Derbyshire v Indians, Tour match, Derby, 2nd day July 2, 2014

Pujara eases into Test mode

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Indians 341 for 6 dec (Pujara 81, Binny 81*) lead Derbyshire 326 for 5 dec (Durston 95, Godleman 67*, Jadeja 2-27) by 15 runs
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It might have been a low-intensity nearly-an-exhibition match against the 2nd XI of the second-worst team in county cricket this year, and the Indians might have spread their energies over the actual game, nets, gym and medical requirements, but someone forgot to tell Cheteshwar Pujara.

India's No. 3, and one of their two most important batsmen in the Tests, batted as if in a Test match, paying due respect to accurate deliveries before batting more freely as the innings progresses, scoring 81 to take the Indians to 341 for 6 in their 91 overs in response to Derbyshire's 326 for 5. Pujara retired himself out so others could get a hit; he is yet to be dismissed by a bowler on this tour after he retired-out for 57 against Leicestershire.

Pujara came in after the early fall of the openers, and hardly played an incorrect shot in his 131-ball stay, which included 13 fours. There were the drives in the V down the ground, one crunchy boundary through cover, wristy whips off the pad, and the powerful cut.

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Stuart Binny managed to spend decent amounts of time at the wicket, with Kohli looking as tuned in as Pujara before edging one onto the stumps when trying to leave it. Dhoni, Jadeja and Binny scratched around a bit before looking comfortable.

Shikhar Dhawan and M Vijay scored 6 each of 26 balls, but you would not imagine the team management saw anything that would put Gautam Gambhir ahead of either of them. They did leave the ball well during their partnership before Vijay was ruled lbw against Mark Turner although he appeared to hold up his bat before he reluctantly walked off.

Dhawan was beaten twice outside off, going for the drive, before a poke finally took the edge, off the bowling of the accurate Ben Cotton, whose figures at one point read 11-5-8-2.

Kohli and Pujara will hope they are not walking out within the first hour come Trent Bridge, but they suggested they might be well equipped should that happen. Both built their innings solidly, getting their eye in before branching out. Pujara was the first one to show intent, getting off the mark with a straight-driven four. Kohli took 10 balls to open his account with a pushed single into covers, but soon picked up boundaries through an off drive and an on drive. Just before lunch, Pujara whipped one to leg to bring up fifty for the stand, which was dominated by Kohli's 32.

Kohli did not add much after lunch, and Dhoni surprised by pushing himself, Jadeja and Binny ahead of Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. The three had not batted at Grace Road, either. Even as Pujara moved along serenely and solidly, Dhoni batted in an interesting fashion.

A balanced batsman who plays normally in limited-overs cricket, Dhoni somehow feels the need to walk down the pitch when he has his whites on in order to counter the movement. Here he did that to almost every delivery until he had the medium-pacers bowling short, which he could pull and hook. It remains to be seen if this is going to be Dhoni's game plan against quicker and more-skilled Test bowlers, with stakes raised.

Four runs short of his fifty, Dhoni gave left-arm spinner David Wainwright the charge, was deceived, and bowled. Jadeja came in, and should have been dismissed immediately when he opened the face to a shortish delivery to give the slips catching practice. Chesney Hughes, though, dropped him, and was witness to a few powerful cut shots and a few mistimed lofts as Jadeja helped himself to 45.

Binny, who had come in to replace Jadeja, got hit on the pads a few times, looked to be playing with his hands too hard early in the innings, but displayed a few attractive shots once he settled down. He remained unbeaten on 81 off 111 deliveries, hitting two sixes and nine fours.

The playing conditions decided upon in the match dictate both the sides declare their first innings after a day's play each, and split the third day down the middle. It makes the third day interesting because the Indians get to bowl again, and we get to see if Mohammad Shami has recovered from his calf strain to be able to get some overs into his legs.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • CricLover316 on July 4, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    @Greatest_Game- Sadly Dhoni wont include Gambhir, Also, would have loved PKumar,Yadav and Mishra's inclusion for a change from the mediocre bowlers he keeps picking. Do you see any change in the team except Zak's(due to fitness). Dhoni would have played him all 5 Tests,even a half fit. Yeah, we"ll see almost the same team since the SA and NZ Series. The common denominators in the team's failures are never even dropped for one match to remind them of its worth and you see the results.How stubborn can you get with these selections and the same tactics? PKumar,Yadav,Jad,Mishra, Pandey/PSingh would have been perfect.But asking for too much to include better bowlers.All Dhoni picks is his "Experience" bowlers Ishant,Ashwin and a wild card Binny. Pressure on Bhuvi this time,Its always upto Kohli,Pujara,Rahane to score big runs and chase huge totals.How discouraging it'd be for deserving bowlers,seeing the same bunch of bowlers getting picked even after their dismal performances again&again

  • CricLover316 on July 4, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    @linguboy-Ishant sharma had remarkable figures of 5-50-0 in his 1st game, in a County Match, against the Worst County team in England,that too a second string one. Surely he arrived in a grand fashion,in which only he can. Tell me more about his no balls and his predictability at 130 kph ?What does he give to the team except Experience?A flash in the pan good spell doesnt mean he has bowled better in a game.He went from a good spell to an absolute worst spell of bowling you'll see in a matter of Innings. Enlighten me.Ishant bowls better than which bowler in the world ?A serious question.When was the last time he was dropped to be reminded of a place in the Indian team or a bowler was given as long a rope as he has been? 55 Tests averaging close to 40,would have played more than 10 tests in any other team.55 is mindboggling.Why shouldn't other bowlers be tried out ?Yadav/PKumar are miles ahead of him.I've lost all hope in India due to Dhoni's strange picks over these years.

  • CricLover316 on July 4, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    @linguboy- Keep dreaming in a Parallel universe and keep fantasizing about Ishant,Binny and Ashwin's performances. Ish has played 55 Tests still struggles to seam a ball & predictable with short of a length at a lower pace than Bhuvi.Averagind close to 40. Flash in the pan spells on a super green pitch doesn't prove anything.Thats how he has survived and ofcourse Dhoni overlooking his stats everytime.Ishant leading any attack is laughable. Ashwin ?Sigh.Home pitches,Duminy bowled better than him in SA. Dont get me started with Ashwin's bowling,B'desh has better spinners than Ashwin.Why should I care about his batting?We need bowlers who can take wickets.His stats overseas are beyond a mess. I still dont support binny inclusion. He's a batsmen,who bowls a bit.Is dhoni even serious? Yadav/PKumar/PSingh are dropped & Ish/Binny/Ash will play. Do a poll for Eng players/fans all of them would love to face Ish/Ash/Binny. Sigh

  • CricLover316 on July 4, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    @ Prashanth Narasimhan Ashokan - Ashwin handle pressure ? Tell me more about it. He was dropped from the last 3 Overseas tests,whats the point of picking him in a 5 test series ? Check his record overseas in NZ/SA and his bowling average will be sky rocketing,in the hundreds. Thats is quite high. As I said,Duminy had a better series with the ball than him. And Ashwin is quite ineffective in Asia as well,get smashed all round the park,ofcourse WT20 was the Exception. But compare the Asia Cup and WT20 Mishra was the better bowler,after he was brought back by Kohli in Asia Cup and then had to picked by Dhoni for WT20 on that basis. How many overs did Ashwin bowl in Practice games ? And he was smashed by the lowest county teams of england. Whats the harm in trying a leg spinner ? Ashwin contributed nothing in the overseas games,couldnt't pick one wicket on a 5th Day pitch at Jo'burg. We have to look beyond him. Again check his record,beyond repair overseas. He needs Indian pitches to play.

