Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Pallekele

India rise to No. 2 with narrow win

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

August 4, 2012

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India 294 for 7 (Gambhir 88, Tiwary 65, Dhoni 58, Malinga 3-64) beat Sri Lanka 274 (Thirimanne 77, Mendis 72, Irfan 5-61) by 20 runs
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Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary added 110 for the fourth wicket, Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Pallekele, August 4, 2012
Manoj Tiwary and Gautam Gambhir made half-centuries that set the stage for a late onslaught © AFP
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It was a low-key series that was overshadowed by the Olympics, but it resulted in a dramatic change in the rankings as India climbed up to No. 2 after shutting out Sri Lanka 4-1. India seemed to have the final one-dayer in the bag after running up 294 and then reducing Sri Lanka to 102 for 5, but a spirited stand between the inexperienced Lahiru Thirimanne and Jeevan Mendis kept the visitors sweating till the end.

Irfan Pathan more or less guaranteed the result in the 43rd over as he removed Mendis and Thisara Perera on his way to his second ODI five-for, capping a match in which he had already made an important contribution with the bat. A late replacement for the injured Vinay Kumar, Irfan has sealed his place as a bowling allrounder with his eight wickets at 26.37 and two vital performances with the bat.

He troubled Sri Lanka in his first over itself, getting Tillakaratne Dilshan to hole out to third man. In the absence of the injured Kumar Sangakkara and the resting Mahela Jayawardene - the first time in two years that the pair were missing an ODI - Dilshan had a big role to play, but fell for a duck.

Sri Lanka maintained a scorching pace early on, but lost their way once Upul Tharanga chipped a catch to cover in the eighth over. Dinesh Chandimal's forgettable series continued as he fell lbw to Ashok Dinda for 8, Angelo Mathews' first innings as one-day captain was ended by a direct hit from Manoj Tiwary, and Chamara Kapugedera wasted his umpteenth international comeback, walking after an lbw appeal.

That looked like game, set and match India but Sri Lanka weren't done yet. Thirimanne played his second responsible knock at No. 3 in five days, and Jeevan Mendis continued to prompt questions over why he had been offered such scattered opportunities with the national team so far after another battling innings. The two patiently resurrected the innings, and through some sensible cricket brought Sri Lanka back into the game, and when the part-time spin of Manoj Tiwary was caned for 14 in the 34th over, Sri Lanka were 187 for 5. With the big-hitting Perera still to come, they had a great chance of pulling off a consolation comeback victory.

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  • India completed a 4-1 win in a bilateral five-match away/neutral ODI series for only the third time. The last time they did so was against Sri Lanka in 2008-09.
  • The win is India's fifth against Sri Lanka in ODIs in Sri Lanka by a margin of 20 runs or fewer. The four other wins by lower margins have come at the Premadasa stadium.
  • For the seventh time against Sri Lanka in away/neutral ODIs, three Indian batsmen scored half-centuries in an innings. The last time this happened was at the Premadasa stadium in 2008.
  • Rohit Sharma's aggregate of 13 runs in the five matches is the lowest for an Indian top-order (1-7) batsman in an ODI series (min five innings batted). There have been only three other batsmen who have scored fewer than Rohit's 13 runs in a five-match series.
  • Irfan Pathan's five-wicket haul is the ninth for an Indian bowler in ODIs against Sri Lanka. However, the 61 runs conceded by him are the highest by an Indian bowler who has picked up a five-for.
  • The 102-run stand between Jeevan Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne is the sixth century stand for the sixth wicket for Sri Lanka in ODIs against India. The highest is 133 between Russell Arnold and Marvan Atapattu in 2005.
  • The 110-run stand between Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary is the third-highest fourth-wicket stand for India in ODIs against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.
  • Virat Kohli's series tally of 296 runs is the third-highest for an Indian batsman in a bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka. The highest aggregate is MS Dhoni's 346 runs in 2005.

Thirimanne, though, was run-out after a mix-up, and though Mendis kept Sri Lanka afloat, Perera slugged a catch to deep point. When Mendis' outstanding innings ended on 72 with a nick to the keeper off Irfan, Sri Lanka's hopes evaporated.

India's top order gave a better account of themselves than Sri Lanka's. There were half-centuries for Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni but the most significant innings in the dead rubber could be Manoj Tiwary's 65. For the second match in a row, he turned in a solid performance, strengthening his credentials for a hotly contested spot in the India's middle-order, most likely at the expense of Rohit Sharma.

Rohit, given a remarkably long rope by the team management, flopped for the fifth game in a row; his tally of 13 runs in the series is the lowest by a specialist India batsman in a five-match series and the chorus for his axing is only going to get louder.

Tiwary's debut was famously delayed by a shoulder injury in 2007, and he has had seven ODIs in the five years since. A match-winning century in another dead rubber last December only led to a long spell on the bench, but a four-for with some part-time leg spin in the previous match and a steadying 110-run partnership with Gambhir should earn him a few matches in the upcoming New Zealand series at home.

For the second time in three games, Malinga began an over in the batting Powerplay with two wickets in two balls, as he removed Tiwary and then the in-form Suresh Raina as India slid to 197 for 5. But, as in the third ODI, Irfan showed off his improved batting, and gave the specialist batsman enough of the strike to take apart the Sri Lanka bowling. That day it had been Raina, today it was Dhoni, who has had little to do in this series as players above him in the order have repeatedly done the job for the side. Dhoni began by carving Malinga for consecutive boundaries through cover and a typically busy innings, interspersed with boundaries, helped India take 75 off the final 10 overs.

While Dhoni piloted India at the end, Gambhir did it at the start. Even as Ajinkya Rahane failed to grab his chance, Virat Kohli had a rare failure and Rohit's horror run extended, Gambhir was unperturbed. Once again, he managed to score at almost a run a ball without seeming to play any big hits as he made his way to his third fifty-plus score of the series. He was closing in on his seventh ODI hundred against Sri Lanka before he was done in by the extra bounce from Senanayake.

It didn't matter, though as Irfan and Dhoni powered India to a big score, one which proved too tall for an inexperienced Sri Lanka line-up.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by playitstraight on (August 7, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Wow, what a series win by India! I knew that our men in blue would come back, and they did in style! Winning against SL in SL is never easy, and we did so, dominating! That was totally unexpected, I thought it would be a close series, but SL were no match for our batsmen. They only performed well in that solitary ODI, but that was because of the pitch. Now that the boring SL vs Ind series is over, time to move on to NZ series! I'm excited at the young talent India have, this team has the potential to be at the top in all formats for a long time. Mark my words. I love my India.

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (August 7, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Olympics is nonsense... waste of time and money.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

@ nachami ..........Good bowlers even today have fantastic economies: Murali had 3.9 Saeed Ajmal has 4.2 ....Sunil Narine has 3.7, Stein destroyed 5 Indian batsmen for mere 15 runs in WC match on same so called flat Indian pitch Tendulkar had got 115 at S/R 120. Just as Sachin got out all of a sudden y pitch became bowler friendly while it gave 300 runs otherwise in each innings...it was sheer skill of Stein.........One thing is common in all these bowlers is that they all are very skillful in their art......Just that most modern bowlers are not willing to develop skills so avg scores in matches are going high and people are falsely blaming bats and pitches...If as a bowler you demonstrate quality then only a quality batsman can hit you.......Additionally SL batting is proving v weak NOW THEY MUST BE REGRETTING EARLIER DEPARTURE OF JAYASURIA..You cannot replace legend so easily while he is there everyone asks for his retirement but once he is gone the void is huge ..Learn lesson guys

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

@Gihan Obeyesekere - If this series is meaningless, then how come you come here and posting a comment at cricinfo site. Really funny about you and your meaningless comment.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 6, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@cricketfannik, Sangakkara has double tons against major test teams and not Bangladesh. Check your facts.

Posted by cool2cool on (August 6, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

@Sinhaya: I don't know which matches are you referring to, but NZ has yet to beat India in India for atleast 20 years now... and talk head-to-head instead of saying ABC has beaten India and SL has beaten ABC... For what so ever reasons, the fact still remains, SL has not won a bilateral series against India since 1997 and yet to win a single test in India against India.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

meaningless series who cares about it, watch the greatest sporting event on earth the Olympics...

Posted by Cricket_Fan_07 on (August 6, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

india were not at their best in eng and australia but it happens you cant expect to win every ssingle game and sometimes you do get beat by a big margin but come on your home is meant to be youtr fortress you are meant to dominate at home, SL fans worry about your away record+ your home doesnt seem to be good either, eng fans why dont you worry about your own test match against south africa looks like your going to be knocked off your undeserved 1st spot and Aus fans you maybe number 1 now but india have a season full of games at home and soon thye will be No 1. all these haters are just jealous because india are currently doing well, eng fans are jealous india is ahead of them and Australia fans are scared india will dethrone them. I am proud to be an indian fan ans to the people ahting on india, please continue because gating only drives a person more and more! i am proud to be an indian and an india cricket fan

Posted by 777aditya on (August 6, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Indian ODI ranking and Test Team ranking seems to be in reverse proportion!

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 6, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

All Indian batsmen need to re-check their batting technique and fix it sooner. It would be ideal if they can show improvements in T20 game played tomorrow. Especially these 3 Indian batsmen Sehwag, Virat Kohli, and Rohit need to check their batting techniques and fix mistakes. It may surprise many that i have mentioned Virat Kohli, but it is true that he needs to check his batting. Virat Kohli is getting into awkward position when ball is coming into him, and thus giving high chance for LBW. Kohli narrowly missed getting out on two occasions. Kohli should thus fix it soon. And Sehwag offside drive going aerial and also unable to play incoming deliveries need to fixed and Rohit is perfect example of how you should not play strokes. He need to play with straight bat and also understand that rotating strike is important when not in form. He need to fix his batting as well as fitness.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Whenever India plays with Yusuf Pathan & Ravindra Jadeja, people says India is playing with 7 batsmen & 4 bowlers and when Irfan is there in the final XI, people says there are 6 batsmen. I dont think as a batsman, Yusuf & Jadeja are better than Irfan and also we have ashwin who proved that he can also score some runs down the order. With Irfan, dhoni have liberty to go with 2 spinners which has always been India's strength

Posted by sundar1967 on (August 6, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

@mark2011 & steve gridley: I agree the indian pitches are flat and we have a ordinary bowling attack. then why don't your team score more runs and beat india in indian conditions. The last time when england beat Indian is some in the year1984-85. I am sure anderson, broad won't make it to the tour of india. Accept the reality mate

Posted by atin45 on (August 6, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

The Indian team has really bloomed in this series, they have shown what they are made off. Though there were players who could not contribute much in this series but they do have the potential perform and come out with flying colors.

Posted by baghels.a on (August 6, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

C,mmon guys 300 odd comments and counting,i am a massive Cricket fan and watch all forms of the game even u-19's but right now it is all about Olympics which is in centre stage and hogging all the limelight. I wish now this never ending saga of Indo-SL bilateral series comes to an end .Happy viewing SLPL Lankan fans and India pls win a gold medal at London......

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (August 6, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

England is the top most team that creates illusion. I mean how easily they import players and pretend that England are doing well. HAHAHAHA !!

Posted by go_pk_go on (August 6, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

The golden era of Indian Cricket has started again ... :)

Posted by anoopkul86 on (August 6, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Virat Kohli will most probably break 900 rating points barrier in ODIs ICC rankings in coming days. Currently he is on 858 after this series. No Indian had ever broken that barrier. Even Sachin Tendulkar's best rating points are 887 in 1998 which are best for any Indian in ODIs.

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 6, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

MARK2011-Iam sure u are unable to digest the 4-1 drubbing u r too backrupt in cricket knowledge other wise u would not have said that PAK could not be white washed as happened to IND - MY DEAR GO & CHECK THE STATS AVAILABLE IN THIS VERY WEB- PAK was white washed IN AUS- 3-0, 5-0 during their last series , now u are taking refuge under DRS this is new concept , with out DRS being played for centuries , more over can u tell me one incident where if DRS was in place SL would have been benifitted none , even comentators said in so many occations even DRS is i n place decision could have remained same ,we are not forcing u to accept that we are better or some thing great but the result speaks , not only this series ,we have been beating u every where right from southern hemisphare to u r own backyard ,instead of reminding every than& now of our 8-0 u must remember the ASIA cup 3-0 ,dont try to take cridit on our 8-0 loses still we are better on those places prove me wrong with stats

Posted by harry_1109 on (August 6, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Rohit should be our future Indian team vice captain.... the way of his cricket is simply Super.. of course he had evaporated our hopes in Sri lanka series..... but he will come back with good performance soonest....

Posted by ifrakurshid on (August 6, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

PRESENT RANKING OF MSD TEAM NO-2 IS WHAT THEY RIGHTLY DESERVED CONGRATS TO ALL FANS , PLAYERS, AND MANAGEMENT. INDIA CAN BECOME NO ONE TEAM IF OPT FOR THE USE OF TECNOLOGY IN ALL FORMS OF CRICKET THEY PLAY AGAINST ANY TEAM. IT WILL ADD MORE POSITIVELY TO THE RESULTS OF GAMES PLAYED IN SUB-CONTINENT. INDIAN CRICKET CAN BEAR THE COST AND STILL EARN IN LONG RUN.

Posted by fastrack10 on (August 6, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

was going through the comments..i dont know why people are getting so worked up. for INDIAN FANS-guys lets not get too carried away with this win. ya its good as we have been able to start off the season on a good note, will have to build on it now. for SL FANS-guys lets face it indian team is much better and have beaten SL most of the times..u go through the records,on paper,on ground,home,away..any & every where any year..india has been the better team.period.for NUTRALfans-i dont know what for u auz,eng,sa guys feel they are better..like india cant win abroad similiarly u guys cant win in india.so what makes u better?if seaming,bouncy conditions are difficult for us..then flat spinning hot conditions u cant handle..both condition require special skills to be a success..w all seem to be lacking in one or the other.so no reason for u all to belive that u guys are better..i think the only team truely no1 was the aus team of the 90's..they handled most conditions better.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

India rise to No. 2 with narrow win

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

the best indian test team 4 overseas game......1.gambhir 2.sehwag 3.kohli 4.sachin 5.laxman 6.dhoni 7.irfan 8.ashwin 9.zaheer 10.aaron 11.yadav..........and the reserves are.....12.yuvraj 13.rohit 14.rahul sharma 15.ishant or sreesanth..........if the squad is of 17.........then no. 17.raina

Posted by Tamil_SL on (August 6, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

Guys, one team wins and the other loses. That's what happened here. Better Team Won. SL should learn from the mistakes and be more mentally tough. Get the raw talent to perform. While India should not get arrogant after this win and look forward to beating better teams in Future. Enjoy the cricket, take a leaf from Olympics, don't see such comments by other countries to Chinese or from Chinese to other countries.

Posted by nachami on (August 6, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

Let us not talk about the bowling of those days - the bats / pitches of those days helped the bolwers - now-a-days, the bats / pitches are favouring the batsmen making the bowlers job done. The concept of T20 gives so MUCH OF POWER TO BATSMEN in terms of improving their performance in a pressurized situation. In fact, I see the batsmen hit aggressively only post the introduction of T20. Therefore, if a bowler takes TWO wickets, it appears a great performane.. The fast bolwers get extra wickets by taking the tail ends..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

India 294 for 7 (Gambhir 88, Tiwary 65, Dhoni 58, Malinga 3-64) beat Sri Lanka 274 (Thirimanne 77, Mendis 72, Irfan 5-61) by 20 runs

Posted by cricketfannik on (August 6, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

Why fighting guys , there is no reason to fight. India only had one bad year in Test cricket which was 2011 losing all away test matches except WI tour. Still Srilanka need to improve they dont have any quality spinner after Murli has gone. dont know what has happened to mendis. Srilanka dont have quality pacer for test matches. it would be hard for them to play overseas. anyways Ind have won in Eng, Aus, NZ, WI, SA (draw) but Srilanka stil need to atleast draw a series everywhere. They havent won a single test in India still. Anyways they will be touring Bangladesh and Sangakara will get double hundreds. cheers

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 1:27 GMT)

Atleast three people have some serious problem with their thinking(being very respectful to not use the medical terms) , Steve_gridley, fr600 and mark2011. At the best their statements are better ignored, coz they more aimed at gaining attention. "India won" period (India lost when it did, so what? after all not every one wins all the time). Great job , Team India.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 1:02 GMT)

Rohit Sharma should be opted out for the other tournaments.. Poor performance from him for a long time

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

The whole ranking system is a fun......... and when the whole world is bz with olympic, then only few countries playing a game of cricket........ only a few nations and most people of the world even donot know the name of cricket.......

