England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge July 28, 2011

Gambhir doubtful for second Test, Zaheer ruled out

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Gautam Gambhir is likely to miss the second Test at Trent Bridge that starts today, adding to India's injury woes after Zaheer Khan was already ruled out with a hamstring injury. Gambhir was hit on the left arm while fielding at short leg during the Lord's Test and did not train on Wednesday. He did show up at the nets yesterday with his elbow strapped and batted for ten minutes, repeatedly flexing his arm and being stretched by the physio.

If Gambhir does not recover in time, India will be left with only one fit opening batsman in the squad, since Virender Sehwag is not expected to be match fit until the third Test. That will mean either Rahul Dravid or Suresh Raina will probably have to play the role of makeshift opener to partner Abhinav Mukund, while Yuvraj Singh could return to the middle order.

There had been doubts about Zaheer's availability for the match after he pulled up while bowling on the first day of the Lord's Test. "It's always good to have him in the side because he is our most experienced bowler," Dhoni said. "Especially when it comes to England, he has played a lot of cricket over here for counties and the last time India were here he bowled really well."

Dhoni said that while not having Zaheer was disappointing, it gave the other bowlers a chance to prove their mettle in international cricket. "Overall it's a win-win situation for us because we can't really sit and say Zaheer is not there. We have to look at the positives, which is that some of the other bowlers will get to have a look at international cricket." India have Munaf Patel and Sreesanth as seam options along with Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma who played in the Lord's Test.

Dhoni was optimistic when asked whether Zaheer would recover before the third Test which begins in Birmingham on August 10. "We are expecting that. He started light training yesterday but again it is something we can't be 100% sure about; but most likely it seems he will [be fit]."

India go into the Trent Bridge Test 1-0 down in the four-match series; England will go to No 1 in the Test rankings if they win the series by a two-game margin.

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  • Ashok_Bapat on July 29, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Today I write about a topic that fans & critics have both avoided.I make a proposition that one of the reasons that India have often ingloriously lost is due to the unwillingness of the recognized batsmen to farm the strike & protect the tail end batsmen from over-exposure to hostile pace or even spin attack. Not only that, only Indian recognized batsmen consistently make a lesser contribution to the score than the tail-end batsmen in the partnerships. Laxman, Sachin, Dravid lead in this matter, but Raina in the last test showed he is not far behind. The reason could be in the unfortunate Indian psyche to seek personal protection at the moment of possible glory. The 'jigar' of is simply missing & even coaches seem afraid of 'senior' players. Some would say that 'trusting' the tail end batsmen, such as Bhajji & Ishant, a few battles were saved, if not won. But do we lose the count of how many tests are lost? We want street fighters, not the batsmen weighed down by own reputation.

  • on July 29, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Latest update: Gambhir is out as well!!

  • on July 29, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Well Latest Update: Gambhir is out also!!

  • on July 29, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Guys..Send some positive Vibes...We can play with what we have...The best we could do is, Open with Yuvi(A good spin option if bowling in tandem with Bhajji - Will make sure one of them will get some wickets - good old saying Hunt in Packs)...Raina is rock solid in the middle order..Forget Lords ever happened, and go for the Kill!

  • pg_fan on July 29, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    mathewjohn2176 - In one dayers both India and west indies are second with 2 world cup wins after australia - who have 4 wins..

  • spiritwithin on July 29, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    after hearing these injury woes indian team deserved to be ousted from no.1 spot,apart from gambhir the other two injuries(zaheer & sehwag) was their own fault whcih means with proper planning india wud have lost just one player(gambhir) due to injury...such a highly anticipated series and the unproffesional attitude of indian players had let us down...an an indian i was supporting indian team till now but now its getting on my nerve,and look at the way bcci scheduled the warm up games,even in SA the indian team directly played the 1st tests without any warm-up games,the players,bcci officials all of them r culprit and i m sure after the retirement of sachin,dravid,laxman india will perpetually languise at the bottom coz of the lacklustre attitude of bcci & the players....

  • ultimatewarrior on July 29, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    i sometimes thinks that irfan pathan's blind fans are following cricinfo very much. here and there they just go for there is a lack in india, no problem! irfan will fill it.....latest his services is offered by his fan for OPENER. this is real test cricket man, not a ranji trophy match.....dude grow up now...

  • on July 29, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    we is sunk.no zak,no veeru,no gauti and nobody'll drop bhajji.might as well give a walkover

  • Positive_Critic on July 29, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Poor Dravid! will be sacrificed once again...The one man with the ability to salvage India's batting woes against the moving ball, will again do what he has repeatedly said he doesnt like to do... That is to open the innings..Even for the team sake we need to realise how important Dravid is to our cause and we should actually think of anyone but Dravid to make this sacrifice.... We need Dravid to drop anchor...

  • symsun on July 29, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    My XI: Mukund, Yuvi, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Raina, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Praveen, Sree, Ishant. Though I prefer Mishra, I would give Bhaji one more chance. Bhaji bowls better when he sees other spinners in his team bowling well. So bowling more with Yuvi and Raina will make Bhaji better.

  • Ashok_Bapat on July 29, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Today I write about a topic that fans & critics have both avoided.I make a proposition that one of the reasons that India have often ingloriously lost is due to the unwillingness of the recognized batsmen to farm the strike & protect the tail end batsmen from over-exposure to hostile pace or even spin attack. Not only that, only Indian recognized batsmen consistently make a lesser contribution to the score than the tail-end batsmen in the partnerships. Laxman, Sachin, Dravid lead in this matter, but Raina in the last test showed he is not far behind. The reason could be in the unfortunate Indian psyche to seek personal protection at the moment of possible glory. The 'jigar' of is simply missing & even coaches seem afraid of 'senior' players. Some would say that 'trusting' the tail end batsmen, such as Bhajji & Ishant, a few battles were saved, if not won. But do we lose the count of how many tests are lost? We want street fighters, not the batsmen weighed down by own reputation.

  • on July 29, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Latest update: Gambhir is out as well!!

  • on July 29, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Well Latest Update: Gambhir is out also!!

  • on July 29, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Guys..Send some positive Vibes...We can play with what we have...The best we could do is, Open with Yuvi(A good spin option if bowling in tandem with Bhajji - Will make sure one of them will get some wickets - good old saying Hunt in Packs)...Raina is rock solid in the middle order..Forget Lords ever happened, and go for the Kill!

  • pg_fan on July 29, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    mathewjohn2176 - In one dayers both India and west indies are second with 2 world cup wins after australia - who have 4 wins..

  • spiritwithin on July 29, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    after hearing these injury woes indian team deserved to be ousted from no.1 spot,apart from gambhir the other two injuries(zaheer & sehwag) was their own fault whcih means with proper planning india wud have lost just one player(gambhir) due to injury...such a highly anticipated series and the unproffesional attitude of indian players had let us down...an an indian i was supporting indian team till now but now its getting on my nerve,and look at the way bcci scheduled the warm up games,even in SA the indian team directly played the 1st tests without any warm-up games,the players,bcci officials all of them r culprit and i m sure after the retirement of sachin,dravid,laxman india will perpetually languise at the bottom coz of the lacklustre attitude of bcci & the players....

  • ultimatewarrior on July 29, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    i sometimes thinks that irfan pathan's blind fans are following cricinfo very much. here and there they just go for there is a lack in india, no problem! irfan will fill it.....latest his services is offered by his fan for OPENER. this is real test cricket man, not a ranji trophy match.....dude grow up now...

