Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Pallekele August 5, 2012

India winning from tight situations pleases Fletcher

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Duncan Fletcher, the India coach, said it was difficult for his side to follow-up a successful World Cup year with the same "intensity", citing India's lack of home fixtures in the past year as the reason for their poor form, after the 4-1 ODI series win over Sri Lanka on Saturday. Fletcher has had a tough first year since taking over from Gary Kirsten after the 2011 World Cup, with the team losing eight consecutive away Tests, four each to England and Australia.

He said England faced similar problems of relaxing after a successful phase and that the win would provide India with confidence ahead of home matches against New Zealand and England.

"It is always difficult after you have had a very successful year like that when you have won the World Cup," Fletcher said. "I have been involved with another side [England] that did the same thing and afterwards, after having had a successful series, to maintain that sort of intensity is quite difficult because sides tend to sit back a bit.

"One must also consider that since then we have only had one series in India. We haven't played [much] in India which is where they are very strong like any side is. I have seen other sides go away from home lately over the last two-three years and they have all struggled. We have only had that one series [against West Indies] where we played some very good cricket in India.

"Beating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is very difficult. Not many sides have been able to do it. Hopefully this gives the side a lot of confidence. When we get back to India we have some difficult tours coming up and hopefully we can play the good cricket that we know we can in India."

India closed out games from tight situations in the series, and Fletcher said that was something they had been working on. For instance, today Sri Lanka needed 45 from 48 deliveries but Irfan Pathan struck thrice in two overs to seal the game for India.

"There have been problems on previous away tours [when] we have had the opposition in trouble and have not been able to make sure that we maintain the pressure on them and take advantage of that. It is something we spoke quite a lot about - making sure when we get ourselves into a situation that we maintain our concentration levels. I think it is mainly a concentration situation where they think the game is really in the bag, and with cricket today with batting orders going down all the way down to No 9 and 10, there is no way you can take your foot off the pedal until you have bowled a side out. There have been occasions here where we have had a bit of scare, where the opposition have come back at us. But it is nice to see that they [Indian team] have held their nerve and maintained the discipline that we require of them.

"I think it was a very good win from the point of view that we had had a long break [and there was] some sort of nervousness to see how they would start the season. Obviously [we were] going to arrive here a little bit unfit. We have worked on the fitness regime and the results have proven here. They have played some good cricket."

Fletcher said Rohit Sharma - who made 13 runs in five games in the series - was in poor form but would come out of it. "People must consider that he has played well for us in the one-day side before. You have a look at him when he has batted under pressure for us while batting second. So it is not a pressure situation. It is like most cricketers go through a dip in form and suddenly it just hangs in there and they are put under pressure. I am sure Rohit will come out of that situation."

Virat Kohli continued his outstanding run since the World Cup with two more centuries in the series. Fletcher said what was good was that Kohli had capitalised on his good form.

"Normally players can go through short spells where they do well and then lose that form but he has maintained it which is very good."

Irfan Pathan took eight wickets, including a five-for today, in the series at an economy-rate of 5.27 and also performed twice in crucial situations with the bat. "I think he is a very useful cricketer. He puts in an all-round contribution. He is very professional on and off the field. He works hard at his game and he has got the results that he deserves. I think he has got the potential. We just have got to see him progress from here and see how he bowls in India and bats in India. He has done a good job for us at the moment."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Naresh28 on August 8, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    INDIA are better odi team cause of the fact that in tests they do not feel that taking 20 wickets is possible. Once Kumble left they lost that intensiity. Thus it became obvious that their strength is in ODI ONLY. UNTIL THEY UNEARTH A PACE BOWLER and TWO GOOD SPINNERS they will never climb back to NO1 in tests.

  • on August 8, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Can someone explain what is Duncan Fletcher's contribution. The guy himself can't! Someone may be seeing something, which most of us can't. Indian fans are ready, any day, to swap Duncan with his "junior", who is currently coaching SA.

  • jasonpete on August 6, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Posted by Shawn_Holmes2012 on (August 06 2012, 09:52 AM GMT), @ Alex,Steve,Greg and Shawn, why many fancy names just to post the same stuff all over again in every article. Looks like SL team can't play anywhere ,then why bringing all this seaming and swinging condition talks when other teams can't play and win matches in India especially England and Australia .You need to look at your team record here before talking about some other team.all these mentioned names post similar comments under different name. I don't think you are fooling anyone here with your different names.hope you post about your own SL team dismal away record in future posts.

