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

Kohli pleased with fringe players' performance

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Job done for Virat Kohli. India were always likely to beat Zimbabwe, but any errors or slip-ups could have blotted the apprentice-captain's copybook. With India barely breaking a sweat while cruising to a 5-0 win, Kohli was particularly pleased with the way some untested and fringe players in his squad proved themselves.

"The guys who got a chance for the first time showed a lot of character, especially someone like Mohit Sharma and [Jaydev] Unadkat," Kohli said. "Ajinkya Rahane coming back into the team, scoring some runs. So it was pretty good to see all the guys performing and playing their roles. Amit Mishra sat out for two months on the road regularly and then came out with 18 wickets in this series, so there were a lot of great performances by individuals and some good team efforts as well."

Kohli also won four tosses out of five, but that only served to widen a gap that would probably not have been bridged even if India had had to bat first each morning. Zimbabwe's bad luck with the toss and their worse form with the bat meant that, apart from in the second match, India's batsmen were never really put under pressure in testing conditions. As Kohli explained, though, that wasn't really the point of this trip. India know what Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma offer, but a seaming wicket and helpful conditions allowed a greenhorn set of bowlers to build up valuable confidence. At no point was there any chance that Kohli would have sent his batsmen in first.

"The thing is that we analysed and considered the fact that our bowling line-up is pretty new so we wanted to give them more confidence rather than the batting, because the batting has been doing well for about three months," Kohli said. "There's no point in going out there and trying to prove something to ourselves because all these individuals have performed at international level. It's about giving people the right kind of confidence in games, and the new-ball bowlers got a lot of confidence from bowling in the first innings and that was the plan. The batsmen have all scored runs in this series, so it was all about making sure the bowlers go back as more confident individuals."

Perhaps the only point one might call Kohli out on was his failure to give an opportunity to Parvez Rasool. The Kashmiri offspinning allrounder was the only member of the squad to have sat out the entire series when he could have been brought in as a like-for-like replacement for Ravindra Jadeja.

"It's very hard to leave someone like Jadeja out because he's the kind of bowler who can get you wickets at any point in time," Kohli said. "We didn't want to take any game lightly and I didn't want to change too much in the bowling department. Mishra has been sitting out for a while so we wanted to give him four or five games. Parvez is going to South Africa now for the India A tour and he's going to play a lot of games there and pick up more experience. He could have been given a chance but I just didn't want to take a chance with the bowling line-up, leaving someone like Jadeja out.

"I'm not really bothered about what's being said about people getting chances, because a lot of people who have played these five games have been sitting on the bench for two months or so. Parvez realises we had a set bowling combination and we didn't want to make any changes to that. It was unfortunate he didn't get a game, but it just didn't go according to our plans. Maybe in future when he plays more series he'll get a few games to test his skills out."

India took just about as much as they could out of this whistle-stop tour. Five wins, a truckload of runs and wickets and a good dose of confidence. They move on to far tougher assignments in the months to come, with some of the group heading to South Africa for an A tour before India - with MS Dhoni back at the helm - take on Australia in seven ODIs at home and then travel to South Africa. By then, Zimbabwe will be a distant memory but, perhaps, a happy one.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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  • Sunil_Canada on August 6, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    I have no intent to insult Zimbabwe, they used to be a much better team but unfortunately they are struggling now. I totally disagree with team management's approach. It's no big deal to have 5-0 result, even a 4-1 with all newcomers getting a chance would have been much better. I wonder no one told the team management the purpose of this trip i.e. try new players. I understand not giving chance to the newcomers in first 3 matches but after 3-0, it did not make sense not to give all the 4 a chance. To be honest after 4-0, it seemed India could easily win with few players less than 11. Sorry to say I cannot support such conservative attitude. 5-0 with all new getting a chance would have better achievement. Sorry Kohli, you missed a great opportunity to prove to be a good leader (a good leader is the one who develops talent rather than win with existing good talents).

  • Sam19772011 on August 5, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Rasool not getting a chance is no surprise to me. But the point here is weather to project kohli as a captain is justified. Not at all he has to show character and guts to make decisions to be at the level of ganguly and dhoni

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Kohli is no MSD and he proved it. Rather than showing confidence in the new player and giving him an opportunity, Kohli send the signal that Rasool is so bad that by including him, India risked loosing against a struggling Zim.

