India in England 2011 August 7, 2011

Zaheer ruled out of series

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Zaheer Khan, the India fast bowler, has been ruled out of the remainder of the series against England. He will return to India and will be replaced by left-arm seamer RP Singh. Zaheer picked up a hamstring injury during the first Test at Lord's, but the BCCI has now said he not only has a recurring hamstring problem but also a right ankle impingement that will require surgery, followed by a 14-16 week period of rehabilitation. He had been withdrawn from the squad for India's recent Test series in the West Indies due to a right ankle injury.

Zaheer's problems in this series began on the very first day of the series, when he pulled up midway through his 14th over in the first innings at Lord's. The team management indicated Zaheer could be ready to bowl in the second innings, but he was unable to do so and was ruled out of the second Test at Trent Bridge. There were expectations he would return for the Edgbaston Test but he only got through three overs in the Indians' warm-up match in Northampton, and has now been pulled out of the squad.

Since the first Test, Zaheer had been through light training sessions, and there had been indications from the India camp that he would take part at some stage in the series, which only grew stronger when he was named in the side for the tour game against Northamptonshire. However, he left the field after bowling just three overs.

India had also named Zaheer in the squad for the limited-over matches in England, but he will miss those as well, with RP Singh taking his place. RP Singh has not played for India since 2009, with his last Test coming during India's home series against South Africa in 2008. He was part of India's squad when they last toured England for a full series in 2007. India won the three-Test series 1-0, and RP Singh was the third-highest wicket-taker with 12 wickets at an average of 28.91, behind Anil Kumble and Zaheer.

He followed up the tour of England with 13 wickets on India's tour of Australia in 2007-08, but then went wicketless in India's two home Tests against South Africa. His form in ODIs also took a dip; he took three wickets in ten bowling innings from August 2008 to when he was dropped in September 2009, and went for more than six runs an over in eight of those innings. His recent figures in domestic cricket don't make great reading either. In the last two Ranji Trophy seasons he has averaged 31.55, and has been behind several other seamers in the wicket-taking charts. One format in which he has excelled though has been the Twenty20 format; he is the leading wicket-taker in IPLs.

India have now lost three players from their original squad; Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh were withdrawn after sustaining a stomach and finger injury respectively during the Trent Bridge Test. Zaheer's injury though has been the biggest setback for the visitors. Even as he was hobbling off at Lord's, predictions for the series started to swing dramatically in England's favour. His absence from the next two Tests leaves India with an inexperienced bowling attack, with the 22-year-old Ishant Sharma the most-capped of all the bowlers left in the Test squad.

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  • on August 10, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    right now it looks tough.

    we can hope with confidence that with sachin firing all his cyllinders and so abt sehwag and consistant lakshman and dravid can manage their way, India will be a different team. But will this happen?

    But england right now is bowling so tight that passing away the time at crease itself has become like a self prison and any attempts to wriggle out is happening by a restless shot ending up as catch/lbw.

    And our bowling definetly calls for our traditional strength. how about ozha and mishra both play along side 3 pacers ishant, srisanth and munaf/RP, the other 6 can be sehwag, gambhir, sachin, dravid, dhoni and vvs expecting atleast 5 click.

    kohli/raina to be considered needs us to doubt on the form of our captain dhoni whic indeed is a concern.and so we end up going with 4 bowlers and 7 batters including dhoni.This results in our resources falling short in bowling against strong english batting. and 4 cannot catch all 20 wkts of england.

  • Sanath-aiyya on August 9, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    ******the title of this article should be:********** Zaheer Khan - indian slow left arm bowler injuired.

  • Wiper_Warriors on August 9, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    India selectors should concern Sir Ajit Agarkar ahead of R.P.Singh....Aggy will swing ball both the way and provide useful batting like broad and bresnan...plus he is far more experiance player too..evn more dan Zaheer.. lol

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 9, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    @Stuart Brooking, @Valavan, talking about key players? What if Broad and Peiterson (key players) had not played in first test? You are typical ENG supporter who wants winning at any cost. I said ENG is playing better. India is also performing badly currently but it can get be normal soon. We just believe in our team. If you really want to feel ENG as King then come out of ENG and win matches. Seriously you are over excited. 7-8 players of ENG team is on and above 30s and how do you think ENG team is young? ENG players can retire anytime after 30s. Well how is it going to affect ENG when Gavaskar, Sastri are expressing their concerns of their own team's injuries? On the other hand ENG coach and players are intruding into India's issues and insulting Indian players in media and on the field. Was that not Mind-game? Ian Botham and Michael Vaughan are behaving as if they are appointed only for mind games. Is this professionalism?

  • zico123 on August 9, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    it is high time Zaheer quit all forms of T20 including likes of IPL and CL, if he has to prolong his international career, he should concentrate only on Test and ODIs, anyway as a aging fast bowler he would find increasily difficult to cope with T20s, no doubt he is a much better Test bowler than T20 bowler, it will be a big big mistake if Zaheer decides to quit test cricket some day to prolong his ODI and T20 career.

  • Raj12345 on August 9, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    RP Singh is totally flop. Better we should have gone with swinging bowler like Balaji. I am sure Balaji is out of context. He should be given chance when pitch is assisting swing.

  • on August 9, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    RP is the only indian bowler who could replace zak. am confident he will make it. and i think his style, runup, rhythm he bowls is great. i love him. he will grab this chance for sure.

  • vpk23 on August 9, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    If not for anything RP Singh seems to be the just candidate as an add on to this diplated attack of ours due to his uncanny knack of generating some sort luck of all things if not either for swing or seam at the right time each and every time i have observed him bowl at least during his medium best spells (and that too clean bowled victims).... As of now even a 2 piece bit of luck is seriously required by this Indian bowling attack to taste victory. RP should be included in the 3rd test for this added edge. He would be a better bet than Sehwag in terms of luck or X - Factor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Arun-India on August 9, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Broad, Bresnan & Swann would not only make difference with the ball but also heavily with the BAT. Its sad to see Indians in such a miserable situation!!!

  • on August 9, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    India will go back to its winnings ways soon again and England will go back to its losing ways.. as always ;) Just chill and watch. Its just 2 matches. Indians are just relaxing after the world cup win. :)

  • on August 10, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    right now it looks tough.

    we can hope with confidence that with sachin firing all his cyllinders and so abt sehwag and consistant lakshman and dravid can manage their way, India will be a different team. But will this happen?

    But england right now is bowling so tight that passing away the time at crease itself has become like a self prison and any attempts to wriggle out is happening by a restless shot ending up as catch/lbw.

    And our bowling definetly calls for our traditional strength. how about ozha and mishra both play along side 3 pacers ishant, srisanth and munaf/RP, the other 6 can be sehwag, gambhir, sachin, dravid, dhoni and vvs expecting atleast 5 click.

    kohli/raina to be considered needs us to doubt on the form of our captain dhoni whic indeed is a concern.and so we end up going with 4 bowlers and 7 batters including dhoni.This results in our resources falling short in bowling against strong english batting. and 4 cannot catch all 20 wkts of england.

  • Sanath-aiyya on August 9, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    ******the title of this article should be:********** Zaheer Khan - indian slow left arm bowler injuired.

  • Wiper_Warriors on August 9, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    India selectors should concern Sir Ajit Agarkar ahead of R.P.Singh....Aggy will swing ball both the way and provide useful batting like broad and bresnan...plus he is far more experiance player too..evn more dan Zaheer.. lol

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 9, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    @Stuart Brooking, @Valavan, talking about key players? What if Broad and Peiterson (key players) had not played in first test? You are typical ENG supporter who wants winning at any cost. I said ENG is playing better. India is also performing badly currently but it can get be normal soon. We just believe in our team. If you really want to feel ENG as King then come out of ENG and win matches. Seriously you are over excited. 7-8 players of ENG team is on and above 30s and how do you think ENG team is young? ENG players can retire anytime after 30s. Well how is it going to affect ENG when Gavaskar, Sastri are expressing their concerns of their own team's injuries? On the other hand ENG coach and players are intruding into India's issues and insulting Indian players in media and on the field. Was that not Mind-game? Ian Botham and Michael Vaughan are behaving as if they are appointed only for mind games. Is this professionalism?

  • zico123 on August 9, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    it is high time Zaheer quit all forms of T20 including likes of IPL and CL, if he has to prolong his international career, he should concentrate only on Test and ODIs, anyway as a aging fast bowler he would find increasily difficult to cope with T20s, no doubt he is a much better Test bowler than T20 bowler, it will be a big big mistake if Zaheer decides to quit test cricket some day to prolong his ODI and T20 career.

  • Raj12345 on August 9, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    RP Singh is totally flop. Better we should have gone with swinging bowler like Balaji. I am sure Balaji is out of context. He should be given chance when pitch is assisting swing.

  • on August 9, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    RP is the only indian bowler who could replace zak. am confident he will make it. and i think his style, runup, rhythm he bowls is great. i love him. he will grab this chance for sure.

  • vpk23 on August 9, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    If not for anything RP Singh seems to be the just candidate as an add on to this diplated attack of ours due to his uncanny knack of generating some sort luck of all things if not either for swing or seam at the right time each and every time i have observed him bowl at least during his medium best spells (and that too clean bowled victims).... As of now even a 2 piece bit of luck is seriously required by this Indian bowling attack to taste victory. RP should be included in the 3rd test for this added edge. He would be a better bet than Sehwag in terms of luck or X - Factor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Arun-India on August 9, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Broad, Bresnan & Swann would not only make difference with the ball but also heavily with the BAT. Its sad to see Indians in such a miserable situation!!!

  • on August 9, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    India will go back to its winnings ways soon again and England will go back to its losing ways.. as always ;) Just chill and watch. Its just 2 matches. Indians are just relaxing after the world cup win. :)

  • varunvinod06 on August 9, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    india will seriosly fight back and win the next 2 matches. the lets see the expression on strauss and broads face. its gonna be hilarious. zak injur will affect india but rp singh is an good replacement

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

    @Stuart Brooking..u mean England if becomes no.1 will be a very deserving one??when was the last time Eng won in India? Eng lost in WI in 2009,lost in SL last time,lost in pak last time,this present english teams only away series victory is in aus and nz,lost their last home series against SA and india...india is no.1 at present coz they were undefeated since 2008,if eng win the series by 2test margin they will be no.1 but to say that india is not deserving no.1 that too when Eng is playing at home is very farce judgement coz the same logic can be done against Eng too...even for us Eng is not a top team coz they mostly plays at home but becomes a pussycat when tours subcontinent,unless ur England cant win in subcontinent and in SA this english team wont be a deserving no.1 team as well,and yes ashes is not the criterion to judge the top teams coz cricket is bigger than ashes..

  • Hindh on August 9, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    England's dream of NO 1 ranking will fall like house of cards once they tour the sub- continent so dont jump the wagon so soon eng....

  • worldchampionsx3 on August 9, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    India's bowling has always been a concern, relying on one person to provide the magic. That's not a good sign for a number one team. They have to groom world class bowlers to support their strong batting line up. Hopefully after this series, the BCCI will pay extra attention to young talents and their selection process.

  • Chris_P on August 9, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    @Stuart Brooking. You are making too much good sense for this to sink in. Depth, as you have explained, and I mean QUALITY depth is the ingredient to success. Your team has it, AND is relatively young. India have not, and ALL of their quailty players are well and truly on the wrong side of 30. The downward spiral for them has started, and target freefall status when their legends retire. Good points, keep it up.

  • ms_cricketer on August 8, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    it angers me to have such foolish comments posted from both sides, I hope eng supporters stop partying like they have won the world cup,a nd indian supporters need to just chill out, its only one series. England are winning, because they are playing better than india. Plain and simply put.

  • AJawed on August 8, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    i can sadly say that this is probably the end of Zaheer Khan's international career. 15-18 months is a long time off and he's not getting any younger or quicker. Its quite unfortunate that at this stage in his career he took such a risk with his fitness (carrying all that extra weight round the waist etc) If India dont find someone nearly as good, I can see them going downhill in all formats of the game, (and I dont see any candidates) never mind the so called batting strength.

  • Valavan on August 8, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    2kumarcoolbuddy, most of Indian supporters started even before toss in Lords, speaking as if they will have a walk in park in England, if you speak about vaughan and botham, why gavaskar,shastri,harsha, sanjay always speak about loss of players due to injuries, accept india always have to play the top 11 to keep their ranking, they dont have the depth to compete the opposite numbers with substitutes, BTW Aussies of recent past and Windies of 80s have had the depth. Even now get on Indian supporters speak as if Sehwag will score a tripe hundred and get 15 wickets. Accept the fact England playing professionall and gelled well as a team. We dont have great individuals as india has, but we perform as a team.

  • Fluffykins on August 8, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Stop whinging Indian fans you are being beaten by a better team, quite frankly I think you will find that any real fan ( English or otherwise) wants the best of the best to play against but Indian by their poor attitude and preparation are making that impossible.

    Dont put your own predjudices onto other nations, everyone I know is sad that Khan has failed but its not OUR fault.

    There is no gloating here, just quite confidence that England have come into this with the more professional approach.

  • on August 8, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    egland have SMASHED india without any of their top 3 making a score of any significance. egland have SMASHED india without winning either toss and having to bat in the most friendly bowling conditions. egland have SMASHED india despite having their strike bowler injured, and one of their batting rocks injured. All the talk from indian supporters of injuries, home conditions, luck is total hogwash, and a smokescreen for the fact that actually, without 1 or 2 key players, they are a deeply average side. Its supposed to be cloudy in Birmingham on wednesday, I really hope strauss wins the toss, inserts the indians, as if that happens, we'll win by an innings and put the most undeserving test #1 out of their misery, and we can start to look forward to the winter and some truly testing and challenging cricket against a real team in SA

  • on August 8, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    @kumarcoolbuddy people arent deciding on a couple of matches, they are deciding on the back up of the the whole indian set up. clearly india have been strong in the past, but that has been down to 5 players, and 5 players only. Now that those players are on the downward curve of their careers, its blatantly obvious to all, that mukund, raina, singh, sharma, sreethanth & kumar are not up to the task. If this is the very best that you have coming through, it wont be long until bangladesh are refusing to tour india as it wont provide them with a stiff enough challenge. You can keep the ridiculous hit and giggle tournament, while england, SA, and im sure in a couple of years a resurgent australia fight out for the big prize of #1 in the only form of cricket that actually matters

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 8, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    ENG is raising their voices now because they are winning. I agree ENG is playing well and they are in great form but ENG supporters don't really care how is ENG is winning what happened to India team. It is evident when Ian Botham was happy like a child knowing Zaheer is missing in Indian team. It is very funny people are deciding about a team just by couple of matches. Don't just spit your emotions in excitement (ENG supporters) and frustration(Indian supporters). I strongly believe that India can perform better and hope they will. At the same time hope India also get used to ENG's (Ian Botham, Michael Vaughan etc) psychological dramas.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 8, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    @DazTaylor, what's wrong in having confidence on Indian team? Juts by losing couple of matches will not fade out the confidence, right? I agree ENG is playing very good currently but did you lose the confidence when ENG (without any problems in the team) was white washed by & in India? We agree that India is not performing well currently but we also believe that India can play better than this. Indians are accepting that ENG is playing good and India can also play better. But ENG supporters are unable to accept the truth that India is playing with true game spirit.

