Zimbabwe v India, 5th ODI, Bulawayo August 3, 2013

Mishra's six sets up 5-0 sweep

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India 167 for 3 (Rahane 50, Jadeja 48*) beat Zimbabwe 163 (Williams 51, Mishra 6-48) by seven wickets
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There were hopes that an inexperienced Indian team would narrow the gulf between the two sides, but, contrary to expectations, at the end of five games that gulf widened. India went on to achieve their first 5-0 ODI series sweep away from home following another one-sided contest at Bulawayo. The script wasn't very different from the fourth ODI. Zimbabwe lost the toss, suffered another top-order meltdown, posted a below-par total and watched India's young batsmen bide their time and pile on scores to keep the selectors interested.

Amit Mishra has been in and out of the India squad for the last few years and he had the most to gain from this series, taking 6 for 48 and extending his series tally to 18. Ajinkya Rahane, brought in to replace Rohit Sharma, made good use of his opportunity, making an exact 50. With the series decided after the third game, the remaining matches were nothing more than a selection trial for the A tour of South Africa - many of whom are part of that series - and the tour of South Africa later on.

Without taking any credit away from Mishra, he had the Zimbabwe batsmen to thank for gifting away their wickets with abysmal shot selection, in their last chance to salvage a consolation win. A cold and windy Saturday morning greeted the teams and after Virat Kohli chose to give his bowlers best use of the conditions, it was always a question of survival for the top order. Zimbabwe struggled to get partnerships going and it was left to the middle order to build from scratch. When the sun came out, the specialist batsmen were all back in the pavilion, leaving the tail to negotiate more than 15 overs. The innings lasted just under 40 overs.

With tougher contests coming up for India in the coming months, there would have been a strong case for India batting first in favourable bowling conditions and gaining experience. The second ODI, where they recovered from 65 for 4, was a test of skill and adaptability but the evidence in the last two ODIs suggested that the emphasis was more on capitalising at the toss with a 5-0 sweep in mind.

As expected, the batsmen were nervy at the start. Captain Brendan Taylor's loss of form was a big concern coming into this match, with him averaging just 8.75 in the series, and in his last chance to make amends he departed for a scratchy 11-ball duck. Taylor tried to break free by chasing one from Mohit Sharma outside the off stump, only to edge to second slip. Vusi Sibanda's wicket - caught behind off Jaydev Unadkat - started the procession and Zimbabwe's hopes of turning the corner with the bat were dashed as they lost two wickets within ten overs.

Hamilton Masakadza was positive from the outset, but the drinks break broke his concentration. Ravindra Jadeja cramped him for room and yet, Masakadza decided to cut, only to chop it onto the stumps first ball after the break. The loss of wickets put a stranglehold on the scoring, with as many as nine overs in the first 25 producing just one run.

A poor shot, off an equally bad ball, cost Zimbabwe another wicket. Malcolm Waller shaped to pull a long hop from Mishra and got a top edge that swirled to Mohit at mid-on. Zimbabwe didn't lose a wicket for another ten overs but, for the second time, the first ball after a drinks break produced a wicket. Elton Chigumbura was trapped lbw coming forward to Mishra, who struck again in the over getting Tinotenda Mutombodzi to edge to slip.

Williams was caught off a top edge off Mishra for 51, but it was a shot of frustration more than anything else. Williams was the only batsman who looked like batting through, but the lack of support at the other end must have upset his plans. Mishra cleaned up the tail to equal Javagal Srinath's bilateral-series record haul of 18 against New Zealand in 2002-03, though that was a seven-match series.

The only Indian player to miss out, for the second time, was Cheteshwar Pujara, bowled for the second time in two games, beaten by a beautiful incutter by Kyle Jarvis. Pujara will have a chance to make amends when he leads the A team to South Africa. Jarvis continued to pose questions outside the off stump, getting Shikhar Dhawan to nick to the keeper, halting a brisk knock that gave India an early push before the lunch break.

Rahane's stint should have ended on 7, when the wicketkeeper Taylor fluffed an easy run-out chance with Rahane yards short. He capitalised on that lapse with a steady fifty, driving and pulling with ease. Kohli held himself back again for the sake of a younger player, this time Jadeja. Like Suresh Raina did on Thursday, Jadeja made good use of the promotion, scoring an unbeaten 48 and sealing the series with a six.

The series was good for India's potential replacements. For Zimbabwe, the challenge may only get tougher when Pakistan and Sri Lanka visit later, if they field full-strength sides.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 3, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Another ODI dominated by the leg spinner Mishra with 6 for 48. Mishra is showing the Indian Selectors that he deserves to be in the XI. During the past 5 years no RH leg spinner was included in the XI. The modern philosophy is there is no place for RH wrist leg spinners in ODI or T20. He was benched in whole of ICC Champions Trophy matches. Mishra quashed this theory by his performance in IPL 6 & in ODI series against Zimbabwe. Congrats. to Kohli & his Indian team on a fine performance of totally out playing Zimbabwe with 5-0 series win. Every debutant showed his class by fine performance except for Pujara who failed again. Hopefully he will set the record right thru' his batting in SA starting next week. Today Rahane debuted with a fine half century. Zimbabwe have a good nucleaus of cricketers in Sibanda, Chigumbura, Raza, Utseya, Williams & Jarvis. They need to play more ODI's & Tests to get more experience & make these into match winning Cricketers & team. Good Luck Zimbabwe!

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | August 3, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Really really impressed with Kohli, his selfless acts and his captaincy. The guy is a great Indian future. He could have easily added few more centuries to his list by batting at 3 but did not. Instead came down give more opportunity for other young guys. True hallmarks of a great leader in the making.

