West Indies tri-series 2013 July 12, 2013

India prosper in gruelling conditions

This tri-series will fade farther and farther into the blackhole of forgotten ODI events when in fact it may just have laid some important building blocks
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Tri-series, or bilateral ODI series for that matter, aren't usually remembered for long after the final ball has been bowled. Given that the latest one was greedily squeezed in at the cost of a couple of Test series, and followed immediately after the Champions Trophy, there weren't exactly too many looking forward to it. And it is unlikely too many will be remembering it for anything other than MS Dhoni providing the latest example of his superhuman capabilities with the bat. Which is a pity, really, for this series gave us so much of what has become almost alien to the ODI format these days.

There is something about the Caribbean that so often produces thrilling ODIs. You'll like them if your idea of thrill is five-set you-punch-I-counter-punch battles on the clay courts of Paris. In place of 350-plus chases, we got two proper modest-scoring ODI scraps, with West Indies and India winning by one-wicket margins as late as the 48th and the 50th overs. Instead of openers striding forward and murdering length deliveries, we had them fending for survival, taking blow after blow to their bodies. For the first time in a long while, here was a series which could be rightly be called a bowlers' one, one in which batsmen had to fight and earn their runs. Again, it was all down to the pitches, showing, by contrast, just how standardised limited-over cricket has been allowed to become over the years.

Instead of flat or "ideal one-day" pitches, Sabina Park and Queen's Park Oval produced surfaces which, although different, would have made for exciting Tests. Batting first was akin to handling the first session of a Test on a Sabina Park wicket spiced up by rain. It did ease up considerably during the chase, and while that made the toss important, you were still never in as a batsman even in the afternoon, as West Indies' collapse against India showed. Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene showed big scores were not impossible if superb batting came up against atrocious bowling, racking up a record 348 for 1 batting first against India.

Trinidad only stiffened the challenge for batsmen and also extended it throughout the game on a pitch green and brown in parts. Sri Lanka went for a Twenty20-style chase of 178 in 26 overs against India and were shot out for 96, showing just how lopsided and out-of-place the shortest version can look when the balance tilts in favour of the bowler.

The ODI version chose the final to display just how many twists and turns it can pack in a day's cricket, if the pitch is not dead. Sri Lanka suffered early jolts, rebuilt to reach a position of strength and collapsed in a heap. India kept losing wickets and scoring runs, the latter with difficulty, then had a collapse of their own before turned-down singles and near run-outs climaxed into Dhoni magic in the final over.

This tri-series was not in the FTP, and only Sri Lanka were supposed to travel to West Indies, but it may well be India who have benefited the most from it. They got their first look at the man who is widely seen as the captain-in-waiting. Virat Kohli led India on the field in all league games and came back to carry them to the final, after a heart-breaking one-wicket loss to West Indies and a thrashing from Sri Lanka in Jamaica.

He admitted to missing the calm of Dhoni in the middle, but came back the way he has built his ODI reputation - a match-winning century in a must-win game against West Indies. Four games are not much to go by, but on early evidence, Kohli, unlike Dhoni, likes to stick with his specialist bowlers as much as he can. And he is not averse to packing the infield with men in search of wickets. Though Dhoni's "calm" is other-worldly, Kohli will find his own level of calm as he goes along.

The biggest gain for India has to be that Rohit Sharma went from languid to laborious. He'd not done badly in the Champions Trophy but these conditions were alien to his free-flowing style. He scratched around, he was beaten, he was battered, but was prepared to look ugly and survive against two new balls. In a way, he was playing for his place, but that danger has hardly drawn a similar response from him in the past. He still did not convert the starts after all the labour, but in a series where others struggled to even start, there were consistent signs he is finally starting to respect his talent.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was outstanding. He took wickets regularly with the new ball and was never easy to score off, which cannot be said about the other two seamers, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma. Umesh is still too erratic for limited-overs and given his tendency to break down, India need to pare down his appearances in the format to preserve him for Tests. Ishant was India's most expensive first-choice bowler in conditions that suited his natural length, although he delivered some crucial wickets.

Shikhar Dhawan came down to earth, but it was Dinesh Karthik who was sorely disappointing with a highest score of 23 in five innings, and Zimbabwe might be his final chance for a while.

