Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Colombo July 27, 2012

Cannot overlook Rohit's quality - Gambhir

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The change of venues from windy Hambantota to humid Colombo may not change the fortunes of Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary. The team management expects much of Rohit in the 2015 World Cup and will back him "as much as possible", according to opening batsman Gautam Gambhir. Tiwary is sure to get opportunities, but whether it comes in the next game or the next series, "no one knows," Gambhir said. So basically, Rohit has the faith; Tiwary can keep the bench.

What again came out in the press conference was how highly the team management rated Rohit. Gambhir said dropping a "talented" player like Rohit - who averages 17.33 this year - would only undermine his confidence. He might not be among the runs, but Rohit was batting "the best among all of us" in the nets, and asked for more faith as he saw him "scoring a lot of runs for India in the future." Where is he going wrong at present, though? "Nowhere."

"He's done pretty well," Gambhir said. "Not on this tour, not in Australia, but he's got two Man-of-the-Series awards, in West Indies and in India. If you keep chopping and changing players like him who are so talented, you are only going to play with his confidence. He was unfortunate in the last game. You can drag the ball on [to the stumps]. It can happen to the best of players. But you have to see the bigger picture. If he is in your scheme of things for the next World Cup, obviously you have to go with him and try and give him as much confidence as possible."

Gambhir said it was a matter of time before Rohit got the runs. "Whether a person is in form or out of it, the important thing is how he is feeling about his batting. You cannot be batting well, but you can still be getting runs. If you are very comfortable with your batting, if you know that you are batting well, somewhere down the line you will score runs. We still need to show some faith in him because he is a quality player."

Getting dropped after a lean run may damage Rohit's confidence, but Tiwary's will sink lower when he makes a match-winning century, and is then left out for 13 straight games, and maybe more. All Gambhir said was that Tiwary should look to grab every chance he got.

"It is not about individuals and I don't want to talk about individuals, about how Manoj is feeling," Gambhir said. "How the team is doing is all that matters. Somewhere down the line, he will get an opportunity. If he is not getting the opportunity and the team management [believes the] playing XI they pick is the best XI to do the job on that particular day, the team management does that because ultimately it is not about individuals. It is about what results you want and what combination you want to go with.

"Whenever Manoj gets that opportunity, he should be looking forward to it and he should do well in that opportunity. Whether he gets it in the next game, whether he gets it in the next series, no one knows."

The third ODI on Saturday may make the fate of both the batsmen clearer.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 29, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Cant understand why a player of gambhir's stature is saying like this??...rohit sharma has been a complete wastage in Indian Middle ordr...i m wshng yuvi's return asap...sharma might be talented but his stats says something else...1966 runs in 83 mtchs wth avg. of 31 after being active in Intl crcket fr past 5 yrs...cant say abt future but in present scenario i dont see sharma even in 15 member squad,...

  • on July 29, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    If he is the best at nets keep him there in the interest of the bowlers. If he played well in ipl that s the place for him. Gambier has just opined that way and the team selection committee need not heed.World cup is far away.Rahane or Tiwari deserve a break and Rohit the bench.Think of India Today.There is a limit for pampering.

  • on July 28, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @IndianRulesEverybody...See even Rohit Sharma goes out for Ducks but this time GOLDEN Duck especially in a 50 over game :)

  • on July 28, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Not an Indian fan but very weird a player like Tiwary isn't given an oppurtunity, he's a good team player.

  • on July 28, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Hussain Alvi, India has Won the game and Yes, whether we have Rohit Playing or orhterwise, India will Win!!

  • Scube on July 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    I hope, Dhoni & the team management don't over-react & drop Rohit for the next match! I saw a very languid movement of the highest quality in the only ball he faced though he was out in the process, which is a minor detail in the bigger picture! There is no point in playing selfishing without contributing to the development of the game! Actually, video of that ball can be used to teach kids how not to miss a straight ball when your team is in dire straits! If they have to really change a winning team, I request them to replace Raina for playing many ugly heaves and bringing down the quality of this great game! Thanks in advance!

  • Street_Hawk on July 28, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    If it was jet lagged Tiwary up against a Brett Lee yorker getting out for 2, he would be benched in the next game...but It's Rohit from Mumbai hailed by Warne and Tendulkar as the next best batsman for India..who can bench him while Rahane and Tiwary (even after scoring a ton) carry drinks

  • on July 28, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Thanks ROHITH for the duck. well done Malinga for the 2 Wickets in 2 Balls. India we need ROHITH for the rest of the series. please give him some more chances.atleast for next 2 matches.

  • on July 28, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    All the tallent in the world Sharma has to score another duck!!!

  • on July 28, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    From my Perspective most of the fellas feels he is talented batsmen but talent needs to be delivered some day at some point of time ... We are wasting our bunch of in-form players (Bringing drinks & Rubbing benches) as it is not good for Indian cricket.

  • on July 29, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Cant understand why a player of gambhir's stature is saying like this??...rohit sharma has been a complete wastage in Indian Middle ordr...i m wshng yuvi's return asap...sharma might be talented but his stats says something else...1966 runs in 83 mtchs wth avg. of 31 after being active in Intl crcket fr past 5 yrs...cant say abt future but in present scenario i dont see sharma even in 15 member squad,...

  • on July 29, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    If he is the best at nets keep him there in the interest of the bowlers. If he played well in ipl that s the place for him. Gambier has just opined that way and the team selection committee need not heed.World cup is far away.Rahane or Tiwari deserve a break and Rohit the bench.Think of India Today.There is a limit for pampering.

  • on July 28, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @IndianRulesEverybody...See even Rohit Sharma goes out for Ducks but this time GOLDEN Duck especially in a 50 over game :)

  • on July 28, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Not an Indian fan but very weird a player like Tiwary isn't given an oppurtunity, he's a good team player.

  • on July 28, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Hussain Alvi, India has Won the game and Yes, whether we have Rohit Playing or orhterwise, India will Win!!

  • Scube on July 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    I hope, Dhoni & the team management don't over-react & drop Rohit for the next match! I saw a very languid movement of the highest quality in the only ball he faced though he was out in the process, which is a minor detail in the bigger picture! There is no point in playing selfishing without contributing to the development of the game! Actually, video of that ball can be used to teach kids how not to miss a straight ball when your team is in dire straits! If they have to really change a winning team, I request them to replace Raina for playing many ugly heaves and bringing down the quality of this great game! Thanks in advance!

  • Street_Hawk on July 28, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    If it was jet lagged Tiwary up against a Brett Lee yorker getting out for 2, he would be benched in the next game...but It's Rohit from Mumbai hailed by Warne and Tendulkar as the next best batsman for India..who can bench him while Rahane and Tiwary (even after scoring a ton) carry drinks

  • on July 28, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Thanks ROHITH for the duck. well done Malinga for the 2 Wickets in 2 Balls. India we need ROHITH for the rest of the series. please give him some more chances.atleast for next 2 matches.

  • on July 28, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    All the tallent in the world Sharma has to score another duck!!!

  • on July 28, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    From my Perspective most of the fellas feels he is talented batsmen but talent needs to be delivered some day at some point of time ... We are wasting our bunch of in-form players (Bringing drinks & Rubbing benches) as it is not good for Indian cricket.

  • on July 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Nohit Sharma and talent??? I see the only talent he posses is to make zeroes and waste other talented players. Today he went for another zero, third in a row. I have been telling this guy is a NOHIT no matter how many chances you give him. He is a good net player and should be used in the nets for bowlers to practice with. Thats all for God sake kick him out for ever.

  • on July 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Nets is not real match.. India have given him many chance to perform.. this is just again giving chance for a person who is out of form.. and killling the talent of other players like Monoj..

  • on July 28, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    thank you ROHITH For going DUCK. YOU ROCKS superb malinga. INDIA can you please give another chance for ROHITH.

