Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day July 22, 2010

Dhoni credits Sri Lanka's bowlers

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India came into the match knowing their bowlers were the weak link, and they performed accordingly. Where they will feel let down, though, is with the star-studded batting. In all, the top seven lasted fewer than 135 overs in both innings put together. There were some irresponsible shots and some fantastic bowling from the opposition. The pitch remained good for batting throughout, even until the last evening when Muttiah Muralitharan had to struggle for 25 overs for his 800th wicket.

MS Dhoni, though, chose to concentrate on the opposition's bowling effort. "Whenever we had some kind of a partnership going, the Sri Lankan bowlers came up with a beautiful delivery to get the batsmen out," Dhoni said. "Be it the first innings or the second. We had quite a few partnerships in the first innings, also in the second, but some of the deliveries they bowled were really difficult to keep out."

Dhoni reserved special praise for Lasith Malinga. "If you see Malinga, you can't really say he changes his action to let the ball come in or take it out," he said. "He bowls in the same areas with the new ball and at times it comes in, at times it goes away. It can be a bit difficult for the opening batsmen, especially when he is bowling the first couple of overs, which he will do more often than not. It was one of those games where the ball fell at the right place."

Steering clear of the shots played by Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman in the first innings, Dhoni spoke about the deliveries that broke a promising partnership between him and Yuvraj Singh. That's when, he said, India were sent towards defeat. "We had a kind of partnership then, me and Yuvraj Singh in the first innings," Dhoni said. "We were in a position to avoid the follow-on. After that we would have been in a good position to save the Test match. Murali bowled two really good deliveries and got both of us out. After that, with the follow-on enforced, it was important we kept going. But whenever we got a partnership going, Malinga produced a couple of wickets."

Dhoni wasn't harsh on his bowling unit. "The wicket was quite flat," he said. "As a bowling unit, you have to keep putting the pressure on and force the batsman to commit a mistake. Or you come up with brilliant deliveries. Murali and Malinga shared 15 wickets. Murali is a great bowler, and Malinga, because of his action, gets really difficult to play. Apart from that, if you are a bowler with a normal action, if you don't have much variety in your bowling, it gets really difficult to get the batsmen out once they are set."

Dhoni said his bowlers could have done with some more luck. "We were to some extent unlucky because quite a few edges didn't carry to slip or didn't go to slip fielders," he said. "If you see the boundary percentage, there were quite a few scored between the keeper and the point fielder. It is important to have luck on your side, which never was in this game."

India also missed three half chances and looked flat in the field to go with the average bowling. Sri Lanka took every chance that came their way, including Angelo Mathews' run-out of VVS Laxman, when the batsman had started to threaten a draw. Mahela Jayawardene was special as usual in the slips, taking four catches off Murali and a special one off Chanaka Welegedara to remove Sehwag in the second innings. India couldn't be accused of any such effort. Outplayed in every department of play, India's margin of defeat told an accurate story.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 24, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Dhoni may be preparing another 2 statements for next 2 tests now. India definitely need 2 more effective bowlers for next 2 matches otherwise India cannot win. If SL gives away wickets with over confidence, IND has a chance.

  • samvarma on July 24, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    I am tired of hearing the comments from Indian Players and Coach. BCCI is just interested in money, they are least bothered for National Team's performance. If they were serious, we should have kicked out some of the players in the squad and its hight time we bring in some young players who are hungry to perform. Also 'Pay for performance' should be the way to go. Players really lack commitment. I admit we played against one of the best spinner in the world, but the way Indian team capitaluated in the test is unacceptable...deplorable.

  • AsherCA on July 23, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    It is time the media took Gary Kirsten & Dhoni to task during press conferences AND not accept the gibberish they try telling us. I might not be an SME on cricket, but do know that a side that scores 1 run more than the opposition cannot lose. Forget so-called greats, even average batsmen use application first & luck 2nd to get runs. The top of the Indian batting line-up refused to use even common sense - leave alone the application required when faced with a 500+ score, as a result, 4 of the top 5 in both innings were out to moderate - moderately low scores to balls that would not deserve the wicket of a school boy. Ask Gary & Dhoni to justify explain this - Sachin - Dravid - Laxman & Sehwag who take their position for granted should be required to justify the money they get with runs on the board. These are all experienced men, not newcomers where you would look for potential !

