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

A snicky shoelace, and Tendulkar's misfortune

Plays of the day from the fourth day of the third Test between England and India at Edgbaston
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Precedent of the day
Were India's batsmen up for the fight? To judge from the maddening swish with which Virender Sehwag collected his king pair on Friday evening, there was a certain something lacking from their mindset, and on Saturday morning, Gautam Gambhir did nothing to dispel that perception. James Anderson's first delivery pitched on middle-and-leg and zipped towards the slips, and as it did so, Gambhir obligingly nudged it on its way. Graeme Swann swallowed the offering, and after seven deliveries of the fourth day, the stable door was flapping open.

Shoelace of the day
In a thrilling morning spell, Anderson was bowling as if the ball was on a string - an apt analogy given the bizarre manner of Rahul Dravid's departure. With two hundreds to his name in the series so far, Dravid's endurance was India's only real hope of prolonging the contest into the final day - or, as it happened, the final session. But on 18, he was beaten by a jaffa from Anderson that zipped past his edge, and caused an audible snick as the ball headed inexorably for the base of Matt Prior's gloves. England went up in unison, and umpire Simon Taufel's finger followed suit, and after pausing to confer with his partner, Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid chose not to challenge the verdict. Had he done so, however, the replays would have shown that the plastic end of his shoelace had been responsible for the snick.

Achievement of the day
It was not an auspicious day for India's batsmen, but at least they avoided one small level of ignominy, courtesy of a scrambled leg-bye in the 27th over, as Graeme Swann tweaked an offbreak past Tendulkar's hip. That extra took India's score to 71 for 4, following on from their first-innings 224, which thereby ensured that they had finally overhauled Alastair Cook's personal match total of 294 runs. That they did so for the loss of 14 wickets rather epitomised the gulf that has erupted between the two sides.

Saw-off of the day
For the second time in consecutive lost causes, Tendulkar provided more proof that, in spite of his lean returns in this series, he remains a class above many of his colleagues. He alone found the rhythm and composure to thwart England's bowlers, as he pushed along to 40 from 60 balls to awaken the prospect of a significant slice of Indian cheer - that long-awaited 100th international hundred. Alas it was not to be, and the manner of his departure rather summed up the state of the Indian innings. MS Dhoni planted his front foot down the pitch and smacked a drive at Swann, who reached out his right hand and deflected the ball onto the non-striker's stumps. The replay was tight, but the line in such moments belongs to the umpire.

Brawler of the day
If the rest of India's team could be imbued with Praveen Kumar's spirit, this series would still be alive and kicking. Not content with upwards of 40 overs in every other innings, Kumar has regularly shown his top-order colleagues how to wield the willow with maximum effect. Today's slugfest was typical of the man, as he swung through the line to make 40 from 18 balls - and all that with a squelched thumb courtesy of Anderson, a blow so painful he threw his helmet to the ground in disgust. After a bit of patching-up, however, he resumed his stance, and took his frustrations out on Swann, whom he clobbered for 17 runs in four balls - and four overs for 55 all told - including a massive six over long-on that landed in a pint of beer.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Shan156 on August 14, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    @mustermark, no questions on who the best sub-continent team is. I am sure a lot of us English fans would agree that India are well and truly the best by a country mile. Pakistan may have slightly better bowlers (now that Aamer and Asif are banned) but have pathetic batsmen. With Aamer and Asif though, the difference between the teams isn't much. These two, especially Aamer, bowled brilliantly last summer. I remember Aamer's devastating spells. Boy, he was superb.

    SL have some decent batsmen but their 'attack' (if you could call it that) is probably as good as, if not worse than, Bangladesh's. It was a surprise that they managed to draw 2 out of 3 tests but they did bat well and were also helped by the weather. At no point did they look like taking 20 English wickets.

    India's performance in this series doesn't reflect their true potential. But, also remember that after the big 3 and fat Zak retire (very soon), they are going to have some difficult times, especially in tests.

  • Shan156 on August 14, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    @Ravi Koulagi, was that a serious comment? If that is the case, I'm afraid, English fans could also ask why India didn't recall Strauss after he was bowled off a no-ball. These things happen and you take it and move on.

    Bell's situation was different. He was silly enough to walk off when the ball was still in play. Dhoni and the Indian team were gracious enough to recall him as they felt it didn't look right. Personally, I feel that they shouldn't have recalled the batsman. Bell should have learnt his lesson the hard way. Strauss and Flower should have never approached the Indian players to ask the Indians to reconsider. Even several former English captains felt that Bell shouldn't have been recalled. As it was, the decision didn't change the course of the game. Perhaps, the Indian team didn't want this incident to be a talking point and moved on. Time for us fans to move on too. You are more than welcome to clutch on that straw though.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 14, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    @mustermark: Pakistan has also NOT had a completed Test series at home since Nov 2007. Coming onto 4 years. All the whilst India stayed at home and racked up cheap points. It just shows how the Pakistanis have had to fight and scrap just to stay alive and competitive, all the whilst grooming new young, inexperienced teams. Take this thought to bed tonight, Pakistan put up a better fight in Eng with arguably one of its worst teams ever, in comparison to India which got annihilated with arguably its greatest team ever....

