Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, CLT20 2010, Durban September 19, 2010

Kumble's scowl and Kohli's agony

You could forget the game before the weekend but tonight, at least, you might take away two expressions from it - a scowl and a distraught face
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Sometimes you compress a game into a solitary expression of human emotion. Shaun Pollock's tears in a World Cup, Rameez Raja's sajda in another World cup, Andrew Flintoff's handshake with Brett Lee or Lance Klusener's icy-cool look back at the devastation behind him after that famous run-out.

You might probably forget this game before the weekend but tonight, at least, you might take away two expressions from it - a scowl and a distraught face. They came at different turning points and captured the moment and the pulse of the game.

Kumble's scowl is one of the most recognisable vignettes of Indian cricket. Today it was seen at various moments when his team-mates fumbled but the severest of them was reserved for himself. When directed against the others, the scowl is filled with anger. When it's his mistake, you can see his face muscles tighten, his pupils dilate, and he grits his teeth and yanks his head away. It doesn't feel like solely a disappointment. It feels more personal than that. That shake of the head is almost as if he wants to throw that feeling out of his body and get on with the game. The intensity is almost scary. Mumbai were tottering at 86 for 5 in the 15th over when it happened. Kumble got one to dip quickly on Dwayne Bravo who hit it back to his right but he couldn't hold on. Kumble lunged with both hands but spilled it.

He said later it was one of those things. That he was expecting the catch but missed it completely. That he didn't put up his hand today and his team lost because of his bowling and that dropped catch. He then said something which captures him perfectly: "It can be cruel even after 25 years."

Now to that distraught face of Virat Kohli. He began his career fairly recently and has perhaps seen more joy than sorrow. Tonight offered a moment of a kind of gloom that only comes after a high. If he had not played a blinder to take his team within a shot of victory and experienced a bit of a high, he wouldn't have been so sad later.

We associate a batsman with a signature shot. Kohli's is that swat-flick that he used so profitably today. Herschelle Gibbs plays a similar shot but much squarer behind the wicket. Moin Khan's version of the shot was more audacious. Back to Kohli. When 40 were needed off 18, Kohli swat-flicked Abu Nechim over midwicket. Flick. Blink. The ball soared over midwicket boundary. When 26 were needed off 10, he played that shot twice to make Malinga wince in pain. When 11 were needed off 4, he swat-flicked Zaheer Khan and repeated that shot again two balls later. Both came off full tosses, the kind of tripe that Zaheer had delivered in an earlier game against South Australia Redbacks.

It came down to the final delivery. It was another full toss, and that too on the legs. Kohli went for his signature shot. Blink. Flick. Four? Nope. Blink. Flick. Out. The ball ballooned up and another youngster Ambati Rayudu settled under it. Kohli was distraught and he sank to his knees. Rahul Dravid consoled him but Kohli didn't move for a while. Kumble later said Kohli was still feeling the pain of that moment. "The previous ball he played the same shot and got a four. On a different day it might have gone over the keeper and we could have got two runs and got a Super Over.. but it was a brilliant knock." Indeed. "Batting at No. 6 in Twenty20 cricket is not easy," Kumble said. "Virat is a young cricketer looking to make a mark in international cricket. I am sure he is a little disappointed that he is playing at No. 6 in our team but the team dynamics are such that we need him to play there. Today was his opportunity; having come close he is very disappointed."

These are the moments you might take away from tonight's game. A scowl of a 40-year old man who feels the pain of a dropped catch, a misfield or a game lost despite playing for 20 years at the highest level and a distraught face of a youngster who perhaps wants to play a match-winning knock that he can remember after 20 years. It was not to be. Tonight wasn't their day.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • on September 21, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    @Samit baigi.... Banglore are in semi finals...CSK also will be.

  • Runster1 on September 21, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    It will be pretty disappointing if non of the indian teams make it to the semis. I hope they will. There is still a chance: RCB needs to beat lions and CSK have to beat warriors. Both teams are very capable of winning these matches. @ROHIT CSK have some of the best indian T20 batsmen in the world. Raina, dhoni, occasionally badrinanth, marali vijay is alright. Dravid and kohli are average at odis, esp dravid who is only good at tests. Just cos CSK are better than u, u dont have to show ur jealousy.

  • on September 20, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Hahaha...here we go then. No IPL teams in the semi final. This is what the Indians boost about and it has come to nothing.

