West Indies v India, Group F, Bridgetown May 8, 2010

India brace for short-ball barrage

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India are likely to face another stern examination of their technique against bouncers when they take on West Indies in a crucial Super Eight match at the Kensington Oval on Sunday. The hosts are set to unleash Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach on a top order that struggled against the short ball from Australia in a bid to keep their tournament alive.

Both sides are desperate for victory having lost their first Super Eight matches by huge margins and another defeat would leave them on the brink of exiting the tournament. It now seems likely that either the financial powerhouse of world cricket or the host nation will not make it to the semi-finals.

West Indies were awful against Sri Lanka as they missed six chances in the field, but India's vulnerability against the short ball offers them a window of opportunity. At last year's World Twenty20 they bounced India out at Lord's on their way to the semi-finals and Chris Gayle didn't hide the fact that it will be a tactic discussed in the build-up to this match.

"We can use the short ball but at the same we have to be careful because it's a small ground and they have quality batters who can make adjustments," he said. "But it's certainly something we will put into our plans."

Taylor and Roach were impressive with the new ball against Sri Lanka but weren't backed up by the fielding. It was the first time in the tournament that West Indies' two quickest bowlers had been paired together after Taylor struggled with injury during the group stage. Roach, meanwhile, was left out after the opening game against Ireland but his return of 2 for 27 against Sri Lanka was commendable as West Indies conceded nearly ten an over.

MS Dhoni is well aware that his team will be targeted but is confident they can respond despite being rattled by Australia's trio of Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson. "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," he said.

With the early starts for the first match each day it is leaving the captains with a conundrum over what to do at the toss. Michael Clarke said he was surprised India bowled with just two frontline seamers in the attack and Gayle hinted that he may prefer to defend a total even if that means holding back his quicks.

"Whichever team bats second will be under pressure, especially when they are chasing a total over 170," he said. "If you lose a few early wickets you are on the back foot and I'm sure it's something teams will be looking at. But with the first game starting at 9.30 there can sometimes be a bit in the wicket."

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Dhoni must have taken Ashwin and tiwary instead of jadeja and yousuf.

  • POSTED BY ganymide on | May 10, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    For entire team failure we've to blame Dhoni's failure. Not the individual team members. Because he;s backing all senior players, that causing selectors no way, they've to listen to him or viceversa with selection comittee chairman Srikanth. He's doing regional favoritism and selecting Vijay instead of many good form players.

    BCCI should select only who's in form players, not poor form players like Piyush chawla, Gambhir, Vijay, Yousuf pathan, Nehra, Zaheer, Yuvraj, Harbhajan these all players who scored or bowl good in pathces. The actual players who're in good form, if you take IPL, they may be Sourabh tiwary, Ambati Rayudu, Uthappa, Praganan Ojha. BCCI need to prepare fast pitches and they've conduct fast pitch camps before important tournaments. If yoiu don\t take small things, you've not deserved to be adminstration of billions of dollar governance. You're utter failure of maintaining this small team. Look at Manchester united or other teams, they'll take so many precautions.

  • POSTED BY ganymide on | May 10, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    This shortball weakness keep appearing in indian blogs, critics almost 3 decades, but so far BCCI or cricket coach Gary kirsten or previous team coaches never heard of taking any action. Simply they're continuing with this cowboy team. Some times they'll click, most of the times and important tournaments like this T20 world cup and one day worldcup, they always fails. It's really shame to billions of dollar rich BCCI. you've responsibility to keep indian team no.1 always either with your money or your members skillset or paying millions to coaches. But what you're doing is nothing. You're still counting senior players, so called paper tigers. India need at least 40 players prob. list they need rotate frequently. So whoever in form they should automatically select to important tournaments. But don't send these exhausted or poor form players to world cups. If you filled their pockets with excess money, they don't bother when to play, theyll take light always. So just drop them, Dhoni als

  • POSTED BY ganymide on | May 10, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    It's big joke that Dhoni claimed their team not good at best pulling, why this same word not telling to BCCI selection comittee or coach gary kirsten, atleast they should've taken before the tournament. They know that if they've to play in Barbados' and they're weak in playing shortballs. Why they didn't take precautions. That means arrogance and ego of Dhoni and team members drowned whole team and embarassed BCCI infront of not only 1 billion indian viewers and also Global 2 billions of cricket lovers. Dhoni you may got good fame as a captain, if you do this type of mistakes, you'll loose all of your fame in one bad match or tournament. You know that some players are tired, exhausted like Gambhir, zaheer, yousuf, Harbhajan, Rohit and raina, Nehra fitness. But you selected these players. Ignored Sourabh tiwary, Ambati Rayudu, Pragnan Ojha, Uthappa. These players are in excellent form. Forget about Yuvi, Sehwag, Gambhir. all these players lost form exhausted.on top of that you cont.same

  • POSTED BY ganymide on | May 10, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Every captain of indian, i mean recently from Ganguly onwards, first few years they're ok, they're very hungry to win each match, each tournament, and then their performance, pitch reading skills, team selection, you name it, all are going to drop drastically, apart from that they're overconfident, and egoistic, that causes quick fall down of team. Now the real villan is Dhoni's captaincy. and Srikanth's team selection. They've to select whoever in the form, rather than paper tigers. Who's vijay? why not Robin? And why they didn't select Pragnan Ojah, why they selected Ravider jadeja? and Ofcourse poor form Yuvi, and burden seniors like Zaheer khan, wicketless harbhajan. Gambhir in poor form. This is the team they want to win world cup. Dhoni's arrogance and ego, caused this down fall. Why he choosed same team and bowling first? Dhoni people never forget this type of rubbish performance and your poor captaincy. Shame on Indian cricket team. This only billion dollar team, not winning te

  • POSTED BY karthikgobi on | May 10, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    what a fabulous performance by indians.they never learn from mistakes.my team 11 1 manoj tiwary 2 manish pandey 3 robin uthappa 4 rohit sharma 5 irfan pathan 6 virat kohli 7 sourav tiwary 8 harbhajan singh 9 RP singh 10 p ojha 11 sreesanth team will lead by BHAJJI OR KOHLI WE MISS VIRU.... ANYBODY WILL NOT REPLACE U.. MISSING VIRU AFFECT GAUTAM FORM AND INDIA. RAVINDRA JADEJA IS THE BEST PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT FOR INDIA FROM THE BEGINS. HE GAVE SO MANY 6 IN HIS BOWLING. HE TOOK SOME BRILLIANT CATCHES IN THE FIELD. HE SCORED SOME USEFUL RUNS WITH BAT.(4,5) UV, MSD, NEED TO REST ZAHEER, NEHRA NEED TO RETIRE FROM T20 FORMAT. ..................THIS WC TEAM SELECTION IS VERY WORST BY SRIKKANTH AND CO. DHONI VIJAY YUSUF RAINA ZAHEER ALL PLAYED WELL FOR OWN IPL TEAMS. BUT NOT IN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.

