Zimbabwe v India, 1st ODI, Harare July 24, 2013

Another Kohli ton in a chase, another India win

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India 230 for 4 (Kohli 115, Rayudu 63*) beat Zimbabwe 228 for 7 (Raza 82, Mishra 3-43) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Usually, Indian cricketers ply their trade in packed and raucous concrete bowls and have to deal with a large media contingent. The Harare Sports Club, in contrast, features vast grass banks, rudimentary stands and is ringed by trees. Only a couple of Indian journalists have made the trip to Zimbabwe to cover the series.

If that wasn't enough to ease the pressure on an Indian squad filled with understudies, the cool weather on a sunny day, the toothless Zimbabwe bowling and a benign pitch made them feel all the more comfortable. With the schooldkids dancing in the stands and plenty of fans having a leisurely lunch near the pavilion, the match seemed more like a casual afternoon game in the park, rather than an international encounter.

The intensity of the contest particularly dimmed once Virat Kohli took charge of yet another chase. Over the past three years, Kohli has developed into one of the leading batsmen in one-dayers, a reputation forged on the back of several big centuries when hunting down targets, but today's hundred - his 15th in ODIs, drawing him level with Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Yousuf - could well have been his easiest in international cricket.

The chase revolved around a 159-run stand for the third wicket between debutant Ambati Rayudu and Kohli. Rayudu first came to national attention a decade ago, when picked as a 17-year-old for an A tour of the Caribbean and was touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket. However, a tussle with his state association and a dalliance with the unofficial Indian Cricket League combined to keep him out of the India team for years. The friendly conditions were the perfect setting for Rayudu to make his debut, and he helped himself to an unbeaten half-century.

Rayudu and Kohli came together after India's opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma departed fairly early - Dhawan after failing to control a hook, and Rohit after nicking a wide, amiable delivery to the keeper. Kohli was fluent right from the start, highlighted by a controlled drive through extra cover and a superbly timed flick to the midwicket boundary. With the asking-rate well in hand, Rayudu took his time early on to settle any nerves, mainly dealing in singles - he hit just two fours till he reached his half-century.

With the pitch having dried out, and Zimbabwe's spinners not getting much purchase, Prosper Utseya's late double-strike wasn't much more than an opportunity for the crowd to cheer.

The gulf between the two sides was clearly in evidence, though it was widened considerably by India winning the toss. The only time the pitch encouraged the bowlers was soon after the 9am start, and India's new-ball bowlers, Vinay Kumar and Shami Ahmed, had the ball swerving around though they couldn't separate the dogged Zimbabwe opening pair of Sikandar Raza and Vusi Sibanda. The openers, well aware of the early danger, concentrated on keeping wickets in hand, not bothering about the scoring rate which remained below three in the first hour.

Raza, the Sialkot-born batsman, shrugged off an indifferent start to his international career with a watchful 82 that held the innings together. The camera frequently panned to a man wearing a 'Team Raza' t-shirt, and Raza didn't disappoint his fans. The run-rate may have been wanting, and it wasn't until the 32nd over that he reached his half-century, but he then showcased his repertoire of strokes, highlighted by two sixes in the Powerplay - one a stunning straight hit over Vinay's head and the other a muscular swat over midwicket for six more.

India's spinners kept the pressure on Zimbabwe's top order. Jadeja continued to be in top form, with his steady spin fetching him 10-3-33-0 while legspinner Amit Mishra, playing his first ODI in more than two years, got three wickets. His googly was going to be a big weapon against a team that hasn't faced him too often, and it provided India the first breakthrough, as Sibanda was lbw in the 22nd over.

The disciplined bowling meant that Zimbabwe struggled to lift the scoring rate. It was only around the batting Powerplay, when Raza and Brendan Taylor - Zimbabwe's best batsman, who walked out as late as the 34th over - piled on 43 runs in five overs, that the home side finally got a move on. After Taylor departed, Raza followed, falling for 82 as he missed a short ball from Mishra. He walked off dejected, and though Elton Chigumbura reeled off a series of boundaries in an unbeaten 43 off 34 balls to lift the target to 229, it didn't prove much of a challenge for India.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vinod_Villager on July 25, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Another fine performance by India and another ton by Virat Kohli. It seems that he is improving with each passing day and establishing himself as a potential threat to opposition. With this form he surily will give a run to Tendulkars records. A matured debut by Ambati Rayudu and he has shown that you shoild never take minnows lightly. The success of these youngesters will provide India with more options and will help India to prepare agood squad to defend the cup in 2015. The performance of the bowlers though was just ok as with oppositions like Zimbabwe you need to bundle out them inside 50 overs. Amit Mishra bowled well but all bowlers needs to chip in with wickets. For Zimbabwe Sikander Raza batted beautifully, the man from Sialkot has good future and will play a huge role in improving and inspiring Zimbabwe cricket.

  • sweetspot on July 24, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Kohli played like thorough professional today, although it was against a much less fancied opponent. The advantage of batting second, after winning the toss, was all his. Let's be cautious about declaring Kohli the heir apparent for captaincy and all that. Kohli is going through an early golden run as a batsman, and that is great for India, but this is the wrong time to burden him with the whole captaincy of India thought process. Dhoni is still relatively young, and incredibly on top of his game. Kohli is not going to be tested against Zimbabwe. Even Raina won against the WI in the WI as captain, when the big boys were rested.

    Captaining India is best left to a natural process of evolution, instead of propping people up. We all saw what would have happened if Dhoni had not gingerly stepped up for the final of the recent tri-series. Let's not even imagine Kohli can fill even half the shoes that Dhoni has on at the moment. Let Kohli enjoy his growth as a cricketer and person.

  • on July 24, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    The news that India has won the match is always pleasant to hear and so is the news that another Kohli ton has made the appearance. With this man on crease, everybody in the field must be feeling tired because he is not going to throw the wicket away in a hurry until his job is done. I wonder , If batsman in the other end sometimes feels bored. The 15th ton is not only the another one in his hundred list but this has shown the way of leading the team right from the front. I think, India has found another good looking courageous captain in Kohli , lthough, Dhoni is not doing any bad. This could well be his first shot as a captain with a salvo to come.

  • Naresh28 on July 26, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Mishra is another spinner who has done well. Most of his wickets are taken by clean bowls. This says much about a bowler who can do this. He had a great IPL too and many great players fell to him.

  • GrtIndia_Ann on July 26, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    @Subin KS: scoring 200+ by any team against any team isnt something that has to be highlighted nowadays...I mean ...just because it is a minnows doesnt mean u expect an utter domination by the strong team winding up the minnows below 100 or 150....if check any of the matches between strong teams and minnows in the past 6 or 7 years ...u can see that there is a fair enough contest in most of them (not all of them)im wouldnt say Zim have played badly..nor would i say Indians have crushed Zim...i would say its premature to exaggarate the efforts of Zim...both teams played plain normal cricket...nothing to appreciate or criticize in this game.....this is not paper cricket...