  • 5wombats on August 14, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    He'd had enough and couldn't wait to go back to the pavilion. It's not his fault he's playing with 9 others who don't really care. He is playing in an embarresment of a cricket "team" and I feel sorry for him. Only Dravid and Kumar have been any good for India this series. @kanjithem - are you saying that what KP did was worse than someone breaking Bells' stumps at Trent Bridge and then someone appealing for it???

  • nadu_1975 on August 14, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Oh i am mighty pleased that India again came up trumps against Pakistan. Ooops Pakistan OMG from where they come into picture. Mr Dhoni has surprassed all wicketkeeping skills of Kamran Akmal(Remember that Catch dropper) Yeah Dhoni is now the No-1 champ in this field now. Take heart more to follow from that maan

  • on August 14, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    First of all congrats to England on becoming the #1 side in the world . I knew they deserved it and predicted India's fate as 3-0 or 2-0 during the SA series. But some of the comments from both sides are pretty wrong. For example, even if the full version of the UDRS was used, Strauss and Dravid's decisions wouldn't have been overturned. Dravid could review the decision with the DRS available and Simon Taufl could check for the no-ball. Also, I think the reason Dravid _didn't_ use the DRS was because of the English media reaction which he would have got had the replays showed a nick.

  • popcorn on August 14, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Wake up MS Dhoni and BCCI - the Indian Team is no good.

  • notvery on August 14, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    @Nikhil Senaratna- Strauss isnt a good captain? please explain! @ahulcricindia not sure he played in the 2005 ashes mate. Atherton was retired a while by then. Also December 2009 - August 2011 is not over 2 years its more like 21 months. won ODI WC in own country..hoooray but its not TEST CRICKET is it. its irrelevant to how good a test cricketing nation you are....especially when the discussion is avout TEST Cricket. Please list these extrodinary heights? apart from becoming world number 1 for 21 months??? oh and getting humiliated in England? A common theme seems to be that England cant be number one until they beat India in India...well India cant be No 1 until they beat England in England...could be a lot of years til that happens.

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    BCCI should arrange an UDRS training camp....hahaha..... Rahul dravid proved the point that why BCCI oppose UDRS..... Their players don't know how to use it.... Rahul Dravid should be blamed for not using UDRS... very disgusting!!

  • bobmartin on August 14, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    @rahulcricinndia.. "The fact is that the same Indian team had maintained the no.1 status for more than 2years" I know defeat is difficult to take, and some folk will cling to anything they can to make it easier.. but that statement is untrue..India became number 1 considerably less than 2 years ago, in Dec 2009.

  • Shan156 on August 14, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    @mustermark, no questions on who the best sub-continent team is. I am sure a lot of us English fans would agree that India are well and truly the best by a country mile. Pakistan may have slightly better bowlers (now that Aamer and Asif are banned) but have pathetic batsmen. With Aamer and Asif though, the difference between the teams isn't much. These two, especially Aamer, bowled brilliantly last summer. I remember Aamer's devastating spells. Boy, he was superb.

    SL have some decent batsmen but their 'attack' (if you could call it that) is probably as good as, if not worse than, Bangladesh's. It was a surprise that they managed to draw 2 out of 3 tests but they did bat well and were also helped by the weather. At no point did they look like taking 20 English wickets.

    India's performance in this series doesn't reflect their true potential. But, also remember that after the big 3 and fat Zak retire (very soon), they are going to have some difficult times, especially in tests.

  • Shan156 on August 14, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    @Ravi Koulagi, was that a serious comment? If that is the case, I'm afraid, English fans could also ask why India didn't recall Strauss after he was bowled off a no-ball. These things happen and you take it and move on.

    Bell's situation was different. He was silly enough to walk off when the ball was still in play. Dhoni and the Indian team were gracious enough to recall him as they felt it didn't look right. Personally, I feel that they shouldn't have recalled the batsman. Bell should have learnt his lesson the hard way. Strauss and Flower should have never approached the Indian players to ask the Indians to reconsider. Even several former English captains felt that Bell shouldn't have been recalled. As it was, the decision didn't change the course of the game. Perhaps, the Indian team didn't want this incident to be a talking point and moved on. Time for us fans to move on too. You are more than welcome to clutch on that straw though.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 14, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    @mustermark: Pakistan has also NOT had a completed Test series at home since Nov 2007. Coming onto 4 years. All the whilst India stayed at home and racked up cheap points. It just shows how the Pakistanis have had to fight and scrap just to stay alive and competitive, all the whilst grooming new young, inexperienced teams. Take this thought to bed tonight, Pakistan put up a better fight in Eng with arguably one of its worst teams ever, in comparison to India which got annihilated with arguably its greatest team ever....

