England v India, 3rd npower Test, Edgbaston, 3rd day August 13, 2011

Sehwag's moment of madness

India needed to survive 13 overs but Virender Sehwag was dismissed first ball, attempting an ambitious drive, for the second time in the Test
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Even at the best of times batting is a matter of chance. Every stroke carries the prospect of dismissal. A half-volley can be dragged onto the stumps and a long hop can land in the hands of an outfielder. Batting involves constantly balancing risk and opportunity, and the assessment of risk varies from batsman to batsman. Alastair Cook hit only three boundaries in the first two sessions of the third day at Edgbaston, but he ended with 294 runs. Virender Sehwag aimed to cream the first ball he received through the covers and ended with his second golden duck of the match.

Cook began the day with England leading India by 232 runs with seven wickets in hand; Sehwag took guard with India needing to score 486 to avoid innings defeat. When Cook's innings ended, ironically with a forcing shot, he had batted over 13 hours; Sehwag lasted only eight minutes over both innings. Barring a miracle, or a washout, England will win.

Rewind to December 2008 in Chennai. Andrew Strauss, Cook's opening partner, scored 123 and 108, batting for more than 12 hours in the Test. Sehwag played a leaden-footed drive in the first innings to be bowled for 9, but two hours of extraordinary hitting from him in the final session on the fourth day set India on the road to an improbable chase. His 68-ball 83 was good enough to earn him the Man-of-the-Match award. It was the defining innings of the Test.

When Sehwag belted his first hundred as a Test opener, in Nottingham in 2002, his methods seemed too outrageous to survive the rigours and scrutiny of international cricket. But with more than 7500 runs scored at a strike rate of 81.89, it can be argued he has earned the right to bat as he pleases; or rather to bat in the manner that is most profitable to him. After all, a couple of hours of mayhem from Sehwag can ease the path for those to follow.

Why is it considered more criminal for a batsman to lose his wicket to an aggressive stroke than to a defensive one? After all, in the first innings at Edgbaston, Sehwag was dismissed not attempting a stroke and it was deemed merely unfortunate.

These arguments are not without merit. That Cook's epic was the result of monumental patience and meticulous application is of little consequence to Sehwag's approach to batting. He is entitled to choose the method most likely to bring him success. However, to apply this argument without a caveat would be both naïve and simplistic.

Batting in Test cricket is also about adapting to varying conditions and match situations. That Sehwag had consigned the first ball to the boundary almost all through the World Cup didn't meant anything when it came to opening in Test cricket in England. Even Sehwag knows the virtue of grafting, of playing out a tough period to set a base. He did so in Melbourne in 2003, when the pitch was damp on the first morning, and ended up with 195. More tellingly, he batted out a whole session in Adelaide in 2008 without hitting a four, to save India a Test.

Runs were of little consequence to India this evening. Their only logical target was to bat out 13 overs. James Anderson was likely to nip the ball away. Sehwag hadn't played a Test since January, and had batted only half an hour in the practice match after missing the first two Tests. And Rahul Dravid, India's best batsman in the series, deserved to be given the best chance to succeed. Trying to hit the cover off the first ball wasn't the smartest way to begin.

Perhaps the stroke came out of nervousness. Or perhaps Sehwag was as dead sure that he could hit it for four as Dravid was when he cut the first ball of Anderson's second over to the point boundary. But given that the percentages were loaded against a drive on the up, and that it brought about his dismissal when India needed to sell every wicket dear, it was a moment of madness that described the shambolic nature of India's campaign in England.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • BalaSenty on August 15, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Yes BCCI should ban IPL and concentrate in bringing Indian team. I think it is time to see Sachin, Laxman, Raina, Gambir and Shewag off. Just include juniors, even if India lost few tests no problem. Let all these players go for ad. Even Dhoni can be given a break. India now has already lost Australia (year end tour). Change Selectors also.

  • Kaze on August 15, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    Lol excuses first Sehwag was to be the savior then he fell flat on his face did anyone expect any better from a flat track bullly/slogger on a swinging wicket ?!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    I have been one of the most vocal fans who was against Sehwag's inclusion for the third test. What kind of match readiness did he prove to walk straight into the final xi? Drop him from the fourth test and take in Mukund. You just can't take your own jolly time to get surgery and then delude yourself and others around you that you can just force yourself into international cricket. Pathetic Dhoni. Pathetic selection. Drop Raina and get another bowler please. Shameful selection sans any basics.

  • on August 14, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Indian cricket should forget about past records and professionaly allow people who are 100% fit tp play. Abhinav mukund who scored a century and looked promising was left out for a big name and past laurel. Sehwag could not throw or bowl , Cook batted for 90 overs alone. Please do not demoralise new talent. Sehwag should be called back and play for England series in India

  • najafbutt on August 14, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Sehwag is best at playing dead wickets where ball comes slow ,no movement in the ball and no bounce in the wicket, and yes mediocre fast bowling.i have seen many times Sehwag getting out single digit or double digits on the pitches where ball was moving even slightly.He has scored majority of his runs in Indian Sub-continent, specially all his double and triple hundred are in India,Pakistan and Sri lanka. Sehwag has never scored a century in fourth inning , he averages 28.86 runs in fourth innings. Sehwag is not good choice to play in England, India should opt for another player for remaining one test and one day matches because India need runs and Sehwag is not going to score any fifties or hundreds in those matches.

  • cricket_lover1 on August 14, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    Sehwag needs to remain calm for the first 5 overs of his innings and then the entire day is his...the question is can he do that??

  • on August 13, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Sehwag played a poor shot. Big deal. He averages over 50 as an opener and a s/r above 80. Definitely a true great. And the first batsman I'd pick in my team. As for the 2nd innings comments. How come you didn't mention his 1st innings figures??? Everyone knows it's the first innings that sets the tone for a game.

  • on August 13, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    I never expected anything from Shewag. How can selecters, team coach and captain feel that someone coming off the flight, not playing any cricket for 6 months can score let alone open against a world class bowling!!!!!!!! I hope they gotr their lesson and rest him from next test match. It shows how little team india understands english conditions!!!!

