India news October 15, 2010

'We can be top for long time' - Harbhajan

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Harbhajan Singh has said that India have the potential to be No. 1 in Tests for an extended spell. India have been top of the table for 11 months, and have stretched their lead to 11 points over South Africa after the 2-0 series victory over Australia. Of their previous 10 Test series India have lost only one - in 2008, when Ajantha Mendis inspired Sri Lanka to a 2-1 win.

"We have the talent to be at the top of the table for a long time," Harbhajan told ESPNStar.com. "We have proven that in the last nine months and we were at the top because we have won lots of games both in India and abroad. If we can achieve that then why can't we be there for a long time?"

The Australia series was one in which Harbhajan managed to hit form after some lacklustre performances against Sri Lanka in July, where he wasn't fully fit. "It has been a very satisfying series. We won 2-0. I took 11 wickets and am quite satisfied with my own performance, but it could have been better."

One of the disappointments in the series for Harbhajan was his batting in the tight Mohali Test, where he lasted only three deliveries in two innings. "I was really upset. I have been working hard on my batting," he said. "In the second innings, I got out to the second ball. I was really angry with myself and that was the time we needed a partnership to win that game. I didn't remove my pads and was sitting with my pads on until India got the victory."

Harbhajan, who struggled with swine flu in Sri Lanka, said he had trouble with his shin in the lead-up to the Australia series. "I developed pain in my shin [while preparing for the Australia series]," he said. "My physio told me, 'if you keep on playing with it, you might develop stress fracture'. Shin is where you can't even have injection, but still I had to play, so I went ahead with pain killers and am really happy that I survived the two games."

India's next Test assignment is a home series against New Zealand after which lies a tough tour of South Africa, a country where they are yet to win a series. "South Africa in South Africa will be very challenging. The wickets and conditions are different there," Harbhajan said. "The boys are pretty confident; we have got the batting line-up to perform there, and a bowling outfit to take wickets there. We just need to have faith in our ability. If we can go on to win the series in South Africa, that will be a big achievement."

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  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 22, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    @navs - Which part of "Rankings is relative" that you do not understand? SA lost a home series more recently than India lost one and point system are set up that way right now and India is playing more matches. It is not always that way (India playing more matches) and cyclic.Otherwise, SA is pretty good. Since you are already assuming/speculating that SL is gong to those countries (SA/Eng) and improve their record, so also is India who is touring SA this year and England next year.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 22, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Thanks, Kartik. You got what I said. It is funny navs84mom says SL #3 is not weak, but India's #1 is not justified because India is weak. Good going Navs84Mom.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 22, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    @karthickfromindia "so, why dont you reach no1 by beating the same teams?" because karthick unlike BCCI SLC is not a financial powerhouse (as you pointed out) we do not get to tour any country we wish. Our next test series is against WI @ home and then after the WC we'll be touring SA, AUS & ENG after a very very long time. "long as we have enough average bowlers who can take 20 wkts to win a match" We saw how your average bowlers managed to bowl out SL in only 1 match out of the 3 played."did u check india's test record since 2001" Yeah, 0 test series wins in SL, AUS, SA while lots of wins in India. funny SL is the same - 0 wins in IND, AUS, SA while a lot of wins in SL. So maybe India is not better than SL after all. '3 is weak because in maths 3 comes after 1" Actually people with common sense consider 3rd place to be a good position. Plus India is yet to prove why they're no.1

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 22, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    3 is weak because in maths 3 comes after 1...still, you cant say anything abt NOT EVEN ONE SINGLE IN INDIA...is that not a shame to SL cricket?....In last SL tour to India- we won by an Innings twice....Last Ind tour to SL we levelled 1-1....who is the boss? also, you said...rem if u have memory, Ind reached no 1 by beating Bangla and NZ....so, why dont you reach no1 by beating the same teams? we dont need all rounders/lightening fast bowlers as long as we have enough average bowlers who can take 20 wkts to win a match..our bowlers have been doing a decent job....did u check india's test record since 2001....compare with all other test playing nations...and you will understand why ind is no1. you talk of only india's losses in few matches...open your eyes and find out how many wins we have. end of talks. bye.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 22, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    continued...@Snowsnake: "Let's give nav84smom #1 rank for trying to defend SL for its weak ranking" Okay so YOU agree with ICC test rankings and according to ICC test rankings SL is 3rd. How in the world can that be a weak ranking? In maths 3 comes before 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10...Okay? It's not that hard to understand that or is it?

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 22, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    What? Even Snowsnake cannot comprehend what I wrote. I said SA is the no.1 team not SL. SA- South Africa get it? "Keep the pressure on the Indian players to perform" yeah, how is burning effigies gonna help them? Agreed Mathews may not be a worldclass allrounder YET, but he is what you call a genuine allrounder (can bat & bowl equally well - Just ask Athul someone who is an Indian btw) Perera is another - you Indians know it right? As for test performance, what about Sakib? He is the best allrounder in world cricket right now? IND lacks a GENUINE allrounder and while Irfan was the closest into being an allrounder. Yuvraj is a batsman who bowls part time. As for bringing up ODI and T20, it is you people who bought out those performances 1st so I had to point out India's shaky record. Sorry but in tests SA>SL. But in the 2011 world cup, we may very well see an India-SL final since the home conditions support us and PAK is in turmoil (hope they resolve it soon) Just watch cricket not BCCI

  • POSTED BY Amol_Gh on | October 22, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    As an Indian, I would say that I agree about one point with this particular frenetic guy that SA is better than IND (at least I personally feel that way). But Mr. Frenetic should understand that his comments would be valid ***ONLY*** after SRL has the b**ls to win EVEN ONE TEST here in IND where they play almost every year. I'm not even talking about their pathetic record in SA-AUS where SRL get a raw deal both from the ICC FTP and those two teams. T20s don't count for me. And finally, there is a difference between a genuine All-Rounder like Kallis, Watson, Cairns and simply a ***Utility*** player like those so-called three(?) from SRL team. The term 'All-Rounder' is not a term to be tossed around casually in comments. Not all teams have them. Even the last time IND had a genuine All-Rounder was Kapil Dev and that was decades ago. So SRL having three theoretically means that they should win all games from now on. Even Without Murali.

  • POSTED BY ikey on | October 22, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    @navs : I agree some of the comments made here are overboard but these are bound to happen in an heated argument like this dont take it to heart man..see its simple..u love ur team for what it is and we do the same..no one wants to hear someone belittling or mocking their teams..rank 1 is up for grabs always it is not freezed r something if any team plays better than India they r bound to get it.so let peace prevail here and enjoy cricket :)

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 21, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Let's give nav84smom #1 rank for trying to defend SL for its weak ranking. It appears nothing seems to matter. According to him SL is #1-- the best team that has every played cricket in any format of the game :). As for Indian fans, whatever you are doing appears to be working. Keep the pressure on the Indian players to perform. Focus more on Dhoni because he is not delivering. His problems are hidden due to India's number 1 ranking in tests. I would rather have Dravid come back in the world cup team as a part time wicket keeper than have Dhoni play.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 21, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    PERFORMANCES IN T20s and ODIs DONT COUNT FOR TEST RANKINGS...hope you are enough educated to understand wht I mean

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 22, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    @navs - Which part of "Rankings is relative" that you do not understand? SA lost a home series more recently than India lost one and point system are set up that way right now and India is playing more matches. It is not always that way (India playing more matches) and cyclic.Otherwise, SA is pretty good. Since you are already assuming/speculating that SL is gong to those countries (SA/Eng) and improve their record, so also is India who is touring SA this year and England next year.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 22, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Thanks, Kartik. You got what I said. It is funny navs84mom says SL #3 is not weak, but India's #1 is not justified because India is weak. Good going Navs84Mom.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 22, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    @karthickfromindia "so, why dont you reach no1 by beating the same teams?" because karthick unlike BCCI SLC is not a financial powerhouse (as you pointed out) we do not get to tour any country we wish. Our next test series is against WI @ home and then after the WC we'll be touring SA, AUS & ENG after a very very long time. "long as we have enough average bowlers who can take 20 wkts to win a match" We saw how your average bowlers managed to bowl out SL in only 1 match out of the 3 played."did u check india's test record since 2001" Yeah, 0 test series wins in SL, AUS, SA while lots of wins in India. funny SL is the same - 0 wins in IND, AUS, SA while a lot of wins in SL. So maybe India is not better than SL after all. '3 is weak because in maths 3 comes after 1" Actually people with common sense consider 3rd place to be a good position. Plus India is yet to prove why they're no.1

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 22, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    3 is weak because in maths 3 comes after 1...still, you cant say anything abt NOT EVEN ONE SINGLE IN INDIA...is that not a shame to SL cricket?....In last SL tour to India- we won by an Innings twice....Last Ind tour to SL we levelled 1-1....who is the boss? also, you said...rem if u have memory, Ind reached no 1 by beating Bangla and NZ....so, why dont you reach no1 by beating the same teams? we dont need all rounders/lightening fast bowlers as long as we have enough average bowlers who can take 20 wkts to win a match..our bowlers have been doing a decent job....did u check india's test record since 2001....compare with all other test playing nations...and you will understand why ind is no1. you talk of only india's losses in few matches...open your eyes and find out how many wins we have. end of talks. bye.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 22, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    continued...@Snowsnake: "Let's give nav84smom #1 rank for trying to defend SL for its weak ranking" Okay so YOU agree with ICC test rankings and according to ICC test rankings SL is 3rd. How in the world can that be a weak ranking? In maths 3 comes before 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10...Okay? It's not that hard to understand that or is it?

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 22, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    What? Even Snowsnake cannot comprehend what I wrote. I said SA is the no.1 team not SL. SA- South Africa get it? "Keep the pressure on the Indian players to perform" yeah, how is burning effigies gonna help them? Agreed Mathews may not be a worldclass allrounder YET, but he is what you call a genuine allrounder (can bat & bowl equally well - Just ask Athul someone who is an Indian btw) Perera is another - you Indians know it right? As for test performance, what about Sakib? He is the best allrounder in world cricket right now? IND lacks a GENUINE allrounder and while Irfan was the closest into being an allrounder. Yuvraj is a batsman who bowls part time. As for bringing up ODI and T20, it is you people who bought out those performances 1st so I had to point out India's shaky record. Sorry but in tests SA>SL. But in the 2011 world cup, we may very well see an India-SL final since the home conditions support us and PAK is in turmoil (hope they resolve it soon) Just watch cricket not BCCI

  • POSTED BY Amol_Gh on | October 22, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    As an Indian, I would say that I agree about one point with this particular frenetic guy that SA is better than IND (at least I personally feel that way). But Mr. Frenetic should understand that his comments would be valid ***ONLY*** after SRL has the b**ls to win EVEN ONE TEST here in IND where they play almost every year. I'm not even talking about their pathetic record in SA-AUS where SRL get a raw deal both from the ICC FTP and those two teams. T20s don't count for me. And finally, there is a difference between a genuine All-Rounder like Kallis, Watson, Cairns and simply a ***Utility*** player like those so-called three(?) from SRL team. The term 'All-Rounder' is not a term to be tossed around casually in comments. Not all teams have them. Even the last time IND had a genuine All-Rounder was Kapil Dev and that was decades ago. So SRL having three theoretically means that they should win all games from now on. Even Without Murali.

  • POSTED BY ikey on | October 22, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    @navs : I agree some of the comments made here are overboard but these are bound to happen in an heated argument like this dont take it to heart man..see its simple..u love ur team for what it is and we do the same..no one wants to hear someone belittling or mocking their teams..rank 1 is up for grabs always it is not freezed r something if any team plays better than India they r bound to get it.so let peace prevail here and enjoy cricket :)

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 21, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Let's give nav84smom #1 rank for trying to defend SL for its weak ranking. It appears nothing seems to matter. According to him SL is #1-- the best team that has every played cricket in any format of the game :). As for Indian fans, whatever you are doing appears to be working. Keep the pressure on the Indian players to perform. Focus more on Dhoni because he is not delivering. His problems are hidden due to India's number 1 ranking in tests. I would rather have Dravid come back in the world cup team as a part time wicket keeper than have Dhoni play.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 21, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    PERFORMANCES IN T20s and ODIs DONT COUNT FOR TEST RANKINGS...hope you are enough educated to understand wht I mean

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 21, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    good, thanks for agrreening that cricket is a team game and u dont have the team to beat us in india...IN ONE SINGLE MATCH

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 21, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    @nav84 - Angelo Mathews is an all-rounder by name. He is not world-class and has not played enough to warrant that mantle. I have already mentioned that you'd be bringing Matthews who is not anywhere close to those guys. Afridi, only of late, and he has hardly played Test Cricket. I am considering genuinine All-Rounders who play Test Cricket consistently. Only those are the guys..all others are just wannabes at this point. Matthews may become great but not yet. Irfan Pathan was getting there but then he burnt out..so at this point he is not. Same with Mathews...let him have staying power and then we can talk. You say SA is number 1 but they lost to Aus at their own backyard couple of years ago & tied Eng but India did not lose any home series. So it evens out...see.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 21, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Cont...@karthikfromchennai: "if malinga is > all our bowlers then why he could never help your team to win ONE SINGLE MATCH here.".Oh you poor poor boy. Cricket is a team game which is played by 11 players in each team. Malinga alone cannot win a match for SL. India is a s-t-r-o-n-g team @ home. That is why SA & AUS couldn't beat them @ home. Malinga didn't play in the tour in I-N-D-I-A. Okay? Need more clarifications? When I said malinga>all bowlers I m-e-a-n-t malinga>bhajji, Malinga>Zak, Malinga>Sharma, Malinga> Praveenkumar, Malinga> erm... whoever the 5th bowler is. I hope you get it. Good luck

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 21, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: "did you figure out how much money your poor slc takes from bcci to develop cricket there? pls get the details...i am waiting" Well you clearly can't comprehend what I wrote so you keep on asking the same question again and again. Dude, poor SLC takes money from BCCI but poor SLC's team is more productive in multinational tournaments than BCCI's team. For me Talent & results > Money. I hope you get it now. @ikey: Agreed! but what do you say about comments like "we are the richest board. we rule cricket"? Then again I've long established that Karthickfromindia knows only about IPL & BCCI but not cricket so I must enlighten the poor fellow since in his own fantasy world, he still thinks this is 1990. I know that most of the Indians wanted Murali to get 800 wickets and TBH we were overjoyed when SRT got 200 in the ODIs. Sehwag overreacted and Sanga is someone who enjoys a verbal jab. Sadly Karthickfromindia doesn't get it.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 21, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    could someone tell this guy that a loss in T20 or ODI will not affect TEST rankings? he claims to come from a country where the literacy level is more.....btw do u know the no of IT companies in India is more than your population.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 21, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    when you are worried abt india's no 1 ranking in TESTs you should talk abt India's performance in TESTs...not few matches in T20 and few matches in ODIs where we lost..In tests we truly smash you whenever you tour here...even last time we thrashed you by an inings twice. But when we toured your country last time we levelled 1-1. So, I would like comments from you on TEST performances because PERFORMANCES IN T20s and ODIs DONT COUNT FOR TEST RANKINGS...hope you are enough educated to understand wht I mean. Also, accept the fact that your country NEVER WON ONE SINGLE MATCH here in India....India dint reach no1 just by beating Bangladesh and NZ .....in that case any other team will tour Bangladesh and NZ..win series and become no 1. if you look at India's performances since the epic series with Aus in 2001...you will understand why we are no1.

