Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Mumbai April 29, 2013

Mumbai almost self-destruct in tense win

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Mumbai Indians 174 for 3 (Rohit 79*, Smith 33) beat Kings XI Punjab 170 (Miller 56, Hussey 34, Harbhajan 3-14) by four runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The glorious uncertainties of T20 cricket are also heavily reliant, sometimes, on mediocrity. Mumbai Indians were the relieved team at the end, having, only just, prevented Kings XI Punjab from pulling off a heist that, had it been achieved, would have left the hosts embarrassed.

Mumbai Indians had no business allowing the game to be decided off the last ball, after having dismissed a threatening David Miller which left Kings XI to chase 26 off the final two overs with just one wicket in hand. Kings XI still needed 17 in the last bowled by Dhawal Kulkarni. Six out of eight deliveries bowled in that over were full tosses, one of them was given a no-ball and another should have been - it was clearly above the waist - but wasn't, neither by Asad Rauf at square leg or AK Chaudhary at the bowling crease.

Praveen Kumar dispatched a juicy full toss on the pads for six off the penultimate ball to bring the equation down to five off the last delivery - also a full toss - but spooned a catch to Sachin Tendulkar. It completed a nerve-wracking win for the hosts, but left many wondering what might have been had the umpires, or even Kulkarni, who was fortunate not to have bowled to a more accomplished batsman, got their act right. The end had a touch of the bizarre, and was anti-climactic, as the umpires tried to double-check if the final delivery was a no-ball as Mumbai celebrated; it turned out to be comfortably below the waist with Kulkarni's foot well behind the line.

The most relieved of all of Mumbai's players, presumably, will be their captain Rohit Sharma. At the stroke of the midnight hour, he turned 26, and it would have been a birthday he wished he would have forgotten had Kings XI won. All the more because he had played a critical role in getting Mumbai to 174 after his team's scratchy start, with just 48 coming off the first nine overs. It is not often that Kieron Pollard plays second fiddle during the death overs of a T20 innings, but rotating the strike was all he needed to do as Rohit took over the role of aggressor.

So cleanly did Rohit - who scored his fourth half-century this season - strike the ball, he cleared the boundary by a distance his unusually subdued partner today has acquired a reputation to match, albeit with much lesser effort. During their unbeaten stand of 88, of which 72 were scored in the last five overs, Pollard scored at less than a run a ball and hit just one six and a four. At the other end, Rohit looked a figure of assuredness, though against some insipid Kings XI bowling that included a spate of extras, full tosses and deliveries bowled down leg. In the final over of the innings, which went for 27, David Hussey, captaining in place of a dropped Adam Gilchrist, sinned by bowling length and was smashed by Rohit for three sixes, one ending in the top tier behind midwicket, and two fours. Just as some fortune for Mumbai in the final over of the chase, this too proved decisive.

Kings XI appeared to be in the game even after losing two early wickets and then Shaun Marsh to a stunning one-handed catch from Pollard on the long-on boundary. Hussey and David Miller counterattacked, the former helping snatch 32 in the last two overs of the Powerplay. The introduction of spin, Harbhajan Singh's miserly spell that included three wickets, and Hussey's dismissal slowed down the innings considerably, but Miller continued to give Mumbai a scare with timely blows over the fence, two of them off Pollard followed by one each off Mitchell Johnson and Kulkarni. His innings of 56 ended when he struck Johnson straight to extra cover in the 18th over, but little did anyone know what was in store.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY swarzi on | April 29, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Rohit has shown once again that he is the best of the young talent in India. He has more class than any current Indian batsman - young or old. In fact, when the world saw him for the first time on those bouncy pitches in Australia, he looked easily the best batsman in India, even that time. This youngster has TIME to lend any other batsman who needs that valuable ingredient; and he has every shot - in the book and also a great improviser. I don't know why the Indian selectors never decided to give him as long a rope as they have been giving others, who have less class than him. For example, I still don't think that Virat Kholi has really proven himself yet against sustained pace bowling. But you just look at Rohit play, and you see how much time he has against everything. I think it's time for him to be given a fair chance like others. In his captaincy he's showing a lot of intelligence and good leadership. It seems that he should be the closest Indian player to Dhoni right now.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Rohit fetched himself a perfect birthday gift.... hats off to the young guy... he turned the game on its head

  • POSTED BY penagamuri on | April 30, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    And some body mentioned IPL is easy to play- okay agreed, even though I thoroughly believe that IPL has good standards in bowling as they mix up with International players, then why the so called talents like rahane, Mukund, Manoj are unable to perform. If they cant perform in so called "club level bowlers" how could you expect them to perform in international matches. It nauseates me when people come up with mindless crap that Rohit has been giving so many oppurtunities blah blah. Are selectors really that stupid, this game is widely covered by media and world and would selectors back Rohit unless they have seen some thing extraordinary in him. And finally a knock out punch - Dhoni as a Captain of Team India for more than 5 years knows who is a talent and who is not. So what ever people think about RS he is to me the best talents in the subcontinent. RG>CP>VK>MV the four players I believe that will become the core of indian batting in the future.

  • POSTED BY penagamuri on | April 30, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @every one - Its heartening to see people backing Rohit after his performances in the IPL. To all who still disagree about his inclusion or his potential inclusion in the test XI, here are my 2 cents. Name another player in the Subcontinent who can play pace bowlers with ease? let me help you with the answer- 1.Manoj Tiwari- A guy who has been touted as unlucky and et all. But really Manoj Tiwari, have you guys seen him play he dosent have half the range of the strokes of RS and put him on SAF mine field he is a goner.2. Rahanne - This guy dosent have it in him, he has techinal deficiencies, any batsem who gets bowled consistently and the space he leaves between bat and pad my god you can drive a truck through it. I saw him play against Finn and he looked clueless. 3. Mukund - Horrible, he plants his front foot and plays away from his body as we saw in england last year. 4.Badrinath, kaif, Rayudu, Uthappa - dont even want to compare them with RS.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    In my opinion KXIP played poor cricket than MI, though score board does not reflect that. Fielding of MI was far more superior. KXIP not only dropped simple catch but misfield many times given away more runs. Most of the batsman of KXIP got out trying to hit six when the required run rate was not high and they needed partnership in middle. MI had their main batsmen facin last 5 overs Vs KXIP had their bowlers facing last 5 overs. KXIP bowler batted much better than expected to make a close match. About last over, I do not think no of runs scored would have changed much based on who bowled as their were two set batsmen going to face it.

  • POSTED BY swarzi on | April 30, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Sollace, I'm sure that Rohit is not in the 'one-dimensional' bastmen group. I'm talking about those guys who can only perform when they open; or bat at No.3; or bat at No.4 ; etc. You would notice that I am not one of those who rate those kinds of players. In my book, the best batsman I've seen from India in Rahul Dravid by far! I give him the edge over Sunil Gavascar because Sunil was uni-dimensional also, as he only opened the innings for his whole career. Dravid is the perfect example of an ALL ROUND batsman - he bats in any position and performs excellently. Looking at Rohit play, he surely has the class to bat in any position. Sollace, I know that a lot of you think that the team that recently beat Australia is the one that should tour SA, without Rohit. But the best batsman in India right now for any SA tour is Rohit Sharma! In fact, knowing the current players in the team, after Captain Dhoni has been picked, I think the next name on the selection sheet must be Rohit's.

  • POSTED BY Sarangarajan on | April 30, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    It was a heroic effort from KINGS XIP which was thwarted by a poor" no -ball decison" of the field umpires. What was a joke was that they called to check the last ball as a consolation.It was such a pathetic decision of Azad Rauf- May be the umpires too get carried away by the partisan Mumbai crowd.Just like Harzha Bhogle who goes crazy in his description of the winning moments of Mumbai I.

