Australia A v India A, Tri-series final, Pretoria August 14, 2013

India A take title with resounding win

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India A 243 (Karthik 73, Hazlewood 3-31, Coulter-Nile 3-35) beat Australia A 193 (Paine 47, Nadeem 3-34) by 50 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It was only a shade over half of what they showed they were capable of - 243 instead of 433 - but India A's bowlers defended it to win the tri-series. In doing so, they bowled Australia A out for the lowest total of the week-long tournament, which has been played at a small ground on flat pitches and was, until today, a struggle for the bowlers.

Australia A's attack showed what discipline could do as they reined in India A from 141 for 2 after 23 overs to 243 all out. Through tight lines and fairly full lengths, they ensured India A only posted two partnerships higher than 20. Their last five wickets fell for 14 runs as they recorded the third-lowest total of the tournament.

Through a display of inept stroke-making and poor shot selection, Australia A's line-up did themselves no favours on a surface that finally showed a few sparks of life. India A's quicks were able to extract slight extra bounce but it was not a strip that justified Australia A's dismal showing in what should have been the event's climax.

Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch seemed determine to polish off the total in quick time. Marsh drove Mohammed Shami powerfully for four while Finch charged Suresh Raina, who opened the bowling, for a six and then a four in successive overs.

The big hitting soon cost them. Finch tried to heave Shami down the ground but missed, and the ball found its way into the massive gap between bat and pad to bowl him. Shami got Marsh out to a similar shot - the batsman tried to pull him over mid-on but found Cheteshwar Pujara instead.

Despite being two down early on, the Australian approach did not change. Glenn Maxwell took on Ishwar Pandey and enjoyed fleeting success before pulling off Raina and falling in a manner similar to Marsh. At 50 for 3, Australia A needed consolidation but India sensed opportunity.

When Nic Maddinson got a healthy edge off Pandey, Raina leapt up at slip to pluck the ball out of the sky. And when Mitchell Marsh went too far down from the non-striker's end after thinking of a sneaky single, Rohit Sharma was quick to get to the ball and ran him out. At 53 for 5, the only thing left for Australia A was to find a dignified way to end their challenge.

They were in danger of missing out on that ending when Moises Henriques and Nathan Coulter-Nile both fell to Shahbaz Nadeem, the former edging to Raina, the latter being stumped by some distance. But Tim Paine and Josh Hazlewood batted manfully in an eight-wicket stand of 54 before Hazlewood became Nadeem's third victim. Wriddhiman Saha showed quick reflexes to pull off a second stumping in a match where his keeping stood out for its efficiency.

Paine quietly approached a half-century but was bowled for 47 in the 45th over. Although Australia's lower order already had too much to do, with him out, they simply marked time to the end.

Earlier, India lost A Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara early on but man-of-the-moment Shikhar Dhawan was on hand to take control. He drove the first ball he faced for four, was strong down the ground and dispatched anything pitched up. In a bid to stem the flow, Australia A resorted to a short-ball barrage but Dinesh Karthik's pull shot was up to the task.

The pair put on 108 runs for the third wicket and kept India A's run-rate above six an over to sound a warning that a big total could be on the cards again. Australia A hauled them in after Dhawan reached for a Henriques delivery and was caught behind in the 24th over. Kartik was bowled by Nathan Coluter-Nile in the 29th over and Suresh Raina was dismissed cheaply three overs later.

Ambati Rayudu, who edged a couple of times before settling in, and Wriddiman Saha rebuilt slowly. They did not find the boundary for 36 balls between the 36th and 42nd over, which slowed India A down, and Rayudu was bowled as he tried to accelerate, heaving and missing against a straight Hazlewood ball.

Saha drove with confidence but when he tried to go aerial, he looped one to Maxwell at point to leave the lower order in charge of the final five-over surge.

Hazlewood and Coulter-Nile did not give India A's lower order much opportunity to score and took four wickets, including Saha in that time. They bowled full and straight to limit scoring. India A posted just 12 runs in the last 4.2 overs and their total appeared below-par but eventually, it turned out to be more than enough.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • sandy_bangalore on August 14, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    So team India A has effectively shut all those people who think that its reserves cannot handle bouncy conditions in SA. Convincing win, and we are ready for the series later this year. Credit also to the bowlers, and even here people were saying about how the bowling cupboard is bare. Well done team for proving a point once and for all!

  • Nampally on August 14, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Congrats India on 50 run victory over the Aussies & another Tri- series triumph. However there are lessons to be learnt. India need to develop the "killer instinct". They let the Aussies off the hook when down 88 for 7 to finish at 193. The same thing happened in the first match against the Aussies when they rallied from 152 for 8 to finish at 290 for 8. Just like India are good finishers in ODI batting, they need to learn to polish off the tail! Dhawan continued his run of scoring spree & was joined by Karthik. Rayudu & Saha also added 30 runs each. Rohit & Pujara both failed in batting inexplicably on this Pretoria pitch which appeared to be still flat. Having scored 243 India did well to get rid of Maxwell, Marsh & Henrique early. Opening with Raina was a great move. But India could not stop the tail from wagging. A quality leg spinner like Mishra would have polished them off with deceptive flight & googlies. The spinners Raina, Nadeem & Rasool all bowled well. Well Done!

  • on August 19, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    @Junaid Dawjee,can u explain how India has first side whereas Aus has second string team?Aus has players like Marsh brothers,Finch,Maxwell,Henriques,Paine who already played for Aus and few are regulars in Aus team..

  • Roshan_P on August 16, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    I wouldn't give so much credit to the batting unit - as it is literally the actual Indian team's batting unit with the exception of Kohli (are you even allowed to do that?) - but the bowlers have done brilliantly. Well done India, and commiserations Australia who showed that their youngsters do actually have talent. Future Ashes winners????

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 16, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Congrats to India A. Well done. Funny to see some people who laughed at Indian youngsters hiding now when it is the time to appreciate them.

  • Srini_Indian on August 15, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar: Read @dineshkarthikfan's comment to know the complete story of DK's performance in last 4 series. If you use the same yardstick to measure Rohit as you do for DK here, Rohit would be out of the team long before. Remember last SL series in which RS played a whole series and haven't scored more than 5 in any ODI. If you wanna talk about Mukund, then what about Powar, Nayar and countless others who wouldn't get into any other country's domestic teams? I hope both RS and DK do well for many more years to come. Please don't show any regional bias.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 15, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Agree with @Jitu_Zadokar - BCCI and the Selectors deserve credit for arranging this tour. This kind of tournaments are good for testing our fringe players. Finally, credit should go to Captain Pujara for giving a chance to everybody, including the second wicket keeper Saha. If Kohli was the captain, he would have played the same 11 players in all matches - he is so scared of losing.

