India in England 2011 August 3, 2011

Injured Yuvraj and Harbhajan out of Test series

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Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have been ruled out of the rest of the England Test series following injuries sustained during the second Test at Trent Bridge. A board statement said they would be out of action for four and three weeks, respectively - the final Test starts on August 18. Virat Kohli and Pragyan Ojha have been called up as their respective replacements ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston.

Yuvraj fractured his left index finger on the fourth day at Trent Bridge while facing up to a bouncer from Tim Bresnan, and the injury is expected to take four weeks to heal. Bresnan banged in Yuvraj's eleventh delivery short of a length, and it climbed fast towards the batsman's neck but the ball hit him on the index finger of the left hand and Yuvraj threw the bat away immediately, wincing in pain. He continued batting, until he was dismissed by another disconcerting bouncer from Bresnan, and later went to a hospital in neighbouring Derby. Based on the scans a decision was taken to consult a specialist in London.

Harbhajan has a Grade I abdominal muscle strain, which limited his role as a bowler in the Test match to just 13.4 overs, increasing the workload on India's seam attack. He's also been in poor form, managing only two wickets in the first two Tests.

Ojha, who was set to join Surrey for the County Championship and the CB40 one-day competition, will now instead join the Indian side. Kohli was dropped from the Test side following patchy performances on his debut Test series in the West Indies, but Yuvraj's injury gives him a second opportunity.

Harbhajan's absence will allow Ojha to tussle with legspinner Amit Mishra, who was in the original squad, for the spinner's slot in Birmingham, unless India decide to play a four-seamer attack provided Zaheer Khan is fit. An all-pace attack, however, will be weighed against India's current problems with maintaining a proper over-rate.

The injury means that Harbhajan will have to wait until later in the year to play his 100th Test. He is currently on 98 and would have reached the landmark at The Oval, the venue of the final Test of the series.

India are also waiting to see what sort of fitness and form Virender Sehwag is in. He missed the first two Tests while recovering from shoulder surgery and, having landed in London on Wednesday, is expected to join the team in time for the tour game in Northamptonshire.

It is not yet clear whether Zaheer, who suffered a hamstring injury during the Lord's Test after bowling only 13.3 overs and missed Trent Bridge, will be fit to play at Edgbaston. Gautam Gambhir - another player who missed out at Trent Bridge following an injury picked up in the first Test - is also fit to play.

India play a two-day tour game against Northamptonshire on August 5 and 6, ahead of the third Test from August 10. India trail 0-2 in the four-match series.

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  • on August 5, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Well simply an good idea to pick ojha instead of ashwin as he was not an test bowler.. and picking kohli in front of rohit sharma was nice.. but didnt know the fact that why the veteran opener waseem jaffer was continuously missing from the squad??

  • Fluffykins on August 5, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    I agree with 5wombats am waiting for the dates to be confirmed next year against sa , think they will give us a better run for the money.

    I like Smiths attitude he doesnt make excuses or whinge.

    I also notice that there are no SA fans posting on here saying "what about us," thats because they know like England fans that you its ok if you can talk the talk but far better to walk the walk.

  • on August 5, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    too many injuries in the Indian side they really need a fit team. too much cricket?

  • NRI- on August 5, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Ojha ahead of Ashwin? Ridiculous. Also, after Kohli's failures against WI, Rohit Sharma deserved better. Yuvraj's test career is over or at least should be.

  • 5wombats on August 4, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    @TJM101; "You might as well turn it on its head and say India can't be the world's No1 one side unless they beat England in England" - yes indeed! and well put! I am also getting very tired of all this bull about England not being number one until they "beat a full strength india" or "beat india in india". Who says? How about any country that fancied their chances coming over here and having a go? I can't wait to see Eng V SA or SA V Eng now. I know we lost at home last time - England were in disarray with the departure of Fletcher and the change of captain form Vaughan to KP. KP wasn't a smart move - but the Saffers were too good for us. They wouldn't be now and I reckon we could beat them over there too. The Saffers are the only team who could give England a game at the moment.

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 4, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    harbhajan is dropped, not injured because of his poor bowling!

  • zuber21886 on August 4, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Go India fight for it, save the series, give the 100% of your talents and skills, we know you can do it!!!

  • on August 4, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    @radhakrishana, i do see englands performance in a different way. Usually test cricket is considered as the best format in cricket. If india team can not perform in test cricket it is just like getting high marks in term tests and failling in the advanced level. If you not perform in advanced level you wont be considered as the best student in the class. Although im srilankan,england is the best student of the class for the moment.

  • on August 4, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Ind now want SL help they need a good batting coach like kumar, Mahela bowling coach like lasith :D :) that's the way they can even near the target sl lost but marginally that's the cricket we play

  • on August 4, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    The injuries to Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh are blessing in disguise to Dhoni as he will not be left with the problem of tossing between Raina and Yuvraj for a spot in the middle order. Harbhajan's injury has is a big relief as he must have been thinking in his mind how to drop him from the playing eleven. With Srhwag and Gambhir returning to the line up we hope India will put it across England in the next two tests and retain the number one spot. We have seen Dhoni has been a very lucky captain and hence table will get turned in the next two tests.

  • on August 5, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Well simply an good idea to pick ojha instead of ashwin as he was not an test bowler.. and picking kohli in front of rohit sharma was nice.. but didnt know the fact that why the veteran opener waseem jaffer was continuously missing from the squad??

  • Fluffykins on August 5, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    I agree with 5wombats am waiting for the dates to be confirmed next year against sa , think they will give us a better run for the money.

    I like Smiths attitude he doesnt make excuses or whinge.

    I also notice that there are no SA fans posting on here saying "what about us," thats because they know like England fans that you its ok if you can talk the talk but far better to walk the walk.

  • on August 5, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    too many injuries in the Indian side they really need a fit team. too much cricket?

  • NRI- on August 5, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Ojha ahead of Ashwin? Ridiculous. Also, after Kohli's failures against WI, Rohit Sharma deserved better. Yuvraj's test career is over or at least should be.

  • 5wombats on August 4, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    @TJM101; "You might as well turn it on its head and say India can't be the world's No1 one side unless they beat England in England" - yes indeed! and well put! I am also getting very tired of all this bull about England not being number one until they "beat a full strength india" or "beat india in india". Who says? How about any country that fancied their chances coming over here and having a go? I can't wait to see Eng V SA or SA V Eng now. I know we lost at home last time - England were in disarray with the departure of Fletcher and the change of captain form Vaughan to KP. KP wasn't a smart move - but the Saffers were too good for us. They wouldn't be now and I reckon we could beat them over there too. The Saffers are the only team who could give England a game at the moment.

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 4, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    harbhajan is dropped, not injured because of his poor bowling!

  • zuber21886 on August 4, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Go India fight for it, save the series, give the 100% of your talents and skills, we know you can do it!!!

  • on August 4, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    @radhakrishana, i do see englands performance in a different way. Usually test cricket is considered as the best format in cricket. If india team can not perform in test cricket it is just like getting high marks in term tests and failling in the advanced level. If you not perform in advanced level you wont be considered as the best student in the class. Although im srilankan,england is the best student of the class for the moment.

  • on August 4, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Ind now want SL help they need a good batting coach like kumar, Mahela bowling coach like lasith :D :) that's the way they can even near the target sl lost but marginally that's the cricket we play

  • on August 4, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    The injuries to Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh are blessing in disguise to Dhoni as he will not be left with the problem of tossing between Raina and Yuvraj for a spot in the middle order. Harbhajan's injury has is a big relief as he must have been thinking in his mind how to drop him from the playing eleven. With Srhwag and Gambhir returning to the line up we hope India will put it across England in the next two tests and retain the number one spot. We have seen Dhoni has been a very lucky captain and hence table will get turned in the next two tests.

  • Cricswap on August 4, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    One of the messages going around.....!! :) ==>

    "To Mr. Dravid,

    Gautam is taking x ray - will you open? Okay. Dhoni wants to bowl - will you keep? Okay. over rate slow so captain banned - will you captain? okay. Sachin didn't hit 100 - will you hit? Okay. India looks like losing - will you save the match? Okay. zaheer has hamstring injury - will you bowl? erm… Okay!

    and they call Hussey Mr. cricket" ....!! :)

  • on August 4, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    @tyleharns: i fully agree with you, i know sri lankan fans hate indian team, for that matter, before posting, they should look into their collars, never even won a test match india where as we see them touring once in every two years..similar conditions..and england, even if becomes no.1, it is just a ranking at the end of the day..like in school exams, when first ranker misses out on one subject,and no2 scores on tht heavily, then this no2 will be no1 and vice versa, but the main objective should be to field a competitive unit in all the format of the cricket, which england cannot do..india, oz have sporting units for test, one day as well as T-20...results victories are just plain hard luck..just keep playing..bad day, bowler bowls a ball, goes to six, on his good day he will pick up wickets..but have a good unit to field..

  • on August 4, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    india will come back strongly,2-2 will be the result at the end of the series!!dhoni,sehwag and zaheer will be d one's to look for in the upcoming two matches.......and following the test matches there will be one day series which will be one sided as d world champs will thrash eng 5-0....watch it england!!!!!

  • TrueCricket7 on August 4, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    First of all I do not understand why BCCI have been trying Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth for last few years. These two are complete failures. Don't we have anymore fast bowlers in India? Selecting Abhinav Mukund is another bad decision; don't know how did he get selected? Also I haven't seen any great performance from Harbhajan for last few years, still we continue him to play. If we want to win next world cup and remain as top team, this is the time to bring right people. Give chance to Pujara, Rahul Sharma, Rayadu... STOP bringing incompetent players...

  • TJM101 on August 4, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Why is there this continuing denial of England being potentially world No1 in tests (need to avoid losing the next 2 tests yet...) and a demand that England must win in India first???? You might as well turn it on its head and say India can't be the world's No1 one side unless they beat England in England. Top teams (currently England, India and South Africa) will always be expected to win the majority of tests at home. A number 1 ranking represents rankings up to and including the current test matches played, no more no less.

    Number 1 teams usually have some strength in depth as well... India's lack of this so far has been really surprising, England have proved that they can handle both injuries(Tremlett, Trott and Anderson against SL) and lack of form (Broad against SL, Cook and Strauss against India) successfully.

    Looking forward to a better Indian performance at Edgebaston

  • KAIRAVA on August 4, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    India should go in with 4 pacers (Zaheer, Ishant, Praveen, Munaf) for the next two tests. Bhajji is horribly out-of-form for the past two years & Mishra & Ojha have never played in England before this series. English batsmen, these days, are no mugs when it comes to handling spin & the evidence was there for all to see when Sri Lanka toured & played against them in June. When the Poms can handle better spinners of the calibre of Rangana Herath & Ajantha Mendis with aplomb, what are Mishra & Ojha before them. Also, Mishra was hit all over the park when he played in the first tour match against Somerset conceding a whopping 225 runs in just 35 overs & picked just 3 wkts in the 2 innings. Sreesanth has once again revealed his true nature with his inconsistent bowling performance in Trentbridge. He picked up 3 wkts in the 1st innings but went for plenty & then totally ran out of gas in the 2nd innings conceding 5 runs per over. Munaf would be a better choice as he is mean & accurate.

  • on August 4, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    @Wacco on (August 04 2011.. I agree with your comments..........but only partly...Current English team is great only in English conditions.....not in India or subcontinent where their main strike bowlers become not so effective....... As for your question "why couldnt you win the last test in WI?"...the answer would be similar to a question you could probably answer "Why has England never won the cricket world cup ever"?

  • on August 4, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    I am higly delighted by the way England thrashed India, first by 196 runs and then 319 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead. England is sure to do well in the third test too as the confidence of the home team has been boosted by two consecutive heavy victories. So, all the best to u England team to do well.

  • Desilathha on August 4, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Doesn't matter who comes in for India, 4-0 is on the card

  • on August 4, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    what ever they do still i don't think India is going to win a test in this series ... it's funny to see the pathetic way they loose in both matches ... We can definitely be so proud about the way our Sri Lankan team played against this English side ... now everybody can see who are the flat track bully's ... ;)_

  • on August 4, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Yeah its true English team is in the form of their life..........whethar he is Broad, Bell,Prior or Bresnan...or KP..each one of them has hit a purple patch in their careers. On the other side leaving Dravid and bit of Laxman indian batters are struggling for form. Harbhajan and Ishant are not performing as par to their potentials...that is the only reason India are totally outplayed by the British. Dhoni was never a brilliant bat in tests he is just their for his captancy and every fellow knows it,its time for him to work on his skills and come up with a better game. i also think that Sehwag coming to the indian side wont do wonders to indian team as the likes of Sachin despite being fit are struggling with their footwork, My prediction England is going to give india a lot of trouble in their home conditions in Edgebaston too.

  • on August 4, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Why Kohli? Where is Badri or Pujara or Rohit Sharma? And why not try Ashwin. Even if he cannot pick wickets on the seaming tracks, he can be miserly with the runs. And he is a decent bat too.

  • zico123 on August 4, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    what happended to Pujara? is he still injured? he looked to me a very good test player, better than Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj in Test cricket. last thing india want is Pujara to lose his test match technique and mindset just like murli vijay lost it after few sessions with IPL and CL.

  • InnocentGuy on August 4, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Finally English fans can feel better about themselves. The Barmy Army has gone around with the team for decades only to see it being mauled by opponents world over. Plus England is visiting India soon. We are waiting, don't worry at all. The likes of Steyn have been torn to rags recently. Don't worry at all.

    As an Indian, I'm disappointed in the side's performance in the 2 tests. I can sense a tiredness in Dhoni. That's no excuse though. In any case, as much as people say the bowling department is weak, I think it's actually the batting that's been a bigger let down. Starting from the 1st test in WI, India has not been able to cross 300 comfortably. The bowlers have actually done pretty good considering they are never considered world-class. Ishant, Praveen, Sree, Zak should just bowl to their strengths as they have been doing for the last few tests. The batting, especially the middle and lower-middle order, needs to raise the bar by a mile.

  • BISHT_PANKAJ on August 4, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    If Sehwag and Gambhir open the third test it wil definitely boost Indian confidence. With Amit Mishra and Zaheer included team will have good bowling side. England is playing cricket of their life, but the series is yet not completed. Also it is a game, however best you are you ought to lose sometimes. All the best to Indian team in next two tests and Congratulations English side for their excellent show.

  • Wacco on August 4, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Make no mistake, the present England team will bash up anybody-anywhere! Ask the Great Aussies...Its not your fault India - you were in wrong place at wrong time. Anyway, we will arrange a goodwill win for you guys - may be a gift from naive Bell. Ha ha...Peace. BTW, why couldnt you win the last test in WI?

  • on August 4, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    @tylerhans ,It is true that Eng has never been world cup champ, but that is not going to affect ICC ranking. No1 means current status regardless of previous world cup performance.For injuries....There were best batsman of decade (Sachin, Drawid, Laxman).Only Sehwag was not persent and gambhir for1 Test.In bowling Only Zaheer was injured.If any team does not have a single backup how come u say they are no 1.In Endland case Tremlet was injured and they have same potential bowler Bresnan. They are not dependent on single bowler Like india. So obiously theey are NO 1 Now.

  • on August 4, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    i agree with tylerhans england have it easy.... i also think its time india gave more oportunies to younger bowlers try and give them a smel of international batsmen and enviroment becuase if anything is going to let indias future in cricket it is bowling and fielding... the fielding has improved from past times but its time to face the facts it still has a long way to go because if batting or bowling fails fielding is he back up to screw ups

  • Siva-The-Human on August 4, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Hi all, some guys comment here like this" India won the match only in flat track condition at home not win a match in seaming condition, but England is a king of test team now, and won a match at seaming pitch in australia.Here I say England condition is same autralia.So if u have a guts come to India and win any single match and then roar u r a king of cricket.

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 4, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    @ DINESHCC :- Murali might have thought bhajji would go for the record because of his wicket taking ability.But now he is rubbish.

  • ms_cricketer on August 4, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    it is baffling, as no one seems to take in to account that this is india vs england not half of india injured vs fully fit england. Ok if england were missing thier top scorers in bell or cook, they would crumble. Indias openers have been sublime in the last few years. Plus without zaheer this attack is nowhere. Use wiseness in comments please, if anderson was out of the england side, would it be the same. Forget bench strench, anderson is their key bowling leader, and lose.

  • on August 4, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Everyone accepts that Ashwin is more talented than Misra and Ojha. Then why he shouldnot be tried? Kohli has proved himself that he is weak against short deliveries.Rohit or Badri would have been a better choice.

  • Raj12345 on August 4, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    I guess we ( I am talking about only genuine cricket fans) fans are wasting our time writing so many comments.This is very simple, there is group of people controls present Indian cricket, so please don't think about bringing Wasim, Rahane, Pujara, Badri, Rayudu etc. Don't write anything about Dhoni, Yuvi, Raina, RG & Kohli. No one can't touch them even they don't score single run. Just simple fact, why Dhoni never prefer DK as a 2nd WK, since DK is far better keeper then Dhoni and he can play well, since he has same exp as RG. Also Dhoni exposed now, next BCCI has simple step to do, call minnow team and ask them play in India 4 tests and 5 ODIs, done, All we fan forget both WI and Eng tours and these cricketers escape from blame. Our team never look like champs at present.

  • GJmelb on August 4, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    To make Sehwag open would be the biggest mistake as he doesn't have a sound technique, he's got no footwork at all. He should come in after VVS, then he can play his strokes against the old soft ball & spinners. Apart from Sachin & Dravid no one has a good technique. VVS is highly over rated, he has no front foot game and that is why he would always struggle when ball is pitched up n moving. Dravid on the other hand can only play catchup, as he can't dominate cos his lack of ability to score in the V on lively pitches, so even his hundreds can't contribute in us winning. Because he scores so slowly he should be made to open so that he can see off the new ball. Dravid & VVS should retire or chucked out of the team for good at the end of this test series n guys like Rohit & Kohli should get a chance to improve at test cricket.

  • bumsonseats on August 4, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    there are over 1 billion people in india. that been the case over 1/2 billion females. india have missed a trick. instead of picking males select from the female population they have ladies teams who must be able to play the bouncer. Ups im only joking. from the onset of the series the vast majority of indian supporters were boasting that the score would be 0 - 4 been the most talked about. then as the tests started and finished the score would change 2 - 2 seems the talked about score now. i think your first score choice was correct 4 - 0 sounds good to me. but aslong as we win the series. if that means the #1 team so be it we will just have to accept, and enjoy. dpk

  • mrhamilton on August 4, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    bharat sondhi thats a fair challenge. India have stepped up in the last ten years abroad. but i do think english pitches are the best in the world for offering bowlers and batsmen something all around the scale whtehe they are spinners, swingers or quicks... India has been a difficult place for those of the first world to tour but I commend your challenge, lets see if england can beat india in india.

  • Master01 on August 4, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    You do realise that the value of a player lost depends on his value to the team? losing tremlett is nothing like Zaheer khan. You have Strength in depth? So who are you going to replace Trott with then? Imagaine if you lost 2 batsmen. Who would you replace them with? you woudlnt. Its a pity that this new generation of England fans doesnt understand cricket , you do a real disservice to the older generation of good english cricket fans.

  • on August 4, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    I would say tylerhans brought valid point. Alot of people tend to disagree. When teams are of equal, things like loss ofeven a key player couldchange the tide. Leavealonemorethan one. In an alien condition for many Indian players, and some replacement weaker players will change the tide substantially. If these things are happened to England the result was in the other direction.

    India and BCCI's planning and preparation for this tour was absurd. Test players ( those who plays tests alonelike Dravid, Laxman, and to an extent Sreesanth)who had sufficient rest and after preparation played well. Others succumbed. Tendulkar may be slightly off colour. Hope je will regain colour. It is time to crtically look at Harbhajan. It is also importnatlook and build alrounders. Irfan can be further looked at and see how he performs. He can play bounce, swing and spin as well knows swing bowling. May be need to work on his speed a bit.

  • on August 4, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    rohit sharma should be given a chance to play......as he is technically sound than othr batsmen in our bench .....nd he is gud replacement for sachin tendulkar in future....as he is stroke player too.....rathr than tryng othrs...........

  • on August 4, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer is already in England playing club cricket and doing really well. The selectors are either stupid or ignorant, the guy is on the doorstep and ready to step in, start well at the top and see the results come through, not rocket science!!

  • anzac75 on August 4, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    For all the things been said about all the injuries to the Indian team what of the players still playing Tendulkar (one of my all time favourites) Laxman Dravid (who is performing very well). I find the excuses quite sad from the fans surely a cricket mad country of a billion plus souls can find a few replacements. and if you care to look back tylerhans Tremlett injured cook and trott both with low scores and the english team still prevailed, also in the wings Bresnan Steve Finn bowling wise. It is as it often is the home side with the benefit of home conditions and in a fit good frame of mind vs an Indian team who historically tour poorly, I hope the No 1 side come out fighting for pride, their country and the game.

  • Stark62 on August 4, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    I don't know why Indians making an excuse about this injury thing because the players shouldn't have been playing ipl straight after the WC and skipping the tour to the Windies (it should been the other way around).

    Take Sehwag and Gambhir's case, they both had injuries after the WC but decided to carry on playing cricket instead of having a surgery or resting their injury.

    Just admit it, Eng are superior plus they have a lot more depth to their bowling and batting.

