New Zealand v India, 5th ODI, Wellington January 31, 2014

Dhoni backs faltering batsmen

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MS Dhoni has indicated that India will keep the faith in their current group of limited-overs batsmen in whom they have "invested heavily." Dhoni said his batsmen were merely going through a poor phase and hoped they will be up to the challenge of coming out of it, after their failures on successive tours to South Africa and New Zealand. Only Virat Kohli and Dhoni were able to resist New Zealand, with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu all yielding poor returns.

"In international cricket you go through this phase," Dhoni said. "Once you make your debut at the international level, the first season you have a very good season. People start to plan about you. That's the time when the tug of war starts, where you try to solve the problems that are created by the opposition and the opposition will look to improve whatever their formula or plan is. So it is a constant tug of war. It has just started I believe."

The last season was fantastic for us but now the opposition will have their plans for all the batsmen and they will keep working on their plans. It will be all about how quickly we adapt and what we need to do to get out of the questions that will be asked by the opposition. I think it is a phase that we are going through. But what will be crucial is what kind of solutions we have got. How we plan to get out of it. How individually we prepare for the challenges."

After the series was lost in Hamilton, Dhoni had said he had little clarity on the fast bowlers he could take with him to the 2015 World Cup. He however stood by his batsmen on whom he said the team had already expended plenty of effort.

"We have invested a lot. As I said after the first season, once you become a settled side the opposition start planning about each and every batsman and that has been the case all over the world. And this is a phase I feel they will all get out of, answering the fresh questions that are asked of them.

"They are talented enough to get out of it. But they will need to put in a lot of effort in the practice sessions and mentally making their plans what they need to do once they go into the game. I am hoping with the kind of talent they have, the amount of games that they have played they will come out of it and that will be a big positive for us."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 5, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    As for batting department concern we need sehwag and gambir back in the team. Gambir with rohit or dhawan open the batting in ODI and sehwag should be tried at number 4 in ODI.D karthik or yuvraj should be no 5 and number 7 is a big concern too.Jadeja should be number 8 because he is just a left arm bowler .by hitting 2 fifties in 50 games.you cant say he is a batting alrounder.Try Stuart binny at 7.I am completely agree that dhoni don't respect senior players.As for bowling concern ashwin and ishant should not be playing.We should try ishwar pande,umesh yadav and amit Mishra.

  • mageCricket24 on February 4, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    One thing I don't understand when every body says Dhoni takes credit for winning the match !!! When India win the match every body start praising Dhoni means what he can do for that !! If DHoni fans started praising him means he is nothing do with that !!! From my prespective Dhoni is always a great captain with exceptional view of cricket !!! He sets a traget then plan and practice for it despite heavy criticism and achieves it !!! I am damn sure that India will win world cup 2015 !!! ESPNCRICINFO may preserve this comment :)

  • sk123 on February 4, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Karthik for Dhoni in tests. No Ashwin outside India. No Raina and no Ishanth in tests - No more.

  • on February 4, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Dhoni's playing his favourites does not make reserves secure . Even when reserves get chances they would be under pressure for they would not get chances like Raina , Rohit , Ishant , Jadeja and be dropped after a game or too . Dhoni should be encouraging Aaron and guiding him rather than blasting his bowlers in post match press conference. Umesh has been shunned by him and he is averse to playing Amit Mishra over Ashwin is well known .Besides reluctance to have Pujara in for ODIs has Only Jadeja seems to be doing reasonably well though needs to prove with bat that he can be consistent . He talks about inexperience but does he ever wants to take experienced players back into team. Yuvraj could have been tried . If Ashwin can't take wickets abroad why can't we have bhajji back .But seems has his own plans rather than having a game plan to win . Praveen Kumar who was effective in ODIs abroad should be recalled, Bhuvi has not been able get the same swing with kookaburra or a dukes ball

  • myStraightTalk on February 4, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    We assumed Dhoni is a great captain but he is not. Under his captainship we got lot of talent and failed to use the talent well. He should be sacked along with the coach. Dhoni is a predictable captain who did not take any risk.

  • on February 4, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    All this,time we did not hear or see any complains against Dhoni...but suddenly when indians are in a bad shape after recent tour of SA and NZ everyone starts complaing Dhoni.....

  • kriss11 on February 3, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    @Stormbringer. I completely agree with you buddy. Being a Hardcore Indian fan, I do agree that BCCI is not 100% thinking about the progress of cricket in india. They are more focused on generating revenue, which is fine but they shouldnt be forgetting about selecting the right stock of players, also giving younger players like Samson, and Zol, who are outstandingly talented players with very compact technique. And I still dont understand why Dinesh Karthik was dropped after CT last year. He is a good player and maybe could be used in test opening slot. BCCI needs some serious thinking and actions to take if they even want India to continue as a decent Test team for next 15 yrs or even for future of Indian cricket because its not easy at all to fill the slots of sachin, rahul, sehwagh, saurav, bhajji, kumble, laxman, Zak, and even Gambhir to certain extent. Cricinfo, please publish.

  • on February 3, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    With the World Cup being played in the Australian Continent, India are currently underdogs trying to DEFEND A TITLE WON IN INDIA. I have been saying this very often - With technology, India should prepare fast wickets in high altitude places in India and practice/play 50% of their cricket on those hard pitches to compete at an international level, instead of playing on dirt track all the time and letting history repeat itself. Alternatively, good Indian batsmen should be sponsored to play in the English league cricket to harness their skills on hard pitches. The problem is created with the amount of money being paid to cricketers who play in the IPL and other lucrative advertising contracts that come their way within the local market, that keep them at home. When will India learn to play abroad??

  • NCP1 on February 3, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Getting a Reallity check, the current Indian Team is average and will have difficult time replacing people like Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir,Rahul, Laxman, Kumble, Yuvi and Dada. Kohli and Dhoni were part of the world cup team but they were there with the big guys who are gone and now need support to win matches. Getting a good start is missing and bowling needs a lot of improvement to compete. Morale wise they may be low too without the experience. As for a captain, Dhoni is Ok for short format. He is useless for test captain, good weeketkeeper batsman but we will never know because others are not given chances.

  • India_Keep_Roaring on February 3, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Totally agree to what Siddhant is telling... Dhoni takes the credit for all the matches India have won.... If you take out those Major Titles INDIA have won - World T20, World CUP... YUVRAJ SINGH has played a major role in both those major triumph.. Look @ the record of the players(everyone knows who they are) whom Dhoni is favoring.... Its time to give DHONI his own medicine by beginning to drop him from the test squad... He doesn't see himself fitting in the test side rather just be a passenger-captain.

  • on February 5, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    As for batting department concern we need sehwag and gambir back in the team. Gambir with rohit or dhawan open the batting in ODI and sehwag should be tried at number 4 in ODI.D karthik or yuvraj should be no 5 and number 7 is a big concern too.Jadeja should be number 8 because he is just a left arm bowler .by hitting 2 fifties in 50 games.you cant say he is a batting alrounder.Try Stuart binny at 7.I am completely agree that dhoni don't respect senior players.As for bowling concern ashwin and ishant should not be playing.We should try ishwar pande,umesh yadav and amit Mishra.

  • mageCricket24 on February 4, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    One thing I don't understand when every body says Dhoni takes credit for winning the match !!! When India win the match every body start praising Dhoni means what he can do for that !! If DHoni fans started praising him means he is nothing do with that !!! From my prespective Dhoni is always a great captain with exceptional view of cricket !!! He sets a traget then plan and practice for it despite heavy criticism and achieves it !!! I am damn sure that India will win world cup 2015 !!! ESPNCRICINFO may preserve this comment :)

  • sk123 on February 4, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Karthik for Dhoni in tests. No Ashwin outside India. No Raina and no Ishanth in tests - No more.

  • on February 4, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Dhoni's playing his favourites does not make reserves secure . Even when reserves get chances they would be under pressure for they would not get chances like Raina , Rohit , Ishant , Jadeja and be dropped after a game or too . Dhoni should be encouraging Aaron and guiding him rather than blasting his bowlers in post match press conference. Umesh has been shunned by him and he is averse to playing Amit Mishra over Ashwin is well known .Besides reluctance to have Pujara in for ODIs has Only Jadeja seems to be doing reasonably well though needs to prove with bat that he can be consistent . He talks about inexperience but does he ever wants to take experienced players back into team. Yuvraj could have been tried . If Ashwin can't take wickets abroad why can't we have bhajji back .But seems has his own plans rather than having a game plan to win . Praveen Kumar who was effective in ODIs abroad should be recalled, Bhuvi has not been able get the same swing with kookaburra or a dukes ball

  • myStraightTalk on February 4, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    We assumed Dhoni is a great captain but he is not. Under his captainship we got lot of talent and failed to use the talent well. He should be sacked along with the coach. Dhoni is a predictable captain who did not take any risk.

  • on February 4, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    All this,time we did not hear or see any complains against Dhoni...but suddenly when indians are in a bad shape after recent tour of SA and NZ everyone starts complaing Dhoni.....

  • kriss11 on February 3, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    @Stormbringer. I completely agree with you buddy. Being a Hardcore Indian fan, I do agree that BCCI is not 100% thinking about the progress of cricket in india. They are more focused on generating revenue, which is fine but they shouldnt be forgetting about selecting the right stock of players, also giving younger players like Samson, and Zol, who are outstandingly talented players with very compact technique. And I still dont understand why Dinesh Karthik was dropped after CT last year. He is a good player and maybe could be used in test opening slot. BCCI needs some serious thinking and actions to take if they even want India to continue as a decent Test team for next 15 yrs or even for future of Indian cricket because its not easy at all to fill the slots of sachin, rahul, sehwagh, saurav, bhajji, kumble, laxman, Zak, and even Gambhir to certain extent. Cricinfo, please publish.

  • on February 3, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    With the World Cup being played in the Australian Continent, India are currently underdogs trying to DEFEND A TITLE WON IN INDIA. I have been saying this very often - With technology, India should prepare fast wickets in high altitude places in India and practice/play 50% of their cricket on those hard pitches to compete at an international level, instead of playing on dirt track all the time and letting history repeat itself. Alternatively, good Indian batsmen should be sponsored to play in the English league cricket to harness their skills on hard pitches. The problem is created with the amount of money being paid to cricketers who play in the IPL and other lucrative advertising contracts that come their way within the local market, that keep them at home. When will India learn to play abroad??

  • NCP1 on February 3, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Getting a Reallity check, the current Indian Team is average and will have difficult time replacing people like Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir,Rahul, Laxman, Kumble, Yuvi and Dada. Kohli and Dhoni were part of the world cup team but they were there with the big guys who are gone and now need support to win matches. Getting a good start is missing and bowling needs a lot of improvement to compete. Morale wise they may be low too without the experience. As for a captain, Dhoni is Ok for short format. He is useless for test captain, good weeketkeeper batsman but we will never know because others are not given chances.

  • India_Keep_Roaring on February 3, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Totally agree to what Siddhant is telling... Dhoni takes the credit for all the matches India have won.... If you take out those Major Titles INDIA have won - World T20, World CUP... YUVRAJ SINGH has played a major role in both those major triumph.. Look @ the record of the players(everyone knows who they are) whom Dhoni is favoring.... Its time to give DHONI his own medicine by beginning to drop him from the test squad... He doesn't see himself fitting in the test side rather just be a passenger-captain.

  • on February 3, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Dhoni is biggest problem because he plays like it is one man show and everybody else have to do what he tells them to do. for past several years he has been very bad captain. india wins only when batsman chase down difficult target, India is not able to defend small target. This is the reason why both batting department and bowling department is under tremendous pressure. BAD CAPTAINCY . Dhoni has to remember he does not have Yuvraj singh, sachin tendulkar or VVS laxman to handle pressure now. Earlier dhoni used to take all the credit for winning the game but as far as i know he has been worst captain. Harbhajan singh is not getting a place in team clearly shows that dhoni only supports his favorite teammates and have no respect for experience old player.

  • St0rmbringer on February 3, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    @naren1983:

    Dont you know that the ECB, CA, CSA, CNZ all provide "Foreign country pitches and simulation for THEIR players every time they tour outside?

  • St0rmbringer on February 3, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    those who want Gambhir and Shewag back: during their playing times y'all wanted ShASTRI and dev (whever it is that the Gambhirs replaced) and before that, whenever dev failed a season or so, Gavaskars and Vishwanaths. Oh please let those doddering old men rest. zis a population of over a billion so lacking in talent? Y'all have guys like zol and Samson; why not call them in? or others? How many Indian supporters watch Ranji? I make it a point to watch Sheffield and Plunkett Cups. I was watching Ranji on Telly and saw three people in the whole stadium watching the recent finals. all white. NOT ONE INDIAN SPECTATOR! there was some very good batting on display on a fairly seaming wicket. THT is why I like flaming these forums. who takes your long list of "WHO SHOULD PLAY "seriously? NO selectors, surely. not DHONI AND THE INCREDIBLY LARGE AND CURIOUS Mr. FLETCHER>

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 2, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    @productivity - enough with this 'we are always away from home' whining man , and lets not get into why no one come to Pakistan to play cricket because this forum will censor my 'offensive' comments , now back to cricket, have you seen sehwag in any recent matches ? he was never that good when the ball swings and in his current state he is a walking wicket , even our renji bowlers are making light work of him , and as for bhajji what exactly has he done to come back into team ?? i can understand if you say ojha or even amit mishra but bhajji ! he has been useless for a long while before he was finally dropped..as for your team Pakistan except for the trio of junaid khan , saed ajmal and misbah entire team is pretty much average

  • espncricdiehrtfan on February 2, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    india cric tm is going through such a bad time, they luk plotician more than a player, if you see al sucess of dhoni behind there is zaheer, ghambir, sehwag, sachin, laxman. Now no one is with him so this is result. It showing actually he was not a as good leader as we concider him, now his plans didnt work bcz no one is a match winner his team, but bcci have a problem who else is eligible instead of dhoni, i dont think so anyone is luk mature in indian crt team who can handle a team this time, so keep watching csk nd mi mix teams with a big politics....all the best india

  • on February 2, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    India has lost the series both in S.AFRICA AND NEWZEALAND,It shows that they are not capable to play in pitches other than India.If Players are really capable the pitch should not come into part for the performances.

    The Indian players should learn the tactics for playing in bouncy pitches and short balls.It is a shame that they have lost their first ranking.

    Learn and practice and prepare for all pitches for winning.

  • Coolcapricorn on February 2, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    We got to show patience with our young players like Bhuvi, Dhawan, Rahane, Rayudu, Yadav etc as they have just come into the Indian team & hardly have any experience in playing abroad....so please be patient my fellow Indian fans & give them time in learning to play in alien conditions. What we have to do is get rid of the non-performers like Ishant, Ashwin etc who have had more than enough opportunities & still continue to perform poorly. Also ridiculous to get sentimental & ask for the recall of stalwarts like Sehwag, Gambhir, Bhajji, Yuvi etc when they are not exactly setting the domestic circuit alight & we must not forget they all performed so badly in the Indian team for so long before they were dropped. Our fielding too had become a laughing stock with them in but it seems memories are short! Unless they show both form & fitness, none of them should be recalled & we should persevere with our youngsters - even if it means continuing with our losing run in the short term.

  • on February 2, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Indians and England are most overrated team in world cricket and current results proves it. Team india are tiger at home and cat at the foreign grounds. such a shame to thier fans..

  • productivity on February 2, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    I think a time will come when India goes to overseas winning the game by offering Dollars to some one like NZ, WI, BD but being a Pakistani every one should know that we are playing out ov our country but still winning overseas because money is not all about......... Love you pakistan & love you my cricket team........We as a nation proud ov u...........

  • productivity on February 2, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Being a PAKISTANI i am really happy of all the results of the indian team but as a cricket fan i am really disopinted............Dear Indians i must say that this is CSK & MI team not the INDIAN........Bhajji is much better than Ashwin & Please drop Rohit & bring SEHWAG who is match winner on his day.

  • Rohan.84 on February 2, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Indian batsmen show their talent only on home grounds..that should not be all time.we need consistency in players showcasing their talents and performing better.take an example of Aussie,they are being rated as world no 1 in current ICC ranking,india stood earlier at No.1 but maximum matches were played in India. Rohit has a talent to perform in india,likewise shekhar,rahane,raina,Rayadu too.these players need a lot of practise sessions and understand their game before facing the battle on subcontinents.Virat and Dhoni are matured,experienced,talented players and understand their responsibility in games.I think please bring Gambir,yuvi and bhajji for shekhar,raina and rahane. Allow pujara to play ODI as he is attacking batsmen in future. Fight back INDIA......

  • TellasisPatel on February 2, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    Young (under 19) Indian players have played very well overseas and won. So make Kohli Captain, keep Doni in the team as a batsman/wicket-keeper, and bring in talented players like Shami, Pujara, Zol, Chand, etc. Those who do not or cannot perform well must be held accountable, and helped to improve their game for future considerations. Indian Team and fans deserve a new and better Captain.

  • on February 2, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Make no mistake about it; India are the sleeping tiger of world cricket. All that needs to happen is for their batsmen to increase their experience in overseas conditions and for their selectors to settle on their right bowling lineup. You'ld think that both might happen at least by the end of the 3 test series against NZ but I think (using the SA tests as a guide) Indi will win the tests comfortably.

  • on February 2, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    it seems only opposition have the rights to plan for our barsman nothing with our coaching staff and other what tjey doing for all 5 matches..

  • on February 1, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    for heaven's sake

    drop rohit sharma. Get gambhir back or even sehwag.

    Drop rayudu and get back Yuvi..

    Drop Ashwin and get back Bhajji

  • Manoj1234 on February 1, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    @test_cricket_lover, Hold on. Lets see the test series result first. Regarding fools watching IPL, thats seems like a spiteful comment. IPL has nothing to do with this series so that can be the only reason why you put it in the conversation.

  • ProdigyA on February 1, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    If stubborn Dhoni can get his selection rite without showing any favoritism, the team can be really competitive on the field.