  • vsroc on August 15, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Our young boys of India 'A'once again rose to the occasion to defend their decent total of 243 and attained victory in a fine style.Full credit to our boys for their spirited display in foreign soil.

  • on August 15, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    India , 66inpendence gift.

  • bbnn on August 15, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    @Mjrvasu, there are two teams selected for these matches

  • sandy_bangalore on August 14, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    So team India A has effectively shut all those people who think that its reserves cannot handle bouncy conditions in SA. Convincing win, and we are ready for the series later this year. Credit also to the bowlers, and even here people were saying about how the bowling cupboard is bare. Well done team for proving a point once and for all!

  • Nampally on August 14, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Congrats India on 50 run victory over the Aussies & another Tri- series triumph. However there are lessons to be learnt. India need to develop the "killer instinct". They let the Aussies off the hook when down 88 for 7 to finish at 193. The same thing happened in the first match against the Aussies when they rallied from 152 for 8 to finish at 290 for 8. Just like India are good finishers in ODI batting, they need to learn to polish off the tail! Dhawan continued his run of scoring spree & was joined by Karthik. Rayudu & Saha also added 30 runs each. Rohit & Pujara both failed in batting inexplicably on this Pretoria pitch which appeared to be still flat. Having scored 243 India did well to get rid of Maxwell, Marsh & Henrique early. Opening with Raina was a great move. But India could not stop the tail from wagging. A quality leg spinner like Mishra would have polished them off with deceptive flight & googlies. The spinners Raina, Nadeem & Rasool all bowled well. Well Done!

  • on August 19, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    @Junaid Dawjee,can u explain how India has first side whereas Aus has second string team?Aus has players like Marsh brothers,Finch,Maxwell,Henriques,Paine who already played for Aus and few are regulars in Aus team..

  • Roshan_P on August 16, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    I wouldn't give so much credit to the batting unit - as it is literally the actual Indian team's batting unit with the exception of Kohli (are you even allowed to do that?) - but the bowlers have done brilliantly. Well done India, and commiserations Australia who showed that their youngsters do actually have talent. Future Ashes winners????

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 16, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Congrats to India A. Well done. Funny to see some people who laughed at Indian youngsters hiding now when it is the time to appreciate them.

  • Srini_Indian on August 15, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar: Read @dineshkarthikfan's comment to know the complete story of DK's performance in last 4 series. If you use the same yardstick to measure Rohit as you do for DK here, Rohit would be out of the team long before. Remember last SL series in which RS played a whole series and haven't scored more than 5 in any ODI. If you wanna talk about Mukund, then what about Powar, Nayar and countless others who wouldn't get into any other country's domestic teams? I hope both RS and DK do well for many more years to come. Please don't show any regional bias.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 15, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Agree with @Jitu_Zadokar - BCCI and the Selectors deserve credit for arranging this tour. This kind of tournaments are good for testing our fringe players. Finally, credit should go to Captain Pujara for giving a chance to everybody, including the second wicket keeper Saha. If Kohli was the captain, he would have played the same 11 players in all matches - he is so scared of losing.

  • vsroc on August 15, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Our young boys of India 'A'once again rose to the occasion to defend their decent total of 243 and attained victory in a fine style.Full credit to our boys for their spirited display in foreign soil.

  • on August 15, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    India , 66inpendence gift.

  • bbnn on August 15, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    @Mjrvasu, there are two teams selected for these matches

  • on August 15, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Nothing much to get excited about. The India first team lost two out of three games to a second string aussie line-up. As for complaints about flat pitches - its a one-day series and even SA dont play one-day cricket on green seamers. Given the current selection policy, India are sure to dominate one-day cricket for years to come. Tests though remain a different story.

  • captaincool on August 15, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Though I am a big supporter of 'A' tours but this type of tour does very little to enhance the skills of the players. The idea was to get Indian fringe players and test hopefuls to be familiar with South African conditions but they got pitches which were even more flatter than the sub continent pitches. At least they should have been exposed to different conditions especially when there are two Test grounds of South Africa Johannesburg and Centurion are not very from this ground. Rather, they were made to play in the same docile track every match.

  • on August 15, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    @sandy banglore. Yes the conditions were so bouncy that India twice almost chased 300, won by less than 40 runs when they won by scoring 200 in 38 overs and made 400 odd in another game. Whats with everyone assuming that just because a pitch is south african or australian it must be bouncy. Each venue prepares its pitch differently, and on this occasion the pitches were amazingly flat. Adelaide is generally flat, while Hobart used to be dry and slow, which now has become a green top. So point is it is naive to assume the nature of pitch based on place where game is played.

  • Naresh28 on August 15, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @mjrvasu - the players assembled for the NZ games are another set of India A players like ZOL, Chand, and others. Such is India's talent that they can assemble another team. There is so much going on at the moment with U19, U23 and IndiaA teams playing.

  • on August 15, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    @ SandipManjrekar, there are many rohit bashers here. but there is some reason behind. agree that he has done well in recent series. but the very ground that rohit was selected was question. he has ordinary record in listA and good record in FC. records are all most correct except for few cases. if one performing well in IPL, he should be selected in T20s only; not in ODIs. you observe stats of any senior player, viru, ganguly, dhoni, gowti, dravid, raina etc etc. u can see that the way they performed in listA, FC, IPL, almost same way they have performed in respective ODIs, tests, and T20I.

    considering these things, rohit should not be in ODIs. may be he is one exception or may be not. you cant tell that the way he plays shots. he is simiilar to laxman in style; timing, abiility to cope with bounce etc. but laxman could not deliver much in ODIs. yes rohit performed as opener but time will tell what he is. he may perform well or may perish like akash chopra, ramesh, wasim jaffer.

  • Jitu_Zadokar on August 15, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    One must congratulate BCCI too for arranging and particiapting with A Squad in such series. This kind of tournaments will improve our overseas performance.

  • nagendra1221 on August 15, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    congrazzz india A Best 11 is 1.dhawan 2.gambhir 3.kolhi 4.DK 5.raina 6.MSD 7.SIR Jaddu 8.ashwin/mishra 9.BK 10.mohit sharma 11.ishanth/shami/unadkat... if YUVI fit then 4.YUVI n if gambhir is not picked then it goes to ROHIT SHARMA then WC is our's...