  • mrhamilton on August 4, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    tylerhans with respect your post is hardly "wise or knowledgable" in fact its laughable.you seem to want to use every excuse under the sun to avoid the fact this england team is far superior to India. Frankly as a south african i find your assertion that a "half fit india side is being blamed for being beaten by a fully fit england side" as laughable and ridiculous. Zaheer khan and yuvraj singh and harbajan have been overweight and unfit for years. gambhir was fit until his inadequacies against an england ball rendered him unfit. Also i would remind you this is test cricket and saying things like "how many world cups have england won" doesnt cut any ice here in the real arena of test cricket. India have just come off a west indian series if anyone should be fit its india not england. sad truth is dravid,lax,tendul apart the indian players only care for money and not test cricket

  • Fluffykins on August 4, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Fully fit England Side ??? Thats not a knowledgeable or wise comment! Its only the depth of the squad that may make it look that way something that India would be wise to consider.

  • on August 4, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    England has won first 2 Tests. England has got a very good team. Agreed. But they are winning at their home turfs. It has been always said for India that they win matches at their home grounds and Indian team consistently answered their critics in away series held in the last 10 years. I would praise England team only in case they will win a test series in India. "Now that sounds like a big big challenge for them". Then i will see how loud these english lions can roar. As far as this series is concerned yes India is on backfoot but beware strauss and company the tour is not yet over who knows it might be the time for turnaround. A big one is still pending for Dhoni, Sachin, VVS. Who knows if they fire together the scene would be totally different

  • MiddleStump on August 4, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    For a moment I felt India's chances improved considerably without Harbhajan and Yuvraj. Wait. Kohli and Oja are their replacements? Now it is an even weaker team. I guess Ashwin and Pujara were disqualified from selection because they are healthy and in good form. Having replaced an off spinner with a left arm spinner we can bet that a leg spinner (Mishra) will now be playing at Leeds. These selection moves will defintely befuddle England and will certainly make India the firm favourites for the thrid test. I cannot wait for the next injury report and more selection brainwaves from the BCCI.

  • on August 4, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Why ROHIT SHARMA...IS NOT SELECTED...????????

  • jreddy on August 4, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Rohit Sharma or Badrinath would have been a better option than Virat Kohli espeially for some one to come at no 6.Abinav has a very poor foot work and should not be given any mor chance , Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh kartick has good record in swinging conditions.

  • on August 4, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Cant understand how ppl call ashwin a t-20 specialist not fit for tests..unless u give him an opportunity..For ppl calling Pujara,Badri & rohit..flat track bullies...that they score heavily in india...they play ranji trophy in india and not in SA & AUS...so need to groom them and not expect them score double centuries as soon they go overseas. Raina has shown improvement against short balls and people should be patient....has perfomedly decently in the recent months...Mukund & vijay are the best openers after Sehwag & Gauti...accept the fact..Wud like to see Rahane,Badri,Pujara,Raina in the test lineup in the coming years..and keep Yuvi & kohli,Rohit,Raina in ODIs....TRANISITON is the buzzword now..and players have to be groomed to fit into the shoes...GUYZ please remember our 90s Indian cricket and realise how we progresses well..so plz be patient

  • 5wombats on August 4, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    A lot of people have come on here to bash Harbhajan - but he is a BOWLER! Why is he being blamed for India not passing 300 in any Innings so far? It is the batsmen who have not done the business - the so-called "3 Legends". As for Yuvraj - I don't like to see any batsmen get their fingers broken. I broke a thumb batting and it was agony - but it was either my thumb or my face, it is an automatic reaction to put up your hands to protect the face when short stuff is coming down. But Yuvraj does this for a living - he ought to know how to duck/keep out a short ball - same goes for Raina. None of these changes, including Sehwag will make any difference. Talk of putting Misra in!? He was hiding behind the sofa after the Somerset batsmen had finished with him England batsmen will crush him. But it is the Indian batting which has proved most fallible. What I want to know is when Laxman gets on the plane to go back to India will he still be saying "England tour is not the toughest". I wonder.

  • tylerhans on August 4, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    This is ridiculous, a half fit indian side is being blamed for losing the test matches against a fully fit england side.. no first preference bowler no first preference opening batsman.... and it is funny how people keep talking about world no1...... to be honest, england have won the ashes and these matches against weaker australian and Indian sides... world no1?? how many world cups have they won (reached finals???)... the first world title came last year..... Hmm.. any side is a bit disturbed without its first choice players... take away bell and trott for injuries and anderson or broad for injuries and then try to win a test .... would crumble .... knowledgeable and wise comments please

  • on August 4, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    If Yuvraj is lost something is lost! If Harbhajan is "lost", nothing is lost! It is a blessing in disguise that he is injured and not available for selection! At least a spinner like Sharma or Ojha would get a chance. Harbhajan can resume his advertising stints and that is where his future lies?!

  • vin77 on August 4, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Can somebody tell me where is Rohit Sharma?? & why is Kohli being included after a disastrous WI series??.Also we should accept the fact that Dhoni needs to come up with some match winning performance/s for once to be counted,as he has been piggy back riding for long & enjoying the focus on him of being Captain Cool & all that becauseof others success.

  • Fluffykins on August 4, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Being a England fan I say bring it on!

    I dont fancy any ones chances against my team at present.

    I feel that its abit harsh blaming Harbhajan for all of India's woes, it was a collective effort and no one on this tour can as covered themselves in glory for any on field performances except Dravid.

  • sourabh777 on August 4, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    its all about indian batting not doing well and also india has been unable to grab their chances. indian players are not playing up to their marks otherwise the england team is not that competitive.

  • Latifimran on August 4, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Team India should say Harbhajan Singh has been dropred due to lack of form not because of injury.

  • on August 4, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Hope for a win in England

  • ashekahmed on August 4, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    WHOEVER MAY BE OUT OR IN.....INDIA WILL BE DEFINITELY SMASHED THROUGHOUT THE SERIES AS THEY ARE TOO WEAK TO ENGLAND.

  • Philip_Gnana on August 4, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    India will have to write this tour off as a reality check. Were they really a No 1 team over the past year? England had convincingly beaten Australia and what a thrashing that was too. The ranking systems needs to reflect the current performances of the team or at least the performance over a 12 month period. To have a ranking system that adjusts over a four year period is rediculous. It does not make sense and is totally archiac. India have been grossly overated. Kohli is an idea l(super) middle order batsmen. He could have done with his first England Tour. At least he has his chance now. It is the opening spot that is weak and I cannot see Virendar doing any better either in seaming conditions. Ohja is proven material. Ideal replacement for Bhaji. India have the luxury of having ready made replacements. It is the English weather conditions and seaming pitches that all sub-continental players find difficulty in dealing with. 3-0 bashing on the cards. England forever. Philip Gnana.uk

  • on August 4, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    This is where the world beating Australian team was 100 times better, they had enough bench strength to beat most of the team around the globe for what seems like ages before their current demise.

  • I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on August 4, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    This was the worst performance from Indian team from past 18 months.....Very disappointing from India .....Have to work hard next to matches.....the regular team will be for India in next two tests inclusion of viru and zaheer....

    India sholudn't think about to win but not to lose.....Hope India will bounce back..!!!

    chake India....

  • kirkeet-fan on August 4, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Dhoni has ridden on the back of the big three long enough, not counting the periodic heroics of Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan, time for him to get counted, first up cement his place in the side for his keeping and his batting, Patel is too good a batsman to be wasted at his young age!!!

  • harshalb on August 4, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Most people commenting here have absolutely no knowledge of cricket or are too prejudiced. I say this when I hear people vouch for Cheteshwar, Badrinath and Rohit Sharma. The problem is Indian batsmen are not able to play rising and swinging balls. Cheteshwar, Badri and Rohit are kings of flat tracks but they cannot play in English conditions. You need to send real and proven Gold over there. So send Jaffer who has made 200 in England, send Denesh K who has a average of 50 there. In bowling, stop wasting time on Harbhajan and even T20 specialist Ashwin or mediocre Ojha. It is time to send RP Singh and unlesh a 4 pace attack of Zaher, RP, Sree and Praveen. And yeah, how many times you want to see Raina and Yuraj dance to chin music?

  • on August 4, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Someone here wanted Rahane as a replacement as he just scored a century in India emerging players tournament vs South African emerging players where our young Indians scored 278 runs in 55 overs at a run rate of 5 only to have match drawn due to poor light requiring only 282 runs to win with 4 runs short...Rahane is a gud Indian future batsman in place of Dravid ven he hangs his boots n a specialist at no.3 plus he can open as well if situation demanded.Time 4 bcci to groom young India emerging players in test team..but currently I feel he should play all the matches in Australia n nt here in England..poor Mukund n Kohli/Rohit should also have played there in Austraia...We have a test series in Australia at the end of this year...looking towards future,the current Australian tour for emerging players is gud for them getting experience in Australian conditions n if we can pick 2 or 3 players frm emerging players side for Indian test team for Australia tour tht will be very gud...:)

  • TheUpperCut on August 4, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Why Kohli? he failed miserably in WI!! Rohit Sharma performed well in WI and this is what he gets! Cant understand Indian cricket and its selectors!!

  • chapathishot on August 4, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    The signs were ominous when India failed to win a test against Newzeland at home.Then they could have won the series in SA if the bowlers could dislodge the Kallis -Boucher partnership.Then cam Windies where 3-0 was made 1-0 due to bowlers incapability to take wickets.England have played well but considering the home conditions they are not way above the other sided like Aussies of noughties.Even if England take the Number one ranking ,it will last only till they tour Srilanka and Pakistan(UAE/Srilanka) in the winter

  • Spuddinho on August 4, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Here we go - just what Indian fans wanted. Another 'injury' + another defeat = even more excuses...

  • anexpat on August 4, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    It is a bit harsh but injuries to bhaji and Yuvraj singh may turn out to a blessing disguise. Don't think much about the replacement though. Kohli was diappoiting in the WI and Ojha is not a Mr wonderful either. i predict Sehwag will be able to delive as we want simply because he is rusty and not 100% fit.

  • Broadsword99 on August 4, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Posted by DaGameChanger on (August 04 2011, 00:00 AM GMT) " To be honest, England is winning not because of its bowling or pure batting skills of top 6 but because their lower order has played much better than India."

    WHAT!!! So England have bowled out the No.1 Test team in the world four times for under 300 runs in 2 tests and it's NOT the bowling??? There has been much arrogance from Indian supporters on here (we will win 0-3 etc). All I have seen so far is an ageing team being blown away by England's ruthlessness. Where is the fight in your players?

  • on August 4, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    I dont understand the logic of English Fans being so proud of their National Team when half their side has migrated players. Can they produce English Born Playing Eleven atleast for One Test Series against Any Test Playing Nation:

    KP: Pietersen was born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa. He made his first-class debut for Natal in 1997 before moving to England after voicing his displeasure at the racial quota system in place in South Africa Andrew Strauss: Born in South Africa, Strauss moved to England aged six.[9] First playing cricket in Australia for Caulfield Grammar School in Melbourne Ian Jonathan Leonard Trott (born 22 April 1981 in Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa) is an English cricketer Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan (pronounced the same as "Owen") (born 10 September 1986) is an Irish[3] cricketer who plays for England. Matt Prior was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to England with his family aged 11.

  • on August 4, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Indians laughed Sri lankans defeats ........ now poor IND proved they are just wc winners only for name. We are waiting to welcome Indians in SL lets see what will happen........... Anyway Good luck Englishmen this seems to be very easy series. IND people will hate IND players after this series. I am sure like 2003 runners up

  • on August 4, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Ojha seems little ahead of Mishra & Ashwin, keeping in view of the Trent Bridge pitch.

  • on August 4, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Well, well... Their absence won't affect Indian team in any way. Bhajji was due to be dropped in the next match and with Viru and Gambhir back, it was a toss between Yuvraj and Raina. If Zaheer is fit, India will be with their full strength. This hyped series desperately need a good hard fought test match. Just makes me wonder the timing of Bhajji's injury. He did not seem to be in any pain while batting in the last session ! If he is not good enough at this level, then he needs to be dropped and there is no need to hide it just to satisfy his ego.

  • Deelo on August 4, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    India became no 1 by just fortunately beaten Australia in Australia rest of all the series they played in India and play only because of dead pitches, India the spinners team

  • lelepopo on August 4, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Team India have some really good test match players but don't know why they are not bringing them in team. Wasim Jaffer was a real test match opener. A man performing against West Indian side is most reliable person now we now that Zaheer is injured but you have Ashish Nehra you have more experience of playing on English pitches but can't say that is there any politics in team India or not.

  • lelepopo on August 4, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Sehwag will not score a 50 in upcoming matches and team India are going totally reliable on him. Still original Indian test squad in current series i can sort out 7 T20 Players in current squad non of them is capable of standing on wicket for whole day. Just remember this is not feroz shah kotla stadium where harbhajan will score century.

  • Trioboy on August 4, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    This is just one sided series. England trampling India over and over. More like England vs Bangladesh. Wait ! Bangladesh can do better... I'm tuning in to Aussies taking on Lankans to see a more balanced series.

  • on August 4, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    for around 18 months the indian was number.i think being this harsh on them is unfair. these are just phases over a short period, Im sure they will be back to where they belong No.1 test team. and obivously i dont think we can loose the ODI series with Zak and Viru fit.

  • on August 4, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Lots of India fans resting their hopes on Sehwag. He's a class player and would get into any internationall side but his chances can't be good. Just back from an operation and not played cricket for nearly 3 months. Not played proper cricket for even longer. A 2 day warm up match is no good. You Indian guys seem to care about being test no. 1; I don't think your board does.

  • muski on August 4, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    When we are getting beaten black and blue why cant Srikant and Co think out of the hat. I would have ideally got in Rohit Sharma, Ifran Pathan and maybe even Ashwin( the bloke has the never say die attitude which the make it large guy seems to have left back in Punjab). Iam not so sure Virat and Ohja will make any impact. Irfan based on his IPL form should be given a new lease of life and who knows that may be the defining moment of his career and an genuine all rounder which we have been looking for since Kapils exit. MSD's days in test cricket will be numbered if he continues to bat and keep like this. This momentum of winning the World Cup will carry him at the most for one year after which people will bay for his blood.

  • on August 4, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Why not Cheteshwar Pujara he has performed in 3 day versions of the game.......

  • vinchester on August 4, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    India will make a grave error if they play Viru & Zak straight away in the 3rd test without establishing they are 100% match fit. If they are rushed & breakdown again, They may not be available for the tour down under

  • on August 4, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Kohli is the best option, and why Mishra is not playing when Bahji is doing nothing in there. who ever is not performing should be out of the game, weather they are injured or not

  • DINESHCC on August 4, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    I DO NOT KNOW ON WHAT BASIS MURALIDHARAN SAID THAT BHAJJI WILL ACHIEVE TEH FEAT OF 800 WKTS

  • indianzen on August 4, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    The hard work and willingness to try some thing and the hunger to be successful is what is the plus for England... But rather than Ojha, Ashwin could be handy and Ashwin was a batsmen in domestic circuit...

  • shrnk on August 4, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    This series 4-0 white wash

  • ListenToMe on August 4, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    I am really surprised why Pujara is not getting any chance? What is wrong with him? Kohli is younger than Pujara, so why not give Pujara some chances? And what happened to Badrinath? He is such a good player in first class and if the selectors don't give him enough chances, he cannot prove his value. Just think, how many chances Gambhir got before he became India's trusted opener.

  • Rumy1 on August 4, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Selectors are completely out of their minds.At a crucial stage in series, they have again chosen a batsman in Kohli who is yet not there as far as quality Test match skills are concerned.Likes of Tremlett/Bresnan/Broad/Anderson will make his life hell with short pitch and swinging red cherry.I have time and again questioned why the best man in India [apart from greats Sachin/Sehwag/Dravid/Laxman] to tackle this top bowling quartet i.e WASIM JAFFER is being continuousl ignored and neglected.He is just 32 and not yet at his prime.He has more international experienc,more consistency and better domestic record than likes of Mukund/Vijay/Raina/Yuvraj/Kohli. WASIM JAFFER is a class act.Has a century in South Africa on snorter of a pitch and has a double hundred in Carribeans. In terms of temperament, technique, and class he is perhaps better than even Gambhir.Yes he had a bad series in Australia but even great players have had same fate Down Under.Why is this injustice being meted out to him

  • on August 4, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    why can't we give chance to kaif again everytime a test series is being played and kaif is the first one being sidelined. he played well in westindies where he scored 148 and was dropped form the test side. atleast he can be better middle order player as he has a county stint behind him an he must be well aware of the conditions in england

  • ikmal--syd on August 4, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    As a sri lankan cricket fan, i think india have some talented and experienced batsman but england seem to be a level above them, especially in their bowling. Broad continues to impress in all aspects of his cricket. I also thing england have a better depth of talented cricketers than india and most sides in the world. England to win 3-1 or 4-0 and broad will continue his form.

  • Thegreatgame on August 4, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    I think it is a blessing in disguise for the Indian team. Amit Mishra will now get a much deserved chance to show off his skills with the ball and he's no mug with the bat either. Raina will be now be able to play freely. Sree unfortunately may have to make way for Zaheer which is a bit risky keeping in mind Zak's availability throughout the length the match. All in all some time off for the team to reflect on their faults and some key players coming in. This should be interesting.

  • on August 4, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    I guess Harbhajan is dropped rather than injured ;) However, it is the right thing & appreciate this tactics. The main mistake was that Indian batting was too defensive (2nd innings of 1st test & after taking the lead in 1st innings of 2nd test). Dravid alone can't save/win the match. Someone (Schwag, Sachin, Laxman) needs to show aggression even to save a match. Staying in the crease won't help & tail-enders need to throw the bat.

  • on August 4, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    how rohit sharma is getting missed out every time even for replacements is beyond anybody's sense. He is much more assured stroke player and treat to watch when gets going and if properly groomed he can be a great batsman for us.

    it is time to try out the alternatives we have on a regular basis. rohit, bhadrinath(on the lines of dravid), vijay, kohli and raina can be the future answers to dravid, tendulkar sehwag and lakshman and even on later years for yuvraj.

    and ozha should have been there much before. Harbhajan will get his chances but unless we have rotation basis being applied and results are awaited with patience our future looks bleak.

  • sweetspot on August 4, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Enough already with this #1 spot and who "deserves" it. It is just a ranking, it changes all the time, and is not a crown! OF course India does not care about it that much, because it is still very subjective, and hello....! India did not invent the system. India invented the IPL and cared for the World Cup. The results are there to show. That does not mean India should play badly in Tests, but it shows that even without Tests being their prime focus, they have risen to this so called #1 position. England might be playing the best cricket they have in a decade and they deserve to beat India, but please stop harping about this #1 position as if it is India is somehow arrogant about it. Has anyone trumpeted this nonsense?

  • vinodkumar on August 4, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    They should have had Ashwin as Harbhajan's replacement. Agreed Ojha has played test matches earlier. But Ashwin with his hieght can extract bounce from the English wickets and his variations and deceptions are well known. He can also be a very capable No. 7 batsman in tests. In fact in test matches he can be a better batsman than Harbhajan. And Ashwin the bowler is too good to be kept out of the longer version. Every one knows of his exploits in the shorter versions in IPL and the ODIs. But he has taken ennough wickets in the longer version of the game in domestic matches to be considered for test matches. I think Dhoni thinks he is an attacking bowler suitable only for T20s and occassional ODIs. I'm sure if Ashwin is given a chance to play 98 test matches he will definitely end us taking more wickets than 405 and would have scored more than 2 centuries. But for that he should first be picked and allowed to play one full series. I dare say he is a better off spinner than even Swan.

  • on August 4, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    it should have been mishra insted f ojha .. as wasim said englshmen struggle for leg spinners... i thnk mishra would do better... he uses hs tactis welll

  • on August 4, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    finally in the injured players list two more names have been added. no one knows whether viru is match fit or not. Zaheer's fitness is still a mystery. the visitors are really in deep trouble. the magic of dhoni is not working at all. the legendary trios are not up to the mark as well. no way india can save its no. one status.

  • on August 4, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    There has been many other posts asking for Badri's inclusion. He is not a One day or T20 player. His right place is in the test team. THey made him play T20 and ODIs in WI, did not give him even one chance in tests (even when it was known kohli was not selected for the England tour) and then dropped him altogether! shame on the selectors.

    They seem to back the wrong set of ppl. Mukund's showing in WI and Eng so far have been promising but hardly convincing. He should be playing in the Emerging Player's tournament instead of Anirudha Srikanth (seriously, Anirudha in the three day games?!!) He should hone his skills before making a serious claim to be the backup opener.

    When will ppl like Badrinath or Rahane ever get a chance? I am not for a moment saying that the moment they get in to the test XI they are going to be successful. But they deserve their chances. I am Indian from Tamil Nadu

  • harshalb on August 4, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Harbhajan is a mediocre spinner. Most Indian selectors, captains and former players are guilty of supporting him due to his 'fighting' qualities which I am yet to see on tracks which don't assist spin bowling. Calling Ojha does not make sense because he is also another mediocre bowler. India should have called RP Singh to replace Ishant and fielded an attack of Zahir, RP Singh, Sreesanth and Praveen. In place of Yuvraj, BCCI should have called up Waseem Jaffer who has scored a double hundred in his last tour of England. If Sehwag is unfir then include Denesh K who has average of 50 in England or Parthiv P but Dhoni seems to have an allergy to both. The team should have been : 1.Segwag (or Jaffer) 2.Gambhir 3.Dravid 4.Tendulk 5.Lexmann 6.Denesh K 7.Dhoni 8.Zaher 9.Praveen 10.Sreesanth 11.RP Singh.....If Jaffer plays instead of Sehwag then take Amit Mishra instead of Praveen to address over rate issue....this team will beat England.

