England v India, 3rd npower Test, Edgbaston, 4th day August 13, 2011

England reach No. 1 with emphatic win

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England 710 for 7 dec (Cook 294, Morgan 104) beat India 224 (Dhoni 77, Broad 4-53, Bresnan 4-62) and 244 (Dhoni 74*, Anderson 4-85) by an innings and 242 runs
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It had been inevitable for much of the previous three days but England officially became the No. 1 Test team in the world shortly after 3pm, ending India's stay at the top with one of their most crushing victories, by an innings and 242 runs. The fourth day didn't even last until tea as the visitors were dispatched for 244 after James Anderson ripped the top off the batting before Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad chipped in.

In theory India had the line-up to at least make England toil for victory, but in reality they have looked a beaten side throughout this match. When Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid fell within the first four overs of the day it was clear Sunday wouldn't be required although at least India went down swinging as Praveen Kumar clubbed 40 off 18 balls - momentarily looking on course for the fastest Test half-century - and MS Dhoni continued his return to form with an unbeaten 74.

Yet all it did was delay the inevitable and when Sreesanth fended at Tim Bresnan, Kevin Pietersen held the catch at gully and England went top of the pile. Although the tables weren't introduced until 2003 back-dating shows it's the first time they have been No. 1 since 1979 although that was when West Indies had been severely depleted due to the Packer-era.

India, meanwhile, lose their title after a stint of 21 months and will have to dig very deep to try and salvage pride at The Oval. If they lose the series 4-0 they will be down to third. Sachin Tendulkar was the only one of the top six to really show the hunger for a fight and had moved to 40 when Dhoni drove towards Swann, who got his right hand to the ball, deflecting it into the stumps with Tendulkar's bat on the line. While it's always a tough way to fall, Tendulkar had backed up a long way which leaves the chance of such a dismissal. Regardless, though, Tendulkar wouldn't have saved the match for India because of the damage inflicted in the first hour.

Anderson didn't wait long to make an impression; he found Gautam Gambhir's outside edge with his first ball of the day and the catch was taken by Swann at second slip. Gambhir has shown the ability to occupy the crease in the past - he cited his 436-ball innings at Napier as how India could save this game - but with him removed early the pressure was squarely on Dravid and, of course, Tendulkar. Dravid, though, did not last long but his dismissal appeared to throw up a bizarre set of circumstances.

When he played forward to Anderson's outswinger, the noise suggested a clear outside edge and Simon Taufel gave the decision. However, subsequent replays showed that the sound didn't quite match the pictures and it appeared Dravid's shoelace may have flicked the bottom of his bat. Dravid could have reviewed but didn't take the option and whether there would have been enough clear evidence to overturn the decision will never be known.

India were 40 for 3 and sinking fast. Tendulkar gave momentary relief with a couple of sweet drives, but VVS Laxman was given a tough time by England's fast bowlers. Anderson's swing and Broad's extra bounce kept him on nought for 16 balls before Anderson produced another fine delivery to take the outside edge.

Broad, meanwhile, tried to take advantage of Tendulkar's problems with the sightscreen behind the bowler's arm. In a similar manner to Andrew Flintoff against Jacques Kallis in 2008, Tendulkar was having trouble picking up deliveries from a set of dark windows and Broad probed away with a series of very full balls which he tried to squeeze under Tendulkar's bat.

Tendulkar, though, responded with a fighting effort although a few of his drives came with a hint of frustration - even anger? - at India's position. The wait for the 100th hundred carries on until at least The Oval and there is a growing sense that it isn't meant to happen in this series.

Before Swann's literal hand in Tendulkar's scalp, he'd been brought on to target Suresh Raina and it was an absorbing, if brief, battle. Raina should have gone for 1, but Andrew Strauss couldn't hold a low chance at gully as Swann tried to add to his lean tally of two wickets in the series. Raina didn't hold back, crunching a straight drive past Swann's right hand, then driving over cover, but Swann had the final say when he gained an lbw decision from Steve Davis.

Raina wasn't happy, and even signalled for a review having forgotten they can't be used for lbws, but replays confirmed Davis was spot on with the ball hitting middle and leg. The fact Raina even considered the DRS showed his frazzled mindset. Swann claimed his second shortly after lunch when Amit Mishra was well caught at mid-off but his figures then suffered at the hands of Praveen with one over costing 21.

The fifty stand between Praveen and Dhoni was raised in 28 balls of free swinging to ensure no record defeat for India. The fun ended when Broad was recalled and immediately had Praveen, whose right thumb had been given a battering, caught at cover. Dhoni continued to show the fight that has been so lacking from India, but it had long since become a forlorn effort. His team has had their time at the top, for the time being at least, and now that's England's honour. The next challenge is to stay there.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 16, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge, I understand what you are saying. But, life is much bigger than cricket. Cricket is a game that serves our free time, desires and passions. Any game for that matter. I would rather have a hundred thousand people alive through IPL than Test Cricket alive and people living with bare minimums. Test Cricket serves my passions and desires. But people's lives are much more important than the passions and desires of each one of us. I'm not sure if you get the drift of what I'm trying to say. A rich sport not only serves the players but also the curbside vendor whose business increases may be a hundred fold at times. I myself have seen a vendor buying a scooter from the errands he sold during IPL, something that he couldn't buy in 15 years. So, before you wish for the demise of a rich sport, think what you wish for people as well at the same time. If Test Cricket dies at the expense of a decent life for people, as a responsible and empathic man, I have no problem.

  • on August 16, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas I'm sorry but most of us in Australia recognise domestic T20 (and this is what I am assuming you are talking about) to be a blight on the game of cricket, and a cynical money grab by all involved at the expense of the long term health of the game. It was the same with Kerry Packer and WSC. Test cricket went down in quality after 1984 due to the rise of the one day game, and it will continue to fall now that every country seems obsessed with the shortest form of the game. At the grass roots level in my country youngsters are only interested in hitting the ball in the air and bowling yorkers on leg stump. They have no interest in test cricket, and that is because of T20. I hope it dies soon before it takes all that is good about cricket away into the history books.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 16, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    @TJM101, most of us love Test Cricket. But at the same time we do understand the role of IPL in bettering people's lives and spreading cricket across the globe. I don't think you'll find a bigger test cricket fan from India than me and who can go crazy for Bell scoring a 150+score even when India is at risk of losing. But everything has to have a place. I'm not blinkered by my love for Test Cricket. IPL is just an awesome thing that has happened to hundreds of thousands of families. So don't hound it. People hounding it run the risk of looking like losers. Hound the indiscipline in the players. Yes, if there is a Pujara, who can take Dravid as his idol at the end of the day amidst this commercialisation, pinnacle of cricket is still alive along with the money that IPL brings in. What more do we want as cricket fans and responsible citizens rolled into one? Rankings? Please keep them. I can trade #1 ranking 100 times to keep IPL alive and this is coming from an ardent Test Cricket fan.

  • TJM101 on August 16, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - Your comments about sub-continent pitches being spin friendly rather than flat/dead is well made, however most of these current comments are specifically regarding the state of the pitch when considering pace bowling and lack of assistance the bowlers get in which case dead is a valid description. It is possible to produce a pitch that will assist both pace and spin bowling; I am hoping that the upcoming Oval pitch will be such, if only to see how well Swann does. The Indian pitches have been unfriendly to the development of pace bowling for so long in India that it has a detrimental effect on both bowlers (not a deep enough pool of quality bowlers) and the batsmen (no practice against short pitched bowling, etc) when it comes to touring outside India. I think India should prepare the pitches for Indian bowling, but also invest in pace bowling; if Pakistan can produce a conveyor belt of quality pace bowlers on similar wickets there is no reason why India can't!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 15, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    @chiggers, what to do? I'm tired of listening to this record that is being played over and over for the past 25 to 30 years about the definition of what is a dead track and what is an 'alive' track. You are the first Non-Indian to use the phrase spin friendly track on cricinfo discussion board, if I'm not wrong. Honestly, Kudos to you for showing some understanding of cricket. I'll wholeheartedly give a standing ovation to England if they show some fight on spin friendly tracks and win a match or two if not the series. I'm not saying prepare spin friendly tracks. What all I'm asking the English fans and others as well is don't show your knowledge or the lack of it by calling spinning tracks as flat, dead and runfest tracks. Hope this helps.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 15, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    For BCCI to flex their muscle the way they do at ICC, they need Indian cricket to be at the top. Trust me. BCCI will not spare any expenses to ensure that Indian cricket will rise again. They have done so in the past (appointing John Wright as Coach, Ganguly as Captain, getting a Sports psychologist to accompany the team etc.). They have become complacent what with the teams' success and the apple of their eye IPL success. BCCI (though I hate this org with all I got), has proven that in the past and one should not be surprised, if they revamp Indian cricket again.

  • TJM101 on August 15, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Genuine question; Do the majority of Indians really care about test cricket and whether they are No1 in the world? I ask because it cannot just be coincidence that 1 day and IPL cricket is so popular in India. Most of the people on this website are going to be serious cricket fans and care about their team in all formats of the game (though admittedly I, as an England fan don't really care about 1 dayers or 20-20) rather than your more casual fan, so are we really seeing the majority Indian view on this website? Which would go down worse with the fans and press; losing the test series and No1 test status or seeing the reigning world champions lose the upcoming 1 day series (not that this is very likely)?

  • Samdanh on August 15, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Many Indians are confident that things will be difficult for Eng when they travel to India and in fact that India can win. I agree to some extent. But at best, the series result will be a lot more close. Chances for series win for India are bleak as Eng now has a potent spin attack, not like Aus which is still searching for a good spinner. Not only England, even South Africa has good spinners now. So if BCCI/India contemplate to produce low bounce and turning dustbowls as pitches, it may boomerang on India, especially when Eng or SA are touring India.

  • anver777 on August 15, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Before the series Ind had big hopes, but all shattered & Eng deservedly became the KING of TEST !!!!! I believe except for that horrible one session, SL played much much better than Ind. SL showed some fighting qualities in tougher situations than Ind who had failed so far in the series....... Eng u'r the best in tests !!!!!!

  • chiggers on August 15, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - please change the record! England know what the conditions are going to be like in the sub-continent and will prepare accordingly - something that this Indian team patently failed to do. Besides what's the point of preparing spin-friendly pitches, when your best spinner was even more toothless than England's over here?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 16, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge, I understand what you are saying. But, life is much bigger than cricket. Cricket is a game that serves our free time, desires and passions. Any game for that matter. I would rather have a hundred thousand people alive through IPL than Test Cricket alive and people living with bare minimums. Test Cricket serves my passions and desires. But people's lives are much more important than the passions and desires of each one of us. I'm not sure if you get the drift of what I'm trying to say. A rich sport not only serves the players but also the curbside vendor whose business increases may be a hundred fold at times. I myself have seen a vendor buying a scooter from the errands he sold during IPL, something that he couldn't buy in 15 years. So, before you wish for the demise of a rich sport, think what you wish for people as well at the same time. If Test Cricket dies at the expense of a decent life for people, as a responsible and empathic man, I have no problem.

  • on August 16, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas I'm sorry but most of us in Australia recognise domestic T20 (and this is what I am assuming you are talking about) to be a blight on the game of cricket, and a cynical money grab by all involved at the expense of the long term health of the game. It was the same with Kerry Packer and WSC. Test cricket went down in quality after 1984 due to the rise of the one day game, and it will continue to fall now that every country seems obsessed with the shortest form of the game. At the grass roots level in my country youngsters are only interested in hitting the ball in the air and bowling yorkers on leg stump. They have no interest in test cricket, and that is because of T20. I hope it dies soon before it takes all that is good about cricket away into the history books.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 16, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    @TJM101, most of us love Test Cricket. But at the same time we do understand the role of IPL in bettering people's lives and spreading cricket across the globe. I don't think you'll find a bigger test cricket fan from India than me and who can go crazy for Bell scoring a 150+score even when India is at risk of losing. But everything has to have a place. I'm not blinkered by my love for Test Cricket. IPL is just an awesome thing that has happened to hundreds of thousands of families. So don't hound it. People hounding it run the risk of looking like losers. Hound the indiscipline in the players. Yes, if there is a Pujara, who can take Dravid as his idol at the end of the day amidst this commercialisation, pinnacle of cricket is still alive along with the money that IPL brings in. What more do we want as cricket fans and responsible citizens rolled into one? Rankings? Please keep them. I can trade #1 ranking 100 times to keep IPL alive and this is coming from an ardent Test Cricket fan.