    Whats all the fuss about Rasool, there have been plenty of players benched series after series and match after match so its nothing new. Remember Rohit being benched the entire series against Aus inspite of India failing in all the tests. So did Tiwary, who was benched all the five matches against SL even after Rohit failed over and over again. So chillax, his turn will come if he is good.

    Winning is important and glad India finally achieved a whitewash, even if it is against Zim.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    I know alot people are disappointed to not see Rasool in playing XI . Only player he could have replaced was Jadeja. Guys ultimately most important is to still win, even if its a dead rubber. Rasool is a young player, and his time will come. 1 match will not make or break him. What is more important is how he is treated in the nets and team meets. Travelling with the team on an international tour must be a big learning curve, team management should encourage him. Important thing now for Rasool is to continue performing consistently. Spin department for ODIs looks very competitve with Mishra and Jadeja doing well along with rested Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY ramli on | August 3, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    A place in 15 does not guarantee a place in XI ... even when it is a dead rubber ... it is not a quota system ... It happened with Rahane for long ... Rasool has to wait for some time for his chance ... until then, it will be a learning experience with the squad ... also, he has to be very consistent hereafter in domestic matches to keep knocking at the doors ... presently the squad is full of performers

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    With the series over, its time 2 assess d objectives it was meant to acheive as far as the indian cricket is concerned.To be blunt, i think it served only 2 give india caps 2 some of the reserves who were bored on the bench for ages. ppl craving for pujara, rahane might have got some reality check. they should understand that evry player in the team is on his worth rther than any alleged favouritism. And every player will get his due provided he's wiling to hang-on. it applies to the fans as well. The SA tour will seperate the men from the boys. so lets wait.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    @rajneesh aggarwal, what makes u feel that rohit sharma cant play bouncers well. u r comments r laughable. which planet do u come from. seems u r new to cricket. for ur info buddy, if any current player who can negotiate bounce very well, then it is rohit sharma. As for pujara, with due respect, agreed he needs 2 b given maximum chances, but dont pass comments on other players without proper assessment. so next time, think before u ink any comment.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Donot understand the obsession behind Rasool....who is he..a legend!!!, lots n lots of players are there who had warmed the bench for a long periods before getting there debut chance...Rasool n his well wishers, should wait patiently, if he's really that much capable, he would get his chance one way or the other...even Rishi Dhawan Of HP has better figures than Rasool in domestic cricket, but he wasn't awarded with opportunity.

    Fisrt n foremost, celebrate the success of our eam against Zim, we have good batting, bowling n fielding side in ODI's continue that in Test as well

  • POSTED BY Rajnish_aggarwal on | August 4, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Congrats to Misra. He can be included in place of R Ashwin. India should give more chances to Pujara to establish himself in ODI. In 2015 world cup to be held in Australia and Newzealand, Indian team may find it difficult to playout full quota of 50 overs and there Pujara will be badly needed. Rohit Sharma, Raina are not that good in negotiating bouncers. Only Kohli and Dhoni can play the bouncers confidently. So Pujara is a must in Australia. Misra will also be very useful in bigger grounds of Australia just like L Sivaramakrishnan was. Ravindra Jadeja will always remain Mr. Dependable. By opting to field first particularly after leadig the series 3-0 against Zimbabwe, India lost the opportunity to give its batsmen practice of playing out full 50 overs and try to score 300 plus score on the board. Still Rayudu and Rahane displayed good batting. Dhawan and kohli are already in good form to add to the strength of Dhoni

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | August 4, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Fortunately or unfortunately I was rather distracted from properly catching this one live due to the celebrations on the sidelines. Have recovered from that hangover to go through the match. Nothing has changed.

    First up I was impressed by a wounded seamer fighting for his spot for the next series, against a disinterested batting order under zero pressure. Chigumbura's unusually inexpensive&effective start with the used ball - against a settled top batsman kindly let off by Taylor off Vitori - spared me from jumping to conclusions.

    Raza was dropped instead of Malcolm, but the new batsman Maruma was like him sacrificed up the order ahead of Malcolm&Williams. The former continuing to fail in that softer middle order spot.

    Williams once again showed his potential. Elton&Maruma suffered from the umpiring but I doubt if a potential 240 runs, had that not been the case, would've troubled these Indians!

    0-5! I didn't expect it. Well done India. Bright future for you. Who will stop you!?

  • POSTED BY vsroc on | August 4, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman(August 4,2013) It was a ODI series sweep for India in the five matches played against Zimbabwe.Team India outplayed thoroughly Zimbabwe in all departments of the game.This once again proves their supremacy in ODI tournaments. Amit Mishra, man of the match in the last one, was the pick of the bowler in this series, for having taken 18 wickets,which equals the same number of wickets taken by Javgal Srinath in the seven match ODI series against New Zealand during 2002-03.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 3, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Another ODI dominated by the leg spinner Mishra with 6 for 48. Mishra is showing the Indian Selectors that he deserves to be in the XI. During the past 5 years no RH leg spinner was included in the XI. The modern philosophy is there is no place for RH wrist leg spinners in ODI or T20. He was benched in whole of ICC Champions Trophy matches. Mishra quashed this theory by his performance in IPL 6 & in ODI series against Zimbabwe. Congrats. to Kohli & his Indian team on a fine performance of totally out playing Zimbabwe with 5-0 series win. Every debutant showed his class by fine performance except for Pujara who failed again. Hopefully he will set the record right thru' his batting in SA starting next week. Today Rahane debuted with a fine half century. Zimbabwe have a good nucleaus of cricketers in Sibanda, Chigumbura, Raza, Utseya, Williams & Jarvis. They need to play more ODI's & Tests to get more experience & make these into match winning Cricketers & team. Good Luck Zimbabwe!

