India v Sri Lanka, World T20, final April 6, 2014

Sri Lanka executed yorkers really well - Dhoni

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After a slow start, India had recovered to 93 for 2 in 14 overs, and with an in-form Virat Kohli looking good, they were set for a final flourish. That flourish never arrived as Yuvraj Singh struggled to a painful 21-ball 11, starving Kohli of the strike. It resulted in only 19 runs coming off the final four overs.

"I think in the middle overs," MS Dhoni said when asked when the game slipped away. "Our batsmen tried their best to get going but it was one of those days when we couldn't convert our starts. Virat was the only one out there who looked fluent.

India ended on 130, a total Dhoni felt was a touch light. "I think we could have got another 10-15 runs. T20 cricket is always about that extra 15 runs."

He also felt that the showers just before the start of the game made the ball stop early on when coming off the pitch, which hampered run-scoring.

While asking for more from his batsmen, Dhoni also praised Sri Lanka's pinpoint bowling at the death. "The last four overs is a place where we really want to score as many as you can and that was an area where we couldn't capitalise. At the same time you have to give credit to the Sri Lankan bowlers. I think they executed their plans brilliantly. They were looking for wide yorkers and all the balls were perfect wide yorkers. I think they only bowled one wide or something. Other than that they were right on the mark, which made it further more difficult for our batsmen to score freely."

India have been one of the better teams when it comes to dealing with the unorthodox threat of Lasith Malinga, but Dhoni said Malinga troubled his batsmen in the final. "Malinga has that slingy action, not coming from a great height, [it] becomes very difficult to get underneath the ball. It was a perfect game for the Sri Lankan team, they bowled yorkers to both right-handers and left-handers."

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  • ABHICA on April 10, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    as if UV's innings was not sufficient,rest is completed by MSD coming after him.tht was the point SL bowlers started to bowl offside yorkers as same was much eaiser to them when both Right handed batsment were at middle,had Raina come after UV,left-right comb wud make it much difficult to bowl offside yorkers & Ind wud hve scored invaluable runs...!!!!

  • BigINDFan on April 9, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    It is called momentum - against Eng SL had no clue yorkers or not. When Nohit Sharma and helpless Rahane open followed by killer UV and My mind is on CSK troubles MSD this is what will happen. The reason why Ind were in the finals was becoz of Kohli and to be fair Nohit was Rohit riding on good Ind bowling. Ind went with their worst T20 team based on form - Yuvi, MSD are past their prime even in IPL. Mahela and Sanga knew their time is up and gave one last burst before retiring. Malinga may not last that long in this format unless he maintains fitness. So why not go with a young team who have nothing to lose but full of energy. Instead Ind goes with the same set of losers and blame yorkers and fielding restrictions etc. I am very happy for SL that they finally won after all these attempts but even they know Ind flopped and were clueless this time.

    Kohli is a momentum players and UV and MSD killed it, the same guys who were 2011 WC heroes - time to hang their boots and make way

  • on April 9, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    dhoni says sri lanka executed yorkers very well but being a senior cricketer he doesn't know how to play yorkers even a first class s cricketer in India can hit boundaries with the yorker than what is the use of coaching and spending crores of rupees in training this shows dhoni has no care for the passionate indian fans who toil hard in the sun and leaving their work and watching cricket just they can be happy when india lift the cup they may feel satisfaction inside their mind that they can compare the win with themselves that is passion a true Indian fan live eat and die cricket dhoni has disappointed all of them he should be removed as captain and it is the right time for virat to lead and raina his deputy even if they loose matches don't worry they are the beacons of light for India in the future bcci please make a change.

  • asitha.asi8 on April 9, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Why people blame Yuvi ? No one can hit runs against Sri Lankan balling. Everyone saw what happen to Gayle(3 runs of 13 balls) and Samuels (18 runs of 29 balls). They are the most dangerous batsman in world cricket..In last four over top scorer kohli played 8 balls and scored 6 run, captain hitter played 6 balls and scored 4 runs, yuvi played 8 balls and scored 6 runs...Then tell me who is the resposible for the low total? We cant blame a single player for opponent great bowling...well done srilankan bowlers. NZ batsman all out for 60. Simply SL balling was too good. that's why India ot beaten. Nice work SL.

  • asitha.asi8 on April 9, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Why people blame Yuvi ? No one can hit runs against Sri Lankan balling. Everyone saw what happen to Gayle(3 runs 13 balls) and Samuels (18 runs 29 balls). They are the most dangerous batsman in world cricket. Even Kohli scored 7 runs of 8 balls. NZ batsman all out for 60. Simply SL balling was too good. that's why India got beaten. Nice work SL.

