England v India, 3rd npower Test, Edgbaston, 3rd day August 12, 2011

Cricket, the great leveller

Every cricketer understands, knows and senses this; this game produces strange, twisted events in the careers of men
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Having batted for almost 13 hours, making his highest score in any form of cricket and virtually ending India's chances of staying alive in this series, the first question Alastair Cook was asked was whether he had felt satisfaction or disappointment. "It's mad, isn't it, how you can still be disappointed when you score 290-odd," he said. "I suppose only cricket can do that to you."

Every cricketer understands, knows and senses this; this game produces strange, twisted events in the careers of men. "Tell me about it", several of the Indians might well respond as they nurse aching limbs. For all the usual merits of his carefree cricket, Virender Sehwag will be one of them; his Test series has so far involved fielding for 12 hours and 47 minutes, batting for precisely eight minutes and receiving, for all his labour, the first king pair of his Test career.

In the space of two balls, Sehwag has gone from being the turbo-engine the Indian team needed to get moving, to an advertisement about how not to approach any series in England, never mind the one that has been labelled 'marquee', 'big ticket' or 'clash of the titans'.

Sachin Tendulkar's first ever non-injury-related break from Test cricket has turned into an extended wait for the richness of form that would give his team the meat its middle-order now badly needs in the series, and along with it, the now unmentionable hundred for the history books.

Within four months of winning the World Cup, MS Dhoni's No. 1 India are being skewered for their lack of intensity, and in the two completed Tests of this series, have scored ten runs less than Bangladesh did in their two Tests in England last year. Bangladesh scrapped to a tally of 1003, compared to India's 993. The scoreline after two Tests: 0-2. Same difference?

Only cricket can do that to you.

India have the personnel to kick off the turnaround but it will have to - as it should have at the start, as it always did - begin with the batsmen. Cook's innings marked a grim day of struggle in the field, but one in which England played exactly as they intended. They put as much distance as they could between themselves and the Indian first-innings total and used up the scads of time available in the game, given that India's first innings folded in just over two sessions. It required, as Cook described, batting that was essentially "grinding out a day".

To save themselves, India will have to do that for about as long as Cook did. As he walked off the field, six runs short of becoming the first triple-centurion from England in two decades, he was patted on the back by the bowler, Ishant Sharma, who'd taken his wicket. One by one, Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina came across to shake his hand. Gautam Gambhir, who had sprinted to the pavilion to prepare to go out and bat again, did so at the end of the day's play.

Cook was of the opinion that the wicket at Edgbaston, which is often called a batsman's track, was playing well. "You can see that when people got in, a lot of people got in, so it can't be that bad a wicket," he said. The wicket had begun to turn but that should not be a dark art for the Indian batsmen to tackle. It is surviving the onslaught of the England seamers that has given them the most grief in this series, and India's top four need to make it through 50-odd overs to give themselves a chance to bat with freedom, confidence and flair.

India first four wickets were gone by the 56th and the 50th over at Lord's, the 51st and the 16th over at Trent Bridge and within the first 27 overs here at Edgbaston, in the first innings. India were supposed to be slow starters but on this tour it has not been a long-distance race, it has been quicksand.

In his very candid media conference on Thursday, Gambhir remembered that he batted for 11 hours to save a Test in New Zealand. It was a different situation, against a very different attack but it is times like these that cricketers draw solace and strength from. After all, who knows what else cricket can do?

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • blondblackberry on August 13, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    if any of indian players reading this should give some relief.what i'm now seeing in england is my life for past a decade so don't get upset for bad times it wil come and go.if going gets bad nothing wil happen even if u do things right.so guys don't worry i hope ur good times wil come soon.

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

    What mattered for me was the World cup and India won it. After a few weeks everybody will forget this series. Whatever can go wrong for a team has gone wrong for this team.