    ONE REQUEST TO MS DHONI

    R JADEJA IS STILL YOUNG. SO KEEP HIM IN ALL MATCHES AND INDIA WILL BECOME NO 1 AND WIN WORLD CUPS FOR INDIA..

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    Just to remind regarding my earlier comment, India is outclassed by westindian pace battery, though they didnot bowl exactly as Aussies but they harvested their stuff over the pressure built by Aussies bowlers. None of the batsmen was comfortable against Windies bowlers. This is moment for the Indian team management and coach to enforce a strong team under its banner.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Two awful dropped catches in two matches. Both prove costly.

  • POSTED BY kalam100 on | May 9, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    india has a good chance. i am sure india will win against SL and AU will win against WI.But i am surprised why not india changing squad .vijoy,nehra,jadeja,yousuf obiously should out from team for their poor performance.

  • POSTED BY Messyinamess on | May 9, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Well, high expectations lead to bigger disappointment. Blame it on the media for highlighting the Indian side as the best on tour when it is only unfair that the rest of the cricket playing nations are not highly regarded, when compared to that of India. Yes, India gets away with anything. They have the BCCI, the richest board, and the ICC means only a mere mannequin that flaunts the Indian outfit. Every time around a major tour, there is a hype and buzz created around the team and players, only to endorse the team's commercial leverage. People are glued to the TV, more endorsements are won and a lot of money is circulated.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Dhoni must have taken Ashwin and tiwary instead of jadeja and yousuf.

  • POSTED BY ganymide on | May 10, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    For entire team failure we've to blame Dhoni's failure. Not the individual team members. Because he;s backing all senior players, that causing selectors no way, they've to listen to him or viceversa with selection comittee chairman Srikanth. He's doing regional favoritism and selecting Vijay instead of many good form players.

    BCCI should select only who's in form players, not poor form players like Piyush chawla, Gambhir, Vijay, Yousuf pathan, Nehra, Zaheer, Yuvraj, Harbhajan these all players who scored or bowl good in pathces. The actual players who're in good form, if you take IPL, they may be Sourabh tiwary, Ambati Rayudu, Uthappa, Praganan Ojha. BCCI need to prepare fast pitches and they've conduct fast pitch camps before important tournaments. If yoiu don\t take small things, you've not deserved to be adminstration of billions of dollar governance. You're utter failure of maintaining this small team. Look at Manchester united or other teams, they'll take so many precautions.

  • POSTED BY ganymide on | May 10, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    This shortball weakness keep appearing in indian blogs, critics almost 3 decades, but so far BCCI or cricket coach Gary kirsten or previous team coaches never heard of taking any action. Simply they're continuing with this cowboy team. Some times they'll click, most of the times and important tournaments like this T20 world cup and one day worldcup, they always fails. It's really shame to billions of dollar rich BCCI. you've responsibility to keep indian team no.1 always either with your money or your members skillset or paying millions to coaches. But what you're doing is nothing. You're still counting senior players, so called paper tigers. India need at least 40 players prob. list they need rotate frequently. So whoever in form they should automatically select to important tournaments. But don't send these exhausted or poor form players to world cups. If you filled their pockets with excess money, they don't bother when to play, theyll take light always. So just drop them, Dhoni als

  • POSTED BY ganymide on | May 10, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    It's big joke that Dhoni claimed their team not good at best pulling, why this same word not telling to BCCI selection comittee or coach gary kirsten, atleast they should've taken before the tournament. They know that if they've to play in Barbados' and they're weak in playing shortballs. Why they didn't take precautions. That means arrogance and ego of Dhoni and team members drowned whole team and embarassed BCCI infront of not only 1 billion indian viewers and also Global 2 billions of cricket lovers. Dhoni you may got good fame as a captain, if you do this type of mistakes, you'll loose all of your fame in one bad match or tournament. You know that some players are tired, exhausted like Gambhir, zaheer, yousuf, Harbhajan, Rohit and raina, Nehra fitness. But you selected these players. Ignored Sourabh tiwary, Ambati Rayudu, Pragnan Ojha, Uthappa. These players are in excellent form. Forget about Yuvi, Sehwag, Gambhir. all these players lost form exhausted.on top of that you cont.same

  • POSTED BY ganymide on | May 10, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Every captain of indian, i mean recently from Ganguly onwards, first few years they're ok, they're very hungry to win each match, each tournament, and then their performance, pitch reading skills, team selection, you name it, all are going to drop drastically, apart from that they're overconfident, and egoistic, that causes quick fall down of team. Now the real villan is Dhoni's captaincy. and Srikanth's team selection. They've to select whoever in the form, rather than paper tigers. Who's vijay? why not Robin? And why they didn't select Pragnan Ojah, why they selected Ravider jadeja? and Ofcourse poor form Yuvi, and burden seniors like Zaheer khan, wicketless harbhajan. Gambhir in poor form. This is the team they want to win world cup. Dhoni's arrogance and ego, caused this down fall. Why he choosed same team and bowling first? Dhoni people never forget this type of rubbish performance and your poor captaincy. Shame on Indian cricket team. This only billion dollar team, not winning te

  • POSTED BY karthikgobi on | May 10, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    what a fabulous performance by indians.they never learn from mistakes.my team 11 1 manoj tiwary 2 manish pandey 3 robin uthappa 4 rohit sharma 5 irfan pathan 6 virat kohli 7 sourav tiwary 8 harbhajan singh 9 RP singh 10 p ojha 11 sreesanth team will lead by BHAJJI OR KOHLI WE MISS VIRU.... ANYBODY WILL NOT REPLACE U.. MISSING VIRU AFFECT GAUTAM FORM AND INDIA. RAVINDRA JADEJA IS THE BEST PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT FOR INDIA FROM THE BEGINS. HE GAVE SO MANY 6 IN HIS BOWLING. HE TOOK SOME BRILLIANT CATCHES IN THE FIELD. HE SCORED SOME USEFUL RUNS WITH BAT.(4,5) UV, MSD, NEED TO REST ZAHEER, NEHRA NEED TO RETIRE FROM T20 FORMAT. ..................THIS WC TEAM SELECTION IS VERY WORST BY SRIKKANTH AND CO. DHONI VIJAY YUSUF RAINA ZAHEER ALL PLAYED WELL FOR OWN IPL TEAMS. BUT NOT IN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.

