India v Sri Lanka, tri-series, Kingston July 3, 2013

India given 'reality check' - Kohli

ESPNcricinfo staff
65

Sri Lanka inflicted a number of unsightly statistical wounds on India during their bonus-point victory at Sabina Park, a performance Virat Kohli called a "reality check" for a team that had suffered two defeats in the Caribbean after winning the Champions Trophy in England. India's chances of making the tri-series final are now diminished, because they need to win both remaining matches and hope West Indies beat Sri Lanka to avoid needing a bonus point.*

"We have to analyse what we did wrong. We have two more games to go," said Kohli, who was standing in for MS Dhoni in his first ODI as captain, after the 161-run defeat. "This is going to hurt the guys a little bit."

India's bowlers did not challenge the Sri Lankan openers after Kohli had won the toss; the upshot was a 213-run opening stand and the first time that a team batted 50 overs in the first innings of an ODI without losing more than one wicket.

"It was a tough day at the office. We were not up to the mark with the ball," Kohli said. "The Sri Lankans batted really well, and we did not. To chase down 349, you need a quick start, we were not able to do that, that did not give us momentum."

India were dismissed for 187 in the 45th over, managing only 13 more than Upul Tharanga's individual contribution to Sri Lanka's 348, with Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten 49 being the top score.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews had been dismayed at losing the toss but was thrilled with how the match played out. "We needed that, especially after losing the toss, we were on the back foot. Mahela showed his class. Upul struggled a bit initially but batted through and was brilliant later.

"We needed to get that 250, bowlers never let us down if we score 250. Hats off to Mahela and Upul. I am doing my bit the way I can."

The unbeaten 174 was important to Tharanga because not only was it his best ODI score, but it had come after he was recalled to the squad due to an injury to Tillakaratne Dilshan. Tharanga had been sidelined since January.

"We needed to get a start because we lost the toss on a sticky wicket," Tharanga said. "The first ten overs were crucial. They [India] bowled well upfront. So we had to ride that, and then we put the pressure back on them."

*0650 GMT The sentence had said that India needed to win at least one of their remaining games with a bonus point. This has been amended.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • NavalKishor on July 3, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    India need solidity in batting as flair works for sometimes and is not the substitute of solidity as provided by someone like Dravid in very good days of India cricket. It is so true for bounce and swing conditions (India did well in CT as nature of pitches allowed very 'unbritish' play!). I think, India should find a place for Pujara in ODI line up keeping 2015 World Cup in mind, which will be held in bouncy conditions of Australia and New Zealand. He has phenomenal record in List A games, and proven performer. He should be given a longer run and we will be so well placed against all attacks in all conditions. To me, he is the most worthy to play sheet anchor role as Dravid so wonderfully did for India.

  • Manowara on July 9, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Real metal of SL cricketing talent is tougher than what India estimated. Every team under go the phase of transition in to new talent. Once they are settled in there respective place and job in the team we can see the tough fight from them. In that process every body get chance to compare the future of SL team with A team. The real depth of it will come to surface in time once when they are in position to replace Mahela, Sanga, Tharanga and Dilshan with young players. All the self placed cricketing nations will feel the hammer of young SL cricket after that. Until then this type of condemning and taring can be seen from Indian fans.

  • Manowara on July 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Wonder why every body wearing fancy glasses in the field. but not when they bat. That did not prevent them from dropping catches and sloppy fielding. Is there any control over these show offs of players in International level.

  • on July 4, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Ishant sharma should have a hair cut...:)

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on July 4, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Many people say that Varat is not cool captain. Make Raina or Rohith captain of Indian team. They are cool in nature. What a rubbish. Dravid and Sachin also very cool. Daada is not cool in many Situation. Give Virat 2 or 3 Match. If he failed then make comment. Doni started to lead India in WC T20. After winning T20 he failed miserably in 50 over game against Aus, that is also in India. After that he became master in 50 over format. But he failed in T20. This is not his failure. This is teams failure. T20 is different than 50 over. India also done good thing till 20 over against SriLanka. They done good against WI also while defending the total. Virat also become good captain as Dhoni. Comparing Virat with Dhoni is foolish thing. One is master in Captain and other is try to become good captain. Not only captain, team management decides the playing XI. Droping Bhuvi is not good thing. Droping him is not done by Virat alone. Team management done that.

  • jango_moh on July 4, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    i hope the fans are more patient with this team, and dont start bashing them straightaway... this is a young team, and this will happen!!! hope india does well in the remaining games atleast, even if they dont make it to the final.....

