India in England 2014

Unpredictability India's strength - Fletcher

Nagraj Gollapudi

June 25, 2014

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Ishant Sharma is the only bowler in the Indian squad to have played a Test in England © Getty Images

Of India's 18-member squad, only MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma have played a Test in England. According to their coach Duncan Fletcher, though, it is this inexperience that might inspire India to play "exciting" cricket in the five-Test series, which begins at Trent Bridge on July 9. Fletcher said unpredictability was one of the strengths of this Indian side, whose defining characteristic is youth.

"Without making excuses it is a very, very inexperienced side: If you look at how many Tests our opening batters have played, how many Tests our No. 3 has played, how many Tests our bowlers have played," Fletcher said the day before the first tour match, a three-day game against Leicestershire. "But it is nice sometimes, because being unpredictable they will play some exciting cricket. There are some very, very exciting cricketers in this group who would go on to be very, very good cricketers for India. They might fire from this series and there will be some very, very good cricket played."

India and England have been on a topsy-turvy ride since 2011, when Andrew Strauss' men won 4-0 to snatch the No.1 Test ranking off India. A hurt MS Dhoni had said the day before leaving the country that he would "never" forget the tour, in the wake of losing at least ten Indian players to various injuries.

The players were hurt, too, and their immediate reaction was that England still had to prove themselves by winning in India. They did that in the winter of 2012-13, when Alastair Cook's side completed a historic 2-1 victory with match-winning performances from Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson and Monty Panesar. Despite being competitive in South Africa and New Zealand, India have not won an away Test for three years.

There are some very, very exciting cricketers in this group who would go on to be very, very good cricketers for India. They might fire from this series and there will be some very, very good cricket played Duncan Fletcher

England have also been on the downward slide in the last six months. A 0-5 Ashes whitewash has been followed by a home defeat to Sri Lanka in a hard fought two-Test series, which came on the back of a loss in the ODIs.

Before departing India, Fletcher had said it was important to attack Cook and Ian Bell, England's two senior batsmen. Today, Fletcher stressed that India were more keen on winning than on reflecting on what had happened in the past. "Reversing trends is not that important. What is important is that you go out trying to win the series. That's what our objective is - to come here and win the series," he said.

Dhoni, sitting next to Fletcher, nodded in agreement. "No not really," he said in response to the question on whether it was a good time to play England. "What you assess is how good a side the opposition is, and I still think England are a fantastic side, which means it will be a tough competition for us. They know the home conditions better than us. It's a long series, five Test matches followed by five ODIs and one T20. Playing a series with five Test matches is something that's entirely new for us. But overall I think it will be really good."

Unlike in 2011, when India only played one tour match before the Test series, this time they are playing two and have arrived nearly three weeks before the first Test. The extra time, according to Dhoni, provided the inexperienced players a chance to get acclimatised to the conditions.

India landed at Heathrow on Sunday and drove straight to Leicester. They have been involved in light training over the past two days in preparation for the 15-a-side match against Leicestershire.

"It's always good to have players who have played in the scenario before but as I've said it's a team that doesn't have too many players in it that have played in England," Dhoni said. "The good thing is a lot of them have played some kind of cricket in England. There are quite a few who were part of the Champions Trophy. There are quite a few who have played in England in other leagues, not just the counties, under-age cricket, maybe the Under-19s. All that really helps but it will be important for those players who have not played too many games to get used to the conditions really quickly. We're here 15 to 20 days before the first Test so that will obviously help."

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Posted by fkhawaja on (June 29, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

England are not at their best nor are the Indians . Both teams are low in confidence and need a lot of improvement. in english conditions specially after having played srilanka, I think the English team would be in a better position to do well. england are likely to prepare fast bouncy wickets which can cause problems for the indians.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (June 29, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

As long as Cook is captain, Moores is coach and England continue selecting players out of form, everything will be fine for this young Indian side. Good luck to them, they will need some with no DRS available.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (June 29, 2014, 0:50 GMT)

I have the utmost respect for Dhoni: fine batsmen, good keeper and an excellent man. I think he has the minerals to galvanise this side. I am an ardent England fan but we are there for the taking. England have some young 'uns making their way and have talent but are very brittle. I think if the Indians can get his new ball attack right then India can win the series. I am not sure if India have great seamers and I have seen better Indian spin bowlers than on this tour but nevertheless, this England team can falter if put under pressure. If India start well, then England and Cook could be done.

Posted by cric1965 on (June 28, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

From 1932 India played 49 test matches in England and won only 4. That is (WASP) 6%. From 1984 Sri Lanka played 12 matches and won 3. That is 25%. India won only 3 series out of 16. Winning percentage ( WASP) 18%. India has 6% chance of winning a single test match in England soil.Can they change WASP this time ?

Posted by vkias on (June 28, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

@ still searching Afridi's 300 runs innings against India in last T20 WC...

Posted by Cricsnake on (June 28, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

In my opinion India has learnt a lot of lessons from the 2011 tour & it will be tough time for England. But I hope England will comeback strongly & it will be another thrilling series. I predict that it could be 2-2 draw or 3-2 win for the best side. SL did very well against England in all T20, ODI & tests and as Lankans we would love to see other teams from South Asia do well in the West. India has done extremely well in the past specially when Dada (Ganguly) lead them. India's overseas record in the recent past is not much impressive but their players done very well in SA/ NZ with both bat & ball. They need lot of character to convert such close draws in to victories. This is the time to showcase their real face. Good Luck !

Posted by Cricsnake on (June 28, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

I think India will do far better than 2011. England has become much weaker & the summer pitches will support batsmen to score heavily. India have a solid batting line-up with talented, young and moderately experienced batsmen from top to tail. Dhawan, Vijay, Kohli, Pujara, Rehene, Gambhir, Rohit all can do well. Hope Saha would be wicket-keeper this time. Dhoni can play as pure batsman & that would strengthen the middle order. Ashwin & Jadeja both can bat well at the end. I have higher hopes on Pujara & Kohli. I'm pretty sure that after the series everyone talks about him. Kohli will score another couple of hundreds as he always do. He has 10 innings to do so. I expect some 500+ innings would be common this time.

Posted by Cricsnake on (June 28, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

A lovely picture at top, Pankaj, Varun, Bhuvi Ishant & Shami right? I hope they all do well this time if given chance. I wish all the best for team India consisting bunch of youngsters. This Time the bowling spearhead would be Ishant Sharma as he is the most experienced Pacer in this squad. He has the height and could bounce as Broad, Plunkett & Finn. As a seam bowler he must bowl with better lengths across the body of the batsmen. Bhuvi can do well with swing as we saw Kulasekara tamed Cook with gentle pace. Cook seems pretty comfortable at 85-88 mph but vulnerable to 75 mph swingers. Thus Bhuvi/ Pandey can be tested against him. India bowlers must take reasonable care on Cook, Bell, Robson, Root, Moeen & Ballance. Sometimes Butler might replace Prior & he also very dangerous.

Posted by jimbond on (June 28, 2014, 3:44 GMT)

Ishant Sharma does okay in bouncy pitches in Australia/South Africa, but am not able to see the logic for his inclusion on a trip to UK. Kumar and Shami are certainties in the 11, but on swinging tracks, it would be good to use Binny as well (even though swing at his pace is hardly likely to trouble the Englishmen- but then guys like Prabhakar and Bangar used to do okay as bowlers in England). Worth taking a risk with Pankaj Singh or Aaron, as Ishant Sharma is the tried, tested and failed type and anyone would be better than him.