  • punzoe on August 5, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    No need to make too much of it. Rasool will have his day sooner or later. Stop Kohli baiting, folks. He is the best ODI batsman India has got, as also the best young batsman around the world.

  • PeterJerome on August 5, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Kohli disappointed a lot a of us by robbing us a glimpse of the talented Rasool. Perhaps that was the only talking point about this series and it was never to be. Kohli.. wheres the entertainment man?

  • ProdigyA on August 5, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    I am more dissapointed that Pujara did not get to play all five matches, he is the future batting of India and only plays in Tests which is not enough to keep him match fit all the time. He needs to play in ODI's too.

  • on August 5, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    I am really amazed with statement made by Kohli as captain "I just didn't want to take a chance with the bowling line-up".... If u don't want to take chance against Zimbabwe after winning series, against whom will u take chances... and when... If u can't trust ur batting line up against Zimbabwe, it's really shameful for team on top of ranking charts.... Atleast u should have trusted ur batting skills... I doubt Kohli to be good captain... m sorry to say that... but Kholi should not be banked upon as future captain... need to explore other options....

  • CanGrit on August 5, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Unfortunately Rasool was never a part of Indian teams plan from the beginning! BCCI always does this! He should have definitely got a chance in the last game, he is not just a spinner he is an all rounder. Jadéjà didn't have anything to prove at this stage. I don't understand what Kholi is trying to say here, is he implying that we might have lost the dead rubber if Jadeja wasn't given a chance to if a chance was given to Rasool?? That is ridiculous, but I always expected this to happen anyways!! Everyone in the team got a game so go figure!!

  • on August 5, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Rasool should have been given a fair chance to prove his talent and abilities.He is not just a spinner he is a capable batsmen as well.There was nothing wrong in giving him a chance in the last ODI atleast when the series was already won against a weak Zimbabwe side.Kohli is not an ideal leader for Indian team instead he is a curse.His immaturity and inability as a leader has been proved here.

  • Gdesai on August 5, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    It was quite unfortunate that Rasool didn't get a game. But,people have to understand that there were quite a few others waiting in the queue as well and take it in a positive way to keep performing at whatever the level he plays and be ready when the opportunity comes next time around! If he does that he will get an opportunity sooner rather than later. Similarly, Vinay Kumar will feel he's bit unlucky to be left out of last few games as he was quite regularly part of the Team before without getting a game and it's same for everyone!

  • Sunil_Canada on August 6, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    I have no intent to insult Zimbabwe, they used to be a much better team but unfortunately they are struggling now. I totally disagree with team management's approach. It's no big deal to have 5-0 result, even a 4-1 with all newcomers getting a chance would have been much better. I wonder no one told the team management the purpose of this trip i.e. try new players. I understand not giving chance to the newcomers in first 3 matches but after 3-0, it did not make sense not to give all the 4 a chance. To be honest after 4-0, it seemed India could easily win with few players less than 11. Sorry to say I cannot support such conservative attitude. 5-0 with all new getting a chance would have better achievement. Sorry Kohli, you missed a great opportunity to prove to be a good leader (a good leader is the one who develops talent rather than win with existing good talents).

  • Sam19772011 on August 5, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Rasool not getting a chance is no surprise to me. But the point here is weather to project kohli as a captain is justified. Not at all he has to show character and guts to make decisions to be at the level of ganguly and dhoni

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Kohli is no MSD and he proved it. Rather than showing confidence in the new player and giving him an opportunity, Kohli send the signal that Rasool is so bad that by including him, India risked loosing against a struggling Zim.

  • punzoe on August 5, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    No need to make too much of it. Rasool will have his day sooner or later. Stop Kohli baiting, folks. He is the best ODI batsman India has got, as also the best young batsman around the world.

  • PeterJerome on August 5, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Kohli disappointed a lot a of us by robbing us a glimpse of the talented Rasool. Perhaps that was the only talking point about this series and it was never to be. Kohli.. wheres the entertainment man?

  • ProdigyA on August 5, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    I am more dissapointed that Pujara did not get to play all five matches, he is the future batting of India and only plays in Tests which is not enough to keep him match fit all the time. He needs to play in ODI's too.

