India in South Africa 2010-11 January 8, 2011

Tendulkar endures, Sehwag disappoints

For the first time, India were not beaten in a Test series in South Africa, but they also squandered their best opportunity to win
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Virender Sehwag
Will be disappointed mostly because he survived 10 overs on four occasions without converting any of those starts into a match-turning hundred. Also because he got himself out four out of the six times he was dismissed. Still far from being a mere subcontinent batsman though.

Gautam Gambhir
Many doubted his ability, for they hadn't seen him bat in South Africa, against the best new-ball bowlers in the world. Didn't run away from the challenge, fought it out in typical Gambhir fashion, scored three fifties in four innings, one of them to eat up four-and-a-half hours when South Africa were pushing for a win on the last day.

M Vijay
It would have been too much to ask of a replacement opener to come in and make an impact in the testing conditions of Durban. Still made South Africa work for his wicket.

Rahul Dravid
Didn't score a half-century. Brought up his 200th catch with a beauty. Each time he batted well - and he did, despite what scores say - a peach dismissed him. There were three poor dismissals too, when he chased wide deliveries or ran himself to doom.

Sachin Tendulkar
Looked good for the next tour too. Started fourth straight year with a century, and how well he played for it, surviving the most dangerous spell of the series. There was a century in Centurion too, his 50th. Everybody thinks this is his last tour here, everybody is wondering why.

VVS Laxman
Magical, frustrating, frustrated. Charmed everybody with arguably the innings of the series, 96 with tail in Durban. While he fulfilled the team cause, he still left without a century in South Africa. Played poor shots in similar circumstances in Centurion.

Suresh Raina
Was out of his depth. Left the bat hanging outside off, and duly edged twice without bothering South Africa much. Duly played only one Test.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Fought harder than the rewards showed. Had his second-innings fight, 76 minutes in fading light, approved by Laxman. Got an unplayable one from Dale Steyn in Cape Town. Will have loved a fifty from three attempts, but India will settle for the promise he showed. His close catching was special too.

MS Dhoni
He was stable. Counterattacked in the second innings in Centurion, regaining the spark with the bat. Was good with the gloves, calm as a leader, but not great with field placements. Criticising Sreesanth in the press seemed unlike Dhoni.

Harbhajan Singh
He loved the bounce. Followed up a good New Zealand tour with another to a country where seam bowlers usually enjoy more. Was India's leading wicket-taker. Fought hard with the bat in hand.

Zaheer Khan
Provided the spark and was the turning point for India. Defending a small total, he took out South Africa's openers early in Durban, giving his team much-needed confidence. His predator-prey relationship with Smith helped.

Sreesanth
Went from mercurial to messy. Had trouble with over-rates and crowds, but bowled the three best deliveries by any Indian on the trip. At crucial junctures. AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince will testify.

Ishant Sharma
Never got going. Struggled with no-balls, lack of pace and movement. The odd good spell didn't translate into a turn of fortunes.

Jaidev Unadkat
Was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Should have been playing Ranji Trophy, where he has played only four times, as opposed to replacing Zaheer in the first match of a big series.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • rjansen on January 11, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Just for the record:

    Test matches since 2000: In India: SA won 4, India won 2, Drawn 2 In South Africa: SA won 4, India won 3, Drawn 2

    Series since 2000: SA won 3 (1 away, 2 at home), India won 1 (at home), Drawn 3 (1 in SA, 2 in India)

    Last 4 series: SA won 1, India won 0, 3 drawn

    Who is the better team?

  • Bytheway on January 10, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    India should play their four best bowlers, not the formula three quicks and one spinner. Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Harbhajan and Ashwin, yes Ashwin. Four attacking bowlers to take 20 wickets.

  • c_uday on January 10, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Aussieicon 91.. actually mate!!.... Sehwag averages 59.50 in Australia.. Yup 39.50 in England.. btw Do you know how much Haydos averages in England 34.50.. Ooopss. and Haydos averages wait for it 34.5 in South Africa.. (Yes sehwag does average below that in SA at 25). so what was that comment about Hayden being a better opener? Infact Sehwag has a better average than Hayden even in Australia.... Guess what Hayden's average away from home is 41.. Guess what Sehwag's average away from home is 49.. Numbers speak for themselves mate..