  • Legaleagle on August 6, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    @ Shawn Homes2012- How do you explain India's win in the previous CB series in 2008 if they cannot play overseas? May be you are selectively looking at India's performance.

  • Naresh28 on August 6, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @shawn_holmes_2012 - You also forget that Yuvraj Singh took STUART BROAD for 6x6 in a T20 in DURBAN SA in the first ICC T20 world cup. So dont give us this trash about INDIA only win at home away. You should check cricinfo stats for all this.

  • cricket-is-best on August 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    haha how funny..some people here seems to have ridiculously ordinary logic..any fast bowler say from england or australia taking wickets on bowler friendly seaming or bouncy wickets is great achievement..be it their own ground.bt a sachin or a sehwag hitting a double century in a one-day is meaningless.or someone like kohli continuously hitting hundreds is ordinary.these people jst seem to hide beneath d truth that subcontinental pitches are actualy spin friendly,they seem to be flat tracks because indian batsmen are just awesome players of spin.even somebody like shane warne was smashed by player upto robin singh,forget sachin.n sehwag played him lik a school kid,hamering sixes against spin.

  • on August 6, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    According to some Aussies and Poms, the only competitive pitches in the world is Australia and England. Whenever India wins a series in Sub-continent they are flat track bullies and so when Sachin scores a hundred. When any news appear regarding UDRS, then BCCI is the culprit.

  • sam_screaming on August 6, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Top ranked team like Australia... The top ranked team looked hapless in the seaming conditions in england just a month ago and lost 4-0. Indian batsmen can atleast score on flat tracks. English and aussie batsmen are a failure there too. It is australias good luck that india faultered in the 2nd ODI else india wud have ranked world no. 1. Australia or england cannot be called a top team because they cant play anywhere else but there home. Though they will struggle at home in future due to lack of talent they have. England have already started borrowing players, soon aussies will go the same path :)

  • shantiratnamaj on August 6, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    I do not mean to take anything away from Indians but out of the 4 wins only one was convincing win. the other 3 it was all close battles. For a team that lost to England, Australia, SL in Australia and Asia Cup this series win could be considered a good performance but not at all anything close to a super performance. lot more for Team India to think. Rohit not performing, Shewag not performing, bowlers leaking 250 plus for team without Mahela and Kumar. Its more SL drop than India rise! BUT I AGREE as a SL fan we lost the series and India are winners - no doubt.

  • Arulan_Thomas on August 6, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    india did well but SL was let down by poor team selection, countless bad umpiring and mistake from the board to keep preparing flat pitches after the 2nd odi. anyway, SL will come back strong. but i hope, the board picks the right players. i also think, mj is being overburdened with too much work. sanga should take over.

  • Naresh28 on August 8, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    INDIA are better odi team cause of the fact that in tests they do not feel that taking 20 wickets is possible. Once Kumble left they lost that intensiity. Thus it became obvious that their strength is in ODI ONLY. UNTIL THEY UNEARTH A PACE BOWLER and TWO GOOD SPINNERS they will never climb back to NO1 in tests.

  • on August 8, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Can someone explain what is Duncan Fletcher's contribution. The guy himself can't! Someone may be seeing something, which most of us can't. Indian fans are ready, any day, to swap Duncan with his "junior", who is currently coaching SA.

  • jasonpete on August 6, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Posted by Shawn_Holmes2012 on (August 06 2012, 09:52 AM GMT), @ Alex,Steve,Greg and Shawn, why many fancy names just to post the same stuff all over again in every article. Looks like SL team can't play anywhere ,then why bringing all this seaming and swinging condition talks when other teams can't play and win matches in India especially England and Australia .You need to look at your team record here before talking about some other team.all these mentioned names post similar comments under different name. I don't think you are fooling anyone here with your different names.hope you post about your own SL team dismal away record in future posts.

  • Legaleagle on August 6, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    @ Shawn Homes2012- How do you explain India's win in the previous CB series in 2008 if they cannot play overseas? May be you are selectively looking at India's performance.

