India v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Kolkata

Pakistan take series as India batting fails again

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

January 3, 2013

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Pakistan 250 (Jamshed 106, Hafeez 76, Ishant 3-34, Jadeja 3-41) beat India 165 (Dhoni 54*, Ajmal 3-20, Junaid 3-39) by 85 runs
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Nasir Jamshed celebrates a second successive ton in the series, India v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Kolkata, January 3, 2013
Nasir Jamshed continued his golden run against India, scoring his third successive century © BCCI
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They lost eight successive overseas Tests. They lost a home Test series. And now the ODI world champions have lost a home bilateral series for the first time in more than three years. They are in free fall, and continue to touch a newer nadir each time. The failure of the batsmen has been a common factor in all these reversals, and it was no different at Eden Gardens. Despite the bowlers taking ten wickets for 109 to keep Pakistan to 250, India crumbled without any fight, losing their top five batsmen before they had reached 100. The tail had collapsed before MS Dhoni could even think about improbables such as miracles.

Pakistan added to their record of being the only side, other than Australia, to inflict home ODI series defeats on India in the previous ten years. They also continued their impressive record at Eden Gardens, and have now won all their four ODIs against India at the ground. Nasir Jamshed, one of the finest young batsmen around, made his third successive ODI century against India, whose batsmen carried their struggles from Chennai to Kolkata.

Junaid Khan bowled his heart out in an opening spell of 7-1-18-2, taking out Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli. Umar Gul came in to remove a subdued and edgy Virender Sehwag, and followed it up with the dismissal of Yuvraj Singh. Suresh Raina was peppered with short balls before falling to Mohammad Hafeez's offspin. India went from 42 for 0 to 95 for 5. Dhoni was left battling alone, and again, he battled till the very end, refusing several singles with the last man Ishant Sharma and hitting the odd boundary, despite knowing that all of it was in vain, despite knowing that he was the only man in this line-up prepared to fight.

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  • In nine innings, Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed have added 760 runs for the first wicket with four century stands, Their average of 84.44 is the best for a Pakistan opening pair (min 750 runs added).
  • The 141-run stand between Hafeez and Jamshed is the seventh century opening partnership for Pakistan against India and the second by the pair against India.
  • The number of runs conceded by Saeed Ajmal (20) is the fourth-lowest by a Pakistan bowler in an innings against India (min ten overs bowled).
  • Jamshed scored his third century against India and his second in consecutive ODIs. Only four other Pakistan batsmen have scored more centuries against India.
  • Pakistan won their third bilateral ODI series (two or more matches) in India. Their last series win came in 2005 when they won 4-2. They have also won each of their four matches against India in Kolkata.
  • The 85-run victory margin is Pakistan's fifth-largest against India in ODIs in India. Only West Indies have beaten India in India by an 85-plus run margin more than once.
  • While the aggregate first-wicket stand for both teams in the game was 183, the aggregate for the remaining nine wickets was just 232. This is the second-lowest aggregate for the second to tenth wickets in India-Pakistan matches (all partnerships broken).
  • MS Dhoni's strike rate of 60.67 during his 54 is his lowest strike rate for a fifty-plus score in ODIs. His previous lowest was 65.90 during his 58 against Australia in Kochi in 2007.

Sehwag and Gambhir may have put on 42, but their partnership was full of plays-and-misses and inside edges eluding the stumps. And eight of those 42 runs came off two overthrows to the boundary, courtesy Hafeez.

The tall Mohammad Irfan continued to test India with his bounce, but Junaid's was the standout spell. Displaying superb control, Junaid beat the outside edge on numerous occasions, and also hit Sehwag on the pads a few times. It wasn't unusually good deliveries that got him his wickets, though it could be said he had persevered enough to earn some luck. Gambhir tried to drive a widish length ball, which moved in slightly for the batsman to play on. Kohli fell to an outstanding, leaping take by Kamran Akmal down the leg side.

There was nothing fortuitous about Sehwag's fall, Gul bending one back in sharply to strike the leaden-footed batsman in front of middle. The senior opener had had another poor outing, after averaging 21.70 in ODIs in 2012.

Yuvraj had a nervy stay as well, eventually edging an attempted pull off a Gul bouncer to the wicketkeeper. Raina had already been tested by the inevitable short balls, had escaped a run-out chance, and went stumped as he lunged to drive a Hafeez delivery.

The batsmen's meek capitulation meant the fightback from the bowlers, kickstarted by Ravindra Jadeja, was in vain. Pakistan had zoomed to 141 for 0 inside 24 overs before Jadeja, playing because Dhoni wanted an allrounder bowling instead of part-timers, broke the opening partnership by removing Hafeez, and later dismissed the centurion Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal within three deliveries. Pakistan sputtered on a slightly uneven pitch, which seemed to get somewhat difficult for batting as the balls got older.

It all started with an ungainly sweep from Hafeez, who till then, had timed the ball beautifully in his fourth century stand with Jamshed in nine ODI innings. Suddenly, all momentum seemed to drain from the innings. Ishant gave nothing away, bowling a tight line from the other end. And things began to work for India.

In Jadeja's next over, Azhar Ali trotted out of his crease even as the bowler was appealing for lbw. MS Dhoni was alert enough to reach the ball and lob it back before Azhar could return. In the 35th over, just before the batting Powerplay was to be taken, fortune, and the sweep, struck for India. Younis Khan inside-edged Suresh Raina on to his pad, and was given leg-before. Pakistan were still strongly placed at 177 for 3, but after Misbah-ul-Haq departed lbw to R Ashwin in the first over of the batting Powerplay, they took just 26 off it.

Jamshed, struggling to time the ball now, still kept going. Jadeja was not done yet, though. First ball on his return in the 42nd over, he had Jamshed stranded way down the pitch for Dhoni to complete the stumping on the second attempt. Two balls later, he spun one away from Kamran Akmal for the thick-edged drive to fly to slip, a position Dhoni stuck to even at that late stage. Pakistan had soon lost ten wickets for 109 in 24.4 overs, scarcely believable numbers after their start.

Overcast Kolkata skies and his batsmen's capitulation in swinging Chennai conditions had made Dhoni ask Pakistan to bat. To his dismay, the promised, prodigious swing didn't show up. Dhoni's bowlers still managed to restrict Pakistan, but his batsmen proved thoroughly unreliable, for the umpteenth occasion in recent times.

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Posted by Hash_Tag on (January 6, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

@Harmony111- your replies to me and @JG2704 reveal the paranoia that underlays your approach. Being hostile to the fans of other countries - for example your going onto the England V South Africa forums during 2012 and bashing England fans is going to ensure that India fans are vilified. India fans ganged up on Australia when New Zealand beat them in Hobart. India fans had a crack at England fans when Pakistan washed them in 2012. India fans always have a poke at Sri Lanka fans given any opportunity. None of this has anything to do with India, yet these are the chief reasons why we are the most disliked group of fans in the world. No-one is talking about being sweet and nice. I can't remember anyone ever saying that any World Cup win "doesn't matter". I believe this is an excuse you are making to justify your approach. No-one is talking about being docile or pleasing other fans either - that is your gloss, yet another justification. I have given you a reasonable answer.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 5, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

@JG2704: Could not really understand why you LOL'd at the other part of my comment. What I said was a fact. It would be easy to see it was a fact. The SL and Eng fans have been exceedingly caustic, malignant, almost nefarious in their comments about Ind for a long time now. The Oz fans are their usual patronizing self while RoW is seldom seen here. The SL fans followed by Eng fans are the ones who always try to pull Ind down or to somehow link any piece of news to India/BCCI/IPL/Sachin and then shift the focus to bashing them. So your LOL was somewhat misplaced or perhaps you knew the whole thing and couldn't say anything else in a moment of epiphany?

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 5, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

@Hash_tag: Your problem is that while you are worried about what other ppl think about your country and countrymen you don't do anything to change them, instead you ask me to tone down cos YOU want to be seen as docile and YOU want to please the other fans. They would never get pleased no matter how much you try. They will keep on ridiculing you howsoeevr hard you may try to look sweet and be nice to them. Look at the Lankans, each time they are in trouble they call Ind to tour them and look how they try to talk us down. Their fans and their board members and their ex-players. As for the Eng, for 20 years they had not won the Ashes, Tests were no #1 for them till then, now they've won it so Tests become #1 for them n they make fun of Ind. Why do you think I should show respect to fans like these who say Ind's WC win does not matter cos it came at home? If you can give me a nice answer to this one then I will take back all my comments and will stop commenting here at Cricinfo I promise

Posted by mxnmxn on (January 5, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Quality swing bowling exposed cracks in Indian batmen techniques. I absolutely vote for the two ball rule, use of review system and preparing sporting pitches. Let the best team win!

Posted by intrepid_khan on (January 5, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

just loving every clash between india and pakistan ... its certainly nothing less than ashes !however i wish to see a proper series of 5 odi , 3 t20s and some test in near future , i am satisfied with the bench strength of pace bowlers ! wabab riaz , anwer ali n another under 19 lad are eagerly waiting to get a chance but junaid n irfan have other plans :) i hope the legacy of faster bowlers continue !! best of luck to both teams :) with love from Pakistan p,s : nasir jamshed is the real surprise package i reckon !! love you

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

i am a proud cricket fan from Pakistan but i would like to point out that the indian selectors are missing a trick by omitting badrinath and pujara from the batting line while in the bowling deptt they should ve given awana a chance

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

well done pakistan, well played deserves that victory

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

great performance by pak team proud on u.credit goes to misbah and his team.

Posted by sherishahmir on (January 5, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

This series belonged to Pak with their impressive performance by bowling and batting, for third one day UAkmal to be included in place for Azhar and rest of the team looks fine, looks Pak will do the white wash, apart from the results of this series, people of subcontinent enjoyed thoroughly the game and also provided an opportunity to bring the close relationship between the masses of these two countries.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

I think the war between india and pakistan, all comes down to the selection!. If india has a better selection committee than pak.. india will .. and pakistan has a better one pakistan will.. so this tour goes to pakistani selection committee. Very Well Done !.. Also all the talk about Dhoni.. he was the only player standing. ! i am a pakistan and have huge respect for the Indian players.. Dhoni is one of favorites!

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

Great Victory Greens!Pakistan played outstanding cricket.Now they have to test the players on the bench.They should leave out Azhar,Younis,Gul,Irfan and Ajmal and bring in Umar Akmal,Haris Sohail,Wahab Riaz,Anwer Ali and Zulfiqar Baber.Shoaib Malik should play at no.3 and Misbah,Haris,U.Akmal,Kamran to follow.Go for the clean sweep.Doesn't matter if you loose we'll still be proud of you.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

There are many factors for India's poor performance since the World Cup. I feel we need a new look team for all 3 formats..Most seniors should be shown the door and let us bring in the youngsters with promise..Atleast on the batting side, I think India has many promising options..On the bowling maybe we have 4-5 in Bhuv.Kumar, Dinda (if he is taught some new tricks), Varun, Umesh, Shami Ahmed, Balaji(maybe). Get rid of MSD as captain for Tests atleast..and try to stop favoritism to CSK losers..I cannot stand Raina, Jadeja, to some extent Ashwin as well. Drop Chawla for good...Yuvi should be given time to recover from his illness......But he is not indispensable at all..He did well in the last World Cup..now let us find some new players for next World Cup..and in the Tests before it.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

indians are looks tired other hand pakistanies are hungry for prove themselves. Looking for old days good fight.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

I think it wud be unfair to remove dhoni as captain,No one seems to be suitable to fill his boots,Kohli is young n short tempered!!Sehwag n Gambhir lacks the skill required fer the captaincy!!India has great fire power in thr batting line up but dun get one thing why u hve to go wid 7 or 8 batsman whn u have players like Sehwag,Gambhir,Yuvi,Kohli..they all can bat very well!u cant win a match in the absence of a good bolwing lineup!!this is serious issue India must look into..since 2006,many pacers hve been introduced to the world of cricket by India i.e srishant,munaf patel,ishant,praveen kumar,varun aaron,umesh yadav,RP singh..none of thm cud continue to perform well in the long run!!thts quite upsetting fer every indian fan..

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

We are very gratefull to Indians for not allowing Pakistan to Play IPL. Otherwise Pakistan player would have also started thinking just about the IPL and Money..

Its good to see indians loosing after spending their energies on the IPL which is demanging their techinique of playing long inngings and playing against 3 - 4 grade bowlers and batsmans ...

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 5, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

@ henchart ->Thank you so much.Our mission is accomplished here.You can go & beat SA,Aus or whatever..We are more than happy to beat India in India..future things are meant to talked about later..Dont be a Guru..Just go & watch Pakistan vs Australia in England 2010...If you want to point out only failures of Pakistan then nobody can help you here..Have a nice sleep :) PS->Philander is not a God..He was exposed recently on England pitches..Nobody cares what he did on those Fast tracks..Lets see what happens..I hop you stay here & keep on posting after Pakistan successes :)

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

All indians ,who appreciate pakistan ,we should also thank them. Even in india people stand appericate nasir for his century.

Both teams introduce young talent. But it shows indian team didnot choses good players in foam.

I think,like pakistan team out afridi for not performing well. Similarly indian team out player who are not performing.Its always a bad attitude we made them star and keep giving them chance.For example even in pak,many young talent crickter left cricket because they didnot get chance and because of finacial problem.same as well in india.

IPL spoiled indian cricket and make them greedy for money.Are you playing for your country or for fame and money ? Both countries players should answer this question.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

all credits goes to Nasir Jamshed for excellent batting and to m. Hafeez . he is a good captain.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

Its all because of pathetic team selection. Why can't you try Abhinav mukund as opener, who is solid to say the least, and play Sehwag in Middle order, where he can deolish the spin attack. Sehwag carrier was destroyed by team management as he said numerous times that I am not an opener. If one remembers, he started as an all-rounder, regularly taking wickets. Why not Dhoni use him as a spinner? Its frustating that playing eleven as well as playing order is almost same after so many terrible shows.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 5, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

I would not be surprised if Pakistan's victory starts a pattern. Up until 1986, Pak and India were fairly even in ODI and test cricket. Pakistan had a psychological edge over Indian from 1986 until India toured Pak in 2004.This edge was due to Javed Miandad's six and Pak winning a series in India. Ganguly installed a self belief in Indian team and finally India won in 2004. It also helped India that Pakistan lost their star players in bunches(e.g Wasim, Waqar, Ijaz, Malik, Javed, Anwar etc etc). From there onwards, India generally has been competative against Pakistan. Pak won ODI series in India in 2005 and again won test series in 2006 but India also performed equally. Now, I see Pak developing a psychological advantage. Indian players surrendered in a manner than was throwback to 90's.I do not believe India's world cup wins over Pak mean too much either as two of them came on home grounds! They have yet to beat Pak in Pak in a WC.(96 was a chance but both failed to reach finalds)!

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 5, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

This humiliating defeat for India shows the huge damage that players like Tendulya have caused to Indian cricket but selfishly prolonging their worthless ODI careers. Now Indian team is exposed. I felt somewhat sad seeing Dhoni blocking ball after ball and India surrendering so easily.Indian fans also need to be blamed. They make Wasim Akram's and Viv Richards out of ordinary players. R.Ashwin is an average bowler and so is Dinda! Now I keep hearing names of Varun Arun and Pujara. These chaps have not even played outside india so they are not going to save India. What India needs is som reality check and they need to come out of denial phase. Indian selectors have been toothless and need to take a leaf out of Pakistani counterparts. Everyone wanted Afridi in but he was dropped form ODI's based on merit.Pak still needs a finisher and I am sure Afridi/Razzaq will return or Hammad Azam will get another chance. Indian selector could not drop Sehwag or Gambhir and instead dropped Rahane?

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 5, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

While, Pakistan's wonderful series win does not susprise me, but I remain suspicious of their ODI team selection. Pakistan's middle order comprising of Azhar Ali, Younis Khan and Misbah needs to be changed. Azhar Ali is a fine batsman but it may be better of Umer Akmal is given another oppertunity. In long run, Misbah needs to review his ODI plans.Misbah does not ned to prolong his ODI career for sake of it or else he will be inflicting the same damage on Pakistani team as Tendulya did to India. It blocks a way for young batsmen and then all of a sudden exposes them!I am also less than impressed with K.Akmal's irresponsible batting. It was his careless shot that meant Pak did not score 280-300. It might be oppertunity to try Harris Sohil. Similarly Irfan needs a rest and Wahab/Anwar Ali shud get a chance! Pakistan are netorious to lose dead rubbers however, this might be a good oppertunity to clean sweep the series against the arch rivals!Pak have been excellent but not yet clinical!

Posted by henchart on (January 5, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

@Solid_Snake:mission is not accomplished by beating a side which is already down and out.Fun lies in beating the opponents better than you in their own den.Proteas are going to make a mincemeat of Pakistani bowlers and Steyn-Morkel-Philander trio would expose the chinks in Pakistan's batting.Also came to know that Pakistan did not exactly cover themselves with glory on their last tours of Aus and Eng both on and off the field and were beaten hands down in both the countries.Just check out Proteas won their last series in Eng and Aus.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 5, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

My Pakistani team for next game: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Kamran Akmal (3) Hafeez (4) Haris Sohail (5) Umar Akmal (6) Misbah (7) Malik (8) Anwar Ali (9) Zulifqar (10) Wahab Riaz (11) Junaid Khan ... "Please give these guys a chance as they are very talented and this will help pakistan for future series"

Posted by Hash_Tag on (January 4, 2013, 22:59 GMT)

@maddy20 on (January 04 2013, 21:35 PM GMT) I agree. Hard work would not do anyone any harm around here. Hard work and application is the only way out of this. Question is - who is going to make them do the work, and will they actually do what is required? The jury is out... Meanwhile, I have run out of patience with the BCCI and all the evident politics involving Dhoni, Pujara and the captaincy issue(s). If only Pujara had been involved earlier. I do not think Kohli is captaincy material. Not by a long chalk.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

@Posted by Naveed_Pak on (January 04 2013, 08:40 AM GMT) To Indian friends...Don't over appreciate your players, give them love n respect which they deserve but don't make them Gods after 1/2 wins on dead rubber flat pitches of India. Use DRS and HotSpot. Organize IPL on pitches favoring bowling and batting both. The inability of Indian Superstars is exposed on both ODIs just because pitches were rain affected. BCCI always tries to hide behind flat dead rubber pitches in India.

SOOOOO TRUE

Posted by maddy20 on (January 4, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

Our management needs to adopt a perform or perish policy like the Australians, so that all these wanna be captains like Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli who take their places for granted will learn to bend their backs!

Posted by AshG77 on (January 4, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

India needs to have a brand new team of 16 players. They can be no worse than the existing obese and egoistic players who are on a losing spree and will continue. It is very obvious that the world cup was fixed based on the way Pakistan and then Sri Lanka lost to India in semi finals and the finals. They literally threw away the games. India needs fresh blood. Enough of Dhoni's politics, and other overrated celebrity players.

England will give India a very similar thrashing unless Dhoni begs the curators to manipulate the pitches.

Posted by Dandy_s on (January 4, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

India need to give break to players like Gambhir, Sehwag, Dhoni from ODI cricket for some timngland series e they have been playin way too much, For england series they should rest these guys and give chance to players like CM Gautam, U.Kaul, Rahane, Dhawan, Chand this way they can try out the new players and i am sure Sehwag and Gambhir will be back with a bang they stil have some good years left in them.

Posted by Hash_Tag on (January 4, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

@Harmony111 on (January 04 2013, 07:47 AM GMT) Considering some of the needless disparaging comments you have directed at fans of other countires that you have had published on cricinfo, for example; "a very malleable spine"...." you puny bunny"...." running to your countrymen"..."cos they aren't grey enough inside the skulls...". And considering that the last comment you made to me (a fellow India fan) was "perhaps it is too much for your barren brain" - Don't you think it is a bit rich talking about "maturity"? Your lack of restraint and pure self-righteous self-indulgence is a blight. Even now, with comments such as "The SL and Eng fans are always trying to say a few words extra no matter how poor their own teams may be" - you are still attempting to flame and provoke. Please stop.

Posted by remnant on (January 4, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

The Indian team is mentally jaded and needs a break to reassess its weaknesses and future goals. A fresh bunch of cricketers also need to be introduced to remove the dead wood from the team.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

Ajinkya rahane deserves a chance. dhoni had him for eng test series but never used him. he needs to put him on there. giving rahane 2 t-20 is not giving him a chance at all. ashwin is overdoing his bowling for some reason. he tries to be overly orthodox, changing line and length every delivery trying to keep the batsmen guessing, but what he doesnt know is that they can read him and his going for too many runs. in the last test against england he gave away 183 runs in 48 overs. only if umesh yadav hadnt suffered the injury, he would have been bowling his heart out there. ashok dinda has this radical thinking and keeps bowling short balls. god knows whats wrong with him. i do not consider him a good bowler, he needs to adapt more control. sehwag should give up now too. bring back praveen kumar and rp singh

Posted by BowledYa on (January 4, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

My hats off to Pakistan and to Misbah. I cannot fathom where we would be today if Misbah had not been handed the captaincy 2 years ago. I for one am thankful and proud of how he has led the team, from a time when the country deperately needed a devoted/honest/competent captain. To all those of my fellow Pakistanis who are against Misbah, remember the time when 3 of the captains their teams revolted against, one that quit on the team twice (one in the middle of a series in England), and one who sold his team and nation out. Misbah is a national hero. Period. Which other captin has his team performing with such success playing 100% overseas? None.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (January 4, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

Valuing ur wicket iz difrnt 4rm blocking evry thing,misbah n azhar r great at doing d latter feat,i realy mis d misbah of 2007-8,but then evry thing,close-in fieldrs can be owed to new icc rules rathr than pro-activety of misbha,as he doesn't believ in "AGGRESION".NO MATR WHATS REQUIRMENT OF MATCH HE WIL GO HIS TRADMARK 30 ball 17,adding insult to injury,he can't provid a finishing touch,but we don't need afridi eithr,we need far more realibl,seasoned RAZZAQ-LIKE COMPETITOR,EHSAN-ADIL MIGHT B D 1

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

bitter truth about INDIA india lack outstanding talent in all departments of cricket.... indian legends are flat pitch bullies.... bcci is the most richest board but not worthy and is dispected all over the world.... not allowing pakistan to play in ipl shows india hatered and racism.... india got worst ever and ridcls media on earth.... india has a execuse that bcoz that they dont eat meat so they cant produce fast bowlers...muslims popilation is more in india than pakistan,,,simply the whole lack lack talent.... overrated and cheap players...club crickters like in end and siuthafrica is far good than indian team.. biased commentators... if anyone take some wickets in 1 match indian commentators mark that indian bowler over #1 bowler

Posted by kunderanengineer on (January 4, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Even as an Indian fan I have to admit that since the days of Wasim, Imran, Shoaib, Waqar etc. I have been a huge fan of the Pakistani seam attack. I hope the young Irfan and Junaid can follow in the same footsteps of these giants from the past. Hafeez is proving himself to be a very reliable yet underrated allrounder and with the likes of Ajmal and Jamshed, the team seems to be just a couple of batsmen short of challenging the top guns. I realize that South Africa is a whole different kettle of fish from India but I am eagerly looking forward to this contest and will certainly be cheering for Pakistan. Go Pakistan, do the subcontinent proud!! You are the only hope left!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 4, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Indian Selectors and fans like @Sir.Ivor are the real problem with Indian cricket. I can't believe fans are still blaming Dhoni when he is the only Indian batsman scoring. The first thing Indian selectors need to do is drop Sehwag and Gambhir - they haven't done anything after World Cup 2011. Replace them with Rahane and Jaffer/Murli/Chand, etc. Secondly, replace Kohli with Pujara. Success has gone to his head, let him cool his heels for some time. Thirdly - replace Ishant and Dinda with young energetic bowlers like Shami Ahmed, Ishwar Pandey, Imtiaz Ahmed, etc.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 4, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

@ henchart->SA got their bowlers so we got Junaid,Irfan,Gull..& those SA pitches are like tailor made for our bowlers..The main concern is our batting..If our batsmen could survive in SA,there is no doubt that we will come back with a successful tour..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 4, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Loved to watch Yuvraj Swinging his bat in Agony after his Dismissal... He is the guy who used to abuse batsmen after taking their wickets..Yesterday when i saw him swinging his bat in Rage..That moment made my day.. PS->I hope now Yuvraj is back on ground once again..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 4, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

@ henchart->Lol so you mean Pak bowling is not that good? You must be kidding..Sehwag,Kohli,Gambhir,Dhoni,Raina,Yuvraj..All of these are bad players?So if they are bad then why are they given a title of best batsmen of the world.& if our bowlers take wickets of these batsmen,all people come up with is a simple thing ie 'Indian batting was not good enough'..Come on try to appreciate the opponents performance.If we can take wickets on such dead track,we are more than capable to take wickets on those SA pitches.We proved in in the past & we do it again.Our batting is a weak link but our bowling was never weak.With this bowling we have dented Australia,England, & SA in their home ground with our bowling..You dont watch enough matches or i guess you haven't seen us bowling out Aus on 88 runs in a test match in England not long ago.Now say that Australia is also a weak team..

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

"They lost eight successive overseas Tests. They lost a home Test series. And now the ODI world champions have lost a home bilateral series for the first time in more than three years.." ................Such is the critic's call and all we see is team india selling cola,cement,mobile,retail,telecom,glue,shoes,battery,etc... for sum time they shud focus on test cricket (oe cricket Overall :'|)

Posted by deconstruct on (January 4, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Dear Vivek: Granted, Sachin was and will remain one of the all-time greats. But to say that ODI cricket will die after him is elevating him to the level of a demi-god which he wasn't, and no one is. This approach actually summarizes what is wrong with the attitude of Indian fans: epitomizing individuals and their records rather than focusing on the overall big picture, which is about winning more matches - at the end of the day, this is what counts. No amount of individual records or IPL's glamor can replace the superb feeling of a team performing and winning.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (January 4, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

Most of my predictions regarding diffrnt teams stood corect in 2012,i m going to make anothr 1 in 2013,which iz "ITS TOO EARLY TO SAY ANY THING ABOUT OUR BATING,BUT AS FAR AS OUR BOWLING IZ CONCERNED,PAKI PACERS GONNA ROCK D SAFFAS,THATS 4 SURE",BTW WHAT hapend to same saffas when they couldn't win a single test on dere last tour to uae,dubai,and odi series was tighly finished wid 3-2 to safas,so lets enjoy d present scenario,lolz

Posted by PkRules on (January 4, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

There is only one thing that Indian team has to change and that is their attitude. They need to embrace defeat and learn from it, instead of coming up with lame excuses. There have been nothing but excuses since the 4-0 loss against Aussies. It is the pitch, the conditions, the toss, the dew factor, the poor umpiring, or something else. If they want to change things, they need to start to take responsibility and own the failures as equally as they do success.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

A top class team beating an average ODI team - named India - should not be a matter of surprise.

Posted by AHFAD on (January 4, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

@@Sir.Ivor

The are 2 reasons for Pakistan producing good fast bowlers:

1. Legacy of heroes like Imran, Waqar, Wasim and Shoaib. Kids like to follow their heroes.

2. Fast bowler are recognized and groomed at a very early age (14-17 years old). There is one man who is working extremely hard with boys. His name is Aaqib Javed. Yes, the ex fast bowler of Pakistan team. He is helping the young guns to climb the ladder.

Posted by Sheeraz03 on (January 4, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Well played Pakistan.....We are proud on our team.true match winner side.We expected this from our team and they did it and they shut critics that they cant beat india in India.

Posted by yamin101 on (January 4, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

@henchart: Everybody knows that Pakistani team is the most unpredictable in cricketing world ever. So never consider yourself a guru. You better just wait & watch.

Posted by Sheeraz03 on (January 4, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

it was on cards coz Pakistan hav vry good bowling attack as compare to Indiaz poor attack.And now Pakistan Have some quality batsmen as well and they are now performing.

Posted by Koli420 on (January 4, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Wow...I'm so surprise that Dhoni is not MAN-OF-THE-MATCH.....He did 54 not out....So surprise....

Posted by henchart on (January 4, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Let Pakistan not delude themselves of being a good side by beating a poor team like India.Real challenge is against Proteas.England and Australia recently found out against Proteas that they are not as good a side as they were made out by Indians.Steyn,Morkel,Philander would be a different kettle of Fish for the likes of Hafeez and Jamshed than poor Dinda,rooky Kumar and patchy Ishant Sharma.Amla,DeVilliers and Kallis not to mention Smith and Faff would surely relish batting against Gul and Co. As for Indians ,conclusion of this season would also see end of Dhoni as Captain and Tendulkar as test player.One sacked and other retired.

Posted by BDforever on (January 4, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

India is a team that used to play well only on flat tracks (now can't even play well on their own flat tracks though). So winning a series against them doesn't really give anything to the opposition. Pakistan should take this Indian series as a practice series in order to face strong teams like South Africa, England and Australia.

Posted by kamsys007 on (January 4, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

pakistan vs south africa!!it will be very interesting to see wich is the better bowling side!!! pak with junaid,irfan,ajmal,gul... and south africa with philander,steyn,morkel....!! GREAT SERIES TO WATCH.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

i don't see dhoni as a captain ya he can carry as a player but as a captain he has had destroyer india fortune everything going gud till world cup but after world cup dhoni has new ambition he want to fame like sachin but here dhoni loss the plot in tri series he started bad game with seniors i dont know why untill every seniour support to but that time dhoni has brand new ambition to fame like Sachin or Sehwag to everybuddy talk about Dhoni and this ambition take Dhoni and team india .Now its clear dhoni never get fame like these legend like Dravid,Laxman,Sachin.Now important take away to dhoni captaincy at least test and one dayer as a player he can delivered 2 or three more years.

Posted by Tokai69 on (January 4, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Congrats to PAK, where home bound int cricket is in exile for the last many years, despite being cornered in the world cricking politics, they keep producing world class bowlers like Junaid and Irfan. Their bating side is not up to the mark though, due to lack of domestic tournaments. Still they keep improving playing elsewhere esp, in BPL or BBL. On the other hand India should conduct a soul-searching in the current team to find out the problem and make a real plan to overcome it. Hope BCCI neither summons world class curators to defuse PAK bowlers, nor finds new ICC laws to come out the situation!

Posted by Mian.Invader on (January 4, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

as junaid khan took that ishant sharma's wicket i got so ecstatic, but as i saw ishant sharma apologizing to dhoni i really felt for him, earlier he bowled a really good spell taking wickets, and not giving many runs. he had done what his job was, the batsmen should be sorry for such a dismal show. either our batting is not to the point or indians are really pulling off some good spells with the bowl, but it really hurts to see such a batting line up falling once again without any fight. best wishes to both teams for the next match.

Posted by JustIPL on (January 4, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

@ Naveed_Pak, I don't think that Dhoni is given so much powers that he can promote himself up the order. He is also a rubber stamp like the coach fletcher. He has always given his 100% whatever position he is allowed to bat by the board. Many important knocks are a proof that he has desire to win but dictation by the board management compells him to maintain averages somehow so that board and star cricketers keep reaping big fortunes but this strategy has backfired resulting in never ending slip for Indian team.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

wellcome to pak team with old and young combination.....they looked more comfortable playing in india, like his own grounds..junaid and jamsheed showing his talent to out class so-called indian players.....pak deserved the win so0 they got the series..on other hand indian players only are able to play IPL..there is no place for sehwag and gambir in indain side for ODI..rehane so impressed us in t20 and he is in form batsman...why he is nt playing ?????.i think indian player is more powerfull then indian BCCI..here in Pakistan if afridi,younas or someone else didn't do well than they out from the pakistan team untill get his form back...more indian have jadeja and pak have fawad Alam aworld class player(so-called) ..both are unable to play a single shot for 6 or 4, but both claim they are world class player...its time to take some serious decision...

