India v New Zealand, tri-series, 6th ODI, Dambulla August 24, 2010

Dhoni confident of batting revival

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Despite two flop shows in the tournament, the Indian team's morale ahead of the crunch match against New Zealand seems to be pretty high. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina were involved in a brief, fun game of tennis-ball cricket with some of the local net bowlers ahead of practice. There was plenty of banter between the Indian batsmen and the bowlers during the nets, mostly debating whether a particular shot would have cleared an imaginary fielder or not.

There was serious training as well. Gary Kirsten had one-on-one chats with several of the young batsmen after giving them throw-downs in the nets, pointing out chinks in technique. For Monday's optional session, 12 members of the side turned up, instead of the usual half a dozen or so.

"I think the preparation has been very good," Dhoni, the India captain, said. "Hopefully execution will also be good tomorrow."

With Dambulla's pitches different in character to the usual subcontinental tracks, Dhoni stressed the need to be watchful at the start of the innings. "It's more about the mindset because in one-day cricket you're so used to going after and hitting the bowlers right from the first delivery," he said. "[Usually if you] give respect to the bowlers for the first 10 overs, the next 40 overs are yours. This is one of those venues where you have to prolong the respect for bowlers by another 10 overs."

India folded for 88 and 103 in two matches, sandwiching a victory crafted by a Virender Sehwag special, but Dhoni wasn't overly worried about the batting. "I won't be bothered too much," he said. "But if it's said that this is the batting strength of our side, I won't agree with that. One thing we can't deny is that we have had two batting failures and we have to rectify the problem, get on the wicket and try to score some runs."

In both defeats, the loss of wickets led to a near halt in the scoring: after losing the third wicket against Sri Lanka, India made 13 runs in seven overs, while the corresponding number in the opening game against New Zealand was six runs in five overs. Dhoni called for a more enterprising approach. "Most of the batsmen are trying to battle through and there are times when you can't do that. If you get eight or 10 runs off five overs, it doesn't really help you. You have to be brave enough to play your big shots or challenge the bowler. You have to keep speculating and you have to try and make a way through the opposition."

Rohit Sharma is one batsmen having a horrid time, rarely looking comfortable at the crease all tournament, but he got a vote of confidence from his captain. "It's a tricky situation for him," Dhoni said. "There's pressure when you are always in and out of the side. Especially on these wickets. Unfortunate to get out once when he didn't get the umpire's decision in his favour. He is working hard and his fitness has improved a lot."

Wasim Akram reportedly called some of the Indian youngsters 'softies', a charge Dhoni denied. "They have done really well in adverse and difficult conditions. Whether it's in Australia or the T20 World Cup or some of the other tournaments where we were not at our best," Dhoni said. "I think the guys are courageous enough to go through any conditions or situations thrown at them. We are just on the back foot right now, with the conditions maybe. But these are the boys who will ultimately be part of the Indian cricket team now or sometime later."

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • on August 27, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    I definitely agree with swarup.whats the misunderstanding made dhoni for him.why ravindra jadeja,why not uthappa or irfan pathan.jadeja has been flopped through out his carrier.In 8-9 matches only once he might have scored 50 and he gets in.where as uthappa has been so tremendous through out all most all the IPL matches and also in other.whats wrong with you dhoni.i am quite unhappy with both selection team as well as dhoni.

  • laddum on August 26, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Dhoni is missing a point that this very team is not able to make in SWEET 16 is last T20 World cups. Which T20 performances is he talking about. Akram is right this are bunch of softies who despite knowing the weeknessess of not able to play PULL SHOT are not able to deal with it.

  • on August 25, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    India == Shewag +100 If u get shewag out early >>>> you win... It's as simple as that at the moment...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 25, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I think India is batting well Shewrag hit 110 off 93. They scored 207/9 (more than 80 +103) Looking forward how Black Caps are smashed.

  • on August 25, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    What India needs is a sheet anchor who can face fast bowlers. Rohit, Yuvraj, Raina, Virat et al don't cut it. This Indian middle orders makes the pedestrian NZ bowlers look like Holding and Lillee. Rahul Dravid or Laxman merit that role in conditions like these. Also, Sehwag needs to become more of Tendulkar now and keep his pure aggression only to Test matches.

  • AvidCricFan on August 25, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    I still don't understand why Indian selectors persist with flat wicket bullies like Karthik. At best, he is an average talent. The same can be said of Rohit Sharma. It does not matter what talent he has as long as he does not know how apply his talent. The mighty Indian team is putting foward another pathetic performance against NZ.

  • dipym on August 25, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    This team will lose this match to day by all means,they do not have consistency, zahir,pathan etc are to be called back, nehra is batsman friendly bowler, if this very team will go to world cup2011,they will repeat 2007's performance, 100% dipym

  • Jaggadaaku on August 25, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Abey Dhoni, Sehwag ke alaawa koi 10 runs ke upar bhi banata nahi hai aur tum kaise yeh keh sakte ho be? R Sathish and Saurabh Tiwari are included in the team but during whole series they just sat out side on the bench. Without Sachin and Sehwag you all are nothing but selling garbage products in India. You confident on Batting Revival-my foot. You go back to India and sell your stupid and bogus products. You never become Kapil and rescue your team when top order collapse in few runs. Your favorite batsman-Yuvraj plays worse than Canadian batsmen. Karthik, Rohit, and Raina failed in all the matches of the series, but you didn't give any chance to Tiwari and Sathish. So, with the same failed batting line up, how can you confident on batting revival? Sri Lanka is just the dot on the world's map, and compare to India, Sri Lanka is 1000 times smaller than India, but They are 1000 time stronger than India. You guys only and only good for talk before the match.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 25, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Shewrag 52 out of 72. Can somebody stay in the other end until 50 overs finished. I am doubt.

