England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day August 1, 2011

Bresnan shines as England trample India

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England 221 (Broad 64, Praveen 3-45) and 544 (Bell 159, Pietersen 63, Morgan 70, Prior 73, Bresnan 90, Praveen 4-124) beat India 288 (Dravid 117, Laxman 54, Yuvraj 62, Broad 6-46) and 158 (Tendulkar 56, Bresnan 5-48) by 319 runs
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In the end, England were so ruthless in their dismantling of the No. 1 Test side that it was hard to believe India had been in match-winning positions twice in the first two days. Before the fourth day was over in Nottingham, England had secured the two-match lead they need to win the series by to move to the top of the ICC rankings. Their lower-order batsmen ransacked a hapless bowling and fielding outfit, before their fast bowlers demolished India with venom the Nottingham crowd hadn't witnessed since Stuart Broad's hat-trick on the second evening. England had broken India and the upshot was victory by 319 runs, the largest margin in Tests after conceding a first-innings lead.

Several England players have queued up to perform starring roles this series, and today the unlikeliest of them all took his turn. Tim Bresnan, who was selected only because Chris Tremlett was hamstrung, tenderised batsmen with accurate short-pitched bowling and his career-best performance of 5 for 48 helped blow India away for 158. His spell came after he had bashed the ball around Trent Bridge during a partnership of 82 with Broad at a run-rate of 6.30. Bresnan helped England score 103 runs in 19.2 overs and extend their lead from 374 to 477.

Like their bowlers and fielders during England's second innings, India's batsmen showed no fight after they began the improbable task of surviving more than five sessions. Rather, England didn't let them fight. Andrew Strauss's team was streets ahead of India in terms of strength, fitness and preparation and that widened the gulf in form between the sides.

James Anderson should have reprised his first-innings success of striking first ball, but Abhinav Mukund's edge was dropped at slip. England, however, did not have to wait long, and Stuart Broad snagged the bigger fish. During the 30 minutes he had to survive before lunch, Rahul Dravid, India's best batsman on tour, edged Broad to Matt Prior. India were 8 for 1 at the break.

When play resumed, Anderson took out India's other second-innings pillar, bowling VVS Laxman with the perfect delivery. It drew the batsman forward, straightened off the pitch, beat the outside edge and still managed to uproot off stump. Laxman was left looking wide-eyed and bewildered. India were 13 for 2. And then it was over to Bresnan, who sent down short ball after short ball at batsmen ill-equipped to cope with such a hostile attack.

He had Abhinav fending helplessly at a bouncer that lobbed off the glove to slip. He had Raina caught at long leg, playing an uncontrolled hook against a rising delivery. And after softening Yuvraj, who was hit on the body several times, Bresnan had him caught at slip too. Yuvraj had also fended haplessly, unaware that Alastair Cook had caught the ball until he saw the celebrations begin. Bresnan then dismissed MS Dhoni first ball, lbw after the Indian captain offered no shot. India were 68 for 6 at lunch.

Of the specialist batsmen, only Sachin Tendulkar had resisted. He had begun his innings positively, driving down the ground repeatedly, but the speed of his scoring plummeted as the carnage unfolded at the other end. Tendulkar, however, only achieved his 60th half-century and not his 100th hundred. After he too was lbw, padding up to an Anderson inswinger, England were always going to win before stumps. Broad, who had twice rescued England with bat and ball, fittingly took the final wicket, bowling Sreesanth in the 48th over.

The fourth day had begun as the third had ended - with India hunting leather. Bresnan, who had resumed on 47, reached his half-century with an edge that flew over the cordon to third man, which remained empty despite a glut of runs in the region. Prior, who batted aggressively last evening, also hit consecutive fours - a glance to fine leg and a cover drive off Praveen. He didn't last long though, edging Praveen to Dhoni to end the seventh-wicket stand on 119 off 20 overs.

Broad, however, gave India no respite. He and Bresnan, whose driving when offered full and wide deliveries was sublime, ran India ragged. Dhoni also turned to his part-time spinners - Yuvraj and Raina. Yuvraj dropped short on the off side and Broad clobbered him repeatedly towards the cover boundary. When Raina pitched short, Broad heaved consecutive deliveries into the cheering masses beyond the midwicket boundary. It was brutal.

The partnership ended on 82 because of a rare moment of brilliance in the field. Broad pushed towards cover and set off for the single. The substitute Wriddhiman Saha rushed in, swooped on the ball and threw at the bowler's end in one flowing motion, scoring a direct hit that caught Broad short. The rest of India's fielders were utterly exposed. Bresnan and Broad only needed to place the ball slightly wide of the fielders to reach the boundary. India had not looked this outclassed on a cricket field in recent memory.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Charindra on August 4, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Haha!!! And Indian fans were saying that SL is poor! SL only lost the series 1 - 0 and that too because of ONE session. India will go down 4 - 0

  • on August 4, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I think England deserves to be NO.1 after taming India in 2 games. The selection of Indian Team left lot to be desired

  • Jay_N on August 3, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    This is just the usual extreme reaction but this time the defeats are also a little extreme. There is no doubt that this English team is a better balanced team than India on paper & they have played better on ground as well, but this is good Indian side as well even though they have played the worst that they could, I might sound stupid for saying this going by the comments here but really teams dont get destroyed or made overnight. This was the same team that won in England last time and has better record than other teams in Australia apart from England & SA, I am not making any excuses as this seems to be a touchy subject here, but stating that teams dont become bad overnight and those who understand the game would probably better understand this and those who don't will keep changing their statements every second match. No doubt that Indian team deserves all the criticism they are getting and English team deserves all the praise for playing so well.

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    What a hammering the no. 1 team is getting! SL did so much better during their matches than the Indians.

  • bobbo2 on August 3, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    No excuses about injury. England are the far better team and have applied themselves better. India are good T20 and 50 over players but don't seem to be able to hold up when the real cricket starts

  • Nandika on August 3, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Dhoni is not a good player and captain.Because he never appreciate others talents like as in this match.But tendulkar is a hummble player i also like him because he is gentleman in the game not like Dhoni.Dhoni always tell their weakness not about others teams talents....................

  • Nandika on August 3, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    @Bobble_Head_Indian Yes we lost the WC final.but it is past.now im talking about current situation.we are not NO 1 test team but our sri lankan team played very well against England although we lost the serious.But srilankan batters did well they handle very well after 1st match.but what happened to India.they can win on flat tracks not in English conditions.so tell me does india have the world best batting line up answer guys............ha ha what joke.................

  • manav599 on August 3, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Really bad performance from India. I think this is the worst team ever to hold the top spot. You loose just 1 or 2 players to injuries and this is what happens. They just were not putting in efforts. They had given away the match since Broad scored a fifty on the 1st day. It showed in batting, bowling and fielding too. Was disapointed with Dhoni's captaincy too. Around a 100 of 130 overs from 3 seamers. No doubt they were looking tired. if harbhajan was indeed injured, yuvraj or raina could have bowled more to give rest to the pace attack. No doubt England are a better team and for me the world's best, no matter the outcome of other too matches. Cheers to England

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 3, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I saw somebody trying to compare Dhoni & Gilchrist. Gilly is a very good ODI batman. Yes Dhoni is also a very good ODI batman. Both are very good wicketkeepers who contain remarkable talents.. Gilly is a pretty good Test batsman..But Dhoni is just an ordinary test batsman (who scored only 4 centuries in 59 Test matches ) His average is just above 37 per iining.So these both can not be compared.. IND fans are stating excesses "No Gambhir,No Shewag " but these silly excesses will not work. If they want to fightback they must play good cricket. They lost cuz they played bad cricket.Though they missed Gambhir & Shewag they had Sachin, Dravid(who gave a good fight individually),Laxman,Harbhajan..But IND lost..Excesses will not work. With all these silly excesses, All comments IND fans stated when SL lost 1Test match in ENG have become JOKES..Huh Huh Haa.. Wish All the very best ENG..

  • CricketLoverFromAsia on August 3, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @bheekuchatri..r u kidding? being injured Indian players is not a problem of ENG. If IND is too much weak without these players BCCI should do something. Why are u asking ENG top class batsmen, not to play just because few IND players injured.So many IND fans pointed out that IND lost cuz of the absence of Gambhir & Shewag. Does it mean playing with Sachin,Dravid,Laxman,Dhoni is IN VAIN?? All these are silly excesses. U have to believe that this IND team lost 2 Test matches cuz their weaknesses.Don,t think IND is the best team in the world cuz they won the WC in Mumbai.WC final was only a single match. See how IND captain played in these two Test matches. He is just an ordinary batsman when it comes to Test. Sachin is out of form. Mukund did nothing to the team. Dravid is the only one who gave a good fight to ENG. Harbhajan is totally out of form.These are not problems of ENG.Try to rectify ur weaknesses if u want at least to draw next2 games.All the very best to ENG for 4-0 Victory...

  • Charindra on August 4, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Haha!!! And Indian fans were saying that SL is poor! SL only lost the series 1 - 0 and that too because of ONE session. India will go down 4 - 0

  • on August 4, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I think England deserves to be NO.1 after taming India in 2 games. The selection of Indian Team left lot to be desired

  • Jay_N on August 3, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    This is just the usual extreme reaction but this time the defeats are also a little extreme. There is no doubt that this English team is a better balanced team than India on paper & they have played better on ground as well, but this is good Indian side as well even though they have played the worst that they could, I might sound stupid for saying this going by the comments here but really teams dont get destroyed or made overnight. This was the same team that won in England last time and has better record than other teams in Australia apart from England & SA, I am not making any excuses as this seems to be a touchy subject here, but stating that teams dont become bad overnight and those who understand the game would probably better understand this and those who don't will keep changing their statements every second match. No doubt that Indian team deserves all the criticism they are getting and English team deserves all the praise for playing so well.

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    What a hammering the no. 1 team is getting! SL did so much better during their matches than the Indians.

  • bobbo2 on August 3, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    No excuses about injury. England are the far better team and have applied themselves better. India are good T20 and 50 over players but don't seem to be able to hold up when the real cricket starts

  • Nandika on August 3, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Dhoni is not a good player and captain.Because he never appreciate others talents like as in this match.But tendulkar is a hummble player i also like him because he is gentleman in the game not like Dhoni.Dhoni always tell their weakness not about others teams talents....................

  • Nandika on August 3, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    @Bobble_Head_Indian Yes we lost the WC final.but it is past.now im talking about current situation.we are not NO 1 test team but our sri lankan team played very well against England although we lost the serious.But srilankan batters did well they handle very well after 1st match.but what happened to India.they can win on flat tracks not in English conditions.so tell me does india have the world best batting line up answer guys............ha ha what joke.................

  • manav599 on August 3, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Really bad performance from India. I think this is the worst team ever to hold the top spot. You loose just 1 or 2 players to injuries and this is what happens. They just were not putting in efforts. They had given away the match since Broad scored a fifty on the 1st day. It showed in batting, bowling and fielding too. Was disapointed with Dhoni's captaincy too. Around a 100 of 130 overs from 3 seamers. No doubt they were looking tired. if harbhajan was indeed injured, yuvraj or raina could have bowled more to give rest to the pace attack. No doubt England are a better team and for me the world's best, no matter the outcome of other too matches. Cheers to England

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 3, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I saw somebody trying to compare Dhoni & Gilchrist. Gilly is a very good ODI batman. Yes Dhoni is also a very good ODI batman. Both are very good wicketkeepers who contain remarkable talents.. Gilly is a pretty good Test batsman..But Dhoni is just an ordinary test batsman (who scored only 4 centuries in 59 Test matches ) His average is just above 37 per iining.So these both can not be compared.. IND fans are stating excesses "No Gambhir,No Shewag " but these silly excesses will not work. If they want to fightback they must play good cricket. They lost cuz they played bad cricket.Though they missed Gambhir & Shewag they had Sachin, Dravid(who gave a good fight individually),Laxman,Harbhajan..But IND lost..Excesses will not work. With all these silly excesses, All comments IND fans stated when SL lost 1Test match in ENG have become JOKES..Huh Huh Haa.. Wish All the very best ENG..

  • CricketLoverFromAsia on August 3, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @bheekuchatri..r u kidding? being injured Indian players is not a problem of ENG. If IND is too much weak without these players BCCI should do something. Why are u asking ENG top class batsmen, not to play just because few IND players injured.So many IND fans pointed out that IND lost cuz of the absence of Gambhir & Shewag. Does it mean playing with Sachin,Dravid,Laxman,Dhoni is IN VAIN?? All these are silly excesses. U have to believe that this IND team lost 2 Test matches cuz their weaknesses.Don,t think IND is the best team in the world cuz they won the WC in Mumbai.WC final was only a single match. See how IND captain played in these two Test matches. He is just an ordinary batsman when it comes to Test. Sachin is out of form. Mukund did nothing to the team. Dravid is the only one who gave a good fight to ENG. Harbhajan is totally out of form.These are not problems of ENG.Try to rectify ur weaknesses if u want at least to draw next2 games.All the very best to ENG for 4-0 Victory...

  • Amol_Gh on August 3, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    I don't understand how SRL fans can even dare to pass judgement here ! They neither were nor are in contention of being the Test No. 1 ANY TIME in the history of Tests. It's only OK for the SA, AUS or ENG fans do so.

  • Amol_Gh on August 3, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Players of Tests ideally should be paid more than those playing in senseless 20-20 clobberings. But then one musn't forget that this is India and those in power know that anything that helps IND fans forget their worries should cost high ...even if it is a mindless hitting of the ball for 40 odd overs. This in turn, has turned players greedy.

  • on August 3, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    bhaloniaz, I miss those Indian fans who come up with gems like Sachin is God and Dhoni is a prophet.This is where LARA is deifferent . He wins matches when his team is in a hopeless situation.

    India should have played 3 openers in the tests and included Murali Vijay instead of the show boaters Yuvraj/Raina.

    If india had come in the early part of the summer , the matches would have been over in 3 ddays.I suspect the pitches for the next two matches is going to be batsmen - friendly because if its an early finish , there will be a huge loss of revenue for the English and Indian boards.

  • Amol_Gh on August 3, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    BCCI should create TWO separate and distinct IND teams: One team for the IPL/Its Fans who believe that witnessing the ball being hit blindly aimlessly for 40 overs gives them a euphoric high. The 2nd team for Tests for fans (like me) who believe in Pure Class and Real Competition.

  • khiladisher on August 2, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    @Nandika-Indian batsmen are legends who have all the batting rercords in the history of test match and one day cricket-sachin-dravid-laxman-ganguly and sehwag are super stars allover the world-having away averages of 50+,please do not compare the legends of cricket with good batsmen like sanga and mahela{mahela averages just 38 away from home,same with sanga also.}sanga and mahela are the best batsmen in Colombo for sure-i agree mate.

  • khiladisher on August 2, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    @ yorks lanka-Sri lanka were lucky to escape the English series with 1-0 defeat thanks to rain affecting the last 2 matches-regarding Sri lankan performances the less said the better-not winning a single test match since murali retired-India beat west Indies away1-0 whereas your team drew 0-0 with west indies at home-also India has beaten Sri lanka in a away series in 1995 as also winning 4 test matches in Sri lanka,however Sri lanka are yet to win a test match in India in 17 attempts.Please win at least 1 test match in india,australia,south africa and england.

  • bheekuchatri on August 2, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    What beating a team which did not have Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer Khan ??? Ask them to compete without Strauss, Cook and Broad ???

  • bumsonseats on August 2, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    im a bit baffled before the series started we were told by vast # of indian supporters that india would beat england 0 - 4 then it would be 1- 3. then we were told, england were the best team but wait till a cricketer returned who had not played for 3 month and who was injured and not sure if hes still fully fit, and whos batting average in this country is only average. and a bowler who had till he played a county match his 1st in 2 month. and was seen running around at trent bridge looking like whos eaten all the pies.w ith these 2 and a opener who was missing from the last test. india would beat england and it would end up all square. and everything in the garden will be rosy. dpk

  • El_Toro_Loco on August 2, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Addition of Sehwag & Gambir to the team would only delay the inevitable 4-0 thrashing of #1 ranked team (on paper). The British victory margin would be reduced to just a couple of hundred runs in the next matches. To all SL fans: Plz stop comparing SL to India touring England this summer, you had your chance in the WC final & blew it.

  • 5wombats on August 2, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    @BadMoodHesh; @landl47 is an ENGLAND follower & I agree with him that Sri Lanka fans have got nothing to crow about.

  • BadMoodHesh on August 2, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    @ landl47: bro, you got it wrong...we're not making a case about doing better (although, we did manage to score 400+ on more than one occasion)...we're just laughing our heads off coz of some of the comment your fellow countrymen made regarding our performance. You saw us struggle and basically said "oh, you poor third class team, wait till we come to England and show you how a real team plays cricket"...and now you have lost the first 2 matches. If you or your fellow countrymen get offended for that, too bad. It's what you get for making comments like that...fyi, it's not only SL fans who are laughing

  • yorkslanka on August 2, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    well played England on a thoroughly clinical performance and a deserved win..this England team is very very good, any one of the top 7 batsmen can ( and often do) score a ton and the bowlers are hunting in a pack like the 2005 ashes team did..India were blown away by the hostility of Englands bowling and when it was mentioned that Sri Lanka were better players of bounce than India there was a lot of barracking and ridiculing from some Indian fans...That seems to be being proved true at the moment given that, other than the second innings of the cardiff test, we scored 400 twice and battled for a draw in conditions that were far worse to bat in than now...maybe its better to have an average team that perform above their potential compared to an above average one that doesnt perform above average?? England will win this series convincingly and take no.1 spot..