  • on August 4, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Its completely rediculous to call Kohli and Ojha, what difference it makes if they didn't even can make to playing 11. Better get new seamer in swinging conditions to prove talent and give a chance to Northampon to prove. Why Kohli and not Rohit, as Raina is still struggling, Rohit can fill the middle order slot in english swinging conditions and as well can play short ball better than anyone of young players.

  • krish75vijay on August 4, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    It is easy to comment. India will do well in both the tests. If Sehwag opens the innings and stays for an hour and more India will surely put up a very high score. That is what happened whenever we won many series and reached No 1 rank. For record purpose I wish to add that our great opening bastmen sunil gavaskar after a splendid performance in West Indies failed in England. We have dismissed England twice in the second test. India will surely level the series.

  • on August 4, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Which mean no fast bowler for India, It's a shame.

  • Thomas_George on August 4, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    These injuries are a blessing in disguise. Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Kohli, Dhoni, Ishant, Sreesanth, Zaheer, Ojha seems to be the best they can get now.

  • Hammond on August 4, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    India seem to have a real problem with depth in their squad- only one test quality player backed up by patchy one day/ 20-20 specialists. It seems clear that they really are not prioritising test match performances and therefore do not deserve number one spot.

  • on August 4, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    sri lankan teamperformed well in very cold whether. But these indian (No 1 Test) players can't draw a match at least.. I don't think that they can win a match in England ...

  • Ashenator on August 4, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    India has to stop looking for excuses and start playing the cricket, everyone knows they are capable of. Harbhajan has been out of form for a very long time now and the Indian team kept him in the team because of his performances in is early career. That guy is gone, there is new talent in India and India needs to start utilising it. Raina is a good batsman and with the help of Fletcher, I can see he has definitely IMPROVED his technique against the short ball and it showed against the Windies but good bowlers can still target him with the short ball. We have to remember he is only 24 and over time, he can become a great batsman. He needs to be given oppurtunities and he can deliver.

  • lawton on August 4, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Lets face it.England is asuperb team. 3 genuine alrounders and a well balanced bowling attack and awesome batting line up.On the contrary apart from the ageing trio Tendulkar,Dravid, Laxman and Sewag and Zaheer and to certain extent Ifan Sharma the rest of them are not of Test class.I have no doubt England deserve to be No.1 Test Team

  • KrikGuru on August 4, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    India must find a genuine all rounder and new off spinner !

  • on August 4, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    FINALLY!! some sense. . . Virat Kohli should be playing test cricket. And Murali Vijay in as an opener his stats may not be great but he is certainly got the right technique for test cricket. India simply need to play with more intent we saw the English tailenders make the indians work hard in the field and put pressure on. the younger player in this team need to start taking some pointers from the legends and practice and prepare for whats coming. . .NO EXCUSES for not knowing how to play short pitched bowling

  • shamlaatu on August 4, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    This indian team surely has the ability to bounce back really hard. I would be surprised to see three tests in a row. England are on the high horse.

  • studbaker on August 4, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Every dog has his day. We must admit England is at its prime and India at its low.They played much better. No excuses. India may go down 4-0 to this very determined team. They should learn lesson from their mistakes and try to regain their ranking. No way they deserve to remain on No.1 in their present condition. I am an Indian team fan but got to be fair and give due credit to English team. There was a time in recent memory when any team could defeat English team. They have bounced back.

  • smudgeon on August 4, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    Sehwag is not going to win this series for them - you don't win a test match by scoring 300 at a run a ball, you win it by taking 20 wickets. The only way I could see India succeeding in that task is if they bring out Kapil Dev and Srinath in place of...whoever. Keep Ishant. Keep Praveen, but drop Sreesanth. Kapil Dev can bat in the middle order in place of Yuvi. Srinath can bowl first drop. Put Mishra into the team. Bam! Still can't see them rolling England, but they might at least stand a chance of lasting 5 days. I called India a "placeholder #1" the other day, and someone asked "who for?". The answer at the moment seems to be England, on current performance. And if they keep on this way, they might well stay at #1 for a while.

  • Principle on August 4, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    Which Indian is in England 1st , 2nd or 3rd string?

  • on August 4, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    @ramesh_syd You can't change your technique during a test series when your playing the best test nation in the world, Raina is not equipped to play test cricket.

    @Venkatb I really hope Sehwag shows some ticker because this Indian team has really disappointed me. I believe he will score runs in English conditions, he is a world class batsman, All World XI player.

    It's a pity the rest of the side has not dug deep after getting a few injury setbacks, pretty weak to be honest, I expected more from them. Will India fold like a deck of cards with the loss of Yuvraj and Harbhajan, I think their injuries don't sound too series, esp Barjey. Yuvraj.....well I know Ponting has played with broken fingers before, seems rude to even speak Yuvraj's name in the same sentence at Punter.

  • AvidCricFan on August 4, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    It will be difficult for the Indian team to recover now. I don't think they have confidence left with the drubbing in the first two test. The Indian team is showing signs of aging and inexperience. It will be a while before it resurrects.

  • TGDraper on August 4, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    I'd like to say it's a shame but I don't belive either of them would be effective in this series. Harbhajan has got 400 Test wickets though... Please Sehwag play, depth is clearly not a strong point for India and we want a proper contest! Do Indian's do that thing when the beaten team complain of decisions and injuries and the like for defeat? I think not after they're highly commendable and splendid sporting decision in the last Test

  • phoenixsteve on August 4, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    During and after the Lords test we were told that "India are slow starters and need some time to warm up" Do you think they'll be warmed up after 2 more test matches? I expect the Aussies are worried.... (not). Still there's always the meaningless 1 day thrash abouts that India might win a game or two? Assuming they are warmed up of course...... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • DaGameChanger on August 4, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    Indians fans need to relax. England never has beaten India in their backyard since million years what if India loose the series in England. To be honest, England is winning not because of its bowling or pure batting skills of top 6 but because their lower order has played much better than India. Hopefully Gambhir can step up along with Sehwag and with return of Zaheer Khan, you never know what can happen. If India win 3rd test same people will go gaga over them.

  • mohsin9975 on August 3, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    Not many think too highly of rahane.Bt i hav watchd him play in ranji. I think he has a technique of a top order batsman even an opener. He is much better than mukund,kohli,yuvi,rohit nd raina maybe at par wid pujara. He has an excellnt fc record nd is a good puller of short ball

  • ramesh_syd on August 3, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous decision to replace Harbhajan and Yuvraj with Ohja and Kohli respectively. We all know the track doesnt help for the spinners and moreover our fast bowlers are not upto the mark to get 20 wickets. So they should have brought one more fast bowler since we have already got Amit Mishra in the squad. Rohit sharma is the best choice to play at No.6 as he had a decent ODI series in West Indies because Raina is not suited to play the England wicket. He got out in the same fashion in all the four innings which is absurd. He never changed his technique since the first innings of the first test match. He didnt perform in West Indies either; bigger pardon, if i am not wrong. I think they should called Rohit Sharma for No.6 slot as he performed in West Indies. Seriously the selectors and the captain is making the wrong decision again.

  • Balb on August 3, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    The Indian team is a tired one. Two more tests in the West Indies and the West Indies would have beaten them too. And if Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Roach and Dwayne Bravo was included from the first test, India would have been in for a real embarrasment.

    With the exception of Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar, too many players still mirrors the twenty20 version.

    The real deal will be the inclusion of Zaheer, Shewag and Ghambir. I do not care who the rest of the team consists of.

    This is the only way India can prove they are the number one in test cricket.

    But with the present form of the England side, with a dependable batting down to number eight.

    England has the edge to win this series.

  • leonn on August 3, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    when the going gets tough and the series is on the line who finds excuses?

  • chrismo on August 3, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    I find it hilarious how people get a thing in their heads then can not look at the facts.. Number of people saying how they cant believe Jaffer is not in team, as he only player with skills to play against England, stats - 31 tests 34 ave, in England 5 tests, high score 62 ave 24, yeah awesome!!!!

  • RandyOZ on August 3, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    This is a good thing for India because they seriously need to start injecting some youth into the team to compliment the older players.

  • on August 3, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    Can't understand how Rohit Sharma can be neglected to join the test squad of India in England....................

  • Trioboy on August 3, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    Why you Indians ate so mean to Singh? No matter who you replace him with, you ate still gonna loose. Bring back Kumble, Bedi, Dev and Gavaskar :p

  • Venkatb on August 3, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    Sehwag performs when there is no pressure on him - also his technique will be exposed on English wickets - the 2 replacements chosen today are bad choices. Also, it is interesting to note that when the IPL is on, there no injury dropouts because of the paychecks involved. The minute Test cricket is in the picture, all sorts of injuries and surgeries come up, a la Gayle and Malinga. Thanks Pawar for bringing this culture of honesty and integrity to Test cricket.

  • Dominator66 on August 3, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    india can have 11 tendulkars or 11 sehvags!!! still they are going to loose the series 3-0!!! they are just good on paper not on ground!!! srilankan team were much better than the indians!!!

  • Trioboy on August 3, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    Even GOD! Couldn't save India from mighty English team. No way this Slogger gonna do any different. Please make sure he's fully fit. We don't want to hear more and more excuses.

  • KabaabRoll on August 3, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Now, if India still lose, it will be because Yuvi and Bhaji Singhs are injured, right?

  • on August 3, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    To be honest this current english bowling attack is the best on any conditions,and in their home conditions they are at their very best,plus other then sachin/rahul/lakman/ dont have good eneough technique to adapt to seaming and short pitch deliveries,so this was bound to happen,i feel opening with we should have played Jaffer/Irfan Pathan/rohit sharma/Pujara/AARON (played for delhi daredevils)abinhay mithun/along with shewag/sachin/rahul/dhoni/raina/zaheer/mishra/ishant/laxman/gambhir

  • Master01 on August 3, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    LOL oh England fans. If only you watched cricket before 2005 you would have a decent grasp of the game. India will beat you with a full team. Come to India then speak

  • Sashank_sharma on August 3, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Good to see Amit Mishra gets a chance to bowl. I am sure he will be effective. Its also good to see gauti, viru and zak back. Hurray, We are gonna win next game.......India always no1

  • Angad11 on August 3, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    @outcast - Dude, seriously Yuvi and Afridi, dont do that man its very insulting.

  • on August 3, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    INDIA HAD TO FALL, INDIA MADE MISTAKES BY HAVING LOT OF SENIORS, SACHIN38,DRAVID38, LAXMAN37,ZAK32, INDIA HAD TO FALL SOME OR OTHER TIME, WE HAVE LOT OF POTENTIALS YOUNG POTENTIALS, I BELIEVE INDIA LEARNS FROM THIS, RATHER THAN GROOMING PEOPLE LIKE SACHIN GROOM AN YOUNGSTER WE HOPE WE LOSE BUT WE WIL GET ANOTHER SACHIN, DROP DOESNT MEAN WE ARE DOWN, ITS A TURN NOT AN END, OR CHANT SACHIN, DRAVID, LAXMAN TIL DEY TURN 50 :-)

  • SammySosa on August 3, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    I believe Rohit Sharma should have a better choice than Virat Kohli.Virat failed with the bat in the carrebean in tests and showed his weakness against genuine pace and swing.

  • only_sehwag on August 3, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    what abt dhoni? is he injured ?

  • K_RAJEEV on August 3, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    The number one position was a fluke - like some times ATP rank a player number one even if the player haven't won any grand slams. India have never won a series in Aus or in SA. when did we last won in Srilanka? Over to the injury, don't you wonder why cricketers get all sorts of injury easily. not just Indian players lot in New Zeland and England is not far behind. Cricket is not a contact spot like football then injury in football is relatively less. For this series I don't think loosing Harbajan or Yuvaraj is going to make any difference.

  • on August 3, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Well I am American Pakistani and watched both tests from Chicago. Each time I hoped for India to bounce back but it never really happened, quite sad. Worst culprit is bowling side, especially Bhajji. Real hero's are Dravid and Broad. Not a fan of Sehwag but since everyone is mentioning him, I would like to see what he really does.

    Team should be as follows.

    1. Sehwag 2. Ghambir 3. Wall 4. SRT 5. VVS 6. Kholi 7. Dhoni 8. Zaheer 9. PK 10. IS 11. Ashwin/Ojha (Haven't seen either of them bowling so can't say for sure)

    Opening Bowlers: Zaheer and PK After 12 overs: IS and (Ash/Oj) After 24 overs: 3 overs from SRT and 3 overs from (Ash/Oj) After 30 overs: Zaheer and PK back in attack for 4 overs each and then cycle starts again. If Sehwag is 100% fit he can also bows in place of Sachin occasionally.

    I seriously don't believe India will need a fifth professional bowler as occasional bowling from SRT/Sehwag and others come as a surprise for batsman. India should bat first if possible...

  • on August 3, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    why cant they call RAHUL SHARMA , that guy is so impressive seems to be next kumble for india he deserve fair chance .

  • harsha611 on August 3, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Did Kohli have a spectacular series in the West Indies? No! Was he happy to not to find a place in the team? Yes! But why did BCCI choose to replace Yuvraj with Kohli instead of say Badrinath?

  • on August 3, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Why India change the team all the time but not England,That shows how stable England is.Indian test team should have main 11 players.I think this should be the team; 1. Sehwag 2.Sachin (open)-not play with the tail 3.Dravid 4. Gambhir( captain) 5.Kohli 6.Laxman 7.Wriddhiman Saha 8. Mishra 9. P.Kumar 10 .Zaheer 11. I Sharma

    Resrves; Raina,Mukund,Sreesanth, ohja

    *** India having 7-4 / Dhoni ,Yuvraj and Harbhajan dropped from test because they are not good test players period Gambhir is the captain. Sachin and Sehwag Open the batting Saha ,Wicket keeper,better keeper and better batsman more like prior. Kohli shouldn't be dropped.He is going to be like next Sachin. If injurry to Batsman Raina plays

  • jason79 on August 3, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    As an indian , i got to say am quite shocked and ashamed at the comments posted by fellow indians especially in their attack of Dhoni, Harbhajan and many others.Just because India lost 2 back to back test , it doesnot means an end to the greatness of Indian Cricket .The present Indian team is the best ever when compared to the previous ones ..a mixture of youth and experience .Cmon losses are common, you cannot expect ateam to win continously in each and every match .in that case the westindies team of the 70's and 80's(Also one of the greatest ever)..did they win all the matches they played ..the team would have been ripped off especially after their loss in the 1983 world cup , but luckily their fans were not fickle minded like our great indian fans ...All thos who are blaming Dhoni, have you forgotton he is the guy who brought the worldcup to india , after almost 27 years ..we had many captains since the 83 world cup , anyone of them were able to win the world cup????NO ...

  • on August 3, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Injuries are a good excuse for a loss!! Sorry this team is too difficult to play against i will just get injured!

  • on August 3, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    English should be proud of being no 1 side now, they should thank all the south Africans who represent them.

  • OutCast on August 3, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Yuvraj has been one and done in tests... he is like Afridi...

  • on August 3, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    why is kohli called? Whose place will he play if sehwag and gambhir both play

  • shefil on August 3, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    wer is wasim Jaffer , he is good for test matches....

  • on August 3, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    great news, cant think why ohja is in, must better spinners are around, as for kholi...rohit sharma is a much better choice...good to watch

  • InnocentGuy on August 3, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Jaffer?! :D

    Anyway, I'm not sure why Ojha is called up. I mean not that he is a bad bowler, but I thought Amit Mishra is already in the squad. They might use his leg spin instead of left arm off-spin (which from the same point-of-view over a pitch, is the same as leg spin). Plus we don't want Laxman losing his temper again out there, do we? :)

  • Flash007 on August 3, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Harbhajan leaving wouldn't make a difference. Neither would Ojha's arrival. They already have Mishra. Could have brought in one other opener or pace bowler. And what's Virat Kohli supposed to do? The WI bowlers already figured him out. Selectors seem to feel he's more than a match for the English. God save the poor young guy's confidence once they're done with him. They could have at least tried with Rohit Sharma for God's sake!

  • on August 3, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    TEAM FOR ENGLAND TESTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN

    SEHWAG, DRAVID, JAFFER, GAMBHIR, RAHANE, ROHIT, LAXMAN, SACHIN, PARTHIV, DHONI, ZAHEER, RPSINGH,SREESANTH,ISHANTH,PARVEEN,MISHRA,OJHA,AARON,RAINA,KOHLI.

  • donda on August 3, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Disgraceful indian fans are disrespecting a great spinner. You guys are so selfish that even luck don't help you in tough situations because you don't support your players in tough situations.

    I hope india lose #1 spot and go down as Australia then indian fans will understand the importance of each and every current indian players. I wish now.

    You fans don't deserve to be having number 1 team in the world because you fans are disrespectful to your great players.

  • on August 3, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    More excuses from the worst team to tour England in years.

  • puneet_usa on August 3, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    people I hardly cares who comes and who goes " if India has to prove itself fit to compete for NO.1 position whether its ODIs,T20's or Tests"- They need to prove in all given circumstances/conditions- They honestly need to start facing reality rather than living in a fantasy world"- and I know no one doubts their talent-but on paper everyone looks good- its the performance when it matters the most counts---let's see what else this series reveals-All the best to the Indian Team though- I hope they win the remaining two tests and level the series-

  • howizzat on August 3, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    I sincerely hope Pragyan Ojha is given the ball in the third test.

  • arun_tg1 on August 3, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    ok.. now wat.. wat do u call the selection of kohli.. wat has he done in test to earn a call .. may be if one fails for 6 continous innings he is assured of his place... poor badri... :( can only feel for him.. he is in the wrong part of the country at a wrong time..wat else can be said.. ppl can only snub when he fails for a innings or 2... coz they fear if he gets in, the worthless current players will not get a chance... cant ppl have even a little thought that all ppl fail before getting completely settling in.. NORTH INDIAN BIAS TO THE CORE ... god only knows when these favoritism will end...

  • chapathishot on August 3, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    I have seen harbajan since 1998 and I am sure that 20 over cricket is the reason for his dip in performance.yes he was not the lead spinner till 2010 and was only second to kumble who used to keep up the pressure at the other end and bhajji benefited.Cricket is same as life once you fall into some bad habits its very difficult to overcome it and I dont think that Mishra can also do any good.But Ojha can help Dhoni at least to reduce the flow of runs by leg side bowling.I dont thik that the result will make India a bad team overnight but it is a eye opener for the people who matters on what could happen if we dont think about the future

  • on August 3, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Well, I always have supported selection of Virat Kohli. He is a classy batsman with compact defense. If he has not succeeded out of India that does not mean, it is an end of the road. Give him the chance to prove. Everytime, selectors take the risk of pushing in youngsters and immediately put under fire of facing hostile building and that too in testing conditions.

    I would say give them some time to play on different wickets outside India and instill some confidence. Show them that they are the future of Indian cricket and the BCCI is fully supportive in giving them enough time to prove themselves.

    Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara are really upcoming players and you have give them enough chance and make them feel secured in the Indian side. No doubt, they would have failures alongwith success but the final outcome would be very fruitful to our country.

    Virendra Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and M S Dhoni should form the senior string of future.

  • Rumy1 on August 3, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    If they have to square off the series, the Team for third and fourth Tests should be like this...Sehwag ( if fit), Jaffer, Dravid, Sachin, Gambhir, Laxman, Dhoni, Zaheer, Ishant, Sreesanth and Mishra. Else it should be like this... Gambhir, Jaffer, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Badrinath, Dhoni, Ishant, Zaheer, Sreesant and Mishra.

  • VAS4 on August 3, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Wonderful news! Good excuse to drop Harbhajan. Sorry for Yuvraj as his ego does not allow him to duck for short balls. Why on earth these people dont understand that short balls wont hit the wicket! See the price he paid. Virat will have to show his credibility here, best opportunity for him if he gets to play. Hope Dhoni decided to rest himself for the rest of the series too!

  • on August 3, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    wasim jaffer , r p singh should have been sent

  • Deepak_Toronto on August 3, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Rohit Sharma would have been better choice than Virat.Virat can not play in foreign pitches.Technically Rohit much better than V.

    Virat is media created hero...won't survive too long.

    Ojha is good but selectors can try Murali Karthik too.

  • dsig3 on August 3, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    You Indians have no respect. Singh has 400 wickets, I cant stand him either being an Aussie but you have to respect his body of work. He won alot of games for you, I dont see Swann having any more success and he is a better bowler.

  • Aravind_always on August 3, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    I think playing with 4 fast bowlers is the best in England..even the best spinner in the world Swann is also struggling..

  • Rumy1 on August 3, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Selectors are completely out of their minds.At a crucial stage in series, they have again chosen a batsman in Kohli who is yet not there as far as quality Test match skills are concerned.Likes of Tremlett/Bresnan/Broad/Anderson will make his life hell with short pitch and swinging red cherry.I have time and again questioned why the best man in India [apart from greats Sachin/Sehwag/Dravid/Laxman] to tackle this top bowling quartet i.e WASIM JAFFER is being continuousl ignored and neglected.He is just 32 and not yet at his prime.He has more international experienc,more consistency and better domestic record than likes of Mukund/Vijay/Raina/Yuvraj/Kohli. WASIM JAFFER is a class act.Has a century in South Africa on snorter of a pitch and has a double hundred in Carribeans. In terms of temperament, technique, and class he is perhaps better than even Gambhir.Yes he had a bad series in Australia but even great players have had same fate Down Under.Why is this injustice being meted out to him

  • TamilIndian on August 3, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Why have they not thought of Ashwin as the replacement - he was in the mix in the west indies?