  • on August 5, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    I am really amazed with statement made by Kohli as captain "I just didn't want to take a chance with the bowling line-up".... If u don't want to take chance against Zimbabwe after winning series, against whom will u take chances... and when... If u can't trust ur batting line up against Zimbabwe, it's really shameful for team on top of ranking charts.... Atleast u should have trusted ur batting skills... I doubt Kohli to be good captain... m sorry to say that... but Kholi should not be banked upon as future captain... need to explore other options....

  • CanGrit on August 5, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Unfortunately Rasool was never a part of Indian teams plan from the beginning! BCCI always does this! He should have definitely got a chance in the last game, he is not just a spinner he is an all rounder. Jadéjà didn't have anything to prove at this stage. I don't understand what Kholi is trying to say here, is he implying that we might have lost the dead rubber if Jadeja wasn't given a chance to if a chance was given to Rasool?? That is ridiculous, but I always expected this to happen anyways!! Everyone in the team got a game so go figure!!

  • on August 5, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Rasool should have been given a fair chance to prove his talent and abilities.He is not just a spinner he is a capable batsmen as well.There was nothing wrong in giving him a chance in the last ODI atleast when the series was already won against a weak Zimbabwe side.Kohli is not an ideal leader for Indian team instead he is a curse.His immaturity and inability as a leader has been proved here.

  • Gdesai on August 5, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    It was quite unfortunate that Rasool didn't get a game. But,people have to understand that there were quite a few others waiting in the queue as well and take it in a positive way to keep performing at whatever the level he plays and be ready when the opportunity comes next time around! If he does that he will get an opportunity sooner rather than later. Similarly, Vinay Kumar will feel he's bit unlucky to be left out of last few games as he was quite regularly part of the Team before without getting a game and it's same for everyone!

  • on August 5, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Without getting into politics of this, if Kohli can not create a team and place for Rasool, in a match against this Zimbabwe team after winning the series. I have serious doubts about his ability to take tough decisions as captain for building team.

  • satishchandar on August 5, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Honestly, i feel the next in line should get a chance rather than the one who is going to leave his slot back to the one who was holding it before him.. Ashwin will replace Rasool anytime he comes back.. Pujara, Rahane and Rayudu are all top 7 abtters and will replace when anyone of the current top 7 goes out due to injury or bad form.. They deserve more chances than Rasool.. Rasool could have played last game instead of RJ certainly.. But it would have been no different for him to do it.. Had Mishra not picked wickets in first couple of games, Rasool would have got chance.. That was what he was picked as - the reserve player - third spinner in the squad.. Mishra who was waiting in the wings deserved to play all games.. Rasool if played in place of Raina would have been 3 spinners in the team and one too many.. Plus, would have been tough if we batted first on these tracks.. No regrets as long as Rasool is treated as 4th in the spinners slot.. Don't dump him without giving chances..

  • ravi_hari on August 5, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Winning 5-0 against Zim is no big deal. However, this series has a lot more significance. This is the first time Kohli is full time captain. He wanted to end on a high. Secondly, after the drubbing we got under Raina, this revenge was necessary. However, I feel Kohli has not led like a leader. He looked like protecting some players and very choosy on giving chances. It was evident from the word go. Not disturbing bowling combination is rubbish. Mishra was taking wickets at will. In fact India could have gone only with Unadkat and Mishra and 9 batsmen and still could have won. Two instances show Kohli's attitude. In the third ODI when the side was chasing a small total, he did not think it fit to promote a struggling Raina or Karthik, instead he came out and scored the winning runs. Secon he did not find Rasool good enough even for the unimportant final match. Just think of it, Rasool could have benefitted in IPL by playing 1 game. Grow up Virat, put team in front of self else you loose

  • joseyesu on August 5, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    May be leaving out Jadeja, would have tested the bowling lineup. Pujara, Dhawan, Rahane, DK, Kohli, RSharma, AMishra, Rasool, MSharma, Unakadt, Shami.

