England v India, 3rd npower Test, Edgbaston, 2nd day August 11, 2011

Gambhir looks for repeat of Napier

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India could not have sent a more honest man than Gautam Gambhir to face the media on a day like this. It was a day when Alastair Cook and the England middle order sent India on a leather hunt to all corners of Edgbaston; a day when the India bowlers walked around like parched and lost men in a desert; a day when India's fielders acted like they were tired commuters waiting in the bus queue. It was only apt then that Gambhir, one of the most proud and passionate of cricketers, walked up, sat down and admitted, chin-up, that India were under pressure and England had control of the match.

"I will not lie. We are under a lot of pressure. England hold the upper hand," Gambhir said. "We have just not been able to live up to expectations or the reputation we have. We have not played good, smart cricket and we take responsibility as a team."

On Wednesday, a huge spiral of smoke gushed out of one corner of Birmingham, evidence that the vandalism and riots that have crippled normal life in several parts of England were still affecting the city. In the evening, the police shut the main roads leading in and out of the city. Just as the common man made a tentative start to the day on Thursday, India started the second day at Edgbaston circumspect, were steadily getting back to breathing easy, but then suddenly lost patience to end the day on a sombre note.

Thursday morning was dark and overcast, and it was drizzling. India would have wished the clouds had not vanished. The game was delayed by just half an hour as the rain disappeared; for the rest of the day the English crowds celebrated the sunshine, and watched Alastair Cook and Co. dish out a sumptuous display of batting. Praveen Kumar showed a lot of heart to lead the Indian attack, but with Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth and Amit Mishra looking out of sorts, an emboldened England strengthened their grip on the series.

Adding to India's woes was some casual fielding, with four chances missed. Rahul Dravid managed to let two slip through his usually secure hands while Sreesanth let one go at point off Eoin Morgan. Alastair Cook was given a reprieve when on 165, by Sachin Tendulkar at mid-on. Tendulkar failed to notice that a loopy leading edge was heading towards him and let the ball drop just a few metres in front of him. The ground fielding was poor too, typified by Virender Sehwag's reluctance to bend and interrupt a couple of drives, which fetched England some easy runs.

"There are no excuses. It is a matter of concentration," Gambhir said, before defending his fielders. "All teams drop catches; these things happen in cricket but I can't tell you exactly why it is happening." Was this really the response you would expect from a member of the reigning No.1 Test team and the freshly-crowned World Champions?

Through the series, Indian supporters have been waiting for the resilience MS Dhoni's team has shown in the past to make an appearance. There was a glimpse of it on the first day at Trent Bridge when India seem to have cast aside the disappointment of Lord's to have England reeling at 124 for 8 at tea. But Stuart Broad added 97 runs with the last two wickets to pull England back into the match. India lost the momentum quickly and lost the match.

Gambhir went back to that first day in Trent Bridge as an example of how India have not taken their opportunities in this series. "We need to give credit to England. They are playing some good cricket and they have always taken the initiative in this series. We have not been able to take our chances. At Trent Bridge England were 124 for 8, but we did not take that chance."

Gambhir was not embarrassed to cite England's performance in this series as a good example to learn from. He said if he and the other India batsmen had managed to play with the same determination with which Cook and Strauss played on the second morning at Edgbaston, India would not have been in the difficult position they are now. "You need to work hard in the first session of the first day of a Test match. If we had survived that extra half an hour before lunch yesterday, things would have been different. Alastair Cook batted brilliantly, showing a lot of grit, determination and patience. This is what Test cricket is about: once you are in try to make as many runs as possible.

"England have a good attack but we have played good attacks before. South Africa had an equally good attack. The only difference there was we converted the starts into big hundreds. England have not let us off the hook and they have bowled well as a unit. That is what good teams do: try to put the opposition under pressure all the time. "

Despite their desperate position in the match, Gambhir said, India are not losing heart. He said they had shown character whenever they were in a critical situation in the last 24 months. India's batsmen have managed to come to the team's rescue on more than one occasion in the recent past, and they have done it by converting starts into big, purposeful centuries. One fine example was Gambhir's own marathon 137 that lasted seventeen minutes short of eleven hours and saved India from defeat in Napier, in hostile and swinging conditions two years ago.

India find themselves in need of another show of such resolve and Gambhir said he is ready to stand strong. "We need to play good cricket and show some grit and fight. We have done it in the past. Napier is something from where we can take a lot of inspiration; we had to bat for two-and-a-half days and we managed to do that."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vignesh.A on August 12, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    India needs one solid performance to come back on track, i hope we can draw the test match that will be more than enough to get back to the form

  • zico123 on August 12, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    we true indian cricket lovers should understand that IPL is the root cause for team Indias downfall, indian international players are playing IPL and CL with full intersity and skipping international tours to take rest or recover from injury, we as fans should all boycot watching IPL, otherwise soon india would drop in test ranking to may be 5 or 6

  • zico123 on August 12, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    it does not take rocket science to understand that over importance to IPL is causing team India's downfall, in a alrady packed international calendar BCCI is stuffing 7 weeks IPL and paying players huge lucretive offers to play in IPL, so Indian international players are hiding injury and playing IPL with full passion and then skipping following international tours to take rest or recover from injury. BCCI pls cut IPL to a 2 week event atleast. don't sacrifice quality for quantity

  • on August 12, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    If India can bat for two & half days in Napier an save that particular Test they can do it NOW. !!! Show grit & determination & show CLASS. !!!

  • NairUSA on August 12, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Attacking India take complete control - read more --> http://www.espncricinfo.com/emerging-players-tournament-2011/content/story/527197.html But, alas, by some talented indian players in a totally different game. Some solace for Indian fans on Indian cricket's future.

  • mustufa on August 12, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    When the bowling standards are poor of oppositions, and you are playing on flat decks, every tom and harry score big hundreds. Just like Cook is doing, of course no fault of his own. India and Aus have done this for a long time. Last season Other then Trott, and an occassional few runs from colly or morgan, England top order was shambles.

    As soon as bolwing standards are raised all these so called great batsmen struggle, be it Aus against England, or India against England. Both England and Aus lost last season to Pakistan because of the raised bowling standard, even though Pak carried the weakest batting of all.

    Just good bowling wkts won't do, if that were the case India would have done the same to England, to win in these you don't need to score 300 runs, you need to get the opposition out for under 300 runs.

    If they get you out for 80, you get them out for 50, that is how good teams win, not by scoring 600 and the other team scores 400.

