Zimbabwe v India, Tri-series, 1st match, Bulawayo May 28, 2010

Taylor lauds Zimbabwe's all-round performance

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Man of the Match Brendan Taylor has put down Zimbabwe's six-wicket win over India to a combined effort that was unlike many of his team's performances in the past. "This was a thoroughly good all-round performance on a flat wicket, and it's nice to see the guys chipping in," Taylor, who top scored for his team with 81, said. "We've always struggled in the past when one guy chips in and everyone struggles."

Taylor, during his 103-ball stay, was involved in two major partnerships that set up Zimbabwe's successful chase of a seemingly formidable 285. He added 88 in 13 overs with opener Hamilton Masakadza, and followed it up with a further 63 with Greg Lamb. The second stand consumed 16.3 overs, and when Taylor fell with the score on 176, Zimbabwe's required rate had crept to more than seven-an-over. The flat wicket and the presence of some power-players down the order, however, meant Zimbabwe had to preserve their wickets for a good part of the chase, Taylor said.

"The plan was to basically just keep knocking the ball around. We know we have Andy Blignaut and Elton [Chigumbura] at the bottom there and Charles [Coventry] coming in too. So we've got the firepower to catch up in the end with the batting Powerplay. There wasn't really too much risk to be taken.

"We were trying to bat the way they [India] sort of started; construct the innings pretty well. It was a nice wicket to bat on, [the strategy was to] not lose too many wickets and back yourself to really have a go."

Chigumbura, leading Zimbabwe for the first time, was off the mark with the ball, conceding 26 in an over which included 14 wides and a no-ball, but chipped in during the chase, combining with debutant Craig Ervine in an unbeaten 58-run stand to steer his team home. "It wasn't easy for me," he said of his first match as captain. "I thought I let the team down in the first half but some of the guys played well. We had a good partnership first up which gave us a good foundation to win the game.

"The plan was for the seamers to get one or two wickets to make it easy for the spinners, but it went the other way - only one seamer bowled well. I thought the rest of the spinners bowled well.

"It's a good start for Craig Ervine to score a half-century on debut. The main focus now is to be consistent as a team."

Suresh Raina, unlike his Zimbabwean counterpart, had a poor start to his captaincy, as his bowlers, particularly the inexperienced seamers, failed to measure up in a determined chase by the hosts. The batting Powerplay available to Zimbabwe at the death, with Chigumbura and Ervine cashing in, cost India the game, he said. "It [the target] was defendable. Amit Mishra bowled really well, [Ravindra] Jadeja also. But they still had a Powerplay left at the end, and a couple of their players batted really well. That's what cost the game for us."

The highlight of India's performance was a maiden ODI century from Rohit Sharma, who helped them recover from 67 for 3. The bowling, though, according to Raina, needed improvement if India were to challenge Sri Lanka in their next fixture. "The way Rohit was hitting the ball was remarkable," Raina said. "We need to work on our bowling. A couple of players are playing for the first time, but hopefully they will learn from this mistake."

India take on Sri Lanka in the next game of the series on May 30 in Bulawayo.

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  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | June 4, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Well played Zim! Instead of scolding Ind selectors, I agree with the Zim fans, let's all comment a little more on how well Zim played. I remember seeing Taylor sometime ago, he didn't score much for a while but now he is back I realise...boy this guy can play. As for the Ind team, Vijay was highly praised and successful in IPL, I heard Harsha getting excited over Yadav, Jadeja who is now scorned was outstanding when SA toured Ind, Kholi is a 1st teamer, Ojha and Mishra both have many who think they should be in the team so in reality, this is not India A...it isn't full strength but it definately isn't Ind A. More than anything Zim played really well TWICE vs. team Ind and that is all there is to it. For sometime many experts have tried telling Ind that their bowling n fielding does not resemble a #1 side n needs wrk, they should start listening. Being ranked #1 n 2 r great achievements but being truly #1 or 2 is the pinnacle of the game.

  • POSTED BY tanvir_alam on | June 3, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    congreats Zimbabwe & well done & Zimbabwe play fantastic cricket. Hey Indian plz learn something from Bangladesh & I think Bangladesh will teach Indian cricket team that how 2 win against Zimbabwe. Indian Cricket team is an ordinary ugly team & Zimbabwe prove it... Thanks Zimbabwe. I wish Zimbabwe will play better & better in future. all the best...