  • on April 9, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    MS Dhoni once said it's easy for them to face Malinga since he's familiar for them from IPL.Now,he's saying that it's difficult to get underneath the ball since Malinga has a slinging action.And,even if they were those FINAL FOUR OVERS that caused trouble for Indian batsmen and,not of course the middle overs,anything wet might be a cause when they were defeated but,might not be if they have won....???? So,Dhoni again shows his reasons & fears to loose.Anyway,there was an important point to notice.Indian batting line up was weaker from the 2011 world cup one and,Sri Lankan batting line up was stronger than in 2011 WC.For India spin department had been improved to some extent and,for Sri Lanka,good differences were their newly found,in form all-rounder & legend following opener.

  • on April 9, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Unlike WI of the 80s and Aus of the 90s and early 2000 no cricket team is dominating in all forms of cricket at the moment. SA is by far the best side in Test cricket for the last 6 or 7 years and they are the most consistent of all. India were never really a threat in Test Cricket but had their best years of ODI cricket in the last 2 or 3 years but now fading under the best ODI side atm Aus and the best Asian side SL. And SL is probably the most balanced and best side in T20 in the world followed by i believe WI. India atm is strong because of Kohli which makes them really unbalanced. SA is not the best side in limited overs but what i ve seen in this World T20 is that if managed right they could be a force cos they proved they can win tight situations by crawling to the semis only denied by Kohli which can be excused.

  • Sakthiivel on April 8, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Malinga's Yorkers where send to boundaries in IPL by many players including MSD. Reality is that momentum changed as soon as Yuvi started to struggle.

  • on April 8, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Why people blame Yuvi ? No one can hit runs against Sri Lankan balling. Everyone saw what happen to Gayle and Samuels. They are the most dangerous batsman in world cricket. Even Kohli scored 7 runs of 8 balls. NZ batsman all out for 60. Simply SL balling was too good. that's why India got beaten. Nice work SL.

  • Ramansilva on April 8, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    I think India under estimated Sri Lanka's bowling ability. But the fact was that Kumar and Sharma were no match for Malinga and Kulasekera. They were not even considered as good for death bowling. Where as Malinga and Kulasekera had proven track record. But who would have thought India would stuggle to score even 20 runs in the last 4 overs.

  • ABHICA on April 10, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    as if UV's innings was not sufficient,rest is completed by MSD coming after him.tht was the point SL bowlers started to bowl offside yorkers as same was much eaiser to them when both Right handed batsment were at middle,had Raina come after UV,left-right comb wud make it much difficult to bowl offside yorkers & Ind wud hve scored invaluable runs...!!!!

  • BigINDFan on April 9, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    It is called momentum - against Eng SL had no clue yorkers or not. When Nohit Sharma and helpless Rahane open followed by killer UV and My mind is on CSK troubles MSD this is what will happen. The reason why Ind were in the finals was becoz of Kohli and to be fair Nohit was Rohit riding on good Ind bowling. Ind went with their worst T20 team based on form - Yuvi, MSD are past their prime even in IPL. Mahela and Sanga knew their time is up and gave one last burst before retiring. Malinga may not last that long in this format unless he maintains fitness. So why not go with a young team who have nothing to lose but full of energy. Instead Ind goes with the same set of losers and blame yorkers and fielding restrictions etc. I am very happy for SL that they finally won after all these attempts but even they know Ind flopped and were clueless this time.

    Kohli is a momentum players and UV and MSD killed it, the same guys who were 2011 WC heroes - time to hang their boots and make way

  • on April 9, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    dhoni says sri lanka executed yorkers very well but being a senior cricketer he doesn't know how to play yorkers even a first class s cricketer in India can hit boundaries with the yorker than what is the use of coaching and spending crores of rupees in training this shows dhoni has no care for the passionate indian fans who toil hard in the sun and leaving their work and watching cricket just they can be happy when india lift the cup they may feel satisfaction inside their mind that they can compare the win with themselves that is passion a true Indian fan live eat and die cricket dhoni has disappointed all of them he should be removed as captain and it is the right time for virat to lead and raina his deputy even if they loose matches don't worry they are the beacons of light for India in the future bcci please make a change.