  • on February 1, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    i agree with peter sobrinho. BCCI should add English league cricket and bigbash season to its calender. thats an easy way to make indian cricketers flexible against pace and bounce. also the bowlers need to improve their fitness levels if they want to even compete at the test level outside the country cz in subcontinent, spinners bowl most of the overs. i also think dat pujara should be added to the odi lineup. i feel he is the one who can provide dat stability nd technique to the batting lineup. dhoni should come up the order and should take the team thru to victory. he usually comes out to bat when india is all out of the game and then takes us to victry frm there more often then not.

  • volmitius on February 1, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Only one thing... please play pujara in onedayers too !! Y dhoni wants him only as a test specialist i don't understand. He has shown in Africa that he can play anywhere.. Jst give him a chance in ODI. And he will prove his,mettle i am sure. Please dhoni i beg before u...

  • geevee97 on February 1, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Dhoni's teams are always out of favouritism. If the team wins continuously, he wont change the team even after series wins. A new comer can perform better when given a chance after a series win. And even if he picks a new player, he comes into quick conclusion that the player is not good. ishanth sharma playing 50 tests and raina playing 150 one dayers and still not improving.. cant any other be given at least twenty matches so that he can improve. pujara being termed a test match player is ridiculous. he cant score fast. we dont a player scoring 30 of 30 balls, every 4 th match going in at no.4 0r 5. we need plalyer who can score 100 of 110 balls which pujara can do more often if he gets in. and he is a quick learner as well so he can become an attacking batsman as well.

  • Johnny_129 on February 1, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Experts rate Rohit highly because of the ease that he plays his attacking shots. However, like many batsman in the past, looking good and consistently performing are two separate things. Rohit comes across as a selfish sort who does care about teams results. Sachin, Ganguly, Sehwag and Gambhir always kept the board ticking not only to avoid leaving the team in the lurch when they got out but also to stop pressure building on batsman at the other end - when Dravid, Yuvraj, Raina et al came in, they had time to settle or belt the ball if already in a decent position. The starts India is getting now is atrocious. Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni, Raina seem always under pressure. Chasing scores over 300 and Rohit going totally into his shell as if to punish the remaining batsmen!! I believe Dhawan's performance has also suffered because of the selfish Rohit! People who called Sachin selfish can now see what a selfish cricketer really is!!! Drop Rohit and bring back Gambir, Vijay or whoever else!!!

  • on February 1, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    If selectors are really looking to build a pool of batsmen for 2015 world cup to be held in Australia and NZ, then they should pick Gautam Gambhir who averages 49.86 from 17 ODIs in Australia. Gambhir's ODIs performance in Australia is exceptional. He is back in form now and dying to play for India again. The biggest truth: HE is the BEST AMONG ALL INDIAN BATSMEN WHO EVER PLAYED ODIS IN AUSTRALIA. Sachin's ODIs average in Australia is 34 (47 ODIs), Ganguly 33 (18 ODIs) and Dravid 33 (22 ODIs).

  • on February 1, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Yes, It is a tough time for India but it can become good motivation to return in tests and win it to increase the self-confidence of the team. The players have proved they are very good at Indian pitches but in foreign pitches, conditions, swing, bounce, weather ... etc are all different but cricket is same. The whole team have to put a lot of practice in these conditions and learn from every win and loss. But along with practice, patience is needed. I believe Indian team will come back strong.

  • Fan1969 on February 1, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    While a lot is written about the form of batsmen, bowlers.

    Only two things have changed since the champions trophy that India won. 1. Shikhar Dhawan is out of form. 2. Fielders have dropped crucial catches and missed run outs.

    Rest is all the same. Rohit was scoring slowly, unable to rotate the strike. DK was slow and inconsistent like Rahane/Rayudu (DK played practice matches well). Raina did not do well. The medium pacers leaked runs. Ashwin was ineffective.

    Kohli, Dhoni were doing well and Jadeja chipped in with a good innings and some decent bowling.

    Just do the following and India will win a few ODIs overseas. 1. Improve catching, run outs 2. Replace Rahane/Rayudu with Pujara / Gambhir.

    If Dhawan returns to form, India will be a serious force, overseas

    BTW Kohli to me is CLEARLY more impressive than SRT at the same age. Amazing confidence and execution.

  • on February 1, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    I have been saying this very often - With technology, India should prepare fast wickets in high altitude places in India and practice/play 50% of their cricket on those hard pitches to compete at an international level, instead of play on dirt track all the time and letting history repeat itself. Alternatively, good Indian batsmen should be sponsored to play in the English league cricket to harness their skills on hard pitches. The problem is created with the amount of money being paid to cricketers who play in the IPL and other lucrative advertising contracts that come their way within the local market, that keep them at home. When will India learn to play abroad??

  • test_cricket_lover on February 1, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Dhoni is RIGHT. Yeah, the batsman have been undergoing a lean phase and they'll come out of it once they start playing in the subcontinent again. IPL is always there and then there are fools to watch it. The fact is about THIS indian team is quite simple: Our guys lack flexibility. That is, they simply cannot adjust themselves to different playing conditions. This means, they CANNOT win anywhere outside India. Dot.

  • on February 1, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    its high time for dhoni , with world cup 12 months and aus and eng series midway, india have to be sure on its next 11 for the wc-2015, this team has failed in every department, putting the blame is not an answer, its high time for dhoni now to look at other players sitting on the bench else i fear we will be repeating the wc-2007 script if we go with the same team to aus and nz next year.

  • siddhartha87 on February 1, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Although this article is about faltering Indian batsmen but still i got to point out Ashwin. Another failure for "leading" Indian spinner(1 wicket in 5 matches @227.00).Some says he is talented batsman.Really? He has scored just 94 runs @18.80 in this series.

  • on February 1, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    The current team is bad on overseas tour but the team with Rahul,sachin,vvs,sourav ,harbhajan,Kumble used to won for us.Many user does not mention that,reality is that they (rahul,sachin,vvs,sourav ,harbhajan) drew series in Australia(1-1),Won in England(India won the 3-match series 1-0),even reached to the final of the wc which was in South African soil,then won the netwest trophy,they beat Pakistan in Pakistan(2-1 in test),won the one day series against west endies in west endies.So please don't compare that team with this one.I never seen any Indian caption with such a bad overseas test record as dhoni has but he is still the caption of Indian cricket team.The word cup was was won by whole team where gambhir,yuvraj were star performers but captain did not back them because he knew if he backed them his captaincy may be in danger :)

  • looloogun on February 1, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    pujara ,,, if the selectors should pick players on merit or performance the team will be full of only dravids and there wont be a sewag or a dhoni like characters .?

  • on February 1, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    There has to be a limit to the number of opportunities given to the batsman and the bowler.If the batsman or bowler has failed despite giving ten chances then he should be asked to work on his performance. No team can afford excess baggage in the competitive nature of international cricket.

  • stormy16 on February 1, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    I can understand guys like Dhawan and Rahane and Rohit to an extent but Rania has to make the next series count to keep the wolves at bay. He is obviously a seriously talented limited over batter but he is now an experienced hand (probably the most after Dhoni and Kholi) and must stand up and be coutned, especially overseas.

  • OMANAKUTTANN on February 1, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    If 5 odi was happened after the test series, there would be Pujare in the odi team. he has Dravid like caliber. when India toured New Zealand in 1998-99 Dravid was no near in the Odi team but after the test seriers , he was included in the odi team and it changed his career as an odi batsman. even a street boy knows what we needs when we play outside sub continent not our wise selectors & co( Dhoni).

  • lakmina on February 1, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Unacceptable performance from Team India. Repeated mistake from players, selectors and captain whenever team goes for overseas. Either batting flops or bowing flops. This time both. Especially openers both should be sacked. They played 7-8 games both a SA & NZ. We should get back to Viru, Gauti and Yuvi in the team. Bowler like Munaf, Kumar should be back to the squad.

    Also Dhoni captiancy should be questioned and he should shoulder the responsibility instead of calling bowlers to use their brain. India reached No 1 not bcoz of Dhoni, it is bcoz of various talented players.

    Players shoud not take their position granted including Dhoni. I strongly feel Viru & Gauti should be back to Test squad.

  • SyscoGopinath on February 1, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Still dhoni was not learning from his mistakes... if the opposite teams are scoring runs then our players also can score runs but our top order batsmen are not in good form and repeating the same players to play in the squad gave him the same result... dhoni shoul have given a chances to bench players... blaming bowlers is unfair... we know our bowling is weak then why you giving preference to the bolwers better add additional batsmen who can bowl as a part time bolwer and he can able to score that runs he conceeded comparing with bowlers...

  • boomslanger on February 1, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    If Pujara has been protected for the TEST then why hasRahane been granted the same treatment? I would have thought that Pujara was a more accomplished bat and, that hie woulg

  • bijumonssss on February 1, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    the comments posting by people!!! it is really interesting to read sure cricinfo need to provide a LIKE & DISLIKE button for every posts that will be really lot more liking thing we have with cricinfo!!!! ANY THOUGHTS??

  • on February 1, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Why this debate whether the Bowlers fared badly or the Batsmen? Both groups couldn't raise their playing anywhere near expectations. The only exceptions were Kohli & the Batsman Dhoni.

  • Vasi-Koosi on February 1, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Raina and Rohit need to work on their batting; they are good in one-dayers; possibly they should pick up some match practice in Aus/NZL before the world cup - la hayden act - to ensure they are effective. Ashwin, I do not know - he looks like a confused bowler; I think we have seen the last of Ishant. Dhawan, needs to get some clarity in his batting; he seems to have lost the art of taking singles, which was his forte before going for the big shots. Rahane has as usual been pulled up and down. When Dhawan was dropped, Rahane should have opened, instead of Virat. Bhuvi is good, he also seems to be cluttered; It is still a mystery that Umesh was not tried at all even in one match. Varun looks like a good bowler the best being a 149.2k yorker in the death of the 5th ODI. If he can keep up the pace and learn a few things it will be good. Pujara has to feature in the scheme of things for the world cup, especially if the opening is going to flop like they did in SA & NZL. He is a class act.

  • Nava.G on February 1, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Only one question from MSD " If the international bowlers have a plan for the Indian batsmen, why doesn't the Indian bowlers have a plan for the international batsmen? "

  • boomslanger on February 1, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    As lot of others have noted what are the chances of nos. 1,2,,4,5,6 batsmen of a side failing and it being called whatever euphemistic term DHONI is using? WHEN 5 out of your top6 and I am not counting Dhoni as HE has not made it clear that he is a number six batsman and not Stewart or somebody else he might push down to that position. this is not s case of or two batsmen being out of form but that of a very bad side or very bad and uninspired captaincy. it is of interest to note that Kohli has usually gotten a big score . whenever they have batted on tour so far. having said that, the Indian fielding has been totally uninspired so far, the new Zealander have not thought about life and limb while throwing themselves at the bell.be it to stop s run or take a catch. not so the Indians Young folks like Dhawan, Sharma, even Kohli have "thought about it" as the ball's gone past them. if their batting's not been so great they could at lest try to make up in the field .

  • on February 1, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Dhoni would hav lost captaincy long back bt bcci supporting him ofter losing so many matches stil he is captain in t20 nd test matches even mohinder amarnath lost selection comittee chairman post becas of dhoni, Dhoni delibratley not selecting seniors becas of captaincy competetion with them thts why still he not gave up his t20 captaincy ofter dosaster 3 world cups..

  • on February 1, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    I fully support MSD'S view point. This indeed is a quality team & just needs better application. u can t chop and change after every other series. these players have replaced the yesteryears stars purely on performance. And relatively have achieved significantly compared to the stars they replaced. Its just that law of averages have caught with most of them. on the lighter note, reading through most of the comments, I feel there r lot of talented selectors among the people who post their comments here.

  • on February 1, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    its time to think about our openers...should bring pujara and Yuvi in middle order ....jaddu doing is job well as a spinner then y we need ashwin....bring Irfan in that place...say bye to ishanth give chance too z.khan umesh yathav....rhoit raina and dhawan not good selection in overseas

  • on February 1, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    True for limited over batsmen. But how about you in Test matches? You are proving to be utter failure in test batting - <25% average. Let someone else take your position in test matches. You should consider getting out of test Cricket before the house built by efforts of great players like Sehvag, Ganbhir and Infan comes tumbling down.They were driven out due to your big ego and challenge to your position.

  • on February 1, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Keep it up Dhoni. Your experiments will give a place to u outside the indian team and a quick exit in WC 2015 which is in Australia. Your Double Hunderd batsmen cannot make a single fifty in almost 10 innings on fast tracks. And your old ones have forgotten how to bat against international bowlers.

  • obviousIndia on February 1, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    @ThePacifist10, it is not about Mr. cool, we probably donot need mr. cool if we have to loose 9 test in a row outof 10 (10th also we saved by just 7 runs, otherwise it was 10/10) we dont need a mr. cool if we have to loose 5 ODIs outof 7 (1tied and 1 drawn becasue of rain), frankly speaking because of mR. cool's stubborness, we have bben winning just by marging at home (3-2 asutrailia, 2-1 westindies, and 1-2 lost pakistan) and getting thrashed by clean sweeps like 4-0 is becoming a natural phenomenaon for India. we need a captain who can come out of IPL players like ashwin (2 wickets in last 9 international matches) and still playing on a trot whereas the specialist allrounders like binny are sidelined without any reasons. he is one of th eworst captains outside India and anyone can be good captain within India.

  • http.ashok.in on February 1, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    I thik bowling is main problem betsman always under pressure chasing above 300

  • ThePacifist10 on February 1, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    The old legends have been thoroughly inconsistent and unconvincing in the domestic circuit, bar Gambhir, maybe. Those who want them back are not thinking of the long-term benefits of investing in youth. Dhoni has referred to Gambhir as the back-up opener in Tests. There is no rift between him and MSD, clarified by Gambhir himself in several interviews. So those who believe this conspiracy are obviously just Dhoni haters. I'm no fanboy, but he's the best captain we've got to date. The copious amounts of silverware he's brought home, the stats and the players he has helped train prove that.

    Dhoni should stay until after the World Cup. We need someone like him who can take the pressure and perform. He isn't called 'Captain Cool' for nothing. Truly, he's the hero we need, but not the hero we deserve (talking to you, armchair generals and cricket 'experts)'. A real Dark Knight!

  • on February 1, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    There are many issues coming up after such huge loss along with past few series. 1. Dhoni is backing his own players like Raina, Ashwin, Rohit who are completely fail overseas as per their past records. 2. Dhoni is trying Rohit who is not consistent player throughout his career. 3. Ishwar pandey has not been given chance unlike Matt Henry who performed on his debut. 4. Ishant Sharma - the worst bowler at this moment and Dhoni & Selectors giving him chances at cost of others who deserve well. To sum up, Dhoni removed all record winners who are 'Cheap players' and invested heavily on others which is paining for all of us.

  • bouncer22 on February 1, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    While the general sentiment (that Raina, Rohit, Ashwin and Ishant would better be shown the door or at least given a real piece of public mind to mend) seems to be broadly right, one name seems to be missing out from this - Shikhar Dhawan. With due respect to his exploits in 2013 on Indian pitches (and CT), his technique is / will always be susceptible to quality bowling on sporting pitches. And the problem is - unlike a Kohli who is a real street-fighter and doesn't mind curbing himself (remember the "Leave outside the stumps deliveries at any cost" innings in the first match Vs South Africa?), Dhawan can't curtail his slam-bang approach and that makes him a certain baggage in the long run. Gautam Gambhir is a definite better bet with may be, Rahane as other opener and Pujara as well in the frame.

  • Shongololo on February 1, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Again, Dhoni's comments seem wide of the mark. Surely it has a whole lot less to do with batsmen "going through a lean patch" and more to do with the fact that India has been playing away? It's the flat track bully syndrome he'd do well to face up to rather than trot out the "loss of form" spin. For had India's last eight ODIs been in India, regardless of opponent, you can be pretty sure the results would have been far better than played eight, lost six (most badly to very badly), tied one and a no-result (where they were again staring down the barrel, had to chase in excess of 300 and would in all likelihood have capitulated again). As they say, until you accept you have a problem, face up to it and address it, nothing's going to change. The ball's in your court, India.

  • cricisme on February 1, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    i seriously think we need Gautam Gambhir in the line-up. Mr. Dhoni has personal issue with GG because he is outspoken and could threaten his position as captain. Mr. Dhoni must realize if it wasn't for GG you probably have never lifted those world cups. I also suggest bring Dinesh Karthik in the squad and Mr. Dhoni u need not worry about your wicket keeper position as our selectors will keep u as captain and a batsmen.

  • sreehk on February 1, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Call the Emperor (Sehwag), King (Yuvraj), Prince (Irfan), Soldiers (Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan) back and new ally (Pujara) to keep the high flying boy (Dhoni) on ground. Yes the boy thinks he has grown all too powerful, he needs to be shown his place now. These players have been high performers and proven match winners, if they were given the kind of chances Raina, Rohit, Ashwin are given they would have gone on to become all time greats, perhaps. Someone needs to tell and do this: move over Dhoni.

  • niazbhi on February 1, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Rohit Dhawan Kohli Jadega Dhoni Pujara/Raina/newbats Irfan Ashwin Zaheer Shami BKumar/PKumar. Let Irfan and one of the Kumar start with swing, the bring a bit more pace with Shami and guile of Zaheer. Then bring Ashwin/Jadega. Let Shami, Zaheer, Ashwin/Jadega rotate in last 5 overs.

  • JustAnObservation on February 1, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    The problem lies in the stubbornness of the captain to stick with his favourite players despite their dismal overseas performance. Not only the captain, the selectors too should have been extra careful while selecting team for overseas series. (There is no need at all to write about the coach's contribution. He is there just because he keeps mum or keeps nodding to his bosses. Elsewhere, he would have been dismissed long back after the back to back losses against Aus & Eng). Despite the repeated failures of Ashwin, Ishant, Raina, Rohit in overseas matches, they keep on getting selected, courtesy their closeness to the captain. Dhone talks of long rope to players, but why players like Binny, Tiwary and many others get dropped after a solitary (or two, if the captain is generous) failures, while Raina, Rohit, Ashwin and Ishant get to play scores of matches to prove their mettle. The captain has blamed the pace bowling unit but has not spoken a word against Ashwin, Raina, Rohit and Ishant

  • on February 1, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    As much as Dhoni has been magnificent performer in his capacity as a player , Dhoni is part of the problem india faces because of his stubborn and unreasonable persistence with his coterie of players and relentless negligence of other players in squad. Dhoni has been proven himself to be a more of a politician rather than a player.I have no doubt he will make a good politician. His politics is now harming Indian cricket big time and it should be addressed at the earliest before it sinks the whole ship. Get rid of Dhoni the captain , Dhoni the wicketkeeper alone will be great.