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | April 30, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Here was a captain who was leading from the back. Decided to bowl the last over and gave away tons of runs and then he has the gall to say "probably" that over cost the match. Is there any doubt that it was indeed the last over which cost them the match? It is surprsing to see so many experienced international players just do not know how to control such hitting. Even if they are part-timers letting the batsman score so much in an over is criminal.

  • POSTED BY crindex on | April 30, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    MI is not a very good team. Its weak and comes alive once in a while . Most of the MI players are riding a hype wave. None of them perform well for thier respective national side (e.g Rohit Sharma, Harbajan, Pollard and D Karthik for example. Its nto a surprise anyway.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Why we fail to see the element of luck in players' performance? I see lots of comment hailing Rohit Sharma, which is also favorite player of mine. But in match against KXIP, it was luck that swayed the match in Mumbai's way. In all possibilities, chawla would have conceded lesser number of runs than Hussey in the final over. Rohit got Hussey, who is at best a good part timer while Praveen Kumar had Dhawal Kulkarni in the last over.

  • POSTED BY swarzi on | April 29, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Rohit has shown once again that he is the best of the young talent in India. He has more class than any current Indian batsman - young or old. In fact, when the world saw him for the first time on those bouncy pitches in Australia, he looked easily the best batsman in India, even that time. This youngster has TIME to lend any other batsman who needs that valuable ingredient; and he has every shot - in the book and also a great improviser. I don't know why the Indian selectors never decided to give him as long a rope as they have been giving others, who have less class than him. For example, I still don't think that Virat Kholi has really proven himself yet against sustained pace bowling. But you just look at Rohit play, and you see how much time he has against everything. I think it's time for him to be given a fair chance like others. In his captaincy he's showing a lot of intelligence and good leadership. It seems that he should be the closest Indian player to Dhoni right now.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Rohit fetched himself a perfect birthday gift.... hats off to the young guy... he turned the game on its head

  • POSTED BY penagamuri on | April 30, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    And some body mentioned IPL is easy to play- okay agreed, even though I thoroughly believe that IPL has good standards in bowling as they mix up with International players, then why the so called talents like rahane, Mukund, Manoj are unable to perform. If they cant perform in so called "club level bowlers" how could you expect them to perform in international matches. It nauseates me when people come up with mindless crap that Rohit has been giving so many oppurtunities blah blah. Are selectors really that stupid, this game is widely covered by media and world and would selectors back Rohit unless they have seen some thing extraordinary in him. And finally a knock out punch - Dhoni as a Captain of Team India for more than 5 years knows who is a talent and who is not. So what ever people think about RS he is to me the best talents in the subcontinent. RG>CP>VK>MV the four players I believe that will become the core of indian batting in the future.

  • POSTED BY penagamuri on | April 30, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @every one - Its heartening to see people backing Rohit after his performances in the IPL. To all who still disagree about his inclusion or his potential inclusion in the test XI, here are my 2 cents. Name another player in the Subcontinent who can play pace bowlers with ease? let me help you with the answer- 1.Manoj Tiwari- A guy who has been touted as unlucky and et all. But really Manoj Tiwari, have you guys seen him play he dosent have half the range of the strokes of RS and put him on SAF mine field he is a goner.2. Rahanne - This guy dosent have it in him, he has techinal deficiencies, any batsem who gets bowled consistently and the space he leaves between bat and pad my god you can drive a truck through it. I saw him play against Finn and he looked clueless. 3. Mukund - Horrible, he plants his front foot and plays away from his body as we saw in england last year. 4.Badrinath, kaif, Rayudu, Uthappa - dont even want to compare them with RS.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    In my opinion KXIP played poor cricket than MI, though score board does not reflect that. Fielding of MI was far more superior. KXIP not only dropped simple catch but misfield many times given away more runs. Most of the batsman of KXIP got out trying to hit six when the required run rate was not high and they needed partnership in middle. MI had their main batsmen facin last 5 overs Vs KXIP had their bowlers facing last 5 overs. KXIP bowler batted much better than expected to make a close match. About last over, I do not think no of runs scored would have changed much based on who bowled as their were two set batsmen going to face it.

  • POSTED BY swarzi on | April 30, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Sollace, I'm sure that Rohit is not in the 'one-dimensional' bastmen group. I'm talking about those guys who can only perform when they open; or bat at No.3; or bat at No.4 ; etc. You would notice that I am not one of those who rate those kinds of players. In my book, the best batsman I've seen from India in Rahul Dravid by far! I give him the edge over Sunil Gavascar because Sunil was uni-dimensional also, as he only opened the innings for his whole career. Dravid is the perfect example of an ALL ROUND batsman - he bats in any position and performs excellently. Looking at Rohit play, he surely has the class to bat in any position. Sollace, I know that a lot of you think that the team that recently beat Australia is the one that should tour SA, without Rohit. But the best batsman in India right now for any SA tour is Rohit Sharma! In fact, knowing the current players in the team, after Captain Dhoni has been picked, I think the next name on the selection sheet must be Rohit's.

  • POSTED BY Sarangarajan on | April 30, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    It was a heroic effort from KINGS XIP which was thwarted by a poor" no -ball decison" of the field umpires. What was a joke was that they called to check the last ball as a consolation.It was such a pathetic decision of Azad Rauf- May be the umpires too get carried away by the partisan Mumbai crowd.Just like Harzha Bhogle who goes crazy in his description of the winning moments of Mumbai I.

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | April 30, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Here was a captain who was leading from the back. Decided to bowl the last over and gave away tons of runs and then he has the gall to say "probably" that over cost the match. Is there any doubt that it was indeed the last over which cost them the match? It is surprsing to see so many experienced international players just do not know how to control such hitting. Even if they are part-timers letting the batsman score so much in an over is criminal.

  • POSTED BY crindex on | April 30, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    MI is not a very good team. Its weak and comes alive once in a while . Most of the MI players are riding a hype wave. None of them perform well for thier respective national side (e.g Rohit Sharma, Harbajan, Pollard and D Karthik for example. Its nto a surprise anyway.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Why we fail to see the element of luck in players' performance? I see lots of comment hailing Rohit Sharma, which is also favorite player of mine. But in match against KXIP, it was luck that swayed the match in Mumbai's way. In all possibilities, chawla would have conceded lesser number of runs than Hussey in the final over. Rohit got Hussey, who is at best a good part timer while Praveen Kumar had Dhawal Kulkarni in the last over.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    where KingsXI went wrong was giving priority for Australian players in Auction..

    D.Hussy, Gilly, Marsh , R.Harris.. all ausis.. add to that coach Leamon..

    Next time they should consider taking some SA,SL,WI talent in..

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @swarzi...so u say that just by winning 3 matches in a row ...rohith sharma is a close compititor of dhoni in captaincy???...too much dude!!...dhoni is a legend...hhis records can never be broke...rohith sharma is an awsome player...but he never even come close to dhoni in terms of captaincy or even batting....so dnt compare rohith wid dhoni....rohith had enough chances nd he didnt prove himself in big games...he plays for money here in ipl...

  • POSTED BY true_point on | April 30, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Yes. Rohit is a great talent. he was compared with Sachin and cricketing pundits in Mumbai felt that he could take Sachin's mantle. But even after given chances after chances, he has not performed in a consistent manner. May be he has the talent, the technique, the style, but may lack temperament to stay and play. Especially in test matches, we need people with loads of patience to wait and pounce on the bad deliveries unlike an ODI or T20 where you have to manufacture runs as a batsman.

  • POSTED BY Rakeshbisalehalli on | April 30, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I don't think that @Swarzi realises the facts properly. Rohit is and probably will be the only player who has been given numerous chances by Dhoni in matches and selectors have slected him despite poor run for a long time. He performs very well in IPL and when it comes to Indian team, his achievements have never reached his reputation. And speaking about Virat Kohli, he was the guy who scored a century in test cricket on a perth wicket which is considered the most pacy wicket, yet you say he hasn't performed agaisnt sustained pace! How sustaining be pace bowling than a test match in perth !!! Rohit needs to realise that he needs to be consistent and shred his lazy attitude which he displays more than often, he is surely a bright prospect for India.

