South Africa v India, 5th ODI, Centurion January 23, 2011

Dhoni pleased with end-over bowling

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MS Dhoni has said that the bowling in the end overs and the late-order hitting of Yusuf Pathan have been the big positives for India to come out of the ODI series. Apart from that, Virat Kohli has been the only plus from a batting order than Dhoni said "struggled throughout the series".

"In the last few overs, the bowlers used their variations well," Dhoni said. "We don't have express bowlers, but we have got bowlers with skills. That's what they rely on. It was a satisfactory performance, but both the teams were struggling throughout the series when it comes to the middle order, which means both couldn't really get a prolonged slog. So that may be the reason bowlers did well in the death. [However], if we bowl like this in the World Cup, I'll be really pleased."

A stunning 68-ball century from Yusuf Pathan pulled India back into a game in which their batting looked painfully similar to how it did on day one of the tour, when they were bowled out for 136. Yusuf's form and the presence of other big hitters in the middle order give Dhoni a lot of confidence. "The biggest positive out of this game is that when we go into the World Cup, we will know that in the last 10 overs we can chase anything if we have wickets in hand. That lesson is more important than just the loss of the game."

Dhoni defended the top order's approach of going for their shots, which did look reckless. "It's a part and parcel of cricket. When you get off to a start where you get 28 runs in 10 overs for the loss of one wicket, then you are asked why there was no hurry. At the end of the day we were supposed to chase close to six runs an over. It's always a difficult task. You want to take the opposition on. At times you lose wickets, and that's what happened in this game."

Dhoni also defended his decision of bowling first despite picking an extra spinner in the side. It was an understandable decision, considering the rain in the air, but picking an extra spinner showed some confusion in the mindset. "Last time we played here we discussed that whatever the Centurion track has for the bowlers is in the initial period. After that, as the day progresses, it gets slightly better to bat on. And that's what happened in the 2006 series also. The wicket was very similar."

Dhoni thought the target was still chaseable, and lamented the form of some of the batsmen. "Throughout the series our batting department has not really scored a lot of runs. It's Virat who has done well, and down the order it's Yusuf. Still to be in a position like this, it's a good team effort, but we really need to perform as a unit."

However, Dhoni is confident the batsmen will return to form in the World Cup. "It's a matter of one or two innings, and some of the batsmen didn't get enough preparation time, which means quality batting practice sessions. A run of low scores does play on your mind, but it's not that the experienced players haven't gone through phases like these. It always happens in cricket. Especially, with us. We play 30 to 35 ODIs a year. We see the form going up and down in the same year, which means we are more used to dealing with situations like these."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 25, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    very funny to see diri is afraid of Indian part timers like his team. SA can't even dream about WC with this ability. Every time they hyped as probables and not yet in to the finals.

  • diri on January 25, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Very intresting to see many of the Indian fans have lost faith in their team even tho this series was in total different conditions to the world cup....did Steyn and co strike fear into yourl?? are SA the favorites? I still think SA have some work to do in order to lift the cup

  • on January 25, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    wow Mr. Dhoni thinks the death over wickets after getting to 220 plus very good when he knew that any thing above 200 his boys would struggle to get against Steyn, Morkel and Co. He should have included Sree Santh instead of Chawla to make sure both Zaheer and Sree get some wickets up front! Or Sree comes at 1st change to take couple of wickets! Mr. Dhoni's personal bias towards certain players like Sree Santh will cost India dearly at WC! now bowling wise India is not a contender at all at the world cup!!.Its going to be between Aus , Pak , Sri Lanka and SA who will take the cup.

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 25, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    @diri: Hey where did i say, Indian Luck, I said may be Dhoni is lucky of winning much games and also he is leading one of the better teams of India

  • wincrick on January 25, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Yes. We did well in the end overs in the last odi but again it was the batsmen who threw it away. Yes, the conditions were difficult but players like Raina, Rohit, Dhoni should have shown application and courage to stay at the wicket and take on the bowlers just like YUsuf Pathan did. They should have atleast given support to Pathan and who knows had any of the above players stayed with Yousuf we may have won the game.

    Abhijith Radhakrishnan

  • on January 25, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    drop yuvi and get back dravid

  • diri on January 25, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Cricket.Nellore you talk about luck...well India won matches on this whole tour by luck and umpires:) so dont be to harsh on MS

  • on January 25, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    wow Mr. Dhoni thinks the death over wickets after getting to 220 plus very good when he knew that any thing above 200 his boys would struggle to get against Steyn, Morkel and Co. He should have included Sree Santh instead of Chawla to make sure both Zaheer and Sree get some wickets up front! Or Sree comes at 1st change to take couple of wickets! Mr. Dhoni's personal bias towards certain players like Sree Santh will cost India dearly at WC! now bowling wise India is not a contender at all at the world cup!!.Its going to be between Aus , Pak , Sri Lanka and SA who will take the cup.

  • on January 25, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    i agree with dhoni, every team has chance to win a world cup. consistent performance matters...

  • Nampally on January 25, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    Dhoni himself needs to find his own form. He has been a big disappointment with the bat in SA series.He appears to be tired and must take a couple of weeks of complete break before resuming. Besides his batting, his team selection and bowling changes need to be more rational. Six bowlers in first 15 overs will not give chance to any bowler to settle. He will have almost the same bowling squad he had in SA. He never used Ashwin, easily the best bowler capable of taking wickets in this squad. Will he again make him warm the bench in the WC? Nehra is not the bowler to be relied upon and Dhoni keeps using him to the detriment of the team.Fortunately with the return of Kumar, Nehra will be put in the back burner. India definitely need 4 regular bowlers. Since Spin is the main strength of India, both Ashwin & Harbhajan must play with yuvraj the LH spinner.Then Zaheer + one more pace bowler.Bowlers must be most economical & the side which can do so + bat 250 runs consistently will win the WC.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 25, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    very funny to see diri is afraid of Indian part timers like his team. SA can't even dream about WC with this ability. Every time they hyped as probables and not yet in to the finals.

  • diri on January 25, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Very intresting to see many of the Indian fans have lost faith in their team even tho this series was in total different conditions to the world cup....did Steyn and co strike fear into yourl?? are SA the favorites? I still think SA have some work to do in order to lift the cup

  • on January 25, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    wow Mr. Dhoni thinks the death over wickets after getting to 220 plus very good when he knew that any thing above 200 his boys would struggle to get against Steyn, Morkel and Co. He should have included Sree Santh instead of Chawla to make sure both Zaheer and Sree get some wickets up front! Or Sree comes at 1st change to take couple of wickets! Mr. Dhoni's personal bias towards certain players like Sree Santh will cost India dearly at WC! now bowling wise India is not a contender at all at the world cup!!.Its going to be between Aus , Pak , Sri Lanka and SA who will take the cup.

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 25, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    @diri: Hey where did i say, Indian Luck, I said may be Dhoni is lucky of winning much games and also he is leading one of the better teams of India

  • wincrick on January 25, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Yes. We did well in the end overs in the last odi but again it was the batsmen who threw it away. Yes, the conditions were difficult but players like Raina, Rohit, Dhoni should have shown application and courage to stay at the wicket and take on the bowlers just like YUsuf Pathan did. They should have atleast given support to Pathan and who knows had any of the above players stayed with Yousuf we may have won the game.

    Abhijith Radhakrishnan

  • on January 25, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    drop yuvi and get back dravid

  • diri on January 25, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Cricket.Nellore you talk about luck...well India won matches on this whole tour by luck and umpires:) so dont be to harsh on MS

  • on January 25, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    wow Mr. Dhoni thinks the death over wickets after getting to 220 plus very good when he knew that any thing above 200 his boys would struggle to get against Steyn, Morkel and Co. He should have included Sree Santh instead of Chawla to make sure both Zaheer and Sree get some wickets up front! Or Sree comes at 1st change to take couple of wickets! Mr. Dhoni's personal bias towards certain players like Sree Santh will cost India dearly at WC! now bowling wise India is not a contender at all at the world cup!!.Its going to be between Aus , Pak , Sri Lanka and SA who will take the cup.

