Zimbabwe v India, 4th ODI, Bulawayo August 1, 2013

Another all-too-easy victory for India

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India 145 for 1 (Raina 65*, Rohit 64*) beat Zimbabwe 144 (Chigumbura 50*, Mishra 3-25) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

India have had little to complain about on this tour. The series was sealed at the earliest possible opportunity, and their other target of trying out some fringe players is also working well. Ambati Rayudu made a big contribution on his debut, another new face Jaydev Unadkat was the bowling star in the second ODI and the third India player to debut this series, Mohit Sharma, turned in an impressive performance as Zimbabwe were rolled over for 144 in the fourth ODI.

One of their minor gripes could be that Cheteshwar Pujara's much-awaited bow in limited-overs cricket didn't go to plan, with Pujara inside-edging Tendai Chatara for 13. They would have also liked this second-string squad to have been tested more by Zimbabwe, who have been disappointingly limp, rarely putting India under pressure.

In Harare, Zimbabwe's batsmen could at least fall back on the excuse that the new balls curved around extravagantly in the first hour but even against the easier conditions in Bulawayo they came up short. Zimbabwe's troubles were highlighted by the first ball itself, as Mohit served up a beauty that beat Vusi Sibanda and zipped perilously close to the top of the stumps.

Mohit has played only six domestic one-dayers so far, but he showed no nerves in his opening over as he delivered an inswinger, outswinger and a bouncer, all with superb control. He beat the inside-edge and the outside-edge regularly in his opening spell, and even showed off the back-of-the-hand slower ball which served him so well in his spotlight-grabbing IPL season this year.

As ever, Zimbabwe's openers were cagey at the start, with Sibanda taking 16 deliveries to get off the mark. Mohit, with the experience of only six domestic one-dayers, showed no nerves as he maintained a tight line and length with the new ball, before his persistent probing was rewarded with the wicket of Sikandar Raza, nicking through to the keeper.

Zimbabwe then began to be more adventurous despite the disciplined bowling, with Hamilton Masakadza effortlessly whipping Mohammed Shami over square leg for six. Just as the partnership was developing, Ravindra Jadeja's accurate arm struck again, with a bullet throw to the stumps that left Masakadza repenting attempting a quick single.

The introduction of spin hampered Zimbabwe further, as Jadeja extended Brendan Taylor's horror run. Taylor hasn't been in form this year, and was mortified to be adjudged lbw for a duck to a delivery that was clearly sliding down. In the next over, Jaydev Unadkat knocked over Sean Williams' off stump after the batsman missed a straight one. When Jadeja removed the opener Sibanda in the 16th over, Zimbabwe were in serious trouble and India's most dangerous bowler of the series, Amit Mishra, hadn't come on to bowl yet.

Elton Chigumbura has been Zimbabwe's most successful batsman this series, and once again he was called on to right things after the specialist batsmen floundered. With the help of Malcolm Waller, he defied India for over 20 overs, generally playing it safe though there were some eye-catching strokes like the powerful loft over Mishra's head for four. Waller also took his time before latching on to the loose deliveries on offer, like a flighted full toss from Mishra that was swatted for four. With the batting Powerplay taken, Waller swung a shortish ball from Shami for six and Zimbabwe looked for a late flourish.

There was no late flourish, however, as Mohit returned to break the 80-run stand, getting Waller to edge behind. The innings didn't last too long after that as Zimbabwe's tail was clueless against Mishra, but it lasted long enough for Chigumbura to complete a well-made half-century.

Zimbabwe's 144 was never going to be much of a challenge for India, who took their time in completing the win. Pujara departed early, and the team management wisely decided against sending in the in-form Virat Kohli, giving Suresh Raina the chance to spend some time in the middle. Rohit Sharma has also had a lean run in this series, and he cashed in at a venue which must rank among his favourites - his only two previous innings for India at the Queens Sports Club were centuries. He added an unbeaten 64 to that, and Raina too helped himself to a half-century as the pair put on 122 to complete another all-too-easy victory for India.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on August 1, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    It was great to see the inclusion of 2 more ODI debutants in Pujara & Mohit Sharma. While Mohit rose to the occasion, Pujara fell cheaply- uncharacteristic for a guy who is like a scoring machine. But again on this easy paced wkt. Rohit Sharma & Raina made a short work of chasing a total of 144 with ease. India bowled much better today than in their previous 3 outings. In addition to Mohit Sharma's accurate & sustained attack, Mishra & Jadeja were equally good in the spin attack. Zimbabwe need to thank Chigumbura & Sibanda even for this modest total. These 2 batsmen played consistently well in all 4 ODI's. Kohli did a good job by dropping himself to #4 for Raina to show his batting skills. Only 2 guys who did not play in the XI - Rasool & Rahane- need to be included in the ODI #5. Rohit Sharma & Mishra can drop themselves to give them a chance. In a "dead Rubber" there is strong need to rotate players especially when the "benched" players are as good as those in the XI!.

  • Dilanvithlani on August 1, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Surely Rasool should definitely be called up for the next starting 11! If not what was the point in including him in the squad, let him get some exposure to international cricket and give Jadeja a well earned rest. Raina performed well when given the oppurtunity but for me going forward Dhawan and Rohit are irreplaceable. I feel that between Pujara, Raina and DK there is one spot in the team when Dhoni returns. Although I'm sure Gambhir and Yuvraj will be pushing for their place in the team! With the Indian bowling looking the best that I have seen it in my short 20 years of life, I feel that India are looking like a formidable squad that will be close favourites to retain the world cup in 2 years time.

