England v India, 1st ODI, Chester-le-Street September 3, 2011

India's casualty ward adds to Dhoni's woes

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India are not far away from being able to name a star-studded injured XI after their casualty list continued to mount on a dank day at Chester-le-Street. Sachin Tendulkar pulled out before play due to a foot injury, putting his tour in doubt, then Rohit Sharma suffered a finger injury first ball when fending off a delivery from Stuart Broad and it would be a surprise if he wasn't soon on a plane home as well.

It added to an already lengthy list of players who have been ruled out of the tour. Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir have all had to depart at various points over the past month as long-standing and fresh injuries disrupted their tours. India's woes were almost capped off when MS Dhoni nearly joined the list of wounded when he mildly twisted his ankle while training in the middle of the Riverside ground on Friday afternoon. However, he escaped serious problems and the pain subsided by the morning of game.

Instead he was left to reflect on the growing assortment of aliments to impact his squad and rue India's best chance of claiming their first international victory of the tour, as rain arrived after 7.2 overs of England's chase with the home side wobbling on 27 for 2 chasing a testing 275.

In less than two months India have now lost seven frontline players and, even if most of these were injuries suffered on the job, India's 4-0 series defeat in the Tests and then finishing second in a closely fought Twenty20 match at Old Trafford has brought the issue of injury management once again to the fore.

After India lost the first Test at Lord's, Dhoni said, "everything that could go wrong did go wrong." It summed up India's lack of preparation for the tour along with the BCCI's ignorance of not treating the series as a marquee event. As at Lord's so in Durham as Dhoni sat on the fence, refusing to take a hard stance on how the injuries could be avoided.

"Whatever could go wrong went wrong," he said once again. "But every match it has been increasing right from Bhajji [Harbhajan Singh] not bowling in the second Test then Gautam [Gambhir] not being able to bat in the second innings, then missing a Test match so all sorts of things have happened. But we are still fighting with whatever resources we have got."

Dhoni added that fielding his first choice XI had become an impossible dream as he is left with what is quickly looking like a shadow squad. "It is really difficult as you would like to always play with your best eleven but at times you don't get that because of injuries. But this time we have gone down really hard."

Although the media and supporters would like Dhoni to be more forceful over the issue he is in a tough situation with two weeks left to make the most of the players available. However, he did suggest that increasing the size of touring squads might be an option in the future. "It would not be bad idea to travel with 18 players, something which we could look into."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on September 6, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    sachin going 2 hit his ton 100 in INDIA onlysachin going 2 hit his ton 100 in INDIA only

  • YorkshirePudding on September 6, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    @(September 05 2011, 10:18 AM GMT), why is it a case of sour grapes from england fans? we also reailse that winning a tournament means very little, as its all about peaking at the right time, and in the last WC most of the team peaked during the Ashes and had little left in the tank, the same has been said about india after the WC, they gave thier all to win it and where tired, which is an excuse I have heard from numerous indian fans, yet when English fans used that as an excuse for the poor performance in the WC we were told to stop making excuses.

  • on September 5, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Really amazes me how fickle indian fans are. Only Trotsky, karthik and a few others seem to be making sense. And I will not even respond to the other international fans - the English (never won anything in sport other than a few test series, and then act as if they do not care for odi's - sour grapes) and the lankans ( please look at your own performance). When the chips are down, the only fans who seem to be supporting us are the Pakistani fans.

    I know we lost a series 4-0, but this was our first loss in 3 years - has this ever happened to us before? We have won more in the last 3 years than what we won 10 years before that. So 1 series does not make us a poor team. Additionally, the way the way these guys played in the 1st odi tells you that Indian cricket is in good hands.

