England v India, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Lord's rises for Tendulkar

Plays of the Day from the third day of the first Test between England and India at Lord's

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

July 23, 2011

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Sachin Tendulkar gets a standing ovation as he walks out to bat, England v India, 1st Test, Lord's, 3rd day, July 23, 2011
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Shoeing of the day
An inexperienced opening batsman in Test cricket has to expect his fair share of short stuff so it was no surprise to see England test out Abhinav Mukund. He showed impressive resilience although wasn't always convincing and had particular problems with one bouncer from Chris Tremlett. He took his eye off and was smashed on the grille. Abhinav fell over and in the process lost one of his shoes, but then realised Gautam Gambhir was coming through for a single so calmly picked up his boot and ran with it to the other end before lacing it back up again.

Ovation of the day
Lord's knows how to show great players respect - although Ricky Ponting may disagree - and as Abhinav made his way off having dragged on against Stuart Broad the ground rose as one. The crowd would have been appreciative of Abhinav's 49, but the reason they got to their feet was the man coming in at No. 4. Sachin Tendulkar emerged from the Long Room and down the steps to a wonderful reception and as the fans sat down they did so on the edge of their seats.

Let-down of the day
Either side of lunch the full house was treated to Test cricket in its purest form. England bowled superbly and Tendulkar played superbly. He was beaten plenty of times but responded with elegant cover drives which belied his two months with barely any cricket. Those sessions in the indoor school at Lord's had certainly worked. He moved into the 30s, where he has been before on this ground but never beyond, and then Broad returned from the Nursery End. The ball continued to swing, Tendulkar continued to play the drive. Something was going to give and it was Tendulkar. He went for another drive, the edge flew low to second slip where it was swallowed by Graeme Swann. Joy for England, but disappointment for so many others.

Slips of the day
England, though, were far from flawless in the field. Moments after Tendulkar's departure the slip cordon was in business again. Firstly VVS Laxman, before scoring, edged a regulation catch to Andrew Strauss who dropped one of the easier chances of his career. It continued a dodgy time for Strauss in the slips after he spilled two in his Championship outing for Middlesex last month. While he was still stewing from his mistake Rahul Dravid, on 42, edged to Swann at second slip. This one wasn't so easy - Swann had to move low to his right - but it was one he'd expect to hold. Somehow, amid all of this, Broad managed to hold himself together despite knowing three wickets could have been five.

Bouncer of the day
Normally a short ball from Broad wouldn't warrant much comment - except in the context of him needing to pitch the ball up - but, for the first time this season, he chose the right lengths at the right time (and hit the right areas). With Praveen Kumar swinging from the hip Broad was called back into the attack and from the field set it was clear he was going short. Having allowed Praveen to get off strike Broad had one further delivery to him at the end of the over and he made it count. Praveen went to hook a rapid bouncer and top-edged towards a back-tracking Andrew Strauss. In the stands, Chris Broad gave a little fist-pump.

Honour of the day
It seemed absurd that no one in this current India team had his name on the Lord's honours board. Now they have two. First it was Praveen and today one of the famous members of the top order got his name up in black ink. Everyone came hoping it would be Tendulkar, but instead it was Dravid with an outstanding, battling hundred to try and hold his team together. When he brought up three figures with a nudge through midwicket he celebrated with rare emotion. It showed how much it meant.

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Posted by   on (July 24, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

@Shiv: Happy to hear that,I'm very relieved.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 24, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

@nskaile, that was the same match from which I started disliking Sachin. He had no reason to go off the strike on the 1st/2nd ball with 11th batsman. As though that isn't enough, he calls and scampers back to the striker's end for a difficult single on the 5th ball of the same over and shoulders arms for the 6th ball. Even regular batsmen get shaken up with Steyn's and Morkel's bouncers. Jaidev Unadkat's a new kid. Shame on Sachin. I know, match was lost by then. But no effort to save us from the ignominy of innings defeat. Selfish to the core. In this match, with Zaheer and Ishant (proven tail to some extent) Dravid still wasn't happy to give them strike. Dravid was livid at Zaheer when he went for some extravagance. Zaheer immediately came back to planet earth and protected his wicket. Unlucky that though Dravid protected them, both of them were gone on 5th balls I think. So, no comparisons between Dravid and Sachin. Don't insult Dravid by comparing him with a selfish fellow.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