  • 5wombats on August 14, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    He'd had enough and couldn't wait to go back to the pavilion. It's not his fault he's playing with 9 others who don't really care. He is playing in an embarresment of a cricket "team" and I feel sorry for him. Only Dravid and Kumar have been any good for India this series. @kanjithem - are you saying that what KP did was worse than someone breaking Bells' stumps at Trent Bridge and then someone appealing for it???

  • nadu_1975 on August 14, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Oh i am mighty pleased that India again came up trumps against Pakistan. Ooops Pakistan OMG from where they come into picture. Mr Dhoni has surprassed all wicketkeeping skills of Kamran Akmal(Remember that Catch dropper) Yeah Dhoni is now the No-1 champ in this field now. Take heart more to follow from that maan

  • on August 14, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    First of all congrats to England on becoming the #1 side in the world . I knew they deserved it and predicted India's fate as 3-0 or 2-0 during the SA series. But some of the comments from both sides are pretty wrong. For example, even if the full version of the UDRS was used, Strauss and Dravid's decisions wouldn't have been overturned. Dravid could review the decision with the DRS available and Simon Taufl could check for the no-ball. Also, I think the reason Dravid _didn't_ use the DRS was because of the English media reaction which he would have got had the replays showed a nick.

  • popcorn on August 14, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Wake up MS Dhoni and BCCI - the Indian Team is no good.

  • notvery on August 14, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    @Nikhil Senaratna- Strauss isnt a good captain? please explain! @ahulcricindia not sure he played in the 2005 ashes mate. Atherton was retired a while by then. Also December 2009 - August 2011 is not over 2 years its more like 21 months. won ODI WC in own country..hoooray but its not TEST CRICKET is it. its irrelevant to how good a test cricketing nation you are....especially when the discussion is avout TEST Cricket. Please list these extrodinary heights? apart from becoming world number 1 for 21 months??? oh and getting humiliated in England? A common theme seems to be that England cant be number one until they beat India in India...well India cant be No 1 until they beat England in England...could be a lot of years til that happens.

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    BCCI should arrange an UDRS training camp....hahaha..... Rahul dravid proved the point that why BCCI oppose UDRS..... Their players don't know how to use it.... Rahul Dravid should be blamed for not using UDRS... very disgusting!!

  • bobmartin on August 14, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    @rahulcricinndia.. "The fact is that the same Indian team had maintained the no.1 status for more than 2years" I know defeat is difficult to take, and some folk will cling to anything they can to make it easier.. but that statement is untrue..India became number 1 considerably less than 2 years ago, in Dec 2009.

  • kanjithem on August 14, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    We are all aware of what occurred when Ian Bell was run out at the stroke of lunch in the 2nd Test. How the crowd booed and jeered the Indians for playing the game by the books. On the last day of the 3rd Test, Pietersen intentionally let a ball through to the boundary so as to keep Dhoni off strike for the next over. It was an ugly piece of cricket, but surprise, surprise, no boos or jeers. And no mention by anyone about the spirit of the game. I was of the opinion that Pietersen's play was "just not cricket". If what he did is considered professional, so was India's action to run Bell out.

  • on August 14, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    definately india have become number 1 playing at home a lot,now thy are being exposed overseas

  • Sri1967 on August 14, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is really unlucky, being India's best batsman so far in the series. He had fought for his place and pushed from post to pillar when he was not performing. He got similar treatments like the way Marvan and Vass got from SLC. Hope Indian selectors have guts to do the same with other seniors who had failed in the series. India wanted to play top teams and not loser ones. That too they would have preferred to play @ home to keep the no 1 tag. The bowlers had managed to do a good job with least experience they have on English conditions but batter's have failed to the maximum. Suggest India arrange a 3 TEST tour to Zimbabwe and secure their no 2 position.

  • Balumekka on August 14, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    SL played batter than IND team against this English team. However if closely looked at Indian performances during the period they were No:1, They did not win a single series in England, Australia, South Africa or Sri Lanka. During the same period, Aussies were weak after Hayden, McGrath, Gichrist and Warne left the side. English team was transforming. So IND remained in No:1 without having real tests. Now being tested severely in England, this IND team is suddenly down on earth!!!!!

  • on August 14, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    If it was clear that Dravid did not hit that ball, then where was England's spirit? After Bell was given out ( technically he was actually out), England went and asked to be reconsidered. Why not pay back now when you know Dravid did not play it and actually technically not out!. This deserves more spirit of cricket than Bell incident.

  • Shan156 on August 14, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    @Guna Sekaran V, full strength Indian team? Are you referring to this team?

    Sehwag, Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Kapil Dev, Kirmani, Kumble, Chandrasekar, Abid Ali, Zaheer Khan

    I am sure it will be an interesting contest with the current England side and India would probably start as favorites. But then, we will have to get our full strength team too, only so it is fair

    Hobbs, Sutcliffe, Barrington, Hammond, Compton, Botham, Ames, Laker, Larwood, Truman, Willis

    Or, our second XI

    Hutton, Boycott, Gower, May, Cowdrey, Greig, Knott, Underwood, Tyson, Snow, Bedser

  • on August 14, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    So Simon Taufel once considered the best umpire in the world has given two bad decisions: the andrew strauss wicket off a Mishra no-ball and dravid striking his shoelace. Both cases were not challenged. Perhaps if India didn't take a stance of the URDS, it would've been used for anything, even for the batsmen to get tne benefit of the doubt.

