Sri Lanka v India, tri-series, 5th ODI, Dambulla August 22, 2010

India's concerns shift to batting

India's bowling was the talking point during the Tests but the focus has turned to their weaknesses with the bat after two capitulations
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During the Test series against Sri Lanka, there was plenty of talk about India's lack of back-up bowlers. In the tri-series, after folding twice without a fight, the focus is on the batting frailties.

The Indian team might point to some dodgy decisions - the umpire could have gone either way on Virender Sehwag's lbw, Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina didn't look to have nicked deliveries to the keeper, and Yuvraj Singh's vigil ended after being given out when struck well outside off while playing a shot - but there were still plenty of worrying signs.

It was by no means a treacherous pitch, certainly not one in which a top side should struggle to reach triple-digits. There was no dramatic swing around after the first few overs, yet all batsmen barring Yuvraj and to an extent Sehwag, struggled to middle the ball.

Karthik had a troubling time once his usual ploy of walking down the track was stifled by Kumar Sangakkara standing up to the stumps. He was searching for the ball outside off, beaten several times by Nuwan Kulasekara's mix of incutters and straighter ones.

Rohit Sharma's forgettable tournament continued after another unconvincing effort. The bulk of his runs came off two mishits - a leading edge for four through cover when he was aiming for midwicket, and a lofted miscue in front of point for a boundary when the intended target was extra cover. In the ninth over, he was looking to leave a delivery from Lasith Malinga outside off but was too late in withdrawing the bat, and the ball rolled off it towards backward point. An Angelo Mathews inswinger ended his stay, hitting him on the pads in front of middle.

Suresh Raina had a on-one-knee cover drive all along the ground that made you think a substantial stand was coming up between him and Yuvraj, but he too barely lasted. MS Dhoni usually likes to get going with a bunch of safe singles but there weren't any on Sunday, just a pair of streaky boundaries before giving Sangakkara his third catch of the innings. The overall effort raises questions about the middle-order's resilience, and its firefighting skills.

Another point to ponder for the management is whether No. 7 is too high a spot for Ravindra Jadeja, who again failed with the bat, and hasn't shown the ability to consistently either finish matches from that position or assist in rescue missions.

The one plus for India was the batting of the fit-again Yuvraj, a crucial component of the Indian middle order. He got going with an array of effortless off-drives, but once the wickets tumbled he switched to graft mode, making only two runs in 30 deliveries during one phase. After eight wickets were down, he started to show the flamboyant hitting with which he made his name including a breathtaking six over long-off, before he was adjudged lbw when attempting an outrageous shot towards square leg.

Asked about the umpiring decisions and their impact on the match, Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara made his oft-repeated demand for the umpire-decision review system. "If everything has to be fair, use technology and make it even," Sangakkara said. "ICC should make technology compulsory because if some sides are using it and some series we are playing without it, I don't think that's right, everyone should use technology."

Dhoni offered no excuses for the defeat, praising the Sri Lankan bowlers for their accuracy. "We didn't get the kind of start we needed," he said. "Their bowlers bowled in the right channels, and pushed us into making the mistakes."

About the only thing which went right for Dhoni was that he won the toss for the first time on the tour, something which he has repeatedly said is crucial in Dambulla. It wasn't of much help on Sunday.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • nk_sharma on August 25, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    @nfer.. man don't live in dreams.. read the hard facts: About kicking out India from T20 world cup- India has won 1 out of 3 T20 World cups...what has Srilanka done?? About better team- India crushed Srilanka by 2-0 in India and drew by 1-1 in Srilanka. In ODIs India crushed Srilanka in Asia cup final & has 1-1 score so far with Srilanka in the ongoing tri-series. About Murli- u try to collect the opinions of cricket fans outside srilanka.... if u manage to get 2/10 votes in the favour of murli,s action, u may feel like a winner. I always admire good and fair cricket but your silly comments have provoked me for such comparisons.

  • sportingROY on August 25, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Why India Stil go on with DINESH KARTHIK HE IS NOT EVEN A GOOD BATSMAN THEN HW CAN HE B AN OPENER. DO INDIA DOESN'T HAVE ANY GOOD OPENING BATSMAN HERE. I think Shiker dhavan, Manesh pandy, Abhinav Mukand all not playing in India thats Y selectors cant see them ha ha..............DK is A Real waste

    I thought whn sreekant became Selector He would provid some goods for team. Its realy diff from TV commendatory and Real work.

  • ashish514 on August 25, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Not saying that India lost because of poor umpiring, but Dharamsena surely is not a transparent umpire. His decisions are always lopsided. I bet most of his wrong decisions have benefited the SL team. The biggest example is when he gave a wrong decision being a third umpire recently, I don't remember which game but it was against India.

  • DeepuGeorge on August 24, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka - a wonderful display of team spirit and the confidence to win. Good teams are capable of playing in almost all conditions and adapt quickly and execute wins. India needs to start playing like true champions and not bask in undeserved glory. You need to first and foremost prove that you are world champions and start playing like champs. The Sri Lankan series has been demoralising for fans world over. To play well on one day and play terribly the next, is not a sign of champions. COME ON INDIA - CHAKE DE INDIA .......

  • sidsinha on August 24, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    @nicolas - parera u have no right to make fun of someones name. if that so ur own name suggests u r half lankan and half baked african. anyway i m by no means srilankan

  • on August 24, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    I just want to say one thing this team can't reach the super eight in 2011 WC.Bcoz many of our batsmen are not good enough to play against international teams.They can only play the slow straight deliveries.Now the situation is due to only IPL 20-20 games.Players are now playing for money not for their country.When we lose a game MR.DHONI says "we need rest" but he doesn't stop himself for playing his CSK team and there he doesn't need rest.Now it is perfect time for selectors to bring RAHUL DRAVID and VVS.LAXMAN back into ODI team.They deserve the ODI squad.And selectors please don't give any more chance to players like ISHANT SHARMA,ROHIT SHARMA,DINESH KARTIK,RAVINDRA JADEJA in international team bcoz they are not good enough to play international games.

  • hemantshah on August 24, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    This will be the 305th comment, so I am directing it at various people in BCCI, The India coaches, captain and the individual players. There are 3 reasons that Sri Lanka beat the xxxx out of the India team. 1. BCCI - master business house of India - has arranged to extract as much juice out of the players and the game as they possibly can, and one of the many results have been too many games in Sri Lanka. Total boredom in the Indian Team. 2. Neither the batsmen (except for one, and he is not playing) nor the bowlers - all without exception - have "technique". Not a single batsman other than ye ole Tendulkar is technically sound. Hence the zadu maarna strategy that ALL have adopted! fie on you - Mr. batting coach. The bowlers - eek! are all followers of a famous leg spinner from yore: in Bombay (city). Bagun bagun taakato. was his honest response when asked about his success strategy. 3. All our players get too much bhav and acquire too much hava. a few exceptions ofcourse.

  • mdavid on August 24, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    All current Indian young cricketers are soft & spoiled as Wasim Akram said today. BCCI needs to do something immedietely before the 2011 WC. The whole team needs to be refurbished with immediete effect. Otherwise mark my word, India will not even reach the super Eight with this existing team. BCCI please ACT NOW.

    CRICINFO JUST SAVE MY THIS COMMENT NOW FOR FUTURE USE. BECAUSE SURE THIS IS GONNA HAPPEN IF AN IMMEDIETE REVAMP IS NOT DONE IN THE TEAM.

  • on August 24, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Yes.. Indian played a very bad game. They are so habituated to play T20s that even 50 over games also played like T20. And on the other hand Srilanka played with 12 men which includes Kumar Dharmasena the umpire.

  • Hindh on August 24, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    @ pak and sri lankan fans are more worried about India losing than their respective teams winning. Well common look at Pak they r yet to win a series from last 4 years, even with so called great bowling and Sri lanka they win 1 and lose 2 matches. India have beaten LAnka in lanka for the last 4 ODI tournaments. India have bowled out lanka in 3rd test with most inexperienced bowling, how can SL fans claim they r beeter than India.first win a test in india and then talk abt it.

  • nk_sharma on August 25, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    @nfer.. man don't live in dreams.. read the hard facts: About kicking out India from T20 world cup- India has won 1 out of 3 T20 World cups...what has Srilanka done?? About better team- India crushed Srilanka by 2-0 in India and drew by 1-1 in Srilanka. In ODIs India crushed Srilanka in Asia cup final & has 1-1 score so far with Srilanka in the ongoing tri-series. About Murli- u try to collect the opinions of cricket fans outside srilanka.... if u manage to get 2/10 votes in the favour of murli,s action, u may feel like a winner. I always admire good and fair cricket but your silly comments have provoked me for such comparisons.

  • sportingROY on August 25, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Why India Stil go on with DINESH KARTHIK HE IS NOT EVEN A GOOD BATSMAN THEN HW CAN HE B AN OPENER. DO INDIA DOESN'T HAVE ANY GOOD OPENING BATSMAN HERE. I think Shiker dhavan, Manesh pandy, Abhinav Mukand all not playing in India thats Y selectors cant see them ha ha..............DK is A Real waste

    I thought whn sreekant became Selector He would provid some goods for team. Its realy diff from TV commendatory and Real work.

  • ashish514 on August 25, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Not saying that India lost because of poor umpiring, but Dharamsena surely is not a transparent umpire. His decisions are always lopsided. I bet most of his wrong decisions have benefited the SL team. The biggest example is when he gave a wrong decision being a third umpire recently, I don't remember which game but it was against India.

  • DeepuGeorge on August 24, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka - a wonderful display of team spirit and the confidence to win. Good teams are capable of playing in almost all conditions and adapt quickly and execute wins. India needs to start playing like true champions and not bask in undeserved glory. You need to first and foremost prove that you are world champions and start playing like champs. The Sri Lankan series has been demoralising for fans world over. To play well on one day and play terribly the next, is not a sign of champions. COME ON INDIA - CHAKE DE INDIA .......

  • sidsinha on August 24, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    @nicolas - parera u have no right to make fun of someones name. if that so ur own name suggests u r half lankan and half baked african. anyway i m by no means srilankan

  • on August 24, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    I just want to say one thing this team can't reach the super eight in 2011 WC.Bcoz many of our batsmen are not good enough to play against international teams.They can only play the slow straight deliveries.Now the situation is due to only IPL 20-20 games.Players are now playing for money not for their country.When we lose a game MR.DHONI says "we need rest" but he doesn't stop himself for playing his CSK team and there he doesn't need rest.Now it is perfect time for selectors to bring RAHUL DRAVID and VVS.LAXMAN back into ODI team.They deserve the ODI squad.And selectors please don't give any more chance to players like ISHANT SHARMA,ROHIT SHARMA,DINESH KARTIK,RAVINDRA JADEJA in international team bcoz they are not good enough to play international games.

  • hemantshah on August 24, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    This will be the 305th comment, so I am directing it at various people in BCCI, The India coaches, captain and the individual players. There are 3 reasons that Sri Lanka beat the xxxx out of the India team. 1. BCCI - master business house of India - has arranged to extract as much juice out of the players and the game as they possibly can, and one of the many results have been too many games in Sri Lanka. Total boredom in the Indian Team. 2. Neither the batsmen (except for one, and he is not playing) nor the bowlers - all without exception - have "technique". Not a single batsman other than ye ole Tendulkar is technically sound. Hence the zadu maarna strategy that ALL have adopted! fie on you - Mr. batting coach. The bowlers - eek! are all followers of a famous leg spinner from yore: in Bombay (city). Bagun bagun taakato. was his honest response when asked about his success strategy. 3. All our players get too much bhav and acquire too much hava. a few exceptions ofcourse.

  • mdavid on August 24, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    All current Indian young cricketers are soft & spoiled as Wasim Akram said today. BCCI needs to do something immedietely before the 2011 WC. The whole team needs to be refurbished with immediete effect. Otherwise mark my word, India will not even reach the super Eight with this existing team. BCCI please ACT NOW.

    CRICINFO JUST SAVE MY THIS COMMENT NOW FOR FUTURE USE. BECAUSE SURE THIS IS GONNA HAPPEN IF AN IMMEDIETE REVAMP IS NOT DONE IN THE TEAM.

  • on August 24, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Yes.. Indian played a very bad game. They are so habituated to play T20s that even 50 over games also played like T20. And on the other hand Srilanka played with 12 men which includes Kumar Dharmasena the umpire.

  • Hindh on August 24, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    @ pak and sri lankan fans are more worried about India losing than their respective teams winning. Well common look at Pak they r yet to win a series from last 4 years, even with so called great bowling and Sri lanka they win 1 and lose 2 matches. India have beaten LAnka in lanka for the last 4 ODI tournaments. India have bowled out lanka in 3rd test with most inexperienced bowling, how can SL fans claim they r beeter than India.first win a test in india and then talk abt it.

  • on August 24, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    DEAR Da-Silva1996 on (August 23 2010, 10:10 AM GMT)

    Sri lanlan team wont win thy world cup i assure u of this fact coz all of them hav NO SPORTSMANSHIP. they cheat by using pakistani and sri lankan umpires to give appeals in thir way and they are so selfish by not allowing sehwag to score a century.. srin lankans did it too dada and sachin also. and it seems that NORTHERN TERRITORY is a jelous ozzie who is always jealous about indians coz ozzies cant completely prevail over india unlike other teams.

  • boris6491 on August 24, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    I think they have focused so heavily on their bowling that they have completely neglected their batting. I think some players such as Rohit, Jadeja and Yuvraj need to be dropped to give them a wake-up call, none of them really seem to have their heads in the game at the moment.

  • Raja22222 on August 24, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    The opening the bating for India is not an easy job.We can give advices simply, but just have an analysis how many people who debuted as Opening Batsmen in tests and ODI's succeed to get a permanent place in the top of the order?the percentage may not be more than 20.But the 80 % of the people who lost out may be technically stronger than the permanent middle order batsmen who are playing in their national team. There are so many examples.Even Laxman could not do much when he opened for India in tests. Rather its easy to succeed in the middle order. A successful middle order batsmen who cemented his position can emerge as a test opener if he can adjust his technique for the new balls of fresh fast bowlers. A successful test player can be a successful ODI batsmen if he knows all the shots and have the ability to score fast.Give more chances and confidence to players like M.Vijay and ,Kholi instead of Karthik ,Rohit.Take Y.Pathan or I.Pathan or Robin Uthappa for Jadeja .

  • visualdp on August 24, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    @rd_nest: ha ha I'm going to die by laughing after seen ur "wonderful" comment. AUS can beat other teams in their own back yard only. My dear friend it's already proven matches against PAK. In what measurement AUS is No1. Believe me current AUS team is one of the worst cricketing team I have ever seen. They are keep loosing inexperienced PAK team even.So your comment is so pointless here. We can see what will happen in Ashes. And dude another thing, I bet they won't be able to beat India or SL in their own back yard even for surely. They only can win games by torturing other & cheating only.

  • sadSajith on August 24, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    With that Indian team other teams will not have any problems in WC .Home advantage is useless with this ordinary team.Furthermore Indian team is not a problem in tournaments at any case.Sri Lanka is the favor team in next WC.Indian players should learn more about commitment from Suresh Raina.He is the only one in Indian team who trying do more than expected from him.Furthermore he is not shining as others in Indian team because he doesn't want to act like a god.He is a very much a human that working so harder than so called gods around him.

  • randikaayya on August 24, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    @Arachnodouche: Have you learnt and played all your cricket in a backyard mate? Just what do you mean 'full strenght team in back'? When wil India ever have a full strength team? Is this full strength team a pigment of your imagination or a selection dilemma in India? Surely you can't mean Mr. Sulky Gambhir's absence as the sole reason for Inda being bowled out twice near 100 run mark :) Tendulkar is not injured, then why is he being selfish and opting out leaving his team deservedly humiliated in batting friendly conditions? Excuses galore from Indian media liek cricinfo when their team lose badly! Just waiting for the fabled Indian batting to be 'full strength' again :)

  • CRKS on August 24, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    same team has won ASIA just few months back ( on seaming wickets of Dambulla) . Infact India has won last four Odi series in Srilanka

  • Joby_George on August 24, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    No player in India had given chances like Rohit Sharma. On what basis he is in the playing XI? Why cant Kohli replace him. Why & how Jadeja became the integral part of the team? Bring back Dravid, he can help india win the World Cup this time. Players like Sewagh, Raina can play firy strokes if the other end is safe and if wikets does not stumble which can be done only by dravid.Why is Irfan patan dropped ? His career averages and records are bad than jadeja?

  • on August 24, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    India is wasting opportunities on Karthik. His domestic test batting avg is under 40 and limited overs avg is under 30. He has no business being in as a specialist batsman. With Badhrinath and Vijay around, why are the selectors choosing Karthick as the opener. They should be giving Badhri and Vijay much need international experience.

  • jayrkay on August 24, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    Curiously, I get this feeling that many matches are rigged and Pakistan and SriLanka, India, my forecast is almost 100%, winning and loosing. This is done by BCCI with central Govt playing a role. I do not have any evidence, political situations come into play. BCCI is fat and rich, a good milking cow for politicians.

    The other is indiscipline in the team, the media making an issue. Team manager should be responsible, even Dhoni has complained.

  • Sarev on August 24, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    There should a rotation of players based on the performance. A batsmen must get 30 as an average with a striking rate of 80-90, likewise bowler with an average of 3 wickets or economy rate less than 4/over and an Allrounder either batsmen or bowlers average. Average should be for 3 matches. Like ICC ranking, domestic level ranking is necessary. Whoever doesn't gets that average, even it is sehwag, Sachin, MSD or Raina, should be replaced with a top player from domestic ranking. This makes the player perform to stay else will be sent to waiting list and the youngsters who perform well from domestic level will also get chance to prove.

  • Bang_La on August 24, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    @TheUglyTruth, oh no! You are spelling truth. Indian supporters take their wins granted, as they usually do on their home pitch. Now they blame umpires, fine. Was it not an Indian umpire who raised a finger to give out but instead scratched forehead while whole world watched it on tv? There are famous jokes about Indian umpiring. And commentators too. You forgot to mention another common issue that Indian fans holler together. That is to remove Bangladesh test status!!

  • Sarev on August 24, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Players are taking the match very easily, even if they lose they never bother and escapes with silly excuses. The performance seems that they never plan or do homework to handle a blower and how to bowl to a player. Our bowlers bowl well but never see who is batting and how to bowl. They all happy going to pubs and playing football and other games, they forgot that they are paid to play cricket. They should also think that what would their position if they are not selected in the Indian team, now Dhoni is the highest Tax payer in Jharkhand. They are jolly game and not international game.

  • Nizraanj on August 24, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    Indian Cricket team is so highly overated! Their fans keep talking about winning the World Cup, don't look to far ahead (Arachnodouche), always better to concentrate on what is at hand. Spirit of Cricket? Weren't the Indian's promising to be aggressive and hammer Suraj Randiv out of the park, but they didn't even last till he got a chance to bowl at them. Being humble, friendly & fare has always been a trait of SL Cricketers and it will always be in a genere of us Sri Lankans.

  • Trimurthy on August 24, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    Please include Laxman and Dravid in ODIs for world cup.

    Here is the best team: Sehwag, Gambhir, Laxman, Tendulkar, Dravid, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Zaheer, Harbhajan, Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Raina - Rest forget it

  • topspeed55 on August 23, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Dhoni and Srikkanth should get this in their gut, if Sachin decides to take rest they should make sure Dravid is in the team or be prepared for the batting collapses as seen always. Just presence of such players is enough to lift the stability. I am sure still there will be collapses but frequency will be considerably low.

  • on August 23, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    @ ALL INDIAN FANS

    India scored 600+ at SSC and made scores of 88 and 103 in Dambulla, now u tell me who are flat-track heroes? Mahela Jayawardene or your "World-Class" Indian batsmen? I am told ZIM, Bangladesh n IRELAND are all desperate to play India so that they can hand out an absolute thrashing to the over-rated side, HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Arachnodouche on August 23, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    There is some sad jealousy from Lankan fans on this thread! I don't know why they're getting so eager - the tour, as it stands right now, reads: Tests were drawn 1-1. ODIs stand drawn at 1-1. I'm sure if India make it to the finals, they'll whip Lanka as they've been doing the last few series.

    Also, at least we'll have a chance of lifting the WC in home conditions once our full strength team is back. You guys? LOL.

