Leicestershire v Indians, Tour match, Leicester, 3rd day June 28, 2014

Ishant heckled as Robson, Smith flay rusty Indians

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Indians 333 for 4 dec (Dhawan 60 [ret hurt], Pujara 57, Gambhir 54) drew with Leicestershire 349 for 5 (Robson 126, Smith 101, Redfern 58)
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Angus Robson, the younger brother of England's new opening batsman Sam, and Greg Smith hit run-a-ball centuries as their 221-run second-wicket stand ensured a chastening time in the field for the Indians' seven-strong fast-bowling attack on the final day of their first warm-up match against Leicestershire.

Both batsmen played with gusto and freedom to allow Leicestershire to dominate the day which saw the morning session curtailed to just 13 overs after rain interrupted play after an hour, but it did not matter to the Robson-Smith combination as they scored at almost six runs an over. The pair added 178 runs in the middle session comprising 30 overs.

It has been a fine week for the Robson family with Sam registering his maiden Test century at Headingley exactly a week ago against Sri Lanka. This was the younger Robson's highest score of the season which had previously included six fifties. He expects a phone call from his brother ahead of the Test series - for the odd bit of information about the Indian bowlers - and his only regret was that this was not a first-class fixture.

"It's been a pretty special day," he said. "Mum and Dad have been here. It's funny how it works out, two Saturdays in a row they've seen us make hundreds."

Ten days ago Smith scored a century at his home ground in the T20 Blast against Nottinghamshire. He also has a Championship hundred this season and reached the landmark today with consecutive sixes against the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. Both straight hits went crashing into the sightscreen at the Bennett End with the first one even creating a dent.

But a deeper dent was created in the opposition bowling camp. The Indians might say it was the first day on the job for the bowlers, but at times it became embarrassing. Ishant Sharma, one of the three players from the current squad to have played Test cricket in England, and the bowling captain by default in the absence of Zaheer Khan, failed to make any impact and effectively became a figure of ridicule for a group of Indian fans at the Bennett End, who endlessly heckled him each time he walked back to his bowling mark.

Ishant, who had taken consecutive five-wicket hauls in the two-Test series in New Zealand in February, India's previous series in the longest format, was listless for most of his three spells. He started with a no-ball in the morning session which had to be immediately called off as the rain arrived and upon returning he delivered two further no-balls as his first over went for 11 runs. His first spell of four overs leaked 41 runs and he overstepped six times.

As he retreated to long leg Indian fans were not afraid to offer some advice. "Put some effort. Bend down," one fan shouted. As he lined up to deliver another over, Ishant would not have missed the annoying scream coming from the crowd: "How many fours are you going to give this over?"

It might have been amusing to the ear, but the Indians may have found the impatience of their fans a little bit irritating. Barring Ishant, none of the other quicks had ever bowled with the red ball in England. And it showed straightaway.

It was overcast right through Saturday and the Indians might have fancied taking advantage of what they perceived as helpful conditions. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose primary strength is swing, struggled to find the right length throughout his solitary spell of seven overs which went for 46 runs including ten fours, all of which came at the hands of an aggressive Robson.

Later Robson said that he took advantage of the fuller lengths Bhuvneshwar bowled while attempting to swing the ball. He felt the Indians started with intensity, but grew "tired" as he and Smith stretched the partnership. He also felt that while the bowling attack was inexperienced, it was their lack of knowledge of him that played into his hands.

"The lengths they bowled this morning were fullish and I was looking to drive as I usually do," he said. "After I faced the first couple of overs of Kumar I felt he was a skiddy sort of a bowler and the best way to take him on was to drive him and hit him for a few fours. He swing it around a lot and I felt that If I was stuck around in my crease I was just sitting ducks."

The key to succeed in England has always remained the same: pitch on lengths that make the batsmen play and move the ball enough to bring the slips into play. Today the Indians created just a handful of such opportunities. One of them was plucked spectacularly by Ajinkya Rahane early in the morning session when he intercepted an outside edge from Leicestershire captain Matthew Boyce who was troubled by some away movement from Pankaj Singh.

Pankaj, along with Mohammad Shami and later Varun Aaron, were the pick of the Indian bowlers as the trio bowled at a good pace and created some doubts for the batsmen.

With another three-day match against Derbyshire starting on Tuesday, the Indians will ideally want to get an idea of their lead pack of bowlers for the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 9. They did, however, get a late boost when Ishant took two wickets in three balls in an aggressive over he was allowed to bowl in fading light.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Darkmanx12155 on July 1, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    All you haters out there will worship Ishanth after the 5 tests. Ishanth is the best bet we have right now people. He is bad in sub continent, no doubt. but in helping conditions like Australia, NZ, SA, england, he is lethal with his swing and bounce at high speeds. Buvi is good in india only. Pankaj Singh will do well if he gets picked. Shami is good too.

    Go Ishanth, show these haters what u got. Funny how people can forget your match winning performances so soon. I sure hope you bring us glory and show what u can do in helping conditions. All these pundits seems to forget that its ONLY you who picked up 2 wickets in the previous practice game. dhoni knows and does the best for the country. his faith in ishanth will bring him glory this time around.

  • TimeKiller on June 30, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Team India is going to miss the services of the two best swing bowlers in the country: The Kumars - Praveen and Vinay. Yadav should be there as well, instead of Aaron, Ishant, Pankaj and Binny.

  • JerryV on June 30, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    It has become painful to watch "I shan't" bowl. Even though his visit comes at just the right time for Cook.

  • on June 30, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    speed doesn't mean skill of wicket taking Umesh lack line and length letting batsmen to thump him.

  • sharidas on June 30, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Yes ! Would have liked to see Umesh Yadav in this squad !

  • chotteguru on June 30, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    All those who want Umesh should recognise that Speed without consistent line and length is disastrous as you will get thumped. Then I would rather choose a good spinner, even in English conditions.

  • DingDong420 on June 30, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Ishant should be nowhere near the Indian team EVER

  • malepas on June 30, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    I can't believe India can leave out Umesh, he is the best aggressive fast bowler India has at the moment, he would be an ideal pair with Shami and Buvi, as for Ishant, he is Mohammad Sami of India, India want him to do well but he always disappoint, he is a very much confidence bowler and if he gets attached which is now an open secret, he loose his confidence quickly and start spraying the ball. India will find it very hard to contain England, there best chance is to make big first innings runs every time and put pressure on England in 4th innings when there will be some spin available.

  • BradmanBestEver on June 30, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Sharma is a third-string trundler at best

  • cricket_slcsupport on June 30, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    All the Best Team India. Beat the English ! ! ! ! ! If we SriLankan's can do it, you can do better..., Hope Dhawan, Kholi etc., make good runs and play aggressive cricket

  • Darkmanx12155 on July 1, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    All you haters out there will worship Ishanth after the 5 tests. Ishanth is the best bet we have right now people. He is bad in sub continent, no doubt. but in helping conditions like Australia, NZ, SA, england, he is lethal with his swing and bounce at high speeds. Buvi is good in india only. Pankaj Singh will do well if he gets picked. Shami is good too.

