England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge

Long odds for injury-hit India

The Preview by Siddarth Ravindran

July 28, 2011

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Match facts

July 29- August 2, Trent Bridge
Start time 1100 (1000 GMT, 1530 IST)


Harbhajan Singh arrives for a batting net, Nottingham, July 27, 2011
Is it time to replace a below-par Harbhajan Singh? © AFP
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Big Picture

England's comprehensive victory at Lord's, with a performance hailed by their captain as "outstanding", has put them one step closer to the much-desired No. 1 spot in the ICC Test rankings. Some are already proclaiming them the best team in the world, irrespective of what the rankings say. Others suggest they aren't yet, and that judgment should be withheld until later in the series, given India's remarkable knack of bouncing back after defeats in series-openers.

An injury-hit India presents England with a great opportunity to settle the debate. MS Dhoni's side is crippled by the loss of arguably their most influential player, Zaheer Khan, due to a hamstring problem.

What will make it worse is if Gautam Gambhir, who is still recovering from a blow to the elbow he took in the first Test, joins the injury list. While India at least have a couple of back-up quick bowlers to choose from to replace Zaheer, Gambhir's absence could end up upsetting the batting configuration. One of three makeshift openers will have to be employed - Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid or Wriddhiman Saha - and the experienced middle order, India's biggest strength, could be exposed early to the swinging ball.

England start as favourites in Trent Bridge, but as India have repeatedly shown, they are a surprisingly resilient side, regularly managing to circumvent problems caused by their relatively weak bowling line-up. Can they do it once again?

Form guide (most recent first)

England WDDWW
India LDDWD

In the spotlight

Harbhajan Singh's place in the XI has rarely come under the scanner, especially after his ascension to the lead spinner's role after the retirement of Anil Kumble nearly three years ago. Now, though, questions are being asked after a run-of-the-mill performance in the Caribbean was followed up with a 1 for 218 at Lord's. While the track for the first Test didn't offer much for the spinners, Harbhajan's inability to keep the runs down hurt a Zaheer-less India. He needs three more caps to complete 100 Tests, a milestone he may not reach in this series unless he turns his form around.

At Trent Bridge four years ago, Matt Prior's career hit one of its lows when he faced a barrage of criticism for the infamous jelly bean saga. Now he returns to the venue acclaimed by some as the best Test wicketkeeper-batsman in the world. With four centuries in the past year and an average that has soared to the mid-forties, Prior has made quite a convincing case.

Team news

The most settled side in world cricket, England's only concern is the hamstring problem that is troubling their tall fast bowler Chris Tremlett. Andrew Strauss is confident Tremlett will be fit to play but even if he isn't, there's a ready replacement in Tim Bresnan. The rest of the XI are certain picks.

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

India have more to ponder. The good news for Indian fans is Sachin Tendulkar has recovered from the viral fever that troubled him in the first Test. The bad news is that Zaheer is out and Gambhir could join him on the sidelines. Sreesanth is likely to get his first Test since Cape Town six months ago, and Yuvraj Singh could get yet another shot at reviving his Test career.

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

Pitch and conditions

This is a ground that is famous for its swing, and teams have struggled to score big in recent years. India's phalanx of experienced batsmen can expect a thorough workout against an on-song England pace attack.

The clouds are expected to stay away this week, with warm and dry weather forecast.

Stats and trivia

  • Trent Bridge has been one of the most challenging Test venues for batsmen since 2005, with only Sabina Park having a lower runs-per-wicket ratio.
  • James Anderson has an outstanding record at Trent Bridge, bagging 28 wickets at 15.89 in four Tests
  • In this match, Tendulkar will become the first man to play 100 away Tests. The next person on the list is Rahul Dravid with 87 overseas Tests.
For a full stats analysis, click here.

Quotes

"We don't want to look at the negatives, we want to look at the positives, this will give a chance for someone to become a hero."
MS Dhoni makes light of the injuries to key India players

"If we can make it 2-0 here this week we are in a brilliant position to win the series. We aren't looking at Edgbaston or The Oval."
Andrew Strauss is focusing on the here and now

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Posted by SouthPaw on (July 29, 2011, 13:01 GMT)

Hi Siddarth & all others, I request you to see the picture accompanying the story - can you see a ball anywhere there? Isn't Harbhajan supposed to be a bowler?!!! On the other hand, when you see Gambhir or Dravid or Tendulkar, do they walk in to the nets with a ball?

Now we know where the problem lies, absolutely whacko sense of priority.

Posted by Marcio on (July 29, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

I see England are batting first, another bit of good fortune for India. Still, they just don't have the bowlers to win, regardless of how many dodgy LBW decisions go their way (and they all seem to go their way). England to win this one by a large margin, with a slim chance of draw. And my God the Indian commentators are unbelievably biased - accusing the umpires of making up for a previous bad decision (Cook) when replays showed the ball clipping the stumps by a millimeter! Benefit of the doubt goes to the batsmen. How many dodgy, plumb decisions have India gotten away with not only in this series but others!

Posted by atuljain1969 on (July 29, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

Dhoni is proving to be defensive Captain now. Winning the toss, best thing is to Bat first. It shows, India is afraid of facing the Ball first, It is strange, as Indian Batting is supposed to be world class and therefore they need to give, good score to bowlers (weak point) to bowl at England. India should play to its strength and hence it is weird to bowl first.

Posted by awg3599 on (July 29, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

This could all go horribly wrong for India....Cook and Strauss with a point to prove after a lean first test, Trott is just Trott the run-machine, Pieterson seems to have rediscovered his MOJO and Morgan is unpredictable. Add a number 9 with a test 100 and there could be alot of ball chasing for 2 days unless India get early breakthroughs.....

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

i will completely agree with vvs laxman .ad also with harbajan

Posted by atuljain1969 on (July 29, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

Question is whether Dhoni needs to gamble in selection of players. If last Test performance is any indicator, Dhoni should go with players who have been in W.Indies. Munaf qualifies on that basis. In place of Gambhir, only choice left is Yuvi. So rather then who is playing or not, it is time, Team India to come out with flying colours.

In Lord's test there were many times, when India Fought brilliantly, only to loose the steam thereafter. The momentum needs to be held ,only then therecould be some gain. England is after all, playing in their own backyard.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 9:24 GMT)

Whenever Sachin scores a Hundred India lose and whenever scores 99* notout India win. :)

Posted by Guru1234 on (July 29, 2011, 9:23 GMT)

India Shall bounce back definitely.. if not WIN.. they shall DRAW... I wont say ENGLAND deserve to be No 1.. like the hue and cry most of the fans here seem to make.. because Lets see in ENG can win on its India tour to settle this out.. Perhaps.. adding Yuvraj should be good.. and Bhajji should get a chance to play this match to make amends.. if not dropped from next match.. and I am sure thats what is going to happen..

Posted by romanc on (July 29, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

What about Sehwag.If he is not fit why he is selected. Just for paying money

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

India are still a very good team and people are writing them off too soon, I'm an England fan but won't be confident we will win the series until we've (hopefully!) actually won it.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

another blow for India..Gauti out of playin 11...............

Posted by Mirthu on (July 29, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

need to focus more battling line up..! Dhoni need to bat well and when he fails our lower middle order is simply sinking.

