India in England 2014 June 21, 2014

'We know what our challenges in England are' - Dhoni

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India coach Duncan Fletcher expects an interesting series for India in England, terming the home team as a side that is "rebuilding". While captain MS Dhoni preferred to focus on India's strengths, Fletcher assessed the England side in comparison to the one that whitewashed India in a four-Test series in 2011.

"I think they [England] have lost some crucial players," Fletcher told reporters during the team's pre-departure media conference in Mumbai. "[The loss of Kevin] Pietersen has been a huge blow to them. And looking at them, they are in a rebuilding phase as well, so that's going to make the series quite interesting.

"I do believe though that they have got some quality batters who have got a lot of experience at Test level. [Alastair] Cook and [Ian] Bell have scored some big runs up the order. The focus will be to get them out as cheaply as we can. The bowling side is fairly well-balanced.

"They have got [James] Anderson and [Stuart] Broad who have been bowling well and picking up wickets. We will focus on going there and producing as good cricket as we can. We have done that in India and we will look forward to adapt to the conditions as quickly as possible and will look to put them under pressure."

Fletcher termed the 2011 series whitewashes in England and Australia "not easy to take", but added that the recent performance during the two Test series in South Africa and New Zealand has given the team much-needed confidence. The key, according to the coach, will be to take the lead in the series.

"Obviously it was disappointing. The 4-0 losses to England and Australia were not easy to take. It is difficult to tour England with a young side, but sometimes it results in an advantage," Fletcher said. "You go out there and play some good cricket - as we did in South Africa and New Zealand - and you learn from there and I hope we can do that. I think it's important to win a match early on in the series. It will give us the confidence that we can win the series. And you never know what the end result will be after that."

After the forgettable outing three years ago, the India line-up has seen drastic changes. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have all retired, while Viredner Sehwag has lost his place in the side. Dhoni said the series will provide yet another opportunity to the youngsters who fared well in South Africa and New Zealand to showcase their talent.

"Quite a few of the players will be playing their first series in England. But most of the players in the squad have got exposure in South Africa and New Zealand, so they have got a few games behind them and they know what the challenges will be," Dhoni said, adding that the team's early departure - two weeks prior to the start of the first Test on July 9 - will benefit them.

"The good thing will be we are going a bit early, so we can take our time to get into the groove, play a few practice games and prepare ourselves," he said. "Besides, it's a five-match series and I don't think any of us have played a five-Test series. Overall, it should be good, the reason being we have enough time to prepare ourselves."

Dhoni said comparisons should not be drawn between the famed batting line-up of the last two decades, and the young lot of 2014.

"It will be very difficult to fill the shoes of Sehwag as an opener and Rahul at No.3, Sachin coming in and then Laxman and Sourav. I think we shouldn't compare, but think more about the current generation," Dhoni said. "They have come in and are going to serve Indian cricket. It will be a big challenge for them. The good thing is they have had good exposure, playing a few games abroad and having played a lot at home. They have the talent. It's just that they have to get used to the conditions, apply themselves and give respect to the opposition and read the conditions."

Besides the lack of experience in the batting unit, India will also be without veteran new-ball bowler Zaheer Khan, who has been sidelined with an injury, and Dhoni hoped that India would not suffer in his absence.

"Zak is someone who reads the game really well and I always felt that left-arm fast bowlers really have the advantage. They can bring the ball back in and add variation of the ball going away from the batsmen. I felt from the first game he played in South Africa till the last game, there was a considerable amount of improvement.

"Zak is someone who loves to play games. The more games he plays, the better he gets. As far as missing Zaheer is concerned, I can't really say much because with the kind of experience he has, the fast bowling unit doesn't really have that kind of experience. Hopefully we won't miss him, but as I said, I can't really say anything."

Dwelling on the disastrous 2011 series, Dhoni said the team had learned its lessons from the twin tours of England and Australia. "You can call it 7-0 [8-0] because after that we went to Australia and that was also a tough series for us. As I said, it's a constant process. I think those were very difficult periods for us.

"We were not winning games. We were behind in the games and were not able to compete. So the focus will be initially to get into the groove and to create competition. Once we are in a position when the game is kind of 50-50, that's the time when we want to capitalise, so that's what it's all about and we are looking forward to it.

"You go through tough times. What I personally believe in is you should forget the stats. But also, it pushes you to see the areas where you have to work on to be a consistent team. These were the lessons that came out of those tough twin tours. It helped us when we came back to India and when we went to South Africa."

Taking into account that this will be India's first five-Test series in England for more than five decades, the national selectors have opted for an 18-member squad. Dhoni termed it as a "good decision" since it will not only help reserves get acclimatised to the conditions, but also benefit the team immensely during practice sessions.

"What an 18-member squad does is that in case of an injury, the players who would be replacing the injured players are already used to the conditions, especially if you see the duration of the tour," he said. "In a way, it will help us if needed and at the same time, we can get some really good practice and it will give us good bench strength. They will know the conditions and what lengths to bowl. And also the batsmen, they can get used to playing the fast bowlers a little more.

"Once the series starts, the main bowlers who have bowled a lot during matches tend to take time out [in the nets] and the other lot of bowlers will bowl at batsmen. I think it's very important to have good practice sessions because it reflects in the games.

"It's a good decision but at the same time, it's something that is really needed because last time we lost quite a few players [to injury] and [replacement] players had to be flown in. We had to play them without them getting used to the conditions. It will be a good environment for the reserves to get used to the conditions, and help us when it comes to going ahead with them."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 22, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    The two warm up matches will play a very important role in deciding the playing 11. If Gambhir gets going in those two matches and Dhawan or Vijay fail (most importantly Vijay) then one of those two could be out of the first match. Those matches will also be important for bowlers such as Varun Aaron, Ishwar Pandey , Ishant Sharma , Shami ahmed who can consistently bowl above 135+ and can extract bounce from wicket.

  • on June 28, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    That wont matter. India will lost 4-0 or 5-0. We dont have fast bowling attack to get even Zimbabwe out twice.

  • on June 27, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Absence of umesh Yadav would affect the new ball overs and even bowling to tail enders.....at his pace in England the ball is bound to swing.. let's hope we get bhuvi to swing the ball and Aaron bowling a good length! Batting has a little concern.... and hope that all are fit! All the best.

  • Nilesh_IndianCricketFan on June 27, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    I think we are very good as batting team but our bowling lacks penetration as well as consistency. Umesh Yadav should have been selected for this tour instead of Pande or Aaron. Let's hope that Indian cricket team will put a great show and the bad memories of last tour are wiped out. All the best boys !!!

  • chotteguru on June 26, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    What has been neglected by BCCI for several years now is encouraging young Indian players to play County Cricket. Obviously the timing of IPL gets in the way of players and BCCI. There are a lot of Australians, Pakistanis and WI players here during the season and that prepares them for conditions outside their home area. I have little hope this will be attended too, unless the investigations by Mudgall are damning enough to change how BCCI works by bringing a lot of ex-players into its administration.

  • on June 26, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Stas play an important role, in forming and implementing the strategies. Dhoni should remember that we lost the series to England by allowing Stuart Broad to score a century when they are 6 wickets down and also giving him a hat trick.All the hard work done by Dravid is lost in that session.Those situations can arise always, but whether India is well prepared to counter attack is questionable.Sport channels here respects the depth of Indian batting and questions their bowling attack.Other than the slip cordon, Ashwin should be used elsewhere while fielding.Runs saved should be runs scored. England may have lost the series against SL, but they are not weak opponents. Dhoni has a wonderful chance to prove that he can win away series as well

  • on June 26, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    1gambhir 2dhawan 3pujara 4kohli 5rohit 6rahane 7dhoni 8aswin 9bhuvi 10shami 11varun

  • vijayNaidu on June 26, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Well nice to have 5 test series, Even after no win in Eng, Aus, SA & NZ why BCCI & Dhoni going with 7 + 3 + 1 all-rounder combination, this is surely not gonna work out in 5 day cricket you should have to pick 20 wickets then only can win test matches. I will strictly stick to 6 batsmen & 4 bowlers & 1 all-rounder. So you can rotate the players if they are not doing great business out there in field. We have all the positions have better replacements in our squad. My suggested team XI is 1.Gambhir 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Rahane 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Bhuvi 9.Shami 10.Ishant 11.Pandey

  • aakashisgreat on June 25, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    cant see india win anything on this tour

  • bhushanB on June 25, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Praveen Kumar in place of Ishant Sharma.(who is almost consistently inconsistent (if not for that one off show in 10 tests)... ) would have been ideal..

    May be Rishi Dhawan could have been picked up as the second allrounder..

    I do not think $$ would be a problem to BCCI...

    You can rotate Bhuvi/Praveen, Shami/Aaron, Pankaj/Pandey, Binny/Rishi, Jadeja/Ashwin Every one would be wary of their replacement and play out of their skin....(would have loved to have ojha/mishra in the mix..but that is not going to happen while Dhoni is still around)

  • on June 22, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    The two warm up matches will play a very important role in deciding the playing 11. If Gambhir gets going in those two matches and Dhawan or Vijay fail (most importantly Vijay) then one of those two could be out of the first match. Those matches will also be important for bowlers such as Varun Aaron, Ishwar Pandey , Ishant Sharma , Shami ahmed who can consistently bowl above 135+ and can extract bounce from wicket.

  • on June 28, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    That wont matter. India will lost 4-0 or 5-0. We dont have fast bowling attack to get even Zimbabwe out twice.

  • on June 27, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Absence of umesh Yadav would affect the new ball overs and even bowling to tail enders.....at his pace in England the ball is bound to swing.. let's hope we get bhuvi to swing the ball and Aaron bowling a good length! Batting has a little concern.... and hope that all are fit! All the best.

  • Nilesh_IndianCricketFan on June 27, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    I think we are very good as batting team but our bowling lacks penetration as well as consistency. Umesh Yadav should have been selected for this tour instead of Pande or Aaron. Let's hope that Indian cricket team will put a great show and the bad memories of last tour are wiped out. All the best boys !!!

  • chotteguru on June 26, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    What has been neglected by BCCI for several years now is encouraging young Indian players to play County Cricket. Obviously the timing of IPL gets in the way of players and BCCI. There are a lot of Australians, Pakistanis and WI players here during the season and that prepares them for conditions outside their home area. I have little hope this will be attended too, unless the investigations by Mudgall are damning enough to change how BCCI works by bringing a lot of ex-players into its administration.

  • on June 26, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Stas play an important role, in forming and implementing the strategies. Dhoni should remember that we lost the series to England by allowing Stuart Broad to score a century when they are 6 wickets down and also giving him a hat trick.All the hard work done by Dravid is lost in that session.Those situations can arise always, but whether India is well prepared to counter attack is questionable.Sport channels here respects the depth of Indian batting and questions their bowling attack.Other than the slip cordon, Ashwin should be used elsewhere while fielding.Runs saved should be runs scored. England may have lost the series against SL, but they are not weak opponents. Dhoni has a wonderful chance to prove that he can win away series as well

  • on June 26, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    1gambhir 2dhawan 3pujara 4kohli 5rohit 6rahane 7dhoni 8aswin 9bhuvi 10shami 11varun

  • vijayNaidu on June 26, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Well nice to have 5 test series, Even after no win in Eng, Aus, SA & NZ why BCCI & Dhoni going with 7 + 3 + 1 all-rounder combination, this is surely not gonna work out in 5 day cricket you should have to pick 20 wickets then only can win test matches. I will strictly stick to 6 batsmen & 4 bowlers & 1 all-rounder. So you can rotate the players if they are not doing great business out there in field. We have all the positions have better replacements in our squad. My suggested team XI is 1.Gambhir 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Rahane 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Bhuvi 9.Shami 10.Ishant 11.Pandey

  • aakashisgreat on June 25, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    cant see india win anything on this tour

  • bhushanB on June 25, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Praveen Kumar in place of Ishant Sharma.(who is almost consistently inconsistent (if not for that one off show in 10 tests)... ) would have been ideal..

    May be Rishi Dhawan could have been picked up as the second allrounder..

    I do not think $$ would be a problem to BCCI...

    You can rotate Bhuvi/Praveen, Shami/Aaron, Pankaj/Pandey, Binny/Rishi, Jadeja/Ashwin Every one would be wary of their replacement and play out of their skin....(would have loved to have ojha/mishra in the mix..but that is not going to happen while Dhoni is still around)

  • bhushanB on June 25, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    SPOT ON....Nampally

    I would like to know... what lessons they learnt... and what efforts they put in this time...

    If they stick to the same strategy... they will get the same result..

    For starters...pick up 4 specialist bowlers + one allrounder.

    Posted by Nampally on (June 21, 2014, 19:34 GMT) It is nice to hear Dhoni saying that we have learnt lessons from the last England Tour. But he does not specify what they have learnt & how they have implemented the necessary corrective actions. From the perpective of a Fan, few things India learnt from the last series are: 1. India needs a balanced XI with 5 bowlers & 6 batsmen- you cannot play a 5 day Test match with 3 specialist bowlers + 1 all rounder.

  • WeeBee on June 25, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Well, Indian 2011 Tour had big names with alot of experience in thier bag, this time they have young team, they would be playing in conditions they have no idea about, and i hope indian team dont make lame excuses and get injured this time because last time almost 10 players got injured. quite a number.

  • bhushanB on June 25, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    If India has learnt anything at all from the last series... they should realize.. they cannot hide

    behind 6 batsmen in TESTS... because if all the time you are waiting for the declaration.. even those 6

    have tired a lot on the ground..