  • RAVI_BOPARA on August 13, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    DRAVID SHOULD TIE HIS SHOELACES PROPERLY!!!! HAHAHA

  • Deepkar on August 13, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Now about spinner mishra vs ashwin again these are 1st class stats. player-match-wks-ave-sr. mishra-104-391-28.52-57.7 ashwin-39-134-28.12-63.3 now thire batting inn-runs-ave-100/50 mishra-141-2379-19.66-0/10 ashwin-45-1170-35.45-2/7 now Bowling stats r not bad for both but one man who cant bowl an over without oversteping no ball vs one man with great accurasy and mounting confidance and spirit of anil bhai with batting average of allmost that of yuvraj, raina or even dhoni and dont underestimate dhonis confidance in him he said in world cup that ashwin dont need matches to be confidant but chawla do as ashwin is very good bowler. why the hell he is not getting chance? why?

  • mustermark on August 13, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    funny to see so much schadenfreude on display here from the Pak and SL crowds ... Granted india played a lot at home last year, which was why they got to No. 1. But their away record in the last 3 years has still been better than Pak/SL. Since Aug 2008 India has 2 wins agains WI and NZ, no losses and 2 draws in SA and SL. In contrast, Pak's away record is only 1 win against NZ and losses in Eng, Aus and SL. And SL has only1 win away in the last 3 years - against Bangladesh!

  • 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.

  • Cricket_Junky on August 13, 2011, 22:22 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.

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

    @ rahulcricindia - you say that 'luck wasn't with Tendulkar' - how sad that even in defeat, IND fans can't admit that a better team won. Tendulkar was basically outplayed by Anderson in every match so far - luck has nothing to do with that. Maybe when IND team faces up to the fact that skill, not bad luck, is why they lost. And boy, did they lose !

  • aracer on August 13, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    @rahulcricindia - all of English cricket was very embarrassed by the 06/07 Ashes. If you had any sense of cricket history you'd realise that Mike Atherton is also very experienced as England captain at being on the wrong end of heavy defeats - though even England in the '90s wasn't as bad as India is here. A perfectly legitimate question to ask of a captain who was used to winning.

  • landl47 on August 13, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    The funniest play of the day was when Raina tried to get his LBW decision reviewed. I guess that shows what the Indian players really feel about the BCCI's attitude, though as it happens the review wouldn't have helped him anyway, he was well and truly out. Great line from the Cricinfo commentator, who remarked that Steve Davies might well not have used his index finger in giving Raina out! I see most of the comments here are still from fans under the delusion that India just played badly. India haven't lost a series for 3 years, home or away, and yet they are badly beaten by England. It's not because India suddenly became a bad team, it's because over the last two years England have become a VERY good team. This is the best England side I have seen and my memory goes back to the 1950s. You'll see over the next two years how good they are- if India's bowlers couldn't get them out here, what chance have they got on flat tracks?

  • max234 on August 13, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    everyone blame on india's bowlers, atleast they took ten wickets in an innings.But the real thing is that the batsman should be blamed.everyone knows that our strenght is the batting.when batsman cant score 300 runs then what do u expect from bowlers..

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    I think the one positive India can take from this series so far has been Praveen Kumar. While perhaps too slow to be a true spearhead (and not taking enough wickets), his incredible endurance and good economy rate show that is at least capable of being a solid opening partner for Zaheer. Plus his batting is excellent for a bowler. He's perhaps the only Indian player in this series who has not been a disappointment.

  • Blueangle on August 13, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    When FTP was announced, some Indian fans bragged that India should only be playing to top tier teams like Eng, Aus, SA and SL and not to low ranking teams like Pak, WI, NZ, BD and ZM etc. What they say now? Play to top tier teams only and soon your team will be # 10. Good luck

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Good to see that the most pathetic team in the world got the treatment. Well done England..Hope that they can make 4-0 and close the door on this weak side

  • rahulcricindia on August 13, 2011, 18:50 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........ :-)

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

    Match result should be dedicate to BCCI who encourage SLOW fast bowlers......

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    where are all those hypocrites that were criticising sri lanka for losing 1-0 to england in tougher conditions than what the Indians are facing? Even though Andrew Strauss isn't a good captain he however in many other ways has done a great job with his team. There is not one weak link in that team and they fully deserve to be number 1. They've managed to beat teams on hard-fast wickets=Ashes, They've managed to beat teams on swinging flat wickets=at home, now they need to beat teams on sub-continental wickets to show that they are without any doubt the best team in the world.

  • rahulcricindia on August 13, 2011, 18:46 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, 18:41 GMT

    It's really sad that India lost the match and the series but England really deserved it. India really looked out of contest in all matches. Really feel sorry for MSD.

