South Africa v India, 3rd ODI, Cape Town January 17, 2011

Much to work on for teams after Wanderers thriller

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South Africa have a big correction to make. There are trends emerging from their contests with India that will bother them. In each of their previous three Test series against India, they have taken a 1-0 lead with innings wins, but have given it up in the next match. In their last three ODI series against India, they have given up the 1-0 lead twice, and have lost two of their last five matches against India by one run.

India, though, are not letting the Wanderers win fool themselves. They know they need huge improvements. "Okay we have won the last game, but it was not like we played to our potential," MS Dhoni said on the eve of the third match of the series that now stands at 1-1. "We are still playing below our potential. It is important to perform up to our potential in every department, batting, bowling and fielding. We are quite a bit worried about all those things rather than concentrating on the other side.

"You need runs on the board, that's one thing the bowlers can defend. But it's not only the batting department. There are other areas too that we need to work on. Fielding is, of course, big. Whatever runs you save, whatever way you see it, it either mounts your total or gets deducted from the opposition total. If you can get one run-out per match, that can really change the course of the game. In the last two games, maybe we haven't seen too much of death bowling, but that's a very crucial aspect. There are quite a few areas we are working on."

India will try to capitalise on whatever mental edge they might have through that one-run win, but South Africa will believe this is a good time to regroup. Corrie van Zyl believes that the heartbreak at Wanderers on Saturday, where they needed 39 runs in 18 overs with six wickets in hand and still found a way to lose, can be turned around into a positive if taken in the right way.

"I believe that you must turn around every bad experience and make it work positively for you," van Zyl said. "That [Wanderers] is just one of them [experiences]. I know this team feels really bad and really hurt about the way we lost on Saturday, but you know what, if you work through that and you really analyse what has happened, it can only make you a stronger person and a stronger team."

In the absence of Jacques Kallis, South Africa had a fairly young middle order to see that chase through, and van Zyl believes that for their sake, it was good that happened in a comparatively lower-profile game than the bigger matches to come. "I think that rather it happened now and let's go through that than later. I think one day when you have achieved something - I won't say what - but when you have achieved something, you can look back and say, 'Remember that day and how we felt on that day. Or the next two days after that.' That will make it even sweeter if you are successful after that."

The choke in Johannesburg notwithstanding, South Africa are still up against a depleted Indian side, against batsmen who don't prefer the bouncing ball much, against bowlers who are fighting niggles and struggling for consistency. The biggest challenge for them remains to pick themselves after what can be a demoralising defeat.

"India have shown that they can do it," he said. "There is no reason why we can't do it. It's all a question of picking yourself up, where you understand we batted poorly in that innings. We know what we have done wrong, we have to go and rectify it. It's not difficult to pick yourself up."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 18, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Yes, yes, yes. Ashwin instead of Nehra. Nehra serves no comprehensible purpose in this lineup. At all.

  • on January 18, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    1.Munaf is better than Sreesanth. 2Sreesanth is better than Nehra. 3.Lets not worry about short balls or steyn swings in worldcup.

  • LazloWoodbine on January 18, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Pressure is very definitely on us SAns today. What should have been a cake-walk in Jhb has left us with some red-faces, and we need to sort that out quickly! Six batters, 5 bowlers gives us a longer tail than a crocodile. We also need to show the fighting spirit India showed in Jhb, which has always been an integral part of our cricket.

  • on January 18, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Well all Asian batsmen struggle against Short bouncers and pitched deliveries. This has been the tactic against Asian batsmen by the foreigner bowlers, over the years. South Africa had eliminated india in T20 world cup by these kind of deliveries. Their batsmen could not resist. Same goes to Pakistani and Srilankan Batsmen. But in Asia, these batsmen would thrash all these deliveries away for fours and sixes easily. They would put them away all the day and night. The current series between Pak Vs Newz, India Vs South Africa and Aus Vs Eng respectively are meaningless for the World Cup preparations. Because conditions would be totally different in the Sub continent grounds and wickets, where Fielders face difficulties in diving and cutting the balls off. Fast bowlers face problems in bowling because of flat decks and lack of bounce.