    Go Ishanth, show these haters what u got. Funny how people can forget your match winning performances so soon. I sure hope you bring us glory and show what u can do in helping conditions. All these pundits seems to forget that its ONLY you who picked up 2 wickets in the previous practice game. dhoni knows and does the best for the country. his faith in ishanth will bring him glory this time around.

  • TimeKiller on June 30, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Team India is going to miss the services of the two best swing bowlers in the country: The Kumars - Praveen and Vinay. Yadav should be there as well, instead of Aaron, Ishant, Pankaj and Binny.

  • JerryV on June 30, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    It has become painful to watch "I shan't" bowl. Even though his visit comes at just the right time for Cook.

  • on June 30, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    speed doesn't mean skill of wicket taking Umesh lack line and length letting batsmen to thump him.

  • sharidas on June 30, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Yes ! Would have liked to see Umesh Yadav in this squad !

  • chotteguru on June 30, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    All those who want Umesh should recognise that Speed without consistent line and length is disastrous as you will get thumped. Then I would rather choose a good spinner, even in English conditions.

  • DingDong420 on June 30, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Ishant should be nowhere near the Indian team EVER

  • malepas on June 30, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    I can't believe India can leave out Umesh, he is the best aggressive fast bowler India has at the moment, he would be an ideal pair with Shami and Buvi, as for Ishant, he is Mohammad Sami of India, India want him to do well but he always disappoint, he is a very much confidence bowler and if he gets attached which is now an open secret, he loose his confidence quickly and start spraying the ball. India will find it very hard to contain England, there best chance is to make big first innings runs every time and put pressure on England in 4th innings when there will be some spin available.

  • BradmanBestEver on June 30, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Sharma is a third-string trundler at best

  • cricket_slcsupport on June 30, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    All the Best Team India. Beat the English ! ! ! ! ! If we SriLankan's can do it, you can do better..., Hope Dhawan, Kholi etc., make good runs and play aggressive cricket

  • Raginggbull on June 30, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    @ReeceLebanOz.. Is ponting in the list of other greats? With the only 100 he got against India in India.Cant stop laughing. Sachin class is world known.

  • Sultan2007 on June 30, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Its still not too late. Ishant is not the man. Please, someone show sense and call in Umesh. He may not do the job but he certainly will provide greater penetration than Ishant. We need 2 140Kph+ bowlers and a stock bowler. HAs to be Bhuvi+Shami+Umesh with Pankaj, depending on the situation. Speed creates uncertainty for any batsman. We saw it against the Srilankans. And they were an inexperienced attacked. Ishant has been around long enough and obviously hasnt taken to coaching at all. Still scrambled seam trundling in at 132K's. If he is to be the effective bowling captain as well, Lord help India! Take a chance on youngsters who may at least take to coaching well

  • patg on June 30, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    I do not think indian bowling attack is good enough to win a test match series in England . India will do well in ODIs. . But they will toil in tests.

  • on June 30, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    So is Bangladesh batting worse than Leics or Indian bowlers affected by Ishant factor. He has won us matches 6 years before, but then being a young pace man has not contributed for any success. You can bowl your heart out without any success for may be two to three series but if it's a trend in your career it's better get into IT industry because it needs no knowledge and you can survive after n number of blemishes.

  • HonestTalk on June 30, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Why do India need to have any Fast Bowlers in the playing XI at all ? India can go with XI batsman and our part time bowlers must be good enough to replace the fast bowlers. Having said that my line up for the 1st Test wld be:

    Dhawan Vijay Pujara Kohli Rohit Rahane Dhoni Ashwin Pankaj Shami Pandey

  • ashok16 on June 30, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Unlike the other Indian team that have recently visited England, the expectations for this team so low that even a single draw will be considered a big deal. Five tests! Many in the Indian team wont even last five days.

  • cric1965 on June 30, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    India,s batting is strong. According to batting strength India should be able to beat England. if India do not beat England that means their test bowling standard is below the Sri Lankan bowlers. 1971- Bedi, Chandrasekar, Venkataraghavan 1986- Kapil dev, Chetan sharma, Madan Lal, Binny, Maninder singh 2007- Zaheer Khan and kumble are the bowlers who help to win series In England. Can new Indian bowlers perform like their past greats?

  • Desihungama on June 30, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    As a Pakistani fan and fellow Asian I am very disappointed to hear this. If these players are part of the team then we should be backing to the full specially on any away tours where they need it most rather than hurting their confidence. Ishant has been a match winner and I am sure in helpful conditions he'll come good.

  • on June 30, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    And yet again Indian team is over hyped in England's series...I see history is going to repeat with this filthy pace attack...how disgusting...just look at the strike rate of opposition second grade batsmen...bowlers of Indian team should be shameful of this...well the most worst thing ever happened to this Indian bowling attack is Ishanth leading it whobis not even worth of playing in Indian team....At least from now BCCI should believe in Indian coaches....I need dravid not as a mentor but as a main coach...kumble and kapil as bowling coaches....This is the country that produced the best men for gentlemen game over decades...I only wish Indian team shouldn't lost it's pride in this series and help other batsmen to get back on form...as this team is well-known for it...have you forgot Clarke and McCullum triplets ??

  • Chris_P on June 29, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    I am not a big fan of retiring out but if it the batsman's choice and if they have had a few experiences with hitting centuries, I guess it's ok. However, young Robson had just hit his maiden FC century, & knowing hard hard they are to rack up & also knowing that there will be tough times ahead, I would have thought it would have been better for his & England's interest to let him bat on as long as possible. It's way too early to condemn the Indian bowling, but they will need to pick up their game, that said, they have time.

  • on June 29, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Sachin was a great, will be a great . there is no doubt in that., But YUvi has been the best batsman in the ODI, Laxman has been in the Tests and in t20 Raina is the best batsmen for INdia..

  • JustIPL on June 29, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    No matter how many bowler should play if they are not that good quality. There is no question of being rusty while they are just coming from a grueling IPL season. There could be a fatigue factor however which may lead to a zaheer like breakdown. Dhoni knew what is there in stocks and avoided to expose his bowling stocks first up in this game. Also, there were strange rules for this game as no limit of players. Looked like a joke. Anyway, indian bowlers got hit by unknown bats. Let's see how it goes as poms need to just repeat their performance from SL series.

  • madhavkarthik on June 29, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    Ishant or Jadeja giving more runs in more than four or five over, it is not their mistake, It is a Captain mistake. Captain should not allow any bowler who is costing more runs in consecutive three overs in Test Match and more than two overs in one day or T20 match. Then we bound to hear the comment of labour, flay and rusty.