  • sriharshapr on August 2, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Dhoni's excuses are rubbish. I still remember his interview when he CSK won the semis. he said" The franchises have invested so much on us and we need to atleast reach semis and after that it is a lottery".Well MS, why dont you exhibit same kind of committment for India?

  • MiddleStump on August 2, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    @Clive. You are perfectly right. Young Indian batsmen have neither the technique nor the temparament for real cricket, i.e. Test cricket. Like everything else, money drives Indian cricket. And unfortunately, fan support is very low for Test matches with poor attendance and viewership. Ideally, Test players should be paid a lot more. But a bowler who bowls four overs (gasp!) in a 20-20 circus, is paid more than a bowler who breaks his back and bowls 20 overs a day in a test match. With deliberately shortened boundaries, a batsman like Raina can clobber sixes in the IPL but in a test match his 'shot' does not clear mid wicket or fine leg. So he becomes a sitting duck for short pitched bowling. By introducing bowling and fielding restrictions, a new sport has evolved from real cricket and batting heros are manufactured at will. Come test matches, these emperors are left with no clothes.

  • prnthv on August 2, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    first of all once again congrats to england team.... they played really well in all the departments....especially in bowling..... they are on their top form...and about indians they are really struggling with their fitness and this prob is due to busy schedule and more like IPL...... but indians are not as bad as what v saw them in this two tests.... they are good and equally to england.... we have to keep an eye on 3rd test b'cause indians will get some rest to get their fitness and form..... moreover shewag,gambhir, zak are back so now they are well balanced....and nw there is a big test for english bowlers b'cause wen shewag gets going its really tough for any class bowlers and automatically the bowlers change their length..... so dont go away my dear friends.

  • voma on August 2, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    The big difference between the 2 teams is , England have a bowling attack and India dont . India just do not look like bowling England out cheaply over 2 innings . If Tremlett is available , i would drop morgan and play bresnan . A pure tactical move , cos morgan hasnt done anything wrong . With 4 quicks available , takes the pressure off swanny . At the moment its looking 4 - 0 to England

  • itsthewayuplay on August 2, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    What's wrong with Indian bowlers? They start their international careers with promise then fade away rapidly. Remember Irfan Pathan's swing, Harbajan's 32 wickets, Agarkar and his then record of quickest to 50 ODI wickets, Munaf and pacy 7-97 against England in India no less, believe or not. It's reported that Pieterson told Praveen that if added 5-10kph he would be unplayable. Has anything been done about this? Before Srinath was advised to pitch the ball up by another foot or two to become an average bowler to a very good one but couldn't do it. Is it lifestyle such as diet, late dinners right before going to bed. Any ideas anyone please? On fitness, Kapil Dev has suggested that Indian players should run marathons and this would also help to reduce injuries - he may have a point.

  • on August 2, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    ha haa... everyone can see who r the flat track bullies.. but i think bowlers doing well especially PK and I sharma.. Sl team scored 400 or more in each test matches.. but so called great Indian batters at least past 300 lmfao....

  • Nandika on August 2, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    again and again same thing sri lankan batting line up is far better than india.Now everyone knows it.thats why sri lankans are real fighters india should learn something from sri lanka.I think india needs to import great batsmans from sri lanka if they want to save this serios.without loosing other matches......................

  • Siva-The-Human on August 2, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    As a Indian Fan I realy congratulating England team. They have played outstanding performance.I belive India also bounce back after viru coming in the squad.

  • itsthewayuplay on August 2, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    With England's bowlers, you get the feeling that they will take the wickets and it's a question of time. As an Indian supporter I don't have this same same feeling unless it's in bowler friendly conditions. The BCCI really needs to invest in the game and that does not mean just throwing rupees at the issue. There has to be proper structure in place to identify and encourage quality and for all types of bowlers especially spin. The attitude seems to be that there are so many young players around if one doesn't make it, somebody else will. That may work in India but for how long and you will be found out overseas as has been the case. The challenge for Indian cricket is to harness the natural ability of players whilst introducing more professional strucure at domestic and international levels. Indian selectors know India is where the money and as long as that ain't broke they ain't gonna fix it.

  • on August 2, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    "Under Law 27.8, the reprieve shouldn't have been allowed anyway, as any player must be recalled before they have left the field of play,"

    What were the umpires doing for the Bell recall ? They shouldnt have left him into the field anyway !!!

  • on August 2, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    I am amazed that folks here are asking for Dinesh Karthick's return. Seriously ? He didnt score even a 50 in Ranji trophy last season. And about Mukund - he has played 2 tests as an opener in England where even Gambhir didnt perform. And he did score a 49 in the first test. Same thing with Raina. He was out to a bad shot in the 2nd innings but beside that he has been fine. I dont blame this on the batting at all. It has been our bowling - period. Of all batsmen, there is only one who is playing ok - Dravid. The rest are playing in patches and some like Dhoni are not even a factor. If Dravid, VVS and Tendulkar are failing against good bowling, I dont expect Mukund and Raina to keep firing every time.

  • Raj12345 on August 2, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    @Manoj Kannan. You are 200% correct and you understood perfectly what is going on with these Indian cricket team, nope Dhoni team/Group.

  • CricketFirstLove on August 2, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    The problem is selection as always. Why are the best players not included. They killed Irfan Pathan who used to pick the best batsmen at the top of the opposing team. They did not take Munaf and instead went for Kumar while Munaf used to pick top notch batsmen like Pieterson who scored a double century. Saleem Jafer is sitting at home. The key is not to have a bias.

    Genuine and fair selectors must select the team not commentators like Ravi Shastri or Sunil Gavaskar who with mic in hands make or break careers of players. This result is in fact not surprising.

    They want Tendulkar's centuries they get it. They forget that one slot is blocked for about two decades and no grooming of future players is taking place. See how Lara retired at peek giving way to the youngsters. In India it is hero worship that is important and not the team performance.

  • cricveda on August 2, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    I am Indian fan congrats to england team first england really played far better than india in lords and trentbridge. Main reason for this is IPL. Due to IPL kind of players getting into indian team are not that technically sound.It doesnt mean they dont have talent.They need to switch quickly their approach between formats which they are failing to do.Young players first should develop as a batsman or a bowler once they they have experience they can switch between any formats.Great players are late players be it dravid,laxman,tendulkar,ponting or lara.Players like raina,yuvraj,Dhoni are not either late players nor technically sound.On the other hand players like sehwag and laxman are have so much time to play even without technique they survive .Its time indian selectors bring in right players like cheteshwar pujara,virat kohli.

  • Raj12345 on August 2, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Just seen reply of Ian Bell run out. It is clear, he is going for 4th run. This is ridiculous from Dhoni. It is clear, Dhoni don't how to to score run in Eng. At least he want to hide that and bring something else to media. Poor popularity to save your place in test team.

  • on August 2, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Like I always say, make test cricket a part of IPL. Each innings should have only 20 overs, or only 10 overs/ innings! Have auctions, franchisees, cheerleaders etc. Oh, and all matches should be played only in India. All countries should dismantle their boards and merge into BCCI.

    Seriously, Dhoni's keeping and batting is awful..Harbajan is in the team because of Dhoni only. And Dhoni is deliberately keeping Sreesanth from bowling to his full potential. Unless IPL is scrapped, India will only slide downhill to a point of no return.

  • on August 2, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Like I always say, make test cricket a part of IPL. Each innings should have only 20 overs, or only 10 overs/ innings! Have auctions, franchisees, cheerleaders etc. Oh, and all matches should be played only in India. All countries should dismantle their boards and merge into BCCI.

    Seriously, Dhoni's keeping and batting is awful..Harbajan is in the team because of Dhoni only. And Dhoni is deliberately keeping Sreesanth from bowling to his full potential. Unless IPL is scrapped, India will only slide downhill to a point of no return. Foreign pitches are different from Indian wickets..fact is, Indians cant play pace bowling.

  • TJM101 on August 2, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    So if England maintain or increase their lead in this series they will become the No.1 team in the world. Half the posters on this site say they won't consider England the top team unless they win in Asia... No-one was doubting India's status because they hadn't played in England for 4 years (in hindsight erroneously...). Face facts people, India have been terrible so far if they carry on playing like this they deserve to lose their No.1 status, show a bit of humility. If England manage to lose their current 2 game lead in this series, most England fans will say fair play, well done India for upping their game. And don't blame India's performance on not having Sehwag and Zaheer; how can the No1 team rely completely on 2 players, one of whom looks massively overweight and incapable of playing 5 days of test cricket??? Looking forward to Edgebaston and a better performance by India...

  • heathrf1974 on August 2, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    England are overall a better side than India and are playing at home. I thought the series would be 2-0 but it may end up being 3-0. When Tendulkar and Dravid retire it could be some slim times for Indian cricket. However, in India's defence they did miss Zaheer Khan who is a fine bowler.

  • heathrf1974 on August 2, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    England are overall a better side than India and are playing at home. I thought the series would be 2-0 but it may end up being 3-0. When Tendulkar and Dravid retire it could be some slim times for Indian cricket. However, in India's defence they did miss Zaheer Khan who is a fine bowler.

  • Stark62 on August 2, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Even Pakistan with their atrocious fielding, butter fingered wicket keeper and their batting disorder did better!

  • sssviswam on August 2, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Lets hope we learned something from this 2 tests and try to win the next 2 and keep the No 1 position: Sehwag is going to come back to strengthen opening and in bowling an attack with Zaheer and Sreeshanth together will make an impact to get the important wickets. First test could have been different if Peterson (who hit double hundered) was removed in the beginning, which was possible if Sreeshanth was there(as he took his wicket in both the innings of 2nd test). Sreeshanth played(and was effective as he took important wickets ) with out much practice as he was not included in WI tour and previous recent tours which was a mistake! I hope Sachin is getting back to form and LAzman also will come back to form and India is going to make a come back sure!

  • Dannov747 on August 2, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Yeaaah England you beauty! I don't think we've ever had such a good team. Hope they can continue this form.

    India though, are a great team, but they lack the killer instinct that Australia and West India had when they were number 1. Australia didn't let teams jump from 108 for 6 to 221. Not that I'm complaining.

  • Amol_Gh on August 2, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    As an Indian I say: IND DESERVED this defeat. Except Sachin, Zaheer, Dravid and Laxman NO other IND player deserves to play TESTS. IND think they can cheat the public off their hard-earned money by playing in seemingly exotic but meaningless and cash-rich formats like 20-20 (READ: IPL). But when it comes to the REAL test i.e. Tests,...they hide their tails in betwen their legs. I feel disapointed for those of my fellow Indian-fans who think 20-20 is the ultimate entertainer. 20-20 is like Fast Food: tastes good but kills quickly. I would like ICC to strip IND of their Test-status for the time being till they get their senses right. Sadly they aren't talented enough to play Tests

  • on August 2, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    England killed the champions and will return the normal ordinary Indian team we know of.........

  • abhyudayj on August 2, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    @Jasper Shead: england struggle in subcontinent in world cup and india are without key players

  • ranilranathunga on August 2, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka played in much worse conditions in early summer and they posted some good totals (dilshan made 190+ in one game) , the only problem they had was their young inexperienced attack. Sri lanka played much better in England than India. India lost this match with more than a day to go.We should not forget that Sri Lanka was in a rebuilding state with no Murali, Vaas and Sana.

  • arunkiran on August 2, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    india wil lose da series2-1 the best result for india at the moment harbajan and mukund doesnt deserve a place in the team and donis captaincy becoming worst wit his field placements giving easy runs easing of pressure at the time

  • on August 2, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    I'm an indian, and i must say that this is all happening because of IPL.

    WI lost chris gayle because of IPL. Aus missed Dougg Bowlinger because of IPL injury. India missing Sehwag because of IPL, Srilanka lost malinga in tests, because of IPL. BCCI says IPL have done wonders for indian cricket? Tell me a single player who was selected in indian team because of IPL? Are there any at the moment? No none. IPL just spoiled indian cricket, nothing else and yes filled these player's bank accounts with truckload of money. SO they don't even care about playing for the nation. See. dhoni's excuses, that shows how much he care for the cricket crazy people of india.

  • T.R.GHANCHI on August 2, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    If India doesn't win the rest of the two test, BCCI will make sure India wins the ODI series!

  • on August 2, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    England were never so commanding against Pakistan, just because their above par bowling. Pakistan lost due to ineptness of their batsmen

  • on August 2, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Indians have always been said to be a slow starter in overseas matches and indeed its their good excuse too, but i think the 2nd test results shows something different. And that is, the Indians are not even near to be referred to as "Slow Starters".The young players are definitely not fit to play class bowling attack in seaming wickets.

  • westindiancanadian on August 2, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    India will do well in certain conditions....DEAD WICKET and LIMP BOWLING. Outside of the subcontinent these conditions do not apply. I am tired of everything in the last 15 years being geared towards batsmen's comfort level. I agree that crowds like to see runs but the true fan wants to see great bowling and batsmen equal to the task. Dead Indian wickets, bat technology, only one bouncer per over.....no wonder Dravid and Sachin and others can get in excess of 12000 runs. No longer do you hear about bowling attacks like Lillee and Thompson, West Indies quicks, Waqar and Wasim. Bowling has been taken out as a dominant factor and replaced by batsmen having no trouble with leather-sniffing short ones from a diminishing breed known as hostile fast bowlers.

  • vin-me on August 2, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    England deserved victory. They began their preparations moment world cup was over while India was in world cup hangover. But I am still not convinced that England is the best and No.1 team. They have not won single series in sub continent in last five years. Victory on Australian turf is the only series they managed to win against top five test sides away from home and that also on pretty similar wickets. If you compare those stats to Indian team, they managed to win or draw series against South Africa, England, West Indies and New Zeland. India has proved their point. They are still unbeaten at home in last eight years.They may not be dominating as Cleve Lyod's west indies and Steve Waugh's Australia but they are better test side during last five years. Also they have better ODI records where England struggled miserably. If England manage to win or draw series against India, Srilanka and Pakistan on turning wickets, they would be a true no. 1 team.

  • T.R.GHANCHI on August 2, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @Manaoj Kannan Very well said sir.

  • KALPANA. on August 2, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    A FEW THINGS.. IN TESTS,INDIA ONLY NEED TWO FAST SCORING BATSMEN IN THE FORM OF SEHWAG AND GAMBHIR. SO, NO PLACE FOR YUVRAJ AND RAINA. MORE TECHNIQUE IS REQUIRED. ROHIT 'LAZY' SHARMA, PUJARA AND BADRI MUST REPLACE THEM. RAINA MUST PLAY A LOT OF COUNTY CRICKET TO SHARPEN HIS BATTING SKILLS. PARTHIV PATEL AND DINESH KARTHIK MUST BE ALWAYS AVAILABLE AS BACK UP KEEPER AND OPENER. DHONI MUST REALISE THAT BEING 'LUCKY' IS NOT ENOUGH TO BE THE INDIAN CAPTAIN. HARBHAJAN MUST TAKE A 6 MONTHS BREAK FROM ALL CRICKET AND RESTORE HIMSELF. AND SACHIN NEEDS TO PLAY ALL ODI'S THAT HE CAN TO KEEP HIMSELF IN FORM. A PLAYER OF HIS CLASS CANNOT TAKE 2 TEST MATCHES TO WARM UP.

  • abhp07 on August 2, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    england overtook india in all departments....they have excellent batting line up.....this is result of excess of tours,ipl....why didn't we play warm-up matches in england...don't think so 1 warm-up match is sufficient to acclimatized with the english condtion

  • atuljain1969 on August 2, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    This England victory doesn't count much,as they are playing at home. Further they have made pitches to suit their kind of bowling.

    If England was playing in India on spinner friendly pitches, India would have given the same treatment to them.

    So no big issue.

  • on August 2, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    india no 1 test team.........shame on such a no 1 team :).....Well played England ......u deserve to be No 1 test team........

  • on August 2, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    THATS ALL,THERE WE NEED NO POWER IN THE GROUND BUT ONLY PERFORMANCE WHICH MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.POOR BATTING BY INDIA.LIKELY CALLED HOME LIONS.BUT ITS THE VEERU WE R WAITING FOR.

  • tick on August 2, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    ignore all indian comments...they are in state of denial...i can't believe how much i am enjoying this...pakistan has played 47 matches in england won 9 and lost 20...india have plyed 50 and won 5 lost 25.....i am just trying to help indians accept...

  • jahman on August 2, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Again, India has no excuses. The West Indies showed how fragile the Indian batting is. It is great that the same posters who were dismissive of West Indies are now made to bow and make excuses.

  • on August 2, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    haha thts is so funny that atlast TENDULKAR was able to reach half century and lost by big margin proving weneva he scores india loses LMAO....

  • bumsonseats on August 2, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    if england do get to the # 1 spot at the end of this series then they deserve to be top. if and when they lose they will not be # 1 its as simple as that. when they get beat overseas their position will change. we have as much right as any test team to top the ratings. to win the premier league in football in the uk at the end of the season the team with most points in the league wins. but that position may change many times thoughout the season. who knows at any given time in the cricket league positions will change. im sure if england go top they will deserve to be just as india have been top. dpk

  • big_al1980 on August 2, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    I think the situation can be summed up best thus - if any team in the world are playing this England side at the moment, then they better make sure that they have prepared properly and are in some kind of decent form. Otherwise they will quite simply get taken apart and battered, as we no longer take any prisoners and have been playing consistently good cricket for some time now (3-1 away in Aus, all by an innings & these last two are testament to that fact). We also still have fighting qualities that we showed in 2009 as this team were improving, securing an Ashes victory at home and series draw in SA when we were frequently under the cosh. Indian fans would do well to remember that for this test, Tremlett was injured and had to make way for Bresnan (who was excellent), Swann injured his left hand which although not his bowling hand still seemed to bother him, and we had to re-jig our batting order to accomodate Trott's injury (Bell played a sublime innings at 3). That's how it's done

  • on August 2, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    This is the beginning of the down fall of Indian cricket team.......4-nil looks very much on the cards.. India can win at home by preparing dead pitches and fixing some matches.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on August 2, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    So once again the "WORLD NO 1" is demolished by England...If still some people consider india deserve to be No 1 they should not comment here...mediocre performance by Team india...They were hampered against English bowling i believe that NZ would performed better then india and just imagine had England won the toss the match would ended within three days...