  • sal7 on July 4, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    @ rajesh_singhSTM- Couldn't agree with you more about Dhoni! Some people still hilariously attribute his success to luck. I commented about this on this page yesterday, but recently my comments never seem to get published!

  • NareshPodi on July 3, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Kohli is the future indian Captain... Not a great start. But not all great starts will continue to do great things. Remember 'Titanic ship', it stated greatly but sinked. and remember 'Usain Bolt', he starts slowly, but finishes perfectly. Kohli is a fast learner. He led the U-19 team to win the world cup. He will definitely comeback greatly. If fielders did not do well on the ground, even Dhoni can't do great things. Kohli needs support from all team members.@Team members, Please support Kohli as you support Dhoni. RGS and DK should avoid thinking about their place in the team. then only, they will flourish. Make use of these chances and play well. @Kohli, do not make your captaincy affect your batting skill. ALL THE BEST TO KOHLI AND HIS TEAM...! I wish Kohli will be the greatest captain ever..

  • on July 3, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    There is too much cricket being played. That explains India's sloppy fielding. Give us all a break. We just finished watching the Champions trophy. Now another tri-series. What next?

  • rajesh_singhSTM on July 3, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    A once in a blue moon innings by Tharanga aided by some inexperienced captaincy by Kohli and some young India bowlers has finally handed SL a win over India. Nothing to be alarmed about it. Having said that SL openers did play well but unfortunately this win came in league match over India and not in some final or semifinal of global tournament. Surprised that SL managed to win one match after such a long long time against India and yet no one is attributing it to luck factor wheras Dhonis/Indias winning WC2011 and CT2013 is attributed to luck.

  • NavalKishor on July 3, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    India need solidity in batting as flair works for sometimes and is not the substitute of solidity as provided by someone like Dravid in very good days of India cricket. It is so true for bounce and swing conditions (India did well in CT as nature of pitches allowed very 'unbritish' play!). I think, India should find a place for Pujara in ODI line up keeping 2015 World Cup in mind, which will be held in bouncy conditions of Australia and New Zealand. He has phenomenal record in List A games, and proven performer. He should be given a longer run and we will be so well placed against all attacks in all conditions. To me, he is the most worthy to play sheet anchor role as Dravid so wonderfully did for India.

  • Manowara on July 9, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Real metal of SL cricketing talent is tougher than what India estimated. Every team under go the phase of transition in to new talent. Once they are settled in there respective place and job in the team we can see the tough fight from them. In that process every body get chance to compare the future of SL team with A team. The real depth of it will come to surface in time once when they are in position to replace Mahela, Sanga, Tharanga and Dilshan with young players. All the self placed cricketing nations will feel the hammer of young SL cricket after that. Until then this type of condemning and taring can be seen from Indian fans.

  • Manowara on July 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Wonder why every body wearing fancy glasses in the field. but not when they bat. That did not prevent them from dropping catches and sloppy fielding. Is there any control over these show offs of players in International level.

  • on July 4, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Ishant sharma should have a hair cut...:)

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on July 4, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Many people say that Varat is not cool captain. Make Raina or Rohith captain of Indian team. They are cool in nature. What a rubbish. Dravid and Sachin also very cool. Daada is not cool in many Situation. Give Virat 2 or 3 Match. If he failed then make comment. Doni started to lead India in WC T20. After winning T20 he failed miserably in 50 over game against Aus, that is also in India. After that he became master in 50 over format. But he failed in T20. This is not his failure. This is teams failure. T20 is different than 50 over. India also done good thing till 20 over against SriLanka. They done good against WI also while defending the total. Virat also become good captain as Dhoni. Comparing Virat with Dhoni is foolish thing. One is master in Captain and other is try to become good captain. Not only captain, team management decides the playing XI. Droping Bhuvi is not good thing. Droping him is not done by Virat alone. Team management done that.

  • jango_moh on July 4, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    i hope the fans are more patient with this team, and dont start bashing them straightaway... this is a young team, and this will happen!!! hope india does well in the remaining games atleast, even if they dont make it to the final.....

  • sal7 on July 4, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    @ rajesh_singhSTM- Couldn't agree with you more about Dhoni! Some people still hilariously attribute his success to luck. I commented about this on this page yesterday, but recently my comments never seem to get published!

