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

Sehwag soars solo again

Virender Sehwag is the only batsman to adapt to the bowler-friendly conditions in Dambulla, where 230 is worth 300

Siddarth Ravindran in Dambulla

August 25, 2010

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Virender Sehwag brings up his 13th ODI ton, India v New Zealand, tri-series, 6th ODI, Dambulla, August 25, 2010
Virender Sehwag's 13th ODI hundred was scored in difficult conditions for batting © Cameraworx/Live Images
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Paul the Octopus' spot-on predictions during the football World Cup were a cinch compared to the challenge of foreseeing results during the tri-series in Sri Lanka, where the inability of batsmen to cope with bowler-friendly conditions has led to wild swings in team fortunes. Only one man has adapted in Dambulla, where 230 is worth 300.

Virender Sehwag had ground out a watchful - by his standards - match-winning 99 against Sri Lanka last week and on Wednesday, against New Zealand, he made a more traditional Sehwagian century to carry India into the final. On a pitch where most of his team-mates struggled to get bat on ball, Sehwag appeared to be playing on a typical run-filled subcontinental one-day track.

This isn't the first time Sehwag has overshadowed his team-mates in a one-day series. In 2002-03, during the tour of New Zealand, when batsmen from neither side could make runs, Sehwag scored two centuries on his way to 299 runs in the series. The next highest tally for an Indian was 134. This time in Dambulla, the numbers are: Sehwag 240, next highest Indian 73.

When asked what would have happened had he not performed today, Sehwag was typically blunt: "[We would be] catching tomorrow's flight." Did he play more responsibly since the others were struggling? "Since I was in form, I thought I will score more than the others. If I take more strike, then there is a smaller chance of others getting out."

Sehwag played the first few overs cautiously, and it wasn't until the fifth that he opened out, smashing three consecutive boundaries off Kyle Mills. After that, he was collecting fours all around even while he was losing partners. When Yuvraj miscued a pull to the wicketkeeper, India were 61 for 3, with Sehwag having raced to 43 off 33.

"The wicket was behaving better today than it did in the other matches and I knew in the first couple of overs that if I applied myself and batted cautiously, then it will be a good track to bat on," he said. "So the first few overs, I was just watching how the wicket was behaving and after that I started playing my shots. I knew once I start playing my shots, the bowlers will be on the back foot and they will give me more loose balls."

Sehwag was tested by the short ball aimed at the body, especially by Tim Southee and Andy McKay, but he dealt with those deliveries by bending backwards to make room and then steered the ball towards third man or backward point. It was riveting stuff, though a bunch of school kids, who had been brought in to ensure the ground wasn't empty, didn't think so. They were content to play a game of tennis-ball cricket among themselves while Sehwag was crafting a masterclass.

New Zealand's task of containing Sehwag was made harder by their long injury list. With Jacob Oram and Daryl Tuffey out of action, they were a bowler short. At 69 for 4, with MS Dhoni and Sehwag at the crease, one more wicket would have turned the match completely in their favour. Instead, their fourth bowler was Scott Styris, who was taken for 14 runs in his first over by Sehwag. The Sehwag-Dhoni combination went on to notch up India's first century partnership of the tournament, and by the time Sehwag got his hundred - with a calm nudge towards cover for a single - India were taking charge.

By then, Sehwag's back started to give him trouble and, after two delicately steered fours of Mills, he holed out to deep midwicket. "I felt a little bit of pain in my back [after the hundred], so I asked the umpire if I can call the physio," he said. "The umpire asked if I can wait for another over since the drinks break was due. I tried to bat on for another over, but got out."

India were 173 for 5 when a disappointed Sehwag exited. "Had I batted for another 10 overs, we could have easily crossed 250, which would have been a safe target." He needn't have worried, though, because New Zealand's batting faded under lights.

Sehwag has troubled New Zealand right through his one-day career. From his brutal maiden century in 2001, which also knocked New Zealand out of a tri-series final in Sri Lanka, to the carnage in Hamilton last year, when he hammered the fastest one-day hundred by an Indian. Today's solo will rank up there with his one-man efforts in 2002-03 as among his finest efforts against his favourite opposition.

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Posted by   on (September 1, 2010, 23:49 GMT)

are you comparing sehwag and afridi how foolish.sehwag is a batsmen with 54 average in test cricket and afridi is the one who played just 24 matches in his entire career.so look stats before u comment

Posted by Zigor on (August 27, 2010, 19:26 GMT)

Cricinfo staff ! I am done. Some of these comments are very hurtful. I will no longer visit the website. I am an Indian and this website is just becoming a forum to disrespect my nation. I wish everyone working on this website, best of luck. One advice, please read the comments before publishing them. Thank you !

Posted by nivek123 on (August 27, 2010, 17:13 GMT)

@Bang_La.. What are you ranting about. Most Indians have supported Bangladesh's test status. Don't go over the top though, let your team win something substantial first, then criticize India. It has become something like a trend for all other subcontinental fans to bash India. First the Pakistanis and Sri Lankans, now the Bangladeshis. Why can't everyone just get along. Cheers.

Posted by Bang_La on (August 27, 2010, 13:12 GMT)

Indian fans are now trying straw like a drowning man because in 75 years of play, they could not produce batsmen or bowlers to remember counting beyond fingers in one hand! How sad it could be? Now they chant Shewag's name and compare him with Sachin. A joke of the century! I would never forget the fearful face of Shewag against Shahadat's bouncers on almost dead Dhaka pitch and he called Bangladesh bowling "ordinary" only days back :) Clever BCCI arranged world cup in their tailored pitches but how long can they hide Indian cricket skeleton under the carpet?

Posted by sreenvpm on (August 27, 2010, 12:35 GMT)

hey ahamedsaleem. afridi is once in a blue moon cricketer. sehwag is consistent , in dambulla two fast innings in three matches.many like that in seamer friendly wickets.afridi comes only after 15 overs or more . but viru right from the start facing the music of moving deliveries on seaming wickets.think honestly no match of these two innings of afridi innings at Dambula...viru has no match

Posted by klobania on (August 27, 2010, 9:01 GMT)

@asis rout i think its very important to realise reality in one's peak period. afridi got retired in high note n after beating ozs 2-0 in t20s n consecutive centuries in asia cup where ur very own sehwag failed to score 50 odd runs. i think it is very important to play for country than playing for urself so that earn good money in private rubbish so called IPL. as far as comparison goes afridi is well ahead to sehwag whether its performance concerned or looks concerned (for eg: just compare their hair styles n u will realise that sehwag is exactly behind in cricket as well) loooool.

Posted by cricketlover_sachin on (August 27, 2010, 7:24 GMT)

@NadirKhan0000 sounds great mate .

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 27, 2010, 5:44 GMT)

@hindh88: I was not comparing Afridi and Sehwag because earlier is more good at bowling and later is a batting champ. I was just making a comparison between their innings in tough conditions.