  • sachin_vvsfan on September 5, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    These SL fans.......... @yorkslanka May be you can worry about the test series at home rather than worrying about indian cricket

  • Mannix16 on September 5, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Tendulkar/Zaheer are smart. They know they have a few years of cricket left, then its retirement. Would you rather risk getting injured in England, or flying home take a rest, and then get ready to make $1 Million+ in the CL20? Hahaha. IPL and CL20 is destroying Indian cricket from the inside. I have an Indian buddy who didn't even know India lost the Test series, let alone that they were whitewashed, but knows half the teams in the CL20 and is pumped up for it. Ahhhh, why argue about how UDRS is bad for the game, when we have a bigger problem that lies ahead. Useless for Indian fans to argue about UDRS when the real problem lies at home

  • Nampally on September 5, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    @David_Gravitas: I have moved on and pointed out the corrective action is to arrive with 20 players at least 4 week ahead of the tour. Then go thru' serious conditioning/work out in the English weather. This will promote physically fit players with sufficient practice in the English conditions and on English pitches. A squad of 20 can divide into 2 halves and play 10 a side practice matches as well. Players will also adapt to the cold weather & to the food. You also say that England also had injury problems. But they never went beyond their squad of 15 players. Tremlett, Trott were the injured players for tests.England never had to replace one half of the team - Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Harbhajan. Zaheer + 2 guys playing injured - Kumar & Ishant Sharma. These days people look at the results only. With a depleted lot it is not possible to produce results. ODI squad has 7 new players with non-defeatist attitude. Again the stars are missing but these youngsters will put up a good show.

  • zico123 on September 4, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    we are yet to recover from the wound inflicted by IPL, and now we have his brother Champions League to put salt on wound !

  • zico123 on September 4, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    is there still any doubt what over-cricket is doing to India, in already cramped International schedule BCCI squezed in IPL and CL, pls get rid of IPL and CL then players would get some due rest between international series

  • on September 4, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    No worries, everyone will be fit for the CLT20, wonder if Sachin would have pulled out of CLT20 game.

  • CricketChat on September 4, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    In a way, it also served an important purpose. India should move on from WC euphoria now and build next team. Several key members of the Indian team are in early to mid 30s.

  • on September 6, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    sachin going 2 hit his ton 100 in INDIA onlysachin going 2 hit his ton 100 in INDIA only

  • YorkshirePudding on September 6, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    @(September 05 2011, 10:18 AM GMT), why is it a case of sour grapes from england fans? we also reailse that winning a tournament means very little, as its all about peaking at the right time, and in the last WC most of the team peaked during the Ashes and had little left in the tank, the same has been said about india after the WC, they gave thier all to win it and where tired, which is an excuse I have heard from numerous indian fans, yet when English fans used that as an excuse for the poor performance in the WC we were told to stop making excuses.

  • on September 5, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Really amazes me how fickle indian fans are. Only Trotsky, karthik and a few others seem to be making sense. And I will not even respond to the other international fans - the English (never won anything in sport other than a few test series, and then act as if they do not care for odi's - sour grapes) and the lankans ( please look at your own performance). When the chips are down, the only fans who seem to be supporting us are the Pakistani fans.

    I know we lost a series 4-0, but this was our first loss in 3 years - has this ever happened to us before? We have won more in the last 3 years than what we won 10 years before that. So 1 series does not make us a poor team. Additionally, the way the way these guys played in the 1st odi tells you that Indian cricket is in good hands.

  • sachin_vvsfan on September 5, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    These SL fans.......... @yorkslanka May be you can worry about the test series at home rather than worrying about indian cricket

  • Mannix16 on September 5, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Tendulkar/Zaheer are smart. They know they have a few years of cricket left, then its retirement. Would you rather risk getting injured in England, or flying home take a rest, and then get ready to make $1 Million+ in the CL20? Hahaha. IPL and CL20 is destroying Indian cricket from the inside. I have an Indian buddy who didn't even know India lost the Test series, let alone that they were whitewashed, but knows half the teams in the CL20 and is pumped up for it. Ahhhh, why argue about how UDRS is bad for the game, when we have a bigger problem that lies ahead. Useless for Indian fans to argue about UDRS when the real problem lies at home

  • Nampally on September 5, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    @David_Gravitas: I have moved on and pointed out the corrective action is to arrive with 20 players at least 4 week ahead of the tour. Then go thru' serious conditioning/work out in the English weather. This will promote physically fit players with sufficient practice in the English conditions and on English pitches. A squad of 20 can divide into 2 halves and play 10 a side practice matches as well. Players will also adapt to the cold weather & to the food. You also say that England also had injury problems. But they never went beyond their squad of 15 players. Tremlett, Trott were the injured players for tests.England never had to replace one half of the team - Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Harbhajan. Zaheer + 2 guys playing injured - Kumar & Ishant Sharma. These days people look at the results only. With a depleted lot it is not possible to produce results. ODI squad has 7 new players with non-defeatist attitude. Again the stars are missing but these youngsters will put up a good show.