  • mjrvasu on August 15, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    The India A side is playing the 2nd Unofficial Test against South Africa in Pretoria till Aug 27. Then there is India A's next Unofficial Test match from Aug 28 at Vishakapatnam, India! Can somebody explain this please, BCCI?

  • Aaranya on August 15, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Let us set aside all bias. Any fair cricket follower from India can understand and accept this...........our best bet against fast bowling under seaming conditions would be Dinesh Karthik........

  • 777aditya on August 15, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @ Nampally - good morning! this was not an ODI series, but list A match series - why are you so excited?

  • on August 15, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Why isn't Virat playing in these a matches

  • on August 15, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Well shikhar dhawan is proving him self better and better each and every single match he his also the leading score runner in Indian team Australian team and the South Africa team. I'm sure he will be surely included in the squad for the World Cup 2015 cause dhawan has only played 19 Odis and scored 3 centuries and 3 half centuries. Where as Raina and Sharma have played more than 100 Odis have scored only 2 centuries . So I think dhawan is a much better player than those both nothing like there bad there good but inconsistent.

  • on August 15, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    guys.. Rohit is doing good in opening slot while DK is doing good in the middle specially when few wickets are down early. Dhawan was great in the recent ODIs. that gives us a very formidable lie up of Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Raina, DK, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ishant, Umesh.

    Reserves : Vijay, Mishra, Pujara, Rayadu, Shami, Mohit.

    Pujara was little disappointing considering that he was going hold up one end in the series later. He lost his stumps once, edged. So not great signs from him. Maybe he is jus going through bad phase.

  • Tabish1982 on August 15, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    excellent performance by Team India..especially impressed with performance of Nadeem who had been consistently among wickets..tally of 9 wickets on aflat surface for a spinner is really commendable....real challenge for spinner for Indian Slot..

  • anver777 on August 15, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    What a bat.... as usual Dhawan continues his attacking run spree !!!!!

  • on August 15, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Dhawan will become the future cricket star of India if he able to continue the present form...Jai ho yuva Bharat..Jai ho..You are rocking dudes..

  • on August 15, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Shikhar playing his natural game. he was picking the victory over from aussies. he prove his spot once more time. This tri series are very important raina, rohit & rassol but these didnt prove him self. the tri series is another positive moment for young indian cricketers.

  • SandipManjrekar on August 15, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    @Venkat_Gowrishankar

    Don't bring your biased views on this forum. Again you bash Rohit & Zol. If you understand the stats are Metaphor, why did you bash a performer by commenting that he got 10 times the opportunities that DK had. Just see the stats of last 7-8 domestic Ranji seasons where you find many players above DK & Mukund but didn't get chances. I won't name those as I don't want regional arguments here unnecessarily. Keep my words about ZOL......Its neither prejudiced nor biased. Its based on reality.

    @ Ravi Gupta Mr. Tiwari whether Manoj or Saurabh will get definite chances. They are Indians & will play for IND. At least I expect good manners from you to call Rohit Sharma than Nohit Besharna. I expect you to respect his recent good work than a single phase of 7 ODIs. By the way his tenure from 2007 is still good. Pl see http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/34102.html?class=2;template=results;type=batting;view=innings

  • IndianCoolGuy on August 15, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Rohit, DK, Rahane, Rayudu, Pujara all these players are looking for Test and ODI spots. in ODI we have opening and 2nd down spots. Opening is being filled by Rohit for now. and 2nd down position is eyed by Pujara/Rayudu/Rahane/DK. Its very tough to pick some one for that spot. Consistency only the thing which can secure the place. Lets see who can grab that place.

  • black_bird on August 15, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    i think dhawan is the best batsman india has ever produced and will be the world best. i am watching this guy from u-19 team. he was always terrific. it is a matter of regret that, some senior out of form players were blocking this players entry at india. best of luck dhawan. one day, you will break all records.

  • Rohit... on August 15, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    @ SandipManjrekar :- I admit that you are Rohit's fan but what is the point in criticizing DK? Rohit is terrific as an opener while DK provides valuable support in middle overs... Don't forget that in middle overs we don't have any consistent player apart from Dhoni... So, India must cherish such players who can bat in crisis rather than trying someone else with a false hope that he will perform...I m not big fan of DK, but even I waill say it - When there is a crisis, turn to DK.

  • Rohit... on August 15, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    @ Harshtmm :- Because Dhawan is yet to get sufficient matches outside subcontinent.... There are no rule which says that non-playing 11 can only participate.... India wanted Dhawan to get valuable experience in foreign pitches... That's why He was sweating in SA while distractors like you sit in an AC room throwing mud at him.

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Then Sehwag now Dhawan. Why Rehane is not there. Rohit and Pujara are like Dravid and Laxman ,not able to adjust for O.D.1 format.Vijay is another guy need to dropped.Selectors must explain selection of Binny. India won because of team effort thanks to toss. Pujara is great test player do not burden him with capataincy.Search should be for all rounders. Yuvaraj come back for country sake

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    @Harmony111. I just came to knew of the personal tragedy faced by DK. My respect for him has gone up a few notches. The way he played for his state team in a painful state of mind depicts the character of this man. As someone else rightly pointed out he seems to be playing better when the chips are down and gets out easily when the going is easy. This fact was demonstrated recently also when he put in a good partnership with Kohli in Zimbabwe. I believe this is the sort of man any team needs, but he just needs to be a little more consistent. Dinesh Karthik, respect.

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Congratulations to Team India A winning the series in South Africa. Shikar Dhawan played superbly.

  • JustIPL on August 15, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Wonderful performance by indians. They are definitely the force to face. All doubts yesterday faded away as all of us take no time writing off indians. With this team they can also bounce back in the test arena. Furthermore, U19 & U23 teams will provide more talent. Also, playing Pak is also crucial. Both Shami and Bhuvi got prominance from there. In the past SRT and Waqar shared the same stage.

  • class9ryan on August 15, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    India have to look forward to the World Cup right now. They have got the ammunition and the fire to deliver. The upcoming South African tour shall be more important than the home series against the Oz. If India find one or two very decent bowlers and a high quality batsman who can replace any batsman in the playing 11, India's bench would be ready and we are all ready to retain the ODI urn.