    ONE REQUEST TO MS DHONI

    R JADEJA IS STILL YOUNG. SO KEEP HIM IN ALL MATCHES AND INDIA WILL BECOME NO 1 AND WIN WORLD CUPS FOR INDIA..

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    Just to remind regarding my earlier comment, India is outclassed by westindian pace battery, though they didnot bowl exactly as Aussies but they harvested their stuff over the pressure built by Aussies bowlers. None of the batsmen was comfortable against Windies bowlers. This is moment for the Indian team management and coach to enforce a strong team under its banner.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Two awful dropped catches in two matches. Both prove costly.

  • POSTED BY kalam100 on | May 9, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    india has a good chance. i am sure india will win against SL and AU will win against WI.But i am surprised why not india changing squad .vijoy,nehra,jadeja,yousuf obiously should out from team for their poor performance.

  • POSTED BY Messyinamess on | May 9, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Well, high expectations lead to bigger disappointment. Blame it on the media for highlighting the Indian side as the best on tour when it is only unfair that the rest of the cricket playing nations are not highly regarded, when compared to that of India. Yes, India gets away with anything. They have the BCCI, the richest board, and the ICC means only a mere mannequin that flaunts the Indian outfit. Every time around a major tour, there is a hype and buzz created around the team and players, only to endorse the team's commercial leverage. People are glued to the TV, more endorsements are won and a lot of money is circulated.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    No one in the world,not even the world's perfect batman can play a pull shot with most perfection If the Ball is coming at a speed of more than 145 km.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    First Of all the team selection was very Bad......Like leaving out Isanth Sharma who will be good in Bouncy pitches (But wasting him in Dead Indian Pitches),leaving Robin Uttappa (whos was in great touch in this year's IPL and more important who can pull),leaving Irfan Pathan (who's India's only genuine alrounder,For Christ shake don't leave him in any 20-20 squad)....and more importantly selecting Piyush Chawla ahead of Pragnyan Ojha).All these things came out into limelight Becauz of only one man who missed out at the last time,Virender Sewagh(India can't win any match without him,comfortably)

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Raina can work on flat pitches maybe , not here where one needs solid technique which only the likes of Dravid or Tendulkar have

  • POSTED BY vinoth.m on | May 9, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Poor Selection,Poor Team Performance.. India will never learn from its mistakes... Ashamed of the performance today by Indians...

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Well, on the face of it- it does look that Indians have failed on the short pitch stuff. But there is one thing that has been overlooked here. The batsmen are getting out playing BIG shots on short pitch stuff, a thing they wouldnt have done if they weren't under pressure of chasing such big totals. I believe the problem was giving away too many runs in the field, which left the batsmen with no option but to play shots and hope not to get our. Its really difficult for me to recall the last time when any international side won a match after playing only 3 front line bowlers.... And here we are talking about 3 bowlers, out of whom 2 (Zaheer and Nehra) are clearly not in their best. Dhoni needs to look into his team composition, as today again he has played with only 3 front line bowlers, and today again he has given away far too many runs.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Bottom Line: If west Indians pacer get it right, then India will have to face the music. I think the weakness is the bowling for India that is the reason why they depend too much on there batting. With this bowling line up, I believe if India get trouble and get to a modest total of 150 or even 160 some how. It would be very difficult to defend it.

  • POSTED BY mani2001 on | May 9, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Well I guess Indians are done with this world cup cuz WI really out classed them in all the departments of this game...too bad they didnt let Pakis play in IPL otherwise they would ve learned a lesson or two and apply it here in this tournament...anyways hopefully they will support Pakistan tomorrow against SA cuz if Pakistan wins that game they will go to Semifinal and hopefully they will lift the world cup again ......lets gather around pakis now that India has lost s badly.....

  • POSTED BY manjitgill on | May 9, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Its so pathetic that the country that claims to have to best batting lineup can't handle short pitched deliveries. If India wants to win the next world cup and the team can't afford to make a fool out of themselves in the world cup so its about time they do something about it because they have the potential to win this world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    well it was jus another example of the inability of our batsmen in facing the short-balls....it was a boouncy pitch...evry one knew that..it wasnt so supportive to spinners except for the odd bounce dat might struggle d batsmen...Dhoni wins d toss again...puts w indies to bat...yet again and yet again our spinners get hammered by Gayle and the others...not to mention in form Zaheer Khan was unable to use d bouncyness of d pitch to d core...and our long lineup of batsmen fail to chase d piled up target..too bad.....

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | May 9, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    This is a tired and spurious playing XI, selected purely on endorsement value and some friends in the right places. MSD has shown that even he requires generous doses of luck to keep winning and that his instincts (like Ravindra Jadeja) are all bunkum.

  • POSTED BY wicketman on | May 9, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    What has the IPL really done for Indian Cricket? It has helped current and over the hill foreign stars financially and also filled the pockets of indian businessmen/celebrities. What about the unearthing of new indian talent? Why are players like SS Tiwary, T Suman R Ashwin not even in the squad? What about Robin Uthappa? he should easily be in the team ahead of the over-rated Yousuf Pathan or Ravindra Jadeja. People need to take a closer look at what is going on. Indian cricket is about money now. Such is the greed and short sightedness that little do the powers that be realize that grooming new indian talent will prolong their coffers rather than wathc the IPL fade away into mediocrity.

  • POSTED BY jmcshekar on | May 9, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    I think dhoni is too biassed with his team selection and he should think ground / Pitch reality than his close mates. Give chance to youngesters like Vinay kumar, Piyush Chawla than persuing with Jadeja, Yousuf etc....Don`t become another Srikant and Co... ?

  • POSTED BY cricketcrazy1507 on | May 9, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    West indies do have quicks capable of causing discomfit to batsmen. But Indians will do well to remember that they lack the accuracy of Nannes or Johnson. So they will surely send down enough loose balls to cash in on. Being patient is going to be the key for India.

  • POSTED BY cricketcrazy1507 on | May 9, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    I think too much has been read into that game. More than the short pitched stuff it was poor shot selection and a flawed strategy that brought India's downfall. The batsmen were not patient enough wait for balls in slot. Raina played a pull shot to delivery that could be very easily played with a vertical bat for his standards. India bowled first to take advantage of early moisture. Then they had two spinners operating within first 5 overs. Zaheer should have been one of India's opening bowlers. Yusuf pathan is not suited for bouncy tracks as his weakness for short balls is well documented. Finally Rohit showed that Indians could have put up a much better had only they been little more patient.