  • ecricl on August 13, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    in Africa 10 18 1 484 28.47 in Americas 4 7 0 357 51.00 in Asia 16-1600 -69.56 in Europe 5-29.62 in Oceania 12-1013- 44.04

    this is sehwags form while playing in oppositions ground. This sort of player is voted by indians as the opener in all time ICC XI

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    We all babble day in day out and satisfy our appetite by posting scornful comments. Great players don't play with ego in their mind. They battle tough situation and sometimes play against the reputation for what they are meant but they succeed in tackling down the riddle. Great players master all the situation and faced fearest of the opposition with respect. Natural game doesn't lie in hitting the very first ball for four, if sehwag would have shown greater solidarity and proper defense against his reputation of attacking the bowler, english bowler might have tried something different. Younger generation players are of that fickle mind and play with ego, for them entertaining crowd is more important. Sachin, ponting are more devastating than sehwag but look how they adjust themselves in numerous circumstances. When they confront adverse condition and takes time to settle down, they treat the ball with respect and later on treat the same ball with utter disdain.

  • BalaSenty on August 15, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Yes BCCI should ban IPL and concentrate in bringing Indian team. I think it is time to see Sachin, Laxman, Raina, Gambir and Shewag off. Just include juniors, even if India lost few tests no problem. Let all these players go for ad. Even Dhoni can be given a break. India now has already lost Australia (year end tour). Change Selectors also.

  • Kaze on August 15, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    Lol excuses first Sehwag was to be the savior then he fell flat on his face did anyone expect any better from a flat track bullly/slogger on a swinging wicket ?!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    I have been one of the most vocal fans who was against Sehwag's inclusion for the third test. What kind of match readiness did he prove to walk straight into the final xi? Drop him from the fourth test and take in Mukund. You just can't take your own jolly time to get surgery and then delude yourself and others around you that you can just force yourself into international cricket. Pathetic Dhoni. Pathetic selection. Drop Raina and get another bowler please. Shameful selection sans any basics.

  • on August 14, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Indian cricket should forget about past records and professionaly allow people who are 100% fit tp play. Abhinav mukund who scored a century and looked promising was left out for a big name and past laurel. Sehwag could not throw or bowl , Cook batted for 90 overs alone. Please do not demoralise new talent. Sehwag should be called back and play for England series in India

  • najafbutt on August 14, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Sehwag is best at playing dead wickets where ball comes slow ,no movement in the ball and no bounce in the wicket, and yes mediocre fast bowling.i have seen many times Sehwag getting out single digit or double digits on the pitches where ball was moving even slightly.He has scored majority of his runs in Indian Sub-continent, specially all his double and triple hundred are in India,Pakistan and Sri lanka. Sehwag has never scored a century in fourth inning , he averages 28.86 runs in fourth innings. Sehwag is not good choice to play in England, India should opt for another player for remaining one test and one day matches because India need runs and Sehwag is not going to score any fifties or hundreds in those matches.

  • cricket_lover1 on August 14, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    Sehwag needs to remain calm for the first 5 overs of his innings and then the entire day is his...the question is can he do that??

  • on August 13, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Sehwag played a poor shot. Big deal. He averages over 50 as an opener and a s/r above 80. Definitely a true great. And the first batsman I'd pick in my team. As for the 2nd innings comments. How come you didn't mention his 1st innings figures??? Everyone knows it's the first innings that sets the tone for a game.

  • on August 13, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    I never expected anything from Shewag. How can selecters, team coach and captain feel that someone coming off the flight, not playing any cricket for 6 months can score let alone open against a world class bowling!!!!!!!! I hope they gotr their lesson and rest him from next test match. It shows how little team india understands english conditions!!!!

  • ecricl on August 13, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    in Africa 10 18 1 484 28.47 in Americas 4 7 0 357 51.00 in Asia 16-1600 -69.56 in Europe 5-29.62 in Oceania 12-1013- 44.04

    this is sehwags form while playing in oppositions ground. This sort of player is voted by indians as the opener in all time ICC XI

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    We all babble day in day out and satisfy our appetite by posting scornful comments. Great players don't play with ego in their mind. They battle tough situation and sometimes play against the reputation for what they are meant but they succeed in tackling down the riddle. Great players master all the situation and faced fearest of the opposition with respect. Natural game doesn't lie in hitting the very first ball for four, if sehwag would have shown greater solidarity and proper defense against his reputation of attacking the bowler, english bowler might have tried something different. Younger generation players are of that fickle mind and play with ego, for them entertaining crowd is more important. Sachin, ponting are more devastating than sehwag but look how they adjust themselves in numerous circumstances. When they confront adverse condition and takes time to settle down, they treat the ball with respect and later on treat the same ball with utter disdain.

  • AncientAstronaut on August 13, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    It wasn't Sehwag's fault. England have a terrific bowling attack. They're number one now. And they deserve it, dammit! India's dependence on an in-form Zaheer was brutally exposed in the third test. And it didn't help that the famed middle order batsmen decided to act their age together in this series.

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    BAN IPL.....................CAMPAIGN HAS TO START IN INDIA.....................

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    We dont need to compare players because of their batting nature and their circumstances..I agree the fact that Alaster cook has played well comparing to all our players in this match but our players have tried their best too...Surely each and every player in our team is gifted..Sehwag has many records and he is playing in his own style of cricket..One match or series cannot prove the strength of the team...Getting the No 1 position is easy but being No1 team is not so easy ....

  • mensan on August 13, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    No one can play well all the time. But sehwag king pair is hilarious. when team is so much depending on you to turn its fortunes, you have to be bit sensible in the way you play.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    First of all, kudos to the English side who were far superior to India, who have been disappointing in this series. However, if you see what has been happening till now, you will notice that the No. 1 spot and Tests in the sub continent have been correlated.

    So far only Dravid and, to a lesser extent, Tendulkar and Laxman showed that they had the wherewithal to cope with the conditions. Dhoni tried his best in the Edgbaston Test but other batsmen have not been able to do anything worthwhile.

