India v Sri Lanka, Tri-Series, 5th match, Harare June 5, 2010

'We didn't bowl well' - Raina

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After defeat to Sri Lanka sent India crashing out of the tri-series early, their captain Suresh Raina has said his team of youngsters hadn't been convincing in the entire tournament.

Following two embarrassing losses to Zimbabwe, India fielded three debutants in their must-win match against Sri Lanka, but the change in combination didn't work as Raina's men were easily defeated by six wickets. The lackluster campaign, combined with South Africa's whitewash of West Indies, has resulted in India slipping one place to third in the one-day rankings, with Graeme Smith's side moving up to second.

"We haven't looked good throughout the tournament," Raina said. "I am not happy at all. We scored around 270 but we didn't bowl well, especially with the new ball. R Ashwin bowled well, and he batted well too."

The star of the day was Sri Lanka's 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal, who made a sparkling century to steer the chase. "All credit goes to Sri Lanka, they batted really well, especially Dinesh," Raina said. The Sri Lankan captain, Tillakaratne Dilshan, also lauded the youngster. "I'm really happy with Chandimal's batting, playing so well in his second game."

Dilshan was also thrilled that his side had clinched a spot in the finals with a match to spare, and singled out the fielding for praise. "I said in the morning, we want to finish it off today. Our players did really well. We kept the pressure up through the fielding, keeping the fielders up," Dilshan said. "I told the players we needed to improve the fielding, and they did a really good job in the field, stopping good shots, taking difficult catches."

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  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 8, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    India sent Twenty 20 specialist. Their ambition is to thrash Zim in the coming 2 Twenty 20 matches. The triangle series was practice matches for the players to get familiar with Zim conditions.

    Watch India will surprice Zim in the twenty20 matches.

  • muralivijayfunny on June 8, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Murali vijay is not fit for one day internationals.. please keep him for test matches and main player for ipl.. with out senior players Indian team will be worst than bangladesh, zimbawe.. so stop testing matches with young players..Make a team with compostion of young and senior players.. Dhoni ji please stop making politics with n the team and sehwag.. Hope we win in Asia cup... all the best india

  • andyes on June 8, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    There are some things money can't buy... IPL is hurting indian cricket for shure!

  • Owls on June 7, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Come on guys.... This has been a reality check.. We have always been cribbing about not trying newer and younger player. We did and have seen the results. What could have been done better was that there could have been a good mix experienced and new comers instead of the enmasse change. The question that remains to be answered is if the selectors have found anybody with whom they should continue to invest.

  • JoseBautista on June 7, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    The worst indian side ever. Bad selections.

  • Hotchner on June 7, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    I read this comments from raja 2222 saying that Mvijay would have perfoed well if coach offered him a permanent place?.First of all if he is playing for India it is his duty to play naturally despite try to assure his spot on the future.I belive this guys are from TN as well where you can see those stupid selfish players and comemnts.Way to success is not easy and you have to use those opportunities well.If he played his natural game maybe he would have got a hundred in style and that will assure his spot.Stop keeping back of such selfish no words to explain.be an indain and be brave to play for the country..

  • thebats on June 7, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    Perhaps it will be a blessing in disguise for India. The IPL gives up-coming players a taste of quality cricket - But as we have seen, international cricket is quite a step-up... Even if playing a minnow like Zimbabwe. The experience will be a positive one for the Indian squad. I also agree with earlier comments, I believe the Indian team is greatly overrated. I cant understand the actions of the BCCI, surely they should concentrate on trying to be the best cricketing nation in ALL conditions... rather than nominating to play tests on home soil when it suits them.

  • on June 6, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Indian performance in recently concluded tri-series in zimbabwe was not a surprise. It was highly expected that over confidence with IPLers will fire back as it did in T20 World Cup. On the other hand Zim are coming back hard and developed team performance through their domestic structure. Now the selectors are under pressure to bring all the seniors back who are already under presssure from T-20 loss. Therefore, the seniors will be under tremendous pressure to perform knowing the fact that bench strength is inadequate. Above all they are coming to a prime tournament without match practice which they would have got in Zim tri series.

  • on June 6, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    @ raam subbramaniyam .. ha ha.. wat abt the 5-0 slashing of England in India before 26-11 and beating Newzealand in Newzealand... dont cribble.. this is just a third string Indian team sent for trying out new faces and give a chance for the seniors to come back to match fitness. The crux of the problem is the fitness of the seniors like yuvraj and Nehra which is a very bad thing.. and this IPL thrashing is mostly done by the same people who always watch all the 50 odd matches in IPL and then comment as though test cricket is the purest form and they dont like t20 as well as foreigners who are worried because their countries dont have such kind of leagues

  • mew_mew_cat on June 6, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    India is the most over-rated team in cricket, so are the players, like it or not.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 8, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    India sent Twenty 20 specialist. Their ambition is to thrash Zim in the coming 2 Twenty 20 matches. The triangle series was practice matches for the players to get familiar with Zim conditions.

    Watch India will surprice Zim in the twenty20 matches.

  • muralivijayfunny on June 8, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Murali vijay is not fit for one day internationals.. please keep him for test matches and main player for ipl.. with out senior players Indian team will be worst than bangladesh, zimbawe.. so stop testing matches with young players..Make a team with compostion of young and senior players.. Dhoni ji please stop making politics with n the team and sehwag.. Hope we win in Asia cup... all the best india

  • andyes on June 8, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    There are some things money can't buy... IPL is hurting indian cricket for shure!

  • Owls on June 7, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Come on guys.... This has been a reality check.. We have always been cribbing about not trying newer and younger player. We did and have seen the results. What could have been done better was that there could have been a good mix experienced and new comers instead of the enmasse change. The question that remains to be answered is if the selectors have found anybody with whom they should continue to invest.

  • JoseBautista on June 7, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    The worst indian side ever. Bad selections.

  • Hotchner on June 7, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    I read this comments from raja 2222 saying that Mvijay would have perfoed well if coach offered him a permanent place?.First of all if he is playing for India it is his duty to play naturally despite try to assure his spot on the future.I belive this guys are from TN as well where you can see those stupid selfish players and comemnts.Way to success is not easy and you have to use those opportunities well.If he played his natural game maybe he would have got a hundred in style and that will assure his spot.Stop keeping back of such selfish no words to explain.be an indain and be brave to play for the country..

  • thebats on June 7, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    Perhaps it will be a blessing in disguise for India. The IPL gives up-coming players a taste of quality cricket - But as we have seen, international cricket is quite a step-up... Even if playing a minnow like Zimbabwe. The experience will be a positive one for the Indian squad. I also agree with earlier comments, I believe the Indian team is greatly overrated. I cant understand the actions of the BCCI, surely they should concentrate on trying to be the best cricketing nation in ALL conditions... rather than nominating to play tests on home soil when it suits them.

  • on June 6, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Indian performance in recently concluded tri-series in zimbabwe was not a surprise. It was highly expected that over confidence with IPLers will fire back as it did in T20 World Cup. On the other hand Zim are coming back hard and developed team performance through their domestic structure. Now the selectors are under pressure to bring all the seniors back who are already under presssure from T-20 loss. Therefore, the seniors will be under tremendous pressure to perform knowing the fact that bench strength is inadequate. Above all they are coming to a prime tournament without match practice which they would have got in Zim tri series.

  • on June 6, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    @ raam subbramaniyam .. ha ha.. wat abt the 5-0 slashing of England in India before 26-11 and beating Newzealand in Newzealand... dont cribble.. this is just a third string Indian team sent for trying out new faces and give a chance for the seniors to come back to match fitness. The crux of the problem is the fitness of the seniors like yuvraj and Nehra which is a very bad thing.. and this IPL thrashing is mostly done by the same people who always watch all the 50 odd matches in IPL and then comment as though test cricket is the purest form and they dont like t20 as well as foreigners who are worried because their countries dont have such kind of leagues

  • mew_mew_cat on June 6, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    India is the most over-rated team in cricket, so are the players, like it or not.