  • on July 29, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    we is sunk.no zak,no veeru,no gauti and nobody'll drop bhajji.might as well give a walkover

  • Positive_Critic on July 29, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Poor Dravid! will be sacrificed once again...The one man with the ability to salvage India's batting woes against the moving ball, will again do what he has repeatedly said he doesnt like to do... That is to open the innings..Even for the team sake we need to realise how important Dravid is to our cause and we should actually think of anyone but Dravid to make this sacrifice.... We need Dravid to drop anchor...

  • symsun on July 29, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    My XI: Mukund, Yuvi, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Raina, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Praveen, Sree, Ishant. Though I prefer Mishra, I would give Bhaji one more chance. Bhaji bowls better when he sees other spinners in his team bowling well. So bowling more with Yuvi and Raina will make Bhaji better.

  • Satyam_max on July 29, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    I agree with Freddy_Mad . India is really missing the service of Anil Kumble now a days . And , that is a real valid point which he mentioned on Mishra .As experts are saying that pitch is not going to help the spinners with turn,hence a spinner should allow the ball to flight and drift in order to purchase wickets . Sadly, of late Harbhajan is failing to summon these on a regular basis . His flight is not threatening and many a times he ends up bowling in a flatter trajectory . Also , his drift is more towards the leg stump which negates the effectiveness of an off spinner . Even though he does not possess the classical leg to off drift of an off spinner , at least he should switch back to the off stump line for attacking. I wish Amit Mishra plays a part in this series. Although, it is unlikely that team management will drop Harbhajan.I wish Harbhajan proves me wrong and come back strongly in this test . He adds that extra punch in the lower batting order .....

  • on July 29, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Indian team seems to be a bunch of walking wounded. For such a much anticipated tour the way some of the guys prepared was terrible. Lack of match practice, lack of fitness doesnt speak well about a team wanting to extend its dominance in the game. Very unprofessional.

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 29, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    @thushanthan, west indies and Australia used to be very dominant in their playing days. After that except India no one ranked no1 for even 2 yrs.only South Africa ranked no.1 before India took from them but they were in top for just few months. What you say is not true.srilanka and other countries never reached no.1 ,and being no.1 for even atleast 2 yrs is bigger than not achieving ,for teams like srilanka.come up with the facts and not your own.Regarding one day,aus achieved 4 worldcup titles,west indies 3 and next is India with 2 worldcup title.

  • JustOUT on July 29, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Zak.. your body is best fit for T20. Better follow Malinga to prolong your cricketing career.

  • IndianTestCricketFan on July 29, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Atrocious...Gambhir can play IPL with an injury but not a test match for his country???!!!

  • RajitD on July 29, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Wishful thinking, but wish Irfan was on this tour. He's not a bad makeshift opener, and would have provided an extra seaming option. Somebody who could make use of the conditions on offer.

  • on July 29, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    @Khiladsher according to stats india has only 25% success rate in cricket compared to Englands 35%. This series is the start of Indian Cricket teams downfall just like Australia and westindies in the past. The funny thing is Australia and Westindies were world champs for more that 10-15 years, while India was just for 2 years.

    If you look at the stats there are so many countries who have been world champs in test and in Oneday format for just two years and doing that is not a great archivement.

  • Freddy_mad on July 29, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Well I feel... Its a gut feeling that Amit mishra can do the trick for india.... this english side..... these so called Star Players..... has a long history of failing against leg-spin bowling..... HAVE U EVER WONDERED WHY ENGLISH TEAM STARTED RISING ONLY AFTER RETIREMENT OF SHANE WARNE AND ANIL KUMBLE !!! ...and Mishra is the one who gives flight... allow bowl to spin and let the batsmen drive !!! Nothig offencive against anyone. Its Just what i thought.

  • on July 29, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    @ vickyrIND: Your line-up is perfect: perfect for a WIN in England.

  • on July 29, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    @ Alexk400: Do you think Dhoni has any sort of technique to face the fiery english attack?-- very strange and funny too.

  • oleg_mcnoleg on July 29, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    This all makes the Indian itinery and squad selection look rather foolish. The England team can only play what's put in front of them .... As for selection - I would be more than happy to see Yuvraj opening in swinging conditions tomorrow - that would be a crass move. Munaf is far to similar to Kumar and should therefore be overlooked for Sreesanth, despite his erraticism. Mishra for Harbhajan would be a bold move - which i don't expect the Indian selectors to make until the third test by which time the horse will have bolted.

  • cold_terminator on July 29, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    I reckon a 3-0 series win over India with one draw. It makes sense to me since they played IPL as seriously as possible; eventually picked up some injuries, then missed tour of WI asking for rest (entertained by BCCI, no choice, they like IPL more than any other format) and not surprisingly, not prepared in the manner they should be for Eng series. No matter what, Indian players always struggled against quality bowling in a fast and swinging pitch, nothing new for them.

  • on July 29, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @Khiladisher So essentially, England got thrashed by two of the all time great teams in the WI of 1970s-80s and Australia of the 1990s and 2000s. What does this mean or matter? Not only are England a different team, but no team approaching the quality of the two mentioned exist in the modern cricketing world.

  • 9ST9 on July 29, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    @Anant Shah - On this pitch India would be better off with Sreeshanth, erratic yes but he is a wicket taker and that's what India need at the moment.

  • 9ST9 on July 29, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    @khiladisher - If Sanga's a colombo specialist, how come he score 192 in Hobart. As far as i know Hobart is not a suburb of colombo. Btw good to see you back and commenting. Provides a lot of enjoyment for all.

  • bobagorof on July 29, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    Look at the positives, sure. But losing your best bowler is hardly 'win-win'. Would it be 'win-win' if Tendulkar or Dravid were not available?

  • on July 29, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    I too support with the most popular combimation of bowlers as Sreesath, Ishanth, Preveen,Munaf with yuvi and raina as spinners. This is the best and no doubt that they are capable of taking 20 wickets. Most important thing is that much India's much reputed batsmen must live upto thier reputation. Even if sehwang or Gambier is absent, india has excellentt line-up in papers. It is utter shame that they did not score beyond 300mark in the first two inninsgs of 1st test. If they bat well and pile up a pretty good score, bowlers can easily do the rest.

  • cricmatters on July 29, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    More than Zahir Khan's injury, I think Bhajji's lack of bite hurt India more. Either they should have gone with Amit Mishra or started with four seamers from the start and allowing Raina or Yuvi to play the role of part time spinner. I wonder why Ashish Nehra has not been included in the tour as he can swing the ball a long way especially in English conditions. India lost the first Test due to lack of preparation and poor shot selection from Dravid and Laxman in the second dig. The contest is only going to get hotter as the series progresses.

  • khiladisher on July 28, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    @5WOMBATS-MATE-ITS UR ENGLISH SIDE WHICH GETS WHITEWASHED EVERY TIME THEY PLAY A STRONGER TEAM-HOW CAN YOU FORGET THE 3-0 THRASHING AT THE HANDS OF INDIA IN 92-93 SERIES,3-0 AT THE HANDS OF AUSTRALIA 79-80,4-0 AGAIN IN 89-90,3-0 IN 90-91,5-0 IN 2006-07,AND THE BEATINGS AT HAND OF WEST INDIES5-0 IN 1984 AND ONCE AGAIN IN 85-86 AND ONCE AGAIN 4-0 IN 1988- JUST BCOS INDIA LOST 1 TEST MATCH BCOS OF INJURIES,AND UNFIT PLAYERS DOES NOT MAKE THIS GREEN WICKET TEAM WORLD#1.GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT MAET-PS-WHATS UR PROBLEM WITH CAPS LOCK.

