India in England 2011 September 4, 2011

Hussain says series will point way ahead for India

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India's one-day series against England, Nasser Hussain believes, is less about a result and more finding out where their team is headed. "The ODI series is going to be close," Hussain said in an exclusive interview to ESPNcricinfo. "More than the result India should be interested in what they find out from the series. They are world champions, no one can take that away from them. If they lose 5-0 to England, they will still be world champions. What they need to do is to start to look to the future."

In the Test series earlier in the summer, Hussain said India, "had been sinking in the present ... World Cup, World No. 1, IPL, celebration and ah, if we lose in England ... You've almost got to be ahead of the curve, all the time you've got to be ahead of the curve and it takes a very clever man to do that."

India could use the ODI series to find out who the replacements for their best players in the short form are. "I don't care how good a side are, if you lose the likes of Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir and the rest, it is going to be a massive blow ... they need eventually to have replacements for some of these guys.

"They need someone to come through with the ball to replace Zaheer, they need R Ashwin to bowl well and see if he is a replacement for Harbhajan. I think much more than the result, it's about which of these young lads will put their hands up.

"In English conditions, it will move around in day-night games in September, Fletcher will be watching closely and the selectors will be watching closely. Now is the great time for the young lads to show what you can do ... it's very important for the future of India."

He said that while the IPL had helped India's one-day cricket, the length of the tournament would have an adverse impact on their longer form. "I think they wouldn't have been world champions if it wasn't for IPL. I think it has massively helped. Pressure situations, playing in your home country, players whacking the ball out of the ground, the handling of pressure, soaking it up. They've had it all in the IPL, and they go out and do it in World Cup, it absolutely helped them. But it is now going to hinder them - as we have seen here - in Test match cricket."

India's short stay at the No. 1 Test ranking had coincided with the World Cup victory at home, and Hussain said that prolonged periods of sustained multi-format domination will become more and more rare. "It will happen, but it won't happen every time, every team ... The West Indies side of the 1980s and the Australian side of the 1990s and the 2000s dominated both types of the game. It doesn't mean - as India are finding out now - that just because you are a great side - as India have been - you can't be a great side in all forms of the game unless they [the team/ players ] grow up together. It's becoming a bit late now for India because, for example, soon it will be broken up, there are some tired bodies in there.

"The Australian side's success and aura in the 1990s and 2000s," Hussain said, "took a long time to build ... the side grew up together, the Waughs, Warne, Ponting. It took a long time to build. It might come again, there is potential in this England side, but they have won nothing yet in one-day cricket other than the world T20."

The full interview with Nasser Hussain will appear on ESPNcricinfo next week.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Nampally on September 6, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    @Valavan: Of course India has fielded a B Team against England both in Tests & in the current ODI's. The current ODI team has 7 of the World cup winning team players missing due to injuries.Dravid, Dhoni, Munaf & Raina are the only guys from that winning XI. Do you not call this a B Team?. But as you say India cannot back off saying that their top players are injured.However the 7 youngsters who were not World cup winning players are not push overs. Thay will fight hard. The best thing India has in this made up ODI team is a good opening pair both in bowling and batting. If they give India a good start in batting & bowling, then look out - India will Win. Nasser Hussain's comments are usual media rheotric. India has lot of talented youngsters and they will emerge once again as Winners. There are at least 20 playersknocking at the door. BCCI needs to put up a planned development of these players so that they can win back Test supremacy within next 3 years & THEY WILL..