  • TJM101 on August 16, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - Your comments about sub-continent pitches being spin friendly rather than flat/dead is well made, however most of these current comments are specifically regarding the state of the pitch when considering pace bowling and lack of assistance the bowlers get in which case dead is a valid description. It is possible to produce a pitch that will assist both pace and spin bowling; I am hoping that the upcoming Oval pitch will be such, if only to see how well Swann does. The Indian pitches have been unfriendly to the development of pace bowling for so long in India that it has a detrimental effect on both bowlers (not a deep enough pool of quality bowlers) and the batsmen (no practice against short pitched bowling, etc) when it comes to touring outside India. I think India should prepare the pitches for Indian bowling, but also invest in pace bowling; if Pakistan can produce a conveyor belt of quality pace bowlers on similar wickets there is no reason why India can't!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 15, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    @chiggers, what to do? I'm tired of listening to this record that is being played over and over for the past 25 to 30 years about the definition of what is a dead track and what is an 'alive' track. You are the first Non-Indian to use the phrase spin friendly track on cricinfo discussion board, if I'm not wrong. Honestly, Kudos to you for showing some understanding of cricket. I'll wholeheartedly give a standing ovation to England if they show some fight on spin friendly tracks and win a match or two if not the series. I'm not saying prepare spin friendly tracks. What all I'm asking the English fans and others as well is don't show your knowledge or the lack of it by calling spinning tracks as flat, dead and runfest tracks. Hope this helps.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 15, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    For BCCI to flex their muscle the way they do at ICC, they need Indian cricket to be at the top. Trust me. BCCI will not spare any expenses to ensure that Indian cricket will rise again. They have done so in the past (appointing John Wright as Coach, Ganguly as Captain, getting a Sports psychologist to accompany the team etc.). They have become complacent what with the teams' success and the apple of their eye IPL success. BCCI (though I hate this org with all I got), has proven that in the past and one should not be surprised, if they revamp Indian cricket again.

  • TJM101 on August 15, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Genuine question; Do the majority of Indians really care about test cricket and whether they are No1 in the world? I ask because it cannot just be coincidence that 1 day and IPL cricket is so popular in India. Most of the people on this website are going to be serious cricket fans and care about their team in all formats of the game (though admittedly I, as an England fan don't really care about 1 dayers or 20-20) rather than your more casual fan, so are we really seeing the majority Indian view on this website? Which would go down worse with the fans and press; losing the test series and No1 test status or seeing the reigning world champions lose the upcoming 1 day series (not that this is very likely)?

  • Samdanh on August 15, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Many Indians are confident that things will be difficult for Eng when they travel to India and in fact that India can win. I agree to some extent. But at best, the series result will be a lot more close. Chances for series win for India are bleak as Eng now has a potent spin attack, not like Aus which is still searching for a good spinner. Not only England, even South Africa has good spinners now. So if BCCI/India contemplate to produce low bounce and turning dustbowls as pitches, it may boomerang on India, especially when Eng or SA are touring India.

  • anver777 on August 15, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Before the series Ind had big hopes, but all shattered & Eng deservedly became the KING of TEST !!!!! I believe except for that horrible one session, SL played much much better than Ind. SL showed some fighting qualities in tougher situations than Ind who had failed so far in the series....... Eng u'r the best in tests !!!!!!

  • chiggers on August 15, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - please change the record! England know what the conditions are going to be like in the sub-continent and will prepare accordingly - something that this Indian team patently failed to do. Besides what's the point of preparing spin-friendly pitches, when your best spinner was even more toothless than England's over here?

  • JBKD on August 15, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Among Pakistan, India & Sri Lanka it was PAK who gave most tough time to England. They have even won the Oval Test. When english batsmen have played quality bowling of Asif, Aamir and Akhtar, Indian bowlers seems too easy. I mean Parveen Kumar is a fast bowler its a joke and Munaf Patel they call it fast bowlers. When you have to win a Test match you have to bowl out the other team twice and one should have quality bowlers to do that. England have the perfect bowling combination.

  • on August 15, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    This loss to England, the ineptitude of younger Indian players on pace-friendly wickets (especially against the short ball) and the perennial reliance on Dravid to bail the team out should serve as a wake-up call to the BCCI and Indian cricket in general. The batsmen have to learn to stick it out and play on a competitive wicket. The placidly flat pitches in India offer no assistance to fast bowlers and batsmen are never made to work hard for their runs nor are they mentally geared for a tough outing. The notoriously opulent BCCI should look to invest a lot more in domestic cricket to incentivize Ranjhi games and not the IPL. Cricket is a batsmen AND bowler game and unless the pitches at home are made more competitive,the Abhinav Mukunds of Indian cricket will continue to fail on pace-friendly wickets.. The BCCI's failure to reproach/replace senior players for their non-performance and groom younger players in all formats of the game does not bode well for the future...

  • Hammond on August 15, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas when Australia was number one they managed to dominate both at home and away- people forget too often Gilchrist taking India at home in 2004- first time in 35 years- India have never won in Australia- don't know why they are talking up beating England at home when they never travel well and last time in India England only lost 1-0 to India. England have a much better team now. Look out India next time.. Swann will love it over there.

  • hyclass on August 15, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    The process by which players come to be test cricketers,is assumed to be the culmination of the successful accumulation of runs and wickets that bring them to notice.This assumption is based upon the idea of fair play,that cricket philosophies are there to propogate.One look at Australia at this moment in time,will demonstate how far from that paradigm a team can fall.Selection there is rarely based upon merit and is surrounded by the mysteries of unproven theories and fanciful erratic policies.The looming introduction of a money first 20/20 League approach is set to detract even further.It is the proof,that if one reverses those principles that succeed,then one can expect to reverse the success as well.There is no correlation between the practice of test cricket and 20/20.The objectives are polar opposites.International cricket in many countries,faces a crisis of integrity and identity.To survive,administrators must be far better qualified and their actions far more transparent.

  • hyclass on August 15, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    The current humiliation of India is no more or less than that of Australia by the same team,earlier this year.It suggests that England are the real deal.At any rate,overseas tours and playing in different conditions are supposed to be testing.The ICC world rankings are there to make sense of the outcomes of these tours,over time.There's no point in suggesting that had these tests been played elsewhere,that the result would have been different.Using that yardstick,no-one would ever tour anywhere they werent comfortable.What purpose would the game of cricket serve then?It was Bradman who said,'Play the game for the games sake and always keep your eye on the ball.'He was trying to share the philosophy that the game gives far more than it ever takes and that by honouring it,you honour yourself.If you forget the hardfought lessons of endurance,courage and skill under fire in serving your country's cause,then no matter how much cricket,or where you play it,you will have learned nothing.

  • Charindra on August 14, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Indian fans were belittling SL performances. What goes around comes around. Now India playing like Bangladesh. At least now the No 1 ranking won't be devalued.

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    West Indies should have beaten India in the West Indies. Cricket is a game you must play on a regular basis and India leading players made big mistake by not touring the West Indies. BIG BIG mistake ! West Indies made BIG mistake by not beating India. West Indies dont want to win anyhow

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    @hindh88, that's what even I thought. India played poorly in this series. Also, the flat, pace friendly tracks in England worked in their favour. Let's see how they perform on the challenging spin friendly tracks in India and the sub-continent.

  • on August 14, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Before it used to be awesome Aussies and now it is awesome Brits. Well done England very good performance,fantastic team of all rounders. All the very best for a great cricketting career.

  • on August 14, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Well done England, you have worked hard for this and you deserve it, Salute to your preparations, you have Finn , onions, tremlett waiting for selection.Cherish the moments. Indian crciketers are the golden goose which the BCCI will kill for its own benefit. Money is not spend in sending our players who are on fringe of selection to countries like SA, ENG, NZ and AUS for prepartion.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Congrats to England. The flat, pace friendly tracks in England worked in their favour. Let's see how they perform on the challenging spin friendly tracks in India and the sub-continent.

  • stormy16 on August 14, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Eng have been awesome while India have been pathetic and I dont really think blaming anything can detract away from the fact that Eng have been awsome and deserve to be #1. Theories of not winning in India etc is just that, its not like India have won in Aus or SA but were worthy #1 but not anymore. I cannot understand how this batting lineup has failed to make 300 in the series and this test on a wicket which Eng made 700+.

  • Raj12345 on August 14, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    oops number of comments less. Let us just review what happened before 3rd test. Let us think, not great bowler in practice game, but only player Mukund scored 100. Take look at Raina's score. he did nothing in that game. Logically Mukund should have been played in 3rd test and not Raina. This shows cricket controlled by some players now days. even selection committee don't have anything do with this. Remember if you keep failing, one day all fans will realize the fact and throw you out.

  • smarteee2k on August 14, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    @CricSare, Hee hee, please go watch your game against the Aussies, and post your team on how to win against them.... I don't wanna challenge you to come here to India and win us, but try to win us in your home conditions atleast. All said, Comon Dhoni, we are with you... Please win us the Champions League for CSK.... CSK rules :-D

  • myview4u41179 on August 14, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    This series is a wakeup calll.... as we all know indian senior players are the ones who are given utmost important... Iam surprised sachin has never hinted about his retirement.... he wants to play till 42 ,,,,,, we cannt let him do this .... if we leave him ,,,, he will make up for every series loss,,, playing a weak team at home and get to his 100 ... is this is what he is playing for ??? ... he has told that he has not even thought about retirement..... so what will happen to young talent.... do they just keeep waiting ???? There will be failures with young guns,,,, but in time they will reliaze that there is no one to save them and they need to stand up .......

    SACHIN PLEASE RETIRE.....

  • on August 14, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    From my opinion the real culprit is BCCI who is busy making maoney rather than improving standard of criccket in india.What we get after IPL is just njured players and nothing else.We dont have any repacement for any of our top players.Why players like Wasim Jaffer and Ajinkya Rahane,Cheteshwar Pujara were not selected having an experience of international cricket atleast Wasim Jaffer should have been taken in pace of mukund.

  • CricSare on August 14, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    so many Indians were under rated SL performance in ENG prior to this series.no 300 + score for india in 6 innings.SL was way ahead than this Indain street kids. India deserve the worst whitewash of the century.We Lankans looking forward to it.Hat off England.

  • pom_don on August 14, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    It amazes me there are still Indian supporters on here saying that England are not yet No1 because they have not either been there long enough,won on the sub continent or the percentages don't stack up, or we didn't win it on a Wednesday while we were blindfolded & a million other excuses.....just accept the fact we are No1, we have a better team than you (much better), we have more depth more fight & a much much better work ethic i.e. we put in the hard yards to get fitter & more skilful rather than relying on the idea that because you were once great you don't have to do any more work to stay great. I think England will carry on & prosper with the mindset they have & unless India change theirs I think they may well slump to an all time low.....it's about the here & now & not what has happened historically!

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    What a humiliation the so called world no 01 will be whitewashed soon. SL played better in much cold cloudy condition early part of the summer scored 400+ scores in all three test matches.

  • Hindh on August 14, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    This series is just a blip for india . they have performed so well overseas in recent years . It was just India loosing than england winning. SUre India will be back on top once again.

  • Sheela on August 14, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Going through old records one can find that Engliosh team touring Australia won the Final and V Test after losing 3 of the four previous Test matchs and that was a turning point for England. Of course such expectation from the prsent Indian team in England in the 4th and Final Test can only be a wishful thinking, knowing the shoddy fielding, irresponsible batting and bowling with no teeth and lack of spitit of Indian team etc. However, let us hope for the sake of Indian cricket fans, Dhoni and his men raise to the occasion in the last Test of the cuirent series.

  • srcric on August 14, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    good work England cricket.now BCCI is running out of friends.that's why people from all around the world from many countries wish England team..something to learn from BCCI and some Indian cricket fans to all are "if you don't be humble as much as you be successful,you will have to find many many false reasons to cover the things up.

  • ChrisCole43 on August 14, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Loving the fact that some Indian fans here are scrapping for some statistics that prove (to them) that they still should still be Nr1. Best ones must be that because India hold the ODI WC (played in India btw) and are good at 20/20 and have the IPL they are the best in all formats (conveniently forgetting that Eng are 20/20 World Champions and started this whole 20/20 circus in June 2003). I think that it is time that India woke up and realised that their side has had the good times and is now on the slide. Unfit side that is too reliant on ageing players who will be retired in 18 months probably and no strenght in depth to provide cover for injuries.

  • on August 14, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Dhoni must be really grateful to England. He always wanted go back to the hotel sooner (remember his complaint after the 1st Test in West Indies, where he said he would back at the hotel sooner, if the umpiring decisions had gone in favor of India) so he should thank England for ensuring that India are back at the hotel much sooner in the last two test matches.

  • arshadawanbk on August 14, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    tendulkar is big player with his stats. he never stood tall when the team was in crisis. even in one dayers. he has scored 99 hundreds in international cricket. can any tell me that he scored a hundred when the team was on 20 for 3 or 50 for 4. infact he is already back in hut. when team is in that situation. india have only two quality batsmen. dravid and laxman. equation is simple for the opposition get one out of these two and just rip through the batting line up...

  • kancnaic on August 14, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    NO INDIAN PLAYER LIKES TO PLAY LONG PATIENT INNINGS EXCEPT DRAVID.EVERRYONE IS IN THE IPL MOOD.I ALSO WONDER WHY ISHANT AND SREESANTH CAN NOT FIND CORRECT SPOT TO BOWL ENEN AFTER SO MANY OVERS.

  • on August 14, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    India sustained the No1 rank only 4 2 years we australians hav it 4 about 7 years... thats the difference india no more a strong team...then ENG and AUS winning a world cup doesnt mean u won everything... they nedd learn that 4m this series

  • Bollo on August 14, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    @Chandimal.Ceylon. So by your logic, Australia remain the best test side in the world? Post 2000 away record; Played 57, won 33, lost 15, drew 9. Winning percentage 58%. England are clearly the best team at the moment - South Africa closest challengers (really need to learn how to win the big moments), India look to be on a swift downward slide.