  • on August 3, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    selectors missed ravi chandran ashwin he is classy ....kumble standards....n india shud play four seamers

  • Advanced_Donkeys on August 3, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    I don't want this overhyped Bhajji in our team. I think even SHILPA SHETTY can spin the bowl than him.

  • Gallant on August 3, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Hope we never see harbhajan singh again in India colours of any type. Yuvraj, a flat track bully is hopelessly out of his depth in Test cricket, especially outside India. Mukund is also not for this level of cricket. Srikkanth probably brought him in being a Tamil Nadu man. Hopefully, we won't see him again. What were the selectors thinking when they chose this team? That they simply had to show up at the ground and they'd win? Someone should teach Sreesanth that you dive to stop the ball - he dives about 4 metres away from the ball? Pathetic bunch of no-hopers.

  • pudukkudikaryansujith on August 3, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    The reason for Players break-down in this series may be due to lack of confidence and determination to uphold the challenges of facing the all-new rejuvenated England. More such cases are to follow as the series moves on. Face the reality BOYS. When they are being considered as Demi-Gods and are paid handsomely, they ought to show character to take up the challenge. Never mind the result, they should not have surrendered meekly.

  • kamriyas on August 3, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    I don't think it is a real injury for Harbhajan. He is just dropped and thrown out. Indian management don't want to do it directly to bhajji, but he doesn't deserve it! Hope he won't get selected again.

  • Cricswap on August 3, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Really good to see Kohli getting a chance to prove himself again... though his chances of getting into the lineup seems tough. Bhajji has got a break now, hope that he comes back really strong.

    I really think that the over rate problem is on Dhoni's mind all the time. That might be affecting his choice of bowlers and turning to part time spinners regularly. I really hope to see a 4 man pace attack for India in the next match with Zaheer leadly them all. Dhoni shudnt consider the over rate prob's while makng selections atleast!! Luking forward to see Team India bounce back!!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    20-20 game is spoiling the Test Cricket. Tendulkar & all other indian players have time to play IPL, but when it comes for national level, they will go for rest, or say Injury. Dhoni is not suitable for Test Cricket format. He is not eligible to be in Test Team. See his performances in Last 10 Test Matches. Senior players should leave the team for the good coming days of Indian Cricket. Learn from Ganguly. Give chance to new players.

  • yorkslanka on August 3, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    what about Karthik or amit mishra?rohit sharma for yuvraj maybe?either way I dont think it will matter, India will still lose this series and the #1 spot also...

  • Viju_K on August 3, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Just Wait guys !! It's not END of the world for Team india in England, a rough phase for team india.. i think It happens with all the teams.. Coming to Dhoni, its wrong on our part to praise when he scores 91 in world cup Final and blame him when his bat's not talking in Eng , where in - even MASTER BLASTER is struggling for his form!! , so i think gotta be bit patient here !! ......

  • rsurya on August 3, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    guys don't forget our Kris's son failing in emerging players tournament and these guys make India fail always. Many talent was destroyed by these people...

  • krishna_cricketfan on August 3, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    @@Wacco: Winning and losing are part of the game. You seem to have a problem with the INDIAN cricketers becoming millionaire. Cricketers from all cricket playing nation come for the IPL to earn money. One example: Have you bothered to check the fate of soccer squad of England? Those millionaire's when did they win world cup last?Fans still go to soccer games. Your point about Whitewash is well taken. Greed of BCCI is the root cause of this heavy defeat. That greed has destroyed what would have been a good and close series between 2 good teams.As for your sarcastic comment on playing in subcontinent --> if it is so easy, why your team is not giving us whitewash in sub continent? Why England is performing very poorly in World Cups right here?

  • Sameer_cricfan on August 3, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    The bitter reality is plain simple that India do not have quality spinner at the moment.... Seeing Bhajji struggle we might assume Mishra would have been better but a average of 40 suggests nothing beyond ordinary.... Talking of Chawla or Ojha they are just "slow bowlers" not "spinner".... It might annoy people but the country so rich in spin tradition has not produced even a single good spinner after Bhajji.... That's the reason why he is still the best Indian spinner....

  • Prakmca on August 3, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Good, at last Harbajan is not playing.... Also nothing could have happened if he had bowled 50-60 overs also.....Really is he is unfit or he is show casing this injury to escape from being criticised...Pathetic performance in the last 10-15 tests....

  • on August 3, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    What about S Badrinath and W Jaffer they are in good form, i agree V Kohli is a young energetic talented player, but he failed to do in W Indies test series.

  • on August 3, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Posting on cricinfo is torturous and is like watching India batting outside the country. It takes hours and hours to verify a simple comment and most of the time it wont be posted for no reason. At last bajji is gone and what about dhoni !!!

  • Bhiku on August 3, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    what a class player virat kohli is.i always fancied virat at no 6 position in this test series,there would be touch and go between yuvraj and virat.on seeing the style these guys play suresh raina only could have been the replacement for them.definately he will make an impact in the remaining matches.

  • ambujkumar on August 3, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    india is in hopeless condition. harbhajan is not in form at all with his bowling.he should have been dropped after first test.

  • nlambda on August 3, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    These guys need to rest to be fit for IPL 2012 :-)

  • cricket2Monkey on August 3, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    When the going gets tough, Bhajji is already gone. I guess this is not the first time he has done this.

  • StatisticsRocks on August 3, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Well said. If it took so long for Harbhajan to have an injury, imagine how long it will take for the WC winning captain to have an injury, I guess NEVER.

    I ask why Kohli, and not Pujara, who is much better equipped to handle the short stuff. We saw what Fidel Edwards did to Kohli in the WI.

  • vallabhchadha on August 3, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Its a little unfair to call Dhoni a poor batsman - i just don't think no 7 suits his style of game. He's the sort of batsman who needs time to settle in and get used to the track. He should bump himself up occasionally somewhere between Dravid & Laxman, depending on the situation - something similar like he did during the world cup final. In terms of the news of this article, I see it as a blessing in disguise. India team needed a few highly spirited players from outside to help the gloomy vibe in the dressing room. Sehwag & Gambhir's opening pair would restore a lot more confidence than Mukund and Dravids' solidifying a firm platform for them to gain momentum.

  • bluecoat on August 3, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    I suggest the selectors find a way to stick with Abhinav for at least a few more tests in the next overseas tour - perhaps lower down the order. He has the technique and the discipline to build a long innings. Just needs the break. We are never going to have a strong team if we don't give these youngsters a chance. I don't think Yuvraj belongs here for sure. I doubt if Kohli, Vijay can survive against pace overseas. Hope Pujara gets back in the mix soon. Might as well work on our future batsmen, since I have no hope for the future of India's bowling.

  • nickydude on August 3, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Nuttin less than 2-2 will save Dhoni. As I mentioned earlier during the WI tour, Dhoni got away after a win was on cards with 90 odd reqd on 16 overs. This tour has started the decline of Dhoni, guess, the only thing working for him is his keeping, but with the pressure now, it is a matter of time, it also deserts him. Also, no replacment for the selectors at the moment as well.

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Ashiwn is a better choice than Ojha; as he is a technically better batsman as well. Also, right now, he is in form - performing well in shorter versions. He deserves a chance. All will agree that Rohit is better talent than Kohli. Why not give him a chance at test level to play longer innings and iron out the kinks in mental strength. He should prove good investment as he's a smart bowler and a brilliant fielder as well.

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Great news in a gloomy series: Hope he never comes back. He should prove his place, not just in dust-bowl Indian pitches, bowling 40+ overs on hard wickets in a 4-5 day match.

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Whats wrong with selecting Murali Karthik? He can be selected in place of Ojha. Actually Murali Karthik is playing county cricket for Somerset right now and doing well enough to earn a recall to national team. He can bat a bit and most importantly he is familiar with the english conditions.

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    400 wkts for spinners in an era of 800 wkts is actually pretty average, the less we talk abt it the better

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Really...they should have picked Rohit Sharma ahead of Virat for this. He deserves it more.

  • vivekgoud on August 3, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    forgot to mention wasim jaffer ..in my previous post....he has better technique then raina or kohli...he should have been picked as replace ment to yuvraj...got runs last time when we won series under dravid

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Wacco and England fans : England is just home champions, India is losing a series after a decade in England is it? (not even sure yet), just enjoy your summer, just play and win in your home conditions, and if you are REAL champions then beat any subcontinent team in there home, so i could say you real champions (why would i call you champions for only winning in Eng/Aus conditions? and why is India not called champions if they win in there home, like you guys? even though they probably didn't lost any test series abroad for last 2-3 years but still you dare to call us champions? :D) and you can never beat us in our home (since a millennium :D) probably never won a even a complete test series even in your home for last 1 decade or so against us, just because our players are injured and too tired, so you can enjoy winning!

  • Sanath-aiyya on August 3, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Well said "Too many hopes are being pinned on the potential return of Zaheer Khan. He can be a superb bowler but at Lord's he got what might have been inevitable given his obvious lack of fitness and match practice. His replacement, Sreesanth, is an endearing eccentric, and a clever bowler at times, but he is no real replacement. When the best Indian pace bowler in the series so far is someone who sends it down slower than England's leading female seamer Kathy Brunt, there are questions to be asked."

  • vivekgoud on August 3, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    atllast bhajji dropped...iam happy to see that...... kohli cannot survive short ball....should have picked on current form rahane or dhawan or AT rayadu....

  • gillzsehaura on August 3, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    now the team INDIA is DHONI's mcdowell no. 1 .. isnt it ? he make it large by no. 1......MY QUESTION IS that ......what are DHONI SAAB s stat in last two years...is average is only criteria ? then he should bat at no. 11...

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    good bye bhajji. Time to retire

  • Kashi0127 on August 3, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    it would have hardly mattered if Harbhajan had stayed - probably blessing in disguise

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Bhajji's injury is blessing in disguise for India!

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Gosh, what's wrong with these guys..about time they are given ragi balls for a meal. Seems like everyone barring the fab four (the 4th is fit & commentating) is injured all of a sudden. Gavaskar and Shaz would have proved more fitness on the field than these fragile fellows.l

  • Ilin on August 3, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Great great news......both jinx are out.....mark my words- now we're gonna win the next match for sure!!! come on indiaaaaa

  • Pritt32 on August 3, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    India is going to a torrid time with injuries and players out of form. H. Singh absence will be a huge blow for the team, as he is an experience campaigner and Y.Singh is a blow, but he is not a test player. Harbhajan is out of form with only two wickets and maybe rest might do him good to regain his form. Opposite number Prior is a better wicket-keeper and batman than Dhoni. Dhoni is too over-ratted and needs to prove himself. We need players like W.Jaffer and R.Sharma rather than Kholi and Raina who are not test standard players. If India risk by putting inexperience test players, then India are in danger of a humiliating whitewash. India needs a team capable of winning the series, but with injuries and sub-standard players India stand no chance against a full strength and confident England team. I hope Indian focus on cricket and cut down on social activities for now like Bollywood concerts. It is not the time for it, as series is in danger.

  • aarogon on August 3, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    thank god that these two are out., but when will dhoni get injured(i hope he should never enter test may be odi also)

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Well this was expected sooner or later.. The never ending injury list continues.. Well in a situation like this it was more sensible to groom ASHWIN as the next off spinner tho i wud not discount the fact that OJHA too is good but ASHWIN is better . He s got the talent n wud b more effective than Bhajji who clearly has struggled from pretty some time now.. It wud be nice if he got back to the basics than b a contention bowler.

    Looking at the present crop of youngsters, it wud be better v groom ROHIT SHARMA as he is the best bet with loads of talent and technique... After al how many more yrs can v depend on big three..Some day they too will hang up their shoes..

    As for Zaheer s absence i guess RP Singh wud hav been best replacement. True he struggles in sub continent but his forte is swing conditions of England, S.Africa n Australia.He wud be very effective here. Had he been here scoreline wud suggest somethin better.

    Wish the selection committee sent a fast bwler too to help d rest

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    why dont they consider Ashwin and ojha or ashwin mishra combination??? its always a worth trying..either ways india is not gonna win this series..better try a new combination..probably they might find the golden nugget..they lost a long time earlier.. i just felt they dearly miss the services of kumble..just wished if he had few more yrs in him..

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    finally i m happy that harbhajan is removed thank god....he has so ordinary bowler in test cricket...as Harbhajan to learn how to spin the ball from greame swann ....I request BCCI to send players to play in English county cricket so that our WORLD NO 1 RANK stays with us.any how We are gone loose this series 4-0 to england dont worry guys.........its our attitude...bring new generation of fittest players in test cricket or else we r gone be like west indies in another years time

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    That's a telling blow for the England team... Harbhajan ruled out means now India will be playing with 11 players. England will be handicapped by this, but I am sure they will recover in time to go 3-0 up :-)

  • BravoBravo on August 3, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    I am surprised why every one in Indian camp is blaming Dhoni, Harbhajan. It is my understanding that IND is the self-styled best batting side in the whole world, however they their batsmen (though highly over rated in terms of meaning less records of this and that) have not been to able to put 300+ score for a long time. The one and only class act and real batsman is RSD, not SRT. SRT just seems like playing for himself and not for the country. Either he is an opportunistic player or he is unable to perform in inclement conditions. I wonder what Sehwag will be able to do, he is probably #4 in top IND batsmen list after SRT, RSD, VVSL. This may be a radical idea, IND should play with 6 bowlers, and 4 batsmen (their best) and ofcourse MSD just as captain, WK and occasional bowler. May be then IND will be able to restrict their opponents at below par score and COULD win.

  • cric.fanatic on August 3, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    To all Indian fans who have commented here,before you write how many of you has played club cricket and contributed to your team's success.They are also human give them sometime to comeback into the series.If dhoni wins world cup everyone said he is not riding on luck now he loses everyone is saying he ran out of luck.Pity on you Dhoni!!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    That was much needed break for Harbhajan... He out of form for quite some time. That's his 3rd series failure.. Yuvi's absence wont make much difference to India since his over all performance in test cricket is under par. He is more suited to T20 and 50 over game. Sehwag is back and inclusion of zaheer will boost india's morale. Good Luck Team India.

  • Boycottsgran on August 3, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Mishra isn't exactly in sparkling form - he took 3-222 at Taunton. Monty Panesar has taken 5-73 today on the same pitch.

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    blessing in disguise!!! Ashwin should ave been picked

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    doesn't matter whoeva does whateva this time they gonna loose 4-0

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Its ok , that these both are going away from team as they unfit..... but after these two tests, it seems that this series is like the Body Line .......series...!!!! or we should call it a secret body line series..... english men very discreet...

  • ravi_dip84 on August 3, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Worst decision to include Kohli, he has time and not suited at this point of time. Where is Rohit Sharma How many years these selectors are planning to hide him. he is a far better player than Kohli.

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    How come Dhoni is not injured ???

  • mazhardan on August 3, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Cricket fans all over the world are very ungrateful. They are less loyal when compared to appreciating what the players have done over the years. One or two bad games, then every one forgets even if they won a day before. As for the current team, it is Indias badluck as Shewag was unfit and he is the man who can change the attitude and body language of enitire opposition who ever they are. Shewag and Zaheer Khan are the only two players in India who are real match winners. Sachin, Dravid and Laxman are often match savers rather than match winners. I think Dhoni is good for One dayerss and T 20's, where the bowlers have to bowl much straighter than in a test match. No dowbt he is one of the best player but only for a shorter version where you need more lcuk than temperament or technique and we all know how lucky is Dhoni is shorter version of games. It is high time that I ndia must look for a Test Captain if India wants to be Number 1 for a little longer.

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    The biggest problem with Indian team is the appointment of Duncan Fletcher as coach. He has come to do exactly what Greg Chappel did when he was coach of India. Best option for BCCI now to stop the rot which seems to be setting in is to remove Duncan as early as possible. Instead BCCI can appoint a few retired Indian cricketers as MENTORS, and no coach.

  • shery2floyd on August 3, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Timing of this announcment meant replacement will never get a chance to play as they wont reach here in time for Practice match. In past, indian players used to play in county and which meant replacement would be available immediately, which was case in England visit to Australia for Ashes. that shows ECB's organization and planning skills and lack of the same in BCCI. BCCI might be killing Golden Goose by its inaction.

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Dude any one with lil bit of knowledge will understand that its a very thing. We could not kick out these guz from test cricket inspite of their worst performances. Bajji is still in the team because he is a pet of Dhoni and Tendly. And about Yuvraj least is said the best. He cannot play quality pace, people must have seen him playing in the second test, if not please look replay the recordings. Its a blessing in disguise.

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    1)ojha is right option btw harbi really got injured???? i dont think so... neva mind!!!! for instance i think bhajji lost his loopy,slow,bouncy,toss up delivery. he's now bowling quick,flat,shin ht... he should realise that he dint get success bowling tossed up deliveries on these grassy tracks..then how can he by bowling flat and quick???? This is where we are missing anil kumble(top spin & finger spin).... 2) If pujara was fit ( he's better player then raina in swinging & bouncy conditions) He would have been first contender for that 6th place... why dont they give opportunity to younsters in team like manish pandey(leading runscorer of ranji last year),ajinkya rahane,rohit sharma(most elegant player of juniors)... i think they can play well in english condition as all can play swinging balls well.. any way virat is lucky after dropping also got opportunity, you better use it. we cant judje a player on juz 3 matches.. well deserved place in team. All The Best OJHA & VIRAT

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    I just find it idiotic of so many of you commenting regarding Bhajji's and Dhoni's failures in this test series. You guys are talking as if you people are the best people in your profession and don't make mistakes and don't have 'off' days, when things just don't work out the way you want! Let them be... it's 'cause Dhoni that India even reached the no. 1 ranking and not to forget won the only second World Cup for India! I mean i knew that public memory was short, but didn't know the magnitude of the same or rather the lack of it!

    Secondly... i thing Rohit Sharma would have done much better than Kohli. Peace!

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    ashwin was the perfect player here. why dhoni not giving chance to ashwin. whenever given a chance he had done a lot, a lot for the indian side. so he should be in these bouncy pitches. this is the way the selectors kill the indian cricket. also he is a good batsman who can bat very well in the tail. so its not a wise call, again indians purposely making mistakes...IS THERE ANY PROBLEM WITH DHONI-IRFAN, DHONI-ASWHIN????

  • SPTKNESAN on August 3, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    AT LEAST THE SRILANKANS WERE ABLE TO PUT UP A FIGHT IN THE RECENT TOUR

  • awalia on August 3, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Without Bhajji !!Who will get the wickets, you have already seen this if he fails than india fails, its sure short 4-0 for England, oh my GOD, now England will always declare in next two innings, because the dont need more than two innings in next two test matches, Two inning defeats are waiting the indian Team GOD BLESS DHONI & Party

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 3, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    @Wacco: Mann.. you are seriously spot on...I like the way you humiliated the situation which has already become a nightmare reality for indian team. But still, my sympathies are with indian guys who are helpless in playing cricket outside india. I hope Tendulkar or Dravid are not going to get injured or announce their retirement to face 4-0 humiliation. Anyways...i am really sorry for indian team.

  • getgopi on August 3, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    I see a complete lack of vision in a lot of the comments on here. For Indian cricketers, only long experience on bouncy pitches can provide the ability to play the rising ball. Look no further than Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman. As for bowling, we generally lack the robust build/fitness necessary to consistently generate high pace like a Steyn or Lee. However, skill and focus can make up for pace in bouncy pitches as Zaheer and Praveen have shown. Outfielding? I am not even going there.

  • sachin1bradman2 on August 3, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Harbhajan needs a bit of a break anyway, this could be a blessing in disguise, he needs to rediscover his rhythm. Unfortunately, Yuvraj, Raina and Dhoni(despite being such great stroke makers) just don't have a test match technique and are getting found out by a top quality bowling attack. Also, Ganguly being critical of the Indian team, when he himself struggled with fitness, short pitched bowling and consistency throughout his whole career, is demonstrating a loser mentality. The Indian team became a good fighting unit only after Dhoni took over. Tendulkar himself considers MSD the best captain he's played under. Let's not kick Dhoni when he's down, this is the same guy who played that dream innings in the WC final. England have the best team in the world at the moment and deserve the number 1 ranking. That's what competitive sport is like, the Indian fans should accept that reality gracefully and stop living in denial.

  • Sheeloo on August 3, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    How ungratefu we Indian can be. Dhoni has just made India proud by winning the world cup, a feat that no Gaguly, Azhar, Gavasker, Tendulkar can acheive. Still we doubt his ability as a captain.We are devided on line of region. If a player is not of the same region we have to condemn him. A nation that does not respect its hero does not deserve to be remembered. Poor Dhoni's only fault is that he is from Jharkand and so people from Mumbai, Delhi, Banglore are after his blood. What can a captain do if great like Tendulkar is not performng or bowler is not takig wickets. He can not bat for Tendulkar or Mukund (a product of regional selection) or bowl for Harbhajan, Munawwar (Toronto)

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Ojha is the right choice !! He can bowl lot of overs economically to right hand batsmen. He could fill-in overs instead of 4th seamer. He could also threaten KP !! Mishra is more attacking, but could go for plenty. I am not sure of Kohli. But he would make a good fielder and 12th man as would Raina. Raina seem to be trying out new things against short pitched bowling. Maybe he should work on it more.

