Northants v Indians, Northampton, 1st day August 5, 2011

Sehwag, Zaheer play in practice game

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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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  • groundreality on August 6, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Why the score is not updated???

  • on August 6, 2011, 17:00 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

  • on August 6, 2011, 16:25 GMT

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

  • TRAM on August 5, 2011, 23:36 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.

  • TRAM on August 5, 2011, 19:46 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.

  • on August 5, 2011, 19:32 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!

  • LokuMahaththaya on August 5, 2011, 19:29 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.

  • Ravikumar3220 on August 5, 2011, 19:28 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.

  • on August 5, 2011, 19:11 GMT

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

  • on August 5, 2011, 19:07 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??

  • groundreality on August 6, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Why the score is not updated???

  • on August 6, 2011, 17:00 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

  • on August 6, 2011, 16:25 GMT

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

  • TRAM on August 5, 2011, 23:36 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.

  • TRAM on August 5, 2011, 19:46 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.

  • on August 5, 2011, 19:32 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!

  • LokuMahaththaya on August 5, 2011, 19:29 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.

  • Ravikumar3220 on August 5, 2011, 19:28 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.

  • on August 5, 2011, 19:11 GMT

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

  • on August 5, 2011, 19:07 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??

  • intcamd on August 5, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    At least Dhoni improved on his showing from the second test in this game

  • on August 5, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    MS Dhoni is a great crickter I ever seen. Zaheer is my favourite bowler. And Sachin is..........(I don't find an appropriate adjective for him)....

  • kancnaic on August 5, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Dhoni.. Come to the form quickly.Dinesh Kartik may replace you and hit double and triple centuries to win matches for India

  • on August 5, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    i cant understand why pragya ojha has given preference over ASHWIN whose bowling was the key in India's World cup win.

  • khurramsch on August 5, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    well apart from mukhund there is no imrovement for any one. laxman did what he has done in all 4 inings, same is the case with others like raina, & dhoni.

  • Flat_Track_bullies on August 5, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    HOW ABOUT PLAY MUKUND AND SEHWAG, KEEP OUT RAINA? SEHWAG TO COME 4 DOWN...SAVE HIM FROM NEW BALL??

  • KjM4trix on August 5, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Lower order batsmen scoring runs in this match is a good sign for India.

  • kancnaic on August 5, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    I take pity on India.Because Mukund had scored a century.This will make a way for him to be in playing XI in the next match.

  • NairUSA on August 5, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Amit Mishra just made a case for himself. Bats well down the order or for that matter, better than others. In bowling, I am sure he will be better than Harbhajan in his current form. He should be in the next test.

  • on August 5, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Mukund has played really well and should replace Raina.So,Sehwag and Gambhir to open and Mukund in the middle order in place of Raina.We can then confidently say that "every batsmen in our team would have earned their places".That includes Dhoni.We are being too harsh on him right now.With all the skills Sanga and Prior have,they have not yet won their team the World Cup.So let Dhoni be.

  • on August 5, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Congratulations on passing 300, great achievement. :))

  • on August 5, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Hmmm ! Sehwag needs to stand tall ! Its really needy Situation for Us ! hope Everything turns out wel ! India will level the Series !

  • runrateblogger on August 5, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    If captain fails, but team wins then no question against captain. If captain plays good, but team loose then again no questions. But, captain and team both fails, then big question against captain.

    Big truth in cricket for many years ................

  • on August 5, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    @ Bobin Varghese ya.. ur rite... skipper shud bat up the order.....higher up the order dhoni has scored bulk of his odi runs... hopefully same implies even in the tests.... dont want him to waste himself.... mayb not abv laxman.. but surely abv yuvi n raina....

  • runrateblogger on August 5, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    My Team 1 Sehwag 2 Gambhir 3 Dravid 4 Sachin 5Laxman 6 Mishra 7 Praveen 8 Dhoni 9 Raina 10 Zaheer 11 Munaf (bat reserver Abhivan , Bowler reserve Ishant)

  • yoogi on August 5, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    God bless India, finally 300 on scorecard!

