Australia v India, Super Eights, Group F, Barbados May 7, 2010

Pulling isn't our natural strength - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni has defended his top order after they once again fell apart in the face of a hostile short-pitched attack. The pace of Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson proved too much for India as they slumped to 50 for 7 in their pursuit of a daunting 185, and it was a familiar mode of dismissal that brought their downfall.

Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina, the latter coming off the back of his hundred against South Africa, were unsettled by the short ball and fell to limp pulls. It was only Rohit Sharma, who hit out towards the end, that looked comfortable against the sustained pace that Australia were able to throw at them.

If India have realistic ambitions of winning this tournament they are going to have to sharpen up their reflexes, for after this performance they will have plenty more deliveries heading for the ribcage with another Super Eight match and the final to be held in Barbados. The hole left by Virender Sehwag's absence has not been adequately filled.

"You try to fight fire with fire and it doesn't always work and this was an example of that," Dhoni said. "If somebody bowls 150kph short stuff then you have to be really good at pulling which isn't our natural strength. Most players from India are very good at cutting the ball, but only a few are good pullers against the new ball.

"Maybe we could have played through the first few overs because we saw as the ball got a bit older it didn't come on as quickly," he added. "But you have to go for runs and it's easy after the game to say this is what should have been done. When you are chasing 180-odd runs the first five or six overs are very important otherwise the rate goes above 10 an over."

Dhoni, and each India captain before him, has had to answer questions on his side's ability to face short-pitched bowling but the concern will be that this wasn't a lightning fast surface, just one that offered encouragement to a well-directed attack. At last year's World Twenty20 in England, India succumbed in similar fashion with Super Eight defeats against West Indies and the hosts when they were bombed out on a lively Lord's surface.

"It's the same stuff that Indians have been facing for the last 10, 15, 20 years and some of the best [batsmen] in the world have come from India so there's no reason why they can't do it," Dhoni said. "During the first T20 World Cup we played in Durban on one of the fastest tracks you'll see and we beat England, South Africa and Australia."

However, Dhoni felt that it was the right approach for the batsmen to go for their shots from the start, despite having watched Shane Watson and David Warner assess conditions before opening up during their 104-run stand.

"It was a big score but it is a fast-scoring ground so I didn't think we were under too much pressure because of that," he said. "We needed a good start and you have to keep on going but a few shots when straight to the fielder. The aggressive approach has worked for us in the past but you just have to be a bit careful."

India now play two more Super Eights matches and the first of them is back at the Kensington Oval against West Indies. If the hosts were watching this performance, they are likely to be winding up Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • ganymide on May 9, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    what's the problem with my comments, why you've n't yet published? could you answer to my question please?

  • Craig_Adel on May 9, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    And yes, Qazar, you dare not speak the name of the ultimate liar and cheat, do you?

  • shayad on May 8, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    C Gayle S Chanderpaul R Sarwan D Bravo A Flecther D Sammy K Pollard S Benn J Taylor K Roach R Rampaul

  • Lahori_Munde on May 8, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    To Sohail Anwer with his comment "why dont you acknowledge that Pak is the best T20 team in the world and the reigning champions..". Sorry, but they have lost two out of two in Super 8 and out of the tournament now:))

  • on May 8, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    As I have said in Viru's Facebook blog...With out Virender Sehwag, indian team is looking at Mirage!!! (for winning Championship); He is a fearless competitor just like Derk Jeter, Micheal Jordan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunny Gavaskar, Ian Botham, Imaran khan, Wasim Akram, Paul GasCoigne...all in one! I bet you Aussies would have been smashed out of sight as they were in test...by Viru. It is sad we dont have Viru, Sachhin, Irfan Pathan, and I would say Kpil Dev could play T20s. Its 1 hr in the park thing!

  • Mark00 on May 8, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Nice to see that Dhoni is reinforcing what I've been saying all along ... that all the 50+ average batsmen we're seeing today have benefited tremendously from bouncer restrictions.

    The bouncer restrictions need to be removed. It's destroyed fast bowling and, with it, cricket as a truly thrilling spectacle. Now, even batsmen who lack foot work can average over 50 quite easily.

    There's also nothing like the spectacle of a real fast bowler aiming for the jugular in any other sport. It's a kind of controlled gladiatorial combat that separated cricket as a game that tested courage and determination. Now, particularly test cricket, is all about waiting for the loose ball. Gee. how fun.

  • aravabalaji on May 8, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    It is really bemusing that people are crying for Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, etc. Are they talking about the next world cup? Guys, its not IPL & let's accept the reality that you have to select your team only from the 15! And what if Robin & Kohli fail in their first match? In the match against Aussies, its a collective failure coupled with tactical errors from the captain. When Jadeja got the stick, why not try Raina's slow skidders and one or two overs from Rohit? It is unfortunate to single out Jadeja as the guy had one poor match not to forget his utility in the matches before. Dinesh Karthik's utility can be tried either as a opener (as he has better footwork) or as a middle order bat (as he is a wily finisher). Let's have reality check. It is not over yet & India has the capability to bounce back. Its that the players have to back themselves up. Good Luck!

  • jamespeterv on May 8, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    @PhilipCOORG. Please note.. Dinesh Karthik is also a WK. So Dhoni mostly not allowed DK to play for India.

  • Htc-Baseball on May 8, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Alwys had the thought tat uvi s a far better and intlegent bowler than jadeja,mahi s not utilising the resorces available properly.uvi and rohit can surely bowl well contain and pick wickets..keeping jadeja as a bowling allrounder is a worst thing tat cud happen to us.karthick must get a place in eleven.As far as usaf is concerned currently no replacements so need to stick to him..........best way to use usaf is by making him to open wit gambir...usaf,gamb,raina,rohit,karthick,dhoni,uvi,baji,zak,nehra,umesh. Must use uvi at the death overs and make rohit to play 2 down..

  • mafyal on May 8, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    drop vijy,jadeja & yuvraj.get in uthappa kohli & an extra pacer. most probably rp singh. and even p.ojha should be bought after all he is the purple cap golder in the ipl.and finally give dhoni a nice scolding such that he never ever feilds again on such a hard track.

  • ganymide on May 9, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    what's the problem with my comments, why you've n't yet published? could you answer to my question please?

  • Craig_Adel on May 9, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    And yes, Qazar, you dare not speak the name of the ultimate liar and cheat, do you?

  • shayad on May 8, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    C Gayle S Chanderpaul R Sarwan D Bravo A Flecther D Sammy K Pollard S Benn J Taylor K Roach R Rampaul

  • Lahori_Munde on May 8, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    To Sohail Anwer with his comment "why dont you acknowledge that Pak is the best T20 team in the world and the reigning champions..". Sorry, but they have lost two out of two in Super 8 and out of the tournament now:))

  • on May 8, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    As I have said in Viru's Facebook blog...With out Virender Sehwag, indian team is looking at Mirage!!! (for winning Championship); He is a fearless competitor just like Derk Jeter, Micheal Jordan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunny Gavaskar, Ian Botham, Imaran khan, Wasim Akram, Paul GasCoigne...all in one! I bet you Aussies would have been smashed out of sight as they were in test...by Viru. It is sad we dont have Viru, Sachhin, Irfan Pathan, and I would say Kpil Dev could play T20s. Its 1 hr in the park thing!

  • Mark00 on May 8, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Nice to see that Dhoni is reinforcing what I've been saying all along ... that all the 50+ average batsmen we're seeing today have benefited tremendously from bouncer restrictions.

    The bouncer restrictions need to be removed. It's destroyed fast bowling and, with it, cricket as a truly thrilling spectacle. Now, even batsmen who lack foot work can average over 50 quite easily.

    There's also nothing like the spectacle of a real fast bowler aiming for the jugular in any other sport. It's a kind of controlled gladiatorial combat that separated cricket as a game that tested courage and determination. Now, particularly test cricket, is all about waiting for the loose ball. Gee. how fun.

  • aravabalaji on May 8, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    It is really bemusing that people are crying for Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, etc. Are they talking about the next world cup? Guys, its not IPL & let's accept the reality that you have to select your team only from the 15! And what if Robin & Kohli fail in their first match? In the match against Aussies, its a collective failure coupled with tactical errors from the captain. When Jadeja got the stick, why not try Raina's slow skidders and one or two overs from Rohit? It is unfortunate to single out Jadeja as the guy had one poor match not to forget his utility in the matches before. Dinesh Karthik's utility can be tried either as a opener (as he has better footwork) or as a middle order bat (as he is a wily finisher). Let's have reality check. It is not over yet & India has the capability to bounce back. Its that the players have to back themselves up. Good Luck!

  • jamespeterv on May 8, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    @PhilipCOORG. Please note.. Dinesh Karthik is also a WK. So Dhoni mostly not allowed DK to play for India.

  • Htc-Baseball on May 8, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Alwys had the thought tat uvi s a far better and intlegent bowler than jadeja,mahi s not utilising the resorces available properly.uvi and rohit can surely bowl well contain and pick wickets..keeping jadeja as a bowling allrounder is a worst thing tat cud happen to us.karthick must get a place in eleven.As far as usaf is concerned currently no replacements so need to stick to him..........best way to use usaf is by making him to open wit gambir...usaf,gamb,raina,rohit,karthick,dhoni,uvi,baji,zak,nehra,umesh. Must use uvi at the death overs and make rohit to play 2 down..

  • mafyal on May 8, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    drop vijy,jadeja & yuvraj.get in uthappa kohli & an extra pacer. most probably rp singh. and even p.ojha should be bought after all he is the purple cap golder in the ipl.and finally give dhoni a nice scolding such that he never ever feilds again on such a hard track.