Posted by Hindh on (August 27, 2010, 2:15 GMT)

How can some people here compare sehwag and afridi , afridi no way comparable to sehwag. Afridi is a Test disaster which he himself has said. But Sehwag is a test champion , Sehwag can bat out the team out of any condition but afridi lacks patience to last even 10 balls so it is unfair to compare him with a modern day great like Sehwag. Anyway a great win and lets hope India extends the ODI tournament winning streak in Lanka to 5.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2010, 0:22 GMT)

I PROUD OF MY BEST PLAYER VIRENDER SHEWAG

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 26, 2010, 22:45 GMT)

@nivek123. Sachin and Rahul are great cricketers. My comment wasnt anti India but anti Sehwag. I respect him but I dont consider Jayasuria, Gayle and Sehwag great batsmen(my personal opinion).

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 26, 2010, 22:25 GMT)

@nivek123: Yousuf also averages 60+ in England but I dont put him in the class of Lara or Sachin but he is a little better than Sehwag just below Dravid. He had his problems but like every class player he worked on them and he has been good against swing bowling for 5 years barring some little poor patches

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 26, 2010, 22:19 GMT)

@klobania: Ha ha ha ha. Stop it bro. Its two much for now

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 22:16 GMT)

@klobania Don't make a fool of yourself.Afridi has chickened out from Test Cricket and left the team in the lurch.Afridi has bigger talent in hard hitting but Sehwag will always be a true CRICKETER as he stands head and shoulders above him in Test Cricket.Afridi only wants to play some cameos in the lower order and I doubt he would ever come back to opening the innings.So everyone expects Afridi to play all the ODIs and T20s as he doesn't play Test Cricket.LOL!

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 19:53 GMT)

@Ahmed Saleem I want to know your thoughts about Mohammad Yousuf as a batsman.He has been frequently troubled by good seam bowling against the likes of Irfan Pathan and James Anderson.

Posted by nivek123 on (August 26, 2010, 19:52 GMT)

Is it just me or does everyone feel that the Pakistani fans are getting too overconfident. They think that their batsmen after flopping a few tests in England have become demi gods. Ha. Why don't you guys get it. Tendulkar averages 62 in England with 4 centuries, Dravid averages 65 with 3 centuries and Ganguly averages 60+ too. So why don't you guys go and hope they come good in the last test atleast. @Da-Silva1996... yeah, yeah, we know you guys are desperate for a world class batsam instead of all those flat track bullies you have. Chandimal is another Jayasuriya. Only one problem, Jayasuriya was a hit and miss batsman who averaged in the mid 30s. Cheers

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 19:38 GMT)

First of all..hurrayyyyyyyyyyy we won..ahh now...the people who are speakin against sehwag are just jealous...i am not sayin hez best n all...but wen someones good enuf respect him...der r guyz like mohammed yusuf n chanderpaul...who can bat alone wen rest are gone packin...n one shud appreciate der efforts irrespective of da nation..sehwag has played well in all conditions...best example is the last newzealand series where conditions are expected to be the worst....n where india had the poorest of records

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 19:37 GMT)

@AhmedSaleemYeah you are quite right.Indian bowlers deserve praise for their efforts in the last match.But some of its sheen is gone when you consider the young batting line up of the Kiwis.And Sehwag is surely the most dependable batsman in the Indian side today after Tendulkar.With centuries in almost every test country I think he deserves more respect than a flat track bully.The trying circumstances and pitch are the ones that make a knock special rather than the venues.Even South African and English venues have flat tracks.The Afridi innings you mentioned was brilliant but still he came after 13 overs and we have seen the ball not swinging after some initial overs in Dambulla.Meanwhile Sehwag had to graft from the beginning and that was the reosen he consumed more balls than usual and he bashed the Srilankan bowlers after the balls stopped swinging.It was reminiscent of Tendulkar's innings at Lahore in 2006.

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 26, 2010, 19:23 GMT)

@krishna_cricketfan: Bro he averages 20 in Newzealand, 26 in South Arica and 39 in England. Now thats not the averages of a great player. He has done well in Australia but the pitches dont provide much movement there. There are bounce though in those pitches.

Posted by klobania on (August 26, 2010, 19:20 GMT)

i m really surprised why pple here comparing afridi n sehwag as sehwag is no way near to afridi whether it is hard-hitting or fitness or whatever. see afridi never misses any major tournament n sehwag had already missed 2 t20s world cups may be because the pitches there were not flat as he is purely flat pitch bully or his bullish might be vanished once he starts facing quality bowling line up. as far as bowling n fielding concern afridi is far ahead in that department too. i think afridi might too have got such over hyped but since he is not only quality player in pak team else had he been part of indian team sehwag might never get a chance to play for india

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (August 26, 2010, 18:18 GMT)

@@AhmadSaleem: Please see the record of Viru before making judgement about his ability to do well under overcast conditions in Leeds or Lords. Viru has proved everyone wrong and has scored very well in all countries. Australian tracks are not flat track. Bro, just enjoy the cricket. To compare Afridi to Shewag is a shocker. Afridi has his own space and Viru has his. I do acknowledge that this Indian team will need to do more to win 50 / 20 over competitions. They are playing too much cricket and so the performance suffers. Pakistan is playing less and they seem to be fresh always especially the bowlers who are in top form. That is a big difference too.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (August 26, 2010, 17:15 GMT)

@nfer... oh wat a great reader of the game...man u urself s a god, minblowing how could anyone judge cricketers the way u hav did.....all hail nfer ,hurray hurray..lol, man he s funny guy,don bother his words mates...anyway god pls bless our team....ha ha ha:D:D::D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:

Posted by gung-ho on (August 26, 2010, 17:06 GMT)

@Da-Silva1996 - there's no need to be nasty, dude. like the saying goes 'a bird in hand is worth 2 in the bush' - so hold your horses - let this Chandimal dude prove his worth before you get all excited and get your mom worried. be nice to your neighbors and as always, stay safe.

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 26, 2010, 16:45 GMT)

No one is appreciating bowlers. They have done a tremendous job after quite a time. PK has always been a good swing bowler. Wonder why doesnt he play test cricket. Nehra, Munaf and Ishant were also decent yesterday. It was their efforts which brought victories. It wasnt one man show. I feel pity on Indian seamers, they dont get credit even were it is due.

Posted by Uppal809 on (August 26, 2010, 16:40 GMT)

Good article Shewag was awesome in the match. Yes the effort by Shewag was great. I am a big fan of Shewag after the God of cricket Sachin, but why no one is talking about the bowlers here Shewag got team India to 223 but the bowlers were the one who restricted the Kiwis to 118. I love Shewag he is the match winner of all time but support Indian bowlers as well. In this whole series leaving the first match Indian Bowlers have done a great job. Praveen, Nehra, Ishant, and Munaf job well done win India the final as well so that maybe these reporters will credit you all for the victory. When India scores 280+ an lose then bowling was bad and when the bowlers restrict opposition to 118 and 170 batsmen won the match. Cricket is a team sport both bowlers and batsmen should be credited. Batsmen deserve all the applauses when they chase a target more than 280+ which hardly happens. Thank you...

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 26, 2010, 16:38 GMT)

@ruffryder81. I still call him a flat track bully. Even Afridi got two centuries in similar conditions at dambula. I appreciate his effort but still his technique is not good enough to survive at Leeds or even at Lords under overcast conditions.