  • Karzz on August 25, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    I think that Sachin, Zaheer & Bhajji are the big Idiots because they doesn't ready to play for india, But they are ready to play Champions League for their Franchises. They r the lofers, I think this is the plan of sachin to not playing the Bhajji and Zaheer in the Tri Series because of his Team qualifying for the ACL T20. This is the Ridiculous attitude of the Blady master. Sachin dont have the respect for the nation. If he had he himself available for the Tri Series. We had just 6-7 months to a Very Big Tournament like World Cup in our own Den but these lions are still sleeping. I dont have faith in these lions pls bring back Bengal Tiger Sourav Ganguly,The Wall Rahul Dravid and The Jumbo Anil Kumble they far better than these bleady fools.

  • on August 27, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    I definitely agree with swarup.whats the misunderstanding made dhoni for him.why ravindra jadeja,why not uthappa or irfan pathan.jadeja has been flopped through out his carrier.In 8-9 matches only once he might have scored 50 and he gets in.where as uthappa has been so tremendous through out all most all the IPL matches and also in other.whats wrong with you dhoni.i am quite unhappy with both selection team as well as dhoni.

  • laddum on August 26, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Dhoni is missing a point that this very team is not able to make in SWEET 16 is last T20 World cups. Which T20 performances is he talking about. Akram is right this are bunch of softies who despite knowing the weeknessess of not able to play PULL SHOT are not able to deal with it.

  • on August 25, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    India == Shewag +100 If u get shewag out early >>>> you win... It's as simple as that at the moment...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 25, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I think India is batting well Shewrag hit 110 off 93. They scored 207/9 (more than 80 +103) Looking forward how Black Caps are smashed.

  • on August 25, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    What India needs is a sheet anchor who can face fast bowlers. Rohit, Yuvraj, Raina, Virat et al don't cut it. This Indian middle orders makes the pedestrian NZ bowlers look like Holding and Lillee. Rahul Dravid or Laxman merit that role in conditions like these. Also, Sehwag needs to become more of Tendulkar now and keep his pure aggression only to Test matches.

  • AvidCricFan on August 25, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    I still don't understand why Indian selectors persist with flat wicket bullies like Karthik. At best, he is an average talent. The same can be said of Rohit Sharma. It does not matter what talent he has as long as he does not know how apply his talent. The mighty Indian team is putting foward another pathetic performance against NZ.

  • dipym on August 25, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    This team will lose this match to day by all means,they do not have consistency, zahir,pathan etc are to be called back, nehra is batsman friendly bowler, if this very team will go to world cup2011,they will repeat 2007's performance, 100% dipym

  • Jaggadaaku on August 25, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Abey Dhoni, Sehwag ke alaawa koi 10 runs ke upar bhi banata nahi hai aur tum kaise yeh keh sakte ho be? R Sathish and Saurabh Tiwari are included in the team but during whole series they just sat out side on the bench. Without Sachin and Sehwag you all are nothing but selling garbage products in India. You confident on Batting Revival-my foot. You go back to India and sell your stupid and bogus products. You never become Kapil and rescue your team when top order collapse in few runs. Your favorite batsman-Yuvraj plays worse than Canadian batsmen. Karthik, Rohit, and Raina failed in all the matches of the series, but you didn't give any chance to Tiwari and Sathish. So, with the same failed batting line up, how can you confident on batting revival? Sri Lanka is just the dot on the world's map, and compare to India, Sri Lanka is 1000 times smaller than India, but They are 1000 time stronger than India. You guys only and only good for talk before the match.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 25, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Shewrag 52 out of 72. Can somebody stay in the other end until 50 overs finished. I am doubt.

  • Karzz on August 25, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    I think that Sachin, Zaheer & Bhajji are the big Idiots because they doesn't ready to play for india, But they are ready to play Champions League for their Franchises. They r the lofers, I think this is the plan of sachin to not playing the Bhajji and Zaheer in the Tri Series because of his Team qualifying for the ACL T20. This is the Ridiculous attitude of the Blady master. Sachin dont have the respect for the nation. If he had he himself available for the Tri Series. We had just 6-7 months to a Very Big Tournament like World Cup in our own Den but these lions are still sleeping. I dont have faith in these lions pls bring back Bengal Tiger Sourav Ganguly,The Wall Rahul Dravid and The Jumbo Anil Kumble they far better than these bleady fools.

  • srawannnnnnnn on August 25, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    please drop ravindra jadeja.. i dont know why dhoni is so loyal to him.irfan is better then him or else take an extra batsmen instead of him. yuvraj and sehwag can bowl ,so we didnt need jadeja(fool) for indian team. even abhishek nayar is very much capable then jadeja.. where is uthappa and we could'nt we drop rohit sharma. OMG .world cup is six months away from now. and looking at this team i definately think they will repeat 2007 stinct.. anyway we indians are very optimistic .. ALL THE BEST fr todays match

  • on August 25, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Why Yusuf was always coming down the order and in pressure. He can Join Sehwag when we don't have Gambhir/Tendulkar. Of-course he has to put efforts in learning how to pull the bouncer to six like Tendulkar.