  • vkumar_086 on June 29, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    @Lassie.Perera...sachin played well in all parts of the world...and not only in subcontinent...remember that innings of 143 and 134 runs(back to back centuries) against Australia in Sharjah...98 runs in 2003 WC super 6 match against Pak in fast friendly pitch of centurion...and that too against the likes of Akhtar, Sami and Waqar...he blasted them all around the park....one more innings against Australia in Perth (fastest pitch in the world)...in this pitch the players of OTHER SC TEAMS are yet to score century...Sanga is a good player but NOT BEST....can you name any good match winning innings of Sanga or any other subcontinent player(except Indian players) outside subcontinent...

  • on June 29, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    5 bowlers and short spells is the way to go in this tour. For that to happen indian batsmen should ensure they make up for the 5th bowler by scoring heavy.

  • on June 29, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Dear ms Dhoni and selectors when are you guys going to learn Picking both sharma ' are going bring us defeat. So Mr Dhoni if you really wants to win please don't play Ishant sharma, he doesn't even deserve to play in domestic level. You should have picked umesh and zaheer. Good luck India

  • on June 29, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    We should of got Irphan Pathan back in the test squad against England.

  • on June 29, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Replace Ishanth with Stuart Binny

  • Shubham18 on June 29, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    It seems like history will b repeated on this tour with a 0-5 scoreline. MSD needs to learn from his mistakes or else be ready to lose again.

    India are a weak bowling side and should play 5 main bowlers instead of 4. In ODIs they manage to win because you need runs to win in ODIs T20s but in Tests u need 20 wickets to win. Even teams like New Zealand West Indies others play 5 bowlers in Tests. Why cant India do that with a comparatively strong batting line-up there to support it.

    MSD should play 6 batsman 5 bowlers if he wants to win.

    India's XI could be: Dhawan,Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni,Jadeja, Bhuvi,Ishant, Shami, Pankaj

    Depending on 2nd practice match Rahane could open wid Gambhir Aaron could replace Ishant if he bowls well Ashwin may come back if he can bowl better Playing Dhawan is a risk bcoz early wicket can put pressure on other batsman so Rahane & Gambhir would b my pick

    My XI: Rahane, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant, Pankaj

  • wolf777 on June 29, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    With young fast bowlers in the side needing a mentor, the thought of Ishant Sharma as a 'Bowling Captain' is ridiculous. With his own continued bad bowling form in such a bad shape, how he is going to help others? He himself needs help with his bowling. The better mentor would be Zaheer Khan who could teach young fast bowlers like Arron a thing or two. Four fast bowlers and Jadeja as an alrounder, Zaheer could have easily played test matches without overworking his aging body.

  • Nampally on June 29, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    @cheguramana: You are correct when you say Indian pace attack is not so bad. But it is not the BEST available. Umesh Yadev & Aaron are the 2 fastest bowlers who have touched 150 KPH. Umesh is out of this 18 man squad. Rohit Sharma was bowling well in ODI's & T20. He is not IN either. As for the rest Kumar & Shami are the most talented whilst Pandey & Pankaj are debutants. Ishant Sharma is the most expensive bowler & also most experienced but no control on length & line. All this shows that India needed bowlers to be coached. I, along with several regular Fans, have been commenting for the past 3 years in Cricinfo columns, urgent need for intensive coaching Camps for these bowlers. Indian team Must have Best coaches for Batting, Bowling & Fielding accompanying them on each tour along with 2 Physios/ masseurs, + a doctor building them on mental attitude. Every major Baseball team in MLB uses this approach. BCCI is so rich but never focuses on Indian Cricket NEEDS. I ask you sir, Why?

  • fairfan70 on June 29, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    I am afraid many Indian fans knew and expected this poor quality bowling from Indian attack. This bowling squad just don't look test class. Selectors have failed to drop mediocre bowlers like Ishant Sharma who wouldn't be able to get into county sides and encourage some new bowlers.

  • hiranya on June 29, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Silence guys, sachin is not playing anymore. I can see lip licking English batsman looking forwards to the rest of the summer. Cook will come back to form with the courtesy of this modest indian attack and limping captaincy.

  • ImonG on June 29, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    @ Lassie.Perera : No body stopped those legends from playing when they were 16. They didn't because at that age, they were not good enough, Sachin was. Even a great like Dravid, who is of same age said, when Sachin made his test debut, he was playing under age state cricket & was in awe of him, that's how big a gap he had. He played 200 test matches because he had the capability to maintain a standard of performance & fitness for 16 long years, others couldn't. First series win in Eng by the Lankan's and they come all guns blazing at Sachin, huh. Mate Sanga is very good, no doubting the fact, but this performance of him on which you are going gaga about, Sachin did such things when he was 18. That's the difference. The batters you named, are all time greats, but what they did in their entire career, Sachin did it in half of his. Next time you drag Sachin into an unnecessary topic, try adding the records of 2-3 players, cause singularly, they don't stand a chance

  • cheguramana on June 29, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    India's pace bowling group is not bad : B Kumar, Pankaj Singh, I Sharma, Md Shami, STR Binny and Varun Aaron - 6 young bowlers with 2 of them having quite good pace - Shami and Aaron. Umesh Yadav really shud hv been there.

    But in sum, this is as good an attack as India can assemble. Now all they need is confidence and a little bit of guidance - read MENTORING.

    Fletcher and Dhoni have so far proven to be failures in grooming a good pace attack for India. So better not to expect different results this time around as well.

  • ramz30380 on June 29, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    contd....

    @ReeceLebanOz - Citing ur words "Sachin will never be in the same league as Viv, Bradman, Ponting, Lara, Border and co." Yes he will never be as he is in a league of his own & its isnt fair in comparing him with mere mortals!

    @BradmanBestEver - Nope! Kallis is the best all-rounder tht the world has seen in recent times. Sanga is good but not the best! Bradman played in a diff era where there wasnt much cricket and wasnt much competition. Moreover he never played the shorter formats! U cant compare apples and oranges!

    @Gregmacmillan88 - u are bothered abt his 100th century! 289 was a tough total - it was the brilliance of the BD batsmen & the incapability of the Indian bowlers tht cost Ind the match!

    Sachin is a phenomenon - he happened to India! Sachin was the best gift to Indian cricket, it was he who made ppl around the world realise tht Indian cricket was worth giving a 2nd look! A century at 17 yrs vs Eng at Manchester isnt a joke! Those who crib are just jealous!