  • Cric_info_pak on August 13, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    well india was never ... No 1 they don't have blowing attack only one good medium pacer zaher khan....... when india was no 1 they did not beat aus.. RSA and even srilanka in their home ground .... while on other hand RSA and england did beat aussie. It is tht money talks now a days so BCCI got tht a lot .... this series show the real india talent no pace attack no spinner batmen only for home conditions..... they got beaten like bangladesh 196 , 317 , now by an inning and 242 runs this look like adjusting in condition getting worse ... pakistan done better last year atleast they they won one test and was not tag no 1 even after all problems they have.... this indian team only play IPL and make money tht what count.....

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Congrats, a great series win for England. It wouldn't be so easy agst WI, next yr, trust me. We r made of tougher stuff.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    No doubt England played well and India was as unprofessional as any weaker team can get but there is one point which need not be neglected- England has been playing a lot on home soil since last few years which has helped improving their position in ICC rankings. Outside England Jimmy Anderson and other English bowlers aren't the same. Same is the case with their batsmen. All three top subcontinent teams have suffered in English conditions but England too hasn't enjoyed the time playing in subcontinent as well. India got on top as they played a lot on their home grounds last year. Now its England's turn

  • Stos on August 13, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    @Assam.beckons: What happened during the last twenty overs is probably the same thing that happened to Zimbabwe yesterday when they lost a couple of wickets when within around 10 runs of winning, or indeed in the test when Abdur Razzak smashed Ray Price a bit at the death, namely a team that's secured the win calming down, losing their urgency a bit and just having some fun to wind up. Both teams could afford to do it, since they were never in danger of losing the match. At worst, it just worsens their stats and makes the figures relating to their victory less impressive, but stats are meaningless when they don't contribute to the team's victory anyway, and a win is always a win.

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

    Whilst I was undergoing my umpires training I was told that if after giving a batsman OUT he says "That was never out" .. you reply "Just have a look in the scorebook when you get back in the pavilion".. If Dhoni still believes India are the number one team in the world, maybe he needs to be told to check the ICC rankings when they are updated. Similarly, all those who believe India are the number one ODI team in the world need to check the rankings. India won a single tournament ie the ODI World Cup... That makes them the world cup holders which is not the same as being number one in the rankings.

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    It seems no one has realized yet that if India lose 4-0, they would slip to #3 and this is highly likely with the poor form they are in.

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    India are fat track bullies. They attained no 1 by playing on their dead tracks. Now we see there real state.

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

    Both Dravid and Raina looked funny in hindsight. It also shows why BCCI has this opposing stance on UDRS. BCCI knows that its players don't know how to use UDRS.

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    great game by english players...

  • Cricket_Junky on August 13, 2011, 17:48 GMT

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

  • nikkam on August 13, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    looking at the history of indias rise to No.1, it is evident that major players like zaheer, dravid, harbhajan....had a good part in it...it is plain that the players look jaded...especially the bowlers....as already the series is lost, MSD would do well to consider....sehwag is not just mentally and physically prepared...ishanth looks very listless, while sreeshanth is erratic...raina has looked out of sorts....to drop these players for the final test would be better...mukund can open the innings, while kohli can replace raina....while...munaf and RP singh can be included...with ojha and mishra as the two spinners....clearly indias pace is not enough to bowl england out...then why risking them to fatigue?....the team could be...mukund, gambhir, dravid, laxman, tendulkar, dhoni, ojha, mishra, praveen, rp singh and munaf....atleast a few fresh faces can put up something of a fight and extend a test to its fifth day...

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

    England deserved the victory. For some reason our batting has not fired. Except Praveen Kumar (although he himself is not a match winner) no one bowled a penetrating spell. I have always believed india's number one spot was due to lack of competitors. Now India has to prove whether they deserved the spot or not. But i strongly believe India will win the series in Australia, unless Ponting regains his touch.

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    A lose was just necessary for india... this is a oppertunity for BCCI, selection commitee, coach and players to realize the real facts. IPL has a great responsibility in india's poor performance... but even medias wont criticize IPL.dont know why may be because of the wealth of BCCI... I have some humble suggestions. 1) cut down the number of matches of IPL (by gouping etc.) 2) Set up some seaming wickets and let first class matches to be played there. 3) MRF pace fountation has to work on speed of pace bowlers. we need a couple of quicker bowlers like gillespie, steyn, flintoff, waqar who bowls 145-150kmph and doesnt compromise in sharpness. 4) find somebody who could occupy at no.6. Not raina or yuvraj. pujara, kohli, dinesh karthik has the talent and technique.. problem is with their temprement..

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    As expected ENGLAND decimated INDIA . The outcome would be same if AU /SA/any team plays ENGLAND now. THis ENGLISH side is just a bit too powerful for the opponents

  • Sanath-aiyya on August 13, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Dear Indian fans

    I am still waiting for your team to score 300 in an innings. Sri lanka surpassed 400 twice in colder spring conditions. World number 1 my foot. I hope this humiliation continues and my prediction of 4-0 to england comes true.

