England v India, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 5th day

Anderson leads dominant England to big win

The Report by Sidharth Monga

July 25, 2011

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England 474 for 8 dec (Pietersen 202*, Trott 71, Praveen 5-106) and 269 for 6 dec (Prior 103*, Broad 74*, Ishant 4-59) beat India 286 (Dravid 103*, Broad 4-37, Tremlett 3-80) and 261 (Raina 78, Laxman 56, Anderson 5-65, Broad 3-57) by 196 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

James Anderson is overjoyed after removing Sachin Tendulkar, England v India, 1st Test, Lord's, 5th day, July 25, 2011
James Anderson helped England avoid a repeat of Lord's 2007 © Getty Images

England's bowlers fought through dogged batting, the absence of DRS for lbws and some sloppy catching to avoid a repeat of Lord's 2007 - when India saved the Test - and completed a comprehensive win 28.3 overs before the scheduled close of a gruelling final-day scrap.

India's four big hopes survived 93, 113, 56 and 68 deliveries, which meant England had to work for wickets and also that they never let those batsmen feel they were in. James Anderson took out Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar, although it could be argued that he struck the knockout blows after Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett had softened the batsmen up.

Although there were two dropped catches and two controversial not-out lbw decisions, it all went down in a manner suggesting England had scripted it thus. They wouldn't have budgeted for the strongest resistance to come from Suresh Raina, who proved he belonged with a fighting 78, but by the final session Anderson was in red-hot form. He completed his 11th five-for by breaking through that final piece of Indian fight with a beautiful inswinger from round the stumps. Initially Anderson had fed off the immense pressure created by Tremlett and Broad, and Graeme Swann contributed by accounting for one of the best players of spin today, Gautam Gambhir.

It was just as well that England finished India off and avoided what would have become a major controversy had India hung on with one wicket in hand. The dreaded scenario of disagreement between Hawk-Eye and the umpire occurred twice in potentially crucial circumstances. Broad had comprehensive cases for lbw against Tendulkar and Raina, and would have successfully challenged the original not-out decisions had DRS been available for lbws. Those two decisions cost England a potentially decisive 15.4 overs.

Smart stats

  • England have improved on their excellent record at Lord's in recent Tests. In 23 Tests between 1984 and 1999, they won four and lost 11 out of 23 Tests. In 24 Tests since 2000, they have won 13 and lost just three.
  • India suffered their 11th defeat in 16 Tests at Lord's. The 11 defeats is the most at a particular venue for India.
  • James Anderson dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for the sixth time in five Tests. In 223 balls, Anderson has conceded 114 runs and picked up Tendulkar six times.
  • Anderson's five-wicket haul is his 11th in Tests and 3rd at Lord's. His previous five-wicket haul at Lord's also came against India in 2007.
  • Stuart Broad's match figures of 7 for 94 are his best in Tests surpassing his previous best of 6 for 87 against South Africa in Durban in 2009.
  • Rahul Dravid, in the course of his 36, surpassed Brian Lara to become the highest run-getter in the fourth innings in Tests.
  • Tendulkar's strike-rate of 17.64 is fourth on the list of lowest strike-rates for a score between 10 and 49 in Tests since 2000.
  • Kevin Pietersen's seventh match award puts him joint-third on the list of England players with the most match awards in Tests.
  • Compiled by Madhusudan Ramakrishnan

Broad would have wondered what more he needed to do to get a wicket. He had two catches dropped off him in the first innings, and in today's morning session, after Anderson had drawn Dravid into a rare loose shot outside off, he regularly beat Laxman's bat in a five-over spell, often proving to be too good to take the edge.

While Andrew Strauss's catching at slip and his defensive in-and-out fields in the first session could be argued against, his bowling changes worked like a charm. About 20 minutes before lunch he brought on Anderson, who began with a long hop that Laxman pulled straight to short midwicket.

Laxman's dismissal brought together India's walking wounded, Gambhir and Tendulkar. They hung in bravely, Gambhir for 56 balls with a painful elbow and Tendulkar for 68 with a viral infection. Whatever the debate around DRS be, the umpires had a great match, and it was evident in Gambhir's lbw, in the over after Laxman's dismissal. The Swann arm ball had hit the pad a microsecond before it hit the bat. Asad Rauf sent Gambhir on his way.

From the injured man the burden transferred to the ill man, Tendulkar, who began positively but went into a shell after lunch. That Raina looked more comfortable than Tendulkar during their 17.4-over partnership told a story. While Tendulkar was solid in defence, he let the bowlers bowl to a perfect rhythm, and the odd one was bound to be too good.

After surviving that Broad shout, Tendulkar played 40 balls for one run. Once again Anderson came back and struck immediately. He had Tendulkar dropped by Strauss, but produced an inswinger similar to Broad's two balls later, and Tendulkar was plumb. This was the sixth time in the match that an Englishman had taken a wicket in the first over of a new spell.

In the lead-up to tea, with England easing the pressure as they built up to the new ball, Raina and MS Dhoni gave India hope. Raina showed character in how he avoided bouncers and reached a half-century that will only do him good. With the new ball, though, England were back on course. The ball started jagging around again, and a shaken-up Dhoni finally edged an outswinger from Tremlett.

A cold, ruthless demolition of the tail followed. Harbhajan Singh refused to back away, but England worked him over with precise short deliveries. Praveen Kumar didn't stand much of a chance. Raina got a gem from Anderson, coming in from round the stumps, then leaving him, and taking the edge. Broad deservedly ended the match with a plumb lbw; the last four had fallen for 18 runs.

Scenes of elation followed for the home side and the biggest Monday crowd at Lord's. England will feel relief too at having finished off the job, and not only because they righted what happened in 2007. Had India drawn this, they would have had positives to look at; now they have injured bodies and a series deficit.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by anver777 on (July 28, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

The way Eng performing right now i predict they will win the series 2/1 (1 Draw).... Ind struggled big time at Lord's...........so they need to change the game plan for the next test to challenge hi riding Eng !!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 0:13 GMT)

India is finally getting a taste of reality as they have been kings of test cricket in their own country. England is very difficult to defeat in their home territory as the swinging pitches are much different than the dead wickets in the subcontinent. Interesting to see how India retaliates.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

@Tom-t : It's just the first test match thats over......there's an entire series still to play. I am not saying that india would win the series but ENG WINNING 3-0....I can bet my life on this....THIS WOULDN'T HAPPEN. Stop claiming ur English side the no.1 test team .....coz if India are not good in alien conditions(which is not the case)...I wud like u to recall when was the last time that England managed to win a series in India?? @the guy who replied to rsrinath: INDIA CHEATED TWICE????? Do u expect batsmen to walk on lbw appeals now?? The game has an umpire to make the decisions an players are expected to respect that decision.. I guess Indian players are not like Eoin Morgan(1st Innings) who didn't even knick it and yet walked off the field without challenging the umpire's call although the drs provided for it

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 18:39 GMT)

That's why we always believe India is an overrated team. Even they won the world cup as a result of home advantage and dew factor( in finals) India doesn't deserve number 1 spot in any format of cricket (Test / ODI/ T20 ). England is a well balanced team & finally we saw what was expected.

Posted by Deadly_Dude on (July 27, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

I am really amused and surprised with all this hue and cry over England win ... India was reduced to a 2-bowler attack on Day 1 itself, how many teams have won Test matches with 2 bowler attack? That they still took the game to final session of Day 5 is testimony to their fighting spirit ... Praveen Kumar bowled his heart out in the 1st innings ... 40.3 overs, 5 wkts, while Ishant Sharma rocked Eng in their 2nd innings reducing them to 62-5 ... all the Bhajji detractors should look at Swann's performance, wicket-a-piece in both the innings do not make you world's best spinner ... India was guilty of being over defensive in the 2nd innings and that is what cost them the match ... They should have played their natural game ...

Posted by 3rd_man on (July 27, 2011, 16:35 GMT)

I think for India to successful, they need sewag top of the order. without him there is not much strength as seen on paper. I think sewag and dravid combination could have been a big threat for England. sewag , dilshan these guys very important for a team cos they score quickly. and they demoralize opposition bowling. Look all recent test of India. with help of Sewag India usually put up big scores in a quick time. then opposition team under lot of pressure, then Indian bowlers can use this pressure to take wickets. I think India need sewag back badly.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 16:33 GMT)

Hold on you all people who hate our master, Sachin. We are fortunate to live in his era and watch him play. Thank God for this.

Sachin scored 20 centuries in winning cause with an avg of 67.6. Lara scored only 8 centuries in winning cause with an avg of 61. Kallis scored 19 centuries with an avg of 65. Ponting might have scored 28 centuries but averages just 59. Our own Dravid hit 14 centuries, averages 65.6.

The point I want to mention is every player plays for his country to win the matches. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don't.

This is a team game and single individual can't make up for 10 others. Sachin tried to do this for India in 90s and 2000s. Thats why he is the best.

At Lord's, England played as a team and won the match. India didn't play as a team and hence lost. But don't blame any individual for the loss.. Everyone was at fault including Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni, every one.

Don't worry. India will come back strongly and will win the series :)

Posted by Sakthiivel on (July 27, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

@lillie_express: Indians never put pressure on Tendulkar these days. As we came upto the Top spot not only bec of Sachin. Go and tell your grand children the story of Steve, Adam etc.

Posted by bhavin8211 on (July 27, 2011, 15:35 GMT)

i m just hoping that on 29th india ll be with its fully fit 11 players n then we ll see wat happens with this english team....till then stay in ur dream word england

Posted by loveb on (July 27, 2011, 15:18 GMT)

congrats..... but CHAMPS will bounce back.. n get ready for a hardd going EBGLISHMEN

Posted by 9ST9 on (July 27, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

indian fans have a massive attitude problem. there are still a few world truths they need to learn Hope this series is a learning experience for them

Posted by dinith_sw on (July 27, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

All is not lost! We have the Indian apologists to save the Indian team! No matter what dire situation, no matter how awful their performances, no matter .... fill the list up.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

Revenge is on the way for english. laxman, dravid and sachin will make strauss and andy flower to cry in the coming matches. india will bounce back as always at trentbridge. sachins century will also be there. watchout for fire works..............

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 10:39 GMT)

The Indians are also doing the same mistake as the Sri Lankans, they are on the defence from the start. That has put pressure on the whole team, specially the Middle Order and Tail enders. Obviously, the end result will be what is history now. C'mon Indians "Attack is the best form of Defence". Best of luck, Guys.

Posted by bhanumech on (July 27, 2011, 10:37 GMT)

Congratulations to England and all the best to the both teams for the upcoming matches.

Posted by Sense_Sensibility on (July 27, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

5th day at Lords.. http://boggle-err.blogspot.com/2011/07/mad-queues-high-hopes-hard-kill.html

Posted by 5wombats on (July 27, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

@ironcobra; do you really think that we don't know history? Don't you think that we might be a bit tired of hearing what india have done in the past? We know already! What about "the greatest batsmen around in world cricket"? You can't be talking about india, surely, because they just got bowled out twice for under 300 runs on a perfect surface in ideal batting conditions. Also; "The english are very vulnerable to decent swing bowling". You can't be talking about England - because they were put in to bat in PERFECT swing bowling conditions and then went on to score 475/8 declared. I think you mean that india are vulnerable to decent swing bowling, not England. Don't take my word for it - just watch the Test at Trent Bridge and you'll see the reality.... Your comment about rolling England over in 2 Innings for under 500 is total pie-in-the-sky. It's more likely that England will score 500+ in one Innings.

Posted by Miley2318 on (July 27, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

If India decide that they don't want to use technology which can only improve the game (for the sole reason that umpires give bigger names better decisions and can feel intimidated, MS Dhoni) then no-one should play India. This was seen with Tendulkar and Raina both being plumb LBW on the final day, but Bowden said not out. India, until they want to play the game like the rest of us (ie fairly) should be boycotted.

Posted by CricKrazy_AJ on (July 27, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

Not to worry, We will back with enforced strength in form of Sehwag :)

Posted by lillie_express on (July 27, 2011, 4:44 GMT)

Oh look, another opportunity for a big win, and where was Tendulkar? Nowhere, as usual. Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist and Brian Lara came up big when the heat was on and thats why they are better. I dont care if Tendulkar has 10 million first class centries, thats not the point. Winning is the point. Lara was the best of the best modern day batsman. End of story

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 3:59 GMT)

indians r just lions of their home not more than that they cant handle swing of English pitches good luck to england greetings from PAK

Posted by BigDataIsAHoax on (July 27, 2011, 3:01 GMT)

I agree that England has a strong bowling line-up. But, u need that kind of a lineup to deal with the greatest batsmen around in world cricket. On the other hand, u need a pretty ok bowling line up to bowl english batsmen out. Provided the pitch and conditions are suitable. If Zaheer was fit, England would have been polished off easily. We need Srisanth and Munaf on board, if Zaheer is not fit. Thats plenty to roll over england for less than 500 runs in 2 innings at Trent Bridge. The english are very vulnerable to decent swing bowling. And Ishant is on fire!!

Posted by the26boom on (July 27, 2011, 2:37 GMT)

i think england will atleast win the series 2-0....

Posted by VEXXZ on (July 27, 2011, 1:29 GMT)

I always go with TOP BOWLERS over TOP BATSMEN . You must always bowl the opposition out twice in order to win a cricket match . At present England stands tall , Just look at its bowling line up .

Posted by BigDataIsAHoax on (July 27, 2011, 1:03 GMT)

India has beaten England in England, WI in WI, NZ in NZ, Pakistan in Pakistan. Has drawn the series against SA in SA just recently. In 2008 they nearly hammered Australia in the series but everyone knows what happened in the inglorious Sydney test. In the 2003-4 downunder series india drew the series 1-1. Nearly hammered them in the last test at Sydney. Steve waugh somehow saved the aussies. Basically, India has done plenty on foreign soil and shown exponential improvement when compared to the 90s team. On the other hand, has england ever drawn a series in India, let alone win? Plus the fact is, India is still gonna win this series. 3 more tests remain. That is plenty of matches!!

Posted by Sameer_cricfan on (July 26, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

It's enjoyable to read the comments from both sides filled with disappoinment, arrogance, excuses, etc. We cricket fans are sick thinking No.1 as utter dominance. Indian fans would say Eng can't be no.1 because they have won almost nothing in subcontinent. Eng fan would Ind are ordinary in Eng and Aus conditons. Both are true. So if Eng win this series people would still be questioning rankings. So we need to accept that we no longer have the WI or AUS dominating. So ranking will after almost every series. As for rankings, look at Tennis, in an era utterly dominated by Federer and Nadal, (with due respect) a rather inconsistant Djokovic is No.1. Female tennis sees a new No.1 every week. So chill guyz and hope for a stunning 2-2 hopefully in the last half an hour play remaining It's enjoyable to read the comments from both sides filled with disappoinment, arrogance, excuses, etc. We cricket fans are sick thinking No.1 as utter dominance. Indian fans would say Eng can't be no.1 because t

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 19:05 GMT)

heights of hypocrisy...ENG beat IND at their home and they are the best team in the world and IND beat dem at our own backyard.."ohh, we are good only @ home"...mark my words INDIA will not lose this series..

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

That's why we always believe India is an overrated team. Even they won the world cup as a result of home advantage and dew factor( in finals) India doesn't deserve number 1 spot in any format of cricket (Test / ODI/ T20 ). England is a well balanced team & finally we saw what was expected.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

England deserve to be No 1 test team.......

Posted by ccrriicc on (July 26, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

All is not lost. India have to get over their slugish, slow approach to the game. that is why Sehwag is so important. The difference in this match was Kevin Pietersen- by the way you forgot , his two legitimate reprieves! Take KP out of the equation - and you will be singing a different tune- we still suffer from HMV syndrome when we write about when we loose!

