Derbyshire v Indians, Derby, 3rd day July 3, 2014

Few pluses for Indians in facile win

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Indians 341 for 6 dec (Pujara 81, Binny 81*) and 143 for 5 (Vijay 41) beat Derbyshire 326 for 5 dec (Durston 95, Godleman 67*, Jadeja 2-27) and 156 for 3 dec (Godleman 56*) by 5 wickets
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In the middle of the afternoon, with Ishant Sharma almost in his run-up, the batsman Billy Godleman was left nonplussed as the keeper MS Dhoni ran towards the unmanned cover region. As the 50-odd spectators and others looked on bemused, Dhoni made his way to short cover and took position.

Now, this had been a low-intensity match and Dhoni is known for doing strange things, but surely he was not going to bowl without a wicketkeeper, although you were allowed to do that within the laws. Surely Ishant was not bowling that poorly, although he did have no-ball troubles. Turned out Dhoni was waving his midwicket fielder to move to short cover at the right exact spot where he stood. That might have been the most demonstrative you had seen Dhoni as a captain on a cricket field

It definitely was the most exciting moment of the third day, or even the match where any number of players could play as long only 11 fielded and batted, where you had to declare your innings after 90 overs and 45 overs, and where the Indians took the term "warm-up" too seriously as they were more intense in the nets than they were in the middle.

In the end, though, set 142 to win in 45 overs by the lowly placed Derbyshire, the Indians reached home comfortably with M Vijay finding some touch and Ajinkya Rahane adding 39 to his 47 not out in the first warm-up match. More importantly, Mohammed Shami, who missed the first innings with a mild calf strain, bowled with reasonable intensity for his 11-2-39-1.

In the process, a trend was set. India got their hands on the prestigious Royal Crown Derby Trophy, which will now be played between Derbyshire and the touring Test side every year, or whenever the ECB grants the county a warm-up fixture. The public that paid to get in, though, will hope the two teams will take the fixture more seriously in the future.

There was general grumbling about it at the ground, but you can't blame the sides too much. The Indians knew what they wanted from this game- acclimatisation to the conditions, getting in long spells, testing their endurance and fitness, and giving all their 18 players some time in the middle.

Derbyshire themselves have had an unfortunate season, losing four possibly first-choice players to injury and illness, fighting to get off the bottom of the table. They were hardly going to be the side to cause psychological indent on the tourists.

So when the hosts began their 45 overs of the final day, 15 behind on the first innings, they batted cautiously. Shami would have assuaged some of the Indian fans' concerns as he looked fit and in good rhythm. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, likely to be Shami's new-ball partner next week, induced the edge from the first-innings half-centurion Ben Slater.

Shami and Staurt Binny took the other two wickets to fall, but post lunch India did not use their first-choice bowlers, which assisted Derbyshire in setting a target big enough to give the batsmen a bit of a workout.

In the chase, Indians lost Shikhar Dhawan early to one that stayed low, but Vijay batted attractively for his 53-ball 41 before retiring out. In this innings, the Indians decided to let Rahane and Rohit Sharma have a go. Rahane made the most of it, but Rohit fell as he gave left-arm spinner David Wainwright the charge and edged him through to first slip. Wriddhiman Saha and Gautam Gambhir, who did not get to bat in the first innings, saw the tourists through with 8.3 overs to spare.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    @Mubhashir Memon : Surprising that you didn't pick Shami, Kohli and Vijay for the match.

    India looks to be in good form. We just need to concentrate a little more, we will do well in England. Bring home the cup boys.

    My Team: Vijay Dhawan Pujara Kohli Rahane Dhoni Jadeja Ashwin Ishant Shami Bhuvi

  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    This is dhoni's approach..... He cleverly used Ashwin when the pitch became so easier and adjusted the fielders so that batsman scored easily and hence thereby giving message that Ashwin cant be used in 1st test as he gave runs in practise game... What a master MS. Dhini...

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    my XI: Gambhir Dhawan Pujara Rahane Rohit Dhoni Jadeja Binny Ishant Pankaj Kumar

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    MY ELEVEN...dhawan,gambir,pujara,rehane,rohit,dhoni,jadeja,aswin,pankak.bhuvi,shami

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    MSD 11 1.Dhawan 2.Vijay 3. Pujara 4.Kohli 5. Rahane 6.SIR 7. Dhoni 8. Binni 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11.Ishant

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    binny should be included as an allrounder,,,and vijay and gambhir should open....dhawan looks vulnebrable to english conditions

  • POSTED BY brokeneffingarm on | July 4, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Dhawan , Gambhir , Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Binny,Dhoni,Jadeja,Bhuvneshwar,Ishant,Shami. If Ishant fails to take at least 4 wickets in both innings without conceding more than 150 runs he shall be replaced by Pankaj. If Bhuvi proves ineffective , Ishwar Pandey shall come in for him... The bowling doesnt really look that bad on paper anyway

  • POSTED BY indianNegro on | July 4, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Murali VIJAY need more work out :-) . Hope he comes good in the series ...

