England v India, 1st npower Test, Lord's July 20, 2011

The most anticipated England-India match

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Match facts

July 21-25, Lord's
Start time 1100 (1000 GMT, 1530 IST)

Big Picture

Ninety-nine Tests over 28 series. Seventy-one ODIs. Two Twenty20 internationals. Not one of these matches played between England and India has been for the top prize in cricket. It is slightly strange that in what is essentially a nine-team sport these two teams have never been close to the top at the same time. It isn't all that incredible either because, from the eighties to the later half of the noughties, either Australia or West Indies has been a fixture at the top. Of late India v South Africa has been the premier contest, their last two series riveting. Come Thursday, though, and England v India will not be the same.

This is easily the most anticipated match between these teams. Only the 1987 World Cup semi-final comes close, but even then it was one of the final two hurdles in the way of an India-Pakistan final, never the main event by itself. The Chennai Test of 2008-09 was looked forward to, too, but that had more to do with international cricket's return to India after the Mumbai attacks of 26/11. Right now, it's all about the cricket, and about these two teams, two of the three best today.

Everything around it has set up the atmosphere beautifully. The venue is Lord's. This is the 2000th Test, and the 100th between the two teams. The No. 1 ranking is at stake in the series. As this game often does, this series presents individual excitement too.

Sachin Tendulkar could score his 100th international hundred - perhaps at Lord's, where he has never scored one. Duncan Fletcher, coaching a team for the 100th time in Tests, is plotting against a side whose resurgence he played a significant part in. The man he kept out of his English team, Graeme Swann, is now their lead spinner and the best spinner in the world according to the ICC rankings. MS Dhoni comes with an unbeaten record in Test series. This could be the last time that Lord's gets to watch Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Tendulkar.

Not that this contest, between teams representing the country of the game's birth and the most aggressive consumers thereof, needs any extra individual bite. Not least because India have been a tease of a champion side. There is something beatable about them - the slow starts, the agedness, the regular non-availability of key players - but then again they have stopped recognising defeat when they see it. Some of their memorable away wins have come on seamer-friendly green tracks, involved big second-innings efforts and comebacks in series.

They are up against a side who won the Ashes emphatically, who have been fit, who have no major selection headaches, who have all their best players available, who are playing at home. South Africa were in a similar state late last year, and they welcomed an under-prepared Indian side with an innings defeat. India have had a loosener in the warm-up game against Somerset, but that has never been a guarantee against a rusty show in the first Test. England will want a similar start at Lord's.

Form guide (most recent first)

England DDWWW
India DDWDW

In the spotlight

In the departmental head-to-head, India are far behind England when it comes to opening the innings. While England have settled openers, one man in the form of his life, the other seemingly regaining some, India are without their best opener since Sunil Gavaskar, and the next best is also making a comeback. This will be a big test for Gautam Gambhir, who has proved himself in a variety of conditions but has never played a Test in England. He will also have to shepherd the inexperienced Abhinav Mukund, who will make this only the second time India have opened with two left-hand batsmen.

James Anderson can sit alongside Dale Steyn and Zaheer Khan in the top league of quick bowlers today. Anderson is the most complete bowler in the English pace attack: he swings the ball both ways, he reverses it, has a sharp bouncer, and now also the experience of having taken more than 200 wickets. India won't mind if they can keep costing him 32.95 runs for a wicket, his career average against them.

The lead-up to the series has been pretty volatile. At the centre of it lies the confusion around the use of the DRS. Eventually it will be used, but it might take a legal team to work out in which form it is to be used in. It will take one wrong decision for arguments to begin, between players, between commentators, between fans. It won't be pretty either. Start chucking the jellybeans already.

Team news

England are so settled and confident they named a 12-man squad four days before the match. The only place open is Stuart Broad's, who went wicktless in three of the four ODIs against Sri Lanka and is competing with the returning Tim Bresnan. England coach Andy Flower recently said Broad needed to work more on his accuracy than being the aggressive "enforcer", which is what Bresnan does. On the eve of the match, Andrew Strauss was undecided. "No one has a god-given right to play in the XI," he said. "We know both Stuart and Tim Bresnan have offered a lot for us over the last 12 months or so. It's not going to be an easy selection to make, but in a way it's a good thing for us."

England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Andrew Strauss (capt), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad/Tim Bresnan, 10 James Anderson, 11 Chris Tremlett

India have more to ponder. Tendulkar, Zaheer and Gambhir will walk back into the side, but will Sreesanth and Yuvraj Singh make it? Suresh Raina's impressive show in the West Indies, and the century in the warm-up match, have all but sealed his No. 6 slot, but will India gamble on opening with Yuvraj? Slightly far-fetched, but not impossible. Whose place will Zaheer take? And Sreesanth, if he comes back, although he took just one wicket in 28 overs in the warm-up game? Praveen Kumar remains the favourite, though, for the final spot.

India 1 Abhinav Mukund/Yuvraj Singh, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Praveen Kumar/Sreesanth

Pitch and conditions

Expect a normal Lord's pitch: good for batting, not too quick or bouncy, unlikely to break up alarmingly. The biggest threat for the batsmen remains overhead conditions. Lord's is not expected to be bathed in glorious sunlight, but nor is it expected to be hopelessly drenched. The odd shower is forecast, but things look better than they did earlier in the week.

Stats and trivia

  • Since January 2008, India's win-loss ratio of 2.57 is the best in the world. They are followed by England's 2.33 and South Africa's 2.12, the only two other teams who have won twice more than they have lost in the period.

  • India have won only one Test at Lord's, in 1986, and have lost 10 of them.

  • VVS Laxman, owner of the worst conversion record (16 centuries, 52 half-centuries) in the 8,000-club, has never scored a century against England.

Quotes

"It helps in hyping up the series, although I don't think this series needs any hyping. It's two very good sides with some high quality players. The recipe is there for it to be a very entertaining series. The wider context is not something we are focusing on. In any Test series every side is hoping to get a fast start, get ahead and then earn the right over four Tests to win the series. All that other stuff is not for us to concentrate on, and will look after itself."
For Andrew Strauss, 2000 is just a number

"It's a special game, playing at Lord's is always special, but overall, rather than thinking too much about the numbers, we can just look at the number and be proud. You can't play 100 games with one nation, but when you have left cricket you can look back and say you played in the 100th between India and England, and 2000th when it comes to history. We can be proud we are playing but at the same time we need to stick to the basics and enjoy the game."
MS Dhoni, though, likes to have his cake and eat it too

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    let the real battle begin enough war of words now lets have war of bat and bowl

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Match will not against eng vs ind. The match between india,england vs rain!

  • POSTED BY Saurabh240688 on | July 21, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Yuvi should play in the place of Abhinav Mukund..........bcoz he is more experienced and deserving than Mukund.........

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    To the people who are saying Dhoni is better is than Prior, lets see how, Dhoni has played 53 games average of 38, strike rate of 60 and 4 hundreds, Prior has played 43 games avg of 42, strike rate of 65 and 5 hundreds,both these players bat at the same position,and so I rest my case.In brutal honesty, Prior is in fact better performer than dhoni, I at least said they are equal,considering Dhoni's abilities shown in ODI's, and for saying Trott>Dravid- I said that based on their current form,Trott at the moment is their best batsman,he even got some england's cricket of the year award this time,on the other hand Dravid is still in recovery stage and almost at the end of his career.So people please International cricket is not all about Indian Cricket, there are other teams playing too,and they are damn good too,so open your eyes wide and see the talent around.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    I wish England dont miss Paul Collingwood or need his resilience to draw or seal the match from opposition.....I miss this guy in English side...!!!

  • POSTED BY shacs on | July 21, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Last time India (rather Dravid) decided not to use a regular opener (when he had 3 openers in the side) was on a flat deck in Pak, where he and sehwag nearly took out the Record (Gambhir was one who missed out) as they say coin has two faces, hope this is not that occasion where the other side is made visible.

  • POSTED BY Saurabh240688 on | July 21, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Yuvi should play in the place of Abhinav Mukund..........Yuvi is more experienced than Mukund and more deserving also..............

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    VVS's get his unfair criticism in the article for the convertion on fifties into centuries. A sneak peak at other players suggests that all of them fall into either top order players or middle order players with good support from the tail. And most of his performances come under pressure. He is one of his kind.

  • POSTED BY shacs on | July 21, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Four Left handed openers for the Test No:2000..!!? How many times that had happened in 1-1999 tests ?

