Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Colombo July 29, 2012

Must improve death bowling - Gambhir

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Gautam Gambhir has said India need to improve their bowling in the last ten overs of an ODI if they want to win consistently. India conceded 90 and 97 to Sri Lanka's lower-middle order from overs 41 to 50 in the first and third games of this series, and needed the batsmen to provide buffer on both occasions. The one time the batsmen failed, India lost meekly in the second ODI.

"We just didn't bowl well in the last 10 overs," Gambhir said after the five-wicket win in Colombo. "You can't afford to give 95-odd runs in the last ten overs, when they have literally two new batsmen at the crease, Angelo [Mathews] and Jeevan Mendis. Sometimes when you give 60-70 that is still tolerable, but 95-[odd is] too many runs when the [batting] Powerplay is over.

"At one stage we were thinking we can contain Sri Lanka to 250 and then chase it down, but there is a difference when you think to contain someone to 250 and then the opposition gets to 287 [286], that is a huge margin. If we want to be a quality side in the future and if we want to win consistently we just need to work on the last ten overs, the way our bowling is. We have given a lot of runs in the last 10 overs in the past as well. We will learn from our mistakes very soon."

While India had the cushion of 314 runs in the first ODI, today's profligacy left their batsmen needing to achieve the highest successful chase ever against Sri Lanka at home, which they managed to in the last over. Gambhir led the way with a breezy century that kept India going despite the early departure of Virender Sehwag and slow thirties from Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Gambhir said it was important that one of the top three batsmen batted long.

"When you are chasing 280-odd it's important that someone from the top three bats for 40 overs and tries and anchors the innings from one end, and then people can play around them. Luckily, and fortunately, it was me today [who did that]. [In the] first game Virat and Viru [Sehwag] did it and today it was my turn."

Mahela Jayawardene said Gambhir's ability to build an innings was why Sri Lanka needed to dismiss him quickly. "The other day [second ODI] he held the innings together," Jayawardene said. "He is one of those guys who we have to try and get early because he builds innings and bats long and bats big, so then it is easier for the other guys to bat around him, and he bats at a good pace as well."

Gambhir's 102 set up the eighth win in 11 games for the chasing side at the Premadasa Stadium, which used to favour the team batting first before the pitch was relaid for the 2011 World Cup. Gambhir said that pitch got better when India batted. "It was a good wicket for 100 overs and there was no breeze, though it was very humid. There was a bit of dew [and] the ball started coming on better in the second innings."

The other major blemish in India's performance was Rohit Sharma's first-ball duck. On the eve of the match, Gambhir had stood by the out-of-form batsman and his stance remained the same after Rohit fell to a Lasith Malinga yorker. Rohit averages 15.60 this year from 10 innings, and has made 5, 0 and 0 so far in this series, while Manoj Tiwary continues to be benched despite scoring a match-winning century in his last ODI in December 2011.

"If someone gets out first ball ... if someone gets set and then gets out, then he needs to think about it," Gambhir said. "Anyone can get out. I still believe, and whenever I say it I mean every word, that Rohit Sharma, according to me, is the best talent India has ever had. Let's not talk about individuals, let's not put the blame that Rohit is not doing well. When the team is doing well we need to support people who are not doing well.

Gambhir pointed out Rohit's Man-of-the-Series performances against West Indies at home and away last year. "There was a time against West Indies when neither Viru [Virender Sehwag] nor I were getting runs. It was Rohit who was single-handedly winning the games for us. Let's not single out. Everyone should back him because I see him scoring a lot of runs in the future and he could be one of the great players of Indian cricket."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • fan2011 on July 31, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    gambir should seriously think about keeping his comments to himself.. i will go with rohit any day and the next match 1st ball duck.... ofcourse he will score a half century today, but is it worth it to have a player who scores a half century and scores less than 10 in 10 games?????

    time to move on, take some new talents, maybe pick some one from the under 19 set up after all tendulkar was just 16 when he made his debut..