  • AvidCricFan on July 28, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    So much for the best talent in nets, first ball duck. Now what? I also thought Gambhir had better head. So much for the hero Dhoni too. He slowed down the tempo and has put India in trouble.

  • AvidCricFan on July 28, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Nets or first class match performance doesn't mean anything. He needs to perform in matches and he is not. I am not sure why he is persisted. As of my typing this, Dhoni has come to bat two wickets down and he is doing same as what he has been doing lately - slow down the game and take to wire. If Rohit is so good, why change the order? Why not send him in regular order. What is wrong in bringing Rahane or Tiwari in the team when Rohit Sharma has been dismal in the exended streak he got?

  • on July 28, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    For god sakes , give him some time. Anybody who has seen Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary play ,will know who is more talented and who can possibly play bowlers like steyn and morkel in Australia(next WC) with confidence. Manoj Tiwary might fet 100s vs westindies in India but he is not an impact player.We have to persist with Rohit in ODIs and T20s, there is no other go.

  • on July 28, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Sneha, Rohit has a first class batting avg of over 60. which is more than VVS, SRT and Dravid's first class average & more than Tiwary. Raina, Yuvraj, Vijay and many others who played many tests. He is yet to play a single test match. And Tiwary fans, he failed in every match against a WI second XI: 4 day match, one day match, everything. Sure, he can do well on flat pitches.

  • Coolcan79S on July 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    BEST IN THE NETS HUH ! MATCHES ARE WON IN THE NETS, PERHAPS WE CAN ASK SRILANKANS FOR A ONE AS FAVOUR.

  • ultimatewarrior on July 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    i can't understand how bcci / srikant / dhoni can give so many chances to rohit sharma (82odi 25t20I) suresh raina(15test 148odi 25t20I) r jadeja(58 odi 12t20I) y pathan(57odi 22t20I).............but on other hand they give so few chances to Manoj Tiwary (6 odi 1 t20I) Ajinkya Rahane (11 odi 2 t20I) Cheteshwar Pujara (3 test)............that too across a very long time period of 5 years....

  • on July 28, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    I don't know why whenever a player loose his form & his place in playing 11... Shewag & Gambir are the one always assure them he can do in upcoming matches...They both loose their vice-captain by spreading these kind of rubbish things. I've a question for them do they think the players sitting in bench does't have enough skill to show.. (I'm not Rohit hater but he got more opportunities than Tiwary or Rahane). What they done wrong?. Tiwary got a match winning 100 in his last match, Rahane had a much better IPL than Rohit. Why don't they think about Tiwary or Rahane future. I thank IPL to show these players strength to us otherwise we people still believe no one in India can replace Rohit. Who knows like this how many Sachins we loose in the past?...:-)

  • on July 28, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Will team management have the same patient when Tiwary or Rahane get their chances? Do we have to persist with Rohit just because he is batting well in nets? We are talking of playing for India, which means 11 best players from India who can perform on the field as performance in the nets does not win or loose games.

  • sri2001 on July 28, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    What a comment? If that is a case, when the team is having nets Rohit Sharma should be included, otherwise in the matches others should be given a chance. Also Dhoni thinks he is above the game. Its is backing.

  • on July 28, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Yes, Rohit is talent cricketer, but i would like to draw the attention towards the comments Saurav Ganguly made sometimes ago that if the players like Raina, Sharma have not been able to cement their place in the team after that amount of matches how come we can say that they are talented.. talent needs to be delivered..and fact is that Sharma has failed on many occasions to deliver his hidden talent..

  • balajeev on July 28, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Well, Gambhir seems to be drumming up support for his captaincy candidature. Back a few players to the hilt in the hope that they back you to be captain, even if it means dividing the team.

  • kingcobra85 on July 28, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    So lets drop gambir and bring Tiwary in!

  • SanjivAwesome on July 28, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Look at his picture. His eyes are not on the ball upon contact with bat. Nohit Sharma is just a below average batter with faulty technique. All fans can see it.

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Perfect..thats how the teams should be...Rohit is a talented boy..give him cahnces..atleast give him this series. If he fails,drop him...if he performs well, he can be the best in the world.He is that talented.

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Its a joke that Rohit Sharma is hungry for runs. I don't think anyone in this cricket world had got so many chances yet didn't do the job of getting runs for the team. Its sad that still India and Dhoni has hopes about his ability to score runs. Manoj Tiwary should be given as many chances as Rohit Sharma he will prove better that he is better than so called talented Rohit Sharma. Even for that matter why not try Mohd. Kaif. Its time Rohit to be sent back to learn the basics. Playing in nets as Gambhir said is not going to serve the purpose. I think the Indian team is obsessed with Rohit Sharma and this is the time redeem themselves and look at Manoj Tiwary.

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    I respect gautam as a cricketer but somehow dont agree on these comments by him. What wrong has manoj done?? why do we have to say whatever chance he is given he has to cash? why doesnt the same apply for Mr. Over Rated Rohit Sharma?? 82 games as compared to 7 or 8 games? come on put some logic in. If tiwary gets a chance and doesnt do well bench him again?? why not bench rohit after a flurry of bad runs. its just unethical not acceptable at all.

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Gambhir, you are seriously the most contradicting person ever. First of the things mentioned by the people below all say that. I don't think it is necessary for me to say anymore. Rohit, is probably the worst player ever, he seems to compared with Sachin seriously guys look at Sachin stats and Rohit, go figure. As far as Rahane and Manoj are concerned they need to get a chance to play, seriously if Gambhir feels that he is an awesome player than he should sit out and give the benched players a chance. I am not dissing you Gambhir you were by far one of my fav young and senior batsmen but after your comments i think i will have to reconsider. I hope you can figure out that its important for individuals like Rahane and Manoj to play because they are the future not even you, as you have already crossed 30. I think , no wait i am sure that Rahane needs to come in, Sehwag needs a break, and Manoj needs a game and Rohit should sit this one out, and maybe play the next.

  • chowwa on July 28, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Then he should remain in the nets ...

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Rohit play well only in nets but when it comes to pitch he never scored (exceptions might be one or two). Come on give some chance to others to show their batting skills rather than backing a player who is not very consistent. Tiwary, Rahane are not only T20 players they have to prove their ability in one day as well.

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    If i were to drop anyone right now from the India Xi, it would certainly be Virender sehwag, he is very overrated player, nowadays. His fielding is not good, either. and he is slow between wickets. if Sachin was playing sehwag should be dropped as of now, drop sehwag, have Kohli open with gauti, and give somone in middle order a chance, or drop sehwag, and give ajinka rahane a chance.

  • fan2011 on July 28, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    ha ha pls india pursue with Rohit, Gambir, and Shewag until the 2015 world cup.. they are the best players in TEAM INDIA< we sri lankans need these talented lot in your side if we have to win..

    gambir, life is not about chances, in life you get only a few chances if you can't grab it, it doesn;t matter how talented you are..

    there are many talented players out there who are talented but who are not good enoug. but there are many hard working cricketers like steve waugh whose records speaks for itself

  • dmqi on July 28, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    By giving confidence to one who is not scoring is not logical for the other who is scoring and sitting out. Best solution, include both of them by resting Shewag and Gautam.

  • on July 28, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    rohit is still the best batsman in the country...the quality of shots he plays is amazing...when he plays, he wins the game for the country....of course he hasn't played well this year so far...but still he is much better player than manoj and for that matter virat kohli...but he needs to learn from virat how to stay at the crease for as long as possible..i believe he should get some more games..if he still doesn't click then he should be replaced by manoj.

  • OnlyKaps on July 28, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir could have put that better. For a future ODI if not test captain, he has some learning to go, yet.

  • on July 28, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    If Gauti is so confident about Rohit he should sit in the bench to give his place to Rahane who is in top form. We are demoralising Rahane & Tiwary by ignoring them to promote players like Sehwag & Rohit who are not in form. Sehwag would have gone for zero if not dropped by Dilshan in first ODI. He played like a school boy initially but was lucky to be survived. We should chose players on the basis of form not by fame. If we lose heavily with big names in the side what if we play youngsters in the team who are in peak form?