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | April 30, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    T20 is so fickle that 1 or 2 balls here and there and it could have been a different match. Had KXIP tried just a little harder...! On the other hand, Pollard has won 2 matches for MI by his fielding alone (the first one against MSD's CSK!) Rohit Sharma always plays well in IPL- and almost always messes it up at the International level. To be honest, luck hasn't come his way as well. In the disastrous tour to Australia, he was not given a chance- despite the team being 3-0- as it would have meant dropping a stalwart like VVS (always an emotive issue in India!). Afterwards, his form fell away and he had a disastrous 2012 in ODIs. Despite that, the team management has stood by him. He did win a very good chase for India against England in a Mohali ODI.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    I dont know how people can even compare Kohli with Rohit!!!. Agreed that rohit is a fine talent but he hasnt turned that talent into performance. He is just like Umar Akmal.While Kohli has played some world class innings and that also under immense pressure. I still remember the match between Pakistan and India. India were out of the contest but the way he batted was very impressive. He played very maturely and won India the game. Than dont forget his innings against sri lanka and australia.

  • POSTED BY kristee on | April 30, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    GRVJPR, I only said that'd enliven the event further. The fielder in question looked so miserable. It'd still be 6-5, and I feel the quest for talent won't suffer much; if anything, such poor display, if unchecked, can only be counterproductive to the cause you talk of.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    OMG.Tendulkar failed again.We had rarely seen him bowled out when he was in good form.But now we are regulary seing he has bowled out.Where is his timing,footwork,straight bat?He is blocking youngster's valuable chance now like road block.He is finding some form.But his form never come again.Just like Sanath Jayasuriya.He had find some form when his final days.But he couldn't find it.Finally he retired.

  • POSTED BY Sollace on | April 30, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @GRVJPR Agreed. RS is pure class, unfortunately for India he hasn't been consistent. Hope he can replicate such knocks at the international arena on a consistent basis. Wen he does, RS will be an asset to the India team. But, I dont see him getting into the playin XI in the near future baring an injury or two in d Indian middle order.

  • POSTED BY pradip1127 on | April 30, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Good win for Mumbai. Rohit rocks. Rohit should go SA, not because of IPL performance. He is rare talent. selector not handled him properly in past . He should give chance in TEST ASAP at number 5., otherwise he will be in list of A. Muzumdar, M. Kaif, S. Badrinath etc.

  • POSTED BY pradip1127 on | April 30, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Good win for Mumbai. Rohit rocks. Rohit should go SA, not because of IPL performance. He is rare talent. selector not handled him properly in past . He should give chance in TEST ASAP at number 5., otherwise he will be in list of A. Muzumdar, M. Kaif, S. Badrinath etc.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 30, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Dwayne Smith in the 11 and opening really makes M.I such a better more dangerous side it's amazing.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | April 30, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @Sollace I have no problem with Rohit not selected etc. It's selector's call. But to say , as people are saying here, that he is poor tha Kusal Perera, courtney walsh etc in batting is not done. He is talented and good enough player which teams will be happy to have in squad. Couple of bad series in Sri lanka doesn;t make anyone a bad player, not to the extent people are making out to be.

  • POSTED BY ramak.85 on | April 30, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Congratulations MI for the victory over Punjab. I Appreciate Rohit Sharma for his brilliant knock in the innings especially runs scored in last over against hussey .Even it is a close win, i think it must be Punjab to win the match if fourth ball of kulkarni's last over is called a NO-BALL. Umpires have to call it as a no-ball which may alter the game result as well relieving PK to score less runs of the remaining balls.

  • POSTED BY sichu_emerald on | April 30, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    And the greatest of the greats in the team did not admit themselves the 4th one in the ultimate is a no-ball either...Where is the so-called fair play...gentleman's game and etc. !!! This is absolutely pathetic and a very sorry state of Cricket...Sachin we as a cricket loving people didn't expect this from you.

  • POSTED BY Krishhhhh on | April 30, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Am sure all Rohit praisers over here are Mumbaikars !! look at the larger perspective .. noboady doubt his abilities .. but he is no where near to Kohli. When Rohit made his debut Kohli was just playing in Under 19 and the way Kohli utilized his chances and cemented his place is something to be texted as a book for budding cricketers and in the same book a chapter for Rohit to be made for the worst example of how to waste your chances. He even got a chance to open for India in the last ODI played in Dharamsala .. he is simply a joke for ever Maggie Sharma.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | April 30, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    @indra prakash - the one super catch by Pollard could have also been the decider in that game. In fact Pollard should have been given the MoM - it was a terrific catch, missed it and it would been a six!!! Really that game was a thriller!!!!

  • POSTED BY Sollace on | April 30, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    @GRVJPR First consider what are the positions that RS is competing for in ODI's and Test matches. RS will either play 3,4 or 5 in both these formats. Now lets see hu he is competing with. Sachin, Pujara, Virat (Test) and Virat, Yuvi and Dhoni (ODI). Sachin is not gonna budge. Yuvi is not performing to the expectation but his bowling gives him an edge. Is he gonna replace Dhoni, Pujara or Virat with his performance in IPL? While we have Rahane sittin out for a year waitin for a chance in Test and ODI's, where is a place for RS. Jadeja and Dhawan has also thrown their hats into ODI team's contention. The positions dat are up for grabs are that of openers. You want RS to open in test n ODI's in SA...... den good luck to him.....

  • POSTED BY Sakz on | April 30, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    well, pk also got away with one wide, if you remember then there would have been an extra ball with extra run. and pollard might have hit that for six...! Better don't go into such talks....! Umpires did make mistakes in both innings and the earlier one went unnoticed as it was not at the end of the innings..... wides & no-balls are never decided by players so, it was not a call of mumbai players.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    spirited punjab . very good match . IPL2013 seems to a deglamours and not interesting compared to the previous edditions. reduction of star power . wel known foreign players are not playing. some with injuries , some not permitted , some are not interested. we have special ipl indian team this team can beat any t20 team in da world.. , rohit sharma, dinesh karthik , ravindra jadeja, ajinkya rahane , yusuf pathan, badrinath , robin uthappa , vinay kumar, .................... etc big list... ROHIT YOU R GETTING TOO MANY CHANCES IN INTERNATIONALS COMPARED TO OTHERS . PLEASE TRY HARD IN DA NETS AND PERFORM.. EVRYBODY KNOWS YOU ARE TALLENTED THAN SOME OTHER PEOPLE .. SO MAKE IT COUNT...............

  • POSTED BY venkiraj12 on | April 30, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    To people who justified the Mumbai crowd booing Virat Kohli the other day saying that the crowd was right because Kohli didn't take back the run-out appeal, how do you justify the crowd not booing Kulkarni for bowling a beamer in the final over and getting away with it, or the Mumbai captain for not taking the bowler out of the attack for bowling a beamer a second time in the same over ? Or is it only that teams visiting Mumbai need to adhere to the so-called spirit-of-cricket and the home team can trample over it as much as it likes ?

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | April 30, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @kristee I don't agree with 5 foreigners theory. The mission statement of IPL was to make domestic talent meet opportunity. The teams that have provided this opportunity with a belief in Local talent has reaped rewards. Rajasthan Royals are the best example of this.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | April 30, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    @swarzi - I agree with what you say about Rohit Sharma. He is talent that India could do with in all formats. He has one BAD characteristic in that he is a bit arrogant - I noticed this when he was run out whilst batting with Dinesh Karthik. Thus Kohli and Rohit Sharma need guidance and advice by ex-senior cricketers. They need to reign themselves in whilst representing the country.

  • POSTED BY venkiraj12 on | April 30, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Really ? Mumbai crowd didn't boo Kulkarni for not admitting to a no-ball when he bowled one above waist-high ?