  • POSTED BY sri8 on | May 9, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    wat a poor performance in the previous match....lets forget it and start fresh. do not include vijay in the team vs WI. as this is a very imp match bring someone who is experienced in T20 format. and if y.pathan is opening the batting lineup, he should stand in the crease up to 8-10 over.and i want raina to continue his form again.i think he is one who play short balls well. start with 3 bowlers and 2 specialized spinners. do any thing to get rid of pollard,bravo and gayle very early. and who ever in india bat try to stick around the crease.i wish u all the best. LONG LIVE INDIA. one more thing i want to say is I HATE SRIKKANTH"S SELECTION. very bad

  • POSTED BY jrm1186 on | May 9, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    so many stupid comments here!!! the dangerous indian team who defeated south africa has suddenly become motivationless, useless n even hopeless accorfding to some great critics on this blog!!!!! give dem a break guys!!!! even aussies were beaten by zimbabwe, so were they not using their brains at that time MR. EAST_WEST???? still a plenty of cricket has yet to be played and as a loyal and POSITIVE fan, I'm still supporting team India for their best and hope they'll win the world cup again!!! It's not the team who's hopeless, it's the fans n critics like u who need 2 get a life!!!!! One loss doesn't mean the team is brainless and one win doesn't mean they're the best either!!!! Every team makes mistakes and India also did, plus they were completely outplayed by Australia!!! and I appreciate aussies' perfromance too because I believe in the spirit of this sport!!!M Not like others who simply want to show their arrogance and disrespect to the competitors on this blog!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    all Indian is looser looooooooser Indian only like talking talking too much looser

  • POSTED BY ganymide on | May 9, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    It's shame that Indian captain is telling they're not good at pulling and not good at short balls, and not good at ... and so on after playing tons of T20 matches and also in IPL. What the hell he and his team is. If India played well and loosing by small gap, nobody bothers, but its surprised every one that India lifted their hands and psycologically lost the battle with Australia in 5 overs. It's shame. Look at England, its looks fantastic team, every one is contributing each win. Dhoni's team every member's belly is full with IPL quick bucks, and their hunger to win lost. Look at Pathan how pathetic he's, he never really tried to contribute for indian team, same for Vijay, his just one century made him super hero, Srikant politics he's in the team. Look at Yuvaraj, and also Gambhir, he lost touch. Every one stupidly surrender to Australian pace attack. Howmany times you Dhoni guys are telling this stupid reason of Shortball weakness, then youre not deserved for no.1 status.

  • POSTED BY arshadalimilhan on | May 9, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    ravindra jadeja's worst form with bat continues,i dont know what the logic in dhoni's mind. he dont know how to maintain stroke play in t 20,what a waste he is....? just repace with him n try vinay kumar........

  • POSTED BY lokyshanks on | May 9, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    the Indians can play the short ball its only that the situation they get into makes them seem vulnerable especially in the 20 20 format. if we are analysing what went wrong in the last game poor captaincy is the main cause leading to poor bowling changes , team constitution, absence of a game plan when batters are on the rampage were in my opinion the main reasons why the morale was disturbed by an Aussie attack which petered out in the last 5 overs. any limited over format team must have a strategy for containment of rampaging batters who can turn the game in a jiffy. restricting the opponents is your first lin of attack when batting second.restricting scoring and picking up wickets are the key things to be aimed for. so containing startegy must be developed and for that the bowlers and fielders are the key. you can have 20 yusufs and rohits in the batting lineup but if you cant contain the first batting side your batted out of the match. loky shanks cricket analyst

  • POSTED BY Crckt-Xprt on | May 9, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    We may have talent but it is abundantly clear that we lack committment. Harbhajan thinks that if he bowls a few economical overs he is done. Sorry, he is expected to take wickets, an art which seems to be alien to him nowadays. Once in a while he will take a wicket and run towards the boundary expecting other colleagues on the field to catch up with him, climb over him or fall over him. Zaheer is another big talk and no walk. Look at Zaheer's performance in the 20-20 format. He is nothing short of the atrocious. If the wickets offered good bounce which the Australians could exploit, what was Zaheer (our senior bowler and super achiever !) doing ? And was Bhajji twiddling his thumbs on a bouncy wicket on which he is supposedto excel ? And Yuvraj ? Just what is the basis of selection, one fails to understand. Why was Yuvraj put on the plane in the first place? Robin Uthappa must be wondering if he too must focus on excessive partying and night-outs to merit a selection

  • POSTED BY tickey on | May 9, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    how many times Indians have tested for short deliveries and how many times they failed? I think the answer will be 99/100.

  • POSTED BY sudhindranath on | May 9, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    It is great to see that the T20 format has brought back into focus, the need for players to employ the hook shot. It is not that Indian players haven't ever played it - players like Mohinder Amarnath used it to deal with the fearsome Windies pace attack in the 80's.

    The present Windies pace attack is nowhere near the calibre of Holding, Marshall, Roberts, Garner et al but if they use the short-pitched ball and the Indians are not able to deal with it, then the Indian players have only themselves to blame.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    we miss you sehwag... just your mere presence in the team would make us win... and what the hell happened to yuvi.?!. i think he should get some time off international cric, play a domestic season and then come back... we saw what a domestic season could do to the likes of sourav and dravid when they were outta form.. pathan and jadeja are pathetic... chawla should be chosen ahead of jadeja.. he can fire in some quick runs in the end too...

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    hope ..India learn something from previous game..now the time of do and die..ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA

  • POSTED BY rambala13 on | May 9, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Well. Jadeja only spoiled India's chances of qualifying for Semis last year(ref: Super 8 match agt England). He has again been taken into this year's WC. He has already become instrumental in India's last match against Aussies by giving away 6 sixes in 6 balls. India had lost the match at that point of time itself. Apart from this, he has been supported ably by Mr. Vijay in batting by playing foolish shot. The drawing board for today's match should be 1. Bring in Dinesh in place of Vijay 2. bring in Piyush in place of Jadeja. 3.Yusuf should open with Gambhir. If this happens, I feel we can achieve favourable result.