  • on July 26, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    Virat is a realy the good plsyer of India that credit gose to India Captain MSD he encrage for youngsters

  • on July 25, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Yes .. A victory is a Victory .. rather than saying India played good cricket , I think , its Zimbabwe , who played better cricket .. I accept that India went in , without their main batsmen and bowlers .. but Zimbabwe managed to score above 200 ... so we should not give all the credit to Indians alone .. If India were able to knock down all opposition wickets and were able to restrict them under 150 .. then we can say we were dominant in the game

  • on July 25, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    If this series is supposed to be a platform for the younger players to perform, then India needs to sit out Raina. Pujara, Mohit Sharma both deserve a chance to prove themselves. Despite the win, I was extremely disappointed with the team selection.

  • vsssarma on July 25, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Unadkat's bowling appears outstanding. Conceding just 3.90 runs per over is incredible bowling. Hope this boy goes great heights.

  • on July 25, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Good and Healthy competition in Indian cricket squad which was not seen a decade back. Virat continued his way and special congrats to Rayudu, making a debut after waiting for a decade for a national cap. His innings looked serene, calm quite opposite to his original nature. Hope he continues the same way he batted and it could be easy for stroke makers like Dhoni and Raina to close the innings in a style on a good Platform set by Kohli and Rayudu.

  • Vinod_Villager on July 25, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Another fine performance by India and another ton by Virat Kohli. It seems that he is improving with each passing day and establishing himself as a potential threat to opposition. With this form he surily will give a run to Tendulkars records. A matured debut by Ambati Rayudu and he has shown that you shoild never take minnows lightly. The success of these youngesters will provide India with more options and will help India to prepare agood squad to defend the cup in 2015. The performance of the bowlers though was just ok as with oppositions like Zimbabwe you need to bundle out them inside 50 overs. Amit Mishra bowled well but all bowlers needs to chip in with wickets. For Zimbabwe Sikander Raza batted beautifully, the man from Sialkot has good future and will play a huge role in improving and inspiring Zimbabwe cricket.

  • sweetspot on July 24, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Kohli played like thorough professional today, although it was against a much less fancied opponent. The advantage of batting second, after winning the toss, was all his. Let's be cautious about declaring Kohli the heir apparent for captaincy and all that. Kohli is going through an early golden run as a batsman, and that is great for India, but this is the wrong time to burden him with the whole captaincy of India thought process. Dhoni is still relatively young, and incredibly on top of his game. Kohli is not going to be tested against Zimbabwe. Even Raina won against the WI in the WI as captain, when the big boys were rested.

    Captaining India is best left to a natural process of evolution, instead of propping people up. We all saw what would have happened if Dhoni had not gingerly stepped up for the final of the recent tri-series. Let's not even imagine Kohli can fill even half the shoes that Dhoni has on at the moment. Let Kohli enjoy his growth as a cricketer and person.

  • on July 24, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    The news that India has won the match is always pleasant to hear and so is the news that another Kohli ton has made the appearance. With this man on crease, everybody in the field must be feeling tired because he is not going to throw the wicket away in a hurry until his job is done. I wonder , If batsman in the other end sometimes feels bored. The 15th ton is not only the another one in his hundred list but this has shown the way of leading the team right from the front. I think, India has found another good looking courageous captain in Kohli , lthough, Dhoni is not doing any bad. This could well be his first shot as a captain with a salvo to come.

  • Naresh28 on July 26, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Mishra is another spinner who has done well. Most of his wickets are taken by clean bowls. This says much about a bowler who can do this. He had a great IPL too and many great players fell to him.

  • GrtIndia_Ann on July 26, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    @Subin KS: scoring 200+ by any team against any team isnt something that has to be highlighted nowadays...I mean ...just because it is a minnows doesnt mean u expect an utter domination by the strong team winding up the minnows below 100 or 150....if check any of the matches between strong teams and minnows in the past 6 or 7 years ...u can see that there is a fair enough contest in most of them (not all of them)im wouldnt say Zim have played badly..nor would i say Indians have crushed Zim...i would say its premature to exaggarate the efforts of Zim...both teams played plain normal cricket...nothing to appreciate or criticize in this game.....this is not paper cricket...

  • on July 26, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    Virat is a realy the good plsyer of India that credit gose to India Captain MSD he encrage for youngsters

  • on July 25, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Yes .. A victory is a Victory .. rather than saying India played good cricket , I think , its Zimbabwe , who played better cricket .. I accept that India went in , without their main batsmen and bowlers .. but Zimbabwe managed to score above 200 ... so we should not give all the credit to Indians alone .. If India were able to knock down all opposition wickets and were able to restrict them under 150 .. then we can say we were dominant in the game

  • on July 25, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    If this series is supposed to be a platform for the younger players to perform, then India needs to sit out Raina. Pujara, Mohit Sharma both deserve a chance to prove themselves. Despite the win, I was extremely disappointed with the team selection.

  • vsssarma on July 25, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Unadkat's bowling appears outstanding. Conceding just 3.90 runs per over is incredible bowling. Hope this boy goes great heights.

  • on July 25, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Good and Healthy competition in Indian cricket squad which was not seen a decade back. Virat continued his way and special congrats to Rayudu, making a debut after waiting for a decade for a national cap. His innings looked serene, calm quite opposite to his original nature. Hope he continues the same way he batted and it could be easy for stroke makers like Dhoni and Raina to close the innings in a style on a good Platform set by Kohli and Rayudu.

  • khiladisher on July 25, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    The Best Batsman in World Cricket at present in One Day matches- Period.As well as among top 3 in Test Cricket.Almost 5000 runs in ODI at an avg of 50/Strike Rate-87 and 15 Centuries with 14 of them in a winning cause at the age of 23.Would surely finish among all time Top 3 by the time he finishes playing.

  • IndianCoolGuy on July 25, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Why Shami instead of Mohit Sharma? and why Rayudu instead of Pujara? these are the questions some of then fans has including me. But I am guessing Kohli going on First In First Serve basis just to have some justice to the players. Though I am from the same city of Rayudu and though I like him a lot, I am sure Pujara is much better player than him. Once Pujara gets a chance, he will stick like fevicol, and its very tough to ask him to sit on bench. and coming Shami, Kohli wants to give him a chance, because players work very hard to come to this stage, and once if they loose the place, its very hard again to come back. If shami looses his place, I think selectors will not pick him again, so this could be a last chance. Mohit definitely gets chance may be not in this series, but for sure in the next series.