Posted by vkias on (June 27, 2014, 22:22 GMT)

despite a subcontinent country SL is yet to win SINGLE TEST in INDIA...the last series win was the first ever series win of SL outside subcontinent....SL is yet to win a major title in ODI/T20 outside subcontinent....India (2007 T20 WC, 1983 WC, 2013 CT) and Pak (1992 WC, 2009 T20 WC) are the ONLY teams won ICC titles outside subcontinent....SL heavily depends upon KS, MJ to win matches....this sums up the story of major teams of subcontinent

Posted by vkias on (June 27, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

after seeing all these seems that THE TEAM which won only 6 overseas tests in lat 40 years is superior than all other big teams...its very interesting to see how THAT TEAM performs after the legends retire (legends are the main reason for the overseas wins)

Posted by vkias on (June 27, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

@SL_Fan1986...mate batting is never a problem for INDIA unlike OTHER TEAMS of subcontinent, whether it is in subcontinent or whether it is in overseas...we are letting down in overseas tours because of our weak bowling...with inexperienced side we gave good competition to SA and NZ....we wont allout for 67 runs in England tour and we wont lose by 10 wickets also...on seeing the batting of India in this practice match, my gut feeling is further strengthened and INDIA will perform much much better than SL

Posted by gannyboy on (June 27, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

If India really wants to do well in this series then they have to go in with 5 bowlers. The 4 bowler tactics just wont work. The Five bowler which I would choose would be 1. Pandey, 2.Bhuvi, 3.Shami, 4.Ashwin, 5.Jadeja. These 5 guys will provide every kind of variation that a captain can look for in his bowlers. If India is to compete in this series then playing Ashwin is a must. He will surely get bounce on these tracks if he also gets some turn he will be very dangerous. I also think its a master-stroke by the selectors by selecting Gauti, not only will he strengthen the batting order but will also keep MSD on his toes. This surely has to be the last chance for MSD to prove himself as a test captain and a player.

Posted by Nilesh_IndianCricketFan on (June 27, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

I would say that the start would be key. India should go with Gambhir and Dhawan in 1st match as openers. I feel both are more technically competent than Vijay. Pujara, Virat, Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni should follow them. Bowling will be handled by Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron and Ashwin. I doubt how much Jadeja will be useful in English weather conditions. Instead of him, Binny should be given chance if the conditions are seam friendly. We all have seen Binny's heroics in Bangladesh in the supportive conditions. Though they were weaker opponents, I don't see why Binny will not be useful in English conditions.

Posted by nattuz on (June 27, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

india will lose test series 2-0 or 3-0 with remaining matches saved by bad weather. they might do well in the limited overs version and T20. this team has a long way to go before they are mentally prepared to play five days. also not including a leg spinner like amit mishra who can trouble the english batsmen is a grave mistake.

Posted by nattuz on (June 27, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

india will lose test series 2-0 or 3-0 with remaining matches saved by bad weather. they might do well in the limited overs version and T20. this team has a long way to go before they are mentally prepared to play five days.

Posted by paddles952 on (June 27, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

India v Eng = 5 tests 5 one dayers 1 t20... Sri Lanka v England 2 tests couple short games .... and the big 3 are gonna share stuff out....??? really, did anyone really believe that???

Posted by Sathyadivard on (June 26, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

My XI for 1st Test: Rahane,Dhawan, Gambir, Pujara, Virat, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Bkumar, Shami, Pankaj Singh

#3 Left Handed Batsmen (including Jadeja) #4 Right Handed batsmen #1 Medium Pace All Rounder (Binny--New Ball) #2 Genuine Swing bowlers (Shami & Bhuvi- new ball) #1 Bouncing & Fast bowlers (Pankaj--Old ball) # Left Arm Spinner- Jadeja # Dhawan & Kohli optional bowlers

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Tough competition is on the cards as England is like a wounded lion.India need two genuine fast bowlers(would have loved umesh yadav),one seam bowler,one genuine spinner(would miss admit mishra) N one bowling all-rounder(jadeja).My eleven: rahane gambhir pujara kohl rohit Dhoni binny jadeja ashwin ishant. pakka can ne1 beat this?

Posted by Sathyadivard on (June 26, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Good Start to batting line up. More to come. Will see how bowlers do. If i'm a coach or staff, I will insist bowlers to do the following things in all practice matches. 1. To hit the deck consistently. 2. Bowl closer to the stumps to make the batsmen to play. 3. Long spells with consistent speed. 4. Strategy to break the partnerships. 5. Spinners to use the cracks when it is a flat track.

Come on INDIA, Hope you do better & learn things quickly. I''m always a die hard TEST CRICKET FAN. Win or lose---- What all matters is how we fought. So give it a best shot. Good Luck. -Sathyadivard

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

@BhushanB- Stop being so critical all the time, We all have the knowledge of what these practice games actually means..We know it is not actual match but what they gain by playing practice games is they acclimatise to the conditions and get some runs and wickets to instill some confidence.. You can be critical of them once the real matches start and they start to perform.. Let the series start and then start criticising..Don't assume anything in cricket bcz cricket is a great leveller..They are young as far as experience is concerned, Let them play first then you can accuse them all you want if they don't perform not before that.. It's really getting frustrating now the amount of filth ppl throwing at these players even before series has started.. I am sure these young guns of India will give account of themselves and they will show the world including some negative Indian fans what they are made of..

Posted by Yuvi_storm on (June 26, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

My XI for 1st 2 test. 1.Rahane 2.Dhawan 3.Gambhir 4.Pujara 5.Virat 6.Dhoni 7.Binny 8.Jadeja 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11.Aaron.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster- 20 wickets not 22 bro..2 batsmen always remain not out as they stand at the non-strikers end when the 10th wicket falls in both innings as you can take max. of 10 wickets per innings..

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 26, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

I am not a test cricket fan. Hence, in that regard I do not care how India fares in this test series. All I care is how well India continue to perform in ODIs and T20s. Still, since test cricket is around, India need to pick up their act and also do well in tests, especially overseas. We have got some really quality players in every department. This time, I am sure Indian fans will get a really solid performance out of the test team. The tour of 2011 was a debacle with old players in their twilight following an emotionally absorbing and draining World Cup. This time, India are prepared for the conditions awaiting them in England. I hope the English public and their media don't underestimate this Indian team cause India have beaten England before in their backyard and it can happen again. The key will be the bowling. If India can pick 22 wickets consistently, they will do well. The batting will do its job once the bowling clicks.

Posted by RB007 on (June 26, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Watching Sri Lanka beat England in the recent Test Match, I was struck by how difficult it is for sub continental teams to win abroad (Pakistan may be excused. They have a far better record than India and Sri Lanka). Lacking fast bowlers who can be enforcers is certainly part of the problem. The other issue is lack of genuinely penetrative spinners who can run through sides on the 4th and 5th days. England and Cook may appear down and out, but it wont be a cakewalk. Aakash Chopra has been advocating playing 5 bowlers and I am inclined to agree. India should go in with a flexible approach. On green pitches with a bit of spice, India's bowling will be adequate and 4 bowlers should play. However on flat tracks, they become innocuous and 5 bowlers may help

Posted by Humdingers on (June 26, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

@bhushanB - well said. However you forget who is in charge…Dohni/Fletcher era will go down as the worst in the history of Indian Test cricket! We will see the same 11 every game until someone unfortunately breaks down. Why they haven not brought a leg spinner boggles the mind. What is Ashwin going to do? Jadega is an all rounder, not a front line spinner.