  • Naresh28 on August 6, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @shawn_holmes_2012 - You also forget that Yuvraj Singh took STUART BROAD for 6x6 in a T20 in DURBAN SA in the first ICC T20 world cup. So dont give us this trash about INDIA only win at home away. You should check cricinfo stats for all this.

  • cricket-is-best on August 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    haha how funny..some people here seems to have ridiculously ordinary logic..any fast bowler say from england or australia taking wickets on bowler friendly seaming or bouncy wickets is great achievement..be it their own ground.bt a sachin or a sehwag hitting a double century in a one-day is meaningless.or someone like kohli continuously hitting hundreds is ordinary.these people jst seem to hide beneath d truth that subcontinental pitches are actualy spin friendly,they seem to be flat tracks because indian batsmen are just awesome players of spin.even somebody like shane warne was smashed by player upto robin singh,forget sachin.n sehwag played him lik a school kid,hamering sixes against spin.

  • on August 6, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    According to some Aussies and Poms, the only competitive pitches in the world is Australia and England. Whenever India wins a series in Sub-continent they are flat track bullies and so when Sachin scores a hundred. When any news appear regarding UDRS, then BCCI is the culprit.

  • sam_screaming on August 6, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Top ranked team like Australia... The top ranked team looked hapless in the seaming conditions in england just a month ago and lost 4-0. Indian batsmen can atleast score on flat tracks. English and aussie batsmen are a failure there too. It is australias good luck that india faultered in the 2nd ODI else india wud have ranked world no. 1. Australia or england cannot be called a top team because they cant play anywhere else but there home. Though they will struggle at home in future due to lack of talent they have. England have already started borrowing players, soon aussies will go the same path :)

  • shantiratnamaj on August 6, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    I do not mean to take anything away from Indians but out of the 4 wins only one was convincing win. the other 3 it was all close battles. For a team that lost to England, Australia, SL in Australia and Asia Cup this series win could be considered a good performance but not at all anything close to a super performance. lot more for Team India to think. Rohit not performing, Shewag not performing, bowlers leaking 250 plus for team without Mahela and Kumar. Its more SL drop than India rise! BUT I AGREE as a SL fan we lost the series and India are winners - no doubt.

  • Arulan_Thomas on August 6, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    india did well but SL was let down by poor team selection, countless bad umpiring and mistake from the board to keep preparing flat pitches after the 2nd odi. anyway, SL will come back strong. but i hope, the board picks the right players. i also think, mj is being overburdened with too much work. sanga should take over.

  • Naresh28 on August 6, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @shawn_holmes_2012 - Why look at only the recent failures. For your info we have won the T20 world cup in SA, in 2003 ODI world cup India came 2nd to Oz, our Sachin was the top scorer of that tournament, we are the current ODI champs, we have won the U19 world cup twice, and earlier this year our U19 beat three other teams in OZ. So wake and look where these results have been achieved. Yes our current test side has aged stars, but there are youngsters ready fill in - we have Pujara and Chand(current U19 captain in OZ) also waiting. The only area where we fall is with our pace bowlers who dont match the rest of the world. This makes us look bad as a team and then affects our batting side - as witnessed in huge scores which piled up in England and Oz tests.

  • satish619chandar on August 6, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @Shawn_Holmes2012 : Replace India with England or Australia and vice versa for the home team and read your comment.. It will make sense too.. Right??

  • SanjivAwesome on August 6, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    This victory to India will do them a world of good in terms of self confidence. With series coming up against NZ and Eng at home. My attention has now moved to those series - it will be so good to give Eng some of their medicine back now that they are away from home, playing in foreign conditions. Instructions to India pitch curators - needless to say, do not prepare green swamps for the English! Let them adjust to our conditions and convince me if they are lions or pussies outsidetheir wet, cold, green, soggy, muddy, rainy Blighty!

  • satish619chandar on August 6, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @Shawn_Holmes2012 : Mr... Then there are no clear good team in cricket except for the great West Indians.. Despite Aussies winning everywhere, had just a single series in India and that too a 2-1 with one game washed out on final day.. they lost 2 tours here when they were at their peak.. No way dominated in India.. Let us accept one fact.. Every team is good in their home and just struggling when they travel.. India is ranked two not because they are second best, but better than the rest 7..