  • on July 3, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    @Criclover316- You can't compare Ashwin and Mishra. Mishra was ineffective the last time he toured England and got whacked all over the park. He did bat well that one innings, but we all know Ashwin is a way better batsman. Mishra was good in the Asia Cup, but so was Ashwin. And in the WT20, Ashwin bettered Mishra. So you seem to totally ignore Ashwin's performance in those tourneys where you said Mishra was good. Of course, those we spinning conditions, but Mishra had been miserable in England as well. So Ashwin is always a better choice than Mishra, as Ashwin can also handle pressure better. If Mishra gets whacked, he simply starts bowling fast and gets whacked even more. You can't bring in Harbhajan either, as he is struggling even in Indian conditions. Frankly, India is having spin issues and of the lot, Jadeja and Ashwin are the best bet. I still think Ashwin should be used ahead of Jadeja. But that won't happen.

  • on July 3, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    So finally my team:

    We can't say India batting is stronger than bowling in these conditions. It is true only in Indian conditions.

    So, Idea is both the departments should be strengthened. Ideally,my team would be:

    Ghambir, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Bhuvneswar, Pankaj singh, Shami

  • on July 3, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    My XI for first test: Vijay...Dhawan....Pujara...Kohli....Rahane......Rohit.....Dhoni....Jadeja/Ashwin.... Bhuvi....Shami.......Ishant/Varun

  • on July 3, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    If I have to pick up based on the performances in these 2 practice matches My playing XI would be : Gambhir,Shikhar/Vijay, Kohli,Pujara,Rahane,Binny,Dhoni,Jadeja,Bhuvi,Shami,Pankaj Singh

  • linguboy on July 3, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta Vijay was in exclusion list yesterday, am i right??? yeah we change personal each and every match but no one should ask you right??? What did Gambhir do for his Inclusion because you excluded Dhawan right??? what did Ashwin do wrong for his exclusion??? Ishant had gone for 10rpo in 1st match but you want him now??? 4-0-41-0. didn't you say Ishant should be excluded at that time??? If Ashwin didn't bowl enough overs to judge him who's fault is that?? Don't change your stance according to each and every innings. I am following some comments here and they are just for the purpose of criticizing rather than analyzing and its downright pathetic.

  • on July 3, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    my playing XI Dhawan, Vijay Pujara, kohli Rahane Binny Dhoni JAdeja PAnkaj Bhuvi Shami ....

    Seamers - Bhuvi - can get you early wickets with his swing

    PAnkaj - Can extract bounce from good length and also he is ready to go..

    Shami - can get wickets with good seam bowling (he is geuine seam bowler after javagal srinath)

    Binny - you never know his days are going good .....he could be Sanjay bangar of 2002 tour...can get you wickets before lunch tea or end of days play

    JAdeja is good enough to get you couple of wickets in each inning with his left arm flipper or with footmarks ...

    with this attack dhoni can rotate bowlers and also our batting become but stronger with binny and JAdeja (3 first triple century ..i know it was a joke) but still he can hit ...

    Dhoni has to play his natural game just like gilchrist which he accepted in his recent interview ...better late thn never .....

    England team is not going well...cook is under immense pressure ....grab them

  • CricLover316 on July 4, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    @Greatest_Game- Sadly Dhoni wont include Gambhir, Also, would have loved PKumar,Yadav and Mishra's inclusion for a change from the mediocre bowlers he keeps picking. Do you see any change in the team except Zak's(due to fitness). Dhoni would have played him all 5 Tests,even a half fit. Yeah, we"ll see almost the same team since the SA and NZ Series. The common denominators in the team's failures are never even dropped for one match to remind them of its worth and you see the results.How stubborn can you get with these selections and the same tactics? PKumar,Yadav,Jad,Mishra, Pandey/PSingh would have been perfect.But asking for too much to include better bowlers.All Dhoni picks is his "Experience" bowlers Ishant,Ashwin and a wild card Binny. Pressure on Bhuvi this time,Its always upto Kohli,Pujara,Rahane to score big runs and chase huge totals.How discouraging it'd be for deserving bowlers,seeing the same bunch of bowlers getting picked even after their dismal performances again&again

  • CricLover316 on July 4, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    @linguboy-Ishant sharma had remarkable figures of 5-50-0 in his 1st game, in a County Match, against the Worst County team in England,that too a second string one. Surely he arrived in a grand fashion,in which only he can. Tell me more about his no balls and his predictability at 130 kph ?What does he give to the team except Experience?A flash in the pan good spell doesnt mean he has bowled better in a game.He went from a good spell to an absolute worst spell of bowling you'll see in a matter of Innings. Enlighten me.Ishant bowls better than which bowler in the world ?A serious question.When was the last time he was dropped to be reminded of a place in the Indian team or a bowler was given as long a rope as he has been? 55 Tests averaging close to 40,would have played more than 10 tests in any other team.55 is mindboggling.Why shouldn't other bowlers be tried out ?Yadav/PKumar are miles ahead of him.I've lost all hope in India due to Dhoni's strange picks over these years.

  • CricLover316 on July 4, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    @linguboy- Keep dreaming in a Parallel universe and keep fantasizing about Ishant,Binny and Ashwin's performances. Ish has played 55 Tests still struggles to seam a ball & predictable with short of a length at a lower pace than Bhuvi.Averagind close to 40. Flash in the pan spells on a super green pitch doesn't prove anything.Thats how he has survived and ofcourse Dhoni overlooking his stats everytime.Ishant leading any attack is laughable. Ashwin ?Sigh.Home pitches,Duminy bowled better than him in SA. Dont get me started with Ashwin's bowling,B'desh has better spinners than Ashwin.Why should I care about his batting?We need bowlers who can take wickets.His stats overseas are beyond a mess. I still dont support binny inclusion. He's a batsmen,who bowls a bit.Is dhoni even serious? Yadav/PKumar/PSingh are dropped & Ish/Binny/Ash will play. Do a poll for Eng players/fans all of them would love to face Ish/Ash/Binny. Sigh

  • CricLover316 on July 4, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    @ Prashanth Narasimhan Ashokan - Ashwin handle pressure ? Tell me more about it. He was dropped from the last 3 Overseas tests,whats the point of picking him in a 5 test series ? Check his record overseas in NZ/SA and his bowling average will be sky rocketing,in the hundreds. Thats is quite high. As I said,Duminy had a better series with the ball than him. And Ashwin is quite ineffective in Asia as well,get smashed all round the park,ofcourse WT20 was the Exception. But compare the Asia Cup and WT20 Mishra was the better bowler,after he was brought back by Kohli in Asia Cup and then had to picked by Dhoni for WT20 on that basis. How many overs did Ashwin bowl in Practice games ? And he was smashed by the lowest county teams of england. Whats the harm in trying a leg spinner ? Ashwin contributed nothing in the overseas games,couldnt't pick one wicket on a 5th Day pitch at Jo'burg. We have to look beyond him. Again check his record,beyond repair overseas. He needs Indian pitches to play.