  • sanjaykn on August 12, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Just surrender this series and come back home! Handover one day series as well! They need rest! Otherwise, england will drive india to the ground! There is no hope of recovery! Jesus christ!

  • sanjaykn on August 12, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Ishant has one one type of bowl that comes inn and srishant has one that has gone out! They cant keep the batsman guessing! praveen terribly slow! And mishra looks like a club bowler!So much for kicking out bhajji! should have tried murali karthik or ashwin!

    Only rain can save a total humiliation! England wont look like getting out even for 1000! Any die hard indian fan hoping for a revival is totally delusional and at best blind patriot!

    Very very disappointing indeed for the so called no 1 team!

  • on August 12, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    come on mister Dhoni do some thing or u r just work hard in IPL where u score like a superman flying in the air u play like a real captain play do something and lets make other that they do something on ground not only on papers.i think IPL is just destroying the career of our current Indian players or may be it will destroy the career of new comers so stop this non sense mr.modi

  • Valavan on August 12, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    @Pankaj_INDIA, it was you who predicted this series will be walk in park for India. Mind you might eat the words once India will be incase washed aside by OZ in OZ. Its normal if you are 38+ you retire, Sunny Gavaskar was asked to retire while he was 35. You must build a team for future, rather dont be so confident these 3 will have form for next 2 years. Build a team for the future and accept the defeats during transition.

  • Vignesh.A on August 12, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    India needs one solid performance to come back on track, i hope we can draw the test match that will be more than enough to get back to the form

  • zico123 on August 12, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    we true indian cricket lovers should understand that IPL is the root cause for team Indias downfall, indian international players are playing IPL and CL with full intersity and skipping international tours to take rest or recover from injury, we as fans should all boycot watching IPL, otherwise soon india would drop in test ranking to may be 5 or 6

  • zico123 on August 12, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    it does not take rocket science to understand that over importance to IPL is causing team India's downfall, in a alrady packed international calendar BCCI is stuffing 7 weeks IPL and paying players huge lucretive offers to play in IPL, so Indian international players are hiding injury and playing IPL with full passion and then skipping following international tours to take rest or recover from injury. BCCI pls cut IPL to a 2 week event atleast. don't sacrifice quality for quantity

  • on August 12, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    If India can bat for two & half days in Napier an save that particular Test they can do it NOW. !!! Show grit & determination & show CLASS. !!!

  • NairUSA on August 12, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Attacking India take complete control - read more --> http://www.espncricinfo.com/emerging-players-tournament-2011/content/story/527197.html But, alas, by some talented indian players in a totally different game. Some solace for Indian fans on Indian cricket's future.

  • mustufa on August 12, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    When the bowling standards are poor of oppositions, and you are playing on flat decks, every tom and harry score big hundreds. Just like Cook is doing, of course no fault of his own. India and Aus have done this for a long time. Last season Other then Trott, and an occassional few runs from colly or morgan, England top order was shambles.

    As soon as bolwing standards are raised all these so called great batsmen struggle, be it Aus against England, or India against England. Both England and Aus lost last season to Pakistan because of the raised bowling standard, even though Pak carried the weakest batting of all.

    Just good bowling wkts won't do, if that were the case India would have done the same to England, to win in these you don't need to score 300 runs, you need to get the opposition out for under 300 runs.

    If they get you out for 80, you get them out for 50, that is how good teams win, not by scoring 600 and the other team scores 400.

  • sanjaykn on August 12, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Just surrender this series and come back home! Handover one day series as well! They need rest! Otherwise, england will drive india to the ground! There is no hope of recovery! Jesus christ!

  • sanjaykn on August 12, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Ishant has one one type of bowl that comes inn and srishant has one that has gone out! They cant keep the batsman guessing! praveen terribly slow! And mishra looks like a club bowler!So much for kicking out bhajji! should have tried murali karthik or ashwin!

    Only rain can save a total humiliation! England wont look like getting out even for 1000! Any die hard indian fan hoping for a revival is totally delusional and at best blind patriot!

    Very very disappointing indeed for the so called no 1 team!

  • on August 12, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    come on mister Dhoni do some thing or u r just work hard in IPL where u score like a superman flying in the air u play like a real captain play do something and lets make other that they do something on ground not only on papers.i think IPL is just destroying the career of our current Indian players or may be it will destroy the career of new comers so stop this non sense mr.modi

  • Valavan on August 12, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    @Pankaj_INDIA, it was you who predicted this series will be walk in park for India. Mind you might eat the words once India will be incase washed aside by OZ in OZ. Its normal if you are 38+ you retire, Sunny Gavaskar was asked to retire while he was 35. You must build a team for future, rather dont be so confident these 3 will have form for next 2 years. Build a team for the future and accept the defeats during transition.

  • aseemsharma on August 12, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Well said Gambhir!!!Good to have someone talking to the point about their failure, unlike DHONI, who always has a lot to say over DRS, excessive cricket, pitch, weather, fitness, and all. This series has atleast showed that if india have been successful in the recent years, it is because the players have delivered, a few have been in form for years, a few have risen well to the oppurtunity. And not because the captain has done something magical. What is that LUCKY CAPTAIN doing now?

  • m_ilind on August 12, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    This guy was claiming before the start of the series that Eng needs to back up their words with performance on the field. Same with VVS, who was confident about India's ability to win even after the defeat at Lords. Wonder who needs to back up their talk with performance now? Indian players are showing a new attitude towards the game thanks to IPL.

  • on August 12, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    The wickets are supportive for fast bowlers, that is the reason England bowlers are so successful but india have selected all the spinners in their team......lolz.

  • on August 12, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    India does not has a chance of winning this match! Till noe england has a lead of 232. I think their plan will be to take a lead of 400 and declare and bowl out india under 250. Our batsmen need to plan welll and take it seriously. Dravid is asual in form. Sachin and Laxman should rather try and bat at the crease for a long time. If Sehwag starts well, then we can hope for another 300 from VIRU. If Gambhir feels like batting like what he did on the Napier match where he batted for nearly 11 hrs. Gauti has that technic and he can do it. Fingers Crossed! All indian fans are disappointed. I dont mind if India looses this series but they should not loose the NO POSITION which they have maintained for a long time. Come on Dhoni and co!!!! CHAK DE INDIA

  • EVH316 on August 12, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Any criticism of the aged stars is very harsh, and frankly, out of order; as always, unless you think there are better players than Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar then there is not much to complain about. As an England fan, I`m always frightened of Dravid and Laxman at the crease because I still fear that they can do anything.