  • mksreeram on January 9, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    @Ali_Eorse- I am surprised to see your comment. Before talking about removing Sachin and rate indian team, talk about removing kallis and rate SA team. If not kallis india would have won the series. SA was in such a poor shape in the last test and if not kallis india would hav won their first series in india.

  • Mark00 on January 9, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Sehwag performed as expected.

    Gambhir outperformed expectations by overcoming his technical deficiencies with sheer effort and discipline.

    Tendulkar showed why he is the master of the mind game and why he will continue to score big runs. He never had the best eye or the quickest hands (what other top player's been hit on the head so often or got out shoulder-before-wicket?) but he is a true genius in that he knows how to find cracks in the minds of bowlers and turn those into gaping holes.

  • hopeless_selection on January 9, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    @ Ali_Eorse - honestly, how is it in anyone's view that South Africa is a better team than India atm? While it is considered an achievement for india to draw against south africa, in south africa - it is far from flattering that south africa could only draw a home series against india. That puts india ahead. South Africa don't have the desperation to be number one. and they never have. btw, has anyone thought what would south africa have done without kallis?

    And with regard to england, it was really a case that number 4 on the rankings beat number 5 during the ashes.

  • Aussieicon91 on January 9, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Sehwag averages under 40 (39.45) outside the subcontient - which is a more realistic way of looking at a subcontient batsman's away average. He didn't get himself out - the bowling and the conditons were just too good for a limited batsman like Virender Sehwag. Sehwag averages 23 in New Zealand, South Africa & England (the 3 most difficult conditions for an Opening Batsman) combined as an Opening Batsman. Sehwag is the most overrated Opening Batsman of alltime and Matthew Hayden is easily the better Opening Batsman and the best Opening Batsman since Sunil Gavaskar.

  • SamRoy on January 9, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    I agree with with Emancipator007 except that Vijay is not the answer to current Indian batting woes. He is a very good front foot player but has no back foot play which will always land him in trouble in fast bouncy pitches. Kohli and Rohit Sharma are far better technically than either Vijay or Badri. They have shown in domestic cricket but unless they get a chance to play tests we can't give guarantees. Ashwin deserves to replace Ojha as the second spinner in the test team as he has variations as well as imagination. Ojha has always been a one dimensional bowler. Even Monty Panesar is better than him.

  • on January 9, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    Dhoni's comment on Sree was unlike of a leader. Though India did not win series they all deserve HUGE kudos and respect for competing with the best attack.

  • Ali_Eorse on January 9, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    India is #3, behind South Africa, which is #2. The #1 team is England today. India will have to battle with Sri Lanka for #3 spot now. Indian team is over-rated. Take out Sachin, and you have nothing. If he plays, he only plays well once every 3-tests. Other players like Sehwag, Harbhajan, Sree, Sharma, etc. are over-rated. They cannot be relied upon. Dhoni is a captain of no discipline or character. The Indian team needs to focus on CHARACTER BUILDING. Study the England team. Learn from them. If a player is not mature, not professional, etc., he should not be in the team. So, take out Sree, Sharma, Bhaji, etc.

  • rjansen on January 11, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Just for the record:

    Test matches since 2000: In India: SA won 4, India won 2, Drawn 2 In South Africa: SA won 4, India won 3, Drawn 2

    Series since 2000: SA won 3 (1 away, 2 at home), India won 1 (at home), Drawn 3 (1 in SA, 2 in India)

    Last 4 series: SA won 1, India won 0, 3 drawn

    Who is the better team?

  • Bytheway on January 10, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    India should play their four best bowlers, not the formula three quicks and one spinner. Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Harbhajan and Ashwin, yes Ashwin. Four attacking bowlers to take 20 wickets.

  • c_uday on January 10, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Aussieicon 91.. actually mate!!.... Sehwag averages 59.50 in Australia.. Yup 39.50 in England.. btw Do you know how much Haydos averages in England 34.50.. Ooopss. and Haydos averages wait for it 34.5 in South Africa.. (Yes sehwag does average below that in SA at 25). so what was that comment about Hayden being a better opener? Infact Sehwag has a better average than Hayden even in Australia.... Guess what Hayden's average away from home is 41.. Guess what Sehwag's average away from home is 49.. Numbers speak for themselves mate..