  • Nampally on August 23, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    India needs reliable batsmen. Sehwag is the only reliable bat in the line up. Dhoni has failed miserably on this tour.Sharma & Kohli have not at all produced. Raina is just as bad. When 4 out of the top 6 do not produce how can India score runs. Include Dravid + Mukund in the side. This is the second time that India has collapsed around 100 runs. Dhoni has no excuses this time albeit the Umpiring was bad. Bad decision on Yuvraj alone would have cost 50 runs. Add to that the Sehwag's LBW, Hawk eye on a 2 paced wicket is not always right regarding the ball's height because it can go over at one time and the next it will not. So I do not believe the Hawk eye in this case How can one side have 4 caught behind & 3 LBW's whilst the other has none? SL is not much superior to India. First ask for neutral Umpires. Next learn to play without excuses (spongy wicket?). Determined batting with 250 runs is required followed by quick dismissal of opposition.India can still win next 2 games.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 23, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Like run-outs are given to third umpires why can't the LBWs be given to 3rd umpire? I know it will be like disrespecting for umpires but atleast not for the worst situation like this?

  • prnce007 on August 23, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Please someone tell the ICC not to schedule India-Srilanka matches. I don like 2 c India playing in the sub-continent pitches esp. Srilanka where entire series is held in a single ground and played on da same pitch. Why dont India play series often against Aussies,Kiwis,South Africa nd England in their home pitches ???

  • on August 23, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Indian TEST SIDE is world class whereas ODI side is club level.

    Wait for Sachin, Gambhir, Dravid to come back to ODI. These are the guys that have made INDIA Test side as no 1. Yuvraj is a world class player and he showed his class in even the short stint. We brought Ishant from test side and he right away proved his worth. Guys like Rohit Sharma,Jadeja, Karthik, Kohli are simply overrated cricketers with bad attitude too. They are simply burden on team.

  • nawabofcricket on August 23, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    I agree with a lot of fans who have posted here, its high time to get rid of Rohit Sharma, Kohli and Jadeja. Irfan has been a match winner in the past he deserves at least the same chances as non productive Sharma, Dravid is another possibility for stabilizing the middle order.

  • jals on August 23, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    In last Test against Srilanka luckily we won the match and drawn the series, thanks to very very special Laxman. Otherwise we would have lost 2-0 to Srilanka. In one day tri series also we are struggling in bowling and batting. Now the selectors and captain should be fair in selecting the team next time. We need allrounders in team like srilanka have today. consider Irfan Pathan atleast now, he is one of the best allrounder in the world. Dhoni is wicket keeper batsman, I am unable to understand what Dinesh Karthik is doing in Sri Lanka, Ravinder Jadeja is a big flop but no problem he is friend of Mr. Dhoni.

  • gunjit on August 23, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    i think its tym to bring bak irfan pathan.he can bat a bit n so can bowl better. n instead of karthik can opt fr vijay(atleast he wont b scared to go after d ball when d keeper cums closer). n v shud remembr tiwari can play as well n so can shikhar dhawan (if possible). v r having so many players den y r v still struggling. may b its d lack of zest to win in d present cricket team. or may b v r nt utilising our complete potential. or v r nt sure wat v actually want so v r jus tryin out sum combinations....

  • vishimon on August 23, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Looking at the batting performances of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthick and Ravindra Jadeja (if we are still allowed to talk about batting and include Jadeja in same sentence); it is more and more evident that Irfan Pathan has more batting potential than those mentioned above. As a viewer, he would any-day give me more hope if he walks to bat instead of rohit sharma at 3 on a swinging pitch...kartick except the asia cup final has not done anything in the last 20 odd games...Just bring back Pathan as the batsman..if conditions are favorable (swinging, overcast) then surely his bowling is a plus else use him as a batsman who can bowl 3-4 overs.Pathan, viru, yuvi, raina can easily combine to play as 5th bowler on flat pitches..period. hope the selectors gain some common sense.

  • Nicolas-Perera on August 23, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    1. South Africa, 2.Newzealand, 3.West-indies, 4.Bangladesh, 5.India, 6.England, 7.Australia, 8.Pakistan, 9.Srilanka. this is the order of who play the game of cricket with sportsman sprit as possible? -Great cricket fan-

  • Chits on August 23, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Its now high time that India trys out some new comers like Tiwary, Ashwin, Mithun and others like Uthappa, I Pathan & throw the current lot of Rohit, Virat, Jadeja back to the domestic circuit and force them to perform well there & earn their way back to the national side. Its becoming too obvious for these newbies to find a spot in the team which is the result of Dhoni's policy of giving each players security to stay in the team. Providing security is one thing and making it easy for them is another thing. They should be forced to earn their spots in the team. I hope the team management and selectors take some corrective actions before its too late for the WC. I can see the posiblity of India getting thrown out even in the preliminary round of this WC, because with the sort of consistency they are showing, if its not their day they can even get beaten by teams like Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

  • RamanBansal on August 23, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    My ideal India Team for the World Cup would be :

    Top Order: Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir Middle Order: Laxman, Yuvraj Finishers: Raina, Dhoni Spinner: Harbhajan Seamers: Zaheer, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar

    Extras: Kohli, Uthappa, Karthik (wc), R. Ashwin, Ojha, Mithun, Ishant

  • Chits on August 23, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Nice article, but the title doesnt shade enough lights on the problems India is having. India's concern is by no means limited to just Bowling or Batting, India's concern is with all the departments its just that if they do well in one department in one game, they start thinking that there is no concern. The major concern for India though is with the attitude of the players, especially the youngsters. Forget about the outcome of the match, if you just notice the attitude of the Indian players, you will see that they are not hungry enough for team's success. The only thing keeping India at the top is performance from few players like Sachin, Gambhir, Zaheer, Raina and Sehwag to some extent, if these guys are missing from the team the team look very ordinary. Its amazing to see after taking the burden of the team for 20yrs in his career, India is still dependent on Sachin's performance, at least lately we are again seeing that this is the case. I hope they solve these issues before WC.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 23, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    @Nicolas-Perera one thing I can say is SL is very very desperate to beat India at any cost. I am not saying with frustration or just becasue India lost the match (infact I didn't see the match). Mahela was very decent & dignified earlier but now he turned out to be very desperate to win against India at any cost and because of that he is keep on appealing and changing his face when his appeal is not accepted as if it was very clear out but if you see the replay then you will definitely loose respect for Mahela for such silly appeals. Sanga is already far ahead of Mahela in such appealing. He ahs shown his cheap behaviour in previous match with India. Malinga doesn't even deserve to be as part of the discussion. Since I didn't see the match I dont want to comment wrong decision. I hate to say this but SL is becoming one more Pakistan

  • on August 23, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    My team against the Kiwis would be - Sehwag, Tiwary, Raina, Kohli, Y Singh, R Sharma, Dhoni, Ashwin, I Sharma, Nehra and Patel

  • Arthaurian on August 23, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    This is just great for the world cup. the top 5 teams are so equally matched (obviously some more than others but thats besides the point), that it just adds good excitement and unpredictability to the tournament. It will be an epic tournament. No one nation can claim anything. Brilliant, can't wait.

  • jerzRavein on August 23, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    India is out of this tournament, I dont know how they will play the semis even if they win, as NZ has a much higher run rate. They must win by a bonus point, which im sure they wont have. Selectors selecting some ordinary cricketers still baffels me. Maybe they want to improve TRP by making India lose and then win the match. Maybe there is something going on like WWE with their own storylines. Whatever, im sure they will not read these comments here, neither will the cricketers. Gosh, I wish I was born as JADEJA. How many, how how many chances will he get ? Specialist bowler who does'nt bowl. Donno if it cud get any worse. Am really fed up, on one side we hav the India bashers, the other side we have our own team, which lives up to our opponents expectations ! not ours. God save our team ! hmm... but tats Sachin acc. to our dictionary, who has voluntarily gone out... Maybe using all the lucky stars, Jadeja may be our saviour !!! Gosh again, me gonna turn an atheist !!!

  • ankur_malhotra on August 23, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    I have NO idea why Ravindra Jadeja is in the team.. I still believe that Rahul Dravid is good in ODI's.. All right he doesn't score at 100.0 strike rate but scoring 60-70 runs at 75-80 strike rate is better than scoring 5 runs at 100 strike rate. We are looking at the future but we are looking it at the expense of sacrificing the best that we already have. Also we should bring back Irfan Pathan. There were times when Greg Chappel was the coach and he wanted Irfan to do what he said and Irfan failed, but that time is gone. I'm sure Irfan can bring back his glory days. India with Sachin, Gambhir, Dravid, Irfan, Zaheer and Harbhajan would be a much better ODI team. Throw out Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and RAVINDRA JADEJA. They are not ready yet!

  • on August 23, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Can anyone tell when will saurabh tiwary given a chance?He is a much better selection than Rohit sharma, Virat Kohli, Dinesh karthick.

  • on August 23, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    considering that the world cup is within 6 months now, we need to stick with a line-up irrespective of the result and outcome starting from the series against australia. because anyone new from there on out, will only be nervous in the seasoned bunch of cricketers leading into the world cup. india will now play test and odi cricket against australia, new zealand, and south africa before the world cup. i'd say thats a good set of practice matches to get your act right. (1) sehwag (2) tendulkar (3) gambhir (4) yuvraj (5) dhoni (6) raina (7) uthappa (8) irfan (9) harbhajan (10) zaheer (11) nehra (12) rohit (13) ishant (14) ojha (15) dravid (experience in case of emergency need in team to injury) i feel uthappa is a better choice than karthik, rohit, kohli, or anyone to play the role of a finisher/quick run getter. he has seen the highs, and massive lows in cricket due to sudden rise. now he is a grounded cricketer with dual responsibility in keeping wickets like he has taken up recently.

  • crickeyt on August 23, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    @Ash Enoon: UDRS is used in Tests, not ODIs. And Tests have two NEUTRAL umpires, in India or elsewhere. That said, the BCCI should implement UDRS. Sachin is a great cricketer, but his pronouncements on the accuracy of innovative technology like Hawk-Eye are simply incorrect. I am sure Sachin has no idea about the algorithms and technology used for Hawk-Eye to be in a position to judge its effectiveness.

  • crickeyt on August 23, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    @Ash Enoon: UDRS is used in Tests, not ODIs. And Tests have two NEUTRAL umpires, in India or elsewhere. That said, the BCCI should implement UDRS. Sachin is a great cricketer, but his pronouncements on the accuracy of innovative technology like Hawk-Eye are simply incorrect. I am sure Sachin has no idea about the algorithms and technology used for Hawk-Eye to be in a position to judge its effectiveness.

  • Nicolas-Perera on August 23, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Hi,Cricket fans in the world,

    I would love chare with u all the following info, who play the game of cricket with sportsman sprit as possible?(by order) 1.South Africa, 2.Newzealand, 3.West-indies, 4.Bangladesh, 5.India, 6.England, 7.Australia, 8.Pakistan, 9.Srilanka.

    -great cricket fan-

  • Nicolas-Perera on August 23, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    ai,sidsinha u r a genuine lanka fan.sinha means sinhala or sinhalese. haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.we all know lankans & pakistanis r same.

    -True cricker fan-

  • Nicolas-Perera on August 23, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    bud Balumekka, why lankan bowling ave better than indian? because of life less pitches in lanka. when any team score 300+ last time in lanka. how many teams or times happened in last ten years. this will tell u the answer.we will find all about(who is the best team in about eight month time)

  • shameerpvt on August 23, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    Its too much cricket played between India & Sri Lanka. As a Sri Lankan, I would like to see our team playing against other countries, even we aren't successful in winning consistently. I'm sure Indian fans also feeling the same. I personally feel, ICC is not acting fairly in allocating games between their exclusive member countries, so I hardly could keep faith in ICC to act fairly on non-exclusive member countries. But when considering poor umpire decisions, all teams have suffered with poor decisions. Now its high time to strictly follow UDRS in all formats of the game (T20s, One-days, Tests) without further delay & regulate it properly. Now anyone wont complain about a run-out or a stumped-out. So in future, technology should be used to correct errors in LBWs & catches.

  • manasvi_lingam on August 23, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Horrible batting displays in the series. Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma should be kicked out. Bring on Sachin back again - they are resting him for too many ODIs. And Dravid/Maxman should be brought in. it doesn't matter if they score slowly since they lend solidity

  • on August 23, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    LOL. ... When India wins, it is because of BCCI's bullying. ... When India loses, it is because of BCCI's bullying. ... When BCCI wanted technology to be used in the game, they were bullying and against the "spirit of the game" and "disrespecting the authority of the umpire". ... When BCCI does not want UDRS, they are bullying. ... When the bad umpiring favours India, it is because of BCCI's bullying. ... When bad umpiring is against India, it is because of BCCI's bullying. ... But inspite of all this bullying, they won't stop sending their players to IPL. Frankly, why do you need Lorgat and the other administrators and other cricket boards if they always act as per BCCI's so-called bullying, and cannot think for themselves? Also, what prevents you from opposing BCCI's bullying?

  • sarosh_siddiqui on August 23, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    As I have seen in highlights, Praveen Kumar looks Mahela Jayawardene very badly. Why is that bad behavior? .Cricket is a gentleman game, Indian cricket team needs some behavior therapy.

  • sidsinha on August 23, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    being an indian fan i always support indian cricket but after such dismal performance now n then i m finding hard to support our team anymore. here i would like to apologise to srilankan n pak fans as i always used to pass bitter comments abt their teams but now i have realised that these teams are far ahead of us as they always deliver when it is most needed. i hope i will again support india only if better selection is involved till then being a true cricket fan i will support teams with geniune talents like england, pakistan and srilanka

  • cric-procrastinator on August 23, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Seems like this is becomming a template. Anytime a country fails to win against India the satndard excuse is, its because of BCCI, are these people legally insane, if BCCI was so powerful then why did India get four bad decisions against it, should it not be the other way around with sri lanka getting four bad decisions against it. The real problem is India is rated number 1 team and other countries are taking pot shots at india and trying to justify why they are not rated the number 1 test team by making a boogey man out of BCCI when the real reason is other teams are just not good enough to dislodge India from the number 1 ranking. despite there inconsistencies and injuries India some how always looses the first test and then comes back to either win the series or draw the series whether it is india or abroad like new zealand, australia or england.

    comming to this match the result is bogus because India is missing four frontline players and top of it India got 4 bad decisions

  • on August 23, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    i cant think logic of our selectors for still persisting with jadeja he cant bowl as evident t20 wc he cant bat . harbhajan praveen are better than him rohit sharma is wasting his opportunities why cant they give chance to ashwin in place of jadeja and sourabh tiwary in place of rohit sharma. i cant imagine our state of cricket when sachin retires. seems that dhoni's lucky period has ended

  • Balumekka on August 23, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    India's concerns should also be on bowling!!! See the ODI bowling averages of Indians: Sharma-31.1, P.Kumar-32.59,Z.Khan-29.8,Harbajan-32.84, Sreesanth-34.2, Nehra-30.7, Mishra-47.0, Ojha-30.0, Jadeja-42.8. (only Zaheer below 30 and that too by a faint margin) Now compare them with Sri Lankan Bowlers: Malinga-27.3, Kulasekara-28.42, Mendis-19.37, T. Perera-28.5, Fernando-29.9, Mathews-27.5, Mirando-27.7, Welagedara-28.6, Mahroof-25.8, Murali (still not retired from ODI)- 23.07, Randiv-37.37. (only Randiv above 30) Funny looking bowling lineup for a worldcup I suppose!!!!!! I think this tells the story.

  • on August 23, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    after all the controversy - this is the end result

  • Nicolas-Perera on August 23, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Cricket srilanka and its players (except Murali & sanath) never played the game with its sprit.no ball incident was another example to it. And cricket srilanka always prepare the test pitches according to their bowling strength. (Any way they will not win many in future because murali is not in the side) that is why their baters not very successful out side of sub-continent. i bet u all we will find more of their colour in future. they will do any thing to achieve little record, keep eye on them I.C.C. but any how india will get them out of jail regardless of what. I would love chare with u all the following info, who play the game of cricket with sportsman sprit as possible?(by order) 1.South Africa, 2.Newzealand, 3.West-indies, 4.Bangladesh, 5.India, 6.England, 7.Australia, 8.Pakistan, 9.Srilanka.

  • Nicolas-Perera on August 23, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    When u talk about the pitch, pick up the team then prepare the wicket (lankan secrets). World cricket don't learn any from this zeros. Force ICC to pay more attention on poor Srilanka. Sirasa99 mind the way lankan celebrate the wicket, do u think it is worst than indian.notice every time their appeal turned down mahela's reactions (i have never seen any player does it).if the ball beaten the bat every Lankan players go up with out see any thing. Look at malinga (first of all he should be called no ball for his action) how he appeal& celebrates for a wicket. He never apologized batmans or any player if he hit them with the ball. I can't stand him; hopefully he will not last long, so we wouldn't have that kind of behavior on field.

  • Nicolas-Perera on August 23, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Indian batting line up still best in the world. They really have to improve on their bowling dept. Lankan fan keep dreaming of world cup, which will never come back to srilanka unless kumar dharmasena to be umpire on both side of wickets in games srilanka play in WC. When first he became umpire given THE GREAT SACHIN three consecutive wrong decision. In this game tell me what was the right decision. Sehwag decision, if u look at on real time it was going down, no umpire will give that out.but he did, if UDRS in place shewag would had been not out because the less than half of ball hitting the leg stump [(if the hawk-eye was perfect) that why many expert said ICC to spend some money to get perfect hawk eye, hot spot & others right so they could force UDRS to mandatory.]Then karthik's, Raina's decision were as poor as the first one. Well done lanka keep produce umpires that kind so u could half of the games play in lanka

  • helloajs on August 23, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Humm.. not even 200... Well is their a possibilities to try out S Tiwary.. who is happen to be in team.. replace Rohit.. he is out of form.. send him back to training camp.. R.Jadeja... what do i say about him.. i think he knows lot of politicians.. I think R ashwin can bat too Dhoni :)))... he wants bowler who can bat.. use R ashwin.. not sure why Jaded is keep coming back to team.. dont you think Enough is Enough..

  • only_india_1 on August 23, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    @boister. If that's the reason India is topping test table why is your country not topping it the same time. I tell you why. Because your country doesn't have any good batsmen or bowlers. And greame Smith was just trying to cover his and his team's inability to win against India in their home conditions. And if bcci is pouring more money then whole world combined, that doesn't mean they are dominating icc for their purpose. And now talking about India's squad for WC 2011 then we need Dravid and irfan back.

  • srikanth509 on August 23, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    give atleast one chance to Irfan... Because yusaf can not play the short pitch balls and jadeja can not handle the pressure.. and there is no consistency in Indian batting performence.. So Please try to bring back Rahul Dravid(Mr.Dependable)

  • mrgupta on August 23, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    @boister: First of all the last match was an ODI and not 'Test'. There goes your knowledge about Cricket. Second if you feel "Street Cricketers" can score Centuries on placid Indian pitches than what is Ricky Ponting who has an Avg of 20 in India? If Cricket SA bowed to BCCI to prepare pitches like Eden Gardens then its their problem and not India's, as they should be capable enough to stand up and not "Bow down". Or do you feel that's the reason why USA wins the maximum medals in Olympics? because they are the Superpower?. Also Smith's team hasnt won a Series in India and they lost the last test match in India despite both our Batting and Bowling departments suffering due to Injured players and SA team was in full strength. You feel Quality fast bowling in Cricket has diminished then i feel that's the reason why SA have been wining few matches too. They couldn't be no. 1 and so people like you are jealous. You know why SA are known as "Chokers".

  • on August 23, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    WELL EVERYONE (226 PEOPLE in FB) INDIA LOST AGAINST SL. CAN YOU CHANGE IT? NO. WHAT CAN BE CHANGE? MR. DHONI AND GANGS. START WINING AS A NO. 1 TEAM. EVERY ONE WAIT FOR NEXT MATCH.

  • SnowSnake on August 23, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Having seen the highlights, I have to change my mind. I think India should play SL as little as possible. If I were on the Indian selection/scheduling board, I would put SL as a low priority team in terms of scheduling future games. Enough is enough, no good deed goes unpunished. India wanted to help SL and got enough signs that SL does not need India. The result of this game was humbling for Indians, but what I saw, it will only give SL a false boost in confidence about their capabilities. Indian batting has problems, but not as big as the outcome of this game may suggest. In many ways, it was a good season for India before world cup. It is better to go into the WC with low on confidence than high of overconfidence.