  • zico123 on September 4, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    we are yet to recover from the wound inflicted by IPL, and now we have his brother Champions League to put salt on wound !

  • zico123 on September 4, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    is there still any doubt what over-cricket is doing to India, in already cramped International schedule BCCI squezed in IPL and CL, pls get rid of IPL and CL then players would get some due rest between international series

  • on September 4, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    No worries, everyone will be fit for the CLT20, wonder if Sachin would have pulled out of CLT20 game.

  • CricketChat on September 4, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    In a way, it also served an important purpose. India should move on from WC euphoria now and build next team. Several key members of the Indian team are in early to mid 30s.

  • on September 4, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Don't worry. India will do well without the help of Sachin and Zaheer Khan. The one plays for records and the other has always injury problems. With the young team, Dhoni will do well and so the Indian team. Don't deprive youngsters the chance to play for India. Sachin, take retirement and recently announced pension for ex-players.

  • indian1980 on September 4, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Why everybody is complaining about Srikant favouring some players, it is part of the Indian selection. All the selectors befroe him did the same thing.

  • on September 4, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    come on guys.. this s the first test series tat we lost under captancy Dhoni... just cheer it...

  • on September 4, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    @ roxap: before you comment about Sachin's ability/inability on seeming tracks and quality bowling, why do'nt you first do some homework, e.g., check his records vs England in England and vs Australia in Australia, teams who had the worst swinging conditions (England) and best bowlers (australia) for more than a decade. I bet you'll find some staggering numbers which are only comparable to the man himself, only Rahul Dravid come closer.

  • sohaibahmad on September 4, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Not to worry, CLT20 players will soon be OK and anyway this is the best time to blood more yougsters without hesitation, rest assured things will only get better...

  • yorkshire-86 on September 4, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    CLT20? A meaningless competition between 4 Indian non first class teams, 2 Australian non first class teams, and the first class teams that won the hit and giggle leagues in other countries? How can this competition have any relevance whatsoever when the Indian first class teams (the Ranji Trophy teams) have no chance of entry? Oh, money. Now i get it!

  • on September 4, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Friends..too much comments about IPL and CLT20...Please stop this comment..The Test loss hurting me...Still i feel exited because of the show by Parthiv,Rahane and Praveen...! No other team will give a show like this even after the lost more than 9 first choice players...! Still the batting bench strength looking good with thiwaris,Raydu,Manish Pandey,Robin Uthappa,Karthik,Ashok Meneria.( Infact selectors should test this guy instead of R Jadeja),Yousuf Pathan ( Irfan is not even playing the first class match now a days..I Think he not serious about playing Cricket).For fast bwling ...why they are ignoring L Balaji and Abu Nechim Ahmad,Pradeep Sanghwan...Rahul sharma & Ojha are good for the Spin (Ojha 6/8 for surray)

  • on September 4, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    I don't know whats going on with this team and players. Getting injured is becoming a regular issue with each player. I hope we have 11 Indian players for 5th ODI otherwise the headline on cricinfo might be: "NO INDIAN CRICKETER TO FACE ENGLAND"

  • on September 4, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    @ Trotsky... awesome.. u be a coloumnist man.. whooaa... Dhoni wil rock.. agree wit u :)

  • on September 4, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    let tendulkar and sharma go. CLT20 is more important than this ODI series.

  • deepak_sholapurkar on September 4, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Almost all of these injured players will be fit for CL-T20. That's the magic

  • roxap on September 4, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Now tendulkar can go bak to the dead and flat tracks of india to score his 100th 100 without any further embarrassment of getting out cheaply on seaming tracks....lol

  • CricEshwar on September 4, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    @Magchennai You can criticize Rohit Sharma on his performances but not his talent. Until he bats, he looks like a terrific batsman, the ball he gets out, he looks like tail ender. Maybe you have seen just scorecards of Rohit or highlights of his dismissals.