Posted by UK_Chap on (January 4, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

What an excellent victory for Pakistan, it has been a long time coming but it was worth the wait. The team management / coaches should not make wholesale changes, they should still try and win the last game. The most they should change is one batsmen and one bowler otherwise it completely disrupts the unity and moral of the team. As for Indian fans, I think you are being a little harsh on your team, they have had a brilliant run for the last few years and I know it must be hard to take, seeing them on the receiving end of what they have been dishing out. They were on a crest and now they are at the bottom of that ride, it will take a little time but they will make a come back. I felt that same way when Wasim & Waqar retired. The BCCI need to look forwards not backwards, great players like Sachin and Dravid had to go sooner or later as will the current crop. This bitter pill will have to be taken along with some courage before you see any improvement take place.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

I just don't understand why ajinkiya rahanne is not in the indian odi side... he is a much better player than sehwag and gambhir at the moment, he really should be in the indian team, then perhaps jadeja should practice his batting a bit more, he is a good allrounder just lacks practice and I just don't understand why the indian players keep on playing cross bat shots when they know that the ball is seaming and swinging, but once they play rahanne in the odi side I think everything is bound to change, he can be a great player and a great future prospect for india, and well done PAKISTAN but their downfall from 141/0 to 250 all out is totally unexcuseable, and everything is to be blamed on the mismanagement of the captain, he should have changed the batting order and should have sent younis khan or shoaib malik ahead of azhar ali which would have helped Pakistan to achieve a much better score than what they did, anyway they won and that's what matters in the end........

Posted by naxif on (January 4, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

I think Indian team has great batting talent but this team looks mentally exhausted and tired and their body language shows that. Look at the amount of cricket that they have played and how much more is coming(not to forget the IPL)! I know that people these days don't agree to this but playing international cricket has its own pressure and it takes a lot out of players. They might be physically fit, but they are not mentally 100% present in the game. One can only blame BCCI for this which seems to be more interested in making money than they are in winning matches....

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

Dhoni is the only one who is performing; and I can't believe some guys are still getting at his throat! Hey, you guys are exactly like the Indian selectors & cricket administrators ... going by pre-conceived notions about players, instead of going by their performance. No wonder, you get a team you deserve.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 4, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

@Harmony111 on (January 03 2013, 21:48 PM GMT) My main point is that if one of our guys was in that situation in an ODI ,and he was left with the tail I'd prefer him to play some shots. When he was in with Ashwin or Jadeja then fair enough but they were never winning once Ashwin and Jadeja went and if I was an Indian fan I'd rather see him counter attack than have the inns come to such a lame end. Oh LOL re your other comms re SL and Eng fans Mr HARMONY

Posted by Usman_Jilani on (January 4, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Great performance by the Pakistani's and were simply too classy for India. But India also played well and if some of the batsmen supported Dhoni, he could have launched an assault. I still think Sehwag has a lot left in him and would hate for him to be taken out of the squad.

I personally think that Indian bowlers are quite good but the BCCI doesn't invest enough time and money in them. If you look at Junaid Khan when he came into the side after U19's, he made a few mistakes, but PCB took him to the side and taught him and spent time on his technique etc. Now he's a better athlete in general. I think the BCCI should do the same. Due to the current Indian batting form, how about moving Dhoni up the order a little to provide more stability?

Cricket is the ultimate winner and it's been great seeing these two titans gong at it! All in all, well done Pakistan and respect to India. Still a lot to play for!

Usman

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 4, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Well done team misbah. Misbah should be given a huge praisal for his efforts to bring stability and calmness in team. Hafeez must learn from him if he wants to take over at some point from misbah but so far mishbah is doing fine. He is a wonderful test captain, suited more to his style and he is learning in odi's. Honest man n we are very proud of him. My only concern is some team selection issues with him. Like azhar is a very good batsman but he is more suited for test matches. Please Get in Umar Akmal in for number 4. and keep Haris sohail in team to replace if someone doesnt perform in middle order. Same is with opening to groom Ahmad shahzad for odi,s as a third option. Gul was good in last match but overhaul he is not doing wel, so keep guys like anwar ali and eshan adil ready for replacements. Similarly you have some very good options in spin department. But two serious areas to look for selectors are replacement of abdul razzaq (Bowling Allrounder) and Wicket keeper batsman.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (January 4, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

At the moment Indian cricket is at its lowest. This will continue as long as Dhoni captains the side. It surprises me that he has not stepped down already. I am not sure how to rate Pakistan because they have beaten India in its present state. A better assessment will be when they play South Africa. I am sure they will play well. It is amazing the way they produce fast bowlers one after the other.I can understand that people from North West are hardy as Imran says. But that does not explain how the skills are transferred from one generation to another.From one great to another. I feel at a common venue, they can beat South Africa and Australia also like they beat England. Now with Nasir Jamshed in their ranks,I am sure they have the batting to complement their great bowling.Dave Whatmore has made a big difference to them. India is struggling because of having a coach who is not communicative and a bowling coach who is more of a policeman than a bowler.I do not know how he was selected.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

IPL is destroying batting tallent and skills of indian players... On the other hand Paki players are working hard to prove themselves even without home series... In my opinion the biggest difference between the two sides is level and approach to domestic cricket as Paki players have got good opportunities at domestic level while india has IPL suppressing their domestic leagues...

Best of luck to both teams for delhi match and as a Paki i would love to see 3-0... :)

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 4, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

hahaha India can't even win the majority of their home games can't believe they will one day be playing a 5 match test series away to England again after what happened last year. This is destroying Cricket with same one sided matches.

Posted by s..sanjay on (January 4, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

everyone say why rohit sharma is in playing eleven?but,there is no different result in 2nd odi.I think he must be considered in 3rd odi because he is the only who handle the short ball of mohmad irfan& the swing ball of junaid.he has amazing tallent to handle short ball & the technique of playing is looks like a great batsman just one innigs to require in find form and after then he helps in many wins in india.he is in very good form in this ranji season,so he must be considered not easily ignored

Posted by Pak-Talent-factory on (January 4, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Dhoni is a true leader, he couldn't do anything even if he had come at number 4 because wickets were falling at the other end, Indians should support him, all your team needs is injection of some fresh blood. Eden garden is cricket heaven with awesome crowd support for the visitors, hope the talks regarding Quaid-Gandhi Trophy comes to a good end and we get to watch some Indo-Pak thrilling series soon InshAllah. Go Green

Posted by imrankhan76uk on (January 4, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Any win in India is a great achievement for Pakistani Team, so congrats and well done. on the other hand indian team is having worst of their time in recent memory and I don't see any passion either for success since WC2011. I think (my opinion only), indian team is carrying too many STARS and untouchable HEROES...while in Cricket like anyother sports you need professionals to play the game properly at highest level.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

i dun why why indian media is critising dhoni.. its bad team selection. if there isn't any 5th bowler what should dhoni do???? .. so only blaming dhoni isn't a good thing..

Posted by khurdum on (January 4, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

India have lost the series without showing fighting spirit against pakistan. they became very proud of themselves passed bad comments against BD. VS considered BD as an ordinary team in Dhaka in 2012, within a year they have ordinary team in their own soil. They are not even competent to chase a score of 250, didn't go near to create a hope for wining. Except dhoni, who is threatened with captaincy, no one scored even 50 in 2 matches. After that harsh comments by VS, he couldn't contribute successfully for the team. Goutom's jealousy with shakib during IPL made him pay with current failures. Cricket is gentleman's game. Why they couldn't learn from Shachin? VS, GG, VK and SR should buy time from SRT to learn about maintaining good deal of positive gesture about other team and players. VS, GG , VK & SR are playing like our Ashraful did during last 5 years. Once he is out BD playing well. How india can win with 4 players like Ash? Remove all 4, you will start wining again. Good luck.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 4, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

Bangladesh is a better side than India. They made their way into the final of the Asia cup and almost won it. And they beat a WI team who were on a high after winning WT20 .. India can't even win at home..

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

I am not sure why everyone is after Dhoni? The guy is trying his best to make the most of what he got. If the batsmen are not performing or India is not able to find a genuine fast bowler why criticise Dhoni? I am a Paki fan, but what the indian media and some of the fans are doing is not good. A fighting century in the last game and a good knock in the 2nd match... what more do you expect?

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

I think both teams should make changes for 3rd ODI. Pakistan should play Anwar Ali and Haris Sohail. What better place than your arch rival's home ground, to give your dazzling young prospects some international exposure? As for India, I have heard alot of Shami Ahmed so would love to see him as well as see Dhoni bat at No 3. Arrest the slide and build the innings. He scored a scintillating 148 against Pakistan in Vishakapatnam, not from 6 or 7, but 3. He averages 82 there, so why not move there permanently? Barcelona do not keep Lionel Messi on substitute bench and send him on at 80th minute, or play him in defence, even though they have other great players. Regardless how much talented other batsmen are in your line up, if you can play like that at No 3, then make that position your own.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 4, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

It's all Indian Selector's fault. Dhoni has no say in selection of Indian squad. Why is it so hard to drop Sehwag and Gambhir? Same thing with Ishant and Rohit Sharma? Those four should not be allowed near the Indian team. Yuvraj is good only for T20. What's wrong with Jaffer? He might be 34 years old but he still has 3-4 years left. Bring in some young pace bowlers like Ishwar Pandey, Imtiaz Ahmed, etc.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 4, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

I think one of the main issues is that this Indian team is mentally weak. They need a new captain, howeve, I would keep Dhoni. He's still a fine batsmen.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Two points:

- Sachin retired 10 days ago. World Cup was in March 2011. One one hand, Indian fans say their team has not performed after WC and on other hand, they say now that Sachin has gone, their team is in trouble. Guys, you have only played 2 games after hi retirement! So either, stop criticising your team, or accept that even Sachin's presence was not enough, and hence include him in ridiculing, as well.

- I am, not for one moment, being arrogant here, but why blame pitches for not producing fast bowlers? You say that Pakistan keep producing fast bowlers (Alhamdulillah) yet if we can't then BCCI should look into playing surfaces. Last time I checked, Pakistan has exactly the same sort of pitches as India. So why loathe BCCI into changing the playing surface? I think its about the talent pool and the mentalities. Ask any child playing cricket in Pakistan and he wants to emulate Imran, Waqar, Wasim and Shoaib. Ask a child in India and he wants to emulate Sachin.

Posted by Scube on (January 4, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

BCCI, would you pls fix a coaching session for Ashwin and his spin partners with Hafeez soon? Pls don't approach Ajmal as our "spinners" simply can't understand him as he is in a different world altogether! Actually, in his current form, Hafeez can be a lead spinner in any team! Btw, as long as Ashwin, with his half-trackers of varying lengths in the name of variations, is our lead "spinner", we are doomed! Period!

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

lot of indians talk about minnows at t20 world cup.. dont insult other teams and players. what happened to your team in past few months. england have beaten indians in india. now your arch arrivals pakistan have beat you in your own court... is this the spirit of the word champions??? congrats pakistan.... indians must look for new players, they need new blood. players of good calliber. BCCI MUST REMEMBER ONE THING THAT EVERYTHING IS NOT DEPEND ON MONEY... GOOD LUCK TO BOTH TEAMS...

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

prepare a team for 2015 world cup from now onwards enough of big guns...

1.Rahane 2.Dhawan 3.Kohli 4.pujara 5.Tiwary 6.Karthik(Wk) 7.Meneria 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvaneshwar kumar 10.Umesh yadav 11.Varun Aaron

and the extras would 1.Manish Pandey 2.rahul sharma 3.RP singh 4. Rayadu(wk) 5.unmukt chand

Posted by AHFAD on (January 4, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

@@manzar_w

Dhoni Lead from front? When did it happen? Did I miss a game when that happened?

Dhoni don't talk to his bowlers. which is important for field setting and bowling strategy. He don't really discuss with seniors. He bats way down the order and stay not out. Initially I never agreed with others who says Dhoni play for the record (like most of the Indians) but after seeing his batting in 2nd. ODI.. I guess I was wrong.

Please don't remind us that India won WC. Its just a tournament and one team may perform better to lift the cup. But to compliment that you have to deliver for sometime otherwise it would be considered as fluke. In India's case they won WC by preparing flat pitches and let their half bowlers bowled negative deliveries (on pads).

The best teams are the one who wins outside. As far as Pakistan is concerned they have to prove that in South Africa. Winning in India is not a big deal as Indian team was already demoralized by previous defeats.

Posted by Scube on (January 4, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

Based on the heart-wrenching comments by Dravid_blah_blah_blah on (January 03 2013, 23:23 PM GMT), I hereby humbly request BCCI to treat Dravid_blah_blah_blah and his ilk with utmost respect for his innumerable contributions to Indian cricket just like how he treats with utmost respect a player who represented India for just 23 years! I also sincerely urge the BCCI president to personally address the problems with the Rest rooms in all Cricket Stadiums in India as this is a much easier mess to sort out than the ones impacting current Indian cricket team and its management! Heartfelt thanks in advance for both the visionaries!

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

India's batsmen need to get their act together. This is not only seen in this series but also in the Test series against England which India should have won. Also India need some fast bowlers.

Posted by rosh280 on (January 4, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

It is a great win for spirited pakistan. indian batting failed miserably once again. when we have great performing players like cheteswar pujara and murali vijay are there why they had been avoided.We cant digest that. Virat kohli batting style really a big problem for india. we need to test mandeep singh, manish pandey or sarul kanwar for him. Bowling was great with ishant sharma and bhuvanesh kumar backing him well. we have to use ishwar pandey, vikas mishra and shami ahmed as well. now we had found good alrounder bowlers like vinay kumar, praveen kumar and bhuvanesh kumar. sunny singh and amitoze singh can also prove to be great players. frankly speaking india does nt have any dearth of players. Mandeep singh, amitoze singh, parveen rasool, makvana, rahul dewan, sunny singh, str binny, manish pandey, pankaj singh, Deepak chahar, sudeep tyagi, anustup majumdar, Praveen kumar, vinay kumar, unmukt chand, yogesh nagar, vikas mishra, k inder singh are the players to watch for future.

Posted by AHFAD on (January 4, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

@@AH_USA.

So you agree with me that no one is performing in Indian team except Dhoni. You don't see Kohli as captain material (and I agree). But you still want Dhoni to go.. without giving the name of next captain.

As far as the example of Miandad and Imran is concerned. I agree Miandad was never a captain material. But Imran was a born leader and a consistent performer.. with ball earlier and then with bat later in his career.

Please don't compare the tiger (Imran) with Dhoni. Tiger was tiger (lead and PERFORM from the front). On the other hand Dhoni always been defensive.

Sounds demoralizing for India but the bottom line is, Dhoni is the only option as Captain. You also have to agree because you have no other name for future captain. So what is your argument now? Give me a name and I will agree with you :-)

PS: If the Indian selectors replace the non-performers with new faces then the have to replace the whole Indian team EXCEPT Dhoni.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (January 4, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

@NaturalVerdict: "Then there's Jadeja - he is a top batsmen yet comes in at 7-8?". Are you serious????Sorry to say but neither he is good batsman and nor he is better bowler he is ofcourse a good fielder but at present day cricket you cant get selected being only good in one of the three skills.And the amount of opportunities he's got at helm of Dhoni being captain, everybody in this forum knows....

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan for their superb performance at Indian soil. They deserve the win with such a quality set of players.

Posted by Sagarneel on (January 4, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Let us admit that we have been outplayed by a team which is much better than ours. I would whole heartedly congratulate Pakistan for the wonderful cricket they have played. This team has a lot of promising players and I sincerely hope they keep the dark days of match fixing behind them and move ahead. What was wonderful to see was their team spirit and they looked liked a cohesive unit. As far as India is concerned, I am still optimistic that things will change.We are just passing thru a rough (albeit long) phase. We should not forget that these batsmen were considered the best batsmen even a year ago, and what they need the most at this point is mental conditioning. I hope they appoint Ganguly as coach and some changes in the team. Sehwag,Gambhir,Rahane,Dhoni, Kohli, Yuvraj,Tiwari,Ashwin,Zaheer,Harbhajan and Umesh looks like a perfectly balanced team. This may solve the immediate crisis, however, if we are serious about the next world cup, we need to bring up a lot of younger players.

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (January 4, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

So where is my frnd Rajesh_India. so wht u have to say abt pakistan now. you must be hiding in your closet now I guess!!!LOL...

Well congrats to pkistan for winning the series (only because of indians faliure and Jamshed, Hafeez and bowler's perorrmance specially Junaid).

Paksitan still need to make some changes. Azher ali is good but msbah,younis,azher and malik, they all cant play together. they can't make more than 3 runs per over which is not good for odi.I wanna see Asad shafiq somewhere inthe middle and someone like afridi or razzaq at the lower middle order to do some fireworks in last 8-10 overs. even in the past we had akram and imran khan. we badly need one allrounder after afridi and razzaq. Mohammad irfan, to me doesn't seem to be a long run guy. may be i'm wrong.

As far as india, sehwag and gambhir shud be replaced by rahane and pujara. Irfan pathan to be in for dinda as he can also bat. hopefully this will resolve batting problem in near future.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Only captaincy cannot produce wins. All unit have to perform well to achieve victory

Indian defeat: was a team combine effort, as most of the batsman failed. If two top order player could have performed then the result could hv been different. Bowlers did good job to contain pak. In fact India Pakistan match, always Indian bowlers perform better than their capabilities.. Dhoni is the best choice of captain in current Indian team ...

Pakistan success: is again team effort. Misbah captaincy has nothing to do with Nasir centuries.. or Misbah didn't taught Junaid to bowl that line. So in Pakistan success, we can count the actors who performed well.. Junaid Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Irfan, GUL, Younis Khan, Shoiab malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal... everybody had contribution ... and Misbah didn't perform well ..but as Pakistan won the match Misbah performance became hidden...

Cricket must revive between India and Pakistan.. as these matches are always the best cricket matches in World.

Posted by DilluT on (January 4, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Finally Indian team make themselves consistent, though in the area of loosing wickets and loosing matches.

Our selectors should understand that they are busy in making advertisement, rather than wasting time in practice. they know that they will be selected whether they play or not. So it's my request to selectors to try to understand the problem of our players and don't deviate them from their extra activities.

On the other hand my heartiest congratulation to Pak team for brilliant performance. Outstanding play. Please keep this momentum.....

Posted by Koark on (January 4, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

it seems Bangladesh is also a far better side than this Indian side....i am sure, if they play with Bangladesh now, they will lost series!

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Harmony111 said the right thing here! Spot on buddy! Im amazed and it was heartwarming to see pakistani fans speak with such dignity even when they won and also when they lost earlier. I also gave out a sigh of relief when the Indian fans reciprocated also with great respects to a superior team performance from pakistan. Respects to my indian counterparts too!. You are right, many of the other fans usually ask for it and my fellow-indians are very kind(read rude) in giving back once somebody asks for it :P. But I must say there were many english fans too that were very dignified during the test series too! Hats off to such gentlemen with high characters (pakistanis, indians, english ). Ofcourse there are some rotten tomatoes always! Nothing beats a clean tongue and a big heart! Love the fights between all of us on the field, and love you better for your high standards off the field!

Posted by spiritwithin on (January 4, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

as an indian fan how much i admire this pak team,and misbah ul haq is like a magician who brought such a calmness in the pak team,and he looks like someone who's humble and does'nt indulge in politics and thats the reason pak is doing well since he took over,i m surprised when pak fans make fun of him,i will trade any of our player to get a hand on such captain..and pak has tow of the most talented bowler in irfan and junaid,apart from that Naser is one more find..and lastly and most surprising aspect is the fielding of pak for which they r not known for but in this series they were awesome..and yes all these applause coming from an indian fan means ur team has truly arrived in the world stage and deserve all the credits from all the fans,india did'nt played badly but pak played too good for this indian team to handle,after all the controversy post match fixing scandal and now pak playing like a team which we were used to while growing up...best of luck to pak for their series with SA.

Posted by jayesh.chaudhari on (January 4, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

First class cricket is for those players who are fighting with their form. But i never seen sehwag playing first class cricket for Delhi in 4-5 years. Is he that much great that he cant play first class cricket?

And we cant take him for that one inning that he plays once in a blue moon.

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 4, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

A 3-0 drubbing won't be that bad for Indian cricket, though sad for its passionate fans. Rather a win in Delhi with Viru and Gauti getting 40s or 50s will lure selectors to belive that they still have it in them to beat the crap out of England. That will be very unfortunate. The perinial problem is bench is quite weak. Apar from Rahane, there is none in domestic that is chanllenging Viru or Guati..Vijays, Uthappas have all been flash in the pan..Unmukt is learing to cope up with expectation. Dhawan is in good form but not a solid material for international cricket..Who else is there..so all we can expect is for VS and GG to go on until oblivion..On the other hand, if a Rahane or Vijay or Dhawan or Robin fail in 2 ODIs, they will be crucified by the media, fans and critics and selectors will think, VS and GG are better as they are proven players at this level. Indians by nature lack paitence, are too emotional and lack long term vision. Im ready for a 3-0 rather than a false 2-1

Posted by ajithabey on (January 4, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

superb win for a country who cannot even host international cricket matches speaks volume of their ability as a team to win overseas.Congrats Pakistan on very professional approach and superb allround performances.India it's high time to revamp your team to suit current and future needs .Sachin's retirement was well timed as otherwise he too would have been in the dumps like the other seniors.I always think that T20 cricket has messed up the techniques of many good batsman.As the saying goes "What goes around comes around"

Posted by dabhand on (January 4, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Well there goes another prediction from those wildly biased supporters who are truly lacking in any appreciation or knowledge of cricket.

Time for a total shake up and perhaps less focus on biff, bash, boff cricket and get back to playing on surfaces which test ability rather than bringing the ropes in and taking all the life out of the wicket.

Posted by AH_USA on (January 4, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

@AHFAD, Javed Miandad was a consistent performer but he was not a successful captain, why, because he was very defensive by nature and he did not have a captain's personality. Yes, it is very important for a captain to have a personality. When Imran Khan was injured with his foot injury in the early 80s, he was still the captain even when Javed Miandad was consistently performing, why? Dhoni's problem is that he stands behind the wickets and does not talk to anyone. Ganguly was a better captain than Dhoni even when there were other better performers in the Indian team. An argument can be made that no one in the present Indain team other than Dhoni can lead at this point, not because of performance but because no one else has the leadership experience or skills to surpass Dhoni which shows how bad the present lot is in this department. Based on what I have seen of Kohli, he is not a captain material but, I have been wrong before.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

I think 20 20 cricket is spoiling great indian batsman . Yuvraj , Raina ,kohli ,gambhir all were once great batsman but they are very much now adapted to 20 20 style .They are trying to play 50 over match as 20 20 match . No one tries to stay at crease . Islamabad ,pak .

Posted by dmqi on (January 4, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

More loss are on the way as the old GOD will not let young player come in. You gave easy sailing to old rusty players without considering replacement, so you pay the price. India will be #5 soon in test and ODI. I can not imagine the margin of loss in Australia, innings defeat in test and 100 runs in ODI.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

well, honestly speaking this denial of Indian cricket team brings out the best out of in Indian crowd <3 i never saw this much supporting crowd ever before in india for visitors (if you know what i mean) ... isn't it a good thing ???

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Tendulkar's retirement may be the turning point for pakistan vs india results which were so predictable in recent past.

Posted by bdfighter1 on (January 4, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

India's series lose after winning ICC World Cup 2011 under MSD's captaincy: >England beat India (4-0) in the test series... >England beat India (2-0) in the t20 series... >England beat India (3-0) in the Natwest ODI series... >Australia beat India (4-0) in the Border- Gavaskar Trophy... >Australia leveled the KFC T20 series (1-1) >India lose CB Tri-Nation ODI series againist Australia & Sri Lanka without entering the finals... >India lose Asia Cup without entering the finals... >New Zealand beat India (1-0) in the Airtel t20 series... >India lose ICC T20 World Cup 2012 without entering the semi finals... >England beat India (2-1) in the Airtel test series... >England leveled the Airtel t20 series (1-1)... >Pakistan leveled the Airtel t20 series (1-1)... >Pakistan beat India (2-0) in the Airtel ODI series with one match left... shame india shame! keep urs big mouths shut up bout others.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (January 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

its seems really funny when we read comment indian are bashing thier own team where pakistani backing indian team.as a pakistani i watched these indians bashing here other countries specialy pakistan team alot even if they win in remaining odi m really sure they will bash pakistani bowlers and players like they did in last t20.still pakistani showed big heart and they are saying its only a game nothing else.winning and losing is part of the game today we pakistanis have upper hand probably tomorrow you wil get some good performence so behave like a gentleman dont hurt someone its will work for you.

Posted by NeutralVerdict on (January 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Its funny how things change so quickly - only a couple of weeks ago everyone was saying drop Dhoni yet now most seem to think he is brilliant again! He sums up the problem with the big stars in Indian cricket - they are selfish. If India are to improve they need to give the captaincy to someone else. Dhoni has too many favourites & he seems to dictate the selection of the team which isn't based on current form in the domestic game. Then you have Sehwag and Gambhir - both again selfish who seem to take no responsibility. I cant believe Rahane is still waiting in the wings as he is a quality player and the future opener for India in all forms. He needs to be given a chance at least. Then there's Jadeja - he is a top batsmen yet comes in at 7-8? He should be given a go in the middle order. His bowling is just a bonus to have someone who can bowl 4-5 overs here or there. In summary the BCCI need to give these young guys a proper chance but while Dhoni is in charge this wont happen.

Posted by Latif_AIOU on (January 4, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

Great Victory against INDIA!

Posted by Imran-Akram on (January 4, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Indians are mesmerized by a couple of magic spells by Junaid Khan and the fact is that he has only 50 % of quality/swing/seam/control of what Muhammad Aamir has.Hopefully he will make a come back Insha Allah. Watch out for other exciting fast bowlers waiting for their turn.... Sadaf Hussain, Ehsan Adil, Zia ul Haq, Tabish Khan, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Samiullah Khan, Mohammad Khalil, Wahab Riaz, Najf Shah, Asad Ali, Yasir Ali, Azhar Attari, Mohammad Ramiz, Bilawal Bhatti, Ahmed Jamal, Junaid Nadir, Muhammad Talha, Nayyer Abbas, Umaid Asif............ and spinner, Zulfiqar Babar, Hasan Raza, Yasir Shah, Adnan Rasool, Azam Hussain, Hassan Mahmood, Mohammad Aslam and many more..Never Forget that since 2010, Pakistan is without its best and first choice bowling pair.... Muhammad Aamir and Muhammad Asif.

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (January 4, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Well played Pakistan, i think the problem is not the current indian team performance its the way of cricket they are used to play , they always play on flat tracks where their batsmen knock the other team out with their batting only.. now they are playing on pitches which are not flat and offer some pace and bounce to the bowlers and unfortunately indian batsmen are not prepared to handle that..Changing captain will not bring any change until you make the players capable..

Posted by atuljain1969 on (January 4, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

Trough ur columns time and again I have predicted that Indian cricket is going to dustbin, and great changes are required to stem the rot.

New players are not given the right opportunity at right time and for right numbers. Tiwari, Rahane, Bisht, consistent performers in domestic cricket are not given proper chances on the other hand so called talented players like Rohit Sharma, Raina, Gambhir, Sehwag are given extended run even after consistent non performance.

If these players are not in form why don't they go to domestic cricket and redicover their instead of making India loose again and again.

What about Karthik, Parthivl even if Dhoni is half fit he is not letting other keepers do the job, in the fear that his place shall be lost. What is this approach.

Why separate team and captains are not maintained for T20, ONE DAY and Test cricket, such a big country of ours have dearth of players. I don't think so, the trouble is that we have narrow mind afraid of taking bold decision

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

"the aggregate for the remaining nine wickets was just 232." 18 wickets effectively... that creates an impact!

Posted by Crimsonbat on (January 4, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

I love Indian Cricket. But for its own good I hope they lose 0-3.

Posted by DDrocks on (January 4, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

There is only one way forward for Indian Cricket: build for the future. Even Bollywood stars fade away with time or (lack of) success, to be replaced by new talent. Get rid of the Sehwags, Gambhirs, Ashwins, Rainas, and bring in the Rahanes, Yadavs, Kumars, and anyone that is performing at the National level. Isn't this how the Aussies and England induct fresh blood?

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Pakistan won because wickets were bowler friendly and we are grateful to Indian pitch curators.Pakistan possess a world class attack-good fast bowlers, Saeed Ajmal world's no.1 spinner.Pakistan should have some one else as Captain as Misbah does not deserve a place as a batsman and as a Captain too defensive. He is very old and for next World cup we need someone else.

Posted by Shazli on (January 4, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

whenever Dhoni catch drop he scored..... this is poor really poor performance by Dhoni he should not even in ODI's as well.... let c england white wash india in ODI....Indian players can only for IPL and the always perform for money not for nation.......... look Pakistani players they came and play just for Pakistan..........

Posted by shoaib.rasheed on (January 4, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Pakistan team played with great passion and energy, i really loved the fight which the guys putted in all four matches, although they lost one T20, But it was a wonderful Game of cricket. i heard from some Indian anchor on TV that Pakistan team was working hard in nets as compared to Indian team, these things really make the difference, The Pakistan bowlers did a great a great job in last 2 ODI, Both teams played in a friendly manner, this was Good to watch. Best of Luck For SA Tour, Azhar ali is a Good player but i think he has not worked properly in the time period when Pakistan did not had any international matches. Umar Akmal is another waste of talent, should be dropped for few months to become a mature cricketer. No doubt he is One of the good talented young players, But if he can't use it on the field, its useless.

Posted by show.stopper on (January 4, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

"Surely an improvement... in last match, India were 102/6 in 33.2 overs.... today they are 103/6 in 31.3 overs"

Posted by arifibrahim on (January 4, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

It's very good to see the Indian team lost again. They thinking they are the best team in the world but to be honest they are not. They does not give any value to other team like Bangladesh. Their senior player sometimes critics Bangladesh cricket team and their player. But now the time is come to other country to back the criticise them. India does not want to play Bangladesh because their sponsor thinking its not good profitable but now India should be invite Bangladesh to their country and play with them. And truth is Bangladesh have the ability to beat them their proud home land.

Posted by youknow on (January 4, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

bad luck india. give confidence to dhoni, and some rest to the team. some (jadeja, yuraj, sehwag, gambir, sharma....) should be rested permanently, also look to the future, forget about past legends.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Pakistan was in search for a good Opening batsman since long, I think Nasir Jamshid is a blessing which finally Pakistan found.Hafiz and Jamshed is a good couple for opening with the bat. Muhammad Irfan,though could nt grab more wickets ,still i feel he has a bright future so finally the pakistani team is quite stable and in good position.. Keep it up Pakistan!

Posted by hst84 on (January 4, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

The batting collapse of the Indian cricket team seems like there's something wrong internally. Can be some pressure groups inside which would be demanding or wanting something, feuds of some sort or because of the inexperience factor prevailing in the Test and one day teams. A stranded captain playing a lone hand not only in the first but also the second one dayer definitely means that its more than a batting collapse. Hope India recovers soon and play the cricket that everyone expects them to and hopefully they won't make the mistake of removing Dhoni as a captain in the two major formats.

Posted by arifibrahim on (January 4, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

It's very good to see the Indian team lost again. They thinking they are the best team in the world but to be honest they are not. They does not give any value to other team like Bangladesh. Their senior player sometimes critics Bangladesh cricket team and their player. But now the time is come to other country to back the criticise them. India does not want to play Bangladesh because their sponsor thinking its not good profitable but now India should be invite Bangladesh to their country and play with them. And truth is Bangladesh have the ability to beat them their proud home land.

Posted by AHFAD on (January 4, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

@@AH_USA.

So you would like a non-performer to be Indian captain and Lead from front ??? Ha Ha Ha. Please note the only consistent player in Indian cricket is Dhoni. As I mentioned in my previous comment. Dhoni is the only man availabe.. whether lead from front or back. :-)

Posted by manzar_w on (January 4, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

Dhoni is the best skipper and he leads from the front, Team India suffering defeat due to Selectors (Mr Sundeep Patel and CO.). Bring retired captain (Ganguly , Dravid , Kapil Dev) as selector to pick Indian team, who can play fighting/competitive international Cricket.

Posted by vednarayaninfo on (January 4, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

I don't know why Sachin Tendulkar was not called for the felicitation ceremony of retired cricketers at Eden.

Posted by Alive2cu on (January 4, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

3 points to mention 1. What a change in cricketing world................ Off spinners were never that dangerous before saqlain's era, and whenever i see ajmal, murali, harbhajan dominating the opposite teams, i just salute SAQLAIN for his invention of this deadly ball called "DOSRA".. 2. I still believe that Pakistan has problem in their batting, and they will suffer at the hands of S.Africa. 3.I am afraid The rise and stability of Pakistan in cricket is soon going to be over as there is election time in Pakistan.. With change of Govt, the cricket setup will also change, and all the good work that has been done over 2 years will be wasted..

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

some solutions to save Indian cricket - 1) make ipl like epl football- matches throughout an year only during week ends. 2) conduct a fast bowling camp audition across all states and select 5-6 bowlers who click 145+. 3) make kohli as a test captain and take saha as keeper.4) make selection criteria very strict. No matter how much ever star he is , if he doesn't perform atleaet3/5 games,sack him.5)make ganguly coach right now. He will be Alex Fergusson of India .6) make performance based pay salary to players. Its time to start from grass root,wake up bcci.