  • POSTED BY mofs on | October 21, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    i dont understand y u ppl fighting each other....india has becum no.1 team and if they are capable to remain at the top...no one should raise question...and if sril lanka desrves a better position....let them perform and reach there....no point in discussing which is better.....right now India is a better team than other's....

  • POSTED BY ikey on | October 21, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    okay u opine SA deserves it may be..but the points system in ICC rankings thought otherwise(agree that it needs to be changed and fair scheduling needs to be done) so wat shall one do about it? you should rant all this in the site of ICC..n no one here is showing we r the GODS attitude we respect other teams as long as they r their fans dont indulge in belittling us..we acknowledege there are great players in other teams too..murali, ponting, kallis, steyn etc ..we badly wanted murali to reach 800 if u believe it r not..dude we were bored of matches with SL but never hated u ppl but some unwanted remarks from sanga n mahela n ofcourse sehwag's overaction started everything..

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 21, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    if the great muralidharan was an indian, no one would have dared to call him a chucker because of how hard it would be to face bcci....not the same case with slc...its poor, inefficient and spineless....

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 21, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    ah....if malinga is > all our bowlers then why he could never help your team to win ONE SINGLE MATCH here...but our bowlers took 20 of your wickets in the last match we played in SL to level the series. also, did you figure out how much money your poor slc takes from bcci to develop cricket there? pls get the details...i am waiting.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 21, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: Oh btw did you know the literacy level in SL is much higher than in India.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 21, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: I find that you've got only one point - SLC is poor and needs BCCI's help. That's it. Well doesn't it hurt to watch a team from a small country which is backed by a poor board beating a country backed by the richest board. "they dont take pride in playing for the country" - They were contractually obliged to play the IPL and SLC opted to send the players to IPL because they didn't want the ties with BCCI to be severed and BCCI inturn promised a test series. (SLC has no backbone I'll be the first to admit that) SL players are not the only people that were 'bought' in the IPL auction, but also Indian, Aussie, SA players. However, no one in SL has ever got caught matchfixing unlike India's Azuruddhin, Jadeja etc. That shows who plays for the country and who plays for money. Owned!!

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 21, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Continued... In case you haven't figured it out yet, the reason TV sponsors love IND is because IND is a country that has a large market. They don't care whether a team is interesting or not, all they want is money and publicity. Since IND is a large cricket playing nation, Indian matches generate viewers (More than billion). @ikey: I actually think SA is better. they managed to draw a series in IND who is a tough side to beat @ home. IND en route to number 1 spot only won against BAN & NZ away. They played SL twice lost 1 series and drew the other. So how can you call a country like that the true number 1. I'm not anyway saying India is bad. We would love to have people like SRT, Rahul, MSD & I actually felt sorry for MSD when he batted alone in the ODI series final trying to save the match, but what I really don't like is your "we are the gods, others are scum" attitude. There are players in other countries who are 10x much better than SOME in IND. eg - Malinga> all indian bowlers.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 21, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    not even one single win in india....omg...such a poor record all these years of playing test cricket. did u know your country cancelled england tour to play in ipl? money man money....your players were bought ...they dont take pride in playing for the country..but for ipl :-)

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 21, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    well, if india beat sl on flat pitche by innings margin..do u agree that you have the batting that cant do anything on flat pitches? btw...your boasting of 900+ was scored on flat bouncy pitch..right?

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 21, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    oh...btw.. did you find out how much money bcci gives to help cricket in your poor country?

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 21, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Are you people illiterate? I never said SL is number 1. We've got a long way to go to be no.1. Why? We've never beaten AUS, SA, IND away. India doesn't deserve to be number 1 either. IMO it's SA who richly deserve it (Check by earlier posts) As for hatrick's inane comment saying only Kallis, Watson, Dan and Paul are allrounders then what do you call Afridi, Angelo Mathews etc? It is an Indian Athul Biswas or someone who said that it is a shame that SL has 3 GENUINE allrounders while India has none (oops forgot about jadeja the great) As for taking Zak over Malinga, that alone shows how blind you are. Malinga 4/4 balls, Yorkers at will, Slinging action plus SRT who unlike you give credit where it's due (one reason he is loved) said Malinga is the strike bowler of MI. Isn't Zak a MI as well?

  • POSTED BY ikey on | October 21, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    @navs : Dude why r u talking abt India winning series in AUS/SA when SL havent even won A SINGLE TEST MATCH (I repeat in bold 1 SINGLE TEST MATCH) in either of them along with INDIA. Now u know wats pathetic a fan dreaming of his country being no.ONE while his team hasnt done anything deserving. dont come back saying India too dont deserve as it dint win seris abroad again..remember rankings is relative ONE means it is better than the remaning teams..india played consistently well over the last few months..think a bit logically ur whole whining is abt INDIA is no.1 in rankings right? do u think there is any other team that played so consistently as india recently..

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 21, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    @nav84smom. In my opinion, there are only 4-5 genunine All Rounders in Cricket, who have established themselves - Kallis, Watson, Collingwood & finally Vettori may be who play in both forms of Cricket. All others are just wannabes including SL all rounders which you proclaim who have yet to play a lot of matches and have staying power. I agree there is no Indian all-rounder even close to those guys I mentioned but so are SL. Please dont bring Matthews or any body else.Jayasuriya is fine but is almost semi-retired. Regarding quick bowlers, I would take Zahir over Malinga any day for a variety of reasons not because Zahir is quicker or anything. Anyway that is my personal opinion and yeah it would be nice for India to have a genuinine fast bowler who strikes fear but hey we cannot have every thing.

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 21, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    @grvdubey...thats what nav84mom is doing. Since he/she cannot tout SL's records in away tests...he is resorting to T20 Wcup records as well. Well, SL got a raw deal with scheduling, I agree with that but whose fault is that? when SL board shoudl be complaining to Aus/SA boards instead of blaming India. @nav84mom Pray tell me why are those those boards not inviting them. I am yet to hear that great reasoning from you. Well, we already covered that reason but you still are not willing to accept the facts. SL cricket does not make money to their audience and for their TV rights...Get that into your head. If SL has been attractive to those boards, they will invite them & schedule around all this FTP programs and still play them. As with 900+ runs, when I bring cricket related stuff..you go off & spouting the fans. Stick to cricket and leave the fan related stuff alone. There are bad fans everywhere and it is an objective opinion.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | October 21, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    "only away victories they got were against Bangladesh & NZ while they failed to win a home series against SA" @nav84smom Dont just criticize for the sake of it mate, i am surprised this comment is coming from a Srilankan which is most friendly cricketing nation of India along with SA and a team which is another superpower in Asian cricket along with India.Bangladesh and NZ are not the only away victories of India but they did beat WI in WI and also England in England which very less teams were able to do , also their performance is Australia has been very good and after winning the Perth test Aussie are not able to beat India in tests from last three years now .Disappointed to see Indian and Srilankan cricket fans fighting over who has beaten whom in ODI and t20s on a topic based on test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 21, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Oh ya i forgot to mention -"900+ is the pathetic display of gamesmanship that I had seen in last decade. I bet Oz would not do that for 3 days non-stop, even if it was a such a flat track" It wasn't a pathetic display of gamesmanship but a display of how pathetic the Indian team is. Question - What is more pathetic than the Indian Cricket team? Answer - The two faced fans who call their cricketers actors when they lose and call them gods when they win. I answered your questions in the post before this. Now answer mine please.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 21, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    Hahaha you are bragging about India winning against SL in dead INDIAN pitches with no UDRS, goofy umpires. Everyone knows India is a tough team to beat IN India. As for SL unable to win in AUS & SA, well we've got a raw deal in FTP and we tour those 2 countries like once in 5 years. India on the otherhand tours 2x as much as SL does and has still failed to win a Test series there. As for winning matches in ENG, NZ, PAK, WI etc. We've already done that. You are not to blame my friends because the Indian media overhypes your team and then show tv programs which show only the matches India win. So you are brainwashed and thus think India is the best. Just because you have the richest board, doesn't mean you rule cricket. That is a fact. Yes, tour organizers love to see India in the finals of MN tournaments but then again India fails to do that time and time again. Now answer this question, how come a country with billion+ people unable to find a genuine allrounder and a quickie?

  • POSTED BY shovwar on | October 21, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    Here is a quick look at the Rankings. IN TEST: 1. Ind Ratings 130 in 34 matches. 2. SA Ratings 119 in 29 matches. 3. SL Ratings 115 in 23 matches. AND IN ODI: 1. Aus ratings 130 in 33 matches. 2. Ind Ratings 117 in 34 matches. 3. SA Ratings 116 in Only 19 matches. Now all u guys out there can argue as much as you can over India and Australia and surprisingly Pakistan..By the end of Jan after the India tour of SA my ranking predictions are pretty much like this : IN ODI: 1. SA Ratings 125 in 30 matches. 2. Aus Ratings 124 in 44 matches. 3. Ind Ratings 119 in 45 matches. And in TEST: 1. SA Ratings 127 in 36 matches. 2. Ind Ratings 126 in 42 matches. 3. SL Ratings 117 in 27 matches. 4. Aus 112 in 43 matches. 5. Eng 109 in 45 matches... You can question my predictions but this is my prediction from the Predictor i used in Cricketratings.com...I used my common sense match by match in the upcoming months taking the venues (pitches) and oppositions in consideration. Remember this prediction!!

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 20, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    There is one difference between Indian +Pakistani fans and fans that support other countries. Indian+Pakistani fans put pressure on their team players so that they raise their teams' performance. Fans from other countries try to find excuses as to why their teams are not at the top. Indian +Pakistani fans never complain if their teams are not at the top, they put pressure on their players to perform, whereas players from other countries get away with poor performance. Most people overlook the inequity in test cricket. England and Australia monopolized test schedule and played the most matches--until India came along. Now, India becomes the bad team. The fact is if your team does not play enough tests, mathematically it cannot be number 1 for extended period of time because you have to play many tests to obtain and retain #1 ranking. Only four teams can sustain number 1, India, England, Australia and SA are those four. SL fans should fight for equity and not India's ranking.

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 20, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Poor Nav? he still yet to answer back...how many tests have SL won in SA/Ind/Aus combined? First, you win a test in those places and then brag about SL owning all the teams including India. Last 10 years, India has won in Aus-check, in SA- Check, in NZ-check, in Pak-Check, in SL- Check, in WI-check and in Eng-Check. Can we do that for SL, shall we? Or do you care to respond about this stat? You are cherry picking matches lost to Zim where there was hardly a Indian First XI team. I will say this and I will say this again SL are pathetic road teams in Tests and there are stats to back it up in spite of good ODI success. I will grant you this, India was like SL now in mid-,70s,80s sort of but at least they won at road once in a while against the best team which was WI. See Port of Spain-76 when they chased 400 in 4th innings. 900+ is the pathetic display of gamesmanship that I had seen in last decade. I bet Oz would not do that for 3 days non-stop, even if it was a such a flat track.

  • POSTED BY MasterClass on | October 20, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    @nav84smom - This is what I said: "Indian batters can play in all conditions (Sachin , Sehwag, Dravid, VVS + Pujara, Vijay, Gambhir, Raina) . The first group has proven it beyond any question. The second group will prove it this time". I clearly said they will prove it this time. So, apparently you have problems understanding English as well. Not to worry tho, as I'm sure you can continue to delude yourself by blaming India for that as well.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 20, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    BCCI should stop funding money to SLC and that will shut immatured fans like u...cricket can survive without SL...but there is no cricket without Indian super power....we are the rulers of the game...you are one of the kids who bark in jealous....

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 20, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    not even one single win in india.....hows that? so, its better they tour to india to play in domestice matches which they used to do until they got test status....

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 20, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    SL lost the last two matches in India by an innings...now you know which planet i live in. and Ind levelled 1-1 in SL when we toured there..have you ever won a single test match in india???????

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 20, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    need to know how much bcci helps to the survival of cricket in sl...check pls ...lol

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 20, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    karthikfromchennai: SL Lost the last 2 test matches by an innings? What world do you live in? Mars? Yea I remember 300+ partnership between Saurav and Dravid but I also remember SL scoring 900+ runs vs. India and India being all out for 54 in another.Your claim that SL is par with Zimbabwe shows your lack of cricketing knowledge. I suggest you watch more cricket and then talk. Please don't make up points just to argue. Is India a world class team? Yes. Does India have the best batting line up in TESTS? Yes. Does India deserve to be No.1? In my opinion they need to prove themselves more because the only away victories they got were against Bangladesh & NZ while they failed to win a home series against SA. If SL is par with BAN & ZIM then I'll take that as a compliment because Bangladesh kicked India out of the WC and last time India played ZIM they lost twice in a row.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 20, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    when you talk of SL's win over Ind in 1996 WC, why dont you say anything abt the 1999 and 2003 WCs...dont you remember the 300+ partnership between Saurav and Dravid...at Taunton? to me test cricket is real....SL never won a test match in india...and lost the last two matches by an innings...its time for SL to improve their test record. I agree ICC ranking is a joke...how come a third class team like SL can be at no 3...they are on par with Zim or Bangladesh in test rankings...even lower than Pak or WI...

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 20, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    @ikey:erm when was the last time India won a test series in AUS & SA? When was the last time India won a test series in SL after SL won the world cup and became a world class team? (After 1996) What? Oh right never. You want recent results? Okay. Last time India-SL faced off in a test series it ended in a draw. Last time India-SL played an ODI series SL managed to beat India in the finals. Last time India-SL played a t20 match, SL sent India home packing in the WC,. There you go, those are the recent results. 2-0 SL. Happy? Fact of the day - Last time SL and India played a ODI series in a neutral venue, SL & ZIM sent India home packing. Now go ahead recollect memories from Indian classics, Hitz or whatever program they show in India. Like I said it is actually pathetic to get owned by a cricket team which represents a country that is 10x smaller than yours. India - more than billion people but no genuine quickie and no genuine allrounder. SL - 10x smaller - Malinga & 3 All rounders

  • POSTED BY ikey on | October 20, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    @navs : dude isnt it embarrassing to u talking all this blabber while u havent won a single test match in AUS/SA/IND..in INDIA u have been handed two innings defeats back to back..i wonder how distorted ur memory is while u remember sharjah n worldcups u dont seem to recollect things jus happened 11 months ago.. so pls talk after ur team does something (im not at all belittling SL team here) but only ppl like u who r making mess

  • POSTED BY ikey on | October 20, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    @navs84 : snowsnake is right in ur case abt selective memory..when SA toured in India yes u r right India was slaughtered in fst match but India handed it back ro SA with innings victory dont u seem to recollect that? and when u talk abt WC 2007 why dint you go back n check WC 2003 where u r handed 183 runs margin defeat at the hands of ur friendly(only when it comes to asking financial help from BCCI) neighbour..n dont again start Sharjah back in 2000 u have talked about it tens of times!!