  • mksreeram on January 9, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    @Ali_Eorse- I am surprised to see your comment. Before talking about removing Sachin and rate indian team, talk about removing kallis and rate SA team. If not kallis india would have won the series. SA was in such a poor shape in the last test and if not kallis india would hav won their first series in india.

  • Mark00 on January 9, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Sehwag performed as expected.

    Gambhir outperformed expectations by overcoming his technical deficiencies with sheer effort and discipline.

    Tendulkar showed why he is the master of the mind game and why he will continue to score big runs. He never had the best eye or the quickest hands (what other top player's been hit on the head so often or got out shoulder-before-wicket?) but he is a true genius in that he knows how to find cracks in the minds of bowlers and turn those into gaping holes.

  • hopeless_selection on January 9, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    @ Ali_Eorse - honestly, how is it in anyone's view that South Africa is a better team than India atm? While it is considered an achievement for india to draw against south africa, in south africa - it is far from flattering that south africa could only draw a home series against india. That puts india ahead. South Africa don't have the desperation to be number one. and they never have. btw, has anyone thought what would south africa have done without kallis?

    And with regard to england, it was really a case that number 4 on the rankings beat number 5 during the ashes.

  • Aussieicon91 on January 9, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Sehwag averages under 40 (39.45) outside the subcontient - which is a more realistic way of looking at a subcontient batsman's away average. He didn't get himself out - the bowling and the conditons were just too good for a limited batsman like Virender Sehwag. Sehwag averages 23 in New Zealand, South Africa & England (the 3 most difficult conditions for an Opening Batsman) combined as an Opening Batsman. Sehwag is the most overrated Opening Batsman of alltime and Matthew Hayden is easily the better Opening Batsman and the best Opening Batsman since Sunil Gavaskar.

  • SamRoy on January 9, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    I agree with with Emancipator007 except that Vijay is not the answer to current Indian batting woes. He is a very good front foot player but has no back foot play which will always land him in trouble in fast bouncy pitches. Kohli and Rohit Sharma are far better technically than either Vijay or Badri. They have shown in domestic cricket but unless they get a chance to play tests we can't give guarantees. Ashwin deserves to replace Ojha as the second spinner in the test team as he has variations as well as imagination. Ojha has always been a one dimensional bowler. Even Monty Panesar is better than him.

  • on January 9, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    Dhoni's comment on Sree was unlike of a leader. Though India did not win series they all deserve HUGE kudos and respect for competing with the best attack.

  • Ali_Eorse on January 9, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    India is #3, behind South Africa, which is #2. The #1 team is England today. India will have to battle with Sri Lanka for #3 spot now. Indian team is over-rated. Take out Sachin, and you have nothing. If he plays, he only plays well once every 3-tests. Other players like Sehwag, Harbhajan, Sree, Sharma, etc. are over-rated. They cannot be relied upon. Dhoni is a captain of no discipline or character. The Indian team needs to focus on CHARACTER BUILDING. Study the England team. Learn from them. If a player is not mature, not professional, etc., he should not be in the team. So, take out Sree, Sharma, Bhaji, etc.

  • Nampally on January 9, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    Sidharth, a good assessment of all the players. You forgot Ojha & Yadhev. These 2 never got a chance - why were they in the squad?. I felt Ojha could have been included in the third test to boost India's spin attack. He is a steady bowler who can spin on a turning wicket. Lessons Learnt? What will be the Indian squad be for the tour of England? England does look a formidable team especially with a half a dozen pace bowlers + Swann, their spin Guru + star batting line up.India will be batting on green wickets with ball swinging all the time. India needs their full batting strength + bowlers like Zaheer, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Sreesanth + 2 more pace bowlers. SA tour showed Gambhir, Tendulkar & VVS can be relied upon. Indian batting needs Sehwag & Dravid to click and the batting to be consistent against a very strong & hostile pace attack.Fortunately the team will play a few practice games before the tests.India needs all rounders like Yuvraj. Selectors need to keep this in mind.

  • santoshyd on January 8, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Rating on a scale of 10 would have been better...