  • on July 28, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    itz jst very unfortunate for manoj. he has scored a match wining century and sitting out for 13 games. dont know if dat is possible by any cricketing logic. and even so making a place for a man dat averages 17 in dis span of time. and da team is saying dat manoj needs to take his opportunity. means a guy makes a 100 and den gets dropped for 13 + games and den if he plays again he needs to make another 100 & may b get dropped for 13 more games. itz jst bizzer. itz nt abt da player. itz abt da states they play for and der lobby. very sad for manoj.

  • muski on July 28, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Well there are two ways to look at it- Mates of the same team who play each other day in and day out, do have it in them to realise who among them is better than the other.It does not take a rocket scientist to realise that. The more critical view would be that of the fan who is watching the bloke in actual action. No amount of nets would simulate the actual match play. From what Gambhir says, it probably looks like Rohit is a bloke with weak mental strength and probably the pressure of the game gets the better of him. If that is so, what he is needs is NOT more chances at the expense of other promising youngsters, but the help of a mental conditioning expert. Once he has that under control, there is no doubt that he a place reserved for him for the next 10 years atleast in the Indian team in all the 3 formats.

  • on July 28, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Contradictory statements Mr.Gambhir. First you say it will affect a persons confidence if gets chopped. The next statement you say it is not about individual persons, it is about a team. Ridiculous!!!

  • itsthewayuplay on July 28, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Finally, a common sense approach to Rohit Sharma whilst being harsh on Tiwary. However I'm cofused by two of Gamhir's statements. 1st he says he doesn't want to talk about individuals after having spoken about Rohit in some detail and 2nd if the only thing that matters is the team why is Sehwag who has been so irresponsible on so many occassions in the past and Tendulkar who decided to sit out this series and the test series away in the WI before the disastrous Eng tour can pick and the series he wants to play and yet are automatic choices. If the team is that important then when Dravid stood up to open the innings for the team in Eng did Tendulkar the only other batsman with the technique and experience of dealing with swinging conditions remain at no 4?

  • Brdmara on July 28, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    east or west rohit is da best anyone cant change ///and he is de next sachin

  • kamal_mmb on July 28, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Then inform BCCI or Srilankan Cricket Board to tie the Net on the whole ground - then he will expose his talent??????? If you throw rohit & jadeja out of the team only India can starts to win the games

  • Baundele on July 28, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    The main problem is, in the net Rohit faces the indian bowlers (and the bowling machine); but in actual cricket he needs to face actual bowlers.

  • theswami on July 28, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Indian XI: Rahane, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Tiwary, Dhoni, Ashwin, Pathan, Sharma, Khan, Yadav.

  • on July 28, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Gambhir is not making common sense'. Rohit Sharma doesn't merit being in the team on the basis of his performances. If he comes good in 2 of 10 innings on an average, it is not good enough. Manoj Tiwari's is a glaring ommission, that needs to be rectified.

  • CricEshwar on July 28, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Is Rohit the new R. Jadeja? I hope not...

  • on July 28, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Enough is Enough. If has enough talent Lets try Rohit in Test. Because presenttly we are not doing great thing in Test and we are building the team for test from scratch. It will give Rohith confidence that if he failed in 1 or 2 occasion it will not effect the team. So please try Manoj, Rahane Unadkat and others. Please Team India Give at least 3 the Chance to Manoj.

  • monisammy on July 28, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    I REALLY LIKED THIS COMMENT & SECOND loks07 WHO MADE THIS COMMENT."Then lets keep him in nets giving practice to bowlers". ROHIT IS A OVER RATED PLAYER AND JUST DOES NOT DESERVE HIS PLACE IN THIS INDIAN TEAM.

  • on July 28, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    If Team India wants to give another chance to for Generation Next Rohit Sharma, they should also include Manoj in Playing XI in the place of Ojha. 4 bowlers and Raina, Rohit and Veru can test handle 5th bowler option. Manoj needs at least 3 games. So Dhoni and Co please try Manoj instead of he warming the bench. Whole nation is seeing you Rohit. Perform of perish Mr Rohit. You are playing for Country not for your self.

  • on July 28, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Mr Gambir, why don't you sit out so that both Tiwary & Rohit can play. When 2 out of 3 openers were selected to accomodate yougsters you had problems. You didn't want to sit out in 2 out of 3 matches. Have you ever though about Tiwary?

  • on July 28, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    I am better than all of you in Cricket video game? so can i play in India colors?!?! Gauti it's absolutely illogical... You guys are absolutely unfair to players like M. Tiwary and Rahane... Let Rohit go back and find why he's unable to transfer his NET practice performance into the match situations... Dont play with confidence of the players who are aspiring to play in India colors...

  • Thyagu5432 on July 28, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    @Chetan Asher: Great list there. Though I wont include Sandip Patil in that list, he is nowhere near any of the others in the list. Vishy, Azar, Gower, Kalli all great names and absolute delight to watch. But I am not too sure you can compare these greats with Rohit from a performance point of view. All of these were prolific scorers too. Vishy 97* against WI is still fresh in my mind. What a player!

  • loks07 on July 28, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Then lets keep him in nets giving practice to bowlers

  • maddymg on July 28, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Though he does well in Nets it doesnt matter..... All Indian fans wants him to perform on field.... How long ur team management and BCCI going to believe him and give a chance inspite of his consecutive failure? A talented player is one who should try and correct his mistakes atleast in 4-5 chances.... He is over rated under performing player... I am sure Rahane or Tiwary wont be given this many chances to prove them....

  • mcsdl on July 28, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    This is complete hypocrisy... How come Gambhir say "It is not about individuals and I don't want to talk about individuals, about how Manoj is feeling," and this same man talk about how it will effect confiddence of Rohit if he get dropped... So whats all that nonsence about "it is not about individuals. It is about what results you want".. Those statements are complete contradictory to one another... Get a grip Gambhir...! Dont be a laughing stock as when you were in England and in Australia... Face the facts this time...!

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 28, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    An extension to my previous comment about the my Indian XI, apologies for repeating a number 8. I'll redo my XI: 1.) Gambhir 2.) Sehwag 3.) Rahane 4.) Kohli (VC) 5.) Tiwary 6.) MS Dhoni (C) (WK) 7.) Irfan Pathan 8.) Ashwin 9.) Zaheer 10.) R Sharma 11.) Yadav This is coming from a Pak fan BTW.

  • Charos on July 28, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Whilst Gambhir and Co do not want to undermine Rohit's confidence, same is done for Tiwary. "It is not about individuals" and "How the team is doing is all that matters.", So?

  • Alexk400 on July 28, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    Rohit has physical problem. Very lazy. Over hyped by people. He will be always like this ...just like yuvi never cemented his place in TEST with super talent he has. Yuvi problem is mental not phhysical. Rohit sharma problem is physical. He is weak. Not enough energy to sustain long.

  • on July 28, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    All That Glitters Are Not Gold

  • Rahulbose on July 28, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    LOL, too bad for India that matches are not played in nets. Else they would have the next Bradman. Rohit is playing because he does well in IPL and BCCI big wigs what him to become a star. National team and pride be damned.

  • getgopi on July 28, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    "nets" don't hit back...Gauti.

  • Nampally on July 28, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum: Sir, I applaud you for wonderful choice of the XI. It is amazing that a Pakistani Fan understands the Indian team potential better than the Indian XI Selectors & Captain MSD. I agree with you to a large extent except for Yadev's selection - wayward bowling with no control over length & direction.Raina is a permanent guy in the Indian ODI XI with a great S/R. So his dropping will not be a popular choice. On the other hand your selection of Rahul Sharma to replace Ojha is excellent one. It must be known that Rahane, Tiwary & Rahul Sharma are 3 guys on Dhoni's list of permanent Bench players. It is heart breaking to see these 3 talented youngsters, in the squad consistently but have been benched at least 20 times each - whilst Rohit's failure is always justified. The extent of politics governing the XI selection is unbelievable. The Most talented batsman, C.Pujara, is not even in the squad!.