  • on July 3, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    @Criclover316- You can't compare Ashwin and Mishra. Mishra was ineffective the last time he toured England and got whacked all over the park. He did bat well that one innings, but we all know Ashwin is a way better batsman. Mishra was good in the Asia Cup, but so was Ashwin. And in the WT20, Ashwin bettered Mishra. So you seem to totally ignore Ashwin's performance in those tourneys where you said Mishra was good. Of course, those we spinning conditions, but Mishra had been miserable in England as well. So Ashwin is always a better choice than Mishra, as Ashwin can also handle pressure better. If Mishra gets whacked, he simply starts bowling fast and gets whacked even more. You can't bring in Harbhajan either, as he is struggling even in Indian conditions. Frankly, India is having spin issues and of the lot, Jadeja and Ashwin are the best bet. I still think Ashwin should be used ahead of Jadeja. But that won't happen.

  • on July 3, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    So finally my team:

    We can't say India batting is stronger than bowling in these conditions. It is true only in Indian conditions.

    So, Idea is both the departments should be strengthened. Ideally,my team would be:

    Ghambir, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Bhuvneswar, Pankaj singh, Shami

  • on July 3, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    My XI for first test: Vijay...Dhawan....Pujara...Kohli....Rahane......Rohit.....Dhoni....Jadeja/Ashwin.... Bhuvi....Shami.......Ishant/Varun

  • on July 3, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    If I have to pick up based on the performances in these 2 practice matches My playing XI would be : Gambhir,Shikhar/Vijay, Kohli,Pujara,Rahane,Binny,Dhoni,Jadeja,Bhuvi,Shami,Pankaj Singh

  • linguboy on July 3, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta Vijay was in exclusion list yesterday, am i right??? yeah we change personal each and every match but no one should ask you right??? What did Gambhir do for his Inclusion because you excluded Dhawan right??? what did Ashwin do wrong for his exclusion??? Ishant had gone for 10rpo in 1st match but you want him now??? 4-0-41-0. didn't you say Ishant should be excluded at that time??? If Ashwin didn't bowl enough overs to judge him who's fault is that?? Don't change your stance according to each and every innings. I am following some comments here and they are just for the purpose of criticizing rather than analyzing and its downright pathetic.

  • on July 3, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    my playing XI Dhawan, Vijay Pujara, kohli Rahane Binny Dhoni JAdeja PAnkaj Bhuvi Shami ....

    Seamers - Bhuvi - can get you early wickets with his swing

    PAnkaj - Can extract bounce from good length and also he is ready to go..

    Shami - can get wickets with good seam bowling (he is geuine seam bowler after javagal srinath)

    Binny - you never know his days are going good .....he could be Sanjay bangar of 2002 tour...can get you wickets before lunch tea or end of days play

    JAdeja is good enough to get you couple of wickets in each inning with his left arm flipper or with footmarks ...

    with this attack dhoni can rotate bowlers and also our batting become but stronger with binny and JAdeja (3 first triple century ..i know it was a joke) but still he can hit ...

    Dhoni has to play his natural game just like gilchrist which he accepted in his recent interview ...better late thn never .....

    England team is not going well...cook is under immense pressure ....grab them

  • GrindAR on July 3, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Does anybody know Gambhir can bowl too?

  • kartcric on July 3, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Shivpalsinh zala,I will also change your eleven.Ishwar pandey for the horrific bkumar.He has only taken 1 wicket in the two practice games.And nobody can forget his atrocious bowling in S Africa and newzealand odis

  • My-Dear-Watson on July 3, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Teams field their best 11 to win the games, India would do it in order not to lose one. we need bowlers who are capable of taking 20 wickets. My suggestion is to have 11 batsmen so that India has the fighting chances. Some of these batsmen can also bowl a bit like Virat, Rohit , jaddu, vijay to complete the bowling duties. Off-course they would not be able to bowl English team out or even Cook for that matter (he would return to form against India as we all know), but neither could the bowling unit that we have.

  • Raki99 on July 3, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Pressure for the Openers Dhavan Vijay perform or perish with Gambhir waiting. Still not sold on rohit for the test matches lets see what he does in England. Spinners look horrible don't whom to select jadeja and ashwin won't win you games outside india. Coming to fast bowlers shami and ishant are in question remains for the third seamer. bhuvi can swing the new ball but not good with the old one. wow problems galore for team india hope they the series out of it.

  • on July 3, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    please no more ishant sharma even sunriser hyedrabad not play with him and looking at opner performance Robin should be selected ar reserv opner for any of three opner

  • on July 3, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    I think the playing XI should be 4 batsmen + Dhoni + Jadeja +Binny +4 pacers, preferably Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron and Ishant. If Shami isn't fit, then Pankaj Singh can come in. Although I'm not entirely convinced Binny is a genuine fast bowling all rounder, he seems as good a batsman as Rohit, Jadeja.... And the fact that he can bowl a bit, is why I want to see him given a chance ahead of Rohit or Rahane. I hope he proves me wrong. I hope Ishant proves everyone wrong by bowling like he did today. My XI: Dhawan, VJ, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron, Ishant. Bhuvi and Shami can bowl long spells, and Ishant and Aaron can get 4-5 overs spells. Binny, should be picked as a batsman only, and be used like how Dhoni uses Raina for CSK. Let's go Men In Blue!!!

  • on July 3, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Will Stuart binny get to play ???

  • on July 3, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Just tired of reading dez criticizing commemts. I fell dat d indian fans want each player to perform in every match nd if dey dnt den d nly alternative is to drop them. Guys plzz stop this criticism ans start to back our players!!!! Indian team needs support... #BLEED BLUE

  • on July 3, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    These two practice matches can not give any guidance for "INCLUSION" (in the playing XI), but definitely give enough inputs for "EXCLUSION". Saha, Rohit, Ashwin & to some extent Dhawan proves their candidacy for exclusion.

  • lonewarriorram on July 3, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    @ linguboy, wakeup mate. You're still in NZ test series. Ishant is struggling with no-balls at the moment. 18 no-balls in 2 practice matches suggests his form. Also he isn't amongst the wickets either. It would be wise not to include him in playing 11.

  • Greatest_Game on July 3, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    @ linguboy asked "what next??? drop Dhawan??"

    Yes.

  • AlvinJoe on July 3, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Good win. Surely a confidence booster for India. Best of luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 3, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    @ishaan... i might slightly change your eleven i will have 1 dhawan 2 gambhir/vijay 3 pujara 4 kohli 5 rahane 6 dhoni 7 binny 8 jadeja 9 ashwin/shami 10 pankaj singh 11 b. kumar

    reason i choose ashwin is it will give that extra spinning option to team.. if binny plays.... and we saw he can be handful bowler in swinging condition.. i may not pick him if it is tour of australia or africa or w. indies... but being in england it may help...

  • Greatest_Game on July 3, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Gambhir. Class is permanent. Dhawan. Form is occasional.

  • on July 3, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    I don't understand the logic of including a spinner in the playing XI for just the heck of it, even if conditions do not suit spinners. Or, the existing spinners' form and/or attitude do not make enough effort to adapt to the alien conditions.

    England did a wise thing to have just Ali, essentially a batsman and rely on his spin, if needed. Jadeja, who didn't take 3 overs giving away 26 runs to get into the rhythm (even the 4th over didn't help Ashwin, today), can as well do that job for India.

    And, recently, over many matches, Jadeja had proved that he can follow captain's instructions and bowl to the field, unlike Ashwin with his idiosyncratic copy-catting and other sundry experimentations, and bowling his own things, ignoring the field settings... didn't succeed.

    When Jadeja's performance was rotten, a few years ago, I and many other fans had no hesitation to criticise him either.