  • spot_on on August 1, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    There is always a certain player whom we want to succeed at the international level, a player who has the right attitude, the right technique, the right composure, the right looks of an athlete. Mohit is one of them. Many wishes to this young talent. When MSD steps in I want to see him pick this guy in the XI irrespective of any factor. Mohit will be lethal along with BK.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 2, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    It will be a criminal waste of talent if team management does not give a chance to Rasool and Rahane in the 5th ODI. There's nothing at stake in the 5th ODI. This series was meant to test our bench strength. If not now, then when ?? Against South Africa ??

  • Naresh28 on August 2, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    @grahaam - Zimbabwe can be proud that some of their best past players have made a mark in the international arena right now - certainly something to cherish. To name a few:- Andy Flower, Duncan Fletcher, Steven Penny, Mbangwa in coaching and commentating. The past was glorious and I hope that politics does not destroy the future.

  • 11_Warrior on August 2, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    My playing Eleven for the last match: 1) Rahane 2 ) Dhawan 3) Kohli 4) Pujara 5) Rayudu 6) Karthik 7) Rasool 8) Mishra 9) Unadkat 10) Shami 11) MM Sharma. My Man of the series is Amit Mishra.

  • ramli on August 2, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Everybody in the bench cannot be tested in one series ... Rahane had to wait for ages to get a debut ... let us assume Rasool is picked and gets 6 wickets .. so what? Ashwin and Mishra will be the first choices in near future ... and... when they fail ... the bowlers who are hot at that time will be picked ... even if Rasool is picked now, he will only get the satisfaction of having played for India ... which is a great achievement ... agreed ... more than that ... Rasool should be consistent in his performance in future domestic tournaments ... that only will keep him in the reckoning ...

  • vsroc on August 2, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman(August 2,2013) It was an easy win for Team India,which maintained the supremacy in ODI format,in the fourth ODI match against Zimbabwe.Debutant,Mohit Sharma,bowled impressively well to capture two wickets that enabled India to restrict Zimbabwe within 150.R.Jadeja and A.Mishra also bowled well in the process.Our boys scored the required runs by losing one wicket.

  • on August 2, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @mahi6878,@eee655,i am happy both of u responded to my comments. both of u spoke my mind out. 1]stats never give u a complete picture,2] with current rules, odi cricket is back 2 90's way of playing. I am a big admirer of sachin since age of 9 & after his retirement, rohit reminds me of him in terms of flair.Ppl criticse rohit for his temperament, but u all will agree that players who played test cricket first automatically paced their innings in ODI as well.Take for example kohli,dhawan[sea change after his test debut,compared 2 his odi debut in 2011].Conversely, look at yuvi, saeed anwar, raina who could not adapt 2 test cricket despite being fine one day players.

  • AltafPatel on August 2, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    It was earlier told that 5 ODIs against Zim are too much, instead they could have extended earlier ODI series against Pak from 3 to 5 matches.

  • Nampally on August 1, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    It was great to see the inclusion of 2 more ODI debutants in Pujara & Mohit Sharma. While Mohit rose to the occasion, Pujara fell cheaply- uncharacteristic for a guy who is like a scoring machine. But again on this easy paced wkt. Rohit Sharma & Raina made a short work of chasing a total of 144 with ease. India bowled much better today than in their previous 3 outings. In addition to Mohit Sharma's accurate & sustained attack, Mishra & Jadeja were equally good in the spin attack. Zimbabwe need to thank Chigumbura & Sibanda even for this modest total. These 2 batsmen played consistently well in all 4 ODI's. Kohli did a good job by dropping himself to #4 for Raina to show his batting skills. Only 2 guys who did not play in the XI - Rasool & Rahane- need to be included in the ODI #5. Rohit Sharma & Mishra can drop themselves to give them a chance. In a "dead Rubber" there is strong need to rotate players especially when the "benched" players are as good as those in the XI!.

  • Dilanvithlani on August 1, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Surely Rasool should definitely be called up for the next starting 11! If not what was the point in including him in the squad, let him get some exposure to international cricket and give Jadeja a well earned rest. Raina performed well when given the oppurtunity but for me going forward Dhawan and Rohit are irreplaceable. I feel that between Pujara, Raina and DK there is one spot in the team when Dhoni returns. Although I'm sure Gambhir and Yuvraj will be pushing for their place in the team! With the Indian bowling looking the best that I have seen it in my short 20 years of life, I feel that India are looking like a formidable squad that will be close favourites to retain the world cup in 2 years time.

  • spot_on on August 1, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    There is always a certain player whom we want to succeed at the international level, a player who has the right attitude, the right technique, the right composure, the right looks of an athlete. Mohit is one of them. Many wishes to this young talent. When MSD steps in I want to see him pick this guy in the XI irrespective of any factor. Mohit will be lethal along with BK.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 2, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    It will be a criminal waste of talent if team management does not give a chance to Rasool and Rahane in the 5th ODI. There's nothing at stake in the 5th ODI. This series was meant to test our bench strength. If not now, then when ?? Against South Africa ??

  • Naresh28 on August 2, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    @grahaam - Zimbabwe can be proud that some of their best past players have made a mark in the international arena right now - certainly something to cherish. To name a few:- Andy Flower, Duncan Fletcher, Steven Penny, Mbangwa in coaching and commentating. The past was glorious and I hope that politics does not destroy the future.

  • 11_Warrior on August 2, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    My playing Eleven for the last match: 1) Rahane 2 ) Dhawan 3) Kohli 4) Pujara 5) Rayudu 6) Karthik 7) Rasool 8) Mishra 9) Unadkat 10) Shami 11) MM Sharma. My Man of the series is Amit Mishra.

