live in the U.S. but I was stealing the time to watch the matches, but now I decided no more. There are many other important thing to do in life rather watching these gut-less and ball-less cricketers. Why Gauti still in the squad, I really don't understand. This moron always plays test-like in ODIs and ODI-like in T20, but always find his name in all formats. Raina was given more than enough chances already, but still getting it. Why Irfan is not in team?

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Jadeja has lost more matches for India than Clarke has won for Australia.

Posted by EPSNCricinfoFANatic on (December 26, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

A captain needs. a good bowler before being judged! IF had no business orientated BCCI, from a population thats vast, india could find many decent fast bowlers, their dna is as good as neighbouring countries.. every captain good or bad has its qualities.. Dhoni has a something of an x factor in that indian captain dont free think as he does in the shorter format.. Playing any big series requieres someone that see's the task ahead and not the undue pressure.. he backs his players instead of blaming.. a good captain.. we are lucky in Virat Kohli.. but will not see someone with the Charisma Dhoni possses! Tendulkar is a loss, fitter next gen players makes this less apparent.. Dhoni's loss will be felt when playing outside india and longer series.

Posted by doubtingthomas on (December 26, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Yes Captain Hindsight, as you say !

Posted by EPSNCricinfoFANatic on (December 26, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

India have done alot of things right in recent times,ie since Ganguly choose a team and did better over the world and Pakistan.. and had good staff, where we have always looked upto more organised countries! ie Australia.. What is wrong with Indian Cricket, the BCCI, is a Private Business, and doesnt have to answer the the Public like if was goverment "goverened." Non Cricket Members need not be there! Money shouldn 't be key agenda, when the country name is being used.. The country does well, interest from outside will takecare of itself.. Performance related pay for both Selection commitee and influencial people.. the Indian players should be capped, you play only indian cricket, do well get paid exceptional but not to point mortgage free.. if want that money never play for india, if play , a clause, to choose between the both signed!! India has to put it country first and busimess run BCCI wont do this! good people are led astray by terms of BCCI.. and need for money. ..

Posted by Aboss on (December 26, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Pakistan certainly put the right foot forward. By bowling first they threw indian teams game plans adrift. Dhoni wins a lot of coin toss but yesterday luck was not with him. By playing 1 batsmen, Sehwag India can let go 2 players from these 3; raina, jadega rohit. And then get to play an extra bowler. Against the pak pace attack even 133 was a good score. The indian batsmen are highly skilled and pak bowlers are wicket takers (the best in the world at taking wickets). Great Contest! Just wished we could have seen some test match action as well.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

dhoni is doing a fantastic job as per my view he is drawing india to lose all its viewership, i lost interest in watching any match i stay in USA, me and lot of my friends used to be crazy watching matches in night time in USA. he is of his no fault success gained in world cup lost mojjo and interest, BCCI and Srinivasan are main culprits, for lacking passion in selecting team, any damn indian average guy posting messages can pin point the faults in players performance means its drastic measures need to be taken select separate captains so competitive spirit is alive, just like BCCI want photo census use power for identifying pace and spin talent invest fats before we go broke

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

I do agree with "Nampally". Did ever India think, still a strong Pakistani bowling attack didn't ever tried a part-timer, though if they wish, they can include an other bastman or even an all-rounder. It is really pity now a days to play 7 batsman and 4 bowlers (and those batsman who have good batting technique, not like Pakistan's ones). I am sure, if Pakistan had 2-3 complete batsmen, they would have loved to include an other bowler as bowlers do win game for regularly - not batsmen!!!

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

against England in last T20 eoin morgan skipper performed well and lead england victory and got man of the match too... against Pak hafiz perform same way and Pak won the match...hafiz got man of the match too..... where is our skipper??

Posted by here2rock on (December 26, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

I would not feel confident even if India gets 200. They just lack any game plan or common sense approach. It will do Dhoni a lot of good if he takes a break from Cricket for a while and get his thinking sorted out.

Posted by here2rock on (December 26, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Nampally says "Dhoni must stop giving excuses & get the job done or resign from captaincy". I agree with him. As Indian fans we are tired of his excuses after excuses. We all know that India was short, they played 8 batmen and yet still fell short 14-15 runs. This team needs more bowlers rather than batsmen. They lack quality bowlers and yet they pack team their team with more batsman, it just defies any logic.

Posted by aadirag on (December 26, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Dhoni just allows the game to drift too often.Before the DHoni fans start screaming , may I point out I have always believed he was at best mediocre as a strategist.

Posted by Nampally on (December 26, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

There is nothing like "Safe" total in T20!. Dhoni should know it better than others. India scored 30 runs more against England & still lost. By and large Indian team with batting as its strength must aim to score 200 runs in every match to stand a fair chance of winning with its weak bowling. They need to save boundaries by fielders on the fence from 7th over onwards. Alternative is to get specialist bowlers for this format who can control runs rather than focus on all rounders. Dhoni must stop giving excuses & get the job done or resign from captaincy. India definitely need 3 Captains for 3 formats because his excuses are so dumb & ill founded that he lives his life thru' excuses! India needs a dynamic captain who gets the job done rather than give excuses for defeats each time. Get 5 bowlers who can do the job & arrange the field knowing your limitations. Each batsman must shoulder his responsibility headed by Dhoni. Stand up & be counted rather than hide behind excuses via defeats.