However, Zimbabwe won't provide the kind of challenges the conditions and oppositions in this tri-series posed for the Champions Trophy winners. If this is what the core of India's World Cup 2015 side could be, the largely inexperienced bunch could not have asked for a more strenuous workout. Unfortunately, as the World Cup gets closer, this tri-series will fade farther and farther into the blackhole of forgotten ODI events when in fact it may just have laid some important building blocks.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | July 12, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Outstanding Abhishek. In this article you put the Tri series in its perspective. This series was indeed something to be remembered of instead of letting go in the mindless and grueling callender of world cricket. Some tough and hard cricket was on display that differentiated boys from the men. MSD, kohli, Rohit, Sangga, Mahela all proved,their class. For the Dhawans, K Parreria, Chandimal and Karthick of the world it showed them that their is still,lot to be learned.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    I have seen lions planning its kill in Some TV channel. They wait patiently to choose their prey. They have canny eye to choose the weakest one from the pack. When it comes to the range of lion the lion make move with high percent of success. I think Mr Dhoni has got that ability.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | July 14, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    India still needs to fix its bowling woes. Ishant Sharma and Yadav haven't done much to justify their place. They should be replaced with young guns like Mohit Sharma, Shami Ahmed, Sid Kaul, etc. Rayudu deserves a chance in the middle. We need to try out Parvez Rasool, in case Ashwin or Jadeja go through a lean patch.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    No matter how indian team has fared in CT and this tri series. I got a strong feeling that middle order still have got its flwas with karthik and raina not looking much promising. This is where team is missing yuvraj. Hes a better puller of short ball than raina and doesn't go into shell completely like kartik, when the bowling side is putting pressure. He has been a match winner for soo long and before dhoni came he was used to be the best finisher of men in blue. When paired with dhoni in middle order in 2015 wc This team will at least gain more solidity in middle order. A good team need a mix of new talent vs experience. You can't expect 3-4 unmukt chands to come and start performing withing a year and straight going into wc and deliver .

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    DK hit two fantastic centuries in the CLT practice games where all the bowlers bowled seriously. He should get a few more chances. But Vijay can be dropped for Pujara.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Thinking of yuvraj for 2015 is wasting a spot. He has guts , tried his best after his cancer problem. Now let him rest and not take strenuous efforts and spoil his health.Similarly do not look back to Sehwags and Gambhirs. They had their day . Now it is somebody else's time. Pujara , Rahane should be guided and used.Raina , Karthik should not take their place for granted

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni marshals his available resources well to win the game rather looking for talented/experienced resources, that is what clearly differentiates him from other captains in becoming successful captain. Hats off to Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    RP SINGH is a good swing bowler,he would be handy to INDIA in australian conditions.......

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    2015 is far away...can we focus on the present? Things to be managed...Settled and tested batting pair to open (Huge Sehwag fan but dont see him there)...Pujara and Kohli next 2...Keep Dhoni fit and fresh for the WC...Test Irfan or get a medium pacer AR...Jaddu, if the magic remains or as the sole spinner...Yuvi will be too old...Raina too bad a batsman for short bowling...Look at the U-19 WC winners for answers...Destroy creatively everytime we feel we have a world winning team...Love DK but feel time has passed him by...Ambati has more attitude and needs to be given a proper run!!!

  • POSTED BY sents2013 on | July 14, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    I like to see Zaheer Khan and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowling a spell together. What a threat that will be to the opponent team. As well as Yuvraj Singh with M.S.Dhoni at the closing stage of the match. Those two players need to come back once they are fit.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | July 12, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Outstanding Abhishek. In this article you put the Tri series in its perspective. This series was indeed something to be remembered of instead of letting go in the mindless and grueling callender of world cricket. Some tough and hard cricket was on display that differentiated boys from the men. MSD, kohli, Rohit, Sangga, Mahela all proved,their class. For the Dhawans, K Parreria, Chandimal and Karthick of the world it showed them that their is still,lot to be learned.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    I have seen lions planning its kill in Some TV channel. They wait patiently to choose their prey. They have canny eye to choose the weakest one from the pack. When it comes to the range of lion the lion make move with high percent of success. I think Mr Dhoni has got that ability.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | July 14, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    India still needs to fix its bowling woes. Ishant Sharma and Yadav haven't done much to justify their place. They should be replaced with young guns like Mohit Sharma, Shami Ahmed, Sid Kaul, etc. Rayudu deserves a chance in the middle. We need to try out Parvez Rasool, in case Ashwin or Jadeja go through a lean patch.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    No matter how indian team has fared in CT and this tri series. I got a strong feeling that middle order still have got its flwas with karthik and raina not looking much promising. This is where team is missing yuvraj. Hes a better puller of short ball than raina and doesn't go into shell completely like kartik, when the bowling side is putting pressure. He has been a match winner for soo long and before dhoni came he was used to be the best finisher of men in blue. When paired with dhoni in middle order in 2015 wc This team will at least gain more solidity in middle order. A good team need a mix of new talent vs experience. You can't expect 3-4 unmukt chands to come and start performing withing a year and straight going into wc and deliver .