  • Rumy1 on September 6, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Badri's selection is the first non-bizzare thing that the selectors have done in recent times. It is interesting to note that they keep ignoring the most deserving ODI name - Md.Kaif again and again. He deserves a recall back into the ODI team. He has just made 82 in a BCCI tournament. Md.Kaif has had a superb run in the last two-three domestic seasons. At 31, he still has some years of cricket in him and is still the fittest cricketer in India today. Kaif could also fill in that elusive No.6 spot in Tests too. For Tests, Wasim Jaffer - who is the best non-playing bat in India today, needs to replace Gambhir; Pujara a standby for Dravid; Badrinath a standby for Sachin and Kaif a standby for Laxman. To fill in the shoes of these greats, you do not need greenhorns. Yuvraj, Rohit, Kohli and Raina are purely ODI and T20 materials. So they should be preserved for shorter versions. Yusuf must be brought in for T20s. There is nobody more deserving than him for a T20 slot in the country today.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 5, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    @Valavan: India becoming world champions is no fluke. They are a world class limited overs team and will be so for eternity. India's problems are in the test arena. Now that's a problem the BCCI should sort if it wishes to see India as a powerful test nation. However, to term the bad luck of missing out on 6-7 key players as 'lame' excuses is ridiculous by you. India will most likely win this ODI series to prove cynics wrong. It's a format that is like water to the Indians. They still have quality youngsters who can turn the tables on England. England will compete and they MUST if they want to come even close to what India have managed TWICE in their history - becoming world champions. God bless India.

  • ptnair on September 5, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Why not Yusuf Pathan? Any reason?

  • on September 5, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    i think india is good team and they will beat england as to far because tommorrow weather is very cloudy and some rain in the air if india won the toss and chose the bat first than they will win 65% and they have also a good side

  • Valavan on September 5, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    @Indian fans, then dont speak like india fielded b side against England. and understand england is experimenting the right combination for ODIs. You have to win with the team you got or just dont play professional cricket, giving the most lame excuses. Hussain's statement is wrong anyways, but dont underestimate any team and keep your arrogance inside India. Never seen any no.1 team getting whitewashed and dont cry if you lost your ODIs as well. Try to win one test in Aussie this winter.

  • derij on September 5, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Whom did Nasser Hussain call donkey anyways? Patel or Dhoni. I wonder why he didn't get in trouble. Being English helps doesn't it?

  • moko58 on September 5, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Lot of people misunderstand Hussain when he is critical of Indian team ('donkey'). We should try to take it as constructive criticism.

  • ptnair on September 5, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Mr. Hussain, you please concentrate on England side. Let BCCI worry about the indian team and let them manage the current situation. Thanks for the free advice.

  • Romenevans on September 5, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Where's Robin Uthappa? Haven't seen him after T20 WC in 2007. LOL, last i heard about him, he was selling idli, dhosa, Sambhar and UTHAPPA on the streets of banglore...is he still playing cricket? BCCi almost zonked him!

  • Nampally on September 6, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    @Valavan: Of course India has fielded a B Team against England both in Tests & in the current ODI's. The current ODI team has 7 of the World cup winning team players missing due to injuries.Dravid, Dhoni, Munaf & Raina are the only guys from that winning XI. Do you not call this a B Team?. But as you say India cannot back off saying that their top players are injured.However the 7 youngsters who were not World cup winning players are not push overs. Thay will fight hard. The best thing India has in this made up ODI team is a good opening pair both in bowling and batting. If they give India a good start in batting & bowling, then look out - India will Win. Nasser Hussain's comments are usual media rheotric. India has lot of talented youngsters and they will emerge once again as Winners. There are at least 20 playersknocking at the door. BCCI needs to put up a planned development of these players so that they can win back Test supremacy within next 3 years & THEY WILL..

  • Rumy1 on September 6, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Badri's selection is the first non-bizzare thing that the selectors have done in recent times. It is interesting to note that they keep ignoring the most deserving ODI name - Md.Kaif again and again. He deserves a recall back into the ODI team. He has just made 82 in a BCCI tournament. Md.Kaif has had a superb run in the last two-three domestic seasons. At 31, he still has some years of cricket in him and is still the fittest cricketer in India today. Kaif could also fill in that elusive No.6 spot in Tests too. For Tests, Wasim Jaffer - who is the best non-playing bat in India today, needs to replace Gambhir; Pujara a standby for Dravid; Badrinath a standby for Sachin and Kaif a standby for Laxman. To fill in the shoes of these greats, you do not need greenhorns. Yuvraj, Rohit, Kohli and Raina are purely ODI and T20 materials. So they should be preserved for shorter versions. Yusuf must be brought in for T20s. There is nobody more deserving than him for a T20 slot in the country today.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 5, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    @Valavan: India becoming world champions is no fluke. They are a world class limited overs team and will be so for eternity. India's problems are in the test arena. Now that's a problem the BCCI should sort if it wishes to see India as a powerful test nation. However, to term the bad luck of missing out on 6-7 key players as 'lame' excuses is ridiculous by you. India will most likely win this ODI series to prove cynics wrong. It's a format that is like water to the Indians. They still have quality youngsters who can turn the tables on England. England will compete and they MUST if they want to come even close to what India have managed TWICE in their history - becoming world champions. God bless India.

