South Africa v India, 1st ODI, Johannesburg December 5, 2013

Rohit struggles with the Steyn Test

Plays of the Day from the first ODI between South Africa and India in Johannesburg
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The billiards table
When Quinton de Kock scored the series' first boundary, a crisp flick off the pads through midwicket, the ball raced across the Wanderers outfield so quickly that the umpire had barely turned to look where it had gone when it crossed the boundary. Fast outfields are not uncommon in South Africa but considering the amount of rain that has been around Johannesburg, it was a credit to the groundstaff that they prepared a carpet so smooth.

The tee-off
De Kock played his entire innings with the freedom of youth, so when the first free-hit came with him on 92, there was a sense he would go big. Mohit Sharma bowled an innocuous length ball, and de Kock stood solidly, giving himself a firm base with his legs parted just enough to provide a platform for his body to swivel on. With a swing that would make the likes of Ernie Els proud, he struck the ball over long-on, high and hard enough for it go for six.

The bad timing
One of the worst times to give a batsman a send-off is after he's scored a century. De Kock's aggressive knock came to an end on 135, when he handed Virat Kohli a simple return catch in his follow-through, and the bowler was so delighted with the scalp that he told the batsman where the dressing room was with his finger. De Kock walked in that direction but it was Kohli who looked silly.

The shot
It appeared as though almost every delivery AB de Villiers made contact with found the boundary. His best came at the end, when India would have wanted nothing more than to get off the field. Mohit Sharma bowled full and de Villiers made room by backing away and sliced over point. The ball travelled flat and fast, not a typical slog but a calculated one that would have left India wondering how to stop the South African captain.

The run
There were many more eye-catching runs scored than the ones Rohit Sharma got via a leading edge that beat the cover fielder. It was an unsure stroke from a man struggling to cope with Dale Steyn's pace and swing, but the runs were significant. They were Rohit's first after facing 16 deliveries from Steyn, all full and swinging away from the right-hander. They were also the first runs Steyn conceded in an opening spell laced with venom.

The wicket
Ryan McLaren's place in the South African side was considered to be in doubt because of Jacques Kallis' comeback, but he proved his value with two wickets in his third over. His second victim was Yuvraj Singh, who was struck by a bouncer first ball before receiving a fuller delivery as a follow up. Yuvraj played all around the delivery and the ball brushed the pad before hitting the stumps, sending the bails flying and etching McLaren's name on the team sheet for matches to come.

The run-out
With South Africa's bowlers proving difficult to handle, the last thing India wanted was to lose a wicket to their fielders. Rohit, however, was too slow to respond to a call for a single from Suresh Raina, who had pushed the ball gently towards cover and set off immediately. Rohit's hesitation gave David Miller enough time to sprint in from cover, and as he dived he released the ball under arm to hit the stumps direct with the batsman short of his crease.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Anurag.Sharma on December 12, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Yet again an Indian team as failed to impress when playing in a bouncy-seamy conditions, still an alien thing for us. No matter whether we are in 1996 or in 2013, the same story unfolds again. I just hoped the Sharmas, Dhawans and the Kohlis give bit more respect to the conditions and set themselves in. These are trying conditions and they should prove their worth in this team.

  • on December 7, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    I endorsed Syed Atta.. its a series of world champions against future champions! However, Asian teams are unpredictable..

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    come on guys, its just a first game let them settle. we will see very good series ahead . we have very good players and we also no-1 in odi don't forget that. its so early to dissects team performance on single game. let them play whole series then we able to do analysis on sa tour not now. come on team india show us some memorable play. still we can win the series and i mean that.

  • on December 6, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    India must relook at the team composition. since Pujara is already there, he should play in place of Yuvi/raina. Ishant should come in place of mohit and Rahane in place of Jadeja

  • on December 6, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Wake up India, bring back Zaheer, devastating Sehwag considering their experience, contribution and value.

    You cannot let your ego play in the world of cricket to get your experienced cricketer like Zaheer who recently proved still consistent in Ranji Trophy. Sehwag is still dangerous, who should be given confidence to play his natural style of game. He is single handed match winner and give him confidence and change, he will rip off any bowlers and break their length of bowling. When South african players were playing, it just looked like batting paradise soon after their innings, when in our Indian players were playing they were searching for balls and running for runs without knowing where the ball is and sacrificing for runout.