  • on January 25, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    i agree with dhoni, every team has chance to win a world cup. consistent performance matters...

  • Nampally on January 25, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    Dhoni himself needs to find his own form. He has been a big disappointment with the bat in SA series.He appears to be tired and must take a couple of weeks of complete break before resuming. Besides his batting, his team selection and bowling changes need to be more rational. Six bowlers in first 15 overs will not give chance to any bowler to settle. He will have almost the same bowling squad he had in SA. He never used Ashwin, easily the best bowler capable of taking wickets in this squad. Will he again make him warm the bench in the WC? Nehra is not the bowler to be relied upon and Dhoni keeps using him to the detriment of the team.Fortunately with the return of Kumar, Nehra will be put in the back burner. India definitely need 4 regular bowlers. Since Spin is the main strength of India, both Ashwin & Harbhajan must play with yuvraj the LH spinner.Then Zaheer + one more pace bowler.Bowlers must be most economical & the side which can do so + bat 250 runs consistently will win the WC.

  • Abhimanyu on January 24, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Dhoni's tactical failures : 1. If Dhoni was not happy with Murali Vijay, he should have called Abhinav Mukund who is the best left-hand opener in Indian domestic cricket today, along with Parthiv Patel who was Sachin's replacement to open the innings. Instead, Dhoni chose to open with a make-shift opener Rohit Sharma, who already has been given way too many chances already. Secondly, Nehra should not have been dropped, this wicket was NOT suited for spinners. Dhoni used as many as 6 bowlers (4 of them were spinners) within the first 15 overs and got one wicket. Smith used only 3 (no spinners), and got 6 wickets. I know that SA have a much better bowling attack, but still you have to give your bowlers enough time to settle into their rhythm, which is most important thing for the bowlers. Dhoni is not a good captain, he is pure gambler, like one of those guys whose are siting in a casino in Las Vegas hoping to hit a jackpot.

  • Magnum_Octopus on January 24, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Seeing all the guys comment on this site tells me that the HARDEST job in the world must be to represent India at cricket. To have the pressure of holding the dreams of a billion fans every time you go out to bat or field must be daunting! One mistake and people seem to get so disappointed. Thanks guys for a wonderful series in SA, despite what the detractors thought, India played very well. And to the Man007s out there, so did SA at times - lots of them actually. Take those blinkers off, sir, there are people from other countries who can also play cricket to a high standard. Really. Apologies if you were put off by any ungracious Saffers who predicted a whitewash, but can you honestly say there won't be a single Indian commentator who won't predict exactly the same (to India, of course) the next time SA travel to the subcontinent? Perhaps the fairest reflection of this tour would have been a washed out decider at Centurion :-)

  • on January 24, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Its amazing how dhoni never seems to say abt his form.. When was the last time he played a big innings in ODI... He has got to start scoring runs first and start leading by example.

    Raina, vijay and Rohit need to buck up soon.. Rohit especially was given unnecessary hype. He needs to be out of the team for a good period and go back to domestic cricket and score runs...

  • ven562 on January 24, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Well, we cannot say that this team is not capable of getting the worldcup, but the batting order should perform consistantly....My playing 11 would be in this order....1.Sachin 2.Gambhir 3.Kohli 4.Dhoni 5.yuvraj/Raina 6. Shewag 7.Yusaf 8.Harbajan 9. Aswin 10.Zaheer 11.Nehra/Praveen/Munaf.......Imazing if Shewag and Yusaf get going at lower middle order

  • shaan-e-hind on January 24, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    while choosing a team , a player's form shouldn't be ignored ; bcz this is what boosts the confidence and keeps the morale up of players even in adverse conditions.but our selectors only try to find paper tigers, go with previous records and affect the forthcoming.

    the fourth odi between ind vs sa was another final match . and you have closely seen the debacle of strong indian batting. it is always same . whether it is final match of world cup or any decisive match. it is not only about batting but also our bowling and fielding as well that limps. our bowlers initially bowl well but whenever they try for wickets they re penalised. i ask why do they go for wickets ;why do they not constrain the batsmen .they should not allow the batsman to make runs. if one feels hard to make runs his existence on crease is better than the other-one who is well judge of ball.anyways thats what i feel ...thanks

  • ManojRavichandran on January 24, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Why is everyone giving India such a hard time of it??? We played without 4 frontline players and pushed SA to this extent IN SA!!! We should be praising them... Admittedly there was some horrible shot selection... but the bowling was better than expected without Praveen in the side. And Raina should not be so badly written off... he has done extremely well in Indian conditions...

  • spprivate on January 24, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    batsmen didnt get enough practise is a lame excuse.What did Parthiv Patel do ?? Landed,one session in nets and then times ball with such an ease..Come on Dhoni..wake upp

  • s382412 on January 24, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Mr Captain just stop giving big talks. Watched the entire India innings. It seems they all played reckless short resulted in quick wickets. It seems they all wanted to come back home as early as possible. Even during the entire series not even once we felt that Indians kept south African under any pressure. They won two matches due to some bad umpiring and some solo performances.Don't try to hide the short comings of Indian batters and the dissimal show of last night by saying Indian bowler did well and we can chase big total in last ten overs etc.... wake up Mahi and stop giving preferences to the players of your like, instead choose individual on the basis of performances.

  • rajesh21083 on January 24, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    last couple of months what a magical Dhoni's Batting performance... Dhoni's Lays ads are very terrific ads in television... Wow!!!!!!!!!! what a great Skipper... I think he is the best player to face extra bounce nicely!!!!!! i think definitely Dhoni's boys winning next all world cups!!!!!

  • on January 24, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Well i am agree with you Mr. Dhoni. People see only the result but they don't try to feel about the player when he is not performing, the agony with which he goes through, about Raina I think he is the third highest scorer from India side in this ODI series. Our team struggle on Bouncy pitch so they just have to practice accordingly. Other wise it was a good Series So close but So far two best teams of the world were playing so the margin of error from one side was used by other side thats it. Hard Luck Better try Next time.

  • bapi1234 on January 24, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    MR.DHONI, LEARN HOW TO PLAY ON BOUNCY TRACK.RAINA,VIJAY SHOULD PLAY ONLY IPL.I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY ABOUT PIYUSH CHAWALA.DHONI IS NOT A GOOD CAPTAIN,ITS HIS LUCK WHAT IS WORKING.DHONI SHOULD STEP DOWN FROM TEST CAPTAIN,HE SHOULD CAPTAIN ONLY ONEDAY AND IPL.PLS NO HELICATOR SHOT!!!!!!

  • srikanth_p on January 24, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Its good team, good captain..one concern is yuvi batting..his batting form will definitely boost india's chances..My team would be with batting order would be.. Sehwag,Sachin,Gambhir,Kohli/Raina(If raina move after Dhoni),Dhoni,Yuvraj,Pathan,Harbhajan,Praveen,Khan,Munaf Patel/Aswin(in case of spinning track)...considering yuvi form better move him down the order to give him some end over hitting to get his confidence back..

  • indianxpres on January 24, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    it's common to get negative comments when India loose. But we must appreciate the what Yusuf and zaheer batted and took indian close to victory..Yusuf could have batted sensibly during the end like zaheer instead of going for a rash shot. india has all the chances to win the game when pathan was out.

    i still wonder what happen to Yuvaraj, he just scored 90 odd runs in 5 odi including a 50. he is plaing ODI since 2000 and still strugling to be consistant. Dhoni also strugled in this series.. we expect caption to score few quckfire 50's.

    coming to injury..i don't know who selectors pink shewag & gambhir for WC.. recently both are strugling injuries and have been in & out.. I know they are match winners ,but if they don't play, how India can win ???. we should have Uttappa, Thiwary & mukund be ready for WC replacements.

    munaf, Bajji, Zaheer, Nehra all bowl well in this series

  • Jaggadaaku on January 24, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    @ lakshya1, It is very well said. Dhoni's blind and hardcore fans should read your comment and think about it.