  • KiwiRocker- on July 23, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Indian team is full of over hyped and over rated players.Indian selectors can not make hard calls.Can we please get real and admit that ICC ranking system is flawed that no one seems to care just like IPL.Ranking does take into consideration how much cricket you play and win and not necessarily where you win.India lost last series in Pakistan 1-0. India drew series in NZ. India drew series with South Africa at home.India has not won series in Sri Lanka since zillion years.Current Indian team is 5th in world.Australia is still best team followed by S.Africa and England.Sri Lanka is next on the list.Most over rated batsman of all time Tendulkar is not winning anything for India & Indian bowling is pathetic.Harsha is right that bowling wins matches but actually Indian batting failed in first inning and even in the tour match.Has anyone seen Amir, Asif, Gul & two Pakistani middleorder batsmen?India has to do same thing and bring in youngsters for Bhajjan, Laxman, Yuvraj and Sharma!

  • tmartis on July 23, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    So does everyone in India want to be like Sachin or does someone in India want to become like Wasim, Warne, Mcgrath, Pollock. Have the young generation forgotten that there is glory to be had from the other end as well, running down to deliver a Malcome Marshall blinder.

    Bottom line. India's performace with the bat and ball clearly show they are not no.1. Such a team is consistent in their winning ways. India is only consistent in giving its supporter a heartbreak each time they play. Come on India get with it !!!!!

  • on July 23, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    I don't think that MSD can give these excuses over and over again now...we lack experience, we have to improve our feilding...blah blah blah...when we are supposed to improve that?? Every time we lose, we keep hearing same excuses from the indian captain. This is one of the worst losses India have ever had in recent times, and the best(or worst,whatever) part is that we didn't seem to give any sort of fight to Srilankans even for a single session (some people might call Ishant's spell a fightback though)....Being a FAN of Indian team, it feels bad when you see your team going down without giving any fight to the opposition

  • klobania on July 23, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    i think dhoni must learn frm afridi atleast afridi realised that he is no more good for test cricket come on start playing for country n not for urself

  • NISH67 on July 23, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    patience is a good virtue to have and a greater one is giving the opposition due respect and some " fans" need to learn these all important traits . After one test match , they have started running down their own team - India after crying hoarse that they were world beaters in the run up to the series and running down the opponents . Its time they looked at things practically and accept that their team is " also " not so great when playing outside the familiar flat tracks at home !

  • on July 23, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Where i am, in Australia, the match was not shown. But it is clear that India's deficiency is in the fast bowling department. Harbe & Ohja would produce better resukts with pressure from the other end (bowling in partnerships). We all had to sit through the IPL and watch that stupid MRF blimp and here about the fast bowlers that came from the academy. Where are they? As a nation, India would be better served if they embraced bowling efforts as much as batting. You see, most young aspiring Indian cricketers dream of making centuries instead of getting fit and bowling at 150 kmph. The BCCI needs to focus on 'glorifying' bowling (and fielding) heroics to incentivise Indian cricketers to focus on these disciplines.

  • visualdp on July 23, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    @ thenkabail : Could you please tell me that, how you are saying Malinga was throwing the ball...????? (what cricket is in u) I guess u r one of the Bished Sing bedis....When all Indian batsmen failed to make an impress u guys blaming to bowlers,luck,opposition bowler trowing,pitch is flat (Indian pitches are best live pitches... :P ) .... Guys get over this. Itz spineless thing. Any way we hope Indians will give a good fight for this series. Looking forward a good series...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 24, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Dhoni may be preparing another 2 statements for next 2 tests now. India definitely need 2 more effective bowlers for next 2 matches otherwise India cannot win. If SL gives away wickets with over confidence, IND has a chance.

  • samvarma on July 24, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    I am tired of hearing the comments from Indian Players and Coach. BCCI is just interested in money, they are least bothered for National Team's performance. If they were serious, we should have kicked out some of the players in the squad and its hight time we bring in some young players who are hungry to perform. Also 'Pay for performance' should be the way to go. Players really lack commitment. I admit we played against one of the best spinner in the world, but the way Indian team capitaluated in the test is unacceptable...deplorable.

  • AsherCA on July 23, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    It is time the media took Gary Kirsten & Dhoni to task during press conferences AND not accept the gibberish they try telling us. I might not be an SME on cricket, but do know that a side that scores 1 run more than the opposition cannot lose. Forget so-called greats, even average batsmen use application first & luck 2nd to get runs. The top of the Indian batting line-up refused to use even common sense - leave alone the application required when faced with a 500+ score, as a result, 4 of the top 5 in both innings were out to moderate - moderately low scores to balls that would not deserve the wicket of a school boy. Ask Gary & Dhoni to justify explain this - Sachin - Dravid - Laxman & Sehwag who take their position for granted should be required to justify the money they get with runs on the board. These are all experienced men, not newcomers where you would look for potential !