  • 0wais on August 23, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    India Needs Irfan Pathan In Place Of Ravindra Jadeja...................... They Need A Fast Bowler Who Can Swing The Ball!! Irfan Can Bat Also And Better Than Jadeja

  • crikkfan on August 23, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    vsjzak you dont get it - what almost everyone in these forums are trying to tell is that - India doesnt need a 5th bowler who can hardly bat - we have sehwag, yuvi and raina who are more than capable of completing 10 overs between them - even 15 to 20 if one of the main 4 bowlers is having an off day. For #7 we need to have someone who can rescue the team when we have the collapse or provide lusty blows if it is the slog overs a la bevan, afridi, kaif etc. If they can bowl it is a bonus. Simple - we need an in-form Pathan (either one will do). Not sure if we have that now!

  • TRYING_TO_REGISTER on August 23, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    India deserves to lose. They are a pathetic team. Just some highly paid, self absorbed set of Individuals. Rohit Sharma,Jadeja, Karthik, Kohli, Forget about their bad run with the bat. Except karthik the other guys have a bad attitude. Shame on the Indian media, just highlighting the umpiring decisions. Why is it that we (Indians) make a big hue and cry about poor umpiring decisions? England are a whinging lot but they dont throw their clout around to get Umpires dismissed. SHAME AGAIN ON THE INDIAN MEDIA and the BCCI, not to mention the bunch of overpaid losers. Hopefully, these results tend to bring more focus on other sports like Hockey, Badminton, boxing...

  • deanc on August 23, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Jim1207. ???? UDRS can only handle three wrong decisions if called correctly- please explain?

  • Sachte on August 23, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Wait till gambhir , tendulkar, zaheer and harbajhan singh come back.

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Most India bashers are smiling at the misfortune of the concerned team.Dont know if there are any humans right there?Deploring a country and its supporters who contribute 70% of the worldwide revenues to the game is only could be called as jealousy and nihilism at work.You can criticize but dont admit that we are enjoying these defeats shamelessly.Some of the comments Sanga has made isnt quite right but I dont think it would be of any concern to the IPL franchises.Get real dudes without India the game of Cricket will be poorer economy and popularity wise unless you have serious players as China or USA.Enjoy the joy of the neighbours not their grief and pain.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on August 23, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    This is so funny that I can't stop laughing. Excuses, Excuses. 1st the lights. Then bad practice pitch. Then poor pitch and tediousness. Then the toss. Now umpiring decisions. What's next? And I can also see some Bedi followers here - "greatest haul of 800 untainted wickets" by SACHINFAN. Obviously you don't know cricketing rules, hence continue to accuse greats of chucking. let me predict whats gonna happen in the future. Indian WC squad which will compromise the likes of P.Kumar, R.Sharma will be called favorites by the Indian media. They will start strongly in group stages and beat the minnows by huge margins. In the super 6 will finish at the bottom and get kicked out of the tournament prematurely. The Indian supporters would blame the loss on something. Grow up Indians, your team is mediocre at best. You even lost to Zimbabwe twice in a row. Don't call Blangladeshis ordinary because in my point of view Sakib alone is more talented than half of your side.

  • nivek123 on August 23, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Kinda weird to see Sri Lankan and Pakistani supporters calling Indian batsmen flat track bullies. That is only partially true, guys like Raina, Rohits etc fit that description. But all you guys need to check out an article called "Batting Giants In Asia" in cricinfo. Well according to it the only batsmen who average 50+ outside Asia are all Indian. Guess what Sri Lankan "legends" like Jayawardene etc average in the low 40s outside Asia. And Yousef, Younis etc average 30s in Australia And RSA. And Pakistani fans talking bout flat pitches should just rewind their biased memories to when cricket was played in Pakistan, Their pitches were the flattest around where Younis, Jayawardene And Samaraweera made triples and doubles in Sri lankas tour to Pakistan. So I guess you guys should stop venting your frustrations about your so called "Batting Legends" somewhere else. Cheers

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Looking at options for NZ match in terms of a final berth, Indian team should drop Dinesh Kartik and get in Saurabh Tiwari to open and Either R Jadega and P Ojha should make way for Virat Kohli or Munaf Patel depending on team balance. I m sure Sehwag/Raina/Rohit and Yuvraj Singh can combinely fit 5th bowling option. Dropping Kartik is definately considerable since he is not even keeping or/and batting well. V Sehwag S Tiwary V Kohli S Raina R Sharma Y Singh M Dhoni(C/Wk) P Kumar I Sharma M Patel A Nehra

  • sonjjay on August 23, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    We shouldnt blame the umpiring decisions for our loss it happens in cricket, but for some unruly fans esp like Paddy Mohan and Kiwi rocker who' s hatred is reflected from their comments current and previous. So wat u won a game we have beaten u also once in the series and also the last four home series India has beaten sri lanka thats right last 4 odi series played in sri lanka and u run ur mouths after one game, and kiwi rocker i dont knw which country ur from but unless ur from Aus or south africa ur team is nowhere close to ours and besides its not even a full strength side, but guys like are only happy wid one victory and shall remain so...

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    1. It's a fallacy that UDRS can only handle 3 wrong decisions. It can handle an infinite number of wrong (umpiring) decisions if overturned.

    2. Ajay Jadeja might be a better bet than Ravindra Jadeja.

  • mits6 on August 23, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    india plays with a captain & 10 players, hence when real performers are lacking players like dhoni should abdicate captaincy & play as a genuine player ( as captains in india are always nonperforming ). and please, the selectors should understand that IPL performers are not real cricketors , players with consistency in domestic circuit should get chances ( like pujara ). rohit sharma worthless ,y. pathan -gone ,jadeja- lost many matches single handedly , kohli - can play on flat pitches only. god knows what will happen after tendulkar, laxman , dravid r gone (atleast they won test matches for india ) @ boister india is team at top in test due to sachin ,laxman , sehwag & dravid who can play any bowler at any pitch over the world ,be in new zealand, australia, west indies,england etc. whatever u say may be applicable for newer lot of players, who are chosen by their performance in IPL like stuff.

  • rajiv_cruise on August 23, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    To NorthernTerritorian, Either u r not watching cricket or ur not ready to accept mistakes and try to make oft repeated mistakes right...India is no 1 in Test Cricket and not ODI...And as far as the list of wrong decisions are concerned, can you honestly say those were not true....do some introspection...if a team is being impacted by bad decisions not once, not twice but many many times what do u expect .. u want them to think there is something wrong with themselves and world is such a nice place .... if indians were whining abt pitches and decisions other teams were whining abt temperature, turning wickets ,minefield, dead tracker,humidity and most recently security....it just shows the hypocrisy around the followers...indian team never shys away from accepting they are a suspect against quality pace or short deliveries...can u tell me the same about Aus, Eng, or NZ against spin bowling..

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    God. Give these kids a break. You are not going to get these kind of wickets for WC and for that matter in 99% of cricketing world for ODI. No single batsmen has been comfortable on this wicket and I bet you everyone will struggle to make runs here. @Boister: You must be either high or drunk because India won the first test in Seaming condition and your boy Smith couldn't touch the ball. So I don't know where u getting your news from. @ you all Jadeja haters -- he is doing just fine and come world cup he will be an asset to this indian team. I agree to putting Irfan Pathan in the mix but Yousuf is just not good enough at this level. chill out...

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Its really shameful to see the way Srilankan cricket (in terms of sportsmanship) is going... all the 4 decisions were horrible.. and from Dharmasena. i think its time to apply the rule of Both away umpires in ODIs as well..

  • on August 23, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    I think we are preparing for the world cup of 2015 and not 2011. Few pointers for selectors

    1)Dravid can be a back up wicket keeper if dhoni gets injured (not Dinesh Karthik) 2)Allow Rohit Sharma, Virat kohli to cool benches till they improve their performance. Rohit has been given enough chances 70 ODI's fair enough with an avg of below 30. Not justified in this line up. 3)Ravindra Jadega don't understand where he stands and why dhoni favors him. He shudn't have even been given ODI cap once but dhoni repeated it for over 35 ODIs same result. Why is Irfan pathan not in probables of even 30?Not sure, is Jadega giving other household services? 4)After the retirement of sourav ganguly there are no new flamboyant new comers. Or was it the selectors at that point of time that brought dhoni, sehwag,yuvraj,gambhir..

  • sweetspot on August 23, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    UDRS = Umpire Decisions Rescue Srilanka!

  • undertakerjohncena on August 23, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Friends first of all India lagging with experienced players like sachin and dravid..and this has been proved in many occasions recently..now once again it has proved us very costly..india needs to hang around for some time vth the bat then they need to bring Dravid and Sachin back in the squad..since they know how to play according to the situations...what is the use if the youngsters cant even play if the wickets had falling from one side..no body have played more than 25 balls apart from Yuvraj..and what is the score they have made..it is repeated second time..s as everybody said...Karthik,Rohit, has to be in the bench..and get their long term practice...hope ravindra jadeja should be banned totally..it is not for his poor form but its all about his carelessness...who dont deserve a place in the team..and s once again..since selectors has to find a very gud fast bowling allrounder in place of this guy..Srikanth..its better if u step out as the selector and better give it to Vengsarkr

  • rezmata on August 23, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    I still cant stop laughing, when at the toss Dhoni mentioned the "Ravindra Jadeja is in the team as a specialist spinner"!! In India if you fail as a batsman you turn specialist spinner. For the world cup India will have about 5 specialist spinners including Yuvraj, Rohit and Raina. And if Gambir isn't fit Karthik will have to roll his arm.

  • CricketMaan on August 23, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    I guess its going to be very difficult to chose between Jadeja and Munaf when it comes to batting, the only edge that Jadeja can boast is that the Captain is on his side, which Munaf lost loooong back...else Dambuall warrants another seamer than spinner..with Praveen suffering a brain freeze in batting for sometime now, the tail starts with Jadeja, so no harm in trying Munaf as both have almost similar batting average and form.

  • soaf on August 23, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    it is always a shame for cricket when u see a team like india leading the test tables. indian batsmen have been successful over the years because top quality fast bowling in cricket has been diminished and also due to batting paradises (where street cricketrs can score centuries and double centuries). icc has become "indian cricket council" and what they claim to be success ful overseas is only due to intervention of icc .couple of years ago when india was on the tour of saf greame smith was completely shocked to see that durban wicket on the first day of third test match was reminiscent of eden garden wicket why?? why only because so much of indian sponsors were involved in the series and bcci and so called icc was involved to serve a test series victory to india.nevertheless india lost the match by eight wickets coz dale stey was too much hot to handle at that day. infact the batsmen of #1 ranked t couldnt face club bowlers in seaming conditions.

  • on August 23, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    One thing I don't understand that if the Indian openers give India a good start Dhoni prefer to come up the order and when the wickets are falling quickly he tries to stay back. As far as this batting line is concerned they can not win the world cup for India. We are just relying on inexperienced new comers who still have to make a place for themselves in the team. I strongly believe that a player of Dravids calibre should play in the India ODI side because he is the one around whom others can play there part. Jayawardene's game is somewhat similar to Dravid and he is a regular in the Sri Lankan team. So selectors please bring in Dravid. Ravindra Jadeja is not worth the ODI cap. Rohit Sharma has already missed so many chances to prove himself. It is high time most of the cricket playing nations have there squads ready for the world cup accept India and may be Pakistan. We boast of the strongest batting line ups in the world but paltry scores of 88 & 103 doesnt prove it.

  • vsjzak on August 23, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    ya maybe its tym we replace rohit sharma with somebody else... but ravindra jadeja??? oh man do u have any personal grudges against him? the other day he was bowling figures were lyk 10-0-34-2. his career economy is 4.42. dont u get it? he is not playing as a all rounder... he is playing as a5th bowler who can bat...dhoni's trying tell the same thing for ages now...

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on August 23, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Many people(Indian) whom were flying high before this series they just fell deep in the earth and still searching the different excuses.They are in no mood to accept the fact that performance of Indian team was mediocre.Still they must be happy that at least TEAM INDIA was able to score more than 100 runs...Cheersssssssss

  • vivek464 on August 23, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    I would really like to see Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma etc. on these dwinging greentops in England.

  • on August 23, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    guyzzzzzzzzzzzz.................... !!!! missing the pathan brothers.!!!! we need them ..... for indian team.... why cant the selector cant understand...

  • bhushan08 on August 23, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Let's accept the fact that with 6 months to go for the world cup, our team does not inspire confidence. Umpire bad decisions or not, we were just not good enough. we should give credit where it is due - Sri Lanka showed more spirit and desire to win than India who seemed lethargic and almost waiting for the game to end. Time for India to pull up her socks and some major changes in the team - karthik, jadega, rohit should be immediately discarded. Bring in Uthappa, Irfan/Yusuf and Virat....

  • on August 23, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    India's batting performance was certainly disappointing. Yes, there may have been couple of bad decisions. But then, common yaar, we are a top side and we have shown in the past that we can match the quality of tough cricket. I don't see any problems with the Indian batting in terms of inconsistency. We have Gambhir missing in the opening slot, but then, karthik has never been able to fit in properly and besides...karthik is more of a middle order batsman I suppose. So why karthik? Vijay could have been given the opportunity. Also, I don't quite understand why Rohit is at no.3! It should be either Yuvraj or Raina. Rohit has got great potential, no doubt, but then....i feel he should come in at no.4 or no.5. And this Indian team should start getting into the habit of promoting MS Dhoni up the order when our top order is facing problems. He comes way to down the order, and when he is out there, he has nobody to bat with.

  • Jim1207 on August 23, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    There are four wrong decisions and UDRS can only handle three, if called correctly. Its all fuzzy logic, those stupids making law leaving manholes to be lamented out by fans. If any foolproof technology is there, let me know, we shall see if that reduces at least some concerns.

  • on August 23, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    why is dhoni suporting jadeja? Ask him the reason. why is he against I pathan.

    Jadeja is such a waste. If India is gona depend on him for the world cup, then they can forget about winning it.

    He comes at a stage where 40 runs to win 27 balls left , 4 wickets in hand. He will loose the match for India .

    He would play 14 balls for 10- 12 runs. thats true jadeja..

    pathan brothers can change the match from that situation every one knows that.

    Bring back IRFAN PATHAN / YOUSUF PATAN.

    Pull rohit sharma out and replace him with ambati rayudu or rahul dravid.

    Dhoni hates seniors , that is the reason why Dravid is not in the team today. He could have moved tendulkar out of the team as well, but thats not in his hands.

    When top order plays well , Dhoni comes and chips in and plays a good knock. When top order fails he too fails and blames it on pitch, conditions, umpiring decisions, night parties, excess work load, no fast bowlers, toss, bad flood lights.

    School kid excuses..hahaha

  • muski on August 23, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Granted that Indian batting was awful. However that that does take away the fact that Dharmasena was the 12th man for the Lankan Team. Either this was a deliberate attempt by him to get back at the Indian team after the Randiv issue or its time up for him to hang his boots as an umpire. By the way, did the match referee go fishing when the Lankans were appealing as though there was no tomorrow that too when the ball did not touch the bat. Did somebody miss one Mr Rahul Dravid in these conditions- as they say its easy to throw someone away citing whatever you want to say and only time will tell if he is missing link to India holding the world cup next year

  • manjulap on August 23, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    I'm dead sure there is not one country in the world who will support these Indians who suffers with a major attitude, they talk ill of the Australians not knowing what the others say about them! - my only wish is that NZ wins the next match and sends them packing back home. My other wish is that they will never ever lift that world cup :)

  • IPL_is_Thrash on August 23, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    This Team India is filled with bunch of losers from IP. In IPL they get free money by time-pass. And they are playing with same attitude at International Tournaments. Team India should be cleaned up and all IPL Salesmen (Players?0 should be kept out of Team India. Team India and BCCI is madly obsessed with Stupid, Rubbish, Non-Sense, Obsolete, Betting & Commercial event IPL, which is selling 6s and 4s on Lifeless Pitches. IPL-Mad Team India is losing Skill, Inspiration, Motivation, Hunger, Determination, Committment and Fitness to play International or Test Cricket on lively Pitches. Curators, Commentators and BCCI Officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is not thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in International Tournaments. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch at International level on lively pitches, unlike IPL Teams which looks like club cricket and played on lifeless pitches.

  • on August 23, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    get Irfan Pathan in the side

  • playlogicalcricket on August 23, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Are we paying the price for favoritism? I guess so, Dhoni persisting with non-performers like Rohit Sharma and Ravindra jadeja is hurting team india. In one of the columns it was aptly quoted "on this track, anything that Rohit Sharma could not do was highlighted". We have to move beyond "has potential" and pick players that can prove. What is Ashwin and the other Jharkhand guy doing sitting warming the bench. Dhoni has lost his Mojo and instinct to win. To be bowled out twice under 120 is a shame and captain needs to take blame for poor selection strategy. Rohit Sharma and Jadeja should not be in any plans for World Cup else we are wasting two spots on the roster.

  • googletalk on August 23, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Margin is so big, no one should ask for any excuse of umpiring mistake. India would lost it anyway. Now Dhoni should step up for UDSR. its probably only them who are opposing.

  • on August 23, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    if one or two went wrong...its no problem.....but four top order batsmen of indian team were given out in a wrong way.......HEY there is no UDRS available in ODI upto WORLDCUP.....then y SANGA talking about UDRS in ODI.....srilankan team are repeatedly making poor cricket.........this time with the help of their home umpire DHARAMSENA........HEY WINING OR LOSING NO MATTER ::::: FIRST PLAY GENTLE CRICKET....

  • raghu1122000 on August 23, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Quite honestly, This is a case of wrong selections.. I dont Rohit warranted a place in the team anybetter than a Robin Uthappa. Jadeja... what is he doing in the team.. we are playing with 10 players really

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on August 23, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Oh my, everyone's come crawling out of the woodwork now that India's lost. At least India completes it's matches when it is losing. Doesn't chicken out and stay back in the dressing room whinging!!

    So much for not being able to play when the wicket does something. At least many of Indian batsmen are barely into their second or third years of Int'l cricket. Not flat-tack-home-wicket-55-averagers who can't figure out one end of a cricket ball from the other when it swings - Asia Cup final anybody?

  • cricket_ftw on August 23, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    doesnt the selectors any other cricketer other than rohit sharma ... he is absolutely a good for nothing spoiled cricketer ... bring some other men with more spirit and youth ... rohit doesnt seem to have the qualities of a young sportsman though he is young ...

  • South_Indian on August 23, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Hello INDIANs, wat happened to your No.1 team?? Nz thrashed you guys by 200 runs, SL thrashed you last nite, bowled you out for 103, and at tis rate only ZIM and IRELAND left and they also must be waiting to hand out a HUGE defeat to tis over-rated team. An useful suggestion for India... take INDIAN AIRLINES (ECONOMY class) outta Colombo, straight to NEW DELHI (coz the world is gettin sick of this Indian batsmen and spare us an yet another Ind-Sl final, at least NZ is a good side who play interesting cricket).

  • South_Indian on August 23, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    And for indian fans excuses....well...umpire cheated in Sydney, Pakistanis cheated with ball tampering, SSC pitch was a flat track killing test cricket, umpire cheated again here in Dambulla, etc., etc., etc., etc., OMG and wat not!

  • truebleue_cricfan on August 23, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Sangakkara is making it sound as if India is suffering because of their decision not to go for UDRS. But what he is not mentioning is how shamelessly he is taking advantage of it by appealing for everything that goes past the bat, thereby blatantly demonstrating that he does not care if it actually was out or not. In other words, he influences the umpire in a sneakily disgusting way. And he speaks as if he is a saint.

    Finally to all our non Indian friends : Nice to know the Indian team is so popular. We may whine, we may threaten to boycott games, we may 'hide behind our boards'. But your countries also cheat, cheat some more and then some more. So quit acting as if everything the Indian team does is wrong and take a moment to scrutinize your own team more closely.

    And before I sign off. If the Indian team is no.1 in the world, it probably means you have had your backsides whipped by us sometime in the recent past. Sangakkara, hope you are reading this.

  • T.Varghese on August 23, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    The so called IPL may swallow Indian cricket soon. Players like Jadeja and Rohit may unearth again. Shame on u selectors, u r unable to pick a good bowler from this million population. As long as India goes with placid pitches, batsmen like Rohit evolves and bowlers will dry. Jadeja is a national shame being called as an allrounder.