  • NareshPodi on July 3, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Kohli is the future indian Captain... Not a great start. But not all great starts will continue to do great things. Remember 'Titanic ship', it stated greatly but sinked. and remember 'Usain Bolt', he starts slowly, but finishes perfectly. Kohli is a fast learner. He led the U-19 team to win the world cup. He will definitely comeback greatly. If fielders did not do well on the ground, even Dhoni can't do great things. Kohli needs support from all team members.@Team members, Please support Kohli as you support Dhoni. RGS and DK should avoid thinking about their place in the team. then only, they will flourish. Make use of these chances and play well. @Kohli, do not make your captaincy affect your batting skill. ALL THE BEST TO KOHLI AND HIS TEAM...! I wish Kohli will be the greatest captain ever..

  • on July 3, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    There is too much cricket being played. That explains India's sloppy fielding. Give us all a break. We just finished watching the Champions trophy. Now another tri-series. What next?

  • rajesh_singhSTM on July 3, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    A once in a blue moon innings by Tharanga aided by some inexperienced captaincy by Kohli and some young India bowlers has finally handed SL a win over India. Nothing to be alarmed about it. Having said that SL openers did play well but unfortunately this win came in league match over India and not in some final or semifinal of global tournament. Surprised that SL managed to win one match after such a long long time against India and yet no one is attributing it to luck factor wheras Dhonis/Indias winning WC2011 and CT2013 is attributed to luck.

  • on July 3, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Honestly, I don't care how India performs in this meaningless competition. It is the ICC events that matter to me and India are champions of the World Cup and Champions Trophy. Perhaps the SL and WI fans will enjoy this competition, who can blame them ? This series is nothing more than a BCCI fundraiser geared towards providing money to the WI and SL boards. India won the competition that mattered a few days ago in the UK. The players simply don't want to be playing this mindless affair. It's better if India forfeit their next 2 games and offer a bonus point to the WI and SL. A bonus point ?!! What a joke ! If that was there during the CT, India would have been way ahead of most teams.

  • GrindAR on July 3, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    As a captain Kohli defended low score well on the first... On the second, each of SL batsmen got 3-4 chances and about half a dozen runout chances missed. On the 50% sloppy fielding, it would have been 6 wickets down for SL. Just apply common sense, there were about dozen boundaries due to mis-fielding... so, on this Match Indian bowlers had only 3-4 fielders instead of 10. Bowlers bowled to their batsmen for hitting high instead of playing out ground shots.... In that kind of ground size, a flick would go for six. Outfield was too slow, for 2/3rds of the match, it would have been a low scoring thriller, if Mr. Captain had the strategy to bowl for ground shots. Anyways, it was the lesson for Mr Kohli's ego to be suppressed and stay on ground when he takes decisions for the team members. Shami Ahmed would have been lethal, if he is given the strategy to contain runs and gave him pitch conditions. It was a disoriented setup for India on this day. Lets pay back quickly grouping together.

  • on July 3, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    i think it was a mistake making Kholi the captain for this tour cz it seemed like players didnt respond to him much yesterday.i think its best if the captaincy goes to someone like sharma he seems like a very calm person

  • on July 3, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    For ODI's indias Captain' should be raina after Dhoni.. He is much calm and will be good character for captainship. kohli's Form is good in batting. so has to be taken take care. The captainship pressure will Demolish his batting skill...

  • sixnout on July 3, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    India played the CT I guess on the back of a unchanged 11. Could it be that they are trying to give the others in the squad a chance to play. it does not make sense to have the same 11 playing all the matches and the rest of the team just being journeymen. The need of the hour is to build a strong core and give everyone a look in. You will lose in the process, but isn't that a part of the game? Maybe we should give someone like a Pujara a shot. And, seriously you are using this discussion to diss Rahul Dravid?

  • on July 3, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    A lot of people are saying about that ' one bad day '. Well, that happens to the best of the teams. What needs to be criticized is the lack of intent shown in the field yesterday. The indian fielders have been doing a great job barring yesterday's performance. The catch dropped by vijay was the turnaround. Obviously Dhoni is being missed but one needs to realize that its a team game and one person's absence shouldnt be stated as the reason for the loss. Also, Dhoni's replacement shouldnt have been rayudu. No matter how well he's been performing, someone like a gambhir or yuvraj should have been the one. Either way, better luck next time folks, lots of fans are backing you guys. Goodluck Virat and bring the cup home !!

  • Ali_86xz on July 3, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Kohli India's future captain??? Not a great start.

  • Naresh28 on July 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    @hareeesh - NICE ONE "If luck wins so many matches and trophies, then Dhoni should leave cricket and play in a casino!" guys like @mark2011 should read Hareesh comment.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 3, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Do not forget, India still can win this try series. If WI beat SL and India beat both SL and WI in the next round.