  • gracegift on August 3, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Murali Kartik's doing a great job for Somerset(the county who walloped India in the tour game ahead of the Tests). Surely he deserves a chance in place of Harbhajan. Though i'd still say the leggie Mishra will be a better bet in England. Hope India win the next Test. We'll have a cracker of a final Test with series, top rank, and pride at stake. Not to mention bragging rights too!

  • roxap on August 3, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    indians r creating such a fuss about these injuries, they never had good bowling unit, agree zaheer is a good bowler and is a bog loss but they r known for there batting, and with three great batsman in there side so far they r not able to score 300 runs in an ining n dont forget Rains was there hero in world cup, n dhoni indian commentators except ganguly who is a realistic consider dhoni as best wicket keeper batsman n still they r not able to score 300, pulling out of the game due to hamstring or abdomen muscle strain speak of indian team fitness level, keeping urself fit is a part of game so stop carping over injury issue

  • JoydeepGupta on August 3, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    We never had so many batsmen with average less than 40. Mukund,Raina are not test materials. Dhoni and Yuvraj are two great batsmen of this era but their test average is below 40 as well.

  • CanadaCan on August 3, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Yuvi must be relieved to be out of the tour particularly because of the way he was rattled by Broad's almost intimidatory bowling to him. It looked as if Broad was trying to settle scores with Yuvi for the 6 sixers he hit him in an over in the T20 World Cup. The way Yuvi was walking back when he was not out really showed that he wanted to get out of the onslaught ASAP.

    I have seen batsman pretending to be not out while knowing that they were out but have never seen batsman pretending to be out while knowing that they were not out.

  • Satyam_max on August 3, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    I hope Yuvraj comes back fully fit for the ODI series . His presence in the ODI team is very very important ....

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Are the ones who wanted Ashwin and Badrinath in the team are from Tamil Nadu ?? :P. There is no point in bringing in Badri in swinging and bouncy pitches, he would look so ugly. Ashwin has a long way to go to get into tours outside sub continent. Its a safe selection but not an effective one. Kohli and Ojha, if they play, will learn a lot from this tour for sure. As we now know that we have to have 22 players to be in their prime always and not just a fab four or a tantalising trio. P.S. Im a tamilan :)

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Why every one targets Harbhajan. He is a great bowler under present circumstances, he is being pressurized. Every cricketer runs through the tough phase where nothing goes in their way even if they try hard. Sachin could not do well until he got his form back 3 years ago. Dravid was also criticized for his form prior to WI series, in my aspect Harbhajan is senior player and India will tend to depend on him until we find the next good spinner in the likes of Ojha, Mishra or Ashwin. Yuvraj is good player, but he is loosing his fitness and facing problems constantly. He has to sort out this for his permanent place in test team. Well now as focus shifts to Sehwag's return he has to play with absolutely zero pressure as he is considered as the last hope remaining for the draw. Hope we find a great start. Irrespective of Pitch conditions, India have to bat first as it would always be a boon for us. Dhoni should change his option as he is winning tosses very consistently now. ALL THE BEST

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    IPL.. yet again does what it does best.. Sehwag.. Gambhir.. Harbhajan.. Zaheer.. Yuvraj.. Sreesanth all these guys played IPL withouth much fuss..

  • vickyrIND on August 3, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Its a blessing in disguise. Anyway now the series is half gone the result would be 3-0 or 3-1 as i dont expect any wonders from Sehwag, Zaheer or Gambhir either as they are on / off from the field for a while and coming straight to match after injury. Being leader of the pack - Dhoni has to set the best example by playing and scoring runs not by hiding behind the excuses. India should bring back in RP, Nehra and could even give a change to Irfan again as all of them are decent swing bowlers with some pace. They are left in domestic circle for too long and should be given a chance again. India should also look out for Dinesh Karthick as he is a very good keeper and a decent bat as an opener.

  • there_or_thereabouts on August 3, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    I think Yuvraj will appreciate being taken out of the firing line. He really didn't seem to be enjoying the short stuff. He should stick to ODIs from now on, I think.

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    yuvi out....pathetic....bhajji out....happy....!!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Thank god.... finally u heard my prayer.... Bhaji u havn't done anything during the world cup and the subsequent series in West Indies and now in England. You should retire from cricket man... tht's the best decision u can take now... and give chances to youngsters like Aswin, Amit Mishra and Ojha.... MSD, you should have realise this earlier... Even not being a specialist spinner Yuvraj has taken more wickets thn Bhaji and even our local boy Sreesanth has bowled extremely well in some of the matches. And one more request to MSD, do something ur batting skills...we re expecting some match winning performances you did earlier like the World cup final....

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    AN injured batsman can hit sixes and make 46 runs. BCCI is just defending Harbhajan and with care they are throwing him out. And why they are not sending Ashwin? because they are afraid that ashwin will take wickets and it will be THE END for Bhajji and he will never make it in the team. By doing that they are spoiling Indian Cricket, Bhajji's Career and Ashwin's Career too!

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    This was the right time to blood in Rohit Sharma.He was in form and definately playing better than Virat.Confusing selection.

  • on August 3, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    yuvi's injury is definately a big blow to Team India for one day matches but then we have players who can step in & perform....regarding the current test series...the comments of few of the english supporters shows their desperation...there is no doubt that England is a very good test side ( Equally bad when it comes to one day matches) but they still have a long way to go...beating another good side in your home condition is not something to boost about even India did that against Australia in 2001 series but that really did not change anything....until england do not win in Srilanka or Pakistan or SA or India, they can not become a great side or remain no 1 for a long time that matter....As for Indian team the same thing is true...they performs very well in India but they need to win overseas as well which is currently lacking in this team...but they are definately going to stay in top 3 team along with SA and England...Infact there is very little to differentiate b/w them...

  • greatalchemist on August 3, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    @Wacco: Remember, the argument you are proposing is a double edged sword. While India are champions on sub-continent pitches, England are good (not champions) on English pitches. Both home conditions. Let England tour India and beat us there; then only will they be worthy of being called ICC # 1. We are #1 because we have been consistently beating teams inside and outside the sub continent. This series has been the first debacle for the team in a long time -- and has happened to many champion teams in the past. The streak has to break somewhere. But before commenting too much, English fans need to pray there team first kicks up a winning streak over 2 years ... and only then start gloating. Sorry Wacco, this might be a bitter pill for you English fans to swallow but its the reality.

  • rcontra on August 3, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Why can't we get Dinesh Kartik instead of Kohli. He has done great in oversees test.

  • Anil_Koshy on August 3, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Great to Harbhajan injured, we have been playing only 2-3 bowlers in all recent test matches with Harbhajan there only to make up the numbers. Outside India he has been quite ineffective, finally we will get a chance to play atleast 4 bowlers.

  • srisri on August 3, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    I guess Dhoni's captaincy in test cricket is reaching expiry date fast. I always feel that Rohit Sharma is a better test player then ODI. He is next best to Pujara in the young fellows. Given Pujara's injury, Rohit should have been called instead of Virat.

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    ASHWIN SHOULD BE IN TEAM......AN OFFSPINNER SHOULD BE REPLACE BY ANOTHER OFFSPINNER

  • DAN22 on August 3, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Wacco, Whitewash we dont know yet...but probably you guys remember that as you have had quite a few of that in the past from all teams (WI,Aus and even us India). However surprising that when we win in our conditions we are pampered millionaires and when you win in your conditions, you are world No 1?

    I still stick my neck out and say we will win one of the remaining test matches and draw the other...

  • vijujack on August 3, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    The Indian selectors got it wrong again - allowing Harbhajan to play this test was a mistake and now replacing him with Ojha is even worse. Why couldn't they fly in Ashwin, who could have been a handful for the Englsih players. They shoould not consider Zaheer for this test too, as he is not fully fit. So much for our bench strength which was much touted!!!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Harbhajan is really overrated player. Looking at the past 3 years of the history, he has not been successful. Everyone know how to play him. He is not as effective as he was in the past. Even on the subcontinent pitches he has been struggling to get wickets. He really needs to be dropped. India has lot of talent but selectors are not giving them any chances. By playing players one or two time in a year does not help. They are again deciding who to select based on their performance on games played on Indian pitches. That does not prove anything. They need to prepare pitches that are more suitable in rest of the cricket palying countires. Pathan would have been my choice to get allrounder who can bowl and bat. Hopefully India can bounce back in last two test matches and prove themselves.

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    I don't understand why you guys throw so much flak at the Indian team you found nothing wrong when they won the world cup, I'd say cricket is a sport you win and you lose cheer up and pray that 2-0 doesn't become 4-0I don't understand why you guys throw so much flak at the Indian team you found nothing wrong when they won the world cup, I'd say cricket is a sport you win and you lose cheer up and pray that 2-0 doesn't become 4-0

  • Asadpk on August 3, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    The Indian team should move out of the hotel and into a hospital, it will be far more convenient. Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Gambhir, Sehwag - who is left to play? Shastri and Gavaskar, are they available for selection?

  • CricketChat on August 3, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Makes no difference that Yuvi and Harbhajan are out for the rest of series as their impact is minimal. Kohli will actually benefit from the exposure in Eng. Pujara would have been useful as well as he is patient and can bat for long periods of time. Ohja, I am not sure will make much impact.

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    why nobody commented on Sachin. Let all the so called "senior players" rest and give chance for Kohli, Ashwin, Parthiv & Vijay to play. Anyways India loose the match let atleast be a practice match for these guys along with "Little" performing Dravid and Laxman.

  • Recordkar on August 3, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Don't understand people comparing Harbhajan with Swann. Both are offspinners is the only comparison. Swann is bowling to Indian batsmen who are supposed to be best players of Spin. Harbhajan is bowling to English batsman who mostly are not good at playing spinners. Continuing with out of form players for long period of time based on reputation is a known problem in Indian cricket.Think about Misra, Ashwin, Ojha. Why they should watch in frustration? It is not that they run through English side but atleast give them a chance. Also why Virat Kohli and why not Manish Pandey? Selectors make a mockery of Ranji matches. Performances there does not count. In swinging conditions Vinay Kumar could have been a better bowler than a spinner.

  • DAN22 on August 3, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    India should go in with 4 pacers and use Raina/Sehwag/Tendulkar as 5th bowler. I know its not fair to risk Sehwag and Tendlya for bowling but these are desperate times and desperate times call for desperate measures.

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Bravo IPL! It has really started reaping the harvest in your own country team. ICC open your eyes. When the Late Kerry Packer started his PYJAMA cricket there was a big fuss over it. What is happenning now? Make the younger generations love the game not the money they get paid. If this is allowed the death of cricket is not very far.

  • Tigersrini on August 3, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Zaheer playing makes a hell of a difference. He is a fantastic bowler to left handers. Check with Strauss, Cook, Graeme Smith. In addition to Strauss and Cook, he wud be handy to deal with Morgan, Broad and Anderson. In addition to that he wud be a gr8 influence for bowlers like Ishant and PK. Hope u all remember after his spell in 2nd innings at Lords, Ishant said Zaheer helped him to overcome his flaw of the 1st innings. Hey at least one good thing we can ask Fletcher to do is get some County Contracts for our young guns like Ishant, Raina, Kohli etc. Remember how Zaheer became a gr8 bowler after his county stint.

  • ssm2407 on August 3, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    With both Yuvraj & Harbhajan out injured...Singh is no longer King

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 3, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Well this is a blessing in disguise for Team India.....especially the injury to Harbhajan.....

    He has been way below par for last 3 years and probably if Ojha or Mishra can take this opportunity then it will be great for India....

  • praneeth.s on August 3, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    just waiting for dhoni to pick up some kind of strain...tired of watching his pathetic batting and keeping display....

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Rohit sharma is better option than Kholi

  • AjaySridharan on August 3, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Two poor decisions replaced by two bad decisions! Isn't Kohli's recent form in WI not enough proof of his ability to handle the seaming ball? He is an ODI bully as yet, and needs to work on his Test game at domestic level and in county cricket. I would have liked to see Rohit Sharma or better still Wasim Jaffer being called up. Wasim would have filled in the role of an opener if need be. And he is more adept at handling the swinging ball in the middle order as well when they take the second new ball. Ojha...really? what's wrong with Mishra?! Does Dhoni envisage playing two spinners in any of the remaining two games?! If he was going take a gamble, he could have gone with RP Singh or Irfan Pathan...at least gives him left arm bowling option

  • demon_bowler on August 3, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    If Yuvraj is a *test* batsman, I'm the Nawab of Pataudi.

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    I'm going to suggest something different, Why dont India consider playing just 6 batsman!!! yes thats right you heard me just 6. Gambhir,Sehwag(assuming he is fit and doesnt think he may get injured again),dravid,vvs,srt and dhoni. Followed by 5 bowlers,Khan, sharma, Ojha,Mishra,Kumar.3 quicks and 2 spinners. The two spinners will give added variety, help quicken up over rate. Lets be honest the indian bowling has been weak but so has the batting, but i feel that sharma and kumar have been pushed too hard to make up for the failings of harb singh and an injured khan. This way if any of the indian bowlers such as khan get reinjured and lets be honest it probably will happen. Wont be too bad as they will still have 4 bowlers left.

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    I think ROHIT SHARMA should have replaced Yuvraj Singh..he is more talented than kohli....he has already proved himself during ipl in South Africa that he is well suited for bouncy tracks...

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I am not sure about Virat but Pragyan Ojha should be playing the next test along Amit Mishra with India playing five genuine bowlers and six batsmen !!! as it seven batsmen make no difference, then play 5 bowlers !!!!

  • bestofluckindia on August 3, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    In my opinion Ojha and Kohli will be passengers. At least Kohli can get used to weather and some sight seeing till ODI series.5 bowlers is a brilliant Idea considering India have only been able to dismiss England once in 6 innings (Somerset match included). Broad has been successful only with his length not pace. To match him Munaf should be given a go. Viru, Gambhir, Wall, Sachin, VVS, Dhoni, Zak, PK, Munaf, Sree, Ishant.

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Why selectors keep ignoring badri? what wrong he did? topped run charts for last 5-6 years?

  • desiboy454 on August 3, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Is this a blessing for team India? lol Thank god bhajji is gone for now. But i m not sure Amit Mishra can do much better, it just leaves the tail even weaker. Yuvi is a 50/50 deal. I honestly Wish Cheteswar Pujara was fit, he tops raina, yuvi n kohli is the better batsmen for tests. But i honestly think Kohli should play but I also see the reason behind keeping Raina for left/ hand combo. Seems stupid but its actually good to have a left hander in the middle. Honestly this indian team shows no signs of #1 on this tour, in SA they showed spirit. They show their ability to stay in a test n not resign. But I think the 1st day of missin Zaheer was a big blow, and to those people who say 1 bowler short doesnt matter. It sure does, espically when hes your best. It puts strain on other fast bowlers. So now heres the line up for the next test 1)VIRU 2) Guati 3) Dravid 4) Tendulkar 5) Laxman 6) Raina/ Kohli 7) dhoni 8) mishra 9) PK 10) Ishant 11) Hopefully Zaheer/ if not then Sreesanth

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    is Harbhajan really injured or just an excuse to drop him....he shud be dropped from all the forms actually not only Test and let him just play for Mumbai Indians.....

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    I wonder what wrong has poor Rohit Sharma done? For the longer version and in the english seaming conditions, he should have been ahead of Virat.

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    this comes as no suprise that both of them are out of series... yuvraj is only good on flat pitches. i dont even know what to say abt bhajji.. tell him to go make some ads.. thats all these guys are good at MAKING ADS

  • Leggie on August 3, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Just goes to underline the fact that this is complete mismanagement rather than skills which has lead to this situation. I've not been a great fan of Naseer Hussain's ideas or opinions - especially targeting the Indian team, but am fully with him on the fact that it is IPL which has lead to this debacle. It looks like a complete makeshift bunch and not a "team" now. It's going to be while for India to recover from the kind of setbacks seen over the last 1 month.

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    This is really bad news for team India....Yuvi is really good batsmen and a slow left arm bowler...while dont forget bhajji is the only bowler who took hat trick in current scenario for India....he is out of form for a while but decent bowler....he took 400 wickets as well tons of experience behind him...yuvi is big blow for Team India...as raina is not as promising as Yuvi is....but still hope that raina get some runs in remaining test matches. All the best to team India for remaining test matches.... Go India Go....

  • Wacco on August 3, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    To my dear the Indian fans - sorry folks. There will be a white wash probably - hope that will help you take away your attention from your favorite pastime for a while. I bet you will be the king again when the caravan moves to the sub-continent. Your pampered millionaire will then be able to justify their fortune.

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Leave Harbajan alone he has done great service taking around 400 wickets. People are ungrateful. Is Ashwin in England ?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 3, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Harbhajan Singh's injury (is it real?) will be a blessing in disguise. What about Dhoni? Isn't he injured yet?

  • Raj12345 on August 3, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    After Ganguly's aggressive statement, still Indian cricketers are sleeping, otherwise they don't select Kohli who don't know how to play test cricket like Yuvi & Raina. These people are just IPL bullies and play some attacking batting on rubber pitches only in india. Nothing great about them. Dhoni should be replaced in test team now. This is the time to think about building good cricket team, not with same players. Dhoni gained big name due run-out stuff. Shame on him.

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    couldn't Dhoni acquire an injury too...just for the sake of the team?

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Swann struggling to take wickets is not relevant. That is England's problem. Even at full fitness Harbhajan's place would have come under scrutiny for the third test. Like Sri Lanka did, India should play 5 bowlers and expect the batsmen to do their job for which they are selected. Dhoni in my opinion was never a quality test match No. 7 against any top class bowling attack in spite of his test match batting average. Sometimes statistics could be quite misleading. He is also a poor wicket keeper. However as the elected captain he has to play and may have to bat at No. 6 if India decides to go with 5 bowlers. It is a huge gamble but about time that captain leads by example. Batsmen developing poor techniques against quality short pitched seam bowling is a definite ill effect of IPL where how one get his runs does not matter. I maintain the point of view that IPL is a trap setup to destabilise established game of cricket in other countries. But sometimes one falls into his own trap.

  • mafiasam on August 3, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Hoping my previous comment gets posted.. this is a followup to that... I would hate to see Dhoni giving a reason for Left hand - RIght hand balance in the team to justify Raina's selection in the next test.. they should really try Kohli over Raina.. Raina has time and again proved a failure in bouncy and seaming conditions. keep him only for subcontinent matches.

  • ACHILLES_FZX on August 3, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Harbhajan should have been dropped way earlier it will be better for him to take rest and arrest his slide as a bowler ,no one needs harbhajan the batsman we need him as a bowler

  • Angad11 on August 3, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    THANK GOD...FINALLY....I think even the cricket gods had enough of him. I really hope to see some tough competition for his place and he would have to fight for a comeback not just stroll into the side based on his experience or friendship with the seniors. But why did they call Ohja, i think Ashwin would have been a better option. He is such a talent just being wasted.

  • spinkingKK on August 3, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    One would think, with very little help for the spinners, there was no need for a second spinner and they will go for an extra paceman (R.P.Singh, Irfan pathan or Balaji). But, they have sent somebody whom they can use to warm the benches. Then, for the batsman's slot: With Rohit sharma showing signs of attaining his projected potential, he should have been the immediate candidate for a middle order slot when it is vacant. I do have respect for Kohli. But, Sharma was a better candidate. That is provided, Pujara is still injured.

  • Umakanth.P on August 3, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    At least from now onwards, BCCI should think in such a manner that prior to this type series plyers has to play some pratise matches by including all the key plyaers. Harbajan is no doubt a good bowler, but at times he requires rest between the tournaments. He always plays some vital role in test matches played in sub continent. But coming to pitches whaich are seamers friendly he always struggles. I think Chateswar Pujara or Wasim should be given a chance in place of Raina or Yuvraj. Yuvraj singh whoa has been playing since 2000, just managed to play 35 test matches. the reason behind this is mainly due to injuries and non availability of palce in test squad. I think it is the ideal time for Yuvi to say good bye to tes tcricket.

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Virat kohli comes on what basis? he flopped in West Indies, why is Badrinathnot called up as he didnt get a chance in the windies? is it written in some peoples forehead that they can play test cricket and in somebody elses face that they cannot play test cricket, ridiculous selection

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    India really need to start to focus and stop relying on their obvious talents to make up for their lax attitude. First thing to do is to state if you are unable to play in the warm up game you will not play in the test. Quite simple. We've all seen what happens when you take risks into a test match. You get killed, and they rightly have been. Fight for the number one test ranking. Not even once have the openers protected our big 3, nor have our lower ordered applied themselves to stick around. Is a simple defensive block really that hard to learn when you have the wall and SRT willing to teach you? Gillespie made a double out of it. Show some pride. Every team is now gunning for you It is high time Bhaji leaves this team. No other team in world cricket would have kept him this long given his lack of form. At 31 why are comments still made such as 'he's bowling too quickly', 'he's temperament requires work' 'unless he takes a wicket early he isn't the same bowler'. Do it for the big 3

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Good News for Inida!. Go india Go. both are unfit for tests. Harbajan picked up only for his previous test records. One short ball is enough for Eng to get out Yuvi and Raina.