  • asitha.asi8 on April 9, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Why people blame Yuvi ? No one can hit runs against Sri Lankan balling. Everyone saw what happen to Gayle(3 runs of 13 balls) and Samuels (18 runs of 29 balls). They are the most dangerous batsman in world cricket..In last four over top scorer kohli played 8 balls and scored 6 run, captain hitter played 6 balls and scored 4 runs, yuvi played 8 balls and scored 6 runs...Then tell me who is the resposible for the low total? We cant blame a single player for opponent great bowling...well done srilankan bowlers. NZ batsman all out for 60. Simply SL balling was too good. that's why India ot beaten. Nice work SL.

  • asitha.asi8 on April 9, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Why people blame Yuvi ? No one can hit runs against Sri Lankan balling. Everyone saw what happen to Gayle(3 runs 13 balls) and Samuels (18 runs 29 balls). They are the most dangerous batsman in world cricket. Even Kohli scored 7 runs of 8 balls. NZ batsman all out for 60. Simply SL balling was too good. that's why India got beaten. Nice work SL.

  • on April 9, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    MS Dhoni once said it's easy for them to face Malinga since he's familiar for them from IPL.Now,he's saying that it's difficult to get underneath the ball since Malinga has a slinging action.And,even if they were those FINAL FOUR OVERS that caused trouble for Indian batsmen and,not of course the middle overs,anything wet might be a cause when they were defeated but,might not be if they have won....???? So,Dhoni again shows his reasons & fears to loose.Anyway,there was an important point to notice.Indian batting line up was weaker from the 2011 world cup one and,Sri Lankan batting line up was stronger than in 2011 WC.For India spin department had been improved to some extent and,for Sri Lanka,good differences were their newly found,in form all-rounder & legend following opener.

  • on April 9, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Unlike WI of the 80s and Aus of the 90s and early 2000 no cricket team is dominating in all forms of cricket at the moment. SA is by far the best side in Test cricket for the last 6 or 7 years and they are the most consistent of all. India were never really a threat in Test Cricket but had their best years of ODI cricket in the last 2 or 3 years but now fading under the best ODI side atm Aus and the best Asian side SL. And SL is probably the most balanced and best side in T20 in the world followed by i believe WI. India atm is strong because of Kohli which makes them really unbalanced. SA is not the best side in limited overs but what i ve seen in this World T20 is that if managed right they could be a force cos they proved they can win tight situations by crawling to the semis only denied by Kohli which can be excused.

  • Sakthiivel on April 8, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Malinga's Yorkers where send to boundaries in IPL by many players including MSD. Reality is that momentum changed as soon as Yuvi started to struggle.

  • on April 8, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Why people blame Yuvi ? No one can hit runs against Sri Lankan balling. Everyone saw what happen to Gayle and Samuels. They are the most dangerous batsman in world cricket. Even Kohli scored 7 runs of 8 balls. NZ batsman all out for 60. Simply SL balling was too good. that's why India got beaten. Nice work SL.

  • Ramansilva on April 8, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    I think India under estimated Sri Lanka's bowling ability. But the fact was that Kumar and Sharma were no match for Malinga and Kulasekera. They were not even considered as good for death bowling. Where as Malinga and Kulasekera had proven track record. But who would have thought India would stuggle to score even 20 runs in the last 4 overs.

  • ExpectUs on April 8, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    As Ranjith rightly pointed out, it was no single Indian player's fault. In fact, there was hardly any 'fault' to it. Cricket is not just a game of hitting balls with a bat, the art of bowling often defines a match. Sri Lanka bowled brilliantly and the better team won.

  • on April 8, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    In last four over top scorer kohli played 8 balls and scored 6 run, captain pinch hitter played 6 balls and scored 4 runs, yuvi played 8 balls and scored 6 runs...Then tell me who is the resposible for the low total? We cant blame a single player for opponent great bowling...well done srilankan bowlers... This is the best Comment which I fully endorse.

  • on April 7, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Still having a heart-burn from India's uncalled defeat. What hurt me more was that Yuvraj was not even trying to hit the bowlers in the final over, and when he did he hit it straight to the fielder, who didn't had to move an inch. What if Yuvi had scored atleast 30-35 runs from those 21 balls, the whole course of the match would have changed. Dhoni's excuse seems lame, and why is he talking about Malinga's action now. He has seen and faced his bowling for quite a long time, and still hasn't figured out a way to hit off him. Sending in Raina would have been a wiser decision. Also, the bowling changes were not right, he took a long time to bring on the spinner and when Ashwin came the run-rate was flowing at more than 7. He should have attacked with Ashwin / Mishra from the first over itself. I am thinking of how Sri Lanka defended that 119 runs against New Zealand when they were almost on their way back home. So, as Darren Sammy said earlier, God (read Ravan) was smiling at the Lankans

  • Temuzin on April 7, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    Expert selected MSD as a captain for world 11 in T20 yesterday. And a few Indian fans want to drop him from Captaincy of Indian team. How ironic.

