South Africa v India, 2nd ODI, Johannesburg January 14, 2011

Dhoni asks for positive intent from batsmen

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India find themselves caught in an ODI series that is neither here nor there. This is no preparation for the World Cup by any stretch of the imagination, for the surfaces, the overhead conditions, the pressure, will be completely different in February and March in India. Still, everything is going to be looked at with an eye on the World Cup. If, for example, one of the younger ODI specialist batsmen struggles against the bouncing ball, the team is not likely to fret too much. The conditions, it will be said, will be different in the subcontinent.

The series is not even a chance for the final 11 or 12 players who will be expected to feature in the World Cup to play together; Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Praveen Kumar are already back in India, nursing injuries. Also, winning is looking difficult, especially if even one of the bowlers has an off day, as Ashish Nehra did in the first ODI, in Durban. That leaves the batsmen with a lot to do, and the younger lot is not going to find it easy on bouncy pitches against an attack featuring Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

The Wanderers game on Saturday will be India's last before the final World Cup squad is announced, which should get rid of any distraction there might be because of the ICC tournament. MS Dhoni, though, wants his side to forget the tournament even before that, saying the second ODI would not have any bearing on who gets picked for the World Cup. "I don't think it is just one performance that will matter," he said. "The guys who have worked hard throughout the year, and have delivered in the last one to one-and-a-half years will get a chance. It will be wrong if you try to select the team on the basis of one performance. We will try to select the best XI [in South Africa]."

That seems to be the best way to go: let the selectors do their job in India, let us do our job of trying our best to win the series here. To do that, India will have to quickly adjust to the conditions here in South Africa. If Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh don't do well, the middle order looks inexperienced despite the number of matches they have played between them.

Dhoni called for better shot selection, but not at the expense of scoring runs at a good pace. "Being selective is important, but positive intent is too because you can't look to [just] survive. There will be something for the fast bowlers initially, especially if you are batting second, but you need to score runs and boundaries off the bad deliveries because that takes the pressure off you. If you are scoring at 2.5 an over, at the end of the day, you are mounting pressure on yourself."

With overcast conditions predicted for Saturday's match, and perhaps rain interruptions too, the bowlers will look for a better showing than in Durban. The job will only become tougher for the batsmen, with more seam movement expected than in Durban, especially if Dhoni keeps up with his form at the toss, which would mean India will be batting under the lights again.

"What we have told ourselves is that the toss is one thing beyond our control. Irrespective of what happens at the toss, we shouldn't really let it have any impact on ourselves because what is important is to give our 100% on the field, and if you are concentrating too hard on the toss, you are not giving your 100% in a way."

Dhoni said the right mindset will be the key to whether India can make a comeback from yet another slow start to a series. "You lose games, you win games. What is important is to have the same mindset throughout the series. It will be very important to start afresh because whatever has happened has happened. You have to start from scratch, we just need to play to our potential."

Duncan Fletcher, South Africa's batting consultant, spoke of the need for his side to stay alert to the kind of comeback India staged in Durban after they were outclassed in the Centurion Test. However, both the sides know, with the difference in quality between India's Test and one-day sides, Wanderers is not as likely to see a comeback as Kingsmead was.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • cooljack_143 on January 15, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Dhoni should have positive intent from himself first.Why is he ignoring Yusuf pathan , sreesanth and Ashwin now.They can be easy replacements for M.Vijay/R.Sharma, Nehra and Harbhajan.Come on!!!!!!!! with this favorable mindset of captain where does this Team go in the WC.It might become tough even to get to the Semis, forget Finals and forget winng the WC.This team cannot win WC with the present form considered.That's why Saurav was known to be the best captain known till date.He always encouraged and brought in talent into the team.Whom did Dhoni bring???? Fashion stars???any consistent player????? Give break to Harbhajan its high time.He is ok for test cricket but not ODI's.Lets hope Dhoni does justice to his job given.Good luck team India.