Posted by Snambidi on (June 26, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

For a visiting team any warm up match is as important as a Test match or limited overs cricket.a warm-up match is an opportunity to sharpen the talents of warm- up games should be considered as an eye-opener to the team to concentrate on the selection of regular matches. Warm-up games are also a stage where a player can perform without pressure or Tension.Since the number of playing days are less & there is possibility to control without loosing ,players can play freely. Here in the match against Leicestershire,the score of 106/1 in 29 overs is indeed a good score..Shikar Dhavan the mostbunpredictable player after VeerenderSehwag is performing well in the opener.This is an encouraging indication for the Indians.So also Gautam Gambhir has began reasonably well. Let us wait for the first Test to see whether India could give a proper reply to England for the Humiliation they suffered in 2011.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

Dhawan has launched an all out attack in the practice match, Practice matches though doesn't mean much but it gives a slight reflection what's gonna follow in the real matches.. England..Be aware of Dhawan.. Players like him can be extremely dangerous if you take them lightly..

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

this series goin on to be blessing for Cook to back in form because India got poorest bowling side of world cricket. Even their batsmen are same as their bowlers except playing in home ground.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 11:42 GMT)

I think 2nd slip should know terminology of cricket before commenting. Young Indian side means not by age by experience in test arena. I hope that clarifies what coach and Captain said

Posted by Sultan2007 on (June 26, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

Fisrt of all, I fully agree with both the Manager and the Captain. We are relative greenhorns and we cant underestimate England at home even though they themselves are in transition. But, there is much to look forward to in terms of the talent and the potential on display - on both sides! The one caution would be that matches in England are often influenced by one critical phase in the play which is influenced by weather - when the conditions are damp/moist/cloudy and the ball is doing lots. That is where India will have to be extra watchful. Look at our last 4-0 drubbing and see how often that was the case for India while England were more fortunate with the sunnier batting conditions in general. I am not suggesting that is why India lost, but it is something to be planful of

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (June 26, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

Its very funny to hear the " Young Indian team" phrase all the time. How long does one stay young!? A 27 year old cricketer is nowhere near young!!! Graeme Smith had been a test captain for half a decade by that time for goodness sake.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (June 26, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

cont- All in all I forsee a runfeast.For the host batsmen of course!Apart from Cook,Bell the young 1s-Moin,Robson etc-are in for a prolic series.It will also be no surprise to see Eng juice up test pitches to exploit Ind's weakness vs seam/swing.

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (June 26, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 Every tom, dick & harry saw your predictions during T20 WC against Pak,AUS,WI & how it went horribly wrong!!! I've got a bad feeling that SA might trash SL in SL & this might be the series where it could be the BEGINNING of the END of careers for sanga & mahela!!!!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (June 26, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

contd- Cook's not been in form of recent of course.But likes of Ishant,Bhuv are no Mitch,Steyn either.Why, they're not even good as Eranga,Dhammica for that matter.Also the Ind bowler's track recd v off form bats is v good.For the batsmen,that is! -:)

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (June 26, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

I have this v ominous feeling that come 1st test capt.Cook will come back spectacularly,unpredictably back to form v his fave opposition whose bowlers he has a special liking for.I'm expecting a big 300-historic 1st for Eng-in Eng score of 700+ by Cook.

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (June 26, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

@GRVJPR Did you watch that match in Melbourne in 2004 ??? Mcgrath & Warne were not part of the AUS squad as they were injured!!! Sehwag started slowly but picked up the rate & scored 196 in 3 sessions not 2 you've mentioned!!! Sehwag doesn't have 100 in NZ & scored those runs in ODI's (2 100's) in 2002 not in Test matches!! In fact you look @ his record very carefully, you will find that he has got a pathetic record in ENG,NZ & SA in spite of 100 in each of the nation!!!

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (June 26, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

I see nothing but easy England win over this media hyped/over hyped Indian team who haven't got talent to Play on conditions like Aus, SA, Eng and even with a below rank team like NZ. Let's just forget India's inability to Win a single test in those countries, they could not even win a single ODI, Yes that is the bitter truth about this Indian team. India gained test status in1932 and took 60+ years To win a single test either in Eng, Aus or SA. When coming to India's winning percentages in Outside subcontinent it is At 12.5% where SL stands at 12.3% where Pakistan hold the edge with over 20% of winning percentage. India is bunny For teams like Aus, Eng and SA to regain their form back. England now has opportunity to gain their form back After they got beaten by most talented team from Subcontinent, Sri Lanka. SL is by far the best successful Touring team from SC and then the Pakistan (Statistically Proven)

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (June 26, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

@Imad_K Till now i haven't heard any cricketer saying the wickets in ENG would be fast & bouncy like AUS & SA & also i've not seen any pacy wicket in Eng for the last 20yrs or so....So, it's about handling swing & seam bowling in ENG!!! Always remember one thing, AUS(always pacy)/SA(sometimes seams a bit) have fast & bouncy tracks whereas ENG/NZ have swinging/seaming tracks!!! Along with Kohli, SRT also performed in AUS scoring as both of them scored nearly 300 runs in of the batsmen failed miserably!!! You are dead right about sehwag though as he is a real FLAT track bully & has got pathetic record in ENG,NZ& SA!!!!

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 26, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

@ Kasun_Karunathilake, I said sehwag missed his triple hundred just by 4 runs against SL. Also if you have a bear minimum knowledge of crficket you would know something about opening the innings. Sehwag scored all those runs opening and at strike rate of 85, not at slefish strike rate of 45 of sangkkara. If you ask any team whom they want to have - Sehwag will be first choice. Sangakara average in Aus, SA, is below 40, which is pathetic. Against zim sanga avgs 169 which helps llok better his avg.

Posted by gauravm5 on (June 26, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

Kasun_Karunathilake: But sehwag has scored 294 against SL. BTW Sanga has been a much much better player than Sehwag. Sanga is in the category of Sachin, Kallis, Lara, Ponting, Clarke, Dravid, AB D, Graeme Smith and AMLA.

Posted by denmore on (June 26, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

I really hope that Duncan Fletcher is not thinking of blaming the experience/inexperience of players this time...India went to England and came to Australia with loads of experience up their belt, but we all know what happened, so come on Fletchy maybe its time you and Dhoni did something more from the very first test if the guys fail. But I do wish India the very best on their tour. Love watching them play. Will look forward to them winning this tour and bringing the momentum to Australia and winning here too.

Posted by black_bird on (June 26, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

India will whitewash england like they always do. If srilanka can defeat england, india will win by innings. Kohli, dhawan, dhoni, ashwin all will score 100s.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 26, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

@ Imad, You need to update your cricket knowledge. Sehwag scored double century in 2 sessions in Australia against Mc Grath, Lee and company. He score a cracking 100 in South Africa on debut, He has a test century in England, and in New zealand when test macthes were getting over in 2 days he was the only one from either teams to score hundreds. You have no knowledge of cricket. It is not a pakistani dead wicket batsmen.

Posted by Sathyadivard on (June 26, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Indians dont have the energy & will to bowl long spells like anderson or brod. But certainly they have skill to take 20 wickets. What they all want is a very good practice before 1st test. They need to adapt to situations like if ball is swinging too much then they have to move their feet accordingly which they lacked against bangladesh as well. Considering last England's tour dhoni have to do something extraordinary to wipe out those bad memories.

Posted by Pakisthan_Fan on (June 26, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

@ GRVJPR, Before you compare Sewag with Sangakkara please check the stats first.

Sanga has 36 centuries including 1 triple hundred and 9 double hundreds in average of 58.63 in 124 matches.

Sewag has 23 centuries including 2 triple hundreds and 6 double hundreds in average 49.34 in 104 matches.

You are saying Sewags' career is better than Sanga? That's very funny.

And FYI, Sewag has not scored a triple hundred against Sri Lanka. If you don't know cricket then please stop talking about it.