  • NewYorkCricket on January 24, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Bowling is the only worry that India has and it is a big one. They have a tendency of giving 300+ too many times. The batting side will sometimes fail in chasing so many runs, no matter how good you are. Even in South Africa our bowlers gave 270 runs on wickets where we should have been getting sides out for under 250.

  • Jaggadaaku on January 24, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    M. Vijay got failed in first 3 ODIs against NZ and they selected Parthiv Patel in the place of M. Vijay. Parthiv has made 2 half centuries in rest of the 2 ODIs against NZ with over 80 strike rate. But they selected M. Vijay again and dropped Parthiv in first 3 ODIs against SA in the place of Parthiv. Why is that? Is M. Vijay provide blo-job to captain and selectors????

  • Percy_Fender on January 24, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    The gains are Yousuf Pathan, Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, in batting and Munaf Patel's rediscovery since I have always had a great impression of him. In fact rather that condemning Dhoni in hindsight, for his intuitive captaincy, which has in the past has got him rave encomiums, it is worth remembering that he is the only captain who has managed to draw a Test series in South Africa --- which was never expected frankly by most--- and lost the ODI's 3-2. He also wond the lone 20/20 game. So to blame Dhoni for the last match loss is quite ridiculous. He is a good captain and will remain so no matter what people write about him. The future is not as bleak as people would have us believe. Any future line up from Parthiv, Rahane,Gambhir,Sehwag,Pujara,V Kohli Dhoni Y Pathan,I Pathan, Ashwin,Chawla,Munaf Patel Sreesanth Ishant Sharma should do well once the Trinity retires.I am sure Unadkat will come back a really good swing bowler after some more games. He is very very promising.

  • diri on January 24, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Cricket.Nellore you talk about luck...well India won matches on this whole tour by luck and umpires:) so dont be to harsh on MS

  • on January 24, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Guyz just relax a bit on dhoni...he is just a bit out of sorts....let him relax a bit and get things right...he will show what he can...remember he was the one who brought india the T20 WC...no one can win T20s without attacking...its just that he is not in the rite mindset at present...i am confident that he will get back and show what he is!!! All the best Dhoni....Dhana Dhan Dhoni!!!

  • Mohd...... on January 24, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Dhoni and our "Cheap" Selector of India ...Chika are useless... They run a lobby to have their own set of preferred players in the team. Whey are they carrying this guy Raina who is useless....Maybe because he plays for Chennai Super Kings... Once upon a time they termed Mohammed Kaif as not good because he was not grabbing the opportunities given to him at the lower batting order but how different is Raina.. Look at the stats for both Raina 111 ODI's 2639 Runs Scored.. Plays in the top order and has been continuous run in the team. Kaif 125 ODI's 2753 Runs Scored..Was always played lower down the batting order and came in when the chips were down....was never given a consistant run in the team...

    The thing is there is nothing much to choose between the 2....except for the fact that one of them plays for the CSK's....that makes him a automatic selection into the Indian Cricket Team... Many other such Chennai players have been given chances during Chika's tenure...

  • on January 24, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Dhoni never cares abt batting collapse. Having read his comments regularly, I have seen that he only talks abt the bowling performances. The phrases "footwork" and "batting technique" dont ever figure as frequently as "yorker" and "death bowling". Rest assured, if India has to win the WC, SRT has to play the best innings of his life!!!

  • anver777 on January 24, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Though there are positives in bowling, form of Dhoni,Yuvi & Raina is a big concern for India in WC ............

  • pom_basher on January 24, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    @KiwiRocker : Get over the loss in the first ODI mate...

  • SaneAnalyst on January 24, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Dhoni How many times you will crib for horrendous batting.. The fact of the matter is you have lost the touch. U r batting more horrendous like everybody else. You should have led by example yesterday rather than nicking the ball straight to the first slip in silly manner. If Dhoni continues playing like this he should be sacked very soon and chance should be given to Patel who is more technically correct batsman. Raina has looked a ridiculous batsman just like Rohit Sharma. Both should be axed immediately

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 24, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Dhoni is/was a good captain... How? 1) Not taking the advantage of winning the Toss. (Instance of last game) 2) No field control over the free flowing singles of opponents. 3) Not taking advantage of good spells from orthodox bowlers which is to continue them for couple of hours but rather reserving them for later and those bowlers end up with less than 10 overs. 4) Send Off to Sr. Players, Giving vain chances to his desired players namely Jadeja and M Vijay. and not much points from me, I know he is a gutsy, cool and good startegy maker but.... Almighty God knows best whether they were pure luck or real strategies. -------"""So, dhoni WAS a good captain by LUCK.""-------

  • sreesunil on January 24, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Dhoni, you may be pleased with the bowler's perfomance ,But we Indian cricket fan are not at all pleased with your perfomance through out the series.Please work out for the world cup seriously and don't disappoint the whole nation.We will be supporting you in all respect.

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 24, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Good End overs were because they were Orthodox bowlers not part time ones my dear brother Dhoni. Trust your genuine bowlers by not giving percentage of bowling to your desired pert time batch.

  • Anandp2208 on January 24, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Its good to see Dhoni's usual positive comments.Let him take care of his batting too as it has been long time since he made some considerable contribution with the bat to the team. His comments about yusuf after 3rd ODI " Youngsters can play their natural game until they get a regular slot in the eleven" is totally ridiculous.He is trying to defend the change in his playing style which has really yielded no good result eitherto him or team.After only nudging & collecting singles he seems forgotten how to play a big shot, hope he can revive his old batting style in batsmen friendly tracks of india during WC.Best of luck to him & team.

  • Edassery on January 24, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    The blind fans and the media blames the lack of form of the Indian batsmen. Just wait and see, they will be suddenly back to form in the World cup because the real problem is not the form. Most of them are just not competent and strong hearted enough to play in bouncy tracks. I pity the way Dhoni, Raina, Yuvraj etc are getting out. Only Kohli showed some grit to stay on and Yusuf's case is like once in 25 innings thingie. Even the great Sachin Tendulkar was clueless in the one-dayers when he face Steyrn and Morkel.

  • somalmighty_UK on January 24, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    I always knew Dhoni has got no common sense...All his decisions on/off the field are intuitive decisions...Sometimes they work and sometime they not...When they don't work Dhoni has looked like a perfect "Jackass"...I guess Dhoni has got a core group in the team comprising of Raina/Yuvi/MuraliVijay/Kohli/Bhajji who's taking all the decisions..Yuvi, sadly, has lost his touch, and on his current form for the last 2 years he should be playing Ranji Trophy Matches (Surprisingly, senior Indian cricketers hate to play Ranji since it's considered a disgrace for him, What crap thoughts)..Raina has proved it again n again he's susceptible to the short ball, his nemesis, and if he continues to play like this abroad, he'll soon be replaced by Pujara/Kohli...

  • greenhornet on January 24, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    I tnk GAUTI will b a right choice as a captain for the world, as we all know dhoni has'nt proven himself best in a challenging situation.He is more focussed on endorsements, fame and giving polite statements.He has lost his instincts and now carrying a false belief with him(despite he is not steve waugh).Now talking about Gauti,he should have given a chance as he has proven his leadership skills in the ODI series against NZ.So in the end measures has to b taken if they want to b successful in this WC..........

  • sohail2011 on January 24, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    After getting married Dhoni has become very defensive and when India needs to attack he gets defensive and during the post past conference he again defends all his wrong decisions.