  • Rushikey on January 8, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Sachin doesn't need Records to prove his greatness.. Its just a reflection of his greatness.. Sir. Don Bradman expressed him as great batsman of his era not by watching his Records but by watching only 1 inning from him in Australiya.. The so called critics who always blame Sachin for Indian team failure doesn't know a beauty of Cricket..

  • fahadali000 on January 8, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Sidharth (Editor), you gotta be kidding me that Dhoni " regaining the spark with the bat". He is the Captain of the Indian cricket team, hence he should be leading them by example and playing a couple of big knocks which he did not at all. He was so ordinary and is totally out of form at the moment that even the irish bowlers would bowl him out within an over.

  • stormy16 on January 8, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Sachin was the star but what else would you expect from a star as was Lax. I thought the real start was Gambir holding out the new ball on 3 of the 4 times he batted. Dhoni played one good know but that was it. Dravid's time is comming if not already up. Bhaji did the job on conditions that didint suit him. Zak was his usual class but Sree showed plenty to suggest he is close to taking the step up. Sharma and Sewag were a no show as was Raina.

  • vinjoy on January 8, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Dravid had a poor series in terms of runs, but considering the kind of wickets, it was important to play the balls considering Sehwag's performance also. He faced 354 balls in 6 innings which is not really a bad effort considering his role in the team.

  • asthomas911 on January 8, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    DHONI needs to think first before he talks especially in the public. It was totally unnecessary for him to complain to the press about Sreesanth. For some reason he doesn't like Sree and it is clearly written all over his face each time Sree takes a wicket. There were times when he gave the new ball to Ishant which was unbelievable. Dhoni isn't a good captain, something he needs to realize because it is because of his team's effort, he ends up with a smile. His field placing is rubbish and on the final test there wasn't any initiative at all from him. I think Gambir would would make a better captain.

  • CricketChat on January 8, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Shewag, Rahul and Ishant are most disappointing of the team given their experience.

    Looks like age is finally catching up with Shewag as his reflexes against short balls will be put to more tests going forward by young fast bowlers. May not be a bad idea for him to come down 3 or even 4 to prolong his Test career.

    Rahul is clearly in terminal decline despite couple of hundreds against weak New Zealand recently. Hope he retires gracefully rather than face the ignominy of being dropped.

    Ishant seems to be going down the path of Munaf Patel who also had a similar start to his career. Unless he improves quickly, may be consigned to shorter forms of the game for good.

    All in all a credible performance by Indians.

  • VickGower on January 8, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Not particularly fond of Sreesanth but I think a little less of Dhoni for publicly upbraiding the bowler. I don't know exactly what Sree said, but it got Smith out, and set us on our way to winning Durban. Many a Australian has won many a test by this means. So, I wouldn't be too harsh on Sree. Also, does well to remember that our cupboard of pace bowlers isn't exactly flowing. You gotta nurture the few, or should I say the one you have, aside from Zaheer.

  • on January 8, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    had expected a lot more from sehwag ..

  • ash0602 on January 8, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Well said for "Jaydev Unadkat", I just wonder the selection committee thinks that this newbie is better than the proven & experienced P Kumar, I Pathan, M Patel etc? That was a true joke. May be he is talented, but is it the right time & right place to start a international career, or may be when a series is already in hand with 2-0? Also what Ishant is doing in the top 11, nurturing him again at "the wrong place at the wrong time"? Ishant & Sree definitely need a rehab centre for different reasons.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 8, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Dhoni, Gabhir,Zak and Sreeshant will be the key when seniors retire.

  • Emancipator007 on January 8, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    mentioned played much better against top-ranked teams after his comeback in 2006). Expect Dravid with his still sound defensive technique (much like Manjrekar on OZ 1992 tour but with no value in run-making ) to score big against WI in May and then fail against Eng in July. And so the cycle continues where he will again score against WI at home in October and fail against OZ away in 2011. Dravid failed to deliver away in SA 2006, Eng 2007, OZ 2007, SL 2008 and 10 and now SA. Some selector needs to bell the cat. On potential, let Pujara play and consolidate at no. 3, and Vijay/Badrinath at no. 6 since Raina, Yuvraj have failed to deliver and Rahane, Rohit , Kohli too raw for Tests.

  • AdityaUpadhyay on January 8, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Poor selection in the first test was also a factor in losing the first test. My question is where are Munaf,Irfan,RP,Balaji? Why dont our system takes good care of fast bowlers & help them in nurturing into good prospects?