  • tammimi2010 on August 3, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Harbhajan needs to go back to domestic cricket and prove himself there first. Plus India have no real youngsters to shoulder the middle order once Dravid, Laxman and Tendulker retire. Virat Kohli is the only one who has good technique and a good temperament! People like Raina and Yuvraj have no place in the test XI.

  • addiemanav on August 3, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    harbhajan chickened out at important stage and he deserves this now!i have been saying this for 3-4 years now but most of our experts felt that he is a champion bowler and he will come up with the goods!point is,he's ultra-defensive,u smash him for couple of 4s and he will go into his shell!!if u look at his strike rates home and away,durin 2006-11 both home and away his strike rates are around 75 whereas in 2000-06 period his away SR was 78 but at home it was 54!!thats a huge difference!!it means that even at home bhajji takes 4 overs more to get a wkt that he did 6 yrs back!!even kumble had similar strike rate,but the point is he gave lesser runs and bowled much more overs than bhajji!!i think it indian bowling is better without him,his batting works only at home not in eng!!but i am disappointed that team is not giving the right reason,they should just admit that he has been 'dropped' and not 'injured'!they need to tell a player and public the exact reasons !!

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Don't criticize Bhaji.. he is an outstanding bowler he took 400 wickets in test cricket and he has the potential to score runs his recent form was not an issue ,..he is a fighting cricketer .. lot of batsman struggle against his bowling he will bounce back..good luck bhaji recover well from injury we have one day serious to play against the England cricket team..well done team India.................

  • gitapat on August 3, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Why is Dhoni not "injured"? It might be a good idea for him to report an injury and have him replaced by Dinesh Karthick for India to field a sensible Test team in the 3rd and 4th Tests.

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Now this reminds me of 2008 series Down under..India conceding unassailable 2-0 lead..couple of howler decisions..team with injury..dismissed as 'Bangladesh in disguise'..perfect ingredients for a champion fightback..watchout England..coz when this Indian team is fired up, they can beat the stuffing out of of any team..be it any quality..

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Sehwag, Gambir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Raina/Kohli, Dhoni, PK, Mishra, Ishant, Sreesanth... That would be a formidable team. Raina has generally been in better form over the last few months, but he has not done as well this tour. I wouldn't mind seeing Kohli get another chance, especially if both Sehwag and Gambir play. I think the absence of Sehwag/Gambir has been the biggest issue for Indian batting. D/T/L are are top shelf and have been for ages. What really sets apart the Indian team of the last 5 years vs say 10 years ago is the opening pair. If Zaheer is fit and they could play all four pace bowlers, that would be impressive, but as the article points out, the over-rate would suffer. Assuming Zaheer is not fit (but I hope he is), Mishra might be a good choice.

  • googlyball on August 3, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    I think 'Gangu_9629' (aug 03 2011 11:35am) is wright

  • Nutcutlet on August 3, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    With the late appearance of these reserves, let's hope that (a) they are ready to perfom at Test level, and (b) they strengthen the belaboured Indian team so that England can be genuinely tested. I am absolutely sincere in stating this, because I want to see whether this England side is as great as I think it may be. It needs the toughest examination to rate it, and it hasn't had that yet. How some Indian supporters think that English fans want their team to walkover a weak Indian side baffles me; we want competitive cricket. Easy victories are never as sweet as those gained against the opposition at full strength, playing at the top of their game. Come on India, give us your best shot!

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Considering Harbhajan current form, Mishra cant do any worse then him. He has been in decent form hopefully can put pressure on English bats who a bit more uncomfortable against wristies then finger spinners.

    While Yuvrajs loss means if Sehwag returns then Raina would easily be playing and no toss up between Raina and Yuvraj. These injuries wont matter as much as injuries to Zak,Gambhir and Sehwag has.

  • Tigersrini on August 3, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    hey guys the god is also on the side of MSD. Bhajji is injured. So may be Amit Mishra walks in. Eng finds playing leg spinner always difficult. Sehwag will probably play and wud replace Yuvraj. Gambhir will be back. Zaheer if fully fit shud replace Sreeshanth. Looks a better team to fight and go back hard at the English guys. Possibly good cricket is in store!!! Work on tactics MSD. have plan A an Plan B for all. Plz don't leak runs thru' thirdman.

  • cricmatters on August 3, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    I think what India has really shown in this series is how NOT to prepare for an overseas tour. Nassir Hussain summed it up in the commentary the other day when he said that England having learned the lessons from the 5-0 series loss to Australia arrived early for the next tour with plenty of practice matches scheduled ahead of first test. They won the series 3-1 this time because all players peaked at the right time. The only fallout effect of this long tour was that they were totally spent by the time they reached India for the world cup. India has been doing well in all formats of the game for past few years and deserve their rankings however too much cricket has finally taken its toll. If you look at the injured players, they are the ones who play in all formats of the game. They need to be managed the players better in future.

  • Mangosweet on August 3, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Fidel Edwards nearly killed Kohli in the West Indeis recently. He cannot play fast bowling and he is scared of bouncers. The English fast bowlers will have him for breakfast.

  • flyingmachinee on August 3, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Thank god harbhajan is out of the series........badri and ashwin wud be the rite replacement..................

  • Rajit on August 3, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    why have the selectors forgotten Ashwin?

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    India probably missed a big trick (a calculated gamble I would say) by not playing Rahul Sharma. Yes Sharma is inexperienced but he is talented and in good form. Besides English will have trouble picking up his variation and that would have been a surprise factor. But Yes Ojha and Mishra are good too. At least 50 times better than Bhaji. Bhaji is faking injury at convenient time.Blessing in disguise.Finally India will play with 11 players now.

  • anuAddict on August 3, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Raina and MSD still two pieces of baggage left unfortunately

  • abstacs on August 3, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    this could be a blessing in disguise for team india. its not a hidden fact that the english dont enjoy playing against wirst spinners. the history speaks for itself. They have been troubled by them, be it the aussie like warne and macgill or the pakistanis mushtaq ahmed and danish kaneria. mishra has got a wonderful googly which could create problems for the english. the key is the indian media shouldnt be putting too much pressure on him, as its a do or die situation now for india. best wishes to him and the team.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 3, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    sad to hear about yuvi - but the news justifies the way he batted in the second innings. everyone was critical about the way he played but when you carry an injury like that it is not easy to face hostile shortpitched bowling. i could actually see from the way he was removing his bottom hand from his bat that his injury was troubling him but not too many showed him any sympathy. shame because i am sure his first innings knock gave him some confidence and that might have helped him in the remainder of the series. Question is whether kohli will be arrive in time to be able to play against northants or whether they will settle for raina in the third test and, when he inevitably fails again, bring kohli in for the fourth without any match practice.

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Spin not working in england tracks i dont know why they selecting spin. . .Irfan pathan in best in place of ojha. . .jaffer is best compare to kohli as a test batsman. .i think selection commite is the main reason for loss of 2 tests vs england

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    I think everyone has been too quick to make excuses for India. India have been far more fortunate than England. Reasons why India have been lucky

    (1) India have won two crucial tosses, enjoying the best bowling conditions, which England would have flattened India with.

    (2) DRS by my calculation is 3 or 4 bad decisions against England (Raina and Tendulkar 2nd Innings Lords, Cook first innings Trent Bridge and Laxman first innings Trent Bridge against one bad decision for India (Harbajan Singh)

    (3) Zaheer Khan may have been injured in the first game, but England coped without Anderson (a better bowler both statistically and in the rankings than Zaheer) against Sri Lanka in Cardiff and still won

    (4) England missed Tremlett for the 2nd Test

    (5) England had Trott and Swann injured in the last test and still won!

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    @gangu I might say that u need to redefine ur defination lf now a days coz in now a days bhajji aint picking up wickets...Also 400 wickets were not picked up now a days they are taken over a long period of time..bhajji was the most effective in his wee days....currently he lookes totally ragged.....and we all appreciate what bhajji has done but right now he dosent deserve a place in the side and thats the BOTTOM LINE.

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    bhajji or no bhajji! doesnt matter. key 2 india winning next 2 tests is how they bat. As simple as that.

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    y virat????????? they cld have bring wasim jaffer

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Just cannot understand the most influential and rich board cannot handle injuries of the players and keep pegging them into Indian Paying League where as we are in the verge of not only loosing No 1 spot but also number of players on fitness count. Bhaji's injury will be a blessing in disguise as he has become pedestrian as a bowler. It would have made sense to include Rohit Sharma or Rahane in place of Kohli who has already struggled against the Windies Quickies. There was definitely a case for Mishra even in Old Trafford because he is most sound batsman in that long tail. When Rahul Dravid at 38 can show amazing fitness and dedication, what is the problem with this middle age group which is only hunting for limelight. They should be told to pack their bags and a place in the test team should not be taken for granted.

  • raks11 on August 3, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Ojha is not a bad replacement for harbhajan India may hardly need him . On basis of performance amit mishra bowled so well in odi's in west indies and he is been climatised from all these days in England. If India goes with 3-1 combination amit has great chance of playing . Virat kholi is really lucky enough to another chance to be with team hope before odi's he grab this opportunity and get used to conditions and wickets. I think atleast now India should take bold decission to drop Players who are not in bowling ( I doubt harbhajan injury, becuase of his star image he is said injured rather than to say drop from the team) or batting form ...

  • Mill1 on August 3, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Virat Kohli is also unable to cope with short pitched bowling or swinging/seaming conditions, so how is this going to help India? All young indian players need to spend time playing County/State cricket in England/SA to learn how to play in such conditions. Eg. Tendulkar - Yorkshire; Dravid - Kent; Laxman - Lancashire; Ganguly - Lancs. Scheduling needs to be organised to accomodate this by BCCI. The IPL is only great because the stars in it, were made stars by performing strongly for their respective National sides....so with a poor Indian test side, the IPL will also be poorer!! The whole thing goes hand in hand. BCCI needs to look long term, unless it just wants short term cash and gain and don't worry about what got you there in the first place. Tendulkar/Dravid/Ganguly/Laxman/Kumble/Zaheer got Indian cricket to where it is today, and the youngsters have done well in shorter forms lately.

  • NewYorkCricket on August 3, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Why are Badrinath or Rohit Sharma not being given a chance? They probably have more sound technique than kohli.

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Looking forward for V.Kohli, he could be a promising test player. Addition of V.Sehwag and G.Gambir will make significant changes in the batting rhythm..

  • UK-Indian on August 3, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    absolutely right about Harbajan......KEVINPP..... Its another indian ''celebrity cricketer'' diplomacy.... DROP HIM FOR NOT PERFORMING.....and Why the hell india cant produce ONE PERSON from 1.21 BILLION people...... shame on India... y no fast bowling tracks... at least prepare one for the nets to escape this embarrassment from fast bowlers all over the world.. I'm well gutted...

  • Venkatb on August 3, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Despite Srikanth's perceived biased selections, I would have gone with one or both Tamil Nadu players - Badrinath and Ashwin - as replacements.

  • madras_boy on August 3, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    How come all the players played in IPL with out any injuries ? Puzzling me !

  • serious-am-i on August 3, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    I like that, though I am not sure if Kohli is the correct replacement keeping in mind the way kohli struggled with short pitch stuff in West Indies.I have seen Rohit Sharma improved his game with the short pitch deliveries, he might have been a better choice. I feel sorry for England now though, they don't have an lullaby spinner any more. Take Ojha into the match straight away management, don't get Mishra in, he struggled in the tour game and I am sure he would be toyed around, he is not an economical bowler either

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    This tour is rapidly turning into a fiasco.....India's equivalent of the 1992-93 England tour to India. They have been utterly patheic & unprofessional in everything they have done; preparation, fitness, focus, tactics, working out the oppostion....every box is maked with hopeless. They have been a patheticly timid throwback to the bad old days of touring sides who didnt have the stomach for a fight, of being nice decent gentlemen but ultimately being hammered out of sight. One wonders what the coach is doing, would this have happened if Kirsten was still in charge ? I think not. The current coach has form residing over whitewashes & he will soon oversee another! Number one test side? You must be out of your mind!

  • CricketMaan on August 3, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Kholi hasnt been playing, i guess Rahane who scored a 100 in Australia could have been a better option..and BTW, im an ardent CSK fan, but id always pick a guy in form..so Rahane is a better choice

  • danny_essex on August 3, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    This is why England are the better team. It is not just about the 11 best players it is about the back up players as well. Fact is India have a fansatsic starting 11 but after that there is nothing really. England have depth to there bowling and batting with people fighing for places all the time.

  • landl47 on August 3, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    I guess Raina keeps his place then, although judging from the way he played short-pitched bowling at Nottingham, the hospital might want to keep the X-ray machine handy. These guys need to watch how Dravid and Tendulkar play short-pitched bowling- they just get out of the way. A short-pitched delivery will never get you out if you leave it.

  • varunrallapalli on August 3, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Amit Mishra must lap it up. Leggies have traditionally troubled Englishmen. This is a great chance for him to take wickets and contain batsmen.

  • varunrallapalli on August 3, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Amit Mishra must lap it up. Leggies have traditionally troubled Englishmen. This is a great chance for him to take wickets and contain batsmen.

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    doesn't make any difference...India will lose the series.

  • Raja_naveed_khan on August 3, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    another injured on the bouncer from a medium fast bowler, thaz what happens when you get use to on dead wickets

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Unfair for Rohit Sharma to be not considered as a back up for Yuvraj.

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    India is back now with the sehwag and he is d one india needed right now.the problem is d top order collapse and sehwag will do the treatment in the third test.and we have gambir kohli and zaheer.and we are back with full strength and it is impossible to win against india for england.india will win the last two tests or atleast draw.

  • scritty on August 3, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    THese things happen. You can't rely on 11 or 12 people. BEst test team is a misnomer - you need the best test "squad". England had a great team in 2995, but when Simon Jones and Vaughan were injured and Trescothick got ill and Flintoff became as fragile as rice paper it all fell apart very quickly. WHen Zak is not playing India do not have seamers, when Harbajan is not playing they now don't have spinners. What's going to happen when your ancient batting line up retires? I reckom a 5th or 6th spot in the world rankings is what will happen, and continuous moaning about injuries and 22 runs in a game you lost by over 300. India without 4 main stars are a second rate team, and with all the whining and excuse making I see here they have third rate "fair weather" supporters. and no squad strength what-so-ever.

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    I have counted 24 matches for the term "blessing in disguise" on this page. The responses from the viewing public show that the selectors have not been doing a good job w.r.t the spinner's slot in the team.

  • KAIRAVA on August 3, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Bhajji is going to get married. His injury is just an excuse.

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    At last baaji out due to injury.... right time to get injury !!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Gud news boss!!! Time for a new spinner

  • koldmeat on August 3, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    It dosen't matter who's playing & who's not. India will lose this series 4 - 0.

  • rkannancrown on August 3, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Ojha & Ashwin are better spinners than Bhajji & Mishra. I hope Ojha plays the next two tests.

  • titans_fantasy_XI on August 3, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    I agree with Gangu below ... This is sports, it happens you have good days and you have bad days. You just don't become a bad team overnight. They have been world no.1 for a long time now. It is because of good consistent performances. They were just crowned World Champions just a couple of months back. So this is still a good team. Dhoni hasn't become a poor captain over a period of few months. Yes, they have lost two test matches, and their performance was poor but that does not mean they don't deserve to be No. 1. Everyone who plays knows there are phases, right now things aren't just going right for Team India. Maybe in the next matches they will or may be not. It is not because Dhoni has run out of luck or Indian team has become bad or they can't play swing or bounce. They just drew a series in S.Africa. They played against Steyn and Morkel together, who any day are better bowlers than Anderson and Broad. England are playing really well and India not so much and that is it.

  • monis11 on August 3, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    What is this? Khohli already shown out his problems against short pitch bowling in west indies. Right now it could have been Rohit sharma, who was in form. Aswin had advantage of getting the bounce.

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Wow the Indian selectors have finally done a good move and called up Ojha. He's better than mishra. I hope they play him but if not as i mentioned before knowing what our English wickets up north are like, it maybe best to play an all seam attack.

  • gestapo on August 3, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    blessing in disguise for both yuvi and bhajji as their careers would have plummeted to even lower levels and they'd have had to bear the wrath of all the indian fans,,swann has struggled as well but harbhajan has not been among the wickets of late and it is very sad to see him not taking the role of an attacking spinner like he once used to.

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    bhajji made it large!!!!!!!!

  • krnataraj on August 3, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    harbhajan is responsible for his injury!! he spins his torso so much more than the ball that it is bound to cause injury to his lower half. he should know got to good coach like bedi and learn how to spin the ball and hot his torso!!sad yuvi is out i think the selectors could have gone in and picked an additional opener or bring back pujara who is techniccally more comeptent than yuvi and raina provided he is fit now to play. kohli is also going to dance against genuine lifting balls if he gets a chance.

  • AnotherCricketFan on August 3, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    English can't play leg spin. Look at the history. And whatever information they feed the media to keep Harbhajan and Yuvraj egos happy - they know that they are not qualified to be in the team based on their current form. Thanks Bresnan for knocking Yuvraj out and whatever strain - please let it lost long enough to keep Harbhajan away from the team. He can make his money with Mumbai Indians and not with the Indian team.

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Mishra - that is fresh blood. And what about Raina? Did the English let him score the 100+ in Somerset to rope him in as a sure wicket in the Test? They are known for such tactics.

    @Gangu you statement is against your own argument. They play so many tests today getting 400 is not a difficult task. S Venkatraghavan got 100 and BS Bedi 261 and now every Tom, Dick and Harry can get more than that number. Name it - Anderson has 200+, Sree has close to 100, even Dhoni can get to 100 if he hands over his gloves to someone else and starts bowling!

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Why not give a chance to Pujara or even Badrinath and instead of Ojha why not Ashwin?

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    No surprises.........India doesn't need a strike bowler who strikes once in a while. Look @ the stats.....he hasn't taken more than three 5-wicket hauls for the past three years. Shame. Its stupid to rely on his premature all round abilities in such a crucial stage. He is bowling too negatively....

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    thanks God! we know now what went wrong. Harbhajan is a good spinner, but the guy looks so distracted and can't even bowll. we almost played with 10 men team for the first two tests. he was just there chewing something always, as if he has finished a royal dinner. he can't bend; he can't bowl; he can't bat.... then for what hell was he there on the field?. i beg give chance to some other guys, who will at least try!!!!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    polite and respectful way to do the inevitable

  • getsetgopk on August 3, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    And they even came up with an excuse for dropping turbanator. what injured?? why not just say it he was dropped because the English beat the hell out of him much like the rest of Indian bowling in the past two matches. LOL

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    yUVI OUT OF THE TEST SERIES!!!!.I WOULD PREFER AJINKYA RAHANE OR SOURABH TIWARY OVER VIRAT.

  • Nikhsvap on August 3, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    It is time to draft Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ashwin. There is no point is waiting for too long. Let these guys get good experience. I feel Wasin Jaffer is the best opener in English and Aussie conditions. Where is he?

  • CricketMaan on August 3, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Why not Murali Kartik, he has vast experience in English conditions!!!! and wrong did Badri do?

  • Meshack on August 3, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Great news at last we will be seeing quality spinner in the team like amith. I think bajji is lucky enough to in the team so long without full filling his primary duties "bowling".

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

    If he is discomfort with Stomach injury how can he show batting performance running between the wickets comfortably, these are the Silly reason, he is under performer since world cup even though India Carrying this under performace players, Atleast Give chance to Other who want to prove themself. this should not be entertained.

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

    Amazing that most comments, including mine, are quite happy that harbhajan won't play in the next test. leads me to wonder if 1) selectors are insensitive? unaware? biased? other? or 2) have heard enough of this player being a 'pet' of either sachin or dhoni. i wonder if that's the memory/legacy that sachin would like to leave behind! Like I said earlier - AMAZING!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Good for India. At least we will have 4 bowlers in the next test. India should take the risk and play Amit Mishra. Englishmen are no great players of leg spin in particular the lower half. We should also rest either Praveen or Ishant. Both have had to bowl much more than normal. If only they had made the new ball count more they would not be in this position. Inparticular Praveen. For all the skill he has got if he has greater control on his line he would be a fantastic match winner. Ishant needs more variety in his bowling to be effective. He cannot expect dream spells to come every day and needs to be able swing the ball both ways. India should drop Sreesanth for the next test. Edgabaston has at times been bowlers grave yard. So it could be a drawn test and out SUPER STAR batsmen could all find form.

  • Meshack on August 3, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    wonderful news .. Amith had a great chance to keep Bajji out of the team for while!

  • on August 3, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    @Jag Ids its true that swan has also not performed to his potential & pitches are tailor made for pacers but cant neglect the fact that Bhajji has shown remarkably negative attitude (always tries to block runs instaed of attacking n taking wickets) in almost all the overseas tours throughout his career(evident in his poor record)..in WI he tool 4 wickets b thant a rookie Bishoo looked more threatening against quality (Indian) batsmen then him against (WI batsman), n most important of all when he is going through a pathetic phase, why not try another available fitter aggressive leg spinner since Eng has always struggled against legspin..

  • Meety on August 3, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    India will probably win now - as they were only playing with 10 men in the first 2 tests as Singh has been outbowled by Yurav & Raina! What's Singhs role - a lower order batsmen who bowls a bit?????