  • on July 3, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    better luck next virat......we should proud to be an indian...we are the real champion....we should give chance to other...lolz!!!

  • Capricorn60 on July 3, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Ralax all you Indian fans, our team is a young one & they have been continuously on the road since the IPL started a few months back. A lacklustre performance like this was going to come sooner or later due to fatigue, motivational drain, playing on a dead pitch in a mickey mouse series like this in an empty stadium etc. It is best they test their bench strength in the remaining two/three games, experiment with bowling/batting combinations & then go home to get lots of rest! If anybody is to be blamed for these performances, it should be the BCCI who agreed to this ridiculous schedule.

  • NavalKishor on July 3, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    @GRVJPR: I didn't criticize or comment on yesterday's performance as it can be termed as an off day at office like you have suggested, and our team deserves to have off days as they are also humans. Rather I tried to make a case for preparation for all weathers with more depth and strength in batting, the point you seem to have missed completely. I agree that CT was not a fluke and players played solid cricket with extra edge in fielding, India's Achilles's heel ! To my view, towards the build up of defending world cup, we should keep aside nothing. India currently has a really capable bunch of players to rise to the occasion provided they are made a part of larger scheme of things. Your mention of Dravid's "50 runs at 120 balls" almost bordered demeaning of contributions made by Dravid in ODIs. I respect you as an Indian cricket fan like me, however, I am baffled at your remark about one of the greatest batsman of our times.

  • Cyril_Knight on July 3, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Where is the aggressive Kohli seen in IPL? The captain cannot be too friendly with the players, he has to remember that he is the leader, the boss. Dhoni is a great boss, he has perfected his communications and body language, words need be few.

    Kohli has shown such traits, although only in IPL. He doesn't appear to have the strength of character to lead in the high pressure situations faced in international cricket against genuine quality opposition.

    "A" Tours were used in the past to prepare players for international cricket, BCCI now think IPL is best, even for Test selections.

  • wrenx on July 3, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    @jmcilhinney You'r right, no mention of what the "mood music" from the dressing room was either. Kohli's not taking this press conference thing seriously at all!

  • GRVJPR on July 3, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @NavalKishor I don't know what are you talking about. It wasn't pace or swing yesterday but the slow dead nature of pitch that did not allowed india to accelerate. i don't think 50 runs of 120 balls by rahul Dravid would have helped either. It's just one off day and it comes. As far as you comment about the pitches in britain being flat then tell me except for Indain Openers which team openers did well. They were struggling even on same pitches where India was playing. I think its quite disappointing that fans like you start give lecture on one off day.

  • 30-30-150 on July 3, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    There is not a single experienced player in this squad now that Dhoni is out. It would have been ideal to bring in someone like Yuvraj as a like-for-like replacement. Rayudu is a talented bloke but West Indies conditions will test him as he is yet to make his international debut. Pujara/Tiwary/Uthappa are good prospects too.

    Kohli's captaincy will be under the radar although it's too early to draw any conclusions on whether or not he'll make a good captain in the future. Murali Vijay and Ishant Sharma are two journeymen in this team who must be shown the door immediately. Fielding was way below international standards yesterday and has to improve significantly if India are to win a single game in the series.

  • on July 3, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Dhoni is the only difference...

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 3, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    @randikaayya This is definitely unnecessary series. I wouldn't mind if we loose all matches but find some new young talent. After all this was supposed to be WI vs SL test series @jmcilhinney I think kholi meant 'wake up' call as you know he is not a native english speaker.

  • sourav619 on July 3, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    relax everyone..india is nurturing young brigade for the next big thing that is the wc 2015, surely indian team wants 2 go aus fully prepared,with all the players having good amount of experience in all kind 0 situations,it was also good that they gave shami ahmed a chance coz bhuvaneshwar was playing continuously from past 6 months..and india needs him fit so once in a while rest is good,and everyone knows that india has the best reserve bench strength then other teams..unfortunately for other teams they dnt see d future

  • Darkmanx12155 on July 3, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Seriously unbelievable loss. At least now people will realize how important it is to have THE GOD OF CAPTAINS MSD leading this side! Kolhi is a great batsman but he needs to be groomed to be a good leader under the Great MSD. Dhoni got this team this far with his long term planing.. He stuck to players like Sharma, Jadeja and even Ashwin when all the fans were complaining... Look where these players are now! Jadeja even rose to the top 10 ODI bowlers list. That is because of Dhoni. All hail the GREATEST OF THE CAPTAINS MSD.