  • Pritt32 on August 13, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    India's standard of test cricket is a shamble and it an embarrassment for any Indian cricket fan to watch. English fans would be happy to see their team is winning, but it is totally one-sided. The 3rd test will be India heaviest defeat in the series and in history. Indian players walk in the crease with no purpose and focus to bat for long periods. The selectors need to seriously sit down and discuss about future of test cricket in India. The IPL and quantity of cricket played is damaging the team. England is completely dominance and India has no answers. I do not want to watch the last test and ODI, unless there are significant improvements. Next season, I am not watching any IPL at all and I hope it is scrapped to safeguard Indian test cricket. I pay lot of money for Sky Sports to see India play and it is a joke. No excuses even with injuries and team need a big telling off from fans and management. Well done to England for being crowned new no 1 and playing with a passion.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 13, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    I am just checking if Cook has landed? I am sure he has as Dhoni had laned with a mere 77? I mean it has to be a land...:)

  • bumsonseats on August 13, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    all of a sudden the number one position can only be decided over a 2 year period after the teams have played each other twice. if thats the case we will never be in a position to have a number one. before the series started india were the number one team and it was deemed that if england were to win the series by a clear 2 tests they would be the number one. if that happens then of course england deserve that position. they have beaten indian by a country mile up to date. until and when they have a knockout comp that decides, then england deserve that position with SA 2nd. i hope next year when they meet SA it will a better fought out contest. ( mind i hope results may be the same ) dpk

  • on August 13, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Hoping against all odds .....thats what this article is all about.

  • on August 13, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    i m frm Pakistan,,,WELL for me achieving number 1 rank in the world is difficult, but after achieving that point,sustaining this position is even more difficult,and so is Indian team is struggling to save their number 1 ranking,suppose they will save their number 1 position, then what, will there be no change in this Team India side ? I mean change is a need of time, few of these batsmen are playing in this team for last 15 years, and most of them had acheived their targets, they are billionaire after playing in IPL, This indian side is very much a tired looking unit,, the way they grounded those easiest of catches,i dont know why did they rested the Abhinav Mukund, he scored century in the last tour game, and instead of playing him they choose sehwag who i m sorry to say cant throw the ball,it is really a shamefull act by playing an injured player,, no doubt abt the ability and talent of sehwag,the Indian selectors should induct new blood in this team, players like kohli

  • harshacc on August 13, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    N.S- What is the latest news on Bhajji? K.S - Does it make a difference to his bowling whether he is fit or not? R.S- No, No Srikanth, you are confusing Kumble with Bhajji.Bhajji is more sensitive.Last time also he had a bad series, he had to get his finger operated.Kumble set a bad example to other cricketers, bowling with a jaw fracture in the Windies.Now everyone expects them to play through their pain for their country.Are they not aware that is only true nowadays for IPL ? N.S.- Why is Zak unfit and Viru looking uncomfortable in tests. Ex-C - They should have played a few practice games here to check their match fitness before they left for Eng N.S - As if that is going to happen. R.S- Can you imagine them using those shabby change rooms and hobnobbing with the Ranji players outside of IPL? What kind of message will that send out to our youngsters? N.S -Why are our bowlers being so ineffective against Eng batsmen.

  • harshacc on August 13, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Scene at BCCI meeting N.Srinivasan: Why are our boys doing badly in England? Do we have any suggestions. Ex-cricketer : Sir our boys were not prepared.We should have played 2-3 warm up matches in Eng N.S- What preparation? Look at me.You think I had any preparation to run BCCI? You think Pawar did?That's no excuse.Srikanth, you tell me K.Srikanth - We should have sent Anirudh.He would have done well.I have already included his name for next series N.S - We will see.Why cannot Raina and Yuvraj play the short ball properly? What do they do in his free time Ex-C: Yuvraj pretended to be sick to avoid playing under Raina's captaincy.So he cannot be seen practising.Raina was busy shooting for Champions League ad featuring CSK.He did not have any free time

  • ABP235 on August 13, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    When Indians were going gaga over the world cup win achieved on home soil, that too where India won matches against No.8 (WI),9 (BD) and two qualifiers (Ireland & Netherelands) in the league and lost to SA and tied with England, and then won just one match each against Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka all with home advantage, I had ridiculed the euphoria and had predicted bad days to come. Mine would have been a solo voice then, but I had with me the strong history of India's 1983 performance when India beat the then No.1 and 2, mighty WI and Australia, in the league stage itself and then beat No.3 England in SF and the WI again in finals. That was the real performance from a team ranked just one notch above the then qualifiers Zimbabwe. Yet, India tumbled in test matches that followed. Arrogance of Dhoni in final XI selection, board allowing Zaheer to play a full IPL despite his injury history. Now we have reached a stage for finding excuses, by skipper n coach. Fit to be a No7 again

  • blondblackberry on August 13, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    if any of indian players reading this should give some relief.what i'm now seeing in england is my life for past a decade so don't get upset for bad times it wil come and go.if going gets bad nothing wil happen even if u do things right.so guys don't worry i hope ur good times wil come soon.

