England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge July 6, 2014

India hint at five-bowler strategy

India seem to be mulling playing five specialist batsmen and giving Stuart Binny a Test debut at Trent Bridge, going by how much action he has seen in the tour matches and in the nets
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India's preparation for the start of this England tour reached its final stage when they returned to the field three days before the Trent Bridge Test. Having played two - albeit low intensity - three-day tour games, India took a two-day break from cricket activity, and made their first visit to Trent Bridge on Sunday. This is when they like to pick up intensity; they trained for close to four hours with almost all of their 18 players getting a bowl or a hit, and there might have been a hint that they are considering playing an extra bowler.

India don't usually like to bat MS Dhoni at No. 6 when away from home, and it can be hazardous to read too much into what happens at the nets, but it seems they haven't ruled out the possibility of giving Stuart Binny a debut at the expense of Rohit Sharma.

After the basic warm-up drills and a short game of football, the first-choice seamers - Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma - were sent to face the bowling machine while the batsmen came out to bat in the main nets - where Binny bowled for a longish duration - in what appeared to be their batting order. Shikhar Dhawan and M Vijay first, followed by Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. Rohit, meanwhile, didn't begin padding up and worked with the strength and conditioning coach instead. Ajinkya Rahane moved into the main nets as Pujara went to face throwdowns.

Kohli's exit brought MS Dhoni into the main nets, which usually might not mean anything, except that everything else followed a certain symmetry. Ravindra Jadeja batted in the main nets next, followed by Binny. Until then 11 players had been part of the main action, and 10 of them were definite starters for the first Test. Binny can't be ruled out as the 11th.

Rohit and Gautam Gambhir did get to bat, but by the time they came into the main nets the main bowlers had either finished or were at the end of their spells. It seemed to be a continuation from the second tour game, played against Derbyshire last week. Binny bowled nine and six overs in the two innings there, and batted at No. 7 in the first innings for a quick and unbeaten 81. Rohit didn't bat in the first innings, and India only batted 18 overs after he came out in the second.

The indication from the team is that they are keeping their options open. The team's concern is that they have struggled to take 20 wickets, which they want to address. If the pitch retains its straw-like colour, and looks to be good for batting, there is a good chance they might take that risk. If the weather remains dry and they see possibility for more spin, R Ashwin stands an outside chance too, because as batsmen Binny and Ashwin are on same plane.

Binny is a military-medium bowler who is at his most effective in conditions that assist seam bowling, like he was when taking six wickets in an ODI on a damp pitch against Bangladesh. Trent Bridge is arguably the most bowler-friendly Test venue in England today. He, or more precisely a seaming allrounder, was a demand made by the team management keeping the conditions in mind. They had been desperate to get Irfan Pathan fit, but he had hardly played any first-class cricket over the last season.

If India do go in with five bowlers, it will be an extraordinary move. Dhoni has never batted at No. 6 outside Asia. The last time India played five bowlers was against Australia at home, in 2012-13, and you'll struggle to find instances of India playing with five batsmen outside the subcontinent. Considering how bold and unprecedented a move it might be, it will need due thought and care, which is what - eventually - all the activity over the last week might turn out to be. One thing is for sure, though: India are considering the idea, and five bowlers remains a possibility.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    The 1986 series when India won 2 tests out of 3, they had so many allrounders - Mohinder Amarnath, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Roger Binny & Madan Lal. Four out of the five played in each test.

    Chetan Sharma took 16 wickets in 2 tests while Amarnath got none. Binny Maninder Singh & kapil got 12, 12 & 10 wickets.

    Vengsarkar was the standout batsman with 2 centuries & a fifty. No other batsman scored over 175 runs.

    Does this Indian team have the bowling strength to take 100 wickets in the series or even 20 wickets a match on 3 occasions?

  • POSTED BY duniya_dilwale on | July 9, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    every body know if india want to win the series then they have to take 20 wicket in a match so why every one thinking abt batting line up why not bring ashiwn as a opener with gambhir

    my playing xi is this:

    1. ashwin 2. gambhi 3. pujara 4. rahane 5. kohli 6. dhoni 7. jadeja 8. binny 9.b. kumar 10. shami 11. last bolwer chose according to condition either aaron or pankaj singh

    this team showing bowling strength batting good if need can defence also rahane, pujara, kholi, gambhir they can bat long time even gambhir proof it before ..........

    bowling swing is most important in eng condition so we have good swing bowler bhuvi, good wicket taker shami, and for long spell binny

    according to me this is good team

  • POSTED BY duniya_dilwale on | July 9, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    why indian cricket fan not understand ashwin can bat and he is good batsman he already proov it why not try to ashwin as opener like shewag shewag also started as a no.6 batsmen my team

    1] ashwin, 2] gambhir, 3] pujara 4] kohli 5] rahane 6] dhoni 7] binny 8] jadeja 9] varon 10] b. kumar 11] shami

  • POSTED BY giri201282 on | July 8, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    My 11 for the test: Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, jadeja, Shami, Ishant, Bhuvi, Aaron.

    Gambhir ahead of Vijay for his experience and determination. He can be both aggressive and defensive(to save test match if required). Rahane ahead of rohit because he has proven himself to be more sound temperamentally on away tours. Jadeja ahead of Ashwin because on english pitches we are looking at spinner to restrict rather than attack..especially a finger spinner and 4 pace bowlers to exploit the conditions....each of the pace bowler is different and we use Aaron in short spells at full speed. This is the first test and we have four more to go.hence india can look at different options from the regular 6+1+4 option they play with in India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    My team is Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara,Dhoni Jadeja,Binny, Pankaj, Iswar Pandey, Bhuvi. Test cricket is different from 20-20.Test cricket bowlers must be accurate, Arron And Shami is not even prove in Ranji criket... IF we continue to include Ishant the result will be same. People are fancy abt 20-20 seeing that they evaluate players. If dhoni follows that he is not fit for the job...

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    India should take Ashwin for the most Bowler friendly wicket out of all five venues and take it from there.I have a gut feeling that he may turn the tables in the 4th innings

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    It is always good to have 5 bowlers and 6 batsmen combination. Among the 5, one can be an all-rounder. Now Dhoni has to play a crucial role in batting line-up. He should use his experience and come forward as a specialist batsman. Not as a wicket keeper batsman. Of course he is the no. of choice of wicket keeper. But he should play before Binny (if Binny is playing). That will give more cushion to any all-rounder. My eleven M Vijay/Gambir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, R Sharma, MS Dhoni, S Binny/R Jadeja, Ashwin, B Kumar, I Sharma, Shami. This is a long series. So if Vijay is not doing well, he will be replaced by Gambir. Same way if S Binny is struggling, then Rahane can be included instead Binny.

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    1.M.Vijay 2.G.Gambhir 3.C.Pujara 4.V.Kohli 5.A.Rahane 6.M.S.Dhoni 7.R.Jadeja 8.R.Ashwin 9.B.Kumar 10.M.Shami 11.Pankaj Singh

  • POSTED BY manas_02 on | July 8, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Rohit Sharma will have to start working on his bowling...A certain amount of discipline in his bowling will probably help him earn a spot as a second spinner (part time ofcourse!) and will help him seal the no. 6 spot when India play abroad. Unfortunately none of the top order batsmen in the current setup are even half decent as part times when you compare them with the previous lot where they had the likes of Sachin (he was a magician), Ganguly (very decent medium pacer) and Sehwag (more than handy off-spinner)

  • POSTED BY IndianInnerEdge on | July 8, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    The only chance india has of putting up a decent show (fugget winning the series-aint gonna happen)is on green seaming wickets where our pathetic pop gun medium paced bunch of glorified off spinners stand a chance of picking up wickets. If we get true bouncy wickets on which the ball comes on, we will be staring at 550+ scores everytime we go in to bat.Am so happy that finally there is some focus and attention in the media about the whole 'picking up 20 wickets' thing.....as opposed to glorifying useless batting stats which we and our media were obsessed with for so long......nothing to loose - Go India!

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    The 1986 series when India won 2 tests out of 3, they had so many allrounders - Mohinder Amarnath, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Roger Binny & Madan Lal. Four out of the five played in each test.

    Chetan Sharma took 16 wickets in 2 tests while Amarnath got none. Binny Maninder Singh & kapil got 12, 12 & 10 wickets.

    Vengsarkar was the standout batsman with 2 centuries & a fifty. No other batsman scored over 175 runs.

    Does this Indian team have the bowling strength to take 100 wickets in the series or even 20 wickets a match on 3 occasions?

