England v India, 5th ODI, Cardiff September 16, 2011

Dravid's last, Trott's first

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the final one-day international in Cardiff
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Cloudburst of the day
As bum notes go, this one could not have been more of a raspberry. At the start of every England home international, the PA belts out the hymn Jerusalem, the most distinctive line of which refers to "England's green and pleasant land". As is often overlooked in cricketing circles, however, Cardiff is in Wales, not England, and at the precise moment the final chord was being struck, the heavens delivered a very personal verdict on the whole sentiment. A vile and blustery squall of rain blew in from the West, and the start of play was held up for 40 minutes.

Cloudburst of the day Mk 2
To give the weather its due, it did choose its moments to get involved with the action, with the first actual break in play not arriving until the tenth over of England's run-chase. The most impressive involvement, however, came moments after the conclusion of India's innings. MS Dhoni brought up a 26-ball fifty from the last delivery of the innings, whereupon the teams were chased from the field by another violent deluge. However, this one was so brief that, seconds later, a glorious rainbow appeared in the outfield, forming an arc in roughly the direction that his final six, off Jade Dernbach had just travelled.

Departure of the day
Rahul Dravid had assumed he'd played his final ODI at the Champions Trophy in Johannesburg back in September 2009. However, India's injury crisis on this tour, coupled with his effortless negotiation of English conditions, persuaded the selectors to recall him for one last hurrah - one that even included a Twenty20 debut at the age of 38. His last innings in coloured clothing was typically important yet understated, as he helped guide India past 300 for the first time in the series with 69 from 79 balls. When he was eventually bowled through the gate by Graeme Swann, the entire England team rushed up to shake his hand, and bid farewell to a legend who has amassed more than 10,000 runs in two forms of the game. He'll be around a while longer in Test cricket, but he's not going to be batting in England (or Wales) in a hurry.

Six of the day
On Monday night at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Jonathan Trott was unveiled as the new ICC Cricketer of the Year, after a stellar 12 months of run-harvesting that had included more than 1000 runs in both Tests and ODIs. Until this evening, however, he had never scored more than four runs in any one shot in the two longer formats of the game - his three sixes in seven Twenty20 appearances hadn't been enough to spare him the axe from that version of the game. But, with a duty to keep the run-rate ticking, he waltzed down the track to smash Munaf Patel back down towards the River Taff.

Flurry of the day
Virat Kohli's first over was eventful, to say the least. From his third delivery, Alastair Cook dabbed his leg-rollers exquisitely through third man with a well-timed reverse sweep, to bring up his fifty from 52 balls. One ball later, and emboldened by this sudden onset of subtlety, Cook dropped to his knees again to attempt a paddle over his shoulder, and so flummoxed Rahul Dravid at short backward square that he made a complete hash of a routine catch, and then missed the run-out opportunity with a follow-up shy. But next ball later, Kohli had his man, as Cook reverted to a mow across the line, and lost his middle stump.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • garibaldi on September 19, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    @Kritika Prasad- sorry, what do you mean "instead of slogging they have to play aggressively"?! Makes no sense. And here you go again with the excuses "your batsmen know our bowlers aren't good enough"- silly me, how terribly unfair that the Indian bowlers were no good, and how very unsporting of the English batsmen to take advantage! Seriously though about D/L: of course I realize that the increased run rate is meant to compensate for the fact that in fewer overs there are fewer chances for the bowlers to take wickets. And inevitably some will argue that in one case ir another it seemed slightly n favor of one team or another- no system can be perfect. But for people to say that it *always* favours the batting side is just nonsense. I think on the whole it's pretty fair.

  • on September 19, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    @Garibaldi.. Dude.. Don't you get the simple fact that England were well aware of the fact that instead of slogging, they have to play aggressively as in 20-20 cricket. They went for a flurry of boundaries during the fielding restrictions. SO it wasn't difficult to score (and that too when your batsmen knew that are bowlers aren't good enough!). Mark my words, if we would have batted second in any match, no score would have been be unachievable. Cricinfo publish.

