India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Cuttack November 30, 2011

No excuse for not scoring runs - Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag, India's stand-in captain, has said there was "no excuse for anybody not scoring runs" after his side limped to a one-wicket win in the first ODI against West Indies in Cuttack. Chasing 212, India's batting order collapsed before and after Rohit Sharma, who made 72, and the hosts needed the last pair of Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav to secure victory.

"In India you hardly see the team tottering at 59 for 5. Hopefully we will come up with strong batting performances in the next games," Sehwag said after the match. "We have to learn from our mistakes. There were two good balls. The ball came in and we [Virat Kohli and I] played early and made mistakes."

Sehwag was critical of the "soft dismissals" of Parthiv Patel, Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina, which left India on 59 for 5 in the 12th over. "There were three soft dismissals of Parthiv Patel, Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina. There is no excuse for anybody not scoring runs. We have to back our batting. We have some exciting youngsters playing for last three four years. But I am happy with bowling and fielding."

Rohit anchored the chase by scoring 72 off 99 balls and was praised by Sehwag for winning the game for India. "Rohit is one of the talented batsmen. He is improving match by match. He is proving himself. He is one of the best. Full credit to Rohit Sharma, [Ravindra] Jadeja and Vinay Kumar. One by one they did it for us.

Rohit added 83 for the sixth wicket with Jadeja, who made 38, and then 42 with Vinay Kumar for the eighth. "When you lose five quick wickets, it's difficult to come back. I praise Rohit Sharma and Jadeja as their partnership took us there. After that Vinay and Rohit had a good partnerships. The way Rohit, Jadeja and Vinay batted was great to see."

The previous ODI series in India, against England, had poor attendances at the grounds but the match at the Barabati Stadium had a strong crowd. "It feels great when people come to watch a game. We hope people will come and support us in the next matches," Sehwag said. "I love to play in smaller towns. People give so much respect and love. They bring all kinds of food and stuff to you to make sure you are happy."

The second ODI between India and West Indies is in Visakhapatnam on December 2.

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  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    I think sehwag himself has lost that ability of scoring big as we saw in test matches he played some horrible shots yes we all know that sehwag plays like that but he was not playing that much carelessly before. He needs to get that old method if we are to win in australia.I don't want him to play defensively becoz if he does he'll get out.but I don't want to see sehwag playing across the line which is what he did in test matches and got himself out.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | December 1, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    @alexk400 - Shewag did not score a century but India still won as a TEAM. Its a team sport. Its no matter that Sachin scored 94 and not the century in the last test versus Windies. You hate to admit that INDIA as a team are brimming with talent. That is why they won the ODI world cup, came second in ODI world cup in SA in 2003, won the first T20 cup in South Africa, were the top test team until recently. All these had someone standup for INDIA whether it was Sachin, Yuvraj, Laxman, Dravid, Shewag etc. Not all these were achieved in India so don't throw up - only good at home nonsense. India's top batsman have faced Mcgrath, Lee etc. We now have a new talent ready to take over from Sachin in Rohit Sharma. There is so much talent that places are hard to set for some of the youngsters.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 1, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    @spence1324. I just wonder who r the 'big' boys in WI team!!!...lol

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | December 1, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    spence123 - but Indian batsman have scored against the likes of Steyn and morkel. Sachin got a century in SA recently, So why say India cannot face 85+ Indias only failure of grand proportions was in in seaming ENGLISH conditions. Some of the youngsters will learn from that experience and the seniors well it looks like waning reflexes and eyesight.