  • Raja22222 on June 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Common guys ,its so easy to criticize cricket as a spectator and its for more tough to play in the pitch.You can take many avatars as critic,fan,selector,coach and captain but you stands insignificant and no stake holder will listen 2 u. let me tell u,facing the new ball from the best bowlers of the opposition in a foreign soil is not so easy.if your career is on the line then you can only score 21 runs in 52 balls against Zimbabwe in Harare, You cant score 127 runs in 56 balls with 11 massive sixes with all authentic cricketing shots against a team with players like Shaun Tait,Shane Warne and Shane Watson.yes I am talking about M.Vijay ,dont abuse any player.No one wants to perform badly. If his captain and coach would have guarenteed his position in the team and allowed him to play his natural game he would have repeated that dramatic performance. But every time he played for India in one dayers and T 20 he had to play to retain his position and not to retain his natural talent.

  • on June 6, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Guy I don't understabd why there is such harsh attitude against the Indian Team. India is Going through Build up Phase.And I was Glad to see India Cricket Taking a bold move. This new squad consist of player that has some potential to be good cricketer like Sherma, Kholi & Dinda. Dinda can Bowl fast as do Yadav. If these guys bowl with the mainstrem they will develop as a good cricketers. I wish Pakistan to win the Asia Cup But Best of Luck India.

  • BoonBoom on June 6, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    The result proves that money can not buy everything. The riches cricket board in the world has such incompetent and hopeless youngsters - SHAME ON YOU BCCI.......... Look at PCB, extremely poor and most incompetent board but look at the youngsters they produce....simply world class !!! Just watch out the new fast bowling sensation Mohammad Irfan and you will realize why Pak has better records against all their neighbours.

  • on June 6, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    This is worst performance by Indian team against two weaker teams on card. It is shame for selectors and for players who only serious about their pocket and ads then their responsibility towards cricket and towards nation. How many times they will pay with emotions of circket fans in India.... I am sure if this will going on the way it is now,, we will not quality in super 8 for world cup also. I feel strongly there is some cause of concern between Sehwag and Dhoni and if it is not settle down soon, you will see the same result in World cup. Players are making crores of rupee from the pocket of cricket fans and spactors who spent their hard money to see if their team can perform but always failed to prove their right to be in team. I suggest BCCI to sack all the current players, coach Gary Christien who did nothing new to team and bring yougsters low paid players with ban on them for ads till they are in country team and may be it will give some results.Good luck to Indian cricket.

  • BoonBoom on June 6, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    As I said in an earlier post, the second string Indian players are too pathetic even for a club team. They got fame just because of IPL. I think its still not too late for BCCI to realize IPL is doing NO good to Indian cricket. Players like Ojha, Kohli, Dinda, Ashwen, Pankaj and Yousef can ONLY perform in IPL under typical Indian conditions against weaker attacks. Remember, in IPL at least 3 - 4 bowlers are sub-standard without any skill, talent and experience. Also note that SL is also playing without their main players where ZIM is universally accepted weak side. If anyone really want to see perfect raw talent, look at Mohammad Aamir, Mohammad Irfan (6'11" tall) and many others who are certainly star of tomorrow.

  • on June 6, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    India lost not because the balance of the team was wrong but because there were only 3 players from TN and not all 11 as srikanth would have wanted so don't blame srikanth for poor performance of the team

  • on June 6, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    One way india can regain no.1 ranking (if we have the same selectors)..the owners of chennai superkings should shell out every bit of cash and buy the whole regular indian team players includin sachin and robin uthappa..then CSK can field the "indian" CSK team at the IPL..and after that there will be no selection issues..mr. srikanth will choose everyone from CSK to play for india..and wait..we tricked you!now we have the regular indian team playing... and as an afterthought m vijay, r ashwin and a few others shudnt be in the CSK then...

  • inba25 on June 6, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    It was the management (?) idea to test a new captain for Team India (Good). But the Indian team had such a inexperience players for the batting and also bowling too. It was a lesson for team india that you can not make the change too much.

  • drake1234 on June 6, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    well this indian side was even worse than india A touring england. if a young side has to b chosen y dn't they send players which have prove themselve at domestic level time out and again.rohit's ,kohli's,raina's,yousuf's,jadeja's ...have already been given a lot of chances.. and they are yet to prove their worth..atleast the new bowlers won us the game against srilanka.. y blaming them.. come senior players and all these flaws will settle down.. but things are ominous for 2011..

  • pradeeplasantha on June 6, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    here i am again....@Sachinsix, you proved it now .during nearly 20 years, Sachin even only managed to give a go only one time.tell u one thing Sachin is a classy player but he can't win the match. reason is he can't take the team altogether to make things happen.that is what you need what Ian Chappel called Intelligent Cricket.@drake1234, indian team have alots of good players,look Harbajan,Viru,Doni in the past Asuradin,Kumble,Ganguly ...ect,you have plenty but don't have proper team work & tactics also psycological moral.@CKfrombrisbane, you right mate.also indian cricketers got lazy due to large amount of IPL money.finally overshofisticted Indian commentators as well.

  • skepticaloptimist on June 6, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    CKfrombrisbane: You seem to be having extremely short memory. "India can only beat Sri Lanka in India," I can actually look back at it and laugh my butts of. Who beat Sri Lanka in the bilateral series in 2009. Who beat Sri Lanka in the final of Triangular series between NZ, India and SL. Please don't post such idiotic comments those you can't back up with facts.

    This comment shouldn't even be published by the moderating staff..

  • skepticaloptimist on June 6, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Lankan_Neutral: No one is denying the fact that Zimbabwe [and Sri Lanka, in one match] thrashed India, and outclassed India. People are just discussing the factors why the performance of Indian cricket team was up to the mark. Btw, coming back to your statement, IT was India's second string team. Only Raina and Jadeja would be playing in the normal team. Sri Lanka have Dilshan, Kula, Samaraweera, Randiv [plus a few others]. I am not trying to take away credit from these team, just saying that you have pointless argument. I would still say Gambhir shouldn't have been rested, and players like Pujara and Badri should have gotten a chance.

  • gerardpereira20 on June 6, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Looking at the India A scorecard from Yorkshire perhaps Dhawan,Rahane, Mukund,Pujara, Pandey. Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary are the future of Indian cricket as opposed to Karthik,Vijay, Pathan, and Jadeja. Perhaps the team sent to Zimabawe was a team sent out by the BCCI to fulfill an international commitment.Nevertheless the tour was a clear pointer to the selectors as to the direction Indian cricket needs to take if is to remain a force in international cricket

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 6, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    It is long way to get to No 10 ranking. Do not worry India.

  • CKfrombrisbane on June 6, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    This is good lesson to cricket pundit in India who is blindly back their team. Belive it or not INDIA CAN ONLY BEAT SRI LANKA JUST IN INDIA.

  • drake1234 on June 6, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    comparing tendulkar to other past gr8 is ridiculous...... tournament's are won by team effort n't a single player wonder... ponting , akram, n arbinda got balanced side behind them... did sachin ever have ??? bowling always made india lag behind.... the truth is Sachin is numero uno and u can't deny it ...

  • on June 6, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    It is unbelievable that India can never win a single tournament having more than two sides. When have they last won a tournament? Probably the 2007 20-20 World Cup- when they were the underdogs...Even in a series between two teams- they lost to Australia (In India) and levelled with South Africa (in India as well....). They have never actually convincingly (3-2 or 4-1) beaten any strong team, in fact never beaten any strong team in the recent times.