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 0:50 GMT)

To some of the Indian fans who are into "self deprecation", there is a very thin line between modesty and self-deprecation, Someone was saying team India wins in "play grounds of India" , they seem ignorant that a cricket pitch/stadium goes to an approval process to host international matches. Hope they understand!

Posted by yorkslanka on (August 5, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

@karthik- we don't hold the finger of bcci as you say,when you propose something,which country do you think supports you in votes?would it be aus or eng? I don't think so...

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (August 5, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

SL fans, why do you spit out your frustration by blabbering and funny comments. SL is building it's next generation team now and losing is quite common in this phase. You cannot see facts when you are in frustration. When India was #1 ENG fans say #1 ranked team should win everywhere not just at home. In fact India won in ENG in 2007, AUS in 2008 and also in NZ, WI etc. Drew in SA. But when ENG reached #1 they say ENG and AUS are the real places for cricket. Such people are called as "Frogs in the well". I agree India lost and that was due to improper ground work but don't just satisfy your hearts just by looking at 0-4 and 0-3 of India. Look at ENG's situation now. Home pitch was the only hope for ENG but now that is not working too. When AUS becomes little bit better then ENG will stop playing cricket.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 5, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

I m sure India will easily win against eng this year

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 5, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Aus and eng fans r listening but neither of them r number 1 at presence

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (August 5, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

Lankan lions roaring - meeeeeeooooooowwwwww !!

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

who else is unbeatable at home??.......... we will take that

Posted by channab on (August 5, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

It's true that Indian are the ODI champions, but they were knocked out in the 2007 WC in the very 1st round.

Posted by Metro-ant on (August 5, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

@Muzalmim people dont give Lanka enough credit for what they have achieved in their cricketing history and you have the audacity to call them minnows? If you do you would be pretty embarrassed to lose to minnows in the 1996 WC semi final to those minnows who went on to win the World Cup despite only being given test status only 14 years earlier. Like to see how India would have done had they have been only playing tests for that long.

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 5, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

@stevegridley: No, no.1 test team has ever lost a match by innings on home soil like your England team did & u are here to comment on India hilarious. We have not lost a single series in the past 8 years back at home, what's your record at least 1/4th of it ? Hah !! You can't win on sub-continent wickets, remember what pak gave u last time in UAE that's your reality, u can't play on subcontinental wickets while we struggle on bouncy swinging conditions. The last time England won series in India is "27 years ago", lol that stats says it all. We won series in England roughly 4 years back, so u r behind us by approx 7 times. Lol!! first try to save your team from losing the series to the saf.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (August 5, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

you need to hold, BCCI's finger to walk in the international cricket scenario....try to be loyal to BCCI who supports cricket in ur country

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (August 5, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

@Sinhaya, if BCCI does not fund the poor money ridden SLC, cricket will be a thing of past in your country...do u agree?

Posted by i_am on (August 5, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

hahaha fellow indians please dont indulge in arguments with England,Australian sri lankan fans they r just jealous of Indias position in world cricket and most of all when they are bankrupt they have to turn beggars in front of bcci to send indian team in their country,well played indians we are proud of u all except nohit sharma oops rohit sharma :)

Posted by ooper_cut on (August 5, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Very difficult to see Mathews and Perrera leading SL in the future, both are over rated and clumsy, just cannot handle pressure at all. Compared to these 2, I think Rohit Sharma is far better off. SL should encourage and back guys like Thirumanne and Mendis before the the other 2 Josephians. Please get over that SL fans and cricket board.

Thirumanne has always done well against India and he has some quality, please accept that SL board, Chandimal is a faded replica of Rohit Sharma.

Posted by seantells on (August 5, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

if you want to see real sportsmanship go watch school cricket

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

How can a team be #2 when they have not won any series outside the sub continent for a long time? We just beat a very ordinary Sri Lanka team just bcas of Kohli and Gambhir and there is no point in feeling happy about it. We lost the one game when the pitch had something in it. Our bowling attack is probably worse than Bangladesh. We have to wake up and start doing something about it and try to win in SA, ENG and AUS if we really want to be #1 in the world. Problem is BCCI, and all the players from the old generation. We need someone like Ganguly take charge of BCCI.

Posted by cool2cool on (August 5, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

@stevegridley: So you are already asking your team to get ready for another whitewash from India in India? And if more population means more medals then the oldest cricket playing nation should had won the WC 3-4 times, doesn't it?

Posted by yorkslanka on (August 5, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

well done to India, on a deserved series win..what (some) indian fans dont realise is that we are in astage of rebuilding our team and unlike you, we dont have a billion people to choose from..we are on the up from a poor position but this will take time..as a Sri Lankan, what encourages me is that we can compete in England, SA and Aus - we may not win those series however we dont get whitewashed like we used too..the worry for me is that our fast bowling looks non existant at the moment..we need to develop (and maintain) two decent 140kph+ bowlers and we will compete more...once again well done India and hopefully i have proved that I know the difference between enthusiasm and stupidity, unlike some of the other SL posters(one in particular) on here...

Posted by tests_are_best on (August 5, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

This series win is definitely a commendable acheivement, after taking factors like long break,losses in cb series and asia cup into consideration.Should give the team some confidence going into the season.Very much looking forward for the test series against NZ.After all tests are best.

Posted by ProdigyA on (August 5, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Shawn_Holmes- Its the same ICC that had ranked Aus as No.1 in the past. Silly Indeed!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 5, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

@cool2cool, I fully fully fully agee with you. It is a shame that we have not won in India when NZ have defeated you all twice in test matches in your backyard. Pakistan beat you all in 2005 in a test match in Bangalore. So that is a clear weakness of Sri Lanka. We must urgently address why we play so negatively against India when nothing of that sort seems to occur against other teams. May be our players loyalty to IPL could be a reason (may be I am wrong). Afterall bro IPL money is what is making our players play for free when they are unpaid since Feb this year. Again thanking BCCI for helping us financially by sending India down.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 5, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

@vinodkd99, yes I agree about the 1961-78 period but again from 1978 onwards more games were played to account for that shortfall at home and away but India did not win anything against Pakistan. But anyway, as a Lankan I am keen to see Pakistan in India this December and more than anything, I hope a full series between India and Pakistan happens in August next year as per the ICC FTP and just cant wait for it. I know India will have to choose the southern states for it as northern part is quite wet in August.

Posted by mark2011 on (August 5, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

@jasonpete; (13.49GMT) if SL won ''PK seris with umpires help and NO DRS' & sorry Pakistan GIFTED the series'' .then same thing is exactly applied to this series also. only diffrent is SL is in PK shoes. ''Luckily In the 2nd odi ,Indians gifted all the wickets to pereira and some how srilanka won the game.,look what happened to pereira except that one''.. why didnt Ind gift the other 4 matches also then??.. who is opposing to DRS in this world? SL beat IND in previous home test series in SL when DRS was used, after that Ind got frigten that and opposed to it. this series also no DRS.. so u confirmed that Ind won since no DRS???... insted of just pouring baseless allegation, try to argue on facts and findings. u hav no answers to points I made insted u started talk GIFTs and umpiring decision. that shows u r bankruptcy and inability to prove what u say,thers nothig to drawing PK series here. certainly PK is much betr team than Ind. they dint loose 8 match in trot.

Posted by cool2cool on (August 5, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

@Shawn_Holmes2012: So are you saying that the Rank 1 teams in Test/odi/t20 are jokes? Aus/Eng fans where are you?

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

@CSKftw South Africa just lost to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in a tri series.

Posted by cool2cool on (August 5, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Let's talk head to head. How many tests SL has won against India in India? 5 - no, 4 - no, 3 - no, 2 - no, 1 - no,

The answer is big ZERO.

Posted by desi-blue on (August 5, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Hahaha...love seeing Aus and Eng fans groveling on this thread... Please continue guys...it makes the series victory and attaining the NO.2 position even more sweeter....@RedandWhiteArmy:Judging by your argument, why do Aus and Eng fans feel that Ind have to justify their standing in world cricket only by winning in Aus and Eng???...your ''Argument" is very very flawed my friend...and can you please remind me when was the last time Eng actually won a series in Ind????

Posted by vinodkd99 on (August 5, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

@Sinhaye _ what you are saying is correct but you need to look at the fact that India did not play against Pakistan from 1961 to 1978. India played them in Pakistan in 1982 when Pakistan batting was at its might. Thereafter India played them in Pakistan in 1989 to draw the 4 test series 0-0 (only West Indies team of that era could have done better). Again India did not play them in Pakistan from 1989 to 2004. So from 1983 onwards, India and Pakistan have played 10 tests in Pakistan with both teams winning 2 matches each. Not a bad record for India anyway.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 5, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

@Apoorv Pandey, I thoroughly checked before posting. Seriously buddy India have won only 2 tests in Pakistan and first of those wins in Pakistan was in 2004. I know that more than 100%. Just go to google and type "India Pakistan head to head tests" and see the link by itsonlycricket. I am right buddy on that but you are wrong. Take my word. Thanks to the Sehwag the great, first test win by India in Pakistan was achieved in Multan in 2004. So from 1952 to 1989, India got no test wins in Pakistan. I know very well that India did not play tests in Pakistan for 15 years. Sri Lanka have won 6 tests in Pakistan.

Posted by CSKftw on (August 5, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

@fr600 I've never seen a team with test status lose to Ireland and Bangladesh IN THE SAME TOURNAMENT like England did in the world cup further confirming the fact that teams like England are just not good enough to comptete on the big stage and are only ever competitive in meaningless bilateral series. The same can be said of South Africa as well. In terms of ICC trophy wins (world cups, champions trophies, world t20's) India's record is second to only that of Australia whereas England are not even remotely close. Also if India winning the world cup was a fluke, how come England haven't managed that even once, not even by fluke despite hosting more world cups than any other country, despite having the unfair advantage of hosting more world cups than any other country?

Posted by Muzamilm on (August 5, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

India has put up good performance.Lanka and Lakan fans who are so disgruntled towards indians,as they have lost again and again to india.India has treated them like minnows and worst.Srilanka is a top team when it plays rest of the world,but its a minnow when it plays India,and this is the thing srilankans are not able to digest.Indians are world champions in ODI's.

Posted by Hindh on (August 5, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

England ranked NO 1 in test cricket is in fact the joke of the year . they have proved they cant even win at home LOL....

Posted by Johnny_129 on (August 5, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

I (along with many others) have always said that Irfan is a must in the Indian team - he is in my opinion one of India's top five players! Hope the recent performances puts any arguments to rest. Irfan is much superior to the likes of Jadeja etc.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Very Happy to see Irfan making vital contribution to India's 4-1 win over Lanka. His performance as a bowler put him ahead of Dinda, Umesh, Vinay Kumar, Sreesaanth, Varun and Nehra. we all know about his big hitting capability but in this series he displayed his credential to be a second fiddle, he also shown the temperament required to build an inning and chase the target. Overall as a package, he is much better than Yusuf and jadeja as both of them never looked comfortable against fast bowling no matter whether they are playing in india or outside. THE BEST THING WHICH IRFAN showed HOW TO HANDLE THE SITUATION WHEN YOU GO OUT WITH UR TEAM 6 DOWN WITH 10 OVERS LEFT

Posted by chapathishot on (August 5, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

@fr600:We have two /three flukes including World championship in Australia than many teams who don't even have fluke world cup wins to show.

Posted by cricadept on (August 5, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

@stevegridley!!No No1 team has ever lost a test match by an innings at home.

Posted by siri12345 on (August 5, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

i think chandimal is hugely talented but he is just wasting his talent.i cant understand wat problem he is having in asian conditions.he batted so well in australia and southafrica last year but in asia he keeps on struggling.i hope our batting coach marvan quickly address his issue with him before i afraid he turns into tharanga way.cricinfo please publish.

Posted by Nampally on (August 5, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Totally crazy selection of Rohit in XI again. His scores of 5,0,0,4,4 reflect a tale of lack of judgement by Dhoni & final XI selectors - 13 runs in 5 innings. Compare this with Tiwary's 2 innings of 23 & 65.Yet Tiwary is always second fiddle to Rohit.Despite all the pressure by the Indian Cricket Fans, MSD persists on his irrational final XI selection. In the process he is destroying the Indian Spinner development. Rahul Sharma gets benched yet again to satisfy the whims & fancies of MSD!. In the last ODI Tiwary came off as a part time bowler to capture 4 wkts. But it does not work all the time. India would have been so much better off working on badly needed bowling. Benching spinners makes no sense. After 5 ODI's India has not advanced its weak bowling. Batting alone cannot win the matches all the time as evident from deplorable show in England & Australia. Intelligent guys learn from Experience. MSD & the Indian Selectors need a special award for their lack of rationale & logic.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Congratz India..Virat Kholi will break alll the records of sachin...At last We ve seen the real Jeewan Mendis...Local fans now what a tremendous batsman he is .....I always come up with one theory...J Mendis= Thirimanne+ Hearath...Unfortunatly we was always prefered to be benched by the Sri Lankan selectors...I wish he will deserve a permanant place in 20-2o world cup.

Posted by ShawnHolmes on (August 5, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Tomorrow, ICC will announce that, according to their ranking system, Kenya is the no.1 side in ODI. Silly.

Posted by balkee on (August 5, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Guys, guys, don't get too carried away, either gloating abt India's ODI rank nor dissing them for not deserving it! There is a virtual 4-way tie at the top! Aus, Ind, SAf and Eng are separated by a mere 1.06 points, which is less than one per cent. Welcome to parity in pretty much all forms of the game, and just sit back and enjoy it!

Posted by ShawnHolmes on (August 5, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

No.2, yea right!! If winning matches only at flat wickets is considered an achievement for the Indian team, than well done I guess. But sooner or later, the team will have to face Australia away from home. Will they be able to compete and win matches or be whitewashed once again! Thank about it folks. India needs to change the pitches they play on so when they travel aboard, they won't have to adjust so much.

Posted by siri12345 on (August 5, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

i request icc to address the issue of home umpires properly.what happened this series is that our home umpires in order to prove to the world that they are neutral tends to be biased towards the visiting side.some of the close decisions and two clear outs of indian batsman are not given by our umpires only to prove to the world that they are neutral.on the other hand when we visit india ,indian umpires even if they have 1 percent doubt in their mind against srilankan batsman they tend to give out fully knowing that they have the powerful bcci behind them to save their job.so i request icc to turn towards neutral umpires in odi like they do in test.cricinfo please publish.

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (August 5, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

India's ranking is not justified. Australia is going through a transition right now, but we still beat the Indian side in the test series and also in the CB series. Indian batsman's failed miserably against the likes of Watson, James etc, who kept outsmarting the batsman's. India will gain respect, when they actually start winning series in different conditions.