  • ptnair on September 5, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Why not Yusuf Pathan? Any reason?

  • on September 5, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    i think india is good team and they will beat england as to far because tommorrow weather is very cloudy and some rain in the air if india won the toss and chose the bat first than they will win 65% and they have also a good side

  • Valavan on September 5, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    @Indian fans, then dont speak like india fielded b side against England. and understand england is experimenting the right combination for ODIs. You have to win with the team you got or just dont play professional cricket, giving the most lame excuses. Hussain's statement is wrong anyways, but dont underestimate any team and keep your arrogance inside India. Never seen any no.1 team getting whitewashed and dont cry if you lost your ODIs as well. Try to win one test in Aussie this winter.

  • derij on September 5, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Whom did Nasser Hussain call donkey anyways? Patel or Dhoni. I wonder why he didn't get in trouble. Being English helps doesn't it?

  • moko58 on September 5, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Lot of people misunderstand Hussain when he is critical of Indian team ('donkey'). We should try to take it as constructive criticism.

  • ptnair on September 5, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Mr. Hussain, you please concentrate on England side. Let BCCI worry about the indian team and let them manage the current situation. Thanks for the free advice.

  • Romenevans on September 5, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Where's Robin Uthappa? Haven't seen him after T20 WC in 2007. LOL, last i heard about him, he was selling idli, dhosa, Sambhar and UTHAPPA on the streets of banglore...is he still playing cricket? BCCi almost zonked him!

  • on September 5, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Where are Manish Pandey, Ambati Raydu, Ashok Maneria? When will they get chance?

  • Fabianenio on September 5, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    My Dear Friends, everyone is disappointed with India's dejected look and form. Everyone says India needs this and India needs that once they stumble a bit.....!!! What Team India needs right now is some support, honour them as men of Cricket not goons who cannot play. In time all will fall in place, India has incredible TALENT in the present players and the younger generations to come. There is a saying, everyday is not a sunday and everyday game is not a win. India will bounce back in the ODI's and take the series 3-1 inspite the washout game 2 days ago, that seemed as India's game the way they played with their heads on their shoulders. As far as Nasser Hussain's comments go, I do not have a problem with what he says to the Media as what he says is also true and are facts. If an expert is giving you some advice take it, if someone helps you with knowledge of cricket and it's well being, accept it, no harm done otherwise roll it under the carpet. BCCI - what to tell you about THEM!

  • Naresh28 on September 5, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Nasser and some other English commentators continue to use bad words on the Indian Team. They will one day eat their words. Remember everything that happens is only temporary. There will be lots of opportunities and lots of new talent coming thru. Calling some members donkeys could work in reverse. If its a bowler whose fielding is pathetic - he might strike when he bowls. Nasser rather use tact when dealing with people.

  • on September 5, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    It is high time that srikanth and team to stay for a couple of days more. I do not understand why anirudh srikanth has not been pushed into odi series like what brijesh patel was doing for his son udit patel. Glad now he has been kicked out by KSCA Unless we come out of regional/lingustic arena there will be no reason why we should feel sad if india is beaten 0-4 by england. Wake up now atleast........

  • Yevghenny on September 5, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Nasser was born in India, he cares about Indian cricket, and cricket on the whole. You might not like him for his comments about DRS, but the fact that India are now going to use it vindicates his opinion

  • on September 5, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    Why too much worry about indias bench strength? We have fast bowlers like Pradeep Sangwan.YV Mahesh,Abu Nechim,Shami Ahmad,Sudeep Tyagi,Varun aaron,Deepak Chahaar etc. For batting Ma Agarwal,Lokesh Rahul ,Ashok Meneria are good batting talents.Many will emerge after next years u19WC

  • on September 5, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Why is Mr Hussain Wooried about India?