  • ramli on August 2, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Everybody in the bench cannot be tested in one series ... Rahane had to wait for ages to get a debut ... let us assume Rasool is picked and gets 6 wickets .. so what? Ashwin and Mishra will be the first choices in near future ... and... when they fail ... the bowlers who are hot at that time will be picked ... even if Rasool is picked now, he will only get the satisfaction of having played for India ... which is a great achievement ... agreed ... more than that ... Rasool should be consistent in his performance in future domestic tournaments ... that only will keep him in the reckoning ...

  • vsroc on August 2, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman(August 2,2013) It was an easy win for Team India,which maintained the supremacy in ODI format,in the fourth ODI match against Zimbabwe.Debutant,Mohit Sharma,bowled impressively well to capture two wickets that enabled India to restrict Zimbabwe within 150.R.Jadeja and A.Mishra also bowled well in the process.Our boys scored the required runs by losing one wicket.

  • on August 2, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @mahi6878,@eee655,i am happy both of u responded to my comments. both of u spoke my mind out. 1]stats never give u a complete picture,2] with current rules, odi cricket is back 2 90's way of playing. I am a big admirer of sachin since age of 9 & after his retirement, rohit reminds me of him in terms of flair.Ppl criticse rohit for his temperament, but u all will agree that players who played test cricket first automatically paced their innings in ODI as well.Take for example kohli,dhawan[sea change after his test debut,compared 2 his odi debut in 2011].Conversely, look at yuvi, saeed anwar, raina who could not adapt 2 test cricket despite being fine one day players.

  • AltafPatel on August 2, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    It was earlier told that 5 ODIs against Zim are too much, instead they could have extended earlier ODI series against Pak from 3 to 5 matches.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 2, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Congrats to young guys. Nice display by youngsters. Hope Kohli will give chance to others too. Mohit, Unad are the best findings considering the fact that India do not have good fast bowlers. No need to argue with some one who do not know what happened to SA recently and what happened when India last toured there.

  • on August 2, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @grahaam I fully endorse your views & may your hope come true to see redeveloped Zimbabweans. @9ST9 RPS is the magical place where only 2 teams are sure of win & one of them is home team. You scared about worst Weather in Colombo would favour South Africa if rain curtailed today's T20 game against SL. You termed South Africa as 5-6 over scenarios a side that can produce a few random slogs prosper since SL play a calculated T20 game & they need the full quota to succeed. Now tell me who is calculative? Success doesn't count a great victory, alien conditions, fearsome opponents, very absorbing series or calculative conditions. What is wrong to share our top team's experience with team like ZIM instead of bashing them as anybody's cup of tea? Playing the 5 days of a test match at 5 different venues is not an answer of my question that 50% of 8 tour matches should be played on favorable RPS only.

  • grahaam on August 2, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    The Zimbabwe cricket situation is in-line with the crisis situations that prevail throughout Zimbabwe in general. This problem will now degenerate as the international community do nothing about the dictatorship that has once again "rigged" election results to maintain their grip on all things in the country. Had the opposition rightly been given a chance to rule the country then cricket too may have benefited, equal opportunities for all may well have seen a return of a skilled farming community providing work , schooling and platform for new cricket clubs and leagues that used to excist and provided Zimbabwe some great players. ZC administration too may well have been affected positively and encouraged other sides to provide more opposition to assist redevelopment. We all live in hope but this election result is a major blow for all Zimbabweans

  • on August 2, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    For the next one should continue with Pujara and Mohit. Try Rasool instead of Amit. Should test their batting and bowling strength by batting first.

  • 9ST9 on August 2, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    @dariuscorny - I'm sure South Africa will agree with you on that.

  • Naresh28 on August 2, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Nice to see some ex-U19 players like Chand, Sandeep Sharma, Aparajith in the Asian Emerging players Tournament check out this link for the squad:- http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/series/638924.html

  • dariuscorny on August 2, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    reminds me of us playing against SL,its all too easy for IND against SL with no challenge from SL,IND against SL is always cakewalk for IND.......Zim shud tour SL more often to make SL competitive..well Bangladesh seems to be a level ahead of SL,so SL shud mind before inviting BAN..........

  • on August 2, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Well played raina .... Now time to give chance to rasool .....

  • on August 2, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    @DINITH85 - South Africa itself has been explored as well as exposed by the Lankans.

  • 9ST9 on August 2, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Oh what a great victory by this young team in alien conditions against fearsome opponents in a very absorbing series. The relevance of the ashes fades away while this series is in progression. @Sandip Manjrekar - It is indeed Sad the SA vs Dinith 85's Team was played at 'RPS' only. It was indeed a crooked attempt by Dinith85's cricket board. It was very unfair for the South Africans. I'm sure if the matches were played all over Dinith85's country SA would have won the series 6-0. In fact I think it would be a good idea for ICC to consider playing the 5 days of a test match at 5 different venues.

  • Iceman29 on August 2, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Ind should bat first only then we will be able to assess some of our players real potential, we already saw what happened when Ind batted first....

  • Madhu_Mandya on August 2, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    It's kind of practice game for some yougsters ahead of big test at South Africa. Well done boys. Congratulations..!!!

  • on August 2, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Bhuvi, Mohit, Umesh Yadav, Ashwin and Jaddu will be a killer ODI bowling attack. Really impressed with Mohit's accuracy.

  • knpradeep77 on August 2, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    india has lot of time to play against zimbabwe, but no time to play against SA

  • on August 2, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    my best indian XI -gambhir,dhawan, kohli,yuraj,rains,baddies,dhoni,irfan, mishra,mohit, bhuvi,pl publich cricinfo

  • hayagriva on August 2, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    Unlucky for Pujara..Lucy for Mohit

  • rogues13 on August 1, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner, I will take a 20 or 30 anyday from Dhawan over a painstakingly slow century from one of the young SL Batsmen...If they ever manage one that is...

