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

'We didn't bowl well' - Raina

Cricinfo staff

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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  • Lalith 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.

  • cricket 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

  • Ferrukh on June 8, 2010, 6:22 GMT

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

  • Ramesh 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.

  • arjun on June 7, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    The worst indian side ever. Bad selections.

  • aaron 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 an indain and be brave to play for the country..

  • Jake 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

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

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

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