  • Bruisers on July 28, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    And, guys, stop judging a batsman by the number of centuries he has scored. Rohit has scored numerous 70s, 80s and 90s that have single-handedly given India many wins..

  • Bruisers on July 28, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Wow some people seriously think that Rohit has failed throughout his career. I mean just look at his ODI average in 2011.. Its 50+. What more do you expect of him? Yes right now he is going through bad times but he is a class apart and a better long term prospect. For the remainder of this series, replace him with Tiwary or Rahane and lets give Rohit a break. Tiwary's batting style suits these conditions and he is a brilliant fielder too. So he would be my first choice. Rahane can only be brought in at 3 if Kohli agrees to bat at 4 (which isn't such a bad idea either). Also why not give Pujara a brief run in ODIs?

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 27, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    I'm a Pak fan and this is my suggestion for the Indian XI: 1.) Gambhir 2.) Sehwag 3.) Rahane 4.) Kohli (VC) 5.) Tiwary 6.) MS Dhoni (C) (WK) 7.) Irfan Pathan 8.) Ashwin 8.) Zaheer 9.) R Sharma 10.) Yadav 11.) Ojha

    Instead of giving a chance to Rohit and Raina who are overhyped batsmen, give a chance to two amazing talents in Rahane and Tiwary. These two are clumped together with Kohli so why not give this team a shot?

  • vxttemp on July 27, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    I agree with Gambhir. Rohit has talent. Even Laxman took a while to cope at international level. Rohit showed so much promise. I think he deserves another chance. Manoj should also be considered, why not rest some one else - Maybe Raina or Gambhir or some one. I also agree we should plan for 2015.

  • spinkingKK on July 27, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Its about what result you want? Are they getting the result they were looking for? Drubbing in Australia, getting all-out below 150 in the last ODI against a Sri Lankan attack which is not fearsome ! I used to support Rohit before. Because, he showed some potential. However, after seeing for so many years, I haven't seen anything special about this kid. He hasn't got any special skills like Laxman or special mind like Kohli or especially athletic like Yuvraj was at one stage. So, India will not lose out if his confidence is dented. I am sure there will be other Rohit sharma's around if need be. Tiwary (I haven't seen him score that century), however showed the potential and it is not easy to score a century when you get one chance in 30 games. He should be given a long run.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on July 27, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Dropping Rohit after poor performances in 82 ODIs will drop his confidence level. But Tiwary should grab every opportunity he gets...And we are talking about a level playing field. Sigh!

  • MOHSIN_mrq on July 27, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Rohit is a T20 batsmen not an ODI or Test one

  • SCC08 on July 27, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    LOL - come have a look at me in the nets! Play 3rd league in South Africa but in the nets... They say I'm better than Bradman.

  • on July 27, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    There is need to remind Gambhir that some players, regardless of how good they are in the nets, how good they are in first class matches, they still cannot rise to the challenge of Test cricket; and that in Graeme Hick and Mark Ramprakash we have the classic examples of players who do not possess the big match mentality; that they are among an elite of English county cricketers who have scored 100 first class hundreds, but when it came to representing England they just couldn't repeat that first class talent they had.

  • gtzshotta on July 27, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    @Rahul LOL "Dhoni if you are reading." haha priceless!!

  • Patrick_ on July 27, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    While I like the idea that youngsters should be given longer runs even if they fail, this does not justify ignoring a youngster who has scored a century in his last outing. At least give him a few chances by resting someone.

  • shrey72 on July 27, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    gambhir please dont be politically correct always ..if players like yuvraj bhajj,zak can be left out of the team..why not rohit (nohit )sharma..the overall persona and attitude of dis guy is not up 2 scratch ..lazy laidback attitude ..he doesnt even look fit..he looks obese..does he even work out..the way he gets out every match looks like he is simply not interested in occupying the crease...82 matches ..2 hundred ..1 against zimbabwe..and the other against a second string sl team..whoaa..kudos..enough of dis talent talent thing..if he really has the talent ,how long wud he take 2 build upon it..its been 5 years already since he has been with the team and more often than not he is a regular part of the 11..just think dat he doesnt have the temparement 2 suceed at the highest level.but if u see him play the ipl/cl ohh man..he is charged up and he even scores consistently while playing 4 MI.dis guy needs 2 be replaced or he wud start taking his place 4 granted.cricinfo please publish

  • on July 27, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Ok, so here's the thing. I'm not saying Rohit WILL work out, I'm not saying he won't. All I'm saying is that we need to respect Dhoni and Gambhir, the coach, the selectors and the cricket experts. While all of our are passionate about the game, so many proffesionals cannot be wrong in the quality they see in one person. Will that quality bear fruit? One can never tell, but it's a calculated gamble. Imagine if the duck Sachin made in his first innings had been the only innings he'd ever got to play. I agree that Rohit's got an extended run, I also agree that the glimpses he shows of genuis are undeniable. It's time for us to stop rooting against the selctors and the team policy every time. I KNOW for a fact that if Rohit was dropped people would be clamouring over this site as to how the selectors could be idiotic enough to drop someone with this potential. . . . If they do read these forums at all, know that there are those who still have faith. :-)

  • Street_Hawk on July 27, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    and please get rid of Fletcher...he is a worthless coach anyways...there are way better coaches out there who actually wants to win...look at India under Kirsten and then under Fletcher..seriously...Indian cricket is going down if Fletcher is the coach...Dhoni under Fletcher is not the same Dhoni either

  • Street_Hawk on July 27, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    wonderful...so now the criteria to play for India is do well in the nets..it surely does not matter what you do in the actual game and that's why Tiwary has not got a game after scoring a ton against WI...may be in future you'll be preferred over a cricketer who has done well in state level, if you do well in gully cricket...talking about Rohit's confidence..I have not seen any improvement in either his confidence or temperament even after playing almost 100 ODIs...Manoj's confidence is pretty much gone now because not only he does not get a game, he does not even get as much net time as Rohit...way to Boost his confidence...when are they going to give Manoj a long run? when he is 33? and saying this Gambhir just lost a whole lot of respect from one of his KKR team mate and a lot of bengalis

  • on July 27, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Well! Then put a net around him in the actual game to make him feel comfortable. Have you also noticed that he performs better with a pacifier in his mouth? Huh?

  • Jose on July 27, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    The team's selection criteria is to have atleast one Mumbaiker batsman irrespective of his form and talent. Only way (most funny) to defend this most over-rated Rohit is praising his excellent batting in Nets... I am failed to understand how the selection criteria is set based on good batting or bowling in Nets. I am sure there are thousands in India, who can perform better than this Indian team in Nets. If this policy continues, I am sure India will not any series or any cup.

  • jay_vkjay on July 27, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I think Gambhir is just trying to give a moral support to Rohit. But Mr.Gautam it won't make any difference to Rohit.If dropping Rohit for his poor returns affects his confidence,how hard will Manoj Tiwary feeling after warming the bench for a 15 games after making his maiden ODI ton? Definitely not very good.If Rohit got talent, Tiwary got talent,dedication and fighting spirit.If selectors planning to keep Rohit for 2015 world cup,why can't they talk openly to Sachin about his future plans.Will he play 2015 world cup? But,if Rohit play like this I don't think he will play 2015 world cup.Drop Rohit and give his enough time to think about his mistakes.It will work in favour of him.