  • ms_cricketer on August 8, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    The BCCI has gone mad, they should sack the whole selection team, they are destroying indian cricket.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on August 8, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Well all comments are just sick and taking a cheap shot at my team this tour still can be recovered with and is not as disastrous as WC '07 its all good and fine to criticize performances but to insult agreed that Englishmen have been better but can we say that loss of Mcgrath helped eng win 2005 ashes ? or will they still say that they were better coz next tour i remember a 5-0 walloping with complete aus team CLEARLY ENGLAND IS FIT,STRONG,BETTER PREPARED BUT IT AIN'T OVER 'ILL ITS OVER U CALL ME FOOLISH!!

  • JustIPL on August 8, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    I think the format of practice games should be made more competive and interesting in the wake of three different formats of the game and tight schedule. Take the two tour games so far. All the indian players had to play right away 90 over days and put in the same effort that they had to put in the test. Zaheer could not keep up with that. Even strauss could not repeat his innings because there is limit a human body can take. Also, there are spectators who come to watch and support their team. Against northants there was no second chance for sehwag while the match ended in a useless result. It will be far more interesting if two day practice games are 44 over per innings each with 4 innings. Over llimit can be 10 per bowlder and remaining 4 overs left to captains choice. 3-dayers can be 4-innings of 67 overs each. I think it will provide more practice, interest and second chance for each player to perform. Captains will be able to do some experimentation. Real game is tests off course

  • on August 8, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    can some 1 tell me how many fast bowlers did India come to England??? who was the reserve fast bowler...

  • reality_check on August 8, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    "One format in which he has excelled though has been the Twenty20 format; he is the leading wicket-taker in IPLs".... here lies the answer to the puzzle.

  • ravi_dip84 on August 8, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    This guy has not played domestic cricket after IPL and is staright into the International cricket...jai ho IPL and selectors.

  • ChuckyDoll on August 8, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Thank you for your services for the country. Now, it is time to spend time with family and secure their future.....stick with IPL and other T20. There is no shame in taking up a part-time job in retirement.

  • Fluffykins on August 8, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    @chiggers I was trying to be generous.......

  • Gilliana on August 8, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    @ to Sir_Freddie_Flintoff. You are spot on. Zaheer Khan will be fit just in time for the IPL. It is time the selectors send him the message.

  • chiggers on August 8, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    @ Fluffykins; I personally think that you are attributing one dimension too many to the IPL- at least in cricketing terms anyway.

  • symsun on August 8, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Gud he broke out in warm up match itself. Otherwise he would have pulled off bowling 4 overs in the 3rd test, making it more worse for us. Throw away these players from all forms of cricket. It was said IPL as a window for International Cricket. Is it entry point or exit point? seems to be the later for majority of international senior players (Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvi, Symonds, Mallinga, Harbajan, Zaheer, Gayle).

  • coatsie89 on August 8, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    @ Jose P - haha great comment. Can't just comment on how much better England are than any other team in the world at the moment. Shame you have to mention the nationality again - i do beliee they all have british passports so i think they're allowed to play for England?? Correct me if i'm wrong????

  • mageleven on August 8, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    what was the bunch of selectors and physio doing --- wait for the crisis to blow up and then rush a replacement? they should have send out the replacement as a precautionary measure straight after the first test...sad commentary on crisis management... and less said about the schedule of matches the better ....no time for prep?

  • SaqlainHK on August 8, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    it;s mean Zaheer will be ready for Next year IPL the importent tournament for india lol he is resting along with Yuvi and harbjan for coming IPL Season.

  • DazTaylor on August 8, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    I doubt if I will post again as I am sick and tired of the constant nonsense being sprouted by the Indian fans. "We r da best!" "You only beat half a team" "Sehwag will dominate you now". To name but three. Get over it - you are being outclassed.

  • Rivka on August 8, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    India are paying the price for idiotic selection choices in the past. Who can forget how Udnakat was taken as a replacement for Zaheer Khan to SA! That time India got away with it, because Zaheer came back. This time Zaheer won't be coming back in time.

    The question is why R P Singh was dropped in the first place. He was used like a workhorse when he was doing well in tests and one dayers, and never given a rest. Then his pace began to drop, and he didn't do well in the subcontinent, so our bright selectors dropped him. Now they call him up out of the blue. Bunch of jokers, just like Mohinder Amarnath once called them!

  • CSreekumar on August 8, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Why he is included if he is not 100% fit? If RP was included from begining, he might found his rhythm back now and we dont have to wait till he recovers. Shame on Team India, they prefers players over team and let us down. MSD wake up and smell the coffee....

  • rajithwijepura on August 8, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    What is Dhoni doing in the team. Why patel or karthik get a chance. Being a captain should not give him a free ticket to play every match even he doesn't perform.

  • rajithwijepura on August 8, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Force these old mens to retire.

  • Fluffykins on August 8, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Indian players will have to decide whether they want to chase the golden lucre of fad cricket or play the pinicle form of the game as they quite clearly can not play both.

    Personally I find IPL one dimensional but thats just me...

  • on August 8, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    England are playing like true champions right now, they have the best team in the world currently, i agree that this team will be difficult to beat even in the sub-continent. India on the other hand is playing like a team who is completely worn out or underprepared. We did not take this series seriously, preparation was bad, new coach, injuries and the list goes on. ONly thing we can do now is too play for our lives in the next two tests. We may stand a chance.

  • aseemsharma on August 8, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    India should not play sehwag, gambhir, dhoni, raina in this series.it's a big risk...IPL-5 is not far.and hope zaheer,yuvraj and harbhajan get fit by IPL, or it will be a big loss for them. What's there in test cricket? What's there in playing for india?

  • on August 8, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Have you ever thought that these players are 100% fit playing club tournaments like IPL, ICL. When it comes to national duty - they are showing up with injuries. Why are they making themselves available till they are not 100% fit. It is just money around that is making them do all these things. Advantage of not showing injuries is you go on a BCCI team payroll and also enjoy picnic touring around on off days because they very well know how to back off from the test.

    Zaheer after bowling for few days is catching his hamstring. This cannot occur all of a sudden. If he is not fit, he shouldn't have played for India till he completely recovers from these injuries.

    Why captain has to take all the bads due to his team member not playing and makes him handicapped with the number of resources.

    Have you ever thought of this Indian team 100% fit except in IPL and ICL.

    These cricketers are more conscious of not disapointing their sponsors but not the national team or BCCI.

  • panchakoti on August 8, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Lets not write-off india too soon. however, zaheer needs to go into permanent hibernation now. i feel he should call it a day. am convinced that HE WOULD MAKE A FANTASTIC BOWLING COACH. at most times he's done india in due to his consistent injuries & this isn't doing the country any good. ironically, this always happens when india needs him most. most cricket team do have these problems, its but natural; but with india...ITS AN ALL TIME AFFAIR & WITH ZAHEER, ITS PANDEMIC. so i personally feel he should retire & help the country in more practical ways than what's actually happening. in this way, others would get a chance to prove themselves. so zaheer, please pull down the curtains...AND THANKS A LOT FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE!!!

  • on August 8, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    By the way, iIs India playing an English team or an international team. More than half the so called English team are "non-English". 1. Cook 2.Strauss 3. Trot 4. Petersen 5.Prior 6. Morgan. Did I miss any. Jose P

  • htenneti on August 8, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    England are playing like true champions right now, they have the best team in the world currently, i agree that this team will be difficult to beat even in the sub-continent. India on the other hand is playing like a team who is completely worn out or underprepared. We did not take this series seriously, preparation was bad, new coach, injuries and the list goes on. ONly thing we can do now is too play for our lives in the next two tests. We may stand a chance.

  • on August 8, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Zaheer must need to work hard on his fitness for next IPLs. He will do that for sure... I can bet.

  • pudukkudikaryansujith on August 8, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    England will probably take the series 3-0 at the least. They are going full throttle and are bound to come very hard on the Indians. Who seems to be clue-less to the English assault. The Injuries happen when the player's self-confidence is very low and due to lack of Commitment towards National duty. IPL has done more harm than do better for the Country. The Board is doing nothing to shape the players for "out of the Subcontinent pitches". They forgot that effectively there are only two other teams viz. SL and Bang in the subcontinent. A Good team has to move out of its territory and tame the other in their den.

  • htenneti on August 8, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Until recently capt Dhoni was the man with the golden touch, everything was going his way for the past two years, in this series his luck seems to have completely run out. The real teat of his character and strength starts now. we are depending too much on our experience, let the likes of kohli, mukund, raina, ishanth, sree be given the ownership of performing. Right now they are under the shadows of the legends. Get fresh blood, try our best, even if we lose it doesn't matter .

  • on August 8, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Indians are prone to injury or is it that they are trying to escape from more failures against England and wait for a lesser team to play with. Its a question of playing the waiting game as far as the batsmen are concerned. But nowadays with influence of T20, batsmen feel like going for everything. Even players like the great Tendulkar is to be blamed. He should have played a long innings to frustrate the bowlers. But that was not be. Anyway Tendulkar is just going along and rich enough to sit out whenever he wants.

  • on August 8, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    its funny seeing all the comments about england only being able to take wickets in seaming conditions. The flatest track of the series so far has been trent bridge on days 3 & 4. and what happened to the vaunted indian batting line up? they were bundled out for less than 160. England have 4 of the best bowlers in the world right now, and tremlett knocking on the door of the top 10. That is real bench strength. This series we have seen a glimpse into indias future as a test side. when d/l/t sehwag and zaheer are gone in the next 2 years, test sides will feast on the on indian top order. they will feast on the pop gun attack. SA & England will be the dominant forces in the only form of cricket that really counts.

  • amit_mangal30 on August 8, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    sad news. anyways, we'll get back. I am sure. 2-2

  • Lmaotsetung on August 8, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Just to come back to that England tour of India in 2008. Look at the squads. India pretty much same back then as they are now. England have changed a lot. No more Harmison, Flintoff, Panesar, Collingwood. Bell is a better #5 than Colly. Morgan better #6 than Flintoff. England had a longer tail in Swann/Harmison/Anderson/Monty. That was Swann's first trip to India and it was the beginning of the end for Monty. It was also Harmison's last hurrah. In the 2.5 years since that Indian tour, almost every single player on the English side have improved 100% with maybe the exception of Strauss. India on the other hand have remained the same or regressed (see Zak and Harbhajan). 2011 Bell > 2008 Bell, 2011 Cook > 2008 Cook, KP will be KP, 2011 Anderson > 2008 Anderson, Broad + Bresnan = Flintoff, 2011 Swann > 2008 Swann, 2008 Prior > 2008 Prior...you get the idea.

  • on August 8, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    I cant believe India is losing to once bottom ranked England. Pathetic.

  • on August 8, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    Possibilities of a whitewash just getting bigger! If India manages to win any of the coming 2 matches Harbajan might not get to play in Tests again! Only Strauss and Cook are yet to perform for the ENGs... and for india every1 except Rahul has to prove their worth :|

  • ms_cricketer on August 8, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    the player rankings give thorough enough display of whos the best. You see that the best batsmen and bowler are south african, while the english are closely behind. India lacks an all arounder, and have only zaheer khan in the top fives whos gone, and tendulkar whos not performing. Theres no other strike or impact player for india to win. Englands coming, 4-0!!!

  • Lmaotsetung on August 8, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Before all you Indian fans saying how the English bowlers can only take wickets in bowler friendly conditions and how they'll struggle on the sub-continent blah blah blah...please do us all cricket fans a favor and do some homework before you sit down and type your non sense. The last 2 tours of England to the sub-continent were the India tour of 2008 (after the Mumbai attack, KP's first tour as captain) and the tour of Sri Lanka in 2007. Sri Lanka tour was 3 matches 1-0 to SL. The match that SL won they were bowled out for 188 in 1st inning and Eng had a 1st inning lead of 93 runs with Sidebottom/Hoggard/Anderson/Bopara/Panesar attack. I doubt they'd lose that match with this year's squad if they were in the same situation again. Don't forget at that time SL had Murli/Vass/Malinga. Fast forward to the India 2-test series right after the Mumbai attack. Again Eng had the upper hand until Sehwag's blazing 83 and Tendulkar's century. Doubt this year's team loses that match.

  • on August 8, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    don't worry.zaheer will be fit by the next ipl

  • on August 8, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Hope he recovers before IPL season 5 .... :D or else the tournament wud look so dull without bhajji, yuvi, zaheer, sehwag, gambhir.... england, australia, sa , wi series...whocares

  • on August 8, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    I think Indians are not interested in playing test cricket. .becoz IPL,T-20 are spoiling Indian test cricket. .they seeing enough money in IPL,Advertisement. . .so they don't want to play for 5 days in sunny day and they don't want to strain themselves by playing test cricket. .Zimbabwe,Bangladesh are playing well in test cricket i think india will go under soon. . .if they not play well. . .now the pressure on sehwag whole team are trusting him for a good opening. .let see on wednesday. . .perfect start will make perfect result. .

  • on August 8, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Why we have to be always optimistic about getting back into series and why can't we dominate the opposition since the beginning of the series....I know India can come back into series without Zaheer khan but it is frustrating for me they we always give a chance to opposition to dominate us and get our self in pressures situation and they bounce back.....may be it is a habit of Indian team they don't like easy going.... :P

  • PeddaBokka on August 8, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    @EverybodylovesSachin.No one is saying ENG is strong batting team than India.But Saying that Eng is better TEAM than India.

  • moko58 on August 8, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Dhoni should drop himself for the 3rd test since he is a shade out of form.

  • indianzen on August 8, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    The only difference are the bowlers, without Anderson and broad, nothing will work for England. in both the tests they have lost all the batsmen for 80s (77/6 and 88/6). stop telling that England is a better side.. just lucky thats it...

  • on August 8, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Going into the series, India seemed to have the strongest seam attack in their history, but without Zaheer, it looks much more like the Indian seam attacks of old. India will regain the number one rating sooner or later (it's hard to see them holding on to it through this series), but without more depth in their bowling, they will always struggle to hold on to it.

  • on August 8, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Possibilities of a whitewash just getting bigger! If India manages to win any of the coming 2 matches Harbajan might not get to play in Tests again! Only Strauss and Cook are yet to perform for the ENGs... and for india every1 except Rahul has to prove their worth :|

  • on August 8, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    recent record of RP SINGH .SPEAKS ITSELF

  • Akshaygandhi on August 8, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    i can't understand why indian selector not selecting to IRFAN PATHAN he is a good allrounder & best left hander medium fast bowler.R.P.singh is the good left handed bowler but irfan is ahead in all fever with avrg,wickts,bating in all.

  • hardhitter71 on August 8, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Tendulkar and Sehwag should open for India. Dravid is one down. RP can run better than Khan in English conditions.

  • buddhikapm on August 8, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Its a sad incident .. At least now people who were crying for IPL shd undestand the situation.. IPL made all these problomes..