  • hurrysh on January 18, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Please look at the bowling averages before asking for sreesanth. he clearly is more profligate than Munaf and nehra... Please get facts straight first.

  • Filterplus on January 18, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Van Zyle has not been the best coach for SA, he is only trying 2 provide a mental strenght to side by saying these comments...but its only gonna discourage the team more...Indain team looks really good to have a blast @ the proteas...Meanwhile the best Indian team to go and fight in this match should be VIJAY(Still out of form but India will still play him in the absence of a genuine opener),KOHLI,YUVARAJ,RAINA,DHONI,PATHAN,HARBAJAN,ASHWIN(instead of Rohit sharma since its a bowling pitch & Rohit is out of form,also ashwin can bat as a well as bowl really well)ZAHEER,SREESANTH(should be preffered ahead of Nehra's inconsistency)& MUNAF.

  • on January 18, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    when is Tahir going to get a chance?

  • on January 18, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    In Indian Team MS Dhoni,Yuvraj Singh may play their natural game and should be able to do well.Suresh Raina also should be able to do better in this match.

    Zaheer khan may have a mixed day.Good luck Bad luck both.

    Yusuf Pathan may try to prove his worth by hitting aggresive shots but overall the day indicates struggle for him.

    Virat kohli also has a mixed day.Harbhajan may again struggle.

    In South Africa Team Graeme Smith,Wayne Parnell,Collin Ingram may do well. Robin Peterson may Struggle.

    Faf du plessi has a good day.

    Bowlers Dale Steyn Morne Morkel have average or little better time.Dale Steyn also has a mixed day.Very Good and Average both.

  • vpk23 on January 18, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Check out the individual players againts matche won with them...Sree has featured in most of India's internationals

  • vpk23 on January 18, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    UNLEASH SREE....I HAVE A FEELING HE IS GOING TO BE A CHANGED MAN

  • on January 18, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Yes, yes, yes. Ashwin instead of Nehra. Nehra serves no comprehensible purpose in this lineup. At all.

  • on January 18, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    1.Munaf is better than Sreesanth. 2Sreesanth is better than Nehra. 3.Lets not worry about short balls or steyn swings in worldcup.

  • LazloWoodbine on January 18, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Pressure is very definitely on us SAns today. What should have been a cake-walk in Jhb has left us with some red-faces, and we need to sort that out quickly! Six batters, 5 bowlers gives us a longer tail than a crocodile. We also need to show the fighting spirit India showed in Jhb, which has always been an integral part of our cricket.

  • on January 18, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Well all Asian batsmen struggle against Short bouncers and pitched deliveries. This has been the tactic against Asian batsmen by the foreigner bowlers, over the years. South Africa had eliminated india in T20 world cup by these kind of deliveries. Their batsmen could not resist. Same goes to Pakistani and Srilankan Batsmen. But in Asia, these batsmen would thrash all these deliveries away for fours and sixes easily. They would put them away all the day and night. The current series between Pak Vs Newz, India Vs South Africa and Aus Vs Eng respectively are meaningless for the World Cup preparations. Because conditions would be totally different in the Sub continent grounds and wickets, where Fielders face difficulties in diving and cutting the balls off. Fast bowlers face problems in bowling because of flat decks and lack of bounce.

  • hurrysh on January 18, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Please look at the bowling averages before asking for sreesanth. he clearly is more profligate than Munaf and nehra... Please get facts straight first.

  • Filterplus on January 18, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Van Zyle has not been the best coach for SA, he is only trying 2 provide a mental strenght to side by saying these comments...but its only gonna discourage the team more...Indain team looks really good to have a blast @ the proteas...Meanwhile the best Indian team to go and fight in this match should be VIJAY(Still out of form but India will still play him in the absence of a genuine opener),KOHLI,YUVARAJ,RAINA,DHONI,PATHAN,HARBAJAN,ASHWIN(instead of Rohit sharma since its a bowling pitch & Rohit is out of form,also ashwin can bat as a well as bowl really well)ZAHEER,SREESANTH(should be preffered ahead of Nehra's inconsistency)& MUNAF.