Posted by Imad_K on (June 26, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

Like I said before the last England and Australia series India will get thrashed. The biggest problem India have is their inability to play quick short bowling on quick tracks. The last time India were rated the number 1 test team and they got utterly humiliated. I remember only Kohli offering some form of resistance - even when India had all their big guns. But if India have a similar team to the one that lost against South Africa - they will fair much better. Seriously I remember last time - when India were getting thrashed against England - they started talking about Sehwag not being in the team etc. Sehwag is only good on dead wickets and in conditions where the ball doesn't move around much. he produced absolutely nothing when he faced England in England.

Posted by Kadmin on (June 26, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

I would say it's quite evenly poised series. India has it's own worries with bowling and England having batting worries. It would be safe to say those matches would run down to the wire. Eng probably dying to comeback strongly. Whoever address their issues will win matches. BTW whatever the banter going in-between some fans, you guys are thrash talking and living somewhere else. Are you able to keep the discussion realistic rather than trying to prove whose better than whose. Cheers from SL-AUS fan.

Posted by Worldcricketlover on (June 26, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

For all SL fans, we appreciate the SL. You have great system which yielded the result. Your former players, Chaminda Vaas specially. But without IPL your great Sanga and Mahela cannot earn. SL players should be grateful that their players are playing in the IPL and earning. Ask PAK how they are feeling. Coming back to India, we have won because of Dhoni in ODI and lost in the test because of DHONI. Mathews looks great captain because he has sangria and Mahela on the field. And England is not that strong nowadays. Can SL think cricket beyond that ? As far as batting is concerned , India is still best in Asia. India should have hired Hogard and Swan as bowling consultant. India had that during Gangules days . But Dhoni has not played domestic matches as captain so he test captionship is difficult for him

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 26, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

@ Pervaiz Humjana, and pakistan doesn't even perform well in zimbabwe, ha ha ha .

Posted by pranavarora08 on (June 26, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

I really dont' think that India stand a chance in this serious.Though England is through a rebuilding phase still their recent loss to Srilanka can't be a reason to write them off. Cook and Ian bell are not among runs these days but they have always performed well against India.Cook has a good batting record against India. Also India don't have a menacing and daunting bowling line up which can utilize the conditions very well in England where bowl swings and moves fast.It will be a challenge for them to take 20 wickets. Though an Ardent Indian fan can't be a reason to ignore the current situation of the Indian test team which itself needs a rebuild post retirement of Dravid,Laxman,Tendulkar,Ganguly and Kumble. Most of the players have returned from playing IPL and 50 over format cricket, which can't be a factor to judge them for Test cricket. Also pair of Anderson, Broad and Plunket will test the new inexperienced batting line-up....

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 26, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

@Kasun_Karunathilake, You say "What happened to Sehwag?" Nothing mater, he got bored of hammering sri lankan attack and scoring double and triple centuries that sangalkara can't even count in his dreams. Don't worry about sehwag. Sehwag still has the best strike rate as a test opener with average of 50 and is only one of the three men's in test cricket history to have 2 triple hundred and is the only one whi could have scored triple hundred when he missed by 4 runs agains sri lanka. Obviously he got bored smashing murali and malinga out of park. Take care!

Posted by sidh78 on (June 26, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

SL won just a their first test series in eng against weak team. india won many series in england against strong eng team.india won many test in australia & draw many series& SL not win a single test in austrolia & lost all test series with whitewash & you say indian batsman can not play on bouncy seaming track.what a recent SA NZ test series indian batsman played very well.against SA they made above 600 runs in First test but indian bowler were useless other wise india won both test series.

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (June 26, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

@Saman Gimsara Senavirathne If you use your common sense, you will find out that India has more than 7-8 matches in ENG!! In one of the recent cricinfo blogs, it stated that Ind has won 22 matches abroad!! AFAIK out of 22 matches, Ind has not won more than 5 matches in's 3/4 in NZ, 2 in SA, around 3 in WI...So, rest has to be in ENG!!!

Posted by brusselslion on (June 26, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

I'm surprised that no one else has commented on the picture accompanying this article. The Indian players look lovely, and seem to be enjoying themselves. Bless.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

india dont perform well in overseas tour because they perform on only domestic pitches or on asian pitches.lndia is good team only in india

Posted by Kashi0127 on (June 26, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

@crzcric Don't get carried away su much. Indian batters were always suspect against genuine pace and swing. And English conditions offer plenty of it. India would consider themselves lucky if they scrape through by drawing or losing only one test and not all!

Posted by brusselslion on (June 26, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

Oh yes, India will win the forthcoming Test series 6-0; Kohli will be the 1st man to score a 1000 runs in an innings; and Dhoni will find a cure for cancer during the session breaks!

Meanwhile on Planet Earth, a Test series will be played out between two teams with much to prove. India will never have a better chance of a series win, as England must be very low on confidence at the moment. I think that the two captains will be crucial. @bhushan asks "India (to) be bold.. be aggressive.. make some surprising changes.... be unpredictable... be daring..." I'd ask Cook to do the same. Unfortunately, I'm not holding my breath waiting for this to happen.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (June 26, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

Looks like Duncan Fletcher is making sure there are sufficient excuses (18-3=15 of them) laid out if and when India lose the series.

The selection of Gambhir, Pankaj Sigh defines logic. Would not be surprised if there is a repeat of whitewash that happened last time.

Posted by SL_Fan1986 on (June 26, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

Yousufahmed1 - This time It's a yet a another WHITE PURE WHITE WASH for Indians. Only rain god can save India. GRVJPR - good signs doesn't count as WINS in cricket.Last time in Eng & Aus you had long series.But resuslt 4-0 , 4-0 very very long lose.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

@ITJOB are they lying(espn cricinfo stats)? ? ? ? india have won only 4 matches out of 49. sl have already won 3 matches out of 12.i'm taking about india in eng n sl in eng matches only.

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (June 26, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

@Cricketlover54 Country's success can't be attributed to population!! Aus population is little more than 23M when comapred to SL(20M) & they have won WC zillion times, Ashes zillion times & have been the BEST team for number of years...What is SL's ahcievement in cricket other than winning WC in SC??? Have SL won tournaments outside SC like India(WC & champions trophy in Eng, T20WC in SA).

Posted by Die_Hard_Indian_Cricket_Lover on (June 26, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

@ramz30380, They started it.

Posted by Pakisthan_Fan on (June 26, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

Virat Kohli will not last for a long time. This is his peak time. I would be surprised to see him in two years from now. We all saw what happened to Sewag. Even selecting Gambhir is a very poor choice. He will prove that IPL form have nothing to do with international cricket.

Posted by saurabhr868 on (June 26, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

"yes We Can" England will get crushed.... pujara and kohli are gonna rock in this series and bhuvi will do the rest of the job

@Herath-UK : please first go and look the stats and plz just answer me tht y hve sri lanka not won a single test in INDIA ?

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (June 26, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

@Cricketlover54 Country's success can't be attributed to population!! Aus population is little more than 23M when comapred to SL(20M) & they have won WC zillion times, Ashes zillion times & have been the BEST team for number of years...What is SL's ahcievement in cricket other than winning WC in SC??? Have SL won tournaments outside SC like India(WC & champions trophy in Eng, T20WC in SA). Ind has dominated Hockey(won 8 WC consecutively) like Aus has in cricket!!!

Posted by Chaitanyareddy90 on (June 26, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

Dhoni go with 6bat+1allrounder+1spiner+3bowlers. My squda 1.vijay 2.dhawan 3.pujara 4.kohli 5.rahane 6.dhoni 7.jadeja 8.binny 9.bhuvi 10.shami 11.ishant/pankaj/pandey

Posted by ramz30380 on (June 26, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Guys plz stop this hatred! Both Indians and SLs in this forum need to be realistic in their comments.