  • CricketFanIndUS on August 15, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    The two unofficial tests are a golden opportunity for Vijay to get some runs and experience overseas. I believe he will open with Dhawan, as he deserves this chance to strengthen his role in the test team after doing so well against Australia. Pujara will come in his regular position (at number 3). Rohit will be given the coveted number 4 position in the A team. Hope the results will be good so he can make a case for the starting 11. How hard has he worked over so many years for his dream of starting for India in test cricket? How incredibly close he got to the starting 11? Will this be the year? Next up in the A team, Rahane will get the number 5 position. He deserves a chance to showcase his skills.

  • on August 15, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Before commenting on Dks performance.Please check ur stats. Out of matches he played since his come back, how many matches did he got a chance to bat. mostly he came in when the team need 20 runs or so except for WI series.he has got little opportunity to prove his worthiness.Moreover india has never lost an international when he scores a fifty. He needs to be given an opportunity against australia in home series and take it from there.

  • dineshkarthikfan on August 15, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Hey guys stop complaining about karthiks consistency.let me explain his performances,in champions trophy he failed only in 2 innings against sa and eng,he got 51 and 11 notouts against wi and pak and he did not get to bat against sl.lets come to windies,yes he failed thrice against sl ie herath u know that herath troubled most indian batsmen.he got a wrong decision against wi for a caught behind.now coming to zimbabwe series, he got chance to bat in 3 innngs he scored 69,8notout and10notout.lets come to southafrica a series he failed only against aus a,he got 73 in final,18notout and 18 not out against sa and india won these mathches.so finally given that karthik has had only7 failures out of the given 20 matches i hope that dinesh is given a long rope that was given to rohit sharma.i am sure that dinesh will get a big one in 4day mathces.guys dinesh can certainly cement his place in the team if he gets chance against aus in india

  • my_comments on August 15, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    As expected India A playing their nearly half of their national team wins the trophy. Again BCCI has won. They just wanted their inexperience batting line-up to get some batting practice in South Africa and they just got that.

    India has got real talent in their ranks. Looks good for India!

  • jjradha on August 15, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    SandipManjrekar,

    Form is temporary, but class is permanent . Agreed, But temperament? If Rohit is as per all kar's recommendation why he played only 102 ODIs and no Test match during the past 6 years. If DK is to thank K.Srikanth for his inclusion, Rohit has to thank Vensarkar, Gavaskar, Manjrekar, Sastry, Ratnakar setty and many more. Just be happy that India won.

  • on August 15, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    Very Good win by india A....and good innings by DK. Since his comeback he has scored 380 runs@36.5(Including List A). I think DK and Rayudu ensure their places in the middle order ahead of pujara and Rahane for upcoming Australia tour.. Rahane will be a backopener for rohit and Dhawan

  • Iceman29 on August 15, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    if the selectors send Ind A to the begining of every tour it will really benefit the youngsters a ton..they will be ready for any conditions when they take on anybody and they will have lot of confidence in them to play in fast and bouncy tracks...

  • Siva_Bala75 on August 15, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    The way DK has been used is such that whenever india is in trouble, DK is sent. Even in West indies Rayudu was played at no. 4 while DK was sent at No. 6. Pujara and Rohit also have got plum opportunities- earlier than Raina and DK. Looks like the management wants to play DK in different roles and so far, he has delivered. DK's role is developing very similar to Raina, so now India has two 'jokers' instead of one.

  • CricketFanIndUS on August 15, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    In the two unofficial tests, probably Mohit Sharma would have picked up more wickets with his ability to move the ball both ways than Mohammad Shami. It is a very important skill to have in contemporary cricket in order to strike early and get a winning position. Anderson, Steyn and this year our own Bhuvi have shown us that. I am not sure why Mohit was not included in the A tour. Maybe to it was done to give Pandey a chance. Can Unadkat and Pandey strike better? I sure hope the wickets will assist pace bowlers for these two unofficial tests, otherwise it can be a disheartening experience for our upcoming pace bowlers.

  • TRAM on August 15, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    @Ranjit_Sourav, "Ishant will be the one who is gonna rock the SA test series" !!! Joke of the century! Wake up man! Leave the international teams, has Ishant rocked any Indian first class teams ever in the past? SA is for pace and swing. Remember it was Sreesanth who rocked some years back (he used to be a good bowler back then). Bowlers who cant swing should not go there. Of course mere swinging is not enough. We need "precision & control". To me, Buvaneshwar and Mohit (hope he plays for India) are the only hopes. No one else has precision & control of the ball. A few good balls in a 6 over spell will not help.

  • on August 15, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    GREAT WIN for india...although this victory was expected, we are the no.1 odi team in the world and our youngsters just showed that they can beat any side on any type of grounds....DK played very well,but it's very difficult for him to find a place in the IND team as wicketkeeper,definitely u can't leave dhoni(the best finisher of the game) but if he keeps scoring lots of runs consistently then he can play as a specialist batsman...we need his services when IND tours abroad as he is very good against fast bowling...

  • on August 15, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar, looks like you forget to mention Nohit Besharna's ODI record what he does in his 120 matches, just score 2 Hundred and handful of 50s [18]. Comparison doesn't make any batsman Good or Bad but everyone knows how much opportunities has been given to Sharma. My bet will be drop Sharma from all form of the Game including from IPL and Domestic cricket and let the dust settle down that he is very talented. Talent can't be justified by giving opportunities, it must be shown on the field. Give a chance to Manoj Tiwary and Saurav Tiwary in 5 consecutive ODIs to prove their mettle then everyone can decide who is good and who is very talented. Being a Maharashtrian is not a talent, Talent has to be justified somewhere of the field...

  • on August 14, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    Fabulous team India 'A" made me eat my words for doubting the bowlers, but hey, they are a bunch of rookies including Shami who only played couple of matches for India. On first thought, this bowling attack without Unadkat in it looked ready for slaughter. And the pitch suddenly woke up and became a factor. Again seems like Team India can do no wrong. For the four day matches, I would like to see Vijay and Rahane play both matches and Pujara will play as captain. Dhawan and Rohit [Middle Order] should alternate along with the two WKs. But, I would caution against playing fast bowlers in back to back four day matches.Got to see how combinations of Shami, Unadkat, Mohit, Pandey and Kaul perform. Wish there was a leg spinner in the team. Congratulations to the Kids again.

  • cricbranthan on August 14, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    congratulations team india A.I think we should give some players to other countries

  • on August 14, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar No person on Earth has had more opportunities than Yuvraj & Raina in test cricket. Tiwary fine, but not those two again. At least Raina performs on ODIs but not Yuvraj, outside India he always fails. Rahane fails against pace. Rohit deserves a test call. Even in recent ODIs, he was run out twice. DK hit 2 GREAT centuries in the Champions trophy, one unbeaten when all other players flopped, He should also play test cricket because he can pull the short ball. Top 6 batters for test cricket would be Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, DK and Rohit with Dhoni at 7.