Posted by Scube on (January 4, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

@Harmony111: How I wish I had been blessed with the amount of patience you seem to have! Trying to have an intellectual discussion based on logic with the most illogical! The moment someone questions the contributions and greatness of an ODI legend with 33 winning tons (when no one has even so many career ODI tons!), then you know he isn't worth your 2 mins! Anyway, best wishes to succeed in your attempt!

Posted by Naveed_Pak on (January 4, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

MS dhoni is so much over rated captain and player. If he got big heart then he should have promoted himself on no.3/no.4 and lead his team from the front. He came in 1st match at no.7 when junaid was bowling his 6th over and extra swing was disappeared. He always tries to improve his batting average and hides behind all 6 batsmen.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

i personally feel its not about selection, its not about Dhoni, Shewag Gambhir ... , it is about the are missing the Hunger to win the game, they dont look too enthusiastic on the field, they dont mind loosing ? it may be because they are making too much money now a days, and ofcourse dhoni is in top of the list, dont make no change in the team, just bring the hunger back into the team, and you will see the results, PAK FAN !

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

India should play with kanada,uganda,kenya,nepal etc. to get their confidence back..bangladesh is far better than india..pakistan worked hard to get 2 wins over bangladesh in asia cup..but they defeat india very comfortably..this proves that bangladesh is better than india at this time..

Posted by zagar on (January 4, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

Shame on Dhoni for not understanding the role of a captain. It is all very well to say that the bowlers didnt perform, the batsmen didnt perform, the pitch was bad... the list is endless. You sir as the captain are responsible to deliver results and not excuses. You have the entire resources of the BCCI available to you to ensure that the team wins. Selection of players is one of them. You have failed miserably in this dimension. Once the team is decided, to motivate them to perform is your job. You cannot just keep going to the media about the fissures in the team and the lack of support. You have failed here as well. Every match is a battle, you have to have a solid analysis of the opponent's strengths and weaknesses and strategy of how to negotiate and exploit them. You have never done this homework apparently. It seems like you just turn up without any pregame preparation. On the field and in the dressing room you have to continually tweak your strategy to address the situation on

Posted by dakshinap on (January 4, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

Team India should be changed for upcoming ODI matches. The selectors must included the new young cricketers. My playing xl are 1.Rahane & 2.Shikhar Dhawan or Mukund openers, 3.Pujara, 4.Kohli, 5.Raina, 6.Dhoni (Capt), 7.S.Binny (allrounder), 8.P. Oja (Spinner), 9.Shami Ahmed, 10.Umesh Yadav, 11.Varun Aaroon. The reserve players are Rayudu, Sourab Diwary, B.Kumar, Shahab Nadeem. This is the well balanced team.

Posted by Naveed_Pak on (January 4, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

To Indian friends...Don't over appreciate your players, give them love n respect which they deserve but don't make them Gods after 1/2 wins on dead rubber flat pitches of India. Use DRS and HotSpot. Organize IPL on pitches favoring bowling and batting both. The inability of Indian Superstars is exposed on both ODIs just because pitches were rain affected. BCCI always tries to hide behind flat dead rubber pitches in India.

Posted by Naveed_Pak on (January 4, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

To my Indian friends...Your team has talent and good players but these players are so much over rated. Please bring your superstars from sky down to earth by dropping them in coming few matches. You always make your players bigger than GAME. Look at the hype your have given to Sehwag, Gambhir, ZAK, Yuvi, Viraat etc etc. When they become this much big icons, then they lose their focus towards sport(their profession). You make them media stars, heroes even Gods and suddenly they start losing concentration. You don't have to compare ZAK/Ishant with Wasim&Waqar, look at their averages and strike rates. Lastly, India should get rid off their selfish captain. He never tries to win a game, he just play for his place and batting average(not outs).

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Sehwag, Ghambir, Yuvraj and Kohli are automatic selections in this Indian team. When they all fail together, what can the captain do? Its a bit unfair to blame Dhoni only who is so far the best Indian batsman in this series. I am a Pakistan fan and still think that India should look for real causes rather than scapegoats. Too much commercialization, a very long IPL and CL, and 12 months of non stop cricket is draining the energy out of their players quickly. Also too much T20 is forcing us to think of flat track bullies to be world class batsmen. Time to think!

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal concedes 3 sixes in 1 over in a match and he recovers it with 3 wickets in 1 over in another match

Posted by kcr_ on (January 4, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

Well played Pakistan, even though was not really tested. Doni's batting was embarresing to say the least, poor paying spectators, that is no way to play - if you give up, at least leave the field, not block, block, block and not take singles. he should be disiplined and dropped anyway. Always loved the Paki bowlers, so many good ones!

Posted by sonu77 on (January 4, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

If India want to win a series,BCCI should arrange another series against Sri Lanka.Doesn't matter how poor Indian players & how good lankan players.outcome surely infavour of India.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

come on India, give us some fight. Its useless to criticize Dhoni, as he is one who is performing, but he should bat on 3rd or 4th position. Pakistan is extremly awesome in the series specially junaid khan, Professor Hafeez, Nasir Jamsheed and Mohammed akram....:))

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

coax and bring back Tendulkar!

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

To everyone asking for Misbahs retirement on a high note, .. just hang on a bit, he has something special to lift in 2015 down under ;)

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 4, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

It is quite a different thing to see that the Ind Pak fans are behaving so maturely and have not gotten into an argument like the SL and Eng fans often do. I guess the reason for this is that most of the Pak fans have been very cordial and have not made any needless disparaging comments about the team. The SL and Eng fans are always trying to say a few words extra no matter how poor their own teams may be. When the other side behaves in a mature manner then the Ind fans too will behave in a proper manner. This is all give and take. I've always found the Pak fans more dignified than the others. Heck I even remember the Afghan fans saying a few nasty things after Ind had struggled to beat them in WT20. Pak on the other hand, whether they win or lose are always proper in their comments except for a few rogue fans. As an Ind fan I must say I am unhappy at our performance and impressed at Pak's. Junaid is awesome while Irfan is impressive. Hope Ind too find one soon cos I don't want a 0-3.

Posted by MEHATELK on (January 4, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Well done pakistan.balling made the different betwwen ind and pak. But every thing gone indias favour except R.Jadeja got three wickets.so he will be considered for future game also.now its the very good time chase out Gambir Rohith, and Jadeja. give few more game to shewag,

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Every Indian fan is blaming only MS Dhoni! i think he done his work good! What about yovi, kohli, raina, ashwin? they all not performed yet. so, why blaming only MS?

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

On every aspect Pakistan is the best..:D

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan great play. In my opinion I think Dhoni is still a good captain for India, what he need is support from other team members which he didn't. For Indian Fans I think instead of blaming Dhoni look into other areas where you are lacking like expired opening pair, Club level bowling, and most importantly player are putting IPL above their national duties. And one more thing thanks a lot for eliminating Pakistani Player from such leagues which is the root cause of problems.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (January 4, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Pak should try Anwar Ali and Harris Sohaill in the Delhi one dayer........

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 4, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

Taken back by most(90%) of pakistani fans comments. There are always exceptions like KiwiRocker, getsetgopk, wickyroy.pklover etc. For others thanks for being humble and i hope international cricket resumes in your country. Pakistan needed this series victory more than india (who is playing non stop unnecessary cricket). They were more hungrier to win and their celebrations at home were justified.

@BDforever that honor belongs to your country.

Posted by shayad on (January 4, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

1.S Ganguly(c) 2.S Tendulkar 3.V Laxman 4.V Sehwag 5.R Dravid (w) 6.Y Singh 7.M Kaif / D Karthik 8.I Pathan 9.H Singh / A Kumble 10.Z Khan / A Agarkar 11.A Nehra

that's team we all r missing.....

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

Pakistan has Out class India in all form Batting, Bowling and Fielding. It is happened because of poor team selection by Indian team Selector, on the other hand, Pakistan team selection is opposite from India because they picked those players which are specialist in these circumstances and we know that most of the indian pitches are slow pitch so that`s the reason of taking out world class All Rounder "Shahid Afride" from ODI because he always try to bowl fast and in slow wicket the batsman always punished if you use pace in spin. So it`s mean the Pakistan have plan to play in India that`s why they won against India in their home. Well Played Pakistan Team.

Posted by arslaan.aftaab on (January 4, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

pakistan tried level best to get to 300 but yesterday Indian bowlers played well,at last pakistani bowlers did well and not only restricted india but also took wikiets!Amazing...

Posted by jimmi73 on (January 4, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

There is no doubt that Indian team is in underpresure , they need some rest , and nothing else ,other wise they are not too bad to get 250. Indian selector should work for bowling line up , and get back Irfan pathan ,siri santh ,as they are better than to Ishan , dhinda .

Posted by HishamKhan on (January 4, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

CONGRATS CONGRATS Team Pakistan...you have been phenomenal through the entire series...and you have brought smile on the faces of entire nation. Its the hard work of Management, Coach, captain and team that resulted in positive end. Well played Nasir Jamshed, Hafeez, Junaid Khan, M. Irfan, S. Malik, U. Gul, S. Ajmal. Once again it was bowling that was exceptional and gave hard time to indian batsmen, but not to forget it was our batting as well that improved especially opening. Our middle order (Azhar Ali// U.Akmal, Younis (well played in first ODI), Misbah (lacking performance) still needs to improve their performance. K.akmal needs to play his role as batsmen and ending the innings aggresively. But overall it was unity in the team that led to victory. We always love and support you Team Pakistan CONGRATULATIONS.

Posted by DpK1983 on (January 4, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

Well played pakistan ....Pls remove R.Jadeja from the team Wat happened to Dhoni..... All are playing for ..............

Posted by PPL11 on (January 4, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

@Muhammad Yaseen Soharwardi - I 100% Agree with you, Indian Team needs some rest, but Believe me they are not going to have that, its going to get hactic, we have Eng coming back for ODI and then Ausie and then guess what 2months IPL... God saves indian cricket....

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

One first ODI I had written mother nature didn't favor India. But this time it was pure Indian captain's misjudgment or mistake. You won the toss, this Eden Garden pitch is yours, who else would be knowing better than you. You are world champion, you must be experienced enough to read the pitch. You went conventional captain's way thinking morning moisture would help your bowlers in the first one hour to create a winning edge. It did not happen. Amazingly the pitch behavior changed after one hour. Taking a leaf of Pakistan's collapse you should have cocllected your batsmen and have given a lecture "look pitch is behaving strangely, we should play cautiously and when all swings and rising balls are well judged and adjusted you play shots". You perhaps directed "play your natural game boys 250 is nothing for us". You look selfish, you played like I said, but you didn't direct your boys to do the same. Remember, one man doesn't make the team, it is 11 players that make a team.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

my suggestion to team India is to replace opening combo with rahane , hard hitter and pujara, solid in defence . at 3 kohali to come, at 4 dhoni himself to come as he is in sublime form, at 5 jadeja to to come at he is best fiited man in this place , at 6 n 7 yuvraj and raina to come , at 8 ashwin to come . thats all in batting department. in bowling we should go for ishant/ avana/dinda , bhuvnesh/praveen kumar, shammi ahamd/yadav,aronn

Posted by FARHAN-SB on (January 4, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

I must say, Great Performance by Pakistan and commiserations to Team India. It was the pace attack once again leading from the front, in the lights of Junaid Khan and Umar Gul to hamper the Indian Top Order and Saeed Ajmal played his part in 40th Over to signature the victory of Pakistan at Eden Gardens after 07 years time … Whenever we had Indo-Pak Cricket, we found new faces like Bhavaneshver Kumar, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Irfan, Rehane and if we play regularly, defiantly it will boost the cricket competitiveness on both sides. It's an Asian Ashes Series and for the game, one has to win and other has to lose… Tough Luck India and Congratulations to Team Pakistan~!

Posted by sak00n on (January 4, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

First of all thnx to boht india and pakistan to provide some cricket... to indian fan=> guys dont worry its happen when young palyers come in to the team. they want some time to sattel. do u want some of our bowlers to import??? :p

well as a pakistan i feel indian players are playing so much cricket these days and BCCI using players like loin in circus. even that loin become helpless when someone want him to perform everday then how can we expect indian team.. keep in your mind dude... best of luck for next game to both pakistan and india

jeet hoe hai cricket ki.. :-)

Posted by Faridmalek on (January 4, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

Every one wants dhoni's head what about Indian coaching staff after wc the only thing changed for India was coaching. Also i think it's about time Indians should start blaming IPL. From Pak fan

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (January 4, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan for a fine series win. The bitter truth is the current Indian team just cant compete with the top nations. The batting lineup is filled with overrated flat-pitch bullies who feast on mediocre bowlers but run for cover at the sight of hostile ones and as for the bowling- toothless is the only word to describe it. At this rate beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh would itself be quite a feat.

Posted by venbas on (January 4, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

The results are a foregone conclusion for this Indian team when only 2-3 players play for the country whilst the Pakistan/England squad had 18-20 players actively contributing in their ranks!!! Maybe Dhoni should demand that Toss be the basis for choosing the result so that India has atleast 50% probability of winning matches. Else the players can indulge in alternative cricket like book cricket to beef up scores or atleast level the playing field. Barbs apart it is ridiculous to know that a country of 1Billion cannot field 11 decent players for their most loved sport. Everyone including England, SA and Australia have their T20/ODI leagues but it is how the administrators care about the national team is what makes them click whilst the Indian team is performing like clowns at a standup comedy show.

Posted by shriramsapkota on (January 4, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

congrats pak team .they played well and deserves win.

Posted by Engr.TahirShah on (January 4, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. You thoroughly deserved this win. A great series for Pakistan in the sense that they found some really good talent in Nasir Jamshed and Junaid Khan, who have shown that they can perform against the best and in the extreme crunch situation. They are the future of Pakistan. Worries though persist regarding the batting talent of our skipper. I think Pakistan should hand over the ODI captaincy as well to Mr. Hafeez, as he is leading from the front in all departments of the game and he is a very talented and thinking cricketer - hence called the "PROFESSOR" in the team. In the long run Misbah is of no use to Pak cricket. His age and his batting ability are not doing him and Pakistan any favor. Hope Pakistan will clean sweep India. Series played in great spirit. Credit to both the teams for that. A test series is the need of the hour between these two sides for the sake of cricket. Great rivalry, great cricket for fans around the world.

Posted by a.jalan on (January 4, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

i wish the BCCI could be honest to itself and the millions of fans. admit the problems and the loss of focus and to a thorough and honest review by independant people like Dravid Sourav and others. however no greater disservice is being done than bu people like gavaskar and Shashtri who have sold their soul to tow the line of BCCI. they have lost all the credibility they had in the their playing days and are leading many innocent listerns/fans up the garden path by not speaking what they truly know and believe. its never too late, BCCI with its money and with the talent and passion that India has can revive itself in one/two years to recalim their spot not on financial muscle but on performance

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

Drop Sehwag, Gambhir, you raj. Don't play Chawla ever again and we are on the road to recovery

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

Indian bowling never have the quality to win matches for india so this is not the first time their bowling dissapointed them... This is the problem is with the batters. Their attitude is not about the cricket. So i guess Ghamghir and shewag should be replaced.

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 4, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

Talk about asian cricket and the final frontier, go have a meet with Pakistan first. After all that has happened, cricket in Asia is still ours. Well played Pakistan and long live the tradition of having an upper hand over India in India and elsewhere.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

India have world class batting line-up, soon they will bounce back!

Posted by Naeem578 on (January 4, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Pakistan also has a great future in batting. Some realy good players like Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq on the bench. All in all making up of a great team like of 90's. And our ind fans while criticizing indian batting don't keep in mind that Pak bowling attack is top notch in all conditions, check icc's top 10 bowlers list. I m sure the same ind batting will perform much better against england.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

Present ODI/T-20 Indian team is very much a ghost team of the former world champions. There is a lobby of senior players showing pressure tactic not allowing talented youngsters to forefront. It is high time, the authorities should ban cricket players appearing in the advertisements which reduces the dedication of the players.The caliber of any player will be surfaced only at the time he faces pressure.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

I hope India gets a new look team in all formats immediately.. Maybe a good idea to get Manoj Tiwary, Rahane, Pujara, Chand into ODI team. I recall reading Pujara wanted to play shorter formats as well...Much like Dravid I bet he can adapt soon. I think if batting resources including those on the bench and almost-bench are managed well, Indian batting can be solid again. Bowling is another story..never understood why MRF Pace Academy did not produce good pacers with a good and safe action which do not result in frequent injuries......was it another over-rated academy ?

Posted by Swarupk on (January 4, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

What is happening with the indian team. I seriously feel there is a lot of politics within which is reflecting on the game. I appreciate Yuvraj and no doubt he is talented but he should play more domestic and then return to international. Dinda should be replaced by Zaheer immediately. Raina should be out and Manoj Tiwary needs to be given a slot. Similarly, Ambati Rayudu needs to be brought as the middle order batsman and also keep for india so that Dhoni can focus on his on going batting form and captaincy. Enough of boosting egos of players, now is the time when bold decisions needs to be made. I wonder why Gambhir is still in the team, why cant Rahane be given a chance? Selectors, Captain: This is serious and now is the time to act.

Posted by PTtheAxis on (January 4, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

take out dhoni and one will see the very same indian team perform.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

Well I think the main reason of India defeat is the difference between bowling line, Indian should not blame dhoni alone, I still think he is the best captain india has produce ever and if India replace him I am seeing them in icc world ranking 6 next to Newzland and WI

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

India desperately need a morale booster tri-nation serier featuring Uganda and Bermuda.....Luv u Pakistan.

Posted by vish57 on (January 4, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Reality bites; stop selecting teams on reputation and emotions. Shewag played 1 hundrend in Ahmedabad test and reatining his place for ever in team, Gambhir 2-3 bits and pieces innings to ensure his place, Kohili one century at Nagpur and past retupation, Yuvi on emotionsnad 1 T20 match performance; Ashwin is a better batsman than a bowler, his primary bjective is to take wickets, which he has forgotten. Dont blame Dhoni, his replacement will fail miserably than him. You can eat what you have only, a captain can lead his side, but cant play for remaining 10 players.

Posted by larry_david on (January 4, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

I would still prefer that Pakistan get their first win ever over india in a world cup match, all this is meaningless unless they can achieve that. Also, I hope Pakistan dont think that the task is finished, get over confident, and get smashed in the next game. India's batting wont collapse 3 games in a row, plus they need to get Dhoni out who keeps being dropped and in averaging almost 70 against Pakistan in ODI's. Well done Pakistan but be ruthless like Australia!!!!!! go for 3-0!!!!!!

Posted by Night-Watchman on (January 4, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

India appears to be in a clean up everything mode, clean up govt, clean up bureaucracy, judiciary, social norms et al. As a start, they are offering their cricket team for a whitewash, for all comers!

Posted by Night-Watchman on (January 4, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

Dave Whatmore seems to have wonders with the new look Pakistan team and rebuilt them. India seems to have made a blunder in opting for the stodgy Duncan Fletcher when there were large scale changes expected in the team composition.

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (January 4, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

congrats my pakistani brothers well played, hmm indians plz stop playing ipl you are lacking patience wen it comes to play out sessions in tests also in odis. and yes irfan from pakistan and junaid were revealations congrats again

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Oh no! Indians lost to Pak in India.

Posted by Naeem578 on (January 4, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

Congrats Shaheens! I think Hafeez did a great job with both bat and ball, he was the man who tightened the screws on india batting in the middle overs and from there ind went nowhere. Gripping display of bowling from Pakistan. I think world No 1 S.A is going to struggle against us like we beated England when they came to play as world No 1 :-)

Posted by SLDude on (January 4, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

who won the match?? this article is all about india's batting and bawling thouhgt they lost the match as well as the series

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

What a game this was again! Great controlled of the ball. I think junaid is going to be the man of series! May the best team win on Sunday! And my support is with both teams. Only magic moment for me is yo watch KOHLI, bite the dust, as his wicket taker is my hero for ever; due to such great form of his....

Posted by amilag on (January 4, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

this indian team is full of card board heroes! They can do nothing, not bawling,batting and fielding...Glad that other teams show the real status of indian team ...they are well below Bangladesh

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

It was interesting to see that Team India left out Rehane after his great attacking performance in the T20s while Pakistan asked Irfan to stay back , they should learn a little from Pakistan. Though luck for India that their most of the pace attack was Injured. and Great Preparation from Pakistan targeting the weaknesses all the way. Good Series more should be done in Future, Imagine India coming to Pakistan in 2013 ! Wow what a dream .... sadly a dream :(

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

As a SRI LANKAN I wish Pakistani all the very best. India you can only beat Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. over and over again. cos SL is a dead snake. sorry INDIAN fans. stop Bla Bla Bla. sour grape.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

please give rest to gamhbirr for atleast a year...he is playing in all the formats....raina should be given captaincy in T20 and bring irfan ,sreesanth our fast bowling is lacking fire power...

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

i think with zaheer khan and harjban indian side is much better bowling side than with the present bowlers

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (January 4, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

Pakistan deserve all the accolades, a series win against India ( esp. in INDIA ) is special.

Despite being a Pak. Fan, I am not too excited as India is out of sorts these days and Pakistan will be "tested" in South Africa.

Warning (all cric. boards) : PAKISTAN IS STILL NOT SAFE PLACE FOR CRICKET ( If Pakistan can do this to India in INDIA then imagine what'll happen if matches were played IN PAKISTAN??????? )

Posted by tapooori on (January 4, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

Indian cricket's strength lies in their batting. If ever, a list of world's greatest batsmen is prepared, I am sure more than half of that list will have names from India. Whereas the strength of Pakistan cricket was and still is their bowling. Always have names from Pakistan in the list of world's finest bowlers. The ongoing series between India and Pakistan gives us a very clear picture of how Pakistani bowlers are fullfilling the expectations and how Indian batsmen performing, way/way below the expectations.

The disadvantage India has in this series is firstly their batters have to conquer the Pakistani bowlers and then have to make up for the short comings of their bowling. This double load on Indian batsmen is taking its toll and the proof is soft dismissals after soft dismissals of Indian batsmen (all four matches). The advantage Pakistan has their batters does not have to worry about their bowlers and obviously Indian bowlers do not pose a great threat for them.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

Congrats to Pak team for winning the series and I think its time for them to test new players for the third match but at the same time it should be balance enough to give fight and a chance to white wash the series. They need to bring in Anwar Ali and Harris to test them.

Posted by ullasjp on (January 4, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

Time to take some tough decisions.. My line up for the series against england is 1.Gambir 2.Rahane 3.Kholi 4.Pujara 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.I.Pathan 8.Ashwin 9.B.kumar 10.Yadav 11.Ohja

Posted by bhrangi on (January 4, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

I always wonder why Dhoni doesn't give credit to opposition ? is someone stopping him to do so? Captain we know middle order failed , openers failed you don't need to tell that on every match, Give credit to opposition, it was excellent bowling attack. Giving back Vice captaincy to Viru or Gauti may change their attitude. Alas for god sake Sachin retired leave him guys.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

This was an expected result..The BCCI bigwigs, Selection Committee and MSD are ruining Indian cricket beyond belief...a new nadir every series.....now we will lose 0-5 to England in ODI series....The sad part for India fans is reading about how much respect opponents have for the Indian team..and they do not deserve it any more.. MSD brings in all the CSK losers like Raina and Jadeja..to some extent even Ashwin.. Kohli's form is a worry for sure... Why are bowlers like Varun Aaron and Umesh injured a lot ? Wasim Akram had good words for Shami Ahmed, why not try him? Also, it is high time Rahane and Manoj Tiwary are in the team....Manoj did well every chance he got..even taking 4 wickets once..when batting is his forte.. I cannot stand the sight of Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit and Jadeja. Special mention to Badrinath for Tests..play him.. L.Balaji is quite effective in T20 and ODI and is not too old, why not play him ?

Posted by Meherdeen on (January 4, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

Considering this pathetic performance by the Indian Team, the BCCI will try some more tricks with the ICC asking/demanding them to change the rules to suit their team. Shame, atleast now use the DRS and the Hot Spot and work according to the ICC and other cricketing nations. Another thing we saw and heard was Mr. Sunil Gavaskar's one sided commentary. Shame on you legend, be impartial on your talk and commentary.

Posted by PTtheAxis on (January 4, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

@jaccrox - yes you can take dhoni and make him captain of pakistan side too. only do not cry about the results later :)

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

indians have played too much cricket in recent days to give their 100%. Give them somerest...time for soul searching..and they will bouce back again..It is a view from me..a Pakistani

Posted by rnd3 on (January 4, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

Well Played Pakistan. Wrap up the series. Congrats from Fellow Sri Lankan

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

It was a good win for Pakistan.. congratulations to them.. they have caught India on their way down... in the scheme of things, I think it ws more imp that the two teams played in good spirit and there were no untoward incidents on the field.

I think fans here can learn something from that.. and stop overreacting...

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

Still what I cannot believe is that why India can't find two quality seamers from 1.2 billion?

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

Great bowling effort by Pakistan. pressure showed up on Indian vulnerable batting squadron

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (January 4, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

No surprise at all,i predicted dis result about 6,7 months ago,i also predicted numerousy that ind would strugle even to win at home,i gues my paki felows,in an effort to become over.genrous,R over estimating ind bating which iz obviously highly ovr.rated at best,obviously,if ind iz so much obsessed wid ipl n t20s(as claimed by many ind fans),then where R reslts 4 ind at intrnational level?PAK HAVE BETR T20 TEAM THAN IND,SO IZ D CASE IN TESTS AS WELL....PLZ THERE SHOULD BE NO MISBAH,AZHAR,FAWAD IN OUR ODI TEAM,UMAR AKMAL,AHMD SHAHZAD SHOUD B GIVEN A gud run in odis 4rm now on.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (January 4, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

Indian Cricket Board should bring young players NOW. Old players like Shewah, Ghumbir, Yvuagh Singh, should say cricket BYE now.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

Just pathetic going down like this without an iota of fight. Had India bowled second, Dhoni might have attributed to dew factor and such silly excuses. Now we are losing on all formats. High time, some serious thoughts be given for selection. Do we need people like Gambhir still in? Attitude is the key. He just believes he is indispensable. Why would you keep players like Rahane in the reserves for so long? Waiting for Gambhir to go on his own terms. Now not just Gambhir, why would you still persist with Raina and Rohit. Promise is trivial, it is performance that matters most. And Jadeja the so called all-rounder. At least, he was played like a bowler yesterday as he came in at only 8 to bat. Some people score plenty of runs in domestic, but find it hard to transition. Jadeja no doubt is one among them.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

Ireland have the better top order batting side than India.

Posted by AH_USA on (January 4, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

@AHFAD ".... BUT. A captain should be a consistent performer. Currently only Dhoni performs so he should be the captain. period...."

I disagree on the above statement. IMO, the most salient trait of a captain is to lead from the front and Dhoni has failed to do that in recent series. When he came to bat at #4 in the WC 2011 final, I consider that decision as leading from the front. In today's match, he led from behind. He was not there when he was needed the most, that is, when India lost the first two wickets and he was the most consistent batsman in his team. What good could he have achieved by coming at #6?

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 2:23 GMT)

India in transition ?????? people you can easily see india has lot of experienced players in team as far as transition is concerned even pakistan is in more transition state than india........

Posted by mtalhas on (January 4, 2013, 2:23 GMT)

until a few days ago, indians were angry on all those who were constantly bashing IPL. now indians are bashing IPL themselves. why are there such double standards???

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

Mr. audtior ,is cent % right in his saying ,how well versed, he is in ckt.But sir, you should post, more often. Absolutly hafeez, misbha and malik will be total failure in sA tour,as they are weak to face incoming deliveries ,and will often fall prey to LBWs. But i don,t agree on Azhar ,s exclusion ,he is sound batsmen.

Posted by Sonium on (January 4, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

Weaker team like INDIA should play more with the teams like Zimbabwe, Kenya and Canada to learn how to handle faster bowler. Then they can afford to play with the superior sides like Pakistan and Bangladesh.:)

Posted by bhrangi on (January 4, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

Team India as together failed, btw it was great bowling performance by Pakistan, Actually Kohli's form is the main reason for this continuous loss am not blaming him but he is the one preventing us from collapse and saved the match in most of the occasions after the world cup. Now he is also not in form. I never had trust on Raina , Yuvi on their day they will do something but we are not sure about them. Gauti's attitude is disgrace he always wanted to take singles to save him, recently i never saw him hit a fluent 4 or 6. No change needed just we needed their form and aggressiveness they had before. They skipped the training session before this match., will they do if its IPL ???

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

Dhoni shouldnt be blame for failures of other.The man did his best

Posted by Sheela on (January 4, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

Present Indian cricket team has been a total failure in all departments of the game and the entire blame should be laid on Board officials and selectors who could not read writing on the wall. It seems drastic changes are needed.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

After Virat has been announced as Vice Captain,Gambhir & Shewag started to create a lot of issues within a Team.If a Team needs to be good...that to Which represents a Billion Hearts they should be united.Shewag & Gambir plz play for country not for your personal aspiration to be a captain when some one is doing it Better.None other captain has achieved what Dhoni has done.... See The commitment from the Top order batsmen...They are far worried about Franchise instead of Team India.But Dhoni is Doing it for Both Team India & CSK. So far Yuvi,Dhoni ,Virat & Rainas knock in ODIs were covering Shewags pathetic form...Plz Act Now.

Posted by Ranveerrsingh on (January 4, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

Wonder where are all the SRT bashers asking him to retire so that the team can move forward and win more matches!! For all those who thought SRT did not play enough match winning innings, the next few years will show how many matches India wins without SRT's contribution....i reckon the last two matches against Pak are just the beginning!! Good luck SRT bashers....tighten your seat belts for more mauling....

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

@Ravi Kiran on (January 03 2013, 17:50 PM GMT).

You said: "I always said only Australia and Pakistan are capable of winning odi series in India."

You are absolutely wrong. The way the current Indian team is composed and the way they are playing, ANY country's team can beat India in India. (Unless we make wholesale changes)

Give a new team to Dhoni. You may keep any one, but new openers is a MUST. Sehwag & Gambhir is "setting the tone for failure" match after match. Any two from Rahane, Pujara, Kohli & Vijay may be tried as openers.. Tiwari should be given a chance in place of Yuvi. B. Kumar is exactly similar to P.Kumar -- both can perform in swinging condtions. If the conditions do not favour swing, they, with thier kind of pace, will go for a hell of a lot of runs.

Look at Junaid. That is the kind of pacers we need. He is not only good in swing (subtle spin always better than prodigious spin), but also have good control over line & length. Good yorkers too (Ishants wicket)

Posted by BDforever on (January 4, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

Is this Indian team the worst test paying team ever produced by cricket history?

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 1:12 GMT)

Replace Misbah, Younis, Shoaib M, Azhar Ali, with Asad, Umar A, and two new youngster.

Test Anwar Ali instead of Umar Gul.

That will help Pakistan in the long run.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

Great win by Pakistan, I wish that they were playing Test cricket in Australia right now.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

PAKISTAN should give a chance to Anwer Ali in third Odi,He can be deadly in SOUTH AFRICA on boucy tracks.Over all a great victory for Pakistan and probably the best time for Misbah to announce his retirement from ODI's as i don't think he ll be able to play 2015 world cup.Pakistan shouls make atleast 5 changes in 3rd ODI. Anwer,Wahab,Haris,Umer and Baber in Irfan Junaid Younis,Misbah and Ajmal should be rested.

Posted by ilovecricket1234 on (January 4, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

If Dhoni was a good captain, he would have batted earlier. Just like everyone else, he cares more about himself and that's why he chose to bat lower in the order to prove his worth.

Posted by jass_jason on (January 4, 2013, 0:35 GMT)

Well played Pakistan....we should give credit to them.... On the other hand Indian owners needs to score otherwise results will be the same...Indian Bowlers did well this time

Posted by pak78 on (January 4, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

congrats to all pakistan and the team as tony greig would say" oh boy whata performance by these pakistanis". come on boys time to green wash emmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 0:12 GMT)

pakistan always so impressive with their balling. Only if they improve their domestic structure their batting will surely be strengthen and they will be a force to reckon with - thats what we Bangladeshi people wish to see. As for india, dhoni seems in real good form, why not promote him ? I wish pakistan improve their domestic structure soon which will produce muchmore impressive batsmen , hence become a very strong supeeeerb team soon. All the best to pakistan cricket and their fans (from Bangladesh)

Posted by zzboyz on (January 3, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

Jamshed is a true talent and him and Azhar Ali will lead the way for Pakistan in the near future

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (January 3, 2013, 23:41 GMT)

Rejoice Indian fans...you get to beat up on the poms next week and everyone will claim all is right and BCCI...err...I meant India the mighty is all and well!