    Just see the bowling line up, Mohit Sharma, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Shami. These three are the major seamers and they lack experience in tensed situations and also there is no any guidance from experienced bowler if anyone goes wrong.

    This is the real test.

  • harshavardhan2000 on December 6, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Guys,stop blaming our players and indeed rohith,his game of play is the same way i.e slow start to the innings and goes well with the later part of the innings.Anyone who plays steyn in the 1st 3 overs in ODI cricket would obviously struggle with that out swingers at that pace,why blame only this guy.indeed he showed temperment there.unforunately he was ran-out where there was no run at all.we know that indians are always poor starters in any tour.they would definitely rock in the remaining 2 games.blaming yuvraj with his technique isnot gud as he showed an awesome performance in the 2007 t20 in those conditions.once he pile up few runs you would definitely see a different yuvraj.I indeed consider raina is not useful for the team in those conditions.rahane would be very ueful.And the pace bowlers mohit/bhuvi would not be used as they dont have pace where umesh and ishanth(better than mohit with pace) would be better so that they can trouble SA.come on guys cheer up our team.India Rocks

  • Bakht_Jamal on December 6, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Actually, what I thought would happen, did in fact happen. Indian players are too comfortable at home on flat pitches where there is nothing for bowlers. When you have tracks like that, obviously you are not going to encourage anyone to become a fast bowlers. Everyone fancies being a batsman. But again, those are flat tracks (like cement pitches). As soon as these superstars got exposed to some swing and shape, we all saw that their footwork, shots and confidence shattered.

    Unless India moves out of its comfort zone and worry more about their technique rather than just accumulating runs, same would keep happening.

  • joseyesu on December 6, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Rohit is not Sehwag, to go start straightaway. It is the first match and he was facing the world's best bowler, why not let him take his time? Let the whole series decide than a match.

  • on December 6, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Admit it that Indian bowling has been pathetic since many years .. The only reason they have been winning is the fact that India has very good batting giants

  • on December 6, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    The time is over for Yuvaraj singh. South african bowlers are world class today. . Our selectors should wake up and bring youngsters like Pujara and Rahne. It is not IPL in Indian pitches where our batsmen are masters. Barry Richards long time ago branded us as subcontinent players.Bharat Ratna Sachin was wise enough to hang up his shoes before the South african tour. Wake up selectors!

  • Anurag.Sharma on December 12, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Yet again an Indian team as failed to impress when playing in a bouncy-seamy conditions, still an alien thing for us. No matter whether we are in 1996 or in 2013, the same story unfolds again. I just hoped the Sharmas, Dhawans and the Kohlis give bit more respect to the conditions and set themselves in. These are trying conditions and they should prove their worth in this team.

  • on December 7, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    I endorsed Syed Atta.. its a series of world champions against future champions! However, Asian teams are unpredictable..

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    come on guys, its just a first game let them settle. we will see very good series ahead . we have very good players and we also no-1 in odi don't forget that. its so early to dissects team performance on single game. let them play whole series then we able to do analysis on sa tour not now. come on team india show us some memorable play. still we can win the series and i mean that.

  • on December 6, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    India must relook at the team composition. since Pujara is already there, he should play in place of Yuvi/raina. Ishant should come in place of mohit and Rahane in place of Jadeja

  • on December 6, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Wake up India, bring back Zaheer, devastating Sehwag considering their experience, contribution and value.

    You cannot let your ego play in the world of cricket to get your experienced cricketer like Zaheer who recently proved still consistent in Ranji Trophy. Sehwag is still dangerous, who should be given confidence to play his natural style of game. He is single handed match winner and give him confidence and change, he will rip off any bowlers and break their length of bowling. When South african players were playing, it just looked like batting paradise soon after their innings, when in our Indian players were playing they were searching for balls and running for runs without knowing where the ball is and sacrificing for runout.

    Just see the bowling line up, Mohit Sharma, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Shami. These three are the major seamers and they lack experience in tensed situations and also there is no any guidance from experienced bowler if anyone goes wrong.

    This is the real test.