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Kings XI put up a spirited fight against the star studded MI team and almost won the match if not fr the bad umpiring decision. Got to feel sorry for them. But at the end of the day I think David Hussey's last over cost them the match.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | April 30, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @Shaan99 When did I say Gambhir innings has no value. You are just getting worked up here. When someone scores 8 half centuries on his first tout to autsralia against likes of lee, johnson etc you need to recognize the talent is there. Form goes up and down. By you logic sachin is worst batsmen since he is averaging 32 last 3 years. I am speechless!

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | April 30, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    @ Shaan99 It's not about counting awards. He got those awards because of decisive contributions. First T-20 world cup that India win, that must win match he got a brilliant half century on a seaming track where even south african batsmen couldn't survive an Indian attack. His first tour to australia where he score 8 half centuries Vs Australia against a very good attack of Johnson, Lee, Mc Grath, etc cannot be ignored at all. ODI cricket sometimes requires deperate measures and batsmen can play a false shot that doesn't mean he is that bas as you are hell bent on proving he is.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | April 30, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    It's not that Rohit hasn't played well at international level, It's just that he hasn't live up to huge expectation of people of India. There are many players playing internationally that have contiributed much less then him, but noone says anything about them.

  • POSTED BY kristee on | April 30, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    GRVJPR, His role is proving more crucial. In this match, a domestic player from the opposition dropped a sitter, while Pollard held onto a flier. Any side would have one or two performers, but it's players like him that makes the difference, in the end. BTW, looking at some domestic players' fielding one gets the feeling that there's a valid case for 5 foreigners. Which would have enlivened the event. Gilchrist in place of this fielder would have been very handy, as the WK too disappointed.

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | April 30, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    I think KXIP were robbed by the umpires.Even with a naked eye it looked a certain no ball, but my question is why umpires didn't referred it to the third umpire when they could have used it and that too at such a crucial interval. I am not a punjab fan, but whenever i see preety zinta's sad face, i feel for her. Anyways, hat's off to the punjab team for fighting fire to fire with a never say die attitude.

  • POSTED BY Ahgg on | April 30, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    What an amazing talent rohit sharma is. His ability to hit sixes at will is atrocious. It's such a pity he hasn't been able to transform his amazing abilities in the international versions. Wonderful to see his feats at least in the ipl. Keep going son.

  • POSTED BY Jazibatwicket on | April 30, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    i completely agree with Mr.Madan.... you got the point hands down...

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    @swarzi: Rohit Sharma is very lucky to have got way too many opportunities to showcase his talent, selectors are mad to get him back into the team after every IPL.. N about Virat Kohli not havin proved himself yet, u must be kiddin me... He is easily one of the best batsman going aroun in ODI cricket with an avg of 53 in Australia and Above 57 in South AFrica with carreer avg of 49.5 n 13 centuries already to his name.. AND AND he has jus played 10 matches more than ur talented Rohit Sharma!!!

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | April 30, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    David Hussey's final over was the difference in the end..... but also must admire the gutsy knock by Rohit Sharma !!!!

  • POSTED BY Shaan99 on | April 30, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @ GRVJPR, now u r counting abt his man of the series.. But one think u must remember that cricket is not for any award it is just about the performance.. Take an example Of world cup 2011 final where Dhoni was given MOM but that was Gambhir who has given important contribution since when viru out for duck.. But according to u Gambhir inning has not value because he haven't got the M.O.M award.. If you r talking about award then Kaif is far ahead in taking award then this fellow Nohit... Then you must also say to bring into indian team kaif because he had also played a match winning MOM inning in natwest series final.... So selector bring KAIF because he has no. Of M.O.M and M.O.S award and he also played once good inning in Natwest series

  • POSTED BY MadrasCity on | April 30, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I am not against Rohit sharma , i was supporting him for many games for a Dravid replacement but now i feel its almost certain that Pujara is trying hard and I back him for that than Rohit sharma.

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 30, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Why Gambir,Rohit only performed in IPL !?! Here we hv 14 -16 matches. So every body hv a chance to improve no such pressure, we cant count 3-4 failure as we hv to play 14 -16 matches. But on top level u hv 2-3 chance only in any international level tournament if u fail u r just knock out than u r waiting for next series to perform. So pressure is much high on top level. so plz dnt compare IPL with top level cricket. IPL is made only for fun, enjoyment and for money only...

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Hi All....Don't speculate too much....Rohit plays only in IPL and the moment u hand over a Indian Cap to him, he will go in to the mode of SMG. Just because of IPL, if you ask me one person has benefitted that is this Rohit....He can't do well in test and one-dayers, as we have seen that in many a times.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 30, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Please don't blame Asad Rauf, He was almost killed by Azhar Mahmood. Therefore He took revenge on KXIP by not referring. Rohit should have gone for Ojha, He would have bowled only 6 balls. Its hard to slog a SLA bowler being a right hander.

    Rohit Sharma is one of those players who can't convert domestic form into international form. 90 ODI appearances is a bit too much.Him, Kapugedara, Ashraful, S Marsh are extra ordinary talent but can't help it.

  • POSTED BY MadrasCity on | April 30, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Good County Player Rohit Sharma - please leave it right there. Please for god sake give other players a chance to play for India - Please on seeing this if you are going to bring him back to indian team again its shame on the selectors there are so many around the country who are consistent and havent got a chance. Let him play some more county cricket and prove again there are many waiting for a long time.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | April 30, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    @ Shaan99 No, He gets chance because he has 4 man of the series award in His ODI career. In T-20 world cup in a crucial match vs Southa africa he scored a briliant 50. Both Kohli and Rohit deserves respect but it has become a fashion in India to bash young people just for the sake of bashing (it seems).

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    What rohit generally do is ,playing rash shots from the start of the innings, but from 2 to 3 matches he is starting slowly and rotating strike, if he can can keep this cool, it will be good for him and india

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | April 30, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    @swarzi Wasn't it a sustained pace bowling at perth and melbourne where Virat kohli played brilliantly. It has become a fashion in India (it seems) to bash anyone who performs. What were other seniors doing in australia? Only Virat kohli stood up even though it was on his first tour.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    amazing to see people clamour for rohit to get a place in the indian team after a couple of blistering innings! remember he scored a century in last year's ipl; what next? he was included in the odi team and he failed successively for 4-5 innings! some people went to the extent of saying that they would rather watch rohit get dismissed gracefully rather than watch a manoj tiwary grind out a 50! is this how we promote young talent? just because some former great anoints a player as the next tendulkar or laxman, should we give him extra preference? look at pujara- he's played just over 10 test matches and he is ranked no.7 in the world test rankings! same thing with ishant sharma! he averages above 37 after 50 tests and we still believe that he will MATURE some day! look at steyn- just above 60 tests and he has more than 330 wickets! when will we learn to spot quality and not flashes in the pan?

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | April 30, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    @Jazibatwicket On what basis you say that?? Rohit already has 4 man of the series awards at international level. How many have you got?

  • POSTED BY Shaan99 on | April 30, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    The time when their is no-ball that time umpire haven't go for any check but when it was a ball the umpirer for checking whether it is a no-ball or not

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | April 30, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    @Kristee Haven't you watched Kartik, Rohit, Raydu delivered in this tournament. Watch the games carefully!

  • POSTED BY Sollace on | April 30, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    What was the point of the umpires reviewin the last ball for a no-ball wen PK was pleadin Rauf to chk for a no-ball on 19.4.... Wat a joke!! Atleast considering the gravity of the situation, the umpires shld hav atleast consulted the third ump. Even as a MI fan, the victory left a bad taste... Well played KXIP!!

    Everyone is hell bent on bringin RS back into the India team, I believe Dinesh Karthik is more deserving n shld be given a chance. It is jus plain unfortunate that he is born in the era of MSD. DK has been technically solid, striking it at gr8 rate and most importantly vry consistent.