  • on January 18, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    when is Tahir going to get a chance?

  • on January 18, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    In Indian Team MS Dhoni,Yuvraj Singh may play their natural game and should be able to do well.Suresh Raina also should be able to do better in this match.

    Zaheer khan may have a mixed day.Good luck Bad luck both.

    Yusuf Pathan may try to prove his worth by hitting aggresive shots but overall the day indicates struggle for him.

    Virat kohli also has a mixed day.Harbhajan may again struggle.

    In South Africa Team Graeme Smith,Wayne Parnell,Collin Ingram may do well. Robin Peterson may Struggle.

    Faf du plessi has a good day.

    Bowlers Dale Steyn Morne Morkel have average or little better time.Dale Steyn also has a mixed day.Very Good and Average both.

  • vpk23 on January 18, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Check out the individual players againts matche won with them...Sree has featured in most of India's internationals

  • vpk23 on January 18, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    UNLEASH SREE....I HAVE A FEELING HE IS GOING TO BE A CHANGED MAN

  • yezdi70 on January 18, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    i cannot believe these sreesanth fans....please for godsakes take a look at that mans record in india...it is pathetic to say the least. that man is only good in bowler friendly wickets like south africa. Gosh ! public memory is so short !

  • sudhs_107 on January 18, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Pick Ashwin instead of Nehra. Thats what we can ask for.

  • Cardinal_Nightmare on January 18, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Sreesanth .. Ahh.. he don't fit into One Day Schemes... He has the 2nd Best Economy rate(from below :P) considering guys taken more than 50 wickets... But He is definitely a good T20 Prospect .. As he will not give away runs at more pace ...lol ... and will deliver one beauty every over for sure...

  • uniqueredefined on January 18, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    I BEING A HEAD-TO-FOOT PROTEAN FAN AGREE THAT THERE IS NO REASON BEHIND FROWNING OVER KALLIS' ABSENCE.....EVN INDIA IS WITHOUT THEIR TOP 3 ODI BATSMEN....N I BELIEVE SOUTH AFRICA R A GUD NOF ONE DAY UNIT WITHOUT KALLIS TO WIN ODIS....MY REQUEST TO AL THE PROTEAN FANS.....STOP FROWNING OVER KALLIS AND GIVIN AN IMPRESSION TO THE OPPOSITION THAT SOUTH AFRICA LACKS DEPTH IN THEIR TEAM...BELIEVE IN THE PROTEAS....MOREOVER I DONT C KALLIS PLAYING FOR SA MORE THAN 2 YEARS OR SO...SOUTH AFRICA MUST BE READY TO COMBAT THAT CATASTROPHE WHICH WOULD BEFALL THEM NOT FAR FROM NOW.....N NEWAYS I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT SOUTH AFRICA R A MUCH MUCH BETTER UNIT THAN INDIA IN SOUTH AFRICAN CONDITIONS ATLEAST........

  • philipsmgp on January 18, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Mr.jacobs... i dont understand what you are trying to say, do you mean sreesanth is the most economical bowler in the whole country.Nehra has been a touch expensive,yes. but sreesanth is not a good bowler in the death where as Nehra can be brilliant in the death overs.

  • Cardinal_Nightmare on January 18, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    My thought will be to give the World Cup Guys a go today .. ( Chawla/Ashwin) in the place of Rohit Sharma... Ahh.. about Nehra ... He should get one more go today .. If he again is thrashed... That will pretty much settle Praveen , Zaheer and Munaf in the Playing XI for World Cup Matches.. Munaf is good in middle overs.. and Praveen only at the start. My Team for today : M Vijay , Virat Kohli , S Raina , Yuvraj Singh , MS Dhoni , Yusuf Pathan , P Chawla , Harbhajan Singh , Zaheer Khan , Munaf patel , Ashish Nehra.