  • satish619chandar on August 6, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Let us be clear. India had a couple of nightmare sorts of overseas tours. No one is going to ignore it. But why to disgrace their win in series played in home and in home like tracks? How many foreign nations are good in turning tracks in subcontinent? Don't say Australia - They won a game in SL but never mastered spin.. If that is the case, India had victories in all three major nations in pitches which were their forte last decade and SL have won in SA very recently.. A win is a win if you play the game, no matter where you play.. Just because it is in flat track, will you guys be quiet if India loses there?

  • on August 6, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Kudos to the Indian side. Glad to see Irfan do so well in this series. Hope he continues to get selected through. Anyway, India has an excellent chance to secure a series victory against NZ; who has been completely dominated by the WI side in the recent tour. All the best.

  • AlexPalmer90 on August 6, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Fletcher must be glad to see the team finally winning, instead of losing so often. hehe. England will be touring India at the end of this year, looking forward to another whitewash :)

  • ShawnHolmes on August 6, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    India will continue to get hammered when they play on competitive pitches and against top ranked fast bowlers outside their country. A good team, performs well everywhere, not just on flat tracks.

  • ShawnHolmes on August 6, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    How can a team, which is unable to play in seaming conditions, bouncy tracks etc be considered a good team! Indian batsman's were smashed by the likes of James, Watson and co in the recent series. They lost badly in the test series and came 3rd in the CB series. In India, the boundaries are shorter, the pitches are prepared flat to ensure high scoring matches, thus it makes it easier for batsman's to score plenty of runs. Anyway, India can continue to play on these flat tracks but sooner or later, they will have to face top ranked team like Australia, outside their country, and there won't be any batting friendly tracks to help them score runs.

  • ShawnHolmes on August 6, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    India is still a ordinary team with ordinary players. When the chips are down and they are asked to perform against top ranked team like Australia, they will crumble. Most of the players are highly overrated due to their media, and if you judge their performance outside their native country, if you will realize how Ordinary they are. India can only be called a team, once it starts to beat Australia in Australia consistently and plays well against Australian bowlers. India; ordinary and overrated. Deal with it.

  • atin45 on August 6, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Good to see almost all the Indian team players contributing in what ever way it was possible. Happy to see manoj getting some runs under his belt and also showing his skills with his leg spinners. What i have enjoyed the most in this series is the Attitude of MR. Captain Cool (Dhoni), he has really kept himself down to earth even after getting so much success in recent years. Heartiest Congratulations to the whole Indian team on winning this series and for Rohit Sharma i would like to say that people have "good times as well as bad times" so need not worry. CHEERS !!!

  • anver777 on August 6, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Though Ind won 4/1, i think it was very closely contested series..... Hope SL will win the final game (T20) of the tour on Tuesday !!!!! Good Luck !!!!

  • Ross_Co on August 6, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    India still have Five-nil Fletcher?! Look India, 'England' are going to come out there soon & you're going have a real chance for revenge for the drubbing you took last year- are you really going to continue with a proven failure like Five-Nil? Who cares where you are in the one day rankings, its only tests that get remembered & Five-Nil has been the kiss of death for both 'England' & India - whoever has him is going to lose for sure. Gift him to 'England' when they arrive; lock him in a cupboard for a couple of months; send him on holiday. Do anything you can to get rid of him, he's presided over more white washes than Tom Sawyer.

  • on August 6, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    the biggest difference between Gary Kirsten and Fletcher is how they both referred to the Indian team..while Gary always referred to it as "us" or "we"..Fletcher always seems to use the words "they" and "them"... DF would do well to take a bit of ownership..and build the sense of belonging... its a key trait of successful teams.. a collective effort :)

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 6, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Thanks to all Lankan fans for wonderful series of arguments....Some of them are decent and fair but some others where childish like comparing Dilshan as equal to Sachin and Sangakkara as equal to Dhoni and hence predictions like 5-0, 4-1, 3-2 victory to Lanka!. Hope they will do more sensible predictions next time!

  • harry_1109 on August 6, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Great Show India... All the best for a ahead games....