    @swarzi pls dont compare Sachin n Rohit. FYI... Sachin played at number 6 in most of the first 100 ODIs.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | April 30, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    What a shame if result of any match is influenced by not just ordinary but horrible mistake especially when umpire had the luxury of consulting 3rd umpire. Probably Rauf was aware that had he consulted 3rd umpire it would be no ball and KXIP would win the way last over was being bowled.Now the reasons for such howlers are for us to speculate about and everyone will have their own views.

    BTW it was 4rth or 5th time KXIP got raw deal from umpires. Few days ago Kallis was plumb LBW but not given by on field umpire and he went on to make 37 and big partnership with Bisla.During initial phase of IPL some opposition player was not given run when he was clearly out and then a Punjab player was given out when he should have got benefit of doubt.There are many such examples involving KXIP. I just guess something is wrong somewhere especially involving teams with wealthy owners. But hopefully truth will be out soon, it always does.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | April 30, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Now where is so called sportsman spirit of Mumbai Crowd. The replays on the screen clearly showed the no ball above waist to praveen kumar. Why not their captain showed the sportsman spirit and asked umpires to allow then another ball. Why all Sprit is expected from Virat Kohli only.

  • POSTED BY Shaan99 on | April 30, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Rohit always get chance to play in indian team for the whole year because of his ipl performance.. And due to these the player like MK Tiwary,A RAHANE,A RAYADU never got any chance to play.. And i also think that due his yesterday performance the selector will pick him for champions trophy and they will forgot MK TIWARY,A RAYUDU to include in 15-member squad.. Who have performed so well in recent domestic season.. I think it will better if they don't pick MK TIWARY and RAYUDU because even if their picked then also they will not got any chance in playing 11 because our captain really don't like include in playing 11 but he happy to pick this useless NOHIT

  • POSTED BY subrops on | April 30, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Why are all people forgetting the wide (which was not given) when MI was batting (Pollard was the batsman and I think PK was the bowler.

    Even that would have been an extra run and an extra delivery??????

  • POSTED BY kristee on | April 30, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Take away Pollard; MI will be competing with PW or DD for the bottom place.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    @Pankaj arora Who cares about mumbai ?? I am glad that he plays for mumbai. lol I am cared about Indian team where he plays for his self records and make the team losses.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 30, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    @Provost :- yeah i accept what you said.I believe people who commented on KKR vs CSK match report said 'CSK got lucky' , 'Marginal win' , 'Big total looked small' , 'just sneaked in' etc.Meanwhile some said look at MI and their wins.When they win , they win big !!! Hmmm i m afraid it is not the case in this match.But same fans are commenting here now saying Oh 'what a marvelous win' ..... They just named CSK as sneakers in last game...Every body can see your color change now . Phew!! GO CSK.At least CSK won with 14 runs :P

  • POSTED BY Jazibatwicket on | April 30, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Rohit is young talent? he is talented to play only IPL where XYZ rolls on.. he have to prove in international level to deserve that tag of "young talent". Do not utter a context young talent spoil the tag with real young talents proved and proving internationally such as kohli,mandeep and tiwary,and locally s.sharma(young leggy)and sanju samson so on....

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    I don't know what people are talking about. Rohit Sharma has been given plenty of chances at the top level to perform. Everybody including the selectors are aware of his talent but he doesn't do his talent justice often enough. He failed repeatedly and had to eventually be dropped.

    Even at the start of this IPL season people were wondering why this guy keeps failing. He has suddenly come good all of a sudden and we can only hope that he will continue this form at the International level. He will get his chance again no doubt but if he fails again, he will have only himself to blame.

    I can't comment whether Kohli is better than him or not but atleast Kohli grabbed the opportunities that came his way and that's why he is a permanent member of the squad now.

  • POSTED BY msankar on | April 30, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    As usual MI playing with 13 players!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    We should remember. Jadeja, Dhavan, Vijay all these players gave their best in tests only. We havent scene Dhavan playing such aggressive cricket at domastic level even in ODIs. Same we can say about Jadeja and Vijay.When Watson and Warner hit Jadeja 6 sixers in 6 balls, have anybody thought about Jadejas future. But rightly MSD stuck at him and today we are watching Jadeja playing brillient cricket. In this way, if we watch Rohit in this IPL spcially after getting leadership, he is totally different player. Without any rash shots he is planning his inning very responcibily and very importantly taking his team MI aggressively without any overacting like Virat. I really impressed about him. Go Rohit Go. All the best to you and MI !!!

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | April 30, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Self-Destruct Give me a break.the reason Mumbai Indians won because of their fielding ..Catches win matches....

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Very sad to read the comments from the fans about Rohit and entire Indian players. Rohit playing responcibely after getting capataincy of MI, still he is facing critisism. Fans are remembering his previous failures. Dhaval Kulkarni, the hero of last match against RCB was just became villain for todays match. When we will be matured ? Why always we be short tempered. When Rohit strugelled everybody understandingly critisised him. But now he is taking MI on his shoulder still some fans saying he is lucky, getting full tosses, edges etc etc....Very very shameful comments. Everybody should remember, IPL is not a easy format to perform as all worlds top most bowlers are repetedly participating in it. Not Big Bash or any other tournaments are having. We, the Indian fans should support Rohit. more than 80 ODIs he performed. We should look to cash him for India now. This years IPL we now say he is a cool enough to handle pressure. Lets give him chance in tests...........contd

  • POSTED BY swarzi on | April 30, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Sandeep Murali et al, I would like you all to research Sachin Tendulkar's performances in the first 79 ODIs he played and compare it fairly with Rohit Sharma's performances for the same number of matches and report to the readers on Cricinfo. If you convince me that SRT did better than Rohit, I would concede to the whole Cricinfo family that I have been wrong in seeking more justice for Rohit. Please remember, sometimes I also think that he's the modern Carl Hooper (the 'Beauty Queen' of batting) ; but I think that he needs a longer rope to show off the greatest talent India may have ever had as a batsman. I don't think including Sunil Gavascar that I have ever seen an Indian batsman so comfortable against real pace - in fact against any type of bowling! It's time to give Rohit his chance!

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 30, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Yes we cant compare Rohit with Kholi. On international level Rohit still need to perform. At top level You cannt get these kind of ordinary bowling. U cant get flat pitches either. Its totally look bizard the way Rohit gets out on numerous occasion on top level..bold or very soft dismisals.. ! But if he improves he can be very exceptional talent for india. But it will happen ?? Big question.. i doubt so as you "Your success is only limited to IPL only..."

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    @ Swarzi: Rohit not given the long rope? You must be kidding !!! Both he and Sir Jadeja were given numerous chances- Rohit was especially given the longest rope.. He is talented- agreed, but he seems to be a lazy prospect and his scintillating knocks come far and few between , at least in internationals. Rohit is himself to blame for his temperament , and hence his predicament I suppose. It feels sad, as he is easily one of the most exciting young prospects of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Today everyone talking about umpiring errors. Why you guys not talked about it when D.Kartik was given out to Senanayake on a bowl which going too away to leg side.

    Umpiring errors are not new to cricket & you have to take it as nuteral. If MI get advantage of it then everyone is talking about it but no one talk when it harmed MI.

    Even SRT missed his 5-6 centuries due to bad umpiring. India ruled out of CB Series 2012 because umpire missed 1 ball & match tied against SL.