Posted by kktadvi on (July 29, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

Hi EveryOne... Is Dhoni ideal Wickeck Keeper For Indial Team?

Except his's Capaintancy,As Player....

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

Everybody have their own view of cricket, but do remember one thing.. even you criticize other team, it wont help your favor team to up. Each and every team thinking about their way to approach the cricket and they are for more better than us. come on we are just an audience and we do watch all the aspects of the game and cheer with it. That is the only thing will make us happy. But we can do one thing that we will be little bit favor to our favor team. So love cricket and live with cricket...bye guys....

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

india will win this test. tendulkar will reach his 100th 100 in his 100th oversea test

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 8:51 GMT)

common India dikha do....dude i think every thing is possible but sachin will make his 100th century ,,,100% doubt hai...but we hope that it'll become true.

Posted by ArvindReddy on (July 29, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

Where is munaf, i think he is better than sreesanth

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

BRING IN YUVRAJ SINGH IF INDIA WANTS TO WIN

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

Include yuvi in place of Bhajji, Team w' ll be dubly strong!!

Posted by BeatTheChamps on (July 29, 2011, 8:40 GMT)

@Trioboy: True. Although I'm an Indian, I will not blindly back my team and say that they are no.1 . They simply aren't because they haven't dominated enough away from home and without Zaheer their attack looks toothless. England always STICK TO THEIR TASK while Indians let their shoulders drop too soon! Hope it doesn't happen from now on..

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

I have not gone through comments below but here is my comment.. India in my view will win the second test match or worse case a draw..This side is good enough to either draw this test or to win it. Key performers for me will be Gambhir, Laxman and Dhoni with bat and Sree, Ishant and Bhajji with the ball. Hope fully we would be celebrating a famous indian win and Indian Rank of No 1 Test Side on or before 2nd August. Vivek Marwaha

Posted by prasad80 on (July 29, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

we lost because of batting collapse...and not because of our bowling.... ishant/praveen/harbhajan and sreeshant are enough to take 20 wikets on bowling friendly wickets...england batsman are not that great... so if our batting click, we will win test match here....

Posted by prasanna1118 on (July 29, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

The thing is supposing England become no1 ranked test team (Which wont be happening this time), they ll easily lose it when they travel to subcontinent ... They cant even match Sub continent teams in sub cont conditions ... Best team right now is South Africa .. they are good in sub continent also . !! SA have better fast bowling attack than eng and South africa can win england in england too .. !! Many eng former cricketers and eng supporters over beleive that they are best and remain a force in test cricket for next five years .. ... Ha ha ha .. May be they are desperate to be that way cos of their Genuine Hatred team Aussies were a big force for a decade.. !! Aussies beat india 2-1 and sri lanka 3-0 in sub cont .. Guys Can Eng near it or even draw a series over ter ?? ? ? ? If so think of No1 ranking .. !!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

with the ball swinging, i think our Indian Batsmen have to step out of d crease and play!!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 8:27 GMT)

@Trioboy, this wins are in your home. go outside and win. ok man

Posted by yorkslanka on (July 29, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

why are so many Indian fans on here referring to the world cup win when that is one day criclet and this is test cricket we are now talking about...irrelevant...leave that till the odi series...I think England should be favourites at trent bridge,given the favour towards seam bowling form the wickets there...I dont think munaf patel will do well as he is a line and length bowler, but is rp singh in this squad? he would probably suit...England to win...

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

@ Ravi Kishan: Your sence of humour must be in the bests of the world. You wanna bowl first with all Spin attack. Way to go man!

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 29, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

many english fans are commenting that india will lose test series .their only hope is ODI . why? you call your team as the best team in the world . if you want to become best team then you should perform good in odi too . performing only in tests doesn't ensure that you are the world's best side .you beat aussies in ashes both away & home & after that you were thrashed by them in odi's by 6-1 . even in world cup your team lost against bangladesh & ireland & nearly lost the match against netherlands . in the quarter final sri lanka thrashed you by 10 wickets . when aussies were no1 they perform good in both ODI& TESTS . now india is no. 1 because they are good in both formats of game . your side is excellent in test but poor in odi

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

Harbhajan at some point will bowl England out cheaply. He had one bad test match but I don't think they should write him off at all. The biggest plus for India is that Tremlett is looking doubtful for this game- it's his extra bounce that gives the Indians very little clue of how to play him. It'd be nice to see Sachin score his hundred, but I have a feeling that he won't do it in this series, England's bowling attack is too strong, particularly Anderson who has dismissed Tendulkar 6 times at an average of 19 runs. Another plus for India is that they've shown that they have a threatening bowling attack even without Zaheer. PK's 5 wicket haul in the first innings had a ludicrous amount of swing, and Sharma very nearly managed to turn the game around for India. My prediction is a 3-1 win for England, possibly 3-0.

Posted by 5wombats on (July 29, 2011, 8:16 GMT)

@maddy20; "England got lucky...." LOL. On the contrary - india got lucky! Imagine if England had won the toss at Lords and put india in to bat? England would have made लस्सी out of india. @SeaforthA1 - hey mate. Yes, I can see that "They have a knack of being one eyed to a point of being ridiculous". As you know - I have the healthiest of respects for the way Aussies approach this great game of ours and I think it's clear that England has learned a lot and applied that approach; skillful, disciplined and ruthless. india by contrast has not taken this attitude in this Test series and are getting thrashed as a result. Some of their fans are bigging it up - but the truth is; india are no match for England this time. The more realistic India fans know this and comment accordingly. @khiladisher; just because you post comments in capitals - doesn't make the contents any more credible. Perhaps taking your caps lock off would help....

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 8:15 GMT)

i prefer sreesanth over munaf in this test.dont think munaf is suited for test cricekt.atleast sree is far better than him,having experience playing in eng,can bowl fast and can use the conditions pretty well.

Posted by khansohaib on (July 29, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

Arun pandiyan: i totally agreed with u.u have a great sense of tst cricket. javed karachi

Posted by Trioboy on (July 29, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

If you compare last five games of both teams, its not hard to come to a conclusion which team should be no 1. England WDDWW and India LDDWD. English won two vs Aussies and one vs Lankans. Indias only wining test was against WIndies.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

Guys dont worry Sachin ll score his 100th 100 today and India will surely win the match

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

We are destined to lose what with number of injuries growing each day. Bad luck India.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

Good luck India. You need lots of it particularly after all the bad luck you had in loosing Zaks early to injury and Sachin not so fit and the unexpected blow to Gambhir which affected the entire second innings. Hope Sreesanth or Munaf whoever plays performs atleast half as effective as Zaks. India should definitely drop Bhajji and bring in Amit Mishra. My team would be assuming that Gambhir is not fit. MUKUND, DRAVID, LAXMAN, SACHIN, RAINA, YUVARAJ, DHONI, PK, AMIT MISHRA, SREERSANTH, ISHANT

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

If Gambhir is out, then the best in-form player (Dravid) should open with Mukhund. Sachin and Laxman to follow. Then let the stoke players come in, Raina, Yuvraj and Dhoni. I think Munaf would out perform Sreesanth given that he has played in the Windies. Bowlers ought to be Harbhajan, Praveen, Munaf and Ashwin. We should bowl first.

Posted by veeru1087 on (July 29, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

I see india can barely manage a draw with this squad, with out SEHWAG (only difference) and with less confident Dhoni (batting)...