  • vinayespn on August 6, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Indian team has again dominated on sub-continent wickets. It was heartening to see Indians hungry for success in the last match even after winning the series. There are lot of positives to take out from this series - Irfan's allround abilities, Gambhir n Virat becoming mainstays of Indian ODI batting. This series augurs well for Indians in the upcoming T20 WC. Fletcher would be mightily pleased with this result. As a coach at this level, he is not expected to teach Virat how to play outswinging deliveries or how to bowl yorkers for fast bowlers. It is about building a team who can play for each other and enjoy each others success. Our players are talented, practice regularly and that is the reason they are in the team. All they would need is proper game plans, roles in the team, mental toughness to come out of pressure situations. He got to work closely with Dhoni, Zaheer and other fast bowlers and make better plans against each batsmen in the opposite team.

  • harry_1109 on August 6, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    of course Rohit is a great player but in this series he had evaporated our Hopes....

  • on August 6, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Congrats India for a superb series win with an allround performance.Hopefully Sri Lanka will learn from their mistakes and very irresponsible attitudes and performance except for some individual brillance.As India had wrapped up the series I expected some of the senior Indians to take a break instead of our own skipper who decided to skip the game.This only shows the commitment and attitude of Dhoni and his team to ensure that the best team played at all times.

  • on August 6, 2012, 4:51 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....17.raina

  • on August 6, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Mr Fletcher Why giving Rohit Sharma opportunity again and again through him out..get badrinath or kaif in...or any other all-rounder or batsmen..Rohit is wasting his opportunity many times,tiwary proved his skill...then why again this Rohit...geta new one in the T20 match at least...Rahane is good replacement for Rohit for T20.

  • Nadeem1976 on August 6, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Great job India, good win. have fun and move on.

  • Prem2248 on August 6, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    The losing to India even at 5- nil margin is not a disgrace because, The amount of encouragement and support that has been given to Sports, Cricket in particular by the Indian media is so immense. Me as a SLan, can't imagine the respect and value it gives to Indian cricket & its Cricketers even though India has World's leading sportsmen in various other fields, which makes me feel somewhat jealous over it at times. I must admit that the neighbor Countries such as SL, Pak, B'desh,… too are hugely benefited by the Indian media's (24-hour, Satellite Sports TV) encouragement given towards this great Game. Interestingly SLan fans know more about the Indian Domestic players rather than their own as they are very much unaware about the things taking place in their own Domestic Cricket.Even the performances of quality young players have never been highlighted thus contributing J&Ps to bring in more of their henchmen.

  • on August 6, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    this guy over here from Sri Lanka is obviously trying to throw off people by saying jadeja needs to be in the team.... its okay man i understand lanka lost, doesnt mean you need to give us a weaker team to beat us. Irfan pathan is better then jadeja on any given day except the fielding part, and that fine because we can use somone who can bowl and bat well, we have plenty of fielders.

  • meastrostroke on August 6, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    some people saying irfan pathan is a genuine allrounder. When was the last time irfan had an economy rate of 5 or less. . Ravindra jadeja s still better than him in bowling and fielding. And also jadeja finishes his over in less than 2 or 3 mins. This s really a boost for dhoni as he often gets penalised for slow rate. Ravi jadeja has better average and more 50's than irfan. He is matured now. Give him a consistent chances. Make him number 4 batsman and see how he scores. He s perfect at that position rather than no.7

  • on August 6, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Mr.Fletcher..its a 'we' having a break or performing well/badly...or whatever..I dont understand why he is referring to the team as they on many occasions..He is not being a part of the team..may be he feels above them..For god's sake..work successfully on something mate..I havent seen even one area where we have improved since he has taken over..Always boasting of people who play we with/without his support..even now..Kohli has his little weakness against ball seaming away from just outside off and ball seaming in from good length from off to middle..Why arent you working with him?? He is the future..please...and his allround skills..develop him as a bowler..why just 1 over to him each match??

  • theswami on August 6, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Test team for India: Sehwag, Gambhir, Laxman, Tendulkar, Kohli, Pujara, Dhoni, Ashwin, I.Pathan, Khan, U.Yadav/P.Ojha. Reserve Batsmen: S.Badrinath, M.Tiwary. Reserve Bowlers: P.Kumar, A.Mishra. Reserve Wk W.Saha. If any player fails badly in the 1st test get Badri in.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on August 6, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    @ChuckyDoll Is there anything at all you know about cricket, dear?