    Then pray how on earth are they or were they ever ranked Number 1??????????????? By defeating mediocre teams and scoring huge runs against joke bowlers.

  • Sachinsix on June 6, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    pradeeplasantha, u seem to be forgetting that sachin was the mean of the tournament in the 2003 world cup, he basically carried the team through

  • sathishvaiju on June 6, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Selection is pathetic, they have underestimated zimbabwe, now everyone knows the capacity of Mr.dinesh karthik, so keep him as a reserve wicket keepr, Murali vijay is a comedy of the year 2010, pls ask him to concentrate in some other profession r only in ranji matches, yusuf pathan , i don't know y he is in the team, if any one know pls explain me, virat is good, rohit is k in this series, raina, he should be a member in the indian team but he is too young to be a captai, dina is good, jadeja is k but he has to concentrate more in his bowling, ojha is good, yadav, dinda n all please concentrate in domestic competitions n try for international matches.My dream XI for Asia cup and WC 2011, Sehwag,Sachin,Gambhir,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Virat,Raina,Bhajji,Zaheer,Irfanpathan,Ojha(or)mishra(or)Ashwin.Reserve players - Dinesh karthik,Rohit sharma,Vinaykumar,Nehra,Robin.

  • on June 6, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    i see many indian fans crying about absence of many senior players ,but i didnt see any seniors in Srilankan team and in Zimbabwe as well.

    This is a very good example of making stars out of muched hyped IPL , the players india sent are only good for T20 and that too IPL but not International level material like proved in T20 world cup and this series .

    Guys start to accept defeat with grace !

  • on June 6, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    As some one before said Sachin is the modern day Alan Border. Just have piles of runs and around 50 average nothing more. There are better players in what ever departement you take except runs scored. And he has never been a big match winder either and Shevag or Dhoni can do it better. Over 20+ years of his carrer 0 worldcup wins as well as said.

  • on June 6, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Hi this was a worst performance i ever saw from Indian team at anywhere at anytime,I don't know how srikkanth give chance to yusuf ,because he is waste and also give more chances to vijay,dinda,ashwin but dont repeat the same mistake and rohit u done well although It was a young team so try to perform well

  • lazyleopard on June 6, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Its not so much about playing badly, as its about not being good enough, especially in bowling. If a tournament is intended as an opportunity to try out youngsters, the best combination is youth and experience, so you can have a look at if the new guys work well in combination. Some of the new guys might be talented, but I am afraid India didnt gain any new discoveries from this tournament because the team combination and balance never showed, and even if they did, they would have to be broken as the senior players comeback.

    I think Rohit and Uthappa are two unique young players in indian cricket who can play fast bowling very well so they should be in and around the national team.

    The problem lies with the ability of the bowling to penetrate. Young bowlers like RP Singh and Ishant Sharma are like gold in Indian context and they should be well taken care of.

  • pradeeplasantha on June 6, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    was interesting comments....but Hilarious one was, someone wrote that he will stop watching Cricket after Sachin (STR) retires, you kidding, is Sachin a match winning player????? he can pile up runs for his own name not to win matches.....Saching playing nearly two decades for India, did he mannage to win any world cup for india like Aravinda,Jayasooriya,ponting,Akram did for their country....

  • CricFan810 on June 6, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Well, It was West Indian team that lost its flare, after the great players of this team retired from the international cricket.. The way we witnessed this cricket series, it is evident that history might repeat itself, but this time for East Indians. I think their biggest problem lies with thier bowling, every time I sit down to watch an Indian cricket match, I see a new bowling combination. They've experimented with too many bowlers, without letting a good combination to settle down. & when things don't work for them, the captains immediately turn to part time bowlers. Which dont do remarkbly well, but since least is expected from them there performance seems resonably well.. Like often we see, Sehwag going for 33 runs from 6 over,Or Yuvraj 16 from. These stats will look satisfying on the bowling card, but in reallity these are crucial 49 runs from 54 bowls.. which in the middle portion of innings are big advantage to batting side. So, things neeed to be sorted out sooner rather kater

  • Philip_Gnana on June 6, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    I am sick of hearing all the excuses and accusations from the Indian "fans". Come on one team had to lose. India had beaten SL convincingly in the previous game. Zimbabwe have got a flull team and are playing at home. There is nothing wrong in losing to them at home. It is a 50 over game. High time you swallowed your pride and accept that it is cricket. West Indies lost to Kenya once in the world cup and so have SL. It is no big deal. The Indians need to play as a team not criticising individuals. Raina is just a make shift captain. He is a good player and had shown maturity in the IPL. Lets face it. There are better players in South India than in the North at the moment - just at the moment. You will never replace guys like SRT & Virendar. So just accept defeat gracefully. High time the supporters get behind the players. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

  • Ninavukalil on June 6, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Where is Mohammed Kaif...? Raina Captaincy is just ordinary... Even i didn't feel he is a Captain in the field......

  • somalmighty_UK on June 6, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    KRIS SRIKANTH is spoiling Indian cricket with making wrong choices and favouritism for Tamil Nadu players...He should immediately step down as the chief selector and let somebody with a clean record like Ganguly/Kumble with no bisaed based policy take-over!!

  • cricket_for_all on June 6, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    It's a joke that India fans are crying for the team selection and all. Sri Lanka is not a full strength team and Zimbabwe is not full team as well (They have their own problem). The bottom line is Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka crashed India. Please accept it.

  • rustin on June 6, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Enough with the selection blaming. Anyone who thinks the selectors had chosen a bad team is an idiot. Can anyone honestly say that before the series they had thought that this team would be beaten so convincingly? They have been humiliated to say the least. The answer lies in the psychology of the entire Indian team(except 3-4 of the senior players who are not around). Most of the players really don't display any sort of fighting spirit. They are almost too mechanical. Selecting a Uttappa would not have changed anything. We always need to something to blame don't we? How about for a change we say we were not good enough. All international players are reasonably talented. It is how they use it which matters.

  • mohdshujathali on June 6, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    This all credit goes to Srikanth and co. for selecting this team and Srikanth should retire now as a Selector because he is filling all the team with TN cricketers and some crazy selections . IPL is nothing but a Gambling Ground no performances small boundaries and loose bowling.

  • on June 6, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    wow.. Bowlers, I think they can be excused because they are inexperienced young guys defending small totals on batsmen's dream pitches. Only thing that hurts is the lack of intensity and commitment. Batsmen were the ones who let India down. Karthik is a finisher. I would have rather seen Virat open for India. Secondly, Yusuf was not used effectively (even though he shouldn't even be in the team). He should have been sent up the order for pinch hitting. Indian top order needs to know that you can get some runs by talking singles. They were pathetic, absolutely pathetic at rotating the strike. Selectors, please, you should have sent at least "one" experienced player to help the young guys, maybe someone like Dravid. Yes, he might not be as useful anymore, but he still has the wealth of experience that could have proven vital in development of the players. Lastly, why the heck don't they choose prolific Ranji players like Pujara, Badrinath, Dhawan, or Rayuddu (yeah, there is the BCCI ban)

  • Cricket_observer_from_1982 on June 6, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Where is main selector Srikanth ( main job is selecting useless tamilnadu players like dinesh karthick ) Ravendra jedaja a total crack. Let Srikanth be answerable. Once DK made a 68 in IpL .what all mails, Finisher better than Dhoni where are all those people. Like Ganguly said before. Identify the real talented people and them train then. Otherwise results speak

  • YorkshirePudding on June 6, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    I'm quite mystified by the selection in the tri-series, especially when India have an A-team in england at the moment, and currently putting yorkshire to the sword, surely it would have been better to reverse the squad, and send the A-team players in England to the Tri-series and the tri-series team to england.