Posted by jasonpete on (August 5, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Posted by mark2011 on (August 05 2012, 11:44 AM GMT), why your team can't win against India in the same pitches,which is same for both teams.You know what is LUCKY WIN? The first test series win against Pakistan after murali retirement few weeks back .With umpires help and NO DRS,you managed to win the series against Pakistan,sorry Pakistan GIFTED you the series .your team doesn't know how to chase and defend any score against Indian team,simply they are not good enough in srilanka,India or away pitch conditions.you can only hope that they win series for you in future in home when they used to win only in home.Now that's also gone.Luckily In the 2nd odi ,Indians gifted all the wickets to pereira and some how srilanka won the game.,look what happened to pereira except that one odi.learn to play in your flat pitches.you may win some odi in future.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

@tusker17 Yes,losing by 20 runs is not domination.But winning 4-1 in your backyard certainly is.And losing by that margin at HOME is obviously humiliating.If you dont consider this as humiliating,then i guess you have been hammered by a bigger margin in the past!!!!

Posted by Gangnam_Gangsta on (August 5, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Inda won; that is all that matters. SriLankan fans or or is it just a fan, with funny english and australian names and an axe to grind should stop now. My earlier comments were not published but you should publish it as this continued practice is only debasing the nature of debate here at cricinfo.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 5, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

To all eng fans even WI and NZ can play better in subcomtinent especially India than u moreover I dont see eng winning WC before 2050. U can't win now in your home forget abt India

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

CHAK DE INDIA!!!! next to top the spot!!! real CHAMPION of cricket

Posted by Marcio on (August 5, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

@FIJICRICKET, the "useless" Australian team anihilated India last time. Maybe you forgot. AUS lost 4-0 in the recent series in Eng, not 5-0, and they drew 2-2 with the WI - they hadn't lost a test or ODI series for 18 months before their recent loss in England - the majority of those games were played away from home. That's why they are deservedly close to the top in rankings. Reality, not illusion and angry prejudice determines rankings.

Posted by fr600 on (August 5, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

@stevegridley haahahaha, nicely said. I have never seen a poorer WC winner suggesting that winning the WC was a fluke for India.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

@stevegridley:Atleast we are world champ..but in the name of god when Eng will win a world cup..common dude yo ppl are the founder..already lost three finals..atleast win one for god sake.

Posted by CSKftw on (August 5, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

@stevegridley At least India HAVE been and still ARE world champs, unlike England . Speaking of ordinary teams, England haven't won a series of ANY kind in India since 1985 and the last two times they played ODI series in India they were demolished 5-0. Also, India did not lose 8 matches on a trot, they won a home series against the West Indies after the England tour, way to distort facts. Also I don't remember India ever losing by an innings defeat at home like England just did, while they were no.1.

Posted by screamingeagle on (August 5, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

@Rednwhitearmy. England is where cricket was born. You guys never won a WC other than T20. You never won convincingly in India, recent records make for sorry reading. When India was No.1 in tests you guys were talking of 'perform abroad and then we will see' Now, why dont we just apply the same logic and then you would understand (I hope, pretty simple IMHO) why England needs to win in the subcontinent.Fact is, you are already trying to downplay the series, knowing full well, your batters will be dancing on spinning tracks, We Indians, will be enjoying that spectacle of them making fools of themselves, I can tell you that.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

@ stevegridley- mate,drink cold water,take a ice bath if possible; we are not here to fight. yes as a part of democracy we can argue,but we cannot fight,and u seem to fight as if we are in boxing arena,chill....it is just the game of cricket.Here in subcontinent,u will find people crazy for cricket.and so in OZ, RSA and GBR people follow cricket. now coming to your point that "no world champs have lost 8 matches in a row" comment,i will put my point(and not fight) that i as an indian agree that no excuse that india played bad at those 8 matches.but go back to 2007 tour of england-india won. go back to recent indian tour of RSA-india drew there after trailing by 1-0,also india drew with OZ in 2004-05 series and if third umpire was awake in the sydney test of 2008 we would have won there.okay again no excuses we played badly and lost....but just look at england who lost 10 matches in a row against india in india(odi),and india also won again oz and GBR in india and drew with RSA.

Posted by iknowsports on (August 5, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

gosh,SL whatz up with u guys???pls. win okay cuz i'm getting sooooo humilated standing up 4 u guys.so pls. win da T20 series! REMEMBER SL FANS ARE COUNTING ON U GUYS!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

sinhaya are yu mad india have won more than 2 tests in pak are you in dreams and also from 1990 to 2004 india have not played in pak also before that in some matches.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

and srilanka are giving excuse this and that dropping catches dude team looses only when one team drop catches cant score runs and other things honestly speaking from asia india are best team because there batting is way ahead of two other teams bowling is little weak but now there r some hope with yadav aaron 150 plus bowlers and guys dont forget ishant is just 23 bowling 150 kph at 23 he has done a good job other than pak has a good attack but spinners dominated and india place spinners well also pak has a pathetic batting and we have seen in asia cup after making 320 pak was smashed by india so against good quality batting who can play ajmal well pak attack is ordinary as far as lanka they r seriously lacking back up bowlers and batsmen they have good players but not single handed match winners like kohli ajmal gul zaheer yadav aaron dhoni raina gul afridi can yu compare any of lankan except malinga with them....

Posted by reality_check27 on (August 5, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

goo win for india srilanka played well too ur have a good team and really nice people srilankans and so are indians. but i saw some poms out here on this forum well u say india lost 4-0 y do u forget that we beat u in england in 2007 but u have not beaten india in india for a test series since more than 20 years so stop posting anything out here.and when u show up in india later this year u know that u will lose.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

no no 1 team is blow away whitewashed by no 5 team like pak did to england and srilanka did to them and india did to them in odi now india will do in test also no no 1 team is not like england not won test series in india since 25 yrs in reverse india did in 2007 no no 1 team has not lost last three one day series in india like england did 6-1 ,5 nil,5 nil,no no 1 team is not like eng never won a word cup that too world cup is maximum times hosted in england no 1 team is not lost a world cup match like eng like eng in 2011 against lanka by ten wickets no 1 team has not played ordinary against westindies like eng did in last series no no 1 team is like england who cant win in asia and even now they have been in way of thrashing in own turf from saf no no 1 team is like eng green track bully bowling unit want some more record on england ask me about ordinary england cricket team oldest team in cricket ha ha ha

Posted by reality_check27 on (August 5, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

goo win for india srilanka played well too ur have a good team and really nice people srilankans and so are indians. but i saw some poms out here on this forum well u say india lost 4-0 y do u forget that we beat u in england in 2007 but u have not beaten india in india for a test series since more than 20 years so stop posting anything out here.and when u show up in india later this year u know that u will lose.

Posted by Deccancharggers1 on (August 5, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

SO,,,according to Srilankan fans population has become an excuse....Its really sick...Started loving pak these days than Srilankans (Lions..lol)...

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

no one in this table think why sl board and sl curators decide to go with 1 bouncy wicket to 4 flat wickets.think indians keep these wins in there mind to next t20 world cup and all the other teams will hammer them in bouncy tracks which sl curators an sl board will provide to them in t20 world cup (all we know how indians play on one and only bouncy wicket they had to play)

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 5, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

@STEVEGRIDLEY should wind his neck in. He cant play cricket to save his skin. He forgets that all teams win some and lose some. Thats why England lost to SA recently. Oz lost some games to Pak. Oz and SA will soon be on top with great bowling attacks which India sadly lacks.

Posted by sumit176 on (August 5, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

@stevgridly...australian team-lost in translation oops transition..Dont insult eng and sa team by taking their names along with oz...They r much superior to oz team anyday

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Brilliant stuff from India. Also, well done to Irfan Pathan for his excellent performance. It's great to see him do well and succeed. Keep up the good work guys.

Posted by bharath74 on (August 5, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

@ hhillbumper: when they play in Asia they will win in Asia not in Addis Ababa

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Fantastic match and fantastic series! So glad that Gautam Gambhir got so many awards, he really deserves it! The team played well and Gautam and Dhoni's knocks were excellent!

Posted by Prakmca on (August 5, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Good to see Irfan doing great @ #7 position after a long layoff from interation side. Only for this position we had useless allrounder earlier names Ravindra Jadeja.. who never performed in any matches.... Ofcourse he scored couple of 50's in the lossing matches... Check this stats. If selection committee & Dhoni is not considering in future, it's good for Indian Cricket.

Posted by mark2011 on (August 5, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

@G.NARISHMA ' nothing to do with pitches??'' then on what surface criket is played & team r selected, specially bowlrs. in 2nd matchs what happnd then? had that been the case for whole series matchs wud hav finished within one sesion.then will sponsors not lose air time for thier adverising ??? if matches going to finish within 55 overs then will sponsors come forward? this series sponsord by Indinain companies so that is the suport BCCI given to SL.dont u udnerstand that? then these thing r implied condition, when some body helps you.. will you let down them making condition worst for them? why that is not done then SLC mgt? r they babies not to understand oposotion 's weaknes and take advantage of that.that is how we won matchs in past. MY IDEA IS TO FIND OUT WHAT WE DID WRONG.. NOT TO GLORIFY LUCKY INDIAN WINS.so condition we made suitable for oposition !! that is the truth. all those wins by Ind in this series is pure luck.. bcos of poor fielding & some umpiring decision fo cathes

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Kudos to the Indian team; well played guys. Also good luck to the SL and Indian sides in the upcoming T20 world cup. From a Pakistani fan :)

Posted by SoulTaker on (August 5, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Nice to see ur positive comments buddy.....gud luck to your team as well

Posted by SoulTaker on (August 5, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

@stevegridley: ya whatever...........and your team batsmen gets blown away by spin in the subcontinent ......lol...it makes me laugh when i see ur hypocrisy....dont forget the 5-0 drubbing Eng faced in India....and the 3-0 test defeat at the hands of Pakistan.....oh but Eng wont consider that as a public humiliation...sorry..:)...pulesssssssssssss......and turnoff ur caps lock....

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 5, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

STEVEREDLLEY- I am sure some thing terribly wrong down the line with u in regaerds our team, it must be personel, in my erlier posting on this very thread i posed a question but instead of replying with substance u again speading u r garbage on this thread, how ever listen, we accepted that our performance in ENG, AUS, were pathetic but to reply which team lost 8-0 after being no-1 , apart from INDIA , ENGLAND also continueously loosing in home & away -5-0, in INDIA , 3-0 IN UAE , 5 LOSES , now SA IS SHOWING THOSE HOME TIGER their right place , so we are not the only bad travellers ENG, AUS can only win on doctored home pitches, now they are tasting their own medicine against SA.

Posted by maddy20 on (August 5, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

@hhillbumper Definitely greater than England thats for sure. When was the last time England won a test series in Asia?

Posted by Stanmclean on (August 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Not sure about this ranking, but if there is any competition for population growth, no body can challenge India. England has much smaller population compared to India, but we have already won more medals at the Olympics than India. In fact, when interviewed, most of the Indian athletes were just happy competing and being able to leave their country. India can only be considered a good team, when play well against top ranked teams like England, Oz or SA, in their backyard. Anyway, England is coming to India this year. Get ready for another whitewash.

Posted by Stanmclean on (August 5, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

India ranked no.2 is the joke of the year. The team is worse than Scotland, who at least can play on seaming conditions and against fast bowlers. Indian batsman are no better than club Cricketers, in fact much worse.

Posted by jasonpete on (August 5, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

@mahannama, If you don't know how to win in your familiar home conditions,then you deserved to rank bottom Not top 3. Only SA,Australia and India deserved to be in top.luckily Pakistan gave you the series win or else you would have lost that too.your team is poor in your home pitches and always away from home aswell.get real.

Posted by superstar100 on (August 5, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

india wins series now some people saying indian can win in subcontonent only !!! I have a question why only India can win subcontinent y not pak and sri lankans !!!

Posted by kaidranzer on (August 5, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

@hhillbumper: At least India is winning at home. Look at England. Getting thrashed on their own turf.

Posted by Stanmclean on (August 5, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

NO WORLD CHAMPS HAVE LOST 8 MATCHES IN A TROT.. THAT IS THE GREATEST RECORD INDIA HAVE. Keep it going like this India. Your batsman gets blown away by fast bowlers from England, Oz and SA and you still feel pride in your ordinary team? You can continue to live in false sense of glory.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

cricinfo: Please publish this comment if winning in familiar conditions is No Big Deal, what should be said about LOSING sorry Recieving A Drubbing in familiar conditions called as?

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

frndzzz India could not compete on faster trx in England n Oz -its a fact but rankings show that we did better otherwise -isnt it

Posted by ravikumar6789 on (August 5, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Before the start of the series , I saw so many comments from srilankan fans commenting about indians skills on SL soil, Now we got the answer for their questions, that for the last three series we are the winners at SL soil !!!!!

Posted by hhillbumper on (August 5, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Ohh India have won in Asia.Wow what a suprise.Lets guess that they are the greatest team ever.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (August 5, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

Folks what is happening? This is the guy who was not picked up in the first place. Even though he was quite impressive in Australia, still the selectors felt that U.Yadav, Ashok Dinda & Vinay Kumar were better than IRFAN PATHAN. Though Irfan imressed with the bat and was not bad with the ball. On top of that India has always been longing for a good all-rounder at the no.7 spot. WHAT BETTER ALL-ROUNDER CAN YOU GET THEN IRFAN, WHO CAN OPEN THE BOWLING WITH ZAHEER and also contribute decently with the bat, his stike rate was also very good. High time to give him more confidence and give him the role of the all-rounder and stop blamming him for a few bad games. All all-rounders suffer at some stage or the other, at such a time we have to show some faith in them. After all the No.7 spot is a very difficult spot.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 5, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

@g.narsimha, I agree with your stats. But we Lankans also need more chances given to play in England, Australia etc. We have won test matches so far in all countries except India and Australia and hope we create history in Australia end of this year when we go there. Also bro dont forget Sri Lanka have beaten Pakistan in 6 tests in Pakistan in comparison to India beating Pakistan only in 2 tests in Pakistan which happened only in 2004. I hereby wish team India good luck to the maximum for all home series they will play until late next year as I know they will not leave India for bilateral series until late 2013.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 5, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

@just_chill_chill, well played India and congratulations but we Lankans gave a good fight and losing by 20 runs is quite honorable rather than cheaply folding which never happened. We gave a great fight in the 1st, 3rd and 5th ODI no doubt. Good luck to India to whack NZ 2-0 in tests and T20s shortly.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 5, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

@Venki_indian, thanks for your positive comment in reply to mine. But I am crossed after seeing your negative comments on forums telling only Sanga is our international standard player. Bro we failed this series but that does not mean we are below international standard. I am glad we have found Thirimanne and Jeewan Mendis dependable in the absence of Mahela and Sanga. Hope Sanga and Mahela quit T20s and ODIs asap and just focus on tests. By the way I hope Sehwag hammers triple tons against Kiwis in both the tests as as he is my favorite Indian.

Posted by cricindian123 on (August 5, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Congrats Team India!!!Great performance from Gambhir,Kohli,Irfan and Raina.....Manoj Tiwari proved he is not the person to sit always in the bench...Selectors should exclude Rohit Sharma as like R Jadeja and let them to play in domestic cricket...hw many chances r gving for non performing player when young talented players are in bench....We want to see the best players in International matches..Rahane deserve more opportunities...

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 5, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

@sanjaycrickfan, please check properly. Sri Lanka beat South Africa last year in the Boxing Day test match in Durban by 208 runs. That is an undeniable fact.