    Even in y'day match umpire given a ball wide of Gony which is actualy bowled realy wide to Polard. If we talk about it then Polard got 1 extra ball to play & might hit it for six then MI's total might be 180.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | April 30, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Praveen kumar nearly pulled it off, but Asad Rauf spoiled everything, not only it should have been an extra run but an extra ball and someone else would have bowled other than these 3 pacers!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Rohit has been given enough time to prove himself at international arena... But he has failed miserably.... He plays well when it comes to IPL....bcoz he plays for money.Don't compare kohli and rohit...see the stats you l see the difference....It would be better if he shows this kind of form when he plays for indian team on a consistent basis.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    @swarzi What do you mean by "should be given a fair chance like others"! I He has been given more than his fair chance, much much more than some others. I think ov er 80 one days. And despite all his chances, he has failed to cement his place and fails terribly for India. After every ipl when he performs for MI, the cry goes up for his inclusion - bed for the last 4 years. And he doesn't deliver. No doubt he is immensely talented. But some people just don't make it. Remember Mark Ramprakash from England given chance after chance and also Yuvaraj in test cricket. Despite all the talent, some people don't just make it. Call it luck, temperament whatever. I feel he should be tried now only after other promising youngsters are tried. Otherwise it's unfair to all the others.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Narrow escape by MI,honestly kings X1 played better cricket,Mi were to slow,thanks to last over that some decent score they had to defend otherwise having 7 wickets in hand they were a goner,they never send pinch hitters to accelerate the run rate,look how RR utilized Samson,there is no surprise element,another thing why umpires always check a No ball when batsman is out,means if a batsman hits a four or take single or a dot ball they will let it go......it's high time umpires in ipl should be more consistent........they should send bhajji or Johnson as pinch hitters to utilize them better as opening average of Mi is slowest among all teams..........

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 30, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    @swarzi I think Rohit is extremely talented, but for some reason he constantly fails at the international level. Also he has received a LOT of opportunities. Remember the series against Sri Lanka? He played 5 matches and barely reached double figures once or twice. He has played 88 ODIs, I think that is plenty of opportunities. He has done well at times, but us nowhere near as consistent as he is expected to be. Other unluckier players like Manoj Tiwari and Ajinkya Rahane have received fewer chances but have already shown more consistency. In the Sri Lankan series, Manoj Tiwari made 67 in his first match he was played in. Rohit Sharma seems to be blocking a spot for other players and he better bring this form to India or he should be dropped.

  • POSTED BY Shaan99 on | April 30, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    @penagamuri- when rohit was in the sri lankan tour last year.. On that series he was batting at no.4 .. So how can u say that he hasn't got the chance to play in accordance to his comfortance.. And even in the pak series he always got bat nearly 5 or 6 overs.. That means, he had plenty of over to settle in the crease..

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 30, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Pollards incredible catch to get Shaun Marsh was the clincher ! great game.

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | April 30, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    one good innings and people are already comparing rohit with kohli....yes rohit is the most talented batsman ind have ever produced,he is gifted player etc but what abt his record when playing for india...he got many chances to prove his abilities but he wasted all those opportunities...he is fit to score only in ipl(with fulltosses,half-volley any batsman can score)l but he is no match to virat in international arena....

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | April 30, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    MI look so ordinary, with the class of Malinga and Johnson they cant able to manage a easy win against Kings XI.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    Is Tendulkar in the Mumbai side to play cricket or to sell tickets? Very soon all "Tom Dick and Harry" will claim to have clean bowled him!

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 30, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Punjab have been unlucky twice in a row now. First against KKR, they practically bowled Morgan, but the stumps didn't fall and moreover, the ball went for four. Today, they were bowling superbly albeit some fielding lapses, but they got unlucky again. Rohit Sharma is a very talented player and it angers me to see players like him and Gambhir play so atrociously for India yet "lead from the front" for their IPL teams. Anyway, while he finished strong, everyone seems to have forgotten that Rohit was very scratchy at the start, he had a couple of lucky shots and practically edged his way to his 50. An inside edge for 4 and a top edge for 6. He had no idea what he was doing. Granted after that he played some amazing shots and Hussey probably should have saved P Kumar for the final over, but still, Mumbai were lucky. Also, the umpiring this IPL has been abysmal and this one potentially cost us the match. That ball was extremely high and Rauf should have at least consulted the third umpire.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | April 29, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    Many gets carried away by Rohit Sharma's performance in IPL. He may be well suited for T20, but his head is not right for the longer format where he has consistently failed than delivered. What I mean by head is mental make over to adapt to different formats. Virat Kohli has produced results and performances in ODIs and tests while Rohit Sharma has repeatedly failed in these two formats. He may have all the talent but if there is no temperament to match, it doesn't carry too far.

  • POSTED BY penagamuri on | April 29, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    @sweethrme - I completely agree with you. In term of talents Rohit is definetly ahead of Virat and light years ahead of next lot like Manoj, Rahane, Mukund etc. I have stated this already and will do again that Rohit, Virat, Pujara, Vijay are the current best players in our country. Luckily 3 of them already made their mark in International scene and I am eagerly waiting for Rohit sharma to occupy a permenant spot in the test XI. He has fantastic shot arsenal and he is the only indian player apart Pujara that can counter Pace bowling on Pacy tracks of SA. But Virat has some extraordinary cover drives. And I also like his captaincy even though it has been a very short stinct but I have feel he should be in contention for capataincy after Pujara. And Virat Kohli captain of India .. NOOO ... he is too aggressive to be a captain and he is also very impulsive which could be disastrous ..

  • POSTED BY Angry_Bowler on | April 29, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    Shameful umpiring to say the least. On another note, people have forgotten that Nohit has been playing like this in IPL for years and failing horribly in international cricket just look at his records and compare with the other young guys in the Indian team. This guy has got a very long rope than any other new commer in the Indian team due to some very strong lobby in the BCCI. Of course he has got god given talent to show in IPL and he is doing exactly that.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    @rajcan, @sweetspot : have you guys ever held a cricket bat, ball or wore gloves? or have you ever been to a ground other than your school?

    if its is a fair game & every talented one gets chance, then we should have gold, silver & bronze in every sporting event around the world, but is it the case, NO, so till then let him play without your Expert comments. @ Pankaj Kumar : what he scores mumbai losses? did they loose all coz of one person.

    he is most 30+ scores in IPL along with Raina and he did that in 72 innings only while raina did in 85, know your facts before you jump the gun.

    Peace!!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | April 29, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    The master Sachin has done enough for Indian cricket for so many years its time the baton was handed over to ROHIT.

  • POSTED BY usernames on | April 29, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    @swarzi - What are you smoking?! 90 odd matches not a long run? The guy is rank poor in international matches. And Kohli has decimated some of the best fast bowlers in the world. He's scored everywhere--in England, in WI, in SA, in India, in Australia, everywhere.

    Remember the same Rohit in 2010 in SA? What were his scores? Repeat after me: Rohit plays wonderfully well in the IPL and domestic tournaments. Class or not does not matter. Kambli had a lot of class but an absolutely, abjectly, and inexplicability terrible mind. Kohli 5 years ago was 10x the player Rohit will be in 10 years from now. There you go.

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 29, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Can we compare Rohit and Virat ?? Both are exceptional talent. Although Virat rank very high but whnever i see Rohit's batting i strongly feel this guy is better than Virat. Rohit hv all shots in his books. His shots make my eyes pleased all the time. Pull shot cover drive lofted shot.. How cleanly he time the bowl.. I always rank rohit one step ahead than Virat..Rohit is better finisher than Kholi. Whn Rohit starts slog what a tramendous bat speed and timing he generates.. Woh it always pleasure to see him bat on and on.. "Today his birthday so i wish him great sucess ahead."

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | April 29, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    AS A INDIAN FAN....I am most pleased with Rohit Sharma, Sanju Samson, Manpreet Gony, Sreesanth, Dhawan, Karthik, Bhubaneshwar Kumar. These guys have played well for their teams. The IPL has unearthed quite a few players. There are others of course.

  • POSTED BY InsaneInsaan on | April 29, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Rarely do we see a team 9 down fighting and giving the opponent a real scare in international cricket.in IPL it happens on a regular basis.IPL is the best ever tournament. people who say ipl is a failure are plain stupid/jealous.

  • POSTED BY Provost on | April 29, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Bowling does not matter in T20.....Malinga, bajji, johnson and ojha could not contain an average batting team and it was a close call for MI. One edge to 4 or 6 could have changed the game........ In 20 overs ANY bowlers WILL be hit...........What CSK doing is correct, Just overpower with batting, the team that bats first against them should FEEL that any score is low and put them under pressure to go for very very high score and more likley they will fail....