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | October 20, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Well India is no 1 in rankings but i would give slight edge to SA as they have better bowling attack and better fielding unit also strong batting just like India .Apart from them i think Australia and England are well matched to India with India having slight edge due to their batting.SL may be good at home also in limited overs cricket but outside Srilanka they are not much of a threat in test cricket for SA ,Eng,India and Aus at least, and after retirement of Murali they are likely to struggle in foreign tours more,having said that 5 teams that is SA , India, Aus, Eng and SL(only in Tests played at SL) play good test cricket and will be strong contenders fr upcoming test league . For India even their critics cant deny that they have played some very good test cricket even on tough tours like beating England in England ,WI in WI ,NZ in NZ also memorable victory at Perth.India will be touring SA , Eng and Aus in coming 2 yrs and they have the chance to prove that they are best team.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 19, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    @hatrick26: test cricket eh? Last time we played SA @ home not only we won the series but Mahela & Sanga broke the record for the highest test partnership ever. What happened when SA played in India? I remember India getting slaughtered and Sehwag kicking the ball in hope to save the match. Now to ODIs - last world cup we got to the finals and lost to the best team in the tournament (AUS) that's also thanks to Gilly and his squash ball antics. What happened to India? 1st match lost to BAN & then got kicked out of the WC by non-other than your friendly neighbor SL. Then you started blaming Chappell and burn effigies. (What happened to Dhoni's house?) But don't worry India, I actually think you'll have a good chance in WC'11 since it will be played in the subcontinant. I don't think you won't get kicked out in the 1st round. But last time the WC was played here, Kambli went home crying in the semifinal and you people burnt pavilions while we won the WC. Ah! the sweet memories of the WC.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 19, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    @Bridgit01: You generally seem like a smart person, but your claims are slightly misplaced. First, India has maintained its #1 position for 8 months and counting, so that is not a small time to call then lucky. Second, India's poor record abroad can only be stated in terms of series wins and not match wins. India has won in tests in Australia. So, India plays well abroad. What you say about India can be said about Australia as well because Aus. record in India is not that great. As far as blaming poor Indian bowling is concerned, you cannot have it both ways. That is, you cannot blame flat Indian pitches and poor fast bowling. Fast bowling looks poor on flat pitches. Just look at performance of Australian fast bowlers vs. Indian fast bowlers on Indian pitches in last two tests that Ind.-Aus. played. Indian fast bowlers would not look bad for they did fairly well compared to Aus. fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 19, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    navs84mom: You are yet to answer my questions. When is SL playing Aus. in a test before WC as you had claimed? Considering a period of one or more years, can you prove me wrong that for every 3 SL tests India plays 5 or more? The CWG example was given to show that your claims of SL being short on resources and high on performance are short sighted and are supported by selective memory. I am an American and only watch India and Australia. The only other player I watch is Dale Steyn, and a few Pakistani bowlers. To claim that people watch their home teams does not make any sense to me. Finally, India are ranked #1 for about 10 months, so they deserve all the bragging rights. As I said before, mathematically, SL can never be #1 for 8 months unless there is parity in the number of tests all countries play over a fixed time span. You just don't have numbers to back up your claims. If you do, please provide them. Otherwise, everything you have said can be discredited.

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 19, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    @nav84smom..Oh you meant WC T20..I really dont pay that much attention to it since it is kind of un-predictable. Interesting that you only point out India's T20 failures on matches that are suitable to you. I remember that India winning at least one of them but I dont see SL on that winner's list yet. Did they come to the finals & choke? Sorry about that. This is what is known as selective memory. Cherry pick matches that India lost in T20 which I dont put actual value to since there are no rankings/no measure of how good a team is. Even India won all T20 WC or SL won it all T20 WC, I really would not bother about it...it does not mean anything to me. For me Test Cricket is real cricket and to an extent ODIs are meaningful. Again slinging arbitrary opinions about which fans watch whom without any factual backup.

  • POSTED BY srinijo on | October 19, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Harbhajan, Pl. take a look at your own performance before making comments on any player. What is your contribution to India's victories since Kumble's retirement as a lead Indian Spinner?

  • POSTED BY ikey on | October 19, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    @navs81mom: dude pls talk after SL wins one testmatch in any of the tours next year

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 19, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    @SnowSnake: Haha Are you out of points to talk about CWG now? FYI This is a cricket forum. Actually it is you Indians who mock other teams and act as if you are the superior team while others are nothing (Check the comments and see who started it) Then see who's got a bad attitude. Like I said no non-Indian fan would bother to watch an Indian cricket match. The only reason ICC love India is because of your population and the revenue you generate. When we win - we celebrate. When we lose - We get dejected thats it. When you win - You get snotty and look down upon others. When you lose - Well I think you know very well what you do when you lose. (Dhoni's house hint hint) @hatrick26: Didn't you watch the 2008 T20 WC? No? Must be not because it was embarrassing for Indian fans. Even I was embarrassed to see a fellow Asian team struggling against the bouncer against WI & ENG.

  • POSTED BY bridget01 on | October 19, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    India is lucky to be No1. Playing mostly in the sub continent against teamsm that are either weak or in a rebuilding phase. They have the batting firepower to do it, but their fast bowling dept is only mediocre at best. To really be recognised as a true No1, India has to hold the spot for an extended period and have success around the world. With the current crop of Indain fast bowlers, this is never going to happen. They will get taken apart time and time again outside the sub continent where their lack of versatility, focus and skill will be exposed. And wait until, Laxman, sachin and Dravid go.......India, enjoy it while you have it cause it won't last long...than you can get back to what you like doing best....verbally bashing your players and whinging about your teams poor performance

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 19, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    @nav84 Let them win some test matches, not series abroad and then talk.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 19, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    @valavan CB series in 2008 was won by an asian team India. An asian team does not win often in a triangular series in Aus it has been won only by India and PAk from asia so it had become big news.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 19, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    nav84smom: When you reduce number of overs the randomness of results increase. That is why T20 results are unpredictable. I think you are overstating SL acheivements. If SL is so good in making use of limited resouces, look at how SL performs in sports in general as opposed to only one game or selected games. Just look at medal tally of recent CWG2010 games and you will see where SL stands. I admire SL and I don't want to belittle anyone, and only hope for all cricketing nations to perform well. However, I just don't get SL fans that they appear to belittle Indian team acheivements every chance they get. I am yet to see a SL fan that says anything good for Indian team. The funny thing is I am not even Indian, yet I feel SL fans have a very bad attitude in general.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 19, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Guys, look at it from business point of view. India-Australia; England Australia; India- England; India-SA; SA-Australia are the only games that will generate revenue. There may be some interest in India-Pakistan, but who really wants to see any other combinations? India has the best batting. Australia, SA have the best bowling with some really great batting talent. England has great pitches and has a cricket legacy, so it becomes important. All other teams are just fillers waiting for main revenue generating countries to throw them a bone. It sounds harsh, but if you look at ICC ranking for a fixed period of time, you will see who plays more tests and who are the fillers. It is just as simple. I just don't see how any other country than India, Australia, England or SA can ever become #1? It will never happen-- mathematics is not favorable. All SL and other countries can hope for is an accident that will catapult then to #1 position only to be taken away in a month or so.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 19, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    Nav84smom; I don't see SL. playing Aus. in any tests before WC. Can you check that? Also, your numbers don't match up. Find a time frame of about 1 year or more then see how many tests India plays and how many tests SL plays. You will see that for every 5 tests India playes SL plays 3 tests. So, I will stand by my statement that no one really cares about SL games for it they did the math would be opposite. Now go do some hardwork and prove me wrong. I am open for tangible proof.

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 19, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    @nav84smom what do you mean WC in your messages? World Cup? I did not realise that World Cup was held in 2008. I must be living in a bizarro world. Only Aussies have everything to brag about in 'real' World Cups that are held once 4 years. Other teams should just stop talking about their performances in WCs. Even if you compare 2 World Cups for the past season..it is about a slight edge to SL India - 2007/DNQ to 2nd round, 2003-Runners Up, SL - 2007-Runners Up, 2003- Semis.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    @Sudhakarv, seems most of indian hardcorers provoke fellow counterpart. Nobody is jealous of India being 1. for aussies India is final frontier, dont you know that India's final frontiers are australia and south africa, i know immediately all hard corers will cry like kids about sydney test in 2008, such controversies have occured many times around the world and everyone digested, but only team india wont accept it, as cricinfo also hypes when india does something, ye cricinfo hyped india's win at australia in 2008 cb series, the same series has been won by england in 2007 and cricinfo never recognized..

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 18, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    The reason why SL does not play overseas with top teams such as SA/Oz is because no one wants to watch them. BCCI was kind enuff to schedule them to the point where there was too much cricket between the 2 countries.Ashes, Ind-Oz(of late), SA-Oz are top billing right now. Ind-Pak was also top but they dont play because of obvious reasons. Even India was in the same boat as SL, a couple of decades ago. Eng. cricketers were notorious were not traveling to India (e.g Botham) because it would not suit them. Right now India is at the top plus they have some players (SRT/Dravid/Sehwag/Laxman) who are truly respected and fans from opposing nations also want to watch them. It is so funny from SL fans that they mention that India cannot play short-pitch/pace as if SL players are any better. Arguably, your best/2nd best player(Jayawardane) averges low 40s outside SL. Guess who Oz fans wants to watch at Perth negotiating Johnson/Bollinger - SRT/Dravid/Laxman or Sanga/Jaya/whoever?. Case Closed.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 18, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    gr8india: "Srilanka should look to improve their inconsistent show and should stop comparing to India" Go watch the last 3 WCs and then talk - 2007 WC - SL - finals while India got kicked out by Sl in the 1st Round. 2008 WC - SL - finals while India finished last in the 2nd round. 2009 WC - Sl - Semi finals while India again finished last in the 2nd round 9was kicked out by SL). yup, India is a very consistent team when it comes to losing. Poor India....LOL

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 18, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    SnowSnake: I'm also talking about test cricket - We'll be playing test series against AUS, ENG, SA next year. "All other countries are third tier because no one really wants to watch them" Well done einstein, Who would watch a test series that doesn't feature their national side. You think SA, SL, WI bother to watch India play? No. "Why would people be jealous of a country which has never become #1?" Tell me this, who in the world would be jealous of India? Atleast we are proud of the fact that a country with limited resources is performing well even if we are highly underrated and do not have the media backing. 2007 WC - India was called 'one of the favourites' while only a handful of people cared enough to mention us. What happened? India got kicked out by SL & BAN. 2008 WC? Everyone expected Aussies and WI qualify from the group of death. What happened? We made into the finals while Aussies got kicked out followed by India. We'd rather be underrated than overrated like you.

  • POSTED BY gr8India on | October 18, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    cant understand why Srilanka has developed an illogical rivalry with India recently. Is this a limelight stunt or what. These teams are arch-rivals by no means. And most importantly such rivalry exists between teams of same class. Srilanka should look to improve their inconsistent show and should stop comparing to India. India is proven what it is by its performances. Not like Srilanka who wins an limited overs series here and there and then starts comparing itself with the greats in the game. Poor Lanka...LOL

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 18, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    May be SL is a force in short formats...but in test cricket they are nothing but gap fillers in the list. They should tour India to play first class matches against domestic teams ....(which they used to do two decades ago before playing test cricket) its a shame thay are still playing test cricket and rated in top 5.

  • POSTED BY gr8India on | October 18, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Just raising doubts about ICC rankings and a class team's performance is not going to help SriLanka or any country. Jayawardhane and Sangakara raised the doubt and lost the next match badly, Ricky and co raised the doubt and lost the next match in Perth badly, if South Africa have any doubt then this Indian team is talented enough to shut their mouth as it has been doing for past 3 years to every big mouthed team(Australia, South Africa, Srilanka ...). Cricket is not a legacy which you can carry on generation by generation. If India have not won a test series earlier,it doesnt mean that they cant do it now. Because the team's composition is a lot different than it used to be earlier. You have Sehwag,Sachin Rahul and VVS which are experienced enough to demolish any attack on any ground and the fresh talent of Raina and Dhoni should not be overlooked. On the bowling front, Harbhajan and Ojha are decent spinners and what Zak can do with the ball, every one has seen.BE CAREFUL,INDIA COMING

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 18, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    @nav84smom:

    I am talking test cricket and not ODIs. SL can play as many ODIs with other countries as it wants, playing tests is whole another matter. Don't mixup these two. Just look at ICC test rankings only 3 coutries play most cricket India, Aus. & England (all over 30 tests). SA is close second tier. All other countries are third tier because no one really wants to watch them. Also, you are assuming that people really care about SL. Why would people be jealous of a country which has never become #1 or will ever become #1. All other countries have to do is mathematically control how many tests they play in SL and that will ensure SL will never become #1 ever due to their dismal record playing overseas. When it comes to cricket only 3 countries matter, and their schedule will always be full.

  • POSTED BY Abubvs on | October 18, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    To all those who are complaining about the success of Indians...Try to accept the good things from Indian Cricket and move ahead in that direction...If u guys r not feeling chanllenged abt playing in India..then y is everyone declaring Wiing in India is the Final Frontier...I agree that India has got a long way to go in terms of complete dominance(Like Aus,WI)..but y r the other people(like SL,SA) complaining.. nav84smom:i Please b positive n learn to appreciate till u will b in tha same position as India is now...but its a process..n i wish u guys will reach tht position in the future..(possible only when u learn n stop crying)

  • POSTED BY Amol_Gh on | October 18, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    As an Indian, I would say: Harbhajan spoke too soon. Realistically we all know what's going to happen in SA is what usually happened every time. Smith, Kallis, De Villiers, Duminy, Amla, Steyn, Morkel, Parnell & Co. are going to give some tough cricketing lessons to India. This time SA is stronger on all fronts. While India is great only on the batting front. I'm really curious how Indian bowlers are going to maintain their morale, ball after ball, to face the SA batsmen. Only the real diamonds: Sachin, Dravid, and Laxman will excel. Other batsmen will do a decent job. But it's the Indian bowlers who will be chasing the leather...seriously. And this time SA is not going to buckle down to the No. 1 team (India) like they did infamously to then No.1 team (Aus) in the home series in Feb-Mar 2009. For Ind, beating Aus. means nothing, especially on the home-turf as Oz are nothing now what they used to be then. SA are only just beginning their season & will take back their Test-Rank-1.