  • on September 20, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    @ Rohit... CSK are useless? whoa..... Dhoni, Raina do well in internationals. Vijay was given chance only once after his good performance in IPL. he replaced the injured gambhir. we need a opener, to replace and vijay was good at that time. tell me who can replace gambhir in consistency as well as performance. we tried karthik, kohli and you knew the results. Dravid is an excellent player, i accept it and i want him to play ODI. but he is the wall, a 1 down batsmen to build the innings. A batsman who strikes at powerplay should open the innings. so dont talk " CSK uselessness " .

  • on September 20, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    @ JIM.... sorry man , i typed the name wrong. my comment was in reply to @ SAVAR KAUL who talked nonsense about Dravid. Hope the indian selection gives Rahul a chance in ODI. we all saw how we succumb in srilanka. we need a man to build innings.

  • Farce-Follower on September 20, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    The Wall will always be one of the Most Valuable Players for India...Just that Srikkanth and Dhoni do not have the intellectual depth as well as an absence of ego to recognise it. MSD will soon sink Indian cricket with his 'all aititude and no skills' policy.

  • on September 20, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    You are quite right Rohit. I am a big supporter of CSK and love all the players. But I do feel that they don't perform in the international level as they perform in the IPL. But the word 'useless' is a bit too harsh. So I agree with you as well as disagree with you. Recently I was following the CSK vs VB game in cricinfo. There someone posted that the only way to stop Vijay from scoring is to put on the Indian jersey on him and he was right

  • on September 20, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    RCB is a far better outfit. They deserved a win yesterday. MI win means that one all of the Indian teams are now on the borderline. Though I have a gut feeling that RCB will pip the Victorians for a semi final berth.

  • evenflow_1990 on September 20, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    they seem more emotional when $200,000 is on the line

  • on September 20, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    yes u r right . it wont effect rcb even if they have won with MI . IF tHEY ALSo WIN they should have to face the simular win suituation against LIONS.MI ARE OUT BECOZ lack of net runrate.as per point table .red backs qualified to semis.LIONS played 3, won 2 and lost 1 net run rate +0.716. RCB played 3 won 1 and lost 2 net runrate+0.852.MI played 4 won 2 and lost 2 net runrate +0.221. as guyana who played 3 and lost all 3.so they r basically out. so in that case RCB has a chance to make in semis by beating LIONS.SO GO RCB!!

  • on September 21, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    @Samit baigi.... Banglore are in semi finals...CSK also will be.

  • Runster1 on September 21, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    It will be pretty disappointing if non of the indian teams make it to the semis. I hope they will. There is still a chance: RCB needs to beat lions and CSK have to beat warriors. Both teams are very capable of winning these matches. @ROHIT CSK have some of the best indian T20 batsmen in the world. Raina, dhoni, occasionally badrinanth, marali vijay is alright. Dravid and kohli are average at odis, esp dravid who is only good at tests. Just cos CSK are better than u, u dont have to show ur jealousy.

  • on September 20, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Hahaha...here we go then. No IPL teams in the semi final. This is what the Indians boost about and it has come to nothing.

  • on September 20, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    @ Rohit... CSK are useless? whoa..... Dhoni, Raina do well in internationals. Vijay was given chance only once after his good performance in IPL. he replaced the injured gambhir. we need a opener, to replace and vijay was good at that time. tell me who can replace gambhir in consistency as well as performance. we tried karthik, kohli and you knew the results. Dravid is an excellent player, i accept it and i want him to play ODI. but he is the wall, a 1 down batsmen to build the innings. A batsman who strikes at powerplay should open the innings. so dont talk " CSK uselessness " .

  • on September 20, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    @ JIM.... sorry man , i typed the name wrong. my comment was in reply to @ SAVAR KAUL who talked nonsense about Dravid. Hope the indian selection gives Rahul a chance in ODI. we all saw how we succumb in srilanka. we need a man to build innings.

  • Farce-Follower on September 20, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    The Wall will always be one of the Most Valuable Players for India...Just that Srikkanth and Dhoni do not have the intellectual depth as well as an absence of ego to recognise it. MSD will soon sink Indian cricket with his 'all aititude and no skills' policy.

  • on September 20, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    You are quite right Rohit. I am a big supporter of CSK and love all the players. But I do feel that they don't perform in the international level as they perform in the IPL. But the word 'useless' is a bit too harsh. So I agree with you as well as disagree with you. Recently I was following the CSK vs VB game in cricinfo. There someone posted that the only way to stop Vijay from scoring is to put on the Indian jersey on him and he was right

  • on September 20, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    RCB is a far better outfit. They deserved a win yesterday. MI win means that one all of the Indian teams are now on the borderline. Though I have a gut feeling that RCB will pip the Victorians for a semi final berth.

