India's tune-up ODI tri-series ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015 proved that the defending champions preparations for the major event are certainly not on track. India looked dejected in the ODI tri-series failing to win a single match, where home side Australia and England are the other participants.
Sunil Gavaskar feels that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ran "short of ideas" but at the same time wouldn't like to be too critical of him ahead of the ICC World Cricket World Cup starting in two weeks' time.
India were on Friday knocked out of the tri-series cricket tournament after yet another spineless display as England recovered from a top-order collapse to record a three-wicket victory and secure a place in the final here today.
India were ousted from the ODI tri-series by England who scripted a three-wicket victory against MS Dhoni's side in Perth on Friday. England booked their place in the final and will play giants Australia. For India their sorry state of affairs outside the sub-continent continued as the side failed to register a single victory in the tri-series.
It seems as if the preparations of Team India for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2015 are not up to the mark. If one of their opener is going through a rough patch, then the other one is nursing an injury.
Welcome to our coverage of the fifth match of the Tri-series between Australia and India being played at Sydney Cricket Ground. It's a huge day, of cricket and also that of nationalism. It's Australia Day Down Under and Republic Day for the Indians. Aussies have already qualified for the final and for India, it is a must win game to keep their faintest of hopes alive for the title match.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Sunday said Ishant Sharma (ankle injury )and Ravindra Jadeja (left shoulder impingement) are fit and available for selection for the ODI tri-series clash against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Monday.
Their World Cup preparations derailed by successive losses, India would look to reignite the spark and keep themselves afloat in the ODI cricket tri-series when they take on an unbeaten Australia in a must-win game here on Monday.
The touring Indian team members Down Under may not find themselves as engrossed as others on today's developments on the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting case's Supreme Court verdict. They themselves are dealing with altogether a different beast at hand. After losing to both Australia and England in the first round matches, India have very limited chance of making it to the final. But, all that matters for the team is winning the tri-series. Because, the defending ICC World Cup champions can't afford to finish third in a tri-series in the run-up to the quadrennial tournament. It will send a wrong signal to everyone.
Having tried quite a few permutations and combinations in the two losses so far, the Indian think-tank seems to have settled for Virat Kohli at the No.4 position to hit the right balance and stay alive in the ongoing tri-series.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan's poor form with the bat continued as the southpaw once again failed to make his presence felt in the 3rd ODI of the triangular series between India and England on Tuesday.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday blamed the batsmen for the lack of partnerships that saw the team collapse to 153 all out before slumping to a nine-wicket defeat in their ODI tri-series match against England here.
He scripted a memorable comeback today snapping five wickets to set up England's nine-wicket win over India in the cricket tri-series and pacer Steven Finn said he was happy to see that his hard work finally paid off.
His decision to bat first backfired on Tuesday as India were dismissed for a paltry 153 against England and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put the blame on his batsmen for their nine-wicket loss in their second ODI of the cricket tri-series here.