  • CricketChat on July 28, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    Like some of the readers suggested, I like the idea that either Dhoni or Yuvraj open innings with Mukund. I would also include Mishra to complement Hrabhajan (should be his last test for this series if he fails in 2nd test) to go along with Ishant and Praveen, who both did admirable job in the absence of oft injured Zaheer(surely coming to the final chapter of his career).

  • Bhiku on July 28, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    if india have to bounce back in the series i fancy this sort of batting line-up,thinking out of box---- suresh raina, sachin tendulkar,vvs laxman,rahul dravid,yuvraj singh,ms dhoni,harbhajjan singh,praveen kumar,shreesanth,munaf and ishant sharma.i am not saying this haphazardly.there is lot of instinct on it.common cricinfo let dhoni know it.and lets see what happens here.it wont go other way.

  • Alexk400 on July 28, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    I got an IDEA. Let Dhoni open along with mukund.

    1. Mukund 2. Dhoni 3.Dravid 4. Sachin 5. VVS laxman 6. Raina. 7. Yuvi 8. P kumar 9. Ishant sharma 10. Sreesanth 11, Munaf Patel. Raina and yuvi can do spin duties.

  • khiladisher on July 28, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    @EASIR ARAFAT-KNOW WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM,ITS A 4 MATCH SERIES,SO,SCORE LINE-INDIA-3 ENGLAND-1

  • khiladisher on July 28, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    @HERATH-UK-ARE U JOKING?BATTLING INNINGS BY SANGA ,IN THE LAST INNINGS OF THE SERIES, WHERE ENGLAND SHOULD HAVE WON 3-0 AND SRI LANKA WERE SAVED BY RAIN ON 2 OCCASIONS-WITHOUT ANY RAIN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENGLAND-3 LANKA-0.SANGAKKARA RECORD IN ENGLAND IS THE WORST EVER BY A FRONTLINE BATSMAN WITH 10 TEST MATCHES AND AVG OF 26-PLEASE DO NOT COMPARE LEGENDS WHO HAVE GREAT RECORDS IN ENGLAND -RAHUL-10 TEST MATCHES-AVG-71,SACHIN -15 MATCHES AVG-60 WITH THE COLOMBO SPECIALIST SANGA.

  • vickyrIND on July 28, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    My team for tomorrow would be Mukund, Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Sreesant, Patel, Kumar, Sharma. With Yuvi in side India can drop out Harbhajan and go for all pace attack. To fill in they have Raina and Yuvi as fillers for spinners. Good luck team India

  • Dave_Chatterjee on July 28, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    There was enough time to fly Sehwag from India as standby when GG got injured. What difference will 7 days make to heal his injury? I also feel India should look out for replacement of Sehwag , some one like Paul Valtathy or Manoj Tiwari, who have played crucial knocks for their clubs/states under pressure and performed. After all IPL and domestic tournaments are for harnessing new talents in challenging conditions. When Zaheer has a long history of hamstring problems, why RP or Irfan were not tipped off as his replacement in day 1 itself? Its almost 8 days now, he is loitering in the sidelines. Why carry injured passengers ???

  • 5wombats on July 28, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    @Easir Arafat; A whitewash 5-0 would be wonderful. Especially in a 4 match series.

  • Bhiku on July 28, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    india bowling attack is absolutely fine even without zaheer especially when there is a guy like sreesanth to cover up.what sounds funny for me is india being called" batting giants". avinabh mukund reminds me wasim zaffer,it would have been fine if he had been in the place of dravid.the absence of attacking approach in the begining has been the weakness for india which the english bowlers have capitalised so far.they didnt bring virat,yuvraj is here but not playing who is capable of winning mathes.it would be harsh to say but what i think is with this kind of players selection india can only draw the test matches.it is universal truth that dravid,laxman,tendulkar are the legends of indian cricket,but common its a battle of next generation,it could demotivate the talents of virat,rohit especially when they miss this kind of scenario to perform.experience is uttermost but in limit which could be done by the rotation of senior players.

  • on July 28, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    want sehwag ...with his extraordinary form....

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 28, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    @Easir Arafat : You seem confused. Your Bangladesh teams is not touring England. It's India.

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on July 28, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    @at gunter , so true mate sachin shd open as he s used to it...rather than dravid who will turn out to be a scapegoat again.....Its so simple sachin is so selfish and doesn wanna open knowing he ll get his chance anyway, and its completely oppsite in ODIs..As they say,when the doors of the temples are locked even god(sach) is behind the wall(dravid).Its great to see even srilankans who hate indian team love dravid...

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on July 28, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    @at land47,watch it before u spk out,his prominent odi performance and changed temperament is wat that has brought him to test team,,,,, and mate yuvi by far has an fantastic bowlin performance than harbhan for an year, he s a very much improved bowler than the stats.but by noway i mean he ll run through eng middle order, its just that he s more than handy

  • Herath-UK on July 28, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Hopefully someone will do battling innings like Sanga to lift the morale of the team after such a heavy defeat. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on July 28, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    I don't see India bouncing back this time like in S.Africa.First,there's something about this team this time around that does not convince me.India could have saved the test at Lord's with 9 wickets in hand on the last day,but their approach really sucked-not worthy of a n.1.Without Shewag,going for a win with the target that England set was near to impossible,but atleast the Indians should have played their natural game,not go into a shell like Sachin was doing.That's exactly why Strauss set India such a daunting target.He knew he could defend even a lesser target,but putting pressure on India psychologically would mean India would not dare go for a chase without Shewag,but would somehow try to stick in there to save the game by going into a shell which adds even more pressure and inevitably lose wickets and that's exactly what happened.England now has an upper hand over India also psychologically+they are a more complete unit.Let's see if India has the spunk to bounce back at TB!

  • analyseabhishek on July 28, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Getting Yuvi in for Gambhir- meaning getting an unreliable (in tests) middle order batsman with a reliable opener- is only a desperate solution, not a positive one.

    By opening with Dravid in challenging conditions, you would also have to make do with the 30s or 40s he would painstakingly make instead of 50s or 100s he could make at his natural position of no 3.

    This test looks gone for India even before the start- unless of course something crazy happens.

  • baja_jnandu on July 28, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Sreesanth in.....India win. Sreesanth has been the lucky charm for India. So I atleast expect a draw coming out here if not an Indian Win

  • LittleFinger on July 28, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    The bold thing to do would be what some are suggesting: Mukund, Dravid, VVS, Sachin, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, PK, Sreesanth, Ishant, Munaf (yes, very long tail!). What is going to happen though is that Bhajji is going to play and Munaf is not. In the past, when we have dropped "undroppable" players, they have come back the better for it. Examples include Sehwag, Zaheer and Ganguly. Why is Bhajji a holy cow?

  • on July 28, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    dhoni needs to use his judgement and should not be stubborn he should all 4 seamers/medium pacers and leave bhajji out and i like the idea of playing yuvraj if gambhir is not fit as we dont have the team to carry any sick players. hopefully india play well and beat england

  • on July 28, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    It will be a white wash - England win 5-0.

  • nlambda on July 28, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    As an Indian, I think India deserve to lose the #1 ranking to England. England players have shown hunger and desire to win the tests. Our players had such a poor attitude! First most of them skipped the WI series and now they show up match unfit. Go England and topple us I say. Looking forward to our TV channels tearing into the Sehwags and Zaheers then.