  • serious-am-i on August 5, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Duncan and his team really need to make the bowlers bowl the yorkers in the death overs, I have hardly seen any one bowling yorkers in the final overs & bowl few in the early spells as well. Some times they give me an impression as if there is no ball called as yorker. What ever variations we see are mostly slow bouncers or slow balls no cutters either, don't know where the art has gone, if these bowlers can't bowl them on their own can't they try and at least put an effort for god's sake. Duncan must make sure he enforces BCCI to send in more "A" team and U-19 matches in aus/eng/saf & if possible send players to county outing as well for better preparedness & mental toughness.

  • on August 5, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Mr. Fletcher....with all due respect...it's difficult to digest this reason of repeating of success the next year is difficult ....Westindies and Australia had shown in the past that it is possible to repeat the success of previous year...

  • on August 5, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    plz turn off to ashok dinda.... and enter to yadav or ......

  • ChuckyDoll on August 5, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    @Sarang Desphande. Add to your comments....... by the time it is time to play outside subcontinent, Fletcher will resign and be gone. He is here only to savor the success in the subcontinent and beef up his resume. Then the excuse will be that "The team is rebuilding".

  • ChuckyDoll on August 5, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Yeah.. right! Now he comes out to take all the limelight. Where was he when it was time for brickbats after England and Australia debacle. Coward Fletcher! Don't take credit for this. You have done nothing and team has not anything different than last year. Sehwag is always a hit-or-miss, death bowling is as poor as ever, over-reliance on individuals is the same, no replacement for Zaheer on the horizon, Irfan (I'm happy for him) is just a band-aid, Rohit Sharma is an utter failure, Tiwary will struggle massively outside sub-continent.

  • on August 5, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    I got a couple of questions for Mr. Fletcher. First, if from your experience with England, if you knew teams tend to relax and lose after winning a significant event, then is it not your responsibility to ensure that did not happen? If you cant stop it, then whats the point of saying, that you have experience to help this team do well? Second, as per your comment, if teams can do well only in their own backyard then why worry about hiring you as a coach? India has always done well in the subcontinent regardless of coach or no coach.

    i really think, we need to toss this guy out. for the millions he is paid, hes utterly useless. i hope he has some skills in uncovering talent and we should use him in that direction. just get some coach whos paid a small salary to go along with the team and save the money to develop cricket over the country.

  • vrn59 on August 5, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    India Test XI: Gambhir, Sehwag, Pujara, Tendulkar, Laxman, Kohli, Dhoni (C&wk), Ashwin, Zaheer, Yadav, P Ojha (should work in subcontinent)

    India ODI and T20 XI: Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Rohit/Tiwary, Raina, Dhoni (C&wk), Irfan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Yadav, P Ojha

    12th man in all three teams: Rahane

  • on August 5, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    India Has to play in the Dharamsala before for series against England in England So that the players can adopt to the conditions and play well in those conditions @ AvidCricFan

  • on August 5, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    simply drop rohit bring others..but it will never happen in India due to politics..he will sure get a chance in test up coming test against newzeeland

  • on August 5, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Rohit sharma missed the golden chance in sri lanka..Whatever he will do..he will in the team for next 5-10 years as a preserve player..If anybody will injure then surely rohit will get a chance in the team bcz of politics.

  • AvidCricFan on August 5, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    BCCI needs to focus on making the likes fo Yadav, Aaron, Ishant and select few from under 21 fast bowlers and groom them properly. I don't think Zaheer can be relied to deliver in the next WC. He will be spent or retiered bowler by the time of WC. Most of his career, Zaheer had been good to extract 2-3 wickets not run through batting line up.

  • on August 5, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Congratulation to Indian team.They should keep the momentum going as the T20 world cup is quite near. Positives from the series is Irfan Pathan"s all round performance. As for the likes of Kohli,Raina and Gambhir, they were always great players. Dhoni should make Pathan a regular member of the team. We have had enough of the Jadeja SHOW we should not waste any more time in him dear Dhoni and Srikkanth. we should give Pathan more and more chance to get matured as a professional allrounder and just do not drop him after a bad series.

  • AvidCricFan on August 5, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    India's losses in England and Australia were not due to players losing intensity. They were mostly due to bad selection (aging players), lack of talent and skills to handle pace and movement on bouncing track. Indian was mediocre on bowling, fielding and batting in England and Australia. Nothing has changed in these areas. Since most of the cricket this year is in subcontinent, the players, coaches and BCCI will trumpet the resurgence and results. The team will continue poor run when playing outside of subcontinent.