  • on August 23, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Wah...wah... watta humiliating thrashing for these over-rated Indian mega stars ! I enjoyed every bit of it coming from the Srilankans. Lankans played like champions, so clinical n ruthless in their execution of plans. As usual, Indian fans cry foul, this time about umpiring and this only makes cricket fans across the world enjoy even more.

  • Cricket_observer_from_1982 on August 23, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Ravindra Jedeja and dinesh Karthik . Two world wonders, with so many talents sitting outside, these two playing. Even if they are dropped and not in 14, when it comes to selecting 11, they know how catch a flight and get into the team. Please we are so curious, how you two are managing this.

  • siddham2007 on August 23, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    It's the attitude of the Indian cricketers these days more than anything else. BCCI, Indian fans are you guys playing 'Ostrich' by burying your head in the sand thinking that the problem does not exist? Where's that professionalism of the early 2000s? Where's that dedication?

  • Tarzansree on August 23, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    My team for WC2011 :(1) Sachin, (2)Shewag, (3)Gambir/Dravid , (4)Yuvraj, (5)Raina/Rohit Sharma, (6)Dhoni, (7) Irfan/Yusaf Pathan, (8) Harbhajan, (9) Zaheer, (10) Praveen Kumar, (11)Ashish Nehra. Robin Uttappa (extra wk cum batsman) That makes the 15 member squad for any sub continent surface. you can go with yusaf when you want an extra spinner or you can go with infan if you got a green top. Any of our current spinners other than bajji dont deserve to play in WC. Ojha, Chawla n Mishra hv been tried out alot. Someone as solid as Gambir or Dravid should be there at no. 3 so that Sehwag, Yuvraj n Dhoni can go for the rampage. Also there should be a big full stop for Jadeja n Karthik. Kohli is good but not for WC. Ishaant or Sreeshanth could have been considered if the WC was not in sub continent.

  • vishwa_a on August 23, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja should be thrown out as soon and as quickly as possible! I don't know, why team management trusts on this incompetent guy so much. He has become Sohaib Malik of India who is not wanted by fans but remains in the team. I don't remember a match which we won despite he being on the crease! Please, save us from watching Jadeja -- throw him away!

  • sadSajith on August 23, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Well done Indian fans.As far as you cry about other things than your teams poor performance we can enjoy and our team can reach more finals.thanks.

  • nivek123 on August 23, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Kinda weird to see Sri Lankan and Pakistani supporters calling Indian batsmen flat track bullies. That is only partially true, guys like Raina, Rohits etc fit that description. But all you guys need to check out an article called "Batting Giants In Asia" in cricinfo. Well according to it the only batsmen who average 50+ outside Asia are all Indian. Guess what Sri Lankan "legends" like Jayawardene etc average in the low 40s outside Asia. And Yousef, Younis etc average 30s in Australia And RSA. And Pakistani fans talking bout flat pitches should just rewind their biased memories to when cricket was played in Pakistan, Their pitches were the flattest around where Younis, Jayawardene And Samaraweera made triples and doubles in Sri lankas tour to Pakistan. So I guess you guys should stop venting your frustrations about your so called "Batting Legends" somewhere else. Cheers

  • vikicork on August 23, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Sri Lanka was playing with 12 men ,Srikkanth was the 12th man ,tired of talking about how he is destroying the Indian team and how we can only win once he gets sacked

  • Sarev on August 23, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma & Karthik are mere waste they were never been a match winner. They should not be allowed to continue in the team, Instead there are lot of youngsters like Saraubh Tiwary, Pujara ....... must be given chance so that a strong team can be sent to World Cup 2011

  • on August 23, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    it is hurting when umpire make wrong dicisions on good player like yuvi,but indian fans trying to say raina shdnt be out,but no one does talk abt his real out in previous over,if there was a good umpire he would have been out as well b4 wrong decision later given,and y india denying review system???and this sl and india problem started after suraj randiv's no ball,(unprofessional) and shewags crying over his century(unprofessional as kapil dev said).stupid praveen kumar silly agrresion(make me laugh,he has to prove his self by taking a wicket not giving 4's to sl team to be aggresive like tht..)i dnt have a prb with indian team (exept stupid kumar)i always like MSD.who got charming personality and we always respect to players like sachin,msd,ganguly,anil kumble,...so leave this whole thing .we r asians and we shoulnt be flighting each other...

  • on August 23, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    What a team srilanka!!! Indian supporters always blame others (this time umpires). But they did not stay against Srilanka.Andy please don't blind!

  • on August 23, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    To all my friends who love UDRS system: i do admit to introduce the new technology. but dont kill the game's spirit. Even India vs Pakistan games were ruled and handled very well in our past days by our umpires. and they didnt get this much errors. they believed in the spirit of game. And how nice to watch that games? we believed the umpires and how they handled very well..wawhhh it was nice to watch those games. And to introduce UDRS please dont play this dirty cricket with the help of Dharmasena. so now you all agree with me that Dharmasena played a dirty role...thanks guys...

    IF DHARMASENA CAN SHOW THIS LOVE TOWARDS HIS COUNTRY WHY MY FRIEND, CANT I SHOW MY LOVE TOWARDS MY COUNTRY??...THANKS DUDES

  • rd_nest on August 23, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Nothing new for India an SL. India playing away and SL playing at home. There are bad days at office and there are even worse days. This was one of those. Still a lot of play for. As for umpiring, we all know about this. SL umpire had to do something after the randiv scam. Nothing new in "home" umpire giving decisions for his beloved country. Happened many times previously, will continue to happen. It does make make India look miserable and SL a mighty team. Reality is India is average (not great or poor), and SL is same. I don't need to go to stats to prove how poor SL play when they tour overseas. I can't recall them winning anything outside sub-continent. India will win when they play at home, and so does SL. AUS will continue to be the best cricketing nation. I don't see neither SL or India getting AUS out for 100 in Perth or Colombo. Call me the day it happens, and I will join your band. Till then, adiĆ³s...

  • vedanthy2 on August 23, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Many have written here on bad umpiring.Some reporters of corrected their reports---Sehwag is out(hawk eye says so)Raina was out he knew.the umpire slept.Next time the umpire woke up and gave out.A cheat got cheated Fair balance.Yuvraj did the old trick after getting hit danced away .The umpire did not get fooled.Only Karthik's was a bad decision.Then it was waiting to happen because of the way he plays.Wrong technique.He is all right for IPL type gully cricket.Rohit Sharma can be safely put in freezer.Fans must know old school were written off by Capt .Dhoni as not useful for ODI and T20s.And All are not Jack Hobbs to play till 60 and retire. Unless we leave arrogant attitude we will not will any honours.What is the Genius and sutradar(SMG) of Indian Cricket doing?Sir , please get cracking and build a team. People have to look at efforts put in by Simpson and Border and later Steve Waugh to build the Aussie team.

  • Sarev on August 23, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    UDRS is mandatory. Still, with this Team India can never shine. Rohit Sharma, Jadeja & Karthik should never be included in the 15 member team itself. India wins one or two just because of Sehwag. I don't know on what basis the Jadeja, Karthik & Rohit sharma are again & again selected for the team. Atleast for the wednesday's match these three must be replaced with Ashwin, Kohli & Tiwary. Why Dhoni not giving any chance to Tiwary, any personal vengeance.

  • rikalman on August 23, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Guys plz stop crying and accept the fact that indian batting has gone down otherwise we can't loose 2 matches with such huge margins. If we complain about the umpiring decisions what do we blame for the loss to NZ? Indian media makes lots of money with cricket and they want the hype to continue some how or the other. For us to improve we need to take responsibility for the loss and take corrective steps rather than denying the facts.The selectors will have to take the blame for the poor performance and have to resign and make way for a new selection commitee.

  • HassanAbbas on August 23, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    @Nihal Gopinathan

    Dude, just because you challenged, India got more than 4 wrong decisions in their favor, 1999 Pak v India Test match in feroz Shah Kotla, and stop counting Raina's dismissal in the bad decisions list, he was given not out by Asad Rauf when he had actually nicked the ball just a few deliveries before his dismissal.

  • SajinVarghese on August 23, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    The present team is deprived of solid middle order batsman who can anchor the innings till 40-45 overs,the answer is Rahul Dravid. it is high time to say good bye to Rohit & Karthik and upto a certain extent to Kohli.The players like Pujara,Saurabh Tiwary,have to be given a chance to prove their mettle before finalising the WC Team.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 23, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Why do Indians complain about umpiring when they seem to be the arrogant ones and denying usage of UDRS? Raina was out twice and Rauf saved him. Not that it mattered as Indian much famed batting against got humiliated. Indian team can not bat, can not bowl and was never able to field. Yep! That's your No.1 team in the world. Problem is that Indian team is on decline and there is no bench strength what so ever.Indian fans have hyped themselves so much with IPL's and so on that they forgot there is something called results. India has not won anything of note except a fluke win in Asia cup. India has no quality fast bowlers, spinners. Selfish batsmen like Tendulkar(most over rated cricketer ever) are clinging to their spots. Has anyone seen bunch of Pakistani fast bowlers? It is time for Indian selectors to drop Karthik, Rohit and Raina(he is useless against quality fast bowlers) but I doubt if Indian selectors will do that and India will watch other's having party in their own backyard.

  • BapiDas on August 23, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Capitulation is the rught word. India capitulated twice in the tournament. Once to the Kiwis whose tall bowlers took advantage of their stature and humbled India. Then to Sri lanka after a brilliant performance against the Lankans in between. All the players must hang their heads in shame. MS Dhoni continues to stay back until it is too late. Why does the number 1 in the ODI ranking bat so low down the order?

  • Da-Silva1996 on August 23, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    @SLJohn.I agree with you that Sri Lanka have an absolute super team at the moment and they can definitely lift the trophy at the WC with the right application and selection of players.No doubt Sri Lanka is producing the most talent in the world right now, however they need to get rid of some players who are keeping the seats warm at matches like Kapu, Fernando, Kandamby, Chamara da Silva.Chamara has been tried so many times so please selectors don't carry extra baggage to WC 2010.Chandimal, Jeewan Mendis, Perera are hungry and with their inclusion, we shall have a side that bats all the way to 11 which no other side has at the moment.Randiv, Perera, Malinga, Mendis are all becoming better batsman each time they bat and they should be given further training to develop batting skills and then they will ressurect the team of 96' and chase any score.

  • WajiraB on August 23, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    TYpical indian mindset. blaming others for the defete. common guys. Shewags decision was correct . bowl was hiting the leg stump. Raina was our previos over. so india benefited from what ever runs he scored after that. Karthik- yes it was a mistake. but in history how many matches karthik has changed. nothing. he will score 50-60 max. but not 150 to change the match. Yuvi - yes it was a mistake. but then again with 8 down how loang cna youvi play. lets not blame the umpairing. it happens. in previous matches mahela got bad decisions. i do nto see any one jumping like you guys. accept the fact the india were undone by good seam bowling. i think indian battign needs solidity in the middle order. a batsmen who cna stop such down falls. a batsmen like dravid. at leas some one close to him.

  • on August 23, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    This is a local tournament where in some local tournaments the home team play with 12 including the umpire. but in my state I strongly belive not like this kind of umpiring, even in a local tournament. And in all appeals you can see how bad cricket sanga and his boys doing to get in to the final. ICC should see the umpiring decisions and hope they will degrade Dharmasena in a match with 3 bad decisions and that too all the decisions against India.

    from indian point of view, India should stop giving chances to jedeja an rohit. they got enough chance to prove and its bad for india if Dhoni thinks only there is this 2 players we have and no other chances. Mr. Dhoni why you have Tiwary in your side. why can you give him one chance, a single chance to show it ability. we know his domestice ability and more better he had proved in ipl in tense situations. so please treat him also like jedeja and give him one chance mr.Dhoni.

    Please Dhoni time is up, u have capable players but act wise

  • ladycricfan on August 23, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    First ever UDRS was used in Ind V SL series. That time hawkeye wasn't used properly.Umpires were only allowed to see the pathway of the ball until it's impact on the pad. Rest of the pathway they had to guess. They couldn't see the ball hitting/missing the stumps. Thats why so many decisions were still wrong and Indians were at the receiving end of most of the wrong decisions. Ever since Indians were reluctant to use UDRS. In the on going Pak V Eng series umpires can see the entire pathway of the ball until it hit/miss the stumps and it works very well.

  • oxpox on August 23, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Hope that stupid umpire dharmasena is not involved in the future India matches. I'm not cribbing; but sometimes these chaps are so stupid, that they give themselves away. As usual sanga sang an old song.

  • on August 23, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    DNT talk abt umpire decesion becz if go for the past INDIA umpire's lot there are worst in the world cricket.that every one agree. if u want example pls chek 80's & 90's matches in India.SLR played good cricket & IND is still beliving there Batting.

  • on August 23, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Nihal Gopinathan,You must be one of the maniacs who think India was so unfortunate,hey dude you should have seen the face of MS Dhoni, when he won the toss after 10 concecutive matches and after Dilshan and MJ was blasting Indian bowlers all over the park setting up SL a Mega Win with 200 odd balls remaining largest Defeat for India in Ballls remaining margin. As far as Umpire Decisions are concered India may have got a few rough Decisions but it is a part and parcle of not only Cricket but any Sport in the world,even SL got bad decisions Raina,Karthick are examples.India were totally out played and its appreciatable that Dhoni made no excuses for defeat,and accepted SL was way better than them to bounce back to reach the Final.India 103, LOL !! So Mr India,accept it without making lame excuses your team is very pathetic these days.Hail Sri Lanka, NZSriLankan ......I am with you ..I am waiting 4 NZ to smash India out of the series.All the NZ . SL VS NZ FINAL..JAYA WEWA...

  • Bone101 on August 23, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Oh no, the Indian fans and media are once again on about the umpiring...... perhaps this time the team could boycott the rest of the year and save the rest of us the whinging!?!

  • Tarzansree on August 23, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    My team for WC2011 : (1) Sachin, (2)Shewag, (3)Gambir/Dravid , (4)Yuvraj, (5)Raina/Rohit Sharma, (6)Dhoni, (7) Irfan/Yusaf Pathan, (8) Harbhajan, (9) Zaheer, (10) Praveen Kumar, (11)Ashish Nehra. Robin Uttappa (extra wk cum batsman) That makes the 15 member squad for any sub continent surface. you can go with yusaf when you want an extra spinner or you can go with infan if you got a green top. Any of our current spinners other than bajji dont deserve to play in WC. Ojha, Chawla n Mishra hv been tried out alot. Someone as solid as Gambir or Dravid should be there at no. 3 so that Sehwag, Yuvraj n Dhoni can go for the rampage. Also there should be a big full stop for Jadeja n Karthik. Kohli is good but not for WC. Ishaant or Sreeshanth could have been considered if the WC was not in sub continent.

  • shafi000 on August 23, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    dear andy dnt complain on umpiring lost is lost its dosent matter how u lost .ad india is been punished by srilanka.so da big spending bccci ad indian fan must forget that they will play any match after group matches in 2011 world cup.bt any way u team is been playing in flat wickets so far jst u hope that old shewag and tendulkar will do something from paki fan

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 23, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    As an Indian supporter, I must say it is good to see India lose and all the chauvinistic zenophobes take a beating. Losing is a great educator, it teaches humility and builds character - and there are going to be lots of lessons in humility and character building coming up my fellow India fans - so get used to it!! ;-)

  • thisisfun on August 23, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair, it was actually India who did not want technology to be used in tests and this tournament.

  • on August 23, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    Man of the match should be Dharmasena. Srilankans are always known for their exagerated appeals. They don't know the rules of the game they just keep shouting if the ball hits the pad or if the keeper gathers a ball. It happens only in kids cricket. Keep it up lankans this is how you can win

  • on August 23, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Someone said to me recently that Indian cricket is totlaly controlled by the bookies and BCCI (richest cricket body) . The playing spirit for the country has long vanished from the mind of the cricketers . Yesterday's match showed how this match was fixed long ago . None of the batsman tried to stick and score runs . Even Dhoni after his marriage has lost the focus and is struggling against the moving deliveries . Is it intentional or simple lack of concentration. I would urge the Indian fans to stock worshipping the cricketers . Cricket is not anymore a sport, it is another type of business like RealEstate or Fishfarming . Here investors invest their money to get the quickest return thanks to the disgusting Indian media and the advertising companies.

  • Fast-Bowler on August 23, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    over hyped indian cricket team,,,,,,,how come a team become no 1 with that sort of lolly pop bowlling......., their batting also starts dwindling whn pitch is not flate.

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 23, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    CMON guys.India has always come with bloody excuses.this time it's bad umpiring.See how ordinary is your team!.an average bowler like perera demolished your so called superb batting lineup.ho..h.hooo..an one pundit indian players has said that they would take revenge from randiv.So sad my mate.even randiv didnot want to bowl.your batsman were in the pavillion before he came to bowl.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 23, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    @Nihal Gopinathan, There may be 1 or 2 bad decisions but the way they batted was horable. Any umpire can make human errors that is why Sanga & SL need UDSR. Who opposed??? India & Doni. If there is credit to be given it sould be given. Sanga had plans. India didn't. It is very simple to undestand. Raina should have been given out but not given.

  • on August 23, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Right now, every team is preparing for WC 2011, but for some reason India keep on postponing that. If dhoni is thinking, that this will be his team for WC 2011, then i am sorry to say, but we (Indian fans) should get ready for another early exit and that too at Home. Even pakistan are in the process of rebuilding and there One day team looks much much stronger and settled than indians. I have been following these forums regularly, and can see the cry against Rohit and Jadeja, and am completely agree with it. These two players should not be in consideration for WC. I (like most of us) want Irfan in the team and give a few chances to Uthappa too ( as everyone else is getting chances, he also deserve one). Also, i would request Sachin to play all the matches till WC so as to be in touch (one never doubts his abilities, but we just miss him so much on the field that we want to see him).

  • truebleue_cricfan on August 23, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    To all those non Indians who keep alleging that India opposed UDRS to influence the umpires to give marginal decisions in your favour, what have been smoking? Picking on the might of the Indian board is not a new thing for you guys, but this is in very poor taste. If India wins, their board influenced the game and if India loses, they lose because they are a third rate team? What next?? If it rains, the Indian board had a hand in it? For the record, Dhoni gave Sri Lankans the full credit for the loss yesterday and never said anything about the umpiring. The fact that India has been winning matches is despite the board, not because of it. India has a board that is concerned about making money, not winning cricket matches. So next time you comment about the team, reflect upon this.

  • shri619 on August 23, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    sharma,kohli,jadeja are over rated they don't deserved the place.i think it is time to call back the pathan brothers. irfan i am sure is the good choice for replacing jadeja.i don't know why jadeja is in the team when lot off talented guys like murli karthik, i pathan are waiting for a chance. jadeja is not at good in anythin he can not bat or bowl then why he is in the team. i think you all remember that hydrabad match when sachin scored 175 and got out at that time 4 wickets were left only 20-22 runs india have to make jadeja was not abel to make those little 20 runs and recent t20 worldcup where he got hammerd by everyone.then who is calling him an all rounder. if ind have to win they definatly and immediatly have to make changes.yusuf is also a good choice he can bat and can score 70-80 quick runs which is a plus point for india jadeja can not do this he can not score 20 runs and can not take wickets pls drop jadeja he not deserved his place in the team

  • cricpolitics on August 23, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    It's just mind boggling that how Indian fans get so defensive every time their team loses or someone criticises their team. C'mon give some break and accept the fact that India is a very beatable team. You are such a big country and have rich cricketing history but your reactions are very immature, have some objectivity please!!!

  • moinilyasneral on August 23, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Well, India lost badly..no doubt about that..but whether fairly or not (Dharmasena are you reading this?) is another matter...whatever happened to the neutral umpire bit..surely there are many non SL umpires hanging around doing nothing worldwide? Hopefully in the finals, whether India or NZ play SL, there will be 2 neutrals on the field and a third neutral as 3rd. Umpire. For their part, India need some very serious thinking to do..firstly chuck out Jadeja for all time, get Ashwin for him, Kohli for Karthik and Saurabh Tiwari for Rohit.Dhoni needs to be pro-active now and once and for all get Jadeja out of his system.What does he see in him that we viewers do not? Maybe Srikkanth is meddling in match to match team selection? Thought selectors only picked squads and let Captain and Coach decide on playing 11.