  • sohail2011 on January 24, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma must retire now and concentrate on IPL or start acting in B Grade Movies or T.V Serials. India have many youngsters who are more dedicated then these two players.

  • Jaggadaaku on January 24, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Dhoni doesn't deserve as a captain of Indian team, not because they lost the series, but because he and the selectors of Indian team still selecting M. Vijay who failed constantly in ODIs. Dhoni and Srikanth also selected Yuvraj and Raina for their years old performance. When the last time Yuvraj and Raina did good for India? May be an year ago. Yuvraj is failing constantly in every game, if he didn't fail, then he kept his trike rate below 75. These days Yuvraj is batting like the Canadian batsman is playing against South Africa keeping the below 70 strike rate against all teams including NZ, SL, SA, and AUS. Yuvraj's 6 sixes in 6 balls have become history now. Dhoni is also a culprit, winning the toss rarely and showing the stupidity electing field first when there is chance of rain. The D/L method is very bad for 2nd batting, the previous match was the example; moreover, the history shows India come in pressure easily in decider match if the opponent give them 250+ score to win.

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    The match was awesome, really awesome!!

  • TexasCricket on January 24, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    WC 11...Sewhag, Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli, Yusuf, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen, Munaf...( raina 12th).. Nehra if we play 4 pacers in place of yuvraj../ not likely ......

  • faisalmdvm on January 24, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    As far as I remember all Indian captains lost their captaincy after every world cup barring a few exceptions. Ganguly took India to final but was only a player in the next edition. Hope that doesn't happen to Dhoni. All he need is to use his brain, be a little impartial, send Pathan at no4 depending on situations, not promote himself and put other batsmen under pressure.. Hope this team brings the WC home.

  • TexasCricket on January 24, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    Atleast Dhoni cant keep Yusuf out of the playing 11 for WC now. With his batting form Dhoni may end up as a nonplaying captain!. India is going to World cup with 3 rested/injured players, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Raina struggling. HOPE DHONI WILL FIND HIS BATTING FORM BACK FOR WC..He may have to alter the batting lineup to send Kohli at 4, Pathan at five,Dhoni at 6 and Yuvi or Raina at 7. There is no way India should keep Kohli out of the lineup to include Raina!. This is not the time to build or bring anyones confidence. Keep RAINA out of playing 11. Good luck team INDIA.

  • Rakudubai on January 24, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Only 2 indians are in top 10 of ODI rankings... one is Kohli (#2) and other one is DHONI (#7) ..

    Dhoni has been performing well for India.. thats why he is there in the list.. people have such a short memory!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 24, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    @sabee66. A team which beat India in 2 times in 22 matches will beat India in a WC opening game???. You must be a dump to think so. There were lot of predictions of 3-0 test defeat and 5-0 ODI defeat before this SA tour and even an Indian B team beat SA in SA!. So, better count the number of runs they will accumulate over the BD bowlers who donot have a club standard. I predict 400+ runs if India bat first and less than 200 all out for BD if they bat first.

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    India will win world cup, if other teams withdraw from tournament. why ? Sachin is great. but now, he is not a match winner. he always choke in world cup deciders. he is old and he needs a lot of rest between matches. Sehwag plays too much risk shots. Looks like opposite team will give 10 runs in one over and get his wicket in the same. Gambir is injured. Better than Sachin as opener. but fail to convert starts. Yuvaraj is not confident . he lost his form. Dhoni strugles against every bowler. Kohli cant control his innings.. going for all balls. Raina is cool headed, butl restricted by short ball. Yousuf fires or misfires. Bowling Zaheer shines with his mental ability , but he can be measured. Harbajan is a failure in india or anywhere. Ashwin wont be given chance. Chawla ????? poor selection Nehra.... why India still allow him in team... He didn't shine even in Fast bowler's paradise. Sreesanth .... before getting proper line...half of match will be over. Munaf isn't skilled.

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Only person to be blamed for India's defeat against South Africa last night is " HELICOPTER SHOT WALA" (Mr DHONI). He is only good for advts and to give poses. JUST HAVE A LOOK AT HIS BATTING TECHNIC.Even the GULLY Cricketers has got more elegance and class than this SHOW WALA.Just undestand MAN India is winning Matches and Number 1 in Tests Is just Because of Sachin,Sehwag,Gambir,Laxman,Dravid ,Zaheer Khan and other bowlers NOT BECAUSE OF" YOU". Stop your SHOW.... MAN.

  • Vatto on January 24, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    There is nothin wrong bemoaning the loss... SA is a tough place to bat on and without 3 class acts Indian top order was a shadow of itself... Pls wait for the world cup for our rockstars to rock... If indian team wasnt good enuf they wouldnt have won 2 nailbiters... So guys... Pls be patient

  • on January 24, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Hats off to Yusuf Pathanl What an inning he played. But it seems Dhoni hav decided he will ensure Raina & his close friends hold onto their places in the team, irrespective of their consistent failures. Whereas a player like pathan despite hitting century against NZ was made to sit out for the first 2 ODIs and picked up only after humiliating defeat.Dhoni knows no one can question him and hence can take his own call. C'mmon India lets overcome this & get us the world cup wher it belongs. C'mmon yusuf we need these sort of inning every time U come to bat.long live India.

  • vkkossery on January 24, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    I have played cricket and have been a keen student of the game having seen test and one dayers in the bouncy tracks of SA and the flat wickets in India.What one should bear in mind when you select a team is the Technique,talent and the ability of the players in pressure situations.Form is temperory,class is permanent.Both the Indian and the SA selectors have done a commendable job from the available talent pool.However the omission of Albie Morkel from the SA team considering their tail enders performance is intriguing.Raina,Sharma and AB Deviliers are all talented players who failed in this one day series but they all will bounce back.

  • cricfan_india23 on January 24, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Dhoni is only fit to give post match interviews and make money out of Ads. He is not a good batsmen and he is not having any real good batting technique. If you can see and compare some cricketing shots of shewag/Sachin/Yuvi to Dhoni we can see the difference and he is playing cricet like local gilli....

  • vish57 on January 24, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Let the Indian Elite Team ( world cup team) play against a Discard XI consisting of Dravid,Laxman,Murali Karthik, Dinesh Kartik, Ifran Pathan, Badrinath, Partiv Patel, Ganguly(though retired), Pujara, Rayudu, Satish, Gony, so on and win matches to demonstrate that they are the best to represent India; unfortunately greedy BCCI packs the cricket calendar through out the year that neither the best indian asprints bowler is tested against best batsmen or the asprints batsmen could face best Indian bowling attack; reality is failure and Team management is professional to defend their team's failure.

  • on January 24, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    huh.. don't know what Dhoni is praising all about. Any dummy team can score 300+ first batting against India. Am supporting the so called minnows in this world cup. Want India to be out in the first round. Enough of politics - Sharad Pawar, Krishnamachari go home.

  • on January 24, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    India batting averages Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s YK Pathan 3 3 0 166 105 55.33 123 134.95 1 1 0 14 11 V Kohli 5 5 1 193 87* 48.25 243 79.42 0 2 0 15 3 PA Patel 2 2 0 49 38 24.50 58 84.48 0 0 0 8 0 SK Raina 5 5 0 111 37 22.20 141 78.72 0 0 0 9 1 Yuvraj Singh 5 5 0 91 53 18.20 133 68.42 0 1 0 9 1 MS Dhoni 5 5 0 75 38 15.00 126 59.52 0 0 0 4 0 Harbhajan Singh 5 5 2 42 23* 14.00 60 70.00 0 0 1 0 3

    see dravids figure in 1999 world cup. Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s R Dravid 8 8 1 461 145 65.85 539 85.52 2 3 0 49 1

    and what is yuvraj now, 5 matchs only 91, one 53 knock, is he best or dravid. selectors get rahul in come on open ur eyes,

    in 2003 rahul had top average in india team with 63.60 and yuvraj had 34.28 almost half of him, so whos better now in playing series, so who is better, get rahul in for world cup, throw yuvraj out

    i think yuvraj is not taking revolta, hahahahah rubbish player till now inda has got

  • on January 24, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Dhoni was selected in the team just to do what Yususf did in the last match, I wonder, if someone remembers when last time Dhoni did something like this. This series has just exposed Dhoni's capabilities as a captain and a batsman. He is just hiding himself. "Dhoni : - in the last 10 overs we can chase anything", but why to wait that long when you have such players? He should have used pitch hitters already like Harbhajan rather than putting the pressure on the specialist batsmen who are already out of form.