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

    What mattered for me was the World cup and India won it. After a few weeks everybody will forget this series. Whatever can go wrong for a team has gone wrong for this team.

  • Pritt32 on August 13, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    India's standard of test cricket is a shamble and it an embarrassment for any Indian cricket fan to watch. English fans would be happy to see their team is winning, but it is totally one-sided. The 3rd test will be India heaviest defeat in the series and in history. Indian players walk in the crease with no purpose and focus to bat for long periods. The selectors need to seriously sit down and discuss about future of test cricket in India. The IPL and quantity of cricket played is damaging the team. England is completely dominance and India has no answers. I do not want to watch the last test and ODI, unless there are significant improvements. Next season, I am not watching any IPL at all and I hope it is scrapped to safeguard Indian test cricket. I pay lot of money for Sky Sports to see India play and it is a joke. No excuses even with injuries and team need a big telling off from fans and management. Well done to England for being crowned new no 1 and playing with a passion.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 13, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    I am just checking if Cook has landed? I am sure he has as Dhoni had laned with a mere 77? I mean it has to be a land...:)

  • bumsonseats on August 13, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    all of a sudden the number one position can only be decided over a 2 year period after the teams have played each other twice. if thats the case we will never be in a position to have a number one. before the series started india were the number one team and it was deemed that if england were to win the series by a clear 2 tests they would be the number one. if that happens then of course england deserve that position. they have beaten indian by a country mile up to date. until and when they have a knockout comp that decides, then england deserve that position with SA 2nd. i hope next year when they meet SA it will a better fought out contest. ( mind i hope results may be the same ) dpk

  • on August 13, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Hoping against all odds .....thats what this article is all about.

  • on August 13, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    i m frm Pakistan,,,WELL for me achieving number 1 rank in the world is difficult, but after achieving that point,sustaining this position is even more difficult,and so is Indian team is struggling to save their number 1 ranking,suppose they will save their number 1 position, then what, will there be no change in this Team India side ? I mean change is a need of time, few of these batsmen are playing in this team for last 15 years, and most of them had acheived their targets, they are billionaire after playing in IPL, This indian side is very much a tired looking unit,, the way they grounded those easiest of catches,i dont know why did they rested the Abhinav Mukund, he scored century in the last tour game, and instead of playing him they choose sehwag who i m sorry to say cant throw the ball,it is really a shamefull act by playing an injured player,, no doubt abt the ability and talent of sehwag,the Indian selectors should induct new blood in this team, players like kohli

  • harshacc on August 13, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    N.S- What is the latest news on Bhajji? K.S - Does it make a difference to his bowling whether he is fit or not? R.S- No, No Srikanth, you are confusing Kumble with Bhajji.Bhajji is more sensitive.Last time also he had a bad series, he had to get his finger operated.Kumble set a bad example to other cricketers, bowling with a jaw fracture in the Windies.Now everyone expects them to play through their pain for their country.Are they not aware that is only true nowadays for IPL ? N.S.- Why is Zak unfit and Viru looking uncomfortable in tests. Ex-C - They should have played a few practice games here to check their match fitness before they left for Eng N.S - As if that is going to happen. R.S- Can you imagine them using those shabby change rooms and hobnobbing with the Ranji players outside of IPL? What kind of message will that send out to our youngsters? N.S -Why are our bowlers being so ineffective against Eng batsmen.