  • on September 19, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    @ Kritika Prasad, Yeah Indian team will rise but ONLY in subcontinent, and also Sachin will get his 100th century....

    And please don't get me wrong with this comment. I have a lot of respect for Sachin. He is the best batsman ever produced by the game of cricket.

  • Meety on September 18, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Bad luck India this time. Probably should of won this, would of IF they'd taken more wickets.

  • on September 18, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    @ whoevr saying dat ENG had to chase at highr RR.. plss think ovr again...wen u reduce overs n target, the chances of a team getting bowled out or getng into it's tail ALSO reduces... u cant argue lik this if DL method sets u a target of 90 or 100 for 10 overs.. becoz any team in the world wil go aftr d oppostn bowling as dey hav those 10 wickts in hand! its simple....DL method is rarely unfair(excludng dat SA v/s AUS match), though it's too complicated & diffcult to understand.. becz in d tied match, the par score for ENG b4 dat last ball wickt was 269...and aftr d wicket it increased by just 1 run to 270, whereas in yestrdays match fall of one wicket increased d par score by about 5-6 runs

  • Harry31j on September 18, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    @garibaldi, D/L always favors 2nd batting team exception being when just 2 or 3 overs r remaining. It reduces required overs thus allows top or middle order play risky shots since lower order won't have to play too many overs even if they got out. Granted it increases rrr but then par score rrr for t20 is always more than that for odi & that for odi more than for tests, since problem for lower order, especially a good one, isn't scoring rate but preserving their wickets. Imagine for a second pressure on lower order to score at more than 6 per over for last10-15 overs in odi, then you will know why captains prefer to bat 2nd when there're chances of D/l being involved.@garibaldi, D/L always favors 2nd batting team exception being when just 2 or 3 overs r remaining. It reduces required overs thus allows top or middle order play risky shots since lower order won't have to play too many overs even if they got out. Granted it increases rrr but then par score rrr for t20 is always more than

  • kalyankk1985 on September 18, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    For all those who say england lost just 34 runs from 10 overs, they are removing the mosti mportant factor of dew. with dew, it becomes difficult for any one to hold the ball. if the toss was won by india, india would well have won every game convincingly and then english team wud have said english one-day team is still rising to no.1 but its already no.1 test team. wake up england fans. winning in england doesnt make any team the best. please ask ur english team to win in every continent -both test and one-day series and then tell they are great team. as of now, english have marginally crossed the expectrations of england playing in england though india gave them very tough challenge in every match. depleted india lost 11 players over the tour which full A team and a half B team. so, this is the result of ind-eng tour - eng A team beating ind C team in england .. anything less than that wud have pushed eng below zim or WI in rankings :)

  • on September 17, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    @Mohsin or whatever... Excuses? Listen up.. One series don't give you the right to write off any team. And that too Indian team. Every team has highs and lows and India can only rise from here. In fact it's good lesson for the team and we will overcome them for sure.

  • garibaldi on September 17, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    @Empirestrikesagain- sorry, but that is insulting nonsense, please would people stop these absurd accusations! @Kritika Prasad- by the way, do you *really* think the DL adjustment favoured England yesterday?! You've got to be joking, right? !

  • garibaldi on September 17, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @sachbak: no the defeat *shouldn't* haunt India for years if they learn from it. The reason England are a strong team now is that after that Ashes humiliation, instead of moaning about how unfair it was that key players were injured or how conditions favoured Australia, everyone recognised that bad mistakes a d a bad attitude had helped cause a terrible performance, and a plan was quickly put in place to learn from those mistakes. @Kritika Prasad: yes, the stats show the Indian batsmen were very good, especially Dhoni - but that's exactly where India don't seem to get it: cricket is a team game, and they have played like a bunch of individuals. Same as Ashes 2009- Australia had most of the best individual performances, but England were the better team.