  • LIBRAN on January 24, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    To All Dhoni Bashers... Its all well n good, when you say there are other better performers around.. for ex ur utthapa's n ur pathan's. But please do suggest who we can appoint as a captain as well.. i dont think anyone has an answer to that.. Most of the batsmen failed in this series and from both sides... dont know how dhoni is to be blamed for a dismal batting performance by the whole team. Lets face it, SA bowlers are really good at home, but 4 wins 4 losses and 1 draw out of total 9 games.. thats not too bad.. when you look at our previous record there even with the FAB4.. Guys take it easy, its time to stand behind our team.. i know the players dont read this comments.. but still. Take your frustration out somewhere else..I m sure SA would be shown how good (not) they are when they come to the subcontinent for the WC..

    Go the Blues..

  • Selva_1989 on January 24, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Let the selection commitee give the rest for Yuvraj..allow him to get dance practice for IPL Parties with Bollywood actress....his focus is not on Cricket..Let us take an example of Sachin(master)...The reason behind for his success in cricket is his Involvement and Interest...But we can't find dis with Yuvraj..after the world cup Dhoni should be replaced as captain by Gauti or Viru for ODI and T20I...The Success for India's victory not becasue of Dhoni because of the quality Players..

  • mr82 on January 24, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    always the bolwers who set things for batters...in any pitches they have to do their jobs..........

  • ahamedirshad123 on January 24, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    csk players responsible for this loss

    ashwin dropped the catch dhoni and raina threw away their their wickets (and yuvi too but he got two important wickets)

  • on January 24, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Dhoni in the past one year is just good at passing comments. He should retrospect and see his performance. His average this series is 15, raina is 22, Yuvi is 18. At the end analysis India never crossed 250 in the entire series. we won the matches because SA choked in two matches. Parthiv is better and all our millionaire cricketers are playing like one. I have least hope with this team which is shouldered by three guys Kohli, Pathan in batting and Zak in bowling with an unpredictable Bhajji thrown in. We may breeze through to the second round in WC but then after that i am not sure.

  • on January 24, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    All comments against Dhoni till next winning match only,, after winning that match these tongues will comment ' HE IS THE BEST CAPTAIN EVER''..,, I don't know why these people converting there thoughts everytime ..

  • parasboks on January 24, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    with yusuf, kohli, zaheer khan, harbhajan the presence of tendulkar , gambhir and sehwag would ve won the series of india. tendulkar, gambhir may fail in one innings but they ve huge talent to make it up in the next one and sehwag's quick fire 20 or 30 or one day 50 plus could ve definitely won india the series keeping in mind that south africa though good is very much beatable wat more if india keeps a good game plan and with not being too agressive and two passive india has great chance of winning world cup than any other team with their experience.

  • on January 24, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Patel, Pathan, Khan were the most consistent of the Indian players in ODI and ironically Pathan and Patel are not even regular. For example they took 70% of wickets taken by bowlers in last ODI and scored 61% in partnerships between them. It is indeed astonishing that Patel and Pathan are not even the first choices. Either Dhoni and Team Managers are poor judges are they are biased against Pathan and Patel. India's chances of winning world Cup pretty much close to Zero, because Dhoni's selection criterion is something different than performance.

  • sabee66 on January 24, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    some should record my comments and save it in a file that in the opening match INDIA Vs BD, India will loose BD is alot better than them now in ODI's, you will see SA is far far better but always unlucky team, Pakistan is a underdog and can do anything, SL is very dangerous and can be in the final, ENG,AUS also but INdia , NO WAy, coz of their bad bowling and poor fielding, all part time bowlers, except ZK and Bajji

  • on January 24, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Kudos to Yousuf for his knocks. Zaheer contributed a useful support to him. Otherwise all batsmen (except Parthiv Patel -- who is not in the WC squad) disappointed. It seems everyone was in a hurry to catch their return flight. Our batsmen should learn how to stay at the wicket and hit only the right ball.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on January 24, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    it's really shameful and most importantly ROFLOL to see that how people react over a loss..people are asking to remove dhoni from the team....oh really!!! are you sane... show some respect to the man who has lead india to so much victories..show some respect to the only wicket keeper of india who has scored close to 6000 runs in odi in a pretty good time and most of the time batting at number 6/7..if he batted on number 3/4 throughout his life he could have scored close to 8000 runs.. show some respect to the man who was the no-1 batsman in odi just 2 months back..and whose batting average is close to 50..the highest in the indian team :) let the world cup come..i bet you all will have to eat your words and feel a certain pang..when this man will lead us to victory..and destroy the opponents with his batting grow up people..learn to take the losses..

  • on January 24, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Worst all round performance by indian team, no perfect all rounders, Dhoni, Raina, Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma middle order into somuch trouble. Ifran, Dravid should be recalled, 2 match win at SA is only based only on luck.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 24, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    At last SA won the series. Thanks to umpire Jerling and DW method. To be frank, SA are not going to reach even semis with this batting. Their inability against even part time spinners is again proved. Do not assume that Amla will win matches for you every time. On the other hand India played well with a half side. 4 seniors were not in the team and still they played brilliantly. Well done team India!

  • on January 24, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    Here are some advices for WC

    1) Dont fix No. 7 spot for Yusuf....... uses him according to the situation..... even No 3 can be given 2)Piyush is not a leg spinning option...... unfortunately we dont have anyone in the country...... Please ask sachin to sharp his leg-spinners.......Sachin is not a not apart timer.... he is 10 over bowler..... dont do the mistake Ganguly once did 3) Where is the killer instinct in Yuvi and Dhoni.......They are not playing their natural game..... thats where they lost it..... Raina can be good in subcontinental conditions and he knows that well 4) Zaheer bowling yorkers at will is definitely a good sign. Bhajji showed glimpses of his brutal best during the series and thats good.... But then???.....Please ask other pacers to start practicing yorkers and hitting the deck like bravo style.... will be useful in our conditions. 5) Tell everyone to stop pointing at others while the ball is in ur territory while fielding.

  • Hindh on January 24, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    SA choked in a big way in both batting and bowling and still won thanks to D/L method....... What a fight given by india. played like tiger when no one gave a chance to them...

  • passionate_cricket_follower on January 24, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    India would have definitely won the last match had VVS Laxman played in it. He would have stayed with Yusuf till the end, and made sure the brilliant effort didn't go in vain. All Yusuf needed was an established batsman to be at the other end. Zak did well, but he wasn't reliable enough for Yusuf to win the match. In the absence of Sachin's experience, we needed somebody like Laxman in the side. This is the value of experience.

  • KumarCric on January 24, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Dhoni will be spot on for WorldCup... watch out. Only annoying factor of world cup team is Raina, who never seems to connect his mind to his talent....Raina wants to prove always that he is complete batsmen like tendulkar.. which is why he does not use his talent to make it big in his own way. I hope Kohli gets to be #4 ahead of Raina, which would let yuvi n yusaf n Dhoni to play freely... Sree should some how make the cut to bloster pace...

    Good luck India.. to lift second world cup...Hope the Capitan cool remains cooollllllllll.......