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Rajcan, have you noticed tendulkar's performance for last two years in t20 matches? I do not think so. Some people are born loosers and damn, they do not understand the big picture. Tendulkar can pull crowds, and he is playing decent enough.in this IPL, His scores are better than gilly, ponting, sanga, yuvi. He plays an anchor role, and he needs the partner to score big shots so that he can build innings, that is why he could not get much success with ponting. One of them had to go and tendulkar was better.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 29, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Thrilling match. Amazing catch by Pollard. Rohit played an excellent knock. Punjab was hitting out too early. If they kept wickets in hand they would've won the match. Kumar wasted three dot balls in the final over. Rohit's captaincy is working so far. It will be tested in crunch matches.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    MoM should've gone to Bhajji for his spell today

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 29, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Some players performed very well in IPL. Rohit,Gambir are perfect example of that! But when it comes to international level they fail horribly.

  • POSTED BY Blackcaviar on | April 29, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Miller is a serious player! Since he made 67 against Pakistan he has averaged 61 in T20 and 50 over games not to mention his strike rate. There will be an outcry if he is left out of the Protea's Champions Trophy team. There is no doubt that he will be become one of the world's future superstars. How many batsmen of his age have the ability to hit the ball as straight and as cleanly as he does without the hint of being a slogger. As Nasser Hussain said during commentary in the Freinds Life T20 last year, " This youngster is a proper batsman".

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | April 29, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    If the fielding team appeals for a runout and the umpire refers it to third umpire, then why can't the batsman, who faced that beamer appeal and, get the umpire to refer it to the third umpire. Somethings in cricket just beat me. That second beamer was a crying shame!

  • POSTED BY mridulDeka on | April 29, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    @Shaan99: u a r either gud or bad player.there's nothing caleed ipl player..in ipl d bowlers r not dat of high quality,dats why he scores easily,not in case of international level..also i agree @penagamuri,in ipl he cums usually at 4-fixed spot..knows his role..not in case of national team where his spot continously changes

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Fully agree with rajcan.

    Besides whenever Tendulkar scores , team losses Reason being his slow pace to achieve his personal records. He should have been sacked long ago. Thanks to selectors that they finally sacked him from the odi's

  • POSTED BY NareshPodi on | April 29, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    It is proved that RG Sharma plays only in IPL but not in internationals. and he looks soooo proud at the time of conversation with MBangwa before the toss.

    and most shocking thing is , "When RG Sharma hits one boundary, the commentator says, he is a talented one. This is hilarious statement from a commentator".

    Bad luck to Punjab, M XI played with 12 players (Asad rauf is the extra one)

  • POSTED BY Javed_17 on | April 29, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    @penagamuri i would not jump to defend rohit especially saying: "there is no extreme pressure to perform" erm 4 down 100 after 15 if thats not pressure not sure what is. This is something he does quite consistently in ipl. So whats the excuse in ODIs? 79 from 39 a strike rate of over 200. 39 balls is far less than he gets in ODIs yet has not truly stood out despite 88 starts. I am not going to get into whether he deserves to be on the team or not cause with his T20 and first class records he more than deserves a spot but id rather see this rohit today than the one which turns up to play ODIs

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    We want gilly back in the team as captain; my best player along with Dravid..

  • POSTED BY thinkgood on | April 29, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    KING'S XI PUNJAB roared in this match. No matter win or loss , they showed their grit and the ability to topple any team in IPL. Go PUNJAB !

  • POSTED BY lemonstealer on | April 29, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    a very clumsy performance at the end there,its quite baffling that no one had a word with the young guy in the middle of the last over,its alright to let experienced bowlers like malinga and johnson do their thing and set a field accordingly but honestly youve got to go speak to the young guy when you see he is wilting under the pressure,i thought malinga was rubbish at the end too,he hasn't yet come to the fore this tournament.there was some talk about dew and having played a bit of cricket myself i recognize that it can be quite hard to bowl yorkers accurately and consistently at the best of times,to try doing it over and over again with a wet ball was inviting trouble and says a little bit about the think tank or suggests a lack of communication or simply lack of basic cricket sense.the post match presentation was quite irritating,why cant people just say YEAH MAN we see ourselves in the top 4.we go overboard with all this diplomacy crap.cricketers dont ever take a stand on anything

  • POSTED BY Provost on | April 29, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    If CSK wins like this then they are called 'Lucky', 'Sneeky' etc..... T20 games should go to the final over for 'pisa vazoool'.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    ASAD RAUF: Success, I made Mumbai won.. (I guess all 'Mumbai Indians' players will ready to give their match salary as a tribute to ASAD RAUF to not giving that 19.4 ball a no ball)

  • POSTED BY Harry1988 on | April 29, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Hell of a game....Kxip nearly pulled of a heist....It was good to see small boys giving big boys a hard time in the middle. The things that lost it for kings were Husseys last over, all the dropped catches, no ball by manpreet gony, playing rash shots and bad umpiring also. And what was in the favour of mumbai was the brilliant team, pollards catch, spin bowling, rohits innings, and to some extent umpiring also. I wonder why Rohit sharma does not do well when he is playing for India??????????

  • POSTED BY Narabavi on | April 29, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Better team won !! Awesome batting by both Rohit & David Miller. Pollard's catch was amazing.Ricky's decision to sit out is becoming really good one for MI.

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 29, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    Yes MI were the relieved team in the end they shld give more thanks to umpires.. U know why.. I am blind guys i cant see..

  • POSTED BY neo-galactico on | April 29, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Was shattered when Miller got out for it was evident that he was the last hope to get King XI over the line - although PK got them close. I'm convinced that he has to be the finisher for SA in the Champs Trophy. Top 6 for SA: Faf, Amla, Kallis, AB, JP and Miller. Smith has to sit out this one, his ODI form hasn't been good enough for some time now.

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 29, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    I m also not a fan of Punjab. But i hv full sampathy with punjab .. Its absolutely blind decision by umpires to not a give no ball. I hv seen umpires in this IPL always give some decisiƶn in favour of host team..poor very poor!

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | April 29, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Sachin needs to stop his temptation to score quickly of every ball. He needs to defend or take single when the delivery is good. After he gets good start he can score many runs.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    sharma just rocked the day lovve u;;;;;..... haip birth day

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 29, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Really a daylight sought of robbery happened !!!! Umpires are blind under flood lights of Mumbai :((( They have all that technology and will cost what ,30 seconds max for review on that No ball.Is that 30 seconds is more important or coming to the accurate decision !!!! ???? ..At this time of the game , one crucial mistake of umpiring will ruin the entire hard work done by top order in getting this much close of winning....And today it may have alter the result as well.1 Not-given no ball will done the job for punjab.What the hell was umpire thinking about ???? PK just even appealed to check...Umpires just didnt do that and sold the game to mumbai .I am not a Punjab fan neither MI.But truth should be said.

  • POSTED BY Nehans on | April 29, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Poor captaincy by David Hussey and this is why Gilchirist will be back in the next match, it makes no difference to Punjab whether Gilly plays or not as they have not much better players as his replacement and surely he wont have given this last over to Hussey that is the major difference between the 2 sides

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 29, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    A very gud match but very third class umpiring. That bowl was too high and cleary no ball but not given. It was second time in the over if it was given he was not allowed to bowl remaining 3 balls than Punjab might win. What a poor umpiring why he was not checking with third umpire.. Its absolutely ridiculous.. The standard of umpiring getting poor as the ipl matches goes on. Whnever batsman gets out he is checking with third umpire almost everytime. I wana ask what is ur role u cant see.. Always give some benifits to host team.. Plz i wana see fair umpiring

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @rajcan, its the franchise owners who decide who should be in the team and have you been in any stadium to see whom crowds want to see all the time ? just visit a stadium when MI plays and then you'll realize.