  • thecricketdiary on July 25, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Overall a good match, although a bit disappointed with the selection. I just feel that hard-working guys like Pujara, Rahane, and Mohit Sharma should get their chance. I hope Kohli understands that the South African tour coming later this year, it will be vital experience to these guys. I don't see Karthik or Raina playing in South Africa later this year, so to be honest it's better to give these guys a break. And hats off to Kohli, but as captain, I feel he should be giving chances to other players, as much as he is breaking records. I'd like to see Zimbabwe chase rather than bat first for at least 2 ODIs, apparently batting conditions are better then, and it provides an interesting match, rather than the one-sided encounter like we saw in the first ODI.

  • on July 25, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    A victory is always a victory ... regardless of who the opposition is ..Congrats Team India. though India , has been performing exceptionally well over the past three months , the only worrisome factor for me is Rohit Sharma's batting ...Inspite of putting up better numbers as an opening batsman .. there has not been a single convincing innings from him .. to add to that his strike rate which used to be in the mid 80's has come down to mid 60's as an opener ... He has been playing way too many dot balls at the start of the innings and putting unnecessary pressure on Dhawan ..

  • on July 25, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    When i watched Kohli play in Australia i was impressed with his great technique. His success comes as no surprise.....an excellent player.

  • naren1983 on July 25, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Kohli proved he can score Century anywhere in the world. So its time to lead the team and come down to 6 or 7 like Dhoni to give chances to youngsters, debutants or players who are struggling for runs like Raina/DK. He can enjoy by watching youngsters scoring runs and winning matches. So after two matches, Remove Shikhar, Rohit, Shamni. Give chances to Rahane & DK to open, followed by Pujara, Raina, Jadeja, Rayudu and then the captain. Also shuffle batsmen in orders like Pujara to open, give one down to Raina or Jadeja to make runs under their belt. In bowling department, bring Rasool & Mohit and shuffle between other bowlers. This will fullfil the tour for everybody.

  • AniketKanade on July 25, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    In the face of the victory, let's not forget the glaring failure of India's new ball bowlers who could not break the opening partnership under favorable seaming conditions. For next ODI - rest Jadeja, drop Raina, shami/vinaykumar and bring in M. Sharma, Parvez Rasool and C. Pujara.

    Pujara should bat at 3/4 in this series and in future. My ideal team India XI would be - Opening pair - 2 out of Dhawan, Rohit, Rahane 3rd and 4th - Kohli and Pujara (I'd prefer Pujara at 3rd actually) 5 - Dhoni 6 - 1 out of Raina, Rayudu, Karthik 7 - Jadeja 8-11 - bowling unit where situation is still very dynamic and evolving

  • NareshPodi on July 25, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    None of the international teams can be treated as minnows. and even if tail-enders can make century, then why can't Dhawan and Rohit didn't made 100s? Rohit played same kind of innings which he played against any other team. Making a century is not as easy as drinking a glass of water. Kohli is a very good matured player. The best thing with Kohli is "He is a fast learner". He can do wonders even in the future too. Let's hope for the best. If Rayudu continues like this, then it would be even better for India.

  • anver777 on July 25, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Talented "Run Machine" continues his excellent batting form.... 15 ODI centuries at this pace is superb !!!!!!!!

  • vsroc on July 25, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 25,2013) Our young boys once again proved their worth in displaying their skills effectively to outplay thoroughly Zimbabwe team. Virat Kohlii rose to the occasion once again in scoring a splendid century for Team India.He is one of the leading ODI batsman for India and has got the record in scoring 15 ODI centuries in lesser number of appearances.Our bowlers bowled extremely to restrict Zimbabwe to 228 except for a breezy knock of 82 by Pakistan born Sikandar Raza.

  • AltafPatel on July 25, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    5 match series against Zim and only 3 against equal Pak, few months back ! This why Kohli could break record of Sachin, who that time, scored hundreds, none of them against minnows and that in era of Donald, McGrath, Ambrose, Walsh, Waqar, Shoaib Akhtar, Akram, Murali, Warne etc...

  • on July 25, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Glad that india won, but don't forget that the likes of Sehwag, Sachin, Bhajji, Yuvi, etc. have won India many games and given hope and opportunity to the younger players. Just because they had a lean patch, they've been dropped (excluding Sachin)- which is logical. But they will eventually play for india a bit more for when india needs experience- such as tactics. India is a great team because of it's current, past, and future players. Well played india, well played. :)

  • mark2011 on July 25, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    tailenders can score a 100 against this weaker Zim. team...

  • GrtIndia_Ann on July 25, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    @CRLSHamaka: heart in mouth matches? how many HEART IN MOUTH matches did Sri Lanka actually played againt India in recent past (excluding the recently concluded final)....Past 5+ years SriLanka have always lagged behind India by quite some distance....check your stats dude...by the way....in the process of portraying the TriSeries and the current Zim tours as useless...u have blindly missed out the emphatic victory of India in CT....be a PROFFESIONAL fan dude...stop wining about the series of losses of SriLanka against India in the recent past..SriLanka..I presume is still a very good team....

  • on July 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    kohli the superb cricketer

  • on July 25, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Well played India ! Well played virat ! Youngest 2 score 15 hundreds, incredible. Nice 2 see rayudu making his debut at last. He richly deserved it. Had he missed this debut, it would really would have been a gross injustice to a talent which was spotted 10 yrs ago when he was just 17. Ppl r lamenting on pujara missing out. I some how feel it will b tough for him in ODI cricket with the format's changing dynamics.

  • sachinisawesome on July 25, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner Thank you for your comments. Maybe I was watching a different match as it was a very easy win for India. But somehow for u it came down to the wire. Winning with 6 wickets and more than 5 overs to spare. Zim batted well and lasted 50 overs and scored more than 220 runs unlike some other teams we have been playing in the recent past.

  • Otuwa on July 25, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @Sandip Manjrekar-You forgot one name-Rahul Dravid 344matches 12centuries

  • mjrvasu on July 25, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    This series is the opportunity for India to play two genuine spinners. Give the lad from Kashmir an exposure. No need to pack the side with so many batsmen. Think even Jadeja and Raina can take a break.

  • Naresh28 on July 25, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Most fans would want to see RAINA out of ODI but dont realize as @SWEETSPOT says he is there as a finisher,fielder, useful spinner and only comes in late. Time for the selectors to be brave and give a chance to PUJARA(he grew up from U19 odi - check his stats) and MOHIT. Dhawan has been found out by pace bowlers - cramp him and he fails,but he will find a way out. The captaincy issue should remain with Dhoni up to end of next WC.Its better for a captain to absorp pressure from the middle order and not pressurize Kholi. Also the biggest deficiency in the team is the spot left by ZAKS. We need a good left armer.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 25, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Although i am happy for Rayudu a little bit disappointed with continuous overlooking of Pujara in ODIs. He is in much better shape than what Rahul Dravid was at this age (remember every one was calling for his head in ODIS when he was 23) Pujara can adapt ODIs well and his solid technique is needed in 2015 Aus WC.