  • Temuzin on April 7, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    India is a runner up in this world cup they dominated till the final. One off day and many fans want heads to roll. Indian fans are most fickle lot among all of them they have impossible expectations from their team. In a team game your team will not win always. Others will win too. Why such a reaction? Eng Australia, SA NZ Pakistan all of them failed to even reach where Indian team is one team has to lose it was India this time. Lankans played better, they won crucial toss and Malinga bowled his heart out. India is still runner up in a world cup. Be happy.

  • Nampally on April 7, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    @khanofcricket: I agree that bringing in Malinga's accurate Yorkers by Dhoni is poor excuse for India's loss. Everyone knows that Malinga is very good with his Yorkers. The strange part is EACH of the SL bowlers gave <30 runs in their 4 overs. Indian bowlers were more in 8 runs/over category with only Raina & Ashwin below that. However I do not agree with your comment about Kohli's S/R. He is the sheet anchor of Indian batting + most consistent scorer. He got 77 from 58 balls with S/R >130. He has to build his innings carefully because if he does not hold the fort at one end, the Indian batting FAILS. He gave one hot chance trying to hit. But he was the only guy showing aggression & his momentum was crippled by Yuvraj hogging the strike. By comparison Rahane + Yuvraj + Dhoni jointly scored 18 runs between them in 36 balls @ S/R=50. Had the others scored at Kohli's S/R, India would total 170. Because these 3 fared so poorly, India got just 130. So Kudos to Magnificient Kohli!

  • Nampally on April 7, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    My first question to Dhoni is why did he NOT send a message to Yuvraj to "Hit out or Get Out" at the start of 15th over with score at 94 for 2 ? The remaining 7 overs needed at least 12 runs/over to make the match competitive. Dhoni was just as layback as Yuvraj. In T20 every DOT ball hits you hard on the total. Dhoni's vast experience was wasted in time of need. If Yuvi had got out trying to smash the ball for sixers, India had Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja & Ashwin to follow. India is not gaining by having wickets in hand when runs matter most. I would much rather have 180 ALL OUT than 130 for 3 or 4. Raina's on slaught from match vs. SA was fresh. He was just as frustrated sitting on the bench watching Yuvraj defending as was Kohli from non striker;s end. In my opinion Dhoni failed in providing the Leadership which was so evident in previous 5 Matches- A temporary Brain cramp seemx to have hit both Yuvi & Dhoni!

  • khanofcricket on April 7, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Kohli is a fantastic player but he was off color in the final. Just because he scored 77 runs, people forgot how he scored those runs. If you analyse his innings this is what you see: Power play - overs 6: 11 runs off 16 balls (and dropped once) - Total 31/1 Overs 10 - 31 off 29, India's total $64/1 Overs 15 - 55 off 45 he picked momentum here and in 16th over scored 15 runs. But at this stage, Raina or Dhoni would have done the same thing. Overs 17 - 72 off 52, only scored 2 off 2 balls Overs 18 - 74 off 54, only scored 2 off 2 balls Overs 19 - 76 off 57, only scored 2 off 3 balls Overs 20 - 77 off 58, only scored 1 off 1 ball This clearly shows that Kohli was scratchy till 12th over and then he also choked in the last 4 overs, scoring only 7 runs off 8 balls. It was simply good death bowling and Indian batsmen were not upto the task, including Kohli. It is also ridiculous to hear Dhoni bringing Malinga's action into discussion - lame excuses, I guess.

  • wonderstar1 on April 7, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    @Lakpj For now you can enjoy the success and don't worry about our India in cricket. we have a great future and will back come back stronger. Its silly of you to suggest that India does not have good players.and please SL fans don't ever suggest on how we should treat our players and how to select the players. we have played Cricket and we have won more tournaments than Pak or SL in the recent past. we will definitely take care of the overseas record and we will rectify . You will see the better results in the forthcoming future for sure. so please enjoy your win and don't suggest us how to play the game. we know it well as we have played and seen all the ups and downs of the game than any other Asian team. peace.

  • on April 7, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    People who put Yuvi in this situation are responsible for this debacle. Hope they take the responsibility. Yuvi has struggled ever since his comeback.