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 7:17 GMT)

even before the series england were slightly the favourites knowing the fact that they are playing in their home.it was an impressive performance from the english side and a disappointing performance from the indian side in the first test,but india had some misfortunes too.dravid dropped 3 catches,then the injuries,but in this test india shld play well according to the strengths and hopefully we should win this match.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

I will completely agree with Rahul,,First v should drop bhajji first and v have to groom ASHWIN

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

Looks like we have to find replacements for Ghambir as well as Zaheer. I think we should ask Dravid to open and include Yuvi in the line up in place of Ghambir. The other changes would be Sreesanth for Zaheer and Munaf for Harbajan. Yuvi, along with few overs from Raina can be the change / spin option as Harbajan's strike rate is dismal of late and the pitch here is known to help seamers. Can't wait for the return of Zaheer, Sehwag and Ghambir! Just shows how stupid it was playing these established test stars in the IPL..

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

i m sure england is on song right now and there is no any chance for indians its look like 4 nil for india good luck england and bedluck for indians

Posted by concerned_cricketer on (July 29, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

When the conditions are tough for batting, that's when the experienced batsmen make their mark. That's why India has a chnace in Trent Bridge irrespective of who bowls for them. If Ishant and Sreesanth click then that gives them a distinct possibility of bouncing back with a win. If not Tendulkar , Dravid and Laxman will see them through the tough conditions better than Strauss, Cook and Trott can do. Yet again Prior might be the difference if he does better than Dhoni or Raina.

Posted by CandidIndian on (July 29, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

I think much is being written and discussed on the basis of one test match, no team can be great or bad on the basis of a test match.Not taking away anything from England as they played brilliant cricket but Gambhir Sachin and Zak not being fit made things totally one sided,this wont happen in coming matches.If India can bounce back in Durban against Steyn and Morkel they can do it here also.

Posted by _Australian_ on (July 29, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

@5wombats. What you consider hot weather will be cold for the Indians so I doubt that will be an issue. I expect England will dominate this series as India's only hope was if they were at full strength and even then it was always going to be tough. Please enjoy the great side you currently have just as I did in the past with my Australians. The sun does not shine forever but enjoy it while it lasts. Also you need to expect certain comments from Indian supporters. They have a knack of being one eyed to a point of being ridiculous which has me strangly supporting the English in this series. I am sure by the end of this series you may surprise youself by finding you want Australia to beat them come our series.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 6:47 GMT)

@ Daxesh Patelia : Its ridiculous that you mentioned about Dravid. He is a genuine match winner and arguably an text book batsman in his period other than Sachin. I agree that Shewag win many matches for India. But we don't need a batsman blazing 20 of 5 balls to win or save a "test" match all the times. Strike rate of 40-60 is more than enough in a test match. It is the "test" for a player's skill. It needs concentration, temperement and sound technique. Nobody is comparable with Dravid even Sachin, because they are having different styles of their game. Dravid is the asset for Indian team. Please don't blame him.

Posted by rugg on (July 29, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

This match should be a thriller and so should the entire series. Obviously India are a little disadvantaged with some injury concerns but I have said before and will say again that its Indias batting which needs to peform, so they should cope without Zaheer. However Gambhir will be a major loss if he doesn't play, its up to to the rest of the line up to fill up that hole. In saying that Jimmy Anderson looks in top form as does Jonathon Trott, in my opinion these two gentlemen will be the key for England. Should be a cracking test, test cricket at its finest.

Posted by tjsimonsen on (July 29, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

Well, well. This is going to be interesting. Trent Bridge is well known/feared for supporting the seamers and swingers. But the weather forecast suggests rather good batting conditions - from tomorrow and onwards! However, the forecast for the East Midlands today is rather cloudy, and the wicket is rumoured to be quite green. At the same time, Trent Bridge is almost a notorious "win the toss and bat" ground. So maybe it won't be a bad toss to lose.....

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

I thought SRI LANKA done well than the indians, without zaheer india means nothing, but without murali sri lanka done better than the indians

@ENGLAND-i dont think is the best in the world coz' they really struggling in subcontinent hey ask jimmy anderson to swing the ball both ways in subcontinent

so there are no bests up 2 now this just another ordinary test series thats the truth

Posted by Nerk on (July 29, 2011, 6:36 GMT)

This is what cricket is about! Drama over team selection, evenly matched teams, dark clouds overhead. Cannot wait. As for my opinion, India had their chances in the last match but quite literally dropped them. Some people are saying England escaped, but really they were already ahead by over two hundred runs, I don't think it quite equals an escape. India lost, but will be fired up for the next test. England won, and they will want to win again. Bring it on!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 6:28 GMT)

If Tremlett is even a slight risk, he should be rested. The last thing England want is to lose a bowler during the test a la India, especially whilst there are extremely capable back ups waiting in the wings.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 6:22 GMT)

Yuvraj has a problem of playing away from his body. His technique of playing shortpitched balls is also flawed because he takes his eyes of the balls. but this is what i saw him in WC. The corrections needed are very minor and hopefully he improves his temprament not to poke at balls outside the off stump. Even if he plays, he should play down the order against the older ball.

But above all he has a quick eye and good hand coordination. I pray he does well. and goes the VIRU way.

It is mind over matter. If you have the temperament then technique doesnt matter much. Thats the sehwag way.

Yuvi needs virus words of wisdom more now>

Posted by mrudarlz on (July 29, 2011, 6:17 GMT)

Lets ready for the real test, England.. Come On Team India, Prove we are world champions.

Posted by Trioboy on (July 29, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

If the rain stays away and won't waste time while bowling, English should be able to wrap up the game by the fourth day.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (July 29, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

While India'a performance overseas has improved under Ganguli and Dhoni by no means India has been a champion test side. At the very best India could win 1-0 when touring; India can never beat even a second eleven Australian side 3-1 in Australia; so very rightly England is the best test side in the world.

Posted by loveb on (July 29, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

harbhajan is a CLASS act..... nd class is forever.. he will bounce back....

Posted by sadhubaba on (July 29, 2011, 5:58 GMT)

why is everyone so concerned abt sehwag? didnt India won a worldcup without his proper contribution or say any big tournament? he was out of form in all world cups whether its T20 (2007) or 50 over. India won test in perth , he contributed 29. headingley durban, trentbridge he never made a strong contribution. So i dont think he impacts as great in overseas as he does on indian wickets. Also why people r bashing sachin for a test failure, he didnt go to WI so he was short of matchpractice but he wl come back hard. He made 2 centuries in SA series too and 2nd highest scorer of world cup. ALso I think YUvi wl b a better selection than mukund.

Posted by BULTY on (July 29, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

Yes India is definitely on the defensive. The defensive mind set, atleast from the media's & fans' point of view, will only help team India. My suggestion on team selection for India would be to include Yuvraj Singh in place of Gambhir. There is no point in risking Gambhir with aggravation to his injury. Dravid can open the innings with Mukund and Yuvraj can come in at No.3. Yuvraj can also fill in the second spinner's slot which was badly missing at Lord's. Raina can, at best, be only a part timer. The onus should be to win this Test match. One request to the media and others is to stop highlighting Sachin getting his 100th 100 in this Test. His century of centuries is indeed a great achievement but in the present predicament of the team, this is not paramount to India winning the Test match. His century of centuries will happen eventually one day. With suitable changes as above and making Dhoni stand up in batting in lower middle order, team should indeed perform much better.