    Criticisms are directed at the performance and not at the person, my dear Linguboy & Co.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 3, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    My biggest hope is that we have 6 specialist batsmen and not 7. We need that extra bowler. That's really all we need to complete our team and do well in Test cricket. Who knows, maybe with Dravid as consultant he may push for this very idea. We need 5 bowlers. Our fielding has to be solid as well. My XI for the first Test: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Pankaj, Bhuvi, Shami. 12th man Gambhir.

  • ishaan1997 on July 3, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    So rohit cannot capatalize on the practice game!! So, a possibility of a stuart Binny increases. I hope that happens and he plays well! My XI:->Dhawan/Vijay/Gambhir(whichever the management wants)Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Dhoni,Binny,Jadeja,Bhuvaneshwar,Shami,Ishant/Pankaj Singh.If Shami is unable to play, then ishant plays and pankaj debuts

  • RB007 on July 3, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Just have a feeling looking at the names that were given an opportunity to play that maybe, just maybe, Dhoni is toying with the idea of playing Stuart instead of Rohit. Pankaj Singh was also tried out in 2 spells in the first innings including opening with the new ball. However he did not bowl in the second innings. So looks like Bhuvneswar, Shami and Ishant will be the 3 seamers. Gambhir is unlikely to play in the first Test. So the only change from the team which played the last Test in New Zealand is Bhuvneswar replaces Zaheer and possibly Stuart replaces Rohit.

  • linguboy on July 3, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    @ criclover316 wharen't you the same guys questioned Binny's inclusion in the squad?? Ashwin was part of the squad because he averages 40 with the bat and 29 with the ball. What's the stats of Mishra?? Mishra was belted last time he was in England. What did he do in Bangladesh??? Ishant Sharma bowled exceptionally in NZ and you still want to drop him??? he too 15 wickets in 2 tests for God's sake. Get over this bash everyone I don't like mentality. Yesterday everyone wanted Vijay dropped but he scored today. what next??? drop Dhawan?? Get over this mentality otherwise its very tough.

  • linguboy on July 3, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta Yeah don't bowl him even in the tour games. when will he bowl?? How many overs did he bowl in the 2 games so far??? Why didn't they gave him overs in the 1st warm up game??? Spinners will get into rhythm only if they bowl more. I think this is the 2nd time he bowled in the 2 games. how did Ishant fare 1st and 2nd time he bowled?? how did he bowl today?? you can't except a bowler to come and bowl exact line and length without match practice. @a4abhik Yeah what's the last tournament India played?? who was the best bowler then?? T20 WC and the best bowler is Ashwin. go and preach somewhere.

  • on July 3, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    best XI Dhawan Gambhir Pujara kohli rahane dhoni binny jadeja buvi shami ishwar pandey

  • on July 3, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    best playing xi-vijay,dhawan,pujara,Kohli,rohit,rahane,dhoni,jadeja,bhuvi,shami,ishant.

  • a4abhik on July 3, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Each playing XI is good as long that 'useless' Ashwin is not part of. He has become a shame lately. Rather Sir J can be used as a 'first-choice' spin option. Any idea Mishra/Ojha are also there in the touring XVII or not?

  • CricLover316 on July 3, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    There shouldn't be any debate about Rahane making it into playing11. Its OBVIOUS. If he doesnt make it,then Indian Captain would be foolish to do that. And Pujara & Kohli will have to carry the burden of the batting department.Pujara,Kohli and Rahane are the Top 3 Indian Batsmen at the test level and their records suggest that. I wonder why no body's mentioning "The Talent" to be dropped after his disastrous NZ/ SA tours?Ash might bat better than him.But having said that,Ashwin shouldn't even be in the squad.India's best spin option was Mishra.Sad how Dhoni never gives him a chance to play?It was after Kohli picked him and he did brilliantly in the Asia Cup,WT20. Ashwin was dropped in the last 3 overseas tests,Whats the point of picking him in a 5 Test Match series MS? If India really wanted some experience,should have picked PKumar/Yadav,instead of The Legend Ishant,When was he ever dropped in tests ?

  • on July 3, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    What is going on Ashwin? You are getting blasted by the second string batsmen of a second division county team lying at second last position from the bottom? And at a run rate which is not acceptable even in an ODI ?

  • GRVJPR on July 3, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    @ Rajeshj , You must be watching a different match then. For your information ball did more in New Zealand than in South Africa and you don't drop a young player who has got a test century in his last test innings. Both Vijay and Dhawan should be given long rope. There are worse openers (like cook at the moment) who have played more test matches.

  • on July 3, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Ashwin? 9+5+12=26. 26 runs in three overs!

  • on July 3, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Et too, Reddy? Rahane had been a bench-sitter (not out of his choice), most of his life in the Indian team. He deserves better. No?

  • on July 3, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    by 2nd innings of the 2nd tour match, i got my test xi for 1st test - Dhawan Vijay Pujara Kohli Rohit Binny Dhoni Jadeja Bhuvi Shami Ishanth. 12th - Rahane.

  • on July 3, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Thank God! It is only a 45-over innings. Otherwise we would have witnessed a boring ton from Derbyshire.

  • on July 3, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    @Arun Bose on (July 3, 2014, 12:18 GMT):

    Yes. That makes sense. Yes, some of our boys can have /need a bit more batting practice, and Dhoni may not want to lose any of those 'agreed-upon-45-overs' for India to bat a second time.

  • Rajeshj on July 3, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Strange comments.. Dhawan was exposed squarely in recent SA series and still he is first choice opener in more swinging conditions in England.. Vijay played very well against Steyn & Co. in SA, but still everyone feels he needs to be out.. The seam bowlers (Ishant/Shammi/Ishwar) appear too mediocre and still they are in everybody's team.. the more bizarre thing is about inclusion of Binny in a test match.. his bowling would be taken apart by any strong team, but this England team could be an exception.. Binny's batting at test-level is an unknown quantity.. still he is in everybody's eleven.. And when our seamers are doubtful, then we have to at least include an additional spinner.. But Ashwin is not given a chance even in tour matches.. I think we are shooting at our own foot by bad selections or tactics... Looks like Dhoni is too overconfident.. And we might witness the same 4-0 drubbing just like last time..

  • cesar12345 on July 3, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    jimmy,broad and plunkett are going to rip the top order and lower order off so its better to have a strong defensive middle order i cant imagine the team without rohit and rahane in the middle of the IX with the bowling attack they have got forget RJ as an all rounder he will just be a bowler

  • ladycricfan on July 3, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Pujara first, now Vijay was bowling. Why Dhoni is ignoring Ashwin?

  • on July 3, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @Jose- No mate, He's not experimenting with Vijay, He just wanted to complete thirty overs in quick time to finish the first session.. That's it, nothing else..

  • Karthikgauti on July 3, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    It looks like team for First test against India confirmed after the first 30 overs of this tour match. Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Rahane, Binny, Jadeja, Shami, Bhuvi and Ishant.

    Ishant again in the team.

  • garysam123 on July 3, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Dhoni not at all using Binny who got an early wicket. Given only 3 overs in the first spell. What is the need of Vijay to bowl who is a specialist batsmen.

  • on July 3, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    I believe Ishant Sharma should bowl with the new ball, Look today how he's bowling first change.. Relatively new ball.. And I think he's trying to pitch the ball up that's why we saw so many no balls earlier, He has corrected that somewhat and by the time first test starts he will be lethal.. Dhoni should give him the new ball along with Bhuvi.. He's tall almost 6'5" and that's what also contributing in so many no balls.. Cut him slack today, He will come back strong against England in the first test.. I believe in Ishant Sharma, He's our best bet in this series..