  • KiwiRocker- on July 23, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Indian team is full of over hyped and over rated players.Indian selectors can not make hard calls.Can we please get real and admit that ICC ranking system is flawed that no one seems to care just like IPL.Ranking does take into consideration how much cricket you play and win and not necessarily where you win.India lost last series in Pakistan 1-0. India drew series in NZ. India drew series with South Africa at home.India has not won series in Sri Lanka since zillion years.Current Indian team is 5th in world.Australia is still best team followed by S.Africa and England.Sri Lanka is next on the list.Most over rated batsman of all time Tendulkar is not winning anything for India & Indian bowling is pathetic.Harsha is right that bowling wins matches but actually Indian batting failed in first inning and even in the tour match.Has anyone seen Amir, Asif, Gul & two Pakistani middleorder batsmen?India has to do same thing and bring in youngsters for Bhajjan, Laxman, Yuvraj and Sharma!

  • tmartis on July 23, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    So does everyone in India want to be like Sachin or does someone in India want to become like Wasim, Warne, Mcgrath, Pollock. Have the young generation forgotten that there is glory to be had from the other end as well, running down to deliver a Malcome Marshall blinder.

    Bottom line. India's performace with the bat and ball clearly show they are not no.1. Such a team is consistent in their winning ways. India is only consistent in giving its supporter a heartbreak each time they play. Come on India get with it !!!!!

  • on July 23, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    I don't think that MSD can give these excuses over and over again now...we lack experience, we have to improve our feilding...blah blah blah...when we are supposed to improve that?? Every time we lose, we keep hearing same excuses from the indian captain. This is one of the worst losses India have ever had in recent times, and the best(or worst,whatever) part is that we didn't seem to give any sort of fight to Srilankans even for a single session (some people might call Ishant's spell a fightback though)....Being a FAN of Indian team, it feels bad when you see your team going down without giving any fight to the opposition

  • klobania on July 23, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    i think dhoni must learn frm afridi atleast afridi realised that he is no more good for test cricket come on start playing for country n not for urself

  • NISH67 on July 23, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    patience is a good virtue to have and a greater one is giving the opposition due respect and some " fans" need to learn these all important traits . After one test match , they have started running down their own team - India after crying hoarse that they were world beaters in the run up to the series and running down the opponents . Its time they looked at things practically and accept that their team is " also " not so great when playing outside the familiar flat tracks at home !

  • on July 23, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Where i am, in Australia, the match was not shown. But it is clear that India's deficiency is in the fast bowling department. Harbe & Ohja would produce better resukts with pressure from the other end (bowling in partnerships). We all had to sit through the IPL and watch that stupid MRF blimp and here about the fast bowlers that came from the academy. Where are they? As a nation, India would be better served if they embraced bowling efforts as much as batting. You see, most young aspiring Indian cricketers dream of making centuries instead of getting fit and bowling at 150 kmph. The BCCI needs to focus on 'glorifying' bowling (and fielding) heroics to incentivise Indian cricketers to focus on these disciplines.

  • visualdp on July 23, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    @ thenkabail : Could you please tell me that, how you are saying Malinga was throwing the ball...????? (what cricket is in u) I guess u r one of the Bished Sing bedis....When all Indian batsmen failed to make an impress u guys blaming to bowlers,luck,opposition bowler trowing,pitch is flat (Indian pitches are best live pitches... :P ) .... Guys get over this. Itz spineless thing. Any way we hope Indians will give a good fight for this series. Looking forward a good series...

  • cric_specs on July 23, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    We need to blame krish sri for sending less experienced bowlers to Srilanka and he should go. The Indian batsman did not show guts during the bating except vvs and shevag.

  • Mohd123 on July 23, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    CONGRATS SRILANKA, THEY WERE DESRVED TO WIN, THEY WON THE MATCH IN 4 DAYS, INDIA IS NOT DESERVED TO BE NUMBER ONE SLOT IN THE RANKING. BATSMEN ARE NOT PERFORMING WITH THE BAT AS WHEN REQUIRED, BOWLERS ARE NOT PERFORMING AS WHEN REQUIRED. BETTER DHONI MUST STEPDOWN AS CAPTAIN AS HE IS NOT LEADING THE TEAM IN TEST AS OTHER CAPTAINS DOES. INSTEAD OF HIM INDIA CAN HAVE A GOOD KEEPER AND BATSMEN (NAMAN OHJA OR DINESH KARTHIK). ANYHOW NO BODY IS PERFORMING AS WHEN REQUIRED THEN WHY CANT INDIAN SELECTORS SELECT IRFAN PATHAN. HE IS A GOOD ALLROUNDER, HE IS A PERSON WHO PERFORM EITHER ONE OF BOWLING OR BATTING. BCCI MUST DROP SRIKANTH AND SELECT VNGSARKAR AGAIN PLEASE.