    The real issue is of not blooding players soon enough to be ready to take over - Australia were guilty of this, and so are India now. There is a balance to be struck between winning now and investing in tomorrow. England will doubtless find it hard too when their turn comes, but I hope Indian fans aren`t so blinkered as to not realise that Kirsten is as much to blame for this current debacle as anyone. It`s easy to have the top players, win and then leave...maybe he knew exactly what he was doing? You have a good guy in Fletcher though, who can see potential and bring the best from it. It`s just been a real sadness, this series. Apart from the easy win!

  • on August 12, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    If Zaheer Khan would have been fit then England would have lost all four tests by an innings and 200+ runs. Zaheer has won many test matches single handedly and has made bowlers like Lillee, Hadlee, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis look like novices. Well, this is the excuse India will now make, i.e. being without Zaheer Khan made all the difference. Nonsense! An ageing 32 year old Zaheer with an ordinary bowling average of 32+ would have made a marginal difference at best. It is the failure of people like Sachin Tendulkar that are to blame. I have been a great fan of Tendulkar but to be honest Tendulkar has never delivered when it has mattered. His record in the 4th innings of a test match is poor and he has failed in all World Cup finals and semi-finals (barring his 83 against Kenya in 2003). If Tendulkar fails then Laxman carries some responsibility but Laxman is not a big innings player. His 50:100 conversion ratio is very poor. A 4-0 whitewash is certain and deservingly so.

  • sanjaykn on August 12, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Indian team is kaput in this series. They are totally unprepared. The bowling has been terrible. Bowling on the either side of the wicket. Not making batsman play in the corridor of uncertainty. A 4-0 washout is imminent! Be thankful that they won world cup at last. More gloomy days to follow!

  • Jaggadaaku on August 12, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Look at Broad's recent ASHES series, he hardly got wickets and then the selectors thrown him away for couple of tests. And again he found a place in national team and destroyed India by bowling and batting. That is not gonna happen in India. If Sreesanth and Harbhajan won't take wickets, but they knew their places in the team are secured. These shameless Indian cricketers including Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Raina, Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan, Sreesanth, and Dhoni won't even care of this humiliation. If one player keep failing all the time, we can understand, but the whole team (No. 1 team) don't perform well, nor even fight to stay on the crease. Dravid made 2 useless centuries, Sachin made even more useless 56 in 2nd innings of last test, and also Dhoni made useless 77 after like decades (Very Long time). Last year, when cricinfo was making All time Test team, I was fighting for Sachin with cricinfo users by writing comments. I was absolutely wrong-Sachin cannot be in All time test...

  • 5wombats on August 12, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    LOL - All he's going to get is a repeat of Lords and Trent Bridge, worse probably. Better if members of the India team keep quiet - given the circumstances. Very disappointing India.

  • on August 12, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    I like Gambhir. He had the right comments. Did not blame other elements in such a pathetic display. He missed one point, India lacks leadership. Problem lies with BCCI. As India ascended to world #1 spot, they took an arrogant view of Cricket and their status. BCCI started dictating terms. It caught on to Dhoni. He started blaming other elements in case of failure. He blamed DRS, Umpires, Pitch, Cricket Balls for any sub-par performance. Dhoni is a leader when going is good. He has concentrated on wrong reasons as performance declined. Introspection by Gambhir will do good to India. Good job.

  • Pankaj_INDIA on August 12, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    are these really cricket fans asking for SRT, RD, VVS to retire??? guys, these are the players who have given us no.1 ranking...these are ones making runs in SA, WI and Eng...and these are the ones who will give us maiden test series win in Aus later this year... stop judging them on a single series performance... SRT has been in form of his life since past 4 years, i would like to see him play as long as he wishes...ditto for RD and VVS... just look at Aus, they have retained ponting even though he hasnt done anything significant in past 4 years...we should stop judging our stalwarts... these 3 will come back strongly, as usual and as they are used to doing all these years... come on champs, show your true mettle...

  • on August 12, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    In the beginning of match every body chats about shewag .. shewag...shewag, what shewag did??? first ball GOLDEN DUCK... why people believing one man alltime.... this is the cricket no one can depend on one man always.... time to get a performance from others also like OZ. they are a no.1 side who was domininated world cricket by 15 years as team which was not depend on any single player , india not have that quality i am sure and india no longer will be no 1 side................... Now Gambhir talked about NAPIR test ... that won't happen even it happen india will no longer be no 1 test ofcourse india not deserved it, its evident in recent performance, playing even worst cricket than SCHOOL CRICKET..... yesterday its evident thay loss two easy catchesss, even school boy can catch those one....... poor cricket by poor team india, no longer deserved to play cricket like this....

  • on August 12, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Best wishes to Gambhir if he really want to do the same...or just to make full others...I believe that fortune favor the brave....and gambhir shown in the past....as per the below comment if India need to bat for two and half day...and they bat till two days that is great achievement....I just want to see a fighting effort from Indian player....at least England should notice they are not playing against a club side.....Show your big heart you Indian lions....I wish all the best to team India.....

  • Vijay_1957 on August 12, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Are we Indians losing faith in our in just four months time! The same team has achieved No1 test team status, world cup win many more laurels! We poor Indians always talk about negatives and do no take pride in our positives! The team may be missing the aura and the calmness of Gary Kirsten in the dressing room! New coach has to settle down with the boys and bring about the same kind of atmosphere that existed when Gary was their friend in Need!

    We must blame BCCI for its greedy ways of minting money using the players by putting illogical scheduling of tours! There must be enough space for the team to rejuvenate and play cricket with energy in body and enthusiasm in mind! Both are squarely missed so far in this English Tour!

    Let us lose this series! No harm or heaven is not going to fall upon! India will regain its status if they are spaced out and started feeling healthy in both mind and body!

    Plenty of injuries have also cost the team dearly!

    Vijay

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 12, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    I agree with @anexpat. Time to free ourselves of the incubus of the prima donnas - give Fletch a free hand and let him get on with building a new team who believe in working hard and not worrying about how many celebrity endorsements they have and how much money they fetch in the IPL.

  • PrakashXI on August 12, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Napier/kolkatta will happen again wait and watch

  • analyseabhishek on August 12, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Ever Since 1974, India had always performed relatively well in England and had never lost more than a test in a series and even winning in '86 and '07. May be the Indians did not take the the current England team seriously- none of us fans had- but the players should have known better. In many occasions, Indians did well even in difficult, alien conditions simply because England did not have a good enough team. But now they have- so Indians must take measures. They must blood the younger players- not at once but in planned way- and they must play in county cricket to get a good experience of the conditions. Personality cult and trumpeting up of individual milestones are the bane of Indian cricket and the sooner everyone, including us fans, of rid of them, the better it would be.