  • arshadawanbk on August 14, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    i became shocked when i heard sehwag is in all time test XI. if you make a asian test XI his place is not 100 %. how can u pick him for all time world XI. he is a good batsman only in the sub-continent. where the pitches are dead. where the ball moves he is equal to nothing.

  • on August 14, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Finally England reach no. 1 spot in test cricket and prove their supremacy over Indian team in all department of game.This series also show that how much India depend on Zaheer's bowling and lack of urgency for another pace bowlers to pick twenty wickets.This is an alarming call for Indian team and BCCI to recover from this zinx and maintain a good level of performance in test cricket.Its a responsibility of BCCI to save players from lucrative IPL long session and provide break from busy cricket schedule.

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

    This is really getting embarrassing. Sure, by some quirky mathematical method, England has reached a #1 in the world status. But let's start crowing about it when we wipe out the recent away defeats in India, West Indies, & Sri Lanka - and the 1-1 in RSA which could so easily have been 3-1 to the home side. Yes I haven't forgotten we won 3-1 in Australia but that was against the poorest Australian side in years. Being the current #1 might mean we are the best of the current crop but it doesn't mean we've reached the standard of previous #1s. In fairness I'm sure the team themselves appreciate this only too well and will do everything possible to maintain and even improve standards over the next 5 years.

  • on August 14, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    apart from poor performance in all three sections of cricket ..the major concern is bench strength ..Mukund does not seems to good enough batsman to cope with swinging bowls...We already saw Raina in-front of short pitch stuff..Virat, looking at his performance in Windies not sure how well he will play seemers on these kind of tracks....

    Inshort. without preparation no team can win any series at home or abroad...This series is lesson for BCCI, selectors to think what they want IPL or national team..

    England bowling attack is best attack we ever seen..

  • on August 14, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    there is only 1 reason behind India Failure and the reason is "IPL", e.g You pay million dollars to the test player like Laxman, Dravid and Sachin for hitting boundary every ball then you expect temprament in Test?? the reason behind English Strong Batting is Cook, Strauss, and many others not playing t20 bcoz thay r geniune Test player and same for Aussies toooo.... like clark, ponting ETC.... ban IPL for test players then ind will be on winning track...

  • chiggers on August 14, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - I don't think anyone has a problem with fans having a positive attitude about their own team; what has annoyed is the continual trash-talk from a large proportion of the Indian fans, even when their team is being outclassed. I would hazard a guess that had India scored enough runs to make England bat again with a target of 5 for victory, there would have been at least one fan on here predicting that England would 'surely' be bowled out for 3. And it's that sort of attitude that hasn't helped their team, because not only does it galvanise the opposition support, which helps urge them on, but if you have a billion people all telling you that you are some sort of god, and treating you like one, then it must be difficult not to believe it, if only a little bit. Passion is fine, but it's a poor recipe - it needs grace, humility and realism in the melting pot to make a proper fan.

    Have a think about it...

  • on August 14, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    well done England. you deserve victory. hard luck to india dispite their endeavor the task was to big to catch. best of luck to both teams as England wants to clinch the series by 4-0, my wishes are with you , where as India will still try to win the last test match. As far India's Batting is concern, i see all of them out of form, same goes to bowling. I think the world cup honey moon is over for India.

  • on August 14, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    In my opinion instead of playing a competitive cricket India played like a bunch of Naive cricketers who are learning to play cricket. They should have shown some intent and grits to atleast play down some decent amount of overs to save the last test . Loosing #1 spot is not a big issue , #1 team loosing this way is.

  • Chandima.Ceylon on August 14, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    whats happen Indian team *(no 1 test team) this time. they gave away their wicket not only to English fast bowler but also to Graheme Swan under these conditions.

    I saw indian batsmens bats with their glowes other than bats.They gave full credits to English bowlers Andres,Board,Bresnon.

    anyway look out the followings.......

    After 2000 in test(outside) India played 60 matches won 22 lost 20 drawn 18 winning percentage 37% England played 73 matches won 25 lost 23 drawn 25 winning percentage 34%

    dont worry indians still you have better test record (outside) since 2000

  • on August 14, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    If wish all those Indian fans who are saying every number 1 team has to loose someday (blah, blah, blah) would have been equally rational while Australia was loosing.

  • on August 14, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    @ sakeeb_786 - you say the best team has to be the best team in all formats, england are the top ranked in tests and are the t20 champions - but go on to say big deal? Make your mind up.

  • getsetgopk on August 14, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    The English are quite clever in a sense they have literally suffocated the indian batting by not giving them any flat tracks just like a fish out of water and English bowlers fishing them all one by one. and by the way whos jealous now? whos your daddy now? HAHAHAHA

  • buck1936 on August 14, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    I hate saying this being Australian (just joking) but England definitely deserved this win; they beat us in the test arena also. Our team found it very difficult to contain them,India were I thought very lacklustre in their performance all round. I totally agree with J.J.Halder's comments this money making IPL should stop, it's wrecking the game.

  • on August 14, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    A good lesson for BCCI, but only if they can learn from it. they should concentrate more on real cricket rather then looking for ways to fit in Champions leage and IPL in International calender. too much cricket is taking a big tool on there good players. And I am very much sure that Indian fans weren't even able to enjoy World cup and IPL was already playing, I see no reason for too much cricket and overplayed players.

  • on August 14, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    england proved their caliber, great job by strauss n co, determination n professionalism was the key for success. all the best for england for all future tours..

  • AidanFX on August 14, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    When Eng tour Ind - they will destory them

  • durhamd on August 14, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    @Abith Yaa Pappu, if winning in your own backyard is nothing special, then it shouldn't matter if India beat England in India, because they have the 'unfair' home advantage. And you take that World Cup trophy away from India...forgetting it was hosted by the sub-continent countries, including India, are we? Grow up, and accept that England were, and are, the better side. Not to say India are a bad team by any means, they have some excellent players, and Kumar (and maybe Sharma) could well be good test bowlers in the future.

  • Amjad.Khan on August 14, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Are you going to blame it on IPL again !!!

  • AmjadZork on August 14, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Poor Indian team !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 14, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Sehwag will thrash England bowlers..SRT will thrash Tremlett..That's what Indian fans were talking..where are they???

  • on August 14, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Great Work England...we are with you..Sure this will 4-0.when Srilanka tour in England indian Fanz and media had lot of talk.but now lol...Congartz England...

  • mrcool on August 14, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Indian team is missing irfan pathan and robin uthappa in the squad due to politics of srikkanth...uthappa is capable of playing better in international matches compared to rohit sharma or raina but not getting single chance of comeback..This is not joke.uthappa and irfan can play tests too.

  • eZoha on August 14, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    I think India can get back the #1 status soon, but only by arranging and playing some series in the subcontinent. In 2010, India were not supposed to play many test matches according to FTP, but BCCI used its power and money to give India enough series to keep the #1 rank. Another thing to notice is that England don't have many players playing in the IPL. So young cricketers of India don't know much about them and found them hostile on the field. Probably SA and AUS cricket boards will take a clue from it and keep their main players away from IPL.

  • on August 14, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    lol so Johnathon Josephs , parents influence is the major reason that India cannot find a proper fast bowler lol!!

  • on August 14, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    ha ha ha...... it is party tym for england. a strong tat for ICC(indian cricket counsil).

  • almaro on August 14, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    This is the consequence of IPL. Blame it on BCCI. That is all money making machine. This is not cricket. Just hit and run. No techniques, nor class in play. Indian team played for twenty twenty match like in all the three tests. No wonder extensive IPL match schedule got their brains worked out to play only IPL format. Sooner we could see Indian team at par with Zimbabwe. I dont think even Tendulkar get his 50th test century not even 100th firstclass. Rahul Dravid made right choice to stop playing shorter format playing.

  • on August 14, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    It's looks like old days of cricket.

  • shamlaatu on August 14, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    ic181 .. what's so shameless about a Pakistani congratulating England for this emphatic win? Why can't a Pakistani or an Australian or a West Indian or a Canadian or a South African congratulate England? How this become shameless? Matter of fact, its shameless of yourself to come up with these kind of statements. England played VERY well and deserve congratulations from anyone who would like to extend their gratitude, so instead of crying out a river, think about this, " If Pakistan can play their "Home" games away, why can't India play their "Away" games at home"? This will make feel better.

  • Cannuck on August 14, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Here's a new excuse on behalf of my bruised Indian fans: Swann's fingers were too long, unfair advantage in unabling him to touch redirect a drive by Dhoni to run out Sachin.. OR ELSE our demi god would have surely scored the 100th century and IN FACT won the match for India. BCCI please make sure you remove this stupid rule as well, which has resulted in Sachin not getting even a half century... So unfair for India, who are clearly the best in club level... oops I mean in the subcontinent, test arena. Hey why don't we have a subcontinent ranking system separately? I mean there's World cup, and Asia cup. So technically India is still ahead of SL, PAK & BANG.. therefore still number 1. There you go dear Indians, stop crying now! We found a way for you guys to continue ranting, boasting, predicting wins, crunching insignificant stats about how you are still Asia's #1 test team!

  • on August 14, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    England truly are the #1 test team right now, but beating this Indian team to death doesn't make them an amazing team. Remember, they only narrowly beat Sri Lanka and Broad was a picture of frustration then.

  • on August 14, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    @ Wacco : I'm sure your team didn't win the world cup this time around , did it ? Mark my words ..... England will fall harder ..... just waiting for them to come to IND or SL .....

  • Iyer on August 14, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    why nobody criticizing dravid and sachin? Dravid did not go for review because he thought that would hurt his image as 'gentleman' cricketer. Guys, we are not playing friendly cricket, this is a competitive cricket with lot of stakes for the public. You are playing for country's pride. Please take some disciplinary action against dravid so that it becomes a lesson for the future generation. Similarly, sachin, a man who has more cricket than anyone else, who is supposed to have the greatest cricketing brain etc. how can he walk away from the crease as if he is playing ODI and looking for a cheeky single? I kindly request BCCI to take some disciplinary action against such fundamental errors being committed by so called professionals. There is no room for stupid errors in today's world.

  • KUSA99 on August 14, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Congratulations England, i always believe India is an over ratted team and very well deserved this treatment, and it is showing how strong India is. and their batting masters are truly flat pitch kings("king pair" Sehwag,Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, over ratted Gambir). in testing conditions they are "white wash" kings. and i really want to see the face of my dear mate "Sehwagologist" and where are u hiding now? please come with King Pair....LoL!

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

    The Main Reason for India loss in SWAN...Few weeks before start of series..he asked curator to prepare green pitches...this was really cunning idea..we like flat track..atleast we could drew two tests...And Sachin century,,,England should follow India to make flat tracks..this how our batsmen scored more than 10000 runs easily

  • MAAMBA on August 14, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Great team..Broad & Bresnan are better batmen than Indian top three batsmen...I hope England will stay there(#1) for while...India should give enough chances to youngsters... Better to play 5 test series against Bangaladesh and Zim.., that is a good way to see sachin making 100th ton..and we can go on to say sachin is greater than Lara, ricky, and even Sir don bradman is less than Sachin......

  • chin-music on August 14, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    The only thing more embarassing than India's on-field performance are the idiotic comments of Indian fans. Having exhausted every imaginable excuse over 3 tests - now it's time for Egland can't be a good team unless they beat India at home ! Quite precious - coming from a lot which were happily tom-tomming India's earlier #1 status without ever having beaten Aus or SA away ever in their history. Mind you - if a return series were actually played in India immediately, i don't see why India would even be considered likely to win , let alone talk of a reverse 3-0 margin etc.

  • on August 14, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    As a srilankan fan i thought we played really badly.. but now i have to re-think when i saw world champions playing. if Lankans could effort to survive that 25 overs at Cardiff.....Hmmmmm all over now. buy the way congrats England for being NO:1

  • Hindh on August 14, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    It is ridiculous that england have secured the top spot by winning all their matches at home grounds . To be truly No 1 they have to win in SA and sub- continent. And same applies for all the teams.

  • Hindh on August 14, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    These kind of defeats happen to all the teams and i think This the first time that India have lost like this in last 15 years. Dosent matter India have been on top position for 2 years and are WC champions and Dhoni has done a great job and INDIA will bounce back.. GUD luck INDIA...

  • chamalqif on August 14, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Come on India, think about 15 teams for IPL and play 4 rounds instead of 2. Then you will have full year IPL. Forget about tests. Just analyze how SL survived during the start of summer, much chilling and overcast condition. India has no idea to score 300 runs. There was only one 100 runs partnership while England had 9. They improve the opposite way of losing margin. Next match try for around 400 runs defeat. Play more IPL and play more advertisements. 4-0 is on the way. Congrats Indian savior Shewag for pair of ducks.

  • on August 14, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Its always funny when India reason something when they are defeated and don't accept their mistakes.Losing one player shouldn't bother "worlds no 1 team".

  • CRICSL on August 14, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    What a humiliation the so called world no 01 will be whitewashed soon. SL played better in much cold cloudy condition early part of the summer scored 400+ scores in all three test matches. IND couldn't manage a single 300+ score in six completed innings. How come this happened? Great batting line up with world's best spinner (Harbajan) and pace bowler (Zaheer) according to the Indian fans. The reason for this defeat is not too much of cricket played by IND team it's their mind set. They need to learn how to respect their oppositions. IND players always taking other teams lightly and this is the right lesson given to them by ENG for them to not to under estimate any oppositions in future. Hat's off to ENG…

  • Gamaraala on August 14, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    @ jatindra2011: As "Andrew Brighton" correctly said, if you people were humble enough when you were at top, you would have received a lot more support and consolation from other fans. If you like, you can go look for the comments made in articles of "Australia vs. Sri Lanka" tour. No excuses at defeat and appreciation of opponents' talents.