  • Thanda-Thanda-Kool-Kool on August 5, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    What did Kohli (or the mgmt) do wrong here? You play every match to win. The bowling attack was already raw. Jadeja may have done very well of late but he is still learning. He hasn't bowled too often outside the subcontinent. Why should he be made to sit out in order to give someone else a chance? Mishra has been waiting for his turn patiently. How can you ask him to sit out even for one match when he finally gets his chance? Moving on to trying out those on the bench. Let's face it, Rasool is India's 4th choice spinner at best, if you keep Ojha & Bhajji out of the equation. It is different with pace bowlers: a) you need more of them than spinners in any playing XI; b) they are more prone to breaking down. Hence, it made sense to try everyone out. Finally, what kind of message are you passing on to Rasool by saying that we are playing you we will win against Zim, irrespective of whose place you play in? Wouldn't he want to feel that he belongs, that he got in on merit?

  • on August 5, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    I don't agree with Kohli not playing Parvez Rasool, You had won the series infact you were 4-0 up, they could have dropped Jadeja, it was fine and Jadeja could still have been on the field as 12 man. Rasool should have got chance.

  • Sam_Patel_US on August 5, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Though, I do agree with Kohli that he didn't want to disturb the bowling combination which was working fine for him, but I doubt Parvez Rasool will ever get a chance, if Kohli can't trust him against team like Zimbabwe with series already won. Is there any possibility that Rasool will be given chance against teams like SA, AUS, SRI or ENG, when his captain didn't trust him to play against team like Zimbabwe. I would say Rasool deserved to play in the 5th odi if not all. Kohli may have given confidence to other players by giving them chance to play, but he has brought Rasool's confindence to the ground by not trusting his skills at all nad not giving him the chance to play even single ODI.

  • on August 4, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    Sharing the dressing room with the seniors is big experience for Parvez Rasool. Many new faces and some long time bench warmers are in this squad, so it is normal that someone would get missed. He has been selected for SA A tour. It is the best place for him to prove and knock the doors for SA tour in later this year. People are reacting like [including J&K CM] as if he has been completely omitted. Some say that India feared losing, but truth is that Indian team had a plan, but sadly Parvez was not part of the plan.

  • Capricorn60 on August 4, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Just because a sizeable number of Indian fans like me are amazed that Rasool was not given a chance at all in this series against Zimbabwe, doesn't at all mean we are anti-Jadeja, anti-Kohli, playing politics or any nonsense of this sort! Even a highly respected writer as Aakash Chopra has explicitly stated that he would preferred selecting young players such as Rasool in the earlier matches when the series was still to be won in order for their abilities/talents to be tested under pressure. However not even giving Rasool a chance in either of the last two matches & justifying it with some pathetic reasons - especially when playing an awfully poor team like Zimbabwe - is pure bunkum! This series was all about financially supporting Zimbabwe cricket, testing our bench strength as much as possible & NOT winning the series 5-0 timidly with no/limited experimentation or no risks taken at all.

  • Harmony111 on August 4, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    @McGorium: ---"Dhoni lacks imagination too, blah blah blah and takes risks to win"---

    Grooming Ashwin as a slip fielder cos he is slow isn't imaginative enough for you? Bowling himself isn't imaginative for you? How many Keepers do that? Talking in 2012 about a replacement keeper ready for the WC 2015 isn't imaginative enough? Having a signature shot of his own that no one can copy so far isn't imaginative enough?

    I think it is pointless for me to mention specific instances about MSD's captaincy features cos you won't count them as good ones. What is remarkable about your comment is that on one hand you criticize MSD for not being imaginative yet you concede that he does take risks. The two are not identical but isn't there a high co-relation between them? The key thing is taking risks in a calculated manner, that calculation needs imagination for eg predicting that Eng would leave powerplay till the end and holding his spinners till that point. Did anyone else imagine it that way?

  • on August 4, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    PArvez wud hve learnt a lesson....he will need to bide his time..Pujara and others have had to wait a long time...no special treatment for Rasool

  • on August 4, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    well judging by what he has achieved in the ranji trophy for jamu and Kashmir the kid could be given a chance but I feel Virat kholi didn't want to take a gamble of been a captain who lost in zimbawe because we opted Rasool its harsh really its harsh on Tiwary when he was in Superb form and is harsh today on rasool and his case is different from tiwary this is a b team and Rasool would have been handful and would have proved to be more incredible than others but we will all take our ifs and be quiet about It as sir jadeja is the king of indian right now and no one wants to be in his bad books not even the captain

  • kc69 on August 4, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @coldcoffee123: We all know what you would have said if India even would have lost a single match. Jadeja will soon replace Shakib as world's #1 allrounder. Hard for anyone to take the place of SIR.