    Lets go poms

  • rahulcricindia on August 13, 2011, 16:59 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....

  • elakollap on August 13, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Come on Indians who commented and laughfed on SL for losing 1-0.We played in worst conditions than this.A team which cannot score 300 in 4 innings.You deserve a 4-0 whitewash.Surely it will be.What happened to your" SLOW STARTERS".WORLD TEST TEAM'S OPENING BATSMAN WS scored 0 in both innings.Why are you silent. millions of who vote for your players to be in the world's test team.Well done England.At the moment you are the best test team in the world..................

  • assam.beckons on August 13, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Great cricket by the English, but what happened in the last twenty overs or so... I felt frustration there. Oh and by the way, talking about Harbhajan's failure and Dhoni's arrogance, Swann's figures are 73 overs-321 runs-4 wickets @ 4.39 rpo, and Andrew Strauss wanting Ian Bell back from MS Dhoni. Oh, and to add, Anderson was taken apart by none other than Pravenn Kumar.

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 13, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Congrats England !!!.You deserve the #1 tag. Some of the comments here from Pak and SL fans are just plain disgusting.

  • a1234s on August 13, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    @khanakbar. when will your infatuation with india stop? stop thinking about india so much.

  • johnson49 on August 13, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    India look like the worse team England have played since Bangladesh in 2005. India should drop Mishra for Ashwin and Sreesanth for Unadkat or Kulkarni.

  • Praxis on August 13, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Now let's see what South Africa does next...

  • Lord.emsworth on August 13, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    India are an embarrasment now..Sorry, but thats how it is. You cant depend forever on ageing super stars although the magnificent Tendulkar is the exception to the rule in spite of having a modest series. Time for India to retire their ageing players and build for the future like Australia and to a certain extent Sri Lanka are doing. England are at their nadir, magnificent! The teams is good for another 5 years at least and should be number one a long time.

  • BoonBoom on August 13, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    This drubbing was very much expected. Test matches are win by bowlers but Indian attack is extremely impotent having no capability to get even a club level team out twice. Players like Ishant, Sreesanth etc are very very ordinary but Indian media made them super starts. Look at their stats, bowling average and strike rate and you will understand they are really lousy bowlers. Any batting line up will come under pressure and likely to fail if bowlers conceded over 700 runs. Now what is the remedy? First of all, India must stop playing too much T20. IPL must not be the priority of BCCI else India will NEVER be able to produce a good team. Under current conditions, I believe Pakistan and New Zealand (even WI) are better than India.

  • CSK-FAN on August 13, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    great job England.You guys after all played cricket unlike Indians. Hope Indians will play some cricket after this series.

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

    No.1....No.1.....win at least one...else play with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Well, I kinda agree with what Dhoni said, it's the series where nothing clicked for India.And also that England played REALLY well.

    But then a case where top spinner aint getting wickets , the lead baller is injured. Regular openers were not available for first two tests . I mean a lot went wrong for India. And so the result is what we see.. Wish India good luck for fourth test and one day series.. Hope they learn from their mistakes

  • 7477 on August 13, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    my India Team for the 4th Test is. 1/P.Patil 2/R.Sharma 3/R.Dravid. 4/V.Kohli. 5/M.S.Dhoni. 6/W.Saha.7/P.Kumar 8/R.P.Singh 9/V.Kumar 10/P.Ojha 11/M.Patel.

    playing this team will help India to prepare better for the ODI series. to get the players acclimatized before the much sought after ODI's since they failed to do it for the TEST series. at least they have 5 bowlers here who could get ENG out for less than 500runs and the batsmen will not score more than 300 for sure. at least they will accomplish what they deserve most which is a WHITEWASH.......they will Brainwash the TESTS & win the ODI's to claim they are World Champions in Champagne cricket forgetting that TESTS are more important than ODI's, they never seem to be prepared for TESTS & it was clearly evident from the fact that they took the WI series lightly & narrowly managed to beat them and came under cooked for the TESTS in ENG and got hammered keft right and center, SRI LANKA was far better opposition and posed many threat

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

    Congratulation England cricket team on such a tremendous performance. @EnglishFans-No comments, England played better in this series so they won. As simple as that. India was completely outplayed. This result is good for international cricket. Ups and downs are part and parcel of the game. Now you have reached on top then try and maintain it for as long as possible.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    I LIKE DHONI'S 20/20 APPROACH IN THIS MATCH..IS HE TRYING TO SAY SOMETHING LOL

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Common guys, yes i agree that England played aggressively to beat india in ENGLAND, still they need to prove their no 1 status in subcontinent. I don't think they'll defend no. ranking so long...they yet to a full strength indian team, Remember last time they came to india they lost test series and lost odi 5-0 they just escaped from another two match defeat becoz of mumbai blasts.