    If the 6 batsmen cannot even save a single TEST for you, you are better off.. going for a kill with 5

    specialist bowlers (ofcorse we do not have a specialist spinner)... and see how it goes.. worse case

    you will lost the test...

  • bhushanB on June 25, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Eng are hurt with the loss to SL... They will fight this really hard...especially Cook.. Both teams are rebuilding... both are hurt.... Its up to who puts their hand up...

    After an un-eventful IPL, Kohli should be back to his INDIAN form... Pujara should forget about ODIs and concentrate on his strength TESTS.. Vijay. should continue what he did best in SA.. Dhawan is kind of found out...its up to his mental resolve..because you cannot change technique overnight..... Rahane.. show the grit you showed against Steyn.. and please curb that lofted deliveries on the offside to get out of trouble... and avoid those lapses of concentration.... Dhoni.. time to think yourself as a TEST batsmen... enough of the last over six cameos.. those do not work in TESTS.. and your test record does not justify your talent... Prior had same stats.. but is not even 10% as famous or rich as you are... ofcorse you have captaincy.. but the less we talk about overseas TEST captaincy the better...

  • bhushanB on June 25, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    My team for first TEST.. ----------------------------

    Binny should do what Mathews did for SL...

    Vijay Dhawan (rotate with Gambhir as needed) Pujara Kohli Rahane Binny (selected as an allrounder) Dhoni Ashwin/Jadeja (for lack of options) Kumar Shami (rotate with aaron) Pandey (rotate with Pankaj singh)

  • King900 on June 25, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Sri Lankans seamers bowled very tight against England but I am afraid that Indian seamers will be all over the place. They are just not consistent enough. It will be Indian batting vs England bowling as the main contest.

  • on June 25, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    This time team India will definitely will loose in bigger way as looking into team the squad is not so strong and stiffer. All are patienceless players except virat, gambir, rahane, murali and Bhuvan. In England condition of pitches are completely different Vs indian pitches and that too just finished bang bang IPL season. England will take this as advantage over indian players.

  • Realistic_cri_fan on June 25, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    is skysports telecasting the warmup match??

  • twistatwistaa on June 25, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    poor team selection ,our pace attack should have been like bhuvneshwar kumar, praveen kumar , mohmaed shami and zahir khan with one spinner ashwin, instead of varun, binny aaron and ishant.

    1 rahane 2 shikhar dhawan 3 kohli 4 pujara 5 r sharma 6 dhoni 7 ashwin 8 bhuvi 9 praveen 10 zahir 11 shami

    against English team thats something like this

    1 cook 2 hales 3 bell 4 trott 5 joe root 6 matt prior 7 s braod 8 anderson 9 plunkett 10 finn 11 monty panesar

  • arunmuthuraman on June 25, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Hope to see an aggressive Dhoni at his devastating best !!!!! We all need that overseas hundred for Dhoni everyone is talking about!!!! Hope India manages to pull off this series !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • slchamila on June 25, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    India should try to attack by good seamers not spin, England defiantly make the fast pitch for India .they know the Indian Weakness, they trouble in fast pitch & their fast bowlers are not quality enough to get more wickets.SL done this well they used good quality 4 fast bowler with one spinner & England troubled the making pitch as their favour.

  • on June 25, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Though the Indian players generally are inexperienced for the conditions they will face, they have the ability. Courage, self confidence and the right effort are not only what are needed from them but also what are expected.

  • on June 25, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    I dont quite understand all this talks about Indian pace attack. The current pitch conditions in England is extremely similar to the early winter pitches in India which is pretty much when the Ranji Season starts. Its got nothing to do with the quality of bowling but more the mind-block that the bowlers put themselves in. Most famous pace attacks hunt in pairs. I dont see a pair yet that can consistently threaten Batting Lineups outside the continent but thats premature. I wish the board and management give the Bhuvi-Shami show enough chances as was rendered to Rohit with his batting.

  • on June 25, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Please play PANKAJ SINGH...he can make real difference....in indian conditions he has bowled better than Vinay Kumar...arguably the best seamer in indian conditions right now...if we go by Stats.....he is taller than Ishant can be very lively with movement sideways bothsides...DHONI ..please play him...give respect to his consistency at domestic level...

  • on June 25, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Bowling is going to be very important, as i am sure the batsman will start putting up some scores as we move into the series. But bowling remains a big big worry, we need to play 4 pacers and ashwin (all-rounder). So the team should be.

    1- Dhawan, 2- Vijay, 3- Pujara, 4- Kholi, 5-Rahane, 6- Dhoni, 7- Binny, 8- Ashwin, 9- Bhuvi, 10- Shami, 11- Aaron/Ishant (depends on form, i would still prefer Aaron to start the series, when he is still fit and can make an early impact).

    How i wish we would have included Umesh, then we would have played him instead of Bhuvi, which would have meant we had 3 pacers bowling at 85+ and 1 allrounder doing the dirty job of bowling a lots of overs. Ashwin should focus on giving the ball a nice rip, spin the dammn ball and attack outside offstump..

  • on June 24, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    how is rishi dhawan seam swing not made it to the eng tour beats me for he has bowling-avg of:23.25 on lifeless tracks better any indian current FC cricketer and batting avg of 40.00 !!

  • JRP100 on June 24, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    wow all the comments are sri lankans and indians arguing and the english fans not even interested... SL's seam bowlers all looked like shami to me, who is indias best bowler. Bhuvi and ishant wil not be able to trouble the english batsmen with their barely 80mph pace and england will rack up scores of over 400 on flat tracks with their bowlers being able to outdo india on the sporting pitches. England should win 2-0 i'd think unless ishant pulls his one in 10 innings bowling performances and then the pitch becomes a turner for jadeja to do the rest of the damage in the 4th innnings... That is indias only chance of winning a test.

  • on June 24, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    The problem is the bowling for India.... There won't be much spin so we should ideally play 4 quicks with a spinner. ashwin shud play simply because of the number of left handers in England's line up. The four quicks I'd pick would be Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant, and Aaron and I wouldn't give Ishant more than one test, IF he fails in the first.... The others can get up to 2 tests to prove themselves. The batsmen pick themselves.... Dhawan, Vijay to open, Pujara at 3, Kohli at 4, Rahane/Rohit at 5, Dhoni at 6. Good luck India..... Time for revenge!!!!

  • ladycricfan on June 24, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    It looks like England is confused about which type of pitch to prepare, which roller to use, whether to replace cook as captain or not. SL seems to have demoralised them. England youngsters are finding out that test match is not so easy. Go india. Time to take advantage and win the series. Good luck.

  • Sultan2007 on June 24, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Here's my issue with the bowling selection. Ishant is a banger and that is good for the drier english conditions in the latter half of the summer in England. But he is not a consistent wicket taker till he gets his wrist right and he has not shown any inclination to do this. Pankaj and Ishwar are inexperienced and neither has express pace. Varun can be quick but looks like someone who is excessively exerting himself trying to bowl quick. He will likely break down if he has to bowl 20+ overs in a day. Shami and Bhuvi are the only bowlers we can count on. Which is why Umesh was important. He has swing at pace - enough to trouble the batsmen and some experience of England as well from the Champions trophy. I hope I am wrong but my strong instinct is at the end of this excursion we will wish that we had taken him. I hope folks noticed that both Pradeep and Prasad were 85mph+ consistently

  • vivkr on June 24, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Our bowlers were toothless in SA and Australia, and I still see no significant change in the bowling line-up. You need 4 good seamers plus 2 good backup bowlers for a 5-test series. You also need to get there at least a month in advance. Obviously, the BCCI doesn't care what happens in an overseas series as long as they can make money with home ODIs, T20 etc.

    To win Tests, we need to take 20 wickets in 2 days of bowling. I fear very much that we will merely help England recover their form and improve their Test statistics after SL have made a mockery of them.

  • Lochana1473 on June 24, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Brace yourself,this is not pretty.i am not sure about Indian players' mindset at this stage..they have really nightmare series in last 2,3 years in Outside the country..so they will try every thing what they can to survive or win but the point is Eng are in also chopping time.so Eng also try every thing to save their pride.This time 5 Test match.. ENG have better Fast bowling Unit than Indians..IND have better Spin attack.Both team have Good Batting Unit.But ENG captain has huge problem..he is lack of runs..that make ENG big problem.. Cook is the man who punished rapidly to Indians in last series.So this time India have some advantage to other Player is I Bell. he is good against both pace & spin....so this series very important for both if ENG win this series,they'll save their pride..also Indians will be jokers because they told before start the series,they learnt lots of positive from last series..if Ind fortune at this time It will be Dead end For ENG cricket...

  • Unbiased-views on June 24, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    @ Lion_Wallaby That's what i'm trying to say...Srilanka has won mere 6 Tests outside SC in spite of playing for so many years!!! In fact India has won more than 9 Test matches(excl ZIm) outside SC in the last 12-14yrs or so whereas SL has won ONLY 6 in the last 25yrs!!! SL won the 1 off match in 96 not the series!!! You sure thirimanne performed really well in the ODI series....I thought he failed miserably by getting out to Jimmy again & again!!! AFA Ind is concerned, Kohli has already scored 3 100's outside SC(sanga has ONLY 6 100's) & should've been 4 had he not got out on 98..Rahane scored 98 in SA & a 100 in NZ...pujara scored lots of runs in SA & scored big 100 in excess of 150 which srilankans can only dream about...Now tell me which young srilankan batsman has done well outside SC in TEST matches ??

  • on June 24, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @ ITJOBSUCKS and Arun Bose

    Won series against New Zealand and Pakisthan,

  • vkumar_086 on June 24, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    @ Lion_Wallaby...plz dont say Kusal, Thirimanne, Chandimal are very good players of short balls....we know how they are performing in England, they misterably failed in subcontinent also...Indian batsmen are better....really it is a matter of concern for SL after the legends retire from cricket....yes now also im telling the same...INDIA will win the series by 3-0/3-1 on the logic of SL performance....Mathews is quite good player and except him im not seeing anybody else in SL team

    here im not telling about perfect replacements...nobody can replace Murali (only cricketer took 800 wickets), Sachin (no need to tell his records), Jayasuriya (rare allrounder), Gilchrist (blessed with multiple skills), Ponting (killer strategy in captaincy), Laxman (Australians will fear when they hear this name), Akram (king of swing) etc.....but SL did not able to find the players of at least 10-20% of their ability as INDIA found in Kohli and Pujara

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 24, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    ITJOBSUCKS: Can you mention the No of matches we played there for all these years??? and how many India had played and lost?? Even this time its only 2 matches for us which we had a great chance to win more after the T20 and ODI seris. We also won the a series in Eng 1998. 2006 we drew (1-1) It doesn't matter how long you have been played but the no of matches you have played. You cannot judge Thirimanne only based on this series. Even in the ODI's he performed really well there. In Aus he played well for his first match. Then you can also judge your players who played the recent tour of NZ and so on.

  • Unbiased-views on June 24, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    @Lion_Wallaby Don't twist the facts to your need!!! Ind drew the series in ENG(1-1) in 2002 before winning the series in 2007(1-0) & Ind did lose 4-0 as most of the players were nearing the end of their careers!!!! Lesser we talk about thirimanne, it's better for both SL & him!!! SL is yet to win a Test in AUS & IND which is absolutely shocking even after playing for so many years!!! How do you defend SL winning JUST 6 matches outside SC even after playing for so many years ??

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 24, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    ITJOBSUCKS; Did you see how Mathews played to short ball?? How Kaushal and Dimuth played?? Thirimmane failed this tour ut check how he played in Australia!! and also SL won a seris against PAk after 2009! You cannot compare the performance against no of wins. Check how many macthes India played and lost first. For last 10 years in England you had lost 4 wining only 1. SL Lost 2 and won 1. Thats how you could compare!!

  • on June 24, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    @Nipuna U wackwella- Yes, I meant test series not test match, Even though unable to win a test series in home soil is more embarrasing then not winning outside home..

  • Unbiased-views on June 24, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    @ Lion_Wallaby If srilanka are so good in abroad, why have they won mere 6 TEST matches outside SC!! Srilanka has got the worst record outside SC among Asian teams!!

  • Unbiased-views on June 24, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    @ Lion_Wallaby I didn't say pitch is flat...your very own Russel Arnold said that!!!

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 24, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    @ ITJOBSUCKS; Is it bacause the wicket was flat the Sri Lankan bowlers Swung and seam the ball y'day?? Was the Lords flat when Eranga ran through the English top order in the second innings? Then he should be a gem of a bowler! May be he is. If you haven't heard Headingly is called the home of English fast bowling!

    @Arun Bose; SL haven't won any test macthes home and abroad?? oh really!! Check statsguru after 2009 SL has won tests against SA in SA and Pak in SL, Pak in UAE, England in SL and NZ in SL. so you expect 4-0 this time?? What did you predict against Eng last time and when Eng played back home and also NZ,SA??

  • Unbiased-views on June 24, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    @Nipuna U Wackwella I think he meant Test series which SL has not won(exlcuding Bangladesh)!!

  • on June 24, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    @Arun Bose ---SL hasn't won any test match since 2009 in home and abroad--- Don't spread lies in cricinfo

  • on June 24, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    MSD make record of 5-0 whitewash india will loose all the test matches as well all odi in england

  • Unbiased-views on June 24, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    @Lion_Wallaby we all saw how well thirmanne, chandimal & co played short ball in the ongoing test match!!!