  • Snambidi on August 14, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    After a period of glorious success for Indian Cricket under the Captaincy of MS Dhoni who, as the biggest achievement in the world of Cricket, wrested 4 titles in a row viz 1)The WC2011. 2)The WC T20 3)The Champions Trophy 4) the Trination series against SL& WI {this was won by Dhoni alone in the most astonishing manner}, This resounding Win by INDIA "A" over AUSTRALIA"A" is convincingly heartening.

    This glorious win also indicates that Indians could manage any kind of score to win matches.This is yet another sign of India's initiative & willingness to win. This kind of Quality & Style is exactly what is required to rule the Game of Cricket which is famous to be known as THE GAME OF GLORIOUS UNCERTAINTY. And this recognition,initiative,will power& willingness to win are the basic elements of CRICKET.

  • Naresh28 on August 14, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    WELL DONE TO INDIA-A ON A WIN WHICH came about through a bowling effort this time around. Though the bowlers have been poor throughout this series. Australia and many of the teams seem to self destruct thru spin pressure. India pacers are still not up there and spin makes up for the lack of pace bowlers. The U19 , U23 and another A team will play soon and all this is good move by BCCI and the selectors.From a batting perspective the guys have put their hands up and showed up. More chances need to be given to Rahane. Time to also test out players like Sandeep Sharma and Rahul Shukla.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on August 14, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    @ SandipManjrekar: Rohit Sharma is the only player in the team who despite scoring less than 10 in 7 consecutive innings in ODI's has managed to continue, I have nothing against him, as long he scores I am happy. When i quoted numbers, I quoted literally;"Metaphor".

    Regarding your points on Zol, How many first class matches has Zol played for you to conclude that he has the best cricketing mind, just because he scored runs in a U 19 tourney?. So, the next time someone debuts in IPL and scores a 50 he is a national prospect?, wow , then why do we need the Ranji trophy?. A player like DK has more FC exp than Rohit sharma , do I need to remind that?

    Regarding Mukund, he was the A captain before Pujara stepped in and if you follow cricket closely, he did a good job. Don't derail a person's abilities by quoting that the selector was from the state he plays for and was preferred. Don't bring in regional bias here.

    DK slogged like a dog for TN in the ranji trophy season after season.

  • vsri on August 14, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar "Thanks to K. Shrikanth...Who had introduced Karthik, Mukund & many more."

    Now you see where the bias is coming from :)

  • jitz on August 14, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    team for world cup 2015

    shikhar dhawan rohit sharma virat kohli yuvraj singh suresh raina dhoni jadeja ashwin zaheer khan bhuvneshwar kumar ishant sharma

    back up raydu shami m tiwari

  • jitz on August 14, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Yuvraj should be their for world cup 2015 for that he needs to play ODI and 20-20, he is true team player and a winner for the nation starting from his debut in batting against australia 84 winning 20-20 world cup 6sixes got the team into winning streak single handedly player of tournament 2011 wc consecutive 3 man of the series award's more centuries and fifties as winning knocks great fielder handy bowler

  • SandipManjrekar on August 14, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    @Venkat_Gowrishankar

    DK had played 23 Tests & 67 ODIs whereas Rohit had played 102 ODIs & 0 Test. Where did you get info that "Rohit sharma got 10 times the opportunities that DK had". Why did DK got so many opportunities??? Thanks to K. Shrikanth...Who had introduced Karthik, Mukund & many more. DK had not a couple of failures but he missed last 17 opportunities out of max 20. For those whose "Form is temporary, but class is permanent" don't require so many opportunities to perform 3 best innings out of 20, i.e., 73, 69 against ZIM & 51* against WI in CT 2013.

    I said DK has to show consistency. I want this guy to perform better to prove selectors' faith & investment in him. That doesn't mean I am at biased view. I see larger picture than this. Now you can judge yourself what you had commented. I am not interested anymore.

  • Harmony111 on August 14, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Now that India have won this final too, I do not see those anti-Ind fans now on this page !!!

    They were saying how India's bowling is very weak and how India are playing a virtually a First XI here (not really). But look what India A did here vs Aus A --- They successfully defended a paltry total of 243. Aus A were in completely doldrums at 88/7, that is abominable for any team that is playing a final and even more so if it is facing the WEAK bowling of India. The margin was 50 runs, terrific !!!

    Regarding DK, I think we should be patient with him. He may not be as destructive as MSD but trust me, he is a pretty awesome batsman IMO. Once he gets in he can be quite a toughie. Not many know the personal tragedy he has faced recently and most ppl would've collapsed after it but he is still standing & fighting. DK calms me in case MSD ever has an injury. No one else gives me that confidence.

    Reg Pujara, let him play ODIs too, he will do good there too. He is our next Howitzer.

  • Harshtmm on August 14, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Dhawan is already part of the 11 for India. why are they expending his energy by playing below par players from other country's??

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on August 14, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    SandipManjrekar : Saha?, You got to be kidding me. DK is inconsistent, bur as one of Ravi Shastri's Fav quotes " Form is temporary, but class is permanent". Remember, Rohit sharma got 10 times the opportunities that DK had, so a couple of failures and a reserve wicket keeper sending an alarm bell. Ha ha, This is extreme bias!. We need people who step up to the occassion, not scoring runs on flat belters all the time.

  • SandipManjrekar on August 14, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Inclusion of reserve wicket-keeper cum batsman Saha in today's match had sent alarm to Dinesh karthik about his future. His today's performance is welcomed but he needs to work on his consistency. It is unlikely the return of Sehwag, Gambhir & Yuvi in the national squad again unless they show much improvement. DK had been included in every match of last 4 tours. He should prove the selectors' faith in him by performing better & consistent play as middle order spot is still vacant. He must grab the opportunity with both hand as like Dhawan & Rohit. A. Rahane needs to be featured in 2 unofficial Tests. Another IND A tour will be there in IND against NZ. Vijay Zol is the centre of attraction of this tour. I won't surprise about his elevation in near future just because of exceptional talent plus extraordinary temperament and cricketing brain.

