Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Team India should first save series vs Australia, forget 2015 World Cup: Gavaskar

Mahendra Singh Dhoni suffered a heartbreak on Saturday night when his unbeaten 139 went in vain after Australia scored a thrilling four-wicket win in Mohali to go 2-1 up in the seven-match ODI series. Ishant Sharma conceded 30 runs in an over to help the Aussie cause in the death overs.

updated: October 20, 2013 12:13 IST
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Australian all-rounder James Faulkner ensured that all the focus after the third ODI in Mohali would be on the Indian bowlers, particularly Ishant Sharma. Chasing 304 for victory, the visitors looked in an improbable position, needing 44 to win the last three overs. But Faulkner smashed 30 runs in Ishant's 48th over - including four sixes - as Australia wrapped the match with four wickets to spare to take a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has now questioned the ability of the Indian pacers to adapt to match conditions.

"Ishant keeps bowling length deliveries, Vinay Kumar keeps bowling full tosses while Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets away with it by bowling most of his overs with the new ball," said Gavaskar to NDTV. In all the three ODIs in the series thus far Australia have managed to score 300-plus in every innings. "What is disappointing is that the bowlers are fearful of powerful batsmen," Gavaskar said.

Ishant, who was under tremendous scrutiny prior to the match, has come under intense criticism after his 30-run over. "When a batsman gets after Ishant, he loses it under pressure," said Gavaskar. "The problem is that we keep judging Ishant on the great spell he bowled to Ricky Ponting in Australia in 2008. But it has been five years since that spell and if he can't replicate it then I think we need to look for someone else." Gavaskar said, even suggesting that India needed to inject some experience in the bowling attack.

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