Posted by Rags57 on (December 26, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Where was Bhuvanesh Kumar when the England test series was being played? He would have been a significantly better choice on any day than Ashok Dinda. I am unable to see Ashok Dinda being effective even in one dayers and 20-20s. No pace, no swing and even the lengths and line are not consistent so why is he being considered for all the formats of the game? Bhuvanesh Kumar needs to bowl quicker but given enough opportunities he will get there so let us groom him for the upcoming Australian series. Zaheer is past his best so get Kumar in and have Zaheer coach him - that is the best contribution Zaheer can make to this team to get back to being No.1 in tests in 2 years from now.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Its time Dhoni stopped making excuses..10-15 runs short etc. Play to your potential then complain, just claim failure and work harder. Donot think T20 is easy , its anybody's game, if you think your last win will carry you it will be a big surprise waiting for you.

Posted by TRIC on (December 26, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

I fail to understand why Rohit is repeatedly given chances after chances, whereas players like manoj tiwari, abhinav, murali and mmany more are just ignored. Why is Sreesanth not back into the team, where is awana dropped after just 2 matches, Gambhir is kept in the team and for what allowing runrate to drop. making partners run outand finally he is turning out to be the next tendulkar selfish attitude. Where is dinesh karthik- he should captain india for Tests and T-20 while dhoni plays only one days.

Posted by MilkySilver on (December 26, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

People whoever watched the game can understand that the openers got the runs but not capitalized/backed up by other batsman. I think dhoni is trying to give summary of the match rather explaining why the batsman not applied mind and not capitalized. As a captain, what is his responsibility and contribution?

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

India v/s Pak always an exciting contest, Dhoni should justify Ravindra jadeja place in team whether he is a bowler(Cant bowl against good opponent) r batsmen(never looked like good batsmen in his career) r as good fielder alone. Ashwin inclusion would have made really huge difference with bat and may be with bowl also.

So can any1 tell d role of Jadeja. My first look at Irfan(debutant) as gr8 bowler and aggression(controlled) and willingness to perform. I think there will be many more thrilling games ahead.Watch out and have fun.

Posted by him1618 on (December 26, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

It is quite apparent that Pakistani bowlers bowl to control the game and take wickets, while Indian bowling is a like a morose inanimate background. For me the positives from this game were Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and a reinvigorated Ishant Sharma, but India are plagued by baffling selections and a captain full of excuses. The ineffective Rohit and Jadeja should be chucked out immediately, Ashwin and Rayudu should play.

Posted by A.ELAHI on (December 26, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Dhoni has experience of t 20game, cricket is chance.Dhoni got it but had failed. it has some reasons.that the pressure is continue on indian players. They want to do some thing better,they loss their confidence due to pressure.in this situation the guys can't do which public thinks.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Hahahah,,, I agree with 77Aditya,,Lame excuse. Any team losing in last over can say "we were short of 10-15 runs",,, Any club class skipper can say that. Comeon MSD you were batting first,,,,you should have a target in your mind,,you should have instructed your guys accordingly,,,,you should have shuffle batting order as per needs,,,,,

Posted by surz on (December 26, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

I don't understand when Dhoni blames the batsman, who is he blaming the rest of the batsmen alone or inclusive of him. A baffling team selection, he was lining up the team full of batsman from Rahane to B. Kumar and they get only 130 odd pathetic (except rahane and gambhir). First time India's pacers showed some promise which was lacking in the tour of england. The main reason was not jadeja but Dhoni himself. If he had felt that the pitch was assisting the fast bowler then he should have brought awana in place of jadeja or rohit ( most overrated batsman, but in reality worst than a tailander). That could have been a nice option. Though playing ashwin would have been a far better option. His field placing was also not good when the batsman was targeting a particular part of the leg side it was not covered a wide long on would have been better. High time Dhoni is rested.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

Team for the next game: Rahane,Kohli,Yuvraj,Raina ,Rayudu ,Rohit,Dhoni,Kumar,Ashwin,Ishanth,Dinda

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (December 26, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Awesome plays from Pakistan. India under Dhone and the new selectors continue their now familiar path - pathetic performance on field is backed up by "head in the sand" press commentaries and, undoubtedly, self analysis. To become a great team, one must first accept ones shortcomings.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (December 26, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

Where is Indian bowler Shri shant pls bring him back he is good......speed ,style is nice.

Posted by Jahid.bdraj on (December 26, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

I guess Indian captain is short of sense and cricketing knowledge; not 10/15 runs. He indulged in the go of the moments. B Kumar was doing well at the first phase, does it mean that his overs should be finished just at that moment? If kumar had one over to bowl at the dead end, the match could get a different go. Jadeza was not the right choice at that time. Though Yuvi didn't bowl well in this match, he has vast experience and if he bowled at that slog over, he might bring a difference. In this slog time, Raina could be another good option. Anyway, what Indian cricket need is the change in everything drastically. Dhoni should be out of the chair. Kohli and Gambhir should be given focus.

Posted by sony_sr on (December 26, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

ashwin in place of jadeja would have easily won the match. but we doesn;t deserve to win after a batting collapse like yestedays

Posted by waheed1233 on (December 26, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

lol at dhoni......i think he attended any training on "how to put lame excuses"...everytime, he has one or two excuses...any guesses for the next few matches?

Posted by Bruisers on (December 26, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Team for next game: RAHANE, KOHLI, ROHIT, YUVRAJ, RAINA, RAYUDU, DHONI, ASHWIN, KUMAR, DINDA, ISHANT

Kohli can literally murder any bowling attack during the powerplay and hence he should be made to open in T20s (like KP used to do for England).. Kohli will go for the kill, Rahane will stick around till he gets his eye in. The team score will be atleast 50 at the end of the powerplay. Rayudu is a great finisher in this format and deserves a go. Also, win the toss, bat second..