  • on April 7, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    The praises for the Sri Lankan bowling aside, all Yuvi and Dhoni had to do was give a single to the best possible player on song. Instead they both tried to hit 6's and not only wasted entire overs but even denied Kohli strike for the next ones. This simply defies cricketing logic. And all this after the talk from Kohli about singles being of the utmost importance in T20. Now Dhoni has proven that there really is no difference between him and Sammy. Even good aggressive death bowling could have been derailed with the well set Kohli facing more than the one last delivery of the 4 last overs.

  • AravindVatsal82 on April 7, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Dhoni does unthinkable & get over it,all praises .this time looked poor,just because a big final all we know hw t20 is played its the confidence & current form matters in the middle,more than anything fearlessness to outdo the oppossition yuvi had nothing having dropped a sitter in previous matches his head down,dhoni was trying to create a hero in yuvi,but not at the stake of team, raina jadeja Or ashwin would have been the choice but one emotional decesion cost us the wt20cup,being vgood thruout was not good enough until its over the line,If sunil gavaskar has as say then virat should be tested atleast in the test against the england,dhoni was mere a captain making bowling changes in this whole t20 tournament its time vloop up for virat @t20 & test.no doubt dhoni has brought the calmness to team but u need more than that to be consistent just take leaf out of CA-cricket australia what happened to taylor,waugh,punter nobody is permanent except the team..

  • Lakpj on April 7, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    @agarkarno1 Don't worry they will survive those were the same questions that were asked when Aravinda, Arjuna and Sana were retiring, but SL cricket had survived this far and will continue to survive. They already have Mathews, Thiri and Kusal another couple good players will make it in an even stronger team in the future. It is India who needs to worry more, they are now starting to depend too much on Kohli especially when they are playing away from home.

  • on April 7, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Yuvi wasted precious 20+ balls & chocked momentum from Indian inns resulted in India getting well below par total for that ground. yu couldn't score even before Malinga came for final spell. He was miss-timing & missing everything when on the other end Kohli was killing...........India should have fired from both ends after 10th over bcz India had wickets in hand but yu was the problem

    He did this in his previous inns too but fortunately in previous inns he came too late to to waste too many deliveries but this time he costed India the World cup.

    Yuvi is over !!

  • on April 7, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    In last four over top scorer kohli played 8 balls and scored 6 run, captain pinch hitter played 6 balls and scored 4 runs, yuvi played 8 balls and scored 6 runs...Then tell me who is the resposible for the low total? We cant blame a single player for opponent great bowling...well done srilankan bowlers...

  • wonderstar1 on April 7, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Well done SL! @Indian fans we cant ask for every tournament to win. we have the WC 2011, CT 2013 and we have already the 2007 WCT20 in our cabin. I think its too much to ask for everything to be won they are humans too and we made it to the finals of this edition which in itself a great achievement given at the beginning nobody gave us a chance to go beyond group stages. let others think whatever they want but India has exceeded our expectations and have a great future and can only better. so lets stop searching for excuses. you win some and you loose some its just a game. Importantly to both INDIAN AND SL FANS pls stop talking like REVENGE its not a sin or crime that somebody has committed to take revenge or punish. India winning over SL in 2011 WC final was not a sin or Sl win over India yesterday was not a sin either. one who plays better on thatd ay wins the game and it all ends there. Revenge is too big a word to use here for both fans. good luck.

  • AnilSahai on April 7, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    So many cant be wrong. Dhoni HAS to take the blame for poor team selection and poor captaincy. Yuvi may be on the winning IPL team and make 14 crores from RCB, but Virat would not hesitate to drop him if he does not perform, inspite of his strong support for wanting Mallaya to bid the obscene amount for Mr. Y. Singh. Yes, he has been brilliant in the past, but the country HAS to come first.

    Dhoni cant get away by simply stating that SL bowled well in the death. All the more reason that knowing Malinga had the two overs in the end, he should have directed his batsman to assume they are playing a 17 over game and maximize the score in that span of the innings. Raina has been performing far better than Dhoni in the death. He has the confidence to hit out from ball 1, unlike Dhoni who needs and bats his first 3 overs at a strike rate well under 100. Raina, in these situations bats at over 200. Check the stats. Dhoni needs to be immediately replaced by Virat for T20s & ODIs.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Wonderful Thoughts from Mr.Sandeep Kumar. Team India have not been prepared them selves to face malinga's venom. But overal I am very happy to see good quality Cricket from both the teams!! we should be very proud to see two Asian quality sides could compete each other in major ICC final. Cheers! Sri Lankans and Indians!!