  • Emancipator007 on January 8, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    1. Collingwood said" If at 34, you are not pulling your weight in the team with runs, it is time to bid adieu." A lot of well-meaning Indian cricket observers have been saying the same about Dravid who will be 38 this month. Many Anglo-OZ cricket enthusiasts have also been pointing out his big-scoring efforts only against lower-ranked teams. All Dravid -obsessed fans and commenters on these forums were adamant that he would be the lead and most reliable bat in SA as on all overseas tours. They have forgotten that this was in the pre-2006 era. Expectedly, he failed and when he was supposed to have regained his form and as for the "peach of the deliveries", you would obviously expect them against incisive pace bowlers as against the near-trundlers that he faced against NZ. RD's record in SA has now become ordinary (it never was good after his first tour in 1996-97). Many said he would know when to retire, but looks like he will go kicking and screaming like Ganguly did (who it must be

  • on January 8, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Mere 50s don't count in tests let alone 10 & 20s. You got to convert your starts into big 100s. Apart from Tendulkar & to some extent Laxman all batsmen were poor bcz they got starts but could not convert. A test batsman is supposed to be a big inn player not a mere contributer. In bowling apart from Shirishant & to some extent Harbhajan all were disappointing. . SA themselves didnt play like any great team and in fact they are not a great team. Ind being no 1 test team should have played like AUS of 2000s which defeated SA 3 - 1. But this series proved that baring Tendulkar all Indian players were mere avg players. only Tendulkar seemed to be a world class player in the side.

  • on January 8, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    You are too kind to Sehwag, he was most irresponsible, you can't merely stick to the see-ball-hit-ball cliched credo when you are facing arguably the best pace attack in the world on sporting tracks. He allowed Steyn & Co to sucker him time and again, and may well be on the way out. In any event, he rarely comes to the party in ODIs and now seems to have developed a mysterious niggles--- is it fear of the Protean bowlers rather than a niggle ?

    he could have opened up and played his trademark match-winning innings. However, his ego is obviously inflated.

  • on January 8, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    what a series it was..... india really showed why he is number 1 team against mighty south africans.... at end cricket wins . Series was much more intrested than "The Ashes""

  • on January 8, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    no way.....Sachin Tendulkar was blessed by umpire in whole series specially in 2nd test... really only Zaheer, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar played well in the series. Harbhajan Singh was prominent in last test..... but SA whole team played every player contributed well

  • Vice-Captain on January 8, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    I still don't get why Indian selectors ignored Nehra, RP Singh, Patel and Kumar and picked Unadkat instead.

  • Bang_La on January 8, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Oh come on! Shewag is of his own on fast and bouncy pitches. Why whine?

  • ravmeister on January 8, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Whatever happened to Balaji,India's most intelligent pace bowler?

  • viku13a13a on January 8, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    I THINK DHONI HAS BECOME THE IDIOT... HE ONLY WENT AFTER SHREESANT BECAUSE WEEK AGO GANGULY MADE A COMMENT THAT DHONI SHOULD NARTURE SHREESANT SINCE HE NEEDS THAT AND THAT CAN MAKE HIM A GOOD BOWLER IN INDIAN TEST TEAM..WHICH GANGULY IS RIGHT ABOUT HE DID DO THAT WITH LOTS OF PLAYERS AND THEY DID TRUN OUT TO BE SOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD..

  • on January 8, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    Jaydev was rushed and out of his league. Not sure why Mithun was not persisted with. Same goes for Ishan I would have preferred Munaf or Nehra....

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 8, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    The one thing that this series proved is that it is too premature to anoint Sehwag as the best opener of all time, or even in the top 3. His see ball hit ball attitude needed adjustment against tougher bowlers in tougher conditions. As a big a fan as I am of him, I can easily see him falling away badly as he ages if he doesn't change his approach.

  • Nadeem1976 on January 8, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Sachin has proved for 21 years who ever comes in his way, he will score better than that player either his own teammate or opisition player. Sehwag, Dravid failed in SA but Sachin still remain the best batsman. I wonder why We still call him the selfish player but he is only indian batsman with consistancy day in day out for mamonth 21 years. True unhuman like performance.