  • Navdip on May 8, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    For me, this is pretty ordinary Indian Team, I dont see them winning T20 at all. They can still bat & score 190 200 on any given day but the question is Can they defend even 200. Answer is simple who knows... What is ravindra jadeja doing in any ways in the team, he is talented player but a test player, he is so slow even in one day international, so is our so called pacer Parveen kumar who has to wait for clouds to come in so that he plays in to get some swing. Yousuf pathan, yes a match winner but he should know he cannot smash everyball out of park. He is on footmarks of brother irfan & will soon be out. For MURALI, this is not IPL, this is international cricket Yuvraj Gambhir are out of form. Ashish nehra will get stick on any day, I dont see him very reliable bowler at all, its so disgusting seeing his teeth out everytime he is hit for four or six as if he bowled a very good ball but batsmen played very good shot. The team does not look as one unit may be IPL created differences.

  • SamitXI on May 8, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    why was MSD plyed to murali vijay whenever the dinesh karthik is in awesome form.. murly vijay is only made for ipl and domestic cricket not for international ....... may b robin is better choice than m.vijay plzzzzzz send m.vijay back india for practice for next ipl

  • vibh_ch on May 8, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Well,this was no surprise.Rising balls are different from short balls,which can be countered by most batsmen.But on lively wickets as this,when you have guys bowling at 150kmph,you get rising deliveries.Believe me,it is not just our batsmen but many world over cannot cope with such bowling,even Sir Don's avg. went down by his own stds. in the bodyline series.Especially in T20,you are required to play shots,so you cant afford to duck to rising balls.We unfortunately lack those who can test the batsmen like the Aussies,hence not able to show that it is everyone's weakness.Chuck out Yusuf from the fringes of our game,has a poor attitude,does not adapt.Vijay looks very ordinary against quality bowling as he did in SA tests.Rohit showed something yesterday which we had not seen after CB series.He should play all forms.Calling Yuvraj,Jadeja spinners is rubbish.MS,back players with pedigree,make it clear to selectors.They miss Robin big time.Better to lose,select proper team for Zim.

  • Ramlals_Bong on May 8, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    India need to learn how to face short pitched bowling. They cant rely on recalling Dravid to help them learn. He can only advise them, he cant play the short pitched ball for them!! The IPL is the ideal tournament to learn how to face the short stuff. IPL teams with the likes of Tait, Nannes, Steyn, Bond and Lee should bowl short pitched deliveries to our indian players in the nets so they improve. Its no use facing Zaheer, Nehra and PK in the nets as they cant bowl bouncers at pace. Also, India is the biggest cricket playing nation, why cant they find a fast bowler that bowls at 145+. Every team has one except us. The same goes for batsmen who can bowl fast / medium pace... every team has one (Morkel, Oram, Bravo, Collingwood, Watson, Razzaq, Matthews) The team selection is also bad, my 11 would be: 1) Gambhir, 2) Utthapa, 3) Raina, 4) Sharma, 5) Yuvi, 6) MSD, 7) Yusuf, 8) Irfan, 9) Harbhajan, 10) Zaheer / PK, 11) Nehra / PK (Assuming Sehwag and Sachin aren't available)

  • Misfortune on May 8, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Stop blaming them!its just a bad day in the field!still they will qualify!

  • gerardpereira20 on May 8, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    It is time to accept that India are just not a great T20 team and to blame Dhoni for this state of affairs is just not fair.The selectors keep getting it wrong time and time again and should be sacked. Gambhir and Vijay are not suited to this form of the game. Vijay being selected on the basis of one century against an average attack on a flat pitch in the IPL.Raina has a technical flaw against fast bowling that should have been ironed out by now. Pathan and Jadeja are not up to international standards in both the batting and bowling departments when the matches are played outside India.The younger generation of Indian cricketer Dhoni included does not have the ability to read the game and adjust accordingly a la Tendulkar . If the IPL was the criteria for picking the team Uttappa, Kholi, Mishra, Ojah and Irfan Pathan would have given India better options, but truth be told Tendulkar, Dravid, Kumble all pushing forty are better by miles than anyone in the current team.

  • singhsachin on May 8, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Hi guys, I think Mr. Dhoni should give chance to open Yusuf instead (bad selection murli vijay), and select inform batsman kartik in end as a finisher... pravin kumar will be best allrounder instead of shaky and unconfident jadeja... Other wise we dont have option to go to next level... Good luck for next two games...... dont fear woke up and play a fast game not test match with murli vijay... I think Srikant has selected him due he belong chennai team and Both srikant and dhoni is from chennai IPL team.... IPL is dangerous before world cup...

    Robin uthappa will be missed after this world cup... lets see next match... what India can do????

  • knowledge_eater on May 8, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Who cares if there are short balls. Fix it or pack bags early. Lot of fans have a dream of India dominating all 3 formats. I know Aus. has strong bowling and fielding line-up. Zak should get his rhythm back, he was too late before he got his rhythm back. Needed to remove Watson and Warner as fast as they can. Next time how about leaving few good deliveries. There is nothing wrong with any team selection or anything. Its all mental game. Everyone is talented. All India need is more than one particular performance. Otherwise Aus. Outbatted Outbowled and Outfielded India. There were 5 match winning performance from Aus. I hope weather allows two games to be finished otherwise India won't make it to semi.

  • sathya_veda on May 8, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    PS to the little chappie who said Indian batsmen of old were as bad against pace-matie, stats often subvert the truth, but in cricket, they're pretty much the only objective assessment (provided,of course,you dont limit yourself to just the average!).

    The last generation of Indian batsmen (Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman) had equal records at home and away, if not better away. Previous generations were less useful, but every Indian batsman selected for merit rather than region of origin (proportional representation is only even partially beneficial in politics, certainly not in any field where merit might be important), has had the correct technique to counter pace and bounce & flourished.

    For reasons to do with broader socio-economic changes in India, young Indians today refuse to accept the obvious truths, instead following blindly the nouveau riche 'bling' idols of today's India.

    Change is essential, not only in cricket, but Indian society as a whole. PS I'm no old granddad-I'm 30.

  • xuggs on May 8, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    All said and done. Everyone keeps repeating the same thing over and over again. Okay point taken -- Indian batsmen cannot handle short deliveries. What exactly is the coaching team doing to tackle this? Fair enough our batsmen cannot handle bouncers but can our bowlers atleast bowl a few? I never see Zaheer or Nehra pitch a short one in with a decent pace to unsettle the batsmen. Why? Look at S Tait, S Watson, Nannes they all bowl at least 2 or 3 short deliveries in an over. Let them pull. It creates a sense of guessing in the batsmens mind whether the next bowl will be a bouncer or not. Right now they are pretty comfortable playing Indian pace bowlers as they don't expect anything creative out of them.

    And where the hell is S Tiwary? Seriously man. Bring him on. Forget about the less international exposure. Dare to try. R Jadeja is he a son of some politician? He happens to make it to the team despite not playing T20 for how long now? Selectors just amaze me. Good luck India.

  • cyborg2k8 on May 8, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    this over hyped cricket can't play a bouncer is absolutely ridiculous......these players lack the mental strength to face up to a fast bowler.......it could be the fear of getting hit (with all the protective gear!!).....the way fwd for them is to go out there and get hit by some short pitch stuff and conquer the fear .....and for gods sake play with some backbone....(by a proud Indian)

  • m1a1 on May 8, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    I beg to differ, Mr Dhoni. Every time I hear you or your team-mates at a news conference, you're going for the pull.

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Throw yusuf pathan out of da side and play umesh yadav instead of him who bowls in 140's regularly and tell zaheer to bend his back while bowling. This ain't any excuse for losing a game as badly as dis 1 and stop using CSK tactics MSD, this ain't any India either(overloading the team with spinners).

  • kristokris on May 8, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    BCCI spents so much on this Indian cricket team and still look at our bowling. Nehra, Zaheer are a disgrace to be called fast bowlers. They are mediocre at best. Look at their body language when compared with Lee, Johnson, Tait, Akhtar, Bond, JeromeTaylor, Kemer Roach.

    A country with more than a billion people cannot unearth a geniuine fast bowler! Shame!!

    Our team relies only on talent. As geniuine sportspersons the team needs to be fitter, stronger inorder to play at the highest order.

    In 2008 India won because other teams didn't exploit the ribcage deliveries to our Indian batsmen. Since 2009 20/20 worldcup, teams are aware of how the Indian team is uncomfortable against rising deliveries.

  • sugukumar.79 on May 8, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    why dhoni not praising ROHIT???.....if the same (which rohit did) yusuf or jadeja did means,dhoni praised alot about those..........funny dhoni.....dhoni dont select the player who all are u like..........select who is in good form.........ok dhoni u dont need to praise...just say rohit bats well........its enough the player to encourage.......dont be a selfish dhoni........yusuf.jadeja,vijay and raina only are not players.........ROHTI also a big player.....if he didnt score 79 means,u would have been lossed more than 100 runs........

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    well, DROP JADEJA,BRING BACK A PACER. drop MURLI VIJAY.bring VIRAT KOHLI.

    IF U WANT TO BAG SECOND WORLD CUP FOR INDIA, D TEAM SHUD BE- 1) GAMBHIR 2) YUSUF 3) RAINA 4) KOHLI 5) YUVI 6) DHONI 7) UTTHAPPA 8) HABHAJAN 9) ZAHEER 10) ____ANY PACER____ 11) NEHRA

    WE R MISSING SEHWAG.......IF HE RETURNS, HE CUD B REPLACED BY ANY BATSMAN WHO IS NOT PERFORMING WELL. WELL, DATS MY 11 ! SELECTORS KNOW IT BETTER THAN ME AFTER ALL.

  • ramesh5penta on May 8, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    For the next Game, Vinay kumar and Piyush Chavala should be in. Now We don't havae replacement for Yousuf pathan now, otherwise he should be sent out, he never performed well in crucial situations.