  • POSTED BY proteasfan99 on | May 31, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    hahah...look at Indian fans excuse themselves. Arent Rohit Sharma, Raina, Karthik, Vijay, Jadeja and Kohli all first team players? so what third grade side are you talking about?? Craig Ervine was also on debut. Lamb is rellatively inexperienced so its even. There is no future for Indian cricket with the way they are going. Who will replace Kumble, Bhajji, Khan as bowlers?? batting might be good with Gambhir, Sehwag, raina, sharma and an inform yuvraj and dhoni around... but a good squad always has good replacements... Look at Aussie.. their team for the t20 world cup did not have Lee and Ponting... Paine and Bollinger couldnt break into the team and they have so many players who just come into the team and perform. Aussie B side is still capable of conquoring the world though I do not support Aussie cricket but its a fact. Infran Pathan is an amasing player and I wonder why they ignore him when they do not have the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY MyComments on | May 30, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    I think India need to show some respect to Zimbabwe. By sending a B grade team to a tournament you are disrespecting the country that you are playing by thinking yourself far superior. I think this mindset of the selectors and players will overall affect the Indian cricket in the long run.

  • POSTED BY zimbos_05 on | May 30, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    All these comments dissapoint me. Im a Zimbabwe fan and am over the moon with this win. It may be a 2nd string India, but they had way more experience to beat zim and couldnt. Stop complaining. With Indias total, i thought Zim would buckle, but they played like a world class cricket team. Yes india should take some blame on some level, but overall, i think Zim outplayed them. Zim may never win another game this series, but this win was deserved and instead of bagging india, we should be commending zim on their win.

  • POSTED BY dashee on | May 30, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    @ ShahzanHaiderBukhari --look man zimbabwe does not struglgle aganist kenya and bermuda and the likes and if you say soo it means india is weaker than them all or the same level coz we beat you fair and square, and besides the zim team did not take this victory as something big coz we excpected challenge but well<<

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | May 30, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    @way_too_cool: Getting personal and insulting former cricketers will never help develop a healthy conversation mate. Not directed at you, many who commented earlier brought out several Indian and Pakistani names in to the rug-tag. As a Sri Lankan all I'm saying is don't let the cynical Aussies and Co make more fun out of our South Asian feuds, we need to concentrate more on our game AND attitude rather than each others failures! We need to develop as a block and support fledgling neighbors liek Bangladesh and Nepal to become a true cricketing powerhouse in a global contest. this is why I think the continued bilaterals India and Sri Lanka play have little or no meaning, need to play more outside the region!

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    I for one, blame Srikkanth for this loss. The selection of many of these players is ridiculous, I mean...where is Uthappa? It's all just politics...if we want to win the 2011 world cup, we have to start selecting players for their talent and not because of petty politics.

  • POSTED BY Pak_Champz on | May 30, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    @way_too_cool... hehehhe .. lol ur cricketing knowldge is too little ... u have forgoten all the moments when your player remained stuned for Six OF Javed Midandad .... 4 of inzmam last ball ... and Records do tell stuff ... well no issue ...what if u r so affriad not to come to play us in sharja go read ur news papaers when ur players were not willing to play ...as they were never able to defeat us ...well this is just some information i am giving u ..just have some time and sit ...check the archives ;) of India vs Pakistan ;) ... u will be speachless ...Its WELL Said ... if u dont know dont just assume , some times u just get slaped

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | May 30, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    @way_too_cool: The humiliation of missing out on the IPL in 2009 and 2010 was minimal compared to winning relatives sucesses we've had in those tournaments, remind me how did India fare again? Once again IPL excesses coming back to bite India on its ass, and remember Dhoni said he'd never blame excess workload for such failures... HAHAHA....Humiliation for India. If this is India's future then it's pathetic. I wonder how the IPL will grow with such ordinary players to bring in the viewing audiences???

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | June 4, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Well played Zim! Instead of scolding Ind selectors, I agree with the Zim fans, let's all comment a little more on how well Zim played. I remember seeing Taylor sometime ago, he didn't score much for a while but now he is back I realise...boy this guy can play. As for the Ind team, Vijay was highly praised and successful in IPL, I heard Harsha getting excited over Yadav, Jadeja who is now scorned was outstanding when SA toured Ind, Kholi is a 1st teamer, Ojha and Mishra both have many who think they should be in the team so in reality, this is not India A...it isn't full strength but it definately isn't Ind A. More than anything Zim played really well TWICE vs. team Ind and that is all there is to it. For sometime many experts have tried telling Ind that their bowling n fielding does not resemble a #1 side n needs wrk, they should start listening. Being ranked #1 n 2 r great achievements but being truly #1 or 2 is the pinnacle of the game.

  • POSTED BY tanvir_alam on | June 3, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    congreats Zimbabwe & well done & Zimbabwe play fantastic cricket. Hey Indian plz learn something from Bangladesh & I think Bangladesh will teach Indian cricket team that how 2 win against Zimbabwe. Indian Cricket team is an ordinary ugly team & Zimbabwe prove it... Thanks Zimbabwe. I wish Zimbabwe will play better & better in future. all the best...