  • POSTED BY duniya_dilwale on | July 9, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    every body know if india want to win the series then they have to take 20 wicket in a match so why every one thinking abt batting line up why not bring ashiwn as a opener with gambhir

    my playing xi is this:

    1. ashwin 2. gambhi 3. pujara 4. rahane 5. kohli 6. dhoni 7. jadeja 8. binny 9.b. kumar 10. shami 11. last bolwer chose according to condition either aaron or pankaj singh

    this team showing bowling strength batting good if need can defence also rahane, pujara, kholi, gambhir they can bat long time even gambhir proof it before ..........

    bowling swing is most important in eng condition so we have good swing bowler bhuvi, good wicket taker shami, and for long spell binny

    according to me this is good team

  • POSTED BY duniya_dilwale on | July 9, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    why indian cricket fan not understand ashwin can bat and he is good batsman he already proov it why not try to ashwin as opener like shewag shewag also started as a no.6 batsmen my team

    1] ashwin, 2] gambhir, 3] pujara 4] kohli 5] rahane 6] dhoni 7] binny 8] jadeja 9] varon 10] b. kumar 11] shami

  • POSTED BY giri201282 on | July 8, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    My 11 for the test: Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, jadeja, Shami, Ishant, Bhuvi, Aaron.

    Gambhir ahead of Vijay for his experience and determination. He can be both aggressive and defensive(to save test match if required). Rahane ahead of rohit because he has proven himself to be more sound temperamentally on away tours. Jadeja ahead of Ashwin because on english pitches we are looking at spinner to restrict rather than attack..especially a finger spinner and 4 pace bowlers to exploit the conditions....each of the pace bowler is different and we use Aaron in short spells at full speed. This is the first test and we have four more to go.hence india can look at different options from the regular 6+1+4 option they play with in India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    My team is Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara,Dhoni Jadeja,Binny, Pankaj, Iswar Pandey, Bhuvi. Test cricket is different from 20-20.Test cricket bowlers must be accurate, Arron And Shami is not even prove in Ranji criket... IF we continue to include Ishant the result will be same. People are fancy abt 20-20 seeing that they evaluate players. If dhoni follows that he is not fit for the job...

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    India should take Ashwin for the most Bowler friendly wicket out of all five venues and take it from there.I have a gut feeling that he may turn the tables in the 4th innings

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    It is always good to have 5 bowlers and 6 batsmen combination. Among the 5, one can be an all-rounder. Now Dhoni has to play a crucial role in batting line-up. He should use his experience and come forward as a specialist batsman. Not as a wicket keeper batsman. Of course he is the no. of choice of wicket keeper. But he should play before Binny (if Binny is playing). That will give more cushion to any all-rounder. My eleven M Vijay/Gambir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, R Sharma, MS Dhoni, S Binny/R Jadeja, Ashwin, B Kumar, I Sharma, Shami. This is a long series. So if Vijay is not doing well, he will be replaced by Gambir. Same way if S Binny is struggling, then Rahane can be included instead Binny.

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    1.M.Vijay 2.G.Gambhir 3.C.Pujara 4.V.Kohli 5.A.Rahane 6.M.S.Dhoni 7.R.Jadeja 8.R.Ashwin 9.B.Kumar 10.M.Shami 11.Pankaj Singh

  • POSTED BY manas_02 on | July 8, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Rohit Sharma will have to start working on his bowling...A certain amount of discipline in his bowling will probably help him earn a spot as a second spinner (part time ofcourse!) and will help him seal the no. 6 spot when India play abroad. Unfortunately none of the top order batsmen in the current setup are even half decent as part times when you compare them with the previous lot where they had the likes of Sachin (he was a magician), Ganguly (very decent medium pacer) and Sehwag (more than handy off-spinner)

  • POSTED BY IndianInnerEdge on | July 8, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    The only chance india has of putting up a decent show (fugget winning the series-aint gonna happen)is on green seaming wickets where our pathetic pop gun medium paced bunch of glorified off spinners stand a chance of picking up wickets. If we get true bouncy wickets on which the ball comes on, we will be staring at 550+ scores everytime we go in to bat.Am so happy that finally there is some focus and attention in the media about the whole 'picking up 20 wickets' thing.....as opposed to glorifying useless batting stats which we and our media were obsessed with for so long......nothing to loose - Go India!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 8, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Binny's inclusion in team India is big question?I don't think he deserve this Rishi Dhawan is far better player than him it's a bunder of mistake by selectors and a bit partial selection and i want now to give him chance so that he will never think of this.

  • POSTED BY AayushVarma18 on | July 8, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Binny definitely deserves a chance on this tour. Although there is competition with Ashwin for that allrounder spot, Binny can swing the ball and therefore should be the first choice on the team. My team XI is this:

    1. Dhawan 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rahane 6. Binny 7. Dhoni 8. Jadeja 9. Shami 10. Bhuvi 11. Aaron

  • POSTED BY rappedonthepads on | July 8, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Before we get too caught up in picking up 20 wickets, let us take a moment to remember that we also did not reach 300 once in the 4-0 drubbing.

  • POSTED BY rsd_dd on | July 8, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    my 11 :vijay,gambhir,kohli,pujara,rahane,dhoni,binny,jadeja,bk,ishant n shami

  • POSTED BY naveen_next on | July 8, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    y Umesh yadav is not included in the TEST squad?? Umesh is better than Ishant on seaming conditions.. My Playing 11 pick: Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    India hasn't won abroad since 2011 due to terribly defensive tactics

    India should have won 1st test after dominating 1st 4 days. Dhoni didn't even try for a win in after Du Plesses was dismissed on last day........Similarly in NZ Ind should have won 2nd test. Ind didn't go for it. ...............

    All this terribly defensive tactics started when Ind should have won in WI in 2011 but Dravid's selfish slow batting obstructed Indian victory.

  • POSTED BY Aaranya on | July 8, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @ parvez04mnit.........the batting abilities of Binny & Ashwin.....your comments shows ignorance...we are not talking about bong-bong IPL matches....it is test cricket.....Ashwin is a proven test batsman......better not just than Binny, but many so called specialized batsman in Indian team...but, he does not deserve place as a spinner in team, out side India....that's a different story

  • POSTED BY roversgate on | July 8, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    This is good news. Binny may fail in the first match but the fact of the matter is this is the best opportunity in the next 5 matches to give him a shot. Not only is India playing on the most bowler friendly wicket, Binny has had two outstanding days - first with the ball against Bangladesh on a seaming wicket and a good innings in the practice matches. We need an all-rounder at 7, so it has to be either Jadeja or Binny and Binny is the better choice at the moment.

    I hope they don't give Ishant Sharma a go. He needs to get in better rhythm. When he bowls like crap in one match, he continues doing the same in the entire series. Suffice to say, it looks like he will average 5-6 no balls a game and a lot of terrible hit-me deliveries. Get him back in the 2nd or 3rd game only if he has found rhythm.

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    My team would be Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, kohli, , Ajay Rahane,, Dhoni, Stuart Binny, R.Ashwin, bhuvaneswar, kumar, Mohammed Shami , Ishant Sharma.

    One word of caution - I would include Ishant Sharma purely on his experience in test matches . He does deserve a chance as he can be a valuable guide to the junior bowlers.But if he does not perform he should give way to another bowler like Varun.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | July 7, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Ishant Sharma ahead of Umesh,Pankaj,Pandey,Aaron. Hope India loose and loose miserably. If the pitch is dry play Ashwin he can bat better than Jadeja and Binny.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 7, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    I personally think that India should go with 3 Seamers + 2 spinners + 5 batsmen + WK. It gives India batting right up to #8 as well. If India bat first, it gives them the advantage of bowling in the 4th innings with 2 spinners. Trent Bridge wkt. which has been a favourite pitch of the fast bowlers, may not have the same bounce as in the past. Short brown grass + new drainage system appears to have taken the bounce & greenery out of the pitch as observed even at the Lords & the Headingly in matches vs. SL. This should provide India a good chance of finding pitches with lower bounce & conducive to spin as early as the 4th day. The first Test will be see the ability of the new team to adapt to new conditions. If India go with 4 seamers + 1 spinner, then it is best to include Aaron to provide pace @ 150 KPH. I expect MSD's favourite Ishant would be the 3rd seamer with Kumar & Shami the top 2. Use of 3 seamers also allows the rotation of seamers in 5 Test series - eliminate possible injury

  • POSTED BY vrbhatraju on | July 7, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Vijay is good but not flamboyant and cannot score more than 20's or 30's. My team should be Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin/Binny, Bhuvi, Varun, Shami, Ishant. The batsmen have to take much responsibility obviously we need bowlers to take 20 wickets and needs variety. Jadeja has to prove that all his triple hundreds are not fake. He has the ability and he can deliver the goods. Same is the case with Dhoni that he has more experience and he has to deliver from front in overseas. Ashwin is solid in batting and Bhuvi and Ishant can bat a bit and provide resistance. When top 5 cannot deliver then better to have more bowling power to get the opposition out cheaply and make a match out of it. Having people like Vijay, Rohit who will contribute once in a blue moon and are burden carrying them in the playing XI as they cannot bowl. Hope India live up to the expectations and starts with a Win in the 5 test series. All the best for India.