  • on June 6, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    To JigneshPatel_USA

    Dude you have to calm down you talk as if scoring 350 is soo easy even you could do it. This is a sporting event especially with a group of youngsters i think they played pretty well. You are asking a group of individuals who for the first time playing together in a playing 11 to perform like how tendulkar and company did after they gelled as a team. You have to understand india is not australia where they have unlimited resources of bowlers and batsmen. Australia if you see have soo many batsmen who make their debuts at the age of 30 and still its a tough task for them. How can you sit there and blame the captain. The captain cannot control what the player does on the field he goes out there with a plan and hopes his team will follow through. I am a sport fanatic i like cricket but with all respect we should appreciate the sport and the guys who play it. You criticize them as if they stole money from you.

  • GauthamVA on June 6, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    i couldn't believe india cant produce 11 other players apart from our senior pros. Without sachin that team looks pathetic . and if dinesh karthick , murali vijay and yusuf pathan continues to play for india, god save the team! only positive from the series was we found ojha could bowl ! the more the T20 games india play they gonna forget how to play 50 overs match and OMG wats gonna happen to our test team!

  • Dayton on June 6, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    This tournament has clearly proved that Indian team can only bat on lifeless subcontinent tracks. Brendon Taylor's performance playing those cuts and pulls clearly shows the class difference between underrated players like Taylor and hyped Indian batting lineup.

  • BarackBush on June 6, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    The main reason for failure is the capacity of players. From the very beginning of the selection lot of friends pointed out here that the useless Murali vijay, Yousuf pathan, and Ravindra Jadeja. Dinesh Karthik is a batsman but not in the international level potential. Bowling is the very bad department of our team. why dont our selectors are not trying to get good bowlers in the team???/

  • on June 6, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    well this ins india's future... All the young guyz keeping their collar high, posing style in the field..and the result is zero.this kohli, vijay,raina had seen so much of fame that they thinks there have achived what sachin,dravid had done. Remember those guys was as humble and hard worker and attentive as their play was. Now the new guys knows the money,the girls,the parties,the cars and moreover arrogance..... this should bring the downfall.Aussies shows arrogance,yes, but they have reasons.Be like a champions for atleast 1 year,otherwise number-1 is a fluke.

  • Fabianenio on June 6, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    The Maestros of Indian Cricket have been put to SHAME ONCE AGAIN as our selectors are to be blamed for lacking interest in selecting a good strong side. Why is is that we cannot SUSTAIN a good record on the table of Rankings. Why do we as Indians feel ashamed every time India loses, even though a Sport is all about winning & losing. We have been sent back from International Cricket twice in a row now. Looking at out Bench strength that was given the opportunity to perform at will, has proved us wrong that Indian Future Cricket LOOKS DIM. It has been repeated again and again that our Bowling & Feilding is weak yet we do not do anything about it as it is repeated in every single game, there are exceptions sometimes where we stand out. We Indians love our Cricket and at this rate we will be forced to encourage another Indian sport as our Cricket looks like it's all about Money & Politics towards players and the sport. To end it all I would really like to see our Cricket lift up....SOON!!

  • on June 6, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    It would have been wise if selectors had sent someone who had some sort of international experience in bowling department.I thought Irfan Pathan should have been sent as a strike bowler to this series. It could have given him some confidence.But also all have lost the trust on the ability of the indian selectors.I am a Tamilian myself but I would not like to see a guy in the indian dressong room just because of 1 IPL century.I would be more angry If he was considered for tests.All is not over yet .There are two T20s left.I hope we make good amends for that.

  • CHARLA on June 6, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    WHAT HURTS MORE THAN THE DEFEAT IS THE RUN UP TO IT AND THE MANNER OF DEFEAT.THE SELECTION OF THE TEAM,THE STRATEGY AND,OF COURSE,EXECUTION.ENOUGH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT THE POOR STRATEGY AND THE POR PLAY.SO NO MORE ABOUT IT. TURNING BACK THE PAGES TO SELECTION,WAS IT REALLY EXPECTED THAT THIS TEAM WOULD WIN?THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AT LEAST A COUPLE OF SENIORS AND DEFINITELY A MORE MATURE PLAYER THAN RAINA AS CAPTAIN.IT IS IN THIS CINTEXT THAT THE NAMES OF PATHAN,R.P.SIGH AND ISHANT COME UP.THEY ARE DEFINITELY NOT IN FORM.BUT WHEN YOU ARE SENDING GREEN KIDS,THERE SHOLD BE AT LEAST A COUPLE OF WISEHEADS AND ALL THESE THREE ARE WISE4 AND EXPERIENCED. POOR RAINA.I HOPE HE WILL NOT BE TAKEN TO TASK.HIS FORM AND AGGRESSIVE BATTING MUST HAVE SUFFERED BECAUSE OF THE CAPTAINCY.WHY WAS IT NOT THOUGHT ADVISABLE TO SEND GAMBHIR AS CAPTAIN? INDIA HAS ALWAYS SUFFERED BECAUSE OF POOR SELECTION POLICY.IT IS TIME TO INJECT SOME RATIONALE INTO THIS. THE DOWNSIDE OF ALL THIS IS THAT WE ARE NOW NO.3!

  • on June 6, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    The players can be held responsible only as far as the performance on the field on a given day is concerned.They can in no way be blamed for selection issues.It's been ridiculous,to say the least.I hope this committee goes on completing 2yrs in this October.Giving players a nod just on the basis of their IPL performance is utter rubbish.Our selectors clearly lack the vision.Raina is an asset in the shorter formats,but I never see him as a test player.Making him the captain just because he captained CSK for a couple of games shows lack of common sense.He is no captaincy material,let me make it clear.I havent seen him apply his brain to his own game,least can we expect from him when it comes to the team.He has a positive attitude,no doubt.But thats not enough to make him the captain.I pity the poor fellow.Gambhir should have been made the captain.But since he wasnt picked,Kohli w'been the better choice considering his record.Hope the guys dont see Raina as a long term prospect.

  • Jaggadaaku on June 6, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Well, you cannot expect any team never get defeated, but if you loose the game against minnows like Zimbabwe, and even twice in same tournament, no one would forgive you. Mr. Raina, after the match, you said your batsmen played really well, but the bowlers didn't. You are a captain, you have plenty of time choose the players but you did nothing. Your batsmen did not play really well. This was the crunch match for India. Your batsmen should have made 350+ score so you can have bonus point to stay alive in the series. But you lost 2 games against Zimbabwe, it is worthless expecting you to stay alive in the series and have a bonus point in this game. So, please don't speak "BULL SHIT" to the media. Every game you said same thing as "We did not play well". Well, Mr. Raina, you should say only you did not play very well. If you cannot make runs against Zimbabwe, you don't deserve to play the cricket any more. Please retire because it is very shameful to get defeated against Zimbabwe twice.

  • on June 6, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Where is Irfan Pathan? Why is he being ignored? There is more to it than what meets the eye. He is performing splendidly in domestic cricket and deserves another chance.