  • on August 25, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    I agree with the comment made by Wasim Akram. He is working with one of the franchisee and fully understands the mentality of "young Indian batsman". There many things for which I am hard to find answers: 1. When Kartik is in playing 11 why Dhoni is keeping with his injured finger. 2. Why Irfan Pathan is sitting outside of ODI/T20 team, he is better than R. Jadega on any given day on any surface. Imagine the damage he could have done in Dambulla on these seaming pitches. He is more than handful with the bat as well. 3. What is Ravindra Jadega doing in this team; I don't remember any game which we have won just because of him. 4. What Mr. Rohit Sharma the next wall after Rahul Dravid is doing in this team? 5. Where is the backup of Sachin, Rahul, and Laxman in test format? There are many more questions in my mind... It will help if someone gives some positive answers to these questions. May be the moderator can help me.

  • on August 25, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Let India Loose today. As i dont want to see another india srilanka match. I will say that as an indian srilankan lions keeps quiet out of their den.i dont know why slcb is not looking averages of the players who plays out side srilanka. Look out at DMPD Jayawardene.. he has astonishing average at SSC, but when it comes outside srilanka its peanuts.funny isnt't it.

  • XooX on August 25, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    The selectors would have done great service to Indian cricket by dropping Saurabh Tiwary and Ashwin from the 15..At least they could have had an opportunity to practise instead of honing up their water bottle carrying skills.

  • on August 25, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Abey Yahya Firoze shutup u suck not us. u r a looooser. i think praveen kumar is goin to be crucial in dis match. and useless jadeja shud be dropd andd be replaced by ashwin. and rohit shud be dropd and be replacd by saurabh tiwary. i think bcci is makin india lose by always resting sachin and dropping dravid.

  • Maharshi84 on August 25, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    what about Dinesh karthik?????on what basis he is in team.He is not attacking player to open indian innings nor hez keeping wickets.He is not a replacement for gautam ghambir or virender shewag.whatz the point of taking him in team??Its all selection politics.If virat kohli is not playing well,why cant india sent him as opener (intially he was played as opener) and try him or try rohit sharma .Give them a chance at different slots.If rohit or virat has to sit out ,before that dinesh karthik has to sit out first.robin uthappa has to be i n team.I feel replace karthik with uthappa.He fits in opener role and he is in great form.Finally IRFAN PATHAN -hez has to be in the team.He is the one and only allrounder INDIA have.May be he is not upto the mark in bowling.But batting part is concerned he is too good.He is clever bowler .He may give more runs,but he takes wickets.I hope soon we all see him playing in the team.

  • on August 25, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    I want Saurabh Tiwary & Ashwin instead of Roht & Jadeja .....

  • sweetspot on August 25, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Amazing how quick we are to insult our cricketers even when our team is ranked very high up. Each time our cricket team loses, in the aftermath, it is really a show of our mean character towards our heroes.

  • CricFanKrish on August 25, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Well, I guess this is a very good series to test the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli on seaming and swinging pitches. Unfortunately, both of them have been found wanting in handling these kind of pitches. Suresh Raina has done relatively better.

    The failure of the Indian batting is not only Rohit and Virat, but the entire top order. We are still banking on Sachin to provide us the solidity at the start. With Gautam Gambhir out due to injury, the top order looks woefully brittle.

    Dinesh Karthik has struggled to such an extent that his scoring rate is about 30 odd percent. That is just not good enough. Why not try Raina at the top of the order? And yes, I agree that Ravindra Jadeja has just not lived up to Dhoni's expectations. It is time to give someone like R Ashwin a chance.

    With the World Cup just round the corner, we are still struggling to find the right balance. I believe we should give more chances to the likes of Abhimanyu Mithun who impressed in the test series.

  • Cricket_Man on August 25, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    If India wants to perform well with the bat, they need to get rid of Dinesh Karthik Hes just a 15-30 runs players... This isnt enough..Get Sauhrab Tiwari inplace of Karthik.. Dhoni being the senior in the side should promote himself up in the batting lineup.. The likes of Dravid wont do any good to India in the 50 overs game.

  • natmastak_so-called on August 25, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    i am not expecting too much from India coz in this tyeam only 3 permanent players are playing - dhoni,sehwag & raina.yes ,yuvraj too struggling for his place. but i am sure things wil be diff once paa(sachin),gambhir,zak and bhaj wil return. want dhoni to promote himself up the order and lead from front.its time to send rohit packing and give a chance to pujara.i wont utter a word abt jadeja.

  • on August 25, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    dhoni's worst strategy of using jadeja: he thinks jadeja may take 1 or 2 wickets, and give only 30 or 35 runs(ya i agree he is smart bowler).. but in batting, at no:7 he consumes most number of balls and scores run a ball. he wasting the bating powerplay also. (jadeja)In t20 wc: 9 matches-65runs- SR-86.66- 2fours- 1six's.. even nehra hitted 2sixes... dhoni have to think about it.. we have tons and tons of brillant and intelligent players r waiting for chance.. give chance to them.. jai hind

  • sss23 on August 25, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    @Sriguy ----(reply to ur post) why do u guys forget that the SL actors(esp sanga and jaya) have failed to win even a single test in Ind ,SA or Aus ????can juz LOL them !!... and no mention for the patriotic DHARMASENA!!..he shud have been MOM last match ...got crucial breakthroughs !!

    Posted by Sriguy on (August 25 2010, 00:32 AM GMT) Crybabies vs Black Caps, should be fun, as a Sri Lankan We want India in the final, to give them one more time. I hope Dhoni and Indian Media comes up with better excuses than pitches and poor umpiring

  • yalagalale on August 25, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Please bring back Rahul Dravid "the wall" to the team and allow Dhoni to play his natural game....India is losing the matches coz Dhoni is playing the safe game.... Mr Tendulkar, if U want to win the WC for India then please help Rahul to get back to Indian team..