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 26, 2010, 16:33 GMT)

@nfer. They are the only major team who have not qualified for semi final of any ICC tournament since the t20 wc 2007. And Pakistan is the only team who have been qualifying for every semi final. But yet India is greatest cricket playing nation. Viru is their current god and in a year or two Jadeja would be next since they dont have many better players than him

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 16:22 GMT)

Somebody from SL is vouching for Chandimal. Well let me tell him that he is going to be another addition to your M. Jayawardane, the much hyped and overrated cricketer. Sure he bats like Sehwag in placid tracks, which is why he scores at such a rate and average. Don't forget he came a cropper when he toured Australia some months back.

Posted by muski on (August 26, 2010, 16:15 GMT)

Mr Srikant- For god's sake, bring Dravid in the middle order and pack off guys like Karthik and Jadeja. Dravid is experienced enough to give you atleast a run a ball 30 which is worth its weight in GOLD given the current woeful middle order. Enough and more chances have been given to these guys. My best pick for a world cup 11 which should be persisted from the next series upto world cup will be Sachin , Sehwag, Gambir, Dravid, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Zaheer, Nehra, Praveen and Harbhajan. Keep guys like Uthappa ,Ashwin,Ishant as stanby for any injury or out of form issues. Iam sure Kirsten understands the fact that there is no point experimenting from now on.Kohli and Rohit could be part of the phase post Sachin and Dravid.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 16:11 GMT)

Virender Sehwag is a great player. He is only player who can break Sachin's records.

Posted by gr8India on (August 26, 2010, 15:58 GMT)

to all the people which say indians are cry babies or whatever, they should watch sehwag and see that this batsman is able to score on the pitches on which even the home team is struggling to pile up a decent total. They r not just able to the digest it and thats why showing disregard to one of the best by denying him a well-deserved century with a poor no ball.

Posted by sadSajith on (August 26, 2010, 15:51 GMT)

New Zealand should have got the ICC spirit of cricket award.Because Sehwag has got a century against them.

Posted by knowledge_eater on (August 26, 2010, 15:36 GMT)

Fingers are crossed, May this golden Era Named "Virender Sehwag" Never ends. and also I hope he continue this against Aus. as well, because last time I checked he got inside head and skin of Ponting. Sehwag is the Current Master Blaster. Respect

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (August 26, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

@nfer, by seeing ur frustration I can very clearly understand that Indian team is far better than ur team. In Cricket world there are some players in every aspect like Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, McGrath, Anil Kumble, Murali etc in bowling and SRT, Lara, Sehwag, VVS laxman, Dravid, Gilchrist etc in batting, who gets respect by everyone. If you had followed this series clearly India beat SL and Kiwis to whom it lost badly in previous matches. Infact many of crucial Indian players are injured and so playing with young players mostly. You r aggravating ur frustration by crying on other team's success so u better cry along with ur team to console yourself.

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 26, 2010, 14:46 GMT)

@sreenvpm. Have a look at Afridi`s recent knock against SL at Dambula. His century was quicker and in tougher situation. He came in at 42/4 and scored 109 off 76 balls including 7 sixes.

Posted by Balumekka on (August 26, 2010, 14:02 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan and I enjoy good cricket no matter which team plays it. We must give credit for magnificent performances by Sehwag, who perform with a very decent consistency, specially in tests. After 1995-1996, when Jayasuriya and Kalu introduced smashing the bowlers early in an ODI innings, almost all the teams started to follow that. But those who were consistently successful in maintaining high aggression were Jayasuriya himself, Gilchrist, Sehwag and from recent, Dilshan. Most others like Afirdi later dropped down in the order due to inconsistency. So at present, Sehwag leads performing this art and Dilshan also seem to be keenly following it. Interesting thing was that all of these players have minimum footwork and unbelievable timing and bat speeds. Due to high aggression, and high risk taking, all of their averages are not very impressive (Jayasuriya:32.5, Sehwag: 34.5, Gilchrist: 35.5, Dilshan:35.2). Although people speak on Sehwag's low average in ODI, he is still great!!!

Posted by nivek123 on (August 26, 2010, 13:54 GMT)

@Da-Silva1996.. Yeah mate, keep dreaming. Lets see how your so called class act bats on the international stage. Your right about one thing though, he might be like Jayasuriya- a hit and miss batsmen who averages in the mid 30s. I'm so impressed

Posted by nivek123 on (August 26, 2010, 13:49 GMT)

@nfer.... You are delusional. India are anyday better than that side with the bunch of batsmen who only make tons of runs in Asia and can't get bat on ball abroad called Sri Lanka. You guys talk like your team is even better than the Aussies. How pathetic..

Posted by Flash777 on (August 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT)

Another stellar display by Virendra! His batting has become so addictive that one can't bear to watch the others bat once he gets out. This man's a genius! Or how else could one explain the gulf in the this series' batting records or the fact that he destroys the bowlers, piles up tons of runs and does all this as an opener at a devastating trike rate! And that too consistently for a decade! He has to be the only one comparable to the indomitable King Viv, whose personality though more intimidating, the demoralizing effect they have on the poor bowlers remains the same. Still detractors try their best to criticize Viru by bringing out theories like he wouldnt have standed a chance against the all time great bowlers, bouncy pitches, etc. I have just one thing to say: All the great bowlers would have got him once, might have got him twice, but Sehwag would have destroyed them the next time...

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 12:35 GMT)

Today Shewag has proved to the world that he is the most aggressive & destructive batsman of all the times.If u do not believe this,then go & see his stat & compare it with the others.He is far ahead of others.

Posted by satzcrazy1 on (August 26, 2010, 11:31 GMT)

@ achintha eranda lakmal herath: yes, u r right, India's win is a one man show. We accept it. But Sri Lanka's win against India in last match is 14 man show (Including Dharmasena & Abdul rauf). Dharmasena has never won a match for srilanka while he was playing. Now, he started winning match for sri lanka by umpiring. Great going dudes... You can stop sehwag only by deliberate no ball and poor umpiring.. I hope u guys win the finals in the same manner.. Pls grow up dudes.. try to play sport in ethical way.. Atfer Murli, you guys have no sportsman in your team...

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 11:07 GMT)

I can only laugh who are batting here for Dravid....

Posted by sreenvpm on (August 26, 2010, 11:05 GMT)

this innings of viru on bowliing friendly track cannot be matched by anyone.IN wickets of 220 -230, some top batsmen scored matchwinning 80 or even 100 in the past and will score in the future. I am sure never in viru"s pace. he scored 110 of 93 balls .not the first occation of more than 100% strike rate on these kind of traks. viru is in seperate league and he is incomparable .

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (August 26, 2010, 11:00 GMT)

Oh no, the cry babies have started it again. 1st SRT is god. Now Sehwag aka Biggest cry baby is god. When is Jadeja gonna be god? I see a bit of a pattern here. India loses a match badly, then the Indian supporters + media finds an excuse (bad pitch, umpiring, lights, tediousness) Then the Indian team manages to beat an injury hit side like the kiwis or a minnow team by a huge margin. Then, they are called gods, invincible etc. Then the Indian media hypes the team before a major tournament (wc, t20 wc) only for the overrated team to have an early exit (2007 wc, 2009 t20 wc, 2010 t20 wc) Then they get angry and threatens to watch another sport like soccer and calls the indian players actors (true) Only for the BCCI to appoint another player as the captain to appear on adverts and schedules a series in dead Indian pitches (only place where Indians perform well) to show their strength. The supporters starts to believe the biased media and watches cricket again. It's like a circle.