  • harshacc on August 13, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Scene at BCCI meeting N.Srinivasan: Why are our boys doing badly in England? Do we have any suggestions. Ex-cricketer : Sir our boys were not prepared.We should have played 2-3 warm up matches in Eng N.S- What preparation? Look at me.You think I had any preparation to run BCCI? You think Pawar did?That's no excuse.Srikanth, you tell me K.Srikanth - We should have sent Anirudh.He would have done well.I have already included his name for next series N.S - We will see.Why cannot Raina and Yuvraj play the short ball properly? What do they do in his free time Ex-C: Yuvraj pretended to be sick to avoid playing under Raina's captaincy.So he cannot be seen practising.Raina was busy shooting for Champions League ad featuring CSK.He did not have any free time

  • ABP235 on August 13, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    When Indians were going gaga over the world cup win achieved on home soil, that too where India won matches against No.8 (WI),9 (BD) and two qualifiers (Ireland & Netherelands) in the league and lost to SA and tied with England, and then won just one match each against Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka all with home advantage, I had ridiculed the euphoria and had predicted bad days to come. Mine would have been a solo voice then, but I had with me the strong history of India's 1983 performance when India beat the then No.1 and 2, mighty WI and Australia, in the league stage itself and then beat No.3 England in SF and the WI again in finals. That was the real performance from a team ranked just one notch above the then qualifiers Zimbabwe. Yet, India tumbled in test matches that followed. Arrogance of Dhoni in final XI selection, board allowing Zaheer to play a full IPL despite his injury history. Now we have reached a stage for finding excuses, by skipper n coach. Fit to be a No7 again

  • on August 13, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Well done Ali Cook, Sorrry he missed his 300 but he has lots of time as a cricketer to achieve this milestone, he played the situation perfectly with all the time left in the match, A very special player of which dont come along that often, You neeed your KP,s but you also need you Ali Cook's as well. And he can turn it on when required, just look at that 95* in the ODI Pure class.

  • on August 13, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    I wish to point out that Cook was keen on achieving his personnel milestone, and that delayed the England declaration. However, surprisingly Cook criticised young Chandimal on trying to score a century. My dear Cricinfo editor, why are you hesitant to publish my angle. I wrote twice previously. I hope you will publish my point of view which is logical and inoffensive.

  • emeye on August 13, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Sharda Ugra once more snatching another dimension. She is good, never let India down, even when they are.

  • on August 13, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    match will be over b4 tea. indians players are to relaxed

  • PG65 on August 13, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    I have a fervent appeal to make to the BCCI so that they can spare us this misery. Please pre pone the last test match. The current test match will be over today so the next one can start on Monday instead of the scheduled date of Aug 18th. Make England bat first & the Indians will ensure & guarantee that the test will be over in less than 3 days. Forget the one day series. The poor chaps want to return home. Why can't you blood suckers in the BCCI realize their plight. They are a tired, retired & injured bunch. On the third morning of that test please check them out of their hotel & charter a special flight so on losing they can at least be airlifted from the ground itself.

  • csango on August 13, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    People are getting too restless, Lets observe India over next 2 series at least home + away one each and then conclude. Remember its not about failure but about ability to bounce back from Failure is what the champions are made of.....

  • perl57 on August 13, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    If English cannot play Indian spin in England, what makes them think they can play in India, SL, Pak and Bangladesh (yes Bangladesh!). Whole world cried its guts out whenever India defended its # 1. Now subcontinent would show its voice whenever this splash-in-the-pan team goes on to defend its #1. Call it lame or old fashion fork in the eye, you've got to accept. Its always been India since 2001 who has been the kings of cricket. Prove us wrong by being # 1 for more than 3 years and then we will accept it. I know this is a chance for all the back stabbers to have a go at India who has ruled the world circuit for so many years. Given us exceptional performances...imagine just a year ago, Steyn Vs Tendulkar. Imagine that 1 run win against SA, Pathan's exceptional beserk against SA, T20 WC Win, #1 ranking and finally world cup. No team had done in that in last ten years. We did it. Feel ashamed to see Indians deserting Indian cricket team. shame on you.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 13, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Congratulations England on being the New World Number 1: As every fan Indian or English who has watched the series will no doubt attest, England are by the far the better side in every facet of the game, and this England side has and is playing with the same kind of strength and intensity of the great sides of yesteryear. The New World Number 1: And who could deny them?

  • bhaloniaz on August 13, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    This is a great article.. Great comments from Cook.. thats the way people should miss triple centuries..

  • vinchester on August 13, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I think ICC should have a rethink on the ranking system especially the No 1 rank. This as good as amounts to being the champion team and now it shows how badly are India off this rank. I feel the no 1 rank should only be given to a team if it beats the other teams both at home and away. Thus England should only get this champion rank if it beats India in India. Sl in Sl and Pak in PAK. The same logic shold apply to any other team; until then they all can be No 2 teams Lets do away with no 1 and have a champion team in its place fulfilling the above conditions.