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 18:18 GMT)

Not sure if this has been said before, but I think it is only fitting that England, the originators of the game, should have won the 2000th test. There's not a game on earth like cricket. Long live the game!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by TexasCricket on (July 26, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

Excuses don't win games. England played better than India. went in to a hole in first inning. Let England off the hook when they were 6 down in second inning. Lost the match. Need to Congratulate Harbhajan for excellent bowling throughout and For the SHOT of the game to get out. As long as India have guaranteed spots in the playing 11 for certain people, these kind of things will continue to happen. Hopefully team management will grow some brain and balls to pick the right playing 11 for the next test.

Posted by akshay_123 on (July 26, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

@Tom-t : It's just the first test match thats over......there's an entire series still to play. I am not saying that india would win the series but ENG WINNING 3-0....I can bet my life on this....THIS WOULDN'T HAPPEN. Stop claiming ur English side the no.1 test team .....coz if India are not good in alien conditions(which is not the case)...I wud like u to recall when was the last time that England managed to win a series in India?? @the guy who replied to rsrinath: INDIA CHEATED TWICE????? Do u expect batsmen to walk on lbw appeals now?? The game has an umpire to make the decisions an players are expected to respect that decision.. I guess Indian players are not like Eoin Morgan(1st Innings) who didn't even knick it and yet walked off the field without challenging the umpire's call although the drs provided for it

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 17:07 GMT)

Test series is in the name of England and ODI for named for India

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

oh man....i would love to test this bubbling England team at a SQUARE TURNING WICKET like Wankhade,Mumbai !!!!!

Posted by Angad11 on (July 26, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

I think its a blessing in disguise that we lost the first test. This will at least force our "somehow-win-the-series-and-not-every-match" captain to go for at least two wins and not look for a draw even when there is chance to win the match. India's lower order pls learn from Edwards. We cannot dismiss oppositions tail and our tails never wags.

Posted by ABRAR-JANJUA on (July 26, 2011, 16:20 GMT)

Here it comes the WORLD NO 1 from sky to earth and fans with lame excuses.....

Posted by shot274 on (July 26, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

India need to wake up and smell the coffee! This is not the number 1 team in the world. certainly not in English conditions! Injury or no injury. The bowling will struggle to get 20 wickets in a match and the batting outside the subcontinent is distinctly fallible. There is a huge amount of media hype to project India as a team they sadly are not. For newspapers on Day 5 to say 'Game on' was laughable. Nobody in their right minds would have given them half a chance of winning. It will not surprise me if its 3-0 atleast!

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

why do all the indians commenting keep making the excuse of India are slow starters and that they will get stronger throughout the series. But guess what England will get stronger as well as shown in australia, i don't even think that India can actually physically compete in a 4 test series with England. So much the same 3-1 to England.

Posted by vverma on (July 26, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

The author forgot to mention that English bowlers also had to fight against the cushion of 550 runs and injury to two of the most important batsmen in the opposing team. I salute their (English bowlers') courage. @Tom-T : I think you are adorable with your 3-0 prediction and your know-it-all air.

Posted by plkn on (July 26, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

HUGE DISSAPOINMENT PERFORMANCE FROM LITTLE MASTER. With all due respect for his run amassed and 99 centuries his expereince and his life contribution to Indian cricket I think he's still way behind VVS and Dravid when it comes to team savior. This was a last lost golden oppurtunity for master to bat to show what he's all about. On the execuses, if he's was running from viral he should'nt have played. But master is a slave of IPL showdown and money. He's not only amassed runs and centuries but amassed huge wealth. ON THE FINISHING NOTE, HE'S GOT MORE WASTED RUNS AND CENTURIES THEN VVS & DRAVIDS USEFUL RUNS AND CENTURIES.

Posted by Silverbails on (July 26, 2011, 15:45 GMT)

Well done, England! An excellent result, well deserved. India are extremely slow starters. Unfortunately, this doesn't bode well for the future Tests, on swinging pitches. The Indian team, will be lucky not to be hammered 4 - 0. I think that England will become the No. 1 Test team in the World after this series. India's inability to cope with pace and swing is going to cost them dear. And, with Zaheer and Sehwag out (till when?) the problems for India are only going to get worse. Difficult to see how they can come back from this appalling display....

Posted by Mahaanama on (July 26, 2011, 15:41 GMT)

That's why we always believe India is an overrated team. Even they won the world cup as a result of home advantage and dew factor( in finals) India doesn't deserve number 1 spot in any format of cricket (Test / ODI/ T20 ). England is a well balanced team & finally we saw what was expected.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 15:38 GMT)

Whatever you say, the only possibility from skill and approach point of view, it will be a one sided series where the English taking it by a big margin. Frustration about pitch, complaining about players getting injured will bring only more agony to the upcoming pain.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

to all those who say India are slow starters, let me tell you its not something to be proud of! Cricinfo writes it nicely England really were "ruthless". After long time India are gonna face real test conditions of England, where swing & turn are gonna get the better of them. my prediction is that India will win only 1 of these four matches, and England will go on to win the series

Posted by ashrogue on (July 26, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

No one can take away the win from England. They won it fair and square. Any genuine excuses India had, they handled them, unsuccessfully yes, but they did. At the end of the day (five rather), one team out performed clearly. I hope for the sake of the series, India to bounce back. One can not watch one sided test matches which, the first test was. ___a cricket fan from India

Posted by thejak on (July 26, 2011, 15:23 GMT)

well played india....they Disserve to loose.Indian fans time to give excusess about the no 1 team in the world.world chapions were crused..

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

awesome victory. I am really delighted.

Posted by shery2floyd on (July 26, 2011, 15:20 GMT)

why ruthless, did they finish game in 3 or 4 days, did they win by innings. yes they won an hr and bit before close of play.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 15:18 GMT)

england will b sorry dey win dis match bcoz the 4 matches is gona b difficult 4 dem cuz india will learn from dere mistakes an improve an 4 england gudluck in d nex match f u want 2 bcome no.1 cuz it gona b tough an 4 dhoni my bro am from trinidad am an indian an i support u an ur team aalways

Posted by VEXXZ on (July 26, 2011, 15:10 GMT)

India without Sehwag are starting on the "Back foot" and will find it difficult to get a good start against an English attack that is in top gear and at home . Dravid and Sachen will have to be at their BEST at all times in order to save the series .

Posted by sachin86 on (July 26, 2011, 15:03 GMT)

Let me tell you the difference...

dravid is being hailed for his brilliant ton and for scoring "yet another ton under pressure situation" and scored 36 in 2nd innings

just swap the names of dravid and sachin here in the scorecard,

now people would've said,"yet another ton under losing cause" and when it was a "pressure situation" in the 2nd innings sachin choked scoring just 36 runs.Sachin is selfish people wouldn't even be talking about dravid here when he scored 34 and 12 resp. in both the innings.

Posted by SriSanka on (July 26, 2011, 15:03 GMT)

How can India call them selves as No 01 Test team with this toothless bowling attack.Only Zaheer is in the caliber of test bowler while others are just bowling boys who bowl at practicing nets.Of course Indian batting line up is one of the best in the world(currently with aging legends) and with their ordinary fielding side+ weaker bowling attack they can't become No 1. Indian team has been blown by their money and by their media. I think there is NO clear No 1 test team currently in the world. SA and Eng are edging towards that while other teams are clearly behind them. England team is a good balance team specially in Eng,SA,Aus and NZ conditions but they have to prove them selves in subcontinent conditions

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 14:52 GMT)

India will be whitewashed by the English team this time because these guys can prove their ability in the Indian tracks. Sewag and Zahir can't make any big things if they get back to the rest of matches.they are having poor bowling and fielding department even batting line up went down. Congratulation English team.

Posted by Raj12345 on (July 26, 2011, 14:51 GMT)

I was totally waiting to see some comments about Mukund. I knew this will come even he scores 100. Poor politics and poor fans. Why don't we drop Gambhir/Sachin/Dhoni since they never added any value in first test. if person has 25 k runs and not able to save match for country, then what he is doing in team. Common don't say he is ill. that means he was not fit. In the current team only 3 players are committed: Dravid, Raina & Zaheer.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (July 26, 2011, 14:49 GMT)

Get over Sachin's record hype - that will do India whole lot of good. I say drop Sachin!

Posted by liteniro007 on (July 26, 2011, 14:38 GMT)

OK everyone just calm down! There are 3 Test Matches to be played,Anyway there's always a little bit of advantage for the home team in the 1st Test match.....

Posted by rajesharm on (July 26, 2011, 14:32 GMT)

I feel India always loose in their first test in foreign series especially to teams like Australia, South africa etc. Same happened here also. I see many people blindly support Indian team. I do not wish to do this. But I would definitely say, England may not get such a smooth victory in any of the remaining matches. If you see carefully, Just Prior and peterson clicked in this, no one else. I am not looking the bowling. India on the other hand had several set backs, foreign pitch, Gambir, Zaheer, Sachin Injured. Dravid was put to open. In fact India had just a warm up test. The remaining ones are going to be real fire. I am sure the series will be a draw and England has to struggle more in coming tests. India had given many youngsters chance when seniors are not played, but except Raina none show promise so far. So India has to stick with more or less same balance. If Sehwag comes also we can't expect much from him as he is out of touch for a long time, but will be better than Mukund

Posted by T.R.GHANCHI on (July 26, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

Congratulation to England! But guys, let be nice, India showed a good fight. I find Dravid more reliable then any of India's batsman, even Sachin or Laxman. They need to learn that the importance of staying on the wicket. It's just a game guys, lets not make it a war:)

Posted by rivernile on (July 26, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

Before anything else is mentioned, we should ALL commend England on a superb WIN (not an Indian loss). Credit is due on those who deserve it and the English side certainly deserve it. Brilliant captaincy from Strauss. Also kudos to Dravid and Raina. I have read the posts and most of them point to excuses from the Indian fans. Tsk tsk. If you want to blame someone, please start with Dhoni for poor choices. Losing the toss actually proved positive for England. I think that Dhoni is a good captain, but he certainly has a lot to learn still. Strauss showed why he is the captain of choice.

Posted by abhp07 on (July 26, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

when it comes to test cricket fitness is very important.....not sure y sachin played if he wasn't fit......team india is no. 1...shouldn't give excuses ..zaheer wasn't fit....gauti was injured....

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 14:05 GMT)

I dnt knw why all are slamming indian players.......... we hav lost jst one match.. stl ther are 3 matches left..... so y nt take the pluses of the match tht ended.... drarvid, laxman, raina, mukund, praveen(bowling), ishant(the 1 spell wch got 3 wickets), and go into the nxt test as a energitic team instead of an underdog........ keep belief in your country players..... i hav the unshakable hope tht indians wll bounce back strogly.....

Posted by rivernile on (July 26, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

Before anything else is mentioned, we should ALL commend England on a superb WIN (not an Indian loss). Credit is due on those who deserve it and the English side certainly deserve it. Brilliant captaincy from Strauss. Also kudos to Dravid and Raina. I have read the posts and most of them point to excuses from the Indian fans. Tsk tsk. If you want to blame someone, please start with Dhoni for poor choices. Losing the toss actually proved positive for England. I think that Dhoni is a good captain, but he certainly has a lot to learn still. Strauss showed why he is the captain of choice.

Posted by cricchic on (July 26, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

Without Zaheer Khan it will be very difficult for India to take 20 wickets to win a test match...Sharma proves he has the fire power..Harbajan has lost his knack for taking wickets and Kumar can only do so much with his limited abilities.... The England batting looks solid, Cook & Strauss is due for a big one..KP,Trott and Bell looks solid...India got the best batting on record and can bat for long session...which will serve to draw games but more importantly England can take 20 wickets and win games...

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

lol INDIAN fans are still expecting to win the series 4-0 :D

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 26, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

@Kashif670, the reason Ishant wasnt given the ball after lunch on the 4th day was becuase he asked not to be given it, afterall he'd bowled 11 overs in the morning session...............Are England Number 1 : not yet, Can they be number 1 yes if they win by 2 clear games, its that simple. England have done everything right so far, in terms of preperation, etc. India were simply undercooked, and under prepared, Zaheer should never have played after his display at Taunton. If you're looking for blame, look at the team management, and those that selected the team for the test.

Posted by 5wombats on (July 26, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

Well - 22 hours later I've finally come down from that WONDERFUL game of cricket yesterday! I so wished that all of the England Cricinfo stalwarts could have been there too; @landl47, @pheonixsteve, @Ashes61, @Nutcutlet, @Paul Rone-Clarke, @Trickstar, @Chapelau (i.e. The 2010-11 Ashes Crew...), and others - my apologies if I've missed you out. To be there and see England win like that is to understand why we are so passionate about this great game and our strong emerging team. I applaud you all. WHOOOOO! It's alright - I'll recover fully soon, by Friday anyway!

Posted by somu1984 on (July 26, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

This is surely a wake-up call for India. We are known for our batting and we failed in that miserably. Those flaws have to be ironed out before we take on England in second test. Also we want completely fit bowling unit against English. Congrats to English team! Test cricket is all about picking 20 wickets.

Posted by Mumbai_Kar on (July 26, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

I think we (India) need to wake up and smell the coffee. It's really a case of "all that could be pulled out as an excuse, was". Zaheer is no Curtley Ambrose or Malcolm Marshall or McGrath - he might have reduced the margin of defeat by 100 runs (that might be a stretch too), but nothing more. Harbhajan could have taken more wickets if the pitch was crumbling, but then, why do we need a 'world class' spinner if the pitch has to be prepared just-so? Gambhir and Sachin might not be fully fit, but then, they were supposed to be, right? Not that they did so great in the first innings, did they? And Sehwag has done good in the past, but we have lost matches with him in the team too - Bradman, he's not!

So the real thing is this : if our main strength - batting - is more will-o-wisp, then what's left? What's the point of adding up all the runs the 'fab 3' have scored in the past - does that give them a reprieve when they let the ball in?

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (July 26, 2011, 13:44 GMT)

I agree that we should be using the DRS to the fullest and this approach by India is not acceptable. Either is all or none. i am all for technology but can someone help me understand why a team can have only 2 succesfull reviews. So if you get 2 right then you get 2 more and so on. Instead I would like to have one per batsmen which to me is more logical. If you get one wrong then u cannot review any more for that batsmen. One still needs to get 10 wickets and not just 2.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 13:41 GMT)

even though everyone is saying a number one team should not rely on one bowler like zaheer, by taking anderson or broad out of england, it would not seem as good. It is india's fault on fitness, but england have a full strength side. that is what cricket wants, the best against the best, and if india was full strength, england would not win so easily. India, and any team from subcontinent will take time to adjust to these conditions, which I think they have got after this first test.The real series decider will be the second test, because I don't think sehwag will last in these conditions anyways. If India do bounce back, I see a 1-1, maybe 2-1 edging by england. India seem to lack intensity, and with a little of it and discipline are very good. But england are very good in their backyard, and you don't expect India to beat them, but again you don't think england would win anywhere in the subcontinent either. None of these are a true number 1 side.

Posted by bullbudman on (July 26, 2011, 13:39 GMT)


Posted by first_slip on (July 26, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

@Akhil Varma hilarious..i thought sri lanka drew a test match in lords in June...no if and but dude...world most overated team lost to superb England..and more to come..i like to see Strauss scoring 200+ in net 2 matches, i like his back foot play, he is the best puller in the game right now...