  • V.Jammy on July 30, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    One thing is for sure that India needs a Bowling Coach badly! After Venaktesh Prasad there has been no one! And since then, our Bowlers had been wild & wayward! There is no need of any Batting coach for soundly talented batsmen of Team India!

  • on July 30, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    there is no indian bowler bowling good at death overs, only Munaf patel ( to some extent) ... as gauti said need to improve death bowling a lot

  • Naresh28 on July 30, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @nampally - Pujura could be better at 3 than 4 - Dravids role.

  • Naresh28 on July 30, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Gambhir is the leader of the pack. I am sure he is being earmarked to lead India in the next world cup. His made sensible comments as well. If only he could work on his short comings prodding outside off stump to fast bowlers on overseas tracks.

  • on July 30, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @lovepork....Dhoni is defensive??in what basis u r telling like that??ya..in last match Dhoni Scored 30 odd runs with a strike rate of just 65...but your aggressive Kohli's strike rate was much more lesser((sorry i was nt saying kohli is a bad player,even i am also a Kohli fan too))....and in 1st ODI against SL,MSD was the having the highest strike rate in IND squad....So how can you say that Dhoni is not aggressive??

  • satish619chandar on July 30, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Rohit is talented but what is the use.. Dhoni is not as gifted as Rohit in terms of technique.. but look his contribution.. Raina with limited technique gives it all.. Even Gambhir/Sehwag for the matter is not that good technically.. And looking at the manner Rohit got out these three games and in Australia, does he look like the best talent available? NO.. Our next issue is the third seamer.. We need to groom the third seamer to bowl with old ball in domestic cricket.. No point in having a new ball bowler bowling in middle overs.. Make Umesh and Varun or other third bowler choice guys to bowl with relatively old ball and to defensive field in domestic cricket..

  • jimbond on July 30, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    India should start using their bowlers' strengths than their weaknesses. Irfan Pathan is very effective with the new ball, he gets wickets with his swing and concedes few runs. His overs should be completed in the beginning itself, and that also takes care of half of India's power play overs. Zaheer Khan can start at the other end for 3-4 overs and later come back in the middle for 1-2 and bowl his final five overs towards the end, when there is a little reverse swing. Someone like Umesh Yadav/Varu Aaron can bowl the other five last overs from the other end, and also bowl a few middle overs. Ashwin can bowl predominantly middle, with a couple of overs if required towards the end.

  • lovepork on July 30, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Congrats Guati! well done, congrats to you for the ton and India's win! Can't wait for Yuvi's return and see you as the Indian captain! unfortunately Dhoni's days are over, he is too defensive and his form is not great. India needs aggressive chaps like Gauti, Virat, Yuvi in the team, Sachin, Dhoni and zaheer need to retire now!

  • StatisticsRocks on July 29, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Dude Gambhir, It's not just death bowling it's all kinds of bowling that we need to improve. This bowling unit is worst than a club bowling. I don;t know how we are going to beat NZ in the forthcoming test series let alone beat Eng. Thisis by far the worst bowling unit ever.

  • fan2011 on July 31, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    gambir should seriously think about keeping his comments to himself.. i will go with rohit any day and the next match 1st ball duck.... ofcourse he will score a half century today, but is it worth it to have a player who scores a half century and scores less than 10 in 10 games?????

    time to move on, take some new talents, maybe pick some one from the under 19 set up after all tendulkar was just 16 when he made his debut..

  • V.Jammy on July 30, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    One thing is for sure that India needs a Bowling Coach badly! After Venaktesh Prasad there has been no one! And since then, our Bowlers had been wild & wayward! There is no need of any Batting coach for soundly talented batsmen of Team India!

  • on July 30, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    there is no indian bowler bowling good at death overs, only Munaf patel ( to some extent) ... as gauti said need to improve death bowling a lot

  • Naresh28 on July 30, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @nampally - Pujura could be better at 3 than 4 - Dravids role.

  • Naresh28 on July 30, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Gambhir is the leader of the pack. I am sure he is being earmarked to lead India in the next world cup. His made sensible comments as well. If only he could work on his short comings prodding outside off stump to fast bowlers on overseas tracks.