  • POSTED BY proteasfan99 on | May 31, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    hahah...look at Indian fans excuse themselves. Arent Rohit Sharma, Raina, Karthik, Vijay, Jadeja and Kohli all first team players? so what third grade side are you talking about?? Craig Ervine was also on debut. Lamb is rellatively inexperienced so its even. There is no future for Indian cricket with the way they are going. Who will replace Kumble, Bhajji, Khan as bowlers?? batting might be good with Gambhir, Sehwag, raina, sharma and an inform yuvraj and dhoni around... but a good squad always has good replacements... Look at Aussie.. their team for the t20 world cup did not have Lee and Ponting... Paine and Bollinger couldnt break into the team and they have so many players who just come into the team and perform. Aussie B side is still capable of conquoring the world though I do not support Aussie cricket but its a fact. Infran Pathan is an amasing player and I wonder why they ignore him when they do not have the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY MyComments on | May 30, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    I think India need to show some respect to Zimbabwe. By sending a B grade team to a tournament you are disrespecting the country that you are playing by thinking yourself far superior. I think this mindset of the selectors and players will overall affect the Indian cricket in the long run.

  • POSTED BY zimbos_05 on | May 30, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    All these comments dissapoint me. Im a Zimbabwe fan and am over the moon with this win. It may be a 2nd string India, but they had way more experience to beat zim and couldnt. Stop complaining. With Indias total, i thought Zim would buckle, but they played like a world class cricket team. Yes india should take some blame on some level, but overall, i think Zim outplayed them. Zim may never win another game this series, but this win was deserved and instead of bagging india, we should be commending zim on their win.

  • POSTED BY dashee on | May 30, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    @ ShahzanHaiderBukhari --look man zimbabwe does not struglgle aganist kenya and bermuda and the likes and if you say soo it means india is weaker than them all or the same level coz we beat you fair and square, and besides the zim team did not take this victory as something big coz we excpected challenge but well<<

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | May 30, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    @way_too_cool: Getting personal and insulting former cricketers will never help develop a healthy conversation mate. Not directed at you, many who commented earlier brought out several Indian and Pakistani names in to the rug-tag. As a Sri Lankan all I'm saying is don't let the cynical Aussies and Co make more fun out of our South Asian feuds, we need to concentrate more on our game AND attitude rather than each others failures! We need to develop as a block and support fledgling neighbors liek Bangladesh and Nepal to become a true cricketing powerhouse in a global contest. this is why I think the continued bilaterals India and Sri Lanka play have little or no meaning, need to play more outside the region!

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    I for one, blame Srikkanth for this loss. The selection of many of these players is ridiculous, I mean...where is Uthappa? It's all just politics...if we want to win the 2011 world cup, we have to start selecting players for their talent and not because of petty politics.

  • POSTED BY Pak_Champz on | May 30, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    @way_too_cool... hehehhe .. lol ur cricketing knowldge is too little ... u have forgoten all the moments when your player remained stuned for Six OF Javed Midandad .... 4 of inzmam last ball ... and Records do tell stuff ... well no issue ...what if u r so affriad not to come to play us in sharja go read ur news papaers when ur players were not willing to play ...as they were never able to defeat us ...well this is just some information i am giving u ..just have some time and sit ...check the archives ;) of India vs Pakistan ;) ... u will be speachless ...Its WELL Said ... if u dont know dont just assume , some times u just get slaped

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | May 30, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    @way_too_cool: The humiliation of missing out on the IPL in 2009 and 2010 was minimal compared to winning relatives sucesses we've had in those tournaments, remind me how did India fare again? Once again IPL excesses coming back to bite India on its ass, and remember Dhoni said he'd never blame excess workload for such failures... HAHAHA....Humiliation for India. If this is India's future then it's pathetic. I wonder how the IPL will grow with such ordinary players to bring in the viewing audiences???

  • POSTED BY fawad.Ala on | May 29, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    apologise for some spelling mistake.

  • POSTED BY fawad.Ala on | May 29, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    @Pissed-off indian fan. i think you sould tolerate criticism if you criticise other. i remember how indian fans and indian players were celeberating pak defeat in england (icc t20 championship 2009 against srilanka). Pakistanis are saying what exactly your media and your people beleive, so why ur pissed-off? is this not true that india is no. 1 in test and 2nd in one days, but still they lost in t20 badly in lost against week of zimbabwe? people are discussing the root cuase of these defeats which is exactly your week bowling department (as harsha mention recent times in his column). so dear please read these coments calmly and dont counter attack. many thanks

  • POSTED BY way_too_cool on | May 29, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    @ ShahzanHaiderBukhari The way you were insulted in IPL hurts badly doesn't it? LOL You have very short and selective memory. You forgot THAT six that Sehwag hit off Saqlain to bring up his 300?? In your own backyard, under your own nose. Go watch it on Youtube and shed tears. After that your champ bowler was never seen again, grew a beard and disappeared forever LMAO :D