  • rstheboss on June 6, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    We dont need to make a big deal about this loss.. ppl must understand that the team was sent only for giving youngsters an idea about the top level.. also please dont cribble about uthappa anymore.. he is injured... even then a small child knows that ipl performance cannot ensure international performance which vijay clearly depicted.. even in ipl uthappa scored only after his dollies being dropped. international teams wont drop them.. also in the results upto now its clear that the team batting second always wins comfortably due to the lack of early morning moisture.. India has been unlucky with the toss... the only place where the selectors erred is the team combination but there is a parallel India 'A' touring abroad so not much cant be done about that.. ppl should not comment just for the sake of it and understand that selection panel consists of four ppl with a vote for captain not only srikanth

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 6, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    What did I miss something? Has Ifran Pathan suddenly turned a corner and is swinging the ball and reaping awards in all conditions. Suddenly Rohit Sharma, Mishra, Khartik, Raina, Kholi,Y. Pathan, Murali Vijay, P ojha and Jadeja who all played for Ind b-4 and have had cries for selection + Vinay Kumar and Yadav who were so highly praised during IPL now 2ND string?! From what I see (I could be wrong) only SRT, Sehwag, Ghambir, Z Khan, H. Singh and Dhoni (more captaincy than batting) would have been better picks. If u count that is 6/11 players. So no it is not a full strength Ind team BUT it sure isn't Ind A. Bottom line is they were outplayed. The bowling remains a prob as always n the fielding is of club standard...if so much. Sri Lanka were without Sanga, Mahela, Malinga, Murali, Matthews and Dilshan is out of form..similar to Yuraj (who I wouldn't pick over Rohit, Kholi or Raina if I was a selector for Ind), yet they played as a team n beat Ind in their must win match.

  • Icyman on June 6, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    This just proves that our bench strength is not strong enough to handle the pressures of international cricket. Raina ,can be completely ruled out as a future Indian captain, cause his decisions on the field were quite questionable.

  • on June 6, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    If this is what going to be Indian cricket future, I shall stop watching cricket after Sachin retires.

  • on June 6, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    It shows what the Inexperianced Indian team is without the pro's... Idiots

  • Prasad-Slogger on June 6, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    It shouldn't be in this manner. If they play a international match it should be a full squad. Or else India will lose all its points and ranks and has to start from the scratch. If you are a lion then there should be a pride always, like wise if you are a top team then go rock the top ranked teams and bottom ranked teams and keep your pride.

  • on June 6, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Entire blame should be on the selectors for selecting such pathetic & unbalanced team on the basis of IPL.I will not blame the because most of the players have just stepped in Int cricket without much domestic experience.They should have selected Ishant.I Pathan,Sreeshanth,RP Singh,Yuvraj,Gambhir to regain their lost form.

  • on June 6, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    I hope after this tournament we won't get to see Dinesh Karthik,Yusuf Pathan,Murali Vijay and Amit Mishra for a while....They have wasted the opportunities given to them...More than the opportunities I feel Yusuf and Vijay are not upto International level...Abhinav Mukund was a better bet than Vijay..and it woud have been wiser if Irfanhad got the nod ahead of Yusuf...Indian fast bowlers were pathetic..Instead of making most of the chance given to them they trembled under pressure...Dinda,being such an experienced cricketer at Domestic level was clueless.....I feel its a waste investing Ravindra Jadeja,he is not for the future...a bad fielder and a very ordinary bowler...Dinesh Karthik I feel has been given more chances than any other cricketer ...i feel Karnataka wicket keeper C M Gautham is any time better batsman and a wicket Keeper than Karthik.....The root cause for all this is Srikanth's love for Tamil Nadu Cricketers...

  • drake1234 on June 6, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    well i just wanna ask Mr. raina what the hell did they do right on tour.. did they batted well enough... wat about his own performance.. the fact is the young indian brigade is just good enough for ipl level of cricket,they dn have the desire nad determination. we see in senior players.. indian bowling is always the same.. when did our bowlers win us matches.. inspite of blaming others..Raina need's to do a lot of soulsearching himself. And he should also understand that he is n't yet a skipper material.. for rest words are not there ...God bless indian cricket..

  • kaustubh101197 on June 6, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    I still think that India should have taken at least 2 more experienced players coz SL had 2 players that had played over 100 ODIs & Zim had the advantage of playing in their home.India's most experienced player was Suresh Raina who had played 93 ODIs.If India had to take an 'all young brigade' they should have used this so called 'young brigade' then firstly they should have used this team in a tourney which was to be played in India and checked out the team in India only.They didn't think even once before sending the team out of India? The defeat shameful and humilating.

  • on June 6, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Let us all stand back and applaud a future champion. Dinesh Chandimal looks like he is poised for greatness. He has all the strokes in the book and a certain nervelessness that makes him more a combination of Arjuna and Aravinda. The finesse in his strokeplay also brings back memories of greats of the past. I wish the media would concentrate on this and a few other players like Suraj Ranadiv, Angelo Mathews and Jeevan Mendis than write about the tournament. India were the pits and do not merit being talked about. The team selected was perhaps the best performed lot. For some reason everything fell apart for them though.India have never done well in Zimbabwe and this time also it was the same story. I am absolutely delighted for Zimbabwe who have come back looking better than ever before despite their problems with their political establishment.I think they are going to make a mark in some tournament soon enough and let us look forward to that.

  • kapil__goyal on June 6, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    People stop calling it the bench strength, it was simply a second string of players, not the bench strength. It would have been the bench strength, had they chosen guys like Irfan, Ishant and Sreesanth who had already played for the country. This was a BCCI arranged tour out of the FTP, where the BCCI lost interest after setting it up. So they sent a second string team, comprising a bunch of players who still have to go a long way before making it to the international scene. A bench strength was more like one that played against Africa in the last ODI of the last series.

  • ramsen76 on June 6, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    All sri lankans are proud of dinesh chandimal for the way he endured his unwarranted 'drops' from the team and perform magnificantly when given the opportunity. it's no point talking about the selectors and it is not a surprise if he is dropped and MP SJ will b included for the forthcoming games. v keep our fingetrs crossed 2 c if ary can do it differently but with multi-dollar swallowing board might not let him do a proper job. hats off to u chandimal and hope ur performances improve with each game u play!!!

  • on June 6, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    India had squad that the picked have lots and lots of talent. They are however, talent that they gained from the IPL, a T20 format and for them to transform that into the 50 over is difficult for players who don't have much experience. At least they could have had Dravid in the squad. Hope they (BCCI) learnt their lessons.

  • on June 6, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    What's on The mind of Suresh Raina and BCCI. The World's richest board but has nothin. Suresh Raina lost and flopped against Zim 2 times. Shame.

  • Sukhboy on June 6, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    again poor performance by india... see if ipl is helping and ruining india. people like vijay, pathan,kartik, mishra who were so gud there did not even look like if they are playing for india.. people like vijay has to learn from chandimal that he has to play for team not for himself... i think people like dinesh kartik should be excluded also and but another genion batsman.... again poor and selfish performances

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 6, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    This is to the SL President/Ministers (who influenced Sanath for Chandimal), Cricket Board, Selection Committee & Sanath Jayasooriya.

    I undestand your heart feeling now how guilty you all are. You all contrinbuted to miss the opportunity to win T20 WC by dropping Chandimal and including Sanath. Sanath scored 16 runs off 6 matches.

    Sanga & coach had a lot of problems in selecting playing eleven and batting order because of Sanath inclusion.

    This is good lesson for all those politicians. Please stay away from sports. Let the selection committe select the best 15 for future tournaments.

    I wish SL team in the coming Asia cup.

    Lalith Kuruwita

  • crickstats on June 6, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    I think the way Chandimal batted put the Indians to the shame, he was so assured, I hope he keeps head cool and let his bat do the talking. My suggestion is he should curb his attacking instincts little bit, Michael Jackson would have been proud of his footwork, amazing, THIS IS IT

  • rambadi on June 6, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Well done indeed boys! Of course, I'm making a sarcastic remark at the Indian team. This is a new low the Indian team has reached. I don't know if they can sink lower than this. With the level of inconsistency the team is used to, I would not be surprised if India loses to the U.S. cricket team soon.