    Ram

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Bottom Line: If west Indians pacer get it right, then India will have to face the music. I think the weakness is the bowling for India that is the reason why they depend too much on there batting. With this bowling line up, I believe if India get trouble and get to a modest total of 150 or even 160 some how. It would be very difficult to defend it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Come on people ... One bad day and everybody starts gunning for heads ... Jadeja might have lost his mind in the game against Aussies but he has been the meanest among all bowlers in recent times ... As always there ought be some repercussions if Sehwag doesn't play ... And please give credit to Aussies they bowled well really well ... Indian batsmen have always been susceptible to fast short ball ... We know it since what 1929 with rare exceptions of a Gavaskar, Vishwanath, M Amarnath, Kapil, T'kar and Dravid ... So move on guys ... It is a new day and Team India remains as red hot as it was before there thrashing to Aussies ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    Even Though I am a Pakistan but I will give an unbiased comment here. I think Yousuf Pathan is the most useless player I have ever seen in team India. I mean he is just not the international material. I have never seen him playing even a single good knock in international arena (forget about consistency). I think, right now, Rohit Sharma is the only technically perfect batsman (It is a pity though that he has not been consistent). Plus, I am sorry to say but Suresh Raina is really exposed to short stuff. Every time he gets short stuff , he just look in no position and lose his wicket and he can just get away from it by leaving short balls all the time. He needs to improve his technique. I have not seen much of Dhoni facing much short deliveries so can not comment on him. But one thing is sure, India is missing sachine tendulkar. He can even make the pace of Australia's pacers work against them by playing effortless strokes on short deliveries.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | May 9, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Oh, come on, people! One match and already we're talking as if India's batting is at the bottom of the pile! Even amongst Australians, only two batsmen got going - Watson and Warner. Count the single digit figures in both sides and there isn't that much difference. By the way, which team in the world plays perfectly comfortably against hostile pace bowling in bouncing conditions. Not even ONE team in the world can claim to do that! Truth is, there isn't enough top class batting going around in any team in world cricket that can play pace on pacy wickets and spin on turning tracks. No need to single out India as if this is India's problem alone. Even Ponting, in HIS OWN BACKYARD, was looking rank ugly playing rookie Ishant Sharma! So, please, hold your horses. This same Australian team lost their first five for 50 not too long ago. Don't write anybody off yet!

  • POSTED BY deepakKaranSinghGuptafromdelhi on | May 9, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    india vs westindies odds for india 2.4: 1.66 india are favourites coz west indies fast bowlers are not good where are the marshalls,garners,ambroses,walshes?? and look at the indian batting these guys can just keep attacking the bowling throught drives,hooks,pulls and also yusuf pathan should come at number 6 so that jadeja can be at 7 or he shoulkd be dropped jadeja i mean and also india should got a 8 an over for the first 15 and keep 6 wickets in hand for the final onslaught zaheer and nehra have tovary their bowling according to the batsmen like bresnan ,swann, ardy an d broad did yesterday watch out forYardy all teams he was brilliant with the ball yesterday indian team line u p possible 1. gauti 2.vijay 3 msd 4 rohit 5 raina 6 yuvi 7 yusuf 8 bhajji 9 zaheer 10 piyush 11 ashsih

  • POSTED BY vinoth.m on | May 9, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    India should drop Ravindra Jadeja as he is useless to the team if not India would loose without even playing the game.

  • POSTED BY itisme on | May 9, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    nithin.2050 are you joking? raina to open against WI. he cannot face a single bouncer. he is excellent on flat indian tracks, but on bouncy wickets he needs to be put in cotton-wool. let us face the truth. sehwag also has problems with short balls but he has courage. he can choose to leave the short balls and compensate later because the bowlers cannot always use the short balls. but raina, he is simply hopeless. why cannot we convince tendulkar (by the way the only indian among the present crop who is accomplished enough to play short balls) to reconsider his decision not to play t20 internationals. if he can play IPL why not internationals? we need him urgently and also dravid. i know i am going to be derided for suggesting dravid, but on these wickets we need him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    I just can't fathom why R Jadeja is in the team and forget his pathetic bowling,the way he ran himself out was appalling! I just can't see how he can get a place in the Indian team when so much talent is outside waiting for their window of opportunity,i mean what has he done except take some wickets here and there in docile Indian tracks? True Australia played brilliantly,but we capitulated cause of wrong team selection and spineless batting.All these Rainas and Pathans cannot play against quality bowling,Rohit is a class apart.Again, M Vijay has to be replaced with Dinesh Karthik and R Jadeja should be sent back to club cricket and it is high time he hones his cricketing skills if he is thinking of wearing the Indian cap again!

  • POSTED BY ruvvy on | May 9, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    I think, BCCI should quickly arrange a T20 + IDI series against Afganistan (if they are willing). Surely will get more ratings and 'Best Innings of the Warney's' batsman, Yusuf the Bouncer Bunny can score 200 in a t20 game :)

  • POSTED BY jpeter on | May 9, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    The problem is with indian team is selection. Indian selecters dont select the team based on the players current form. They rely on past records of the player only. big names in the team only won't win. indian players once come in the team, perform in the begining and then concentrate on adverts, ipl, other money making activities. they know once they performed it will keep them in the team for many years whether they are in form or not / trained or not. why not selecters consider ojha, uthappa?

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    i hope dhoni bats higher bcoz he seems to be one of the few who can get over the short ball with confidence. hes got a weird technique but somehow is able to play the short ball. also don't think roach and taylor can be as penetrative as nannes. lets see going to be a cracker nonetheless.

  • POSTED BY vickysb4u on | May 9, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    I guess the IPL only taught the indians how to play in flat decks and small grounds.. Now wonder when it comes to quality fast bowling and sporting pitches, they fail!

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    India will bounce back today.Don't worry, we've enough stuff. We've proved it many times. Australia is a strong team. By loosing a match don't loose the hope. Be positive. Today the day is ours. Congrates India

  • POSTED BY dadakondke on | May 9, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    The team selected for WT20 2010 is not correct 1} Zaheer Khan- He is a good bowler for test and ODI's but not for this format of the game. 2} Ashsih Nehra- One funny bowler who bowls good once in a blue moon how can you depend on him to deliver in such a big event 3} Ravindra Jadega- Till today noone knows if he is a bowler or batsman 4} Piyush Chawla- A kid who can spin the bowl better in his hands than on the pitch 5} Murali Vijay- Just getting some good knocks in IPL doesnot proves someone's metal. IN IPL there is one international bowler in every team here there are all in the same team, who know your weakness and target you on the ribcage. What IPL has done, is exposed the INDIAN players to the International Players, staying in the same obby have got them to know their weakness. Lastly YUVRAJ SINGH. Come on dude you are no longer playing in IPL, get over from it is over, the team needs you, the country needs you.