  • vichan on August 14, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    By the time this series ends, England's top 8 - Cook, Strauss, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Morgan, Prior, Bresnan - will all probably be averaging 40 or more in the batting. Has this ever happened in Test history, I wonder...?

  • on August 14, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Poor India ! Now together with BCCI lick the IPL toll. Money is sweeter than fitness. To win with a half fit team ? No way !!

  • on August 14, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    england are surely the team to beat at the moment,BUT ,in swinging,humid,overcast conditions.In flat pastures of subcontinent ,england bowlers like James anderson was thrashed by even minnows like Ireland.So dont jump into conclusions.Yes this series is an eyeopener for indian cricket.But i believe dhoni will be hungrier than ever, This is the true test for dhoni

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Congratulations to England for winning the series. Well played. Keep it up. If any of you English fans can recollect, I told on this forum before the series began that India might lose this series. So, there you go. Enjoy the moment all you English fans, until it lasts. Let no negativity take centerstage during your celebrations. This moment belongs to you all. I hope India beats England in the 4th test.

  • mano007 on August 14, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    yes indeed... Eng'd deserved de spot.... Dey totally not used to the Eng conditions, grt I-day gift... such a humiliatin loss....Proud of u India.... its the time for Indians to reunite n work for the upcoming Aus, series...

  • Testcricfan on August 14, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Agreed Eng has been the better team in this series and deserve their No.1 Ranking and India have been extremely poor, but some of the comments from the English media and former players has been unfair and bigoted. While praising Eng, It is important to acknowledge that India also did well prior to this series and deserved their #1 Ranking. for, in their high over this victory, they are forgetting that by belittling India's #1 ranking as a result of faulty calculations, they are just devaluing England's accession as well, because even England have not won anything yet in the subcontinent. They have won just a single test in the last decade. Thats a big hole in the resume, though one they are capable of correcting. Also, this is India's first series loss in 3 years, and prior to this series, they had lost only 3 matches in those 3 years, playing mostly against SA,SL, NZ and Aus. So, it is fair enough to say, they were the best prior to this series.

  • cricveda on August 14, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Common guys don't be so unhappy we are a good team but england were a far better team because india did not have a wicket taking bowling line up.Enland bowling was highly disciplined.But this is Indian cricket !!after great performance in 2002 to wc loss in 2003,after horrible wc loss in 2007 to becoming no1 and winning wc,from 1983 wc to whitewash against west indies,this is indian cricket high to low low to high transitions are common and this is life.

  • Bollo on August 14, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    @Adnan Bhatti. Only a few years ago many of the players you mention (Sehwag, Dravid, Afridi, Shoaib, Sanga), as well as other greats (Lara, Murali, Kallis et al.) played in just such a series - ICC Super Series 2005/06 vs Australia in 1 test/3 ODIs. The comprehensive 4-0 hammering they received put the idea to bed for a while. Be careful what you wish for...

  • on August 14, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Regardless, though, Tendulkar wouldn't have saved the match for India because of the damage inflicted in the first hour.

    Well, I agree that Tendulkar has been lacking form this entire series, but that is an extremely erroneous statement to make. He is India's hero and he, if anybody, is the truly masterclass cricketer that can turn the tides when it matters the most. How dare you make such a bold statement Mr. McGlashan. This is India's hero you are talking about! The reason why Indians like me watch cricket!

  • ilovecricket1234 on August 14, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    It feels soo sweet to see India lose their top spot. When going up, India were all arrogant and now on the way down, they are all quiet. Be nice when going up because you will have to face people when coming down.

  • ARJa on August 14, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Great performance by England. But seriously this Indian team is not even 70% good as the west indies in the 80s and the aussies in the early 2000s. They are too reliant on Zaheer Khan. And when the coach of the team is blaming english conditions for their defeats, that is a clear sign of a team that doesn't deserve to be the undisputed no. 1. Lets face reality. The top 4 test teams are too close to each other. They can switch places with each other at any given time. Really not a surprise if India loose every test match in Australia too. Funny how they designed the IPL to destroy test cricket in other nations. They ended up distroying their own test performance.

  • on August 14, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Congratulations England! Sri Lanka played better test cricket in England, India could not get a total more than 300 runs and hopefully in the next test …….but doubtful, big names, big averages, highly paid lot of cricketers and everything big……..A large empty vessel makes a big noise but it's an empty vessel.

  • on August 14, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Hy English, You people really played well & I have to write that you crush in a piece India's 11 player who select by BCCI... You really deserve no 1 spot. Before world cup start I told to my lots of friends that this world cup will go UK but unfortunately you cant but now you prove this. Great going boys….

  • on August 14, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    well played england..it was an emphatic victory and a lesson to the Indians

  • on August 14, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    we'll winning in one's own backyard is nothing gr8 .... dhoni has won 20-20 world cup , cwc , 2 time ipl champions , and champions league winner too .... This is his first test series loss for dhoni in his career as the indian captain ...Mind u England are touring india fr 4 tests next year .... We'll get ready for the payback and fear for the worst .

  • ic181 on August 14, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    It is only a matter of time before India will bounce back and reclaim the No.1 spot. India were way too under-prepared for this tour.

    On a related note, it is funny to see all the shameless "I'm a pakistani, so I congratulate England" comments. Keep it coming, your chance for a pasting on the field will come.

  • on August 14, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    So India lost badly to England and lost their No 1 position. So have others in the past. West Indies, Australia. And so will England lose some day. You are No 1 as long as it lasts. England have tasted white washes in India, Australia too. Has Dhoni said- to be in that position one has to be consistent. Our team were totally ill prepared and the team was handicapped with injuries to some key players. We need to build and have a good bench strength. We need players for courses and have good test match players and not ODI players who cannot play according to the needs of the situation. Lesson s should be learnt.

  • J.J.Halder on August 14, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    England Team played like the real Champion. But Indian batsmen are no match for the English Bowlers in English condition. May be the Indian Cricketers should spend more time playing in SA and County Cricket rather than Playing in IPL. IPL is Just a money making machine but giving nothing in return to Indian Cricket.

  • on August 14, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Very well played England. They have outclassed Indians in all departments so far in the series. And India has really played badly, but that doesn't mean they are not capable of a comeback. We should not forget if India was playing out side, England was playing on their own pitches. It will be very interesting to see how long can England hold on to this 1 spot and how India recover them self in their next test series.

  • Wacco on August 14, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    I bet this Indian team will struggle to beat even Zim. The players are good enough to last 50 overs only in the sub-continent pitches. By the end of this year, India wont even figure in TEST Championship scheduled for 2012. They will have to compete with WI, Bang, Zim and NZL. I am sure they will rake up individual numbers then (high avg and centuries), which the Indian former players and supporters adore!

  • Bennie88 on August 14, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    While it is still early days, I think the current England side might become one of the all time greats. Their batsman are consistent and they have great depth in their bowling lineup. It feels reminiscent of last decades Australian side...you dismiss one batsman and then immediately groan at the thought of who is coming up next. You face off one bowler, to have an equally threatening one replace him. More threatening is their ability to take the game away from you from day one. We saw it in the last Ashes series...we've seen it again in this game.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 14, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Recall Ramiz Raja talking about Subcontinent bowlers. In India, parents teach their child to be a medium fast bowler because fast bowlers are prone to a lot of injury. In Pakistan and Sri Lanka, that is not the case and the bowlers must be FAST. Vaas in his early days, Malinga, Fernando when he was young, and Prasad are all bowlers capable of bowling over 90 MPH. Now we have Nuwan Pradeep. Pakistan had players like Akhtar, Waqar, Aamir, Asif, etc. Who has India had? Can't think of a single genuine quick

  • JustIPL on August 14, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    for the fans the number one spot does not matter. it is the quality of cricket that england played that matters. this is what can keep them on the top of the tables as well. more important will be the whitewash that they should achieve. on the other hand india should not be too surprised on what has happened. fans were disgusted the way india tried to play number game and did not go for 86 of 90 balls agains gayleless windies. everyone knows that india were the side who challenged aussies heavily when they ruled the world of cricket. after the declline of aussies india maintained their level for sometime and then the inevitable decline due to aging of great players that they had for the last decade fighting aussies. now english have filled the gap left by the aussies, indians will have to raise their bar as fans are thankful to the english for getting them rid of such defensive team on top which did not belong there. also it is difficult for any team to be no 1 in all formats.

  • South_Indian on August 14, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS England, you beauty !! Very deserving, and the over-rated boys have lost the # 1 ranking to a more deserving team. Let it be revival of cricket in England, and boy does it not make me happy so see India lose :) And let us sit back and enjoy the funny excuses that will come up now for India's loss )

  • on August 14, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    India's performance and the team morale couldn't have been worse. In the aftermath of the World Cup win at home conditions,their complacency must have been a cause to this horrendous defeat . Indian batting line should have done better and the already depleted and ineffective bowling line up was never to the world quality to face the English team in their seaming home conditions. Compounded with all this, the Indian team was never playing to win or draw the matches. Indian capitulation was in their minds ever since they landed on English soil. The so called stars of Indian team , it is evident, only play for money and personal records if they can make any . Its simply pathetic. The Indian team lacks fighting spirit and its once more evident that they are home paper tigers. Unless India can find a few world quality fast bowlers , they will never have chance to become world No 1 . Their number one ascent was due to chances and the halo of unreal glory has shattered. Its the truth.

  • subedar486 on August 14, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    I have been watching England team since the1960s. This team reminds me of times when they had superb batsman like Boycott, Ken Barrington, and more, bowlers like Derek Underwood, Bob Willis, and many superb players. Specially, I remember one of the best Wicketkeeper and top class batsman Alan Knott. What a good time of Cricket that was. This England team specially Cook, Trott, Pieterson, WOW! they deserve to be the No.1 after their Suberb performance in the last 2 Ashes. Hats off English Cricket team. Cricket has again become ALIVE.

  • tappia on August 14, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    And I was worried about Bangladesh. Wt

  • Sheela on August 14, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    In the current series in England Dhoni and his Indian team have been consistent in - shoddy fielding, dropping catches freuently. inability to take 20 opposition wickets (they never looked like taking wickets in the first place), iirresolute batting, defensive field set ups and yet coceding runs at a faster rate than with attacking fields etc. A coach laments about singing conditions etc. as if the conditions would be idential in all test playing countries. Regarding ranking, any home win should fetch lesser points, other factors like shoddy fielding etc. should also go to reduce points for winning. Then may be fair rankings might.

  • Bollo on August 14, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    @AidanFX. I take your point that Eng seem capable of winning matches/series comprehensively - something that India were never really able to due (considerably weaker bowling attack). This is the sign of a potentially great team. Don`t forget though that the Ashes (comprehensive as it turned out) was 1-1 after 3 tests `with the one slip up (which they should have won)` - c`mon the Aussies won in Perth by nearly 300 runs!

  • on August 14, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Hard to see India getting the no.1 spot back any time soon, both England and South Africa have much younger teams. In the next couple of years India will lose Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Zaheer. SA will lose Kallis and Boucher, and England will lose Strauss. Hard to predict form but this set of England players will be around for a while.

  • on August 14, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    People are quite right that England are not a dominant no.1 team, but they have been no.1 for so little time that is a pointless criticism. How could you be dominant after only days at no.1? The next few years will reveal if England are a great team or not. The thing that this England team has on its side that India did not is that most of its players are still fairly young.

  • on August 14, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    *********-----------********* Just a WiSh: In my lifetime I want to see a series b/w my team vs rest of the world... So here goes my squad (not in particular order)..

    Sangakara, Sehwag, Dilshan, Misbah, SRT, Razaaq, Dhoni, Afridi, Umar Gul, Malinga, Ajanta Mendis, Dravid, Yuvraj, Wahab Riaz, Praveen Kumar, Younis Khan, Shoaib Akhtar

    .... Make the series two 20Twenty, 5 ODI, followed by 3 Tests... Vs any team in any combination.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 14, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Some of the English fans and neutrals here call Indian fans 'big headed' simply cause we love our team and think they will perform good. GIVE ME A BREAK ! that's what you call a positive attitude. Unfortunately the team had a disastrous 3 tests so far. This defeat makes it even painful given that the no.1 ranking was at stake. I ask this to every English fan and neutral, wouldn't you hope positively for your team to win a certain series ? would you call that being heavy headed ? think about it before writing a reply to my comment. WE LOVE OUR TEAM INDIA ! and we do hope we will regain the no.1 ranking in the near future. Never give up the spirit dear Indians.

  • Drew2 on August 14, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    JonathanTT, what is daft is people living in denial over what is obvious. There are no excuses. England are clearly no 1. India have never won a series in Australia in history, yet does that proclude them form being no 1? Of coures not. England's win has been an absolute thrashing. Even at full strength, India would still have been swept away.

  • Ameega on August 14, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    Congrats on ENG on this deserved Victory. It takes some time to the teams like IND and AUS to realize the truth. Last year Punter predicted a 5-0 against ENG and everything was upside down at the end. IND fans were cheering for 4-0 (while condemning all others) and now what? I hope IND fans will learn now to respect others.