    India needs to get back to the drawing board and work out plans for the next five years. For the moment, there should be a rotation of the no. 6 spot and Raina, Yuvraj, Kohli, Badri, Pujara etc. will have to be tried out. Induct two players once one of the three retire and then one more. Keep playing them regardless of results.

    Try out more fast bowlers. Bhajji needs to be rested. Try even Murli Karthik and Ojha. Others have not performed. Bring in really fast bowlers like Varun and Umesh.

  • kkorn on August 13, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    I disagree with all those who point to IPL for the failures on this tour of England. We Indians should be more rational in accepting that we were outplayed in every aspect by a superior England side. We were underprepared and nonchalant about how we approached dealing with conditions in England - and we paid dearly for this!! Unless we learn to accept reality and analyze where and what our short comings were, we are not going to be back in the no.1 test spot in a long, long time. So stop justifying our loss with "if Zaheer was healthy", or "Sehwag and Gambhir were healthy", we were beaten by a quality English team that deserve the no.1 spot but more importantly our respect. This ain't West Indies, this is a fantastic English team. Kudos, England.

  • mensan on August 13, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    IPL hangover more than anything.

  • Aussasinator on August 13, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Sehwag's approach was ridiculous. The less said the better. People have been going ga ga over his carefree approach and that seems to have got into his head. he is headed towards disaster at this rate and his best days are clearly over. Rahane needs immediate exposure. sehwag should not play the ODis. he should be sent back home like Bhajji under an injury excuse.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Sehwag is now described as greats of the game. But ket me tell you he has not done very well in South Africa and more importantly some day have a look at his secomd innings average.You'll be schoked to see. The second inning average of a batsman says is all na d sehwag is nota legend.

  • The_big_j on August 13, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Look at how many English cricketers participated in the Ipl (or their t20 competition) in comparsion to the Indian side in which pretty much everyone had taken part in the bollywood drama club. Indian side was rightfully defeated and mark my words there'll be more days like this.

  • CricIndia208 on August 13, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Who cares for test cricket. 5 days for a game in these modern times is a criminal waste of time. India have won the World Cup which is the pinnacle of the game. Test cricket is complete rubbish.

  • BravoBravo on August 13, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    @bobagorof, I agrree with your comment fully. Just a minor correction, PAK has also won a series in India against IND (1-0) under Imran Khan's captaincy. Congrats ENG. For IND, I hope they will do better in 4th test match to avoid a whitewash, and try to manage 300+ score on board. IND, don't worry #1 title has slipped from your hand, believe me it was never yours. I wonder how IND clinged onto it for last 18 months. As a consequence of such humilitiating defeats, IND test status should be revoked as it was done with ZIM in the past.

  • Praveen_Khardia on August 13, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Sehwag is chasing Sir Ajit Agarkar's record....I hope by the end of the Australia series he will break that record...

  • AvidCricFan on August 13, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Talent needs to be groomed at very young age. The structure for grooming talent in their formative years (low teens through 21 years) is almost non existent in India. We were lucky to have great batting line up. The players are now aged or aging. The new breed is too interwined in short format and have not developed their skills for test cricket.

  • AidanFX on August 13, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    @ PRC-TheGREAT I am not being pedantic. It is clear as many have said Ind players have not developed Test players due to overkill of T20. I have no doubt that your team is suffering from playing on lifeless pitches. Yes I enjoyed the former success of Australia. I also have built great admiration for the England Test unit. They are one powerful team. I have never rated India as a powerful team. Too batsman reliant. I am aware that Ind players have battered well on Aus surfaces, but I insist if they keep playing so many T20 games and Test matches on dead flat easy batting sub-contintent pitches they will not be able to beat Eng or SA. And whilst I don't envision Aus getting as strong as those teams any time soon, even if they do improve notably Ind will struggle against Aus in Aus, irrespective of whether some of their batsman do well. Ind will also struggle more so when the older players (Dravid/ Tendulka) retire soon like what happened to Aus recently.

  • Sam_Patel_US on August 13, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Kudos to English Team, They have played far better cricket than India so they should get No.1 Title in Test cricket. Hope England don't make those mistakes India has made after becoming No.1. England's real challenge is now to stay at No.1 People would be expecting them to win every single game, just bcoz they are No.1. A single defeat would put a question mark on their No.1 status. India has gone thru this kind of pressure...and Now its england's turn. England's full team is their prime form at the moment and thats why they doing so good. Lets wait and watch how long english men continue to perform like this. The presure is on English team from now on. Good luck England....The ride begins now...fasten up ur seat belt.

  • Bang_La on August 13, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    The problem is, Shewag is glorified for riding his luck while scoring few runs but his faulty techniques always exposed. His squirming against fast and bouncy balls are a real amusements. The last but not the least, he never faced true fast bowlers as there is really none to take Shewag's test :)

  • JustOUT on August 13, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    I want to here more stories from all the indian fans..

  • on August 13, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    This is the impact of IPL. India does not have the strength or the tenacity to play in the 5-day format. They should stick to 20 and 50 over entertainment.

  • on August 13, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Look its nt important how did u get out. had it been a deadly unplayable yorker and sehwag had got bowled no one would have complained.but with subtle lateral movements at a lively pace,sehwag was required 2 b more watchful while playing his first few overs.its no shame if u deviate a little from ur natural game as per team s demand.gambhir did the same thing at napier 2 save that test.

  • on August 13, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Any way its pointless to argue that this Indian side could do better now... The thing that is startling is that the intensity that the English are playing which is preventing India to even try.I don't see any harm in acknowledging England's progress.They wanted it and they got it. Indians could take solace from the fact that they are losing in England and not in India. we (Indians ) have got a lot to be proud of.We have the World Cup. We had the Number 1 spot..So Lets give them the benefit of this chance. And let's us try for the Number 1 spot in ODI 's now..where I think England don't even have a whiff of a chance.

  • on August 13, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    All this Happening Thanks to IPL........Way to go indian Cricket

  • chica on August 13, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    both cook and sehwag has theri own style of playing..you don compare them,but now that you have compared sehwag has two triple hundreds in his own backyard...how many does cook have in is prime form???(in his backyard)...