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | August 3, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Really really impressed with Kohli, his selfless acts and his captaincy. The guy is a great Indian future. He could have easily added few more centuries to his list by batting at 3 but did not. Instead came down give more opportunity for other young guys. True hallmarks of a great leader in the making.

    Whats all the fuss about Rasool, there have been plenty of players benched series after series and match after match so its nothing new. Remember Rohit being benched the entire series against Aus inspite of India failing in all the tests. So did Tiwary, who was benched all the five matches against SL even after Rohit failed over and over again. So chillax, his turn will come if he is good.

    Winning is important and glad India finally achieved a whitewash, even if it is against Zim.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    I know alot people are disappointed to not see Rasool in playing XI . Only player he could have replaced was Jadeja. Guys ultimately most important is to still win, even if its a dead rubber. Rasool is a young player, and his time will come. 1 match will not make or break him. What is more important is how he is treated in the nets and team meets. Travelling with the team on an international tour must be a big learning curve, team management should encourage him. Important thing now for Rasool is to continue performing consistently. Spin department for ODIs looks very competitve with Mishra and Jadeja doing well along with rested Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY ramli on | August 3, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    A place in 15 does not guarantee a place in XI ... even when it is a dead rubber ... it is not a quota system ... It happened with Rahane for long ... Rasool has to wait for some time for his chance ... until then, it will be a learning experience with the squad ... also, he has to be very consistent hereafter in domestic matches to keep knocking at the doors ... presently the squad is full of performers

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    With the series over, its time 2 assess d objectives it was meant to acheive as far as the indian cricket is concerned.To be blunt, i think it served only 2 give india caps 2 some of the reserves who were bored on the bench for ages. ppl craving for pujara, rahane might have got some reality check. they should understand that evry player in the team is on his worth rther than any alleged favouritism. And every player will get his due provided he's wiling to hang-on. it applies to the fans as well. The SA tour will seperate the men from the boys. so lets wait.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    @rajneesh aggarwal, what makes u feel that rohit sharma cant play bouncers well. u r comments r laughable. which planet do u come from. seems u r new to cricket. for ur info buddy, if any current player who can negotiate bounce very well, then it is rohit sharma. As for pujara, with due respect, agreed he needs 2 b given maximum chances, but dont pass comments on other players without proper assessment. so next time, think before u ink any comment.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Donot understand the obsession behind Rasool....who is he..a legend!!!, lots n lots of players are there who had warmed the bench for a long periods before getting there debut chance...Rasool n his well wishers, should wait patiently, if he's really that much capable, he would get his chance one way or the other...even Rishi Dhawan Of HP has better figures than Rasool in domestic cricket, but he wasn't awarded with opportunity.

    Fisrt n foremost, celebrate the success of our eam against Zim, we have good batting, bowling n fielding side in ODI's continue that in Test as well

  • POSTED BY Rajnish_aggarwal on | August 4, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Congrats to Misra. He can be included in place of R Ashwin. India should give more chances to Pujara to establish himself in ODI. In 2015 world cup to be held in Australia and Newzealand, Indian team may find it difficult to playout full quota of 50 overs and there Pujara will be badly needed. Rohit Sharma, Raina are not that good in negotiating bouncers. Only Kohli and Dhoni can play the bouncers confidently. So Pujara is a must in Australia. Misra will also be very useful in bigger grounds of Australia just like L Sivaramakrishnan was. Ravindra Jadeja will always remain Mr. Dependable. By opting to field first particularly after leadig the series 3-0 against Zimbabwe, India lost the opportunity to give its batsmen practice of playing out full 50 overs and try to score 300 plus score on the board. Still Rayudu and Rahane displayed good batting. Dhawan and kohli are already in good form to add to the strength of Dhoni

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | August 4, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Fortunately or unfortunately I was rather distracted from properly catching this one live due to the celebrations on the sidelines. Have recovered from that hangover to go through the match. Nothing has changed.

    First up I was impressed by a wounded seamer fighting for his spot for the next series, against a disinterested batting order under zero pressure. Chigumbura's unusually inexpensive&effective start with the used ball - against a settled top batsman kindly let off by Taylor off Vitori - spared me from jumping to conclusions.

    Raza was dropped instead of Malcolm, but the new batsman Maruma was like him sacrificed up the order ahead of Malcolm&Williams. The former continuing to fail in that softer middle order spot.

    Williams once again showed his potential. Elton&Maruma suffered from the umpiring but I doubt if a potential 240 runs, had that not been the case, would've troubled these Indians!

    0-5! I didn't expect it. Well done India. Bright future for you. Who will stop you!?

  • POSTED BY vsroc on | August 4, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman(August 4,2013) It was a ODI series sweep for India in the five matches played against Zimbabwe.Team India outplayed thoroughly Zimbabwe in all departments of the game.This once again proves their supremacy in ODI tournaments. Amit Mishra, man of the match in the last one, was the pick of the bowler in this series, for having taken 18 wickets,which equals the same number of wickets taken by Javgal Srinath in the seven match ODI series against New Zealand during 2002-03.

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | August 4, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Leave aside the fact entire series was a mismatch, totally one sided, forget about the poor camera coverage and lack of any speed guns, forget about the lack of any crowds at any of the venues, what stood out was why even after securing the series 3-0 Indian team failed to utilise all 15 squad players, why were Raina and Shikhar Dhawan , Jadeza even selected for this series, are they not established in this format arleady, have we learnt anything new about them ??

    Why after securing the series India still opted to bowl first in last two matches ?? batting first would have tested our batters more and given them the chance to bat 50 overs and score 280 plus and in process giving top 5 batters much larger time at crease.In last 2 mtches even Kohli should have rested and Rohit should have captained, he captained Mumbai Indians in last IPL .