  • POSTED BY bluebillion on | October 18, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Hoping to beat SA in SA is stretching the limit a bit but I think a draw is achievable. Last time round India did lead the series 1-0 before going down 2-1. This team is mentally stronger and if they start well, a drawn series is the most likely result.

  • POSTED BY Proteas123 on | October 18, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    If India could win in SA, then they can claim to be number 1. This will be your best chance but lets face it, SA will walk it. India has only once won a test in SA, nevermind talking about a series. SA also has the ability to hold on the the top ranking as Kallis is only player near retiring. Will be impossible to replace the best player of the last era but the rest of the team is very strong. SA did have bad luck against England and played badly against Aus at home but form is temporary, class is permanent. India should tour SA twice before SA tour India but it won't happen as it will dent India's ranking too badly. Srl should tour SA before can even talk about wining in Srl and won't comment about winning in Pak, just check the records. SA is the best.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 18, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    first of all no one has raised any doubts about Malinga's action except some jealous Indians who are frustrated that a country which is 10x smaller than theirs has produced a far more talented and effective bowler while India is still struggling to find a genuine quickie (Pls don't talk about Sharma) As for Murali not being cleared w/o Asian blocs support, well the only other alternative ICC had was to ban all the bowlers except Sarwan. @Snowflake's comment, we'll be playing SA,AUS & ENG next year so I highly doubt they will be basking in the sun. @grvdubey: Well in case you are finding it difficult to comprehend, UDRS WILL reduce umpiring mistakes so Dharmasena WON'T be able to cheat as you Indians claim. It's not our problem that Dhoni & co. lack the intellect to use UDRS. As for respect, First try to show some respect to other nations and then you'll be respected (1 reason we love SRT) As a fan I respect Bangladeshis more than Indian cricket team because of the above reason.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | October 18, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    @nav84smom You writing about intellect and cricketing knowledge of others ,i am surprised simply because your comment is full of jealously and baseless things.What if Srilankan team was no 1 even after not winning a single test forget series in India SA and Australia, you could have defended that for sure calling them deserving, any team player whose team is at no 1 will give statements that they will continue at top , Sanga wuld hvdone the same , so dont be a hypocrite, about beating foreign teams India did beat England in England and West indies in west indies, not just Bangladesh and NZ ,they even won tests at Perth and in SA unlike Srilanka.Recently very weak Indian side without Bhajji and Zaheer were able to beat SL to draw the seires 1-1 so get your facts right before crying like this, and why you want UDRS so that cheater Dharamsena continues giving wrong decisions in favor of SL?, well for me India SL SA and Aus and Eng are teams with equal strenghts and deserve to be at no 1

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 18, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    SL never won a test in India....despite having Arjuna, Desilva, Sanath, Murali.... They will never ever win a test match in India...

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 17, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    I think it is time for India to hire a mathematician and explore every possibility to stay at number 1. India should mathematically control how much matches it plays against SL to make sure that SL does not raise a single point beyond where it is because if India does not play SL then most SL players will be basking on the ocean sand. Also, India should carefully evaluate home vs. away series. It should do everything it can to stay #1 as long as possible. Also, keep the pressure on the Indian players to perform well. Use financial mussle to twist as many arms as needed to stay #1. Let people complain flat Indian pitches, or India's record playing away. These are the tactics that people will use to dethrone India from #1 position. What really matters is ICC ranking.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    @nav84smom: Seriously when i come for blogs, the ppl who started joking are SL fans. I think you ppl are overjoyed of what ur team did in recent past. You are really jealous of India's domination in cricket on the field and off the field. Not only Sachin and Dravid we are also having Laxman who is very handy against bouncer. See one point you have to rephrase is If a team stays in 1st position means it doesn't meant they have won against each and every team in away pitches also. What it really means is "Compared to all other teams, they are truly deserved as No.1 team in all aspects against all other nation". If you still need reason means go and collect last 2 year performances of each team.

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 17, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    @nav84smom : "Your mom thinks India being no.1 is a bigger joke". hindh88 brought a valid point about SL does not win abroad particularly in Oz/SA and now you'r slinging insults. Do you have any valid counter arguments? No. As for Murali being cleared, ICC actually kind of changed the rules regarding degree of straightening the arm. With original rules many more bowlers including Murali, Lee/Tait could not bowl. Please remember that without Asian block's backing particularly the money power BCCI has, do you think ICC would have cleared Murali? Tough luck, pls remember ICC's powers was with Eng/Aus before rise of India's clout. With Thompson and Malinga, both were sling action but Thompson looked legitmate because arm action was kind of straight but Malinga it looks kind of weird because of it is kind of side-arm slinging (side-arm is legal).

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 17, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    @hindh88: Your mom thinks India being no.1 is a bigger joke.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 17, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    @dsandler: 1.Malinga chucks? because of his slinging action is it? Do you know the OZ cricketer Jeff Thompson. No? Well he had a similar action. 2.Murali doesn't chuck - his action was cleared by ICC. if he chucks then so does 99% of the bowlers in the world. but I'm not gonna argue with you since I highly doubt you has the sufficient intellect to comprehend it.

  • POSTED BY dsandler on | October 17, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    its time SL produced a non chucking bowler. give me a non controversial bowler please. Murali to malinga. why is it that only SL brings out the chuckers or is it that they got used to the easy way out....

  • POSTED BY MANSUR_MUSCAT on | October 17, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    "Yes! we can be TOP for long time" if proper replacement is identified for the strong bench (We need more SACHINs, LAXMANs, DRAVIDs to step into their shoes). Please SIRS (Selectors) have faith in PUJARAs, BADRINATHs, RAHANEs etc. and groom them by giving ample opportunities. How many times you will have by-runner for OLDIES!

  • POSTED BY iamgroot on | October 17, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Yes we can be no.1 for a long time. series after series.. we have been playing well for past 2 yrs..we have won in NZ 1-0 thanks to rain NZ got lucky.. otherwise india was well on course for victory.. in SL we drew 1-1 against strong SL and that too in their own backyard .,.they were leading the series and couldnt .. after winning 1st test SL just couldnt win other two.and india came back strongly in india we beat SL 2-0 ...last time when we went to Eng ..we beat them 1-0 ..in WI .. we beat them 1-0 thanks there were few close matches in that series but somehow WI got lucky and the score line reads 1-0 .. in short we have been victorious in almost every series we played .. SA is the only the other stronger team that can give a tough fight to india . they are the only ones to win a series properly in India.. long time ago.. but since 2008 sept or oct I think results have been fairly consistent and good opportunity to win in forthcoming series against AUS in AUS,vs SA in SA, in ENG

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 17, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    And as for UDRS if it was there India wud have won under 4 days.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 17, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    @nav84 The pot calling kettle black should be for SL fans who started this stupid debate as they r jealous of india. How many times have SL beaten Aus in test matches home or away? It is a joke that they are No 3 team in rankings.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 17, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Yes ofcourse, You'll be no.1 for a long time bhajji, as long as you continue play strong test sides only at home and play a weakened NZ side and Bangladesh away. You are champions in Indian batting pitches with no bounce since Indian batsman cannot play the bouncer (except the likes of SRT, Dravid) so it is not that difficult to beat the Aussies and SL there. You played 2 test series in SL what happened? Lost one and managed to draw the other. you didn't win did you? Play SA in SA, AUS in AUS and managed to beat them - a feat India is yet to accomplish and then talk about being no.1 The deserved number 1 test team is South Africa which whacked India in India not overrated India and their toothless bowling line up. India is similar to English football team. Highly overrated, fails to deliver when it matters and then offer excuses. Why doesn't BCCI use UDRS? Is it because the Dhoni & co. lack the intellect to use it properly? South Africa is the number 1 team right now. Admit that.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    You are only as strong as your competition. Cliched as it may sound it still holds true. Hats off to the number one cricket team, INDIA!

  • POSTED BY Mannix16 on | October 16, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    @ Love_Bite and everybody else can you count how many test matches have been even played in those places? After you count the series played in Australia and SA by Sri Lanka, find out how much of those series was post 96/97. Does that help? SL is really underrated right now and AT THE MOMENT SL> Aus. Australia right now is in all sorts of problems with their batsman being out of form and their bowlers (with exception of hilfenhaus) bowling mediocre except for short spells. Btw, to all you guys out there who says Waugh's Aussie team was the height... don't forget who beat them in the '96 world cup. Subsequent world cups with a slightly less strong team led by ponting and even pakistan and india couldn't defeat them.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 16, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Did you watch the 2007 WC? the 2008, 2009 WCs? Think about this. Murali, Malinga, Mendis, Perera (Indians made him popular), Randhiv vs Sharma, Kahn, Ojah, Harabajan? Even Mathews bowls better than Sharma. Mathews bowled well in t20 wcs in England & WI while Sharma got whacked out of the park along with others. Indian bowlers can bowl well only in India where the conditions are helpful. Sorry but it's true.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 16, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    @hindh88: reading your comments in various articles I have come to an understanding that you hate SL. No matter, but even India has failed to win a series in Australia & SA so your comment is like pot calling kettle black.

  • POSTED BY roy_rage on | October 16, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Well a virtual slug fest going on here.first of all i aint an indian supporter so i hope my comments are absolutely from a neutral cricket lover point of view.. well first of all most of u guys seem to living in the past.an aussie cribbing that this indian team is nothing like their team of yesteryears.. the mcgraths the warne's etc okay first of all grow up guys..the have retired and its time to move on.look at ur teams performance even a low class team like pakistan beat the shit outta u guys.. the aussie like conspiracy theories so much that he thinks that even the postings on cricinfo are favoured to suit the bcci.i mean wtf!!! all u guys are surely intimated ..and oaki fans please grow up.. england beat the shit out of u.. and still u come out and criticize other countries.. first of all look at the mess ur cricket is in sort it out first and then come out and criticize others.. we in england are waiting for some test matches with indians..its gonna be a great contest.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka's bowling is not better than India's. They can only bowl well in Sri Lanka. Name me all the Sri Lankan bowlers who have averages less than 40 outside their country or subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY ashok_cricfan on | October 16, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    INDIA is no.1. thats all. No more arguements whether how many days we will remain, or we have bench strength, or how wild our bowling attack is, or what will happen after key players retire, where we win, etc. common guys just digest it. INDIA IS THE No.1 TEAM !

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 16, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    ctgboy87: I used to think that Indian bowling attack is very bad, but then I realized that it looks bad on Indian conditions because in recent test matches even the best Australian bowlers could not take 20 Indian wickets, where as Indian bowlers managed to take 20 Aussie wickets. I would not say Indian bowling is great, but I would reserve my opinion on this subject for now.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Everyone has an opinion, that is fair to respect and most will be biased or prejudiced towards their home team. Harbhajan does make comments which has more heart than mind. However, I do agree with everyone that India is at best an average bowling attack. When you look at the conditions they have a couple of bowlers who are always dangerous in all places but not necessarily the same bowlers. They have a cool captain and a great batting side. The ratings are not generated by India and also get a grip. Look at the other's home record before you comment. If there are 2 series one home and away. One is drawn and the other is won. Is'nt this a no brainer issue? Accept the current situation. An if is a long drawn arguement that goes no-where. Live in the moment. Yes I would certainly agree though that the Australian series was a close one and my heart goes to them. I also feel bad at the attack on Ponting for he carried himself with dignity. The score could have been the other way. Good game

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    @Sach_is_life, leave it man. Ppl cant see the obvious here. India's easily the best all round team. Aus and Eng are decent but long way off to challenge. Let them fight it out among themselves. SL has to rebuild after Murali and i cant remember them doing anything away except for a really good tour of England in around 2006 if i'm not mistaken. The only team close is SA, but they lost to Aus and drew with Eng at home!! When u factor in consistency, India's far and away the best team.

  • POSTED BY ponting_is_the_best on | October 16, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Harbhajan is out of his mind..Beating the australian team in two close contests by a whisker doesn't prove a lot. First test was a genius of Laxman, but aussies lost Bollinger at a crucial moment. Second test was a relatively easier win but mind you only on the 4th day afternoon the match drifted from the aussies.

    Let me put it this way. Great teams who reigned for a long period always had good bowlers who could create chances all the time. Even if you drop 5 catches the team would win by comfortable margins because they would take other half chances too. But with India they either have bowlers who can pick wickets if pitch turns or take wickets if the ball reverses....and believe that will not keep happening always.

    One 6-month injury to Zaheer or Harbhajan and slide will begin from the top and harbhajan wil start eating his words.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 16, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    There are two bullies in cricket. Flat Track Bullies and Bouncy Track Bullies. To blame Flat Track Bullies alone would amount to discrimination, if my opinion.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 16, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    As far as SL is concerned SL r nowhere near Even NO 5 because they yet to win matches away in Aus,Ind,SA let alone a series...LOLz

  • POSTED BY cgtboy87 on | October 16, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    ok 90percent of india team is over the age of 30 so when singh say a long time is he talking about 1-2 years top.i just dont see any other big india potential out there at the moment.also india does not have a very good bowling ATTACK.

  • POSTED BY hasanal on | October 16, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    How long is a long time for India to remain number 1? With Sachin, Dravid and VVS in the fag end of their careers, they will need to rebuild the team just as Australia are doing at the present (and they had some great players who retired within a short space of each other) where do India have the experience and caliber to replace those 3 stalwarts? It was a good win for India no doubt but again raises the question, when can they win a series in Australia, coming close is just not good enough, you have to go back over 25 years when they last won a series over there and without those 3 players it's going to be very very difficult to win abroad in countries like SA, Eng , Aus.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 16, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    @sanj747 By ur logic Aus under steve waugh is not the best team because they failed to beat india in india .