  • on July 30, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @lovepork....Dhoni is defensive??in what basis u r telling like that??ya..in last match Dhoni Scored 30 odd runs with a strike rate of just 65...but your aggressive Kohli's strike rate was much more lesser((sorry i was nt saying kohli is a bad player,even i am also a Kohli fan too))....and in 1st ODI against SL,MSD was the having the highest strike rate in IND squad....So how can you say that Dhoni is not aggressive??

  • satish619chandar on July 30, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Rohit is talented but what is the use.. Dhoni is not as gifted as Rohit in terms of technique.. but look his contribution.. Raina with limited technique gives it all.. Even Gambhir/Sehwag for the matter is not that good technically.. And looking at the manner Rohit got out these three games and in Australia, does he look like the best talent available? NO.. Our next issue is the third seamer.. We need to groom the third seamer to bowl with old ball in domestic cricket.. No point in having a new ball bowler bowling in middle overs.. Make Umesh and Varun or other third bowler choice guys to bowl with relatively old ball and to defensive field in domestic cricket..

  • jimbond on July 30, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    India should start using their bowlers' strengths than their weaknesses. Irfan Pathan is very effective with the new ball, he gets wickets with his swing and concedes few runs. His overs should be completed in the beginning itself, and that also takes care of half of India's power play overs. Zaheer Khan can start at the other end for 3-4 overs and later come back in the middle for 1-2 and bowl his final five overs towards the end, when there is a little reverse swing. Someone like Umesh Yadav/Varu Aaron can bowl the other five last overs from the other end, and also bowl a few middle overs. Ashwin can bowl predominantly middle, with a couple of overs if required towards the end.

  • lovepork on July 30, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Congrats Guati! well done, congrats to you for the ton and India's win! Can't wait for Yuvi's return and see you as the Indian captain! unfortunately Dhoni's days are over, he is too defensive and his form is not great. India needs aggressive chaps like Gauti, Virat, Yuvi in the team, Sachin, Dhoni and zaheer need to retire now!

  • StatisticsRocks on July 29, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Dude Gambhir, It's not just death bowling it's all kinds of bowling that we need to improve. This bowling unit is worst than a club bowling. I don;t know how we are going to beat NZ in the forthcoming test series let alone beat Eng. Thisis by far the worst bowling unit ever.

  • on July 29, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    A team expecting always only the batsmen to deliver the goods and not having even a defensive attack, leave alone a penetrative one, can not perform consistently at the top-level. After Kapil left the scene, we never had a penetrative attack at all. Zaheer was good but age is catching up on him.

  • Nampally on July 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Mr. Gambhir, there is no point in Rohit being talented if he cannot convert it into runs. Rohit sadly lacks match temperment & self confidence. Gambhir should look at the slow motion film of his dismissals & learn from it the mistakes he is making which are glaring. I watched his dismissal live on a PC. Nobody with any degree of talent plays such a foolish shot at the very first ball he faces. He played slightly across the ball & completing the stroke ahead of the ball. He must get his head over the ball and watch it right on to his bat.It is easy for Gambhir to place blind faith in Rohit but his mistakes are fundamental. Rohit does not always play straight bat - his bat is slightly angled. Correct that first especially in defence.He is talented but India cannot have one batsmen consistently failing. He is also depriving Tiwary, Rahane & others who cannot be benched for 20 games & counting. I still think that C.Pujara is the best #4 and must be given his chance- sooner the better!.

  • CricOr on July 29, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Are the playing team in a cricket tournament allowed to make comments comaplining/praising about the team/individual performance on the ongoing series will it not effect the players. Bring miunderstanding in the team as a whole. Iam sure the senior players/captains never used to do this.

  • fatherofcricket on July 29, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Gauti, its so appreciatable you encourage rohit who fails in consecutive innings this year.Any body can have bad times, and any player can fall in out of form. But it is important realizing the fact and the encouragement from the seniors to get him back in the hunt. Rohit is a great talented cricketer.he has got some energy.And will come back strong.