  • garibaldi on September 19, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    @Kritika Prasad- sorry, what do you mean "instead of slogging they have to play aggressively"?! Makes no sense. And here you go again with the excuses "your batsmen know our bowlers aren't good enough"- silly me, how terribly unfair that the Indian bowlers were no good, and how very unsporting of the English batsmen to take advantage! Seriously though about D/L: of course I realize that the increased run rate is meant to compensate for the fact that in fewer overs there are fewer chances for the bowlers to take wickets. And inevitably some will argue that in one case ir another it seemed slightly n favor of one team or another- no system can be perfect. But for people to say that it *always* favours the batting side is just nonsense. I think on the whole it's pretty fair.

  • on September 19, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    @Garibaldi.. Dude.. Don't you get the simple fact that England were well aware of the fact that instead of slogging, they have to play aggressively as in 20-20 cricket. They went for a flurry of boundaries during the fielding restrictions. SO it wasn't difficult to score (and that too when your batsmen knew that are bowlers aren't good enough!). Mark my words, if we would have batted second in any match, no score would have been be unachievable. Cricinfo publish.

  • on September 19, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    @ Kritika Prasad, Yeah Indian team will rise but ONLY in subcontinent, and also Sachin will get his 100th century....

    And please don't get me wrong with this comment. I have a lot of respect for Sachin. He is the best batsman ever produced by the game of cricket.

  • Meety on September 18, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Bad luck India this time. Probably should of won this, would of IF they'd taken more wickets.

  • on September 18, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    @ whoevr saying dat ENG had to chase at highr RR.. plss think ovr again...wen u reduce overs n target, the chances of a team getting bowled out or getng into it's tail ALSO reduces... u cant argue lik this if DL method sets u a target of 90 or 100 for 10 overs.. becoz any team in the world wil go aftr d oppostn bowling as dey hav those 10 wickts in hand! its simple....DL method is rarely unfair(excludng dat SA v/s AUS match), though it's too complicated & diffcult to understand.. becz in d tied match, the par score for ENG b4 dat last ball wickt was 269...and aftr d wicket it increased by just 1 run to 270, whereas in yestrdays match fall of one wicket increased d par score by about 5-6 runs

  • Harry31j on September 18, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    @garibaldi, D/L always favors 2nd batting team exception being when just 2 or 3 overs r remaining. It reduces required overs thus allows top or middle order play risky shots since lower order won't have to play too many overs even if they got out. Granted it increases rrr but then par score rrr for t20 is always more than that for odi & that for odi more than for tests, since problem for lower order, especially a good one, isn't scoring rate but preserving their wickets. Imagine for a second pressure on lower order to score at more than 6 per over for last10-15 overs in odi, then you will know why captains prefer to bat 2nd when there're chances of D/l being involved.@garibaldi, D/L always favors 2nd batting team exception being when just 2 or 3 overs r remaining. It reduces required overs thus allows top or middle order play risky shots since lower order won't have to play too many overs even if they got out. Granted it increases rrr but then par score rrr for t20 is always more than

  • kalyankk1985 on September 18, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    For all those who say england lost just 34 runs from 10 overs, they are removing the mosti mportant factor of dew. with dew, it becomes difficult for any one to hold the ball. if the toss was won by india, india would well have won every game convincingly and then english team wud have said english one-day team is still rising to no.1 but its already no.1 test team. wake up england fans. winning in england doesnt make any team the best. please ask ur english team to win in every continent -both test and one-day series and then tell they are great team. as of now, english have marginally crossed the expectrations of england playing in england though india gave them very tough challenge in every match. depleted india lost 11 players over the tour which full A team and a half B team. so, this is the result of ind-eng tour - eng A team beating ind C team in england .. anything less than that wud have pushed eng below zim or WI in rankings :)

  • on September 17, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    @Mohsin or whatever... Excuses? Listen up.. One series don't give you the right to write off any team. And that too Indian team. Every team has highs and lows and India can only rise from here. In fact it's good lesson for the team and we will overcome them for sure.

  • garibaldi on September 17, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    @Empirestrikesagain- sorry, but that is insulting nonsense, please would people stop these absurd accusations! @Kritika Prasad- by the way, do you *really* think the DL adjustment favoured England yesterday?! You've got to be joking, right? !