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 26, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

@Jamal Nasir: I agree with you. India's spinners bowled poorly while Pak's spinners esp Ajmal were lovely to watch. Overall, it was a nice game and I don't think any wise person would say Pak were runaway winners. Ind would say that had a few things gone their way they could have won it while Pak would say they should not have made it that close. Ind have now lost 2 successive close matches in the final over with a 6. They desperately need to find someone who can bowl good fuller length balls in the final overs to overcome this weakness. For Pak Malik played a cook knock, for Ind none.

Posted by 777aditya on (December 26, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

Lame excuse by a man who does not deserve to be captain anymore. Quite frankly, India were 1 bowler short and in this particular game effectively 5 batsmen short as only the openers played sensibly - time for the selectors to make a tough call.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

i dont knw y R Jadeja is called MILLION DOLLOR BOY?? his worth to me isnt more than a good feilder.india should go widout their OLD Babies. bring some fresh talent yar u hv got some good fresh legs. hell yeah IRFAN is the most dangerous lookin bowler right nw, its amazing hw our bowlers come and make impact. God bless Pakistan :)

Posted by ariful_hstu07 on (December 26, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Mr. Dhoni, you were not 15 runs short but 1/2 bowler short.

Posted by Indialover on (December 26, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Dhoni could try himself in the last over. He is a medium pacer and can swing the ball even rohit could have been better option than jadeja in that condition.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

team selection was pathetic ... Dhoni needs to admit that

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (December 26, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Did anybody notice that Gambhir and Kohli were bereft of technique when facing the 7 footer bowling into their heads at 145 kph? These guys just pull the ball blindly. Keep a guy in deep midwicket for them for such a delivery and they won't score 10 runs in a match. So much for talent. Noe of the Indian batsmen watch ball after pitching, hence they get out, when the ball swings. Our batsmen are conditioned like that because our bowlers don't swing. And because they don't, these people who sit as experts in the commentary box, say that you can't swing in Indian conditions. But did you guys notice that the foreigners have been swinging in India? Irfan and Praveen and Bhuvaneswar have shown that Indians too can swing. However, I wonder when the Indian bowlers will learn to bowl the yorker. Not a single bowler who can bowl the yorker consistently in India's 65 yr cricketing history and now with a population of 121 crores? Do we even have the right coaches and the experts on board?

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 26, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

if aquib javed teaches muhammed irfan how to make deep inswing like the way he taught Muhammed asif , Irfan will be deadly. That height if ball swings , it will be un playable. If you tougch it will always gona touch top end of bat means less power towards ball so it can go anywhere. He was little tense. Once he believe in himself , he can adjust and put bounced on off stump towards head. That will do it for all players.

Posted by ramli on (December 26, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

It was good plan to have three pacers ... especially giving chance to B. Kumar ... very disciplined bowler ... but leaving out Ashwin for Jadeja is a backward step ... you need at least 4 so-called specialist bowlers in any team ... try Rayudu in place of Rohit in next match ...

Posted by Alok505 on (December 26, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Time for give a chance to Basant Mohanty ...this lad bowls at 135k but he is very accurate & capable to swing to both ways. Remember Mc Grath was not so quick, but went on as best bowler at his time

Posted by Sandt on (December 26, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Now dhoni has given another excuse.till when he and BCCi will do this.please go sake of betterment of indian cricket throw this man from Indian side.Bring new comers and give them time for 1-2 years.Build a young team and drop useless players like Gambir, dhoni, Shehwag, Jadeja, Rohit P chawla etc.We dont want any more superstars.My tem will be.Rahana, Kohli,Irfan,Raina,Yuvraj,Rayudu,Tiwari,yadav,b kumar,rahul sharma, p oJha. Also bring some young off spinners and good pacebowlers along with genuine openers nad batsmen from young generation.give them a go let them play for some time and you can see them becoming a good side.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Dhoni always come up with nonsense reasons after loosing the match. What blocked from scoring those additional runs? I bet even if we had scored those 10 to 15 runs extra we would have still lost the match. As a captain what is your contribution? Please have a look at other captains and learn to take the responsibility. Other than wicket keeping you have a ZERO contribution to the team.

Dont have high regards for Ashwin.. He behaves as if he is the vice-captain OR thinks himself as a contender for Captain. LOL after hearing he had a doosraa which he is going to use against England.. Bullshit he turned out to be a scrap bowler who has ZERO amount of spin. He will be kicked out of the team very soon .... He is in team just becoz of Dhoni...

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Its time to bring back ##GAMBHIR## as a captain ..##GAMBHIR## knows how to shuffle bowlers ..if we see the match even inexperience captain also would save Kumar's 4th over for final overs...

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 26, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

No surprise at all while reading coments 4rm majority of indian fans,i mean not only dhoni but also his fellow nationals R terrible,obsessed with making lame excuses,now evrybdy iz havng a dig at their part timers bt delibretely wants to forget that dhoni was extremly insecure of his batng lineup against pak bowlng n hence was forced to play 8 battrs,MY MSG TO ALL INDIAN FANS:UR BATSMEN R NOT AS GUD AS U PEOPLE THINK,PAKI BATTRS R NOT AS BAD AS U WANT TO SEE OR THINK,WE R NECK IN NECK WID UR YOUNG BATRS,u have kholi,raidu,raina,pujara,rohit,rahane we hav azhar,asad,umar,shahzad,nasir,usman,haris I WOULD NOT COMPARE THE BOWLNG THOUGH LOLZ

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Bhuwaneshwar bowled an excellent spell. Ravindra Jadeja doesn't deserves a place in T20 as he is not suitable for bowling ini death overs and is very expensive.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Cmon Dhone.. who stopped u to make 10- 15 runs..why did not u do? u had time for all the world.. why u got bold by Ajmal.. U will never accept that other side played better and out classed u..