  • 7477 on August 13, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Monty Panesar should be commended for keeping SRT under wraps till England clinched the series.SRT batted so many deliveries off him during a privately arranged net session forgetting the fact that England did not possess any Left Arm Spinner during the test series.no wonder he lived upto his reputation & got out to Anderson more often than not & found that Broad too is haunting his wicket.no longer he is the prize scalp for England as he will fall to either one of the three or get himself run out.Alas!! Sehwag should have never arrived & Gambir could have gone home with others.Raina is always good only for a solitary test & Laxman is practicing for the next IPL season. Dhoni was saved by the bell & Dravid is forgiven after his lone efforts in the 2 tests. now that the series is lost i'm sure India will salvage some lost pride by winning the ODI series against a Jubilant English team who has now reached the ultimate pinnacle of Test Champions after 31 years. Cheers Poms u deserve this!

  • 7477 on August 13, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Monty Panesar should be commended for keeping SRT under wraps till England clinched the series.SRT batted so many deliveries off him during a privately arranged net session forgetting the fact that England did not possess any Left Arm Spinner during the test series.no wonder he lived upto his reputation & got out to Anderson more often than not & found that Broad too is haunting his wicket.no longer he is the prize scalp for England as he will fall to either one of the three or get himself run out.Alas!! Sehwag should have never arrived & Gambir could have gone home with others.Raina is always good only for a solitary test & Laxman is practicing for the next IPL season. Dhoni was saved by the bell & Dravid is forgiven after his lone efforts in the 2 tests. now that the series is lost i'm sure India will salvage some lost pride by winning the ODI series against a Jubilant English team who has now reached the ultimate pinnacle of Test Champions after 31 years. Cheers Poms u deserve this!

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    India should play more mathces with Ban, Zim, NZ and WI to gain No.1 spot agin instead of playing teams like Ausi, Eng and S.Africans :)

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    doesn't matter that dravid got out, sure he could have batted for a long time with sachin but we didnt' deserve to draw this match. In a way a 4-0 drubbing could be a good thing. England reacted after the 5-0 loss to Australia and with talented young batsmen coming through the ranks maybe the BCCI will not overplay this team, scap the IPL, and prepare young players for seaming and bouncy conditions so that India can return to the top of the pile, or maybe not

  • sushindia on August 13, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    RD should have appealed.. Desparate situation calls for appealing against everything.

  • MeraBharatMahaan on August 13, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    One question is in the third test of england-india 2011 series, when Dravid discussed with Sachin for the referral of his clearly incorrect dismissal why didn't Sachin ask Dravid to review it ????? Is it because he wanted to have as many referrals as possible to help him score 100 ?????

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on August 13, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Congrats England fans and don't lose heart my dear Indian fans..It is just one off series against a very good team.We will be back soon and snatch this number 1 title again :) Thank God cricket is competitive now ;)

  • khanakbar on August 13, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    I think Pakistan is better team than India in England because they at least give English batsmen some challenges.They did not won or tie the series because they did not have experienced test players........but just look at India......shameful for cricket fans."Batting like a club team and bowling like school boys and most of all fielding like playing in backyard.

  • vijujack on August 13, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Sums up the attitude of the Indians - Dravid is the man in form, top order batsman, all reviews are unused, there was a doubt in his mind whether he nicked it, sachin says don't review & off he goes. DRS is for questionable decisons....DUH!!!!

  • Valavan on August 13, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Leave Dhoni and his arrogance, he is suited for T20s, he proved in both innings. All can see his selfishness in putting all 9 players in boundary to deny COOK 300, but India never scored 294 in any of the past innings this series. Wish for 4 - 0 for a sweet revenge payback for 1993 whitewash. Lets celebrate the no.1 position guys. more than brits, lot of indian rivals in subcontinent will post the most in this forum.

  • OnAPair on August 13, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    By the way, why did Dravid choose not to appeal? That was a costly way to throw away a wicket

  • JustIPL on August 13, 2011, 15:42 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.

  • krazzyking on August 13, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Praveen kumar up the order! :D

  • chica on August 13, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    great show bu england..congratulations

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 13, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    It was completely RD's mistake of not appealing...RD didn't utilize DRS for meant purpose (catches) where as Raina wanted to utilize DRS for LBW...this test match is 100% ENG's effort.

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    As usual, my predictions in cricket come true.

  • RednWhiteArmy on August 13, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Unbelieveably good team spirit within the England team it would seem. Credit should obviously be directed at AF and all the backroom staff who have created a winning mentality.

    Skill, strength in depth, team spirit & winning mentality combined, usually means results.... Good luck to India against australia, i hope you knock them down to 6th!

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

    England completely outplayed India in all departments. They deserve number 1 spot in the ranking. With this level of performance, India may find its ranking slip to 4-5th position. Lets hope for better performance from the Indian team in ODI now.

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

    What a defeat. One would seriously wonder about this test ranking system. How can India was no 1 with a team like this. There are number of teams that can beat India right now and therefore cannot believe they are going to get number 2 status at the moment.

  • Indunil76Shantha on August 13, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Where are my loving Indian fans? :) Hey,,, still dreaming,, wake uuuuuuuuup:)

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Congratulation's to England for Sucess..... They truly played as No. 1 team.....