  • garibaldi on September 17, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @sachbak: no the defeat *shouldn't* haunt India for years if they learn from it. The reason England are a strong team now is that after that Ashes humiliation, instead of moaning about how unfair it was that key players were injured or how conditions favoured Australia, everyone recognised that bad mistakes a d a bad attitude had helped cause a terrible performance, and a plan was quickly put in place to learn from those mistakes. @Kritika Prasad: yes, the stats show the Indian batsmen were very good, especially Dhoni - but that's exactly where India don't seem to get it: cricket is a team game, and they have played like a bunch of individuals. Same as Ashes 2009- Australia had most of the best individual performances, but England were the better team.

  • EmpiresStrikeAgain on September 17, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    This tour has again showed that even International Players shows gimmicks. Now this time Few Indian Players(Sehwag/Gambhir/Yuvraj/Harbhajan) have hidden themselves behind their injuries(Sachin/Zaheer may have real problem). Because they know their credentials very well in seaming bowler friendly conditions. I will not say that only Indian Players do this. Some fast bowlers from outside subcontinents like Dennis Lilee / McGrath(few times) / Brett Lee (few times) / Broad (this time) had got hidden themselves behind the injuries before touring Indian Subcontinent. What I believe is all these players just do this to keep intact their track record good by just playing in their COMFORT ZONES. What they look is the condition of wickets for the tour as well as quality of batters or bowlers & nobody wants to be part of loosing side.....

  • aracer on September 17, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    @varunaggarwal - you should check the teams when England met India in the WC - only 4 England players from that team have played in this series, only 3 India players admittedly, but 4 playing from your final team. It doesn't really matter why these people are out of the team - you're playing what you have available we're playing ours.

  • sachbak on September 17, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge , this tour will not haunt India for decades. When England lost 5-0 to Aus, did that 'haunt' them for decades?? You may like to think that it will haunt India, but it will not. India will be back more stronger. Which other players left with 'suspicious' injuries, please enlighten us.

  • simpleadmin on September 17, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    well guys,this odi series showed what eng could face in India,,,,,they might have won odi series ,but by virtue of luck,rain, injuries to key players,,,,In India its a different ball game,similar issues might happen to England,,,,overall Indian Batsmen performed superbly in difficult conditions,unfortunately Indian bowlers couldn perform in difficult conditions,,,,big positives that India take form this series is that Dhoni,Raina,Kohli are in prime form and also inexperienced batsmen like parthiv,rahane performed well.this will haunt england when they come to india,,,Big issue for england is Dhoni is back to form,,,,

  • on September 17, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    @Kritika Prasad- which batting pros are you referring to? All the current guys are good enough, and please hold back your judgment when calling them 'second string'. This is the future team for India, and the batsmen have done enough to be called a first-string side.I really don't want Sachin at all in this new-look India side. Let him get his 100th century and then we can let him go. Well done England. Well done, young India batsmen. Now let us get some good bowlers and also learn to do without Zaheer.It is a shame when we have to depend on just 1 bowler.

  • aracer on September 17, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    @Kritika Prasad - I'm loving the contradictions in your comment. The reason Dhoni is top of the stats is because you've been playing 50 over cricket whilst we've been playing 20/20! Bopara got more runs per innings and per ball faced than Dhoni. Though I can't actually remember the last time I saw 241 or 270 scored in a 20/20. You do also realise that D/L targets set for teams batting second with reduced overs aren't actually very generous (doubtless if India had been chasing a D/L target you'd have used the excuse that the target was unfair)? You could of course always take a cue from your heroes Dhoni and Dravid and be a bit more gracious in defeat - lots of respect for them.

  • on September 17, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    @mhk21: hiiii.. u r playing in ur home condition and talking like this. ok lets see when u come to india, what you gonna to do? and then repeat this comment...