  • on July 29, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    ROHIT- i agree, its sad that he is doing so bad, and getting out, but you have to think of it this way, he is slacking on home turf, its not bad, because we all know every indian on any given day can make a good score home ground, so someone will make up for his mistakes. the reason indian board is giving rohit a chance, is because of how well he performs over seas, considering the wc2015 is in Australia, you need a player like rohit who can bat, and field well on big ground. i am glad irfan pathan is given a chance, because he batted a lot better then most batman in austrilla, on high bouncy tracks. gambir has done well in india, and austrilla to build an inngins. dhoni, has done well too. WHAT I DONT UNDERSTAND IS WHY SEHWAG IS IN TEAM, HE CANT FIELD ANYWHERE BUT SLIP, AND DROPS CATCHES, AND OBV HAS NOT FOOT WORK, AND GETS OUT THE SAME WAY EVERY MATCH. IT ALMOST LIKE I WILL HIT IT SAME SPOT FIELDERS, DROP ME AND I MIGHT MAKE 50 PATHETIC!

  • huffpost on July 29, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    gauti is a true leader like dhoni...hats off to you ...I wish everyone understand that.

  • g.narsimha on July 29, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    STREETHAWK- I cant understand what is the relevence of GYLES absence against our teams win in wi , its not our foult that GYLE was not playing at that time we could dominate the series in windies but full a strenghted pak could not win , if winning out side particularly in AUS, SA, ENG is sole creteria for a team or players than i fear no team with some exeption SA qualifies u r logic, after reading u r coments i was searching these teams performances in INDIA except sa & aus in 20004 no team could win any thing here the POMS who thrashed us in thier home could not registr a win after 84-series , that was last series they won but we beat rhem in thier ouwn backyard in 03, o8 , won odis , if u r logic is aplied than engish recent wins in eng cant be taken seriously as we too missed few key players due to enjuries during that tour , even STEVE WOUGHS lone series win during thier domination in 04 came with out SACHIN in few matches , as sachin was at his peak at that time .

  • on July 29, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Rohit sharma has talent ..I agree...But fact is he is out of form as of today. I clearly remember year 2007 when both rohit and Manoj Tiwari were consistently scoring in Ranji and staking a claim and it was obvious both deserved chance. But out batting lineup that time had only one vacancy. Rohit got chance and started well. Manoj got injured and missed out for year and then a Brett lee scorcher which would have got anyone out ...came Tiwary way. He deserves a run of atleast 10 matches now

  • keecha on July 29, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    What a man. The way he believes in his mates is just amazing. The same one could see with Dhoni too. True leaders these guys.

  • Sarangarajan on July 29, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Yes Gambhir speaks sense. He is very forth right and to the point. May be that is the reason he gets in to trouble. Of course India's bowling - especially in the death overs is pathetic.Even any team in the world including Zimbabwe can easily score freely against us. Poor Rohit- he needs luck to show his talents which is in abundance with him- make no mistake about it. Unfortunately he is not utiilsing it properly.Be4tter luck Rohit.

  • on July 29, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    enough of rohit !! even dinda could hav done better with bat than rohit !! if u dont want to give tiwary a chance atleast play umesh yadav in rohit's place atleast he can bowl rohit cant bat or bowl he is just a sitting duck !! come bak yuvi india's middle order luks soooo weak without yuvi !! once kohli and gambhir falls early thts it india will just fold up for less than 150 !!

    rohit is wasting one place in the 11 its like we are playing with just 10 players !!

  • on July 29, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Yes in the death overs you cant oford to bowl and give off 90 -100 runs. Zaheer can bowl then but the youngsters need to work as hard as they can to make their chance. Zaheer needs to teah them how to bowl then only will there be 60 runs in the death.

  • ssenthil on July 29, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    @Saad Parekh, It was tough on Ashwin for a spinner to bowl in the death but if my memory serves right, both were successful then any other bowlers in the death in the last 10 years but more often Dhoni need this 2 strike a wicket when a partnership get going. India need to find a bowler who can bowl in powerplays even if he is not taking wickets but not leaking any runs. I guess at present India don't have much chance except Zak and Ashwin to have 4 overs each for the last 8 or 4 from Zak and 3 from Ashwin and another 3 from some seamer.