  • Naresh28 on August 1, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    @eee255 - agree with you. No use to compare different generations to see who is the best. People forget and also dont remember some of Sachins scores.

  • on August 1, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    @DINITH85

    If Zimbabwe is anybody's cup of tea, then what about Bangladesh? They fought hard against your team recently. If this is a pretty useless series and it shows, then you must have witnessed IND can build 3 equal high standard & competitive teams. You said "Yes we may not be able to win without seniors these days but can India win without Dhoni?" But our seniors are taking rest & next generation is playing. Now You must have got it.

    What do you think about series playing in between SA & your team on RPS only? 4 out of total 8 matches are on RPS only. Is it worthy to assess team's success?. Show some respect to every country mate. ZIM need help from top teams like yours & ours.

  • ramz30380 on August 1, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    These are good times for Indian Cricket. Very very happy and pleased for Mohit Sharma. I had mentioned in an earlier comment which was made before the Zim tour selection that they need to give him a chance as he has good potential to become part of the playing XI. Though the chance came late, he has grabbed it with both hands....

    Next game, i would prefer to see Rasool in for SRJ and Rahane in for Raina. SRJ and Raina will be part of any team's ODI XI, no need to test them out here. Rasool and Rahane need to have a chance.

    Virat should bat at No.6 and even if there are early loss of wickets, DK and Rayadu should still come in before him. This is the best way to test their temperament.

  • on August 1, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    2015 India would need technically correct and batsmen with patience. We will see quite a few drop in pitches being used in 2015 World Cup and often in those part they tend to assist pace bowlers a little more than regular strips when the ball is new.

    India is certainly one of the favorites for 2015 but we need a top class fast bowler who can bowl well in death overs (last 15 or so).. England,Sri Lanka, RSA and Aussies are other favorites as far as I am concerned.

  • VickGower on August 1, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    I suspect the first person to feel the immediate consequence of Mohit's showing is Shami Ahmed. What kept Shami in the mix were playing conditions that might not suit Bhuvi. Shami was more nippy. Well, Mohit is just as nippy, and has swing/control to boot. If he sustains the pace, consistency, and swing, he could by and by depending on conditions replace any of Ishaant, Bhuvi, and Umesh Yadav.

  • SILVERSANGA on August 1, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    This is a pretty useless series and it shows. Zimbabwe is anybody's cup of tea. India will be exposed when they tour South Africa.

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    This is getting quite one sided. For the next match, India should play Rahane, Rasool and Dhawan instead of Rohit, Pujara and Rayudu. They should try and give DK a good run with the bat.

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Very Well played by Mohit Sharma in his 1st ODI, give a chance to Parveez Rasool also in ODI Series, so that we can conclude his performance also.

  • CRICWISDEN on August 1, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Well done Mohit, congratulations

  • Karthik78 on August 1, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    India have very rich talent pool. Easily they can create two more International standard team. I personally believe Dhoni missed the trick of giving chances for more freshers. He is always hesitant to change winning combination even if one or two bowlers went very badly.

  • mgr125128 on August 1, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    People criticising ( mostly armchair experts on batting and bowling) Rohit sharma for his slow innings fail to realise 2 important things 1) Ever since two new ball and filedling rule was introduced in ODIs , the art of opening is now what it was before 1996...i.e score 40- 50 runs in first 10 overs without loss of much wickets and now 250 -275 is par score on most pitches. Any team scoring 280+ has batted exceptionally well or the pitch is as flat as highway.In that context Rohit has played well. 2) In this particular match, India were chasing 144 only. Many times teams try to chase it off in 25 overs and play rashly , loose couple of wickets and suddenly 144 seems like 244. In that contect if Rohit played catiously he still playted at decent strike rate

  • on August 1, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    firstly when the target is 144,u don't need to strike at 100,2ndly with introduction of 2 new balls opening has become tougher,at least have some gratitude for rohit for champions trophy,triseries,why don't the so called critics bark about raina,sr jadeja?? what's are Raina's stats in last 2 yrs??

  • anniyan18 on August 1, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Im happy that India won!! To be frank this game is boring and very one sided. Rohit and Raina/Jadeja should have been rested for Rahane and Parveez. If this tour aim is to give youngsters a chance then im afraid that India succeed only 60% in that.. out young guns Pujara,Unadkat, Mohit, Shami and Parveez (Mishra and Vinay K are in 30s) only Unadkat and Shami are given proper chances! Winning a game is good but some times we have to take a step back and risk it for greater good!

  • santcs on August 1, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Rohit, Raina, DK, Rayudu doing good and Pujara gonna cement his place too, now it is tough time for selectors. I would expect some out-of-box thinking. Rohit is more of test player and not an opener at least. Pujara or Gambhir will surely take his spot any time in near future. I would do a gutty change to include Rohit in test squad during SA tour and drop him from odi squad immediately thereafter. Retain Raina and Rayudu for ODI squad for no.5 and no.6 being hard hitters. DK is more suits for no.4 spot and has lot of talent. He will surely an asset given a permanent spot. When Dhoni returns Rayudu/Raina will make way.

  • mahi678 on August 1, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    @Anand Jakhotia, sachin may have made first century at 79th odi,but u urself said that he made 18 fiftees. performance doesn't mean u have to make centuries. MSD and raina and yuvi when they were in form made lot od half centuries which won matches for india. yes if rohit is good test player play him in tests only not ODIs.