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | July 4, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    1.Kohli 2.Gambir 3.Pujara 4.Rohit 5.Rahane 6.MSD 7.Binny 8.Jadeja 9.Ishwar 10.Shami 11.Pankaj

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    dhawan vijay Pujara rahane kohli binny/ashwin dhoni jadeja pankaj bhuvi shami

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    @Mubhashir Memon : Surprising that you didn't pick Shami, Kohli and Vijay for the match.

    India looks to be in good form. We just need to concentrate a little more, we will do well in England. Bring home the cup boys.

    My Team: Vijay Dhawan Pujara Kohli Rahane Dhoni Jadeja Ashwin Ishant Shami Bhuvi

  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    This is dhoni's approach..... He cleverly used Ashwin when the pitch became so easier and adjusted the fielders so that batsman scored easily and hence thereby giving message that Ashwin cant be used in 1st test as he gave runs in practise game... What a master MS. Dhini...

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    my XI: Gambhir Dhawan Pujara Rahane Rohit Dhoni Jadeja Binny Ishant Pankaj Kumar

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    MY ELEVEN...dhawan,gambir,pujara,rehane,rohit,dhoni,jadeja,aswin,pankak.bhuvi,shami

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    MSD 11 1.Dhawan 2.Vijay 3. Pujara 4.Kohli 5. Rahane 6.SIR 7. Dhoni 8. Binni 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11.Ishant

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    binny should be included as an allrounder,,,and vijay and gambhir should open....dhawan looks vulnebrable to english conditions

  • POSTED BY brokeneffingarm on | July 4, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Dhawan , Gambhir , Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Binny,Dhoni,Jadeja,Bhuvneshwar,Ishant,Shami. If Ishant fails to take at least 4 wickets in both innings without conceding more than 150 runs he shall be replaced by Pankaj. If Bhuvi proves ineffective , Ishwar Pandey shall come in for him... The bowling doesnt really look that bad on paper anyway

  • POSTED BY indianNegro on | July 4, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Murali VIJAY need more work out :-) . Hope he comes good in the series ...

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | July 4, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    1.Kohli 2.Gambir 3.Pujara 4.Rohit 5.Rahane 6.MSD 7.Binny 8.Jadeja 9.Ishwar 10.Shami 11.Pankaj

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    dhawan vijay Pujara rahane kohli binny/ashwin dhoni jadeja pankaj bhuvi shami

  • POSTED BY ishaan1997 on | July 4, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    The best plus in these warm up games have been pujara and rahane being not out and binny's 81 no. If pujara and rahane and kohli play like this, it could horror for english bowlers, though our bowlers will return the favour

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Suddenly everyone is including Binny in their XI. what a funny world. Give him time, and Binny will become a match winner for the country.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 4, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    @Arun Bose I was trying to imply that taking 20 wickets would be a challenge for England as well.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | July 4, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Based on tour games my choice would be - Dhawan, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant. 5 bowlers are needed as with 4 there is the Indian inability to close matches. Gambhir appears to be better choice than Vijay & Rohit Sharma and Binny provides the balance. But knowing Dhoni of late we may see his choices like Sharma in side however bad it may seem for the side. Dravid's inputs would be important.

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | July 4, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    It's just a start. England, be very very scared. India is going to whitewash you like always do.

  • POSTED BY KarthikRT on | July 4, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Playing XI will be.. 1.Dhawan 2.Gambir 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Rohit/Rahana 6.MSD 7.Binny 8.Jadeja 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11.Ishanth

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | July 4, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    @landl47: You also seem to beat me to the punch; you must be younger!

    A victory is always better than a defeat, the batsman did spend some time in the middle and the bowlers had a run out, so I suppose these matches had some benefit for India?

    Personally, I long for the days when the tourists had 4 or 5, 3 day matches against full-strength county sides. Great practice for the tourists, and often the highlight of the season for the counties. However, given the ridiculous demands on top players now, that's just a pipedream. Oh well, back to reality.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    It's a 5 match series for India for the first time, so am sure most players would get a chance. Batting remains very crucial though. My XI would be:

    Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Johli, Rahane, Rohit, MSD, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Pankaj / Ishwar / Ishant / Aaron

    While each player has an equally important role to play, the three most crucial players in deciding the outcome of the series would be Kohli (If big knocks come, our batting will definitely come good), MSD (Need him to play a captain's knock, and some aggressive captaincy to out-think and outshine Cook) and Shami (Key is to bowl a bit fuller and get it to swing, unlike Ishant). Go India!

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | July 4, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    @amit_caprice: Are you kidding me. Vijay's technique is dodgy and Gambhir's not??? Can he play 10 balls without poking outside off??? He was a good batsman but his technique was always a question mark. Dhawan too. Vijay played well in SA and Dhawan plated well in NZ and they will get opportunities in the 1st 2 tests and if they do well Gambhir have no chance.

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | July 4, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    @Anirudh Gaur: Vintage form??? What form??? Can he play ten balls without poking??? he was good batsman till 2011 but IPL captaincy spoiled him. Sorry harsh but the truth. When he won he IPL it became Ghost and destroyed his career. Not too late though. He was chosen for experience not because of his "form". Vijay played well in SA and Dhawan played well in NZ and they are early in their career they need time to develop.