  • on July 27, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    DHONI IF YOU ARE READING TRY THIS COMBO:

    Virendar Sehwag, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, MS Dhoni, R. Ashwin, R. Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Zaheer Khan

  • on July 27, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    I don't know how many up in here have ever played a game in their lives except for watching on television and throwing their expert comments. The fact is Rohit is the FUTURE of Indian cricket just cz he got bundles of talent, he might look ugly when gets out cheaply but he does play some exciting shots with that lazy elegance of his. If whole team is backing a player and people like Shane Warne can go and give a comment that he is one player to watch out in the future, people just don't bloody understand what they meant. Simply put, Give him a another chance or may be even two..Im sure he is going to shut every expert up in here soon.

  • bunty4 on July 27, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    who says cricket is a team game rohit sharma is single handedly loosing games for india

  • meetagod on July 27, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Sorry, i do agree with Gambir. Rohit's confidence is nothing to do his runs. He is just not ready to play in pressure, therefore, not suitable for international games. We need consistant players not some kind of talent that taks you nowhere if you not confident. Our bowling sucks so as our batting. India' s cricket must raise the bar and give chances to other players.

  • on July 27, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    This is like saying, when there are no defenders or goal keepers, I am like Lionel Messi !

  • ilovusenthil on July 27, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Then please play him at nets alone.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 27, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Are we too sensitive to faults of Indian cricketers but never understand the real problem??Cricket is a career for most of the Indian team unlike some other sportsmen like in Hockey, Netherlands players work along side and Hockey is just a sport for them.In India Cricket is more than sport. It's a career n can give you a place in Indian team or finish your career just after some performances. U may ask that,then should we not fault even India loose? Ah! Well, the players who fail get criticized. But before that, let us know' r they ready to come n play on all tracks'?? NO is answer. No better pitches, not enough training tours.If cricketers are to blamed,then y not administrators?? Y sword on neck of a cricketer always?? U may ask,y not players adapt?? Well, we don't give enough time,do we?? In a firm even if employee works below par for some time and does well next time, do we remove emp?? Emp vl be trained until firm feels emp is not hurting team much n useful. Same is cricket here!?

  • Azweer on July 27, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    If Team India is going to rest their faith on Rohit in 2015 world cup then i wud say its like keeping full faith on Aashish Nehra after sachin's double ton!!!!!!!! Mark my words!!!! Rohit can never become a Yuvraj/Gauti/Dhoni!!!!! he is going to be the same Rohit for ever.... but i have the best Idea.... Rohit can be dropped fr 6 or 7 series before World cup... then shud be picked fr WC... so that he will perform to cement his place...!!! even if whole team fails in a match he will win it single handed. I can bet this plan will work... bcz he has that kind of mind set towards his selection in the team...

  • praveen4honestremark on July 27, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Are we too sensitive to faults of Indian cricketers but never understand the real problem??Cricket is a career for most of the Indian team unlike some other sportsmen like in Hockey, Netherlands players work along side and Hockey is just a sport for them.Here in India Cricket is more than sport. It's a career and can give you a place in Indian team or finish your career just after some performances. You may ask that,then should we not fault even India loose 8-0? Ah! Well, the sacrificial lambs in Indian cricket are cricketers; v rarely understand how bad the facilities were,nt having pitches and practice matches b4 foreign tours. So, if cricketers are to blamed,then y not administrators?? Y sword on neck of a cricketer always?? U may ask,y not players adapt?? Well, we don't give enough time,do we?? In a firm even if employee works below par for some time and does well next time, do we remove emp?? Emp vl be trained until firm feels emp is not hurting team much n useful. Same is cricket

  • on July 27, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    I completely agree with you Xylo. When a player out there in the ground, he need to put 100%, not his laziness.

  • Azweer on July 27, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Gauti.... Performing in nets alone is not enuf!!!!!!!! has do to well against opposition.... shud not just give away the wicket like a gully cricket player. selection for Indian team is not only depends on net practice. it totally depends on performance in the game... Getting selected for national team among 1000's of state level player is not just to perform in nets... he shud realize that importance of the game which is at international level... if he is better in nets, he can take up coaching instead... that will help other talented players to show their performance in the middle... i never had faith in Rohit frm the 1st he was into the team..still i dont support a player who just performs to cement his place in the team, then when he gets settled somewht just throws his wicket away n still needs backup frm seniors is just an eye wash.Comparing with Virat & Raina, Rohit is nothing.. he can stay back in bench till end of this tour. than underperforming in game...

  • on July 27, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is the Asraful of India.

  • on July 27, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Dear Mr Gambhir, dropping Rohit will make his confidence low, but Manoj sitting in the bench for 15 consecutive games after scroing a ton in his last match will get his confidence boosted......r u kidding?or trying to fool us ?Rohit has shown time and again that he doesn't belong to the highest level in spite of getting the confidence of the team think tank .Well "inconsistency" could well be his middle name.But how does it matter any way when the Don of Indian cricket has himself certified that Rohit is strong contender to break his record. Tell me who in Indian cricket has the guts to counter the little matser?So folks end this debate about Rohit, he will continue to get the chances, and he will "consistently" continue to under perform sometimes by dragging a wide ball into his stumps, sometimes by hanging his bat to an out going delivery and sometines by playing too early to spoon a top edge starigh to a fielder !!!!!!!

  • on July 27, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    playing well in nets doesn't get anything to team .He has to play well in ground which he jeopardize with his laziness . I like to give some chances to robin,tiwary instead of rohit .

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on July 27, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    disappointing comments from gambhir , i am a myself a fan of gambhir and rohit sharma no doubt has the talent , but ultimately its performance that counts , especially when India have so many other youngsters waiting on bench , and this 'i don't talk about individual' line of gambhir seems to be applicable only when tiwary is mentioned , he is more than happy to back another 'individual' in rohit sharma

  • 777aditya on July 27, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    @ Cricketfan101 - and why has he not bowled those 20 overs? - because he managed to leak 44 runs in 6 overs in first ODI and in the second it was a lost cause before he even came onto bowl, thanks to a vintage poor batting performance by India. Hence the argument, that if Tiwary replaces him, possibly India could score better (plus Tiwary is a live wire in the field). Sehwag and Raina can bowl under 7 runs per over. Now, please dont say bring back Harbhajan!!!!

  • loung_singh on July 27, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    a few seasons back india toured lanka 4 tests suresh raina scored a ton on debut playing instead of ill yuvraj singh .Come d next test n yuvraj was fit but raina was prefered. dhoni explained dat performance was d criteria 4 selection n rightly so.. now we ve got a guy tiwary who after scoring a ton have nt played after dat..why r selection criteria different 4 different individuals in same team. ridiculous mr dhoni

  • on July 27, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    @ishfi, agreed Rohit is a great talent,but he is inconsistent and the number of opportunities he is given is way beyond what an average player would get. I think there are other batsmen like Tiwary, Rahane, Pujara etc who can do the same job for India and they must also be given more chances. Let me tell one good example here: Rohit Sharma played some important knocks in 2008 CB series in Australia and Virat Kohli was not even in the Indian team then, but today you don't see an Indian team with Virat's name in the list. This means that there is something wrong with Rohit and he needs to fix it, its better he goes back to drawing board and gets his mistakes rectified, most of times all international players come back better after a break so its high time the selectors put their foot down and tell him that he will be included once he finds his form. Basically Rohit sharma lacks attitude and he needs to work on it.

  • on July 27, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    It doesn't matter if you miss 100 deliveries outside off stump and look ugly your defence is fine bcz you playing outside off stump is just a bonus but not necessity. this is what pundits cannot understand .....don't know y.... but if you miss deliveries aimed at stumps and allow a gate b/w bat and pad your technique is definitely faulty

  • xylo on July 27, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    My problem with Rohit Sharma is not that of talent but application and commitment. Raina might not be on par with Rohit in terms of talent, but you never see him give less than 110%. If Rohit were to put his mind where his body is, I am sure he will scale great heights. Maybe, a session with Paddy Upton might help?

  • Ravichamp on July 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Now Rohit Sharma will be selected in India team on the basis of runs scored in the NETS............................ You cant have better selection policy than this.