  • POSTED BY kalyanbk on | July 7, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Cannot believe India is without Praveen Kumar and Umesh Yadav. Nothing against Binny but he does not seem to be International test class and the seam bowling allrounder may destroy his career like it did for Irfan Pathan. The only potential all rounders for better or worse are Dhoni and Ashwin. Jadeja's batting is unproven.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | July 7, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Considering the batting capabilities of Jadeja and Binny, it would be a surprise if India goes in with the sixth batsmen in the Test Match. Both of them together are as good as 1.5 batsmen. Look at it as going in 6.5 batsmen and 5 bowlers. I don't see why India would not want to make a bold statement at the start of the series.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    If indeed, this is true, If indeed, Binny is considered ahead of Rohit Sharma, If indeed, MSD takes up the responsibility at no.6, If indeed, Jadeja is given the possible opportunity to exhibit his primary skill more responsibly, If indeed Binny's batting abilities are given the trust it deserves from his first class record, If indeed main fast bowlers are given the chance to focus only on aggressive bowling while Jadeja & Binny do the containing job, If indeed all this allows the fast bowlers to win that trust from the skipper so that he can be more risk taking and aggressive, If indeed, this is true, Then India will be serious contenders for this series going ahead. #Hope

  • POSTED BY HariVenks on | July 7, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    I think Ashwin can be given a chance ahead of Jadeja. Varun Aron is needed...Umesh Yadav is a big miss for India..playing bhuvi and binny might not suite us...both r medium pacers and they need help from the pitch..India lost the series badly bcoz of lack of pace in our bowling.....we need pace from Varun and Shami may be India can play PanKaj/Ishwar...but ishanth is no good we have seen this earlier..though he performed decently in NZ...

    Bowler Ashwin, Varun, Shami, Bhuvi/binny, Pankaj/Ishwar, Batsmen: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, MSD

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | July 7, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    @ntalgeri, I agree with you that Ashwin should play along with Jadeja. But the way Dhoni used the players in the warm up matches indicates that Ashwin will not be in the XI. He only bowled few overs, did not get to bat. Rahane will bat a five. He has batted beautifully in SA and NZ. For the time being Jadeja should bat at 7 or 8. He is yet to score a 50 in test matches. He needs more experience to move up the order.

  • POSTED BY ntalgeri on | July 7, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    India should play 5 bowlers and then "lengthen" the batting line up by playing Jadeja up the order. He has more triple hundreds than any other batsman in the team, and he is being used as a "pinch hitter" lower down the order. 3 Fast bowlers - Varun and Shami for pace , Bhuvaneshwar for swing. 2 spinners - Jadeja and Ashwin. Jadeja bats at number 5, Rahane at 6, Dhoni at 7, Ashwin at 8, Bhuvaneshwar at 9. Binny's a bits and pieces player and should be left out regardless of it being 4 or 5 pronged attack - playing him as a specialist fast bowler in a 4 man attach will mean India is sacrificing genuine pace (they will leave out Varun). And playing him as the 5th bowler in place of Ashwin or Jadeja will deny India variety. Not only does India need 5 good bowler, they also need variation. 2 genuine quicks, one swing bowler, an off spinner and a left arm spinner is the ideal combination. Not to forget, 3 out of those 5 are decent batsmen (Bhuvi is in the UP team as an allrounder)

  • POSTED BY ramli on | July 7, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    5-bowlers should, must and will be the strategy ... otherwise, there is no hope of winning, draw yes ... Ashwin is a non-starter as he did not even get to bowl decently and did not bat at all in the 2 league games unless RJ is injured ... why harp on two specialist openers? Why not Pujara open because half-the-time, he is in within first 5 overs? My team is GG,CP,VK,RS,AR,SB,MSD,RJ,BK,MS,PS ... all the best India

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | July 7, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    5-bowler strategy is a good idea. It is a long 5 match series and the 5th bowler will reduce the work load of other bowlers. If Binny plays Ashwin and Rohit will miss out.

    Probable XI: Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant.

    Ashwin is a better test all rounder than Jadeja. Ashwin has more variations in his bowling. His is a classic test batsman. Jadeja is a better limited overs all rounder. His accurate bowling produce good economy. And his batting cameos is more suited to limited over format.

  • POSTED BY Chaitanyareddy90 on | July 7, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Xyz-79: when sanga,mahela retaired watch how u r team wounded in all tours of oveseas.

  • POSTED BY paapam on | July 7, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Dhawan, Vijay, Pujar Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Shammi, Kumar, Aaron and Rohit/Ashwin is the way to go. Ishant is Dhoni's favourite and is capable of bowling unplayable balls But he lacks the ability to consistently intimidate or trouble batsmen.

  • POSTED BY Proteas_Power on | July 7, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Nothing matters you will play 4 or 5 bowlers the truth is India will going to be hammered by England. 2 days to go for the 1st test & I'm in wait to see the Indian bowlers surpasses the limit of frustration for every single English wicket. Cook yours lucky days are coming. Come on England, Indian team is like a medicine for your wounds which were given by us (Lankans) some days ago. Go on England..

  • POSTED BY alekksi on | July 7, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Some of these comments seriously make me laugh.

    Aaron? Had a terrible time against the county squads Not bringing a spinner at all? Bringing Binny over Jadeja or one of the specialist bowlers? People who say Saha (who is with the squad) or Ohja should be playing?

    LOL

    English tracks will need four seamers -- that is a given. You need at least a part-time spinner, otherwise you've got nothing else to turn to when the going gets tough, so Ashwin or Jadeja is a must.

    Therefore, most likely squad seems to be: Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Bhuvi, Shami, Pankaj 12-14th men: Rohit, Ashwin, Ishant

  • POSTED BY Cric__Dude on | July 7, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    First things first, we need 5 bowlers (part-time or full-time is secondary). Binny's inclusion is a real value addition. Yes, he's not a 5-for bowler. But he can bowl 15 overs a day, he breaks crucial partnerships (we have seen him do that in Ranji and this tour game as well). His mindset is very solid these days. If the pitch is not good for batsmen, he tries to go aggressive and score as many runs as possible (credit should go to coaches of Karnataka Ranji team). Not many would do that. If India needs to chase in 4th innings, he can be brought up the order at 4/5 to score faster. Rahane and MSD can always save, if situations arise. So if we get a flat track that might spin later, we should go with Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi & Shami. If we get seaming tracks, then Binny, Jadeja/Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishwar/Pankaj. We have 4 specialists in each of these. First 6 should be Dhawan/Gambhir/Rohit (pick 2), Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, MSD. Binny and Jadeja together can make-up the 6th batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Just a suggestion :P What if India play with 8-9 pure batsman and a couple of bowlers. As it is Ishant and company will give away 500-600.. If the likes of Dhawan, Rohit, Virat and others bowl, it cant be more worse... Atleast they can pull off draws..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    I think India should play wid 5 specialist batsman and dhoni at 6 ....binny at 7 and aswin at 8...my pace attack will be (1)shami,(2)bhubi,(3)varun....last 1 is pace 4 improving the pace attack

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | July 7, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    @GRVJPR - Agree with you Naman Ohja and W. Saha were both playing exceptionally well in the last IPL against some great bowlers. Dhoni should be eased out of test cricket. I really was impressed with both. As far as wicketkeepers go India is well served for the future. As was said by columnist AGARKAR the other day - Dhoni will be under scrutany.

  • POSTED BY shameekdas on | July 7, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    well i think that the team should be 1.murli vijay 2. gautam gambhir 3.cheteswar pujara 4, virat kohli 5.ajiynaka rahane 6.ms dhoni 7 .ravi ashwin 8.mohammad shami 9. b. kumar 10.ishant sharma 11.jadeja/stuart binny.

    according to me it does not really matter who plays b/w jadeja and binny....but given the conditions i think binny would be a better choice( mostly bcoz of his bowling) and seeing the english squad i think india can expect a fast pitch..hence binny'selection would add some depth in the pace department

    p.s: for the opening duo ...a left-right combo is needed and i think the cuurnt form of both gauti and dhawan(though dhawan scored a hundred and 90 odd against below par NZ side) is horrible ...but gauti should get the nod bcoz of his previous performances and experience in england... and vijay and rohit are also as unpredictable they can get...but vijay would get the nod solely bcoz of his 97 against the south africans at durban...