  • on February 1, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    MSD, for whom I have good respect it now talking like an investor who is stuck in a bad deal. What Dhoni means by "they are going through a poor run and will fight out the challenge" means that these following good for nothing cricketers -- Rohit Sharma (the biggest looser of the lot), Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja & Ravichandran Ashwin (the second biggest looser) -- will perform exceptionally well in the coming IPL series and hence would again merit for a place in the Indian International Cricket team. I suggest please keep two teams -- one which includes these and play in India only and the other one which can play internationally and includes players like Cheteshwar Pujara, Gautam Gambhir, etc. Hopefully people can understand the pun intended in the above sentences....

  • on February 1, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    If India needs to win the next WC, Dhoni should realize that he needs Gautama Gambhir in the squad. It was he who really helped Dhoni to lift the same in 2011. A lot depends on the aggressive start Veeru provides. Even if he fails, his positive mind can boost our team. Rohit Sharma should be used in the middle order where he is better than Raina. If he is fully fit, Yuvi also can play a pivotal role. R Jadeja may be kept as an all- rounder.

  • on February 1, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    @joseph. varun aaron is new young bowlr he is bowling good pace, how can u say tht becas him india lost one day series, first two one days lost nd he has noot played two onedays,, so pls leave him nd he wil become good bowler so dont put unecesery pressure on him already dhoni dropped umesh yadav fr one days, we hav only two pacers who can bowl 140 kmh. we hav to support this bowlers..

  • venkateswarlu84 on February 1, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Why cant Dhoni take some blame on himself with the team that he is choosing?

    Every time a slow start with Rohit, :) Maybe after 300 ODI, he will get another good innings .. so Indians plz wait (Infinite monkey theorem works for sure, Dhoni thinks this theorem will not work with anybody else) :)

    Amit mishra - U need not carry ur kit, next time when u r selected to team :)

    As long as Ishant plays, other team can come with one extra bowler as he gives enf no of runs to the other team :) (May be Dhoni is in love with Ishant :))

    Infact I am sure most of Indians are enjoying every lost match :) Anyway be ready to forget everything whatever happened (IPL starts) :)

  • bowlingplan on February 1, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    no team in the world can now say that we are the no1 because when they go abroad ,they struggle.this nz team was blanked by bangladesh only a few months ago.then the team which consist of the best bowlers sa were blanked by srilanka.if we are taking positives out of this series,we havea bowler who bowls at 150kmph,a bowler who can swing the ball,a bowler who can hit the deck at good pace.raina has to go back and try to play bouncers.ishant doesnt deserve a place in the team along with ashwin.if you bring mishra in place of ashwin the current bowling looks ok.from the batting point rayudu and rahane are not match winners.their style of play is such that they are waiting for the bad balls to hit,if the opposition balls good balls for full overs they will not score as well.bring yuvaraj and gambhir in their places.gambhir can bat at 3 and kohli at 4.dhoni told about plans put in place against our batsmen,does he have any plans against the opposition batsmen.bowl to a strategy ,please.

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 1, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    A bit harsh on Rayudu. He got 2 chances did okay in one and failed. But i see the temperament and he could be a good choice in Tests. Raina sure had enough chances. So is Rohit but one more chance may be given in Tests. If he fails then bring on Rayudu in Tests.Rahane was promising in tests so we should give enough chances to him. Dhawan is on serious notice as opener in Tests.

  • on February 1, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Loosing Factors 1.Ashwin 2.Aron Varun 3.Ishant Sharma 4.Suresh Raina 5.Shikar Dhawan 6.Ravidra Jadeja 6.Bhuvaneshwar 7.Ajinkya Rahane 8.Rohit Sharma Change is needed in sequence

  • on February 1, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    How many chances Suresh Raina was given? He was failing continuously . R Sharma and S Dhawan failed to click in SA as well as NZ. They seem to be good only for IPL which is played in Indian pitches Rahane scored 51 runs in five innings. How can you expect to win. NZ batsmen were more consistent. No chance was given to Amit Mishra and Iswar Pandey. Binny just one innings. Shami could have been given a break. We never seem to learn from past mistakes.

  • on February 1, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    i dont agree mr.dhoni why Virat K is not playing for time. do u think other teams does not know his weekness? because of your support Raina, Aswin, Jadeja Ishanth, Bhuvi not performing today. Rayudu, binny, amit, rahane not given enogh chance and u will drop them. u hate senior and distroyed thier carrier. you are very good in building pressure on seniors and making them under performers. Great leader will take the blame himself.

  • on February 1, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    For the first time i expect indian team should loose this match, because of pathetic team selection, if u selected by indian team your first qualification is you should be liked by m.s.dhoni, if he like you will get opportunity to play more then 50 games eventhough you will not perform like rohith sharma, ishanth sharma, jadeja, ashwin, raina etc. etc.., if you want india win in the overseas conditions you must select shewag, gambhir, yuvi,robin, zaheer, yusuf, irfan, bhaji, praveen, and new young talents baba abarajith, eshwar pandey, kedhar jadhav, vijay zol, sanju samson, manish pandey, saurav tiwary, manoj tiwary etc.. etc..., indian selectors should wakeup and prepare good team for 2015 worldcup, otherwise india never qualify even the quarter final of the world cup 2015.

  • on February 1, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    let there be no confusion let us find perfect rythm bowlers as in the 1983world cup kapil sandhu madan binny amarnath and who can bat quite gainfully its about 4batters 4 allrounders akeeper like dhoni and two perfect bowlers according to conditions so i think the top order should be dhawan rahane kohli rohit dhoni jadeja binny rishidhawan irfanpathan bkumar shami on turning slow tracks ashwin and mishra replace binny and bhuvi. raina rayadu pujara must be there in the 16and played according to the form and for injuries then look at the results

  • munamana on February 1, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Just think,before start of the SA tour Dhoni have some objection of not selecting Gambhir.Was that happens here? In a overseas tour experience is always add a value.If this type of combination will continue then surely we will see some more series failure and only we can blame Dhoni & BCCI...

  • Sarath-SehwagFan on February 1, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Indian team need to shuffle, even the BCCI should shuffle inorder to overcome the overseas owes. If Dhoni keep going like this, team India cant retain the world cup. As a huge admire of cricket and Indian cricket team, need a captain like fighter Ganguly. If you look at Ganguly's overseas records he is far better than all. In order to overcome this problem India should make two Xl, one for to play in India, Another one for to play in outside India. For outside India matches India need to drop all except Kohli Dhoni and SHAMI, in that too for test Dhoni also should dropped. According to me, its the best way.

  • ShanNachimuthu on February 1, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Bored of your justifications. After losing the series 0-4 you found out the middle order is the difference. Ok now what remedial measures you are planning to take. I do not know when you will realize that your bowling department is a mess, which is inflicted instability in your batting department also. You are trying to save your friends which will cost your captaincy and your place in the team very soon. The whole CSK bunch should be thrown out of the Indian team.

  • on February 1, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    perhaps it is good signs as india losing. atleast by this way we can get rid of ovrerated ashwin and meaningless rohit. time to bring back sehwag and bhajji... i cant see bhajji done anything wrong if not really really outstanding. but he is far far better than ashwin. stats speaks itself.. and it doesnt matter india win or lose, i am and will be die hard fan of india...

  • on February 1, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    I kind of agree and disagree with Dhoni. I agree that since India became the no1 team, everyone started planning for us. This team has proved itself in Home and England. Only SA and NZ ODI failed. Even SA was due to lack of match practice and the green top given. Imagine if we invite SA team to India and give them a rank turner in their first match without any match practice, SA will be bowled out for less than 100. In NZ these young batting did well compared to the past Indian teams that visited NZ. So we do not need a drastic change in batting line up like bringing in old horses who are even struggling in domestic season.

    Now the problem with Dhoni's logic is you cannot get into form by playing International cricket. These players will continue to be bullied by opositon. They need to play domestic competition to work on their weakness and comeback.

    Coming to bowling, there is no more talent left, we need a bowling coach to utilize what is available to the best.

  • on February 1, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    No Point of leaving Binny out who didn't get to bat and only bowled 1 over . Ishwar Pandey didn't even get a match although he peformed so well in the Domestic Season . Shikhar should be kicked out from the team and Gauti or Viru should come in place of him . Let Rohit continue opening with Viru or Gauti and then If he or Rhane plays bad then let Viru and Gauti Open the batting for India which seems and always is more consistent than Dhawan and Virat. In the Test match arena Vijay is doing fine but then let Gambhir open with Vijay for a few matches and Viru in the middle order and if it fails then let Gauti and Viru open the Batting

  • on February 1, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Bad Phase? How all 6 batsmans except kohli are going to bad phase? This is ridiculous. Dhoni should accept the bad game from our side. BCCI should make 2 Indian teams, one for Home and other for overseas game.

  • TijoAntony on February 1, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I really appreciate Dhoni as a captain, finisher & cool customer under pressure. But I am not in for his team selection skills. Please look at under 19 Indian Team who tours these fast & bouncy pitches with greater amount of success but don't qualify themselves to be in Team INDIA! Why.. Look at Kholi who came through the same route is taking up challenges. It's high time for non-performers to be removed. Axe Raina, am sure Sachin too will be envy of Rania on the matter of media ignorance of his out of form. BCCI, please get a peek in tour on these pitches ahead of world cup, wherein only those who preformed (batsmen who scored at-least 2 fifty or 1 century, bowler with at least 3 wicket haul in a match or who conceded less no: of runs) to be included.

  • sumit1982 on February 1, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I think it is time to call back Gautam Gambhir ,Rohit may be good batsmen but the skill required to play in overseas he doesn't have. Plz call back Yuvraj drop Raina.

    It is now time to entire pujara in ODI. IF hasim amla ,rahul dravid can do it why not pujara. Those two caliber batsmen doesn't aggressive they can hold innings and others play around them.

  • theRule19 on February 1, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Wonder why many people here keep asking to bring back the veterans like Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Harbhajan..Guys please check these players Ranji stats let alone Int'l stats..and you will know why they have not been selected. Rather the selectors should look to give the new players more chances..this way they will at least gain the much needed experience and exposure to cricket outside the sub-continent.

  • theRule19 on February 1, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Congrats to NZ..outstanding performance..credit where it is due as they have bettered India in this series in all fronts. For India, non-performing players like R.Sharma, Raina, Rahane, Ashwin and I.Sharma should not be played at all if they want to win. Rather these set of players need to be replaced with all-rounder options e.g Rasool, A.Nayar, etc.. The focus needs to be on developing strong bowlers who can bowl with fiery pace and accuracy. Current and future batsmen need to be groomed to play high quality pace bowling for the upcoming world cup in near future.

  • fudgys11 on February 1, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    Its high time Dhoni starts to take some blame on himself for the actions on the field and selection mistakes. Any other captain would have resigned by now. We have a decent enough history of his poor captaincy on foreign soil. If he has enjoyed the bouquets for his captaincy in India , he should be responsible for the failures too. It can't be that we win series by his captaincy and lose series by someone else's fault. He might have batted brilliantly this series and the last series but in captaincy he has looked out of his depth. Just like we chose him when there was no alternative candidate, we should take chances with somebody else. We cannot go much worlse than we already are.For all you know , you might find a new captain. Remember we lost 0-8 last year and this year too the figures are reaching that and he has the whole world to blame except himself. No player would want to get castigated by his own captain publicly. This brings down the morale of the team.

  • on February 1, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    I read through some of the comments and they are appropriate. The failure of all the batsmen barring Dhoni and Kohli is alarming for Indian cricket. We all know that Raina has a problem with short of length balls, Shikhar does not have good technic out side the off stump, we need to forget Rohit and this is high time to bring in likes of Viru, Gauti, Yuvi, Uttappa, Pujara. Ashwin is one fellow who never bowls well and bats sometime is Dhoni converting him to a batsman. I think selection committee needs to bring in a change in leadership and also in the team. Look at how Dhoni handled Binny, very poor decision not to bowl him at all and believe me if he would have been from CSK then he wouldhave played long back and still would have been playing. This is sheer partial way of captain and selection committee of which Indian cricket is always a sufferer.

  • on February 1, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Dhoni has no excuses. He cannot blame anyone. This team has been handpicked by him or on his insistence. No Indian Cricket Captain has been in such a strong position. He has the full backing of the Board Prez, and hence by proxy the whole board. It is he who has chosen this batting line-up and persevered with it. It is he who has left out tested veterans after they lost form. Even the great Rahul Dravid was forced to retire after one bad series. Now time has come when his performance and leadership especially abroad needs to be evaluated. His test batting outside the subcontinent has been woeful and his wicket-keeping, especially down the leg-side has always been poor. We all know that this lot are 'Dead Pitch" Bullies but the present Captain has survived 8 consecutive losses in tests and now 6 in One-dayers and has a lot to Answer himself.

  • TellasisPatel on February 1, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Except Kohli and Dhoni as batsman, all other positions should be considered open including those of Captain, team coach and team selection committee members. We need a new Captain for better results. Dhoni has failed repeatedly as Captain overseas and yet there is no accountability for those failures. Gambling and hoping for better result is not a solution. We will do better with Kohli as Captain (Kohli deserves his place in the Indian Team in all three formats of the game), who had won Junior World Cup Tournament as Captain for India.

  • alipk52 on February 1, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    India don't even have batting talent as backup except Pujara, I noticed whenever Kohli fails to score India always lose particular match, coz of no talent other than those in currently in playing 11, dhoni is forced to keep them, also Indian fans started to talk about Sehwag, who's the most medicore batsman, and when he last toured England, he failed there miserably, So with departure of Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman, india managed only 2 truely talented batsman Pujara and Kohli..that's it.

  • cricketforpeace on February 1, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    No, Mr Dhoni they will not come out of this.If past history is anything to go by, since 2011 we have consistently played very poorly on our overseas tours.The worst part of all this is-we do not seem to learn any lessons.As long as batsmen such as Pujara, Manoj Tiwari(presently coming off injury),are kept out and players such as Rohit Sharma(poor temperament),Dhawan (poor technique),Raina (he being not able to play the short-pitched delivery is the best kept secret of the dressing room)and Ishant Sharma(club level bowler)are persisted with-there will no major upheavals in the outcome of this Indian team.The forthcoming tour of England as well as the Asia Cup will only see further disastrous performances of this Indian team. To a large extent, the captain Dhoni is to be blamed for all this.His dogmatic and stubborn attitude towards player selection has resulted in this almighty mess!Einstein once famously remarked "To expect different results using the same formula is akin to insanity!

  • on February 1, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    It's a bizarre situation with the bowlers. We have Glen McGrath - the best bowler in the last decade as MRF pace academy director in Chennai and our bowlers look like they are totally hopeless!! If Glen McGrath can't help our bowlers then I doubt anybody else can.

  • baba6660 on February 1, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    I think Dhoni needs to be more logical…What about our bowlers and their plans for opposition batsmen…They all know how the Taylor's and the Develliers of the world bat…They are aware of their strengths and weaknesses…So how come they are not getting them out…Further how come the opposition is unable to get at Kohli and Dhoni…The fact of the matter and bottom line is, we need a technically sound Pujara to open the innings (with Sharma & Rahane coming in the middle order) and the bowlers need to use their brains when they are playing international cricket. The selectors shouldn't be writing of Gambhir and one wonders what happened to Dinesh Karthik.

  • thegr8indian on February 1, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Two series failures ends the careers of Dravid, Sehwag,Gambhir and few others. What about now? Guess...??? No one. The same Dhoni's team continue to plan next series also. lol :-) This tells current Indian team management strengh

  • rachit3041 on February 1, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    its not about faulty captaincy or being partial... sometimes we reacts too quickly to reach to the conclusion..we must give dhawan a fair chance all yuvi,gauti,viru have been given extended run so why not him....I think its india's bowling rather than batting which is a big worry... need to find some real good fast bowler or fast bowling allrounder

  • Sehwag3rd300 on February 1, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    openers score far too slowly i understand its not easy to always score quickly up front like in india but they way sharma and dhawan batted at the start was ridiculous they put so much pressure on kohli and dhoni. rahane was very disappointing ive always had high hopes for him. raina needs to be dropped he cant perform overseas he really needs to work on his batting overseas. im not even going to talk about the bowling. all i can say is that the next year there needs to be big changes in the indian team if they plan on defending their titles at WC 2015.

  • AH_USA on February 1, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    I have always wondered why MSD does not like to come up in the order when a few wickets fall quickly at the top order. He is a fine ODI player and can easily occupy one end and guide his batsmen. He should study how Imran Khan played in the last few years of his career where he would even come at #3 if one of the openers fell quickly.

  • gpranavmurty on February 1, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    Yes the defeat has been shameful to say the least, but i still believe Dhoni knows what he is doing right now. Apart from Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina all other defaulters need to given more chances. Team needs to stick by Dhawan who is still relatively new to the international stage. He started out so bloody well that we pinned our hopes on him. Kohli again, marvellous to say the least. Jadeja has been impressive as well. Regarding the bowling department, i mean , it has never been our forte has it? But still all the pacers are young and will mature over time. This is still a very young side mind you. Absolutely no need of knee jerk reactions. But i do feel the time is up for Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. Bringing in Pujara would be sensible. You can't just keep changing your side after every defeat. This is almost the same team that won us the Champions Trophy.

  • Karthik78 on February 1, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    India's only concern is bowling. If you look at batting, India has never surrendered like other teams do (getting out under 200 or under 150). Our batsmen are always under pressure of chasing 300+ either in sub continent or in Foreign pitches. Unfortunately they have to score against non Indian bowlers who are capable of taking wickets at any time. If you see Indian matches in India, they will always win against foreign teams by scoring more than 300 or 350+. So Indian bowlers has never felt problems as they were hiding under our strong batsmen. During that time itself, we should have worried about our bowlers and should have tried various people, but missed. Still we are finding fault against our batsmen. No teams would have to chase 300+ all the time and in all the pitches. If you don't find where problem is (bowling), then we are forced to face same situation again and again.