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

oh man where is yui the golden boy for india he must be in the playing 11 otherwise india will lost 3 0 or 4 0

Posted by CSreekumar on (July 26, 2011, 13:33 GMT)

England played really well. And India was poor, whatever the reason is. This is due to poor performance by India rather than a great performance by England. We reached the bottom line and only way from here is up. Come on India, bounce back and prove WHO IS REAL NO1.

Posted by anurag4u10 on (July 26, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

well, one thing is 4 sure, by d end of d series whoever will be no.1 will deserve to be no. 1

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

Well Dhoni should relax a little bit.There is hardly a smile on his face.He appear to be carrying the burden of 1 billion people over his shoulders.It is bit surprisng with such a big talent pool that they can't find a backup bowler for Zaheer Khan.Ishant sharma is promising as always has been and we expect a tighter competition for next few matches.Injuries cannot be given as an excuse Mr Dhoni.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (July 26, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

Its plain and simple: England outplayed, outclassed and out ranked every single Indian player. Why can't we accept that England truly are a great side when it comes to test cricket. They have been proving this for couple of years now. I really think this is great for test cricket. Honestly India never deserved #1 ranking in test cricket as we do not have quality bowlers to take 20 wickets in a match. One bowler is not enough and we need 3 or 4 like the balanced attack of England. What this ensures is that there is cionsistent pressure always and there is never a let off. Further I am baffled to see some of the experienced players in Indian side play the strokes they played. Dravid, Laxman, MSD, what were they thinking. SRT fell into his own shell by not scoring runs. There is no way India could have won the match but doesn;t mean you cannot play naturally. He looked very positive in the first innings but then Broad bowled a beauty. No more excuses from Indians.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

@rsrinath: Got to love Indian arrogance in the face of such a resounding thrashing. India even cheated twice (or was it three times?) by not walking for obvious lbws and England still made them look like a side of hopeless amateurs with nearly 30 overs to spare. As usual, Sachin proved why he's a second-rate batsman to Kallis.

I hope you enjoy the whitewash.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

Tentative victorious position to pathetic and typical stance of so called world champs. Bravo England.......!

Posted by Guernica on (July 26, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

Well done England, thoroughly professional performance reminiscent of Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney. What was Harbajahn playing at though? With that shot it looked like he'd already given up hope and decided to try and whack a few runs. Raina was still there at the time and it's not impossible that 4 wickets could have survived another 90 minutes. As a senior player what kind of message does that send to the other tail-enders? As an England fan I'm Not complaining, just surprised.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

Sack Dhoni...Bring Parthiv Patel..let Gambhir be d captain!

Posted by AlfAlpha on (July 26, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

I say Well Done India!!!! You may have lost, but you have shown many older people that sport is still accessible even to the maimed, unfit and aged. You are an inspiration.

Posted by rsrinath on (July 26, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

indian team is slow starters.the english will see the other side of this team in the next three tests....viru's arrival in the third test will seal the fate for the so called self proclaimed 'no.1 team'and we will show the world via this english series who the real no.1 team is and who are the so called no.1 teams are...

Posted by Tom-T on (July 26, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

Stuff your T20 and IPL tripe.. this is proper Test cricket played by two sides at the top of their game. England were stronger and better through 70% of this game, but India aren't done yet I'm sure. Going to be a superb series if the first one is anything to go by. I still think England will have the series 3-0 (rain might play more of a part, hard to predict). The highlight of the entire series for me is the Indian fans commenting on here, most of them are still expecting to win 4-0. They are adorable.

Posted by lars-ulrich on (July 26, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

it would have been far worse for india if they (like every other test nation in the world) agreed to use the FULL DRS. but never mind. i agree that khan, sehwag and sachin were a miss for india.. but england in english conditions have beat the best in the world before

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

India gonna lose 4-0. 4 Test matches too much for India

Posted by middle_stump_in_air on (July 26, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

Congrats to the English team. Veeru (Sehwag)...we miss you...all the cricket fans

Posted by chin-music on (July 26, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

@ the legions of internet warrior India fans : Losing a key bowler early in the game is certainly a big setback for any team, but the other team still has to drive home that advantage. Not so far back , this Indian team faced a weak WI team in a similar predicament, but could do nothing about it - in contrast, when England got a chance they ruthlessly hammered home their advantage. empty bragging/ excuse making apart - that alone shuld say quite a bit about which is a better cricket team

Posted by synergy on (July 26, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

I am amazed to see the comments of many Indian fans.... some are saying that India lost due to non availability of Zaheer. Pls folk try and understand that teams do not operate by only one person. If their bowling became weak the what happened to their batting, why did they crumble or shuild I say that Zahir was supposed to caome and blast Englan bowling. Guys pls realize this Indian Dad's army need to be shown the door and what India needs is young legs in their batting line up. The sooner they do this they will see some more Raina's going out their and perform.... Pls wake up guys.

Posted by raieef_q on (July 26, 2011, 11:02 GMT)

1st of all why is everyone givin excuses that INDIA lost because of injuries and fatigue to Tendulkar, Zaheer, etc. When you say u are world number 1, then your players shud be in their Number 1 fitness. No one asked India to make them play despite injuries. England destroyed the batting line up superbly and they deserved this victory. and INDIA LOST! Accept the defeat gracefully rather cryin on injuries and luck

Posted by kashif670 on (July 26, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

team England just seemed to be more organized than team India... there fitness level is much better and i dont know why ishant wasn't given the ball straight after lunch :D

Posted by anver777 on (July 26, 2011, 10:51 GMT)

Dravid & VVS's early dismissals in morning session made all the difference.......anyway very good effort by Eng team in this historic test !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

No excuses - England batted, bowled and fielded better. Playing with 4 bowlers is bound to come and bite your backside at some point, and no team claiming to be nos.1. can rely so heavily on one bowler. Indian batsmen, especially Dravid and Raina, showed some fight, and PK and Ishant showed great effort. But this is an ageing side with poor fielding skills, and they will have to do much better in the final two tests to get a result in this series.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

India needs a team effort not only Zaheer, they were not good enough and thats that !!

Posted by danny_essex on (July 26, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

I am amazed at some of the comments on here. England were the best side over the whole test match bar a fantastic spell from sharma. The fact you got bowled out twice has nothing to do with zaheer not bowling. I was at Lords yesterday and india batted far to negative. You can talk about losing Zaheer all you want but if a england bowler gets ingured we have the depth of quility to still win as we have already shown this summer when we had no anderson.

So be the best team you need more than one match winner with ball. England have 4 and they are all fighting to keep there place as we have even more in the wings.

Posted by puskas on (July 26, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

As an England fan, I am pleased with the bowling attack holding out on a not-particularly-helpful track. The difference from the Sri Lanka series is that all four bowlers turned up - Broad, this means you, though well done this time! In order to mask the continued frailties of the batting we need a long line up: in the absence of a Botham/Flintoff (sorry, again Broad was great this time with the bat, too, but I don't yet consider him a reliable fully fledged all-rounder), meaning 4 specialist bowlers only. Trott will only ever be a part time bowler: KP has a great bowling future behind him, but has the height to get bounce, and he can spin it.

I won't enter the debate on #1: but with 6 specialist bats, Prior averaging more than most specialists and in great form, and if we can treat Broad + Swann as equivalent to a batting all rounder with two sets of bowling skills, PLUS KP with the level of practice to make a genuine 5th bowling threat, the balance of a #1 side might be there.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

God....i would have loved to see Broad/Tremlett/Anderson(anyone) injured on first day...trott/KP out for half a day for a viral infection and then a strauss/cook having to play at 2 down postion under pressure.. The fact remains that a couple of overs from Zak in the 1st innings would have got KP (the so called legend)...and then England would have been down to ground... It was clear in the 2nd innings from Dhoni that he was fearing an injury to Ishant because of which he dint start with him after lunch..with Zak atleast available for the 2nd innings we would have had a 300 target..things would have been different and Headlines would have read "India Win Despite Injuries to Batsmen" or something like that.. And when this is said they say dont give excuses..there is a difference between facts and excuses..i hope cricketing fans grow up a bit.. India have shown courage in the match..and will prove themselves as the series goes on..

Posted by Trioboy on (July 26, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

Guys enough with the excuses, Next time choose a team who aren't injured or sick. If Sehwag is not in the team due to injury, no point arguing how good it would have been if he was batting. Please choose a better team for the next game and don't take the glory away from the Champion English team.

Posted by SudharsanVM on (July 26, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

Congrats ENG. Atlast Indians failed due to IPL. Zaheer and sehwag absence, are the main blows. Lack of match practice has hurt sachin and gambhir. They were playing professional cricket and they should be able to bat in all positions. There were situations where a nightwatchman has survived longer than expected. So change in batting order is not a excuse. And ppl say that Indians were one bowler short. its actually Two bolwers short in bhajji and zak. If you are not fully recovered from injury why taking a risk of playing the game? And those who performed in WI, have continued it. VVS, dravid , PK and ishant. Great work. And raina really impressive. He doesn't have much shots in his books. He doesn't have great technique.But his attitude is great and it is good inings. ENG got better of IND. Please get this Bhajji of the team. Even after this dismal performance, dhoni is still supporting bhajji, by telling that the pitch is not supporting bhajji. Really can't digest.

Posted by ashrogue on (July 26, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

Staggering win for England. Before the match, I had some doubts about Indian bowling attack but the extent to which they turned out to be is just 'ordinary' . True, a No.1 test ranking cricket team can not sustain with such flimsy attack. England on the other hand have won the test in every sense, Bowling (by a huge margin), batting (by a steady margin), fielding (almost on par). Although, I did like India's second innings, the last day effort showed no solidity, but it sure shown heart. And that heart for redemption, the spirit for a fight back, the confidence in opportunity and the belief in piety which is what makes us 'Indian' should sure be visible in the subsequent test matches. For now though, England dominated thoroughly. They deserve to be No.1 ranked if they can sustain this performance through another match, they have the skill and spirit for it. But, the system set them a target, 'win by a margin of 2 wins'. Good luck England and India. We enjoyed this match--India fan :)

Posted by TheUnforgiven on (July 26, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

@sunnymate "we performed brilliantly in africa .w e won in nz, we won in wi, we won sri lanka" Just to correct you here the last time India won a test series in Sri Lanka was in 1994.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

India lost to a side that played better in that match. That doesn't meat that it is the end of it. India is quite capable of making a match of it in the next few matches. We have to look at the positives of the test. 1. Abhinav Mukund played quite well and was out in manners that can be easily corrected. 2. Raina has proved that he has the skill and gumption to play at this level. 3. Laxman & Dravid did play well and should continue. We can also expect Gambhir and Sachin to silence their critics in the next test itself. 4. Ishant had a dream spell in the second innings. 5. Praveen has proved that he is an workhorse and the way he he bowled 40 overs in the first innings with most spells being of over 8 overs speaks of his character and great heart. He did not perform in the second innings only because of the excess load in the first innings.

Posted by meastrostroke on (July 26, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

Its the right time to leave out bhajji . . He is taking everything for granted. One innings in a series is not at all good for a champion bowler. Ravindra jadeja and ashwin shud be selected for future series

Posted by shyfudeen on (July 26, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

K whatever happened is happened. Dont let it again next time. Tendulkar has to change his attitude to defend every ball in the second innings he plays. He was having a good chance to built up a good score in Lords in the second innings too. Even he defended India lost the match means that he could have been his natural rhythm in the second innings.The spectators could have enjoyed the match. May be for doing so he would be getting in form back and go for the victory which would be a benefit. Also by defending everyball not only getting run rate down but also the bowlers will be in confident always.

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (July 26, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

@ Akhil Varma- Keep Dreaming...You can wake up once this test series over. Do you think this victory is a small margin?... If England has not declared in the First inns , your champions would get an Innings defeat..

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 8:37 GMT)

On seaming conditions SACHIN TENDULKAR needs to make adjustment. The best way to takle such conditions is to act for the worst case scnario. i.e. just play every ball considering it to be coming towards middle stumps reardless of whereever it pitches - eg if ball pitches on off stump just play it considering it to be inswinger. if it turns out to be outswinger you will automatically miss it by big margin so no harm done. there were only 5 % deliveries aiming at stumps so he could well afford to miss remaining 95 % deliveries.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

A defeat means defeat and it can not be justified, Most of the fans are discusing the absence of Zaheer & Veru but it must be noted that ensuring the the100% fitnees and availability in ground is the responsibility of managment and players themselves.if this defeat can be justified by the absesnce of above players, than indians should not rejoy the win against pakistan in banglore 1996 world cup beacuse all time great, one and only, Sir wasim akram was out due to injury. so it is better to understand that fitness is your internal problem and after all u r playing international cricket. to be honest, india dont deserve to be world # 1 team with this bowling attack even if u include zaheer khan

Posted by ageofsagar2011 on (July 26, 2011, 8:26 GMT)

So what if India lost this match? Mark my words "the 2nd test India is booked to win the Second test".... If the second test is played fair and square it will be England who wins it otherwise India will bounce back as usual to level the series 1-1. It is been happening for quite a long time Host wins one the visitors bounce back to level in the second.... Hope England win the second too.....

Posted by Nutcutlet on (July 26, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

If Indian teams are always slow starters, can we expect improved groundfielding displays as the series progresses? I know that England dropped a few, but, in general, there was an air of efficiency, competence and teamwork when England was in the field: they looked what they are - a well-drilled unit, as English supporters have come to expect under the current regime. India, in contrast, maintained their unenviable 'tradition' of being amongst the poorest of international fielding sides. It's surprising how a team's performance can be lifted by top fielding; it makes the bowlers feel valued. But fielding (catches and run outs aside) don't have stats, which so occupy many Indian fans) Now, I have been constructively critical of India's performance! This usually means that my comments don't see the light of day! I can but try! 'The rest,' as TS Eliot said,' is not my business.'

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

it is definetly bowling department where england was the better team. had zaheer, harbhajan and ishant clicked together like the anderson, broad and swan the position would have been different. But the bygone is bygone. India should think of replacing harbhajan with mishra and call one more youngster paceman from India relacing zaheer if he has to be. Playing him knowing that he is injured will help noone except england to make an inroad again.

while dravid and lakshman should dig more in to the batting talents little master needs to come out of pressure of 100 centuries and play free. Ofcource he is the best person to do this and needs no advice as such.

Hope gambhir and mukund give better starts.

Posted by tjsimonsen on (July 26, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

@unclelen: I agree 100% - couldn't have put it better myself. I was also quite pleased seeing that the two bowlers almost everybody (including myself) seemed to think shouldn't be in the test performed so well! Same goes for Pietersen and Dravid, who also - at least according to some comments here in Cricinfo - had questions to answer. Well, I think all answered those questions pretty firmly! While I expect India to perform better in the next tests, I can't really see them win at Trent Bridge. Something like half the team don't seem fit one way or the other. While the Oval could well be a draw, I'm not that sure about the Edgebaston test - something special always seem to happen there.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

I don't think it will be easy for India to come back in the series . Cook is due for few big innings considering his consistency in recent years. And India always had difficulty in removing the left handers who dig in . Even Strauss will fire in atleast 2 innings.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

England deserve to win this test match and they are really Well prepared for this .From here on India have difficult task to win since they lacking firepwer in bowling and their premier batters too struggling for form but they are proven customer of being bouncing back and still there are 3 more test to Go and This unlike Australian side of the past decade English side are definately beatable

Posted by Tatsache on (July 26, 2011, 7:36 GMT)

I think india lack of fitness,and every time series first test will be india backword,later on India will come back strong,I hope this test series also the same, and lack of confidence to with indian player,waiting for sehwag comeback......sehwag,kaif,rain these players even If they cant play we can see good confidence in the field...!