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    India is deservedly no.1 on an allround recent record although i feel their bogey team is South Africa which shared a 1-1 Indian series(away) and would surely be favourites against India when they go there later this year.S.A's bogey team oon the other hand is Australia-IMO -India,S.A,England,Australia,S.L are my preferred order going on recent home-away form.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 16, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    @_Neutral_Fan: So, let me get this straight. In your opinion, my opinion does not carry much weight. And I am supposed to ASSUME that your opinion carrys weight? I am an American and they only thing I care about is being number 1 and staying there. In that sense, if I were advising India, I would ask them to twist arms and do what ever they legally can to stay number 1. If that requires playing as many tests as home as they can then so be it. Nobody's opinion matters, the only thing that does matter is what is a country's rank in ICC ranking. As of now, India is #1.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 16, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    I generally support Australian cricket team, but Aus. fans are so insecured. Guys, accept that India is #1. No team will remain #1 for ever. As far as blaming flat tracks are concerned, it is on these flat tracks visiting teams' batting line up collapses. As far as India playing in SA is concerned, it will be a good contest. In champion's trophy, IPL teams with a lot of India players did not seem to have any problems on SA pitches. In fact, India won its first T20 world cup in SA. So, to assume that India will have problem is SA is an overstatement. Don't try to bring down India, try to raise Australia. The way things are going, Aus. will remain 2nd and below this ranking for atleast another 2 years. Going from number 1 to number 5 so fast is a biggest disgrace.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 16, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    @shovwar For South africa to be No 1 in tests they first have to beat Aus in SA as they have not beat aus in SA since 1969 or since re admission. This means SA cant be the best team until they beat Aus in SA.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 16, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    @intcamd: Sorry to burst your bubble but SL bowling attack is much better than India's. Any sensible Indian would agree with me. Barring Murali SL has got Malinga, Kulasekera (former no.1 bowler), Randhiv, Perera (Indians made him popular), Mendis (Yes he has lost his mystery but he is still an effective bowler) Now you compare that line up to Sharma, Zaheer (performs well occasionally), harabajan, Ojah etc. Dhoni himself has stated he would love to have a better 5 bowler line up.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 16, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    @Love_Bite: So according to you SL are flat track bullies. Good. but then Aussies can't even perform well in Indian flat tracks. hahahaha

  • POSTED BY Razor88 on | October 16, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    I read most of the Comments and Most of them are Correct....Yes!!! Its time for the youngsters to Step up..... But i Don't think the selectors are going to give Opportunities to good players which is the case right now..... But Ashwin has created a Situation for himself were the Selectors can't ignore him..... Really hope Rehane and the others to get a chance.....Munaf has a Gr8 Opportunity to cement his place as the 3rd bowler....But i don't see him a threat as far as ODI.But he surely deserve a place in the Test side....but its going to be a test for the men in Blue when the go to SA..... I would love to see the comments on all the parties then..... (Hope India will atleast draw the series). And in ODI i think India should Win SA.... It will be a Cracker....Both teams are equally good and spirited......

  • POSTED BY Sanj747 on | October 16, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    India drew at home against SAF, drew away against SL. The number 1 team wins series not draw them When the WIs and Aus were the top teams, they never lost series let alone draw them Beat SAF in SAF, Aus in Aus, the WIs in WIs and SL in Sl and then talk.

  • POSTED BY My.AlterEgo_U.Knw_dSarcastic.Bichy1 on | October 16, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    @ Mannix16 ...You didn't include Australia in top 4 teams.. Ehh ? Are you out of your mind ? SL don't deserve to be in top 4 let alone No. 3 position ! How many times SL have beaten Australia ? FLAT TRACK BULLIES of Sri Lanka will be exposed in Australia ! Be ready for humiliation !

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    india are coming to green mamba bouncy south african pitches soon, lets see what you have got to offer us then, ok

  • POSTED BY ashok_cricfan on | October 16, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    hey guys(india haters), just agree to the FACT that India is the current reigning team in the cricketing world. SA is the only team that can pose threat to the no.1 spot. Now regarding others....pak is out of the contest. better cleanup their team and then toil for the no.5 spot, and surely they are going to fail. SL doesnt even desrve to aim for the no.1 position(they didnt even win a test match in IND,SA,AUS,Eng). no doubt Eng is emerging as a strong team but still doesnt the potential to beat India. Kudos for the Indian bowling line up who claimed 20 wks in both the tests against Aus. If India beats SA in SA, surely it will become the UNDISPUTED no.1 team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    i am not sure because this is our indian Team!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    india has beaten new zealand in nz recently ... sri lanka in sri lanka ... we had beaten pak in pak ... two close (drawn series) in australia ..... havent toured england in a while .. but when we were in england last time we won the test series and we won the one day tri series (also involving sri lanka) ...have beat every team which has toured india....will be interesting to see wat we do in south africa..

    do some research b4 talking anything..

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | October 16, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    This statement of Harbhajan can come after India beats SA in SA, not before that. It's now clearly established that Australia can somehow manage to lose to India even from winning situations, in much the same way as India used to lose a few years ago. Things have been reversed as far as the Aussies go. But South Africa is a different ball game altogether, with Dale Steyn, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, De Villiers etc. They could make mincemeat of our bowling attack. Coming to the bowling and Harbhajan himself, he's a pale shadow of the match winning bowler he once was. Moreover, he's bowling in a defensive manner and seems to have lost his wicket seeking approach. That's the reason why India is unable to make breakthroughs quickly even on Indian wickets, after Zak's early inroads. it's a problem to dea with.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    india has beaten new zealand in nz recently ... sri lanka in sri lanka ...

    we had beaten pak in pak ... two close (drawn series) in australia ..... havent toured england in a while .. but when we were in england last time we won the test series and we won the one day tri series (also involving sri lanka) ...have beat every team which has toured india....will be interesting to see wat we do in south africa..

    do some research b4 talking anything..

  • POSTED BY Sach_is_Life on | October 16, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    How come u guys call Waugh's Aussies as Undisputed No1 when they didn't cross their so called final frontier atleast once? lol ..Leave it ..Now tell me..Who deserves No1 rank right now?There is a team which lost only 2 test matches out of 21 in last 2 yrs(havn't lost a test series in last 2 yrs)n then there is a team who lost 2 Aus n drew with Eng @ home n yet 2 win a test series in SL,PAK after 93,97 respectively..Why these double standards?Why only India has 2 win a series in AUS r SA 2 prove its credibility?Why everybody is ready 2 accept Aus r SA as No1 teams even though SA r yet 2 win a series in SL r PAK after early 90s n Aus can't even beat an inconsistent,young Pak team in English conditions?Instead of realizing the state of other teams..u guys r trying 2 find flaws in Team India's victories ..Way 2 Go..India won a series in Eng,WI,NZ and came close 2 winning a series in Aus(2004) in SA( 2006)..and they're playing better cricket than any other team ..hence No 1..get on with it

  • POSTED BY sudhs_107 on | October 16, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    @JontyCodes :- Border Gavaskar trophy is the only test series happening between India and Aus. And its always, 1 year in India and next year in Australia.

    This time, may be because of the coming world-cup, they decided to play in India though it was Australia's turn to host.

    But, the rule is always like this. Why would some country keep on coming to tour India if India is not visiting them. Its also the matter of revenue for Cricketing boards. If India hosts a series, BCCI will get most of the profit and if other countries host, they will get the profit. It's always give and take policy.

  • POSTED BY vrai1 on | October 16, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    It is fun to read how much everyone is passionate in loving or hating each other. I guess average fan of every country is partisan and so I think that is acceptable behavior :). Having said that the team are number 1 who win from losing situations ( I remember as an Indian when we use to Australians, I use to wonder how we lost it coz we would have Australia on ropes and suddenly a guy who was about to lose his test status woulds core a century, or brett lee brother would throw down the stumps and run out tendulkar .. I always thought at such moments that the god was Australian ... but as I have seen teams and understood sports, i realize it is self belief and competence that work together to create world beaters and at the moment India is riding self belief and competence with some minor weaknesses still unresolved... We win from losing situation and might continue to do so for some more time. But we have some of our best leaving the sport over next 2-3 year. I am not that hopeful

  • POSTED BY Ravichamp on | October 16, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    IF ANYONE HAS ANY PROBLEM IN INDIA BEING THE #1 TEST TEAM IN THE WORLD, THEN THEY SHOULD TAKE THE ICC TO TASK. WHY CANNOT INDIA BE #1? WE HAVE PLAYED CONSISTENTLY WELL FOR THE PAST OVER TWO YEARS AND THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. IF INDIA IS NOT GETTING MORE OVERSEAS TOURS, THE BLAME LIES WITH THE ICC TOURS AND FIXTURES COMMITTEE. AND IF YOU LOOK AT INDIA'S PAST FEW YEARS, YOU WILL FIND THAT INDIA HAS PLAYED THE MINNOWS I.E BANGLADESH THE LEAST, WHILE THE OTHERS HAVE TOURING THEM FREQUENTLY. INDIA DOES NOT DEPEND ON SACHIN ALONE. THESE DAYS WE SEE MORE AND MORE PLAYERS PUTTING THEIR HANDS UP WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN AND GETTING POSITIVE RESULTS. GARY KIRSTEN AND SUPPORT STAFF WHO WORK SILENTLY BEHIND THE SCENES ALSO DESERVE THE HIGHEST ACCOLADES. INDIA HAS NOW GOT INTO THE WINNING FRAME OF MIND, WHICH IS AMPLY EVIDENT FROM THE SUCCESSFUL FOURTH INNINGS CHASES SINCE THE PAST FEW YEARS. WE ARE RIGHTLY CROWNED THE CHAMPION TEAM IN TESTS AND WE WILL KEEP IT FOR LONG.................

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | October 16, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Its up to the young generation that how good they will perform after the retirement of big names. For now, they are very good unit but Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman will have to leave at some point.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    @Dinesh I agree with you about India being the most consistent team of the last few years, as they have managed to win a few tests and series overseas, as well as being pretty unbeatable at home. In my opinion though I would think a #1 would be dominant rather than just consistent, and India's performances overseas while good havent really been dominant, whereas past #1s were almost always dominant. That just might be my arrogant Aussie side coming out in me but hey we all have opinions! And my reservations about the Indian #1 status is more to do with how they are going to stay there in the next couple of years once the middle order retires. Like I said at the end though, we should let them enjoy it while they have it, but I feel that other teams are not that far behind. @intcamd I said that England are improving and that is my justification for them being able to challenge #1 in the future. Not once did I mention any of their past performances, I simply said they are improving.

  • POSTED BY shovwar on | October 16, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    @Sach is life......Ur name says it all ...that your life is Tendulkar so u watch only Indian Cricket. How would you know about the international cricket outside India..?? And it was clear wen u asked questions about wen Sa beat Pak in Pak? I am not even going to answer your question cos it seems like u dont care about other International games...Tendulkar is my favourite batsman but that does not mean that i would not watch other games.......I love cricket and love watching it Either India beat Aus in a Test Series 2-0 or they get beaten consistently by minnow Zimbabwe and thrown out of a Tri Series... @ LANKAN_NEUTRAL.....bro its not India..Its SA who brought Aus down the Ranking when they beat them in AUS. And so far I remember SA were no1 ranked test side in2003 as well for a short period. I am neither Indian nor Pakistani....I am a Saffer....and we would get our no1 ranking back.....all we gotta do is beat India in the coming series....the ratings would be SA 27 and Ind 23 in DEC..

  • POSTED BY Wahsoo on | October 16, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    @ Ananthu Santhanagopalan 101% wid u....

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Hi first of all India has done well!( im a die hard pakistani and a fan of pak team)........but the quality of oppositions is not the same. literaaly we ve only got 4 quality teams, SA, aus and Eng being others. further the quality of aus of '95-2007 and westindies of 70's and 80's is missing in india. and no backup batsmen for india. On the brighter side they ve done well and deserve to be no.1 at least for now. thnx

  • POSTED BY CricFanKrish on | October 16, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    I agree with Pathiyal. Now it is up to the young generation to take over. I believe that's happening. Vijay came good, so have Raina and Pujara. I'm sure Yuvi will be back with a bang. Gambhir just needs to focus on his fitness, so that he can continue the good job. R.Sharma and Kohli both have class, and also great fielders. It won't be long before they cement their places in the side.

    I.Sharma is definitely on the way back. With bowlers like U.Yadav,A.Mithun, etc waiting in the wings, people like Zak and Sreesanth have to pull up their socks and perform. Zak does perform, but is injured more than he plays. I just hope he works on his fitness.

    I just hope that the younger generation lives up to the expectations, and be able successors to their illustrious predecessors.

  • POSTED BY Mannix16 on | October 16, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    @ intcamd agree that SL bowling attack has went down greatly because of murali's retirement, but before talking about not winning in Aus or SA, look at how many Series they played in those countries first (and mind you they only became competitive in Tests after '96, so series prior was not easy). But look at the mindset of many indians on this page. They say nobody can beat India in India so that means they are #1. Well in the last 11 YEARS, against all 9 test teams that toured in SL, only Pakistan won 05/06 and Australia in 03/04. Hmmmm.... does that mean SL is no 1? No it obviously doesn't..... if the Sri Lankans played as much tests as India AND in their own backyard, they probably would shoot up to No 1. Would you then argue that the computer is right? If everybody played in their backyard, it would just be a case of who played more tests than the other test nations and at the moment, India is playing a LOT of cricket... So pls play at least 2-3 series in away venues then talk

  • POSTED BY coooldude on | October 16, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    INDIA is the strongest at home..Are other countries as strong as INDIA in there own backyard..I doubt it..Considering Tests Played after Jan 2008, India have played16 home tests and won 9 and lost 2, but take SA who played 9 home tests and won 4, lost 3 with Aus has W/L ratio of 3, ENG has W/L ratio of 2.5... No Country has played as good as INDIA at HOME..nd for dose who said dat ind need 2 win in eng also,i wanna remind dem india already beaten eng in their home soul 1-0 last time around.I hope INDIA beat SA in their home dis time around... Its INDIA who is playing better cricket than other countries which makes them No1...JAI HIND......

  • POSTED BY vaks on | October 16, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    yes,v can.....@pak fans....India had beaten Eng in Eng(1-0),pak in pak,nz in nz,wi in wi,drew in SL,Drew in Aus in 2003/04,lost(?) in last tour of Aus....India have won test series in all test playing nations except SA n Aus.....In Aus v were so close to win a test series......v'd won a test in SA.....India will win 3-0 against nz an v will win 1-0 or even 2-0 in SA dis time....In 90's Aus was like dis....dey won in WI in 98 after 20yrs,dey won in pak in 98 after long time..india won in nz after 40 yrs,won in eng after a long time...clearly dese r d signs of India r gonna dominate d world cricket...v'll dominate d cricketing world...am 'cocky' sure...dis Indian team have desire,stuff,temperament,n confidence as high as everest to conquer d cricketing world...common India.....

  • POSTED BY nvpar on | October 16, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Because Australia beat almost every other team when they were #1, people expect the #1 team to be invincible. But in reality you don't have to be the best team in the planet; getting more points than the other teams is good enough. It is same in the world cup as well - you don't have to beat all the teams. And also we never ask #2, #3, #4... teams the same question. Have you won home and away against all the teams which are below you? If not, how can you be the deserving #2, #3, #4... Remember Steve Waugh never won a series in India, when Australia was the undisputed #1.