Posted by sreenvpm on (August 26, 2010, 10:52 GMT)

To me Viru is the no1 batsman of all time cricket produced till date. his average , mainly his strike rate , impact he gives to other batsmen and demoralising opposition right at the top of the innings endorses . It is right time everyone has to accept bez he is more consistent now like so called technically equiped bignames in the game.others cannot match viru in strike rate and impact he gives at the top.

Posted by Deeda on (August 26, 2010, 10:29 GMT)

KUDOS to Sehwag, he's done India proud again. Had it not for the lone Swashbuckler, India would have resigned to the same fate as the match before. Of course, the seamers did well too, but they are not consistent and I am not sure how they would do in the final. The other batsmen were also found wanting. BE consistent men....

Wonder what Irfan is doing these days. I hope is preparing and improving himself. Team India will call on him one of these days. Good Luck to him.

Posted by Da-Silva1996 on (August 26, 2010, 10:18 GMT)

I think Sri Lanka have a better more well prepared Jayasuriya kept on the sidelines who has the potential to beat any current batsman in the world today.His name is Chandimal and they way he is racking up the runs practically screaming to be flung into the national side yet still being sideline.He is just as aggressive as Sehwag and definitely will get better despite being so young.Aravinda, if you are reading this please give this lad a chance so he can show the world what a class act he is.Probably everyone will even forget the name Sehwag once he arrives, well all except the cry baby indians who worship their all the lacklustre batsman which has their wives/hubands jealous.

Posted by ruffryder81 on (August 26, 2010, 9:49 GMT)

where are the people who always criticize Sehwag for his technique???? where are those who call him flat track bully??? To refresh your knowledge he got hundreds in most demanding pitches, conditions and situations.....whether its 100 on debut when india was struggling on 68/4 against SA in SA or tour of NZ in 2002/03 when even likes of Sachin and Dravid struggled he got couple of hundreds or 195 against australia in melbourne where after he got out the whole team bundled out on 328. He is a modern day great and people will realize that after he retires. He has revolutionized the game of cricket..... who can boast of strike rate of 80+ with average of 54 in test cricket??? He is an absolute entertainer who always plays and enjoys his game whatever the situation.....I hope he makes another 300 in test cricket.

Posted by NadirKhan00 on (August 26, 2010, 9:16 GMT)

To me surprise is the Indian bowlers. Though india are infamous for their bowling department and to produce a performance like this is superb. Hats off to India for their good performance. For the batting department, no doubt india always need Sachin. They just cant move freely without him. I have seen Yuvraj not batting well from long. he definitely needs a good inning now. All in all great performance. And yes i m pakistani :)

Posted by MasterClass on (August 26, 2010, 8:55 GMT)

Once again India start slow but finish strong! Now they just need to take care of business in the finals, which Dhoni as captain is very good at. Hope Sehwag continues his purple patch. No doubt SL will again try to BORE Sehwag into gifting his wicket as there is NO OTHER WAY they can hope to get him out.

Posted by RogerC on (August 26, 2010, 8:47 GMT)

Dinesh Kartik is almost treated like a substitute within the playing 11. Very unfair. When Rohit Sharma, Raina or Kohli get proper playing spots, why not Kartik? The selectors did similar mistake with VVS Laxman during his early days. It was very brave (and lucky) of Laxman to refuse the odd-opener position. Kartik should do the same and pray for luck.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (August 26, 2010, 8:47 GMT)

What this means is only old guard performs - bring back Dravid, Sachin, Gmmbhir and get rid of Youvraj, Rohit Sharma and Kartik. And ofcourse Zahir would strenghen comin in place of Inshant

Posted by MasterClass on (August 26, 2010, 8:36 GMT)

Once again India start slow but finish strong! Now they just need to take care of business in the finals, which Dhoni as captain is very good at. Hope Sehwag continues his purple patch. No doubt SL will again try to BORE Sehwag into gifting his wicket as there is NO OTHER WAY they can hope to get him out.

Posted by prakashbravo on (August 26, 2010, 8:31 GMT)

Good to see Indian bowling attack back in form. Thanks to shewag for his match winning innings. I hope the selectors realise atleast now and stop sticking on to super useless anti allrounder jadega, who played a crucial role in India loosing the last two T20 world cups. Pleease for heaven's sake, we dont want to see this jaddu in world cup squad. He is just demoralising the whole team.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 8:07 GMT)

Thats it.. congrats Indians. beware Dhermasena's team. Dhermasena, the cricket killer. once again sewag the hero. but bad for indian cricket by keeping jedeja in the indian side. after a long time I was happy to see 4 pace bowlers and all of them got united. but the best was praveen. but by keeping 4 bowlers india will be in danger if the top order batsman fails. but by keeping an alrounder in the jedeja's place the team will be fit. either an alrounder or even a batsman so until the deep we get strong batting lineup. if dhoni is looking a spin bowler in this pitch we have yuwaraj, raina, sewag. so why we weigh on jedeja? anyway jedeja will be out of the team, have to be, once sachin, gambir occur the place. so wats the point of keeping jedeja, COME ON PLEASE DHONI JUST ONE GAME DROP JEDEJA...PLEASE FOR THE SAKE OF INDIAN CRICKET. GIVE TIWARY A CHANCE. HE IS A MEDIUM PACER TOO. WATS THE POINT OF KEEPING JEDEJA. DHONI DONT KILL THE INDIAN CRICKET WHEN YOU HAVE CAPABLE PLAYERS WITH YOU.

Posted by djazhar on (August 26, 2010, 8:04 GMT)

I m wondering frm were dis multi talented, hard hitting, spin wizard, greatest player among d worst was found by dhoni a true talented boy, guys m talking about R Jadeja. I sud n't hav quitted playing cricket, may b one day i could hav got chance to play for india m sure i can play better den him. About sehwag he is great player n goin to be greatest one.

Posted by ruffryder81 on (August 26, 2010, 7:51 GMT)

where are the people who always criticize Sehwag for his technique???? where are those who call him flat track bully??? To refresh your knowledge he got hundreds in most demanding pitches, conditions and situations.....whether its 100 on debut when india was struggling on 68/4 against SA in SA or tour of NZ in 2002/03 when even likes of Sachin and Dravid struggled he got couple of hundreds or 195 against australia in melbourne where after he got out the whole team bundled out on 328. He is a modern day great and people will realize that after he retires. He has revolutionized the game of cricket..... who can boast of strike rate of 80+ with average of 54 in test cricket??? He is an absolute entertainer who always plays and enjoys his game whatever the situation.....I hope he makes another 300 in test cricket.

Posted by sweetspot on (August 26, 2010, 7:18 GMT)

Look at how short some of our memories are! Sehwag has only scored 13 centuries so far in ODIs. India has won a lot of matches even when he has not been around. Look at Sehwag's average. He is astonishing when he gets going, but he gets a century only once in 17 matches. India are not in the #2 spot because of him alone! Dambulla may be a wicket where a lot of batsmen cannot adjust, and Sehwag's technique of playing the ball late may get some exaggerated appreciation. He is playing great, indeed, and this is not meant to be a criticism. Now, under Srikkanth's selection, India have climbed to the #1 spot in Tests and the #2 spot in ODIs. NO other selection committee has done this. Where is all the criticism coming from? The IPL heroes are all nothing but showpieces on flat tracks, so please don't imagine any of them will be any success!