  • RAAJ101 on January 15, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    BEATING SOUTH AFRICA IN SOUTH AFRICA IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE WORLD CUP IN THE SUBCONTINENT. IN THIS SERIES DHONI MUST COME TWO DOWN ATLEAST ONCE AND LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

  • on January 15, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Hi every one here, kindly think atleast when playing international matches that Indians are plying not tamilian or punjabi or bengali. We are surely not playing a ranaji trophy or IPL here. Also Indian team is facing the best team in the world cricket, atleast we should be equally best to be an equal competitor or else our team is not worth to be called the best team in the world cricket. Also if M. vijay is not to be expected to perform in this high pressure tournaments, then he should be off the team and play only the comfortable tournaments against Kenya, Netherlands or such like. A player is given a chance to prove his worth, if he cannot all through the tournament, then he has no job there, should quit immediately. It has happened previously also with many players and some better performers also. Kindly don't be regional in your views on national team, also I hate Kris Sri as a national selector, but like him as a player.

  • Nampally on January 15, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    @suryaBose: Sir most people who comment have been good cricketers in their time or have a good knowledge of cricket. I have played high level cricket too with colleagues like Asif Iqbal & jaisimha. I know it is tough to play well against SA but you cannot keep playing with a couple of losers as your main bowlers repeatedly. You need to change tactics. Nehra has bowled attrociaously in the first ODI & also against NZ. It does not require a Rocket scientist to say he is out of form and drop him. It is not a "bad day at work", as you . I am an Aerospace & Nuclear Engineer. If I had such bad days I will be fired. Nehra is playing in the second ODI too. You counter teams with tactics as well as with talent available instead of repeating mistakes.Let us call spade a spade. India was absolutely flat & totally lacking in effort in the last ODI. I made suggestions which has logic & truth in it and they are practical. Ashwin is a good bowler who never gets a chance. Pathan is a match winner too.

  • ms.arjun on January 15, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I dont know how many of you guys will agree, but I think Sachin should have played few ODIs atleast once in three months over the last year. He played way too much test cricket, why not few ODIs in between. He is just one series away from the World Cup, thats too short of a time period to get back to his supremal best. Anyways i pray that he gets back soon. Every time we came close, it was mainly because of Sachin, that is in both 96' and 03' WC. I guess there is not much of difference now, a little expection for Gambhir, who is the only player who can play unbiased cricket, and has the potential to play full 50 overs like Sachin.

  • on January 15, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    hp the guys come out with their guns blazing at the africans........all the best dudes

  • skepticaloptimist on January 15, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    @Raj12345: I have absolutely no problem with TN players. I don't have much problem with Vijay either, but I don't think it's particularly smart to get him to open in a high-pressure series. If you consider his technique and footwork, he shouldn't be opening there in RSA, that's it! Otherwise, I think TN possesses really talented players like Mukund and Badrinath. Badrinath deserved a chance probably before Pujara, but oh well! At least someone got a chance!

  • rohanblue on January 15, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    murli vijay should only play fr his chennai super kings, when is this srikanth leaving???? tired of seeing bunch of below average tamil nadu players...

  • on January 15, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Out of context but still I would like to point out that ads are ubiquitous on CKT channel. Your TV screen is shortened and u've to watch a smaller sized players for the moment. Again on sides, u see ads, on bottom u see ads. In middle u'll find explosion of mobile.......(the point was earlier raised by one of my cricinfo colleagues).Just bcoz of this, now i am repenting that I should have purchased a 50+ inch TV instead of 40".......... also I am now watching matches on DD instead of TEN cricket as it shows lesser nos. of ads; never mind the commentators on DD as I think Anjum chopra is better commentator than the likes of Pollock, Jackman, Mbangwa, + Charu. In absence of good commentators, match seems more boring than it usually is. TV channels should take a lesson out of this disgust.