  • klobania on August 23, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    @faisal mashood afridi this time i agree with u being an indian fan and accepting the defeat is really important i m surprised that indian fans still complaining i know umpiring wasnt international level but again that is wat cricket is all abt u have to take ur chances im still amaze wat karthik, rohit, jadeja and nehra still doing after dismal performance time and again wake up call for cricket india have to come out 3rd test win and to focus as for us t20 and 50 overs are as important as test matches

  • Aussasinator on August 23, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Instead of making that unnecessarily loud& perseverent hue and cry about Randiv's noball ( which ultimately became a case of overkill and made India lose the initial sympathy), some serious pursuing should have been done about the umpiring decisions. Very rarely do 4 inaccurate decisions come in one innings. Unfortunate, but I was surprised there was no protest on this more critical set of errors which hit India badly in the match.

  • on August 23, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    @SLfan I dont see the relevance between this match and the UDRS?There has been no UDRS for one day matches as of yet.UDRS will only be there for ODI matches in World cup.Nobody is even thinking of implementing it in the ODIs played in the tours.So it boils down to umpiring errors.Sorry there should be no reprieve for Mr.Dharamsena.He is a rank bad umpire who is always susceptible to pressure.If he happens to officiate in test matches then India will definately have the UDRS.So is the case for Mr.Asad Rauf.But yeah BCCI should have the UDRS along with Hotspot and there is no point resisting it for tactical,commercial or any inane reosens.

  • raopreetam on August 23, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    I think i am going to throw my TV set in the gutter, the next time i see jadeja on the screen. Uselsess, worthless. and also indian cricketers, i could not see a hint of disappointment when they lost the match in such a bad way. Its so amazing, if i loose a street match, i get so upset, and these guys are playing and representing our country, and still dont have a hint sadness or being disappointed having lost the match in such a pathetic manner. I dont know, am truly disappointed. there is no sting, no venom to bounce back. Intensity is lacking. May be Dhoni is right, players should be rested, and rested for good. I think unless we send a memorandum to selectors to drop this jadeja and kartik, nothing will be done about these two. god save indian team, and the pride of us indians, which rests on these incapable bunch

  • Balumekka on August 23, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    @ Hotchner: Perhaps may be you are a heartbroken Indian fan. "Sanga and co again showing how selfish they can be when winning is much needed" What do you mean? Sanga and co to be more alruistic (like dropping few Indian catches?, not bowling at wicket taking lines and lengths?, avoide hitting fours ect??). Appealing is something that everybody do. Ask Reina to walk off when next time he nicked a ball, or we will take it as Indian Cricketing "SPIRIT". Sehwag out LBW for a ball pitched outside?? are you crazy? have you seen the match? Ball piched on line and hit on Sehwag's pads within the line. Ball was moving toward leg. But hawk eye showed it is hitting the leg stump.

  • 11Noobs on August 23, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. They have bowled India out for 88 and now just over 100. Full credit to them. India can't play well in the sub-continent which is a bit of a worry.

  • on August 23, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Mr. INDIA (Nihal Gopinathan), can you tell me what are the 4 wrong decisions that umpires made? if you mean those 4 that mentioned in this article lets take first shewag's lbw. That was 100% correct decision. Howk eye confirmed that it was hiting the stumps. And if you take suresh raina he was out before when he nicked the ball actually. But umpires was not given that. If INDIANS really speak about "Spirit of the game" where hell was it when raina stood stil after he nicked the ball. so you indians please wakeup. Dont speak nonsense. Stop crying for the "shewag" 99 and find the answers for the real problems you have before world cup. Otherwise this one also will be an early exit from the world cup

  • on August 23, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    To all indian cry baby supporters(Sehwag type) please stop complaining and try and fix your broken cricket team! Use UDRS or suffer

  • Kashi0127 on August 23, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    I am an Indian but am ashamed to say Indian Media is a bunch of whiners. The sad part is if you watch any sports channel immediately after India losses they will be showing some old match where India won! Stop crying babies and show some gut! As to umpiring decisions , perhaps there ws one or two which coulod have gone either way, but let me tell you after watching how Indians were playng it would not have made any difference. I would say even thse dfoubtful decisions, umire put the Indian batsment out of misery!

    The fact is we need to bring back Dravid , Sachin etc. The less said of Yuvraj, Kartik, Sharma , Jadeja the better

  • Bashchim on August 23, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Well...Strange things do happen in cricket at times,India is a quality side and its just that their batsmen are finding it a bit hard to score freely during this series,but now that they have been cornered a little,I do feel that they would come back strongly in their next outing as they have the muscle to bring great victories for themselves.Its just a matter of getting over with a bad patch,and the way Viru batted not very long ago and the way Yuvi gained form in the previous match can be taken as an omen really.And,with ever wise and ever improvising and ever effective MS Dhoni,with a career average over 45,India cannot stay quiet for long!!!

  • manjulap on August 23, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    For goodness sake can you Indians stop blaming the umpires! you find someone to blame for your own follies! the Sri Lankans were beyond class y'day! they came with a game plan and executed it to perfection! on the other hand the Indians came in with an attitude of revenge with the fiasco of the no ball on their minds. bad umpiring decisions are bound to happen and even the Sri Lankans were at the receiving end on other occasions but they never made an issue of it! it was the BCCI who was against the review system hello!!!!!!!!! to lose 2 games out of three in record style is something for you Indians to think about so don't blame the umpiring!!!!!!

  • rajithwijepura on August 23, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    at last "the century crying baby" Shewag and co have something to think about other than NO BALLS....

  • drdre2727 on August 23, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    well why don't these Indian fans accept that they were outplayed.. BCCI said no to UDRS not SLC... so no one can blame SLC or the umpires.. How can any one say shewags decision was not out .. if hawk eye say if its hitting... its out and.. he was not hit outside too, so if India challenged the decision in UDRS environment still he would have being out.. Kartik got a poor decision and Raina was given not out when he was out and was given out when he was not.. so everything equals up.. yuvi also got a ruffy from the neutral umpire.. hi hope everyone can remember thr were two LBW decisions went in favor of sachin in the last concluded test series off suraj randiv and it did cost SL dearly so i don't know why no one argued on it before...

  • visualdp on August 23, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    @Nihal Gopinathan: whoa!!! If the same thing happened to SL side I would like to see ur comments too. By the way there were 4 bad decisions 2 by dharmasena (karthik & raina) & 2 by Azad rauf (raina & yuvi)..Shewag's one was 50-50. If he a SL you would say thatz definitely out. I believe Raina should learn spirit of the game too (no need to ban one match there... :) ). If those 4 bad decisions not given results would be same as this.Because in all department Indians were defeated. And I'm very upset about some of the Indian players like Kumar. He is coming to battle field seems to be. They should learn how to behave in the ground from their senior players like Dhoni,Sachin etc.

  • aditya196 on August 23, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    India must not win this tournament for two reasons: 1. India has performed pathetically and do not deserve to win this tournament. 2. Somehow, if they win, they will be absolved for their consistently shoddy performance. And I am getting a bit sentimental here and I will add another reason (emotional) If at all India wins, these whining, peevish, childish and ridiculously sentimental Indian fans will be gloating over the win - and I fail to understand - will have their false pride further inflated.

  • on August 23, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    i T HINKTHE UMPIRING COST US THY MATCH. IF SEHWAG AND YUVI WER DELIVERED JUSTICE, SL FANS AND INDIAN HATERS SUCH AS NORTHEN TERRITORY AND NZSRI LANKAN WUD BE CRYIN THEIR HEADS OFF. AND ROHIT SHARMA, JADEJA AND RAINA SHUD BE REPLACED WIT RAYUDU UTHAPPA AND IRFAN PATHAN.

  • raopreetam on August 23, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    I am greatly disappointed with india's performance. Its twice in this tournament that we have performed this way. toooooo pathetic. Selectors and for that matter dohni f are taking their interest more seriously than the looking at the batting picture. I just dont understand, why irfan pathan is not being taken into the team as an allrounder. am sure he can bowl 6 or 7 overs for sure, and will definitely score abotu 3o odd. I am sure everyone will agree with me that Mr. Jadeja is the worst performing, overrated, useless cricketer, who is being given the royal privilege of bieng in indian team, and infact is not even fit to be in a ranji side. Why are selectors not able to see what a common man can see. The so called cricketing genius brains are rusted. Please for god sake understand the plight of us people who get so disappointed, just not because we are loosing ( loosing is a part of the game) but in this fashion, on 2 ocassions in one series, not acceptable.

  • nimish64 on August 23, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    I think this only once again proves the fact that India so not have the batsmen who have the ability to play in bowler friendly conditions. In this team currently playing the triseries in Sri lanka only Sehwag has the ability to do that. This situation needs to be addressed very soon otherwise once players like Sachin, Dravid etc have resigned we are going to face many more such defeats. As far as the world cup is concerned there is nothing to panic as that will have most of the matches on the flat pitches on the subcontinent. So i don't think dropping Raina is required but Karthik and more importantly Jadeja should be drooped asap. He is called an all rounder as he can neither bat nor bowl.

  • Raviss on August 23, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    well SL did play well! but those supporting the umpires.. ppl.. u ll shud realise dat wen a team loses the first 3 out of 4 decisions due to bad umpiring early, it is bound to put pressure on the batsmen.. n the decisions were really pathetic! Am confused as to why a local umpire was umpiring when the home team is playing.. seems baffling as it is a tri-nation series and not a one day series b/w 2 teams.. I m a Pakistani.. but evn I cud feel India being cheated as there was tension brewing b/w both sides after Suraj Randiv incident. The way Sangakkara n his team were appealing, it seemed as if there were big edges..it was no better than Broad style of appealing.. and the way Dharmasena was raising his finger almost immediately when the Lankans started to appeal..it does seemed suscpicous... India has every right to feel aggrieved.. coz this was promsing to b a cracking contest after all the controversies b4 it...

  • rafiq_qc on August 23, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Dhoni need to realize what is happening in the team. Why still giving prospect someone like Jadeja after disaster performance. Honestly telling you(Dhoni) have to survive with your exclusion of captaincy & srikanth as well. Why not still inclusion dedicated Pathan & Uttapa.Thanks!

  • on August 23, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    @nihal:well said nihal.... with 12 players (including dharmasena), this is complete revenge against india(fr the abovementioned series). yesterday i asked a question, "if the umpires r found fault, what Punishments the ICC has framed?!" this is unacceptable and how could Lankans appeal for things that are clearly not out! this is height of stupidity..... and any game is not only of winning.. we gotta show our sportsmanship. with revenge in mind, if srilanka is gonna continue this, this is bad sign for their cricket. and if ICC dont punish dharmasena, cricket conducted in SL is of utter waste!!!!! P.S: even under pressue.. India is the best team... ex, in a T20 match where both pathan bro's belted SL! dont you all forget it!

  • pradeeplasantha on August 23, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Please grow up chidhood indian fans....try & learn from mistakes...Sanga & Sri lanka board insisted to implement the UDRS/Review system.did india agreed to it. NOOOOOOO.they do not like to go with beacuse they know it is always not good for them.now takling abour unfair decision, so what do you tell us then about last test series's unfair decisions against sri lanka in india where india won 2-0 that sanga claerly mentioned how negatively affected umpairs decisions???? without umpairs decision support indian team never ever be able to on no 1 spot....then let's go to the past, when india beat SL 3-0 in 1994, how awful was indian umpairs decision, it was hilarious & ridiculous to see how did india use umpairs to win the series. only one i can tell you that indian players are selfish like sachin???? they do care about their individual records. like viru worried about his 100 but he won't worry abour this embarasing lost?????go Sri lanka & hopefully NZ WILL knock them out.

  • drake1234 on August 23, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Well well well......... umpiring might not be good...but we had to admit that our team was pathetic on day ...Without SRT they are a pack of jokers..And guys asking for M. Vijay...... we have shown lot of his heroics in ZIM tri series and ICC T-20..if u still think IPL might b taken for selection then you are seriuosly lacking..these guys seriuosly lack the will and motivation..juzz a lilttle bit tricky condition..and they all got There ASS spanked up..if it goes on like this ..Any hopes for WC2011..wl soon vanish..need some seriuos change of thinking..Consistency in preformance must be there, u cann't b so careless..We cann't rely only on SRT magic to bring the glory..These guys are much better just need to pull up there socks !!!

  • Charindra on August 23, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    It's unbelievable how much India is whinging. Last year in India SL had so many decisions go against us and that cost us the test series. Sehwag was a major beneficiary.

    And even in the recent test series India had the rub of the green. And by the way, in THIS match Sehwag was a marginal call that could have gone EITHER way and Raina was given not out when he was out and out when he was not out, so it evens out. Karthik was unlucky for sure. As for Yuvraj, well that was a stinker but it was Rauf, NOT Dharmasena.

    And I don't like using four letter words but UDRS anyone??

  • 26raghu on August 23, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    @ NorthernTerritorian .. I believe u dont know much abt Cricket . to start with ,India is not No 1 in ODI they are No 1 In Tests .. Second thing INDIA won with BONUS point against SRI in same tournament . I agree that IND lost badly to NZ but yesterday loss is because of Poor Umpring .. both Openers decision was too close If openers were not out, IND would have posted a Decent total . So do not give credit to Srilankan bowlers give credit to Umpires for such a Poor Umpiring .

  • aditya196 on August 23, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    To all of you whining fellow Indians. India lost the game and Sri Lanka won it. Instead of sobbing overs India's dismal performance or complaining about umpiring decisions, praise the bowling by Sri Lanka. In short enjoy cricket instead of being biased towards your home team (and getting depressed and channelizing your negative energy through your caustic nonetheless useless remarks).

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on August 23, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    @NZSriLankan, agree totally. We Indians should learn from the Lankans especially when they have the greatest haul of 800 "untainted" wickets. Always brings a good "chuck"le!!

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on August 23, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    I like this pattern of Dhoni's captaincy. Stuff the first XI at the start of the series with all your favourites(and the unavoidable rest purely to make up the XI). Then barring injuries make no changes. So Kohli with an average of 45 is shown the door for a duck while Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja are certain to play each and every game. Karthik and Sharma batting at the crucial positions of 2 and 3 have shown themselves clueless both against the short stuff as well as the swinging ball.This is putting even more pressure on Sehwag to do the scoring. Karthik especially has shown an amazing inability to put bat to ball let alone rotate the strike.

  • avis_2010 on August 23, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    To all SL fans and pakistanis who have been non-stop saying that Indian didnt opt for UDRS in this series and hence its their fault for all the dodgy decisions. Guys - this UDRS system is currently not for any ODI series because of the amount of time which gets used in the reviews and it may impact the over rates and completion of an innings in the stipulated time.So get over it now. Agreed that India lost badly but - a) India are without some of their key players e.g. Sachin, Gambhir, Bhajji, Zaheer and Yuvi just coming out of injury b) Sri Lankans are too good at home and know how to make best of the home conditions c) lot of decisions went against India (and all of them were top-order bastman).. So i guess its ok, SL played better cricket, India was not with their best team, Luck/Decisions went against them.. Big Deal ! India defeated the same SL in last match as well.. It happens.. BTW India team is not balanced at all - 2 WKs, 4 Bowlers, scratchy middle order... its messed up :-)

  • kktharan on August 23, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    india had paid and have to pay more for their pointless against on umpire-decision review system.This is really nice to see the worst defeat in this seris after this decision.

  • imran_k12 on August 23, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Accept Defeat when you defeat without making excuses. And enjoy when you WIN. Peace...

  • fkauser on August 23, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    I am indian and big supporter of indian team but feel to suicide for such loss....but again i think if the team what ganguly made for 8 years of his captaincy if they would have lost in such a manner i would have definately sucide ....the team what dhoni has made is totaly rubbish why to waste my life for such team............ Its a shame for a team who is number 2 in one day cricket adn 1 in test cricket........I agree the poor decesion from dharmesana ..but what about ramprakash umpiring he made a record for kumble on that time we didnt said anything coz it was against our big rivals and it was in our favour please keep shut and dont blame only umpires what the hell other batsman were doing why they couldnt score a run this is the third or fourth time i am suggesting my team for world cup to our over hyped captain and Mr Srikant..Shewag:Gambhir:Sachin:Raina:Rohit:Dhoni:Irfan:Harbhajan:Zaheer:Praveen:Nehra : ( Extra:Karthik:Yousaf:Ashwin:Ojha:Tiwari:Uttapah:Munaf:) Plz Consider

  • on August 23, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Does Ravindra Jadeja have compromising pictures of the Indian selectors/administrators/other cricketers? I can see no other reason why gets picked consistently.

  • on August 23, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    So.. When that Raino or Raina or whoever was not given out when he edged the ball to Sanga of Angelo... Those Indian fans don't talk about that decision... These kind of things happen in Cricket... Thats why SL always says to implement UDRS... But Indians are afraid of it because they can't cheat then after... tell me which Indian batman walks off when the nick the ball... No one.. Some of them stay in the middle even when they are bowled... Just accept the fact that India played badly this time...

  • rockydonsmuggler on August 23, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    There is one thing everybody has forget to notice about, about the viewership of Indian cricket(exspecially onedayers) back home, which i think has reduced drastically during the past 8months.There are a few reasons sited too 1) India loosing match by big margins,and winning only tight matches, mostly 2)Poor team selection- Dhoni plays Jadeja coz, he thinks he is better than most,but real planners know,at the end of the day,its very much against the business and trade,lots of other snubs too,people are bewildered at talented players sitting out..3)Sachin not playing a few tournaments,well you know the impact,no explanations.4) Timing of FIFA world cup-10.5)Lack of fighting aggressive intent among players,playing defensive cricket most times.6)attacking players must attack,sending yousaf pathan at no 7 ,where either he wont get a chance to bat or normally when india is struggling and under pressure at 90/6.7)worst bowling-worst combinations tried,dunnw why jadeja plays as a bowler.

  • on August 23, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Had i been an indian, i would have been very circumspect with the expectations i'd attach with this indian team with the WC closing in. There are 2 reasons: 1) India's performance in the last 3-4 ICC events has been poor 2) Their strength, i.e. batting letting them down regularly.

    As far as i am concerned, this indian team can only win if Sehwag fires. Bring in SRT and Dravid, else i am afraid you guys will not have a very memorable WC.

  • Wisecrack on August 23, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    With sub-continentals umpires you can't expect much! can you? BUT HOW MUCH MORE CAN WE TOLERATE DHONI? HE WANTS TO KEEP HIS AVERAGE ABOVE 50. THAT MIGHT HELP IN SOME WAYS BUT I BELIEVE WE SHOULD TAKE OF HIS CAPTAINCY AND MAYBE TRY WITH SOMEBODY LIKE ZAHEER KHAN AS INDIAN CAPTAIN. AT LEAST DHONI WONT HAVE EXCUSE OF CAPTAINCY PRESSURES AND WHATSMORE WE CAN DO AWAY WITH DEEP HOLES JADEJA AND KARTHIK BECAUSE DHONI COMES IN WITH A 3 IN 1 OFFER- A GUARANTEED JADEJA AND IN MOST CASES KARTHIK.

  • on August 23, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    @Nihal Gopinathan can u tell me wht is the 4 bad discussions are 1.kartic2.yuwaraj(macth is allmost over)3.raina(he is out in last over)4.shewag cant u see what the hawk eye say its hitting the stumps....where r u guyz in when mahela got out in lbw that hit the top of his pad and hawk eye suggest that clip the stumps .

  • sadSajith on August 23, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    How funny Indians are.When they loose a match they have many reasons other than poor playing by their side.And this is expected result for this match. Because in every direction Sri Lanka is a far better team than India.Funniest thing is Indians are blaming for umpire decisions.They refused UDR because so many times poor decisions favored their way.I don't want to see poor umpiring decisions because we don't want them favor us to beat India.But I'm very happy to see them against India so they could think about using UDR system.But my fellow Indians keep shouting about the mistakes of other teams and umpires so your Cricketing gods never will correct their ones.So they will help Sri Lanka to reach finals just like they done hundred times from 1996 till today.

  • srprev on August 23, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    All You guys are blasting Indians for not accepting UDRS.. But it was just been implemented in Test match series till now. Not even any country or any oneday series has this. So Just stop putting the blame back on Indians for the Coward umpiring.. We could see a banner for Randiv showing "we are behind U" as if saying he has done some great work and people are supporting him.

    With the famous Duo actors of Sanga and Mahela behind the stumps and appealing for anything and having King Dharma infront of the stumps.. u can win any tournament guys unless its played in Srilanka..