  • TapeBall on August 13, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    hellooo Indian Fans Come on. its time to back your team. i would love to see some comments from Indian supporters.

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Kumar, I hope, will be India's man of the series and later a Wisden Cricketer of the Year - both accolades would be thoroughly deserved, but where are the rest? Difficult to see any other result than 4-0 to England which would equally be thoroughly deserved.

  • yohandf1984 on August 13, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Abosolute truth is that Indian batter let them down . Such a star -studded line up couldnt reach 300 once in six innings. For your comparison - underrated SL team made better scores 2 months ago vs England ( 400 , 478 & 337/5 ) . that tells the story .

  • on August 13, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    After reading my long arguments with some of my friends about Dhoni's, one of my friends commented. "Now anyone can say, All the Indian victories are possible only due to Gary Kirsten. All that Captain cool stuff is a myth. Just a marketing gimmick. See what happened after Gary's exit. He did everything, and gave that credit for Dhoni. Alas! What a coach to lose. Duncan Who Flecher is just looking up for defending arguments rather than coaching the team."

    What can anyone comment now?

  • on August 13, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    I think India deserve to be No.3 in Test Ranking

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 13, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Whole hearted Congratulations to ENG...they definitely deserve this series win. Awesome performance, terrific confidence...and India definitely don't deserve. Big congratulations to Cook.

  • on August 13, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Dravid's approach was pathetic..... y didn't he review that?? these old guys have lost their senses...... very sad!

  • Moneypenny on August 13, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Sehwag travelled 3000miles like a king and stood on crease for 2 balls without moving his feet like the kings do on throne and got a king pair. now he will travel another 3000 miles back to India to receive a contract of millions of dollar by BCCI.only Bd should worry about his revenge. God save the King!

  • Yazdegerd on August 13, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    First 1:0, than 2:0, now 3:0 and will be 4:0. If you can not score 300 runs and can not take 10 wickets in test match than you should never be no. 1 test team in the world. England is very very strong team now and i hope they will retain no.1 place for long time.

  • on August 13, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Wonder what has happened to that "Slow Starters" now

  • Aura123 on August 13, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Stop IPL is destroying the cricket

  • on August 13, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    What a transformation in fortunes for Strauss & Flower's extremely talented men! The two at the helm had their work cut out for them when they took over a couple of years ago, after England having been bowled out for 51, but now have been somewhat responsible in formulating a cohesive and world-beating side. Hats off, and my absolute respect to each of the men who find themselves as part of Team England.

  • CricketChat on August 13, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    One can come up many reasons for India's demise in this series. Primarily, those players who didn't go to WI, came in both unfit and cold. VVS's form also dipped from WI tour. I think his slow reflexes were exposed by swinging balls through the first 3 tests. Harbhajan was a flop when lot was expected of him. To add salt to injury, the fielding also deteriorated to below ordinary. All in all, a total disastrous tour for Ind. They must be wishing to get out of it quickly.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 13, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    MS Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony: "We're still the number 1 team and a few defeats doesn't make any difference".... ARROGANCE at its finest.

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  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 13, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    MS Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony: "We're still the number 1 team and a few defeats doesn't make any difference".... ARROGANCE at its finest.

  • CricketChat on August 13, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    One can come up many reasons for India's demise in this series. Primarily, those players who didn't go to WI, came in both unfit and cold. VVS's form also dipped from WI tour. I think his slow reflexes were exposed by swinging balls through the first 3 tests. Harbhajan was a flop when lot was expected of him. To add salt to injury, the fielding also deteriorated to below ordinary. All in all, a total disastrous tour for Ind. They must be wishing to get out of it quickly.

  • on August 13, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    What a transformation in fortunes for Strauss & Flower's extremely talented men! The two at the helm had their work cut out for them when they took over a couple of years ago, after England having been bowled out for 51, but now have been somewhat responsible in formulating a cohesive and world-beating side. Hats off, and my absolute respect to each of the men who find themselves as part of Team England.

  • Aura123 on August 13, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Stop IPL is destroying the cricket

  • on August 13, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Wonder what has happened to that "Slow Starters" now

  • Yazdegerd on August 13, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    First 1:0, than 2:0, now 3:0 and will be 4:0. If you can not score 300 runs and can not take 10 wickets in test match than you should never be no. 1 test team in the world. England is very very strong team now and i hope they will retain no.1 place for long time.

  • Moneypenny on August 13, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Sehwag travelled 3000miles like a king and stood on crease for 2 balls without moving his feet like the kings do on throne and got a king pair. now he will travel another 3000 miles back to India to receive a contract of millions of dollar by BCCI.only Bd should worry about his revenge. God save the King!

  • on August 13, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Dravid's approach was pathetic..... y didn't he review that?? these old guys have lost their senses...... very sad!

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 13, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Whole hearted Congratulations to ENG...they definitely deserve this series win. Awesome performance, terrific confidence...and India definitely don't deserve. Big congratulations to Cook.

  • on August 13, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    I think India deserve to be No.3 in Test Ranking