  • on September 17, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    @ Kritika Prasad , Lolz !!!! From where you getting all these excuses for Indian Team ??? Lets face it, Indian team haven't managed to win a single match in the tour ... Even the first few matches of the tour when most of the injured players were available and were playing the match...

    May be stats shows the highest run getter in MS Dhoni and other things, but fact of the matter is , team performance is the thing that is matter to win the matches, not the brilliance of an individuals, and England team put a team efforts even as Sunil Gavasker said England is the "rest of the World" team as they are the combination of foreign countries players.

    Time to say Good bye to the fantasy world you are living in .....

  • on September 17, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @mhk21: Lets see how this English team will play in the Sub Continent....

  • kevinpp24 on September 17, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    @varunagarwal, its not about who is injured or dropped? its about Indian bench strength vs England bench strength and I think England prevailed in the end. You fans are talking as if India is full strength they are gonna score 400 after 400 after 400. No its not like that may be 20-30 runs more than what this Indian team did. But remember your bowling is more or less same only Zaheer is missing, Harbhajan is useless anyway and Ishant is not even in the squad. So England can chase if they bat well but it will be tough because of conditions and crowd only.

  • on September 17, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Though I am an Indian fan,I would lyk 2 say that 'REALLY WELL PLAYED ENGLAND - Even if India had won Lords odi,scoreline would have read Eng 3 and Ind 1 and India still would have lost the series.MSD played well as he got Man of series award bt his stupid captaincy amused me n was main cause of our loss in 5th odi : Bowling Ashwin for 4 overs and nt 7(Instead Jadeja bowled more overs than Ashwin),wrong field placements,nt selecting Varun in playing 11.Though I am an Indian fan,I would lyk 2 say that 'REALLY WELL PLAYED ENGLAND - Even if India had won Lords odi,scoreline would have read Eng 3 and Ind 1 and India still would have lost the series.MSD played well as he got Man of series award bt his stupid captaincy amused me n was main cause of our loss in 5th odi : Bowling Ashwin for 4 overs and nt 7(Instead Jadeja bowled more overs than Ashwin),wrong field placements,nt selecting Varun in playing 11.

  • 5wombats on September 17, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    @demon_bowler - yes, I saw Dravid shake hands with Bairstow on the way off too. I thought that was tremendous. What a legend.

  • Valavan on September 17, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    @varunagarwal, it was most indian fans who always say india played D team or E team, any team only play with resources available, Only Strauss retired, rest all are still available for ODIs and its upto ECB to pick them, Pietersen is rested, as same what indians did in Wi tour. You can bring and put your first team against England in any neutral condition, winning wont be that easy, mate your big pies like sehwag, sachin, harbhajan and zaheer are butter fingers in field, atleast this team shows wonderful commitment in fielding, and i think this Indian team may be in WC2015, groom it rather hanging with oldies.

  • mhk21 on September 17, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    lol...the so called world champions finding it difficult to win outside the subcontinent...i guess they should be called the world champions of subcontinent .........and alkin about the injuries one should appreciate that both teams had injuries and the bench strength of eng is quite competitive while the bench strength of india is not good enough to keep them in top 5 ....

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on September 17, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Zaheer excluded, the 'injured' Indian players left the tour with very suspicious injuries: Harbajan started it with an 'strain' that couldn't show up on a scan. What a weak and shameful tour this has been for India, Dravid besides. England are clearly the better team, in all conditions to, but this tour will haunt India for decades to come.

  • on September 17, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Dravid is a player which is unique if you would have followed him from starting the player never copies his shots in fact he has perfect style and attitude towards an incoming delivery , may be he is not playing ODI any more but he should play test and put some more icing i wonder some time is he playing for pride if he is then i would suggest him Dravid play because u want to play and enjoy the game dont wait for a good innings to retire every one backs u as u r fav of millions of fans all over the world, thanks for being part of Indian cricket you are a wonderful entertainer ... all the best for new Test

  • on September 17, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Ugh!Was this even ODI series.. It was not genuine cricket! India Batted brilliantly in all the innings for whole 50 overs. And when England comes in, it is 20-20 cricket by D/L method! Not fair at all. And ya.. Cook is the one who was defensive. Knows his team's strength is bowling and not batting. They might have put in India to bat. But even a second string side could amass so much score (especially in cow pastures). Wonder what the Batting pros will do when they get back. England fans.. a piece of reality check for you.. Go check the stats.. In this Natwest series, The highest run getter is MSDhoni and there are 6 Indian batsmen in top 10 scoring batsmen in this series. Plus,wait till our specialist bowlers come about. P.S: My heart goes out to Ashwin who couldn't get a good spin courtesy rain! huh!