  • zxaar on July 23, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    @spinkingKK "India'a Fab Four(or Three) can only perform collectively consistently when 3 conditions are met: a)It should be a placid pitch, b)It should be played in India, c)Either they should bat first or the opponents should have somehow got out cheaply in that placid wicket. Fortunately for them, those 3 conditions are met quite a few times for them" --------------------- how opponents somehow gets out cheaply??? I really do not understand , please educate me how 'better players' then these fab four gets out somehow cheaply. And how their getting out is related to these players batting. Plus if these players are superior as you seems to suggest, why they get out cheaply on these flat pitches? Plus did you check their (fab four) figures - tendulkar averages 62 in England and 58 in Auss. Why their away average is higher?? You dislike indians thats all.

  • on July 23, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Heyy, where is the no. 1 Indian team? 1. Sehwag ,2. Ghambir, 3. Dravid, 4. Sachin, 5. LAxman, 6. Yuvraj, 7. Dhoni( so called mr. cool. where was mr. cool when Malinga scored 50+) ,, look at those names and still they defeated by 10 wkts.. shame on u dhoni's followers. You know i personally beleve that after a year when all old men will be out, india will give tough time to bangladesh. oh cmon, they deserve

  • on July 23, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Instead of blaming the Batsmen, Dhoni should look at real problem: the bowling. India's bowlers failed miserably. I haven't seen such a poor bowling performance in nearly 2-3 years. They were not able to dismiss the tailenders who went on to win the match for Sri Lanka. The major problem was spin. The frontline spinners were not able to take a single wicket in both innings. India's pace bowlers also failed to take early wickets in either innings, though they were able to salvage some pride by taking a few quick wickets in the middle order.

    India should replace Ojha with Mishra and hope Harbhajan regains his form and fitness. It is time for Ishant to either perform or perish. He has been the most inconsistent bowler with only a few spell worth mentioning.

  • on July 23, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Ganguly groomed SEHWAG,BAJJI,YUVRAJ,KAIF.... Dhoni's credit is 'BROOMING' Ganguly out.

    Dhoni's selfishness costing us.He's become more predictable.

  • on July 23, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Remove KRISH SRIKANTH from the chairman post , appoint some other gud player who has proved his mettle in both tats and odi's like KAPIL DEV . That wil do the trick,he knows the value of ALL ROUNDERS who are MULI-FACETED rather than being ONE-DIMENSIONAL player. This will inspire many to become ALL-ROUNDERS. Personally, IRFAN PATHAN will provide batting depth till No:8 also a gud variety in bowling like RIGHTARM FAST,LEFTARM FAST SWING,RIGHT ARM OFFIE,LEFTARM OFFIE....If zaheer/srisanth returns pick 5 bowlers drop YUVRAJ ...Present team has YUVRAJ picked as an allrounder,so he must be given more overs to bowl.. Sewag/sachin cant be all-rounder as it increase their workload,they r our batting mainstay.So YUVI can b assumd as all-rounder ....Until IRFAN returns to test side.If WALEGEDRA can play,Y cant IRFAN....????? Think SELECTORS atleast now . Instead of MISHRA pick PIYUSH ,He can bat too,also an YOUNGSTER, spins well..

  • Lion_of_Lanka on July 23, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    I really don't get the Indian supporters. Before the match they condemned us and praised their team saying how they were gonna beat us comprehensively and now they condemn their team and praise ours. Sure, you should praise the better team but it's not like India gave up...they kept on fighting till the very end like every no.1 team should (Evident from Indian tailenders' batting display) Do India deserve to be rank 1? I don't know, but don't write off your own team because with such a quality batting line up (SRT, Dravid, Sehwag, Dhoni) there is a very good chance of the Indians coming back strong in the next test match. Your bowling sucks to be honest. You should scout for better bowlers than Sharma. Mithun was good for a debutant though - both with the bat and the ball

  • PrasadRao on July 23, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    It was amazing to see a number accomplished Indian batsmen missing the line altogether and getting trapped plumb in front to be given out LBW. It would not do any harm to few of these current batting legends to watch the video of an innings of 127 no by Sunny Gavasker against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 1982 where he carried the bat through and not one ball came any where near his pads let alone trapping him LBW! Sunny played with a focus to prevent any Pakistan bowler or umpire even the faintest chance of getting him out LBW. Let us remember that Imran and Sarfraz in that series bowled one of the most hositile spells of seam bowling which demolished the Indian batting, but Sunny stood firm! He was out LBW in the first innings! So wake up guys - the current masters and go back to the drawing board!

  • Tracer_Bullet on July 23, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    With this pathetic bowling india can't sustain their numero uno status for long.It is a really shameful thing that Indian bowling doesn't have enough teeth to even dismiss the SL tailenders.The partnership between Herath & Malinga changed the complexion of the match.Harbhajan in particular was rubbish.He is more hype & no substance.Throught his career he's been getting wickets due to the pressure created at the other end by Anil Kumble.Pragyan Ojha too doesn't deserve a place in the team.He is too ordinary.Indian batting lineup too needs a massive improvement.