  • best_cricket on January 24, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    People used to praise Dhoni as they are admiring pathan now and only reason we have to critic Dhoni is "he is not doing what he is telling other team member to do" play natural game. It seems like he is worried to much about game and try to play like Dravid but Mr Dhoni your strength is power hitting. If he would have played like pathan then match would have been wrap up on 35 over. It's my suggestion to Mr Dhoni when you go for batting just play as batsmen not captain.

  • IndiaRulesCric on January 24, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    @ALL Dhoni Bashers...Just take a chill pill...He has got great leadership skills and just watch him lift the cup in few days time...When the god of cricket- Sachin says he loves playing under Dhoni than anybody else...who are we to question his leadership...All the people who are pointing fingers at few players...these would be the very same players who will play an important part in WC...just wait and see...With Viru Gouti and Sach back in the team there will be alot more exp and balance on the top order...once the top is taken care of, there is very little to worry about middle and tail...As a matter of fact Eng, SA, SL, Aus and Ind all seem to have equal chances to win the cup...If you are a die hard fan of Indian Team then throw away all the negitivity and Cheer for the team...We have our issues but who doesn't ...lets support our team and hope they all come together as a team and win us the cup...this would be the best farewell to Sachin...if anybody, he deserves to lift that cup

  • on January 24, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    did any SA lovers are sure of winning world cup any time up to this year??????? IT is dream for them....................... They never succeed even though in their home place too..................At least India has won one time it is on foreign soil too.....................In their own pitches every body said that that they are the Best TEAM but On other soil India has out played SA VERY WELL.They are the same SA who were saying that we will win 3-0 In the the test and one day international too.....PL check this you hardly win in one day and draw with test

  • Bytheway on January 23, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Dhoni needs to perform both as a captain and as a batsman. A captain leads from the front. Only politicians dictate from the rear. At full strength, India as a team, probably don't need an outstanding captain. But, with what is virtually a second eleven, leadership is crucial to the outcome. A great leader gets ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

  • KiwiRocker- on January 23, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Dhoni is a comedian. Sometimes he blames tosses, sometimes he does not want UDRS as it will expose over rated indian imposter batsmen like Dhoni and Tendulkar and co and now he is taking comfort from death over bowling? What death over bowling mate? SA was pounding Indian bowlers and it was rain break that served India and broke momentum. India has no quality bowlers. Zaheer has an economy rate of like 5 runs an over and an average of like 32 per wicket and he is supposed to be the best bowler? Pakistan recently stretched SA to limits and perofmed way better than India against SA.Steyn was taken to cleaners by Pakistani batsmen. India actually should have lost this series by 4-1 as a dodgy umpiring decision gave Botha out and India ended up wining by a run.Yousaf Pathan has weaknesses and he has been found out. He will click once every ten matches as he is no Abdul Razzaq YET!.Indians have chosen a very weak team for WC and Rainas and Yuvraj's are a failure.India shud bring back Laxman

  • on January 23, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    South is a very good team. They just crushed the Pakistanis. And they showed there form just now. Dhoni is losing is form. His batting is letting the team down. A new Captain should work. However not like what happened to Pakistan. New captain every few minutes.

  • monty_lee on January 23, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Imran khan once said: A team needs captain when going gets tough and that is the time when captain should lead by example. Reaping benefits of inheriting a great team is different than building a team. Luck can work up to certain level and not forever. I can't remember, neither can I justify, when a captain "in a right mind" would use 6 bowlers in first 15 overs. I can't wait to see someone else coming out of Indian dressing room for toss!!!

  • CricketChat on January 23, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    Regrettable that a great innings from Yusuf Pathan couldn't win the match for his team. His superb effort deserved it. Having said that, I predicted SA would win the final bec they are close to their choice side and clearly had better bowling. How could Ind have won when the entire top order barring Kohli, is so unreliable and I would even go as far as calling them incompetent against quality top class fast bowling on bouncy wkts. Yuvi, Raina, Sharma's failures I can understand, but more worrying for Ind is Dhoni's lack of form with bat. He is clearly no longer the batter he once was. Ind better prepare for team without Dhoni in next 1yr esp if the other aging stars (Sachin, David, Laxman) also leave the scene in Tests.

  • mkstraight on January 23, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    well played S.A. well for India no worries. World Cup is in Sub-continent so on flat tracks India will SMACK everyone. Honestly Sri Lanka Looks the Best team by Far from the rest. Good batting, decent Bowling attack, Great Fielding unit, Good Captain plus Playing at their home ground. As far as India is concerned Great Batting strength specially in subcontinent, decent fielding but poor bowling attack. they are much dependent on zaheer Khan and Bhajji. let say if any of these two bowler has a bad day, India look very mediocre. moreover, there are two many part timers in the team and good teams like England S.A or Australia will capitalize on part timers.usually Zaheer and Bhajji struggle against good sides on batting friendly tracks so India can only win if they bat first in every game and set massive target to chase. my four Semi-finalist srilanka, England, S.A and Australia or India

  • Deepkar on January 23, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Why everyone wants to kill raina? look raina 111 runs at strick rate 78, yuvi 93 runs at 67, dhoni 75 at 59. all played 5 innings raina played mostly at 6-7 no. and yuvi played at no. 4 mostly so who is bigger failuer? ok yuvi took 5 wickets but He is in team to score runs and if he takes wickets thats bonus. dhoni is captain, wk batsman and we cant go in with new captain in WC and though he failed in resent past he was no. 1 batsman in world not so far ago. but I really dont remenber when yuvi played like yuvi that we all know i think against england 2 years ago. if he fails in WC that will be end for him.

  • Al_Pinto on January 23, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    First, Dhoni should drop himself from the team. Parthiv can keep wickets and is a better batsman. Second, Raina and Rohit can play only on flat, docile Indian pitches; they should not be part of overseas tours where tracks are bouncy. In Tendulkar's absence, even someone can Laxman would be better for 1-day matches, since he can drop anchor, like Amla did today, and make sure that we don't get to 119/8 chasing 268.

  • on January 23, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    I think there are different rules for different players in the team.Yusuf wasn't given a game until the third match of the series even though he played a match winning innings in his previous stint.Dhoni seems to have not much confidence in Pathan.Pathan should have been used more as a bowler.Coming to Pathan,I am glad he will be featuring in the Indian eleven with performances like this.He is the player to tonk the ball in the slog overs.People who criticize him for being inconsistent should know that it is very difficult to score runs at number 7.As I said the result of the series will have no bearing on the WC.Every time has its fair share of chances and teams have to build momentum from scratch.

  • on January 23, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    dhoni, yuvraj, raina in my guess are gonna be the white elephants for india in the world cup!

  • manasvi_lingam on January 23, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    Dhoni, Raina, Yuvraj and Rohit Sharma - These are the biggest disappointments along with Murali Vijay who continues to get game after game. Virat Kohli is however a good find for India and he should come in place of Raina/Pujara in the Tests. I've never seen Dhoni play so poorly as this.

  • cooljack_143 on January 23, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    he says "with the WC coming up all will be set" .How will it be set?????? If you do not perform and leave everything to fate, Mr.Captain with this mindset you are going no where.Be strong mentally and Start performing before it is too late.or else you might even end up not reaching quarter finals for sure.WI and BAN are very good sides now and it will be very tough to go through the first round.And please dont give those lame excuses again.I wish you dhoni resigns after the world cup.We need fresh atmosphere there in teh field not the same old thinking-"its all part and parcel of the game".Tired of listening to him.

  • on January 23, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    Ginnaka I agree with ur comments...he has had a fair amount of luck in fact more than anyone in this world would get....so he has to do something about his batting and the tactics on the field... its not yet another criticism I have been saying these words ever since he was crowned captain for no reason courtesy luck, sheer luck!!! I c him going down, alas we don't have a captain ready after WC..may be Gambhir steps up and we might c a bye bye from Dhoni (I ll b hell pleased)

  • on January 23, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    he can,t bat send yusuff next time 4.