  • on September 17, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Ugh!Was this even ODI series.. It was not genuine cricket! India Batted brilliantly in all the innings for whole 50 overs. And when England comes in, it is 20-20 cricket by D/L method! Not fair at all. And ya.. Cook is the one who was defensive. Knows his team's strength is bowling and not batting. They might have put in India to bat. But even a second string side could amass so much score (especially in cow pastures). Wonder what the Batting pros will do when they get back. England fans.. a piece of reality check for you.. Go check the stats.. In this Natwest series, The highest run getter is MS Dhoni and there are 6 Indian batsmen in top 10 scoring batsmen in this series. Plus,wait till our specialist bowlers come about. P.S: My heart goes out to Ashwin who couldn't get a good spin courtesy rain! huh!

  • Rajul_Tandon on September 17, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    @nickcarter80...whatever may have been the result...england proved to be a better team and they won however no one can take the glory away from "2011 WORLD CHAMPS----INDIA"....apart from this lets see when can this english team win this elusive silver ware...no doubt england played brilliantly in tests but this one day series was sheer luck and the rain god playing a major role...

  • jazee on September 17, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    @azmaftab -- Of course the UAE conditions will suit Pak as same as their home ground and England will be out of Eng. So, I do not think that Eng will be the same Eng as they have played against Ind. In Oct, Eng will play Ind again in India. Then we can compare that sereis with that of Eng vs Pak. Hopefully, some or all of the injured Indians will be back in playing 11.

  • ausaff on September 17, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    INDIANS stop making excuses .......and telling let ENG come to india..As they say dont count ur chickens before they hatch

  • landl47 on September 17, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Looking at how the alleged first team Indian players performed in the tests and how the young players performed in the ODIs, India should consider keeping the young players in the side. That applies to the batsmen, of course; of the bowlers only Praveen had any kind of a tour. Zaheer (33 in three weeks) is past his best, Bhaji was in no sort of form before he was injured and who else is there? Indian fans are calling for Aaron, but in 11 first-class matches his average is 38. He might be a good prospect, but evidently he wasn't impressive enough in the nets for India to put him into the ODI side. This is a young England team (8 of the 11 age 26 or younger) with Broad, Morgan and lots of good prospects waiting in the wings. From where I sit, the future belongs to England.

  • the_Prince on September 17, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    All says that Indian Team have injuries, Young players and raining is the cause of Indian defeat, but English team also had injuries, young players and affected by rain also and there is no Straus, KP, Anderson, broad, Morgan... the target was 241 from 34 overs after 10 overs as duck-worth Lois method and that was a huge target.. standing ovation to England for winning the series with young players against the World Champs... Indians are the home lions....but outside the India they are......?????

  • on September 17, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    India must cofess that they have lost badly. Injuries/ rain/home are just LAME EXCUSES. Keeping in view form current form of INDIA/ENG I do not expect a better result than 3-2 win upcoming home series. Even result may be reverse.

  • max234 on September 17, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    i didn't believe that inspite of bowling failure for the last month and half they didn't tested varun aaron,as usual they gone with tried and tested fellows.they forgot that england mostly won because of their lower order, so in my opinion for them atleast a pace bowler who can can bowl 140+ regularly was required.

  • varunaggarwal on September 17, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    @kevinpp24 - dude we are short of our 7 players from world cup squad(Gambhir,Sehwag,Tendulkar,Yuvraj,Harbajan,Nehra,Zaheer) and england is short of Petersen,Strauss, Collingwood(al these three are dropped).Morgan is the only one who is out due to injury.Don't make false statements.I agree England played better than us in this series but let see how they are going to play against our full strength and on India.......