  • harshavardhan2000 on December 6, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Guys,stop blaming our players and indeed rohith,his game of play is the same way i.e slow start to the innings and goes well with the later part of the innings.Anyone who plays steyn in the 1st 3 overs in ODI cricket would obviously struggle with that out swingers at that pace,why blame only this guy.indeed he showed temperment there.unforunately he was ran-out where there was no run at all.we know that indians are always poor starters in any tour.they would definitely rock in the remaining 2 games.blaming yuvraj with his technique isnot gud as he showed an awesome performance in the 2007 t20 in those conditions.once he pile up few runs you would definitely see a different yuvraj.I indeed consider raina is not useful for the team in those conditions.rahane would be very ueful.And the pace bowlers mohit/bhuvi would not be used as they dont have pace where umesh and ishanth(better than mohit with pace) would be better so that they can trouble SA.come on guys cheer up our team.India Rocks

  • Bakht_Jamal on December 6, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Actually, what I thought would happen, did in fact happen. Indian players are too comfortable at home on flat pitches where there is nothing for bowlers. When you have tracks like that, obviously you are not going to encourage anyone to become a fast bowlers. Everyone fancies being a batsman. But again, those are flat tracks (like cement pitches). As soon as these superstars got exposed to some swing and shape, we all saw that their footwork, shots and confidence shattered.

    Unless India moves out of its comfort zone and worry more about their technique rather than just accumulating runs, same would keep happening.

  • joseyesu on December 6, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Rohit is not Sehwag, to go start straightaway. It is the first match and he was facing the world's best bowler, why not let him take his time? Let the whole series decide than a match.

  • on December 6, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Admit it that Indian bowling has been pathetic since many years .. The only reason they have been winning is the fact that India has very good batting giants

  • on December 6, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    The time is over for Yuvaraj singh. South african bowlers are world class today. . Our selectors should wake up and bring youngsters like Pujara and Rahne. It is not IPL in Indian pitches where our batsmen are masters. Barry Richards long time ago branded us as subcontinent players.Bharat Ratna Sachin was wise enough to hang up his shoes before the South african tour. Wake up selectors!

  • Manowara on December 6, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Not only Rohith every Indian player struggle to face Styne and. Indian players have to re think about there technical approach to the game. The most scored players of prasant Indian team are not technically correct on there movement. Doni can not be taken as a example to new comers. His foot and movements are shattered in going to connect a shot.

  • on December 6, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    lol.....seriously I am just waiting for world cup 2015 in Australia ...feel sorry for indians though but its really hard to take series away from South African as it's not indian pitches 3-0 for sure

  • rs220 on December 6, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    It was hilarious to see "No Hit" Sharma leaving Bowls and it became better when Steyn said "You go to play it Man" ..lolzzzz!! I had doubts on India's Team (ODI No. 1) performance on SA and i guess MSD Team did't disappointed me there. when an unknown player like Mohit Sharma will start bowling for a team, then what more can you expect. Only genuine fast bowler is warming the bench, Only swing bowler is waiting till 10 over to bowl and only spinner is pausing like he is bowling in IPL...Virat provided a hope that something can be done from whole team and after that it was sad and sorry !!

  • jimbond on December 6, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    When Steyn bowls like that there is not much that one can do. Even when Shami bowled his first over well, he didnt concede much. The trick is to get runs later. I thought Kohli was shaping up quite well, though he couldnt continue for long. Even Rohit was good enough to survive Steyn in the first few overs. Even against Australia/WI, he was doing the same- hanging in initially and then scoring faster later on. India's game plan is effective, only they need to implement it a bit better next time. B Kumar is still India's best new ball bowler currently. He should start along with Shami. I am not sure if Mohit Sharma is good enough to play at the highest level- I know Dhoni has this comfort level with players from CSK, but Yadav may have been a better bet.

  • on December 6, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    where are all those indians who were saying that their bowling was equally good as SA...the SA team not only showed that their bowling much much better but also showed the Indians that their batting is also much better than that of the Indians..... It's ridiculous too see that the indian batsmen can't even put bat on ball against STYEN .... now that they've been humiliated they're blaming that they didn't get enough time to get use to the conditions but remember that the PAK team defeated SA in their first match just a few days back.....

  • on December 6, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    I don't think its indian batting that need to worry, its the bowling department that needs improvement.... there is an urgent need of fast bowler in India... they need someone to create that pace buzz which is missing at this point in time....