  • POSTED BY G.Vinoth on | December 1, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Sehwag, Raina, Rohit are really a genuine match winners. They played many crucial games and did the job for team india. It's been way long, we've seen a century from these three... can't wait to see a century this series from anyof these three... would love to watch raina hitting a century of 60 balls.. wow

  • POSTED BY G.Vinoth on | December 1, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    We cannot expect everyone to hit in all the matches. the last match is an example for that. if the top order fails, the responsibility is in the middle order & lower order batsmens hand. i beleive thats what rohit & jadeja did last match to rescue team india. I still feel team India has a powerful batting lineup. all the players will surely perform in upcoming matches...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 1, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    @netcricketfan4ever: My comments are exactly what I saw on the screen and each comment is correct. If India cannot play with passion,they may as well not have these ODI's. Every Indian fan knows(no they arenot in slumber) that beating last placed WI in Indian is not a monumental achievement.Nor winning the ODI series5-0 is fantastic either because these are expected things. But these are precursors to the Australian tour where India cannot bat in a cavaliar & reckless fashion as they are doing now. You do not play a moving ball from a fast bowler with a huge 12" gap between your bat & Pad on a defensive stroke. Common, get real and use the fundamentals.Similarly you do not swish wildly at a short wide ball going above your head. This is exactly what I tried to point out in my comments which you so generously called it "over analyzing every thing"!. If my comments can at least make the guys more responsible, it is good omen for the Aussie tour.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Well said Sehwag, you got out on a good ball, while others threw their wickets away. Real captain material boss.

  • POSTED BY netcricketfan4ever on | November 30, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    @Nampally, Dude you seem to over analyze everything. While the top order failed bid time, you can't go overboard on all dismissals. What makes you think Raina will lose his spot? Because he has failed in one ODI? You talk about 'Where has the passion gone?' This is the effect of meaningless excessive cricket played. And if anyone thinks India has anything to gain by winning the ODI series or having won the test series, you need to wake up from your slumber. There is so little time for preparation for an all important tour Down Under.

  • POSTED BY netcricketfan4ever on | November 30, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    @Spence, you are right on dude, we never see other teams crumbling for scores like 96 and 47 against quality pace bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    I think sehwag himself has lost that ability of scoring big as we saw in test matches he played some horrible shots yes we all know that sehwag plays like that but he was not playing that much carelessly before. He needs to get that old method if we are to win in australia.I don't want him to play defensively becoz if he does he'll get out.but I don't want to see sehwag playing across the line which is what he did in test matches and got himself out.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | December 1, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    @alexk400 - Shewag did not score a century but India still won as a TEAM. Its a team sport. Its no matter that Sachin scored 94 and not the century in the last test versus Windies. You hate to admit that INDIA as a team are brimming with talent. That is why they won the ODI world cup, came second in ODI world cup in SA in 2003, won the first T20 cup in South Africa, were the top test team until recently. All these had someone standup for INDIA whether it was Sachin, Yuvraj, Laxman, Dravid, Shewag etc. Not all these were achieved in India so don't throw up - only good at home nonsense. India's top batsman have faced Mcgrath, Lee etc. We now have a new talent ready to take over from Sachin in Rohit Sharma. There is so much talent that places are hard to set for some of the youngsters.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 1, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    @spence1324. I just wonder who r the 'big' boys in WI team!!!...lol

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | December 1, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    spence123 - but Indian batsman have scored against the likes of Steyn and morkel. Sachin got a century in SA recently, So why say India cannot face 85+ Indias only failure of grand proportions was in in seaming ENGLISH conditions. Some of the youngsters will learn from that experience and the seniors well it looks like waning reflexes and eyesight.

  • POSTED BY G.Vinoth on | December 1, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Sehwag, Raina, Rohit are really a genuine match winners. They played many crucial games and did the job for team india. It's been way long, we've seen a century from these three... can't wait to see a century this series from anyof these three... would love to watch raina hitting a century of 60 balls.. wow

  • POSTED BY G.Vinoth on | December 1, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    We cannot expect everyone to hit in all the matches. the last match is an example for that. if the top order fails, the responsibility is in the middle order & lower order batsmens hand. i beleive thats what rohit & jadeja did last match to rescue team india. I still feel team India has a powerful batting lineup. all the players will surely perform in upcoming matches...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 1, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    @netcricketfan4ever: My comments are exactly what I saw on the screen and each comment is correct. If India cannot play with passion,they may as well not have these ODI's. Every Indian fan knows(no they arenot in slumber) that beating last placed WI in Indian is not a monumental achievement.Nor winning the ODI series5-0 is fantastic either because these are expected things. But these are precursors to the Australian tour where India cannot bat in a cavaliar & reckless fashion as they are doing now. You do not play a moving ball from a fast bowler with a huge 12" gap between your bat & Pad on a defensive stroke. Common, get real and use the fundamentals.Similarly you do not swish wildly at a short wide ball going above your head. This is exactly what I tried to point out in my comments which you so generously called it "over analyzing every thing"!. If my comments can at least make the guys more responsible, it is good omen for the Aussie tour.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Well said Sehwag, you got out on a good ball, while others threw their wickets away. Real captain material boss.