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | July 7, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Dhoni is the biggest problem both as a player and test captain. Naman Ojha today played briliantly in Australia to get a 200 odd not out on a pitch on which australian side is struggling at 126/6. But till MS Dhoni is there playes like saha, Ojha etc will never get a chance. It's frusrating to see Indian cricket being ruined under MS Dhioni as test captain. He doesn't deserve to be in team as a test player.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    If this is indeed true, if indeed Binny is considered ahead of Rohit, if indeed MSD takes up that responsibility at no.6, if indeed Jadeja gets more solid chance to showcase his primary skill, if indeed main fast bowlers are given the chance to focus only on aggressive bowling while Jadeja & Binny do the containing job, if indeed this is true, then India would be serious contenders in alien Test conditions too.

    Won't be bad to replicate this in certain flat home conditions too with Ashwin in place of Binny.

    As far as the fear of failing to utilise the much acclaimed talent of Rohit Sharma, he has proved himself as an opener in ODIs even in tough conditions. So when Vijay fails, then you never know.

    #Hope

  • POSTED BY Vaughanographic on | July 7, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    I always thought of Binny as a batsman who could bowl a bit, not the other way around. That said his latest figures with the ball are proving me wrong. Surely he would bat at 6?

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | July 7, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Because of DHONI talents like Naman Ojha, Saha, are wasted. They are far better test batsmen and wicket keepers overseas.

  • POSTED BY Vikram_Rathore on | July 7, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    1] Dhawan 2] Vijay 3] Pujara 4] Kohli 5] Rahane 6] Dhoni 7] Binny 8] Ashwin 9] Bhuvi 10] Shami 11] Aaron

    Finally, the team management has the guts to drop the useless Rohit Sharma... Given how ineffective Ishant was against the lowranked Derbyshire, I can't fathom how he can be in the starting 11...

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    5 bowlers or 4 notwithstanding,its he English Attack,Anderson,Broad and Plunkett(if he plays)thats the variety the Indians have to worry about.oh for Bhuvi to touch speeds of 138/140 kmh !!!and yes Is Sid Monga reporting on the tour?oh oh..bad oment hat!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    What's the problem with our ODI and T-20 openers ?? i.e ( ROHIT as opener in test ) with regular test opener DHAWAN. If INDIA play with these combination , look how balanced it will be : rohit , dhawan , pujara , kohli , rahane , DHONI , binny , jadeja , bhuvi , ishant , shami.

    then we're getting 4 fast bowlers and 2 spinners ( jadeja and part timer rohit )

  • POSTED BY rajasharis on | July 7, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    My playing 11 would be, Rahane , Gauti , Pujara, Dravid , Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Ishant , Shami, Pankaj.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    India should be playing with two spinners.the wickets are flat. there is nothing for our medium Pacers.

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

    @y4yoga & @guptamaneesh your views are absolutely worth reading.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    I think India should go with the following line up. 1. Dhawan 2. Gambhir 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rohit 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Ishant 11. Shami. I would not go with Binny reason being that I would prefer two spinners so that we don't miss out on over rate. Which has been an area of concern for India when they have played 3 seamers. Ashwin Jadeja and Bhuvi all can bat and can give able support to the top 6. Gambhir ahead of Vijay because he has the grittiness more than Vijay to stay on and also accelerate the innings when required.

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Mishra on | July 7, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    I think this tesm should be play for 1st test, my team is:- Rohit,Dhawan for Open, Kohli,Pujara, Dhoni,Rahene,Binny,Ashwin ,Bhuvi,Shami,Ishant

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    If India bats first and can score 250 runs without losing more than 4 wickets on the first day, then it will be an interesting series.

  • POSTED BY parvez04mnit on | July 7, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    New Zealand and south Africa tour- Tests and ODI's.. Ashwin rolled his arm over million times... just kept going on and on.. and got hardly a wicket..ok maybe a wicket or two. Thats how useless he is outside india where spinner cannot depend on pitch to get wickets. Ashwin has clearly proved useless in such conditions.. BINNY ahead of ashwin..No doubt about that..

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | July 7, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    BINNY is one player who has always had play in the shadows - his father was once a selector. The favoritism tag will stick with him. I feel if he is good enough then let him have a go. The first game is VERY IMPORTANT to India and I hope the team management spell it out to the players.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    My suggestion to Dhoni would be to give Ishant the new ball bcz he's at his best with the new ball..There's no point having ur strike bowler in and don't give him the new cherry.. Shami is good with the new ball but as we saw in last kolkata test against WI, He's a great exponent of reverse swing and if pitches remain dry as they r saying then it will reverse, Not on the 1st but 3rd or 4th day onwards, It's better if he bowls with the slighly old ball and give the opening strike to Ishant.. It will be much better..And Include Pankaj Singh in place of Bhuvi.. Bhuvi would be beneficial in helping conditions but if Trent bridge provides that, bring him in(Bhuvi).. This is what I would like to see.. Let Ishant bowl with new ball and see the transformation.. He's got height and he's a hit the deck bowler.. If he bowls fuller and just outside the off-stump, Batsmen will play at it at some point..His height would certainly help obtain the bounce required to get the batsman jumping.#Bleedblue

  • POSTED BY y4yoga on | July 7, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Ravi Ashwin should be preferred over Jadeja if India go with 4 pace and 1 spinner. Possible reasons as everyone know He is a Far better batsmen than Rohit and Rahane and Jadeja in Tests. England have many Left Handers which Ashwin is more suitabe than jadeja.... And I Do not expect Binny to have major role as he swings the ball but no pace which means If English batsmen are able to play Bhuvi, it is very easy for them to face binny. My Prefered pacers would be Shami, Bhuvi, Pankaj, Ishant

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @Aditya; I hope not. Kohli has horrible bowling actiion for starters. Not sure who taught him that action and very ineffective too. Can't compare him to Ganguly bowling. Cricket is all about style as much as substance. I would rather see Binny bowling, not that he is very stylish but certainly bearable and surely effective..

    I will be happy to see Kohli do what he does best..pillingup centuries...

  • POSTED BY joebee on | July 7, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    Its difficult to understand the logic?

    Why should Stuart Binny's inclusion exclude Rohith Sharma. It should be at the expense of either Ishant Sharma OR Ravindra Jadeja.

    That Stuart will do well if given this Golden Chance is a foregone conclusion a she is not a guy to let go the opportunity.

  • POSTED BY guptamaneesh on | July 7, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    I think its right time to try binny...he did not get chance in NZ odi series, where he could have been effective. he performed well in bangladesh, grabbing the best odi figures(irrespective of opponent best figures would always be the best). he batted well in second warm-up match against derbyshire. he performed good for karnataka in domestic. what else do you want him to get his place in side. Don't compare him with ashwin, check his performance abroad in tests(he can get a chance if jadeja or binny fails or in case wicket will be square turner like the eng vs SL 1st test). as far as rohit sharma goes, i doubt he is good enough for tests abroad now....look at his performance in NZ, SA tours, most disappointing by any main indian batsmen....so he should wait for few more tests.

  • POSTED BY Atish_G on | July 7, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    @landl47 - well considered comments, these. In support of your thoughts, I would add that a team's best bowlers are exactly that, irrespective of conditions, and should always be played if fit. Ashwin and Jadeja are among the best in India, and so they should play as part of a 5-man bowling attack in all conditions.Their batting skills also qualify them as all-rounders, so the batting depth is not compromised. The other three bowlers should be seamers. While some might argue that Ojha is the better spinner, I am not too sure if that's true. And though Binny may surprise, I am not convinced he should be playing ahead of Ashwin and Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | July 7, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    It's not a bad idea, the pitches will be flat.

  • POSTED BY mayuresh11 on | July 7, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    if india goes without gambhir and rohit than we might see one of the week bating line up for the test match. kohli is the only batsman who will perform accept all of other. dhawan and vijay will not perform @ all

    bowling attack of england is much better than india by selecting the team for sacrifice of batman for a bowler is not good

    my team would be :- gambhi and pujara to open, rahane and kohli dhoni to follow rohit biny jadeja shami bhuvi & sharma (if he does not perform than last series)

    your view pls ?

  • POSTED BY BinduKumar on | July 7, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Possible team structure for the 1st test 1. Vijay 2. Dhawan 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rahane 6. Binny 7. Dhoni 8. Jadeja 9. Bhuvi 10. Ishant 11. Shami

  • POSTED BY Chaitanyareddy90 on | July 7, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    My team dhawan,vijay,pujara, kohli,rahane,dhoni,binny,jadeja,shami,pankaj, pandey.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    I hope Virat improves his bowling so that we can have a batting all rounder like Ganguly who used to bowl at a medium pace.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Inclined to agree with a lot of others on this thread. India's problem will be penetration and bowling enough wicket taking deliveries and building pressure. i dont think an extra bowler will necessarily help this, at best it just provides another option if one or more cant execute his or their plan. The key will be execution and building pressure. I think 4 bowlers is the right mix with both jadeja playing as an extra all-rounder.