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (January 3, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

It could be a genius or luck but the fact is that Garry Kristen took India to Test No 1 and ODI Championship. Now, he has taken SA to No 1 all three formats of the game.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

I think team need to change. Dhoni scored runs in both the match so deserve in 11 but still not making sense to captain the side. Now at this point I do not see any other option also. all pandit says Kohil but I don't think it is good option. His attitude is not good enough and with captainship he will be more spoil kid. I do not think to retain sehvag/gambhir both in 50-50 and 20-20 but because india need one leader with experince. I think Gambhir is right choice for some time (purely temporary) till we find something good. so I would seggest new team would be

1. Gambhir (C), 2. Rehane 3. Pujara 4. Kohil 5. Yuvraj 6. Dhoni 7. Raina 8. Irfan 9. Ashwin 10. Varun aaron 11. Shami Ahmed Extra Bowlers : Dinda / B. KUmar / Ishant / Spinner Extra Batsman : M. Tiwari / Y. Pathan

Pl. No sir Ravi Jadeja and Sir Rohit Sharma.

for third match 1. Gambhir, 2. Rehane 3. Pujara 4. Kohil 5. Yuvraj 6. Dhoni 7. Raina 8. B.Kumar 9. Ashwin 10. Ishant 11. Shami Ahmed

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 3, 2013, 23:23 GMT)

@StatisticsRocks, how can I, who doesn't have any cricketing knowledge, as per you, change anything at the level of BCCI? Bolo bolo? When a fellow boarder like you says that you can only laugh at me, then why would the powers at BCCI take my suggestions seriously, instead of brushing my inputs aside as laughable? Anyway, puns aside, yes I do think we have lots to contribute to Indian Cricket. For that, BCCI must first respect us, the Fans (not that I'll get hurt if I don't get their respect but it is possible for them to listen to us IF AND ONLY IF they respect us first). How about this change, for the starters? Will the babus and politickos respect you and me? If they respect you and me, first of all they should provide our families with proper restrooms/mothers rooms in the stadia where young mothers could change the diapers for our little ones without hesitation or fear of catching GI infections. Do they have that basic respect for us, the fans and humans rolled into one?

Posted by Salil-Mishra on (January 3, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

Do not despair. The same thing happened after India won the World Cup in 1983. West Indies visited us and thrashed us to the pulp with a margin of 5-0. But India regrouped and won the mini-series in Australia under Gavaskar (thanks to Ravi Shashtri). After that it reached the World Cup semi-final once and finals once before winning it in 2011. So, after the retirement of SRT and the continuous slump of our openers (they actually set up the platform on which others build the score) it will take us some time to recover. May be bring in Rahane and call back SRT to guide him for a while. We will no doubt see great results in a year. If you do not get SRT bring in Unmukt Chand as Rahane's partner. The captain is fine and needs support.

Posted by saintsinister on (January 3, 2013, 23:01 GMT)

@kandykolla LOL.. meannnn!!! btw i second that motion, if India doesn't like Dhoni then we are ready to exchange, Give Dhoni to us and take Kamran Akmal, Azhar Ali and also Misbah.. I am getting too used to hearing Missby Misbah and ohh ohhh.. Akmal has let that one go.. Pakistan really should keep Azhar, Misbah and Younis in Test matches only.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 23:00 GMT)

Nasir Jamshed scored consecutive centuries and was named Man of the Match in this second game. I am at a loss to understand why Dhoni was named Man of the Match in the first game instead of Nasir Jamshed. This to my thinking was unjustified.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

So the BCCI must be feeling nice facing the potential wash out - this time in their own back yard and against their most despised opponents. All their excuses for about a year are now a nightmare. They have been very arrogant since the number one ranking and the World Cup victory. Now the must face the results of their arrogance.

Posted by TRAM on (January 3, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

India will start winning when the playing 11 is: Rahane, Mukund, Kholi (V.captain), Pujara, Dhoni/DKarthik(alternate captain), Badri(captain), MTiwary/Ashwin/RJadeja, BKumar, Ohja, IPathan/anyOtherYoungBowler, UYadav.

I didn't initially believe when the pak fans commented that Sehwag/Gambhir are conspiring against Dhoni. Now, I kind of believe them. Others who failed such as Yuvraj, Raina, Jadeja etc are just incapable. Sehwag/Gambhir are incapable as well as have attitude. Looks like Kholi has been completely brain-washed by these 2.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 3, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

DROP THEM ALL. Desperate times call for desperate measures. BCCI should drop all India team players except Dhoni, and replace them with India A players and reserve players. If BCCI won't do it, Dhoni should at least give a chance to bench players like Shami Ahmed and Rahane. We have already lost this ODI series. The least we can do is give the bench players a chance to show their skills.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

India needs to start from the top: Fire Srinivasan, then the selectors, then Gambhir and Sehwag. Selection should now be based on ranking. Develop internal ranking for India and select those who are in top 15. Anybody who falls out of top 15 should be out of the team.

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (January 3, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

India needs to find one WORLD CLASS SPIINER ther was one not so long ago avaiable to them MONHISH PARMAR but due to the BCCI he seems to have vanished guys just check his stats 20 FIRST CLASS GAMES 92WICKETS AT AN AVERAGE OF 18

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

@@Dravid_Gravitas tough for all the SRT fanatics to face but the whole world remembers and still wonders about the selfish acts of SRT. Great player but always put himself first as it would seem dose MS Dhoni. There is no I in team but many in team India I think.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 22:35 GMT)

Good win for Pakistan and a lesson learnt for India.

When all fails Dhoni prevails and still some people are asking for his head.

I suggested to bring in Harbajan but I guess that did not make sense either. It is too late now the series is lost.

A lot of people is aking to expose youngsters. Maybe this is an opportunity for a couple of openers and a # 3 batsman along with two new bowlers seamer or spin.

Nothing to loose India.

Posted by ekirmani on (January 3, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

I'm very proud of Pak team winning! Now for the third match they should rest Younis Khan, Umar Gul, M. Irfan, Shoaib Malik and Saeed Ajmal and they should bring in Haaris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Anwar Ali Khan and Zulfiqar Babar and give them a chance to see if we can unearth some new talent and also give Umar Akmal another chance to prove himself. Jamshed and Junaid should be retained to solidify their place permanantley and Azhar who was our most consistent bastmen last two series should also be given a chance.

As for India, well fought but tough luck, not being able to get Dhoni out is becoming a huge concern, Pak should work on this. I think India is missing a real trick by not playing Shami Ahmed who by his stats seems to be a very good bowler. The series is lost so they should definitley try new faces for the next match and see if they can find some dangerous match-winners before the england series!

Posted by AHFAD on (January 3, 2013, 22:30 GMT)

Yes. Dhoni is a defensive captain who wait for things to happen. Yes. Dhoni don't lead from front by batting up the order. BUT. A captain should be a consistent performer. Currently only Dhoni performs so he should be the captain. period. The key for winning the WC or the 2nd. T20 was flat wickets. Where Indian batsmen can hit the ball and there bowler bowls negative deliveries (on pads). On sporting pitches India just can't perform with bat or ball. The reason? well there is no talent coming from the domestic cricket. So for now Indian's just wait and continue to enjoy IPL circus.

Posted by kandykolla on (January 3, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

Even though India white washed 3-0 won`t be surprised if Dhoni gets the man of the series !! He`s working really hard for that !!!

Posted by kandykolla on (January 3, 2013, 22:28 GMT)

Indian team for 3rd One Day - 1). Mithali Raj (captain) 2). Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain)3). Ekta Bisht4). Karu Jain 5). Jhulan Goswami 6). Reema Malhotra 7). Mona Meshram 8). Sulakshana Naik 9). Nagarajan Niranjana 10).Rasanara Parwin 11).Poonam Raut

Yes.. send the Women`s team !! They will give a good fight ...!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

drop sehwag and gambhir from 20-20 and 50-50. ask them to improve fitness, running between the wickets and concentrate on test cricket. bring pujara and rahane in for sehwag & gambhir in shorter formats. give enough chances to them. also dhoni has to bat at number 4 and take more responsibiliyt if he has to stay captain. if he does not want to take responsibility and bat only at 6 or 7, let someone else captain the team as captain has to lead by example. also play ashwin at number 7. he is the allrounder dhoni is seeking. he can not be in the team just as a bowler. and batting wise, ashwin has batted as the best after pujara in 2012. bring mishra / oza as the main spinner and 3 seamers.

Posted by Just_be_fair on (January 3, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

Overall Pakistani team have out classed Indian team in all the departemnts of the game, congrats to them. With that i want to bring few issues Pakistani team still do have and needs to be resolve before South Africa tour. Azhar Ali and Misbah by no means are suited for ODI, it will be better for Misbah to get RETIRED respectfully NOW from atleast ODI format. There is no 38 years old player playing in any country's team in limited version game. Tendulker, Ponting, Dravid, Michael Hussy, they were much better batsmen than Misbah and they got ritired from cricket around this age. Fawad Alam must be selected for South Africa tour. Azhar Ali should be replaced with players like Asad Shafiq or Shahzaib Hassan in ODI.Shoab Malik should be repalced by Umer Akmal in ODI. Make a note of it, on South Africa's bouncy pitches players like Misbah, Azhar Ali, Hafeez and Malik will fail again and again because they are just good on dead asian pitches. Just wait and see. Afridi MUST be back in T20 /ODI

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

Well I suppose we saw a real cricket game after a long time and thats what we wan't winning doesn't really matters. But whenever pakistan and india plays we all love it. i'm a Pakistani and i loved the game of cricket rather then the victory of my team.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

It's time now for the Indian Cricket Board to be brave and make the decision in getting rid of the old guard and give some youngsters a chance. Gambhir and Sehwag should follow Sachin example and retire from ODI cricket. Since winning the World Cup complacency as set in the team. Everyone knew their Achilles heel was their bowling but its the batsman that have let them down apart from Dhoni the rest of them have been poor.

Posted by ak_dragon on (January 3, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

Its time to test Haris Sohail, Anwar Ali....Go Pakistan Go...We need 3-0 ....INSA"ALLAH

Posted by masihm on (January 3, 2013, 22:00 GMT)

No excuses, the team which played better won the match & the series, even the Second T20 match which india won were lucky enough to draw the series. In my view the old horses should be rested & not to depend on their odd performances, Its high time that the bunch of selectors need to have a deeper look to have a better balanced team. Youngsters like Rahane, Pujara, Umesh Chand, need to be considered without further delay. The youngster who has impressed with his bowling was nevertheless B.Kumar. The young talents need to be given a chance before they drain out.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 3, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Watch out for few more guys coming soon in Pakistan side.. One is brilliant batsman "Haris Sohail" and otherone is a young tall fast bowler "Ehsan adil". And I wish they would have given Anwar ali a chance in first odi to replace gul because he swings more than Kumar at even a better speed (+ he is handy tailender batsman as well).

Posted by xylofon on (January 3, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Pakistan must face their team issues despite the fact that they played so well.

Hard Facts:

1, Umar Akmal must never play for Pakistan again in any format no matter what. Poor selection shot is always the players fault. Enough is enough. Hammad Azam deserves as chance as a T20 replacement as does Anwar Ali. Umar Akaml must play league cricket before he can ever be considered again , if at all.

2, Misbah and Younis are good old guys but outdated. Time for others to make an entrance. One decent performance from Younis must not change this fact. It must not be a situation that something REALLY bad has to happen before Pakistan managment sees this.

3, Nasir Jamsheds place is not opener, he is good so he performs well but his natural position is nr 3. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq should open, when Shafiq is available.

4, Bring Fawad Alam back, highest average of all Pak players. Perfect nr 4. Rotates the strike happily not a wicket hogger like Umar Akmal.

5, Afridi should only play T20

Posted by CbeCricket on (January 3, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

Did some one say Gambir should lead the team. No kidding, let him contribute with the bat first.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 3, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas: I am expecting a reply this time for you. For far too long you have been behaving in an intellectually dishonest manner. Now its time to put it to rest. Present your arguments for calling Sachin is Statchin and we shall see what those same arguments mean for other players including your fav Dravid.

@JG2704: Neither did I see the match but it is clear from the cricinfo commentary that Dhoni did try to shield Ishant for a while. I recall Dhoni played quite a few dot balls. Just think about it, if Dhoni played several dot balls he was clearly trying to save Ishant right? The problem got compounded when India lost 3 wickets in an Ajmal over - till then Dhoni and Ashwin and Dhoni and Jadeja were trying to get in before attempting a rescue op. Then Dinda and Bhuvnesh too got out for 0 leaving only Ishant. As captain or as the last man standing, Dhoni was supposed to not to be irresponsible and rash. Had he done that ppl here would have criticized him doubly.

Posted by bathindian on (January 3, 2013, 21:46 GMT)

I think there is absolutely no place for both Gambhir and Sehwag in the Indian team. It felt sorry to watch Sehwag playing meekly and just trying to preserve his wicket.....Sehwag of past is long gone....No words for Gambhir, just get him out. No good as a batsmen and a very poor fielder....

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

Well ,to me Pakistan winning this game came with pleasant surprise, i live in US 12.5 hours time difference from india and went to bed after watching pakistan batting and finishing with the only 250 on the boarding,which to me was a disappointing and would prove piece of cake to india ,but i was wrong i guess indian batting has hit rock bottom.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

When will India learn to play cricket and/or take criticism ???

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 3, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

Well done Pakistani team. How can you forget to praise Nasir Jamshed, Junaid khan and Mohammad Hafeez. Overhaul very good team effort. But i still think Azhar ali is a test material. Please Please Misbah give Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail and Anwar ali a chance to replace Azhar ali, Younas khan (or Shaoib Malik) and Mohammad Irfan in last odi. This was dew for india.

Posted by East-End on (January 3, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

@miklem, I suppose they were lucky in the first Match also, and probably the next, time to accept that India now a mediocre team, who should be competing with the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Only one decent player in the (dohni). However not a great captain

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (January 3, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

imagine the so called god sachin was not good enough tp play...lol sachin a god

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (January 3, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

Kohli was a bit unlucky getting caught down the legside but the rest gambhir,sehwag,yuvi and raina to some extent there was no excuse for them. this is what my team look would look like in future odi series. Batmen:Rahane/Chand,Dhawan/Mukund,Kohli,Pujara,Tiwary/Rohit/Raina/Yuvi,Dhoni All Rounders: Jadeja/Aparajith/Binny/Nayar Pacers: Ifran,Aaron,Sandeep Sharma, Yadav,Awana,Shami Ahmed,Dinda,B Kumar,Pkumar,Rishi Dhawan,Isnwar Pandey and S Kaul. Spinners: Nadeem, Abullah,Dakekar,Harmeet Singh, Vikas Mishra,Ohja,Ashwin,Rassol,S Gupta, R Sharma,P Chawala

Posted by JG2704 on (January 3, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

Don't want to upset Indian fans here , but how do you guys feel about Dhoni towards the end? I didn't watch the whole game but it seems to me that Dhoni's main goal was to preserve his wicket above anything else. To me it seemed that he neither shielded Sharma from the strike nor entertained the fans with the fireworks he's capable of delivering. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh on the only Indian batsman who performed but I'd rather a bit more VFM towards the end even if it meant my side falling even shorter. Well played Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

@Micklem 20.43gmt - 1 tournament every few year doesn't show much. PK may lose against India in major tournaments, but a win for India every few year means nothing. I think you should be giving criticism about India rather than about who should play in what position in PK team. PK won by a huge margin, where is the luck in that. Your 8 or so so called batsmen failed ( i'm sure they are professional enough to come out of this bad patch). Accept defeat and give credit where its due. Good uck in the next match.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

i posted a comment after the series lost to England and Highlighted how India is gradually becoming like the west indies... this just add to it. a series lost to Pakistan when India havent lost a home ODI series to any team in 3 years..

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

Pakistan must try the untested talent sitting on the bench in the 3rd ODI

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Thiruvengadasamy was completely right. The greed of the BCCI and players has made them into poor players who have forgotten how to play proper cricket. You can see the damage that they've done to the game by the size of the test crowds against England. Ban the IPL and ICL then we might see some decent cricket again.

Posted by micklem on (January 3, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

Pakistan was lucky today to win the match.They won becoz of their very strong bowling and poor Indian batting.I am from India and even i don't understand why they are keeping Umar Akmal out.After their openers their batting lacks quality.He is the one batsman who can score quickly after their openers.Remember worldcup match.2 day they did a big mistake by sending Azhar Ali at no:3.They are wasting Shoib malik at down also.He is ideal for 3.As long as the 2 bouncer rule is their it will create problems for batsmen especially Indian team.When Dinda bowled bouncer Jamsed hit a six,On the other hand when pakistan bowlers were bowling bownsers Indian batsmen suffered like any thing.Pakistan bowling was really sharp today.But whatever matches India will lose ,how terrible they will perform,India would always hold the Edge against Pakistan till they win a Worldcup Knockout against India.

Posted by Nampally on (January 3, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

There is no point in blaming anybody. Pakistan team was good & played with lot of guts & gumption. Indian team was outplayed in all departments. Firstly congratulations to Pakistan- well deserved series win. Present Indian team is simply not good enough to beat Pakistan. India can salvage something out of it by changing the team & bring in 3 new guys -Rahane, Pujara & Nadeem.It is clear that this Indian team is deficient in both bowling & batting. Not making any changes means refusal to accept the deficiencies in the team. If you do not correct the deficiencies you will never improve. This is the main reason why Team India went from #1 Test side + ODI World cup winners to the last place in both Test & ODI's. The main culprits are the Selectors + M.S. Dhoni. Dhoni should strive to improve the team at every opportunity. Every defeat gives a chance to improve & change players to fill in the missing skills.Pujara, the best batsman in India, is not even in the squad! Can anyone explain WHY?

Posted by deathstar01 on (January 3, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

Superb pace attack of pak is indians main problem. bowl at 140+ indian batsmen will throw away their wickets.

Posted by Me_A_Gemini on (January 3, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

Simply...... 3-0 on cards....Go Pakistan Go :D

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

India is a team on the decline. Well wishers, fans and critics all would like to suggest some thing or the other (mostly quick fixes) which do not work, simply because, as a team the players are not clicking. Veeru, Gambhir and Kohli are badly out of form and it shows. Bowling has never been India's great strength compared to the batting, and now probably has the worst bowling team that represented India in the long run. Otherwise inexperienced, first choice bowlers like Yadav are not available. Just like once upon a time a certain Ravi shastri, Jadeja continues to get selected as an allrounder and it is a fact that he is at the very best mediocre. India needs to take harsh decisions and try youngsters, and persist with them for some time regardless of the results, and hopefully India will re-emerge at least as a limited overs powerhouse....

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

it was again a fanastic win, and a brave act of bowlers they defended a relatively small total on board. at the same time body language of indian camp is also saying something while pak body language including the coach is very positive it palys a very important role

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

For goodness sake! Blame it on Jadeja again wont you? Poor guy took 3 wickets at economy of 4.10 including both openers and people are bashing Jadeja again! Fine, his batting was poor but he scored more runs in this game than Gambir, Kohli and Yuvi. It was the batting that failed and it's the top order that needs to be accountable for the loss. I personally think Dhoni should bat at number 3 considering his current form.

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 3, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

Indians havent faced the likes of Anwar Ali yet ,another surprise package about to get revealed in next game ;) watch out.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

Our Batsmen can't play in foreign conditions.Now after the series defeat against England in the tests and the one day series against Pakistan, it showed they are unable to bat in India also.I always believe that whoever plays well they win the match.But it is really an agony that they meekly surrender in every occasion Going with the same trend, defeat is the known outcome in the upcoming matches, better try with new players who are waiting in the wing.No matter they may not have international exposure, but at least they play for self pride. I think it will be better to lose matches with new faces rather with the existing one. Finally IPL is making the players and the board very rich. Unfortunately,it completely ruined the quality of cricket. Before it is too late, it is better for Dhoni to call retirement before the team reaches the rock bottom and every other team in the world will come and beat them again and again.I think it might be better ban cricket in India for another 10 years

Posted by micklem on (January 3, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

Somebody was telling that Dhoni batted selfish and he was trying to increase average by batting lower order etc like that,Not at all.If he had tried to score faster earlier then that will be resulting in losing his wicket only.Even if dhoni bats slowly earlier he can always make up for that.But if other batsmen also scores very slowly and then lose their wickets he can do nothing.After one stage he realized it is not passible to win the match.So he just tried to get maximum runs only.It is stupidity to think that if one bats down then their avg will increase.It is very difficult for the lower order batsmen to have high averages.Dhoni is by far the best batsman in both teams.I think dhoni bats down becoz he did'nt want to create problems in the team.Some batsmen may not like if they went down.I always felt that if he batted No:3 Like earlier stages of his carrier,he record would have much higher and he should have crossed 10000 runs run.Now It is high time for him to bat atleast at 4.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

Kohli and Yuvraj are not delivering for the team and should be dropped immediately. Well I do not like either of the teams but players such as Rayudu., Anwar Ali, Farhat, Shami Ahmed, Chawla, Rahane, U.Akmal should be given a chance for their respective teams. This is a dream modern-day Indo-Pak match 1.Unmukt Chand, 2.Ajinkya Rahane, 3.Cheteshwar Pujara, 4.Manoj Tiwary(c), 5.Suresh Raina, 6.MS Dhoni(wk),7.Yusuf Pathan , 8.R Ashwin, 9.Shami Ahmed,10.B Kumar, 11. Ashoke Dinda v/s 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Md. Hafeez(c), 3.Shoaib Malik, 4.Md. Yousuf, 5.Azhar Mahmood, 6.Umar Akmal(wk),7.Umar Gul, 8.Kamran Hussain, 9.Danish Kaneria, 10.Junaid Khan, 11.Saeed Ajmal

Posted by farhankhan82 on (January 3, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

NEW VENUE , OLD STORY : Donno where to start from, Whole world knows India dont have Worldclass bowling attack and that Batting has to fire that EXTRA bit to cover for bowling.this theory has been followed by Indian teams of different era and periods.BUT our so-called world class batting always COMES A CROPPER in Crunch situations and FAILS MISERABLY when it matters most and on uncountable occasions.Cant Blame DHONI alone,he has been doing and did much more than one can imagine,Captaincy,Wicketkeeping,Batting! things r not going his way but he is putting in Serious Effort.In last 18 months its been combination of Lack of Quality Bowlers,Batting letting us down, last but not least why is no one pointing fingers at DUNCAN FLETCHER! at 65 what coaching can he provide in today's fast paced Cricket. Shane warne could be roped in but BCCI doesn't want aussies after GREG CHAPPEL saga! KOHLI is best batsman we have so can RISK burdening him with captaincy and lose his batting contribution also

Posted by brusselslion on (January 3, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

A number of posters seem to be blaming the recent poor performances of India in Test and ODI formats on the IPL. If this is the case, then the Indian nationals can, at least, make their views known by boycotting IPL matches and supporting Ranji trophy and Test matches. If you continue to support the IPL, at the expense of the longer formats, then you'll only have yourselves to blame.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (January 3, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

Good play by Pakistan. I'm expecting white wash. I think India needs to play more game against Kenya, Afghanistan,Zimbabwe and Ireland.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Jadeja is the biggest mystery in the cricket world. In test matches, Selectors picked him on the basis of the two triple centuries he made in the 4 ranji matches, but Dhoni used him primarily as a bowler.

He made his ODI debut as a batsman who can bowl some overs; but there dhoni is using him as a bowler who can bat little bit (today he came after Ashwin).

In CSK, he was picked (2 million dollar) as an all-rounder but in IPL he didnt get too much balls to bat and never bowled even 3 overs in any of the matches (on an average he bowled 10 balls per match). Does jadeja himself knows, what is his ROLE?

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

Pak team 4 3rd odi 1 Nasir 2 hafeez 3 younis 4 Misbah 5 Shoiab 6 haris sohail 7 kamran 8 anwar Ali 9 umar Gul 10 saeed ajmal 11 junaid khan

Posted by Dhumper on (January 3, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

India needs to analyze all formats differently. They are a really good T20 side so no changes needed.

In one day's give some rest to Sehwag / Gambhir and bring a youngster like Rahane like we brought Jamshed at the top who can stay and carry the innings. Once Kohli is in form, make others play along him. Bring Sehwag back when he regains his form. Stop this nonsense of replacing Dhoni. He is a cool head and an amazing ODI bat, so he will be there at 5/6 to take the innings to the end. For bowling, keep grooming youngsters like (Bumesh?) who can swing the ball. Junaid was given chances and look how good he has been lately. Someone like Yuvi can be a Hafeez if he bowls with conviction. Ashwin is there too so it's not so bad.

For test matches, when you start loosing at home, you need a lot of improvement. Keep a healthy combination of youth and experience. No crazy overall team changes. You would need experience of Sehwag/Gambhir/Tendulkar/Yuvi/MS and blend it with youngsters.

Posted by crafty-Rabbi on (January 3, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

Pakistan continues to produce young talent that performs, (Junaid Khan and Nasir Jamshid). The Indian young talent continues to misfire Kohli etc. They have been spoiled by the IPL salaries and have grown lazy. It is time to get rid of the corrupt BCCI and their refusal to use the referral system that is used by every other nation. They are destroying test cricket in India and ODI is following suit. All that will be left will be the T20 which is mostly dominated by foreign stars. Wake up India with my shekels and your population there has to be a way to rise above mediocrity.

Posted by gujratwalla on (January 3, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

Well done Pakistan.A deserved win but i thought the Indian bowlers did extremely well to limit Pakistan to 250 whereas they seemed set for a score of 300+.I was amazed at Dhoni's tactics in the end;easily the bravest batsman in India's team but brave men go out with a fight Dhoni's idea of playing out the 50 overs timidly does not go with his fighting spirit.This is nor bravery but surrender.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Being a typical Paki lad I brought up playing cricket nd ve Gr8 love for cricket. Em damn sure if I get flat pitch to play On wid out any special skill I can bat a bit nd wil fail on turning Nd pacy pitch. Wat Indian ve done wid their cricket they jus made Flat pitch on IPL to attract more folks nd money. By doing this they r killing cricket in real manner. Cricket is just not batsman play bowlers have their own importance. But IPL is a killer for bowler nd is proving paradise for batting. I really surprised to see B kumar turning the ball both ways but sad too as he wil become an ave bowler after playing on dead IPL pitches jus like I Pathan M Patel RP Singh etc. if BCCI wil not change pitches em afraid India wil only produce batsman nd spinners.

Posted by Cricmick on (January 3, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

There is definitely some thing wrong in the body language of the Indian team. It is not just as simple as it seams but it is serious, they are not giving their 100%. What is going on inside the BCCI rankings, the coach, the selectors, has to be thoroughly probed and investigated. Ostensibly, Dhoni the lone star, the cornered warrior is one whole against the rest, the rest might include the entire cricket mechanism of India. The point to ponder is, all the veteran pundits which includes Tandu, Gangu, Sunny and Ravi seem to have been obscured by the virus which is causing this upheaval.You cannot point a finger in the potential and professional abilities of the Indian team, they have been well tested and established to counter any type of onslaught. They cannot fall apart like that, there's got to be a coercive element trying to compel them to do so. On the contrary they don't want to give up Dhoni either. Such a scenario for a sane cricket follower is quite perplexing. TX,USA

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 3, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas: You once used to be reasonable, not anymore. Can you tell me how are you so sure that Sachin had said no to the problem of opening? Maybe he said yes but Dravid himself clarified that he was more suited to opening? You were not privy to the internal discussion, were you? In any case, it is the team that decides what is in its best interests. It would be a foolish team that asks its best batsmen to bat at the most challenging of times even if he has the ability to cope up with it. The risks are simply too high.

Let me ask you one thing more. Why did Dravid NEVER NEVER NEVER volunteered to bowl when India desperately needed wickets? Why was it Sachin the usual guy when Indian bowlers used to fail? Was Dravid selfish in not volunteering then? By your own logic Dravid was clearly selfish while Sachin was always ready to bowl at the toughest of times. Who is selfish now?

Sachin is Statchin? Who scored 3 100s in Eng and yet India lost 0-4? Isn't Dravid selfish too then?

Posted by Criktic on (January 3, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

Its good to see Pak win 2 consecutive matches against India, seriously that does not happen that often ; ) and i would also like to say to Indian fans not be too disappointed. these matches should be seen as matches, however we take them just too seriously, and you have a strong batting line up, remember the same guys won you the WC last year. We paki fans needed this win as a consolidation for the SF loss to India last year, so its all good. we know india also has a very good cricket team and it will bounce back soon : )

Posted by p-khan on (January 3, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Folks something fishy is going on in Indian camp, we have seen this kind of body language on our side of the fence in past... when people fail themselves rather your opponent hit you hard.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

Thanks to Almighty Allah for this historic victory. Look at the world champions. Green shirts proves that they are not better than Pak. Play hard and make 3-0 in delhi

Posted by Sunny_Reuben on (January 3, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

Time 4 Change, Time for bits n pieces players is gone with the advent of 2 new balls and also restriction of 5 players in the circle for powerplay.

Invest in following players and few for world cup -

1. Unmukt Chand, Harpreet Singh, Rohit Motwani 2. Ajinkya Rahane, Swapnil Asnodkar, Manvinder Bisla 3. Virat Kohli 4. Baba Aparajith, Prashant Chopra, Robin Bist (AR) 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Parvez Rasool, Abhishek Nayar, Mandeep Singh (AR) 8. Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Sharma, Aushik Srinivas, Harmeet Singh 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar / Kamal Passi / Umesh Yadav 10. Ishwar Pandey / Harshal Patel / Rituraj 11. Sandeep Sharma

Others Rishi Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Manish Pandey, Surya Kumar Yadav, Ravikant Singh, Pradeep Sangwan, Siddarth Kaul

Top 3 needs to be technically solid Middle 3 needs to be somewhat technically solid but should be clean hitters and good runners especially because of large australian grounds need 2 decent spinners (preferably ones that take the ball away and has arm ball)

Posted by yogesh.gg on (January 3, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

Current players don't look like giving a shit for country's pride , after all they are earning millions per month via ads and IPL. Who cares for pride when you have huge account balance with short busts of performance in IPL.

Posted by muneeb2012 on (January 3, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

thanx Allah g for victory....pak really needed it against india....a lot of positives to take out from this series....for india i think some serious changes need to be made...dhoni should always bat at 4....there should be 4 specialist bowlers plus ashwin no matter how many part timers are there in d team...young indian players should play county...and sehwag should never be dropped no matter what....india havent prepared youngsters for overseas tours ahead...and only sehwag can save india from more defeats there

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 3, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Dear indians :)...if you hate dhoni that much,then we can take him :) and you can have kamran akmal in return :) along with azhar ali as a bonus :) deal???

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 3, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

I dont know whether Gary Kirsten was a genius or what, but he certainly produced the results. Now that could be becouse of various other factors like the form and fitness of the Indian Batsmen and bowlers then. Zaheer was also fit and bowling in most of the games then.

But after the World Cup Gary was suddently very adamant on going back, did he foresee all of this comming because of the aging stars in India. Or was it just a co-incidence. Even if it is a co-incidence, then it is a very big co-incidence becuase almost the entire indian team has gone out of form except for a few sporadic performances here and there except Kohli who was performing consistently uptill now.

What ever may be the case, We have some of the worlds biggest cricketing legends in the game, Why cant they coach our team, they should understand our players better.

Or are we still in our minds inferior to the foreigners or white men.

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Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

@SozzadHussainRaza Seriously, the comment you made, just proved that you guys are ready to understand that Pakistani bowling is awesome and that the difference between the bowling sides is roughly 150 runs. Thank U.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

Well played Pakistan ....

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Great bowling performance shown by Pakistani bowlers.......unfortunately Indian batsmens were unable to fire. On the basis of one innings we can not say that world champs are going towards decline. they have still a great batting unit and the most gorgeous batting unit in all over the world. Srisanth RP Singh must be included in the team. though i am Pakistani but India is under big pressure now. after this thaey have odi series against England and then Australians are coming in India............still hope for the best

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Now is the time BCB should rush to BCCI to arrange a series of FIVE ODI and a couple of TEST in India as they started loosing HOME series to almost every side! I strongly believe that there is a bright hope for BD boys right at this moments!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

The first match without sachins presence in pavilion... He would have surely guide our experience middle order batters ..note my word experienced..:) .. Interestingly I am not dis-pointed on our new bowling attack ..the reason of loosing both the matches was poor batting display...May God bless ODI future of indian cricket without master ......