Posted by SeamingWicket on (August 5, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

India population is 1.2 billion (1,200 million) Sri Lanka population is about 20 million Englands population is 51 million Australia population is about 20 million South Africa population is about 50 million West Indies population is about 40 million Pakistan population is about 176 million

India has no excuse for not dominating cricket in all conditions and all formats for many years at a stretch. West Indies and Australia deserve special praise for dominating cricket the way they did because of this

Posted by Narbavi on (August 5, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

We talk about winning the t20 world cup in 07, whereas you guys talk about making the finals in 2009, we talk about winning the CB series in 2008, u guys talk about making the finals in 2012, we talk about winning the world cup in 2011, u guys again talk about making it to the finals, to top it all u guys talk about us losing 4-0 forgetting the fact that we have done well in eng and aus before this 2011 trips whereas your team has failed to win miserably everytime, making the finals is a big deal for you guys, lol,

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (August 5, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Green Pitch Bully Andesron struggling even on green fast and Bouncy pitches lol !!

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 5, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

MAHANAMA IF PITCH is that easy may iiask u just a simple question - why u r team playing in u r own place failed to chase down , u r not playing in alian conditions , more over what is u r score line in AUS, SA , ENG , COULD NOT WINN A TEST MATCH in AUS how could u forget that the lone test victiry recently over SA IN SA was on a spinner track as HERATH spun u a rare victory in decades , IND till date , won 3 TEST SERIES IN ENG , drawn, won a major tournment in 86 , cb series AUS , CAN U COUNTER ME WITH STATS whether u r better than us in those places , we are yet to win a series in SA, AUS BUT DRAWN what is u r teams score line , how many test series u r team won in every test playing nation , first win a test match on road type pitches in india than talk, what a shame less bashing .how long u people celebrat our recent loses in ENG, AUS .ENG, AUS also beat us on pitches favourable to thier bowling , we all seeing what happens to them once they comes out to wickets

Posted by andrew27994 on (August 5, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Fantastic series victory for India. But what has always been disappointing for India is that whenever they are in a winning position, they seem to take it a little too easy and it allows the opponent team to have a slight chance. India could have beat Sri Lanka by more than 100 runs but I noticed that they weren't attacking in those middle overs when Thirimanne and Jeevan were batting which was disappointing. Mind you this behaviour from our Indian team has cost them some matches. Does anyone remember the World Cup 2011 match against SA? India always looked like winning the match but SA's lower batsmen who were underestimated pulled off a sensational win. Another instance was recently against Bangladesh which I'm sure everyone remembers. I would like to see India look to strangle oppositions when they are in a commanding situation like they did against England in India last year.

Posted by AnishSomani on (August 5, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

@oopsiedaisy Australia beat Sri Lanka in the latest Test series in Sri Lanka 1-0 if I remember correctly

Posted by kaidranzer on (August 5, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

@Dheeraj Remella: Although both Australia and India have 119 points, Australia is ahead when the points are calculated till the third decimal place.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (August 5, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

If srilankan Fan ask excuse for the defeat by giving less population than india, Then dont play cricket against the country having more population than you. Thats all..

Posted by tests_are_best on (August 5, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

@jasonpete : right on the money mate.Sri lankan fans(most of them , if not all) have failed to accept their country's defeat graciously.Instead of making constructive remarks , they sought to negative remarks thereby undermining India's wonderful win.

Posted by kaidranzer on (August 5, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

@RandyOZ: You don't post in a forum when your team isn't involved in the series unless your carefactor is not equal to Zero.

Posted by kaidranzer on (August 5, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

@ DylanAu: This is a cricket forum. No point bringing up Olympics medal tally here. And I don't think there is anything about India as a sporting nation in this article.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 5, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

YUP ZAKS is on downhill and so is the pace department. Who will take over from Zaks who has done a superb job on his own all this time. There is also no gr8 spinner since Kumble left the scene.

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 5, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

MAAZIL- too much negitivity if winning in familiar condition is nothing than can u tell me where did ENG , AUS BEAT US THEY TOO formidable in thier confort zone, every team is wiining in their home except SA for some excent , if we are that bad a trveller than tell me which team is great traveller from our region. PAK even though deprived of home matches , winning in familiar conditions in their second home UAE, lost odis, test series in SL IN FAMILIAR CONDITIONS MY DEAR BARING THOSE 2 TOURS WE ARE THE ONLY TEAM FROM THIS REGION FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS winning matches every where our stats prove it just those 2 series loses u india haters still celebrating as if u have beaten us , we were beaten badly in ENG AUS last time only , let the AUS , POMS prove they are better than INDIA while travelling , but we have better results in their places than these teams in india , before posting this type of garbage pl check the stats available in this very web ,only ind req to win in away

Posted by Fijicricket on (August 5, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Sonya Jones= Comparing Indias current team to Australia is like comaring a tiger (India) to a pussy (OZ). But as the saying goes u r entitled to your opinion! I agree with you about the ranking system-HOW CAN AUST BE ON TOP WITH 5-0 TRASHING IN ENGLAND AND ANOTHER IN THE WESTINDIES? How can such a poor team and group of players, be considered good, when they fail miserably against strong opponents! Useless Austrlian team will be beaten, even by a domestic side in Bangladesh. They have absolutely no chance against ANY Indian club side! BTW apart from Clarke who else plays for this Oz team?

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

what about d umpires fault?? that s reason that srilanka lost. any way. sri lanka gave some pressure to india by youngstrs... always lanka rocks..

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (August 5, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Sri Lanka fans should be the last people complaining about India not winning abroad. Sri Lanka have never won even a SINGLE test in India, Australia, South Africa. You are home track bullies if ever there was one. India has been consistent overseas over the last 10 years before the England tour. Check the stats because I cant be bothered to write them all down.

The team is now in rebuilding stage and it will be taken forward by Kohli, Pujara, Rahane and Umesh, Aaron. Make no mistake about that.

Posted by Marcio on (August 5, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Just sad, @chokkashokka. The wickets "served up" for the last tour of Australia were good cricket wickets - a little for both bat and ball. If they were the greentops you imagined then Australia would not have scored 800 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in the middle of the series. And Adelaide was a batsman's paradise, and India still lost by a big margin. For ODI tri-series the wickets were often slowish and dry, almost sub-continent-like - and India still finished third. Time to just admit you were outplayed in every aspect of the game of cricket by a far better team.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (August 5, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

the SLC which is a poor cricket board that hardly pays its players needs the support of a giant like BCCI to survive. Srilankans badly need to play India to earn some money.

Posted by nikhilmjain on (August 5, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Seeing lack of information among fans, i feel like sharing some facts :- - India is no. 2 in ODIs as they have scored 7116 points on ICC ratings in last 60 matches. The results in the tests do not affect this system.

- Lot of boasting by every fan about their own team. I will try to state some facts(ODI) about some major teams here. 1) India - Great batting line up, average/ ordinary bowling unit. Not much depth. The batting line up is on par or even better than SA's. The only problem lies in too much cricket.

2) South Africa - Best all round team in the world. Best bowlers in the world. Away results best among all. Deserves to be no.1. But crumble in important scenarios.

3) England - Highly talented team. Top team in their own yard. Becomes ordinary outside their comfort zone except for KP.

4) Australia - No.1 ranked team. Argued to be the case of Australia = Shane Watson. Away form questionable.

5) Sri Lanka - Not at its best currently. Amazing talent, lack of temperament.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Team India if the perform like this in England and australia, surely they will be the number one team... but unfortunately we can play well in only in our playgrounds(asian pitches)..

Posted by vinodkd99 on (August 5, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

It is really poor on the part of some fans to say that India can play only in good batting conditions. I suppose we should realise that even English and Aussies find it difficult to play in sub-continent. India's loss to English is talked about by most of you, but what about 5-0 whitewash that English had to face in India just 4 months afterwards. Anyways English are travelling to India once again in 4 months from now and I wont be surprised if India win the 4 test series 3-0 or thereabouts. Or for that matter can your forget 11 runs scored in 6 test innings by Ricky Ponting in 2001 series in India. The equation is simple that every team plays according to its strength. Yes, certainly the Indian batting is weak as of now and that is why we fared badly in Australia ad England last year. Otherwise we reached the pinnacle in past 4 years or so winning almost every where. We lost to England for the first time since 1996 last time round. So, please fans grow up.

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 5, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

MAHANAAMA - PL RESPOND WITH STATS to,substantiat u r claim that u r team only can play in all conditions,n U R BEST till date u r team could not win a series IN ENG WI, IND, u could not win a SINGLE TEST IN AUS, IND what for this arrogance , we won world cup in ENG, won champions of champions, CB SERIES 5 TESTS, DRAW A SERIES IN AUS won 3 test series in ENG , DRAW a series , finalist in WC, WON T-20 WC cup in SA, OUR ALL GREATS SACHIN, DRAVID & CO AVE- 50+ in most of those countries, what is u r teams performance pl provide stats, u r just racking up our last tours defeats , we agree those are huge but history now, the same ENGLISH who white washed us were beaten 5-0 we won test odi series there but they could not win a serieis after 1985 , just one loss u r always rubbishing us, tell me u r score card in those countries , u r no where near to us in performance in those places instead of wasting u r energy in abusing IND u better think of u r team, future is not that much great

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

Great work the Batsmen!! However the bowlers deserve a class for almost losing this match. (Sri lanka needed 21 runs from 26 balls before they lost last wicket). Its rare to see 29 extras in just 45 overs. Indian bowling was far away from being disciplined.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

@steve gridley @Alex Palmer @mark 2011, We will always see naysayers like you people who cannot stomach a good performance. Flat tracks apply to all other superior teams when they tour India and Sri Lanka but they end up making a fool of themselves. If you are saying that flat tracks don't give any chance to the bowlers you are doing great injustice to the batsmen of Australia and England. England also got thrashed by Pakistan on a neutral venue in tests but are we taking about tests here no !!! . So by that logic if India is a ordinary club side then Australia and England should be in the 2nd Division. I expect you gentleman to have better logic than that. If you guys can't learn to congratulate at least don't criticize.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Well done Team India......Would love to see you at #1 on Ranking Table soon..!!

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 5, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

MARK 2011- I dont think that the 4-1 drubbing by INDIA in u r own backyard had effected u to loss u r balance , lol SL board is helping IND , i cant stop my self of laoghing on reading the coments from some SAL fans that SL a number of times ensured INDIAs eliminations from major TOURMENTS LIKE ASIA CUP , CB series, now after riecieving sound beating in u r own country u r making foolish conclusions that SL helping IND BLAH........ get well man give cridit where it is due , in second odi we lost, than that is great win, we cant win on seamers but my dear go & watch again, in that match IND got out playing irresponble, poor shots , nothing to do with pitch or some thing else more over no body stopped u r board have wickets of u r liking , dont say BCCI influences host countries if that was case than we would not have lost 8 matches in a troat , u can invent storioes of u r liking to just demean our teams great performance , but in reality u r team failed in u r own backyard .

Posted by passionatecricbug on (August 5, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

lol. Nohit Sharma hits the world record for consistency.

Posted by ajayrcs on (August 5, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

My question to BCCI is Rohit Sharma is better cricketer than Ponting (who has been droped after continious single figure score ) If yes then all is clear why Australia better than INDIA. If no drop him for not only from International side but also IPL side too. He doesn't have any tallent accept it!

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Im confused. How does this qualify as a NARROW win? India won by 20 runs and bowled SL out in the 46 th over. Wouldn't a narrow be wining by a run or two or a win in the final over.

Posted by tashan329 on (August 5, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

To all England fans.............India won the world cup at Home. Your team will not even reach the semi-final stage.

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 5, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

STEVEREDLY - I DOUBT U R REAL IDENTITY BECOUSE I DONT THINK AN AUSSE,ENGLISH CARRIES that much hatrade towards INDIA , u must be from this region with a fack western name , how ever if wickets are road type easy to bat than those are equal for both the teams. all india haters claim that INDIA bowling is worse in the world than why the hell opposition could not score & win ,u r always here withn u r thrash reminding us of our white washes in AUS, ENG during the last tours , those are history now , more over our greats performed bettr in those places in erlier tours it is not that they never scored SACHIN, DRAVID all ave , 50+ in those places , if u disclose u r team than i can prove with stats what was ur teams performance in our place , more over u r in the habit of running away after spilling u r garbage on ind related threads , come on man counter me with stats .

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

i think sehwag has lost his abilities.he should be replaced from the next series itself.if he had better fitness leves he would have played for few more years.but sorry to say he is the most laziest cricketer in the world. i still remember what kepler wessells always say about sehwag that he is very talentd but the attitude towards the game....

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (August 5, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90: IND has been and is still a much better side than SL. An Obvious proof is the 74-52 overall win/loss ratio in favor of IND against SL in ODI's. By the way my original prediction of IND winning this series 4-1 has been spot on. Its a comprehensive victory no matter what. IND is the real champ here

Posted by pitch_curator on (August 5, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

I can understand the frustration of a lot of anti-indian team posters here who are desperately trying to make fools of themselves. If the conditions are so flat and good for batting then why dont the batsmen from other teams make any runs against India in sub-continent?? England came here last year boasting and left with their tails firmly between their legs (5-0). The fact of the matter is that any team is great in their home conditions and poor away from home. There is nothing called flat tracks. If Indian tracks are the easiest to score runs then Ponting is the worst batsman in the histroy of the game. So, stop being jealous and be objective.

Posted by rsrinath on (August 5, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

@stevegridley i think this is a cricket based site and what are you trying to convey by taking out the population statistics??? of course what have England achieved in odi's in the recent past??nothing..that's enough said....of course you guys say that our batsmen are ill-equipped to play in bowling friendly pitches but the same has to apply to your bowlers right??anderson, broad can bowl only on those tracks which help the fast bowlers and cant pick up wickets on sub-continent pitches...the Oval test(which was described as 'public humiliation') is an example of it...think twice before you post such double standard comments here after...

Posted by aroop77 on (August 5, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

For all the ENGLISH fans who claim that England are always better than India....some stats...India in England in Tests in last 15 yrs...win 4 lost 7(including the 4-0 loss) with two series wins... Eng in India won 1 lost 6( no series wins)..India in England ODI's won 10 lost 13..Eng in India won 8 lost 23...so which team have played better in foreign condition...Comments from english fans please..im sure the replies will be...RECORD IN INDIA DOSENT COUNT BECAUSE PITCHES ARE FLAT

Posted by jay9008 on (August 5, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

I love how all of these Aussies and English are such hypocrites. They criticize India as flat track bullies. While its true that India has struggled overseas recently, what has England done overseas? If these teams are so much superior to India then why don't they dominate India in India? They can't. They couldn't in the WC and they cant now. Every team is superior in their own country, its called home advantage for a reason. The rankings are utterly meaningless. Fact is none of your teams are that special overseas as well. So save it. Good Job India, now beat whatever's left of the English when they come to India.

Posted by Venki_indian on (August 5, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

@Sinhaya excellent, u understood BCCI bro

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

Congratulations to India for taking the ODI series quite convincingly with a 4-1 record. Lankan fans shouldn't be disappointed however. India as a cricketing nation has access to a massive talent pool of quality youth thanks to their uppity population growth rate, Lanka on the other hand, we're a small island with a measly populace in comparison to our Herculean neighbours. Past records and rankings mean little to me. Lanka has always been a team that plays a fair game with a resilient spirit and despite their inconsistency, have made it to the finals of the last two editions of the ICC World Cup. With such a little populace, the squad we've managed to sew together is reason to be proud of. Our inability to win crucial games should for now be our biggest worry with the T20 World Cup on the threshold. Players like Chandimal, Thirimanne, Mathews and Mendis hold the key for Sri Lanka cricket's future. Now may be their time for inexperience and labour but soon enough, they will rise.

Posted by kaidranzer on (August 5, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

@Jose: The same can be said about England and Australia. Both teams play well only in familiar conditions i.e. Eng, Aus and SA. The English team lost a test in Sri Lanka against this very "weak" Sri Lankan side.