  • nickcarter80 on September 17, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    Congratulations England. But I'm pretty sure Indian fans will still say India is world no 1 and they are the world champions. They will still say that even India get white-washed by Zimbabwe.

  • johnathonjosephs on September 17, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    Ouch. Must be hard for Indian supporters to come from so high of a pedestal of WC glory and No. 1 side to No. 5 ODI side and No. 3 Test Side without winning a single game in the series. That said, this bairstow guy is impressive... Strike rate around 200 on debut under pressure in rain AND scoring 40 odd not out is no small achievement. He'll be competiting with Ravi for the limited overs side

  • Trickstar on September 17, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Some people need a reality check if they think the rain helped England, they knocked off 63 runs from the total Indian total but also 16 overs, that's 96 balls, that's under 4 rpo . At the time I thought it would be a very tough chase but in the end they did it easily and tbh they could have chased 350 if they needed to. This year for Yorkshire it's been a coming of age for Jonny and he's gone from getting his maiden ton in first class cricket to smashing the Indian bowlers around Cardiff, brilliant year for the lad. Trouble is now us lot at Yorkshire will be without his services next year just like Bresnan this and he's going to take some replacing.

  • azmaftab on September 17, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Well done England!! And for all those who are saying the rain helped England probably don't realize that the revised total shaved off 10 overs and a miserly 34 runs.... England outplayed the indians and deserve the credit! Now I'm excited for Eng vs Pak in UAE, Pakistan have played well against a rejuvenated Zimbabwe. Though zim are not in the same class as Eng but Pakistan did play with their B side as well! So it's gonna be exciting to see two strong benches :)

  • on September 16, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    let them come to the tour of india.. we will get them..

  • aracer on September 16, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    The other significant play which doesn't get a mention was the toss - 9th in a row for Cook, and 11th out of 13 in total, making him with Srikkanth the joint most lucky captain who's captained at least 10 matches.

  • demon_bowler on September 16, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Not a single mention of Bairstow's jaw-droppingly brilliant innings -- did Andrew Miller leave the game early?!

  • Rakim on September 16, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    So happy for England and Bairstow. Great knock man!! India have, no one but themselves to blame...Too much IPL, fat players, injured players, and players who can only play on batting pitches. WHY THEY DIDN'T LET PLAY VARUN AARON, not even T20? this is a shame....

  • binojpeter on September 16, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    I don't wish to be harsh on Rahul Dravid. I understand that he deserves a good farewell but I wonder whether it was a smart idea to play him or it was a backward move. He always struggled to maintain run a ball in his prime, so to do that now was a huge ask. Anyway, I can't remember any series since I started watching cricket that India ended without a single win.

  • shrastogi on September 16, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    First it was an inform English test team then English Rain God. Young Indian one day team got its act together and batted well despite playing with a batsman less but English weather had its last laugh for England. What let them down also was their modest bowling resources. Its time to blood youngsters especially in bowling. When Gambhir, Sehwag and Yuvraj are back the batting would be more formidable. In India Yuvraj/ Raina can fill the slot of fifth bowler but in Australia you would need good fast bowlers. Zaheer Khan & Ishant would need third fast bowler which in tests can be Varun Aaron. Praveen Kumar is good for one dayers but is hardly an option in tests in Australia.Aaron must have got a hang of what international cricket is. Take him to Australia also and play him there. As of England they wont find things easy in India if India is full strength.

  • demon_bowler on September 16, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Unbelievable hitting by Johnny Bairstow there -- nerveless, breath-taking, awesome. Can't remember a 21-year-old Englishman making such an enthralling debut.

    And man-of-the-series Ravi Bopara saw it home too.

    And India have had a wretched tour with very little luck going there way, but rather than heading off the damp, cold Cardiff ground as fast as they could, many of them, led by the great Rahul Dravid stopped to congratulate Bairstow. Really great sportsmanship there by the Indian team, wonderful ambassadors for their country.