  • mohsin9975 on July 28, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    does dhoni know what the term win-win situation means? you r in win-win situation when ur team is winning and u hav added advantage due to that new situation.i seriously think we r in a no-win sitution widout zaheer

  • manish053 on July 28, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    It is easier to potshot at team management for unfit players and on can not refrain oneself to speak out at the team which do not have 100 percent fit players for playing eleven but cool captain states cool and very positive statement amid two strength players ruled out to play in the second test underway from 29the july. Defiant and virile Indian captain Dhoni is very positive and one should appreciated him for it. He said that having unfit players not always a negative signs but we should take it positive. Because of this bench players have chance to prove themselves. Golden opportunity for fringe players to prove themselves and make their claim strength to have permanent place in the squad.

  • on July 28, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    i wonder India is ready for the challenge. England is currently good, i am sure about it. Its not because of strauss & pieterson , rather bcoz of cook, trott n prior. the seamers are next best to steyn & morkel. In India, there is no real seamers. Few changes may make the team better 1. Mishra in for Harbhajan. 2. Yuvi in for Gambir. 3 Sreesanth in for Zaheer.

    Battin lineup should be ... 1.Sachin ( he is a natural opener, better than Dravid ) 2. Mukund ( confident form ) 3. Dravid ( Best at 3rd ) 4.Yuvi ( Mercuria battin, cant rely , useful in bowling too ) 5.Laxman ( Enhancin middle order if yuvi fails ) 6.Raina ( Good form & patience ) 7.Dhoni ( Captain ?? ) 8. PK ( no batting patience, reduced speed ) 9. Sreesanth ( best on his day ) 10.Mishra ( Legspinner , I hope he will do better than 1/218 ) 11. Ishant ( he did good in 2nd innings )

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on July 28, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    i agree - yuvi and raina to share spinner's duties, 4 seamers, dravid has to open. hopefully batting can click to ensure draw at least, then wait for zaheer and sehwag to get fit in northants warmup game and bring them back for the final charge to the winning line in the last two tests.

  • sriharshapr on July 28, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    This was expected!! its time for Dhoni to lead from the front and repeat the same what he did in the WC finals but this time in test.He is a good batsman in subcontinent strips but he has never proved himself as a good test player. If Gauti is injured, MS should open the batting with Abhinav. If he can survive initial 1 or 2 hrs, then with his attacking instincts he can be the next viru for India. If opening with Rahul is a Gamble then why not MS?? and with Yuvi / Raini @ 7, India will be in a much better position.

  • GrassBanks on July 28, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    If England lose to this Indian team in Trentbridge the only excuse they would have would be the lack of DRS. Flower is already well on his way with that one.

  • Iyer on July 28, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    My Indian team for second test: 1 & 2 Mukund & Saha 3,4,5 Dravid, laxman, sachin 6,7 Yuvraj, raina 8,9,10 Sreesanth,Munaf, Praveen 11 Amit Would have played Ishant instead of Amit, but Ishant needs to be dropped for at least on disciplinary grounds for refusing to bowl after lunch on 4th day when he was the strike bowler and England were tottering. Dhoni should be rested due to poor batting, wicket keeping and captaincy. A rest will help him. Harbhajan should play more domestic matches and prove he could spin the ball if he wants to get back to national team.

  • Master01 on July 28, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Please dont compare losing Tremlett to Zaheer. One is the best fast bowler in the world, along with Dale Steyn, and is a master of reverse swing. The other has played 10 test matches. behave. A more sufficient comparison would be if England lost Swann, Pietersen and Trott. Then see how well you would do.

  • indian_rockers_2015_champs on July 28, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    if gambhir is injured opening should be tendulkar and mukund................................my dream team sehwag,gambhir,dravid ,lax,raina,tendulkar,msd,zaheer,rpsingh,ishant,ojha................

  • Rahulbose on July 28, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    This Indian team needs to be overhauled. Their glory days are over, just too many past retirement age players in the XI. Go join Ganguly in the commentary box and make money in the IPL.

  • on July 28, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    It's a no brainer, an Indian opener is currently in England and playing club cricket not too far from Notts. Wasim Jaffer should be drafted into the squad as a regular opener, someone with good experience of English conditions and runs to boot!!

  • Finn92 on July 28, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    It's what happens when you don't take fitness seriously, Zaheer is a good bowler but he can't make it through two consecutive tests never mind a four match series!

  • on July 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    mah playing 11

    Gambhir(if fit) or Mukund Dravid Laxman Tendulkar Yuvraj Raina Dhoni Harbhajan Ishant Praveen Sreesanth

  • AjaySridharan on July 28, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Yuvi will be a dead weight on the team. He doesn't have the technique to counter swing, and his bowling is pedestrian at best. Open with Dravid and Mukund (so many times a wicket has gone down so early that Dravid has practically being an opener! Gives you a right and left combo as well. Get Sree in...yes, he is a gamble, but one worth taking. Replace Bhajji with Mishra. Get Raina and Sachin to fill in as part time bowlers. If the ball is swinging around, Sachin can swing it too. You need 2 of your 3 seamers to click. and two of your batters to get a big score and rest to chip in with 30s and 40s. Time for the guys to step up. It is not a hopeless situation. My spider senses tell me that Sree will prove to be a lucky break!

  • maddy20 on July 28, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    No problem. If Gambhir is not fit we can go for Yuvraj but have Mukund open with Dravid. As for bowling Sreesanth can be brought in, in place of Zaheer. A line and length bowler without much pace like Munaf is unlikely to trouble the opposition. Come on India! Its payback time!!

  • KrazyCricketKid on July 28, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    1.Abhinav Mukund 2.Rahul Dravid 3.Sachin Tendulkar 4.Yuvraj Singh 5.VVS Laxman 6.Suresh Raina 7.MS Dhoni 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Praveen Kumar 10.Ishant Sharma 11.Sreesanth

  • m_ilind on July 28, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    PK & Ishant are the main strike bowlers at the moment. The third seamer should play a good support role, along with Bhajji or Mishra. On current form, Bhajji should not be an automatic choice and Mishra should be tried atleast once. Yuvi might play for Gauti, so there is a left arm spin option. The critical choice will be the third seamer, a good support bowler like Munaf will be handy. Sreesanth is unpredictable, so you don't know what to expect. Will MS gamble with Sree? and Mishra?

  • on July 28, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Gambhir out/ Yuvi in could be a blessing in disguise: You get a bowler who can break Pietersen, just that this bowler will open the innings too. Rest Bhaji till you a get a more turning pitch. Play 4 seamers (hope Munaf is fit). England will have to sweat it out this time.

    And in the 3rd game, we get Zaheer, Sehwag & Gambhir returning. Series, India.

  • DevVarma on July 28, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    getsetgopk, You are exactly right.It's shame on Dhoni that he couldn't save the match (40 overs) using Raina and the tailenders who are not that bad in staying at the crease.

  • on July 28, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    I don't care if your players are unfit. If you've only got 11 players that are good enough then that's India's problem. It looks like we wont have Tremlett. Wont be an excuse if we lose.

    If England become number 1, then it is legitimate, regardless of the whinging.

  • hjthespawn on July 28, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Its about time that Dhoni stops being stubborn on Harbhajan's inclusion. Bhajji is hopelessly out of form and either Mishra (preferably) or Munaf should be given a chance. If India loses this test, they really have no chance of coming back in this series. Also, Yuvi must also be given a nod.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 28, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Great opportunity. Go with four pacers (as this is trent bridge and Bhajji is not doing great anyways) and have yuvi and raina fillin for 10 overs each, in tandem with a fast bowler. That should do it.