  • xxxxxxxxxx786 on August 4, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Lets not read too much in the results.. We all know it was all about survival of cricket in Zimbabwe than about a good contest..i totally agree with Azharuddins comment that captain should be aggressive on the Inside not outside...i absolutely disagree with grooming Kohli as captain we should look up to somebody like Ashwin whos matured as player and holds better temperament than mr Kohli whos has a attitude of a kid.

  • McGorium on August 4, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    This is part of the reason why I believe Kohli will not be a good captain in the long term: he lacks guts/ fears failure. The decision to leave Parvez Rasool out of the bowling squad is indicative of this: he didn't want to take the chance of losing to Zim, however remote that possibility (after all, he'd be the guy under whom Ind lost to Zim). He chose padding up his resume over advancing the career of one of his subordinates, a clear sign of a poor manager. Add to the fact that he lacks imagination, and is unstable makes him a poor choice for captaincy after Dhoni (Dhoni lacks imagination too, but is calm under pressure, and takes risks to win). Regrettably, after the (justifiable) culling of the seniors, there isn't anyone left who's more senior than Dhoni and is an automatic pick in the side. Why select Rasool at all, then? If you don't play him when India is 4-0 up against a team that would likely lose to most top first-class teams, when would you?

  • Ali_Abass on August 4, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Pervaiz deserve a last game chance.when you are 4-0 up, why you r not taking chance in bowling line up against low teams.So sad for Pervaiz.

  • Anandp2208 on August 4, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    If you cannot try out the bench strength against the weakest team then whats the point in taking them into the squad. Ganguly build the India team trying out all youngsters that's when Indian team started progressing. Also playing pujara in opening instead of middle order has not done any good to him. Kohli made a real mess by not trying to test their skills by batting first or by bowling second. Even if they had won 3-2 by trying different tactics it would have been worth but now its just a waste of a tour.

  • on August 4, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Its a bad decision by kohli not to pick Rasool tht too against a weakest team.Jadeja is not the only player to wickets or score runs.they wasting a talent like Rahane ,now another has joined the list.y cant uadkat or shami being dropped and bring in rasool against a team who was being hunted by a spinner.THIS PROVES THT VIRAT IS NOT FIT FOR BEING A CAPTAIN.IF HE FEARS OF LOSING,BETTER APOINTA DIFFERENT CAPTAIN WHN MSD IS NT THER. This is pure politics

  • vigneshvinu on August 4, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Kohli is no exemption to dhoni.If dhoni would have captained the side surely he too would have made rasool to sit in bench.The problem with indians is they always wanted to be in a safer side, thats what kohli has done. If jadeja or mishra got injured he would have gone with rasool. so its all about being in safe side.

  • AjaySuryas on August 4, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    I don't understand few people defending Kohli over the non-inclusion of Parvez Rasool for the fifth ODI. May be many players were made to wait long before they got the chance to play for India. But here the case is diferent. We are playing against the weakest team. Already won the series 3-0. Won the fourth ODI also. All were given chance except Rasool. Rasool might have played in any body's place and India could still have won the match easily. To say "it just didn't go according to plans" is ridiculous.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 4, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    This shows why Captain Cool MSD is the best captain India ever produced. Kohli lacks the ability to think clearly. If he is so scared of losing against Zimbabwe, how can he handle the mighty South Africa and England ?? MSD trusted a completely unknown Joginder Sharma with the last over in 2007 T20 world Cup Final, but Kohli can't trust a new bowler against the lowly Zimbabwe ??