    If Chawla can Bat .. As they say , he can also be moved up the order to open also .. :P

  • aby_prasad on January 18, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    @BLUE BLEEDER, SPOT ON BRO!, SPOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT ON!!!!!!!!! , WISH EVERYONE INCLUDING THE MEDIA UNDERSTAND HOW STALE AND RIDICULOUS THIS THING IS GETTING NOW! ABSOLUTELY RIGHT BLUE, VERY WELL SAID, NOTHING MORE TO SAY ON THIS ONE EVER !

  • faf78 on January 18, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    guys like jacques rudolf is doing well domestically in all formats, why not play them. someone like faf du plessis has scored 3 hundreds in a row, but apaprt from that struggled in all formats. dont understand selectors?? especially without kallis, rudolf can add experience. cape town almost 80%, win toss - bat first - win game! seems around big time at night!

  • hellraiser9 on January 18, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    everyone is forgetting .. sreesanth is not fully fit.. thats why he was not picked.. harsha bhogle told that on ndtv....not sure how many u have seen but really without knowing the truth.. ...dhoni is the best captain and will remain one even after world cup..

  • Aussasinator on January 18, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    This will be a tough match for Indian bowlers and the real test. Frankly the bowling just doesnt seem upto it. But as we all know, this brilliant and awesome SA outfit can choke with ridiculous regularity.

  • timohyj on January 18, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Rohit coming at number 7 is a complete waste. Either put Rohit in the middle order, or put Yusuf in at 7. Looks like we will have to do that this game because of Sachin's injury. Kohli shouldn't have any trouble adapting to the openers role since he comes in by the 5th over at the latest in every match

  • KENNETH2007 on January 18, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    It's good that Dhoni is concerned about fielding and other departments that they are not up to the mark....may be he will convince them to imply themselves into the game.....as they do try in the IPL.. After watching the test and the one day ...i noticed that only Laxman was able to deal with the bouncers ...well ... having him in the one dayers would have helped the indian team ....(if he is selected to play in IPL then why not in ODIs?)

  • AlbhaR on January 18, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    If Dhoni is gud enuff..i guess he will pick chawla and test his variation..Dont make Silly mistakes by making virat open thereby disturbing him.he is well setttled in position no.3 . he is grooving up nicely...lets make rohith to open as he is still under experimentation.

  • A.Afker on January 18, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    @Dubby49. But your best IND team 88 all out in SL against NZ.Do you forget that?..If IND loss in next few matches I am sure u all will say Sachin,Shewag not played (even sachin does not do anything in the 1st 2ODI) same way Shewag also does not do anything in Test matches.Ind fans having lot of reasons to say once match is loss (eg:Toss,2nd String team,weather,etc,etc).But they never accept how they win (by luck) and all.Anyway win is win.I never deny that.

  • yeti_satyam on January 18, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    here are my 10th and 11th players

    10.Munaf Patel (atleast to keep him worm so that he will not be lazy again) 11.Ashish Nehra (not to scold dhoni agian and try to prove his abilities by doing same what he did vs england in 2003 world cup)

  • yeti_satyam on January 18, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Best available time for India to prove them self.... here is my choice of batting order and team 1.yusuf pathan ( to get him enough balls with out pressure and prove him self as best hitter of cricket ball in the indian cricket team) 2.Parthiv Patel(in better form than Vijay of course for confidence of the team we have to win the game) 3.suresh raina (to understand the responsibility of the team in top order) 4.yuvraj singh (to perform as usual with his capabilities but not expected him to hit 6 sixers in every match) 5.mahedra singh dhoni (to remaind him self as a match winner) 6.virat kohli (to make him understand the pressure situations and continue to be the best replacement for no 3 dravid) 7.Harbhajan Singh (to prove him self as a best all rounder(spinner) for india) 8.Ravichandran Ashwin (to get more confidence to be part proud indian world cup team but not because he is from tamil nadu and kris srikanth) 9.Zaheen Khan (bowling captian he should know his responsibilities well)