    Be realistic..Test cricket is diffrent course..it needs so much of mental and phisical fitness..IPL is the oly cause for this tragic incidents

  • SachinRao on August 8, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Why people keep suggesting Irfan, beats me !! He is a shadow of earlier self. RP Singh is a wildcard pic. I dont think he has played cricket since the IPL. He might be a better bet than another injury prone bowler in Nehra. Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar might feel a bit disappointed.

  • Maui3 on August 8, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    England has now had 3 major success against 'best' team in last 10 years - 2005 Ashes, 2011 in SA and 2011 against India and each of their victories came without the best bowler in the opposition. No McGrath in 2005 Ashes in england wins, No Steyn in SA in their win and now no Zaheer in first 2 test (practically didn;t play first test). Having said that, their #7 to #11 combined has got to be the best batting line up ever in test cricket. Prior+Bresnen+Broad+Swann+Anderson adds a good 60 runs more than any of their counterpart and thats like playing with 12 players!

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 8, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    @ EverybodylovesSachin: Ian Bell averaging 59 this series, watch his 159. Matt Prior is a wicket keeper batsman & Broad is an all-rounder & they are in their recognized batsmen list so you have to get them too. Bresnan wasn't playing the Lord's Test but India ended up chasing 458 & conceded 474 in the first innings. India never managed 300 despite two centuries from Rahul.

  • on August 8, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    ups & downs are like 2 faces of a same coin, & one who plays only get injured.Too much of anticipation is not required. But should be optimistic & sportive.

  • div09 on August 8, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    I have always had faith in zaheer and rp ( more rp )......so it doesnt matter to me if zaheer wont play.......and n e way rp is better in swinging conditions. He can also swing the ball both ways. England batsmen better watch out........... The team should be.

    1. Sehwag 2. Gambhir (vc) 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Laxman 6. Raina 7. Dhoni 8. Kumar 9. Sharma 10. Sreesanth 11. RP SINGH

    GO INDIA LEVEL SERIES 2-2......and take revenge in odi and t20 with whitewashes and england better be prepared to suffer another whitewash in odi and t20 when they come to india for limited overs series. CHAK DE INDIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Iyer on August 8, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    We all know hamstring injury for a bowler takes at least 4 months to heal. Why the hell did we keep in England at taxpayer's expense after day 1 of Lords' test? Should we not have asked him to pack his bag and catch the next flight on day 2 of Lord's test? Now bringing in R P singh is waste of money. He won't even reach England before the start of 3rd test, and he won't even be in the playing X1 for 4th test. Why waste money on him?

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 8, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    @ EverybodylovesSachin: Ian Bell averaging 59 this series, watch his 159. Matt Prior is a wicket keeper batsman & Broad is an all-rounder & they are in their recognized batsmen list so you have to get them too. Bresnan wasn't playing the Lord's Test but India ended up chasing 458 & conceded 474 in the first innings. India never managed 300 despite two centuries from Rahul.

  • rahulcricket007 on August 8, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    zaheer out for 14 -15nweeks that means he would not play before december . if the injury was that series then why the team management did not take any action before second test? why did they not recall r.p.singh early to replace him early?

  • Siva-The-Human on August 8, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    @Patchmaster, I Think u r only Patchmaster not a pitch master Because Aussies pitch condition is same as English condition like Ind,Sril,Pak pitch condition are same.So If u r a best team, come to india and win any single math then u roar u r the world best.

  • on August 8, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    India's injury assessment, specifically to key players they think they cannot do without is deplorably unprofessional. We tend to linger on optimistically with half fit key team elements. For instance Zaheer should have been sent back during the first Test (perhaps he should have not even been included) but he has lingered on and his replacement is not nearly ready yet.

    A good team with depth should be keen-eyed alert to replace anyone with suspect fitness as soon as possible and have no qualms about missing a player. It needs to apply to all elements, including supposed indispensables like Tendulkar, Sehwag, VVS and Dhoni.

    But our mental make up to treat any sport injury as a disaster ensures that it is one.

    'If you you think you can or you think you cannot, you are usually right.' - Henry Ford

  • Patchmaster on August 8, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    If all the IND fans keep saying how the ENG bowlers can only bowl well on ENG pitches, then how did they win the Ashes in AUS recently and also manage to bowl the so called number one batsman in the world (Tendulkar) twice on a flat pitch, on a sunny daym at Lords ? Sounds like MORE excuses from IND fans for their poorly performing team, nest thing you know, any side who doesn't play on flat pitches, won't be allowed to play test criket....

  • on August 8, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    Very bad ! Really frustrating ! Coming into such a big series, Zaheer should have known abt his fitness..He has let down !

  • strategic_blunder on August 8, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    Its so good to be the CURRENT One Day World Cup Champions and the CURRENT Test #1 team.... La La La...... AWESOME INDIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....La La La... Go and level the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!Take the revenge in one dayers (by whitewashshing) in England and later in India......will see then what the media and Eng. fans gotta say (its only the test which matters, India is WC champions, Keep on playing IPL blah blah blah) ...... CMON INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Trioboy on August 8, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    All the Indian fans are missing the point. Its not just the bowling department in turmoil. The batting department failing the Indian team as well. Two tests and two practice games and Indians are yet to score a 300. Other than Dravid , their is no promising batting talent who can take the Indians all the way. Indian batting line consisted with unfit, selfish , overrated and old men. None of the batsman other than Dravid have convincingly batted well against the swing.

  • on August 8, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    Even though it's a huge blow for India, this is a great opportunity for the other Indian bowler's to make a mark. Even though England are the verge of being the number one test team in the world and as per their player's they have the greatest batting line up in the world with 6 world class batsmen, I believe their batting line up is volatile and just riding on the lower order. If Indian "ordinary" batsmen can show some discipline and score around 350 runs in the 1st inn of 3rd test, they can win the match and level the series. Talking about Sachin, I don't agree that anyone in the world cricket are eligible to criticize him (only one was alive "bradman" and he is dead). What ever he will/will not do in the 2 remaining tests, no one can talk about what he has done to cricket. I wish all the very best to the Indian team to play well and win the 2 remaining tests.

  • Alexk400 on August 8, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    I do not think IPL to be blames or worldcup for this BAD perfornance. My only reason is india really do not have STAR quality bowler in their domestic league. All are low quality bowler who can take 2-3 wickets at max when pitch favours bowlers. India won world cup because it was in India and Dhoni able to patch up things and he win it for india on his own. India do not have bowling talent for Test matches against top quality team. it is not ENgland batting is better , it is indian bowling is awful in bowler friendly pitches. 1.3 billion people and BCCI can't find a single fast bowler from past 20 years. Incompetence is the hall mark of BCCI selection process. Indians should be happy india was number 1 atleast for a year. That is max. Dhoni will quit TEST soon or will be forced out. Because of his inability to bat against swinging ball , india can not even draw the games because tail start from dhoni. All england has to take is first 5 wickets and procession starts.

  • on August 8, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    FIrst of all India has held the No.1 position in test cricket for more than an year and that just cannot happen because of 1 bowler Zaheer Khan. He has truly been an outstanding performer but he is not the only bowler India has. I am grieved by the fact that team India is so clueless without him (Zaheer), we seem to have no strategy and the worst thing is that even Dhoni seems unsure about his bowling attack. We have some great reserve bowlers, try the new guys on the bench, with all due respect Praveen Kumar and Sresnath are not Test class bowlers. Praveen is a great one day bowler but test cricket seems a little too extreme and i was surprised that he was included. I am shocked bowlers like Balaji, Irfan,Umesh Yadav ,Varun Aaron are not even talked about. RP Singh who has completely failed to proove himself as an international bowler over several years has got a come back. It just seems Dhoni is no longer interested in the game anymore, almost like everything has been achieved. True?

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 8, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    England top order never bat good in this series except 200 by KP.. with some lives..England batting stars were Broad and Prior..and Brensen..we know they are not regular batsman..but INdian bowling put INdia down...so please do not tell me that England is strong batting side than India..

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 7, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Recently NASA sciencetist found out that overcast and cold conditions are not the factors for bowl to swing,, and sunny conditions is not considered as a batsman friendly conditions...it is upto the bowler or pitch conditions produces the swing..

  • KAIRAVA on August 7, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    Indian cricket team always develops complacency after winning a world cup. In 1983 after India won the world cup, they were thrashed by West Indies at home 3-0. Now in 2011 after India managed to win the world cup for the 2nd time, again history seems to repeat itself as England are up 2-0 & India looking good to be whitewashed.

  • on August 7, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    And now we ll know if Indian team was number one or Zaheer khan was.....

  • 5wombats on August 7, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    @Master01;"England have bolwees who can bowl in bowler friendly conditions". This is becoming very tiresome. If what you say is true how did England bowl the "best batsmen in the world" in hot sunny conditions on a flat pitch at Lords TWICE for under 300 runs? How did England bowl india out in the warm sunshine of Trent Bridge? How did England thrash Australia by an Innings in the hot sunshine of Adelaide? India conversely have won the toss twice, put in England in PERFECT bowling conditions TWICE and then gone on to lose heavily both times. As for "Also, England have no strength in depth in batting". This comment cannot be taken seriously; Englands batting has been FAR too strong for india in this series, even with Trott and Cook not firing. Even England's number 8 scored over 100 runs against india at Trent Bridge! @Master01; the truth is that your heroes appear to have let you down - India are no match for England this time..

  • on August 7, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    irfan pathan should hav been called

  • on August 7, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Looks like he has played lst Test for India

  • PaddyRasta on August 7, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    @Master01 Sounds like sour grapes to me. The WC are ODIs, which is a totally different game. A great Test team can adapt to all pitches and India have failed to do so, thus far with the bat or ball. Who would India replace their openers with - what have they done that is so great so far in this series? England should stick with Cook and Strauss - They will come good. England for 4-0 whitewash!

  • on August 7, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    @Harvey.. OK so I know you are English.. because England fans do not know anything else apart from their team.. be it football or cricket... and I know they have pathetically poor knowledge of anything other than English... but please you do not have show your ignorance to the entire world! Tremlett and Bresnan better than Zaheer? Bring them to India and lets see how good they are... An average bowler can also be lethal in helpful conditions as Indian bowlers showed in Eng first Innings in 2nd test... to be a world class bowler u need to be able to pick wickets in any conditions... Zaheer has done that over the years.. Tremlett and Bresnan have just started their career and they are lucky to be playing half their matches in England... otherwise they would have looked less than average... Zaheer is the most skillful bowler at present.. Though u r spot on with Harbhajan... Eng are so going to miss him

  • on August 7, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    The issue is not only that we do not have any fast bowlers but it is a sad fact that we do not have BOWLERS PERIOD. We have never had a match winner after Kumble and with the players we see in the domestic circle, it is going to be a looooooooooong time before we find a match winner. India will lose this Series 4-0 which they deserve to. Don't blame Dhoni though (can blame for his form) for the selectors selecting a third rate team.

  • Trioboy on August 7, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    Since they are not that good at it, India should give up tests and make IPL a world championship like NFL in USA, so CSK or RCB can be world champions every year.

  • Pritt32 on August 7, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    It is a huge blow for India. Zaheer's absence will be missed as he is spearhead of India's bowling attack and the timing of it came at a crucial point of the tour. The team tour is falling apart following two heavy defeats against England and lacklustre displays against Northamptonshire and Somerset. The injury list is hampering India's chance of squaring the series. The IPL and West Indies tour have led to India's woes. I hope in subsequent tours India cut down on volumes of cricket in order to safeguard injuries. IPL should be either scrapped or played every two years. Playing for the country weighs greater importance. I am living in a hope of a miraculous recovery, but we have to be realistic as a depleted Indian team is no match for a fully strength and confident England team. I hope the Indian team learn some valuable lessons if things go worse and ensure a situation does not rise again, as it damages the morale and spirit for an Indian team already low in confidence.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 7, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    It's clear that Zaheer's injury was his own fault, the hamstring is always the first to go if the bowler isn't fit enough and hasn't done enough training pre-series. England are fitter, more skillful and just better. Real Champions too, with coming back from calamity in recent years and by putting in the hard miles have turned them into a honed, fantastic team.

  • Alexk400 on August 7, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    India will lose 4-0. Sachin makes century and all indians forget they lost 4-0. i think sachin should quit along with dhoni for being in effective after the series.

  • Master01 on August 7, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    England have bolwees who can bowl in bowler friendly conditions. However, as we saw int he world cup, they arent efective in sub continent conditions. So they cant be that great. Also, England have no strength in depth in batting. Who would you replace your openers with?

  • ms_cricketer on August 7, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    this is the biggest wake up call for india....it seems after the world cup they have gained an aura of complacency, and have taken our very strong english team not so seriously. Its a sad sight to see a 22 year old leading this indian bowling attack, the future of indian cricket seems pretty bare. I see a 4-0 drubbing, england is in a juggernaught of form right now, and india will have to fight hard to even ekk out a draw. Im looking forward to the south africa series now, this series was such a huge dissapointment after all the hype, I was looking forward to it. Not only has india let down its own fans, but everyone who loves good test cricket. Come on england, 4-0!

  • tjsimonsen on August 7, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    I certainly hope that Khan can make a full recovery. But he is pushing 33, and while that may be the pirme age for a batsman or a spinner, and a good age for pace bowler with no history of injuries, for a bowler like Khan it becomes increasingly hard to 1) come back from yet another injury, and 2) stay free from new injuries. Whether he comes back or not (and I really hope he does), India has to prepare for a time (likely soon) when he will not be available.

  • SnowSnake on August 7, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Why does not he retire? He is 33 and has his best years behind him. It does not get any better and India should not risk its bowling attack with injury prone bowlers who get injured after bowling 8 overs in a test match.

  • tjsimonsen on August 7, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    @GrumpyFan: I have to point out that the last TWO times England have lost a bowler mid-match (Broad in Adelaide 2010, and Anderson in Cardiff 2011), they still managed to win by an innings. And England's batting lineup had to be reorganized at Trent Bridge. No, it's not easy to cope with when it happens, but it's not the explanation for the way India have folded. India and BCCI are by no means the cause of everything bad in cricket today. But BCCI doesn't exactly behave in a way that endears them to the rest of the world. Start touring B'desh for instance.

  • suryasxn on August 7, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Team India is on a downward spiral 1.don't have real fast bowlers even in domestic cricket 2.No all rounders 3.No fitness standards , but we only have IPL !

  • Bigmoose on August 7, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    RP Singh is a good start, Irfan would have been a better choice. Ashwin is a good choice to replace Harbajan, certainly better than Pragyan Ojha.Ashwin can take wickets which is what we need.