Y u indians are fighting within yourselves to make ur legends the great........ even though i am a gr8 fan of dravid i would love to see sachin make his 100th ton........ they are all indians and playing for india........ pls stop talking about the failures........... let us hope that both these players combine in the second innings to save the test match........ it was real pleasure to see the partnership between them wch had a run rate near than 5........... hoping to see more frm these two combined legends.............. Chak De India!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

Posted by   on (July 24, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

to all those guys who feel dravid doesn't know how to bat with tail, do you know how to hold the grip of the bat?? don't comment with ur miserly knowledge..the man batted with tail last month in jamaica and he scored a magnificent 190 against newzealand with support of srinath n venkatesh prasad...he is master..true legend...the whole cricketing world has acknowledged it....and laxman has never been comfortable when the ball swings...he,shewag are good only when pitches are hard and dry...

Posted by nikhilb239 on (July 24, 2011, 8:16 GMT)

@salvadordali. Please show some respect to Dravid. He could not have played much better than that. It was the tail that should have shown some responsibility, especially Harbhajan, who I think should be dropped for the next match. Plus Zaheer got a peach of a delivery. Give some credit to Dravid for the way he played. Look at Graeme Swann. The way he batted and bowled should be a lesson for Bhajji. He was so ineffective in the first innings. He didn't look like getting a wicket at any stage of the match except for the first ball.

Posted by Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on (July 24, 2011, 8:14 GMT)

Now where are the Dravid haters? People saying that Virat Kohli should replace him and all that. Just because Kohli scores 500 runs in IPL and Dravid scores about 300 it doesnt mean that hes better than Dravid. Dravid is the most underrated batsman of this generation along with Laxman and Graham Thorpe. Hope we can save this match

Posted by salvadordali on (July 24, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

Mr. RD for someone who has played 150+ tests, that was a shockingly bad example of how to play with the tail

Posted by sri1ram on (July 24, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

Hmmmm, losing Zaheer like that let KP get the double century and a 450+ score, else we would have seen a sub-300 score from England. Before Pom-fans start bristling here and opining on twenty possibilities, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. Hope India have similar luck, so the equilibrium remains :-)

Posted by salvadordali on (July 24, 2011, 6:49 GMT)

telling stat. KP batting with tail 50 runs of 25 balls. RD batting with tail 23 runs of 50 balls.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2011, 6:11 GMT)

@Godfrey Pieters:it was not a selfish knock dravid played the first 4 balls of tat ovr and took single on the 5th ball and praveen was out last ball,similarly ishanth had to face the last 2 balls of the ovr but was out so it was not a selfish inns

Posted by Joby_George on (July 24, 2011, 5:14 GMT)

India will not lose this match. We will see them bouncing back in the second innings. Dravid will be the key, one side is safe in his hands, needs 1 or 2 to support him. This will end up in a draw, but this will be an interesting series. We love you "The Wall". Keep going, you are the best..the real legend and no one can ignore your contributions to indian cricket.

Posted by vivekk83 on (July 24, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

while the media has had its focus on Sachin missing out on a ton on tons, dravid's gem, two nice little performances seem to have gone to the back burner. PK's stunning display of swing bowling, with a little support from the overrated ishant, we could shut england out for 350.And then a 21 year old displayed some grit to get a nice 49.There were abuses hurled for selecting this kid.He has shown remarkable temperament for his age, he will fail but i am sure he will get better with two tough tours that he has been a part of early in his career.

Posted by Ruchit on (July 24, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

No Sehwag gives Strauss the licence to declare early and let India bat at least 4.5 sessions. He can declare with the lead of 400-450. Captains like Dhoni would wait for safety 500 mark! Batting first wouldn't have helped either, England bowlers would have done more damage on day 1. And if Zaheer was on, things could look different. Mukund did a commendable job but if India missed someone - His name is Khan! And did someone call Dravid Selfish? It is just his hard luck that tailenders support Laxman, but not Dravid! Laxman used to share strike and put confidence in the tailenders and they saved several matches. Dravid used to leave just 1-2 balls for the other end, and they could not survive!