  • evenflow_1990 on September 20, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    they seem more emotional when $200,000 is on the line

  • on September 20, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    yes u r right . it wont effect rcb even if they have won with MI . IF tHEY ALSo WIN they should have to face the simular win suituation against LIONS.MI ARE OUT BECOZ lack of net runrate.as per point table .red backs qualified to semis.LIONS played 3, won 2 and lost 1 net run rate +0.716. RCB played 3 won 1 and lost 2 net runrate+0.852.MI played 4 won 2 and lost 2 net runrate +0.221. as guyana who played 3 and lost all 3.so they r basically out. so in that case RCB has a chance to make in semis by beating LIONS.SO GO RCB!!

  • ShreeharshaNT on September 20, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Well said Sajin, Dravid deserves a come back game and what more...he can make an impression in the coming world cup, i dont think there will be any better oprtunity for Dravid and Tendulkar to show the world their capabilities....way to go Dravid..u r a true champion...Mr Selector Srikanth..wake up and form a formidable team for the world cup !!!

  • Hakari123 on September 20, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Guys...Mumbai shld hv been in the semis, due to thr sloppy fielding the last 2matches led them out of the legue. RCB hv still chances to make it to TOP4.

  • Hakari123 on September 20, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    really dissappointed that RCB lost, anyways we hv still chances to make it to the top4, Virat u played a gem of an innings, what to say abt the WALL RD..he has the the temperament that no of the younger lot has in the Indian oneday side....MR.SRIKANTH...pls wipe your eyes..wake up and select Rahul dravid to play for the Oneday side....U need some to build the innings in a 50over game like Rahul....Hats off to the legend WALL...

  • on September 20, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    was really disappointed wen Virat got out...but he really played well.....and RAHUL DRAVID no doubt he played d anchoring innings..but un4tunately pitch hitters like ROBIN,TAYLOR,WHITE couldnt deliver........WALL's innings showed dat heis still having d temperament 2 deliver in ODIs.....so plzzzzzzzzzz mr.Srikanth include him in d one day side and stop giving useless chances 2 d players of CHENNAI SUPER KINGS..

  • Pathiyal on September 20, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    just a change of batting order will do for them. if u look at the faces involved, bangalore is beyond comparision. who can match the capabilities of kumble, rahul, kallis, steyn, taylor combined together? its a supermen's team. hope they will make it somehow!

  • Jim1207 on September 20, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Readers, I didnt tell any thing about Dravid. I actually would like to have Dravid in WC 2011, and ask some youngsters to develop some talent to play well in tests and ODIs instead of just thinking about T20s and doing stunts in the grounds. They do not feel anything when India loses to Zimbabwe twice in a series, but they worry so much for T20s as they eye only on IPL and money, and not about bringing fame for country in tests or ODIs. My worry is, at present, Indian ODI team look very worse that the preparation with these players do not tell that a world cup is just around the corner. There is no consistency in these youngsters in longer formats when playing for India - I just wanted to mention few points I find wrong with these players.

  • Jim1207 on September 20, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    @Srikanth: I agree, I dint say things to bring any doubt on Virat's talent, he has been 50+ in Ranji trophy so far. But what I think is Virat can win a game in ODIs or Tests only sporadically. When the target is 50 from 6 overs, he would play well. But when it is 250 from 40 overs, he would succumb much more. My point is selectors are picking players who play well in shorter formats - Virat, Rohit, Dinesh, etc., One needs to play long innings with full of character, for which you need to have real character too, which they don't have. I do not want youngsters to be submissive, but I don't want Ponting's legacy either in them. It's good to pick them at young age, (it works for Sachin, Dhoni, etc.,), but if they struggle for long periods in longer formats, they should be sent to Ranji and asked to prove for 1 year or so. That's the reason Yuvi never got right temparament even after playing 10 years. I don't want that to happen to these youngsters, let them develop some technique 4 tests.

  • dravidgood on September 20, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    the harping critics of Dravid are advised in good-will to read no further. First, Mr Kohli, take a bow. He has done it 3rd or 4th time, I recall another such quickfire against DC, although we lost that day as well - another story - but he deserves the praise. RCB could not have achieved anything more for all practical purposes from this game. The only hurt could have been if the NRR dropped below 0.74 (Lion's) which meant averting a big loss from Mumbai. (even if they won this game, next one was a must win) And who made sure that we dint loose by a huge margin. Good old Dravid. So in the silent nook of his soul he would and should be a satisfied man that he has done it even in a T20 for his team. So I cant choose between Kohli and Dravid in this game. Who knows what'ud'hv happened if he dint hold the inning while still playing at a 125% sr. India selectors wouldnt do the worst thing thinking about him ahead of the WC.