  • on September 4, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    The BCCI has always failed to roll over players nd has denied players there time for rehabilitation. One more fact is that the indian players are the ones among cricketer in the international arena that doesn't use the gym. The players from other nations like Australia, South Africa, NZL, England an even Zimbabwe are in great shape. the indian quicks has even failer to get some muscle, then how can u expect them to deliver at topping speeds.

  • on September 4, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Dravid should have lifted the 2011 Worldcup.he unnecessarily resigned from captaincy in 2007.dhoni wantedly dropped dravid from odi team after not performing for 1 odi series vs australia in 2007 for the sake of advertisements,brandvalue.I f i am wrong wat did virat kohli do in the worldcup except scoring a century vs bangladesh.Yusuf pathan was a failure in the worldcup.suresh raina never contributed significantly.Ms dhoni was an utter failure until the final.Sehwag was average after his 175 vs bangladesh.If dhoni is a good captain he should now prove by making india number 1 in the nxt 7 yrs with 2 worldcups 2015 in australia and 2019 in england and also test number 1 team .he has many chalenges like retirement of sachin,dravid,laxman,sehwag,zaheer.india's bowling will b a big headache for him.best of luck MSD.

  • SanjivAwesome on September 4, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Rohit is no loss. He should emulate Dravid and get better at technique then like Dravid he won't get injured trying to play the ball with the handl. The only way the ball could hit Rohit on his bat handle is that he took his eyes off the ball. Which is the sign of a lesser player like Rohit.

  • Magchennai on September 4, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    @Jazz are you sure you are talking about Nepotism of Srikanth in bringing Ravindra Jadeja? I don't think Jadeja is Srikanth's adopted son.

  • Suneel84 on September 4, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    i m amazed y every body expects irfan pathan to be picked.......irfan pathan bowls at 115 kmph like r p singh.......... and for the selections he need to perform at first class levels that is what he is not doing in recent years............i dont like him to b picked i think he is damn bad bowler.......

  • moko58 on September 4, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    I hope coaches analyze every injury and try to improve the way the players bat and field to reduce injuries wherever feasible.

  • Magchennai on September 4, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    @ NRI you must be joking right , that Rohit is Indian's very best ODI batsan in tough conditions? Honestly when have you seen him batting

  • nikkam on September 4, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    this is an oppurtunity for youngsters to show the passion and hunger for grabbing the places....also the injured list of players should know that unless they attain full fitness and prove match worthy in domestic tournaments, they will not be considered in the team on talent alone...for india to reach top test team status...this will be the first step forward...also as a policy....only players matching specific criteria be given chances in T20, ODI and test and selection in any one format should not guarantee the same in the other..for captaincy...T20 can be given to Raina, ODI to gambhir and Test to MSD...in course of time Gambhir will become test captain, Raina ODI....this would be the right way forward

  • on September 4, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Get back Sourav, VVS (though he's still playing tests), Anil, Ashish, maybe even Kapil Dev. With the injury list growing longer each day, I'm wondering if there will be any current players without injuries.

  • N.Sundararajan on September 4, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Sundararajan from Chennai--- Amidst all these injury list, the oldest member of the team, Rahul Dravid is the fittest, and doing the job of several others--opening, wicket-keeping, fielding in the outfield, and what not----and he is the ONLY player who has pulled half the team's weight over the last month and more ! And our great BCCI and the Great Selection Committee think he is due to retire---and worse still, they unilaterally decide to summon his services for the one-dayers without the elementary courtesy of even checking with him about his availability, preparedness or willingness ( remember they ditched this GEM OF A MAN) from the World Cup Squad for their own sweet reasons----. The perfect gentleman that he is, he graciously announced his retirement from one-dayers because he was slighted and offended by the BCCI and Selectors---and yet he did not fail his NATIONAL DUTY !

    God Bless Rahul Dravid, and God save India from BCCI and its Selectors !