  • on August 13, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Move over India. The game of glorious uncertainties has decided that is it England's turn to be World Number One. Perhaps you could have batted to a draw in this game... but Dravid your best batsman this series clips his shoe lace with the bat and is given out caught behind. Tendulkar, your best batsman falls victim to one of those freak run outs off a misfield by the bowler. Dravid averaged 60.4 to lead India but Stuart Broad batting at number 9 for England averaged 60.66 to take the 5th spot behind Peterson 89.5, Bresnan 77, Prior 63.25 and Cook 62.8. So far Eight England batsmen have posted better averages than Tendulkar 26.5 and Laxman 26. The bowling comparisons are even worse. Does the history of the game record more humiliating disgrace of a top ranked test team?

  • bobagorof on August 13, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    aby_manyu: apart from yelling a lot, what is your point? Lots of countries have struggled winning series in India, yes. But they are able to win everywhere else (and in Australia's case, they managed to win a series in India too). India has done very well all around the globe, which is why they reached the No. 1 ranking. But they managed a 1-nil series win over WI recently and last year they drew series against SA (twice) and SL. The fact is that India's performances over the last 18 months haven't been enough to maintain their ranking, wherever they've been playing. Winning at home isn't enough.

  • IAS2009 on August 13, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    this Indian team is the weakest no 1 team on the record, SA was a solid number 2 for long time (i would take that any day than a weak #1 team), really people believe that that this indian team was #1, indian team has won matches but to be #1 you have to win every where at least on road, any number#1 team should not folded like this, Indian top 5 have almost 50K test runs between them, how come they all are so bad on pretty much flat pitches, if England scored 700 it is flat pitch as far as i am concerned. India will be very weak test team in near future as at least 4 of the top five will be gone in next 18 months (may be earlier if the performance is like this). regardless of result India should not hide behind review system, some of the wins that led india to number 1 was the absence of review system.

  • on August 13, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    we are heading for bad timesssss.........in line with wi ,aus,.Golden era is over......no young talent to energise the team.......n sachin like oldies are playing passionately for ambanis home team.....resting during national duty...sachin u dropped ur bharat ratna......u r not setting right models.......dissapointing with ravi,sunny n harsha....they never uttered a word against ipl........they r on payroll of bcci....... external experts like holding clearly mentioned the reasons for failure......n dhoni he is not gret leader becoz leaders aslo speak truth for welfare of the team......not always diplomatic..boycott ipl......plz start some net movement against ipl.....just boycott ipl challengers.......

  • MaruthuDelft on August 13, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    @aby_manyu, what are you at? India is no less than Oz, Eng and Win? India has not produced a very good test side in its history; despite potent pacemen Pakistan has not produced a really world class team so far. We Asians either don't really work hard (Pak has talent) to attain the levels of Oz and the current Eng side or don't have the talent (fast bowling talent in India is Zero).

  • PRC-TheGREAT on August 13, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Aidan FX - Why don't you be worried about your country's performance and leave our concerns to us mate? Your blokes deserve kudos for the numero uno status, and its not often that you guys get a chance to see how it feels there. So, live the moment, and cherish it. Don't become pedantic. This series is a mismatch all right, but you guys should be used to this, especially when you take a flight to India. Tendulkar, Dravid, VVS and Co. have done well in ALL conditions. This is a rare glitch. As for all these (quickly) famous English batsmen, we shall see how they fare against the same spin attack on a turning Motera or Chepauk track. Saw a bit of the circus in the WC (remember Strauss v Dilshan in the QF?). So, ask Andy Flower to teach your captain and the other boys how to play spin before coming to India later this year. And leave the BCCI to do its job.

  • kingcobra85 on August 13, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    anyway you guys deserved this! When you drop a young man who just scored a century in match for this...a man who hasnt played anything for six months

    surely mukund couldnt have done worser than this atleast he didnt get out of poor shots

  • AidanFX on August 13, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Indian adminstrators take notice, if you don't put pressure on your Ground staff to produce genuine pitches - these one sided results will continue to occur when Idnia tours Eng, SA and Aus (if they becoem solid again)

  • MaruthuDelft on August 13, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Gosh; some people compare Sehwag to Viv Richards; insanity; even Tendulkar is not 60% good as Viv. Viv Richards scored his runs fast, with beauty, against the fastest Australian bowlers, greatest Indian spinners and top England swingers, in their own backyard, played every stroke in the book regularly (Tendulkar avoids pulls and hooks), clearly prooved he was better than the contenders Barry Richards, Greg Chappel and Zaheer Abbas beyond any doubt (Tendulkar was seen always second to Lara) and transformed Windies into the greatest cricket side ever. With 4000 runs behind him his average stood at 62. And in ODI he is the greatest ever. In Tests only Bradman is better but then Bradman is geatest ever sportsman ever not just the greatest ever cricketer.

  • aby_prasad on August 13, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    To all the people who are horrendously illiterate about the Indian cricket team, INDIA DID WIN IN ENGLAND , INDIA ALSO WON MANY SERIES IN ENGLAND, INCLUDING THE LAST TIME, INDIA DID WIN IN AUSTRALIA, BUT NOT THE SERIES, INDIA DID DRAW THE SERIES IN SOUTH AFRICA, INDIA DID WIN IN WEST INDIES, INDIA DID WIN TEST SERIES IN PAKISTAN, SRILANKA,though they did not win last time in srilanka. ON THE OTHER HAND, AUSTRALIA HAS WON JUST ONE SERIES OR 2 IN THE LAST 30 YEARS IN INDIA, ENGLAND HASNT WON A SERIES IN INDIA FOR ALMOST 30+ YEARS, SOUTH AFRICA HAS WON JUST ONCE EVER IN INDIA! only pakistan has won more times against india in india. ALRITEY ? CHECK UR FACTS b4 writing nonsense. or do u like to whine that the pitch isnt like urs in india, hence its all ok to lose there???