  • ImonG on June 29, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    @ReeceLebanOz :" Sachin would constantly flop during pressure situations" You really have some data to back this up or just came up with it ?? In the history of test cricket no man has played under more pressure that this guy, home & abroad, he carried his nation's batting hopes, and did it for decades in Aus, Eng, SAF, u name it."He scored runs in flat tracks" yeah right, bring out the top 5 run getters for away players in all the test playing nations, you will see Sachin would feature in the top 5 in all of them. No body is doubting Lara, Ponting , Border to be all time greats, but when you say that he only scored on flat tracks you should also give a look to how Ponting & others fared in those supposedly flat tracks as well. Compare Ponting or Borders record in the subcontinent, with that of Sachin's in Aus or SAF, you will get my point. Pontings string of scores in India will look like a phone number, lol, and u compare him to a guy with all those 100's in Aus. Silly biased logic.

  • ramz30380 on June 29, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    @ReeceLebanOz - Personal records arent meaningless! If it was they Cook wud have declared when Ballance was in his late 90's in the Lord's Test, Lara wudnt have gone on to make 400 whn he knew tht all tht cud happen was a draw, the world wudnt be praising Mitchel Johnson for his fiery spell against the poms and the Don's avg wudnt be lauded as much as it is!

    Sachin's knocks have been spread around 24 years tht u tend to forget the no of times he had bailed India out! What makes u think tht he scored on flat tracks?! India's pitches are flat only for the shorter version of the game. Test matches have mostly been played on dust bowls which the Aussies didnt enjoy last time around!

    Sachin has 6 test 100s in Aus, 4 in Eng, 5 in SA, 5 in SL, 2 in NZ - are u telling me tht these were all flat tracks?! 29 of his centuries have come outside India! Morrover he has 46 wkts & 116 catches against his name. Plz pull up the stats for the greats u mentioned & prove me wrong!

  • priceless1 on June 29, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    who says it was a dead flat wicket , just look at the picture and seen the greenness

  • GRVJPR on June 29, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    @ Lassie.Perera , SO who stopped other greats from playing that many test matches? Oh, they were unfit, or they were not good enough to start their carrers at age of 16 and scoring 100's at perth etc. It's easy to say that they would have done this and they would have done that, thing is SACHIN has done it!

  • on June 29, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    People bring in Sachin in every discussion that is bcz he is the benchmark......He is the best being atop scorrer in 3 WCs & have won MOM most by any player in ODI by some margin HE IS THE BEST & BENCHMARK FOR REST

  • GRVJPR on June 29, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    @ ReeceLebanOz, It was Ponting who failed consistently when his team needed him, not Tendulkar. Greatest test for AUssies was always in India in different conditions and Ponting failed consistently with avg, of 20. tell me one game he won for Australia in India. On the othe hand sachin has been fantastic in Australia with avg closing 60 since he made his first 100 at age of 17 in Australia. Sachin also face the better bowling, he smashed warne, Mc grath, murali with aplomb. Handled wasim, akhtar, malinga in reverse swinging conditions in India. No body will ever touch the little master. His fitness was unbeliveable, Not many can play 200 test matches and 400 ODI internationals and that too with great success.

  • Greatest_Game on June 29, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Bhuvi Kumar, whom @ Vikram Singh calls "the king of swing," and "the boss," in this game was the boss only of expensive Indian bowling, & swung like a rusty gate. Vikram Singh has been talking up Bhuvi's IPL stats & saying how he is much better than Steyn! Bhuvi was great in the IPL, but better than Steyn is another matter. Beware of confusing performance across formats. Here, Bhuvi leaked runs just like it was, well, a franchise T20!

    Expecting IPL in India type performances in red ball matches in England is naive. Bhuvi may adjust well to conditions & the Duke ball, but IPL exploits mean little in this format. I have a feeling that Steyn may have proved more challenging for Angus Robson & Greg Smith. I wonder whom they would have preferred to face?

    Vikram - since you were so confident us about the "mighty Indian bowling," can you now explain to us why those "Bhuvi and his buddies are the boss" boasts turned out to be so wrong? We look forward to your answer.

  • JasonGray on June 29, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Tendulker was a selfish player. Look at his 2012 Asia cup knock when he purposely slowed down to score his century. He didn't play for the team and that's why he was not a reliable player. Someone you could depend on to bail you out during tough circumstances. I feel sorry for the likes of Dravid, who were more consistent and better than Tendulker. yet, they never got their due credit.

  • BradmanBestEver on June 29, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Kallis or Sanga are the best batsmen of the past 25 years.

    Bradman is the best batsman of all time

    Tendulkar is the most hyped

  • Nampally on June 29, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Aaron will be the most effective of the Indian bowlers if he can find the right length & direction, He is the quickest of the pace bowlers on either side & surprises the batsmen with his lively pace. Dhoni needs to nurture him to get the best out. Kumar & Shami are the 2 pace bowlers who are expected to play. Will India go with 4 seamers & a solo spinner or 3 pace & 2 spinners? If India decides in favour of 2 spinners Ashwin & Jadeja will fill in the last 2 spots other wise the 4th seamer could be Pankaj. For the first test it might be better to go with 4 seamers because of erratic form of the bowlers. England will definitely go with 4 seamers. Dhoni might gamble with Gambhir to open with Dhawan. Indian batsmen appear to have adapted better than the bowlers judging from the first match. Also Pankaj, Aaron & Shami bowled better than the other pacemen. Dhoni needs to pick the team based on current form rather than past. Will he pick the XI on current form or go with his gut feelings?

  • ReeceLeban on June 29, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Personal records are meaningless. Viv and Bradman were special players because they could perform when the team needed them too. Sachin would consistently flop during pressure situations. He scored runs when there was no pressure, mostly on flat surfaces. You can pat yourself on the back as much as you want Indian fans but Sachin will never be in the same league as Viv, Bradman, Ponting, Lara, Border and co.

  • ksquared on June 29, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    The secret to bowling in England is finding the correct length. Most sub continental fast bowlers struggle in ENG because they they pitch it at a good length or short of it instead of full length. Unless you can get the ball bouncing at shoulder high or bowl over 90mph consistently you are going to struggle to take wickets bowling lengths that you would normally hit in the sub con. I feel that is why the bowling performances by the SL seamers were impressive not only did they find the right lengths but were consistent as well. Indian seamers could well take a cue from them.

  • Hrolf on June 29, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    What are the Indian selectors thinking? Ishant Sharma has played 55 tests now and is averaging 38 a wicket, and shows no sign of improvement. He provides nothing with the bat, and little in the field. There are many in Indian domestic cricket who deserve a go. India has a tremendous range of quality players to choose from and should be the pre-eminent force in all forms of cricket. India needs to get selectors who have a clue about pace bowling on international surfaces.

  • ramz30380 on June 29, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    @Lassie.Perera - Nobody stopped the greats u mentioned from playing tht many matches. They didnt or cudnt - Sachin did! Sachin is spl in more ways than just cricket - he has fans all around the globe & mind u they are not Indian fans alone.