    Sure, a lot of major players are missing. But, this is no excuse for losing to a team that represents a country which is in horrible shape right now. Zimbabwe not only has severely inexperienced players, but has been political turmoil for a number of years. That has led to lot of their players fleeing the nation. The team is really made up of amateurs. And India has no shame in losing to a team like that.

    Let's face it - India will never be a great cricketing power unless it mends its ways. This result just shows you what India is without Tendulkar and a few other major players. It's a joke. India's cricketing future is looking extremely bleak, to put it mildly.

  • zak123kaif on June 6, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    This was bound to happen after selectors decided to give a chance to good IPL cricketers rather than good first class cricketers.

  • tmartis on June 6, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Well Well, is this dejavu. Another amazing crash out of an international contest. I can see why Suresh Raina was optimistic before he left. He simply looked at the his list of players and thought we have a decent batting line up and forgot to look at the list of bowlers. It is unforgivable to see our "Bench" perform like this. Given Zim are no longer an easy win. But what our line batting line has shown is the lack of heart, the lack of ability to apply themselves to a situation (build a partnership and then kick off). Although watching M Vijay batting was a horror, I can't fault him alone, Y Pathan can be found guilty as well. Bowling has long been a problem for India, out of 1 billion people the BCCI can't find one with genuine pace nor can they train one. By the look of our bench/ bowling future it is quite obvious this problem with continue into the next decade. Had this been a best of 7, I'm sure Zim would be no. 5 in the ODI ranking by the end of it thanks, to India.

  • SLfan on June 6, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    I guess that those people who backed Sanath again & again during the world T20, may have now realised that how unfair them for not giving the chance to Dinesh Chandimal instead of Jayasuriya. Sanath, you should be shamed to grab the chance of this promising youngster.Interesting to see how they are going to name the playing XI for the Asia cup matches...One factor for the poor performance of India during this series (as well as in world T20) was the lack of a proper fast bowling all rounder in the team such as Irfan Pathan. Irfan Pathan is a player who can turn a match by 2 or 3 overs. How dumb this Indian selectors for not considering him ??

  • on June 6, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    The blame should go to Indian Selectors for picking an unbalanced side. It was ok to rest few senior players. But when some players were under performing they did not have proper replacements to fill in. Raina's capataincy was awful. In the first match against Sri Lanka he refused to take the batting power play and thereby lost the chance to gain a bonus point. Then in another match he failed to inform umpires of bowling power play. It is high time to review whether IPL has benefited Indian Cricket. If so fielding would not have been so pathetic. IPL has only helped to create a set of burned out players. Instead of expanding it should be curtailed.

  • boris6491 on June 6, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    Hopefully this will serve as a wake up call to players, selectors, coaches and administrators in India that talent is NOT equal to success on the international stage. It takes a lot more than just possessing talent to be successful. Indian players such as Sachin, Dravid, Kumble et al. are prime examples. It seems these days that everything is being handed on a plate to youngsters who are talented but do not have the discipline or the nature to work hard in order to convert their talent into something material. There is no shortage of talent in India, it is probably where one finds the most talent in terms of cricket. Where it differs from Australia is that whilst Australia may have less talent, they groom this talent and show it the way to succeeding on the international stage and not just domestically as it has been with Ranji cricket and more importantly, the IPL. I was not impressed either with Raina's captaincy, I just don't think he makes a good strategist or leader.

  • NairUSA on June 6, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Zim and SL played well with what they have in their ranks. They both knew their limitations and strengths. India could have done the same, but lacked intent due to some reason. On the other hand, all Indian players in this tournament were 'real' professionals, who gets paid thousands of dollars for their IPL appearances. When compared to Zimbabwe players, these pros looked like rookie amateurs. BCCI need to implement pay for performance for all these players.

  • on June 6, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    For those who followed Chandimal's career, this innings was not a surprise. He was the best batsman in school cricket and also won the school boy cricketer award of the year last year. He was also the Sri Lankan U19 captain last year. On his debut first class game he scored a century against the touring New Zealand cricket team.

    In his first first class season, 09/10 incidentally, Chandimal scored 1072 runs at an average of 53.60 in 15 matches. He was also the highest run getter in the domestic T20 scoring 320 runs at an average 53.33(158 strike rate) in 7 games. This performance won him the best batsman of the tournament award even outperforming Sri Lankan senior cricketers.

    Chandimal has all the prerequisite of a great player: Good eye, good foot work, ability judge the length early, aggressiveness, confidence, enthusiasm and above all a fearless mindset. However Chandimal should keep up his immense promise through hard work and focus in order to play for Sri Lanka regularly.

  • Vnott on June 6, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    In all the matches in Zimbabwe, the team batting second has won comfortably. India batted second in one of the four matches they played and outplayed Sri lanka easily. Same goes with the Sri Lanka Zimbabwe matches. Team batting second wins rather easily. It appears if you bat first the only way to win is if you post a 330 plus. India rested as many as nine players. So it was an opportunity for the fringe players and the youngsters to get a outing. To that extent, Virat ( an almost regular) proved his consistency, Rohit ( not so regular) showed that he is in good form and we have discovered a potential talent in Ashwin. Pace department is an issue. We have Zaheer, Nehra and possibly Vinay Kumar as the top 3 options. Ishant, Sreesanth as wicket taking options and Irfan Pathan as an allrounder should come back into the scheme of things.

  • Meety on June 6, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    LOL - pretty weak bunch of up and comers for India. India will drop down the rankings in all forms of cricket when Dravid, Tendulkar & Laxman retire. SL have unearthed a gem in Chandimal, will take pressure off Sanga I think.

  • Zookinii on June 6, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    @ Maestro_of_Cricket I agree with you on the point that Chandimal is a bright young talent to look forward too, and that SL could experiment with getting Chandimal to wicket keep instead of Sanga for a few games... However I feel Upul Tharanga should not be dismissed - he is a quality player who is probably the most consistent player in the side. He tends to always provide a good foundation for the following batsmen to work with. He's definitely an intelligent player. Kapugedera is one player I think though should be reviewed. Though he's good in the field as we witnessed today, his main role is as a batsmen - surely there is a more competent batsmen than him.

  • theswami on June 6, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    ANd finish it of did they ......... for the umpteenth time, sending India crashing out of a tournament

  • on June 5, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    Just really shows that India aren't the top gun in cricket, atleast for the time being. Their contemparary players such as Dravid, Tendulkar and Bhajji will retire within the next 5-6 years and then it will be the turn for Dinda, Vinay Kumar, Vijay etc., to take the realm. When they do so, we all know what the faith of Indian cricket will be. If I recall correctly, a couple of years back, Australia faced India in India and won 4-2. The victory, convincing as it was, was even more so considering it was within India, but more importantly, around 7-9 of their key players were missing. This is what you call bench strength and if India are to be successfully number 1, they will have to manage strong bench presence to prepare for a more beneficient future. However, Zimbabwe played really well comsidering the lack of infastructure they have at the moment, and kudos to Sri Lanka as well for playing just as many rookies as India but being far more professional and convincing while doing so!

  • on June 5, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    I would like to see a day, when selectors give chance to player like Ambati Rayudu. A gem of the game. Much better bet than many guys in current squad. I hope/wish selectors watch the real talent than real IPL talent.

  • motayyab on June 5, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    if you want to save indian cricket put band on IPL just play normal domestic cricket

  • on June 5, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Well done boys.I am glad to see Chandimal as a solid replacement to Jayasuriya and the back in form captain Dilshan.Sorry to see India out again but good to see Zimbabwe coming up.Best wishes for a grand finale.