  • ishfi on July 27, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Rohit only need to concentrate which in turn provide him that missing consistency..I still find Rohit far better player than Tiwary..

  • ishfi on July 27, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Gambhir is very right...i dont think there is any wrong with Rohit Sharma. he is a class act. who can turn the match at any time. he has the potential to survive on difficult pitches due to his flawless technique and also he can hit sixes when and as required..he reminds me of Javed Miandad, Basit Ali type of class. I m a big fan of Rohit Sharma due to his compact build on crease.

  • kitten on July 27, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Fully agree with Giridhar Kumar's comments. Right on the button. I feel, that Gauti and Rohit are good friends, and Gauti probably has the backing of Rohit, in case he is considered for the captaincy at a future date. Who knows what happens in the dressing room. We all recall what happened to Gauti (relieved of Vice captaincy) recently, for his stupid comments etc. Gauti may be a good captain, but his bias towards Rohit sticks out like a sore thumb!! Enough said. Poor Manoj Tiwari. Hopefully, better sense prevails and he is selected for the third ODI, and scores big!! Then the fun will start.

  • DEV_ME on July 27, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Is this CRICKET or a PARLIAMENT session - wherein we start discusssing about confidence / No Confidence Motions ?! An average of 17.33 says it all - sending him back to the benches with the assurance that he will be selected again when he finds his touch and talent - till then let TEAM INDIA win. I dont understand this policy, especially when we have talent and form sitting on the bench while Rohit goes on to make a mockery of himself ......

  • subbaraogaru on July 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Its really ridiculous and embarrassing to keep giving chances to Rohit, He never shown his TALENT which continuously believed by the team members and the experts. He is Lazy, never shown consistency even in domestic level, If he is talented then why he is failed to use the opportunities given to him, even he is no way competitive in West Indies tour of India A. Why such a great talent could not matched the second stream WI attack.i believe that some one in BCCI is supporting him.....just kick him out of team and give chance to others

  • ChuckyDoll on July 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Captain's got to re-jig the order a bit. Let Rohit swap places with Sehwag.

  • on July 27, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Looks like Cricket has a wierd problem - Elegant batsmen do not always seem to get the kind of runs their fans would like to see them score.....examples that come to mind off-the-cuff - Inzy, David Gower, Vishwanath, Sandeep Patil, Kim Hughes, Alwin Kallicharan, Mohd Azharrudin....... Of course, with someone like that, you never know - one day it clicks, one big score & then, they will suddenly look unstoppable. Rohit Sharma will probably be one more of those...question is - how long is the Indian Team management willing to wait for the click.

  • lordrudraksh on July 27, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    @777aditya i agree with you though they wont rest yadav as he is the only fast bowler in indian team at the moment.

  • m_ilind on July 27, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    That's a good bit of prepping going on from Gambhir, but boss, the results are all that matter. You did the same on the tours of Eng and Aus last year after the first defeat, but it didn't help. Let the results speak for themselves, boss! No need to "leak out" any inside information.

  • gpindian on July 27, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Gambhir is generally very sensible, but not here. He talks about Rohit at length, but when it comes to Manoj Tiwary, he doesnt "want to talk about individuals". People have to earn their place in the side and that is not something Rohit is doing. Also, if getting an outer edge to be caught behind is a loose shot then so is getting an inside edge. During the next world cup, if Rohit is still batting well only in the nets, then will they throw in an inexperienced batsman?

  • cricisme on July 27, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    I am a huge fan of Gambhir and wished he was the captain of India team. He may be able to get the best out of Rohit given he was the captain. One piece of advice though - he should keep his comments to himself. It is not his place to comment on batsman performance that could help or hurt either Rohit's or Tiwari future.. The last time he spoke he lost his vice captaincy chance to Virat. Hope he learns from that mistake. This is BCCI and Srikanth you are dealing with - they won't spare you.

  • Engee on July 27, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Who cares about how good you are at the nets...I am sure there are players who are far more talented than ones representing the country but just can't make it to the big stage for whatever reason.

  • d1n0 on July 27, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Why bring a 15 or 16 man squad on the tour if you don't bench the under performers? Worried about shaking the confidence of a young player? I don't think you need to worry about confidence of players that can make it to a the highest level of cricket in a country with a billion people. What's the worst thing that can happen? Tiwary prove himself and Cement a role in the team? How is that bad for Indian cricket? Give another guy a chance! Rohit has had plenty.

  • ROXSPORT on July 27, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    If Rohit's batting in the nets is the best of the lot, then it means that the Indians are not taking their practice sessions seriously. 'Nuff said.

  • huffpost on July 27, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    To all those who disagree , this was the same team management that won us the world cup, cb series, t20 world cup and many others in the last 5/6 years . Msd/ gauti are better judges than those posting comments here. Even Sachin supports rohit and both of them won us the cb series in Australia in 2008. Go back and look at that series in Australia in 2008. Talented batsmen have to be persisted with to let them achieve greatness. Take gauti , viru , yubi and many others . They were supported and now they have become match winners . Don't expect everyone to be like virat cos he is a very special guy like Sachin .

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Maybe dont "drop" Rohit completely but how about give Tiwary a chance for a game or 2 and lets see what he's made of, a bit of rotation is needed

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    no body treated rohit sharma well including dhoni and cricket fans.he always play's under pain that he would not score to-day he will left out.make him feel comfortable and cool.he is the guy who had enormous talent and technique than any cricketer.that is why team management giving alot chances to him.he is playing best in nets means that he is pressure free.once re-call innings of 79*(49)4*4's 6*6's in wt20 vs australia.wat a fabulous innins that was.u cant get such a quality player.he has been hurted on all the time by all of us.he left out for wc2011.i am big fan of rohit sharma.

  • K.A.K on July 27, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Ghambir, let the captain decide. If you have a recommendation/opinion, give it to Dhoni, not to the press please.

  • buntyjuggernauts on July 27, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Wont be surprised if Tiwary lost his good form..same was case with Rohit in Aussies in test...after sitting whole of a month his ODI batting was miserable..wonder what will happen with Tiwary after almost 8 months off the field!!

  • buntyjuggernauts on July 27, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    This is the prob with Indian Cricketing Management..It is looking for replacements of idols bu some other classsy net player fit for only IPLs.. The point is that if we keep winning by new faces thats better than losing for say now 5 series in row with so said classy players being groomed for future..India is a country of billions & surely we cant afford losing just because some one is being groomed for years..

  • Ajay02 on July 27, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Team management knows well. If he is fine in nets then I am sure a big score is just round the corner. He needs to settle on the pitch and not think about scoring runs. He is kind of bat which once settles will entertain the crowd with his sweet timing.Dhoni, Gambhir, Sehwag etc have all gone through these lean patches.I will give him another advice though : keep fit.

  • buntyjuggernauts on July 27, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Rohit Sharma keeps getting out bowled due to his laziness...a very talented but Master of laziness.. he goes smacking in flat tracks of India & when Paid excessively for IPL hitting sixes of last bowl to win the match..but keeps preventing others from playing XI inspite of very poor show for over 2 series now...Bet I get that many chances would make them count better than him..

  • Naresh28 on July 27, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    After seeing that IPL hundred against good bowlers I was convinced that Rohit has it in him. However his showings of late indicate that he does not value his wicket. Maybe he is not suited to no4?

  • on July 27, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Rohith to India is like Kapugedara to Sri Lanka. If you give anyone 100 opportunities they will play well in at least 1 of them. Gautam is contradicting himself by saying he does not want to talk about individuals when asked about Tiwary cause just before that he was talking about Rohith. Also he talks about the team mattering more than individuals, then how come India did not reach the final in Aus, Asia Cup? If the team was more important changes would be made when required. It is up to Rohit to play domestic cricket and fight his way back into the team. 2nd time around he will be more confident and play better. We have seen guys like Aravinda do it in the past so why not Rohit??