    Australians love him inpsite of his best performances having come against them! English fans adore him, WI, Pak, NZ, SA, even SL u name it he will have fans in tht cntry! DO NOT put this down to India's population.

    It was Sachin who was the fulcrum behind India becoming cricket crazy! The way he carried himself on and off the field is amazing and I dont think U can compare him with anyone present or past in world cricket - he is a legend, who is unique and special.

    Moreover plz I like Sanga a lot but do not put him at par with Dravid and the others, he is not up there. He is the best tht SL has produced, I accept wholeheartedly, but he is not among the perennial elite!

  • ladycricfan on June 29, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Tendulkar played his first test when he was just 16 yrs old. You have to be a special kid to start your international career at that young age. Other legends were not ready at that age. That's why Tendu is special and broke all the records.

  • Lassie.Perera on June 29, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Indians are always good at their own back yard. when ever they go abroad they always struggles. The only special thing about Indian cricket is they have a massive fan base all over the world because of its population. Therefore they have money. That's how they became the dictators of Cricket. We all know that India has produced so many special cricketers and so did other countries. Sachin is special because he has played 200 test matches. Therefore he has nearly 16000 runs. If you look at the players like Sanga, Dravid, G Chaple, Barry Richards, M Crow, V Richards, Miandad and had played that amount of matches they would have done the same or more.

  • TheBigBoodha on June 29, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Oh, and it looks like they are playing on green, rolled carpet. Clearly not a good track for the quicks... ;-)

  • TheBigBoodha on June 29, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    I don't know what he crowd was complaining about. 5.62 runs an over is reasonable for a T20 game against an inform, tough county side... Oh, wait, it's a long format game against the winless bottom second division team when English cricket is at rock bottom :-(

  • yorkshirematt on June 29, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Ha ha good for the indian fans. Sounds like the sort of chuntering usually served up by the Yorkshire members at Headingley. 'Put yer back into it lad!'

  • switchmitch on June 29, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    That familiar sinking feeling is beginning to take shape at the pit of the stomach. The current Indian bowlers do not know how to take wickets. That's the reason why we are not able to win close matches. Fast bowlers need not just bustle but also the tactical nous to use their skills well. Spinners need guile, flight, variations and patience to succeed. Current Indian pacers are not tactically sound. They tend to spray the ball around when they are under pressure. Current Indian spinners lack the guile (and even the skill) to succeed on unhelpful wickets. The last world class Indian bowler was Zaheer and even he was past his prime three years ago. It looks like the 90s revisited all over again. Thankfully, we at least have better batsmen than the 90s. Small saving grace.

  • ladycricfan on June 29, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Murali Vijay must play. He is a specialist opener. His 97 against SA was the best performance as an opener, better than his hundreds for the way he tackled Steyn and co. Dhoni has a hard time choosing the correct combination of pace bowlers. At the moment, it looks like Bhuvi, Shami and Ishant will be playing in the first test. Others will get chances later if the three fail to deliver. If only one spinner in the XI it will probably be Jadeja. But Ashwin is a better test batsman than Jadeja.

  • ThePacifist10 on June 29, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Well, it was Dravid who said our warm-ups have to be intense. Rock-bottom team or not, Leicestershire gave our bowlers a hammering! We now have a good idea of who will be in the starting XI, although my earlier sentiments about the quality of the Indian bowling seems misplaced. I wouldn't rule out Ishant yet. He's frustrating, of course, but that man has the knack of getting important wickets at key intervals. I'm still worried about our fielding.

    I think I understand why Aaron was given a chance ahead of Umesh. His raw pace, coupled with the tips he gained from Donald over the past few months has made him noticeably more accurate, if not completely so. He could be the X-factor that made Johnson such a threat to England. Let's see. Bhuvi has however lost it. He can't use the red ball, it seems. I'd put Pankaj, Aaron and Shami in to bowl fast. I'd also put Jaddu over Ashwin and give Pujara or Rohit supporting spin duties.

  • on June 29, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    The match here should help us to get an idea of the playing 11 in the first test match. Gambhir should open the batting with Dhawan and Ishant Sharma should be included in the playing 11. He might have gone for runs but his intentions were clear - Go and take the wickets. I am sure if he would have been introduced early instead of the 13th over , he would had a better day. His only problem is getting the wickets of batsman who have already been on the crease and have faced around 50-70 balls . He might have gone for runs but guys try to understand, he might be experimenting with his bowling since it was only a warm up match.

  • naren1983 on June 29, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    We need not worry about this match too much, because the situation is 3rd & final day of match where some English batsmen have to prove, so they just took attack and this happens to be India's first test after many months and that too on English conditions, we all know India is slow starters in foreign conditions and they have ability to come harder. Hope in the next practice match, Indians will bowl with authority and take some positives. Considering the spinner's poor form in English conditions, India might think to go with 4 pacers, may be try with Binny as fourth bowler. Its a five test match, hope everyone will get chance.

  • shrastogi on June 29, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    I dont blame Indian crowd to heckle Ishant. Lets put into perspective the kind of opposition India is facing before first test. Liecestershire is at bottom of div 2 county championship with no wins and Derbyshire is one rung up with just one win. A full strength Indian side is expected to do better than this against such weak teams. Going over 7 runs an over is just not done. Indian batting did live up to expectations but bowling leaves a lot to be desired.

  • linguboy on June 29, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    @Srikumar Narayan Sorry its not poor captaincy. Its a good move. 1st tour should always give equal opportunities for all the bowlers. I think Ashwin would have been unwell or some slight injury that prevented him from bowling till last hour. All in all a good hard grind for the bowlers. Imagine Leicester all out for 200 then it would have been false sense of confidence building in the bowlers. Now this will make them work harder in the nets. I think 2nd tour game will provide us a glimpse of bowlers and batsmen who are going to play in the 1st test.and rightly so. There you will see bowlers bowling long spells and their partner at the other end. So before jumping the gun its only fair we wait till the next game and judge anyone. So chill there's still 10 days for 1st test and lots of time to adapt.

  • Herath-UK on June 29, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    One Mr Cook is smiling at a corner surely. India's weak opening bowlers are not like Sri Lanka's, so definitely Cook can find time in the innings to get into form & score big.

  • on June 29, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    heaven knows why a fit and pacy umesh yadav was ignored for this tour... by the time India get over their ishant obsession they will find themselves ranked below the windies or even Bangladesh..... the best possible attack for Ind now seems to be bhuvi; shami and pankaj Singh... binny may be tried as the all rounder alongside ashwin for 1 test....

  • on June 29, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Oh no , the familiar feeling and results start again. :( .

  • Johnny_129 on June 29, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Mr Nagraj Gollapudi, please tell it like it is - It is not the "Indians may have found the impatience of their fans a little bit irritating", it is in fact the fans that would find the 'Indian bowling attack' irritating!! Ishant's bowling is pathetic, it is laughable!