    With Pujara, Rayudu (and possibly samson) inclusion there should be a healthy rivalry and the likes of Raina, Rohit Yuvi should feel the heat to perform consistently.

  • Blade-Runner on July 25, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Congratz India !!! for your hard fought victory against Zimbabwe. It almost came down to the wire with losing quick wkts, but India showed class n crossed over the line against Zim bowlers. Well done. Raina was unfortunate that It was defo a boundary shot but a fielder was right on path of the ball. Expecting another thrilling finish in the next game.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 25, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    @Haiderpakawsome Add pakistan also in that weak teams list. You seem to have forgotten that Asia cup but only remember that that intermediate series(with Eng) at home which we wouldnt even care.

  • on July 25, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @Haiderpakawesome don't know if you do it being well aware of the fact that you are wrong or you just don't know anything.In such a short career he has scored century against all top nations including Aus,Eng,SL and not to forget the beating he gave with his 183* vs pak.I don't know on which planet you are living but if it is earth then please visit cricinfo stats guru it will help you to refine your cricketing knowledge.THANK YOU

  • FaisalSaya on July 25, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Again, wonderful performance by Kohli. Indian batting line-up is second to none at the moment, while bowlers are also contributing well. But Indian blowing squad is missing a real star, as at present all bowlers are nothing more than average bowlers posing no such threat to the opponent side individually. This should be taken as a great concern by Indian management.

  • Paddy789 on July 25, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    I somehow feel that Pujara can be next Amla for India, nobody thought that Amla would do so well in ODI's as he was considered more of a test batsman, he hardly plays any lofted shots but still manages healthy strike rate. Pujara can do the same given an opportunity. Rohit is again very much justifying his name (Throw-Hit Sharma), as he throws away his wicket especially when there is stage wherein he can make his start count into big one. If he is so talented then he better displays it, or else make way for someone who really deserves the place.

  • crick_sucks on July 25, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    India batting first in the remaining matches will make the series interesting. If India have to chase in the easy conditions post lunch the series will be dull. Come on India take the brave route..

  • on July 25, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    well virat is amazing.getting tons after tons and that in the age of 24.Its too early to say this but he moght be the next sachin for team india.

  • Iceman29 on July 25, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Rayudu performing well is an added advantage for India but he should be consistent if he is then he is an easy replacement for DK who plays one good innings in ten matches. The selectors should really try to look beyond the mediocre bowlers like Vinay kumar, Unandkadt and try to breed new young fast bowlers, enough chances has been given to Vinay he is spoiling other bowlers career, he is similar to Ishant Sharma leaking so many runs for a wicket or two. And atlast Raina should be replaced with either Pujara or Rahane....

  • welovepakistan on July 25, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    zim-ind match news above wi-pak? its wrong cricinfo, its not upto ur standerds.....btw good iningz by kohli.

  • orangtan on July 25, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Perhaps the media went overboard in praising Dhawan. After his dream debut in Tests, and a good showing in the Champions Trophy, he has hit a rough patch. An average of just 27 in 5 innings during the triangular ODI series in the Caribbean, and now a cheap dismissal in the first ODI in Zimbabwe. He looked decidedly uncomfortable against the short ball into his ribs. With the South African tour just over 3 months away, he needs coaching to cope with this deficiency which will be ruthlessly exploited by the likes of Steyn, Morkel and Philander.

  • on July 25, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    Raina is a match winner , dont underestimate him with his current form when team India struggle he will rescue tht i am sure ,

  • on July 25, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    It is a 5-match series. I am sure Kohli will give chance to all players in the squad of 15. However, first he has to ensure that the series is won.Vinay Kumar conceding 45 runs in his last 4 overs should be a cause for worry.

  • GrtIndia_Ann on July 25, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    @ada007: Honestly....do you really mean that ....Dhoni should give up his captaincy? he is in wonderful nick as a captain rightnow...winning matches for India...He has recently won CT for India and not to forget about his heroics in recently concluded triseries finals....IF not any other thing your comment proves your utter hatred for Dhoni.....in BTW...i am a huge appric,iator of Kohli's batting and have got no aversion for his leadership skills

  • salil247 on July 25, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    It's exasperating to see Indian fans obsessing about captaincy for Kohli. Let him mature as a batter. Dhoni is in his prime. I don't see Kohli replacing Dhoni as captain in the near future. @ada007- What is this group business you talk about? Are you a well-wisher of Indian cricket or an enemy? Kohli will never pose any challenge to Dhoni. Dhoni will go on his own terms when he does quit. As far as captaincy after Dhoni is concerned, I think Pujara would be the best bet. If Kohli's attitude changes dramatically, well, then it would be a toss-up I guess.

  • on July 24, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    absolutely spot on, @sweetspot.. seems you read my mind!

  • PrathameshYamgar on July 24, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Suresh Raina should always be in the playing Xi. He is the unsung hero for India in limited overs cricket. Remember it was he who bailed us out in the quarter final against australia while finishing with yuvraj singh. and in the semifinals against pakistan in the finishing overs. let pujara play test. That way both of them can concentrate on their job and prolong their careers. I would once again suggest that in subcontinent, drop one seamer and bring yuvraj singh in the XI, make jadega bat at no 8 and we can have a strong subcontinent side as well.

    flexibility of playing XI is the key to prolong success in every match, and every playing conditions

  • Haider-pak-awsome on July 24, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    There is nothing special about Kholi's achievement. Majority of his tons are against weaker bowling like Srilanka, Zimbabwe n BD etc. His average is not as convincing against better bowling units like Pakistan, SA, Eng and Aus.

  • on July 24, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    mohit sharma in for vinay kumar... also get yuvi back for next series. yuvi, raina, dhoni then we will have the most dangerous middle order in the world

  • MeijiMura on July 24, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    As expected the game was over before a ball was bowled given that India won the toss and consigned Zimbabwe to bat first when the pitch is at its most difficult and the outfield slowest.

    Zimbabwe can be happy with their total of 228 batting first as it is the equivalent of 280+ batting second.

    Hopefully they win the toss in the 2nd ODI and bowl first to make for a more competitive game.

    India were always going to win this comfortably batting second and so it was proven.

  • on July 24, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Hoping kohli is going from strength to strength . Like Viv Richards , greenidge who were a bit raw when they started and soon progressed to pinnacle of their careers .kohli is following the same trail and will ensure class , consistency and aggression.

    His recent form makes it difficult for the already world class batsmen in the team to continue for a longer time .

    Good luck to kohli and his battalions.

  • sweetspot on July 24, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    There's some incredible prejudice against our #5 and #6 batsmen going around like a virus. First it was Yuvraj, now Raina. Yuvraj had the onerous responsibility of having to score at a high strike rate to rescue India, and he and Dhoni are excellent finishers, no doubt. Dhoni is not normal - not everyone can bat so low, have an average around 50 and a strike rate around 90, and still attract criticism!