Posted by raghvender on (August 26, 2010, 7:16 GMT)

Atleast now please change the team and just have a look at new talent in this final match, givetiwary a chance and i bet you that he will succeed and do good, Remember how dhoni came into team if ganguly would have done same thing as dhoni doing now then dhoni wouldn't ha please belive me dhoni and give tiwary a chance in final match.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 7:08 GMT)

its high time team India bring back dravid into oneday side,if dravid can play20-20 for BRC in IPL, Why not 50 overs for India?looking at these conditions our players are struggling like newcomers,we have very less chances of winning WC.so sreekanth think twice before you act...

Posted by rikalman on (August 26, 2010, 7:08 GMT)

Great Knock by shewag! he's one of the great's of world cricket. He's in the team to perform for the team and cricket is a team game and for people who write if he's not there and if sachin is not there all those stuff are rubbish. This tournament has been a bad advertisement for ODI cricket in terms of the timing of the series and also in terms of the performance of all the teams. We can not take any clue from the performances of any team as all the teams have failed miserably and except for one odd game the others have been very one sided affairs without any thrill. The only highlight of the series has been the show of shewag! We can't predict the final and who ever wins cannot take much pride in their achievement. My only hope is the final to be a edge of the seat thriller!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (August 26, 2010, 7:03 GMT)

Karthik in middle order?How about Jadeja as opener? Atleast he will get a chance to get hit by the ball. Yes the only we can keep him out of the team is by getting injury. Kholi should try his luckin bollywood. He is a natural actor. What an arrogant chap. Jai Youngistan!!

Posted by sonofchennai on (August 26, 2010, 7:01 GMT)

it all seem to be that Sheeewaag is taking the mantle of Sachin's role in his absence and he is doin it remarkably wel...b4 he used to get a 20 ball 35 and get out but now he is playing aggressive anchor role like Sachin played during the 98' Sharjah days....cant wait for the master to return to the team...ooooooooohhhhh :)

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 6:52 GMT)

http://stats.cricinfo.com/sl-tri2010/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=5859;type=tournament

Dilshan is the next man after Sehwag. Difference is 111!

This guy really deserves a big big applause. He has changed the definition of a batsman (a person who destroys the confidence of a bowler) and a bowler (a person who fears batsman a lot).

Posted by bharath74 on (August 26, 2010, 6:44 GMT)

So many ppl are commenting that India batting is poor, but u have to observe that half of our regular players are missing like, Sachin,Gautam,Zaheer,Harbhajan,Yuvi(out of form), Y.Pathan etc. SL are still struggling to beat India.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 6:25 GMT)

To 'gettussaa',, If you take the shewag's 110 out of 223, still do you think indians can win the match.In the 3rd match between SL if shewag hadn't score do you think they can chase the target of 170.Can you call the indians way to final is a "TEAM EFFORT" ? of course this is a one man show. other 10 players are filling the blanks.

Posted by bhaskar_79 on (August 26, 2010, 6:05 GMT)

Where are the smart-alecs who termedl Sehwag a flat track bully now? All hiding with their sorry tails between their legs i guess hahaha

Posted by Indresh47 on (August 26, 2010, 6:00 GMT)

"Indian Team is now nothing but a One Man show. " Right.............this from a team where Murali used to take 2/3 of wickets

Posted by fan_of_india on (August 26, 2010, 5:54 GMT)

Sehwag played a great knock as usual but the other batsmen disappointed. I wished he should have stayed till the end and not believe that others below will score runs. nyways well played Sehwag, he can always do that in the final.Best of luck India for the final.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 5:33 GMT)

Well, well, well!!..Sehwag's fan base is increasing day by day. When Sehwag is there, others have the luxury of playing it safe by at least occupying the crease, which unfortunately is not the case. BTW What's Dinesh Karthik doing in the first place. Every now and then he is an automatic choice when either of the regular openers are not there. I think when Srikanth's tenure ends, Dinesh Karthik can pack his bag and go to his state team. Somebody like A. Rahane would be worth picking. Hope Sehwag doesn't suffer another bad decision in the finals, but in all likelihood he will. Pray my premonition fails.

Posted by Sagay-Ed on (August 26, 2010, 5:20 GMT)

I hope that the Indian batsmen other than Sehwag will also perform in the final. Point to note is that not just the Indian batsmen underperformed but the batsmen from other team as well. Dhoni and Yuvraj have already put a display that they can make a difference. Srilankan team would have got terrorized by the Indian bowlers more now. It is so wonderful to the see the Indian team bouncing back after getting defeated. All the best to the Indian Team for the finals. Jai ho.

Posted by vinjoy on (August 26, 2010, 5:00 GMT)

Sehwag is indeed the most 'effective' batsmen if the results are considered and this is what matters.

However, for the snippet: When asked what would have happened had he not performed today, Sehwag was typically blunt: "[We would be] catching tomorrow's flight."

Looking back at his remarks on BD team about their inability to take 20 wickets, or the No-Ball issue, it is difficult to expect anything else.

I would appreciate if he can focus on being somewhat 'humble' (Does not mean diplomatic, just a little sensible with words). For example, he could have and should have replied as "I am sure somebody else might have stepped up if I were out early."

God bless him.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 4:58 GMT)

We are back to the past. there were times when only one indian player performing like Sunny, Kapil or Sachin and others fell around them all the time and they became heroes even if the Indian team lost. Now this is little better, in the sense only Sehwaq performs and others fell around him, but India still end up winning these matches. Yet Sehwaq can never get recognized like Sachins and Sunnys, what a shame!!!

Posted by T.Varghese on (August 26, 2010, 4:36 GMT)

SRIKANATH is doing maximum damage to Indian Cricket. By allowing Jadeja and Karthik he blocks the progress other grooming youngsters. During SRIKANTH's tenure he didnt even find out a talented player. Drop him for the sake of Indian cricket. Right now India winning some matches, bcz Ganguly brought some talent in Indian Cricket.

Posted by ms.arjun on (August 26, 2010, 4:31 GMT)

It feels like once Sehwag is out, though India may play 50 overs to everyones surprise, i don't see them getting past 200 mark without Sehwag. All but Sehwag is completely jeopardized by swing and bounce of the wicket. Karthik, Rohit, Kohli have no clue how to play in this wicket. Karthik has no chance of getting past the 10th over. Kohli is still finding it difficult to mark his rhythm. Rohit needs to undergo a feet surgery so he will be able to move them. After that its Yuvraj, Dhoni and Raina. Yuvraj is just back and he needs time to get back to his effortless stroke play. Dhoni is no good in the lower order. Raina is too vulnerable to short balls. After that its all upto Jadeja, poor guy, he or the Indian selectors just dont seem to admit that he adds no value to the team. Then comes the tail end. So bottom line: Get Sehwag early by either Umpiring or genuine good bowling, its Srilanka all the way. 15 years back India always used to depend on Sachin, no change at all even now.

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 26, 2010, 4:29 GMT)

@ Thenkabail : If u can pick Rohit after all his performances - Including flat track failures, why not pick Karthik n Raina..