  • POSTED BY dadakondke on | May 9, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    First of all the team which is slected for the WT20 is not right. 1} Zaheer Khan - He is a good bowler for test cricket and ODI's this game is not meant for him 2} Ahsih Nehra- One funny bowler who sometimes bowls well on that basis you cannot have some one in the team 3} Ravindra Jadega- Nobody till today knows, whether he is a bowler or a batsman 4} Piyush Chawla- His bowl spins more in his hands than on the pitch 5} Murali Vijay- Just playing IPL doesnot show a players character, in IPL there is Shaun Tait in One team, Watson in other, Bollinger in third and so on, just imagine all guyz getting in to the same team and bowling neer but just on ur ribcage u will deffinelty have no options than run away like a chicken as Ganguly used to do against Shoaib Akhtar, remeber the WC match of 1999. Laslty Yuvraj Singh, common Yuvi stop thinking about IPL as you are no more playing for the club its a matter of playing for the pride of the country, show that you are still the same YUVI.

  • POSTED BY m0se on | May 9, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    BabRob, I take it you haven't watched many Ganguly innings.

    The reason he could get away with not being able to negotiate short balls is that he could duck. In test cricket, short ball is not going to get you a wicket if the batsman looks to evade. However, in Twenty20 cricket, a dot balls has a much higher value.

    Most of Ganguly innings in the latter part of his career went like this. Short ball duck, short ball duck until the bowler tires and then feast on the slower bowlers.

    The other reason to use short balls is that modern bats are bottom heavy; like a hammer. So, it's better to make the batsmen play horizontal bat shots. India also have a big problem that they can't dish the short stuff out.

    Most of all, the Indian cricketers have no reason to be here. They are all millionaires (in USD) and their season is already over. They are probably wondering what they're doing here.

  • POSTED BY Wanderweg on | May 9, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    I think folks are being harsh on Srikanth for the inclusion of M. Vijay. He played very well towards the latter half of IPL. Robin Uthappa sort of faded towards the end of the tournament. Going by the form it was a good inclusion. In fact every single player in the Indian line up is ill equipped to handle fast bowling. But that is just because of the pitches in India. Haven't anyone seen SA and English greats behaving like novices when faced with quality spin bowling. Historically only Gavaskar, Tendulkar and Dravid have shown they can really dominate short pitch bowling. But I think many are talented enough to adjust to the new conditions. Like Rohit showed the other day. I am banking on the talent of team India to take us through.

  • POSTED BY srimadhavan on | May 9, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    having read comments so far feel that we indians are so immature we can jus hate otr love some one.agree,we played bad cricket and lost against the ausies but in t20 any thing can happen,its time we accept defeat the same way we accept victory.remember it was the same team which trashed sa in the first round.when our team is down lets encourage them .one match doesnt make a player a legend or vice versa jadeja dint do well but he has been a very succesful player and it is jus one bad match and we shouldnt start cursing him.

  • POSTED BY Thomas91 on | May 9, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Guys cut india some slack.....We did make some mistakes against australia which proved to be very costly but im sure that we will rectify everything soon.....we have to support our team even wen they r down....in the 2007 t20 wc we lost against nz but went on to win the wc....just support them...dhoni has done wonders with this team but he is only human...he can make mistakes too just like us...

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Totally agreed with pk_77 !

  • POSTED BY karun0005 on | May 9, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    murali vijay,yusuf pathan and jadeja is waste inclusion in the team.murali viajy does'nt hav expose to west indies and uthappa who played the prev 2007 world cup and good form shld hav been picked,waste selection .India should stop running ipl we don't see any talents produced from ipl

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    First loss and people out for blood, forgetting same team beat SA with ease week back. Not possible to win each game in such format. grow up and set expectation right.

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | May 9, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    For India Dinesh karthik should come in place of Pathan as he has a better technique n he plays the short ball particularly well and Jadeja should be replaced by Vinay kumar or Umesh yadav as you need a proper pace bowler in the eleven.

  • POSTED BY Shelake143 on | May 9, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    I feel that Dhoni has done most worst thing in his life by taking vijay in side ahead of Robbin wo sale ko (vijay) mai to galli cricket me b nahi leta ekhad match kya khel gaya khud ko SRT se b jyada behtar samajata hai our vaisebi gambhir,Youraj form me nahi hai to utthappa would b d best choice jadeja ko to team k aas pass dikhane par b jurmana lagana chahiye phir b dil hai Hindustani jeet lo mere bhaiyo

  • POSTED BY BarackBush on | May 9, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    It was irresponsibility...Except rohit sarma no body used their brain....It is going prove again that he is useless if we select murali vijay to play against WI.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Team India is definitely gonna be tested with the shrt delivery stuff... and WI are good with their pace bowling. I hope it shud be an interesting game tonight.....

  • POSTED BY IPL_is_Thrash on | May 9, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    No need for Opposition bowlers to unleash short-ball barrage against Team India. Team India is Vigour-less, Hunger-less, Motivation-less, bunch of losers after exhausting in that Commerical & Betting Event IPL. IPL has taken betting to highest level. IPL is not a Cricketing event it is a worst commerical event. Team India and BCCI is completely focussed on IPL. Because of IPL, Team India is losing skill, inspiration, motivation and fitness to play Test Cricket. These curators, coaches and BCCI officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in other tournaments. IPL is completely meaningless and obsolete Tournament. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch between Countries unlike IPL Teams which look like clubs. Test Cricket is ultimate to watch on sportive pitches. But IPL is making these pitches Lifeless.

  • POSTED BY guj_raj on | May 9, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Sachin if you are watching the ICC T2O world cup 2010, don't you think team India needs you in team to fight that short balls on bouncee tracks...

  • POSTED BY guj_raj on | May 9, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Come on Dhoni...and Team India....you are still in game, don't miss today's game....you konw that billions of people are there in your support.....Chak de India. Just one point for you Mr. Dhoni .....never choose to field first whenever you win the toss (Except IPL). Don't be afraid of West Indies you won the game against SA which is far better team then WI.

  • POSTED BY nithin.2050 on | May 9, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    well INDIA need to use good pace attack on this pitch.. need praveen or vinay in the team with zaheer and nehra...the spinners r giving away lots of run.. the top order in batting should start with experienced guys like gambir/rohit sharma/raina..