  • linguboy on June 29, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Relax guys. Indian team have not played a test for nearly 5 months now and they all are equipped with T20 bowling. So its natural they struggle with their first outing in whites. I think next match will be a proper indicator of their form and fitness. And I think in next practice match we will see a test match bowling order first and then the rest of the bowlers so it will give us a glimpse of the line up going to play in the 1st test. And Indian bowlers did well in SA and NZ except for 1 single innings which cost us both the series so relax we will be fine. Duke ball too will played its part I think. I think they will adapt this time because we have still 10 days for the 1st test and we will be just fine. No way our bowling is that bad. Its average but failed to test div 2 team is just exaggerating it to another level. So sit tight and let them learn and adapt quicker. We are in for an exciting series. All the best team India.

  • stating_the_obvious on June 29, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    It's a blessing in disguise that Ishant is being carted all over the park. At least that might give chances to Pankaj Singh and other bowlers who have done consistently well for many seasons in Ranji Trophy.

  • on June 29, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    I don't understand the use of all the fast bowlers in the match. Dhoni should have given longer spells to those who are more likely to be in the first eleven. Which he did not do. With the result everyone got to bowl, but just one or one and half spells and no body had the opportunity to come back and bowl with the learnings in mind. Once again poor reading of the situation by Dhoni. Means poor captaincy in short.

  • on June 29, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    worst bowling from indians.Robson & Smith had send bowl all over the park against I Sharma, Pandey and other bowlers. this Leci's were known to one of the weakest county side....and those weakest side hit Indian bowling like nothing..... only hope is Ashwin... if he can't perform well then???? I'm truly happy that our new bowlers (SL) haven't smashed like that.... so good luck for Indian team on their 5 test series..

  • on June 29, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    The only gainer from this match is England. Now, they have TWO Australian Robsons to replace one English Cook as opener, if and when needed. Cook might not have dished out anything to savour in recent times, but would himself be looking for an Indian feast, pretty soon. It is up to the Indian bowlers to feed him or deny him. So far, the omens are not good from the Indian point of view.

  • IndianSRTfan on June 29, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    The pitch looks to have a tinge of green in the picture. The report says it was overcast and there was a spell of rain. India are playing against a second string side of a second division county team who are currently placed at the bottom of the table.....Rusty or not, surely all these conditions are enough to produce a decent bowling effort?

    India really shouldn't be looking for excuses here. They need to take the outcomes of these practice games seriously. The report says Pankaj, Shami, Aaron bowled well. If so, India needs to persist with them. Ishant doesn't inspire anything to be termed as a spearhead. So simply on the basis of experience, please don't make selections for the first test.

    At least one thing, which has been apparent for a while now, has become very clear from this game: India simply has to play tests with 5 proper bowlers. There isn't enough quality or experience that would warrant a 4 man attack. Be brave in your selections India, results will follow.

  • HealthyCric on June 29, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    I don't call them fans who heckled Ishant. He needs support from Indians especially abroad. He is trying hard, may be trying too hard. He may just need some adjustments in his bowling. This tour will be a decider. Every team in the world wants to attack Ishant, its not a surprise considering his recent performances. If he turns it around he can give breaks. Opposition batsman underestimating him is the only chance for him to bounce back. Dhoni definitely wants him in the team in that context. He is the only one who got wickets in this match too.

  • on June 29, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    going to be very interesting to see how indian bowling gonna fair. India has one of the best batting line up in the world, agreed. n they have one of the worst bowling line up in the world. maybe little bit better than bangladesh or something. thats all. indians top bowlers r nothing compared to other bowlers. the indian bowlers r playing coz their is no one better than them

  • on June 29, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Good news for india dravid is valled as batting consultant it will help dhoni ecen more

  • ReeceLeban on June 29, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Indian team is average. They tend to do well on flat and featherbed surfaces but take that away, and they fold. No wonder, they are such easy beats away from home. All hype mate.

  • jmcilhinney on June 29, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    India will definitely be fancying their chances this summer after England's poor showing against SL, but they'll definitely need better performances from their bowlers than this. It was the first game of the tour though, so I would expect significant improvement. It's again a shame that so much time was lost to rain when the game was only three days to begin with. There's a lot at stake for both teams in this upcoming series and both teams will want improvement. Even with the talk of support for Cook, if he doesn't produce some runs then his place could well be in jeopardy. If England lose another home series then his captaincy should be very much in danger of not outright forfeited.

  • cric1965 on June 29, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Traditionally Pakistan produce genuine fast bowlers . That is why their away home record out side the sub continent is better than India and Sri Lanka.

  • AS7777 on June 29, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Look at the photograph. Its a green top, yet both teams failed to get more than couple of wickets. Pressure is on Indian pacers for sure.

  • GRVJPR on June 29, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    I am happy Umesh yadav is not on this tour. He looks frightening but is hardly effective.

  • GRVJPR on June 29, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Ishant is just rusty at the moment. He was very good in new zealand and showed improvements in 2nd spell. At least he picked wickets, what did much hyped bhuvi did despite bowling with new ball?

  • anupkeni on June 29, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Alastair Cook and Ian Bell are an Indian series and Ishant Sharma away from regaining top form. If England play 20 test matches against India in the next 5 years (home and away) than we might as well see Alastair Cook breaking Sachin Tendulkar's record of 51 test centuries specially if Team India persist with Ishant Sharma as their bowling spearhead. Unless the young Indian batting line-up stands upto the four-pronged English pace attack, this test series will be very difficult for India to win or even draw. And if the English summer remains dry we might as well see Team India losing 0-5. Team India has already been winless in their last 14 overseas tests. That number may well extend to 19 by the end of this English summer unless they improve their bowling drastically and start taking 20 English wickets on a regular basis.

  • dedees on June 29, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    where are the indian spinners to whom dhoni relies so much...i beleive if the spinners fail too, then its game over for india...look at herath for sri lanka....

  • on June 29, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    not only the aspect of bad bowling ! but also poor fielding worries me , vk dropped another sitter in this match ... catches win matches please india field properly , you have one job

  • Ramansilva on June 29, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    India's mediocre bowlers will toil very hard all this summer.

  • on June 29, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    So soon england will have 2 pairs of brothers, one pair opening and one in the middle order. Sam and Angus Robson opening and Joe and Billy Root in the middle order. This Angus will replaced Cook and Billy will Replace Belly, May be after Ashes 2015.

  • on June 29, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    The most important aspect for India will be slip catching..test cricket just needs good catchers..fielders who dives around like virat are over rated.

  • kannan225 on June 29, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Why is Ishant being considered for tours when he is failing every time? He is not going to contribute in any way. If India is to beat England, we need swing bowlers, Shami, Bhuvaneshkumar and Stuart Binny hold the key to India's success in England. Ishwar Pandey and Ashwin complete the bowling department

  • on June 29, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    BCCI should call Ishant Sharma back to home and send Umesh Yadav as his replacement and Injured Zaheer as a bowling consultant and Rahul Dravid as Batting consultant.