  • POSTED BY ireneshacs on | July 21, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    India can relax..they are not expected to win at Lords(stats say that)..they are expected to lose the first test.. (previously it was like win the first test and lose the series/allow the opponent to level the series) they are not in full strength..Tendulkar can relax as He too is not expected do well at Lord (stats) Laxman can relax for the entire series as he is not expected to do well against Eng (Stats) Raina,Yuvi,Mukund,Gambhir and Dravid will have their reputations/career in the line of fire..

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    let the real battle begin enough war of words now lets have war of bat and bowl

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Match will not against eng vs ind. The match between india,england vs rain!

  • POSTED BY Saurabh240688 on | July 21, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Yuvi should play in the place of Abhinav Mukund..........bcoz he is more experienced and deserving than Mukund.........

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    To the people who are saying Dhoni is better is than Prior, lets see how, Dhoni has played 53 games average of 38, strike rate of 60 and 4 hundreds, Prior has played 43 games avg of 42, strike rate of 65 and 5 hundreds,both these players bat at the same position,and so I rest my case.In brutal honesty, Prior is in fact better performer than dhoni, I at least said they are equal,considering Dhoni's abilities shown in ODI's, and for saying Trott>Dravid- I said that based on their current form,Trott at the moment is their best batsman,he even got some england's cricket of the year award this time,on the other hand Dravid is still in recovery stage and almost at the end of his career.So people please International cricket is not all about Indian Cricket, there are other teams playing too,and they are damn good too,so open your eyes wide and see the talent around.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    I wish England dont miss Paul Collingwood or need his resilience to draw or seal the match from opposition.....I miss this guy in English side...!!!

  • POSTED BY shacs on | July 21, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Last time India (rather Dravid) decided not to use a regular opener (when he had 3 openers in the side) was on a flat deck in Pak, where he and sehwag nearly took out the Record (Gambhir was one who missed out) as they say coin has two faces, hope this is not that occasion where the other side is made visible.

  • POSTED BY Saurabh240688 on | July 21, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Yuvi should play in the place of Abhinav Mukund..........Yuvi is more experienced than Mukund and more deserving also..............

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    VVS's get his unfair criticism in the article for the convertion on fifties into centuries. A sneak peak at other players suggests that all of them fall into either top order players or middle order players with good support from the tail. And most of his performances come under pressure. He is one of his kind.

  • POSTED BY shacs on | July 21, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Four Left handed openers for the Test No:2000..!!? How many times that had happened in 1-1999 tests ?

  • POSTED BY ireneshacs on | July 21, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    India can relax..they are not expected to win at Lords(stats say that)..they are expected to lose the first test.. (previously it was like win the first test and lose the series/allow the opponent to level the series) they are not in full strength..Tendulkar can relax as He too is not expected do well at Lord (stats) Laxman can relax for the entire series as he is not expected to do well against Eng (Stats) Raina,Yuvi,Mukund,Gambhir and Dravid will have their reputations/career in the line of fire..

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Take on the LORDS ......... India!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Sidharth, I felt, was trying a balancing act with the article...may be a 'Libran'... I guess..:) nice one though...

  • POSTED BY Ykesh on | July 21, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs. Well your own words prove how better Sachin is than anyone else. When everyone in the team failed he alone stood the storm trying to save the ship. So may be Brian Lara enjoyed better win average percentage on account of his centuries, it wasn't only because he scored one. All around him did perform. Not so has been the case with Sachin. He scored centuries more often, and so did people around him failed to support him. Did you see the point? Scoring centuries in a losing cause proves how good someone is and an examples is set for others. May be other team members learnt to bat on those difficult times from Sachin and hence won.

    Regarding this series, no matter what happens, only few times does history would allow the mankind to witness all such greats as Sachin, Rahul and VVS all together in one series and venue as great as Lords and at such milestones in Cricket.

  • POSTED BY AABIRSABEEL on | July 21, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    SREESHANT SHOULD PLAY AHEAD OF PRAVEEN kumar, YUVRAJ SHOULD PLAY AHEAD OF MUKUND, DRAVID SHOULD OPEN WITH GAMBHIR, MY TEAM FOR INDIAA: DRAVID,GAMBHIR,LAXMAN,TENDULKAR,YUVI,DHONI,RAINA,HARBHAJAN,ZAHEER,ISHANTH AND SREESHANTH GOOD LUCK INDIA...................U R THE NO 1 EVER.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Who said Zaheer is only as good as Luke Wright?!! Dear oh dear some of the things ppl come out with on here!!

  • POSTED BY Follow_thru on | July 21, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    I am very surprised by the demand among several readers for the exclusion of Sreesanth. They seem to only remember his recent failures in one-day & T20 cricket and forget his exploits in test cricket. He has proven to be a quality test bowler. In the last test series he played in S.Africa, he backed up Zaheer briliantly while Ishant struggled. Due to his lack of pace and bounce, Praveen will struggle if asked to bowl between the 15th and 50th overs when there'll be little swing. In any case, with Zaheer & Ishant opening the attack, Praveen won't get the new ball and he will be easy pickings till the 40th/50th over when it begins to reverse. Sreesanth can be erractic at times but has the ability to produce a few unplayable deliveries that result in critical breakthroughs.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    @praxis: even steyn is a bit overhyped..we saw what he can do in the sub continent wickets, only run though the sides with new ball on a damp pitch..no match to zaheer with the old ball

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    @ Harshavardhan Reddy - you talk as if the warm up game was played against the full English side. It was somerset by the way who caused all the grief, and that without Marcus Trescothick playing.

    @ Prakash - If you really think Zaheer is only as good as Luke Wright, you need to get your eyes tested my friend. I am supporting England, but can't wait to see Zaheer bowl in these conditions. He will be a handful.

  • POSTED BY GladiatorXI on | July 21, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    For this overhyped English bowling attack... Our No.9 batsman Kumble made a century against Anderson, Tremlet & Siddbottom...

    Point taken that they have improved, But so has the Indian batting line-up...

    Swann will not be the best Spinner after this series... He is doing a lot of talk with his mouth as he s nervous.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Good Luck....hope to see some good cricket

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    wht do u think??? this is a draw ??? nopee...INDIA WILL WIN ..indyeaa !

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    vatz the strt tym of match...?? n i think zak, ishant, pk, and bhajji vil b the best bowlin combo...n i prefer yuvi over raina...!!

  • POSTED BY tarique14 on | July 21, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Let dravid open d inning with gambhir. Innumerable times he had to come to bat when one of openers fell early in the innings. so, opening will not be a big ask for him. Send laxman first down, where he had played an epic inning against aus. then tendulkar, followed by yuvraj, raina and dhoni.....

  • POSTED BY i_witnessed_2011 on | July 21, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    All the best team India... Yuvi or Mukund? Interesting choice to be made...

  • POSTED BY sandesh.poojary on | July 21, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    It's amazing to see how many different ways and how much effort is put to figure out who will be the winner in the game of great uncertainties. Thankfully champions are made in the field... :) Can't wait to see how this contest pans out… Let the show begin...

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    can anyone tell me why Indian selector have so less faith on Irfan Pathan.Can u imagine Zaheer,Pathan and Sharma in a bowling attack.Shama have given enough chance now he is showing his potential.Why Irfan was played so less...he should play in seaming conditions like England.Havent anyone seen how England struggled against left arm seamer Mohammed Amir.Even India struggled to play Proteas left arm quicky in practice game. Pathan should have given a wake up call before this series.He may be expensive in some of his spells but he is a genuine wicket taker.Its hard to believe how Indian selectors wasted his talent...He also gives nice contribution in batting when needed...Since I am Bangladeshi I dont think my point of view matter much here but I do think India wasted a nice swing bowler whop can also win u matches with his bat and ball.

  • POSTED BY CricFanJacob on | July 21, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    wowwww..have been waiting for this day..2 hrs to go... I am not worried about Indian Bowlers ,sure they wil do there job. But if we have to win ,it all depends on the batsman performance in Lords Conditions. Opening is KEY factor,,think we should gamble playing yuvraj for this test as opener ..even if he gets quick 30 40 runs..it will give the momentum to India and Gambhir can take time to setlle down...

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    in the atmosphere that's building up....i hope the petite rivalry comments are going to give way to the appreciation to the wonderful cricketing action that we gonna see.....the things coming out for this test being something special ...is just a fact....every match has it's own significance...and with this one...it's just a little more...so hang on guys and girls.....the bluffany is about to open up...and i hope ....may the better team win....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    What nonsenss Uvi should open. Remember when Viru started in Eng. Everybody started questioning Dada. Look where's he now the best test opener. What nonsenss Uvi should open. Remember when Viru started in Eng. Everybody started questioning Dada. Look where's he now the best test opener.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    yuvi sud b gvn a cnhace.. n dat too in d middle order.. so i think drvid sud open wid ghambhir... dey cant leave raina.. he is in good form.. n dravid has done it in past in absense of some of d regular opners..