Posted by xoxomadman on (July 29, 2011, 5:39 GMT)

I just think India should get Munaf Patel instead of Sreesanth since Zaheer is injured why should they get Sreesanth his consistency is terrible Munaf might not have pace but he can definitely swing it and he is surely fit.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 5:30 GMT)

This will be first time in History, where a team who has lost to Ireland in world cup will become no1 in Test!Pretty Embarrassing!

Posted by antony1729 on (July 29, 2011, 5:26 GMT)

Waiting for an Indian fight back at Trent Bridge.. Can smell a Tendulkar 100 already..

Posted by Anwaruzz on (July 29, 2011, 4:54 GMT)

One more thing, India should play four seamers/quickies and drop the spin option in this test. Harby has other tests to work at

Posted by Anwaruzz on (July 29, 2011, 4:52 GMT)

Yuvraj to open bat in this seaming and bouncy track? come on !! even Dravid and Tendulkar will have a hard time opening ! whoever else is given the job, both, Dravid andTendulkar will be batting within the hour of first day, if India is given the bat. So why don't India let Dravid and Mukund open ?

Posted by anver777 on (July 29, 2011, 4:45 GMT)

A testing game for Ind specially without their injured ace bowler Zaheer........i guess Munaf will do a better job instead of Sreesanth in this test !!!!!

Posted by Gully_11 on (July 29, 2011, 4:41 GMT)

England played well at Lords, majority of people are saying about India playing badly..... Key is hanging on to the pitch,....runs will come automatically, bowl in right areas. Yuvraj will be a good bet Bat & bowl....This test will be very interesting guys...

Posted by KAIRAVA on (July 29, 2011, 4:34 GMT)

However great a batsman Tendulkar is, the one major blotch that will forever remain with him is his inability to score 100s on the most testing pitches over the world. He may have scored 48 hundreds in his test cricket so far, but he has just 1 hundred to show on 7 of the most difficult pitches to bat on the world over, which offers pace & bounce. These seven are WACA-Perth, GABBA-Brisbane, Kingsmead-Durban, St. Georges Park-Port Elizabeth, Sabina Park-Kingston, Kensington Oval-Bridgetown & the LORDS. He has played 19 tests on these fastest pitches and has made just 1 hundred, a 114 in Perth which came way back in 1992. Such a shame for a legend who constantly figures on the All time World XI lists.

Posted by BalaSenty on (July 29, 2011, 4:33 GMT)

India won't bounce back as per G. Boycott. Indian side should prove it wrong and Indian batsmen are capable. Only problem is bowling, with the likes of Harbhajan, Sreesanth.... it will be difficult. Indian batsmen should win the match not bowlers. Loss of Gambir is not a problem, as Yuvaraj can bat middle order and Dravid can open. Still......God save India

Posted by amit.80s on (July 29, 2011, 4:19 GMT)

why there is a 2 day warm up game after the 2nd Test and why there are 3 one day practice games aganist local counties at the end of the Test series. Why can't they use all those practice games b4 the start of the test series and push the actual Lord's Test a bit further. Just like England did in Aus last year they played 3 warm up games b4 1st Ashes Test and get their players well tune for the series. Anyway whats done is done but BCCI should look at the ridiculous itenary of this tour and learn something b4 they go to Aus later this year.

Posted by Angad11 on (July 29, 2011, 4:02 GMT)

@agumadi - Sachin is our best player, so in ODI's we want him to face the maximum no of balls. But in tests we want to protect him from the new ball.

Posted by Aravind_always on (July 29, 2011, 4:00 GMT)

Why Sachin not open the innings..he is india's opener in ODI as well.Opener in ODI and middle order in Tests..Do you know why?Bcoz itz the best position to bat.Sachin bat in the middle order in ODIs in his early days.Then he himself told the coach he want to open the innings,in 1994.Then why he is not ready to open in tests..Iam a big fan of sachin,but one thing i don't like about him is this..

Posted by nag88 on (July 29, 2011, 3:26 GMT)

We speak about everything but the real concern is what Dhonis contribution with bat is ?? especially in test matches. Its real cause of concern as its a key position and some one has to stand tall in that position than making a few 1os and 20s. Our weakness is 6, 7 , 8 positions, our 9 10 11 are as good as we can start of as 0/3 . Come we lose VVS ...we are finished..rarely a fifty after that. Need to think what we need to do when the tail has to hang around, like Lords Englands second innings.Bowling and top order etc all discussed and diluted ...Dhoni why cant you be the hero than asking some one to be a hero ..mate?

Posted by Adhoks on (July 29, 2011, 3:25 GMT)

Indian friends are sometimes over confident. During the SL & England series there was a comment saying that "India will rock in England". Please wait untill you do that.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 3:20 GMT)

I guess the main reason for the plight of indian team is the injury to sehwag.When he isn't in the team,india look to defend while on the other hand if he stays for a session on the crease,the day already is in India's bag.So i think India will continue to perform like this until Sehwag returns coz when he is in the team he he gives the bowlers a run for their money n to b true,no team is afraid of any indian batsmen xcpt Sehwag,coz even if Sachin or Dravid score tons of runs,they don't look convincing enough to win the match.They might save the game for India on their day but Sehwag can put them in a position where they can easily win it.

Posted by sachin1111989 on (July 29, 2011, 3:20 GMT)

The Indian bowling doesn't look like taking 10 wickets in an innings, let alone 20 in a match. To expect India to win the series from here on would be too big a task without the likes of Sehwag and Zaheer. It would be a big achievement if they can even level the series from here on.

Posted by NYSIKH on (July 29, 2011, 3:17 GMT)

Mark my words, either England will loose this match or there will be a draw. England was lucky last time in the 2nd inning. People should stop complaining about Harbhajan. Pitch wasn't asisting spinner even Swann was struggling. He is match winner and he will prove it in this series.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 29, 2011, 3:15 GMT)

i m completely agree on dropping bhajji . i saw in news channel that this pitch has so much grass left on it . playing 4 pacers will be a good idea .

Posted by Patchmaster on (July 29, 2011, 2:55 GMT)

@ Maddy20 "England got lucky this time" - clearly you never saw the game....he he....

Posted by Black_Rider on (July 29, 2011, 2:51 GMT)

@sampii ::Agree with you mate.But Sanga doesn't keep these days.If prior performs well in sub continent he is a really good keeper.Otherwise he is just a keeper who performs well in home.I still believe Prasanna Jayawardana as the best in tests and Sanga in ODI.Prasanna did well in England. And there is another great player called Dhoni.Hei is a good batsman but not a good keeper in my view.

Posted by getsetgopk on (July 29, 2011, 2:50 GMT)

long odds indeed but thats the only fact on the ground and Siddarth Ravindran seems to be one of the few indians that dont like to dream all the time.

Posted by crazytaurean on (July 29, 2011, 2:49 GMT)

Open with Yuvraj Singh, if he is selected for the playing XI. He is a positive and attacking option. Dravid is a defensive option. If Yuvraj can take the attack to the opposition, perhaps some of the pain of Sehwag's absence can be mitigated. Yuvraj's technique especially against the seamers was never questionable and his temperament is excellent. If he rises to the occasion, he can be a long term answer to being Sehwag's opening partner in Tests. I pray Dhoni plays Yuvraj at No 2 and not in the middle order. Besides if he is selected his bowling can be a real asset especially against the likes of Pietersen. Bhajji had a bad match. Give him another chance.