  • on August 23, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Can anybody find out where is Robin Uthappa? I guess we learned some time back that he was injured. Has he not recuperrated from his Injury? Where is Irfan and why is tiwari being neglected? No wonder, India will never win as long as Shikkant and his bunch of jokers are in selection panel

  • anonymousfan on August 23, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    The entire Indian cricketing fraternity (including fans and sports media) were screaming hoarse about removing old veterans from the team in favour of youth not so long ago. Now some of them want 38+ Dravid to come back. Man its funny and pathetic at the same time.

  • AshesPrediction on August 23, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Guys, UDRS has never been implemented in One day matches by any country till date, so there is no point in Sanga saying India denied using UDRS. UDRS was being used for Test matches only. Anyway Srilanka used the chance well, they collated with the umpire to make a mockery of the umpiring and now asking for UDRS. When the UDRS will be implemented they would have another local umpire as the third umpire who tends to get swayed by the situation that prevails at that time and support the home team. Instead of UDRS, why not have Neutral umpires for all the one dayers as well - it will atelast remove the doubt from viewers that there is a bias against a particular country.

  • sweetspot on August 23, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    SL supporters seem to agree overwhelmingly that their umpires are not competent without the UDRS! So, why do they still have their jobs? Dharmasena is blind as a bat. Even as a 3rd umpire, his decisions are shady. It's one thing to ask for neutral umpiring, but quite another to think about neutering some - this may be the time.

  • Jaggadaaku on August 23, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Umpire Dharamsena is a new version of "Bucknor" who doesn't have his own opinion. His all decisions depend on the appeals. If he found there is a very strong appeal, he raises his finger, no matter there is an edge, he would give him LBW or there is no edge, but the appeal is strong he would give him caught out. And I found there has been always neutral umpiring in all the matches since many years. Then why Sri Lanka used their own umpire in the "must win Game"? Everyone knew the answer now, after watched the match on the screen. So, they can win easily and they cannot loss their honor not being qualified for final in their own country. I am not saying that if they (Both umpires) wouldn't make those wrong decisions, India would have win the game. I know this new Indian cricket team except Sehwag, only good for selling garbage products in India. But umpires wouldn't have made those wrong decisions, India would have played at-least full 50 overs and the game wouldn't have been one sided

  • gandabhai on August 23, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Whats the point in using UDRS if the' final' decision is made by a' Dharmasena'( 3rd umpire ). We used it last time in Sri lanka and Sri lanka got 90% of the decisions in thier favour .Hence why every baby to gran dad in Sri lanka cried to implement it before these test & ODI series . And yes you cant expect a team to win a game with 4 of thier main 6 batsmen given out wrongly .Get the drift ?

  • sweetspot on August 23, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    PERERA 5-FOR and UMPIRES 4-FOR do India in. Enough said.

  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on August 23, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    is their any relation of karthik, rohit & jedeja wid dhoni. why are these guys in the team?, there are lot better batsman in India, karthik is a wicketkeeper not a batsman, if he is not doing keeping, why is he in the team, rohit is in the team because every one says that he has has extra half of second to play his shots which makes a player great, but how many matches will he wants to play a great innings, and what to say about jadeja, any boy from any house in any city of every state in India can do what jadeja is doing right now, 10-0-65-0 & making runs when there is no need, can't score runs in pressure, cant score runs quickly, India have lost 2 t-20 world cup coz of jedeja, where is uthappa (substitite of Karthik), saurabh tiwari(substitute of Rohit) & Junior & Senior Irfan( Substitute of Jadeja). nd plz someone say to sachin dat plz don't play test matches, just to increase your centuries & runs, plz give some time to one-days, world cup is coming man, take rest from IPL genius

  • on August 23, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    well i think we must definitely use the technology. regarding the shewag out, yes, the ball pitched outside but hitting the leg stamp, therefore, it is out. no body can say it is a wrong decision. if wecomes to Raina case first is one out and the second one is wrong decision. therefore, India lost the match largely due to the wrong batting application.

  • ms.arjun on August 23, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    This will be my world cup team. Sachin, Sehwag, Dhoni (he definitely needs to bat at no.3 and look to strike the ball as he used to, he is doing no good in the lower order), Gambhir, Yuvraj, Tiwary (Srikanth and Dhoni should start giving chances to him before its too late, as he showed brilliant temperament in tough situations at IPL, he is a powerhouse of talent)/Kohli (to settle down and make a partnership), Raina, Harbhajan, Ashwin or Praveen(depending on the track), Nehra, Zaheer.

  • jam-11 on August 23, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    oh no, this Indian batting line up can't play is difficult pitches(except viru, if in form yuvi). Selfish dhoni u come later in order for becoming not out player. why rohit is getting chances. my best 11 sachin,viru,dravid,yuvi,raina,uttappa,dhoni,bajji,praveen,zak &nehra. others yusuf,vinay,murali karthik,virat and gambir.

  • faizalki on August 23, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    I THINK UMPIRE KUMAR DHARMASENA DID RIGHT JOB TO SRILANKA COME TO FINAL.

  • rsurya on August 23, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Anyway selectors are not going to drop jadeja but my request is not to mention him as ALL-ROUNDER. watson, kallis, A.morkel, klusener, irfan..... will be hurtful hearing this. calling him as FIELDER may be digested to some extent.

  • harvey7415 on August 23, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Even if there were many umpiring blunders, why did the Indian batsmen put themselves in such a position as to create lbw opportunities? A good batsman doesn't give any opportunity to either the bowler or the umpire to give him out.

  • ms.arjun on August 23, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Cricket is a religion in India. More than half the population plays cricket. There are so many professional cricketers across the nation, and the selectors could not find anyone better than Ravindra Jadeja. He is horrible with the bat, and he bowling is no special than that of Yuvraj, Sehwag or Raina. Why cant Dhoni use all three of them for that 10 overs instead of him, and put an specialist batsman . or a genuine spin bowler like Ashwin in the team. As far as batting is concerned having Sachin and Gambhir is definitely going to make things better. But if you are not going to do something about the 7th spot, world cup is will never become a reality. During the final league match of IPL vs Punjab, Dhoni said, for the amount of expectation and money the franchise is paying you, you should atleast reach the semi finals, well there is a whole nation expecting the team to atleast reach the world cup finals or more.

  • Jaggadaaku on August 23, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    After performing this bad, Indian players got the gut to laugh. That's really sad to watch. I remember, when West Indies team lost the final match against India in 1983 world cup match, some of the West Indian players cried on the ground. But this is Indian team who have nothing in their heart. They would still get more commercial advertisements and start selling the garbage products very next day. If they think this is only a game, then no one should buy expensive ticket and spend expensive time to watch their stupid game. They representing India, so the every game should be their life or one of the part of their body. They are playing with the millions of fans' emotion all over the world by just throwing their bat and surrender. They should at-least try to play full 50 overs. They have very quality batting line up. Then why they are not playing like professionals, and plays like high school students play or the foot ball players play cricket? This is a big question mark from me?

  • Jaggadaaku on August 23, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    No matter India win or loss the team stays same, and the new comers like Tiwari and others only sit on the bench outside. That is very interesting captain-ship by Dhoni.... And I thought there is a neutral umpiring in the cricket, but now I know why Sri Lanka used one Sri Lankan and another Indian hater umpire in this must win game, so they can win easily and get qualified for the final. Last time when India lost 2 matches against Zimbabwe in the same series, they said they did not have balanced team. Now what would they say after making two lowest score of the ODIs in the same series in this calendar year of 2010? Karthik, Rohit, and Jadeja only good for the tests, especially when India needed to drag the match into draw. Yuvraj lost the place in the recent test series against Sri Lanka, so he is still thinking this is a test series and plays like test matches.Gambhir proved last year that he is the best cricketer in Indian team, but got failed in first test, and now he disappeared.

  • rsurya on August 23, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    This is the real Indian team when sehwag fails. Indian team can never out perform any team in the world even zim, ken, nethrlnd, tear off all the statistics, statistics often leads to nowhere. what the fun Mr.Dinesh Karthik is doing opening the batting for India, even a small child would say he is not fit to open the innings. 25 balls 9 runs by karthik will definitely make sehwag think that he should go every ball over the boundary which incidentally gets him out. sehwag should be supported by a batsman who can atleast rotate singles, not just standing in the crease and make the bating look more complex. why cant they try tiwary at the top and test whether he can do something when needed. if tiwary sits in the bench for 2 more tournament the he will forget batting and then he will be given an oppurtunity to fail and the selectors will coolly throw him out. surely the replacement for karthik will be vijay and if vijay fails the it s karthik again to replace. GOD SAVE INDIA....

  • on August 23, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Here we go again. Excuses machine started. hope to see these excuses after india's world cup knockout.. we will have to world cup trophy. and indians will have to play with excuses.. , actually its sad to to see indians playing like bangladesh.. what a shame for india..... :P

  • on August 23, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    well yah india lost, but u gotta remember we are playing with our B Side, instead srilanka cant go anywhere without their best side.

  • Aussasinator on August 23, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    The Indian batting is now bordering on the ridiculous. They are displaying panic instead of application and aggression in difficult batting conditions. Hope they take a cue from SL's batting approach in the 2nd innings.

  • gagguv on August 23, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    The Man of the Match in yesterday's match should be.. Dharamsena. Perera and Sanga should give half of their match fees to him. He made mockery of the match in first 10 overs itself. He was a mediocre player in his playing days and he is worse umpire. His first 2 decisions as umpire were giving out lbw to Tendulkar and both were blatant blunders. The way Ashoka de Silva was kicked out of international cricket, similarly he should also be kicked out. If you give half of the team out wrongly what do you expect the match result to be? Some of the readers have said that "few" decisons dont cost much.. What will SL say if Dilshan, Sanga, Jayawerdana, Thranga and Matthews are given out wrongly in single inning?? Surely you dont expect Maling and co. to make 100s? That was umpiring at the lowest ebb. and courtesy home umpire SL have made it to the final!! Hire Dharamsena again and win the final also.. No need for India and New Zealand to turn up!!

  • on August 23, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    read this article to see which umpires are the better ones' http://usa.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1997-98/SL_IN_IND/ARTICLES/ELMO_COMMENT_30DEC1997.html

  • kunaljoshi30 on August 23, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    hi i must say as an Indian fan for life .The team played poorly period and we deserved to loose and we would have still lost but by giving blatantly poor umpiring decision it reitrates the fact that Srilankans are sore loosers and to prove this poin they had a biased umpire who would assit them in beating India Badly if those decisions were not given we would have lost in 40-45 overs and they wouldnt have got bonus point

  • first_slip on August 23, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    those Indian friends who condemn srilanka can eat their humble pie now, i saw lots of indians where commenting on this site about waking up sleeping Indian Tigers , now we know who waken up who, last match showed us that comparison of talent between srilanka and india, every one who knows about cricket knows that srilanken are light years ahead of indian when it comes to row talent, i am sorry to say u indian friends, u have waken up Sri lanken lion wrong time, watch out world we just start to show our true colors....proud to be a sri lanken

  • on August 23, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    How stupid and idiotic most of these Indian fans upset over Darmasena ? lol. Shewag was plumb out. He got stranded on the crease and Hawk Eye show that it clearly hitting the leg stump and also hit him in line. Only bias people are the commentators that are feeding you stupid stuff. Also regarding Raina he was out 2 balls earlier as the umpire gave not out to soooooo obvious nick. Also karthics might have edged it though it did not show up in snico. AS far as I can remember its him who said he once nicked and did not show up in snico in a previews match also. Your batsman sucked and that was the 2nd time showing a below Netherlands batting standard. Not the umpires fault.

  • on August 23, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    How stupid and idiotic most of these Indian fans upset over Darmasena ? lol. Shewag was plumb out. He got stranded on the crease and Hawk Eye show that it clearly hitting the leg stump and also hit him in line. Only bias people are the commentators that are feeding you stupid stuff. Also regarding Raina he was out 2 balls earlier as the umpire gave not out to soooooo obvious nick. Also karthics might have edged it though it did not show up in snico. AS far as I can remember its him who said he once nicked and did not show up in snico in a previews match also. Your batsman sucked and that was the 2nd time showing a below Netherlands batting standard. Not the umpires fault.

  • khalith on August 23, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    its rubbish ! poor umpiring cost lose to india, wat d umpires were doing wit al d wireless wen u have everything wit u means make use of it or just throw all those things come 2 field wit empty hand n stand like a king of ur kingdom den no one wil ask u anything dont bother abt icc or team's fate match result

  • Haripada.Pradhan on August 23, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Hi Everyone.I feel its high time, India think about picking players with the ODI World Cup just 6 months away.My personal feeling is Ravindra Jadeja is not worth a player to be in an international side like India.He looks more to me as a domestic player who can be an utility player for domestic sides.Its important that India give Irfan Pathan one more chance. I feel he is too good a player to be ignored so often in the past, while player like Jadeja, Rohit Sharma have been given so many chances. Also India need to think about alternative opening batsman in absence of Sachin and Gambhir. I don't think anyone will agree with Karthik being given so many chances to open, while we have players like Saurabh Tiwary,Ambati Rayadu, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey in ranks. I feel this is the right time India pick Manish Pandey or Robin Uthappa in the opening slot and Saurabh Tiwary or Ambati Rayadu in place of Rohit Sharma, while Irfan Pathan at no. 7 in place of Ravindra Jadeja.

  • palimanku on August 23, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Mr. Nihal Gopinathan I want to remind that in a match against Pak in Delhi in which Kumble took 10 Wickets and 4-5 decisions are wrong ,how can you shamlessly forgot the decision against Jadeja where umpair raise his finger to give him out but then start scratching his head, take that.

  • palimanku on August 23, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Mr. Nihal Gopinathan I want to remind that in a match against Pak in Delhi in which Kumble took 10 Wickets and 4-5 decisions are wrong ,how can you shamlessly forgot the decision against Jadeja where umpair raise his finger to give him out but then start scratching his head, take that.

  • bramville on August 23, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Why is it that every time India loose a match, some of the Indian supporters are up in arms trying to defend the Indian team for its loss. True 2 or 3 decisions went against India, but then what about the remaining 8 players, are they also not suppose to perform?? I am also an Indian supporter, but lets stop making excuses for India's pathetic performance. Lets not forget India is not invincilbe like the Aussies used to be, there are a lot of other teams that can play match India's performance, if not better. A team gains credibility from its consistency of beating the best teams in the game. Just a few on and off victories alone wont make a team a champion!

  • on August 23, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Those who have huge concern about the poor umpiring please refer the third test match played in India (against Sri Lanks) which India secures the number one position in Test. Only 7 umpiring errors made against Sri Lanka including two against Dilshan, showed the credibility of the umpiring in India. Even the Pakistanis also vouch for it (refer 10 wickets taken by Kumble for a prime example). For further reference please refer Sanga's comments after the tower. The best way to obtain the highest umpiring standard is to allow BCCI to appoint all the umpires for India towers irrespective of the countries which they play, as Indian's are the best neutral umpires. Please also refer to Mr Venket gesture in congratulating Sunil Goverskar as a umpire

  • Swami73 on August 23, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    I am an Indian and this is specifically to all the SL, Oz and fans from everywhere else: It is plain that all of you are jealous of the popularity of the game in our country and the money we bring in. As in any aspect in life, commericalization brings its ills. But leave it to us to sort it out. Don't tell us about our news channels, how childish we sound (yes we love our cricket and cricketers and that is not a sin) etc. Sanga can't comment on our cricketers hiding behind the media and boards. That is none of his business. If he has problems with his board/media not supporting him, that is not India's fault. We have our problems in terms of selection, performance etc. but again that is our headache. If you are happy to see India lose, rejoice - but there's no need to be so arrogant and condescending towards Indians. For all you know, you might need to shut your traps if India turns it around in the next couple of matches which is quite possible. So watch out!

  • timelord24 on August 23, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    i have never seen india's batting crumble with such frequency. every other match our batting seems to collapse completely. its so pathetic and sometimes we have to remind ourselves that this is an international team. rohit sharma is so out of form. why is dhoni so afraid to drop people who are not performing? when we have virat why cant he be in the team? our bowling is another joke. while sri lanka bowled well to choke and restrict us, our bowlers managed to give away runs at 6.5 runs an over. all the indian fans must prepare themselves for the possibility that india won't even make it to the finals at the 2011 WC.

  • siddham2007 on August 23, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Dhoni and his mer(cena)ry men want rest because of the exhausting schedule. They deserve a rest from cricket - A PERMANENT REST. If they get this permanent rest, then they will also start getting rested from reality shows and advertisement modelling.

  • T.Varghese on August 23, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    It's the time to drop SRIKANTH before dropping anyone. Who in the Earth considers Kartik as a specialist batsman. Except sriknath all knew that he may scores maximum 20 or 30. Rohit doesn't have the caliber to play ODI or Test. Jadeja is the most consistant non performer, not even eligible to play club level cricket. But still these guys are getting opportunities again and again. What Srikanth is benefitting by allowing them to play. One like Badrinath may wonder what wrong he did, by looking the chances getting by Kartik and Rohit. How many matches India lost bcz of just these people rohit and jadeja. Wake up SRIKANTH.

  • on August 23, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    poor indian losers now try to blame it on the umpires rather than their batsmen to the cause of this humiliating defeat.on the whole their were only 2 decisions that were bad for india. shewags appeal was out & hawkeye confirmed it & for people who dont know the rules lbw can be given out if it pitches out side off stump so it wasnt a bad decision. karthiks desicion was a poor 1 . raina had a lucky escape when he was really out but he was unlucky the next time but he cant complain because he knew he was already out in the previous over. yuvrajs decision was a poor 1 as well but most of the damage had been done by then. & to talk about the UDRS i think it was same indians who said the UDRS shouldnt be used because they lost the previous test series in SL. so grow up dudes & get a life. ALL THE BEST FOR BLACK CAPS FOR THE NEXT MATCH!!!

  • popcorn on August 23, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    The first sensible article I have seen in a long time. Instead of complaining about the Sri Lankan tactics to deny Sehwag a century - by the way, how come nobody said anything when Sehwag kicked the ball all the way to the boundary to keep a South African off strike? At least now, will the pig-headed senior Indian cricketrs and the cash -starved insist on the URDS - hot spot + Hawkeye, like the english have done? Oh,. and by the way, when Raina was clearly out caught behind by the wicket -keeper off Mathews,but not given out by the same Asad Rauf, how come no praise for the Sri Lankans from the Indians? Sic.

  • on August 23, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Why blame umpiring ? The Indian batsmen were stifled for runs, they could not middle the ball, infact the umpires did them a favor by sending them back. Isnt this a clear case for, Cheshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Mukund, Rahane ??? Or are we still going to persist with bums like Rohit Sharma and makeshift openers like Karthik and perenially unfit player like Yuvraj ?? How many more series do we want to persist with this baggage ? Its time to shape up or ship out ...

  • pubudu on August 23, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    there was only 2 decisions that was went against india. Shewag was a good decision even hawk eye showed it, it hits legs stump. and raina survived a clean out previous over. so 2 bad decisions and that "great" indian batting line up ends up scoring 104. The indian cry babies are again crying. wonder how much they will cry if they repeat the performance against new zealand.

  • Alexk400 on August 23, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Srilanka planned and prepared and executed plan for every batsman. India can't do that because indian bowling is like a lottery. India lack one single bowler who can tighten up screws in one end to experiment other end.

    That said , blaming umpiring is not the reason india lost. India did not attack. India was afraid to lose. Too much talk and no action.

    I am out of DK bandwagaon. I really think he lost his confidence completely. Rohit sharma, kohli, murali vijay , dk all look good in flat pitches. If the ball is swinging here and there , they disappear. It is good world cup in India.

    I still do not think this indian team can win the world cup. They lack the X factor guy in 7th spot.

    Sanga played the match as Test match with offside filled. Good plan. Worked well.

    I am not sure india can beat NZ if Nz gets sehwag early. Without Sehwag this team is BIG ZERO.

  • RaghuramanR on August 23, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Firstly India needs some honesty if it really wants to improve. If they think that ONLY their bowling is weak, this series said that the emperor has no clothes. The so called emperor in ICC test ratings indeed has no clothes and doesnt deserve to be #1. Period. Four top cricket playing nations - England, Pakistan, South Africa and Australia. Did India win any TEST series against them in the past two or three years? I dont understand how India can be #1 in ICC test ratings. Forget about one-day or T-20. India is in T-20, I mean, top 20 countries and probably stands in the tail-20 of that list.