    Zimbabwe were so poor in the series that forget about our A team even our u-19 boys would have beaten them !!!

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | August 4, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    This series against Zim was clearly considered as to test youngsters. Even after they won 3-0, they could have allow all 15 to show their potentials and so Rasool. This is completely injustice to him and not point to ignore. To judge youngsters was higher priority then to win the series even before it started, and everyone knew that. Then why he got exclusion ?

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Rasool not given a chance against Zimbabwe and that too in a dead series ,Then when?

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | August 4, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    India should have played Rasool. India is going to play against South Africa and England in 2014. Ashwin will be out of team after South Africa team and Mishra after England.Damn we need a third spinner.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | August 4, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Series like that only allows players to improve their statistics. Hope for same solid performance during SA tour.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | August 4, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Mishra's record can never be compared with that of Srinath, who made it against that time solid NZ and that too on their own pitch, though figures makes them same.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | August 4, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Completely waste of time series. 5 matches, and that against Zim.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    First of all congrats to Team Inia for winng 5-0 in this one day series. However we originally wanted to use this series to test our bench strength and overcoming overseas winnng drought. Also the weather and the pitch helps seam bowling for the team bowling first. We have won the toss on 4 out of 5 occasions. Unfortunately we opted to bowl on all the four occasions. We should have batted in at least the last two so that our top batters could have used the opportunity to play the moving ball which could have helped them when they in South Africa. The Zimbabwe pace attach was not lethal but have the capability to in road in to a good opposition as well. I felt India missed this opportunity very badly. This arrangement would have helped the selectors o choose a right combination for the next series. Anyway congrats for a great win.

  • POSTED BY Priyavrat96 on | August 4, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Next Time Zimbabwe should tour India

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | August 4, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    India will have selection problems regarding their 2 premier spinners. Jadeja and Ashwin have both proved to be reliable spin all-rounders but Mishra too has been brilliant. I guess India might prefer Ashwin over Mishra for the simple reason that Jadeja spins the ball away from the right handers whereas Ashwin spins them away from the left handers. Jadeja will be preferred over Ashwin because he is the better batsman and far more superior fielder.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Only thing that i did not like was not giving Rasool a chance, he will feel dejected i think. He will get chance in the future, but i think he should have given a chance in atleast 1 match....other than that all went good..........

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Kohli is one of India's best middle order Batsmen. But his leadership qualities just does not measure up. In the tri-series in the West Indies, he seemed clueless about field setting and bowling changes. Of course India won mainly on the strength of their batting. After leading Zimbabwe 4-0, winning the toss for the final match, one expected him to bat first. Doing so in bowler friendly conditions against a weak opposition would have given his batsmen some experience against the moving ball. Instead he chose to play safe and go for a 5-0 record. No one is impressed. His management skills took a dent even before the match started. By not selecting Pervez Rasool, he missed a chance to blood a youngster in a situation that put no pressure on him. Now that the issue has taken a political hue,Kohli's immaturity is seen as something worse.The Board has to learn that every good Natsman is not a good Captain.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 4, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    As much as most of us would have preferred India to bat first and prepare themselves better one must acknowledge the backlash Kohli and mgt would have received from the same Indian media and fans if they had lost the game in trying so. Question staring Indian fans and media is whether our obsession with cricket sometimes detrimental to its progress?

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Congratulations baby Team India!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Guys theres no point over reacting in rasool's exclusion. Rahane and Pujara also waited for long only to get a chance. if he is good.. his time will come. being in squad does not mean u have to get a chance.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    @SLroxkz.... u may not be aware that zimbabwe is really troubled exonomically. their board cant pay salary, cant provide play kits easily... Main purpose of the series was to provide that support to them.... that is why other tewms are visiting too...

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | August 3, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Many said that this series was not so important looking at the team rankings of both the sides but I believe this is one of the most important series for both teams, that is, for Zimbabwe who faced a quality side(Even though its India 'A' team) and will have to improve their game to face the worlds best sides in 2015WC. And on the other hand team India's attempt to groom a backup for each player worked almost well. I don't see why people are getting emotional about Parvez Rasool, got to agree that he had hard luck this time just like others in past but I believe he still can be an backup for Sir Ravindra Jadeja in the future. Keep winning India.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | August 3, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    People like @ramli live in a fool's' paradise. Can you explain why Tendulkar is still playing for India? He has been averaging 21 for the past 2 years. Do you think a front line batsman with an average of 21 should be allowed to play for India??

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | August 3, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Kohli is not fit to b India's captain. Today he proved that he is just another small minded North India. There was nothing left to prove against Zimbabwe. So, why not play Rasool ??

  • POSTED BY Sarango on | August 3, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    With Amit Mishra picking up 18 wickets it will be interesting to see how the selectors utilise his services. Knowing Dhoni's penchant for having a leggie in the side (especially in the big tournaments) Mishra might well get in the team as a second spinner in coming matches. There is nothing wrong in fielding two specialist spinners - considering spin is India's strength. But having Mihra would mean a passenger in the field. So it will be interesting to see Indian management handles Mishra.

  • POSTED BY MAYURESHmagic on | August 3, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Selection comitee can't kick Mishra out of squad for Australia series and in Africa, he might be handy than Ashwin. See Warnes records in SA, wrist spinner gets more spin than off-spinner and ball will bounce on African pitches. He will trouble many batsmen with his big leg-spineer and googlies.

  • POSTED BY recycle-bin-is-empty on | August 3, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Lets hope Dhoni can see the potential of Amit Mishra. He should stop favouring his fetish by picking Ashwin again and again, the guy is totally useless in tests outside subcontinent, though he is still young and has lots of potential to improve. But on current form, I think even Ojha would be a much better pick than Ashwin. Amit Mishra is definitely the best spinner we have, couple that with the spin of Jadeja, Ojha and Ashwin, I think our spin resource is more than abundant. With Bhuvi also a promising young fast bowler, lets hope our fast bowling resources also get abundant in the near future just like our batting and spin.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 3, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Well done team India it clear that indian future is bright for coming decade....