  • Hammond on August 2, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    I don't think England have to win in India to be number one- look at India they've never ever beaten Australia at home and yet have obtained number one in the rankings. Anyway, these batsman that make up the main part of India's middle order will retire soon and then players like Mikund and Yuvraj will come, players who jump like rabbits every time there is some life in the pitch and a real fast bowler puts it up under the chin. India are about to slide down the same slippery slope that Australia is still on. It's good for the game I think. Now all we need is a resurgant West Indies side and all will be well in the world. Go England and Long Live Test Cricket!

  • skijock82 on August 2, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Please bring in Badrinath to the Indian test team. He is in the mold of Dravid and has great technique and focus. He needs to be given atleast a couple of series to prove himself at the Test level. Its sad that they picked him only for his IPL performances in the T20 and ODI squads.

  • MaruthuDelft on August 2, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Only 4 Indian players have class to face top teams out side Sub-continent. But even they are inadequate. Tendulkar; the problem with him is even if he starts well suddenly he goes into defensive mode and then gets out. Dravid; I always maintain slow scoring won't help becuase bowlers become confident so if even if they can't get Dravid they get the other batsmen out so Dravid too is not helping India's course. Laxman; he looks old and fragile which too makes the opposition tail spring up. Zaheer; he doesn't have the stamina to bowl India to victory. Mind you Sehwag has not proved he can excel when he was targeted; he failed in SA recently. Yuvraj can't play the short ball; no way. So is Suresh Raina. Ghambir too is not great against good bowling. Now it is high time selectors should test Badrinath. Kohli must be immediate called in and asked to attack. Varun should join Ishant and Zaheer. Ashwin should replace Harbajan.

  • Stark62 on August 2, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    HAHAHAHA

    Even Pakistan with their atrocious fielding, buttered fingered wicket keeper and its batting disorder did better!

  • ShaniJ on August 2, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Thats it I think India can say bye bye to No.1 position.Their performance has been on a downward since the World cup.They hardly beat the West indies and now they have been given a thrashing by the English!!!

  • WayneGo on August 2, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Since Andy Flower took over from Duncan Fletcher, England have gone from strength to strength. I wonder where Fletcher is now...

  • on August 2, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Tim Bresnan cannot be dropped after his effort here a 90 and a 5 for and wickets in 1st innings also, he has great stats with bat and ball in test cricket so far. Tremlett must come back in, and with broad in great form all of a sudden with bat and ball that means he cant be dropped either, leaving anderson who also wouldnt be dropped, that leaves eoin morgan looking like a cooked goose at number 6 because england need a 5th bowler realistically, with Prior being such a good batsman and broad and bresnan also being allrounders who average 30+ with the bat, there is no need to have morgan at 6 ( his average is only 34 anyway) Bresnan actually has better batting stats then morgan. Also Strauss needs to go but the selectors wont drop him, next match i think bresnan moves up to 7, prior 6, broad 8, then tremlett in for morgan.

  • TheUnforgiven on August 2, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @landl47 Agreed with your statement that SL never looked like winning any of the matches. The bowling was terrible. However cannot agree with your statement that the series would have been 3-0 to England if it wasnt for the rain. At Lords SL scored 479 and 127/3. Although they didn't look like winning this one they never looked like losing it too. At Rose Bowl it's a fair prediction if you say Eng would have won if so much play wasnt lost. However even then SL was fighting hard by playing out 104 overs and scoring 334/5 so there is a chance SL could have saved the match even without rain as was apparent in the series SL batted well during periods where there was sunshine. Overall SL batting was way better than India where 300+ scores were achieved thrice (including 2 400+ scores).

  • kingishere on August 2, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    England did play very well in this series so far and they deserve all a pat on the back for a job well done. If they continue this lead and win the series with a margin of 2-0 or 3-1 they will be crowned # 1 test side. But they would be the most undeserving team to be have crowned #1 in tests. When India became #1 they had already defeated England in england. drew in SA and AUS. Completely dominated at home. So they were much better team. If England tour India they would be dragged into total submission in any number of tests they play. So dont brag more about england. They were lucky to get to the #1 position but may not last long at that place. Coming back to India, 20-20 is killing Indian talent. I can understand if Abhinav can't play short stuff but when will Yuvraj or Raina learn to play bouncers. Raina seems to have forgotten how to play test cricket. We are merely selecting test team on the basis of one day/t20 performance.

  • coolmask on August 2, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    BCCI make your moves. Reinstate Irfan Pathan who can bowl much better than Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma. Yes, he lacks speed but he can make it up by his variations .If you do not invest in him you will be wasting some very good talent. Secondly it is HIGH TIME India starts thinking beyond VVS, Dravid, and 10tenlkar as you have to go into phase two. India should keep B team ready soon as the old horses are tiring. Breed youngsters to fill their shoes or you will be be left with Mukunds and Muralis who always fail in bigger games. England have successfully revamped their team and they believed in themselves and worked towards achieving the number 1 spot. Will you do likewise to sustain the present position. Act fast.

  • Rage468 on August 2, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    I think ICC should conduct a two TEST championships. one of strong teams comprising of eng, aus, sri, sa, pak. And another comprising of ind, zim, kenya, ireland, newzealand.

  • Tigersrini on August 2, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Hi Guys, We have to be ruthless if we want to retain No. 1 spot. We missed opportunities twice in the first two days. It is not West Indies. It is after all England who are No 2. We allowed Stuart Broad and Swan to rescue them in the first innings and then when we were 267-4 we should have added at least another 180-200 runs but instead we fell like nine pins. Couple of things which I have noticed - Establised Indian batsman don't want to protect bowlers while batting and Dhoni not having a Thirdman, I would like to have one instead of even midoff where we gave nothing less than 175-200 runs, it is really funny. Anyway hope we learn from our mistakes. Come out with at least one win and a draw which will be enough to retain No 1 spot

  • smartguy786 on August 2, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    What apoor performance by India , is the generation change due already!

  • on August 2, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    As a die-hard Indian cricket fan, I always felt deep down we don't deserve to be No. 1 in Tests until we have a genuine fast bowler in the team. Our weak bowlers are letting our batters down for over 2 decades now. England at the moment are looking very strong for they have who should be!!! As for some stray SL fans, stop making jokes here, by saying your team is better than India at least in Tests!!!

  • pom_don on August 2, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    To nav84 I think the huge difference between India & England at the moment is professionalism & work ethic plus the will to win & yes England might struggle on the sub continent flat tracks but I am 100% convinced they would not 'roll over' like the Indian side has done, if the big three are skittled out it seems the rest of the team just give up!

  • atuljain1969 on August 2, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    In the end I have been proved right. India lost , because they failed to cpature the decisive moments in the match.

    But they rightly earned a days holiday, by getting out on 4th day itself. One need to look in the past when in similar situation India lost on 4th day, though could have xtended it to 5th day.

  • _Australian_ on August 2, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    To me recently it is no coincidence that the Team playing the best Test cricket have most players barely playing T20 cricket. Time for players to decide what is more important to them and stick with it.

  • Sobat on August 2, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    This is a great Win...... and it put India where they deserve to be..... All Indian media ...comentators and everybody involve in the game in India wanted to boost India as a team from out of Space and they wanted everybody to except they are the giants of the game now days.... but this loss have shown the world that India is just a team that had a good time ..... in last one year... Wow im so proud to be a Sri Lanken man .... hey our guys did hold the fort much more better and strongly even with no bowlers to back up and even without a captain in the last game and all the nonsense in SLC in much more alian conditions that India face now.

  • Munkeymomo on August 2, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    I thought India would come back strong in this test and to be fair they did (they started off excellently, Sreesanth came in and bowled well) but eventually England came good. But one thing is for sure, with Sehwag, Gambhir and Khan back next test they will come back strongly, they're too good a side not to. Oh and IMO India should play Mishra in the next test (I thought he should have played from the start, high class bowler, as is Pragyan Ojha).

    Still, its nice to enjoy England playing so well at the moment, hasn't happened all that often in my 15 years as a cricket fan.

  • abhi_cricinfo on August 2, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    From an Indian cricket fan . Congrats England for becoming World No.1 Test Team , it took you 130 years of International cricket exposer , 4 SA players and one Irish man but you have finally done it . For me it is end of cricket following because i dont see any future for India in cricket . Cheers !

  • straightdrive1 on August 2, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    This Eng team is just too good at the moment. The way Anders, Broad and Bresnan were bowling, it would have been tough for any other batting unit to score many runs. Having said that, it seems like we Ind cricketers never learn. How many times will Raina,Yuvi get out to short balls. They know its their weakness, yet we see no improvement series after series. There is no shame in losing to this Eng team as they are better prepared and play well as a team. But the shame lies in the way we lost, not just on the filed, but off the field. Agreed, we did not have Gauti, Sehwag and Zak due to injuries and they are a very key part of the team.However, the fact that the richest board in the world does not know how to manage injuries to players and their fitness is bad. After IPL, Zak had a month and half to recover and get fitter. He could have come to Eng and played some practice games and get acclimatised better.But he did not.That is where the key diff b/n Eng & Ind is.We can still come back

  • thecutec on August 2, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    I will never blame Indian bowlers, they done a great job in first innings. The batsmen failed to take adv of what the bowlers done. We had 4 days in hand and our batsmen bundled out with in 1 days time? unbelievable isn't it?? The pitch did not look threatening but batsmen failed except for RD, VVS, Yuvi. India lacked discipline and had over confidence that they can beat Eng easily. We can understand Dhoni is out of form but that doesnt mean all our batsmen are out of form??? India shuld get back the respect from the viewers, who filled up in the gallery thinking of seeing a world class display, true cricket lovers must be disappointed and even me watching whole day in TV.

  • on August 2, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Well this was actually destined to happen. A long cricket schedule which doesen't seem to have a pause and then under the swinging English wickets, only one 3 day practice match. It is very mournful actually to say, that an International side, management etc. thought that would be enough for the team under conditions wherein swing is almost impossible to play.

    However full marks to England. They deserve it. And from here on, it seems that they will win the series 3-1 and in the last test match India will manage to sneak in a victory thus, fitting in the shoes that read "Best Comeback Team" and back home every1 will forget the past and re-crown Dhoni and his men as heroes.

    And the story continues. The moneymakers will continue making money by organising more lucrative tournaments. And players performance will continue to degrade. Harbhajan is the prime example. What a bowler he was before. And now he even forgot his attacking skills and bowls defensive line in a TEST MATCH!!!

  • chapathishot on August 2, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Mark my words " INDIA WILL STILL BE NUMBER ONE TEST TEAM WHEN THE SERIES IS OVER"

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 2, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Just goes to show India can only play on flat batting friendly wickets with no bounce.

  • reality_check on August 2, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    India should not travel abroad if it wants to retain #1 ranking in the world. This pretty much sums it all up.

  • on August 2, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    India is certainly in decline and Eng, SA & Australia are all on the up. I feel their slide will continue further down the rankings after they surrender their short-lived no.1 ranking at the end of the series. Too many 'oldies' to be effective in the medium term. Goodbye India! Seems the western teams will re-emerge (rightly) as the dominant sides for many years to come.

  • Cricket_Junky on August 2, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    In England, Even Bangladesh played better cricket than World No 1 India. Surely, now everybody knows India is only No 1 in India and they are only champions in India.

  • on August 2, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    England have been superb, but it looks like India are already missing Gary Kirsten. There's a visible difference in motivation and attitude and I wouldn't be surprised if England extended their current lead.

  • on August 2, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Who says England will struggle on the subcontinent? At the moment, England's batsman are on a par with India's, and England a much greater depth of players and talent. Also, we have the best spinner in the world, whereas Harbhajan is becoming increasingly ineffective.

  • on August 2, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Indian batsmen once again proved they r not best when it comes to technique and temperament against swing bowling congrats to England they outclass india yet again !

  • harshagl123 on August 2, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    not a very good captaincy by dhoni-especially the field setup... horrible fielding too by the fielders.. losing by such a great no. of runs..unexpected

  • on August 2, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    world no 1 test side should take more pride in their performances!

  • on August 2, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    india desever this defeat. i am so happy that england has won. Saqib from Pakistan. England will win the series

  • Drew2 on August 2, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    What an I hearing? India not playing well at the moment? England winning because they are in form. Wake up. England's convincing win down under was no fluke. I hate to say it, but they are a very good side. They have strong batting, a balanced bowling attack and like Australia from previous years, they are regularly fighting their way out of pressure situations into positions of dominance. They also have depth to call on, so stop with the excuses such as Zaheer and Sewag injured. Great sides cover these losses.

  • on August 2, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Excellent performance england - outclassed India!

  • on August 2, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    only if the indian team could play outside subcontinent as good as their fans, media, fans, commentators, fans, administrators, fans, markets and fans :). when is the last time in last two decades have we seen no#1 labeled team going down 2-0. I guess little bit of due respect to the neirghbours in the subcontinent would go a long way in this difficult times ;).

  • on August 2, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    This is big shame the way indians played in the last two test matches. They did not showed any character and guts to fight. I was expecting good cricket from them. On the other hand England has shown the unity and aggression to triumph India. I hope India will come back in the coming games. If they fail again in batting then I will get impression that India cant compete even a club team in swinging conditions.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 2, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Players like Raina simply don't know how to survive in test cricket against sustained hostile short pitched bowling. These England players play 17 four day first class matches every season against high class opposition from around the world before they get into the test side. Why doesn't BCCI spend some of its billions creating a structure of first class cricket which can sustain excellence and make the gap between domestic first class and test cricket easier to bridge? Perhaps even taking the IPL franchises and making them the basis of the domestic first class game? We need a shorter IPL, less ODI's and longer test tours with more first class warmup matches for touring sides. The popularity of IPL and ODI's will not be diminished by less matches - it will be enhanced. Let us protect all our assets by ensuring they are not overexposed. And let us reinstate test cricket to what it is - the crown jewels of the sport - by making sure teams are at their best when they engage in it.

  • on August 2, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    I dont like the attitude of the BCCI and the Indian team, just because they won the WC they cant have things for granted.. Actually i was happy that ENG won these 2 test matches , atleast India will learn some lessons , Dhoni is saying that bowlers are continuosly bowling after WI tour , even the ENG bowlers are bowling continuosly after the SL series , wwhy they are not tired??? stupid reasons... Gambir and Sehwag played IPL and skipped the WI series due to injury and still they havent recovered from their injury , i dont think gambir is fully fit before the ENG tour..Sachin wants to spend time with his family means he should skip the IPL and spend , why cant u do that man?? Test cricket is not street cricket.. even while playing street cricket , the guys will be more active than u guys on the field.. pls dont say we lost zaheer so we lost game, thats stupid.. if sehway comes back and if he didnt perform , i know what they will say "he was coming back from injury so couldnt play well"

  • Clive_Dunn on August 2, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    I think the thing I've taken away from the series so far is how poor the technique is from the younger Indian batsmen. Dravid is still class, but the likes of Raina, Mukund and Yuravj just don't have the technique to play of bouncier, seaming wickets against high class bowling. For me it's a worry for test cricket in general, is this a sign that ODI and 20/20 cricket has taught a generation of cricketers that knowing where their off-stump is, leaving the ball and ducking the short stuff isn't as important as hitting a length ball out of the park. Or did the BCCI send the wrong players over ?

  • chamalqif on August 2, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    India should study from SL team how to survive. It will help them to finish the series 2-2, or at least 2-0 instead of 4-0. Sachin - only a legend (no more valid), Doni - worst wicketkeeper/ bowler, Haribajan - neither spinner nor all-rounder, Dravid - struggle to survive, Mukund - worst opener india ever found, Khan - one play, three sleeps, Raina - 20/20 is the cricket, Yuwaraj - Still studying what is the test cricket. Respect PK and Ishanth.

  • on August 2, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    England is a better side let us all admit. I don't think we would witness a white wash.

  • sachmon on August 2, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    well done England.. u guys deserve to win.. we are disappointed being an Indian fan.... But still INDIA make us proud by winning the nest two matches with a margin of innings defeat against England.. .All the BEST team INDIA.... WE are always behind you....

  • thamishka on August 2, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Shewag can do no difference.If all r failing then how only shewag will play the new ball?

  • INIDAN_Nandi on August 2, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    India is a good team , A team cannot b judged by 2 successive loss, England r feeling proud as if they done some great work, Win & lose r the 2 phases of the game, the real part is India din perform well, This is all due to conditions adjustment and mental prepareness..So sometimes it make take sometime, I think Abhinav mukund should b shown door....he got enough chances...

  • on August 2, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    India do not deserve to be No. 1 in the World.

  • RecordHunter on August 2, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Its time to beat Ireland, Zimbabwe and secure your place.....