  • cric_specs on July 23, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    The selector Krish srikanth must take responsibility of sending less experienced bowlers for the test match. Srikanth should wear dhoni shoes and think about country pride before doing the selection. sri should go... why not other bowlers like irfan, rp singh instead of new face when we are already in injury crisis...

  • usman_nile1994 on July 23, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    Where is RP Singh? The best Indian bowling line-up would without Sreesanth and Zaheer would be 1 sehwag 2 gambhir 3 dravid 4 sachin 5 laxman 6 dhoni 7 i pathan 8 harbhajan 9 rp singh 10 Ashwin 11 a mithun I wonder why they don't use Ashwin instead of Ojha and Mishra. Dhoni knows how well Ashwin performed in his team's victory in IPL. Ishant Sharma doesn't deserve a place. He has potential but he is very inconsistent. I agree with Christian India should use 5 bowlers as their batting is good Irfan Pathan could be use as a good all-rounder

  • srikumar_radha on July 23, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    The reason why VVS Laxman looked very good in the second innings against Malinga unlike most of the others is because he is a very strong leg side. When Malinga bowled full length balls in the leg side corridor, it was enough to get most batsmen. So there is a case to practice for this in the nets before the next test. The other thing is I guess Dravid needs to switch places with VVS. Time and again, VVS is not only able to defend, but also move the scoreboard. So, VVS at no. 3 and Rahul at no. 5 make make a big difference in the next game.

  • Chrishan on July 23, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    If India is going to maintain their number 1 ranking, they need to get out of the habit of playing only 4 bowlers. This is test cricket for God's sake! It's not like an ODI where you can employ part time bowlers to make up the remaining 10 overs. You need 5 specialist bowlers for test cricket! For instance, what if one gets injured (like Harbahjan) or one is totally ineffective (like Ojha). Then you are left with only two front line bowlers. Take nothing away from Sri Lanka, they outplayed India in all departments. But India, can't depend on batting alone, because one day Sachin, Dravid, Lux and Shewag are going to retire. What will happen then? Look at what happened to Australia, they depended heavily on Gilly, Hayden, Langer and Martin and then they all retired more or less at the same time leaving Australia to find youngsters to fill in some pretty big shoes.

  • Mark00 on July 23, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    The pitch was very flat and slow. It's evidenced by the performance of tailenders on both sides. Dhoni's absolutely right. Murali and Malinga produced magical deliveries out of nowhere to get the top players out.

  • Ameega on July 23, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    No doubt, it is a fantastic end to Murali's career. Indian supporters seemed, before this test began, over estimated about their team, and hopeless now. Do not condemn your team just after a single defeat. You may have to eat your words and appreciate your team saying 'we are number one', in case Dhoni and Co. return in next two tests. As a Sri Lankan fan, i wish 3-0 white wash, but who knows what happens next?

  • EverybodylovesSachin on July 23, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    India's pathetic performance shadowed by Murlis's last test. Looks like they wanted to give him memorable farewell...Did not fight with the bat.....Very Poor...Always do not show any mercy if someone is playing his last test match...In the end Indians look very poor all over the ground..The team having No 1 Test Ranking in the world...

  • spinkingKK on July 23, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    India'a Fab Four(or Three) can only perform collectively consistently when 3 conditions are met: a)It should be a placid pitch, b)It should be played in India, c)Either they should bat first or the opponents should have somehow got out cheaply in that placid wicket. Fortunately for them, those 3 conditions are met quite a few times for them and they are able to get a lot of runs. It is big shame that India is always an underdog when playing in Sri Lanka. Would you ever consider Australia to be an underdog in New Zealand? India, being such a big country with a lot greater cricket tradition, losing consistently to a small island nation, with not much cricket tradition, is baffling. Only Sehwag and, to some extend, Tendulkar plays like they are in a dominant team. I am waiting for a time when an Indian supporter can be confident of a win before a test starts. Right now, I won't be confident of an Indian win on the eve of a Test match between India and Afghanisthan played in Kabul

  • Strongscotch on July 23, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    #1 Ranking with this Bowling attack is a joke!!!