  • kevinpp24 on September 16, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    wow!!!! is there any way to extend the tour? Bairstow you beauty!!! Guess what 5 players from WC squad played for India and 4 for England. So a depleted England side beaten depleted Indian side. I've never been proud of being an England supporter like today. wow!!!!!!!!

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  • kevinpp24 on September 16, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    wow!!!! is there any way to extend the tour? Bairstow you beauty!!! Guess what 5 players from WC squad played for India and 4 for England. So a depleted England side beaten depleted Indian side. I've never been proud of being an England supporter like today. wow!!!!!!!!

  • demon_bowler on September 16, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Unbelievable hitting by Johnny Bairstow there -- nerveless, breath-taking, awesome. Can't remember a 21-year-old Englishman making such an enthralling debut.

    And man-of-the-series Ravi Bopara saw it home too.

    And India have had a wretched tour with very little luck going there way, but rather than heading off the damp, cold Cardiff ground as fast as they could, many of them, led by the great Rahul Dravid stopped to congratulate Bairstow. Really great sportsmanship there by the Indian team, wonderful ambassadors for their country.

  • shrastogi on September 16, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    First it was an inform English test team then English Rain God. Young Indian one day team got its act together and batted well despite playing with a batsman less but English weather had its last laugh for England. What let them down also was their modest bowling resources. Its time to blood youngsters especially in bowling. When Gambhir, Sehwag and Yuvraj are back the batting would be more formidable. In India Yuvraj/ Raina can fill the slot of fifth bowler but in Australia you would need good fast bowlers. Zaheer Khan & Ishant would need third fast bowler which in tests can be Varun Aaron. Praveen Kumar is good for one dayers but is hardly an option in tests in Australia.Aaron must have got a hang of what international cricket is. Take him to Australia also and play him there. As of England they wont find things easy in India if India is full strength.

  • binojpeter on September 16, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    I don't wish to be harsh on Rahul Dravid. I understand that he deserves a good farewell but I wonder whether it was a smart idea to play him or it was a backward move. He always struggled to maintain run a ball in his prime, so to do that now was a huge ask. Anyway, I can't remember any series since I started watching cricket that India ended without a single win.

  • Rakim on September 16, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    So happy for England and Bairstow. Great knock man!! India have, no one but themselves to blame...Too much IPL, fat players, injured players, and players who can only play on batting pitches. WHY THEY DIDN'T LET PLAY VARUN AARON, not even T20? this is a shame....

  • demon_bowler on September 16, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Not a single mention of Bairstow's jaw-droppingly brilliant innings -- did Andrew Miller leave the game early?!

  • aracer on September 16, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    The other significant play which doesn't get a mention was the toss - 9th in a row for Cook, and 11th out of 13 in total, making him with Srikkanth the joint most lucky captain who's captained at least 10 matches.

  • on September 16, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    let them come to the tour of india.. we will get them..

  • azmaftab on September 17, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Well done England!! And for all those who are saying the rain helped England probably don't realize that the revised total shaved off 10 overs and a miserly 34 runs.... England outplayed the indians and deserve the credit! Now I'm excited for Eng vs Pak in UAE, Pakistan have played well against a rejuvenated Zimbabwe. Though zim are not in the same class as Eng but Pakistan did play with their B side as well! So it's gonna be exciting to see two strong benches :)

  • Trickstar on September 17, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Some people need a reality check if they think the rain helped England, they knocked off 63 runs from the total Indian total but also 16 overs, that's 96 balls, that's under 4 rpo . At the time I thought it would be a very tough chase but in the end they did it easily and tbh they could have chased 350 if they needed to. This year for Yorkshire it's been a coming of age for Jonny and he's gone from getting his maiden ton in first class cricket to smashing the Indian bowlers around Cardiff, brilliant year for the lad. Trouble is now us lot at Yorkshire will be without his services next year just like Bresnan this and he's going to take some replacing.