  • on July 3, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Don't know, whether Shami is fully fit. If not, half of the 62 runs had come from 'still'not-so-fit' Shami & experimental Vijay!

  • on July 3, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Is Dhoni trying to figure out whether Vijay can do some useful bowling, IN CASE if he doesn't score enough runs?

  • on July 3, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Jokes apart, Ishant seems to be gradually getting into the groove. In the absence of visuals, I am saying this purely in terms of runs conceded, and 'some' control over no-balls.

  • on July 3, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    NO; Ishant is NOT on auto-pilot. The pattern is broken. The 6th over is NOT a maiden! Uphh...

  • on July 3, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Ishant's bowling in this innings looks cyclical. Cycle 1: a no-ball-over , a 2-runs-over, followed by a maiden. Now in the second cycle: no-ball-over, a 2-runs-over, ... and so... if he puts himself on auto pilot, the next over should be a maiden.

  • sharmavikas on July 3, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    not convinced with vijay and gambhir as openers so my playing XI for first test : Shikhar Dhawan Rohit Sharma A.Rahane C.Pujara Virat Kohli Stuart Binny M.S.Dhoni R.jadeja B.kumar Mohd.Shammi Ishant Sharma

  • on July 3, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @Cricketfan11111 on (July 3, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

    In this mutually agreed upon, "limited overs long format" (oxymoron), there is no winning or losing. It amounts to just a friendly match for practice!

  • GRVJPR on July 3, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Why no pankaj singh thus far. He and Binny are showing why they are good performers in domestic cricket. They deserve bit of respect.

  • GRVJPR on July 3, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Today India is taking their bowling seriously. No funny fields, no experimentation and that's what I said. Comes the nottingham test it will be a completely different looking bowling line that english batsmenhave to face.

  • GRVJPR on July 3, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Ishant after bowling a maiden again delivers a no ball. What's going on. Sure because of long hair he can't see the bowling crease.

  • cesar12345 on July 3, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    gauti,dhawan,pujara,kohli,rohit,rahane,msd,binny,rj,ishant and shami this looks perfesct. bhuvi and binny are similar type of bowlers so better go for binny who can be handy with bat and the other thing is we dont have world class bowling unit so its better to make batting look strong against decent bowling attack of english team

  • ladycricfan on July 3, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Only 45 overs to bat for each team today and derby is going too slow. If they continue like this India will win the match. Good that Bhuvi and Binny getting wickets. Ishant bowled 3 overs and only one no-ball so far. Showing improvement?

  • on July 3, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Atta boy, Ishant; very good. That's steady progress in just three overs. From a no-ball over, to an over with just 2 runs, to a maiden. Very happy. Very happy for him too. At this rate of progress, can we see the old boy Ishant, who had troubled the great Ponting in Ponting's own den?

  • GRVJPR on July 3, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Very happy for Stuart Binny. I really like someone who shows metal to perform when everyone is against him.

  • on July 3, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Hope, Ishant do well, in this half-innings of Derbyshire. But, started with a mandatory NO-BALL, in the very first over. An over without a no-ball seems to be like curry without salt, for Ishant, it looks!

  • on July 3, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    india will comprehensively beat england with a good margin or may be a white wash .

  • cesar12345 on July 3, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    for god sake guys look at rohit sharma as a test player, do not get his odi career in to this series and write him off and @naveen next the middle order you have picked up sucks without rohit sharma cozz they are not cotten and turners they are swinger jimmy anderson and short ball specialist stuart broad

  • cesar12345 on July 3, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    @naveen next why should rohit not be included??? Is that just because he had nt got into 2nd practise game?? i bet he would have scored a ton with ease of derby bowlin attack.. He is a handy spinner,at the position he bats he can resist the pacers incase you are in trouble and going to draw the game and can finish the game if the equation is like t20, good slip fielder,has already maintaining 57 avg look at the first class stats of rohit and other players the guy with that numbers is nt allowed to play now then when should he be given chances HE IS PRIMARILY A LONGER FORMAT PLAYER if he is given a chance to play at lords i bet his name is going to be on the board of honours

  • Venkat20987 on July 3, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    My team for 1st Test. Option 1 - Shikhar Dhawan,Gautam Gambhir,Cheteshwar Pujara,Virat Kohli,Rohit Sharma,Ajinkya Rahanae,M. S. Dhoni,Ravichandran Ashwin,Bhuvaneshwar Kumar,Mohammed Shami&Ishant Sharma

    Option 2 - Shikhar Dhawan,Gautam Gambhir,Cheteshwar Pujara,Virat Kohli,Ajinkya Rahanae,Ravendra Jadeja,M. S. Dhoni,Stuart Binny,Bhuvaneshwar Kumar,Mohammed Shami&Pankaj singh

  • on July 3, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    silly people forget this. Why would u prefer Gambhir over Vijay. Just cause he scored some knocks in county nd IPL. Vijay is the possible opener nd only other than Pujara and Kohli to score big in South Africa. He scored 97 against Steyn Philander and Morkel.And was key to avoid defeat in the first test bye standing there in the crease for several minutes. Dont Judge off a player. Get ur facts straight to include Gambhir in the team.. pls no more XIs with Gambhir unless he proves himself soundly

  • on July 3, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Looking at the way they bowled, it looks like the Indian bowlers are in for a long English Summer.

  • subnys on July 3, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    All of a sudden Binny is the hero of the team in English conditions.. hey hey but wait.. People saying that should not forget that what he is doing here has been done by the Ealhams, Holiokes, Fairbrothers, Collingwoods, Butchers etc. (the list goes on) all their life.

    The point I am making here is that the English bats feed on military medium pace day and night. Even Ganguly looked threatening in Toronto, ten yrs back. But that was against Pak. This is England.

  • on July 3, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    We really should not castigate Binny. Give him a try. India should have taken a back up all rounder like Rishi dhawan. Jadeja should be the 1st choice spinner.

  • naveen_next on July 3, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Playing 11:---------- Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami

    Please do not include Murali Vijay and Rohit

  • FAB_ALI on July 3, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Dhawan, Gambhir/Rohit, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Ashwin, Pankaj & Shami.

  • ste13 on July 3, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Batting is not an issue with India team. England batting is average these days, so England will prepare flat wickets. Still, bowling is an area of concern more for India than for England - still, the difference is not that big. England bowling was not that threatening vs Australia (not at all threatening) and vs SL - in fact Sri Lankan fast bowlers outperformed Mr Anderson and Mr Broad - does it mean that Sri lankan fast bowling was lethal? i do not think so

  • garysam123 on July 3, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    The all-rounder Binny should be included in the playing 11 for the first test. He is currently an inform player who has shown his strength as a good batsmen and bowler. He should be used to the maximum at-least now.

  • naveen_next on July 3, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Playing 11:---------- Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami

  • Worldcricketlover on July 3, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    I feel binny could be Mathews for India. He needs confidence from Captain. He has done well as an allrounder for Karnataka . If you dont give him chance in England then where he will play?? I believe Rahane or Poojara should be try as an opener instead of Vijay. India should try to field best combination and should not be worry about experience. Rohit should be sit out. His casual approach is reason for omission. We can not treat him as we did in ODI. plenty of chances and no results

  • GRVJPR on July 3, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    It will be highly unfair on VIJAY if replaced by gambhir or pujara or rahane as opener. Agaisnt difficult attack in South africa against Steyn and company everyone was happy to hide behind vijay an dhwan who did a good job of seeing of new ball. Now against a mediocre attack on flat tracks everyone wants to open. How ridiculous is this.