  • vinodkumar on January 18, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    For todays game, it may not be a bad idea to give Chawla or Ashwin a chance in place of Bhajj. Both guys make a case. I know the usefulness of Bhajji who can contain in tight games like the last one. But you need to try out the others as well. If India were to lose todays game, there is no way that Dhoni is going to give chance to Chawla/ Aswin in the next two crucial matches. We should play chawla and use, Rohit/Raina/Yusuf (and these guys havn't bowled badly in recent times)with their off spins and Yuvraj can always fill in for variety. It important we test Chawla in real match situation before the WC, when he may get to play few matches. I don't see both Bhajji and Aswin playing in the same elevan, though Aswin has lot of variety, essentially he is an off spinners and with so many part time off spinners in the side, it will be waste of resources. Since death bowling is a worry, Dhoni has an option to play Aswin, who I guess relishes during power plays and death overs.

  • jacobs54 on January 18, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    What will Nehra do today?...will give away at 7 runs per over..What will Munaf do?..On batting friendly pitches these bowlers will cost India more..Still Dhoni is not including Srisanth..looks like we'll get a new captain after this world cup.

  • Dubby49 on January 18, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    All the talk is about SA missing Kallis. Doesn't speak much for the in depth strength of SA. India without 7 first choice players whitewashed NZ. They missed three first choice players in the last match and won. If India can beat SA in the next match with four first team players missing, then SA's chances in the World Cup look pretty bleak.

  • Chetan007 on January 18, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    @Pits76-If u r going to be the selector of any team, I'm sure the team will not win a single game. For the 3rd odi my team pick- Murli Vijay, Virat kohli, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh,M.S. Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel.

  • SurlyCynic on January 18, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    bluebleeder: Batsmen tend to be more familiar with the bowling they usually face. Would you argue that India aren't better against spin than SA or Aus? I'd guess not. Watch the techniques of the Aus or SA players against the short ball and they are far superior to those of most Indian batsmen. Someone like Raina or even Yuvraj wouldn't even have made 1st class cricket in the SA or Aus systems without adjusting their techniques. Try taking off those blinkers and thinking objectively.

  • bluebleeder on January 17, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    what do u mean by "batsmen who dont prefer the bouncing ball much??" ??? which country's batsmen can say that they are more comfortable against sharp bouncers than against half volleys?? every country's batsmen find bouncers tough to play...not just indian batsmen...but just bcuz bouncers are being bowled more frequently to indian batsmen, this unnecessary hype is getting more n more attention.........even aussies struggled during the ashes.......pakistan struggled in england, SA struggled against medium fast bouncers in the 2nd test..but only when an indian batsman hops , people notice....even players like chris gayle, who hooks the bouncers for sixes, will not prefer bouncers if he had the choice....

  • Pits76 on January 17, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    It wud be nice to play chawla in the middle order and drop rohit for good. hes not scoring runs anyway and chawla cant do any worse but gives an additional bowling option.

    my team for 3rd odi wud be: Vijay, Virat, Raina, Yuvraj, Chawla, Pathan, Dhoni, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Munaf.

  • on January 17, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    This is probably the best chance for India to turn the tables on SA, when they are down on confidence. It's probably worth giving Ishant a chance and "rest" Nehra, he's had two off-days and does not look 100% fit (not that he looks any better when he is fully fit!).

  • VipulPatki on January 17, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    I would be the happiest if proved wrong but I don't think Indian team is going to win any more matches on this tour.

  • on January 17, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    South Africa missed Kallis, especially in their home conditions... Opportunity for India to go ahead 2 - 1 :)

  • Nampally on January 17, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Without Kallis the SA team is like a ship without a captain. To be honest I expected a 4-1 sweep by India. But the Indian team lowered their game so much that it was shocking to see the batting collapse from the middle order bats. SA do not have any variety in their bowling with 4 man pace attack & Botha, who bowls his off spinners more like a medium pacer. The main reason has been Raina playing like a rabbit rather than like a Lion. He is all at sea against pacemen & they know the best way to frighten him is with bouncers.Even Tsotsobe with a gentle pace is eager to bowl bouncers at Raina.India playing with Nehra bowling at 10 runs/over, need to replace him with Ashwin. Go with Zaheer, Patel, Harbhajan & Ashwin & control SA to 4.5 runs/over.That is the first step & SA weak batting can be controlled.India should be able to put at least 250 on board if they do not fall to rash strokes. Each batsman has to watch this & not intimidated by bouncers. Confidence is the key to victory.