  • sahbas_s on April 7, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    @Kiwirocker - Amazing how you guys do the analysis. One defeat and you guys are on the throat. You need to go and train ur team to score 100 runs against mightySL. Indians thrashed the opponents except the final and it happens. Overall an entertaining tournament for us. Thanks MSD and team for the great show and let's move ahead. With all the respect, lets get rid of Yuvi.His new owner will pay him crores and giv chance to Dhawan.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Get Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav and Md. Shami to play regularly, in a combo, for the next 10-11 months preceding the 50-50 WC. We need fast bowlers. In the Oz next year, fast bowling will be crucial.

  • SatishTembey on April 7, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Though it is difficult to digest such defeat, it might be good for Indian cricket. Many deficiencies exposed - 1. captaincy - there is no passion and "desire to win attitude" in Dhoni's captaincy. He was sitting quietly when Yuvi was struggling and defending in the middle. I don't know whether it was "Captain Cool" or "Captain Careless". On the contrary Malinga was thoroughly involved in the game. 2. Team selection - why Mohit was selected ahead of Shami? Mohit conceded @ 11.5 runs per over in match against SA. 3. Batting order - why batting order was not changed ? Why no pinch hitter (like ajay Jadja) was used. 4. Bowling changes - why Ashwing wasn't used early ? Even bowling changes were not convincing. Since India scored only 130 runs - it was a "15-17" over game, therefore should have used best hollers early. 5. Brain Behind - Malinga was fortunate to have Jaywardane, Sanga to support...... Dhoni had none!!! And hence exposed!!!

  • cricespnfan7 on April 7, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Well said @Tharindu Vishwanath SL deserve this 100 % becoz the way they waiting from last 5 icc tournament and lost in final 2007, 2011, 2012 on the other side india lost only one final in 2003 and 2014 so indian fans can learn from sl fans that how to support own team and wait for right time bcos "NO ONE STRONGER THAN TIME" :-) from indian fan

  • KiwiRocker- on April 7, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    It is sad and one can not help but feel for Yuvrah Singh. However, what is ever more sad is behaviour of Kohli. He has no right to insult an Indian ODI great of moderan era. Yuvraj Singh won WC 2011 for India but memories are so short. Reality is that it is over for Yuvraj and he is finished. He is just being dragged around by Dhoni like how Dhoni is dragging along Zaheer Khan's career. This tournament was presented to India on a plate. India had all the luck with them. They won crucial tosses against Pakistan and West Indies and their wins were thanks to a huge part due to tosses. Sri Lanka is the best ODI and T20 team in Asia as they proved in Asia Cup and T20. They are on par in test matches with Pakistan. India is not on top in any format and results clearly indicate irrespective of flawed ICC rankings. Ashwin can wear full sleaves or half sleaves and he is still a mediocre bowler. Yuvraj finished, Dhawan on decline! Mishra stared to fade away..Shami disappreaed! What is positives?

  • sreehk on April 7, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    GLARING QUESTIONS on DHONI!! Everyone knows that Yuvraj is not in form and there is nothing to disagree that he struggled and was one of the reasons for India's low score. However, Dhoni's decisions and selections were glaringly questionable. Despite knowing Yuvraj is not a great player of spin, why did Dhoni not take responsibility in coming up the order himself. Why did he not send Raina who looked to be up on confidence? It is not about sticking to your chair in the dugout, but the question is whether he is thinking on the move. Why did Dhoni bowl Ashwin so late in the innings? Why did Dhoni take Mishra off giving him just 1 over when he seemed to be better of the batsmen? Why did Dhoni bowl Mishra leg spinner when two lefties Sanga and Perera were at the crease? Why was Mohit selected for a world cup final over Shammi who has been so good? Why was Dhawan dropped so quickly unlike Rohit who was given longer rope? Why was Jadeja hidden throughout the tournament? Why, why, why???

  • agarkarno1 on April 7, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Everything worked for Srilanka yesterday like a dream. Yes only then a team can beat the current Indian team. Congrats SL on winning the cup. Your consistency in big tournaments is amazing. Thought you would be nothing with out Murali and Jayasurya. But interesting to see, how you would fare with out Jayawardane and Sangakarra..!

  • Manoj_the_Best on April 7, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    All the best for Our Lions for fulfilling our dream which we waited for many many years.... and what a farewell for Sanga & Mayya..