  • Drew2 on August 13, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    There are no excuses. Great teams have depth to cover injuries. The Zaheer card is a joke. He's a fine bowler, but not in the class of McGrath, Akarm, Ambrose etc, and even those players couldn't dig India out of this mess. As for the home ground advantage, well does anyone honestly thiing that India would dominate to this degree in India? It would be close and quite possibly England would still win. England are clearly the number 1 side. Let's see how long their reign lasts.

  • harshacc on August 13, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Kudos to the Cook on such a fine batting effort.Sad to see him miss his treble.You can argue that the Indian bowling was lifeless, but let us be honest it is not like we had four bowlers rivaling the great WI bowling greats.We missed Zaheer, but Zaheer is not a young tyro.He is in his 30's.Where are his replacements? The preparedness of the Indian team is a big problem and I hope they become a bit professional about preparedness, scheduling breaks between series and practice matches at the start,getting Injury reports before announcing a team.A spanking like this would do our young lads a world of good.Would inspire some of them to go and sort out their weaknesses but only if they are so inclined.RD would put some of our youngsters fitness to shame.Learn and evolve.Well played England, thanks for the brutal reminder of our faults which have been largely papered over for quite some time.BTW, Sehwag does not walk into the team with no match practice, straight off the op table on his rep

  • on August 13, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Sharda Ugra - The Best Writer of Cricinfo !!

  • on August 13, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    india is no.1 team in the world, so what if they cant score 300+ in the last five innings.. so what they are gonna be white washed by england, so what their bowling only relys on zaheer khan, so what they have thousand of excuses to justify after loosing... But India is no. 1 cricket team...!

  • Indunil76Shantha on August 13, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    So,, If only Zaheer Khan could all out England that means he could take all the 20 wickets. Wow,,, He must be the world record holder then, so far he has played 79 test matches and 79 x 20 = 1580. Congrats Zaheer!!!!!!!!

  • on August 13, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    If India has 2 survive for 2 complete 2 days, only Dravid and Gambhir can do that.. If this pair does not get out for 2 sessions today, India has a good chance of securing a draw..India does not have 2 win(well, absolutely no chance of winning the match) or draw the match, but just frustrating England for 2 days would be great for us..

  • Bengaluru_Rennie on August 13, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    One feels that everyone has to stick around with Laxman. Laxman will be the key man to save the test. Similar in style to Cook, can end up scoring a big hundred if others including sachin & dhoni stick around with him. Gambhir and dravid have to score but delay the time as well. Both are quite capable. Dravid could score a hundred here. Only fidgety Sachin worries me. Raina if the going gets good if others play well before him, is the sort that will press the advantage in. play shots with calm natural feelings and full concentration. the english bowlers will get tired out.

  • on August 13, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    Watchout tomorrow for the batting exhibition of indian stalwarts.I predict at least 3 very big scores from top 5 indian batsmen. As an Indian fan i anticipate the 100th ton for the batting maestro sachin at edgbaston as a gift for the indians on the eve of indian indipendence.Hope they give stiff resistance to england bowling and will save the game.

  • on August 13, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    I would like to start my post - Saying Thank you England. Lesson are brutal and pain immense if significant change needs to come in.

    This 4 test series will laid bare the lack of real talent in bowling set-up and the life after big trio - Dravid, lakshman, tendulkar retire. Bowlers in the past - Kumble, Srinath - used to play in County team - having a handle on English conditions as well as grounds. The current generation are not good enough to be called up.

    Time will tell if Dhoni could do want Border could do with Australia or fall alongside like Richie Richardson and Lara in their efforts to revive West Indies fortunes.

  • immit13 on August 13, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Why Should Dhoni not GIVE UP this test??? They just did it a month ago right? Just when they needed 80 odd runs of 15 overs with 6 wickets remaining... If that was a hopeless situation for this undetermined time then why the hell they should even be attempting to come out and bat tomorrow... GIVE UP TEAM INDIA & GO HOME AND PLAY CIRCUS CRICKET... Sorry I mean IPL.

  • donda on August 13, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    my suggestion to Indian fans is to just accept that england is far superior team in english conditions and it's ok to lose a series from a better team. England is #1 team in the world because of bowling and batting so just enjoy the hammering and be happy about what india had for two years.