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on August 4, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Not including Rasool in playing XI is not Virat's decision. Watch the presentation ceremony. Rahane and Tiwary sat on bench more than Rasool. Players talent will not come in one or two chances. Sachin and Viru also scored big zero in their first appearance. Rasool will get chance as soon as possible. See Amit Mishra. He not lost heart when he dropped from team in 2003. Still he is playing First class, IPL and Selectors give him another chance and he performed in it. Rasool is good all-rounder and may do well in SA. And last but not least. Don't mix politics with game...plsssssss

  • Nampally on August 4, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    It was unfortunate that Kohli could not include Rasool in one of the 5 ODI's. But he did try in the last 2 ODI's to include those who were benched in first 3 ODI's. Furthermore he advanced guys like Raina, Jadeja, Rahane & Pujara to show their skills in batting ahead of him in the last 2 ODI's. As Kohli rightly says it is not the end of the road for Rasool because he along with others will definitely get a chance to paly in the XI in SA under India A label. It must be recognized that even a batting star like Pujara was benched for a few ODI's even prior to this tour. Unfortunately when he did get a chance in the 4th & 5th ODI's, he failed. But he will play under his own banner in SA @ his usual #3 position instead of an opener. It is essential for the guys to play at their usual batting spot to get the best out of them. Pujara is not a regular opener & psychological factor comes into play. Rasool & Nadeem will be the 2 spinners in SA. Pujara will replace Kohli @#3 + as a captain.

  • PMKKR on August 4, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Kohli should have given at least given one chance to PR.I think in the first 4 ODI only 4 bowlers will be good enough to bowled out the Zimbabwe team, seems he couldn't got the confidence from their first 4 strike bowlers that they can repeat the magic for him anyway PR wait for your turn, he is a low learner and can't take proper decision some time at the right time that what it is seen in the IPL too.I think wining 5-0 or 4-1 hardly matters.

  • on August 4, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    With due credit to India, I'd also say that luck was cruel to Zimbabwe... There were some moments in the first two games where Zim could have capitalized to give a better account of themselves... Had Taylor won more tosses, the Zim seam bowlers might have performed better... I believe Vitori, Jarvis and Chatara are good seamers who can perform well if conditions favour them... it is the batting though, which looks pathetic... Apart from sparks of form from Masakadza, Williams and Sibanda, there was absolutely nothing to show from the Zimbabweans...

  • on August 4, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Would have loved to the see the indian batting line up flex some muscles while batting first and to see how they bowl during pressure and to see the mix they have while bowling second and batting first. I think the reaction is a rubbish to why rasool did not get a game but with India being dominant for more of the series, Rasool should have got the nod in place for a batsman since India were bowling second with Kohli's plan anyways. Missed opportunity against the a weak team and hard for the young man to come back with teams like South Africa and Australia at the helm of playing India.

  • on August 4, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    India completely outplayed Zimbabway and won the trophy comfortably. When a chance is given Amit Misra prove his metal, A good genuine spinner indeed. A force to be reckoned with. Zahir khan should not be wiped off. He is a good bowler and lot of pace in his bowling. Similarly Balaji too. Batsman are plenty and they must be rotated and placed in the team irrespective of their reputation

  • class9ryan on August 4, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    We are making a mess of Rasool incident. How can he get a game ? Mishra waited the whole of two series to get a look in. Raina and Rohit were not in any form, Rayudu and Vinay have been waiting for 6-7 games. Thre was a toss up between Mohit and Jaidev, but as left armer Unadkat got the nod. Rahane deserved a game as well. The series is gone but Dinesh has not played 120 balls in a 5 match series. jadeja has batted once in the series.Very sad Kohli is blamed only for PR.

  • itsthewayuplay on August 4, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Whilst the newer bowlers have performed well showing a disciplined line and length mixed with genuine wicket taking deliveries, the biggest positive has been Mishra. In the 4-0 thrashing by England, he bowled big turners once every couple of overs and some plain rubbish the rest of the time. In fact he had a better series with he bat than the ball and after Dravid, Mishra was the only player that looked comfortable batting against that England bowling attack. This series, he has not only been consistent but mixed his bowling up with variations in flight and type of delivery and is reflected with the numbers in wickets column and economy rate. Mishra is probably the biggest turner of all the Indian spinners and it's good that the selectors did not discarded him after the England tour. If he can bowl like this in the longer format and if Chawla can do the same then India may have real options in the spin department.

  • anshu.s on August 4, 2013, 9:52 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 !!!