  • Naresh28 on July 3, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Uthappa and Rahane could be good openers for India Test team. One is there and the other not. The plus from this tour and the last is that India has gained confidence that it can cross the 300 mark with these two practice matches. While the batsman have had a good workout the bowlers have to find their mark quickly. By going for many runs the management should now feel they know which bowlers to choose from. Pankaj Singh has done better than the others

  • on July 3, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Gambhir must play in the first test and that too as an opener. He is in good form and also played better then vijay in the last practice match. Please get over with this left right combination theory.

  • ishaan1997 on July 3, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    @manas_02 Remove the two west indies test in India and then see his stats. Only one good innings in 8 innings! He is a good player, no doubt, but rahane by a big margin is better than him in tests!! In last 8 innings, Rahane has scored 47, 15, 51*, 96, 26, 18(Wrong decision),118 ,DNB and Rohit 14, 6, 0, 25, 72,19,0,31*!! Rahane 371 runs @61.833 and Rohit 167 runs @ 23.855 So i guess the stats speak for themselves!!

  • mayuresh11 on July 3, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    according to me how the batting order had played in this match 1 think playing 11 must be gambhir pujara rahane kohli dhoni rohit biny ashwin/jadeja aron shami pankaj

  • Waves239 on July 3, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    India to win a test match in foreign conditions need to try winning combinations in first place. No point in playing with 7 specialist batsmen and 4 bowlers. Even if India manage good first 30 overs in bowling many a times we had seen bowlers tiring out and unable to continue the same spirit going. A slow medium bowler like Binny will always be helpful in English conditions. Jadeja is turning out to be useful bowler. 5 batsmen + wk + 2 All + 3 bowlers would be my choice. Rahane batted at number 3 for Mumbai all his life and Promote Pujara to open. Rahane is getting wasted at number 6 why not put more responsibility? It allows Virat and Rohit to play at their own number 4 and 5.

    My XI:

    Shikar, Pujara, Rahane, Virat, Rohit, Jadeja, MSD, Binny, Bhuvi, Shami, Pandey/ Pankaj

  • manas_02 on July 3, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    I don't understand the fuss over Rohit Sharma's test selection. If Dhoni wants to play Rahane over Rohit fair enough, Rahane's selection is justified. But please leave the Rohit of Tests alone. He's played just 6 games so far and averages close to 57. I personally don't think it is fair to criticize him for his test selection by looking at his ODI record

  • on July 3, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    The playing 11 fr d first test will be 1 murali vijay 2 shikhar dhawam 3pujarA 4kohli 5rahane 6dhoni 7jadeja 8binny 9shami 10pankaj singh 11bhuvi

  • Worldcricketlover on July 3, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    @Lakpj. This uncap players are with team for last six months. It means they have to play at some point of time. If you look binny, then he bowled better then front line bowler . He has got confidence from last series. Pankaj Singh is same like Dhawan . These players are matured in Ranji format and will do well if get a chance. Buvi too came in similar fashion and shammi too. If dhoni have to win the test match then lets try in first two test . Shami i have omitted because it seems he is injured . We dont want another zaheer khan episode.

  • rajkirp on July 3, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Bowlers are definitely the weak link for Dhoni. Fast bowlers are a worry. I think Dhoni will prefer 6/4/1 team. However, if it is 5/5/1, then one opening slot or Rohit will pave the way for Binny. I don't see Ashwin sneaking a place above Jadeja. It wont matter which 3 fast bowlers he chooses. All of them have looked tardy. The fate of the series rests on the batsmen. Only they can save Dhoni the blushes.

  • on July 3, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Although binny looks like he is in good touch, with both bat and ball (he did pick up a wicket) his place in the playing 11 is still unlikely. Even if he is chosen, it will be a bowlers slot may be instead of aaron or ashwin rather than replace any of the batsmen.

  • on July 3, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    playing 11 should be Dhawan,Rahane,Pujara,Kohli,Gambhir,Dhoni,Jadeja,Binny,Pankaj,Shami,Aaron let us try new combination of opening & Gambhir in middle. Dhoni will never do this bt he should take risk & try a new winning way for india.

  • on July 3, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Looks like Dhoni will choose Binny ahead of Rohit. The team looks : Dhawan, Gambhir/Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Binny, Dhoni, Jadeja and any 3 out of the 5 mediocre medium pacers!

  • jimbond on July 3, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    What does this statement mean Mr Monga? "Shikhar Dhawan and M Vijay scored 6 each of 26 balls, but you would not imagine the team management saw anything that would put Gautam Gambhir ahead of either of them." Gambhir for the record, did not get to bat in this innings. So what was so great about Dhawan and Vijay's innings. That they scored six each? or that they managed to face 26 balls before getting dismissed against a mediocre county attack on a flat track? Or is it because both are equally bad and hence the management would have a dilemma on whom to drop (and hence decide to play with both of them- a situation for game theorists).

  • Night-Watchman on July 3, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    India has so much financial clout and influence in the cricketing world that they get to play the bottom placed county's second string team for practice. Is that to save themselves of an embarrassing beginning? Why dont they do some arm-twisting in the right direction and get practice matches against the best teams in county cricket? This kind of practice matches could be had back home, there is no reason to spend good money for the team to be in England for an extra three weeks before the start of the tests.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on July 3, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    @chirag_mav IPL is also one form of cricket!!! BTW, pujara has scored most of his runs & 100's @ home(5 out of 6) & couldn't score even a 30 in NZ.......we will see what he is made of during this tour!!! BTW, kohli has got 3 100 outside SC....would've been 4 had he not got out on 98 in SA!!!

  • Lakpj on July 3, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    @Worldcricketlover are you joking 3 uncapped players in England a place where they have not played yet? Indian bowling doesn't look good i m afraid, they were unable to bowl the 2nd string teams of two of the lesser powerful country sides. In a way it will be good if England prepare sporting tracks, otherwise England bowlers too will struggle and it will be a very dull, long test series.

  • on July 3, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    This is the nth time I am saying this. Rahane & Pujara are our best bet to open in test matches. Dhawan should come at No 4 after the openers & Kohli.

  • Indian_Kari_Pakku on July 3, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    Happy to see Indian batsmen score runs. As the reply to their 326 in the first day we managed to score 341 in the second day. Good work from Pujara and Binny. According to the score card we are ahead of Derbyshire. This is a good sign. Hope our bowlers can take 10 wickets today. Good Luck Guys!

  • vik-expert on July 3, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    1.) S Dhawan 2.) G Gambhir 3.) C Pujara 4.) V Kohli 5.) A Rahane 6.) M Dhoni, 7.) R Binny 8.) R Jadeja 9.) P Singh 10.) B Kumar 11.) M Shami. I will pick Gambhir over Murli because he missed on both opportunities against 2 bottom teams in county cricket. Ishwar panday bowls on good length but his bowling speed is 125km to 130km so I won't pick him. B kumar have some experience & he can move the bowl with 130 Km to 135 Km speed. Varun bowls only fast but his length is too short. P Singh can bowl in long spells with 130 KM to 135 KM speed. R Binny can be the guy who can bowl 20 overs with 125 KM to 130 KM & can make 30 to 40 runs in the lower middle order. Jadeja needs to contain the batsman & he can also score 25 to 40 runs on no. 8 position. The Ace in Indian bowling will be Shami he can move the new bowl & can also reverse the old bowl with consistent speed 139 KM to 146 KM. No Comments on Ishant & Rohit.