  • Unbiased-views on June 24, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    @ Lion_Wallaby Tired of watching srilanka's overseas performance as SL as won mere 6 TEST matches outside SC!!!!

  • Unbiased-views on June 24, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    @Raj Sundararaman Is that the reason why Dravid kept on getting bowled in AUS in 2011-12 ?

  • Unbiased-views on June 24, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    @ Lion_Wallaby Are you sure the series is happening in ENG ? I heard commentators like Andrew Strauss & Russel Arnold were saying that picthes are really FLAT more like srilankan wickets except for the bit of swing on the first 2 days @ Leeds!! As always, Lords was absolute belter even though ENG came close to winning that match!!!!

  • on June 24, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    @Lion_wallaby- SL hasn't won any test match since 2009 in home and abroad.. They played exceptionally well in these two test matches but that's no reason to be arrogant.. India has won everything at home barring that England tour to India in 2012.. SL still need to win at home since 2009.. Don't be arrogant because Cricket is great leveller.. Your team is playing well right now but nothing is permanent, Once Mahela and Sanga retires, SL will find it very hard to compete unless they find proper replacements so concentrate on that rather than worrying abt India.. India has found replacements for our legends.. Pujara for Dravid, Kohli for Sachin and many more.. It's not the time to boast but worry abt the future of SL cricket..India's gonna win this series and perform even better than SL.. Just wait and watch how we take the perfect revenge.. Ind 4-0 Eng

  • on June 24, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    As a sri lankan i'am interesting to see how india playing with england.

  • on June 24, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    @naverick.arora- No mate, The opposite will happen.. England is at all time low right now not India.. England is already feeling the pressure.. They will be decimated this summer by this very same Indian team..

  • on June 24, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK- What did you meant by that? You mean India isn't an exciting test playing nation? Has SL won a single test in India being a sub-continent team? Has Australia beaten India last time they toured India(They were drubbed 4-0 by India)?Has NZ won anything in India?What happened to England in 2008 when they toured India? We BROWNWASHED them by 5-0.. (It's better than 4-0) If you think test cricket in India don't matter then I would suggest you to watch football.. Test cricket is not for you... India's record before 2011 outside is better than any sub-continental team.. We haven't won anything outside from 2011 but nothing is certain in Cricket, India's overseas record took a slump in England and it will take new flight from England now.. Ppl who are assuming India will lose this series are in for the shock of their lives.. India's gonna WHITEWASH England in this series.. Don't believe me? Then just wait and watch how it unfolds..

  • on June 24, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    There is a lesson for India, if they had watched yesterday's England-SL game.

    Every team game involves a heavy doze of "confidence-levels" induced by the then-and-there results.

    So is foot-ball, as we saw over the last few days, with many big teams; Portugal being a classic example. So is cricket.

    England team, the current one, is heavily inflicted with that syndrome. When things go right, their confidence level soars up and they play like lions. But, when things go wrong, the confidence level of the entire team have a free fall. Starting with the Captain's body language. Yesterday, one could clearly see that when the 4th innings target started approaching 300.

    Great teams lead by great captains play with the same intensity and calmness (intensity & calmness together sound like an oxymoron; but it is a true phenomenon). And, Cook & Co is a bit short on that. It's a good team; but have miles to go before they can even attempt to become a great team.

    India, can exploit that.

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 23, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    @vkias, Muarali is the world's highest wicket taker and could never be replaced. Have Aussies found a replacement for Warne? But without those greats you mentioned haven't we performed?? We never had a great all-rounder like this who could score back to back hundreds and take wickets to turn around matches in all formats of the game.We never had someone like Malinga before. After Vaas became the SL bawling coach see how these bowlers have improved. Based on SL's performance you cannot expect India to win 3-0.Our batters play well for the short ball but we all know how Indian batters struggle against the short ball and the moving ball. SL batting lineup is stronger with the likes of Sanga, Mahela, Angi and Kausal but I cannot see that solidity with Indian batting apart from Virat.SL bowling is better than India's with Eranga,Herath,Angi.I'm seeing your comments throughout Asia cup,T20 about India, so first win, then talk, especially when you are coming with a great WHITEWASHING legacy.

  • maverick.arora on June 23, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Dhoni & Co hates the idea of test cricket in my opinion. They will be thrashed like they were back in 2011 and I hope that they do. For players who are judged by their performance in the IPL, I feel Test Cricket has no relevance for them. T

    I wish England all the very best for a 5 - 0 scoreline.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 23, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    @Nutcutlet (post on June 23, 2014, 6:39 GMT): I have to agree. Despite staring at an England defeat, I find it unfair that a talented and exciting test nation like Sri Lanka is restricted to a measly two tests over here, while India are getting five. Still, makes a welcome change from jam-packed short format tours...

  • ksquared on June 23, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    @vkias you are talking nonsense as usual murali,vaas, tendulkar, jayasuriya are all players you get once in a lifetime there are no replacements for them. SA and AUS don't have any one of the class of the players you mentioned to replace them. AUS batting in particular has struggled and in many occasions the bowling attack specifically Johnson had to bail them out.

  • on June 23, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    mohit sharma is the definetly the best bowler...why are they reluctant to give him a chance in test squad

  • on June 23, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    I hope its going to be a conpetitive series..and a very imprtnt series for msd..tests abroad are becoming a carriage for msd.. i am a huge fan of msd.. hope ths series goes well for msd and co..

  • sweetspot on June 23, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Compared to the crusty rusty old team that toured England last time, this one is fresh and new, and everybody has got good eyes!

    @Calvin Palmer Warbah - Sure we mark your words. Test cricket is going to write its own epitaph soon enough. You will see the IPL rise to the pinnacle in every sense. Enough of England trying for 100 years to get the game to grow. Now India is showing you how to do it. Get with the program.

  • vkumar_086 on June 23, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    @Lion_Wallaby.....mate....when will SL find replacement for the 3 legends? Im observing it since from 5 years....although all these legends not having the form of before persisting with them because there is no replacement available...SL still finding replacements for Vaas, Murali, jayaruriya.....whereas other teams like INDIA (all 4 greats are retired), England (strauss, KP), SA (players like Kallis, Smith already retired), Australia (Hayden, Ponting, Gilchrist, Lee, Mcgrath) become quite successful in finding replacements....No other players debuted this year as much as INDIA and England in cricket....Im predicting 3-0/3-1 series win on the logic of SL performance against England....and Plunket is recently achieved his best bowling performance....Jordan is still emerging player...i guess only Anderson and broad are real threat....and India can successfully counter their attack

  • on June 23, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Cont.

    Thinking with the troubles England have that this would be the best time to beat them while they are still deflated from the Ashes thumping. Obviously Dhoni needs to be much More agressive which I thought there were glimpses of in SA but needs to maintain of his side are to have a chance in winning

    Anyway predicting a 2-1 scoreline to India

  • realfan on June 23, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    my team for 1st team will be dhawan , vijay ( even though i dont want these two in team, but we dont have choice , some how if dhoni trusts gambir , he can fit in ) , pujara, kohli ( taken for no.3 and 4 any day ) rahane ( PS : no rohit, we cant give 100 tests to exhibit his so called hidden talent ) , jadeja ( yes promotion for him in bating order, remember he has got 3 triple hundreds , even on flat tracks to score 300 you need some batting skill and this guy has got 3 of them ), dhoni , ashwin ( spinner need, i would have prefered ojah ) shami, bhuvi/ishwar , ishant ( i will be glat if this guy retires from entire cricket now , but we all know he will play , that our indian team's fate ) ... there goes... 4 bowlers and one allrounder ( on whom we should trust ) .... and i expect one dazzling innings from dhoni to start the series just like he did against AUS in india and by that setting tome for first white wash by india .....

  • on June 23, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Definitely thinking India will fare better than their aging side of 2011 (excluding dravid who was in fine form). Think they have the wrong captain in Dhoni would have picked off Kohli just has that fire which I thought made Sourav Ganguly successful and would be tactically more assertive (imo).

    Anyway current side looking at

    1.Ghambir/Dhawan 2. Vijay 3. Kohli 4. Pujura 5. Rahane 6. Sharma 7. Dhoni 8. Jadeja/Binny 9. Aarun 10. Kumar 11. Shami

  • on June 23, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Guys remember what happened to England in recent ashes,what abt Australia in India.Anything can happen.Just enjoy the beautiful game of cricket.I hope any team can win on its day..

  • on June 23, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Sehwag seems to be in the midst of a revival, I would've had him in the 18 - if only for his influence on the other batsmen.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on June 23, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    @NutCutlet : "I get the more I care about genuine contests with fine cricket being played all round in the right spirit"

  • rhtdm302 on June 23, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Expecting another washout from the Indians ,Maybe one test draw but nothing more.

  • drose17 on June 23, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    First match 1.dhawan 2.gambhir 3.pujara 4.kohli 5.rahane 6.dhoni 7.jadeja 8.binny 9.ashwin 10.b kumar 11.shami

  • on June 23, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    I hope the Indian cricket team members are watching the 8th wicket partnership between Mathews & Herath, against England

  • mshyder on June 23, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Realistically one should not expect the results to be anything different this time as well. It is not only the lack of experience of the players it is also the defensive / safety first approach of the Coach and the Captain which is the major hindrance in winning the matches on tours specially in UK and Australia. If India is even able to put up a fight despite these issues it will be highly appreciable.

  • RahulPachauri on June 23, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    My preference for 1st two test match Dhawan, gambhir, pujara, virat, rahane, dhoni, ravinder, benny, Kumar, shami ,sharma

    I prefer rahane over rohit sharma because rahane played some crucial knocks in south africa & new zealand & have better technique. Benny swings a ball keep it tight & will be more effective in first 2 matches as compared to ashwin.As series goes on Ashwin will be more effective since it is an summer in britian. If any opener fails I prefer rahane to open & add rohit to side because rahane & rohit are far far better than murali vijay(there are better openers in ranji than murali vijay its all politics). First seam bolwer replacement would be ishwar pandey this guy have some talent

  • on June 23, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    ashwin and shikar dhawan to be kept out for the team to improve. but i doubt dhoni cannot do it since pressures willbe there fro m

    management. five bowlers are the answer in england. play allrounder binny and dont dump him like pervez rasool. i feel raina could be better in england to rohit. anyway dont worry. we have tasted 4-0. but its a five test serires now

  • on June 23, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    @ashankar: I second your thoughts, he has shown immense maturity and right technique to play in tests. I have never thought he would change himself that much, his approach to stay in crease for long has paid off well in SA & NZ. He has got his grounds now, he has to put up a big score to come in limelight. I seriously think he will score one in Eng. Very much hoping on Virat & Bhuvi.

  • ramli on June 23, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    MSD should change his mind-set by choosing five bowlers for sure incl an allrounder (Binny/Ashwin/Jadeja) ... Push Pujara up for opening ... bring the experienced GG in ... you have the following XI: GG,CP,VK,RS,AR,MSD,SB,RJ,BK,MS,IS ... anything worng in this team? Playing only 4 bowlers and getting them over-worked and unfit for subsequent matches makes no sense ... cheers to India

  • ramli on June 23, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    @sammysam ... SL did not play any right-arm leg-spinner in XI, still they are competing and making Eng sweat and might win also...if you are talking about left-arm leg spinner, we have Jadeja ...

    @Rakesh Ummat ... no Rahane in your side, one of the centurions in NZ!! That will be a blunder!!

    The previous whitewash in Eng was due to the collective failure of seniors (except Dravid) and poor match-fitness of players. This new side should try and better the losing record, 2-1 either way will be a desering result for both re-building test-sides. ODI results will definitely favour India on current status. T20 game will not be seriously taken by any team

  • fairfan70 on June 23, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    I am an Indian fan, but I do feel that it will be another whitewash for India. I can't see them stretching England like SL are successfully doing.

  • gundapps on June 23, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Persisting with Ashwin when he has been repeatedly ineffective overseas is short sighted. It would have been wiser to select a spinner who is able to get turn on English surfaces, preferably a leg spinner. Indian batsmen need to consistently score big if they are to overcome the obvious bowling weakness and inexperience. Ongoing SL series is case in point.

  • smilesankar on June 23, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Fletcher said. "You go out there and play some good cricket - as we did in South Africa and New Zealand.."

    We are not looking a similar performances & results - as we did in SA & NZ - Not having won a single match in both SA & NZ. India lost to SA in ODI (2-0) & Tests (1-0) India lost to NZ in ODI (4-0) & Tests (1-0) The performance look might better than Aus & Eng tour, where we are whitewashed to 4-0. To me, playing good cricket is about winning matches.

    The way Flecther & Dhoni approaches Eng tour itself is a worry to me. They don't have the confidence to say that we would win the series, and instead keep saying that they are in a building phase & would put up a good show...

  • Puffin on June 23, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    One that is for sure, you can't turn up in a country like England without at least a reasonable seam bowling attack, at least 2 good, proven performers and 2 more to give them a break and share the workload. Spinners can help, depending on the conditions. Without that, you're piling pressure on the batsmen to take up the slack.

    I know England have had some difficult times recently (to put it mildly) but at home they ought to be quite formidable, even with some wobbly batting. India's field ought to be somewhat better than last time, with a few ageing bodies put out to pasture since 2011. So no whitewashing this time I think, but it's still going to be a struggle for India to avoid a series defeat.