  • 9ST9 on August 23, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    It is disappointing to see People degrade Sri lanka's performance by quoting umpiring decisions. it is in fact a pity - even without those ''dodgy'' decisions, the game would have been won by Sri Lanka. The only ''bad'' decisions were against Karthik and Yuvaraj( by a neutral umpire) - hawkeye confirmed shewag's dismissal and as NZSrilankan said mahela too got something like that. Raina was lucky to survive a definite dismissal and was wrongly given out - no one should complain about that. Attributing umpiring decisions to losses is not fit for international sport. Dominant teams tend to overcome umpiring, tosses etc. India haven't been able to do that.

  • MaxG9 on August 23, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    I don't really know what the fuss about the umpiring is about. Hawkeye showed that in Sehwag's case the ball was clipping the stump. Had there been UDRS in all probability the 3rd umpire would have agreed with the decision even though it was close. Raina was not given out when he clearly nicked the ball to the keeper. so had there been UDRS he would have been given out then & the second decision would not have come into play. Yuvraj was given out when he shouldn't have been but by then the game was pretty much done & dusted. He may have, maximum, added another 30 to 40 runs for the last wicket, but looking at how SL batted scoring 130 or 140 on that wicket was not going to be a problem. That leaves only Karthik as a bad decision that could have affected the match outcome. Having said that, as many have pointed out, it is India who do not wish to use UDRS & therefore have to accept it if bad decisions come their way. They do not complain when favorable ones come their way, do they?

  • MVGLW on August 23, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    IT IS A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE FOR DONI AND BCCI TO AGREE ON UDRS AT LEAST FROM NOW ONWARDS. UDRS IS THE BEST TO BE FAIR IN CRICKET AS SANGA SAID. IN THE POST MATCH CONFERENCE SANGA TOOK THE ADVANTAGE IN PIN POINTING THE NEED OF UDRS IF YOU NEED FAIR PLAY / UMPIRE DECISIONS IN CRICKET. INDIANS MUST BE THINKING THAT THEY PLAY CRICKET MAINTANING THE 'SPIRIT OF THE GAME' IF IT IS, HOW COME RAINA NOT LEAVING THE GROUND AFTER CONNECTING TO THE WK? HOW COME SEHWAG KICKING THE BALL OUT OF THE BOUNDRY TO AVOID AMLA GETTING TO THE STRIKE IN THE TEST MATCH AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA? CAN ANYONE GIVE AN ANSWER TO PROTECT INDIAN TEAM HERE?

  • cskp on August 23, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Firstly i am a SRI LANKAN Fan, The NO BALL issue, i am not too proud about. i really think Veru deserved a ton! Shame on Sri Lankan cricket. The match ended recently, i do agree "dharme" didn't get it right. same with "rauf", But reming me again now who did not want the UDRS? GROW UP INDIA!

  • TheUglyTruth on August 23, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    I simply love it when india lose a game only because of the comments of the indian fans on cricinfo. The excuses r so entertaining that im gonna suggest a few to use in the near future - obamas economic policy, the war on the gaza strip, global warming and Yuvrajs diet plan. GET OVER URSELVES ALREADY! First u said the umpires were against india becos u were the upcoming super powers of cricket. In comes the UDRS. Then, the forces of fate were against u and the UDRS was your enemy. Out goes UDRS (despite Srilanka asking for it). Criticize SSC cricket pitch because its too placid and the Indian Batting Juggernaut is getting bored. Result? EPIC FAIL ON DAMBULLA PITCHES. FYI, only Karthiks and Yuvrajs descision went against u all. Sehwags WAS OUT. And Raina was just given what he deserved to be a few balls before. Karthik is useless and Yuvraj was already battling a lost cause. Heres a thought. Celebrate when ur team does well and accept defeat with dignity like other countries do.

  • Ganes.V on August 23, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    we may discuss the wrong lbw decisions given by umpires, but why are these so called world class batsmen there with a bat in their hand?Or did they forget it that the ball hit their pads?Bring one bowler who has not bowled to Indians much and India will convert him into a world class bowler,or bring in a debutant or even the lower order batsmen who doesn't know how to bat against other teams- India will convert him into a good batsmen that countries start counting them as allrounders! This has been India all along.In between these bad patches there has been a few good ones(every dog has its day)otherwise,India has always been a mediocre team with so many great batsmen who are world class.The biggest problem is non delivering from both batsmen and bowlers at the same time.SS Tiwari has been warming up the bench for long now.Its high time we gave him a chance and some international exposure.Rather than exposing him to an Australian attack and spoiling his future Dare to bring in changes

  • on August 23, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Karthik may be a good player...He is not a good fit as a opener...A opener should be capable of pacing the innings perfectly and score a century...I dont think DK is the best backup one for it....Virat is a better bet there...Make Virat open and bring Karthik in place of Rohit....

  • XooX on August 23, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    There is no reason poor/biased umpiring by Adharmasena cost us the match. But India's better than this. We have the likes of Pujara and Murali Karthik who are kept out despite their amazing performances. These guys could have bailed us out even if 4 others were stumped by the umpires..It's fine to blame the great Dharmasena..But BCCI is an equal culprit too..

  • CBSS on August 23, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Yes I'm a SriLankan Fan But Indian supporter's trying to save their Badly ever defeat againts any team by spearing balls.But Sri Lanka is a clear favorities to Win the Trophy.Any Way I never likes to Indain Cricketers either Indian Medias.They always trying to say Indian is a number 1 team in the world,They never suited to that positions,They always poor in the balling & the fielding,They fielding like a Indian Womens team.Please don't trying to hide you'r weakness.Play as a team....! Play as agentlement......! Play as a Male's.......!Please don't angry with me my dear Indian Fan,Still SriLanka is the best,Don't forget that.

  • im_a_lion on August 23, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Only thing they(Indians) have to do is agree with ICC decision on using technology for questioning umpire decision.its not fair to blame umpires to hide their mistakes.We remember how Indian umpires(Professor Sharma) made decisions in the past.So Indians please be focused on your performance!

  • deenu_points on August 23, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Whyyyyy Ravindra Jadeja still is in team. Please throw out this guy. He took lot of opportunities, but proved nothing. He is denying other players opportunity also. Even 5yrs kid can say Jadeja is not a allrounder then why he should be at No.7. ????? Or Dhoni using Jadeja as a 2nd spin bowler ?? In this case we can go for Misra, Ahswin or Yusuf. So whats the need of Jadeja, I dont know. Instead of him we can pick Irfan, Yusaf or to find new better allrounder. Team selectors.. please weak up and give good players at least for World Cup. We can learn from this match.. we need our GREAT WALL (Dravid) to prevent this batting collapse.

  • lakshya1 on August 23, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    definitely dharmasena made slight difference. it seemed he was helping srilankans. his demeanour justified that during the game...he was quick to give his decisions and his expressions while he was raising his finger. anyway, time to seriously ponder on our middle order. dhoni and raina are inconsistent in onedays and no 7 position is still shaky. i dont see this same team going beyond the quarterfinal of the coming world cup.

  • Bang_La on August 23, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    Siddarth Ravindran, don't pump air unnecessarily. This IS what what IS India's batting outside their tailored picth! Read Ashok Malhotra's column in the Anandabazar Patrika. Had their been no huge market for billion dollar conusmers' goods market and had the Indian cricketers were not blown up to be the models for those products, India would be India what it was before Sourav era. Admit it and find real players, not billboard models!

  • on August 23, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    You people are all just hot tempered.. THERE IS ONLY ONE SAYING EVERY DOG HAS ITS OWN DAY... IF four decisions didnot went your way, then where the hell DHONI went, what happened to jadeja??? Its not just about the decisions. You people should be ashamed of how low you think.. Shame on all of you.. !! You know IAN GOULD has produced so ill-fated decisions against Pakistan , once in the champions trophy last year he gave Umar Akmal out when there ws a think inside edge and that turned the semifinal in NZs favour. DId we start to cry for that? and then in the match of Super eights this year, he gave Misbah out and Afridi too when the ball bounced infront of the fielder. YOu people seriously need to have spirit.. India is a great team.. they will be back. It was just that it was not India's day that's all..Stop crying for the wrong decisions.. Kids

  • on August 23, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Jadeja - All rounder, kartick - Opener what a shit going on in indian Team...????

  • Shashank_Tripathi on August 23, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Simple.

    (1) Get Harbhajan, as he can also contribute with the bat sometimes.

    (2) Get Tendulkar, because all this "young blood" drivel is not working, at least Tendulkar has the maturity to read different situations. His record in ODIs is better than any of the noobs.

    The umpires made at least two errors at important junctures for India. This did not work in favor. But the others got out to very good deliveries -- Raina, Dhoni, Sharma. What was that?

  • on August 23, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Common, guys :)......it was the better team that Won. Though being an Indian, it hurts when our side losses, but, its a game, some one has to loose!!!, and it was india, coz they didn't played well,..Srilanka Bowled well enough to trouble the Indian Batsmen and lets not take this away from them. It was just the case that , the Better team won on the DAY!!! :)

  • bharathab on August 23, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    It is so sad 1.3B people vs. 20M. I am not sure why you even complain. I think you should concentrate on competing on video games. There will be somebody who will do better than the rest (1.3B VS 20M).

  • on August 23, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Bring back Dravid!! time hez back!! look how absurd the batting looks in ODIs without technically good ppl !!

  • Lion_of_Lanka on August 23, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    I don't know which was more funnier, An Indian player saying they were gonna kick us out of the tournament by piling runs on Randhiv or Praveen Kumar trying to be a wannabe McGrath even when he was getting hit all over by MJ. I hope our players won't get banned for one match for denying the Indian players any centuries/half centuries. Face it India, there is no way you are gonna win the WC with this team. I mean R.Sharma? P.Kumar? Jadeja? come on. As for umpiring decisions, it's a part of the game. We didn't complain when decisions didn't go our way both in the tests and ODI. India is against UDRS and they paid for it. At least it's good to see some Indian supporters seeing the light and admitting their dismal performance while there are still others like Sunil Ob who believe in the Indian press and ICC (BCCI) rankings. Let me ask you a question. What is the similarity between the Indian cricket team and English football team? answer: Both teams are heavily overrated.

  • arunasampath on August 23, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Only two bad decisions. Karthik and Yuvaraj. Raina should have walked to the pavilion on the first appeal. but even that India can not prevent the defeat. Lets face the real situation without blaming the decisions.

  • on August 23, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    The umpiring screwed most of our batsmen !! man,how can they make so many mistakes ?? the ones who umpired in this match should be officiating in club matches or even in gully cricket......raina hadn't nicked the ball on both occassions....yet he was given out !! besides,why did the sri lankans appeal to such a great extent when there was no signs of any edge ?? they are really pushing the bar and crossing the limits !! rubbish cheaters,cant win a match fair and square !! then,from our own team we have two useless players,rohit sharma and ravindra jadega.......rohit,or rather nohit,is such a big waste and talentless player that i cant even fathom how the think-tank has slotted him at no 3.......i dont have to say much about "the great allrounder".......in what way is he an allrounder if he can't bat for his life ??

  • on August 23, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    def think we need a new #7, also rohit sharma needs an axing bring in pujara, ive heard great things abt him, kohli is too cocky to stay in this team. He thinks he is the team, yet only good knock was 100 against SL in bangladesh. So lets c. but i think raina deserves #3 then yuvi then dhoni... DK needs an axing, ive noticed him playing by walking down pitch to often. n Jadeja is trash, hes good at indian domestic not international. when hi profile bowlers are against him hes funny to watch. and when hes bowling to attakcing batsmen hes done for. Need Robin at #7 good finsiher as well as rescuer. INDAI will make finals but i think lose to SL. LETS GO TEAM INDIA

  • TexasCricket on August 23, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    "india was CHEATED!!! Sri Lankan and Pakistani umpires colluded to CHEAT India out of a victory.Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (August 22 2010, 20:00 PM GMT......' That is just pure. CRY BABY please don't go that way Just grow up. . India were no match to SL on this game and they lost BAD. Indian playing 11 was not good enough (today).. Indian selectors may open their eyes before WC 2011.

  • on August 23, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Yeah, it's easy for everyone to talk about India, how badly they played, not implementing UDRS and all that. But what everyone is forgetting is that the umpires are allowed to make 1 or 2 mistakes, not four. Don't give me nonsense about the others not playing well... if these so-called 'marginal' decisions were deservedly in India's favour, Sri Lanka wold've packed their bags and stayed home. And sorry, I cannot give credit to the Sri Lankans... they played with 12 players, not 11 (Mr. Dharmasena gave 3 of the bad decisions). This is the only sorry way they could have taken revenge after India has whipped them royally in the last couple of one-day finals (Compaq Cup Tri Series and Asia Cup) and the last test match in Sri Lanka. I did accept the fact that India lost badly to New Zealand, but here, sorry people, India were victims of poor umpiring, as they've always been. I challenge anyone to show any instance where INDIA got these many decisions in their favour.

  • Hotchner on August 23, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    In fact they should stick to nutral umpires for matches to avoid any criticism on umpiring decisions.Sanga and co again showing how selfish they can be when winning is much needed.APPRECIATE sanga ON BOWING CHANGES and intensity on the filed.however never expect those appeals from a player like him whatsoever the reasons.End of the day SL team you played well to defeat India.If referal system was avaialble or Hot spot is there the result would have been different...but umpire darmasena in times i felt shows some loyality to SL to give out Raina(One luck and other bad decision) ,sehwag (Pitched outside), Karthi (No nick at all)k.If those players stayed long SL would have to sweat more to grab this win.Common india show how we can roar out on this sort of situation and grab the cup in the final..Please use nutral umpires atleast in the final..

  • harvey7415 on August 23, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Maybe its time to get more solid players such as M. Vijay and Rahul Dravid in the ODI Indian batting order. They have the technical firepower to play on different kinds of surfaces. Sharma, Kohli, Karthik and Jadeja are overrated.

  • Hotchner on August 23, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    As an Indian fan i accept the fact that SL outplayed India on their day.We have to admit that they ahve played better than Indian players in all departments.India seriously need to look into their batting allrounder options or go for specialist batsman instead of jadduu ....pathans , uthappa , rayudu will be best choice as this will give dhoni to bat up in the order...Karthik need a break after failures and failures as his batting style put sehwag alot of pressure to cop with the runrate...least give tiwary a chance to open..or kohli can be better option too...rohit need a break too to prove he is priviledged to be in Indian line up for the WC..Talking about Jadeja how much opportunities he had is enough and it is time for Indian selectors to open their eyes for the way of Yususf pathan or irfan..please do not kill intense of waching Indian cricket as a true fan of India....Jadeja , karthik , rohit PATHETIC batting again cost us alot, alot of people realized it among fans not selectors

  • SFGoldenGate on August 23, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    Hi sachin_vvsfan and kirtpal,

    When you are thinking that the allrounder at no 7 will score all the runs you really sound as pathetic as the Indian batting lineup. They have world class 6 batsman and we expect that they will score run despite what other players do or do not. The margin of defeat was not 20 runs or 2 wickets which can happen sometimes due to one bad spell or failure by one batsman. Its huge defeats in sub-continental soil and actually there is no excuse that Indian teams is sucking big time. Thanks all.

  • on August 23, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    While we can't disagree that India batted poorly, we can also not accept so many umpiring blunders in a single match. Umpires are humans and mistakes do happen, but so many?? If mistakes are on two sides that evens out things but if only on one side, affects the game. Not questioning the nationality of the umpires at all. Rauf is a good umpire but Dharmasena is a very poor umpire. He needs more umpiring experience before he can be in the elite panel. On team India : What's with the selection? Why the hell is Ravindra Jadeja in the team?? Such a loser he is!! There are certainly better players sitting out but Dhoni continues to play his dirty politics. Why can't Tiwary play instead of Rohit? As it always happens with new faces in Indian cricket, without even playing any game (max one or two) Tiwary will never be considered again for selection. BAD. Get Irfan, Uthappa back. Offer Jadeja to the opposition as a bonus member, I'm sure that will do good to India and hurt the opposition!!

  • South_Indian on August 23, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    And you say this Indian team is #1.... in what (?!?) May be #1 in losing...hahaha. Scores of 88 and 103 in the same tournament... even Ireland and Zim would have put up a better score. TRUTH: ZIM and IRELAND are BETTER than India. Also, well done Srilankans for handing out this humiliating defeat to India, this will do a world of good for the INDIAN MEDIA (24 hrs NEWS CHANNELS) who will now FOCUS THEIR HEADLINES ELSEWHERE on some IMPORTANT ISSUES concerning their country. What a joy it gives for other fans when they see this over-rated India side go down like a pack of cards!

  • thenkabail on August 23, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    PLEASE DROP RAINA and KARTHIK: Those who complain here on umpiring decisions are only supporting spineless indians. Please give credit to Sri Lanka. They dismissed India for 88 in last match and 102 in this. Instead, please focus why this is happening. People like Raina are given too many chances and he will definitely fail thoroughly in world cup. So drop him. Karthik is playing ONLY because of shameless Srikanth. Drop him for heavens sake. Please bring people like Pujara, Jaidev Unadkat, Uttappa.......

  • thenkabail on August 23, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    How to save India from disgrace in world cup: Be assured of ttotal disgrace in world cup if we go with this team. Here is my team for world cup: Sachin, Shewag, Gambir, Dravid (he is a must), Yuvraj, Pujara, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Jaidev Unadkat, Robin Uttappa, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar. Hopefully all this nonsense of playing players like Karthik and Raina is enough. Srikanth should wake up and start being fair.

  • NZLankan on August 23, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    Faisal Mashood Afridi - agree with you totally. Even speaking as an expat SLankan, some of these Indian fans have no idea how childish they sound to the rest of the cricketing world. Viru was out (just) - just like Mahela in the last Ind/SL game. India was brilliant in game 3, just like SL this time. The umpiring was diabolical but its not as if bad decisions haven't favoured India at other times. So get over it and grow up guys - a bit of objectivity is not much ask for. But in the meantime, for wednesday's game: C'MON NZ!!

  • on August 23, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    To everyone moaning and cribbing about umpiring decisions, I can only say 4 alphabets; U.D.R.S. If India had agreed to use the technology, all of this so-called bias crap would've been avoided.

    Its almost like refusing to wear a seat belt and then complaining about the car's safety when accidents happen. C'mon! Stop the lameness!

    Honestly, ICC should just make the damn thing mandatory! But then ICC is in BCCI's pocket isn't it?

    Question: Can someone tell me why BCCI is against UDRS only in cricketing terms without any pseudo-nationalistic/political nonsense?

    Congratulations Sri Lanka! Deserved winners, clinical, superb.

    To my Indian friends: All the best against NZ. Hope to see an India Vs Sri Lanka final :)

  • hi_cricfan on August 23, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    Why Karthik has been persisted with for so longgggggggggggg in both forms of cricket? IS THERE ANY OTHER TEAM IN THE WORLD WHO ALWAYS KEEPS RESERVE WICKET KEEPER FOR TEST ? He always been given pass from back door as a reserve wicket keeper. Even if he is dropped , he always manages to reappear. He seems to have lot of influence in Indian Cricket Board ? I am not able to recollect last time he contributed.

  • sarfraz1981 on August 23, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Common BCCI if u want a team for WC2011 and if u want to win it atleast give some chance to players who are begging for opportunity players like Pujara,Saurab Tiwary,Pathan,M Karthik...instead of Dinesh Karthik who has been a flop,R Jadeja Another flop,Ojha, Mishra -Flop......This is the right time do something about it....

  • RajaDinakaran on August 23, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    In the past two series 2 fivers for the Sri lankan bowlers in their last league matches and it was followed by two magnificent victories(Compaq cup finals & Asia Cup Finals) can we expect another one from the Indians????? Hot spots should be used to find the edges in the referral system. Without the little master the batting order is very fragile sometimes it looks Unbreakable glass when anyone plays a good Innings and it breaks into pieces when the middle order is put under pressure.

  • on August 23, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    Don't we love our own country?. It is natural. But one should be objective in commenting. India, as they were not good at UDRS do not use it. And ,complain when umpiring mistakes occur. Did any one notice the umpiring mistakes that did go their way in the same match. e.g. One was OUT due to an Umpiring mistake, but he had at least life because of the same reason once. As I remember, Raina. I quote."If everything has to be fair, use technology and make it even," Sangakkara said. from the very article, and it tells books. Thanks

  • skhalan on August 23, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    Man of the Match should go to KUMARA DHARMASENA. Any body who watched the Indian batting live will agree to this. His hand was up in a flash for any SL appeal except for Sehwag LBW which was going down the leg. ICC should ban umpires like Dharmasena. He has given a lot of bad decisions which are very clearly against the oppostion team when SL is playing. He is stoll part and parcel of the SL team.