    It's unfair on anyone batting lower down the order to be expected to have a high average. If the strike rate is high, that is all that counts. This is where the Rainas and the Jadejas have big plus points - they can bowl, field, and hit the ball big, without wasting balls. We will never know their value to the team as batsmen except for odd occasions. All this talk about replacing a lower order player like Raina with Pujara is absurd, because whatever Pujara will score can be scored by someone else, but we'd lose a bowling and hyper fielding option that saves runs ALWAYS!

  • on July 24, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Hope Pujara can come in for Raina and Mohit Sharma for Vinay Kumar in next ODI

  • krishheturi on July 24, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    i must say that every body is praising all others who performed for india but not a word about rayudu's patience innings even against zimbabwe its not easy for a batsman to play so patiently play against minnows because he will try to hit them but today rayudu showed some class i am proud to be a fan of rayudu and hope he get's oppurtunities more and more i also want to say that now sachin's record of most odi runs and most odi centuries are going into history becoz we got virat who is going to break them now forget sachin and cheer young talents like rayudu kohli and atlast my hero of the day unadkat with ball on debut

  • on July 24, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Im very much disappointing over C Pujara Exclusion in the playing XI. He will be a player to watch in all format of the game... Mohit Sharma and P Razol too be a sad left in the XI. but we cant give a game on the day. any ways its a good game.

    Even the bowling dept not even get a single wicket in first 10 over is the sad part. every one finding SD weakness to get out him easily. Raina want to show some mental here.

  • on July 24, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    well done Rayudu !! tat was an excellent debut !!

  • uksar on July 24, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    @jimbond, I completely agree with you. India can also try with young Sandip Sharma.

  • on July 24, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    excellent performance. keep it up India.best of luck kohli

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 24, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Well played CHAMPS ! This result is not surprising. With all respects to Zimbabwe, they batted poorly. I know India bowled well, except Vinay Kumar, but the Zimbabwe batsmen were clueless. They could have and should have made 250. It was a flat deck and with 2 new balls and the new overs restriction rule, even weaker teams can score 5-6 runs per over. I hope Zimbabwe improve in the next game to give India some challenge. Otherwise, we could be looking at a 5-0 result in the blink of an eye.

  • fguy on July 24, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    good to see raydu finally get a match. he's someone who'll do well in all conditions & in tests too where i hope he gets a break instead of going back to the failures (yuvraj/raina etc). he's a class act with great temperament unlike raina. todays dismissal typifies why i'll never rate raina as a batsman (he's a brilliant fielder though). it shows he doesnt value his wicket. if in such a no-pressure situation he cant stick around then it shows why he cant when he's needed (& he's thrown it away many a time in critical situations).

  • Hate.ME on July 24, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Batting is okay !

    Fast Bowling looks average.

  • on July 24, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    young caption

  • Karthik78 on July 24, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Virat before the tour commented that he will get respect from team thru performance. And he did same.

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 24, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Sandeep Patil did a huge favor to Indian cricket by dropping Sehwag and Tendulkar. India's batting looks settled. Now it's time to find some good bowlers. Bowlers like Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar won't cut it against the likes of England and South Africa. We need to give plenty of opportunities to Mohit Sharma and Shami Ahmed. Also Rasool deserves a chance instead of the experienced Raina or Jadeja. This series is perfect for giving a chance to fringe players.

  • Shajahan.P on July 24, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    We can not consider anything big from this match. Also please stop selecting players for the XI. The Captain, Coach, Management & Team know that who are all doing well then & there (including in nets) and who are to be picked based on the spot.

    The only positive today is Virat century and Rayudu's Fifty. This total 228 is not big also there is no threatening Bowler in Zim side. The real test for Rayudu should have been against biggiee like Starc, Morkal, Malinga, Roach…etc.. He is lucky starting his career here (also against Zim's spinners)…

    Raina is always a classy player. We can not expect a player should always be in form. Even S.Dhawan failed continuously for last 7 matches (HS was 69). Virat only the exception doing it after Sachin. It would be better if our experiment should spot when India losing few match. We will watch all the matches and cheers India.

  • 11MP on July 24, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    There is no need to bring Dhoni in conversations @nyc_missile. Kohli has lot to prove as a captain and long, long way to go as a leader. Dhoni has done wonderful with limited bowling resources and he has also brings up player like Jadeja, Raina etc. Dohni also believes in his players and give enough OR may be some time more than enough (reminds me Boby Cox from Braves) time/chance to his players and that's bring out the best from the youngster.

  • karan2951 on July 24, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    What a Important knock against such a QUALITY attack. Just reminded me of Alistair Cook the last time he visited India for TESTS.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 24, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Chigumbura is a world class batsman ! why on earth is he batting at 7 ?

  • and1son on July 24, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    I am a realist but also a zim fan and native. it is something to consider that 1) kohli is just a great player who i support (unless playing zim) 2) zimbabwe should drop mutombodzi for cremer or price 3) zim need to bat better (you will never have a game where zim have more than two batsmen bat better) 3) india's real test will come when they bat first because zim winter pitches overly favour the team batting second (so every game to improve chance to win the captain will choose to field) adn 4) zim's depth chart on opening batsmen is very low (vusi, masakadza, raza and mawoyo)

  • batman_gothamcity on July 24, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Well played Team India . Such kind of series are very tricky , if you win people say ah whats the big deal you won and if you lose all will jump to criticise . Virat as usual in top form and best part he looks hungry for more . With such tours India should have a good bench strength .

  • Rohanbandekar on July 24, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Wonder if the low scoring rate early on has to do with 2 new balls??Any comments guys??

  • ANI_CRIC_FUNDA on July 24, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    my all the best wishes to maintain his ODI overall career avg around 50 & play 300+ ODIs & score atleast 35-40 100s -- 12000+ ODI runs with 87+ strike rate..... go man.. dhoni is also maintaining 51+ avg after 225 odis with 88 strike rate...... devillers too around 50 avg with 93 strike rate after around 150 odis....... rohit sharma & dinesh karthik are really lucky that they were born in india to get infinite chance to play.. if possible in this rate rohit will play like mahela 400+ ODIs for his 10000+ runs @ 30 avg with around 75 strike rate...... vogus, non-sense.............

  • Amit_4_Sachin on July 24, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    @usernames Perhaps you haven't heard of a certain Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, who amassed 18000 odd odi runs@45, with 49 centuries, who is also callled the God of cricket, who is simply the greatest batsman to have played the game since Bradman.

    Perhaps you also don't know that Bhuvneshwar Kumar averaged 30-odd with the bat and 25-odd with the ball when he made his debut, and that Yadav was widely regarded the next best thing when he made his debut.