  • skalwani on August 5, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    I have noticed a lot of comments placing a great deal of hopes pinned on Yuvraj. But keep in mind that it may still be months before he can start performing at the highest levels. In the meantime, as much time in the middle to several contenders must be given. As for pace bowlers - they need to cultivating them now before it is too late.

  • on August 5, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    smas 235 rohit won us both series against westindies in india and in westindies in seaming conditions otherwise we have lost those series your tiwari cant play short ball

  • on August 5, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is one of the few players who cannot translate his talent in match-winning performances barring Ranji and IPL.. He is very laidback and casual.. Suresh Raina maynot be that talented but he is certainly hardworking.. Jadeja in my opinion was always a waste of space.. Dont know why he got so many oppurtunities. Pathan is a geniune all-rounder.. In the next 5 years, he will be in the league of Kallis, Shakib, etc..

  • on August 5, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    The heroes of this series were Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, and Irfan Pathan. Hats off to everyone and a great team effort.

  • Percy_Fender on August 5, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    For all the people who talk ad nauseum about sub continent conditions and India only doing well on those but poorly elsewhere,let me mention that cricket was originally meant to be played by the Commonwealth countries as it is even now. This meant that all the countries had to play against each other at home and away. Right now there is no team that is good both at home and away.As in everything else,there has to be a contradiction.And so it is with my observation preceding.South Africans strangely,are better away than at home.But other than that the rule for the present period is that almost all countries are kings only at home.So it is that Australia who seemed so invincible at home in 2011 lost all the ODIs purportedly as an Ashes trailer,in England this summer.West Indies drew the ODIs against them as well. England after they became No 1 was thrashed 3-0 by Pakistan albeit in the arid deserts of Sahara. Sri Lankans who were kings at home however have lost this time badly at home.

  • on August 5, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    haa haa! now for next year or so we are not touring any alien conditions! We will see a lot of accolades flowing for all the batsmen....and the moment we step outside...and face Pattinson, Styen, Anderson and the likes....we will be slaughtered! Njoi this till it lasts!

  • samvarma on August 5, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    India should aim at really improving the quality of bowling. The killer instinct is still missing !..bowling caoch needs to put in more work.

  • on August 5, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    gambhir,kohli,raina,dhoni,tiwari and irfan all have won the matches in this series !! it was quiet a team effort .once yuvi comes door will be automatically shut on rohit's face without any doubt !! raina,kohli and gambhir have a pride when they play for india i had never ever seen tht in rohit not even a single time !! thats where raina and kohli are prospering and where rohit is failing.rohit just was never serious to win games for india !! comparatively he has more pride when he plays fr mumbai ranji team or mumbai indians thts the fact !! we need ppl who give all their best for the country on the field not some lazy players who take every thing for granted !! no offence intended

  • Naresh28 on August 5, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    One GLARING FAULT is the INDIAN PACE BOWLING. It has been POOR and is a worry since ZAKS is on the downhill. We need a new bowler to take over from him. Who will stand up? Zaks has done a sterling job on his own up to now. It is adding more pressure as before we had KUMBLE, a spinner backing him up.

  • QingdaoXI on August 5, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Poor Flecther get a chance at last to speak something about his team, after joing the team he has seen more failures than success. Flecther record as coach of India Test: 11 Win 2 Loss 8 Draw 1, ODI Match: 30 win18 loss 10 Tie 2. T-20 : Matches:4 Win 1 Lose 3.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 5, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    This series win by India has certainly burnt some people's hearts. Cheers !

  • on August 5, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Indians have always looked threatening on sub-continent pitches and i'm in no surprise to see them playing some immaculate cricket this time too, they're probably the best subcontinent team.

    But all of a sudden everything changes while playing in foreign conditions. They hate the breeze, the swing & seem, the extra bounce extra pace , the spinners don't get that drift, the spin, pacers look embarrassing. Things have still not changed it's just that they have returned to the place where they feel more comfortable !

  • on August 5, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    The talent India has now under lights of Koghli,Gambhir,Raina and the man whos return we all are waiting desperately YUVRAJ would make this side the most dominating for next WORLD CUP for sure.Good job keep on rocking guys.