    It's ok to lose #1 spot because you will work more harder to come back and snatch it.

    Let's see what happens in down under.

  • Nerk on August 13, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Already a lot of Indian fans are playing the Zaheer card. "If only he was fit..." Teams do not remain number one on the basis of one bowler. If Anderson was injured do you think that would have made a difference? No, because another English bowler would have stepped into the breach. If India rely on one bowler to get their wickets, they don't deserve to be number one.

  • Street_Hawk on August 12, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    it feels like India just want the series to end...they need to do a lot of thinking...bring in players like Rohit Sharma, Rahane instead of Raina....and fast bowler problem and spin bowler problem can't be solved by bringing new players as most pitches in India are pretty flat...make turning wicket like Kanpur or green tops like Mohali used to be..bowlers need to learn how to use pitch conditions there first before going to play abroad.

  • on August 12, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    You can say Sehwag didn't make any difference, in fact it made it worse. Zaheer would've made the whole difference. India have a mountain to climb and there is no way they can win this one. They should've kept Gary Kirsten. So much so for coach changing. England are by far the standout team.

  • on August 12, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    Just like I said, Abhinav Mukund looked much better technically equipped than Sehwag in English conditions...

  • jr1972 on August 12, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Cricket is a great leveller. The Indian team however have levelled themselves on this tour. Sitting on your laurels as the no.1 test side, turning up unprepared, out of shape etc. will do that. I feel sorry for the Indian supporters who have been more than let down by their "superstars." Loking at the posts the most parochial of the Indian support and their bullish optimism has disappeared as reality has set in. As for Ganguly's comments, he needs to grow up. England will be well prepared for the Indian series next year an it will be a contest unlike the farce we are experiencing at the moment. Yes, cricket is a great leveller.

  • South_Indian on August 12, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    Oh boy, Oh boy! Dont I love it when someone does well against India :))

  • Rakim on August 12, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Everybody knows English can dominate India in India

  • on August 12, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Its not the cricket that is a great leveller. Its player himself and his abilities that make him level. One day or one series can make you feel like king of the world as happened to India after world cup. Players might be thinking that they are larger than life and just a couple of months later here you are standing in front of the mirror and thinking, is it what we are ? Indians must be asking what was real, the world cup victory or this humiliation in England. In fact both are realities. One the sweet one and the other one is utterly bitter. And in between these two realities lie Indian players who must come out of the world cup euphoria as early as possible beacuse the lower you stand the quicker you recover after a fall.

  • Herath-UK on August 12, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    Out of the two touring teams this season and against England (same opponent),Sri Lanka has done much better than India in the three tests given to them.There was an exhilarating innigs of 190 odd from Dilshan and a fighting innings from Sanga in spite of touring in May with more bowler friendly wickets and against Tremlett who is a more attacking bowler than Bresnan.And their loss 1-0 is much better result than inevitable 3-0 for India.It is not really the loss that sparks debate but the manner in which India is losing that matters;has Dhoni lost his grip;in the huddle after the tea it was Dravid who was speaking and where are the bowling coaches India paying through nose;both Ishant and Sreeshanth had figures at one stage of 0/150 on bowling friendly conditions.And---- where is Duncan Fletcher,conspicuous by his abscence. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on August 12, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    I wonder how much comfort Sehwag can take from being, by a considerable distance, much the best batsman ever to have suffered a king pair.

  • indian1980 on August 12, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    India forgot the bascis of test cricket. I am really disappointed the way they batting. Viru shouldn't be in a test team, the way he bat shows that One day and T20 is his cup of tea. I really hope India can atleast score 400 runs in the second inings.

  • on August 12, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    England should be declared winners by tomorrow...why to get injured by toiling hard for defeat...

  • CricketChat on August 12, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    The pitches thus far in the series looked entirely different when Eng and Ind bat. This is by far the worst mauling Ind received at the hands of Eng since the dark days of 42 all out in 1974. With series already lost, I hope Ind batsmen play freely for the reminder of the tests. ODIs are where Ind team might still entertain a semblance of chance.