    You obviously know nothing about cricket.

  • DingDong420 on July 24, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Raina needs to up his game, Otherwise give Pujara a run in the team

  • 11MP on July 24, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    I don't think there a need for replacing Jadeja or Raina these two guys are just fine. India need some experience in the Team against Zimbabwe (remember 2010?), no need to go with all newbies. It is important to keep winning and there is no reason to fix anything when nothing is broken.

  • on July 24, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Rayudu is wonderful Wicketkeeper too, can we please bring in Pujara for Karthik! Karthik has failed miserably in West Indies & England, now in Zim!

  • on July 24, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    @Vivek, why do you think Yadav is better bowler than Shami. Yadav was the most expensive and erratic of all the bowlers. Addition to that Ishant was most inconsistent bowler in Indian camp in Champions and tri series. We should give players a chance and groom them. Dhoni gave many opp. to Yadav and Ishant. They never seem to learn. Remember pace is not everything in cricket.

  • cric_maharaja on July 24, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    I like kohli's attitude and batting. But he often scores on weak opponents and not so important matches. In many critical games he fails.

  • jay_vkjay on July 24, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    15th ODI hundred out of which 14 resulted in India Victory. 9th ton while chasing,already ahead in this respect compared to some legends. Rayudu did well. Remained unbeaten. That will boost his confidence. B Kumar's absence felt as India struggled to break the opening combination.Mohit Sharma can do that. He deserves to play next game. Mishra bowled well. Unadkat also impressive.....

  • on July 24, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Message to everyone, stop supporting your state players blindly. Instead support a good player , all Andhra support Rayudu, Tamilians supporting Karthik , Karnataka supporting Vinay and J&K supporting Rasool to play it does not make sense. Everybody should get a fair chance!

  • on July 24, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Nowadays I think only two things are certain Kohli's century conversion rate and death! , its an exaggeration but you all know what I mean.

  • on July 24, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Despite that we won the game, we can't ignore the shortcomings that we have in this match, starting from Bowling, without Bhuvneshwar the bowling attack was looking toothless, bowlers were more in defensive mindset rather than attacking on the batsman to get wickets, need to scrap Vinay from team and replae him with Mohit. Unadkat offers som variety so can be persisted, while Shami Ahmed is clearly not performning up to the mark, without the pace of Yadav the bowling looks more like one-dimesnional, though spinners did a fine job specially Mishra showed his abilities and he can't be overlooked.

    In batting it seem like Dhawan's honeymoon period with the bat has ended, also Raina doesn't seems to be firing on his full throttle, Zimbabwe being a weaker side these two can be scrapped with Pujara and Rahane, both of them can be used as openers followed by Kohli, Rayudu, Sharma, Karthik n Jadeja.

  • ChuckyDoll on July 24, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Dhawan and Rohit need to come out with a mindset that they are not going to give Kohli or anyone a chance to bat. They should absolutely be able to kill the chase by sticking around for 30 overs and play "boring cricket" as Dhoni earlier in the WI. Let's abandon sensationalism and mould the playing 11 into playing boring cricket. Then we become professionals.

  • gsingh7 on July 24, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    drop raina for pujara. kohli is best odi batsman in the world and no team can ease off when he is batting. best chaser in history of game . he deserve all plaudits that he gains.

  • on July 24, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    All the ppl backing Raina to stay in the team need to get real. Its easy bringing up his stats from a year ago but thats history. His current form is terrible and he must be dropped. If you wanna go by stats from a year ago then im sure Sehwag, Yuvi, Gambir etc were all doing pretty well too..RAINA MUST GO!!

  • jimbond on July 24, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Also hope to see Rasool in place of Jadeja and Mohit kumar in place of Vinay Kumar.

  • usernames on July 24, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    @nyc_missile -- I think that comment is perfect portrayal of how little you know of cricket. Dhoni is our best ODI cricketer ever, our best captain ever and yet, people like you find a way to criticise him based on situations you cook up! I can pretty much assure you that Dhoni would have played Rayudu, too, and then you would have been found here criticising him for not playing, er, Pujara in place of Raina!

    If he were to go by stats, a Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Parvinder Awana would have never made their debuts; a Yadav never played ahead of Vinay. He likes to give people a long run and once they are discarded, the replacement gets a long run too. People should get a fair chance to settle themselves instead of chopping and changing like the comments here would do.

    But then, who am I kidding! People like you love good stories and, yes, why let the truth come in the way of a good ole' story, eh. Keep criticising!

  • vr.mandalapu on July 24, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I am so happy today. Our Rayudu getting his chance at last and making most of it with a polished half century.As I commented earlier Rayudu is a much better player in the longer formats of the game because of the sound technique he possesses.Hopefully we will all see his flamboyancy soon and I won't be surprised if he matches with Virat's performance in the coming matches.

  • jimbond on July 24, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    I think Kohli should be rested. Otherwise the contest is not going be fun to watch. He can be used against better opposition in SA. The time is right for Pujara and Rahane to be given chances- possibly at the cost of Kohli and Raina.

  • on July 24, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    I am very happy for rayudu who has been waiting for this oppertunity so long .now he has proved he is better than anybody else.

  • Manu_reddy on July 24, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Here some people r calling to drop raina but i really dont know what wrong he has done to get dropped,lets have look at his performances in last 1 year,against pak 91 runs at an average of 30,against england 256 runs @ 86,in champions trophy 9 runs @ 4.5 n in west indies 122 runs at 31 so these nos r pretty much good for a batsman who bats at 5 r 6 n he has scored all these runs at a s/r of over 90...ofcourse he has problems against short ball but name me 1 player with no weakness whatsoever n what about d runs he saves with his fielding?..so with his current form also he deserves place in d team as he is unselfish team player who always gives his everything for d sake of d team..

  • on July 24, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Good show guys, Team management should consider mohit ahead of vinay. He looks promising compared to vinay. Please avoid favourism and give the chance to right talend.

  • on July 24, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    The guys criticising Raina right now typify the Indian mindset!!Remember his 5 50's?

  • on July 24, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    kohli is going too good not sure if its kohli or run machine

  • Batmanindallas on July 24, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Kohli has crept up the stats ladder. He is just one hundred away from being on par with Jayawardane, Sangakara and Gilchrist with less than half games played by these giants

  • nyc_missile on July 24, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Thrilled for Rayudu and glad he performed.I think this is what separates MSD & Kohli. Dhoni would have gone by useless stats like who's played more etc and Rahane would have made instead of Rayudu.Kohli has shown vision and good judgement by going with the dashing Rayudu.Toothless Unadkat or Shami must be dropped for the next match and an extra batsman should be picked in Rahane..I'd like both Rahane & Rayudu in the team to balance the quality and style of batting.They deserve an extended stay in the middle order as Tiwary also is knocking on the doors though sadly is injured now.Dhawan looks to have gone cold in the last few matches..hope its not overconfidence. Apart from selection mistakes,good workout for India in the middle.