  • Deepfreezed on August 5, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    looks like the WC winning Dhoni cannot last 2 overs against a club side.

  • on August 5, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Dhoni should sit down for next match. .he continuing his bad form against the small team too. .just 2 days match he cant stand atleast for 30 balls. .worst test player. . I am not blaming him but he is not suitable for test matches. .we need a keeper and a batsman like dinesh karthik in place of dhoni. . .so give rest to dhoni. .atleast he get time to play in t20 and odi series. .well. .

  • on August 5, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    @ Venu : The only reason for dhoni to be in the team is because the team has done well in is captaincy. Once the team starts to lose matches he will no longer be a part of the Indian team in any form of cricket.

  • on August 5, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Dhoni must be dropped saha should keep wicket and gambhir will lead

  • rahulcricket007 on August 5, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    this practice match does not improve indian batting. the problems remains same .DHONI again out in single figures , VVS get out after making good start , raina again shows that he is not a test player and lost his wicket while playinng agressively gambhir again gets out early . mukund makes century but it will not gives him a place in playing 11 since he was a big flop in the main matches . sehwag after coming from an injury does not make impact . i hope he will perform good in the main matches .

  • Prakmca on August 5, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Mukund has to play in the same he played today... One should not have different approaches for List A match and international match. When it comes to international, Mukund is struggling... thats why many batsmen fails at international level, inspite having good domestic record.

  • on August 5, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Dhoni is really unfit in the final XI of the test match.. he should be dropped from the team.. he hasn't scored any runs from the past 5 test matches... Including the practice matches the count goes to 7... Does he really deserves the place in the team???

  • 2461 on August 5, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    sehwags upcoming would add to team wooes,no feet movement

  • on August 5, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    of course, you must have doubts,because you wanted to sewag bat long for India

  • on August 5, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    now this is intresting whi is msd not captain is this start of something?? well gauti is not a bad captian he is good one but dont ms going anywhere for what he has done is last 3 years

  • on August 5, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Why have you stopped updating the score at 50 overs.

  • jrben on August 5, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Mukund should retire after getting his 100 and let Dhoni get in. Dhoni's batting is in dire straits at the moment and he needs to get as much practice as possible in match conditions.

  • Kris77R on August 5, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    My Team : 1 Shewag 2 Gambheer 3 Dravid 4 Sachin 5 Abinav/Raina 6 Laxman 7 Dhoni 8 Zaheer 9 Sreesanth/ishanth 10 Praveen 11 Ohja/Mishra

  • kingcobra85 on August 5, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    The point is Abhinav has scored a century it doesnt matter and others had the same conditions and opposition as the kid had... Giv the kid a break he is just 21 we need players like him when sehwags and sachins retire

  • on August 5, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    I think Dhoni and laxman should swap positions. Dhoni is just a waste down the order. Laxman is good down the order, especially playing with tailenders

  • Sam_Patel_US on August 5, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    India wins when their openers perform...so its better for India that their openers start performing soon...But england knows that...so they won't like Indian openers to get back in form...so its better to keep them under pressure by not letting them score even in the practice match...England knows...sehwag and gambhir in form....Most matches are over by the end of second session on day1.

  • Bang_La on August 5, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    hehehehe 8 runs for 25 balls? some player!

  • on August 5, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    @ChuckyDoll

    Well after years of International cricket, Seniors couldnt take us to victory, why blame Abhinav Mukund?

  • Monkey_D_Luffy on August 5, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Why is Dhoni not coming to bat? He is the most in need of batting practice than Mukund or Raina :-|

  • on August 5, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Dhoni as wicket keeper only, i think he doesn't want to take extra pressure as captaining side in practice match too. He will try to come out as a normal batsman and see the form of his batting and try to get into his way of batting style and Mukund is he only for practice matches, where was this guy when he got a superb chance of representing Indian side at Lord's in 2000th test and 100th face off between India and England. I am seeing him just as Munaf, the way he bowled first when England came to India in a practice match and later failing in the series. I particularly want to see how Dhoni and Zaheer play this match and Mishra, as he is considered as the lead spinner now. Will these 3 make the chance worth or just play a practice game for time purpose.