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | July 7, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Binny is going to be greatest all rounder of all the time. Just sit and watch. He will destroy england by pace/swing and sixes.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    rohit sharma is next best to Kohli in the team.some one else should make way for the fifth bowler.

  • POSTED BY rajkirp on | July 7, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    In selection, it is always the one place where the problem arises. Do you go for a batsman, or a bowler or an all rounder? The easier option is always the all rounder. I am a bit wary of all rounders - especially the ones who can do a bit of both. Many a time, these bit of both type of all rounders end up doing neither. All rounders should be the Jacques Kallis, Shane Watson type. These type can find a place in the team on the strengths of either being a batsman or a bowler. Then their other skill acts as a bonus.

    Binny is a bit of both type of all rounder. In English conditions, his efficacy in the bowling department matches the efficacy of the other pacers present - namely Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant, Aaron, Pankaj and Pandey. He should find a place in the team on his strengths as a bowler alone. His batting skills will then be a bonus.

    So, India should go with a team of 6/4/1 with Binny as the third pacer.

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | July 7, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    A 5-bowler strategy comprises of Ishant, Shami, Bhuvaneshwar, Jadeja and Binny.. how strange this is.. the first 3 are indeed genuine bowlers.. but Jadeja and Binny can at best be called as part-timers... If the pitch is not damp, Binny could be the most easiest bowler to face.. Praveen or even Vinay kumar could have been a far better choice in place of Binny.. the same is with Jadeja.. in less helpful conditions, he can neither flourish with the bat or ball.. Ashwin, with all his variations, would have been a better spin threat than Jadeja.. any case its Dhoni's call and lets see where we get from here.. looks like Dhoni's selections could seriously back fire this time too.. at least last time in 2012, he had injuries to main bowlers and non-performing seniors to blame.. but this time he has to accept all failures on himself only..

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | July 7, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    The 5 bowlers formula would be good especially in England, We need to drop Rohit as he is not in good form and Ashwin should not be tried until Old Trefort where spinners will get the chance, the about mentioned line up is really good. The dilamo is left with the opener Vijay as i prefer Gambhir instead but still considering Vijay for one more chance may be good idea, though spinners won't do much in Trend Bridge the ideal choice left with Jaddu as he can turn the things even in seaming pitches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    India must seriously re- consider inclusion of M. Vijay for these conditions. I think India should experiment with Dhawan and Ajinkya at the top followed by Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Binny, Ravindra, Ashwin, Ishant, Bhuvaneshwar, Shami. Time to show some maturity with the bat- MSD and Jadeja. Binny's batting and swing bowling will be a big bonus (if clicks). Considering the quality of bowlers.. India should go with 4 seam and 2 spin option... then and only then we can take 20 wickets.

  • POSTED BY MohammedSajid on | July 7, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    As an Indian Fan, definitely India will loose first test with in four days wethere they would go for 5 bowlers or 4 bowlers.......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    see whatever india may try playing 5 bowlers or 2 all rounders they r going yo loose the series but I only wish they drae at least a single game to provide the privilege of being whitewashed overseas.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | July 7, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    5 Bowlers?? I guess they are called bowlers as they jog and delivers the ball to the batsman across 22 yards..No matter India use 5 bowlers or more...they are going to lose handsomely for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @parvez04mnit and the comment : 'Binny is far better batsman than Ashwin. He has played many match winning innings in IPL where as Ashwin is just a tailender'

    Do note batting averages :

    Binny in domestic first class : 55 matches with average of 36.55. Ashwin in International test matches : 19 matches with average of 39.40.

    You want to revist your statement?

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | July 7, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    I guess its about time India played with 5 bowlers. In fact, playing with 4 bowlers including Ashwin means india is reduced to 3 bowlers. Those are the times when Dhoni is required to bowl. So give him bit of an option with bowling and let have 4 seamers and then a spinner to use occassionally.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | July 7, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    @parvez04mnit, This is a test series, if you didn't noticw, and not T20s.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    @SANATP22- Did you watch the last australian tour of India in 2012-13? India played with five bowlers and beaten Australia by 4-0.. Please check stats and then comment and criticise.. Don't criticise for the sake of it..

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 7, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Binny is 30 years old and has almost no experience outside the subcontinent. In his one ODI in New Zealand he didn't bat and bowled one over for 8 runs and that's it. He's a decent bat (in Asian conditions) and a defensive bowler suited to the shorter formats. I'm not sure exactly what India expect of him in a test match in England, but he doesn't seem to have the credentials to be either a batsman or a wicket-taking bowler. The England batsmen face dozens of similar bowlers in the county championship, so he won't be a surprise package.

    Although Ashwin hasn't had great success against England in the past, I'd still go with him ahead of Binny. Ashwin offers something different with the ball, is about as good a batsman and has had a fair amount of experience outside Asia and in tests.

  • POSTED BY TijoAntony on | July 7, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    5 Specialist Batsmen, 3 Specialist Bowlers, + 2 Genuine All Rounders (1 Seam & 1 Spin), this should be playing XI for overseas conditions. What we lacks is genuine all rounders & what we does is to label someone who on his day does both as All Rounders of the team. Set some standards to be called as All Rounder, rather calling guys who bats well & bowls considerably or vice versa all rounders. This is why we after practice matches, trying everyone at job, still doubts on playing XI.

  • POSTED BY cibincbn on | July 7, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Are u kidding , If India are going with Shami , Bhuvi , Ishant , then they will not surely get 20 wickets . In fact if England declare should declare at some stage . What did ishant did so far in the team ?? Bhuvi is not a good test bowler though as he can bowl only with new ball .. It will be good id India goes with Shami , Pankaj , Iswar pandey .. These 3 will surely give India a chance in this series . Binny in team that what India need now .. No comments on Vijay though .. Rahanae should give mre preference ahead of Rohit .

  • POSTED BY parvez04mnit on | July 7, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    As batsmen Binny and Ashwin are on same plane - you got to be kidding me. Binny is far better batsman than Ashwin. He has played many match winning innings in IPL where as Ashwin is just a tailender who bats slightly better than other tailenders. Apart from that Binny is genuine swing bowler. Keeping in mind the next world cup, Binny should be given full opportunity in swinging conditions of England.

  • POSTED BY SANATP22 on | July 7, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    IF India play with five blowers, India will lose test match, As History suggest, India never win TEST match using 5 blowers.

    Indian Opener Like S Dhawan,M Vijay and MS Dhoni weak link of Indian Batting. If Dhoni and Coach take that decision of playing five blowers than India will definitely lose this TEST match within 4 days.

  • POSTED BY CrickFan82 on | July 7, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Whether India wins or not, they have to go with 5 bowling combination at least. Of the 5 bowlers you have one spinner all rounder- jadeja and a seam bowling all rounder Binny, which is an ideal combination outside subcontinent. Responsibility and ownership must be given to the top 5 batsmen to score. This is the right way to go.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    I'm an ardent fan of test cricket but at the moment I don't care who's playing and who's sitting. what I care now is I want Brazil to beat Germany and Argentina pass through the spirited Netherlands in which a Brazil~Argentina showdown will be a perfect icing to this successful world cup. I feel India's tour of England should be after the Fifa wc just for viewership interests.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Finally some sense prevails....You can not play a test match with just 4 bowlers. In India you may escape with rank turners, but overseas you must have 5 bowlers to take 20 wickets. Binny is a good choice with his ability to bat lower down the order.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    I think its a good option! The current batting lineup, bar Rohit and Dhawan have all performed well in SA and NZ where India lost solely because of their blunt balling attack! Kohli, Pujara and Rahane have shown in SA and NZ that they can stick it out in the middle while scoring at 3-4 an over, which is what's needed. RSG hardly contributed any runs then and Binny fared decently in the practice matches against sub par bowlers. Come match day, I think India would need the 5th bowler more than the 7th batsman! And should the batting be found wanting, Binny can play some cameos too! With Jadeja and Binny to come after him, MSD can bat with a little more freedom rather than playing the patience game at which he fails miserably! He won't even have to hog the strike which would naturally let him play his aggressive game! Looking forward to the first test with much anticipation! Good luck India!