  • on August 2, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    First of all congratulations to England for their comprehensive wins.India with out some key players is not an excuse at all. After all you can always field only your best eleven available. IPL having an effect here for sure. That's why Sehwag & Saheer playing IPL and getting injured before the Eng tour. Also Sachin , Rahul & VVS all are not getting any younger. And fast bowling dept:, pathetic to say the least as always. But yet it is premature to tag Eng as the next undisputed world no:1 just as Aus and Windies. Let them wim series in subcontinental conditions.

  • on August 2, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    There are a lot of things being said out here... venting out the emotions... yes the team India did not perform in a way befitting No:1 test side...may be even a test side at times... these are hard times.. the fans will have to back the team to come back stronger... we cannot make any more excuses (Very silly ones)... and embarrass the game of cricket further... Congrats England for sound cricket and MSD for upholding Spirit of cricket..

  • Viz-from-OZ on August 2, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    A tough campaign against a smart SL side has setup England's season!

  • thamishka on August 2, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    I think Sri lanka played far better than India amidst bad weather.They scored 400 runs in tow innings. just lost the first match all though played well in first innings.

  • crksl on August 2, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka only lost one test and it was in bad weather condition too. India already lost 2 tests. I think Sri Lanka is much better side in English condition.

  • on August 2, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    What ever it may be we love this INDIAN TEAM, they have made us proud in many moments, we cant hate them, because we love them... sachin, dravid, laxman, sehwag, zak, yuvi, gauti,dhoni, we are with u....... just do what u can in the coming up matches.......... bell took away the match from india.. he is a much better batsman then what he have been rated.....broad bowled excellently....

  • on August 2, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Hopefully it won't be 4-0.England is not that strong,but the way india is playing you never know.No batting,No bowling,No Fielding.Right now the Indian team would loose to Canada,not because of tallent but because they looks so given-up and looks like they just wan't to go back to India.Some players were rested for this tour for nothing.

  • nav84 on August 2, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    continuing from my last post, ppl should realize this is not an era of complete dominance. no team is bad enough to be dominated at home. so the key to be no1 is, dominate at your backyard and survive outside. this india managed to do well so far and thus managed to remain no1. now england will have to do same. they cn not think of becoming steave waugh's australia not cos they r not as good as them, but cos rest are not as bad as others were during that period. even at its best steve waugh's australia cld not defeat india in india. n m sure they wld hv struggled to defeat this england team in england. so mayb nw england fans will realize how unfair it was towards india, comparing indian team to steve's australia. cos its gonna start happen to them soon, when they will struggle in subcontinent.

  • ind_26 on August 2, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    hi i dont understand y pepole keep balming if india lost 2 matchs. it happens to all countrys cos its a sport. no one can keep on winning every match. even england has lost series in past in india. ofcourse they deserive this win but same time in future when they tour to india its gona b tough for them to beat india in india.every country is powerful on its own soil. india has lost 1st time line test matches after long time but it doenst mean that india is not going to win again. its time fr england fans and the people who doesnt like india cricket to blame. but when india starts winning al these people will shut their mouth and they dont even bother to read news in cricinfo about india winning. i atleast will support this team cos im a indian. i know in last 2 tests india didnt play well and there are no excuses for that and same time england has played beautyfull. but still series is nt over and i dont worry much if india lost this series also cos no one can win all the matches.

  • roshan.rasane on August 2, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    We should not overreact to this loss. Everybody knew, India's bowling is poor and batting can fall some day. Fortunately both appeared same time and everyone now know overrated Indian. India though climbed no. 1, but there batsman never worked collectively except Dravid, Laxman and Sachin. Once opposition team gets these 3, the other 8 are easy fish. They will automatically give you wickets.

    BCCI and Indian management should learn a lesson from this and set a long term goal of making good bowlers. You can not be no 1 without some good bowlers. Except Zaheer, India unfortunately do not have any International class bowler left. Bhajji was once had class, but it seems he has forgotten bowling and form.

  • nav84 on August 2, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    hope english fans dont make the same mistakes indian fans made. hope they realize that their great side and their great bench strength will look as meek and fallible in india and subcontinent as india is looking right now in england. dont forget in india, india's bench players murli vijay, pujara, kohli, mishra, ashwin etc will be enough to annihilate england just like bresnan, broad, prior and bell r proving to b enough for india. believe me murli vijay and kohli and raina will milk anderson and broad as if they are county bowlers and ur batsmen will find hard to get past the legspin of mishra. so dont start boasting about ur team and its bench strength unless they are tested in india against india. njoi ur no1 status for as long as it is with you cos its not going to stay with you for long.

  • kevinpp24 on August 2, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    I've been following England since Andy Flower took over and I think they improved a lot as a team and as individuals. They are showing lot of character even when their team is down, which was clearly visible in all forms of the game. I'll give you their coaches 1. Andy Flower(head), 2. Graham Gooch(bat), 3. David Saker(pace), 4. Mustaq Ahmed(spin), 5. Bruce French(keep), 6. Richard Halsall(field), thus by covering every corners. Yes everybody has coachesbut you can see them at their balcony watching every move of their players. And Andy Flower manages them well, considering who should and when to play county cricket. Remember they arranged Surrey stint for KP to regain form. I'm not comparing them to other teams, I'm just pointing out the differences. All in all England looks complete professional unit, even if they win or loose. You can see the difference, they playing it like a war-field.

  • SudharsanVM on August 2, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    India can use the following strategy. So far used two fit pacers in first test. Three pacers in second test. So in third test, can go with four pacers in place of bhajji. If yuvi or raina didn't perform in third test, can go with five pacemen attack by including munaf in fourth with all guns blazing. So far have tried different combinations in five tests after world cup. Why don't try this combination. one last chance. one last experimentation.I think even God can't save India this series. One has to accept that a new ENG era has started. Fitness issues, injury concerns, Aged and old players, lack of reserves and a captain finding excuses for everything. Its the end of the short era for Indian supremacy.

  • on August 2, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    The SL fans - whom I respect far more than the majority of Indian fans on here - have forgotten that yes, you drew two tests - but they were due to losing a couple of days play in each of those games with the weather. Fair to say your team looked better than the Indians currently does though!

    Can't wait for us to play in the sub continent - especially Morgan who plays spin far better than pace.

  • stcprasad on August 2, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    you are absolutly right "merandy".SL played better than this indian team.

  • on August 2, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    So, its clear. We had a weak opening partnership, since WI tour. But INDIAN team managed because of good bowling and fielding. But in eng, everything failed. Good opening stand would have posted a fighting. So, dhoni and selectors should think of next opening pair apart from viru and gg. They are one of the reason for our top spot in test. And also look for quality spinner. think out of box, selectors.

  • michael9188722 on August 2, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    They say india is the no.1 team,but they dont act as a no. 1 team in this tour.Team relies on shehwag & zaheer khan.what are the other members doing in the team,why dont they drop harbhajan and give a chance to mishra.

  • crisspyman on August 2, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    This what happens if u underestimate a team...A lot of Indian fans were saying that Indian legends are goin to score tons of runs...But what happened to them...Cricket fatigue isnt it???

  • on August 2, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    In my book you dont qualify as the world's best team if you blame defeats on one or two missing players. The Aussies of the 90's/early 00's often played without the likes of Warne, Mcgrath, Ponting and still won games. So India needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new tagline...perhaps "The World's best team... as long as all our key players are playing, the pitch is to our liking, and the other team doesnt bowl bouncers at us"

    Congrats to England! I think they are a mediocre ODI team, but probably are the best in tests now.

  • IndieFan on August 2, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Congratulations Team England. That was a great victory!! You have shown that you deserve to be No.1 Test Team. As an Indian fan I am ashamed right now.That was a humiliating defeat. Hope Indians put up some fight in the next 2 matches and get back some pride.

  • chamila_sl on August 2, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Awesome ! India is never the team that we see in advertisements.. They need to learn how to play proper cricket. Well done Eng !

  • ivanmanoj on August 2, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    "its just a bend not an end".............tigers will roar again.....

  • MiddleStump on August 2, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Sublime England?!! I guess the trick is to find a crippled team with only 3 bowlers and no regular opening batsmen and pound them for two tests.

  • DazTaylor on August 2, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    The Indian fans are moaning about no Sehwag, Gambhir, Khan. Well, a measure of a successful side is strength in depth and India do not have it. By the way, Sehwag, averages less than 30 in England. England, as an aside, currently have Tremlett, Finn, Shahzad, Dernbach, Woakes not in the side from a bowling perspective. As for batsman, we currently have Taylor, Bopara, Hales, Hildreth, Stokes to come in. Strength in depth.

  • amilag on August 2, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    England have good back-up players. Chris Tremllet was their best bowling performer in SL series and Bresnan, the replacement remarkably performed in the match which shows the quality o fEnglish Cricket. On the other hand India have not good replacements nor talented young players to replace quite old stars. Without giving lame excuses India has to accept the England is far better side than their side.

  • IndieFan on August 2, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Congratulations Team England. That was a great victory!! You have shown that you deserve to be No.1 Test Team. As an Indian fan I am ashamed right now.That was a humiliating defeat. Hope Indians put up some fight in the next 2 matches and get back some pride.

  • on August 2, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    I am highly delighted by the way England defeated India by the margin of 319 runs to take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the 4-test series. The vivtory has given England a huge confidence to do well in the third test as India must have to win it but for England, the last test will only be a decider. Anyway, England should not take India lightly even after achieving such a magnificient victory because Sehwag, Gambhir and Khan will be returning for the third test at Edgbaston in Birmingham and the home team must be careful regarding it. England should think of dismantling India in the third test too to dislodge the Asian team from it's top ranking. All the best England.

  • on August 2, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    i must say that this indian team after performing like this is very much overrated.coz a much underrated and inexperienced srilankan team proved to b much better against england as compared to glorious india.srilanka were never seriously challenged by england except in one innings which cost them the series.otherwise they easily matched the powers of england on their home soil in the whole series.all hails to mighty overrated no1 india.

  • on August 2, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    first all well done England and best of luck for next two matches,Indians talking about full strength team didn't play that's why they lost. that's a very kiddish argument which they use to justify their loose,cricket is a team game,when all the team members struggle except Dravid then how they are going to change things by only shewag or sheer khan,Are they two magic men or mantra gurus? Indian fans please make up your kiddish mind till India play with Zimbabwe in Eden garden then you can be the world no1.

  • vinchester on August 2, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    INdia {my country} have been beaten so badly; The board has been brought back to earth & its senses. The age old weakness against fast balls in England from the days of Alec Bedser remain. What a shame; If some concerned officials including Dhoni have any self respect they will step down.

  • on August 2, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    So HUGE this Margin India lost!!! Are they power is staring to decline after winning the World Cup?. They may lose the Test Series but you will never know what's gonna happen when it comes to ODIS.

  • KjM4trix on August 2, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    India should move on from here. They have had three bad days in office, one warm up match and two test matches. I have a feeling that, by the law of averages, India will do well in rest of the tour and the good days are not far off.

  • on August 2, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Well Done England...India deserve this lost, Best Wishes for 4-0.

  • santanam73 on August 2, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    if the indian can not field 11 fit and in form players for series like they do not deserve to be the no. 1 team. hats of to england

  • tjsimonsen on August 2, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    @ Apoorva Shah: if you said that Shewag and Ghambir batting together for an hour MIGHT take the game away from England, your comments would be acceptable. When you say that they WILL, it's just blatant arrogance, as if they have a historical right to do so. The fact is that India had the possibility to take this game away from England TWICE - and yet they didn't manage. Or rather England didn't let them, which is the true measure of this English side's strength. As for India preparing spinning tracks when England will visit the nest time. Well, I certainly hope that they do. As I have said several times on these pages, I am hugely in favour of sporting wickets. Furthermore, seamers can be a handful on spinning tracks as well if they hit the seam and land the ball in the right areas constantly. Finally, India doesn't seem to have a world class spinner anymore...

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 2, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    One day you win, one day you lose.. But when Sri Lanka lost the 1st Test & Last ODI in England so many Indian fans commented Sri Lanka is weak.Some Indian fans stated that SL is blaming to overcast weather while not rectifying their weaknesses. But look now Indians fans are also giving so many excuses for losing 2 tests in a row.(SL Lost only 1& they managed to draw other 2). But we are not doing the same thing what Indian fans did when SL lost to ENG. Every team is strong at home. That's what happened in WC & now in ENG. But India won the WC in ENG 1983. That was a remarkable victory in history of Cricket.Eng test batting lineup is very strong when they play at home. What happened to India in these 2 tests was lack of commitment from the batsmen.Missing Gautham & Shewag is a big blow to IND, but they had world no:1 batsman Sachin with Dravid & Laxman. Dhoni is a very good ODI batsman but not in Test matches.So no need excuses.Keep trying..IND can win the next game..Good Luck...

  • on August 2, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Dont be surprised if it is 4-0 to England. This is not just because India lost the 2nd test and I am frustrated.England seem to be doing better in all 3 depts...And India does not have the aura of the num 1 team..They simply dont..And as somebody said, its very odd to notice that Sachin scores at irrelevant situations and even if he does he doesnt go on till the end. Gets outs easily after a brief stay at the crease..

  • on August 2, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    It is a worrying factor that india has lost this match in a huge margin, the players did not prepare for the series properly, however, we can't expect the same England can beat india in india by this margin, impossible. Always home advantage is going to play a big factor. The same England unit was thrashed by SL in recent world cup in SL, so everyone is lion/tiger at their own backyard.

    The fans(from all sides) only make such things(quarrel)....of course respective fans will support their home team only as a first choice, for which we should not degrade other teams. Moreover, what will happen if india continue to win remaining two tests matches and then make it as a 2-2 series drawn.

    In cricket anything can happen, so let us stop blaming each other enjoy the moments....surely for the moment England deserved this win, can Strauss claim that we can beat india in remaining test matches comfortably, he will not let loose talk just he will try it by action. it's all in the game....

  • rajufer on August 2, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Are you sure India is world number one. OR still warming up for the next match?

  • on August 2, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @Sanjaya Weerakkody.. hats off to u man..ur comment is the best of those 130 comments.. keep saying the right thing .. i m wid u

  • Yusuff on August 2, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    So one more chance goes abegging for Team India. As usual all our players were in a hurry except for the great man Sachin. While England scored 500plus Team India found it amazingly difficult to score on the same pitch.Atleast a score of 300 plus wud have been a consolation. Indan players never get the attitude of putting a prize on their wicket. Being an Indian myself i find it very hard to digest that our team is not playing to its full potential. One more match like this and we r going to lose our prized possesion, the no.1 ranking to England.Will team India atleast fight to save the title which has been with us for the past 2 years. Come on Dhoni show us ur magic.

  • jagsrah on August 2, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    A country of more than a billion people and a pool of youngsters no other country can ever boast..All the great ex-cricketers and now commentators went gaga over the immense advantage of IPL in generating young talent..And the reason we give for losing two tests is the absence of two cricketers..Ridiculous..Never once with the No 1 ranking did India ever have a similar sense of invincibility.All those who ridiculed the Lankan players for missing IPL for tests need to realise why the other boards are adamant about training for tests..IPl is good but don't plan it at the cost of our cricketers schedule and will any Indian player ever skip it for training for an important test series ?

  • on August 2, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    The loss against a well prepared and well oiled machine like the England team is not at all surprising. The Indian team yet consists besides a few old stalwarts, and is mainly one day cricket specialists. Dhoni has failed as batsman but the only one day player who has done well is Praveen Kumar. The second reason is the illprepared and unfit players who were part of the team. Anyway. let us hope lessons are learnt and we prepare a proper team for Test cricket.

  • on August 2, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    If India are to level the series - this has to be playing eleven for the rest of the series - sehvag, gambhir,dravid, sachin, laxman, yuvraj / raina , dhoni, kumar, ishant, bhajji / rpsingh, zaheer

  • on August 2, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    dhoni should be dropped as test captain, he is thriving on the well built team, made by sourav ganguly, dhoni cant even bat as well, his test average is only 37, comparing with the likes of other test keepers, this is far too less. he should take the decision to step down as test captain...

  • on August 2, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    i am disappointed with the Indian loss...but i would not write them off straight away..i know the series is lost...England played better cricket..but guys WE ARE THE WORLD CHAMPS..and that is the bottom line..we have been playing some great cricket over the last 5 years in Australia, England, SA, West Indies, NZ, Sri Lanka...its just this series that the team is not clicking..my friends Anderson and broad are good enough when the ball swings...when it doesnt they are no good...look how every team belted anderson in the world cup...Swann aint that great..only an over hyped off spinner..TEAM INDIA..Your country supports you...time to show why we are number one...lets GO..JAI HIND.

  • on August 2, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Indians lost the first two matches, not at all a good thing.

    reasons for losing: poor fielding, and i don't know what Indian batsmen think they are batting? leaving 80 % of the balls (bowled) untouched?? leaving more than 80% balls untouched is not a cricket at all, how could one expect to make runs if you are afraid of even playing all the balls?.. a strong suggestion for Team India is to please improve your fielding, and at least try to score some runs by playing more no of balls, don't leave almost all the balls untouched. Englands tylenders scored more runs by playing and atleast trying to play almost all balls . poor Indian Players please improve and level the series 2-2...

  • BhushanPheonix on August 2, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    If India needs to bounce back they need to be mentally more fit. It was very evident that they ran out of ideas and plans. I would suggest in the upcomng matches india sort out things mentally, they need some new faces and fresh feet and persons who can give new ideas, currently they are a jaded unit, unable to think and just going through their motions, whether its because of continuous cricket or some thing else needs to be analysed by the management. As a fan of Indian team, i would like them to be fresh and do not think about cricket for the next couple of days and come out with fresh mind and new thoughts this shall make them bounce back.... All the best India you can do it......