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    DK hit two fantastic centuries in the CLT practice games where all the bowlers bowled seriously. He should get a few more chances. But Vijay can be dropped for Pujara.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Thinking of yuvraj for 2015 is wasting a spot. He has guts , tried his best after his cancer problem. Now let him rest and not take strenuous efforts and spoil his health.Similarly do not look back to Sehwags and Gambhirs. They had their day . Now it is somebody else's time. Pujara , Rahane should be guided and used.Raina , Karthik should not take their place for granted

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni marshals his available resources well to win the game rather looking for talented/experienced resources, that is what clearly differentiates him from other captains in becoming successful captain. Hats off to Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    RP SINGH is a good swing bowler,he would be handy to INDIA in australian conditions.......

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    2015 is far away...can we focus on the present? Things to be managed...Settled and tested batting pair to open (Huge Sehwag fan but dont see him there)...Pujara and Kohli next 2...Keep Dhoni fit and fresh for the WC...Test Irfan or get a medium pacer AR...Jaddu, if the magic remains or as the sole spinner...Yuvi will be too old...Raina too bad a batsman for short bowling...Look at the U-19 WC winners for answers...Destroy creatively everytime we feel we have a world winning team...Love DK but feel time has passed him by...Ambati has more attitude and needs to be given a proper run!!!

  • POSTED BY sents2013 on | July 14, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    I like to see Zaheer Khan and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowling a spell together. What a threat that will be to the opponent team. As well as Yuvraj Singh with M.S.Dhoni at the closing stage of the match. Those two players need to come back once they are fit.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | July 13, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    India was good in grueling conditions because of self belief and good leadership. Virat Kohli did good in MSD's absence. The role of DK and Murali Vijay needs to sorted out. DK in spite of many chances he has received, he has not delivered. He was pretty much non-contributor in CLT in England and the entire WI series. Rohit Sharma did reasonably well. He still needs to sort out his tentativeness playing outside the off stump. He also seem to have slowed in scoring rate. That is OK as long as one can get set and milk there after. However, whenever Rohit Sharma tried to pick up the pace, he loses his wicket. Vijay was not impressive in the matches he played. On the bowling front, Umesh Yadav needs to develop skills to fox batsmen and be more accurate. He doesn't use crease well, doesn't use yorkers or bouncer effectively and seems to have lost some pace. Earlier, he used to bowl consistently over 140k. Now he is bowling good 5-10 k lower. Ishant is slowly and painfully improving.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    My Team for 2015 world cup to be held in aus- murali vijay,Shikhar dhawan,virat kohli,Rohit Sharma,raina,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin/bhajji,bhuvi,Medium pacer1,medium pacer2. I had taken bhajji in my team because i think bhajji has 2-3years of cricket left,he is very aggressive and thats needed some times as remember the asia cup against pak he had hitted six to amir and shoaib...rohit sharma is not an opener ,he is a middle order batsmen with high batlift so he suits for fourth position,murali vijay is doing opening in test matches so there is no problem in one day as he can bat in any condition because he is habitual of all that because of his test match experience,rohit sharma is not playing his natural game because that position doesn't suits him,@fast bowlers,replace and give experience to young bowlers like mohit sharma,as these bowlers are not doing the decent job so why not we try some new ones for making good bench strength

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    India need to replace karthik with either Yuvraj or Pujara. I will give Pujara a slight edge thinking of his current form and fitness. He will be able to help India with Kohli if there is a top order collapse and also India already have a big hitters down the order in Raina, MSD and Jadeja. If Yuvraj was so good in bouncy tracks , he was a better choice , but Pujara gets the tick in that column too. What to say about Karthik ( and also to MSD haters ) ??? All have been boasting to make him the wk/batsman when MSD lost a bit of touch as a batsman and as Captain. Its easy to criticise someone ( but its absolute crap to criticise someone like MSD , though)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 13, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Team for 2015 is rahane dhavan kohli rohit raina yuvi dhoni jadeja ashvin bhuvi vinay kumar I sharma

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | July 13, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    @asthomas911 : Your statement proves that you are lacking proper cricketing senses...Rohit sharma is the reason India won the matches.India needs someone to anchor the innings...You are a true Sehwag fan as you are keeping Sehwag as opener given his single digits average in Australia....And a team of 3 specialist bowlers??? Is this subcontinent where Yuvraj will bowl 10 overs????India need not change the opening combination after the huge successes...So, Sehwag is out...Also a maximum of 2 can be retained from Gambhir-Yuvraj-Raina...I will like India to go with Yuvraj-Karthik as they can play bounce better.... So at current picture, the team should be: 1) Dhawan 2) Rohit 3) Kohli (His Favorite Position) 4)Yuvi 5) Karthik 6) Dhoni 7) Sirji 8) Bhuvi 9) specialist Bowler 10) specialist Bowler 11) Specialist Bowler/Ashwin......The par score in Australia will be 250. so, India must make sure they carry dependable batsmen and not someone who last 10 deliveries....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 13, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    There are too many talented players in India to put into a team- so make squads like India, India A, India B, India C, and so forth so we can see talent all over. Good luck in future matches India :)