  • POSTED BY gerardpereira20 on | May 29, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    The Selectors keep getting it wrong time and time again. It is time to get rid of Nehra, Jadeja, Yousef Pathan and Karthik once and for all. There is no point in picking players like Vinay Kumar and Dinda on their performance in the IPL. Rohit Sharma should replace Yuvraj in the test team after under going a tough fitness program and Vijay groomed to replace Dravid. Ishant, RP, Irfan and Shreeshant should only play test cricket after a spell in English county cricket. Mishra, Bajji,Chewla, Ojha, Ashwin should go back to basics under some like Bishan Bedi.or Shane warne. Shewag, Tendulkar, Uttappa, Raina, Yuvraj, Kholi, Rohit Sharma,Gambhir, Dhoni, Bajji, Zaheer, Ishant, Shreeshant Praveen Kumar should make up the squad for the world cup. With the bowlers put under the wing of someone like Wasim Akram who can show them how to bowl at the start of an innings and the death overs. India should pick a seperate T20 side under Dhoni With players like Rayudu, Saurabh Tiwari given a chance.

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 29, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Indian players are fed up of playing excessive cricket and IPL. That's the major reason they have started losing matches even to inexperienced Zimbabwe team, a team which struggles against Bangla Desh, Kenya and Bermuda. Indian team shouldn't be blamed ruthlessly for the current as well as the upcoming series of defeats. The cricket fans will witness how India gradually falls from the top ranking to the lowers. They have lost the spirit and enthusiasm of the game. They lost all their three matches in the Super 8 T20 World Cup and was humiliated by Sri Lanka( Kapugedera hit a massive six on the last ball of the match). The body language of the Indian players was self-explanatory in all their recently lost matches. They surrendered quickly. They were aware of their defeat. Kapugedera revived the innings of Javaid Minadad who gave a nice treatment to Chitan Sharma when he did the same thing( by hitting the last ball for a huge six) in the Austral Asia Cup 1986.

  • POSTED BY sumandas on | May 29, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Well, it's simple...despite all those hoo-haa about our "rich pool of young talents", our cupboard for future has been pretty empty for quite sometime particularly in the bowling dept... thanx to Zimbabwe for exposing this. One can't blame the selectors much...they can only select, not manufacture, cricketers. A wiser mix of experience & youth would have been better, though. Purely from cricket's point of view, it's good to see Zimbabwe back in winning form. For cricket to survive in long run, we need more nos. of quality teams at the top level.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | May 29, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Why all the fuss & exclamation by the Indian fans? There were calls for new blood for the national team and some sort of transition plan and this is what happened. The youngsters in this team can only get better with this type of experience and what could be more effective & humbling than to suffer defeat and taste it. That should spur you to bigger deeds and this will come in time. The Indian selectors should be applauded for making this gamble and hopefully they will stick by their preferred options and give these guys their due chances. Short term pain for long term gain is always the best option. Don't forget, they are opposing a very hungry team who have been largely isolated and are jumping out of their skins to compete. This is the competition you should be seeking to play against i.e. eager, fit and talented. Zimbabwe have shown they are ready to be treated with respect and it has to be good for global cricket that this trend continues.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | May 29, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Why all the fuss & exclamation by the Indian fans? There were calls for new blood for the national team and some sort of transition plan and this is what happened. The youngsters in this team can only get better with this type of experience and what could be more effective & humbling than to suffer defeat and taste it. That should spur you to bigger deeds and this will come in time. The Indian selectors should be applauded for making this gamble and hopefully they will stick by their preferred options and give these guys their due chances. Short term pain for long term gain is always the best option. Don't forget, they are opposing a very hungry team who have been largely isolated and are jumping out of their skins to compete. This is the competition you should be seeking to play against i.e. eager, fit and talented. Zimbabwe have shown they are ready to be treated with respect and it has to be good for global cricket that this trend continues.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    C'mon guys, this is the same ZIM team that beat the Australian team. Stop criticizing Indian team and just give credit to the Zimbabwe players. Pakistan fans, you should be ashamed of all your team's mishaps and first try to get your top two test batsmen back into playing cricket. Also get a wicket keeper who can keep wickets and take catches, shame on you guys, in telling us how we lack in pace department. Yes, most of us are vegetarians that is why maybe we did not swear on any holy book not to play well under any captain (that is just one of the shameful things any team can do). Have you forgotten the lose against Ireland and Bangladesh??? Pakistan fans, mind your own business... India we need a better show...