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

Every 1 is talking about B KUmar... I was chating with my friend about Kumar, n he said. so many bowlers came for India. Mohanty, Pathan, Sreesaanth,.. but where they are now.. LOL...after a year no 1 will see B KUmar again..Its just situation made his day..it was the conditions, the night factor, the wicket, The pressure , the technique of Pakistani Batsmen..Guys, it was onlyn New ball natural deviation..When u leave the ball in slow pace with good wrist position, it will deviate. Even i can do better than Kumar.. :D. The evidence of my comment is his 3rd n 4th Over..Had any 1 seen any swing in his 3rd n 4th Ovar. Malik n Hafeez easily survived..It was just pressure of 36,000 on batsmen made his day..Where was his swing in 4th Over..U will not see him after a year like Pathan :D

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (December 26, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Just bring on the Kumars (Praveen and Bhuvaneswar). What they do at just about 130Ks is just exciting. Once upon a time, Indian batting was fantastic and bowling average. Today both have gone down several notches, batting just about average and bowling poor. India's journey to doom continues at an accelerated speed now.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Can anyone let me know the logic behind playing Jadeja. He is at best a part time bowler and he bats at no8. So in effect he is a part time batsman and a part time bowler. Does he deserve a place in a T20 side.

Posted by SPS1 on (December 26, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

If you check Shoaib Malik's track record, always does well against India. If he is out of form, then play him against India to get him back into form. Similar to Jayasuriya.

Posted by Pandyan on (December 26, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

Till So called great all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and great batsman Rohit sharma are in the team we would not be able to win matches and dont know when Dhoni will understand this. With just fielding as anyones speciality no one can be there in the team ten runs off the last over anyone can have defended that score. Inspite of getting brilliant starts with both bat and ball we lost the match because of again wrong decisions from Dhoni he should have kept one over of Kumar and tried to bowl yuvraj for the last over. Still how many more matches we gotta see losing not sure of that. Great Captain and captaincy.

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (December 26, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Dhoni had no business in coming before Raina, Rohit and Jadeja. At that point with 33 odd balls left, he should have asked Raina to go in and slog as also Rohit after Raina. Raina would have helped Yuvraj too. Dhoni and our spinners must also learn from Ajmal. He doesn't seem to need "spinning tracks" to make the Indian batsmen look like amateurs. Dhoni must come to terms that his technique in playing quality bowlers - be it pacemen or spinners is far from desired. The Bombay brigade should also stop promoting Rohit as a "talent". I am yet to see his talent and more often than not, I see him get out to "unforced" errors. Talent is useless till he does that. I would have preferred Yusuf Pathan to Rohit at that slot. Speaking of talent - Rahane is one. India also needs a guy who can despatch the ball into the crowds like a Yuvraj. The likes of Gambhir should be kept for the ODIs and Tests.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Dhoni not using bowlers correctly...if i am the captain i would have kept one over from Kumar and Ishant in bank for final overs..since Kumar Bowling like anything.

Posted by Amsyrocker on (December 26, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Pak bowling seems more lethal with inclusion of tall M Irfan. India must tackle him in next few games, there is 20% chance of defending mere total of 133 and Ind bowlers did very good to take it to last over. But M.S Dhoni once again was wrong when he sent himself up with Rohit and Raina waiting...and what say for his good mate R Jadeja, the guy gets chance after chance but he can neither bat nor bowl, he can only score in domestics and score there...either Yusuf or Irfan are miles ahead of him in allround capability, even Dhoni lacks confidence in jadeja's bowling seems. Only fielding can't help...throw him out and get the right balance who can win matches.

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (December 26, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Two points : 1. Dhoni is clueless about the par score. He was lucky that Kumar just gave 9 runs in 4 overs. The "safe" score would have been 180. Pakistan too lost early steam by losing 3 quick wickets. Else this score of 135 would have been easily achieved without breaking a sweat. 2. Here's a question for the umpires and the so called experts. How is a ball declared a no ball on height, if the batsman has actually played it? If the batsman hadn't played it, then the ruling makes sense but not when the batsman has played it and has been caught out in the process. The logic that the beamer is also ruled out a no ball for height and hence a wicket taken off a beamer is not out, doesn't hold good in this case, simply because the beamer by definition is a noball simply it is because it is potentially dangerous and a batsman playing a beamer and getting out is therefore given the benefit.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Good victory for Pakistan. Kumar is a good bowler but we all remember irfan pathan, he swung the ball more then kumar in his early days, and many other Indian bolwers as well. Don't know what they do with their fast bowlers to destroy them :D

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 26, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

No doubt kumar was gud but in the long run irfan would prove bettr bcoz of his height,pace .we hav junaid,anwar,zia.ul.haq,irfan so its about time that these shoud b givn a long run intrnationally

Posted by Player_007 on (December 26, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

Honestly speaking India total was good enough to win the match after taking 3 Pakistani wickets for 12 runs but India lack depth in their bowling and let the match slip from their grip. India was a GOOD bowler short who could have utilised the damage done by Kumar. I fail to understand why Dhoni plays with part time bowlers and more batsmen.If your 6-7 batsmen have not performed then its highly unlikely that no 8 batsman will perform. Dhoni and team India need to change their strategy and play with specialist bowlers. Rely on specialist not on part timers

Pakistan played superbly and would have chased the total even if India had scored 10-15 runs more.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

MS Dohni is not learning from his mistake, no reason to introduce Kholi as a bowler, that's really give chance to Pakistani batsman not only to comeback but win the match comprehensively well done Hafeez and company

Posted by anver777 on (December 26, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

10 to get in a final over !!! a genuine bowler could have done it... but as in the past Ind had always struggled in death overs. I wonder on the current bowling form Yuvi would have been better option instead of Jadeja for that last over !!!!