  • POSTED BY NEErajlima on | July 4, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Rohit is like ishant sharma......full talent...but never delivered when needed...leave indian track records.....tallent is there and evident from his double ton....but there is seriousness less matter in which rahane is way ahead...although both are temporary solution...we should have taken young talents at least one among samson , manan vohra,nair...so that we can use them in one test match ...because its five test match series...

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    My Team for fist text match- Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Binny, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Pankaj

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir has shown some vintage form in last 1 year in first class matches. He has made a habit for scoring big and is hungry for runs. In last one year, he has had an average above 50 in first class cricket which includes 4 hundreds. On the other hand, look at Vijay and Dhawan - Vijay has got only 2 fifty in 12 first class matches after the tour of australia and Dhawn has got a hundred and a fifty in 8 first class matches after the tour of australia

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    i think india should go with two all rounders in no 7 and no 8 slot ......its because of the fact the last tour we had a complete batting failure in overseas specially in england.....indian team believes strong in batting than bowling so we should know our strenghts .....and 3 seam bowlers needed ....my playing 11 would be

    gambir dhawan pujara kolhi rohit rahane/binny dhoni jadega ishanth bhuvi/aaron shami

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 4, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Gambhir should be given a chance to opwn the indian batting as he has all the ingredients.. experiwnce, endurance, mentallya and physically tough. Dhawan nd Vijay can be givwn an alternate chances I suggest.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 4, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    My eleven:- Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Binni, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @Anil Maheshwari on (July 4, 2014, 8:18 GMT):

    Both Indian Murali & Srilankan Murali have retired from international cricket. Which one of these two, you are planning to persuade and back into playing for India?

  • POSTED BY amit_caprice on | July 4, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    i think gambhir and dhawan should be our openers even though they both bat left hand vijay's technique is bit dodgy and i think they need 5 bowlers to win..so toss is between rahane and rohit..but considering 5 tests series they both will get opportunity to play..

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame on | July 4, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @ Bharath Kedlaya, I do not have problem with Rohit but right now Rahane is ahead of him . Thanks a lot of that stats.. BTW, can you publish the stats of Rohit's overseas test record, just forget his test records in Indian conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    all the best@ india. hope dhoni will not landed up losing the match like last year

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | July 4, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    @cesar1234 - its not that I hate Rohit- If only he could put the hard effort in. Consistency is not there. As a strokeplayer he is a delight to see in full flow. The team needs fighters like Pujara/Rahane/Kohli as far as the batting is concerned. Years ago Greg Chappell(when he was coach) was impressed with Rohit Sharma - has he delivered?

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    goodluck to india my team divan Vijay pujara koly rahanay dhoni jadeja binny bhuvanesh samy isanth .

  • POSTED BY Kruns on | July 4, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    @ArunKumar @Vikas Agree with you guys India will win and win big this time ........

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    R Ashwin shouldn't be in the 1st test playing eleven, she cant perform in england or australia with his spin, team must have added a 1 more genuine spinner in the 18member squad, the best thing is with the recent perfomance Suart Binny should be playing instead of R Ashwin, Jadeja could do the spinner role

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame on | July 4, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    @roversgate, great selection mate. Perfect horses for the derby. This team should be the best at this junture. @ Kruns, you're not joking, are you?? Binny bowled better than Ishant and batted well too be in the test in these condition whereas you choose 2 spinners for English conditions to reduce the workload for quicks.. you must be kiding mate. Look at Ashwin's figures so far in this tour and we do not need 2 spinners and Binny can bowl better than him in these conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    india should go with murli,dhawan,gambhir,pujara,virat,rahane,dhoni,jadeja,shammi,bhuvneshwar,and ishwar pandey for first test

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @Bharath Kendlaya In rohit's case, those numbers are deceptive. He scored 300 in his first two innings(in India) with one being not out and he scored a mere 150 in 8 innings away from home. That's why he is not so good and people criticize him.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | July 4, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @DINESHCC It was an agreed declaration. The match format was that both sides would bat 90 overs in the 1st innings and 45 in the 2nd. So, when 45 overs were up, Derbyshire declared, irrespective of the target.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 4, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    @landl47. Is this right? This isn't a FC game? What is the point? Even as a practice match, what has this achieved? Am I missing something here?

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Knowing Dhoni he will keep both Ashwin and Jadeja in the first test and poor Binny will miss out. Ideally, Binny should play as his seamers will be really effective in English condition. Even if its not going to be wicket taking, he can be used to contain the batsmen.