  • on June 29, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Target a particular pitch area and hit the middle of off stump...persist with this and India will get results.

  • on June 29, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Mr dhoni-get rid of ishant sharma..play with bhuvi,sami nd pankaj ..

  • entryholedia on June 29, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Its frightening to think what fate beholds our Indian team .

  • on June 29, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    Ishanth was better in the 2 spell 4-0-14-2 Pankaj is great dhoni will defineatly pick him Bhuvi will bounce back i hope so Aaron and shami was good ..binny should be tried.dhoni should test his bowler

  • on June 29, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Indian cricket followers have run out of patience as far as ishant is concerned. Flatters to deceive quite often. Am expecting a very tough series for India - don't think Dhoni will be able to meet the standard set by Matthew's in terms of leading from the front

  • MasterMindGupta on June 29, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    1) Ishant Sharma has been a disgrace for Indian bowling for quite sometime now. Even in NZ, when he recorded a 6-for in the first innings, he went wicket-less in the second innings and conceded 150+ runs. He has been highly inconsistent & keeps bowling short of length despite knowing the fact that full deliveries will get wickets in England as Sri Lanka showed in their recent win. Indian think-tank will do well to remove him for their playing XI for first test match.

    2) Despite being a rookie, Pankaj Singh bowled well. He showed much better control than others. Even Shami was good. Bhuvi will learn to play with this bowl & he could be the x-factor in these conditions for India.

    3) To defeat England in England, India must play in-form bowlers & clearly Ishant Sharma is not the one they shall look to. Bhuvi & Shami are certain to play. Depending on the pitch, India will chose b/w Jadeja & Ashwin. Binny should be favored in place of Ishant Sharma.

  • gannyboy on June 29, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Well dont we all expect this kind of performance from Ishant. But what was even more surprising was Ashwin not bowling a single ball. You cannot have your biggest match winner warming the benches. MSD needs to use Ashwin as an attacking option otherwise there is no chance wat so ever for the Indians to compete in this series.

  • on June 29, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Ishant should be bashed more and more... and really we shouldn't blame Ishant, we should blame the THIRD CLASS INDIAN SELECTORS who have selected the team without any knowledge...

  • Micro_Max_Eng on June 29, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    MS Dhoni has to act now. It's now or never. Ishant Sharma is out of form and pathetic. As per my views Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar and Ashok Dinda are the 3 worst bowlers India has ever produced. I am sorry to say that but it's the truth. Nobody can deny it.

  • here2rock on June 29, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    Starting the same trend, as I mentioned before England batsmen who have been clueless against other sides will score big and back to their best, welcome India.

  • brusselslion on June 29, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    And therein lies the problem for India. For all those supporters predicting a 5-0 series win, ask yourself a simple question. Are these bowlers going to take 20 wickets in one game, let alone 100 wickets in a series?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 29, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Cook and co.,rest assured will be iicking their lips in anticipation.A delectable run feast's on cards for Eng batsmen.Most happy of all will be capt. Cook for obvious reasons.With his fave. Ind attack in his sights,we can expect a run feast from Cook!-:)

  • ramz30380 on June 28, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Desr MSD, U wud do urself and India a big favor if u dont pick Ishant for the BIG TEST as they call it now. If u are failing to see wht a million people around the world see, I am sorry, selectors if ur reading this, plz change the captain!

    I am a big fan of MSD have admired him in many ways, but to see him falter time and again in test match captaincy isnt wht we want at this level!

    Pankaj Singh, Varun Aaron, Mohd Shami and Bhuvi can play in the playing XI. There are so many bowlers in India, give everyone a chance to prove at the intl level, learn from Pakistan, how they throw in raw talent & succeed. If someone does not do well, let him go back to the basics. If u find some good talent, then create a 1st string of bowlers and keep rotating them.

    If India does this, there wud be more than a handful of bowlers with intl exp & there wont be bowler burnout, while they can field the best XI on the park. About Batsmen, there are no worries - India will keep producing no matter what

  • Nampally on June 28, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    India need bowlers like Umesh Yadev, Rohit & Sandeep Sharma to improve their pace attack. Report says the Pankaj, Shami & Aaron were the pick of the Indian bowlers. May be Dhoni should start the first test with these 3. Personally I would have preferred Yadev & Aaron in Pace whilst Shami & kumar for swing with the New ball. In an 18 squad team when the best bowlers are not included it begs the question : Does not the individual excellence results in a great team? It is still the first match but it is a predictor of the bowlers current form. Any accurate pace bowler can take wkts. in the English conditions if he maintains length & direction. I was disappointed at these pace bowlers going at 6 to 7 runs/over! Leicester is supposed to be one of the weaker counties & they scored at >5.5 runs/over. Even in practice Matches good teams show their class. Hopefully the Team India can only do better than this in the Tests. Otherwise India should be prepared for another whitewash!

  • on June 28, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    although heckling by the fans des not deserve any praise and is not sportive by any means, when it comes to ishant sharma, i do not feel sorry for him . He's the worst bowler india has produced and he has played 50 plus matches and if that is the class of the strike bowler, one can imagine the plight of the other bowlers in the squad. This match is just a teaser of what's going to happen in the next series, indians will be given a pasting by the english batsmen, the batsmen might click, but with bowlers remaining as mere tourists, if they draw a match or two, that'd be a big achievement.

  • ac_Indian on June 28, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    If Ishant is failing terribly, then instead of abusing him fans must ask more questions from the team management which apparently hasn't been able to take the wonderful promise that he showed in 2007-08 as a 19 year old any forward. The abuse that Ishant has taken from the fans over the last 2 years is enough. If he lacks the ability, then he should have been asked to work and improve in domestic circuit (in that case it becomes selectors' fault). For so long we have been hearing commentators talk about Ishant's improper seam position (it was actually good when he started). Then what has been the coaching staff's role here? I am a little but not too worried by bowlers' effort today because it was first day in alien conditions. But, even despite that, we must ask more questions from the coaching staff as to what has their contribution towards Indian bowling really been. I hope we get the answers once the tests start. Cricinfo please publish this to convey my message to abusive fans.

  • Lassie.Perera on June 28, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    More than one billion population...still searching for a fast bowler..ha..ha..haa

  • on June 28, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    India's bowling is Worse than village level. Truly pathetic. small chance of picking up 20 wickets in any test

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on June 28, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    The absence of Zaheer creates a big hole - Ishant hasn't got the maturity or conviction to lead the attack. It is time to give youth its head and pick the best 3 quickies in the warmup games for the first test, irrespective of experience in English conditions. Jadeja and Ashwin should play as spinning all rounders which at least gives the batting some depth as well as giving the bowling balance. India will always be slow starters in overseas conditions but at least they have a few warmup games and five tests to fine-tune their best XI. I expect them to lose the first test, as they almost invariably do on overseas tours, and then for the batsmen to find their game as the tour continues. After that it is a question of whether they can bowl England out twice in a game, which depends crucially on at least two of the quickies learning fast how to bowl in English conditions. Duncan Fletcher has a big role to play here and strikes me as needing to be more assertive in standing up to Dhoni.