  • POSTED BY pk_77 on | May 9, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Replace Vijay with Dinesh but Yousuf need to open and take charge. Jadeja should be replaced by vinay kumar considering bouncing wickets.. missing robin instead of Vijay..regional politics by srikant...

  • POSTED BY muski on | May 9, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    Dhoni seems to forget time and again the adage that if six batsmen cannot deliver, the 7th most certainly wont. Yusuf Pathan's days are surely numbered. When have we last seen him deliver for India. Can somebody refresh my memory please. Our selectors always make the glaring mistake of testing somebody afresh like Vijay in a major tournament like this. Yes- he has earned his place. However this is no place for experimentation. Jadeja is another guy whose role in the team in unknown. Lets pray for a miracle that we can turn the tables against the WI today.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    i think T20 is an unpredictable format and ther shuld be more matches in the super 8 so that many teams have time to adjust and the tournament wil become more interesting. take IPL for ex. ther was 6 teams fighing for the semis since all played more matches and came to terms with the situation,here after some 2 matches most of the team are out and some matches become inconsequential

  • POSTED BY East_West on | May 9, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    zero19394: damn! the best comment I have ever read in a while esp. from an aussie! yes! the way this new INDIAN BLOOD batted, we are in for a shock if this joker indian team can make it to semis! Just imagine! if Doug B was in the team, this team wouldn't have scored 100 runs! shame on MS for choosing bowling first against Aussies and then India just folded like puppies without using their BRAINS! The way Aussies are playing, I think time might be right for the OZ this time for W20 [after they got the JOLT from Zimb! Having said that, India will have a better chance if they use their brains rather than going for "fire against fire"! It's more of playing with brains! Looks like only MAHELA is using his head while batting, and the rest of the world is still catching up to him!! Jadeza is useless, and without even playing a single IPL game, this guy entered into the team and playing like a looser!

  • POSTED BY ashy16in_ on | May 9, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    It is time for Dhoni to prove his mettle with the bat in the T20 format. His strike rate in International T20s is an abysmal 109 which is below par and not good enough for this format.

  • POSTED BY subinit on | May 9, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    The bottom line is india are a batting first side always.They have a sick mentality and they can never chase a 150 + score against a quality bowling side.When they batted first against SA they also came across short deliveries but mental barrier was not there.But nerve gave them in the AUS match.If they bat first against WI something can be said but if second make ur count down start.MS dhoni is now having a tough time with his luck.He opted to bowl first when he knows chasing has never his strength.Remember ganguly blunder against AUS in 2003 world cup final

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Forget the short ball. Responsible batting anyone? Against Aussies, if even one batsman stayed with Rohit Sharma we would have gotten very close to the target (with 3 more overs in hand) or even cross it. Too many reckless shots when the team lost 4-5 wickets is simply unpardonable. And this is not the first time. It is time Indian batsman learn to adapt and play shots based on the game situation.

  • POSTED BY love_my_country on | May 9, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    accept it , india is not a strong 20-20 team . they don't have good record in 20-20 so far also. stop talking about bringing uttapa and irfan as this is not possible for this WC . so just chill and watch India on whatever best they can play . Anyway IPL is not to improve our standard but for other overseas players to get a chance to establish in international player. Nothing against india , they are good 50 over and test team but 20-20 needs improvement .

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    India will fight..and will be sucessfull...go india....i a sm sure you can do it...

  • POSTED BY bhagawansays on | May 9, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    Slightly off topic comment from an aussie observer of Indian cricket. Looking at the capitulation of some of the current Indian batsmen against short pitched bowling, this whole noise about singling out Sourav Ganguly and his vulnerability against short bowling in the past sounds like a non-issue. After all he had been targeted his whole career and he still ended up scoring bucket load of runs. This current Indian lot can't even get to double figures most of the time if the bowling is quick and short. Happy that the "vintage" trio of Sachin, Sourav and Rahul is now retired ;)

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    This should be interesting. Wayward WI bowlers vs Batsmen poor against short balls. If India win and SL lose to the Aussies, O man i cant wait for IND vs SL basiclly a knock out match. I hope that happens. Lets c. Vinay Kumar needs to debut and kartik needs to be the finisher. Take out yusuf n jadeja. Because you have yuvi, Rohit and Raina who can fill in your 4 overs. We really missing a someone like Watson, pathan is there, but IDK about his bowling. He needs to go to Wasim Akram n figure out his pace n swing. IF he can bowl at 130 plus again. hes a must pick all rounder. Lets go Team India

  • POSTED BY SuperCat on | May 8, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Also Ravindra Jadeja should go out and bring Robin Utthappa back. He is the man. Even in the IPL, he tonked all the short stuff back for Sixes

  • POSTED BY SuperCat on | May 8, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    Dhoni should SERIOUSLY consider bringing Robin Utthapa back into the team. He is one man alongwith a few others who can easily tonk the short ball into the stands. Send Dinesh Karthik in instead of Murali Vijay, and bring Robin Utthappa. Robin is a fabulous fielder as well and will give 100%. I am amazed that he was left out especially that he is such a good player of the short stuff.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 8, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Team India were the champions of this format in the inaugural event a couple of years back, so its absurd to state that they dont perform in world stage, i dont see any marketing hype on team india its just that there is the small matter of them being the best test side and second best odi side in the official ratings and indian board being the financial center behind cricket in india and srilanka (debt written off + multiple cliche 5 odi trashings) that can be mis read as hype.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 8, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    Bring in the wild thing Umesh Yadav at least we can give back what we receive 145+ up their nose. Enough said, team india go down swinging...there are still some sane ones left outside the ground who love you..

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 8, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    India has good batsmen capable of facing pace bowling. India must go in with tight bowling & fielding. Pathan & Jadja must be replaced by Karthick & Vinay kumar. Send Karthick at #3 and push Raina #4. Bat with guts rather than with funk. WI fast bowlers are not steady as they did against SL. Hopefully they will do the same against India. Mind you they are only allowed one bouncer/over. Others will be no balls over your shoulder height India has Raina, Yuvraj, Sharma, Dhoni & Gambhir who are each capable of being Match winners. Believe in yourselves Dhoni. Go there to win in your mind and play like winners. Luck favours the brave.Good Luck.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    It would be very easy for Windies bowlers if they can use the short ball but at the same time they have to be careful because it's a small ground and if Indian batsmen go for short deliveries then it would cost them a lot. Indian batsmen are known for making adjustments. But it's certainly something we will find Windies putting into their plans in this match. Taylor and Roach were impressive with the new ball against Sri Lanka and they could for trying short balls definitely.