  • on August 2, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    England TRAMPLE India is right! Love all the silly excuses the Indian fans are making- please have the decency and sporting spirit to admit that India was outplayed and outclassed by a far superior England team! India is certainly not the best Test team in the world- clearly that title belongs elsewhere! Every other nation's fans already knew this- now the Indians know also! England is definitely in a class apart when it comes to Test cricket. South Africa, India, Australia and Sri Lanka bring up the second tier and the rest are in the third tier! Congratulations England on assuming #1 ranking in test cricket!

  • on August 2, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    If India Have to draw a next match My XI Would be: 1) Sehwag 2) Gambhir 3) Dravid 4) Tendulkar 5) Laxman 6) Yuvraj 7) Dhoni 8) Mishra 9) P.Kumar 10) Z.Khan 11) Sreesanth/Munaf.........

  • PV-Indian on August 2, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Why no one talks about Duncan Fletcher???? Isn't he the Indian coach equally responsible for the defeats?

  • on August 2, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    lets face it. India were never really the world no. 1 as was Australia earlier or WI much earlier. India just squeaked series victories and even there had suffered some very unflattering defeats. Indian batting is the most OVER RATED BATTING in the world. Even in this test I can say that the English batsman got out to better balls than Indian batsman. Meaning than Indian bowlers had to bowl better balls to get the Englishmen out than they had to to get the Indians out. Now about our bowling. We keep cribbing about the lack of pace and the one genuinely quick bowler we have now is VARUN AARON. He is in Australia with the emerging Indian side. And in the 3 matches so far he has played two and in one bowled 2 overs and in another come to bowl at 3rd change. Thsi is a guy who has a recorded delivery of 150+kms ph and consistently bowls in the high 140s. We should work to see that he is in the Indian side when he still bowling quick and not bring him in in some docile pitch.

  • Trioboy on August 2, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    How many Indian fans still think you can level the series? Hands up!! IPL craze has really ruined proper cricket of India. Yet they aren't even the T20I champs, England is. :p

  • lelepopo on August 2, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    No Lame Excuses you are number 1 test team then you should have a good backup of every thing you have lose 2 test in a row and get ready for another 1. A team consistently performing well in home series and what happen when they leave their homeland they don't deserve number one spot. huuhh

  • prannsshu on August 2, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    @bhaloniaz totaly agree wid you....... indian fans always cme wid a reason........ bt still i think england need to go wid bopara instead of morgan... coz when indians show their form...... a part timer can be important... bops show his class in county wid 178 ...... he can provide the 5th bowling option 2..........

  • Sheela on August 2, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Enaland are definitely the better side as they have the ability to score runs as well taking 20 wickets which India sorely lacked. However, one is ashmed as an Indian that the Indian team never put up a good fight in all departments of the two Test matches. For fielding, except practice, no talent is required. Yet Indian's poor fielding can never be condoned and both the coach and the captain should be squarely blamed,

  • on August 2, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    This loss is a lesson to Dhoni and bcci because they neglecting talented players like R. P. Singh, Irfan pathan. Why these two players not selected for indian team when they show top class form. R.P singh is a huge swinger and left arm bowler can take wickets in any conditions.Irfan pathan hatrick man in test cricket who can bat too why dhoni neglecting him???? My next question is when Virat kholi, Rohit sharma, parthiv patel, amit mishra showing good form in the WI tour why BCCI and dhoni not selected for the tour??? You can say in this english condition they are new and hard to face the ball yeah but they are young legs and can able to beat the pace...My team If i am a selector 1. Shewag, 2. Gambhir 3. Rhoit sharma,4. virat kohi 5. Yuvaraj singh 6.Parthiv patel, 7.Irfan pathan(all rounder) . 8.R.P singh . 9. Amit mishra or Ashwin(both can bat). 10.praveen kumar 11. Sreeshanth 12th man yusuf pathan...

  • RonakHats on August 2, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    I think that this Indian team has for long been running around basking in the fake glory of No 1 Test Team. We have hardly met the real test teams with any conviction. Be it South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka or England. It is one thing to roar out in one's home turf and quite the opposite to trouble the opposition in their backyard. England achieved the feat of winning the Ashes in convincing fashion.Winning 3-1 in Australia is a real statement. Even England have had the problem of player injury or form from time to time. If it is Cook not in form in this series, it was Strauss struggling for runs in Australia. However, that hardly stopped them from steamrolling Australia, Sri Lanka and now India. A good team takes such problem in their stride and performs. In dia should stop faking to be number one in the test rankings and start some purposeful activity to actually achieve that Status

  • VeeruDevgun on August 2, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    It is time to send Badrinath, Dhawan, Unakdat and Robin Singh as replacements for injured 4 members of the indian team. Quite unexpectedly india has performed very badly and another reason is aging/injured indian players. England as a test team are getting stronger by the day with good batting depth, good bowling and fielding skills. if their openers also click in the third test, india have had it.

  • Anwaruzz on August 2, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Thought at the end of the series it will be 2-0 Eng but now its is 2 out of 2 for Eng. The skill and it's application by Eng is too much too superior for India to tackle, even IF Sehwag and Zaheer comes back in the 3rd test. I suggested and even now think Harby shud be dropped in favour of a 4th seamer in the next tests if the pitch is swingy and bouncy. As for the batsmen, they simply have to work out a way to bat in this English conditions. Their reputation are in deep trouble not reaching 300 in four innings batting yet. They need more Dravidian resolve to fight out the Eng bowling domination. I do not see any light at the end of the tunnel for Ind, if any, maybe it is the headlight of a runaway train approaching. Congrats Eng for being the Numero Uno of test world for the time being, you have earned it playing some beautiful cricket. Is it the best English team ever ? I am impressed.

  • LePom on August 2, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    To all those Indian fans that have posted graceful comments, well done. It is tough when on the wrong end of a bad result. To those that say things would have been different but for a depleted Indian side. Sorry, but tough. That is the way it goes. What ifs count for nothing. It is not only India that has suffered this type of setback. England has been on the wrong end of results on tours many times (lots of Ashes ones) where it could be argued that injuries to vital players were the reason (including their last tour to India). But the fact remains, those are the results, and that, in the end, is what counts. It is going to be really really tough for India to pick themselves up after this loss, even with the return of Sehwag. Yes they have a history of bouncing back strongly, but they did that on day one of this test- and England took the heat and returned it with interest, and it was India that folded. That is a huge mental setback to overcome whilst on tour.

  • 9ST9 on August 2, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    @merandy - many people share your view. At least SL lost the series in a single session for the whole series England picked up 48 wickets. Against india they have already picked up 40 wickets in just 2 games. Also it should be remembered that SL played in the early part of the summer, historically it is a very tough period for visiting teams from the subcontinent. I don't blame the Indian team, it's the Fans and BCCI that need to come down to earth.

  • on August 2, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    England's Era to Dominate the Cricketing world has just begun.... Hope they keep up to the same momentum and have it last for some time...

  • on August 2, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    India SHOULD have won this match after sending England/South Africa in on a seamer's paradise on the 1st day. As Australia found in the Ashes, these Pom bats really knuckle down mentally when the pressure is on and bat like test batsmen, no risk accumulation of runs. And they have easily the best Fast bowling group on the planet. Yes, Sth Africa have Steyne and India have Zaheer, but England have 4 TALL quality accurate medium fast bowlers who pound it into you all day long. They bowl quality ball knowing and waiting for just that one mistake. Remember the West Indies, they relied on the same principle and were No 1 for nearly 20 years. Good bats and a quartet of quality fast bowlers to choose from. The only difference is England also has Swann. In other words, this is a really good English test team. Finally people are seeing that Australia weren't that hopeless in the Ashes (apart from the spin department), its just this England team atm is easily the best in the world.

  • on August 2, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Let gambhir, sehwag and zaheer return. All the ruthlessness will turn into nothing. series will be drawn. and would love to see how england performs in India

  • landl47 on August 2, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    Just one additional comment: it's rather amusing to see several Sri Lanka fans in here saying how much better their side did than India because they only (!) lost 1-0 to England. Guys, you only lost 1-0 because the other two games were so badly affected by rain. If all three games had gone the full five days, you would have lost 3-0. Sri Lanka never took 20 wickets in any of the three games (in fact, they only bowled England out in one innings, and that was for almost 500) and were never in a position to win any of the games. 'Saved by the weather' does not count as a triumph. This Indian side has its problems, but Sri Lanka certainly didn't do any better. England has been too good for both of them.

  • deepen. on August 2, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    hopefully England will win 4-0!! And here is a side fact.....im INDIAN!!!

  • cheese86 on August 2, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    @bhaloniaz are you referring to lance klusener as one of the greats?? think you should reconsider

  • raj129 on August 2, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS England! England was really well prepared and played very good cricket - they deserve to win the series and have their day in the sun. After all, it has been so very long since England won a series against India. As for India, they have had a great run in tests and reached the pinnacle by winning the ODI WC. Unfortunately, India's reign at #1 did not last as long as Aust's or WI's but those were great teams. Shortly, India will go through a transition - it will be interesting to see if they cope better than Aust and WI after reaching lofty heights? Also, it will be interesting to see how England cope with the pressures of being number one...will they reach the heights of Aust & WI or will they buckle under the pressure and relinquish the reigns like SA? My guess is Englands longevity at the top will be about the same as India's - not quite as long as Aust/ WI but longer than SA (two months/ one series).

  • on August 2, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    One thing I learnt from Indian fans is this: During the world cup they never gave a chance to India to win. They always told me that India will not win the worldcup. Once the worldcup was won they kept on calling me to annoy and said India no 1. we won. Now they thought India will easily beat England. which is not going to happen.

    The fans are always a step behind and never look at the team strenghts before commenting. Its just an emotional issue. Just like many players in the Indian team. The players have no confidence and does not have the will to go for the kill when they see weakness.

    This is why Australia, west indies were so good in the past to remain no1. When they see the oppertunity they will take it. They play like No1 side in the world. The current Indian team is playing like school kids now.

    I think year 2014-2024 is going to be dark times for indian cricket.

  • Number1Sucks on August 2, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Well, India deserved to lose.They did not even think of putting up a fight.Looked drained mentally and physically.If a man to man comparison is done then on paper India team has a better batting line-up in the top 7. But England surely has better bowling.Three quicks bowling in home conditions at 135-140 km/hr consistently is something that is surely hard to deal with by Indian batting.Hard but not miserably impossible.It is really-really a push from the high peak of success that Indian team has enjoyed after attaining the number 1 rank in test cricket and after the world-cup win.Infact the peak has been so high that a push downwards from this peak is going to hurt really really bad which even all the Indian fans have felt too.We Indian fans have been pushed down from this high as well which has resulted in a lot of venom against our own team and suddenly it seems that team India is back to normal.Back to the old cliches of "lacking killer instinct" and "tigers at home , lambs abroad"

  • likeintcricket on August 2, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Indian team is never regarded as a great side like Australia or WI. Teams all over the world fancy their chances against them. Their batting no doubt is great on paper but the fact remains that their technique is not very good on faster tracks and green top wickets. Sachin and Dravid are exceptions. But their bowling is always thought as average all over the world except in India. Even with so many fast bowling academies and with great fast bowlers coaching them they still cannot come up with a great bowling unit. Even Pakistan with their average batting lineup put up a better fight than India last year.

  • Sanj747 on August 2, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Loving every moment of this.

  • OW-ZAAT on August 2, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    I miss the cacophony of the Indian diaspora, maybe it will pick back up during the remaining tests. =)

  • grizzle on August 2, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    Well played England! As for the Indian team, I really hope they learn the lessons they are being taught by England. As an Indian fan, for this reason beyond anything else, I will be hoping for an English victory in the remaining two Tests also.

  • thebarmyarmy on August 2, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    1 England 123, 2 India 120, 3 South Africa 118. Current top 3 as of series score. Will India be 3rd after this Test series?? :)

  • Ravs1504 on August 2, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    Congrats Englad team who deserved to win the match. India at the moment looks pale, lethargic and uninspired...India achieved Number 1 status over a period of time so one series doens't question their number 1 ranking. Also there is no point in comparing this team with previous top teams like west indies or Australia beacuse each team play differently. One thing that i need to point out that i am sure my fellow indian fans would agree is the change in attitude of this team. I havent' seent them so much down and out offlate even when the things were going against them.. West Indies series was the fist sign that this team have beginning to take thigns for granted. The way they abandoned the chase in the last test, it shows that they were not willing to do that extra mile what generally a Number 1 team would do. Also in SA series, sachin after finishing his centry exposed tail with no fight!! As an Indin Fan i am really hurt and dissapointed with the lack of fight!! Come on guys wake up

  • Douggy on August 2, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    This England team is very well oiled unit they keep getting better and better for India to recover they will need their big name players to step up big time. Their bowlers are really struggling out there only kumar at times as managed some good spells but Sharma has largely been inconsistent. For the Indians sake lets hope Schewag is coming in fit and ready for battle.

  • bhaloniaz on August 2, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    I miss humble indian fans proclaiming early victories and describing how Sachin and Shewag would harrass Tremlett and how Sreesanth and Ishant would bounce out Strauss & Co. At the end of the first test, I thought india only lost in the first test because Zaheer could not bowl and its hard with 3 bowlers. So india got Sreesanth (I thought now English batmen must be scared). Even with 4 bowlers india lost. There is a reason Bhaji was sick (though he looked ok during batting). Now India will get Shewag and Ghamvir. If india wins, England's first two win does not count (because india was not full strength). If England wins in the 3rd test, it does not count because Shewag and Ghamvir are just coming back from the injury. I love the comments from a few humble indian fans!!!

  • merandy on August 2, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    Indian team and SOME of the Indian fans really deserve this lost. I can remember how they comment when SL was playing in England. They treated SL as worthless. If not that last hour in first test match, SL could draw the series. Indian fans were commenting that SL is only good at flat wickets.They were boasting that India will easily beat Eng. (If someone thinks I am wrong, please refer to old comments in SL-Eng series) So What happened to India now. Well done England. Best wishes for series win with 4-0!

  • MrCrane on August 2, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Some of the key players from India skipped WI tour to prepare for this tour to give such an awful performance. Dhoni, Mukund and Bhajji doesn't deserve to be in team based on current form.

  • Randytt on August 2, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Further proof of how GREAT Brian Charles Lara really is. I keep hoping for England to win---It is time they win something (duh)!! and hoping that Sachin puts a fight... HOPELESS!!!!

  • on August 2, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Overrated Indian player and team. Good luck England for next two game . Hope you guys do whight wash to Indian team then we will do theam in Australia coming summer. Big fan of AUSTRALIA & Ricky Thomas Ponting.

  • bhaloniaz on August 2, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    @rizwan I agree. Tendulker is aware of his weaknesses and he makes the best out of his strengths. Its not that he did not ever get runs against good bowling in a challenging wicket, but it is less often than great bats like Dravid, Gavasker, Laxman, Lara, Miadad, Inzamum, Klusener.When he gets a batting wicket, he can score seamlessly.

  • aracer on August 2, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    @Iron Side Payne - no reason for Strauss to give India a smaller target (and the slightest sniff of a chance of victory) when there were still 5 sessions left in the match. Should probably have pulled the last pair off with little to gain, but up to that point it was hammering nails into the coffin for India, with the batting in the morning session doubtless helping to demoralise India.

  • buck1936 on August 2, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    If this keeps up India will no longer be a threat if they ever were.The odd thing is India has got a good team. All teams suffer from injuries that is not an excuse for their woebegone play.

  • on August 2, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    yes, the fact of the matter is that INDIA have been outplayed completely..its really embarrassing to be an Indian fan rite now...not because of the defeat but because of the manner of defeat..people here are blaming the IPL, but that isn't true..the fact of the matter is that this team does not have the hunger to win matches and retain the coveted #! crown...Also..the england team shoud be congratulated for their success..but i believe that they won't win even a single match in the subcontinent, be it india, pakistan or srilanka..let alone the series..

    @SLMelb...its disgusting that u believe that the Indian team didnt win the world cup on its merit..please dont compare two different forms of the game..

  • spinkingKK on August 2, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    England did everything to gift a draw to India. After having a huge 374 runs lead overnight, England decided to bat on until they are all-out. I can't beleive England decided that 374 runs lead was not enough against India. If India were set a target of 300 on a fifth day in any conditions, they will go for a DRAW and it is a well-known fact. So, I was very confident that India will get a draw because of England's foolishness. But, as it turned out, England must have known that they get this batting-line up in even one session. Because, India only got two strong wickets - Dravid and Laxman. After that, it is a matter of time.

  • on August 2, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    We should not glaze over what Donni has done by allowing Bell to stay.I hope that players all over the world will take note and for many years to come we shall see the sportsmanship that the game deserves. As an Englishman I raise my hat to MS a real gentleman of the sport.

  • on August 2, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    it's disgusting to see none of the indian fans applauding England, rather they spit something out with something else in their throat. IF tendulkar cant even get to 40 how would shewag who is none but a flat track bully with no technique whatsoever save india??? also people should remember that Zaheer Khan is no Courtney Walsh or Glenn McCgrath, but zaheer khan. the best fast bowler "india" has at the moment.

  • Nikumiyan on August 2, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    If there is a Bharat Ratna in the Indian team, it is DRAVID; forget all the other hype that is media+corporate created and pandered. My sympathies to Dhoni. He's a good captain when the going is good. What can he do when the team is neither physically nor mentally fit - nor is even inclined to be fit. Now, BCCI, with its economic clout, can suggest burying the Tests and playing only T-20, with some one-dayers in between!