  • on July 3, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    @Kamal Ahmed- Some players are born classy and test material, Pujara is one of those players.. He might not do well in ODIs(given a longer run he might do well in ODIs too) but in Tests he's simply fantastic..

  • milka on July 3, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    India should play 3 pacers, and Binny besides Jadeja as spinner for the Nottingham test. Only pity Rahane misses out. but then 5 batsmen, four pacers, one spinner and a wk the ideal combo for english conditions. Will Dhoni bite the bullet or go for the stale 7 batsmen incl himself, two pacers in Bhuvi an Shami and two spinners in Ashwin and Jadeja.time will tell.

  • on July 2, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    Binny proved himself he cant bat & bowl.first test my playing squad will be 1.Dhawan 2.Rahane 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Binny 8.Jadeja 9.Ashwin 10.Kumar 11.Shami/Pandey/Sharma

  • ChiragPathak on July 2, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    . My Eleven:

    Gambhir, Dhavan, Pujara, Virat, Rahane, Dhoni, RJadeja, SBinny, P.Singh, S.Ahmed, I.Pandey

    Rohit Sharma, I.Sharma and B.Kumar has to make a way for other talent. Ashwin and M.Vijay are just only passengers on these series. . .

  • Ram.TG on July 2, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Rahane, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Saha (wk), Binny, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Ishant, Pankaj, Off-field captain: MSD

  • Sateesh on July 2, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Playing XI : Dhawan , Vijay, Pujara , Virat , Rahane/ Gambir , Dhoni , Jadeja , Binny , Bhuvi , Aaron , Shami. May be try to see how openers perform in first 2 tests. Should go with 5 bowlers If India wants to Win the series. Binny and Jadeja will be bowling allrounders. Playing 5 batsman will give more responsibility and 5 bowlers will ease the pressure off the bowlers..

  • arashdeepsingh on July 2, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    i think playing xi should be dhawan gambhir pujara kohli rohit rahane jadeja bhuvi pankaj shami

  • JustIPL on July 2, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    On one hand hand we are saying that these games should not be taken seriously and on the other hand we cannot curb the temptation of jumping to conclusions like saying pujara eased into test modes. I can put money that he will barely enter double figures if he does the most. Gone are the days when these 3 dayers used to be competitive and careers used to start from these but now it is just a cake walk. I still believe Bhuvi will be a flop and Ishwar pandey, shami, pankaj should be the fast bowlers with both Jadeja and Ashwin as spinners. Binny as allrounder and any combination of current indian batsmen will not be better than SL batsmen who toured a short while ago.

  • Nampally on July 2, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    The opening batsmen issue is critical to the success of the Indian batting. But there seems to be no consistency in form of the 3 openers- Dhawan, Vijay & Gambhir. India will miss Uthappa at this crucial spot. The middle order of Pujara, Kohli, Rohit/Rahane, Dhoni seem to be in good form & are settling in to the English pitches. But the surprise of the day was Binny's score of 81* off 111 balls. Most likely XI for Nottingham Test : Dhawan, Gambhir,Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Kumar, Shami, Pankaj & Aaron. Having 4 seamers gives a chance to use them for 18 overs each in short bursts of 3 spells in a 90 over day. Jadeja can bowl the other 18 overs. Indian seamers need to bowl decent length on or just outside the off stump avoiding short pitched rubbish. India cannot win with batting alone. Hence 5 bowlers in the XI are crucial to take 20 wkts. Spinners will not be effective for the first 4 days. Tests do not last 5 days these days. Umesh Yadev will be missed in pace Bowling!

  • on July 2, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    my batting order would be Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Rohit, kohli , Ashwin, MSD,Jadeja , Bhuwneshwar, Pankaj Singh, Shami ...this team missess dhawan,murli bcoz i dnt think they r proper test material in these conditions .. Rohit shud bat above kohli and Ashwin before dhoni . bcz MSD has suggested to go for his natural game in this series ...

  • Lassie.Perera on July 2, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    India is a large country with 1.2 billion population and therefore Indian cricket board should appoint a panel of experts to find out why they can't find a proper fast bowler. In history of Indian cricket never had one and definitely not in a current lot.

  • on July 2, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Just bowling is a major concern. Hope we can fix that....

  • vsandy1986 on July 2, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    MY 11 WOULD BE DHAWAN, gambir, pujara, kholi rahane dhoni binny jadeja/ashwin (any one is ok) varon(for pace) bhuvaneshwar shami(Good seam position and pace)

  • Greatest_Game on July 2, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Good form from Binny, Pujara & Kohli. Intent from Dhoni. Rahane look solid, but more must be seen to judge. The nohit no-show is about right.

    As for the openers, bring in Gambhir, and put Sewag on a plane now! Dhawan & Vijay won't even keep up with Cook!

    Hughes, Derby's skipper, should be contracted to teach Cook how a team bowls 0 overs in a day!

  • citizenkc on July 2, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    They probably won't pick this team, but ideally this should be it: Dhawan, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Shami, Sharma, Pandey/Singh. I think this team bats deep and also gives us the luxury of 5 bowlers in case one of the pace bowlers is a complete flop or someone gets injured. Picking Ishant is an act of desperation because he is so inconsistent. But he is the only one with experience bowling in England. One can just hope he shows up.

  • Vilander on July 2, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    @ Kamal Ahamed, because Pujara is a real batsman much unlike the ones that you see in IPL/Bigbash/t20i etc.

  • desiboy454 on July 2, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    How awesome does it feel when Chesteswar Pujara is in whites!! from what i have seen so far, all the indian bowlers are bowling average, and the pitch itself is a flat deck. So lets hope the real pitch has some help for the bowlers and Shami/ Bhuvi can get some assistance. Also, I hope MSD does not play Ishant.. even though Ishant is the "Senior' bowler, he will bring the entire bowling unit down. Ashwin also seems out of sorts. SRJ bowled well yesterday & Pankaj singh or Ishwar pandey seem the best bet to support Shami/ Bhuvi. From batting POV, Vijay needs some more practice, he is out of sorts here. Playing binny might be a risk & asset. Reason I say this, his batting is dodgy and bowling in Englsh conditions will be better for him. Allows the seamers some leeway.

    My XI: 1. Shikar 2. GG/Rahane 3. The Beast Pujara 4. Virat 5. Rohit (if rahane opens then rohit plays, if GG or vijay open then rohit sits out for rahane) 6. MSD 7. Binny 8. SRJ 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Pandey/Pankaj

  • SANELAN on July 2, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    i think final XI is gambir rahane pujara kohli rohith dhoni binny buvi shami pankaj ishwar this is best jaddu and ashwin waste in england pitch (jadeja not suit for test he is not in form as well as ashwin (ashwin only contain the over no wicket taking this year , but dhoni put jaddu in XI i dont think he is in form , look at performance this year ashwin and jaddu should be rested bring back mishra r any good spin wicket taking bowler , i say jaddhu and ashwin only well when pitch support spin

  • GRVJPR on July 2, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    @Pralay Adhikary, You have left 'kohli' out and that is a sin.

  • GRVJPR on July 2, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    @Worldcricketlover, Ishgant is never arrogant. You can insult and criticise the men as much as you can but don't make over the top statements when you haven't met him personally. What wrong has he done? Peformances are part and parcel of game and Indian history tells there is no real pace bowler ever borned in India. Our pacers have to learn themselves by bowling on dusty turning tracks. In India even tailenders are picked up by spinners. So no chance for easy wickets which many overseas seamers pick of tailenders.