Posted by KingRawana on (August 5, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

Gamble some what worked, few positives, Mahela should use this strategy going for quick runs in the first 15 overs, saves deliveries for slower players to get in. tharang's attempt was good but should hit over the 30m circle than going to hit between players, most of his dismissals are such. Senior pros might have to sit back soon, the likes of Mendis, Lahiru should be kept in the side. should they try Mendis top of the order to gain that Jayasuriya leverage, The two run outs might have got the best out of the young SL side, seems best yet to come, new fast bowler is a good find they should allow him to ball fast n get wickets even at a cost. well done to the side even they do not come up with a win.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

Guys when u posting comments let it be more cricketing ones. can't u guys remember what the lions did in history? Ya I know this Indian team got lot of talent and deserved to be at top. but under estimating SL is not a that much a good thing. Our middle order lacks consistency that's the thing. very disappointed about this series and pakistan one too. CZ that one too wasn't that convincing. any way have a big hope that they will do better in Australia.

Posted by Raiyan24r on (August 5, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

it was expected from IND as they are playing cricket from the 1930s.but they r still not close to what expected.given the available resources they still aren't up to the mark.(including the AUS,ENG etc series).they should have been invincible since they r playing for that long.100% win is a par for them.

Posted by SoulTaker on (August 5, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Greg_Smith: your so called best teams should first win matches in subcontinent.....playing in their own backyard and winning matches are not considered best teams...if they are the best teams y didnt they win the world cup...so try to use some sense before posting anything....

Posted by CSKftw on (August 5, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

@stevegridley Funny you say that considering England has never won a world cup or champions trophy despite inventing Cricket and hosting more world cups than any other country. The only ICC trophy they've ever won is a world T20 cup which is played every 2 years rather than once every 4 years. The last time England won a series of any kind in India was way back in 1985 whereas the last time India won a series in England was in 2007. India were whitewashed by England who were ranked no.2 whereas England were whitewashed by a lower ranked Pakistan and have lost to SA convincingly in the previous test. India never did that poorly at home while they were no.1. At least India had the excuse of coming off a world cup win, England don't. If India is mediocre, England is far worse than that.

Posted by cheguramana on (August 5, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

Not a particularly important series. Still, it is a good performance from the INdian team to beat a team on their homegrounds. Sri Lanka, having been finalists in the last 2 World Cups are no pushovers. For Indian cricket fans, it is some relief, after the horror tours of England and Australia. Theres still plenty to do, if India wants to be No.1 in Tests and ODIs again.

Posted by SASANK360 on (August 5, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

Well done India. Also stop the talk on Rohit Sharma. Badluck and over confidence have done him in. Give him a BREAK and he will come back strong. Coming to the guys who feel India wins only in sub-continent , if Indians cannot play on green wickets abroad , why cant the above teams play on so called Flat- batsman friendly wickets in India? The reason is wickets in India are not batsman friendly. They are spin friendly pitches and Indians are good players of spin bowling. Aus/Eng/SA batters cannot play spin and hence they find it difficult to win in India. My advice to all cricket fans is kill the words Flat-track bullies and green-top bullies. Because Cricket is a game of skill and adapting to different conditions/situations. In this sense no team is perfect. India plays spin well and pace not so. Aus/Eng/SA play pace well and falter at spin. So stop the war of words and encourage your team or appreciate good cricket rather than critisizing opponents.

Posted by SoulTaker on (August 5, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

Did anyone noticed the attitude of Ashwin when he was batting at the last over...Irfan Pathan was the experienced batsman at that time and he didnt even bothered to take single and give the strike to him.....donno y still Dhoni still prefers him over ojha and Rahul Sharma...

Posted by VipulPatki on (August 5, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

Yay!! It also means Vinay Kumar stays out of the team for a bit longer. Thank you Irfan. Much obliged.

Posted by Leggie on (August 5, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

This India team still looks like a "work in progress".. Sehwag - barring that chancy 100 in the first ODI did not impress. Suresh Raina's stats do not tell the true story. The meek dismissal in the fifth ODI shows the inherent flaw in his batting technique against any delivery that is dished out above his knee level. The team management continues to surprise with it's "all or nothing" attitude! It's beyond reasoning that Rohit got 5 games when by the 3rd game he looked totally out of sorts. Where is Zaheer?? The person who turned up for the series seemed a pale shadow of this fast bowler. Where are the wicket taking bowlers?? Barring Irfan's 5-for there was hardly a notable bowling performance. Ashwin seems more contended stopping runs than taking wickets! Unless India has a strategy to take wickets, it can never truly stay at the top. Overall, let this series not give any false hope or comfort. It was a series that SL lost (by injuries and dropped catches) & not one which India won!!!

Posted by sidh78 on (August 5, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

sl is really ordinary team.who lost 4-1 in home.even BD can do better than that.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (August 5, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

I find it amazing some indian fans believe England will only justify their ranking by beating india in india...You just got whitewashed in England and even by australia, i think your the one's who need to prove something, not us!

Posted by DylanAu on (August 5, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

India: Land of 1.1 billion people. One mediocre cricket team with a misguided ranking of #2. 1 silver + 2 bronze at the Olympics. An incredible sporting nation indeed! :)

Posted by Mahaanama on (August 5, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

Whatever the result of a match we always expect competitive cricket from all teams. There are "one pitch make them heroes one pitch make them zeros" type teams. These teams climb to the top of the mountain whenever they get their favorite pitch conditions but on the same day the same team sink in the deep sea if they get a different pitch. ICC ranking system should have a way to prevent these type of teams reaching first 3 positions in ICC rankings. If only the pitch decides team's fate there is no way they can occupy a place with in first 3. So Australia, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan are the best candidates for first 3 positions in ICC ranking

Posted by sumit176 on (August 5, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

can anyone tell me names of 5 current australian players,....lol australia...fading team

Posted by kaidranzer on (August 5, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

@Rahul Gokhale: What are you talking about? Manoj Tiwari scored 65 off 68 balls. Strike rate of almost 96. Get your facts correct, mate. If not Tiwari, who do you propose should bat in the middle order? Rohit Sharma? Also, you should be careful when you say "India has too much batting talent"? Don't forget the 8-0 drubbing.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Lol England and Australia can win on their own turf, and they are "Great" yet they can't win a series on the so called EASY FLAT TRACKS LOL! Win one in India then talk about being the best. Btw Bangladesh can't even win on flat tracks - "We are asia cup finalist and we have never won a tri series or important cup ever" Hahaha

Posted by jasonpete on (August 5, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

@mark2011, why don't you accept india played better and won the series instead of bla bla bla..why do you worry about Indian team,when your own team has worst record away among subcontinent teams including the places like india and other places.You should worry about how pathetic this SL team which can't win against India in home conditions.If you feel Indian and SL conditions are same,then why no test match win or odi series win against India in india? enough of this sour grapes attitude.Be like a sports fan instead of finding excuses for every loss. Everyone knows Alex ,Steve and Sonya all are just another SL fans just hiding under some fancy names.get real and come out of this word cup loss which still haunting some SL fans.ungracious to say the least.yawwn.well played India.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

In tests & ODIs in matches against Eng/ Oz/ SA/ WI played OVERSEAS, all the Indian youngsters have failed repeatedly execpt Kohli recently and Rohit Sharma in 2011. All of them. Pujara did okay against the WI 2nd XI. But Yuvraj has NEVER succeeded so calls for his return are absurd. Tiwary, Rohit, Rahane, Pujara, Mukund & Dhawan all failed to capitalise against the WI 2nd XI. Raina, Murali Vijay, Badri and many others have constantly failed. Yet Pathan stands tall against the short ball in Oz and plays it well. About time Pathan became a test no 6 and a real fifth bowler option and VVS is "retired" so Kohli can bat at 5. Rohit, down on confidence, needs a rest from international cricket now and Tiwary & Rahane deserve more chances.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Sri Lanka Did Very Well Without Mahela , Sanga and Dilshan(0)...

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

I just checked the ICC rankings and India and Australia are both at 119 points. How did India become #2? Shouldn't it be shared #1 position? It is not to start anything. I just wanted clarification for myself

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

abd for all pakistanies friends just check your team is nailed by india in past 5 yrs first win against india then talk it looks odd when a loser comments lolllz

Posted by dariuscorny on (August 5, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

i can see here some aussies , ranting bout rankings and favourable conditions for India.its funny to see these comments from a particular section of fans.how many times we have to remind you that 47 allout didnt happen in flat spinning pitches,it happened in those conditions where your players have been born and brought up,so getting humiliated in your own conditions i think is more miserable rather than getting defeated in alien conditions,adding to that recently Aus was mauled by an ordinary Eng odi side by a margin of 4-0.Eng pitches have bounce,swing not so different to Australia.currently Aus is weakest side in world cricket ,its a matter of time they touch the bottom of the rankings,the envy shown by the fans is a result of that reality

Posted by Hindh on (August 5, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

Some sour grapes from ENGLAND and AUS coming and commenting here after their teams are getting thrashed at their own home turfs.. This thread is about INdia and SL not eng and aus..

Posted by spiritwithin on (August 5, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

how come whenever SL loses their fans starts giving excuses??hello ur team lost at home and dont blame wrong decisions by umpires as one was sri lankan and other a neutral umpire,d u forgot how much umpiring error was there during sl-pak series in favor of SL??its like the kettle calling the pot black,now some r saying india lost 8-0 away in test,lol how does it matter in this context??the thing is india is a better team compared to SL now,and dont give excuses of population everytime ur team loses,aus has less population than ur's but they never use these excuses like SL losers,its afterall 11 vs 11 on the field not billion vs millions,and those english fans who r saying india need to prove in eng,aus & sa well well d u know what's the scoreline when England played in our part of the world??yes its 4loss out of five including one whitewash and now u were humiliated at home against SA,so d look at all perspectives before chest thumping

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

When you have so many crticizers speaking against you it means you are on the right path and doing something people are jealous off :D Congrats Indian cricket team Proud of you :D Keep Rocking Go For No.1

Posted by Narbavi on (August 5, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90: Not again?? Man when will u guys ever learn?? u give population as an excuse?? why didn't u mention it before?? everytime you lose u give some excuses, accept defeat and take a break from this page!!

Posted by hitarth18 on (August 5, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

Well Done India. Nice to see Tiwari and Pathan doing great. Perhaps right time to kick out Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. I believe too many chances given to those two.

Posted by CricketFundas on (August 5, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

Though India won, we've got to give credit to this SL team as well. There was superb talent on show from the SL team - I've just become a huge fan of BMAJ Mendis. Man, he's got some talent! And Mathews and Thirimanne are fine talent too. And let's not forget Malinga, who seems to have figured out a different formula to better his not-so-favorable record against the indians. Hope that the SL team can build on top of this talent pool and bring back their glory days. With regards to the Indian team, let's get some focus on test cricket for a bit and give the English such a hiding that they lose the #2 spot as well (i'm counting on SA and hopefully some good English weather to take this overrated bunch of English cricketers off their un-deserving #1 spot)

Posted by CricketFundas on (August 5, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

I dont see why the English fans are complaining about India being #2 now. After all, didnt India hand England a 5-0 drubbing recently?

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 5, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

I dont beleive in this ranking system according to me as i try to follow all the international matches and on there current strength of the teams ranking should be in Odis: 1. South Africa 2.India 3.Sri Lanka 4. Australia 5. Pakistan 6. England 7. West Indies 8.Bangladesh 9. New Zealand 10. Zimbabwe and in test 1. South Africa 2. Pakistan 3. Australia 4. England 5. India 6. Sri Lanka 7. New Zealand 8. West Indies 9. Zimbabwe 10. Bangladesh. In test India lose 8 matches and come down to no.5 position that they deserve becuase of poor performance but England after loosing 5 test this year are still no1. its big joke atleast Pakistan and Australia have won or draw some series in this period.

Posted by Narbavi on (August 5, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

Can't win a test series for 3years but they talk about our team losing 4-0 in eng and aus, can't win a test match in australia can't win a test series in england, ha!! and look at your home record against us over the years!!

Posted by jasonpete on (August 5, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

Posted by mark2011 on (August 04 2012, 19:30 PM GMT),first of all you don't need excuses to win matches in your home country.Accept you lost the series and appreciate India played better.When it comes to away test record,srilanka is very very poor .No single test match win against India or Australia,forget about series.Its time for you to discuss about your own SL team failures rather than Indian team.instead whining is not a good idea.If you can't win matches in srilanka,then god save SL cricket.enough said.

Posted by ptal3 on (August 5, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

@chokkashokka: SA is playing on the same wickets that India did. Don't blame the wicket for the incompetencies of your batsmen. India haven't played TEST cricket much at home after the 8-0 whitewash. Who's to say they will not struggle at home either? The reasons for them failing in ENG and AUS is that the selectors love sticking to their players who r past their expiry date. Laxman shld go. Ashwin is nothing as compared to Kumble or Bhajji (the old Bhajji). India might still win but cannot whitewash ENG and AUS at home 'coz they don't have the quality spinners (that they used to).

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

Stop this India lost 4-0 in England( England met the same fate when they came to India 5-0, wouldnt have been any different if they were test matches) , Australia lost 2-0 (whitewash) when they're in India...Everyone is better in their own backyard, but the Srilankans..SL fans stop playing the India lost to England/India lost in Australia song..talk about yourselves..India was easily the best team in this tour..and the prior ones...Period!

Posted by TissaPerera on (August 5, 2012, 2:32 GMT)

Up to 42nd Over required run rate was below 6, and all SL needs to do was to take Ones and Twos but........... Every Sri Lankan Batsmen wants to become a hero. So they want to go for Fours and Sixes. They all think they are Sanath, Aravinda or Mathews, including Mathews himself. They dont know the meaning of accumulate runs to win. Still play school boy cricket. Pathetic.

Posted by Charos on (August 5, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

Congrats to Indian team. SL came closer, but inexperience to adopt to conditions cost SL this game. Nice to see some appreciation from Indian fans like Jindal and sanjeewawsome. Best team won. SL need to prove where they stand in coming months. We need to find someone soon in the place of Dilshan, which also helps Tharanga to regain his form. I hate people saying India is not a great team as well as some pathetic commenters saying SL is ordinary.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

Good. Now, Rohit Sharma must be shown the way, as there is no logic with his persistance. Let him to go the basics, regain the form, and come back like Irfan Pathan. Really, Irfan Pathan's come back is pleasing, What an effort? What a fight back? He is the unsung hero of the series. Manoj Tiwary has proved his talent in the limited chances given to him. We can not find fault with Rahane too....

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 5, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

India, as usual, only performing in the weaker forms of the game. And accordingly the carefactor for the rest of the world is ZERO!

Posted by Tusker17 on (August 5, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

Rohan Kapoor : Do you even know the meaning of the 3 terms you have used ? Dont throw around words if you dont know their meaning. Loosing by 20's etc is hardly a domination, annihilation or a humiliation! Suggest you educating yourself first!

Well played SL, Very well player especially the younger brigade. We have a good team in the making except the opening slots and the bowling department.

And pls SL fans, yes luck didnt go our way but that shouldnt take any credit out of India's efforts. Happy that an Asian team became No.2.

End of the day (these days more often than not) results matters vs how the game was actually played :)

And for those who over estimate India and claim that SL is a very very ordinary team like CAJOSEPH.......Please dude, Im really LMAO !!!!!

Posted by desi-blue on (August 5, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

@Sonya Jones:Got to agree with your second post..infact an AUS domestic side is enough to ''Beat' IND just like an ENG county side recently beat AUS-A...dosen't speak much about the AUS bench strength now does it???..giving their wickets away to at best an average bowler like Blackwell....as far as your bitterness about IND gaining the no.2 position in odi's I just got one question for you.... JEALOUS MUCH?????