Plus, runs were not going to help. There is no Sehwag. All they had to do is, spend time out there. You should have seen him playing couple of extra ordinary deliveries with same concentration. He did not just throw his wicket after the milestone.

Posted by me54321 on (July 24, 2011, 3:44 GMT)

What is this obsession by Indian fans of only supporting one of their great players, and seeing it as a direct attack by anyone who supports a different player? Cricket is a team sport. Do you think your players see their team mates as the opposition? I expect they enjoy each other's success. If a fan cannot even appreciate the achievements of one of his own players, how can he possibly make an accurate judgement about other teams? So please, if all you're going to do is belittle players or teams, just keep quiet , and watch a good match with an open, appreciative mind

Posted by hvijay.1985 on (July 24, 2011, 1:42 GMT)

@ Silloh : Don't rush to conclusions. Indians are known to be very slow starters on foreign tours. Even last time around, when they won the series in England, they just about escaped with a draw at Lords in the first test.

Posted by vparisa on (July 24, 2011, 1:32 GMT)

@Tahir1234 why do you want SRT to retire? I mean he is still playing well and is ICC #2 player in the world!!

Posted by sachin86 on (July 24, 2011, 1:30 GMT)

@nskaile

In that match vs SA the test was already lost it was just a matter of formality cleaning up the rest of the two wickets with a full day of play remaining.But this test is alive and it was important for our team to stay at the crease to eat away the time so that we could feel satisfied with a draw than going 0-1 into the second test.Trust me our situation is in danger and any amount of time out there would've been a big plus in the 1st innings.Anyways let's see how we bat in the second innings.

Posted by NRI- on (July 24, 2011, 1:26 GMT)

VIvGilchrist, this is the B team as Sehwag is not playing AND best bowler Zaheer is out of the match so India are down to ten men.

Posted by aracer on (July 24, 2011, 0:57 GMT)

Highest ever 4th innings score at Lords is 406.Highest target chased to win is 342. Most overs faced in 4th innings in last 50 years is 109.4. Will India set new records, or will they lose?

Posted by Silloh on (July 23, 2011, 23:49 GMT)

All throughout the India tour of the WI we kept hearing about this is their B or C team. Well with the 191 lead, what will the they say ? But then its early days in the tests and I expect in the second innings they should give a better account of themselves. We wait and see but I believe India is an overated team and England will show them why ..

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 23:19 GMT)

Was the decision of asking England to bat on a friendly wicket justified or we had only one bowler who could bowl! and England exploited it.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 23:17 GMT)

India are already on the back foot. Relying solely on the bowling of Zaheer is not a good position to be in. With England having a huge lead and plenty of time it needs a miracle to save the test and it will be again up to the aging masters to dig deep into their experience and play with patience. Hope they do. England's current crop of fast bowlers may not measure up to the world greats from West Indies, Pak or Australia but Indian team seem to be giving them too much respect now. They better assert themselves and play responsibly.

Posted by Master01 on (July 23, 2011, 23:09 GMT)

craigdrm- rubbish, Indian cricket ans are generally propper cricket fans who follow cricket all year round. The majority of English cricket fans have only been watching cricket since 2005, and only really watch the ashes. Of course you have the small core of English fans who are as knowledgable as any, but they are a minority. This can be seen at the grounds, where English fans come just to get drunk, and dont even follow the game. Imagiane if England hadnt had one bowler today, you would have been just as innefective as India were.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 22:56 GMT)

YES I was thinking abt DRAVID'S tactics while batting with KUMAR, I must admit I was a bit confused. But I suppose the 1st 50 is for the team & the2nd was for Dravid, so it appears. Hope I'm wrong, I have to be wrong. Pl tell me I'm wrong. This HONOUR BOARD thing!Then it will have to be SOLID, SUBLIME & SELFISH. Can't be!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 22:49 GMT)

http://atomkpadhy.webs.com/apps/blog/show/7473477-rahul-dravid-15-most-unforgettable-moments-in-15-glorious-years-at-helm

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

Take a look at an interesting article on Dravid http://atomkpadhy.webs.com/apps/blog/show/7473477-rahul-dravid-15-most-unforgettable-moments-in-15-glorious-years-at-helm

Hope You like it.