  • on July 2, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Okay then.Good workout for our middle order batsmen today. Especially impressed by Binny and Jadeja , our all-rounders. Let's hope our bowling attack does well tomorrow. btw, my predicted XI Vijay Dhawan Pujara Kohli Rahane Dhoni Jadeja Ashwin Kumar Aaron Shami. Cheers

  • on July 2, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Playing 11...

    Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kholi, Rahane, Binny, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron.

    Stick to this for 2 matches atleast, unless we see an injury. Post that try and see if these guys make sense.

    Gambhir, Pankaj Singh, Jadeja, and maybe Ishant..

  • on July 2, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    My pick for first test. Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Rahane, Jadeja/Aswin, Binny, Bhuvi, Pandey, Shami and Aron (12th). S Dhawan isn't an ideal choice in moving conditions, and with Rohit, no one is sure, so will have to settle with gambhir and vijay since we dont have any other option. Dhoni should bat high up the order, just to reinvent himself and provide a new dimension to the batting lineup and with Rahane at 6 would provide some stability and calm. On paper Jadeja/Aswin and binny is allrounders and lets hope they would fill that roles. Bhuvi and Binny could be the seam bowling and Pandey and Shami could hit the deck hard. Jadeja or Aswin is a dilemma, Aswins past record isn't brighter and with so many left handers Jadeja isn't a good prospect. Similarly Bhuvi or Shami could be traded with Aron too, again its also a dilemma, Varun is always expensive, Bhuvi hasn't been bowling the right length in seaming conditions and Shami carrying niggle it could be any 2 from this 3

  • TimeKiller on July 2, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Does anyone remember all the furor when Stuart Binny was included in this England tour? People accused Roger Binny of nepotism, even though he excused himself when the name of Stuart Binny came up for discussion. Look at Stuart Binny's performance today and in the Bangladesh ODI. Winning triple crown (3 domestic tournaments) in the same year counts for something. There should have been more Karnataka player's in this tour. Karnataka Ranji team is better than this India test side at the moment.

  • chirag_mav on July 2, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    @Kamal Because this is cricket, not IPL

  • kartcric on July 2, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Parlay adhikary,I don't know on what basis you have picked bkumar.He has bowled so badly that he couldn't pick a single wicket against the second 11 of the two worst teams in county cricket

  • on July 2, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    I would try a team of Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, MSD, Binny, Ashwin, Aaron, Pankaj Singh, Shami/Pandey/Kumar a try. Pankaj will be a good long spell bowler container and Aaron an enforcer. With Pankaj Singh as containing bowler I think Ashwin ahead of Jadeja will be better. Ishant should have been dropped ages ago and with both openers failing it will be better to have a new combination. The 5 bowlers will give captain a luxury of attacking. But I don't think Dhoni will go with this and play his favourite Ishant another go. With Zaheer's absence I think we will see again Ishant's NZ performance as it is, an anomaly.

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    with the looks of it almost all the batsman has hit the straps I would be little concerned about two openers dhawan n vijay they would be facing a better quality bowling in trentbridge hope they are aware. they might need to curb on their natural instincts and really they cant get away getting out playing a loose shot outside the off stump. hope these two guys learn to leave outside the off stump. well the real concern for India would be bowlers. they have not be able get both second string county team all out even in one innings. hope dhoni is aware of it. batting alone is not going to win you matches you need to take 20 wickets to win test match.

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Playing XI : Dhawan , Gautam , Pujara , Virat , Rohit , Dhoni , Jadeja , Binny , Bhuvi , Aaron , Shami.,.

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Gambhir should have been tried here. Pujara truly the next Dravid

  • Worldcricketlover on July 2, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Well it looks sure that Binny, Singh and Ishwar Panday will be in the final playing XI. Dhoni seems to be learning Or Duncan has forced him to learn . Only concern is Vijay . Rest look good. I believe if india will go with Vijay, Dhawan, Poojara, Virat, Binny, Jadeja, Dhoni, B. Kumar, Pankaj Singh and IC Panday. Nice to see Ishant is not in the form. This series will end his arrogance. He will work on his actions which has so much fault .

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Why is Pujara so in form for tests?

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  • on July 2, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Why is Pujara so in form for tests?

  • Worldcricketlover on July 2, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Well it looks sure that Binny, Singh and Ishwar Panday will be in the final playing XI. Dhoni seems to be learning Or Duncan has forced him to learn . Only concern is Vijay . Rest look good. I believe if india will go with Vijay, Dhawan, Poojara, Virat, Binny, Jadeja, Dhoni, B. Kumar, Pankaj Singh and IC Panday. Nice to see Ishant is not in the form. This series will end his arrogance. He will work on his actions which has so much fault .

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Gambhir should have been tried here. Pujara truly the next Dravid

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Playing XI : Dhawan , Gautam , Pujara , Virat , Rohit , Dhoni , Jadeja , Binny , Bhuvi , Aaron , Shami.,.

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    with the looks of it almost all the batsman has hit the straps I would be little concerned about two openers dhawan n vijay they would be facing a better quality bowling in trentbridge hope they are aware. they might need to curb on their natural instincts and really they cant get away getting out playing a loose shot outside the off stump. hope these two guys learn to leave outside the off stump. well the real concern for India would be bowlers. they have not be able get both second string county team all out even in one innings. hope dhoni is aware of it. batting alone is not going to win you matches you need to take 20 wickets to win test match.

  • on July 2, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    I would try a team of Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, MSD, Binny, Ashwin, Aaron, Pankaj Singh, Shami/Pandey/Kumar a try. Pankaj will be a good long spell bowler container and Aaron an enforcer. With Pankaj Singh as containing bowler I think Ashwin ahead of Jadeja will be better. Ishant should have been dropped ages ago and with both openers failing it will be better to have a new combination. The 5 bowlers will give captain a luxury of attacking. But I don't think Dhoni will go with this and play his favourite Ishant another go. With Zaheer's absence I think we will see again Ishant's NZ performance as it is, an anomaly.

  • kartcric on July 2, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Parlay adhikary,I don't know on what basis you have picked bkumar.He has bowled so badly that he couldn't pick a single wicket against the second 11 of the two worst teams in county cricket

  • chirag_mav on July 2, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    @Kamal Because this is cricket, not IPL

  • TimeKiller on July 2, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Does anyone remember all the furor when Stuart Binny was included in this England tour? People accused Roger Binny of nepotism, even though he excused himself when the name of Stuart Binny came up for discussion. Look at Stuart Binny's performance today and in the Bangladesh ODI. Winning triple crown (3 domestic tournaments) in the same year counts for something. There should have been more Karnataka player's in this tour. Karnataka Ranji team is better than this India test side at the moment.

  • on July 2, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    My pick for first test. Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Rahane, Jadeja/Aswin, Binny, Bhuvi, Pandey, Shami and Aron (12th). S Dhawan isn't an ideal choice in moving conditions, and with Rohit, no one is sure, so will have to settle with gambhir and vijay since we dont have any other option. Dhoni should bat high up the order, just to reinvent himself and provide a new dimension to the batting lineup and with Rahane at 6 would provide some stability and calm. On paper Jadeja/Aswin and binny is allrounders and lets hope they would fill that roles. Bhuvi and Binny could be the seam bowling and Pandey and Shami could hit the deck hard. Jadeja or Aswin is a dilemma, Aswins past record isn't brighter and with so many left handers Jadeja isn't a good prospect. Similarly Bhuvi or Shami could be traded with Aron too, again its also a dilemma, Varun is always expensive, Bhuvi hasn't been bowling the right length in seaming conditions and Shami carrying niggle it could be any 2 from this 3