    Play more test matches in the indian roads and India can hold on to their Ranking..

    for Gods sake give credit to the SL bowlers..all the comments are on as if Indian batsmen gifted those wickets...get over it..India lost the test match and malinga and Murali bowled well and India's bowling is worse than Zambabwe

  • S.N.Singh on July 23, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH A COACH ? WE DO NOT NEED A COACH. iF CHAPPEL COULD NOT HAVE DO A JOB, NO ONE ONE WILL. INDIA PLAYED BETTER CRICKET WITHOUT COACHES. INDIA DO NOT KNOW WITH FINANCIAL FUNDS THEY HAVE ? THE CAPTAIN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO STEER THE SHIP. ONE CAPTAIN AND THAT IT. JUST A LITTLE PLANNING AND LEFT IT TO THE CAPTAIN TO CARRY ON. TO ME INDIA'S FIELDING WAS NEVER SET TO THE TYPE OF PLAYER COMING IN . THEY SET FIELD AS PLANNED BEFORE THE GAME. THE BOWLER SHOULD BE GIVEN TIME TO STUDY THE BATSMEN AND BOWL ACCORDINGLY. THIS NOT A 20 OVER GAME, TO TRY TO KEEP RUNS DOWN , YOU HAVE TO TRY AND GET THE BATSMEN OUT. SO INDIA KEEP AWAY FROM THE COACH.

  • NairUSA on July 22, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Yes. We lost convincingly. Dhoni is right about the stronger opposition bowling unit and a possible lack of application from Indian batsmen. This test was probably a good 'lessons learnt' test. Dhoni and team very well know that the Indian fans expect a better showing and a win for the next match. Let us write our verdict based on the next test. Go Team India!

  • on July 22, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    Dhoni has become a very nice justifier nowadays. It's simply annoying. He isn't having aggression someone like Gangully. He has gifted with lot of batting greats but who were (Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman even bowlers like zaheer, bajji) groomed by Gangully.

  • SURESH554455 on July 22, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    We normally played in Test matches like 2 seamers and 2 spinners in SUB-CONTINENT pitches and 3 seamers and 1 spinner in AWAY pitches......First,this methodology should be erased in our selecter's mind....At everywhere,we should play with 2 seamer,1 spinner and 1 medium-pace all-rounder....Now,we can consider Mithun as an all-rounder...He played wonderfully in second innings....He was the one,handled Murali very beautifully...He was promoted up in the batting order after his first innings batting style and the way he handled the spinners...

    1 spinner is more than enough...Sehwag and Yuvi must to be utilized for 10 or 15 overs per day..That is more than enough from the part-timers...In fact,sehwag bowled better than Ojha....

    No need to go for test matches with 2 specialist spinner...1 is more than enough..We can fill that place very easliy with Sehwag or Yuvi....They are more capable....

  • Wasif_Minhas on July 22, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Heavily packed batting side flopped once again... India needs to strike a balance by inducting some good bowlers.

  • sgkrao on July 22, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    When Indian players start to play in a way that indicates they value their wicket very much, and that the bowler has to really bowl well and deserve the wicket then they will not lose many matches - this test was a grim reminder that at least 5 top wickets were gifted away (both innings included) and to add to that Malinga and Murali bowled well. The very fact that Murali and Malinga are dangerous and potential match winners should have made our batsmen more vigilant and keen on not giving away their wickets. Losing a test match by 10 wickets in less than 4 days (when one day was washed away due to rain) shows how lackadaisical the batsmen were - Veterans like Dravid and Laxman getting run out - no excuses for such dismissals; and then Laxam and Shewag playing loose shots when caution was the key and target of 320 was within reach, shows that the pride and respect in playing for the country has all but evaporated into the thin air. After all IPL has made them rich and carefree.

  • sgkrao on July 22, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Dhoni giving credit to bowlers is nothing big. The reason we lost is due to lack of application. Throwing away wickets recklessly when we know that getting to 320 in the first innings is the key to a draw, especially when one day has already been lost due to rain.

    Dravid getting run out ? How many times has been run out like this in recent tests - Come on these people have played test cricket for more than 15 years - what is the hurry to take that non existent run?In one day match he would have not bothered to run and rotate the strike - Laxam playing a rash stoke in the first innings and then getting himself run out in the second ? Harbahajan trying to clear the fence in the first innings when he should have bothered staying on the pitch. Shewag gifting his wicket away to loose deliveries. Yes he got his century, but then he should realize that the job is not done yet. We gifted them wickets and then they bowled well too

    How we miss Sunny Gavaskar who prized his wicket !!

  • on July 22, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    I agree with gurrurajan23. Murali Kartik should have played. Harbhajan is just hype. He is nowhere near Murali

  • NKSUDHIR on July 22, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    "Ajay Mv":Dhoni is not dumb, he can only work with what selectors give him. He can only produce results if bowlers and fielders take all the chances. If we lost one test match does not destroy Dhoni's captaincy skiils.

  • Alexk400 on July 22, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    i felt india came with down feeling about their bowlers. They had no confidence in their bowling unit and came to the TEST to lose. They did it picture perfectly. I knew this is exactly going to happen.

    I really think Ojha and misra are useless in Test. They bowl vanilla deliveries. In Test if you bowl same ball over and over without much spin , you become ineffective.