  • Chris_P on August 12, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Wake up Gautam. You will not be facing the NZ attack and not on a featherbed wicket.This is a quality attack that has claimed ownership of your batsmen.

  • on August 12, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    my dear friends , everyone is talking about the form and other aspects of the game..i have the solution for the problem indian players ... they should not be allowed to play in IPL .. they are too greedy.. let the ranji players and upcoming youngsters play IPL and prove themselves.. test players should not be selected for the IPL.. root cause for the prolonged injuries.. shame on them .. money above india..

  • chin-music on August 12, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    The likely 4-0 pasting is an accident that was waiting to happen to this over-hyped, over- glorified Indian team. Going to be an especially painful time for Indian fans - over the last 2years , their graceless chest thumping based largely on convenient overhyping of flat track performances, has not won them too many friends & nobody is now going to shed too many tears over their shattered arrogance.

  • Tatsache on August 12, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    @ devalyagnik2003....yes its true...no one is possible to replace of sachin,dravid,laxman...after these guys retired..may be we have loose with big margin in tests...!we have to understand current situation and write the comments..even now finding place for kumble u know that??

  • awalia on August 12, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    , such a poor batting display or a great bowling attack. can you question a batting line up which consist viru, tendulkar, dravid, laxman and why not gambhir. is it the decline of indian era ? is its thetime come to retire sachin, dravid, laxman all above 35years people, is it the time to bring new faces in bowling dept., is harbhajan has lost his tricks, is the time has come to replace dhoni as a captain (As well as a player), is there is agroupism in the team ? The ans is No Wait & watch Let England come to India if we lost by 4-0 we will beat them 4-0 more Patheticaly ok let Broad enjoys 25 wickets in series i can bet he will be not able to fetch 5 wickets in india Our fast bowlers fails in England, There fast bowlers are bowling Well Whats new in this Indian Spiners always bowl well in India i will gurantee Swan's Failure in india (See Warne's Figure in India) Its only Bhajji & Kumble who take wickets not Swan or warne GOOD Luck Team India

  • vimalkm on August 12, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    I added a comment before this series, infact after the warm up match we had, after which every single comment from us Indians was "Oh its just a warm up..wait and watch". I said Indians did not look like the Indians we have know in the past few years. But cricinfo kindly did not publish my comment. That apart; i bet any money THERE WILL NOT BE ANY WARM UP GAMES FOR AUS! PLEASE NOTE THIS! BCCI does not care if India win or loses THEY NEVER DID! in the late 90's when Sachin was the only player to score we never bothered to do anything different. I remember Jadeja (apart from the semifinals in ;96) did not score anything worthwhile but yet in the team! for india to be a dominant force :WE HAVE TO BOYCOTT CRICKET! as long as the revenue comes in BCCI does not care if India wins or loses; and fans like us will watch if India is playing! BOTTOM LINE: do not expect any changes or miracles for Aus tour! Thoes who say the big 3 shld retire think! why should they?

  • on August 12, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    India deserves a whitewash... so that the Wise Men of the Indian Cricket will know what greed for money leads to... and what damage the IPL has caused to our team's fitness levels... And the English... they ditched IPL

  • on August 12, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    @devalyagnik2003 GREAT WORDS MAN, I APPRECIATE

  • Min_9 on August 12, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Nagraj... not sure what test match you were watching at Napier 'hostile and swinging conditions'????? It was a flatter pitch than Multan or Lahore. The pitch looked the same at the end of day 5 as it did on the first morning. I went to the match and have pictures of the surface.

  • kashif670 on August 12, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    The only reapeat mr gambir is gonna get is his STUMPS SHATTERED !! AGAIN!!!... ENGLAND HAS SHOWN NOTHING BUT PURE DOMINATION!!!!!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on August 12, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    keep dreaming gambhir napier willnot happen again.england will take alead of 600 runs and will bowlout you at 100 .india losing by an innings & 500 runs . a new record

  • devalyagnik2003 on August 12, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    lol... people are saying sachins, dravids, laxmans... should retire and all... tell me who will take their place??!!! do you have anyone in your mind??? Kohli? Raina? did they live up to the expectations so far?? anyways in SA when Sachin hits two centuries, when dravid hits century in WI, other youngsters failed and Laxman had couple of half centuries as well you guys were saying with out these guys India won't be able to stay at the top... now just after one series you guys are saying they should retire!! this is just not words from someone who actually knows cricket or follow whats going on in cricket they just read news and write dwn accordingly!! anyways as Gautam said, England at this moment deserve to be no 1 and for last a year and half India was no 1 because they deserved that at that moment! its as simple as it is! may be after a year someone else will be on top.. just respect the fact n accpt that

  • Truemans_Ghost on August 12, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    There are certainly problems with India's batting, but but saying there is a blanket problem with "technique" seems a bit odd. There are few better technical players in the game than Tendulkar, Ghambir and Dravid. Admittedly most of the rest have some technical flaws. I can't believe some fans are calling for Dravid to retire. He has been the exemplar for Indian test batsmen this series. I hope this isn't Tendulkar's swan song. No one in world cricket wants to see him go out like this

  • on August 12, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Predictable climax of this series, 2 more injuries, 4-0 loss in test, 4-1 in ODI's, Rank in test is 3 and ODI's is 5. the new lowest ranks for India, where the new Indian team haven't seen for many days....

  • anexpat on August 12, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    The show is over. It is the right time to rebuild a new team. We may loose a few matches in the beginning but a new young team is needed to last long. All the non performers should be sacked and new talent should be introduced. Soryr, if this means sacking Tandulker, Dhoni and others then let it be. We need consistent performers not the occasional ones. Raina, Yuvraj had their chances. They are not test batsmen. A new captain and squad should be formed and let Fletcher build a team like Enland.

  • on August 12, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    this is the time to show .. why we are world no 1 test side ...

  • on August 12, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    ha ha Team India have experienced players like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni and Gmabhir who can play long innings. Apart from Dravid, no other is playing well in this series. Dravid scored a hundred but no use India lost the cause. So, India did not prepare well for this series, all the players are still not able to come out of that World Cup 2011 win hangover. BCCI wants money and they start a series after series without bothering about team's fitness or look at the reserve players standards. Selectors should have send young team to his England series instead of out of form and injured top players. See even though their presence is not making India win the matches but lose the matches. I hope India do not lose 4-0.. Already this test is lost cause for India. I do not think India can bounce back in this present test match at all.