Posted by nskaile on (July 23, 2011, 22:43 GMT)

To SACHIN86 -- I knw ur not gonna answer this but got a Q fo u. in 1st test against SAF sachin scored 100 and india needed only around 20 runs to avoide lose by AN INNING. Sachin took most of the strike b4 makin his 100 but after he reached his century he dint bother takin strike to avoide tht massive defeat.. wonder where were u tht time. wonder why dint u say same thing about sachin bak then... waitin fo ur answer...

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

what seperates Dravid from other batsmen is his ability to make the "lives" and "chances" count - as clearly shown today - tnedulkar and laxman also got chances and lives - but could not make them count.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (July 23, 2011, 22:36 GMT)

I guess this was Indias B team because Sehwag isn't playing?

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 23, 2011, 22:27 GMT)

@johnnyrook, I don't hate SRT. I don't like him for a reason. I call him The Master. The Master Blaster. I have lot of respect for him for his cricketing talent. I don't call him a minnow basher. Its the Sachin fanatics that hate Dravid. No problem. Let them hate. But they don't stop there. They question his batting credentials. That's tasteless. Calling him ordinary, minnow basher, dozen a dime player, so called ordinary walls and rescue players - that's belittling and hatred. Why the hell do they think Akram is saying he is one of the all time greatest players? Why the hell Gavaskar and Ganguly are in awe of a dozen a dime minnow basher? One can't undermine a player's batting credentials out of hatred. That's what I protest against.

Posted by Silverbails on (July 23, 2011, 22:22 GMT)

Dravid is certainly THE greatest Indian Test cricketer that I have seen over the last 20 - odd years, even allowing for SRT's influence! It's easy to play like kings on the Indian sub - continental featherbed pitches, but a truly great player plays well on different tracks all over the world!!

And, Dravid has saved and won India Test matches on many occasions, all over the world. He's ALWAYS been my absolute favourite player EVER, technically almost perfect, and very difficult to get out once well set - in. Brilliant century, Rahul - keep it up for the second crucial innings.

It may be SRT's LAST chance to get his name on the Lord's Honours Board....Come on, Rahul, make it two entries in two innings...

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 23, 2011, 22:17 GMT)

@turabjohnson, I know that they do it for everybody even if they score just once there or take a 5 for. But hey, I'm just asking Indians to make some space in their hearts for Dravid, who has performed like this not once but many times. I hope I'm clear to you now.

Posted by 5wombats on (July 23, 2011, 22:16 GMT)

Hey guys. Quiet on here tonight isn't it. Well played Dravid! Good job he was dropped (hard chance) or india would have been batting again. Still - name on the Honours Board at Lords ! - what a feeling!

Posted by CricketChat on (July 23, 2011, 22:12 GMT)

Dravid should have taken more of strike when tailenders were in. Felt he was more interested in getting to 100 than helping team cause. Really see no reason why he wants to continue to play Test cricket (his only option these days anyway) now. It is also very clear that Sachin and Laxman are coming to the end of their illustrious careers with their failures. Gambhir (and Shewag if can stay fit at all). I hope Ind will build a team for future.

Posted by pourpa on (July 23, 2011, 22:11 GMT)

Must be nice to be Sachin. People count not his achievements, but what he has not accomplished.. What a player.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (July 23, 2011, 22:08 GMT)

Didn't know Number 1 teams in the world consider it a day's victory to avoid the follow on by 15 runs (as many of my friends are calling it). Surely this match PROVES that India is not exactly THE dominant side. In a pitch that favors batsman and when England batsman were put to bat in bowling conditions, they made around 500 and declared. When India comes, they get bowled out within a day when the weather is bright and sunny. That too when Dravid was dropped on 30 odd runs. Am I missing something here?