  • Karthik78 on February 1, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    India's only concern is bowling. If you look at batting, India has never surrendered like other teams do (getting out under 200 or under 150). Our batsmen are always under pressure of chasing 300+ either in sub continent or in Foreign pitches. Unfortunately they have to score against non Indian bowlers who are capable of taking wickets at any time. If you see Indian matches in India, they will always win against foreign teams by scoring more than 300 or 350+. So Indian bowlers has never felt problems as they were hiding under our strong batsmen. During that time itself, we should have worried about our bowlers and should have tried various people, but missed. Still we are finding fault against our batsmen. No teams would have to chase 300+ all the time and in all the pitches. If you don't find where problem is (bowling), then we are forced to face same situation again and again.

  • anupkeni on February 1, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Judging by the way Team India has played overseas stating from the England tour of 2011 to the Australian Tour of 2011-12 to the South African tour of 2013 to the New Zealand tour of 2014, it would be fair to conclude that Team India has surrendered the 2015 World Cup in 2014 itself.!!!

  • on February 1, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Its really big disappointing for Indian cricket..Just after the farewell of the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulka. .India should bring Harbhajan and Pujara for overseas and specially for WC15. Though Virat shows his class, Dhoni accumulates runs down the order as always, only positive from this tour was Jadeja's maturity as an all-rounder like Ravi Shastri. Dhoni said," middle overs bowling was a concern", but he is also responsible for that giving bowling to part timers and spinners. I think he is not believing his pacers.. Pujara can do the same job as Kane and rose does for NZ. At the same time Nathan' stops the run and their fast bowler attacked from other end, Jadeja do the same as Nathan, but Aswin from the end was always defensive. Why Harbhajan is not considered in place of Amit Mishra, who is like a tourist so far..Aswins avg. in last two series is more than 150 per wicket and he takes only 1 wicket in 8 ODIs...I think Harbhajan Never has such worst figures in his career....

  • thillumullu on February 1, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Why every one blames Ashwin. Is he the only bowler in the team. What about the fast bowlers. Why can they get away with it. Ashwin is relaively new in international level. U cant alwys expect him to pick wickets.

  • diyagama on February 1, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    It is very simple, India cant play outside India, they have proved in South Africa and New Zealand. They are a bit better in sub-continent. They have the weakest bowling attack and very poor batting when they play outside India

  • AvidCricFan on February 1, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    How come their bad phases always come in overseas tours? If they get to play at home, they will be lion again. BCCI needs to think how they are preparing players for overseas performances. These days with IPL and other engagements, players practically have no motivation to play overseas during off season. They don't get their chance to hone skills to play in unfamiliar conditions. BCCI has not committed to make fast tracks at home. Let Ranji and IPL be played on fast tracks.

  • on February 1, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    Besides Dhonis captaincy , Team selection itself is bad , very very bad. For that also Dhoni is to be blamed. Being too partial with Raina and Ashwin who are his csk mates. If Gauti , Viru , Yuvi , etc were thrown out of the team for few failures , Raina and ashwin are constant failures probably triple the times than others. Binny was totally sidelined for the one match he played. Jadeja and dhoni played almost run a ball innings while Binny's batting didnt even come who could have hit the ball cross ropes. Even Rayadu bowled so many overs while Binny just one over. lol Was he purposely sidelined by Dhoni ?? I think yes. India have not even won a single match in it's last 2 series. Just beating weak teams in home conditions is too far from being proud of. Shameful

  • IndCoach on February 1, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    I feel Sehwag is far far better than Rohit Sharma, the lazy selfish fellow. I don't know how this kind of people can represent Indian team. So this shows how pathetic the Selectors are. Why don't u give a chance to Sehwag and Yuvaraj a role again. Kick out Rohit from the National selection. Let him play only domestic game for Mumbai. Leaving out Raina is big mistake. Overall Indian cricket goes down because of their own politics. There is no lacking of talents. But selectors consider only MONEY and not talents. Good players of India please go and play county cricket if you are interested in Cricket. Don't believe Indian cricket. It is far more based on Recommendation and money. Don't loose your age in believing that u will get calls from Indian selectors. Trust the county games in UK. U will grow more talents than getting it from Ranji games.

  • on February 1, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    It seems by Dhoni words he wanted to continue his business for some more time and test his luck again...but BCCI should take immediate action, Dhawan should be replaced by viru, ghambir must come back, pujara should play in ODIs...and some bowling changes eshwar pandey should have been given opportunity.

  • on February 1, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    Crowe is right no one did a Sehwag... cause they're not capable of it. Our top order except for kohli is sorry, Rahane at 4 is a joke, 7,3,3,2 are his last four innings, top order are kings at home but peasants abroad, sharma dhawan out!!!!!

  • on February 1, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    It is hard to fathom this same team won the Champions Trophy in England. Maybe they underestimated NZ after a good test series against SA. As Dhoni said, this could be one of those bad phase. But consistency is the hallmark of great teams. Seems India might win here and there and lose many when they travel. Asia cup is coming, so cheer up guys, you would see the Dhawans and Sharmas scoring heavily.

  • on February 1, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    "In international cricket you go through this phase"... thats what you said when you lost 4-0 and 4-0 against England and Australia. Now you lost 4-0 in ODI.

    And I hope it won't be 2-0 in tests.

    And people please stop asking for Sehwag, Gambhir and other old timers they have miserably failed outside India.

    We need to find some young blood. And keep trying!

  • VipinGangwar on January 31, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    What Duncan Fletcher needs to do to be sacked? Would any coach have survived in any country, if he had lost those number of matches abroad? Why BCCI do not trust Ex-Indian players?

    Sack Fletcher and Dhoni, Appoint Ganguly as coach and Pujara as captain. Indian team started to win abroad in his captaincy and I am sure he will make them learn it again.

  • raki_s9 on January 31, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    For the first 4 matches, at least it felt like they are trying something. But this one ... they gave up without any fight. Soon after kholil got out, even Dhoni started looking for singles. It felt as though he was tired of this line-up.

  • JetsFanInDenver on January 31, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    Its the failure of opening partnerships and lack of free scoring at the top that has done India in this series. For the past two decades there have been 4 batsmen who have opened the batting that being Sachin, Saurav, Sehwag and Gambhir. All of them were brisk scorers and were good enough do to early damage anywhere on this planet. But the current opening duo of Sharma and Shikhar have been proven to be woefully inadequate outside Indian conditions. They have failed in the last 7 ODI's played. That too long a rope to be given to these players. Think Gambhir should be given a look in. It wont be a bad idea to promote a cleanup hitter to the opening slot. Someone like Stuart Binny can be groomed to open with the sole job of trashing the ball out of the park.

    But Rohit and Shikhar should be thrown out!

  • on January 31, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Love to give to Rohit, Shikhar, Suresh and the rest a chance. But what to do if they don't have the slightest technique Apart from Cheteshwar and Virat and Murali there aren't too many who have the aptitude to play on foreign soil against quicks.

  • on January 31, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    I am an avid supporter of Indian team. Living in New Zealand and following the team to various grounds, I have too have been disappointed by the results. Instead of being critical lets support them. The better team won and lets give credit to Black Caps. Sure India has problems but there is still a year for the World Cup and lots can change. Varun Aron is an exciting find, just sent a yorker at 149.7 kph, he has fantastic potential and should be nurtured. To all the critics, just remember we won the Chapions trophy in England in seaming conditions and walked away with every prize. The big one is world cup next year. Many of the comments on the website are quite disappointing and personal. Lets be decent. Bhavani

  • VipinGangwar on January 31, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    Seriously, India should not travel out of Asia.Just look at the difference in their body languages, even Kohli gets bogged down due to his team mates. When they are playing in India it looks they will chase down any score in 25 overs, and outside Asia they just wait for tour to over.

    In previous teams their were aggressive players like Ganguly, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Harbhajan and Gambhir in the company of Dravid, Sachin, Kumble and Srinath, So it was mixed pack of aggression and calmness. Who barely changes their approach and attitude.

    In current team when the players are in form they are over expressive and when they are not in form they let down other players like Kohli. So they are neither consistent in their game nor in their attitude.

  • MIBCric on January 31, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    The performance of the Indian team a year before the 2015 World Cup in venues and pitches where they will be playing games should have the alarm bells ringing!! If anyone remembers the dismal showing of India in the 2007 World Cup in WI, where they did not even qualify past the first round, would also remember that a few months prior to the World Cup in WI, India toured and got beaten by a poorly ranked WI team. If India stays the course, 2015 will be a re-write of 2007. Bring back Zaheer and ask him to pick 3-4 fast bowlers that he thinks will be useful in bouncy/swinging conditions. Solidify opening by bringing back Gambhir (tough if Dhoni doesn't like him personally) and middle order by bringing back Yuvi. If Dhoni cannot be taken out of captaincy because he won the World Cup, Yuvi cannot be sidelined because he was the Man-of-the-Series in the World Cup we won. Yuvi is also an useful left arm bowler and a great fielder within the circle.

  • Nampally on January 31, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    A technically sound & reliable batsman does not care which season he is playing or on what pitches he plays. His aim is to deliver what is asked & expected of him in the batting order. Dhoni's logic and argument that the guys deliver only in the first year & there after it is a struggle, is not only flawed but lacks in understanding of the game. Opposition teams always plan about how to get each batsman OUT whether it is first year or 10 years later. Only thing is that the opposition has more footage about a Cricketer in later years than in the first year. But a good batsman without many limitations knows how to counter each move. I will give examples of Kohli in ODI- no wonder he is one of the best in the game. The second example is that of Pujara in Tests. Unfortunately "Dhoni has banished Pujara from ODI's" despite Indian team short of reliable batsmen. He should really question himself whether keeping Pujara out of ODI's is justified after the severe mauling at hands of SA & NZ!

  • KrikIndFan on January 31, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Lets not be too hasty and put Dhoni down so easily for a few loss overseas. Remember, he has been the best cap. India ever produced, not to mention his own batting is a pleasure to watch be it in Ind or overseas. This was a good lesson to our team on whats on the card for WC15 and how not to take teams like NZ lightly on their home grounds. Not to forget Aus are on fire right now. We need to get better in our bowling FOR SURE, produce different pitches, get them more overseas exposure, travel to all corners of the world and let them gain some valuable experience, and in achieving that even if we loose a few matches than let it bet. A few loss against the WC win is worth it.

  • T-800 on January 31, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Sadly, no lessons will be learnt from this flop show by Team India. As an Indian fan, I get a sense of deja vu.

    We have been through this before in the not too distant past when India toured Australia. What happened then was, after the Indian team returned home, one or two of the flop show flat track bullies were phased out, a few of the older players(not flat track bullies but just past their prime) retired, but the core problem was never attempted to be solved.

    Dhoni is and will always be considered a great player and a captain, but he will also be remembered as being responsible for the period when India delivered its worst performances abroad.

    I don't think the present captain and frankly the present BCCI management is going to do anything to solve this problem. What is required is new management and a new captain hopefully after the world cup is over.

  • on January 31, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma no need to worry come back to india score century, double and triple. Then every body will forget about your poor performance and you can come again in team ; even media too will say oh they come back in form. This much difficult to find out good players from India? So many players waiting after super performance, so many all rounder's too. But selectors seeing only these poor performers (Actually, they can only play only in India)

  • IndCricFan2013 on January 31, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    Dhoni should give up wicket keeping and bat at No.4 permanent in ODI. Kohli and Dhoni No.3 and No.4 is the best for India. They both together should bowl 10 overs. A keeper ( I prefer Dinesh Karthik) could bat at No.6. Otherwise Pujara should come in at No.3 or open. If he opens Rohit can slight down to No.5 in both test and ODI. I would ask Vijay to setup in ODI as a 3rd opener. So, it is Vijay/Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Rohit, DK, Jadeja or Ashwin, Seam all rounder + 3 seam bowlers. Rahane, Raina and Raydu are not fit for ODI outside India. Dhawan is also not fit, so Vijay or some one else needs to standup Or bring back Gambhir.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on January 31, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    He is dead straight. In fact there are no other replacements. You won't produce fab4+Kumble so often. All major teams have been through this phase WI even never came out of this phase. Aussies will be tested in SA but are giving an impression that they are coming up thick n fast. It will take india some time before they claim anything. Also, new IPL season will inject new energy to these fallen bunch of players.

  • on January 31, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    Dhoni is keeping faith in Rohit sharma and Ishant Sharma for last 5 years. But they never performed. Feel shame on indian batsmen who bats like legends in india and fails outside india. Dhawan cannot bat outside india. Ghambhir is the best opening batman available in india now. Also, even a kid can rate Irfan Patan 100 times better than Ishant Sharma. What is the basis of India Selection? Why is Rohit Sharma preferred over Gambhir , why is Ishant preferred over Irfan? what was the mistake from Zaheer khan, Manoj Thiwari and Umesh yadav? why they are not given chances? India should be white washed in test too, it will be sad but at least that could close the doors for the most hated Sharma's and save this indian team.

  • PPD123 on January 31, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    "A technician is as good as his tools". Cricket being a team sport, Dhoni is as good as him team. Currently the team as a whole is not performing - the batsmen are not getting enough runs, bowlers are not getting enough wickets and the fieldsmen are dropping catches or mis fielding. Even God cannot get a favourable result for India. Without doubt he is the most successful captain India has ever had. He is the right person to lead the rebuilding of this team. We are still more than a year away from the world cup. Give the youngsters more time to fail and learn from their mistakes and experiences. Come the world cup, they will be ready

  • on January 31, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Congratulations NZ! I am very sad that India didn't even come close to matching you in the 5 ODIs. I cant help but feel that some of our woes are due to poor selection. Both spinners never looked like they will ever take a wicket and that means that middle overs were there for build up for NZ. Once you have built up in the middle over you can easily launch into an assault in the end stages. I do hope that Ashwin's lack of bite doesn't go unnoticed just because Dhoni likes him. Having said that fast bowler also looked pretty toothless once the initial overs were completed. I dont think we have any hidden fast bowlers but spinners we do have plenty. If that is the case, how come we dont try different spinners. Granted this is NZ and spinners are not going to do as well as they do in Asia but the performance of Ashwin and Jadeja was sub par even after accounting for that. In batting I just dont understand why we persist with Raina (Dhoni) and Rohit (Bombay lobby).

  • JRP100 on January 31, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    the bowling will come good eventually with the right guidance as all seamers are 24 or 23 and shami and aaron average relativley low while kumar has a good economy. The batting is a worry as dhawan sharma rahane raina and now rayudu are all failing. They better hope they perform better in the tests and in the t20 wc, or else we could see them being replaced by whoever performs well in the vijay hazare trophy for the asia cup and then the tour of england (i'd say gambhir uthappa kedar jadhav saurabh tiwary and mukund are all in with a shot of making the squad for the asia cup. Looking at their domestic experience and their records, they just have to stand out in the vijay hazare trophy). Rahanes opportunities in ODI's have surely run out, this is the second time he's been given a full odi series and still he averages in the 20s, a shocking record for someone with 23 odi caps. Rayudu deserves a go in the second test if rohit sharma fails so that he can be assessed.

  • WC2011Champs on January 31, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    If I were in-charge of the WC15 preparations I would get a Team B ready. Gambhir and Dinesh Kartik (openers), Yuvi, Raina, Samson, Unmukt, Zol (middle), Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar, Rishi Dhawan, and two faster bowlers from JK (perfect region to recruit fast bowlers now on; mark my words even Afgan will soon have better bowlers than India) who can be trained to bowl line and length, bouncers and yorkers. They either train in OZ/NZ for rest of 2014 or BCCI invests in 3-4 pitches up north where the bounce is typical of OZ/NZ/SA. These are preparatory pitches where there are no international games. No way Team B become automatic selection for WC15 but to have a better pool. Team B has a good mix of experienced campaigners who have done it before and the next gen to develop. The Team A core is evident and Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, BK, and Shami must improve in wins and losses. If I were Sandeep Patil I would keep Rohit, Ashwin in Team C for playing in India (and out of Dhoni's reach).

  • rahul-ever on January 31, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Again, why we are playing with 2 spinners, didn't Dhoni learned from his own mistakes what happened in Australia? How come a captain cant learn from his own mistakes, how the heck is gonna bring the world cup in 2015, I guess we Indians needs to wait another 22 years till world cup organize in Asia. All doer respect Dhoni, but please dropped Rohit Sharma and give someone els a chances(he doesn't deserve a place in world cup), while playing in overseas please play with one spinner only and please bring back Irfan while playing overseas. Just my 2 cents but again I highly recommended to dropped FREAKING ROHIT SHARMA.

    Team India Fan

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 31, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Seriously, this is very frustrating. Every overseas series GONE ! and then Dhoni gives more excuses on how his team are adjusting and learning. My dear, you cannot afford to 'learn' overseas. Do all your 'learning' in India okay ? Is this guy serious ? How many more years should we fans get hurt and embarrassed by you guys ? How many more overseas series losses can we tolerate ? It's painful. I am sick and tired of other fans calling our team 'flat track bullies'. Stop with the excuses and please resign MSD. Oh, and please have some manners to congratulate the opposition any time you lose okay ? That shows how much of a genuine sportsman you are.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 31, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Dear MSD, for how long do you think fans will remain patient with your foolishly idealistic ways ? You keep picking your CSK buddies every time in spite of their poor performances. Also, why don't you bat up the order instead of hiding at no.6 ? Please don't give any more excuses. Enough is enough ! Time to resign from the captaincy and hand it over to Kohli. Also, bring back Gambhir and Sehwag - our veteran openers who took India to no.1 in all forms of the game. Throw out Rohit and Dhawan, two flat pitch players. I would also like to know why you didn't play Stuart Binny after 1 game ? So many problems with this team man. Yes, you have invested heavily on such mediocre players but there comes a time when the going has to get tough. India have tours to England and Australia before the world cup. How many more failures can we fans take ? It's time to address these issues immediately. Our bowling is an embarrassment. Shame on you.