  • mahi678 on August 1, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Indian team is in transition period. The best who could withstand testing conditions will cement the place and rest will go off. good thing happened that sachin, ganguly, dravid, laxman retired and other out of form seniours left out. Otherwise we could not see the talents of kohli,pujara,dhawan,jadeja,bhuvi and aswin. the team might not have become no.1 in ODIs without them. before these people made debut teams ranking is down and MSD criticised for every thing. The way mohit has bowled, he made look like a long term hope for india. Karthik hadn't been so prolific in CT but made two centuries in warmups. he has some technique to face quality attacks. lets see what he could do. What Rayudu could do is suspence as his records speak differently, but time will tell what he is capable of.

  • on August 1, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    wow what a bowling perfomance by mohit sharma

  • divgamer on August 1, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    I think that Mohit Sharma has very good bowling action, identical to brilliant bowler like James Anderson. The control and effect that he produce in his bowling at this mere age of 24 is unparalleled. I would certainly like him to play with Bhuvaneshwar. This pair may turn handy for India and adverse for opposition in upcoming matches. Another good aspect of Mohit is his good economy rate. Good to see Suresh Raina in action once again. He can certainly play brilliant knocks when pushed upwards. I want to see MSD back in team as soon as possible. He is the backbone of Indian side. Indian has bulk of good players and I want the team to be selected for RSA tour because it has marvelous players like Amla,AB,Morkel and last but not the least dangerous Steyn. All the best for India for their impending matches.

  • on August 1, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @Aby Prasad Very good point. Ireland players get experience in English County but Zimbabwe is deprived of competitiveness. @spot_on @ Vinay Kolhatkar & Rohit_critics Unjustified critics & too much expectations. He played in the middle order for long time. Hence stats are tricky & don't justify for his removal. Even SRT had low average at the start. The reason for this is playing late & hence less opportunities to improve stats. Some ex-cricketers & commentators are unnecessarily comparing with Manoj Tiwari & others.There is no doubt that he was architect of both CT & Tri-nation. Pujara is a class act & selectors deliberately kept for SA series. He would be sure for WC 2015. Gambhir is fighting with Gambhir. He has serious technical problem of flashy out side the off stump. Only he can make his comeback. Same with Yuvraj. Rising of Mohit has been encouraging for IND. Rasool should get at least 3 games. Mishra & Vinay have to work on their fitness. I mean overweight.

  • on August 1, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    well done team india now whitewash Zimbabwe and increase the gap at top the rankings. best team in the world , by a country mile.

  • vakkaraju on August 1, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    The #1 ranked team against the #10 team. The results should always be this predictable. For some reason India always played down to the level of the opponents. Hope this is a new way for the future.

  • paapam on August 1, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    The series re-emphasise Mishra's importance against the lesser teams AND against tailenders. With Chawla spurning so many chances and not living upto his batting promise, Mishra is the way to go, in the medium term. His leg spinning partner in Hyderabad Sunrisers, Shukla I think, is another to keep an eye on. The point is to keep a leg spinner in the mix.

  • Raman.UV on August 1, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    I still feel Indian bowlers are yet to be tested in testing n against good batting team. BK is yet to be tested in end overs against quality batting. India have same bowling unit with 5 to 7 bowlers of same kind and same pace leaving Yadav, Ishant and Varun. PK, BK, VK, Mohit, Shami Ahmad, Dinda, Pathan all are almost same bowlers who does bowl some good overs with just new balls that too not always....India should look and groom bowlers with good pace and accuracy if they have to defend the WC in 2015... with this bowlers i don't think India can do so. Always batting cant win u matches. these bowlers are yet to be tested in SA, Aus, England etc. Forget about test bowlers cos i don't think any of the Indian bowlers have the technique to bowl with old bowl and get wickets... Agarkar Zak. RP Nehra are still much better than these bowlers when they are completely fit..

  • MAYURESHmagic on August 1, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    India vs Australia Squad: Batsman: Rohit, Dhawan, Virat, Raina, Pujara, Dhoni, Karthik All-Rounders: Jadeja, Irfan, Bowlers:Ashwin, Mishra, Bhuvneshwar, Mohit, Unadkat, Zaheer(if fit)/ Ishant. Mohit looks good backup for Bhuvneshwar and incase of four fast bowler India can go with both of them to trouble opening batsmans of any team. Indias bowling strentheing than world cup. Lord help Harbhajan to make comeback because he is wicket-taker and better at the age of Ashwin who still don't have five wicket hall, not even four.

  • on August 1, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    actually at present it looks our indian side looks strong because all other sides have become totally rubbish to some extent except england and pakistan..there is lack of compeititive cricket which is killing this game..even south africa is going downhill which is really bad for the game..

  • on August 1, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    To all the Haters, India march on!!

  • BMDeep on August 1, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    @ Anand : I think comparing Sachins 1st hundred innings with rohits is highly illogical. Let me xplain y. 1. Sachin played in an era where d par scores are 180 and winning scores are 220. Now, it has become 300. A bit conveyance can be given on quality of bowling now and then, but that wouldnt stand tall. 2. The kind of hype and expectations ppl keep and d amount of media coverage then in that era is literally nothing compared to now. 3. We didnt have enough pool of players to replace sachin even if he hadnt performed that well then. But now u have literally 1:1 bench strength players who r waiting eagerly to get their chance. 4. Sachin started as middle order player and it was after a long time he was changed to opening. But Rohit had so many chances as opener and I guess you would disagree the role of an opener to give good starts to team. While my intention here is not to degrade Rohit, I strongly believe that comparing players from ages apart ( 24 yrs) is bit of a farce.

  • --.-- on August 1, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Lets not forget The Great Great Mr. Dhoni had scored a big ZERO on his debut against BD.

    Stick to Pujara.