  • ramesh5penta on May 8, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    India did not have plan for how to get out shane waston. secondly, Ravindra Jadeja did not use his brain get him out in his second over.

  • D.Nagarajan on May 8, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    The most disappointing reasons of the defeat are as follows- 1. Raina cant handle bouncers we have known this for years and nothing has changed. 2. Yuvraj is out of form for nearly two months still he stays in the team being Dhoni's favorite (no replacements of course thats the problem) 3. Yusuf Pathan was exposed in the IPL still he is exposed internationally 4.Ravindra Jadeja-we know what happened at Lords last year vs England

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Get Yuvraj out of the team as he is not in form.Even Yusuf pathan who is good for only 2-3 sixes for spinner..nothing more than that.Recall Robin andyou will see the difference. Please dont take fielding when u win toss, chasing is not our strength anymore and moreover its indian kind of flat pitches where u can chase above 180 eaisly.

  • timelord24 on May 8, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    i have never understood MSD's strategy. going with only 3 bowlers is just suicide. dhoni's thinking has always been flawed. who will go with an all out spin attack on a pitch that aids the fast bowlers? just because spinners were effective against SA, it doesn't necessarily mean they will be effective against AUS as well. of the 8 recognized batsmen in the team, only one reached double figures.the team has to have a proper balance of batsmen and bowlers. aren't 7 batsman enough? if 7 batsman are not able to perform, what can the 8th do? its so frustrating being an indian fan and being subjected to such stupid team selection. whats even more worrying is the fact that the 1st breakthrough was provided by a part timer. and ravindra jadeja doesn't look like an international player. if you are unable to learn from your mistakes , then you will be severely punished in intn'l cricket. lets hope some sanity prevails and MSD selects 4 bowlers.

  • Hirendesai on May 8, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    i hope guys out their will learnt from this, I dont miss any game india playing, i m not dissappointed becoz they must learn from this dont be over confident, play to your strenth. wish them luck for next two game,

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Indian fans just cant accept the reality do they?Its being mentioned quite a few times that australians would have strugle against 140+ s.p bowling and if thats the case how the hell they regularly travel to SA and thump them?Against decent quicks on fair wickets,Indian batsmen are sitting ducks and thats a FACT

  • PhilipCOORG on May 8, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Dear Dhoni, I am great fan of you from Cameroon [Football Country], Big mistake was fielded first, we dont have great streght to chase against Australia.. see the past with them..We should learn from our mistakes!!! Secondly Dinesh karthik is steady batsmen, So we should include him. Do you remeber first T20 international!! with SA. Karthik did great finish... he is good finisher Unfortuneltly he didnot get enough chance to do that, any way all the best for rest of the match..

    i hope we will be in semis!!!

    Rgd

    Philip COORG

  • popcorn on May 8, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Ha,ha,ha! Michael Clarke made a fool of Mehendra Singh Dhoni. He psyched him into believing that the Aussies were wary of spin,which played on Dhoni's mind,and made him select spinners instead of pacers.As I predicted before the match, India is in for a rude shock-sure enough, the Aussie quicks made the Indian batsmen jump out of their skins! Replay the shots played by Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir! The best spectacle was Yuvraj Singh falling to the ground, bowled neck and crop by a yorker from Dirk Nannes!

  • shirazsurani on May 8, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Team is absolutely not at all balanced specially the opening duo. Sehwag is being missed a lot for this matter but nevertheless we need to carry on without him and not give Vijay a rookie a chance in as big of a tournament as 20/20 world cup. For short bowling issues they should have consider Robin Uttapa as a candidate who is pretty good at playing short ball and who also looked great in IPL 2010. Nevrtheless Indians can still bounce back with 2 matches to go and the opponent not as strong as Oz so Indians definetly have an upper hand and hope they bounce back with a bang to give themselves a place in Semis.....

  • on May 8, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Dude...Rohit Sharma scored 76 off 42 balls...and any day..Vinay Kumar is a much better pick than Yousuf Pathan.Yusuf Pathan is amazing only against spinner....and no one is going to bowl spin at Barbados...Gambhir looks out of sorts...Murali Vijay just knows one shot to score runs...Raina is too young..Yuvraj is unreliable...The only batsmen who have done well against short stuff are Sehwag...Sachin and Dravid...one of them is injured and the other two havent been picked. I do not understand the logic of going with a spin heavy attack in Barbados...look at England..Australia or South Africa...Sri Lanka have got world class spinners like Mendis and Murali so its but natural for them...but apart from bhajji...we do not have quality spinners...its poor tactics and pathetic team selection. I suggest get back home...take rest...prepare for the next series..You aint winning this cup.

  • Nayeem_Kohir on May 8, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    This game has exposed some of the chinks in Dhoni's ability as a captain. First and foremost his decision to bowl first on winning the toss cost India dearly, and to boost his bowling changes left a lot to be desired. He should not have given Jadeja another go after he was taken for cleaners in his first over. There were so many options available to him. He could have given the ball to Yuvraj or Zaheer Khan immediately after the first maiden over. He could have also used Pathan or Bhajji up the order at #3 and could have given him free license to go berserk at the bowlers, and if that would have come off, then it would have paid off. They could have also charted out that some of them would go after the bowling and some of them would try to hang around as long as possible. With the kind of batting line up India has 185 is not a big target. Each batsman in the Indian playing 11 is a special batsman and they have used their brains, they could have easily chased down the target.

  • karthikarmyphysio on May 8, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Seriously, this is the first time like sathya_veda, i am also adding a comment. I too have been a tremendous indian supporter. I have been closely watching the bowling from the Indian side. may be my opinion not matter but i beleive there is a big lag in specific training methodology on bowling tactics. Hey dont ask me who am i to comment and i don't have enough credits to suggest how to bowl. However i read lot of research on improving those bowling accuracy / speed. Guess what, the Australians have done the most research on it and constantly focus on it. The indian bowlers once chosen should be given specific functional bowling resistance training under varying conditions to improve speed and accuracy. Imaging if your bowl the cricket ball with a resistance in the opposing direction (which could be now provided by advanced mutidirectional resistance training devices) and it could be in any form, even under water....In any which case, i salute Rohit for his output yestraday..

  • vinoth.m on May 8, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Hi All,

    I have been a die-hard fan of Indian Cricket all these years and was disappointed with the way India has approached its innings. The trouble has started with the defensive approach of taking the field instead of batting in a flat track and the next is choosing ravindra jadeja instead of a pace bowler where pitch suits pace,if spin required Dhoni could have used part timers like Yusuf,Yuvi and raina even Rohit comes handy on occassions.im not sure y Jadeja has been given chanses as he is neither a good bowler nor a batsman. Secondly our batting wherein we lost wickets just because of some of the loose shots by our batsman except Rohit who is amazing among the odds. All of us know that we are not good at pull shot against pace but we did made the known mistake. Yousuf is another player whom i think useless as he is not bowling well nor batting, as he can be used only for IPL where Indian bowlers can be beaten for sixes. Reputation should not be the selection criteria.

  • on May 8, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    I think the passi0n 0f playing 4 c0untry is lacking. Desparati0n 0f winning a w0rld cup cann0t be seen 0n their faces..

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on May 8, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    it's really depressing for me as an india fan because most india fans are just so predictable - they either go on and on about sachin or they slag off pakistan. they are blind to the bcci's corruption and they have a defensive chip on their shoulder at any perceived "insult" to their national dignity. fact is india is a mediocre team at the moment - partly because they have made mediocre selections like jadeja. indian pace bowling is useless except zaheer - praveen is a steady eddie trundler no more. indian batting is good on featherbed pitches - put it up against a few quickies dishing out chin music and we see the result. what needs to change is attitudes and pitches back home. gary kirsten's appointment is a good start but he has a long way to go and needs patience and time to deliver - but will he get it? indian cricketers need more humility and want to learn about the right attitude with which to play from south africans and australians. jai hind!

  • kishan_harathi on May 8, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    The fate of match was sealed as soon as Dhoni invited Australia to bat first. With one regular bowler short this is one of the tactical errors by Dhoni. And to explore the morning moisture he starts with a spinner (never mind it may be a maiden). And on the top of all the blunders in the selection of the team. Still how many matches we need to wait for that special innings from Yousuf Pathan? Finally, I am happy for Rohit for giving a fitting reply to Dhoni for all the injustices meted out to him (illogical shuffling of batting order etc.)

  • on May 8, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Dear Mahi, Pulling is not your natural strength? Why, then, LEARN! That's why you have coaches and facilities. I'm sure there's a bowling machine somewhere that money can buy that can simulate a 150 kmph bouncer at the ribs. You and your team are professional athletes and this is what professionals do, learn.

    Regards, Neeraj

  • Mr.Coach.Captain on May 8, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    /*When you are chasing 180-odd runs the first five or six overs are very important otherwise the rate goes above 10 an over."*/

    Some analysis there!

    I was disappointed when Dhoni opted to field first quoting some non-sensical reasons. Hey! this is 20x20... "Weather" conditions do not matter much!.

    This is the reason why you bat first in 20x20 than trying to chase a massive total. In this case, you can see the ball for first few overs, save the wickets and then go for setting a big total.

    Dhoni - Listen to me. When you win the toss, never try to field first against teams like Australia. You don't have the bowling power to contain them for small scores. Your team is young and they can't take the 'extra' pressure of chasing big totals including you. There are a lot more situations where we failed to chase big totals. So, learn from it.