Posted by NairUSA on (December 26, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

Here goes Dhoni again! Maybe he should have conjured up those 10-15 runs rather than giving endless excuses. Looks like the average Indian fan will now have to start witnessing these woeful performances in the Indian soil too. When is BCCI going to make Dhoni 'walk the plank'?

In contrast, the Pakistan team took the field with the intent to win.

Posted by Aaranya on (December 26, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Dhoni's playing XI is just disgusting. The three regular bowlers gave away just 58 runs in 12 overs. The part timers Jadeja, Kohli and Yuvaraj gave away 75 runs in just 7.4 overs. Rohit should have been dropped and Ashwin should have been in playing X1. Eight batsmen, though on paper as Jadeja and Rohit does not qualify to be called as batsmen, in T20 makes no sense.

Posted by Harshmeswanirafanadal on (December 26, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Great match bad luck india. Rahane, kumar and gambhir and ishant were good rest were appalling.pak bowlers top class.if 1 over of kumar was saved then ind would hav won. Hafeez and malik first class.best of luk next game india.

11 for nxt game Gambhir rahane virat dhoni yuvraj raina rohit ashwin kumar dinda ishant

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

I said it earlier playing fast bowlers has never been Pakistan's problem since they have genuine fast blowers (145+ Km/Hr) in their practice nets. Its the gentle pace swing on juicy wicket that has always troubled them & we witnessed it last nite again. B. Kumar is a promising prospect much like Debashish mohanty of 1998 & Irfan pathan of 2005 I hope he does not end like them but still he as a lot to prove Bangalore was a juicy wicket on flat batting wicket or dust bowls which India generally prefer against opposition how effective he will be is yet to be seen. I'd say same for Muhammad Irfan bowling fast & accurately four overs instead of ten in ODIs and thirty in test is a different bowl game all togather fortunately he has a solid bowling attack to support & even hide him when things go against him but for B.Kumar he is lone ranger in very very average Indian bowling attack.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

Hands off to Hafeez and Shoaib, actually they did well and waited for SPIN, coz they are personally very intelligent spinner and ofcourse beautifully servived from KUMAR. Kumar is good induction, but still needed bit more pace (135+). Otherwise managing this pace is not a big short. INDIA is scared from PAK-PACE, they cant take risk on the behalf of Kumar, coz they have to face 3 pacey-bowler. India slowly exposing everything. English team also watching how INDIA will survive such attack, which was un-manageable for them in UAE.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

Why these people are playing with Indian Fans emotions. Our Team selection was wrong why we should leave Ashwin who can bat at lower order. Everyone says that batting is our strength but we are playing with 8 batsmen's in T20 was jock of the year, it is better to play with 11 Batsmen's then we are stronger than this present team.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

why not take Sandeep Sharma..He is geniune swing bowler and move both side...Bhubaneswar and Sandeep will be both dangerous for against team..please selectors think about for future..

Posted by Slesh on (December 26, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

"We were 10-15 runs short" another nice excuse from Dhoni!

Posted by sweetspot on (December 26, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

The result can go either way in a T20, and I'm just happy to see a good match, with two new bowlers showing promise and showing us some exciting talent. No need to analyze too much, but what bug got into Kamran and Ishant? I have always seen them play their cricket with a smile, and both are sweet chaps! Take it easy guys. We don't want to see anything more than enjoyable cricket and both sides can provide it, so no need of other theatrical stuff.

Posted by ishrat1971 on (December 26, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

True that @ ali farooqui he is a genuine swing bowler who needs to keep his wrists and head in shape. Sidhu said something in the post match show yesterday that the guy should be shielded from the ipl and made into a test bowler. Btw Ishant and Kamran squabble was a joke. Wonder why Kamran was sent ahead of Afridi

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

Dhoni you came early to bat,never repeat this mistake in the future, it can end your career. you are doing gud job at No.7. Bcause its No. where no one can blame you,Team is in very strong position or in very bad when you come to bat so if you get out when team is in good position then it will not matter, & if you get out early even team in bad position everyone say its all collapsed if you perform good as you do occasionally after 9-10 innings all praise you its captain,s knock as in lsat test vs England. So keep spoiling Indian team by bating at No. 7.

Posted by sandeep1978 on (December 26, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

I remember ,in the 2007 world cup when india lost to bangladesh, the captain of india said we were 15-20 runs short. The bangladesh captain ,habibul bashar then said 'every team which loses , always feel that they r 15-20 runs short'. I thought it was a very pertinent point ! There is no guarantee that even after scoring those runs india would have won. Dhoni would be better off just putting his hand up and saying they didnt play well enough to win and that pak played better and deserved to beat them.

Posted by JP_Nanakmatta on (December 26, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Good to see B Kumar bowling so well with the new ball. India should always play with atleast one bowler of this kind(Praveen, B Kumar or Pathan). I think time has come for Gambhir to be dropped. in last 3 t20 matches his strike rate is not more than 100. yesterday people are talking abt india's opening stand but that is due to Rahane. it was Gambhir because of him, Rahane get out in getting quick runs. Also can't undersatnd Dhoni's captaincy, he was playing with 8 batsman and no frontline spinner. If he doesn't have a believe in Ashwin or Chawla's ability, he should speak that in selection meeting. I feel in next match Ashwin should play in place of Jadeja and Rayadu should play against Gambhir/Rohit.