  • harssud on January 15, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    see the bottom line is that indians are naturally weak playing short ball with exceptions like tendulkar (only) in the current team. Yuvi, Rohit sharma are very weak on seam movement..correctly pointed out in the artcile. Check stats. thinktank of dhoni is good; more batsman than bowlers. Trying yusuf on current conditions makes no senes. Ashwin for a batsman makes no sense either. so stay with current team. Change opener (vijay with maybe rohit) the only viable option. Minus the toss we need to really improve on our fielding..a better effort from munaf, zaheer might help. team will remain unchanged exception batting order might change.

  • cooljack_143 on January 15, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Dhoni should have positive intent from himself first.Why is he ignoring Yusuf pathan , sreesanth and Ashwin now.They can be easy replacements for M.Vijay/R.Sharma, Nehra and Harbhajan.Come on!!!!!!!! with this favorable mindset of captain where does this Team go in the WC.It might become tough even to get to the Semis, forget Finals and forget winng the WC.This team cannot win WC with the present form considered.That's why Saurav was known to be the best captain known till date.He always encouraged and brought in talent into the team.Whom did Dhoni bring???? Fashion stars???any consistent player????? Give break to Harbhajan its high time.He is ok for test cricket but not ODI's.Lets hope Dhoni does justice to his job given.Good luck team India.

  • RAAJ101 on January 15, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    BEATING SOUTH AFRICA IN SOUTH AFRICA IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE WORLD CUP IN THE SUBCONTINENT. IN THIS SERIES DHONI MUST COME TWO DOWN ATLEAST ONCE AND LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

  • on January 15, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Hi every one here, kindly think atleast when playing international matches that Indians are plying not tamilian or punjabi or bengali. We are surely not playing a ranaji trophy or IPL here. Also Indian team is facing the best team in the world cricket, atleast we should be equally best to be an equal competitor or else our team is not worth to be called the best team in the world cricket. Also if M. vijay is not to be expected to perform in this high pressure tournaments, then he should be off the team and play only the comfortable tournaments against Kenya, Netherlands or such like. A player is given a chance to prove his worth, if he cannot all through the tournament, then he has no job there, should quit immediately. It has happened previously also with many players and some better performers also. Kindly don't be regional in your views on national team, also I hate Kris Sri as a national selector, but like him as a player.

  • Nampally on January 15, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    @suryaBose: Sir most people who comment have been good cricketers in their time or have a good knowledge of cricket. I have played high level cricket too with colleagues like Asif Iqbal & jaisimha. I know it is tough to play well against SA but you cannot keep playing with a couple of losers as your main bowlers repeatedly. You need to change tactics. Nehra has bowled attrociaously in the first ODI & also against NZ. It does not require a Rocket scientist to say he is out of form and drop him. It is not a "bad day at work", as you . I am an Aerospace & Nuclear Engineer. If I had such bad days I will be fired. Nehra is playing in the second ODI too. You counter teams with tactics as well as with talent available instead of repeating mistakes.Let us call spade a spade. India was absolutely flat & totally lacking in effort in the last ODI. I made suggestions which has logic & truth in it and they are practical. Ashwin is a good bowler who never gets a chance. Pathan is a match winner too.

  • ms.arjun on January 15, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I dont know how many of you guys will agree, but I think Sachin should have played few ODIs atleast once in three months over the last year. He played way too much test cricket, why not few ODIs in between. He is just one series away from the World Cup, thats too short of a time period to get back to his supremal best. Anyways i pray that he gets back soon. Every time we came close, it was mainly because of Sachin, that is in both 96' and 03' WC. I guess there is not much of difference now, a little expection for Gambhir, who is the only player who can play unbiased cricket, and has the potential to play full 50 overs like Sachin.

  • on January 15, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    hp the guys come out with their guns blazing at the africans........all the best dudes

  • skepticaloptimist on January 15, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    @Raj12345: I have absolutely no problem with TN players. I don't have much problem with Vijay either, but I don't think it's particularly smart to get him to open in a high-pressure series. If you consider his technique and footwork, he shouldn't be opening there in RSA, that's it! Otherwise, I think TN possesses really talented players like Mukund and Badrinath. Badrinath deserved a chance probably before Pujara, but oh well! At least someone got a chance!

