Northants v Indians, Northampton, 1st day

Sehwag, Zaheer play in practice game

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 5, 2011

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Toss Indians elected to bat against Northamptonshire
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The Indians chose to test all their options before the Edgbaston Test, with Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan taking part in their two-day practice match against Northamptonshire. The format of the match was finalised just before the game; there will be a minimum of 90 overs on each day, and the team batting first, the Indians, will have a maximum of 100 overs to bat.

Of the touring party, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Praveen Kumar will not play in the practice match. Gautam Gambhir was marked as captain in the team sheet and MS Dhoni as wicketkeeper. Wriddhiman Saha is also in the 12-man team for what is an open-ended match. Amit Mishra also plays and will need to cement the spinner's slot before Pragyan Ojha arrives in time for the Edgbaston Test.

The Indians won the toss and lost both openers before lunch. Sehwag batted for just 30 minutes in the Indian innings, before he was adjudged lbw to fast bowler David Burton, who has not represented Northants in a first-class match since September 2010.

The two-day match is almost a sell-out, with the 5000-capacity ground close to full on the first day. Saturday, when Northants will bat, is a sell-out.

Indians: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Virender Sehwag, Abhinav Mukund, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni (wk), Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma.

Northamptonshire: Mal Loye, Niall O'Brien, Rob White, Rob Newton, David Sales (capt), David Willey, David Murphy (wk), Paul Best, Dave Burton, Lee Daggett, Luke Evans.

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Posted by groundreality on (August 6, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

Why the score is not updated???

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

@tram - good joke gauti has not done well in swinging conditions have u forget nz 2009 and sa 2010 cwb seires 2009 and real players stand up in big games not in warm up games see raina 100 in warm uo game after that ??????????????? and i dont why u r cricising his injury it was blow that he recieved while feliding not a pre carried injury and i think mukund or kholi should bat at no 6

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

@tram gautam gambhir newzeland and south afirca 2009 and 2010 ??? and other nations too he is 2nd wall of team

Posted by TRAM on (August 6, 2011, 0:36 GMT)

Mukund is another one of few players who is able to negotiate short balls. IMO, he is the left handed Dravid of the Indian team. Further he belongs to the rare club of back foot player (similar to Sandeep Patil, Azar & VVS). Dont give bad remarks about a talented youngster. No openr in India (barring Sehwag & DKarthik) have succeeded in foreign pitches in swinging conditions. It is the non-cricket-brains who compare the scores of opener and middle order batsman like to like. A openers score of 25 is equivalent to 50 or 75 of middle order batsman in swinging conditions. When proven short-pitch-weak player Kholi is called with pure selection bias, Mukund should be a permanent player in the XI. In fact Gambhir has not yet proven in swinging conditions. Mukund has. Gambhir is weak against short-pitched. Mukund is not. Gambhir is front foot player. Mukund is backfoot player.

Posted by TRAM on (August 5, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

Mukund is another one of few players who is able to negotiate short balls. IMO, he is the left handed Dravid of the Indian team. Further he belongs to the rare club of back foot player (similar to Sandeep Patil, Azar & VVS). Dont give bad remarks about a talented youngster. No openr in India (barring Sehwag & DKarthik) have succeeded in foreign pitches in swinging conditions. It is the non-cricket-brains who compare the scores of opener and middle order batsman like to like. A openers score of 25 is equivalent to 50 or 75 of middle order batsman in swinging conditions. When proven short-pitch-weak player Kholi is called with pure selection bias, Mukund should be a permanent player in the XI. In fact Gambhir has not yet proven in swinging conditions. Mukund has. Gambhir is weak against short-pitched. Mukund is not. Gambhir is front foot player. Mukund is backfoot player.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

wow almost the whole team is playing against a club side! usually its just a bench vs bench! this very much tells how badly india needs to put things together!

Posted by LokuMahaththaya on (August 5, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

Hello my dear Indians, you can't escape from the 3rd defeat. Try your best. but see Dhoni is lacking required technique, now he is used to play IPL and ODIs, he has forgotten Test cricket, not only Dhoni everybody including BCCI has forgotten Test cricket. It is a shame. Now IPL has become like club matches, where you find cheap cricket.

English team is doing really really well. they deserve 4-0 win against India.

Posted by Ravikumar3220 on (August 5, 2011, 20:28 GMT)

My team will be: 1.Shewag, 2.Gambhir, 3.Mukund, 4.Dravid, 5.Sachin, 6.Laxman, 7.Dhoni, 8.Praveen, 9.Ishant, 10.Sreesanth,11.Zaheer

The opening is clearly the problem - If either one fails at opening, we have Mukund to get that going.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2011, 20:11 GMT)

My Team Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, VVS, Abhinav, Dhoni, Mishra, PK, Ishant, Zak

Posted by   on (August 5, 2011, 20:07 GMT)

dhoni doesnt have skills, he has just been lucky in the past. Just a blindhitter with no cricketing shots in his book. Is he really worth occupying a sweet spot in Indian test team??

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