  • cricinfo_boomerang on July 3, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @ randikaayya...initially this was supposed to be WI-SL test series but they know if IND plays it's all about $$$. So they engineered this to a so called tri-series. Tht's why 'completely un-necessary series'/ official warm-ups. India will play anyday better than SL on they day it matters, not boasting but statistically.

  • jmcilhinney on July 3, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    @bingster on (July 3, 2013, 6:55 GMT), it's grossly unfair to say that India aren't good enough to be the #1 team. Obviously they are good enough because they are #1 and they beat both SL and WI in the CT. What would be more accurate would be to say that India aren't good enough to be a dominant #1 team. There's no shame in that though. Certainly noone else is right now either so India is as good as or better than everyone else.

  • on July 3, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    it also shows how important Dhoni is for the team .. his absence made it clear who is the real boss here

  • jmcilhinney on July 3, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Kohli obviously hasn't been watching enough England press conferences. It's a "wake up call", not a "reality check".

  • on July 3, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Now Kohli came to know how important those Sachin and Viru's 30's for a quick start on which he capitalised. Also, Indian selectors should have called back Gambhir who could have captained the team (has won 6 out of 6 games) taking the burden of the youngster. Or Rohith should have been given the chance considering the fact that he has done well on West Indies soil and in IPL. Captaincy needs some luck as well.

  • randikaayya on July 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur: Lol, unnecessary series?? Sour grapes mate? I see many Indian fans come out of the stereo typical description of the Indian cricket fan, but some like yourself seem still unable to connect with reality and to appreciate an opposition when they outplay your team. good luck with the remaining games

  • Harishonthemic on July 3, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @CRLShamalka: If luck wins so many matches and trophies, then Dhoni should leave cricket and play in a casino! Jokes apart, behind that luck is the plan he has for every situation. And he executes those plans with bowling changes and clever field placements viz., Ashwin's fielding position for Bopara's dismissal immediately after Morgan's wicket in the CT13 Final is a fine example. India goes for the CUPS not for the RANKINGS. No-brainer that they have all the World tournament cups in their kitty. Great to see India pushing their bench players to groom them for WC15. Wish others are given a chance in ODIs too eg., Pujara, Rayudu, Mohit Sharma, etc. Kohli's just started. Given his temperament, surely he will learn. He was the captain of the U19 WC winners not too long ago, remember?

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 3, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    If Rohit sharma deserved more chances to prove (before CT) even after 70 odd odi internationals, why would not vijay. vijay had excellent comeback series against australia, played 12 matches overall and only one comeback odi yesterday, scored 31 runs. I know he dropped catch but after that aus series he deserves few more chances to prove in odi. Without giving enough chances how could you vijay bashers say he is not suited for odi's. Think wisely before post anything.

  • KishoreMalladi on July 3, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    A timely jolt for the Men in Blue. This is should set all the think tanks in the Indian Camp sitting together. There will be a lot of questions for which they need to figure out answers, with the most important one beings, Did the absence of one man (read MSD) expose the flaws? What did MSD do in a best manner that Virat couldnt replicate? India's old and famous problem of death bowling once again hogs the limelight if you cannot pick up early wickets. Probably the right time for the whole team to sit down , re-work strategies and come back stronger for the next game. One can even debate on too much cricket taking a toll on performances and body conditions. A well deserved rest too seems to be a good option for the Men in Blue to pull up their socks.

  • on July 3, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    I could see some friends in this blog targetting Ashwin & MVijay. Is it because they are from CSK? . Even Rohit, Shikar, Kohli failed to show Progress. Being a die hard cricket fan, I really don't want to blame or compare anybody at this point. Instead I kindly ask you to understand that WE are playing as a nation against some nation & not IPL T20. Yes, We are really having a Hard time. But it is really unfair to expect Team India to win all the Matches they Play (especially with young Team India). They are still in the learning curve & getting Prepared for the upcoming World Cup. So lets not blame on the Guys instead we can extend our Love & Support for Team INDIA "To do Better" in the coming Games. Cheers!

  • UsmanAkbar on July 3, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Serves you right Mr. Very Arrogant Kohli.