  • POSTED BY joanne_s on | July 21, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    @ MahaRajaAshok

    "England team is kind of overrated. We saw how they were talking about the Series against SL. Did they win it 3-0. Nope. It was just 1-0. They could not win it by a big margin against #4 SL with a weakened bowling attack. May be English fans will comment now like this. "England could have win it 3-0 if there was no rain." "

    How about this? "India team is kind of overrated. We saw how they were talking about the Series against WI. Did they win it 3-0. Nope. It was just 1-0. They could not win it by a big margin against #6 WI with a weakened bowling attack. May be Indian fans will comment now like this. "India could have win it 3-0 if there was no rain." "

  • POSTED BY harryrockz on | July 21, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Well I want the first test to be some thing like this - India lose the toss, put into bat. Lose Mukund early. Dravid eating up some balls before getting a half-century. Gambhir consolidating. Between tea and lunch 2 more wickets to fall... Sachin and Laxman comes in taps the ball around and Sach gets an half-century. Laxman in the 30s. Finish first day at around 280-300. 2nd day in, Sach gets his 100th 100 and gets out. laxman gets out after his 50. Dhoni and Raina play brand IPL cricket and India get around 420-430 (even if 450, its okie). Put England into bat, Zaheer get Strauss early. Sreesanth picks one of either Trott or Cook. England end day 2 at say around 120 for 2. This would be a normal but great positive start for both the teams. Thus this series will build up. First 2 days, both teams in an equal position. Day 3 and 4 produce drama and either team push for a win...

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | July 21, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Drop Bajji and take Yuvi. Yuvi - Raina - Sachin can bowl. Never take sreesanth. Zak - Praveen - Ishant is better...

  • POSTED BY prakash_mishra on | July 21, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Just few hours to go and the first ball shall be bowled at Lord's.This test match will definitely indicate weak areas of India and I feel biggest problem will be bowling. India doesn't have bowlers at all.Zaheer is at best an average medium pacer who is as good as Luke wright(as a bowler).Ishant will see what can quality batsman do to him.Wait man,Ur nemesis is about to begin.Sreesanth has mastered the art of being hit brutally.and harbhajan singh,well English players are not good player of Spin,but then where are you playing Mr.Bhajji??well may be Praveen Kumar might pick up a 5 for- for a change,who knows??I saw Mukund bowling couple oflegbreak overs against WI.I don't see much potential in him as a batsman,but who knows If he's the next Kumble or even Warnie in making???Yuvi n' Raina can make English batsman dance on the ample turn which they can impart on their deliverise with such an ease.Sachin was a good bowler too.Dhoni has a wicket in International cricket.All the best India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    India Will win everthing under sachin miracles

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    india will fight for every test as a draw, its not easy to win in england soil

  • POSTED BY gazelle79 on | July 21, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    I feel Sreesanth needs to be brought back in place of PK . If you see PK's performance in WI , he bowled well with the new ball but was average with the old . He is unlikely to get the new ball in place of Zaheer or Ishant , so that negates his effectiveness . Besides the English ( unlike the Windies ) grew up on swinging mediumpacers and should ( and I stress SHOULD ) handle him better . Sree was poor against Somerset but he was bowling competitively after a long injury break and he will get better with long match spells . He showed some glimpses of that even in the Somerset match . The article talks about an X-factor . It has a name - aggressive pace .

  • POSTED BY HansieCronje.com on | July 21, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    I don't think Yuvi gets to open. And yes PK is better than Sreeshant. If Sreeshant goes wild (and his uncertainity is known) you are left with only 3 bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    remember even in the warm up match ...indians were without sehwag,laxman,p.k,sharma,harbajan,dhoni......................................without six members.....so think eng it will be very hard for u guys to beat india even in ur conditions..........and ones sehwg enters it will becme more tuffer for u people.

  • POSTED BY Trioboy on | July 21, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Strauss, Cook, Trott, Bell all in good form. C'mon England..smash this overrated Indian team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    SREESANTH Should Play...He is best Test bowler After Zaheer for India...then comes Ishant.... Praveen performance cannot considered aganist Windies...they are the weakest test team 8th rank...

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | July 21, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    @fearless69 I think when people say that Tendulkar century= india loses means that it is in ODIs only and a percentage of 60% win when make century is actually horrible. Look at everybody else's record, the average is somewhere near the mid 80's. Perfect example of this is the most recent WC. In the WC, Tendulkar made 2 centuries, and in both cases, India lost. In 6 ODI Centuries against Pakistan, India lost 5 times.Even Brian Lara (whom the ignorant call selfish) has a percentage in the 80s. Surely quality > quantity?

  • POSTED BY stambake on | July 21, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    its good that yuvraj is back to test team... but he is not a opening batsman.. gambhir to open with mukund only as he done good in last test in dominica. should give one more chance to him. and coming to bowling praveen should play in place of sreesanth..

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    today sachin should complete his 100 100's

  • POSTED BY furkhanhaq on | July 21, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Yuvraj must open with Gambhir and Raina must come in at 6. Yuvraj must be given the role of Viru to attack and he is also usefull with his spin. Also PK must play as he is a better swing bowler than Sree.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | July 21, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Something funny I noticed.... The cricinfo poll at the bottom of the home page shows that 20% of people (actually you should really look at those polls to see what the Indians think since the poll questions are directed to them and they make up the majority of internet cricket viewers) think that the absence of Sehwag will be the reason that India might lose the series..... Sehwag can be brilliant at times (random times if you ask me), but Sehwag is NOWHERE near being Mr. Dependable. Sure he can change the game, but Dhoni is not gonna depend everything on Sehwag.

  • POSTED BY Championdubai on | July 21, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Praveen Should not be selected as he is slow bowler good only for ODI'S

  • POSTED BY Crusader1980 on | July 21, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    @satyajeetking, Why u r bothering about economy rates in test cricket my friend, you know what is the economy rate of Dale Steyn (I AM NOT COMPARING STEYN AND SREESANTH JUST ECONOMY ONLY), just check it...also don't compare economy rates and strike rates between 2 players when one has played 24 tests and other only 3...you just filter Sreesanth's stats in away tests and see the value he brings to the team especially in away series...

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    this series is over hyped.... just like ashes.... THE REAL CRICKET IS INDIA - PAKISTAN...DADY OF ALL SERIES....

  • POSTED BY Championdubai on | July 21, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    How can they Forget SREESANTH for Praveen Kumar...SREESANTH IS a Strike TEST bowler After Zaheer for India, Third comes Ishant... then only comes praveen kumar who is only 128 Kmph....who is good for only one day Matches....

  • POSTED BY SachinLara1 on | July 21, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    india should play with dravid as no.3 the middle order should not be disturbed dravid sachin laxman so i think ms will open with mukund ang gambhir..its always better 2 play with a genuine opener...

  • POSTED BY vinodkumar on | July 21, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Whats this whole thing about dropping Mukund and getting Raina or Yuvraj to open. Give the kid some time guys. Raina and most definetely Yuvraj jave had theirs. With all respect to Yuvi and his talent (Iam a big fan of his)definitely a big no to Yuvi opening in tests in England against this attack. That will be a mockery. And for Raina, I think we need an agressive bolck (apart from Dhoni) at No. 5/6 and so opening with Raina is not a good idea and . Going by recent form Raina has earned his spot. I think. Anyway in all probability Mukund may sit out after Sehwag returns.Its only the first test of a 4 match series - wheres the need to make drastic changes and that too with your opening? Play with Abhinav and let Yuvi sit out. The Sreesanth Vs. PK debate is too close to call. Sree does have experienc of bowling in these condiitions and on his day he can be magical (not kidding) with both new and old. But PK even if it is not his day can do wonders with the new ball, not sure about old

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | July 21, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Good chance for india to keep their disputed top position in test cricket. Wonder how they are number one in test ranking without beating SA, Aus in their backyards.

    Challenge to beat Eng very balanced side for S Tendulkar, VVS, Dravid and MS Dhoni, ZKhan and Bhaji. All of them can mark their names in history. Last time when they defeated Eng, Eng was poor side, this time they r strong andv balance side and they won their last five series in row, most importantly reatining Ashes after beating Aus in Australia.

  • POSTED BY NageshBhargavaLucknowi on | July 21, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    The most anticipated England-India match is about to start leaving back all the negatives back india should aim to win the fist match to maintain the momentum with sachin ,zaheer,gautam back in the team india looks solid best of luck to india

  • POSTED BY SachinLara1 on | July 21, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    according 2 aussies eng won them in ashes so eng will win..for eng they won d ashes so they ll win...lets c what they can against indians...hope msd proves all wrong n win d cup...