  • on June 23, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    My playing xi is going to be Dhawan, gambhir, pujara, virat, rohit , dhoni,, ravinder, benni/ Varun, Kumar, shami ,and sharma

  • latecut_04 on June 23, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    My dear Indian friends--please put things in perspective and understand things as they stand when references are made about 5 match series and India's last tour to England.BCCI hasn't shown enough respect to 5 match series.just 2 warm ups with the ODIS following test matches is very poor preparation for the series.In SA and NZ where our batsmen did well test matches were followed by ODIs.Even SL had it like that and we can see they are quite acclimatized to the conditions. result--a very exciting test match in progress.It will be very difficult for our players to adjust to the swing and seam of English wickets in a fortnight and I fear the worst in the initial matches.

  • sammysam on June 23, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Dhoni says he knows what the challenges are but is still taking the same old tired and proven failure bowling attack. Ashwin & Ishant prime examples of oversea's failures. If india don't play a leg spinner, then eng and aus will white wash india. What's up with taking gambir? How many runs did he make last time in eng and aus? With Dhoni, india takes 2 steps forward and 1 step back. Actions speak louder than words. Let's see if Dhoni's actions or words are louder this time around.

  • on June 23, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    I dont understand why yuvraj not in india squad for england tour .he is class player

  • ashankar on June 23, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    @Anirudh Gaur I Did not know what you meant by most importantly Vijay. But for the record Vijay was successful in the recent outings including the SA Series. I Hope he proves his critics wrong by playing well in England. He has the proper technique for an Opening batsman and all he needs now is patience and not an IPL style bang-bang cricket.

  • on June 23, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    In the last two away series India have shown glimpses of brilliance both with bat and ball but have failed to convert it into a victory. India still have trouble with getting their playing XI sorted particularly at the top of the order and lower middle order. For me Ashwin as a spin bowler in away conditions is simply not good enough and experimenting with him as a all rounder would not be worth in English conditions. Rather i'd take in Jadeja who is much more handy with the bat specially giving him the opportunity to bat higher up in the order. Bowling too is critical with Shami and Bhuvi most likely to have a permanent place and Ishant has an edge over the others. The 4th and even 5th bowler might depend on the condition weather to go in with Binny or a spinner in Ashwin or Jadeja, or to include an extra pacer through Aaron or Ishwar Pandey.

  • akshay3677 on June 23, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    @Arman Malik - With all the world class bowlers in your team, you have never really been dominating away from home. You even lost a Test match to Zimbabwe recently. While we have always been competitive away from home and even won many series away WITHOUT any world class fast bowler in our ranks. HARSH REALITY.

  • AndrewsPraveen on June 23, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    India do have bowlers who can pick 20 wickets those you say that they dont hve quality bowlers have not seen the SA and NZ series INDIA bowled both teams out...

  • on June 23, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Where R the bowlers fr india who will take 20 wkts to win test matches you have to have atleast 3 quality bowlers wich i m afraid india not have at the moment so u dont think of india wining the series

  • on June 23, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    @Nutcutlet- It's Dhoni not Dohni, SL can't even win in India, They haven't won anything since 2009 home or abroad, please stop with your nonsense already..India is a way better team than SL even without our proven legends, But SL cricket will suffer once those 30 average legends of their retires.. But I wish SL beat England in the second test so that India cud have an edge over England psychologically.. The perfect revenge is just few days away.. Ind 4-0 Eng

  • Anand2kau on June 23, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    I think it will be a closely fought series rather than the 2011 series and i hope it will be a 2-1 to England.

  • akshay3677 on June 23, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    I find it really amazing as to how many people are criticising the number of Tests India are playing on this tour. India have had just a couple of bad overseas tours, before that we have always been competitive. You people want Sri Lanka to play a 5-match series instead, a team that hasn't won a single series in England while India have won three (3). Sri Lanka hasn't won a test IN Australia while India have won plenty and even drew a few series. Leave that alone, Sri Lanka haven't even won a single Test IN India. While India have always been competitive away from home except for that 0-8 thrashing. We took a very young team to South Africa and New Zealand and were very much in for a series win except for a few bad sessions. And a VERY YOUNG TEAM can be given that much leeway in my humble opinion.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on June 23, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    @ Lion_Wallaby@ Gregmacmillan88 so you guys reckon that the two of your prime bowlers who were massacred this winter against no average batting side of aussies would demolish world's best batting line up? lolz I can only laugh at this!! And jordan and plunkett? seriously??please stop your jokes. will ya?This batting line up will only destroy their carrer!! good luck with that!!!

  • IndiaNeedsBowlers on June 23, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    I don't think selecting 18 players is such a great deal. I would have preferred a 15 member squad along with an India A team touring England and playing matches with County teams / England Lions, during the test matches. This would not only get the players used to English conditions but also give them match practice. This might also give a good chance to a number of players who may not make the first XI, but could perform well in A team games, to be slated in the team after say first 2 or 3 tests, if the players in first choice XI aren't performing.

  • on June 23, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    @artificial.intelligence- That's a strange name to have,BTW Mohit Sharma is in the test squad for this upcoming tour of England..

  • Nutcutlet on June 23, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    I have to dispute the status of this series: five Tests, indeed! Sri Lanka have proved themselves to be doughty opponents in their two Test series and, with the series in the balance before the 9th day of the ten, it already seems a pity that there isn't a third Test. Of course, that would leave India with four Tests - but last time (2011) that proved to be more than enough. The older I get the more I care about genuine contests with fine cricket being played all round in the right spirit. I am less interested in flag-waving nationalism. The good of the game comes before anything else. All that said, I wish Dohni and his men a fulfilling tour filled with great Test cricket. And may the better team win.

  • artificial.intelligence on June 23, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    India must concentrate on its strength...fast bowling is not one of them...we need bowlers who can maintain pressure for long periods...why is mohit sharma not in the test squad...his FC stats/recent performances suggest that he is made for the longer format

  • on June 23, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    This tour is clearly shows the commercial side of Cricket. For India's strength in Test Cricket, it is pathetic to play 5 match series. What on the earth when a previous tour has ended in one sided (4 match series), and both the cricket board are agreed to promote the series to 5 match competition. Even South Africa is not playing 5 test match series. But India, with their poor overseas record in test cricket, and they are going to play 5 match series!

  • on June 23, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    @Anirudh Gaur on (June 22, 2014, 5:47 GMT):

    What is more important for our (Indian) pacers is not speed & bounce; but swing & variations:(a) subtle swing, (b) unpredictable swing, (c) change of pace, which can be read easily. England's' batsmen are brought up on a steady diet of speed and bounce, and relying on those will be carrying coal to Newcastle.

    First of all, most of them have to get their radars fixed :-). At least in IPL, it was a pleasant surprise to see Varun Aaron having got it fixed, but Umesh Yadav's was still malfunctioning.

  • MinusZero on June 23, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Pujara and Kohli are the key batsmen for India. India still lack express pace, something they desperately need if they want to compete overseas.

  • Kruns on June 23, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Yes Agree India has lost 8 test matches last time around overseas but i believe that being a champion side is a process and India is on a right track, Would like to see Gambhir straight in the eleven because of Experience he has at International level.

    Players Like Dhawan,Rohit , Vijay , Rahane , Dhoni will have to apply themselves in batting as they come in and try to bat long as all the batting cannot be done VK or Pujara. I feel that we shall see a good series this for Rahane and Rohit.

    Ashwin has to prove is worth outside India which he has failed to , frankly speaking he should have not made he squad for this tour and Bhajji or Even mishra would have been fine.

    There will be turnaround this time i feel can see India performing well with both the tours GO INDIA GO.....

  • screamingeagle on June 23, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @Somen Khundrakpam, Dunno which SA series you watched, but the last Ind-SA series in Ind was 1-1. ODI series was 2-1 Ind. Anyway, few things Dhoni must do. Make sure Ishant is told he is getting a long stint in the team - as the drinks boy. Nothing like a clear mind when serving drinks. Make sure Dhawan and Vijay realise that there will be competition from Gambir, keep them on their toes. Pujara and Kohli, leave them be. Make sure they get enough time during practice matches. Dhoni and the man who will not be named due to his blazing talent should try out batting together and working out their strategies. Bowlers? Tell them their job is wickets and they wll be bowling to a plan. Use Shami in short bursts. Or Aaron if that is the case. Pandey looks a good bowler, give him enough time in the practice matches, he will be needed later in the series.Both spinners must not play, dont really think the pitches will be that helpful, right? Decide who must play, Jadeja or Ashwin. I would say Jad

  • SanjivAwesome on June 23, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    I expect our boys to be thrashed by the English in England conditions. Fans got a first hand look at how India A was unable to handle lateral movement in Bangladesh. I would have taken a lot more confidence in Team India had India A posted better results in Bangladesh.

  • Realistic_cri_fan on June 23, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    India can win matches only if they don't play: 1.Gambhir: He was selected because of his experience and not of his form.He is out of form for the last two years.Even in Ranji trophy and IPL he didn't score much runs.His role should be limited to guiding the youngsters.

    2.Ishant Sharma:We all know the reason why he shouldn't play.Ishwar pandey should play for him.

    3.Shami Ahmed:This guy can bowl fast but the way bowled in SA and NZ (Test matches) is ridiculous.He just runs in and bowls.He is not a thinking bowler.Pankaj/Aaron should play instead of him.

    These things may sound ridiculous but this is the fact.

  • xylo on June 23, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    The biggest plus in this tour is the absence of a passenger in the team, namely Sachin Tendulkar, dragging down everybody. The biggest void to fill would be that of Dravid though.

  • cricket_ahan on June 23, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    The bowling needs to be tight and accurate. There is enough talent and grit in the batting line to stand up against the England quicks, especially with Virat, Pujara and Rahane. The key to the series will be the team that can take regular wickets and be penetrating with their bowling. To that end, I think Bhuvi and Shami will be India's best prospects, and both need to work well together to apply early pressure and take early wickets. Ashwin and Jadeja will also be key in maintaining pressure and providing good variation. The hole for mine is the fifth bowler spot, which I think should go to a newcomer such as Pandey, who can both hit the deck hard as well as pitch it up and swing the ball. I'm praying Ishant is not a first choice for a starting XI, but going by recent history, I'm guessing I'll be wrong.

  • MiddleStump on June 23, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Even with 18 players, the real question is whether India can take 20 wickets in the SERIES. Dhoni is all set for a 0-9 season.

  • mysecretme on June 23, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Wonders never cease. Dhoni has finally learnt something :)

    Another thing he has to learn is to take the best 11 players into the starting test after trying all players in the tour matches. He needs to stop playing favorites and picking motor mouth's.

    And the biggest thing he needs to learn is to post a third man for all the edges. Close to 40% of the runs given in the previous tours were off edges to third man going for boundary.

    Finally, if he is going to play positive cricket, he should promote himself to no: 4 if there is a decent opening stand. No point slogging with the tail thinking that other batsman is going to get out.

  • IndCricFan2013 on June 23, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit - 5 bat, MSD, Sharma, Shami and K - 3 bowl. 2 places left. Rahane Vs Binny and Ashwin Vs Jadeja would the competition. Gambhir would play 3 Test, since one of Vijay/Dhawan would fail, if not both. Rahane could compete with Rohit as well, also for opening slot, if both fail. So, Rahane would compete for 1,2,5 and 6 places and may not play as well. Saha will wait for MSD to get injured or compete with Rohit, Rahane for a spot, if they both fail. 3 other bowlers would play as other bowlers fail to deliver.So, if there are no injuries then only 3 players are guaranteed to play 5 tests, MSD, Pujara and Kohli, even if they fail. Let us see the survivors of England 2014 Tour.

  • on June 23, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    @linguboy - yes but ashwin averages what 80 outside India. And with a wet ball he is going to struggle even more. With Jadeja we have a very good slip fielder as well as a very accurate spinner. Remember he did well in South Africa. And jadeja containing only allows seamers to attack more. And in swinging conditions his holding role will only allow batsman to push at balls they should have otherwise left. Thats where swing bowlers like bhuvi, binny and shami come into play.

  • satchander on June 23, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    I have no hope from this Indian team as we simply do not have the bowlers to take 20 wickets. We may be lucky if our batters can bat really well and bat for say 3 days in some of the tests and so ensure some draws. I wish we had a 3 Test series - with the kind of performances that India has shown overseas in Aus/Eng/SA and NZ, I simply do not think India deserve a 5 Test series status. Look at Sri Lanka - they are fighting tooth and nail with England in the current test series and they only have a 2 Test series - its a joke. SL is a top team and they play much better overseas than India. And before anyone thinks, I am Sri Lankan, I want to clarify that I am an Indian fan but I cannot accept the injustice that is happening in the cricket world just because BCCI of BCCI's one sided power !

  • Jama on June 23, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    I do not understand one thing, When India could not win in England last time despite have Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. How can we expect them to win now. Kohli would not necessarily score a century in every game. We pretty much only have Pujara and Kohli and poor bowling that can go wicketless for 400 runs. You will see another Whitewash india lose.

  • Jason_Key88 on June 23, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    here comes the excuses from indians. young side blah blah. india are not a quality side that can bat well on non-featherbed pitches. hence their poor record overseas. even against our this weak english side, they will struggle. overrated much.