  • haseeb47 on August 25, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    why play jadeja ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? take irfan on it place, BEST OF LUCK FOR INDIAN TEAM............................................

  • on August 25, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    What is the use of this triangular series? Already India played four ODI tournament in SL in 2years.. This is the fifth one.. 2 test series also.. Why they r playing again & again against SL? Some of the companies want to put their sponsor there... And India wants to promote SL for some reasons!

  • Indian_Rules on August 25, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    In the upcoming series India has to look into these options very very seriously.. 1- Removing Ravindra Jadeja ( the so called allrounder : yes he is, he cant bat , he cant bowl -> non performign allrounder ) and get in Irfan Pathan 2- Give rest to non performing Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and bring in Robin Uthappa Manoj Tiwari

    India should aim now to get a team which they can bet for the world cup.. with idiots like ravindra jadeja in the team, the world cup looks a distant dream

  • on August 25, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Dhoni needs a Honeymoon badly... He should be in Swiss or some other holiday spot... surely not in Dambulla(SL)

  • adib4u2000 on August 25, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Now Dohni should change the abatting order, Promote himself or do something different. Good that he backs his team. All the best to INDIA for todays match. Plz dont blame pitch or umpire..

  • faseeh3 on August 25, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Take yousuf in place of dinesh kartik

  • KaZsa on August 25, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    @IndianAnalyst - Good to see someone with senses.India need to work hard on their game and plans.That's the bottom line.If they are willing to accept their flows and improve on their game rather than giving excuses,they can be a really good side.Sri Lanka is a very good example,they are breeding the perfect side for the WC with talented youngsters.As Sanga has said they need to be more consistent as a side,that will happen because they have understood their mistakes and are working on it.Dhoni needs to take a leaf out of Sanga's book and improve his side.

  • Ian316 on August 25, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    i totally agree with Wasim Akram... these are just kids trying to play a pro sport. i'm guessing that India will HAVE to rely on the likes of tendulka/dravid and bhajji if they want to even make an impact in the world cup, let alone win it. unless of course, the BCCI can buy the World cup for them!!!!

  • on August 25, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    I feel Akram's reference to indians as "softies" is meant only for "the one and the only thankfully",the overrated garbage of a player not fit to be in the 30 probables,the talentless and listless batsman by the name of rohit,or rather nohit,sharma.........i cant figure out why this waste is still in the team even after it has become evident tht if at all he scores in 2 digits,it is by fluke.......it is a shame tht he is slotted at no 3,when a player who is solid and truly having immense potential like raina is batting at 5.......he should be at no 3 whereas sharma should be out of the squad..........

  • on August 25, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Pls....keep out Jadeja and try Ashwin for today's match....

  • on August 25, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    C'MMON CRICINFO!!! WHY DIDN'T U GUYS PUBLISHED THE COMMENT IN WHICH i HAD ASKED THAT WHY ISN'T THERE ANY COMMENT SECTION ON THE OTHER ARTICLE RELATED TO THE MATCH BUT PERTAINING TO NEW ZEALAND?

  • SrikanthKeshav on August 25, 2010, 1:19 GMT

    I did notice a big flaw when rohit was batting. His front leg wud come across so much that he looked like robin uthappa of the old. He always had this issue but now its so much more obvious. I am sure someone is telling him that this is not the right approach. God save him. he is a very good talent.

  • crickstats on August 25, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Crybabies vs Black Caps, should be fun, as a Sri Lankan We want India in the final, to give them one more time. I hope Dhoni and Indian Media comes up with better excuses than pitches and poor umpiring

  • on August 24, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Wasim Akram is spot on. These youngsters are like the 'softies' we get for ten rupees at Manipal; as soon as you walk out of the Food Court with them, they've already melted completely. 'wut an ajay joke' lol no1 on cricinfo knows wut im talkin about, but this is the first n only ajay joke on cricinfo. Thankyou AjayGujju of Manipal University. I think india might make it to finals, NZ isnt too experienced, but i knw wuts gonna happen in the final if we make it through. The Plain Truth is: WE SUCK = WE LOSE

  • on August 24, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    @IndianAnalyst. Thank God atlast you figured it out that Indian batsmen struggle on seaming surfaces. Best of luck for tommorows game.

  • on August 24, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    India is the most inconsistent team of all cricketing nations,they won one match and immediately loose the very next match,according to me india will thrash new zealand and reach the finals......in final india is goin to loose as always,as india has the worst finals record,no matter wheather there is sachin,gambhir,zaheer n bajji the odds r always against india in the finals.

  • DeepuGeorge on August 24, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    India is desperately short on all fronts - batting, bowling and fielding. A lack of self belief and application are to blame too. If only the do the basics right .... It is a pleasure to watch teams like Australia and South Africa run onto the field and execute their plans to perfection. Their win to loss ratios speak volumes. Dhoni needs to muster his team and instill confidence. Winning should be a HABIT .....

  • srisri on August 24, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Yes Vikun, GOD is with team India, but then Jadeja is also with team India. What to do?

  • srisri on August 24, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Hey guys... don't bother about Jadeja. He is Dhoni's Zigree Dhosth... Dhoni will not drop him, come what may. Ganguly had such liking for Agarkar who used to leak runs faster than Mumbai express. So whether you like or not, you will end up watching "no use" Jadeja for sometime to come. All the best.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on August 24, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Kiwis time to put the overrated team out of it's misery. But please be cautious enough to let them score atleast 100 runs because if not the NZ first XI will be banned for the match against SL. My prediction: Most stylish player award - P.Kumar for his McGrath like bowling hahahahaha

  • SnowSnake on August 24, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    While I may not be able to predict who will win tomorrow, I can predict the outcome of the final with 100% certainty. It will be SL, thanks to umpiring.