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 22:07 GMT)

our bowling department is has to rise up. one zaheer and praveen was at the right foot. all other indian bowlers were useless. but if zaheer was there with praveen this would have been a different story. anyway broad pitched the ball just to take wickets and other england bowlers gave him support. this test is going to be draw. sure....

Posted by CricketChat on (July 23, 2011, 22:06 GMT)

India's reign at No.1 is over. They got there on the strength of batting power that also happened to coincide with Zaheer's best performances both of which are in terminal decline. Within next one yr, I see the old batting guard and Zaheer bowing out of Ind int. cricket. Of course, new stars will emerge, but it will take another decade before Ind becomes a strong force again. I predict Eng will become No.1 Test side within next 3-6 months and Ind going down to 3-4.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 23, 2011, 22:03 GMT)

What a shame! Even Dravid didn't get a century before today at Lord's. Even the media can't show just as much anticipation, as they showed towards Sachin, if not as much celebration. Dravid more often than not delivers under pressure, more than Sachin or Sehwag or Yuvraj Singh. So, much more rightly deserved anticipation is justified but it wasn't there. Have we all thoroughly abused Dravid? It takes a brave-heart and a thoroughly balanced, educated and bright individual to block-out this kind of abuse. The behaviour of the media and the people is yet again a stark reminder of the fact that once again Dravid, his needs, his achievements and appreciation of his achievements get blatantly sidelined by getting preoccupied with Sachin. I wish Dravid wasn't born in this era.

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 23, 2011, 21:53 GMT)

cricket god has a lords curse, hope the curse could be broken in the second i.e fourth innings of current test match. Hats off to dravid for the 100 & hats off to the appreciate English crowd.

Posted by turabjohnson on (July 23, 2011, 21:48 GMT)

lol at Dravid_Gravitas. A foreign country is not gonna make space. They put up every single person who scores a century at lord's for your knowledge. they are not doing anything special.

Posted by shilsen on (July 23, 2011, 21:47 GMT)

Not that it's going to happen, but it would be really good to see if all those who had been posting over the last couple of weeks saying one or more of the following:

1 - The English bowling lineup is overrated and India will destroy it 2 - Swann is no good as a spinner 3 - The English batting will be unable to cope with Zaheer, Ishant, Pravin, et al 4 - Dravid is washed up and will fail in England

would have the honesty to come back and post about how they were wrong. Whatever happens in the rest of the series, I think the first two days have given the lie to the above.

Posted by abbo_xi on (July 23, 2011, 21:35 GMT)

dravids innings was sublime...he was an absolute treat to watch... I'm afraid about our test team when these 3 great players depart.... i mean can u imagine kolhi, raina, yuvi or even sharma take their place!! x_x

Posted by Bang_La on (July 23, 2011, 21:29 GMT)

aha, they used to say that team #1 India didn't have a strong bowling but batting? Oh so mighty in it! LOL What a big lie. Now they would be lucky if they can add up runs scored by Bangladesh totalling in both innings at Lord's LOL LOL

Posted by sachin86 on (July 23, 2011, 21:26 GMT)

Dravid should've shielded the tailenders.He went for his century and didn't quite make an effort to get maximum strike to shield the tailenders.Maybe he was satisfied with his first century at Lord's.Anyways,a well-deserved century.One of his best knocks in these 5 years of slump.

Posted by Seetha1116Reddy on (July 23, 2011, 21:23 GMT)

That was amazing century by the greatest man in india, i feel that india has to celebrate this occasion , The coolest cricketer i ever had seen in the history of cricket. and i am proud that he belongs to the greatest country in the world, i dont want to see anything else in this test other than the draw and feel happy.Hip Hip Hurray to dravid

Posted by m_ilind on (July 23, 2011, 21:23 GMT)

Bhajji takes 5 for in Eng 2nd innings and the Lord comes and bashes his 100th ton to win the match for India!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 21:07 GMT)

i was at ground, and we all were expecting sachin to score 100 regardless of who were were supporting to , i hope he get his name at lords board.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 21:00 GMT)

A truly great player finally makes the HONOUR BOARD, DRAVID can now sleep peacefully. Well the stats r not 2 much in favour of India. We known VVS & SRT will not 50, so will it be the 'WALL' again. It has to be because that is all that's left. What a #1 team it even has barefoot players. Maybe 'GOD' will shine on them this time. Or maybe the 'WALL' will not be BROAD enough.