  • landl47 on July 28, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    I'm guessing Gambhir will play. An injury like that, to his rear elbow, is going to heal pretty quickly and even if he's not 100% on Friday he'll be fine on Saturday. Zaheer's absence is a real problem. Sreesanth is completely unpredictable; Munaf is a steady bowler, but not particularly dangerous. Both are age 28; Sree has a bowling average of 35 and Munaf 38 in tests. Neither are good bats and neither field very well. Compare that with Bresnan, who is 26, has a bowling average of 32 and a batting average of 28 in tests, is a good fielder and a very postive influence in the dressing room. As for those suggesting Yuvi for Bhaji- please! Yuvi is age 29 and has 8 (that's EIGHT) wickets in tests at 53 each. His batting average is 35, not great, and the thought of him opening is enough to bring a smile to every England bowler's face. Six 6s in a T20 against Broad when Broad was 21 mean nothing now. He's a great one-day player, but his test record is nothing special at all.

  • BravoBravo on July 28, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Anything is possible in IND vs ENG current test series but I am sure there won't be a miracle. ENG team is performing to their best potential now, and exuding confidence in their approach. In first match the way ENG played, it tells their confidence, and sporting spirit. While IND, I seriously doubt, they are miles behind in their approach, and the level of confidence. Third match between WI vs IND (recently concluded) is the real example of the dynamics and confidence of the IND team. Good luck to IND (they need a lot of it) and to ENG.

  • zico123 on July 28, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    BCCI to be blamed if India lose the No.1 ranking. Players are to be partially blamed too. They have put IPL over India. Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Sachin all played the hectic IPL, skipped WI tour and now struggling in England. I don't know why it is so hard to understand the detrimental effect IPL is causing! but BCCI and players don't care as they are earning huge huge money from IPL

  • ChrisCole43 on July 28, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Not sure I understand why India chose to bring over a squad of players with some of them carrying injuries or lacking match practice? Is there no strenght in depth in such a large country that there is such an unhealthy reliance on a couple of players? Ok Gambir was a freak injury but the other opening in the squad isn't even fit to be considered for this test so now the options are for a non-regular opener to stand-in. All I can see is the excuses being lined up before the test starts.

  • rahulppppp on July 28, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    team should be gautham gambir ,rahul dravid,VVS Lakshman ,sachin tendu,youvraj singh,dhoni,raina,amith misra,sreesanth,munaf patel ,ishanth sharma

  • zico123 on July 28, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    firstly Sreesanth should play for Zaheer, if Gambhir is ruled out due to elbow injusry, then Yuvi has to play, means we will have 2 part time spinners Yuvi and Raina, so Bhajji is not required, so India should play Munaf for Bhajji, so india will have 4 seamers (Sreesanth, ishant, praveen, Munaf) and 2 part time spinners.

  • aarpee2 on July 28, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    If we play to our potential and as a team we can turn the tables in the second test. Only Bhajji's consistent lack of form is a worry-is it true that his last 5 wkt haul came 25 tests ago-if this true then time we brought Ashwin or Ojha as a front line spinner

  • on July 28, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    PLEASE !!! Dravid should NOT open the innings. Someone said that Yuvi will bolster the middle order, NO he'll not. India needs Dravid at no. 3 & Sachin at no. 4 with VVS at 5 if they want to win this test. No matter what is the rest of the line up. The big 3 should play at their respective positions.....Abhishek, Delhi

  • SDHM on July 28, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    It's a blow for India - Trent Bridge is a swinging ground, and Zaheer bowled superbly there last time around - but either Munaf or Sreesanth will be decent replacements considering the history of the place. My personal preference would be for Sreesanth - for all this talk of seam bowlers ruling the roost, the pitch doesn't usually offer much bounce or too much seam movement and wickets are gotten through swing (which it will do throughout the test, no matter the weather - for some reason, it just does!). Sreesanth seems to me more like a proper swing bowler than Munaf, who from what I've seen recently is a bit more stump to stump.

  • on July 28, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    our bowling attact lags fire power.with both sree nd munaf in team it means a loot and also bhaajis out f form. let yuvi play as an all rounder here also.......

  • on July 28, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    India will definitely make a comeback

  • myusacric on July 28, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Srisant should replace in Zaheer place as we know he bowled fuller length bowl and that was reason is can take wicket and if pitch not support than he was expensive but in england condition ball will swing and any bowler who pitch the ball up have more chance of getting wicket like endland bolwer did in Lord Ishant should bowl different length like little short on bouncy wicker which bring varierty in Indian bowling and need adjustment for england bastman all time

  • symsun on July 28, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Yuvi can replace Gauti, its not new for him to open. Mishra or Sree can replace Zaheer.. but the later is a high risk. If at all India can save any reputation, it depends on Dravid and Lakshman..

  • hanzie on July 28, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    It would have helped if RP singh or Irfan pathan were in the squad

  • Rakim on July 28, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    I'd put in Yuvi and any other "pacer" (they are all useless, it doesn't matter). But don't drop Bhajji (He is the only cricketer closer to Afridi, India may ever produce.)

    Zaheer out is a hard blow. But if they put Bhajji out too, then Eng will score 600+.

  • cricket_ftw on July 28, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    bring sreesanth .. he has a good record outside india... Drop bajji and pick any other bowler.. Seeing bajji bowl, the last match was like india had only two bowlers in PK and Ishant.. How can anyone expect to win a test match with two bowlers...

  • umm09 on July 28, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    I agree with Abinav Kumar, why cant v lv Bhajji and play with four seamers, Suresh Raina & Yuvi can bowl spin.

  • on July 28, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    India do not deserve No.1 ranking. They always preferred IPL over tests. Also, their attitude does not reflect the attitude of a No. 1 team. On the other hand, England are truly professional, they really want No.1. They will get it either in this series or within the next 1-2 series.

  • NageshBhargavaLucknowi on July 28, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    shree in place of zahir,yuvi in place of mukund dravid opening,mishra for harbhajan and india wins

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    we need a opener who can attack on english bowlers like sehwag...and yuvi is a perfect choice for that

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    To be honest, england should actually deserve to win the series. India have such poor management and haven't taken this series seriously enough. Also if you look at the reserve players on either side, england have far better reserves waiting on the wings, with guys like shehzad, onions, bopara not getting games. India only really have kohli in the wings, but he squandered his chance in the WI tour. Indias bowling resources are so poor... without zaheer they could never have made no.1, whereas englands has been a very collective bowling effort the past 3 years.

  • HaroldLarwood on July 28, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    @ Khiladisher. I know you are supporting your team and your nation, but to describe Zaheer as the best swing bowler in the world is just silly. Very talented of course, but as good as Anderson in England? Come on. No-one can deny the quality and the pre-eminence of Indian cricket; it's just a shame it comes covered in self-serving arrogance and myopia by its fans at times. If England prevail over this four test series they have been the better team. If India do, they have been the better team. It's simple. It's not down to luck, to injuries, to the umpires or to the way the wind is blowing. So stop getting excuses in early and show some respect and some class towards your opposition. This is cricket not football.

  • getsetgopk on July 28, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Dhoni should rule himself out too. what is his countributions to this indian team exactly apart from wasting useful time by bowling himself and then making lame excuses after losing quite comfortably to poms.