  • rohanblue on January 15, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    murli vijay should only play fr his chennai super kings, when is this srikanth leaving???? tired of seeing bunch of below average tamil nadu players...

  • on January 15, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Out of context but still I would like to point out that ads are ubiquitous on CKT channel. Your TV screen is shortened and u've to watch a smaller sized players for the moment. Again on sides, u see ads, on bottom u see ads. In middle u'll find explosion of mobile.......(the point was earlier raised by one of my cricinfo colleagues).Just bcoz of this, now i am repenting that I should have purchased a 50+ inch TV instead of 40".......... also I am now watching matches on DD instead of TEN cricket as it shows lesser nos. of ads; never mind the commentators on DD as I think Anjum chopra is better commentator than the likes of Pollock, Jackman, Mbangwa, + Charu. In absence of good commentators, match seems more boring than it usually is. TV channels should take a lesson out of this disgust.

  • harssud on January 15, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    see the bottom line is that indians are naturally weak playing short ball with exceptions like tendulkar (only) in the current team. Yuvi, Rohit sharma are very weak on seam movement..correctly pointed out in the artcile. Check stats. thinktank of dhoni is good; more batsman than bowlers. Trying yusuf on current conditions makes no senes. Ashwin for a batsman makes no sense either. so stay with current team. Change opener (vijay with maybe rohit) the only viable option. Minus the toss we need to really improve on our fielding..a better effort from munaf, zaheer might help. team will remain unchanged exception batting order might change.

  • mubeenkemisaal on January 15, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    I dont mind Team India loosing this series,in expense when it comes to winning the worldcup.Its for sure Team India vl be tested in varying surfaces n conditions hence making the preparations for WC harder n better playing against the tuff opposition like SA..!!..Adding on if Team India wins the series hats off : )) they vl go into the WC as one of the strongest teams to beat..!!..

  • on January 15, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    @SamRoy!!! I agree wid ya!!! Well Said!!! The playing 11 should be the best in the country!!!

  • KENNETH2007 on January 15, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    I"ve run out of options ..thought Nehra would be effective in this conditions but was battered....so replace him with sreesanth but he is also the same...may be Ashwin will do in the place of third seamer...?? In the case of opener plz replace useless vijay - rohit or yusuf...but the latter is vulnerable to bounce...so no options ... Yuvi should find his class or he is like Raina ...(Wizards with no magic) coz if they are in form they can demolish any attack...that's proved.... And master blaster should stay in the middle as usual hold the innings.. Any rest of them show some fight up ..rest will be histroy....BEST OF LUCK INDIA

  • sasidev on January 15, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    I dont mind who ever is going to open bowling with Zaheer. Each of them will go well above 5.5/over and may be a wicket when batsman will decide to throw away. No one has shown any quality to stop the runs nor producing a wicket. Fielding laps is extra. No good good throwing arm from out field. No fast movers in the field. Rohith can be better than Vijay as if he has more time than the failing opener. Dhoni should be at 4 because of his unnatural way of defense can be confusing for bowlers; he is good with that, moreover his attitude will drive him. Vijay in middle order will not be bad idea. Sachin produces good innings at mile stones; wish him all success.

  • SamRoy on January 15, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    @Raj12345 Unlike what you think, most of us don't have regional bias. I have no problems if the entire Indian XI is from TN. But they ought to be the best eleven players available in the country. I am a big fan of Ashwin and I believe he should be in place of Harbhajan (ideally both should play with India playing 2 seamers) There are many players in domestic cricket like Rahane (averages 70!) and Mukund (again from TN) who never get a chance as a result of Vijay. Vijay has only proved in tests in India (but so has Jaffer, Kaif, Yuvraj and many others). He is very good of the front foot but has non-existent back-foot strokeplay and will always struggle in tests in SA and Australia. May struggle in NZ and England as well. Has never played well in a single match in ODI's. Either has looked to hit every ball or defend every ball. Yet because he is Srikkanth and Dhoni's blue-eyed boy he gets to play whenever Sehwag or Gambhir is injured.