  • tamboy_99 on August 12, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    I remember Ganguly commenting today when Amit Mishra finally got his bearings by turnign the ball square and beating bresnan's failed attemts at defence and swiping alike ... " He'll be in the sub-continent soon, better get used to it " ... Now cmon that is soooo immature .... Just because the Indian lads have struggled with the moving ball doesnt mean english guys will struggle on asian featherbeds ... This series should serve as a wake up call to all the sehwags, gambhirs, rainas, yuvrajs and future of india that just planking your foot forward and smashing the ball maybe a good idea in asia, u travel to england, SA, Aus (against a decent Aussie attack) it simply wont do .... We have been exposed and we better take it up chins as professionals and work towards improving our deficiencies ... To consisitently win matches abroad, We need to unearth a genuine quick bowler and nurture him .. a spinner who can spin the ball in all condt (Harbhajan has 289 wickets in India out of his 406)

  • Rahulbose on August 12, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    What a drubbing. I don't think Indians have been so completely outclassed since the 1997 tour of SA. Even in tours like 1999 Aus they had some fight.

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  • Rahulbose on August 12, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    What a drubbing. I don't think Indians have been so completely outclassed since the 1997 tour of SA. Even in tours like 1999 Aus they had some fight.

  • tamboy_99 on August 12, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    I remember Ganguly commenting today when Amit Mishra finally got his bearings by turnign the ball square and beating bresnan's failed attemts at defence and swiping alike ... " He'll be in the sub-continent soon, better get used to it " ... Now cmon that is soooo immature .... Just because the Indian lads have struggled with the moving ball doesnt mean english guys will struggle on asian featherbeds ... This series should serve as a wake up call to all the sehwags, gambhirs, rainas, yuvrajs and future of india that just planking your foot forward and smashing the ball maybe a good idea in asia, u travel to england, SA, Aus (against a decent Aussie attack) it simply wont do .... We have been exposed and we better take it up chins as professionals and work towards improving our deficiencies ... To consisitently win matches abroad, We need to unearth a genuine quick bowler and nurture him .. a spinner who can spin the ball in all condt (Harbhajan has 289 wickets in India out of his 406)

  • CricketChat on August 12, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    The pitches thus far in the series looked entirely different when Eng and Ind bat. This is by far the worst mauling Ind received at the hands of Eng since the dark days of 42 all out in 1974. With series already lost, I hope Ind batsmen play freely for the reminder of the tests. ODIs are where Ind team might still entertain a semblance of chance.

  • on August 12, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    England should be declared winners by tomorrow...why to get injured by toiling hard for defeat...

  • indian1980 on August 12, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    India forgot the bascis of test cricket. I am really disappointed the way they batting. Viru shouldn't be in a test team, the way he bat shows that One day and T20 is his cup of tea. I really hope India can atleast score 400 runs in the second inings.

  • on August 12, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    I wonder how much comfort Sehwag can take from being, by a considerable distance, much the best batsman ever to have suffered a king pair.

  • Herath-UK on August 12, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    Out of the two touring teams this season and against England (same opponent),Sri Lanka has done much better than India in the three tests given to them.There was an exhilarating innigs of 190 odd from Dilshan and a fighting innings from Sanga in spite of touring in May with more bowler friendly wickets and against Tremlett who is a more attacking bowler than Bresnan.And their loss 1-0 is much better result than inevitable 3-0 for India.It is not really the loss that sparks debate but the manner in which India is losing that matters;has Dhoni lost his grip;in the huddle after the tea it was Dravid who was speaking and where are the bowling coaches India paying through nose;both Ishant and Sreeshanth had figures at one stage of 0/150 on bowling friendly conditions.And---- where is Duncan Fletcher,conspicuous by his abscence. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on August 12, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Its not the cricket that is a great leveller. Its player himself and his abilities that make him level. One day or one series can make you feel like king of the world as happened to India after world cup. Players might be thinking that they are larger than life and just a couple of months later here you are standing in front of the mirror and thinking, is it what we are ? Indians must be asking what was real, the world cup victory or this humiliation in England. In fact both are realities. One the sweet one and the other one is utterly bitter. And in between these two realities lie Indian players who must come out of the world cup euphoria as early as possible beacuse the lower you stand the quicker you recover after a fall.

  • Rakim on August 12, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Everybody knows English can dominate India in India

  • South_Indian on August 12, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    Oh boy, Oh boy! Dont I love it when someone does well against India :))