  • on August 13, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Hi Athar Hameed , Please make sure that you have checked the statistics before making any comments.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 13, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Dr_Koothrappali - Your non sensical comments about Sir Viv Richards and Sehwag's comparsion are rubbish. How can you compare a batsman who has literally won nothing for India and averages 29 in fouth innings of a test match with the king? This is a kind of brain washed approach that has over hyped Indian team that is not even performing to the standars as Pakistan, SL and B'desh did in more testing conditions against a full strength English team. Sir Viv Richards was not an opener. He did not score his runs on flat tracks. He was the best batsmen ever as far as I am concerned. He did not score some worthless 18K runs but he actually played with a swagger.Sehwag did not face Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Lilliee..Thomas and so on. Sehwag's inflated average is thanks to subcontinent pitches. Sir Viv scored a wonderful 291 in England not some triple century on subcontinent flat tracks. I encourage you more research if you wish to post any more similar comments.

  • Er-.S.R.shankar on August 13, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Lack of application from Sewag in his second innings deserved the criticism from all quarters He should have raised to the need of the hour when Indian pride is at stake. But that doesn't take away the fact that he has outstading Test cricket record over the years and by no stretch of imagination could be called a flat track bully--What was Cook's contribution in four innings of first two ? He flourished when the pitch was relatively easier to bat in third test-- Full credit to Engilish bowlers for their consistent swing and pace and the probing length they employed differently for each Indian top order batsmen Do not be extremely critical of Sewag--He is one batsman every opponent dread to bowl against--He would always be a gamble worth a permanent inclusion as long he is not a total failure

  • SDHM on August 13, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    I think Sehwag's been a bit of a disgrace this match to be honest. His fielding has been disinterested at best and awful at worst, and his shot in the second innings was utterly awful (I think he was unlucky more than anything in the first). I know he's a wonderful player, but really, what did India expect? They could've tried to find him a couple of county matches to get him fitter, especially after Mukund's century against an albeit weak attack at Northants - at least Abhinav would have had a bit of confidence going into the third game. There's playing your natural game, and then there's taking the mickey to be honest. Sehwag did the latter yesterday.

  • SaqlainHK on August 13, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    every one is diffrent , sehwag got his own way cook play in his own way both scores run when they are inform .

  • on August 13, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    How could one compare India vs England and India was favourite before this series. England were far better in bowling, far better in fielding, and also deep batting line up as compare to Indian Squad. How come No. 1 test team in the world depends only on Zaheer Khan? If we look at all other top 6 teams, they got very good bowling attack. And there were questions by Kumar Sangakara and Shahid Afridi regarding ICC's ranking system but there is no clarification from ICC. Even when India got number position, i myself wondered and was sure another favour from ICC. So above all, this fake era is going to be over in next few hours and we'll have geniune number one team in the World, England.

  • on August 13, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    One trick pony indeed...lol

  • chishtyirfan on August 13, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Disappointing from team India.not only Sehwag responsible.without a doubt he is the most irresponsible in the match.

  • Cool_Jeeves on August 13, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Bur Sehwag has preserved his strike rate, you doubters...

  • CMIS on August 13, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Sorry to all sehwag fans, I just don't think he has what it takes to succeed against an attack like England's in England. His feet don't go anywhere... hand-eye coordination has made him what he is, but even that won't save you when the ball is swinging at pace. He is lucky that he started playing at a time when the best bowlers in the world had retired. Even now, when he is faced with bowlers of Steyn's quality -- like he was during the SA tour earlier this year -- bowling to a well-thought out plan, the man is at sea. Not only does he have leaden feet, he also cannot hook for his life. I don't dislike the player, he is just a product of his time. The great thing about him is that he has an absolutely uncluttered mind, which I wish he could sometimes loan to Tendulkar. But I refuse to believe that he is a great player. Saying he is would be a grave insult to Viv Richards, who employed much the same methods but had a far more sound all round game

  • sarasafir on August 13, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    What I find funniest about Sehwag's king pair, is the fact that after India lost the first two tests, they were all saying that Sehwag's return would be of great impact and he would help them regain their batting strength (something the rest of the Indian batting line up has been unable to do) and yet, Sehwag has been of no use whatsoever.

    Comes to show that India truly are not a great side in Tests, in the sense of having the number one test spot. Most definitely not deserving since its only in their home country where they are able to play well.

  • Syed_ishaq on August 13, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    I feel ashame being an Indian fan when the rival stays at the crease for almost 13 hours and scored 294 runs but, Sehwag played 2 balls and golden ducks. First inning it was unfortunate but, in the second inning he should stay for sometimes and score minimum century. My personnel blame is the new coach Duncan Fletcher who played a major part for the downfall of Indian cricket, earlier Greg Chappel did his part after John Wright kept Indian team on top. Now Duncan Fletcher joins to let Indian team down so, he should be sacked before end of this third test and Indian team should play fourth test without foreign coach if the team really required a coach then either Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Kapil Dev or call Anshuman Gaekwad to do the services again. Otherwise, it will be white wash in all test, ODI & T20

  • on August 13, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    agreed that india couldn't win series away....but they did well to draw their away series....and remain unbeaten at home....while others were not able to hold on to their home series, so india became no 1 becoz others didn't play as well...fyi india has lost only 2 home sries in last 20 yrs. so they r no. 1. although there is no doubt this team is not half as good as aussie teams led by waugh or ponting(before 2007) test for england will be on away tours to sri lanka, india, south africa. as far as sehwag is concerned it is lack of match fitness and practice ....he has been rushed into the side...it would be harsh on him doubt on his talent after a decade of continuously proving himself....he has got tons of runs playing inthe fashion he does and i am sure will continue to do same in future.