    India should go with 3 pace bowlers along with Jadeja and Binny :)

  • POSTED BY ramli on | July 4, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    CP is used to come in early in overseas tests ... so can we not dispense of one opener? This gives us option for 5 bowlers ... my team GG,CP,VK,RS,AR,MSD,SB,RJ,BK,MS,IS ... PS/IP will get a chance after 2 tests when IS fails ... good luck to India

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    for my opinion 1 test xi 11 is ghambir dhawan pujara kohli rahane dhoni binny jadeja bhvi shami ishant / pankaj if ishant is not prove for first than for pankaj is selected for lords test I will hope india win series comprehensively best of luck india

  • POSTED BY SIXFACE6 on | July 4, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    My team will be vj - 1 sd - 2 cp - 3 vk - 4 ar - 5 ro - 6 dh - 7 rj - 8 sb - 9 bk - 10 ms - 11

  • POSTED BY ramli on | July 4, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    @cesar12345 ... with your team, RJ will end up bowling 36 overs on a day ... 5 main bowlers incl Binny is the only way forward for India ... otherwise no chance of winning

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | July 4, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    VALAVAN: I agree with you. Why there is too much of noises after this victory(?), I don't know. Finally a win came against a team which do not have a single national players and also after a suicidal declaration by them.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    To those on Rohit Sharma's case, let the numbers speak :

    Test matches played : 6 Runs : 455 Average : 56,87 100's : 2 50's : 1

    Let's wake up and smell the coffee. His actions in T20s are not relevant. This is a serious test player, along with Rahane.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    india vl go for first 2 matches -vijay,dhawan,pujara ,VK,rahane,dhoni,R.sharma,R.jadeja,Bhuvi,M.shami,I.sharma

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | July 4, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Some interesting opinions, as usual. It really is hard to know what to make of the two matches. Both matches were very low intensity, similar to the way that Duncan Fletcher managed England's tour matches during his time in charge. The first was affected by rain. A whole series of fringe batsmen for two weak counties have made runs and the leading wicket-taker honours are shared with "Retired out" who also has two wickets.

    You can argue that India are underdone for the 1st Test or that, as the England players start to tire by the 3rd Test, that the Indian players will be peaking in what is a ridiculously compressed series.

    What you can say is that several of the batsmen look in good knick and that none of the bowlers has done much. It all looks reminicent of the warm-ups of a certain touring side in Australia in 2013/14, before the Tests started.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    @vkias- Yes mate, Ppl are taking India way too lightly and that's when India is at It's best.. It will be fun to defy the whole world and even some of our compatriots who treat these players like laundry clothes..Flaunt wearing them when India wins and bang them when they lose..

  • POSTED BY cric_Udit on | July 4, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    I think this looks nice combination for me after taking a look at practise matches' scorecards and reports: 1.Gambhir 2.Dhawan/Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Virat 5.Rahane 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja/Ashwin 8.Binny 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11.Pankaj/Aaron NO place for Rohit as his TALENT and LAZY ELEGANCE is too good to get outside edges. Ishant even if ever will picks up a wicket, that ball would be a NO ball.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | July 4, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @Arun Bose....your and mine wishes will come true mate....both BCCI and TEAM INDIA are determined this time to win the series against England...INDIA will win the series by 3-0/3-1

  • POSTED BY cesar12345 on | July 4, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    @naresh28 i donno whats wrong with you in rohits case but dude you dont even give a player to play even 10 tests and ask him to replace with a debutant ,and again if he does good and fails in couple of matches then he should also replaced with another debutant come on buddy have faith in some one and go ahead if u keep on changing like this indian team will become another bangladesh

  • POSTED BY Kruns on | July 4, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    @PrasadBhat :- If you ask me dhoni would go with this team

    Vijay Dhawan Pujara VK Jinx Rohit Dhoni Jadeja Dhuvi Ishant Shami

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | July 4, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Why so much hype in here. India managed to take just 8 wickets from Derbyshire. The question here is unless England may give a sporting declaration. India cannot force a win. England would never give any sporting declaration with their position now. England may declare with more than 400 runs to be scored with 4 sessions. If that never happens, expect 5 boring draws given the fact Indian batters click together this time. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | July 4, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Two players I would have wished for were UTHAPPA and MANOJ TIWARI. India need to see how they perform outside the SC. We have enough batsman to pick from in place of Rohit Sharma with Binny and Gambhir looking good. Ashwin and Ishant Sharma are a big worry on the bowling side. Yesterday's win will at least ensure we were not whitewashed when the tour games are included.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    @Barun Mohapatra- If batting average of 46 is worst according to you then I don't know what's a good average..Maybe 100? Hmmmmm...

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | July 4, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    England can do it 5-0 even with this team without KP & other players. Indians did not opt for intensity and went on for some psychological practice which made the warmup time meaningless.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Dhoni vl go for-Gambhir,Vijay,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Dhoni,Jadeja,Binny,Bhuvi,Ishant,Shami Wht say?

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | July 4, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    It's a practice match, nothing more. Don't forget England are playing video games right now so this is good for India.

  • POSTED BY Kruns on | July 4, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Rahane is the must in eleven , dont know y there are so many people not including him in the team.....