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 23, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    @Vkias, Welcome back mate! It is really interesting to predict India to win 3-0 or 3-1. Do you think Anderson, Broad, Jorden and Plunkett are like Indian bowlers?? May be you had already forgotton that India just lost in their home soil against England. Even without an attack like England India got whitewashed in NZ. When you talk about that team with 2-3 legends what you need to understand is that team had 2-3 legends throughout last 20 years. Legends were replaced by new legends so be patient. Great alrounder, openning batsman, great fast bowlers are in making.

  • on June 23, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    predicting a very aggressive dhoni! ( atleast in batting if not captaincy) ... he was the one who set the series for India whitewashing aus last year... hope he does the same again... in our captain we trust.. go India

  • on June 23, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    batting was never a problem and will never be a problem for.India in future, it's the bowling that needs to show their metal.... take entire 20 wickets in atleast 2 games... hope they do it... for that we need ishant (so called experienced hard working bowler) out of the team...:-P openers will be the key, be it bowling or batting....

  • BustIPL on June 23, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    Really nice effort to understand what went wrong last time and improve this time but the realistic approach will be to see the latest trends and compare opening, middle order batting, wicketkeeper batsman, allronder spot, spinners, fast bowlers and fielders with both england current side and sri lankan side who have given england a fair fight for sure. With the amount of cricket being played by indian players, they have lot of experience and should be upto the task in england but there are a lot of worries still. Openers for england/SL look more settled, both middle orders are stronger than india, dhoni is not not that good in tests, binny can't be compared with broad or angelo methews, spinners are generally not that effective unless they are of highest quality and indan fast bowlers have to prove a lot points while both SL/English quickies are doing much better. At last, fielding is also not that stronger with kohli the best fielder that india have for slips. Anyway good luck ind.

  • on June 23, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    my only hope... "May it end where it all started " it started in England almost 3 years before and may it end now... firstly I would say allege best to every player ( even though some players in English team I don't like) coming to possible team combination I wouldn't be surprised if.we see one batsman sitting and 5 bowlers (3+1+1) playing... jaddu and ashwin are taken in the team by default. , shami is other, ishant is permanent player even if he converts himself into slow bowler with longest run up.. and remaining 1 bowlers slot we need to see who fits in... coming to batting dhawan , pujara, kohli, dhoni are confirmed... have some doubt over rohit and rahane ( and most probably rohit will be preferred as he has some unseen hidden talent which we are waiting to see since ages) and we are left with one opener slot with Vijay and gambir competing.... no matter how many team combinations we make finally it comes down to "can our bowlers take 20 wickets atleast in one match???"

  • Nampally on June 23, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    From my observation from the last Indian tour of England, India needs to follow some basic rules while batting- Leave the balls outside the off stump well alone especially on away swingers. Most Indian batsmen fell a prey to these especially Gambhir. This is crucial till your eye is in & ball bounce is judged correctly. Gambhir is the worst offender. Dravid has rightly advised in another blog that Do NOT drive the balls which are on the rise till you are well set but only drive the half volleys. These 2 are simple rules but in England's swinging & seaming conditions with light not too favourable, they are the main reasons for batting failures. In bowling Indian bowlers should focus on or outside the off stump good length attack to get edged catches in slips. So called short pitched balls are waste of energy & also expensive. Ishant is consistently short of length + Aaron & Shami also do it less consistently. Kumar & Pandey are better. India need 5 bowlers to win NOT 4 as Dhoni does!

  • on June 23, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    @Arun Bose. One observation by you is on the spot, when you stated:

    "They (England) have prepared flat tracks even against SL! It shows how desperate they are to not to lose any match, They are content with a draw.. It just shows how scared they are of losing, Their mentality is defensive right now and India has to exploit this weakness of England"... So, true.

    By the way, I should congratulate you on one aspect. You would make an excellent motivational speaker, for our young team. Hope, some of the senior staff accompanying our team to England could emulate you. At least the Coach & the Captain!

  • on June 23, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    are they gonna play with 3 spinners & medium pace bowler?...lol...indian bowlers can't all out the English line up.Indian team totally flop on bouncy track.if there is no rain interruption,india will loose 5 - 0.

  • Humdingers on June 23, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    Defensive, defeatist attitude - already looking for excuses. "I need to play my shots" = I can't be bothered with Test Cricket. I don't think this will be a whitewash but here's my predictions: Game 1 = England to win. India are the poorest of starters. Game 2 = England to win. Green tracks will account for the batsmen again. Game 3 = Draw. Fight back from India, but weather to intervene or England to just pip them at the line. Game 4 = Possible Indian Win. A little too late as usual. Game 5 = Draw. By now the Indian batsmen would have found some form. So 3-1 or 3-0 win to England. Hopefully Dhoni and Fletcher to get the sack for another series loss.

  • on June 23, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    I still can't believe that Sehwag couldn't make the cut. He deserves a farewell tour, there is no one who can match him in terms of impact, a very very special player. He deserves more respect !!

  • Kays789 on June 22, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    India's only challenge: Not loosing 0-5 and three games by an innings.

  • on June 22, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    @vkias- Thanks mate.. The perfect revenge is just a few days away..Can't wait to see a frustrated Anderson and Broad on the field..And a demolished England side..

  • on June 22, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    @Arun Bose for your information SA whitewash India in a two test series (2-0) in 2000 played in Mumbai and Bangalore and everyone knows India's record overseas.

  • Nampally on June 22, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    My question to Dhoni & the Indian Selectors is: Have you really answered the challenges facing the Indian team? The attached Cartoon is showing the way India has answered the challenges. Opening bat challenge is answered by inclusion of Gambhir after his consistently poor scores in the last Tour. I bet my bottom dollar that Gambhir will open the innings in the First Test with Dhawan. The biggest challenge will be how Pujara & Kohli will respond after the openers fail. Can they rebuild the innings from scratch. India's showing depend on this. After miserable showing from the opening bowlers India have answered the Pace bowling problem partly via B.Kumar & Shami. India's showing depends on the success of these 2 in pace + Jadeja & Ashwin in spin. Yadev was the right choice for the Third seamer but excluded. The last 2 batting spots will be Dhoni & Rohit Sharma. India won the Champion's WC last year in England. That should boost India's morale to perform well. SL did well why not India?

  • on June 22, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    My choice line-up - Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Sharma, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron / Ishant I keep Dhawan out inspite of his high scores because - most of his innings have been built on dropped catches, I cannot always count on opposition dropping catches. Binny - given the conditions in UK, I prefer the seaming all rounder to the spinning all rounder (particularly, given that Jadeja is defensive & I don't think defensive spinners are too likely to succeed).

  • on June 22, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Without Zaheer, Indian chances of winning the series "Zero", probability of India having a tied series, "20%", probability of India losing Series "80 Percent", Probability of India losing 0-5 "Fifty Percent".

  • Cricsnake on June 22, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    First of all, I wish all the very best for Team India for their England tour. Hope Young Indian Batsmen would do well in this five match series. A good experience for them. With more match practice in such seaming friendly pitches would nurture them to be the legends in future. Would love to see quality batting and long innings from young guns like Kohli, Pujara, Dhawan, Vijay & the co. Its a great opportunity for the youngsters. Sangakkara got his first foreign tour at the age of 25 & he played very few matches in Aus, SA & Eng, NZ & that gave him quite below stats away as opposed to home. Kohli & Pujara doing exceptionally well against any attack. These matches would be a perfect chance to show their class. England seems rebuilding but they played much better than we expected against SL. Thus India should not take Eng lightly. Anyway hope India do much better this time. Cheers

  • on June 22, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    India is far better than 5-0 , this time should win at least a single game

  • vkumar_086 on June 22, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    @Arun Bose .....wonderful thought mate....everybody who is criticizing INDIA should understand this. India is completely young side just like England, many seniors are not there in team, Dravid, Sachin, Saurav, Laxman are retired, Sehwag, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Yuvi are failed to get a place in team...similar case with England- petersen, Strauss, flintoff, Collingwood are retired and some other players did not get place in team....both teams are in transition stage (England is slightly ahead in terms of experience because of Cook, Bell, Anderson, Broad are playing)....but SOME OTHER TEAMS are still revolving around 2-3 legends....i wonder what happens to them after these players retire....yes overseas teams have to prove their worth in INDIA.....im expecting 3-0/3-1 series win for INDIA

  • arun_padmanabhan on June 22, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    It sure will be more closely fought than the 2011 series. In my opinion, India's batting is not a concern and there is no doubt about the batting line up. The main problem will be the ability to take 20 wickets. Bhuvi, shami, ishant and ashwin should most ideally form the 4 man attack. It will be very interesting to see what Dhoni thinks about a 5 bowler attack - 4 fast, 1 slow/3 fast, 2 slow. Because, going for a 5 member attack will lead to a huge pressure on dhoni, the batsman!

  • StreetView on June 22, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Its ominous that Cook is in bad form now. Coz our team has the habit of bringing out-of-form players to form. LOL Gonna be a tough one for India. Looks like India might lose :(

  • on June 22, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    @RajSma- I am an optimist because I believe in this indian team, They may not have won in SA and NZ but they fought and that's what's required in any sport, the fighting spirit and these young guns of India are fighters.. England is not as strong at home as they were three years ago..They have prepared flat tracks even against SL! It shows how desperate they are to not to lose any match, They are content with a draw.. It just shows how scared they are of losing, Their mentality is defensive right now and India has to exploit this weakness of England.. India need to bat first and put a huge score on the scoreboard to pressurise England's vulnerable top and middle order..

  • ChiragPathak on June 22, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    . My final elevan :

    Gambhir, Dhavan, Pujara, V.Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, RJadeja, S.Binny, B.Kumar, S.Ahmed, I.Sharma

    M.Vijay, Rohit are nothing but a passenger in a seaming condition. I.Pandey, Saha might get a nod in case somebody is injured .

  • linguboy on June 22, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    @SamRoy Who should be the Captain instead?? Kohli need 1 year to become the Captain of this team. Post WC2015 will be better. And speaking of slip catches it comes with experience. look at the current England team and see how many catches they dropped in the ongoing test. Rohit looks better in slips as is vijay. Rahane is good at Gully and pujara is good at shortleg. We need couple more slip fielders and they will improve with more tests. Rishi Dhawan may be a better bowler but less quality batsman. We need batsman who can bat 10 overs aand bowl 10 overs of seam bowling not a bowler who bowls 20 overs and bat 20 balls. If thats the case we select Irfan Pathan itself. And Yadav need more playing time and anyway he won't be in the side for the 1st 2 tests , its better for him to bowl for India A in Australia as it will help him to find his rhythm and more playtime. Aaron won't play a test he is there to replicate Plunkett in the nets. Simple as that.

  • on June 22, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    India will loose their series. I can give u guarantee. Because they never win out side in India. Their result out side 100% lose.

  • linguboy on June 22, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    @Naman Gupta Jadeja is an accurate spinner alright but if you are playing with 4 bowlers you can't have a spinner for containing itself. You need all attacking bowlers. Either they should have selected Ohja or they should play ashwin and ask him to attack. No use in playing defensively if the same results continue.

  • ladycricfan on June 22, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    India is a young team because Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman all retired because their age was catching up with them and their performances have been deteriorating for a while and their retirements were expected. Even Sehwag was dropped after a string of poor performances. The young indians were inducted one by one. England team on the other hand had to drop KP suddenly. Trott and Swann left in the middle of the ashes while performing well. It was all unexpected. Nothing to do with their age. Swann is still good to play test matches.

  • on June 22, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    @gaga001- And many teams have to prove their worth in India.. You might counter by saying that England won in India last time but after how many years? I will tell you, 28 years! They cudn't win a series in India for 28 years! SL hasn't won a single test in India being a sub-continental team, Australia was drubbed brutally last time they toured India, Lost by 4-0, worst defeat for Aussies in over 40 years! SA hasn't won a series in India yet! It's just India which needs to prove their worth overseas but overseas team also has to prove their worth in India.. I am sure even if this indian team beat england, criticism won't stop.. And it will never stop cz hatred makes ppl blind and deaf..

  • Prashant.akash on June 22, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    My XI will be :- S.Dhawan G.Gambhir C.Pujara V.Kohli R.Sharma M.Dhoni S.Binny R.Ashwin B.Kumar M.Shami I. Sharma

  • on June 22, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    @IndianInnerEdge Yadav is also not super human. He too failed in flat tracks in Australia last time he traveled. He took wickets in Melbourne and Perth but failed in Sydney and Adelaide. He has not developed an In-swinger all these years. In Bangladesh series he couldn't even control his out-swing. There's no use of pace without control. Johnson was hit all over the park when he had less control. He worked on that aspect and now has great control over his bowling. Yadav want to play more to regain his rhythm but with Indian team he is unlikely to play in the 1st 2 tests so its better for him to tour with India A to Australia and play each and every match. Aaron is selected not for playing eleven but for replicating Plunkett pace in the nets and his bouncers. Simple as that. I can't see Aaron getting a game ahead of Ishwar and Pankaj. And Shami can bowl consistently in the 140s which is good enough.

  • RajSma on June 22, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    @Arun Bose: U r one hell of an Optimist.I hope ur right.But I think India are going to struggle again in this series too.Unless India goes with 5 bowlers (4 Pacers +1 spinner) I dont see them getting England out twice considering the current form of English batsmen,except cook all of them had good scores behind them and also Cook is known for coming back to form against India.Also,Indian bowlers are not in great form either, shami and Ishant had a disappointing IPL.Indian batsmen are also in poor form,Dhawan,vijay,Rahane,Pujara and even Kohli had a poor IPL this season.So,Unless India pull up their socks and work hard they are gonna lose again.