  • Ranjit_sourav on August 14, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    However it seems, always we Indian fans are not happy with Rohit even he plays well. May be he has set the standards as a talented player in nets. People always expect him to score atleast 100 - 150 runs in all matches to prove his consistency

  • androyuvi on August 14, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    I don't know about others, but I am still backing up Vijay for the next two 4 days games as he will be our first choice opener in tests along with Dhawan. Vijay has proved his hunger for runs at the highest level and he needs some match practice. Hope he gets to play both the games and get used to the conditions, partly atleast. And congratulations team India A on this winning. It's a good win.

  • SandipManjrekar on August 14, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    DK performed in a single match of tour & second good performance since CT 2013 final. He had overall 3 good performances in 20 matches (LA + ODI) since CT 2013. Rohit played 10 good innings out of 18 matches (LA + ODI). He failed to perform today in entire 4 LA games. Yet he is called waste of talent whereas DK became a special talent on single match performance in this tour. Gambhir, Yuvi & Manoj Tiwari deserve to be in Test team discarding Rohit. Wow!! What a yardstick to measure!!! Fans have forgotten that same DK was unable to score 23 off 23 balls in a league match against AUS. It was mistake by Sandip Patil who had selected Rohit for CT 2013 and further series. He should follow the comments on this forum by Rohit extreme bashers!!

    However still IND got win in another series final.

  • on August 14, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    The Team did well and all being criticizing Rohit is wrong,at many times he and dhawan built up,if any one would have noticed none of the dhawan innings came with chances,many catches dropped and poor execution at times,but rohit helped him built too,as many times they have got good partnership,dhawan has scored big,a partner plays a part,rohit has played well himself too but under the shade of dhawan so it doesnt shows but he helped built the partnership and pass through the new ball,that was always been signs of good openers,see sehwag gambhir,sachin-sourav one was always played a patient part in innings,rohit has shown improvement ,and after this improvement we should give time to this pair,they will come good in future,dhawan likes playing with him and murali,let the boys enjoy and play hard.They playing good a team has won,all players performed well.

  • on August 14, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    We have to try Dinesh Karthik as an opener with Shikar Dhawan so that we can maintain Left right combination at the top and my team for World Cup 2015 is 1.Shikar Dhawan 2.Dinesh Karthik 3. Virat Kohli 4.Suresh Raina 5.Raydu / Yuvraj 6.M.S.Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuveneshwar 10. Ishant Sharma 11. Umesh Yadav 12.Rahane 13. Shami 14. Mishra 15.Unadkat

  • on August 14, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Seems like Indian cricketers are on a roll.. even India A team is easily winning titles in foreign conditions... the future of Indian cricket surely looks very promising.

  • Capricorn60 on August 14, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Instead of simply just enjoying yet another tournament victory, it seems some Indian fans rather 'blow a lot of hot air' in venting their views as who should & shouldn't have been in the team today & some even ridiculously putting the knife in Rohits' back - just because got out to a low score today. The guy got 3 50's in the four matches he played & was unluckily run out twice from what I remember - it however appears this is still not good enough for Rohit's detractors! Looks like too many fans want to be selectors too! On such a victorious occasion like this, just chill guys in enjoying the series win & supporting whoever was chosen to be in the team & squad without a need for all this superfluous stuff!

  • ramz30380 on August 14, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    @eee255 - yes agree with u pal! The 90's saw a drought of able wkt-keeper batsmen in India - then suddenly out of the blue - came MSD to become one of the best finishers of the shorter versions of the game and an outstanding captain. DK was dealt with harshly as a reason of that - but all said and done, age is till by his side and he can still be a force to reckon with in the playing XI.

    There are many here calling for Rohit's and Raina's blood.

    Plz be realistic folks - yes, agreed that Rohit may not have the flamboyance of a Dhawan or a Kohli but he has potential - just around the corner in WI - he was the highest scoring batsman in the series for India - how people forget things so easily. He played well when others failed around him - he must be on the tour to SA if India is looking at the future.

    Raina is an asset - when he doesnt score runs - he saves them on the field, takes wkts and motivates his peers. He is a utility cricketer & not to forget d 2nd best finisher for India

  • Ranjit_sourav on August 14, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    I just read all the comments here with many posting on their probable team for SouthAfrica, None of them added Ishant Sharma to their team. Mark my words Ishant will be the one who is gonna rock the SA test series.

  • Ranjit_sourav on August 14, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    @eee255, I have a second thought on your pityness for Dk. Ofcourse DK was the number one keeper to certain period of time from 2002 - 2005. You also need to think the growth of ODI's after 2000. Team should need a proper batsman at 6 or 7 as the amount of runs scored in 50 over format dramatically changed to atleast 300+ and team batting second chasing 300+. So the deal for Ganguly and co needs to stick with 7 batsmen with No.7 with Kaif(Who was ofcourse talented that time than DK in terms of batting and fielding).The period when Dhoni came in at 2005,India knew that they got another version of Gilchrist who can change the game as a match winner.Thats it, A keeper got in and went in to this level.This is how people gets an oppurtunity and cements it. I strongly believe this is right time for DK to stepup as frontline batsman, He is too matured now and can handle in tough situations.

  • on August 14, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik is a special talent i think he should be a permanent fixture in future. He truly deserve a no 4 spot in one days & can be useful as an opener in south african conditions.Rohit sharma has been given enough chances he is waste of a talent,his strike rate is poor even if he is in form indian test team for SA tour 1}dhawan 2} dinesh karthik 3}pujara 4}sachin 5}kohli 6}dhoni 7}jadeja 8}yadav 9}bhuvenshwar kumar 9}Ic pandey 10}zaheer 11}ashwin 12}gambhir 13}rahane 14} gambhir 15}manoj tiwari 16}ishant sharma 17}raina

  • BMDeep on August 14, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    @ ramz30380 : No doubt, DK is unlucky. India have witnessed a bunch of medicre to poor wicket keeper batsmen in late 90's and early 2000's. All of them given ample amount of chances before Dravid being forced to keep the wickets to maintain team balance. It was proved to be a pivotal step as within time, Ind produced extra ordinary results in ODI's all of a sudden resulting in increase in d standard of cricket and public attention. Then came Dhoni and there was no looking back for him and d Indian team. DK who came into team in 2002 as a young wckt keeper could not sustain a place in d team eventually due to d fact that Dravid being a better BATSMAN - WCKT KPR than DK being a better WCKT KPR - BATSMAN. IMHO,dat was d best thing dat cud have happened to DK coz it gave opportunity for him to re invent himself as a beter batsman.Otherwise, he could have easily lost in d stream as his early predecessors did.Sme may say that he have been given enough chances but I wud say it is for good.