  • on August 12, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    It is high time sachin, dravid, laxman fire in this match collectively to have nay hope of saving this match. if they wont. this series will haunt them through out their life. this is horrible time for indian cricket fans after the WC HIGH. It seems the sweet memories of WC win was a distant past. cricket surely is a funny game. can make u hero 2 zero in no time.hope team india learn its lessons asap.

  • on August 12, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    I strongly believe we are failing bcoz of batting, our bowling is weak..was always seems to be bowling withouor venom...and no pre plans against any batsmen..nobocy in indian camp are analysing the weakness of oponents, we are taking everything as granted. if we playing against a a good team we should be planning everyover. Keeping Sreesanth at point is an example of not planning well. lets hopw everything will be get planned here after. This failure will help India to recover with well planned statergies.

  • gestapo on August 12, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    india deserves a pasting 4-0,,what would be more painful is the struggling players like raina exploding in those nonsense tourneys like IPL,Champions League and in all those meaningless ODI series on featherbeds.

  • on August 12, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    I was so excited in watching this series but it been professionals against school kids. No spirit in any department at all. Even Pakistan gave a much better performance here the last time. I cant imagine the ranking of India when sachin,rahul and laxman retires, it will be like watching 20 20 batting.

  • MathewF on August 12, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    @rlefti well said gambhir and well said you....... its high time that India replace their test captain at least, coz dhoni has been such a waste in test arena.... and this series proved that he is not a great captain, but a guy that happened to captain a great team. Bring on karthick or parthiv as the keeper(they bat better than msd) and Dhoni dont even bother to put a dive to take catches/stop runs.

  • on August 12, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    I said this before and i received many brickbats for it. Raina is not a good test batsman. Period. Yes, he is an aggressive batsman who looks good to seal the #6 spot, but only in sub-continental conditions. I am from Delhi and i am no particular fan of Rohit Sharma. And i don't think that picking him would mean an end to Indian batting woes. But his time should be up, his 80 odd at Lord's notwithstanding. Look at the way he was out here at Edgbaston.A sitting duck, expecting a short ball and gets the sucker ball - full and swinging.I would also like to bring curtains on Sreesanth. Enough talk about his seam position, enough talk about his talent.He's talented alright.But what's the point when you cannot perform?In a couple of years' time, bring in Aaron,Yadav, Unadkat, etc. Zaheer is 33 already and he may or may not be the same bowler after the surgery. No knee-jerk reaction, but at least these two need to go. How i wish Badrinath were here. At least he would've shown some application

  • ab_cricket on August 12, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    This series has been an ultimate let down. No contest at all and none to expect. I just hope India's batting shows some grit and take the contest to fifth day, no hopes for the bowlers. I won't be surprised by a whitewash. 4-0. When was the last time India was whitewashed???

  • rustyryan on August 12, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    It is okay. Lets be with the team. We have seen far more harder series than this in the late 90s and early 2000. The thing is its hard to digest this kind of performance that happens after a long stretch. The last embarrassment was in the hands of Mendis in 2007 series against SL in SL. But that's okay. Every team will have its ups and downs. But the issue is will BCCI ever learn from this beating ? Will there be more warm up games for the Australia tour later this year? Will Badri / Rohit be given at least a chance who look better than Raina / Kohli?. IPL may be for nurturing the talent. But I'd rather be happy If proved talents like Sehwag, Zak, SRT, Gambhir, MS and Bajji be allowed to skip IPL from next year. These guys play almost all the three format of the game, throughout the year. And I have seen people bashing MS who bought the WC after 28 years. Isn't it amusing that we have a very short term memory.? Lets be with the team even if it ends 4-0. It'd only get better.

  • anver777 on August 12, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Eng will become No.1 test team after this series.... & if they do i believe will surely maintain that position for sometime.......unlike Ind who is struggling & not deserved to be No.1 ......

  • SanjivAwesome on August 12, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Sensible straight shooting from Gambhir which I can relate to. Not the tripe coming from the captain and coach of India - guys I don't expect you to win every series, but 1. I don't expect silly excuses for under-performance 2. I don't want to see a lack of attacking instinct in field settings, batting, bowling and 3. I don't expect you to not have a business-continuity plan when your A-grade line up is injured.

  • on August 12, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Hi guys, Hats off to gambhir for his comments,.. These guys r gng through rough patch..I think its time for dhoni 2 step down as captain and make way 2 likes of gambhir... At this moment indian's are looking like Bangladesh n zimbawe teams who cant handle pressure..Even dravid his feeling pressure. d way he drops catches resembles it....They should somehow try 2 draw match atleast...I can say that when England comes to India later this year they will face same probs.With zaheer and Bhajji comes back..On slow n low turning pitches ask them show same spirit and enthusiasam etc...Then we can beleive that they Deserve No1 position..

  • on August 12, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    India have not been helped by the scheduling. The bowleres can be excused as their work load is much more than that of batsmen.So this cannot be the reason for batsman not converting their starts, They need to show more responsibility and PRIDE. You should always play with pride whether you are the no 1 team or not. As an Indian fan it hurts when these qualities are not displayed by the team.

  • on August 12, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    @Jerseyite... Hi dont blame these Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. We don have pple to replace them in future.

    The main reason for the loss is the Injury Woes and IN - EXPERIENCED Bowling attack with only swing and No PACE, No BOUNCERS, No YORKERS and NO CONFIDENCE TO TAKE WKTS.

    Even the World cup Winning Captain MSD also lost his Captaincy Skilss due to the Pressure as Injury woes developed day by day. We missed Sehwag in 1st & 2nd Test. But in 3rd Test he got out at 1 ball.

    Bhajji is totally out of Form he should be rested in 2nd Test. But ter s no exp bowlers to support Youngsters.

    So Blamming Sachin, Dravid and Laxman is totally unfair!!!!!!!!!!!

  • K_Surya_Prakash on August 12, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Its just that Indian batting has failed to fire together. If it had fired things would have been altogether different. Its a long tour. Instead of thinking of turn around in series, India has to show their batting prowess and end the test series on a winning note to be ready for ODIs.

  • Chennaionline on August 12, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Com'on BCCI out players are humans and not machines to earn money. More over current test does not have the technique to handle test matches apart from some senior players. Wat happen to Wasim Jaffer... Badrinath...???? Raina and Dhoni cant be test players. Why India can not produce a pace bowler? Praveen is very good swing bowler, but does not have pace to trouble any top order batsman. Ishant showing some talent. How long India can depend on Zaheer for bowling? We should look for genuine pace bowling? Hope we find soon.