    Also, should thank all the Bangladesh fans for all the support they gave our team and who ever support our lions.

    What a day to remember 06.04.2014, will be in our memories for ever......

  • AndrewsPraveen on April 7, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    well said cap... just one bad day at the office and i appreciate MS for speaking about the flaws of our team and the best the opposition did... hope he will make this loss forgotten by some good wins in the following series

  • vallavarayar on April 7, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    India was never tested right through the tournament. And when they first came up against it, they were clueless. Absolutely no match awareness in the beginning or middle of their innings.

  • on April 7, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    I know many Indian fans are heart broken right now. But guys, all rivalry apart, we desperately needed this after heartbreaking 4 Finals and for legendary Sanga and Mahela. India played really very well, defeated mighty teams like Pakistan, West Indies, Australia to stay unbeaten so kudos to India too. You guys should be really really glad and proud that you have a massive talented and the best in the business batsman like Virat Kohli who make all rest of us jealous.

  • on April 7, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Dhoni claims that Malinga was bowling (wide) yorkers from low height. Was it the first time Malinga has done that? Malinga has bowled like that especially during the death overs through out the tournament. How did the finishers in Indian team, including Dhoni and Yuvi prepare for it? Did going into the finals without a loss make the Indian team complacent? Did they prepare for the final as well as they could have? I don't think playing football helped :-;

  • Balumekka on April 6, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Yes. Dhoni has a point here. Its not just Yuvraj, but all batsman were tighten up due to some brilliant death bowling exhibition. Dhoni is a man in any given day would hit sixes at his will. But he too failed against this classic death bowling.

  • on April 6, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Contd...ganguly promoted Shewag in tests. Pak always uses a surprise bowler against India. SA has tried everything. NZ opened bowling with dipak Patel. Aus sent in Shane warne in the 96 wc to up the rate. SL did this with pererra. Unfortunately, Dhoni and fletcher have been inflexible. Bisla, Yusuf, irfan, Uthappa, etc etc are all cricketers and they deserve a chance. India looks the same in tests, ODIs, and t20. Why was Binny not given a go in the dead rubber?

  • on April 6, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    No point in blaming Yuvraj. The problem was in over #1. Kulasekera did not swing the ball. So SL wanted to try Matthews and check the pitch. India needed someone to go bang bang. Shewag would have been ideal. In the IPL we have so many players. Where are they? Next when Rahane fell, we needed someone to get a quick 20 or 30. Jadeja? Also Raina was in form and could have come in before Yuvraj. Plus one more culprit is the strategy. Bat second and chase. Happened in the Asia cup when India batted first. They got a below par score. We don't have a bowling attack that will blow away teams. And this is the subcontinent. India is going downhill in terms of allrounder cricket even though they were in the finals. When will India win a match because of its fast bowlers? Or an allrounder? Or strategy? In the 1992 wc Pak saved Inzy for later. In 1996 SL used two hitters at the top. In 1985 WSc Indian tactics were fantastic, Sachin opened in NZ to change history.

  • gahapanmachan on April 6, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Dhoni is right it was the bowlers who won it for SL. Seamers were great but spinners did their job as well. If Malinga caught Kohli off Herat, India would have been in trouble.

  • gaga001 on April 6, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    We can not put sehwag and gambhir out of T20 world cups they should be recalled and dhoni should accept them as team member, and dhoni is not good as captain some body other than dhoni should be given the charge, dhoni is good as a player he is nice wicket keeper and good slogger in the end I think someone else should be given a charge for 2015 world cup, and selectors who have blind faith on dhoni after tendulkar's retirement should make some strong decisions.

  • on April 6, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Frank and humble comments. He calls a spade a spade and is graceful in defeat too. One of the greatest captains in the history of world cricket. Virat didn't deserve to end up on the losing side but the same goes for the great legends Mahela and Sangakkara. Very well done Sri Lanka. I am proud to be Sri Lankan.

  • Alexk400 on April 6, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    All i want to say it is good example of what result india will face in 50 over world cup. Dhoni has to be dropped from captaincy. He still very good in 50 over but his team selection is so bad that costed the game. Rohit sharma choked when game that is mattered. Yuvi gone past expiry date. Rahane is good club player at his best. if you remove Kohli , this indian team is awful.

  • rafilafir on April 6, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    It was an impeccable line and length by Kule and Lasith. Hats off to Virat for his brilliant batting, he is treat to watch and I reckon he will reach eve greater heights.We as Lankans will undoubtedly miss both SANGA AND MAHELA. They have been the pillars of strength to SL Cricket.