  • POSTED BY netcricketfan4ever on | November 30, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    @Nampally, Dude you seem to over analyze everything. While the top order failed bid time, you can't go overboard on all dismissals. What makes you think Raina will lose his spot? Because he has failed in one ODI? You talk about 'Where has the passion gone?' This is the effect of meaningless excessive cricket played. And if anyone thinks India has anything to gain by winning the ODI series or having won the test series, you need to wake up from your slumber. There is so little time for preparation for an all important tour Down Under.

  • POSTED BY netcricketfan4ever on | November 30, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    @Spence, you are right on dude, we never see other teams crumbling for scores like 96 and 47 against quality pace bowling.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | November 30, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    It is big mistake to put a carefree big hitter Sehwag as captain. Captaincy will pressure him to play cautious batting (as he did in this match) and he WILL ALWAYS FAIL IF HE PLAYS CAUTIOUS CRICKET. Same thing happened with Srikkanth when he was made captain. Also Sehwag is not a good fielder. Captain needs to set example. Gambhir himself is a failure in bowler-friendly pitches and chickens out in the name of injury and lets Vijay play his spot. Ashwin with his calmness and brain would make a good captaincy material with age 25 but he is still new in the team. More importantly he needs to improve his fielding and running too. If I put good fielding and good 'team-man' as the criterion for captaincy only Raina would score the most. But I doubt his leadership qualities. Its bad that none of the good fielders Raina/Rohit/Kholi are permanent in the team. I would have voted for Badri if he was in the team ! Shrewd captain of SZ & TN for years, great batsman and fielder.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    As I have already pointed on several occasions, Parthiv Patel's selection is not justified. Dinesh Karthik is definitely better. If the selectors wanted to encourage young talents, Naman Ozha, Uthappa etc.. could have been considered. Further, Ashwin should concentrate more on his running between the wickets. If Raina fails in the next match, it is better to play Rahane. At least for the remaining 2 ODIs i.e. 4th and 5th, select Dinesh Karthik and Irfan Pathan (in the place of Vinay Kumar). Selectors and Captain should shed their ego first.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    My dear shewag . . . Rcently you are thinking too much of yourself and you are losing your head! Try to be responsible batsman,This is not club cricket !

  • POSTED BY HogFish on | November 30, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Sehwag is finding it difficult to explain how challenging it was for his team/batsmen to cope with the bowling on the day. He (especially MS) consistently avoid any reference to the opposition. At the conclusion of this ODI series that may change. Let's see.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Whether it is Cricket or Business Management, except for a handful of mavericks, almost all he rest follow the leader. That way, Sehwag and his "careless" style set the wrong example. It may work for him ( haven't worked even for him, for quite some time now) but not for others. Not good for a captain. Passing the buck makes his case even worse. The last time, when he started playing with more responsibility was after he got a shock of getting dropped from the team. Any such player should be given an occasional shock treatment -- however great a player he is or however senior he may be. Even after the shock, if the performance does not improve (a case in point is Bhajji's current performance in the domestic cricket), it is signal for those bright young ons to be allowed to walk in.(Let me be clear: the most enjoyable cricketer in modern cricket is Sehwag; no doubt. But, wrong captain)