    No way of saving this test match.. Atleast 20-20 and odi India should show some improvement to heal our sore hearts. JAI HIND

  • on August 12, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    It is really hard to believe what Indian team is doing there in England...it is most shamefull and horrible performance in last 10 to 12 years.... it is even worse than the early exit in 2007 world cup were e played just one bad game and was out.... I had been following Indian Team since last 35 years but never had such a depressing fealing before... we have lost in the past as well but rarely we have surrendered... IT IS A TOTAL SURRENDER.... Sachin should have hung up after the world cup..... THE TIME HAS COME IN INDIAN CRICKET TO LOOK BEYOND TENDULKAR, DRAVID AND LAXMAN..... THIS SERIES HAS PUT A SERIOUSLY BLACK SPOT ON WHAT WAS A DREAM RUN FOR MSD.... A 4-0 LOOKS ENEVITABLE

  • RandyOZ on August 12, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Napier was just another example of a match when Tendulkar failed when his team needed him the most! Good luck Dravid and Laxman.

  • Trident on August 12, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Sachin got tonnes of runs, crossed lots of mile stones but why he is not able to ACT like a champion now ?? He cant be a match winner cant he be match saver atleast ?? we dont need anyone to play for his records, he failed miserably whenever needed to perform including 2011 world cup finals, next time on a flat track in india if he scores 100th ton i wont celebrate it as usually i do for sachins ton, cos it hadnt arrived when it was needed the most

  • landl47 on August 12, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    The only problem is, Gambhir made his 137 in eleven hours against a seam attack consisting of Chris Martin, James Franklin and Iain O'Brien. Now, they are all honest hard-working cricketers, but can you really compare them to Anderson, Broad and Bresnan? England don't even have Tremlett, the scourge of Australia and Sri Lanka, in their bowling line-up and they still rolled India over for 224 on what has turned out to be a 456-3 pitch. By the time India do eventually get to bat again, they'll have been fielding for two days and many of them already look completely out of energy. Sehwag couldn't even finish the day, and watching Tendulkar running after the ball I thought for a moment Mike Gatting was fielding substitute. I have great respect for Gambhir, but he's just making brave noises. If India save this test without help from the weather it will be a miracle.

  • Jerseyite on August 12, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    I really think we need to start obsessing of the Tendulkars, Dravids, Laxmans, Harbhajans of this worlld and request them to retire. They have all achieved all kinds of Laurels from this game. Guys, Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese RETIRE NOW.

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

    @Rahulbose

    Grandpa made the comment in the 90's but unable to walk his talk now. He should retire and focus on Mumbai Indians.

  • on August 12, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    Made myself watch the whole Morning session of Test 3 Day 2. Each and every bal l(Just wanted to share the hopelessness). Cant see any light in the tunnel which we are in. Was made to think of "upcoming" tour to Australia, in the middle of TEST series. Yes the tunnel in England seems that long, dont even want to think that there is 1 more TEST left and an ODI series. Cant change this eleven for better. Best Pujara comes in for Raina. Far-shots would be changing Sreesanth for RP Singh/Munaf Patel and Harbhajan coming back yet again to face Australia for the spinner slot(yuck after all the performance he has given of late).Meaning our BEST players are here and they collectively perform (especially batsmen) like this.We the No. 1 side tour England play hours of cricket for this.The team has to raise itself and play with zest. Share the burden of Praveen Kumar who I suppose has bowled 1/3 rd of the total overs bowled by India. Please change the course of Tour from Day 3 Test 3 onwards.

  • hgopi34 on August 12, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    Indian team's body language is one that screams "Tired".. BCCI is making a mockery of this team by handing them a series right after West Indies.

    Coffee or no coffee this team is tired and English team are playing like the best no1 test team right now..

    Wait until ODIs start we are going to be in for a cruel surprise! One way Fletcher can start working with youngsters from now on.

  • on August 12, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    no hopes of saving the test match. This series has left us speechless and a wakeup call for bcci that india have stopped producing quality test cricketers due to the money and fame of ipl.

  • on August 12, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    i think india is just celebrating w.c win and they think that they are still top of the world but they should wake up now b'coz w.c is over and they won and we need more wins

  • airbus380india on August 12, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    Good smart answering Gambhir. This is just a lean patch, don't worry you guys will be fine. But the only thing is you guys are not putting your 90% that you are capable of in batting. If you do that you guys will be far better than this England team. They are doing everything right. Team India will come out of this. ALL THE BEST GUYS

  • johnathonjosephs on August 12, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    LOL @Bobcatcatbob, you're definetely an England County cricket fan.... Either way I don't think India can win, but I hope it doesn't rain... India deserves a whitewash

  • RajaDinakaran on August 12, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    Where is the venom of victory hunger gone from the Indian cricket team???Is this the same MSD mentally we are looking at, when Aus where looking strong he curbed them with field setting tactics. If we miss a leader of bowling zaheer also we where able to win bcoz of our bench strength but now where are those guyz...

  • Angad11 on August 12, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    Finally we have a MAN here who is willing to accept the teams shortcomings instead of giving stupid/silly excuses and being a cry baby.

  • rlefti on August 12, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Well said gambhir... I wish this guy was a captain and india is missing a leader like this... Look at dhoni he keeps on giving stupid reasons on and on...I think it's high time india look at the test captain they have...For test you do need a captain who is stormy in character and have atleast technical abilities to understand the game better....

  • rlefti on August 12, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Well said gambhir... I wish this guy was a captain and india is missing a leader like this... Look at dhoni he keeps on giving stupid reasons on and on...I think it's high time india look at the test captain they have...For test you do need a captain who is stormy in character and have atleast technical abilities to understand the game better....

  • snoipmahc on August 12, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    It's hopeless. India will loose 4-0.....

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 12, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    I am sorry Mr. Ghambir but this match is over for you. I hope you will try your best to play some cricket with your bat in the next test match. I also hope that Austrians will not treat you in this humiliated way as English have done. I am really sorry that ICC can not arrange all your test matches in India so that you keep your so called No. 1 position. Please try to do something in ODI series.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 12, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    Thank you Ghambir! Finally, a no nonsense, no excuses honest response.

  • ushak1 on August 12, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    Stop piling on India with one poor series . How many bad series di engalnd have in the last 3 years.

  • ushak1 on August 12, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    I agree that India is playing very low intent right now. But remember England was thrashed by india in india 3 years ago, it the same team. India defintely needs to groom 5 fast bowlers and 3 world class spinners 1 year from now by pumping lot of money if necessary recruit from oversees tall and physically conditioned Men.

