England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge

Gambhir doubtful for second Test, Zaheer ruled out

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July 28, 2011

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Zaheer Khan takes a break during India's practice session, Nottingham, July 28, 2011
Zaheer Khan will be watching the Trent Bridge Test from the sidelines © PA Photos
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Gautam Gambhir is likely to miss the second Test at Trent Bridge that starts today, adding to India's injury woes after Zaheer Khan was already ruled out with a hamstring injury. Gambhir was hit on the left arm while fielding at short leg during the Lord's Test and did not train on Wednesday. He did show up at the nets yesterday with his elbow strapped and batted for ten minutes, repeatedly flexing his arm and being stretched by the physio.

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by Ashok_Bapat on (July 29, 2011, 10:51 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

Latest update: Gambhir is out as well!!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

Well Latest Update: Gambhir is out also!!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

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

Posted by pg_fan on (July 29, 2011, 10:04 GMT)

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

Posted by spiritwithin on (July 29, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

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

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (July 29, 2011, 9:57 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 9:46 GMT)

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

Posted by Positive_Critic on (July 29, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

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

Posted by symsun on (July 29, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

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

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