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Indian fans can never be pleased. When you have only 11 slots and 15 good players, some good players need to spent time in the bench. One thing people miss is that junior players need the mentoring of senior players. The young guns can learn a lot from Raina, Kohli and Jadeja and for this reason it is important to have these 3 "experienced" players throughout the series. Rest 8 players in the match had little match experience & could use the time with these 3. If we want even these 3 to step down, it would be a wasted learning experience. It would be like a room full of students with no teachers. Kohli made a great choice and has led the team superbly.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | August 3, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    well done team INDIA . justifying the tag of best team in the world and world champions with 5-0 win. captain kohli is future of indian cricket and he is ruthless just like a captain of champion team should be. i liked his take no prisoners approach. also why should rasool be played instead of best bowler mishra and ever consistent jadega. its not like jadeja is a passenger in the team . he is one of the reasons that team india is at the top.2nd failure for pujara who i think is best suited to test arena. his range of shots is limited and he cant bat freely at start of innings. maybe lower order be his place.first 5-0 away success is made possible by good batting, excellent fielding and world class bowling by spinners and pacers alike.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Win comes first....thats what kohli thinks as well

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    rasools exclusion was hard to accept but these thinks happen to our Indian players lot like Thiwari rahane rayudu vj ...hope he gets his selection soon.I think sanga & mahela should learn from virat to give opportunity for young player to bat higher in the order....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    well done young indian team

  • POSTED BY mahi678 on | August 3, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    @rohit jha, yuvi is senior and more prolific with bat in ODI. jadeja a good batsman and bowler too. he made hug runs in FC cricket. he showed how to make run outs. his bowling is impeccable. he added lot of value to the team as all rounder.

  • POSTED BY Sepulveda on | August 3, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Guys please dont over react for Rasool....

  • POSTED BY Happy_hamster on | August 3, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    These ODI series seem pointless other than blooding youngsters, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are like boys against men when they play proper sides. Interestingly I reckon if a couple of tests had been played they might have won one given India's record outside of Asia, but we will never know as they play so few outside of comfort zone.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Parvez Rasool who? Don't know why pick him great job Team India Kohli and Mishra congratulations India and Zimbabwe you are wonderful hosts thanks for the series. This series puts a final stamp that we are great ODI team and worthy World CHAMPION

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | August 3, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Before Champions Trophy, Gambhir, Sehwag have 2 players to compete with for the openers' slot (Shikhar & Vijay), and now they have 2 more, Rohit & Rahane.... Same holds true for Harbhajan, he already had ashwin and now there is one more, MISHRA.... Bhajji should be thanking Virat for not playing Rasool.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    I just have to say one thing that no matter how good Sir jadeja is performing but he defenetely doesn't deserve a place above yuvi..Yuvi gains a big margin over jadeja as batsman then jadeja does over yuvi as a bowler.and if we see fielding don't forget its Yuvi who showed us(Indians) what diving catches mean....So my support to Yuvi...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    we will use Mishra's effeciency in the fourthcoming matches.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Dear selectors, Mishra clicked. No more bhajji experiments, pls. (Thank god) Rayudu doing good and Rahane done a fifty. I know you wont turn to see Shewag, Gambhir again (though I would like to see Gambhir once again). DK doing great. No more Parthiv or Saha, pls. Mohit and jayadev are hit, no more selection of Ishant or irfan pls. pls..Jadeja is solid, don't even think of Yousuf pls.. (But give Yuvi a chance pls.)

    Great to see and realize, now every player in the team backed up by equally solid player!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Well done Club. I am disappointed with the team management for not giving chance to Rasool from Crownland.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    No problem if rasool is not playing.I think he has something special in him and he did not play today because Indians want to keep him as a secret weapon for future series. There is no doubt he has a lot of talent in him.He can bat well,he can bowl well.He has improved as cricketer under the guidance of legend 'Bishan singh bedi'.Certainly his day will come.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 3, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Present indian team looks balanced, fearless,winning ttophies and after this series they also have shown their bench strength....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    it was a sorry say to rasool if he was not selected to the playing 11 he should not be selected in the squad it really frustrates the budding players like him just follow the policy that west indies follow if he going to play in the eleven then select him or dont waste your money it really upset the peoples of j&k and his well wishers

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Under the euphoria, let us not forget that we don't have a settled pair of opening batsmen. Pujara, Rahane , and even Rohit are more suitable to be groomed to play test matches for quite a few years; batting position there being secondary.

    Dhawan is good, but seems to have picked up Sehwagian over-confidence ! Because of that streak of recklessness, he has hardly crossed a 50, without giving at least one chance! That is NOT a particularly good omen! ( I love to see Dhawan succeed in all formats, though)

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 3, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    This is the winning combination congrats to India all players played superbly

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    if pujara couldn't score against Zimbabwe I don't know whom he can score against.yet so much support for him. I don't think he deserve so much. He failed in IPL 2013 too.

    I think Rohit sharma has already cemented his place together with MSd,dhawan,kohli,sir,b Kumar,Raina and mishra/Ashwin competition is only between dk,rayudu,pujara,rahane,vijay for the one last batsman role. I think dk has a huge advantage over the others.so bye bye pujara.

    Someone mentioned kohli and Raina should have given rest for this series.i don't thinks sponsors and broadcasters will be happy with B team despite it being strong.

    Another guy said kohli is not fit to be captain because he did not let rasool play. Even I hated kohli but now he has proven his position and vice captaincy.