  • spiscean2002 on June 5, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Wait a minute here. IPL came into picture by sighting 'Building bench strength', 'Future Cricketers', 'Young Talents' etc...If this is what on plate to offer by the IPL, guess it doesn't prove its point. Or is it the amount of money that is not being paid like IPL when playing for India?

    Indian team ODI status is gradually degrading and wonder where will be test team after Sachin, Rahul n VVS who are still the best.

  • motayyab on June 5, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    9 indian players rested for ODI ?

  • Akira314 on June 5, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    What a poor performance by this Indian team.They couldn't even win against team like Zimbabwe. Pathetic, Pathetic. After Sr players like sachin and shewag, Indian team will be in big trouble.

  • jamrith on June 5, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Now, I understand why the BCCI does not want to send a cricket team to the Asian Games, we would be embarrassed on a much bigger stage. But the Asian Cup is on in this month and I would wager we will easily bag the wooden spoon. But, as long as IPL is around, neither the players nor the Indian cricketing public really care.

  • on June 5, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    ahhh the joys of indian cricket.....if there is no money involved we will not play. are players have no pride and play like pack of spoilt losers. pretty much cant stand cricket anymore. gone from a die hard fan to not watching at all jus because of the ipl. thanks india for nothing.

  • on June 5, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    why is that every time India lose, the team never accept the fact that the other team was better than them? It is always, that went wrong, this went wrong. They never cant accept the fact that Lanka was too good for them.

  • on June 5, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    India needs to build a fast bowling academy, Ishant Sharma has disintegrated, Nehra is some times good but mostly useless and Pathan's career has been stolen from him. Really India have only one good pace bowler in Zaheer Khan, the guys coming up the ranks, as can be seen here, are rubbish.

  • AsherCA on June 5, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Suresh Raina is guilty of incompetent batting, captaincy & commentary at the end of almost all the matches during this tour. If I see him anywhere around the Indian team going forward, it will be sufficient evidence for me that when he led India to 2 defeats in a row against ZIMBABWE of all teams, he was following BCCI orders. I would then formally request ICC to initiate match-fixing charges against the Indian Selection committee. If this series sees the end of Suresh Raina's career, I feel it would have served its purpose - he is one over-rated good-for-nothing cricketer. What is worse, he is not even a team player - he has blamed bowlers in 2 of the matches, but has chosen not to bowl himself, also has not scored too much for India.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 5, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    India's problem is fast bowling. They have never had good fast bowlers after 1980's. They always depend on batters & spinners which is not enough on fast pitches. The other area is fielding which is always a problem for India. I think India is ranked 11th or 12th in fielding.

    They need to improve these otherwise it is pointless to blame selectors. Also credits should go to ZIM & SL players. They improved their games during the matches whereas India is otherwise.

  • on June 5, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    It was sucidal. But Kudos to both Lankans and Zimb's. They exploited the inexperience of this Indian team. I don't know what makes Indian selector to take such a risk that is embarrassing at last.

  • maddy20 on June 5, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Keep ignoring talented players like Dhawan, Pandey and keep playing pathetic players like Dinesh Karthik, Yusuf Pathan( who scores once in a blue moon) and Murali Vijay and keep making lame excuses! The only logical reason why Yusuf is in the team is due to reservations for minorities in the cricket team!!

  • motayyab on June 5, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    we didn t play very good because thay not offer money like IPL we like IPL we love IPL play more and more IPL we love money more money more mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • on June 5, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Ominous start to Raina's captaincy ... it affected his batting and the team underperformed...

  • kdcricket on June 5, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Our worst fears have come true....this is going to be the norm for the next 4-5 years post Sachin. Our most "successful" captain is going to struggle, even against minnows on any pitch which has an iota of pace n bounce. Murali Vijay should play hockey(where there is no swing and ball doesn't bounce much)..how the hell does this guy open for his state is a mystery to me and why has he been selected is a bigger mystery. Dinesh Karthik knows he is safe as No 2 keeper and his performances, good or bad are not gonna change that. Raina is not fit for captaincy...with decisions like holding back Yusuf Pathan, even after scoring 26 runs in 10 overs(during PP) and forgetting to take powerplay. Rohit Sharma...dude you r gonna give Ranatunga a tough fight. No point talking about our seamers, as their deliveries never seam/swing and neither are they quick. Seems Indian cricket is gonna have one less fan, the day Sachin Tendulkar retires...and thatz me....can't watch this atrocity...

  • gerardpereira20 on June 5, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Yesterday it was the batting today it is the bowling while the feilding has been consistantly bad. Fact of the matter is that apart from Kholi, Rohit Sharma, and Raina this outing has proved that the rest are not up to international standards at least in the shorter format of the game. While a case can be made for Vijay and Mishra at test level the rest are dead wood and should be discarded immediately.The selector should start the cull of seniors like Nehra who consistantly under perform and bring in proven performers like R P, Ishant, And Irfan under the strict guidence of a bowling coach a la Akram or a Donald who can show these boys how to bowl. as England showed the game has moved on from bowling yorkers and slower balls. Pitch anaylisis, reading the conditions, cross seam bowling, and bowling to a field all come into play. with Shewag, Tendulkar, A fit again Yuvraj, Gambhir,Uttappa, Dhoni and the trio of Kholi, Rohit sharma and Raina India's batting is the best there is.

  • Deepfreezed on June 5, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    looking at the game, Sri Lanka needs to drop Kulesekera, Perera and Mirindo. These players are useless and substandard.

  • on June 5, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Well with 9 Senior Players rested, I personally expected only this from this Indian contingent. Lets hope the young guns will learn from their mistakes. I personally felt atleast one senior player, let it be a batsman or a bowler who has atleast 175 ODIs under his belt should have played this series. After all its International Cricket.

  • guitarman.lk on June 5, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Chamikara Wijesinghe. I see a bright future ahead in this fellow. I think SL cricket must groom him nicely. This should not be next Aravinda or Mahela or Sanath. He should be just Chandimal. And i hope administrators would understand this and do what is required. All the best Chandimal. Improve your technique on your back foot. Today i don't think you were tested. So get ready for it kid.!

  • on June 5, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    we, the fans, shud end up giving comments on our india's cricket. india shud stop playing cricket for few years

  • guitarman.lk on June 5, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Chamikara Wijesinghe: I think Indians are throwing too much ideas towards their youngsters. And somebody has to stop it first. If they care so much about their youngsters, they could have send Dhoni or Sachin or Shewag with them. Because when we look at the past there are so many cases where teams have risen from their Ashes in situations just like this. And to my knowledge, cricket is all about how confidence and decipline you are on that day. I'm afraid to tell, india lacked this through out the tournament. And bare one thing buddys.. we all complaint when something goes wrong, nothing happens when everything goes well. I don't see any potential in raina with captaincy. They could have done well with someone like Kholi. Btw, I must congratz our SL team. and remarkably they're getting the knack of spoiling indians parties.. I wonder it has started from 1996 WC semifinal.. very recent incidents, Asia cup final, T20WC. LOL.. :)

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on June 5, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka and especially Chandimal. He has justified his selection in the national squad with this brilliant hundred. I personally think that Sanga should give up gloves in the One-Day format for Chandimal and concentrate on his batting. Chandimal can be sent in as an opener to partner Dilshan in the upcoming series. No use persisting with Tharanga or Jayasuriya; they have proven that they are incompetent. Though Sri Lanka went on to win comfortably in the end, there was a time when Kapu and Chandimal were dismissed, that they looked like choking. This is not the first time this has happened; top order setting the chase up nicely, some quick wickets, things starting to get uneasy before someone comes to the rescue. This is something SL will have to sort out before going into the Asia Cup. Wonder how they will go on about a big chase with 3-4 wickets falling early. Historically, Sri Lanka's successful chases have been built on platforms laid by their top order.