Posted by Tatsache on (July 26, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

100% england deserve to win,we should not compare england bowing with india,england bowling is far better than india,with this bowling India cant be number one team,Lol even strong batting line up also gone vian,we have reason to tell how india loose,but finaly result is india loosing side.we have to agree

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

Well I was there third and fourth day. The way India played preluch on Sunday showed fight left but itall dissapeared after lunch. I agree that it incomprehensible to see Sharma not bowling after lunch. And the fielding after first 10 overs after lunch on sunday was awful. I can't beleive my eyes that a world class team can field like that. India need to improve their fielding more than anything else. Well deserved win for India. May be BCCI also need to think hard how to prepare a team for test series against a very good and balanced team. Only one half cooked warm up match. Are they only there to fatten their bank balance? Tendulkar was half match fit and I didn't expect to perform. Indian batsmen still can't handle fast swinging balls.Kudos to great english bowling.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

It is going to be 4-0 or 3-1 in favour of England. The way in which Dhoni handled the bowlers after making a blunder decision of putting England in and the way India's top batsmen played in both the innings shows that India has lost its teeth in this series. Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan were not at all physically fit. Also, Gambhir is half-fit. Why doesn't Dhoni give chance to Kohli, Rohit and Sreesanth? They would have proved their mettle at least if given oppotunities.

Posted by h4hamid on (July 26, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

England in home conditions always tough to beat. India's no.1 slot is in danger.

Posted by Truemans_Ghost on (July 26, 2011, 6:52 GMT)

It was interestign that the view amongst us England fans in the Edrich stand was we all hoped Tendulkar wouldget his 100.... as long as there was a collapse at the other end and England still wopn th match. Well played England, a pretty convincing win.... but it is only 1 match- India haven't become a bad side over night.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

Well done England, keep this series win ...be No 1...

Posted by sweetspot on (July 26, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

A couple of questions here for the India/IPL bashers - Did India invent the ranking system? If not, then why is there this assumption that India is an arrogant/undeserving Test #1? If a cricketer were given a choice to prioritize between making US$750,000 in a season of IPL or US$50,000 in a Test series, what would he choose?

If you people remember right, India was the one team that regularly beat the Aussies when they were #1. Nobody ever said at the time that India deserved it more than the Australians. So shut up now.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

Well done England , can say no more that than that,we beat the world number 1's that says it all.......now for the series.!!

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 6:36 GMT)

Looks like England is coming to conquer Asia again. First they defeat Sri Lanka. Now they thrashed India into Pieces!!!

Posted by BULTY on (July 26, 2011, 6:35 GMT)

The result says India lost the Test match. Circumstances leading to the defeat lie in India not having the services of the best bowler on view on day one, Zaheer throughout the match after a brief while on the first morning and not certainly due to the superior performance of England. The writer saying (I quote him with his permission) "England's bowlers fought through dogged batting, the absence of DRS for lbws and some sloppy catching to avoid a repeat of Lord's 2007" is in bad taste. India also had their share of bad luck with lbw decisions when England batted in the two innings in this match. Pieterson was out,cleanly taken by the fielder when on 49 which was disallowed; this would have certainly changed the complexion of the match very greatly. There were some very good decisions in India's second innings when England lost both chances of challenge. India can certainly bounce back and beat this England side hands down in the three matches remaining. ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA.

Posted by k_parakh on (July 26, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

I would say that this wasn't a great victory from england despite of their amazing performance. India had everything going against them like severe injuries and infection to Gambhir and Sachin ,which made a hole in India's deep Batting Line-up. Futhermore, absence of Zaheer and Sehwag added to the collapse of Indian team... The most fair Test would be the third in which India would be on the field with its best possible XI..

Posted by Zain11 on (July 26, 2011, 6:31 GMT)

The Results could have been different if Zaheer played a full part in this test match as a bowler... India Lost just because of its inability to take wickets at crucial times....

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 6:30 GMT)

Expt Indians no 1 like Indian team winning!!! think abut that!!!

Posted by ram5160 on (July 26, 2011, 6:27 GMT)

Before chastising the umpires tell us the frame rate of the Ball tracker used here - why are you omitting that vital piece of information?

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (July 26, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

Indians are slow starters. So better to start with FOURTH TEST..

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

The better team won, India are not going to touch#1 test team for another decade after this series

Posted by HSAF on (July 26, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

Every dog has its day buddies. INDIA will come up as that is their chararcter always. A shortage of a bowler has cost this match. Even Dhoni can't win / draw a match with whom he has, he needs those strong extra character players like Zaheer, Sehwag. England can be proud as they have won and not faced our full strength team yet (No - Sehwag - Lethal weapon, Zaheer (ill within 15 overs), Sachin illness). But illness and out players apart, the main reason was short of a bowler, if we had extra bowler on Zaheer place - we would have won or made draw which is going to happen in further matches.

Posted by Jaijo on (July 26, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

Looks like English will wrest the no.1 position. they are a better team with a less arrogant captain. without sehwag and zaheer this team looks like they can only manage draws with WI and Bangaladesh in tests. Time for dhoni to chek his batting credentials

Posted by AravinthBilla on (July 26, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

Is Dhoni kept in de side jus fr Captaincy??? cant he mak atleas a fifty in every 3 tests atleas??? BCCI wit influence can bring a 12th man who can captain de team durin Fieldin n Replace him wit Virat r Yuvi!!!!

Posted by ATIF_SHAHZAD_Cricket_Fan on (July 26, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

Great England great Indians cant play outside the country literally and England will win this series 4-0.

Posted by chad_reid on (July 26, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

the excuses given by the indian fans are hilarious they cant except the fact that they were beaten by a better team after been crushed by nearly 200 runs they need to come back to reality instead of living in a dream world. to the indians who have admitted that the england team destroyed and dominated india cudos to you my friend

Posted by flipper92 on (July 26, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

the indian team played really bad cricket and they deserve to loose.....Hats off to England

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 5:54 GMT)

Cracking start to the series...is the Fletcher Dhoni combination taking India in the other direction?!?! The lads deserved it. Am sure by the end of the series the No. 1 postion will see a team who deserves it. Good luck fr the rest of the series lads!!!

Posted by stormy16 on (July 26, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

But for a brief moment on day India were no where in the 5 days and the much spoken about batting order flopped twice failing to make 300 in either innings when Eng made 450+ when conditions were hardest. For me the game was lost when India won the toss and couldnt bowl out Eng. The injury to Zak was a major problem and I still maintain Sree was the man for the conditions ahead of Sharma despite his heroics on day 4. Dhoni made some bluders in captaincy and behind the wickets but the English were in top form while the Indians looks rusty and uninterested probably due to the break they have had while the English have had a full series ahead of this. From Englands point of view it was close to the perfect game and with KP and Broad in form they are only waiting for Strauss to hit form.

Posted by amilag on (July 26, 2011, 5:35 GMT)

India is good in India. Last two year and so they played so many matches in subcontinent and grabbed the no.01 position. When they go outside all weaknesses are exposed and they are not deserved to be No.01 with such poor bowling attack and poor fielding. Adding more woes to the situation, most of players are too old to play cricket and therefore the future of Indian cricket is so gloomy...

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 5:28 GMT)

a white wash can b expected by the performance of this world class batting line up of india..........i think the so called god sachin should retire and make way for yuvraaj who can at least play for the team and not for himself......!!!

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 5:26 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi guy and first want to congratulate England for their comprehensive victory....England(without openers)have won with the amazing team effort in this test match.everyone contributed something that ensured that won...Pietersen played innings of his life,Prior proved himself modern Gilcrist,Broad showed he has all the class to be the best of allrounders......Indians in the other hand looked in different mindset,we couldnot see a killer instinct in them which we generally see in World numb one team...captaincy of Dhoni was ordinary to me...he should have been more attacking and nowadays we generally expect teams to bat out 40 overs with 5 wickets remaining...dhoni should have guided his team through,Tendulkar again didnot rise to the big occassion,why Bajji is so rated high in everything...seriously Indians give make me understand that...he bowls tons of overs without success and he got 2 hundrends in very plat pitches in India and now he is so rated...

Posted by Ishfaq333 on (July 26, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

You know Sri lanka batted way way better at lords than the so called best batting order going around.

Posted by anurag4u10 on (July 26, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

a whole lot of ppl r sayin dat india lost on account of poor bowling bt i think batsmen r 2 be blamed more. with d world's best batting line up they cud nt manage 300 in either of d inninngs inspite of d fact dat day 3 and day 5 both had excellent batting conditions. tendulkar who started confidently in 1 inning was once 34 off 41 balls aftr which he went into shell and 17 balls later he ws out wdout addin nrthing further. similar hppnd him in second inning wen he tuk 38 balls 2 move from 11 to 12 nd few mins ltr a ctch drop 4m strauss dat costed eng only 2 balls more. my question is why will a bowler b afraid of sachin wen he knows dat sachin will not hit him outta park. the moment dat bowler knows even his bad balls will nt be punished then confidence automatically goes up. even if one is saving a test d batsmen shud attack since mst fielders r around d bat leavin d boundary lines unguarded. dis nt only boosts morale bt also helps in removin d fielders around d bat

Posted by Freddy_mad on (July 26, 2011, 5:18 GMT)

Well, I am myself is a big critic of Dhoni and Indian team over the time, but I think this time we need to support our team as this time it ws not their fault. No doubt their batting was dismal, but look at their bowling effort... They were 1 pace bowler down (need not mention the lead one), only 3 bowlers on a pacy track where there ws no assistance for spinners.....harbhajan ws ineffective as other part-timers... only 2 bowlers shared the load... they were extremely tired but still fought hard.... If they had 1 more bowler... any pace bowler (not necessarily Zaheer) , but anyone, they wouldn't be tired and performed better.... and it was the fact they were tired that they were unable to bowl wicket taking deliveries at the end, and england ruled that phase in both the innings.... 2 pace bowlers bowling without a break throughout the day throughout the test was a big-2 factor, that let england batsmen make merry.... 1 more pace bowler, and they could have batted similar to india....

Posted by vinchester on (July 26, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

India is talented but physically unfit. Nurtured in Ipl ,promotional Ads; Dhoni's luck cannot go on forever; days as no 1 is bound to end soon. There are many in this present team who are in only on their past form. at present they look like novices. Matt prior beats Mali hollow both with the gloves and the bat; Bhajji is nowwhere near Swann. VVS has been sorted out by the Brits and so too is Gautam. Zak is unfit, the little master is sick, & short of match practice; The only silver lining is Raina.l

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

Indeed, England had deserve to win this match because Eng's performance was excellent in batting, fielding & bowling. I hope the next test, India will be back at full strength.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 4:56 GMT)

English Team is the best in this format and without any doubt they deserve this win far more than Indian team. A great mix of young and Senior players are really well blended which can be seen easily on ground. In contrast, we got same strategy from Indian team with extra pressure on batsmen, I never understand why Indians always want to win all the matches by making scores instead of containing opponents scores.

Simply ENGLAND rock the show!!! though quite predictable

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 4:51 GMT)

still i feel DRS for LBW should be included;c raina was plum but billy wasnt gave that and that decision may change the cause of the match but luckily he got out later

Posted by Prakmca on (July 26, 2011, 4:48 GMT)

This is time to think beyond Harbajan.... What he is doing all these days....Is he having a potential to be a match winner....Not even able to break through the lower order batting line of england. If someone criticise him, saying "The Era of classical spin is over" is not enough Harbajan...No need to be classical.... atleast if he is not taking 2 or 3 wickets in a match, it's time to drop him. No Individual is bigger than TEAM INDIA. We need to India to win. For that drop the non performers.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 4:47 GMT)

India lost due to two factors. One was the unexpected injury to Zaheer which left India with only three bowlers. The other was the wrong choice of selecting Harbajan simply based on past records. It has been proved many times that Harbajan performs only in conditions that suit him. In other conditions he cannot even be a bowler who can bottle one end up. India could have selected Amit Mishra a leggie who has a better chance of taking wickets in all conditions. Further in case of injury to a fast bowler he would be able to bowl long spells without much difficulty. India must also look to find a top 6 batsman who can be a more than useful seam bowler. A word about the team composition for the tour. If Sreesanth is never going to play we may as well have selected Varun Aaron as an understudy. This guy bowls at 150kms and thsi tour would have been a huge learning curve particularly when you are selecting 5 fast bowlers.

Posted by anurag4u10 on (July 26, 2011, 4:39 GMT)

humiliated at lords is to say it concisely. however i feel that this early loss will only motivate dis team to do better in d rest mtchs. dey hav in past proved dier worth aftr erly losses nd under dhoni's captaincy india has lost 3 tests excluding dis one and on each ocassion india won d tests ltr in d series lost 2 sa at nagpur, won at kolkata, lost to sl at galle and won at colombo, lost to sa at centurion , won at durban. so lets see if dhoni's army can do it once again

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (July 26, 2011, 4:36 GMT)

I think Team India should play more games against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. That way, they will have a winning habit and then they can play against the strong teams like England and Australia.

Posted by ONE4U on (July 26, 2011, 4:34 GMT)

I don't understand why Tendulkar is always admired so. He always chokes when the team needs him the most. Very rightly, Wisdon has not admitted even one of his hundreds as a match winning innings.

Posted by sarams on (July 26, 2011, 4:28 GMT)

India should go with 4 fast bowlers and include both Raina and Yuvaraj for 2 nd test. Gambir / Mukund (one of them) & Dravid (openers) Laxman, Tendulkar, Dhoni (3,4 & 5) Raina and Yuvaraj (all-rounders) Munaf, Ishant, Praveen and Sreesanth (4 bowlers)

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 4:25 GMT)

A great job by the English bowling department..excellent bowling Anderson and Broad..some poor batting by Dhoni , Harbhajan, Sachin etc..poor decision by Dhoni to not bowl Ishant right after Lunch..may b he missed a trick..Having said this, lets not underestimate what India can do and has done before..I can see some guys here predicting that India will lose 4-0..haha..was Indias performance that bad..no..i guess if it was Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, the match would have been over by the 4th day with an even more Impressive English win..Well there are some ppl, especially u knw who,here trying to rub salt over wounds..I can tell them that appreciating the English team that has done a great job is good, but trying to show that the Indian team is nothing is like digging your own grave..wait n watch folks..India is levelling the test series n also winning the one dayers..

Posted by sysplex on (July 26, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

I would want to call another guy as the 49-runs opener, rather than Abhinav Mukund, guy should go on and play bigger, longer, positive innings for all the talent he has, or he'll only be seen as "men may come and men may go" case. Sachin, was that him???!!!???, again going into his shell, looks like he may need one more inspirational lecture from his son again, this time on learning to be positive. INDIAN TEAM be defensive for your own downfall.

Sachin, however, should have desisted from the impulsiveness of wanting to play and get a hundred in Lords(despite knowing himself that he was not fit), given than this was his last appearance here.

Posted by sysplex on (July 26, 2011, 4:20 GMT)

Felt like Indian team was still thinking they were playing in West Indies and the sereis was not over yet. When will the other Indian batsmen play positive, in the absence of Sehwag. We might have as well had Yuvraj Singh in place of Harbajan Singh, Yuvi at least does some mental destabilization to Kevin Pietersen(eventually he gets out) and Yuvi is a genuine batsman who can get a useful 50 odd runs(almost always), rather than Bhaji's once in a blue moon century. Look what Ishant did to Kevin Pietersen in 2nd innings, hope the bowlers would learn to be aggressive from now on. Overall, the entire team has to be positive rather than poke around and lose miserably. I thought all players appeared timid on all 5 days. It is not enough if Ishant fires only one hostile spell and should also be thinking on his own and learn when/where to bowl short, back of length and full of short of fuller length.