    Srilanka knows if they play off Bhajji , they will win the game.

    I strongly believe next test also will follow same story. Because mendis can replace murali.

    I really think srilanka won the game because of malinga. He took care of sachin and game over.

    More dhoni praises more sehwag play well. Sehwag has skill , talent to win or draw any game. It is that he lacks motivation some time.

    If he feel wanted , he will show his power. Dhoni must make sehwag wanted.

    That is the key for India win.

    if people say they depends on sehwag , he goes uber mode and destroy the opposition. His concentraion will be up 10 time

  • East_West on July 22, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    and we are ranked Number 1 in TESTS! come on! we didn't play or defend like a Number 1 test ranking nation! Insipid bowling and Insipid battig! What were we doing in the 1st test! Oh! well, the warmgame before the Test told us a lot! No one has fighting abilites in India! That spirit only comes once in a blue moon, and then we brag about our BIG 3 or FAB 4 or FAKE 5!! Useless Indian team!! We played like loosers and lost! Congrats Murali for telling us that even for the last test you were in the nets 24-7! when are we going to learn!!!

  • SURESH554455 on July 22, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    For the second test match,pls drop Ojha and bring in one fast bowler- Munaf or bring RP Singh and consider Mithun is an all-rounder...What an innings he played with VVS in second innings...

  • Cricket_Addict_151507 on July 22, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    It's a shame that MS Dhoni is talking about luck here after being comprehensively defeated. Being an Indian supporter, I feel that all teams are entiteled to have thier bad games and defeats. However, its Dhoni's outlook that is worrying me. Nothing has been said about the batting line up that failed and what bout Bhajji? Harbhajan has consistently failed to lift his game when he is the lead bowler in the pack. With Zaheer out, he is expected to do more. If this is the quality of the lead spin bowler in the team, it's indeed worrying. In oder to make any impact in the coming games the batting line up needs to live up to its reputation and Bhajji definitely needs to get this act together. I am expecting a lot of comments around India's # 1 ranking...especially from Geethike who has been calling it a joke..let's not forget it that some brilliant victories at home and abroad took them to the number one ranking. This team has done it in the past...and they would bounce back for sure.

  • chandsethu on July 22, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    No one plays to lose. Can't blame it on the captaincy for the batsmen's mistake. When India has a strike bowler, who can threaten the batsmen..that time India will lift the world cup. Do we have an all-rounder? Strike bowler? A spinner who can support Harbhajan on the other end? How many first class test matches have Pragyan Ojha have against him? Cricket is a 11 men game and when you have the perfect 11 you win.

  • on July 22, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    @pknaik ridiculous thought...better suggestion is to play 11 specialist batsmen ..rofl...u always play to win not to draw a test

  • amilag on July 22, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Ha...ha..ha..luck is not in way.You have something to say at every defeat.You were beaten in all three departments in the match give full credit to wonderfully talented sri lankan cricketers!

  • SnowSnake on July 22, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Generally, I am disappointed with world cricket. Tests team all around develop complecency with players and don't drop them when they become less valuable. For India, Rahul Dravid is a perfect example. At 38 his value to the team is very low. He drops catches, performs below his own innings average, and yet he is allowed to keep his place in the team. Why? In old days, Dravid used to rescue India single handedly. Those days are long gone, and now he is allowed to keep his position for old legacy. I think that batting performance of Dhoni, Yuvraj, Dravid should be closely monitered because there are options for India. Kartik, Rohit Sharma, Raina are some of the options India has. Make players PAY for loosing. That is how the real world works. That is how players will learn to play well. BTW, congratulations SL. I think SL is the top team in the world to beat.

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    dnt blame indian seamer they will again be on back on track wen during asia cup group match against srilanka we lost 4 wicket in 4 balls lost game came back strong in final winning we will come back strong in 2 test

  • thenkabail on July 22, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Indian selectors lack vision: A country of billion plus can't produce a set of bowlers. It is not that talent is not there. But, Indian selectors lack vision. One needs to encourage Mithun and give him lots of chances. It is time to bring in Unadkat. Bring in spinners like Harmeet Singh, Piyush Chawla, Murali Karthik, Iqbal Abdulla.......the idea is to find them young and support them to become champions. You can't just relay on Zaheer, Sreeshanth, Harbhajan. You need to have equally good alternatives. If Sri Lanka with just 20 million population can find such high quality bowlers, why not India?. It is just the lack of selector vision. I must, however, mention that Malinga does not bowl. he throws and I am really surprised that no one has called his action.In batting, it is high time we replace Yuvraj and Laxman with Cheteswar Pujara and Rohit Sharma. Next year Dravid and Sachin should retire and be replaced with 2 quality youngesters.