Posted by craigdrm on (July 23, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

4-0 India according to their fans before the series! Next time watch some other teams play before dismissing them out of hand.

Posted by Shafi_K on (July 23, 2011, 20:30 GMT)

Dravid is a great player and he does deserve all the credit, BUT the reason Sachin got a standing ovation is because he's on his 100th century. Say what you will about Dravid, as great a player he is, Tendulkar is in his own class.

Posted by baskar_guha on (July 23, 2011, 20:30 GMT)

Being at Lords in person, what became apparent to the eye is that only Dravid of the Indians had the resolve and the ability to endure the fine seam bowling by Broad and company. Tendulkar came and left like a fast-paced movie preview and Laxman seemed unsteady. The rest of the Indians survived as long as they could but nearly not long enough. Uphill climb ahead.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

The sight screen at the Nursery end at Lords is short in height. Sachin Tendulkar finds it difficult to see the arm of the tall English bowlers, and that cost him his wicket today and on previous occasions.

Posted by landl47 on (July 23, 2011, 20:22 GMT)

First, it was a great innings from Dravid. Congratulations to him for finally getting his name on the Lord's honour board. However, the mighty Indian batting line-up was bowled out for under 300 on a flat track, with Anderson having maybe his worst day for two years and with a couple of dropped catches. India can't expect any of those favourable situations to occur again. Broad bowled really well, not only in getting 4 wickets (plus two drops) but in only giving away 37 runs in 22 overs. Tremlett bowled well as he usually does these days and had Tendulkar in all sorts of trouble before Broad removed him. Swann may not be Warne, but he's a whole lot better than Bhaji. So England have a lead of almost 200 with two days to go; they need to build that to 450 by tea tomorrow and then we'll see if India can fare any better in the second innings. Well done, Dravid- but it was England's day again.

Posted by SnowSnake on (July 23, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

Awesome test. Super performance by England. I think India should appreciate all around great performance by England. The test is not over yet. India has been challenged and with Zhaeer injured, can India save this test? When it is all over, regardless of the result, it will be a pretty good match for both teams. Let's hope that rain does not play a spoil play.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (July 23, 2011, 20:20 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas.. Do you really need to hate SRT to love Dravid. Somehow you seem to be very happy with SRT's failure (though 37 is not exactly a failure). Would you like a list of innings where Tendulkar has outscored Dravid. Why can't you just feel happy that the two top run getters in tests are from India and both have been absolutely fabulous in their respective roles more often than not. Obviously everybody will like one more than other but that doesn't make the other bad. And by the way, this applies to Dravid hating SRT fans also.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 23, 2011, 20:19 GMT)

@davidpk, at least I never said it's a walk in the park. In fact, I said we (India) may lose this series. Add to that one of my all time favourites KP is well on his way to becoming a thorn in our flesh. Cricket is the winner here. I love this contest. True test of champions like Dravid, KP, Sachin, Zaheer, Cook, Gambhir, Trott, VVS..... and some more new champs to arrive by the end of the series.....

Posted by maddy20 on (July 23, 2011, 20:17 GMT)

He is ruled out of this one and is a doubtful starter for the next. Here's a report from cricinfo http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/content/current/story/524386.html

Posted by phoenixsteve on (July 23, 2011, 20:15 GMT)

Good days play and once again test cricket is the winner! Good knock from Dravid whom came to the rescue of this rather weak Indian team. It's worth speculating whether Tendulkar & VVS will consider retirement after this series? A lot will obviously depend upon their success in thiis series but as there appears to be little in reserve India will be hoping that the 'old guys' hang around! Shame about the two dropped catches in the wake of Tendulkars dismissal - it could have been a real capitulation. Time tomorrow for two sessions of cavelier batting from England and then follow with some more useful bowling and maybe Swann can give Harbajan a bowoling masterclass! Things are looking good from an England perspective - but it's not over yet! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 20:11 GMT)

The WALL",truly deserve to be honoured ! Another great Ton by Dravid It's proves time & again that playing cricket is not chasing records. Winning & saving match is bigger than personal records.