India is expected to perform better than last time as this young team doesnt carry any baggage of the past! But tht doesnt mean tht they will whitewash Eng.

SL did well & our appreciations for tht but tht doesnt mean tht they have to go over the top & sledge other teams!

Both the Indian and SL teams have massive respect for each other then why are the fans at loggerheads always!

As an Indian, I am happy tht SL won this series as it is a SC team tht beat Eng in Eng. Likewise I do know tht there are SLs out there who will love an Indain victory in the upcoming series.

So, I humbly request all of u, to hold positive discussions instead of trying to prove who is best!

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (June 26, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

YousufAhmed. SL fans dont think that they're the best in the world. They are far from the best. But a country with such a small population had so much impact in the game, its because they produced such good talent for a little country.

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on (June 26, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1 , Do you think Inida has a better record recently? Have you forgotten you lost all the series for months including Asia Cup and the World T20? Sri Lanka never lost a series since last December.

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on (June 26, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

Good Luck England!!! Do not let Indians to win or draw a single match.

Posted by crzcric on (June 26, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

Mark my word India will white wash ENG in every format. Dhoni will Score a double hundred. Kohli will hit a 300.Our bowlers will get bag full of 5 wicket hauls. Good luck england

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (June 26, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

@Saman Gimsara Senavirathne Looks like you've omitted for the reasons well known to ONLY srilakans) whenever India has won Series in ENG(1974, don't remember the year, 1986, 2007) India has won more than 4 matches in NEG & also Ind has won 4 Test series in ENG!!!

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (June 26, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

@ Cricketlover54 Usain bolt is from Jamaica with much little population than SL then why don't you have a faster sprinter. LOL. There is rarely a logic behind any SL fan's comments. LOL.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

pls can anyone explain why does bcci doesn't allow our indian players to take part in overseas leagues such as big bash, etc. so that they can get used to fast and bouncy tracks. this is the main difference between why india keeps losing overseas badly compared to the other nations who allow their players to take part in overseas leagues

Posted by Die_Hard_Indian_Cricket_Lover on (June 26, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

When India plays against another country all the cricket fans from other countries supports for the opposite side. No one supports for India. This clearly shows the toughest side to beat in international cricket is India.

We will win the series 5-0. Well at least 3-0. All the Best Boys!!!

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (June 26, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

@ Herath-UK All good things comes to an end & similarly the batting greats were nearing their end & resulted in 4-0!!! Don't worry about Ind, think about SL who will face SA..I wouldn't be surprised if upcoming series will be the BEGINNING of the END of careers for mahela,sanga!!

Posted by Pakisthan_Fan on (June 26, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

England will win the series easily. Even if India arrived here 3 months before to get used to the conditions they will never be able to do so. The worst thing is they don't have a good bowling attack to stop the English batsmen. Good luck England! Its time to show India who you are.

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (June 26, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

"x" factor of unpredictability only goes to PAKISTAN .... nO one elsE; deservE tO be calleD that namE ... i.e the "Unpredictables". :)

Posted by JG2704 on (June 26, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

Usual jargon from the usual suspects.

As for the series , it really could go either way and could go big either way. England are coming off 2 disastrous results and their confidence may well be shattered. There is no time to rebuild confidence , it's straight back in.

As for India I feel it's crucial for them to get a good start to the series and if they lose the 1st test they could get crushed. The fact that they have few players leftover from the last tour is a plus. Re their away form , no one can say that (in tests) it has been addressed. It's quite easy to say re the SA series that if it had gone on longer India would have levelled it but SA could by the same token have ran away with it. India did very well in the 1st test but SA were probably the more likely winners at stumps and you'd have to say NZ were on top in the 2nd test there. If India can win the 1st test they can win the series (possibly big) . If they lose it then I see them having a very long tour

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (June 26, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

YousufAhmed. It's funny as India a country with over a Billion population struggles against much smaller countries, such as NZ, Eng, Aus, SL. Where is your talent? HAHAHAHA

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (June 26, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

LOL. at SL fans, True minnow attitude. Win one test match and shout as if they are the best. Let me remind you that this was your first test series win ever outside SC. HAHA. And your first test series win outside SL since 2000. Team filled with average 30 legends. LOL.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

@arun look at these statistics carefully . . . firstly , india in england 1932-Eng 1-0(1) 1936-Eng 2-0(3) 1946-Eng 1-0(3) 1952-Eng 3-0(4) 1959-Eng 5-0(5) 1967-Eng 3-0(3) 1971-India 1-0(3) 1974-Eng 3-0(3) 1979-Eng 1-0(4) 1982-Eng 1-0(3) 1986-India 2-0(3) 1990-Eng 1-0(3) 1996-Eng 1-0(3) 2002-Drawn 1-1(4) 2011Eng 4-0(4)

then sri lanka in England 1984-Drawn 0-0(1) 1988-Eng 1-0(1) 1991-Eng 1-0(1) 1998-SL 1-0(1) 2006-Drawn 1-1(3) 2011-Eng 1-0(3) 2014-SL 1-0(2)

according to the statics India have played 49 matches and won only 4 the other hand sri lanka have played only 12 matches n won 3 . what about this guys? ? ? ? ?

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (June 26, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

@ Cricketlover54 Its funny, With so much talent this was the first ever test series SL won outside SC, and first test series win outside SL since 2000. HAHAHAHA

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (June 26, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

India will win with ease.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 26, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

@ Lion_Wallaby "Yes we can", mate before SL won that first test in SA, India already won more that 1 test match in SA. India have also won and drawn many test matches in Australia. What abt Sri Lanka??

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 26, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

@SL_Fan1986: "Yes we can", In recent two outings Indian showed good signs. In SA they put themeselves in winning position in first test and had a very bad last day in 2nd test. If series had been longer (not just 2 tests) India definitely would have come back to level or even win the series.

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (June 26, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

@Arun Bose; If India has a better team you should at least win 1 game in NZ,SA,Eng. Last time we toured SA we won 1 test and won 2 ODI's out of 5. You said in the Asia cup you would beat SL, then said T20 wc you would beat SL! Don't talk about the matches played 5 years back! The team is different now with new players. They are performing well than India!!! You are talking big with all these "Whitewash" legacy is so strange.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (June 26, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

@ Ruwan_Asanka So you agree that SL were lucky coz they played a 2 test series. But its India not mediocre Sl so Yes we can.

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 26, 2014, 6:39 GMT)

@pacifist10,Well I know no Kholi in that team but bigger greats were there,Tendulkars,Dravids & Sehwags, Laxmans!! who else you want? but went down 4/0!!

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (June 26, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

GRVJPR SL is lucky the series is short haha? What about India, they got humiliated when they toured to NZ? 0-4 0-1? a short series wasnt it? SL has something India hasn't talent to win overseas.

Posted by SL_Fan1986 on (June 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

GRVJPR : 'No, you can't'. Because it's a very very long series. England definitely will comeback as you predicted.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

@Saman Gimsara- I said abt winning a test match in India..You still haven't won a single test match in India even with all the legends like sanath, Arjuna, Arvinda, Marvan, Mahela, Sanga, Dilli, Mali, Vassy, Murli and many more.. Are you saying they weren't good enough? Win a test match in India and then talk abt superiority..India wins in SL all the time..Why is that? Analyze it now.. India is the most consistent team from past decade.. Check the rankings..