    I liked the way he kept himself down the order for the last 2 games when he could have easily come down and scored another century and increase his average .but he didnt do that. Very selfless and smart move by a captain

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    guys please now don't go gaga over pujara not able to play inswingers.. remember he haven't played an international match since test series with aus.... and he is NOT opener in the very first place.... we will surely see him scoring in SA in INDIA A tour of SA.... these dismissals are of least concern.... as for as rasool is concerned, he will get his chances... he should wait just like amit mishra, rahane, tiwary... but he will surely make it into playing 11 some day.

    and i am very glad to see UNADKAT bowling some good spells in middle overs...this way we can get rid of ISHANT SHARMA, and i seriously doubt the capabilities of SHAMI, he needs to improve big time.

    i think selectors should use the upcoming AUS tour of india , where 7 odi's are to be played against AUS in india ( i hope i am not wrong ) to groom THE SAME PLAYERS IN THIS TEAM.... please have the same team as now ( excluding raina, jadeja ) that gives kohli more experience.. and try 2 or 3 new FAST BOWLERS...

  • POSTED BY Shajahan.P on | August 3, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Guys, look below the Indian Batsman's average from this series. I think It just reflects the true talent.

    V Kohli (India) 98.50 KD Karthik (India) 87.00 RA Jadeja (India) 63.00 S Dhawan (India) 52.25 AT Rayudu (India) 50.50 AM Rahane (India) 50.00 SK Raina (India) 48.50 RG Sharma (India) 33.00

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Yes, this was the occasion to give a chance to Parveez Rasool and it was missed. Another promising spinner/ all rounder Karan Sharma is being completely neglected for all tours , India A teams etc.

  • POSTED BY john53 on | August 3, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    i would have liked to see rasool play. but if he is deserving he will surely get a chance to show his metal in the future .being in the squad doesnt always mean that everyone will get a chance .i personally i think its better to keep waiting to get into the eleven than play one and get dropped.which is very likely to happen to rasool keeping in mind the spinners in the present time.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    i am really happy for india, more than that i am feeling very sad for Zimbabwe and brendon taylor especially ... it must be very hard for him.... but i am sure they will come back very strong in the upcoming series against pak and lanka....

    lots of positives for india 1) kohli- i liked him when he chose to send raina ahead of him in 4th match, i liked even more when remained on back seat in batting in 5th match by sending rahane, jadeja and others to bat....he could have easily made some runs in those matches... 2) we have bowling options who are good....and can replace the non performers in the MAIN team.... 3) rahane- he made the most of the chance he got, but i still think selectors wont consider rahane ahead of rohit... rahane should try and make most of INDIA A tour to SA and try and seal his place in TEST, now that sachin will retire after 200th match.... 4) amith mishra- god he have the best variations...he will be handy incase ashwin is absent....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    even if he get 6 wickets.. given more runs. . that's why I always like ashwin..jaddu last six I expected one..

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | August 3, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Rasool should have played. It was a meaningless ODI after all [yes a win is a win but. Kohli should have picked him in place of Jadeja or Mishra. I know Mishra did pick 6, but there was no harm in trying out the guy. I now hope he is not dropped in the next series without playing a single game in this series. ]

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | August 3, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Considering the recent achievement of MSDhoni in. Securing 4 major titles in a row,the WC2011,the WCT20,the Champion's Trophy,& the Trination cup in which WI&SLANKA also fought,the present achievement of 5-0 against ZIMBABVE is not a surprise.

    But a winning of a series however limited it may be,is always a most warming experience for any cricket playing Nation.

    So India,Virat Kohli& co along with Coach & Manager have every right & pleasure to celebrate.

    More success & more laurels are awaiting India.Sachin& Poojara should play in SA Test matches.Sachin to complete his lam Nd mark of 200 test matches& Cheteswar Poojara to gain more experience against ferocious bowlers. Poojara is the future of India.a temporary failure in Zimbabve is not a matter of Concern at all.he is a high class Test Cricketer who knows to choose balls & make strokes whenever opportunity comes in his way.

    Poojara's games against England in India is not easily forgettable.He should be in the playing11.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 3, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Good win today and great series win overall. Too many doubters and critics on here against India. If Rasool is good enough then his chance will come. In the meantime enjoy another India victory. Jai Hind!!

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | August 3, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    India won 5-0. Great.....Positives:- 1. Mishra is making it difficult for selectors to ignore him.... Even in current IPL and domestic cricket, he managed to take much more wickets than either Ashwin or Bhajji or Ojha... Time to use him as a first choice spinner... 2. Unadkat made it clear that he will be the best option to pair with Bhubaneswar...Even Mohit Sharma has not disappointed and Indian fast bowling line up can be made competitive....3. Only Yuvraj Singh is capable enough to replace Jadeja and Jadeja is making it difficult for him to do so by taking wickets in even seaming tracks.... And Kohli has shown selflessness is not adding any run to his account in the last 2 matches....Raina & Karthik has chipped in with decent show...So, Middle order is looking fine........................ Demerits:- 1. The openers are inconsistent....2. Pujara weakness to in-swinger is exposed to Steyn and the world...3. Shami and Vinay have been a disaster and Shami should thank Umpire 4 his kitty

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    great to see india winning the series 5-0. lots of positive thing. lots of option to pick. as far as rasool is concerned...ya feeling sorry for him. but he is a fine player and he will be in 11 one day.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 3, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Rasool should have played! How disappointing for him to be not included in playing ix.

  • POSTED BY shaantanu on | August 3, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    everyone except rasool has been tried.feel for him.was expecting him in the playing eleven today.if he was selected after resting some permanent members why not try him at least once.once these regular members return i wonder whether he will get another chance.