  • POSTED BY Indian_Rules on | July 21, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    I dont think Mukund should be a choice to open the innings. Even if he does open, he will be out within 4-5 overs and dravid will come in, virtually as good as opening the innings. Hence India should not waste a batsman on top, they should open with dravid and allow yuvi and raina to play at no 5 and 6..

  • POSTED BY CricEshwar on | July 21, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Dravid to open and Raina after Yuvraj. Laxman at no. 3. Sreeshanth and Ishant are similar bowlers, so may be PK gets a look in. All the best India. Just to avoid switching places, India may go with Mukund, but one may never know.

  • POSTED BY ajaypathak on | July 21, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    All English Cricketers, Experts and fans talking about english bowling, height etc, but when english batswam facing zaheer, ishant & praveen they think that oh my god we dont think about this. So all my dear english fan get readdy for Ishant, Zaheer and Praveen. Ishant heat most all w.indies batsamns in the helmet in last series, so straus & co. go in to market and purchase new and solit helmets.

  • POSTED BY emil7 on | July 21, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    I think media should stop making statements like this: "This could be the last time that Lord's gets to watch Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Tendulkar." Anyway, they have improved by using "could be" against what they did earlier - "must be". Let the players decide when to stop playing and they will genuinely do so when they think their performance degrades and the body is not in a shape to continue.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Keep the Stats aside. Just Enjoy the GOD OF CRICKET plays at HOME OF CRICKET. He will definitely wont bothered about Numbers but the game. My Predictions for the India XI: Gautam Gambhir (Regular Opener), Abhinav Mukund (Only Option), Rahul Dravid (for Stabilization), Sachin (Master Class), VVS Laxman (man of Crisis), Suresh Raina (play well to seal the spot), MS Dhoni (Mr.Cool), Harbhajan Singh(struggling to get wickets), Zaheer Khan(only bowler in form), Ishant Sharma(did good at WI but Eng is diff ball game), Praveen Kumar(testing time).

    Percentage of Indian Batting & Bowling is 85% out of 100 and 30% out of 100. But for England Swann is the biggest Plus for England, i would say 70% out of 100 for batting and 65% out of 100 for bowling. HOPE UMPIRE DO A GREAT JOB at Field. BEST TEAM SHOULD TAKE THE HONORABLE CUP.

  • POSTED BY DIFLEY on | July 21, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    I think Rahul Dravid and Gambhir should open and yurvraj play at no. 5. This will make india a aggresive side and disturb english plans. Praven kumar should play ahead of sreesanth as he can play role like how Binny use to do in english conditions. Harbhajan should get injured and allow a chance for Mishra

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    drop mukund and ask dravid to open to open with gambhir.. Yuvi can play either at 5 or 6 . biggest advantage of playing yuvi is his left arm spin which can prove handy. he turns the odd ball and also KP has worst record against left arm spinners.. So india should go with yuvi instead of Mukund. If Yuvi fails in 1st test thn u can go for mukund in second. Also praveen should be included ahead of Sreesanth.. Sree was too expensive in practice game. PK can swing the ball both ways and tat too a long deal. conditions will favour swing balling and PK n Zaheer r the best to exploit the conditions..Go India Go.. Sach score a century n make ur name flash on Lords Honours Board.

  • POSTED BY TheUnforgiven on | July 21, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    With regard to all the comments criticizing India's bowling I think it's a bit unfair as they have done the job when required. No matter how strong India's batting is if the bowling is as weak as it is claimed they would have never reached the No. 1 spot. Granted they dont have world beaters except to a certain extent Zaheer but the others have stood up and done the job. Personally I'm not a fan of India (mainly due to some of the arrogant team members and fans) but you have to give credit where credit is due. Let's hope this turns out to be a close contest and may the best team win.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Read Andrew's comments there carefully. He's trying to rubbish the hype and downplay this historical test. Now, this clearly shows he is under pressure. On the other hand, well-of-course Dhoni is always cool and deceptively doesn't show the pressure. I would say, English Media and former English Captain's have already given home team the 2-1s, 1-0s even 3-1s, It would be hardly surprising for me if India wins it 1-0 again. Much better if it wins 2-1. And Sachin, GOD of Cricket ( atheists, ignore this pls), will score more than century of centuries and will make mincemeat of English bowlers, especially of ill-hyped Swann. Sincerely hope both India and England live up to the expectations and entertain us with some outstanding cricket.

  • POSTED BY satyajeetking on | July 21, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    @Crusader1980 Economy of Sree is 3.50 with SR of 60 while that of PK is 2.30 with strike rate of 55 so tell me who is better.PK is best in English conditions as he can move the ball in both ways also an added advantage is he can bowl long spells.If he can remove the top 2 batsmen in his opening spell I guess we have enough fire power to run down the middle order.PK bowls in an excellent line and length in contrast to Sree who bowls only 1 fiery spell in an entire series.Sree is wastage of time while Pk is a bright future.

  • POSTED BY sanjay37b on | July 21, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    As a Indian,I will support India but i expect it to be a interesting series played in good spirit and more importantly, genteman's way with all players from both sides giving 100%.That will give boost to test cricket to follow in coming years.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    YUVRAJ SHOULD PLAY....AND PLAY AS AN ATTACKING WEAPON IN THE ABSENCE OF SEHWAG....AND ALSO HE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO TROUBLE ENGLAND ON DAY 4-5 WEN AT LORDS BALL STARS SPINNING A BIT..AND ALSO DON'T FORGET HE'S LATEST ADDITION THAT SLIDER OR SAY ARM BALL E BOWLS TO RIGHT HANDERS CAN BE TROUBLE FOR KP FOR SURE IF NOT FOR OTHERS....HE IS MATCH WINNER ON HIS DAY AND CAN PLAY SWING N SEAM ITS JUST SHOT SELECTION E NEEDS TO IMPROVE OTHERWISE E IS FAR BETTER TAN RAINA ALSO AGAINST QUICK BOWLING AND SORT STUFF..AND ALSO INDIA NEED TO THROW TEIR BEST UPFRONT SO THEY CAN NEGOTIATE NEW BALL WITHOUT MUCH LOSS N THEN DONI YUVI RAINA CAN CAPITALISE ON IT ..MY LINE UP 1.DRAVID 2.GAMBHIR 3.VVS 4.TENDULKAR 5.RAINA 6.DHONI 7.YUVRAJ 8.HARBHAJAN 9.ZAK 10.ISHANT 11.SREESANTH

  • POSTED BY haricbe on | July 21, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    i wont watch this until sehwag plays

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    I think Sreesanth should not be in the squad, Praveen is a better choice and he has some batting skills too. Sachin is a great cricketer but the only thing he fails is while chasing and in the second innings when more is expected out of him. He is just another better human not a super human.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | July 21, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    how is this the fight for top spot? england will never be good and india are on their way down.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    CMON INDIA PROOV THEM U R D NO 1 SIDE...DHONI BAG TIS CUP AS WEL

  • POSTED BY kubban on | July 21, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Go England Go Now its time to become a No.1 Test team. India are the lions of their own grounds and conditions.No east no west England is the Best Jimmy braody and swan will crush indian batting line and Strauss,Cook will crush indian sub standerd attck.

  • POSTED BY RageshPMenon on | July 21, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    My team is yuvraj,gambhir,dravid,sachin,laxman,raina,dhoni,harbhajan,praveen,zaheer,ishant...PK can swing the bowl in both ways and it would trouble english batsmen.In english condition swinging the ball is important rather than pace. We will really miss viru here and he has got gud record against england.yuvi has to play a viru kind of innings here.england are also fear against left arm orthodox bowling then yuvi can play a role.

  • POSTED BY cricket2011 on | July 21, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    My Indian Team 1) Sewag 2) Gambhir 3) Dravid 4) Sachin 5) Laxman 6) Raina 7) Dhoni 8) Praveenkumar 9) Harbhajan 10) Saheerkhan 11) Ishant Sharma

  • POSTED BY legb4 on | July 21, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    As an aussie im having trouble typing this but go England

  • POSTED BY Mehdi_shah on | July 21, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    i think they should drop mukund and have dravid and gambhir opening, yuvi at 5 and raina at 6. yuvraj cant paly swing bowling and with james anderson bowling, he would walk all over yuvraj if he opened. Dravid on the other hand is a very technically sound batsmen who can play anything. Also Dravid has opened many times before.l

  • POSTED BY hacVblogger on | July 21, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Very intelligent writing, hope there should be no rain in this historical game.