  • Supremoz on August 5, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    I dont understand the reason why Tendulkar isn't playing in this game. Dravid not playing the game is quite justified but there is no reason Tendulkar should not play this match. He hasn't scored many runs in the 4 innings......

  • on August 5, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    The Indian Top Order needs to pick a feather out of Zimbabwe's cap....Pure intent is what Zimbabwe showed...Can anyone believe that they are back to test cricket after 6 years, specially given the way they played...More runs in an innings than India made last 10 test innings! BCCI I hope you see some of these comments..Honest opinion!

  • Tatsache on August 5, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    So we can say now abinav is suit for only practice matches :) ..and sehwag is only real matches :)

  • jash389 on August 5, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    woww... Why is Gauti the captain ???

  • shilsen on August 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    I see Mukund has already scored twice as much as Sehwag and Gambhir combined (or 8 times as much as Sehwag!). I wonder if that'll be enough to keep him in the side for the 3rd test. Or if he scores a century?

  • symsun on August 5, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Dhoni, not as captain but as only wk. Gud after looking at the series, he learned a lesson that he needs to do his basics. Its high time for other players too to understand their responsibilities.

  • ChuckyDoll on August 5, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Now Abhinav plays..... in the 2nd test when needed 3 runs for some 60 odd balls !! Uh... Huge... huge chasm between tour game and test cricket.

  • on August 5, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    they will still lose against England

  • on August 5, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Sehwag adjuged LBW. Is that code for yet another dodgy LBW decision. Starting from the first warm up game when cricketting logic would have required an enforcement of the followon, it appears that all of English cricket is geared to trip up the Indians.

    Easy give Sehwag LBW - no glare of cameras, stop him settling in.

  • meastrostroke on August 5, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    why dhoni is marked as only wicket keeper??

  • sankar8000 on August 5, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Can anyone confirm that LBW decisions of openers are correct?? Particularly Sehwag's decision!? I have my own doubts!

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  • sankar8000 on August 5, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Can anyone confirm that LBW decisions of openers are correct?? Particularly Sehwag's decision!? I have my own doubts!

  • meastrostroke on August 5, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    why dhoni is marked as only wicket keeper??

  • on August 5, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Sehwag adjuged LBW. Is that code for yet another dodgy LBW decision. Starting from the first warm up game when cricketting logic would have required an enforcement of the followon, it appears that all of English cricket is geared to trip up the Indians.

    Easy give Sehwag LBW - no glare of cameras, stop him settling in.

  • on August 5, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    they will still lose against England

  • ChuckyDoll on August 5, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Now Abhinav plays..... in the 2nd test when needed 3 runs for some 60 odd balls !! Uh... Huge... huge chasm between tour game and test cricket.

  • symsun on August 5, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Dhoni, not as captain but as only wk. Gud after looking at the series, he learned a lesson that he needs to do his basics. Its high time for other players too to understand their responsibilities.

  • shilsen on August 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    I see Mukund has already scored twice as much as Sehwag and Gambhir combined (or 8 times as much as Sehwag!). I wonder if that'll be enough to keep him in the side for the 3rd test. Or if he scores a century?

  • jash389 on August 5, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    woww... Why is Gauti the captain ???

  • Tatsache on August 5, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    So we can say now abinav is suit for only practice matches :) ..and sehwag is only real matches :)

  • on August 5, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    The Indian Top Order needs to pick a feather out of Zimbabwe's cap....Pure intent is what Zimbabwe showed...Can anyone believe that they are back to test cricket after 6 years, specially given the way they played...More runs in an innings than India made last 10 test innings! BCCI I hope you see some of these comments..Honest opinion!