  • HSAF on September 20, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    For above Jim1207 comment:

    I partly agree you but Dravid has done his best to kept the game alive in the pressure he held on that situation - WhY the popular hitters (Uthappa, Taylor and White) couldn't produce that 4 runs which you have spoken about. Also RD had given the most of the stirke to Kohli as RD knows that he is not a great pich hitter of the ball. And one more thing to say is, "He is not at 24, he is at 37". So he had done a fabulous job for RCB by calculating the overall stats of the game.RD was not only a wall of Indian Team but also a wall (with high Strike rate) of RCB.

  • JaiBhujwala on September 20, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Though a loss, Bangalore can take heart. By law of averages, Kallis and Uttappa should do well against lions. RD looks to be in great form. I think RCB should hold back one of the hitters, may be Utthapa instead of Kohli, so that there can be a flourish in the end. Moreover, Kumble had an off day which is like once in a year...especially considering his form..I think nothing to worry but looking forward

  • on September 20, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    I believe RCB is far better organized and composed than MI... ! though MI has pollard and Malinga as their stars, i believe that RCB with its experienced campaigners has brought in a sense of belonging to the team... something which is missing in the MI ranks... ! why is this important... ?? well lets just say had Mumbai been in Bangalore's position tonight, I am sure no Pollard or Bravo would have rescued them and the pressure would have gotten onto their nerves... but the way a novice like Kohli stood up to the occasion tells loads about RCB as a team and Jennings as a coach... whats more important was that the big over RCB wanted at the end came of the bowling of Malinga, MI's best strike weapon... !! I would still like RCB to make it to the semifinals... they deserve it more than Chennai and Mumbai... Go bangalore Go... !!

  • SajinVarghese on September 20, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Whatever you all say, Rahul Dravid has played an excellent role,the man of 'Cool' & 'All of India',lately not considered for One Days due to Dhon's Pragmatic Captaincy and Veng Sarkar's shrewd selection.Mr.Srikanth,will u please wake up and give a decent opportunity to Dravid to say Good bye in One Days

  • on September 20, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Tonight match, I personnally feel that neither Kholi nor Kumble can be squarly responsible as such things will always happen while players are in tense situation in the middle. But it is Rahul Dravid and Uthappa have to take the blame. Rahul ran for singles to avoid vissibly to face the strike which was a blunder. He should not depend on an younster leaving behind his donkey years of experience. Uthappa naturally has fantastic strike rate and should have tried to be in the middle for some more time before he opened out. He was aggressive early on which was unnecessary. His untimely aggresiveness and Rahuls untimely cautious approach let down heavily the RCB in my opinion

  • on September 20, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    @JIM.....What could we expect from Dravid?we all know he is not a pinch hitter. A t20 team also needs a player like him. he did his role. he didn't waste any balls. he stabilised the innings when wickets are falling. he gave turns to kohli to hit. he punished the wrong balls. he didnt take risk, because a wicket there might be unstablising the banglore as they lost most of their hitters. just think, if dravid is out at few runs, banglore would have succumb like the previous match...and mumbai gets visa to semifinals. atleast now, banglore has a chance to enter semis.

  • on September 20, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    @ Jim1207-I think u dnt like Virat,but to infrm u,Virat has been excellent in Ranji also,along with the fact that he led Inda to the U-19 wrld cup and he perfmed well enough in International arena except for the last tri-series.He is very agressive and passionate abt his cricket thats y sumtimes u see his onfeild antics,may b we expect our young crickters to b docile and submissive,but tyms hav changed.Stuart broad has prblems too,Virat in comparsion is bettr behaved,bt ,may b we expect our young Indian crickters to b docile and submissive,but tyms hav changed.accept n move on

  • India_on_Top on September 20, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    I think....even if Bangalore would have won, they were still be in must win situation with Lions....so frankly this game didnt changed any results....