Guys.. The article says Karthik has a very good domestic record and he never got a decent run in intl cricket.. Better if Karthik was utilised in middle order.. Karthik is a middle order batsman in all his domestic career.. Even in IPL, he plays middle order only.. Cant understand why they want him to open though he does decent job in that position(Except this series..)

Jadeja is a national enemy and none ll demand him a place in the team except from the selectors and team mgmt..

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 4:27 GMT)

I think here many people are over-reacting,yes in this series Indian Batting has failed apart from Sehwag.But I feel that it will set itself well before the world cup,these same youngsters did well in challenging conditions in south africa and austrilia.And in the world cup,gambhir,sachin will return along with yuvi,dhoni and raina,the batting line will be potent enough to be succesful.Raina has proved himself,eventhough he has failed in this series,but he and Yuvi have the class and determination to cum back strongly.Kohli desrves more chances as he had done well before thios series Rohit and jadeja shud be dropped.They are not gud enough

Posted by ana_ibrahim on (August 26, 2010, 4:27 GMT)

well, take sehwaq 110 out of this total, india has lost the match, i fear w/o tendulkar on gud pitches indian is fast becoming a team of one batsmen like in late 80's Miandad, and 90's tendulkar and lara, u get them the half the batlle is won.

Posted by KaZsa on (August 26, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

Clearely shows that India is nothing without Sehwag.He is the only batsman who can hold a bat in the Indian team.

Posted by raopreetam on (August 26, 2010, 4:23 GMT)

This being Tendulkars last world cup, i urge the selectors to select the best world cup squad as posssible, keeping all your pity egos and differences away.

this legend, and master class, cant we do so little to curb down our ego's and give him a best 15 and a chance to win a world cup under his era. This is the least respect we can give to this greatest world cricketer.

Please, this is only thing missing in sachin's illustrious career " A WORLD CUP CROWN"

And dohni, pleaseeeeee till the world cup is done, keep away Jadeja.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 4:13 GMT)

where is uttappa,yusuf drop this karthik ni use.. either yusuf pathan or uttapa can be a opener yusuf can bowl also.. i dnt knw for wat karthick is dere in the team because of his character.. common dnt judge by his character judge bythe perfomacnce...

Posted by raopreetam on (August 26, 2010, 4:11 GMT)

Well done sehwag, and congratulations. Its only him who really deserves the wishs, coz he alone has won a game for india. As much i want to convince myself, that indian bowling in quite capable after last night performance, i just cant be confident of the bowling on an given day. well, Jadeja, the man with the golden arm, even a no 10 and 11 can hit for more than 10 an over, THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THIS YOUNG PRODIGY OF INDIAN CRICKET, HE A MASTER OF SPIN, AND HE IS A MASTER OF BATTING. THE WAY HE GOT OUT IS A TESTAMENT FOR HIS ABILITY AS A BATSMAN, AND THE WAY SOUTHEE AND MILLS CARVED HIM FOR MASSIVE SIX'S IS A REFLECTION OF WHAT FINE BOWLER HE IS. Shame on him. he is a worthless to be a part of indian cricket. My 15 for the world cup, 1. T'kar, 2 sehwag, 3Gambir, 4. Dohni 5. yuvraj, 6, Raina, 7. Irfan, 8. Harbajan, 9. Zaheer, 10 praveen, 11 Nehra Bench: Utappa, Kohli, Ishant, Sreeshanth/ojha/munaf

I guess no matter how much we cry, selectors dont listen about irfan ?

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 4:04 GMT)

It happens on cricket ... India won the match and sehwag man of the match .. thats it

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (August 26, 2010, 4:03 GMT)

very impressive bowling from the indians..as far as the batting s concerned few changes coud do the trick..Play yuvi as a finisher ,he s just like sehwag ,best wen he attacks at any conditons..yuvi s lot more capable than jadeja, more economical and cunning.actually he s te one who breaks patnerships.so play him as a allrounder at 7 and finisher.he can be as bevan for ausis.bring dravid back ,till the world cup at no 4. raina ot uthappa at 6 and dhoni at 5...... SACHI,SEHWAG,GAUTI,DRAVID,MSD,UTHAPA/RAINA,YUVI,BHAJJI,PK,ZAK,NEHRA

Posted by evenflow_1990 on (August 26, 2010, 3:59 GMT)

dhoni really should bat up the order. when gambhir and tendulkar come back india's batting will regain its consistency.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 3:47 GMT)

hello all, i do agree with you guys.. tiwary should be given a chace.. or atleast ashwin should be given a chance instead of jadeja. @kairava: well said.. also another point to be made clear is that indian bowling is far better now. and my choice for 2011 worldcup will be: 1. sehwag 2. sachin 3. gauti 4. yuvi 5.raina/ uthappa 6.dhoni 7.irfan/yusuf 8.harbhajan 9.praveen 10.nehra 11. zaheer + (reserve: ishant,ashwin)

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 3:46 GMT)

hello all, i do agree with you guys.. tiwary should be given a chace.. or atleast ashwin should be given a chance instead of jadeja. @kairava: well said.. also another point to be made clear is that indian bowling is far better now. and my choice for 2011 worldcup will be: 1. sehwag 2. sachin 3. gauti 4. yuvi 5.raina 6.dhoni 7.irfan/yusuf 8.harbhajan 9.praveen 10.nehra 11. zaheer + (reserve: ishant,ashwin, uthappa)

Posted by gettussaa on (August 26, 2010, 3:37 GMT)

For all poor souls who say that Indian team is a one man show, I have a question. Did Sehwag reduce NZ to 53/8? Looking at the final, I sincerely hope that Sanga does not play Randiv in the final because if Sehwag survives the umpires, he will end Randiv's cricketing career then and there.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 3:21 GMT)

Hats Off Viru, You have done it again.To other Batsman (?) in our team show your bat or pack your bags.

Posted by siva-cricket on (August 26, 2010, 3:00 GMT)

Well Played Sehwag!! I doubt whether he will be given fair judgement by the Sri Lankan umpires in the final....My prediction, Sehwag will be given LBW by a Sri Lankan umpire in the final inside first 3 overs...Sri Lankan Cheats!!

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 2:54 GMT)

poor bating from indians again.....without shewag they can't reach at least 150 mark.that's the strength of world strong batting line up.haaa.shewag is a class player.india team need more solid batsman than IPL dream heroes.like dravid,tendulkar...The jedeja,raina,R.sharma really think if perform ipl they still can batted in ODI what a shame...BCCI also think lyk that.without shewag zim also can defeat india.try to do diff.may they won the cup.but still they are poor.don't be too joy,try to prepare good team...best of luck

Posted by Peter_Walters on (August 26, 2010, 2:24 GMT)

Sehwag said "Since I was in form, I thought I will score more than the others. If I take more strike, then there is a smaller chance of others getting out."

Looks like India is the only team that has 10 daywatchmen in the team :-))))

Here is my 15 for the world cup: 1) Tendulkar 2) Sehwag 3) Gambhir 4) Laxman 5) Dravid/ Yuvaraj/ Kohli/ Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Dravid/ Yuvaraj/ Kohli/ Raina 8) Irfan Pathan (or Nehra) 9) Harbhajan/P_Chawla 10) Zaheer Khan 11) Ishanth/Munaf

7 batsmen + 4 main bowlers. Bonus: Irfan and Chawla can bat too!!