  • sweetspot on January 15, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    If India win today, then NONE of these genius strategies will be needed for the next match. What a laughing riot that so many people mistake their opinions for some sort of truth! If the rest of India functioned as well as our cricket team, we'd be #1 nation in the world. Okay, I'll settle for #2. Cheers!

  • TheHonestCritic on January 15, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    With 72% chance of rain today , Toss will again be crucial. Batting second might turn out to be an advantage in D/L situations. India shld also look to try a pich hitter in form of Harbhajan or zaheer khan to surprise steyn , morkel and also waste their deliveries & energy in first 15 overs. India has to play street smart cricket to overcome very very strong SA side in SA conditions. Vijay shld be rested or given strict order to attack. I think he shows more positive footwork while attacking. Sachin shld play sheet anchor role considering his experience & skills. Even Dhoni shld promote himself to no.4 to rotate strike. Sreesanth would also be a good option insead of nehra to show some agression on field which certainly distracts SA batsmen.

  • rsurya on January 15, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Nehra is a good bowler than sreesanth, ishanth, munaf and others. If dale steyn born in India then he will be playing in ranji trophy with a dream of playing for National team atleast for one time, which will never happen. SA is worst batting side, if not they should have scored 400+ against a weakest bowling side of the world.

  • nlambda on January 15, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    I think playing against a strong team like SA in difficult conditions will strengthen our team. It is good practice in that you are tested in rigorous conditions. India will likely lose the series 1-4 or 2-3 but even that is not so bad - it will help avoid overconfidence going into WC as everyone in the media will keep reminding the team about having lost the previous series. This might be a bit like playing NZ before the 2003 WC.

  • timus6778 on January 15, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    time and again, i will stick to what others have said and will continue doing so,...bring back irfan pathan and look how the problem of not having a bowling allrounder is solved...on his day, he is lot better than nehra and patel(who sees a mcgrath in him and keeps him rewarding with a men in blue shirt)..if rockstar jadeja can be tried so many times despite having tested by the batsmen and the bowlers alike,reaching to a conclusion that he is a joke in international cricket...pathan deserves a chance....and when will the selectors give a chance to Robin Utthappa???WHEN?when he scores a 200 in t20..i m eagerly awaiting for that day..

  • on January 15, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Nampally: If Cricket was that easy at the highest level then everyone would have been a high end expert like you. It is very easy to sit in the comforts of ur room & suggest things like "select him, drop him" etc. I understand & respect your enthusiasm towards this beautiful game, but let me suggest two things here:a) SA played better cricket than us. b) We had a bad day at work. I am sure even you might have struggled at times in ur work!! Take care my friend.

  • rsurya on January 15, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    Anyway Mr.Srikanth will go for M.Vijay even if he scores or not, better a foreigner be a selector. Traditional opener concept is good but Vijay is a Cowardly opener.

  • openingblaster on January 15, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    Where the hell is YUSUF PATHAN....why was he not chosen ahead of a part timer. MSD had to go on the defensive with part timers and he would have saved the match had he taken Yusuf who can bowl regularly and if sent a little high up the order to let him settle can be the most dangerous batsmen who could win matches single handedly. Sachin may be the best batsmen ever.....but he has rarely been a match winner...you can easily count his match winning knocks surely a single digit answer...Kohli is a good no.3 and include BADRI in 4/5 it will be solid instead of having non performers like raina who scores a 50 in every 10-20 matches....

  • Raj12345 on January 15, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    Why Dhoni can't drop people like Raina & Rohit who hit one 50 for every 10 matches. Why you guys hate TN people. I don't understand your mentality. If you talk about failure then talk about everyone. There is a failure from our master in first ODI who played 400 ODIs, don't you talk about that. I can hear answer, sachin can't score 100 in every match. Truth is Sachin has score to min of 50, then only India can do better in rest of 4 matches. Other batsmas are just numbers. for that I or anyone can't blame Sachin.