  • on September 20, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    @ Savar Kaul RD was giving strike to Kohli - the better hitter, and not to forget if RD had also lost his wicket in the beginning we may not even have come close to the total. Guys for most of the innings his score was 50 % of the team score with a healthy RR

  • SajinVarghese on September 20, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Nice representation of two contrasting characters and typical moments,congrats,Mr.Sriram Veera.As most of the Indian cricket fans believe,i am of the opinion that Kohili's inclusion into the Indian team is early while players like Badrinath, Shikhar Dawan are doing their best in domestic matches. Yesterday's match barring Kumble's spilled catch, was one of the exceptional show of Kumble's captaincy.I don't understand why Dravid is not considered in ODI team despite his aggressive anchoring T20 skills.Indian One Day team still need a player like Dravid in No.3 position.Kudos to Vengsarkar & Dhoni's pragmatic captaincy.

  • on September 20, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Kumble does not have right batting order. I think Jack and Manish should open the inning, they both own somany match for RBC and Anil should give chance to manish. One down should be Virat. Dravid should play Badri role in case of collapse he should come and play. Robin should play number 6. Jack, manish, Virat, Taylor, Rahul (if collapse), Camrron, Robin, Praveen, Vinay/Mithun, styne, Anil.

  • on September 20, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Some people might not agree with me on this one, but I feel that towards the end, despite how well he played, Rahul Dravid let Kohli and Bangalore down. In the last six overs, he scored 12 from 13 balls and didnt hit a single boundary. If he had converted just one of those singles into a four then Bangalore would have won.

  • Jim1207 on September 20, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Did anyone see the sledging Virat Kohli did to a batsman in the previous match of this after the batsman was out and when he was on the way back to the pavilion? That's the behavior of Kohli, bad and utter disgust to be in the dressing room with the legends of Indian cricket. He has been arrogant from the start of his international career - spats with opposition, audience and even press in the stadium and also glaring at umpires and even the crying act today - so much for the legacy of Sachin, Dravid, Lax,etc., This guy is a pure talent and I guess he won the U-19 WC. But was brought into the team early when the likes of Pujara & Badri are digging out in Ranji forever. And, he has only brought shame for India in ODIs and T20s so far all the matches he has been playing so far. This match is just a good lesson that character is duly important with ability. One needs to pick a player for India when he presses for selection by excelling in Ranji trophy and not just in IPL, CL T20 & U-19!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on September 19, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    1 thing i never factored into my predictions was Kumble getting pummeled by Bravo who played, to me, the inning that changed the game. Despite that, I still prefer to watch RCB, the way Kumble and co squeezed MI right up to the 15th over was very fascinating. Win or lose, I prefer to see tactical genius of a higher order and RCB did not disappoint too much. MI to me dodged a few bullets but credit goes to several of their individuals for showing incredible guts. MI are now rightly out and RCB I expect to expose the Lions lack of depth but hey, anything can happen and Lions are playing with a lot of heart and equally good tactics.

  • vaidyar on September 19, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    @Guruprasad, perfectly put about the big hitters not coming to the party for Bangalore. At one stage when Dravid and Kohli were batting on, it didn't look possible to get there. Dravid for all his talent and greatness is not a pinch hitter, at least not anymore. Kohli's capbilities as one are also not that known. Given that, I feel they played really well together. Dravid not doing anything stupid and giving Kohli the strike while punishing any easier offerings while Kohli managed to up the ante at the right moment. Would have been a different match if one of the big 3 had gotten a quick a 30 or 40.

  • Guruprasad.S on September 19, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    Nice article on the two visual images of the day. Another one to watch out was the young Abu Nechim. Nechim reminds me of the character Satya (in the movie of the same name). A good knock by Virat, especially his batting against Malinga. Bangalore's loss was more due to non-contribution of the power hitters (Uthappa, Taylor and White). I find it difficult to understand that Rohit Sharma is repeatedly given precedence over Virat Kohli. While both failed in the recent tr-series in Sri Lanka, Virat has a better attitude than the more talented Rohit. Virat's game has improved over time while Rohit's has regressed. In matters of fitness, fielding and training, Virat certainly appears better. Kumble must be disappointed, as he had a rare off-day. Usually he has better bowling figures than the other bowlers in his team, but he was taken apart today. Hopefully he will fight back in typical fashion.

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  • Guruprasad.S on September 19, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    Nice article on the two visual images of the day. Another one to watch out was the young Abu Nechim. Nechim reminds me of the character Satya (in the movie of the same name). A good knock by Virat, especially his batting against Malinga. Bangalore's loss was more due to non-contribution of the power hitters (Uthappa, Taylor and White). I find it difficult to understand that Rohit Sharma is repeatedly given precedence over Virat Kohli. While both failed in the recent tr-series in Sri Lanka, Virat has a better attitude than the more talented Rohit. Virat's game has improved over time while Rohit's has regressed. In matters of fitness, fielding and training, Virat certainly appears better. Kumble must be disappointed, as he had a rare off-day. Usually he has better bowling figures than the other bowlers in his team, but he was taken apart today. Hopefully he will fight back in typical fashion.