  • POSTED BY Mannix16 on | October 16, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Love how if you are not supporting the Indians, you are accused of being Pakistani hahaha.... btw i'm not pakistani but to the Indians out there: We are not saying you suck. Very obvious that the Indian team is in very good shape (except for bowlers), but I think the RIDE to the Number 1 spot is due to playing at home for the last 10 series (except bangladesh and a new zealand team (which btw LOST to bangladesh recently)) to help boost up to #1. Without those series wins in the continent, India would be #2 and SA would be #1. However, personally speaking, I think England has the best overall team at the moment. Top 4 contenders in Test cricket for me would be SA, India, England, and SL. Australia right now has a really debilitated team... they have no decent spinner and their batting is not in the best of form at the moment (with exception of watson and ponting). One thing for certain though: Australian dominance has finally ended

  • POSTED BY Baton100 on | October 16, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Really! They almost lost their first test to weak Australians. Thanks to bad dicision by the umpire and bad fielding by the Australians they just won it. India would have never win this series if they played against the Australian side that last toured India.

  • POSTED BY WildnFree on | October 16, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    The average Indian fan's nonchalance to contest, as long as their team is winning is shocking. Of their last 10 test series 6 have been at home and ONLY one outside of the subcontinent. I don't care if you appoint Sachin the God almighty 'cause he's stacked up a mountain of runs playing in these conditions that weigh so blatantly in favour of batting. Officials come, officials go but the pitches remain feather beds; new formats are introduced that diminish any remaining relevance of bowling. In such a backdrop the only places where the sport is still relatively balanced are the 'white' nations. Unless India tours them more often I'm just not interested in this nonsensical ranking. But I don't think the bunch of merchants that pass off for BCCI are serious about keeping the contest alive. To them profit is king. They're the richest board and they aren't letting that go away in a hurry.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 16, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    after what our neighbours did to the iamge of cricket...indo-aus series brought test cricket back on its best

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 16, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    No team is no 1...because no one has won in pakistan....because no one can tour pakistan...because.....no safe place to play cricket in pakistan....because

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 16, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    ban pakistan from playing cricket......the game will be clean

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 16, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    where is the kid zapper who thought india does not have the bowlers to take 20 wkts to win the match...we did it twice...thanks indian team for putting aussies in their place...

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | October 16, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    where is the kid zapper who thought india does not have the bowlers to take 20 wkts to win the match...we did it twice...thanks indian team for putting aussies in their place...

  • POSTED BY ocean565 on | October 16, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Even in Bangladesh, India was lucky to come out with a win in the 1st test match at Chittagong. Someone commented above that the Indian tour calender is not scheduled well enough to ensure a win against the SA. They dont have any practice match and bla bla bla..... Dude, Indians are not so dumb. We know we are going to loose. So its better to play as many test matches as possible at home, so that we can stretch the lead in the points table. Therefore, losing in SA will not push India down a rank. And if by any chance, India is displaced from the No.1 rank, BCCI will reject to accept the Ranking system and a new system will be brought in place. Mind you all this permutations and combination are done by Indians and some how or the other, they will find their way up :)) I will also not be surprised if Cricinfo doesnt post

  • POSTED BY Apache_Indian on | October 16, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    @ piecricket ..Aus, SA and Eng should come to India and prove Team India's ranking wrong !

  • POSTED BY Apache_Indian on | October 16, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    @ Fonzie ...I would have appreciated, had you shown some concern about Ashes ! Go and learn to play spin-bowling ELSE be ready, Greame Swann is going to rip your batting-line up apart which couldn't even resist Pragyan Ojha !

  • POSTED BY HarshaCD on | October 16, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    India Certainly has improved under Dhoni. They always had the world class batters. However they do not posses the self confidence of Aussies or Windies in their prime. Try touring Sr Lanka ( or for that matter any other country ) with the referral system on. If they still manage a win then only they can truly claim to be ahead of the league. Certainly not with victories with 1-0 or 2-1 margins.

  • POSTED BY its.rachit on | October 16, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    india has one their last test series in BD, NZ, WI, Eng .. drew level in SL .. and lost only in Pak, Aus, SA ... and no team has managed to win their last test seris in india ... only SA drew it, rest all have lost ... so that makes around 13 series wins out of possible 18 with 3 losses . not a bad record at all in the last 3-4 years ... name 1 team except australia and probably SA who can match it ... considering teams like Eng, SL, Pak hardly win outside their country . see what happened to Pak against Eng .. they got decimated . SL have never won even a test match outside their home against Ind, Aus, SA . so they are a fake number 3. Eng only gives importance to ashes. btw to all who said australia had a weak team .. this was the same team england somehow managed to beat 2-1 last year and they declared themselves to be the best in the world ... NZ being a weak is not India's problem. by the same logic, every team was weak during 1999-2007 when aus were winning everything. LOLZ

  • POSTED BY Apache_Indian on | October 16, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    "Posted by LakmalPhysics on (October 16 2010, 02:54 AM GMT) Without a good pace bowling attack, India can not claim to be #1. Better to say Sri Lanka, South Africa Australia and India all these four teams play good cricket at the moment. Next year World Cup will decide BEST of the best.." Sir with due respect I want to ask why you want India to have good fast bowling attack ? I agree that our bowlers don't bowl above 150 kmph speed but who needs it when they are picking wickets ? Didn't you watch last 2 matches against Aus where we got them out twice that too on batting friendly pitches where Zaheer finished as the highest wicket-taker ? And how can you forget that when we toured Sri Lanka last time we got your batsmen out twice in the last match that too without Zaheer and Bhajji that too on flat track ? Your Damika Prasad bowls faster than Kulasekara, does it mean Kulasekara is not a good bowler ? it's NOT about Express-PACE, it's about line and length with decent speed !

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    India's refusal to use UDRS in the home series is another reason for India's winning record at hom2009 Series against Sri-Lanka could have been easily won by Sri-Lanka if there was UDRS. It is a known factor that neutral umpires tend to favor the home team in some very narrow but important decisions. Famous Sangakara quote that "lack of UDRS and Umpiring decisions in favor of India cost us over 500 runs". Why does India do that? What is the reason? If India losses to South Africa in SA, it should voluntarily give up number 1 spot.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    If touring team wins 1st opening game; then the bcci orders the groundsmen of next game to make the worst crumbling pitch as ever. Eg: Kanpur in 2008.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    We will see how long India remains no1. Fab4 can't play forever. India should make Cheteswar Pujara permanent in the team. And sth has to be done about the seamers. Sb has to be a supporting person to Zak on a consistent basis.

  • POSTED BY Apache_Indian on | October 16, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    @ Pakistanis who are poking their noses here ..... India have beaten England in England in a 3 Test match series (1-0) where Kumble had scored 110* in first innings of 3rd test. How many Pakistani batsmen scored 100 when you played 6 test matches (including 2 against Aus) in England ? And India have also beaten Pakistan in Pakistan where Sehwag had PAWNED your bowlers and finished the careers of Sami, Shabbir Ahmad and your favorite Saqlin.

  • POSTED BY iamgroot on | October 16, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    India won in Eng 1-0, in Aus 1-1, 1-2 , SA 1-2, ..we will get our chances to prove.. so we have to WAIT..It will be very interesting.. there is no reason why India can't win in SA ..We got Sachin, Sehwag,Gambhir, Dravid VVS, Raina/ Pujaja, Dhoni .. batting depth is there..and bowlers.. Zaheer,Ishanth, Sree, Bhajji .. so if u have bouncy pitches..Zaheer with his bowling can trouble and he proved that many times in past.. Ishanth can get bounce ..and sreesanth last time he won that test match single handedly with his stellar performance..last time India toured.. and we if they pitches turn ..bhajji , raina, sehwag, if sachin bowls yes he will be big threat too.. and looking at SA ..Amla, kallis, smith,steyn are the dangerous players bcoz they can play spin well.. 3 test matches - in centurion, durban and capetown..india has good chance of winning 2-1 ..With the way india is playing at the moment.. no matter what kind of pitches they prepare..we got batsman and bowlers to tackle

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    @Peter Bourke Can't quite agree with you. In the last 5 years or so, India has contested incredibly well away from home as well. Granted that comparisons to the 95-06 Aussie team and the 80's windies team would be premature. But I challenge you to find me a team who have competed as well as India has in the last 5-7 years, home or away. Every team plays better at home than they do away - but doing well at home and beating a team like australia 2-0 should count for something. If people said India don't appear strong enough to be dominant enough to be #1 - I can agree with that sentiment. But that's only identifying the problem without giving a solution. If India's not the clear cut #1 in the world today - then who is?

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    In december India r touring south africa n we r surely goona win against south africa in south africa. . .I'm sure u guys wil surely not accept india as number1 even after tat and say let them win against england in england(which we did last time wen v toured england) and australia in australia(where v got beaten up coz of one sided umpiring). . .U guys cant tolerate INDIA being number ONE simply coz u guys r soooo jealous abt INDIA. . .

    East or West INDIA s always d BEST. . .

  • POSTED BY Apache_Indian on | October 16, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    "Posted by SnowSnake on (October 15 2010, 22:21 PM GMT) India is a solid number 1 team. Much better than what Australia was. No. 1 Australia could not survive injuries to McGrath and Warne or Hayden and win a series. India has done it time and again. During SL series, Zaheer, Gambhir, Bhajji were injured. During part of Aus. series VVS, Gambhir and Ishant were injured. Even if 3-4 Indian players are injured, India can weather the storm. For last 5 years, I don't think India was no. 5 ranked ever. Aus. in two years goes from 1 to 5 due to retirement of a few players. India may loose its number 1 ranking, but it will take it back. For next 5 years, I think India will remain among top 2 ranking teams." You have made a good point here about the injuries. Even without Zaheer and Harbhajan, our strike bowlers, we had beaten Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | October 16, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    India has managed to win on many occasions due to their senior batsmen finding themselves hitting top form - if you look at last 3 years the contributions from the senior members of the team has been amazing. lets talk about the near future. do we have anybody in the likes of Sachin, VVS, Rahul and do we have bowlers who can perform consistantly without taking off due to injuries when their presence are needed? any new ball swing bowlers? MSD is somehow making it possible with his available resources by making changes whenever due. his contribution as a captain is worth a lot, never mind he is not the same batsman he was when he started off his career.

  • POSTED BY Apache_Indian on | October 16, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    What is BEING NO. 1 ? Does it mean you are Perfect ? NO. It simply means you are better than others. If a boy tops his class, does it mean he scores 100 in all subjects ? NO. It means he is just better than other students. By scoring more than other students over a last few months he has become No. 1 ! Now to defend his ranking, he just needs to score more than others !

  • POSTED BY Bharatvarsh.. on | October 16, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    well..all those english,aussies,paki,SA people say that india has not won in abroad,is simply laughable point.India won the series agnst england in england in 2007 1-0,beat SA in jo-berg in last tour on classy bouncy wicket,beat australia in perth after no team even the likes of SA could do in 15 yrs with strong pace attack.india beat SL in SL in last test match and leveled the series 1-1.

    And SA couldn't win on rank turner kanpur,kolkata wicket says theor shortcomings but india is capable of beating SA on jo-berg's pacy,swinging wicket.And the so called SA always loses at home agnst mighty Australia.I still respect Australia as a team becoz they have won everywhere,when they were at peak,gave india a tough fight too,but SA are not capable of that,they get beaten easily on their own backyard.

  • POSTED BY Apache_Indian on | October 16, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Had you guys watched Champions League 2010 matches ? On JUICY TRACKS of South Africa even Balaji, who hardly bowls above 130 kmph nowadays, was looking dangerous. Just imagine how dangerous Zaheer and Ishant will be ! Anyway, SA challenged our ranking in India but couldn't beat us. Bangladesh challenged us in Bangladesh and we whitewashed the series. (Mind you beating B'Desh in B'Desh is not a cakewalk, Just see what they are doing to New Zealand), Sri Lanka challenged our ranking in Sri Lanka but couldn't beat us. Australia challenged us in India and we white-washed the series. So far we are on track ! Now it's turn of NZ and SA. It feels really great being No. 1 (or better than other teams) !

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Yes .. and the coming 6 Test Matches will bring us more points and i wish and hope that India is going to win atleast 4 out of 6. thus the ranking will up more and it will reach at around 135. which is not breakable for next 2 years. :)

  • POSTED BY Apache_Indian on | October 16, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    @ Those who say Indian pitches are batting friendly have forgotten that you need to pick 20 wickets to win a test match and Indian bowlers are doing that quite brilliantly on so called 'batting-friendly' pitches where Zaheer picked more wickets than any spinner against Aus. Just imagine how easy would it be on JUICY TRACKS of SA, Eng and Aus. As long as we have services of Dravid, Sachin and Laxman we will hardly lose any match !

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    i agree with Sarang, india beat england in england in 2007 ..in a 3 test match series..they then beat england in india...so..get your facts right...india haters

  • POSTED BY DONSILVA on | October 16, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Please give some credits to the umpires also, as which is the case of Indian cricket always. First thanks to BCCI for refusal of UDRS as otherwise tour would have been ended up in misery. Specially give thanks to them as Hassy was give out 3 out of 4 times during the season and consciously apply the scenario to Sachine and then analysis the serous win. To maintain no one BCCI can go further and oppose to the neutral umpires as well. India can be one as long as BCCI has the monitory power and also using that to the advantage as well, without concerning the true nature (win or lost) of the game.

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | October 16, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Part 2 - (CONTINUATION)

    Over the past 25 years, the problem with the Indians playing outside sub-continent is that they seem to be very happy & content that they have managed to pull off to win atleast 1 test on a tour. I think whenever they go a test tour, their ultimate motive is to draw that series and not to win it. This defensive mindset has even backfired on them on a number of occasions when they had lost test series even after leading their opponent at an earlier pont in the series. Now as the no. 1 test team, all the Indian cricket fans expect Team India to go into an abroad series with an attacking mindset and maintain it throughout the series and try to sweep the series.

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | October 16, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Part 1 - India has always been strong at home and manages to win more than 1 one test in most of its home series. For instance since the 2007 World Cup, it had defeated strong opponents like Australia 2-0 (in 4 tests), (2-0) (in 2 tests); Sri Lanka 2-0 (in 3 tests). Yes, during the said period, it had success in tests in England, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, but had never more than 1 test. It defeated England 1-0 (in 4 tests in 2007), won against NZ 1-0 (in 3 tests in 2009), lost to Australia 2-1(in 4 tests in 2008), lost to Sri Lanka 2-1 (in 2008) but managed to draw the next series against them 1-1 (in 3 tests in 2010). Even its last tour to West Indies in 2006 also resulted in a 1-0 win (in 4 tests) while its last tour to South Africa in 2006 was a 2-1 loss for them (in 3 tests). Its earlier tours to Australia in 2003 & to England had a similar result, a 1-1 draw (in 4 tests). (CONTINUED)...