  • kunal83 on August 24, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    It's a mixed bag, on one hand you reckon supporting struggling players will increase their belief in the team, but you also have to consider winning the next game.

    Giving Rohit another chance will not be a bad idea. If he does not score then India can look at Kohli or Pujara for the next series. Mind you, Sachin and Gambhir will alse be in the fold then. If Rohit clicks, he has the ability to be a very good batsman for the Indian team. Look at how Gambhir made his name, after being a 'softie' for the first few years in international cricket.

  • IndianAnalyst on August 24, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Bottom line is although Indian batters are world beaters on flat tracks they struggle against moving ball ..!!! Most of these guys speak very highly about series win in Aussie but you have to remember in that tournament there was bounce but not movement as in this series. We can't blame the umpires as BCCI turn down review system. And also I personally believe only 2 decisions went against us. Suresh got a life and Virus LBW was marginal, it was hitting leg even under review system it will be declared OUT.

  • VinayMirajkar on August 24, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    India's foremost problem is jadeja, jadeja and jadeja……………..If India want win here first drop JADEJA and select Tiwari And I am very much shocked that why selectors forgot RP SING and selected Ishant and Munaf .

  • AlpsRock on August 24, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    I don't get it, why Rahul Dravid can't be in ODI Team? Pakistan call-up Yusuf, why not Dravid. I am sure we needed someone who can play long-inning when needed, he is the Wall. Why do we need to carry the baggage like Rohit Sharma this long, I don't get it? Must be someone from Selection wants Rohit in and Dravid out...SAD!

  • Amit416 on August 24, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    India badly needs Sachin here..I dont understand why he is always pulling out of one day series although he is going to play champians trophy..rohit and jadeja needs to be thrown out of team as soon as possible..raina should come at no.3..bring back irfan pathan..he is a better allrounder than jadeja any day..hope india will do well in match against nz with sehwag hammering them all over the park..

  • fightermishra on August 24, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Well, the tournament has been Dissappointing 4 indians , this maks dem realise the importace of experoence in the team. just as yousuf showed in the test match, india need to sumbody as dravid was doing few yewrs ago,it will take a lot 4 a youngster 2 replace their class and step in their shoes, Hopefully they will realise it, and indians will come gud in yesterdays match.

  • mafiasam on August 24, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    I feel like goin on the streets in India, and have rally to question Jadeja's inclusion. Why is he in the team? WHY? WHY?

  • Aussasinator on August 24, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Revival looks difficult. Umpiring also seems to be developing into a major issue now. India has got itself into a big hole.

  • iprasanth on August 24, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    india team had a very good batting but the batting order is not correct i propose raina would up the order..................then followed by sharma..otherwise give another chance for virat kholi......he will give strength to batting order..............

  • sadSajith on August 24, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I want to see India in final.Because then Sri Lanka can break another world record.Yes India have good enough batting lineup to beat Bangladesh.Gary should teach tale-enders how to handle a bat and how to move it.

  • on August 24, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION ONE POINT THAT WE ARE ALL MISSING. DHONI IN MY OBSERVATION DOES AGREE WITH THESE FACTS BUT DOESNT BELIEVE IN SHARING HIS EXACT THOUGHTS TO THE MEDIA. THE REASON IS THE 'MEDIA' GOING CRAZY OVER HIS TRUTHFUL COMMENTS WHICH WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST. HE MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT FOR OUR TEAM TO BE PERFORMING WELL OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.

  • rsurya on August 24, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    With dinesh karthik opening, India cant think of a good start, what will sehwag do if dinesh karthik on the other end was simply showing stills by leaving and making dot balls for granted and so sehwag incidentally hits everything which makes him get out. dinesh karthik doesnt match for the position. Dilshan sends everything outside offstump to the boundary meanwhile tharanga manages singles and rotates the strike well not wasting as much he can. India been teared off twice why cant we try tiwary at the top replacing karthik, no more loss in trying him bcoz no gain in hoping karthik to deliver. every one now are playing to become permanent in the team by scoring a 50 in even 100 balls. no fast bowler can be produced anymore in future bcoz at the end of the day someone claiming himself as an allrounder doing nothing will occupy the place and will become permanent and the talented will not even be in the bench. Intuitions of selectors kills India.

  • on August 24, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Team selection is a big point to debate.Karthick , Rohit & Jadeja should be dropped due to lack of confidence & poor performance.Kohli, Tiwary & Ashwin should be included in the final palying 11.Batting order must be changed right from opening.If Kohli is included, he should be opening the innings with sehwag, raina at one down, then Yuvraj, Dhoni & Tiwary.Hope Dhoni & team management think in this direction to win the next crucial match.

  • on August 24, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    I do not understand the reason for Dhoni persisting with Jadeja. He is neither a terrific bowler and nowhere near a decent batsman. He cant's score quickly and he cannot bat through an innings as well. He may be ok for T20 but does not fit in ODI's. We can try Saurabh Tiwary and in fact we should also ask Karthick to tale a break. This fellow has also not done anything significant and does not look like he will either. Sehwag, Sharma, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Tiwary, Praveen, Ojha, Ishant, Nehra. That should be the playing XI tmw.

  • gannyboy on August 24, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    If India wants to win the game against NZ they need to change a few things first of all they have to bring in Ashwin in place of Jadeja as the former will provide variation in the attack with his right arm off spin and Dinesh Karthik should come in the middle order as he has done an excellent job in the position for Tamil Nadu and Delhi Darevills.Rohit Sharma should open with Sehwag as he has done the openers job before.