  • vsuria on August 4, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Can't believe other people. Winning is the most important thing. How is Kohli a bad captain if he wins5-0? I like his aggressive attitude and want more 5-0s to come

  • prasanna_79 on August 4, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Its really amazing to hear so much noise being made out of parvez rasool not being given a chance to perform.. He must be a talented player for sure and he is young & still have truckloads of time to prove his mettle in d future.. But its very disheartening to see lots of politics being played to ensure his inclusion in the playing eleven.. India is a vast country with a huge population of talented cricketers.. Lot of very talented and passionate players in the past hadn't got even one oppurtunity to represent their country in the past even after years of proven performances in the first class level.. This guy has played just one or two seasons of FC cricket.. Let him first play in the A teams & if he has d talent and temperament reqd.,then i m sure he would get his chances.. My honest opinion is one shouldn't put too much pressure on the current set of selectors,who r doing a gr8 job & No unnecessary hue n cry is reqd about one player n put too much pressure on the player itself.

  • andrew27994 on August 4, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Dreadful decision to leave out Rasool especially when there was nothing else to play for after they had already won the series. I think if Rasool had to replace anybody it should've been Raina who is already well set in the side.

  • Capricorn60 on August 4, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    I am sure the vast majority of Indian fans would have wanted all the four reserve players - Pujara, Rahane, Mohit Sharma & Rasool - to be given a chance in both the last two matches. Making feeble excuses in not playing Rasool today is absolutely ridiculous - especially against a very poor & demoralized Zimbabwe team! Rasool's inclusion today would have also done wonders for his troubled state of Kashmir. Furthermore, Kohli should have shown a lot of confidence & positivity by batting first today - rather than having a one-sided & boring repeat of the previous match. As Kohli himself said in the post-match interview today, he indeed has a 'lot of learn from the big man' & so thank God Dhoni will still be our 'captain cool' for many years to come!

  • on August 4, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    cont.

    some say kohli is not fit for captain as he dint pick rasool.... what nonsense.... did you guys even notice how he sent karthick, raina, rahane to bat ahead of him , so that they get some batting exposure ... he could have easily gone on to bat at his position and scored some runs, but he backed his players.... and mind you he dropped vinaykumar , who is his RCB mate...

    please dont insult other players just because you like others....

  • on August 4, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    i think people should stop over reacting on rasool's exclusion.... dont they remember the players like tiwary, rahane waited for ages to make their debut.... pujara was included for the whole odi series against england and yet not got single match... rohit was selected for india tour of aus last year for tests, he is yet to make test debut... same goes for tiwary... and rahane has just managed to get ONE match in tests ( he was benched for almost 3 years ) .... do you guys know when AMITH MISHRA made his debut in ODI?? 2003 it is... and he played only 20 matches since then.... many saying dhoni would have picked rasool, wrong he wouldn't have played rayadu or even unadkat for that matter... he wouldnt have rested dhawan or rohit for a single match... yes rasool is good cricketer, he will get chances.... patience is the key here....

    cont.

  • on August 4, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    India should look to build a pool of 20 players who can perform well in overseas conditions esp tests and WC 15. In batting, Dhawan..Kohli..Pujara..Rohit Sharma..Raina pick themselves...we need another 5 from among Rahane..Gambhir..Vijay..Rayudu..Manoj Tiwari..Yuvraj..Sehwag (Only for tests). Bowling looks to have options...more exposure needed for Shami... Vinay Kumar and Mohit Sharma...What we are still missing is a genuine fast bowling all rounder..who can substitute either Jadeja or Ashwin on faster pitches..

  • coldcoffee123 on August 3, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    World Number 1 India must be ashamed for not letting an upcoming spinner (Parvez) get international match experience, in a series where the opposition was thrashed 5-0.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 3, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Kohli is not fit to be India's captain. He showed his small mindedness by not playing Rasool in an inconsequential game. MSD would not have allowed that happen. After the series was one in first 3 games, last 2 games were meant to try out youngsters. Nothing was acheived by white washing Zimbabwe. The game is bigger than you. Did he NOT realize that giving a cap to Rasool would have given a huge boost to cricket in Kashmir.

  • MAYURESHmagic on August 3, 2013, 19:42 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.