  • jreddy on August 3, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    He would have been dropped even if he was 100% fit

  • landl47 on August 3, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Mishra's test bowling average is 6 runs higher than Harbhajan's (38 to Bhaji's 32), their batting average is about the same although Mishra has only one fifty while Bhaji has two centuries, and in the tour opener against Somerset Mishra was hit for 61 in three overs. I don't think England are going to be kept awake at night worrying.

  • Herath-UK on August 3, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Whether you believe or not the excuse,it is the right decision;he was so ineffective so far in the two tests.Rangana Herath did a much better job;Peterson always looked uncomfortable to him.I think Mishra is much better and looks to be in the groove at present. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • cricketxlover on August 3, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    What is wrong in drooping him!, why we have to say he was or is injured.

  • Cricket_Is_Oxygen on August 3, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    For all u ppl out there. He is not that bad a bowler as u all think.. Mind u he has taken 400 test wickets which is not a easy thing now a days where u play a lot of cricket. I too agree he is not at his best... Even Swann struggled hen he is also a bad bowler..Cricket is a sport guys. this thing happens in ourcountry oly.. When India wins we say aa oo . n when it loses we r the first ppl to criticize them.. For all u ppl whoever criticizes bhajji dhoni whoever it may be. can u ppl stand in the field for five days?. then comment about whoever u want. get well bhajji!! ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA

  • Alecxis on August 3, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Looking at Harbhajan's current form in last 10 test matches, he's got 37 wickets with almost 3.00 economy rate, 35.62 average and unbelievable 71.83 strike rate. After August 2008 (in last 3 years) he claimed only 3 times, 5 or more wickets in an innings. This is unbelievable. How could a no. 1 test team afford such a bowler as an striker??? It's his batting that kept the hope alive, but now... I think the harsh time has come. If fair selection policy maintains, Harbhajan will have to prove himself by playing in domestic level. Otherwise India may have to compromise their no. 1 crown.

  • on August 3, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    England hava lost their man of the match and the potential man of the series. Too bad for them.

  • cricketizgood on August 3, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Reply on Richard Taper: Richard buddy we do not blame any of our previous loss against England in injuries to couple of players and so we will not blame it on any future injuries. For a team to be No.1 it has to overcome injuries and not rely on 1 or 2 players to retain their title.

    Come on guys have a little respect for Bhajji, English pitches are good for fast bowlers and so spinners from both the sides are suffering for success. Now England is winning and they are not needing their spinner is the reason that Swann is not ruled out but India is suffering with seamers and hence Bhajji is blamed for the form.

    I believe we have to encourage Bhajji because we have only him who is close to around performance.

  • on August 3, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    The injury is a blessing in disguise else the team management and the captain had no balls removing Harbhajan because of his seniority and being Sachin (My GOD)'s Pal.

    Amit Mishra is the alternative as he is in the squad but any spinner from the country would do the job if he can for a change actually turn a cricket ball.

  • DINESHCC on August 3, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK FOR NOT RECOVERING FROM THE INJURTY FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER TWO YEARS

  • on August 3, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    I'm glad that bhajji has been dropped cos of an injury... but guys don't forget he was the one to dismiss Stuart Board who was cruisingin the first innings of the second test match and saved India from a deficit of another 100 runs... ;-)

  • kevinpp on August 3, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    I seriously doubt if he is injured really. I can see him running after balls in the field, running between the wickets comfortably, coming down the track to hit Swann, pulling pace bowlers but he is uncomfortable only when he bowls those dibbly-dobblies. I think he know he is not bowling well so pretended like injured before getting dropped, really cunning. ANYBODY AGREE WITH ME?

  • on August 3, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    I cannot not comment here, considering the near uniformly idiotic nature of what's been said. Evidently Harbhajan isn't at his peak, and has had a poor series so far (though he's not the only Indian to have done so, is he?). Plus he was injured in the 2nd test; and bear in mind that Swann too has been ineffective in these conditions. And let's not forget, in the near past, Singh took 7 in Cape Town and 4 in Roseau. But most importantly: who are the other slow bowlers? They've all poor test, and even first class averages. I see nothing in them to suggest viable alternatives. I too think we should try someone/thing else, perhaps another seamer (another mediocre one to accompany Zaheer, in the hope that he'll fire alongside him), but fellas, ease up here and get some perspective. You don't get 400 test wickets sitting on your computer and scapegoating.

  • on August 3, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    oh really, dats the reason?? :P

  • on August 3, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    The only problem with Mishra playing is the chance taken by Dhoni. Mishra is now in a good form, he done absolutely good in IPL 4 for Deccan Chargers. But, in the practice match he has given away too many runs. I think it will be very tough for Dhoni to choose between Mishra and 4th seamer. 4th seamer will definitely make way to Sreesanth, he is in good form rather than considering Munaf, who did not perform well in test series against WI. Moreover he is very good bowler when coming to line and length, but bit slow. So, Mishra will be considered and he will be in team for the 4th test too, if he perform exceptionally well as the whole strong team is getting back and have more than week time for next. Mishra will play in 4th if he performs good, making Harbhajan to take more rest and be completely fit. So, Sehwag and Zaheer are must for INDIA to get back into test series.

  • sasaboor on August 3, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    its good for the whole team

  • kevinpp on August 3, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    If India loose 3rd test everybody will say "India lost because of injuries to Yuvraj, Harbhajan" lol!!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    bad for england .........................

  • Humdingers on August 3, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Blessing in disguise! Although I would have preferred Ojha in there instead of Mishra. Also I can't understand the strategy of announcing a players availability so early on. Wouldn't you want to keep the opposition guessing?

  • jaggi.jagan on August 3, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Is he that great where we have to come up with a reason to drop him? I do not think so.

  • Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on August 3, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    anyway else thinks this injury is just a sham and was pre-planned and just put in during the match? for some reason they dint want to drop him so they fake an injury. the more he bowls the more worse it is for us. Thank god hes out

  • sunny.amrat on August 3, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Well, finally some good news for India

  • Hareesh72 on August 3, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    i hope he never gets out of injury now. Finally, he is out due to injury, which looks much decent than being dropped for non-performance. I think it is time for him to call it a day, since all the players (even the tail-enders) started targetting him to score runs freely

  • sritheking on August 3, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    i like to convey one thing to all the people who r critising Harbhajan singh.... find observe the things n after that make ur comment... the pitch used for first two test was hard n bouncy track... spin bowlers dont have anything in that... even graeme swann cant do anything in his home ground... while comparing to swann bhajji has contributed more than him... he scored runs,he took an crutial wicket of stuart broad in first innings with the impressive economy of 4.71 while comparing comparing to swann his economy 6.33 in first innings n in second innings his economy is 7... so stop critising the champion n keep ur finger shut...

  • concerned_cricketer on August 3, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    I read in some English newspaper that Graeme Swann is the number 1 spinner in the world now. If that's the case considering that both got 2 wickets from 2 tests, Bhajji must be breathing down Swannie neck for that number 1 spot eh? :)

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Injury came at the right time for Harbhajan...what a luck

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on August 3, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Well not another one down to injury Hopeless!! Perhaps the biggest pain and hurt as a fan comes when we lack fight,fire,intent and just going through the motions like robots they are never did the bad mouth of pakistani and srilankan fans on cricinfo of indians being overrated,lucky, etc hurt me nor did the sydney test fiasco and loss inflicted pain but perhaps the lack of fight and going through the motions like robots hurts me more than pakistan beating india in finals i literally cried last night

  • therealfighter on August 3, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    i now think that dhoni might get injured in the next match.'make it large Dhoni' so that you dont have to face the humiliation for oneday series. i now think that dhoni might get injured in the next match.'make it large Dhoni' so that you dont have to face the humiliation for oneday series.

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Surely a fake injury, would have surely played had it been in India or India wasn't trailing. All in all positive signs for Indian team :)

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    love the optimism about mishra - lets see how he did in the tour match against a county batting line up. Ahhhhhhhh he will definitely make the difference, 33 overs, went for 222 runs, picked up a big haul of 3 wickets in 2 innings, and bowled an astonishing 20 no balls, FOR A SPINNER. yep, the england boys are quaking in their boots. 4-0, nothing less will do now, this indian side doesnt deserve to be in top 2, let alone top. I cant wait for south africa, at least those series will throw up a contestl

  • Finn92 on August 3, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Mishra could pose more of a threat as Englad seem to struggle against spinners like him who have a bit more 'mystery' about them and who turn the ball a fair bit

  • v_singh on August 3, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Hope Sehwag makes it to the third test !! Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, VVS, Raina, Dhoni, Praveen, Ishant, Zaheer & Sree

  • ChrisCole43 on August 3, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Almost hoping that there in no spin in the next Test as it is another excuse for all those Indian fans who cannot accept that their team has past by their sell by date. i'm getting a bit fed up with this "you've only won because...Sewag / Zaheer is injured etc" Actually England's best opener is still playing County cricket and is not playing Tests anymore because of his illness (Marcus Trescothick) and guess what England did - they got over it and found a replacement. If India haven't got a replacement for Sewag check out your domestic structure and ask yourselves why there is no-one else! 1 or 2 players do not make a team.

  • Notredam on August 3, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Well here is my team for 3rd test and if they win there or perfomr well keep same for 4th oval test also Sehwag,Gambhir,Dravid,Sachin,Laxman,Raina,Dhoni,Mishra,PK,Ishant,Sreesant. Come on india....fight back..

  • Notredam on August 3, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Well here is my team for 3rd test and if they win there or perfomr well keep same for 4th oval test also Sehwag,Gambhir,Dravid,Sachin,Laxman,Raina,Dhoni,Mishra,PK,Ishant,Sreesant. Come on india....fight back..

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    I wonder after seeing so many of us say its a 'Blessing in disguise' if Harbhajan is India's best spinning option from the past few years. Pretty bad for him but good for team India & it wouldn't hurt if Dhoni joined him for company.

  • Sri1967 on August 3, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    hope VIRU and the new blokes cud deliver and keep india as no 1 test team

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    THANK U HARBHAJAN SINGH. PLS RETIRE TO SAVE INDIAN TEAM

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    So that means the team is likely to be Gambhir,Sehwag,Dravid,VVS,SRT,Raina,Dhoni,Mishra, Khan,Kumar,Sharma. Assuming Sehwag and Khan are both fit of course. Gambhir will defo play. Amazing though isn't it how many injuries the India team have had, Khan, Harb, Gambhir.Even SRT was off the field with some problem. They clearly are in very poor shape. But assuming the batting order i just presented in my first sentence is true then this next match will be much closer. I do have my reservations about Mishra being a good quality spin bowler and to be honest i;d want to go in with an extra seamer and leave Mishra out.Perhaps play sreesanth or muaf patel in his place.What do you people think?

  • sutikshan.kwel on August 3, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    It could not have been better.. Amit Mishra will do far better then him at the current form.

  • smudgeon on August 3, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    Good luck with the recovery, but it might have been nice if Bhaji turned up for the first two tests! Hopefully Mishra will get a run then, I like that boy's style.

  • Faisalrahman on August 3, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    I dont think it's a serious Injury. But very deplomaitcally Dhoni kept him out of first Eleven. He would have been kicked out very long ago.

  • dhana_dhan on August 3, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    let this useless player stay out good for team India

  • susri on August 3, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    why cant india go with 5 bowlers when the current form of indian bowlers is uncertain.

  • Satyam_max on August 3, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I think this comes as a good news for the Indian cricket team . Harbhajan has been struggling to get wickets throughout the tour and in Mishra , India has a more attacking option now .

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Finally he is injured. I wonder why indian team management need such injury reasons to drop high profile players like bhajji who is not at all doing what is expected. Just look at Aussiez. They have dare to drop likes of katich for no reason.They can drop any player who is not performing. They don't need any injury reason to drop high profile players. For e.g. Jason gillispie was dropped after scoring double hundred vs bangladesh.

  • MAD-1 on August 3, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    I think they dont want to say that he's dropped so the injury is probably just to make it sound nice.

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

    wonderful news .. why was harbhajan not injured at the startup of the series.. atleast that way we could have played with an attacking spinner instead of a has been spinner ..

  • aryalm on August 3, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Anyways, bhajji should have been dropped after the Lords and Indian think tank didn't do that. Now, I think its blessing in disguise for India that bhajji is out due to injury.

  • oblomov on August 3, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    I think he may have been dropped and i think it is understandable. He has looked very average for ages now. And as for Dhoni - well, very poor form. He is skipping down leg (when keeping) almost every ball and getting himself well out of position. His batting also looks awful at the moment. On top of that his decision making is - at times - baffling. It looked like he was playing for a declaration in the second innings at trent-bridge, and, not pushing for the win in the final test against WI's, DISGRACE! India (at the moment) do not look like, or deserve to be, the no 1 team in test cricket. Some of them really look like they don't care as the pay check is elsewhere. I am a big fan of Indian cricket (despite being a Kiwi) but this team is really struggling with leadership, form, and possibly even desire. Improve yourselves India! PS If you want players like Raina and Yuvraj to play test cricket, teach them to defend, and, to face the short stuff. This is NOT 20/20 hit and giggle crap

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    To be honest he has been bowling poorly this could be a good move.

  • Harneetv on August 3, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Alright I'll be the first one to say what most of us will say - it might just be a blessing in disguise.

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss :)

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    The timing certainly is right for this, Bhajji has lost his sting and he needs to face it...You got to have a strong character, like what ZAK did in 2007 fight back into the team and be the Ace...Be embarrassed the captain and the team have to carry your weight through the series, opt out now, fight back into the team when you deserve it...Amit Mishra who can turn the ball quite a bit would never have had an opportunity, and better still get a gauge on the injury and bring in a replacement - Ojha/Ashwin...Dammit even Venkatapathy Raju is a better spinner at the moment than Bhajji ;)

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    lol.... every one knows its a fake injury... good luck bajji be available for series against Zim or Bangladesh to safely achieve the landmark

  • on August 3, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good for india nd bhajji

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    these players are falling like dead flies. so much for being #1 when you can't even field a fit 11 squad.

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Did Harbhajan play in the last two Tests? (Sorry... couldn't resist)

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    o blimy here we go. Another excuse lined up.

  • ssenthil on August 3, 2011, 9:53 GMT

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  • shakir23 on August 3, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    get in mishra and get another fast bowler too if zaheer is still not fit...u gotta play with 5 bowlers in a test match...4 bowlers cant win u match...well they can if they are really skilfull and fit, but indian bowlers are neither, zaheer being the exception in the skill department

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    I think that Harbhajan missing out at Edgbaston is probably a good thing for India. As an England fan, I'd rather he played as was becoming a liability in the attack.

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    its a blessing in disguise. Injury seemed the only way for Harbhajan to sit out. Hope Mishra is in good form

  • nithinadoor on August 3, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    As Mr Ganguly mentioned,India can avail the service of Mr.Wassim Jaffer

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Bajji was playing pull shots comfortably in second inning! that was discussed by Shastri and Gavaskar, they were also doughting about Bahjji's so called injury. It is nothing.. He has been dropped from third test, this is just a lame excuse that he is injured.

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    One wonders if its poor form masquerading as sickness. Given how freely he batted in the second innings, I suppose a few of us would remain skeptical. And if he was batting through pain, why not bowl through pain as well?? High time in India that we call a spade a spade and do not hide behind excuses. If Bhajji is being told he would not play due to form, lets not hide behind saying that he is injured.

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Zaheer & Bhajji got injured after bowling 13.3 & 13.4 overs respectively during 1st & 2nd tests respectively ... hmm

  • johnathonjosephs on August 3, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    I'm expecting a mass load of people (mostly Indians) to be cheering Harbhajan's exclusion from this Test..... How stupid those people are. In case nobody noticed, none of the pitches were spinner friendly. Graeme Swann is currently ranked the No. 1 Test bowler in the world right now and even he had identical (if not worse) figures than Harbhajan. Mishra better than Swann/Harbhajan? give me a break....

  • From-Chennai on August 3, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    dress up the indian team like transformer toys so they wont get even hit by flies! Harbarjan should be out the tour. Let him rest at some bollywood spot and rest of Indian cricket be safe without him. His missfield and bad words he chews at counter part kills me watching indian-cricket. Enough with his domination in XI. Let other guys get a chance to play. he blocks the whole way from chennai to london too! And ban underperformers like Murali Vijay , Mukund, Saha and Mithun for two years, even from street cricket with school boys. Bring in new youngster unknown to the world like in Lagaan movie. Atleast we can see some spirit in the gammers rather than looking always at spirit of the game.

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for team India...time to test on bench spinner Amit Mishra which i believe wont be worse, if not better, than Bhajji (owing to his current form & past record in oversees matches)

  • Mob_King on August 3, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    "Injured" = a very polite way of telling Bhaji and his fans that he's actually DROPPED?

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    good for india, good for dhoni but not good for england, Bcoz now they have to face 4 good bowlersgood for india, good for dhoni but not good for england, Bcoz now they have to face 4 good bowlers

  • SUNILDASWANEY on August 3, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    HARBHAJAN KNEW HE WAS GOING TO BE DROPPED DESPITE HIS ALLEGEDLY HAVNG THE BLIND SUPPORT FROM SACHIN AND DHONI,SO HE DECIDED TO PRETEND THAT HE HAD AN INJURY.HOWEVER HE HAS BEEN SUCH A COLOSSAL FAILURE,THAT I AM SURE ENGLAND WOULD HAVE BEEN HOPING FOR HIM TO PLAY AS ANDERSEN HAS DECIDED THAT EVEN HE WANTS TO MAKE A 100 AGAINST THE "FAILANATOR".LOOKS LIKE THE MAJORITY OF THE INDIAN BATSMEN ARE MADE OUT OF COTTON WOOL THEREFORE I SUGGEST THAT BCCI PRESS FOR A SHINING WHITE KNIGHT'S ARMOUR(WITH LOGOS OF COURSE)TO BE WORN BY THEIR SPINELESS JELLY FISHES!AFTER DRAVID AND LAXMAN LEAVE WE WILL LOSE EVEN MORE!SACHIN HARDLY MAKES RUNS WHEN IT REALLY MATTERS.ONCE DHONI DOESN'T GET THE TEAM HE WANTS HE THEN SEEMS TO SULK AND LOSE COMPLETE INTEREST IN THE GAME NEVER MIND THE RESULT.ZAHEER FEELS HE IS A GENIUS WHO WITHOUT EVERGOING TO THE GYM CAN JUST TURN UP ON THE FIELD AFTER BEING IN A LONG HIBERNATION AND BOWL WITHOUT ANY INJURY PROBLEMS. AMIT MISHRA SHOULD DEFINITELY PLAY IN THE 3RD TEST MATCH

  • madans on August 3, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Instead of Amit mishra , we can use the left arm spin murali karthik .

  • Advanced_Donkeys on August 3, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Harbhajan - Pioneer Indian Spin Star . Super Hero Indian Tiger.(read the Capital letters)

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    good for india, good for dhoni but not good for england, Bcoz now they have to face 4 good bowlers good for india, good for dhoni but not good for england, Bcoz now they have to face 4 good bowlers

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Bring in Ashwin!!!!He will be very useful instead of out of form harbhajan singh

  • Suri_1982 on August 3, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Great news!!! Atleast this wil give India an opportunity to try a different attack. We already have 6 batsman in the team the only difference because of Harbhanjan's absence will be few slog shots which cross the boundary will be missing. nothing else.

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Finally it happened!...I so badly wanted him to sit out,and I hope that Amit Mishra rips apart the English batting making Indians realize how important that one spinner can be and they never pick Harbhajan until he reaches his full potential,that is by going and playing domestic cricket.

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Good sign for India. I am expecting India to win since Bhajji is out.

  • wittysankalp on August 3, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    IF Sewack is unavailable...then immediately call for Wasim Jaffer. he is in england currently playing county. he is tough cookie....atleast better than mukund

  • woodhaven on August 3, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    MY XI: 1. mukund. 2. gambhir. 3. laxman. 4. tendulkar. 5. dravid. 6. raina. 7. yuvraj 8. dhoni 9.sreesanth 10. sharma 11. praveen

  • wittysankalp on August 3, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Either the injury is faked, so that he will be saved from the embarresment of being thown out of the next match.... or it is real...... anyways its the best news for India in the past 2 weeks... bring back Zaheer for a full pace attack...

  • ssm2407 on August 3, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Is this the best bit of news India have had on this tour? Might as well rule him for rest of the tour & call up Prabjan Ojha as his replacement...at least he offers control & is a left arm spinner. Im afraid Mishra - who struggled against the weak Windies batting line up - will be taken apart by the England batmen

  • ROLAYH on August 3, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    well its good he got injured himself, otherwise he would have to face the humiliation of being dropped from the side after the string of pathetic performances...

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    very good drama by bajji . he is playing in team india just b'coz of his past reputation & celibrity status . he didnot deserved in place in worldcup 2011 & it proved also as Yuvi was the highest Wicket taker . Aslwin had to sitout most of the mathches . last 20/20 WC in West indies he was wicketless in whole tournment . When team wins mathches nobody will count, while team loses everything will comeout . this type of hyding willnot work bajji for longterm . truth will come out ? others should get chance ? please don"t greedy for position. go & play ranaji tropy bajji !!

  • rzi-BDML on August 3, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    wount make much difference, Mishra may be better and fresh, not a bad " Forced change"

  • soumik on August 3, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    A blessing in disguise for Harbhajan.