We need Dravid and Laxman in the team for stability, especiall against fast bowlers.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 2:23 GMT)

Indian Team is now nothing but a One Man show. Take Last 4 ODI games played here.When Shewag is on runs Indians Won the match two times. when he was out cheaply they loose the match.At the start of the tournament they said 'win the toss, bat first, and win the match'. But now all you have to say is 'get shewag out early, And you will win the match'.So india, in the final if shewag out early turn off your tv and better fly a kite.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 2:18 GMT)

One man show..!!.... .............. ....................... .............

Posted by KAIRAVA on (August 26, 2010, 1:47 GMT)

For the Indian squad in the next year world cup, as far as the batting lineup in the starting lineup is concerned, only 3 players are assured of their places (Sachin,Sehwag,Dhoni). With the opening & wicketkeeping slots booked, the fight is for the middle order and the allrounder slots. Yuvi & Raina have the class but lack consistency. Rohit & Kohli after showing initial promise are steadily going downhill. Gambhir,of late seems to have lost his touch & is showing signs of his vulnerability to pace and swing. In-form Saurabh Tiwary & Ravichandran Ashwin are not getting any opportunities. Yusuf, Irfan are not being considered at all. And above all, the Ordinary Jadeja is getting way too many chances. With this sort of preparation & 2011 fast appraoching, it is better to think of 2015 edition.

Posted by KAIRAVA on (August 26, 2010, 1:47 GMT)

For the Indian squad in the next year world cup, as far as the batting lineup in the starting lineup is concerned, only 3 players are assured of their places (Sachin,Sehwag,Dhoni). With the opening & wicketkeeping slots booked, the fight is for the middle order and the allrounder slots. Yuvi & Raina have the class but lack consistency. Rohit & Kohli after showing initial promise are steadily going downhill. Gambhir,of late seems to have lost his touch & is showing signs of his vulnerability to pace and swing. In-form Saurabh Tiwary & Ravichandran Ashwin are not getting any opportunities. Yusuf, Irfan are not being considered at all. And above all, the Ordinary Jadeja is getting way too many chances. With this sort of preparation & 2011 fast appraoching, it is better to think of 2015 edition.

Posted by KAIRAVA on (August 26, 2010, 1:04 GMT)

Sehwag is the most head strong player in the contemporary world cricket.

Posted by vikicork on (August 26, 2010, 0:54 GMT)

Sehwag played great as always

But Karthik needs to be dropped ,they have to give Saurabh Tiwari a chance and Karthik is just useless ,even if Karthik is dropped from side Srikkanth will bring his other favourite player in Vijay though ,he just wont give chance to Uthappa,Irfan

Patel bowled really well ,still feel Ishant should not be in side

regardless of win the team selection leaves much to be desired

Posted by DesiKukkar on (August 26, 2010, 0:25 GMT)

Few years ago India playing without Tendulkar - was seen as a low rank team by everyone. Sri Lanka and NZ are top rated team, better rated than Pakistan/WI and with second string bowlers they can manage to restrict such teams to a low total is a great achievement in bowling as well. Truly India is the best team in the world right now in any format. Even the best team can lose given the amount of cricket is being played these days, we must understand the players are not robots.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 0:09 GMT)

When going gets tough the tough gets going. Give Sehwag a weak opposition or a very favorable batting condition and he gets out early. But if u challenge him with a tough condition or a dire team position he roars. Btw... I wish more pitches were like Dambulla. this differentiates class batsmen against the likes of kohli and sharma. It was also awsome to see a Indian pace battery.

Posted by manasvi_lingam on (August 26, 2010, 0:07 GMT)

If only Dravid's form was good he would be an automatic selection. Excluding the all-rounder spot, there are 6 places to fill. Of these Sachin, Sehwag and Dhoni are certain. That leaves place for 3 more. I believe that if Gambhir can find his form he should be brought in. Raina played well in the Tests but he is struggling in the ODIs. Still, at least he is more committed and is a good fielder. Thus, Raina should take the place. Now the last spot has been contested by Yuvraj, Rohit and Kohli. But this is what my order would look like: Sachin Sehwag Gambhir/Pujara Dravid/Kohli/Yuvraj/new member (Tiwary, Rahane, Mukund, etc) Dhoni Raina/new member

In fact I want to see this radical lineup: Sachin, Sehwag, Dravid, Dhoni, Pujara, Tiwary, Nayar in top 7. Nayar, Sehwag and maybe Sachin complete 5th bowler quota. Tiwary at 6 and Nayar at 7 smash the ball around. Top 4 are all class ODI players. Sehwag scores fast, Tendulkar and Dhoni are consistent and Dravid is the anchor

Posted by   on (August 25, 2010, 23:25 GMT)

and wat can we say abt Sehwag!! His only enemy in cricket is his impatience.. he is such a fine player.. i am glad he is getting more consistent in ODIs..India needs his form in WC2011. I am betting on 2 sachin centuries and 2 sehwag centuries and 2 dhoni-yuvraj partnerships to take India ahead in WC. one duo performance by Zaheer and Nehra like WC2003.. and 1 gambhir century wen everybody else fails :D.

Posted by abhi_242671 on (August 25, 2010, 22:49 GMT)

Well played Viru. But batting is a still concern for us. In the final we need to play an extra batsman. Jadeja looks ordinary as always. 4 pace bowler is enough to do all the damages. My team for the final : Sehwag, kohli , Raina, Rohit , Yuvraj , Tiwari/Karthik, Dhoni , Parveen, Nehra, Ishant, Munaf. Since all the batsman are low in confidence playing with 7 batsman should be the right option. Yuvraj left arm spin is better than Jadeja !!

Posted by Nicolas-Perera on (August 25, 2010, 22:35 GMT)

If he keep going tha way he is now, he would be one of the best ever played the game(especialy in test).well done viru boy.

Posted by RogerC on (August 25, 2010, 22:35 GMT)

Don't forget Dhoni's contribution with the bat. If he had got out cheaply, it would have become another 100 all out.

Posted by CricketBlogger on (August 25, 2010, 22:24 GMT)

That was an exceptional innings from Viru. A royal salute..... Simply a one man show which booked the berth in the final of the series. Bowlers did an amazing job as needed. Absolutely perfect that the bowlers delivered when it is needed. Kudos to the entire bowling department. Does anyone agree with my thought that the world cup is approaching. Why don't we give few chances to players like Sourabh Tiwary. Even though it is finals, i hope he must be a good replacement for Jadeja. Anyway Jadeja is not doing well anytime. I still do not know on what basis he is getting his chances every time. My world cup dream team.....

Viru, Gauti, Sachin, Yuvi, Kohli, Dhoni, Irfan, Bhajji, Zaheer, Praveen, Nehra.

I hope this would be a perfect combination to bring the world cup this time.

Does anyone agree with me ?

Posted by   on (August 25, 2010, 22:17 GMT)

Sehwag again over shadowed his teammates....what a brilliant century from the most destructive Indian Batsman.....