    . @BravoBravo; If you say, SL is weak, why did not ENG score a 700s against them and why could not ENG stop SL scoring 400s? If that extra-ordinary collapse had not happened in Cardiff, would you get a better outcome than 0-0? And, on the other hand, if India is a so poor team (as they earn #1 by winning against 'poor' SL), how do you explain getting #1 by just beating another 'poor' team? And I look forward to see ENG batsmen score 'meaningless' hundreds in SL (as Sehwag did last year). I love this English team as far as they (and their fans) give due respect to their opponents.

  • Blueangle on August 14, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    Spot on Andrew Brighton! could not have stated any better

  • Impactzone on August 14, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    Maybe India have to pay attention to T20 and Tests being detrimental to each other in terms of mixing skill sets. I enjoy both forms of the game though see little merit in having Test players being taught to manufacture shots which eventually get played in an inappropriate arena. Team sports psychologists wake up!

  • waq.ans on August 14, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    India became ICC no. 1 only because they play into there own pitches. They struggled even in West Indies. There strength is there batting but only in there own country, they failed here even the over-hyped Sehwag, Tendulkar, Very Very Special Laxman. ICC should implement different ranking system which should tell who is the real good team is. On there next tour to Australia, Australia will also clean swip India unless the tour changed into there own land.

  • alune on August 14, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    @JonathanTT: Forget the past and focus on the present to accept that the English side has trashed you in a way a team can be trashed!

  • on August 14, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Despite England have by far the best bowling unit in the world, i believe India's misery is simply the beginning of the consequences the ipl will have on world cricket. It's time the ICC alocate 4 weeks for ipl and 4 weeks for the champions league having champions league every two years.

  • kesasam on August 14, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Well done England and all the best. Its pathetic batting by indian players. Where are the so called Worlds geatest batting line up???? They have bat 6 innings now and how many times they scored pass 300??? Twice lost by innings.....I think Sri Lanka played very much better cricket in more harder weather conditions and inexperience bowling line up. We sri lanka Lost 1-0 but India already lost 3-0 and I dont want to see its a 4-0 white wash....lol Indian supporters we need your comments please.....Why you guys are slient?????

  • Coastaltown on August 14, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    GasPipe; 'I woud like to see England play some matches off their own territory to see if they can dominate anywhere, ' if you can cast your mind back a few months you'll see england walking all over australia to the tune of three innings victories, dominant enough?

  • cricket_lover1 on August 14, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    India should try Rohit Sharma, Pujara in the batting and try to find couple of pace bowling alrounders in the country of over 1.2 billions...

  • on August 14, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    Congratulations England.Truly my India doesn't deserve the No.1 Crown.

  • on August 14, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    I am in a way surprised India made it to the top just drawing several series and not winning against top teams like Aus and SA in the past. But also like Ian Chappel said, their strength was in their batting (which hasnt shown up at all in this series) and with such a meager bowling attack they did that much - no wonder they couldnt win any series well. But then on the other hand, I feel the captain payed safe many a series instead of going for a win. One more win in WI could have improved their numbers for sure and more than anything their morale. If Dhoni had played like this in the first and 2nd test, maybe things would have been better in terms of a fight, instead a hatrick given and 3 whippings. Hey Eng played really well and they might be now wondering we didnt have to work so hard to beat Ind.

  • cricket_lover1 on August 14, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    This England team deserve to be no. 1..Congrats!! to them, But the way India played is not acceptable. They broke the heart of millions of cricket fans..even England would say that they would have like to see some fight from the opposition. These are the best 11 players we have...they just need to respect the conditions and play accordingly. Our batsmen are playing expensive drives to the good seaming balls which is not required at all..they just need to score singles and build partnerships and practice on leaving the deliveries. Except Rahul and Sachin to some extent...everybody is looking to attack the good seaming balls. I think that is the biggest mistake. Our bowlers need to watch the videos of the English batsmen and try to figure out how to find their weakness. Set the fields according to the your bowling plans and create problems to score runs for them which I cannot see they are doing at the moment. The question is when I can realize this why can't our coach or captain??

  • NRI- on August 13, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    Hi Cricket_Junky, India did beat England 1-0 in 2007 in England. But I have always maintained that distorted rankings contributed to India becoming number 1. A series win gives you 2 extra points and India won many time very narrowly, mostly 1-0 with fair draws otherwise. Against SA it was 1-1 but the match they lost they lost by a huge margin and they won cliffhangers against SA & Australia. The margin of victory is also not counted. So India never deserved no 1 whilst England did so even before this series. We all await the next Eng vs SA - when and where is it?

  • Dream2013 on August 13, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    "Congratulations team England"

    It was indeed one of best performance by test playing nation ... Sheer dominance , determination and dedication loved every bit of it . I am a hardcore Indian cricket fan , hardluck team India , I am sure you tried your best ..... Just that we stupid common people did see it and expect you to win anything and everything ..... But you did my heart says along with the millions other fans who will support you in bad time . And for all sore loser who think Dhoni should give captanincy and step down you need reality check , the person who had major contribution in bringing every great feat for India .... I am sure you were enjoying April 3rd Indias world cup victory ... so just give it up . And for England fans congratulation on behalf of whole India .... And be careful we are coming after it soon .... Someone had to lose for you to win lol Good luck with your journey ahead .

    And Team India we are always with you Good luck

  • citizenkc on August 13, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    Why are people so obsessed with the number 1 ranking? Did anyone doubt that the Windies in the 80s or the Aussies in the late 90s were number 1? When you are number 1, the ICC does not have to crown you. The players and the fans know. If England can win in the subcontinent, no one will questions their rank. The way they beat the Aussies in Australia and India now is quite remarkable. They are a good team, not yet in the class of the aforementioned teams. Something the ICC can never measure is the way teams win--with style, beauty, and attitude. No one can beat the Windies under Lloyd and RIchards for that. In my eyes, they will always be the ultimate, inspiring number one, not because they won a lot of games, but because they showed us why we love this game.

  • on August 13, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Utterly one-sided series. Humiliating 'performance' from India. Guess the warning signs were there during the WI tour. England very deserving No1. Congratulations to all English supporters from a totally beaten India fan. What happens to India now ? Need a fresh start. Need a captain with some spine and imagination, need ruthless fielding regimens, need to try Pujara and Rohit Sharma (as well as Virat Kohli), BUT above all, need to find a whole set of bowlers who can exploit swing and bounce at pace. The entire flock of new / young players should be encouraged to play in SA and / or County cricket. The cricket selection committee headed by Srikanth is past its sell-by date. Give Duncan Fletcher the power and authority to make the changes he inevitably needs to. There is 'gangrene' in this India team and parts of it need to be amputated, to save the team.

  • JonathanTT on August 13, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    England were soundly defeated by the West Indies 3-0 in 1976 in England and defeated again 1-0 by West Indies in 1980 in England. No series was played in the West Indies during this period. Claiming to be #1 in 1979 is simply daft.

    England can only reasonably claim to have been last previously #1 following their defeat of Australia in Australia in 1971 or, before that, the late 1950s (following their defeats on Australia in 1956 and West Indies in 1957).

    Try to keep it the past in perspective mate.

  • bboyb on August 13, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Hold on now. I realize England are very excited, but they really need to play SA and also win outside of England a bit more. Oh, and one day on top of the world rankings does not make a team which should be inducted into the all-time greats hall of fame of teams. So calm down, enjoy the win, but lets not get carried away

  • on August 13, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    I was expecting to see alot of Indian post here moaning and making excuses. I take my hat off to the Ind fans for taking this defeat well. If only you had all been humble in victory you would have recieved alot more support and admiration from the world when you were ranked no1. I hope Ind bounce back from this series and if you do regain the top ranking I hope the fans keep their integrity. Remember no one likes a bad winner, just like nobody likes a bad loser, and might is not right. Again good luck to Ind and well done.

  • on August 13, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    A team that truly deserves No 1 Test spot... Awesome work from Team England in all aspects. They really are turning out to be invincibles... Awesome pacemen backed up with a quality spinner well supported by a strong batting line up which is led by the mercurial Captain in Andrew Strauss.

  • Nerk on August 13, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    The first two tests were battles, where both teams had their chances to take the lead. This test was a rout. What an emphatic way to stamp your authority as number one team. Well done England. But I think it worth remembering that this is still a very level playing field. India and Sth Africa can still hit number one, and England have a fight on their hands to hold onto it.

  • Cricket_Junky on August 13, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Indian Fans always defend their team by saying that they kept No 1 position for more than 2 years. Can they also count the Number of serious India has won in South Africa, Australia, England? The Answer is 0.

  • TJM101 on August 13, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    @Subodh Sarin: India were rightly No1 as they had played the best cricket and now England are for the same reason as your analysis shows. However England have been playing at this level for a long time now with comprehensive wins against Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka and now India (and WI and Bangladesh) - Hardly a lucky striking of form. As for India, the greats are getting old, they might have a year or so left but at some point the re-building will have to start. Hopefully the BCCI, blessed with 3 or 4 great batsmen for so long, will realise that without proper backing and investment in some bowlers as well as batsmen it could be back to the bad old days of being strong at home and useless away.

  • Cricket_Junky on August 13, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    I was never a fan of English Cricket and Team but this England Team force change my thoughts. This is the best English Team and it deserve No 1 spot.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 13, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    The Indian team need to now realize how planning, and strategy contribute to success. How did India become world champions ? because of excellent planning and the fire to win. They should have approached this series in the same mindset. Instead, they just behaved casually not giving value to the no.1 ranking and have been outplayed. But then again the wheel of time will bring those who are at the pits of the earth back to the heights and those at the heights will definitely go down. India are down now and England will also come down one day.

  • on August 13, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    i have said in my previous comments india will loose 4-0 in this series. simple, indians are not capable against fast bounces. i think Dhoni should step down as captain though he is a good captain. this is one of the heaviest defeats in the history of cricket india. "Pathetic" "shamefull".Hight time to tackle this problem.

  • GasPipe on August 13, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    This has been a very illuminating test series; it's proved that many of India's batsmen are unable to bat off their own territory. I now want to see two things: I woud like to see England play some matches off their own territory to see if they can dominate anywhere, and I would also like to see both England and India play South Africa, who I think is better than India and possibly better than England.

    Also, must say a huge congratulations for Alastair Cook for an outstanding innings, and condolences for getting out 6 runs from a huge milestone. I believe he is going to be dominating pitches for years to come.

  • skijock82 on August 13, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    For the Indian side, the mantra should be fitness, fitness, fitness.. The English players looked like lions in the field and it was obvious that they had been hitting the gym to get to Olympic level fitness. In contrast, the Indian team looked like old men. They need to start working out a super fitness regime and reduce the number of internationals they play. The body needs to be at its peak fitness through appropriate doses of exercise and rest, and there is no other recipe for success.

  • skijock82 on August 13, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    As an Indian, I hope this great win for the English side inspires more youngsters in England to play cricket and aspire to be world champions. This victory for the English side, which played cricket beyond the reach of the Indian team, bodes very well for a healthy cricketing world. Congratulations England!

  • on August 13, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    i hope i'm wrong but Dravid,Tendulkar an Laxman it looks like they've played their last series.Their footwork an mindset is all wrong i hope they can recover for India's an for cricket those 3 players should be on the top honour board

  • ranilranathunga on August 13, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Where are the Indian fans who commented here when SL were playing England? SL scored 400+ twice in much worse conditions and just lost one test due to carelessness

  • Mash3009 on August 13, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    England played superbly and truly deserve their no.1 ranking. However, you tend to wonder if India really deserved the no. 1 ranking in the first place. It's true that the statistics/numbers would add up and that India played well in S.A. and ok in the W.I. but I didn't think they were consistently good in all those games. A true no.1 side should be able to dominate and win games that should have been lost. India drew games that should have been won! Even the far more inexperienced Sri Lankan team performed better in England with arguably more difficult conditions to deal with. I hope India bounces back in the next test to redeem themselves and restore some pride...

  • Gamaraala on August 13, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    guys, any excuses this time?

  • PaddyRasta on August 13, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    Massive display from an Awesome team. Congrats England! I did not see the presentation but if Dhoni has truly not acknowledged and congratulated England as cricinfo's summary suggests, then I have lost the respect that I have had for him. England should go for the jugular now. Total whitewash!

  • on August 13, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    I have never seen any No.1 Test side defeated so heavily. Not a good gift Of independence day for indian nation. Congratulations to English side for their Hard work as they truly deserve no.1 Spot.

  • on August 13, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Why is (or was) India the Number One ranked Test team? Here are some hard facts. Away performance - since 2008, India's win-loss numbers against top opposition (I have excluded matches against Zim, B'desh, Windies and NZ) is 9-3-4 (played-won-lost). Compare that with England (11-4-3), SA (11-5-3), SL (8-0-3) and Aus (16-4-8). Statistically, no significant difference, except for Aus, SL, which are much worse in this regard. Home performance - Here India (13-8-1) is much superior to England (16-7-4), SA (10-3-4), SL (8-5-3) and Aus (6-4-2). So there you are - India was No. 1 because it was comparable to other top teams in away performance, and much better in home performance. The crown has slipped away from us due to this horrendous loss, but only time will tell if this the end of India's reign, the start of England's reign, or just an aberration caused by an unlucky bunching of poor form of all our players, coupled by a lucky striking of form by all England players.