  • arunkumar_s6 on June 5, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    There is no use of blaming or questioning Suresh Raina. Because he is not the one who we have to blame. Its all selectors fault. They didn't select the right team or i should say the right combination. They could have gone with Chawla instead of Mishra, instead of wasting Yadhav, vinay kumar and Pankaj singh, they could have gone with irfan pathan. Another big flop is Vijay. I don't know where his hitting all gone. He couldn't even find the gaps for singles. They could have replaced him with Uthappa. He is a far more better batsman than vijay in one day arena. Selectors should have selected atleast 3 or 4 experienced players to support raina like ghambir or bajji or at least Nehra. I don't know what's the selectors are up to... bcoz of this dismal performance we lost our ranking also... No alrounders, no good or inform batsman except raina and sharma... This is a good lesson for selectors. Its time to change the selection team instead of playing team...

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 5, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Most of this team is the future of India, even if you admit or you don't and they better start shaping up fast because there aren't that many other players coming through and the old guys are soon to retire. Raina, Sharma, Kartik and Pathan have all been around the India set-up and been a part of first team action for a few years now, no excuses on their part. Mishra, Ojha and Jadeja all have enough first team, IPL and some international experience, they're not exactly lacking in experience either, and neither are they newcomers. The youngsters Kohli and Vijay may be excused for lack of top experience, but these guys are the ones heavily being banked on to take over from the Tendy's and Sehwags in a couple of years time. The pace bowling attack is fresh and new and may be excused, Dinda and Yadav need to step their game up if they want to take over from Zaheer when he retires in a couple of years time, they're not ready just yet.

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  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 5, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Most of this team is the future of India, even if you admit or you don't and they better start shaping up fast because there aren't that many other players coming through and the old guys are soon to retire. Raina, Sharma, Kartik and Pathan have all been around the India set-up and been a part of first team action for a few years now, no excuses on their part. Mishra, Ojha and Jadeja all have enough first team, IPL and some international experience, they're not exactly lacking in experience either, and neither are they newcomers. The youngsters Kohli and Vijay may be excused for lack of top experience, but these guys are the ones heavily being banked on to take over from the Tendy's and Sehwags in a couple of years time. The pace bowling attack is fresh and new and may be excused, Dinda and Yadav need to step their game up if they want to take over from Zaheer when he retires in a couple of years time, they're not ready just yet.

  • arunkumar_s6 on June 5, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    There is no use of blaming or questioning Suresh Raina. Because he is not the one who we have to blame. Its all selectors fault. They didn't select the right team or i should say the right combination. They could have gone with Chawla instead of Mishra, instead of wasting Yadhav, vinay kumar and Pankaj singh, they could have gone with irfan pathan. Another big flop is Vijay. I don't know where his hitting all gone. He couldn't even find the gaps for singles. They could have replaced him with Uthappa. He is a far more better batsman than vijay in one day arena. Selectors should have selected atleast 3 or 4 experienced players to support raina like ghambir or bajji or at least Nehra. I don't know what's the selectors are up to... bcoz of this dismal performance we lost our ranking also... No alrounders, no good or inform batsman except raina and sharma... This is a good lesson for selectors. Its time to change the selection team instead of playing team...

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on June 5, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka and especially Chandimal. He has justified his selection in the national squad with this brilliant hundred. I personally think that Sanga should give up gloves in the One-Day format for Chandimal and concentrate on his batting. Chandimal can be sent in as an opener to partner Dilshan in the upcoming series. No use persisting with Tharanga or Jayasuriya; they have proven that they are incompetent. Though Sri Lanka went on to win comfortably in the end, there was a time when Kapu and Chandimal were dismissed, that they looked like choking. This is not the first time this has happened; top order setting the chase up nicely, some quick wickets, things starting to get uneasy before someone comes to the rescue. This is something SL will have to sort out before going into the Asia Cup. Wonder how they will go on about a big chase with 3-4 wickets falling early. Historically, Sri Lanka's successful chases have been built on platforms laid by their top order.

  • guitarman.lk on June 5, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Chamikara Wijesinghe: I think Indians are throwing too much ideas towards their youngsters. And somebody has to stop it first. If they care so much about their youngsters, they could have send Dhoni or Sachin or Shewag with them. Because when we look at the past there are so many cases where teams have risen from their Ashes in situations just like this. And to my knowledge, cricket is all about how confidence and decipline you are on that day. I'm afraid to tell, india lacked this through out the tournament. And bare one thing buddys.. we all complaint when something goes wrong, nothing happens when everything goes well. I don't see any potential in raina with captaincy. They could have done well with someone like Kholi. Btw, I must congratz our SL team. and remarkably they're getting the knack of spoiling indians parties.. I wonder it has started from 1996 WC semifinal.. very recent incidents, Asia cup final, T20WC. LOL.. :)

  • on June 5, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    we, the fans, shud end up giving comments on our india's cricket. india shud stop playing cricket for few years

  • guitarman.lk on June 5, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Chamikara Wijesinghe. I see a bright future ahead in this fellow. I think SL cricket must groom him nicely. This should not be next Aravinda or Mahela or Sanath. He should be just Chandimal. And i hope administrators would understand this and do what is required. All the best Chandimal. Improve your technique on your back foot. Today i don't think you were tested. So get ready for it kid.!

  • on June 5, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Well with 9 Senior Players rested, I personally expected only this from this Indian contingent. Lets hope the young guns will learn from their mistakes. I personally felt atleast one senior player, let it be a batsman or a bowler who has atleast 175 ODIs under his belt should have played this series. After all its International Cricket.

  • Deepfreezed on June 5, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    looking at the game, Sri Lanka needs to drop Kulesekera, Perera and Mirindo. These players are useless and substandard.

  • gerardpereira20 on June 5, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Yesterday it was the batting today it is the bowling while the feilding has been consistantly bad. Fact of the matter is that apart from Kholi, Rohit Sharma, and Raina this outing has proved that the rest are not up to international standards at least in the shorter format of the game. While a case can be made for Vijay and Mishra at test level the rest are dead wood and should be discarded immediately.The selector should start the cull of seniors like Nehra who consistantly under perform and bring in proven performers like R P, Ishant, And Irfan under the strict guidence of a bowling coach a la Akram or a Donald who can show these boys how to bowl. as England showed the game has moved on from bowling yorkers and slower balls. Pitch anaylisis, reading the conditions, cross seam bowling, and bowling to a field all come into play. with Shewag, Tendulkar, A fit again Yuvraj, Gambhir,Uttappa, Dhoni and the trio of Kholi, Rohit sharma and Raina India's batting is the best there is.

  • kdcricket on June 5, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Our worst fears have come true....this is going to be the norm for the next 4-5 years post Sachin. Our most "successful" captain is going to struggle, even against minnows on any pitch which has an iota of pace n bounce. Murali Vijay should play hockey(where there is no swing and ball doesn't bounce much)..how the hell does this guy open for his state is a mystery to me and why has he been selected is a bigger mystery. Dinesh Karthik knows he is safe as No 2 keeper and his performances, good or bad are not gonna change that. Raina is not fit for captaincy...with decisions like holding back Yusuf Pathan, even after scoring 26 runs in 10 overs(during PP) and forgetting to take powerplay. Rohit Sharma...dude you r gonna give Ranatunga a tough fight. No point talking about our seamers, as their deliveries never seam/swing and neither are they quick. Seems Indian cricket is gonna have one less fan, the day Sachin Tendulkar retires...and thatz me....can't watch this atrocity...