    My Starting eleven would be as below

    1) Gautam/Dhawan 2) Rahane 3) Pujara 4) Kohli 5) Rohit 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Bhuvi 10) Pankaj/Ishant 11) Shami

    Vijay can be in the next test match if any of the batsman other than VK,CP or Jinx is not performing well.... Not including binny as i feel as he is not bits and peice for test matches although useful for ODI and T20 but test matches you need specialist to enter the team.... With two spinners the workload of the bowlers would be nicely divided

  • POSTED BY cesar12345 on | July 4, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    gautam,vijay,pujara,kohli,rohit,rahane,msd,binny,jadeja,shami and ishant

    looks perfect binny can do same as bhuvi and once ball gets old bhuvi s best position is to sit in the pavilion

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 4, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    The biggest irony for the poms will be that the wicket they will relish the most (Virat) has the second worst batting average in the line up.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | July 4, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    @Worldcricketlover, SO as per you delhi batsmen don't move their feet, Right! It doesn't matter because they score double and triple centuries which people who move their full body doesn't score in India. Meanwhile Virat Kohli is also from delhi, he moves his feet pretty well.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Perfect team salection by roversgate, same as I wish. But I doubt our selectors will drop 2 sharmas.

  • POSTED BY roversgate on | July 4, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Based on the warm-up matches, the playing XI should be: 1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Murali Vijay 3. Cheteshwar Pujara 4. Virat Kohli 5. Ajinkya Rahane 6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni 7. Stuart Binny 8. Ravindra Jadeja 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10. Mohammad Shami 11. Pankaj Singh

    Gambhir over Dhawan because Gambhir scored well both times he got chances. I would prefer Vijay over Dhawan because Vijay can turn around his form with his defensive approach and Dhawan can be brought in later after he adjusted to conditions. Rahane over Sharma due to better showing in previous series and these matches. Binny has been good lately and should get a look in as an allrounder. Jadeja was the only spinner who looked threatening. Shami, Kumar and Pankaj were the only bowlers who made an impact.

  • POSTED BY cesar12345 on | July 4, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    @bro you want india to loose the match with the team you have selected it will be a whitewash for a team which is struggling only pujara sounds good in that lineup rest all gives catching practise to english slip fielders

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    There will be two changes in the team that played against New Zealand. Bhuvi will come in Zak and Gambhir will come in either Vijay or Dhavan.

  • POSTED BY mayuresh11 on | July 4, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    i dont agree with many of the fans for opening stand for 1 st test match

    gambhir is fix as opener

    my team is gmabhir pujara so they can see new ball off .. rahane kohli dhoni to stable the batting in middle rohit @ 6 to bat wilt talenders biny jadeja shami bhuvnesh and aron/i sharma (i will go for aron)

    what does many of you think about this team ?

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | July 4, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    @BetterReading, @Nasim Khan and several others, I simply can't understand how so many people don't include Rahane in their starting XI. His 96 in Durban, century in the 2nd test in NZ and his general competence one notices while he bats abroad is reason enough to include him in the side. I think he's or will be as important as Pujara & Kohli in the long run.

    The only thing that should be debated is which openers to select and which seamers/spinner to have in the side. But the 3 batsmen I would include without any hesitation in the starting XI would be Pujara, Kohli and Rahane who could even be tried as an opener if the opening combination fails consistently.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    u kidding is that a win? even before the start of the match there was an agreement to declare at end of day -1 and 45 overs in day -3 , its like a batting and bowling session not a match , they played 11 players but from indian side they played all squad , haha better change the heading , dont mis lead the people not even 10 wickets captured by the bowlers

  • POSTED BY cesar12345 on | July 4, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Its strange how people go for the team based on just one innings Folks the game is at its highest level, dont judge a player just on their single game that too against a jammu&kkashmir sort of team look at the first class record of rohit dude,he must have a go in the test match on 9 july along with rahane

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    The 2 practice games certainly gave very little for the Indians apart from some time in the middle with the bat which to.me was the major positive.most batsmen looked at ease with the conditions but it's the bowling that will remain the worry for India in selecting their 11 for the first BIG TEST. Ishant keeps making it in the 15 despite the consistent poor form. he somehow manages to get wickets in one good spell in a game but that is not what I would want from my lead and most experienced seamer particularly considering the runs he leaks in his spells. Spin too seems an issue for India. I would like to see a more adventurous approach with the pace bowling giving genuine pace bowlers a place with Shami, Aaron and Pankaj. bhuvi failed to consistently move the ball and if he continues to do so with his lack of pace,he will be ineffective. Binny should get the all rounders spot with Mishra taking in the more attacking leg spin option in the spin department. bating seems less a concern.

  • POSTED BY cesar12345 on | July 4, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    I still feel the same rohit and rahane should be in the middle of the line up, looking at srilanka's victory they have won because of sanga and middle order It is known secret that jimmy with his seam and swing gives catching practise to his slip fielders with the help of the top order batsmens"dhawan and vijay".

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    I think this combination will be perfect G Gambhir,S Dhawan,C pujara,V kohli,,MS,Jadeja,M vijay,Binny,B kumar,M shami,Pankaj singh/ Ishant.

  • POSTED BY arun_padmanabhan on | July 4, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Gambhir isn't playing the first test. Looks like the team management is undecided on Binny, and fair enough because his inclusion should depend on the pitch and conditions in Nottingham. But if he plays, Rohit is going to miss out. That was made clear when rahane was given more time to bat than Rohit. Jadeja will be the preferred spinner. I expect Bhuvi ,Shami ,Pankaj and Ishant to be the top 4 seamers for the first match. Hopefully, the last one doesn't play!