  • POSTED BY fearless69 on | July 21, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    This is for those blinds who thinks India loses when sachin hits a century.. Check the stats of Test Centuries by Sachin - 51 100's >> India won 20 matches >> Lost 11 >> Drawn 20 .. During 90's Test cricket was different, it was defensive.. there were no Sehwacks.. Most of the results went Draw. Sachin can't be blamed. NOW TALKING ABOUT ODI's >> 48 ODI 100's >> India won 33 matches >> Lost 13 >> 2 No results.. So the win percentage is more than 60% When Sachin hits 100.. Advice for those critics - Stop commenting without knowing anything, Give respect & Gain respect.. Get some good cricket knowledge & than come to post here.. :-P GOD OF CRICKET - SACHIN (Take a bow little master

  • POSTED BY cheese86 on | July 21, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    what a cracker of a series, i think england but only just will be a far more even contest once viru returns, hopeful that KP continues his return to form with a big one @ lords also i would play mishra ahead of harbs as england seem to play offspin a whole heap better than leggies. Cmon England!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Hy English, You win ASHES against The Kangaroos, recently win against Srilankan Lion, but now don't forget that you are going to chase THE CHAMPIONS. The team India will put your name in the Test. That trophy, which you hold now it will be ours. Now don't expect any more tied or any kind of mercy, this fight is for no 1 position & we will be stay there.

  • POSTED BY Crusader1980 on | July 21, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    For all those who are preferring PK over Sreesanth, just remember one thing PK will not be bowling to Barath, Kirk, Darren and Sammy to get lollipop wickets as he got in the Windies, OPEN YOUR EYES FOLKS...THIS IS COOK, STRAUSS, TROTT, PIETERSEN & BELL, we need some pace, we need some aggression and THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE THE OLD BALL COUNT if you cant take wickets with new ball and I think PK is gonna struggle big way wih it. Sree has played tests in England and also first class county cricket with Warwickshire AND ALSO NOTE THAT HE HAS A FIVE WICKET HAUL IN HIS LAST TEST and that too AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA...DONT JUST REMEMBER ONLY THE NEW STUFF AND FORGET THE OLD FOLKS.....

  • POSTED BY I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on | July 21, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Surely India will won the cup for us .....

  • POSTED BY himanshu.team on | July 21, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    These two sides can not be more evenly matched. In batting, Bowling, Captaincy all departments are more or less equal for both. One department where England clearly leads is the opening. To negate this, i sincerely hope Dhoni wins a toss this time. If that happens everything else will just negate one another. If the umpiring is upto the mark, this will be one of the most competitive series we can witness. Let the best team win.

  • POSTED BY RamanBansal on | July 21, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    I would drop Mukund for this match. Open wih Raina and let him play the role that Sehwag plays. Of course, Raina should take time to settle, but we all know how destructive he can be. Yuvraj at number 6, and with his spin bowling, will add a great value to the team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Am also eager to follow cricket score again with cricinfo like all my friends and other cricket lovers.I think Dhoni should need take daring decision in this live pitches of England

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | July 21, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    Get your excuses ready Indian fans- the ball, the pitch, new coach, overhead conditions. You will need every one. England 3-1.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    play yuvraj as opener in placa of mukund

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Best Indian XI 1 Gambhir 2 Sachin 3 Dravid 4 VVS 5 Raina 6 Yuvraj 7 Dhoni 8 Bhajji 9 Zak 10 Munaf 11 Ishant Munkud is under tested and unprepared for a series of such magnitude and Yuvi is better off at no 6 PK while great in 1 dayers is not a good enough bowler to trouble ENGLAND in tests Sreesanth is overrated over hyped underachieving under performing unnecessarily aggressive and essentially useless Maybe the middle order can be tinkered with but this is the best XI for tomorrow

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Nerk: "It will be good to see how England go against the top side in the world"? Top side??? They are only better at ODI's and, if they play tests like they do ODIs, then they will have a 50:50 chance.

    Let's see what happens if there is rain, followed by humid-sunshine, and England bowling.............. :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    everytime india play series on fast pitches of england,australia,south africa,they have the tendency to loose the first match of the series.they tend to improve later on though as the series progresses.hope this time that will not be the case and india will win the match at the LORDS AND sachin will make his 100th ton in the most anticipated test match of the true cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY kalyanbk on | July 21, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Yuvraj must play in Lords. It is his favorite ground, his favorite opposition, his favorite Kevin Pieterson. He is the in-form player for India (man of the series in the World Cup) and I would even back his spin over Harbhajan. I would say Yuvraj instead of Mukund and Mishra instead of Harbhajan. Either Dravid or Yuvraj himself can open. I know purists may not like it but I back Yuvraj to achieve at least the same as Mukund.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    Surely India will win the competitive series and retain the no.1 spot..!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    India's middle order will get its share of runs. Dravid, srt and VVS will definitely get runs. The key to India's success in this series is how the players before and after perform - Yes, I'm talking abt Gauti, Mukund, Raina and Dhoni. In bowling department, it will be good to se Zak and Ishant bowling together. Good luck Team India!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    Someone mentioned Strauss = Gauti. I don't understand how? Gauti has much better stats in all form of cricket and also has better temperament

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    why cant dravid open with gautam Gambhir as he have opened the innigs several times with him or Sehwag that way yuvraj and raina both can show some telnet.. we shouldnt forget that "Yuvraj " was the man of the tournament in the world cup 2011 !

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    The ky would be to have a good start for Indians. Indians are the under dogs right now

  • POSTED BY needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on | July 21, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    VVS Laxman, owner of the worst conversion record (16 centuries, 52 half-centuries) in the 8,000-club, has never scored a century against England

    CAN SOMEONE TELL ME HOW COME SOMEONE ALMOST ALWAYS PLAYING AFTER OPENNERS,DRAVID,SACHIN,GANGULY ( THAT IS 4 DROP) IS EXPECTED TO HAVE BETTER CONVERSION RECORD BY THE TIME HE REACHES 3 FIGURES HE NEEDS TO HAVE ANOTHER 5 MORE WICKETS TO WITHSTAND OPPOSITION BOWLERS. LAX IS MOSTLY THROWING HIS WICKET AWAY FOR PURPOSE NOT PLAYING FOR RECORDS

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    Will be interesting to see if Dhoni can go ahead with Yuvi @3 and Dravid to open with Gambhir. Since in English conditions Dravid is very reliable and best fit it can be worth gamble. Else if one of the opener gets out early then still its like opening the inning of India for Dravid. PK could hold the advantage as compared to Shree due to his ability to swing ball both-ways and recent match practice. Else team looks good and will miss Viru but I am sure others will contribute as well. I think India holds good chance if they can out-bat English as their balling will be stronger in their home conditions.

  • POSTED BY needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on | July 21, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    1-1 for sure Straus = Ghambir cook >> mukund Trot = Dravid (especially if we need to draw a test) SRT= KP (aggression n intent don't worry about long term records) LAX = bell(both r in very good form) Raina=morgan(no comments not at all test players but good based on current form ) dhoni > prior (any day both with gloves n batting) harbhajan < swann (any day any condition swann is very good bowler.. bhajji is selectors choice and captain choice) ishant = tremlet (inform and talent) praveen kumar > board ( board is worse english bowler ever i can definitely say that with his record) zaheer = anderson (no complains here both r attacking players. but Zaheer is consistent)

    man to man except mukund everyone else has matched each other easily and strategies can define who wins the series . IF SEHU IS BACK AND IN FULL HEALTH INDIA IS DEFINITELY AHEAD. RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS 1-1 WITHOUT SEHU ITS LIKE NUMBER 3 TEAM PLAYING NUMBER 2 NOT NUMBER 1 Bring Yuvi in middle order but leave openner

  • POSTED BY needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on | July 21, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    1-1 for sure Straus = Ghambir cook >> mukund Trot = Dravid (especially if we need to draw a test) SRT= KP (aggression n intent don't worry about long term records) LAX = bell(both r in very good form) Raina=morgan(no comments not at all test players but good based on current form ) dhoni > prior (any day both with gloves n batting) harbhajan < swann (any day any condition swann is very good bowler.. bhajji is selectors choice and captain choice) ishant = tremlet (inform and talent) praveen kumar > board ( board is worse english bowler ever i can definitely say that with his record) zaheer = anderson (no complains here both r attacking players. but Zaheer is consistent)

    man to man except mukund everyone else has matched each other easily and strategies can define who wins the series . IF SEHU IS BACK AND IN FULL HEALTH INDIA IS DEFINITELY AHEAD. RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS 1-1 WITHOUT SEHU ITS LIKE NUMBER 3 TEAM PLAYING NUMBER 2 NOT NUMBER 1 Bring Yuvi in middle order but leave openner

  • POSTED BY NRI- on | July 21, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    IT WOULD BE STUPID to select Sreesanth when PK is in form and swings both ways - ideal for English conditions. Equally stupid would be to take Yuvraj at all, especially as an OPENER. Mukund is a specialist and averaged > 50 against Somerset and Anderson does not bowl that good against lefties - he didnt get Katich or Hussey easily because his stock ball is the outswinger to righties. Mukund also did okay against WI - give him two tests now. Relative to Anderson, Zaheer is slower but has the advantage of being a lefthander bowling to Strauss, Cook and Morgan - three lefties in the top six. Dravid & SRT have not done well at Lords, Sehwag is missing, Laxman to date has not done well against England. You would have to favour England. Swann is not as good as he was first made out to be, no doosra and is bowling to great batsmen of spin.