  • nlambda on August 12, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    Indian players are too demoralized to repeat Napier...

  • on August 12, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    hey when last india pass 300 in a test inn i tink they are playing 20 20 cricket go for IPL st

  • Shan156 on August 12, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    The only thing missing in SRT's illustrious career is series wins in Australia and SA. With a little bit of luck, both would have been achieved in the last few series. Parthiv Patel, Steve Waugh and Katich denied it in 2003-2004, Bucknor in 2007-2008 and a resolute Kallis in 2010-2011. I believe Tendulkar would only consider retirement after he achieves these two. And, as long as he is scoring runs, it shouldn't matter to fans if and when he chooses to retire. He has been scoring runs for fun for nearly 3 years now. He showed glimpses of his genius in the second innings at TB (after the test, Jimmy commented that he didn't know where to bowl to him as he was scoring boundaries at will) and got a 50 before running out of partners. Cook took 5 innings to rediscover his form. SRT might find his best form back in the second innings.

    With a full strength team, India should beat Australia down under later this year. Zaheer should start working on his fitness.

  • saby_cric on August 12, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Indians though have been demolished in this series but just cant digest the fact that English team would go on to become World No 1. Agree that they ousted Australia too in the last Ashes in tough Aussie conditions but by then the Aussies were not the same formidable side as they used to be.

    The English media goes over the moon thinking that their team are world beaters but apart from winning a couple of major series & one T20 WC ,they have nothing in their kitty. English team too have been beaten badly away from home & also at their own soil earlier.

    Not taking the credit away from the English players for what they have done so far but the same thing is going to happen to them once they go out of their soil.

    Speaking about the Indian team,they lacked character in this series so far & I don't see any improvement at least in the rest of the series. This would definitely create a huge impact in the one dayers as well.So All you English fans enjoy the short term success of your team!!

  • on August 12, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    This is the funniest comment I ever heard in my life. Napier repeat..hahhahahahha..

  • captain70 on August 12, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    well this is the fruits of the ipl seed. so much importance and time given to that and players given opportunity to make a quick buck that there is no priority for anything else

  • on August 12, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Pathetic performance by Indian team. They dont deserve the No 1 tag. England team is far more superior in every department. They want to be No 1 so bad, it shows. India will lose the No 1 ranking, and righly so.

  • on August 12, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    This is great. England, so long the whipping boys of world cricket, dishing out the kind of beating we were subject to for most of the 90s and early 00s. England has this Indian team beat in every department, and the gulf between the two teams is becoming embarrassing. That India are the No.1 ranked team is a statistical joke soon to be corrected. I hope we bat on to 800 tomorrow then blow them away for 120. Indian fans need to stop coming up with excuses. "It would be different if we had Zaheer Khan, blah blah blah..." Whatever. England are and were the superior test team and we're proving it now, just as we'll prove it when we come over to India next time. Most of your senior players were rested for the West Indies tour so don't complain about burnout, and that you insist on playing unfit players (Zaheer, Sehwag) is your management's fault and a sign that you lack the depth that we have. Fact is, you're being beaten (okay, more like destroyed) by a far better team.

  • rp02 on August 12, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    I am Indian fan, but all i am saying is why dont we declare that we lost 3rd test as it is we are not putting up any fight anyway, so atleast poor Ishant, Praveen and other bowlers gets rest and Indian Team gets enough time to rest to regroup and think ove. While doing so, they might lose their #1 spot but again, they never cared about that, so whats the fuss.. it should not bother them at al,, but main thing is bowler will get rest and they are ready for 4th test, where again, they have to toil as much hard as OX working in farms because whitewash and humiliation is on card..... I have never seen any #1 rated team thrashed this way, but most importantly I feel bad for Ishant and Praveen bowlers, I can see now they will ask for rest after these test series....

  • on August 12, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    I.P.HELL is one of the reason why Raina kind of guys are showing up in Test Cricket. BCCI is selecting players based on their fame. It should select players based on their domestic performance, sound technique & Cricketing brain they have. That is the key for Test Cricket. I want Chatteshwar Pujara back in the team. Period.

  • on August 12, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    You have to be looking at a line up Shewag ,Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Rohit sharma, Kholi, Dhoni, Ashwin. Ishant, PK and one other. Unfortunetly even Rohit Shama and Kholi are rich beyond their wildest dreams playing in the IPL. Scrap the IPLbefore it destroys international cricket.

  • JustOUT on August 11, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    @SanJ747-Rohit sharma is another DUD. He is also another IPL hero. I have never seen him hitting SIX as he does in IPL. All monster hits in IPL.

  • Tiger-Khan on August 11, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    Have to agree with Faisal up there...innings defeat on the cards!!! It would be interesting to see if Strauss declares in the third session of D3 how many english players get 100+ I would say Morgan + at least a couple others can post 100+ with cook crossing 300 easily...800+ on the cards?? you bet!!!

  • Oam85 on August 11, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Syed Mohammad Faisal: have you forgotten England won 3-1 in Australia just a few months ago? England will also win in India next year. It will be closer than this series but England will have too much for the new India team even in the sub continent.

  • Rahulbose on August 11, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Only problem is Napier was 24 months ago. And those 36+ guys are 38+ now. They have started taking grandpa naps in the middle of the day. I remember a Tendulkar interview from 90's. When asked how he was able to focus while batting he replied: It is not hard, if you cannot focus on your job for 6 hours a day you should not be playing.

  • JustOUT on August 11, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    Gambhir.. You really transformed from a kid to a talented cricketer. But repeating like Napier in Eng is very very difficult and you dont hv franklin, Ian o brain etc to bowl at you. Best solution for your team is to somehow scratch today and for the next 2 days rain is predicted. Atleast nature has some pityness on you guys. LOL

  • on August 11, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    I have stopped watching the test series on TV; not because India is losing. But there is no real TEST match that is happening there. India have a very poor fast bowling unit and to make matters worse; it has one of the worst fielding sides in world cricket. Fielding is an essential part of every cricketer. In this decade to bail out saying, "we are not a good fielding team"; its very weak. Congratulations to England. They are really well rounded.

  • Master01 on August 11, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    We've missed Gambhir just as Much as Sehwag this series. Its been horrible.

  • BoonBoom on August 11, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    For how long Indians will keep looking at past glory and hoping something magical will happen? This is an aging and totally unmotivated team without any character and willingness to perform. They only prefer IPL and this is the end of the world for them. You will soon see players like Raina & Co will simply flourish in IPL because most of the bowlers are local third rated bowlers playing on dead tracks, hence very veasy for batsmen to smash such bowlers all over the park. This is a reality that IPL has indeed destroyed Indian Cricket in general and attitude of Indian players in particular.