Posted by spinkingKK on (August 5, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

I have seen people making comments that India lost their no.1 ranking in tests because they had to play overseas. India didn't lose those series in England and Australia because of their inability in overseas conditions. Those conditions were good and there were not many unplayable pitches. India lost in Australia because of the diminishing reflexes and concentrations of the big 3 in the batting which India was relying on. Rohit Sharma should have played the second test onwards in that series. In England, they lost because of the ridiculous bowling line-up. If Praveen Kumar is your strike bowler, there is something wrong with the team selection. India still have some good batting and bowling talents. However, come tests, India will field a side with seniors with no difficult decisions taken in selection. Pathan, Pujara, Tiwary should be in the test side. Rohit maybe good. But, he should be dropped so that he will understand what life is and get strong mentally. Congratulations to India

Posted by Dashgar on (August 5, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

Good to see Sehwag finally dropped. Hopefully Rahane gets an extended run now. He deserves the chance he's been given and one low score should do nothing to change that. I'd consider giving him a run in test cricket too. This series showed that without Sangakkara SL are still a very ordinary side. After the second game they should have smashed India but showed no killer instinct in key moments of the game despite India having 2 walking wickets at the top of the order and no dominant bowlers.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

@Sonya Jones, lol, please talk about the recent results of Australia in England. Looking at those results (4-0), I don't know how come such an ordinary team is remains no. 1. So, with same logic other teams are placed.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 1:04 GMT)

Well played India. For all those ranting and raving about India's glorious victory and how dominant India is over SL ETC ETC Don't get too hyped up about a bi-lateral series. Forgetting Ind didn't make it to the Asia Cup final or the CB series final. India have a couple of weak links in their bowling and their batting is not as solid as people think. When India bat first they always run the risk of a large total being chased down. This was evident throughout the series. Batting second India, I believe is by far the best side in the world. Batting first however, poses a lot of questions. They need to give Rohith a break. High time he played some domestic cricket and fought his way into the side. For SL on the other hand it was good to see guys like Thirimanne and Jeevan get some runs. Time to bench Kapu and play another youngster. India's young guns are more established (Raina and Kohli) and confident, Sri Lanka's youngsters show a lot of potential and talent.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

I liked SL Pitches... We can see similar pitches in India, but very few. There was always something for spinners and faster bowlers.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (August 5, 2012, 0:38 GMT)

Awesome performance by India. Really thrashed Lanka the world cup finalists, and made them look like a club team.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

I've actually always been a big fan of Pathan but the problem with him though is that when under pressure, he becomes useless both with the ball and bat but nevertheless a very handy All-Rounder but I don't understand why India still select Rohit good player but clearly not in form and someone else deserves a chance for now instead especially in the coming New Zealand T20 matches.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

@Greg Smith... dude just wait for australia's next India tour. We definitely want a whitewash

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

I am still surprised why people bring back ENG and AUS defeat here and It would be quite understandable if the matches were between India and ENG/AUS but here its between India and SL. So, why my question to all SL people who are mocking about ENG/AUS defeats, please tell me why you ride on someone else's wins? Don't you have something of your own?

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 5, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

Congratulations India upon another win. Spirited ODI performance from Indian team in this 5th match; tried giving best even though after won the series already. Good, keep it up guys!! And also Congratulations Team India upon becoming the world number 2 in ODI 's in ICC rankings. Love you Team India. Enjoy the win but keep in mind we have to win a T20 match comprehensively. No tight finishes please. Go India Go!! We are with you :)

Posted by goldeneye075 on (August 5, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

It was a spirited performance by the young lankan guns.. there plan almost worked as , initially they kept the run rate up above 7 , which made them ease the score board pressure, but lost more wickets than anticipated. But Thirumanee and Jeevan Mendis showed some glimpse of the future. Sri lanka almost had it within there grasps, but the win eluded like the sand slips through the fingers. I am really happy the way that young lions went down fighting. Any way welldone india.

Posted by US_Indian on (August 5, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

Notable shining stars for India- #1.Virat Kohli, #2.Irfan Pathan , #3,Gautam Gambhir, # 4.Suresh Raina, # 5, Manoj Tiwari.#6, Sehwag, #7, Dhoni. The rest were extra baggages

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

Congrats to Team India and in full agree to oopsiedaisy comments..

"Also, if people consider India a good/great team only after India wins against Aus/Eng in their own backyard, the same yardstick need to apply for them too, right? How can someone consider Aus/Eng as good teams if they cannot beat India in India's (or Sri Lanka's) own backyard? Isn't that double standards?"

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 23:05 GMT)

Well Done India, but I do feel sorry for Sanga...the legend...Rohit Sharma - may what you doing I just cant believe...I think Rahane should have been picked lot earlier...than just for last game. I think we do need to look to replace Sehwag unless someone wakes him up. No point saying I want to make up for not making runs in Eng, AuS etc then not deliver..

Posted by Ra_Thore on (August 4, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

@Sonya Jones, agreeing with you. Next world cup final will be Kangaroos vs Australia B.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

very poor display by SL. They started the innings as if they wanted to win the match in 20 overs. Wicket was easy and Dilshan should have shown some responsibility.Poor Thisara...match was on their hand. Why need a wild slog? learn from Indians how to accumulate runs in a chase. SL themselves handed the match to india.. and people here say that luck favoured india...Its not luck just a poor performance by the lankans.

Posted by Jose on (August 4, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

Congrats India. However, this win is expected given their excellent credentials in the sub-continent. In addition, SL team is crippled by losing their experienced players. However, if they don't learn their mistakes, they are bound to lose against quality oppositions even in the sub-continent. Rohit and Ashwin should be dropped & ask them to play Ranji. Sehwag should find his rhythm before the series against Eng & Aus begins. Whatsoever, India can play well in the sub-continent and may even beat both Eng & Aus to reclaim their No.1 position. They can hold on to that till they tour outside Sub-continent.

Posted by chokkashokka on (August 4, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

Alright - about time the rankings were set on the right course. Now lets beat up on that hapless at-home-wet noodle no. 1 tst side in November. I hope the curators have been instructions to prepare tit-for-tat wickets that the Indian side were served up. Low slow and cracking up from lunch on day 1. And for all that have an issue with that - its only fair to reciprocate what the English and the Aussies started with the type of wickets they have started to serve up to all the subcontinental sides. When South Africa visits, the english wickets become listless and dried up prunes.

Posted by m1991vicky on (August 4, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

@Arulthomas: If you consider India so poor, then what about your Srilanka. You have not won a single test in India, won only a single test against Australia that too in Sri Lanka, none in Australia...... OMG, I browsed these facts only today....After this I lost all the respect that I have been having for Sri Lanka.... Seriously, I can not believe it!!!!!!!!! What have you done over the past 30 years of competitive cricket??????

Posted by m1991vicky on (August 4, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

@mazii: OMG....In what century are you my friend.... Remember India has won ODI series in England, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (Several Times) and Bangalesh. To my knowledge, these are the ODI teams... South Africa is the only major nation missing out. The last time we came pretty close to winning there with 3-2 defeat...We almost won the decider too... I wonder how many of the other nations havewon in all other nations in the past decade? Only Australia... That too in India, no other. The only thing that makes people like you posting comments like those is that 'India is unbeatable in the subcontinent'. BTW, which in your world is the best ODI team??

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 4, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

sri lankans shouldnt worry abt the loss. they should look at the positives they had in this series. thirimanne and jeven mendis batted well in the series. they should be permenat members from now on. please let thirimanne continue to bat at no.3. sri lanka should look ahead of the future.if sanga returns let him bat at no5 and let mahela to open the innings. also drop tharanga. no more kapugedara please. he had enough chances and he is never going to grab it. guys like thirimanne and chandimal earned their spot by performing well.

Posted by maddy20 on (August 4, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

@Alex Plamer If you are Australian, you haven't won a single test on our turf in 9 years. If you are English, then you have not won a test series in 27 years, got your head handed to you in the last 4 of 5 series(the other being a drawn series). When you beat India in India, then we will accept your a great side. Otherwise, you are just ordinary.

Posted by oopsiedaisy on (August 4, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

To the people who question India's ranking at #2, for your kind information, it is in ODIs. India has always been a reasonable to strong contender for the ODI high ranks. You might want to update your perspective of the 8-0 drubbing India got lately - was in TESTS. Also, if people consider India a good/great team only after India wins against Aus/Eng in their own backyard, the same yardstick need to apply for them too, right? How can someone consider Aus/Eng as good teams if they cannot beat India in India's (or Sri Lanka's) own backyard? Isn't that double standards? India just won a series 4-0...Can we please leave it at that? Congratulations team India...we are proud of you.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

India won! India were world champions(2 World cups , T20WC , and 1985 World championship of cricket), all these in different parts of the world. No matter who thinks what..."India won" period.

Posted by NP_NY on (August 4, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

In one-dayers, India has been unbeatable at home, including the world cup. Now they have beaten the world cup runner-up 4-1 in their own den. The only time they really failed was when they had to play a third string team in England due to injuries (but after that England lost 5-0 to India in India). So India's number 2 ranking is well deserved.

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (August 4, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

Kudos sl for good show india rocks it is sick that few ppl r passing coments on population. Last year agreed india was bad in tests but dont forget we havewon series in eng nz wi and drew in sa aus. In inddia we have whitewashed aus eng. To sl fans dont live in the past that we won in 96 etc. In last 5yrs we have dominated u

Posted by kc69 on (August 4, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Great win for India, and Next on menu are kiwi's,England,Australia and most probably Pakistan(supposed to next tour India this year)

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

i am not a fan of the indian team ( i m pakistani so you get the idea) but i have to admit indian team got the job done.unlike pakistan that didnt get the job done on their tour

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

Irfan once again proved why he is one of the most important players in India, simply can bat and bowl, India do not have many of those all rounders, so we should do our best to support our best all rounder, zaheer i think will stay in shape and play one more world cup, we have Irfan who should be in, and the third fast bowler is one main focus we need, because we wont play two spinners and two fast in aussiewC2015, iNDIA SERIOUSLY need to consider dropping Sehwag from the team, and work on building a better opener batsman, i think ajinka can prove to do well, atleast better then sehwag, and if that doesnt work, well tendulkar is there, and kohli can open as well. i really hope sehwag is not picked in the next series, so we can make our team stronger.

Posted by KingOwl on (August 4, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Given that this was an utterly exhausted SL team putting perhaps 80% effort (unavoidably) throughout the series, SL can be happy with their performance. The young lads did well. Future is good. If the wickets had life in them, SL probably would have won the series quite easily.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (August 4, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

Before the start of this series, I had posted that it is going to be a close contest. Either team could have won. I have enjoyed the high class performance by SL players. Me and my sons have watched the games most of the time and even though we are India supporters, we have great love and admiration for the SL lions who represented their country with great pride and performance. India could have easily lost any of those 4 games - I have half bitten nails to support that claim! As many of the more informed posters on this website will agree, being an India supporter is an act of faith and a question of holding on when the roller coaster performance that is Team India begins. Awesome series and good cricket all round.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

Had India lost this series, it would not have been termed a low key series. That's the modern trend to lower India's achievements. Also, if its low key because of Olympics, then Eng-SA series should also be termed low key.

Posted by cool2cool on (August 4, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

@ Caveman: I have a 3rd question for Alex Palme: Which team was 21/9 and was 47 all out?

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

@rahuldravid_mr.cricket... the icc player rating hasnt been updated... it will be updated in next few days... @danialshah... winners make their own luck... @Sameera Madhusanka Thilakarathna... i dont know which were the poor decisions... there were 2 LBW decision against Sl and hawkeye showed both would have hit the stumps..

Posted by Mali-T658 on (August 4, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

Team India shouldn't get too ahead of itself 'cause of the series win against second-rate Sri Lankan team. Bowling, especially in death overs, is still a daunting task for the team. Hopefully Sehwag and Zaheer hit back form and get going. Coming to Sri Lanka team, they have been pretty mediocre as always. Without Sangakkara and Malinga, they might even lose to Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Associated countries. Hah!

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

Congratz India.... For those tell India lost in AUS, ENG & SA... i want to ask the same team win Against India in India while the tour last time? I Remember AUS 0-2 & ENG 0-1 & SA 1-1. In India the Mighty AUS 4(12)-7(17). In India Super ENG 4(11)-6(14), Even in India SA 1(5)-2(5)... SL never won a Test Series in INDIA till now. Oops even a Test In India SL 0(0)-5(10)...

Posted by cool2cool on (August 4, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

@Sonya Jones: I am also don't like the current ranking system. See a team just lost 4-0 to England and that team is still at the top. A team has not won a single test match out of the last 6 played in India, and still rank higher than India in tests.

Posted by SeamingWicket on (August 4, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

SL play competitive cricket against England in England SL play competitive cricket against South Africa in South Africa SL play competitive cricket against Australia in Australia But SL are like doormat against India, even on Lankan soil

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

@Sonya Jones : i think you should be more worried about Australia losing to New Zealand (a rather weak side) or to England (to whom you have lost miserably) that be worried about world champions!

Posted by Stanmclean on (August 4, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

It's easier to bat on flat and road like pitches, because the pitch offers nothing to the bowlers. The bowl keeps low and comes easier on to the bat. That's why, Indian batman's struggle so much, when they play aboard. Because they can't handle the bounce, seaming conditions etc. India's ranking is funny because in reality they are no better than a club side.

Posted by anObserver on (August 4, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

India, match ready for the next "world-cup", i don't think so with ageing Zaheer to go by then and not playing "Yadav" and "Aaron" and close encounters in which India prevailed due to the "subcontinent conditions". Real test will be in "England-South Africa-New Zealand-Australia-West Indies", where against the quality opposition India slid to a defeat of 4-0 in tests and also in one-days and twenty-twenties. A good make up of the team as suggested earlier "Irfan Pathan" should be in the squad of world cup winning team too, I do not know why he was left with Dravid who would provide such a strong resistance to falling wickets at the bottom. "Kohli" is a star but Gambhir and Sehwag together with raina need to find consistency more, atleast always a half century is expected from them. Ashwin has found a place in team and Rohit needs to be given more opportunity because it seems he will be number 4 for India, tiwary is talented but fight is for overseas winning team and that wants time.

Posted by CaughtAndBowled on (August 4, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Since when winning a one dayer by 20 runs is narrow victory?!?! Interesting.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (August 4, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

Congrats India... its a pleasant series win for India having won 4-1. Irfan has to be regular member of team. Please keep Praveen kumar and Vinay kumar far away from Indian team atleast vinay kumar has some pace. we are depending too much on Sehwag his 96 in first match came after he was dropped on single digit. he shud perform consistently and be a part of Indian team. Umesh Yadav has to be encouraged he is the genuine paceman for India that was found after decades. Dinda although he leaks more runs he has some variety of bowling.how long can we depend on Zaheer will he be there for 2015 ? I pray he does .. Lower order batsman like Tiwary,Raina,Dhoni and Pathan should be able to play bouncers and new ball for India to be successful at 2013 one day championship in England and 2015 WC in Aus . Finally I will be gutted if Rohit Sharma is added in T20 world cup they shud add Rayudu.. Waiting for T20 WC. This is series is a good warm for India

Posted by mark2011 on (August 4, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

@stevegridelly; u ritely said it.. this wining agaisnt SL is very big win to Ind bcos they know thay cant win in othr challenging conditions. too much praising for victory against fairly weaker SL side and that too with exactly suitable condition for Ind. even one analyse the performance of SL they had all the game in thier hand and they put them down due to poor fielding. othrwise it wud hav been easy series victory for SL. it is not that gratnes of Ind but oppositions weakness that let Ind win. so when U have a strong opposition Ind will realise that they were runing on illusion and over estimating themself. even today we saw how they weak agaisnt short ball, Maliga got all 3 wiket from short deliveries.so given the green pitch with good accurate fast bawling, so called INdian batting side wil be blown away within few ovrs.. NO WORLD CHAMPS HAVE LOST 8 MATCHES IN A TROT.. THAT IS THE GREATEST RECORD INDIA HAVE. Keep it going like this India..