Posted by kc69 on (January 3, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

I just don't see how people relate IPL to Indian team's performance.By the way i will say its a well deserved win for Pakistan.BCCI needs to introspect about people like Gambhir and Sehwag who can be blamed for irresponsible cricket,people who talking about Dhoni and his captaincy just remember a captain is as good as his team.I don't give credit to Misbah for this win its the young players of Pakistan who performed.If Dhoni is sacked who can replace him..Sehwag,Gambhir they don't even know the meaning of term responsibility.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

Love you green shirts, cant wait to see the advertisement "Aane do" on the Indian Channels. Its a lesson for India that every day is a new day and you have to perform your 100 % to make a good match. Team India has been punished by the Almighty holding there neck's stiff and under estimating the Unpredictable Team Pakistan. India's batting is really strong and really need to be backed up by some intelligent bowling,Part timers wont help there cause. Team Pakistan's opening (batting) problem has been solved in the form of Hafeez and Jamshed and bowling is also doing really good , its only the middle order that need to recruit some fresh legs . WELL PLAYED TEAM PAKISTAN!!!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

I am surprised to see the praise for Dhoni's bizarre knock. It was NOT a fighting knock at all. It was a single minded mission to get a 50. Until the 35th over it may have made sense but after that it was pure farce. When the req run rate crosses 10 you don't wait for the last 5-7 overs!!! Dhoni was blocking even as the reqd run rate crossed 14!! I truly believe this was indifference to winning at best and selfish stats gathering at worst.

Given the form Dhoni is in, and the utter lack of form among the other big guns, he should have come up the order his coming in the lower order when chips are down again points to record-envy and cowardice

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (January 3, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas: I think you are contradicting yourselves by calling those batsmen who score as selfish and, yet claim that India lost because batsmen did not score. I guess none of the top order batsmen wanted to score coz they would be potrayed as selfish like Dhoni who scored a 50 for a losing cause. Same argument holds for bowlers as well. If a bowlers take wickets then he is selfish as he is not allowing other bowlers to take the wickets. Stop this bashing of a gr8 Indian batsmen of our generation and instead as fans of Indian cricket do something to change the way BCCI thinks and operates. We as a team are failing coz of our domsetic setup unable to identify and push through talent that can compete at an International level, coz of the attitude of some of the current players who think they r bigger than the game. Even the gr8 SRT, RD, LAX, all were and are still humble and r gr8ful to represent India. Just be happy that u witnessed 1 of the best times in Indn crkt.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

SATish. stop relying on sachin now hez a great player but now have come to ages, how ever this was a mixed game , both the teams were not upto the mark, the team played worse got defeated.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Everyone start blaming the Indian bating. But what about Indian bowling? Pak doesn't have a good batting line up. They got runs because of the weak Indian bowling line up. I think if the current Pak batsmen play against current Pak bowlers, they will hardly score 100..haha

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

@ CrickFans007: There is a serious misunderstanding here. Pakistani wickets are statistically proven to be be worse batting tracks then India's. They are the reason our pacers are more resilient than those from other countries.After bowling on Pakistan's tracks, any wicket is easy.

Posted by sajjadalamadina on (January 3, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

as a pakistani i m happy with the pak. Win over ind. But the way ms dhoni surrenders dispointed me. If i could meet dhoni i would say sorry to him. He is the best finisher the game has ever produced.

Posted by Musafir366 on (January 3, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Its good that we have Hafeez to replace Misbha.

but sorry to say that those who think Misbha should be dropped are those who just want to see bang bang thing. Mishbha is intelligent person he knows how to control the things. In past it was Mishba who control the fast pace of T20 matches with his batting. Though he was involved in some loses but when whole team was gone he single handly take the team to last fighting moments. He is calm and such type of player who keeps the things under his control. I always admire Misbha but his badluck is that he is Captain of that country's team where flukes are like Shahid Afridi are heroes. :(

Posted by akdhesi76 on (January 3, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

As an indian fan I am very disappointed. Congratulations to Pakistan, thoroughly deserved victory. india now needs to use the last match in Delhi and the series against England to look at their options. They need to thank the likes of Sehwag, Gambhir for their service to Indian cricket and blood some youngsters.

Pakistan were the more hungry of the two teams. Their players have played less cricket compared to the Indian team and were much fitter, leaner and just up for it much more.

Posted by Pedpathpres on (January 3, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

India has to learn to introduce new talent on a regular basis. We have been fortunate that we had a great combination of cricketers at one time . They have to be replaced , and it may be impossible to have the same quality of talent . However, as all other great teams have shown , new talent must be brought in , and encouraged , particularly if they show a willingness to tough it out through the inevitable rough patches , whether it is in a game or in their career. Selection to a team at any level demands a certain commitment from the player to fight it out. Recent Indian sides have not shown that capacity at home or abroad. Maybe , the richness of the IPL, or the altered techniques it has engendered, is to blame , but the players should look at themselves and consider how they can prepare themselves to fight back. I am sure there is enough talent around to produce a side of tough minded cricketers.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

Pakistan beat India fairly and squarely. Well done Pakistan. It is amazing that there is no one out there that is calling for Dhoni's scalp. Perhaps they now understand that the captain can not always be held accountable, if players are "irresponisible" in a team game.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

Dont worry India, just forget the losses, humiliation & plan for the IPL. Afterall forget the technique, class & temperament (we have already forgotten I believe) as IPL needs none of these & continue to practice the big heaves ,smashes & hits ;so that you can always please the Ambanis & Mallyas never leave a ball ,throw your bat at everything outside the off stump, big edges will always fly over the wicket keeper & slips ; make the maximum out of the next years IPL Auction.

Posted by Musafir366 on (January 3, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

Though i am Pakistani. but i am also wondering what nuclear bomb is blasted. whats the problem with people who badly critizising indian team. Cant world champion lose to any one? world champ means that they have to win every match and every series. World championship is based on one championship event not like Formula One races that every race counts points and in the end highest point getter will be a champion. For God sake, be realistic. Yes indian team has bad time. WI are T20 champion. do you think that they can beat top teams of the world like they beat in the event. Its bad patch. These same batsmen gave victories to India, i think they should keep them, when bad patch will be over same players will do good for india.

Posted by The_Mystery_Ball on (January 3, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

Great win by Pak, though i still had my heart in my mouth when Dhoni was batting because the way he batted in the last match, it seemed that he could do anything. Having said that, this by far is the best team that Pakistan have fielded in a long long time. They should stick with it because it allows them to exploit any bowling condition and also provide stable batting. Umar Akmal should only be kept in the T20 squad unless he gets his head right.

Also the calls for Dhonis resignations are a bit unjust. He did everything that he could indivually as well as a Captain. It's not his fault that the batsmen can't play with a straight bat or hold their balance while executing a shot. Not to forget he is the only Indian captain to have won two World Cups, that in itself speaks volumes of the man's leadership.

Posted by wake_up_india on (January 3, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

The Pakistani team's achievement is all the more creditable considering that, owing to security concerns, they have seen no international cricket at home for many years. In spite of these restrictions, they have assembled a world class team. In contrast, the BCCI is flush with cash from IPL and hordes of international players have been playing in India -- both for their countries and for IPL teams. The IPL has done nothing for the quality of Indian cricket as India has redefined "cricket", at least as played in IPL, as a circus whose only purpose is to generate huge scores. As long as Indian audiences will worship the IPL, the Indian national team will contuinue to be humiliated in international encounters in ALL forms of the game.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Gambhir and Sehwag are Responsible plus Ravi Jadeja cannot get a place in any International side,,, how come he can play in a Batting Rich Country India? Unbelievable...!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

Its Ok. Not as bad as 2007. Chill!

Posted by Omarrz on (January 3, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta "Omarrz, who said that? No one did! No one in his right senses would have said that. Just don't make up things, just for drama! Just for giving some punch to your comments. Chh! Chh!"

How regular are you on cricinfo articles? I am. Very regular. This was stated numerous times before the start of this series. Indian fans were claiming this series to be a cakewalk or they don't expect anything less than a whitewash by India etc. etc!

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (January 3, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Its simple and we Indians need to accept it. We lost because PAK were so much better and if you compare talents position wise only Dhoni is better than Kamran Akmal, and in every other position PAK players are more talented. There is no comparison in fast bowling department as we have the worst bowling attack. Hafeez and Ajmal are #1 and #2 in ICC rankings and rightfully so. There is no shame in losing to a much better team and India as a team is on a major decline. We are on our way to hit Rock bottom I only expect it to get more wrose before it gets better. I can only laugh at @Dravid_Gravitas comments as he clearly lacks cricketing knowledge. Cricket is a team game and for any individual to make contribution he has to be selfish, self driven and only then he can contribute to the teams cause. Learn to appreciate the fact that these gr8's played for india and look whats hapenning when they have hung their boots.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan. I think the opening partnership of Pakistan team made the difference. Pak lost last 7 wkts for 77 runs. I am not sure how good was the wicket played after first 25 overs. Things are not going well for India at this moment but things should fall in place soon. Good luck India.

Posted by ayub.ans on (January 3, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

I think the new rule of having min 5 players inside the circle has played well for Pakistan, forcing Misbah to set aggressive, attacking fields. Previously Pakistani Captains were very defensive, easily spreading the field after power play overs. Never the less, aggressive field placing was backed by very disciplined bowling :)

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

It's no use blaming Duncan Fletcher.Like any tradesman he can only work with what he is given, and no matter how good he might be, if the raw material is rubbish, he can't produce a masterpiece.. The biggest problem as I see it, is that too many of the current squad seem to be immune from the consequences of failure. Regardless of how many times they get beaten, the same faces keep getting selected. So where is the fear of failure that engenders the will to win. How long does this have to continue before changes are made. Thrashed away in England and Oz... lost a home test series and T20 series to England... and now lost a home ODI series to Pakistan. There's an old saying... why keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

today victory means a lot for PAKISTAN cricket they dominant the INDIAN in all department.they also shake up the confidence the opposition and shows them you are living in fool paradise.they are heavily expose in seaming and swing condition when ever there is some movement they are all over the place.JUNAID and NASIR was simply outstanding and not forget i see HAFEEZ in totally different class he shows some guts and he played in different gear well played PAKISTAN.you deserve to win the serious.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (January 3, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

thank god there is no sachin in the team otherwise everyone will say sachin is responsible for Indian defeat..RIP Indian cricket for atleast two years

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

Now that the 3rd ODI won't be nearly as significant after winning the series, I think the Pak coach should definitely rest M. Irfan and possibly a couple other players. This way these players will be rested for the SA series and the new players will gain some experience playing against India.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

What a way to start 2013... First match without sachin's presence in pavilion..His presence would have supported our experienced batters ...note my word experienced...:) .None of the batsman looked positive in approach.. And interestingly our inexperienced bowling did well in both the ODIs..May god bless future of Indian ODI cricket without master!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

Bowling was never an indian strenght but its a pity that their batsmen have lost the charm now...i seriously wished for a competitive series

Posted by EngineeredCricketer on (January 3, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Criticism on Dhoni is not fair. He battled till the end but his batsmen betrayed him. Team needs some counseling and mental mentor-ship and all will be OK. Weak bowling line-up kept Pakistan in check, it's batsmen who couldn't display their natural talent. Good Luck for next match Team India!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

This is the price India paying for IPL

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. But ,I am concerned about Misbah s poor form. He is leading the side well but his individual performance needs to be improved. Otherwise,Hafeez...................

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

i am pakistani,and i wasnt expecting the highlights of the 90s . sharjah cup pak vs india. when waseem and waqar destroyed the indian team and restricted them only to 180 score. this was da same guy. and i think now india should have changed his so called world class bating side. Gautam and Sehwag should be restricted to only for Test. (maybe) . i dont know why rahane and tiwary is out.?? where is munaf patel or srisanth ?they are still better even if they are not in form ..most of the indian players are injured, because they play ipl all da season, international cricket has no more value for them. they earn so much money and respect in their country, too much fan following, Girls, and so many things..So whos gonna play for the country in this type of environment. i am sure if ipl goes in same way, so indian cricket has only 2 more years, and after you will see bangladesh beating india series in their home .

Posted by Stark62 on (January 3, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

If I was head of the Indian management, then I would immediately fire Duncan Fletcher!!

Anyway, Pak must drop Farhat Younis, Azhar and Misbah from the ODI squad because they are not good enough for ODI's, p,lus it was the bowlers who gifted the series to Pak.

Yes, Younis played well in the 1st ODI but he only performs against Ind and he flopped really badly against Aus in UAE.

Hafeez should be made captain, Irfan and Malik just for T20's, then bring in Alam, Shezhad, Yasin, Sadaf, Ehsan and let Sohail play in the starting 11.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

@Malti65 I disagree. Indian bowlers were ok in this match and overall they haven't been all that bad against Pakistan (different story in tests though). Today they bowled poorly in the first half and brilliantly in the second. But its the Indian batting that's failing them consistently. The conditions for batting were not bad by any means today. It was a 250/260 pitch. Indian batsmen just dropped the ball.

Posted by Dhumper on (January 3, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Great performance by men in green! India going in decline after WC.. needs to improve in all departments. Can't wait for Pak SA series now... that would be a mouth watering contest!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

Everyone start blaming the Indian bating. But what about Indian bowling? Pak doesn't have a good batting line up. They got runs because of the weak Indian bowling line up. I think if the current Pak batsmen play against current Pak bowlers, they will hardly score 100.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Best of Luck for IPL. It will be won by an Indian team :P

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

h oh,all we have to say is that 1st BCCI wasnt able to find bowlers in 1billion population,now BCCI also have to find batsmen ,oh so tough and difficult job,

Posted by Talhacroft on (January 3, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Once again, Pakistan proved to be the better ODI side with their lethal 5 bowlers and experienced batting support. Keep it up team Pakistan.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 3, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

First of all, congratulations to Pakistan for a well deserved series victory. They played the better cricket and rightly are in this position. India on the other hand look worse every game. I think winning the world cup in 2011 drained so much out of them that they felt their life's mission has been accomplished. Hiring an old man in Duncan Fletcher didn't help at all. Old ideas, poor planning, lethargic players etc all have contributed to India's fall. Dhoni first of all needs to take a lot of the blame. He kept persisting with the SAME players over and over again in spite of the failures. Secondly, Sehwag and Gambhir are responsible for more than 70% of India's defeats in tests and ODIs since 2011. Poor opening stands has put a lot of pressure on the shaky middle order. I also cannot understand what crime Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane have committed for them to be ignored every time. Lastly, India's bowling is the WORST in the world. This team will hit the rock bottom even more.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Pakistan found a good batsman in Nasir Jamshed who has the ability to play steadily unlike his fellow mates.

Posted by wakaPAK on (January 3, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa Don't think Pakistani batting is that great, our batting is our weak link; would love to see Ajmal vs Amla and Kallis and I think Junaid also can cause problems for SA batsmen. SA I think is the best team in the world but I'll still back Pakistan to win because not long ago we toppled the best team 3-0.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

What's the role of Duncan Fletcher in the team ? Change him. In form Dhoni needed to push himself up the order(like he did in WC Final) to lower the pressure on the Failing middle order. And Bowling- The Bowlers when we won the World Cup and now is completely different and Worst. Bring Irfan Pathan in, What happened to Zaheer ? Bring Rahane. India should think about Rotation Policy, but they have a bad coach.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

another gift of " IPL " to indian fans....

Posted by crindex on (January 3, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

@ BDforever : That was funny ....but down right mean man!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Well played Pakistan..There could not be a better gift of 2013 for Pakistani Nation, beating India in ODI series in Indian.

On the other hand, never mind Indian fans, win and loss are part of game...Just enjoy the encounters between India and Pak which are always entertaining...Let the cricket game win and let the politics be spelled out.....

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Pakistan did well, Dey deserve victory . On India side, Only Dhoni did gud job again bt dat was still not sufficient .

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

India is a good team . it is just they are going through there off days .Dont critisize Dhoni .he is a good capton and batsman .Dont make him a second Ganguly.Otherwise india will lose a good cricketer.Just india need to improve there bowling for sure .They have good enough batsman for any situation, just they are going through there off days . Give them time .......................Pakistani Suppoter.

Posted by EjazMahmood on (January 3, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Sad not to see the acknowledgement of other team's game by Dhoni. Cricket is supposed to be gentlemen's sport.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

India should ask sachin to come back

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

how many of the current indian players right now are in the team because of thier talent?NONE!!!!gambhir,veru,ashwin,ishant,jadeja,rohit,and maybe couple of others,these players need are only there because of the reputation.theses players are awesome to watch when bangladesh or new zealand arrive in india to play,and playing on batting paradise will never help the cricket in india.everytime india gets a half decent talent they start comparing them to the greats like dravid sachin ganguly and so on so on....you cannot compare virat to sachin you cant compare pujara to dravid,you cant compare ashwin to saqlain or ajmal,get real guys these guys were legends and you cant compare these normsl cricketers to those legends!they must stop livning in the past and realise how big the problem is right now!!!!i loved watching sachin,ganguly,dravid and kumble,OH BY THE WAY IM A PAKISTANI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (January 3, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

i am just woeing and willing bangladesh on . to do a similar number on the indians

Posted by womenlovecricket on (January 3, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

I am a woman and even I know that BCCI needs to do some major changes to the side. Gambhir should be thrown out of the team for a few months because he swallows the balls and his batting and fielding is crap ( I can bat and field better than him). Sehwag can bat if he puts him mind to it so one more change to him. Yuvraj is only good at T20 so get him out of the ODIs. Kohli should be given a match's break so that he can come back refreshed as he seems to be mentally exhausted and it shows when he is batting. This is my team for the next ODI: Rahane, Sehwag, Kohli, Raina, Rayudu, Dhoni, Ashwin, Kumar, Sarma, Dinda/ Yadev & Irfan (if they are fit to play). Infact they should give Murali Vijay another chance to open with Rahane and leave Sehwag out to the team for a while.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

Well done Pakistan team, we are proud of you all!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

As fan of Indian batting line-up I am really shocked to see they failing every now & then. Wth is Virat upto? all hyped about the series & in the end just being a chicken? Dhoni is the best Indian batsman along with Yuvraj in the team at the moment, without these 2 the team will eat dust of the victors & I am their fan. Anyways, congratulation Pakistan. Good wishes & best of luck from a Pakistani who loves indian batting.

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (January 3, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

lol its ironic to hear an indian saying IPL is not helping indian cricket.lol

Posted by abdulbasitktk on (January 3, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

what a wonderful show of bowling from pakistan team they totally out class the opposition.now after the series win pak team managment should give chance to the youngster in the next game specialy anwar ali he is also such a fine bowler...sorry for the indian fans your team looks very ordinary today they did not even show fight..i also thanks some of the indian fans who appreciated pak performance unlike your captain who even did not speak a word of appreciation for team pak...but it does not matter we have beaten you in your country thats what means for us.... long live team pakistan you have given the answer to all the indian players who participated in the add on star cricket......lolz

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Hats off to Nasir for back to back centuries against India. Mohammad Hafeez been exceptional with bat n ball can be a good Pakistan future Captain in all forms. Misbah though captained well but should consider retirement in the near future. I think Pakistan looked gud even with out Afridi n Razzak. Thats impressive! Pakistan should try to set the middle order. I dont think Younus khan will make it to wc2015. Hairs Sohail should be in the side for next game. Should give him some chance if he's not gud enough should bring back Asad Shafiq to replace Younus in the future. I think Azhar Ali has a role to play even in onedays so no need to drop him he will improve by time. Other than this All Good looks bright futue for Pak Cricket. Well played Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

i m really surprise about indian batting lineup.... they play v well but in this series they r nothing... dont blame to dhoni bec he is v good captain and also batsman its not one player game everyone should play role in match... Congates Pak Team

Posted by mensan on (January 3, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

I feel 2 reasons for india downfall:

1. Due to money making in IPL, indian cricketers have become lazy and prefer money over pride for playing for country.

2. Due to heroism in india, selectors are afraid of dropping the so called heroes.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

I believe India is suffering from T20 syndrome. IPL has definitely affected their playing style. T20 is completely different from ODI and Test Cricket. T20 is a batsman's hits and slog. Fans by nature are now also expecting a quick and fast firing game. There are 3 different sets of rule. In a normal life you follow one set rules. If you are given three different sets of rules you are likely to get confused when under pressure. As an example Tennis has three sets of games, singles, double and mixed doubles. The great players only played one of them.

Posted by Scube on (January 3, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

@shadab1_29: You won't ask this question if you know the owner of CSK! Long Live IPL now that real cricket has been irrevocably crippled in India!

Posted by Sameer-hbk on (January 3, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

Well I guess that settles the issue regarding how bad and detrimental Sachin, Dravid and the likes were to Indian cricket over the last 2 decades. It is lovely to see the "non-selfish young guns" who were unfairly kept out of the side till now by people who hogged spaces based on past records do so, so, so amazingly well!!!

Next let us start Twitter campaigns to force Sehwag and Dhoni into retirement and we can all go back to the lovely early 90s when India struggled to win anything significant.

Oh btw, I totally blame Ganguly and Kumble for this defeat. If only they had performed well in the half-time break instead of being selfish and getting felicitated.

And Pakistan, England and Australia, Just wait till IPL and we will get our revenge. I am damn sure India will win IPL again... Well, almost sure

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

To All please stop Bashing Dhoni ! He is the best player in the Indian playing eleven. So what if he didnt manage to win the match for his team ...?? At least Pakistani bowlers couldn't get him OUT !! :P . For those who are calling for TENDU to come back in ODIs ...if you bring back Tendu we will include Inzi and you all know very well what Inzi's can do to India and what Tendu's "century" can do to Pak. :D .

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

After reading most of the comments I believe both Pakistan and India should experiment with new emerging players. At least bring four or five new talents to test out from both sides to test how they perform under major pressure. This is a great opportunity for both countries. Pakistan should rest Misbah, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Kamran Akmal and Umar Gul

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

wow Pakistan you truly deserve this victory. Having said that after winning the series now its time to cash the bench . put haris sohail and anwar ali in for azhar ali and m irfan this would be icing on the cake if they come out with good performance. Best of luck for SA tour.

Posted by Marz22 on (January 3, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

i think frm now on the myth about india being the best batting side should end...creating batting tracks would make even bangladesh a gud batting side....on the other hand pakistan showed once again tat they r one of the best bowling side in the world if nt the best...um preety sure that they will make a batting paradise in delhi...but they will still fail nd that will be nail in their coffin

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

I always said, only Australia and Pakistan are capable of winning odi series in India.

Posted by Biggest_Cricket_Fan on (January 3, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

As an Indian and a strong Indian team supporter, I can not say what a painful moment of life is this for many Indians like me. But at the same time, I have never so happy about Pakistan's victory. Hopefully at least now, BCCI will take some steps and kick big star players such as Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni etc in their behind and throw them away from the team. These guys should be banned not only from cricket but also to be anywhere near Indian team so they dont bring any negative influence on the team. Thank God finally SRT retired (whatever may be reasons). Sandeep Patil and his team has a small and simple task of throwing all these seniors from the team and start building the team. I am sure none of the Indian supporter will mind if team loose as a part of building towards future. Enough of Rohit Sharma, Raina, Yuvi now. They all are paper tigers on flat decks. Yuvi should be ashamed of saying that he practised T20 shots in Ranji. Can someone tell him the difference between two formats.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

this is pakistan's most average team in their history. but still talent won today. pakistan is still in the transition and misbah has handled that well in the last few years. some more transition is to come when misbah,yunis and ajmal will retire while leaving a huge gap but that wont be so bad because the young guns are all set to fire. pakistan zindabad!!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Nasir Jamshed and Junaid Khan were exceptional today. Looking forward eagerly to SA tour and to see Junaid and Irfan in action on those tracks. Saeed Ajmal's 3 wickets in an over, Hafeez's knock and Malik's expression after his wicket..epic! What really touched me was the standing ovation by the crowd on Jamshed's century. Dhoni and Yuvraj will always be among the players I respect the most and enjoy watching them perform against opposition. The moment Yuvraj's wicket fell I could sense Pakistan's win. Congratulations to the whole Pakistan Team, their coach and all associated for making us all proud.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

i would say next game not a dead rubber. pak should try to win but more importantly give new player a chance. umar should play instead of azhar ali. and irfan should be rested with giving Anwar ali a debut.. to check whats he has got. i would not go all changed though its a dead rubber but umar for azhar and another bowler for irfan should be tested to check bench strength. junaid should play now regularly as main bowler.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

PK goes SIMPLY AWESOME .......... no comments

Posted by razakbhai123 on (January 3, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

wining and loosing is the part of the game,we should not over react when we loose ! this time Pak team looks more strong than usual ! our batsmen are loosing the confidence may be because we are criticizing them too much ! this is is the difficult time , we need to back them not go after them ! specially after the captain ! when batsman does not perform what captain alone can do ?

Posted by lobsterchampion on (January 3, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan. They deserved to win the match and the series. As an Indian ciricket fan, it pains me to say that the performance of the Indian team has been nothing but disappointing since 2011 WC victory. I dont think Dhoni should be blamed completely for this, it has been a cllective failure of the entire team. What Dhoni has failed to do is encourage the team and be creative on the field. Sehwag, Gambhir, Rohit need to be dropped from both Tests and ODIs. Need a change in leadership, probably Kohli needs to be made in charge. He lacks experience, but so did Greame Smith and Stephen Flemming when they were made captains. I think it is risk worth taking. And lastly if BCCI has any sense, they should fire Duncan Fletcher. He has been the worst coach in recent times. Saurav Ganguly could be good option for coaching position.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

what an anti climax to an exciting series. though there is never a dead rubber betwen these 2 teams but 3rd odi is just another game to test new combinations. Anti climax that pak won 1st t20 in last over. india won 2nd but never was easy and got a bit scare, pak won 1st Odi with quiet ease but was not this much simgle sided. this game specially india's inings after 20 overs was more of a single sided game. no fight or no scare shown. pakistan bowling too brilliant.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

Losing is definitely part n parcel of game,But the way you lose without fighting definitely hurts.Glad that Dhoni has not used his intelligence of comparing this loss with 2007 wc loss against bangladesh,the way he did after a home test series loss. Its suprising that the most lucky captain of india,has selective amnesia.He remembers one-off loss against bangladesh ways back in '07,but cannot remember the loss against same opponents under his captaincy,in his own backyard. Wc or not,every match is equally important,if u play for your country.As per dhonis own statement,hes is not bothered about asia cup loss against bangladesh,but disappointed only abt wc loss...is it becz its wc or is it becz he is not captain in wc? Dhoni was expected to behave more maturedly,atleast after so many years of captaining the country.His maturity levels are visible from,the way,hes ignoring or pretending to ignore the humiliating string of 8 overseas tests and a home test series after 28 yrs,

Posted by Malti65 on (January 3, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

I think the IPL is not helping Indian Cricket.

The Indian Players have become too big a stars to work hard on the field.

Bowling was never the Indian Forte, But it wasnt this bad ever. I think with out Zaheer the Indian bowling lacks direction and planning. Ishant may perform sporadically but he has always given more dissapointment and less of joy. It was only after seeing the Pakistani bowlers that we realised that Indian bowlers did not do justice to the wicket.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Good win by Pakistan............Dhoni played really well............i guess india need to focus on their batting line up..........they need batsman like Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Kaif who can stand still like a wall.............this team is only good for T20..........not for ODI and TEST.............................

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 3, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

@wakaPAK i really appreciate your humbleness . Pakistan has good bowling lineup and the result wasn't surprising although i expected india to fight back.

@BDforever haven't laughed for a while. Your comments made my day.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

very well played and good win by Pakistan. they totally outplayed india. though margin of defeat was 85 runs but it was over for india way before that. and runs choked in a way . dhoni's inings was a bit strange. he was not trying to hit or anything. pakistan need to think about batting.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (January 3, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

For those calling for MSD to go, what can he do when his batsmen continually fail against decent bowling, his lack of congratulation to the patently better team seems ill mannered, I am sure he would acknowledge the other team and not make excuses or blame bad luck. No one ever calls for Kohli to go, yet he seems to be a bottler to me, ok when everything is going well but a bit of a wimp when the chips are down; he also reminds me of Gizmo from the Gremlins. Pakistan have always produced great bowlers and they really look to be on the up as a force in world cricket, tragic that the domestic situation renders a home series unsafe.

Posted by Muzammil_Baig on (January 3, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Every time when Pakistan tours India, I always noted biased coverage of tv cameras. EVERYBODY will agree that NOT EVEN a single time cameramen put the camera on the 3000 Pakistani spectators who traveled from Pakistan to India. This always happened in past too. I remember that in 1999 when Pakistan toured under Wasim Akram, (memorable tour when Shoaib bowled Tendulkar for golden duck first time in his career) Pakistan won the triangular one day series in India too, beating India in final. After the match, the Pakistani team went towards the stand of Pakistani spectators and thanked them by raising their hands. EVEN THEN tv cameras did not put camera on them and we were able to listen just the noise of Pakistani supports.

Posted by SevereCritic on (January 3, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Post Sachin era in India looks bleak. India is back to the 90s in cricket.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

PAK is really going to make it 3-0 win. and also in tests pak bowling will make difference... among both teams.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

@Aby Prasad: Mr Prasad when India Pak played 75 matches overall back in my chilhood,,,the margin was 50 and 25 means difference of 25 matches,,, now then uptill now there is a difference of 23 matches 71 PAK and 48 India... so in a nutshell over the time India just managed to reduce margin of 2 matches :).. cheers

Posted by Jutt_Waryah on (January 3, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

I was expecting an other Man Of the Match goes to Dhoni for his fighting 54 Runs....

Posted by mainul079080 on (January 3, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Eden Garden in Calcutta is my most favorite ground in the world. I first came in love of the game of cricket by seeing the epic final of Neheru Cup between Pakistan and West Indies held in Eden in 1989. But sadly, Eden Garden dont get enough chances to host international matches. My appeal to BCCI is that- plz arrange at least ONE ODI ,ONE TEST in every home tour and at least a semifinal/Final in major tournament there.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

This is time selectors need to wake up & make big decisions. Start with sehwag, in the last 18 months he has not performed. When sehwag was dropped in the World T20 match against Engalnd, lot of ex-indian cricketers said that SEHWAG SHOULD BE THERE IN THE TEAM BECAUSE WHEN HE CLICKS , INDIAN WILL WIN & now the same cricketers r asking for his head. He created differences in the team by provoking Gambhir. Although he has very good record in the past but since last 18 months he never looked like a Good batsman, he cant play swing bowling, he cant play on bowler friendly pitches, drop catches, liability on the field. With two new balls and most of the International Teams having HIGH QUALITY OPENING BOWLERS, you need to have solid batsmen at the top who can negotiate the new ball & swing; and the only two who seems capable of doing this are RAHANE & PUJARA.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 3, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

I think Pakistan will lift the next world cup... Because they have Dave Whatmore, and they have a well balanced team. They have both new ball quickies, old bowl swingers. They have world's best spinners. Now, their youngsters bat really well. They are lead by a good captain. I think they will win the next world cup if they continue this momentum.

Posted by stormy16 on (January 3, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Its almost unimaginable to think what is going on with the Indian batters - there certainly is no shortage of world class players but somehow they manage to dissappoint in all forms of the game. Not sure what the solution is but obviously losing a home series to anyone for India is a serious wake up call. It must also be appreciated the Pakistan effort. Bearing in mind there is no international cricket in Pakistan, they continue to put up quality shows away from home and lets face it beating India in any form at home is no different to beating SA or Aus at home. Full credit to Pakistan and India I am afraid needs to do some soul searching and fast - home loses are simply not acceptable for a team that relies on home victories.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Pakistani Batting line is great now. Nice to see Nasir Jamshed who like to hit India like Ijaz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik in past. Indian old players are too proud to play good cricket, bring some new playrs. They should leave cricket and make money in IPL or by making Commercials where they good money for shopping.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

jadeja..never a match winner..ashok dinda..may be good for t20s...ishant sharma -like scotland bowler,no movement......gambhir..go a and try to get 5 centuries in domestic cricket then come back...sehwag..sometimes good for tets...yuvraj..his techinque good for t20s.....bhuvaneshwar...need assistance from pitch......all in all there is no match winner.......give unmukt chand a chance...akshat reddy should be given chance..use ashwin as allrounder insted..play ojha in limited overs..bring shami.. and wait for yadav and pathan then it will be perfect team...no need of cheteswar pujara leave him for tests....