  • Bacflip15 on August 13, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    I believe England truly deserve to be #1, they are an amazing team!

  • Chennai_Voice on August 13, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    The entire duration of Cook's innings is still greater than the duration of India's first and second innings put together. Its such a shame!!

  • CandidIndian on August 13, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    First of all congratulations to English fans,I have always supported the thought of India playing Eng,SA and Australia regularly as playing against these teams always benefits India a lot.Like Dhoni and Kirsten had the vision and planning to take win world cup for India , similarly England had the perfect vision and planning to take their team to no 1 spot in tests.I mentioned benefits as England has exposed the weakness of Indian cricket about touring under-prepared and being dependent on key players too much also it has ended the arrogance of many of my fellow Indian fans who were laughing at SL a month ago.BCCI was busy milking world cup victory of India through IPL in-spite of being aware of the previous post IPL ill effects (2 T20 world cups and Champions trophy losses),this heavy defeat will force the necessary changes now as the fairy tale is ended.In my view England have the potential to remain at top and they will be very hard to beat even in subcontinent conditions.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 13, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    Best in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BravoBravo on August 13, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    @Jam1: IND needs a LOT of help from SL for their existence in ranking; let's see, IND won WC2011, IND became #1 in Test, and IND won their 100th test match (in their 70 years), ALL with the help of SL because SL was not at their competitive edge that time. It went well for IND as they survived on SL weakness. Now they want SL to perform at their best to dream about regaining the #1 spots which was they did not deserve to start with. If IND ever learn to achieve something on their own without outside help. However, if they (IND) play SL soon, it may ease the pain of their btasmen (SRT and 00 Sehwag) by scoring some more meaningless runs. Best of Luck.

  • on August 13, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    I fail to understand why is there so much suspicion about India's hold on number one position over the last few months. The reason is simple - they performed the best during this phase, and now that England has performed better, they have become number one. Please, by all means bemoan this horrendous spineless performance against England, but do remember that this is the team which has been the best and the most consistent Indian team of all times. A bad series cannot take that away.

  • Naveed85 on August 13, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    Dhoni's honeymoon period is over .. 1st series loss

  • likeintcricket on August 13, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    It is the right time for India to start thinking about rebuilding instead of relying on past masters. They have already achieved the peak and there is a downward slide from now on. Sri Lanka and Australia will soon catch up with India as they have much better and talented youngsters in their side. I think no one in India dare to ask Sachin and co including Sehwag to call it a day now. Just look at the great Australian, the likes of Gilchrist, Hayden, Langer, Waughs, Warne and Macrath. They retired when they and their team were on top. England is a good side but they are certainly not unbeatable like Australians were one time.

  • on August 13, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Finally, The best test team got the spot.

  • on August 13, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    I am looking forward to England and Sri Lanka ... But more importantly INDIA in Australia

  • getsetgopk on August 13, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    the most pathetic display by a no 1 test team ever. i mean ok you have to lose because your clearly not the real no 1 team but to lose in such a deadful manner is a bit of a disgrace to test cricket i beleive and they owe the fans who bought the 5th days ticket. it should be taken out from the loosing teams match fee.

  • popcorn on August 13, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    India will sink to Number 5 by the time the Australian Tour is over.

  • getsetgopk on August 13, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    Just listened to sanjay manjrekar who was replying to what positives you see from this test match he went on to answer 'nothing from this test but from this series praveen kumar and ishant sharma.' now that is 'some' test future ahead for india. the two most dullest test bowlers in world cricket are bright spots for india. chew on that while you look to the future.

  • bhaloniaz on August 13, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    It is nice. We donot have to see 100s of arrogant posts derogating the other teams. Indian fans predicted India would humilate England. (I cannot remember one post from an indian fan considering the fact England can win). I remember seeing how English bowlers would not be able to get through Worlds beat batting line. Even after winning critical tosses India lost first two tests. Their supporters continued how india was a late starter and how it was not the first string indian team. I appreciate both teams to be the part of the great series. Congrats England. Good luck to india.

  • Raj12345 on August 13, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    what our super stars (VVS, Dravid, Sachin, Shewag,Gambhir & Raina - big names but score is near ZERO) doing there. They can do maximum of removing young people like Dhawan, MK Tiwary ( Victims of WI tour), Mukund (Victim of Eng Tour). They can't do beyond anything. all they do, they try to save their place by blaming bowlers now. This is happening in Indian cricket for past 2 to 3 years. No one can't enter in place of Shewag, Gambhir, Yuvi, Raina, Dhioni, Kohli & RG. What happened to some promising people like Rahane, Puraja, Badri, MK Tiwary & SS Tiwary (Don't say pujara is not fit, then how come Yuvi & Shewag, Bhajji played & playing), all gimmick. If you remove Vijay, Dhawan, Badri & Tiwary since they didn't play well in WI tour, (I am not big fan of these new people), then why don't you do same measure on current team. The similar treatment will happen to always new comers. This is always big question in my mind.

  • landl47 on August 13, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    The games are getting shorter and the margin of defeat bigger with each game. At Lord's, India lasted until the last session of day 5 and lost by 196 runs. At Trent Bridge, the game was over in 4 days and India lost by 319 runs. This test lasted only 3 1/2 days- and the margin was an innings and 242 runs. That has been the pattern with England recently, they get stronger as the series goes on. Looking forward to a good challenge this Winter and then SA next Summer, which should be a great contest.....but then, this should have been a great contest, too.

  • immit13 on August 13, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Rather than playing skills and ability India lost due to a very weak mentality and team management or game planning and MAINLY because It meant a lot for England to have Rank #1 as their players/administrators valued it. While for us, our Indian team and management did not value the number one test spot. I really feel that it was the mentality and hunger to win that has earned England the number #1 spot which surely is a mandatory requirement for any top class TEST team. I fear the ODI series or even the only T20 will be dominated by England only. with such Mentality India can't even beat any team even in India in any format of the game. I believe we Indian fans have to be happy watching WC 2011 highlights only as that was the last time we could see the clear intensity of our team to win at any cost...hoping that team spirit and confidence returns back sooner than later.

  • khiladisher on August 13, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    We indian fans should handle this moment of deep crisis in our cricket with grace and poise-we have never been humilated in this sort of a way,except may be the 1999 australian tour,when we lost 3-0,this series in all possibility will have a 4-0 result. RAHUL DRAVID WAS NOTS URE WHETHER HE NICKED THE BALL OR NOT AND IF ALL PEOPLE HAD WATCHED THE REPLAY OF HIM ASKING SACHIN-YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE SACHIN TURNING HIS FACE AWAY WITHOUT ANSWERING HIM-RAHUL WAS OUR ONLY HOPE AND SACHIN DASHED THAT HOPES TOO{FLASH BACK TO THE WORLD CUP SEMI FINAL MATCH WERE ALL THOUGHT THAT SACHIN WS OUT PLUMB-GAUTAM GAMBHIR ASKED HIM TO REFER AND REST IS HISTORY.

    SACHIN HAS BEEN A BIG LET DOWN THIS SERIES AND TOUGH DECISIONS REGARDING HIS CAREER NEED TO BE TAKEN BEFORE THE AUSTRALIAN TOUR{CAN WE AFFORD A 40 YEAR OLD #4 BATSMAN AND A SLUGGGISH FIELDER}

  • jatindra2011 on August 13, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Congatualtion England.U played very well in this series.By the way this is a India England series.I don't know why these bangladeshi (@BaigSaqib ), pakistani and srilankan are commenting on india's failure and england's victroy ,As if their team has become no. 1.I know these teams neverable to achive (No. 1 rank) what india has done in last 2 year so they feel jelouse and try to pull india all the time.@BaigSaqid please take care of ur team's performance against Zimbabwe which I think not that greate Don't warry we will be back.Mind u all in the last 2 to 3 year we have became no. 1 with out playing against minnows like Zimbababwe and Bangladesh (Only once against BD that too in their own dan) as mentioned by many in their comments .We have mostly played against that times top 3 to 4 team only ( Australia, southe africa and sri lanka)

    Good luck India

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 13, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    The only thing that showed great improvement from game to game for India, is the margin by which they lost. Keep up the good form dude!!!

  • Vishal_07 on August 13, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    England is a very good team, no question. But Team India should have done better than this. Test match is a true test of cricket abilities (temperament, talent, patience and what not) but don't go out saying Test or nothing. Recall the 80s and 90s when Test matches started getting really boring and it was the One Days which made players play faster creating more excitement for Test. I think with the advent of 20/20 you are seeing it even more. Indian team has been 20/20 participant more than any other nation and it is not surprising that they are the ones found most lacking in Test as a result.

  • colly07 on August 13, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    In addition to my previous comment, I do hope that those in authority in Indian cricket, read the comments on cricket sites such as this. It is clear that the majority of Indian cricket fans value test cricket above other forms of the game. Those in charge in India are betraying loyal fans and the players themselves, through their money first IPL mentality and the ridiculous scheduling they have allowed. In a stellar series such as this, the scheduling was absurd. Not enough warm up matches, too many players either knackered, undercut or in a couple of examples like Raina, lacking in technique for tough test match cricket! Crazy situation.

  • hvijay.1985 on August 13, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Wow, how many of these fans from other countries hate Indian cricket! I did not ever think the Indian cricketers were arrogant even when they were top. But then, some countries seem to have a very deep hatred towards India; so I guess it is irrespective of the cricket.

  • ns1000 on August 13, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    The outcome is simple folks - England was very well prepared and hungry, India was overconfident and thought they could walk all over England. I see India not reach no. 1 in Test cricket for a VERY long time and for England to dominate because they have the right mix of players and more importantly, the right attitude to do so. This coming from a long time Indian fan.

  • citizenkc on August 13, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    OK, so it's over. India's third worst defeat ever! We have never lost this badly to Bradman's Invincibles, Waugh's and Ponting's Aussies, Hutton's !952 team, or the Windies of the 80s and 90s. Clearly something is rotten in the state of Indian cricket. This is not a matter of switching a couple of players or playing a couple of extra practice games. How seriously is the BCCI going to address this problem? If the revenue from ODIs and T20s in India keep coming in with mediocre players performing well on dead pitches, the answer is that the BCCI is going to do nothing. It is up to the spectators and the players themselves to make certain demands. Let us make it clear (as is obvious from this site) that test cricket matters to us and we want the Board to develop young players and to schedule tours in a balanced sensible way. For players, they have to say the same--test cricket matters to us as professional--this will be our legacy, not some fly-by-night scores and wickets in the IPL.

  • ns1000 on August 13, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Does India miss Gary Kirsten that much or not like Duncan Fletche rjust as much? Srikkanth should be taken off as a selector. Before you know it, his son will be representing India in all forms of the game. Starting eleven for Test match 4 - Gavaskar, Mukhund, Dravid, Kohli, Rahane,Ganguly, Kapil Dev, Dhoni, Sreenath, Bedi, Chandrasheker. India does need some young blood to grow you know.

  • bhaloniaz on August 13, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    I am happy for England. It would be interesting to see the ODIs. England has players like Strauss, Bell, Peterson, Morgan who can score fast. Sachin might have missed a chance to score a century here. It was probably the most batting friendly wicket. India should have score more runs in the second innings. Good luck for india as well.

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    THERE WAS A CHANCE ON 10TH BUT DHONI DIDNT TOOK THAT AND NOW THEY ARE AT 2ND AND BY THE END OF NEXT TEST THEY WILL BE ON 3RD. THEY SHOULD PLAY ONLY AGAINT BANGLADESH AND ZIMBABWE AGAINST WHICH TENDULKAR SCORES BULK OF HIS CENTURIES.

  • Shan156 on August 13, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    @jam1, Were you one of those who thought India would beat England 4-0 before the Lord's test and 3-1 before Trent Bridge and draw 2-2 before Edgbaston?:-)

    Hate to rub it in, but you ask for it. What makes you think that India would gain #1 ranking after England's series in SL? England, in the past, have performed abysmally in their last two SL tours but remember they have won a test series in 2000-2001 (when was India's last series victory in SL? mid-90s). That was when Murali was at the peak of his powers. So, it is not like they have never won in SL. Yes, they will prepare spinning tracks but then we have a very good spinner in Graeme Swann to take full advantage of it. We will do very well in SL.

    Even assuming that it doesn't go according to plan for England in SL, England's strongest contender for the #1 crown is SA and not India. It is more than likely that we will see a few big guns retire after the series in Australia provided India wins the series.

  • asadalimalik on August 13, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Indian defeat isn't surprising for me, as expected before the start of test series. India can only win when they play in India or when they visit bangladesh, Zimbabwe or Westindes.

  • ibbotsoni on August 13, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Was at Edgbaston today. I've supported England for 25 years and I've never felt so underwhelmed at an English victory. Not because we were bad - we were very good. I just feel let down by India. They have been poor most of the series, simply because their prioirities are one day cricket and 20/20 cricket. That and the fact they were already No1 test team in the world, have played some mediocre teams recently, and were probably complacent. Their poor fitness and lack of preperation was desrespectful to everyone. Not least the opposition.

    I'm sorry, but that's the truth as far as I can see.

    Still, It's good to be No1! Should be tough this winter though.