  • sams235 on August 5, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    "Fletcher said Rohit Sharma - who made 13 runs in five games in the series - was in poor form but would come out of it."

    When was in good form?! Please drop him, give someone else a chance.

  • Percy_Fender on August 5, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher is a highly regarded and respected coach who unfortunately for him took this job after Gary Kirsten's successful tenure.It was his bad luck that India undertook two of the toughest countries to tour,England and Australia in a period of six months.That must be a first also.Of any team visiting England and Australia within a period of six months. As we all know India lost badly in both these countries.Now that the worst seems behind them let us hope that the well earned reputation of Duncan Fletcher comes to the fore and India do well in the coming months against strong sides.Apart from cricket,I wish Duncan,who is so obviously form the old school,would instill some dress sense in his wards. The men in blue must be told that they should dress up appropriately for the award ceremony that follows after the match. It is painful to see well educated young men like Gambhir come out in hawaii chappals to collect their awards. Also about the need to take off their caps.

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  • Percy_Fender on August 5, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher is a highly regarded and respected coach who unfortunately for him took this job after Gary Kirsten's successful tenure.It was his bad luck that India undertook two of the toughest countries to tour,England and Australia in a period of six months.That must be a first also.Of any team visiting England and Australia within a period of six months. As we all know India lost badly in both these countries.Now that the worst seems behind them let us hope that the well earned reputation of Duncan Fletcher comes to the fore and India do well in the coming months against strong sides.Apart from cricket,I wish Duncan,who is so obviously form the old school,would instill some dress sense in his wards. The men in blue must be told that they should dress up appropriately for the award ceremony that follows after the match. It is painful to see well educated young men like Gambhir come out in hawaii chappals to collect their awards. Also about the need to take off their caps.

  • sams235 on August 5, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    "Fletcher said Rohit Sharma - who made 13 runs in five games in the series - was in poor form but would come out of it."

    When was in good form?! Please drop him, give someone else a chance.

  • on August 5, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    The talent India has now under lights of Koghli,Gambhir,Raina and the man whos return we all are waiting desperately YUVRAJ would make this side the most dominating for next WORLD CUP for sure.Good job keep on rocking guys.

  • on August 5, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Indians have always looked threatening on sub-continent pitches and i'm in no surprise to see them playing some immaculate cricket this time too, they're probably the best subcontinent team.

    But all of a sudden everything changes while playing in foreign conditions. They hate the breeze, the swing & seem, the extra bounce extra pace , the spinners don't get that drift, the spin, pacers look embarrassing. Things have still not changed it's just that they have returned to the place where they feel more comfortable !

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 5, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    This series win by India has certainly burnt some people's hearts. Cheers !

  • QingdaoXI on August 5, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Poor Flecther get a chance at last to speak something about his team, after joing the team he has seen more failures than success. Flecther record as coach of India Test: 11 Win 2 Loss 8 Draw 1, ODI Match: 30 win18 loss 10 Tie 2. T-20 : Matches:4 Win 1 Lose 3.

  • Naresh28 on August 5, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    One GLARING FAULT is the INDIAN PACE BOWLING. It has been POOR and is a worry since ZAKS is on the downhill. We need a new bowler to take over from him. Who will stand up? Zaks has done a sterling job on his own up to now. It is adding more pressure as before we had KUMBLE, a spinner backing him up.

  • on August 5, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    gambhir,kohli,raina,dhoni,tiwari and irfan all have won the matches in this series !! it was quiet a team effort .once yuvi comes door will be automatically shut on rohit's face without any doubt !! raina,kohli and gambhir have a pride when they play for india i had never ever seen tht in rohit not even a single time !! thats where raina and kohli are prospering and where rohit is failing.rohit just was never serious to win games for india !! comparatively he has more pride when he plays fr mumbai ranji team or mumbai indians thts the fact !! we need ppl who give all their best for the country on the field not some lazy players who take every thing for granted !! no offence intended

  • samvarma on August 5, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    India should aim at really improving the quality of bowling. The killer instinct is still missing !..bowling caoch needs to put in more work.

  • on August 5, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    haa haa! now for next year or so we are not touring any alien conditions! We will see a lot of accolades flowing for all the batsmen....and the moment we step outside...and face Pattinson, Styen, Anderson and the likes....we will be slaughtered! Njoi this till it lasts!