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 29, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    India wouldn't at the loss at all had she given a chance to Pakistani top class bowlers to play in IPL. Indian bowlers would've learnt from them how and where to pitch the ball, for sure Pakistan has always got an upper hand on India in fast bowling if not in all fields of cricket. It's a great surprise not only for me but for all cricket playing countries that India, with population of 1025 millions couldn't produce a bowler who could be compared with Imran Khan, Ian Botham, Waqar, Waeem, Shoaib Akhrat, Mc Grath, Allen Donald, Curtley Ambrose, Walsh, Muhammad Aamir, Shaun Pollock Muhammad Asif or even V.K.P.B.U.J.C. Vaas. The only bowler they had, was Kapil Dev who was a batsman rather than an impressive bowler. The fact he got many wickets for India is just because there was no any other bowler who could get a couple of wickets. He lost his himble shine in later years. At the end of his career, he was just like a street bowler.

  • POSTED BY dashee on | May 29, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    ahahahahah!! yah guys you making different comments which you see india as usless , belive me you guys are not useless, you just met a Zimbabwe which is looking for its way back to top class and there are comming up with it, as you cam see we hve beaten Australia, Pakistan, West indies actuall made the big guys sweat, and they knw zim is on a mission and is still building up( and quickly) anywas look on it on the otherside of our pontetial, Who is coaching England, a Zimbabwean look at Fleature, he is also Zimbabwean, in other words Jus politics in zim had killed cricket , but now you will see change, and if you not carefull we will hammer you all way thru and another thing there are some expireenced players who will be playing for zim again so you hvea lot to see from zim guys, and hey dnt be dismayed zim is not weak,,,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    it's indian bowlers and the captain lose the match for them. it's defendable target set by india . but the iexperience in the fast bowling cost them the match .....

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    yes i totally agree to the fact that our indian team has failed to produce a genuine fast bowler who can take wickets at regular intervals. this is a lesson from where our indian team selectors should start to think from now on that we must also manufacture more pace bowlers instead of spin bowlers and batsmen as we already have many. and i really think we should pick an alternative to murali vijay at the start cuz he has been underperforming for quite a long time. we can also give some chances to other good indian players like robin uthappa, ambati saurab tiwary, ambati rayudu who performed well in the 3rd edition of the IPL.

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 29, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    The way Zimbabwe chased and ultimately beat India, it shows their great spirit and professionalism. Watching this match one could safely say that Indian bowlers were at the mercy of Zimbabwe batsmen who played heroically and snatched a victory. At their peak in chasing the big total, one could easily see and guess that Zimbabwe batsmen would have also played Kapil Dev, Prabharkar, Kumble, Agarkar and Roger Binni brilliantly and comfortably if they were in the team. No Indian bowler could stop Zimbabwe from chasing the big total. It's another record against India!!!

  • POSTED BY Rehan497 on | May 29, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    this shows what a joke india cricket is, they can't beat a team like zimbabwe without what a few senior players, it shows the lack of talent outside their own pancake tracks, they always seem to do well at home on flat spinning tracks, as soon as they get to world events or away fixtures they embarass lol

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 29, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Wow!!!Well done Zimbabwe!!! Zimbabwe did what Pakistan has been doing to India since ages. India was totally outclassed by Zimbabwe. How easily they chased a total that was considered to out of reach by the lesser experienced Zimbabwe team. But thanks to their top order and middle order batting who did miracles here against India. If India fails to win against Zimbabwe, how will they handle the aggressive Sri Lanka in the next match? Is India entitled to be at the top ranking if she can't win a match against Zimbabwe?

  • POSTED BY tick on | May 29, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    india never produced fast bowler.on of the best all rounders in 1980's kapil dev was a medium pacer with a great talent and mastery.other than no quality.its surprising that srilanka and pakistan regularly produce extreme fast bowlers and muhammad aamir touched 155km/h recently and with his age and physique not like tait,bond,shoaib,lee and other legends and still able to ball that fast means that you have to be a fast bowler in mind.for me full pacy sreesanth and ishant with fully swinging irfan and fully fit zaheer can still be a much batter bowling options rather these B grade fast bowlers who are selected for this sereies

  • POSTED BY AbhiPro on | May 29, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    @Shahzan786 - Kapil an 'ordinary' bowler? Don't lose the perspective mate. 434 Test wickets is not ordinary, not now, not ever. In fact it is to Kapil's credit that he single handedly led an attack that used to open with Sunil Gavaskar few years before he came along.

    @Alexk400 - Bang on about Zaheer, he picks and chooses when to go full steam. You could even pardon him as he is India's spearhead and advancing in years, but Umesh Yadav seemed to have already lost some pace compared to the IPL, in his first match for India!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    The way zimbabwe went on with the chase showed their confidence but its high time Indians raise their levels.. particularly players like karthik who always starts well and looses the plot just after crossing 20s or 30s.... Hope India comes back strong in the nxt match..!!