  • Siddiee on December 6, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Not unexpected this defeat. Yadav has to be in, he may not make a difference immediately but having him will be a right decision for the long term. I dont see any batsmen in the line up equipped to play in SA other than kohli, Rohit had a bad day but he has more problems in his head than his technique. Rahane looked good in few chances he got when India was drubbed by England in England, so disappointed to not see him here. Finally I cant understand why Pujara has been termed as a Test batsman only, the guy has all the shots and a good batsman will score in this format too. Off course ill be day dreaming but still, to me best 11 that India can put on the field is Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara,Rohit, Dhoni, Raina/jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi,Yadav,Shami

  • BigDataIsAHoax on December 6, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    India need time in the middle. The bowlers just gave it away. South Africa should never have scored more than 260 on that wicket. Chasing 360 is never easy in those conditions against that attack. So, 95% of the blame goes to the pedestrian attack bar Shami. Don't understand what MSD's and the think tank's hesitation is to blood just raw fast bowlers. I could not for the life of me believe Umesh Yadav was warming the benches. Nobody likes to face genuine fast bowlers. We have one...it was the perfect wicket the best conditions...Yadav swings the ball out, bowls at 145KPH consistently and he was watching some atrocious pedestrian stuff from the side lines. I would like to see Zak, Shami, Yadav and Jadeja as the bowlers. Ashwin needs to be dropped. He is pathetic overseas. Why Zak is not in the ODI team baffles me. Bhuvaneswar Kumar is young and his inexperience was out there for all to see.

  • on December 6, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    South African batsmen with the exception of A B De Villers were ill at ease with the Pakistani bowlers-both pacers as well as Ajmal However, Indian bowlers were toyed all around. In tough wickets, a better technique player like Pujara should be preferred to Rohit or Raina who do not have the technique to play on bouncy tracks Just picking a bowler on a few performances in IPL was a grave mistake and that has been illustrated by poor performance of Mohit Sharma. It is going to be a disastorous tour, in short.

  • Chandra_G on December 6, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    to all who are going blah blah over india's loss. Just relax guys its the first game of the tour. give time to these guys, they will start winning. I feel yuvraj and raina should be removed from the team, they are really very much suspectible to short bowling. We can try pujara, rahane instead of these both in my opinion

  • on December 6, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    i think call rahane to open and drop yuvi from the playing 11.and give a place for rohith at no.4 for only next 2 matches against sa.

  • on December 6, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    They left Gambir out and Pujara Never seen as ODI Player jadjea he does not make sense at 7 for me.

  • mk49_van on December 6, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Funny - India is being written off by so many of you. Just wait for a couple of matches guys, this members of this team are no pushovers.

  • crick50 on December 6, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Agreed. Tiger on Home & paper tiger away... it makes surprises Dhoni persisting with IPL team.. With fast & flat Track In SA how how 2 spinners ashwin & jedeja provided handy.. In what way Mohit better in likes of umesh &Ishant Sharma. Their pace sure suits SA wicket than mohit sharma.. Though Umesh goes for runs he does take wickets. When rohit has given hell of time to make double century why not Rehana ...he deserves a place in playing 11. He has the temperament & technique

  • on December 6, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Ro Hit Sharma went through a reality check yesterday and has now gone for a name change to No Hit Sharma for the remainder of this tour. The way he was exposed by Steyn made one wonder was this the same person who had put the hapless bowlers to sword with a double century. He looked palpable in these conditions. Yuvi looked like a deer caught in the headlights after the first ball bouncer, wonder why players who have a known weakness against short bowling have been taken on tour. Perhaps the captain wanted all his CSK team mates and his buddies to enjoy a sojourn at SA. 2015 world cup!!With this team just a big joke.

  • on December 6, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    India's secret weapon ASHWIN, but when SA already played SAEED AJMAL enough. Then wicket for Ashwin is as much hard .... as WIN for India. Weldone SA and come'n INDIA, we want nice cricket not ONE-SIDED games. India had good practice matches with Australia-A Team and unlisted WI, which wont be helpful in SA's backyard against SA.

  • on December 6, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    We need Pujara or Rahane in the Middle For Yuvraj to provide solidity. Yuvraj is aweful!

  • Sanj747 on December 6, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Poor show by Kohlie. Childish and immature. One hopes that the kid will get a hold of himself and respect both himself first and others. He is a class batsman but has no class with his behaviour. Needs Dhoni to teach him a thing or two on diplomacy. Raina and Yuvraj have shown once again their inability to play high quality fast bowling. Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli will get better as the series goes on.