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

@ Omarrz on (January 03 2013, 16:39 PM GMT). You posted:

"Where are all the enthusiasts who were claiming a white wash by India?..."

Omarrz, who said that? No one did! No one in his right senses would have said that. Just don't make up things, just for drama! Just for giving some punch to your comments. Chh! Chh!

Posted by Sunny_Reuben on (January 3, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

I'm an Indian fan but i think Pakistan Team Deserved to be Rightful winners - One can see they are better team than us. They are more eager to win and put their heads down to score whereas our batsmen just still are playing the T20 format.

Sehwag and Gambhir even though have been a success for us in the past - i don't c both of them for the WC 2015.

For the last one dayer against Pak- let's go with a new team.

Give the young guys to play against the best one day bowling unit and a decent batting unit with the kind of form Hafeez and Jamshed is in.

Unmukt Chand/ Harpreet Singh/ Rohit Motwani / Tanmay Srivastava Ajinkya Rahane / Swapnil Asnodkar/ Manvinder Bisla Virat Kohli Baba Aparajith / Prashant Chopra / Robin Bist (AR) Raina Dhoni Parvez Rasool / Abhishek Nayar / Mandeep Singh (AR) Shahbaz Nadeem / Rahul Sharma / Aushik Srinivas (B) Bhuvneshwar Kumar (B) Ishwar Pandey (B) Sandeep Sharma (B)

12th man Rishi Dhawan / Hanuma Vihari / Manish Pandey

CASH IN SELECTORS - TRY IT OUT !

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

I think Pakistan had got a good pace battery . looking forward to south Africa tour.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

it is pathetic performance by Team India against Pakistan.Drastic changes in the playing eleven of Indian team are required in the last ODI to be played at New Delhi.

Sethu.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 3, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

What is happening to the so called best batting line up in the world. Cant at bouncy wickets, cant win at turining wicket and now now the cant win at falt tracks. and their fans are claiming they have the best batting line up in the world. This is the start of kohlis downfall. wait and watch he is going to be the future mohammed Ashraful of indian team.

Posted by naveed2025 on (January 3, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Pak played well to win in 2nd ODI, during 2nd half of Pak innings Indian bowlers pulled back things nicely in their favor.250 was not an un-reachable score on this track if Indian batters could have done better with the bat, the problem I think is in the attitude of both teams approaching their game, Pak players looked energetic in field and batting did shaken after 1st wicket fall but at least openers given them an excellent start to prevail, on other hands Indian openers were shaky and did negotiated the new ball but slide begin after 1st wicket gone and momentum never came. Dhoni resisted but in vain, no 1 was there to accompany him at other en That should be an eye opener for the Indian selectors, as Pakistan, Australia, England are giving chance to their youngsters, they have to break the taboo & gve thm a chance One thing to mention at last the pitch for both Odi's has been lively, loved to see India producing good pitches, will benefit their bowlers in long run, congratz my team

Posted by AH_USA on (January 3, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

I don't understand Dhoni's approach in this ODI. He is the most experienced and the most successful ODI batsman in this Indian team and on top of that he is the captain. So, after the first two wickets fell at some 30 odd runs, why did he not come out and tried to secure one end? He was the only one who had played well in the 1st ODI and was in good form. If he had come out at #4 then things might have been different. He really needs to change his defensive attitude and should try to lead from the front. He should study Imran Khan, who, in his final years would come to bat even at #3 if one of the openers would fall cheaply. There are some major changes needed in the Indian team and the old dogs need to be shown the door because they have been given enough chances. BCCI should also look closely at the IPL and its impact on the Indian cricket because even in the T20 format India has not done exceptionally well.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

Tendulkar was smart enough to take retirement before Pak Tour, he knew the Tsunami of Pakistani Fast Bowlers coming to overrun India :D

Posted by Malti65 on (January 3, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Looks like the Sehwag-Gambhir Era is over. In any case Sehwag is nearing his retirement. With the kind of form he is in, he is not likely to play the 2015 World Cup. Then why not start grooming Ajinkya Rahane for the spot. After all he performed very well against the same bowlers in the just concluded T20 series. Also Gambhir needs to find his form very quilckly. In the last few years Kohli has been carrying the indian batting. Now with him missing out on a few occassions Indian batting seems to be all at sea.

Posted by Satish_Sharma001 on (January 3, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

It was strange that Dhoni in the end of match presentation speech did not say anything nice about the Pakistan's performance. It is customory in cricket for the loosing captain to at least congratulate the winning team.

Posted by Nampally on (January 3, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Einstien defined Insanity as "Repeating the same mistakes but expecting different Results". I had questioned in the Preview comments how can Team India win with the same batting when they they were 29 for 5 in ODI #1. Because of little flatter wkt. they were 90 for 5. But you cannot change the defects in the fundamental technique of the Indian batsmen overnight. India has fundamentally sound batsmen in Pujara & Tiwary in the middle order.They needed such guys with better technique to bat at #'s 3 & 4. So change should start with the Selectors who understand Cricket & are watching where India is going wrong. After Mumbai loss to Engalnd,India played with the same team & got thrashed again - How Insane! If Yuvraj bats #4 (instead of #6 or 7), something is seriously wrong with Indian batting. Selectors need to select right guy for each position in batting order by pre-planning. The same goes for 5 bowlers- 3 seamers + 2 spinners.The Selectors have failed disasterously in their job so far!

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 3, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa. India was never a tougher opposition they are still minnows after playing 80 years of cricket. If india was playing in south africa yesterday they would have made history by scoring the lowest total in a test innings. But dont worry, india will be playing SA next year. Steyn,morkel and philander will bowl india out for less than 26 runs. I strongly advice SA to play their highschool team and test their bench strenth against that indian team.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (January 3, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

you see the positive effect of sachin retiring from ODI we won series in india. beating india at their home.

Posted by Manu_reddy on (January 3, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

I feel this is d high time to axe non performing players like gambir,sehwag,rohith,raina n select rahane,mukund,thivari,rayudu,pujara into d side n now d selectors shud take bold decisions for d good sake of indian cricket fletcher shud also b sacked immedietly n indian shud b selected as coach(i recommend ganguly for this job as during he was d 1 who bought aggressiveness n killer instinct to indian cricket)....

Posted by PakCricSpin on (January 3, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

Excellent performance from Pakistan to Win the ODI series! As for the Indian team, they rely too heavily on their batting abilities, which is the best in the world. However, the best in the world also succumb to performing under pressure at home. I do not believe there is anything seriously wrong with the Indian team. Dhoni is an extremely good captain and player. People need to understand that batting is something a Captain cannot dictate. The Indians need to judge Dhoni on his captaincy during the fielding phase of the game - He successfully restricted Pakistan to 250 runs. By the time Dhoni arrived at the crease 5 wickets were already down for under 100 runs. What do you want him to do??

Posted by Hash_Tag on (January 3, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. You have dominated India again today. I fear the whitewash now. This shows that the Asia Cup is in the right hands. As for Dhoni - if ever there was the innings of a man desperate to hold on even by his finger-nails = this was it. Oh My God Dhoni - do you have any idea what an embarressment of an innings that was -? I want to be able to say that I cannot believe what I have seen today. Unfortunately however today was completely on the cards. Where next my friends? where next?

Posted by shadab1_29 on (January 3, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

jadeja,ashwin,raina,dhoni..... Is this Indian team playing for India or the CHENNAI SUPERKINGS ? Can the captain contribute to the team ? If he plays at no 7 for saving his wicket i.e to being not out,rather than to win matches for the team by playing at higher order....

Posted by Cricket_Man on (January 3, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

Pakistan Zindabad!!!! Be united and happy Pakistanis!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

This is yet another example of why India doesnt need the 7th batsman. they should play a genuine allrounder or a bowler. the 7th batsman scores once in while and in most matches he hardly gets to bat. But his place is eating up a bowlers spot. We have lost more matches trying part timers than the matches we won with the help of the 7th batsman. Last match bastmen 6,7 and 8 helped us reach a respectable total but this will not happen everytime. But the 5,6 and 7th bowlers gave away 70 runs in the 10 overs and we could have made it even closer or even won that match had there been a 5th genuine bowler. When the top order fails it doesnt always happen that the 7th batsman scores. that slot to me should go to bowler who can bat or a genuine bowler and not to a batsman who can bowl.

Posted by adillove on (January 3, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

What if Sharma was bowled out before this over? Dhoni would have ended 41 from 84 balls what was he thinking? At least he should have pretended that he is trying to win the match!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

India losing ODI matches on home soil by such big margin is shocking. Also shocking is the batting failure. And, also shocking is the fact that almost nothing is being done about it.

1. What is the role of the coach Fletcher? If the job of the coach is to improve batting, bowling, fielding, fitness and to help with the strategy and technique. It has clearly not worked.

On the other hand, if the coach has no responsibility and no role in win/loss, why pay him big bucks? Why keep a coach at all?

2. Have Gauti and Sehwag lost their desire to play for India? In any scenario, it is time to give them a break and give other deserving openers a chance for next six months, at least.

3. Pujara needs to be brought in the ODI team immediately and be played for the entire England series, preferably at #3.

The focus should now shift to building the team for next 5 years, in place of maintaining the status quo. New players should be given fair chance to prove and establish themselves.

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 3, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Well played india. These are sweet moments to cherish!!! Enjoy!!!!!

Posted by deol84 on (January 3, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

punters are making money these days,just put your money on india;s oponent you have almost certian chance of winning.

Posted by Pandyan on (January 3, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

First of all many congratulations to Pakistan team for winning the one day series and even they have won the T20 inspite of losing the 2nd one for the way they chased it. Being an Indian fan the performance of this Indian team in the recent past hurts me a lot. This Indian team have gone pathetic from even worst. I dont understand still how many matches or series were going to lose with the same team. The team needs to be changed in all departments we lost abroad and that to we lost so badly that we didnt loose so worse in Indian cricket history and then losing the home series against England and now we lost the one day series against Pakistan and im sure we will lose against England in the one day series if there are no changes made in the team. We cant relly on Past performances. We need to bring in Pujara in the team he could be the great Rahul Dravid for our one day team also and we need to give chances to Rahane at the opening level. For the next series atleast try Murali Vijay

Posted by saliadnan on (January 3, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

@Salman Ali Rai spot on...

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Somebody had to win. Pakistan had a much superior team and it was a joy to watch their commitment. Indian batsmen except a few like dhoni and kohli dont deserve a spot in the team. It is not the failure of team India, it is daftness of team selectors to present a sub standard team in front of a world beating team. No surprises, I did enjoy pakistan winning, great going. It will be great fun to see a triangular series of Pakistan, Australia and south africa. India can have one with bangladesh, kenya and maldives, bangladesh will probably win that if we field the same team.

Posted by salman_ak on (January 3, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Still cant find the add on any of the channels in which gautam gambhir, suresh raina, viral kohli and dhoni featured. the voice says AA RAHA HAI PAKISTAN and these four say AANAI DO. Well Pakistan came, they saw and they won. So proud of you greens keep it up, keep the flag high. Let the whole world say whatever they want to, let you performance do the talking. Long live Pakistan cricket, Long live Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

As a Pakistani fan, it makse no sense that Pakistan won. India should have won 2-0 in the T20 and 2-0 so far in the One-Days. Then, and only then, would the world be a fair place and it make "sense". If I am broadly correct, Suresh Raina makes more money in the IPL in one month than the entire Pakistan cricket team. Let's get back to the IPL, where at least an Indian Team is guaranteed a win. Then be like the Americans and call it the World Series of Cricket. Then we know, for sure, that every World Series will be won by an Indian team. Maybe then the world will be a fair place, lol

Posted by nccricket on (January 3, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Okay, so you bandied together and got rid of Kumble, Laxman, Dravid and now Sachin. Now you've got all the youth in the world (who incidentally are poorer in the field than SRT & Dravid were). I know, the bowling is weak. But I know who you think is to blame. It is Dhoni's weak and defensive captaincy, isn't it. Yep, he should be thrown off the boat as well. The Indian cricket team will then be truly representative of its masses!

Posted by NikhilNair on (January 3, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Pakistan did what India does best... gifting away wickets! But we bettered Pakistan, by gifting the match! Sad times for an Indian cricket fan...

Posted by jaffers1 on (January 3, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

India should press the reality check button. Their media created so much hype for their World best batting line-up. Now the current trend is to say they are not in form. Is it possible that every one in team not in form? Is it possible? IN a good team there are always a few who cover up for the rest on a given day.

The truth their god are flat track bullies. Give them face better bowling and they fail like nine pins. In the past few years what ever gains they made is against SL again and again and SL bowling is weak during that time i.e., post Murli era. India's bowling is also very ordinary and the whole team is unbalanced in variety. If team Indian continue like this expect more laurals.

In the post match MS not once mentioned that Pakistan batted well and bowled superbly. So much for the sportsmanship, my two cents. Wake-up India.

Posted by Faisal.Syed on (January 3, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Yeahhh, nothing better than beating india. Pakistan Zindabaad

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 3, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

Why all Indian fans ask for Pujara in ODI..He is not an ODI material..He is fit for Test matches only..Guys like Pujara,Azhar Ali..these should remain in in Test matches only

Posted by BryanAdamsFan on (January 3, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

And folks wanted Sachin Tendulkar to retire.. Crazy..

Posted by DataQue on (January 3, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Well done Pakistan!!! Let the 'Bat & Ball' do the talking!!

Posted by crickketlover on (January 3, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

now we know why India did not play Pakistan the last few years! It is not politics folks - it is the fear against world class bowling pace and swing!!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

this is the TRUE Eden pitch:) 1996 wc semi,2003 tvs cup final and today's match.

Posted by JustIPL on (January 3, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

However, Pakistan gave clinical performance with the ball but they were against one of the weakest batting sides in the world. Bowling power was on display as pitch became difficult for batting after the first hour or so while Dhoni thought otherwise. Kumar and Dhinda looked totally redundant. England will bat more assured and may be bowl close to pakistan. Certainly, no where to hide for rank turners.

Posted by rosh280 on (January 3, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

It is the time for some players in indian team to rest. It was great to watch tendulkar given way for some young players. Really no matter what it takes to the turn. we need to bring some young players like mandeep singh, manish pandey, i d singh,jalaj saxena, b kumar, vijay and cheteswar pujara. murali vijay and cheteswar pujara should open the indian innings it will be great to see. we should give ample opportunities to them just as given to tendulkar, gautam gambir and virendar sehwag. they would prove to be the great openers. sandeep sharma and ravikant sinha also should be given opportunity in bowling. our worry is that indian batting line is weak there is no standard players of the standard of tendulkar,rahul dravid, anil kumble,azhar, sree nath v a jagatheesh of kerala and c gowtham of karnataka are playing great they notched lot of centuries and good performances. even stuart binny is playing well atleast in the test side they should get nod

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Loosing a test series at home followed by an ODI series lost is a major blow for India. I think their biggest problem at this moment is playing non stop cricket. Whenever they get a break from international duty almost all their players go to play a very prolonged cash rich IPL. All these matches in IPL are played on batting paradise conditions. All they need to do is to play some county cricket in England or provide seamers friendly wickets for their batsmen. In a country of 1.5 billion if u cannot find quality fast bowlers then batting won't do it for u every day.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

I went to sleep when India as scored 37 fr no loss. I was totally convinced India will win and level the series. When I woke up match was over I was really shocked to know India batting also collapsed during chase. I am a Pakistani and was hoping India would level the series so final would be more interesting as I like both teams and have no animosity against India in my heart.The Indians are cricket lovers specially lovely crowd of Calcutta. There is no greater place to play with super atmosphere on earth as it is in Calcutta.It is unbelievable seen. They support cricket and most have big heart to even support Pakistan. Thanks to India Thanks to Calcutta. May India Pak friendship become reality and the dream come true, One people one heart.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (January 3, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

I generally write detailed comments. Today I'll leave my Indian friends (& others who read care to read me, but disagree on almost every point I attempt to make) with one observation, not at all original: you reap what you sew.

Posted by NCP1 on (January 3, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

India need to give chances to youngsters like Rahane, Tiwari etc because Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina are not winning matches, their contribution is below average and they are not consistent. As for Pakistan they have a balanced team with fast bowlers, spinners and batters in form. PAK might make it 3-0 to really expose India's weakness. There is no aggression in India's batting, they seem to be trying to survive and extend the game in every match they play, shows a team with low in confidence. PAK is playing positive cricket and winning.

Posted by Edassery on (January 3, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Congratulations to Team Pakistan from an Indian fan. Your bowling unit is well balanced and delivers when it matters. Your opening pair is stable now with Nasir Jamshed delivering consistently and captain Hafeez back in form.

On the other hand we need to do some rebuilding with a few 30+ heads chopped and a couple of over hyped youngsters taken out as well...

Posted by avishek12321 on (January 3, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

since dunkan flecher has become indian coach..indian performnce graph has gone downwards..need a change in coach..and pls requsting dhoni to play the best 11 by currtent form..not by name.rahaneshould be given chance in place of shewag,.and no more chance for rohit pls..he has got enough chance..try others.manoj is best choice when he will be fit

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

At least Dohni can't blame it on the toss now.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 3, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

PAK are looking like the real deal. Good seam bowlers + best spinner and solid batsmen. Looking forward to the series in South Africa where i think PAK will be tougher opponents than India or Australia.

Posted by ddlj26 on (January 3, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

Thank you Pakistan, India needed this.. and i am an indian supporter... politics and corruption was ruling for a while now in indian cricket after the 2011 world cup... it is in defeat's like these that there is a new awakening, this will hold india in good stead in the future months

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 3, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

I say now Pak should try Harris Sohail instead of Azhar Ali.. Give rest to Irfan & brign in Anwar Ali...This is the best opportunity for us to try out youngsters in a match against India..Both these youngsters are promising...Harris Sohail even played a great inngs recently on SA pitches..He should be give a chance & this is the Golden opportunity for that :)

Posted by r0ketman on (January 3, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

@Avishek Kumar: Still talking trash at BD fans eh!:-) It was proved again that it is Sehwag who is Ordinary, not the BD team!:-) And Indian fans don't give excuses? Really? The board was full of excuses when India lost the T20 match and first ODI match to Pak. In history of any sport, offense wins games, defense wins championships. No team in Cricket history has dominated without a strong bowling attack for any length of time (the invincibles were batting dominated, but they had the "don") Indian Panzeresque batting line up can win a game here, and game there, but they would never be a dominant force like the recent Australian side or the WI of the 70s and 80s. PAK won because of far superior bowling attack, not because of their batting. Indian bowling attack is pathetic at best.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

As a Pakistani fan I am ecstatic but as a cricket fan i am surprised and shocked how dhoni played today (as i rate him very highly). To be honest I havent seen that selfish inning in whole of my life...

Posted by CrickFans007 on (January 3, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Great cricket by Pakistan team. Now India should realize their mistake. From a decade they used to make flat and dead tracks for their players, Tendulker, Sehwag etc made lot of runs on Indian flat wickets and Indian crowed enjoyed those days and now their batting paying the price on seeming & balance wickets and good bowling attack. Their so called word class player can't even play with straight bat. They should change their thinking, Create good seeming wickets like rest of the cricket world and teach their batsman how to play on good wickets. Making 100s, 200 on flat and dead pitches is a wrong approach. India can come back after some more lost but please make a balance wicket. Hope we will see a good match in Dehli.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

after looking at this performance of pakistan, how would bangladesh tour pakistan??????? i think they "put the tour on hold" to wait for the series' result and here they are. its confirm that they wont come now... :)

Posted by Omarrz on (January 3, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Where are all the enthusiasts who were claiming a white wash by India? Always remember no matter how strong one team is, you can never predict an outcome of a Indo Pak game.

Posted by siddhant328 on (January 3, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS PAKISTAN !!! An incredible performance. This was seriously not expected. India had been a great ODI side since the world cup and I expected our team to clinch the series by 3-0 or by 2-1 in worst case, but Pak side came out phenomenally. I am happy. I always use to be happy after each India game. When they win, happiness is obvious and when they loose, it comes out to be an anger-prompted happiness. Pakistan deserved the win and India lost the battle due to failure of famed top-4. Loss in Britain, in Oz, on our soil and now they aren't able to accumulate the mix of valour, will, capability etc. even against their serious opponents. The inference I can draw is that some big change necessitates here. Hope BCCI will change the magnitude of efforts they apply in finding pacers. Great Characters n huge Capables are being wasted in villages searching employment, and they select only among those who come to their camps. Dhoni needs to open and bye-bye required for Viru, Gauti.

Posted by anilkp on (January 3, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

Many reasons why Pakistan played exceptionally well. They had a great break; they have aggressive talents who thrive to do the best; they long to play in the subcontinent and India is the closest to their home, where they cannot; they wanted to show that Pakistan is a big force. India, on the other hand, is used to being humiliated for nearly two years now. They are just dragging along with no motivation. They are playing on the field just because they are in the team and because they are being paid. Nothing, apart from IPL, excites them. That's why there is the serious need to kick out the unmotivated, sated, placcid players and infuse fresh talent, fresh mood and fresh motivation. Unfortunately, the administrators, support staff, coach, selectors--all in India are just as unmotivated as those eleven on the field.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

well done pakistan ! i am really really happy for my team...they bowled well and were better in every department...even in fielding which has not been the strongest of their features...but i really hope that our team continues in similar fashion and give their 100%...winning and losing is part of the game and we will support you even if you lose..just give your best shot....as far indian team is concerned..india seriously need to think about their batting together with their bowling...their bowling was never great but now their batsman are not performing aswell which is the reason they are losing so badly..All indians and pakistanis should take it as a sport and should be jingoistic butin a limit..lets live in peace with no hatred no war...

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

The over-the-moon Pakis should NOT FORGET the drubbing that the Indians gave them in the 2004 tour-defeating them on their home turf, and Sehwag nailing 300 runs in their own "backyard" (Multan). As they say, there's a time for every one, and this probably is their time. But, just a few months ago, our own Virat Kohli single handedly blasted their attack & took it to shreds in Asia Cup and CB series. Just to add, who knows what happens next with these people-just recently, the whole world came to know about the "wonderful deeds" of Mohammad Aamer and his namesake Aasif. C'mon INDIA-Don't lose heart-let them rejoice now, and we will triumph soon, and with greater victories to follow!

Posted by rosh280 on (January 3, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

It is the time to introspect slowly. We need to find few youngsters who really can find the place. Murali vijay and cheteswar pujara are one among them. they would be the future for our cricket. rohit sharma should bat at no.3. murali vijay and cheteswar pujara should open the innings in all formats of the game. they should open in oneday, test and 20-20. then rohit sharma and suresh raina, followed by yuvraj and dhoni. bhuvanesh kumar should come after dhoni. it is the time we need to test jalaj saxena also. bhuvanesh kumar and jalaj saxena are great alrounders. parveen razool, i pandey also should come into oneday and 20-20 format. for one day and 20-20 team should be exactly the same. 1. murali vijay 2. cheteswar pujara 3. rohit sharma 4. suresh raina 5. yuvraj singh 6. dhoni 7. bhuvanesh kumar 8. jalaj saxena 9. parveen rasool 10. i pandey 11. ishant sharma. in test side we need to use gowtham, karthik, mandeep singh and stuart binny also . it will be a great change for the matter

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

The Indian batting has been very brittle. The openers as well the middle order is fragile . Changes are needed and the selctors should opt for those who have done well consistently . There arer several youngsters who should be given a chance inthe 3rd ODI .

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Win or lose but one should appreciate the winning team. It shows the character of a player. Unfortunately Dhoni lacks this trait. We saw this against England and now against Pakistan. He is reluctant to appreciate opposition. When he admits his team played badly he should also admit that the opposition played better cricket than the Indians. Sometimes he laments the loss of toss, sometimes weather,sometimes umpiring etc, which in my opinion do not suit a professional.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

why every tym we blame on the captain.. why we are not saying batsman are not performing well. in last 2 matches dhoni's performance was the best compared to the others. today also run chase was not too much, it was the top batting order that cracked out.. widout giving nythng......

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

I think India should rest all their "stars" from international assignments. They should only have to play the IPL and Champions League. They can play for the country in the World Cup and other major tournaments, like they do in football. For bilateral series, we should have a second string team of youngsters.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Why are the selectors still there???In fact what is the BCCI doing???

Posted by shasam01 on (January 3, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Oh poor Dhoni. People need to understand Cricket is not a 1 man army. What Dhoni can do if rest of the Indian team is not helping him. T20 Champions, No. 1 in Tests and then ODI Champions. What else you expect from him ? Is it becaz of the Captaincy Race ? Heard Sehwag and Ghambir want to become Captain. Kohli was performing good and i have always found him threat for us but everyone started endorsing him also for captaincy. That means there are 4 captains playing in 1 team. I don't think in this case, they will support their actual Captain. Dhoni is far better captain then any of other option available. If he gets real support from his team mates. If not many people in India, we in Pakistan still admire you a lot Dhoni.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Well done team Pakistan, your talent is awesome, you proved that Pakistan cricket can not be finished, doesn't matter how much conspiracies against pakistan cricket are plotted, doesn't matter pakistan is deliberately deprived of international cricket in home by wrongly propagated security issue, Pakistan cricket will be flourished whatever may be the circumstances.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Cricket is dead without Pakistan. Irrespective of whether they win or lose, they just bring life to the game.

Posted by sam911 on (January 3, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

IPL round the corner and no indian player risk any kind of injury, now u understand why they r underperforming, by putting an extra effort they might get injured, and loss multi milion dollars, much more than so called national pride.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

it was a well needed victory for pakistan. someone earlier said that in second match india will crush pakistan into pieces and the tides have turned in favour of india in last 10 years and bla bla bla...but look what happened? this performance made my indian friends extremely humble all of a sudden and its good to see that they are praising pakistan and accepting india's failures. crowd in calcutta was far better than what we saw in banglore where the spirit was at its lowest while pakistan were on top! Its a message to most of indians on social networks that u guys shud start treating these games as a sport or you will keep getting heart burns. Keep going green shirts and good luck with ur cricket india!

Posted by Prakmca on (January 3, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

If Jadeja ia ALLROUNDER, then why he is batting after Ashwin???? Everyone knows about his batting ability against quality attack. Today's bowling performance is one off show by Jadeja.. Don't count on that. thats it. HE never been consistent in bowling. Time for Rahane to come in for Gambhir. If team india is learning the lesson from this loss it's good for future cricket against the england. Kohli, Yuvraj not sure what happened to them????? Time to have some technically sound batsman in the squad. May be some like Pujara bfore it is too late.....Jadeja, Rohit, Gambhir deserves no place for now.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Dhoni should be deprived of captaincy. His leadership is poor, never advising anybody what step to take when he is fielding. This should have happened long ago. Selectors of the Indian team should also be removed.

Posted by wakaPAK on (January 3, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar are you kidding me, you expect your team to win after opposition has declared their innings?

Posted by riverbaby11 on (January 3, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Time for a confidence building exercise for our boys ; lets invite Bangladesh..ohh wait may be not

Posted by Major85D on (January 3, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

This match showed once again, that misbah must be droped as captain and as batsman or whatever he is! another poor performance from him! replace him, younus and ali as soon as possible by young batsmen and hafeez should be the new captain! By the way: outstanding cricket from jamshed, junaid and rest of the team!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

Poor performance,Alert for the selecters.Sehwag,gambir,Rohit,Jadeja all should be dropped,selecters should think future,many youngsters are waiting but they are ignored by dhoni or selecters unanswered question,Even Coach all should be sacked after he sworn as coach performance became worse,expecting some serious action after this series,lets hope they will take bold decision.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

JunaID,aZMAL ,s bowling is thrill to watch,well done Pakistanis

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

I am an INDIAN but as far as sport is concerned i am a cricket lover. Pakistan played extremely well through out the tour right from t20's. Irfan is a tremendous find. PCB will have to use him carefully coz he is not swift in the field might result in to injury prone player. As far as INDIA is concerned they are down on the mat apart from dhoni and bhuvanesh kumar every body else failed. Time to groom youngsters who are warming the bench instead of playing for INDIA. Rahane should be considered a regular for selection in one days and tests. Well Pakistan hats off.... After the first loss in Chennai India chose to take a day off from practice whereas Pakistan players sweated it out in the nets. Here arises the question of how commited you are playing for your Country????

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Pak team proved dat on field the thing dat the thing dat matters the most is commitment hardwork rather den class and name of the player. it is always said that Ind is a world class batting side but im sorry to say dat 1 can only b world class batsman if he performs on a bowler friendly wicket. da problem dat ind is having that they prepair batting paradise wickets more often which not only hurt their bower and also their batsman who dont play very often on bowler friendly wickets.and toss is a part of game..ind was blaming the toss in the last match.what went wrong in this match despite of winning the toss. tday was also overcast conditions...

Posted by maxymax on (January 3, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Good job, Pak brothers! Very well played! Well, for that matter any team now can outplay the current Indian team and even the future ones for quite some time. This is the fate of Indian Cricket for the years to come as long as there is support for the Street Cricket (IPL) and the senseless Indian youth throng to the stadiums to watch the Street Cricket and worship and ape the players like gods. There is no more nationalism left in the Indian players. THEY ONLY PLAY FOR MONEY & ENDORSEMENTS NOW!!!

Posted by Gloryof96 on (January 3, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Congrads to Pak, great win. I find it strange to hear all these people blaming the batters but when they should be looking at the root cause of the problem - IPL

Dhoni today and last match batted for his position. Ind lack any depth in all 3 departments and I will go on and put my neck on the block to predict a 4-0 clean sweep to Aus. In about 3/4 years IPL would have killed Ind International cricket. FIRST sack the idiot at BCCI who also own an IPL team which is a direct conflict of interest!!

Posted by Blueangle on (January 3, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Well! Pakistan won the series. Congratulations! But its criminal to loose 10 wickets for 108 runs in 26 overs when openers gave them a great start of 141 in 24 overs. This is not the first time they have wasted a good start. They had enough overs left to bat-inn and then play the strokes but it looked like everybody is in hurry to board the last flight before Armageddon. You might get away with this kind of blunder against weaker teams but stronger team like AUS, SA, ENG and IND(today was an exception) will punish you. Moral of the story is that Pakistani team is as good as India, with slight edge in bowling department. Hope Pakistan give a chance to some young players in the next game to test their bench strength....

Posted by alipk52 on (January 3, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

Ok, glad to see Karachi suddenly erupts with joy, dancing peoples, fireworks all over the streets, when Junnaid cleaned Ishant up, that's too after long time since we won 2009 T20 worldcup, clean swept England, can't ask for more from Pakistani Shaheens, i have had enough reading some indian fans going crazy over us with their comments, when India won in WC 2011 against us, then at Asia cup, now this is in India's own backyard, Take that haters! you're great side at home, undefeatable, but unpredictable team grounded you so easily, our sick batting line-up is given life by Jamshed (Saeed Anwar of today), and Junnaid is the one, i recognized, when he demolished SL batting in their backyard on a flat track + in UAE. Niw i don't bother about results of dead rubber coming up. This is one of my finest moments after Naveed-ul-Hassan magic in lsst tour of India, when Pak Won 4-2 in india. Pakistan Zinfabad!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

1987.Miandad's 6 of Sharma 2 win a match gave Pak an edge ovr India 4 nxt 16 yrs 2003.Sachin's 6 of shoaib in a match winning innings gave India an edge ovr Pak 4 arnd a decade 2012...Malik's 6 of Jadeja 2 win the 1st ever t20 against ind and 1st match in 3 yrs appears to have tilted the balance bck in Pak half again! well played Pakistan proud of u green shirts.Indian team is in a transition phase.ind have been doing well despite a weak bowling bcz they had a fabulous batting lineup in sachin,sehwag,dravid, ganguly & an inform yuvi...tht luxury is most likely nt gona b possible nw so ind needs to find out wkt taking bwlers.only that will give their side sm balance.they n3d rahane in 4 sehwag...rahane was the most impressive ind batsman in t20s..yuvi needs to find some form or he might b restd to being a t20 plyr..presently the only indian player who appears to be fighting is dhoni and probably the reason for lack of cmitmnt is money fame and ipl.gud luck ind with lov frm Pakistan !

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

Shocking performance by the Indian batsmen. In both of these matches and for the past year, the batting just hasn't clicked. We talk about not having horrible bowling with no one reaching 150 kmph but batting used to be our strength. In this lineup, we had batting going until no.8, but there is something seriously lacking in the batsmen's form. Dhoni has had a few ups and downs but he reads the game well and knows when he has to stay and when he can afford to get out by playing risky.