Posted by Cricfever_PM on (June 26, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

Time for us to forget the past and go for glory. We have very good chance to make our presence and remove the label of losing the overseas matches, lets stop thinking about winning the serious as 5 match serious may either way so lets target to win a test match and think of winning the serious. The lose against SL would make them more vulnerable and we have to be very careful.

Posted by hvijay.1985 on (June 26, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

@Herath-UK: Greatness by proxy arguments do not work. Any of the top teams can be argued to be better than any other based on past results over a third team.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 26, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

Sri Lanka is lucky that series was so short. We saw how they escaped from defeat in first test. Longer series is always challenging. It would have tested sri lankan fitness and home teams always come back in long series. Lucky Sri Lanka.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 26, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

Those who are with me in supporting India start comment with 'yes we can'. Those who want to go with @water_bottle who is adamant that India will loose 5-0 start comment with 'No, we can't'.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

can we please stop this hate march against Other countries? I am ashamed to call myself a cricket supporters after seeing this much hate among cricket fans. please be respectful to all sides on Cricinfo.

Posted by AnanthKumarM on (June 26, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

I think the Indians can draw a lot out of the way Sri Lanka played. The current Indian team features only a few of the players who played the previous series in England, and carry no baggage. The Indians must play fearless cricket and trust their abilities. That would be the key to their success. A great series, all in all.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

@Lion_wallaby- We played against the full strength SA and NZ sides but still gave them a great fight.. We bowled them out too so it shows bowling is very capable of turning tabes.. Our batsmen played really well even though they were all young and inexperienced against formidable attacks in their home conditions, Yeah they didn't won but they didn't surrendered too, They fought and gained some invaluable experience of playing in these conditions unlike SL which played against an out of form team with mostly young players(No KP, Trott, Strauss, Swann in this new England team) and you still struggled till the last ball to make a match out of it even with all those legends in your team( I am not mentioning bad umpiring decisions which were mostly in favour of SL bcz It's useless to discuss) Analyze carefully and you will find that SL still has a long way to go..You still need to win a single test match in AUS and IND..

Posted by analyseabhishek on (June 26, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

@ Saman Gimsara Senavirathne- A lot of Indian fans would be quite content with a 1-2 result, considering India's recent away record and inexperience!

Posted by SL_Fan1986 on (June 26, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

ITJOBSUCKS : If India have done well in SA & NZ why they lose the Series ? Is that the Unpredictability ?

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (June 26, 2014, 5:57 GMT)


Kohli wasn't in England for the Tests last time.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 5:53 GMT)

@arun india had test status in 1932. and sri lanka had it 1982.india have played so many test series in england.sri lanka played few.undoubtfully sri lanka is the best team in all formats these days. . . india's recent form will good for eng . it will be 3-1 series for england

Posted by Chennai_Cricket on (June 26, 2014, 5:53 GMT)

India will win this series. England team is not in good form

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 26, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

Last time around Sri Lanka played three Tests in the May June damp conditions & lost to England 1-0.Then came Dhonis Kholis in the dazzling summer & lost to England 4-0! only once they could score over 300 runs in the hot summer. This is so much for their batting & skills. This shows how good Sri Lanka has been & it has developed into a superb unit.

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (June 26, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

@ITJOBSUCKS; If they played well in NZ,SA they could have won at least one match! Even an ODI. SL's best batsman is unarguably Sanga. So as Virat for India. For SL in 2014 the highest run getter is Sanga(991), Matthews(761),Mahela(682) and Kausal(612). All these have contributed not only Sanga or Mahela!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 5:39 GMT)

@Water_Bottle- Don't be so sure, Cricket is a game of uncertainity.. History doesn't matter in cricket as cricket is the only sport which evolves with every game.. Cricket is a great leveller and I am sure you won't come here after this series gets over cz you will be busy searching for excuses to criticise India but unfortunately for you, You won't find anything..I too challenge you too to come here after this series, If you can criticise India..You should be man enough to congratulate as well.. Would you come and congratulate India if they win this series?

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 26, 2014, 5:37 GMT)

@Water_Bottle, Mate I always remain active on cricinfo. You have accepted my challenge, good on you. I have noted your handler (water_bottle) you do the same. India is going to win this series (even if 20 decisions go against this young Indian side, and even though 90% of world want to see them struggle). Indian bowlers will destroy england whatever be the pitch and whatever be the conditions. It's not sri lanka or pakistan who can't even win against zimbabwe.

Posted by AndrewsPraveen on (June 26, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

its time for MS not just say but start begin aggressive as kumble said he should go with 5 bowlers and the combination should be 3 seamers+2spinners or 3seamers+1 spinner+Binny... and MS plz be aggressive like Angelo try to pick wickets that will help us to achieve anything against this new rebuild English side we have better batsman than the England side...

Posted by Water_Bottle on (June 26, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

@GRVJPR.. I openly accept your challenge.. I am saying that India will lose this series when such a defensive and poor captian is leading India.. Challenge accepted.. Hope you would be here till the end of the series..

Posted by Rajiv007 on (June 26, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

Hoping against hope that our Mr. My Faourite XI Captain takes Binny instead of overrated Sir Jadeja.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

Srilankan fans are talking big after winning just one series in England(We have won two three series like that before 2011) that too by 1-0.. They need to realise they still need to win in India(a single test match) being a sub-continental team if you're unable to win in India, It just shows how mediocre this SL team is..They cudn't win evn 1 test match in India with all their legends in the team..England is out of form that's why you won.. Your bowlers are nothing in front of Indian batsmen(remember micromax cup 2012, CT 2013 semifinal, Triseries final in WI where bhuvi feasted on ur legendary batsmen), It was just pure luck you won..India is a far better team than SL..England are already scared that's why they still haven't tried any mind games yet unlike they did it with SL..I dare you srilankans to come back here after this series is over..You will automatically realise how mediocre your team is.. These Indian bowlers will feast on English batting this summer.. Ind 4-0 Eng

Posted by supacricfan on (June 26, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

No sub continent team has fared well overseas barring the recent series where SL beat Eng only JUST and the pitches were as flat as they will ever be in Eng..Pak has been white washed by SA n this young indian team drew a test match with same SA side!!

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (June 26, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

@Ruwan_Asanka Even though Indian batting is in-experienced but they have done well in SA & NZ unlike SL whose batting relies heavily on sanga & mahela even on bangladesh pitches!!!

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (June 26, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

@ JustIPL Dhawan, Kohli, Rahane,Pujara all scored 100s in their last tours in NZ and SA. I don't know what the problem is but what SL just achieved, India has achieved before. SL is yet to win a single test match in AUS and IND. They are yet to win a single ICC tournament outside SC. Even this was their first test series win outside SC ever. India has had a horrible last 2-3 years outside SC in tests but from 2000 to 2011, India were brilliant. Funny its forgotten like SL paper legends will be.....

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 26, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

@ paapam, the way you are reacting seems like someone pays you to cricticise India. Your observations are completely wrong. In cricket eperience matters and not the age. When fletcher says binny is young in cricket, he is bang on target. I have seen so many aussies , english, and south african players over 30 years of age called young.

Posted by srinideva on (June 26, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

Please Dhoni use 5 bowlers in 5 test series. If not bowlers will get tired by the end of 2nd Test. 3 Specialist fast bowlers with 2 Spinners (Ash & Jad) or One spinner and Binny. this is the right combination for India. 3 Specialist fast bowlers are Bhuvi and shami, Ishant. If Sl can do, we can do even better.

Posted by parens on (June 26, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

Nothing will change . We have the same captain who brings out the worst in our bowlers with defensive mind set. We may see some individual performance, but as a team result will be more or less the same.