    Now, it would be interesting to see as to how Indian batsmen take the things up. Lets wait and watch upto what extent they succeed.

  • POSTED BY waspsting on | May 8, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    slightly off topic - Dhoni hinted about it - but Indians have got an unfair rep for being vulnerable to the short ball. Rarely has there been a team who has thrived against the short ball - some of the Haynes/Greenidge/Richards west indies teams but thats about it. A barrage of short pitched bowling can usually flatten any team. But India often get the flack for being soft against it. where India have suffered over the years is that they didn't have the bowling to dish it back. thats a different story - but Indians play the short ball, generally speaking, as well or as poorly as anyone else does really.

  • POSTED BY Maha_Fan on | May 8, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    More than batting India are paying for not going for specialist bowlers. Swann rocked against South Africa. Heard of Orange Cap winner - Ojha?

  • POSTED BY kitten on | May 8, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    India, I feel has the worst bowling attack in the competition. They were absolutely pathetic in the game agains the Aussies, with the exception of Harbhajjan, and add to it their aversion to short pitched bowling, and you have the perfect recipe for disaster. Australia, needless to say, exploited the situation to the full, and we had a one sided contest. If India can make some improvements, and also since WI and SL are not in the same league as the Aussies, they have a chance of making it to the semis. Looking forward to a better performance tomorrow against the Windies.

  • POSTED BY D.S.A on | May 8, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Err...This problem was meant to be resolved BEFORE the tournament started, after what happened in the last World Twenty20, not during. You'd think they would be more prepared by now after all of the IPL games and other matches since the last World Twenty20.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Backing Dhoni and team to win this one. Go India goo!

  • POSTED BY Ankit2789 on | May 8, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    murli vijay should get out of the squad n yousuf pathan too............utthapa and irfan should have a chance...........................

  • POSTED BY CRICViN23 on | May 8, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    srilanka are gonna win the australia match.....mahelaaaaaaaaaaaa...

  • POSTED BY atulshyam on | May 8, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    India is a strong team and wil qualify into the semi-finals. -Atul

  • POSTED BY Venkeer on | May 8, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    I feel that India doesn't have the firepower to go all the way. Indian Batsman claim themselves as the best in world and almost every team knows that they cannot cope up with quality and accurate short pitched bowling on a lively pitch, mind you I said accurate! They may be the kings on docile pitches but they look like club cricketers against quality short pitched bowling.

    What I cannot understand is that why they can't practice hard after knowing they will face short pitched bowling. I am not the one to say this because they lost one match. But look at they way they played... it was pathetic.

    Finally, I get a feeling that they are more worried about striking big deals and earning millions in IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Lets hope the best team will win. Anyway I would like to see another exit of india in the super eight stage.Marketing wont make them the winners, Performance in the global events does.

  • POSTED BY Niscricuz on | May 8, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    well dhoni said the same thing in previous world too that his batsmen will cope up ...but we know how well the did in in england !!! and i m really frustated over rohit sharma's idiocy when he gave strike to zak and nehra jsut for a single and opened the tail in front of d best fast bowling attack ...instead he shud have tried to make sum more run at d crease and try to get as close as possible !! are these men lost their brains aur wat or they forgot the silly calculation ...how can these ppl do this to a their fan shame on team india !!!

  • POSTED BY pracheer_agarwal on | May 8, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    on a pitch where pace is the key.... india should have three pacers in the playing eleven..gambhir is out of form.... also he is not capable to accelerate the inning... india should open with vijay and rohit sharma..... my playing eleven... vijay, rohit, raina, dhoni, yuvraj, yusuf, jadeja, harbhajan, nehra, zaheer, vinaykumar

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  • POSTED BY pracheer_agarwal on | May 8, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    on a pitch where pace is the key.... india should have three pacers in the playing eleven..gambhir is out of form.... also he is not capable to accelerate the inning... india should open with vijay and rohit sharma..... my playing eleven... vijay, rohit, raina, dhoni, yuvraj, yusuf, jadeja, harbhajan, nehra, zaheer, vinaykumar

  • POSTED BY Niscricuz on | May 8, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    well dhoni said the same thing in previous world too that his batsmen will cope up ...but we know how well the did in in england !!! and i m really frustated over rohit sharma's idiocy when he gave strike to zak and nehra jsut for a single and opened the tail in front of d best fast bowling attack ...instead he shud have tried to make sum more run at d crease and try to get as close as possible !! are these men lost their brains aur wat or they forgot the silly calculation ...how can these ppl do this to a their fan shame on team india !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Lets hope the best team will win. Anyway I would like to see another exit of india in the super eight stage.Marketing wont make them the winners, Performance in the global events does.

  • POSTED BY Venkeer on | May 8, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    I feel that India doesn't have the firepower to go all the way. Indian Batsman claim themselves as the best in world and almost every team knows that they cannot cope up with quality and accurate short pitched bowling on a lively pitch, mind you I said accurate! They may be the kings on docile pitches but they look like club cricketers against quality short pitched bowling.

    What I cannot understand is that why they can't practice hard after knowing they will face short pitched bowling. I am not the one to say this because they lost one match. But look at they way they played... it was pathetic.

    Finally, I get a feeling that they are more worried about striking big deals and earning millions in IPL.

  • POSTED BY atulshyam on | May 8, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    India is a strong team and wil qualify into the semi-finals. -Atul

  • POSTED BY CRICViN23 on | May 8, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    srilanka are gonna win the australia match.....mahelaaaaaaaaaaaa...

  • POSTED BY Ankit2789 on | May 8, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    murli vijay should get out of the squad n yousuf pathan too............utthapa and irfan should have a chance...........................

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Backing Dhoni and team to win this one. Go India goo!

  • POSTED BY D.S.A on | May 8, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Err...This problem was meant to be resolved BEFORE the tournament started, after what happened in the last World Twenty20, not during. You'd think they would be more prepared by now after all of the IPL games and other matches since the last World Twenty20.

  • POSTED BY kitten on | May 8, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    India, I feel has the worst bowling attack in the competition. They were absolutely pathetic in the game agains the Aussies, with the exception of Harbhajjan, and add to it their aversion to short pitched bowling, and you have the perfect recipe for disaster. Australia, needless to say, exploited the situation to the full, and we had a one sided contest. If India can make some improvements, and also since WI and SL are not in the same league as the Aussies, they have a chance of making it to the semis. Looking forward to a better performance tomorrow against the Windies.