  • CMIS on August 13, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Sorry to all sehwag fans, I just don't think he has what it takes to succeed against an attack like England's in England. His feet don't go anywhere... hand-eye coordination has made him what he is, but even that won't save you when the ball is swinging at pace. He is lucky that he started playing at a time when the best bowlers in the world had retired. Even now, when he is faced with bowlers of Steyn's quality -- like he was during the SA tour earlier this year -- bowling to a well-thought out plan, the man is at sea. Not only does he have leaden feet, he also cannot hook for his life. I don't dislike the player, he is just a product of his time. The great thing about him is that he has an absolutely uncluttered mind, which I wish he could sometimes loan to Tendulkar. But I refuse to believe that he is a great player. Saying he is would be a grave insult to Viv Richards, who employed much the same methods but had a far more sound all round game

  • ramtajogi152 on August 13, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    @Aussieicon: You can't blame sehwag for the success in the sub-continent. Even Warne has had mediocre success against Indians/Lankans, doesn't make him a bad bowler.

  • on August 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    @Athar Hameed : India have never been beaten in a test series from 2009(which includes five away series) .. thats why they climbed to the No1 spot .. they where the better team in the lot during that period , thats how ICC ranking works ... so stop your non sense and get the stats correct ... moreover India was the better side during its last tour to England .... but now BCCI n its players have been concentrating on the fancy IPL rather than the national side ... thats the reason players skip major tours ..results in poor performance and fitness level ... on the other hand England have grown to a far better team so the humiliating defeats ... hope the greedy BCCI learns its lesson n change soon ...

  • on August 13, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Its just that Sehwag was really unfortunate to get out on zero in both innings. You cannot doubt the caliber he has. For those who forgot, he alone scored 201 in Sri Lanka when rest of the team was out cheaply and he saved the game. Even in Australia, he has scored 195 which came in real good time and then he scored 151 to save the game as discussed in this article. There are so many such innings which he has played. Just that people forget all the good things, when a player fails. And to answer Sabee66 ...A fluke cant score 2 triple centuries and 22 Hundreds in his career, if u say that thing about Afridi, i wud agree.

  • crikbuff on August 13, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    If the players are not bothered about test cricket anymore, why should we? Sehwag is doing gr8 in the most important IPL, that should be enough for all of us. IPL is the ultimate in cricket because that is where the money is!

  • on August 13, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Please do not go into Sehwags statistics, Statistics do not tell the whole Truth. Remember Sehwags was batting in Test match Era . when there are not much quality Fast bowlers around. I can be sure if Sehwag would have batted as opener in 70 AND 80 Where there were plethora of Fast bowlers such as West Indian Fast bowlers, Lillee & Thompson, Bob Willis, Imran Khan, Richard Hedlee. His Test match Career would have been very short.

    BILAL TARIQ Karachi PAKISTAN

  • on August 13, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    @yasser Ehsan--> You dont have to be Indian to appreciate sewhag's potential. He is better than many openers of the world. Given his day, he is devil. Problem with India is they are lost in mind, they dont have the urge to fight. Physially drained, No proper preparation, Lack of bowling and batting performance except dravid. So many problems with the Team India is making to look at England as superstrong. England are super good but India is at its worst in every aspect. I openly bet even in fourth test sewhag will try firing, he is cannon unleashed when he is in control.

  • B.C.G on August 13, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Sehwagologist please teach me abt your beliefs?

  • on August 13, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Sehwag has not so impressive record in england, south africa, and even new zealand. His average falls below 30 while playing on seaming pitches. He destroyed the south african attack and made 319 on flat pitch at home but against the same attack in south africa he found hard to score even a half century.

  • on August 13, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    All is not lost, we indians take up this... but we will hit back very stronger...

  • Semoli on August 13, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    I don't buy this is how he plays. It is his first game back after injury layoff. The normal thing to do is to play yourself in. It is a irresponsible.

  • on August 13, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Being a huge fan of Sehwag, all I can say is that considering his unluckiness in the first innings where he gloved Broad, he SHOULD have played very responsibly in the second innings because he is capable of batting for longer period, but he has played really bad and irresponsibly. His contribution to the score could have done much on overall performance of the team and probably the match result.

  • here2rock on August 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    I rather go and watch Sehwag than Cook or any other Enlish batsman for that matter.

  • on August 13, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Indai didn't beat Australia in Australia, England in England, South Africa in South Africa, Pakistan in Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka In last 4 years but they are the number one team in the world. Question mark for ICC?? India only play in India to remain number one.

  • Aussieicon91 on August 13, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    with a batting average of 38 outside of the subcontient . its pretty much indisputable that Sehwag is a flat track bully . between 2008 and 2010, all of his success came in the subcontient and he didnt play 1 test outside of it . Sehwag has pretty much proven his critics to be corrected by failing in England and South Africa as was expected

  • sabee66 on August 13, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    HOW CAN YOU EVEN COMPARE SEHWAG AND COOK COOK IS A GREAT NATURAL TALENTED PLAYER SEHWAG IS A FLUKE, WORKS OR NOT , DEPENDS...LOL

  • BellCurve on August 13, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Sir Viv Richards had a Test batting average of 53.64 when he was 33 years old. Sehwag will be 33 years old in November. He currently has a Test average of 52.69. Sir Viv averaged 44.86 after his 33rd birthday and 34.42 after his 37th birthday. Sehwag has a similar "master-blaster" approach to the game as the legendary Richards. This style relies on hand speed, reflexes and sheer audacity. I do not want to jump to conclusions, but a read across from Richards' career does suggest Sehwag's best days are behind him.

  • on August 13, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    who will have last laugh.......................................................................

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

    Sehwag should only be included while in subcontinent or against minnows.

  • stunnerbond27 on August 13, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    It's disappointing from Sehwag but this is how he plays, on his day he will change the match on his own. Bad luck for this match Viru, come back strongly in the 4th Test.

  • on August 13, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Where are all Indian fans now, who were saying Sehwag will hit England bowlers like anything, stop giving lame excuses, you all Indian fans

  • on August 13, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Sehwag is entitled to play the way he wants....after all this quality is what made indian fans think about better chances of doing good in the last two tests....

    But still I'll have to say I expected better from him. This is the time when team was in danger of losing Match, Series and The no. 1 spot. getting out in the first ball playing aggresively without being accustomed to the condition (in both innings) was silly.