  • on August 7, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    common get irfan pathan. he is the best

  • RAJDEEP_SINGH on August 7, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    bring IPL now ...everyone will be ready to play .....be it SEHWAG or ZAHEER , Yuvraj OR GHAMbir ...........why not these guys can have surgeries at the time of IPL but hell no that want it at the time of an imp test series ..... MONEY MONEY

  • Vatto on August 7, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    He suffered for lack of commitment and preparation for the country. When are the BCCI and selectors gonna treat all these so called bigheads like sportsperson like a Waugh or a Gilchrist... No humility... All stardom for overrated rascals

  • HonestIndianOpinion on August 7, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    When it seemed like everything wud fall in place for the next 2 tests this Zaheer ouster is a major setback to the Indian fight-back plans... I'm sure our bowlers wud be thrashed around the park... Zaheer is a damn gud bowler and vastly experienced... Out of the current lot only Praveen Kumar is a sensible bowler even when the going is tough... Ishant n Sreesanth are unable to maintain cool when the batsmen are on top and end up giving away too many runs... Now only a miracle can save/win the remaining 2 tests... Without a decent bowling unit India can't dismiss England twice... Praying that our batsmen score enough n give our bowlers a substantial total to defend/attack... MSD needs to inspire the team with his batting n keeping skills... He's been a complete rot till now... Needs to promote himself up the order and try to score quickly as defence is not his forte... India's run-rate has been pretty dismal in this tour... We need to play positive n give England a strong fight...

  • inti_hzb on August 7, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Wait for the IPL to come and these players will be fit to play and fill their pockets....Even if they are injured. Come on BCCI, the real cricket is test cricket, stop pushing our precious players towards money. Prepare them to play for the nation.

  • demon_bowler on August 7, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Calling up another left-arm seamer is a smart move, given Strauss' problems against that type of bowler.

  • Dr.Vindaloo on August 7, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    This is a real shame for the series. No way back for IND now. We need to focus instead on keeping everyone fit for Aus test series this winter. After Aus series who knows? SRT, Dravid, VVS, Zak, Viru and Bhaji will all quit test cricket and IPL fixation will ensure that there is no young talent to take their place. We are looking at many years of test mediocrity unless BCCI comes to its senses. History will judge IPL as total disaster for Indian cricket.

  • FAB_ALI on August 7, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    SOMEBODY PLEASE BAN THIS IPL(MOST RUBBISH THING IN CRICKET). ITS KILLING INDIAN CRICKET! OH GOD! SAVE INDIA. BUT I STILL THINK WE CAN WIN ONE TEST ON THIS TOUR IF BATSMEN PERFORM WELL.

  • on August 7, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    its too late for RP singh arrival , selectors should pick him after the first test itself , for absence of Yuvi for odis , they can approach " ROBN UTHAPPA "

  • on August 7, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    I feel sorry for Zaheer. Indian cricket management have not handled his fitness properly and came across assuming that he would play in the England series without a warm up - well if you fail to prepare be prepared to fail. As for RP Singh - please why have you picked this guy?? Why is not Irfan Pathan in the reckoning for the remainder of the tour? We really do need a all-rounder of sorts as our tail is a reminder of the Srinath and Prasad era. Still as an Indian fan - lets show the english whose number 1....

  • demon_bowler on August 7, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Calling up another left-arm seamer is a smart move, given Strauss' problems against that type of bowler.

  • rakopa on August 7, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Good riddance!! But why RP? Aashish Nehra should have been the replacement. Same thing for Ojha. why him? Ashwin!!

  • rajachandra on August 7, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Irfan Pathan has not played a Single Test Match in England and his ODI record in England is rather poor. Whereas RP Singh has done pretty well in England and that too in the company of Zaheer & Sreesanth ! In that sense selectors seems to have done their homework and their confidence in RP Singh under the circumstance seems well placed.

    But what India needs is a quality Spinner in the middle. You cannot get a better man than Murali Kartik. His experience in English County will come handy. Now that Bajji is gone for good, it is time to recall Karthik for the third Test.

  • on August 7, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    ipl is coming dude. take rest & b ready for ipl. forget abt these matches.lol....

  • wibblewibble on August 7, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    RP Singh in Tests in England - 12 wickets at 28. Maybe not such a bad choice, should have had him in for the previous game.

  • on August 7, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    India are doing what England did in 2005, for England the goal was the ashes, for India it was the world cup. Now they have that nothing else seems important. RP Singh???? Is there nobody else IN Form??

  • Rahulbose on August 7, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    At this point in the series it might be good for India. More excuses for the impending whitewash.

  • presy1979 on August 7, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Its really not a sad/bad news to lose Zaher as we lost two test match becoz of batting not because of bowling. In second test we have taken 20 wickets and we had a great chance of taking a big lead which batsmen fails to do hence we lost a match. We must accept the fact that England deserved to be No1 team as all of their players are in form of their life. Now all focus on Sehwag, he can turn a match on his own and let the other batsman to score freely. Still series is alive not over

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    @Mrugank: Don't know if baseball players in USA are made of a separate material, but injuries to cricketers/footballers/even tennis players (not just Indian/asian, but around the globe) are not rare: perhaps the most affected are the fast bowlers in cricket. You try playing cricket for 1 whole day or try bowling with a 20m run up for 5 continuous overs a day, and then you'll know how taxing it can get.

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    India have more casualties on this tour than there was on the first day of the Somme.

    4-0 England, the real battle for the top of the test rankings is England vs SA next year.

  • zapeta on August 7, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Indians are still in Worldcup Party mood and taking benefits out of Past. BCCI should only clear players with 100% fitness atleast for these kind of Tours.Yuvi Bad luck. Bhajji goodluck .Viru lift the spirit by a Triple.

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Whats the use of us cribbing about this. Whether they are injured, playing litle, Indian players will continue minting money from IPL & Ads. Unless they are thrown back to domestic cricket, they will NOT learn. Plus Dhoni always want big name players in his squad. Ideally, this is the time to bring new blood in our bowling squad.

  • SaravananIsTheBest on August 7, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    @rajatgupta_indianfan, ppl always question why they show that, they wouldnt agree that they've remote control ;)

  • 200ondebut on August 7, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Big loss for the series. I wish Zaheer all the best as it can't be easy at his age coming back from reoccurring injuries.

    Time for the younger players to step up to the mark.

  • shamlaatu on August 7, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Play less and get paid more. Just stick with IPL and CL. Good strategies by some of the leading indian cricketers.

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    IPL Zindabad.Now proven that the number 1 satus was a statistical anomaly

  • raghav_rocks on August 7, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    why not give Ajit Agarker a chance...yes he is will be expensive..but he will take wickets...and is as experiences as Zak...and most importantly...not 'tired' and will be fully fit..

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    It means India has not a good future in Cricket. Few player got out and Team India is down.

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    I second m_ilind's opinion!

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Why are Indian Cricket Players so delicate. I live in USA and watch Baseball regularly. They play 162 regular games and many more if they get in to the Post Season playoffs. Players do get injured from time to time but nothing like this. I think injury prone players should be replaced as they consistently become problem for game plans. Zaheer, Yuvraj, Harbhajan, etc. belong to this group. The other thing I don't understand is that what kind of REST do they need. I hear frequently that Tendulkar, Dhoni, Sehwag, etc.etc were rested from the series.

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    manjrekar was true in his article that mentions about the problems in fitness for our current players. Can you believe Kapil Dev missing just a few tests in his career? And he mostly played on Indian tracks still taking 450 wickets. Everybody is different but there is something wrong in the way the current players are going about their fitness. Sad, and hence there are plenty of Indian and other national players who are really talented but somehow dont get to enjoy and enhance their careers with great statistics due to these constant injury problems.

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 7, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    @gottalovetheraindance: Let me clarify to you one thing mate...Pakistan is not lacking talent but a victim of internal and external politics. Don't compare Pakistan with NZ and WI as they are seriously lacking talent in their cricketing part.

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 7, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    HAHAHAHA!!!! who is next in this line up?? Good for india to make more excuses...

  • m_ilind on August 7, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    BCCI should call off this tour, with half the side suffering from injuries. (Zak, Bhajji, Yuvi, Viru, Gambhir), the other half being non-performers (except Dravid).

  • subbass on August 7, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    You reap what you sow Indians. Too much cricket poor and poor preparation = Eng 4 India 0 ? Well there is every chance of 4-0. Shame though I would have liked to have watched the full strength Indian team play England, but I still believe we would have won, but it sure would have been closer !

  • serious-am-i on August 7, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    I would have loved to see another left armer in the squad straight away along with Zaheer when the tour was announced. Indian fast bowlers are all one dimensional, these guys are known for variety and not the pace which was killed straight after Zaheer got injured. I would have gone ahead with Pradeep Sangwan or any other new upcoming left arm fast bowler. Guys stop supporting Irfan Pathan, look at this domestic stats they are pathetic. RP Singh is a tricky choice though may be he secured his spot thanks to Dhoni's friendship

  • mensan on August 7, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    IPL is ruining indian test cricket team. similarly big bash will ruin australian test cricket team. This is a lesson for other cricket boards to make 20-20 leagues not a priority.

  • on August 7, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    though it is really bad news for Indian team, I feel that it may turn out to be blessing in disguise. Instead of playing a player who is not fit, India better play with some1 like RP Singh who is a good swing bowler.

  • kitten on August 7, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Zaheer was never fit in the first place. He should never have been selected in the first place. But better late than never. If he was not in the Indian team at all, India would have certainly fared better at Lord's, because all the pressure was heaped on the remaining three bowlers with Zaheer's early departure, right on the first day of the series, and an important series at that. This invariably resulted in the England team capitalising, and sealing that game. In the second it was Harbhajjan, and again the rest of the bowlers had to bear the brunt of the burden. When will the BCCI and the selectors learn? Maybe these comprehensive defeats will be a kick up the backside for the future, and more common sense will prevail in picking teams for future series. Not fit, not included, reputations or not!

  • therealfighter on August 7, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Great!!!All thanks to BCCI for the grat fitness levels of our cricketers. Now we dont have to worry for fututre tours . We will see zack back in full action in CL T20 or IPL 2012. what is the need to play these five days taking test matches when he can get the same amont of money by playing for 1 hr and bowling only 4 hors and by the way injuries dont happen in IPL . they happen only before international tours.players dont feel exhausted by playing IPL. they feel workload on international assingnments not on IPL.and BCCI have a great spokersperson in DHONI and in commentary box RAVI AND GAVASKAR.

  • K_RAJEEV on August 7, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Read lots of comments to include Irfan Pathan. Give me a break!!. We already have one left arm spinner in Ohja, what is the reasoning for including another one?

  • CricketPissek on August 7, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    If the root cause for this is his laziness and lack of fitness, he has 1 billion people to answer to. I think this is the beginning of the end of an unfulfilled career. People were talking about him as he would be the next Wasim Akram, India would've been lucky if he could've been the next Chaminda Vaas. Instead, all they got was the next Shane Bond!

  • phoenixsteve on August 7, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Bad luck for Zaheer and I wish him a speedy and full recovery. Still, at least deluded Indian cricket fans will have his demise as yet another excuse for their second rate team. Dark days ahead for India but they'll eventually learn to repalce the old men with up and coming talent? Of course with all the Indian attention on one the day thrash, there might not be any new talent available? COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    This is a great news for Indian Fans... They can have now more excuses.. The truth is England team is way better than the Indians at the moment.. So better to accept that rather making wild excuses...

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    And people used to criticize Shoaib Akhter being injured all the time.... Who used to bowl consistent 90MPH overs...lol..Fast bowling takes a lot out of the bowlers..!

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    why not Irfan as a replacement he would be a handful in swinging english conditions.

  • kmpm on August 7, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Better for India if Zaheer keeps himself honest. May be he think of his retirement. Some young talent would have got some exposure. Better late than never..

  • gottalovetheraindance on August 7, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    this is really sad. BCCI needs to prioritize. key players should have rested from ipl & then work their way back to 100% in West Indies tour so they could be raring to go in England. i jus want India to beat Australia in December so Tendulkar, Dravid Laxman Zaheer can retire on a high. after that India test team will be pretty average . Sri Lanka will also suffer after dilshan , Sangakarra, Jayawardene & Samaraweera retire.. Pakistan New Zealand & west indies should prep themselves so they can step up into the top 5

  • wolf777 on August 7, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Should have picked Irfan Pathan instead. He allows the flexibility of dropping Suresh Raina from the eleven. Five batsmen , WK, Irfan Pathan, one spinner and three pace bowlers. That would be the ideal combination. The presence of an allrounder as the fourth pace bowling option provides much needed variation. It also provides an insurance against an injury situation like Zaheer Khan at Lord's where India instantly went to defensive mode due to lack of a bowler. India's fetish with having six batsmen in the eleven despites experiences in last two Tests is inexplicable and plainly a height of stupidity.

  • cricketSB on August 7, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    There's five or six months before the IPL begins. Hope all players get fit by then.

  • AlexAlderic on August 7, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    The BCCI must be think about Irfan Pathan. He can bowl this kind of Fast Track pitches. Try to give him a chance. This is for a Timing, he can proof his ability.

  • rajatgupta_indianfan on August 7, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Saw a lot of comments here condemning IPL. I think as fans what we need to do is to stop watching and following IPL. Afterall, the viewership and consequent money generated by IPL is because of the huge fan following. So if we are saying players like zaheer should focus on international cricket, then all of us as fans have a responsibility to stop following IPL first which would make is economically nonviable and fail on its own. And if our love for cricket wont let us stop following then it owuld be too much to ask for players to stop playing in it.

  • kingofspain on August 7, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Test cricket is real cricket

  • Shan156 on August 7, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    @ sportsmanspirit, I am no big fan of Indian cricket but India were the only team to give the Aussies a game, both home and away. True, they didn't have to face the full strength Aussie team in both 2003-2004 and 2007-2008 but it is not their fault that key players were either injured or retired. Also, they beat a full strength Aussie side, arguably stronger than the one England beat in 2005, at home in 2000-2001. They fought hard in the 2004-2005 series too and went down 1-2. They may have won the second test if not for rain on the final day.

    Also, there is simply no comparison between India and SL. SL may have lost only 0-1 in the early part of the summer but it looks like England were only warming up for the main challenge in the latter part of the summer. Also, at no stage did SL look like they were going to take 20 English wickets with their pop-gun attack. India's attack is light years ahead.

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    I am sure the BCCI top bosses knew about this situation. But surprized to hear that RP Singh has been called instead of Ashish Nehra orIrfan Pathan. They are both good swing bowler and specially in UK he has been well. It is indeed a big blow for India but it seems the BCCI is less interested about the prestive of Team India rather than minting money from lucrative tournaments like IPL.

  • mrms on August 7, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    @AvidCricFan: It's not only about how many overs a bowler bowls. They have to be on the field for 20 overs, many times in hot and humid conditions. Add to that the travels at regular intervals. The mental and physical fatigue is to much. I agree to your other point that may be many of the players do not take their fitness regime seriously.

  • jaggi.jagan on August 7, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Why would it take this long for any one to even know that he is not match fit? Why could not have flown in a stand by bowler already? Don't you think, in this case, RP Singh could have got used to the English conditions a little bit...down 0-2 in a 4 match series, this is poor planning all around.

  • RajaDinakaran on August 7, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Will this be an eye opener series for the BCCI to think about the hectic schedule of cricket (the IPL). Will they react to this after this tour.

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Doesnt matter who replaces Zaheer as they wont get a chance to play. Praveen, Ishant, Sree and Mishra would the bowling line-up for the 2 Tests.