Posted by Amit_My_Fake_Name on (December 26, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

Congrats to Pak & especially nice game for hafeez & malik ............. as an Indian I hope B Kumar will show consistence performaces ...... wish him good luck..! & dhoni grow up... when openers performs & others fail then..... "we were 10-15 runs short"..... but when openers fail.... well you never miss a single chance to criticize them...... so just grow up...!

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

History has shown that Whenever Dhoni promotes himself in the batting order,India's run rate falls or leads to a collapse.He should have sent Rohit in his place for him to play his natural game . Anyway what is Jadeja stii doing in the team. To leave out Ashwin was not a great decision .He would have conceded fewer runs than Jadeja and atleast scored a few runs. Poor,Very poor team selection and a wrong batting order . It was indeed heartening to watch B.Kumar bowl beautifully.Let BCCI nurture such talents.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

gambhir should now start taking responsibility................he either gets himself out or his paartner hence he should be dropped....................

Posted by NAD_SriLankanBoy on (December 26, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Well done Pakistan.................

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

hopefully they lookafter this young guy kumar well and make him good bowler not good brand person.I remembered irfan pathan he was so good once then since he start coming i every other advert they forget about cricket

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 26, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

Muhammed Irfan was awsome and raw. But if he is healthy he can wreak havoc in tests.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 26, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

After reading comments i saw B kumar spell. I like his action. Pitch was tailor made for fast bowler with nice bounce. He will be utter waste in dead pitches that do not swing. But he will be great in SA. They should select him and pankaj singh for SA.

Posted by nkvasan on (December 26, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

Not able to understand why useless Jadeja and Rohit Sharma are being persisted with while lot more T20 talent is available

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

Time for Dhoni to get out! He cannot be considered a genuine batsman. Look at how the Pak captain played a winning knock. That would be a dream for Dhoni. Sehwag's absence is felt.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

Paki-players proved that they can beat any side of the world in any circumstances. However, it wouldn't be out place to add that the Pak players took the advantage of lacuna of indian players especially when there was no regular bowler for them. Pakis also excelled in fielding by hitting two crucial run-outs while indians missed two opportunities.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

what 10 runs Dhoni.. better find some good bowlers

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

Its time Dhoni stopped making excuses..10-15 runs short etc. Play to your potential then complain, just claim failure and work harder. Donot think T20 is easy , its anybody's game, if you think your last win will carry you it will be a big surprise waiting for you.

Posted by RK.Chandru on (December 26, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

Ishant's behavior was atrocious. Let him just concentrate on his bowling and try to impress with it. It was very, very nice to see our arch rivals back playing in our country again and his senseless behavior didn't go well with the mood. This was needless Ishant! `wish, u concentrate more on your bowling than on antics like this. You first learn to bowl 140+ consistently and then do all this. No Indian would like this. Wish the board disciplines the players like Ishant fittingly and suitably. In contrast, pakistanis behaved well and were enjoying the occasion more. It's after all a game! You win some and lose some (read as, many on current form). Our team is in a transition phase and we're yet to find and settle with replacements for the retired stalwarts. In this process, we're bound to lose many. Let the fans and the media too have some patience and allow the selectors and board to experiment and find the right teams for all the formats. Let's no expect overnight miracles.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

Well done Dhoni, next time, take only 7 batsman and atleast 4 regular bowlers and 3 of them being pacers. In coming seris, Rishi Dhawan deserves the place in alrounder slot and may be equally fit for tests. His first calss batting ave is 44 and bowling ave is 24.

Posted by TrueFactors on (December 26, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

It will be great to see B Kumar and Irfan Pathan bowling in great swing tandam and two all-rounders provide strong batting line-up.

India still need one good death-over bowler.

R. Jadeja - Please use him in only tests or occasionally in 50-overs. He is not right T20 material. Similarly Raina is a T20 and 50-50 match material, please do not use him in tests.

India still need good quality spinners.

Posted by here2rock on (December 26, 2012, 2:01 GMT)

India were two bowlers short. Poor team selection again cost them the match. Indians selectors just refuse to learn. Why was not Mishra not picked in the side? There was no front line spin bowler. You can not go into a match with 3 front line bowlers. A total disgrace!

Posted by TrueFactors on (December 26, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

I dont know why all captains always say same 10-15 runs etc. Given the start, India was not 10-15 runs short, India was 35-40 runs short. Never saw B Kumar bowling before, but given his swings, he has to be used as strike bowler only. You cannot use him late. Dhoni must have seen that, and he saw Praveen before doing magic. That's why he gave Kumar first over. Only mistake was to give last over to Jadeja. He can be good in middle overs and not in last over. Biggest loss for India in this match was failure of Yuvraj - the bowler, who could not make difference today. Plus, his two poor balls gifted Pak 12 runs too.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 26, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

Our batsmen let us down in this match. India has lots of good bowlers playing currently in Ranji Trophy. Bowlers like Shami Ahmed, Pankaj Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan, etc. have the skills to succeed at internationals level. BCCI should try all of them in batches. I believe we have enough good bowlers to form a battery of medium pacers ( if not fast bowlers).