    How come Raina is surviving for last 2 years just making one 50 in 17 matches. First drop Raina, gv chance to Tiwary. Better send back Vijay to India &replace with another opener. This is the solution. But never drop Raina & Yuvi, since sub con matches coming, they will show us crackers and survive in team for 2 years. My p perfect ODI middle order is 3/4/5: Badri/Rahane/Pujara. it is dream to include them. Common, give them chance just 5 matches in any pitches. u get answer.

  • Runster1 on January 15, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    im an indian fan and i knw sachin is important to the team but can ind fans stop speaking of him like he IS the team. we need team india to win the world cup, not team sachin.

  • on January 14, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    There is no chance for Harbajan to be replaced with Ashwin.. still Playing with two spinners is no big deal.. Please give him(Ashwin) a chance

  • Nampally on January 14, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    In absence of Sehwag & Gambhir + Kumar, India need to improvise with the team suggested in my earlier comments. Sachin, Kohli & Sharma need to see the new ball off between them and focus on just 3 runs/over.The hard hitting starts from #4 to #8. They score at 6 runs/over. Kohli going at #3 is as good as opening. But he & Sachin should stay at the wicket for 10 overs. That is the trick. Ashwin never played against SA. So a new bowler with a carrom, Doosra & off spin will give SA batsmen problems.Harbhajan also has a good support from the other end. Zaheer & Munaf were only fast bowlers who took wickets. So we have potentially 4 bowlers who can take wickets & bowl economically Now if they are mentally tough and field tightly, there is every reason for India to win big.On paper it is definitely a better side than the first ODI team. Differnt tactics involved will also give India the edge both in batting & bowling. India is strong in spin so counter SA pace with top class spinners & Win.

  • Nampally on January 14, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Dhomi wants a" positive intent from the batsmen". What about the bowling which leaked 289 runs in the first ODI? India should first focus on bowling to restrict the SA total to an acceptable level of 200 to 225. How can India do this when Nehra is giving 10 runs/over & others 5.5 runs/over? 1. Select 5 bowlers who can bowl economically at below 5 runs/over 2. Limit the total to 225. 3. Take all available safe singles to get a batting rate of 5 runs/over. You win by limiting your opponents to a total which is within your limits.To start with Nehra has to be rested as he bowled badly against NZ and in the first ODI.Since India's pace bowling is so ineffective, just go with 2 good pace bowlers- Zaheer & Munaf or alternative + 2 good spinners- Ashwin & Harbhajan. Yuvraj is the 5th bowlers along with part timers - Raina, Sharma & Pathan. Sachin & Kohli open, Sharma #3, Dhoni #4, followed by Raina,Yuvraj, Yusuf & the 4 bowlers. Average start + hectic hitting from #4 to#8 - Total 300 & win

  • Abhimanyu on January 14, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    MSD'S defensive approach cost India the match. Rather then going for the kill when SA were 82-3, he started bowling part-timers. Which gave them enough time to settle down by nudging the part-timers around for singles n doubles, which then took SA to 213-3 (130 run partnership between AB de Villers and JP Duminy) game was already over by then. If India wants to win more ODI's in SA then they will have to play 5 bowlers, there is no any other way around this since we got no genuine seaming all-rounder.

  • xylo on January 14, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    There is no "form" involved in winning tosses.

  • SnowSnake on January 14, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    Does India really has Shewag, Gambhir and Praveen injured? Or are they intentionally playing with a sub-standard team so that they don't tip the cards before the world cup? It reminds me how Australia treated Indian ODIs before Ashes.

  • Arrow011 on January 14, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    SACHIN alone can turn the tables for india, others are all making the numbers.

  • Mikepillar on January 14, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Please bring YUSUF PATHAN. It is sad that after hitting one day hundred he didn't get selected in the team. Dhoni always supports wrong people. Inspite of several failures still Suresh Raina is sustaining. Rohit sharma plays one good game out of 20 matches. YUSUF is match winner. Dhoni never supports YUSUF. He is highly partial. Atleast bring YUSUF now and how he will win matches for us and give him a good chance in world cup 2011. He is definitely going to make difference.