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | November 30, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Sehwag is a flat track bully. Please don't tell me that he scored centuries in SA on his debut series and in Australia. I don't care what he did a decade ago. Lets talk about the two most important series India played in. We did not win in SA because this guy was throwing his wicket away every innings and he could not put bat to ball in England. Such an overrated player. India should drop him in favor of a real test matsman like Rahane who can score quickly without having to heave over midwicket or leave a gap between bat and pad big enough for a truck to drive through.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 30, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Gambhir is on decline since he received the huge IPL offer and captaincy from KKR, since then his focus has shifted, he is not the same player who won Test cricketer of the year, i think he is running behind captaincy, he has to forget IPL offer, captaincy greed and concentrate on scoring hundreds in Test and ODI cricket, and try to win back Test cricketer of the year award, otherwise at this rate forget about captaincy, he will soon find himself out of the team. currently he is very inconsistent and throws away his wicket and on the field he is not a good fielder at all, pls get serious again Gambhir, don't waste your talent

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 30, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    what is so big fuss about sehwag hitting first ball for four!! he justifies his talent in Test matches, but wasted his talent in ODIs always by throwing away his wicket after quick 20s or 30s, what a waste of talent, he should stop trying to hit every ball, but rather should respect good balls and punish bad balls, its time he gets consistent if he wants to improve his ODI average (33) and no. of ODI hundreds (12), for his talent his average should have been close to 40 and no. of hundreds atleast 20.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 30, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    India's top order batting failed in the Mumbai test and now it is still continuing in the ODI.Ashwin rescued India from Following On in the first and helped the side to Tie in the second, along with Kohli - in a rearguard action in both the innings. I ask Sehwag, where is the commitment & responsibility of the top order batsmen gone?Gambhir's batting has been casual & consistenly cavaliar. He was out swinging at a short bumper wide & high over his shoulder.No test player plays such a foolish shot.Raina may lose his spot in XI even in ODI's unless he buckles down.Kohli left a gap as big as Khyber pass between his bat & Pad - instead of zero gap.These are fundamentals taught to a 12 year old.A test player cannot err that badly.Sehwag himself has to stay there and score runs instead of bang, bang & exit.He used to score centuries & double centuries. Where is the passion gone? This irresponsible batting on the eve of the Australian tour does not instil much confidence in Indian batsmen.

  • POSTED BY bigwonder on | November 30, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    @spence1324, I tell you why non-subcontinent teams like fast bowlers, cause they don't have to play hard at the ball, just edge them to the boundary. When spinners come-on they melt like snow in a desert. No clue how to play them - e.g. England, WI, etc.

  • POSTED BY arrowbabu on | November 30, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Plz Sehwag im requesting you don't take captain risk. i want see dashing sehwag batting, but when you get the captain hat in your head you will be different that is not good to see. you are the no 1 Opener in the world. never ever got any team opener like you man. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    guys hatening to see yadav fastest ball was 149 and average 145 aaron 146 and average142 only team in worldcricket have 2 bowlers at that pace aussies got cummins also sa have morkel and steyn england finn pakistan no one ritn now ha ha ha srilanka malinga

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    INDIA batting was not looking good for first 15 overs but rohit sharma and jadeja fight for the victory and thanks for umesh yadav wining shot

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Well Sehwag needs to be much more responsible as a Captain. He, instead of throwing away his wicket, Should have anchored the innings with Rohit. Its about shouldering the responsibility. It is said that the team follows the leader's example. It was on full display as the team threw away wickets lamely like Sehwag does. Stark difference in team's approach when Dhoni is present. He encourages the players to stay on the crease and be a finisher of game. Dhoni is also aggressive, yet careful in approach. The result was an exhilirating 5-0 in favour of India against England last month. Cricinfo publish.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    It looks smart when sehwag is playing but we can't relay on him.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    @spence1324 you cannot be more wrong. India has played those types of bowlers better than other asian teams. This is a young team, Kemar Raoch bowled a poor spell but got 3 wickets (except kohli).there was no other 85+ bowler there, russell was 82-85.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | November 30, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Sehwag need to look in the mirror first. Where is the century from him? Throwing away wickets?. Sooner or later he has to be responsble and stop being thrill seeker and win games on his own or will be forgotten

  • POSTED BY Vpx23 on | November 30, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Those 11 runs might have looked nervous. but do a reply and observe closely what signal Aaron had given Yadav...Both of them gel together in some way and he was confident in his ability to score the winning runs and Yadav obliged. Kudos...it was just the nerves being in the centre which is quite obvious.. Let this pair flourish!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Well said Sehwag but this is the difference between you and Dhoni. Dhoni could have taken all the blame on himself and could have protected there players and asked for a positive performace in the next game instead of you fingering at Phartiv, Gauti and Raina. its so easy to blame instead of taking the blame and leading from the front. hope Sehwag will score in the next games and does not allow to the same situation like in 1st ODI.