Posted by Nandika on (July 26, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

According me Sri lankan Batting Line up is far better than India because they did well in England At the end of the test series.So i dont think india has the best batting line up.NO 1 test rank is just a Number if want to be the best team in the world u have to prove that u can win any condition.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

Congratulations England. I m so happy with this result. Go ahead England and best luck for 2nd test.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 4:02 GMT)

England had just outclass da Indian batsman in a bowling friendly track..... lack of sewag is clearly visible in this match.... and with the retirement of dravid, laxman and tendulkar India would b o more special team...

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

Well done England, India stop making excuses and make sure you select playeres who are fit and and in form.

I'd like to know why Bowden keeps getting selected as an umpire. Match officials in any sport should the least conspicuous person on the field. You'd be forgiven for thinking Bowden was trying to win an Oscar, and his decisions are DIABOLICAL - he's without doubt the worst Test umpire I've ever seen.

Posted by Eugynne on (July 26, 2011, 3:56 GMT)

Well done England. The comments by the Indians; great bowlers, poor bowling, great batsmen sloppy batting & so on, are certainly not encouraging tonic to their team. Nothing is lost. If the Indians can build up the spirit, they can bounce back at least to square the series. The main culprit is their (thinking..!) captain Dhoni, who showed his (eccentric & insane) bowling skills, which was severely criticized by many stalwarts. This is not CSK! it is your country! So pl for God's sake, never, ever try to swing your arm. It will further push your team to disaster. Eng kept their cool and showed their true professionalism. Almost everyone performed & contributed for their victory. Keep it up guys! You will be the winners and deserved to be the #1 test team in the world.

Posted by sunnymate on (July 26, 2011, 3:56 GMT)

cmon guys series is not over yet. i feel pity for indians especially who is tooo negative for team. guys support them it only one match. WHtsh wrong with you guys. WITH just one match u guys star barking here. why u guys forgot so easily hw good our team is performing sicne last 2 years. we performed brilliantly in africa .w e won in nz, we won in wi, we won sri lanka,

Posted by djhbkdave on (July 26, 2011, 3:56 GMT)

Well done England ..............

Posted by visualdp on (July 26, 2011, 3:46 GMT)

Well Done England . They deserves the Win. Indian bowling & Batting should rebuild before next matches. Other wise results will be the same.

Posted by koldmeat on (July 26, 2011, 3:35 GMT)

Well, I have said it before & saying it again. India only wins in India. They cant win abroad. This is the fact that all Indian fans must accept.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 3:32 GMT)

lord pitch always has been a good batting wicket. If pieterson and dilshan can, why can't indians? because...... well, we all know the answer.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 3:30 GMT)

England played beyound par excerlance......

Posted by sankar8000 on (July 26, 2011, 3:24 GMT)


Sehwag could have made a lot of difference! I am not sure whether he could have won the match in 2nd innings but could have definitely saved. Pl remember his Match Saving 151 at Adelaide in Australia against Australia in 2008!

Posted by Apurwa047 on (July 26, 2011, 3:16 GMT)

Pick of the Indian innings was Rahul Dravid's century ! It is a good sign for India in the series. It was a touch of vintage Dravid and his form intshy away any more. He has gone into his zone again and should provide a candid cameo !

Posted by prnthv on (July 26, 2011, 3:12 GMT)

first of all congrats to english team!!!! Its common and expected result in every indian series, their 1st match is lost or drawn but their rivelry starts frm 2nd test in every series. coming to 1st test england were too good to beat india.... frm day 1 onwards they are confident.... 1.mistakes of indians dhoni electing to field,2.dropping trott and kp's catches,3.once again drs fail to give correct decision of kp's catch,4.poor batting... but still keep eye on msd he is really a magician...

Posted by landl47 on (July 26, 2011, 3:10 GMT)

The good points for England were that they bowled India out twice for under 300 on what everyone agreed was a subcontinent-type track, only without much turn: Prior had a magnificent game; Pietersen scored a great 202*; and most of all, Broad bowled like the bowler we hoped he could be. However, there were some bad points, too. Cook got out twice to the kind of shots he was playing before his run of form in Australia- falling across the wicket in the first innings and poking at the ball with a stiff front leg in the second. England had a mini-collapse in the second innings, until Prior and Broad got them back on top. England also dropped more catches than they've dropped in a test for years. England cannot make these kind of mistakes against a team as good as India. This was not a good test for them, but they'll fight back and England needs to be on top of its game to win. If Broad maintains this form I think they can do it, but there's no room for complacency.

Posted by denwarlo70 on (July 26, 2011, 3:07 GMT)

Hmmm, when is the next match? Until then, we will have enough and more excuses and armchair critics versions of the loss. I am happy India lost but I am sad the little master missed out on a ton at Lord's. Most of the Indians were commenting on Sanga not getting a ton at Lord's but when you look at records, you will see that their greatest batsman has not got one either and his average is a paltry 37 at Lord's. is there a next time for him at Lord's? Better luck in the next match my neighbour and well played England.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 3:00 GMT)

Well played, England. Clearly looked a better team from the start and dominated the whole test match. India can look to play four seamers and a spinner in the next and look to get 20 wickets.

Posted by Trioboy on (July 26, 2011, 2:59 GMT)

@Sinhaya, I was being sarcastic. Read the comment properly before you comment on them. Full DRS should be mandatory in all international games. India is against DRS because it goes against them more often. Specially SRT is most vulnerable for LBW. There were two good examples in this game where SRT and Raina survived two plumb LBWs just because of the absence of DRS.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 2:55 GMT)

This Team India is only fit to play IPL and completely unfit to play International Cricket. IPL has taken betting to highest level. IPL is not a Cricketing event it is a worst commerical event. Team India and BCCI is completely focussed on IPL. Because of IPL, Team India is losing skill, inspiration, motivation and fitness to play Test Cricket. These curators, coaches and BCCI officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in other tournaments. IPL is completely meaningless and obsolete Tournament. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch between Countries unlike IPL Teams which look like clubs. Test Cricket is ultimate to watch on sportive pitches. But IPL is making these pitches Lifeless.

Posted by BigDataIsAHoax on (July 26, 2011, 2:54 GMT)

India has still a very very very good chance of winning this series. Maybe 2-1 or 3-1. Just drop Bhajji. Get both Srisanth and Munaf in if Zaheer is still injured. Else, Zak, Praveen, Sri and Ishant. They will tear up the feeble English batting line-up. Properly analyze it. Pietersen scored when the sun was shining. When it seams around all English batsmen are very very vulnerable. Lets go with an all out pace attack and destroy them in Trent Bridge like we did in 2007!!! C'Mon!!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 26, 2011, 2:47 GMT)

India got the better of umpiring howlers. No wonder BCCI is opposing ball tracking technology when they know very well as proven yesterday that umpires will be unwilling to give out to an LBW appeal when a good batting lineup is in action. Had UDRS with ball tracking technology been used, Indian batting would have folded quicker yesterday.

Posted by jdhogg on (July 26, 2011, 2:27 GMT)

If you look at the team as a whole I think England are far superior. Anderson, Tremlett, Broad & Swann Vs Khan, Kumar, Sharma & Singh. I know which attack I'd rather face. Prior Vs Dhoni (joke), no competition there. Trott Vs Dravid, quite close maybe a draw going by the last 2 years as Trott has better numbers but Dravid is a class act (and 38 now!). Cook Vs Gambhir, Cook everytime. Strauss Vs Mukand, Strauss is better but when Sewhag is back he will win that competition. Sachin Vs Pieterson, Sachin obviously. Laxman Vs Bell, no competition there either, Laxman is so overated. Morgan Vs Raina, Morgan definitely. The way I see it is that at least 7-8 of the English team would walk into India's but maybe only 2-3 would make it into the English team. The other thing is England bat to 9, India to about 6.

Posted by Apurwa047 on (July 26, 2011, 2:19 GMT)

As an Indian fan I think we will show the opponents why we are most talked about in the World for cricket. In 1983 we took One Day Championship, this time, there is a little change of plans. We want both, the One Day and the Test Championship. Its not a matter of hope but a matter of time !

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 2:17 GMT)

The full strength West Indies would have beaten India easily................

Posted by Apurwa047 on (July 26, 2011, 2:17 GMT)

Its like post mortem but it should not be taken as one. Its just an analysis. This is a belief of a fellow Indian fan, just like billions other, that our Team has more character than this to show. This series is an encounter between two top Test teams in the world and the fight is for the first position. This is a battle of honor and England has announced their arrival. They will enter the field in the second Test Match as champions, at least in spirits if not in table. We may not have Zaheer, Sehwag, Gambhir & Tendulkar but it will be time to show that we have Dravid, Laxman, Harbhajan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The likes of these have had their young ages and the next generation has to bridge down the gaps in their class if they want their career any direction. English tours have been good for some and last for most.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 2:14 GMT)

I think team INDIA should not play in England, Australia or South Africa........ They will only lose and be frustated......... they shud play in home soil, flatter track......... coz playing with so many experienced players.............. this result is not looking good for INDIA................. I think India should first try to win in Scotland, Afghanistan . I am sure Ireland have the capability to beat Inida in Irish land...........

Posted by jdhogg on (July 26, 2011, 2:12 GMT)

I think England will win series 3-0 or 3-1. India have some great players, Sachin and Dravid are world class but the rest of them are overated. Dhoni is a joke as a no.7 test batsman and Laxman is not even as good as England's no.7 Prior. They all have great averages but you get that if you play so much in India. All of the Indians batsmen's averages would be reduced by 5-8 runs if they played thier matches in England (apart from Dravid) and then they wouldn't seem so great.

Posted by Apurwa047 on (July 26, 2011, 2:07 GMT)

Having said so,I must admit that it was a delight watching the English pacemen Broad, Temprett and Anderson bowl throughout the Test match. It was a very fine exhibition of swing and fast bowling. Nagging line and length gave sharpness to their armory. While on the other hand it was beautiful to see how Zaheer handled the ball and posed a threat. Over the years, Zaheer has started to command respect which is typical to Wasim Akram, Chaminda Vaas and Glen Mc Grath who really believed in pitching it up and asking the batsmen questions into their defense straightaway. He is shadow more Akram than any one else. Once he walked out of the park the morale of Indian Team was down by miles. Praveen did best to his abilities in first innings and Ishant sparkled in the second but none of them got support from each other or from the other bowlers. The application of pressure was not there and whenever it accumulated, the place of application and the way to demand from the opponents was missing.

Posted by Apurwa047 on (July 26, 2011, 1:49 GMT)

England deserves this victory. They were, without any doubt the better team. They were actually too good for the Indians. There are speculations that the Indian Team suffered because of injuries, fever and fitness problems. The matter of fact is true. The English Team however had all their star players.

But the presence of players is very different from their performance and contributions. The difference between the two teams was that English star players performed according to their reputation while the Indian players concentrated on saving the match. The decision to not bring Ishant Sharma into attack after lunch was incomprehensible. It was unfortunate to loose Zaheer after first day. No bowler in India can replace him. His sublime form was so much visible ! He was a real loss but even then the Indian fielders kept dropping catches. It was very disappointing to see Dravid dropping catches in first slip and that too more than once !

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 1:40 GMT)

Well done the English team!

Posted by redneck on (July 26, 2011, 1:32 GMT)

cracking start for england, the better team in every department in that test! however india do like to start test series sluggish no matter how recent their last series was. england would want to go 2 up in nottingham or it might not get the second win as birmingham and the oval are 2 of the more batting friendly wickets going around in england. @Chapelau mate dont think us aussies are full of excuses the poms smashed us in our own backyard and now we are having a total review of everything cricket australia does as a result of that drubbing! that isnt an excuse but an acceptance of fact! however i have read countless times indians whinging about that sydney test still, 4 years on!!! but dont let that get in the way of bagging us without fact @sirvivfan i think you'll find that pak got whitewashed in aus! they didnt win a single thing! they leveled a 2 test series last year at headingly, but that was before amir and asif got banned. not a chance of repeating that without those 2!

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (July 26, 2011, 1:29 GMT)

England batting against great bowlers -- Ishant..Bhanji and Praveen...Dhoni and Raina. Great bowlers world has seen in recent cricket ...India loss is because of this poor bowling.....both the innings tghey shoud have been restricted to less than 300..KP..Prior and Broad.. greatest Batsman world has seen in this test.. more than Sachin and Dravid..they are not good but because of Indian bowling..

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 1:16 GMT)

well done bys...taught the so called #1 test team some lessons

Posted by Nerk on (July 26, 2011, 1:16 GMT)

Great test match to start a potentially great series. I have no doubt India can pull it back. I do disagree with this 'slow starter' nonsense. Most teams are slow starters in a campaign, but most teams schedule more than one first class fixture before the test. India can only blame themselves for not playing more first class matches before the main result. This is especially true in England where weather, and not teams, are the deciding factor and 1-0 may just be enough for England. HOWEVER, India will come back and England need to keep getting better through the series to stay in front. You never can right off a team that has Tendulkar, Gambhir, Dravid and Laxman! Also, to all those who think Sehwag would have won this match in the 2nd innings, Sehwag has a horrible record in the 2nd innings.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 26, 2011, 1:08 GMT)

@Trioboy, if LBWs are absent batsmen will try to offer the pad at all times to save a game. Your comment does not make sense. BCCI must accept ball tracking technology ASAP.

Posted by yocasi on (July 26, 2011, 0:34 GMT)

India barely squeaked past Windies and from that I knew they weren't going to be able to handle England. Poms have too many weapons and moreover, they are brimful of confidence. I doubt India will be #1 by series end.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 0:28 GMT)

The West Indies could and should have beaten India in the West Indies. Windies did not play to their strength. Fast Kemar Bowler Roach should have played along with Fidel Edwards, Ravi Ramphal

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 23:57 GMT)

i think the number 1 ranked test team will be changed after this series and then would be changed soon after that..... i dont see any team dominating like WI and the Aussies did.... congrats to England on a wonderful display of talent........ goodluck India

Posted by RAJ_MI09 on (July 25, 2011, 23:23 GMT)

I won't make any excuse. I completely agree that England's overall performance was way better than India in this match and they deserve this win. But to me England was not extra ordinary that can't be matched, its just that India were extraordinarily-ordinary may be whatever reason (fitness etc). They didn't perform even 65% of their potential. But I have no doubt that they will make strong comeback as have done so many times in past- they have done it against the likes of Kallis, Amla, Styne, and Morkel not just once but twice at home and away. So no reason they can't do that here, Eng doesn't have a single player to match to each one of these players. Can't wait to see Sehwag comeback.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 23:12 GMT)

Pakistan played way better than India last year in England. they were able to destroy their batting line-up everytime.. India really need to import some fast bowlers cuz their bowlers are way to slow to create any problems for the batsman.

Posted by Meety on (July 25, 2011, 23:10 GMT)

Well done England! They had to win this test as the remaining 3 Tests will be where India will raise their game. Still backing 2 - 1 to England.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 23:09 GMT)

India were hit hard by injuries and illness this test, so don't judge them just yet. Losing Zaheer so early was the key to this match even though India won a very important toss. India will come back strong, with the batting line-up they have and with a full complement of bowlers it is inconceivable that they won't. Habajhan has to go though. What's the point of a spinner who doesn't turn the ball? I expected it of England in the Emburey/Edmonds days, but if an Indian side can't produce a turning spinner there's something very wrong.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 22:56 GMT)

The Indian Team is paying for not sending their star batsmens to the W.I, look who are making the runs....To win Test a match you need to take 20 wickets, I do not think India have the bowling attack to do so..they have a very good batting side on paper...