  • bingster on July 3, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Srilanka and West Indies were involved in the CT as well so why everyone just talks about india coming straight from CT to this series yes they probably played 1 or 2 games more then these teams but thats no excuse..India just arent good enough to be no.1 team..Shikhar Dhawan will be a big flop from now on and Rohit Sharma scores once in a season so india back to where they belong after the CT

  • on July 3, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    instead of trying murali vijay or rayudu why cant you try with pujara to strenthen middle order and missed bhuvi alot where shami is not at all confident on run up.its completely kohli's mistake to select proper playing X1

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 3, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    This is exactly the repeat telecast of what was happening after 2011 WC win. India never got the opportunity to relish and savor their win post 2011 WC and ditto now after champions trophy.

    i won't be surprised if the team isn't up to the challenge mentally.....This is a completely un-necessary series and India isn't able to motivate itself to the challenge.

  • senthilUSA on July 3, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    It is really lucky day of Sri Lanka. They were bundled out for small score within 35 overs on earlier occassion. Dhoni is not riding with his real talent not on his luck. Let us the remaining games - how Sri Lanka is going perform

  • Rahul_78 on July 3, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    I dont think the Indian XI will mind the early exit from the tournament too much. Absolutely no disrespect to Lanka and Windies here but these looks like a disinterested bunch of guys. There was no intensity or intent out there. Bowlers were going through the motion and fielders were dragging there tired legs. Champions trophy has been exhilarating and draining campaign for the boys. Shame on the BCCI for dragging them to the mindless series within a week of champions trophy. Last time they won world cup in 2011 they were subjected to grueling and equally mindless IPL circus within no time. Even the ever fit MSD's body has given up on the long road. I guess Indian fans need to go slow on the boys and need to cut them some slab.

  • Naresh28 on July 3, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    JADED, LISTLESS performance from the Indians. Lets not jump to conclusions over these LAST TWO DEFEATS. Clearly the team did not put on the intensity required BUT lets stick with the majority of this team. The PACERS are a real big problem. We miss and new ZAKS (leader of the pack)

  • Rafelgibt on July 3, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Come on its just a mere loss not a World Cup group round elimination.IND team don't need to be over criticized.

  • on July 3, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    All those people asking for irfan pathan, to be informed he is out with injury. so there is no pacer available except ishan, bhuvaneshwar, shami and umesh. only replacement batsmen is one flying in ambati. one other bowling option is mishra.

  • on July 3, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    I think we should refrain from any change... any sport is like the Stock Market... sometimes up, sometimes down... Lest not forget this is the same team that won everything in England about a week ago... So asking for legends who have been failing for over 2 years to be brought back on just two defeats is going backwards.. So I trust this Young Indian team as the way forward

  • indiasupbangalore on July 3, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    It was never india's tour to begin with, WI and SL better off playing test matches, than this useless ODI, India are exhausted, they should have taken the break, WL/SL board equally shameless to have india for money instead of playing the test matches.

  • on July 3, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    So a one wicket loss (batsman) and then this which was a poor performance (everyone has them.)

    I posted earlier about Kumar not playing. Huge bowler for India. Tight, swings it and gets wickets. India were on the back foot when they put in Ahmed. Poor start from India too. Slow and Vijay is poor. Get him back to Indian domestic cricket. Bring in a real player

  • on July 3, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Probably being a bit harsh on India. The motivation levels would be low after winning such a high profile tournament. Having said that, it is worrying that without Ms Dhoni India look listless in the field. He is truly their talisman in ODI's. Above all the tournament holds little meaning striaght after the CT13. If money wasn't so high on the agenda, the Pakistan Windies Test Series would have been a better bet to broadcast.

  • on July 3, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    SL well done. Time to break the India Hoodoo. THaranga should be in SL ODI and Test teams for certain. Kaushal, Dimuth can bat around him. I wonder whether Angelo should bat at no 3 or 4 instead of 5,6 in the future.

  • sal7 on July 3, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @CRLShamalka- Oh for God's sake! Wake up and smell the coffee already! Just look at Dhoni's stats before you attribute his success to luck. It is his presence and personal power that galvanizes the team to excel. Luck will only take you so far. A captain doesn't have to be the best batsman or even the best player. He has to be a leader and a motivator and Dhoni is the best at it.

  • MaximusSparta on July 3, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    @CRLShamalka-- You dont beat all the best sides in world on the basis of luck. It requires to play well which India did ...Cricket is not poker that you win by luck. Its a just a reality check for the team and players who are playing non stop cricket for last 6 months ..Its tiring for any player...They will bounce back strongly .