  • POSTED BY sahil_cricrazy on | May 29, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Goodness Gracious!!!.....Where the hell is Robin Uthappa???..why can't our idiot selectors see him?.......This loss is a slap on our selectors.....Proven failures like Karthick are persisted with and stars like Uthappa are sitting out......And let oue cricketers enjoy this defeat in another pub!.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Another wake up call for the Indian team, i hope now everyone would realize their responsibility and show their never give up character in coming matches, but if they fail to produce good performance, then its wake up call for selectors to select a winning team with more match winners.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Another wake up call for the Indian team, i hope now everyone would realize their responsibility and show their never give up character in coming matches, but if they fail to produce good performance, then its wake up call for selectors to select a winning team with more match winners.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Another wake up call for the team india

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 29, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Good to see Zim get better they know their cricket, we will get one more good side now unlike bangladesh..India ?? who are these pretenders :), lots of happy posts from pakistanies btw..hehe

  • POSTED BY IC_M on | May 29, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    @ indiathebest270, they don't need Dravid, Sehwag or Sachin, they had enough runs on the board, their bowling is appalling, full tosses after full tosses, can't believe we haven't produced a guanine fast bowler in the recent times. they are all bits and pieces bowlers, no one is genuinely quick, forget about quickness, they are not smart either, they couldn't even bowl on the block hole. they have no idea, with this bowling line up, even a 5th grade team can beat them. with no offence to their run chase, lucky it was zim and wasn't aussies.

  • POSTED BY mudhabir on | May 29, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    poor indians. they were outclassed by the zimbabweans

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | May 29, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Hilarious....Srilanka's Second Division Club Teams Are Better than this Indian team, There Bowling line up Is No where near test Class, India ...only Media Hype...and Money...they dont Have Up an Coming Talent Like Australia And Srilanka, but they Talk about As the Best Cricket Team in the world...lol..Indian Media Giving No chance to Srilanka And Pakistan..they r Jealous About Them..dont Worry U Indians...more to come...enjoy it...

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | May 29, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    It is one more display of the IPLers and the type of talent they are. It looks like that the Indian board was afraid of losing against Zimbabwe and rested the seniors. Now there is a reason for face saving after loosing to Zim. India have to come through their first class system and not the parallel substandard IPL to find more talent. It also puts questions mark on the bench strength once the seniors are gone.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Congrats Zimbabwe

    You will white wash INDIAN team... keep rocking

  • POSTED BY ajaydesai on | May 29, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    I do not why we areI concerned when India loses. It s just a game ,so take a chill pill.It is not only in crcket that we think we are invincible, but else where also. We should change our attitude in pointing fingers to others for failures

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    indians please try to accept this loss don't blame your team it's a new captain with a different team just don't be so pathetic about a one bad loss

  • POSTED BY raza14 on | May 29, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    Just one thing to add after all of above comments,what Team India thought that youth has got the same spirit and quality in just three ipl sessions which elders earned from three generations. so silly it is to send A team in international tournament when you are heading for no.1.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    It is very disappointing to see that once the senior players are out, the indian team is reduced to this.. It is very essentiall for them to pull up their socks before 2011 WC

  • POSTED BY RagavS on | May 29, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    @Alex,The traits for a fast bowler are fluid action and good fitness. Action is very important than diet. Going by your theory, zaheen khan and Irfan pathan should bowl consistently above 145KPH. Whoever is suggesting Irfan pathan should know the fact that he currently bowls at 122KPH. We have enough people already bowling those speeds.The only way to prepare young fast bowlers is to prepare good pitches and to catch and train them young with good action.

  • POSTED BY RagavS on | May 29, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    @AbhijitApte, YOu cannot blame srikanth, if you have a small talent pool to choose from. He is right in giving Ashok Dinda/Umesh Yadav a chance. But I guess he could have selected Abhimany Mithun for vinay kumar and also Saurabh Tiwary/Rayudu for Yusuf/Jadeja. Srikanth was one of the best captains hen he was playing for India. Once on the tour of Pakistan, he fought with the BCCI and took two rookie fast bowlers in Salil Ankola and Vivek Razdan. He was promptly dropped from the team even though India drew all the test matches. Why? BCCI could not toletrate anyone challenging their authority. The chairman of selectors was the late Rajsingh Dungarpur. What is your age? Were you watching cricket when Srikanth was playing for India? So don't talk nonsense about south India bias.

  • POSTED BY kimian on | May 29, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Nothing wrong with the selection process,everbody wants to point the selection panel for this loss,but India stil played a good team out there..But Zimbabwe played exceptionally well to outclass India.