Posted by mysecretme on (July 29, 2011, 2:48 GMT)

What India should look to do is to unsettle one/two of the England bowlers early on. Best candidates are Anderson and Swan. Anderson is a good bowler when the batsmen defend, but can not cope well when he is attacked. The idea should be to score Anderson out of the attack by negating his swing and being positive and milk swan like the Indian team did a long time ago in Pakistan to Saqlain Mushtaq. If Gambhir is not fit and Sehwag still remains on sidelines, India should seriously consider opening with Dravid with Yuvraj being the batsman coming in after Tendulkar. Yuvraj needs an experienced batsman to stay with him for his first test innings after a very long time. Regarding the spinners slot, Bhajji is the only choice. Mishra is good at bowling googlies and spinning the ball a long way, but run stopping is not his forte. But India can consider an all pace attack with Munaf taking the choking duties if the Trentbridge pitch looks like the lords one.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 2:41 GMT)

Mr Ravindran writes "MS Dhoni's side is crippled by the loss of arguably their most influential player, Zaheer Khan, due to a hamstring problem."

That is funny. :)

I'm guessing you are an India supporter Mr Ravindran? Since when did Zaheer Khan become more influential than Tendulkar? Was the side crippled in the West Indies?

Posted by citizenkc on (July 29, 2011, 2:38 GMT)

On the eve of the 2nd Test, it is clear that the selectors have erred in not having a back-up opener. If they knew Sehwag was injured, why name one inexperienced opener to accompany Gambhir? Instead of taking Saha, who is clearly not test material, why not select Parthiv, who has some experience of opening? The other clear problem with this tour is the lack of practice games. It takes at least 3 matches to get used to playing in England. Players like Zaheer need time to build up to test form and our batsmen need to figure out how to play the swinging ball. When England won in Australia this year, they played 3 games before the first test. It seems that all that matters in Indian cricket these days is revenue: advertising, TV, etc. The powers that be are not interested in training and developing new talent. They just want as many "real" games (especially ODIs and T20s) as possible so that the tills fill up. Dhoni's "positive" comments are like ad-fillers, lacking any real substance.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 2:37 GMT)

Ya i agree with amit . . .we should drop bajji from team . .we play with 4 pacers. . .praveen,sreesanth,ishanth,munaf patel. . .maybe it will make a big imapct. . .we have couple of spin options like yuvraj and raina. . .yuvraj will spin better than bajji. . .then we a optional bowler sachin tendulkar. . .so drop bajji from team. .

Posted by   on (July 29, 2011, 2:34 GMT)

Test cricket is dying? Rubbish ... this is spine tingling stuff ......just like Lords - 5 days of tension and skill .... cant wait .....

Posted by D.Sharma on (July 29, 2011, 2:29 GMT)

Wow... all this talk about opening.. I have a solution. Reverse the batting order. 1) Ishant 2) Sreesanth 3) PK 4) Harbhajan 5) Dhoni 6) Raina (he keeps his position) 7) Laxman 8) Tendulkar 9) Dravid 10) Mukund 11) Gambhir/Yuvraj. BAM! Problemo solvedero!

Posted by D.Sharma on (July 29, 2011, 2:29 GMT)

Wow... all this talk about opening.. I have a solution. Reverse the batting order. 1) Ishant 2) Sreesanth 3) PK 4) Harbhajan 5) Dhoni 6) Raina (he keeps his position) 7) Laxman 8) Tendulkar 9) Dravid 10) Mukund 11) Gambhir/Yuvraj. BAM! Problemo solvedero!

Posted by strategic_blunder on (July 29, 2011, 2:28 GMT)

@ amit.80s Good call mate, horses for courses. Also, I personally think that Munaf is the most under-rated Indian seamer. His current craft is of guile and accuracy and not outright pace and submission. In any case the English openers love a bit of pace on the ball for their shots.....

Posted by Ravi13104 on (July 29, 2011, 2:20 GMT)

Forget about Tendulkar statistics. Give me a team: Abhinav Mukund, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Amit Mishra, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (July 29, 2011, 2:16 GMT)

India will loose all 4 matches in Test series. They should think about ODI series only.

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 29, 2011, 2:09 GMT)

India must attack their best bowler anderson. Yes it may not work some time. But if you hit him hard , he will spray. Easy runs possible. Dhoni or Yuvi must open or even Raina should be promoted to open. Taking shin off new ball not gona work with Dravid and mukund. Run will stop coming and they get out and sachin against new ball , he will get out. I really think best team put best players in best spot so they can excel. For that someone must sacrifice. It could be either raina or yuvi or dhoni must open so dravid in his usual place , sachin in his usual place and whiner VVS in his usual place. Then if they fail , they can't complain they did n't bat in their usual spot. I hate excuses. Be inventive dhoni , be a leader and attack. even quick 30 or 40 fire the team up. i hope team india listens to me. India must draw 2nd test. Usual method not going to succeed. Counter attack is necessary. I want dravid bat when score is 80 runs. so sachin can bat around 150, he will excel in old ball

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 29, 2011, 2:02 GMT)

DRAVID must not open. Main reason india get bogged down because of dravid. Dravid is great in his 1 down spot. if sehwag is there then dravid can open. We need one side aggressive opener. Mukund is more of gambhir mould grinder who has slow bat speed and can't play offside. Dravid / Mukund opening is recipe for disaster again. i want dhoni or yuvi open with mukund. Drop bhaji. Play all 4 fast bowlers. i have posted this in every thread. My idea is if india attack they can draw the game. if they defend they are sitting duck and procession starts very soon. Indian management listen to me. Hahaha. 2-0 down will be 3-0 in no time. 1-0 going to 3rd Test makes india to get back to 1-1 and even 2-1 win possible. But that is long way to go. First job draw the trent bridge. To do that India must attack from first ball. if i see bhaji , india will go 2-0 down before 3rd Test. I guarantee it 100%. :)

Posted by vijaykanth59 on (July 29, 2011, 0:47 GMT)

@Alexk400 you are really funny..

Posted by Meety on (July 29, 2011, 0:24 GMT)

If the Poms lose Tremlett, that will be a massive blow, but if India lose Gambhir, whilst not being as good as Sehwag particularly overseas, the disruption to India's batting line up will be massive. Dravid should NOT open, he's too old, India will be better off using someone like Yurav as an opener & hope he does a half decent job, therefor the middle order would remain untouched & apart from maybe having to come in earlier than they'd like, it would be business as usual. Broad has bowled better than what I anticipated, but I think his effectiveness will be hampered with the loss of Tremlett. I thought Tremlett should of had twice the amount of wickets he ended up with at Lords.