  • POSTED BY Jatt799 on | July 21, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    India will be lose thats for sure and they will lost #1 spot go england go

  • POSTED BY TheRivals on | July 21, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    @omer sharif Sounds like you got it all figured who is better than whom??? trott > dravid and dhoni =prior

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    as of right now, England seems like a more complete team than India,and India got alot to lose... i think England will take this test series

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Why Sreesanth, whats wrong with everyone, he is spoiling the fun for me,that guy is lame, rather go with PK or Munaf, ya Munaf patel,he is also there in the squad,bowled with excellent accuracy in the warm up game,and atleast have some skill in him as opposed to Sreesanth,who only makes the squad on the mercy of our regionally biased chairman of selectors.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    one on one comparisons 1.Strauss = Gambhir ( I know Strauss is marginally good career wise and even form wise, but Gambhir has the attitude of Sunil Gavaskar, he is a super talented, so that evens it out),2. Cook > xyz,3.Trott > Dravid ( I know legendary Dravid and all,but Trott is in the form of his life, and Dravid is in the worst phase of his career,simple),4.Tendulkar > KP,5.Laxman > Ian bell,6. Eion Morgan > Raina (Has achieved more in test cricket),7.Prior = Dhoni ( I know dhoni superstar and all,but in test cricket whatever he can do, so can Prior),8.Swann > Harbhajan,9.Zaheer = Anderson (overall Zaheer is better,but in English conditions Anderson is unbelievably good)10. Tremlatt = Ishant ( Both tall, Both fast, Both in good form),11.Bresnan/Broad > PK/Sreesanth.

  • POSTED BY Number_5 on | July 20, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    as a cricket fan (aus) i look fwd to this series No 1 v No 2 which hopefully showcases how good test cricket can be. Eng at home with some great talent against Ind a team with some proven champions. My tip India, which is a risk given their form away from home, but that said Eng is not without a chance and easily capable of delivering a belting if they play to their best. The biggest issue for mine is that the DRS has not been finalised. How can the ICC allow the games showpiece series to progress without this being sorted???? Another in a long list of blunders from what is becoming the biggest laughing stock administration team in world sport. Is the ICC agenda to progress the game of cricket internationally or just line their own pockets? I think we all know the answer to this question. Good luck to both teams and lets pray the rain stays away and we get some entertaining cricket.

  • POSTED BY suprabadh on | July 20, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    It is advisable to have Yuvi in the team than Mukund because, Yuvi is a better player being an all-rounder. I think India can utilise the services of Dravid for opening the innings along with Ghambir. We have to think of so many options because of the absence of Shewag. One more think is that kumar should definitely play and not experiment with Sree because he can not strike iron when it is red hot.

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | July 20, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    An exciting series looms. It will be good to see how England go against the top side in the world. India have proved themselves world champions, but are yet to beat the top sides in their own backyard, which would is the sign of true greatness. Best place to start is in England and at Lords.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | July 20, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Open with Dravid and include Yuvraj in the middle order.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | July 20, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Guys talking about opening with yuvi/Dhoni/Dravid/or even Tendulkar.... Opening slot is a special slot for any team. Playing new ball is just more difficult - plain and simple. Thats why every team in the world finds it so difficult to get a settled opening pair. For the same reason we should give more chances for openers to settle in to the team. The big names such as Yuvi may sound good on paper, dont expect them to succeed as openers. They themselves know this and wouldn't accept a opening slot because that will ruin their career. And yes I too vote for Mishra in place of Harbajan.

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | July 20, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Well, the hype is nearly over. Good luck to both sides, & - as has been said already - let's all hope that TEST CRICKET is the winner & that the standard of play is higher than the standard of debate here recently! I much preferred the banter here preceding the Ashes last year but I think that's because Aus/ Eng fans understand each other better. If Eng succeed this summer in reachiing No 1 in the rankings (calm down - I only said IF) it will not be an earth-shattering event. Rightly or wrongly, the Ashes are far, far more important to us, as there is very little interest here in these ICC rankings, or who claims to be No 1. It is often unclear which is the best side, & at present we have SA, Eng & India all very close - at least for the moment. If India do lose, let's have no shrill complaints about umpires, pitches, media bias, lbw decisions or other ridiculous "conspiracies." Just say "Well done England, the better team won." India, the world is watching you. Good luck ALL players!

  • POSTED BY girdoc1 on | July 20, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Agree Steyn is the best, comparison between Zaheer Khan and James Anderson, Zaheer stands apart - superior, consistent, reliable and great wicket taker.. would bet on Zaheer on any day. Cmon INDIA..............

  • POSTED BY chrisalis11 on | July 20, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    England to win by two matches to get to No. 1 in the rankings is a big ask. Think I'l put some money with some Indian bookmakers on it.

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | July 20, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    England team is kind of overrated. We saw how they were talking about the Series against SL. Did they win it 3-0. Nope. It was just 1-0. They could not win it by a big margin against #4 SL with a weakened bowling attack. May be English fans will comment now like this. "England could have win it 3-0 if there was no rain." Remember that the rain helped English bowlers to take wickets. Without rain that series could have been a draw (0-0). Now they are talking about to win against India. Can they do that against one of the best batting lineups and better bowling attack? May be in dreams. Strauss may be expecting rain during this tournament too. Swann is the Best Spinner because other great spinners (Murali, Warne and Kumble) are retired. Cook is batting well who is at the peak of his form. But he is not the greatest. Anderson has compared to Steyn. What a joke. Next time they will try to compare him to McGrath. There will be a good competition. India will retain #1.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    Chucky Doll, I was thinking same. Just imagine if Dhoni opens up the innings with gambhir and starts hitting a few boundaries in a way only he can do, all game plan of England will be ruined. lol, I am liking this idea though.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    only way england can win if half of the starter aren't playing like in warm up match. indai is a real champ which england gona see tomm.

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | July 20, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    HOW MUCH EVER THE ENGLISH FANS BOOST THEIR TEAM-STILL LOOKS LIKE ITS GOING TO BE 3-0 IN FAVOR OF INDIA. THE LAST TIME ENGLAND BEAT INDIA ON ENGLISH SOIL WAS ON JULY-29-2002,THAT IS ALMOST 10 YEARS BACK-

    6 TEST MATCHES HAVE SINCE BEEN PLAYED AND INDIA HAS WON 2 AND 4 MATCHES HAVE ENDED IN DRAWS,SO THE RECORD AND THE HISTORY HEAVILY FAVORS INDIA OVER ENGLAND BOTH HOME AND AWAY.

  • POSTED BY givemefood on | July 20, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    @Raghu Chennappa... please don't speak out of emotion. Indians are being practical about retaining their No. 1 position rather than show their spirit as fighters. Did you see them fight for a win in the last test against the Windies? So 4-0 is impossible. Let's hope we win 2-0.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    i think dravid should open with gambhir nd let yuvraj also play in the 11 . . . the advantage * uv can also bowl a bit * he can win the game with +ve approach

    the disadvantage *if dravid opens the whole batting line up gets disturbed sachin cant come 1 down * if dravid opens india vl get a slow start which mite just put pressure on our middle oder

  • POSTED BY dukhimanmere on | July 20, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    I am surprise so many people are suggesting that Yuvi should open. I would rather say, Dravid should open with Gautam. (Vijay/Abhinav used get out in first over to Ravi Rampaul anyway so, Dravid is used to with facing new ball). Also, remember the 400+ opening partnership again Pakistan, it was Sehwag and Dravid. I think Dravid would make a good opener. Then, Yuvi can come after Raina. This will also give India an extra spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    It's amazing that with all the wealth of batting talent at India's disposal, they are struggling to find an opening partner for Gambhir. I guess it just shows how irreplacable Sehwag is. It's not good enough to bring in a player to just see off the new ball; the whole Indian batting mentality changes when Sehwag is absent. There is a big hole missing at the top of the order and I hope England can take advantage of it! It's a lot less daunting to see an Indian batting lineup with chinks in it's armour within the top six. Without Sehwag, I think England's top six is just as strong as India's. Then it's down to which bowlers can make the best of the conditions. Let's hope Anderson is in one of those 'devastating spell' moods at Lord's.