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | October 16, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Part 1 - India has always been strong at home and manages to win more than 1 one test in most of its home series. For instance since the 2007 World Cup, it had defeated strong opponents like Australia 2-0 (in 4 tests), (2-0) (in 2 tests); Sri Lanka 2-0 (in 3 tests). Yes, during the said period, it had success in tests in England, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, but had never more than 1 test. It defeated England 1-0 (in 4 tests in 2007), won against NZ 1-0 (in 3 tests in 2009), lost to Australia 2-1(in 4 tests in 2008), lost to Sri Lanka 2-1 (in 2008) but managed to draw the next series against them 1-1 (in 3 tests in 2010). Even its last tour to West Indies in 2006 also resulted in a 1-0 win (in 4 tests) while its last tour to South Africa in 2006 was a 2-1 loss for them (in 3 tests). Its earlier tours to Australia in 2003 & to England had a similar result, a 1-1 draw (in 4 tests). (CONTINUED)...

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | October 16, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    @MasterClass: Vijay, Raina Gambhir & PUJARA can play in any conditions? Really? I'm sorry but when did Pujara play in WI, AUS, ENG where tracks are bouncy and swinging. 1 good knock in India doesn't mean he can play in any condition. We saw how Vijay, Raina played in WI & ENG. As for Dravid, SRT & VVS - I completely agree with you. They are world class batsman who had proved their salt.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 16, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Let the touring teams show their mettle by beating India in India before saying rubbish like india is not NO 1. This just shows the sour grapes attitude of them and their fans....

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 16, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    For South africa to be No 1 in tests they first have to beat Aus in SA as they have not beat aus in SA since 1969 or since re admission. This means SA cant be the best team until they beat Aus in SA.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 16, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    people who r claiming India are not No 1 coz they have not won in Aus or SA , It applies for other teams as well they cannot say AUS or SA as No 1 until they defeat india in india. Till then india is NO 1.

  • POSTED BY Fonzie on | October 16, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Inida won one overseas series against England and now Harbajhan is talking about holding down the lead for a long time - sure, sure bhaji in your dreams! A country of 1 billion people and for every one cricketer in Australia (population ONLY 21 million) there are perhaps 1000 coming through in Inida -- yet it took sooooo long to get to the top but the fall is steep and quick - watch out Bhajii. Australia will be back up there by 2012.

  • POSTED BY LakmalPhysics on | October 16, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Without a good pace bowling attack, India can not claim to be #1. Better to say Sri Lanka, South Africa Australia and India all these four teams play good cricket at the moment. Next year World Cup will decide BEST of the best..

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    The team is riding high, on the stellar performances of the middle order and the dangerous Sehwag. Agreed, the bowlers have done a decent job in the series and have to be applauded. We will have a test, if the middle order crumbles. Expecting a 3-0 win against NZ but test will be in SA. Beating SA in SA will give us an ideal picture

  • POSTED BY intcamd on | October 16, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    Peter Bourke, how does England have any credible claim on the top spot? They lost to India at home, and of course they lost to India in India. They got white washed by Aussies the last time they played down under.

    Some Lankan fan made the claim their bowling is much better than India's. Haha. First, now that Murali has retired, their bowling is toothless. They promptly lost to India at home as soon as he retired. And of course they haven't won in India ever, they never won in Australia, they never win in SA. Better attack? In your dreams.

    As for Pak having a better attack, in would say they have no attack. Asif and Aamir will be banned for life thank goodness, and god only knows when will Pak play any home games. No one wants to tour there. They can't blame India gets a lot of home games, it is not India 's fault no one wants to play in Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY piecricket on | October 16, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    India should come out and play in South Africa, Australia or England and win a test series to prove they are number 1.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    India beat England in 2007.....beat West Indies in 2006.....beat NZ in 2009 came close beating SA in SA & Aus in Aus....guess apart from Indian fans....a case of sour grapes for others.... India will be number 1 for a long long time...if u like it or u dont !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    continuing from previous post.....Some cricket fans over here (esp. from Pakistan) are ridiculing india's performance for lack of Fast Bowlers and I do agree we are hot yet up to pakisatn's standards in fast bowling , but there is no other batting side in the world which has won so many matches after conceeding 400+ runs in first innings. Chasing a target of 200+ in fourth innings has always been very tricky but Indians have done it 6 times in past few years ( twice against SL in SL, thrice against Aussies (2 home + 1 away) and England (that 387 in chennai)......i don't think there is any other team which deserves to be Numero Uno more than INDIA.....so take the chill pill ppl and respect the indian team for what it has accomplished.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | October 16, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    Harbhajan should first work on his fitness and bowling before making any claims. He come good in 1 match out of give. This is not a sign of greatness. India is number one because of batting greats not bowling greats.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    In past decade,which has witnessed Australia's Supermacy, India visited them twice (8 matches, 2 won 3 lost 3 drawn). Since 1996 India's record against Australia has been 12 wins 10 losses and 7 drawn. Just benchmark guys....aussies have been the yard stick and India has excelled against them. Leaving aside Aussies, they have won the AWAY series against ENG Pak (before they were debilitated), WI, NZ....and home series against SL and SA.....there last series in SA was very competitive and they lost (1-2) on the last day of the tour. In SL, which btw has never been easy BUT they have done ok there (won 4 away test and lost 5 since 1993......they have been very consistent performers over past few years and no other team currently deserves to be number 1 ( SL: still to win a single TEST in IND, AUS, SA), (ENG: haven't won much in IND, AUS..and buckle under pressure), (SA: very good team but sometimes play very ordinary at home)

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 16, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    After the advent of neutral umpires, there is more level playing field in terms of which test side is better overall. The Oz/Pak sides of 70s/80s were notorious for their home-cooking their sides wrt to umpiring decisions. Just look at Miandad LBW decision in Pakistan (just 8 at home whereas 20+ away for a guy who is notorious playing with bat closed to leg) and he has insanely very high avg at Pak than abroad.The only true great sides were the WI at that time and the recent Aus sides of 2000s. The recent successes of India and other sides reflect that. People complaining about India has more home series recently, it is just co-incidence that they play more last year or so and of course there is more money to be had here wrt TV rights,etc. But overall, Oz/Eng/SA(of late) has fixed schedule at home every year and that is reflected by the fact where the top player in each country has played. Look at Ponting's home matches wrt to SRTs. Extreme opposite - Punter(high home, less away)

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | October 16, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    @Sach_is_life. You have the records twisted in your head to suit you. SA beat Pak in Pak shortly before they toured and beat Eng in Eng and toured Ind where they drew there. That was somewhere between 2006 - 2008 or somewhere around there. @SnowSnake, thank goodness your opinion never carried too much weight lol. And yes people Ind did beat Eng in Eng fairly recently, that is an away win that I hold in high esteem not the one vs NZ, every1 beats NZ and thus that can't possibly prove anything and the away win to W.I. that Ind keeps talking about should also be put very low on the achievements list.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    It's not clear why ppl are so agitated by India's number 1 status! Even the difference in ICC ratings between India and SA clearly reflects that India's position is not as dominant as Australia's was a few years ago. India is no jaggernaut, but going by the past 5-6 years, it is the most consistent of the pack! For those naysayers citing India's lack of success abroad, India has won at least one test series each in England, New Zealand, West Indies, Srilanka and Pakistan in the last 6 years, and at least one test in Australia and SA: http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;orderby=start;page=3;team=6;template=results;type=team;view=series

  • POSTED BY johntycodes on | October 16, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    sudhs_107 what are you talking about. The last two test series we played have both been in india so your telling me that india will tour australia twice for test series before we go back to india again. No way is that going to happen because india want to keep winning, if they came here they would lose their no 1 ranking because as they have never won here before it would be 2 lost series.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    All Indian detractors...

    Once we became No. 1 and defeat Aussies 2-0 there are new rules... Home games are not true indicator of # 1 status....

    Anyway...just for your information, Steve Waugh's Australian team never won in India. Why should you accept them as True champions if the same rules are to be applied.

    Australia lost in SA and SA lost in Australia... Why are these teams any better than India if they can't use home crowds and home advantage.

    I respect Imran and I have named him as ESPN Cricinfo XI captain and I have also named Akram to the team. I would like to remind our dear neighbours across the border that we have beaten every team in the last 3-4 years and have lost only 1 series. Please don't belittle other teams to divert the fact that your own team is hitting rock bottom.

  • POSTED BY insightfulcricketer on | October 16, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    Somebody please make this buffoon Harbhajan to shut his mouth. When was last Harbhajan even remotely looked like taking a single wicket outside the sub-continent (forget 5 wicket hauls)? When was last time Indian team even competed in South Africa (except a single test match)? True -matchwinners let their deeds do the talking like Sachin and Dravid .Not this guy.Who is simply pigg-backing on the shoulders of titans. I am Indian cricket fan but for me too the true test is this December-January series of SA. If they do not win this series they might as well kiss their ranking away. This Indian team is pretty good at home but to get true respect they need to win like champions in strange lands too! I am not sure BCCI with their own witch-hunt of IPL riches on-goinh is even bothered about looking at SA wickets and determining the right composition for this vital series.

  • POSTED BY mikaelnorm on | October 16, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    @Sach_is_life South Africa played a Test series in Pakistan in 2007, and beat them 1-0. Apart from the ill-fated Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan in 2009 and the 2008 Asia Cup, it's the last time Pakistan played at home. I don't think there is much separating the top 5 in Test Cricket at the moment. On their day, India, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Australia can all beat each other, home or away. The seemingly arbitrary points system may disagree, but going purely on current squads, there's not a lot in it. Will be interesting to see how India fare in South Africa this winter and England next summer. Those are going to be two epic Test series.

  • POSTED BY wikiwarrior on | October 15, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    India are currently the best team, a few years down the track MS will find him self in the same posistion as Ponting when his stars retire.

  • POSTED BY jollyjugg on | October 15, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    Funny to see some Pakis trying to have some fun in this forum at the expense of Bhajji's Comment. Dudes worry about the state of cricket in your country. Nobody is ready to play you guys anyway and if they did end up playing you guys, you are fixing your own matches. Wake up and get a life. Try to play a cricket match without fixing. Not that Pakis will be winning anyways. I wonder why they have to fix a losing cause. pretty hilarious though

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | October 15, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    It is just amazing how the stupidest people like SGMA and that guy Muhammad Faisal Khan Durrani and his paki brothern keep commenting about India's position. Boys...just chill. SGMA,,,the #1 rating is in test cricket. Read carefully, before you comment.

    The rest of the pakis...sour grapes dudes. Try to get a "clean" team first. Then you get the right to comment about others. Pak as a country/cricket board/cricket team defines "Cheats". Go look in the new Oxford dictionary.

    India are deservedly #1. They have won tests (if not series) everywhere. Let others crib and cry. Who cares? The cricket in this world is RUN by India. Take it or leave it. The same 9 out 10 series played in Pak, pak ends up losing anyway. Check the results.

    Having said all that, I hope this idiot "works hard" on his bowling. Sad to see that India, once a breeding ground of legendary spinners, have to make to do with this pretender.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Mr. Dinesh, please go to Cricket Archive and learn about India's record outside India in last 3 years. Nobody, doubts their prowess in India. In last 3 years India has won a series only against Bangladesh and New Zealand outside India. When I said that India's money keeps India in first place. Most countries like to travel to India because it generates tremendous revenue. India's Market and the money it generates keeps India in first place. Outside India, Australia, South Africa and Sri-Lanka and England are better Teams. When was the last time India beat South Africa, Sri Lanka and Australia in their respective countries? Please educate the Global Cricket Fans.

    If Cricket is "Gentleman's Game", then if India looses to South Africa in SA, they should abdicate their #1 title.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    Why do people forget that India did win the last test series they played in England???

  • POSTED BY sudhs_107 on | October 15, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    @ People who are telling India is playing lot of home series : The rule is, if Aus tour India, there will be an compensating Indian tour of Australia (May be in next year or something). You wouldn't have observed that. So, if there is a home series with other nation, there will be an compensating away series with the same nation may be in another 1-2 year. Only negative I can see in Indian schedule is they are playing more games against Srilanka and less games against England and WI.

  • POSTED BY Sach_is_Life on | October 15, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    Its always funny to read some comments here..Some dont know the difference between ODIs,T20s and Test matches..where as some talk without even knowing anything abt other teams..BTW,..when was the last time SA played Pak in Pak ..lol..and BTW,,SA won their last test series in Pak in 97 and in 93 in SL..and lost comfortably to Aus at home and cant even beat Eng at home..But guys dont care bcaz SA is not India ..lol..the fact is India played better cricket home r away in recent times ..Cheers..!!

  • POSTED BY neerajv on | October 15, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    I think INDIA is the strongest at home..Are other countries as strong as INDIA in there own backyard..I doubt it..Considering Tests Played after Jan 2008, India have played16 home tests and won 9 and lost 2, with the W/L ratio of 4.5, but take SA who played 9 home tests and won 4, lost 3 with W/L ratio of 1.33 similarly Aus has W/L ratio of 3, ENG has W/L ratio of 2.5... No Country has a W/L ratio as good as INDIA at HOME..Its INDIA who is playing better cricket than other countries which makes them No1...

  • POSTED BY MasterClass on | October 15, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    Mark my words: SA will be exposed for the pretenders that they are when India tours there in December. Australia is actually a better team, and see what happened to them. SA Bowling is one-dimensional (Steyn, Steyn and more Steyn). SA batters cannot play spin (except Amla). Indian batters can play in all conditions (Sachin , Sehwag, Dravid, VVS + Pujara, Vijay, Gambhir, Raina) . The first group has proven it beyond any question. The second group will prove it this time. Indian pace bowlers will find conditions to their liking in SA, where even innocuous bowlers like RP Singh look deadly (RP is Indian Anderson except he doesn't have favorable conditions in India). India should think of playing Irfan as 3rd pace bowler because he can swing the ball. India's problem is getting breakthroughs with pace early in innings. When India get's that they usually win. In SA pace will get early break thru and spin will finish off. Your days are numbered Saffers!

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | October 15, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    @Ahmed Tabani: The Last time India toured England they Won 1-0. Infact England has not beaten India in any test series since 1996!

  • POSTED BY allstar517 on | October 15, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Every team will have their home advantage that does not mean they cant play outside. India from last few years improved its statistics outside compare to its previous statistics. What matters most for any team to be in no 1 is there confidence which Indian players have now and what Bajji implies is the same thing. Like all you guys I cant wait to see India vs SA series which will be the deciding series for who deserves no 1 spot.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 15, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    @ _neurtal_fan: When Aus. was #1, my unbiased opinion was that India should be #1. Last time I checked India is #1 :).

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 15, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    @Mannix: India will play in India because it has nothing to prove to anyone. Let other teams come to India and prove the ranking wrong :).