  • Nampally on July 24, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Raza was the only shinning block for the Zimbabwe batting in a one sided match. It was an easy paced wicket & even if the target was 330 instead of 230, India would have easily chased it down with the form shown by Kohli & Rayudu. Both these guys batted very well.The Zimbabwe bowling lacked penetration as shown by most bowlers averaging over 5 runs/over. Utseya was the only spinner of class amongst the bowlers. Indian seam bowlers Vinay & Shami were ineffective. If India is trying to find replacements for their regulars- Yadev & Ishant - they should try Mohit Sharma. Also Rasool needs to be in the XI rather than on the bench. The main purpose of the Zimbabwe tour should be focussed on exploring new talent & giving them some experience. At least Rayudu made his debut & did not disappoint Gavaskar's high praise or expectations. Raina needs to show greater responsibility than lash out at the first ball. He may lose his position in XI, if he does not. Congrats. India for the expected Win!

  • ThyrSaadam on July 24, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    One would think Raina's leash is now almost non-existent, he and DK are probably the only players from the "permanent XI" to be tried as rookies. Dont think he is going to anyway make useful contributions in Aus -NZ during WC 2015, because he cant play the short pitched stuff, we have seen it first hand. Even in WI, he was sitting on his backfoot waiting for the short pitched ball. He epitomizes "FLAT TRACK BULLY". Once Yuvraj regains full fitness, i just dont see how Raina will retain his place.

  • ZCFOutkast on July 24, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Zimbabwe's bowling was as flat as our batting innings. Stroll in the park for Kohli really, but a deserved century nonetheless. Chatara exceeded my expectations and bowled with a lot of zip. Pity he didn't have a partner who could make the new ball talk. Questions will be asked about Vitori's absence. In the middle overs we were desperate for wickets i.e. Shingi.

    Odd listening to Taylor saying the openers should've taken more initiative when it was him& the coach who probably told them to play the way they did to begin with! Perhaps next time he can promote himself to number 3 and right those wrongs himself.

    Utseya continues to be impressive. Mushangwe will no doubt be brought in next time but all 3 of our leggies have taken a hidings. None more so than Cremer. With Price retiring and considering Utseya's successful & tidy work, it's time to try Cremer's bowling partner at the Rhinos the young offspinner Simon Mugava, and give the leggies more time away to master this difficult art.

  • on July 24, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    @vaidhyanathan8..I suggest you wake up and smell the coffee. There are already too many versions of the game and way too much is being played. Ever heard of the phrase 'too much of a good thing'..?

  • on July 24, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Raina is really no nobraina...he will waste his talent this way. He has been push aside by boys like Kohli and Pujara and Rohit. Only one cause - not enough fast learning.

  • armchairjohnny on July 24, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Worryingly, even Zimbabwe's bowling attack is stronger than India's. Good to see Zimbabwe put up a fight and test the Indians though, well done to them.

  • Arumugaraja on July 24, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    The way is rohit batting is too slow. I am not saying that he is not playing well. If he takes 20 run from 40 balls it will create pressure for upcoming batsmans. Remember 434 chasing. We need to make runrate as well.

  • on July 24, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    We can't blame Raina today,he just try to finish the match early.Still he can produce match winning knocks.Also its not a good move to thraw all the seniors in one time

  • paapam on July 24, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Satisfying. A successful debut for Rayudu will give India even more limited over options and keep the likes of Raina honest. Mishra needs to be used more regularly. He will be a handful against the lesser teams in the early stages of the World Cup, where we have sometimes struggled

  • on July 24, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Quickest to 15 ODI 100s (inns)

    V Kohli 106 S Anwar 143 S Ganguly144 C Gayle 147 H Gibbs 161 D Haynes 166 R Ponting 180 S T'kar 182 Mahela 343 Sanga 342

  • Rohit... on July 24, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    I think this will silence the people about Pujara's exclusion... Rayudu is a top class brat and would have been captaining India if he had not played for ICL... Pujara can play but Rayudu should be given priority because he can fare better than Kohli with his calmness and biceps... Kohli is better than Rayudu when in comes to wrist play and technique but Rayudu can butcher a bowler in a much better way.

  • vaidhyanathan8460 on July 24, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Zimbawe is playing more than my expectations!!.Well Done!!!.there should be more competition in cricket which should be more than 8 teams.ICC should promote cricket in Europe(like Germany,Italy,Spain.....so on),the Americas (USA,Mexico,Brazil.....),Africa (Egypt,Ghana,Libya....)sooooo on.This would help in a good competition.I suppose the world is getting tired of soccer(i think)The ICC should also introduce 10-10 which should be 2 hrs and equal of a soccer match. I want suggestions

  • on July 24, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Raina really has to be dropped from the team... His form, or lack of it, is embarassing!!

  • spot_on on July 24, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Only weak link in Indian batting is Raina. Throw this guy out and bring in Tiwary or Rasool. Look at the way he threw his wicket.

  • Batmanindallas on July 24, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    I am so happy for Raydu. He has made it count. If karthik does not perform in the next few games time to give Raydu a shot in his place. The guy is very talented

  • coldcoffee123 on July 24, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Zol and Samson from the U19 team will soon (after 2015 WC most probably) make it to the Indian team and will be the next international superstars.

  • on July 24, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Virat Kohli..15th ton in 109 odi's compared to Sehwag who took 251 odi's and Mohd Yousef who took 288 odi's...Take a bow Kohli...

  • geminianrahul on July 24, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    India needs players in the mould of Rayudu, Kohli, Rohit and KD along with swashbuckling hitters like Dhawan, Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja. The former 4 batsmen pace their innings exactly according to the situation before going all guns blazing when need arises. Most of the international teams miss this logic and inturn end losing matches because of one mind set batting. Hope the batting order will not be altered much and stays consistent come WC 2015.

  • on July 24, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Correction. Zim is atleast 60 to 70 runs short. You guys are forgetting something. This is a team that knows how to win. Don't jump the gun before the match is over. India's just back from having won the Champion's trophy and the tri-nation series.

  • IndianEagle on July 24, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    it is very frustrating to see the way rohit is playing, scoring 10 or 15 out of 35 or 40 balls irritating. Builing an innings is acceptable but the way he is been building is very slow. He still not cement his place at top, and i think this kind of batting will not help him and india IN NEXT WORLD CUP

  • Bokesh on July 24, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    It's high time Dhawan should start introspecting his past couple of performances,he is a class batsman who could score in Champions trophy too,i.e. if we go by the age old saying (no batsman is complete unless he scores in England). But remember the strips in champions trophy this time were very much similar to subcontinent wickets.And he hasn't done too well in WI.So pull your socks Shikhar!!!