Posted by amit.80s on (July 28, 2011, 23:55 GMT)

If Gambhir and Zak miss this test then India should play 4 pacers, drop Bhajji not coz of his form, but coz this track is fast and swing bowlers. Make Dravid(our go to man) open and get Yuvi at 5, Lax at 3. Yuvi and Raina can also make good spin combo together so India won't miss Bhajji on this track.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 23:51 GMT)

Heroic words of M.S.Dhoni "We want to look at the positives, this will give a chance for someone to become a hero." Zahir Khan and Gambhir are not fit and unable to play at Trent Bridge. Bridge this gap with Sreesanth/Munaf Patel and Yuvraj Singh. Practice...Practice....Practice.........."Practice makes Perfect!" Have the self confidence and cross the River Trent with confidence to play the "Gentleman's Game Of Cricket!" Play according to the Basics! Team India is a blend of youth and experince. Captain Cool to lead the Indian team from the front. India can retain the number One spot in ICC Test Rankings.

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 28, 2011, 23:51 GMT)

Sachin won't open in TEST because ball swings. He can't play swinging ball. He can but the probablity of getting himself out is more and his average go down. He is stat obsessed.

Posted by maddy20 on (July 28, 2011, 23:40 GMT)

@5wobats England got lucky last time but not this time. This time India is playing with a fully fit squad with two players hungry to make their mark in test cricket, a troubled fast bowler(Sreesanth) and our Worldcup hero(Yuvraj). I expect India to inflict a heavy defeat on the overconfident poms. 1 bite does not make the summer. Remember that!

Posted by kumble66 on (July 28, 2011, 23:39 GMT)

Mishra is a must in indian side for second test. The english are not very good players of spin and mishra will exploit that. I dont see bhaji playing because he really didn't ball well at all. I think whether gambhir is fit or unfit dravid will open with either mukund or gambhir. He opened well in the second innings showing he can face the new ball. Yuvi will 100% play. I feel mishra should be there too. One thing i also noticed in the first test was that Dhoni cannot bat in tests he doesn't have the technique, it was also because of his bad captaincy that sharma wasn't brought back after lunch. He only cared that he shouldn't get suspended. 1.Mukund/Gambhir 2. Dravid. 3. Yuvi 4. Sachin 5. Laxman 6. Raina 7. dhoni 8.Mishra 9. Praveen 10. Sree 11. Ishant

Posted by Puffin on (July 28, 2011, 23:36 GMT)

Trent Bridge is the sort of pitch where if you have 2-3 good fast bowlers, you'll do okay and have a good chance of a win if you have a reasonable batting side and support your bowlers in the field. If your bowlings a bit thin, you'd need a very strong batting side to eke out a draw against such a side, then hope they get hampered by injuries and also hope a more suitable pitch comes along later in the tour. Prospects for this series are looking a bit grim for India. But England aren't the invincibles and can implode without much warning. India need a draw at least here, or else fall too far behind. It's not beyond them, even like this.

Posted by 5wombats on (July 28, 2011, 23:31 GMT)

You know what @khiladisher; - Whatever. Spare us the history lesson. PS Take your Caps Lock off.

Posted by MacFry on (July 28, 2011, 23:16 GMT)

Another tasty encounter: Will Dravid open? Who will be 1 down? (Laxman for my money) Will it be Munaf or Sreesanth? (Munaf, for the same reason I picked Bresnan ahead of Broad at Lords) Will Tremlett be a huge loss for England? (Dont let figures deceive you. He was outstanding at Lords) Will Tendulkar score his hundredth hundred so we can go back to talk about interesting things such as cricket?

And the really big one: Can England go 2-0 up and make South Africa #1 test playing nation?

Posted by _agummadi_ on (July 28, 2011, 23:14 GMT)

Why can't Sachin open with Yuvi in the middle order? Just like the ODIs

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 22:58 GMT)

Dravid can open. Yuvraj can be fitted in lower middle order and his left-arm round-arm spin can fill in some quick overs. Play 4 quicks on the seaming wicket so that they run-in hard in each of their spells. Mukund seems to have weakness outside off-stump. He made 49 in first test. But there were many close calls. Saha doesn't seem to be test material.

Posted by 6.44.6 on (July 28, 2011, 22:57 GMT)

Cont..In the 2002 series 3rd test were India piled 650 plus declaration. The likes of Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman played under difficult english conditions. No other side for seven years prior to the 2002 series had managed batting first a score over 250. Over the years Indian Batsmen have overall managed to be successful run getters in English conditions. I am sure this series they will cope well and make runs despite there performance in the first test. Had Indian bowling not been depleted, England in both of there innings would also have struggled making a score over 300.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 22:54 GMT)

To conclude is easy. To think is harder. Too many concluders in this board. Me thinks this will be a much more even contest purely because the Indians will be prepared this time for what is in store.

Posted by cricket__fan on (July 28, 2011, 22:40 GMT)

India will want to forget this series which will be on par with he 1974 series when England thrashed India.

Posted by khiladisher on (July 28, 2011, 22:36 GMT)

5WOMBATS-INDIA ARE THE UNDISPUTED #1 RANKED TEST MATCH TEAM AS WELL AS THE WORLD CHAMPIONS-THEY ARE UNBEATABLE AT HOME LOOSING JUST 2 CRICKET SERIES IN THE LAST 25 YEARS,AND ALSO SINCE 2001 WINNING 17 TEST MATCHES ABROAD IN MAJOR TEST PLAYING NATIONS{EXCEPT BANGLADESH AND ZIMBABWE}-ALL THE TALK OF ENGLAND WINNING IS A MAJOR JOKE-BCOS ENGLAND NEVER BEAT INDIA SINCE 1996,SO JUST WINNING 1 TEST MATCH IN LORDS WERE THERE WAS NO SEHWAG,ZAHEER,AND INJURED AND TOTALLY UNFIT SACHIN AND GAMBHIR IS NOT WORTH THE TALK-MAET WHAT ABOUT ENGLAND LOOSING ALL OVER INDIA IN THE LAST 30 YEARS.

Posted by 6.44.6 on (July 28, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

Get real to all bias fans who think India cannot compete. If England had an injured bowler throughout the first test they would have struggled. Lets not forget K.P was out on forty something and got bounced out in the second innings. Look how he struggled against Pakistans bowling one year ago, with only one score of any significance 80 something with the help of the fielders. Trott and K.P could not handle South Africa's bowling in South Africa, both were out of sorts. England should have lost 3-1 in South Africa. Also some people have a very short memory, they were beaten away in West Indies not that long ago. Cannot compete in Asia. South Africa last one here and so did India in 2007. Similar English batsmen were struggling against Zaheer,RP singh and Sreesanth. Indian batsmen always are successful on English conditions, i.e 2002 third test match, when it was extremely difficult to bat first in overcast conditions.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 22:17 GMT)

Dravid should open he has the technique to do so in Enland. VVS has a fantastic record at 3. My Indian XI for today. 1. Dravid 2. Mukund 3. Laxman 4. Tendulkar 5. Raina 6. Yuvraj 7. Dhoni 8. Bhaji 9. Praveen 10. Ishant 11. Sreesanth.

Posted by leonn on (July 28, 2011, 22:07 GMT)

Here we go again. indian supporters beware of excuses. Sooner rather than later your side will lose a large number of experienced players and you will slide and have to rebuild over many years. This is the start right here.