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 26, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Well the argument is false. India is not an unpredictable team, Pakistan is, there is ample proof out there if you just look a bit closer. On the contrary, India has been a very very predictable team if you look at their past 3 to 4 years record overseas, they have lost almost every game outside India bar Zim and BD.

Posted by paapam on (June 26, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

Fletcher does not sound confident. If Binny is to be called a youngster God Help indian cricket. A lot would depend on Pujara and Kohli. They need to score big. The rest of the batting looks unreliable. Shami can be a match winner if handled well. A quality left arm seamer will be missed. India's spin attack is it's worst ever! Fletcher has no reason to be confident BUT he need not have started the tour with an insipid statement.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 26, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

For all the doubters, I challenge you to come on this forum again after the series gets over when Indian captain lift the trophy. Indian bowling comprising of banana swinger bhuvi, in form Ishant ( as we saw n NZ), skitty and face breaking Varon Aaron, Tall and hit the deck hard Pankaj Singh, very very accurate jadeja can't be considered as a poor line up. All these talks is because too many people in India write comments by hearing TV commentary which is well known to be biased towards foregners. In fact many TV commentators make living by criticising India. Truth is that no team in the world has as talented players as India. No team in world would have come up with competitive team after loosing eperience of about 700 test matches. This shows strength of Indian doemestic cricket as opposed to county cricket which doesn't even have a half decent spinner.

Posted by SL_Fan1986 on (June 26, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

I am bit confused " Is India going to lose 5-0 or 4-0 is that the Unpredictability?"

Posted by THEBEAST7 on (June 26, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

Ishanth will be the key to success in England. With his ability to swing the ball will make him unplayable. So does buvi. English batting line up will find it difficult to cope with these 2 players. then comes ravi ashwin with the doosra. england in tatters. india 5-0

Posted by SL_Fan1986 on (June 26, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

Everyone is talking about India's Bowling. Can someone assurer their Batting? Can they bat At least 70 Overs .Mark my words these Matches only will have 4 days of maximum. Due to poor Indian batting in overseas.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

all of what the Indian players will be thinking is IPL 2015. who will be in which team and how much will they earn. Packed stadium during ipl matches encourages these players even more. it's sad that ishant Sharma still got selected. sad day for Indian cricket.

Posted by garysam123 on (June 26, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

Picking up Stuart Binny in the squad will be a very wise decision. His ability to bowl slow swing will definitely do the trick with the conditions in England. This will be a learning experience for all inexperienced players.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 3:44 GMT)

Doran19 do you watch cricket? Ishant was the only decent bowler in NZ. Most no. Of wickets from an Indian bowler. He was surprisingly good and pitched the ball up and kept it close to the wickets.

Posted by wapuser on (June 26, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

Y all of them are blaming ishanth He has got 20 wik in last 4 overseas test

Posted by SANATP22 on (June 26, 2014, 3:33 GMT)

Dhoni need play smart cricket in sries. Gautam Gambhir can be experince in top insist of M Vijay. BLower also need to be bat well to give themslevs chance to play aleast 5 days in test. hope Indain win this sreis or if not then time to for new Test Skipper in face of Gambhir or Kohli

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

tour of eng not a easy by indian team eng moral was down after loosing test series recently .England betting departmentment totaly fail on the other hand indian bowler make advantage of it. bhuwneshwar swing the bowl , ishant ,shami, yadav have pace to destroyrd english team batting.... this tour of England no sehwag ,sachin. dravid, laxman. but pujara, kohli. shikhar ,dhawn ,ghambhir also young great performer for indisn team..its a very intresting tour for indian team and indian cricketer fans too.. BEST WISHES TO INDIAN CRICKET TEAM....... GHAZI NEW DELHI....

Posted by JustIPL on (June 26, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

India are most predictable side of the world. When they had world top batsmen they used to score heavily both at home and away. Their bowling always let them down away from home while at home they spin the opposition historically. At home they always score heavily and are called flat track bulleys by the fans whatever be the batting lineup. The current batting stocks are only good within indian boundaries and have been quiet unsuccessful outside india. Before, while the great batters were going on they were good throughout sub continent.

Posted by anupkeni on (June 26, 2014, 2:33 GMT)

Team India has now been winless in their last 14 overseas tests. That winless streak of the IPL-obsessed Team India could well extend to 19 by the end of the English summer and 23 by the end of the Australian summer. The Indian bowling attack will get tired and exhausted by the end of the 2nd test.

Posted by sray23 on (June 26, 2014, 2:02 GMT)

The team who plays the most aggressive cricket with aggressive captaincy will win the series. But who are we kidding - aggressive cricket and captaincy under Cook and Dhoni?? This series will be substandard and boring. England will probably win due to home conditions and India will be go home looking forward to a home series on dustbowls.

Posted by Humdingers on (June 26, 2014, 1:38 GMT)

"never forget the tour"…he's already forgotten by taking Ghambir and Ishant on the tour! The excuses have started flowing already. Fantastic Captain/Coach strategy here. Indian fans will need to wait till both retire before we see a win overseas.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (June 26, 2014, 1:00 GMT)

Here's an eternal fan of Aussies from here in India.V much enjoyed SL's triumph @ Leeds almost as much as @ time of Eng's w/w in 'Johnsons' Ashes.Cant believe am writing this but here it is.Go Eng!Waiting for 5-0 w/w of Ind like last time.All the best!!

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 25, 2014, 23:43 GMT)

As Bob Willis said Indian bowling is not as good as Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan pacies were marvellous.Therefore India has to come up with some serious thinking to get around to make a good challenge to England.

Posted by sammysam on (June 25, 2014, 23:27 GMT)

if india play ishant and dont play a leg spinner, its going to be 5-0 to england.

Posted by Alexk400 on (June 25, 2014, 22:51 GMT)

I think india will do better than 2011. How much depends on how england plays than india.

Posted by __PK on (June 25, 2014, 22:17 GMT)

England to win 2-1 in the most painfully incompetent series in recent memory.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (June 25, 2014, 22:15 GMT)

Dhoni's test batting average in England is 39, same as his career average. Mat prior's average in England is also 39. For wicket keeper batsmen it is a good number. Hope Dhoni starts the first test with a big score and set the tone for the rest of the series.

Posted by S_Hazra1982 on (June 25, 2014, 21:41 GMT)

Srilanka won the series with inexperience bowlers but two high experienced batsmen like Sanga and Jaya... But India squads are far different, only experienced player (MS Dhoni) has no good record in foreign tests; very sign for India.. But Virat and Pujara can make a big difference though Pujara was not very comfortable in presence of Bangladesh seam attack.. Can't forget Rahane's couple of good performances... Good Luck India... Also waiting to see a couple of century from Cook, Root or Bell.. Recently, nothing is going good for them, neither in CRICKET nor in FOOTBALL.. They need really Luck.. so, Good Luck England.. This series will definitely be high voltage.. Let's hope for the best!!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 21:31 GMT)

Something similar was said before the series in NZ

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 20:25 GMT)

this time its different story . india has got a good chance to win this series. they have new but good players and tours to SA and NZ were very competitve. england are sliding downwards and will be low in confidence. also due to weather, wickets are not that much alien for asian teams. tests against SL are prime example of that. if india show same performance like they did agaisnt SA then they can win it.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (June 25, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

I think our team is good in Indian conditions. That is how they grow up playing. There are no opportunities to get match practice against lateral movements. England are not only a talented team, like India, they are masters of handling and exploiting lateral movements.

Posted by Raki99 on (June 25, 2014, 20:14 GMT)

If they played they played in NZ or SA they would give a tough time to Pommies. But if they play same as they played in Eng. last time around Curtains for India, The problem is India doesn't have a quality spinner in their side jadeja is ok and ashwin haven't been good away from India.