  • BTyagi on July 28, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    To be honest,i think India is plagued by ill-luck then anything else.This England side is good but not invincible or not even better then some of the previous English sides.The fact that England won in the last session of 5th day despite so many problems in Indian camp,some credit should be given to Indians. Just imagine, if England were told before test started that - India will be playing only 3 bowlers and effectively Gambhir and Scahin will not bat in 2nd innings :).They would be licking their palms to defeat India in 9 or 10 sessions!I think only mistake that India made was not bowl Ishant immediatley after lunch on Day 4. Who knows, India might have won the 1st test altogether :). I agree there is systematic problem with the way BCCI finalize FTP but nothing that this team would have done differently before start of 1st test to avoid waht happened during the game.

  • JustOUT on July 28, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Well.. Lets see how the Indian bowling attack performs in 2nd test. This is the future bowling options after Zaheer's retirement for Team India. You can say, the same attack won against WI without Zaheer, but a true Indian fan will know the difference btw WI vs Eng batting line up. Only option for India to save this test is to bat for 3 days and post a huge total to make it a draw. I dont see this toothless bowling attack taking 20 Eng wkts. Mark my words, i will be here on day 5. LOL

  • sanjay37b on July 28, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Looking at the fitness reports of Indian Team,India should go with 4 seamers,1 all rounder,5 batsmen and W.K.The team for the second test may be as follows Dravid,Gambhir,Sachin,Laxman,Raina,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Munaf,Ishant,Sreesanth,Praveen.India needs to show all round performance as the batting domination is only on paper as india failed to score even 300 runs in last 4 tests.

  • Angad11 on July 28, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Gautam down is a huge blow but i expect Yuvi to stand up. Sree over Munaf anytime. But the problem is Dhoni must use Sree purely as a wicket taking bowler. HE MUST ATTACK WITH SREE, which has been the biggest draw back for Dhoni. He hesitates so much to attack. The same thing happened during the world cup final. I remember at least two edges flying thru slips cause he did not have slips for Sree. If he does not want to attack with Sree then no point in including him, just have another military medium in Munaf and play for a draw.

  • WTEH on July 28, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Mmmm, look like playing IPL is going to really costly for the country's reputation. Hope next time the board will know what to do.

  • zico123 on July 28, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Sreeshanth should play in place of Zaheer

  • guntur on July 28, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    If Gambhir is unfit . the team I would pick is this in batting order.

    Mukund, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Raina, Youvi, Dhoni,Bhajji, Mishra, Shreeshant and Ishant Sharma. Tendulkar is no stranger to opening the innings , albeit in one dayers , and has of course excellent record. Even if Gambhir were to be fit, I would open with Tendulkar and dischard Mukund in favor of Yuvi because of his fielding and bowling. God Save India

  • pirki on July 28, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Zaheer is out no sehwag aroud i will see how dhoni will keep his credentials of good captain. without zaheer dhoni is nothing and his wicket keeping at lords was way poorer than kamran akmal's. droped three sitters but I have not seen any comments about his keeping as yet. I think after this series it will be difficult for dhoni to maintain a place in the Indain teams. I can sense as England will take the series 3-0. and guys it will be last series for tendulkar...................................

  • bobmartin on July 28, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    To say that the injuries will lower the value should England win and go No 1, says more about Indian cricket than you care to admit. If you're wanting to be judged as the best in the world, you surely ought to have adequate decent players in reserve.. What this tells us is that without Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer, and if Tendulkar falls cheaply, you don't have very much left in the locker. That's India's fault and should in no way devalue England's performance. Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid, & Harbhajan, must be nearing the end of their test careers, so their replacements should already be earmarked and getting test match experience. England are doing just that with the Lions squad some of whom will be the next generation of our test team.

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    sreesanth should be include as the pitch offers extra bounce he can utilize it very well. he has good pace too and his aggressive ness will get good timed break thru's sachin shoulsd open the innings with mukund, it will give us a good start as well as psychological advantage

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Whoever plays must be fit.no more semi-fit players should take the field.and it is strange to see people still sympathising with zaheer.he jeopardized the entire series for india when he took the field despite knowing he was not fully fit.

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    If Gambhir is also unavailable drop Bhajji and bring in yuvi,sree n munaf (provided pitch is not turning)

  • sunwebsite on July 28, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Munaf should replace Zaheer. His length and pace will trouble batsman against scoring runs. So batman will make mistake deliberately. This will help Munaf to get wickets.

  • 5wombats on July 28, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    @khiladisher; This is exactly the trouble - now that Khan is out, and Sehwag is out, and maybe Gambhir, india will say - "well, England, you didn't beat india's best 11 - therefore you are not truly the winner of the series". This of course will be rubbish. india rested many players for the West Indies tour so that many big West Indies cricket fans were denied the opportunity of seeing the best indian 11 playing there, and STILL india players are injured or not fit. This is quite wrong. The silly game IPL has caused this problem for india Test cricket - now india Test cricket will pay the price. PS take your Caps Lock off.

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Woww, I dnt see india winning this series now, and if england are ruthless enough they will obliterate this weakened side. But then again, I either see england trampling India, or India rising like a wounded animal with aggression, you can't predict whats gonna happen in this test. Impact players for india HAVE to fire.

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    yuvi gets his chance which he most deserves ......... and he's at his best whn theres a sword hanging over him ... he's a match winner and will prove it again tomorrow

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Team for 2nd Test Dravid, Abhinav/Gauti, Laxman, Sachin, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Bhajji (final chance), Praveen, Sreesanth, Ishant

  • TwitterJitter on July 28, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Good move to go for Sree and Yuvi in place of injured Zaheer and Gauti. I hope Sree has his best 5 days of cricket.

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Trent Bridge is the venue, where it all started... India won the test match after loosing their first match in previous trip of England and from then it has been a sentiment to Indian team.. I hope the best... I still feel R P Singh would have been better then Sreesanth, anyway he isnt in probables. Gambhir and Sachin fit is a plus point, and the big thing is Sachin's average at Trent Bridge is approx 78. I strongly feel India will bounce back.

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    India should play Lucky Charm- Sreesanth & Yuvraj in place of injured Zaheer and Gautam Gambhir / Abhinav Mukund. Give bhajji another chance and ask him to get atleast 6 wickets in the match by hook or crook... if he fails put him on the plane to Jalandhar and let Mishra take his place. It would help if injured Zaheer is flown back home and Irfan Pathan sent in--- as he can be our alrounder. Open with Rahul Dravid, Gautam/Abhinav(depending upon Gauti's fitness) then Laxman, Sachin, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Bhajji, Praveen, Sreesanth, Ishant.. Yuvraj will come in handy with 3 capabilities- batting, bowling and much needed zing in fielding. India fielding was shoddy- reminded me of school teams in 80s.

  • scritty on July 28, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Ready made subs in Sreesanth and Yuvraj. A great test playing nation cannot live or die on the availablility of one or two players. A great side needs strength in depth to succeed. England failed after 2005 because of Vaughan, Jones, Flintoff, Trescothick being injured or ill and Hoggard, Giles and Harmison losing form or retiring. A good side needs to be a squad of 18-20 players and live with the fact that 3 or 4 are not going to be available at any one time. In 2005 England had no-where to go when these 7 players left or were not worth selecting. This is not the case any more. England have massive strength in depth. Yuvraj and Sree now have a chance to prove their worth. Chance for Bresnan, Finn, Dernbach, Panesar or Shazad to get a game - unless England plump for giving Rashid, Woakes, or Patel. I'd have Simon Jones back. He's finally fit and bowling toe cruching 92mph yorkers for his loan county of Glamorgan.

  • SnowSnake on July 28, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    I think Zaheer should now retire. There is no point in continuing to play test cricket at 33 yo.