  • on May 8, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Suggestion 4 M.S. Dhoni " Opened d innings with Yuvraj Singh & Yourself " Bat Fearless ... Attack from ball 1 dont just give up ... u ll r hard hitter batsmen ... make Gauti play at 3, Robin Uthappa at 4, Rohit at 5, Yusuf at 6, Top Six Batsmen & 5 Quality Bowlers Such as Harbhajan Singh, Pravin Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Piyush Chawla ... Ravindra Jadeja should be out of this 11 Squad ... Then u can c what can happened in this T-20 World Cup... There is no bad pitch or good pitch untill and unless u play poorly ... There should be no excuse ... Excuse r from girls side not from men side ... Show ur raw power with ur performance and win ... we all r with u & pray for u guys.. it was just one bad day ... forget it ... Move forward & play ur best .... Play like this u wont lose !!! Best of Luck ...

  • Quazar on May 8, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Well played Oz! But India can, and likely will, bounce back (IMHO). We've beaten Oz in a Test match the last time we played at Perth. We've beaten Oz in an ODI final the last time we played at the Gabba, Brisbane. Yes, Tendulkar and Dravid are not here, but I'm sure the younger Indian batsmen will now adjust their strategy against pace and bounce, and look to weather the initial new ball storm (as Manjrekar has suggested). And I'm sure the bowling will be strengthened too with young Umesh Yadav...too much part time spin at the moment. Cheers!

  • Quazar on May 8, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Well played Oz! But India can, and likely will, bounce back (IMHO). We've beaten Oz in a Test match the last time we played at Perth. We've beaten Oz in an ODI final the last time we played at the Gabba, Brisbane. Yes, Tendulkar and Dravid are not here, but I'm sure the younger Indian batsmen will now adjust their strategy against pace and bounce, and look to weather the initial new ball storm (as Manjrekar has suggested). And I'm sure the bowling will be strengthened too with young Umesh Yadav...too much part time spin at the moment. Cheers!

  • Quazar on May 8, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    @Craig_Adel - careful with those silly games! How about an international player not walking after a massive edge to first slip? Ans: Michael Clarke (off Kumble at Sydney). How about an international keeper knocking off the stumps with his hands and claiming the batsman was bowled? Ans: Brad Haddin (vs NZ in the Chappel-Hadlee Trophy).

  • MBSIVA on May 8, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Sack Ravindra Jadeja and bring Vinay Kumar. Another option would be to drop Yusuf Pathan and bring Dinesh Karthik. Steady Dinesh Karthik is better than unpredictable Yusuf Pathan

  • on May 8, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Suggestion for Mahendra Singh Dhoni " Opened d innings with Yuraj Singh & Your Self" Gauti at 3rd, Rohit @ 4th, Murli Vijay at 5th, Yusuf at 6 sixth as your batting order & rest your bowler... Plz dont just give up !!! We all love u very much !!! It happens one day just forget that off day perform better in the next match on fresh day... u all r playing for the pride of india so dont just give up buddies ... We will win this tournaments ... Make Sachin play this T-20 matches ... He is just awesome & absolutely Brutal Batsmen against pace attack... Request to Sachin plz play T-20 matches... Missing him & Sehwag Badly in this format ... Plz attack from ball 1 if there is scope of hitting think like sehwag atleast when u r chasing massive total of something above 175 ... I want 2 ask Dhoni y Robin Uthappa sitting on bench in place of ravindra jadeja ... Please make ur combination right buddies for ur next encounters ... Go India Go ... Best of Luck !!! We all pray for u guys that u win .

  • sathya_veda on May 8, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Well,that takes the cake,doesn't it..Tho I read the comments frequently, never been tempted to write one until now. I've been a lifelong Indian supporter,primarily because the Indian cricketers showed sportsmanship and decency lacking from most others,at least on the field. But this lot are something else entirely-the Ozzies were far better in that dept as well-in fact, sans Symonds & Ponting, the Ozzies are finally approaching likeable. Back to the Indians though,Dhoni was quite fortunate to inherit a team with some of the best talents around,but these were also chaps who honed their talents with practice and discipline. Without them (Tendulkar,Dravid,Laxman,Kumble), he's been shown up by his go-to men-arrogant imbeciles like Yuvraj and Jadeja. They do have talent (not nearly as much as they like to think) but alone, sans hard work and discipline, they'll get nowhere. A change of attitude, a return to old sporting values and some respect for their seniors might get them places.

  • Suggestion_for_Dhoni on May 8, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Indian fast bowlers are definitely tad faster than Bangladesh counterparts. When even Bangla pacers could use surprise short pitched deliveries to get Watson (the best slogger in the Aussie team) out and spin with bounce and get Warner out, why Indian pacers and spinners can't do it? Not that Aussies are perfect in all forms of the game. Aussies are equally weak against surprise well directed short pitched deliveries but are not subjected to their own medicine, which they employed against Indians effectively. Same holds good for all other teams at least in T20 format. This is for Dhoni to consider seriously. Also, when runs are being scored freely, why not Indian pacers bowl yorkers or wider deliveries from which runs are difficult to score instead of feeding them freely like our generous Jadeja. Aussies' batting is not so strong and they rely on the W's heavily. Of course India lost since Indian batters did not even try to settle down before starting to score like Rohit demonstated.

  • ali.majaz on May 8, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    The problem With India is that their Captain at time act too super cool & tries to pull of things with his orthodox planning , which at times clicks , but when it fails , this wat happens , Dhoni Tried to do Different things & this gave Aussies da chance to full throttle ! Dhoni needs to be a bit aggressive at times , Plus Dhoni needs to learn how 2 Cope with the WORLD EVENT pressure , his team has been getting out in the group stages Since he wont World T20 in 2007 , he is just not able 2 cope with the Pressure of World Event , his team performs very well in Bi-lateral series ! but in world events they show blemishes ! May Allah bless Pakistan's Afridi & India's Dhoni they both need 2 learn that they are super stars of Cricket but they need 2 perform instead of doing commercials !

  • geetee10 on May 8, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    Well this Indian performance is going to gladden the hearts of lot of people. The Pakistanis - Because they were not invited to IPL. The Aussies and English - Because India dared to create IPL which they are envious of and is always on their mind but which they will at all opportunity run down. Hence we can expect a lot of pronoucements like Indian cricketers are arrogant, snobbish etc (without offering any real proof), and also Indians cannot play outside the subcontinent( despite having a good record over the past decade against all kind of opposition at different surfaces). Well we lost a match badly, Australia were right on top but still I would say we are not out of it yet.

  • aditya104 on May 8, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Rohit Sharma 10/10 yesterday. Stand out performance. Vijay and Jadeja should be dropped for Karthik and Vinay Kumar. Then the side gets more balanced. Yusuf Pathan is on the edge right now, he needs to do what he is know for, hit plenty of sixes. Everything else will be alright in the next match. And don't forget to praise Bhajji for his excellent spell of bowling throughout the match. @Bengali-Tiger007 no problems sir. I accept your words and your spinners with full respect. That doesn't change the fact that Bangladesh are incapable of taking 20 wickets of a full strength Indian Test Batting lineup as said by Virender Sehwag xD.

  • Abaa on May 8, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Only someone like Dravid and Tendulkar (yes I know he retired) could've have been a match for the attack of the Aussie pace monsters ... True that Dravid can't score at over a strike rate of 200 BUT HE WOULD HAVE NEVER LET THE SITUATION TO A DREADFULLY PATHETIC 50/7 ... Totally embarrassing condition yesterday ! With Mahela in the form of his life and WI hurt from the loss to SL it would be tough to make through two must win games successfully ... @ Sakib241 - Clarke did make a mistake there by not finishing them off but don't be a foolish stating that he wants India to progress so badly ! @ Bengali-Tiger007 - Bangladesh attacks with 3 or 4 spinners because they don't have good enough pacers ! SL has a much better spin attack with Murali, Mendis and Jayasuriya while having pacers who can do serious damage like Malinga !!! They actually finished off Australia in the last tournament and didn't give up the advantage and the match meekly like Bangladesh did

  • DaddyDickFingers on May 8, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    I can't help but laugh... It is nice to see the Indian team fail so badly and knock their deluded fans off their high horses... Your team is not quite the world beaters that you make us believe... In fact you team usually comes unstuck when they can't hide behind their batting line up and feather bed wickets...

    Thank you to the Australian team for bringing the Indian fans back down to reality

  • ArunVaidyanathan on May 8, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Uffffff....... Been some serious grilling already. First on the cricket field by the Aussies and now by cricket frenetics. It does not take much for as strong a team as ours to stage a come back. We aren't perhaps a great bowling side. Yet, we can still make it work with some serious discipline. We all learn the game from them who are out there working hard, taking all the grind on and off the field. They better know what they have done and what to do moving ahead. When down, I think, we as Indians have to support our guys regardless of the number of successive failures we've faced. And, we are talking about a side that looked very good for the championship a game ago. It was about one bad day at work that cost us the match. All that said, not to be predictive or over confident, but, I have a feeling that we'd be in the Semis after beating the Windies and Sri Lanka. Even if we do not make it, I would still be with them and they will all be my heroes because, I like their game.

  • nahan on May 8, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    IPL heroes became Zeroes in West Indies. Indians are still in IPL hangover. They are in hurry to return rather than wining the Championship. Their body language was negative in filed even in the match against S Africa. Thanks to K Srikanth for inventing the most suitable replacement of V Sehwar in for form of M Vijay (Tamil Interest is significant than Indian interest) Yousef Pathan is made only for IPL. Despite having super knock, Rohit is yet prove that he is an international material. I think BCCI put pressure on ICC to made flat pitches in all over the world.( Poor Indians).

  • chezhian75 on May 8, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Its the same old story about the fames indian batting lineup failing again and again against pace bowling on a lively pitch !!

    Guess what ? ask the indian players to play for country rather than for money !!!

    Hahahaha Country is more important than the IPL i guess.