  • sameer997 on January 17, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    best of luck to both the teams. good artcle as well sid

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  • sameer997 on January 17, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    best of luck to both the teams. good artcle as well sid

  • Nampally on January 17, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Without Kallis the SA team is like a ship without a captain. To be honest I expected a 4-1 sweep by India. But the Indian team lowered their game so much that it was shocking to see the batting collapse from the middle order bats. SA do not have any variety in their bowling with 4 man pace attack & Botha, who bowls his off spinners more like a medium pacer. The main reason has been Raina playing like a rabbit rather than like a Lion. He is all at sea against pacemen & they know the best way to frighten him is with bouncers.Even Tsotsobe with a gentle pace is eager to bowl bouncers at Raina.India playing with Nehra bowling at 10 runs/over, need to replace him with Ashwin. Go with Zaheer, Patel, Harbhajan & Ashwin & control SA to 4.5 runs/over.That is the first step & SA weak batting can be controlled.India should be able to put at least 250 on board if they do not fall to rash strokes. Each batsman has to watch this & not intimidated by bouncers. Confidence is the key to victory.

  • on January 17, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    South Africa missed Kallis, especially in their home conditions... Opportunity for India to go ahead 2 - 1 :)

  • VipulPatki on January 17, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    I would be the happiest if proved wrong but I don't think Indian team is going to win any more matches on this tour.

  • on January 17, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    This is probably the best chance for India to turn the tables on SA, when they are down on confidence. It's probably worth giving Ishant a chance and "rest" Nehra, he's had two off-days and does not look 100% fit (not that he looks any better when he is fully fit!).

  • Pits76 on January 17, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    It wud be nice to play chawla in the middle order and drop rohit for good. hes not scoring runs anyway and chawla cant do any worse but gives an additional bowling option.

    my team for 3rd odi wud be: Vijay, Virat, Raina, Yuvraj, Chawla, Pathan, Dhoni, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Munaf.

  • bluebleeder on January 17, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    what do u mean by "batsmen who dont prefer the bouncing ball much??" ??? which country's batsmen can say that they are more comfortable against sharp bouncers than against half volleys?? every country's batsmen find bouncers tough to play...not just indian batsmen...but just bcuz bouncers are being bowled more frequently to indian batsmen, this unnecessary hype is getting more n more attention.........even aussies struggled during the ashes.......pakistan struggled in england, SA struggled against medium fast bouncers in the 2nd test..but only when an indian batsman hops , people notice....even players like chris gayle, who hooks the bouncers for sixes, will not prefer bouncers if he had the choice....

  • SurlyCynic on January 18, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    bluebleeder: Batsmen tend to be more familiar with the bowling they usually face. Would you argue that India aren't better against spin than SA or Aus? I'd guess not. Watch the techniques of the Aus or SA players against the short ball and they are far superior to those of most Indian batsmen. Someone like Raina or even Yuvraj wouldn't even have made 1st class cricket in the SA or Aus systems without adjusting their techniques. Try taking off those blinkers and thinking objectively.

  • Chetan007 on January 18, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    @Pits76-If u r going to be the selector of any team, I'm sure the team will not win a single game. For the 3rd odi my team pick- Murli Vijay, Virat kohli, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh,M.S. Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel.

  • Dubby49 on January 18, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    All the talk is about SA missing Kallis. Doesn't speak much for the in depth strength of SA. India without 7 first choice players whitewashed NZ. They missed three first choice players in the last match and won. If India can beat SA in the next match with four first team players missing, then SA's chances in the World Cup look pretty bleak.