  • Priyavrat96 on August 14, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Congatulations India A I hope you win the test series against South Africa A

  • on August 14, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Heartened to hear not watch resounding India A win. What a comeback by the team after two setbacks against Australia A. Rahane surely deserves a better treatment. Raina should be sent Sehwag or Gambhir way. He has got an undue longer stint. Others are knocking at the door but are not as lucky as Rohit or Raina.

  • on August 14, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Congrats team India A.Well we should feel proud that we have so many capable players who can perform on a big occasion like this.Thanx all the players for giving us these proud moments.

  • VJGS on August 14, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    My ideal squad for SA in Nov: Rohit, Dhawan, Gambhir, Kohli, Rayudu, Raina, DK, MSD, Jadeja, Ashwin, Chawla, Bhuvi, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Zaheer.

  • on August 14, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Rohit is in the squad because he is the one who is in form but needs confidence for big centuries...and he is deserving also ,his last five 50 over game's avg is around 52. Selectors should have given Ajinkya Rahane a chance before Murali Vijay in this series..but not by replacing Rohit sharma.

  • on August 14, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Rohit is consistently performing ...anybody can check his recent perforances i guess his last four 50 over score is all in 60s of which ,two were runouts.... Ajinkya rahane deserves his place,but not by replacing rohit

  • geminianrahul on August 14, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Congrats to the India A team for pulling this off. Many people are saying that this is not the India A team and it consists of the exact same International Indian team barring 5-6 front line players. I agree with this but the fact is that most of the people touring in this India A team are sent to get accustomed to the South African conditions. This team is a combination of International players who are going to SA for the first time to get used to the pitch and conditions and also fringe players whom the selectors consider to have the potential to tour SA later this year with the International team. This is a good combination but Mohit and B.Kumar should be tried for atleast one of the two unofficial tests. Lets hope all the players in the squad get equal opportunity to showcase their talent in the upcoming 2 unofficial 4 day matches. Very much eager to see how they do against the likes of Kyle Abbott, Marchant De Lange and other South African seamers with a Test match mind set.

  • Siddhesh31 on August 14, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    For the tests, please include Ajinkya Rahane . He's been a man who has waited almost for 2 years for his place in the test side. Many people came after him and got their chances. Infact his debut was also because Gautam Gambhir, who was selected as a replacement for Shikhar Dhawan, was unfit. This guy scores heavily in the domestic circuit everytime he gets a chance .Wish to see him giving a fair run in International cricket(preferably tests).

  • sweet2hrme on August 14, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Well Played IndiA A!! Adding to my comments about Maxwell He is just superb batsman and fielder for carrying drinks Only on top level. He played two good innings when india A bowling was weak. But same bowling attack looks dadly dangerous in final. Simple these aus A or even sf A team cannt handle pressure on big occasions. Well done Indian Yonster i m proud on YOU. Clearly you are the best team among these two. Shikhar Dhawan i doubt ..most of other batsman feel jaleaous from you now. What a amazing talent! Going on On ON and ON. ....... "HE IS BEST BATSMAN IN WORLD RITE NOW"

  • CricketMaan on August 14, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    I would have loved to see Mohit contiue his good work from Ranji, IPL, Zim tour but alas that didnt happen. Get A tours downunder, NZ and in Eng and that is the way these bowlers are going to learn in those conditions and ofcourse batters. The sad truth is this India A tour will be played on exactly opposite nature to the ones in Dec-Jan so it may not mean anything come Dec when Dale and Co will breath fire. For now just enjoy thier success and hope for the best.

  • on August 14, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    cograts indiaA for resounding win. but having said this Rohith doesnt seem to fit in d side bcoz of his laid back n irresponsible attitude instead i wud always prefer Rahane in his place.

  • on August 14, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    @yogesh.gg. I concede on both the points (Re: Shami & Mohit) you made. I would add: Mohit, Sami , & Unadkat are the three (of course, as you said below Bhuvi), we should keep a keen eye on. And the bowling Dept at NCA, Bangalore should pay special attention.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on August 14, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Mohit has really missed an opportunity. Given a chance, I am sure he can be better than most of the touring party in SA right now.

  • ramz30380 on August 14, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    So, its not only about MSD - DK can do it too..... A fighting knock by DK when it mattered! He is one unlucky guy to be born in the Dhoni era...... but nevertheless deserves a place in the playing XI every time!

    This bunch of youngsters do know a trick or two about winning when it matters - that is what separates the best team from a good one! A trashing victory - the right manner of turning the tables on the Aussies..... Keep it up folks - hope u better in the Test arena as well!

  • on August 14, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    why is Rohit in this side...hope they play Rahane in unofficial tests v South Africa A

  • yogesh.gg on August 14, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta : Regarding indian bowling , i think Shami is doing just fine too and we should give him more opportunities. Mohit did a good job but let's not keep him in same bracket as Bhuvanaeshwar for now.

  • srismilea on August 14, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Post seeing this match - my team for world cup 2015 is 1.Gambhir,2.dhawan,3.kohli,4.yuvraj,5.raina,6.dhoni,7.jadeja,8.ashwin,9.buvi,10 zaheer,11.yadav. 12,rohit,13.raydu,14.dinesh,15.mishra,16.shami.

  • on August 14, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    @Shajahan.P. Regarding DK, I agree with your view. Even as a pure batsman, I will include him the national team. He can also double up a a 'stepney' for Dhoni, if Dhoni can not keep, in the middle of any match, for any reason.

  • Shajahan.P on August 14, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    @surepush: i do not think DK is inconsistency. The problem for him is He is not getting a solid place in the batting order. He will rotate the strike very fast unlike Rohit, Pujara and put pressure on the bowlers. Players like Raina, Rayudu, Pujara, Rahane put him to warm the bench in Zimbambe and Here and allowed him to play after 40th over.

  • on August 14, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Sandhu: He had been a big hitter in the last under-19 world cup. Can he repeat the show, at this level?

  • on August 14, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Paine: After Gilly's retirement, India faced many 'replacement' wicket keepers from Australia. Amongst them, Paine had given the Indian bowlers maximum pain by sticking around. In this new episode of his resurrection, he seems to show the same trait! Good for him. Frankly, after Haddin, I prefer Paine, though many Australians do not seem to like him for one reason or the other (as seen in many of the comments from Oz fans, post Gilly's retirement)!