  • AjaySridharan on August 7, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    As usual, the selectors continue to baffle me!! RP Singh hasn't played in an international test match since 2008!! and you expect him to come in turn on his A game straightaway?! If they are punting, why not take Irfan Pathan?...he could be well worth the gamble too...especially with his batting.

  • getsetgopk on August 7, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    well Indian fans need not worry. There is ample time between now and the start of next IPL, he'll be fit by then but the nightmare on English soil will continue until the indians board the plane headed non stop for India.

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    pl pl reduce no.of matches in IPL.and one more thing pl arrange more no of practice matches before any international game.and one more request pl strong our bench strength...

  • DazTaylor on August 7, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    But...but...I thought he was going to bowl in the 2nd innings at Lords? The Indian management told us so! And we all know they always speak the truth! Oh, wait a minute...

  • on August 7, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    yeahhh.. I agree with above comments... Atleast reduce number of matches in IPL.... it will be so help fulll.. I love zaheer... but BCCI culd find out exact replacmnt...

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 7, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Why is everyone saying as if India lost the series already?

  • landl47 on August 7, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    I expected this after Zaheer only bowled 3 overs (for 24 runs) against Northants. He needed a proper bowl to get himself ready for the test, and if he could only manage three overs he clearly wasn't fit. That means India go into the third test with the same seam bowlers that England hit all round the park in the second test, plus Mishra, who hasn't exactly looked deadly on the tour so far. It's good for India that Sehwag and Gambhir are back (though neither of them looked in prime form against Northants' reserve bowlers), but how are they going to get 20 wickets? England lost Tremlett for the last test, Swann was hurt during the game and not effective and they still bowled the mighty Indian batting line-up out for 158. The difference between the two sides is that England have a problem with who to leave out, India have a problem with who to put in.

  • Clive_Dunn on August 7, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    I'm getting a little tired of Team India's unwillingness to admit the seriousness of their injuries to either the press or themselves. It was obviously a hamstring injury from the start and likely to be a serious one given he'd clearly had problems at Somerset the week before. But no, it was cramps apparently and he'd definitely bowl in the 2nd innings at Lords. These denials have done more to upset the team than the actual injury itself, they should have ruled him out immediately and gone for a replacement. So far this series we've seen unfit players who are declared fit, and fit players who are declared unfit. No idea what they are trying to do.

  • GrumpyFan on August 7, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    The reason why the Indian side is depleted is not because it is missing its stars but due to the fact they went missing mid match!!. There is no team in this world which can function if their four bowler attack is reduced to one with three and neither would any team do well if thier regular batting order is upset because their openers get incapacitated mid match.

    I am sick of the insinuation of the English scribes that the Indian media is seeking excuses for the defeat and also their tendency to ascribe all evil with cricket to India's clout in the game. It is cheap to do so and I hope they stop it. In fact cricket at grass root level still languishes in the country. The grass root level facilities in the western world is many times better. The Indian crickters have come up in the international level despite the overwhelming odds. India's reluctance as to DRS is due to the fact they lost a Lanka series due to marginal decisions which can be ruled against the batsmen only with DRS

  • harshacc on August 7, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Was this news not known to BCCI yesterday when they announced the team? This is childish and puerile. Not checking up on injured players before announcing the team

  • Nampally on August 7, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Hamstring injuries take several weeks to heal. It was abundantly clear to any sportsman that Zaheer was finished for the series the minute he limped off at Lords. The Indian Selectors should have sent replacement straight away instead of waiting this long. Again why on earth was Zaheer named for the ODI squad? Kumar, Ishant and Sree did a reasonably good job in the absence of Zaheer. Hence there should be no cause for derating these 3 bowlers. It was Harbhajan who failed. Can Mishra replace Bhaiji more successfully? Remember that Ptior, Broad, Bresnan & Swann have saved England twice from a hopeless situations. If India had finished off England when they were 100 for 6 at Lords, India might have won that test.India's strength is in spin bowling. Ashwin should have been playing instead of Harbhajan. Can Mishra make adifference with leg spin/googlie minus his No balls? India should look forward with hope with the return of Sehwag, Gambhir. India can still upset England in next 2 Tests

  • Avinash_Sadana on August 7, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Why IPL? Can we make IPL as an event happen every 3 years? All the injured indian players played almost full season for IPL, almost all the matches

  • on August 7, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    ok i think the replacement is good. .rp singh is better bowler than srisanth. .ishanth. .rp singh will swing the ball. .so better selection

  • LSmith on August 7, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    my prayers to Bhajji, and yuvi to get well soon by next IPL

  • LSmith on August 7, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Hopefully Zaheer will be fully fit by next IPL season.. Great to watch him play IPL..

  • sudhanlittle on August 7, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    if he is fit also waste no use....waste guy.....becoz of him we lost in 2003 world cup under ganguly.....

  • on August 7, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Did expect this after yesterday's match where he just bowled for 3 overs. Now India is hurt again, as Dhoni & Co. was expecting return of the team bowling's spearhead, it hit them very badly. Now, it would be interesting how they respond. Even though R P Singh is back in team, he is in short of International Cricket exposure, he did well in the IPL3 version, but wasn't impressive in the previous one. His additional qualification is he does very well outside sub continent. Just as he did in T20 WC in south africa, England series 07 and Ipl 2 in RSA. Now, it will be interesting to see whether he gets an opportunity to play a match or just sit out on the bench. Will as of now, I doubt Zak's appearance for Australia tour also. I think he will be seen in action in next year only.

  • sreesam on August 7, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Zaheer, Harbajan and Yuvraj will be ready just in time for .....IPL 2012!!!

  • AvidCricFan on August 7, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    It is pathetic to see a country of 1 billion plus population and so much popularity and money in the game struggling to find 5 decent pace bowlers and 5 decent all weather batsmen. It only shows how well disorganized the cricket structure is in the country inspite of all money that is flowing in. Most of our states are the size of England or bigger than entire Australia's population.

  • littlesweetie on August 7, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Zaheer we miss you in Indian bowling attack., pls get ready for Australia tour we need you be there., Praveen you need to be lead the Indian attack with tall Ishant and Swinger Sreesanth., pls batsman keep in mind that we miss top two bowlers in last two tests and score runs more than 400 to kept Praveen & co to bowl., Dhoni you want to bat well ., Pls be aggressive.,

  • kancnaic on August 7, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    I donot know what is wrong with Irfan Pathan.He is not inferior to any other Indian fast bowlers in the present team.He is good batsman also.GOD ONLY KNOWS ..WHAT HAPPENS

  • on August 7, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Too much cricket...no recovery...lust for money! God save Indian cricket.

  • on August 7, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    I can predict what is going to happen. Zaheer will announce his retirement from test match cricket soon. He will play only in IPL and one days in future. Just wait and see

  • on August 7, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Uncanny how most of his injury enforced breaks have been for test series (with one/ two exceptions) and none for the IPL. Just as India were becoming good at Test cricket, they invented IPL.

  • Yabba on August 7, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Cricket in India is all about money - not about representing your country. As long as Zaheer & Sehwag are fit for IPL where they can make mega-bucks is all that matters. What happened to representing your country? India & the BCCI are killing international cricket...

  • AvidCricFan on August 7, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Hiding behind injuries and key players missing does not help the game. India should have enough reserves to field a competitive team. Its either India has picked wrong team or the team is underperforming. Where is the coach in this mess? If one closely look at how players are nurtured and groomed, I am not surprised at the results. Why do players like Yuvi, Raina have such a glaring weakness against short balls after being in international cricket for so long? It just shows that they are not getting enough time to work on their weaknesses from the grueling schedule. They go from match to match.

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    BCCI Are not using their brain. They should've picked Irfan Pathan,He deserves a chance more than anyone else. He would've also added strength to our batting ...

  • asithaSL on August 7, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    It's too harder 4 Indians now... Coz Zaheer is their wicket taking bowler. But, hopefully Sewag , Sachin n Raina ll fire next two games... Gud Luck boys...!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    I think ZAK has done enough .. he should limit himself from playing Tests and concentrate only on ODI's.

    What is happening with Irfan Pathan .. good to see RP come back .. form will be a big question here .. any form is good form .. looking at the kind of form the team is in with the current lot (barring the Wall)

  • sircha on August 7, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    It would be a commendable performance by the Indians even if they are able to manage a win and a draw and hold on to their no. 1.

  • AvidCricFan on August 7, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    The timing of this news is bad. Just on the eve of 3rd test, the team found issues with Zaheer's fitness? His fitness issues were known all along. Why the selectors didn't have proper backup? The IPL is wrongly being implicated. What strain can IPL put on bowlers? They get only 4 overs to bowl in a match. This is much less than what should be their daily practice regime. The core issue is players' commitment to maintain fitness. Why are Dravid and Tendulkar not having as many issues as others even in their late 30's?

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    I think 1 or 2 players less is not called a depleted side, its just too much cricket taking its tool.And it seems like no one other than Dravid is taking Indian team seriously.

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    I don't know why bcci is risking the leading wicket taker of ipl in playing bilateral series..better keep him fresh for next ipl..hope my comment get posted.. I don't know why bcci is risking the leading wicket taker of ipl in playing bilateral series..better keep him fresh for next ipl..hope my comment get posted..

  • ryan001 on August 7, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Selectors must think about Irfan Pathan, he is the only bolwer in India who can ingswing the bowl in fast piches like eng, aus etc.., as well as he has the ability to bat.

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    I'm sure that Zaheer will be ready for the IPL2012. Come on Zaheer!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Zaheer is literally gone. No more comeback for him. He is already 32.

  • mensan on August 7, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    It was expected after he bowled just 3 overs in tour match. But why india depends on him so much? why no one groomed to take his place. with due regard tp RPS, he looks just a club level bowler.

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    I like Zaheer a lot. But why the hell did BCCI never properly groom a single understudy? Also I can't accept that we lost due to injuries to key players. We lost because we stopped fighting. In England second innings, all our bowlers could do is feed freebies to batsmen? Even fielders stopped trying? Dhoni couldn't come up with a single technique? Is this the same captain who won us Nagpur test against Aussies on purely tactics? (FYI he made bowlers bowl unscorable deliveries, and Aussies crumbled).

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Erm, winning the World Cup is NOT as important as being the best Test team in the world. It's a one-day tournament.

    As for Zaheer, he came in unfit, got injured, and is now out for the whole series. Perhaps the BCCI need to start taking player fitness seriously?

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    DEAR ICC & BCCI

    Please ban IPL and safe guard our players to concentrate on INTERNATIONAL tours like versus Aussies, England, South Africa .......

  • kristee on August 7, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Luck, well, here're some people who had no qualms to celebrate their team just scraping through or losing 'moderately' on their last two tours of oz, no matter they were the only team to take on a depleted oz for two consecutive tours!

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    It is very difficult for a single team to be at the top in all forms of cricket considering the volume of international matches played these days. However, player fitness management is very poor by BCCI. England have identified that they have a clear shot at No. 1 test ranking and have worked towards that with very good player fitness management. Further they have much better reserve strength in their pace bowling. A team which depends on one or two individuals does not deserve No.1 ranking. Sri Lanka played much better cricket under extremely difficult batting conditions and improved a lot as the last test series progressed. In spite of having got to field a very inexperienced bowling attack batsmen compensated for that. The point I am trying to make is not that SL is a better test team. Indian batsmen lacked character and resolve to battle it out. Once again Indians have got caught up in their own IPL trap set up to destablize establihed cricket in other countries.

  • Jonah58 on August 7, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    I guess this is what happens when a national board gives priority to a 20 over a side slogathon instead of developing cricketers to play high intensity test cricket? As a neutral(ish) fan I have been really disappointed with the apparent missmatch between allegedly the top two teams in test match cricket fighting for the world No1 crown. I guess I best wait till England meet SA to finally see a true world championship decider. It must be worrying for Indian fans looking forward to the not to distant future when VVS, SRT and Dravid must surely be retiring to consider without these three truely great players just how far down the rankings India could potentially fall. I really hope the meltdown will not be as dramatic as the one the WI's suffered. World cricket needs a strong and vibrant India!

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    They should go with RP Singh...

  • gannyboy on August 7, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Love the comment by VENU VINOD KS may be they could learn something from Dravid.

  • offcutter on August 7, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Prasad38, You need to be realistic. If India have no back up for their injuries, then they cannot merit the title of No.1 team. The strength of England at the moment, is not that they are especially brilliant, but that almost any player could be easily replaced by another of equal calibre. If India with the vast resources available cannot produce a decent squad, with cover for key players (or retain their fitness for that matter!) then I rather doubt they can retain No.1 status. England have not been lucky: they are well-drilled, and confident. I also rather suspect that too much concentration on the (frankly rather boring) IPL has had a detrimental effect on Indian capacities to play test cricket. I am sad about this: a strong Indian team is essential to the wellbeing of the best form of the game, and, despite being an England supporter, I would like to see India bounce back. BUT do not make stupid excuses. A good team can cope with injuries; I don't think India can., ergo ...

  • YogifromNY on August 7, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Oh well, he will be ready in time for the next IPL, thank God! :-))

  • VetQuaid on August 7, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    @Prasad38! England deserves to be No.1, as they havevery balanced side. Even they replaced one bowler with another, who performed so well. India must think about their bowling attack (no good spinner, no fast bowler), they only have quality batsmen (not to mention hw they play bouncers). India is LUCKY to be No. 1, 'coz it played its past test matches at its own grounds. Why did not Indians get injured in IPLs?

  • swarzi on August 7, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    It is quite unfortunate that the new Mr Atlas, Zaheer Khan is ruled out of the series. I don't think that his presence though would have made much of a difference to the outcome of the series. I doubt that their batting line up can withstand the ruthlessness of this semblance of a world class attack to which they are now subjected - the first they are facing for the past four years. It is grossly unfair to ask Zaheer alone to go to a foreign country to win a test series - that has never been the case of any No.1 team in the world before.

  • rustyryan on August 7, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Zak will be better prepared for IPL 5;)

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    still india lacks that bit of extra pace..........even rp sing now is bowling round that 125 130 mark which doesnt seem a good choice when we alrdy hav so many new ball bwlrs who bowl at that pace and i feel he cannot create any problems to the batsmen when the ball is old...........why not give a chance to a quicke who can bowl 145-150 even though he may be wayward but can be used as an enforcer by bowling the short stuff.....i think varun aaron or umesh yadav are worth having a look at...!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    poetic justice for team india and indian fans. so much hot air before the start of the series and after only 2 tests, all the air has gone out. england deflated the balloon with such grace and professionalism which tema india will never be able to display. current team india is good for IPL only.

  • gopi_dhillon on August 7, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    @ Bansehwar Pai- V Aaron has no control , i dont know why you would want him in the team just yet

  • Fifthman on August 7, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Such a shame that Zaheer is out. This means India fans have yet another excuse for their team's woeful performance. Here's the full list (although more are being added every day)...

    Zaheer Khan out. The fact that he has a history of injuries and had clearly been feasting on the pies makes no difference, of course.