That's nothing to take away from Pakistan. Thoroughly deserved their win and even though I am an indian fan, Pakistan's bowling has been superb. They have world class bowlers in Junaid and Irfan, and this is on the back of not having Mohammad Asif, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali, and Mohammad Akram. This is the strength of Pakistan: bowling. Huge depth indeed. They may as well go in with four batsmen six bowlers. Great series win for them.

I seriously hope Fletcher resigns in March when his contract expires.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

India humbled in their own den..@Narbavi where is your god now??.. yes please you can come at AUS-SL series page to show your lack of regard of your own team..

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

I Can't see any problem with dhoni captancy, what he always try to do is apparent and even showed in todays game. you can't win a game with only 1 man squad. well deserve performance from team pakistan even playign with baba-e-tuk tuk misbah.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 3, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

@Salil-Mishra, good riddance. Fortunately, Sachin is part of our history. Good days are ahead, that he is not there in ODIs and soon he will be gone from the tests. Do you realise that he had to retire from ODIs in this fashion as he didn't want to walk back to the pavilion again and again with pincodes? He didn't want to destroy his image in ODIs. As far as tests are concerned, the damage is already done and there's no way he could undo it by scoring even 10 more centuries in the next 5 years. History will always remember him how he kept playing from the comforts of his no.4 position even when an injury ravaged India was without any regular openers in England when Dravid volunteered and how VVS (a predominantly back-foot player) was made the sacrificial lamb at no.3 though we all know that VVS is inferior to Statchin to negotiate a pitched up swinging delivery. There you go. No more of Statchin talk please. Good riddance!

Posted by TRAM on (January 3, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Harsha Bogle was right in asking 'Is Dhoni playing a test match?'. For those stupid Dhoni supporters, here is a stat. The required strike rate for India was 251 out of 300 balls = 83.67% = 5.02 rpo. Dhoni played utterly slowly and reached 54 of 89 balls = 60.67% strike rate. That is, if every one in the Ind team had played at Dhoni's rate India would have reached only 182 !! That is no where near Pak score. That Ravi Shastri or Gavsakar would do that. Why call Dhoni ODI hero??? In fact, on numerous occasions Ravi Sashtri would score slowly and India would win because Srikkanth would compensate for that. So did SRT during his many selfish innings. All Dhoni did was showing off that he can remain not out. There are many in India Ranji teams who can do that, such as Jaffer, Badri, Kaif etc.

Posted by crindex on (January 3, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

@Yasir Ah Mad : Well said ! Indian team does no deserve a captain like Dhoni. He is all alone out there. Where is the stat master Sachin ? Where is the master blaster Sehwag ? Where is the stabilizer Gambhir ? Where is the new sensation Kohli? Where is the resurgent Yuvi? Where is the all rounder Jadeja? Dhoni is standing there all alone.

Posted by Naikan on (January 3, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

Though it may not have changed the result, I do not understand why the heck do we persist with failing team members. Rahane should have come in as one of the openers on the basis of his good performance in the T20s against the PAK team. The long wait he is having trying to get into the team will eventually affect him psychologically or worse they will bring him in when he is running out of form and we would then have lost a promising batsmen. I get the feeling that Dhoni's preference for team mates seems dictated by personal likes and dislikes - rather than logic.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

Ah, finally got an opener as stylish as Saeed Anwar. Its fascinating to watch Jamshed time the ball so nicely! I hope he continues to bat like that for next decade!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

As a die hard paki fan, let me say that india-pak matches used to produce the best of efforts from both sides...nowadays however it seems like for India only dhoni is playing from his heart,he has no support from anyone in his team...also he is too good a batsman to be wasted at no 6 or 7...and plz plz bring in rayane and pujara....what do those two poor guys have to do to merit a place???? and i'm sorry to say this but without tendulkar the indian team has no bite.(except for dhoni)...and plz plz for the sake of quality , scrap IPL....ever since its emergance the indian players are becoming sub standard......and without so much local resources why do u want Fletcher as your coach??? get your young players in...get kumble,kapil dev, gavasker,laxman, dravid to coach...(you will never see better advocates of the game then them) anf for the sake of all future pak-india matches...do not succumb to mediocrity that is found in IPL.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

If india needs to start winning ODIs they should select this team: 1)rahane 2)dhawan 3)pujara 4)kohli 5)Dhoni 6)raina 7)Mishra 8)ashvin 9)B kumar 10)I sharma 11)any performing bowler

Posted by karthisun on (January 3, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

Everyone say india's weakness is their bowling unit but I think they are moderate and can come good if our batters put good scores. Each and every time when the batters put good scores on the board ( like ahemdabad test) our bowlers had won the matches. so our pathetic performance in last year is mainly due to inconsistent and gutless batsmens.These batsmen keep on escaping from criticism and everyone blaming our inexperienced bowling attack for defeats which is truly unfair.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

Well done team Pakistan, your talent is awesome, you proved that Pakistan cricket can not be finished, doesn't matter how much conspiracies against pakistan cricket are plotted, doesn't matter pakistan is deliberately deprived of international cricket in home by wrongly propagated security issue, Pakistan cricket will be flourished whatever may be the circumstances.

Posted by VinodGupte on (January 3, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

time to drop sehwag and ashwin.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

If any team can slump from 141-0 to 250 all out, its Pakistan and if the team still wins, its PAKISTAN!! Great Bowling, Terrific Fielding, not more of disciplined batting though. Nasir was exceptional, seems another Salman Butt for India. ;-) But a valiant effort from Dhoni, that went in vain.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Commiserations to our Indian friends. We know how it feels like loosing to your neighbor:). Dhoni shdnt be tampered with. He has done enough to deserve a longer run. Kohli as captain would be a replay of Dilshan as captain. Pakistan proved to be a complete team. Indian team finding no bowlers is mind boggling. Its a huge populace. And lastly, the indian teams problem is not team selection, its team composition. How many batsmen? how many bowlers? As Inzy said, Dhon should start wth trusting his batting more and step in with 5 batsmen+himslef+5 bowlers.

Posted by sudhir36 on (January 3, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Come on India, We can come back strongly........

Posted by Malti65 on (January 3, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Game after game the commentators and experts are suggesting that Dhoni should move up the order because that is where he averages the best. Now there is more reason for him to move up the order as he is getting stranded down the order.

Posted by Malti65 on (January 3, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

One thing is getting clear game after game, that Sehwag has passed his prime. In the last t2o series we saw that Ajinkya Rahane was good against this Pakistani attack, but now Sehwag has been failing consistently against all attacks in the world. Also I wonder if Kohli's failures in the Test matches are effecting his odi form. Maybe Kohli is better off not playing in Test Matches. As far is the bowling attack is concerned, We will have to keep searching for newer talent untill we find some seirously good bowlers like Pakistani pacers and spinners.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

It seems the lack off Sachin tendulkar in the Indian Team.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Junaid Khan is a massive find for Pakistan. For me his the Junior Sultan of Swing and his talent was very evident when he bowled in the test series against Sri Lanka. Jamshed is awesome too. Pakistan building a great team to the next world cup. Kudos to them. For India it is really the time to wake up. Forget about IPL and build a team which can win you the important matches. Otherwise, defeat will be inevitable. Cheers !!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan Fan I enjoyed the Performance of Pakistan and there Pace Battery. which I consider now as the best Bowling Attack in the World. Commiserations to India who should not panic as they still have the Best Captain in Dhoni and I am sure he will bounce back . India needs to Strengthen its Bowling Armory to compliment its Batting Line Up. As far Pakistan you guys were a treat to watch and I hope that the Sri Lankan Team can be as good as the Pakistan Team.I personally Feel that with this kind of form Pakistan arethe Favorites to win the 2015 Word Cup Down under.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

Why worry for team India. Their bats will again flow runs IPL is not far away. IPL has taken sream out of the Indian cricketers, they play international cricket as an obligation, but IPL as a religion.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

Despite poor performance by Azhar Ali and Misbah...Pakistan won...Well done!!! I would like to see some changes in Pakistan batting line up. Azhar Ali shud now be told to rest for good and find some other profession to invest in. Misbah has not led from the front as has Dhoni. Rather he dropped Dhoni's catch in first ODI. Misbah shud also be kicked out. Haris new young batsman must be given a chance. And Omer Akmal should be in the team.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (January 3, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

Indian fans, please do not show any excuses for the loss, just accept that you, (weakest) Team India, can not BEAT Pakistan anywhere in the world. Plain and simple. You should be competing with Bhutan to improve your winning stat, forget about beating team like BD/AFG/IRE with this strength.

Posted by ilyas_US on (January 3, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

Well played team Pakistan Hard luck Team India Pakistani Bowlers you Beauty Congrats to ever Pakistani across the world

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

Indians! Take whatever player you want to take from us but give us MS Dhoni as we badly needed a captain like him in Team Green.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

Pakistani perspective on Indian performance: The worrying sign for India should not be the score line (0-2) but the manner in which the Indian team has surrendered. Five years back when the Indian team was on the rise, I use to admire the attitude of Indian batsmen but five years down the road this definition of attitude has changed for Indian batsmen. Now, attitude for them means cursing/abusing every time they score a 50/100 or a seldom wicket. Instead of taking the blame for losses they are more than happy to put that on external factors. With this attitude bring any player you want but this team won't get up. You got to make some tough calls and take responsibility for the poor show. Also I see a lack of sportsman ship in this Indian team. Though small things but they are essential for lifting a team. I hope the new crop of Indian cricketers learn these ethics.

Posted by mihir29 on (January 3, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

serious woes for the Indian team in all three departments

Posted by y4yoga on (January 3, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

This is why You need sachin in the team.....

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (January 3, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

As a friendly gesture, I request Pakistan Cricket Team to give walk over in their Last Match against (weakest) Team India. This is the only way India can win against Pakistan. Well played Pakistan, Congratulation Pakistan from a Bangladeshi fan.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

Seems like whole team is plotting against the captaincy of Dhoni ... (:

Posted by deardr on (January 3, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan team,a well deserved victory!!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

first of all sack sehwag and gambhir ,rohit out from the team india.bring irfan & asish nehra into the team.today the performance of indian team is ashame.front line batsmen has thrown their wickets like anything,we couldn't see any fighting performance from all the batsmen except dhoni.the way jadeja and ashwin batted it seems they have mental block.raina's out is a mere waste during that situation he should have been make singles and rotate the strike .

Posted by PAK_SUPPORTER on (January 3, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

Guys. Indian players mostly looked over confident even before the start of this series. The main problems in the attitude, pakistan on the other end, dont talk much on media instead try to work hard and always look for improvement. Improvement is always required, one learns with every ball he faces...Indian players have the capacity to demolish any bowling attack in the world but what is required is commitment and attitude. Dhoni is the best captain india ever produced. I doubt with this defeat India have any other better option to lead. All those who want kohli or any other child to be the captain are living in fools paradise.. captaincy requires matuirty which dhoni has. In the end, I would congrats my Team Pakistan for splendid performance, keep on working guys, u win or lose we love you.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

Pakistanis were very well prepared and ready for this series and I think India took it easy. Indian Team was not up for Challenge. Pakistanis were charged motivated and ready for the clash and they performed. Indian Board seems greedy. they never make good pitches they only want bating pitches to see 4s and 6s and earn money. they have ruined young tallented bowlers by not providing them supporting wickets. May their (BCCI) eyes be opened.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

Posted by BDforever on (January 03 2013, 15:34 PM GMT) Bro....INDia is not a weak side. Pakistan always struggled against them after the retirement of legendary players like Inzi, Wasim, Waqar, Saaed etc. Currently they are strong but luck is not favouring them. They have strong batting line up but not having good attackers in bowling line. Zaheer Khan is getting fade and Selectors loves to give him rest although he is a good bowler infact best ever bowler produced by India featuring the great Kapil and somehow Srinath.Batting could be crumbled but don't forget their great achievements and they will bounce back I bet but still their main problem is bowling attack

Posted by greatshinwari on (January 3, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

very well done pakis...alot of appriciation to all the team...best luck for future SA tour...

Posted by Navarene03 on (January 3, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

This is a sheer unjust to Dhoni for not considered the MoM despite the fact that his hard earn half century was a crucial knock when Team India was on the verge of another defeat. *Sigh* :D

Jokes apart, board politics is ruining Indian cricket and I think that it was long due for a few "super stars" to be forced retirement from ODIs and to let the new cubs like Rahane and Chawla should be given a few chance.

A wonderful win by Pakistan and a big clap and hearty congratulations to them from a Bangladeshi fan.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

indian coach should be change

Posted by VAVAVA on (January 3, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

Sewag and Gambho are a weak opening pair and should both go. They lack discipline, energy, and commitment.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

Surely an amazing day for Pakistan cricket. Though I am not at all a fan of Misbah's captaincy in ODI's but credit must be given where it's due. Still the middle order is a concern for me. Umar Akmal needs to be in there and I hope we see Anwar Ali/Wahab Riaz for the next game. Defeating India in India with such maturity has got to be the best feeling for a Pakistani fan. Also, its heartening to see the Indian fans here applauding our success. Good to see the sportsmanship. Indians have kept us under the pump for the last 5 years but looks like men in green are getting their old mojo back. Great signs!

Posted by ultrasnow on (January 3, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Well played Pakistan from an Indian fan. It's been a privilege watching your bowlers in action.

Posted by Nampally on (January 3, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

I am ashamed of the top 5 Indian batsmen once more but more so with the Selecters. It was plain & clearly visible that the top 5 batsmen did not have the technique or defence to get behind the seaming ball in ODI #1. India needed a batsman to hold one end up & present a wall like Dravid, Laxman of old or Pujara of present.I had implored the Selectors to reinforce the team with Pujara & S.Nadeem. But the stubborn & clueless Selectors stuck to their tactess team selection. Pujara cannot be dropped from this team with ZERO reliability in batting amongst top 5. He has scored a double century & a century against England in Tests. It is lunacy to drop such a top class batsman from Indian XI. Dhoni could have sent Ashwin @#4 because he plays seamers better than Yuvraj or Raina. But Dhoni is too set in his ways & will not try any new Tricks! Even amongst the seamers Dinda is not an economical ODI Bowler. Try alternates such as Shami.What is the basis of dropping Pujara from ODI XI - POLITICS?

Posted by Rexton87 on (January 3, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

Well done Pakistan and a satisfying series victory against India. I must add, they were not tested hard enough and have yet to show their class when chasing large totals like 280 plus or in between scores of 250 -- 279. To my Indian colleagues I would say do not despair, your star players has not turned into mediocre players overnight, this is a game and it goes in cycles and do nto belittle your players who have given you so much. They will come good, but do find some fast bowlers. I hope the rivalry between India and Pak is kept alive in a true sportmanship manner. There are players in each team admired by fans of both countries.

Posted by Nvalley on (January 3, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

Fantastic win. For once I did not despair watching Pakistani wickets falling in quick seccession after the brilliant opening partnership. The pitch was not as easy as was reported in pre match reports. Hafeez and Jamshed made it look like a belter that it wasnt. Great comeback by India, only for the Pakistan bowlers to wrestle the initiative back in their favour. Now looking forward to Pakistan's tour of South Africa- arguable the two best bowling sides around these days, however SA a far better batting side. Playing away for the last three years now, Pakistan will not worry too much about away conditions. Should be an exciting contest.

Posted by applethief on (January 3, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

For all the justified criticism Dhoni gets for perceived nepotism and aloof denial of the problems in his side, you have to feel for the guy. Not long ago, he could do no wrong, hitting the winning runs in a World Cup campaign, lifting the T20 trophy, leading his side to the top of the test rankings, even his Chennai Super Kings were winning IPL trophies. Now it seems like the good times are over, and he's still the one effectively carrying the team that is under-performing.

Posted by asvigneshbalaji on (January 3, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

Worst Indian performance must not take away the credit from Pakistan. They batted well, bowled very well. irfan was outstanding. Hafeez was the one who impressed most, according to me. I was a Dhoni hater. But now, i just can only admire him.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

People say that Dhoni doesnt deserve To be Captain of Team India.. But the Fact is this Team doesnt Deserve Captain Like DHONI !

Posted by pcanadaguy on (January 3, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Well Played Team Pakistan. Good display of cricket. Disappointment with one sided game.. Pak team should try to win series 3-0. But new players should get chance. Azhar Ali is useless. There is no place for Misbah in the team but since he is captin we have to keep him in the team. Hafeez and Jamshed are the key players for Pakistan victory now.. Keep it up and awesome performance by Hafeez and Jamshed.. Dhoni has played again a captain innings. He proved if he can perform under pressure than other Indian players can do the same. Congrats to All Pakistani fan on series win..

Posted by vigneshvinu on (January 3, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

At delhi india has nothing to lose,they can check their bench strength by dropping sehwag,gambhir,kohli, dhoni and ashwin these guys play alot of cricket.give a chance to pujara,mandeep singh. team :mandeep singh,rahane,pujara,raina,yuvraj,d.karthik,r.jadeja,ojha,ishant,dinda,bhuvanesh

Posted by Salil-Mishra on (January 3, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Bring Tendulkar back! Persuade him to rescind his decision. He was our top performer against Pakistan - both away and at home. Remember all the world cup exploits of this brave little man against Pakistan and also against all top teams - Australia, South Africa etc. There is still time - it is never too late. And remove these feuding duo - Gambhir and Sehwag, who are undercutting Dhoni. Team to read like this: Tendulkar, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, Ishant, Zaheer/Bhubaneswar. You will see India will again emerge as the No.1 team both in ODIs and Tests! I am not sure though about this team's T20 prospects.

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (January 3, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Its good to see comments from indian fans at least they accept the fact and have some praise for oppostion unlike dhoni.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 3, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

It's clear as crystal. Pujara has to be there in our ODI team. He'll bring some balance to this madness of batting failures. These many losses in test matches point to onething - batting failures. Because, if batsmen put up big enough score, then the team can be placed safely in that match. If bowlers don't perform well, then we may not win and the match may end up in a draw. But even in test matches where there are declarations by the opposition, our batsmen can win matches even though our bowlers didn't take 20 opposition wickets. Whereas in ODIs/T20s batsmen or bowlers can win games for you. It's clear from the first two ODIs that it's the batsmen once again who are costing us the matches with below par scores. It's not the quantity of batsmen that's important. It's the quality. Sadly, India is ignoring quality batsmen like Pujara for the shorter format - ODIs. The Nohits and Rainas should be dropped and the likes of Pujara preferred over them. Think!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Thanks to Indian Brothers for appreciation. Dhoni is a legend and he has given a lot to Team India like famous win in Australia, T20 World Cup 2007, 2011 ODI World Cup and blah blah. He is the real fighter who came in Team India. Dada and Dhoni are two great captains.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

great spirit has shown by Pakistani Team

Posted by voyager on (January 3, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Misbah the cool and calm leader and captain. Thank you for giving us positive results more often than not, and playing with ethics and respect. In last 2.5 yrs you have punched above your weight.

Posted by SamRoy on (January 3, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Sehwag and Gambhir need immediate removal. Also, Dinda and Ishant Sharma. Even Ashwin isn't all that good in ODIs and I would prefer Ojha over Ashwin in ODIs. But Ashwin must play as all-rounder in tests. We got one serious talent in Bhuvneshwar Kumar because we tried quite a few bowlers. Similar to how we got Umesh Yadav.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

england has lost 10 consecutive ODI games in india....for pakistan i will say well done.this is cricket not war,so as they played they played better.I as a indian congratulate BCCI also as they allowed pakistan. i hope coming time will be better for team india,ans at the time of crysis...i am with my team india. its just a game my fellow indians,so just chill we are doing a lot better tha pakistanis who are our seperated brothers. let our younger brothers win this time,as there is no competition between us and them, let them- compete us in chess, compete us in badminton, compete us in tennis, compete us in software market, compete us in cinema, compete us in economy...the list is too long to show here. compete us in science,

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Situation for Indian team is alarming. India need fresh pair of opening. Spin is big concern (some thing which was India's stranth). Big challage for Mr. Patil & co.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

@Mohammad Arsalan on (January 03 2013, 15:29 PM GMT). You gave: Indian team for Delhi in batting order...

Irfan Pathan is injured; and not yet recovered. So, I take your team, but will replace Irfan with Pujara.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

One observation from recent matches: After failing, why don't we see the Indian top order sitting together and encouraging. I see Ashwin and Raina in the stands, even after getting out but never Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli or Yuvraj. I believe the team is becoming fractional. Come on MS you can do something to bring back the cohesiveness. This type of divisions among you have historically played a devastating role. BTW, Go Pakistan. We need you back at the top to promote cricket all around the world.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Worst performance once again by poor indians.Coach and BCCI members to be sacked.Bring in Dravid or Ganguly as coach.This indian team with the current coach cannot win matches for India.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Its going to take time for India to settle down after Tendulkar, He was the key in ODI for India.

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (January 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Welldone Pakistan..............But it was plain pathetic to see dhoni with excuses again and no word of praise for opposition.

Posted by brightway5 on (January 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Well done Green Shirts you truely deserved it. But we can not forget that it was a poor batting display from Pakistan after a great opening start and i keep saying that Misbah, Azhar and Younis (apologise to Younis's fans but he plays one good innings out of 10) must be replaced with Umar Akmal, Asad Shafique, Haris Sohail / Ahmad Shahzad and the bench strength should include Khalid Latif, Umar Amin, Shahzaib Hassan etc. This will make team Pakistan into a really dangerous team because at the moment Younis, Azhar and Misbah don't have ability to continously and consistantly score with strike rate of 90 which has become a must in ODIs.

I am sorry to say this but i think there is a circle started by Mr. Zardari. He wants Misbah to share his curses and Mr Misbah has got Mr Azhar to further shars Misbah's curses lol.

I think India are very good batting unit and whenever they bounce back they can destroy good bowling attacks.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Congratulations to the Pakistan team , completely outplayed India in all departments . Atleast now for the dead rubber the delhi ODI pls drop sehwag/gauti and bring in Rahane . Unmukt chand should be selected for Eng ODI and hope that Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan are fit . Dhoni should be retained as both the contenders Gauti /Kohli have failed miserably in tests as well as ODI. Parthiv patel also can get a look in along with Dinesh Karthik Uthappa .All the best to team India

Posted by uzairamir on (January 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

as pakistan as won the series they should now bring in new talent for 3rd match.They should bring haris sohail and anwar ali for next match

Posted by liaqathussain on (January 3, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

indian team look tired and lacklusted ,, they need a break

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

Drop Rohit sharma and give Rayudu a chance.

Posted by aativas on (January 3, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

Hmm.. and I thought 2012 is over!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

aisi halat dekhdkar lag raha hai rahul dravid ki wapsi honi chahiye atleast wo pictch par tika rehta hai............we want rd back

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

I think India missed the trick by missing out Rahana.Even Pujara is a great player and I don't know where is Bhajji. Although Bhajji is not having good record against Pakistan but he is a good fighter. Why India can't find out bowlers like Zaheer Khan or Kapil Dev?As well know India's main strength is batting but its crumbled badly. India got great legendary batsmen but they didn't got bowlers like Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib, Gul, Sarfraz Ahmed, Fazal, Aamir, Asif, Junaid Khan, Irfan, Sohail Tanveer, Wahab Riaz etc. Dinda could b a future star and I think Varon Aron is also good. INDIA You have to find some bowlers as flat pitches and greats like Sachin, Rd, Dada (MY FAvourite INDIAN PLAYer and I am owner of Biggest SOURAV GANGULY COMMunity on Orkut) can encourage youngsters to choose batting instead of bowling. Its time to react fastly.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

India fought back to dismiss Pakistan from 141 for 0 to 250 all out. It looked like India could easily chase this target on flat pitch. there was no overcast conditions and there was nothing for bowlers. But Pakistan bowlers defended the target with accurate line and length. Junaid, Gul, Ajmal and Hafeez bowled brilliantly to set up convincing victory for Pakistan. Experienced Indain batting failed once again miserably.

Posted by shankarbj on (January 3, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Congrats Pak

For Indian sake please SACK Viru and Gauti They may be playing so bad to remove Dhoni from capitancy we dont need such cunning persons we need players who plays for out country and for their own benifits

Posted by Mail4kar on (January 3, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Dear All - Do u remember an indian team was hard fought and gave everything for Victory? I finally witnessed in 2011 World cup final. Whether Kirsten take it all to SA? Then what the hell Fletcher doing? I have only 2 reasons behind india's contiuous debacles. (1)DUNCAN FLETCHER - What ever the team composition is, he must be a mentor and teach them to be a fighter always. He made India down there. (2)SRINIVASAN, CHAIRMAN OF BCCI - Whether CSK is a freepass to indian Team? Until he is a Chairman, i'm damn sure, India will not win games. No world champion team was in this Shape ever before. Now what all we need is to Bold decisions, MAKE SOURAV AS INDIAN COACH. We all knw the shape of Team India when he takeover the Captaincy. Within 2 years, India reach 2003 Worldcup final. That kind of a guy is Missing now. Just stop blaming Players in the Squad. Teacher & School is the reason behind student's failure.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

one thing really well i found in comments is that indain fans are quite sensible...thats great to watch...ALL pakistanis..!!!! please be cool...u just won the series not conquered the India

Posted by Silverbails on (January 3, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

OMG, yet ANOTHER loss to the old foe!! This extremely poor Indian side seems to slide from one disaster to another, without any sort of a fight!! At least in the past, there has been SOME fights of sorts, even at their darkest of hours!! However, with the present team this simply doesn't even remotely appear on their sad radar!! Radical changes are needed NOW. Team India now ONLY seems to be interested in the riches of the IPL, never mind playing for PRIDE simply for their Country!! How so, so sad and disappointing...surely time to remove Fletcher and Dhoni as Captain Cautious...!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

dear indian fans hard-luck for the loss but one thing is sure that Pakistan outperformed India in both sections there is nothing with the loss but the way ashwin was promoted ahead of jadeja was annoying and dhonis approach was altogether negative.Pakistan are playing their best this time around while i see that the way indians were approaching this series was not good moreover they were abusing whenever they took the wickets cant they keep their mouths shut and let their performance talk just like pakistani players did and yielded fruitful results for themselves anyways it was an outstanding performance by pak love you pakistan

Posted by rohan34mca on (January 3, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

Gambhir - Looking to lead KKR and team India, is in the worst form. Sehwag - A Pumpkin really with worst attitude, Again wants captaincy Kohli - Distracted by Captaincy talks again Yuvraj - Since his comeback has only performed well against spinners Raina - True IPL player, ICC has ended his career by allowing 2 bouncers/over Rohit - Worst player ever another Liability R Jadeja - IPL player, No quality MS Dhoni - Lost the gambling touch he once had R Ashwin - IPL player, His bowling and fitness is annoyingly baffling A Dinda - Trying his best, Has no direction I Sharma - When he is performing, it means wicket is deadly & opponent bowler will murder our batsmen B Kumar - Another Praveen Kumar, who can bowl only within first 20 overs. Pakistan has a GREAT bowling attack, they can be easily beaten but not by a bunch of non-fighting folks, just because they are self proclaimed BEST

Posted by SASANK360 on (January 3, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Excellent effort by Pakistan. Congratulations on your series win. It was really pathetic display from India. We have to learn from Pakistan, the way their openers batted. Although they were tentative earlier on they fought it out well. And as I always said Pakistan bowling is their genuine strength and they showed why. We Indian fans should not get dissappointed. This happens when we have youngsters coming in, senior players irresponsible and Coaches impotent. Just be patient and right decisions will be made. This is the right time for Dhoni to get a lot of support. We must not criticise him. Leave him with some space, he will build a good 15-players sqaud in a couple of years. Anyway we must appreciate Pakistan for strong performance with both bat and ball. Also their fielding improved quite a lot. Cheers (-:

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (January 3, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

India seems to be crashing onto the point of no return now as their domestic cupboard seems as bare as ever. Indias decline should mainly be due to the loss of promising bowlers coming up in the system which in-turn doesn't test the technique of batsman well enough therefore hindering their development as well. Because of Indian fans overpraising average players and players taking it easy it has now come to a scenario where they cant even compete with associate nations. something should be done or they should but stripped out of their test status atleast orelse the future seems more bleak than anyone can ever imagine

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

I am w8ing for some big changes in the team but it will come after some more series defeats in ODI's (because in this format we have been better in the past and this defeat is not as big as we have already faced in Tests recently).......... ....So its just a w8 & watch game.....

Posted by wnwn on (January 3, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

This victory proves that if conditions are in favour of bowling, Pakistan will more often than not come out on top against India and when conditions favour batting India will most likely win.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

The Victors of the First ODI took time to practice and improve their performance, while the Vanquished took time to to entertain themselves on the New Year's eve. Such is the commitment of the Indian Players. Congratulations for your laid back approach and may you lose all your respect in the Cricketing world further by losing the 3rd. ODI. Only Dhoni has been the Last Man Standing among the Indian Rubble of Batting Legends ! Give the Top Order further rest and let them go have more fun and bring in the entire new brigade ! Alternately ask Tendulkar to Come out of Retirement, the only gutsy player who can face genuine Fast Bowlers!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

Well being a Pakistani fan, I enjoyed watching my team winning it like a real lion. And also being a sachin's fan, I missed him alot in the series. What I would like to say on Indian defeat is that there is some sort of conspiracy going against dhoni by sehwag and company which is causing india to not to perform well in 4 consecutive series. Dhoni no doubt is a good captain, but he can't win in the presence of these conspirators.

Posted by maqk on (January 3, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

Mouth watering series so far, and already in the bag

defeated the blue at their home, what can be bigger than that, gr8 job team PAKISTAN, sorry to IDIAN fans, we both know each other feelings in these times :D

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Really appreciate the praise from the Indian fans!.....as a Pakistani I respect Dhoni a lot as a captain and now I have serious sympathies with him.....I hope Dhoni gets support from his team in future, Dhoni deserves more wins than what he gets.....Dhoni is the backbone of Indian Team....for all the wins which India has had in past few years I think Dhoni shares 50% credit for his performance as a Captain!

Posted by BDforever on (January 3, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

I congratulate my Pakistani mates for their outstanding performances anyway don't get so excited because you know winning against a weak team like India is one of the easiest things you can achieve as a cricket team.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Happy to see appreciation from our Indian brothers. Thank you to everyone in India for the appreciation.

Posted by sasjads on (January 3, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

That tells the whole story abt the condition of indian cricket they hv two best openers of 2008 era who hv in d team coz of their previous records nt their current form a talented bt inconsistent no.3 an old warrior whose golden days r gone at no.4 an ipl superstar who superly failed in Int. Cricket a captain who only plays fr growng his avrg nd so on.......... Bt well played pakistan

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Pakistan were the better side even in T20 but in ODI, India lost to easily. It was awesome spell by Junaid to Sehwag. looking forward to see him against Amla and Kallis. India need a break, perhaps change at top will do it. Push Rehane to open with Sehwag. Push Dhoni up the order... change

Posted by lukecannon on (January 3, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

India getting pummeled at home. Seems a fitting start to 2013...more pummeling awaits at the hands England..

Posted by British_North_America on (January 3, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

Jamshed is a finding of BPL as he got his new life in BPL.Pakistanis agree?

Posted by anilkp on (January 3, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

@777aditya and others who question Dhoni (not attacking when RRR is 8+ is harakiri): did you see/follow the match? Have you ever played a match? When all your recognized batsmen are gone within a third of the target, you still want the captain to attack; right? Thanks for your brain. At that juncture, the captain knows that he is fighting for a lost cause. He has only one option: play for some respect so that the margin of defeat will be less humiliating. Attacking and throwing away your wicket is NOT an option. I shall appreciate if fans grow up before commenting.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Some readers have commented that India is an ordinary team. WRONG. They are far BELOW ordinary, at the moment. As an Indian, I am willing to accept that FACT.

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (January 3, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Welldone PAKISTAN for ur THUNDERBOLT performance..........well as far as dhoni is concerned he was filled with excuses and no words on the brilliance of PAK team.... This is not professionalism!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

saying that after every match that sehwag and gambhir must be out of the team is lame. india should accept the defeat and appreciate PAKISTAN.but its hard to swallow for them.on your face india. best wishes PAKISTAN. love you.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

Pakistan Demolished Indian Batting Line up. that should be the heading

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

I am sure there is a 3 way split in the Indian dressing room which is contributing to this loss. Everyone knows Kohli wants the captaincy for the ODI and/or T20 and so does Sehwag and Gambhir wants the test captaincy. So in a way they all want Dhoni OUT, which is why they are not contributing to the cause. Well India were so poor today and will continue to be poor for years to come until this farce is sorted out. Pakistan were and are a different class to this Indian side and will fight every team on the field for years to come. Pakistan have some fantastic batsmen in the wings and once Misbah and Azhar are removed from the ODI team they will be unstoppable. WELL DONE PAKISTAN now make it 3-0...