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 22:55 GMT)

If India are the real No.1 side in the world, they need to beat Australia in Australia - something they haven't been able to do in 64 years, and probably never will. Wins against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and a poor West Indies side paper over the cracks in what is an ageing, slow in the field, scared of DRS bunch. Pray you win the toss & field in Nottingham, otherwise Anderson & Broad will make mince meat of you there, batting 1st up.

Posted by getgopi on (July 25, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

Raina did an outstanding job with the bat. Bring Yuvraj in place of Harbhajan for the next test. He will extend batting and add left-arm slow bowling. I would have loved to see how the left-arm RP Singh would have done in these (usually) bouncy English wickets.

Posted by Ravs1504 on (July 25, 2011, 22:47 GMT)

Congrats to England for win ... there is more to the series and i think forthcoming matches would be much tighter.. India do need to regain composure and not read too much into the loss. People who are jumping up and down about questioning the number 1 status should wait till the series is over..Personally i dont' care about ranking as long as india paly good allround cricket..India have done consistently well over few years.. they might not have been as ruthless as what Australia used to be but hey they also dont' sledge...No doubt that this match England played better cricket then but its not the end of the world for India. India were seriously hampered by the lack of bowling resources..lets draw conclusion at the end of series....

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 22:47 GMT)

Without Sehwag's destructive batting which demoralises opposing bowlers and which gives the other Indian batsmen a platform to build on, you see what happens? And why is Harbhajan still being seen as a strike bowler? So until Sehwag's return and Harbhajan's departure, India could get the humiliation of its life in this series.

Posted by Trioboy on (July 25, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

Absence of DRS for LBWs couldn't save the Indians this time. May be they should ban LBWs? English bowling was too good to crumble the No 1 Test team. SRT was totally clueless facing the pace attack. No lords glory for him I suppose. It was the weakest batting and bowling performance I've seen by a no 1 team. Great performance by Englishmen.

Posted by Snesible on (July 25, 2011, 22:39 GMT)

ha ha ha, sehwag is a bazooka, he might be a very successful player when you check his average and strike rates, but sehwag never played quality bowling on quality pitches.what happened to him in SA, v fans are the one who makes good players like bhajji and sehwag feel they are the greatest.these players are just plain lucky to be playing in an era where most of the teams have fallen off in quality

Posted by PAK_TIGERS on (July 25, 2011, 22:37 GMT)

It is hillarious reading some of the INDIAN FANs comments. Dude you lost, I know this TEST was not in your home ground otherwise you would of win it, that is why your ranking is so high. England was fabioulas, OUTSTANDING game, Batting was awsome I thikn the key factor was Prior and Broad partnership, that make them very aggressive . Job well done and keep it up.

Posted by sirvivfan on (July 25, 2011, 22:25 GMT)

There is no doubt India will improve, but England will remain dominant and should win 3-0 weather permitting! Remember England batted in bowler friendly conditions and India batted on warm sunny conditions! This Indian side is only capable of winning at home, they were lucky to get away in South Africa as they won crucial toss on bowler friendly conditions? Australia are on the way down well before they were beaten by England, they lost 2 matches to Pakistan one at home and the other in England. The raking is not accurate as it is historical performance. Riaz

Posted by brittop on (July 25, 2011, 22:23 GMT)

Come on Indian fans - you have a very good team. Just because you lose a match doesn't make that untrue. I do wonder if there is a problem with India's preparation for test series, hence their reputation as slow starters. I reckon England are also a very good team, and thus this will be an excellent series. I see no reason to doubt that, disagreeing with those who think this test was not very good. England had to fight hard to get a good first innings score. Maybe India could have bowled a bit better and would have done better if Zaheer didn't get injured (both signs of under preparation?). Then they had to bowl well to get that lead. Then India showed their quality by coming right back into it on day 4. However, England then showed their quality by getting out of the situation. England had to bowl excellently day 5 to win the match. India did not capitulate - most of the batsmen faced a lot of deliveries. Yes they made some mistakes, but that happens. Series still close!

Posted by jr1972 on (July 25, 2011, 22:23 GMT)

Well done England. India had a tough time in this match for many reasons, the biggest being that they were well and truely outplayed by a very good side. Justice prevailed with the 2nd LBW for SRT. Can you imagine the furor and debate if Sachin had gone on to make a big century and saved the test for India. As for all the excuses etc., what goes around comes around.

Posted by ashes61 on (July 25, 2011, 22:22 GMT)

Some sporting congratulatory remarks here from Indian fans, which are welcome. Thanks. It's very true that Zaheer's injury was a serious blow when he was bowling so well & a pity that Sachin was ill. However, the physical condition of some Indian players was a shock to me & they will hardly regain adequate Test fitness in a few days. Fielding is vital but they seemed uninterested! Also suggests lack of team spirit. One or two IND batsmen got some useful time in the middle & Sharma's spell yesterday was very good, but ENG's batting is not likely to wobble so badly again & they certainly won't drop so many catches, nowadays their strong point. Now that Broad is no longer a passenger (why did it take so long for the penny to drop - we were always told he was a quick learner!) the strong ENG bowling of the last 2 years will go up another notch. India is paying the price for it's unwise obsession with T20. Although heavy, I expect this defeat to be the closest result of the four Tests.

Posted by lokeshjb on (July 25, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

I am a die hard Indian supporter but have to agree that England were superior in all aspects in this test.

Good work Strauss and Dhoni ...I am sure we will be back with better attacj in second game.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (July 25, 2011, 22:13 GMT)

Why didn't Dhoni try to call the game off when they still had 7 wickets in hand like they did in Domenica? Love it.

Posted by Midonoff on (July 25, 2011, 22:10 GMT)

When India played West Indies last month, just managed a 1-0 test win and was suppose to dish out a 3-0 drubbing, as the no.1 test team. Well for me No.1 test team in the world is up for grabs because no team dominating at the moment as how West Indies and Australia did in the past. There is too of India is slow starters, is not every time they will be able to claw back into a game.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 22:07 GMT)

There are many people here who are questioning the #1 status that India is enjoying right now..1 test match shud not decide da no.1 ranked team in da world... but i think India thoroughly deserves the no. 1 spot...i agree that their performance was dismal in this test match..but we souldnt write dem off..dis series is still alive but da advantage has been conceded to England...(pls remember da last SA tour)..

As 4 me...harbhajan shud be dropped....he is ineffective now..india shud replace mukund with yuvraj and dravid shud b askd to open...yuvraj can b a handy bowler..n s for mukund..he is a gud player bt not complete enough..expecting him 2 fire in english conditions is 2 much of an expectation..(he gets anxious in his 40s!!!)..

2 many people are overrating England here merely on their performances @ home and in the last ashes..Can they do da same thing 2 India in india???? the answer is obviously not..they wud b whitewashed in india jus like australia last yr..

Posted by pom_don on (July 25, 2011, 22:06 GMT)

I think India will struggle in the series, England have a long list of superb bowlers in case of any injuries & in all formats, spin, pace & swing they have good stand in keepers & batters too,they seem to have really 'clicked' & have all bases covered.....rooting for an England win.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (July 25, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

What a game. England proved again that they are best in Test cricket. They made the test history more memorable by winning the 2000th Test. I'm very happy.

Posted by AKG0479 on (July 25, 2011, 21:43 GMT)

Yes India (in fact my team) needs to change their performance in the tour starting matches. No. 1 team has to be No. 1. Home or away, with or w/o Top players. Injuries are always lame excuses. Indian batsmen still panic in the first few sessions of the away matches. I do not think this English team is better than the top AUS or SA team which we fought with and beat. I am a die hard SRT fan, but was disappointed with him not utilising the twin opportunities. Our top 4-5 batsmen need to score at least 350-400 in either of the innings. England sure deserves appreciation and congratulations. But I feel India will come back. Expecting a nail biting test matches in the rest of the series.

Posted by shace on (July 25, 2011, 21:42 GMT)

Common india when you loose try to learn from mistakes..rather than finding excuses such as injuries and viral flu...etc my opinion india is over rated as number one test team in the world...

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 21:42 GMT)

India are a team that prove being no.1 doesnt necessarily mean you are best.they are weak and depend too heavily on the"'LITTLE MASTER".THEY ARE NO MATCH FOR A FAR BETTER UNIT LIKE ENGLAND.THEY GOT TOTALLY OUTPLAYED

Posted by Chapelau on (July 25, 2011, 21:40 GMT)

@khiladisher - excuses excuses - yawn! Face it England thrashed India convincingly iin 4 days of actual play which would have been 3.5 days except for Dhoni's time wasting and the painfully slow over rate. I expect England to win at Trent Bridge and then India to scrape draws in the final two tests. Overall - 2-0 England - who will be the new world champs.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 21:36 GMT)

India has no excuse of their batters failing. bring Kohli and Yuvi in. There are better spinners in India. Ashwin mishra Oja etc

Posted by Finn92 on (July 25, 2011, 21:34 GMT)

India were thoroughly outplayed but there's a long way to go in the series but I would say that your bowlers really need to improve, your batsman will never be the problem for you as you have so many blessed with greatness but your bowlers look like they could struggle to take 20 wickets consistently. Also as for any English fans suggesting that we are number one in the world our only downfall is our performances in the sub continent however we can address that this winter with tours against Pakistan and Sri Lanka and India the following winter. However we look favourites so far but India do have a knack for bouncing back so we will need to put in a great effort to win the series

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 21:30 GMT)

Indian fans making excuses! Bottom line is you lost... by a lot! And i don't think Indias bowling attack can take 20 wickets against England! 4 - 0 to England!

Posted by QTS_ on (July 25, 2011, 21:28 GMT)

Harbhajan's ineffective bowling left the Indian bowling to the two pacemen. Sreeshanth could replace Zaheer Khan, but who is going to replace Harbhajan? This could mean that India will be left with an incomplete bowling attack for the rest of the series. Only Lillee and Thomson can produce a Test win with two bowlers.

Posted by ben.pullan13 on (July 25, 2011, 21:28 GMT)

There is no foreseeable way that India can possibly win this series in England, against England. England have a better bowling attack, a batting line-up more suited to English conditions, and an infinitely more athletic fielding outfit to the Indians.

Add to this a better captain, and a better team infrastructure (psychologists, fitness coaches, physios etc) and it becomes very obvious why England are the best side in the world, and will take their rightful no 1 spot in the rankings in August!

Posted by Chapelau on (July 25, 2011, 21:28 GMT)

@sunilob - England can't take this kind of performance away from home ???? where were you when England demolished the ozzies with three innings victories IN Australia? I didn't think Indian fans were as full of excuses as Ozzies but I am beginning to wonder after these comments. England batted in the toughest conditions and still made nearly 500 - lets see what happens in the third test when Viru and Zak are back facing a rampant England 2-0 up in the series - should be great entertainment!

Posted by Stark62 on (July 25, 2011, 21:28 GMT)

Like Andrew Flintoff said "If Zaheer doesn't come back on the field then, the no. 1 spot is gone" or something along those lines.

I completely agree with that comment and Ishant only got his wickets today because Eng were looking to score quickly.

The hopes of Ind's no. 1 spot is on the shoulder of Zaheer!!!!

Posted by prarx005 on (July 25, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

@Paul Rone-Clarke - You say: ". If they had batted first on the Thursday "green top" I don't think they would have made 120 in their first innings. Likewise Englands poor catching and some very lucky (and incorrect) LBW decisions that went Indias way saved the visitors further embarrasment. " May be. I say: If Zaheer, Sachin and Gautam were fit India would have humiliated England. May be? My friend, accept reality. Reality is india lost and England was superior to India. And the reality is that it is cricket and nothing is predictable.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 21:13 GMT)

England is there where they supposed to be, no one can condemn their victory, England test team ideally in front, after winning ashes they proved about that, they got depth of batsmen who can play any condition, an also classy bowlers. We all know Indians are cricket devotees, so don't take serious guys what they say, they just make up their broken hearts.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 21:13 GMT)

no 1 batting line up was evaded for nothing lankans face tougher conditions with rain except at loards.when ball is swinging a mile..they did well to over come the situation to draw two tests.in these conditions they indian batting order shd hv done better..after all indians position in no1 test ranking it s just words....itsn't abt wining at least to save a test....

Posted by suprabadh on (July 25, 2011, 21:12 GMT)

In-effective and in-difference in performance by Indians. In every part of the game Indians were out-shined by Englishmen. Dhoni as a captain fails to motive his bowlers and especially early loss of Zahir has taken away the match from Indians. What to say about Indians? Their ground fielding, ability to with stand the gentle pace of attack of English bowlers, concentration and will-power to do something for the country, all vanished in this match. It is indeed shame on the part of Dhoni not using his brain at vulnerable stages of the game. Captaincy can be revealed only when using available resources at right time and at right place. LET THIS BE A LESSON TO HIM AND PONDER OVER FOR LAPSES AND IMPROVE.

Posted by 200ondebut on (July 25, 2011, 21:11 GMT)

Good result for Eng but they should not get carried away (nor should their fans). India a good side but just didn't turn up and were unlucky with injury to Zaheer. Hopefully it will be an exciting series with both sides playing at their full potential. If so predict a narrow England series victory but not enough to get them to No 1.

Posted by CRICK3TCR4ZY on (July 25, 2011, 21:06 GMT)

@DILANZ51.... your comment dont make no sense whatsoever. First you said "Sachin only cares about his milestone" and then you said" he was blocking all the deliveries"...... if he would only care about his milestone, he would have played shots all around the ground and not block deliveries......and ohh yea the biggest blunder of ur comment is "Sachin is not a match winner"???? really?????where have you been for last 21 years??????

Posted by Pritt32 on (July 25, 2011, 21:04 GMT)

The better team won on the day. England truly deserve their victory against a below the par Indian team. I can appreciate the Indians have not settled yet and still injury scares. It is huge blow to have your no 1 bowler absence Zaheer Khan and no 1 batman Sachin not fully fit. On top of that, a world class opening batmen Sehwag and Gambhir nursing injuries. In the end of the day, England outplayed India in all departments of the game. I hope the Indian team can raise their game. Anderson and Broad prove they can be a destructive bowling attack against quality batting attacks. England's seam attack outsmarted a powerful Indian batting attack. The batmen should be faulted for poor shot selection as Laxman,Dravid and Baji are gulity culprits. Indian team could not finish a job when they had England reeling at 65-5. There were glimpses of resilient from the world champion. There is still lot of cricket to play.

Posted by unclelen on (July 25, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

What a lot of people seem to have overlooked here is that this was a magnificent,enthralling TEST match. No Twenty/20 could compete. It was a fine way to celebrate the 2000 Test landmark and a great advert for the game,the true game.

Posted by roxap on (July 25, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

indian strength is there batting, and look they were not able to score 300 in both innings, and english did well in batting and bowling, they hav gain this no 1 status by wiinning test matches against SL and in there own backyard, where they make perfect flat tracks with spin on last three days thats how harbhajan has got 400 wkts,

Posted by Deepfreezed on (July 25, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

this clearly shows that Indians are flat track bullies and English are green top bullies. Neither team is well rounded to be Ranked #1 or #2.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 21:01 GMT)

Best wicket in the series for India by far , and they still lost.It is going to be harder for them in the next three.This is the reason they should have more bouncy pitches at home,if not to play but atleast to practise.None of them can play the bouncy ball except Sachin and Dravid.If either of them score they are going to loose , and loose bad.I think they would be a good side in subcontinent, but a very ordinary team in Good pitches.But Praveen Kumar is very impressive.He is going to be a fine bowler,Swing both ways

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 21:01 GMT)

Minus Zaheer and Sehwag this team will continue to wobble. Despite poor umpiring Eangland manged to win by contributions from all excepting Morgan.Excepting, Dravid and Raina in batting and Sharma and Praveen in bowling rest were ordinary

Posted by Ashique129 on (July 25, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

To Shan156 and tigers_eye, it may not be wise to compare matches played in different times by different teams or trusting the statistics of past performances too much; both may bring meaningless arguments over apple vs. orange. The way England bowled, batted and used the conditions and hung in there when the going got tough was really impressive and is hard to match. If England continues this way for the next 3 tests, India will have to bring out miraculous bowling efforts to take 20 wickets. I am awaiting a great fightback from India (as the Englishmen are still 'grounded' and looking ahead to the next 3, it may not be as easy as it seems on paper). The lack of preparation of the Indian batsmen may hurt them further as the swinging conditions at other venues may not be of their liking at all.