  • cornered_again on December 6, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    relax guys it is only first match of the series,,Judge them at the end of the tour...It takes time for teams to acclimatise......Still think India is a strong odi and poor test team,,,they can change my test opinion even if they win one test..

  • AvidCricFan on December 6, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Rohit Sharma will be suspect on seaming wickets that has good bounce. He is very tentative playing outside the off and plays quite a bit away from body. It was fine in the Indian conditions. But in wonderer type wicket and conditions, he will get exposed. Yuvi is completely out of sorts. Raina has been perennial suspect. None of the new generation players get time or have dedication to work on honing the required skills. Bring in Pujara in place of Yuvi. He will provide better back in the middle order. Look for another opener in place of Rohit who can handle pace, bounce and movement. On the bowling side, our pacers failed to capitalize on ideal conditions by not bowling right line and length. Bhuvi seems to be losing his touch now.

  • Greatest_Game on December 6, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    @ SurlyCynic wrote "Not too happy with sloppy bowling from Lopsy, Parnell and McLaren."

    They did manage some damned vrot bowling today. Why Parnell was in and not Philander I will never understand. Vern would definitely have taken a few, and caused a lot of headaches. Parnell is like Mitchell Johnson - you never know which one will turn up for the game. Vern, however, is always Vern, & should be an automatic pick. McLaren needs work with technique, but must stay. Vern is probably the man to help him too! If a spinner is REALLY needed, drop Lopsy - too inconsistent & a sloppy fielder. I was delighted with the all pace selection. The team was exactly what I wanted to see, to the man, EXCEPT Parnell.

  • on December 6, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    Well indian batsmen boast 200 in india with home grown friendly dead wickets and that is what costs them when they play outside. It was very much on the cards. And the india won WC was also bcoz played at home, salute to steyn who is the only Gun around the world thesed ays when batting is made super simple because of the sponsor groups of india pushing friendly batting wickets around as term. Fast bowlers r ending due to too much supportive rules for batting. ICC should give level playing field sot hat one can see best contest between bat n bowl...

  • AKCric on December 6, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Great play by SA. India plays too many games at home to gain ICC ranking but when they go out of India to play places like SA, Australia, New Zeland, they will find it difficult to handle the bowling of these teams. They should plan and play more game overseas to get better and become real Champions. The current ranking is largely due to playing more home games and making batting pitches where they score too many runs easily but they find it difficult to handle the bowling outside India. Good Luck to both teams.

  • on December 6, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    For me, one of the 'play's of the day' could have been the dropped catch of V Kohli by de Kock. that too amid some wonderful wicket keeping against the pace and bounce of Steyn & Morkel and after a fine catch to dismiss Dhavan. He dropped a dolly from Kohli off the bowling of Morkel. I suspect he was too eary to throw the ball up the air in celebration as once Herchalle Gibbs did in he Word Cup against Steeve Waugh prompting S Waugh to make the famous quote "You Dropped the Cup.. Mate!!!". Any way As V Kohli is no steeve waugh and Team India is not as Formidabe as the Mighty Aussies of 90's, the drop catch coudnt make any difference in he outcome of the game..

  • SydneyIndi on December 6, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    It is amusing to see some posters here enjoying India's loss. They have the same old opinions like India is no good outside India, etc. Settle down people! It is only one of many ODIs. India is ranked No. 1 over a long period of time; even if they loose to SA 3-0 they will still be ranked No.1! Yes see stats.

    Another thing, India won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. Was that held in India? Check before commenting here.

  • jimbond on December 6, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    No point blaming Rohit Sharma- given the way Steyn bowled yesterday, I doubt if any batsman could have scored off him. What he could have done was to take some calculated risk to throw Steyn off his line and length, something easier said than done. Knowing that this Indian team does not throw in the towel so soon, I will be watching the second match with a lot of interest.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on December 6, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    joshofali: SA didnot won any bilateral series in india. Does it mean their bowling is zero?

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on December 6, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    haha! some of the fans are so funny! they forgot last time they played in saf they were bundled out for 43. I was impressed way Indians adopted the playing conditions, though it was not expected to win but altleast top order got starts. In next couple of matches this will turn into centuries and i think South Africa will go down 2-1.