  • ArunChennai on May 8, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Although some may say Pathan is a dangerous batsman, his success rate is too low to be retained in the team. India should play Rohit in 1st down and Dhoni should come next. Raina should be third down when the ball is older. In place of Pathan, they need to include another pacer at least in these pacy and bouncy tracks or Piyush Chawla in slower tracks. Poor bowling by part-timers and lack of application by top order batsmen cost India dearly. If you look in the end, India still had 14 balls left so if they had wickets, they could have got a lot closer to the target. The problem was losing wickets in a hurry. If the batsmen had applied themselves well and taken the 1's and 2's and scored odd boundaries without losing many wickets, they could have put on a much better show. Kudos to Rohit for the way he played. A talent like him should be given more time in the middle and I am thinking more time than even Raina.

  • avtechie on May 8, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Dhoni I think a batsman with batting inabilities like you does not deserve to be there in the team but still this is India and anything is possible here you are a hero. What the hell you guys were doing out there during the match, playing ravindra jadeja each and every time and ending up with no gains does this not reflect your nepotism towards him. You think you can play spinners and win a game but except for Harbhajan none of your so called spinners clicked. You play an extra batsmen and choose to bowl first on a pitch which has good bounce and carry. Dhoni this is not IPL and Indian pitches grow up and behave and talk and bat like a captain and choose a team without being biased , robin uthapa must have been playing here. You guys are fit only for IPL nothing else . Go and play some gully cricket you suit it well

  • Alexk400 on May 8, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Dhoni actually saved rohit sharma in a way by playing him number 7. When he plays early he would have certainly got out.

    It is easy for every batsman play agrressive when sehwag opens and he reduces opposition confidence and destroy their plans... Then it is easy to bat.

    Without sehwag opposition can plan and attack indian batsman one by one. You need tools though. Aussies has it. SA has it still sa lost to us (sa probably cursing themself).

    Rohit sharma was playing when ball become soft and it was not fast. Murali vijay can play in flat picthes play better than rohit sharma.

    Even if u ask rohit to bat early , he won't do it. He knows. There is no sehwag , he will bat immediately as wicket fall like in a heap.

    India can beat west indies though. I think.

  • on May 8, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    India will bounce back.... and make it to the semis.... go india...always support you.

  • Raft on May 8, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Why don't we accept this, time and again it is proved that our batsmen cannot face a battery of real fast bowling. Only players, Sachin, Rahul and Sehvag in recent times are capable. Instead, of pulling a fast one on pulls as an excuse. Why don't our coaches put base for batsmen to face express bowling with bounce. Indian pitches are basically slow ones favoring spin bowling and medium fast with swing. We should encourage real fast bowlers and to do that we should bring in fast bouncing tracks. It was a cabaret display by my team yesterday, dancing to the tunes of the real fast bowlers. Only Rohit could sustain with a starting problem. Come on Manjrekar, it is not mental it is facing amazing fast bowling which did it to us yesterday. Not to forget Jadeja, even after going for consecutive 6's our skipper brought him again.

  • jnanesh on May 8, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Mr.Dhoni, how can u send murali vijay to open an innings, these guys suits only for domestic matches not for international level, today we lost because of opening slot failure and learn quickly ( vijay fails in three matches still how many chance to be given, i think Mr Shrikanth (selector) can explain & Sorry for Robin Uthappa.

  • ra8ul on May 8, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    I disagree with all you guys who say our batsman were at fault.The biggest mistake done was electing to bowl after winning the Toss.Australians were actually prepared to bat first and they executed their plans well. If i was the captain i will always go for batting first with australia in any format for sure.

  • BarackBush on May 8, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Murali Vijay is not able to contribute ...Zaheer khan is not a fear for any batsmen. Jadeja and Yousuf pathan are two brainless bowlers. How can they bowl shorter than a short pitch fast ball?...Even if these guys succeded in any day, that will not by their performance, but the fault of opponents.

  • henchart on May 8, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    These Asian fans will never mend their ways ,would they?Either they are mauling each other on this forum or their respective teams are getting battered on the field .Pathan,Vijay and Raina will have to learn the difference between IPL and ICC events quickly or else pray for 2011 T20 WC.As far as Pakistanis go,well,they dont go very far anyways.

  • BarackBush on May 8, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    I dont understand that why Murali vijay is in Team. Somebody scored in domestic cricket doesnt mean that he got the talent and technique to play international cricket. Murali is another example for that, with our great akash chopra,Parthiv patel, badrinath. The only qualification that he is Tamilan, He can wash dishes for sreekanth,

  • henchart on May 8, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    "Pulling isnt our strength " ,yes ,and neither is taking prudent decisions or for that matter modesty, Mr.Dhoni .

  • on May 8, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Come on Dhoni, winning or losing its all in the game. dont expose your weakness against short pitched deliveries, sangaa and gayle are watching. cheer up.. get on with your job. motivate your juniors to have the right kind of attitude.

  • CricEshwar on May 8, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    It's always difficult for India in tournaments because, they are a bit slow to adapt to stuff and by the time they would, more often than not they will find themselves looking through the barrel. Thats the reason why you see a whole different India in bilateral series. But I am very sure they could bounce back with some subtle changes in their approach, you can't call it a quality side one day throw tantrums next day. If you have faith and trust, show it or forget it.

  • absn95 on May 8, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    when teams like aus and sa struggle in pitches with less pace in it,no 1 argues,when they are demolished by pace attack from other teams no1 argues,come on guys,india is the only team that plays with aggression and is the most dangerous and all of us know such poor show with the bat can come once in every few outings,this same ind team may beat aus 5 times in a row and u uys ll change ur mind then,just pray ind gets a full game against sri lanka and it does not get rained Off,I am backing india p to sail through to semis in any case

  • on May 8, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    If Dhoni based his Spin-King strategy for the Aussies :- he should have kept in mind Jadeja is a not a choker ! Yusuf is also leakin runs so only Bhajji proved effective ! Raina & Rohit could be more useful as "choker bowlers " & for the future Ashwin & Ali Mortaza ! Play Vinay Kumar , use him in the first 10 only !

  • sukuviju on May 8, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Three positives from this match 1. Rohit Sharma finally gets to show Dhoni that he is streets ahead of Pathan, Vijay & co 2. Dhoni can now dump both Pathan & Jadeja and stay with 5 specialist bowlers - 3 medium pace and 2 spinners 3. The crazy Indian fans will now be able to appreciate better the calibre of Dravid - he remains a lion in his own den as well as in other people's den. If Tendulkar is God, Dravid is no less - to me he is India's 2nd best batsman of all times (slightly ahead of the great Sunil Gavaskar)

  • on May 8, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    i don't know y dhoni always prefer R.jadeja in fast bouncing tracks.He is good in slow,low tracks in subcontinent.Infact jadeja was one of the reason for the early exit of india team in last T20 WC in england.Irfan Pathan is the better option.as he can use as third seamer and we all know his batting ability.

  • on May 8, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    man i dont understand wut is up wid Dhoni...he is not playing 3 pacers on a fast pitch...he went for spin instead and we all have the result..y dont he juss drop jadeja and yusuf pathan....y r they in the team..they cant bowl and bat good...irfan pathan would have been better choice...he can bat and ball better then both of them.....and all u MURALI VIJAY'S supporters out there...look wut has he done ..nothin....he aint better than SEHWAG...Sehwag would have been better as we all know....last year We lost coz no SEHWAG in the team...watch this year INDIA will loose..coz SEHWAG is not in the team....

  • on May 8, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    man i dont understand wut is up wid Dhoni...he is not playing 3 pacers on a fast pitch...he went for spin instead and we all have the result..y dont he juss drop jadeja and yusuf pathan....y r they in the team..they cant bowl and bat good...irfan pathan would have been better choice...he can bat and ball better then both of them.....and all u MURALI VIJAY'S supporters out there...look wut has he done ..nothin....he aint better than SEHWAG...Sehwag would have been better as we all know....last year We lost coz no SEHWAG in the team...watch this year INDIA will loose..coz SEHWAG is not in the team....

  • crazytaurean on May 8, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Pulling is not our strength alright, but the form of the top order is a key factor if India has to go any further from here. Australia were brilliant and any team could have been blown away the way the openers started for them. Compare that with our openers, and one of them averages 16 (Murali) and Gambhir averages 6 in the tournament. I am not hopeful Karthik is in the best form of his life. Time for them to stand up and deliver otherwise its curtains for India. Its also time to surprise your opnonents MSD. Harbhajan has gone wicketless in this tournament and its time to blood Vinaykumar. He looks harmless but somehow he got vital breakthroughs in the IPL...he has got that wicket taking knack...I am happy for Nehra...though and sad for Praveen Kumar.

  • on May 8, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    Australia, the team which was unable to make it to Super 8 last year, this time they have started their Super 8s fantastically. WHAT to say for India........ Aussie's pace was enough to outclass them and short-deliveries...... India must have to find a way for that to proceed becoz the competition is very tough. I think that they can make it to semis with some mathematics calculations. So, GO INDIA GO ............ WE want to see you in Finals.......... defeating Kangaroos.

  • m1a1 on May 8, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Pulling isn't our natural strength - Dhoni

    Having seen India when they win, I must disagree with Mr Dhoni.

  • Jos81 on May 8, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Australia a country 21 million where cricket is not the national game. India a country of atleast a billion where all they do is play cricket and yet australia outplays them yet again...thats gotta sting.

  • HarishVS on May 8, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    Continuing further on the Indian batting order, we have seen that Rohit Sharma has been sometimes inconsistent and has the habit of getting out to some lose shots quite early in his innings. Dhoni's 'consistent' shuffling habits of Rohit's batting order from 3 to 8 also might have added to this inconsistent performance. I think Yusuf Pathan is in no way any superior to Rohit to come above him in any cricket match whether it is an international or IPL or any domestic cricket match. And coming to other two departments of the Game, Rohit is a brilliant fielder anywhere and also can be a part time bowling option like Yusuf or even better than him. Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman are not going to play for India for one more decade. To replace such class acts we need guys like Rohit to be persisted and promoted. It is not possible to score 50s and 100s in every single match for even Tendulkar and thus Rohit can be excused if he cant deliver sometimes.