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 26, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

The credit goes to excellent sensible cricket by Shoib Malik and Hafeez. I have never been a huge fan of Shoib Malik as he had lost his consistency and was involved in several other distrcactions. However, Shoib Malik has one thing in him and that he always performs very well against India. He has phenomenal record against India. It is bit like salman Butt, who had like 5 ODI hundreds against India.For me another key moment was Muhammad Irfan taking Kohli's wicket. Kohli not only weant cheaply but he looked rather clueless against pace of Irfan. Good sign!Credit also goes to Saeed Ajmal who was at his best in this game. B.Kumar had a good game from India's point of view, but one should note that Pakistani top order has flawed techniques. Umer Akmal is not fit for international cricket and Ahmad Shahzad though looked good but had a rough decision by umpire.Having said that. B.Kumar is useful however he is very slow operating in Mid 120's.He will do well on seaming wickets and thats all!

Posted by SrUmpire on (December 26, 2012, 0:58 GMT)

Dhoni sir, if u keep picking jadeja as an alrounder, we'll always be 10 runs and 1 bowler short. Jadeja is a bowler who can bat, and a batsmen who can bowl. Except u no one really knows what exactly he's good at.

Posted by BIGZIPZ on (December 26, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

Praveen Kumar is a great character I hope he recovers soon from his injury. We absolutely LOVE him in England!

Posted by Punjami on (December 26, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

Even in the shortest form of the game you need your front line bowlers to deliver. If Bhuvanesh can fit in the bill of an all rounder, drop Jaddu and bring in Ashwin. But the latter should bowl at his best than batting. Pak batsmen played smart cricket. Well done Bhuvi. But donot get carried away, one swallow does not make a summer.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

I am Pakistani and I was expecting a collapse in batting and there it was but I enjoyed the collapse because usually it is due to poor batting but this time it was due to exceptional bowling by upcoming young bowler, B Kumar swings the ball very fine and I would like to see him and parveen kumar ball side by side. Are those two by any chance brother ahhaha? Those two will power up Indian bowling department, I hope parveen comes out of injury quickly and B Kumar continues bowling like that. I am happy Pakistan won for obvious reasons but it was a good cricket, better than watching a thriller movie.

Posted by Built_4_the_Kill on (December 26, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

Dhoni (master of excuses) you were not 15 or 20 runs short....you were a bowler short who could have easily saved you 15 or 20 runs which you gifted to opposition through very mediocre part-time bowlers.

I know these comments will probably not be read by the selectors but I will still shout here.... Please, please, please select a proper team..... 5 specialist batsman, one wicketkeeper batsman, one batting all rounder, and four specialist bowlers.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

Great game ,India unforntunately lost but still a fantastic game .Very encouraging to see Bhubaneshwar bowl .we dont seem to have a quality spinner unfortunately .I still think Jadeja just for his fielding is better than Ashwin who is not really a better bowler than Jadeja anyway at least not lately .Shami Ahmed might be given a chance too .Rohit Sharma has got so many chances .I know he got run out but still he seems to produce maybe once in a while ,Ambati Rayadu could be given a shot instead .

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (December 25, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

"We were 10-15 runs short - Dhoni". Yeap. We also know that. That's why India lost. So why couldn't you guys get that 10-15 runs? That's the question. Any excuses?

Posted by cric4world on (December 25, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

B Kumar seems a nice bowler but we know wats gona happen. by the end of this series india is gona call him indian wasim akram or right handed wasim akram etc. n by mid 2013 he will become a bench warmer like ishant or forgotten case like sreesanth. we all remember ishant and sreesanth ''a star is born'' like beginning. stop giving the guy so much hype n show him that only hard work pays off. he found a sweet spot today n pakistani batsmen didnt have experience to change their stance n stand 1 yard ahead of crease to make him change his rhythm or try a different length. 4 outswingers n one in swinger was his pattern from same length. he was given open field to exploit rhythm n a green patch. other indian pitches r not gona give that sweet spot and with this pace (125-130) batsmen will figure him out pretty soon. mark my words if dav whatmore has any brain B.Kumar will go for runs in next match

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (December 25, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

Mr. Dhoni: you''ll always be 10-20 runs short with the current bowling line up, even if your team scores 200+ in every 20-20 game. This Kumar guy seems good prospect lets see how long he lasts. Ciao...

Posted by jajwan on (December 25, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

10- 15 runs that India were short, should have came from dhoni's bat.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

Well done Pak team, and great performance by Kumar.....

Posted by RishabJ on (December 25, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

You guys are mistaken, dhoni has not gone for 4 bowlers, he has gone for 3 specialist bowlers which is very bad decision as we all know if you play with 4 or 5 specialist bowler then also we loose after almost scoring 180 odd runs, if 5 bowlers cannot win the match for you, then how can you win the match with 3 bowlers. there are lot of allrounders in Indian team whose economy is much better than jadeja, there is no use of playing him.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 22:15 GMT)

It is about time Gambhir gets dropped for running out either himself or his batting partners. Running between the wickets is also an integral aspect of batting. Couldn't somebody teach him that?

Posted by ksrajavel87 on (December 25, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

I have mentioned B.Kumar name in the test squad three months ago.. But no one knows who is b.kumar.. but now all talking about B.kumar. Dont forget he is very capable lower order batsman as well. He has first class century against his name.

Posted by theRule19 on (December 25, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

Great to see a bowler in B.Kumar who can consistently swing the ball both ways with decent enough pace much like his UP team mate Praveen Kumar who does the same but with less pace. He should now work on increasing the speed and maintain the swing and control that comes naturally to him in his action. With U.Yadav back in the team..it will be a good pace combination for India. A huge plus is that he can contribute greatly with the bat as well. So just think India has found the pace bowling all-rounder they were looking for, but how well they maintain him only time will tell. To those who think India cannot produce fast bowlers are absolutely wrong. India has many genuine quick bowlers in them but the selectors are somehow not spotting them.