  • on August 1, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    What is simmilarity between Rohit Sharma & Narendra Modi ? Guess guys..... Only one and mejor..... Whatever they do always comes in paper immediately. In fact these two persons are really deserves all credits as the amount of critics they are facing after every day, and still going brave way. Rohit in Endglad, WI performed mejor part in Indias winning. And here after getting out early in few matches people again started critising him. Today the point is his slow strike rate. Guys we have all fifty overs to score the Zimbabwe total of 144. Then why everybody expecting Rohit to for big hitting ? It's always good for any batsmen in the world to stay till end and remain not out. Foolish question somebody asked, if India gets target over 300 then what will Rohit do? Really useless question. Please read all cricketing history, what happened when Richards started hitting Indian bowlers in 1983 WC ? He entertained people for few minutes and then he played one shot which costs WI the WC.

  • Arjun_M on August 1, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    While Rassool won't get more than the last game in this series, he will definitely feature as a frontline all-rounder (hopefully) in the India A tour of South Africa. That will hold a lot more value than a game on this series. Let's hope for the best. As for Mohit, Shami and Unadkat, they're raw and fresh, and need to finish two more years of domestic/reserves/futures cricket before being drafted as full-time frontline India players.

  • on August 1, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Although I want to see Rasool in the next match, I will not be surprised if he is not included in playing 11 because even in past I have seen India doing this when they find a player to be significantly easy to play in net sessions. Sometimes selectors just send a new player to motivate him further and give him a feel of being in Indian dressing room and gain from experience and then utilize it in domestic cricket and then once again aim for Indian spot. Rasool as far as I know have not even played IPL so he does not have that sort of match experience and even Indian coach and management are not sure if he can do something different in real match situation. If he does not get a chance once again, we should know then that this is the case.

  • Batmanindallas on August 1, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    I dont like Kohli is taking the easy way out after winning the toss. It would have made sense to bat first in these conditions to test what his batsmen are made off. Like other posters I would like to see Rasool get a shot. Rohit to me still has not done enough to stake a claim to the openers spot. Raina is in the same boat as Rohit when it comes to playing abroad. DK again like the other two has not set cauvery on storm. So in spite of the win I still think Indians are far away from being a dominating team in one dayers. Unadkat and Mohit have turned in decent performance and should be given a longer run as Ishant and Yadav both have been inconsistent...those are my observations

  • on August 1, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Finally Raina among runs.The main reason I'll see the next match is because India won't be playing many after that until october!.There was a time when Zimbabwe was getting there with the top teams(remember the Heath Streak,Flower bros days!) & then the political situation changed. After that, I never saw a strong Zimbabwe team again.Why can't ICC encourage India &others to have bilateral series with Zimbabwe & Ireland at least with A teams.Good opportunity for potential players (from both India & Zimbabwe,Ireland etc) to prove something. Along the way,I'm sure Zimbabwe, Ireland etc would pick up that flow & get used to these full time test sides and then they would definitely be a force pretty soon. As it stands now,I wonder what the ICC or the fans expect. I mean how would Zimbabwe &such cricketing nations improve themselves when they get so many less matches over a period of time. Sad really,i feel for them & the growth of cricket.Still have high hopes 4 Ireland &Zimbabwe atleast!

  • Naresh28 on August 1, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Yip Mohit is a good bowler. I like the way he holds his hand close to his neck when about to deliver - it disguises (just like Anderson). This augur well for our team. Going to be nice to see him operate on SA tour. Hard luck to Pujara this time around Also looking forward to seeing Pujara (the captain) play on SA tour. Next game India just give some players a break and use bench players.

  • UbiquitousWALL on August 1, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Frankly, I would not read much into the bowling performances (esp.) and the runs scored by our batsmen in this series. We should keep in mind that the opposition is a little beleaguered and unsettled. Let these bowlers and batsmen come up against quality opposition and then we can talk.

  • on August 1, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    @spot_on ppl criticising rohit in the name of stats, have a look at the stats of sachin tendulkar after his 100 odi's: 50's 18, 100's 4 with his first hundred in 79th odi. later he went onto bcom god of cricket. Had selectors dropped him, cricket would have missed one of the premier batsman of all time. So selectors r right in persisting with rohit bcos they know cricket unlike most of the expert comments here. Only thing is wait for rohit sharma's test debut. then i am sure u all will adore him.

  • shinewindies on August 1, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    I think after a long time 2 haryana players played for India together or is it the 1st time, anyways congratulations to Mohit Sharma and all the very best to him in future

  • on August 1, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    @Posted by Sheela on (August 1, 2013, 13:37 GMT). Fully agree with Sheela's comment. I couldn't express it any better. So, reproducing the same as my comment too.

    "Comment regarding failure of Cheteshar Pujara's (in his) only ODI innings is not justified. No batsman can succeed in each and every innings..."

    Hope, he gets enough chances.

  • Chris.Maverick.McFly on August 1, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    @hidden_mascot - there is a slight change to the team you have put. I feel the right combination of team would be Shikar, Gambhir/Rohit, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, SRJ, Ashwin, Mohit sharma, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.

    Bringing in Yuvraj - you have a quality all rounder. Ashwin is always better in bigger stages. So you have 3 quality spinners in the side along with 3 pace bowlers, along with Raina as an optional bowler ..which means 7 men can bowl overs apart from the 8 batsmen who can really bat. With this combination even the tail can wag sometimes and can prove tough for the opposition to bowl them out. Dinesh, Amit, Umesh, Unadkat, Pujara, Maoj Tiwary, Vinay - can be a good bench strength.

  • on August 1, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Would like to see Rasool's début, too. Duncan & Virat, create some vacancy for him at least in the next (and last) ODI.