  • on January 31, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    more than 100 ODI played rohit n raina then what is the first season? if out of form in viru &gauti, but far better than rohit n dhawan, about ashwin last 10 ODI'S he got only one wicket < this is rediculous

  • on January 31, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Too much of blame you have to shoulder as batsman if you play for India. You score 268, 277(41 ov), 314, 278, 216 in 5 matches and lose and you are the one who will be blamed not the bowlers. I felt what Dhoni said made absolute sense. Batting has never been a problem, bowling is. Not often you will score at an average run rate of well above 5 in a series and lose irrespective of the playing conditions.

  • thinkIknowall on January 31, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    He's right of course - you cant expect your batting to keep covering up for shoddy bowling.

    The problem is,WHO'S ACCOUNTABLE apart from the (bad performing) individuals themselves.

    There is NO DEARTH OF FAST BOWLING talent. These guys bowl quick and can run through opposing sides. They just need to know what to bowl when. For this the need guidance and, at times, discipline.

  • Noni on January 31, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Dhoni in the previous comments has said as far as our spinners are concerned they are pretty much settled (until next world cup). Take a look..

    In 5 match new zeland series + 2 match south Africa series

    Ashwin 63 overs 333 runs @ 5.29 with 2 wickets Jadeja 64 overs 348 runs @ 5.43 with 5 wickets

    2 wickets from our top bowler and we are not even thinking about giving chance to Bhajji (proven champ), Rahul Sharama, Pragyan Ojha (genuine leg spinner), Amit Misra (just being a traveler) and many upcoming like Rasool, Karan Sharma etc. Raina, Ashwin, Ishant should not be considered until they go back and learn skills. Rohit should be sent back to play Ranji and other domestic cricket. At this point I want to hear from Sachin bashers who always said Sachin is blocking way for Rohit, Rahane, Raydu, Uthappa and many others. Yes these players should be given chance but only when they are ready to learn the required skills.Replacing Sachin is no child's play.

  • IndTheBest on January 31, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    If you have done a lot of bad investment, doesn't mean you can't stop funding it or do the better investment to cover you losses. Dhoni (actually selectors) needs to understand that. First chance must be in captaincy then higher the very good bowling coach then replace poor performer with the hard workers from your first class system. Yes, there are batsman piling runs, taking wickets and showing all round capabilities. If you don't trust your first class system then chance that so trust and build a world beater team! Don't just focus on IPL or fans will stop watching cricket means no money for your business.

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Now MSD is being highly obstinate. This team needs to kick Ashwin out. Ashwin is a poor bowler and needs to be hidden in the field. His batting every tenth innings can not overcome his glaring faults. He must be replaced with a wrist spinner like Mishra.

    Why is Umesh Yadav not playing. The two most effective bowlers at times have been Aaron and Shami and Umesh is better than both and would have teamed up well with them. Why not play Pujara and protect Kohli's priceless wicket some more. Unless MSD agrees to these changes we are in for a disastrous campaign in the WC.

  • myStraightTalk on January 31, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Time right to let go Dhoni from Captainship. Give the chance to Kohli and you will see the huge difference. Its the captain/coach that has to take risk and win the match. We have given lot of chance to Dhoni. If there is no change in Captainship then Dhoni/Fletcher should come forward..

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    hmmm its completed, what is the meaning of 1ranker in odis, india really deserves it. why selectors cant take a decision on dhonis captaincy,, what are they thinking about him . dhoni is a magician he can create wonders with out any logics.. where is the space to defend this many disasters.. people and fans are tired by hearing. dhonis explinations .. what are selectors doing. winning a inagural t20 wc . is a pure luck after that india didnt crossed even 1st round, winning a odi wc in india . withe the help of , yuvi , sachin, viru, gauthi,and zaheer and firing them ..like use and through.in sub continent..its a joke.. taking india to 1st rank with the help of gary kirsten and company .. what is dhoni is now coming out.. he follows a basic simply scoring a 50+ what ever happens either winning, or loosing, coming wc in australia and nzl. on what basis dhoni should be the captain of coming wc.. its my staright question to selectors. loosing againest nzl ... 4-0. what will anybody say

  • SanjivAwesome on January 31, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Guys, Dhoni is still learning how to be a leader and a captain. He is a slow learner. Be. Very. Patient.

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Well, we all know batting has never been India's problem...Its been the bowling all along. Once the likes of Sreenath, Kumbe, Prasad have retired its been not so good. India can call back some of their old seamers in like Zaheer, Irfan. Or they need to take steps to fine out new talents. They need to do that fast, if they are planning on defending the WC in 2015. India should build a mix of their old and young seamers. I don't want them doing much to their batting line-up. They have one of the best in World Cricket at the moment. The overseas conditions are now alien to them, many of them as we know are on their First tour outside Indian conditions. The problem with India is that they find new talented bowlers and bring them up, but they do disappear faster than they appear. Varun Aaron is an excellent find..He is a genuine fast bowler.Shami and Kumar is an excellent combo for opening the bowlin. Even so said, it will be good if Zaheer is brought back into ODI squad.

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Well, we all know batting has never been India's problem...Its been the bowling all along. Once the likes of Sreenath, Kumbe, Prasad have retired its been not so good. India can call back some of their old seamers in like Zaheer, Irfan. Or they need to take steps to fine out new talents. They need to do that fast, if they are planning on defending the WC in 2015. India should build a mix of their old and young seamers. I don't want them doing much to their batting line-up. They have one of the best in World Cricket at the moment. The overseas conditions are now alien to them, many of them as we know are on their First tour outside Indian conditions. The problem with India is that they find new talented bowlers and bring them up, but they do disappear faster than they appear. Varun Aaron is an excellent find..He is a genuine fast bowler.Shami and Kumar is an excellent combo for opening the bowlin. Even so said, it will be good if Zaheer is brought back into ODI squad.

  • JohnSnider on January 31, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Whole Indian team should be fired and totally new team should be created , Remove all but Dhoni, Kohli, Shami and Kumar. Rest of the team have totally destroyed name of India. NZ never had to work hard to beat India. One cannot even beat Afghanistan that easily.

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    remove ashwin and raina and rohit and bring in harbhajan, yuvraj and sehwag and instead of rahane bring in gambhir and then see the performance of the team

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara should open the batting for india in one day games..he is one batsman who can bat for long and provide stability.... rohit sharma should be dropped..his reflexes are poor (which is called lazy elegance by his supporters)..i think its time that MR ARROGANT DHONI should be give some rest in odis and virat should be given captainc.. the way virat approaches the game is exceptional and he is crystal clear in his thinking about what he should do..nobody should have a permanent place in the indian team..the approach should be like the australians ..we should have horses for courses..these players should play domestic and county cricket and whoever is performing well should be picked whether he a 17 year old or a 35 year old (like the australians did by by calling hogg and hodge )..indians lack creativity (selectors and players both)..everybody now knows about dhoni's tactics so he is no more our best man to capain.what th hell is this ducan flectcher(highest paid coach)doin

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    The biggest mistake by Dhoni and co was to underestimate the NZ team. The Kiwis are quiet acheivers. They may not have a lot of pomp but they have demonstrated that as a unit they perform very well. Their team too is very young. Well done NZ.

    Yes a lot of investment has been made in the current Indian team but our current crop of batsmen are overrated barring a couple of people. The biggest worry is that there is no consistency in the team. We have got to look at our opening pair seriously. Martin Crowe is right is saying that "no one did a Sehwag at the top". We do need another Sehwag soon and before the next World Cup. Otherwise we are history as far as the World cup is concerned!!

  • John_Mil on January 31, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    I still remember India's previous tour of NZ 2009 India 273/4 (38/38 ov); New Zealand 162/9 (28/28 ov, target: 216),India 188/4 (28.4/34 ov) India 392/4 (50/50 ov);Sachin 163 retired hurt on 44th over. New Zealand 334 (45.1/50 ov),New Zealand 270/5 (47/47 ov); India 201/0 (23.3/23.3 ov, target: 118),India won the Series 3-1 and NZ tour to India 2010 Dominant India secure 5-0 sweep .Yusuf,Blazing Ton, Sachin 163 on India post 392.Gambir and Shewag centuries are never forgotten...Since 2009 till 2013 India lost only once against NZ out of 12 to 13 matches.Now 4 match in a row....India should find a good finding who can play well on any pitches..

  • SanjivAwesome on January 31, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Disappointing comments from Dhoni. He is a master at nurturing and 'investing' in perennial under performers. He persevered with Sehwag, Gauti, Tendulkar and Raina long after they racked up a string of disappointing under performances. As fans we have now been forewarned that is going to continue with the poorly-skilled Rohit, Dhawan, Ajinkya, Ambati. And Raina's incredulous run of being the top most under performer over 9 years for India will continue.

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    As I think there is nothing wrong with captaincy or team selection all players are good also the combinations are right just India have to work on ground reality that Indian players can not play or win on bouncy pitches check the history of Indians out side the India , I would prefer that indians should have to think to make bouncy wickets in India to make their players capable to play out side the subcontinent

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    First of all change the selection committee, who is still hanging on these worst players like Rohit, Dhawan, Ishant and Ashwin... and bring back Zaheer, Yuvi, Sehwag and Gambhir to retain the world cup and No 1 spot... mr Sandeep Patil should notify it and learn a lesson from Kris Srikanth...

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    India Team is full of potential players I wonder why they don't deliver when needed. But when it comes to world championship they do. But playing overseas and winning in foreign soil is very important as well. BCCI has to take actions and have more overseas matches to keep the players on their toes. If they play at home, we wll remain as flat track bullies...

  • theopener on January 31, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    It seems like Dhoni has too much power. The board has done nothing 2 change his stance of giving players he likes 100 chances. What I admire is that the board gave Dhoni chance to pick his team. But the team he picked hasn't performed at all. Rohit, Raina, and Ashwin now shd b gone till da nxt wrld cup. They don't deserve 2 b in da team. Rohit n Raina would have an average of 20 if they played anywhere other than India. They r no where close 2 playing international standard bowlers in foreign conditions. Bring in Pujara as an opener. Bring in Gambhir as 1down and Kohli as 2 down. DK or Dhoni can come after depending on the situation. Jadeja should be next. Bhuvi next. Bhuvi needs to hit the gym hard to bulk up his frame. He should add few extra kmh in his swing bowling. He's will be much more threatening if he does tht. He shd be batting after Jadeja cuz he's capable. Shami, Aaron/umesh n Ishant shd be after. Ishant like bhuvi needs to bulk up. He will b handful in bouncy pitches.

  • ramsrr on January 31, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Suggested 11 - ODIs - Combination Experienced and Youngsters Gambhir & Shewag, - Openers Kohli - Captain, Pujara, Yuvi, Dhoni ( Batsman),Rahane or Manoj Tiwary, Amith Mishra or Ohja ( Full time spinners), Zaheer Khan, Mohd Shami, Buvi or Umesh Yadav

    NO TO CSK Favourites Dhoni's - Aswin, Jadeja, S Raina

  • thenkabail on January 31, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    The problem is favouritism of Dhoni and selectors. Players like Raina are given too many chances. Why is the best batsman Pujara kept out?. A winning world cup team: 1. Gambhir\Unkud Chand\Robin Uthappa, 2. Rohit, 3. Kohli, 4. Pujara, 5. Shewag\KM Jadhav\S. Dhawan, 6. Manish Pandey\KL Rahul\ 7. Dhoni, 8. Jadeja\Ojaha\Aparjith\Shreyas Gopal, 9. Mithun\Vinay Kumar\Praveen Kumar\Aaron, 10. Shammi, 11. Bhuvi Kumar.

    These 22 player pool should be given opportunities (by rotating) to see who 16 will make to world cup.

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Dhoni is backing Rohith and raina its very bad..india should change there openers bring back Robin uttappa.and gambir...uttappa in good form..

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    People are calling for Pujara in the ODI team...I think him and RAhane must be groomed as topclass Test batters first.Like Aussies grooming Steve smith.They are better suited for test cricket.Playing in ODI cricket is like a hit and miss and they may lose their confidence if they have 1-2 bad innings.But with all due respect both of them are superb young players.

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik is the right batsman to solve the middle-order problem in the batting line up. Can't understand why he has been ignored. Stop favourism and choose the deserving players while team selection.

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Indian batsman heave a sigh of relief! Lets cut to the chase. Raina cannot be dropped for bad form. Raina cannot be dropped period. Now if Raina cannot be dropped on bad form then we cannot drop the others now can we? You have to be fair in such things. come on!

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    I can not find single reason why bcci is not giving a technically strong batsman like puajara a single chance in ODI !! If he would have been in team then surely he along with kohli would have won at least two matches for us. Kohli & pujar can become new sachin & dravid for India surely......

  • John_Mil on January 31, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    It's Understood Rohit,Dhawan,Kholi all had a good runs before the tour of SA in the flat pithes.Kholi is doing a superp job what ever and where ever the pitches are.If he could control his attitude sometime.He can be finest cricketer of India.Dhoni is also doing a fine Job as a Batsman.But the rest ..No words..what to say.their performance speaks.Lets not Drop them completely.But I feel need the team with Youth and experience mixed.Shewag,Gambir and DK,Badrinath,Wasim Jaffer can be included in the test as they have a good economy also so far.And they need to prepare them mentally.In Dhoni and the selection comittee choose the players according to the pitches conditions,would be fine.So many youngsters are selected but not given chance when they are in the Squad still.Dhoni is still relying on Rohit,Jadeja,Dhawan..Not sure why? Dhoni can continue as captain for limited and 20/20 and in test can be replaced by some one experienced like Gambir or Shewag.

  • nikkam on January 31, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    i do believe MSD is right as the core of the future Indian batting lineup was tried out in Newzealand. The batsmen are all talented and need a few good scores to get back to form. Also the point that opposition have plans to contain them is valid as even MSD was tied down. All the batsmen were never allowed to score at a good strike rate except maybe kohli and India was always under the pressure of chasing big totals. Previously scoring big and putting opposition under pressure was MSDs formula which is now reversed on India itself. Out thinking the opposition and better strategy will alone save India from losing to determined opposition. i do hope the coach can get the best out of this team.

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    thats not the point to prove dhoni sir ur people need to improve in all departments this way we cant even qualify for the super sixes keeping in mind that next wc is in aus..newland.we need bowlers sir who can hit the deck and we need batsman technically sound and attacking.But all i can say our bowling dept is pathetic.

  • Alexk400 on January 31, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Dhoni should not be captain for overseas tours. His method do not work.I rather see kohli captain and bring in new ideas. Dhoni team is stagnant. If we play same team in world cup and we will be out in first round. Mark my words. Time to dump dhoni as captain.

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    @raja.sh- even kohli had many bad innings. 1 against wi,2 in sa odis,2 bad innings in test matches,kohli failed 2 times in this series. rohit has not struggled in these conditions,let me tell you his way of dismissals. ist odi in sa-he got run out 2nd odi-amla took a blinder at short nid wicket. 1st test,2nd inn-ball kept very low and in one inng. umpire gave him wrong. lbw decision. in nz. 1st odi-good hook shot unluckyly straight to the fielder. 4th odi-very unlucky dismissal behind the wicket. he has looked in very good touch,i agree that he is not an opener and he should bat in the middle order because he is a great finisher.

  • iffi420 on January 31, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    The hard reality for India is that don't try and be like the Australians because you just can't. They have the the solid pace and the batsmen that they can rely on anywhere in the world. Secondly, every Indian wants to become the next Sachin. That can't happen either. Thirdly, utilize the resources and search for some quality spinner because in Jadeja and Ashwin that's not what you call quality at an international level when you can't produce bowlers that can barely touch 140kph. Sad to say but you're not going to find the flat batting pitching everywhere. With the players there are India should be creating green pitches for training sessions at least for their batsmen to practice on at home. Otherwise, good luck in WC2015.

    Now looking forward to

  • sid4391 on January 31, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    I think time must be given to the these players for a comeback. For eg the case of virat kohli . I think they performed better in the tests in SA,where as the earlier teams(such as PAKISTAN ,NEWZEALAND) that visited SA failed badly .

  • jimmyvida on January 31, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    If India wins 2015 world cup, the naysayers will comment: fluke. This is a very good batting line up. Kumar needs to know he is a swing bowler, I do not think he has realized that as yet. Once a bowler of his caliber has batsmen playing of the back foot, you know you have a problem. Coaches just pick bowlers to bowl and batsmen to bat. Most of the time, no advise given. I've been there. Dhoni must tinker with team in preparation for the 2015 event. Next rounds, try Pujara with another opening batsman. Rayadu at #3, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin etc. Remember the Ten guy opened in ODI's.

  • ranjanrajbansi on January 31, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    @gurdit singh,just look at the stats he scored a half century in last 13 innings.

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Part 2) This is the team who won champions trophy in Englad. Why we forget all this immediately ? Everybody is having bunch of new alternate Indian domestic players ready with them. Is it so easy to play against Stayn after making century against Gujrath, UP or Punjab on Indian tracks ? I am sure Dhoni must be thinking of WC 2015. And very rightly so. He rightly knows the importance if current Indian team. He knows this experience will going to help in WC 2015. No need to critisise so badly to Shikhar & Rohit duo. They are very good. Remember always. Form is temporory, class is perment. Till SA both were on top. They scored 1000 plus runs in 2013 against top most bowling attack. Last 2 series are learning phase for all Indian batsmen. Remember everybody talking about Pujara. But Pujara too had very poor time in his first SA tour. Just wait & see. Shikhar will dazzle, Rohit will show his class, Rahane too will spark like SA series. 2 tests are ahead now. All the best Team India !

  • Rags57 on January 31, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    I beg to disagree, Mr. Dhoni. If someone like Rohit is a settled batsman as an opener after less than 50% success in less than 25 or 30 matches as an opener, then there is no logic. Rahane may have been waiting in the wings and deserved to be tried out but he has looked anything but comfortable in the one dayers in both SA and NZ. Dhawan may have the talent as an opener but he has not proved that on pitches outside the sub-continent - except during the Champions trophy. If such a batting unit is decided as the settled combination for the world cup India can forget about getting into the semi finals leave alone retaining the world cup. For all his coolness Dhoni needs to learn to be open to listening to the views around and to changing his approach to selection. For the sake of the 1 billion fans we are all hoping he is listening.