Posted by Deepak_Toronto on (July 28, 2011, 22:03 GMT)

MUKUND CAN WAIT...SACHIN CAN OPEN WITH DRAVID.DO NOT EVEN THINK OF W.SAHA.....SREE AND YUVI WILL BRING EXTRA ENERGY IN INDIAN CAMP GO INDIA GO

1.SACHIN 2.DRAVID 3.YUVRAJ 4.LAXMAN 5.RAINA 6.DHONI 7.PRAVEEN 8.ISHANT 9.AMIT MISHRA 10.SHRISANTH 11.MUNUF PATEL

Posted by jobyiype on (July 28, 2011, 21:46 GMT)

There should not be much talk or think about the team selection as all the players in the Indian team are professional and experienced players. So Indian should pick the team with who is 100 % fit. Who knows who can deliver a big win for India it can be Yuvraj, Sreesanth or anybody. Think positive concentrate on the can and play with ambition to win the again instead of much talk about Zaheer or Shewag or Dravid.. India's problem is thinking too much about some Star players and occasionally they don't perform well even. Come on MS Dhoni and team.. play with you fit 11 and crack down England. forget abut Zaheer and other form or injury.

Posted by rhavs on (July 28, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

"Is it time to replace a below-par Harbhajan Singh?" -----> Not to be a stickler for sports metaphors and analogies, but surely a below-par HS means that he is doing well; in golf, if you are under one-under-par you are doing well. So surely HS is over-par. Which does't really work as this seems to be a complement on first reading; surely it is better to be over than under. Frankly, I think its all a bit confusing. But yes, Singh is poor at the moment.

Posted by Hasso29 on (July 28, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

harbhjan should not be playing for india in test matches!

Posted by shayad on (July 28, 2011, 21:38 GMT)

For 2nd test 1 Abhinav Mukund, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Praveen Kumar, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Sreesanth

Posted by Mr.Chandu on (July 28, 2011, 21:37 GMT)

first match, pure test cricket was its best.This english team(12 plyers) is not easy to beat at home indian team didnt look like number 1 in the first contest and this series will be 3-0 or 4-0 untill unless the weather wont affect it or english team got some injuries!!! trent bridge is going to be 2-0

Posted by Imad_K on (July 28, 2011, 21:24 GMT)

Like I said before the first test and say again. India have no chance of beating England. Firstly, even with Zaheer Khan they don't have the bowling to get England out twice and secondly they struggle against good quick bowlers bowling short on quick wickets. India hopes only rest on Dravid and Tendulkar scoring runs and their best result is really a drawn test match. Even though Broad might not be England's best bowler for India he is good enough. India are deadly when playing at home but like people saw in South Africa they had the same problem with the quick bowlers and should have lost that series 2-0, if the South Africans hadn't choked. Lord's was really a batting track and despite the poor decisions the Indians still lost. The series is not looking good for them - they should be ranked third in the tests.

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 28, 2011, 21:16 GMT)

India won't bounce back. Simple reason. Personnel issue. if India will go with same team , it will be same story. if they did n't get prepared in first test then they are actually worse. My issue with india is that they are not playing as team when people apply pressure. Dravid will do it. Sachin will do it. Some one will do it. People praise stats more than winning in india. Sachin gets all the praise when hardworking man like dravid not praised enough. That is the issue. What india need is 4 fast bowlers and yuvi used as a run stopping bowler. People won't take risk against him like in ODI. So he won't get wickets but he can rest fast bowlers with his spell. if i see bhaji or mishra again in the team , india will lose 100%.

Posted by SnowSnake on (July 28, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

Although I did not follow cricket as much when Australia was dominant, I don't buy that Australia was a very dominating team during its peak. Even at its peak, I believe that Australia had difficult time beating India. It was only strong against England. So, I don't buy these comparisons. For Australia to be as strong as every one is claiming to be, when did Australia had a clean sweep 5-0 series with India? Even the might WI could not do it, if I am correct. India is a pretty good test team, the problem is that its players are not very professional and its fast bowling department has consistently been weak. Indian batting has been pretty strong for last 30 years.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 21:05 GMT)

This india side has too many similar kind of players. Laxman and Dravid will not take the game away from the opposition. Ok maybe laxman will because hes done it soo many times for india. They must add yuvrag singh to that batting line up considering theres no sehwag. sehwag adds that fera factor to england where as dravid and laxman wont because they score at a very slow pace. They must yuvrag singh ahead of someone, maybe gambier or mukund. England have morgan and pieterson can take the game away from the opposition. bowling I would add munaf patel ahead of sreesanth because he is a very accurate bowler that gets late movement which will trouble batsmen. Where as sreesanth is erratic. I think this match will be tighter but india must take the game to england.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 21:01 GMT)

Its taken England long time coming to the top....."its always been almost there !" story for England in last 5-10 years....They will definitely be the favorites to win the second Test and be NO. 1 team... but for how long can they maintain that status will be the real test.

Posted by sampii on (July 28, 2011, 20:59 GMT)

Matt Prior the best wicketkeeper/batsman in the world??? C'mon!!! Don't insult Sanga!!

Posted by sakineni on (July 28, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

@ Allan716 : MSD opening the batting? LOL.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 20:26 GMT)

Whatever success india got in last 2-3 years is majority because of Sehvag. I would say his contribution of india's winning is 50%. Zahir may be around 25% and rest are 25%. Dravid is very good but he is not match winner, he is match saver. To become no.1 team you need win not draw. May be team like Ban/WI/ZIM they need players like Dravid but at this stage I do not think India need player like Dravid. I am sure if Dravid will open the innings then there is no chance for india to win the match.

Posted by rajaramv on (July 28, 2011, 20:11 GMT)

India should play with Sreesanth as he is a better swing bowler available in india and who has also proved better in foreign countries...though he concedes runs he can take wickets in foreign soil where swing is good..also play yuvi instead of bhaji as bhaji is not in form so give him a break and also yuvi can bowl tightly and can be a useful all rounder,,,,,let us keep changing combinations things will happen

Posted by AJRAI on (July 28, 2011, 19:56 GMT)

I agree with the comment posted by hjthespawn. Harbhajan should start take his bowling and form seriously or it Might give A Mishra or Yuvraj a chance to bounce back in the Test Team

Posted by 5wombats on (July 28, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

Hey @landl. In complete agreement. This is a tough one for india - but the weather forecast is hot & settled so this could suit indias batsmen. Mind you - the weather at Lords on Days 4 & 5 were hot & settled and look what happened there. Looks like Bresnan will come in. India will get nothing out of him. Straightforward England win.

Posted by sudheer.cricketfan on (July 28, 2011, 19:43 GMT)

Replacing Harbhajan singh atleast for this match may be a good idea. The trentbridge pitch is also seamer friendly, and we are not sure of the 3 good pace bowlers, better playing all 4 pace bowlers, hoping atleast 2 pace bowlers make most of the pitch. Any way Yuvraj and Raina can bowl the required spin bowling, as needed.

my playing XI for this match: Mukund/Gambhir, Yuvraj, dravid, sachin, laxman, raina, dhoni, praveen, sreesanth, ishanth, munaf.

Posted by TaylorSwift on (July 28, 2011, 19:41 GMT)

England will be up 2-0 after this Test. The loss of Zak means India will struggle to take 20 English wickets (even with Zak in the lineup, dismissing England twice will be a tough ask for India, I reckon). If Tremmers cannot go for England, Bressie will be a more than able replacement. He is no slouch with the bat or ball. Personally, I would select Finn over Bresnan because of his wicket-taking abilities. I expect another one-sided affair, with England winning comprehensively.