  • POSTED BY RSfanclub on | August 3, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    everybody is bombarding on kohli for not selecting rasool in final playing 11. but my friends along with him there is some involvement of team management and coach in that selection always. so plz stop blaming kohli. however rayudu's omission is very surprising

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Yes, I support all for Rasool. All these new players should debut in the first ODI vs Zimbabwe. D. Karthik should have been made Captain and like MSD, Kohli and Raina should't go to Zimbabwe. Instead, two more should have been given chances, including the young Chand, who debuted in a big forum and remained timid.

    Thanks. G. Joshi

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    I cant understand the logic of leaving rasool,if winning 5-0 was the only motive then play with the same 11 for all matches,when 14 members of the team play what can be the reason for not playing rasool,only kohli&fletcher knows the answer,poor rasool we can only feel for him,if he is not given a chance even against zimbabwe than how can he get a chance against stronger teams..

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    So at the innings break, it seems india will win the series 5-0 unless zimbabwe pulls of something spectacular. As for the team changes, rasool should have got a look in. Pujara got out early to a brut of delivery. It happens & hope ppl dont start bash him as they do to rohit sharma. As for the series, indian seamers might have done well with toss & conditions fvouring them, but none of thm have serious pace to trouble any top side.I think bowling is india's achilles heel as far as the test cricket is concerned. Irony mishra claimed 18 wickts on so called seamer friendly wickets. i think it was more to do with zimbzbweans not being able 2 read him.

  • POSTED BY bbnn on | August 3, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    I was eagerly waiting to see Rasool Please give him chance against Aussies in October

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | August 3, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Zimbabwe have been really poor in this series despite the fact India are basically playing their second 11 AWAY!! can you imagine if Zimbabwe were playing IN India against their full strength team?? no wonder they are not invited. They only have 1 batsman that averages in the 30s so that tells you the whole story. Even Ireland I reckon could've done much much better if it was a 5 match series against India.

  • POSTED BY crindo77 on | August 3, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    India's most successful Test batsman of late, getting bowled through the gate twice by club level pacers. SA are sitting up and taking notice. I'm sure this series was crucial to Pujara's development as a batsman. So NOT looking forward to December 2013.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    This Series is chance for young players of india to play international matches atleast with zimbabwe and it is great experience for zimbabwe players. They can learn more from the matches they played. In this Series few young players made their international debut except rasool, the unlucky man

  • POSTED BY Bokesh on | August 3, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Pujara's stay at the crease was absolutely contrary to what was expected of him.In any case, he is much much better batsman then this we all know that. Now A.rahaney has a chance and he should grab it with both the hands.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Well done Amit Mishra. Maiden six wicket haul and a bilateral series record of 18 wickets ,tied with Javagal Srinath. Bowled with skill and precision. Deserves "man of the series "award for putting a bowling clinic on spin bowling.

  • POSTED BY TVicky on | August 3, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Even in the past there have been players who have been on tours without getting a game but that has basically been because of the position in the series.In this case the series had already been won and it would have been ideal to have Rasool playing in place of Jadeja,who has performed brilliantly.With Rasool playing,you really won't be compromising too much on team strength either because Rasool is a pretty good bowler any ways.None the less, good to see that so many players have got their opportunities and have done decently well.Rasool should keep himself cheered up and wait for the next opportunity.

  • POSTED BY DILEEPMJOHN on | August 3, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    As expected from NO1 team India, they are playing very well against ZIM.More important thing is that it just showed the bench strength of this Indian team.We had 11 good players who did well in CT2013.Then with the likes of Mishra(18 wickets in 5 matches-a world record),Rayudu,Unadkat doing very well and with Yuvi,Gauti and Viru still very much in the mind of selectors the future looks good for India.I still feel Zak should be there for WC 2015.If India's pace line up Zak,Bhuvi,Mohit/Unadkat/Ishtant and spin line up is Ashwin,Mishra and Jadeja, India can regain the WC even in NZ-AUS conditions.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    mishra now 3for 29. he is a good spinner and india should give more chances to him. Zimbabwe was never a challenge to this young Indian team. tougher challenges lies ahead in sa.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | August 3, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    What is the use of this type of boring series :( . People get away from cricket due to these kinda decision.. Any person who was new to cricket will think how boring this sport is by looking at these series..... Zim is no 10 and india is no1 .OMGi dont understand the logic behind these series.... At least no8 or no 9 ranked team makes sense. It is like INDIA play OLD BLACKS in Rugby match.. :P ....Humiliating thing know !!! ... That is why rugby ppl never organize such matches...But in cricket you see these humiliating decisions which only leads to the loss of popularity in cricket.plz publish.

  • POSTED BY crindo77 on | August 3, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Agree with most, wouldn't have involved a paradigm strategic shift in playing Rasool in a largely inconsquential limited overs match against the lowest ranked team. However, given the current goings on in the BCCI administration, I have long ceased to look for any rhyme or reason in Indian cricket planning. Surprised, though, with elections round the corner, and the BCCI being largely an arena for political muscle flexing, such a great chance to score brownie points with Rasool's state and community was passed up. Would love to see a Zim win though.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 3, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Dhawan back wooooohoooo! Century for him sureeee

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | August 3, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    After today, I have an even lower rating of Kohli's captaincy. I cant think of a single reason why Jadeja should play instead of Rasool. And I cant think of many good reasons why India should field first against Zimbabwe. Kohli's captaincy makes Dhoni's captaincy look even better. India should start looking elsewhere for their next captain.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    According to me kholi have to give chance to uncapped guy parvezz rasool for today's match.. today only he have to give rest to any permanent player like raina or jadeja..its not a justice for rasool..bad luck for rasool, in this tour till now 4player had done his debuet except rasool.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    stupid Indian cricket management .... not trying parvez rasool......