  • on July 22, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    dhoni have to try find out almost 1 fast bowler ......... not fast but best

  • gururajan23 on July 22, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    India need to play with Murali Karthik. He is better spinner than Ojha and Mishra.Pity that India dont make use of him. India's loss is Somerset's gain.

  • pknaik on July 22, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    india should play seven batsmen and two allrounders in the first test of every series. batsmen should get a feel of the condition and the bowlers.they should aim at drawing the first test.they should select irfan and jadeja for the first tests.

  • on July 22, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Poor captaincy is the reason for this defeat...dhoni is dumb so is srikanth

  • IPL_is_Thrash on July 22, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Expected result! The sheer reason for this and other loses is that Non-Sense IPL this team aka Bunch of Losers have lost everything needed to play Test Cricket because of that Idiotic Premiere League. Team India and BCCI is madly obsessed with Stupid, Rubbish, Non-Sense, Obsolete, Betting & Commercial event IPL, which is selling 6s and 4s on Lifeless Pitches. IPL-Mad Team India is losing Skill, Inspiration, Motivation, Hunger, Determination, Committment and Fitness to play International or Test Cricket on lively Pitches. Curators, Commentators and BCCI Officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is not thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in International Tournaments. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch at International level on lively pitches, unlike IPL Teams which looks like club cricket and played on lifeless pitches.

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  • IPL_is_Thrash on July 22, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Expected result! The sheer reason for this and other loses is that Non-Sense IPL this team aka Bunch of Losers have lost everything needed to play Test Cricket because of that Idiotic Premiere League. Team India and BCCI is madly obsessed with Stupid, Rubbish, Non-Sense, Obsolete, Betting & Commercial event IPL, which is selling 6s and 4s on Lifeless Pitches. IPL-Mad Team India is losing Skill, Inspiration, Motivation, Hunger, Determination, Committment and Fitness to play International or Test Cricket on lively Pitches. Curators, Commentators and BCCI Officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is not thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in International Tournaments. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch at International level on lively pitches, unlike IPL Teams which looks like club cricket and played on lifeless pitches.

  • on July 22, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Poor captaincy is the reason for this defeat...dhoni is dumb so is srikanth

  • pknaik on July 22, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    india should play seven batsmen and two allrounders in the first test of every series. batsmen should get a feel of the condition and the bowlers.they should aim at drawing the first test.they should select irfan and jadeja for the first tests.

  • gururajan23 on July 22, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    India need to play with Murali Karthik. He is better spinner than Ojha and Mishra.Pity that India dont make use of him. India's loss is Somerset's gain.

  • on July 22, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    dhoni have to try find out almost 1 fast bowler ......... not fast but best

  • thenkabail on July 22, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Indian selectors lack vision: A country of billion plus can't produce a set of bowlers. It is not that talent is not there. But, Indian selectors lack vision. One needs to encourage Mithun and give him lots of chances. It is time to bring in Unadkat. Bring in spinners like Harmeet Singh, Piyush Chawla, Murali Karthik, Iqbal Abdulla.......the idea is to find them young and support them to become champions. You can't just relay on Zaheer, Sreeshanth, Harbhajan. You need to have equally good alternatives. If Sri Lanka with just 20 million population can find such high quality bowlers, why not India?. It is just the lack of selector vision. I must, however, mention that Malinga does not bowl. he throws and I am really surprised that no one has called his action.In batting, it is high time we replace Yuvraj and Laxman with Cheteswar Pujara and Rohit Sharma. Next year Dravid and Sachin should retire and be replaced with 2 quality youngesters.

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    dnt blame indian seamer they will again be on back on track wen during asia cup group match against srilanka we lost 4 wicket in 4 balls lost game came back strong in final winning we will come back strong in 2 test

  • SnowSnake on July 22, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Generally, I am disappointed with world cricket. Tests team all around develop complecency with players and don't drop them when they become less valuable. For India, Rahul Dravid is a perfect example. At 38 his value to the team is very low. He drops catches, performs below his own innings average, and yet he is allowed to keep his place in the team. Why? In old days, Dravid used to rescue India single handedly. Those days are long gone, and now he is allowed to keep his position for old legacy. I think that batting performance of Dhoni, Yuvraj, Dravid should be closely monitered because there are options for India. Kartik, Rohit Sharma, Raina are some of the options India has. Make players PAY for loosing. That is how the real world works. That is how players will learn to play well. BTW, congratulations SL. I think SL is the top team in the world to beat.

  • amilag on July 22, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Ha...ha..ha..luck is not in way.You have something to say at every defeat.You were beaten in all three departments in the match give full credit to wonderfully talented sri lankan cricketers!

  • on July 22, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    @pknaik ridiculous thought...better suggestion is to play 11 specialist batsmen ..rofl...u always play to win not to draw a test