Posted by bumsonseats on (July 23, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

its about the best i have seen from broad, the bowling coach must have drummed into him were to bowl. the bouncer is ok as a weapon of surprise, but was nice to see him pitch the bowl up. if the catches from laxman and dravid had been held his figures would have been 6 for very little. well played young man i hope you now realise its much better bowling in these areas thats when you get world class batters out. dpk

Posted by dollynuha on (July 23, 2011, 20:07 GMT)

Even I am a crazy fan of sachin i like Dravid a lot.he is playing for the country. He will definetly rescue India in the 2nd Innings.and i wish sachin to score 1ooth ton.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 23, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

@Neutral Fan, can't agree more. There will be role assignments in any team and Dravid does his job better than others doing their jobs, more often than not. And if needed, Dravid will also up the tempo. Haven't we seen today how both the Legends were making a mockery of the England bowling with clinical precision until Sachin perished? Once Sachin was gone, Dravid went on the defensive and tried to go the distance with meticulous caution and care. Gavaskar rightly said, Dravid's bat looks like it has got all the three colours of the Indian Flag.

Posted by jagatr on (July 23, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

India's going to lose this test - and with it the series and their #1 ranking. Its going to be a 3-0, unless the Indian batting can step up. The bowling wont!

Posted by demon_bowler on (July 23, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

A little quiet here tonight, is it not? What happened to the super-confident predictions of 3-0, 4-0 Indian victories? ;-)

Anyway, well played Rahul -- always thought he was more likely to get the ton when it mattered than Sachin. Broad repaid the faith of the selectors -- this is the kind of bowler he was, pitching it up and relying on line and length -- when England first picked him. He's an intelligent kid, so I can only assume the endless diet of bouncers in recent matches was on instructions from the management. Thank goodness they've allowed him to go back to what he does best. Hope the weather doesn't allow India to limp off with an undeserved draw like four years ago on this ground.

Posted by VivaVizag on (July 23, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

Chasing 474, at 183/5 the batting house may have wobbled, but The Wall stood tall.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 23, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

Mr. Ahuja and all Sachin fans, get over this 'god' 'lord' thingy. Sachin would find them tasteless. Trust me. The Great Batsman that Sachin is, why not you all try and behave like great fans of his?! Admiration is fine and commendable. But why do you have to drag him down with that 'god' 'lord' thingy? There is nothing great about the nick-name The Wall either. Dravid initially didn't like it. But people respected him with that name for the security that he provides for the team. But this 'god' 'lord' thingy is honestly quite irritating, amusing, tasteless and histrionic. Get over it. Can't you guys be balanced and get a proper and fitting nick-name for Sachin? The Master is a very good nick-name and so is The Master-Blaster. Why not use them?

Posted by Valavan on (July 23, 2011, 19:52 GMT)

Sachin has billion fans. but true cricket fans of the world always admire DRAVID, THE WALL of Indian Batting, can say the best 1 down batsman when you count the Indian test history beginning after Indian Independence. Of course he is one of the best 1 down batman in World Test cricket have seen in these 2000 tests. India will sorely miss Dravid when he hang up the boots.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

The inevitable comparisons have begun, since Sachin failed (relatively speaking of course). Let's just appreciate this wonderful innings from RSD - what a player! As far as the players and true fans our concerned, we'd like to see India win the series. Centuries from Dravid and Tendulkar will take care of itself. Nonetheless, here's hoping that Sachin makes that hundred in the 4th innings, as a match saving effort.