  • jazzfreak on September 4, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    If they dont bring in Rayudu even now in place of Rohit it will speak of Srikanth's partiality and nepotism which have been amply demonstrated in the past

  • on September 4, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    no i dont think its because of ipl because most of them suffered injuries during the tour

  • Percy_Fender on September 4, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Ever since Dhoni became captain, he won almost everything. He won the inaugural 20/20 World Cup, when this format of the game had not even been tried out in India beating among others, South Africa the host country as well. He never lost a Test series against anyone. Even in South Africa, where everyone expected the series to be a 'no show' by India it was the other way actually.Then the latest 50 over World Cup. Now all this came about mostly because of M S Dhoni's phenomenal luck.The exception was the 20/20 World Cup of 2008 in England when he was in a situation similar to the one he is in at present.Injuries to key players and trouble with the media because of Dhoni's hitherto unseen impatience are the things common to both the unfortunate tours when luck seemed to have deserted him.The man with the midas touch could do nothing right. It happens, not just in the game of cricket.Yet I feel better days are around the corner. I had begun to think that Dhoni will never lose as captain.

  • vinchester on September 4, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    HAVE everybody noticed that RAHUL DRAVID is never in the injury list anytime ? THAT is because he keeps himself fit through out the year. something his colleagues would want to follow.

  • kristee on September 4, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Those who had no qualms to celebrate a victory (actually a scraping through) against Bitchel & co at Adelaide are now talking of injury depriving them of victory against a side that thrashed them so emphatically!

  • on September 4, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    injuries to yuvaraj,gambir,rohit,zaheer, bhajji happened in the field so don't blame ipl if u hav to stay away from injuries one can lay in the bed tightly believing it will not injure u.

  • on September 4, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    These concussions,toe injuries,index finger fractures,sore wicketkeeping fingers will get perfectly alright in 15 days of time cos champions league is scheduled on 19th of this month

  • rajryl on September 4, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    whats happening with india already 8 key player are out of team now sachin i think they are making a new team if injured player 9 alredy down 2 to go first sehwag, gambhir, yuvraj, zheer, harbhajan, nehra, ishant, rohit sharma, and now sachin only 2 short for full 11 of injured player god helps india india is world champina in 50 over but only 3 member of champian team in playing 11

  • sray23 on September 4, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    @Nampally: If India had their first choice XI they would have still been hammered by England anyway. Zaheer went down in the first session itself, Sehwag being the unfit, overweight blob he is right now probably would have twisted an ankle or something only walking after the ball! Same could probably be said about all these big indian 'stars' who chose to miss WI series supposedly to go to england fresh after giving a good fight. you and all our good indian friends flooding this forum need to get your heads out of the sand and see the reality: india lost to a far better prepared team with a sound injury management policy. how professional sportsmen like zaheer & sehwag could turn up to a marquee series looking like humpty dumpties is inexcusable - both need to be dropped i would say. and the bigger point in all of this - india is going downhill cos its fast bowlers are lazy and unfit (ie sreesanth, zaheer) and its batsmen are flat track bullies fattened by IPL (ie raina).

  • KAIRAVA on September 4, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    The reigning world champions, Team India should take inspiration from the Australian side that visited India in Oct 2009 to play a 7 match ODI series against the hosts. Australia used the services of 18 players in that short series (played 6 matches, 1 ODI abandoned) after it lost 7 players during that series in the form of injuries. Yet they managed to win by defeating the Indians with a thumping margin of 4-2. Dhoni should take a leaf from inspiring leadership of Ponting and try to do the same in England. Afterall, memories of India winning the world cup just 5 months ago with captain Dhoni playing a key role in that final, are still fresh.

  • on September 4, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    @Nampally, wow you are extremely smart with your comment. Maybe you should be an Indian selector and planner. And maybe the coach too. You are doing an excellent job. Keep up the good work of trying to make yourself feel happy about the rubbish team. Good luck.

  • on September 4, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    BCCI created Frankenstein like monster called IPL. Now they are the price for that. You can not blame players for playing in IPL and not having priorities right, because at the end of the day everyone is here to make money. This is where one will appreciate the stand of Australian Captain Michael Clarke who shunned IPL poisoned money over representing country. BCCI had sounded the death bell for national teams with concept of IPL.