  • POSTED BY vr.mandalapu on | July 13, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    This kind of pitches bring out the real batting skills to the fore, where as the flat pitches make ordinary batters look like heroes. Who said spectators don't like low scoring matches? They should be interesting, that's all. The coming twin tours will provide evaluation tool for the selectors to decide as to who are boys and who are men Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY asthomas911 on | July 13, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    FOR WOLD CUP 2015 1) Sehwag 2) Shikar 3) Gambir 4)Kholi 5) Yuvi 6) Raina 7) Dhoni 8)Sir Jadeja 9) Buvi 10) Another Pace Bowler 11) Another Pace Bowler 12th Man: Pujara 13th man: Ashwin

    1)Sehwag and 2)Shikar to go berserk 3)Gambir and 4)Kholi to avoid any collapse 5)Yuvi 6) Raina to accelerate 7)Dhoni and 8) Jadeja to finish the innings

    Right now I am concerned about the bowling unit. Rohit puts everyone under a lot of pressure especially the way he plays on top of the dot balls he face. I just think he is actually a liability than anything else

    Umesh, Ishant, Zaheer just dont add up here. Zaheer was a good choice 4 years back but another 2 years down the line. I doubt it. I just hope Ishant is not picked on the basis of what he did to Ricky Ponting in Australia. That was the only over that impressed me about him. Btw, Sreesanth was a good choice for the South Africa tour.. but now it is all over for him. India needs to come up with another 3 more pace bowling attack for the WC 201

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Nehra no chance to re enter to this new indian team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 13, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    People say dhoni is a talented player, a lucky captain. . but I dnt believe them.. he is talented in what ever he do.. which ever department. .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 13, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    @ brad boys well judged squad buudy @ wood chap where does this rayudu come with any perfo

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 13, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    They should replace rohit and get Ghambhir back

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 13, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Too early to say if this is the team...there are others in the reckoning as well...Baba Aparajith, Unmukt Chand, Vijay Zol, Deepak Chahhar should all be looked into and given some international exposure...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 13, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    I feel suresh raina is very talented batsman but he is not consistence and reliable. he plays reckless shots at very crucial time of match. he need to groom mentally to stay on wicket for longer time like MSD to create pressure on opposition.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Why isn't Pankaj Singh replacing Ishant Sharma? He has height, bounce, outswing and a bit more pace.

  • POSTED BY brat boy on | July 13, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    No Doubt Dhoni is the best finisher in the history of ODI but everytime he cannot do it alone and alone he requires support from his other batsmen I think if dhoni gets out it like half team is back in the dressing room in nowdays. According to me wc 2015 team 1)shikar 2)Rohit 3)Kohli 4)Yuvi 5)Raina 6)dhoni 7)jadeja 8)Bhuvi 9)Zak 10)Umesh 11)ashwin . 12 th man Ishant

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | July 13, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I would rate West Indies pitches to be the best in the world. It helps all, be it spinners, pacemen & also batting. All other countries should follow west indies pitches. Enough of flat tracks.

    MSD has shown once again why he is the best finisher in ODI, it is time he plays like his 180+ in tests against Asutralia where he never gave stricke to the tailenders & went on clobbing the Australians with his brisk batting. If he plays like that in Tests in future people will fast forget snail pace VVS laxman's partnerships with tailenders.

  • POSTED BY henchart on | July 13, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    @CherryWood_Champion:Your advocacy for bringing back Zaheer Khan is nothing but regressive. Gambhir,Sehwag,Harbhajan ,Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj should all be left where they are now ie out of the team.B Kumar,U Yadav,Shami Ahmed ,Ashwin ,Jadeja and Rasool should be the core bowling line up.Amit Misra,Varun can play the supportive role.Enough of picking players on the strength of their past performances.Now onwards it must be form not reputation, the criterion for selection.There is one exception though,SRT.

  • POSTED BY PeterJerome on | July 13, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    The only hole that is left unplugged in this Indian Team is perhaps the fast bowling department. High expectations from UY and I am sure he will come around into a fine fast bowler, by another fall. IS though, has shown very little improvement even after bowling so much in the guidance of Zak. He should have easily been the spearhead by now. I wish it was UY under Zak instead of IS. Am sure Sandip Patil & team are looking around to plug this hole sooner. Should that happen and they find 2 more bowlers in the mould of Zak, then we will b perfectly placed to lock horns with the likes of SA & Eng. Proud of you Indian Team.