  • king_julien on August 1, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    @RSfanclub... the only people who should give Rohit a break are the selectors

  • on August 1, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Hey, guys, you wanted a HIT show! You got it, no? Ro-HIT! Mo-Hit! Sir's direct HIT! And, finally Raina managed to get back to be a HIT!

  • passionatecricbug on August 1, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    I commented on an article which was published after selectors announced the squad for champions trophy. I had written that I was disappointed not to see Mohit Sharma in the squad. One look of this lad was enough to convey that he is meant for greatness, just like when we saw Kohli play his first short. I hope he works hard and smart, to play frequently or with breaks in between, so as to avoid injuries and at the same time be available whenever it would mater the most.

  • jjradha on August 1, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Rohit should open with Dawan in all three forms of cricket

  • Sheela on August 1, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Comment regarding failure of Cheteshar Pujara's only ODI innings is not justified. No batsman can succeed in each and every innings. Hope the truth is understood by critics.

  • king_julien on August 1, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Good to have given Mohit Sharma and Pujara a game in the series.....and please stop analyzing Pujara too much after just one game... he's class apart. Great decision by Virat to send Raina up the order and give him some time in the middle...more often than by the time Raina comes out to bat either the match is as good as won or the asking rate is so much that he doesn't get a chance to play himself in. No matter what the situation or if his position at stake...he still batted at his usual above 90 strike rate.

  • RSfanclub on August 1, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Guys..plz give rohit a break..atleast he is scoring runs..and getting himself in...& by the time he has taken opening opportunity INDIA has won all the series comprehensively...though dhawan has scored bulk of the runs..rohit is always there at other end with keeping wickets intact...so please have look of him in test cricket first..then judge him

  • jjradha on August 1, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Rohit 64 not out, see he performed. We should give enough time for a player to settle down. He is the best cricketing brain in our current team. He is calm and has all the capacity to be a future captain of India.

  • hidden_mascot on August 1, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    No point in keeping rohit in the ODI's he is a better test match middle-order. I think the openers shoukd be Shikhar and gambhir. followed by kohli, then Suresh raina, the Dinesh, then Dhoni, Then jadeja, amit mishra, Mohit sharma, Bhuvineshwar, Umesh yadav.

  • naudurivsm on August 1, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Well done Mo (HIT) and Ro (HIT). Good batting by Raina as well ( good to get back to your normal style). RO and MO are destined to go a long way in Indian Cricket. Both have the right temperament and attitude. And most importantly it is present in their names HIT at the end.

  • Bokesh on August 1, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Even if you have a meager total to chase that does not mean you should be too cautious and get into shell, thinking you have plenty of overs to achieve the target so why to rotate strike??? no point in throwing wicket either but at the same time you can rotate strike by 2's or 3's.Really rohit needs to take some leafs out of viru or ghambir's book. The way he is playing - that's doing nothing but giving undue credit to bowlers and putting non striker in pressure.

  • on August 1, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Whats happening to Rohit?? I dont know what will be his approach if he is in a situation where India chasing more than 300,,,,he is too slow,,,, You can not hit boundries every ball,, but atleast you can take ones and twos?? Why he is not doing that??

  • Bokesh on August 1, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    can't stop but to blame rohit sharma for the kind of batting he has shown. I have never been an ardent fan of him,and i strongly believe that he is now past of his prime in international cricket.Agreed, he got some good runs in England,agreed he is one of the top notch fielders in the cricketing world,agreed he had a lions share in T20 world cup win.But given the form he is been through almost ever since then, really sometimes I think he has been persisted too far and now should be rested. This was almost a friendly series given the kind of bowling and batting attack Zim. has but SAcan's would mean business and surely it would be unjust ice to some other promising player if r. sharma is picked at his cost.

  • spot_on on August 1, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Rohit's Statistics since debut !!!

    Year Mts Run Hs Avg SR 100s 50s  2007 4 61 52 20.33 82.43 0 1  2008 28 532 70* 25.33 72.57 0 3  2009 9 102 43* 25.5 65.8 0 0 0  2010 15 504 114 38.76 86 2 1  2011 16 611 95 55.54 82.67 0 6  2012 14 168 68 12.92 66.93 0 1  2013 15 516 83 36.86 68.34 0 5

    Do we really need this guy after experimenting him with 7 long years ? Answer left with the selection committee. Patil and co would know what to do with him. They are watching this guy fail time and time again.

  • DILEEPMJOHN on August 1, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    India winning past 3 series comprehensively.. is there any thing India need to take care? here are my views 1)As an opener Rohit tries to Steady the innings but most often than not he is way too slow.Yes today and on some other days the required RR was not high, but yet one needs to be positive and not play like in test match.The argument that "he needs to play steadly since Dhawan goes after the bowlers " doesn't hold good bcz Gambhir who always played second fiddle to Sehwag(SR 104) too have very high SR(85).Rohit really needs to improve his SR so that India scores high to put scoreboard pressure bcz India is one of the slightly weaker bowling side who relies more on Batting. 2) ZIM batsman will give you 10 wickets even if you don't bowl too well.But Indian pacers should have practised bowling yorkers. Since Yorker is both a run saving as well as wicket taking ball which is a must while playing against top quality teams.

  • IndianEagle on August 1, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    enough is enough, please throw rohit out from the squad. Now a days his prime motive to score around 30's from as many as 50, 60 balls to cement his place.

  • spot_on on August 1, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Very frustrating to see these two opening. I don't know what Pujara has got in mind, but definitely Rohit needs to sit out of the playing XI . India could even try DK as an opener or bring back Gambhir.

  • on August 1, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Is this a Test match or ODI?