  • Snehaa on July 27, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Rohit's game is well suited to T20. He does not have the ability to build a long innings. Even if he tries, he is only going to inside edge or outside edge due to hesitation on whether to SMASH or defend. If ever Rohit plays for india it should only be as a pinch hitter like jayasuriya in ODIs (remember jayasuriya's average was 26 in ODIs just like rohit) or a T20 player Also i must mention that Rahane seems to be an excellent ODI player in the mould of Kohli.HE knows how to ACCUMULATE. Note my caps letters "SMASH" and "ACCUMULATE" on the key difference between t20 and ODIs

  • Snehaa on July 27, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Rohit's game is well suited to T20. He does not have the ability to build a long innings. Even if he tries, he is only going to inside edge or outside edge due to hesitation on whether to SMASH or defend. If ever Rohit plays for india it should only be as a pinch hitter like jayasuriya in ODIs (remember jayasuriya's average was 26 in ODIs just like rohit) or a T20 player

  • chilled_avenger on July 27, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Didn't Gambhir score his last Test century more than 2 years ago? Gambhir averages 29.14 in his last 20 tests with no centuries and 9 fifties! But who cares about Test matches,when there's IPL,right? Please let someone dedicated and devoted to Test Cricket open in tests instead of Gautam "IPL-Hero/Test-Match-Zero" Gambhir! And about Rohit Sharma,the lesser said the better! Team management thinks that Rohit is the greatest batsman to have ever lived! But why doesn't it show in International matches? Why most of Rohit's runs come against West Indies and Zimabwe? Why does Rohit look like a helpless lamb against Australia and South Africa?

  • Muhtasim13 on July 27, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Tiwary scored 104* in his last ODI for India. Not getting another chance to play since then isn't really fair for him, especially when Rohit is wasting all the opportunities he is getting.

  • Mohd123 on July 27, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Mr. ATIMAYANK well said, management must give if not equal then at least 10 to 15 matches to Mr. Rahane, Mr. Tiwary and then decide who is better. Rohit sharma is good player but his technique in the middle is not showing any confidence, i always see him hitting the ball half hearten, he never try to hit the ball 100%, looks like laziness in approaching the ball. In australia 2015 world cup you must have Tiwary and Rahane, these guys are giving more than 100% in the field so they deserve the chance.

  • Cricketfan101 on July 27, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    @777aditya ohja hasn't even bowled ten overs in the 2 games combined so i dont think you can dugde him

  • wolf777 on July 27, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    May be he is good enough for nets only...he is NO_HIT Sharma in International cricket. Time to give someone else a chance...or make him play as a spinner who can bat.

  • Stanmclean on July 27, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    India should ask SL to prepare a road like pitch, so their batsman can at least score some runs. Because Indians can't play on pitches, which has some movements etc. That's why, they keep failing when playing aboard; Australia 0-4.

  • Nampally on July 27, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    It is sad to read the hypocracy behind comments such as "I do not want to talk about individuals, about how Manoj is feeling - -- How team is doing is all that matters" ??. I am sorry Mr. Gambhir. The team batted like "Minnows" - bundled out for 138 in <20 overs with total eclipse of the middle order which included Rohit Sharma, Raina, Dhoni & Irfan Pathan. India has just 6 batsmen - each guy about 16% of batting!. It is critical for each guy to perform. This is second consecutive faiure of Rohit. There is no doubt that Rohit is an excellent & talented bat. But he has no match temperment, lacks intensity & concentration. How long has India got to wait for him to show up? If I was an Indian team Selector, I would bring in a solid & reliable guy like C.Pujara at #4. He is miles above any of the above mentioned 4 middle order guys. #4 is for the most reliable batsman in the side whilst Rohit is just "hit & miss" type. Kohli is good #3. India lacks a solid #4.I wish India all the best.

  • on July 27, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    You protect my behind and i will protect yours. what an idea? please ask Rohit to play only in the nets. see all the comments here. Nobody talk to Rohit side. Give hime another 82 matches for learning. Rohit= lazy+inconsistent.

  • fr600 on July 27, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    So many drama, sometimes I feel like I'm watching indian TV serial.

  • WTEH on July 27, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Well it looks like Rohit must be really good in something.

  • ProdigyA on July 27, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    @Jaffer Ali - LOL well said.

  • pr3m on July 27, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    It's sad, but it rings true. You have to back your players to come good. I disagreed with insistently picking Jadeja, but that was cos he was a terrible player overall, and only fielded well. The reason this is sad is cos it seems unfair on Tiwary, but you gotta recognize that he's not the first person this has happened to, and won't be the last. Loads of people wait in the wings when they probably should get a chance. I hope he gets his due, though.

  • Rahul_Acharya on July 27, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    The way Gambhir backs Rohit, I feel he should definitely become the capitan

  • GRVJPR on July 27, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Even Gambhir Looked ordinary in Australia. So, it is like "I support you rohit in front of press" and rohit will be expected to return the favors. It is the network of batsmen like sachin, gambhir, sehwag, dhoni which has deicided to keep the new comers like manoj tiwary away so that they have no chance of replacing their place. Otherwise gambhir, dhoni, Rohit would have been already out of the team.

  • ABjuventus on July 27, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    damn good statement by gambhir , im impressed by team;s faith on rohit ...and now im praying ki rohit performs ..he is my fav. player after sachin and dravid , i watch cricket due to rohit now a days

  • kickapakibutt on July 27, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Who cares about how good is in the nets??

  • Samar_Singh on July 27, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    So let him bat on the nets ... he is good at that ...

  • 777aditya on July 27, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    then why not make him bat only in the nets? how bad has Yusuf managed to play that Rohit has not? If better sense prevails, Dinda, Rahane, and Tiwary should play instead of Yadav, Rohit, and Ojha - Yadav needs to reassess, dont want to talk about Rohit, and whatever Ojha is managing to do in his 10 overs, surely Raina and Sehwag can do better!

  • ATIMAYANK on July 27, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    This is insane. I m a big fan of Gambhir but cant agree with him on this one. Rohit is all show and no go, good for nothing sort of player. Among his two ODI hundreds one was against Zimbabwe and another against a weakened SL. Man of the series in WI means nothing! That time WI was amongst the worst in the world. He has played 82 matches and still has nothing to show for. Give both Rahane and Tiwary a run of 20-25 matches like him and then decide who is important for 2015. And those who compare him to Virat need to wake up! Being bill gates and dreaming to be one are compltely opposite ;)

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Same old story.. You protect my behind and i will protect yours!!. What more does Tiwary need to do?.. And how much more chances/opportunitites does this so called boy wonder Rohit need. This guy has been around for 4 years now. gimme a break!

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    If I get The Opportunities Like Rohit Sharma Got.. I can Assure That I Will Become Better Player Than Him...!

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Since Rohit is best in the nets, I think team management should play Rohit only in the nets for bowlers to practice against. But he should not be allowed any where on the pitch because this guy is a certain Nohit.

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Please play ROHIT for rest of the series. and let SL lanka win the series thank you Gambir. as per record in SL Rohit would be ideal candidate to get out quick. small piece of advice next time.for indian selectors. Indians should play Praveen Kumar. Ishant Sharma. Harbajan. good track record in SL

  • vj3478 on July 27, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Rohit.. the Ravi Bopara of India..

  • rsurya on July 27, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Gambhir said what dhoni should have said.

  • deena.leo on July 27, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I like the style and talent of sharma. but he is very inconsistent. from my point of view he should not get the next game but if he gets one he should atleast do enough to get his next game otherwise he should be dropped for the 4th game. still if he gets chance for the 4th game without doing much then its unjustice done to tiwary who hit century in his last game. next leading to test spot it should be pujara who should get selected ahead of sharma who has the technique and temprament to play at no.3 and to play a long innings. Kholi should bat at no 6 untill laxman retires then he can bat at no.5 or no.4 if sachin retires but not at no.3.