Posted by TRAM on (July 28, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

I dont know what makes Siddarth to put Harbajan in the XI. May be he has inside info. But if indeed he is in the XI I bet all my money India is NOT winning. At the most they can draw the match - hopefully Sree gets a few wkts and batsmen play better. If Amit plays for Harbajan, India can potentially win.

Posted by SnowSnake on (July 28, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

India is very erratic. While England has a good chance, it should not underestimate India. Without Zaheer and Sehwag, India still is a tough team to beat. If India bats first then it will be more difficult for England to win.

Posted by landl47 on (July 28, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

Finn has just been called up by England, which is a pretty good indication that Tremlett won't play. If England continue their policy of going into tests with only 4 bowlers, they can't take the chance of starting the game with anyone less than 100% fit. I don't think Finn will play unless someone else pulls up unfit in the morning, but he is in decent form, having taken 5-33 in a limited overs game against Derbyshire today. England are in a much better place than India, who only have the undisciplined Sreesanth or the journeyman Munaf to replace Zaheer. If India found it hard going batting against England on a slow, low wicket at Lord's, they will really be tested by the bounce and movement of Trent Bridge.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

i am sure that india will bounce back at trent bridge and will remain no.1 in the world

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

The current Indian test squad cannot win a single test match. The maximum what they can do is draw a test. Not only against England but with any other team around the world. The only player in India who could play for a win is SEHWAG !!! Only he could put a huge score on the board and Dravid and Laxman can support him well. We do not have any heroes in our current squad. England should take this opportunity to call them self the best team.

Posted by wolf777 on (July 28, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

Open with Dravid and Raina and pick both Munaf and Sreesanth…if India go in with 3 fast and 3 spin combination again then the Zaheer fiasco may repeat. One of the fast bowler will get injured and then the bowling department again will be handicapped as it did at Lords. No to 4 Bowlers, WK and 6 batsmen combination….

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

India must go in with their best side this test. Harbhajan's place in the side must not be certain. Yuvi has to be given a chance as his aggresive batting can be a major plus.

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

Try Praveen kumar as opener, he played as opening batsmen in Ranji matches. If he started to play good shots, scores will go fastly and Gambir/mukund stand on opposite side. Dont open with Rahul Dravid or yuvaraj.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 19:18 GMT)

Coming to the present scenario, Sreesanth is the right replacement for Zaheer because he can consistently hit above 140km/h and can swing the ball well. The english conditions are favourable too. Munaf is definitely a good bowler but Sree has an edge over him in the current situation.Regarding the fast-bowler-allrounder, Irfan Pathan would have been a good bet and he should have been there to fly to england. that would have avoided Dhoni doing "everything " in Lord's. Ind must realize that part-time spinners like Raina isn't adequate to handle the pacy-boincy conditions. On batting, if Gambir isn't fit, then Ind can bring Yuvi at no.2 along with Mukund because his experience can handle the bounce well and he can score fastly, if not on par with Sehwang.So he should be the pick over Saha and this would avoid Dravid being the opener that would in turn weaken the still strong middle order. Let's hope IND can bounce back quickly like they did in SA, recently .

Posted by Herath-UK on (July 28, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

England has the upper hand definitely;it is Shewag and Jayasuriya type who will be sorely missed in this scenario who could give the kick start the team needs. Ranil Herath -Kent

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

India can never dominate the way Australia did Even if they stay at rank 1, they will never be the way Australia used to be

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 18:59 GMT)

It is time to replace Harbhajan Singh who has been very mediocre. Besides, England batsmen are more suspect against leg spin bowling and so this is the right time to bring in Amit Mishra for Harbhajan Singh.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

India will falter in this series because there ego is to high and they have some reserves who must get a chance now.They do not want to retire Tendulkar because he is there God.England is the best test team this year.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

Its going to continue to be an amazing series, I'm sure. Whoever wins deserves to be the number one Test nation at the moment. I just wish India didnt have so many injuries, I'd like us to beat them at full strength, so there couldn't be any whining! E.N.G.L.A.N.D !

Posted by azhar_hassan on (July 28, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

To be the #1 team, India need to have bowling resources. Its one thing not having depth in fast bowling as evidenced by the (over)dependence on Zaheer Khan. But what is even more surprising is that India don't even have a really good spinner if Harbanjan Singh is not firing. Challenges that will need to be overcome to prevail as the number one ranked test side.

Posted by RogerSinclair on (July 28, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

I am surprised how everyone wrote India off even before they landed on English shores. A fit India might just have won the 1st test. All this talk of English supremacy by the English themselves is perhaps beating the chest too soon!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

WILL ELABORATE NO MORE, WATCH MY TEAM MAKE A GREAT BREAK THROUGH, TEST AS WELL AS ODI, TIME TO GO OUT THERE MEN IN BLUE AND SHOW THEM WITH THE BAT AND BALL, THE USUAL IMPACT. NO NEED OF COMMENTS OR MEDIA HYPE. ALL THE BEST KEVIN/BRAMPTON/ONTARIO

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 18:45 GMT)

Drop Bhajji and Bring in either Mishra or Munaf !!!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 18:45 GMT)

I am not expecting much from Indian team in this test. I'd be happy to settle for a draw, but given the records of this ground - it's an unlikely outcome. If India wins this one, it has to be with their batting power - may be with a score of 350+ that India couldn't put up in last test. In bowling, Ishant Sharma is the key ...

Posted by ahweak on (July 28, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

Even if India had Sehwag, Zaheer and Gambhir, England would still be hard to beat at home. They have so much depth in each department and their intensity is amazing. Not sure about India bouncing back, but I hope they do.

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

From this squad I see yet another disaster in making. It is unfortunate that Zaheer is out with an injury. But selecting Sreesanth as a replacement for Zaheer after his performance in the Warm up game is a bit concerning. It seems that entire world is currently forgotten about Irfan Pathan, given what Irfan can do with both bat and ball and one of the best allrounders ever produced by India, he seems to be a better choice for me in this scenario than Sreesanth. Not to mention Irfan had opened before in the tests and both times scored a decently once 97 and the other arnd 60's.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 18:22 GMT)

With Zaheer being the bowler that most troubled England in the first test and now in doubt for the next two.... England are seriously now in the ascendancy....... You could easily wind the clock back 10 years and substitute 'Zaheer' for a certain 'GD McGrath' and 'Seeranth' for a certain 'S Tait'.... We alll know the result of that historic match!

Posted by Allan716 on (July 28, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

MSD shpuld open the batting. This will allow them to play an extra all rounder in Yuvraj who can bowl his spin to combat KP. . Drop Harbhajan and play Mishra. Team - Mukund, Dhoni, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Raina, Yuvraj, Mishra, Kumar, Sreesanth, Sharma!

Posted by vsreddy4u on (July 28, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

Its up to india now to think of their state .As a no.1 test side they have to be aggressive from the word go.Irrespective of their injury woes if they win the toss they have to bat first and make 400+ at trent bridge.It is the hour of time to regain their strength n calibre and by beating england they have to show the world that they can beat any side in the world any where.good luck india.

Posted by subraasiva on (July 28, 2011, 17:39 GMT)

The worrying thing about Indian team they play good cricket but they dont dominate like No 1 test team.........But India will surely bounce back in this series.......

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