  • on June 22, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Let us not get too uneasy about bowlers like Ishant. Many are going there as net-bowlers. While bowling in nets, if they suddenly find their moorings to be effective, THEN the the 'touring team selectors' on the spot can induct such sudden discoverers /re-discoverers, into the playing XI.

    I wish India has taken ZAK as part of the support staff, to guide the young seam bowlers in the nets and during the tests. BCCI can certainly afford that little extra cost. Can't they?

  • aarnoldaashish on June 22, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    MSD, Get your top batters to be ready for body line bowling. English bowlers will be knowing all that, & they would have obviously learnt something from last Ashes. And Johnson awaits for Team India to arrive in Australia in November too...

  • on June 22, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    I am not happy with the contradictory postures of the Coach & the Captain, on many counts.

    Coach wants the team to win the early matches; the captain is hoping the team to learn first and try to compete (and probably win) later and make the best of the series being a 5-match one.

    The Coach is highlighting the missing stars of England, conveniently being silent on the missing stars of India; whereas the Captain highlights the absence of Veeru, Sachin, Dravid, VVS, Ganguly, an even the bowler Zak!

    Only on one aspect both exhibit a trace of despondency in the ultimate outcome from the series. Hope our young ones prove both to be wrong in being a bit pessimistic. Try your best to prove, the young ones! \ Dhoni is always talking about "the learning curve"! At this rate, all the youngsters in our team will still be on the learning curve, even by the time of their retirement :-)

  • on June 22, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    "I think they [England] have lost some crucial players," Fletcher told reporters.

    Yes, Duncan India is also will be missing Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid, VVS, ....

    And, England also have identified a few new young ones like Robson, Ballance, Buttler et all... fairly ell matched with some of our new young ones. Plus they have the experience in playing in England all the time...

    If our boys do well, all of us will be extremely happy, Mr Duncan Fletcher, but don't build up false confidence. Please train our boys to play the swinging balls, particularly the in-swingers, which are getting some of our best batsmen out all the time!

  • SamRoy on June 22, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    How? MS Dhoni is still test captain. No effort is made to improve slip cordon, everyone has butter fingers there. No good spinner on pitches that don't spin (no Ojha and Harmeet Singh can't get a game for Mumbai) and the pace bowling has left Umesh Yadav home and included Varun Aaron, who struggles to swing the ball, in the squad. And Binny ahead of Rishi Dhawan? This is a test squad and not T20 squad and opposition is England in England not Bangladesh in Bangladesh. Batting is alright if Gambhir plays in place of Rohit Sharma in middle order especially in Trent Bridge and Old Trafford.

  • gaga001 on June 22, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    It is not time to say big big statements, it is time to prove, If lessons learnt from previous England tour then wat happened in south africa, australia and newzealand. India has to prove that they can win overseas.

  • muthukumar.velusamy on June 22, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    ALL the Best Team India. We Indian Fans tend to criticize Dhoni as a Test Batsman & Captain. But we also need to remember he is the Best Wicket keeper Batsman India ever had since India started to Play Cricket. Also Everyone Knows he is the one of the best captain in World cricket Even Now.He Brings soo Much to the Table. May be there is Room for improvement that happens with every Captain.He is Role Model not only for cricketers to reach greater heights but also for Ordinary Citizen who Hope to shine in their respective profession from the scratch.

  • on June 22, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    @good team but I would have jadeja instead of ashwin. He is the better fielder and as a spinner very accurate. He can field any where and that is a bonus.

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on June 22, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Just wait all dear indian cricket followers. I have true belief in indian leader M. S. Dhoni, he will change his fate this time to make india qualify for world test champianship 2017. India will win the series 3-2.

  • on June 22, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    team should be.... dhawan gambir kohli pujara sharma dohni jadu aswin b kumar shami pandey

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on June 22, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Remove M.Vijay from playing XI. Try Ajinkya Rahane as the opener. Too many chances to I.Sharma. Keep him for aussie tour. Bring V.aaron in place of him. My XI. Dhawan, A.Rahane, C.Pujara, V.Kohli, R.Sharma, MSD, R.Jadeja, R.Ashwin, B.Kumar,M.Shami, V.Aaron! This gives batting depth upto number 9. With 5 spclist bowler to pick up 20 wickets!

  • on June 22, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    If England prepare green wickets for India then they themselves will suffer the wrath of Indian bowlers cz Indian bowlers thrive on these wickets.. You may think Indian bowlers are worst but that only bcz they bowl mostly in India and sub-continental non-responsive pitches and if you say they didn't do well in SA and NZ, It's because they were inexperienced and didn't know which line or length to bowl in these green tops and also that was their first overseas test series.. But now they have experience to bowl on such wickets and they will surely bowl out England twice.. But I am sure England is aware of this fact and they are also aware that their batsmen(England's) will struggle if they prepare green tops so they will prepare flat tracks to counter Indian bowling. But on the other hand their bowlers will become ineffective if they prepare flat tracks against Indian batting line up.. So England will do anything to not lose this series.. India are clear favourites.. Ind 4-0 Eng

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on June 22, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Remove M.Vijay from playing XI. Try Ajinkya Rahane as the opener. Too many chances to I.Sharma. Keep him for aussie tour. Bring V.aaron in place of him. My XI. Dhawan, A.Rahane, C.Pujara, V.Kohli, R.Sharma, MSD, R.Jadeja, R.Ashwin, B.Kumar,M.Shami, V.Aaron! This gives batting depth upto number 9. With 5 spclist bowler to pick up 20 wickets!

  • on June 22, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Play Rahane at no-4...its as simple as that...Kohli should come down the order..Rahane is a heavy run scorer and a proven 4 day player

  • on June 22, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Re-posted with an important correction. The all important word 'NOT' was missing: If the pitch & weather conditions are neutral (NOT muggy, cloud cowered, damp, and/or too much moister in the air), the two teams are evenly matched, though in such conditions IN ENGLAND, they have an edge in bowling and India will have an edge in batting. If the whether Gods bring in a Mirpur to England, India will be annihilated. In Mirpur conditions, I don't think, Dhawan, Vijay, Rohit, Dhoni, and Jadeja would have done any better in batting. To the surprise of many, I will back a bit Ashwin for his batting skills in England than his bowling skills.

  • IndianInnerEdge on June 22, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    The only chance india have of doing well is if we get green seaming wickets else if the wickets are flat, our attack is going to be flogged to all corners. I cannot see anyone bowl quicker than 135 kmph and hence if we get flat , non swingy bouncy conditions, Alister cook and co will be pounding the boundary boards. The one good thing they have done is leave out Zak, the worst things the selectors did was leave out yadav....All in all if they manage to draw the first test (which is a super achievement in itself) i am guessing that confidense will build on....else its going to be one summer of pain......Cmon India....:)

  • Nero28 on June 22, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Practice matches are for practice. Win or loss does not matter there. It is upto dhoni, whether he plays 4 pacers in test matches, but he should play play 4 pacers in each practice match to pick out the best three from them. Bhuvi and pandey are not tested in foreign tests. Shami was out of form in ipl and also he has to get back into test mode. He and aaron both are inconsistant. We have not confidence on ishant, he plays well only under zak's guidence and he hasn't played any match since nz tour. Pankaj singh had not the best FC season last year .In absense of zak there is no guide to them infield which area to bowl in england. So Dhoni should give all of them full of practice matches such that they themselve can pick the right line & length.

  • on June 22, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    its goin to be an intersting series indian batsmen have done considerbly well in sa and nz its bowlers who have let dem down. moreover in english team kp is out, cook hasnt been in great form either and if d pitches are nt green top english bowling will be ineffective but like d last v can expct pitches dat wud be hardly different from rest of d ground.

  • StreetView on June 22, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Given our bowling attack and the fact that non-performers like Ishant and batsmen like Rohit will always be selected one can realize that it is very difficult for our bowlers to take 20 wickets unless the pitches are bowling paradises. To be honest India should be wishing for seam-friendly pitches rather than batting tracks. There is no way our bowlers can take 20 wickets unless the pitch is a minefield. Our batsmen can handle the English bowling to some extent hopefully.

  • ThePacifist10 on June 22, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    I meant "bowl really badly" in my last message. Sorry!

  • ThePacifist10 on June 22, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    To be honest, I think both teams are evenly matched. The Indian batting order looks far more stable than before, with Dhawan, Vijay, Kohli, Pujara, Rohit and Rahane looking good overseas. They should be fine.

    The bowling is our real Achilles' heel. All the fuss over our batting is useless. Our bowling is what gave a double and triple ton to McCullum. If we are going to lose this series, we'll have to bowl really well. Zak's absence is a good thing because he had gotten way too slow. Shami and Ishant were good but Zak was not at all good. Pankaj should come in his place and Bhuvi in place of Ishant. Binny should come in place of Jadeja and Ashwin instead of Rohit. Then we're fine.

    My XI for the first Test: Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Pankaj, Shami. We CANNOT have 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers. We need 5 bowlers. Shami can't do everything by himself. Despite his limited-overs weaknesses, his best performances have been in TESTS. Keep him for TESTS only

  • on June 22, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    During India's last tour to England, we expected some useful inputs from Duncan Fletcher. Turned out to be almost an empty pitcher, from which even the proverbial crow with enough pebbles couldn't have drawn any water!

  • on June 22, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    If the pitch & weather conditions are neutral (muggy, cloud cowered, damp, and/or too much moister in the air, the two teams are evenly matched, though in such conditions IN ENGLAND, they have an edge in bowling and India will have an edge in batting. If the whether Gods bring in a Mirpur to England, India will be annihilated. In Mirpur conditions, I don't think, Dhawan, Vijay, Rohit, Dhoni, and Jadeja would have done any better in batting. To the surprise of many, I will back a bit Ashwin for his batting skills in England than his bowling skills.

  • Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules on June 22, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    And so it begins!! I think the main question is can India's bowlers take 20 wickets?? They were in position to win a test each in SA and NZ only to fall short because of their ineffective bowling.Bhuvan and Shami will be key and it's high time Ishant steps up (not holding my breath though).As far as the batting is concerned, as long as the batsmen show the same restraint outside off that they showed in SA and NZ they should be fine.Although I am concerned about the inswingers especially against Pujara and Rahane who have a tendency to get caught in front early in their innings.

  • on June 22, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    This is a hopeless bowling unit. They will struggle to take ten wickets on a flat track, forget twenty. The batting will struggle as well. England in England is a tough prop. Rebuilding or not.

    If weather stays fair and England spice up the pitches a bit, a 5-0 in favour of England is not out of reach. We do not want dry pitches as was laid out for last year Ashes. We need traditional green English pitches that would test the IPL heroes to the full.

    Expect Anderson and Broad to have a huge impact on this series.

  • ofcourse on June 22, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Dhoni has had way too many chances as test captain. Indian fans have the habit of forgetting the old losses after an T20 series or IPL. Had it not been for a passionate backing of MS by selectors or board, Kohli would have been captain by now and we would have even had a different wicket keeping batsman in tests.

  • KricketWicket on June 22, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    The first test at Trent Bridge will set the tone for this series; if India can manage to come out of it with a win or even a draw, it could end up being a very competitive series. England will surely get on the board with a win or two in a 5 game series at home, the question is - can India get on the board? They haven't done that for a long long time overseas. Hence, if they start poorly, loose the first game, doubts will creep in and the tour could turn to a misery for both our team and us supporters. If I was Dhoni, tactically I would first try and secure a draw in the first test and attack only from a position where India cannot loose. It is a very long series a 5 match series. The home side is under a lot of pressure after a miserable ashes, all we need to do is not hand them easy wins and when a chance comes along to attack, which it surely will in a 5 game series, go on an all out attack. This is the last chance for Dhoni to prove his mettle as a test captain. Hope they go well.

  • social_monster09 on June 22, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Well as a neutral fan I can understand the feeling of both Indian & English supporters. Both wants that there team should whitewash the opponent. But mark my words Neither India nor England will gonna win this series with a 5-0 margin. It's a long series like Ashes & to win a such a long series you will have to maintain your body both physically & mentally strong throughout the series. Of course Poms have upper hand & they are sure favourite to win the series but this is a real best chance for Indian team to win a series In England after a long time. Because they have no chance ahead in Australian tour to win there because they are the No.1 right now & for sure Aussies bowling line-up is far better than England to play as we all see what's going on in (with Srilankan) ongoing series. So best of luck both teams but i predict 3-1 England..

  • on June 22, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Dhoni's probably the worst test captain India's had for a long time. The problem is that he's not a test quality wicketkeeper or batsman. So, he's also the worst test player to have a captained an Indian test team for a long time. I don't think he has the mettle to groom an emerging test side. The selectors should persuade him to retire from test cricket and focus on limited overs versions where he's one of the greats. It's time to bring in W. Saha. And Kohli/Puajara as captain.

  • on June 22, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    India should take seriosly against England otherwise India will be dropped from the rankings

  • on June 22, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    India should try Ishwar Pandey. In the IPL in UAE leg he bowled super lengths that troubled even international batsmen greatly. And you could see he would get the batsman's edge any ball then. That is the sort of bowler we need for Tests. Also, Ashwin should play ahead of Jadeja, for the simple fact that Ashwin is a better batsman in Tests in seaming conditions than Jadeja and England have a lot of left handers in Cook, Ballance, Ali, Broad and Anderson. Ashwin is a far lethal bowler to left handers compared to right handers and Jadeja's angle will only help left handers to clear the park. If Ben Stokes comes back into the squad, then more than half the English team would be left handers. I'm not really sure of Bhuvi as he has been swinging the ball so well in Indian conditions but has hardly swung abroad, where it is supposed to swing greatly. He is a paradox for sure. Ishant will bowl at least two good spells in the ten innings, but other 8 he will falter.