    For all the fans, here is a recap of what happened to your team the first odi you played even after spending enough time in South Africa. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/514035.html

  • heartbreakerz on December 6, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    these Indian youngsters like kohli n dhawan are too arrogant

  • on December 5, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    Today's match has actually showed us the reality of over glorified Indian Team. Cricket is a combination of Batting and Bowling. So a good team should be good in both areas. In case of India, everyone wants to be Sachin Tendulkar. I can't recall a good bowling talent, India produce in last few years. All the Indian batsmen rating turn out to be over rated. They couldn't even able to manage 250 against SA. Pakistan have comparatively young and inexperience side, but in last 8 ODIs against SA, they didn't face such defeat.

    Alarm for India.

  • Ms.Cricket on December 5, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    The SAF tour is a waste of time. An extended version of IPL should have been started early instead.

  • aztecs on December 5, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    Okay im a big fan of Pakistan Cricket...but i also adore our Indian brothers too. I dont like see them being beaten this way and i felt bad as if Pakistan was losing. India will bounce back ( i really hope they do) The bowlers need to learn their lengths quickly...Yadav and the much hated ishant as they both have pace need to be bought in asap. This will give the bowlers alill more zest in their pace. They also need to find the right lengths. When they do and they manage to restrict SA to under 270 a game the batsman will take care of the rest. Fielding was very poor today they let Amla and de kock off early had they been aware it may have been a different headline "India crush SA".

    PS Kohli was defo an embarrassment to Team India and doesnt do the rest of the team any favours he needs a firm talking to and needs to change his attitude and learn quickly that team India is liked because of its gentleman like behaviour not its arrogance or rudeness. GL Team India from Pakistan.

  • Over_the_infeild on December 5, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    Nothing wrong with Rohit's innings. It was a great spell of fast bowling by one of the best ever fast bowlers. Infact his only mistake today was not sending rains back it was too much of a risk considering two quick wickets had just fallen...u dot want to risk for a single. But raina looked like a man who wanted to get off strike in a hurry to avoid the chin music. This is where I get disappointed with Dhoni s a captain. He could have come in himself no.5 and steadied the innings with Rohit and that would have given India a respectable position. Raina is a good finisher at the end of the innings...definitely would struggle handling the extra bounce of Morkel and the skilled stern. India needs to bring pujara in at no.4 to steady the innings overseas. Specially since we are playing with oly six batsmen.(yes, I would consider jadeja a batsman) or may be bring in someone like Stuart binny in at no.7.

  • silentstand on December 5, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Pathetic behaviour from kohli.congratz to de kock however he looks the real deal

  • soumik on December 5, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    If India could loose 4-0 in both Australia and England with all the great batsmen like SRT,Dravid,Sehwag,Laxman in the team,why bother if this new team looses in SA,NZ and ENG in future?At least these new set of batsmen would gain much experience in playing oversees conditions.They are the future.Besides,who is expecting that India won't loose 3-0 and 2-0 in both ODIs and test in SA?A player who just scored a double-century in ODI,was dancing in the tune of Steyn.Horrible!

  • I_Love_My_India on December 5, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    SA played brilliantly. I wish Indian team all the best for the next games and hope they win them.

    I really do not think that Virat is in the right spirit some times. I agree he is an aggressive cricketer. But often times he does utter stupid things which you never think he will do. He is a terrific batsman but I never liked his behavior and today what he did to DeKock, was the stupidest of all...

  • joshofali on December 5, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    As expected indian team outside india is zero. india can't play outside of their home grounds. They are very habitual of it and this thing is destructing them. They are digging their own graves.

  • on December 5, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Great job by South Africa.

    Many congratulations.

  • wajoo on December 5, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    India are lucky it's a short tour. How about Dhoni and Kholi open the bowling in the next game. A disgraceful performance indeed ; yet very much expected.

  • on December 5, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    I had predicted it in advance that India will definitely surrender and it happened ... rohit Sharma has always been a stupid ... he scored so many runs in last few series (in home) and so now for the upcoming 2- 3 he will mess things as always .... 43 balls 18 runs .. he has even scored a double century .. n looked so stupid batting today.... ROHIT is only good for 1st class cricket given the fact all matches are played in India ... yuvraj really need to click else he is history . Bowlers need to improve as cant rely always on batsman ... S.African bowlers totally dominated the play ... lets see what M.S gambles on now

  • Greatest_Game on December 5, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    It is pretty funny that Kohli, the supposed form ODI batsman, gives a rude sendoff to a 20 year old kid (who had just scored the MoM innings,) but could not manage more than 31 - and that after being given a life by the same kid when he was on just 2! de Kock made the headlines, & Kohli simply made himself look stupid, adding to his already unsavory reputation. Time for MSD, one of the REAL gentlemen of the game, to take him aside and teach him a few lessons.