  • KAIRAVA on September 4, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    The Injured (mentally/physically) Team India XI would be : Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Pujara, Yuvraj, Rohit, Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Ishant.

  • on September 4, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    Most of our players are injured at this moment, but some of them will be ready to play IPL very soon, starting September 19. Ishant Sharma has an ankle injury and needs surgery. Why BCCI cannot tell him to get the surgery first, then rehab, then practice matches and then only Test or ODIs, if selected. Why Ishant has to risk his career. Most of the players on the injury list were injured before or during the world cup, but they did not come forward to tell the BCCI about their injury, and all of a sudden startted disappearing from the tour on the basis of injury, which is very bad. BCCI wants all the leading Indian players to play the IPL with top importance and give least importance to test matches and ODIs. All the fault lies with the BCCI. We have to wait and see the day when the BCCI will be full of ex test players or players who have played sufficient first class matches to judge and guide the young cricketers. Rest all the players, give chance to young players.

  • Raj12345 on September 4, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    Happy to see that fans are slowly knowing fact about players. Yes. they will be ready to play T20s soon. Also, you all will understand soon, who are the players controlling selection and how Raina is surviving in team after 120 ODI ordinary appearances. Look at Rahane's performance in first 2 international level, there r more players waiting to show like this. but fact is many present players so greed and not allowing new comers.

  • on September 4, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    @Nampally - so what you are saying is that India has no depth?

  • NRI- on September 4, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    I hope Dhoni gets injured - then a strong batsman like Yusuf can play and Patel can keep wickets. From the first ODI team, Jadeja can replace Rohit and bat at 7 behind Yusuf at 6. For ODI's, India has plenty of bench strength. Rohit and SRT are India's very best ODI batsmen in tough conditions so these two are a real loss but Bhajji, Gautam and Sehwag looked out of form anyway.

  • on September 4, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    @rahul_78, very good point u make. Look honestly india should still be doing well even after all these injuries. I know in the test matches, with the squad india had...it was hard to replace some injured players...which lead to an out of form and just plain bad test batsman, raina being included for all 3 tests. But for the one dayers india has good emerging players including Parthiv, Rahane and Ashwin, which should hold them in good stead, as was seen in the 1st ODI Rahane and Parthiv look great opening together and really kept a good tempo going. Parthiv has improved ten fold with the bat in the last year and now looks not just a decent player but a very good opening batsman, forget the keeping, he's good enough to be in the side as specialist batsman. Rahane has REALLY impressed me in the T20 and the ODI, 61 and 40 is a very nice start for him and he is one player who is taking his opportunities, unlike recently dhawan, badrinath, tiwary, Mukund, Vijay who have embarrased themselves

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 4, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    @Nampally, I agree with you to a certain extent. If Zaheer was playing along with Praveen, there is every chance that England would have crumbled like nine pins. But, India is responsible for all the injuries etc...and we don't have the bench strength unlike the English. Let's move on. The English rightly deserved this series. They too had to bear lot of injuries in this series. But they came out on top and India crumbled like nine pins.

  • peterss on September 4, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    All these guys would be raring to go for CLT20. Bet they went home to prepare for that knowing that they will fail in England. Looking for ways to escape and hide. Let others more deserving to represent India. Come on show a bit of patriotism.

  • Raghaven on September 3, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    Don't be surprised if these injured list line up to play in the Champions League....Assume if there were Ranji trophy after this series, will any of the injured players be interested in practising in the domestic circuit, i dont think so.. only money can move these players..

    They are pakka professionals!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nampally on September 3, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    If India had its first XI, they would have beaten England easily in the test series as well as in the ODI's.Kumar bowls like Zaheer - swinging/seaming. If these 2 operated in pair, they would have bundled England.Media has called Indian bowling weak. But Kumar showed time & again that England batsmen cannot handle him. At the batting end Sehwag & Gambhir would have been too tough for England fast bowlers to handle. These guys were injuired individually or together.If India got a good start in batting & bowling, the middle order both in bowling & batting was manageable. So England won because they played an Indian XI which was like a B Team. The answer to this injury problem is for the team to arrive in England 4 weeks before the start of thetour with 20 players. They should go through conditioning & training to get used to the English conditions so that these are not a major factor.A physically fit team has a better chance to go injury free Also a younger team is less prone to injuries

  • ahweak on September 3, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    More injuries happen when you are losing. I agree with Rahul_78, some of these players might turn up for the champions league.