  • POSTED BY CherryWood_Champion on | July 13, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    My changes for South Africa one day series .... -Drop Ishant .. get either Zaheer / Shami Ahmed -Drop Dinesh Karthik -- get Ambati Rayudu / Yuvi back into the team One day team: 1)Dhawan2)Rohit3)Kohli4)Yuvi / Rayudu 5)Raina6)Dhoni7)Sir Jadeja8)Ashwin9)Bhuvaneshwar10)Zaheer11)Umesh

    For Tests: Bring back Zaheer for Ishant Test Team: 1)Dhawan2)Rohit3)Pujara4)Tendulkar5)Kohli6)Dhoni7)Sir Jadeja8)Ashwin9)Bhuvaneshwar10)Zaheer11)Umesh

  • POSTED BY Manowara on | July 13, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Good to try new blood in this series against Zim, But i personally feel this would be India's next WC team, With sharpening the fielding.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 13, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    This tri-series would have been forgotten....if not for Dhoni's heroics. I will tell you who won't forget it ever though - the Srilankan players and fans. Once again they were so close yet so far.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    A very nice article. I should say i enjoyed this more than i enjoyed CT trophy, just bcos of the conditions. The pitches provided good fight between bat & ball. As per indian perspective, i really enjoyed rohit's batting. Ppl say he looked ugly, but 2 me it was gritty batting display, though i was touch disappointed with his few shot-selection. but in one day format, u really cant blame d batsman bcos they need 2 keep maximising their scoring chances. I am really looking for his test debut. I want 2 see bat against likes of steyn & co. IT will b renewd rivalry after sachin-mcgrath rivalry which cricket fans will love 2 cherish.

  • POSTED BY coorgm on | July 13, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    It high time to remove Raina and even Karthik and give chance to Pujara/Rahane/Gambhir which definitely make team much stronger than current

  • POSTED BY john53 on | July 13, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    india need ishant and yadav to provide variation .though they are inconsistant and expensive they take wickets . ishant for bounce and yadav for pace, with bhuvi's swing is a good combination in foreign conditions outside subcontinent. vinay , mohit are same kind of bowler like munaf..accurate , economical but not threatening . batsman normally respects them in the initial overs but can hit them all around the ground when needed. so in my opinion variety is better for indian attack ,rather than one dimentional, one paced bowling attack.we dont have a quality left arm quick these days,which would have been a nice addition to the squad.

  • POSTED BY devil_in_details on | July 13, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Well written article, but i have never quite understood what 'relevance' writers or even some fans look for in a match? why should a match always need to result in some world cup win or some such thing. A cricket match should be looked at a separate entity in itself because otherwise we would fail to enjoy it as almost all matches become 'irrelevant' by that criteria. If how forgettable or unforgettable a match is the yardstick for 'relevance', why even most test matches have no 'relevance' and are forgotten excepting sporadic acts of brilliance by individual players or some close ending. I say we are too much being caught in 'relevance' discussion and less in actually enjoying the match. All the matches in the series were enjoyable and should be enjoyed for what they are rather than thinking about their real or imagined 'relevance' in the overall scheme of the universe.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | July 13, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Though India has won the Tri-nation cup, we still have some places could be filled with better players. Dinesh, Yadav, Ishant can be easily replaced with likes of Pujara, Raidu, Rahane, Mohit, Unadkat, Vinay, Praveen. Though Rohit played excellently at opening, I rather ask him to bat at DK's place which is perfect for him. Opening I would ask Pujara with Dhavan and that would be a awesome pair. Raina's position is very tough because he will not get frequent chances, and he has to utilize which comes at him and some times he can fail. If not Raina then apart from Yuvi, no one can play at that place. Parvez Rasool can be a big check to Jadeja. Parvez Rasool is an excellent spin bowler & batsmen too. I dont think Sehwag or Gambir should come back, as they are against Dhoni and team dividers. Overall India is preparing well than others for WC2015. India should fallow rotation policy to keep players fresh bcaz we can easily prepare 2 teams with the kind of resources we have.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    No doubt, MSD is the best finisher on earth and has bailed out the team on numerous occasions. What the other top and middle order batsmen are doing in the team? Why is it left to poor MSD time and again to earn the team a win out of hopeless situations? Why can't the any of the top or middle order batsmen hold one end and play a longer innings? Why are they content making some 30, 40 runs which is enough to safeguard their career? Instead of showering praises on their captain, let them play their role to perfection first!