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 3, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    It is really shocking to see Parvez Rasool not playing this match. Shame on you Virat Kohli u showed a very weak sign of being a captain. Everyone is been given a chance to play on this tour so why to leave out Parvez Rasool, shame on Duncan Fletcher he proved to be a disastrous coach for India.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    what a shame..rasool shud have been in the playing 11.Virat think beyond stats...5-0 doesn't matter against zim..one shud have a open mind as a captain in case if it was his decision.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    mind less captain

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    It means they still have favourism in them , So sad to see that a player didnt got a chance for playing a single match out of 5 when ur team is already 4-0

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Baffling decision to keep playing Jadeja, we all know that he is world-class so what is left to prove? Especially with the series done and dusted, Rasool really ought to have taken Jadeja's place.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Senseless decision by Kohli to leave out Pervez Rasool.Jadeja could have been rested looks like a conspiracy...........,

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | August 3, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    shocking selection...why no Rasool in the team for 5th ODI....what is use of Jadeja in 5th ODI...Jadeja and Raina are permanent fixtures in ODI 11, so why not give chance to other players against a weak opposition....Parvez Rasool should have been played ahead of Jadeja or Unadkat...

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | August 3, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Team selection denies any logic on why Dhawan, Raina, Jadeja etc. should play this match.. Pervez Rasoon should have definitely played today and one can only presume that Kohli dislikes him the most... And why is Rayudu not playing .. if the fringe players cannot play in these type of matches, then what is the point in selecting them among the 15 probables..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    sad day in indian cricket...whats da point?? who will remember dis 5-0? poor guy i know whole of da cricketing world wnted to see him...black day in indian cricket today :(

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    It is really shocking and unfortunate that only Parvej Rasool is left out of the 15 Members of the Team in the 5 ODIs vs Zimbabwe. It seems that it was a deliberate move by the team management / Captain. Rasool joins the list of players who are not included in the team as per the whims and fancy of the Captain . Manoj Tiwari was the latest example . He was dropped from the Team just after scoring a Ton against West Indies

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | August 3, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    If rasool does not eligible for making into playing 11, even against minnow zimbabwe then what is point of being in the squad and why he was selected. There is really no need of playing with rohit, dhawan, raina and jadeja in this series after winning 4-0. This kind of attitude will never make kohli great captian.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 3, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    If the Dhoni captaincy jammukashmir spinner parves atleast 2,3 Mach he playing I don't under stand only he no playing another all are play may be he is ?????? That is way

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | August 3, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    It'd be awesome if India can get their first away 5-0 win today just like SL did it against Eng in 2006. It may not be as satisfying as doing it against a top team. But still a win.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | August 3, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    I really don't know why kohli has no faith in new comers. Being a no1 team in world we should test with different set of players. I really feel for rasool, there is no need to persist with jadeja, dhawan and raina. Rasool and Rahane should have played atleast two matches in this series. what kohli is trying to prove? maybe he wants a place in history, being first captian to do 5-0 in foreign soil. Whole management is ready to give 100 matches to some one like rohit to prove but not a single match to rasool. And also kohli is unwilling to put indians into batting first against minnows (after winning toss) which will provide another opportunity to test our quality against swinging condition. Single directional and defensive mindset.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    why no rasool included???

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    why no rasool included???

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | August 3, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    I really don't know why kohli has no faith in new comers. Being a no1 team in world we should test with different set of players. I really feel for rasool, there is no need to persist with jadeja, dhawan and raina. Rasool and Rahane should have played atleast two matches in this series. what kohli is trying to prove? maybe he wants a place in history, being first captian to do 5-0 in foreign soil. Whole management is ready to give 100 matches to some one like rohit to prove but not a single match to rasool. And also kohli is unwilling to put indians into batting first against minnows (after winning toss) which will provide another opportunity to test our quality against swinging condition. Single directional and defensive mindset.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | August 3, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    It'd be awesome if India can get their first away 5-0 win today just like SL did it against Eng in 2006. It may not be as satisfying as doing it against a top team. But still a win.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 3, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    If the Dhoni captaincy jammukashmir spinner parves atleast 2,3 Mach he playing I don't under stand only he no playing another all are play may be he is ?????? That is way

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | August 3, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    If rasool does not eligible for making into playing 11, even against minnow zimbabwe then what is point of being in the squad and why he was selected. There is really no need of playing with rohit, dhawan, raina and jadeja in this series after winning 4-0. This kind of attitude will never make kohli great captian.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    It is really shocking and unfortunate that only Parvej Rasool is left out of the 15 Members of the Team in the 5 ODIs vs Zimbabwe. It seems that it was a deliberate move by the team management / Captain. Rasool joins the list of players who are not included in the team as per the whims and fancy of the Captain . Manoj Tiwari was the latest example . He was dropped from the Team just after scoring a Ton against West Indies

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    sad day in indian cricket...whats da point?? who will remember dis 5-0? poor guy i know whole of da cricketing world wnted to see him...black day in indian cricket today :(

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | August 3, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Team selection denies any logic on why Dhawan, Raina, Jadeja etc. should play this match.. Pervez Rasoon should have definitely played today and one can only presume that Kohli dislikes him the most... And why is Rayudu not playing .. if the fringe players cannot play in these type of matches, then what is the point in selecting them among the 15 probables..

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | August 3, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    shocking selection...why no Rasool in the team for 5th ODI....what is use of Jadeja in 5th ODI...Jadeja and Raina are permanent fixtures in ODI 11, so why not give chance to other players against a weak opposition....Parvez Rasool should have been played ahead of Jadeja or Unadkat...

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Senseless decision by Kohli to leave out Pervez Rasool.Jadeja could have been rested looks like a conspiracy...........,