Posted by SachBro on (August 4, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

@ AlexPalmer90 Top Bowling Attack, James and Watson??? Seriously, James Anderson, the man who will be thrashed if taken out of his comfort zone and made to bowl in Ind. He and Stuart Broad were intentionally held back by Eng so that they don't get exposed to Indian conditions last year and come up with dismal performances like rest of the English team did in Ind. Watson, a top bowler, WATSON??? You should have named Steyn there, may be Morkel or Ajmal Shah. They are the top bowlers of this generation, not Anderson or Watson.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Even without SRT and Yuvi - our batting did excellent job. Good signs; We are getting habitual of playing and winning matches without our old Pro (SRT) ! It shows India have moved ON and new comers understand their responsibilities very well. Bowling is still a worry though.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (August 4, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Agreed Indian batters dfailed in England on seaming tracks. But then why did the same English batsmen fail on so called flat Indian tracks. Should it not be for them batting on flat tracks be easier ?????

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

Kudos to India. Congrats to Irfan Khan for getting his five-wicket haul. Brilliant stuff.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

India the world champs - Only Ind can win with 10 players and a walking wicket........only Aus ahead in rankings....Wow !! .........Dinda is not world class material bring on a couple of genuine pace bowlers in the team, groom them in line and length and provide them the fast bowler's defensive fields like PK used to provide Waqar Younis and ask them to bowl fast in unrestrained manner. Give confodence to Indian spinners to flight and dont be afraid to be hit for six. With little improvement in Indian bowling India can be the biggest force like Aus

Posted by mazii on (August 4, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

Flat track bullies have once again proven that they are bombastic on road like pitches. Whenever they find some moving pitches their batsmen falter like house of cards. I don't want to take anything away from India but reality is bitter for Indians to accept. Playing in subcontinent and advancing to the number two in ICC rankings is akin a formality because India hampers outside subcontinent and cherishes at home. India is just as ordinary as Bangladesh as far as their bowlers are concerned. Their Batsmen like to play on flat tracks, on the other hand their bowlers frighten to play against good batting side. If winning at home is an achievement then good going India. Keep winning at home and enjoy.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (August 4, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Interesting game. This was the future India team vs future Sri Lanka team and it came pretty close. There were too many double wicket strikes in this game for my liking but good job to both teams. Even though India won 4-1, it would be stupid to say it was an easy series. There were 3 games out of the 5 that were very very close games and went down to the wire. Tiwary made more runs in one innings than Rohit Sharma made the entire series. Surely Sharma has to go? He seems to be the Indian equivalent of Kapugedera

Posted by cool2cool on (August 4, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90 : Ok India lost against Aus and England and is ordinary, but not lost a bilateral series against your conuntry since 1997. Your conunry is yet to win a single test match against India in India. India just won 4-1 against your country in your contry. So what is the level of your contry?

Posted by Sakthiivel on (August 4, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

@ Arulanthomas90 : If India is ordinary then it means SL is poor. 4-1 is the scoreline. lol

Posted by CandidIndian on (August 4, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

As an Indian fan i was not too optimistic about this series due to poor record of Indian team post IPL especially that disastrous England tour last year.I think that 2 months rest did help the players immensely .Beating a high quality team like SL at their home is very good performance , given that they were confident after beating another very good team like Pakistan just before this Indian series.Congrats team India.

Posted by Natesan333 on (August 4, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

@mark2011 Are you saying SL board made their team lose, so BCCI will help them?!! You don't see the flaw in the logic here. If SL team is so good that they can beat India, then why do they need help from BCCI, and if they are not good enough and need help from BCCI, then no one made them lose, they are just not good enough. We have an old saying, to catch a stork, a person wanted to put butter on its head and when the butter melts, it will cover the stork's eye and you will catch it easily!!!

Posted by cool2cool on (August 4, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

If India has not done well abroad, the other teams also have not done that well against India in INdia. Also I don't know why playing in sub-continents/India is easy and playing in Aus/Eng/SA is a real cricket. SA has done better in India but has won only one test series against India in India, no ODI series victory yet against India in India. Australia has lost 4 test matches(out of six) in a row against India in India. England won just a single ODI and lost 15 and tied 1 out of the last 17 played in India against India and not won a test series in last 25 years or so.

Posted by mark2011 on (August 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

@suprabadu, if u think ur team has done miracles in foriegn soil.. that is stupid thinking and illusion only!.. India , SL ther is no big differnt in condition. if u dont undertand that pls ask any of the current Ind player who plays this series.Infact pitches were prepare for Indias favor as it was sponsord by them as contrastiong to wht u normaly see that home country should be doing it, instead it is al indian companies. so it was unimplied condition that playing condition suits Indian team. othrwise what foolishnes to SLC managemt to prepare flat trakcs when SL dont have spinbowler and they know thaT Ind would have strugle for fast green pitches!!.. why it is not done when it is so clear.. bcos BCCI's help to SLC.. they sold their matches this way.making condition for oppositions strength and home teams weakness!!!. stil SL lost bcos of their own poor fielding not bcos of great perfomance of Ind.see today aftr having 5 down, young SL team broght the match to almost wining position

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 4, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

I hope the money generated from this tour will be useful to pay our players' overdue wages from February this year. If you all look at the ICC FTP no India Lanka bilateral series until late 2015 when Sri Lanka will visit India. Good luck to India against NZ this month. I know the animosity between SL and Indian fans turned nasty soon after last year's world cup finals.

Posted by vertical on (August 4, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Manoj tiwary isn't that talented.He cannot play the short ball and unlike raina is late in picking up line and length and finding gaps.He will struggle in overseas conditions.Not to mention has a very ordinary strike rate.Reminds me of few others who have come and gone by like Vijay,Utthapa,Dinesh Mongia etc.While Rohit sharma is terribly out of form there is not doubt that he is a very talented LAZY individual.If he doesn't get his priorities right he would be one of those lost talents....

Posted by Stanmclean on (August 4, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Not sure about Cricket, but if there is any competition for population growth, no body can challenge India. Hehe. England is the best team in the world. Get ready for another whitewash at the end of this year. Enjoy your mediocre team.

Posted by fr600 on (August 4, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

No. 2, really? What a disgrace.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 4, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

@shaantanu, Jindal Priyank made warm comments keen to patch up cracks and I was buoyed by such warm offers. Congratulations to team India. Sri Lanka must immediately regroup and try to excel in the world T20. Also I think our record against India in the years to come will not be good due to our mental approach. I think against other teams we will do far better than this. Hopefully Nuwan Pradeep will start improving like Kemar Roach. India played well so congratulations indeed. I also wish to thank the BCCI for coming down and helping our financially struggling cricket board and such assistance by BCCI must be appreciated. This was meant to be a 3 match test series as per the ICC FTP.

Posted by sam888 on (August 4, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

Hrad to beleive that Dhoni has taken DOSTANA (film) so seriously....otherwise how does he explain the continued presence of ROHIT SHARMA in the Indian team ....I mean ONE guy is selected out of 10 crore Indians ..and if this is the best out of 10 crore Indians then I think high time that DHONI should be reprimanded before he messes up the entire record books for India ....its heights of shamelessness ..besides the match fee which very rightly belongs to some other player DHONI is also snatching away some other players oppurtunity.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

This so called no.2 side, will be hammered even by a domestic team from Australia. haha.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Well done India.But bowling should improve more.Drop Rohit for next game as he becomes a wastes for India

Posted by rkannancrown on (August 4, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

The persistance with Rohit Sharma is baffling. No player in the game's history has been given so many chances and he refuses to grab them. Srikkanth & Co need to understand that beyond talent is a question of temparament and Rohit fails badly on this ground. Yuvraj will surely return at no.4 in the next few months but the selectors now only know that Rohit is unfit to wear Indian colours.

Posted by omkar_hurricane on (August 4, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

What is the point in having a India Vs Srilanka contest when the Olympics is going on.It has been an overdose of absurdity --First the IPL and then a 5 match series with srilanka. There was simply no context to it.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

I am not sure about this ranking, but when it comes to hype and talking, Indians will surely be on top. Lol. India ranked 3 out of 3 in the CB series. They came 3rd in the Asia cup and not to mention, they lost 8 matches in a row. How can such a poor team and group of players, be considered good, when they fail miserably against strong opponents! Indian team will be beaten, even by a domestic side in Australia.

Posted by Alexk400 on (August 4, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

No sanga no fighting from srilanka. Its really pathetic to see srilanka not fighting. Srilanka is one man army sangakara. India always play well as long as Dhoni as captain. He has his magic. That said same indian team won't play well in overseas.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 4, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

Few years ago sehvag said BD is an ordinary team I think he forgot to mention SL team along with BD

Posted by MOHDsarfaraz on (August 4, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

why these people are behaving like politician,we won can't u see guys,by 4-1,i am feeling here are so many chater boxes,and its not for annual updates its whats they are and they deserve it after a smashing wining against shri lanka,jai hind

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (August 4, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

if BCCI stops funding cricket in SL, .,...god knows what would happen?

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (August 4, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90 , do u know SL never won a single test match in India? they will never win until Ind plays test cricket...lol

Posted by Street_Hawk on (August 4, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

even after this no-hit sharma will play for india while manoj warms bench...because he is batting well in the nets n bowling better than manoj in the match...I wonder after his performance in last 2 matches how many chance Manoj will get when he fails in a few because of his lack of so called talent

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (August 4, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

@stevegridley, ENG, SA and AUS are the only places for cricket?I think it's general human tendency to hate some thing if they don't like it and they think that shouldn't even exist. You don't like sub-continent and spin pitches. First of all do you really think ENG is really a good team just because it has couple of good bowlers? Why do you think ENG won the matches recently let's say against India? My conclusion is SA is the only good team I see which performs well and shows good sportive spirit compared to ENG and AUS. Teams like ENG and AUS always prefers psychological plans instead of proper game plans especially when playing with soft teams like India. I don't see SA does that.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (August 4, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

since 1997 SL never won a bilateral series against India. that should be new world record

Posted by sams235 on (August 4, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90: I applaud your spirit to support your home team. But, make sure SL comes 'stronger' before you mock other sides. Just saying!

Posted by dicky_boy on (August 4, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

DUDE ARUNLATHOMAS, WE DONT CARE HOW MANY STUPID TEST MATCHES WE LOSE, WE WON TEST SERIES IN ENG IN 2007, DREW IN SA AND AUS ALSO AND THE BEST THING IS WE WON THE WORLD CUP HAHAHAHOOO!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

@AlexPalmer90 your comments make no sense. There was SWING in the whole series. India have won most of the away except SA. in the last 4 years. they were severely depleted in Eng and did way better than the aussies despite losing.You lost to this SL team 4-3 at home and are taking jibes at India who have beaten them 7-2 in 3 countries?

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (August 4, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90, the SLC which is a poor cricket board that hardly pays its players needs the support of a giant like BCCI to survive. Srilankans badly need to play India to earn some money.

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (August 4, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

India will be judged as a good side, when they actually play well consistently against England, Australia or SA in their backyard. India is still no better side than Kenya, even Scotland is a better side compared to India. The country has 1.2 billion people, but they can't compete in sports, as seen in the Olympics. Australia is going through a transition right now, but we will still beat the Indian side easily.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

There are two things I learn from this series. Manoj, Rohit and Suresh can not be Test match players in all conditions. SL bowling is weaker than India's bowling at the moment.

Posted by sams235 on (August 4, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

@AlexPalmer90: got sick of hearing, India can only play on flat pitches. If thats the case, some countries are grass pitch bullies. They cant play and win on flat pitches.

Cricket has a mix of all pitches. Some are good on some pitches. Aus were definitely good on almost all of the pitches. S.A, yes, to a certain extent. Eng, forget about it.

Posted by Min2_cric on (August 4, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

well many ppl r comenting dat indians r gud at subcontinent...ok let it be...bt also throw some light on how bad sl played in its own backyard...they should be ashamed of themselves..today everyone expects his country to win atleast in their own place..

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

We have regain our spot in One Day. Now it time to regain #1 spot in Test, and then #1 spot in One day also.

Posted by anuj_panchal on (August 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

@ Alex -- watson , anderson world class bowlers ? nd cricket is not just playing in australea nd england pitches ,nd lol why cant ur team win in subcontinent wickets ?

Posted by Amb2India on (August 4, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

@AlexPalmer90: Remember we have won CB series in 2008 against your aussies,I bet ur so called best bowlers like watson,anderrson or whomever it may be,We Indians will tackle them easily as a kid and wait for Australia and England tour of India.We will prove what are we capable and even the Australia is an averaged team as they are capable to perform only in Australia .......... England can maintain their NO 1 status only in their soil ....oustside they are big ************...So do think about the quality of your country players when criticizing India..And be Careful as we are the world champions..............

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

now India Stop DRS u can win without them because luck favours money thesedays Indians books will say 4-1 be honest to yourself @ sachinkhairnar5983 Attacking batsmen for Dilshan is chandimal

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (August 4, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Lol, to the Indian team. We will see if your ranking is justified when you travel to Australia for a series. In the meantime, pls ask your club cricketer's to learn how to play against fast bowlers, especially the rising delivery. We don't want another whitewash, do we!! haha.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

@Alexpalmer90- what your batsmen do in subcontinent then? when did they win here? i can ask for same reason here and lets see how well they playl here in India. can your bowler take 20 Indian wickets in India? can your batsmen make as many runs as our batsmen make? and who cares for your countries, who made it a yardstick, I say play well here then I will consider you a great team.

Posted by sams235 on (August 4, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Haha. When has winning by 20 runs become a narrow win?

Posted by Min2_cric on (August 4, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

wat r d chances of rohit playin new zealand..?? fr me maybe still 100%...coz he is making improvements...earlier he used to score ducks n now a sensational 4...wow

Posted by Sakthiivel on (August 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

@ AlexPalmer90 : When will you beat india in india. When will your bowlers get wickets in india. Forgot 5-0 whitewash.

Posted by balajik1968 on (August 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Don't keep putting India down. Between 2000-2010 India had the best overseas record after Australia. I concede that 2011 was bad, very bad, and that shows that India has to rebuild the side. England was awful for much of that decade, South Africa taking one step forward two steps back, Pakistan was in turmoil, New Zealand have slowly been on the downward slide and West Indies awful. India had not been a dominating side, but they were a side which fought hard, really hard, until 2011. It remains to be seen how the younger players take the legacy of Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Ganguly and Kumble forward. I see a lot of promise in Virat Kohli, not much in Rohit Sharma. Let us see what happens.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

@AlexPalmer90: Dude scoring on any type of pitch requires skill..ask Ricky Ponting if you dont believe me..check the record of James Anderson in sub continent..bowlers like Zaher Khan, Mallinga, are far better than him atleast they can pick wicket in these conditions..I am not considering names of wasim,waquar or akthar bcoz James or Watson dont deserve it..how could you forget that since 1996 Aus has won just 3 test in Ind and lost 10..and during the last tour the Whites (both Pom and Aussies) got washed in Ind..