  • suman_surabhi on January 14, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    I don't understand (like me many my fellow Indians) why Dhoni is giving too many chances to Murali Vijay ... Can any cricketing experts answer this?

  • on January 14, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    @Raja Kumaran: Yuvraj is the backbone of Indian batting after Sachin Tendulkar and he is "THE ONE" middle order batsmen India can't afford to miss..Give him as much practise as possible before the worldcup, Hope he comes back to terrific form that he showed against England in ODI's In India, he is a true match winner and can take games away..Please don't leave Yuvraj out..

    Instead leave Murali Vijay out and bring in Yusuf and Rohit can be experimented with Ashwin...

  • Rishuindia on January 14, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Dhoni, I am a big fan of you.........Please drop NEHRA and include Ashwin in his place.......... Drop Vijay and include Saurabh Tiwari in his place.....India will surely win then

  • on January 14, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Dhoni u gave lot of chances to murali in international game...he didn't perform...so leave it man...before u carry jadeja wit u..y cnt u give yousuf nd saurabh these chances....giv atleast 2 chances for them in top order they ll show u the rest.....

  • RGee on January 14, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Dhoni - Please drop Nehra, he can barely run! he is too old to play cricket!

  • on January 14, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    keep yuvraj rohit vijay out. bring in ashwin to partner harbajan. put sree in. bring yosuf in. thats it. u ll win.

  • on January 14, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    All the best to the Guys! Congrats to God of Cricket for his most capped (444 matches).

  • on January 14, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    India are atleast 2 fast bowlers short in this side . Batting may click if sachin plays well and take the pressure off.i think he has to very sensible by mixing the agression and defence. rest is mainlyon zaheer and bhajji.

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  • on January 14, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    India are atleast 2 fast bowlers short in this side . Batting may click if sachin plays well and take the pressure off.i think he has to very sensible by mixing the agression and defence. rest is mainlyon zaheer and bhajji.

  • on January 14, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    All the best to the Guys! Congrats to God of Cricket for his most capped (444 matches).

  • on January 14, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    keep yuvraj rohit vijay out. bring in ashwin to partner harbajan. put sree in. bring yosuf in. thats it. u ll win.

  • RGee on January 14, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Dhoni - Please drop Nehra, he can barely run! he is too old to play cricket!

  • on January 14, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Dhoni u gave lot of chances to murali in international game...he didn't perform...so leave it man...before u carry jadeja wit u..y cnt u give yousuf nd saurabh these chances....giv atleast 2 chances for them in top order they ll show u the rest.....

  • Rishuindia on January 14, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Dhoni, I am a big fan of you.........Please drop NEHRA and include Ashwin in his place.......... Drop Vijay and include Saurabh Tiwari in his place.....India will surely win then

  • on January 14, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    @Raja Kumaran: Yuvraj is the backbone of Indian batting after Sachin Tendulkar and he is "THE ONE" middle order batsmen India can't afford to miss..Give him as much practise as possible before the worldcup, Hope he comes back to terrific form that he showed against England in ODI's In India, he is a true match winner and can take games away..Please don't leave Yuvraj out..

    Instead leave Murali Vijay out and bring in Yusuf and Rohit can be experimented with Ashwin...

  • suman_surabhi on January 14, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    I don't understand (like me many my fellow Indians) why Dhoni is giving too many chances to Murali Vijay ... Can any cricketing experts answer this?

  • Mikepillar on January 14, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Please bring YUSUF PATHAN. It is sad that after hitting one day hundred he didn't get selected in the team. Dhoni always supports wrong people. Inspite of several failures still Suresh Raina is sustaining. Rohit sharma plays one good game out of 20 matches. YUSUF is match winner. Dhoni never supports YUSUF. He is highly partial. Atleast bring YUSUF now and how he will win matches for us and give him a good chance in world cup 2011. He is definitely going to make difference.

  • Arrow011 on January 14, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    SACHIN alone can turn the tables for india, others are all making the numbers.