  • sakeeb_786 on August 13, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    1st of all congrats to England for being the number 1 in Test! That don't make them the best team in the world! I have been watching skysports today since England beat India today and the English, sky commentators giving praise to the England Team. To be the best team in the world, you have to be the best in all formats of the game. Test, ODI'S and T20's. I am a pakistani and in my opinion, I think India is the best team yest in the world. They have just won the cricket world cup, were the number 1 Test team and can play good T20 as well. England are poor in ODI'S and T20. Okay they did win the T20 world cup big deal. To be the best team in the world you have to win the ODI world cup and at the same time be the number 1 rank team in tests, which Indian did! Okay India were poor in their strong batting line up and their bowling as well but 3 test defeats to England don't make them a bad team. as for England enjoy while you are number 1 in tests not 4 long lol! Pak will beat England!

  • rahulcricindia on August 13, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Mike Atherton asking MSD "are you embarrassed?" at post match presentation. Well Mr.Mike how much embarrassment did you derive after your 0-5 loss to Australia in 2006-07 Ashes, including an inning defeat?? New to cricketing success?? Welcome so much… The fact is that the same Indian team had maintained the no.1 status for more than 2years, won WC and attained many extraordinary heights. if we enjoyed those happy moments then we must also sympathize with them during debacles, after all we have the same blood. even if ipl is to blame for their fatigue, then it is also we people for whom they play, for whom they entertain, money can never be the only motivation. keep patience, the team will surely rise from the ashes........ :-)

  • bplusa on August 13, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Full marks to England for beating India comprehensively. India should focus on the final test to avoid the white wash.

  • thejak on August 13, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Indian fans time to give ur comments or as usual excuses......this was predictable before the series began. India still will have to improve a great deal to play test outside of subcontinent.speicaly in ballers friendly condistions.but the problem is there supports are so optimistic and big headed.

  • rahulcricindia on August 13, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    i think atherton was more than overwelmed when he directly asked as older players are cause of concern , well the oldest player of team rahul is our highest run getter of our team ...even sachin looked in good touch but sometimes you also need luck and motions with you other than form which is not with sachin in this series hopefully he will get it right in last test.....look like atherton has first time tested a real success!!

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    @jam1 Do you honestly believe you deserve to be No1 after the last 4 days? Or that u can achieve it? Tough time for u in AUS.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Congrats England!!! U really deserved this and keep it up for coming series. Wish u all the best!!!

  • Guru1234 on August 13, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    In the days of competitive cricket.. India has done a commanding job of staying Upright for 2 years(lets see if this English team can near that), I am proud off that, for everyone whining out there and everyone who boast of coming off a age... I shall be waiting for Eng Tour of India.. For various reasons we did not have the best team at one place at a given point of time..All be it, giving the circumstances, brits played well.. This is not the end, we shall give the same feeling what we are gng thr' now, (feel of losing No1 position) come their tour of India.. -- DIE HARD... TRUE INDIAN FAN

  • 200ondebut on August 13, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    @BaigSaqib - they are not Singh-ing anymore!

  • m_ilind on August 13, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Indians appear so deflated that they were just going thru the motions! They even forgot to use their reviews.

  • abhyudayj on August 13, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    @BaigSaqib-Relax the england become no 1 team playing in seam conditions,if they can on spin tracks then they are top test team

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Unfortunately, India has not clicked this time. It does not mean that Indian Team is a bad team. Some key players had injuries and some extra-ordinary players like Laxman and Sachin not clicked as expected only this time. India will bounce back for sure very soon through we might have lost No.1 Test Status now.

  • Clive_Dunn on August 13, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    As a supporter of English cricket for over 30 years it's a happy day. I can remember the dark days of the hapless ( and hopeless ) late 90's team so this makes it even more sweet to reach the pinnacle of test match cricket. Still, it's tinged with disappointment at the way India have played. I expected a hard fought battle for the top spot, but it's been a huge disappointment as India simply haven't turned up and the one sided nature of the games are more than a little embarrassing. I think cricket fans deserve better than this.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 13, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    India were only keeping the no:1 spot warm after the breakup of the great australian side and now another great side has emerged which will dominate for years. History will show that the indian tenure at the top was a transitional phase between australian and english dominance and hence nothing significant. The Indians now have an ageing middle order who are not going to get any better, no decent spinners and one classy seamer who is injured most of the time. The cupboard is bare and will not fill up until the requirements of test cricket are recognised and adequately prepared for. That means less IPL, less ODI, more emphasis on coaching and fitness, more sensible touring schedules with more warmup matches and a healthier domestic first class cricket structure with more resources and facilities. It is their domestic first class structure which allows England, Australia and South Africa to dominate. The danger is none of this concerns the BCCI and the end of test cricket in india.

  • Cricket_Supporter_No_1 on August 13, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    As a cricket fan and Indian supporter i am very disappointed with this Indian Team , reminds me those 90s when we lost all the time in difficult conditions and only winning at home , i think this is probably worst performance by Indian team ever in England.England is good team , not great team . west indies in 80s was a very aggressive No.1 and Australia in late 90s to early 2000s was great professional and ruthless NO.1 , India was a defensive No.1, anyways its the same bunch who won the World cup , don't forget England has never won the world cup , and they will be exposed in Sub continent , England has not beaten India in India for last 25 years , that's a record they cannot change.

  • andrew27994 on August 13, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    The Indian players look very tired and worn out...the main reason is they play too much cricket compared to other nations and players like dhoni, raina,harbhajan,sreesanth are pure examples.This is one of the main reasons they haven't performed well in this series.Even against West Indies, they never looked their best.Ever since the World Cup, they have been playing non stop cricket resulting in physical and mental tiredness.I think this is one of the reason the BCCI should consider. However,India have a good chance of performing well against Australia this winter as they will be getting a whole month of November with rest whereas Australia, on the other hand will be playing plenty of cricket against Sri Lanka, South Africa,New Zealand and almost immediately with India, so hopefully for all Indian fans India should play well in that tour

  • C.Jordan on August 13, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    If England can beat South Africa in South Africa or Bangladesh in Bangladesh, then they will rule for a long time.........................

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Now it is clear that India doesn't deserve to be no.1 in test cricket and they don't have enough strength to bowled England out. England beat Srilanka in previous test series and they won last ashes against Australia. so they are no.1 and they deserve it.

  • Rezaul on August 13, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    How come on earth this series became that much boring. I bet no one in this world, even the blind English supporter did not imagine this series could be like that. Really India disappointed everybody by their continuous below performance and lack competition. It looks like England is playing test again a non test playing team.

  • MartinC on August 13, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    @jam1 sorry mate but whatever happens to England from here India are heading down not up. Your big three batters are all close to the end of their careers and are going to leave a huge hole to be filled. Add to that the state your bowling attack and it will quite some time before you can challenge for world number 1 status again IMO.

    Don't forget if England win the 4th test for the whitewash you drop to 3rd behind SA.

  • sharath86 on August 13, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    As an Indian cricket fan I'm extremely disappointed by our performance. Losing is not the end of the world but all I wanted was some fightback, some display of resilience but unfortunately we have shown no signs of them so far. However we must accept the fact that England is the best team in the world at the moment so we are losing to a better side. They have beaten Australia in their own backyard and beaten India very comfortably. In fact all the victories in Australia have been by huge margins too so no team is even running them close at the moment. Their series against South Africa will be the one to watch out for next. I believe they have the team to perform well in the subcontinent as well. Although I'm dejected I will still passionately support my team (let us not forget that they have won the world cup) and hope they give us something to cheer about in the next test.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Indians desserve this position as there are inly the kings of their of their home grounds

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 13, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    This is a famous day for English cricket. I haven't felt so much joy watching cricket since 12th September 2005 when England regained the Ashes after 18 years. Many people thought England would never win the Ashes again, and they proved it wrong back then. Also many thought England will never become the world no. 1 team ever again. Today they have proved that wrong too, by becoming the no. 1 team in the world for the first time since the late 50s. I'm so proud of the boys! Well done, Ingerland!

  • rahulcricindia on August 13, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    i am still proud of my indian team .....they have given us lot of proud moments in the past three years...one really bad series can not change that....many congratulation to england to reach to no.1 spot as they thoroughly deserve it the way they played....but the toughest bit is ahead of them i.e. to maintain it ....especially when they play in alien conditions....not helping their swing bowlers....no doubt that they are best in the world in swinging conditions...but do they have the patience to bowl relentlessly in non-helping conditions...india did able to defend their no.1 spot for sometime...but at sometime bubble has to burst and it did ...but in future surly we are gonna challenge england for that ultimate spot....

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    India has proved their ranking in test standards , playing at home all the time & becoming No.1 Team is ridiculous !!

  • Valavan on August 13, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    oh ye with butter fingers Pak fielding and without amir/asif, i dont see Pak winning any test.wkhan, you can dream about testing them, but Cook will have marathon innings in SL and Pak, No any bowlers in SL and no batting or fielding in PAK, i just said about tests.

  • Nick_W_123 on August 13, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    #VEXXZ Completely agree re being match ready, but you also made me smile with your 20/20 comment, absolutely right and beautifully put!

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Tendulkar should quit international cricket as he can not contribute much to the Indian Cricket. In order to make him set records Indian team have to pay heavy price.

  • abs.liton on August 13, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    I think India can never deserve the defeat like this. Congrats... England.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    One of the most disspointed performences from INDIA - this will effest their future rankings as well - ENGALND had improved a lot and they play as a team TRUELY no 1 test nation - congrats to them - india back to drowing board -

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Congratulations to team england for achieving the test cricket crown and for their 3 comprehensive straight victories against team india.I am sure india will save the pride of their nation by winning at the oval.They have to see this series as a wakeup call n feel that it gave a chance to strengthen their bowling department.I am sure india will reclaim the top spot within 6 months n will prove themselves how good they are. I Wish a bright future in international cricket for INDIA and also for ENGLAND in the days to come.LONG LIVE TEST CRICKET.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    I am really worried about Indian Teams future, if Sachin leaves. None of the youngsters able to handle pressure including Mr. Dhoni... BCCI - please wake-up.

  • Cricket_Junky on August 13, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Most boring and one sided test serious in the Cricket History Its like Test Players vs Street Kids

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    @Team India : wish u all the best for 4th test

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Very happy for England, finally justice has done to them as they were the inventors of the sport......

    Though I'm an Indian fan, I would still support India. One must understand that failures are stepping stones to success, and India will hopefully learn from them and make a great come back in Australia....

  • jam1 on August 13, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    INDIA WILL BECOME 1st RANK AFTER 3 MONTHS(ENGLAND SERIES IN SRILANKA)

  • BaigSaqib on August 13, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Where are my Indian fans? I am waiting for your comments.

  • humheyglobal on August 13, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Pathetic performance by team India. England did an excellent job. The major problem is we don't have wicket taking bowler. I don't what will happen in Australia tour later this year. I think youngster's should take test seriously and should realize that cricket means just T20... What is going to happen in the lat test. The media kid paper god Hundredulkar will score a century and the entire media and people in India will forget about huge loss and starts worshiping Sachin again. This guy should retire immediately...

  • VEXXZ on August 13, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Sehwag is a classic example that Match practice is crucial when playing TOP CLASS CRICKET . At present , England have the bowlers to take 20 wickets at home . Fans, TEST cricket still RULE. 20/20 is just a night out with the "fellas" .

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Its a hard truth which is bitter. We have always boasted about our batting, however most of the indian batsman except Rahul and sachin lack technique to play in any seaming and bouncing tracks. We can surely argue we have had a world cup win recently, some famous wins in tests however we are do not have the firepower to dominate in seaming and bouncing conditions 12 minutes ago · Like Prashanth Handihal And I am amazed looking at some of our players who do not even have basic batting technique yet they are stars coz they have performed in indian conditions. And coming to latest convenient excuses too much cricket. Well let me put it this way. There is nobody forcing a cricketer to play for India, I am sure there millions waiting for the oppurtunity on the heels of some big stars of Indian Team... When you want and success you need to work harder or quit.. 8 minutes ago · Like Prashanth Handihal It gets even better when it comes to bowling, When it comes to impressing the selectors in t

  • Cricket_Junky on August 13, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Most boring and one sided test serious in the Cricket History Its like Test Players vs Street Kids

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Best in the world and they deserve this tag. Would love to see them play RSA i England soon.

  • Cricket_Junky on August 13, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Most boring and one sided test serious in the Cricket History Its like Test Players vs Street Kids

  • wnwn on August 13, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    The real test for England will come this winter against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in unfavourable conditions. If they win both those series convincingly i believe that they will dominate for years to come.

  • hhillbumper on August 13, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    I am so glad we had the full team to bowl against.3-0 is an absolute hammering and i have never seen a poorer team in 20 years.At least Bangladesh put up a fight when they came here. Now we need to go to sub continent and win some series there althoug last time we were in Bangladesh we won there.

    No1 test team and world 20-20 champions. And we haven't even picked our best team.Imagine the havoc when they pick james taylor,chris woakes and ben stokes.

  • darcharges on August 13, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    This might be the one of the worst defeats for india in the last decade. Full credit to the english team for their outstanding performance..they are now the no1 side in the world and they have a big task ahead as it's not easy to maintain that position as indian team knows much better about it.without zaheer this bowling attack looks like a sinking ship without their captain...good signs of dhoni returning back to the form..its better to forget about the sehwag's king pairs..he should know the value of his wicket as like dravid's. if the 4th test is a draw then it would be a great achivement for india.