  • DeepuSamyu on August 23, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Congrats to SL for their disciple and clinical performance. It raises the question of Indian player's skills on adapting to different pitches and their passion for playing for their national. With WC around the corner, we carry lot of dead weight like Rohit sharma, Jadeja and Karthik (who is good for 15 -30 runs). We should have player like Dravid or similar kind to anchor the middle order (like M Hussey). If Indian think tanks always induct players who can drive the car only in top gear then Team India's car wheel is going to come off pretty soon. BCCI should seriously consider laying proper foundation at grass root level and have 10 year plan and bring up breed of all rounders. Or can happily live in the fantasy world of IPL.

  • Ginson on August 23, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    i cant understand why India is not dropping Jadeja...useless batting and bowling..he is doing the same for long time and staying in the team!!!!..looks strange.when players like Irfan,sourav tiwary are waiting 4 a chance..

  • eyaniv on August 23, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    I think we need to relook at the side for the WC. Sachin, Viru, Gambhir, Dravid, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Bhajji, Zaheer, Sreesanth or Ishant or Praveen or Nehra, Murali Kartik. As much as I hate to say this India's vulnerability against pace needs someone like Dravid and we need a better spinner and Kartik is probably the best left armer who is not picked. I would love to have Irfan in the mix for a batting/bowling option but I don't know how good his form is. The rest kind of select themselves. We should definitely have Virat, Rohit etc in the 15 so that we get a high on fielding but we really need to fix our team. I don't know if there are other ODIs coming up for India but we really need to start having a consistent team and sticking with it. Admittedly we have injuries but it's clear we don't have a good enough bench strength. There are other good bats - Rayudu, Pujara etc but these folks need to get checked out after the WC not before. Kris Srikkanth & co have their work cut out.

  • Chennai_Voice on August 23, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    India will beat NZ in the next match and will face SL in the final. India will win the finals. Thats what agreed at the start of the tournament as per the payment terms. An undeserving team to win the tournament as ICC is run by BCCI.

  • SLfan on August 22, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    @ Sunil Ob - You people don't want UDRS no ? So, what's the point of talking about bad umpiring ?? Since Indian fans & cricketers have mentioned that they don't want UDRS, you don't have the right to talk about errors in umpiring.. So, shut up & just watch the match as it happens !

  • Zookinii on August 22, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    I can't understand why some people here still demand the inclusion of Irfan Pathan. He's not going to ever come back, get over it and review the players that have been put forward by selectors and choose the best out of that pool. For God sake do you all even remember what Irfan was like before his exclusion? He would make 10 - 15 runs quickly and get out. And when he'd bowl he'd concede 50+ runs and maybe take 1 - 2 wickets. Here have a look at his last match performance: http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/386534.html

  • ishansoni on August 22, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    remove karthick get sachin. remove rohit sharma get kohli. get gambhir in instead of jadeja. keep rp singh and sreesanth as reserves because praveen kumar cant bowl on flat wickets (he is amazing on swinging wickets). get zaheer khan in too and take out praveen/nehra/ishant.

    order

    1. sachin 2. sehwag 3. gambhir 4. kohli 5. yuvraj 6. raina 7. dhoni 8. praveen kumar/nehra 9. harbhajan singh 10. zaheer khan 11. ishant sharma.

  • vedanthy2 on August 22, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    @FaisalM Afridi.I agree with you.Mr Ravindran is a cry baby.Sir ,if you want fairness ,Raina must have walked when he KNEW he was out and the umpire Asad Rauf was silent. Actually ,rebuild the team with REAL talent and REAL wages.Send all the present squad home.The players manipulate selection thru, strong arm tactics.What is the all knowing Chairman of selectors doing to well analyse form and talent to select players.

  • Zookinii on August 22, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    The problem lies in two players, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja - these two players are a spent force. They are not contributing anything worthwhile to the side. And the excuse that we're constantly being peddled; Our best players are either resting or injured is nonsense now because even when those players are available the selectors keep persisting with rubbish players like the two above mentioned. Considering the resources, I think maybe this line up is suitable: Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar, Raina, Yuvi/Tiwary, Dhoni, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel/Amit Mishra I think given the players that Indian selectors have presented, the hope of an all rounder is a distant one. Though, Praveen Kumar may be able to develop into this role with more practise. See now, Dhoni is saying jadeja is specialist bowler - he didn't even bowl 1 over in this game. The excuses for lousy players is seriously running out.

  • coolbunny200 on August 22, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    @ Ash Enoon - I completely aggree with you.

    @ Sunil Ob and AndyZaltzmannsHai - You guys are just like indian media. when your team winning they are the gods of cricket and when they loose, always complainig about something and this time its the umpires. Umpires are humans, mistakes can happen. If you want right decisions, ask Dhoni and BCCI to aggree to UDRS.

    Sri Lanka won yesterday's match because they bowled well. and also they applied presure to indian batsmen right through out the innings which I think was lacking from Sri lankan cricket for some time.

  • rajmathur on August 22, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Looks like Dhoni gets major part of match fee from Dinesh Karthik & Jadeja, both these players are hopeless and not fit to play even domestic cricket. If india want to win the world cup or become NO.1 team, it is only possible by getting rid of these two players. Aashish Nehra is yet another stupid player in the indian team and good for nothing fellow. Hope selectors will open their eyes and give chance to young players. Selectors should pay Dhoni extra match fee what ever he is collecting from Jadeja and Kartik so that he will be happy and agree to remove those idiots.

  • kirtpal on August 22, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    why Indian donot drop jadaja?...he is burden on team. please for the 7th place give the chance to RETINDER SODHI, PATHAN BROS, ROBNIN UTTAPA, AMARABATI RAYDU, SORAV TAWARI, PUJARA .....andd Indian team management should show protest against the wrong decisions also like Yuvraj and Raina dismissal in last match.

  • KapGo on August 22, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    this humiliating defeat augurs well for the indian team..i think they are now going to be the tournament winners :)

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 22, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    What a biased article. It doesn't even mention our great allrounder who is liked only by our captain. while sachin, gambir sehwag ,raina (or dhoni occasionally) take care of our batting the great 'allrounder' has nothing to do except for bowling few overs (not in batting power play- is this a tactic by captain cool to shield his buddy?) conceede 45-50 runs and take 2 wickets. Its high time our selectors put their ego a side and select the genuine allrounders(like irfan).Otherwise another early exit is on card

  • Andrew619 on August 22, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    This time SL had a 12th player SLC can you pls ban him cause if not this will be breaking news in India - Sri lanka used 12players against 11......

  • Herath-UK on August 22, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    Kudos to Sri Lanka for perfect script & win! SL almost always come good in crunch games!India is the only country against UDRS because its senior players want to enjoy the 'benefit of doubt' ALL the time by exercising their imaginery clout on poor umpires .Since sachin was given out using UDRS from the first time it was used between India & SL series,India has been against UDRS,what a shame.Watch the current series in England using UDRS - very few conflicts. Kent UK.

  • vtprnc on August 22, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    This tournament has exposed a lot of insecurities regarding our future as a competitive cricket playing nation without SRT. I will try to help out the selectors with the XI that should represent us in Feb 2011, your comments are most welcome my fellow Indians! Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Y Pathan, Harbhajan, P Kumar, A Nehra, Z Khan 12th man: P Ojha or I Sharma

    What do you guys think?

    Leave all these young arrogant kids such as Sharma, Kohli, Jadeja to learn humility first before they stand out to represent their country

  • KingOwl on August 22, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    India opposed using the referral system so that they can use their very considerable power to influence umpires, and get the marginal decisions in their favour. But it backfired didn't it? If India wants fairness in umpiring, as Sanga said, agree to the use of technology. You can't have it both ways, buddy. BTW, to be a good journalist, you should have also mentioned the decision that went in India's favour.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 22, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    The new lot of Indian batsmen is absolutely pathetic. Havent seen Pujara and Tiwary but Raina, Jadeja, Sharma, Kohli and Karthik are rubbish

  • on August 22, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Just saw the highlights, what exactly are you guys complaining about? Only one decision could conceivably effect this game, that was Karthik, Raina should have been out the previous over, so all squared in the end and Yuvraj was out after the game was very much over and done with. Regarding some people saying Sehwag should have been not out.. it was clipping the stumps according to hawk-eye, if there was UDRS he would still be out.

  • on August 22, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Sunil Ob and AndyZaltzmannsHai : Both of you are two losers who can't accept india loosing.. For the Love of GOD give some credit for the the way lankans played. Initially it was the practice wickets, Spongy bounce, No ball, Lights in dambulla, Umpire decisions, Toss by the looks of it you guys will be running out of excuses.. Please grow up and learn to correct the mistakes instead of complaining all the time.. IF the decisions were so bad then why DHONI, Sachin and BCCI dont want to implement UDRS technology? The only thing which comes to my mind is that the indian umpires make so many bad decisions at home when another team tours india and they dont want to end up being in the loosing side at home.. Like sanga pointed so many decisions went against the lankans when they toured india and all the boards are ready for UDRS exept BCCI, sachin and dhoni.. Why? .. After all at least DHONI was man enough accept the lankans playd well rather than finding for excuses..

  • Nampally on August 22, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    It is true that India did not bat well. But one look at the detailed scoreboard showed that one Umpire was from Pakistan & one from SL. Also 4 caught behinds & 3 LBW's raise doubts about fairness of the umpiring decision and who gets the benfit of doubt. As you say both Sehwag & Yuvraj's LBW's were doubtful and 2 caught behind were too. So there in lies the answer. Secondly, Indian batting in ODI without Sachin & Rahul is very unreliable. Rohit & Kohli are not living up to their levels nor Karthick is a great opener. I think either Mukund or Dhawan deserves to replace Karthick as opener. Pujara is a talented bat & deserves to replace either Rohit Sharma or Kohli. Rohit got too many chances & blew them. Let him cool his heals. Jadeja needs to be out relaced by either Mithun or Irfan Pathan. So my team will look like: Sehwag, Mukund, Raina, Pujara, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Mithun or Irfan Pathan, Ishant, Nehra, Murli Kartik, Unadkat or Kumar. Get some youngsters and see how it works.

  • ladycricfan on August 22, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Why Murali Vijay is not playing ODI? He is a good test player. His performance in IPL was superb. He is a very athletic fielder. He will do really well in ODI.

  • on August 22, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    @ AndyZaltzmannsHair: really? Asad Rauf? he gave 2 incorrect decisions today. One was he gave Raina not out when he nicked it... anyone gonna complain about that? The other one giving Yuvraj Singh, the last man, out. What did you expect he was gonna do? Score a hundred? Or maybe another 12 ball 50? Dharmasena is a poor umpire, he has hurt Pakistan too, but as usual our managers are dumb and rarely make a fuss. By the way he gave 3 incorrect decisions, one of which was was giving Raina out after Rauf's not out. Really just listen to Dhoni, he didn't make excuses and admitted that India batted poorly.

  • DeepuGeorge on August 22, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Another disciplined effort by the Sri Lankans - well done. However, it was India 11 vs the Sri Lankan 12 (+ Umpire Dharmasenna). What an appalling display of umpiring. Truly, there should be some standards with umpiring, and wickets turn matches. Dharmasenna should be reserved for county games and has no place in the international arena. Having said that, India's woeful display of cricket continues. Our selection has been abysmal. Players like Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja are not upto International standards and should be sent back to our academy. We need more depth with our bowling line up with several good backup bowlers. Indian players have to play with more passion too - might I remind them, they are playing for their country. I woke up at 1h30 in the morning to watch this poor display of cricket. If this is anything to go by, we maybe should not be participating in the upcoming World cup. Come on guys, go down with a FIGHT !

  • OutdoorMiner on August 22, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Wow. This Indian team is shocking, they can't bowl or bat. If these players are the Indian hopes for the future, i predict a bad decade or longer for Indian cricket

  • on August 22, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    India does not have a future without the master SRT. The skipper MSD knows only blame the others. Not accept the poor performance of his side. I am not trying to say umpaire's decisions are correct. Just that it happens in cricket. Coz unpaires are human beings. India accepted the decision which were given against the Srilanka (for example: Mahela Jayawardena's LBW decision in the test match). After India is a side which does not believe in UDRS on the field. But use it off the field to find fault of the umpaires ( that is also only when the decision goes against them)

  • Mr.RAGHU on August 22, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    I Can't see India winning this tournament the way they are batting. i think India needs Dravid in middle order instead of sharma/kohli.End of the day 'class is permanent and form is temporary.consdier Dravid from Aus series onwards.

  • rockydonsmuggler on August 22, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    There is one thing everybody has forget to notice about, about the viewership of Indian cricket(exspecially onedayers) back home, which i think has reduced drastically during the past 8months.There are a few reasons sited too 1) India loosing match by big margins,and winning only tight matches, mostly 2)Poor team selection- Dhoni plays Jadeja coz, he thinks he is better than most,but real planners know,at the end of the day,its very much against the business and trade,lots of other snubs too,people are bewildered at talented players sitting out..3)Sachin not playing a few tournaments,well you know the impact,no explanations.4) Timing of FIFA world cup-10.5)Lack of fighting aggressive intent among players,playing defensive cricket most times.6)attacking players must attack,sending yousaf pathan at no 7 ,where either he wont get a chance to bat or normally when india is struggling and under pressure at 90/6.7)worst bowling-worst combinations tried,dunnw why jadeja plays as a bowler.

  • SLJohn on August 22, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    What a super team srilanka having right now, 1-10 all are standard batman's , including with 3 simmers ,1 spinner and Nasty Fast bowler They have to practice more to Tisara perera to bowl right and length consistently,and I suggested that this team is idol for world cup

  • royalg on August 22, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    any captain or coach wud knw tat rohit sharma is struggling in them conditions and wud swap him for saurabh tiwary, wats tiwary in the team for to simply warm the bench or carry drinks, tats wat ROHIT SHARMA shud be doing, he is defo not an ODI player wud only hav him in my test side, not happy with karthik opening either not suited to swingy conditions at all, even though he had a bad decision aganist him AGAIN, i wud prefer to hav kholi open or HONESTLY GAMBHIR SHUD be the one opening with viru, gud effort by YUVI worked his socks off, i think

  • on August 22, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    i dont credit this win to srilanka. if so i will credit the poor umpiring and all credits to Dharmasena the 12th man who played a major part to put srilanka into final. cheap game for srilanka. they really dont deserve.

  • xuggs on August 22, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Please for the love of God & Indian Cricket, drop R Jadeja from all forms of Cricket. Send him to play some Ranji matches for a few years. His services will not be missed at all. Reintroduce Dravid, I Pathan, Y Pathan, R Uthappa. We need people with some flesh who can clear the boundaries not vegetables like R Jadeja. We lost T20 WC thanks to his "specialist spinner" abilities as Dhoni mentions. I don't expect India to win every match but I do expect that everyone gets a fair chance to prove himself and I think R Jadeja has got one too many. If the selection cannot see this then you are seriously blind.

  • SnowSnake on August 22, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Cpngratulations, SL for great performance. Batting was India's only strength, so when it fails India loses. This is a bad sign for India and significantly reduces India's chances for world cup. This was a good occasions for Rohit, Dhoni and Yuvi to raise up for the occasion. Strangely, India has not played for 50 overs in all three games so far. That too on batting pitches. Dhoni has not performed well through out the SL series. I think India should now start discarding some players and never consider them again. There is no point giving failing players more chances. It is probably better to bring in new talent and test them. Yuvi, in particular, has been around for a long time. He was a talented player who let his talent go to waste. Now, he should be retired parmanently.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 22, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    India was CHEATED!!! Sri Lankan and Pakistani umpires colluded to CHEAT India out of a victory. But in all honesty just bring in the technology. It's available and should eliminate any dodgy decisions. You really can't complain in this day and age.

  • on August 22, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Unfortunately I had seen worest batting performance by Indians in this week initially with kiwis then with lankans. i dont know why the selectors are giving that many chances to Karthik, Rohit, Jadeja.These cricketers are good for Ranji Format. It is better to bring Irfan Patha in place of Jadeja.

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  • on August 22, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Unfortunately I had seen worest batting performance by Indians in this week initially with kiwis then with lankans. i dont know why the selectors are giving that many chances to Karthik, Rohit, Jadeja.These cricketers are good for Ranji Format. It is better to bring Irfan Patha in place of Jadeja.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 22, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    India was CHEATED!!! Sri Lankan and Pakistani umpires colluded to CHEAT India out of a victory. But in all honesty just bring in the technology. It's available and should eliminate any dodgy decisions. You really can't complain in this day and age.

  • SnowSnake on August 22, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Cpngratulations, SL for great performance. Batting was India's only strength, so when it fails India loses. This is a bad sign for India and significantly reduces India's chances for world cup. This was a good occasions for Rohit, Dhoni and Yuvi to raise up for the occasion. Strangely, India has not played for 50 overs in all three games so far. That too on batting pitches. Dhoni has not performed well through out the SL series. I think India should now start discarding some players and never consider them again. There is no point giving failing players more chances. It is probably better to bring in new talent and test them. Yuvi, in particular, has been around for a long time. He was a talented player who let his talent go to waste. Now, he should be retired parmanently.

  • xuggs on August 22, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Please for the love of God & Indian Cricket, drop R Jadeja from all forms of Cricket. Send him to play some Ranji matches for a few years. His services will not be missed at all. Reintroduce Dravid, I Pathan, Y Pathan, R Uthappa. We need people with some flesh who can clear the boundaries not vegetables like R Jadeja. We lost T20 WC thanks to his "specialist spinner" abilities as Dhoni mentions. I don't expect India to win every match but I do expect that everyone gets a fair chance to prove himself and I think R Jadeja has got one too many. If the selection cannot see this then you are seriously blind.

  • on August 22, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    i dont credit this win to srilanka. if so i will credit the poor umpiring and all credits to Dharmasena the 12th man who played a major part to put srilanka into final. cheap game for srilanka. they really dont deserve.

  • royalg on August 22, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    any captain or coach wud knw tat rohit sharma is struggling in them conditions and wud swap him for saurabh tiwary, wats tiwary in the team for to simply warm the bench or carry drinks, tats wat ROHIT SHARMA shud be doing, he is defo not an ODI player wud only hav him in my test side, not happy with karthik opening either not suited to swingy conditions at all, even though he had a bad decision aganist him AGAIN, i wud prefer to hav kholi open or HONESTLY GAMBHIR SHUD be the one opening with viru, gud effort by YUVI worked his socks off, i think

  • SLJohn on August 22, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    What a super team srilanka having right now, 1-10 all are standard batman's , including with 3 simmers ,1 spinner and Nasty Fast bowler They have to practice more to Tisara perera to bowl right and length consistently,and I suggested that this team is idol for world cup

  • rockydonsmuggler on August 22, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    There is one thing everybody has forget to notice about, about the viewership of Indian cricket(exspecially onedayers) back home, which i think has reduced drastically during the past 8months.There are a few reasons sited too 1) India loosing match by big margins,and winning only tight matches, mostly 2)Poor team selection- Dhoni plays Jadeja coz, he thinks he is better than most,but real planners know,at the end of the day,its very much against the business and trade,lots of other snubs too,people are bewildered at talented players sitting out..3)Sachin not playing a few tournaments,well you know the impact,no explanations.4) Timing of FIFA world cup-10.5)Lack of fighting aggressive intent among players,playing defensive cricket most times.6)attacking players must attack,sending yousaf pathan at no 7 ,where either he wont get a chance to bat or normally when india is struggling and under pressure at 90/6.7)worst bowling-worst combinations tried,dunnw why jadeja plays as a bowler.

  • Mr.RAGHU on August 22, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    I Can't see India winning this tournament the way they are batting. i think India needs Dravid in middle order instead of sharma/kohli.End of the day 'class is permanent and form is temporary.consdier Dravid from Aus series onwards.

  • on August 22, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    India does not have a future without the master SRT. The skipper MSD knows only blame the others. Not accept the poor performance of his side. I am not trying to say umpaire's decisions are correct. Just that it happens in cricket. Coz unpaires are human beings. India accepted the decision which were given against the Srilanka (for example: Mahela Jayawardena's LBW decision in the test match). After India is a side which does not believe in UDRS on the field. But use it off the field to find fault of the umpaires ( that is also only when the decision goes against them)