  • CricRocx on January 23, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    poor application by the batsmen once again to the fore. No patnerships. Partiv doing justice to the openers slot for once, the rest just didn't show as much intent as Zaheer did. Probably Yusuf needed to come at 4-5 with some support at the other end. Yusuf did fantastically well, maybe i'm too critical but with 40 odd runs required from 60 balls probably he should have become more careful in bowler and shot selection.He'l improve with time. We lack somebody like duminy, hussey or bevan of old who had the ability and the apptitude as finishers.WORLD CUP is another cup of tea.. practice well and don't smile and Dhoni don't say we were unluckly at the world cup postmatch interview.

  • nicetunes on January 23, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    where was Yosuf for first two one dayers? Dhoni, is that you who kept him out over the likes of Vijay, Rohit , Raina and yourself?

  • on January 23, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Duminy was out on the 2nd ball he faced. A crucial catch was dropped after Amla had got to a 50. The first was not India's fault, the second definitely was. Even at PE, India let SA off the hook when the hosts were struggling at 120 / 5. Dhoni allows the game to drift when India gets on top. That is a big problem. Pathan and Kohli have confimed there place in the starting XI. I really do think Suresh Raina might not be in the starting XI on 19th Feb against Bangladesh. And Piyush Chawla over R Ashwin is a questionable decision. All in all, its not looking as good for the Indian team as was made by jingoistic media after 5-0 vs. New Zealand. India need to step it up a notch if they are to repeat 1983 or 2003.

  • Bouncypitches on January 23, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Dhoni and the others never went into this match trying to win it! They were already on the flight home. Yusuf almost won it and if one of the other top order batsman had hung around somehow, India would have been home. Raina has been the biggest disappointment of this tour and should be sent back to Ranji or Training school to improve his short-ball technique. All other teams will exploit his weakness even in the WC on Indian wickets. He is a walking wicket and Dhoni should re-think the team make-up.

  • KrikGuru on January 23, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    I think decision and attitude led India down . Who asked Dhoni to take fielding after wining the toss ??????? This is just a stupid act !!!! I can remember Ganguly did the same mistake In WC final in SA against Australia !!!! All stroke playing batsmen , like Dhoni himself , Yuvraj , Raina donated their wickets in SA charity ... they are really big hearted !!! Nobody attacked SA bowlers , but walked back to the dressing room to have a early coffee ! Just ridiculous !!!... They got two oppotunities to hold the series , but ill thinking and stupid attitude made the same result as India used to . I think WC will not be anything special ..... !!!! I'm going to switch off my TV and make some contribution towards global warming for future generation during WC.

  • givemefood on January 23, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    @Prasant Kumar Amant - Correct... Lets bring Dravid back and make him the captain and have a repeat of WC 2007 with a sample of Captain who has demonstrated no backbone. Get over the past... the future captains are the Gambhirs and Virats.

  • givemefood on January 23, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Blah Blah Blah for all the comments. Yeah ok. Dhoni had 1 poor series with his batting but he has always had good series. Let's not put him down yet. Some things came out for sure - Rohit Sharma, M. Vijay will be axed permanently. There is no coming back for them... ever. Suresh Raina had a poor series and will be under the radar even though he usually plays well in India. What this series gave the cricket team is an assurance of who will play well and that's the positive. Among the newbies only Virat and Yusuf will play in the final 11 of the WC, and rightfully they should.

    So going into the WC... I'd say the team will consist of (barring injuries): Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Virat, Dhoni, Yuvraj/Raina, Yusuf, Bhajjiya, Zaheer, Munaf, Praveen/Nehra/Ashwin.

  • TexasCricket on January 23, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Atleast Dhoni cant keep Yusuf out of the playing 11 for WC now. With his batting form Dhoni may end up as a nonplaying captain!. India is going to World cup with 3 rested/injured players, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Raina struggling. Hope Dhoni can find some batting form in Flat Indian tracks.He may have to alter the batting lineup to send Kohli at 4, Pathan at five,Dhoni at 6 and Yuvi or Raina at 7. There is no way India should kep Kohli and or Pathan out of the lineup to include Raina!. Any time if a wicket falls after 20 overs , Pathan should be promoted. This is not the time to build r bring anyones confidence. This is probably the last chance for India with a good core team.. Good luck Team INDIA

  • nikhilpuri on January 23, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    I think the criticism towards Dhoni in some of the other comments is unfair and a bit too harsh. He has been India's best captain in a long, long time. He unites the team well and leads from the front. Yes, he has not had that great a series, but the time has come to focus on the positives - Yusuf and Virat. Plus our top three will return for the World Cup and then our batting order will be set. Yuvraj Singh is my real worry though - he needs a big knock to get back in form. I think he needs to go back to India and play a couple of domestic games. The rest of the team lookis in top shape.

  • akash20102009 on January 23, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Dhoni is Dhoni because of his poor luck. His technqiue is very poor. He rose to fame as India won IPL20 WC. And we all know IPL is very unpredictable game and any good team can win anyday. AfterIPL20 WC, we thought him as new GOD of Indian cricket. As India was playing most of the matches in sub continent, he was scoring healthy. And his luck was so good that others in team were doing good and India was winning. But luck may run out and that has happened. Now either Dhoni proves himself or get ready for the door.

  • Agus2010 on January 23, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    These days Dhoni forget the batting, he is a good keeper not a GOOD batsman specially in International matches, maybe he want to concentrate only for his CSK team or what, better give him some rest before the Next IPL starts

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    MS Dhoni is useless / good for nothing. It is shame to INDIA to have such a type of brainless / useless captain. This is happening all because of SRIKANT..BCCI has to take strict action against SRIKANT & DHONI, it must sack them after the world cup. They are killing the lifes of PRAGYAN OJHA / SREESANTH / ROHITH SHARMA / AMBATI RAYUDU...all are talented South Indians...thats why DHONI neglected them..He was not having guts to defend SREESANTH....

  • SanjivAwesome on January 23, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Raina should not play for India in the WC. Dhoni has lost his mojo.... South Africa were so good.

  • BICHU77 on January 23, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    its a matter off one or two innings.....when its going to come then....he already got 5 innings to make that two...i am still confused about his promotion in the batting order......came as a pinch hitter or to play an anchor role.......his shots shows he came to step up..........it was foolish as he is struggling to connect the bat with the ball these days.

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    dhoni..how much u willl defend urself nd ur batsman by saying its just a matter of 1 innings...unfortunately ur 1 tht innings had cum nearly 1 yr back or evn mre thn tht..why the indian team management is going continously with rohit,vijay nd even raina...rohit had playd 60+ games nd tilll tday he failed to prove himself..vijay is not looking as a international player who can handle pace in south africa nd australia...why don't we shud give try to sum1 like uthappa...nd wat raina is doing...it seems these players only play for IPL raina shud learn sumthng from even parthiv who inspite not given enough opportunity has proved his worth in wat he got...shame to even selectors who keep on giving thse players a chance inspite of lots of failure

  • SangramSinghRana on January 23, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Another terrible batting collapse! We are now used to the situations, when just one batsman out of the top seven performs! The other six batsmen behave like free-boarders. Sometimes, Kohli performs and sometimes Pathan performs. The rest are shameless free-boarders. The bowlers who bat on 8th to 10th positions bat better than these so called specialist batsmen. Time for India to kick out these non-performers. Get Robin Uthappa to replace Dhoni, the biggest free-boarder of all. When was the last time he contributed with the bat. Anyway, Robin's wicket-keeping skills are better than those of Dhoni. Replace Raina with Badrinath and Yuvraj with Irfan Pathan. Irfan's batting is more consistent and more reliable than that of Yuvraj. Too many opportunities have been given to Rohit, Yuvraj, and Raina. One can understand a few failures. But their consistency in failures is most worrisome. Let them go back to domestic tournaments. Try Rahane and Pujara. Give some opportunities to them too.