  • Unbiased_CricFan on August 13, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    way to go india. bring them in India and show them who is number 1

  • SivaSurapaneni on August 13, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Team India, Do something different for next match. Bring in Munaf as 5th bowler. Give Raina a break to keep him fresh for one dayers. It is O.K. and worth taking risk as Dhoni hit some sort of form. Try replacing Mishra / Sreesanth with Ashwin (if he is with team now) / Ojha. Try to win the match to salvage some lost glory.

  • HopefulIndianCricFan2 on August 13, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    So ashamed to be Indian cricket fan. I am OK with India losing but they way no one showed conviction was unbelievable.

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    I am sure that India will bounce back after their current series in England. They should have a fairly easy series at home against WI, and later against Aussies, if they win both the series, they will again be No:1. I am positive but also optimistic about it. Cheer up guys, its just another game.

  • Stark62 on August 13, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Even Pakistan with its atrocious fielding, butter-fingered keeper and their batting disorder did better!

    Congrats to Eng but this is not just embarrassing for Ind or Ind fans but the opposition, Cricket fans and cricket in general because this is no. 1 team that is getting thrashed around like a pub team.

    Also, I don't think Tendulkar will reach that 100 milestone after seeing his unfortunate run out.

  • Hodra99 on August 13, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Great to see the arrogant flat track bullies come back down to earth..maybe they will be a little more humble now...

  • Aniruddha_K on August 13, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    England have deservingly taken the no.1 spot.... They are a bunch of tough, fighting fit cricketers.... Still think subcontinental conditions will test them... Srilanka could give them a run for their money at home as will India. In this series though, they have absolutely slaughtered the listless and unfit Indian team....

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    next meet pannu voam............................................................

  • Prince458 on August 13, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Congratulations to England from India. With the way you are performing, you deserve it.

  • nikkam on August 13, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    this england outfit looks the most clinical and have talented players in similar mould that Australia had when it dominated world cricket....a prolific opener...solid middle order....lower middle order to score fast...wicket keeper who bats aggresively...a very effective spinner....and line and length bowlers and a genuinely fast bowler...one more asset is the tail enders who bat deep...it only needs to be seen if they perform well in the subcontinent to prove their world no. 1 in all conditions...

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Ah, tough luck again for India. Tendulkar again looked in decent nick, but again fell little short. India got to bounce back quickly, or it's going to be a whitewash. BCCI should consider the following. 1) Gently ask Sachin to consider retirement only after the Australian series later in the year to allow the grooming of a batsman to fit into the side, someone like Kohli or Pujara. 2) Repeat 1st point for Dravid, but in later quarter of 2012, and for Laxman, the year after. 3) Scout for fast bowlers, those capable of bowling consistently at 140 kmph and above.

  • Swingit on August 13, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    tCorrection: Dravid was unable to be removed other than by fortuitous events "as usual". SRT is mortal Lara and Dravid are gods.

  • ratedstfu44 on August 13, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Justice has bee made finally

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    England getting better in each test ..!

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    ha ha ha .. wat happend to "mighty india" ? i guess nw its tym for ICC to evaluate da test status of "mighty india" .. ha ha ha .. nd rilly ma hat's off to "mother england" .. marvelous performance .. nothin can b better thn ths ..

  • Malik_Nauman on August 13, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Well done team England !! You thoroughly deserve to be where you are today. I am a Pakistani and a big fan of team England (Trust me not just becoz they beat India :) ... Andrew Strauss & Andy Flower deserve applauds.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 13, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Congratulations to England and their fans. Enjoy the honeymoon while it lasts. The going will be tough for England from now on as they have to consistently do justice to that No.1 tag around their necks. As an Indian fan I am VERY HAPPY today because the big monkey is off the Indian team's backs. They can now sit back, analyze, and build for the future. Yes they didn't play well and have been displaced as the no.1 team and rightly so. England look good BUT I am not convinced they are a no.1 team for EVERY condition around the world. They beat Australia in Australia which itself is a wonderful record. Now they must do so in against Asian teams away from home. I don't feel England have the bowling to trouble the Indians in India or even Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. They will be hammered. I am looking forward to England's visit to India. Every team plays well at home. India have failed here. Let us see if England do the same in testing conditions.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Comeon guyas... lets forget what happened... take lesson and try to improve.... no point in analyizing what happened.... it is a nightmare and lets be confident that it is over now.... ALL THE BEST and show the world what are you all capable of...... INIDIA will bounce back.....

  • blondblackberry on August 13, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    worst series for india disappointing that it is not closely fought.being an indian fan it is difficult to watch cricket.but cheers to dhoni,he is a hero in the end of the day.he always acts a hollywood hero great mahi u wil b back with the bang in odi's.with ashwin v wil show what's a soduku ball to england.

  • mensan on August 13, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    England has outclassed india... no doubt in that. But I think India will do well in near future with the same set of players in more home-like conditions and against lower quality bowling attacks. The problem for india is tendulkar, dravid, laxman and sehwag etc. will retire in next 1-2 years or so. What will happen then? The replacements are not so good. The dearth in fast bowling has always been there but seeing spin bowling resources growing so thin is a genuine concern. India must find 1 genuine fast bowler and 1 good attacking test match class spinner soon. IPL has really led to downfall of indian test team.

  • ani. on August 13, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    First series loss for dhoni, terrible one!

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    So happy that India have been losing these tests quite convincingly! Its the best thing that could have happened to the game of cricket! And England now have surpassed the pretenders and rightfully assumed the top-spot. Looking at India's performances so far makes me think that Sri Lanka actually performed quite well in more challenging conditions with a more inexperienced team! From a happy Sri Lankan cricket fan!

  • vichan on August 13, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Congratulations to England! Traditionally, England have tended to reach top spot in around 20-year cycles: 1912, 1933, 1953, 1970 and now finally 2011. During the dark days of the 1990s (which SHOULD have been the previous one on that list!), for England to be a force in this game again was a laughable notion. But thanks to an excellently planned turnaround in how the game is run, from grassroots all the way up to international level, England have reached the pinnacle of the sport once more...

  • Praxis on August 13, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    For me Parveen Kumar's batting was the highlight of the match.

  • CricSare on August 13, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Congratulations to England.They can easily dominate tests for at least next 8 years.because India will be in England 2-3 times with 5 tests at each time.White wash is few days away to ex no 1 team.They became no1 thanks to few home series.Last time India won a test series at 2007 in England.What do Indians have to say now? 1st defeat was due to less match practice in English conditions.2nd was due to injuries + no Shewag.3rd according to Indian captain,they played only 60% of their capabilities.funniest comment of the era.they could not reach 300 in all 6 innings. SL played really well just prior to Indian tour in more cold conditions(early part of summer).India cannot win test with SRT,RD and Luxman.what will happen after them???

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Awesome England, Lov ya guys.....

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    England has been playing good cricket.... but they are at home where conditions are not ideal for other teams. They will not keep that spot for long

  • poderdubdubdub on August 13, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Pakistan are quite capable of beating England in the forthcoming test series in the UAE conditions, which will put India back at the Top Spot.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Take a bow England! I expected this to be a battle of equals but really the ruthlessness and consistency that this English team has shown is something that had not been since the all conquering Aussies. Coming after a tight series against the South Africans where India held fort, nobody could have seen this coming. I have never seen India take a pasting like this, not even 1999. They have looked thoroughly unprepared, unwilling and most of the times embarassingly incapable. Fair to say, only 1 team played like the No.1 team in the world! Congratulations!

  • JustIPL on August 13, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Thanks god england filled the gap left by aussies quiet beautifully.

  • bumsonseats on August 13, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    a good test and series win. nice that the performances assured england of series win. been # 1 in world, we need to keep working on the small things that put us in that position. would i rather have #1 position or ashes. ashes every time it will always be the best feeling and i think u need to be an ozzie or a pom to feel that. were do india go from here. as most teams realise guys get older and u have to try a keep on improving and i feel they need to bring in younger guys. the 36s and 38s batters should know that is the case and retire, if not now before their next series. u may still be beaten but youngster must prevail. dpk

  • Jim27 on August 13, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Now that is what i call "'TEST CRICKET"'!! Well done England!!

  • Raja_naveed_khan on August 13, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    I feel sorry for indian poor batting and bowling, to be honest bowling is no were near even bangladesh and batting is strong only on dead wickets,

  • kkorn on August 13, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Yes, India were outplayed by a fantastic England side but this is a side that recently won a world cup so I don't think people should panic and predict the demise of Indian cricket. India play a lot of cricket and I believe that this near whitewash by England should alert the Indian selectors to plan our schedules better. When playing the current West Indies side, a second tier team may have been enough but you cannot put together a team at the last moment and expect to win against a team like England! To blame the IPL or that "because Zaheer was injured" or Yuvraj or Harbajan for that matter is skirting the issue. We need to prepare better and not be nonchalant with planning when playing a great side like England.

  • ShyCric on August 13, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    No worries Dhoni and Co. We enjoyed the No 1 rank for some time. Now Englands turn. Time to rebuild. I am PROUD of my Team India. I could only see things can only get better. First series lost by Dhoni since last 2 years. Thank you Dhoni for all the great wins including the world cup. We are with you and Team India. Bleed blue.

  • voma on August 13, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    India have been totallly humiliated on this tour , England have beaten them with embarrasing ease ! . Its obvious playing in your own conditions help , but come on Indias batsmen havnt bothered at all in making a fight of it . India just dont seem interested , i predict England will win the odi series easily to .

  • aravabalaji on August 13, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Congratulations to England for their alround performance. The team look awesome and can challenge any team at the moment. They excelled in every department. They have come up positions to deserve No.1 spot. Kudos to them!

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Where are the Indian Fans,,,,,,,, Comments pls..........You guys Awesome.. I mean not the Indian team. but the people comment in here... I'm worrying about Indian Players.. Well played England... deserves the TOP spot.......

  • RamAddy on August 13, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Its going to be very short no 1 ranking for England... Their next international test is in March 2012 against SriLanka where they play 2 Test match. In between then and now, South Africa, is going to play 5 test at home against Australia and SriLank. If SA wins all their matches (which is quite likely) they will be no 1.

  • Champagne_Cricket on August 13, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Well this Indian team is bordering on pathetic and its a good wake up call to the Indian fans as well. Where r all the "starting the series slow" and "come from behind" stories now?

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    So now India should realize that becoming world champions by playing all matches at home and tailor made pitches is quite different in playing on foreign pitches. They should now start playing on foreign pitches more and prepare such pitches back home also to such disgraceful defeats. Wake up India???????

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    pathetic from india they can't bat even two session..england just ran over them..

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Please Please publish this or answer me, SL managed to score 400 twice in harder batting conditions, & they had 2 practice matches, India Had two & yet they could nt score 300 once , that means SL is better than India ryte

  • AidanFX on August 13, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    It's scary the way Eng keep winning by innings and a lot of runs. Did it to Aussies, with the one slip up (which they should have won) and have done it to Ind. Eng vs SA is an interesting dual.

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  • AidanFX on August 13, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    It's scary the way Eng keep winning by innings and a lot of runs. Did it to Aussies, with the one slip up (which they should have won) and have done it to Ind. Eng vs SA is an interesting dual.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Please Please publish this or answer me, SL managed to score 400 twice in harder batting conditions, & they had 2 practice matches, India Had two & yet they could nt score 300 once , that means SL is better than India ryte

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    pathetic from india they can't bat even two session..england just ran over them..

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    So now India should realize that becoming world champions by playing all matches at home and tailor made pitches is quite different in playing on foreign pitches. They should now start playing on foreign pitches more and prepare such pitches back home also to such disgraceful defeats. Wake up India???????

  • Champagne_Cricket on August 13, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Well this Indian team is bordering on pathetic and its a good wake up call to the Indian fans as well. Where r all the "starting the series slow" and "come from behind" stories now?

  • RamAddy on August 13, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Its going to be very short no 1 ranking for England... Their next international test is in March 2012 against SriLanka where they play 2 Test match. In between then and now, South Africa, is going to play 5 test at home against Australia and SriLank. If SA wins all their matches (which is quite likely) they will be no 1.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Where are the Indian Fans,,,,,,,, Comments pls..........You guys Awesome.. I mean not the Indian team. but the people comment in here... I'm worrying about Indian Players.. Well played England... deserves the TOP spot.......

  • aravabalaji on August 13, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Congratulations to England for their alround performance. The team look awesome and can challenge any team at the moment. They excelled in every department. They have come up positions to deserve No.1 spot. Kudos to them!

  • voma on August 13, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    India have been totallly humiliated on this tour , England have beaten them with embarrasing ease ! . Its obvious playing in your own conditions help , but come on Indias batsmen havnt bothered at all in making a fight of it . India just dont seem interested , i predict England will win the odi series easily to .

  • ShyCric on August 13, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    No worries Dhoni and Co. We enjoyed the No 1 rank for some time. Now Englands turn. Time to rebuild. I am PROUD of my Team India. I could only see things can only get better. First series lost by Dhoni since last 2 years. Thank you Dhoni for all the great wins including the world cup. We are with you and Team India. Bleed blue.