  • on August 3, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Was it the established jadeja and others scared of Rasool. What about resting Raina giving Rasool a shot . If they wanted to they could have

  • on August 3, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    ya...he is the future captain...lots of things he will achieve. centuri by him was just awesome and inspiring.but yes opening is still a concern. in this rest...team will certainly enjoy. hope that virat will achieve some more milestone...in coming year.

  • umangsagar on August 3, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    thats the best he could come out for leaving rasool out? or was he afraid that making him play in place of jadeja and if zim had a good day and india a bad one, he might lose this one match and not win the series 5-0...crap...whatever be the reason..there is no way that this talented player did not deserve even one single game....ridiculous management of players as always.

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  • umangsagar on August 3, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    thats the best he could come out for leaving rasool out? or was he afraid that making him play in place of jadeja and if zim had a good day and india a bad one, he might lose this one match and not win the series 5-0...crap...whatever be the reason..there is no way that this talented player did not deserve even one single game....ridiculous management of players as always.

  • on August 3, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    ya...he is the future captain...lots of things he will achieve. centuri by him was just awesome and inspiring.but yes opening is still a concern. in this rest...team will certainly enjoy. hope that virat will achieve some more milestone...in coming year.

  • on August 3, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Was it the established jadeja and others scared of Rasool. What about resting Raina giving Rasool a shot . If they wanted to they could have

  • MAYURESHmagic on August 3, 2013, 19:42 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.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 3, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Kohli is not fit to be India's captain. He showed his small mindedness by not playing Rasool in an inconsequential game. MSD would not have allowed that happen. After the series was one in first 3 games, last 2 games were meant to try out youngsters. Nothing was acheived by white washing Zimbabwe. The game is bigger than you. Did he NOT realize that giving a cap to Rasool would have given a huge boost to cricket in Kashmir.

  • coldcoffee123 on August 3, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    World Number 1 India must be ashamed for not letting an upcoming spinner (Parvez) get international match experience, in a series where the opposition was thrashed 5-0.

  • on August 4, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    India should look to build a pool of 20 players who can perform well in overseas conditions esp tests and WC 15. In batting, Dhawan..Kohli..Pujara..Rohit Sharma..Raina pick themselves...we need another 5 from among Rahane..Gambhir..Vijay..Rayudu..Manoj Tiwari..Yuvraj..Sehwag (Only for tests). Bowling looks to have options...more exposure needed for Shami... Vinay Kumar and Mohit Sharma...What we are still missing is a genuine fast bowling all rounder..who can substitute either Jadeja or Ashwin on faster pitches..

  • on August 4, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    i think people should stop over reacting on rasool's exclusion.... dont they remember the players like tiwary, rahane waited for ages to make their debut.... pujara was included for the whole odi series against england and yet not got single match... rohit was selected for india tour of aus last year for tests, he is yet to make test debut... same goes for tiwary... and rahane has just managed to get ONE match in tests ( he was benched for almost 3 years ) .... do you guys know when AMITH MISHRA made his debut in ODI?? 2003 it is... and he played only 20 matches since then.... many saying dhoni would have picked rasool, wrong he wouldn't have played rayadu or even unadkat for that matter... he wouldnt have rested dhawan or rohit for a single match... yes rasool is good cricketer, he will get chances.... patience is the key here....

    cont.

  • on August 4, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    cont.

    some say kohli is not fit for captain as he dint pick rasool.... what nonsense.... did you guys even notice how he sent karthick, raina, rahane to bat ahead of him , so that they get some batting exposure ... he could have easily gone on to bat at his position and scored some runs, but he backed his players.... and mind you he dropped vinaykumar , who is his RCB mate...

    please dont insult other players just because you like others....

  • Capricorn60 on August 4, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    I am sure the vast majority of Indian fans would have wanted all the four reserve players - Pujara, Rahane, Mohit Sharma & Rasool - to be given a chance in both the last two matches. Making feeble excuses in not playing Rasool today is absolutely ridiculous - especially against a very poor & demoralized Zimbabwe team! Rasool's inclusion today would have also done wonders for his troubled state of Kashmir. Furthermore, Kohli should have shown a lot of confidence & positivity by batting first today - rather than having a one-sided & boring repeat of the previous match. As Kohli himself said in the post-match interview today, he indeed has a 'lot of learn from the big man' & so thank God Dhoni will still be our 'captain cool' for many years to come!