  • FallsDown on May 8, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    "a few shots went straight to the fielder"

    lol, he's talking as if the batsmen played some well-timed shots that unluckily found fielders in the deep...they just fended awkwardly at short balls and the shots went nowhere...the fielder then moved to get under it.

  • santhoshkudva on May 8, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    it is not that Indians cant play the short ball, it is only trying to score 9+ against such hostile bowling that was always going to be difficult. i wouldnt have given the best batting lineups a chance to chase down the target against Johnson, tait and nannes yesterday. even Warner and Watson would have struggled against them. what was disappointing from the Indians was the shot selection: vijay tried to work a ball to the leg which was angled across him, gambhir and raina tried to pull deliveries that simply weren't there. i would have easily backed this Indian batting to save a test against this bowling attack, but asking to chase down a daunting target would be asking for the moon. at this moment, if there is anyone who could give his team a chance of coming within 10% of aus' score yesterday was tendulkar. asking even him to win us the match was unfair.

  • FallsDown on May 8, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    add to that: batting on anything but flat and dead pitches isn't our natural strength.

    oh, also, possessing fast bowlers with any kind of pace or potency also isn't our natural strength.

  • HarishVS on May 8, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    As mentioned by Sanjay Manjrekar, the top order batsmen went for too many big and blind shots against some top class pace without the required technique or mind set to face such short pitched stuff in that kind of pitch. Rohit Sharma showed what he is capable of, though it was on a losing course. He was able to hit boundaries against the same Nannes, Johnson who skittled out the rest of the top order. Dhoni's thinking skills baffles me even today, as why Rohit Sharma is given a No.7 spot after Yusuf Pathan (and sometimes No.8 after Harbajan when he is sent early as pinch hitter) in 90% of the matches he has played for India under Dhoni. I think the revered personalities like Sunil Gavaskar or Ravi Shastri or even Sanjay Manjrekar would do well to educate Dhoni to use Rohit Sharma at No.4 atleast after his favourite bat Raina at No.3. As Ian Chappel once mentioned in his commentary, Rohit should play in all forms of International Cricket for India!

  • on May 8, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    what rubbish india playing jadeja as a genuine spinner at the cost of one specialist bowler neither he able to bowl properly nor he can hit long sixes. India should play 4 specialist bowler bhajji can also use the long handle......Dhoni learn from your mistake

  • shalinim on May 8, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    The strong batting line-up being India's strength, cant understand why Dhoni opted to field first after winning the toss...It would've been much easier for the batsmen to set a huge target especially with Rohit sharma in good form..

  • on May 8, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    So far all three teams from the sub continent have been exposed with the short pitched bowling so before every one starts berating Indian batting keep one thing in mind that out of all the subcontinent teams Indians play fast bowling the best.pakistan and bangladesh were beaten easily and i expect something similar against Sl .It s unfortunate these teams have to face the best bowling attack and conversly its fortnate for aus that they have to play most of their matches against these teams

  • BillyBlue on May 8, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    What Dhoni and Manjerekar are both missing is that we lost this match explicitly because of our bowling. Jadeja and Pathan were absolutely atrotius. What spinner consistently bowls short when being taken to the cleaners. It was like giving the Auzzies net practice with an amature bowling. Heck even kids know not to repeat their mistakes. Jadeja & Pathan are NOT world class bowlers or batters & should be chopped immediately. Vinay Kumar or Yadav must be brought in instead. Zaheer had an odd day off but the part-time bowlers cost us this match. Additionally I agree that the top order panicked and played with insecurities. In T20 the most successfull strategy is usually milking the bowlers for singles and 2 and putting the odd bad ball away, till your set. You want to get to the 10th over with wickets in hand. Scoring at 12 or 15 an over for the final 4 or 5 over is not that big of a ask, if you have wickets in hand. A Lack of patience/plan/technique/class/confidence all undid the batters

  • on May 8, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    Same old story. I switched off my TV after 5 overs of Indian batting. There seemed to be no immediate panacea to this problem of facing quality genuine pace attack. So now the Rainas, Pathans, Gambhirs and et als look ordinary, not to forget M. Vijay who was deemed by many as having good technique to counter pace bowling as he plays in a 'V." Guys don't get disheartened, let the best team win this tournament and just stop crying for the Tendulkars and Dravids. How long you expect them to render their services? And when will the so called young superstars will take charge of.

  • Craig_Adel on May 8, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    Actually, Koushik_Biswas I wish your sentiments were true. However the reality is the Indian side does not 'share the beer' after the match. Rather, like the spoilt little children they are, they threaten to take their bat and ball and go home when they don't get their own way. This format of cricket is a lottery, and it makes every side a potential winner irrespective of all round skill and talent. Hence the preoccupation with 20/20 in India. Finally something they can win outside of their own borders. And before you nuts start thowing aorund lines like 'cheat' and sledeging'....tell me this....who is the one current international player who refused to walk after he was bowled?

  • patriot92 on May 8, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    Yes you're absolutely right Vrooom. One thing I would like to add is that they should have given it a shot with Robin Uthappa. It's not that I have a great liking to him or anything, but he does play the pull shot pretty well. And as Dhoni was tooting his horn about the matches in Durban, Robin Uthappa was playing in all of them.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on May 8, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Its really a shame that alot of Pakistani and Indian supporters really give the royal grilling to us Bangladeshi supporters after every loss that we face (which happens alot). But this game should be an indication to everyone that heavy defeats do happen, even amongst the top sides. To be quiete fair, Bangladesh played better against the Aussies compared to India or Pakistan. I'm not suggesting BD is better than India or Pak team, but to all you full time critics out there just remember that Bangladesh still holds the best spin attack in the world and if you don't believe in the statistics, then just ask the Aussies. They couldn't handle Shakib or Razzaq.

  • on May 8, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Well,well,well. What do we have here. Its another one of the most common problem faced by the Indian cricket team that has never ever allowed them to be truly the best team in the world. I am surprised how everyone has written so much about improving our batting skills against the short pitch stuff(that we must improve). No one has mentioned about our lackluster bowling. People,We bowled short stuff too. Nehra,Zak both did. How ever we do not have the pace to make the batsman uncomfortable.Not even close. Can anyone name one bowler in Indian team who can consistently bowl over 145.00 KM. Thats the minimum to be considered a genuine pace bowler. We were fortunate that we played SA on a slower pitch or we would have seen a similar result.And I have no idea why we have R Jadeja in the team who is a horrible bowler and also keeps running himself out at most crucial times. Oh yes he has done it before. Check the archives.All and all India cant win this tournament and can never be number 1.

  • Staight.Drive on May 8, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    It was one of the most casual approach, I saw from Team Indian.... acceptance doesnt mean, short-pitch debacle is pardonable... This were same group who was susceptible even last year.. its not how very well (bad) you can play short-pitch stuff, its the discipline that matters. The team (batsmen) should learn, how to tame bowlers and make them bowl to their strength... not just swish their bat on clueless deliveries...

    The best example to learn from is, my all time favorite, "Steve Waugh". He was a legend in playing short-pitch stuff bowled in his ribs. His career started by bowlers bowling on his ribs and he was vulnerable and this was same Steve Waugh, that bowlers were scared to bowl Short deilvery, cos he would murder them with his pull/hook. Do Learn, we dont acceptance speech every year,

    Team India needs to pull up their socks, and play to their strength, even 20 overs requires patience, ante-up when the their time is hot... Good Luck!!

  • on May 8, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    By the way Mr Mahendrasingh Dhoni if you go with the history after winning the toss invite opponents like Australia is also not our strength. We all are big fan of cricket and our expectations from indian team is more than anythings. Atleast make some true pitch in India and try to practice on it..In Indian team Sachin and yuvraj are only batsman who can pull very well and you can't win on the performance on these two. Sachin will be past after couple of years.You have to play under your limitations but in crucial match like this decision to ball first with this line up is nearly loosing the match from beginning. So we all know that our journey of this World cup is finished but as usual we are still hoping for something to be happened in favor of us.IPL is just way to make money and give others a fun. When you represent india please put your heroism back in india

  • MasterClass on May 8, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    Does anyone really think that a well directed short ball at 140+ kph will not cause problems to the OZ players? Indians are by no means the only ones who have trouble pulling such deliveries. The recenty concluded IPL had plenty of evidence of lame pulls by OZ/SA/and other overseas players resulting in top-edges, skiers or mis-hits going down the throat of a fielder. Problem is Indian bowling (in the match) did not have the fire-power to respond in kind. We need to give Yadav a go. He should have been picked for the match! It was a tactial error on MSD's part.

  • on May 8, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    It's always tempting after a disappointing game to say "if only" but in T20 ANY team can beat any other on their day. Indian fans should not be too despondent, if Australia and India meet again the Indian will be vastly more determined.

  • svrfremont on May 8, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    The first step was wrong. Dhoni was wrong today. He should have batted first. I think bowling first is like going on the back foot. Remember it was the same mistake that cost us dearly in 2003 World Cup. I am not trying to say that we would have won World Cup 2003 but I think bowling first on that occasion was wrong.

  • Blockee1 on May 7, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Am I the only one - particularly at that unearthly hour of the morning here in Australia - that saw daylight between Warner's bat and the ball when Dhoni claimed "caught behind"?? I saw the bewildered look on Warner's face and felt that perhaps he did not connect. Does anyone else feel the same? All in all it was a sixes-fest and Aussies have proved that they are not just great players of the game but have shown great gamesmanship overall. Maybe now the world will stop saying they are bad sports. I think they are great sports.