  • POSTED BY pirki on | July 20, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    England will win this series, lookout for neither spinner nor medium pacer Ms Parveen kumar who will struggle to throw the ball up to batsman forget about him to trouble the batsman. he is much hyped by taking west indian batters out which were very well taken care by ordinary street Bangladeshi bowlers. If India play PK the defeat is written on the wall. I think india must play sree. otherwise yuvi is better than PK at least he can get the wicket of KP...

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 20, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    If India lose this game, they're in big trouble. I think Nottingham and Birmingham are England's best chances, the two London grounds usually have pretty flat wickets. India really look to be coming in undercooked; Gambhir and Zaheer are coming off injury, Laxman, Harbhajan, Kumar and Ishant didn't play in the warm-up game and Tendulkar only batted briefly in his first first-class game for months. England have had a very solid series against Sri Lanka, where they were well on top in all 3 games only to be thwarted by the weather following the Ashes thrashing of Australia. The Indians can't be underestimated, but at some point Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman are going to run out of gas. Unless Zaheer is bowling at his best (and he certainly wasn't in the Somerset game) it's hard to see India getting England out twice- they've only lost 20 wickets once in their last 8 tests. My guess would be India playing out a draw, unless the wicket is lively. If so, then England will win.

  • POSTED BY stationmaster on | July 20, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Broad in the side ? You have to be joking - they'll tear him apart, he doesn't have the form to give him the confidence he so badly needs. Bresnan has all the look of a confident cricketer, who can both bowl AND bat. Indians will be praying that Broad gets picked, and knowing the 'old boys club' selection policy - he probably will.......sigh...

  • POSTED BY ZshanKhan on | July 20, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    I keep reading comments about Dale steyn being better than Zaheer Khan. Really? Dale steyn is an outstanding bowler no doubt, but what's the point in being an outstanding bowler when he can't stop South Africa from choking. Heck, he couldn't win a match for SA against Ind on one of the fastest pitches in SA. Zaheer Khan was the joint highest wicket taker in the World Cup which India Won. He is one of the major factors why India have remained number 1 in tests for over 2 years now. I thought good bowlers were suppose to win major titles for their country. So far, Dale styen has played 2 Odi World cup and 3 T20 WC for SA. Choked in all 5.

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | July 20, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    I would like to disagree with Sidharth Monga's attempt to compare Zaheer & Anderson with Steyn. I have seen may matches of all 3 bowlers. Of course these two bowlers are the best of their teams, but not in the same league of Steyn.

  • POSTED BY Salesh on | July 20, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Cant wait..............................

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    mukund is more vulnerable than yuvi so i would go for yuvaraj. bcoz mukund is not ready yet for international side.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | July 20, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    I think steyn is better than zaheer and anderson. You just have to rewind to the ind sa series and watch steyn vs tendulkar, unbelievable contest. This is without any country bias.

    Yuvi as opener LOL.

  • POSTED BY givemefood on | July 20, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    @Herath-UK... We've seen how your players (flat-track century scorers) performed in England. So quit predicting about the Indian cricket team.

    In general, in each inning there should be 2 big scores supported, at a minimum, by smaller individual contributions. With the return of Sachin, Gambhir and the inclusion of Dravid, VVS... that minimum is very much possible. Abhinav Mukund didn't score much in Windies but he fought well. That fight will help him sustain with good scores in England. An educated prediction...

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    India will remain at no. 1 for long time from now.. Only england will move to 4 th after this series.. 4-0 win for india....

  • POSTED BY allblue on | July 20, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Perhaps I'm a bit old fashioned, but I think the most important thing here is not who wins or loses this series, but that the games are played in good spirit and that the winners and losers do so with good grace. Two excellent teams, well matched, a lot at stake - it deserves the hype and excitement beforehand and if you will forgive me for using that hoary old cliché I hope that cricket is the winner. Good luck to both sides - and come on England!

  • POSTED BY ChuckyDoll on | July 20, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Surprise, surprise...... how about Dhoni open the innings ? I know it is an out-of-the-box idea but so does Dhoni think !! Even if Dhoni sees of 20 overs, the objective is achieved.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    James Anderson can sit alongside Dale Steyn and Zaheer Khan in the top league of quick bowlers today??? Dale Steyn is leagues ahead of every bowler in the world!

  • POSTED BY Cricguru21 on | July 20, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    I think its a tantalizing idea to open with Yuvi to have a mind boggling line up. But, as we have seen in the past, what works on paper may not work on ground. So I think it is best to leave it to professional openers - gauti and mukund to do the job. Though,I should point out that no one ever thought Sehwag could be an opener and we all know what he has done to record books over the last few years....

    I think it will be an interesting test match....

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    I agree to the comments about Zaheer and Anderson not being in the same league as Steyn... Dale Steyn is simply on a different planet compared to Jimmy and Zaheer, I'm sure the Indian's agree after his performances on the sub-continent! I do believe Anderson is a better bowler than Zaheer though, just. Maybe less consistent, but absolutely devastating in swinging conditions.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 20, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    India without Sehwag start as underdogs.Mukund's inclusion to open the innings has been questioned by many in favour of a more experienced Jaffer, Utappa or Kartik. This will be the main issue. If Mukund & Gambhir can give India a start of at least 5o runs, Indians will do well. If not Dravid at #3 will have to play like an opener and bottle up one end.With possible omission of Yuvraj, India will be short of one spin bowler. Raina may have to fill in that role.Zaheer has to show his form and lead the bowling attack. Kumar is more accurate compared to Sreesanth and may get the nod. But then Kumar is essentially a new ball bowler.Can he bowl with old ball? India has a very tough task ahead in coping with Strauss & Cook, considered to be the best openers based on their record. Can India get a quick break?The top 5 of the England team have played well. So India has to get through these.It comes to India producing their best in all depts. of the game to remain in the fight. Jai Ho India

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    India have the no.1 spot to boast .At least for now.Judgement is upon them.I favour the englishmen.they are a fitter unit and besides how is a team that is so hot "n" cold gonna beat the ashes winners.Think bout it !

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    So 24 hrs to go and the big debate will end and results start.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    All the Best for Indian team and all the Best for Sachin's 100th Century in Lords and yuvi play opening role ia best to strike like shewag

  • POSTED BY CricEshwar on | July 20, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    That was not a bad idea, to let Yuvraj open the innings. There is not a lot of expectation from Abhinav at the moment, so Yuvraj can fill the spot, when he settles he can be the aggressor, who can bowl and field well. I may not suggest Yuvi in place of Raina, but Abhinav, sorry dude - nothing personal.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | July 20, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Sachin will go very slow and reach his century and India will lose the match as usual then. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | July 20, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    England 1-0 in first two tests. Indian bowling is kinda toothless.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Gosh ! The author is keeping Anderson, Zaheer and Dale Steyn in the same league, has he gone mad or what. Dale Steyn is head and shoulders above these bowlers

  • POSTED BY Guhanathan on | July 20, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    It's all about hundreds...Ton dulkar will make tons of tons

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Yuvraj opening makes no sense. He isn't an opener so why make him open for the first time in ages in one of the most important tests India will play. Mukund is not going to be another 5 in the future but an opener, let him open now to test him.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    @John Smith Forget Ashes or Ind-Eng, nothing beats Ind vs Pak

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | July 20, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    No matter how ECB tries to sell it India vs Pakistan is the match i can travel univese to watch for. Next comes India Vs Australia. Any other competition no matter how ECB Hypes it to see some money(while always trying to put donw India) is a Joke.

  • POSTED BY guntur on | July 20, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    My eleven for India is as follows: Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Raina, Dhoni , Zaheer, Mishra, Harbhajan , Sharma, Kumar.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 20, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Well done India, thus far, though there were some minor hiccups and experiments. Dhoni, please don't go with Yuvraj Singh for the opener's slot. He has never done that and this is not the time for such an experiment. Please don't ask Dravid to open. He is not a pushover whom you can just push around to accomodate other players somewhere in the batting line-up. Dravid has earned that rightful place of his. For the greater good of the team and for players themselves, pick them up based on the roles you want them to accomplish. I'm banking on Gambhir to take more responsibility and see to it that Mukund doesn't get intimidated out in the middle. Do your basics right Dhoni and things will fall in place. Good Luck to you all. God Bless Team India! God Bless Dhoni. God Bless Zaheer, VVS, Sachin, Raina, Dravid, Gambhir, Ishant, Harbhajan and each and every member of Team India.