    Laxman is super hero type player, if you are going to die he will come and rescue you otherwise he is sleeping. He is best finisher in the world now.

    Zaheer khan showed lots of maturity and class in this series. He bowled like Akram.

    Srishant and Sharma needs hair cut and need to change their mind set, comeout of village life and looks like mature city guys. Take example of Harbhajan who has matured and improved alot in three years. Look upto legends you two.

    Have fun. Indians stay on top as long as you want.

  • iphone1 on January 8, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    As everyone knows Sachin and Lax were awesome. Shewag is definitley NOT a flat track bully. Gambhir tremendous. I really hope that Dravid gets to go on a high. He should tour Eng where he has tasted success and score runs and then retire. On the whole he is/was one of the best no.3. Hopefully he doesn't go Ponting's way....

  • indianpunter on January 8, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    too easy on Dravid. The way his batting has changed from solid and secure to fumbling and error ridden has been missed by the author. By not playing a single counter attacking shot, Dravid lets the bowler dictate to him. Of course, he will, in time, get an unplayable ball from the bowler helped into his rhythm by RD. He has to be dropped for India to move forward.

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  • indianpunter on January 8, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    too easy on Dravid. The way his batting has changed from solid and secure to fumbling and error ridden has been missed by the author. By not playing a single counter attacking shot, Dravid lets the bowler dictate to him. Of course, he will, in time, get an unplayable ball from the bowler helped into his rhythm by RD. He has to be dropped for India to move forward.

  • iphone1 on January 8, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    As everyone knows Sachin and Lax were awesome. Shewag is definitley NOT a flat track bully. Gambhir tremendous. I really hope that Dravid gets to go on a high. He should tour Eng where he has tasted success and score runs and then retire. On the whole he is/was one of the best no.3. Hopefully he doesn't go Ponting's way....

  • Nadeem1976 on January 8, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Sachin has proved for 21 years who ever comes in his way, he will score better than that player either his own teammate or opisition player. Sehwag, Dravid failed in SA but Sachin still remain the best batsman. I wonder why We still call him the selfish player but he is only indian batsman with consistancy day in day out for mamonth 21 years. True unhuman like performance.

    Laxman is super hero type player, if you are going to die he will come and rescue you otherwise he is sleeping. He is best finisher in the world now.

    Zaheer khan showed lots of maturity and class in this series. He bowled like Akram.

    Srishant and Sharma needs hair cut and need to change their mind set, comeout of village life and looks like mature city guys. Take example of Harbhajan who has matured and improved alot in three years. Look upto legends you two.

    Have fun. Indians stay on top as long as you want.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 8, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    The one thing that this series proved is that it is too premature to anoint Sehwag as the best opener of all time, or even in the top 3. His see ball hit ball attitude needed adjustment against tougher bowlers in tougher conditions. As a big a fan as I am of him, I can easily see him falling away badly as he ages if he doesn't change his approach.

  • on January 8, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    Jaydev was rushed and out of his league. Not sure why Mithun was not persisted with. Same goes for Ishan I would have preferred Munaf or Nehra....

  • viku13a13a on January 8, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    I THINK DHONI HAS BECOME THE IDIOT... HE ONLY WENT AFTER SHREESANT BECAUSE WEEK AGO GANGULY MADE A COMMENT THAT DHONI SHOULD NARTURE SHREESANT SINCE HE NEEDS THAT AND THAT CAN MAKE HIM A GOOD BOWLER IN INDIAN TEST TEAM..WHICH GANGULY IS RIGHT ABOUT HE DID DO THAT WITH LOTS OF PLAYERS AND THEY DID TRUN OUT TO BE SOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD..

  • ravmeister on January 8, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Whatever happened to Balaji,India's most intelligent pace bowler?

  • Bang_La on January 8, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Oh come on! Shewag is of his own on fast and bouncy pitches. Why whine?

  • Vice-Captain on January 8, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    I still don't get why Indian selectors ignored Nehra, RP Singh, Patel and Kumar and picked Unadkat instead.

  • on January 8, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    no way.....Sachin Tendulkar was blessed by umpire in whole series specially in 2nd test... really only Zaheer, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar played well in the series. Harbhajan Singh was prominent in last test..... but SA whole team played every player contributed well