  • POSTED BY sray23 on | July 7, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    The idea is sound in principle, but there will be a lot of pressure on Binny if this happens. It needs to be carefully thought through if Binny can handle such a pressure position. Being an allrounder in top flight international cricket (especially away from home) is not easy. But, all said and done, if Binny gets selected, good luck to him. He is in form and should believe in himself that he can get the job done.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    It is the quality of the bowling that matters; not necessarily the number. A quality suitable for the English conditions in general, and the specific pitch in particular. Hope, the tour-selectors will take in Dravid's inputs in choosing the playing XI. If so, we will be doing our best.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Dhoni said before leaving for England in a press conference that he will be aggressive but he didn't mentioned if he's gonna be aggressive in batting or on the field.. Now, It seems he's gonna be aggressive in both as he's thinking abt a five bowler strategy which he never applied except when Australia toured India in 2012-13.. We all know what happened in that series, Australia were drubbed by 4-0, Dhoni needs to be bold like Clarke(although Clarke has a lethal bowling attack, Dhoni doesn't)to win matches away from home and also believes in his batsmen to score big to help bowlers get wickets.. It will be a tight series but India has an upperhand as they don't have much baggage to carry on the other hand England looking desperate not to lose any match.. Desperation is never good for a struggling team.. And Dhoni, Happy birthday bro..

  • POSTED BY sudhindranath on | July 7, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    First two days are crucial. The MAX temp is going to be 20 deg C. And that is {{{cold}}} for most Indian players, unless they have prior experience playing English county cricket. But these days, there is hardly anyone in the Indian team that has played in the English counties. That will be a big disadvantage for them. Moreover, Trent Bridge is the favorite hunting ground for the duo of Anderson and Broad, and together they have dismantled better batting sides like Australia.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 7, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    very good move... but still when you have jaddu as allrounder why u need another allrounder in binny??? you can try genuine fast bowler like ishwar or pankaj....

  • POSTED BY spintl on | July 7, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    My playing XI: Gambir. Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Ashwin, Sami, Bhuvi, Pankaj Sharma

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    @SagarV45 I think it is best we forget about the 8-0. Of that team only Dhoni and Gambhir are still there and all signs indicate that GG is not going to play so it is only DHoni. In the recent series in SA and NZ the problem was caused more by the bowlers than the batsmen. In all 6 out of the 8 innings in SA and NZ the indian bowlers had the opposition reeling early. However the lack of the 5th bowler meant they could never finish the job later in the day. The bowlers clearly tired and lost the plot and the lower middle order batsman like McCullum and Du Plesis cashed in. The 5 player strategy should really be no worry as long as Binny can post handy if not substantial scores.

  • POSTED BY niazbhi on | July 7, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Jadeja has FC average of 54. His test average is 26 its probably because he can never convert his starts because of playing at number 8. In the home series india do play three quicks because two spinners bowl the most overs. I thought india did play Jadeja, Ashwin and three quicks before. Whats new that india is playing 4 quicks abd Jedeja is the only spinner. WI has played Ramdin and Holder at 6 and 7... Jadeja's FC average is close to the sum of FC averages of Broad and Jordan. News here is not that india is playing 5 bowlers. They are playing almost 4 quicks (Binny may not qualify as a full-fledged bowler unless conditions are helpful, he did not bowl as many overs of a regular bowler even in his FC matches).

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | July 7, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    This is the most sensible thing the Indian management could do. Definitely play five bowlers (Binny or Ashwin) to get the 20 wickets and leave Rohit out.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    playing 11 should be like this.1.gambhir 2.dhawan 3.pujara 4.kohli 5.rohit or rahane.6.dhoni 7.jadeja 8.binny or ashwin 9.bhuvi 10.shami 11.aaron.if pitch has turn then ashwin n if it has boune n seam movement then binny.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    Despite the low intensity of the practice games it was clear that India will struggle taking the 20 wickets to be anywhere close to winning a game.5 bowlers is the right way to go. Ashwin should not be considered as an all-rounder and should just focus on his bowling considered the poor stats he holds playing away from spin friendly home soil. his batting ia just a bonus. a seaming all-rounder in Binny us the right way to go considering the pacer friendly nature of the wicket at Trent Bridge. Binny is surely the right pick. Also Dhoni is much more capable with the bat than what stats might show and he needs to lead this batting unit from the front.batting at 6 is the right way to go. I'd rather prefer opening with a more attacking leggie rather than an off break bowler and play 3 genuine pace bowlers with Binny as the all-round pace option.

  • POSTED BY Sameeratennakoon on | July 6, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    I wonder how they find 5 BOWLERS!!. It doesn't matter if they play 4 or 5 bowlers because simply they can't take wickets.

  • POSTED BY Badani10 on | July 6, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    India have rarely done well in overseas i.e outside subcontinent conditions. A prime and good example was in SA when India where in the brink of winning the test match. We all love Dhoni and cannot accept hard criticism against him, and its about time he steps up in the test matched and starts playing a bit up the order in order to accommodate an extra bowler. Based on the current bench strength and experience the playing XI should be - Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Gambhir, Binny, Bhuvaneshwar, Shami, Pankaj Singh, Ishant.

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | July 6, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    The Soccer World Cup Hangama is about to conclude with 3 more matches on 9 th,10th& 14th scheduled for Semi finals& Final. Sorry for Neymar of Brazil the leading striker who is under treatment for a vertibral fracture.Wish him Speedy recovery to be back in The soccer Arena to serve Barcelona Club& Brazil again. In the meantime we are back to cricket HUNGAMA at England scheduled to start with a Test match on 9 th July at Tent Bridge.The Cricket festival is likely to continue until 7th of September with a concluding T20 match between England & India. So we are back to square one. The Football& Cricket are to clash from 9 th July to 10 th July but the timings of the events are so convenient to the fans not to clash. Let us wish England& India good Luck.More so for India because they are here in England to settle a score of their debacle in 2011.This makes the matches more interesting. England has a standing Boon with Rain God .Whenever they are in trouble the rain used to step in .

  • POSTED BY citizenkc on | July 6, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    Definitely a good move. It will signal a positive intent to win. India has struggled to get 20 wickets and such a move will indicate that they are not just going to play defensive cricket. Anyway, assuming Jadeja plays, there will be two all rounders to bat behind Dhoni. I think that is a safer bet than playing Rohit, who looks vulnerable in the face of quality bowling. Moreover, an extra bowler is a must since both Bhuvi and Ishant may not show up come match-time.

  • POSTED BY neo-galactico on | July 6, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Not sure it's the best of ideas really. A 4 fast-bowler strategy works best when the seam bowlers are different in their bowling style. For example, SA with Steyn's swing and pace, Vern with accuracy and control. Then Morne pace and bounce and JK with his control, swing and the golden arm. Or with Oz, Mitch left-armer with pace and bounce, the swing and seam of Ryno, pace and swing with Pattinson and Watson's economical medium pacers. With India, there's a slight sameness about the attack considering that Ishant can be a liability most times. Binny isn't a wicket taker either, he'll need to be economical. I worry about Bhuvi when it's not swinging. And Shami goes off the boil @ least once per match.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Open with Gambhir/dhawan and rahane, followed by pujara,kohli,rohit,dhoni. play five bowlers which includes allrounders binny and jadeja.

  • POSTED BY vakkaraju on | July 6, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    The most balanced approach would be to have both Jadeja and Binny playing. These two are capable of contributing with the bat and can bowl long spells to allow the faster bowlers to recharge.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    glen1. I am as perplexed as you are. We have been talking about this since SA series.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    SagarV45. You have no idea what you are talking about. Please do your research. Look at this way. If you have the bowling strength to take wickets then your batsmen have to score fewer runs. What is more balanced? 7 batsmen 4 bowlers or 6 batsmen 5 bowlers? MSD's defensive captaincy has cost us more Tests than I care to remember.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    I cant even imagine how M Vijay makes to the team ...

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | July 6, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Just having four bowlers clearly didn't work both in SA & NZ - as they then had to each bowl longer spells, got tired quickly & were understandably unproductive in taking wickets. If five bowlers are chosen [presumably 4 seamers & a spinner], MSD will have to improve on his overseas batting at the No. 6 slot. Binny plus Ashwin/Jadeja are obviously capable of contributing in the batting too. Anyway, hoping Ishant doesn't get chosen as he is just a liability & was also poor in the two warm-up matches!

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Best opportunity for Dhoni and Co to have a series win oversees given the form of whole english team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    @ Tara Deep: You have no clue on whats goneby i guess. Gambhir was a colossal flop when he played in England last time and then he has struggled in the last 2 years as well. Gambhir by luck is chosen as a second choice opener. Ishant was the best bowler last time we played at England.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    India's Idiol XI- 1)Gambhir 2)Dhawan 3)Pujara 4)Kohli 5)Rahane 6)Dhoni 7)Binny 8)Aswin 9)Shami 10)Aaron 11)Pankaj Singh

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    no chance of using 5 bowlers in test. even in one days india uses just 4.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Laxmi Shukla would have been a much better allround option that Binny. He has scored in each and every match on green tops this season.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Playing 11:- 1.Gambir 2.Dhawan 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Rahane/Rohith 6.Dhoni 7.Binny/Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Ishanth 10.Shami 11.Pankaj Singh

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Stuart Binny is not a test standard batsman or a test standard bowler. His bowling is very much parttime. Ravichandran Ashwin is a better bat in my view, and most certainly a better bowler, though his overseas record is not great and the conditions are unlikely to offer him much. But if India are to go in with 5 bowlers, I think they should play Ashwin at 6, MS Dhoni at 7, then 4 proper seamers, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pankaj Singh and Varun Aaron. Binny did surprise me in Bangladesh. If he gets to play, I hope he surprises me yet again.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    India should play with five specialist bowlers.I personally question the selection of Binny in Indian test team.RIshi Dhawan is far better allrounder India have than how Binny got chance it's very harsh to Rishi.