    Sehwag missing first 2 tests. The fact that he chose to delay surgery so he could scarf up the IPL moolah has no bearing on the situation, of course.

    Harbajan Singh out for last 2 tests. The fact he was bowling pies and was a walking wicket is conveniently overlooked.

    Yuvraj Singh out for last two tests. The fact that he is clueless against the short ball is quietly ignored.

    We're not interested in Tests; ODI/T20/IPL (delete as applicable) is where it's at.

    England are cheating. All their players are fit and they have bench strength.

    India are World Champions. Repeat ad infinitum.

    When challenged put fingers in ears and say 'LA-LA-LA-LA I can't hear you'

  • CricketChat on August 7, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    ZK has too fragile a body for a pace bowler and gets injured quite often. Has turned into another Shoaib Akthar. it is only a matter of time before he breaks down. Given he is already into 30s, his fitness in unlikely to get any better. He should retire from long format and concentrate on T20s only as even ODI require top fitness for 50 over (bowling and fielding).

  • CricIsCrazy on August 7, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    India has lots of good talent. The problem is only 17 of them can go on tours.

  • CricIsCrazy on August 7, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    The whole team should retire and focus on IPL. After all isn't that more lucretive?

  • figute78 on August 7, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Well they thought that they were too talented to go to the West Indies because they assumed that the West Indies were weak. Well guess what, this decline started in the West Indies because their confidence was eroded by by that tour. They never got pass 290 runs there because of the bowling. Still I would like to see the best Indian team now in England although I do not think it would have made a great difference in the result.

  • SachinRao on August 7, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Irrespective of his performance from here....what has RP Singh done in the ensuing period to be selected?? Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Jaydev Unadkat are playing in the emerging players tournament and they dont get a look-in ?? Thankfully they didnt hedge the bet on Nehra, whose fitness concerns are legendary.

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    indian fan dont say england lucky there good team better than india thats why they win the 2 test match.if u country loose just accept my friend dont make story indian fans all ways ur people have reason if u country loose very bad

  • sid.coooltyagi on August 7, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    this is highly unprofessional cricket from India's so called pace spearhead.he should be ashamed of himself.just when India needed him badly....he didn't seem to care about his body.....y is he always fit for the IPL.......but the list of his absentia from some of the most important series India have played in recent years is almost endless...be it Australia 2004,south Africa 2010,west Indies 2006,west Indies 2011,......so on....even if he breaks Kapil Dev's record he is nowhere even close too the latter's fitness level.

  • Harvey on August 7, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    @Prasad38 - Dry your eyes and look at the facts about your "depleted" team. You seem to have forgotten that England were missing Chris Tremlett in the last Test, who is a better bowler than ZK will ever be. Of course England didn't look depleted because we were able to replace him with Tim Bresnan, who is also better than ZK. Trott (a better batsman than Sehwag) was badly injured in the last Test and will be unavailable for the next one. As for Harbhajan, I think England will miss his bowling more than India will.

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    And I will not be surprised if IPL is held now and all the Indian players turn up to play again....arguing - it is only a 4 over spell ;-)

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    India should send a shadow team and not just a few replacement players. Players are falling like nine pins.

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Aashih Nehra would have been the right choice than RP. Anyway, RP wont get any chance to bowl in the third test. Munaf may get chance ahead of Sreeshanth

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    cricindia208 your opinion is exactly why the game is wrong. Tests are the true test of ability and mental toughness. ODIs are entertaining but in no way outweigh the real form of the game. Had you been 2-0 up and us on the ropes I'm sure you wouldn't have had the same opinion.

  • Arthaurian on August 7, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    I see a white wash coming

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    You don't have to look far to see the problem - take a look at the lead picture in this article. This guy is lugging around a pot belly expecting to compete in international cricket. Who is in charge here? It time to clean up house. Get rid of players who don't take the privilege they are given to play for their country seriously. They must realize, no matter how great the talent they are dispensable. I am sure there must be great talent out there in the mold of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and the like. It's better to let Zaheer go, regardless - this will be a lesson to future talent as well as Sehwag. Shape up buddy or you'll be shipped out as well.

  • george204 on August 7, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    @Domzo - I hope you're right! As someone who supported (perhaps "endured" would be a better word!) England through the dark age of 1987-1999, I still can't quite believe that we have a successful England side, and I can't allow myself to believe in the possibility of victory until I see Andrew Strauss actually holding the trophy aloft (& even then I have to pinch myself!)

  • cricketizgood on August 7, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    I am surprised India don't have a decent seemer who could take the lead in the absence of Zaheer. I think Munaf, Nehra, Irfan Pathan, are better choices to play. Agarkar is not a bad choice either as English pitches are swinging so much he could do some serious damage.

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Indian need a replacement for Zaheer sooner rather than later. I would be very surprised if he's still playing test cricket at 35. A shame because he's a very good bowler, but it happens to a lot of fast bowlers, Flintoff played his last test at the age of 31.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 7, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Zaheers a very good bowler and India have missed him, but the selectors need to held to account, it was clear in the game at Somersett he wasnt either match fit or physically fit and had a serious question mark over him starting the series. I also doubt the series would have been any different even had Zaheer been 100% fit, with the exception of the margin of wins which may have been closer. The only batsman that has seriously threatened England so far has been Dravid, the others simply havent turned up yet.

  • Percy_Fender on August 7, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    I am glad that RP Singh is the replacement. He should have been in the team anyway. I think he was bowling very well in the IPL and should be good in England.

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Such a shame for the country.these guys stay fit when there is IPL rather even though they are unfit they still play but when it comes playing for the nation they become unfit....such a shame on Zaheer, he never gets fit for a whole series.The time has come for his retirement

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Looks like that any slim hope that India will bounce back is gone. India must go through the motions of completing the series and try and ensure that the gennext is ready.

  • allblue on August 7, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    @NagaAmirtharaj England are the only side that have their home season in the northern summer, so playing all year round is something that they have to do every year. For other teams this only happens when they tour England in their off-season, as India are doing now. This has been a big issue for England cricket, as we've had more players retire early through injury or exhaustion than anyone else. The ECB now ensure that the England players fitness and workloads are very carefully managed. The players have to take responsibility themselves away from the camp though, as an overweight Zaheer clearly did not. As for hunger, every single player in the England team has either been dropped or been close to being dropped, a place in the team has to be earned. The Indian stars have done it all, are fabulously wealthy, and seemingly guaranteed a place in the side. They need a proper squad, with young hungry ambitious players pushing the established stars for the privilege of representing India.

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    this is the side effect of IPL i must say

  • Pantherscc on August 7, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    @cricdeva....India to field 4 seamers!!!.....they first need to find one who can bowl at international level. Cant borrow from other nations in international cricket. The only solution seems that their batting line up continue to churn up runs like a machine so that draw remains a possibility. Thats what Indian cricket is all about. Solely focussed on batting. The adminsitration and the fans are blind to the colors that a real pace bowler or an accomplished leggie brings to cricket.

  • Prasad38 on August 7, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    England are luckiest this time . . . . If luck continues for say 10 - 15 days they can be No.1 . But it wont last long !!!!!!!! Remember they are playing with depleted team. . . . . . . Even the players of Eng wont be able to taste the pleasure of Test No. 1 team.

    All the best England . . . . . As a Heart Break fan of India I hope they wont lose next 2

  • spinkingKK on August 7, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    If Indian captain decides to give due respect to Sreesnath's abilities and encourage fast bowlers like R.P.Singh rather than slow bowlers like Joginder Sharma, Unadkat and Vinay Kumar, Indian bowling will look good. Also, Indian selectors should understand that just beacuse a fast bowler looks ineffective in Indian pitches, it doesn't mean that they are no good in England, Austraila and South Africa. Also, just beacuse someone's able to pick some wickets because of bowling spin in longer run-up in Indian pitches, they may not be successful overseas. Zaheer Kahan can now contemplate retiring. Beacuse, by the time he recovers from this injury and regains his bowling mojo, we will be in a new era of Indian cricket with at least 2 of the Big 3's gone.

  • agam99 on August 7, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    This tour has proved to be so terrible for Indian team in every aspect. I just hope it ends on right note.

  • CricIndia208 on August 7, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    India are the WORLD CHAMPIONS. A win in the WORLD CUP is more important than a victory in a bilateral test series. India should not bother about this test series and should focus on the ODI series which follows.

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    @NagaAmirtharaj so what your saying is india played 2 more 1 day games than england. the ipl is an irrelevance, the players are under no obligation to play in it. and many of your players skipped the WI series too. stuart broad has consistently turned down offers of IPL because he values test cricket. Bopara turned it down because he wanted to win his Test place back. England have players like bopara, hildreth and taylor, tremlett, finn, bresnan & onions knocking on the door of the test team, so no england player can take a chance with their place. India have NO back ups, so the big players can play ipl knowing their test place is secure. This again highlights just how very weak the indian squad and set up is. they may have sneaked to number 1 through the back door, but with their big 5 all 32 or over, they have surrendered it meekly, and with the imminent retirements of their greats, will find their real level, wallowing in the bottom reaches of the test nations

  • tdobbo on August 7, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    I hope Zaheer recovers well and soon, he is a fine cricketer and a highly regarded sportsman. Althought India are out of form at the moment, they are fortunate to have a series coming up against Australia. The tour presents an excellent opportunity to play any of their young bowlers to give them confidence and experience against the weak Australian batting line up.

  • sneharitha on August 7, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Remember 2007 series drawn 4th test. Captain Dravid told the press that His bowlers were tired and he knows their physique well. But Zaheer told the press Iam not tired. This time around He has made a mockery. I know I am rude and unfit to comment about the players of calibre like zaheer. But I feel in my inner mind that 2007 series hurt meted out to Dravid who resigned from captaincy then has come back to hurt zaheer now.

  • Narkovian on August 7, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    As an ENG supporter, I am sorry Z Khan and H. Singh are not fit. But the reason is only because it gives India the excuse that they are getting beaten for that reason alone.. Fact is, many of IND team are reaching their sell-by date. ENG can only play the team that is put out against them. It seems no-one has much sympathy when ENG go touring, whether it is IND, SA or AUS and they get injuries, or they select old-age pensioners.. It is just part of the game. Looking forward to 3rd Test... hope ENG play 5 fast bowlers !!!!.

  • Vew_Point on August 7, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    WOW! its amazing to see how BCCI works. Less than 24 hours of announcing the team for the ODI series. Two marquee players have either announced retirement or may be forced to retire. It takes a simple phone call to find out the status of injured players rather than be embarrassed to know that your right hand doesnot know what the left hand does. I would not be surprised if shewag is not completly fit or others are also injured and not disclosing before the start of the ODI series or the Ozie tour. Srikanth and Co did not even know or have the complete fitness profiles of players before consedering them? I wonder what will happen if they come to know that R.P is actually nursing an injury himself.....that would be fun.

  • tom_dick on August 7, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    I think IPL tornado has blown many cricketers with questionable health conditions. Too much of anything is good for nothing. For any sports a good body condition is required. We have only some players who follow the strict food management. I have a strong feeling that player thus selected should not only physical condition camps but also mental ability classes. Nehra might have done better than RP Singh if included in English conditions.

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    i think its better to rest Zahir, Sehwag, Yuvi, Dhoni etc so that they all could be fit for IPL next season :)

  • wibblewibble on August 7, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    RP Singh in Tests in England - 12 wickets at 28. Maybe not such a bad choice, should have had him in for the previous game.

  • murali623 on August 7, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    The same Zaheer has outspoken about Dravid during last series in England! he shoud realize now that statement: Zaheer Khan said:"I don't think I was tired. As far as I'm concerned, I have given everything in this series." Dravid knows about Indian Bowlers fitness.

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    RP singh will be the key man in the test match, he can move the ball very well and has speed too to confuse the batsmen.It was evident in 2007 series .

  • Herath-UK on August 7, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    This is terrible news and the only silverline is Sewag is back,can he give the impetus,India greatly needs at this juncture.Mahela did tell England is the number one team at the beginning of the Sri Lankan tour,but he even would not have expected the poor efforts and form of the current Indian team. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Give chance to new young bowlers like V Aaron.

  • Domzo on August 7, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    @george 204 - I doubt there's much complacency in the players' camp, more in the supporters and the pundits - and matches aren't decided by supporters and pundits. I expect the team are being quite professional about their preparations - that's what has been so impressive about England in the last few series - the fact that they are scrapping no matter what. Perth and Headingley were both low points, but England picked themselves up afterwards and got back on with the task in hand.

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Why not pace bowler V Aaron????????????????

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    This is a joke. India's chances down to Zero now in Tests. And after a whitewash in the test series, Im not sure they are going to fare well in ODIs. Duncan Fletcher spoke too soon that India will dominate cricket for the next decade or so.

  • TopC on August 7, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    That's sad, Zaheer is India's only genuine Test class quick. Without him I can't see them making much of a dent in England's batting lineup. Busy right now blocking my ears in anticipation of the babble of excuses from Indian supporters when they are whitewashed in the series! :)

  • strategic_blunder on August 7, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Sure bad news but not such a bad replacement, please bear in mind that RP is a left hander and adds variety to the attack. ....Ill go on and comment this for the first time, and I havnt been a supporter of his at all and totally understand his exclusion so far, Irfan Pathan couldve also been considered ADDITIONALY to RP. Just going by plain statistics, Irfan is closest to Zaheer ( Bowling Ave : 32.28, RPO: 3.28 and S/R: 58.8). Recent formwise, he was doing ok in IPL, swing had started to come back and he LOOKED FIT. On a psychological level, it wouldve provided a boost for the lad.....stats and form aside, I strongly believe that for India to salvage anything out of the remaining two matches they have to go for the kill. In cricket terms it means taking the 20 wickets in quickest way possible. And to do so, they have to go in with 5 bowlers, for which Irfan wouldve been a perfect fit. Couldnt be any worse than Raina with the bat....

  • SDHM on August 7, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Self correction: he got a five wicket haul at Lord's didn't he, not Trent Bridge!

  • ed24 on August 7, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    The Boxing Day Test is in 20 weeks, so unless there are any delays, Zaheer should be fully prepared for that tour. Even as an Australian, I do hope he's in full flight for that series.

  • Pebnet on August 7, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Not at all disappointed, Zaheer himself to be blamed. Don't think he's professional enough to play at the highest level. Only skill is not enough, one has to be physically extremely fit. A lot of the Indian players take things for granted!!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    he is fit for sittin on the bench watchin stuart board tremlett nd anderson hahahahhahahahahahahahahahah LOLOLOLOLOO

  • allblue on August 7, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    It's always a shame to see players miss out through injury, but there's a bit more to it than just bad luck. Zaheer arrived in England overweight, and as a fast bowler that is asking for trouble. I commented here before the First Test that 20 (half-paced) overs at Taunton, his first in First Class cricket for seven months, meant he would not be match-fit for Lords and so it proved. Once again, questions need to be addressed to the BCCI for India's under-preparation for this tour. RP bowled well in England last time, but I just checked and his last FC game was in January, and his last List A game was in March. He played 14 IPL games, the last on May 18th but hasn't played any competitive cricket since. I wonder what sort of fitness and training regime he's been on since then?