  • getsetgopk on August 13, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    So there goes sehwag, one more excuse out of the way. Funny zaheer khan could not make a comeback this series other wise he would have been silenced just as the rest of the indian bowling attack. England very nicely and calmly puting all these excuses to rest with grinding efficency with bat and merciless bowling. As far as playing on dead indian pitches is concerend i think this english team will beat india even if they set up a match on mars.

  • SriSanka on August 13, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    ha..ha....here the Indian savior came into the team and bagged a KING PAIR....what a moment...what a shame..... As I repeatedly said Sehwag is nothing than a pretty ordinary batsman in these condition, so India can't depend on him. Its better to give a chance to a new player as an opener than playing Sehwag in the rest of the series. Sehwag might be a batting king in subcontinent flat wickets but nothing at all in these conditions than bagging a KING PAIR.............

  • CricketDiwana on August 13, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    There had been a lot of Criticism about Team India in England. This is a very typical of English behaviour just to increase the hype of the series. In the past 12 months England has won most of the tests in home country. England won Ashes in Australia but that was against a very depleted side. They won against SL in England. England will win the current series against India who has a unexperienced bowling attack not the weak bowling attack. Saying that, england still gets full credit but that doesn't mean Indian batsmen are mad or not have quality. It is simply that English bowlers have most favourable conditions , green pitches, they are tall, and they have done their homework of short Bouncers (Bodyline)and India has a English Coach. As coaches techniques are known to English Players. India definately need to have very attacking batsman like Viru. India just need to change the mind set from defensive to attacking which is their natural style and just shut the critics off.

  • on August 13, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Sehwag you are a mad man... dont say that your style is like that so i play like that... when you have to play 2 full days to save a test match when we 2-0 down , how can u play such a shot , not even trying to check out how the ball behaves for some 2 minutes, utter stupidity , even though you have scored 2 triple hundred in test cricket , this test match showed your true color, i think even gayle wouldn't have hit like that , he was also a batsman like sehwag... anyway Indian team deserves it... 4-0 is coming soon

  • ratedstfu44 on August 13, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    IN THE COMMENTATORY SAURAV GANGULY KEEPS TALKING ABOUT 2002 and 2007 WIN OVER TEST. BUT I WANT TO SAY TO GANGULY THIS IS DIFFERENT ENGLAND THAT MANAGED TO BEAT AUSTRALIA IN AUSTRALIA TO RETAIN THE ASHES> INDIA CANT DO ANYTHING

  • vijujack on August 13, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Sehwag seems to have developed the same I-don't-care attitude that he had before being dropped in 2007-08. If he thought he can get away by flashing when the need of the hour was to bat 13 overs for the day & 6 sessions thereafter, he was found out. It was a no-brainer really, like Laxman's demise in 2 tests. Bowl to Sehwag full length outside off before he settles in & he will flash. Make VVS hook & he will scoop. This Indian team was found out quite embarrassingly by this England team......

  • ratedstfu44 on August 13, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Pls stop. This is different bowling attack. Sehwag has no technique to play them, thats why he decided to slog .....

  • madans on August 13, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Selecting RP singh is very disappointing to me . It should be Irfan in place of him . as harbhajan is not appearing , who can bat a bit in the tailender , we might have selected irfan who can bat a bit , a head of RP. We should have a left hand seamer , in the fourth test atleast. cook and strauss face difficulty In facing with left arm seam bowler . and even India have to shuffle so many players , as In current india team (test) we should have a good all rounder , an opener , and three to four batsman in reserve . the cause laxman (36) dravid and tendulkar (38) They may play couple of years as age is growing and its right time for india to bulid up the test arena . shewag is having fitness problem , and more over we have to send shewag down the order at no.6 , here onwards , it creates an extra pressure on opposition as shewag is at no 6 or 5 .

  • on August 13, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    what a pathetic show by Indian team. Nothing more to say about it.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on August 13, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    I remember cricinfo was earlier a general cricket website. Why have you made this an Indian centric site. Why articles showing concern for Indian team and players only. Cricinfo must be a neutral site. I find everytime Sambit talking about India no.1 position. India is no.1 by default due to sudden retirement of australian players. It is not that they became stronger than what they were 5 to 10 years ago. Other teams became weaker.Just playing home and winning is not something new for India. Earlier no.1 teams would decimate opposition . Please talk how other teams can improve as well. please. Cric info should be neutral site. please.

  • shamlaatu on August 13, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Mr. Sambit Bal, Why don't you say it in plain English, If Pakistan can play their "Home" games "Away", then why can't India play their away games at home?

  • on August 13, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Mind a lil correction here cricinfo? ''Virender Sehwag lasted eight minutes at Edgbaston. Alastair Cook batted for more than three hours'' // understandably its a typo which should actually read 13 hours rather than 3 hours which I'd like to call a sheer magnificent innings.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 13, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    The term flat track bully can obviously be applied to Sehwag, which begs the question: Which innings was better: Sehwag's 300 scored on a flat deck or Cook's 294 scored on a green, seaming, uneven deck???

  • michael9188722 on August 13, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    viru batting is that he have to recover from his injuries 1st,& also india miss zaheer too.cook is a great player,sri lankans are better than indians,atleast they reached over 400,but indians didnt & they won't.india are best at there home,thats not cricket if they are best they have to play everywhere.go england have a 4-0 win

  • KabaabRoll on August 13, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Bring Yuvraj and Bhajji back!!!! If they were here Cook would not have scored so many runs.

  • on August 13, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    i dont understand wats the prob with englishmen the same team were made to scratch their heads in 5-0 whitewash in odi's and 1-0 in tests in 2008 and now wait n watch wen u cum to india english

  • on August 13, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Great indian batters cant go 300 pass. srilankans made 400+ twist in their tour in england.

  • on August 13, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Awwwwwwwweee ... (India Team Says) ... Damn ! there is still one more game to be played.

  • on August 13, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Sehwag should be rested from the 4th test, so that he will be fitter by the time ODIs start. It was obvious that he could not have been fit enough to bowl or even throw the ball from deep with any force, owing perhaps to the still healing shoulder, post surgery. Since the 4th test is most likely of only academic interest, Mukund, who is a probable horse for the long race, should be given another chance to open.