  • on August 1, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (August 1,2013) It is nice to see tha C.Pujara and Mohit Sharma are selected for the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe.Mohit Sharma bowled well and took two wkts.Let us hope that Pujara will shine with the bat to score pleasing and lovely runs

  • on August 1, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Dhawan has been rested. Time now for Rohit Sharma to have a LONG rest from ODIs no matter what he scores in this match. Enough is enough.

  • spot_on on August 1, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    @Haleos : FYI there are 8 other players who are in the playing eleven and they play for different teams in the IPL and from different states. Forget about the TN status of the players. CSK players are getting into the playing XI because they have proven their mettle. If not for Jaddu and Ash India would have bitterly lost the major recent trophies which they won. What are you trying to say here? The other top four wicket takers in Ranji haven't proved anything against the International batsmen, Mohit was placed 5th, was a regular fixture in CSK's playing XI and picked top international wickets in IPL. FYI IPL is a testing ground for Indian talent too. How do you think guys like Rahane and Jadeja came into the picture of national side. There were 3 other IPL franchises who bid for Mohit. CSK was stubborn in buying him because of their bowling coach Bichel. Oh yeah, the same Bichel who tormented our Indian side having so called non-TN players.

  • king_julien on August 1, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @Helios.... 16 matches are too less to decide if someone is good enough or not, till Rohit had played 20-30 matches, I actually used to support his inclusion too.

    As for the 'striking form' logic for players not in form, I agree with you he should be given 100 more matches at least.

    and you didn't notice the line in the first comment "he's always in the team no matter how he plays" so his form is irrelevant.

  • king_julien on August 1, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    @Haleos...when I was writing this comment...I had written that 'others would argue that let the ones not in form strike form'........ but then I changed this line only because of Rohit Sharma because its one thing to strike form and quite another to not have any.... latest tweets from Aakash Chopra

    "If we exclude the matches against Zimbabwe and West Indies, Rohit Sharma is averaging 22.49 in 79 matches...startling numbers!"

    " sincerely hope that Rahane's talent is also given a long run in the middle soon...opportunity lost in this series."

    Point is one doesn't need more than 100 matches to strike form. I have a whole excel where I have compared Rohit's numbers to all batters from the past....Just don't want to publish it because its no use.

  • on August 1, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    I misss dhawan

  • on August 1, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Why did shikhar dhawan rested? Is he permanently removed? If he is its bad. The man who is form is not playing! Rohit should be rested! I think kohlli is jealous of shikhar dhawan!

  • mjrvasu on August 1, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    All the players benched so far should be playing this game. Would have been a great opportunity for the second spinner. Sadly he is still on the bench.

  • ZCFOutkast on August 1, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Malcolm should've been dropped. It didn't happen, but one thing Grant&Andy forgot was the horror undroppable captain Taylor is going through. Will Malcolm be able to compensate later?

  • on August 1, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    I wish all the best to pujara odi carrier

  • Naresh28 on August 1, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Mohit - has a good style where keeps his hand close to his neck(when delivering) almost like Anderson does (Eng). Was impressed with guy in the IPL. Pujara- This is our new Wall. Wish them both success in their first outing. I hope Rahane gets a game in next match.

  • Haleos on August 1, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    @spot_on - everything you mentioned plus a place in CSK squad or TN team. Without which it is very difficult to cut into the Indian team. This factor is more important than everything you said even above talent.

  • Haleos on August 1, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @ king_julien - You rest players who are in form. Not the ones who are trying to get in form. Rahane is even worse than Rohit in ODIs.

  • king_julien on August 1, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Rohit should have been rested in this match.....he's always a certainty in the team no matter how he plays...hence he could have been rested and Rahane could have played.

  • on August 1, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Excited on Pujara's debut. Hope he scores a century!!

  • on August 1, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    yep..india has been won series comfortably now we are happy to see changes in this 4th odi.Pujara will definitely make most of hid chance and mohit who done perfect job in ipl wll also make good impression. .

  • Blade-Runner on August 1, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Its good that Dhawan has been rested as it allows another young player to take part in this ODI series as well as it saves Dhawan from getting another glorious 20 or 30. G'luck !!!

  • Blade-Runner on August 1, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Its good that Dhawan has been rested as it allows another young player to take part in this ODI series as well as it saves Dhawan from getting another glorious 20 or 30. G'luck !!!

  • on August 1, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    yep..india has been won series comfortably now we are happy to see changes in this 4th odi.Pujara will definitely make most of hid chance and mohit who done perfect job in ipl wll also make good impression. .

  • on August 1, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Excited on Pujara's debut. Hope he scores a century!!

  • king_julien on August 1, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Rohit should have been rested in this match.....he's always a certainty in the team no matter how he plays...hence he could have been rested and Rahane could have played.

  • Haleos on August 1, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @ king_julien - You rest players who are in form. Not the ones who are trying to get in form. Rahane is even worse than Rohit in ODIs.

  • Haleos on August 1, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    @spot_on - everything you mentioned plus a place in CSK squad or TN team. Without which it is very difficult to cut into the Indian team. This factor is more important than everything you said even above talent.

  • Naresh28 on August 1, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Mohit - has a good style where keeps his hand close to his neck(when delivering) almost like Anderson does (Eng). Was impressed with guy in the IPL. Pujara- This is our new Wall. Wish them both success in their first outing. I hope Rahane gets a game in next match.

  • on August 1, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    I wish all the best to pujara odi carrier

  • ZCFOutkast on August 1, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Malcolm should've been dropped. It didn't happen, but one thing Grant&Andy forgot was the horror undroppable captain Taylor is going through. Will Malcolm be able to compensate later?

  • mjrvasu on August 1, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    All the players benched so far should be playing this game. Would have been a great opportunity for the second spinner. Sadly he is still on the bench.