Posted by Hardy_1984 on (July 23, 2011, 19:45 GMT)

Forget about Sachin .. Pleased with Dravid Inning he is legend of cricket i am always fan of Dravid he is great player he is determination his perfection classic. Sachin always fails when India needed.. and you knws guys whenever Dravid made hundred out 32 times India lost once only... So no worries India will be able to save this match..Total failure is Raina .. India have to go with Yuvraj ..much talented and classical..Dhoni always has faith on his luck after winning toss India have to bat not bowl. India strength is batting not bowling so go with your strength.. not with your weakness. Dravid is always give his best..

Posted by rahulcricindia on (July 23, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

tough times for india especially batting ......but this is where is been outstanding....ie in pressure situations.....match is not over yet it is actually over....SRT will have another chance.....great knock by the most adorable player one of my fav rahul the wall of india...

Posted by JustIPL on (July 23, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

How badly the media was against Broad but he has left the impression that will always go with the memories of the 2000th test. He does this time and again and carried his form from the county match where he took 6 wickets. There was concern that he may do it again and he came amongst the wickets too soon. Indian batting showed that they will be more and more difficult to get out as their team combination builds following experimentation in WI and resting of the key veterans after the IPL. Dravid again to rescue as he has done countless number of times. I hope that Tendulkar will not wiat for his 100th hundred and retires with grace. No one wants the legend begging for runs. In this process he will sacrifice his average. Just two days left there is every chance India will be draw the test as they have the world's best lineup composed of youth, experience and veterans. without ZAK their bowling is the same that played gayleless windies so their batting has to win it or draw it.

Posted by mensan on (July 23, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

It is heard BCCI is arranging a 5 test series against Zimbabwe on emergency basis for Tendulkar to complete his 100th 100. :)

Posted by candyfloss on (July 23, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

Well this is depressing really.However England bowled really well and full credit to them.It isnt over yet however saving this match seems like a daunting task but a ray of hope still,cricket can really be painful at times.We are still capable of fighting it out there.Goodluck Team India.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

lord will be back in the 2nd innings at lords and hopefully we will see his 100th international ton....!!!!

Posted by Balumekka on (July 23, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

I'm a Sri Lankan fan, but for me, the greatest test batsman of my era is non other than Rahul Dravid! He has been overshadowed by Sachin, but mind you, Dravid's concentration, attitude, calmness together with sheer class easily beats those of his peers!

Posted by D.Sharma on (July 23, 2011, 19:12 GMT)

Where is that guy who always came up with that blah blah "waterloo" comment? Where are those people who said Dravid will fail? Eating humble pie I guess. Well played Rahul!

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 23, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

Lord's rises, like most crowds for SRT BUT Dravid yet again does his job of holding an end better than Sachin does his job of setting a tempo. SRT has aged better than Dravid but overall, Dravid has executed his role better and more consistently than most. Should have had just as much anticipation and celebration for his 1st hundred at Lord's.

Posted by bumsonseats on (July 23, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

i hope this might stop the indian supporters for a while at least, realise that there is two teams playing in this series. indian you have a set of good players and 1 or 2 great players. but please think before you write off england. lets see after the end of series before you decide the series result. you never know you might even win it and then you can rejoice. dpk

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 23, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

Even 'god' has to stay behind THE WALL for added security. What a Legend this Silent Assassin is! Ladies and Gentlemen, that's Rahul Sharad Dravid. I'm so happy for him that today even a foreign country is going to recognise him by making space for him on the Honours Board. Wonder when our own countrymen are going to recognise this Champion and make some space for him in their hearts and give him just some respect if not lot of respect! Take a bow all, we may not see him for much longer.

Posted by professor_zero on (July 23, 2011, 19:05 GMT)

Great day's Test cricket. Crucial knock from Dravid -- what a strong player he is! Here's hoping England bat positively tomorrow and declare around tea with a lead of 450-500. A great performance so far from the home side. Now I'm just waiting to hear (once again) about India being the true #1 who just happen to always start slowly, etc.

Posted by Mephistopheles01 on (July 23, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

Sublime from Dravid, excellent from Broad. Both really did play beautifully, that Broad over after lunch could have been a Caddick over with a bit more support from the fielders. What do Indian fans with access to Indian media think about Zaheer availability for next test?

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