Posted by RajVVSardentfan on (July 25, 2011, 20:56 GMT)

Methinks that India should make only one change for the second test and bring yuvaraj in place of Harbhajan. Yuvaraj can bowl much better that Bhajji given the fact that bhajji has been awful lately. Good luck India

Posted by unclelen on (July 25, 2011, 20:56 GMT)

@Sunil. England can't play like this when they are at home? I presume you missed the last Ashes series then?

Posted by RichAbIan on (July 25, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

Today's efforts show that India are vulnerable to the moving ball. The same thing happened in India's tour of SouthArica where in the 1st test match, damp conditions made the ball swing a lot and India fell cheaply. But in the next two matches in flat tracks they flourished. They are essentially flat track bullies. I'd like them to play in the Cardiff pitch under heavy whether and damp conditions like the Srilankans did when they lost their first test match.

Posted by Hparmar069 on (July 25, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

Congrats to england ! As a fan of the indian team I wud like to say that the their off beat performace was expected. Just because ur the no. 1 side doent men any thing. Especially in cricket. So many things like attitude, momentum, crowd, pitch etc also hold importance. England today claims one of the finest bowling attacks of this decade. they were bound to destroy indias lethal batsmen. Even with sehwag in the team, i think the result wudve been the same. Having said that, record proves india has a bad start. However It has adapted to every conditions around the globe. India, majority of the times, loses its first game whether its test or one day. England has already sent out a strong message tht they can topple the indian batting line up. More than doubting indias abilities, Englands strength ( long overdue) should be admired. for those who say india only wins at home check ur records in the recent past, its only a click away. England barely wins abroad (except AUS in2010)

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 25, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

Good bowling and fielding by england in the two india innings was the main difference between the two teams. Yes India Lost Zaheer, but he really shouldnt have been playing, it was obvious he wasnt match fit after Taunton. SRT was feeling under the weather, and Gambir got in the way of a full blooded shot. Trent Bridge is another game and England wont be resting on thier Laurals they'll be looking to win. The main worry for england is Tremlett but with Bresnan in the squad and Finn a phone call away theres plenty of backup. All in all it was a good game and India blinked first when they took the foot off the gas when england were 62-5, 2 more quick wickets would have put the game firmly in reach of India, instead England got anther 200 runs for 1 wicket.

Posted by pom_don on (July 25, 2011, 20:43 GMT)

Excuses,excuses, excuses......when will the Indian fans realise that they were simply not in the same league at this test Zaheer if he had a higher level of fitness before the start would probably not have suffered the injury, in fact general fitness levels of the Inians is quite poor, expect things to get worse for them as the series progresses. They were very lucky not to have been skittled out for a lot less having a few difficult drops plus a couple of easier ones & a few bad umpire decisions.....& don't forget they had by far the best conditions to bowl in......must speak volumes if Broad can score 70+ & Sachin only survived for 12 & he should not have got that far with a few dodgy decisions by the umpire. Get setting yourselves for a slide down the world rankings India I think you have had your best days & you will be the EX best team in the world.

Posted by Indian_Cric8_Fan on (July 25, 2011, 20:42 GMT)

Viru's absence hurt more than anything else..If he was there, Eng would not have achieved this much lead on the first place, nor their bowlers would have got pumped up. Let him come and you will see how Honest my comment is.....he is Bazooka among all these 22 pistols played the 1st game..;)

Posted by Snesible on (July 25, 2011, 20:42 GMT)

I think 'turbanotar' should be sent back to domestic cricket to prove himself, there is no point of trying to defend himself saying that he is playing too many 1 day 20-20. Get back to domestic cricket prove urself and comeback better, Indian team is not the place for someone to gain confidence and class(Who has failed to justify his place in the team for atleast last 2 years).not with a team which is No 1 in the world

Posted by sam_the_man on (July 25, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

India is too much bogged down in giving farewell to older players in this series than winning. They got the deserved results. Good young players are waiting in sideline. Sri Lanka played much more confidently against the same English attack. Also India needs another bowler/allrounder. Dhoni's bowling is pretty ordinary, so he should stick to keeping. Middle of a series is not the time to experiment with part-time bowlers. Planning and back-up planning should have been done earlier. Also Indian players seems both physically and mentally fragile. Breaking apart at crucial moments of the game. Indian team number 1 ranking will not last too long.

Posted by jaychand21 on (July 25, 2011, 20:37 GMT)

Well done,England!Glad to see all our subcontinental friends are out in full force trashing India;Have something to celebrate after getting trashed by Indians in the world cup,eh?Guys,it was just one test;let's wait for the series to finish before sitting in judgement on this Indian team,We have seen them come back quite a lot in the recent past after losing a test-So wait before you get the champagne out.

Posted by TRAM on (July 25, 2011, 20:36 GMT)

Forget the match result. Did ANY Indian batsman play comfortably? Absolutely not. So many beaten deliveries. From whatever I can see Mukund was the only batsman who gotten beaten very few times - about twice totally. Every one else got beaten 10-20 times, got lives (catches dropped or umpire poor decision). All the Indian batting 'great's showed how pathetic they are. But guess what, the 'great commentators' (Gavaskar esp) has spoiled the one player (Mukund) who played so well, by bad mouthing about his technique, and has laid the foundation for dropping Mukund as well. Pathetic Indian batting and pathetic Indian cricket-politics!

Posted by gothetaniwha on (July 25, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

India was outclassed by England .They had the better of the bowling conditions esp on first day and there bowling attack was found wanting ,this could be 3 /0 or even 4/0 to England , its hard for me to say this but England are by far the best team in world cricket .

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (July 25, 2011, 20:19 GMT)

For those who bragged for last 3 months can now turn off TV . England dominated against an overrated team.

Posted by dhchdh on (July 25, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

guys lets get a handle on things...india were virtually half strength in this match, being no. 1 takes a lot of time & effort. Lets not get carried away...there a still 2 matches to go

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 20:17 GMT)

England No 1! Believe it. India good at home. They are better away than they were but still a long way to go. Not to mention that they are already on the decline. Live it up now as you will not be top by the end of this series. All the big players are drifting/injured.

Posted by Zigor on (July 25, 2011, 20:15 GMT)

I hope that every person who is writing off the Indian team today should come back after the series.I have no doubt that India will win the series. England has woken up the tigers. Mark my words ! BTW I am a neutral fan.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 20:15 GMT)

I was online with Match from first ball........... really i saw a Good cricket Match WELDONE ENGLAND - hope u do it once again and get fist position in test cricket

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 20:14 GMT)

As an Indian..we got defeated by a big margin. we accept the loss as it is, and we hope to do better in the next test. 1. Harbajan is a failure. ( Replace with Ashwin / Misra 2. Ill fit players , whats wrong with Gambir, Zaheer, Sachin 3. Poor bowling effort ( Cant do anything right now )

Raina & Mukund showed strength.

we can bring in Yuvi instead of Gambir.

My XI : Sachin Mukund Dravid Raina Laxman Yuvi


Praveen Ishant Ashwin/Mishra Zaheer

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

@DazTaylor : umm do you think Gautam Gambhir being out to Swann once will set the trend for this series ? I don't think so. India have always been slow starters.. And it is not new wheneve England win a single match, they feel they've conquered the world of cricket. Not true. This is not to say England didn't play well though. They were the better team in this test. But too early to draw a conclusion. The series is still young !!

Posted by nits_indian on (July 25, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

It was no doubt a stellar performance from england and they totally deserved to win. But Indians did come out of this match with their heads held high. Without our best guys playing at their fittest, it was always going to be an uphill task, but they did not give in without a fight and that counts for a lot when the RANKING is questioned. Every loss should not be taken as an excuse to call for their heads. Its a 4 match series and there is ample time for them to show, as to why they are at the top. And if people argue that india has the top ranking because of the home advantage, well what would they say if england manages to go at the top this series after beating Sri Lanka at home too? PLEASE GET OVER THIS FAKE #1 DEBATE. Indians have worked hard to reach where they are now and they THOROUGHLY DESERVE it! Its for England to topple them and not India to give it away!

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

half of the indian players were injured. next test india is gonna blow england out of the water.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

Slow starters??? 70% of this team were playing tests less than 2 weeks before in WI? Unlucky India? Won the toss on a green top, get lucky with umpiring decisions and benefit from butter finger English slip catchers. Injured players? So what? That happens to all teams. If rely on old men to open the bowling and provide your runs that's the risk you take. Old men get injured and ill. If you can't live with that then drop Zak and Tendulkar. You pick old players you take a risk - expect injuries and decreased levels of fitness. Don't whinge about it though. Take your defeat graciously...and expect more

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

What a lame post match speech by Dhoni. H ewas hiding behind Zaheer while if you analyze match deeply you would come to know that India lost the match in first inning while batting. They could not score even 300 on a flat pitch and there was no batting order problem in the first inning either. One has to be a brave captain and admit the loss. It is crystal clear that England were better in every department except a couple of drops from Strauss and even some umpiring decisions also went in the favour of India. So stand up and admit that Indian batsmen were poor except Rahul Dravid and thats where you lost the match.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

There are lots of ifs n buts here. If Zaheer was fit or Tendulkar n Gambhir have batted on their number or they were fully fit. The bottom line is India got beaten by a better, balanced, extremely fit, ruthless and a professional side. Although it was a first test match of the series and hope and expect a good contest but i do not see any major Indian threat as this Indian side though has so many runs but have so much age too, on any day a key out of top 4 runs guns is bound to get sick or unfit. India lack quality quick/seaming bowler who can exploit these English conditions. Look at English quicks !!! You don have to rely on only one unlike Zaheer who is bowling God for India !!!!!

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

india should bring Ashwin and Irfan instead of Baji.

Posted by Shan156 on (July 25, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

@tigers_eye, India may have lost at Lord's and Bangla may have suffered, according to you, a "more honorable" defeat and SL may have drawn but that doesn't, in any way, cast doubts on India's #1 ranking. KP summed it up well today in his post-match interview - Indians are sluggish starters but are not ranked #1 for nothing. They are the best team in the world but not by much. No other team has the sort of record they have in recent years - they have not lost a home series in 7 years and not lost a series anywhere for 3 years. SA lost their last home series to Australia and drew their previous home series against England and India. England lost their last home series against India and SA and lost to the Windies, of all teams, away. Australia are rebuilding and Lanka have a pop gun attack after Murali's retirement.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 19:58 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs: there was same lbw decisions that was not given out for praveen kumar, twice and one for inshanth. the commentators told the ball was pitching out the line. and the same in these decisions too my friend.

Posted by Patchmaster on (July 25, 2011, 19:58 GMT)

India were lucky to get that far in the game, they were simply outclassed by numerous ENG players - massive congrats to ENG !

Posted by DazTaylor on (July 25, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

@Qdty Cook a passenger?!?!?! Where have you been for the last year? Gautam can play Swann all day? Really? Why didn't he today then instead of getting out LBW to, er, Swann for a low score? Your comments prove point 1 of Craigdrm's post. At least lose with grace.

Posted by dilanz51 on (July 25, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

This must be embarassing for the Indians so called the no 1 test team beaten like this.I can only say that India win matches when they play at home and when they play abroad they play like Zimbabwe.

By the way what was Sachin thinking blocking deliveries like that. People should realize that he is never a match winner.Whenever the team needs him the most he lets the team down. I think he is more concerned about his personal milestones than the team.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

Congrats to England....But I have to say, Indian batting should have done better, considering the amount of talent nd runs they share....England got into a winning position in the match because India did not have enough bowling options...Losing Zaheer on day one was a big blow....Losing a bowler on day one of a test match is always tricky, let alone Zak....U cud c what happened in both the innings...Indian bowlers wer drained of energy nd then england went for an onslaught!!!! 4 completely Fit regular bowlers..nd England would not have managed this easy win...from 62/5, Eng would not have reached der to a lead of even 350, if India had 4 full time bowlers operating!!!! Common guys Be realistic...All our batsmen look in tuch...common guys step on the gas..nd give england a run for there money!!! Viru come back....if he was der..they wud not have declared even at 500!! :P

@Cricinfo team: Pls post this one atleast!!! I have been commenting almost on all paages but nothin posted yet! :(

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

faysal654321, NO need for high emotions. England played well in their home while they cant take this performance if they play out of their home. for your information Indians are winning series playing abroad than any other country. and that's why they are no.01 team. Also Indians are slow starters, you will see who win the series. watch out man for the rest of the matches.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

Sometimes even winners are unlucky and losers more lucky..India were lucky to come out with just a modest loss. If they had batted first on the Thursday "green top" I don't think they would have made 120 in their first innings. Likewise Englands poor catching and some very lucky (and incorrect) LBW decisions that went Indias way saved the visitors further embarrasment. England were at 90% with butter fingers and poor umpires againt them in this match. When they turn up and have a "lucky" day to balance this out Indias team of wayward seamers, inneffective spinners and geriatric batsmen will be demolished

Posted by khiladisher on (July 25, 2011, 19:49 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

Baji's attacking was the major failure. if it wont work for baji then there is no use of him in the side. but even in this pitch comparing the spinners swann was more effective. and in before him baji was zero.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (July 25, 2011, 19:46 GMT)

Kudos to this English team for a great performance. They excelled in all departments of the game. I dont want to hear any excuses from the team or from my fellow Indians as we were beaten fair and square. Indias bowling was very bad except for one period of good session by Ishant. Pretty ordinary shots from Dravid, VVS, and MSD in the second innings. Mukund has shown lot of promise but still has a major technical flaw (big gap btwn bat abd pad) which needs to be addressed immideately. This will be along series for India and I am sure by the end of it Eng will be #1 test team and deservingly so. They have been playing phenomenal cricket for the last 2 years. I hope India can fight back like they did in SA.

Posted by khiladisher on (July 25, 2011, 19:45 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

we shud have fully fit 11 players instead of half fit legends....thats the fact n i think our captain knws this very well...so see u england on 29th...till then celebrate ur victory

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

its very important for india to have an all-rounder like irfan pathan who can swing the ball very well in lords pitch. india should have played a 4th pace bowler and that cost for india, esp. when zaheer was out of field then everything became easy for england. its time up for the players to be fit and play for country and to reduce the ipl matches if they truly love playing for the country. otherwise they should withdraw from the team totally. if you see the players who played in west indies played here very well in batting dept. all other players who took a long break is failure. so they have to be more dedicated towards the country than after the money.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (July 25, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

@hurrican, your players that are "post retirement phase" are the only players that are bolstering your team up.... take out laxman, and dravid from this match and you would have lost by an innings Good win for England... Was getting doubts if they would win with the laxman/raina partnership and was extremely upset when that plumb lbw from broad to raina was given down. Tendulkar also had a plumb lbw that was turned down by billy bowden.... It seems that somehow the Indians actually do benefit from not having the proper UDRS system.....

Posted by nijoseph on (July 25, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

BCCI made Duncan Fletcher coach of team India thinking he has vast experience of coaching the English team and this experience would help India to win in England.

At last it is proved beyond doubt that it was a very very stupid decision by BCCI.