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    There's something so very dull and pedestrian like about the Indian team. Whenever someone in their team gets injured they are always replaced by another player who has been in and out of the Indian team alot. In this recent we now see yet another return for RP Singh. How many times as this guy been in and out of the team? if it was me in charge of selection i';d be worried that India doesn't have any fresh crop of bowlers and its always the same mediocre lot that keep being tossed in and out of the same hat time and time again. I did previously say that India could fight back but i dont see that happening. They just dont have the impetus and sole to do it. They are too lackluster and have no fighting spirit.Shame on their culture.

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    finally RP singh gets his deserved selection, he will do well

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Truly a huge blow to our bowling attack..but looking at the bigger picture its good that he is staying away from the game till he regains full fitness & as per the time frame they have hinted...it seems he should be fit & raring to go by the time we take on the Aussies this winter. On paper, our bowling attack doesnt look it has the ammunition to take 20 wickets; but looking at the previous two test matches it was the batting that led us down. With Sehwag & Gambhir back, I hope we come up with an inspired performance; while Ishant, Sree, PK & Mishra should be able to hold the Pommies if we have a good score to defend!!!

  • cricveda on August 7, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    India should see the wicket if there is grass go with four seamers else include amit mishra its better to drop praveen kumar because he is not making the batsmen hurry to play as he has no speed and its better to drop raina and play mukund so team i would like to be mukund,sehwag,gambir,dravid,tendulkar,laxman,dhoni,RP singh,ishant,amit mishra,sree santh common guys u need speed otherwise english batsmen are technically sound enough to counter swing as they are brought up in swinging conditions

  • TheGecko on August 7, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    It doesn't really matter that much now.. whether he is available or not. It has been India's batting which has let them down in the series. Praveen and Sreesanth didn't bowl that badly in the last test. They just didn't have the runs to back them up. The only bowler who wasn't good enough was Harbhajan, and thankfully he's been replaced now. People say that bowlers win you matches, but if the batsmen simply refuse to score runs, what can the poor bowlers do?

  • Rohit42 on August 7, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    He should be fit for the champions trophy, which means that by the time India tours Australia, he would be ready for another Hamstring

  • vichan on August 7, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    A shame for the player and the series. It just highlights how much this one man makes a difference to the Indian team. A crying shame that a country of a billion obsessed cricket fans cannot seem to produce more than a single quality seamer. Whereas in England, where cricket is very much a minority sport, spinners and pacemen seem to be produced these days like a conveyor belt...

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    that is ridiculous, they should have gone for a bowler with real pace, a high 80s bowler not RP slow left arm seam Singh. look at the england attack all the bowlers have more pace and bounce than india thats y they r using the conditions well

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Still i think it would have been better to have IRFAN PATHAN in the squad..............

  • NagaAmirtharaj on August 7, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    @Stuart Brooking .. After the english were sent home in the WC 2011 quarters, India went on to win the worldcup, played a full length IPL and toured WI. England were resting at home and played a short home series against SL... before we decide India are a weak side I would like to see the english players playing as much cricket and still being fit and hungry... afterall india are the numero uno test team in the world..

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Zaheer's injury is indeed a setback. However, we should now come to terms with the fact that he will be intermittently available and accordingly plan and groom our younger fast bowlers. With the Australian series in the winter, BCCI shouls ensure that the rehabilitation of Zaheer after surgery is proper and he is 110% fit for the same.

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    hope everything goes alright for india now onwards or else they are going to feel it very hard. the only hope is now sehwag n gambhir giving good starts and RP should take it as a chance to cement his place ..............

  • vashw on August 7, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    We cant call all the indian players 'Athletes'. Some of them are slothful to a great extent. Not having a good fitness regime and playing too much of cricket including VERY IMPORTANT tournaments like IPL and CLT20 has definitely taken a toll on them. and the Indian cricket team depending heavily on the so called 'KEY' players deserves to lose their NO1 tag to an effervescent English side. Its high time Kids in India give more importance to fitness

    And Finally Zaheer and others .... try to get fit before IPL V .. :)

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    @Irtan Hussain - Nehra isn't quite physically equipped to handle 5 day games any more. He has had multiple stress fractures and back injuries which prevent his role in Tests.

    @Stuart Brooking - I have to agree with that. BCCI has been pretty myopic with managing the bench strength of the Test team (as it is with most things). Our recent success was mostly built around Sehwag-Gambhir's strong opening and D/L/T piling it on. Similarly for bowling it'd be Zak to draw the first blood and guiding Ishant/ Sreesanth and somehow Harbhajan picking up the tail-end crumbs. It's been 3 years since Ganguly retired and Yuvraj, Raina or any of the incumbents haven't even cemented the middle order leftie slot. With this sort of back-up it's a minor miracle that we held on the top spot for as long as we did.

  • Stark62 on August 7, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Very bad news for Ind because they are going to lose the Test series regardless and I expected Ind to win the ODI series comfortably but without Zaheer they are going to struggle big time in the ODI arena is well.

  • popnlock on August 7, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    well, the little bit i know about cricket is that its a team game, true that sometimes individual players prove to be match winners but overall its a team game. All indians crying about zakheer khan's injury for what then?!!! are the so called '' No.1'' test team in the world relies only on one player to win them matches!!!! All indians were predicting a 4-0 win of india over england before the start of the series, where are they now?!!! India never deserved to be the no.1 and their so called cool captain never played even a test saving innings in his career,, they are just a bunch of much hyped indian media stars. in actual cricket they are way way behind even in behaviour... learn from england who has slam you......................................

  • CricketMaan on August 7, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    WHAT A JOKE...RP Singh just coz he is left handed and could intimidate Strauss?..why on earth he isnt then playing in Aus Emerging Tour if he should be the replacement..what did Mithun, Vinay, Yadav or Unadkat do?...RP from Oblivion is going to bail them out, because he has experience bowling in English coditions..but then will he get to play even one Test ahead of Ishant, PK, Sree, Munaf...

  • itisme on August 7, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    zaher or no zaheer, india are no match for england in current form. as i have already said in one of my earlier postings, that, man for man england are a definitely superior side. india have no option but to accept the inevitable.

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    @Stuart Brooking!! you missed two more names!! Ganguly and Gambhir!! Gambhir had a big role to take India to no 1!! Ask the bowlers who bowled to him in 2007 from England!!

  • Thilakh on August 7, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Why is Nehra nor Aravind not selected for the tour instead of RP Singh? RP Singh is good but Nehra/Aravind are better Indian fast bowler options.

  • bumsonseats on August 7, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    to be a # 1 team mean that you have more than 1 bowler capable of getting you wickets. during the present series the wickets have been good test match wickets help for the seamers at the start good batters can score runs. india have had the good fortune to win both tosses and 1st use of the wicket to bowl on. this they have found had to do. there bowlers have found to be not good enough and same with batters, not been able to score over 300 in any innings, were england seem to be able to score at will. with every person stepping up to the plate. dpk

  • Manush on August 7, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Let us accept the brutal truth. Ban IPL fun. Excess plays ofthe shorter versions and flow of big money contributed to the downfall of many talented stars across the Cricketing Nations. Before it is too late, the politicians and commercial fellows should be kicked out to save Cricket a fine game.

  • blondblackberry on August 7, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    rp's selection is the best so far.he is the only bowler with the potential of zak to b replaced.hope he plays the 3rd test.aslo,dhoni believes in rp i think.may be he is the man.he is fit and fresh.

  • Humdingers on August 7, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Dale Styen... Jimmy Anderson.... Bret Lee.... now look at the picture of Zaheer and his midsection! What the? He's supposed to be a premier athlete, senior player and role model... yeah right... role model for Krispe Kreme doughnuts maybe! No sympathy at all - get in the gym, learn how to eat for performance and reassess your priorities!

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    He is 32. It looks like he will retire before Dravid-Sachin-Laxman... Should be playing only in IPL now... India needs to look ahead, forget about Zaheer now.

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    oooo no it cant get worse now 14-16 weeks now he will just recover for aus series hopefully now its team for others bowlers to show they arent toothless wothout zak there are equally dangerous these two matches odi against eng in eng and in india and wi test in india and for replacemnet good rp has got a chance to show his talent but as he has not had good domestic seasons if they wanted left arm seamers unadkant ,nehra or i pathan better choice but why not mithun who whenever given oppertunity has performed

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    It is a misfortune that a marquee series is turning to a damp squib....If ZAK had been in this series, may be England would have faced a stiff challenge...Cause he not only keeps one end up but also gives valuable ideas to others. Right now india are the under dogs in this series. They have nothing to loose now.I just hope they go out there and play some fearless cricket.

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    These guys better to play IPL not for country there they gets injured. Great Magic of IPL

  • rahulcricindia on August 7, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    zaheer has to blame himself for that, it clearly shows that he has done no regular training in the time when he was given rest.....he clearly looked overweight and very stiff it is really crime for the fast bowler.....not only he has put himself into trouble but also put India into some trouble as it is always tough for the replacement bowler to straight away get into that mindset as he was not the first choice.....terribly carelessness from zaheer!!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    a big big blow for india our hopes were rejunated hearing now its really bleak we will be able to save the series or even the no 1 rankings and now i think zak will be out for the whole year hopefully fit for aus series and now its time for team india to show their bowling is not totaly depended on zak and can be dangerous without him the next two matches the odi against eng in eng and in ind and wi test and as replacement i think f they wanted a left arm seamer ashish nehra irphan pathan or j unadkant would have been bettter but why not mithun who whenever given chance has done well but hope rp can show is talent again

  • HatsforBats on August 7, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Bad news for India. Good news for RP. I wondered what had happened to him. He looked a quality bowler when I first saw him a few years back in Aus; swing at decent pace, full length, he always looked dangerous. Good luck to the young man.

  • Lovetesh on August 7, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    More than England it is the fatigue which hammered India down. They are playing non-stop cricket SA, WC, IPL, WI, Eng....It is bound to happen. To me South Africa is the true successor of India in #1 ranking. They are well balanced and well managed also. Good luck to RP Singh though.

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Dont Worry, he will be all fit and raring for the IPL-5...

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    unfit bowlers deserve to be out of the side!! Better to have him out before the test starts than lose him after 6 or 7 overs like in Lords!! Seriously he needs to consider retirement!!

  • JustOUT on August 7, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    No sympathy for this guy. When he can play IPL and skip other tours, then what the hell was he doing during the break. He deservers this and shame on him and the so called Indian supporters. Now dont cry we lost just because of him and blah blah.

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    India need a stronger squad. India need players who can slot in - injuries happen - great teams cope with that. Zak was great when he played for Worcestershire. But he looked overweight when these tests started - and carrying more weight often leads to injuries. I don't know. It will be the end of the year before he's "cricket fit" again. A real shame. Looks like he will miss the Aussie tour as well

  • riyaz28 on August 7, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Finally BBCCI woked up from sleep n decided to select the RP Singh in the squad, he is the best fast baller in the indian side, he is the member of winning 2007 series is in Englad and first T20 world cup....

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    it ll be gud 2 see R.P. He has alot of talent.India z going thru da crisis since 2 test matches and i believe dat he ll meet da expextions coz he came 4 small town n small family.These guyes puts full efforts 2 do da bst nad achieve da best.gud luck R.P

  • Herath-UK on August 7, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    This is terrible news and the only silverline is Sewag is back,can he give the impetus,India greatly needs at this juncture.Mahela did tell England is the number one team at the beginning of the Sri Lankan tour,but he even would not have expected the poor efforts and form of the current Indian team. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • Valavan on August 7, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    India have best reason to give lame excuse these days, Zaheer is done and he can retire immediately. OK guys 4 - 0 looming now.

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Zaheer will be missed but it will be a good chance for the young fast bowlers to gain experience outside the sub-continent as next overseas tour is Australia..

  • ananth_rk on August 7, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    How come all these players become 100% fit when they play for IPL? Something really BCCI has to think about... Nation first or personal benefit of players first? The follow-up of IPL immediately after world cup is not correct... The result is we lost the opportunity at west indies and lost our fame in england...

  • MrUmp on August 7, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    This is not bad news for India cricket - this is what happens when you abjectedly forgoe your obligations at board level, team level and individual level when aspiring to be No.1

    Ridiculous. IPL has a lot of blame here and individuals players who all decided that post the WC win IPL had to be done - it served no other purposed but to swell the wallets of the BCCI and the individuals themselves - it does nothing to promote India' status as No.1.

    These players then decide to opt out of the Windies tour - which would have at least acted as a good warm up for what was known to be a mouthwatering series. England are good - but not that great - the series is one sided by the sheer un-preparedness of the team. What has Fletcher done to counter this - his lack of being vocal ( as he usually was when managing Eng ) is conspicous.

    Zaheer - classic example of Indian who talk about the team - but show very littel of that. Possibly now the time to do without him altogether.

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    hoping that RP bowl with his pace & brain of Zak...can do miracle in the series.....and also need to see how fit RP is!!

  • vijujack on August 7, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Finally the team management woke up. He looked unfit in the 1st test and how can he be kept for so long without any diagnosis? To behave as though no one else can bowl except Zaheer is a false premise. Why wasn't RP Singh flown earlier just as a standby? So many questions and NO ANSWERS. After losing 2 tests and just 3 dayts before the 3rd test they take this decision. Is RP Singh expected to play well coming off his plane? It is time Team India is not chosen on past reputation, but on fitness verified by the doctors, not by the players themselves..

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Yeah Yesterday I am talking about Rp Singh and now he is in team i am amazing to see that the selectors watch my comment which was send on 6 august 2011 thanking you........

  • Depq on August 7, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    What a JOKE!!! 14-16 weeks out....Going to the gym during this period and shedding those 10+ kilos from above the waist might help him in the long run.

    Fitness wise, some of the cricketers in Indian team should be ashamed to call themselves professional sportsman. They are simply lazy and unfit. They are being paid to play and they are cheating themselves and all the supporters!

    Really hope that Eng trashes the Indians 4-0 to teach all these guys a lesson. Hope though that legends trio of VVS, Dravid and Tendulkar make good runs!

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    What so big deal? Zaheer and Team India is only concerned in playing that IPL. Zaheer and Team India is hardly interested in National Duties. IPL has taken betting to highest level. IPL is not a Cricketing event it is a worst commerical event. Team India and BCCI is completely focussed on IPL. Because of IPL, Team India is losing skill, inspiration, motivation and fitness to play Test Cricket. These curators, coaches and BCCI officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in other tournaments. IPL is completely meaningless and obsolete Tournament. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch between Countries unlike IPL Teams which look like clubs. Test Cricket is ultimate to watch on sportive pitches. But IPL is making these pitches Lifeless.

  • rahulcricindia on August 7, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    zaheer has to blame himself for that, it clearly shows that he has done no regular training in the time when he was given rest.....he clearly looked overweight and very stiff it is really crime for the fast bowler.....not only he has put himself into trouble but also put India into some trouble as it is always tough for the replacement bowler to straight away get into that mindset as he was not the first choice.....terribly careless from zaheer!!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    I, for one, see this as an opportunity than a drwback... RP Singh is as good a bowler in swinging conditions as you get in India... I dont understand why isnt he a more integral part of India's plans.... He has always given returns when faith has been placed in him. Good Luck, RP...