  • rohan0751 on August 24, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    But when will Dhoni give a chance to Sourabh Tiwary & Ashwin..? Both are with Indian team since the Zimbabwe tour,yet Sourabh has not played a single game..!!!

  • jerryman on August 24, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    it is high time , all teams agree and the icc should bring in the the UDRS -referral system in all games , so that any side cannot complain that defeats are due to bad umpiring decisions... it is the first 2 hours play in dambulla when batting first and the last session with the team chasing under lights that are not easy... all 3 sides were not batting at their best constantly , the bowlers for the most have had the advantage... although I would favor an even sided game , judging from the past this may also be a one sided game .... I am sure the Kiwis will be bowling short pitched deliveries , if there is a liitle bounce in the wicket ....

  • Nampally on August 24, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    I do not believe that this is the future Indian Team as Dhoni put it. To start with Karthick is only a stop gap opener in absence of Gambhir. I prefer Mukund or Dhawan to open the innings with Sehwag. This allows Gambhir to fill in the vital #3 spot. Raina, Pujara/Kohli/Rohit, Dhoni, Yuvraj fill up the other batting spots, with Yuvraj doing the All rounder role.Ishant, Mithun, Unadkat will be the 3 possible fast bowlers all young & talented.Ashwin, Ojha & Harbhajan will be the 3 spin bowlers. This looks more like the future Indian team. But for the world cup we need the reliable older players like Sachin & Rahul, Zaheer, Harbhajan in the XI. For the present 2 games in the tri series the team should be more like; Sehwag, Karthik,Kohli, Raina,Dhoni, Yuvraj,Rohit or Tiwary, Ishant, Nehra, Kumar/Mithun, Ojha. I prefer Mithun to replace Jadeja, even contrary to Dhoni's choice. Unnecessary hype about an all rounder when we already have one in Yuvraj batting at #5 instead of #7.Why Jadeja?

  • SBRaKumar on August 24, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    If Dhoni wins next match you will start praising him. Dhoni knows this tactics to earn people's money easily which is for nothing. You peeople think why Advertisement company giving 200 crore to Dhoni because they are taking people's money for company and for Dhoni (eg. when you purchase Dhoni Advertised shoe. Shoe price will be dhoni's Ad price + shoe making price + company profit ). You peeople see how you are losing money for nothing. Advertisement company need to make simple Ads to promote their products.

  • Raju_Iyer on August 24, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    To all you India and Dhoni bashers out there: Today the Indian ODI team is ranked #3, recently moving down a notch (and BTW NZ is at #2 today). This team includes many members who have done India proud. No team selection can please everyone. But if you look at it with some detachment and objectivity, we are building up a good bunch since it is obvious that with the amount of cricket played these days in 3 different formats you need a bigger bench strength than anytime in the past. EVen a traditionally strong team like Australia who are No.1 in ODI rankings have had to struggle with their T20 team composition. So, guys just be patient, this tournament is not over yet and remember the differences between the top few teams in the ODI and T20 format is not huge, so there will be some good days and some bad days for all teams. Have faith and you will be rewarded! Jai Hind!

  • on August 24, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Be sure, our spinners are not world class and still we are playing two of them in each match, that too, on Dambulla pitch. Is not it quite ridiculous. It is about time, the tour management sharpens its reflexes and reorganise fasst. Fire out both the spinners and bring in Aswin - may at least offer the surprise element. play four pacers or let the fifth bolwer's burden shared by Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina/Rohit/Virat and play an additional batsman. Also, persisting with the out of form Rohit is neither serving his cause nor that of the team, break rather than the repeated failures only can helps him regain his confidence. Come on, being adament is not going to help, instead some hard decisions are the need of the hour.

  • on August 24, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    I am LOLing at Dhoni's words. All words and no show!

  • arunsen on August 24, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Why can't u give Yusuf Pathan a chance to open the innings.. Instead of trying Karthik as a opener, Pathan can do better. Look at the past. Pathan always came to the crease on a pressure situation where our Indian team need some desperate run against the opposition. He can produce quick runs in start, instead of producing a 30 balls 10 or 50 balls 20 like karthik is doing now. Both pathan's has to be back on the team for the team balance. Instead of playing a waste guy like Jadeja, u can play with pathan brothers. Looking at Rohit, Karthik and Jadeja's performance, we can certainly bring Pathan brothers back into the team. One more thing is, when they r gonna bring back sachin into the team. Why selectors are resting him for too long? Instead of giving a long rest to him, why can't they give him a match to match break? last time i saw sachin playing a ODI match was against South Africa scoring 200* runs. It was long back...

  • boris6491 on August 24, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Dhoni seems to be trying to display a non bothered visage to the general public but i'm certain that there is a little bit of discomfort in the Indian camp regarding the batting. Undoubtedly, if they win this tournament, their poor results will be completely forgotten by the Indian media and they will once again be hailed as national heroes. Personally, I would like to see a willingness from many players to learn from the errors they are repeatedly committing. Dhoni and Rohit seem to have been worked out by opposition bowlers who find them lulled into stipulated traps again and again, the top order seems, with any combination, incapable of leading the charge whilst the bowlers seem to have on and off days. I would consider this the last chance for the likes of Sharma and Jadeja who will find themselves on the sidelines if they are unable to contribute meaningfully in the next game. Jadeja particularly who has received the scorn of many. Consistency dearly eludes the Indian team.

  • Tarzansree on August 24, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Go india go... i am sure India will be coming back strongly on tomorrow's match... With due respect to the legendary bowler and one of my all time favs Wasim Akram, he should be worried about Pakis batting line-up. i am sure no one except Yousuf can be rated higher than those Indian youngsters whom he has called "softies"...