Posted by samresh..msd on (December 25, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

we should have got 160 runs.... 58/9 in the last 10 ovs. was criminal in regards to the format... gambhir definitely neds to go.. he is wasting too many deliveries up front....but at 12/3 any other bowling unit would have capitalised and won the game... we lacked a quality 4th & 5th bowler... with due respect to yuvi i would say that at best he can be the 5th bowler.. u can't expect him to take crucial wickets every match..jadeja is just not up to the international standards....time for india to think about playing pragyan ojha.. he flights the ball...bowls a tight line & is a genuine spinner....just because he can't bat,he is ignored...we keep picking the bits and pieces player that can do both but can't even do the proper job in any of the dept.. jadeja, chawla are prime examples... need to play 7 batsman +4 genuine bowlers... yuvi & virat do the 5th bowler's job..

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

loved B Kumar's spell, having grown up watching the two W's I feel adrenaline rush whenever I see a good swing bowler. the way he set up Nasir and Umar was top notch, Kumar count me in your hitherto few Pakistani fans

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

I think i will give credit to Shoaib Malik and Hafeez. They really responded well to the pressure. India's strength was always their batting but it let them down today apart from the openers. But the Indian pacers bowled really well. And India has really found a very good bowler. They should polish him and increase his fitness level and make him bowl a little faster around 135k.

Posted by sirviv on (December 25, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Well done Pak, hopefully this is a wake-up call and India bounce back. Good to see Raina under-perform, happy that Malik and Hafeez set up the victory. I hope this new Indian fast bowler is allowed more chances and groomed to be a diamond in the rough for India.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

B Kumar is a superb find for India. loved to see ball moving both ways with such a great control. Thumbs up for the young lad.

Posted by ZeerakYousafzai on (December 25, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

Good to see India producing a good medium pacer. Finally someone to look forward to seeing. But I still think he is woefully slow. 125 Km/h won't help him take a lot wickets. He needs to work on his strength and try to get up himself to 140 ks. Irfan was barely 130 km/per two years ago in England, and his stamina and strength were weak. Today he always over 90M. Awesome improvement that.

Ishant disgraced a game that was hitherto played in good spirit. Shameful. Should be penalized by the referee for putting the game in disrepute.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

India were not 10 runs short but 10 overs short. Except for Kumar and Sharma (and to an extent Dinda) no one looked like taking a wicket. Still, a great game and exceptional debuts by Irfan and Kumar.

Posted by Nathan_R_Patrick on (December 25, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

Honestly, B Kumar's spell was a lottery. And Yuvraj needs to change his length while bowling to PAK batsmen. They are not english batsmen and hence short of a length delivery won't entice them into charging down the wicket and miss the line to invite stumping or top edge. I think Jadeja bowled at better length. Not sure if Ashwin's inclusion would have made any difference in the bowling department but he possibly would have added 10-15 runs that Dhoni is talking about. Perhaps the team should start counting on getting those crucial runs from tail-enders than meek looking middle order. Rainas and Rohits have been getting too many opportunities. Gambhir looked out of touch for the most part with his scratchy 40+. Rahane looked promising and his stroke-making was more effortless. Time to allow Mukund to pair up with Rahane and hand over a T20 pink slip to Gambhir. Also, it is ridiculous to think that T20 does not require any batting technique. Ajmal had fun against lesser technicians.

Posted by NZ_0_crowd_future_minnow on (December 25, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

That young Indian fast bowler is something special. First saw him in IPL and his yorkers were also dead accurate, India needs to look after him you got your proper test bowler.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

@mWaqar : It was the 2nd of the over. only one over shoulder is allowed, thats why it bcms da no-ball.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

Well Pakistan did what they are found of dhoni real consern is the bolling unit apart from the new boy no one was much impracive and I can not find a proper technically strong batsman apart from kholi in the side Can any Indian friend give me reason why India not producing good fastbollers Any how good luck team Pakistan

Posted by Y.Raza on (December 25, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

@ MWaqqar: you don't even know the basics. Rules for wide ball have got nothing to do with NO Ball. Have u ever seen any batsman getting out on front foot no ball? If yes, then you must know no ball means no wicket

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

ther is no other better excuser than dhoni

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

@MWaqar Ishant had already bowled "ONE OF the Over" to Hafeez mean 2nd ball if higher then head wud b a NO ball

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (December 25, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

WHY do all the loosing captains always talk about being 10-15 runs short. Ask Dhoni, If the unexpected spell from B.Kumar didn't dent pak to 12/3, was 145 still a safe score?? No actually it wasn't. Safe score here couldn't be less than 165.

Posted by MWaqqar on (December 25, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Two key moments of the match. 1. Hafeez not given out caught behind and the ball was not given as wide. So what was umpire thinking ball touched batsman's thigh. 2. No ball for height. Batsman played the ball so how can it be given as no ball. If a batsman plays a wide ball it cannot be given as wide.

Posted by shewal on (December 25, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Bowling B. Kumar's all 4 together was a mistake as Pak's were down than & any bowler would hv restricted them... 1 over at last would hv been very useful...

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

We were Not 10-15 runs short Mr. Dhoni , we are short of one Good Bowler..

Posted by AHFAD on (December 25, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Nothing was wrong with Indian batsmen. Its just that Pakistani bowlers were too good. So Dhoni admitted that the "gamble" didn't pay off. Well playing with 4 bowlers was the real gamble in the first place. I think Yuvraj and Jadega are negative bowlers who just try to save runs by bowling low on the legs. This will not work with Pakistan. They have to bring in geniune aggressive bowler like Ashwin and Mishra.

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