  • POSTED BY sid.C on | May 29, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    @ shahzan786... you seem to know kapil dev personally?how many times have you seen him play?were u even born then? u seem to carry a typical pakistani mindset about India(evidnent from the names of imran,shoaib, waseem n waqar that u mentioned), that is of hate.but let me remind u my friend, that is changing n very soon it might be just u left in pakistan with such a mentality.people like u are bridging the gaps between the two countries. dont forget kapil dev broke sir richard hadlee's record of 431 test wickets, n imran khan was his contemporary player.. why could'nt imran do it?imran finished his career at 362 test wickets. this forum is not for taking out ur personal liking/disliking towards anybody,i myself am a great fan of imran khan and all pakistani players.i was supporting pakistan in the WCT20 after india were ousted because i feel they are my brothers.we originated from the same country.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | May 29, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    Actually, Indians lost mainly because of the inexperience of their 3 fast bowlers. All 3 bowlers are very inexperience & Indian selectors have n't sent any experience fast bowler along with them... Yes, definitely you should test the strength of the youngsters, but not like this. Look at Sri Lankan squad for this series. We rested Murali, Malinga & Welagedera, but there is Kulasekera & Fernando along with Mathews & Thissara...Another notable point is, why the selectors are not considering Irfan Pathan for any series?? Irfan is very experienced & he is waiting to be joined to the team. Also, he can bat very well too... What is the real use of Yusuf Pathan in the team? In yesterday's match he leaked 28 runs for his 4 overs where as all other spinners bowled really well. He is also not consistent & even batting is not up to the mark, when really matters.

  • POSTED BY Neevkumar on | May 29, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    well done Team India can't defend the total against Zim forget winning world cup thats never going to happen........untill there is serious match fixing by BCCI!!! good team selection by selectors !!! common guys its Team India not a gully team send your Best players dosent matter against which team u play!!!

  • POSTED BY way_too_cool on | May 29, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    @Shahzan786 We produce batsman to smash your druggies and cheats all round the park. Go ask Shoaib, Akhtar, Saqlain, Sami who ended their career. They and their next 20 generations will never forget the beatings they have received from Sehwag. LMAO.

  • POSTED BY harryrockz on | May 28, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    Well India's worst nightmare anytime is their bowling... and this bowling attack has to learn a lot from seniors regarding international cricket. Selectors must have selected one senior player or someone with experience like Irfan or Ishant. That would have made a big difference. they have the experience and can guide the 3 young quickies in our side. But all the bowlers were making their debut together. whoa this is horrible... :(

  • POSTED BY AbhijitApte on | May 28, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Where is the Konga selector? kongamachari srikanth of chennai super kongs.

  • POSTED BY AbhijitApte on | May 28, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Where is the Konga selector? kongamachari srikanth of chennai super kongs.

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | May 28, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Great Zimbabwe victory. It is great for Cricket revival. Cricket should flourish in more countries to be a truly global game other wise India gets a false pride of being the best when it remains just desi game like kabadi.

    By the way surprised that Andy Blignaught is not used as bowler .When he started his career in full strength Zimbabwe team he was a full fledged bowler.

    By the way this Indian team is not second string. Dravid,Tendulkar are on their way out anyway. Zimbabwe all team members are of second best as weel as their best crop of players resigned in mass 5 years ago. This loss shows the depth of indian cricket in terms of quality.

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | May 28, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    What a splendidly clinical performance by Zimbabwe but India's bowling towards the end especially was pathetic - full toss after full toss. India look an appalling team at the moment. I wonder why....

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Zimbabwe seam to have found a good balance to their side on this occasion. Their middle order seems very solid with the likes of conventry, and blignaut. The top order also seems to be very strong, especially with Taylor opening. Lets hope, their batting performance continues, and with bowl too. Good luck to Zim for the rest of the series.

  • POSTED BY fawad.Ala on | May 28, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Only the Indian bowlers to be blamed for this defeat. fast bowling department is really serious concern for BCCI. "no any team can win crucial matches without a good pace attack" (Imran Khan).

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 28, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Wow!!! Congrats Zimbabwe team for doing such a great job there. I wish all the teams get strong till the world cup so that the fans may enjoy the real fun of the game. In today's match Zimbabwe totally outclass India in every field. Only Rohit did well from India side but their bowlers fell flat as usual. India is still looking for a bowler like Kapil Dev. But I think he was just like an ordinary bowler. He did well because India has never got any other remarkable bowler.It's really very surprising that a country with 1025 millions of people couldn't produce a single bowler like Imran Khan, Mc Grath, Tait, Shoaib Akhtar, Waseem, Waqar, Allan Donald, Lily, Headley etc.

  • POSTED BY JoseBautista on | May 28, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    This loss wasn't a total surprise for me. and this very well showed that India still depends on experienced players like Dravid, Sehwag,Sachin,etc. They've got a big thing to improve on. they can't always depend on these great players since they would retire soon. hope they have a better game next time.And by the way, they need to improve a very very lot in their bowling.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 28, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    India are just completely pathetic now!!!!

    Where is Uthappa, Irfan, Rayadu?!?!

    The BCCI are spoiling these cricketers into thinking that they are the best players in india. lol

    Even street cricketers in india would perform far better!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    What a shame for indians... Sreekanth (Chennai Super Kings) saw Raina in IPL as capt who did little well, straight away made hi captain ha ha ha.... so much overconfidence that he selected an inexperience side.... no doubt that india will not reach to finals..