  • vaidyar on September 19, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    @Guruprasad, perfectly put about the big hitters not coming to the party for Bangalore. At one stage when Dravid and Kohli were batting on, it didn't look possible to get there. Dravid for all his talent and greatness is not a pinch hitter, at least not anymore. Kohli's capbilities as one are also not that known. Given that, I feel they played really well together. Dravid not doing anything stupid and giving Kohli the strike while punishing any easier offerings while Kohli managed to up the ante at the right moment. Would have been a different match if one of the big 3 had gotten a quick a 30 or 40.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on September 19, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    1 thing i never factored into my predictions was Kumble getting pummeled by Bravo who played, to me, the inning that changed the game. Despite that, I still prefer to watch RCB, the way Kumble and co squeezed MI right up to the 15th over was very fascinating. Win or lose, I prefer to see tactical genius of a higher order and RCB did not disappoint too much. MI to me dodged a few bullets but credit goes to several of their individuals for showing incredible guts. MI are now rightly out and RCB I expect to expose the Lions lack of depth but hey, anything can happen and Lions are playing with a lot of heart and equally good tactics.

  • Jim1207 on September 20, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Did anyone see the sledging Virat Kohli did to a batsman in the previous match of this after the batsman was out and when he was on the way back to the pavilion? That's the behavior of Kohli, bad and utter disgust to be in the dressing room with the legends of Indian cricket. He has been arrogant from the start of his international career - spats with opposition, audience and even press in the stadium and also glaring at umpires and even the crying act today - so much for the legacy of Sachin, Dravid, Lax,etc., This guy is a pure talent and I guess he won the U-19 WC. But was brought into the team early when the likes of Pujara & Badri are digging out in Ranji forever. And, he has only brought shame for India in ODIs and T20s so far all the matches he has been playing so far. This match is just a good lesson that character is duly important with ability. One needs to pick a player for India when he presses for selection by excelling in Ranji trophy and not just in IPL, CL T20 & U-19!

  • on September 20, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Some people might not agree with me on this one, but I feel that towards the end, despite how well he played, Rahul Dravid let Kohli and Bangalore down. In the last six overs, he scored 12 from 13 balls and didnt hit a single boundary. If he had converted just one of those singles into a four then Bangalore would have won.

  • on September 20, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Kumble does not have right batting order. I think Jack and Manish should open the inning, they both own somany match for RBC and Anil should give chance to manish. One down should be Virat. Dravid should play Badri role in case of collapse he should come and play. Robin should play number 6. Jack, manish, Virat, Taylor, Rahul (if collapse), Camrron, Robin, Praveen, Vinay/Mithun, styne, Anil.

  • SajinVarghese on September 20, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Nice representation of two contrasting characters and typical moments,congrats,Mr.Sriram Veera.As most of the Indian cricket fans believe,i am of the opinion that Kohili's inclusion into the Indian team is early while players like Badrinath, Shikhar Dawan are doing their best in domestic matches. Yesterday's match barring Kumble's spilled catch, was one of the exceptional show of Kumble's captaincy.I don't understand why Dravid is not considered in ODI team despite his aggressive anchoring T20 skills.Indian One Day team still need a player like Dravid in No.3 position.Kudos to Vengsarkar & Dhoni's pragmatic captaincy.

  • on September 20, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    @ Savar Kaul RD was giving strike to Kohli - the better hitter, and not to forget if RD had also lost his wicket in the beginning we may not even have come close to the total. Guys for most of the innings his score was 50 % of the team score with a healthy RR

  • India_on_Top on September 20, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    I think....even if Bangalore would have won, they were still be in must win situation with Lions....so frankly this game didnt changed any results....

  • on September 20, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    @ Jim1207-I think u dnt like Virat,but to infrm u,Virat has been excellent in Ranji also,along with the fact that he led Inda to the U-19 wrld cup and he perfmed well enough in International arena except for the last tri-series.He is very agressive and passionate abt his cricket thats y sumtimes u see his onfeild antics,may b we expect our young crickters to b docile and submissive,but tyms hav changed.Stuart broad has prblems too,Virat in comparsion is bettr behaved,bt ,may b we expect our young Indian crickters to b docile and submissive,but tyms hav changed.accept n move on