  • sallu123 on May 7, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    rohit sharma showed today .he is class batsman against fast bowling

  • lcewarriors on May 7, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    @ sakhib ... man .. talk about imagination .... hilarious man

  • mxnmxn on May 7, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Well, Dhoni should tell our boys that this is not IPL and definitely this is not India.:) Always good to watch young side playing. We need good bowlers. And, IMO, Dinesh Karthik is far better batsman than Vijay.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 7, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Well then...learn to pull! Ind has the money and the power. Instead of hiding behind slow, low tracks, force the batsmen to experience some quicker, bouncier stuff. The batting talent of Ind is unlimited, just unexposed and protected. Also, how long can Ind hide behind their poor fielding and inconsistent bowling. Cricket is a game of batting, bowling AND fielding. This is the era of the bat but as we have seen, eras change and Ind better prepare themselves for an era when the ball makes a comeback. They have the resources it is up to them to use them better.

  • Vroooom on May 7, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    He didnt mention Pak because he was talking about short of a length hit the deck bowlers from SA, Eng and Aus unlike Pak pacemen who rely more on swing and cut.

    Every generation of Indian batsmen has to overcome this hiccup. In the 90s India's famed middle order including Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman did not have a great record in SA or Australia but they came to terms with it over a period of time until they almost beat Oz in Oz. This new crop needs to go through the same trial by fire and learn to play short bowling.

  • Sakib241 on May 7, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    Indians always try to snub Australia. But yesterday Aussies showed better gamesmanship. If Clarke wanted he could have brought back Tait and Nannes and finished off India at 50 for 7. But he kept bowling Steve Smith and Watson whose lesser pace was more in the zone for Rohit sharma and the Indian tail. That prevented the Indian runrate from being damaged too much. I think the Aussies and everyone in the world currently want India to go the distance in this tournament because otherwise the tournament will lose spectators.

  • on May 7, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Hahaa.....bad morning boys?

  • on May 7, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    sohail first ask ur pak team to win with nz.. tomo.. no probs with india we will be back with other two matchs to go...

  • Zahir89 on May 7, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    very well written by Andrew McGlashan..and i totally agree with him. I think Yousuf pathan has never played short balls well even in slow Indian pitches..Jerome taylor and Roach can do some damage..but i personally feel batting first gives an edge

  • MasterClass on May 7, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Both Warner and Watson fired, which put India in a situation where they had to go for the shots as Dhoni said. That won't happen always and all teams don't have that kind of opening duo. India is far from out. They need to back themselves. The death bowling was much better than the earlier bowling (except for Bhajji) and that's something to look at. Once wickets fell OZ slowed down. India need to look for wicket taking options up front...maybe time to give Umesh Yadav a go and let Jadeja sit out next match.

  • sashi94 on May 7, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    One loss.. its okay.. Indian will make it to the Finals.. and beat Australia there..

  • NomDePlume on May 7, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    India's strength is not bowling, so why did Dhoni bowl first (remember the 2003 WC Final?) They even selected an extra batsman, so why choose to bowl? They batted well in a 930 am start against SA, so why second-guess now? If India had batted first , Raina, Gambhir and Dhoni would not have played high-risk shots so early in the innings. Of course they would have got to only 100 in 15 overs and ended up with a score of max 160, but they would have bowled 2nd and give the spinners a slightly better wicket and a score to defend. Anyway, ahead, they need horses for courses - against WI, they should stick to the spinners - better chances of success - but drop Jadeja and bring in Piyush Chawla. Drop Vijay for Karthik - and have Rohit come 1 drop. I bet Dhoni is missing Dravid and Tendulkar now!!

  • Ramdiv on May 7, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    All teams have their own strengths and limitations. What beats me is that, when time and again it has been proven that most Indians are uncomfortable against a short ball, wudn't the coach or the captain make sure that bowlers keep bowling short balls against batsmen during the net practice. Well! we have we have one of the best bastmen in the world, and getting trained to pull or hook is not going to take years together for our batsmen (given their skills). All it takes is enough practice bfor the matches - its a known secret that bowlers r going to test the indian batsmen with short deliveries. It is hard to beleive that we know of a weakness for the past 10, 15, 20 years (as Dhoni puts it) but still we continue to not take care of it.

  • Koushik_Biswas on May 7, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Paul-in-Finland, what do you want Indian fans to do? Praise their team for their shortcomings? Silence is natural reaction to sadness, and we have every right to be sad after the loss. You will also see that after the initial bout of silence, we are coming out by the scores and patting the Aussies' backs - because deep down we love cricket and cheer good players. Do you know that Ricky Ponting receives standing ovations in most Indian stadia? So does Tendulkar in Australia. Mutual respect is what makes Australians and Indians so competitive in the field. While Indians are exposed on quick surfaces, Aussies are exposed in spinning tracks. We both take advantage of the others' weaknesses. On level grounds, we fight tooth and nail. After the match, we share the beer. Provocative ill-will-bearing expressions like your comment only shows narrow mindedness.

    Way to go Aussies. I wonder why Dirk Nannes did not get a CA contract. And is this the same Watson who was the weak guy of the team?

  • on May 7, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    @ paul in finland.. Indians fans havent gone quiet buddy. Yes we are dissapointed. just like any person would be if their country lost a match. Aussies were amazing today. All credit to watson, warner and the pace trio esp Dirk Nannes. But the tournament is far from over. I do feel theres an ok hope from this Indian Team, but dont count them out. They could bounce back aganist the windies and SL. I would love to c an Australia India Final but lets what happens. Go team INDIA

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on May 7, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    speaking as an india fan the lack of logic displayed by india fans dismays me. so perl57 says "It is not the short ball that India lost against, No one got dismantled by short ball". what like gambhir jumping a foot in the air to keep out a short one? Raina getting out pulling - again?

  • cricketfan1952 on May 7, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    I think Dhoni should have decided to bat first especially since India went in with 8 batsmen. Having won the toss it was good opportunity to settle down and score runs more freely without worrying about asking rates.

    The other thing is when chasing a large total, I believe there should have been more focus and commitment to establish a good partnership. Rohit was left stranded.

    There has to be a better mindset. When a few wickets start to fall, Indians panic and then it becomes difficult to mend.

    Anyway we should learn from this and play better against Sri Lanka and West Indies, must win games. Srilanka is getting better and better with Jayawardane having clicked into top gear.

  • on May 7, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    ithink m vijay is useless and shoul be dropped..

  • bingohaley on May 7, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Paul-in-Finland, its probably because India lost? Is it a trick question? Sorry I don't get it! How is Finland BTW! Heard the fishing is great, but the alcohol expensive!

  • livelifekingsize on May 7, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    haha!!lets c...of course pakistan is da best t20 side!!!!lets c...how many times hav dey beaten India in a world cup in the last 15-20 years!!!of course they are da best side...the only problem is dat the team itself doesnt know how dey win matches...someone was talking abt luck!!!!and comin to the short balls...i think i wud defnitely advise dhoni to put on his brains which he left in da refrigirator...according to me the only batsmen in the new generation who can be relatively comfortable against short balls are ROHIT SHARMA,ROBIN UTHAPPA,and to a certain extent DINESH KARTHIK and MURALI VIJAY

  • hydpearl on May 7, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    dont worry abt team India, it is one of the off day for them, they will definitely cum back stronger, just have to get the right combinations, worry abt ur respective teams n look in to ur teams before commenting on others, India will come back strongly for their fans...

  • Catch2020 on May 7, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    The most disheartening thing today was the fact that the Indian batsmen completely lost their heads. They are not as bad as they made themselves out to be today, but they do need to understand that they aren't batting on flat tracks anymore. They need to make the adjustment -- just saying "the agressive approach has worked for us in the past so we'll stick to it" is stupid and does not befit a leader as good as Dhoni.

    FWIW, I seriously doubt that the Australians could have scored 185 if they had been batting against their own pace attack; it's possible that they would have ended up looking amateurish as well. We have always relied on part time bowlers and today they were exposed as the crap that they undoubtedly are. And we still don't have a good *fast* bowler.

    The root cause, of course, is that we have virtually no fast tracks in India and the BCCI is too busy raiding the cookie jar to focus on anything that will result in real improvements in cricket in India.

  • akpy on May 7, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    We live in the most fickle minded times..one match lost by a team means, everyone attacks them. This is not to defend india's poor performance today but a general observation about journalists, fans, so called ex-cricket experts like sanjay manjrekar..so, today, australia hammered india and hence it is like india is the worst and aussies are the best..can anyone predict 20/20 games??aussies were struggling against bangladesh's bowling just 2 days back..so, were they the poorest team then?Sanjay Manjrekar has written that indian batsman did not know how to handle short pitched bowling, didnt want to stay in the middle and fight it out, etc,etc..so, did gautam gambhir play only spinners in last 2 years?Did steyn not play in the last game agst india?Batsman can make only one mistake and today, they failed; they should be criticised but in this manner??aussies didnt even make 2nd round last year..So? It happens..this is sport dude..

  • crikkfan on May 7, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    Sohail let pak win the next game to stay alive first - they are in the same boat as india. Past glories count for nothing. Safe to say that the past 2 champions pak and india are not the favorites for this tournament.