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    The caption of the picture on this article says it all. If Rohit was batting the best out of all the batsmen in the nets, then no wonder everybody else perished in the matter that they did on tuesday. That should explain a whole lot. On another note, if his words are to be taken more seriously, then probably Rohit does all his good batting in the nets and leaves nothing behind for the match.

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I certainly agree with Gauti. He had a terrific 2011, had one bad series in Australia which everyone did, hardly got an opportunity in the Asia cup (scored a 50 in the one time he got a decent chance), and got out cheaply on a day when everyone failed. Suddenly Rohit is the one that has to be dropped.

  • Thyagu5432 on July 27, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Ultimately, a batsman has to score runs and a bowler has to take wickets in international matches. Rohit may bat great in nets but those don't count. No doubt he is possibly one of the most graceful batsman of current times but he needs to showcase that grace by scoring in international matches and not just in IPL and Ranji. I am not qualified to judge whether he deserves one more chance or not but if he does get, I do hope he will make it count. After all Rohit cannot be more equal than Manoj or anybody else for that matter.

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    so take rahane and give rest to ojha, coz our strenth is batting dont make it weak. india always won the matches by batting so make it strong as possiple.

  • Solace1 on July 27, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Come on guys, he needs to play, that will give us a chance to win back to back games against India, if we win tomorrow that's enough to show once and for all why our team is the better one among the two!!

  • joseyesu on July 27, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Feel sorry for Tiwary, and with the repeated lack of owning responsibility rohit is still there in the team

  • Anil_m on July 27, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    If its not about individuals than one is one preferred over the other despite contrary evidence. Rohit's got enough opportunities and he hasn't seized them - maybe dropping him will force him to sort things out and will be good for both him and the team in the long run

  • krishnacricket on July 27, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Please drop Rohit and give chance to others...!!! hes doing no good to team india.. If he cant score in dead wickets in srilanka then what the hell can he do in Bouncy aussie wickets.????

  • pvwadekar on July 27, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    No one is doubting the talent of Rohit Sharma and the team management doing good by planning for 2015 WC and identifying key players. Rohit (along with Kohli) will definitely play a key role at 2015 WC. Even if Rohit is batting really well in the "nets" .. he is not producing the results on the field. But by harping about the talent of Rohit every time he fails, we are putting unnecessary pressure on him. Better for him to rest a couple of games think about his game and then play. Just like it is important to groom him, it is also important that others like Rahane, Tiwari etc are also given some opportunities. We cannot expect Virat and Rohit to win all the games at 2015 WC and should not. Cricket is a team sport and they will need support of other batsmen also.

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Though rohit sharma is talented bats man, manoj thiwary needs to get a chance because he hit match winning 100 in last game he played for india rohit should be first given chance in test cricket and get him back to ODI format

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Hey Gambhir... Are you really Gambhir about this??? Rohit has been given more opportunities than any other player. Team Vs Individual theory is fine, and the larger picture as well. What you are forgetting is there is still time to test Tiwary's of the world now, if you continue to give chances to a useless but "classy, best nets batsman!", you will not have the luxury of time to test others. Moreover, Tiwary scored a 100 in his last game and won it for us! Why was HE dropped after such performance?

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Noone talking about Ajinkya Rahane!

  • Positive_Critic on July 27, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    While I am a big fan of Gambhir, as a player and as a leader, I still disagree with sticking to Rohit Sharma, and believe me I am one of the biggest fans of Rohit Sharma. I understand how demoralizing it can be to be dropped for Rohit Sharma, but do we not want to even think how demoralizing it is for Manoj Tiwary, who knows that he is in a rich vein of form and might well do wonders for the national team too. Yes Rohit is in the scheme of things, but who knows if Manoj Tiwary is tried for a while, may be, just may be, he might as well get in contention. And I strongly feel, to succeed at internation level one needs more of the right attitude than the right skill. As of now, Manoj tiwary seems to have the better attitude than Rohit Sharma. Someone needs to teach Rohit to struggle on the pitch than in the nets.

  • on July 27, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    am just tired of listening the same thng again and again.. to hell with the talent.. a man who has scored 100 in his last game is nt considered a quality player and one who keeps wasting opportunities like that bloody rohit gets backing.. wonder what gauti would have to say if he was dropped after making a century in favour of that WONDERFUL ROHIT..

  • on July 27, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Mr. Gambhir had Tiwary failed like this on and on would u have said the same about him.

  • zuber21886 on July 27, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    this is totally unfair for Manoj tiwari, he hasn't got a chance in so many series without any reason

  • Hussain59133 on July 27, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    obviously tiwary is a talented player & he has shown his talent in his previous game but rohit has done a lot for the team in the recent years in all forms of game so he should deserve a chance more to prove himself

    so best of luck rohit may see u in saturdays game at colombo

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  • Hussain59133 on July 27, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    obviously tiwary is a talented player & he has shown his talent in his previous game but rohit has done a lot for the team in the recent years in all forms of game so he should deserve a chance more to prove himself

    so best of luck rohit may see u in saturdays game at colombo

  • zuber21886 on July 27, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    this is totally unfair for Manoj tiwari, he hasn't got a chance in so many series without any reason

  • on July 27, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Mr. Gambhir had Tiwary failed like this on and on would u have said the same about him.

  • on July 27, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    am just tired of listening the same thng again and again.. to hell with the talent.. a man who has scored 100 in his last game is nt considered a quality player and one who keeps wasting opportunities like that bloody rohit gets backing.. wonder what gauti would have to say if he was dropped after making a century in favour of that WONDERFUL ROHIT..

  • Positive_Critic on July 27, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    While I am a big fan of Gambhir, as a player and as a leader, I still disagree with sticking to Rohit Sharma, and believe me I am one of the biggest fans of Rohit Sharma. I understand how demoralizing it can be to be dropped for Rohit Sharma, but do we not want to even think how demoralizing it is for Manoj Tiwary, who knows that he is in a rich vein of form and might well do wonders for the national team too. Yes Rohit is in the scheme of things, but who knows if Manoj Tiwary is tried for a while, may be, just may be, he might as well get in contention. And I strongly feel, to succeed at internation level one needs more of the right attitude than the right skill. As of now, Manoj tiwary seems to have the better attitude than Rohit Sharma. Someone needs to teach Rohit to struggle on the pitch than in the nets.

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Noone talking about Ajinkya Rahane!

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Hey Gambhir... Are you really Gambhir about this??? Rohit has been given more opportunities than any other player. Team Vs Individual theory is fine, and the larger picture as well. What you are forgetting is there is still time to test Tiwary's of the world now, if you continue to give chances to a useless but "classy, best nets batsman!", you will not have the luxury of time to test others. Moreover, Tiwary scored a 100 in his last game and won it for us! Why was HE dropped after such performance?

  • on July 27, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Though rohit sharma is talented bats man, manoj thiwary needs to get a chance because he hit match winning 100 in last game he played for india rohit should be first given chance in test cricket and get him back to ODI format

  • pvwadekar on July 27, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    No one is doubting the talent of Rohit Sharma and the team management doing good by planning for 2015 WC and identifying key players. Rohit (along with Kohli) will definitely play a key role at 2015 WC. Even if Rohit is batting really well in the "nets" .. he is not producing the results on the field. But by harping about the talent of Rohit every time he fails, we are putting unnecessary pressure on him. Better for him to rest a couple of games think about his game and then play. Just like it is important to groom him, it is also important that others like Rahane, Tiwari etc are also given some opportunities. We cannot expect Virat and Rohit to win all the games at 2015 WC and should not. Cricket is a team sport and they will need support of other batsmen also.

  • krishnacricket on July 27, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Please drop Rohit and give chance to others...!!! hes doing no good to team india.. If he cant score in dead wickets in srilanka then what the hell can he do in Bouncy aussie wickets.????