  • Raja.sh on January 31, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    @Gurdit Singh I thought u like rohit much that's y said like. He failed overall 12innings(2against west indies, 4innings in test against SA, 2odi against SA, 4Odi against NZ) Only one match scored 79 that's also based on luck bcoz that much he may out at 16 but catch dropped. So 13 innings he failed 12innings and in odi his recent strike rate is under 60.. Still u can say rohit need rohit need??

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Part 1) I think now anybody can guess why Dhoni is different than any other captain in the world. Same thing is happened with English team against Aussies. After evry loss all players has started being pressurised. They caught into tremendous pressure. And result, Trott returns half way, Swan announces sudden retirement. This is what happens when you gets no support from your top authorities. Dhoni is doing very very right things supporting his team. We, the supporters too needs to do so. We have seen 8/0 overseas loss with our masters like SRT, RD, VVS & co. This is our young team. 80% players are performing for the first time in NZ. So we are so impatient ? Stayn, Morkel, Philander, Miles etc etc are well established pace attack for the years. No worry our youngsters failed in first attempt. They are in learning face. Remember after making 774 runs in debue series against WI Gavaskar too failed in his next series against England. So its a part of the game. Just wait & see.

  • ramsrr on January 31, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Dhoni may back faltering batsman..Should we back Dhoni anymore for Captaincy..lets rewind our last decade..It was Ganguly Dravid Sachin Yuvaraj Shewag Laxman Anl Kumble ..players who were with team for more than a decade..after Ganguly Dhoni captaincy..post which Gambhir Kohli also joined Dhoni claimed sucess in ODI, Test Ranking and world T 20 they won because of strong batting and bowling line up..But when seniors were gradually retired or sidelined by Dhoni as he wish to dominate inferior youngsters only and killed the experienced..Now Team No international exposure bouncy pitches..kings of flat pitches and slaves internationally..Dhoni should be removed from captaincy as IN Engalnd Tests and ODIs 5-0 each loss, SA loss ODI and tests Now NZ 4-0..Bring back old starwalts GAmbhir shewg Zaheer Yuvi & kohli as captain..Dhoni remain as basman only..lets save Indian cricket.. young team who play few matches later Dhoni sack them non-performers ..why he should influence in selection..

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    There is no point in defending our batsmen who cannot adopt to conditions. coaches seem to be there to win their bread and butter. To sirect bowlers to bowl to a filed does not need specialised coaching but common sense and perseverence. All seem to need overhaul including the captaincy, let alone team selection, as trying to restrict runs after the mandatory overs with spinners seems to have little impact

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    wth he is talking, current fast bowlers are not played 50 matches and still he criticized them, while this bunch of flat bully played n no. of matches, some of them are in team playing since more than 7 years and failing, still this guy support them. sehvag/gambhir/harbhajan was dropped after poor shows in eng/aus (aus they won few matches though) but here in last 15 international innings they flopped, why don't drop some of them and bring another new , apply policy which was done earlier ?

  • SinSpider on January 31, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Are you guys serious that you want to bring back Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvi, Bhajji? I think we Indians have explicit short term memory. Have you forgotten how many times Sehwag failed before he was dropped? Gambhir had more problems to solve than just cricket. With all due respect, Yuvi is not even half a cricket he once was.

    It is true that Rohit Sharma and Ashwin are getting more than required chances. I would like to see Pujara in the ODI team instead of Rohit. Apart from that I agree with Dhoni that Dhawan. Jaddu and Raina are having a couple of bad series. These batsmen have the talent to stage a come back. Give them time and chances. This is not the time for us to test new bench strength. We need players to get used to the conditions and pitches.

    A couple of bad series are actually good for the team as they will come under pressure and will learn.

  • SL_WorldChampions on January 31, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    There is one & only answer: Indians are World Champions in their country. Lame ducks else where. So simple to understand it.

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy, his team selection, bowling rotation, field placement and his lack of knowledge of NZ players should be analysed. I believe he performed poorly.

  • markant on January 31, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    In India, you are tiger and in abroad, you are cat. Shame on BCCI.

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    test ckricket so good

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    rohit sharma has the technique to play in overseas conditions.he plays the short ball better than any other indian batsman. he's just failed in 3-4 innings,so why are all people blaming him. most of his criticizers don't know anything about batting and just comments on the basis of 2-3 bad performances. we should also give credit to nzl bowlers who bowled with good line and length to him.

  • desiboy454 on January 31, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    PART 3:

    The reason for Gautam, I think he is better than Dhawan, esp abroad. I would bring in Gauti for test opening is well, except the 185, dhawan has nothing. Harbhajan provides a better spin option, as mishra wont work in AUS during WC. Aaron needs to learn to not bowl a boundry ball every over, his pace n bounce is keep in AUS. See how Ishwar Pandey does, his height can help, if not SHAMI is must, but he needs mental rest from Asia cup. Yuvi has to be giving a go, better than raina n rahane n rayadu. hope msd n selectrs have some balls! LETS GO TEAM INDIA! please post all 3 of my comments.

  • bhushanB on January 31, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    From my perspective... the rule that had the most negative impact to IND in ODIs is.... the two new balls from either side.....for the following reasons:

    1.) Spinners almost getting extinct... well that was IND's strength 2.) Part time spinners already extinct (raina, yuvi, were invaluable in this dept) 3.) Reverse Swing extinct (not by much... but still would have helped Zaheer and some of the new pacers like Shami, Umesh, Aaron) 4.) And the biggest impact is... this helped all the non-subcontinent teams... they do not have to search for that eluding spinner.. they can just blood their team with pacers.. and get things done... with the hard ball...from either end)

    BCCI with its power....should try to fight against this rule... to maintain the different facets of cricket that make this game great..........

  • desiboy454 on January 31, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    PART 2: For heaven sakes give SHAMI a break, he has been playing non stop for 3 months and seems out of sorts. He needs a mental refresher, I think same goes for Bhuvneshar Kumar. Rotate your bowlers every now and then. Why couldnt MSD play Ishwar Pandey n give him a go. So stupid by MSD and management. U lost the series already, why not give Mishra n Pandey a go, as well as binny.. Pathetic. I think MSD also needs a break n cool his head down n figure things out. Now after NZ, we have asia cup, t20 WC, IPL, long england series.. players will get exhausted. For asia cup I say rest MSD, Shami, n bring in Pujara. I m not sure where Rohit belongs, either drop him n open with pujara or keep him. So this is my XI in asia cup. 1.Gauti 2. Pujara 3. Virat 4. Rohit 5. Yuvi 6. Rayadu wk 7. Radeja 8. Harbhanja (for experience, could work in AUS) 9. Bhuvi 10. Ishwar Pandey 11. Aaron.. this way bowlers get their rest n u can build a proper team.. We need Pujara n Yuvi for WC.. TBC

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Again people have most of the concern over Indian batting.. India have good batsman.. its only a bad patch or lost rhythm.. they can get their form any time and deliver ...

    biggest concern is bowling and selecting bowling attack..India must look for some unorthodox bowler in the team, like legspiner googlee master (sharma etc), left arm fast medium (like zaheer), or high arm fast bowler (like parsad or my favourite Sirinath)...Bring verity in bowling attack .. not all one pace attack ..

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    If the opposition has strategy to work out our batsmen what about our strategy to work out their batsmen? What are our highly paid coaching staff with all the technology available for? Invariably we are chasing over 300 every time ! It's obvious that due to lack of choice in selection Dhoni is trying to give lame excuses. Every team knows that Indian Batsmen like to score runs in boundaries and cannot rotate the strike when its bowled back of length and of course that they have an obvious weakness against short pitched bowling. So they are just sticking to these basics and getting the results. It will change only when the Indian batsmen will be able to overcome this situation by consistently playing in similar conditions against similar bowling at home. But do we have those kind of bowlers at home? NO. we don't.

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Opening was very poor... I beg pls. drop rohit from top order

  • bhushanB on January 31, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    ODI X1...continued.....

    7.) Dhoni (in ODIs no contest...you are the best...and hear....in ODIs only)...... 8.) Spin allrounder (would need a specialist spinner here.. but Dhoni will never give chance to Ojha or Mishra... so rotate Jadeja/Ashwin here)....... 8.) Fast bowler (rotate Aaron, Umesh, anyone who can bowl > 145Kmph)...... 9.) Swing bowler (rotate Bhuvi, Praveen, Zaheer)...... 10.) SHAMI....... 11.) New gen young and aspiring Fast bowler from domestic circuit (Exclude Ishant, Dinda, Vinay, Unadkat... they do not have it in them)

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Why don't he give chance to Gambir, we can leave about Yuvi ...

  • desiboy454 on January 31, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    PART 1: For once I actually thought this young team had the guts to play anywhere. Guess I was wrong. VIRAT is the NEW SRT, score massive runs while everyone around you fails and the team loses. MSD need to start being a little bit more aggressive. Yesterday Ashwin was bowling around the wicket and negative to Williamson and Williamson played him out. Why cant aswhin attack as he used too. MSD needs to watch afew of Clarkes captaincy games.

    Everyone Calling for Viru, Gauti, Yuvi, I say u r 66% right, there is no need for Viru anymore. But Gauti n Yuvi, yes. Dhawan was a 1 year wonder, he cant play outside the subcontinent, so I would bring in Gauti for his experience and temperament. yuvi is better than rahane, rayadu n raina, he will also over an extra bowling option. I dont see what Rahane has done in ODIs. Now the Bowling... ASHWIN.. needs to go, in ODIs he scores about 10-15 runs.. I would rather have a bowler taking 2 wickets n getting out for 5. ... TBC

  • ravindran2369 on January 31, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    When India bats., don't allow any batsman other than kohli and dhoni to bat, rest of them field or bowl, the result will be the same. India will lose, but atleast we will be happy that 2 batsmen tried their best.

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Where in Munaf Patel? And Praveen Kumar? Such good economical and wicket taking bowlers. Harbhajan was always a good economical ODI bowler. Zaheer will also need to be drafted in the ODI side even though he is not fit enough for one day cricket. At least he can take some wickets initially. Pujara must walk into the team. So should Gambhir.

  • FSL2013 on January 31, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    I wont worry much about it. Not every series is going to be abroad and on flat tracks these guys will rock.

  • prasanna_79 on January 31, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    I really want to ask Mr.Dhoni only one thing.., who is selecting the team for any series..?! If the answer is the selectors..,then why do you care or comment about the selections & investment part etc..,let them decide about it & you please keep quiet & do only the duties which are entrusted upon you.. If the answer is that you have a huge influence on selections..,then are you not ashamed to continually select the same bunch of failed cricketers like rohit,ashwin,ishant,raina repeatedly & what is your real motive behind your backing of these players & are you not really hurt by our teams poor showing overseas & if yes.., why cant you please resign from your captaincy.. because your captaincy & team selection really hurts the teams performance & results very very badly.. Dont your conscience say so..?!!!

  • bhushanB on January 31, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    My team for whatever the next ODI series is...

    1.) DHAWAN (they figured you out.. just like Ryder you need width on the offside.. and neither of you are getting the hit me balls anymore)....... 2.) PUJARA (need the solidity at the top of the innings.. not the Rohit kind scoring 2 in 20... but with some rotation in the strike... u provide the same solidity as Dravid.. but also have a knack of finding the gaps better than him.. ofcorse at a little price of being less solid) 3.) KOHLI (just keep doing what you've been doing)....... 4.) RAHANE (two more ODI series.. and if you do not click... will be banished just to the tests...which India does not play a lot... hope you and Pujara do not end up like our very very special VVS)........ 5.) RAYUDU (Play your natural aggressive game... whatever little you played.. you played with confidence.. no poking half hearted pushes...keep it up and be consistent) 6.) the BIG PACE BOWLING ALLROUNDER (get Irfan fit or try rishi dhawan..find someone)

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Rohit Sharma - clearly time to go. His batting is completely selfish, and more than 100 ODIs !!! Team is suffering and Virat kohli's 82 off 78 also looked insufficient!! Time to bring team culture back and leave selfish players out!!

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Under Dhoni in Overseas Odi tours,India lost 3-1 to Aussies in CB series 2012(One match was won by Gambhir who made 91),India lost 3-0 against England,2-0 v South Africa and now 4-0 v NZ..We won the Champions Trophy but have lost 4 T20 WC's since 2007..Time has come to make Kohli as the new captain..Dhoni clearly gives chances to Ashwin ahead of Mishra..He dumped Binny in 4th Odi but promotes Ashwin..1 year still to go..time to replace Rohit,Raina,Ashwin,Ishant,Dhawan..

    o know x

  • Raja75 on January 31, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Can somebody explain me. where ever team India goes either it is South Africa or NZ. The pitches are quite similar to Indian pitches and we are seeing scores of more than 250. Why they are hesitant to make green pitches or real bouncy pitches? How Indian batsmen will get the experience of green or bouncy pitches with quality bowling attacks. Finally, no doubt Kholi is very good player but sincerely speaking he scores where the pitches are not real bouncy or green. SRT had scored on all pitches.

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Good Job. Big Three or Big one I should say?

  • bhushanB on January 31, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    At least for the next ODIs in AUS/ENG on the few ODI series that we have before the WC... try some new faces....people who are not trying to salvage their reputation (ironically none of Rohit, Jadeja, Ashwin, Ishant had any reputation to start with... Yes Raina had won some games for us in the past.. but that was waaay in the past)...... but try people who are hungry for that place in the team....

    From what I have seen... Rayudu played much better than Rohit, Dhawan, Rahane (sorry Rahane.. I will still back you for another ODI series or two, after such a horrible NZ series.... because I can understand how low your confidence will be after being out of favor for so long... but you need to get your act together... ASAP)...

    The first step to a better showing would be... to let Pujara open for India in the ODis...

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    The only way to win away tour is to carry the Nagpur pitch wherever they travel .... This can be achieved by BCCI's influence ....

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    The NZ middle overs... Dhoni has to take the blame for it to a certain extent. He continued to play and bowl Ashwin in the middle overs irrespective of when the new man came in. He never attacked the new bastman with his best bowler and attacking field. He is predictable and allowed Kane and Taylor to settle in. Doesnt help that the bowling wasnt great either to attack with. But still every game has one top bowler even for Indians and he should have a crack at the new bastman which Dhoni did not do regularly. Game 5, Varun and Ashwin bowled to Taylor with no catching fielders. One Day cricket has changed and its about taking wickets, no point in trying to give away 5 runs per year in the middle and preserving your best bowlers for later. Taking wickets with disciplined bowling and attacking fields is the way to contain now.

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    definitely ashwin needs to be dropped. he didn't make any impact with the ball. he already proved worthless in Aussie tour so no use in retaining him

  • Rajesh.Kumar on January 31, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Dhoni's statement is along the expected lines. Everyone knows that Dhoni truly hates Sehwag, Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary etc., so he will never allow to play them again under his captaincy. But how about trying some other youngsters in place of people like Dhawan, Rohit, Ashwin, Rahane etc. I feel that changes will take place in Indian team after we do poorly in WC15 so that selectors finally dump Dhoni as the captain of the team.

  • bhushanB on January 31, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    I guess Dhoni is talking about the likes of Dhawan, Rahane, Rayudu, Aaron, bhuvi.... which kind of makes some sense.........

    but what about players like Rohit,Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, Ishant... they have all played more than 100+ ODIs with nothing much to show for.. except a one in a year performance to seal their spot for the next couple of years....Are they still in that budding phase.. where they had a bang at the start (none had that kind of start)... and are being tested... all of them have been dragged on and on.. failure after failure....

    Just because you have heavily invested everything in some stocks... u will not hang on to the same ones, even when they are filing bankruptcy........

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Let's face it. We have been totally outclassed by the Kiwis in all departments of the game. Yes, the team selections of players like Rahane,Rohit, Raina,Rayadu,Ishant,and even Dhawan for that matter who seems to be going into Sehwag mode is now questionable in hindsight but the bottom line is that we were not just good enough. Will it change in the test series remains to be seen. But I firmly believe that IPL auctions for International Players is playing a huge part in our opposition teams individuals playing and performing above their level(against India) to secure big IPL contracts.IPL has in fact brought Indian cricket down instead of it helping us to groom youngsters. Who are we going to replace these non performing players with from the pool of IPL Indian players to represent India when they defend their World Cup is a million dollar question... I guess we as Indian cricket fans need to decide if we wish to continue supporting IPL. Maybe then India's cricket fortunes will change

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    I don't know whether indian bowlers can bowl yorkers or not. Even no 11 batsman can hit sixers in slog overs. Is dhoni insists his bowlers to bowl yorkers,slowballs,overpitches. I thing the past ten matches india conceeded more than 300 runs. Atleast from now bowlers try to bowl the below said techniques sure india will bounce back with bowling strongly

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    same team will play in sub continent don't worry

  • on January 31, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    As a spectators we cant do anything other then commenting bt we can do one thing we can laugh at dhoni, Why not dhoni gave another chance to yuvi,Gambir,shewag. nd Bajji..? why dhoni giving chances ofter chances to the Rohith,dhawan,jaddu,ashwin,ishanth,Rohith,vijay nd Raina..? does it revealing real face of dhoni and he is mainting two standard fr the two difrent players, ? if onedays bowling so weak why dhoni not including zaheer in the batting pujara..who stoped him to take this decison.

  • glen1 on January 31, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Ok, to save the test series, play Yadav and Zaheer as both Bhuvi and Shami look tired. With Pujara and Vijay in the batting line up, may be there is some hope. The more fresh faces you put, the better, as the ODI team has been figured out. Wonder if Mishra can be asked to stay back for the test team as Jadeja and Ashwin look spent.

  • vjyK on January 31, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    There is only one strategy irrespective of the opposition India play with - SHORT BALL!! if the Indian batsmen are unwilling to learn even after years of notice, then even god cant help us. Rohit, Shikar, Ashwin - all had only one good season in 2013. They are utter rubbish prior to that and now - its not because of talent but due to their unwillingness to learn! And Dhoni is more than unwilling to try for their replacements!