  • bookie7600 on August 2, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    Well played ENGLAND! Eng have played professionally and finished the job at hand without losing a sweat. I am still sure that if India had a full strength team FROM THE START then the score line would have read 1-1 (at the end of 2 games). Not making excuses but it is a FACT that we are missing our 2 BIGGEST MATCH WINNERS. India DO NOT have a good Bench strength like ENG (which makes the ENG side better for sure) but if both sides were full strength you cannot predict who would win. As for the next match I predict another ENG victory or a draw as Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer would still be under-cooked. I guess we have a chance to win only the last test match- if we can't even win that then INDIA deserve to be no 2 not 1.

  • Nerk on August 2, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Some people really laying into Mukund, but remember Cook isn't exactly on fire this series either. England provides a real test for opening batsmen, and if you are a little out of touch bad things will happen to you! It only takes one good shot to fire a great innings.

  • evenflow_1990 on August 2, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    it's amusing when you consider that sri lanka, barring that ridiculous fourth innings in the first test, actually batted and bowled FAR better than the indians. sri lanka lost one in three and india have lost two in two. go figure.

  • mannan_ma on August 1, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    world champion teams don't usually win the toss and insert the opposition into bat. they bat first ,make over 400 if possible and then let loose their bowlers.they are not afraid of the opposition bowlers like india was in this test.teams that bat first in test matches usually end up winners because batting in the fourth innings on the four /five old pitch is very difficult. Also dhoni has to get his act together in team selection for the test.my suggestion is drop harbhajan for munaf and bring in mishra at the expense of yuvraj or raina.that is have 5 bowlers,5 batsmen and keeper.

  • Biggus on August 1, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Nice work by Bresnan. He impressed me heaps down under during the Ashes and was also, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the fastest of the England quicks. This is one of the best England sides I've seen in 35 years of watching the game and in five years time I may be able to say THE best. I wouldn't be betting against it. Well done Poms from an impressed Aussie!

  • Nutcutlet on August 1, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    @khiladisher> Many thanks for knocking off your caps! if you've read some of my comments on here, you'll know that the incomparable game of cricket comes before everything for me and for that reason I hope that the Indian team gets back on its feet and re-discovers some of the pride and performances that you, and millions of fans like you, deserve. Of course I want England to win and win handsomely, but I also want India, or any team that England happens to be playing, to be at its best, because that is when you will see cricket at its most sublime. I think that many Indian players have become less effective at the highest level (i.e. Test level) because they have bought in to an IPL mentality, virtually 100%. The two are in absolute conflict. India has to decide what it wants: a mass (Indian) following for a TV packaged 20-20 where team loyalty comes with the chequebook, or a top class national test side; it's probably impossible to have both - wouldn't you agree?

  • Trioboy on August 1, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Indian batting is hardly convincing for a Number 1 side. Mukund, Raina and Yuvi had no clue how to face the pace. Lankan batting against England was far more better . Hope to see a ton from Cook in the third test. His contributions would lift England more.

  • on August 1, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    I'm amazed at India being No 1 and couldn't win a series by a bigger margin against a poor Windies team. I find that Strauss is too cautious in his thinking. Giving India a target of 478 is utterly ridiculous. I wonder if he really belived that India would reach that milestone.

  • Natasha24 on August 1, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    As an Indian fan, it is shameful to see such a poor performance. England deserved to win because they got the basics right-batting totals over 300, bowling-getting 20 wickets and fielding well. Excuses over injury is no excuse for such terrible play. The 11 guys selected have to show their worth otherwise they don't deserve their pick. How can the English get 20 wickets and score so many runs on the same pitch that India can barely score 150 on and concede 500 runs in a day! When wickets don't come, atleast keep the bowling tight and make them earn their runs. Boundaries just flowed;imagine the english tail scoring runs more easily and freely than the indian top order! If you are losing at least go down fighting. Save for Dravid and Kumar, the indians are in poor shape. They need to step up now or prepare for a 4-0 whitewash. At this point, the latter seems more a reality than ever.

  • Crazy_Cricket_Fan on August 1, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    I like the result and hope ENG will finish the series with 3-0. And I hope BCCI & Selectors will realize(??) their greedy mindsets causing this injury mess..

  • on August 1, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    MeraBharatMahaan , I agree with you , why did not TENDULKAR come at # 3 . If he is the best , he should man up . Contrast this with Ricky Ponting who refuses to bat lower than # 3 , despite being nudged to by the selectors.

    If Dravid can move up , why can't Tendulkar . Dravid kept wickets when he was aked to , opened the batting when no one else had courage to face Anderson and yet Dravid does not get the recognition he deserves.Even when Ganguly was the captain , he wanted Dravid to keep wickets in ODI s , to accomodate an additional batter / bowler.

    Dravid is the most selfless indian player and he should be allowed to retire on his own terms.

  • on August 1, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    England Deserves the #1 test ranking, they have really improved their skills as a team,the team for the 2nd test had 1 guy who didnt qualify as a batsman,wicket batting line up.... goodluck india, u'll need it

  • Raj12345 on August 1, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    Be reasonable before writing logging your comments on Mukund, this guy is new. He is not going to play rest of the matches.So ignore him now.

    Come to next set of players. First Dhoni,Yuvi,Raina,Bhajji & VVS. If people has tons of experience in his belt & not able to play, then there is no need to talk about kids here. The reason why I am telling,these players always escape by pointing to new players or new entrants.

  • on August 1, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    For all those who have been abusing SRT: 'Dont u notice tht few bad innings frm the god and India suffering even though the wall is in great form. Remember SA tour...it was god's century which actually turned the tables. Dravid was out of form for the 2 years whn India gained the numero uno status..take this as food for the thought while hoping that the halfcentury frm god motivates the team back :)

  • Trioboy on August 1, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    Indians are slow starters. Another two more warm up games and they ll be good to go (home). :p

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 1, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Come on Indians. Be gracious. We lost to a very good team. Yeah yeah, we were hampered by injuries and all. But come on, 319????? Well played England. Above all thanks for cutting our young pretenders to size. See you all at Birmingham. What a fantastic knock by Bell. Hope he improves his overall record and his record against some opponents. He is a fantastic batsman with complete command on the willow, on any wicket, on any day against pace or spin or under pressure, to have such an ordinary record. Headaches for England are pleasant. Bresnan succeeding. What will Tremlett do now? Wow! what a time for English Cricket and I'm very happy for them. Shabhash England! Keep it up. Beware! India will come hard at you. You know what I mean right? What a pathetic loss by India. Serves them right, I guess. I pity that great man Dravid. I can't help but wonder what would happen to India once Dravid, VVS and Sachin retire!

  • on August 1, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    Number 1 is still On..... England played better and Won..... Now its on Indian team whether they step up or get demoralized with the first two......

  • seech on August 1, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Is India still resting its senior players as was the case for missing the Windies tour?

  • MeraBharatMahaan on August 1, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    My question is when Dravid was batted one slot higher, it was natural everyone bats one slot higher in the batting order. Then, why didn't Sachin bat at number 3? Why was Laxma batted at 3? Why does Sachin always hide behind others? In one-days, he took a confrontational attitude to open the innings even breaking the successful pairing of sehwag and gambhir. But, why is is trying to hide behind in Tests? WHY? someone please explain me???

  • on August 1, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Iam hoping to see 4-0 thrashing for India a well derserved thrashing.........BCCI only cares about money and wants to control the cricket world I am glad England giving them a good lesson and I sure hope Australia will do the same good luck ENGLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marcio on August 1, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Not overly surprised. India had the better of conditions in both tests, and have still been annihilated. Exceptionally bowler-friendly conditions in the first innings made India's lame attack look good, but a 60 run lead was never going to be enough lead. Too bad cricinfo never posts my comments, as I said this several times already. India are a half-decent team, but are no better than most other teams down to SL and Australia. Indian fans should have seen that when they struggled to beat AUS in India recently. India only won the first test by a wicket through dodgy umpiring and Laxman using a runner for both innings. Even the 2nd test went down to the last session, even though the final margin looked impressive on paper. Instead of seeing the obvious (hard time beating an under prepared AUS team at home), Indian fans foolishly boasted of a "whitewash" instead of seeing the truth.

  • on August 1, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    This is the tough times for team India I hope they play positive cricket in the remaining tests and we will see that "so called" great English team when they will tour to India in the next year, I believe England don't have the potential to survive on the number 1 rankings in Asia they never perform well after 1990 they have won in India in 1984 also they lose to Pakistan and Srilanka several times.

  • on August 1, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    LMAO, we should change the definition of number 1.. :)

  • on August 1, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Considering the thrashing the # 1 team in the whole universe is being subjected to , I think my team SRI LANAK did well to go down 1-0 . Mahela , Sanga and co. had it tougher in the earlly part of the summer when the temperature is much lower than now.

    As some others have pointed out , 20/20 is the cause for the deteroration for the batting skills.If Gavaskar , Manjrekar , Vishy were batting , England's pace attack would have been tamed.Anderson and the rest are military medium in comaproson to the west indian battery of the 80 s and 90 s.Imagine the damage Holding would have done to Yuvraj , Raina , Gambhir.

    I doubt many of the current lot would have those 50 plus averages if they had played in the 80 s without helmets.This is why Gavaskar would alway be ahed of Tendulkar no matter the 100 + centuries Sachin will end up with when he hangs his boots

  • Deepkar on August 1, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    plz give me THE reason for not droping bhaji in next match he is nothing but burden on our team, im not talking about taking wickets but atleast economic bowling? raina or yuvi? why this is question when we have rahane and dhiraj jadhav? why mukund when we have jaffer? why these whys? not bcoz we lost bcoz rahane, jadhav, jafar, ashawin(yes), mishra all these deserve chance before raina, yuvi, mukund, bhaji(big yes). AND YES WE LOST 2 MATCHES BUT SERISE IS NOT OVER WE CAN LEVEL THIS SERISE AND YES ENGLAND WAS BETTER SIDE IN 1ST TWO MATCHES BUT NOT OVER ALL BEST SIDE.

  • addyjerry on August 1, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    I'm an Indian, and am truly disheartened by this weak performance. First of all, congrats to the English team who outplayed the Indians on every count. I guess this is a wake up call to the selectors - India badly needs to groom talent for the future, and specifically for each format. We need both good young batsmen with temperament suitable for each format and big-hearted bowlers. India collectively peaked for the past year or so, but the dependence on the now ageing middle order is all too visible to see. A captain who doesn't quite have the technique for a test batsman, a cohort of pace bowlers who can be as ragged as they can be inspiring and a severe inability to successfully see off atleast the new ball have all added to the problem. As it is, England are deserving winners!

  • landl47 on August 1, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    The teams were fairly well matched in the first innings. England struggled until Broad, Swann and Anderson put on 97 for the last 2 wickets. Then England could have had India in trouble, but for dropping Yuvraj; instead India got to 267-4 before Broad wrapped up the innings for 288. I thought that was quite even, since India had the best of the conditions on days 1 and 2. The difference was in the second innings, where England's batsmen took the Indian bowling apart and then England's bowlers were all over the vaunted Indian batting. A 319-run win after being 67 behind on first innings is an indication of how much fitter and stronger the English team was. Despite losing Tremlett (Bresnan was a pretty good substitute) and having Trott and Swann hurt during the match, England just blew India away. No series win for India- can they save the #1 ranking? It's going to be hard.

  • m_ilind on August 1, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    The absence of Sehwag and Gambhir meant that Eng could bowl with their tail up knowing that they won't take a battering from anyone. Sachin is also slowly coming to form, hopefully India can rectify the situation in the next two tests.

  • DSUS on August 1, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    The only way to make ammends for the Indian team would be to make it 2-1 at Edgbaston, which is not imporobable after what happened in South Africa last time after getting mauled in one test. But then again I think this Indian team is not hungry enough for a win since the world cup and without that hunger I think 3-0 (Maybe even 4-0) is lurking.

  • on August 1, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Well done England Now we are right on top of the rankings. Indians have been outplayed in all departments. This performance will demoralise Indians and there is a good possibility of a white wash. Test matches depict the potential and real significance of this wonderful game. It is a battle won and lost over five days. Test matches must survive and continue for ever.

  • on August 1, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    This victory by England reminds me of some of the great Australian victories of 1999-2007. They got behind in the game, but they came back brilliantly and won with a ruthlessness and a ferocious venom. And all this with an injured batsman and a substitute bowler! Bresnan reminds me of how guys like Andy Bichel or Damien Fleming would come back into the side for an injured Brett lee and get five wickets. Awesome performance England.

  • phoenixsteve on August 1, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    An awesome display from England who look like a thoroughbred and very professional unit. India have to raise their game if they want to compete and salvage some pride from this series which has not been lost yet! It's inconceivable that England could lose the next 2 games but this is cricket and anything COULD happen. In all 3 disciplines (Batting, bowling & fielding) England are so superior to this lacklustre Indian side. As far as world ranknigs go... time has come to disregard these ridiculous bragging rights! They only reflect past form anyhow and if you didn't know who was who you'd assess it as maybe a top team playing far far inferior opposition? The world number 1 title has done India no favours as it appears that they have believed their own hype? Indian cricket will have some serious rebuilding to do and I expect them to be thrashed by Australia too. What a wonderful sport is cricket and what a great time to be an Englishman! Patience and hard work rewarded! BRAVO ENGLAND!!!

  • GobarGas on August 1, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    As former India fan your excuses make me laugh -- as I too used to make them. Forget the ranking, that was accident of history. Talk about intelligence and pride and effort. And discipline and professionalism. England got there and perhaps in time you can too, because surely you are not untalented, just missing all the above in your IPL generations. ms.arjun you got it right except the value of Zaheer's return. He is so unfit that either he break down again or bowl so easy he will be bashed right out of the game. This Indian team is smashed wide open. The goal must be WHITEWASH -- though obviously one step at a time. If Tremlett is fit, bring him back for Morgan. One more bowler to rip India apart at Edgbaston. No let up, no mercy. Forget 300, they must not even get 200 in any innings. And no more dressing room visits please. After third consecutive good thrashing, fourth should be that much easier, so focus on third. All means to end of WHITEWASH. Come on England!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 1, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    @khiladisher, lol. Nice to see your post without capslock. Yes Sachin, Dravid, VVS, Ganguly and Kumble - that's the golden era for a reason - they all are supremely talented. Add Sehwag in the mix. That's a supreme batting line-up. It is impossible to replace Ganguly and Kumble let alone replacing Sachin, VVS and Dravid with some young pretenders. Let us know who those young pretenders are barring Pujara. There are too many Sachin fanatics out here who are baying for Dravid's blood and I have no choice but to hurt them by baying for Sachin's blood and say that Sachin too should retire as well because he is failing and this and that. I personally don't want Sachin or Dravid to retire at all. Nor VVS. They are Irreplaceable Gems of India with specific roles at crucial times. Yes Dhoni should go and Dinesh Karthik should come in. There are no two ways about it. Raina should go and Pujara should come in. Harbhajan should go and Ashwin should come in.

  • Lord_Dravid on August 1, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    REMEMBER PEOPLE INDIA HAD NO GAMBHIR SEHWAG OR ZAHEER KHAN SO IT WAS AN UNFAIR CONTEST IN THE FIRST PLACE! STUART BROAD AND ANDERSON ARE JUST IN FORM OF THEIR LIVES PLAYING ON HOME TURF..WE'LL SEE WHO WINS THE NEXT TWO TESTS WHEN INDIA PLAY SEHWAG AND GAMBHIR!

  • on August 1, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    The eminent exit of the three greats ( VVS, Sachin and Rahul) will leave a massive void in the Indian test cricket team. Sighhh!

  • itsthewayuplay on August 1, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    I agree with Ellis that injuries are no excuse for the defeats. Tremlett out, Bresnan in. Zaheer out, Sreesanth in?! I don't think fitness etc fully explains it either. 1st test Ind had Eng at 270-5 and then 62-5 but the margin of defeat won't show this. Eng are not a great side but have been made to look so by India. Dhoni lacked the killer blow or maybe the resources - why? There's no strength in depth...from a population of 1 bn? Indian batsman make good living from the ODI and 20-20 in India so they all want to be Sehwags and not Dravids. Who wants to be a bowler? Harbajan turns the ball more than Kumble did and has nothing of his spirit/character/determination. Pakistan with their flat tracks constantly find quality fast bowlers. Selection based on non-cricketing criteria. In Brazil, football is open to anyone with talent. In India, cricket is generally for those from the middle-class and above. If India wants to compete internationally it has to think internationally.

  • SLMelb on August 1, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    I really love this result. I hope England will finish the series 4-0 whitewash. These results give so many messages to India. Indians thought their IPL and their money in cricket world already ruled the game, but now it proved IPL paying back to them, also denied of DRS paying back to them. Good on you Indians about your stupid decisions about keep rejected DRS. Indian's media up their cricket team as a no 1 side in the world, but the truth is they can't win matches in outside India. Sri Lankans survived their 3 test series before this Indian tour just one match lost. They did that without their star players. I still believed some behind screen things was happened world cup final. That's why Indians won; otherwise they were not deserved for world cup. Finally I wanted to say they decide IPL for kill other countries cricket, but now IPL slowly killing it own creators cricket. Once again thanks England to prove that Indians are not the real No 1 team in the world.