  • Ran4ever on August 24, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    I think our BCCI should think of the team selection before they worry about the sponsors. can someone prove me if R.jadeja is worth his palce in national side. They need to give more chance to Irfan pathan who can bat/bowl we need him in the Team. need atleast one bowler in the side who can bowl morethan 140kmph. i am a big fan of cricket and now a day loosing it with the way our player are playing it.

  • sonjjay on August 24, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    well it cetainly has been a wake up call, so although we have the potential its abt time our team lives upto it. abt the world cup we should not forget that with the reurn of gauti, tendulkar, zak and bhajji would make a lot of difference but abt time these youngsters stake a claim, also it wouldnt have been bad to try out pujara or pandey instead of karthick who bats without any intent to stay out there..

  • on August 24, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    I feel the combination isn't too good tobe honest....karthick seems 2 struggling......and jadeja hasn't lived up to the expectations with his performance(mainly batting).....so i hope kohli takes the place of karthick and tiwary(a great talent) in palce of jadeja.....as yuvi is in the team.....there's no particular necessity of jadeja.....hope rohit gets back into form.....a very gud player....bt struggling with his foot work n technique at the moment....hope we win on wed......cheers!!

  • SnowSnake on August 24, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    I would not read too much into India's loss to SL. I think Ind. - NZ game will be fun to watch. India has problems, but not as significant as the losses seem to suggest. Among the two opponents, I prefer to see Ind. NZ matches than Ind.-SL matches. I have respect towards players of both teams (Ind. & NZ), may the best team on the day win :).

  • VIKUN on August 24, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    The aspect that INDIA all out for 103 previous match ............ that match the srilanka side played 13(11+2umpires) players..........it is really surprising moment for umpires to giving decisions against INDIA.........BE CONFIDENCE TEAM INDIA,,,,,,,GOD IS THERE WITH YOU...........

  • Balumekka on August 24, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Apart from Dhoni, Sehwag and Raina, other 8 players are not permanent members of the Indian team. So these eight guys struggling for a permanent place. When Sachin, Harbhajan and Zaheer arrives, anyway three guys have to go out. Therefore Its not reasonable that Indian fans expecting miracles out of it. Certainly Rahul Dravid has been neglected, and class batsman like him will definitely add a lot to the team. Irfan Pathan must be added to balance the side. Its sad that the young Indian talents seen in IPL has not been delivered to international cricket. I would like to see all India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan to be qualified for the semifinals of WC. I've seen lists of excuses from Sanga and Dhoni after defeats, pitch, toss, missed catches, umpiring decisions ect. But these factors are never new to the cricket. If all these guys can play IPL without complaining, then why not International cricket.

  • raopreetam on August 24, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Felt so happy when i read this phrase quoted by Swann " Let's face it, we batted like morons twice - me included "

    And this is the statement of Dhoni ""I won't be bothered too much," he said. "But if it's said that this is the batting strength of our side, I won't agree with that"

    why is it so hard to accept the fact, that we are no where close to play world cup with this current team, and with this current form we will not be confident to beat even Afghanistan.

    Unless BCCI is proactive and does something about developing fast blowlers in india. Its a shame, most oversea's players come to MRF foundation, get trained and become better blowers, and our pacers, where are they.

    a population of 4 million for NZ, and they are top class bowling attack. size of srilanka, pakistan, bangladesh, even they are better than us.

    cant we do anything, to strengthen our fast bowling, Is the BCCI and selectors really concerned about our fastbowling, ? Hope floats.

  • Atif-Islam on August 24, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Indian batting lineup is pretty good, though without tendulkar it looks less potent.

  • raopreetam on August 24, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    right, so this is the future of indian cricket, i think dohni is too adamant to accept the fact that we are not the same batting unit with out sachin, dravid, and gambir.

    well well well, dhoni still likes Mr.ravindra jadaja, i reckon my grandpa plays better cricket than him. am hoping i wont see jadeja in the team tomorrow and for the next few years atleast, until he has proven his worth in ranji.

    well hope all goes well. I feel so sorry for myself, coz there are so many things that have to happen by chance for india to win, rather than because of the the strength of our batting, fielding and bowling

  • Nampally on August 24, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Dhoni's tactics & team selection need drastic changes. Starting with Sehwag & Karthick the #3 position needs to be filled with a player who can hold his end up. I think Raina should take this position. Dhoni needs to go at #4 if only to show the importance of singles and changing strike. Yuvraj #5, Kohli #6, Rohit or Tiwary #7. India needs 7 batsmen because of poor batting so far.Batsmen should avoid rash strokes and focus on singles more. There is no point in having Ojha, Yuvraj & Jadeja all bowling similar stuff. Get a specialist batsman or a fast bowler at #7.Rohit has very little confidence. I prefer Tiwary or a fast bowler.This is very important decision. Nehra, Ishant & Kumar fill up 3 fast bowlers. If Dhoni wants to retain his favourite Jadeja, then he must drop Ojha and bring in Ashwin for the last place. I prefer 4 fast bowlers on this pitch+ ojha or Ashwin or a batsmen at #7.Most important single factor is the team spirit & determination to win. Never give up.

  • on August 24, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Dhobi....Dhobi....6 months worldcup...whats the plan..