  • harshacc on August 13, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    My problem is not with the way Sehwag got out.He always plays that way.He does not have too many defensive strokes and he would always attack balls outside off.I have a problem with the fact that he walked into the team with a single session of acclimatization in Eng fresh off an Injury layoff, short of match fitness.To be honest Mukund has not been half bad.He got dismissed of the first ball in the second test but apart from that he has gotten starts.Common sense says that you persist with a batsman who is used to English conditions by now and have Sehwag play a few practice matches at home get his match fitness.But no our stars are too big for domestic games.

  • on August 13, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    I am scared at the prospect of the famous batting trio retiring in a few years. India does not have a reserve of good fast bowlers, the spin cupboard seems empty and fielding has never been our strength. I just hope I am being overly pessimistic.

  • on August 13, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    It's impossible to win every match and series in sports. it happens.. go Viru go!

  • on August 13, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Indfia didnt become no. 1 by chance they played well consistently to get to the top. Now other teams are playing well too. Why dont you accept that fact instead of moaning and whining.

  • on August 13, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Reminds me of how Srilankans went down in the 1st Test few weeks ago ! Nowhere in this planet we could lose that match ... but we did ! Now it's happening to Indians ! Feel sorry for The Sub continent Test Cricket !

  • spinkingKK on August 13, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Indian selectors' and team management's thinking process is always very poor. First of all, if Sehwag was expected to play the third test, why didn't selector send Sehwag with the the team from the beginning. Beause, that would have made Sehwag acclimatised to the conditions and he would have seen how the ball is behaving and how his team mates are hitting and how most of them are struggling. So, in his mind he can calculate how he can play each shots. Secondly, When Sehwag was, finally, available for the third test, the team management should have put him at 6. Beacuse, he is coming back after a long lay off and with no match practice. Why would you want to put him to face the newball in swinging conditions with series at 0-2 ? Its ok if nobody else could open. There was Mukund who just scored a century in a tour game and there was a spot - that of Raina- which was just waiting there to accomodate Sehwag.

  • gentlemans-game on August 13, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    A team has to put up a fight. Apart from Dravid and Kumar, India appear to have packed their bags for the return trip. This series was billed as the battle for the top spot. Very disappointing.

  • Malediction on August 13, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    "He is entitled to choose the method that is most likely to bring him success. " No, no he is not. He is an opening batsman, he is there to protect the middle order from the new ball. Who cares if he scores 200 every few test matches if he is getting out early in the others and resulting in the middle order scoring fewer runs. Test match cricket is about the team winning, not individual success.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 13, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    good bowling from the England, but the "Sehwag fans" must have seen this coming. The man averages in the low 30's outside the subcontinent since 06 and rightly so.... You can't attack every single ball in swinging/seaming conditions like you can in flat pitches in the subcontinent....

  • khiladisher on August 13, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Sehawag was totally disinterested when fielding{putting his hands in the pocket during fielding}and his batting was awful.

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

    Including Sehwag in the XI without any match practice was a bad idea. The Indians expecting Sehwag to come in and rescue them shows their level of desperation. In the same series we have had examples of how to and how not to approach test cricket.

  • TamilIndian on August 13, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    I think Sehwag is still not sure about his shoulders - why bother it during a lost cause is what I think is the reason

  • blondblackberry on August 13, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    i hav never seen a horrible nightmare in my life.nothing went well for india.i hope it was a dream

  • amit.80s on August 13, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Nobody can tell Shewag how to play and what to do when he's in the middle with the bat in his hand. But when u only have 13 overs left in a day and ur team have to bat for two days just to save the game then i think a genius like Shewag can hold for a little while coz he got all the time in the world for wildly swinging his bat as much as he wants on day 4 & 5.

  • on August 13, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Sehwag plays as he pleases, more suited to T20 cricket and ODI compared to tests, although he does have a very good record.

  • Cricketlover645 on August 13, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    Great pace bowling from Eng... Would love to see Eng 3-0 lead and the series win...

  • on August 13, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    A very good analyitical article, that aptly describes India's disastrous tour of England! Truely!

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  • on August 13, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    A very good analyitical article, that aptly describes India's disastrous tour of England! Truely!

  • Cricketlover645 on August 13, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    Great pace bowling from Eng... Would love to see Eng 3-0 lead and the series win...

  • on August 13, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Sehwag plays as he pleases, more suited to T20 cricket and ODI compared to tests, although he does have a very good record.

  • amit.80s on August 13, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Nobody can tell Shewag how to play and what to do when he's in the middle with the bat in his hand. But when u only have 13 overs left in a day and ur team have to bat for two days just to save the game then i think a genius like Shewag can hold for a little while coz he got all the time in the world for wildly swinging his bat as much as he wants on day 4 & 5.

  • blondblackberry on August 13, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    i hav never seen a horrible nightmare in my life.nothing went well for india.i hope it was a dream

  • TamilIndian on August 13, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    I think Sehwag is still not sure about his shoulders - why bother it during a lost cause is what I think is the reason

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

    Including Sehwag in the XI without any match practice was a bad idea. The Indians expecting Sehwag to come in and rescue them shows their level of desperation. In the same series we have had examples of how to and how not to approach test cricket.

  • khiladisher on August 13, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Sehawag was totally disinterested when fielding{putting his hands in the pocket during fielding}and his batting was awful.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 13, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    good bowling from the England, but the "Sehwag fans" must have seen this coming. The man averages in the low 30's outside the subcontinent since 06 and rightly so.... You can't attack every single ball in swinging/seaming conditions like you can in flat pitches in the subcontinent....

  • Malediction on August 13, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    "He is entitled to choose the method that is most likely to bring him success. " No, no he is not. He is an opening batsman, he is there to protect the middle order from the new ball. Who cares if he scores 200 every few test matches if he is getting out early in the others and resulting in the middle order scoring fewer runs. Test match cricket is about the team winning, not individual success.