  • POSTED BY docnav on | July 6, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Blunders to play both Rahne and dhavn. No experience in England. So gambhir Shd be in logically. But with dhoni there is no such word. ..God helps

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Binny's inclusion in Indian squad is big question for me?If selectors want an allrounder than i think Rishi Dhawan might be the better choice and can bowl faster than binny and if you see the record in Ranji Dhawan is far better than Binny.I think it's a big mistake and i feels very harsh for Rishi Dhawan.I Don't even think Binny's slow bowl can trouble English batsman.

  • POSTED BY robin41284 on | July 6, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Considering the breezy and seaming conditions at Trent Bridge, Binny must get a chance in playing 11 followed by Bhuvi, Shami and Ishant. Either of Ashwin or Jadeja should picked up in last 11. Just basic application and positive temperament is needed by the batters. I would recon to go with : Murali Vj, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    3 quicks - Bhuvi, Shami & Pankaj / Ishant 3 of - Jadeja / Ashwin / Binny Dhoni 2 of Dhawan, Gambhir, Murali Pujara, Kohli Rahane / Rohit. My temptation would be - Bhuvi, Shami, Pankaj & Jadeja Binny Dhoni Gambhir Kohli Pujara Dhawan & Rahane (Reverse batting order).

    Gambhir comes in ahead of the other batsmen primarily because of his experience & the fact that he gives me the variety of a Left-hander in the middle of the batting order.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    India should play 5 bowlers for sure and they should play Aaron at all cost .aaron has that pace which can induce and edge even on flat pitch.he is the one who distinguish the indian attack from the county attack.poms play 130-140 kinda a bowler day in day out in counties so if we will play pankaj ,Ishant,bhuvi or binni together it's gonna b similar pace attack which could backfire if the pitches are not that conducive to fast bowler.so Aaron should play.as far as batting is concern v should let rahane play instead of rohit .gambhir should play instead of vijay and most importantly dhoni needs to step up a bit with both as a captain and a batter.aggressive captaincy with logically selected team would make a difference from losing to wining of a match and furthermore the series and India should play jadeja instead of ashwin ..

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 6, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    India have to go with 5 Bowlers after Dhoni's experience in SA, when he played just 3 specialist bowlers & blew India's chance of an easy Win in First Test. He repeated the same in NZ & lost the series. India have to learn to play with 5 responsible batsmen + WK + All rounder + 4 specialist bowlers. This is a balanced XI in ability to win a 5 day Test match. Only the combo of bowlers is open to changes such as 4 seamers + 1 spinner or 3 seamers + 2 spinners. It looks like Dhoni cannot exclude Ishant Sharma from his XI, as suggested by Shami, Kumar & Ishant sent off to a different net for batting practice. Aaron, Pankaj & Pandey are better. I am also presuming that Pujara, Kohli, Rohit & Dhoni will follow the openers + all rounder & 4 bowlers. Indian batting needs to be disciplined & learn to leave the balls outside the off stump. Trent bridge wkt. is unlikely to support spinners till 4th or 5th day. Jadeja or Ashwin will be the only spinner if Binny takes the all Rounder spot.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    If they do go in with 5 bowlers it will be the most positive move they have made in foreign conditions in the last few years. Yes it may backfire - but whats more important is that it gives you one more wicket taking option which is clearly something India has missed in the past few series abroad. The question is simply this - Is Binny the right option if India does go in with 5 bowlers? Or can we play with Pankaj or Ashwin who to me are decidedly better bowlers?

    Binny as the 5th bowler is the result of a neither here nor there kind of mindset. Are we trying to say Binny can be a world class all-rounder (P.S. - For me all all-rounders are players who can force their way into a team either as a batsmen or as a bowler alone). Binny isnt there yet. You want to play with 5 batsmen - then do just that and pick your best 5 bowlers. To me in the curent scenario those are - Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron, Ravinder Jadeja and either Ashwin or Pankaj.

  • POSTED BY Abbas67 on | July 6, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    I think Dhoni should keep the keeping gloves aside and concentrate on his batting and most important captaincy for this series. My playing XI would be : Rahane Gambhir Pujara Kohli Dhoni(c) Binny Saha(wk) Ashwin Shami Ishant Aaron !

  • POSTED BY ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP04 on | July 6, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Playing five bowlers in overseas tests shouldn't be considered as an extraordinary move. Its a must. In many previous occasions India lost matches due to lack of 5th bowler in the form of seam bowling all-rounder.If conditions help seam bowling then playing Binny is a right move, if the pitch is dry then they can think about Ashwin, but Ashwin has a very poor overseas record. Dhoni has to be aggressive and should give attacking field settings for bowlers and also needs to adopt horses for courses policy in player selections. If there is a tinge of green on the pitch for first test, then the playing XI should be Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny,Jadeja Bhuvaneswar, Shami, Pankaj/Pandey.

  • POSTED BY TimeKiller on | July 6, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Play Binny, else the other 3 seamers will get tired. Shami is already injured. If he is asked to carry a heavy work load in this match, it will become his last match of the tour.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    My 11 would be Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Shami, Bhuvi and Ishant/Umesh. Binny and Jaddu combined makes up for the 6th batsman and it gives you fresh seam bowlers throughout plus a spinner to contain.

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | July 6, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Yeah, 5 bowlers will definitely increase india's chances to take 10 wickets in the entire match, however on the flip side, each of the 5 bowlers could easily 100+ runs in each innings. Brace for another whitewash series for team india.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    My Playing XI would be :Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin/Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron, Binny. Enough chances have been given to Ishant Sharma, Aarons pace and agression could be the difference here

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | July 6, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Five bowlers is always a good idea in my opinion, and usually makes for interesting cricket. Would like to see England do the same but more of a risk for them with their inferior batting line up which is out of sorts as well

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Pankaj Should play n gambhir sould bat at 3..Pujara 4..Kohli 5..dhoni 6 Rahane 7....n four fast bowlers no spinner..india shd make bold decisions..eng beat india in india using swann n panesar so no use playing spin in england go with swing n pace ...four seamers should be Pankaj .. Bhuwaneshwar...Shami n VARUN Aeron...

  • POSTED BY avingodb on | July 6, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    It will be a good show of intent if India went in with 5 bowlers in the first game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Wise move by the management. Three seamers are confirmed, five batsmen and Dhoni are confirmed as well. India have three all-rounders in R.Ashwin, R. Jadeja and S. Binny. Two out of those three must play in all matches. One spinner is a must and the other spot can be either a spinner or a fourth seamer depending on the conditions. With so many left handers in English team (Cook, Ballance, Stokes, Ali, Broad and Anderson), Ashwin should play ahead of Jadeja for that one confirmed spinner slot. The second slot should be a toggle between Jadeja and Binny. Let's be honest, that seventh batsman is not expected to get 100-150 runs. The thirty of forty runs that the seventh batsman might score, Ashwin, Jadeja and Binny are capable of getting them individually. So concentrate on bowling India. Seamers should fetch us wickets in the first innings and spinners in the second, as the pitch gets drier towards the end of fourth day.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    India should play both binny and jadeja for the first test and then play ishanth/pankaj if wicket is dry play ishanth and bhuvi and shami. I would like to see msd at 7 and jaddu at 6. Jaddu is a good batsman and let him play at 6 like what moeen ali does for england and let binny bat at no 8 ,so india will have a deep batting line up and a very good bowling line up also. 1st test squad 1.Vijay 2.Dhawan 3.Pujara 4.Kholi 5.Rahane 6.Jaddu 7.Msd 8.Binny 9. Bhuvi 10.Ishanth/pankaj 11.shami

  • POSTED BY cenitin on | July 6, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    If India needs 6 specialist batsman + Dhoni most, its in the first test match of new overseas tour. We all knew the Indian batting problem in first test. India needs 6 specialist batsman in first test atleast .

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    How can Gambhir be 3rd opener? He should be the 1st choice for opener and 2nd one either dhawan or vijay based on form

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    If Dhoni cannot play at no.6 as a proper batsman, then its time for India to rethink its first choice WK and get someone else in. Binny should be in for the first match and lets see how he fares, he might just turn out the trump card for India in this series. Ofcourse he'll replace Sharma. Rahane will have to really bat well because Dhoni would be itching to get Sharma in the team as usual and keeping him out for the first match would be a difficult decision for him however correct it looks. Gambhir would keep Vijay and Dhawan on their toes. I hope Ishant is not selected or dumped after first test, Shami, Bhuvi and Pankaj to start the first test!!