Batting wise India looks good except for one opening slot and Nohit Sharma lets see how Vijay dhawan and nohit cope with the swing in ENG. they might surprise us who knows. still I see Eng winning this series because of Anderson and board this two are quality bowlers and can pack the side.

Posted by Kays789 on (June 25, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

Don't see how Anderson and Broad could keep their motor running for 5 more games played inside 5 weeks. That's a really tough ask even in seamer friendly conditions.

Posted by vakkaraju on (June 25, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

The key to me is Dhoni's captaincy. In the series against NZ and SA he gave up too soon on his bowlers and did not attack with very good leads. As a captain he needs throw a challenge to his bowlers, show confidence and support. Hope he has learnt from his mistakes.

Posted by DizzD on (June 25, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

Now sri lankans did what england couldn't do in many years and challenge for India is to match that at least. Can they do it? ? Of course not. Another 5 0 whitewash on cards. Any bets folks? ?

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

People who are saying robin uthappa might have been a better selection than Vijay should think again..robin had his chance in Bangladesh and apart from that 1st match 50 he couldn't do anything when the ball was seaming around..and even though Vijay has failed in the IPL(which should not be a basis for selection) he has the technique to deal with Anderson and co. India has a solid team and I predict either a 2-1 or 3-0 in favor of India England might have better bowler but as we have seen in SA and NZ our bowler can run through opposition bowlers on foreign soil..hell even jadeja got a five for where pithches are supposed to assist seamers..and our batsmen are top class..they've had enough exposure now and they will come good this time

Posted by ramz30380 on (June 25, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

@Sameeratennakoon - the players whom u mentioned tht played with SRT, Dravid, VVS - they were all part of the squads tht toured Eng & Aus tht landed a 8-0 defeat ironically, these 3 stalwarts were part of tht squad as well!!!

It is better to throw in a young team and fight rather than having vintage players who do not win matches! Sehwag & GG were pathetic in the last 2 tours, they deserved to be dropped & they were! GG is part of the squad now. Its time to move on to the younger crop. Vintage men arent going to take Indian cricket fwd!

If u criticise, u need to be man enough to appreciate when the time comes! I will be looking fwd for u comments once this series is over! Dont underestimate anyone! I am not saying tht India will whitewash Eng, but I know tht this young brood will not give up & will fight till the end!

Posted by robertdinero on (June 25, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

Key for England would be Andy and Bell. Andy will lead the attack and Bell will stabilise the middleorder. For Indians, Gambhir & Pujara are the key players. kumar if he extracts swing & some pace, could be lethal.

Posted by testcricketfan123 on (June 25, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

I don't think this series will be as one sided as expected...India's pace bowlers are atleast as good as Sri Lankan with England's current form they can take 20 wickets....Bhuvi's swing bowling at 130-35kph will be effective...n Shami's touching 140's consistently n can move it around...if only India had Yadav the attack would have been more potent.....but still they would do okay if Pankaj Singh is picked over Aaron or Ishant..but as we know Ishant is guaranteed a place in the 1st test atleast

Posted by docnav on (June 25, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

Only if Sehwag and Harbhajan were in. They both played in march 2013. So over a year back. What have we done since. It's there for all to see. Also for those who say viru is old its only 3/ 4 week back he has shown where he stands and where Vijay is. I hope I'm proven wrong. .let's see

Posted by doran19 on (June 25, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

If India wants to win overseas test, then they should select proper bowlers in playing eleven. Bowlers need to take 20 wickets to win a test match. Barring Dhoni, all other batters are doing reasonably well abroad. It is really unfortunate that Ishant Sharma is still being selected in playing eleven. In the last two years, he completely forgot how to release a cricket ball while bowling. His pace has come drastically down because of the way he releases the ball. His fingers cut the seam while releasing the ball there by reducing the speed. He should not be in the playing eleven. Also, Jadeja should not be selected as a bowler. He is good for ODI but not test. My four bowlers for first test should be Bhuvi, Shami, Pankaj & Ashwin. As this is a five match series, bowlers need to be rotated. Pandey and Varun need to be given opportunity as well. Further more, it is unfortunate that Umesh and leggie Mishra were not selected in 18. Both are wicket taking bowlers in overseas condition.

Posted by STRIKETHUNDER on (June 25, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

5-0 to england even with this team. India wont last beyond 3 tests.

Posted by STRIKETHUNDER on (June 25, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

5-0 to England even with this team.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

i really think Indian will give a tough time for England, this time as England is under tremendous pressure after the sri lanka nightmare. who knows India may win one or to test as well.........

Posted by sussexsunrisers on (June 25, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

To win a test match you must take 20 wickets realistically (or benefit from a questionable declaration) and @balladeer, England have a better chance of taking all of india's wickets than vice versa. Provided one of Anderson or broad shines and the other two seamers plus Ali can take a few wickets each, suddenly twenty wickets isn't so bad. For India no one quite has that X factor that wins matches. Bhuvneshwar moves the ball but at 75-80 mph, Shami has pace but for some reason goes for runs left right and centre and everyone else is either woefully inexperienced or Ishant Sharma. And neither Ashwin or Jadeja will get any luck until day 4 or 5 in a test and even though England lost they handled Herath, one of the worlds top two spinners pretty well.

Posted by Sameeratennakoon on (June 25, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

What an opportunity to Cook & co to come into form. I thought India's approach to a younger team from old greats was awful. India had a great test team with SRT , Dravid and VVS. Same thing happened for Aussies too with the departs of Gilly , McGrath, Warne, Hayden. But they recovered in an instant. Because they let their current players to play with those old greats to gain their knowledge for an transition to another generation. On the other hand India made a mistake by transforming a newest young team with old Dhoni. Why did they kick out those key players who played with likes of SRT , Dravid , Harbajan?.. Why did they waste their experience with legendary players?. A totally new team can't stand with other international team on one night that's for sure. But it is their own mistake. By going on these tactics India won't win outside subcontinent test for decades until their current players will mature..

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

key for India should be new pace bowlers..if they fire India would be on top. otherwise the same Indian attack has been flayed for too long on foreign soil. India's depth of spin department is also an worrying factor. Perhaps batters from both sides will have some better times as the pitches seem easier than earlier tours.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Why all the negative Indian fans predicting defeat? They will certainly play more exciting cricket than England and should make some big totals.

I can see India winning the series 2-0.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

@harleen the present squad has only played in SA & NZ

Posted by Balladeer on (June 25, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

The only people who are harder on India than foreign fans are Indian fans! Granted, India's bowling attack is not the best in the world. On current evidence, England's sits below a good county attack (if you believe such claims about Sri Lanka)! And nobody can doubt that India's top six can give a good game.

I expect to see a couple of high-scoring draws, the occasional piece of heroics, and Cook scoring next to nothing, again. Oh, and Ben Stokes at some point along the line. The lad's got to play, hasn't he?

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

what do they mean by young india ? how many series they need to loose after they are with senior label? They been to England, aus, Sa and then NZ are they still young?

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

I have a feeling Pankaj if given opportunities will shine more than lame duck Sharma

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

mr flechure muruli vijay and shikerdawan played lots of test and they are nt consistency..all ready yu have fear of failure thats why yu telling in exprieance...gambir .and uttappa ideal fr test opening bt nt selcted uttappa fr test ..some tuff bating track yu given chance after telling robin nt played...give flat trac 1or 2 test and 5 odi consistency give chance .they will show..test in england 3india will loose 2 eng...

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Series win for England by 3-0 margin.

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