  • Kavum on April 6, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Dhoni and Kohli emulated Darren Sammy and were incredibly gracious in defeat. As we say goodbye to Mahi and Sanga (1/3 goodbye as we have a year or so to go), we must also say well done to the Bharat boys who did so well to enter the final. VK was incredible to watch and I am waiting for him to break SRT's and Headley's records and challenge Bradman. He is that good. Well done my team - SL.

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  • Kavum on April 6, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Dhoni and Kohli emulated Darren Sammy and were incredibly gracious in defeat. As we say goodbye to Mahi and Sanga (1/3 goodbye as we have a year or so to go), we must also say well done to the Bharat boys who did so well to enter the final. VK was incredible to watch and I am waiting for him to break SRT's and Headley's records and challenge Bradman. He is that good. Well done my team - SL.

  • rafilafir on April 6, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    It was an impeccable line and length by Kule and Lasith. Hats off to Virat for his brilliant batting, he is treat to watch and I reckon he will reach eve greater heights.We as Lankans will undoubtedly miss both SANGA AND MAHELA. They have been the pillars of strength to SL Cricket.

  • Alexk400 on April 6, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    All i want to say it is good example of what result india will face in 50 over world cup. Dhoni has to be dropped from captaincy. He still very good in 50 over but his team selection is so bad that costed the game. Rohit sharma choked when game that is mattered. Yuvi gone past expiry date. Rahane is good club player at his best. if you remove Kohli , this indian team is awful.

  • on April 6, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Frank and humble comments. He calls a spade a spade and is graceful in defeat too. One of the greatest captains in the history of world cricket. Virat didn't deserve to end up on the losing side but the same goes for the great legends Mahela and Sangakkara. Very well done Sri Lanka. I am proud to be Sri Lankan.

  • gaga001 on April 6, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    We can not put sehwag and gambhir out of T20 world cups they should be recalled and dhoni should accept them as team member, and dhoni is not good as captain some body other than dhoni should be given the charge, dhoni is good as a player he is nice wicket keeper and good slogger in the end I think someone else should be given a charge for 2015 world cup, and selectors who have blind faith on dhoni after tendulkar's retirement should make some strong decisions.

  • gahapanmachan on April 6, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Dhoni is right it was the bowlers who won it for SL. Seamers were great but spinners did their job as well. If Malinga caught Kohli off Herat, India would have been in trouble.

  • on April 6, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    No point in blaming Yuvraj. The problem was in over #1. Kulasekera did not swing the ball. So SL wanted to try Matthews and check the pitch. India needed someone to go bang bang. Shewag would have been ideal. In the IPL we have so many players. Where are they? Next when Rahane fell, we needed someone to get a quick 20 or 30. Jadeja? Also Raina was in form and could have come in before Yuvraj. Plus one more culprit is the strategy. Bat second and chase. Happened in the Asia cup when India batted first. They got a below par score. We don't have a bowling attack that will blow away teams. And this is the subcontinent. India is going downhill in terms of allrounder cricket even though they were in the finals. When will India win a match because of its fast bowlers? Or an allrounder? Or strategy? In the 1992 wc Pak saved Inzy for later. In 1996 SL used two hitters at the top. In 1985 WSc Indian tactics were fantastic, Sachin opened in NZ to change history.

  • on April 6, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Contd...ganguly promoted Shewag in tests. Pak always uses a surprise bowler against India. SA has tried everything. NZ opened bowling with dipak Patel. Aus sent in Shane warne in the 96 wc to up the rate. SL did this with pererra. Unfortunately, Dhoni and fletcher have been inflexible. Bisla, Yusuf, irfan, Uthappa, etc etc are all cricketers and they deserve a chance. India looks the same in tests, ODIs, and t20. Why was Binny not given a go in the dead rubber?

  • Balumekka on April 6, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Yes. Dhoni has a point here. Its not just Yuvraj, but all batsman were tighten up due to some brilliant death bowling exhibition. Dhoni is a man in any given day would hit sixes at his will. But he too failed against this classic death bowling.

  • on April 7, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Dhoni claims that Malinga was bowling (wide) yorkers from low height. Was it the first time Malinga has done that? Malinga has bowled like that especially during the death overs through out the tournament. How did the finishers in Indian team, including Dhoni and Yuvi prepare for it? Did going into the finals without a loss make the Indian team complacent? Did they prepare for the final as well as they could have? I don't think playing football helped :-;