After winning two back-to-back ODIs, India are on the drivers seat for the five-match series against England. After the opening match of the series being washed off due to rain, without a bowl being bowled, the 'men in blue' thrashed England in the next two matches to get an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Excited about his county team`s practice match against a star-studded Indian cricket team, Leicestershire`s Irish import Niall O`Brien says Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s men can destroy, dazzle and intrigue their rivals all at the same time.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it was the "same mistake" of losing wickets at crucial intervals which cost them the fourth one-dayer and handed an unassailable 3-0 lead to New Zealand in the five-game ODI series here.
India have tasted yet another Test series defeat while playing on foreign soil. Certainly, this 1-0 loss against South Africa is not as humiliating as the losses met in Australia or England where they lost 4-0 on both occasions.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday sprung a surprise as he underwent batting practice at the nets here with red Kookaburra balls just two days before the start of the three-match ODI series against South Africa which will use white balls.
The Indian cricket team prepared for the ODI series against South Africa by going through a rigorous training session here with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni promising to dish out "good and exciting cricket" during the tour starting Thursday.
In the backdrop of more than 300 runs being scored on an average in an innings in the ongoing seven-match ODI series against Australia, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday said it was now difficult to determine what`s a good bowling performance.
Indian bowlers might be finding it difficult adjusting to the new ODI rules of using two balls from either end of the ground but the visiting Australian side, boasting of a fiery pace attack, was quite happy with the change in the playing conditions, said opener Phil Hughes.
Despite the criticism and call for Ishant Sharma`s ouster for conceding 30 runs in an over, teammate Suresh Raina dropped hints that the beleaguered pacer could be retained in the fourth ODI against Australia at the JSCA Stadium on Wednesday.
Indian captain MS Dhoni has said in a light-hearted manner after recent struggles faced by bowlers from both teams in the ODI series against Australia that only two bowlers should play and part-timers should bowl.
Pakistan`s former Test captain Rameez Raja has said the ongoing one-day series between India and Australia has produced quality cricket and would be of great help to the team from Down Under during the Ashes this year.
Ishant Sharma was a shadow of his past self in the first two matches of the series between India and Australia. His line and length was not up to the mark and on top of it he even failed to swing the ball.