  • POSTED BY Sushildev on | April 29, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    A bit close but still...A tale of two birthday boys!!! One gets hit for three sixes in his last over and the other hits three sixes in his last over...but both end on the winning side...all's well that ends well :)

    On a serious note,the umpires check for a no ball when nobody appeals(when a wkt falls)...they didnt when the batsman appealed! (obvious no ball)...they could have done better!

  • POSTED BY Rashgul on | April 29, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    This match was tainted with the atrocious umpiring from blind umpires. This just shows how bad umpires are in Mumbai. I'm not a fan of Kings XI, but the umpiring in this game was absolutely shocking. If Mumbai Indians claimed a no-ball like PK they would have had a review, with Punjab they didn't. Daylight robbery once again in Mumbai for SRT's team. Absolutely Criminal, where the hell is the justice in that?

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    @shaan, rohit sharma has a good first class record, that is why he made it to Indian team..#checkFacts

  • POSTED BY penagamuri on | April 29, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    @shaan99 - Really Rohit Sharma is only IPL player. You just made your self a laughing stock. The main reason why Rohit keeps performing in IPL is because he is playing in one consistent position and there is no extreme pressure to perform and thus he is able to bring out his natural best which is way way better than any of the players you quoted, may be yuvraj an exemption. When he plays for the national side he either plays when there are few overs left or he gets strike early when one bowler is on song.. or he may not get chance at all in T20 as he plays down the order. he needs time to settle down and people like you has to shut up and let him play his natural game. Its just because you dont know how to analyze a players performance you cannot degrade or misgrade a player of such amazing quality. Dhoni is not a fool to give Rohit so many chances apparently he is a better jugde than you can every be in your life. So stop this anti Rohit jagorn .. its getting too boring ..

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | April 29, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    How many people come to watch Sachin batting? Come on mate! This is IPL, not world cup! MI keeps on winning, what's the problem? Let IPL be the carnival, and just enjoy it.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | April 29, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Posted by Shaan99 on (April 29, 2013, 16:24 GMT) Rohit Sharma is only a ipl player. Who performs only at ipl but when time comes for him to contribute for national team at that time if struggles only...

    No Rohit Sharma is also "best in the nets player". He is simply the best net player and plays superbly in the nets.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | April 29, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Phew! What a game this one! If Kings XI hadn't bowled some howlers earlier in the game, they could have walked away with this one. Pollard continues to pluck catches out of thin air.

    Either Mandeep or Vohra has to fire for them if KXIP have to cross the line.

    @rajcan - It is Tendulkar's drive for records and trophies that spurs him on in the IPL. He very badly wants to win an IPL I think. It's the one thing missing from his cupboard. He's not playing that badly, but it was much more embarrassing when India had to sacrifice the Asia Cup for him to get to his 100th international ton against Bangladesh. That was much more of an embarrassment. I wonder if his fans would have been so kind to him if he had undone India in a world cup game.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 29, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    What mediocre bowler is this kulkani. Two beamers and one lucky. Atrocious bowling to a tailender. He should not be picked again. Absolutely melted in the pressure.

  • POSTED BY Dragonboyz on | April 29, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Will Mumbai crowd call the umpires cheat.Punjab definitely doesnt deserve this loss

  • POSTED BY vijay2pvk on | April 29, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Rohit Sharma played good..y don't he play properly like this for team India? Only for ipl? Very good fight by Kings XI they had a very good chance of winning but they kept losing wickets which costed them..the turning points is hussey's final over which made Mumbai to post 175

  • POSTED BY AneYako on | April 29, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    What a painfully bad final over that was yikes. He was lucky the umpiring was so bad if not he would have lost Mumbai the match!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    @ rajcan SRT has done decently in this IPL.one 50 , few 20s with decent strike rate , clearly better than Ponting and other openers in the IPL. He could have done better but he is NOT a failure. Open your eyes.

  • POSTED BY rajcan on | April 29, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Another Tendulkar failure. Just because of Mumbai and he is a fan favorite, he has been getting appearance in every innings and continuously failing to perform. Imagine, if not Sachin, would anyone else will get this amount of chance?. Why someone has to be given so much importance based on past performance, but nonperforming consistently for more than two years????

    We have 1.2 billion people in India. If cricket in India is a fair game and every talented person is going to be given equal chance, not because someone is legend or father is a cricketer, we will have the best cricket team in the world. This has to come from every Indian's heart. When we blindly support some individual based on past performances, we are not helping so many thousands lined up to play for India and IPL.

  • POSTED BY Shaan99 on | April 29, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is only a ipl player. Who performs only at ipl but when time comes for him to contribute for national team at that time if struggles only... And due to his ipl performance he get chance for india in each and every matches.. But there are some other players too who fail to contribute in ipl but contribute truely for their national side.. e.g. Irfan,yuvi,manoj

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    rohith sharma look like hellboy at the middle or hulk, whatever may be he was a real captain out there, leading from the front destroying from the front, i think ponting made the right decision

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    rohith sharma look like hellboy at the middle or hulk, whatever may be he was a real captain out there, leading from the front destroying from the front, i think ponting made the right decision

  • POSTED BY Shaan99 on | April 29, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is only a ipl player. Who performs only at ipl but when time comes for him to contribute for national team at that time if struggles only... And due to his ipl performance he get chance for india in each and every matches.. But there are some other players too who fail to contribute in ipl but contribute truely for their national side.. e.g. Irfan,yuvi,manoj

  • POSTED BY rajcan on | April 29, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Another Tendulkar failure. Just because of Mumbai and he is a fan favorite, he has been getting appearance in every innings and continuously failing to perform. Imagine, if not Sachin, would anyone else will get this amount of chance?. Why someone has to be given so much importance based on past performance, but nonperforming consistently for more than two years????

    We have 1.2 billion people in India. If cricket in India is a fair game and every talented person is going to be given equal chance, not because someone is legend or father is a cricketer, we will have the best cricket team in the world. This has to come from every Indian's heart. When we blindly support some individual based on past performances, we are not helping so many thousands lined up to play for India and IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    @ rajcan SRT has done decently in this IPL.one 50 , few 20s with decent strike rate , clearly better than Ponting and other openers in the IPL. He could have done better but he is NOT a failure. Open your eyes.

  • POSTED BY AneYako on | April 29, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    What a painfully bad final over that was yikes. He was lucky the umpiring was so bad if not he would have lost Mumbai the match!

  • POSTED BY vijay2pvk on | April 29, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Rohit Sharma played good..y don't he play properly like this for team India? Only for ipl? Very good fight by Kings XI they had a very good chance of winning but they kept losing wickets which costed them..the turning points is hussey's final over which made Mumbai to post 175

  • POSTED BY Dragonboyz on | April 29, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Will Mumbai crowd call the umpires cheat.Punjab definitely doesnt deserve this loss

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 29, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    What mediocre bowler is this kulkani. Two beamers and one lucky. Atrocious bowling to a tailender. He should not be picked again. Absolutely melted in the pressure.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | April 29, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Phew! What a game this one! If Kings XI hadn't bowled some howlers earlier in the game, they could have walked away with this one. Pollard continues to pluck catches out of thin air.

    Either Mandeep or Vohra has to fire for them if KXIP have to cross the line.

    @rajcan - It is Tendulkar's drive for records and trophies that spurs him on in the IPL. He very badly wants to win an IPL I think. It's the one thing missing from his cupboard. He's not playing that badly, but it was much more embarrassing when India had to sacrifice the Asia Cup for him to get to his 100th international ton against Bangladesh. That was much more of an embarrassment. I wonder if his fans would have been so kind to him if he had undone India in a world cup game.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | April 29, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Posted by Shaan99 on (April 29, 2013, 16:24 GMT) Rohit Sharma is only a ipl player. Who performs only at ipl but when time comes for him to contribute for national team at that time if struggles only...

    No Rohit Sharma is also "best in the nets player". He is simply the best net player and plays superbly in the nets.