  • ElectronSmoke on May 7, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Of course .. the Indian top order had a forgettable outing. But as Rohit Sharma showed - timing your assault has its benefits. He certainly has learned a few things from Symonds. Similarly though - Nannes, Tait, Steyn, Morkel etc would have learned about our traditional weakness against short pitched bowling too. The same batsmen performed against Steyn/ Morkel one day, they have played well in SA during T20 WC as well - couldn't today .. and its a matter of execution. If all Indian batsmen were such novices about short ball - they won't be world class Test batsmen. Amusing how on days like this the detractors come alive with "i-told-you-so" attitude. Even Aus/Eng/SA can't play quality spin!( that's not to say we don't have a problem with our techniques to address ). Btw, Mr Sohail Anwer - we do acknowledge Pak being the deserving winners last year, its you who seems to have a problem accepting our deserving win in 07. This discussion really didn't call for an India vs Pak argument :)

  • ccriccfan on May 7, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Dhoni said "played in Durban on one of the fastest tracks you'll see and we beat England, South Africa and Australia". Obviously that was the case when other teams had not figured out weakness of short pitched deliveries of Indian team. Like I said earlier, it is one thing not knowing your problem, it is BLUNDER when you know about it and DO nothing to fix it! We should just stop playing till we fix basic technical flaws. This is getting embarrassing now!!

  • barbican on May 7, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    it aint over till its over ...india will still be contenders yet!

  • Selvakumar-M on May 7, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    lol....cant stop laughing..Good one dude..Mr.Sohail Anwer

  • SunnyD on May 7, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Why didn't Dhoni and team utilize the pace of the bowler to guide the ball to the boundary?

  • rboy425 on May 7, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Guys we need sehwag in our squad if this name Virender Sehwag is in indian line up opposition power becomes half as everyone knows he doesnt only thrash bowlers he breaks there mental strength and he even plays three overs bowlers loose there line and lenghth .Dont laugh please I will like to compare him with bali of ramayan who has same impact on apposition half the powers are gone for enemy once they see him .Oh for god sack Viru get a pain killing injection and come back and play for india instead of relaxing in your lavish najafargarh home .We all know you r not injured ,and you like your mentor sachin just wanna relax at home .Come back right now india needs the greatest Jaat whose name in indian squad makes even aussie run . I will Have no complains if india loose inspite of you being in squad .

  • SunnyD on May 7, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Sohail, because it is not.

  • on May 7, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    It was just a bad day. The Tigers will back-fire on Sunday. This intensity loss was required for them to peak at the right time. They shouldn't be lenient in the crucial phase of the tournament you see!!!

  • cricket_junkie on May 7, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Where does the pakistan cricket team comes in this topic???????????????? and they lost their game against aus. so badly in this tournaments. what happened in super eight, they lost to england. so you better shut up

  • on May 7, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    @ Sohail Anwer, yeah we saw "the best" teamĀ“s performance against Bangladesh, against Oz, and then against England, wait few more hours and we will see them going out. Dont forget the best team yet has to beat team India in any of the world cups. OK India won in bowl out but the best team was not able to score a single extra run than India. And again same in the finals, but does the best team has to rely on luck again and again and again....

  • raju10000 on May 7, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    There is something that not working. We have won the series again the fast track so that's not a point. We have won the championship in Australia by beating him 2-0 in the Final and we have beaten New zealand so we are capable to play on fast track pitch. It seems either we are tired or we are not giving 100 % effort like IPL. The team is no balanced with proper batsman and bowlers.

  • on May 7, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Sehwag once said simply & honestly. I amn't a good puller and i want to leave the short balls if situation demands. See the same thing the youngsters should follow if they want to become a good cricketer. It's simply irritating the 2009 history repeats again here in WI. May be Sunday will be the final day for the India WC Survival...!!!

  • Lahori_Munde on May 7, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    To Sohail Anwer with his comment "why dont you acknowledge that Pak is the best T20 team in the world and the reigning champions..". Why whould we say that when Pak is not ever nearly close to the best teams in T20? hehe. Just look at your teams performance over the last six months and even in this T20WC and decide yourself. If you need help, listen to Ian CHappell comments on Pak team. Ian isn't even expecting Pak to do anything thing substantial in Super8 and miss out on Semi.. By the way there is no such thing s luck, Pak lost in SA because the other team was much better. Please get real and give respect to others.

  • amirhamzas on May 7, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Why cant Dhoni give credit to Rohit Sharma??...He is such a snobbish guy..I never saw him praising Rohit!!

  • shiraz143 on May 7, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Sohail Anwer pls get a life...........this article is not about pakistan. Worst fielding team in the world can not be the best T20 team !!! Peace

  • on May 7, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Today's batting performance, showed India wont make it all the way. Dirk Nannes is deadly. I wish India had a bowler like that. Just disappointing to c that, Rohit Sharma played a good knock, so he should def be in. I wish Irfan Pathan was in our team. We need a fast bowling all rounder not spin. And phatan might have gotten some swing in the morning. n SL n WI will be tough to beat because they have pace bowlers. One thing I dont understand is out of so many current and up coming cricketers in India not ONE not a SINGLE person can touch 140 145 on a normal basis. Thats our issue. They need to work out and get strenght in there shoulders, arms and legs to have some pace. they just lazy. its so sad

  • nezz on May 7, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Ordinary India.... The problem they have now that the young players have so much attitude in them that they already thinks they are the best. Yes, if you are the best,show that in the field.not in your manners.Show your arrogance in the play,but not with the weaker teams. Play like a champions but keep your feet on the ground.

  • Paul-in-Finland on May 7, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    The Indian fans have gone quiet all of a sudden....Hmmm I wonder why !

  • Gateways on May 7, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    Well..Indian team shud better get ready fo rsome chin music on Sunday!...whats the lowest team score in a T20 international match? ...we will know the answer on Sunday! :-(

    - Selva, London, UK

  • perl57 on May 7, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    I ain't fan of Dhoni. I Ain't gonna say, we played better. We literally left the application and wanted to play like Oz and faltered. But, one thing which world does not wanna accept is, who is good at playing short balls? Besides India, where pitches are not like WACA or Durban, are hard to play for Oz. They have faltered time and again, why don;t people talk of it? Why don't ppl talk of how how Steve Waugh was left dancing by Zaheer in Oz. No One ever talks of these and wants to talk only when India lose. It is not the short ball that India lost against, No one got dismantled by short ball. So it is certainly not short ball that India lost against. They lost against some disciplined variety of bowling by Oz. Let us hope India gets another chance to meet Oz in this tournament.

  • on May 7, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Dhoni and India! you did not mention Pakistan when you say, "played in Durban on one of the fastest tracks you'll see and we beat England, South Africa and Australia".. Pakistan is the best team in T20 and you did beat them (through a ball out), though luck was your way but why dont you acknowledge that Pak is the best T20 team in the world and the reigning champions.."

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  • on May 7, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Dhoni and India! you did not mention Pakistan when you say, "played in Durban on one of the fastest tracks you'll see and we beat England, South Africa and Australia".. Pakistan is the best team in T20 and you did beat them (through a ball out), though luck was your way but why dont you acknowledge that Pak is the best T20 team in the world and the reigning champions.."

  • perl57 on May 7, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    I ain't fan of Dhoni. I Ain't gonna say, we played better. We literally left the application and wanted to play like Oz and faltered. But, one thing which world does not wanna accept is, who is good at playing short balls? Besides India, where pitches are not like WACA or Durban, are hard to play for Oz. They have faltered time and again, why don;t people talk of it? Why don't ppl talk of how how Steve Waugh was left dancing by Zaheer in Oz. No One ever talks of these and wants to talk only when India lose. It is not the short ball that India lost against, No one got dismantled by short ball. So it is certainly not short ball that India lost against. They lost against some disciplined variety of bowling by Oz. Let us hope India gets another chance to meet Oz in this tournament.

  • Gateways on May 7, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    Well..Indian team shud better get ready fo rsome chin music on Sunday!...whats the lowest team score in a T20 international match? ...we will know the answer on Sunday! :-(

    - Selva, London, UK

  • Paul-in-Finland on May 7, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    The Indian fans have gone quiet all of a sudden....Hmmm I wonder why !

  • nezz on May 7, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Ordinary India.... The problem they have now that the young players have so much attitude in them that they already thinks they are the best. Yes, if you are the best,show that in the field.not in your manners.Show your arrogance in the play,but not with the weaker teams. Play like a champions but keep your feet on the ground.

  • on May 7, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Today's batting performance, showed India wont make it all the way. Dirk Nannes is deadly. I wish India had a bowler like that. Just disappointing to c that, Rohit Sharma played a good knock, so he should def be in. I wish Irfan Pathan was in our team. We need a fast bowling all rounder not spin. And phatan might have gotten some swing in the morning. n SL n WI will be tough to beat because they have pace bowlers. One thing I dont understand is out of so many current and up coming cricketers in India not ONE not a SINGLE person can touch 140 145 on a normal basis. Thats our issue. They need to work out and get strenght in there shoulders, arms and legs to have some pace. they just lazy. its so sad

  • shiraz143 on May 7, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Sohail Anwer pls get a life...........this article is not about pakistan. Worst fielding team in the world can not be the best T20 team !!! Peace

  • amirhamzas on May 7, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Why cant Dhoni give credit to Rohit Sharma??...He is such a snobbish guy..I never saw him praising Rohit!!

  • Lahori_Munde on May 7, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    To Sohail Anwer with his comment "why dont you acknowledge that Pak is the best T20 team in the world and the reigning champions..". Why whould we say that when Pak is not ever nearly close to the best teams in T20? hehe. Just look at your teams performance over the last six months and even in this T20WC and decide yourself. If you need help, listen to Ian CHappell comments on Pak team. Ian isn't even expecting Pak to do anything thing substantial in Super8 and miss out on Semi.. By the way there is no such thing s luck, Pak lost in SA because the other team was much better. Please get real and give respect to others.

  • on May 7, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Sehwag once said simply & honestly. I amn't a good puller and i want to leave the short balls if situation demands. See the same thing the youngsters should follow if they want to become a good cricketer. It's simply irritating the 2009 history repeats again here in WI. May be Sunday will be the final day for the India WC Survival...!!!