  • rohanblue on July 29, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    would love to see india defending a score like 180 or 200, bt with our bowling up like this, looks like its nt going to happen in coming 15 yrs.........

  • on July 29, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    One of the tricks to death bowling in yesterday's game could have been - Rahul bowling the 2 extra overs we got from regular bowlers, rather than Ashok Dinda.

    Of course....these are promising guys so Dhoni might be taking chances in some of these games to test them....or even give them some experience for when it actually matters.....In such a case, team reps coming & telling the media bowling is bad does not help.

    If I was Gambhir, my message to the media would have been along the lines of what I remember Ranatunga telling the media during the WC that SL won -

    Bowling might be a challenge, but batting is brilliant...As long as our batsmen get 1 run more than opposition, we have won. What Ranatunga did with his comment - he put the media focus on his strength & allowed his weakness to improve....The world then discovered Vaaz & Murli.

  • apurvgupta1 on July 29, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Time to drop Rohit from squad and get Maoj in.

  • on July 29, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    India might have created another record in run chases. But I am really bored of the stereotypes India is creating. In recent matches that India has won, everytime it will be by chasing down a mammoth total or bury the opponent under a mountain of runs like 350 or more and watch them score 330 odd and lose by 20 runs. This is in complete contrast to how a world champion should play. Bowlers should be capable of defending 240 odd totals on good batting tracks and should restrict the opponents to atleast 20 runs below the par score for the pitch when bowling first. As far as international standards are concerned,ICC should request the curators to prepare wickets where a quality team should be able to defend 260+ scores in ODIs like in 1990s.

  • Street_Hawk on July 29, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Ah! Mr. Gambhir...winning matches against Gayle less WI is the yardstick today for India....Tiwary did the same in Chennai and look what that has got him....If talent was everything then Steve Waugh would not be playing for Oz n winning them WC...has Rohit won us a game against SA, Aus or Eng in their backyard....if that's the best talent India has today then I feel sorry for them...it's sad to see the team ganguly made free of regionalism n based on performance is getting destroyed by Dhoni and Gambhir who prefers players doing well in the nets..Ganguly backed Yuvi a lot but he actually won India games against big teams (natwest for ex.) in the ODIs...so had Harbhajan under Ganguly..they did notget backed for winning against WI, NZ or Bangladesh

  • neerajprasher on July 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Rohit good for first class cricket not for countryBCCI gave him some many chances but he failed in all occasions.need to think about bowling aswell.u cant afford 5 bowlers in ODI.what happen if batting failed 5 bowlers not gonna save the game.please pick some good bowlers.My team would be for india all time is --sehwag,gambir,kohli,Dhoni raina,tiwaryyusuf/uthappa,irfan,ashwin,balaji,zak,

  • on July 29, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    @ssenthil it is something that Dhoni did most of last season but he got criticized for being very defensive and reactive captain. If they (Zak and Ashwin) bowl in last ten overs they will be bowling against the momentum and it may seem that game is already out of reach when they get the bowl. Simple matter of truth is India's backup bowler's are too inconsistant and doesn't look like getting wicket.

  • on July 29, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Someone get that Rohit dude sick please. i just see no other way of tossing that prodigious talent out of the team

  • DalesGuy on July 29, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    TBH, after 5 down I did lose my hope as the target seemed a long way ahead. Raina and Pathan were amazing and a thrilling win. I agree with Gambhir about the death bowling and it was pathetic to say the least.

  • QingdaoXI on July 29, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Well Said Gambhir..................................

  • on July 29, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    i just don't get this infatuation with Rohit Sharma. Despite all the talent in the world at his disposal, if he fails in the temperamental dept, he becomes just another mediocre player.