    Having chosen cricket as a career, isn't it wise for Ashwin to workout on his fitness? He needs to shed at least a 10 kgs now or quit from the game and choose a career in engineering. Again, on that day he hasn't bowled even 1/10th of how Herath bowled and yet, what stature he's bestowed upon! Does he deserve it? Is he a strike bowler for us really taking 1 Wkt/match? Does he need to play across to that Herath delivery when all he had to do was to take a single once

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | July 13, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @ Ruchit Khushu But Umesh and Ishant get teared apart anyway. Ishant isn't pacy anyway so maybe we can play one of ishant or umesh and the other bowler could be mohit sharma. He has control and bowled in Indian conditions in 20 over format. And under dhoni he has blossomed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    With the comfort of having won the tri-series, let us not forget some serious issues with the team. No doubt, MSD is the best finisher on earth and has bailed out the team on numerous occasions. What the other top and middle order batsmen are doing in the team? Why is it left to poor MSD time and again to earn the team a win out of hopeless situations? Why can't the any of the top or middle order batsmen hold one end and play a longer innings? Why are they content making some 30, 40 runs which is enough to safeguard their career? Instead of showering praises on their captain, let them play their role to perfection first!

    Having chosen cricket as a career, isn't it wise for Ashwin to workout on his fitness? He needs to shed at least a 10 kgs now or quit from the game and choose a career in engineering. Again, on that day he hasn't bowled even 1/10th of how Herath bowled and yet, what stature he's bestowed upon! Does he deserve it? Is he a strike bowler for us really taking 1 Wkt/match?

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Harbhajan Sign retired? was just wondering how many years he played for India just by luck. over rated guy, since he stepped out, India is improving.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | July 13, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    DK, Raina, Yadav n Ishant have been dissapointing. Hope Manoj Tiwary can make a come back to strengthen the middle order, just need another yuvi there.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Though I never like Indian team yet I only like a cricketer of present Indian team. He is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is a perfect cricketer, a perfect captain and a perfect man as well. His power of cricket is to keep his brain cool in any situation and that's why he can snatch win from other teams. I can surely say that Dhoni will be the king of legends of Indian cricket of all times.

  • POSTED BY Vishal_07 on | July 13, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    This series was like a throwback one with score of 250 or so would be a very good. There were two matches with 300+ scores, and the first one where WI could have scored more if needed, but overall there were still awesome contests between bat and ball.

    If both teams are struggling to score, low score matches are more entertaining because one can't afford one poor over by a bowler or one rash decision by a batsman!

  • POSTED BY humdrum on | July 13, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    The most important gain of the series is to seperate the men from the boys.Fast, bouncy wickets, pressure situations and adverse circumstances are conducive to character building. overseas tours are never easy and to win in a good,hard fought scrap augurs well.For australia 2015, the core of this team alongwith the likes of unmukt chand, vijay zol,sandeep sharma and sanju samson should be on the shortlist

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Hats off to captain supercool MSD, you showed the world numerous time that there is no better finisher was born. You are awesome MSD. Special congrats to Kohli, Bhuvneshwar and Ishant, a job very wel done specially coming from behind. Sabash guys.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | July 13, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    @Unmesh_cric - same is the case with Rahane. BCCI has a habit of selecting wrong horses for courses and then dropping them for not performing in the format they are not designed for. Even the fans are gunning for Rohit all the time. The same fans gunned Jadega and now they are his bif fans. Give the players chance in the format they are best suited for and then go after them if they dont perform. Guys like Vijayi played tests before rahane and rohit who is at best an average first class player.

  • POSTED BY CricketFanIndUS on | July 13, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    @Unmesh_cric, spot on, Rohit's average and winning knocks in first class cricket do not suggest temperament issues. Great century conversion rate (15 centuries and 20 50s), great average and a triple century along with many winning knocks point to a good future in test cricket. Interestingly, Rohit does not have a great average in List A cricket (avg 35) and hence he took a while to play well in ODIs. The selectors, giving the highest value to test cricket (of course it is the highest standard of the sport), have started taking in new comers into T20Is thinking that is less risky and then promoting them to ODIs and then onto to test cricket. This may work sometimes but in general it is a bad way to select for test cricket. Also, the greats (fab 5) were hard to replace and this may have been the more important reason. Pujara's technique and temperament got him through. Rohit made it to the playing 11 in test cricket finally, but the injury got him.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    MS is a great player and great players will always be remembered given the circumstances in which he won the match and the series.Why my fellow WI cannot learn.I guss some day and some time.SL has played well.The better team prevail.It was a great series.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    I wud love to see pujara at number 4 in ODIs instead of karthik. also umesh yadav is not living upto the expectations he created among us so its time to accept that sheer pace is not india's forte and should rather concentrate on swing bowlers...shami ahmed should be tried in tests

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    This series, as well as several other series that were conducted outside of the dusty tracks of sub-continent taught us a good lesson, one more time: To have a lively match, one wouldn't need to have bowlers plundered all across the park, all the time. A level playing field for both bowlers and batsmen, keeps the integrity of the game intact. Moreover, that's what keeps the game extremely interesting to watch. I, for myself, find it disgusting to watch T20s or ODIs played in India. All they show me is bowlers taking turns in getting massacred. THAT IS NOT CRICKET !