  • POSTED BY FatBoysCanBat on | November 30, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Sehwag should take responsibility for his dismissal also [he played a very loose drive leaving a gaping hole between bat & pad to a ball which seamed back minimally] because as captain you need to put a higher price on your wicket so the rest have an example to follow. I know he is an aggressive batsman who plays his shots, but so was MS when he first came into the team and since he has been captain he has put a higher price on his wicket yet is still one of the most feared batsmen in the one-day game.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | November 30, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    What about his performance ,the way he threw his wicket in the second inning of MUMBAI TEST & the manner in which gifted his wickft in CUTTUK ODI made to think other way, even the die hard supportars of VEERU ,We must ironout our short comings before embarking on one the most crutial tour at DOUNUNDER.NOW OR NEVER this is the right time to achieve our goal by winning aseries in aus ,which at present doest seems impossible with this team if it plays to its true potentials .

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Dear Sehwag, All the top five failed. Don't exonerate you and Kohli. You and Kohli also failed in reading the incoming balls early enough. Between the two, I would blame you even more, because you had been playing bowlers of that or even better caliber for very many more years. So, if at all I exclude one from the top five from criticism, it will be Kohli. And not you. For the top five, I would repeat what Sunny Gavaskar said, in his Times of India column: BE CAREFREE, NOT CARELESS!

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Absoultely right words from Sehwag. Its better to admit the mistakes rather than searching for excuses and he did it perfectly. India lost too many wickets in first 10 overs which slowed down the chase. Rohit,Jadeja&Vinay chipped in with useful contributions and Varun,Umesh finished it off with good drives to boundary. Parthiv,Gambhir shoud stay for long time at crease and anchor the chase. Parthiv particularly is wasting lot of chances.

  • POSTED BY sankar8000 on | November 30, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Indian top order failed to deliver..... I expect a Strong come back from them in 2nd odi! However a scintillating victory for India in 1st odi!

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | November 30, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    I will tell you why! indians like bowlers that bowl 70 mph and below, when the big boys come on 85 mph + its like a cookie crumbling........

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | November 30, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    sehwag you must improve YOUR BATTING as well... YOU AVERAGE JUST 35...in abroad its EVEN lower...You played careless shot as well.

  • POSTED BY Ronsars on | November 30, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Finally some Indian captain pointing out each individual and praising/ridiculing their performance unlike few who just say "we played well as a unit and all it matters is that we won the match"

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | November 30, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Sehwag should start scoring on difficult pitches..........His innings in Eng/SA/Aus are some 8 years old now and he is primarily in the team based on his Sub-continental exploits....

    I wonder why these players are not selfish enough to score runs for their "personal" records....

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Sehwag made a bold statement that he will not tolerate lame excuses. Hope the team will take it in positive stride and perform well under his captaincy. Aaron has to make sure that he is not giving some free runs, Parthiv after getting numerous opportunities, he can't cash in on, time to see Wriddiman Saha in the side considering his wicket keeping skills over Patel.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 30, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    For me and Indian fans Rohit Sharma is the next Sachin of India. I hope he keeps his head and remains dedicated as Sachin did in his prime days. Many fans continue to denigrate Sachin who is no longer young but still scores in the odd game. Australia should be the last we see of Sachin. Sharma needs to stamp his position in the team versus Australia.