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame on | July 4, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    It's very interesting to see the team selection from the fans. Binny was no were few days ago. He was regarded as useless from some fans and suddenly he found place in many fans playing eleven. When you look at his bowling analysin, he fared better than the so called trumpcard Ashwin. Yet some fans want Ashwin in the playing eleven (one fan want both Jadeja and Ashwin in the team as if we're playing in Indian conditions) When you look at Binny's batting, he outclassed Rohit as well. Binny would be more useful and brings that balance to the side in this tour. Strangly enough some fans thinks Rohit and Binny's place is interchangeable as if Rohit can bowl medium pace. I do not understand the logic of these fans sometimes. Actually BCCI can call back Ashwin, who is a liability in fielding as well, and send a a replacement spinner or even a quick like Umesh Yadav.

  • POSTED BY BetterReading on | July 4, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    The below mentioned team is the best team to play 1st test 1. dhawan 2. gambhir 3. pujara 4. kohli 5. rohit sharma 6. dhoni 7. jadeja 8. binny 9. B.kumar 10. shami 11. ishant

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Matches against the two second division county teams, that too lying at the rock bottom, give us (India) very little input to decide on the playing XI for the first test. It just gave some practice for the Indian team; and nothing else.

    At best, it gives 'some' indication as to whom NOT to include in the playing XI. Ashwin, Dhawan (yes, Dhawan who is slow in learning from mistakes), and Ishant are natural candidates, for exclusion. A few more are there with question marks.

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | July 4, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    The below mentioned team is the best team to play 1st test

    1. dhawan 2. vijay 3. pujara 4. kohli 5. rahane 6. dhoni 7. jadeja 8. binny 9. B.kumar 10. shami 11. Pankaj

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    I would like to believe that the team think tank would not like to experiment with a new bowler. So that means Pankaj Singh, Varun Aron and Ishwar Pandey will sadly sit out. Ishant would get one more chance before he gets the boot for the ensuing tests. So Gambhir should open the innings with either of Vijay or Dhawan. Dhawan more likely. Pujara and Kohli are certainties. I woul love to see Dhoni at 5 and Binny at 6.Jadeja is a certainty at 7. Ashwin should not be playing. Bhuvi plays at 8. I would like to see 4 pacers in England along with Binny to backup. My first choices would be Shami, Ishwar and Pankaj Singh. But lets see what Ishant can do when the whole world is watching him....

  • POSTED BY PrinceOfSalem on | July 4, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    From the workout in the match, seems there might be 50/50 chance of Binny coming ahead of Rohit. In both the innings Rahane was give more time in the middle compare to Rohi (So rahane is a sure started with his success in the previous series) and Binny was given a good workout,both with bat and ball. Dhoni is always reluctant to make bold changes, but if india have any hopes of taking 20 wickets, we do need 5 bowlers. This seems what the 1st Team would look like. 1)Dhawan 2)Vijay 3)Pujara 4)Kohli 5)Rahane 6)Dhoni 7)Jadeja 8)Binny 9)Bhuvi 10)Shami 1)Ishanth. If we get the same defensive Dhoni, then maybe Rohit may edge out Binny.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    My team for 1st test is-->M vijay,S Dhawan,C pujara,V kohli,A rahane,MS,Jadeja,Binny,B kumar,M shami,Pankaj singh

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    I think it is more or less the Indian Team Management have finalized the XI for the first test. 1. Dhoni 2. Vijay 3. Dhawan 4. Pujara 5. Kohli 6. Rahane 7. Jadeja 8. Binny 9. Bhuveneshkumar 10. Shammi and 11. Ishant Sharma.

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | July 4, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    @ linguboy I totally agree with you.All the fans are blaming the bowlers for not taking wickets.But the reality is India has the worst slip catching fielders in the entire world.Thank god,Ashwin will not play n the first match.But kohli,vijay,dhawan,rohit are all not good catchers even though they are better ground fielders.Rahane and Jadeja are the only good catchers in the team.They say catches win matches.For ex,S.A won against India in the 2nd match in durban because of some exceptional catching by de villiers and du plessis.Catching is the main reason for India to lose the last 2 series.Hope India will learn lessons from past.

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | July 4, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Now we have got an idea of the team for first test.It looks like Ishant sharma will play inspite of his numerous failures and no-ball issues.I don't think Pankaj or pandey will get a chance.This is the team :1.Dhawan 2.Vijay/Gambhir 3.Pujara 4.kohli 5.Rahane 6.Rohit/Binny 7.Dhoni 8.Jadeja 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11.Ishant. I will be very happy if any of the remaining seamers play instead of Ishant.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 4, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    To describe this as a game would be to misuse the term. 'Lame' would be closer to the mark. Duncan Fletcher has always liked this kind of warm-up, though what possible benefit he thinks it gives the test XI I can't imagine.

  • POSTED BY Retour on | July 4, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    Nothing much to get excited about. Hope Ind picks up its game in the first test. Since most eyes will be on the soccer world cup knockouts and final, the team can breathe easy from the scrutiny of the fans during the first test.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    dhoni does these kind of strange things... but thats what makes Mr. Cool distinct from others. .....

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Sami, Kumar or Singh. This the team for first test.