Posted by   on (August 25, 2010, 21:38 GMT)

Everyone is sick over here, i dont mind praising the player when they perform well, but plz dont abuse them when they donot play well, after all they are humans, they will give their best...but sometimes they maynot perform well...dont u guys dare to single out players like raina, kartik etc...i remember when dravid was in utterly poor form, everyone went abusing him, look at him now, u want him back again in the team, patience ppl...the players themselves know wht to do

Posted by SnowSnake on (August 25, 2010, 21:38 GMT)

@_neutral_fan: Next generation Indian batsmen don't leave the crease after been given out because they probably know that this could be the last time they leave the arena. They want to relish the attention of international auidence :)

Posted by   on (August 25, 2010, 21:32 GMT)

and yea ofcourse sehwag is the true lion,,he does a tendulkar role now, i still remember those days in the mid 90's where most of the indias score will be scored only by sachin, people in my hood switch off the tv once sachin gets out.....!!!

Posted by   on (August 25, 2010, 21:24 GMT)

Congratulations Sehwag. u proved again that u can do anything in cricket. Keep it up.........

Posted by   on (August 25, 2010, 21:08 GMT)

and yes ofcourse sehwag is the true lion,,,cant wait to see sehwag and sachin open the battin for india.....remember those days in the mid 90s the whole indian team rely on sachins batting now its sehwags turn?? i still remember those days people in my neighbourhood switch off the TV if sachin gets out..!!!

Posted by Nampally on (August 25, 2010, 21:01 GMT)

Class & Cream always rises to the top. Sehwag saved India twice from going home in humiliation - last time with 99 N.O. against SL and now with a century. Both the time he was the Governor General of the crease. He was robbed of a well deserved century by Randiv. Now India face SL again in the final. India's fortunes depend very much on Sehwag again. What is wrong with Raina, Yuvraj, Kohli & Rohit? Thank fully there is Sachin, Gambhir & Dravid available to replace at least 3 of these. This leaves Yuvraj to fill in the all rounder's spot @ #7- or should we go with VVS. Karthik was only a stop gap opener but what a disaster he has been. Get a youngster like Mukund or Dhawan replace him for the final.There is Tiwary in this squad to replace Kohli in the final against SL. I had suggested playing 4 fast bowlers on this pitch which Dhoni did. Ashwin or Tiwary should replace Jadeja. Hope Dhoni places Team India above Jadeja. Dhoni should bat at #4.Hope 4 Indian pace bowler come good again.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2010, 20:52 GMT)

guys its team india's strategy before the worldcup..india dont want to go into worldcup as favourites as the favourites always flop big time...also this current team INDIA-A is giving oppurtunities for young batsman like rohit,kohli to bat in difficult situations..these kids needs these sort of experience where they struggle to score...i am sure team india with its full strenght including sachin,gambhir,zak and bhajji will be a gr8 team..dhoni is clever in his thinking by giving jadeja,rohit,karthick,kohli enough chances..you learn only by experience and mistakes!!!!

Posted by Despearado123 on (August 25, 2010, 20:49 GMT)

I admire Sehwag. For me he is more of a Maverick. And in him I find the reason to continue watching cricket after Sachin retires. BTW, Sachin was my saviour after Kapil's retirement.

To put Sehwag's form during 2002-03 New Zeland Tour in perscpetive, his test series average during the tour was just 10.00 (40 runs in 4 innings) after Dravid (131) and Sachin (100).

Posted by   on (August 25, 2010, 20:44 GMT)

i like Sehwag soo much ... but as a SL supporter in final we must take this man's wicket for any price

india can win 1 sehwag with 10 bowlers .... just like NZ match

Posted by   on (August 25, 2010, 20:33 GMT)

Sehwag rescued India big time.But what about other batsmen?Rest of them played like they are from a minnow team.I couldn't fathom the reaction of Kohli after his dismissal.He didn't expected the verdict but he clearly nicked the ball.Some of the young players do need some rap over their knucles for such petulant and insolent behaviour.Srilanka seems to be the favourites at the moment.

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 25, 2010, 20:14 GMT)

I have observed that you have got to be bat brutally at dambula as a batsman to succeed. Afridi made two centuries in three matches there with a S/R of 150+ and now Sehwag is getting success. However traditional style of batting hasnt been a success story there. Another example is Kyle Mills cameo today.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2010, 20:11 GMT)

well done, viru-paa!!!!!!

Posted by cheeseburgers on (August 25, 2010, 20:10 GMT)

Sehwag is the only one of the current crop of cricketers who can break Sachin's record of 200 in ODI!! His simple approach to the game will take him to that feat. It is this simple approach and be natural attitude offers us much to learn - life in general. It teaches us that you are your own coach...:)

Posted by thenkabail on (August 25, 2010, 20:10 GMT)

Ravindran wake up: You want karthik to bat in middle???!!!. Give us a break. Why you people never mention Pujara, Unadkat, Uttappa, Dravid.........Raina's and karthiks and jadejas have had plenty of chances and will never scucceed against quality bowling. Please stop being biased and start having vision.

Posted by thenkabail on (August 25, 2010, 20:05 GMT)

Visionless selectors and biased writers: The bane of Indian cricket is visionless selectors (Srikanth et al are really useless and should be made accountable) and biased selectors (Ravindran want's karthik in middle order- after years of opportunities and failutres). What India needs is right players being encouraged. The best ODI team for India looking ahead will be: Sachin, Shewag, Gambhir, Dravid, Yuvraj, Pujara, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Robin Uttappa, Jaidev Unadkat, and Rohit Sharma. For heaven's sake bring back Dravid. He can bat left hand and perform better than Raina. If India goes to world cup with people like Raina and Karthik, we better forget the world cup with initial exit guaranteed. Selectors are giving the same failures like Karthik, Raina, and Jadeja chances. It is shameful and disgusting.

Posted by hollandindian on (August 25, 2010, 19:55 GMT)

Sehwag, we stand and applaud your effort!!!

Posted by Zigor on (August 25, 2010, 19:52 GMT)

I have no doubt that he will change the way people look at the game. A true living legend. If anyone has doubt , watch the highlights of this match (Especially those who call him a flat track bully ). The ball was swinging left, right and centre but Sehwag played one of the best innings I have ever seen. Absolutely flawless.

Posted by MadeInIndia on (August 25, 2010, 19:52 GMT)

Virender Sehwag is GOD. Period

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (August 25, 2010, 19:49 GMT)

Just a massive gap between Sehwag and the rest. Shows there is a gap between next generation Ind batsmen (who don't like to leave the crease when given out) and the older champions. Feel sorry for NZ though, wanted them to go through, they have a decent ODI(not test) bowling attack coming together.

Posted by doobya on (August 25, 2010, 19:40 GMT)

are you kidding when you say play karthik in middle order? he is in the team because of regional quota ... there are definitely more competent players like manish pande, cheteshwar pujara who are miles ahead of him but dont make it to the team..

Posted by MasterClass on (August 25, 2010, 19:38 GMT)

Sehwag is THE GOD OF CRICKET!

Posted by KrishnaIPS on (August 25, 2010, 19:34 GMT)

Young middle order can't play spin, can't play bounce, can't play short, and can't play straight. What should we do now, Request the opponents don't bowl spin, don't bowl bounce, don't bowl short, don't bowl straight. Seems our best eleven for WC2011 is the one we sent for WC2007 which failed miserably. Same old story, one will play and other just hangs around. Take care of this team Dhoni bhai,

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