  • renuka2600 on August 3, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    play with 4 seamers.Spinners r useless on england pitches

  • RajaSankarr on August 3, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Very good news for Indian Team

  • Jithinvsjj on August 3, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    gr8888888888888888888 news................hope he shud stay away from this team for lil more time

  • bnghosh50 on August 3, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    this indeed a good news for bhajji as he is really struggling at the moment.....he should go back to play ranji games to boost his confidence.........if zak is fit, then we should play with four seam attack.....anyway best wishes for the indian team to play better in the rest of the series.........

  • ListenToMe on August 3, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    This is great news! Even though I should not be telling like this. But there is no other way. His place is the team is like taken for granted. This was the only way to keep him out of the team. If a player is not at all performing well, no matter who he is, he should be kept out of the team until he proves himself.

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    This is what team India can say 'Blessing in disguise'!!!

  • SanjivAwesome on August 3, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Good. Harbhajan has been "injured" since arrival.

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Good new for mishra and i feel this will be a good move if mishra plays he is very good cricketer and can hand pressure . and sehwag , zaheer and gambhir joins the 3rd test then england will have to face the power packed Indian team . sachin 100 is pending and am sure that he will deliver in 3rd test ,, so watch out for world no 1 test squad

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 3, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Was it a stomach pain or the disappointment? Bhajji said he would love to go for 600+ test wickets.With all due respect to this great bowler,I don't see him taking another 100 wickets.

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    hurray..that unlucky talented leggie will now get a chance atleast..bhajji take full rest until the end of the tour and come back to spinning pitches in india to show you are also a bowler...

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    he'll play in oval bag few wickets as pitch will suite him and then again we can have the hurrah of Bajji:P

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Harbhajan certainly requires a rest. Even if he was not injured I beleive he wud have been out of the 3rd test.In the upcoming 3 day test they should try out Amit misra and see if he can bowl well. If he doesnt suceed there, in Indias best interest, it would be better to go for 4 pacers.

  • only4win on August 3, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    hi guys,bhajii is not rested, he is dropped,if he is injured than how can he bat in last innings of the second test,everybody can see while he was batting there was not a single glimpse of paining, a man with such a injury that can cause him away from the game for 10-12 days,with such a injury how can a player can bat so easily with such ease,hard to digest,but nevertheless whatever be the reason,the good thing is that he is out of the team, now India can play with 11 players who wants to contribute not just feeling the place, i will go with zaheer,munaf n shreeshanth n mishra, and tell these pace bowlers to attack on the stumps,i cant understand y they pitch 4 Baals on the off stump and 2 balls on the leg stump which cost them easy runs,and removes the pressure from the batsman and tell them if they want to bowl a bouncer then bowl a proper bouncer with full effort not a short ball which a batsman can easily hatch a boundary,

  • yorkerboy on August 3, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Wow.. very happy..Atleast he is dropped coz of injury..selectors must learn past reputation is not the criteria for selection..Hope amit mishra bowls well...waiting for this from a long time..Bring in ashwin for aus tour...

  • chandau on August 3, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    good for India the change is enforced. now all that is needed is an injury to Dhoni although the guy theyhave as cover is not much of a batsman. Shewag, Ghambir, Dravid, SRT, VVS, Sharma, Patel, Zaheer, PK, Ishant, Mishra is a much better lineup but then there is no gurantee Shewag or Ghambir will play and Rohit Sharma and Prateev Patel are in India !! lol

  • Girishiyer on August 3, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    each time he is about to be chucked out of the team, some kind of injury saves him. He was injured and could not bowl any further but scored 45 while chasing....Strange indeed

  • on August 3, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Nice alibi to leave out out of form Harbhajan singh! It wouldnt sounded nice for the crowd, if the say Bhajji is dropped!

  • amitrangta on August 3, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Well...!! blessing in disguise...he was anyway innocuous...

  • Crusader1980 on August 3, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    The best news for India in this whole tour....!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on August 3, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    surely a blessing in disguise :)

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Aah.......Sehwag n Gambhir returning and Bhajji missing the test. finally some good news for India! Jokes apart, i think Bhajji would have been dropped anyway for Misra. However, i feel he'll return for the final test at Oval where bounce might just help him. Onus on Misra now to keep Bhajji out of the team. but i am not too hopeful from him

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Seriously, what has happened to the team! Why is it suddenly so unfit? I gues IPL is to be blamed and very very poor scheduling by the BCCI!

  • UNKOWN.USERNAME on August 3, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Blessing in disguise.....

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    bhajji needs rest ,,,,, I am sure he gonna hit back hard on his critics,,,,

  • Haleos on August 3, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    This just sounds fishy. They dont want to drop him hence the injury. It was about time he was dropped.

  • AjitDJ on August 3, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    I think a lot of people will actually be very happy about this!

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    good way to drop Bhajji and include amit mishra in the team. Good decision!!!

  • kingcobra85 on August 3, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    first good news of the series

  • SudharsanVM on August 3, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Atlast some good thing has happened. Bit of relief. Someone can makes this empty spot count now.

  • Girishiyer on August 3, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    each time he is about to be chucked out of the team, some kind of injury saves him. He was injured and could not bowl any further but scored 45 while chasing....Strange indeed .

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Fortunate for India...... :) and Unfortunate for England.......:D

  • Venki_indian on August 3, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Good for india, Dhoni does not look like taking him off, now it will be better to go with 4 seamers, as yuvi can bowl a bit of spin.

  • anuAddict on August 3, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Finally some good news from the camp- good riddance and a belated one. I wonder if this a diplomatic way of avoiding humiliation (if Bhajji sees it that way)...

  • YeshuBN on August 3, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    This should be the good news of the week for India cricket fans.

  • coolio78 on August 3, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Hahaha.. injured! Our Indian players.. sorry our senior Indian players all have ego problems. Instead of being dropped, they all want to show that they are injured and that's how they maintain their dignity. Everyone could see in the past few matches and especially in the second test that Bhajji was not bowling well at all, so he started faking an injury and so instead of being dropped he is .. well only injured.!

  • johntycodes on August 3, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Why can't they just come out and say he is dropped. Every time he gets dropped from the team they make up that he has an injury. He is nowhere near in india's best team anymore because simply he doesn't bowl spin he bowls medium pace.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 3, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    At last a bit of good news for the Indians.

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Thats great news that Bhajji is not playing, players getting excuse now saying fitness issues. All is good, so Mishra can get a chance or India should go with 4 seamers. English pitches not suit for spinners, with the mindset of English players they will dominate spin in this series. Facing spin is the best way to score runs in this series, as we seen in the previous 2 matches.

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Blessing in the form of a stomach injury. LOL!

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Good news guys...india ill win this match bcz of bhajji...:)

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Good News for India! Jai Hind!

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    blessing in disguise 4 da indian team

  • krishchen on August 3, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Yippee, No Harbhajan, we have a genuine chance to win the test with a better spinner. At best he is a trundler. Harbhajan has been playing just on basis of reputation over the last 4-5 years. He needs to be dropped and has to go throutgh the grind of domestic cricket

  • Sudhakar86 on August 3, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Thank GOD. It is a blessing in disguise. If he stops playing in IPL and 20-20 there is some future left in him. Otherwise there is nothing to see

  • RajitD on August 3, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Think this is a graceful option given to Bhajji to make it seem he's unwell. Fact is, he deserves to be dropped irrespective. He's not even good enough with the bat now...

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    I am really very happy for Team India

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    I'm calling bluff on this one.

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    second good news for indian fans after the arrival of viru in england being the first one,,,!!! i wish he remains injured atleast till the end of tour down under so that amit mishra can get a few chances to prove his worthiness.

  • pudukkudikaryansujith on August 3, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    A relief at Last !!! He should have been shown the door much before. He is taking his place for granted. Mishra has an opportunity to display his temperament and skill. Should have taken aboard Ashwin, who would have been a better proposition.

  • Rangarajan_Rajamani_Chennai on August 3, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    This is definitely a Blessing in disguise

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    well...injury has come at the right time...hope mishra will do some expected magic..

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    what a shame and disservice to such a high profile series, so many fitness issues. It has already cost them the series. Some may argue that England would have beaten india even if india had come all cylinders firing. but the fact that India haven't cannot be denied by anyone. i am waiting to see at least one match where an India in full flow clashes with an England in full flow, regardless of the result...

  • ChrisCole43 on August 3, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Never like seeing players missing Test mateches (or any game actually) through injury but this is more of a blow for England than India because he would have probably played anyway despite recent form.

  • Joby_George on August 3, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    God started helping Team India in the form of Stomach Injury. Good Signs coming up, Harbhajan Injury, Sewagh, Gambhir & Zaheer return. But its not easy, England Deserves to be No.1...Gud Luck Team india

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    I say its blessing in disguise..

  • sherin.jose on August 3, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    I don't think this has anything to do with Team India's progress to becoming number 2 in the world. Bhajji has been a burden for India in both the tests and automatically his selection was in question after the first test itself. This will give the leg spinner Amit Mishra a go on a seaming track, it is up to him to make sure that bhajji doesn't gets his 100th Test any sooner.

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    thats good news for India, given his performance in the first two tests....i dont think its an injury...i feel he has been told to pretend as injured..being injured is better than being dropped..... :D

  • karthik132 on August 3, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    This is called a blessing in disguise!

  • riyazquest on August 3, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Thank God Harbhajan is not playing

  • annys on August 3, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Thats great news for both India and Harbhajan, India can play amit misra who can be helpful in cleaning up the tail of england in edgbaston. For Bhajji its time to go back the drawing board.

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    I always find Indian Cricketers in top fitness when they play IPL or CL and all of a sudden struggle with so many injuries whenever some tough testing series like this one comes. I am not sure whether the cricketers brain or body picks injuries selectively during some select cricket matches.

  • bookie7600 on August 3, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Thank God for that! BTW I guess the team didn't want to drop him and spoil his "name" .

  • Sureshpai on August 3, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Thank God, finally whatsoever reason may be, Harbhajan is out of the Team, good news for India. Good opportunity for Mishra whom Dhoni can try now instead of Harbhajan, who is absolutely not in form. So, with Sehwag and Gambhir back, if Zaheer also is back and then, this would be a complete Indian Team, and they need to be very positive in their body language and capabilities for which they are know for as a World No. 1 Team. Go ahead India, at least try to level the series and not give England a chance to become World No. 1.

  • anuajm on August 3, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Bhajji again saved himself from getting dropped!! wow!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    He would anyway had to sit out I guess after poor performance with the bowl during last few tests.

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    It is mere pretension....dont fool others. the management has been wise to say he is unfit and not being dropped. If players like Zak,gauti, viru can b match fit in 9days, y can't he be????!!!!

  • othello22 on August 3, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Instead of cursing their bad luck with all these injuries and using them as excuses for getting smashed, why don't India get off their proverbial behinds and do some fitness training once in a while??? Just a thought.

  • snheteshparihar on August 3, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    if that is how he had to be out of final XI, so be it. Time for him to take some break. Even the viewers/indian fans deserve one. Edgbaston pitch will surely help the medium pacers and spinners as well. it will pose an opportunity to mishra, if inculded in playing XI, to secure his place in for the 4th test as well as the upcoming one-dayers. Also time for Dhoni to implement some basic knowledge of the game and stop relying too much on his sense of speculation and illogical hunches. They may have worked for him and may click in future as well but will not always.

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    GOOD FOR HARBHAJAN SINGH AND EVEN TEAM INDIA AS HARBHAJAN SINGH WAS NOT AT IS BEST FORM AND HARBHAJA SINGH WILL GET REST AND WILL COME MORE STRONGER THAN BEFORE...............SO LETS HOPE FOR THE BEST

  • kamal.kumar on August 3, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Atlast, he is out. But what an excuse, "Stomach Injury". Liars.

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I really think this is a blessing in disguise for the Indian Team. Harbajan is a Champion .. no doubt ... but he needs a break to get back his rhythm .... Mishra is in better form and should find aplace automatically .. this is indias last hope with sehwag in .... !!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    It's actually a blessing in disguise for both the Indian team & for Bhajji. Atleast now, they will try out Amit Mishra for a change. Its not necessary that he will make an impact but i am sure Mishra will be much more effective than Bhajji, who I believe is really low on confidence & needs to sort out his bowling. Bhajji is a fighter & a huge talent after all he's got 400 wickets, but its high time he rediscover his form by playing out in the domestic circuit. I am sure this break will do him & our team a world of good!!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    This is the lucky break india needs to get back on track, Bhaji has leaked runs and struggled for wickets, mishra is in much better form

  • Vnod_Pllai on August 3, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    It could be a blessing in disguise for India....also good for Dhoni as otherwise he would have to take a tough decision to leave out Harbhajan for Edgbaston...

  • JohnnyRook on August 3, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Good riddance..I just wish that he is actually not injured but dropped. It not about this test or the last one for that matter. His bowling has been terrible for a fairly long time now. In last 2 years, he has played 21 matches with a bowling average of more than 40. Is this good enough for persisting with him as the lone spinner in Indian cricket team. His batting is a bonus sure, but he will have to average atleast 50 with the bat to make up for this bad bowling. We need an attacking spinner who will try to take wickets, not a defensive guy obssessed with dot balls.

  • SPC1 on August 3, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    It is good for him in disguise. He has had a very poor series so far and two more such tests could have led to his exit from the team for the time being. He is a great bowler and obviously would have made a comeback. The same thing happened in 2003-04 series Downunder where he struggled initially and got out of team because of injury. Ashwin is bowling too well and doesn't deserve to be kept out for too long even in test matches.

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    I will have to accept that, I am pleased with this news :)

  • udit9 on August 3, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    yes thank god now this is the only way he was going to be dropped , now india can play amit mishra or 4 pacers

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Just a cover up story to drop him from the XI. Anyway he badly needs a break from cricket.

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    this is stupid excuse... they want to remove him from the team so they are making a story and getting a replacement.. anyway atleast he wont be there in the next test and thats good news for India...

  • Thegreatgame on August 3, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Bhajji get well soon...you are an integral part of the Indian team..

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Good sign for Team India! Mishra can do a much better job than Harbhajan.

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Looks like the "convenient" injury again...the one where you can "rest" out of form players without actually doing the insult of dropping the player...very good...

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    missing or dropped. . . i dnt care. . .long overdue. whats the use of ogling at young spinners in the IPL if you cant play them if you cant have them replace a guy that is rapidly losing touch over the last two years.

  • sankar8000 on August 3, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    This was expected! Indian team wants Amit Mishra to be included and Harbhajan is given an exit citing as injury!

  • busbybabe on August 3, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    This seems to be a face saving exercise - rather than saying he is dropped, they thought it better to say he is injured and will not play the next match .... time they put him in his place ...he has not been carrying his weight around in the team for a while now! Give Mishra a chance now!

  • akaps786 on August 3, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Finally hurrah !! get ashwin send him a txt get dhoni to pay for the flight tickets. Txt jaffer too while he his in england send a cab down the curry rd and pick him up.Drop mukund , drop raina get jaffer in at 6 sehwag and gambhir to open. What i dont understand richest board in the world cant groom 12 quick pace bowlers. i mean find some 1 from a village who can bowl fast , put him on a payroll , get him a work visa for uk, south africa or england get him to live ther accomodation fully paid for. Get him to play for county and big bash and when india calls he leaves everything and represents the country. Drop srikanth as the selector , get kumble , ganguly , srinath and vengsarkar to be selector get bcci politician to retire and offer dravid to retire from intl cricket and he can run bcci. voila problem fixed just like tht.peace

  • bluebillion on August 3, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Hurray!!! No Bhajji ... viru and gauti back ... zak too ... bring it on!

  • madhuscric on August 3, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Well.. We could see this coming, but not in the form of an injury. Bhajji is fortunate to develop an injury to miss the 3rd test. I'm sure Bhajji also would hv definitely foreseen him being dropped for fourth test.

    So, will India go in withn 4 faster bowlers.. Zaheer,PK, Ishant, Sreesanth.

    Raina will be shown the door and Yuvi can play the role of No. 6 + spinner.

    Bhajji should go back to basics of 1. Giving the ball more drift in the air 2. Bowling slower ( even if he goes for runs) through the air 3. Concentrate on off /outside off line. 4. GET SOME TURN !! ( Pieterson was turning more than Bhajji!!).

    I'm sure this is the effect of limited overs cricket. But Bhajji being so experienced should be able to switch quickly from one format to another.

    I hope this low phase will help him go back and play domestic cricket and bring him when ready to become the usual Bhajji we all saw few years back!

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    This is the bad time for indian team as one after another getting injured. The series will be lost if further injuries occurs to any one more player. Hoping to see Veru, Gambhir, Zaheer and Amit Mishra to reestablish the indian team to its real winning track, good luck to all and wish u all good health.

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

    LOL FIRST TO COMMMENT.!!!!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Thank goodness. He was not in good form anyway. Now he can re-invent and rejuvenate himself, come back stronger. Can we please have R Ashwin for this Test then??

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    In a way this injury will avoid further embarrasment to Harbhajan, as he is going through a lean patch anyways. Perhaps, blessing in disguise for India?

  • CricketMaan on August 3, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    I know Amit Mishra will be hopping and will even have a practice match to hone his skills, but they really need to bring in Pragyan Ohja or Ashwin now to give them the feeling of playing in England. I cant see Bhajji adding much value on a dead Oval pitch, rather play Mishra or Ohja or Ashwin..Atleast there will be postives of this tour when one of these 3 gain much needed experience when they come back in 2014

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    he's been toothless this series. How much is down to this injury is anyones guess. I dare India to play 4 seemers.

  • Positive_Critic on August 3, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    If Zak is fit, can we not even contemplate playing 4 quickies, I have my doubts of Mishra performing the role of a container.. in any case wrist spinners find it difficult to play that role... With Sree doing OK and also keeping his cool, we actually can go for an all out pace attack..And Bhajji missing the 3rd test can be a blessing in disguise... He ain't a bowler on unfriendly pitches (mind he can spit venom if the pitch has spin n bounce, but lacks the ability to perform in unfriendly conditions)

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Thank God.........!!!!!!!!

  • D.Sharma on August 3, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    A blessing in disguise!!!

  • leettank on August 3, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Good riddance. He's been useless this tour. This gives India 4 seamers option. All of the seamers have chipped in at certain point in the series. Plus Sehwag and Gambhir return, it should be interesting to see how India approach the 3rd test. Looking forward to it.

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    What a pity. Struggling India has one more casualty

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    hope to see him in better form when he does a come back!

  • Andy.rockz on August 3, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Wow..great news indians will be much happy about the change even if they lose its good to have assure a place a place who derserves

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Its a pity. Struggling India has one more casualty

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Very Good News........... :)

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Things are looking better for India then. Gambhir & Sehwag back, Khan back maybe? And they'll bring in a spinner with a bit more form hopefully. This next test will really be a 50/50 proposition. Mouthwatering, Indian backs to the wall and England rampant. Here is hoping for some agressive well matched test cricket. Nothing is better in the sport.

  • ROBOTZZZ on August 3, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Finally it happened.. what was expected!!! but announced in a different way.. :-)

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Fantastic............... India are in track at least to draw the third test. A horrible bowler ......................... Clearly Mr.Singh is not the best spinner in the country at the moment. For me , he will sit behind the likes of Amit Mishra,Prajyan Ojha, Ashwin and even Iqbal Abdulla.

  • Pragsl on August 3, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    as expected, if harbhajan had to go out of the 11 was for injury. Indian management cannot take harsh measures on any individual by dropping him due to poor performance..... well done .... atleast on a positive side we might have all 11 contributors/ team members......

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Great ...is it only for the third test match? Whatever, injury is a better reason to sit out than not getting selected for the match!

  • bhaloniaz on August 3, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Bad news for England? Misra in?

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Could be true or an honorable way of easing him out for a test match... hope its for the better and Amit Mishra makes a difference.

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Is this how say " has been dropped due to poor form" for high profile players like Bhajji...

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Thats good news !! he can regain form in some matches..time to test our reserve spinners! hope they ill took atleast 2 wickets per test :)

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    It might be good for india, as he had no impact on the previous two games

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    As an Indian fan I feel more relieved hearing this than when i heard about Tremlett's injured...hope he will be out of action for 10-12 months!!!!!This should worry the English batsmen....Indians are picking up:)

  • Alexk400 on August 3, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    That was hilariously funny. he was about to be dropped. Someone saving his face.

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Nobody wants Harbhajan in the team now . he took only 2 wickets in two matches . Mishra is expected to do his best

  • sgthacker on August 3, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Great news for India. Mishra will rock

  • kaushalnb on August 3, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    I think he better take rest...he's anyways not in good form. It would be a good time for him 2 rejuvenate

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  • kaushalnb on August 3, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    I think he better take rest...he's anyways not in good form. It would be a good time for him 2 rejuvenate

  • sgthacker on August 3, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Great news for India. Mishra will rock

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Nobody wants Harbhajan in the team now . he took only 2 wickets in two matches . Mishra is expected to do his best

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alexk400 on August 3, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    That was hilariously funny. he was about to be dropped. Someone saving his face.

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    As an Indian fan I feel more relieved hearing this than when i heard about Tremlett's injured...hope he will be out of action for 10-12 months!!!!!This should worry the English batsmen....Indians are picking up:)

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    It might be good for india, as he had no impact on the previous two games

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Thats good news !! he can regain form in some matches..time to test our reserve spinners! hope they ill took atleast 2 wickets per test :)

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Is this how say " has been dropped due to poor form" for high profile players like Bhajji...

  • on August 3, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Could be true or an honorable way of easing him out for a test match... hope its for the better and Amit Mishra makes a difference.