  • anver777 on September 5, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    A very important series for both specially for Ind......a very tussle is expected !!!!! but at the current form Eng has the edge over Ind & i think they will win the series 3/1

  • BoonBoom on September 5, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Naseer Hussain called few as donkeys.... Why so much noise for that.... After all there are few donkeys in Indian team so if he is calling a donkey as a donkey, he is 100% rightig..... and yes even in the BCCI you can find few donkeys as well!!!!

  • dariuscorny on September 5, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    i believe Srikanth has some personal dispute with Robin Utthappa.i can understand how frustrated Srikanth can be right now that he is not able to draft in his favourite M.Vijay.i dont see manoj tiwary doing good in Eng.BCCI has gone nuts they hv sent the most unreliable player who is neither a bowler nor a batsman,Ravindra Jadeja.he can help India only to lose.

  • on September 4, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    the talent pool in india is very discerning to say that we do not have the team to win the world cup for the next 14- 15 years.we have never produced great fast bowlers except for kapildev and to an extent srinath and Zaheer Khan.What is even more pellucid is that dhoni have to be contend with a lot of passengers in the indian cricket team.The real test for Dhonis captaincy is how he surmonts this crisis, or else he will be labelled by his critics as captain of good men wiht the likes fo tendulkar, dravid, Zaheer and laxman.he could meet with the same fate as ricky ponting who inspite of his incredible captaincy win % ,still considered a average captain and not a master because he has players like MCgrath,warne, langer, hayden, martyn , gilly and gillespie.

  • kas211 on September 4, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    I would really like to see Robin Uthappa back in the Indian side. He did well the last time India were in England back in 2007. If I remember correctly, he also played an important role in India winning one of the matches where they were chasing 317 odd runs. I also think it might be time to try get Irfan Pathan back into the frame of things.

  • _ic181_ on September 4, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    "this England side... have won nothing yet in one-day cricket other than the world T20"

    Good joke. T20 is not 'one-day cricket'. In ODIs England have won NOTHING. Period.

  • on September 4, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    New Indian Bench strength team fallows 1-Rahane 2-kohli 3-Parthiv 4-Badrinath 5-Manoj tiwari 6-Dhoni 7-Y.pathan 8-I Pathan 9-R.Ashivin 10-P.Kumar 11-V.Arron The above team also can beat any side in one day format Indian main team is the best but unfortunate this time due to injury during the series. 1- Sehwag 2-Gambhir 3-Dravid 4-Tendulkar 5-Yuvraj 6-Laxman (Test)/Raina.(ODI) 7 Dhoni 8- Zaheer 9- Ishant 10-Haebhajan 11-Munaf are the best can beat Any side in the world in all formats of the game

  • umbuly on September 4, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Would add Badri and Mukund to that list.

  • on September 4, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Nasir Hussan was very average batsman and most of the time his comments are below average but this time it looks hit a straight drive with Sachin caliber.

  • Nampally on September 4, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Sharda, Some of Hussain's comments are bit Naive. He forgets that India has a wealth of young talent in batting some of whom are getting chances now such as Rahane, Aaron, Tiwary, Pujara, Dhawan, Mukund, Ashwin to name a few. Rahul Sharma, Umesh Jadev are good bowlers who deserve to be noticed and brought to front. Kumar & Ishant are both young fast bowlers below 24 years. P.Patel & Saha are good WK . The only problem is with the our Selectors who must divide T-20, ODI & Test teams separately and develop these players on those lines. Dhoni should be the test Captain, Raina or Gambhir ODI captain and Kohli T-20 captain. Players should also be divided. It is all an organisational plan which must be set up & implemented. India fared badly in England because of injuries to a majority of the team.It is difficult to find replacements on the fly. If England lose their opening batsr + Key bowlers + couple of all rounders, I like to ask Hussain how they will fare in a foreign land- V.Badly.