  • khiladisher on July 28, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    @MY TOM,MAET-ANY CRICKET TEAM THAT LOOSES A LEGEND LIKE SEHWAG AND CHAMPION PROVEN PLAYERS LIKE ZAHEER AND GAMBHIR ARE ALREADY IN THE BACK FOOT-ALONG WITH A UNFIT AND SICK SACHIN-STILL I EXPECT INDIA TO WIN THIS TEST -SO EVEN IF ENGLAND WINS-REMEMBER INDIA IS PLAYING WITHOUT 4 OF ITS MAINLINE PLAYERS SO UNLESS ENGLAND BEAT A FULL STRENGTH INDIAN TEAM IT WILL NEVER BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AS A #1 TEAM CONTENDER.

  • renuka2600 on July 28, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    don't abuse indian cricketers.they lost just one match.It s common for any team.Just keep supporting them.It is very important to build their confidence.Come on INDIA

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 28, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Simple. Open with Dravid and bring in Yuvi. Sreesanth in for Zak. We should be good to go

  • Paritosh712 on July 28, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    I think Team order:

    Mukund Dravid Laxman Sachin Raina Yuvraj Dhoni Harbhajan Praveen Ishant Sreesanth

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Everyone wanted to "be there" at Lord's regardless of injuries, that's understandable. Time for some real cricket now..

  • renuka2600 on July 28, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    its time to call stand by players

  • Aditya255 on July 28, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    I'm not that worried about Zaheer not being in the 2nd test squad, because Praveen and Ishant have become like him, adding pressure, getting wickets at regular intervals, but the batting part i'm worried. This used to be a team that scored like 500 runs with everyone contributing, even Dhoni. The loss of Gambhir (possibly, hopefully not) could affect it even more in a bad way, as Mukund still needs to get used to be playing as an opener and good starts lead to good totals. Hope Gambhir plays, and Zaheer should be rested. Sree is good choice because he can get wkts. and add pressure to batsmen if he bowls on right lines, etc.

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Isn't it possible to accommodate both Sree and Munna? Munna for Bhajji will serve the purpose...N if Gauti remains unfit, Yuvraj will roll his hands over at least to KP. But all P&C will work only if all perform to their potential. Fingers crossed!

  • B.C.G on July 28, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Sreeshanth should replace him.Heis more fitter.

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    i juss wish england win this series and d second test

  • Haleos on July 28, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    It will serve BCCI right if India loose the No.1. Players are to be partially blamed too. They have put IPL over India. The full squad should have gone to WI and showed the true spirit.

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    with Gambhir out who is the key player for India they kiss any chance of a comeback goodbye. Who have they got to replace Gambhir at the top? Dravid (anyone who knows about cricket will know his poor record as opener and also how much he hates it).Other option is Yuvraj but he's a waste of space as he doesn't know where his off stump is. They may as well play just 6 batsman and have Dhoni come in at number 6. They can then compensate for any more injuries to their bowlers by having 5 bowlers. sreesanth, patel, kumar,mishra, harb.3 quicks and 2 spinners.Their entire bowling outfit loaded into one match. They sure have come very unprepared with just one or two extra bowlers and one or two extra batsman.very very poor management

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on July 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    So does this mean Indias aggersors sreeshanth and yuvi will get a chance.... The possible event is if these 2 have a good test ,india are sure win the test but the probability is way tooooo low..huge impact players..Have to watch out for yuvi after his prominent and distinguished performance at WC wit bat and ball.. Sure Indians will be more lively at the field .......Yuvi mit well pick wickets cause his flight tempts the batsmen to attack him..Just got to give him his regular one day field and not over attack.........

  • krnataraj on July 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    play yuvi if gambhir is not playing and open the innings with mukund and dravid or sachin. bring in mishra for harbhajan. better to play sree instead of munaf as former can swing the ball in helpful conditions and at good speed.

  • 200ondebut on July 28, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    It is a shame Zaheer is not available. It would be better to see the two best sides in the world go head to head at full strength.

  • sankar8000 on July 28, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Zaheer out and Gautam doubtful ( already super star Viru missing ) It seems Eng will walk away with 2nd test barring weather conditions!

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on July 28, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    So does this mean Indias aggersors sreeshanth and yuvi will get a chance.... The possible event is if these 2 have a good test ,india are sure win the test but the probability is way tooooo low..huge impact players..Have to watch out for yuvi after his prominent and distinguished performance at WC wit bat and ball.. Sure Indians will be more lively at the field .......

  • naveenlondon on July 28, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    I dont agree to your terms

  • sunglassesron on July 28, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    That's it then. India's time as number one is officially up. Zero chance of England failing to rack up a big score if Zaheer's out.

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Losing Zaheer is bad enough, losing Gambhir will be a disaster! I seriously feel India should go in with 8 batsmen with Yuvraj included instead of Harbhajan. He will definitely bolster the batting as a bowler he can hardly do a worse job than Bhaji did in the last test!

  • CricKrazy_AJ on July 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Sreesanth would be better option as he is one of indian wicket taking bowlerwith aggresion. For Gambhir's replacement Paul Valthaty would have gotten a chance, if he would have been in a squad.

  • loveb on July 28, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    pretty much sad for INDIA..... i hope sreesanth does well inplace of him...... odds agains india in form of injuries... all the best MEN IN BLUE.........

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Assuming Gambhir is fit, leggie Mishra or Yuvi can replace Harbhajan. Going with four seamers is another option. In any case Harbhajan should be dropped.

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    well, it has gotten very very tough for india.....unless munaf does wonders with his accurate bowling which nip back in just enuf......BHAJJI has to step up.....he defnitely has to...it has been high time now and he shud be only taken into the team for matches in india if he doesnt perform over the next 6 days......

  • AmoY on July 28, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    India sent a B team to West Indies Test series; and ended up sending a C-team for English series!! But everyone should be fit and ready for IPL though !!

  • navin_inet on July 28, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    What about other players? are they fit.. this all seems to be IPL effect, players opted for IPL instead of having injury, and now not available for crucial tour.

  • Sairam1804 on July 28, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Five point solution to an Indian comeback:

    1. Make Raina open with Abhinav if Gauti is not available. Else make him open with Gauti. Abhinav can wait. 2. Play with 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers. Sree should play at all costs. Without Zak, we could play Mishy. So its 6 Batsmen + Bhajji, Mishy, Sree, PK and Ishant. 3. Attack. Without Sehwag, the batsmen are lacking the bite. The likes of Raina and Dhoni should play freely. Jammy and VVS should be told to keep things moving as well. 4. Attack. Have lots of catching positions, block the 1s and 2s, let the English batsment play areal shots. 5. Believe.

  • rustyryan on July 28, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Come back and prepare well for IPL 5

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Get Yuvraj as opener and spinner. Bhaji bowled 50+ overs for 1 wkt only in first test match. If Yuvraj clicks atleast he will score quick and will score big and he surely will take more that 1 wkt even if he bowls half the overs Bhaji did.For gods sake even Raina takes more wickets.

  • crikbuff on July 28, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    wonderful! so it's going to be 2-0 after 2 tests! can someone pls explain what value is IPL adding to Indian cricket? Unavailability of Sehwag is a direct result of IPL. LAck of fitness/ match practice of Sachin, Gambhir, Zaheer are also because of stupid IPL.

    Now the question is - will England win 2-0 or 3-0 or 4-0?