  • Iceman29 on July 24, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Vinay kumar has been pathetic he bowls like a club level bowler..he should be dropped from Ind team...Mohit and Razool should be given chances..

  • INDIAN_CKT_FAN on July 24, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    The bowler mentioned should be updated from Mohammed Shami to Shami Ahmed.

  • ZCFOutkast on July 24, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Raza's post innings interview revealed that this slow start was part of a strategy. I see the school coach wasted no time in confusing the players. No wonder Vusi's approach was uncharacteristic! I much prefer him perishing for a run a ball 30 odd, while leaving enough time for the next batsmen to play themselves in instead of using up balls putting them under pressure to force the runs.

    Ugly but effective from Raza. We really needed that. Silly way to get out, same applies to Hami&Williams. Taylor looks increasingly disinterested with each passing innings. What's the point. Maybe get a county contract while he still can. What can I say about Malcolm? For an international batsman he's a joke!

    Chigumbura - simply brilliant. between him and the two openers, I feel they left 40 runs out in the field. India will be favourites to win this one. After Shingi's exclusion, Vitori's absence from this XI is the next biggest shock. What next? Jarvis 7+ runs per overs but keeps his place?

  • jimbond on July 24, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    In the last five to six years, have seen only three Indian bowlers take early ly- apart from Bhubaneswar Kumar. Zaheer Khan seems almost retired, Irfan Pathan was apparently injured, and about Praveen Kumar - one can only guess. If these three are actually written off already by the seletors, they need to to try out the new talent- and test if any of them can use the new ball. Vinay Kumar and Unadkat apparently cannot do it. Hence no harm in trying out Ishwar Pandey, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Dhawan etc, and check out if they have any potential. If not then other new guys need to be tried out. We can't afford to depend on guys like Vinay kumar or Ishant Sharma.

  • IndianEagle on July 24, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    zimbabwe are atleast 10 to 15 short of what they have targetted.

  • Bokesh on July 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    absolutely agree with the point made in respect of vinay kumar/Irfan. He would just be increasing the traveling expenses of BCCI and nothing else.If he can be tried why can't be Tyagi???

  • on July 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Mohammed shami is a good player allow him to play all matches. Drop vinay kumar and select rasool or mohit sharma

  • on July 24, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    mukaddar ka sikander zim win

  • on July 24, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Zim will surprise India or put simply will beat India,

  • on July 24, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Without Dhoni enything can happan......

  • Bokesh on July 24, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    I was right!!! but still all the praise for the zim's.Though they haven't managed to reach a respectable total presume it would not be a cake walk chase for the blue army. As far as my memory goes they are good fielding side.

  • CricketChat on July 24, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    What is Vinay Kumar doing in the team? His has been the most disappointing performance of all bowlers. He doesn't have pace nor the guile to be successful at this level. Nearing 30, neither does he have much time to improve. The Indian selectors have been doing a great job of late bringing in new players, but they got it quite wrong with both Vinay and Irfan (though not playing this tournament). They both are done with international cricket.

  • binu.emiliya on July 24, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Shami bowled well in the death overs he is having a Yorker,Vinay was ordinary.Undakat was good too..

  • JustIPL on July 24, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    228 by lowly rated Zim means atleast 15% more runs against the top opposition i.e. 262 which Indian batting can do even without dhoni. so the bowling performance is good.

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on July 24, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Does Vinay Kumar really belong in the Indian national team?

  • on July 24, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    is dhawan playing???

  • on July 24, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    "Surprising decision to leave out Bhuvneshwar Kumar" ??????? How can he be left out of the match if he is not even in the touring squad!!

  • Bokesh on July 24, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    though they have shown reasonable Resilience I wonder if they could face the spin???

  • on July 24, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    I am glad India did not take Zim for granted and hence fielded a strong team even though Dhoni is not part of the team. This is surely a good team

  • sidganesh on July 24, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Didn't know Bhuvneshwar Kumar was in the squad for this tour!

  • on July 24, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    stop suggesting who should play and who should not.,... selectors r there who knows much better what exactly they doing... they look all the expects of the conditions n player. m sure they r looking for the best n giving chances to every one in 5 ODI's

  • Bokesh on July 24, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    I am really surprised to see these bowlers are not getting any help from this dryer.If Zmb is going to play in the same manner,this certainly is going to be a tough tour for india.

  • on July 24, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Zion s making indians work hard four wickets...shami looks ordinary

  • 11_Warrior on July 24, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Historic Day! Out of all the ICL player Rayudu is first one to play for India

  • jivaji on July 24, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Mohit Sharma should have replaced Shami Ahmed and Parvez Rasool should have given a chance instead of Mishra, Both these guys are great prospects for Indian cricket.

  • mzamost on July 24, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    GO ZIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM all the way with u guys we can beat INDIA.

  • on July 24, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    pick mohit sharma not mohhamad shami.

  • vsroc on July 24, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman(July 24,2013) Let us all bless together young Indian team to come out with flying colours against Zimbabwe.

  • vijayNaidu on July 24, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Instead of Mohammad Shami, Mohit sharma is a good option to pick. Atleast he will take early wickets surely he is a wicket taking bowler.

  • on July 24, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    thats good for indian cricket I think chetashwar pujara too get his 1day debut

  • vijayNaidu on July 24, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Good team selection but instead of Mohammad Shami should have pick Mohit Sharma. He is a good bowler and got golden arm who can deliver wicket taking balls. Any way best of luck to Team Young India.

  • on July 24, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Finally Raidu got his break. Hopes he makes the best of it.

  • on July 24, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Finally Raidu got his break. Hopes he makes the best of it.

  • vijayNaidu on July 24, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Good team selection but instead of Mohammad Shami should have pick Mohit Sharma. He is a good bowler and got golden arm who can deliver wicket taking balls. Any way best of luck to Team Young India.

  • on July 24, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    thats good for indian cricket I think chetashwar pujara too get his 1day debut

  • vijayNaidu on July 24, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Instead of Mohammad Shami, Mohit sharma is a good option to pick. Atleast he will take early wickets surely he is a wicket taking bowler.

  • vsroc on July 24, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman(July 24,2013) Let us all bless together young Indian team to come out with flying colours against Zimbabwe.

  • on July 24, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    pick mohit sharma not mohhamad shami.

  • mzamost on July 24, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    GO ZIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM all the way with u guys we can beat INDIA.

  • jivaji on July 24, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Mohit Sharma should have replaced Shami Ahmed and Parvez Rasool should have given a chance instead of Mishra, Both these guys are great prospects for Indian cricket.

  • 11_Warrior on July 24, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Historic Day! Out of all the ICL player Rayudu is first one to play for India

  • on July 24, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Zion s making indians work hard four wickets...shami looks ordinary