  • on August 11, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    both teams are hero at thier home grounds and zero when playing somewhere else

  • CMDragonsXI on August 11, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    Indians donot deserve the no.1 side in the world.

    I mean look at them yesterday. For eg: Sehwag. He didnt play the West Indies tour, didnt play the first two tests in england, gets out first ball batting, and he is already putting his hands in his pocket and pretending as if he is strolling in the park while fielding.This is the sign of the number one test team in the world ? They deserve to lose this series 4-0, go with their tails hanging betwen their legs.

    I am sick and tired of Dhoni blaming the loss on losing key players. Is Zaheer the only good baller India can produce amongst its 1 billion population? Does India travel all over the world with just a few ballers. What if the day comes when Sachin, Dravid, Laxman retires. What are you going to do Mr. Dhoni?

    Stop making excuses and seriously think aout what went wrong and how we can avoid such situations in future. And my advise to Sehwag, just make sure you are fit for the next IPL

  • Herath-UK on August 11, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    We all know well that this sort of grandeur talk ends up in only one result;Napier was altogether a different kettle of fish.He should be extremely happy if an innings defeat avoided. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • BobcatCatbob on August 11, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    A Graham Napier performance is more likely...

  • on August 11, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    This is specially for Sachin.Hi little master( or whatever) you had enough rest or hangover from worldcup.This is your show time now.Show your mettle.playing on flat pitches (indian) you mage tons of runs.Show your worth in this match.Do bot fall for Stuart Broad's humble talk.Wake up please

  • Sanj747 on August 11, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    India have lacked intent and it shows in all the 3 departments of the game. Napier is a good reference point. However the bowling attack here is far superior. Where is Rohit Sharma. Let Raina play the IPL and 20-20 nonsense. These guys just don't have the technique and mental strength for test cricket. Go the poms.

  • on August 11, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    There is a massive difference between New Zealand's bowling attack and England's bowling attack while New zealand and India have a comparable bowling attack. England will leave more than 180 overs to bowl India out and will probably do it under 120 overs, 4-0 is guaranteed.

  • xjunda on August 11, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    I don't see India making more than 250. India should not be allowed to play test cricket with this bowling attack & fielding standards.

    Only making pointless statements wouldn't do anything, someone needs to take responsibility here. I feel so much about crowd, we expected so much from this series, spent lots of money took holidays that this is what we got in returned. I personally don't mind which team wins buts it;s all about the spirit how you play ur game. Why bother playing if your not interested in test cricket. Save everyone's time. Pathetic Pathetic Pathetic display of cricket!!!

  • Valavan on August 11, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    @nagraj gollapudi doesnt want to depress indian fans as the indian players who are now. Such things make him to write about napier game in 2009, and making that issue that was a pacy and hostile pitch and comparing pedestrian NZ pace bowlers to gelled English unit. OK good luck india to save this game.

  • Hurricane08 on August 11, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    India rarely drops its top cricketers. There are a few like Kumble who retired gracefully. But it doesn't look like Dravid and Tendulkar are going to. Tendulkar has claimed that he will stop playing as soon as he stops enjoying the game - I wouldn't be convinced that he has been enjoying himself through this series. India's problem is age and with age you can't count on runs, you can just hope to have some runs.

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  • Hurricane08 on August 11, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    India rarely drops its top cricketers. There are a few like Kumble who retired gracefully. But it doesn't look like Dravid and Tendulkar are going to. Tendulkar has claimed that he will stop playing as soon as he stops enjoying the game - I wouldn't be convinced that he has been enjoying himself through this series. India's problem is age and with age you can't count on runs, you can just hope to have some runs.

  • Valavan on August 11, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    @nagraj gollapudi doesnt want to depress indian fans as the indian players who are now. Such things make him to write about napier game in 2009, and making that issue that was a pacy and hostile pitch and comparing pedestrian NZ pace bowlers to gelled English unit. OK good luck india to save this game.

  • xjunda on August 11, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    I don't see India making more than 250. India should not be allowed to play test cricket with this bowling attack & fielding standards.

    Only making pointless statements wouldn't do anything, someone needs to take responsibility here. I feel so much about crowd, we expected so much from this series, spent lots of money took holidays that this is what we got in returned. I personally don't mind which team wins buts it;s all about the spirit how you play ur game. Why bother playing if your not interested in test cricket. Save everyone's time. Pathetic Pathetic Pathetic display of cricket!!!

  • on August 11, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    There is a massive difference between New Zealand's bowling attack and England's bowling attack while New zealand and India have a comparable bowling attack. England will leave more than 180 overs to bowl India out and will probably do it under 120 overs, 4-0 is guaranteed.

  • Sanj747 on August 11, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    India have lacked intent and it shows in all the 3 departments of the game. Napier is a good reference point. However the bowling attack here is far superior. Where is Rohit Sharma. Let Raina play the IPL and 20-20 nonsense. These guys just don't have the technique and mental strength for test cricket. Go the poms.

  • on August 11, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    This is specially for Sachin.Hi little master( or whatever) you had enough rest or hangover from worldcup.This is your show time now.Show your mettle.playing on flat pitches (indian) you mage tons of runs.Show your worth in this match.Do bot fall for Stuart Broad's humble talk.Wake up please

  • BobcatCatbob on August 11, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    A Graham Napier performance is more likely...

  • Herath-UK on August 11, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    We all know well that this sort of grandeur talk ends up in only one result;Napier was altogether a different kettle of fish.He should be extremely happy if an innings defeat avoided. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • CMDragonsXI on August 11, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    Indians donot deserve the no.1 side in the world.

    I mean look at them yesterday. For eg: Sehwag. He didnt play the West Indies tour, didnt play the first two tests in england, gets out first ball batting, and he is already putting his hands in his pocket and pretending as if he is strolling in the park while fielding.This is the sign of the number one test team in the world ? They deserve to lose this series 4-0, go with their tails hanging betwen their legs.

    I am sick and tired of Dhoni blaming the loss on losing key players. Is Zaheer the only good baller India can produce amongst its 1 billion population? Does India travel all over the world with just a few ballers. What if the day comes when Sachin, Dravid, Laxman retires. What are you going to do Mr. Dhoni?

    Stop making excuses and seriously think aout what went wrong and how we can avoid such situations in future. And my advise to Sehwag, just make sure you are fit for the next IPL

  • on August 11, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    both teams are hero at thier home grounds and zero when playing somewhere else