  • on June 22, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    England a bit depleted no doubt. But it is still going to be 5-0 in favour of England . Plunkett will be hard to deal with his bouncers. Broad and Anderson will always-be difficult for India .

  • on June 22, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Liam plunket bouncers will test indian batsmen.. Keeping fingers crossed..

  • on June 22, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    I think Dhoni has to be positive. He cannot relax and let the opposition play themselves in by setting defensive field's as he did in New Zealand. When ur team is in a good position never let it go. Team India is very good. They have all good players in all departments. The only thing they lack is an aggressive attitude. Their body language is a give away to the opposition. Let's hope to see a good performance this time around in England. All the best Team. Make us proud.

  • ladycricfan on June 22, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    England's half the side is young and inexperienced: Robson, Ballance, Root, Ali and Jordan. Cook, Bell, Prior, Anderson and Broad are the seniors. Cook is not in good form. Prior was lucky with so many dropped chances against SL. Planket is playing his first Test after so many years of absence. After Swann they haven't found a good spinner yet. That leaves only Anderson, Broad and Bell whom india needs to worry about. Young India has done well in SA and NZ recently. It was AB and Fafs's extraordinary partnership and McCullums's belligerent 300+ denied them the chances to level both the series. India has every chance to put up a good show and win the series in England. Good luck india.

  • STRIKETHUNDER on June 22, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    India shud stop playing test cricket and concentrate on ODIS and T20. They simply dont have TEST cricket mettle. My prediction 5 - 0 to the 3 Lions.

  • on June 22, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Dhawan, Kohli, Puji and Rahane will all perform as batman. Vijay will play a couple of games and will be replaced by Gambhir who will do well. Make or break series for Rohit(I hope he makes it). Dhoni has to learn the biggest difference in 2011 and even now will be his performance against his opposite number Prior. In 10 innings, you expect the team to be 140/5 in atleast 3-4 of them(Headingly???). It is how Dhoni bats then which will define the series. The series in SA was lost coz of him(remember final day test 2 when he and hi clone Jadeja gifted their wickets which eventually turned the match). This is a series India should win, if not, Dhoni should go. And please stop calling this a young team. Yes the bowling i young, but Kohli and Puji are as good a any today in the test arena. Get the bowling combination right(swing, seam and pace) and start making Rohit bowl more and more. He can take on the role ala JP for SA.

  • on June 22, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    I think its the last chance for Dhoni to prove that he is a good test player not just captain of the team. He never made a mark as a batsmen in tests. I suggest he should watch India's Australia tour under Ganguly and see how with one innings by going aggressive he changed the complexion of the game and gave team India the confidence that they can do well. Thas the legacy he left.

    Bowling will depend on Shami I suppose. Iam hoping atleast one of the spinners comes good. Guys, pl make it 2-2..do't let the fans down the way you have been for past couple of tours abroad..

  • CricketFanIndUS on June 22, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    This upcoming England tour and the tour of Australia starting later in the year are probably the two most important cricketing events for India this year. They are the two most challenging ones. If our team adapts and applies itself like Dhoni says here, half the battle is won. Most of our batsmen are rather inexperienced in Test cricket and our bowlers are even more so. How is our team going to fare? Will new heroes emerge? What a treat it will be for the fans if they put up a good fight over these 5 test matches in England? Good luck Team India.

  • on June 22, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Being both english& indian ain't easy as a captain or even player since their fans(also supporters) wrongly assume the future. I'm not an indian fan but i doubt Eng can whitewash Team-india with the current players England have. Cook seems 2b eating grass in preasure whereas MS dhoni stand steady despite his boring record away from Asia. It'll be hard for either side to whitewash the other but i definately think india have the edge. 1. India have pujara and rahana to occupie the crease for long time whereas cooky is never at the crease to stay. 2. India now have better bowlers than they had in their last two tours. 2-1 to india is my prediction as a SAFFA...

  • crzcric on June 22, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Mark my word India will Whitewash England. 5-0 Win for india. Dhoni will score a double ton.Our fast bowlers will get many wickets. The pitches will Be flat.No cold Weather .The conditions will be as same as India

  • dravidsthebest on June 22, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Why are the fans predicting the outcome. I see it as an opportunity for this young Indian batting and bowling side.Its their real test,lets see which players can perform consistently in this 5 test series.Expecting likes of Kohli, Pujara ,Bhuvi and Rahane to do well.All the best Indian team

  • kartcric on June 22, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    I hope b Kumar doesn't play .I have always been surprised by the support he gets from cricinfo users.But I would want them to look at his test career.In 6 matches he has got only 9 wickets.Thats horrible.And nobody should forget his horrible performance in Sa and Nd.

  • on June 22, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    @Damian123- Yeah, Keep dreaming like you dreamt 5-0 to England during last ashes series but what happened after that is history.. Keep dreaming because It's gonna become nightmare soon.. Ind 4-0 Eng.. The perfect revenge..

  • ramz30380 on June 22, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    My humble request to the Indian Team Management - If Ishant Sharma doesnt pick expected wickets in the practice matches, plz do not choose him in the playing XI because you want to give him a 53rd chance to prove himself ahead of a raw Indian talent!

    If a young Indian bowler who has played less than 5 matches, does not bowl well, its easy for us to forgive him but for someone like Ishant plz no more chances - this shud be his final look-in!

  • ofcourse on June 22, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    why is Dhoni talking as if they did very well in SA and NZ? India were almost literally blanked out in the 2 series even in limited overs formats and I thought they were abject failures (India had won the test series in NZ before the last one). Yes, they had some good moments in a few sessions, but is that all that was desired (even against NZ)? Talk about setting clear expectations upfront.

  • siddhartha87 on June 22, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    I hope Gambhir does not get to play in XI. His technique is not good enough to score run against high quality pacers like Anderson and Broad. Pujara ,Kohli and Dhawan will be key to success

  • on June 22, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @Nandu menon Last time that was case in sa .in test we can leave the ball for batsman .where as in odi we cannot afford in odi

  • on June 22, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    It seems like India has learnt nothing good from the last tour of England! Instead of jumping into the five test series just after two county matches, India ,like S L,should have played the one day matches also before the tests. One day matches would have helped both the bowlers and the batsmen get used to the crazy English pitches and improved the psyche of the Indian players! Indian seamers will have to be more effective than last time to avoid a 5-0 wash out again! Any how, good luck to the Indian team!

  • Damian123 on June 22, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    My prediction: 5-0 to England. Same ole story!

  • StreetView on June 22, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Bhuvi(and Pandey to some extent) is our only hope in the bowling front. But i wont be surprised if we lose 4-0 again :(

  • StreetView on June 22, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    India need 5 bowlers unlike in SAF NZ where v played with 4. Also No Rohit please _/\_ Team for the first test : Dhawan,Vijay,Pujara, Kohli,Rahane, Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvanesh,Shami, Pandey. For seam-havens like Nottingham Binny in for Ashwin may not be a bad idea.

  • barryrichardsfan on June 22, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    MS has to get out of his conservative approach in order to win matches. In NZ the field sets for new batters were baffling, ably feasted by BMac and Co. Secondly, five bowlers are a must, so top five batters have to take more responsibility( huge dependence on Kohli and Pujara). Vijay looks good to see off 20 overs, but Dhawan doesn't. Dhoni is a walking wicket so both Jad and Ash should play. Ashwin has the game to do well at number 6/7. Binny is useless, so is Ishant. If I had the charge my 11 would be 1 Vijay 2 Rahane 3 Pujara 4 Kohli 5 Rohit 6 Dhoni 7 Ashwin 8 Jadeja 9 Bhuvi 10 Shami 11 Pankaj.

  • on June 22, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    can anyone tell me why the hell is bcci not allowing indian players to take part in overseas leagues such as big bash, etc so that they can get a worthy exposure....

  • on June 22, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    This is absolutely absurd that ppl r assuming evn b4 the start of the series that India would lose badly and they will lose by 4-0.. I don't understand d basis of this assumption, maybe pure jealousy or maybe pure hatred towards this young indian team.. England is the place where India's overseas test record took a slump and it will be the place from where India's overseas record will take a new flight.. India has an all round side and It's very capable of beating England in their home as this is not the England side of 2011..Many key players are missing in their team and they will surely struggle if Indian bowlers bowl the correct line and length and swing the ball.. India has the edge over England in the batting department so their bowlers will find it hard to take 20 Indian wickets in every match.. Critics has to find new excuses this summer to criticise India cz India won't give them any reason cricket wise.. Dhoni, I wish you all the best for the perfect revenge.. Ind 4-0 Eng

  • on June 22, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    @Ravi Kiran M- At sub-continent? Are you sure you meant sub-continent? Do you even know what and where sub-continent is? What are you talking abt mate? Dhoni is the king of sub-continent..

  • on June 22, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    India can do better show in England. Just to need to focus in. India must look to cash there plus and strong points. They should not look at the big names like LORDS, OVAL etc. just like CT they should play there natural game. Well said MSD. Unnessessory we always try to play extracautious in overseas conditions. In CT Dhavan & Rohit played there natural games and we got perfect fruit winning CT in England. Currently SL also playing with there natural approach. And they are performing well. Dhavan, Rohit, Kohli, Rahane, Pujara etc are capable to face any attack. Gambhir is also rejoined now. So its just need to play at our strength. I am sure. All our Indian batsmen will spark. All the best India.

  • Ms.Cricket on June 22, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Fletcher should have gone. Teams like England and India have performed porrly overseas when he has been coach. India lost golden golden opportunities to win in SAF and NZ recenlty through tactics that are more Fletcher than Dhoni.

  • on June 22, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Given the way England players play left arm spin and also the conditions favoring swing n seam(home team will not give freebies), instead of Jadeja and Ashwin(which is preferred combo by Dhoni), India should go in with Jadeja n Binny. Also tinkering with the batting order which is new n learning is not a good idea. So, my playing 11 for the first 2 test would be Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, B. Kumar, Ishant and Shami. They may change team for the 3rd test according to their performance.

  • on June 22, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    dhoni go n perform well n win a test matches at sub continent....den speak.......

  • on June 22, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    way to go india

  • on June 22, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Except for Rahul Dravid all those experienced players were failures and living on their past reputation. You can add Gambhir to that. I think the current Indian batting lineup will fare better given that they are all young, have some thing to prove and that England are without a good spinner and hence their bowling attack not as potent. Having said that, the Indian bowling is still weak, any bowling attack will be if Ishant is the spearhead and so the results is likely to be 0-3 in favor of the Englishmen!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 22, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    @rustyryan- Unfortunately he's no Gilchrist.His record also shows it especially outside subcont.

  • on June 22, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    dhoni following his instinct can be a big plus for india. this is the big test...we will know for sure if india has made any progress since the 2011 tour. best wishes dhoni and team, make us proud! we will backing you up every match, every session, every ball!

  • on June 22, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    This is going to be a tough series for India. England is getting experienced to spin attack from Srilankan bowlers in their current series.

  • on June 22, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    We get batting, bowling and fielding coaches. Maybe Dhoni should appoint Shane Warne as a captaincy coach.

  • TVR.Cricket on June 22, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    I also feel Dhoni is better batsman on attack than on defending. Taking to mind the movement of ball in england. Irrespective of batting position 3 to 6, Dhoni should bat between overs (30 to 80) or (110 to 160 optimistic) of innings for attacking the ball. Else his average will be below 20 in this series getting caught in slips. Binny should be playing as all-rounder to reduce load on four bowler. One bowler less is one of reason for losing First test in SA. One bowler less leads to attack the opposition with tired bowling attack in critical phases like opposition playing more than 80 overs. Especially second new ball. Like what happened in England or Australia one bowler less leads to opposition score quickly without losing wickets and Saving precious time. Taking to consideration 5 match series. I am waiting for series to begin. India will play better in last three test of this series provided they compete in first two. If they lose first two badly, it will be 4-1 win for England.

  • on June 22, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni... Stop speaking and start Performing!!!!

  • TVR.Cricket on June 22, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    I am admiring the way Dhoni handled press conferences. He openly admits India need to compete first then think about winning. I like it. I think, opening partnership is critical. Rather than runs, the over they negotiate is critical. Make easy for No.3 and 4. Who can score freely until next new ball. If you see stats in past 3 year, Indian team has not reached 300 in 95% of innings they played. Which leads you behind in game. Opening partnership is less than 30 in innings when scored less than 300. India should seriously think about opening combination. I feel Rohit and Vijay will be a good opening combination provided 18 players selected. Dhawan,Gambhir is getting out to short ball & away swinger frequently. Rahane & pujara is getting out to in-coming delivery a lot (Also in recent Bangladesh sersies).My eleven is 1Rohit,2Vijay,3Wriddhaman Saha,4Kohli,5Pujara,6Binny,7Dhoni,8Ashwin,9Mohamed Shami,10Ishwar Pandey, 11Ishant/Aaron.