    Future Indian Captain? For India's sake, I hope not.

    By the end of this 3 game series I don't see Kohli on top of the ODI rankings, or the popularity rankings!

  • BigINDFan on December 5, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    It was a wake up call that Ind and MSD was expecting anyways. They know conditions will favor the home side just like it did back in Ind. I agree with team suggested by @SHANEDAPPAL. Yuvi and Raina should be out. Not sure Ishant will make a difference in place of Ashwin but Yadav will be a good selection.

    MSD needs a plan - win toss bat first not chase. Play out Steyn and attack the other end. You may lose wickets but these are ODIs. Rohit should not open get Rahane or someone who is good at playing swing and bounce open along with Dhawan. Maybe Kohli can open. On the bowling front, accuracy is important since the bowlers got pressured to perform on friendly pitch. Someone should lead these young guys. Bounce the heck of Amla and top order.

    Get a proper spinner to tackle AB and Duminy. Ind does not have Ajmal but Ashwin should perform or get him out. MSD is better off bowling spinners or slow medium at death rather than quicks giving quick runs.

  • Saket_Goel on December 5, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    I believe team BCCI will continue to improve during SA & NZ series. Though few players who were in sublime form until last week like Rohit, Raina, Ashwin & Jadeja will be soon out of form and will stay that way for next three months. No need to worry they are class acts and we all know that 'Form is Temporary and Class is Permanent'. By IPL they will be back in form.

  • BravesBattallionXI on December 5, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Wake up indian team, its neither small IPL ground nor west indian bowlers who they hit wherever they want. Rohit Sharma scored the first run after 16 balls. Indian over rated batting exposed badly again after they had a lost series against Pakistan. Kohli can never be a legend due to his bad attitude for other players, he should've learnt something from Sachin. Shastri voice totally withered away as always as the match turned to be one sided. its the beginning of an end to an overpraised and over rated indian team.

  • on December 5, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @chukki364.. absolutely true.. this indian team has the talent without a spec of a doubt but they are just too full of themselves and so are the indian fans.. today was a big reality check for them..

    i know people have been bragging about india not losing a series this year but what they fail to recognize is with whom India have been playing and on what surfaces they have been playing.. the next world cup is going to be in Australia with much more pacier and bouncier wickets with much bigger grounds and longer boundires.. and God only knows what will happen to this team over there.. these people need to wake up and step down from their confort zones as they still have a long way to go before they can be truely #1 ODI side.. PERIOD..

  • KarachiKid on December 5, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    India need some more solid technique in the middle. Raina, Yuvraj and Rohit are all great players but instead of at least one of them, India need someone solid like Dravid, Tendulkar or Laxman. I dont know who could do this stabilizing job. Like Pakistan have Misbah who provides solidity in the middle.

  • on December 5, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Sometimes I wonder how some Indian youngsters can be so arrogant, rude and stupid. Especially when they are connected with a legacy that had players like Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. It's a disgrace even to their own legends.

  • SurlyCynic on December 5, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Great batting from De Kock, solid from Amla, superb finishing from AB and JP. Perfect batting performance on a pitch that was doing a bit for the bowlers. So glad to see that team selection without Smith! (no offence to him, but he must stick to tests)

    Not too happy with sloppy bowling from Lopsy, Parnell and McLaren. But hard to be too critical as at least wickets fell regularly. BUT, the pitch in Durban will be very different so bowlers need to tighten up.

    Great fighting innings from Dhoni. It was not easy out there and he showed courage as usual. Lot of respect for him.

  • on December 5, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    I feel sorry for the rest of the Indian team with Kohli acting like that and hope that Kohli at least congratulated de Kock later on. To me that shows immaturity from Kohli and especially when it comes from a batsman who would no doubt expect nothing of the sort when being sent off after scoring a big hundred.

  • on December 5, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Extremely dissapointed the way Indian Team played today. I am struggling to understand when will Suresh Raina start realizing his role in the side. If he is careless and takimg thinga for granted, pls throw him off from playimg 11 like it was done to Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Sehwag, Gambhir. Move on man with inform players. In the bowling front why players like Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar are not selected. they r extremely talented than people played today........ Get in form players please

  • __PK on December 5, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Someone seriously needs to take Kohli in hand.