  • POSTED BY AG_Twisters on | July 6, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Either Gambhir or Rahane should take the opening spot instead of Vijay and Dhawan. The first two players have experience there and our batsman have to make up for the less experienced bowling dept. I don't think the above move shud be made at Rohit's expense, but in face should be made at one of the current opener's expense.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    @Tara deep- Ishant was our main wicket taker in both SA and NZ and besides Dhoni never give him the new ball and I believe he's most lethal when he bowls with new ball.. He has done well in both those tours so he deserves two games more and It's Pankaj Singh not Sharma..

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    India should go with 5 bowlers i.e 3 genuine bowlers and two all-rounders! my team for the first match! 1. dhawan 2.gambhir 3.pujara 4.kohli 5.rohit/rahane 6.dhoni 7. jadeja 8. binny 9.bhuvi 10.ishant 11.shami. ashwin's performance is not good out side india.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    my Team : 1. Vijay 2.Dhawan 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5. Rahane 6. Rohit 7. Dhoni 8. Jadeja 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11.Ishant/Varun

  • POSTED BY arun_padmanabhan on | July 6, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Kudos to the team management for relegating gambhir and ashwin to the second team..

  • POSTED BY Rinay on | July 6, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    I think 5 bowlers is not a bad idea. If each of those bowlers picks up 2 wickets each then taking 10 wickets won't be too difficult. Also MS Dhoni can also play a few part timers too to help the 5 bowlers take wickets. But can't see the reason to play Vijay the scored 1 out of 4 innings in the practice match against country team. My 11: Gambir, Dhawan, Pujara, Virat, Rahana Binny, MS Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant

    If Ishant doesn't work I hope Pankaj and Iswar get a chance

  • POSTED BY lenceshadow on | July 6, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    1.GG 2.S.dhawn 3.pujara 4.V.K 5.R.Sharma 6.MS 7.S.binny 8.R.jadeja 9.B.kumar 10.M.shammi 11.I.sharma

  • POSTED BY arun_padmanabhan on | July 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Great news from the camp. If Binny does play instead of Rohit, there will be a huge pressure on the top five to come good because Binny,msd and Jadeja together make up hardly about two batsmen. But on the bowling front, it will give the main bowlers an extra breathing space and allow them for intense bursts of spells.. On another note, does the team management still consider ishant in the first XI, after the two tour games??

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    It may just be a good idea to go with 3 seamers (Ishant, Bhuvi, Shami) and 2 allrounders (Jadeja, Binny)..or else, if the conditions favour spin then Ashwin can play in place of Binny. My team would be, - Dhawan, Gambhir, Pujara, Virat, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin/Binny, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant.. Gambhir because he has the experience of playing in these conditions and Vijay is more liable to fail in this seamer friendly pitch due to inadequate technique..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    five bowlers or not Ishant sharma shuould not be picked. He is 55 test matches old but has never translated that experience into his bowling. I guess he deserves a break from international cricket.

  • POSTED BY shiva89 on | July 6, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    5 match series would ensure that every player gets a chance. But on the basis of warm up matches, Gambhir should be replaced by Dhawan. His swashbuckling attitude didn't work against lighter teams and would surely not work against Anderson and co. Whereas Gambhir performed relatively well. Since, he and Ishant has played in England before; both should play (although I am not an Ishant's fan and have no expectations from him either). Their experience might help on the big day. My XI: Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Bhuvaneshwar, Shami, Ishant.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | July 6, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    New ball is very important in england because otherwise pitches are flat.Ball neither swings nor spin after first few overs. This is where MS Dhoni will mess it up if he continues in the same venue. At SA when India had a great chance of winning first test he delayed taking new ball on final day for 60 odd overs. How can you do that Mr. MS Dhoni? Captain well or for God sake retire from test cricket.

  • POSTED BY SagarV45 on | July 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    India should remain that they had lost 8-0 because of poor performance of their batsman...if they are looking to play with only 5 batsman i think they are too optimistic...Dhoni did mention impact of no. 6 batsman during IND-WI series & I hope he should keep it in mind while choosing playing XI

  • POSTED BY shiva89 on | July 6, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    I think its a very good idea. this is not subcontinent where you can flourish even with 4 bowlers as spinners more than make up for the pacers and help India take the upper hand against the opposition. Moreover, batsmen are also well versed about the conditions than the opposition's batsmen, hence they are confident to claw back even if they are tailing at some stage of the game. At Trent Bridge, spinner would be a second fiddle to pacers and therefore may not be able cover the mistakes of pacers. 5 bowlers indeed needed to take 20 wicket and thus ensuring batsmen's effort does not get wasted like in SA and NZ series.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Trent bridge is the where the conditions will definitely help seamers and this is the only match where I belive binny could potentially play else I don't see a point of him being this squad at all.

  • POSTED BY glen1 on | July 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    I don't know what is so difficult for the team management about this strategy? A 1000 out of 1000 sports fans have repeatedly said that they need to do that, and that Dhoni need to play like a batsman, not a tailender. The only question is whether Ishanth deserves yet another run at the wicket.

  • POSTED BY DessiJatt on | July 6, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    good idea as rohit sharma is of no use outside india.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Gambhir and Rahane should be in playing XI. Both players have the experience of playing in england which could prove useful in this tour. If we look at the practice matches they looked quite comfortable in the middle. PS: No ishant sharma. Pankaj sharma bowled lot better than him and the main important thing..he is in form

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Gambhir and Rahane should be in playing XI. Both players have the experience of playing in england which could prove useful in this tour. If we look at the practice matches they looked quite comfortable in the middle. PS: No ishant sharma. Pankaj sharma bowled lot better than him and the main important thing..he is in form

  • POSTED BY DessiJatt on | July 6, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    good idea as rohit sharma is of no use outside india.

  • POSTED BY glen1 on | July 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    I don't know what is so difficult for the team management about this strategy? A 1000 out of 1000 sports fans have repeatedly said that they need to do that, and that Dhoni need to play like a batsman, not a tailender. The only question is whether Ishanth deserves yet another run at the wicket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Trent bridge is the where the conditions will definitely help seamers and this is the only match where I belive binny could potentially play else I don't see a point of him being this squad at all.

  • POSTED BY shiva89 on | July 6, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    I think its a very good idea. this is not subcontinent where you can flourish even with 4 bowlers as spinners more than make up for the pacers and help India take the upper hand against the opposition. Moreover, batsmen are also well versed about the conditions than the opposition's batsmen, hence they are confident to claw back even if they are tailing at some stage of the game. At Trent Bridge, spinner would be a second fiddle to pacers and therefore may not be able cover the mistakes of pacers. 5 bowlers indeed needed to take 20 wicket and thus ensuring batsmen's effort does not get wasted like in SA and NZ series.

  • POSTED BY SagarV45 on | July 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    India should remain that they had lost 8-0 because of poor performance of their batsman...if they are looking to play with only 5 batsman i think they are too optimistic...Dhoni did mention impact of no. 6 batsman during IND-WI series & I hope he should keep it in mind while choosing playing XI

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | July 6, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    New ball is very important in england because otherwise pitches are flat.Ball neither swings nor spin after first few overs. This is where MS Dhoni will mess it up if he continues in the same venue. At SA when India had a great chance of winning first test he delayed taking new ball on final day for 60 odd overs. How can you do that Mr. MS Dhoni? Captain well or for God sake retire from test cricket.

  • POSTED BY shiva89 on | July 6, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    5 match series would ensure that every player gets a chance. But on the basis of warm up matches, Gambhir should be replaced by Dhawan. His swashbuckling attitude didn't work against lighter teams and would surely not work against Anderson and co. Whereas Gambhir performed relatively well. Since, he and Ishant has played in England before; both should play (although I am not an Ishant's fan and have no expectations from him either). Their experience might help on the big day. My XI: Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Bhuvaneshwar, Shami, Ishant.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 6, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    five bowlers or not Ishant sharma shuould not be picked. He is 55 test matches old but has never translated that experience into his bowling. I guess he deserves a break from international cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    It may just be a good idea to go with 3 seamers (Ishant, Bhuvi, Shami) and 2 allrounders (Jadeja, Binny)..or else, if the conditions favour spin then Ashwin can play in place of Binny. My team would be, - Dhawan, Gambhir, Pujara, Virat, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin/Binny, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant.. Gambhir because he has the experience of playing in these conditions and Vijay is more liable to fail in this seamer friendly pitch due to inadequate technique..