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | July 4, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Inda should start with intent for the first Test and this should be the team: Dhawan, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, BKumar, Shami.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | July 4, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    What was actually achieved from this practice game? Lack of intensity which is often the case with the Indians in practice games leading up to an important test series. The have the same problems every series overseas, lack intensity in these games, carry the same attitude in the first test, lose the test and catch up from 1 down. When are they going to learn? Dhoni and the team management is to be blamed for this problem. Send the players home who are not passionate about representing their country.

  • POSTED BY ThePacifist10 on | July 4, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Everything that has needed to be said, has been said. Everything that should be done, hopefully will be done. This brand new young team has rebuilt spectacularly over the past one and a half years and has turned in some exemplary performances in all formats. They are extremely close to becoming a complete team that can perform well for many years to come. They've got some very good practice before a long tour, and now all that remains for us fans is to wish these young guns all the very best! Show them exactly why the world has taken notice of you over the past 19 months. Show them your ability to FIGHT.

    Win, lose or tie, Team INDIA 'til I die! Good luck guys!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    Good confidence booster for India..

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    maybe give Binny a game instead of Rohit Sharma or Jadeja. I know Dhoni will play his favorites Ishant and Jadeja, which will leave the balling short

  • POSTED BY Bobby_Talyarkhan on | July 3, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    A tour of England was considered to be an essential part of an Indian cricketer's education - much as an English finishing school might have been for other professionals. The "first class" averages were eagerly perused at the end of the tour with as much curiosity as the test averages. A player who may have failed in the tests but still succeeded in the other first class matches was considered to have had a good tour overall and to have upgraded his cricketing skills and therefore to be worth persevering with. The counties provided stern opposition, the grounds were full and the tourists were able to sharpen their skills in a competitive environment in preparation for the tests. What a stunning contrast to the situation today! The commercial appeal of shorter test tours (and more odi's and t20's), combined with "modern" coaching methods which proritise drills and routines over matchplay, have put paid to the possibility of the young touring cricketer gaining an education - a tragedy!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    Hope to see RJ ahead of Ashwin in playing 11 and looking forward for Rahane's resistance in the middle .. For me he is the next big thing for test cricket :)

  • POSTED BY glen1 on | July 3, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Minimizing the effect of the English tailenders will be the key to team selection, as most games are lost here. Sheer pace may solve this problem, and Aaron and Shami need to be selected to polish off the tail. At the front end, Ishanth and Kumar can do well, and in the middle Jadeja can smartly take some wickets. Rahane, Pujara, Kohi and Dhoni select themselves. The opener slots are a toss up based on who looks comfortable with short pitched stuff. Can start with Vijay and Gambhir as Dhawan seems to get out easily.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | July 3, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Saha went and it was jadeja who was in non striker when Gambhir saw it through.

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | July 3, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    The Game against derbshire not great deal as litterly they given opportunity for us to Win, but still we had good practice in both the game especially Pujara who used well. The bowling Dept has to to improve as we couln't even take 5 wickets in each innings and after bowling close to 250 overs we took just 10 or 12 wickets in both the game which really looks danger for us. MSD got Dravid as batting consultant and who will fill the bowling worries? which is unanswered for last couple of years. My XI for the 1st Test would be GG, Dhawan/Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahena, MSD, Jaddu, Shami, Pankaj, Kumar and Ishanth. I choosed ishaanth on experience if not doing well sent him home.

  • POSTED BY TomDeSailor on | July 3, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Really people.. None interested enough to comment??? Anyway, good to see Shami n Bhuvi getting back to rythm.. Ishant well is still Ishant.. My XI would be 1&2 Shikhar/Vijay/Gambhir 3 Pujara 4 Kohli 5 Rohit/Rahane 6 Dhoni 7 Binny 8 Jadeja 9 Shami 10 Bhuvi 11 Pankaj/Aaron .......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    I think this is a perfect team for 1st test dhawan gambhir pujara kohli rahane dhoni jadeja binny bhuvi pankaj shami......wat do u say guys

  • POSTED BY Worldcricketlover on | July 3, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Dhawan is not Test batsman. Dont count NZ century . He can not play on pad. He is always cramped if ball pitched on his leg. In ODI they can ran for leg bye but Test it is not possible. And he always try to hook which he will never learn. Like all delhi openers his foot movement is minimum So if ball swings ( as Anderson first spell always does) he is easy wicket for Eng. Also he and Kohli are in competition to win trophy for dropping most numbers of catches.Please Try Gambhir as an opener with Vijay as he can bat for longer period. The only concerns is MSD . Yes he will include that useless Ishant i playing XI. Poor Pankaj Singh despite good performance he will not be selected . Ishant you are lucky man. Its fact that MSD is blind or refused to learn from past. If he gets ishant out then any other fast bowler is OK.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    but i feel these players r not gud enuf to face anderson swinging balls..2-3 batsman in current indian setup is capable of doing so..