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 4, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Congratulations to world champs India !! Well deserved victory. Beating SL at home is always a difficult accomplishment. Well played to SL. Wins do matter but in the end there has to be a loser. Sadly, many, MANY people don't understand this concept and it's a SHAME they even call themselves sports lovers. The Indian team cops a lot of flak for no reason. They are criticized when they win as well as when they lose. Some arrogant people say that only India can play in flat conditions. I ask them the same question - why can't any other team (except the Asian teams) even come a wee bit close to doing what India is capable of doing in the sub continent ? England, Australia etc fail so miserably in Asia. They don't even know how to play in slow, low tracks. What should we call them then ? I simply cannot take the hypocrisy of some people here any more. India are the BEST in Asian conditions, period. Take it or leave it.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

BY SENDING DILSHAN TO PAVELION FOR A DUCK PATHAN AND TEAM INDIA SEND THE MESSAGE TO S.LANKA. WE WANT NOTHING LESS THAN 4-1. IN BETWEEN 6TH WKT PARTNERSHIP DID POSE A LITTLE DANGER BUT IRFAN WAS DETERMINED, MAKE SURE NOBODY COMES ON THE WAY TO THEIR TARGET.GOOD SHOW TEAM INDIA. GOOD LUCK FOR 20t AND COMING SERIES AGAINST PAKISTAN .

Posted by Caveman. on (August 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

@Alex Palmer: question 1: Who won the 2011 World Cup, defeating which team in the quarterfinals? question 2: What was the scoreline in the recently concluded Aus-Eng ODI series?

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (August 4, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

India is still ordinary. SL didn't loose 8 matches in a row or be made to look like a club side in England or Australia. Everyone was laughing at the Indian side in those tours. SL will come back strong.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

it was just a matter of time... I m luvin it... gr8 goin Irfan,,

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

hey,why are we no. 2, we & aus have equal rating,but we have more pts. than australia.we sud no. 1

Posted by 99999ggg44 on (August 4, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

where are the srilankan fans now did cat got their tongue.there team has been thrashed thoroughly without mercy by the indians.hahaaa... congratulations to india for giving them such a good thrashing.

Posted by Mahaanama on (August 4, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Even though India statistically won the series unbiased cricket fans know who are the true winners who can play equally better in any given condition. India won today match because of the luck (Thirimanna's run out) even though SL had a young side and India won the previous match with the help of umpires. Anyway all the matches except one were very competitive and exciting and the only one-sided match was the one there a team got bowled out for less then 140 runs in a shameful way when they saw little bit grass on the pitch. That team should eat all grass of the pitch until the pitch becomes a flat track whenever they get green pitches. Congrats SL for scoring 250+ runs in all given conditions. Hope Indian brothers also learn from SL how to bat at any given condition. Congrats both teams for upcoming T-20 match

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (August 4, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

@ Rohan. We are not hiding. SL is still a good team, who has managed to beat your side in the 96 and 07 odi world cup. We do well with our available resources. We don't have 1.2 billion people like you guys. You have so many people, but you still can't field a decent team, which plays good everywhere

Posted by anparhdehaati on (August 4, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

@Rohan I am happy like you are seeing srilanka down. but it wasn't that complete a domination. lankans gave good replies to big targets. I am also wary of this team in more important tournaments, some how lankans play a big hand in India's exit in tournaments. In australia, after Kohli anhiliated (YES) srilanka in a 330+ chase in less than 37 overs, lankans beat australia and India was out. in Asia cup, again Kohli finished big chase against Pakistan to keep India in tournament, Srilanka just had to win against Bangladesh, and they couldn't. One factor is that India usually pits themselves in such situation, but still come on...

Posted by samy195samy on (August 4, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

congratulate irfan pathan and irfan thodi for their efforts

Posted by shaantanu on (August 4, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank: Buddy just because Sinhaya appreciated you a couple of times,you are overdoing your praising part.Of course this match showed that SriLanka have some good exciting young talents and they are most likely to do well in the future but the bottomline of the series is that they have been thoroughly outplayed by India.4-1 scoreline doesnt lie.....btw i m not going to go overboard with excitement at Indias performance in this series.They have issues specially with their bowling that needs to be mended.

Posted by mark2011 on (August 4, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

So well done SL! raising Indi to #2 position.u did a greatful job to India making suitable condition and allowing them to climb up in the ranking.after giving them world cup.. so when they r down in rank, again SL lift IND up!!..so u r realy generous to put yourself in the hole and gave away evrything. No body in this world would do for their opponents like this.. 2 years back SL lift them Indi to #1 position in test match ranking.now again done similar thing ...SL crik board is betraying their team for BCCI's help to SL, strategically SLC management has done nothing to back thier teams and only destroy SL criket..

Posted by CAJOSEPH on (August 4, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

@AlexPalmer90 . . . did you forget the hiding that your team just received in England and BTW.. can you tell me when was the last time England or Aus won a test series in India... everyone is good at home.. when they travel... they are just plain ordinary.... Saffers being the only exception...

Posted by the_enlightened on (August 4, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

I feel terrible for poor Rohit Sharma.The guy has just 13 runs from 5 innings,such a waste of talent.Prove your worth in the domestic games and make a strong come back buddy!!!waiting to see your glorious straight drives and cover drives.

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (August 4, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Good performance from SL, despite missing some key players. SL made many mistakes in dropping catches and missing run outs in this series. Indian team is average, so if we had held onto those catches or got those run outs, things would have been different. SL also needs to get their team selection sorted out. I also, don't know why the board prepared such a flat wickets for the series. Indian batsman struggled and failed in the 2nd match, because the pitch had movements. We should have gone and made similar pitches for rest of the series.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 4, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

Great that Thirimanne and Jeevan Mendis played well and came close without Mahela and Sanga. Good Mahela and Sanga did not play as we must get used to playing the shorter forms without the 2 of them. Just cant understand why keeping on choosing the always failing Kapugedara. Hopefully Mahela does not play the T20 game so that he gets extra rest before the SLPL.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (August 4, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

So many people wonder why India keeps winning matches despite it's okay bowling and fielding. Similarly they don't understand why India was #1 in testing ranking for 2 years. People who don't really understand or care for good sportive and fighting spirit don't really understand why India was top. Those people say India doesn't play like #1 team like earlier AUS and WI did and so India luckily reached #1 spot. India had shown such spirit in ENG, AUS, NZ, WI, SA till 2010 and reached #1 spot. AUS being a top team for almost a decade is in bad form now which happens for every team. India's big weakness is they are soft and doesn't go for ill approaches.

Posted by AlexPalmer90 on (August 4, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Indian batsman's can only play on flat and road like pitches. It's easier for them to score those meaningless runs and records, because when it comes to facing top bowlers such as James, Watson, they easily give up and get out. So, when you beat a top ranked team like Australia and do well against our bowlers, than you will be considered a good team. At the moment, Indian side is just average.

Posted by RahulParam on (August 4, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Just for the record-India will rise to # 1 and not number 2 as the annual update of the ODI ranking table will be published by the ICC which will promote India to #1.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

@Danial Shah.. yes, Indians were lucky because of the shots played by malinga.. dont know if he was playing to win or juss enjoying throwing bat on the ball...

Posted by rahuldravid_mr.cricket on (August 4, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

well we r no 2 again....but can anyone tell me why players rankings or points not updated...or how d system works...coz i cant believe dat virat kohli after scoring 5 tons in 8 matches virat still hs 846 points 5 behind ab devilliers

Posted by AlexPalmer90 on (August 4, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Indian batsman's can only play on flat and road like pitches. It's easier for them to score those meaningless runs and records, because when it comes to facing top bowlers such as James, Watson etc, they easily give up and get out. So, when you beat a top ranked team like Australia and do well against our bowlers, than you will be considered as a good team. At the moment, Indian side is just average and ordinary.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Loved that Irfan Pathan came good ,after being discriminated against for so long ,hopefully hes in the playing 11 for the T20 world cup as well .would also love to see Yuvi healthy and back in squad and Rohit dropped . If they are going to take two specialist spinners ,surely Harbhajan is better than all the other options we have for limited over cricket .

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Lankans were saying 5-0 in favour of lanka at start.Now where are they hiding?

Posted by sumit176 on (August 4, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

@danial shah and again you are coming with fresh excuses

Posted by balajik1968 on (August 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

An ordinary bowling performance by India, but still won by 20 runs. Another area of concern is the extras. India have been conceding at least 20 extras per match. This will be a problem against more disciplined sides which won't concede so many extras. Sri Lanka had a great chance at the start to catch a rusty India, but they failed. Sri Lanka needs to go back to the drawing board. Frankly India won despite not playing that well.

Posted by dheerajshetty on (August 4, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

its a easy win for india, not a narrow win

Posted by superstar100 on (August 4, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

LAST time we beat 4-1 and now again we beat 4-1 !!!! soo it's old saying history repete itselfff !!!! great work by team india wee l played lions !!! best of luk

Posted by mark2011 on (August 4, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

good performance by young srilankan team.u did a good job keeping strong Ind batting just below 300 and almost got the win. unfortunately this time no wikets remaining as oppose to previous chase. Until thisara's wild swing SL had a comfortable chance to win, but their inexperience and lack of patience threw the match away. when balls r ther no wikets in hand and wikets r ther not enogh balls,anyway good effort. see today all batsmen's Strike rate is ovr 80 which you dont see when Sanga was batting becos he eats up all the deliveries. SO IT IS BETER THAT 2 BIG BATSMEN WERE NOT IN THE TEAM TODAY. ther is a good sign for future.Thirimanne batted realy well today and he should be given at same position to bat instead of crwaling Sanga.If we look at future these guys shoud be given oportunity now to tackle presure and rise for the occasion.all the best for future SL team.

Posted by krytya on (August 4, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

As everybody know that Irfan Pathan was included in the team when Vinay Kumar injured. Just imagine without Irfan what will be the results?

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

@ SL .. Sri Lankan Fans: I would like to Congratulate your Team to put up almost-winning fight from no where. Even without Sanga & Jaya, you reached so close to the target. Jeevan Mendis being a spin-bowling genuine all-rounder has been a very good find for SL, he would be very handy in upcoming T-20 WC. Both Sri Lankan and Indian teams rock. :)

Posted by Temuzin on (August 4, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

India should find a few bowlers to become a good team. Part timers will not save India in crux matches all the time. And Kick this Nohit Sharma out of the team. He has no talent whatsoever. The guys was clean bowled with straight deliveries. I dont know why a few bombay commentators keep telling he is super talented. I think they may be watching him playing with gully cricketer.

Posted by CAJOSEPH on (August 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

SL fans predicted a 5-0 white wash of India. In return they got a 4-1 hiding. Hope a lesson is learnt... never underestimate your opponent.... never think that you are bigger and better than you actually are....post the golen era of Jayasuriya and Murali.. SL is all but a very very ordinary team... :) hope the taste of humble pie brings you down to earth... :) LOL 5-0 .. . .

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

INDIA Shares the Rating of 118 with AUS, But Because of More Looses INDIA is No.2, If INDIA WON Another Series it will be No. 1 again in Next Month

Posted by suprabadh on (August 4, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

It is marvelous for our country that those who talked about the performance of Indians on foreign soil should now bow-down their head and appreciate the performance/s of every Indian player. It is a near white wash for the Lankans and Indian should keep our flag flying high from now on wards. Upstage to No. 2 position and redeeming the lost pride is the order of the day. WE SALUTE THE INDIANS FOR THEIR TOTAL PERFORMANCE AND WISH THEM ALL THE BEST IN THE FUTURE ENDEAVOR.

Posted by Stanmclean on (August 4, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Countries like England, Australia and South Africa are the places where your performance is recognised and highlighted. Indian team quite ordinary, because they have displayed how poorly they play against such teams, against their bowlers and in challenging conditions. I mean, the team lost 8 matches on the trot and if they were to face England tomorrow, they would have been hammered once again. Ordinary and over hyped.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Congrats to Team India and Dhoni for winning another series. This is a great win because India played with only 10 players. Our Emperor NOHIT Sharma was persisted with in all 5 odis and as I have been telling this guy is a big Nohit and is not good enough at the international level. he made a total of 13 runs in five innings and was cleaned bowled in 3-4 innings. Now that is so much for the hyped talent of this guy. He is good only in nets with school kids bowling.

Posted by zuber21886 on (August 4, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

where are those now who were saying India would be washed out 5-0, but still India need to think about bowling line-up except zaheer and Irfan, though zaheer needs lot of fitness for backing his bowling. One more quality bowler like Morkel or styen would make India THE INVINCIBLE.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Congrats India. well done. Irfan we are truly happy with your come back. its one of the biggest positives of this series. Rahane needs to be given more chances, and as for Tiwary, i am not sure hes a long term prospect. he looks like one of the batsman from the 90's who can score 35-45 odd runs at a strike rate of 70 (and while that might be good for pakistan, india has too much batting talent for him to last long).

Srilanka has some pretty good future, Jeevan, Kulasekara, Perera, Angelo definitely look like good all round players and thts good news once players like sanga retire. I do think maharoof should be included though, hes a good allround player.

Great series, had fun and better luck next time SL fans

Posted by Chennai_Voice on (August 4, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Whoever is praising India's series win must keep in mind that its a sub continent win. India must prove their talent outside of sub continent. They are still in search of consistent series win out side of sub continent!

Posted by zaknfs3 on (August 4, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Awesome performance India.Best team in the world.The way india humiliated Lanka and its fans thats more awesome.They really needed this,to make them aware where they stand,else they were flying high not knowing how worse they can be beaten in their own den.Only India cud hv done this and they did it,super performance INDIA hats off.

Posted by cool2cool on (August 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

@Danial Shah: Who cares? It will go down in the books as India won the series comprehensively and not as they were lucky...

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

A very Good game of Cricket..! Well played SL...! Thirmanne is the star for the future for SriLanka,I will rate Thirmanne as the next Sangakkara of SL...and Jeevan Mendis should come up the order even before Mathews. I am happy that Indian came to Number 2 Well played except Roith and Irfan is the real Positive from this series...Hope He wil keep his place for ever..

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Well done to India. It was also pleasant to see Irfan performing well with the bat and bowl in this match. Furthermore, Irfan is an excellent player, who deserves to be selected on a consistent basis. His batting gives the team more depth and his bowling has been good since his comeback. All the best.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

i think india havent win this serice clearly because there are lot of por dicissions against srilanka.i think srilanka is the real winnar.not india!

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Again,India were lucky because of that run out

Posted by psy_spy on (August 4, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

Congrats India becoming World Number 2.Exciting match.4-1 India wins....

Posted by EmeraldEye on (August 4, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

A very convincing series win for India. But I would like India to play against Aus, SA, Pak in their current form. I would like to see India play with Yuvi and Sachin if possible for the upcoming series. I wonder how the match figures would have been if these two players had played the series.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

irfan you rocked man i think he is the main positive we got from this series....and high time rohit is dropped..tiwary should be in starting elevn from next time...rahane should come at 3 down...also pretty much impressed with raina and dhoni finishing...no need to say abt kohli the next sachin for india and possible record rbreaker in the future....i think we still need one more good fast bowler

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Complete DOMINATION,ANHILATION and HUMILIATION of sri lanka at HOME.Enjoyed it thoroughly.Hahahaha......

Posted by cool2cool on (August 4, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

So what are the excuses now, mates???

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

i so wanted to say that, MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA .......

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

that's a super win by india

Posted by gt101 on (August 4, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Congratulations India, hope this persists in the future series too

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 4, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

What a match, very good performance from both the teams, Congratualtions to our team India on winning the series by a margin of 4-1 and rising in ICC odi rankings. And well played thirrimanne and jevan. Sri Lankan fans just this team i wanted to see from the start of the series except Kapugedera, Becuase all three seniors players cant play in same match as they will be very old during 2015 World Cup. I hope Thirrimanne, Jeevan, Angelo, Perera, Chandimal and with Rajapakse and Karunaratne in batting and Perera also in bowling with Malinga, Kula, Pradeep, Eranga, Randiv and Ajanta Mendis will make very good squad. To built a team for 2011 World Cup India dropped a World Class Players Like Dravid and Ganguly in the end of 2007 and soon it will be turn of Sehwag. So Kind request for SL board doont see the resullts at present but see the future and built a team. My Question For SL fans is there any attacking batsmen to Replace Dilshan in Odis as for tharanga, Karunaratne is there.

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