  • on September 4, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    lol..is uthappa still alive?

  • Vilander on September 4, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Indias short stay at top ?? 2 years is short ??

  • bharath74 on September 4, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Great article by Naseer, this will be a gr8 opportunity for young cricketers but our selectors r spoiling the show by selecting ppl like RP Singh..... we need to give chance to players like Robin Uthappa,Manish Pandey,Manoj Tiwary ,Saurabh Tiwari, Ambati Rayudu,Pragyan Ojha,Yusuf Pathan,Irfan Pathan, the list goes on.....

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  • bharath74 on September 4, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Great article by Naseer, this will be a gr8 opportunity for young cricketers but our selectors r spoiling the show by selecting ppl like RP Singh..... we need to give chance to players like Robin Uthappa,Manish Pandey,Manoj Tiwary ,Saurabh Tiwari, Ambati Rayudu,Pragyan Ojha,Yusuf Pathan,Irfan Pathan, the list goes on.....

  • Vilander on September 4, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Indias short stay at top ?? 2 years is short ??

  • on September 4, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    lol..is uthappa still alive?

  • Nampally on September 4, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Sharda, Some of Hussain's comments are bit Naive. He forgets that India has a wealth of young talent in batting some of whom are getting chances now such as Rahane, Aaron, Tiwary, Pujara, Dhawan, Mukund, Ashwin to name a few. Rahul Sharma, Umesh Jadev are good bowlers who deserve to be noticed and brought to front. Kumar & Ishant are both young fast bowlers below 24 years. P.Patel & Saha are good WK . The only problem is with the our Selectors who must divide T-20, ODI & Test teams separately and develop these players on those lines. Dhoni should be the test Captain, Raina or Gambhir ODI captain and Kohli T-20 captain. Players should also be divided. It is all an organisational plan which must be set up & implemented. India fared badly in England because of injuries to a majority of the team.It is difficult to find replacements on the fly. If England lose their opening batsr + Key bowlers + couple of all rounders, I like to ask Hussain how they will fare in a foreign land- V.Badly.

  • on September 4, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Nasir Hussan was very average batsman and most of the time his comments are below average but this time it looks hit a straight drive with Sachin caliber.

  • umbuly on September 4, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Would add Badri and Mukund to that list.

  • on September 4, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    New Indian Bench strength team fallows 1-Rahane 2-kohli 3-Parthiv 4-Badrinath 5-Manoj tiwari 6-Dhoni 7-Y.pathan 8-I Pathan 9-R.Ashivin 10-P.Kumar 11-V.Arron The above team also can beat any side in one day format Indian main team is the best but unfortunate this time due to injury during the series. 1- Sehwag 2-Gambhir 3-Dravid 4-Tendulkar 5-Yuvraj 6-Laxman (Test)/Raina.(ODI) 7 Dhoni 8- Zaheer 9- Ishant 10-Haebhajan 11-Munaf are the best can beat Any side in the world in all formats of the game

  • _ic181_ on September 4, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    "this England side... have won nothing yet in one-day cricket other than the world T20"

    Good joke. T20 is not 'one-day cricket'. In ODIs England have won NOTHING. Period.

  • kas211 on September 4, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    I would really like to see Robin Uthappa back in the Indian side. He did well the last time India were in England back in 2007. If I remember correctly, he also played an important role in India winning one of the matches where they were chasing 317 odd runs. I also think it might be time to try get Irfan Pathan back into the frame of things.

  • on September 4, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    the talent pool in india is very discerning to say that we do not have the team to win the world cup for the next 14- 15 years.we have never produced great fast bowlers except for kapildev and to an extent srinath and Zaheer Khan.What is even more pellucid is that dhoni have to be contend with a lot of passengers in the indian cricket team.The real test for Dhonis captaincy is how he surmonts this crisis, or else he will be labelled by his critics as captain of good men wiht the likes fo tendulkar, dravid, Zaheer and laxman.he could meet with the same fate as ricky ponting who inspite of his incredible captaincy win % ,still considered a average captain and not a master because he has players like MCgrath,warne, langer, hayden, martyn , gilly and gillespie.