  • on June 22, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    good luck England fans from Sri lanka

  • on June 22, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    MS visualizes team's great chances & caution in his approach to go up in series from Game 1

    Top 5 batsman would transfigure good to great partnership & playing MS @ No.6 siren the opposition, plunk them in back foot any ground in globe

    Team 11 knows their To-Do's & playing with an Batting/Bowling All-Rounder flavors more chances of winning each game

    Aggressive Team India's approach in each session will intensify a record breaking chance of great series win,

    All the Very Best

  • SagirParkar on June 22, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    nothing but a series win will suffice now, MSD... we fans have faced a fair bit of humiliation in that series.. and Team India needs to be at its best and ruthless to get that win back.. and not just your batting, you need to be aggressive in your captaincy too.. please do not spread the field out as soon as you have been over the past few test series.. make the opposition batsmen work hard for their runs !

  • on June 22, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    All the best team India. This should be a very exciting series!

  • henchart on June 22, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    For all the big talk MSD makes ,he remains an ultra defensive skipper in tests.Playing 6 full fledged batsmen and mere four bowlers wont win him tests unless the opposition tumbles twice.He has to play 5 bowlers viz Shami,Ishant/Kumar,Ashwin,Binny,Jadeja but he wont.The best XI for Nottinghman test probably is Dhawan,Vijay,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Rohot,MSD,Ashwin,Shami,Binny ,Kumar/Ishant.If MSD was bold enough he wpuld opt for one among Rohit /Rahane.and play Jadeaj.Jadeja,Binny and Ashwin are okay as lower middle order batsmen.But again Rohit can be a part time off spinner .Let us see.

  • on June 22, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    Though I am an India fan, it is hard to see any result other than 5-0 in England's favor. Bhuvneswar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, and Ishant Sharma cannot get England out twice.

  • on June 22, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    India will loose good luck England time to boost batting average for England batsman's

  • Naresh28 on June 22, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    We dont have a leader of the bowling attack. A good left armer. The bowling attack is not prepared. Yet we have done nothing. Half the game is already lost.

  • Raj1960 on June 22, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    India will go as far as their bowling takes them. If fast bowlers bowl to a plan and in the right areas and can move the ball, they have a chance to be competitive. If we can not get England out at a reasonable total, this will be a long summer for a new side.

  • on June 22, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Dhoni is the BEST. go lads. show the englishmen what uv got. kholi will score his maiden double ton this time and mohit, buvi will rattle the english batting line up.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 22, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    The 'big test' is upon us.Certainly be for Doni's young team.With 2-0 reversals in both their o/s series this year,pressere,scrutiny will be all the more higher.The 'test' however is only getting bigger with no.1 Aussies waiting for them in few months!

  • glen1 on June 22, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    Some questions that should have been asked: (i) what is the plan to get twenty wickets?, (ii) what about weariness and the 'waiting for declaration' of the last trips?, (iii) who is going to 'purchase' wickets?, (iv) what about Dhoni's wicket keeping and slip catching? and several others.

  • on June 22, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Both teams are rebuilding, so anything can happen. I would still give England the edge in home conditions, and after having the SL series as a warm-up. But India have some exciting young players with a thirst to establish careers, and I think they will offer England good competition. I hardly think it will be a white-wash like last time. Let's just hope the selectors put together a reasonable squad (e.g., one with sufficient reserves for each position). I also agree that Dhoni must simply play his game.

  • on June 21, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    My Playing XI, at least for first test, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kolhi, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami

  • Murnau on June 21, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    An unusual advantage that India may have is that England are quite unpopular with their own supporters at the moment, following the bungling in the aftermath of the Ashes defeat. Allied to that, England are struggling, and the press can't hold out against seizing upon that indefinitely. A good start for the tourists could cause the edifice built around the implosion of Flower's team starts to give way. I suspect India may well be a popular side this summer.

  • piyer on June 21, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    As a real fan I want to see the below things to happen ( I am not doing selector's job here it's my wish. 1.Play Gambhir as an opener ( Saying this though I really hate him for his attitude) Because it is like his last chance I don't think he will waste it because he knows what will happen next.2. Dhawan and Vijay I don't like both as both are too inconsistent but we have to select one I will go with Vijay if gambhir selected because he is right handed.3.Virat and Pujara our only hope. And please let Rahane bat ahead of Rohith I see him batting with tails( That includes Dhoni in test) so he had to take risk so got out early and Rohith has not done any good outside india.4. After Rohith when Dhoni comes in he should bat like he bats in ODI. Incase Rohith fails in warm up I will've both Ashwin and Jadeja based on condition (Binny)because I want to see 5 proper bowlers in that two allrounders & Bhuvi,Shami,Ishi or Pandey or Aaron Bcaz I dont want any one to beakdown in mid series lik Zak

  • piyer on June 21, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    I will personally be happy if dhoni bats in test the way he bats in ODI. I dont expect him to stay in the crease and grind it out. What I want from him is some 50's every now and then 100 that wiil be more than enough as he can't bat hours together. I some time notice that when he plays attacking cricket it is really tough to get him out some examples are 200+ in india and 60+ in newzealand those two innings were almost like ODI innings. Dhoni's strenght is that the fear factor he instills in the opositon camp. But it is missing in test and he himself knew that he can't play proper cricketing shots.Dhoni the (ODI like) batsman in test will be lot more dangerous as the bowlers would be tired when dhoni comes to the crease and if he starts finding boundries from the word fo it will surely demoralize any bowler.

  • on June 21, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Its 2014 and you are still rebuilding!? its been 3 years and ur still rebuilding!? I dont have anything to say. Fed up. And its not 7-0 , its almost 10-0..we havent won in s.a. or nz later on too if you remember. God how i wish this slump would just stop! And you've learnt your lesson only after you show us after this series. Then, after a successful series, we would say 'uve learnt your lesson' not before that. (This from a dhoni fan, no doubt about his odi captaincy prowess n records though..none except ricky ponting,..critics dont even start, u cant catch up with his trophies)But very disappointed on the test scene (esp overseas) if we are still 'rebuilding' after 3 years. Waiting to see what gives in july!!!

  • DessiJatt on June 21, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    and dhoni must attack the english batsman......he fails to take advantage of the situation while bowling in tests abroad..

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 21, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    MS Dhoni is a very good ODI player and captain, he is not in any way a great test wicketkeeper or batsman, Gilchrist was on another level completely.

  • on June 21, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Duncan is the guy India has hired for the PR talk. he has not accomplished anything for all the millions that have been showered on him

  • on June 21, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    @Rustyryan:Awesome comment ! wish we play well in the seriess

  • Nampally on June 21, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    It is nice to hear Dhoni saying that we have learnt lessons from the last England Tour. But he does not specify what they have learnt & how they have implemented the necessary corrective actions. From the perpective of a Fan, few things India learnt from the last series are: 1. India needs a balanced XI with 5 bowlers & 6 batsmen- you cannot play a 5 day Test match with 3 specialist bowlers + 1 all rounder. 2. India needs 2 reliable opening batsmen who are consistent. Without a good opening stand India cannot build a decent Total. 3. Players need to be selected based on their "Current" Form, Fitness & Record- NOT on their past record 4. India needs to Focus on Winning rather than drawing with defensive Cricket. It is true that the current team is younger than that in 2011. But Pujara & Kohli are worthy successors to Dravid & Tendulkar. Opening Bats are still "Iffy" & up fro grabs. India needs 3 seamers + 2 spinners . Dhoni needs a balanced XI focussed on winning by taking 20 wkts.

  • Herath-UK on June 21, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    I'm sure India will do very well;it is summer & the sun is on the batsmen's back which the current Sri Lankan players would wish in their dream. A run glut is in the offing.

  • on June 21, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Truely spoken from the mind MSD. All the best to our team. They were unlucky in south africa and new zealand,this tym they wont repeat the mistake. The squad looks well balanced ..

  • on June 21, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    hope namma team 2 do its best in the upcoming series.. although england are too in the re building stage after KP is out.. many of their players are new to the side!! Hope MSD raises to the challenge of the country yet again!! hoping 4 a competetive series against the english men!!

  • Ramesh_Joseph on June 21, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Fingers crossed. All the best Team India. Will be a tough tour.

  • on June 21, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Roger! Captain. United we stand

  • vgaur on June 21, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    I think Sandeep Sharma or Praveen Kumar should have been in the SQUAD -

    Few reasons for that :

    1 - There is no swing bowler to back Bhuvi, if he breaks down most of the others are seam bowlers. 2 - Sandeep swung the ball in Australian/Indian conditions in U19 world cup and also IPL. He was getting wickets of top players in IPL.

    Question is - Why the selectors are ignoring him and also they need to groom Unmukt Chand also, for me those two players were the takeway from U19 world cup victory in Australia where the next world cup is being planned.

    Specially when India does need better fast bowlers???

  • on June 21, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    England will beat India 4-0. Mark my words. pace and bounce with the ball swinging will spell doomsday to the Indian batsmen. They will be under the scanner from the media and public for their lackluster performances. But come ipl 2015...everyone will start jumping to the tunes of fours n sixes plundered by the Indian batsmen, everything will be forgotten. Mark my words.

  • on June 21, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    It's not going to be easy .. But dhoni's been emphasising on the reasons behind last eng and aus tour losses for a long now , and the fact that team learned from those tours and a young team player very well in sa and nz .. I thought India played very good test match cricket in last 4 test matches in sa and nz for most of those 20 days .. And I will be very happy if this young team turns out to be true to the faith that their captain has been showing for a long time now ..

  • on June 21, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Hope MSD comes out of his defensive captainship and take some aggressive decisions as well!! The only black dot in his career is a away test wins and i would love to see him sweep it off this time!! Excited about this first of decades 5 match series! Good luck boys :-)

  • DessiJatt on June 21, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    If india can take 20 wickets in almost every match then they will win th series...

  • on June 21, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Its a young indian side with RAW talent. wat they will lack is experince... but the thing is when we start ssomething we always get that begining luck.... i hope that will favor us..

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 21, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Very few similarities between that 2011 series in India, and this upcoming one in England. Different players... completely different conditions... both teams rethinking/shuffling their tactics and mindsets a bit more...

    India have frequently struggled in England with their bowling. Historically, they've tried to simply pack their teams with batters, but forget/struggle with the concept of the '20 wickets needed for the win'. Yes India have lost big names in batsmen, but the newbies look very promising; once again it will be the lack of decent seamers that should be the main worry for India.

    England, on the other hand, not only have their favourable home conditions, but decent seamers looking in good form now.

  • on June 21, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    if any body injured robin uttappa is ideal choice...he is in good farm .domestic..and ipl..recent odi one 50..so he is good fr test also if he done good in austrlia a so his place 100%

  • on June 21, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Its going to be a tough tour. and Dhoni knows it. if he keeps up backing his instincts....he is gonna get....similar 8-0 results. He should start to make reasonable decisions, back the players (not his favorites)..and he should bat higher in the order.

  • on June 21, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    All the best to the next gen players of India.

  • rustyryan on June 21, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    MS backing his instinct is clearly an added advantage.. He can easily replicate a Gilchristesque sort of batsmanship in Test matches and its very rare to see him openly talk about his approach. Sorta Rajinikanth style technique before beating up the Villains.. Way to go, Captain!!!

  • rustyryan on June 21, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    MS backing his instinct is clearly an added advantage.. He can easily replicate a Gilchristesque sort of batsmanship in Test matches and its very rare to see him openly talk about his approach. Sorta Rajinikanth style technique before beating up the Villains.. Way to go, Captain!!!

  • on June 21, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    All the best to the next gen players of India.

  • on June 21, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Its going to be a tough tour. and Dhoni knows it. if he keeps up backing his instincts....he is gonna get....similar 8-0 results. He should start to make reasonable decisions, back the players (not his favorites)..and he should bat higher in the order.

  • on June 21, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    if any body injured robin uttappa is ideal choice...he is in good farm .domestic..and ipl..recent odi one 50..so he is good fr test also if he done good in austrlia a so his place 100%

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 21, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Very few similarities between that 2011 series in India, and this upcoming one in England. Different players... completely different conditions... both teams rethinking/shuffling their tactics and mindsets a bit more...

    India have frequently struggled in England with their bowling. Historically, they've tried to simply pack their teams with batters, but forget/struggle with the concept of the '20 wickets needed for the win'. Yes India have lost big names in batsmen, but the newbies look very promising; once again it will be the lack of decent seamers that should be the main worry for India.

    England, on the other hand, not only have their favourable home conditions, but decent seamers looking in good form now.

  • on June 21, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Its a young indian side with RAW talent. wat they will lack is experince... but the thing is when we start ssomething we always get that begining luck.... i hope that will favor us..

  • DessiJatt on June 21, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    If india can take 20 wickets in almost every match then they will win th series...

  • on June 21, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Hope MSD comes out of his defensive captainship and take some aggressive decisions as well!! The only black dot in his career is a away test wins and i would love to see him sweep it off this time!! Excited about this first of decades 5 match series! Good luck boys :-)

  • on June 21, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    It's not going to be easy .. But dhoni's been emphasising on the reasons behind last eng and aus tour losses for a long now , and the fact that team learned from those tours and a young team player very well in sa and nz .. I thought India played very good test match cricket in last 4 test matches in sa and nz for most of those 20 days .. And I will be very happy if this young team turns out to be true to the faith that their captain has been showing for a long time now ..

  • on June 21, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    England will beat India 4-0. Mark my words. pace and bounce with the ball swinging will spell doomsday to the Indian batsmen. They will be under the scanner from the media and public for their lackluster performances. But come ipl 2015...everyone will start jumping to the tunes of fours n sixes plundered by the Indian batsmen, everything will be forgotten. Mark my words.