  • on August 24, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    That's very hard to say Mr Doni i hope u u good but me & friends don't think so better luck next time hope so

  • on August 24, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I might as well agree with Wasim Akram, Apart from Zaheer Khan .. Our bowlers lack experience, speed and variation. Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel were the only real pacers we had, they too have lost their pace. At the pace which we bowl, it is easy for the batsmen to play bouncers. We bowl yorkers on the rarest of occasions, Its easy to get the openers and middle order at times, but the lower middle order and tailenders hold us for hours togeather. If we compare ourselves to an Aussie or a Sri Lankan .. that is a major difference b/w the bowling sides. The spinners are barely effective, After having a side at say 50-5 .. our spinners slow down the game and its easy to push them around the ground for singles and when the batsmen are set, they tend to pull the game away from us. There is a serious need to get real pacers with good variations i.e swing, yorkers, bouncers,etc. and spinners who can be aggressive.

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  • on August 24, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I might as well agree with Wasim Akram, Apart from Zaheer Khan .. Our bowlers lack experience, speed and variation. Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel were the only real pacers we had, they too have lost their pace. At the pace which we bowl, it is easy for the batsmen to play bouncers. We bowl yorkers on the rarest of occasions, Its easy to get the openers and middle order at times, but the lower middle order and tailenders hold us for hours togeather. If we compare ourselves to an Aussie or a Sri Lankan .. that is a major difference b/w the bowling sides. The spinners are barely effective, After having a side at say 50-5 .. our spinners slow down the game and its easy to push them around the ground for singles and when the batsmen are set, they tend to pull the game away from us. There is a serious need to get real pacers with good variations i.e swing, yorkers, bouncers,etc. and spinners who can be aggressive.

  • on August 24, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    That's very hard to say Mr Doni i hope u u good but me & friends don't think so better luck next time hope so

  • on August 24, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Dhobi....Dhobi....6 months worldcup...whats the plan..

  • Nampally on August 24, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Dhoni's tactics & team selection need drastic changes. Starting with Sehwag & Karthick the #3 position needs to be filled with a player who can hold his end up. I think Raina should take this position. Dhoni needs to go at #4 if only to show the importance of singles and changing strike. Yuvraj #5, Kohli #6, Rohit or Tiwary #7. India needs 7 batsmen because of poor batting so far.Batsmen should avoid rash strokes and focus on singles more. There is no point in having Ojha, Yuvraj & Jadeja all bowling similar stuff. Get a specialist batsman or a fast bowler at #7.Rohit has very little confidence. I prefer Tiwary or a fast bowler.This is very important decision. Nehra, Ishant & Kumar fill up 3 fast bowlers. If Dhoni wants to retain his favourite Jadeja, then he must drop Ojha and bring in Ashwin for the last place. I prefer 4 fast bowlers on this pitch+ ojha or Ashwin or a batsmen at #7.Most important single factor is the team spirit & determination to win. Never give up.

  • raopreetam on August 24, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    right, so this is the future of indian cricket, i think dohni is too adamant to accept the fact that we are not the same batting unit with out sachin, dravid, and gambir.

    well well well, dhoni still likes Mr.ravindra jadaja, i reckon my grandpa plays better cricket than him. am hoping i wont see jadeja in the team tomorrow and for the next few years atleast, until he has proven his worth in ranji.

    well hope all goes well. I feel so sorry for myself, coz there are so many things that have to happen by chance for india to win, rather than because of the the strength of our batting, fielding and bowling

  • Atif-Islam on August 24, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Indian batting lineup is pretty good, though without tendulkar it looks less potent.

  • raopreetam on August 24, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Felt so happy when i read this phrase quoted by Swann " Let's face it, we batted like morons twice - me included "

    And this is the statement of Dhoni ""I won't be bothered too much," he said. "But if it's said that this is the batting strength of our side, I won't agree with that"

    why is it so hard to accept the fact, that we are no where close to play world cup with this current team, and with this current form we will not be confident to beat even Afghanistan.

    Unless BCCI is proactive and does something about developing fast blowlers in india. Its a shame, most oversea's players come to MRF foundation, get trained and become better blowers, and our pacers, where are they.

    a population of 4 million for NZ, and they are top class bowling attack. size of srilanka, pakistan, bangladesh, even they are better than us.

    cant we do anything, to strengthen our fast bowling, Is the BCCI and selectors really concerned about our fastbowling, ? Hope floats.

  • Balumekka on August 24, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Apart from Dhoni, Sehwag and Raina, other 8 players are not permanent members of the Indian team. So these eight guys struggling for a permanent place. When Sachin, Harbhajan and Zaheer arrives, anyway three guys have to go out. Therefore Its not reasonable that Indian fans expecting miracles out of it. Certainly Rahul Dravid has been neglected, and class batsman like him will definitely add a lot to the team. Irfan Pathan must be added to balance the side. Its sad that the young Indian talents seen in IPL has not been delivered to international cricket. I would like to see all India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan to be qualified for the semifinals of WC. I've seen lists of excuses from Sanga and Dhoni after defeats, pitch, toss, missed catches, umpiring decisions ect. But these factors are never new to the cricket. If all these guys can play IPL without complaining, then why not International cricket.

  • VIKUN on August 24, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    The aspect that INDIA all out for 103 previous match ............ that match the srilanka side played 13(11+2umpires) players..........it is really surprising moment for umpires to giving decisions against INDIA.........BE CONFIDENCE TEAM INDIA,,,,,,,GOD IS THERE WITH YOU...........

  • SnowSnake on August 24, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    I would not read too much into India's loss to SL. I think Ind. - NZ game will be fun to watch. India has problems, but not as significant as the losses seem to suggest. Among the two opponents, I prefer to see Ind. NZ matches than Ind.-SL matches. I have respect towards players of both teams (Ind. & NZ), may the best team on the day win :).