Posted by antophil on (July 25, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

Before this test, there was a heavy hype on Tendulkar's 100th international century and his first century in Lord's, and what happened is Mr. Tendulkar scored just 46 runs altogether (34+12=46) in 2 innings. The "no:1 test side "India lost for a whopping 196 runs, this will happen to any team if it harbors an individual record-seeking player. I bet this Tendulkar will retire the next day when he scores his 100th international century altogether in both formats of the game, why because his "ultimate mission" is accomplished.

Posted by Raja_naveed_khan on (July 25, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

Thats what happens when you get use to of scoring thousands of runs of dead wickets, so called strongest batting line up could not score more than 300 in both innings where England declared in both innings.this has happen so many times wenever they play abroad

Posted by tigers_eye on (July 25, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

India's performance at Lords: 286 and 261. Lost by 196 runs. With England declaring twice.

BD's performance at Lords last year: 282 and 382. Lost by 8 wickets. No declaration by England.

SL's performance at Lords last month: 479 and 127/3. Match Drawn. Fake #1.

Posted by bumsonseats on (July 25, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

i think as a unit iv not seen england bowl better and iv watched test cricket for over 40 years. the bowler who was under the most pressure, stuart broad bowled better in both innings, than any other bowler in the match. how billy bowden did not give the 2 lbw to him god knows.the 5th day pitch of a lord test is the flattest of flat. hope to move on to the 2 wickets that may suit us notts and edgbaston.dpk

Posted by sam_the_man on (July 25, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

Indian Test team is over inflated. Sri Lanka played much better against England. Well deserved win for England.

Posted by faysal654321 on (July 25, 2011, 19:24 GMT)

how can India is number 1 in test ranking. Such a team is that can only win series when they play in home ground. i think India win WC 2011 because they get home ground facilities. otherwise they can not win the WC 2011. In this series they can highest able to draw. if they win, then i agree this team is no 1 in test ranking. otherwise ICC need to change the ranking rules. i like to get comments from indian supporters.

Posted by Qdzy on (July 25, 2011, 19:23 GMT)

England are not invincible though, there are several players who have been passengers in this match, Cook, Morgan and Strauss. Gautam can play Swann all day, reminiscent of Hussey during the Ashes, Tendulkar and Dravid can bully Broad, Tremlett & Anderson easy. This series is still very young and this win is very deceiving for England.

Posted by wolf777 on (July 25, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

Going in the match with only 3 fast bowlers cost India this test match. The position of the sixth batsmen should be filled by someone like Irfan Pathan who could take over the load in the bowling department in the situation when one of the bowler gets injured. Had Indian bowlers been fit, the England would not been able to put up a good first inning score. England was let off in the second inning once again when Indians were out of bowlers. In this scenario, India would have been chasing a much smaller victory target as oppose to playing to save that match. Hope India take a lesson from the failed four bowlers strategy and go in with four bowlers plus an allrounder in future.

Posted by Hurricane08 on (July 25, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

Not much should be expected of a team half of which is post retirement age. And these are the players India is counting on the most. They tend to get sick or injured at the drop of a hat. Some have to be hidden in the slips since they are too old to field. India have their task cut out, but judging by where the team is, this is going to be Dhoni's waterloo. The opening pair is too weak and Dravid and Laxman the only pillars of the middle order. England have 3 seamers in top form. India have just one on any given day. The fact that our wicket keeper had to chip in shows the state of our bowling attack. India have their work cut out and so does Fletcher. Fitness is the key. The oldies, Tendulkar included need to be played in games where the series has already been decided. High time for the transition for the 5 day side as well.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

i'm happy for england. They look dominent as never before. India, well, they should know that LUCK does not last for ever.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 25, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

Round 1 to England. Congrats. They deserved it. India went in with 3 bowlers essentially. So, don't count us out. Still three matches to go. India knows how to tackle these kind of situations in a series. I'm banking on Gambhir, Dravid, VVS and Raina. Trent Bridge is going to be set on fire by these four batsmen. Agreed. England have a very good bowling attack. But hey, don't get over cofident yet. You will see our bowling fire power in for the rest of the series. You already saw it in the second inning. Imagine if there was Zaheer or Sreesanth or if Dhoni made Ishant bowl instead of sending Ishant to the media and make him talk nonsense to save his own skin. Round 2 will be India. Cheers...

Posted by Qdzy on (July 25, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

As long as India don't have their quality seamer, they cannot win this series - without Zaheer the attack has nothing to offer, they failed to cash on the first 3 sessions of play on Day 1, a passage of play that could've won them the match.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 19:07 GMT)

Many congratulations to England on a victory well earned. But before anyone gets down to criticise the Indian boys, tarry a while. England would have probably met a worse fate on a Chennai/Kanpur turner with Swan injured in the course of the match and with Bell and Peterson injured in the second innings. before criticising think what if Zaheer had remained fit. That takes nothing away from the English. But its an appeal to my fellow Indian fans to see the positives. Do we not, for the first time in many many years have a settled fast bowling attack? Even if Zaheer isnt fit, we have Sreesanth. Remember South Africa? And SA has a great batting line up too!

Posted by kazimusman on (July 25, 2011, 19:05 GMT)

Sorry to say buit india dont have quality bowlers, except zaheer khan they they dont have anyother world class bowler. they heavily rely on legendary batsman like sachin and dravid, but u have to be good in every department if u really want to be number 1 for a long time... England is very impressive and they really deserve to be number 1, cause they beat ausis in australia, then they won a series against srilanka and now they outclass india in the first test match...well done englishmen! and indians Best of luck for coming matches...I hope u will bounce back...

Posted by cricchic on (July 25, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

I love this English Team, usually their wins are most time team efforts...and not 1 or 2 super heroes...Good game, hope to see Zaheer Khan and Sachin..fit and ready for the next game, and if England wins..well there will be no excuses..as I am sure Indian some fans will use some excuses for their lost of the 1st Test...cheers...

Posted by MijanurRahman on (July 25, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

Let BCCI help arrange more and more IPL, India will be an underdog in Tests in no time. The loss is just a necessary reflex action. Let BCCI help arrange more and more IPL, India will be an underdog in Tests in no time. The loss is just a necessary reflex action.

Posted by Rakim on (July 25, 2011, 19:00 GMT)

Zaheer or no Zaheer, England dominated and would've dominated India.

Great innings from Dravid and Pietersen/Prior.

I'm really excited with 2nd test. And I really hope India don't change their team for next test. (Suresh Raina>Yuvraj Singh)

Posted by MeraBharatMahaan on (July 25, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

I don't know why Dhoni is not saying anything about the umpiring decisions which went against England??? It's an irony that he went hammer and tongs when decisions went against India in WI.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

India is lucky to play majority tests in Indian soil. If not for playing in India, ranking would tank to at least 3 or 4.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

India is paying the price for poor team selection ! Where the hell are all the english county experienced bowlers like R.PSingh and Murli kartik ! I can guarantee that India will miss them a lot !!! Seriously....Patel and Misra in the Squad ?? Pragyan Ojha should have been preffered over Misra ? Rest Zaheer for the next match. Next test I believe Sreesanth should be given a chance because he keeps the seem of the ball Upstraight and I am sure he will get a lot of swing ! Yuvraj should play the nxt match in place of mukund or gambhir(if rested due to his injury) this will provide India an extra left arm spinner and a quality batsman. Dravid should open in nxt one(i know this sounds weird but it will help India) !!!!

Posted by AjaySridharan on (July 25, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

While in the end England prevailed, I would say the quality of the play was sub-par and didn't live up to the hype of two of the top teams competing. Too many dropped catches, one team hanging in with injured players, the famed batting line up crumbling twice...but for the odd collapse Eng had in their second innings, this game was headed only one way after the great start Eng had on day 1. Goes to show how much India is dependent on Sehwag if they have to nurture hopes of winning a Test. Without him, they are just fighting for survival, just like the old times. I'm glad India got this wake up call, because their winning streak had got to their heads. Problem is, even with the wake call, I don't think India has the bowling resources to marshal for the rest of this tour. I think they should bring in Aswhin and sit Bhajji out for the next Test. Hopefully, Zaheer and Sehwag will be fit for the next game. Without them, India will have the writing on the wall in the remaining games.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

The fact is that the best t20 team was the best rated test team. And the best test team was the world cup winner of t20. Any way, things are going to be sorted out after this series when the English team will ride on top of the test ranking! (Indian fans) I'll be looking forward to see an Indian first ever home test series against Bangladesh in the FTP before this century (2100)!

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

India loses with Injuries ............India cant stand its place until players are fit ..........

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

Weldone England..... You guys did well... go for the White Wash....

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 18:48 GMT)

when they were pushed by an ailing west indian side... their excuse was it was a mere second string induan sude... watch out when the 'big guns' come they said.... now here when they got thrashed by england.. they say their slow starters... lol! the only no: 1 tag they do deserve is for the excuses their fans and their players give...

Posted by Vadlamudi_sp on (July 25, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

India played the match with 70% of the strength as zaheer was out on the first morning there we lost the match itself, but mind you we will never give it easily and we showed that today too English guys may think that they have achieved no1 by beating India for once but we have sehwag to come and he will win matches for us on day 1

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

Dravid's 100 India lose..........

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

Very good neutral article by Sidharth Monga.

Posted by Charindra on (July 25, 2011, 18:45 GMT)

So, India is the number 1 ranked team in the world is it??? And they had the audacity to question Sri Lanka's performances overseas. Remember that SL only lost the series 1 - 0 and that too due to a single crazy session of 25 overs. India are already 1 - 0 down. Plus India has summer while SL had to contend with cold and swinging conditions. Given this kind of sunshine our batsmen would have hammered England into submission.

Posted by m_ilind on (July 25, 2011, 18:44 GMT)

Yuvi has to be in the team for Trentbridge (along with Raina). If Zak is not 100% fit give Mishra a chance! Sreesanth tends to be too wayward and expensive, plus he needs match practice too! As for Bhajji, most spinners become ineffective as they lose the mystery about their bowling with time, Warne and Murali were exceptions! Let's hope that Bhajji can still play a role in this series with his exp.

Posted by Angad11 on (July 25, 2011, 18:42 GMT)

NO IFS NO BUTS ENGLAND PLAYED WELL AND DESERVED TO WIN. Im sure we will come back stronger. Good Luck India.

Posted by craigdrm on (July 25, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

Two things I have learned about Indian cricket fans after reading their comments relating to this test match 1) They have an intrinsic view on Cricket, 'India will win 4-0' despite England being unbeaten in 8 series, Strauss losing just 2 tests at home as captain in 21 tests and India requiring 400+ to win the first test. Any achievement by another test playing side is diminshed, England beat a weakened Australian side and scraped passed Sri Lanka, whilst Indian fans will argue India beat a strong Australian side 2-0 last time round and dominated New Zealand to win a 3 game test 1-0. I gaurentee when i check this article later i will see 3-1 predictions in India's favour. 2) Indian fans reaction to injuries shows why they should not be considered the top side in the world. If the Aussies lost Warne in came Macgill , Langer for Slater, Lehmann for Waugh. If you are truly the number one test side you'll bounce back despite injuries to match England.

Posted by Malret on (July 25, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

I know Tendulkar is a great batsman and all, but this has happened way too many times. Only a batsman with self doubts would have played like he did today. He needs to loosen up and just play the game, otherwise all his records would mean nothing to a lot of people including me.

Posted by Swingit on (July 25, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

As I said before those thta skiped the Caribbean tour will pay for it in England. It is of absolutely no surprise that Raina and Dravid batted well while the likes of SRT and Gambir failed. Guess who in that group was prepped by facing the Windies fast men on bouncy pitches in the Caribbean and who thought that farce called th IPL was sufficient prep? I guarantee Sewhag will also fail on return. Arrogance will be the downfall of this number1 team (oh sorry I guess right about now they are at position 1.5 right?)

Posted by cricexpt on (July 25, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

I had told earlier also that India is going to lose dis test series. England are way ahead in all the departments, especially in bowling. Dravid and Laxman showed some resistance. But Tendulkar's misery continued at lords, with his highest being in mid 30's. With KP returning to form Eng's batting is in great from especially the top 6. Biggest drawback of India is Harbhajan. They are wasting the spinners spot. Mishra or even Ojha would be a better choice. India is in need of a extra bowler so they should drop Mukund and play extra bowler Munaf/Sreesant or both if zaheer is not playing.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 25, 2011, 18:38 GMT)

Congrats to ENG for victory and better luck India for next match.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 18:35 GMT)

Hats off to England team. India always are ready to find excuses. Harbhajan is looking a heavy baggage with both ball n bat. Dhoni's luck still with him inspite of shoddy work behind and fornt of the wicket. Sachin the god inspite of prayers, still lets us down wen character is needed. India is never completly fit on any tour.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 18:34 GMT)

well india lost by a big margin...its now time that DRS fpr LBWs should be made mandatory for all tests. India got couple of decisions in their favor which could be the reason they are afraid of review system. Else i dont see ny other reasons beside that. their batting lineup is only rock solid at their home grounds and fall like a wall of sand on such fast wickets. such a Shame!!

Posted by Iyer on (July 25, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

I hope at least now my fellow indian fans would admit to the following: a) send sehwag and zaheer back to India due to fitness reasons. They are wasting two spots out of 14. b) Sack Dhoni from both captaincy and team 14. He is not currently in form for test match. We cannot play him just because he was good with his form in ODI and T20, if any. He is found wanted in good bowling conditions in west indies and now in engand, and it is not going to improve over the rest of the series. c) Please drop Harbhajan permanently. Unless someone cud dig a hole on the pitch, he is not going to turn the ball. d) Drop Ishant permanently for his irresponsible decision to take rest after a good 40 minute lunch break during such a crucial juncture. He should not be allowed to escape without disciplinary action for such irresponsible decision. The ban should be a lesson for the future generation and would do justice to people like Kapil who have played even after injury in the past.

Posted by jackiethepen on (July 25, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

Find this report a bit biased towards India and too critical of England. Two dropped catches, yes, by Strauss and Morgan? But you have no report of the catches taken! Prior was excellent behind the stumps and Bell took a blinder leaping to catch Laxman, a key wicket. Then Tremlett made absolutely sure of the one in the air. I thought the fielding was tight all day and really terrific. Helped to create an atmosphere of pressure. The 'two controversial' not out lbws to Broad were middle stump plumb and would have been given on review by Hawkeye banned by the Indians. The reviews would have overturned major blunders. Isn't that what it was devised for? It would have been awful if Tendulkar had benefitted from the absence of the device he has spoken against using. That could still happen. No one wants wrong decisions helping to win games.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

thts wht indian fans deserve.. who alwz comments on others..

Posted by xjunda on (July 25, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

I'm satisfied with Indian performance & I'm not against ageing players as long as they are fit enough to play. I think India will bounce back strongly. I think India should be willing to Zaher with Sree if he's not 100%. It's going to be a good series.

Congratulation England, very well played!!!

Posted by Dominator66 on (July 25, 2011, 18:27 GMT)

This proves india is only talk and no action, least the srilankans didnt loose to england this margin!!! its going to be all england against the indians!!!

Posted by DazTaylor on (July 25, 2011, 18:27 GMT)

Excuses excuses by Dhoni in the post match interview. The fact remains, India were comprehensively outplayed from start to finish. They couldn't bowl England out once, never mind twice, despite England being 62-5. Watch out though as at some point, this Indian batting line up will score and score big. Well played England though.

Posted by Snesible on (July 25, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

Well India are slow starters so they might come back in the series, but there is one good thing this English team is doing, they are not caught up with short ball syndrome, they are pitching the ball up to the batsmen.if they continue with that sure they would be No.1 by end of this series

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