  • on June 28, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    exactly it happened what i most feared. Indian bowling blooper. bravo to RobsonSmith.

  • Jama on June 28, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Wow. I see quality of Indian bowling. Club batsmen humiliating Indian bowlers being smashed all over the park. a population of a billion people can not find 3 good fast bowlers. What a shame. Not a single fast bowler.

    I have a suggestion for Indians, They should play 9 batsmen + Dhoni + jadeda becuase they batsman can do the same job with bowling as their club level bowlers.

    I can not believe how indian bowlers have no self respect and they keep playing despite poor performances.

  • TomDeSailor on June 28, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    "Ishant Sharma-bowling captain". I almost fell off my chair laughing. Ishant is or rather was a good prospect for Indian bowling. But he's lost all of it now. He should go back to FC cricket, not for a few matches,for a full season, to get his rythm n line right. He should be given a break from int'l cricket. Afterall, he has age on his side. As for Bhuvi n Shami, once they get a hang of the English conditions, they'll make a dangerous pair. Really missing Umesh Yadav... Was really happy to see Shami, Varun n Pankaj work up some pace.. Not sure about Binny's bowling.. Shahid Afridi n Sunil Naraine bowls almost as fast as him or even faster, sometimes. Sad to see that India, of all the countries, lack a quality spinner. No, I dont count Ashwin or Jaddu as 'quality' spinners. Bhajji should have been picked, i think..for his experience & current form. Overall, I dont see a win for India on this tour, not with this bowling line up. May be a draw or two max..

  • on June 28, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    So the first practice match shows some perhaps what I assume would be the highlight of the test series. Indian batting is not an issue and the presence of Gambhir gives some strength and experience to the batting unit. I would like to see him play at 3 fits him best with Pujara at 4 and Kohli at 5. Cant understand why the Indian lower order with Dhoni, Jadeja and Binny didnt bat. Would want them to get more practice cause its the selection between Jadeja, Binny and Ashwin that will be a tough call. But the bowling department is where the major attention will remain on team India. Lack of a consistent seam bowler will hurt India. Ishant to me is lucky always as it showed even today in the practice game going for plenty early on and later picking up 2 wickets and the overall just looks better than what Shami, Pankaj and Aaron's stats show. Would be great to see genuine quicks take the park for India and let Bhuvi and Ish take the bench with Ish being a more consistant man on the bench.

  • cricfollower1 on June 28, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Indian bowlers are going to be mincemeat by the England Batsmen

  • on June 28, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Well Done Robson! wish you will get selected to England Team

  • on June 28, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    5-0 on the cards if rain doesnt intervene. Indian fast bowlers cant get any team out. I wont be surprised if even Zimbabwe score 500 against them

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  • on June 28, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    5-0 on the cards if rain doesnt intervene. Indian fast bowlers cant get any team out. I wont be surprised if even Zimbabwe score 500 against them

  • on June 28, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Well Done Robson! wish you will get selected to England Team

  • cricfollower1 on June 28, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Indian bowlers are going to be mincemeat by the England Batsmen

  • on June 28, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    So the first practice match shows some perhaps what I assume would be the highlight of the test series. Indian batting is not an issue and the presence of Gambhir gives some strength and experience to the batting unit. I would like to see him play at 3 fits him best with Pujara at 4 and Kohli at 5. Cant understand why the Indian lower order with Dhoni, Jadeja and Binny didnt bat. Would want them to get more practice cause its the selection between Jadeja, Binny and Ashwin that will be a tough call. But the bowling department is where the major attention will remain on team India. Lack of a consistent seam bowler will hurt India. Ishant to me is lucky always as it showed even today in the practice game going for plenty early on and later picking up 2 wickets and the overall just looks better than what Shami, Pankaj and Aaron's stats show. Would be great to see genuine quicks take the park for India and let Bhuvi and Ish take the bench with Ish being a more consistant man on the bench.

  • TomDeSailor on June 28, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    "Ishant Sharma-bowling captain". I almost fell off my chair laughing. Ishant is or rather was a good prospect for Indian bowling. But he's lost all of it now. He should go back to FC cricket, not for a few matches,for a full season, to get his rythm n line right. He should be given a break from int'l cricket. Afterall, he has age on his side. As for Bhuvi n Shami, once they get a hang of the English conditions, they'll make a dangerous pair. Really missing Umesh Yadav... Was really happy to see Shami, Varun n Pankaj work up some pace.. Not sure about Binny's bowling.. Shahid Afridi n Sunil Naraine bowls almost as fast as him or even faster, sometimes. Sad to see that India, of all the countries, lack a quality spinner. No, I dont count Ashwin or Jaddu as 'quality' spinners. Bhajji should have been picked, i think..for his experience & current form. Overall, I dont see a win for India on this tour, not with this bowling line up. May be a draw or two max..

  • Jama on June 28, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Wow. I see quality of Indian bowling. Club batsmen humiliating Indian bowlers being smashed all over the park. a population of a billion people can not find 3 good fast bowlers. What a shame. Not a single fast bowler.

    I have a suggestion for Indians, They should play 9 batsmen + Dhoni + jadeda becuase they batsman can do the same job with bowling as their club level bowlers.

    I can not believe how indian bowlers have no self respect and they keep playing despite poor performances.

  • on June 28, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    exactly it happened what i most feared. Indian bowling blooper. bravo to RobsonSmith.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on June 28, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    The absence of Zaheer creates a big hole - Ishant hasn't got the maturity or conviction to lead the attack. It is time to give youth its head and pick the best 3 quickies in the warmup games for the first test, irrespective of experience in English conditions. Jadeja and Ashwin should play as spinning all rounders which at least gives the batting some depth as well as giving the bowling balance. India will always be slow starters in overseas conditions but at least they have a few warmup games and five tests to fine-tune their best XI. I expect them to lose the first test, as they almost invariably do on overseas tours, and then for the batsmen to find their game as the tour continues. After that it is a question of whether they can bowl England out twice in a game, which depends crucially on at least two of the quickies learning fast how to bowl in English conditions. Duncan Fletcher has a big role to play here and strikes me as needing to be more assertive in standing up to Dhoni.

  • on June 28, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    India's bowling is Worse than village level. Truly pathetic. small chance of picking up 20 wickets in any test

  • Lassie.Perera on June 28, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    More than one billion population...still searching for a fast bowler..ha..ha..haa