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    @King Dhoni

    Bowlers with control if they don't have good amount of pace or bounce can be taken apart on flat wickets .. The ODI wickets we got in this series won't be found in sub-continent or Australia or for that most countries today.. Better players of pace bowling would have done better in these conditions and would do better in flatter conditions where they might tear apart PK and likes of Mohit Sharma. BK is good of course and that is largely becoz of his action

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | July 12, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    @Anand Palwankar, you are absolutely right, mate. It's high time Rohit is given a chance in Tests. I have always believed that Rohit is a "made for Test cricket" player, although he is doing much better in ODIs now after being asked to open. I hope his Test debut is not delayed further. He has been around for last 7 years or so and hasn't played a single Test. If anything, he deserved to be tried in Tests than ODIs. His first class average is close to 60 which means he has what it takes for the longer format. Guys like Raina (brilliant ODI player but has a first class average in 40s) have played ahead of him in Tests. I find that really strange. I am really glad that Rohit is showing a lot of grit in his batting. This new-found grit along with the talent he possesses augurs well for his Test future. All the best, Rohit!

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | July 12, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    I think fast bowlers other than Kumar has been disappointing, the batsmen covered for their weakness. Spinners look settled. I am surprised you have not looked at Raina-he has not done welll

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    yeah i think rohit sharma has done massive improvement mentally which inturn improves his technique. in this series i can see that even his technique has tightened up. what i mean is that i see rohit go on the front foot to defend alot more than he use to do. rohit tended to hang on the back foot alot and hence getting bowled through the gate alot or just got beaten for pace alot, as well as stabbing at the ball outside the off stump. so u see how much flaws he eliminates by having a full stride to the pitch of the ball. it makes him even drive more balls that are pitched up to the covers. he leans into the off drive or cover drive with more balance like tendulkar now

  • POSTED BY king_dhoni on | July 12, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Karthik is out of place at #4 in ODIs, Raina cannot build a long inngs, Rohit seems to be batting for himself throwing it away after reaching 50 everytime, he has to learn from Kohli. Pace bowling looks bad again, yadav and ishant are unreliable and cannot seem to hit proper lines and lengths which is surprising for bowlers at this level having played for so long. Cant they just see how BK does it and try to do it? how difficult is it to put the ball in one area if that is all you do day and night?

    All in all we won only bcas of kohli, dhoni and Bk. We need Yuvi back in place of raina, Pujara in place of kartik, Bowlers - Mohit Sharma, PK and BK would form a good trio. We need bowlers with control in ODIs. I would even try Binny as a seam all rounder option.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Get more bowler friendly wickets(but not with absurd bounce and seam) which makes a good fight between bat and ball..after bored with 300+ scores very common,this series proved a great delight to the cricket fans(cutoff the rains) where basics of batting as well as bowling were exploited.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    The writer has hit the nail exactly on the head. This was a crucial series considering how near the 2015 world cup is. I believe this Indian team is more aggressive and full of self-belief than the collective talent it has and that will play a crucial role in the 2015 world cup.

    I believe this team has in it to retain the 2015 world cup. What remains to be seen is how far they can soak in the pressure and deliver..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    What a well written work. Truly said, no one is going to remember this event or the heroics of certain players. But it would stay in the minds of the future pillars of Indian cricket and the way they approach the game, moulding them forever. Especially players like Rohit and Captains like Kohli. I wish and hope the administrators too learn something from it, which is the most important part. Like reassessment of D/L. DRS, indoor cricket etc

  • POSTED BY phunny_game on | July 12, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    No matter how closely fought games we witnessed, it will still be a meaningless series. A Tri series after a multinational tournament is simply not something we as fans and viewers look forward too. Being an Indian, there were a lot of positives for me to be happy about, and pleased that India proved that the CT13 win was not a fluke. But as stated above, no one will remember this series because it was of no relevance except for a little juggling in the ICC player rankings.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    I think Rohit rightely realised, if he has any chance to show his tallent he should work hard as opener. In his whole life so far he only opened innings playing in national team. Even in he never tried opening in IPL. But full marks to him, he grabbed the opportunity withboth hands. Since Jan against Eng in Mohali he is showing lot of character as an opener. He played last 12 ODI innings as an opener and scored runs. Except Mohali he scored runs outside subcontinent. And against Mirkel, Finn, Roach, Irfan, Junaid, Anderson, Malinga etc. He tackled short ball verywell. In England, in overcast conditions, against quality pace attack he was brillient. And totally opposite in WI sticky wickets, uneven bounce he again played responsibly. Perhaps he was the only consistant batsman amongst all 3 teams scoring over 200 runs in 5 match. Now test chance shoud not be delayed for Rohit. This is perfect time to give Rohit chance in Tests. I am sure like Virat and Pujara, Rohit too will clicked.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    I think Rohit rightely realised, if he has any chance to show his tallent he should work hard as opener. In his whole life so far he only opened innings playing in national team. Even in he never tried opening in IPL. But full marks to him, he grabbed the opportunity withboth hands. Since Jan against Eng in Mohali he is showing lot of character as an opener. He played last 12 ODI innings as an opener and scored runs. Except Mohali he scored runs outside subcontinent. And against Mirkel, Finn, Roach, Irfan, Junaid, Anderson, Malinga etc. He tackled short ball verywell. In England, in overcast conditions, against quality pace attack he was brillient. And totally opposite in WI sticky wickets, uneven bounce he again played responsibly. Perhaps he was the only consistant batsman amongst all 3 teams scoring over 200 runs in 5 match. Now test chance shoud not be delayed for Rohit. This is perfect time to give Rohit chance in Tests. I am sure like Virat and Pujara, Rohit too will clicked.