  • cricinme on August 7, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    He should be rested for ever. We have enough replacements but all they need is a confidence boost.

  • smudgeon on August 7, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Is this part of the game plan - swapping bowlers in & out in the hope that it will confuse the English batsmen into giving up their wickets? I liked RP Singh when I saw him in Australia a few years ago, but (and this is weird to say) he's no Zaheer. I just can't understand how a country of 1 billion people that is cricket mad just can't produce another quality quick, or even one that can bowl 30-40 overs without breaking down. It'll be nice to see Sehwag back in the side though.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 7, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    In an ironic twist, BCCI's own circus named IPL has shot itself in the foot. Zaheer is an average bowler who averages 31 with the ball and made to look good because other indian bowlers are so useless. RP SIngh is a poor choice as a replacement and shows panic among Indian selectors. Rahul Dravid was chosen in ODI sqaud and he immediately retired. ICC ranking system is flawed. India has no won anywhere other than NZ and West Indies outside India. I look forward seeing Zaheer Khan in Champions League as surely he will be fit..Just in time!

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Genuine sympathy for losing Zaheer from an England supporter. Was looking to England facing up to the challenges he presents as one of the finest seamers India has produced. Wishing him a full recovery.

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    its a good slelction i think

  • cricveda on August 7, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Then its better to play RP Singh because he has the england experience of 2007 tour go with five bowlers. problem for india is getting 20 wickets. so go with 5 bowlers and drop raina thats the solution. it would have been better to drop dhoni but he is captain so cant drop him :)

  • ibbani on August 7, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    BCCI mistake to pick injured players. Pick Irfan, he is made a joker with boys around him are picked to make his morale even low.

  • ssenthil on August 7, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    That is a Killer below for India and Dhoni. Dhoni don't even know hot to set field in the absence of Zak, when the England batsman get going. India all set to lose No.1 for 100% sure.

  • george204 on August 7, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Very unlucky for Zaheer, but England write India off at their peril. I detect just a hint of complacency from the England camp, reminiscent of the lead-up to the Headingley test in 2009 or last winter's Perth test - and we know how those games finished! Ishant is a very fine bowler and the new spinner will feel he has a point to prove, so it will be a very tough game.

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Very bad news indeed :( Wish him a speedy recovery and regain his full fitness soon.

  • SanjivAwesome on August 7, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    I am disappointed that a professional athelete did not fix such a serious problem before the start of a marquee series with England. I don't blame him for IPL; just for his un-Dravid-ian approach to self-discipline and self-preparation. I am hopeful that the young and inexperienced Indian bowling attack will now pull off their best in the next two tests.

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Imagine the scenario where the number 1 team in the world is playing the second best team and the premier bowler for #1 turns up for the tour unfit & out of match practice and subsequently breaks down after barely turning his arm over. Hardly believable is it? Really poor management but even worse self-discipline. You should be ashamed Zaheer, you have let your country and team down as well as detracting from what should have been a highly competitive test series.

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    And that is that. The last hope that India had to salvage anything from this series was Zaheer being fit. Without him, they will not take 20 wickets, England will continue to pound the Indian attack into submission. The only hope now is for a flat Oval track so that the Indians may avoid the humiliation of a whitewash. Its a shame in a way that the injuries have occurred, but on the other hand they are part and parcel of international sport, and have highlighted just how weak India are. Their success has been built on the back of 5 players (sehwag, D/L/T, zaheer) and injuries to just 2 of them have shown up the weakness of the squad. England have a squad of 15 or more test class players, showing that in Oz and now vs India, injury is not a problem as they have players who can come in and not affect the strength of the team. The No 1 spot will be theirs for awhile, and we now look forward to the SA series, as they at least will provide meaningful, challenging cricket

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    i was wondering what happened to nehra.he is good seam and swing bowler.Its good desicion to bring RP but he has not played for india for long time.So now its gamble again.Indian strength has been its batting.Hopefully sehwag and gambir play some special innings.If they win fourth test.Atleast we can square the series.

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    "Giving more importance to physical fitness" should become a priority to Indian players.. We are exceeding the limit - Zaheer, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Harbhajan - most affected by lack of physical fitness - Most of them key reason for India winning the world cup - These people out of fitness, Indian team will continue to struggle in tests too..!!

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 7, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Zaheer will also miss the Australia tour.

  • Baundele on August 7, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Bad news. India will have to work really hard to avoid a whitewash.

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Oh.... No This is Disaster... 2 tests,5 ODI's WITHOUT ZaK..MISERY to MY COUNTRY... :-(

  • nirajtaneja on August 7, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    bad news for team india and indian cricket lovers.. n a big oppurtunity for rp singh to show his talent, he has been not playing since 2009 in indian team lets c if he gets a place in playing eleven for test and odi's

    my playing eleven for test : sehwag- gambhir- rahul- sachin - laxman - kohli - dhoni - amit mishra - ishant - praveen - sreesanth/rp singh.

    playing eleven for odi's : sehwag - sachin - gambhir - kohli - raina - dhoni - jadeja - praveen - rp singh - ashwin - ishant

    t20's : sehwag- uthappa - gambhir- kohli - raina - dhoni - jadeja /yusuf - praveen - rp singh- ishant - ashwin

  • bnghosh50 on August 7, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    sad news for the indian ......but it was expected after zak able tyo bowled only 3 overs in the match against northampton..........hope he will be fine for the future tours and wont give us the same things again and again in the upcoming tours...we still need him...without him it is almost certain that india will not be able to bowl out the opposition...........come on zak............get ready for the next aus tours.......

  • RohanBhalerao on August 7, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    This was the last news i wanted to hear on a pleasant Sunday afternoon...! Dejected and disappointed is how i am feeling right now.. And i am sure, diehard cricket fans would be feeling the same..

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    With Zaheer gone, it will be a miracle if India don't lose 4-0 in the test series.

  • Seaking_alpha on August 7, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Ridiculous!!! India's best fast bowler missed the tour of WI to take a break from the World cup, comes back to bowl 14 overs and breaks down. Yuvraj Singh also missed the WI tour due to injury, played 1 game and got ruled out of the series. At this rate, we will not be able to put up 11 fit men to field a side even.

  • sweetspot on August 7, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Now let's not start blaming Zaheer for letting India down and things like that. After all his heroics over the last 3-5 years, I am happy to let Zaheer figure this one out by himself, depending on what he really wants from life going forward. I have far too much respect for our champions to start cursing them. Dear Zak, you have done us proud, and we the true fans of Indian cricket are proud of you no matter what you do or don't from this point on. Just come back hungry for whatever you want to do next. It's all good, Mate. Now, whatever you do, don't show up for RCB in the Champions League!

  • Thegreatgame on August 7, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    This was almost expected. Unfortunate for Zaheer but his comeback during this tour was always going to be difficult. I really hope he gets well soon. Opportunity now for RP to cement his place in the side. Though how much of a game will he actually get during the test series remains to be seen.

  • Qdzy on August 7, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    India are might concede a whitewash here, it's nice when not only one side dominates world cricket...soon enough the Poms might have to give way to Sri Lanka.

  • Sakthiivel on August 7, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Indian should learn to win matches without Zaheer Khan. other like Isanth, Sreesanth should step up and need to blow heart out.

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    This is the huge draw back for India & Big plus for England......now India has to deal with their inexperience pace attack to win at least one match to save the No.1 position. Other side view is the new boys have a chance to make their name in the international community. All the best to Team India.

  • rajatgupta_indianfan on August 7, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    I hope this shall serve as a wakeup call for Indian cricket and BCCI in particular. This series must be taken as an example of outcome of overboard carelessness in preparation for a series in terms of match and condition practice, fitness management and bench strength.

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Dreadful news for team India, we will be plying again lacking our main test bowler. Anyways All the Best team India!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    wht is happening to the fitness of our indian players??????

  • sumandas on August 7, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    That's height of callousness for both zaheer n the team mgmt/selectors. They should have made sure that he's 100% fit before selecting him in a series hyped as world champ'ship of test cricket.

    This series has exposed not only India's limited cricket skills but also it's amateurish style of handling other issues like player's fitness. A team like this doesn't deserve to stay no. 1 in any format.

  • cricinme on August 7, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Taking him on tour was itself BCCI,s biggest fault. RP singh is a good replacement.

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    big big loss for India! Thats why its said to prepare other bowlers as well, now lets see how Eng capatalize on this loss of India!big big loss for India! Thats why its said to prepare other bowlers as well, now lets see how Eng capatalize on this loss of India!

  • groundreality on August 7, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Great going Zak! Better now to retire from tests to concentrate on ODI and.. oh wait, who needs even ODIs! Better to quit all forms of cricket except T20.

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    It is really a shocking news for India and all indian fans. Its like putting salt on the wounds. India was already suffering from the bowling and this is going to further widen the issues and problems for India. However, I think RP Singh is a great bowler to be replaced with. I am sure he will make good impact on the attack with his pace and bounce on seamer friendly tracks and conditions of England. Wish India all the best...

  • tungadia on August 7, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    At last R P Singh got his dues..he is best seamer available with Praveen kumar in English conditions....and should have been preferred over Sreesnath.....combination of Praveen and R P can be proved lethal attack........Amit Mishra again is a hopeless choice and will be happy if they include extra batsman instead specialist spin bowler..Use sehwag, Raina and tendulkar to add variety in bowling....Saha is always a terrible selection..Parthiv is still the best alternative on all conditions....

  • harryrockz on August 7, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Good move by the selectors. RP would be pumped up and ready after his IPL stint... All the best Team India

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Good to see RP back in the team..he is realy a good talent. :)

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    another blow for India's England campaign..

  • Mannix16 on August 7, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    India's main worry in this series is not being able to face the English bowlers. So far they have not been able to post above 300. Regardless of Zaheer Khan's exclusion, they would have still lost the matches, but now they will lose by huge margins. Wouldn't be surprised if it was a whitewash. What an embarassment

  • Pankaj_INDIA on August 7, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    very very very disappointing... will he be there for oz series at least?? we need him, more for guiding the other talented young bowlers, who, in his absence, are doing enough, but not enough to win the matches..

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    R.P can do d magic.. Give d chance to R.P.. He ll make d batsmen RIP..:):) D bst lineup l be Sehwag, Gauti, Dravid, Sachin, Raina, Dhoni, Mishra, Praveen, Ishant, R.P.. I reckon Sree ll nt b pickd as he is leaking runs more than getting wickets..

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    i it is to asd dat zaheer wont play rest of series but i am confident dat rp singh has d capability to do it for india

  • Fahad.net on August 7, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    as if it made any difference

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Good to see RP Singh back in the squad...

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    I guess we have to thank the IPL and the player himself? The BCCI needs to do a analysis and see which top players have got injured after the IPL... perhaps they wouldnt want to.

  • RakeshDash on August 7, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Really Disappointing....our cricketers giving IPL the top priority :(

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Why ... Why is Irfan Pathan being overlooked with such a lot of convenience? I think he would be the ideal replacement for Zaheer Khan. And in English conditions, his ability to swing the ball both ways could be very effective.

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    This is shame. Players always rush in to things and declare themselves fit. BCCI is equally responsible. I hope Viru is not in a hurry to return back and he is 100% fit. This is a wake up call for BCCI and they should not review the process of declaring players fit to play. Nobody should be considered for selection until they are 100% fit and ready to perform on field.

  • sankar8000 on August 7, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    It seems R.P.Singh likely to replace him! Not a Bad choice!

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    About time, India team bit the bullet and sent him home to recover. I wish they had included RP Singh right from the beginning. They have not left enough time for him to come into the third test which is the most critical of the series now, for Indians to hang on to the first ranking. If they loose or even draw, last test is more than likely to produce a draw so India's chances would be very slim of a win. Pro-active selections and team management means, you take a stop-loss and put your faith in available resources rather than hoping for an injured player to put your chest nuts out of the fire. Good opportunity for Dhoni and his men to show if they really deserve to be numero uno or not. No excuses now...

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    There goes the series! Now the situation is completely hopeless!! Whatever faint chances of a drawn series were there are also gone. The only thing they can hope to do now is to avoid a complete whitewash. At least draw one match!

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    This is a HUGEE blow!! But this will be an ideal time to test our back up seamers....we've been relying on Zak for too loong!

  • ns_krishnan on August 7, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    That just about kills any hope of India winning any of the remaining two Tests. The best we Indians can hope is that the batting stands up and saves the remaining games.

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    a welcome return to rp singh

  • jkhemani on August 7, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    In the first paragraph, you wrote: "...right ankle impingement that will require injury."

    I'm sure you meant 'surgery', but 'require injury' will do just fine :)

  • sameer997 on August 7, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    This is sooo bad with such a big series to follow you want your first eleven to play rather than eight of your players crisis

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    "that will require injury"??

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Very bad news, it's very though for India to come back... just wishing that shreesanth will handle zaheer work... best wishes for team India

  • crikbuff on August 7, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Zak should take care of himself, and get ready and fit for the next IPL. IPL is the most important tournament and all top players must rest themselves from boring series vs England, West Indies, Australia, etc. and be ready for IPL.

  • anuajm on August 7, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Good to see RP Singh in the mix.. Zaheer should have definitely not selected for the ODI series in any case as well as Sehwag so that they can get completely fit..

    On the other side..I am sure all players would be fit and raring to play when IPL beckons!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Bad luck for the no 1 team of the world. I guess the crown would go to England soon, as India did not deserve to be no 1, they became no 1 by playing in their own back yard.

  • AjitNarayan on August 7, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Really frustrating for Indian fans. Why can't they be professional and stay fit?!?!

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  • AjitNarayan on August 7, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Really frustrating for Indian fans. Why can't they be professional and stay fit?!?!

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Bad luck for the no 1 team of the world. I guess the crown would go to England soon, as India did not deserve to be no 1, they became no 1 by playing in their own back yard.

  • anuajm on August 7, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Good to see RP Singh in the mix.. Zaheer should have definitely not selected for the ODI series in any case as well as Sehwag so that they can get completely fit..

    On the other side..I am sure all players would be fit and raring to play when IPL beckons!!

  • crikbuff on August 7, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Zak should take care of himself, and get ready and fit for the next IPL. IPL is the most important tournament and all top players must rest themselves from boring series vs England, West Indies, Australia, etc. and be ready for IPL.

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Very bad news, it's very though for India to come back... just wishing that shreesanth will handle zaheer work... best wishes for team India

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    "that will require injury"??

  • sameer997 on August 7, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    This is sooo bad with such a big series to follow you want your first eleven to play rather than eight of your players crisis

  • jkhemani on August 7, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    In the first paragraph, you wrote: "...right ankle impingement that will require injury."

    I'm sure you meant 'surgery', but 'require injury' will do just fine :)

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    a welcome return to rp singh

  • ns_krishnan on August 7, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    That just about kills any hope of India winning any of the remaining two Tests. The best we Indians can hope is that the batting stands up and saves the remaining games.