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 15, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    India is a solid number 1 team. Much better than what Australia was. No. 1 Australia could not survive injuries to McGrath and Warne or Hayden and win a series. India has done it time and again. During SL series, Zaheer, Gambhir, Bhajji were injured. During part of Aus. series VVS, Gambhir and Ishant were injured. Even if 3-4 Indian players are injured, India can weather the storm. For last 5 years, I don't think India was no. 5 ranked ever. Aus. in two years goes from 1 to 5 due to retirement of a few players. India may loose its number 1 ranking, but it will take it back. For next 5 years, I think India will remain among top 2 ranking teams.

  • POSTED BY Sach_is_Life on | October 15, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Yes..If u go by ICC ratings,there are 3 TOP teams who can give us some fight 4 the No1 spot in the comings days..But common..both Aussies and Brits are no match 4 us in home r away conditions 4 sure..just check India's record vs those countries in the last 10 yrs..and if there is any team who can really challenge India's place at the top ..that is South Africa...and this time my gut feeling tells me that we're going 2 win in SA ..bcaz we've the batting line up to succeed in any conditions but the one which excites me alot is the combo of deadly Zaheer and fully fit Ishanth and Shreeshanth ..I really wanna see,If Shree alone can win us a match in SA ..wats gonna happen with Zaheer @ peak can do in those conditions..? Its not Veeru or Sachin..If India wat 2 win in SA..its gonna be our fast bowlers especially Zak who has to be at his absolute best and win matches 4 India ..All the Best India ...!!

  • POSTED BY cricket_for_all on | October 15, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    It is nice to see that India won AUS 2-0 and Bangladesh won NZ 3-0 (We have very good chance that one Asian team can win the world cup). But It is very early to say that India can sit on #1 spot for longer time (If India plays in India only there is a chance). India really lacks in bowling department (India's bowling attack is well bellow SA, SL, AUS, PAK and ENG). India should spend their money to produce good pace bowlers instead of killing young telnet with baseball (T-20-IPL). (India's best pace bowler is Zahir Khan: But I am sure that he is not one of the best six of the world). One things is for sure AUS's dominant is over (Because they are failing consistently). We have to admit that the only team bring AUS down from #1 spot is India.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    Sure india might be at the top, but i think everyone would be in agreeance that it is because of the glut of series they play at home, where they have ALWAYS been incredibly hard to beat. I think that any of Ind, SA, Eng or Aus can hold the #1 ranking, but none of them would be a true #1 like the 1995-2007 Australians and the 80s WI team. If Aus sort out selections (gonna throw this out there, but Johnson needs to be dropped, plus North and unfortunately Hussey) they can win again. Eng are improving and the Ashes will show how much. SA batting has always been good, they need some back up for Steyn though. And Ind, I think they will always have good batting, particularly at home, they just need to get more depth in bowling. I was going to say that their test will be when Tend, Dravid, and VVS retire, but Pujara looks the goods and Tend will play til he's 60 it seems. But hey, Ind have toiled a long time, lets give them their moment in the sun as #1

  • POSTED BY sgma on | October 15, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    i do not believe india is #1 team. they have played tests well, but have got creamed in every global event in one days as well as 20/20s, not to mention even by ZIM, twice in a row (yeah yeah, it was a depleted team etc. etc., so what) for anyone who are over-optimistic about the world cup, i would like to remind them that AUS is still ranked #1 in ODIs. even today, tendulkar is the strongest card india has. so personally, i do not rate india's chances in world cup any better than ENG, AUS, SA, SL or even PAK and i cannot understand why there is such a negative feeling (remarks) about australia. india-australia is the best rivalry going on for almost 10 years now and a victory against no other country is sweeter than that against australia. without them, IPL is a dead event (not to put down players from ENG, SA etc.) oh yeah, btw, I AM AN INDIAN

  • POSTED BY gentlemans-game on | October 15, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    This series against Aus was top drawer stuff, no doubt. But India need to win in more places, more consistently, and yes, more convincingly. With individual performances, and home series victories coming to their rescue, they have held on to the No.1 spot for 11 months. 11 MONTHS!! We should see on-field performance that justfies the ranking, not just attitude and swagger. Quite a few from the team would do well to learn more - and not just about cricket - from Dravid, VVS, Sachin, and Kumble. Even if India somehow statistically hold on to the No.1 spot after losing to SA, they would've given up any sporting right to claim it. So Bhajji should probably have waited till after the series against SA before saying this. Taking these words back after the SA series, in case India lose, might be very painful.

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | October 15, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    If bhajji continues to bowl poorly on "unfriendly" wickets then we won't. We still have a poor-ish bowling attack and there is no hiding from that. Need a 90MPH bowler and need bhajji to take 4+ wickets per test.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    @Naveed Khan - India's money keeps India at the top? That's a strange and baseless accusation. If you say India is not as good outside of the country as it is on it, that's a statement I will agree with. But in the recent past, they've run Australia really close, beat England in England, beat Pakistan in Pakistan. And these collective performances only suggest that India is a strong team to contend with at home or outside. It's the record that makes them #1. Money has nothing to do with rankings. If you associate money with the rankings then I can return the favor and say that Jealousy might have something to do with your judgement.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    It gives me a stock for the laughter, this Bhajji guy is mentioning India as Test champion, when most of the wins have come to them in their own backyard!!

    Go out and try to play like what Windies and Austrlians did, even the way Imran's cornered tigers did in 80s, you are not even a shoadow of those teams!!!

  • POSTED BY ocean565 on | October 15, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    If India keeps playing most of their Tests in Home turf, I am sure Harbajans prediction will come true. The test series against Bangladesh early this year was arranged all of a sudden just to extend the points and the 2 match test series against the Aussies were again rescheduled from a 5 match One-day series to 2 Test matches and 3 ODIs. Go play the matches in Australia, England & South Arfica if you want to be called No. 1 test team. You can be No. 1 in paper (a ranking system influenced by BCCI) but in real life, India is a good team but not worthy of No.1 position....Sorry guys!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY shovwar on | October 15, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha...Bhajji is funny....but it is good to have confidence...if i were him i wuda sed da same....But the fact is this Mr Bhajji the away series you are talking about that you won are Bangladesh by 2-0 and New Zealand by 1-0....ARE YOU SERIOUS MR BHAJJI.???? Out of 10 tests you played 6 at home 2 draw serious against SA, 2 won serious against Auistralia (not the best OZ team) and 1 won each against England and Srilanka at home....And at away series, 2 against SL you never managed to win...lol 1 lost the other drawn....Let me give you a contrast performance....In the last 2 years SA beat OZs in Aus, Pak in Pak, England in Eng and twice against you guys in India which you could'nt even win at home...lol.. Australia would ve done the same thing to you if you were playing them in Aus . Mr. Bhajji I still think its possible for India to Stay on top of the rankings as long as you keep playing more Tests at home...for example NZ is coming soon...lol..But the true champ I believe is SA

  • POSTED BY jollyjugg on | October 15, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Whoever makes the schedule for India has made sure India will be ill prepared for the first test in south africa. It doesnt take a sherlock to tell India are rather bad starters in a test series. Given that going in to a high profile series which will potentially justify India's tag as #1 with not even a practice game to their credit is really disappointing and appalling . There seems to be no end to BCCI's greed to cash in on their cash cows and their total apathy to players welfare and cricket fans interest. Who needs a series with New Zealand now. They are getting whipped left right center by even Bangladesh who lie in the bottom of the table. Rather than serving the purpose of enhancing our Batters and bowlers average that series is not going to do any good. Particularly with world cup around why do you want to tax your players. While Manohar blames Modi of bribery and kickbacks, he will do well to realize BCCI's greed for quantity over quality and fix that.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    9 out of 10 of the series wins are in sub-continent pitches! I want to see, India win some where outside Asia. Take for example, South Africa, Australia or England. Then we'll see whose on the losing side. All those last 10 test series has brought them to Number 1 Spot. And 9 of the 10 have been played in sub-continent, where almost ALL the pitches are batting friendly. India, having a strong batting line up, can easily take advantages of this. -- To prove they're really the best team of Test Cricket, they have to win a series somewhere like Australia , England or SouthAfrica Where the pitches have more bounce in them! And there is lots more for the bowlers, then surely if India wins those as well, then they can be classified as a number 1 Test Team in the world. --

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    @Naveed Khan - India's money keeps India at the top? That's a strange and baseless accusation. If you say India is not as good outside of the country as it is on it, that's a statement I will agree with. But in the recent past, they've run Australia really close, beat England in England, beat Pakistan in Pakistan. And these collective performances only suggest that India is a strong team to contend with at home or outside. It's the record that makes them #1. Money has nothing to do with rankings. If you associate money with the rankings then I can return the favor and say that Jealousy might have something to do with your judgement.

  • POSTED BY Agus2010 on | October 15, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    Its nice to see that Asian team win against the so called strong teams like Australia and New Zeland, (Indian won 2-0 against Australia and Bangladesh won 3-0 against New zeland) it will give more confidence before the World Cup 2011, this is a sign of Asian team (Either India, Sri. Lanka or Pakistan may be Bangladesh) will win the WC2011 this time, best of luck Asians

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    All the best for SA and wish u a healthy recovery, bhajji. :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Aus are done.... we crushed them and so will england in the Ashes! Go INDIA form U.S.

  • POSTED BY 512fm on | October 15, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    Yeah say that after you have won in SA, Australia and England and ill believe you

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | October 15, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Yea Ind have potential, so do SA, so do Aus and so do Eng. That is the reality of the situation. Form and conditions will play the biggest factor over how things go for the next 2 yrs. that is just my honest and unbiased opinion and I'm sure it is the opinion of most unbiased persons (who will be a minority on this website). Aus to me matched Ind for all but the final sessions of each test and on another day would have won the 1st test in Ind's own back-yard. I thought Ind bowled better with the old ball which was key for the series.

  • POSTED BY waspsting on | October 15, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    I think India is the number one team in the world, but they are not a patch on the Australian sides under Steve Waugh. those guys would whitewash south africa in south africa, whitewash almost anyone at home, and only in India did they falter. This Indian side would not be overwhelming favorites in away series' against England, Australia, South Africa or Sri Lanka.

    The south Africa series will be HUGE for their reputations. with Sehwag, Gambhir not the forces outside the subcontinent that they are on it and Dravid out of form... a lot will rest on Tendulkar for the batting. Zaheer has bowled wonderfully recently, but he'll need some back up from the other pacemen. SA, by contrast, know their own batting conditions - and have a very sharp pace attack - led by Steyn. Anything could happen, but I think South Africa start as favorites for that one.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    I would consider India test champion if they win series in South Africa, England, Sri-Lanka and Pakistan. Winning home series is not simply enough. India crowd, weather, spinning tracks all are enough to make the best team come under pressure. India has never a won a series against South Africa in SA. They have not won a series against Sri-Lanka and Australia in those countries. I am not convinced that India should be #1. It is the money that keep India at the top. Countries want to your India because it is financially lucrative.

    Only away series India has won in last 2 years is one against Bangladesh and other against New Zealand (that too barely). India's #1 spot is an illusion because of the overly home series and lack of tests for India.

  • POSTED BY Mannix16 on | October 15, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    love how all those "10 series" have been played at home except for Bangladesh, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka (where they could not win). Make it 11 since New Zealand will be touring India soon. Gonna be real interesting to see when they tour South Africa

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  • POSTED BY Mannix16 on | October 15, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    love how all those "10 series" have been played at home except for Bangladesh, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka (where they could not win). Make it 11 since New Zealand will be touring India soon. Gonna be real interesting to see when they tour South Africa

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    I would consider India test champion if they win series in South Africa, England, Sri-Lanka and Pakistan. Winning home series is not simply enough. India crowd, weather, spinning tracks all are enough to make the best team come under pressure. India has never a won a series against South Africa in SA. They have not won a series against Sri-Lanka and Australia in those countries. I am not convinced that India should be #1. It is the money that keep India at the top. Countries want to your India because it is financially lucrative.

    Only away series India has won in last 2 years is one against Bangladesh and other against New Zealand (that too barely). India's #1 spot is an illusion because of the overly home series and lack of tests for India.

  • POSTED BY waspsting on | October 15, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    I think India is the number one team in the world, but they are not a patch on the Australian sides under Steve Waugh. those guys would whitewash south africa in south africa, whitewash almost anyone at home, and only in India did they falter. This Indian side would not be overwhelming favorites in away series' against England, Australia, South Africa or Sri Lanka.

    The south Africa series will be HUGE for their reputations. with Sehwag, Gambhir not the forces outside the subcontinent that they are on it and Dravid out of form... a lot will rest on Tendulkar for the batting. Zaheer has bowled wonderfully recently, but he'll need some back up from the other pacemen. SA, by contrast, know their own batting conditions - and have a very sharp pace attack - led by Steyn. Anything could happen, but I think South Africa start as favorites for that one.

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | October 15, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Yea Ind have potential, so do SA, so do Aus and so do Eng. That is the reality of the situation. Form and conditions will play the biggest factor over how things go for the next 2 yrs. that is just my honest and unbiased opinion and I'm sure it is the opinion of most unbiased persons (who will be a minority on this website). Aus to me matched Ind for all but the final sessions of each test and on another day would have won the 1st test in Ind's own back-yard. I thought Ind bowled better with the old ball which was key for the series.

  • POSTED BY 512fm on | October 15, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    Yeah say that after you have won in SA, Australia and England and ill believe you

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Aus are done.... we crushed them and so will england in the Ashes! Go INDIA form U.S.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    All the best for SA and wish u a healthy recovery, bhajji. :)

  • POSTED BY Agus2010 on | October 15, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    Its nice to see that Asian team win against the so called strong teams like Australia and New Zeland, (Indian won 2-0 against Australia and Bangladesh won 3-0 against New zeland) it will give more confidence before the World Cup 2011, this is a sign of Asian team (Either India, Sri. Lanka or Pakistan may be Bangladesh) will win the WC2011 this time, best of luck Asians

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    @Naveed Khan - India's money keeps India at the top? That's a strange and baseless accusation. If you say India is not as good outside of the country as it is on it, that's a statement I will agree with. But in the recent past, they've run Australia really close, beat England in England, beat Pakistan in Pakistan. And these collective performances only suggest that India is a strong team to contend with at home or outside. It's the record that makes them #1. Money has nothing to do with rankings. If you associate money with the rankings then I can return the favor and say that Jealousy might have something to do with your judgement.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    9 out of 10 of the series wins are in sub-continent pitches! I want to see, India win some where outside Asia. Take for example, South Africa, Australia or England. Then we'll see whose on the losing side. All those last 10 test series has brought them to Number 1 Spot. And 9 of the 10 have been played in sub-continent, where almost ALL the pitches are batting friendly. India, having a strong batting line up, can easily take advantages of this. -- To prove they're really the best team of Test Cricket, they have to win a series somewhere like Australia , England or SouthAfrica Where the pitches have more bounce in them! And there is lots more for the bowlers, then surely if India wins those as well, then they can be classified as a number 1 Test Team in the world. --