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | July 3, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    INDIA got their hands on the prestigious Royal Crown Derby Trophy, which will now be played between Derbyshire and the touring Test side every year....this is the story of this practice match....well played Indian Young guns....just repeat the story of CT 2013...all the best TEAM INDIA

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    ideal playing 11 atleast for d first 3 tests- 1 dhawan, 2 vijay, 3 pujara, 4 kohli, 5 rahane, 6 msd , 7 binny, 8 jadeja, 9 bhuvi, 10 shami , 11 ishant. this would give a lot of batting depth upto no 8 and also present dhoni with 5 genuine bowling options

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | July 3, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    agarkar saying this series will show the future of Indian batting strength (kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Dhawan, Saha, Binny)...its 100% true...due to BCCI efforts, India found reliable replacements for Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvi, Dravid...not saying full 100% replacements...these young players have at least 30-40% of the old players capability....still some more players like Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Karn Sharma, Karun Nayar etc are waiting for opportunity....currently i think there is no team in the world with this much good young generation batsmen...its INDIA's fortune to find some good players after players...hope my country will do better in this series

  • POSTED BY ykan83 on | July 3, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Good Win. But would like to see the following 11 for the 1st test:

    Gautam, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Binny, Dhoni, Jadeja/Ashwin, Shami, B Kumar & Ishant

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | July 3, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Good workout guys. Now everything said and done please take care of dropped catches. We dropped Williamson twice in 1st test and he made us pay. Same case with McCullum B in the 2nd test and we paid for that. Even in the practice matches we dropped too many chances to our comfort. Yesterday Virat dropped catch off Ashwin's bowling at slip and today Vijay dropped a catch of Ishant's bowling. Hardly a comfort for struggling bowlers. We don't have bowlers to induce edges 2-3 times so its up to us to catch whatever comes our way. Please don't place Virat in slips. good luck guys.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    rohit and ashwin are not likely to be in first test after these two warm ups

  • POSTED BY vick2025 on | July 3, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    There is no reason to include Dhawan for the first game....he had all this time and he still shows no signs of improvement...and if he is getting for out 7s and 8s in the practice then forget about the actual game....dude has no chance...

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  • POSTED BY vick2025 on | July 3, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    There is no reason to include Dhawan for the first game....he had all this time and he still shows no signs of improvement...and if he is getting for out 7s and 8s in the practice then forget about the actual game....dude has no chance...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    rohit and ashwin are not likely to be in first test after these two warm ups

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | July 3, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Good workout guys. Now everything said and done please take care of dropped catches. We dropped Williamson twice in 1st test and he made us pay. Same case with McCullum B in the 2nd test and we paid for that. Even in the practice matches we dropped too many chances to our comfort. Yesterday Virat dropped catch off Ashwin's bowling at slip and today Vijay dropped a catch of Ishant's bowling. Hardly a comfort for struggling bowlers. We don't have bowlers to induce edges 2-3 times so its up to us to catch whatever comes our way. Please don't place Virat in slips. good luck guys.

  • POSTED BY ykan83 on | July 3, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Good Win. But would like to see the following 11 for the 1st test:

    Gautam, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Binny, Dhoni, Jadeja/Ashwin, Shami, B Kumar & Ishant

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | July 3, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    agarkar saying this series will show the future of Indian batting strength (kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Dhawan, Saha, Binny)...its 100% true...due to BCCI efforts, India found reliable replacements for Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvi, Dravid...not saying full 100% replacements...these young players have at least 30-40% of the old players capability....still some more players like Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Karn Sharma, Karun Nayar etc are waiting for opportunity....currently i think there is no team in the world with this much good young generation batsmen...its INDIA's fortune to find some good players after players...hope my country will do better in this series

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    ideal playing 11 atleast for d first 3 tests- 1 dhawan, 2 vijay, 3 pujara, 4 kohli, 5 rahane, 6 msd , 7 binny, 8 jadeja, 9 bhuvi, 10 shami , 11 ishant. this would give a lot of batting depth upto no 8 and also present dhoni with 5 genuine bowling options

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | July 3, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    INDIA got their hands on the prestigious Royal Crown Derby Trophy, which will now be played between Derbyshire and the touring Test side every year....this is the story of this practice match....well played Indian Young guns....just repeat the story of CT 2013...all the best TEAM INDIA

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    but i feel these players r not gud enuf to face anderson swinging balls..2-3 batsman in current indian setup is capable of doing so..

  • POSTED BY Worldcricketlover on | July 3, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Dhawan is not Test batsman. Dont count NZ century . He can not play on pad. He is always cramped if ball pitched on his leg. In ODI they can ran for leg bye but Test it is not possible. And he always try to hook which he will never learn. Like all delhi openers his foot movement is minimum So if ball swings ( as Anderson first spell always does) he is easy wicket for Eng. Also he and Kohli are in competition to win trophy for dropping most numbers of catches.Please Try Gambhir as an opener with Vijay as he can bat for longer period. The only concerns is MSD . Yes he will include that useless Ishant i playing XI. Poor Pankaj Singh despite good performance he will not be selected . Ishant you are lucky man. Its fact that MSD is blind or refused to learn from past. If he gets ishant out then any other fast bowler is OK.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    I think this is a perfect team for 1st test dhawan gambhir pujara kohli rahane dhoni jadeja binny bhuvi pankaj shami......wat do u say guys