  • on August 14, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    The Tale of the Tails: From 23.4 th over, no wickets for India... for a long, very long period!. Either the opposition tail stings or just keep on wagging: one of the two responses has become a regular feature faced by the Indian bowling. I think, we Indian fans may have to get used to it! (Any way, once we get a win, most of us seem to get satisfied, and are willing to turn a blind eye to everything else in between, which need attention))

  • on August 14, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Shikhar should bowl more so he can prove him self as an good bowler / all rounder xD

  • surepush on August 14, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    It seems DK is a tough match player, he plays only when it is really needed some one to perform, but he is comfortable most times with the scores of 40-80 most times he never turns his score to 100.

    Also every player want to play number 3-4 so tough for him in indian team.

    Good player with inconsistency

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Australia's 19th over: Why bowl Dhawan? When all the regulars are doing well! Just before the drinks, if Pujara want to show a new card, to make the opposition go into a shell, it should have been Rasool; not an occasional part-timer! Poor Captaincy, indeed! A bowler who troubled them most should have been even better. (Why is he trying the tactic Captains often use just before the several breaks in test matches, where batsmen play it safe before the break, where there are plenty of overs left to make up for one cautious over... Not in an ODI!

  • ssenthil on August 14, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    I think Dinesh Karthik seems to be performing only when the chips are down? He also plays well when wickets were falling and in tough conditions but not so when the get going is easy. But we should need a player who can play well in tough conditions and tough situations, when we met with them. Well player DK and Dhawan

  • arunsahu on August 14, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Raina as a bowler doing better then raina as a batsmen.. considering these damn flat pitches

  • ssenthil on August 14, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Raina was India's best bowler so far this series and yet again he come handy. He is not even exactly a Part time bowler, who bowls rarely but he be as well be a good handy spinner who can just contain the runs in limited overs cricket. We can often play with 3 seamer's and 3 spinners including Ashwin, Jaddu and Raina.

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    5-Wickets Down: If India gets top 5 wickets down fast, the last few years' history suggests, that they (India Bowlers) struggle with the next 5 batsmen! Occasionally, the lower half of the opposition also had taken their team to the finishing line. Hope, that is not the case today!

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Demoralised Pitch: Has the pitch got demoralised and tired after being plundered and pilloried by all the three teams in the earlier matches? The batsmen from both sides are performing in such a pathetic fashion, to make me feel so.

  • Arjun_M on August 14, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    This Indian bowling lineup is barely two seasons old, and surely, Mohit Sharma should have played in this series, so that he's out of his comfort zone on sticky wickets and poor opposition batting. None of these are India prospects, until they complete five years of domestic/reserves cricket- then they will hopefully be vastly improved players, like Dhawan and Amit Mishra.

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Ms Marsh & Mr Marshes: Was looking at the match between England Women & Australia Women. Ms Marsh of England seem to be a more exciting (and effective) player than the TWO Mr Marshes of Australia. Shaun already proved it. Now, Mitchell has a few more overs to disprove my personal view.

  • binu.emiliya on August 14, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Bad team selection...! India need three seamers in a seaming pitch,instead they left out Stuart Binny who will be handy in this condition and for a reserve Wicket Keeper Saha,Pujara is not agood captain he started bowling with Raina in a pitch that offering movement.

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    India's Bowling: The hope that we may identify a few to form the next line of attack just did not materialise. None of the pacers came close to even the two rookie pacers , Bhuvanesh & Mohit. Same is the case with spinners.It seems we still have torely on Ashwin, Jadeja, & Raina for quiet some time.

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Coulter-Nile & Hazlewood: Even on these batsmen friendly pitches, both did extremely well. Both look good prospects for Australia. Though, they may not be picked for the last Ashes match (quite right; it is a little early), they should be sent to England immediately to be with the senior team and soak in the 'atmosphere'. That will go a long way in their development into good national players.

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Pujara: He is our best bet for Test matches for very many years. He should focus on that. After gaining a lot of experience & confidence playing at the international level...at that stage, both he and the selectors can think of grooming him for ODIs... the way Dravid's ODI career developed.

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Rasool: I am glad that he got some opportunities. But the hype that he is a good prospect to be India's next great spinning allrounder is just that : hype! He has a long way to go to reach the level of Jadeja, Ashwin, or even Raina!

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Indeed! could have not been more versatile!

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Indeed! could have not been more versatile!

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Rasool: I am glad that he got some opportunities. But the hype that he is a good prospect to be India's next great spinning allrounder is just that : hype! He has a long way to go to reach the level of Jadeja, Ashwin, or even Raina!

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Pujara: He is our best bet for Test matches for very many years. He should focus on that. After gaining a lot of experience & confidence playing at the international level...at that stage, both he and the selectors can think of grooming him for ODIs... the way Dravid's ODI career developed.

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Coulter-Nile & Hazlewood: Even on these batsmen friendly pitches, both did extremely well. Both look good prospects for Australia. Though, they may not be picked for the last Ashes match (quite right; it is a little early), they should be sent to England immediately to be with the senior team and soak in the 'atmosphere'. That will go a long way in their development into good national players.

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    India's Bowling: The hope that we may identify a few to form the next line of attack just did not materialise. None of the pacers came close to even the two rookie pacers , Bhuvanesh & Mohit. Same is the case with spinners.It seems we still have torely on Ashwin, Jadeja, & Raina for quiet some time.

  • binu.emiliya on August 14, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Bad team selection...! India need three seamers in a seaming pitch,instead they left out Stuart Binny who will be handy in this condition and for a reserve Wicket Keeper Saha,Pujara is not agood captain he started bowling with Raina in a pitch that offering movement.

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Ms Marsh & Mr Marshes: Was looking at the match between England Women & Australia Women. Ms Marsh of England seem to be a more exciting (and effective) player than the TWO Mr Marshes of Australia. Shaun already proved it. Now, Mitchell has a few more overs to disprove my personal view.

  • Arjun_M on August 14, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    This Indian bowling lineup is barely two seasons old, and surely, Mohit Sharma should have played in this series, so that he's out of his comfort zone on sticky wickets and poor opposition batting. None of these are India prospects, until they complete five years of domestic/reserves cricket- then they will hopefully be vastly improved players, like Dhawan and Amit Mishra.

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Demoralised Pitch: Has the pitch got demoralised and tired after being plundered and pilloried by all the three teams in the earlier matches? The batsmen from both sides are performing in such a pathetic fashion, to make me feel so.

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    5-Wickets Down: If India gets top 5 wickets down fast, the last few years' history suggests, that they (India Bowlers) struggle with the next 5 batsmen! Occasionally, the lower half of the opposition also had taken their team to the finishing line. Hope, that is not the case today!