  • POSTED BY rayhanshalfa on | July 20, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    yes the 2000th test match will be glorified as it is going to be held between two giant teams

  • POSTED BY Texasacharya on | July 20, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    There is a threat from both Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan. I think there is too much emphasis on England's Bowling. Lately, India is far more disciplined in their bowling department than their batting. I predict a 1-1 draw. Good luck

  • POSTED BY 123kidd on | July 20, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    VVS Laxman, owner of the" worst conversion record (16 centuries, 52 half-centuries) ", Best conversion record (probable loss to win / Probable loss to save)

  • POSTED BY anoopshameed on | July 20, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Something I have noted is that the English are the most optimistic people in the world. Come any tournament, regardless of the sport, they would expect their team to win hands down. And the reasons they give for that are really unique-for example some expected England to win the 2011 Cricket World Cup for the sole reason that all their matches have been close finishes! (and this is forgetting the fact that they lost to Ireland and Bangladesh!) Then there was the prediction some years earlier that Kevin Pietersen would overhaul all batting records by the time he retires. Now they are predicting that Cook would do the same... We can see it even during the Football World Cups. The good thing is that the fans don't make much hue and cry over failures (which happens more often than not). Well anyway there is something good about all this-afterall hopes are what we live for, ain't it?

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    India should win this series 4-0

  • POSTED BY KrazyCricketKid on | July 20, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    My XI: 1.Yuvraj Singh 2.Gautam Gambhir 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Sachin Tendulkar 4.VVS Laxman 6.Suresh Raina 7.MS Dhoni (CAPT & WK) 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Praveen Kumar 11.Ishant Sharma THE PITCH AT LORDS WILL BE VERY GOOD FOR BATTING, SO THAT GIVES INDIA A HUGE ADVANTAGE. WE SHOULD OPEN WITH YUVRAJ BECAUSE HE HAS A VERY GOOD RECORD AGAINST ENGLAND AND HE WILL LOVE THESE CONDITIONS !

  • POSTED BY Vernacular_Press on | July 20, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    If india bats first, should focus on conserving wickets.I dont see any eng bowlers picking wkts unless indians throw their wkts.Strauss after this match, " We were expecting climatic conditions to favour our bowlers" .Strauss's statements in this articles looks lame.

  • POSTED BY leo89 on | July 20, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    God...What's with all the hype..Even the indians know this will end up 2-0 or 3-0.Let's face the truth..The sub continental teams are lions in their own backyards and lambs in alien conditions i.e.cold weather,grassy pitches with bounce & overcast swinging conditions.On the other hand non subcontinental teams fail miserably in dry and dusty sub continental wickets.

  • POSTED BY Satishji on | July 20, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Yes, Yuvraj should be in instead of Abhinav. Yuvraj has experience, plus could assist Harbhajan. Playing eleven: Gambhir, Yuvraj, Dravid, Sachin, Laxaman, Raina, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Ishant, Munaf

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    As an England fan I certainly wouldn't call this match or series the most anticipated, Ashes always beats the rest, nothing compares.

  • POSTED BY hjthespawn on | July 20, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    India should open with Gambhir and Dravid. Yuvraj can bat in the middle order. Playing both Yuvi and Raina gives Dhoni additional spin options.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Amit Mishra would be a more aggressive selection than Harbjhan Singh. English players have greater problems with Leg Spinners. Look at the record of Shane Warne, Mushtaq Ahmed and Abdul Qadir against England. Off spinners are less effective against English Players, because they have a quite a few of their own Off-Spinners and they learn to play them well. Also Parveen Kumar would be better option than Munaf or Sreesanth.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    ICC test Rankings 1. India 2. South Africa 3. England. India fought bravely in in early part of this year on some Bouncy, seaming, swinging, Amazingly Fast wickets. Now english pitches are Slower than SA, do swing alike, seam sometimes and not at all bouncy like SA's pitches.

    SA was no 2 and India equalled with them at their home. English are No.3 in the world. India will surely level series with them or Win this series

  • POSTED BY Raki99 on | July 20, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Lets Play Gentleman.......

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Work output to go down drastically from tomorrow :P but I won't mind, series like these comes once in a while. The onus is on India to show that they are the undisputed No. 1 ....

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 20, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Well done India, thus far, though there were some minor hiccups and experiments. Dhoni, please don't go with Yuvraj Singh for the opener's slot. He has never done that and this is not the time for such an experiment. Please don't ask Dravid to open. He is not a pushover whom you can just push around to accomodate other players somewhere in the batting line-up. Dravid has earned that rightful place of his. For the greater good of the team and for players themselves, pick them up based on the roles you want them to accomplish. I'm banking on Gambhir to take more responsibility and see to it that Mukund doesn't get intimidated out in the middle. Do your basics right Dhoni and things will fall in place. Good Luck to you all. God Bless Team India! God Bless Dhoni. God Bless Zaheer, VVS, Sachin, Raina, Dravid, Gambhir, Ishant, Harbhajan and each and every member of Team India.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | July 20, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    I'm still going for an England series win. Can't see any other possible outcome. Me and the wombats will see you at Lords tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    best of luck both the teams

  • POSTED BY NikhilNair on | July 20, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    "VVS Laxman, owner of the worst conversion record (16 centuries, 52 half-centuries) in the 8,000-club, has never scored a century against England." - I could care less about that stat, but still I hope that our Very Very Special Laxman score couple 100s this series. It might be tough, but I'm already dreaming about a century from Sachin, Dravid, and Laxman at Lords... CMON BIG THREE!

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | July 20, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    All the Best for Indian team and all the Best for Sachin's 100th Century in Lords.

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  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | July 20, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    All the Best for Indian team and all the Best for Sachin's 100th Century in Lords.

  • POSTED BY NikhilNair on | July 20, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    "VVS Laxman, owner of the worst conversion record (16 centuries, 52 half-centuries) in the 8,000-club, has never scored a century against England." - I could care less about that stat, but still I hope that our Very Very Special Laxman score couple 100s this series. It might be tough, but I'm already dreaming about a century from Sachin, Dravid, and Laxman at Lords... CMON BIG THREE!

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    best of luck both the teams

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | July 20, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    I'm still going for an England series win. Can't see any other possible outcome. Me and the wombats will see you at Lords tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 20, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Well done India, thus far, though there were some minor hiccups and experiments. Dhoni, please don't go with Yuvraj Singh for the opener's slot. He has never done that and this is not the time for such an experiment. Please don't ask Dravid to open. He is not a pushover whom you can just push around to accomodate other players somewhere in the batting line-up. Dravid has earned that rightful place of his. For the greater good of the team and for players themselves, pick them up based on the roles you want them to accomplish. I'm banking on Gambhir to take more responsibility and see to it that Mukund doesn't get intimidated out in the middle. Do your basics right Dhoni and things will fall in place. Good Luck to you all. God Bless Team India! God Bless Dhoni. God Bless Zaheer, VVS, Sachin, Raina, Dravid, Gambhir, Ishant, Harbhajan and each and every member of Team India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Work output to go down drastically from tomorrow :P but I won't mind, series like these comes once in a while. The onus is on India to show that they are the undisputed No. 1 ....

  • POSTED BY Raki99 on | July 20, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Lets Play Gentleman.......

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    ICC test Rankings 1. India 2. South Africa 3. England. India fought bravely in in early part of this year on some Bouncy, seaming, swinging, Amazingly Fast wickets. Now english pitches are Slower than SA, do swing alike, seam sometimes and not at all bouncy like SA's pitches.

    SA was no 2 and India equalled with them at their home. English are No.3 in the world. India will surely level series with them or Win this series

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Amit Mishra would be a more aggressive selection than Harbjhan Singh. English players have greater problems with Leg Spinners. Look at the record of Shane Warne, Mushtaq Ahmed and Abdul Qadir against England. Off spinners are less effective against English Players, because they have a quite a few of their own Off-Spinners and they learn to play them well. Also Parveen Kumar would be better option than Munaf or Sreesanth.

  • POSTED BY hjthespawn on | July 20, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    India should open with Gambhir and Dravid. Yuvraj can bat in the middle order. Playing both Yuvi and Raina gives Dhoni additional spin options.