  • POSTED BY phunny_game on | July 12, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    No matter how closely fought games we witnessed, it will still be a meaningless series. A Tri series after a multinational tournament is simply not something we as fans and viewers look forward too. Being an Indian, there were a lot of positives for me to be happy about, and pleased that India proved that the CT13 win was not a fluke. But as stated above, no one will remember this series because it was of no relevance except for a little juggling in the ICC player rankings.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    What a well written work. Truly said, no one is going to remember this event or the heroics of certain players. But it would stay in the minds of the future pillars of Indian cricket and the way they approach the game, moulding them forever. Especially players like Rohit and Captains like Kohli. I wish and hope the administrators too learn something from it, which is the most important part. Like reassessment of D/L. DRS, indoor cricket etc

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    The writer has hit the nail exactly on the head. This was a crucial series considering how near the 2015 world cup is. I believe this Indian team is more aggressive and full of self-belief than the collective talent it has and that will play a crucial role in the 2015 world cup.

    I believe this team has in it to retain the 2015 world cup. What remains to be seen is how far they can soak in the pressure and deliver..

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Get more bowler friendly wickets(but not with absurd bounce and seam) which makes a good fight between bat and ball..after bored with 300+ scores very common,this series proved a great delight to the cricket fans(cutoff the rains) where basics of batting as well as bowling were exploited.

  • POSTED BY king_dhoni on | July 12, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Karthik is out of place at #4 in ODIs, Raina cannot build a long inngs, Rohit seems to be batting for himself throwing it away after reaching 50 everytime, he has to learn from Kohli. Pace bowling looks bad again, yadav and ishant are unreliable and cannot seem to hit proper lines and lengths which is surprising for bowlers at this level having played for so long. Cant they just see how BK does it and try to do it? how difficult is it to put the ball in one area if that is all you do day and night?

    All in all we won only bcas of kohli, dhoni and Bk. We need Yuvi back in place of raina, Pujara in place of kartik, Bowlers - Mohit Sharma, PK and BK would form a good trio. We need bowlers with control in ODIs. I would even try Binny as a seam all rounder option.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    yeah i think rohit sharma has done massive improvement mentally which inturn improves his technique. in this series i can see that even his technique has tightened up. what i mean is that i see rohit go on the front foot to defend alot more than he use to do. rohit tended to hang on the back foot alot and hence getting bowled through the gate alot or just got beaten for pace alot, as well as stabbing at the ball outside the off stump. so u see how much flaws he eliminates by having a full stride to the pitch of the ball. it makes him even drive more balls that are pitched up to the covers. he leans into the off drive or cover drive with more balance like tendulkar now

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | July 12, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    I think fast bowlers other than Kumar has been disappointing, the batsmen covered for their weakness. Spinners look settled. I am surprised you have not looked at Raina-he has not done welll

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | July 12, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    @Anand Palwankar, you are absolutely right, mate. It's high time Rohit is given a chance in Tests. I have always believed that Rohit is a "made for Test cricket" player, although he is doing much better in ODIs now after being asked to open. I hope his Test debut is not delayed further. He has been around for last 7 years or so and hasn't played a single Test. If anything, he deserved to be tried in Tests than ODIs. His first class average is close to 60 which means he has what it takes for the longer format. Guys like Raina (brilliant ODI player but has a first class average in 40s) have played ahead of him in Tests. I find that really strange. I am really glad that Rohit is showing a lot of grit in his batting. This new-found grit along with the talent he possesses augurs well for his Test future. All the best, Rohit!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    @King Dhoni

    Bowlers with control if they don't have good amount of pace or bounce can be taken apart on flat wickets .. The ODI wickets we got in this series won't be found in sub-continent or Australia or for that most countries today.. Better players of pace bowling would have done better in these conditions and would do better in flatter conditions where they might tear apart PK and likes of Mohit Sharma. BK is good of course and that is largely becoz of his action