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 28, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Indian bowling cupboard is empty for long time. Spinners also not that of high quality.

    After harbhajan we really do not have top class spinners. Only journey man spinners and revolving door pace bowlers.

    I think india will never have good fast bowler as long as they have veg diet. Wonder why india do not see non veg eating fast bowlers.

    You may say zaheer khan and pathan and munaf patel are non veg. Non veg helps in weight lifting and strength training.

    Indian culture is such that if you get injured , no one cares about fast bowler. India even pay only 1000 ruppees for soldier who lost leg in the kargil war.

    No one care about indian fast bowler. Until there is a gurantee in some form , these indian fast bowlers will not put 100% effort. They play safe and just enough to keep the spot to get moolah regularly. See zaheer. He slacks of most time.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Well well well, where are the opinions? Never under estimate any teams.that brings the downfall.

  • POSTED BY sashwin on | May 28, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Only IPL is cricket for Indians and Indian cricketers. International cricket is not cricket.

    Fat cricketers like Yuvraj and co. and cowards like Raina can show off their "talent" only on dead IPL pitches.

    And before we forget, Bradman taught cricket to Lalit Modi, which probably explains Modi's sharp cricketing brain.

  • POSTED BY CRICKETDR on | May 28, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    All cricket matches to be declared "For Adults only ".......they are horror shows !!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    HAIL THE GREAT SELECTOR CHIEF KRIS SRIKKANTH WHO PLAYED POLITICS WHILE SELECTING THIS 3RD GRADED TEAM,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    HAIL THE GREAT SELECTOR CHIEF KRIS SRIKKANTH WHO PLAYED POLITICS WHILE SELECTING THIS 3RD GRADED TEAM,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY CRICKETDR on | May 28, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    All cricket matches to be declared "For Adults only ".......they are horror shows !!

  • POSTED BY sashwin on | May 28, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Only IPL is cricket for Indians and Indian cricketers. International cricket is not cricket.

    Fat cricketers like Yuvraj and co. and cowards like Raina can show off their "talent" only on dead IPL pitches.

    And before we forget, Bradman taught cricket to Lalit Modi, which probably explains Modi's sharp cricketing brain.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Well well well, where are the opinions? Never under estimate any teams.that brings the downfall.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 28, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Indian bowling cupboard is empty for long time. Spinners also not that of high quality.

    After harbhajan we really do not have top class spinners. Only journey man spinners and revolving door pace bowlers.

    I think india will never have good fast bowler as long as they have veg diet. Wonder why india do not see non veg eating fast bowlers.

    You may say zaheer khan and pathan and munaf patel are non veg. Non veg helps in weight lifting and strength training.

    Indian culture is such that if you get injured , no one cares about fast bowler. India even pay only 1000 ruppees for soldier who lost leg in the kargil war.

    No one care about indian fast bowler. Until there is a gurantee in some form , these indian fast bowlers will not put 100% effort. They play safe and just enough to keep the spot to get moolah regularly. See zaheer. He slacks of most time.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    What a shame for indians... Sreekanth (Chennai Super Kings) saw Raina in IPL as capt who did little well, straight away made hi captain ha ha ha.... so much overconfidence that he selected an inexperience side.... no doubt that india will not reach to finals..

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 28, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    India are just completely pathetic now!!!!

    Where is Uthappa, Irfan, Rayadu?!?!

    The BCCI are spoiling these cricketers into thinking that they are the best players in india. lol

    Even street cricketers in india would perform far better!!!!

  • POSTED BY JoseBautista on | May 28, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    This loss wasn't a total surprise for me. and this very well showed that India still depends on experienced players like Dravid, Sehwag,Sachin,etc. They've got a big thing to improve on. they can't always depend on these great players since they would retire soon. hope they have a better game next time.And by the way, they need to improve a very very lot in their bowling.

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 28, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Wow!!! Congrats Zimbabwe team for doing such a great job there. I wish all the teams get strong till the world cup so that the fans may enjoy the real fun of the game. In today's match Zimbabwe totally outclass India in every field. Only Rohit did well from India side but their bowlers fell flat as usual. India is still looking for a bowler like Kapil Dev. But I think he was just like an ordinary bowler. He did well because India has never got any other remarkable bowler.It's really very surprising that a country with 1025 millions of people couldn't produce a single bowler like Imran Khan, Mc Grath, Tait, Shoaib Akhtar, Waseem, Waqar, Allan Donald, Lily, Headley etc.

  • POSTED BY fawad.Ala on | May 28, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Only the Indian bowlers to be blamed for this defeat. fast bowling department is really serious concern for BCCI. "no any team can win crucial matches without a good pace attack" (Imran Khan).