  • khiladisher on July 28, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    WITH THE LEGENDARY SEHWAG UNAVAILABLE,BEST SWING BOWLER IN THE WORLD ZAHEER INJURED AND NOW THE VERY TALENTED GAUTAM GAMBHIR INJURED IT LOOKS VERY DIFFICULT FOR INDIA TO COME BACK IN THE SERIES. IF ENGLAND CANNOT WIN THIS SERIES PLAYING INDIA-WITH ITS 3 FRONT LINE PLAYERS MISSING,IT DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE RANKED THE NEW #1 TEAM IN TEST CRICKET.ANY WATCH ENGLAND WINS AGAINST INDIA {NOT PLAYING WITH ITS ORIGINAL 11 PLAYERS WILL STILL SOUND HOLLOW.

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    expected one from dhoni.... i think they should play yuvraj with mukund at the start for gambir who is also expected to be unfit for the test. they may play sree for zak....expected one from dhoni.... i think they should play yuvraj with mukund at the start for gambir who is also expected to be unfit for the test. they may play sree for zak....

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Bad time for team India,, but i'm sure about their ability of bounce back.. India will win this series, "GO INDIA GO ".

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Getting Yuvi in the side - even though it might be at the expense of Gambhir - might turn out to be a blessing in disguise. And if Sreesanth is played in place of Zaheer, we will still have a decent pace attack. The only question is whether the team is still backing Bhajji or will they be brave to try Mishra. I would not rule out an Indian comeback even though we might be playing with a considerably weakend side because of absence of regulars. Should be fun.

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    why is this breaking news, it was more than expected :S

  • RasheedS on July 28, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    As most important Srike Bowler for India, ZAK should have known better and not presented himself as a fit man in the first test itself. He needs two things . One is a complete rest for a season, as he has served very well for quite some time. Another most imp. thing is he should shed of extra weight. He looks so bulky. Not the usual fit and fine.

  • Master01 on July 28, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Oh no. This isnt boding well for India. Pity that such a well anticipated series is ruined by injuries.

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    At least India wont suddenly find a bowler less mid way through a test and can plan accordingly(with whatever resources they have).They should play 4 seamers as Nottingham is for pacers.(drop Bhajji and bring in Munaf-his job should be to keep one end tight).And in case Gambhir is also ruled out Promote Dravid as opener (no other choice) and include Yuvraj to bolster lower middle order (dont think it will have an impact though since he is pathetic against moving deliveries..)but as mentioned before you can only pick from the available pool.Hopefully we wont see WSaha as opener..for heaven's sake!!!!!!

  • shilsen on July 28, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Oh, great! If Gambhir doesn't play, then all of the geniuses (yes, that's sarcasm) suggesting that Dravid open and Yuvraj play will be satisfied (albeit probably not as much as if Gambhir was the other opener instead of Mukund). Which significantly raises the chances of Dravid being dismissed early and the Indian lineup falling apart in the swinging conditions one can expect at Nottingham.

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    not gambhir , hoping he would recover soon cos we need him our most wins in the last 2 yrs has been cos of our opening pair, sehwag is already out and now last thing we need is gambhirs exit too :(( i dont want dravid to play to open too cos time n again he has mentioned how he finds it uncomfortable at the top....anyways need gautam to recover if we have to give a strong reply to the english :)

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    OMG! Thats not a good news! We need Zak attack!

  • Joby_George on July 28, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    IPL is the winner here. IPL and its money ruined Test Cricket.

  • Mytom on July 28, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Wait for it folks: 'We lost the 2nd test to England because we didn't have Zaheer.'

  • 5wombats on July 28, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    This is very sad for this series and therefore for Test cricket. It should have been avoided.

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    then who would be opening the innings with Mukund?

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Well...now Dhoni need not bowl again!!

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    In the end the only sensible decision. He cudnt have been brought back if his fitness is still iffy, certainly not part of a 4 man attack. Best to let him get fully fit for the 3rd test & bring in Sreesanth for this match. Zak let India down big time with his lack of fitness in the first test. If the same thing had happened at Trent Bridge, it would have been totally unforgivable. Even for the rest of the series I feel the only way Zak can play is with the insurance of a 5th bowler & that means bringing in Yuvi...

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    india will win this test

  • cricketizgood on July 28, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    It could have been a different situation if Zak would have bowled through the 1st test. He did got the 1st 2 wickets. I would like to see Munaf in the squad rather than Shreeshant. Munaf is more consistent and Shree bowls excellent sometimes but sometimes he is just goofy.

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    He has to get for the practice match after this test then india can its best shot.......

  • RahulGandhi on July 28, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    When else do you expect when players are giving priority to IPL more than international cricket. Everyone knows they will be stressed but still such schedules are designed by BCCI. This is a perfect example of killing a golden goose.

  • banka on July 28, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    To me, Munaf looks better option because of his discipline. However, his fitness has been always question mark particularly in context with test match endurance. But if technically fit, I would go with Munaf. He can swing the ball both ways and has good control over the ball. But on other hand he could be more predictive.

    As for Shreesanth, his wayward length is a problem. On his day, or on golden spell, he can easily take away 4-5 wickets and could turn the match. However Dhoni do not have previlige to bet on him. He would opt for Munaf.

    If Gambir not up to his fitness, no harm in trying 5th bowler in Shreesanth. Ideally left handed fast bowler is preferred to provide variety in bowling as there are 3 or more left handies in England team.

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    That's unfortunate. Let's hope he is fit for the last two.

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Hope Ishant would step-up as he did against windies and help India to a win in Trentbridge

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    oh that's really sad , but sreesanth got another opportunity to prove himself...

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Munaf is consistent, but possibly not a wicket taking option.

    Sreesanth is inconsistent and will get hammered round the park, but should take wickets.

    This is now a real selection dilemma for India :(

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  • on July 28, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Munaf is consistent, but possibly not a wicket taking option.

    Sreesanth is inconsistent and will get hammered round the park, but should take wickets.

    This is now a real selection dilemma for India :(

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    oh that's really sad , but sreesanth got another opportunity to prove himself...

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Hope Ishant would step-up as he did against windies and help India to a win in Trentbridge

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    That's unfortunate. Let's hope he is fit for the last two.

  • banka on July 28, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    To me, Munaf looks better option because of his discipline. However, his fitness has been always question mark particularly in context with test match endurance. But if technically fit, I would go with Munaf. He can swing the ball both ways and has good control over the ball. But on other hand he could be more predictive.

    As for Shreesanth, his wayward length is a problem. On his day, or on golden spell, he can easily take away 4-5 wickets and could turn the match. However Dhoni do not have previlige to bet on him. He would opt for Munaf.

    If Gambir not up to his fitness, no harm in trying 5th bowler in Shreesanth. Ideally left handed fast bowler is preferred to provide variety in bowling as there are 3 or more left handies in England team.

  • RahulGandhi on July 28, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    When else do you expect when players are giving priority to IPL more than international cricket. Everyone knows they will be stressed but still such schedules are designed by BCCI. This is a perfect example of killing a golden goose.

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    He has to get for the practice match after this test then india can its best shot.......

  • cricketizgood on July 28, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    It could have been a different situation if Zak would have bowled through the 1st test. He did got the 1st 2 wickets. I would like to see Munaf in the squad rather than Shreeshant. Munaf is more consistent and Shree bowls excellent sometimes but sometimes he is just goofy.

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    india will win this test

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    In the end the only sensible decision. He cudnt have been brought back if his fitness is still iffy, certainly not part of a 4 man attack. Best to let him get fully fit for the 3rd test & bring in Sreesanth for this match. Zak let India down big time with his lack of fitness in the first test. If the same thing had happened at Trent Bridge, it would have been totally unforgivable. Even for the rest of the series I feel the only way Zak can play is with the insurance of a 5th bowler & that means bringing in Yuvi...