Posted by senthil25 on (January 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

As a Indian fan......i wish the Pakistan, they done very well in the bowling unit, but your team need some changes in batting otherwise its top quality cricket by Pakistan. Nothing more to say about Indian team this is worse time for us.....pls Indian fans don't criticize India......we all know that this is not your team regularly. When they are in peak we supported them, now they are struggling......now only we need to support them lot.......time will come around things will change...now pls calm down guys.......for other counties fans thanks for your positive comments.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

Its really sad to see India losing and losing again! that too to Pakistan... all that talk on adverts about "Aane Do" now feels like an eyewash!Dhoni as usual did his best to delay the inevitable though I was wondering why did he not push himself up the order.. maybe because he wanted one and all to see that our batsmen are totally out of form and out of confidence.Like he himself said in the post match presentation, they are trying their best, but their best is just not good enuff at the moment.I now truly believe he's just going thru the motions until the selectors realize that they need to adopt the policy of horses for courses or perform or perish attitude. too much comfort level to senior players is not doing the team and country any favours. Need to bring in players from the under 19 world cup winning team now or else we will continue to get hammered by touring teams. Some how I find the hunger to perform missing, just like tendulkar who battling mind over matter issues..

Posted by Binny_Sharma on (January 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

It was so hard to understand that why Dhoni was playing like that final overs when Ishant came in for batting.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (January 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

First congratulations to PAK for a deserving victory. As an Indian I must admit it was a treat to watch Junaid Khan bowl. steaming in and delivering those toe crushing yorkers. We have forgotten in India what a sight it is to see fast bowlers bowl. Thanks to BCCI and the entire domestic cricket setup. Like many of my fellow Indians we are truly at awe and jelous of how PAK continues to produce such high quality fast bowlers day in and day out. Imagine with Junaid Khan, Umar Gul and return of Mohammed Aamir PAK will have the best bowling attack maybe next to SA. As far as India is concerned I think we have a very dire situation at hand and need some drastic changes both in the management and to the domestic setup. Pl. ban IPL.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

There's nothing more depressing than watching Indian cricket these days. Indian cricket under Fletcher is now exactly same as it was under Chapell. The same team who won d world cup is playing like minnows ever since. Indian cricket team's performance under coach Anshuman Gaikwad was far better. SHAME.....

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Don't even suggest inviting Afghanistan team, for a quick trip, before England arrives to boost the morale of the Indian team. BCCI is capable of doing that. But the Afghan team also may best us.. They are definitely more energetic and committed!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Dhoni's efforts were toooooo late!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Indian team for Delhi in batting order : 1. Rahane 2. Irfan Pathan 3. Dhoni 4. Kolhi 5. Raina 6. Yuvraj 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Kumar10. Dinda 11. Ishant

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Again the comparison started..... b/w Ganguly and Dhoni. . Some are blaming individual players but cricket is a team game and an individual player is neither a hero of a team game nor a villain of a team game. . I still think Ganguly is best but he has seen some worst days in his career and Dhoni is better (not best) but he has seen some exceptionally best days in his career. It was all dependent upon team's performance at different times not an individual's achievement alone. Now a days I don't see a single pair of batsman or a single pair of bowler who can come and give their 100% in the field. Some days bowlers click and some other days batsman. . The only mistake Dhoni did that he gave infinite no. of chances to some big names and kept some talented youngsters warming the benches. Team was paid for that and I'm sure we are going to have another ODI series defeat against England in this year followed by clean sweep by Australia in Tests. . Some of us are telling that he is playing

Posted by LahoriLion009 on (January 3, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

Well played GREEN SHIRTS.......you deserve victory..Although we Won the series but we can only afford 1 out of Misbah, Azhar and youns in ODI and i think younus is best choice for future.....anyway Good Luck to both teams 4 future

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (January 3, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Patil Sir, ball is in your court now to save Indian cricket from further embarassment. Drop all the old and lazy players and make whole sale changes in the team. The new look team will definitely lose the first few games, but the youngsters will definitely learn fast and become a winning combination quickly. Fllow proper accountability on performance for each and every player...no past records should be seen. If a player does not perform in 4 continuous matches, he can be given a break and another youngster can be given a chance. This will definitely increase the hunger to win and motivate the team to perform. Also the foreign coach needs to be sacked immediately. What is he doing here, except counting his dollar salary!! Ganguly, Dravid, SRT, Kumble can serve the Team India in administrative capacity. Last but not the least, let us not take away the credit from the Pakistan Team for their superb all round performance in each and every match in this series.

Posted by Scheduler on (January 3, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Enough is enough .Selectors need to sit and make some decisions.Time to throw out sehwag,gambhir ,rohit sharma. Rahul dravid rightly said cause of gambhir and rohit sharma many talented players are sitting out. Someone spoke about making Kohli captain that must be a real joke cause he himself is not consistent .he is slowly being sorted out and is struggling against genuine fast and swing bowlers.India needs wholesale changes. We are now sick of hearing shastri and gavaskar saying world class players.Unfortunately they are flat track bullies nothin else.I wish selectors make some good changes for the Engalnd ODI series. SELECTORS PLEASE THROW OUT SEHWAG,GAMBHIR,ROHIT SHARMA.

Posted by WaqarBabar on (January 3, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

@Aby Prasad Thanx for all the info. Really appreciate your effort. Regards

Posted by tickcric on (January 3, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan. Your team were better in all the important areas I can think of- batting, bowling, fielding, mangement & coaching, attitude wise... Before 2011 WC I think Pakistan set their goal to reach the semi-finals. They achieved that. Now it's time to up the ante and aim for the Cup itself in 2015, I think... As for India, of late there is really nothing new to say & I see no need for redundancy!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

If BCCI is like a democratically elected Government, and if its President is a like a PM, he should be owning the moral responsibility and put in his papers, pronto. Anyone remember Lal Bahadur Shastry -- as a Railway minister, he put in his papers, the moment an accident occurred. This is not just an accident. This is worse.This is catastrophic. Man made; mostly by the people running and associated with cricket in India. That is BCCI and their cohorts!

Posted by batman_rebuilt on (January 3, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

india tried their level best....

Posted by bMike on (January 3, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

What a thriller! Well done both teams. I couldn't even imagine who would win until the last ball. India did everything they could. Even the match was held at the biggest ground in front of so many Indian spectators. hik hik hik but the results ??? huh huh hoooooooooo

Posted by Perfect.Stranger on (January 3, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

and what has Raina's Nephew got to say now??? waiting..........

Posted by anilkp on (January 3, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Like most Indian fans, I too am screaming clear and loud: PLEASE INSTILL SOME SENSE INTO YOUR HEADS, TEAM INDIA! There must be a complete revamp of the team. 1. Fletcher MUST go. 2. Sehwag-Gauti MUST be kicked out; bring in Rahane, Pujara. 3. Give a serious talk to Kohli; if need be, tell him he would be next in line to lead. 4. Retain Dhoni as captain (not for his performance in these two ODIs, but because there is no alternative; and Kohli is not actually banging the door of selectors), but look for serious bowling contenders. Tell the likes of Dinda and Bhuv that they need to at least look at someone like Philander and take inspirations. 5. Give the team one complete year to experiment on all talents, be patient with losses, but thurst upon coming really steely. I WANT to see that Sandeep Patil is not as brainless/spineless as were Vengy and Krish. I want to see complete overhaul--except Dhoni/Raina/Yuvraj (you need some experience; and these 3 don't fail always).

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

very happy indeed and winning against india at thr home is a big one. good show by dhoni but i think some indian batsmen were too confident and lost there way. a very good show in the bowling by pakistan. loved the way kumar bowled. this was not on the cards but Pakistan doing it in a way great manner. love u cricket

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

very happy to see that india has been out of the series, congratulation Pakistan team......u guys did a good job after long time. like to read some articals from indian cricket brokers.

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (January 3, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Billion people and still not a number 1 Cricket team in the world with all that resources and money in Cricket India are just an average side who always have ups and downs and that's unacceptable by their standards. I'm glad my Pakistan team not only showed India but to the the world that despite us not holding Cricket matches, we are still a dangerous Cricket team :P

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

go green go well played pakistan

Posted by dustmizer on (January 3, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Well done Pakistan!! You guys have played exceptionally well at a time when I was fearing an all out offensive from Dhoni's men. Bad luck India - I am sure your team will come back hard and there is no reason for you to don't dispair. My favourite player is Captain "cool" Dhoni and again his innings was simply awesome. Dustmizer

Posted by Gumshuda on (January 3, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

India is not an ordinary team. In my view, they have the best batting talent in the cricketing world today. They just need to focus and stay away from glitters. On the other hand, love you Pakistani cool heads. Showing your class as usual against India. Keep it up and good luck with SA tour. Go and break a leg!!!!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 3, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Hey team India..Now please also play Test match with us.. We'll make you dance for sure Hahahaha

Posted by Smack-DAT on (January 3, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Even the phrase 'Well Played' is not enough to summarize the performance of PAKISTAN!!! Where do they get these fast bowlers!!! Junaid and Irfan are great prospects and this team is going to do wonders in coming time. If PAKISTAN can maintain this team undoubtedly they will be hot the favorites in the 2015 WC in AUSTRALIA.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

@bdforever... haha lol.. we dont come up with excuses when our team loses infact its bd fans like u who come up with "we dont play enough matches in a year and blah blah" ..yes .. our team is doing miserable for the past one year and pakistan simply outplayed us in the series...

Posted by batman_rebuilt on (January 3, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

Guys india tried their best

Posted by ALiQamar on (January 3, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

India have become a third class team of so called world class batsmen!!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

I can visualize the England ODI team salivating at the wonderful feast we Indians will be dishing out next. Why should they come all the way, wasting so much of air travel, carbon emission, and what not. Mr Srinivassn, why don't you just courier the ODI trophy, with our compliments.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 3, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

The best thing i loved in this series... 'The pin drop silence of Crowd while India in trouble'.. I was like wth when Hafeez said that thanks for such a supportive crowd. The crowd here was no different than the crowd in previous matches..Worst Crowd i have ever seen..No spirit at all for the Sports..Just Cheer for your own team & go dead silent on opponents success.If it was Karachi or Lahore,the people would have cheered for India as well..But so sad..Is this what hospitality is? Shame...

Posted by MyOpinion4u on (January 3, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

I bet, the curator will be sacked now, because he was unable to make a perfect flat track asked by the team India.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

I don't understand why Dhoni doesn't promote himself to number 3 or 4 and build the backbone of innings from there. By the time he arrives at his current number 6 position, it's too late more often than not.

Pakistan bowlers did a great job once again, and batting is still a huge concern. Junaid has been scoring in every single match against India. And the one match he won't score his century, the rest of the team didn't even score 150 runs combined. So, there is a huge concern there.

I would say that both teams have their troubled departments, but it just so happens that India has been getting unlucky and their weaknesses are getting exposed. And sometimes that is a good thing. It will show the selectors exactly where the problems lie. However, for Pakistan, the problems are hiding behind Jamshed's batting, and people are too busy celebrating to notice that the rest of the batting line up didn't perform as they should have.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Bangladesh is much more better team than India))))

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

It's hard to see India struggle. Fans always wanna see India play, as they put on a good show, but it looks like they are in rebuilding mode. The only reason India have a decent record in the last 2-3 years, is because they have been eating Sri Lanka alive. IMO, if India faced another opponent in the 2011 WC Final, they would have lost.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 3, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

As an England fan, I'd have to say that I doubt that England are going into their upcoming ODI series without any great fear of India. That's not to say that I think that England won't respect India as an opponent or that I think that England are going to win the series easily, but it just doesn't look likely that this series will go like the last one. England beat Pakistan very well last time they met in ODIs and Pakistan has now beaten India well and England showed great improvement against India in the recent Test series. Noone gave England all that much of a chance to win the Test series so an upset in the ODIs is not out of the question. That said, England may be a bit lacking in the spin department and some of the young players will need to hit their straps if England are to do well.

Posted by crazy.mechanic on (January 3, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan!!!! The result was good for both the teams. Pakistan needed the series win as they deserved it,on the other hand India has attracted criticism for a long time..this loss has added a heavy magnet to their performance. Change is the need of the hour. Sacking the captain is certainly no option as we have no other ostensible captain in the team. Change the openers, they have taken their place for granted. Bring in PUJARA..he is a good defensive player. Have a certain unit of bowlers and maintain their fitness. Most importantly make Mr. Sourav Ganguly the coach of India.

Posted by naren1983 on (January 3, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

Remove Sehwag & Gambhir. Good Opening stand is very much needed for ODI & Tests. Bring Rahane and give more chances. Dhoni has to bat at No. 4. Beware Coming England ODI series going to be a serious outcome for most of the players....

Posted by SriSanka on (January 3, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

Poor Indians minnows lost again...and again....

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

wow,indian team in transition state ? top seven player played more than 100 games and still transition state? We are looking forward the SA series where we have to test our Bowler,we want to perform in SA becz atleast Their captain has the courage to praise other team performnce,sory MS Dhoni your team is no way near the Class of PAK team and you shd admit this rather than giving lame excuses.Common Pakistan Big challenge is SA series.

Posted by salman_0902 on (January 3, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

My Heart goes out for Younus Khan. what a batsman he is and what a luck he has got. always been given out wrongly. In Sri Lanka three times he was miss judged. and now here again.

Posted by crindex on (January 3, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

India's batting woes continue. When will we learn from Cricket Australia who keep revamping the side even after winning games. No player in Australian team has an assured place - however good he is. No past record can compensate for present performance. India needs to drop the non performers ruthlessly. Then only will we see a resurgent India in World Cricket. Just be ruthless, Indian selectors.

Posted by BDforever on (January 3, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

I doubt Why does ICC let India to play any more matches this way if we already know the result of matches/ series even before the start. ICC should let Afghanistan,Nambya to tour India quite a few times a year in order to improve Indian team's match winning stats.Vise versa India can improve their away stats as well.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

First of all the problem with the Indian cricket team is that whenever a partnership is made and then broken by the opposition , then the wickets start to tumble one after the other. They can't make a partnership after a wicket has fallen and we have seen that today. Well. Pakistan outplayed us would be an understatement. However, there is no doubt that we have to look inward. Top order is failing. The Men in Blue have to start to bring in the new guns from the benches such as Rahane, Raydu Mandeep Singh etc. because they are the future of the INDIAN Cricket Team and they can't rely on the old players because they are coming out of form and they are not playing there best. MS. Dhoni has kept his cool and showed great sportsman spirit in the last couple of ODI's but they were in vain because the team didn't play to their potential. One last thing are the openers for India, Gambhir and Sehwag aren't playing there best now , they keep failing , its time for new talent .........

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 3, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

And now the Sachin bashes don't have their fav punching bag for this defeat. If anything it is clear just how weak India's batting is and how vital Sachin was for this team even at his declining levels. A half fit lion is always better than a fully fit jackal but the Sachin bashers never understood this.

Posted by wakaPAK on (January 3, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

Great victory for Pakistan and a good beginning to 2013 but let's be humble too here; sports teach us humility; gotta feel for Sehwag; he was cornered and he was fighting not in the way he used to. Hope India get their wrongs right in time and BCCI stop destroying it's own team. There's no doubt India has got talent but they need good guidance. Again a very good crowd from Culcutta; beautiful people and good crowd.Nice to see the camaraderie between players from both sides but I'd like for them to spice up the competition a bit.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

Last man standing on the deck. He is a true Captain. My Captain. Not the unfit & lazy Sehwag! Not the fast declining Gambhir! Not the temperamental Kohli! Not 'wet-at-the-ears' (at least as a captain) Pujara!

We need a whole bunch of new, young, talented and hungry players to come in and resurrect the Indian cricket, which has slipped into a deep coma.. Dhoni is the right man to manage that transition. No doubt about it!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

Dont worry India, just forget the losses, humiliation & plan for the IPL. Afterall forget the technique, class & temperament (we have already forgotten I believe) as IPL needs none of these & continue to practice the big heaves ,smashes & hits ;never leave a ball ,throw your bat at everything outside the off stump, big edges will always flow over the wicket keeper & slips ; make the maximum out of the next years IPL Auction.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

@WaqarBaba, Pakistan won the ODI series in 2004-05 in India 4-2. It was an amazing series after India had won the first two matches in a 6 match series and then pakistan steamrolled us for the next 4 matches! Inzamam was a big influence. I still call him incredible hulk! Loved the man! Since then India have won more matches against pakistan after that year (2005 pak series, other series and cups) up until this series. Overall the difference in ODI wins for Pakistan is 23 matches more than India (eg, India 47, pakistan 70 roughly), most of those extra 22 pakistan wins mainly coming in Sharjah followed by in India and in pakistan. Well done to all of you! We have a lot of soul-searching meanwhile!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

India-Pakistan have played 17 bilateral ODI series; Pak won 11 - India won 5. While 1 series ended in 1-1 (in UAE).... Stats Speaks itself :)

Posted by Raj12345 on (January 3, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Please bring Dinesh Karthik in ODI middle order. The current middle order batsman given too many chances. Bring both Rahane & Mukund to top order as openers. We have to find new team. It is enough.

Posted by landl47 on (January 3, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Surely MS Dhoni should have been Man of the Match? After all, without him, India would have lost by even more- just like in the first match.

Posted by Dilbar786 on (January 3, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Greatest new year gift ever...Thank you Team Pakistan!!!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

I thought Dhoni would be named mom for his fighting knock, though in vain.:P

Posted by T.R.GHANCHI on (January 3, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

I wonder WHAT excuse is DHONI going to come up with !

"It was a bad toss to win, blame the COIN !

Posted by Chamithg on (January 3, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

It was the toss in the last match. What is this time?

Posted by dharsanti on (January 3, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

with this technique of their batsmen and quality of bowlers, if they play test with pakistan, india will certainly be defeated with inning. many of our players are test expert. azhar, younas, misbah and ajmal r all actually test player not one day specialists.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Superb batting by nasir jamshed......Now some of my indian friends who were previusly questioning his talent and telling us that he is just lucky will be statisfied

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Why INDIA didnt give MOM to DHONI.... after all he saved INDIA again from Humiliation lolz

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Vidi , Vini , Vici for Pakistan then let that be !

Posted by Natesan333 on (January 3, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

The end of this game felt like the last world cup match between India and Pak (the roles were reversed of course). I hope there are no Indian conspiracy theorists blaming how PCB controls everything :)

Posted by Batmanindallas on (January 3, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Anyone with any cricketing sense knew the team was bound to lose...How long can you carry Sehwag, Gambhir or even Yuvraj while Rahane or Pujara wait for ever....it is time selectors show some vision for the next one dayers even if it means losing...time to start rebuilding and you build with young and not old....

Posted by Ahmedull on (January 3, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Its good to see them batting well after a long time. Also fielding is better. The opening patnership saved us, imagine if it was 41 runs partnership instead of 141 then we would have made 150. I saw some comments of humiliation, please avoid it. Its a game and anyone can win. We never have won a one day in world cup from India. They are a good side and need to click. Let leave this to game only taking nothing personal. I think we should have more series together so that our level of game will increase.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

@cric4world well said..i completely agree with you

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Pakistan were far superior to India, in all facets of the game. Well deserved win. Congratulations. I'm sure that most of my co-Indian cricket lovers would share my sentiments, and would not hesitate at all in congratulating our neighbors for their excellent performance.

Posted by Altimo on (January 3, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Well done Pakistan...A very well deserved Victory!

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 3, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

Good that India lost this series at least something to cheer about for Pak as a nation.

Posted by Shahzadhussan on (January 3, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Making some how non-straight-flat wicket was a courageous and appreciable decision of India, even they lost. By the way Ms Dhoni got the title of Misbah of India today. To Mr Misbah, for God sake please announce your retirement at least from One-days, you will have some respect after this win otherwise you along with your favorite Azhar do not have any role as a batsman. Highly talented batsmen, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail and Fawad Alam are waiting for the opportunity. Best time to earn non-deserved honor by announcing retirement.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Great win by Men in Green. Although Dhoni played well in both ODIs.India's bowling attack is not perfect whereas there batting is not up to the mark as some senior players like Gautam, Sehwag, Yuvi, Raina and even Kohli are not performing well. This defeat can end up the captaincy of Dhoni but it shouldn't be happen as he has givn 2 World Cups to Team India. Pakistan Rocks and its not a war. I feel sorry for my Indian Brothers but its part of game. Cheers. Great series

Posted by Rags57 on (January 3, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Isn't it time for a re-jig of the opening combination? Gambhir has been given too long a rope - he is suitable for none of the three formats now. Sehwag has become too unreliable and inconsistent. With Tendulkar voluntarily opting out let us have a brand new team - Get Rahane, Manoj Tiwari both in and have Kohli open the innings perhaps. Even someone like Pujara deserves a look in considering you need some stability in the middle order. A line up such as Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, Tiwari, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant and Umesh Yadav looks a good bet for the future - and finally prepare Kohli to take over from Dhoni before or after the 2015 world cup.

Posted by irfan-omer on (January 3, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Yes we are Pakistan , We are unpredictable , We are greens , We are Shaheens of Asia . Well Played greens specially Nasir Jamshaid the new Saeed Anwar of Pakistan . i am loving it .

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Well done pakistan! what a show!,& i dont mean it as a cliche! It hurts to see India lose but I have maintained from the beginning, only and ONLY if India is humiliated would a change come in our country. And unfortunately that is true even in other areas than sports too!. Who better to hit the nail in the coffin than Pakistan after Aus n Eng! A great series win and for once Dhoni (in my opinion) showed he can be a part of the ODI revival atleast in future unlike the rest of the batsmen. Barring him (this & last match), Im now praying that a wholesale change takes place in our team(batting). Pakistani fans can vent out whatever they want today, we deserve to hear it. Important thing is, will the selectors hear and feel our pain? ! Enough said! As for Pakistan, Hafeez is the best thing that has happened to them. Hope you dont spoil his spirit like many have been in the past!, and barring Kamran Akmal, I dont see any necessary changes! Kudos to all your bowlers! Pakistan is on the rise

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (January 3, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

PAKISTAN @kolkata, 4 matches, 4 wins on trot.....

Posted by smalishah84 on (January 3, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

It is not so much the defeat but the manner of defeat that will rankle the fans

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

good showww team Pakistan and .. very well played Dhoni.. u remind me of misah tuk tuk

Posted by BDforever on (January 3, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Well played Pakistan.Seems like Dhoni has become modern Tendulkar. Every time he scores India end up in the losing side. We know India get series knockouts if Kholi scores a century.

Posted by Sirikumara on (January 3, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

MS Dhoni is batting in lower order just to make his average up

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Congrats to All the Pakistanis around the world.

Posted by Akhter786 on (January 3, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

free fall for india under accleration due to ignorance

Posted by cric4world on (January 3, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

while indian captain has no hospitality for guests even to acknowledge their game, listen to pakistani captain and hafeez thanking the crowd for being supportive.although these huge crowds produced pin drop silence as soon as an indian wicket fell and celebrated an indian boundary by touching sky but not even a plain clap for 2 consecutive hundreds of nasir jamshed or unmatchable spells of junaid. still wondering why indian superheros cant produce a result and pakistani labour is winning?

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

well deserved vistory by Pakistan. Atleast now Pakistan have found their opening pair with both bat and ball. and they should continue with it.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Congratulations team #Pakistan.

Posted by BDforever on (January 3, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Even though you can't expect a weak team like India to beat massive Pakistanis I was expecting India to at least draw this match or even rain to stop playing. Because it's always good if the series is alive until the last match. What to do if India are only capable of losing. (I'm looking forward to see my dear Indian mates excuses for losing and their team changers like dropping Sehwag lol)

Posted by WaqarBabar on (January 3, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Well Done team Pakistan. You really proved yourself to be on top once again. Well played India. Can anyone tell me when was the last time Pakistan won a one day series in india against india?

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

well done pakistan. They play good cricket. nasir shahzad is like saeed anwar remember how also like to play against india so for 4 matches against india by nasir jamsheed 3 centerios and 1 not out fifties. Again good bowling by junaid how set the tone. i like some changing in pakistan team for 3rd match. azhar out umerakmal in, rest for irfan and younis and put haris sohail and anwar ali in. and for india sehwag and ghambir era is over. dhoni shoud b no4 batsman. good like pakistan for last ODI>

Posted by Bota on (January 3, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan. Great WIN.

Posted by Aman_blues on (January 3, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

i thnk the selecters and the likes of sehwag and gambhir are relatives thats why they are still in the team and what is kohli doing he seems to be useless coz he fires only once in a whole series you call that a class batsman go n learn basics and how to play swing coz itz india who is making the pitch look like a bowling pitch well played pakistan hatz off

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Indian cricket team must play only IPL, forget 20 twenty,one day and test ...

Posted by Makaveli7 on (January 3, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Are we going to drool over MSD innings again? His strike rate was test level. What was the point of his innings? To delay the inevitable? I will give him credit when he comes in at two down.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Well. Pakistan outplayed us would be an understatement. However, there is no doubt that we have to look inward. Top order is failing. If we look at their stats, they justify the retention of the current top order by the selectors. On the other hand, if we look at their stats in the recent past it is appalling to see no action is taken. Dropping at least Sehwag and Gambhir for the rest of the ODI's would be a win-win for them as well as the country. Gambhir's average may be palatable but surely his run rate is dismal. The selectors have to look at this closely. Although Ashwin is containing the batsman he is not taking wickets. The coaches are on to him and instruct their players well. He has to bring up his level another notch by being innovative or else his place in the team should also be put in jeopardy.

Posted by cric4world on (January 3, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

3 defeats in 4 matches at home and still indian captain does not have a single appreciative word to say for his opposition.not even a tiny word that pakistan played their heart out n were better in all 3 departments of the game. everything is about indian team and indian wicket.they lost becoz indian wicket wasnt wat they wanted not becoz pakistani bowlers were just too good for them. way to go sportsman spirit of dhoni

Posted by Bota on (January 3, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Ohhhh NO why is MS not man of the match here?

Posted by Sirikumara on (January 3, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

This is a shameful loss for India

Posted by ste13 on (January 3, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

good message for India fans - it cannot go any worse from here I think there is something dramatically wrong inside the team. Also, there is too much focus on cricket seen as cheerleaders and giggles and not enough focus to maintain quality of players.

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (January 3, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Still I consider Jadeja is better than Nohit Sharma any day any match. Said that India needs new openers until then no wins in any format of the game.

Posted by satti722 on (January 3, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

good job done Pakistan , its really great to see Pakistan defeating India in India , good job done young paki guns

Posted by Pak117 on (January 3, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Good Win! Pakistan. Great Captaincy by Misbah w/Bowling changes. Indian Batsmen never looked comfortable against Pakistan Bowlers...India still has a great team and definitely better batting talennts; not sure if they can appreciate that the got schooled by a better team over all... Good Luck in New Delhi!

Posted by yakironi98 on (January 3, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Now, that MSD won the toss and bowled in overcast conditions but still couldn't do anything! Pakistan made 250 look like 400 for India, what an amazing bowling performance from the Pakistan bowlers. Nasir Jamshed is the future of Pakistan batting

Posted by CrICkeeet on (January 3, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

The problem is in d other countries senior players create d chance 4 d juniors nd never try 2 grab a place unneccessarily.. ricky ponting, hussy retires at r8 moment.. bt in INDIA players wanna play mayb until DEATH...

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

So.. another thrashing and another home series defeat for India... and another 50 not out for Dhoni to boost his already inflated average. He certainly doesn't play for anyone else but himself does he ..... England must be licking their lips with anticipation.

Posted by DMD57 on (January 3, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

The selectors should drop all the seniors like hot potatoes, select youngsters based on ranji performances, at least they will not fare any worse. Drop sehwag, gambhir, yuvraj, raina, dhoni. select rahane, ishwar pandey, hiken shah, pankaj singh, shami, bhuvaneshwar. At least if they lose, they can say they were inexperienced....Mr.Patil, take some hard decisions for the england odi's and don't just please the sponsors.....

Posted by 777aditya on (January 3, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

Everyone seems so selfish in Indian cricket at the moment. There is the smug, shades-wearing, never smiling coach, who cares about nothing but his fat salary. The captain seems obsessed with his average and remaining not out in one batting rout after another (not attacking in ODIs when asking rate is 8+ is harakiri). All our bowlers try to contain and no one is interested in taking wickets. I am so depressed I even feel Sachin has not retired from tests because Kallis still has a chance to go past his 51 tons! I am pretty sure even our World Cup winning under-19 team would have fared better against both Pakistan and England in home conditions (without an exclamation mark).

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

Hahhahaahhhaha World champions lost the series their own backyard...way to go pak

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

Well Played Pakistan ! A well deserved victory for the entire nation ... India needs to get rid off the senior players who have been failing consistently for more than five innings now ...

Posted by pritpalpabla on (January 3, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

3rd ODI team: Rahane (opener) Kohli (opener) Pujara Gambhir Yuvraj Raina Dhoni Ashwin Ishant Dinda Shami

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

Superb performance by the Lovely Young Indian guns...Shewag,Ghambir,Virat the super talented cricketers ever born in India(LOL).Dhoni alone is working so hard,hardly getting any support.The Time SRT was there these Ghambirs,Shewags and Virat never thought of captaincy as SRT know Dhoni is the best person who can lead this Indian Side and he supported him.now looks like these 3 don't want to win any matches so Dhoni should be thrown out of captiainship...

Posted by CrICkeeet on (January 3, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

There is only 1 way left 4 INDIA 2 get a victory..... PLAY TEST MATCH WITH ZIMBABWE

Posted by AK47_pk on (January 3, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Wonderful bowling by pak. Well played junaid nd jamshaid. Make it 3-0 boys plz

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 3, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

The way our openers were playing,i thought that we would cross 300 very easily..Imagine if we had made 300+ runs.Means more humiliation for team India..Thanks to our middle order that we gave you a target of 250 only & saved you :)

Posted by Waqasahmed92 on (January 3, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Well played boys.............Welcome back the 90s :)

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (January 3, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Miserable 2012, and the misery continues for India fans in 2013. Time to call quits on this team and watching them embarass themselves over and over again. Up next, #1 ODI team.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

India use to be a good team when it comes to play in Indian soil. Not any more, we can't even play in our home ground. Forget about foreign pitches! Such a big shame! Anyway, well played Pakistan, you deserve to win the series!

Posted by Indian_version_of_cricket on (January 3, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

What a performance by PAK Team. Very well done. At least they played some cricket.All IND need is fresh blood.

Posted by sundersingh on (January 3, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

time to make change in the opening pair... drop out viru and bring rahane..why bcoz we saw it clearly both openers(gauti &viru) playing for their places and not for the team...more of catching up scenario..for both... i know it is difficult but no other way. Time to take tough decisions.. pak deserves the victory!

Posted by CrICkeeet on (January 3, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

INDIA will never win UNTIL getout d PERFORMENCELESS BIG NAMES! Make change r8 now or IT will never stop!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 3, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Mission accomplished..We came,we conquered & there was no stopping us humiliating the best Batsmen of the World..The the best thing is that there was no BOGEY MAN aka (World Cup) this time to save Team India :) PS->Now Please Please Bring in Harris Sohail in the next match..Now that we have sealed the series,there is no harm in trying out new Talent

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

congratz on this big win..every kind of celebration here..bhangra n firing etc :) ...n im sure indians will say tht beat us in world cup...this is just a small tour :) .there is no shortage of excuses for them.. and our bowling was v good..dnt 4get tht bowlers like asif n aamir n raza hassan r out coz of ban or injury...still this attack looked v threatening..v also found a batsman like saeed anwar n inzamam in shape of nasir jamshed...

Posted by asifhasnain on (January 3, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan Team. They simply outclassed India in their home ground. I wasn't expecting this result and thought India had a good chance to equal the series. Way to go Green Shirts. Best luck for the next match.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Pakistan has come to India this time for business only, not business and pleasure. They have been the deserved winners. As India was burning, MS Dhoni stood tall. Salute to you, Dhoni. The dialogue of the match was Harsha Bhogle's, "What's Dhoni doing? Is he saving a Test"? Guess this is what happens if you never played or followed the game!

Go Pakistan. Make 3-0 at Delhi. You need to do this for your cricket starved people back home.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (January 3, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

UNTIL making changes..IND will never will! BRING some face r8 now otherwise it will never stop!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

india is just a ordinary team

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