  • on July 29, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    I now see, Rohit has lost a huge amount of confidence, and no opportunity is proving his way. He needs to be given a break and let him think about how he is going to approach cricket a better way. As far bowling is concerned, I have no words, unless you have some bloody confidence and accuracy in crushing the batsman's legs, u are bound to give 90+ runs in no time at the end. Lots of issues buddy, the team and the management need to ponder over it. Player's inconsistency and India's setback is a very big poignant reminder from the past and a huge warning for the future. Food for thought???

  • ssenthil on July 29, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    I believe it seems much better if Ashwin and Zak shares the last 8 overs even if they go for few runs they will have much chance of taking wicket as well and if they contain it's much better. Poor for Ashwin though but he should be tried as death over bowler at least now.

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  • ssenthil on July 29, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    I believe it seems much better if Ashwin and Zak shares the last 8 overs even if they go for few runs they will have much chance of taking wicket as well and if they contain it's much better. Poor for Ashwin though but he should be tried as death over bowler at least now.

  • on July 29, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    I now see, Rohit has lost a huge amount of confidence, and no opportunity is proving his way. He needs to be given a break and let him think about how he is going to approach cricket a better way. As far bowling is concerned, I have no words, unless you have some bloody confidence and accuracy in crushing the batsman's legs, u are bound to give 90+ runs in no time at the end. Lots of issues buddy, the team and the management need to ponder over it. Player's inconsistency and India's setback is a very big poignant reminder from the past and a huge warning for the future. Food for thought???

  • on July 29, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    i just don't get this infatuation with Rohit Sharma. Despite all the talent in the world at his disposal, if he fails in the temperamental dept, he becomes just another mediocre player.

  • QingdaoXI on July 29, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Well Said Gambhir..................................

  • DalesGuy on July 29, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    TBH, after 5 down I did lose my hope as the target seemed a long way ahead. Raina and Pathan were amazing and a thrilling win. I agree with Gambhir about the death bowling and it was pathetic to say the least.

  • on July 29, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Someone get that Rohit dude sick please. i just see no other way of tossing that prodigious talent out of the team

  • on July 29, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    @ssenthil it is something that Dhoni did most of last season but he got criticized for being very defensive and reactive captain. If they (Zak and Ashwin) bowl in last ten overs they will be bowling against the momentum and it may seem that game is already out of reach when they get the bowl. Simple matter of truth is India's backup bowler's are too inconsistant and doesn't look like getting wicket.

  • neerajprasher on July 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Rohit good for first class cricket not for countryBCCI gave him some many chances but he failed in all occasions.need to think about bowling aswell.u cant afford 5 bowlers in ODI.what happen if batting failed 5 bowlers not gonna save the game.please pick some good bowlers.My team would be for india all time is --sehwag,gambir,kohli,Dhoni raina,tiwaryyusuf/uthappa,irfan,ashwin,balaji,zak,

  • Street_Hawk on July 29, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Ah! Mr. Gambhir...winning matches against Gayle less WI is the yardstick today for India....Tiwary did the same in Chennai and look what that has got him....If talent was everything then Steve Waugh would not be playing for Oz n winning them WC...has Rohit won us a game against SA, Aus or Eng in their backyard....if that's the best talent India has today then I feel sorry for them...it's sad to see the team ganguly made free of regionalism n based on performance is getting destroyed by Dhoni and Gambhir who prefers players doing well in the nets..Ganguly backed Yuvi a lot but he actually won India games against big teams (natwest for ex.) in the ODIs...so had Harbhajan under Ganguly..they did notget backed for winning against WI, NZ or Bangladesh

  • on July 29, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    India might have created another record in run chases. But I am really bored of the stereotypes India is creating. In recent matches that India has won, everytime it will be by chasing down a mammoth total or bury the opponent under a mountain of runs like 350 or more and watch them score 330 odd and lose by 20 runs. This is in complete contrast to how a world champion should play. Bowlers should be capable of defending 240 odd totals on good batting tracks and should restrict the opponents to atleast 20 runs below the par score for the pitch when bowling first. As far as international standards are concerned,ICC should request the curators to prepare wickets where a quality team should be able to defend 260+ scores in ODIs like in 1990s.