  • POSTED BY saqskhan on | November 30, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Inexpereinced WI team have shown a great spirit, remember their half of the team is totally new side and have hardly played 100 ODI's all together, but still they are keeping the World champs on the toes, not to forget their Trump card Chris Gayle is missing, what will happen if Chris Gayle is included in the team. Though we are missing Dhoni, Sachin and Yuvraj, this team still has some players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja who can finish the match. So no need to complain about anything, There are Players who are just sitting on the bench and awaiting for their turn, we should start thinking off this now and leave all the speculations behind.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    I really love the way Sehwag talks. Whatever is in heart he just speaks it. Best of luck for next game. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | November 30, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Over confidence is what has let us down, but good hitting by umesh yadav in the end...

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    No excuse for not scoring runs, rightly said by Sehwag. He is responsible for this batting mess by India. Sehwag is playing International Cricket for 11 years now. He has to be more careful and take initiative in guiding the young batsmen in his team. If he plays careless way, then the situation will like yesterday's. Sehwag is not a good captain. He is a good player and can contribute to his team and we can call him as a match winner but captaincy is a different cup of team and at present in the absence of Dhoni, Gambhir is the best person to lead. Sehwag has to restrict his shots and go for long innings. As long as he stay at the wicket the match will get more and more interesting. He has to curtail his shots in certain point of time and give team a perfect platform in batting as did by Rohit Sharma yesterday. The tailenders save the game for India and now Sehwag can breath easy.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    One thing which you are sure to get when Virender Sehwag speaks is rustic honesty, and that is so refreshing! I wish there were more such characters in the game.

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  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    One thing which you are sure to get when Virender Sehwag speaks is rustic honesty, and that is so refreshing! I wish there were more such characters in the game.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    No excuse for not scoring runs, rightly said by Sehwag. He is responsible for this batting mess by India. Sehwag is playing International Cricket for 11 years now. He has to be more careful and take initiative in guiding the young batsmen in his team. If he plays careless way, then the situation will like yesterday's. Sehwag is not a good captain. He is a good player and can contribute to his team and we can call him as a match winner but captaincy is a different cup of team and at present in the absence of Dhoni, Gambhir is the best person to lead. Sehwag has to restrict his shots and go for long innings. As long as he stay at the wicket the match will get more and more interesting. He has to curtail his shots in certain point of time and give team a perfect platform in batting as did by Rohit Sharma yesterday. The tailenders save the game for India and now Sehwag can breath easy.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | November 30, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Over confidence is what has let us down, but good hitting by umesh yadav in the end...

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    I really love the way Sehwag talks. Whatever is in heart he just speaks it. Best of luck for next game. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY saqskhan on | November 30, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Inexpereinced WI team have shown a great spirit, remember their half of the team is totally new side and have hardly played 100 ODI's all together, but still they are keeping the World champs on the toes, not to forget their Trump card Chris Gayle is missing, what will happen if Chris Gayle is included in the team. Though we are missing Dhoni, Sachin and Yuvraj, this team still has some players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja who can finish the match. So no need to complain about anything, There are Players who are just sitting on the bench and awaiting for their turn, we should start thinking off this now and leave all the speculations behind.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 30, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    For me and Indian fans Rohit Sharma is the next Sachin of India. I hope he keeps his head and remains dedicated as Sachin did in his prime days. Many fans continue to denigrate Sachin who is no longer young but still scores in the odd game. Australia should be the last we see of Sachin. Sharma needs to stamp his position in the team versus Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Sehwag made a bold statement that he will not tolerate lame excuses. Hope the team will take it in positive stride and perform well under his captaincy. Aaron has to make sure that he is not giving some free runs, Parthiv after getting numerous opportunities, he can't cash in on, time to see Wriddiman Saha in the side considering his wicket keeping skills over Patel.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | November 30, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Sehwag should start scoring on difficult pitches..........His innings in Eng/SA/Aus are some 8 years old now and he is primarily in the team based on his Sub-continental exploits....

    I wonder why these players are not selfish enough to score runs for their "personal" records....

  • POSTED BY Ronsars on | November 30, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Finally some Indian captain pointing out each individual and praising/ridiculing their performance unlike few who just say "we played well as a unit and all it matters is that we won the match"

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | November 30, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    sehwag you must improve YOUR BATTING as well... YOU AVERAGE JUST 35...in abroad its EVEN lower...You played careless shot as well.