  • on July 3, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    @CRLShamalka - mate they won 6 games in a row in CT. U can be lucky to win one game but six in a row cannot be won by a "mediocre" team. And u are talking about dhoni's luck - u are forgetting openers did very well so did B Kumar. This match I admit India were very poor, using luck to justify what happened in the past and connect it with today. Cmmon. Tell me when was the last time Sri Lanka won a bilateral series against India. Full credit to Sri Lanka for playing very well though. They fully deserved this win.

  • Sandt on July 3, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    I think it is better for Indian cricket that to loose all matches in this tournament. India should take this as eye opener. There is many reasons for that. 1. All media and BCCI projection Kohli as future captain.He is not captaincy material. It was evident in IPL and these 2 matches. He doesn't have the patience to be a captain. He should be in the team as a batsmen only. 2. Indian Bowlers- Till when we can keep Ishant as frontline bowler he is useless. Shami is just like a club bowler-same as vinaykumar. Jadeja cannot be termed as frontline bowler.He can be used as bits and pieces bowler only. Umesh shows promise as well as B.Kumar. We need one or two good fast bowlers in the team to support Ashwin, Umesh and B.kumar. Then only india can be a major force in Cricket. Otherwise we will be in the same situation like now where we wins one major tournament and loose the next series. Also all these youngsters need to take more responsibilities for the team. All the senior players like Sach

  • sandy_bangalore on July 3, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    This CLEARLY shows why Gambhir, Yuvraj and Bhajji are needed. These guys have a win at all costs mentality, and the team of today looked flat and listless on the field. And these legends have 1000s of runs and 100s of wickets between them. WHat were the selectors thinking when they dropped all of them?? Many of the current team(esp ashwin and vijay) have miles to go before mentioned in the same breath as Yuvi and Bhajji, both proven matchwinners. Its such a sad day for Indian cricket, that we have lost two in a row, and are virtually out of the tri series. Selectors, please treat our past champs with respect they deserve, and plz dont apply different yardsticks for different people

  • on July 3, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    I think the writer got the facts slightly wrong here. There are lot of permutations possible for India to go through.

    1. WI defeats SL: Then India just needs to win both the remaining matches and India is through. And even if they lose against WI, they still stand a chance, provided they win with a bonus point against SL and have a better NRR than SL.

    2. SL defeats WI (without bonus): Then India needs to win both the matches. Then,

    - If they get bonus point in both the matches, they are through.

    - If they get bonus point in only one match, to go through they shouldn't have the worst NRR.

    - If they don't get bonus point in any match, they are out.

    3. SL defeats WI (with bonus): Then India needs to win both the matches. Then,

    - If they get bonus point in both the matches, they are through with SL.

    - If they get bonus point in only one match, to go through they should have a better NRR then SL.

    - If they don't get bonus point in any match, they are out.

  • Top-Spinner on July 3, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Reality check indeed. It is strange how a Championship Trophy win can mask the deficiencies of some players.

  • VJGS on July 3, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    I hope the team doesn't get too demotivated by the loss and stop experimenting. This is the perfect time for experimentation and they should keep trying to get some right combination. We can't do that once in SA or later. M.Vijay should be dropped and Irfan Pathan should be given a chance since a fast-bowling allrounder is very valuable in South African conditions. Bhuveneshwar is another person who can bat a bit and needs to be exposed a bit more.

  • ssenthil on July 3, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    I don't think Kohli can be captaining India. He is same like Yuvi, If Yuvi is not given Captaincy then Kohli also shouldn't. Also not to forget the Batsman in the side is not always a great leader. Ex. Sachin. I feel GG should be come in as a replacement and he can captain the side. It's not wrong in focusing the young but GG is not older. He is far with Dhoni in-terms of Captaincy while I believe Kohli never going to be a good captain even if some one argues he is learning but he isn't and he never will be.

  • on July 3, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    This body language of Indian Players suggest as if they don't want to play this series. May be they are a bit tired....

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 3, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Kholi is absolutely right when he says that this is a reality check because all this while they were riding on the luck of Dhoni's. Dhoni didn't do anything extra-ordinary with the bat or the wicket keeping glouse to win the CT. It is just that his luck worked on every decision he took during field placing and bowling changes. But now they're running out of his luck and the reality has over taken that luck. In reality, they're just another mediocre team. That mediocrity was exposed in this series. Bad luck India! Until you open your eyes to the reality, no one would come to help you.