  • on September 3, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    And waiting for the IPL reference in 3...2...1... oh, we already have a winnder in @Blue_Jays

  • serious-am-i on September 3, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    If a few more i.e Kohli, Praveen, Dhoni & Raina almost pickup injuries, we would be successful in sending team to the Injured World Cup.out of 11 players in WC, 4 are left currently, if they go too then we will be looking at a futuristic players or pre-historic players who knows Ganguly could be asked to come and bat for the sake of playing the series. Just to highlight to every one, Ishant is planning to carry his injury to australia, only after that he plans to go under the knife, so don't be surprised if we see more fall outs in the Australian tour as well

  • on September 3, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Its pretty difficult to handle this situation.. coz injury is enexpected. dhoni is fighting against his own fate also which seems so reluctant to smile over the Indian team for the time being.......

  • on September 3, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    Best Casualty 11 in the world : Sachin, Gambhir, Viru, Rohit, Yuvi, Bhajji, Nehra, Zahir, Ishant, PK, Dhoni(Captain, and at the moment mentally heart due to teams poor showing).

  • From-Toronto on September 3, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    All I can say is that most of these injuries wouldn't have occurred if IPL was going on

  • Rahul_78 on September 3, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    I wont be very surprised if few of these injured players suddenly appear more then 100% fit in Champions trophy which is going to follow this tour.

  • on September 3, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Ohhh God please save team India from Injuries....

  • on September 3, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    but i m damm sure that.. sachin. gambhir,bhajji wll b ready for cl t 20.....

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  • on September 3, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    but i m damm sure that.. sachin. gambhir,bhajji wll b ready for cl t 20.....

  • on September 3, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Ohhh God please save team India from Injuries....

  • Rahul_78 on September 3, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    I wont be very surprised if few of these injured players suddenly appear more then 100% fit in Champions trophy which is going to follow this tour.

  • From-Toronto on September 3, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    All I can say is that most of these injuries wouldn't have occurred if IPL was going on

  • on September 3, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    Best Casualty 11 in the world : Sachin, Gambhir, Viru, Rohit, Yuvi, Bhajji, Nehra, Zahir, Ishant, PK, Dhoni(Captain, and at the moment mentally heart due to teams poor showing).

  • on September 3, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Its pretty difficult to handle this situation.. coz injury is enexpected. dhoni is fighting against his own fate also which seems so reluctant to smile over the Indian team for the time being.......

  • serious-am-i on September 3, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    If a few more i.e Kohli, Praveen, Dhoni & Raina almost pickup injuries, we would be successful in sending team to the Injured World Cup.out of 11 players in WC, 4 are left currently, if they go too then we will be looking at a futuristic players or pre-historic players who knows Ganguly could be asked to come and bat for the sake of playing the series. Just to highlight to every one, Ishant is planning to carry his injury to australia, only after that he plans to go under the knife, so don't be surprised if we see more fall outs in the Australian tour as well

  • on September 3, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    And waiting for the IPL reference in 3...2...1... oh, we already have a winnder in @Blue_Jays

  • ahweak on September 3, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    More injuries happen when you are losing. I agree with Rahul_78, some of these players might turn up for the champions league.

  • Nampally on September 3, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    If India had its first XI, they would have beaten England easily in the test series as well as in the ODI's.Kumar bowls like Zaheer - swinging/seaming. If these 2 operated in pair, they would have bundled England.Media has called Indian bowling weak. But Kumar showed time & again that England batsmen cannot handle him. At the batting end Sehwag & Gambhir would have been too tough for England fast bowlers to handle. These guys were injuired individually or together.If India got a good start in batting & bowling, the middle order both in bowling & batting was manageable. So England won because they played an Indian XI which was like a B Team. The answer to this injury problem is for the team to arrive in England 4 weeks before the start of thetour with 20 players. They should go through conditioning & training to get used to the English conditions so that these are not a major factor.A physically fit team has a better chance to go injury free Also a younger team is less prone to injuries