  • TRAM on January 31, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Funny, people are asking for the return of Gauti, Yuvi, Bajji, Zaheer, Sehwag, etc. They forgot their failures so soon. Its as if these players have improved their weaknesses and are ready! Gauti/Yuvi/Sehwag's off stump line balls -issues, zaheer's speed/injury-proness/youth, Bajji's lack of variations ...

    There is only 1 way for India to win WC2015: Prepare a few pitches+conditions similar to Aus/NZ. Hire a team of foreign pace bowlers+coaches (all depts). Select a pool of India top batsmen/bowlers, based on their reflex and technique ONLY, not their necessarily past scores. Start their training FULLTIME NOW. *Let them NOT play any other tournaments within India until WC*. It will take an year, so be it.

    Throw the *technically flawed players and poor reflex batsmen out* and fill with newer and young players with courage. Throw the bowlers who can not learn variations / consistency.

    Pick the final 16 from that pool IMPARTIALLY.

    Just dreaming.

  • MiddleStump on January 31, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Yes, you are so right Dhoni. Just ask Raina, Rohit, or Yuvraj. They are still going through this phase and trying to work out their problems for the past five years.

  • GoCho on January 31, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Q: Why did the BCCI supply the Indian team with a carton of lighters? A: Because they kept losing their matches

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Fuck off the openers rohit,dhawan,rahane, bhuvans,Shami,ishant,... Bring Sehwag ,pujara, gambir..

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    should tk pujara in odi......

  • Gupta.Ankur on January 31, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    I hope people who were bashing SRT for every loss in last 2-3 years would have realized that what all was and is wrong with the team.

    Our batsmen , barring Kohli and Dhoni , are sadly good only for flat sub-continental wicket where even a target of 400 wouldn't scare them.

    What is even more worrying that indian balling continues to be the worst amongst top-8 test/odi nations even in helpful overseas conditions.

  • Giant-Guru on January 31, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    "Dhoni Backs Faltering Batsmen" Wow Dhoni Mahadeva, people are sick and tired of this man's irrational comments. He has conVerted Indian team in to a Chennai Super Kings team in collaboration with a board'S bully to which the franchise belongs. But the Team India belongs to the Aam Aadmi - local Indian Fans without whom no person or franchise is ZERO. The sooner they understand that the better for them.....performance based approach and not the favouristism (biased) is needed if Indian is to do good in the World Cup 2015 or fans be prepared to see the team not making even to top 8.

  • sergio11 on January 31, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Lot of players to me tested before getting the right combination for the WC..as if now..only Dhoni,Kholi,jaddu,Shami deserves to be in that team..put finally Aaron impressed..yes he got a bit of tap..but he bolwed much better than 2/60 in 10...hitting 150kmph finallly!!!!!! bhuvi i doubt,in pitchs like perth,MCG Umesh or eshwar will be better choice,and if Rishi Dhawan is also there in the team,he is a swing bolwer,he can bat and take do the job of Bhuvi...and 5 or 10 kmph quicker than bhuvi..but got give them a go in ENG and AUS series....continuesly..and batting..Yuvi,Dinesh,Uttappa,Gambir give them a go..well lack of experince is showing..

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    the last season was good because India played at home. India can only win at home!!

  • GRVJPR on January 31, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    If he knows that batsmen go through these phases then what wrong had Viru, Gautam, and Yuvraj did. They were going through same phase and mind you they all were match winners unlike these useless street level batsmen, especially rohit sharma, and another overrrayed Rahane of mumbai. Suresh raina still averages 35 at strike rate of 90 while rahane averages 22 after 23 games, third class batter.

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    I feel its the incentive to keep the ipl mates in the team which is reason for these selection decisions.

    Ashwin record is the worst abroad among all spinners .even virat and rohit are bowling better

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    everyone demanding dhoni to quit as a captain just for a series did any of u won india so many icc events did u??? he did with watevr team he had be it d bunch of new playrs and comeback guys in 2007 t20 wc and champions trophy or a highly experienced side in 2011 wc yes i agree team is goin thru a transition and even he is making required changes to d side but demanding him to leave captaincy is just ridiculous let him prepare d team he wants coz he can lead wd confidence only if he has d team according to his gameplan not according to his critics and only stats

  • wolf777 on January 31, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Stuart Binny bowled two overs in the 3rd ODI and was dropped. Ashwin has now conceded 478 runs and captured 6 wickets in last 10 ODI…almost 80 runs per wicket. Take two ODIs in India and it becomes 396 runs and 2 wickets…comes to 198 runs per wicket. How much run he scored? Oh well, 128 runs…a whopping 12 runs per game. What is his utility in the team? Why will Dhoni slay this sacred cow? Nohit-Rohit is another sacred cow that seems to find a place in the team no matter what. Granted he scored some runs in last ODI; however, that came after an extremely lucky drop and few close calls. He will ride on that 70+ run score all the way up to the World Cup. Meanwhile, if your name is Cheteshwar Pujara, you need not apply for a spot in ODI team.

  • khs_shk2000 on January 31, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    @ IAS 2009 you re absolutly right. We Indian have short memory, you will see after sometimes BCCI will conduct some home series then we will start same old song we are the numero one.

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Changing captain and changing BCCI chairman is the only way for improvement of team India. Full of politics. Dhoni and his friends formed a team and proclaims as an Indian team. Feel sorry for other talented cricketers. Dhoni gives interview as if he is a selector saying this as settled team when losing all the matches. How can he say these players are talented and these are the players invested for 2015 so early?

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Oh pls players like rohit, dhawan, raina and Ashwin are talented but they have not utilised the chances they got.. Please give chances to youngsters.. Iam tired of watching Indian team loosing overseas matches over and over again

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    that is the story indians are only home flat track bullys.

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    its 0-4 MSD. Keep that in your mind...

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    raina,ashwin,rahane and dhawan should make way for yuvraj,harbhajan,sehwag and gambhir. rohit sharma should bat in the middle order.

  • sergio11 on January 31, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    expectd..middle order..what to say..just shows the value of yuvi...when he was around IND never felt a void in middle like this..its like ind playing with 3 less batsman..need some solidity there..and as dhoni said middle overs made the difference,yes it was the differnce..but if MSD is not ready to learn from his mistake and whats the point in blaming the bolwing...on the seamer friendly bouncy track,playing with ashwin and jaddu...ashwin played the game to bowl 6 expensive overs..foolish decisn...IND's prob is seam bolwng so better pick a bolwing alrounder who can bolw at 135 range..rishi dhawan is the ideal choice...drop ashwin and bring him..but nw we are having games in asian..ashwin wil do well and wil never get dropped even abroad...and cycle wil continue..and ashwin at 7??god...when middle order already in poor form sending him regularly at 6 or 7,just soo disappointing team selection ...

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    @rezvan , nice one. BCCI will do this.

    Bring sehwag and gambhir back then every thing will be settled , no things will be settled if Dhoni and ashwin are removed.

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    its logical not to meddle too much with the batting order... I believe rayudu needs to be in the team and rohit should be swapped for pujara..play either pujara or rayudu along with dhawan/gambhir at the top... and we need zaheer back in the odi team.. shami is reasonable but needs to do more .. ashwin and jadeja can't run through line ups abroad and along with zaheer and shami umesh Aaron or bhuvi need to form a strong partnership ...

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    its logical not to meddle too much with the batting order... I believe rayudu needs to be in the team and rohit should be swapped for pujara..play either pujara or rayudu along with dhawan/gambhir at the top... and we need zaheer back in the odi team.. shami is reasonable but needs to do more .. ashwin and jadeja can't run through line ups abroad and along with zaheer and shami umesh Aaron or bhuvi need to form a strong partnership ...

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    i dnt undrstand y ppl start blaming indian team wen dey lose overseas evry other team excpt sa havent won outside dre coutry b it d aussies, england even new zealand nz recently lost series to bdesh aussies were thrashed in india and england not a long ago now english team has lost in oz ryt now almst evry team is capable of wining only at dre home so y blame nly india and dhoni dhoni has been d best captain for indian team so far and let go d talk for favourism every captain wants some particular players in his team if ganguly and dravid wudnt have backed sehwag so much we still wudnt a player who had scored a triple century in tests

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    When sehwag and Gambhir failed thats what you guys said bring some new openers. So theory is "there is always someone better than the current" !

  • viru-319-219 on January 31, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    I am a hardcore cricket fan and watch TEAM INDIA matches even at work on my mobile. I am losing interest in this INDIAN team now and that's not becoz they are losing, we lost many finals under Ganguly but I was really exited about that INDIAN team. Reason I think is the stubbornness of Dhoni to stick to players who donot deserve to be in the team and leaving out players who are far better. Look at how our openers are playing..If they continue so we can only chase 250s. Rohit can open in INDIA but he can't in overseas. Bring in Uthappa or open with Yusuf pathan. If they are given chances they will do far better than current pair(Yusuf single handedly won RR games opening in IPL1). MY XI for WC Uthappa,Pujara,Kohli,Yuvraj,Rohit,Dhoni,Irfan,Jadeja,Zaheer,Umesh and Shami and backups are Karthik,Mishra,Aaron and Rishi Dhawan. Well This will never happen LET'S ENJOY IPL as there are no politics there and even if matches are fixed we can get some high level ENTERTAINMENT.. WAITING FOR VIRU:)

  • Raja.sh on January 31, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    1st 3matches scored by dhawan(32,12,28) 72runs Rohit (3,20,39) 62runs so 1st he want to remove rohit than dhawan but he cant. Bcoz he want rohit always bcoz he is very close friend to him. If he keep playing with this team we not able to file single victory. People may say already we played along with gauti,viru but lost to eng and aus. That not acceptable ok but they are at Rank1&2 but Nz is 8th rank team so we not wont the series also ok but how can we accept 4-0?? That also we need to lose 5-0 Ashwin and jadeja played otherwise that match also we can lost. If still gautam is not in form means we can ask about other. Once he removed from team after he scored runs so again he is eligible for to open bat for india.. Better give chance to Vijay atleast he can score some runs, now he learned many things and tried played well in overseas..

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Now they will play few one day series in India and will come up on ranking and again they will so called number one team.What a joke.

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Doesn't matter if you play 1000's of domestic games in a flat pitch. BCCI, the money making entity has to give the game a bit of consideration and make bowler friendly pitches. That's the real investment. If you sign a contract with a player that's not an investment. People like Ashwin will happily get one crore and continue to bowl in a pathetic manner. Now, it's February. All concentration will be on this IPL nonsense. Nobody will care for the game and we will continue to give such lame excuses at the end of every foriegn tour. People who had a decent international career must become selectors. What is the capablity of Sandeep Patil as a selector? What did he achieve in Indian cricket? We need to make investments like briging on a bowling coach like Donald, Akram, Waqar etc. If IPL can hire them why can't the BCCI? Leaving Indian cricket in tatters BCCI wants to control ICC.

  • idealcric on January 31, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Guys, Dhoni is in Testing Phase. Atlast the Team for WC2015 will be like the below Playing XI: Dhawan, Shewag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Irfan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Shami

    Subs: Rohit, Raina, Karthick, Ishant, Bhuvi, Harbhajan

  • Giant-Guru on January 31, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Well as usual Dhoni was once again in denial mode, wins or losses doesn't really bother them as long as the "BIG BUCKS" keep coming either in the form of easy IPL monies or the commercials. What poor phase is Dhoni talking about, does he even know why the batsmen and bowlers so inconsistent with their performances - the answer is that you are just a bunch of SLOW PITCH BULLIES who can only play at home well with difficulty.

    Be realistic and accept that it was a clean whitewash you had at the hands of NZ (leave the tied match). Need to learn lessons from the tour, your specialist ODI players like Ashwin, whose different bowling actions for each format produced same results for a very long time now, or the one with very high back-lift enough for a quick to sneak through, or Dhawan - the over confident. We need to have technically solid players in the team like Pujara/Vijay and Yuvraj for overseas tours. Favouritism instead of professionalism has crept in the Indian Team, WAKE UP NOW!

  • Waves239 on January 31, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    The main concern for me about current Indian team composition is whether everyone has been assigned specific role(s). Martin mentioned some valuable points. When India doesn't have current generation fast bowlers who bowls 140-150 kph, they should learn bowling in the limitations. At least an international bowler should be able to bowl swing/ cutters to outfox the batsmen, else all cricket boils down to hit through the line. Spinners are disappointing and Ashwin is devastating.

    India need to understand the importance of seam bowling all rounder. Irfan/ Binny should be tried in overseas conditions at no.7 and Jadeja needs to be tried at no.5 allowing extra batsman if needed. India needs experience in the middle order. If Rahane/ Rayudu fails then Gautam can be recalled.

    My XI:

    Shikar, Rohit, Virat, Gautam/Rahane, Jadeja, Dhoni, Irfan/Binny, Mishra, Bhuvi, Shami, Umesh

  • Sandeep Kumar Nune on January 31, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    This is not particularly a time to think of faults but think, Is Rohit really a good replacement of Sehwag as opener? (Sehwag vs Rohit 251/119 matches, 35.05/35.68 avg, 104.33/78.64 SR Single 50 for each player in last 10 recent innings) Why Pujara is sticked to Tests?(A man with 66 avg, 6 hundreds and 4 fifties in just 28 innings) Try him in place of Rahane, atleast burden will be eased on Kohli and Dhoni. Lot more ideas that can make India succeed, even a common cricket fan knows that but Dhoni is still not knowing lol...

  • Susav on January 31, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    India should play only overseas cricket for more than one year...and at end of the year we will see where India stands in ICC odi rankings...no 1 spot is deserved by teams who can play in all conditions...South Africa and Australia deserve no 1 spot as they compete in all series wherever they play. I feel instead of playing ipl... india should go abroad and play county cricket to get a hangover of pitches...

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    @IAS2009 ,, you are out of your mind. 4 - 0 what is matter with you. remove dhone and ashwin right away. please do it. BCCI should handover itself to government and public should vote every two years. Cricket is no longer just a sport in india.

    4 - 0 is shameful. australia were not no.1 team when they had come to india.

    this comment from dhoni is really upsetting and political . anyways see you all . goodbye.

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    well said MSD . his ans definitely mke sense ..

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Bring sehwag and gambhir back then every thing will be settled

  • rezvan on January 31, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    You must lost to me, if you want to play with me, afterall, i m generating 80% of world cricket revenue, this would india next demand to smaller boards.

  • tanoli991 on January 31, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Hahahahahahha what amazzing profromance from future ruler of cricket against 8 ranked team 4 nill wow grate too see nice felling they or home bullies and they want too be come a cricket king what a shame bcci u

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    dhoni made 3 fifties in this series bt failed to come up the order ofter top order failure in the last 7 onedays why he has not taken the challenge becas he is running away from his duties, he never come up in the top order on bouncier tracks bt at home tracks he love to bat up the order,, stil he is not learning frm his past mistakes and he is supporting present failed batsmen,, becas he doesnt want to see gambir,shewag,yuvi nd harbhajan back into the team thts why he ehole heartedly supporting this bunnies...

  • on January 31, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Dhoni is not giving chance to the players based on talent, whoever obeying him they are in team. others are out like yuvi, gauti and sehwag,

  • indopakfan on January 31, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    In essence our captain cool means top say - we have matches coming up against Bangla & Lanka on dead pitches and my paper tigers will start to score heavily again leading to "oohs" & "aahs" from all. So wait till we reach Dhaka...till our next foreign tour...

  • on January 31, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    what shikhar dhawan and rohit sharma did for india was nothing less than a shame....

  • Vikram_Rathore on January 31, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Rohit IPL Sharma has got the kind of talent that only the expert eyes of Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri & Dhoni can see. Rohit should become a soft skills trainer for IT professionals on how to stay in the team, despite being a bottom performer. How did Ambati Rayudu with a 1st class average of 45.32 get into the National Side!?? Ajinkya Rahane has an ODI average comparable to Ashwin & Jadeja. Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, is it a coincidence that several bunch of Mumbai players have made into and have been lingering around in the team despite not performing!

  • on January 31, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Dhoni, his batsmen and the entire team as a unit has played spectacular cricket all season. I do not see this series as a put down or encouragement for MS to hang the cap as captain. He has been a great captain and can be viewed as one dk the best because he handles all three tasks of guiding the team,batting and wicket keeping. This is just one of those series where the other team came stronger and it is no where near time for Dhoni to think or anyone to recommend that he should give up captaincy or his unit is a disappointment.

  • Jigar140 on January 31, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Dhoni...learn from ur mistakes...It seemed like Indian team was not into it at all. They give up easily. They seems to play for money (IPL 20) only and not for pride.

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    @ jambee36 ,, yaa but even indian cricket is a joke .

  • IAS2009 on January 31, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Indian fans have very short memory, the same people who wants to ax Gauti and Sehwag wants them back, it is silly to bring them back, I agree with Dhoni to some extent If one have invested in these players give them chance to get back in form, winning abroad is not easy, apart for Aussies of 90 and 2000s and WI of 70 and 80's no team has done it consistently, the players on those teams were legend if you check their achievements, most teams are home bully's now only SA I would say a bit better, look what India did to Aussies in India, one cannot change team after every overseas debacle and there are plenty to come for India, I am not sure why Indian fans think their current team could win outside India, their record was 4-0 vs England and 4-0 vs AUS when their big three batting was intact, India did well in SA because the pitches in both tests were slow (read boycott comments and he is absolutely right about that) and not up to SA standard.

  • gbz22 on January 31, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Much as i'm a fan of dhoni, his power grab within the team is starting to hurt. There's little doubt he forced yuvraj and sehwag out, because he wanted total control over the team. His inability to develop alternate batsman and his lack of guidance of the bowlers is now showing. Duncan Fletcher has been a disastrous coach throughout. India's overseas performance since he came to helm has been shockingly bad. Clearly, he doesn't have even basic understanding of how to prepare the teams for foreign tours -- mentally or technically. Its scandalous that he continues to go unquestioned. Its time to guillotine him.

    This was a massively inexperienced team, in terms of foreign exposure. Except for dhoni and maybe ashwin, almost no one else has played much abroad. So the question is, was this a youth tour to blood next line of players, or was there an intent to win as well? What was most depressing was the body language of the team -- no one seemed all too concerned about winning or losing.