  • SHANEDAPPAL on December 5, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    indian team have enough talent but they are not using it if india want to win the next game the playing XI will be

    1 - RAHANE- 2 DAWAN 3-KOHLI 4 -ROHIT- 5 -RAINA-(RAYIDU) 6-DHONI- 7- JADEJA 8-BUVI- 9SHAMI- 10 UMESH- 11 ISHANTH

    india need more pace means 140+ so umesh and shami can do that an india need experiance and some variety so ishanth and buvi consider for that and for the spin there is jadeja, for part time spin rohit, raina s

  • on December 5, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Indian players should ask bcci if they could take indian pitches with them on tours, how else will they win outside India?

  • Centuries2020 on December 5, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Kholi's arrogance will never going to make him a good captain in future. Learn from sachin & dhoni on how to be calm amid all success. For their humility & being grounded, these both got the ICC People choice award from the public.

  • chukki364 on December 5, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    I am telling na..... this young indian brigade thinks that everything that they will do,will be labeled as cool,i've seen other cricketing greats in their young ages,and believe me,guys like kohli,jadeja,dhawan,etc,may bamboozle the stats but will never come close to richards,tendulkar,dravid,lara,kallis,etc. who are true messengers and gentlemen of this game.

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  • chukki364 on December 5, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    I am telling na..... this young indian brigade thinks that everything that they will do,will be labeled as cool,i've seen other cricketing greats in their young ages,and believe me,guys like kohli,jadeja,dhawan,etc,may bamboozle the stats but will never come close to richards,tendulkar,dravid,lara,kallis,etc. who are true messengers and gentlemen of this game.

  • Centuries2020 on December 5, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Kholi's arrogance will never going to make him a good captain in future. Learn from sachin & dhoni on how to be calm amid all success. For their humility & being grounded, these both got the ICC People choice award from the public.

  • on December 5, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Indian players should ask bcci if they could take indian pitches with them on tours, how else will they win outside India?

  • SHANEDAPPAL on December 5, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    indian team have enough talent but they are not using it if india want to win the next game the playing XI will be

    1 - RAHANE- 2 DAWAN 3-KOHLI 4 -ROHIT- 5 -RAINA-(RAYIDU) 6-DHONI- 7- JADEJA 8-BUVI- 9SHAMI- 10 UMESH- 11 ISHANTH

    india need more pace means 140+ so umesh and shami can do that an india need experiance and some variety so ishanth and buvi consider for that and for the spin there is jadeja, for part time spin rohit, raina s

  • __PK on December 5, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Someone seriously needs to take Kohli in hand.

  • on December 5, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Extremely dissapointed the way Indian Team played today. I am struggling to understand when will Suresh Raina start realizing his role in the side. If he is careless and takimg thinga for granted, pls throw him off from playimg 11 like it was done to Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Sehwag, Gambhir. Move on man with inform players. In the bowling front why players like Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar are not selected. they r extremely talented than people played today........ Get in form players please

  • on December 5, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    I feel sorry for the rest of the Indian team with Kohli acting like that and hope that Kohli at least congratulated de Kock later on. To me that shows immaturity from Kohli and especially when it comes from a batsman who would no doubt expect nothing of the sort when being sent off after scoring a big hundred.

  • SurlyCynic on December 5, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Great batting from De Kock, solid from Amla, superb finishing from AB and JP. Perfect batting performance on a pitch that was doing a bit for the bowlers. So glad to see that team selection without Smith! (no offence to him, but he must stick to tests)

    Not too happy with sloppy bowling from Lopsy, Parnell and McLaren. But hard to be too critical as at least wickets fell regularly. BUT, the pitch in Durban will be very different so bowlers need to tighten up.

    Great fighting innings from Dhoni. It was not easy out there and he showed courage as usual. Lot of respect for him.

  • on December 5, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Sometimes I wonder how some Indian youngsters can be so arrogant, rude and stupid. Especially when they are connected with a legacy that had players like Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. It's a disgrace even to their own legends.

  • KarachiKid on December 5, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    India need some more solid technique in the middle. Raina, Yuvraj and Rohit are all great players but instead of at least one of them, India need someone solid like Dravid, Tendulkar or Laxman. I dont know who could do this stabilizing job. Like Pakistan have Misbah who provides solidity in the middle.