  • K_RAJEEV on August 1, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    How can this team be no 1 test team? if that is the case I was really questioning the overall health of test cricket. Thank god, it is getting corrected. I am looking for a 0-4 thrash. An opener who can not play shot pitched bowling at all. technically he is not able not his fault - the credit should go to selectors. In the middle order at least two players can not handle any thing pitched short on english tracks. Then the wicket keeper who simply have no clue now how to handle any sort of bowling. Then the pace bowlers , I thought Kumble used to bowl leg spin faster than these pace bowlers! this number status is joke and I hope England will help to get rid of this undeserved badge quite easily

  • Raja_naveed_khan on August 1, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Wasantha Liyanagama WHt you mean by that even pakistan, pakistan have best bowling attack at the moment, and u have seen in the world cup, were top india batsman was given chance on 26 by UDrs and then 4 dropped catches , u know how good indian battign is, and we have seen in these two matches as well,

  • johnathonjosephs on August 1, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    Huge loss.... Realized England would win, but thought India would fight it out until the next day at least.... Shows how much rely on Dravid and Laxman. The thing Indian fans are not understanding is, it has nothing to do with missing Zaheer/Harbhajan's fitness. Your "unassailable" batting line up is the problem. So far in this series you have not made over 300 runs in a single innings... With a lineup comprising of Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar, and Gambhir that is a huge spot of worry. An even more spot of worry is that Dravid and Laxman comprise of MORE than half the runs of the innings. People say Sehwag might make a difference. Sure, if Sehwag was here, India might have lost only by 200 instead of 300, but one should never rely on Sehwag -> he can get out for a duck in one innings and make a double century in another. Nothing pleased me more to see the look on Ravi Shastri's face after India lost. That guy has been causing a lot of problems and has been firing up emotions

  • India_On on August 1, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    I think India should learn from its mistakes and move on. However, in our 1 billion population can't we find atleast 1 bowler who can replace Zaheer Khan?

    I think if Zaheer Khan cannot remain healthy for a long period of time then he should retire.

  • on August 1, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Congrats to England, no WI fan is surprised at these results. The writing was on the wall since in the WI. India have 'great' batter in SRT & 2 very good batters in VVS & the 'WALL', England have 10 good batters. India have an avg batter/wicket keeper. Prior is now the best in the business. Well, the bowling. India have a very ordinary attack. Presently England have the most formidable attack in wrld cricket. Will the inclusion of ZAK & CO. make a difference? The answer is no,India r a demoralized outfit. They were totally outplayed. THE margin of victory tell the story.

  • subbass on August 1, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    @khiladisher fair play mate, you have put your hands up now to the fact we deserved to be winning, so hats off to you for that one. India will bounce back, their a massive team, you just need to go through a transition period now.

  • pragmatist on August 1, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    A bit over-simplistic to view this as a stuffing... but for their recovery in the first innings and Broad's hat-trick, England would/could have lost this. We've seen two fantastic Tests where the momentum has swung from one team to the other - the sheer excellence of England in all departments hasn't given a strong and classy India a chance. Test cricket at its best.

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Look at all these Indian fans moaning about Bell being let back on to bat. Even if Bell had got a duck England would have still thrashed the sub par Indian side. Let's face it, England basically had no Cook because he is out of form, no Strauss because he is out of form, no Trott because he is injured, no Swann because he is injured and out of form. We basically had half of our squad and we still thrashed India. Sehwag is not a one man army, he is nowhere near as good as Tendulkar and even the Little Master has struggled against England. Zaheer Khan is overrated as the next two tests will show. India should finally realise that England aren't as easy to beat as most people think. ENGLAND DESERVE THE NO 1 SPOT!

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    India has been well and truly outplayed by a better team.

  • Shan156 on August 1, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    @Srinivas Narayanan, You may shout all you want (in internet parlance, typing in all-caps is considered shouting) but your cheap comments would not degrade England's magnificent win. Learn to lose graciously. Thankfully, the Indian team is not like you. They are mostly decent gentlemen (like Dravid and Sachin) who are tough competitors but play the game in the right spirit. There is no need for Strauss and Flower to beg India. They would have won the game regardless of that decision. The reason they sought the Indian team out to ask whether they would be willing to reconsider the decision was because they didn't want this to be a low point in a series between two good teams. Even Dravid admitted that it didn't look right.

    So, learn to appreciate the winners and move on. We England fans firmly believe that India will bounce back with vigor in the last two tests especially with three of their big guns returning to the XI. We fully respect the Indian team despite this result.

  • Toon-Harmy on August 1, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    No praise is high enough for this England team and the way they went about achieving such an emphatic victory. It will be interesting to see what response comes from India as they surely have too many quality performers to accept defeat so meekly. Perhaps now some of their fans might choose to reflect on their arrogant pre-series posturing that India only had to turn up to beat England? Surely if this England team was as poor as some claimed two weeks ago, injuries to several Indian players would not have mattered or indeed be the straw so many are now clutching to? A little bit of humility wouldn't go amiss - England's 2-0 lead is thoroughly merited.

  • sunildjoshi on August 1, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    England would be 4-0 and I see the similar future in coming series. All credit go to money fountain IPL. A fun is always there in late night partying but next day's routine work suffers the penalty...

  • RS_Cric_11 on August 1, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    England is by far the superior team in both the tests so far. Although, first innings 2nd test was completely dominated by INDIA, what came to hunt is Broad's 64 and 6/46. Nothing else. He is in the form of his life. For, India, it was pathetic in the second innings. They have no desire to win a test match by forcing the other team. anyway.... FOX are LION on his own den......... Lets see if I am wrong about this ENGLISH team. Yes, I truly agree, they are dominating but can they sustain in for long. BTW Lets see how they bowl to SEHWAG-GAMBHIR pair in the next test 'll be interesting to see. If ENG can forced IND with GAMBHIR, SEHWAG,DRAVID,SACHIN,LAXMAN, YUVRAJ/RAINA, DHONI, BHAJJI, PRAVEEN, ZAHEER, ISHANT for huge defeat.. I 'll acknowledge they 'll become #1 team, untill they don't travel to subcontinent. if they can't lets not talk about it anymore. It'll be interesting to see how these pace trio bowl to SEHWAG at his best....

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Indian Bowlers are unable to take 20 wickets of any team outside India!! How they wish to be a world number 1 team? It is not so easy!! They dont have quality bowlers. What will they do when Sachin & Rahul dravid retires. They will get a new a poor batting line-up too!! Then the eqn will be>>>India team=poor bowling + poor batting+ Poor fielding........

  • satchmo1966 on August 1, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    I'm an England fan first but I'm also a cricket fan. I love the game so first off I'd like to pay tribute to MS Dhoni and his team for their sporting jesture.

    That said, I think that some perspective is needed here. Cricket like many sports are cyclical. England are in the ascendency at the moment and India are slipping back. You will come good again. You have had a generation of players who were sublime to watch and are coming to the end of their respective careers at the same time. The Aussies are experiencing something similar. Be positive, you will come good again.

    One question for Indian fans, what has happened to Harbhajan? he doesn't seem to be half the player that he was.

  • marq7 on August 1, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    The Indian team will tell you that they had no stroll in the park in the W.I. In fact, the quality bowling of Rampaul and Edwards exposed their techniques in seaming conditions.This was a precursor to what to expect in England. Unless they get a flat wicket for the 3rd test (which I believe they will) then their batsmen may flourish, and the spinners will come into contention.

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    England are ruthless at home. They are by far the best test side in the world, with South Africa in a close second. India ranked number one is only limited to dry wickets back home, in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. They heavily rely on their batting and the fact that the Poms managed to dismantle their plethora of batsman, shows that England have well and truly seized the advantage. I dont expect Edgbaston to be any different :)

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Another Dravid century India lose..................Selfish Dravid playing merely to improve his personal record.........................That is what scoreline suggest !! ................

    Is it true......NO.........But the fact is that except for DRAVID team INDIA is just not adapt enough to tackle English conditions.............. Team has to contribute to make someone's effort count towards victory, otherwise all great performances get counted as selfish drive for personal records by fools who don't understand that each & every run by every player matters for team because when runs don't matter captains declare innings..............Those who think LARA was a great match winner they must recall that he could win nothing once Ambrose & Walsh retired. It was their great bowling that was making his few runs count towards victories and it is India's long standing ordinary bowling that has made INDIAN batsmen's tons & tons of runs a waste.

  • GobarGas on August 1, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    We want nothing less than whitewash! When the team that get thrashed twice from good position then they are demoralize and back is broken. Inside they thinking for sure that 'Our best not good enuf'. The AURA of other team start affecting them. They thinking, 'no matter what we do this team too good for us'. Saying thing like 'We are tired', 'Nothing going right for us'... all this shows it. What are you, some school team crybaby? Complaining about missing key player... come on, someone always missing... and who you are missing? Zaheer is walking accident with belly bigger than Botham. Surely he break down again, just like Premier Padmini hahaha -- within 5-10 over at Edgbaston if he try to go more than 70 mph -- have you ever driven Premier Padmini you will see what I mean. Sehwag hapless in England condition. Gambhir OK, yes, now he was only real loss... But his return itself cannot save this wounded team. So good time to put the boots in. Come on England: WE WANT WHITEWASH!

  • 5wombats on August 1, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    @khiladisher; I applaud you, as I think will many England supporters. I'd like to acknowledge ALL TRUE INDIA FANS, FANS OF REAL CRICKET - who have come on here to congratulate England - BRAVO to you all. THIS is the true Spirit of Cricket. It unites us all.

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    wasantha what u do mean by even against pakistan India would struggle , dont take pakistani team as minnows , our bowling attack is one of the best n we beaten england in england with a team which has mostly youngsters . . .

  • Pritt32 on August 1, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    To be honest, everything is looking bleak for Indian cricket after the joy of winning the World Cup. It is a short lived success. The two heavy defeats from a jubilant England team sums up India tour miserably. The team have lost their hunger to win and I feel the IPL will gradually damage the Indian team, as it is about money and power. Playing for the country weighs greater importance than some gimmick cricket tournament. On the other hand, everything looks bright for the England team as their batting and bowling is firing. India needs to regroup and really raise their like anything if they have any chance of squaring the series. Khan, Gambir and Schewag will strengthen the team, but not the solution as it about cohesiveness and taking the initiative. Raina and Y.Singh should be axed from the test squad and we need specialist test players who can play big innings. The bowling is a major concern. India cricket is on the verge of reaching its darkest days by sinking fast, unless it can

  • Deepfreezed on August 1, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    I thought things are supposed to get better as India plays more games in England. All this talk about India being slow starters. At this rate next defeat will be by innings.

  • subbass on August 1, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Well not all the indian fans get the excuse book out to be fair, but yeh some of the excuses have been laughable really, t'is sour grapes that is all, I'm waiting for the usual team full of saffers excuse also. Oh well, never mind. Still, England have to be careful not to lose the next one, or all the momentum will be Indias going into the Oval test, which for me is the ground they will enjoy the most, should be 3-0 by then though.

  • bumsonseats on August 1, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    i would think the 6 sixes by yuvraj singh from broads bowling a few years ago in 1 day cricket will be a thing of the past try hitting those.dpk

  • HazimEjaz on August 1, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Zaheer, Sachin, Dravid and Sehwaq will also represent India in 2019 ICC World Cup. They have to otherwise how can India lift the World Cup. Good going England. No need to watch the final two tests since England will cruise over India by winning the series 4-0.

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Wow, a Loss to INDIA, that always leaves a sweet sweet taset in mouth, I think that now INDIAN media should keep their mnouth shut and stop promoting their mediocar paper loin players.

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Wow, expected that to some degree after Dravid was out in the 20 odd minutes before lunch. My team for next game would be as follows: Sehwag if fit,Gambhir,RDravid,STendulkar,VVSLaxman,Yuvraj Singh, MSD,Amit Mishra, Zak, Sreesanth, PK, Ishant looks like he needs some rest. I do not like this England squad, actually I passionately dislike this England squad but I cannot be so naive as to dismiss the fact that they are thoroughly outplaying India in every department.

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Well Done England,they deserve to be no.1.However I would like England to defeat India in India which they have not done since I started watching cricket since 1990.Whereas India did defeat England in 2007,drew series few times before that as well correct me if I am wrong.I am not giving excuses for defeat but a team to be number 1 they have to defeat all the teams on their home turf.Again no excuses for this big defeat but need to learn from this and come back strong.Still 2 tests to go.I would like Dhoni,Bhajji,Raina left out of the squad..I don't think they give a damn about playing test cricket.Play Badrinath,Saha,Mishra instead ALso Mr Fletcher needs to go as well..Bring Kirsten back-

  • saadfarrukh1 on August 1, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    where are those that were talking about indias bounce back ability.....

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 1, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    @ Srinivas: Please don't think that beyond all what you said, the biggest truth is that you are defeated in the worst way in test cricket after taking lead. Please accept that your team is not capable of winning matches outside India. Plzzzzzzz!!!!

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Hats of to england team for their great victory against the depleted no.1 indian side.England have shown glimpses of their ashes performance against india.They outplayed india in all departments. Having said that they have to beat the exact no.1 full indian side in the remaining 2 test matches to be called as the best test side.Eventhough if they win against india in england they have to beat asian sides in the toughest subcontinent conditions to become best test team. Hope india will play to their full stregth n skill in the remaining matches. Go india all the best.

  • Zippydidodah on August 1, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    The match was fairly even until lunch on the 3rd day. The England batsmen played well in the 3rd day morning session, but the Indian seamers had bowled reasonably too. The problem was they didn't get a rest. The backup bowlers were ineffective. Ishant shouldn't have to field at point. Sreesanth and Kumar were having to throw themselves around to try and stop boundaries. When they came back to bowl, they were tired, lost their accuracy and the batsmen crushed them. The Indian selectors need to pick at least 4 match-fit bowlers, and some more athletic fielders for the key positions, so they can build and maintain pressure. At the moment, they can do that for half a day, before they wilt and get steam-rollered. I'm an England fan, but I hope India can sort themselves out, as it gets a bit dull to watch when one side is being annihilated.

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    After Australia series what will the rank be, 6th position. Most of the test matches were played in India in the past to reach number 1 ranking, now see what happened when we go out. Just stay home.

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    i think SL payers did well they faced tougher condition than those..eventually they were able to draw two test with this bowling line up.except dravid,laxman unform ten..no body was not able to hold in..actually this is IPL pay off.harbajan clue less in eng pitches ..he can't even come closer to murali or warnie. even swani...these are not features of the best test team...this is completely indian wash...with their fans ..sorry guys you are not deserve...no:1

  • Jonah58 on August 1, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    I admit I have been sadly disappointed with India in this series so far. It says a lot for the desire of the BCCI and the Indian team to retain their No1 status that their main batsman was allowed to play Club Cricket in India and postpone surgery to do so, and then misses the 1st 2 tests. Their primary strike bowler has played ONE 1st class match since Jan and breaks down in the 1st innings of 1st test! Their Captain has been allowed to play himself into the ground! (The man needs a rest guys!) For all the 'Stars' in the Indian team the standout player for me has been Praveen Kumar, he just won't roll over and give up which cannot be said for many others, he has bowled almost 120 overs so far and still had the courage to try and bat for his team. I really hope India regroup and come out fighting in the remainder of the series, fans of both sides deserve a better contest than we have seen so far. Interesting selection choices await both teams me thinks.

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    These two wins are meaningless. Lets Sehwag join the team and we see how England surrender to the most fearless batsman of the world. Come on England we will accept you as the no 1 test side only if u beat India in Sehwag's presence

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    I am not taking away any credit from England. And being no. 1 team of the world India should at least show some fight. But against such a strong team India need their regular opener both in batting and bowling. Sehwag and gambhir together for 1 hour at crease will take away game from england. Due to the type of batting style Dravid and Mukund have they respect bowlers a lot and give them enough confidence to thrash India. Once India has their regular opener things will look different. and Zaheer in the side will boost indian bowling thrice the time they are right now. Zaheer not only bowls well but he teaches young bowler and shows how to use the pitch. Ishant after that magical spell said in the conference Zaheer showed me how to bowl on this pitch. I bet if Zaheer and Sehwag plays 3rd test India will draw the series. And no.1 test side will be retained by India. And when England comes to India., Would love to see how they play on the spinning tracks.

  • ADB1 on August 1, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Countering India fan excuses, PART 2.

    3. Yes, India have missed Sehwag. But look at the scale of the defeats. India lost the first Test by 196 runs (AND SIX WICKETS). Even if Sehwag had made a century in both innings, India would still have lost. Ditto the second Test, unless Sehwag was guaranteed to make two 150s.

    4. India's injury woes should have been largely offset by winning two very useful tosses and having the best of the bowling conditions by far. Batting second was worth a hundred runs in both Tests. Look what happened when England's bowlers finally got to bowl in overcast conditions yesterday - though still not as helpful as Day 1 of either Test: India 158 all out. Imagine the carnage if India had batted first.

    5. The "Bell incident" had no impact on the outcome of the 2nd Test. It did not deflate the Indian team, as it was their decision to recall Bell, not the umpires'.

    Face it India fans. In the first half of this Test series, your team has been thumped.

  • njn1 on August 1, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    I am just a neutral observer here, so i have no dog in this fight but DAMN that was a whopping. This is now two in a row and i don"t see the tide turning in the remaining two games but i really hope it does for cricket sake. India is way too talented to fold like this - I really do think that it would serve India a world of good as well as my beloved WI to get some of those talented younger players in some of the English county leagues - it is really hard to simulate those conditions in India and WI. Hats off to England - this is truly a professional and talented side that just wares down the opponent (as seen from England's last test series in Australia). All credit must go to the leadership and captain of England - folks this is not stuff you produce overnight but rather the result of well though out long term planning. These guys have a deep and talented bench.

  • on August 1, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    @Wasantha Liyanagama what do yo mean by Playing Pakistan India would struggle last year Pakistan gave real hard time to the English we weren't this bad and even during the world cup we gave a fight so check ur stats and post comments. We still have a better record than India. and Ishat being number 7 bowler in the world is a joke 1/117 my word.