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    dai nuts dhoni offers more than any players because of his captanicy skills if we win tight games you all indian nuts says we are the best team , if we loose one game we all say our team is worse team . no team is good or bad in just one series . we doing great for the past 2 years just remember that u nuts. we jest won 3 games out of 17 games in SA before this series --> atleast we did great job--> try to accept the reallity that we are really improved ( drawn test series, winning 20-20, tight odi series) SA never won a odi series in india for the past 15 years --.> there close series was --> titan cup final (remember ST as a captain) so u nuts . just stop craping here

  • intcamd on January 23, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Despite the neg comments from others here, this Indian team is light years improved from the one that got bounced out by Bangladesh in the previous episode. This team brims with confidence, and does not seem to panic. And of course in local conditions, we will be pretty hard to beat. I am feeling good.

  • dersh on January 23, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    after world cup no munaf,praveen kumar,nehra and dhoni toooooooooooooo

  • karthikmano on January 23, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    @Prasant - You wanna see another first round elimination..... @Gontu - (6 matches before now for him) at the Dambulla Finals when everyone else failed... Remember Dhoni Bats at #6 and he cannot score fifty when the top order clicks... Everyone had a bad run this series including the SA batsmen. Have a look back, with the likes of Tendulkar, Rahul, Saurav... we lost 0-4 in SA. This performance (from a young team) is a huge improvement and better than any other Tour of SA... before this tour, we have won thrice in SA against SA. 2 of them coming back in 1992 Friendship tour when we lost 5...

  • SalilN on January 23, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    PA Patel didn't even get practice or enough preparation time to play against SA best bowlers. But I am really impressed by his performance.

    A big shame on Srikkanth for making a bad decision. A big embarrassment for Dhoni, Sharma, Vijay and Raina!!!!! Yuvraj and Kohli were impressive...They didn't perform well throughout the series though they had enough of ODIs against SA.

    PS: PA Patel can keep better and bat well against Dhoni given the harsh bowling situation. So, why is he NOT in the squad then?

    I definitely respect Parthiv and Pathan's batting performances even though they didn't play all the ODIs. But whatever they have performed is worth a big slap on Indian Selectors and captain himself.

  • Prabodh1234 on January 23, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Dhoni's form has been pathetic in the past few months. He is just a half glimpse of a hitter he once used to be. Even as a captain, i question his decision of picking Piyush Chawla from nowhere and playing 2 spinners in Sth Africa esp when you have a plethora of handy part-timers. Guess success has started going into his head.

  • lakshya1 on January 23, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    DHONI--- sorry mate, but there has to be a limit for excuses. saying that your batsmen did not got enough net practive, what are you talking about? raina, vijay and yourself were in SA for several weeks. rohit, kohli, yuvraj, yusuf were the ones who were new. but look at yusuf and kohli vs yuvraj and rohit. you got 5 matches, a T20 and also 2 days off between most games. yusuf, kohli and also a late comer parthiv did very well, but you dont have enough excuses to cover up the shamble performances from vijay, rohit, yuvraj, raina and finally yourself. As cricket fans we dont really care about the end result - we understand that win and loss are part of life, but you guys take things for granted at times. you cant do that mate...it is a huge crime to play with emotions of billions of people back home!!

  • ravithecricbuff on January 23, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    India is going into the world cup with a series loss...which I feel is a blessing in disguise..like what happened to them in 2003 world cup, having beaten all ends up by NZ in NZ. But this time it is much better, India have matched SA in SA ball for ball and the final outcome of the whole series is that both teams are even. And hence India will have an upper hand when they come to their own den in the world cup. Just a litlle application from every one in team and India could well be in the Finals of World Cup again like in 2003..and by God's grace should win it this time..Lets all of us pray that "Sachin's" World Cup as this is being called be truly so...May Sachin win the World Cup!!

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    all of these players r flat track bullies. no technique. yuvraj is not gud enough to find a place for hmself as a batsman bt his bowlingis better. parthiv patel shud hav been included in the squad in place of piyush chwla. raina's batting against shotbowl is a big worry. nd its very intrstng to c on which position dhoni comes to bat in wrld cup. the biggest worry is our batsman who plays gud on flat tracks nd our bowlers bowl well aaaain helpfull condition. since them team has been already anounced there is no question about dravid who deserves a place in this team. btaccording to me ideal11 in wlrd cup will b... sachin sehwag gambhir kohli dhoni yuvraj pathan harbhajan praveen kumar zaheer nehra/patel

  • ratedstfu44 on January 23, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    The better team won. INdia have nothing to cheer. The score 3-2 looks competitive...but it wasnt. SA dominated everyhere.

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Dhoni.. its high time before the world cup you raise your game.. you have been a batting disappointment as far as I can remember..

  • Ginson on January 23, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Hello Dhoni,we had bowlers, Ishant started at140-145kph..now at 125-130kph..same Sreesanth is the same..who is responsible..Captain is defensive in his words and in pressure situations in matches..He should understand luck has its limits and he has to step into the plate. if india wants to win worldcup.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 23, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    I think Dhoni's technique is just not good enough for him to be consistent in any conditions that make for tough batting, whether it be slow and low or green and bouncy. More than Ind being good at the death I would also say SA have been very poor at the end of innings.

  • maddy20 on January 23, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Is he pleased with his batting too?

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Raina, who was very inconsistant all over the series, will be a big concern in the coming world cup for Dhoni when the others comes back with their fitness. Yuvraj is showing himself better for big matches. Exclusion of Ojha must have a second thought to pick the trophy home.

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    guys can anyone remember when dhoni hit his last 50

  • timus6778 on January 23, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    dhoni has got a perfect excuse...pity that...

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Dhoni should be replaced by Rahul Dravid in WC2011

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  • on January 23, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Dhoni should be replaced by Rahul Dravid in WC2011

  • timus6778 on January 23, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    dhoni has got a perfect excuse...pity that...

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    guys can anyone remember when dhoni hit his last 50

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Raina, who was very inconsistant all over the series, will be a big concern in the coming world cup for Dhoni when the others comes back with their fitness. Yuvraj is showing himself better for big matches. Exclusion of Ojha must have a second thought to pick the trophy home.

  • maddy20 on January 23, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Is he pleased with his batting too?

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 23, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    I think Dhoni's technique is just not good enough for him to be consistent in any conditions that make for tough batting, whether it be slow and low or green and bouncy. More than Ind being good at the death I would also say SA have been very poor at the end of innings.

  • Ginson on January 23, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Hello Dhoni,we had bowlers, Ishant started at140-145kph..now at 125-130kph..same Sreesanth is the same..who is responsible..Captain is defensive in his words and in pressure situations in matches..He should understand luck has its limits and he has to step into the plate. if india wants to win worldcup.

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Dhoni.. its high time before the world cup you raise your game.. you have been a batting disappointment as far as I can remember..

  • ratedstfu44 on January 23, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    The better team won. INdia have nothing to cheer. The score 3-2 looks competitive...but it wasnt. SA dominated everyhere.

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    all of these players r flat track bullies. no technique. yuvraj is not gud enough to find a place for hmself as a batsman bt his bowlingis better. parthiv patel shud hav been included in the squad in place of piyush chwla. raina's batting against shotbowl is a big worry. nd its very intrstng to c on which position dhoni comes to bat in wrld cup. the biggest worry is our batsman who plays gud on flat tracks nd our bowlers bowl well aaaain helpfull condition. since them team has been already anounced there is no question about dravid who deserves a place in this team. btaccording to me ideal11 in wlrd cup will b... sachin sehwag gambhir kohli dhoni yuvraj pathan harbhajan praveen kumar zaheer nehra/patel