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 3, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Kholi is absolutely right when he says that this is a reality check because all this while they were riding on the luck of Dhoni's. Dhoni didn't do anything extra-ordinary with the bat or the wicket keeping glouse to win the CT. It is just that his luck worked on every decision he took during field placing and bowling changes. But now they're running out of his luck and the reality has over taken that luck. In reality, they're just another mediocre team. That mediocrity was exposed in this series. Bad luck India! Until you open your eyes to the reality, no one would come to help you.

  • on July 3, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    This body language of Indian Players suggest as if they don't want to play this series. May be they are a bit tired....

  • ssenthil on July 3, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    I don't think Kohli can be captaining India. He is same like Yuvi, If Yuvi is not given Captaincy then Kohli also shouldn't. Also not to forget the Batsman in the side is not always a great leader. Ex. Sachin. I feel GG should be come in as a replacement and he can captain the side. It's not wrong in focusing the young but GG is not older. He is far with Dhoni in-terms of Captaincy while I believe Kohli never going to be a good captain even if some one argues he is learning but he isn't and he never will be.

  • VJGS on July 3, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    I hope the team doesn't get too demotivated by the loss and stop experimenting. This is the perfect time for experimentation and they should keep trying to get some right combination. We can't do that once in SA or later. M.Vijay should be dropped and Irfan Pathan should be given a chance since a fast-bowling allrounder is very valuable in South African conditions. Bhuveneshwar is another person who can bat a bit and needs to be exposed a bit more.

  • Top-Spinner on July 3, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Reality check indeed. It is strange how a Championship Trophy win can mask the deficiencies of some players.

  • on July 3, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    I think the writer got the facts slightly wrong here. There are lot of permutations possible for India to go through.

    1. WI defeats SL: Then India just needs to win both the remaining matches and India is through. And even if they lose against WI, they still stand a chance, provided they win with a bonus point against SL and have a better NRR than SL.

    2. SL defeats WI (without bonus): Then India needs to win both the matches. Then,

    - If they get bonus point in both the matches, they are through.

    - If they get bonus point in only one match, to go through they shouldn't have the worst NRR.

    - If they don't get bonus point in any match, they are out.

    3. SL defeats WI (with bonus): Then India needs to win both the matches. Then,

    - If they get bonus point in both the matches, they are through with SL.

    - If they get bonus point in only one match, to go through they should have a better NRR then SL.

    - If they don't get bonus point in any match, they are out.

  • sandy_bangalore on July 3, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    This CLEARLY shows why Gambhir, Yuvraj and Bhajji are needed. These guys have a win at all costs mentality, and the team of today looked flat and listless on the field. And these legends have 1000s of runs and 100s of wickets between them. WHat were the selectors thinking when they dropped all of them?? Many of the current team(esp ashwin and vijay) have miles to go before mentioned in the same breath as Yuvi and Bhajji, both proven matchwinners. Its such a sad day for Indian cricket, that we have lost two in a row, and are virtually out of the tri series. Selectors, please treat our past champs with respect they deserve, and plz dont apply different yardsticks for different people

  • Sandt on July 3, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    I think it is better for Indian cricket that to loose all matches in this tournament. India should take this as eye opener. There is many reasons for that. 1. All media and BCCI projection Kohli as future captain.He is not captaincy material. It was evident in IPL and these 2 matches. He doesn't have the patience to be a captain. He should be in the team as a batsmen only. 2. Indian Bowlers- Till when we can keep Ishant as frontline bowler he is useless. Shami is just like a club bowler-same as vinaykumar. Jadeja cannot be termed as frontline bowler.He can be used as bits and pieces bowler only. Umesh shows promise as well as B.Kumar. We need one or two good fast bowlers in the team to support Ashwin, Umesh and B.kumar. Then only india can be a major force in Cricket. Otherwise we will be in the same situation like now where we wins one major tournament and loose the next series. Also all these youngsters need to take more responsibilities for the team. All the senior players like Sach

  • on July 3, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    @CRLShamalka - mate they won 6 games in a row in CT. U can be lucky to win one game but six in a row cannot be won by a "mediocre" team. And u are talking about dhoni's luck - u are forgetting openers did very well so did B Kumar. This match I admit India were very poor, using luck to justify what happened in the past and connect it with today. Cmmon. Tell me when was the last time Sri Lanka won a bilateral series against India. Full credit to Sri Lanka for playing very well though. They fully deserved this win.

  • MaximusSparta on July 3, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    @CRLShamalka-- You dont beat all the best sides in world on the basis of luck. It requires to play well which India did ...Cricket is not poker that you win by luck. Its a just a reality check for the team and players who are playing non stop cricket for last 6 months ..Its tiring for any player...They will bounce back strongly .