  • mnkgpt on January 31, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    I think if MS remains captain then future team will be - MS, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja, Aparajit, Mohit, Murli Vijay from CSK, rest are Ishant & Rohit, Dhoni's all time favourites and some new poor talent and only talented Kohli. Dhoni is a very good batsman but captain?????? And plz stop saying about his captaincy for two world cups, this is only because of Gauti and Yuvi and team efforts... Dhoni is best keeper batsman for India so utilize him let not to make him his friend's team.. He wants to become next DADA that's why he doesn't want to see senior players in the squad... We appreciate his talent but plz select a balanced team allowing seniors like pathan, gauti, yuvi, bhajji, Praveen and for Test only Sehwag can also be included..

  • on January 31, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    The last season was good because it was played at HOME

  • khanasmat on January 31, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Indian team can only play in India they don't have a quality batting or bowling like AUS ,SA,ENG which can bowl and bat every where and in every condition ,India should think about that and remove the able of "Tigers of Home"..

  • armchairjohnny on January 31, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Not enough credit being given to New Zealand for such a complete performance. In their present form, they would beat most other international teams.

    Watching this present India team is like watching West Indies in the early 00's -- completely and utterly shambolic. Kohli is like a right handed Lara and is literally the only saving grace of the team. Apart from Kohli, who can adapt to all conditions and situations, the Indian batting is extremely one-dimensional. The bowling is non-existent. Surely with all the cash the BCCI have in their kitty, they could put some of it to good use and help produce a fast bowling culture in Indian domestic culture? Nah, not likely, is it?

  • on January 31, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Sehwag,gambhir, Dhawan ,kohli,r sharma/m tiwary, dhoni , yusuf Pathan , Amit mishra , p.kumar , z khan , b kumar ..... Play them , stop playing politics .

  • laddum on January 31, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Dhoni's is forgetting Rohit and Raina have been here before. Lot's of chances have been given to them. It is simple they are flat wicket hero's. Raina and Rohit a complete waste of time. Dhoni will loose in first round of next year's world cup if he keeps going with Raina and Rohit.

  • on January 31, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    I think its time for dhoni, he need to hang his boot atleast as a captain. I do see a decline in India's performance and reputation, which was built by Ganguly. Having Dhoni in team is a burden, more than anything

  • yusuf97 on January 31, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    @ kevaldedhia813, because at the present time there is no better wicketkeeper batsman than dhoni in most of the countries including India excluding Sri Lanka ( sanga)..

  • jay_vkjay on January 31, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Mr. Excuse Dhoni, this is not lack of form,but technical difficulty to tackle Short balls. I nowadays never watches India bowling. In all matches it will be like this. Bhuvi and Shami bowls 5 overs each. Then comes Aswin/Jadeja and a hapless part timer for 10-15 overs. In between 3rd seamer bowls 4-5 overs. Then comes batting power play Shami and Bhuvi back. From 40th to 50th it will be Jadeja + 3 seamers. No out of the box thinking and team selection from Dhoni. Dhoni as a captain lost his mojo.

  • CricketMaan on January 31, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Overseas record in the recent past - India vs England (3-0), vs SA (2-0), vs NZ (4-0). In between won a Champions Trophy (5-0), Celkon cup, 5-0 vs Zim. Apart from the champions trophy result rest have been one way! With next ODI bilateral in England its a worry!

  • on January 31, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Mr Dhoni be fair to non csk players, how good as ashwin bowled in his last 20 matches forget overseas condition what has he done in home condition what wrong has mishra done. Dont spoil a player as good as rahane by make him open, irrespective what rohit has done as a opener it doesnt care bring him in middle order. What he his doing with binny he had done the same with abhishek nayar and agarkar.

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    India should have two teams one for overseas and other for home. Dhoni and ashwin should not be part of cricket at all.

  • jambee36 on January 31, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    @kevaldehia813 I really hope your two comments here are jokes...

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    well said harrow. rohit is invisible talent only dhoni can see him. NZ did well rotating his bowlers and they found a new talent in form of henry. on the other side dhoni has found a new talent ashwin. dhoni what a shame. many gali cricketers are better than rohit, raina and you.

    Shikar Dhwan should be made captain and remove dhoni and ashwin rightaway. please someone do it, wish I was the part of the selection committee.

  • on January 31, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Same typical comments from Dhoni after a series lost so badly. He believes only in talent not in the responsibility batsmen should posses. Surely, our flat track bullies will come out and perform well in IPL and home series to regain the support till the next foreign series loss.

  • Nampally on January 31, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    When Dhoni knows that India has no middle order of reliable nature, why is Pujara out of the ODI XI? There is no point in repeating in parrot fashion to the press & Media that India does not have #4 batsman, when one of the best #4 is deliberately dropped! This is hypocracy of the highest order. It is Pujara who gave India some credibility in the Test series vs. SA after being whitewashed by SA in the ODI series. That should have been a strong indicator for Dhoni & Indian Selectors to put their grudge against Pujara behind them & move forward for the betterment of the Indian Cricket. It was shocking to see how many guys were tried in the middle order- Yuvraj, Raina, Rehane, Rayudu- but failed. I do not like to invoke the definition of "Insanity", but that is the blunt truth. The sooner the Indian Selectors open their eyes, the better it is for India. When selected, Pujara said that he is looking forward to playing for India in ODI but was benched by Dhoni for 3 ODI's- Never IN since!

  • on January 31, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Dhoni is bluffing his way around. He is a lousy captain. If the opposition has sorted out our batsmen so what were our guys doing ? Did they not sort of the bowlers ? Hogwash Dhoni enough of your lame excuses. you have never put anything to your lousy captaincy. Give it up man !!

  • on January 31, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Dhoni speaks of failure of batsmen as just a rough patch. So why is it that all these batsmen go through a rough patch at the same time and also it happens outside the subcontinent that their batsmen fail miserably. Hats off to Dhoni

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    where is BCCI's all revenue going , pls someone explain. WI and pakistan are small countires however they can produce awesome criketers especially bowlers. Inspite being unpredictable team atleast they manage to win game or two. WI also were able to draw inspite there was no gayle or sammy.

    I think India has spoiled the game of cricket. India can only fix games and win. BCCI should be removed and cricket should continue without india.

  • on January 31, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    The need to put Pujara in the squad as a solid number 4 or 3 batsmen.

  • ranga41 on January 31, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    No amount of chopping and changing the team will help reverse the present dismal trend unloess there is a sea change in the mindset of the players and the strategy of Dhoni and co.Batsmen are there to score runs and not play out overs to keep their wickets not to push up the RRR from aroud 6 to above 12, hoping that Dhoni ans Jadeja/Ashwin will do the job. If Rohit Sharma requires over 5 overs to reach the two digit mark(with no guarantee), sack him!.Same goes for Dhawan,Rahane, et al!Better to have some sloggers,than to have this bunch of pussyfootoing "stars". As for bowlers,apart from the honest young triers, w3hat is the use of persisting with non-performers like Ashwin and Ishanth Sharma.In the last two years who has expected Ashwin to take any wicket with his fllightless over-the-wicket line.His record of 1(or is it two?) wickets in the present 5 match series speaks for itself.God forbid that his rare batting effort keeps him in the team for the next decade!

  • on January 31, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    After the series was lost in Hamilton, Dhoni had said he had little clarity on the fast bowlers he could take with him to the 2015 World Cup. He however stood by his batsmen on whom he said the team had already expended plenty of effort.

  • kishorehs on January 31, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    I think that dhoni should have given chance to other players... Stuart Binny played a game with no batting opportunity and 1 over of bowling.. With series already decided dhoni should had tested the bench strength... I will prefer fast bowling allrounder ahead of ashwin....

  • jivas on January 31, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    It's batter thing to improvement of young player skill,but they must work hard during practise session.but i can't understand why raina continueousely after his longest flop show.

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Dhoni keep your long hair again, its a good luck. Kholi should play only in indian matches or he is a bad luck for india.

  • on January 31, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Well Dhoni is promising more misery by retaining batsmen who now have developed a habit of failing consistently abroad and having to fear no consequences. 4-0 losses abroad are routine now for Dhoni and his team. I wonder why he feels that he has not invested in fast bowlers, haven't many of them been playing longer than the batsmen?

  • HarrowXI on January 31, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Remove this dhoni as a captain. I am bored with his style of captaincy. its really frustrating to watch.

    They only worked out Shikhar Dhawan. Kohli is still scoring runs. Raina always had a problem with short ball nothing new. Rohit sharma......what can i say about him. He gots invisible talent only Dhoni can see it.

  • on January 31, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Time to get Sehwag, Yuvi, Harbhajan, Gambhir and Praveen Kumar back for world cup 2015.

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Harbhajan, Shami, PK, and Find one new fast bowler

  • crkt4evr on January 31, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    this is not the words you want to hear from a captain when 5 of the top 7 batsmen r struggling! keep loosing and get an easy series(subcontinent) ...the cycle continues!!!

  • IndTheBest on January 31, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Agreed with Naresh28. Enough has been said by Dhoni. If opposition has sorted out your team, what were you and your think tank were doing? Can't you plan and sorted out the weakness of opposition? If you don't have a team who can over come opposition's strategy and plan then better rotate the player who can perform better match by match, series by series. Team India is not a property of certain individuals who have to be in the team. Whosoever perform in a match must play in the match and win for us. It doesn't matter even if we have to chance all the 11 player in every series as long as result favors us, we must do it. I think our captaincy is the biggest problem. Dhoni doesn't know how to rotate bowlers. I have seen K Williams and tylor were always playing Ashwin/Jadeja, why? Why? Better captain would have got better result with the same team. It's a high time to have three different captain in different format & some of our match winners like Yuvraj and Pathan get back in the team.

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Dhoni you are only IPL player. I dont understand why India is not finding keeper batsman and remove dhoni for better upliftment of indian team.

  • jerryman on January 31, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Well deserved win NZ . India did not even put up a fight, just rolled over. For India this is a wake up call . Select the best team , players in form & performance and not favorites . I believe Dhoni cannot have the captaincy in all formats. For a start the ODI captaincy must be handed over to Kholi. Winning is team work and this was demonstrated in the margin of defeat 4-0 . A batting team cannot be carried only by Kholi and Dhoni. . India also must train some young bowlers in pace . Mills was very impressive for his age and his line and length were great. India will also need to find new openers for this format . Rohit is not an ideal opener as he takes some time to settle down , a slow starter .The worst is that after consuming deliveries he does not convert them to a 50 or a 100. They must learn from Guptil & Williamson the art of consolidating & accumulating . Rotating strike is the key as well to put a little pressure on the bowling side. Hopefully they will learn from mistakes

  • criclover2 on January 31, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Is ashwin really a allrounder???? tell me what is ashwin doing in this team look at nwz spinners thay are not world claas but far better then u in this pitchs yuvi bhajji should be back

  • StarHawk on January 31, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    NZ is not SA or Australia. India should've won this series. Last time India toured NZ in 08/09, India won the ODI series 3-1. The main difference between that team and this one is one man, Virender Sehwag. Viru took the game away from NZ very early in most of the matches. Sehwag ended up being the Top Scorer in that series with 299 runs in 5 matches (1 100, 2 50s). Here, our "talented" openers are scratching around in the first 10 overs and letting the opposition bowlers get warmed up. The opposition team gets momentum when the batsmen are looking to just block or leave everything. This approach, to me is what lost the series for India.

    India's Opening Parnerships in 2009 tour: 69 (9.4 ov), 76 (12.3 ov), 15 (2.4 ov), 201* (23.3 ov), 30 (4.5 ov).

    Not only did we have solid start in almost every game, but the run rate was also very high. Thus we won the series 3-1.

    Compare that to the opening partnership in this series: 15 (5.2 ov), 22 (7.4 ov), 64 (9.2 ov), 5 (3.2 ov), 8 (4.3 ov).

  • dharam_16 on January 31, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Team INDIA as consistent as ever!! Ranked 2nd in Tests, ODIs, T20s. Thanxx guys!!!!!!!

  • on January 31, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    I am a Pakistani but I still love Dhoni way of captaincy. We must understand a captain is not the only player who bata or bowls it's the whole team. So I guess there must be some changes from top to bottom

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on January 31, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    These results are a huge kick on the butt of all those who forced Sachin Tendulkar to retire HASTILY...he should have played till 2015 World Cup..IN AUSTRALIA & NZLD...at the least....This is NOT sentiments or emotions for the God of cricket....but Realistic & Pragmatic facts..... When at least 2 to 3 batsman are failing consistently...what harm was there in playing Sachin ...What the team would have got back was infinite...1.a world class batsman averaging near 50...2.experience of 22 years...3..worlds best batsman for free as BATTING CONSULTANT...4..a confidence booster & calmness giver for the dressing room 5..Sachin taking the scrutiny & limelight off others...6..opposition still fearful & wasting energies on how to get Sachin out leaving others peacefully....7..a crowd puller for empty stadiums...8..a interlocutor between players & board...He saved Harbhajan & Sourav!!... The emphasis is...THIS Indian team, especially the batsman were not prepared for Sachin's retirement...

  • hayer on January 31, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Why no one is able to implement plans for Kohli. He is the biggest batsman in India team. After scoring 18 hundreds he has not shown any sign of weakness. On the other hand Mr. Talented Sharma is showing vulnerabilities only after scoring few hundreds. Dhoni must realise that he need Pujara, Yuvi, Gauti and Bhaji to win WC. Bhajji is still much better bowler than Ashwin. I can't understand why Ashwin is scared to flight! Kohli & Dhoni can't win all the matches for India. Specially its difficult to win overseas without match winners in team. Yuvi and Gauti are the guys who enjoy performing under pressure at bit stage and they are proved match winners. No one can forget Yuvi's performance in WC 2011, T20 WC 2007 and under 19 WC. He is definitely a big match player. Gambhir is also highest scorer of both WC final victories. So bring the experience back.

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    If we are ok to lose then please pick me in team. Atleast I will perform better. I think indian team payments should be based on winnings. If you win then you get paid or else survive on your own.

  • tanstell87 on January 31, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Dhoni you cant win World Cup without Yuvraj, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan & Gambhir...hope there is no Ashwin/Raina/Rohit/Ishant in Asia Cup squad or World T20

  • on January 31, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Now with power and financial strength BBCI make sure all future such matches are only played only on our home grounds with in rules and regulations as set up by us.It will do wonders for our team and our finances too which will help other cricket boards as well. BCCI need to press on for ICC head office to be located in Mumbai so we can control to our best advantage.

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Dhoni is this cricket or some timepass going on.

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Dhoni is out of his mind. what oversea season is talking about. What tug of war? Yuvraj had bad season why was is made to sit out. Dhoni you are a loser realise that and plan accordingly.

  • bighit14 on January 31, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    We need Pujara. Thats it. How can one select Rahane with a List A average of 34 over Pujara whose List A average is more than 54 with impressive strike rate.

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    I dont care whatever you do DHoni but remove ashwin rightaway. Please do it once you get this message.

  • Naresh28 on January 31, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    OH COME ON!!! Please we have had enough of this captain, team and coaches. We travel down the same path each time. There are better players in INDIA who are awaiting their turn and even some benched players. Two allrounders Nayer and Rishi could be tried. Yuvi needs to come back as well and given chances. Pujara?

  • naren1983 on January 31, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    This problem is not only happening to the current players in foreign condition. We have been facing the same music for many decades. Why Players not adapting to the conditions quickly ? It is very clear that we don't have enough practice matches to adapt to conditions. If you fault players, we need to fault almost 95% of players who had toured foreign conditions so far, BCCI should think if unless proper practice matches are arranged, no tour should be scheduled. It is the only option to improve some confidence of players. Dhoni & team also should insist BCCI to organize practice games whenever there is foreign tour, otherwise we can't improve at all. Otherwise, we will see another 5-0 loss in June 2014 in England for sure.

  • shashankqvivek on January 31, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    I know a player with 7 year experience, Still learning nothing.

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  • shashankqvivek on January 31, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    I know a player with 7 year experience, Still learning nothing.

  • naren1983 on January 31, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    This problem is not only happening to the current players in foreign condition. We have been facing the same music for many decades. Why Players not adapting to the conditions quickly ? It is very clear that we don't have enough practice matches to adapt to conditions. If you fault players, we need to fault almost 95% of players who had toured foreign conditions so far, BCCI should think if unless proper practice matches are arranged, no tour should be scheduled. It is the only option to improve some confidence of players. Dhoni & team also should insist BCCI to organize practice games whenever there is foreign tour, otherwise we can't improve at all. Otherwise, we will see another 5-0 loss in June 2014 in England for sure.

  • Naresh28 on January 31, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    OH COME ON!!! Please we have had enough of this captain, team and coaches. We travel down the same path each time. There are better players in INDIA who are awaiting their turn and even some benched players. Two allrounders Nayer and Rishi could be tried. Yuvi needs to come back as well and given chances. Pujara?

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    I dont care whatever you do DHoni but remove ashwin rightaway. Please do it once you get this message.

  • bighit14 on January 31, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    We need Pujara. Thats it. How can one select Rahane with a List A average of 34 over Pujara whose List A average is more than 54 with impressive strike rate.

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Dhoni is out of his mind. what oversea season is talking about. What tug of war? Yuvraj had bad season why was is made to sit out. Dhoni you are a loser realise that and plan accordingly.

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Dhoni is this cricket or some timepass going on.

  • on January 31, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Now with power and financial strength BBCI make sure all future such matches are only played only on our home grounds with in rules and regulations as set up by us.It will do wonders for our team and our finances too which will help other cricket boards as well. BCCI need to press on for ICC head office to be located in Mumbai so we can control to our best advantage.

  • tanstell87 on January 31, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Dhoni you cant win World Cup without Yuvraj, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan & Gambhir...hope there is no Ashwin/Raina/Rohit/Ishant in Asia Cup squad or World T20

  • kevaldedhia813 on January 31, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    If we are ok to lose then please pick me in team. Atleast I will perform better. I think indian team payments should be based on winnings. If you win then you get paid or else survive on your own.