  • swingnseam on August 1, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    The simple fact is India have some (4) outstanding players, some good and some still with lots to learn. England have 11 excellent test cricketers witha great attitude, when someone is below par someone else takes up the slack and you still get a decent performance. However when everyone fires you get a massive total and then skittle your opponents like the last two days. The exciting part for an England fan is the strength in depth. Tremlett injured? No problem, in comes Bresnan with 90 and 5for, not to mention Finn who can't get a place but would walk into most test sides and a host of excellent young players like Taylor, Stokes, Hales, Harris, Woakes etc learning their trade ready for the step up. For me there is only South Africa who can give this England side a game when they are playing like this.

  • Ellis on August 1, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    India has been well and truly mauled by England. No amount of posturing by Indian commentators and fans can hide that fact. Specious excuses about a half strength team are nonsense and are just a salve to wounded pride. England have been far more fit, well organized, and professional than the Indians. The English fast bowlers have the Indian batsmen all at sea. Bar Dravid and Laxman so far, all the other Indian batsmen are cannon fodder. The fight has gone out of India and must be revived if there is to be any chance of drawing the series. A very tough row to hoe.

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 1, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Just one line is enough for Indian team: "Tiger of Home" are actually "Mice Outside"

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    I can understand the feelings of both Indians and English fans..... My initial prediction was a 3 Nil series for England....

    I am still confident about that..... Even if the Indian commentators (Sanil, Harsha and Shastri only) are mourning that they havent had a full attack (No Sehwag, Ghambhir and ZAK) .... The should also know that England hadnt had Swann and Trott in their side as well, so does Tremlet....

    Its virtually impossible for the Indian bowlers to take 20 wickets (Which is evident from the first two test) [Please do not argue with me on 540 All out as a performance of takiing all 10 wickets] .....

    India will get her batsmen tested in Australia as well....

    The only thing I am waiting to see is India V England next year.....

  • khiladisher on August 1, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    As a hard core Indian fan,these 2 heavy defeats are a big shock for me-loosing the 1st test by 196 runs and the second by 319-we do not -repeat do not deserve to be the #1 team in the world in test cricket.To see batsman like mukund,yuvraj and raina playing like novices on these tracks-=tells me about the bleak future of the great Indian batting-guys like sehwag,sachin,dravid,laxman and ganguly are a golden generation -never before or never again-to think that kohli,raina,yuvraj-rohit sharma and pujara are next generation is a blasphemy. Am a Indian supporter who has been following cricket since 1996,and have watched almost every test match and one day that we have played-The last time that we played so poorly and without focus was the 1999 Australian tour loosing 3-0,i think we might be in offing for a 4-0 thrashing unless and until the one man army-Sehwag plays big and bails us out.PS-no more caps lock.Dhoni has to go so to bajji .

  • SnowSnake on August 1, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Congratulations to England. A very comprehensive victory and a great come back in 2nd innings. I think Dhoni exhausted all his comments in the first test loss. It will look stupid if he comes back and says "everything that could go wrong did." I hope that he mans up and accepts his poor batting and Bhajji's poor bowling. I would be slightly sympthatic toward Indian fast bowling because most of their fast bowlers are young and inexperienced. India's failure is mostly a batting failure and I don't think they can come back in this series. A 4-0 loss looks like a real possiblility now.

  • ADB1 on August 1, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Before the excuses from Indian fans (with a few honourable exceptions) start coming through, here's my ten cents worth.

    PART 1:

    1. India have NOT suffered unduly from dodgy LBW decisions. Yeah, H. Singh wasn't out in Broad's hat-trick. Neither was Cook in England's first innings. Trott should have been out in the second, but was injured and added only two runs. England were denied two plumb LBWs in the 1st Test, but - like the champs they are - made sure they didn't do much damage.

    2. Everybody is assuming that Zaheer Khan would have had 18 wickets @ 9.50 by now if still fit. Who says? Khan pulled up lame when England had been put in to bat in almost unplayable conditions in the 1st Test. Of course he was looking menacing at the time. Doesn't mean he would have been so good later on under sunny skies. And judging by his portly frame, I'd say he would have tired very quickly.

  • aracer on August 1, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    The most significant stat seems to have been missed - 319 is the largest victory margin EVER for a team behind on first innings.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 1, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    i agree with lankaforyou - get players like jaffer who have proved themselves in test cricket and are performing day in day out in the ranji trophy - we have gotten carried away with players who can play a flashy innings here and there in 20-20 or odi's - this is test cricket and calls for a different kind of temperament and technique. i thought yuvi actually acquitted himself creditably almost playing a matchwinning innings in the first innings and showing a lot of guts to knuckle down and grind it out for a while in the second innings despite taking a painful blow on the index finger of the left hand. for the tough series like eng, oz and sa you need seasoned toughened players - india made the mistake of believing their own hype and thinking their stroll in the park in the windies qualified them to stroll through in england too. think again bcci stop being so greedy given indian teams more first class warmup matches to get match fit before the series starts shorten the ipl.

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    If India plays even Pakistan I think India would struggle and it looks like IPL is paying back.

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    well played england,i am hoping to seee a 4-0 whitewashe, i am guessing bopara might come in for trott f trott is not fit in time for edgebaston, thsnk u england for showing these boys who the real sheriff of nottingnam

  • binojpeter on August 1, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    I think BCCI deserve this for promoting IPL over real cricket - Test Cricket. 20-20 will only give a false feeling of well being for the bowlers who gets the wicket of batsmen who are under pressure to play strokes to raise the run-rate. So mishits and misses are always up for taking. But only if you play more longer versions, you will develop the ability to set up the dismissal of a well set batsmen who are under no pressure to play shots and ready to wait until you err. Batsmen too never learn what it takes to face barrage of bouncers, yorkers, outswingers and inswingers over an extended period of time. IPL in my view is good only for youngsters who is after easy money with minimum effort and no big dreams of making a name and also for retired seniors who wants to continue for some more years using their reputation.

  • Patchmaster on August 1, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Wow - the IND fans are so quiet here - before the match there was hundreds of comments about how India would destroy ENG and so on. I actually think one of the minnow test sides like BANG or IRELAND would have shown more heart. Dear oh dear, how the mighty have fallen.....

  • A_Vacant_Slip on August 1, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Whoooosh... have some of that! A record win for England against India - and would have been much worse if England had won the toss.

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    If it would be draw... or would Have won... The post would Be filled Wid Comments!!... but now, no1 commented on this post... 0 excuses?

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    I think the last test will be a draw...and England will win the third test as well. The shocking performance by Indian team has everything team to do with the hunger of its board to get money and power. thus they play in cash rich IPL but dn't go to play in west indies. Indian player don't seem to prioritize between club and country.Michael clark not playing in the australian big bash isf clearly the best example for indian players

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    india wil bounce bak....world champions tag shud b redeemed...n they wil do it...thz english side might b winning bt thn their happy times r over...bye bye england...u dnt kno tht u r dealin with indian tigers....

  • tom_dick on August 1, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    I would like to pass-on my heart-felt condolences to Board of Cricket Control of India. One of the excellent team has been sent to England to play cricket. I am baffled to say that a team sitting at the top of the ICC rankings play like a school team and falling like nine-pins. I wonder whether the players play for their country or for anything else. Every Indian has to bow down their head and acknowledge the poor performance. Also the government has spend huge money for these cricketers to play for the country and had this money spend for some constructive purpose it would have helped millions of people of this country. It is very much understood that the total performance of any team depends on not one player but all of them put-together. Indians lacked in every department in the second test and ensured that they are firm in losing the game. I request the Government an Cricket Authorities in India to scrape this game for a year or so.

  • LoveTheGame on August 1, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    When you are hooked to things like number 1, king of cricket, super power of the cricket your team is focussed on show off more than hard work. The new breed of indian cricketers is chaercterised by swearing on field, yelling at opponents, making faces and doing absurd things. There are no more Darvids and Gangulis in the Indian cricket and the ones left are still doing good.

  • ms.arjun on August 1, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    The most shocking dismissal was of Yuvraj's. Man how can you be so dumb to play a shot as the opposition wanted, the very first delivery after the field is set. Mukund, my man, is surely out of this league. They have done tremendous amount of homework for Dhoni, I mean they are not even allowing him face more than 10 deliveries, bang on target from the first ball he faces. full marks to Andy Flower. Raina is still vulnerable, and impatient. VVS has a bad history in England. Thats 5 out of 7 batsmen in the team who remain as easy picks for England. Sachin is resistant to some extent. As usual "the Wall" Dravid stands alone. Pity him. Bowling is close to disaster with only 3 bowlers contrbuting. Harbhajan is off his prime, and completely ineffective in these conditions. Even with Zak and Gambhir back, the odds still stack up against India. Well done England. You deserve to be No.1. However a series between SA and England would really decide that.

  • westbars_spireite on August 1, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    If I was an Indian fan I'd be embarrassed by that. The fielding and apparent effort in the field were damning in their sheer ineptitude. Seeing a clearly overweight Zaheer ambling around in an attempt to get 'fit' highlight the gulf in professionalism between the two sides. The most insulting part of it for Indian fans is that for sheer skill there's barely a cigarette paper between the sides.

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Bresnan's performance means Tremlett will have to fight his way back into the team. Bresnan's a more than handy batsman as well. Pleasant headache for the Poms. I would have loved to see SRT stamp his authority on the tour in this innings atleast. He tried and tried but could not save the Test.

    Oh, and ofcourse, Dhoni needs REST !! Spare a thought for the bloke... he needs to be rested now or 6 months down the line he will be dropped and will have to fight for a place in the squad with Saha & Parthiv !!

  • lankaforyou on August 1, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    @pom_don ... We admit Indian team is not in the same league with England team.... England are a far better unit from the start of the series... no doubt in that....

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Well done Englaand. To complete ascendancy to No.1 spot bring. Trimlett for the next game dropping Morgan . Better luck for India in the next game !!

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Thanks IPL! for your contribution........

  • darren_1146 on August 1, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Even though I'm no fan of England, I'm elated to see the Indians completely trampled. To me, it's Poetic Justice. After the Indians bullied the West Indians into removing the Decision Review System for that series, and trying the same thing against England, the back to back test losses merely shows that might is not always right.

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    England have decimated India and are by far the better team. I thought the aussies were bad losers but the Indians have surpassed them, the excuses the players, commentators and the fans are making are ridiculous. Zaheer Khan must be superman, batman and spider-man in one because as far as the Indians are concerned, him being missing is the reason they have been obliterated. he looks more like pie man. Manjrekar is so biased its embarrassing. Lost both massive tosses and still annihilated the overrated Indians. Tendulkar and Dravid are still legends tho!

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    India can't do anything without ZAHEER KHAN on foreign soil...At least he should be there .. to support mental strength of rest of the bowlers... DHONI haven't even a single series loss in his entire captaincy era... But this time INDIA will have TO SUFFER...

    Rest of the series will depend upon SEHWAG ,DRAVID ,SACHIN , ZAHEER AND ISHANT performance...If they will suceed ...INDIA will suceed.. Otherwise cheers to ENGLAND...

  • lankaforyou on August 1, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    @Spuddinho.... We have no excuses when our team looses in this way.... as an indian i always think that england deservers a number 1 team status after ashes in australia....

  • Nutcutlet on August 1, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    England must guard against cockiness and regard the concluding tests as if the series' score is 0-0, but I have to say in watching and following England for 50 years, there hasn't been a side as professional and disciplined as this one, although there have been sides which could match them for talent. And this is where the most marked difference in the sides lies - England is a team with a sense of purpose and a snap to them. India, in contrast, has talented set of indivduals who are not quite sure what's hit them. Many are weary from continuous cricket, some are unfit and therefore prone to injury like Zaheer, and some are frankly past their best. It is time for India to begin a re-building process under Duncan Fletcher; it will take about four years - in which time Indian supporters will have to be patient and, it has to be said, realistic in their expectations. Success cannot be bought unless you're talking IPL - which we are not!

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    India deserve this......

  • lankaforyou on August 1, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    And About raina...... Oh god..... Please allow him to play ranji trophy and let him learn hoe to play a 4 day game..... I am not harsh on him... but he is too young to be selected for tests that too in these conditions ahead of yuvraj... get the best ranji players like wasim jaffer in there.... why he wont be included in the test team ? Wats wrong with him.... Let raina earn money playing beautiful innings in IPL and collect player of the series with most number of runs in IPL..... we wont bother.... This is test cricket guys..... Not gully cricket.... Wen other team scored 500+ runs on the strip our lineup so called the greatest batting line up in the world rolling of for 150+ which is disgusting for an indian fan like me.....

  • tjsimonsen on August 1, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Well, England has completely steam rolled India in this test. Yes, India were injury depleted, but so were England. And although "the tea incident" may have upset India's rythm somewhat, it can at the most serve to explain some of the size of the victory (there's in reality not a 300+ runs difference between the two teams): the way England played, they would have won by a considerable margin at any rate. There's more than a week to the next test so India has the possibility to regroup. Whether they manage will be a measure of their strength.

  • pom_don on August 1, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Well done England a really convincing display of professional cricket.....will be interesting to read the Indian comments here.....will it be even more excuses or will they blame the Bell incident which only cost 22 runs or will they just admit they are not in the same league?

  • lankaforyou on August 1, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    And also heard comments on Dhoni before the tour started from so called specialist commentators that he is the next Gilchrist as wicket keeper batsmen..... Gilchrist in his time scored in all parts of the world & in all formats of the game... Please dont compare him with a person who doesn't have a clue how to play a moving ball in seaming conditions..... Yes. dhoni gave india a dream worldcup with an incredible innings.... Gilchrist did it thrice for australia.... so, please donot compare dhoni with gilly.... If dhoni want to go any where near the likes of gilcrist, he has to work a lot in his technique....

  • Spuddinho on August 1, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    India - can't bat, can't bowl, can't field. Their fans have loads of excuses though...

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  • Spuddinho on August 1, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    India - can't bat, can't bowl, can't field. Their fans have loads of excuses though...

  • lankaforyou on August 1, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    And also heard comments on Dhoni before the tour started from so called specialist commentators that he is the next Gilchrist as wicket keeper batsmen..... Gilchrist in his time scored in all parts of the world & in all formats of the game... Please dont compare him with a person who doesn't have a clue how to play a moving ball in seaming conditions..... Yes. dhoni gave india a dream worldcup with an incredible innings.... Gilchrist did it thrice for australia.... so, please donot compare dhoni with gilly.... If dhoni want to go any where near the likes of gilcrist, he has to work a lot in his technique....

  • pom_don on August 1, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Well done England a really convincing display of professional cricket.....will be interesting to read the Indian comments here.....will it be even more excuses or will they blame the Bell incident which only cost 22 runs or will they just admit they are not in the same league?

  • tjsimonsen on August 1, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Well, England has completely steam rolled India in this test. Yes, India were injury depleted, but so were England. And although "the tea incident" may have upset India's rythm somewhat, it can at the most serve to explain some of the size of the victory (there's in reality not a 300+ runs difference between the two teams): the way England played, they would have won by a considerable margin at any rate. There's more than a week to the next test so India has the possibility to regroup. Whether they manage will be a measure of their strength.

  • lankaforyou on August 1, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    And About raina...... Oh god..... Please allow him to play ranji trophy and let him learn hoe to play a 4 day game..... I am not harsh on him... but he is too young to be selected for tests that too in these conditions ahead of yuvraj... get the best ranji players like wasim jaffer in there.... why he wont be included in the test team ? Wats wrong with him.... Let raina earn money playing beautiful innings in IPL and collect player of the series with most number of runs in IPL..... we wont bother.... This is test cricket guys..... Not gully cricket.... Wen other team scored 500+ runs on the strip our lineup so called the greatest batting line up in the world rolling of for 150+ which is disgusting for an indian fan like me.....

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    India deserve this......

  • Nutcutlet on August 1, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    England must guard against cockiness and regard the concluding tests as if the series' score is 0-0, but I have to say in watching and following England for 50 years, there hasn't been a side as professional and disciplined as this one, although there have been sides which could match them for talent. And this is where the most marked difference in the sides lies - England is a team with a sense of purpose and a snap to them. India, in contrast, has talented set of indivduals who are not quite sure what's hit them. Many are weary from continuous cricket, some are unfit and therefore prone to injury like Zaheer, and some are frankly past their best. It is time for India to begin a re-building process under Duncan Fletcher; it will take about four years - in which time Indian supporters will have to be patient and, it has to be said, realistic in their expectations. Success cannot be bought unless you're talking IPL - which we are not!

  • lankaforyou on August 1, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    @Spuddinho.... We have no excuses when our team looses in this way.... as an indian i always think that england deservers a number 1 team status after ashes in australia....

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    India can't do anything without ZAHEER KHAN on foreign soil...At least he should be there .. to support mental strength of rest of the bowlers... DHONI haven't even a single series loss in his entire captaincy era... But this time INDIA will have TO SUFFER...

    Rest of the series will depend upon SEHWAG ,DRAVID ,SACHIN , ZAHEER AND ISHANT performance...If they will suceed ...INDIA will suceed.. Otherwise cheers to ENGLAND...

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    England have decimated India and are by far the better team. I thought the aussies were bad losers but the Indians have surpassed them, the excuses the players, commentators and the fans are making are ridiculous. Zaheer Khan must be superman, batman and spider-man in one because as far as the Indians are concerned, him being missing is the reason they have been obliterated. he looks more like pie man. Manjrekar is so biased its embarrassing. Lost both massive tosses and still annihilated the overrated Indians. Tendulkar and Dravid are still legends tho!