England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day July 9, 2014

Vijay ton takes India past setbacks

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India 259 for 4 (Vijay 122*, Dhoni 50*, Anderson 2-70) v England
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M Vijay's fourth Test century - his first away from home - held India's innings together on a first day that was full of momentum shifts on an atypically slow and lifeless Trent Bridge pitch. India suffered jolts at a number of critical junctures; the double-loss of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli immediately after lunch could have proved particularly debilitating. But Vijay batted calmly through the day to end up on unbeaten 122, as India shaded an absorbing start to the Investec Test series.

The rest of the match could hinge on two selection calls, one by each team. India handed Stuart Binny a debut, giving themselves an extra seam option at the expense of a specialist batsman in Rohit Sharma. England brought in Ben Stokes for Chris Jordan in a straight swap. Stokes, who had made a Test hundred in Perth batting at No. 6, was now penciled in at No. 8.

When MS Dhoni - none of whose six Test centuries have come outside the subcontinent - walked in at 178 for 4 after Liam Plunkett's around-the-wicket ribcage attack had prised out Ajinkya Rahane in the first over after tea, it could have gone either way. But Dhoni was hardly troubled. With little extra bounce or movement that often exposes his lack of footwork, Dhoni moved to 50 by stumps, having scored at a strike rate of nearly 80 without particularly going after the bowling. He also saw off nine overs of the second new ball.

Of the 126 balls Plunkett delivered on Wednesday, 70 were aimed at the right-handers from around the wicket, a majority of them banged in short. The line of attack dismissed Rahane, who toe-ended an attempted pull to silly point, and kept India's scoring rate down - Plunkett conceded 1.37 runs an over from around the wicket as opposed to 4.28 from over the wicket. It was, however, a largely attritional ploy. Most of the time, the batsmen swayed away from his short balls that often bounced before reaching Matt Prior.

The pitch nullified their quickest bowler, but England still managed to produce a few wicket-taking deliveries. In the seventh over of the morning, James Anderson produced one that straightened from around the wicket to find Shikhar Dhawan's outside edge. Then, in the second over of the post-lunch session, he took some pace off a full, reverse-swinging ball that Pujara pushed into the right hand of a diving Ian Bell.

That Bell was stationed at silly mid-on, at handshaking distance from the non-striker, spoke of an under-fire captain trying to show he could think out of the box. Alastair Cook's tactics had some role to play in Rahane's dismissal as well, although it could be said he persisted too long with Plunkett's around-the-wicket line, particularly early in Dhoni's innings, when he is often uncomfortable outside his off stump.

In between all the wickets, it was Vijay's day. He began with three fours in the first over of the morning, two edged to third man and one clipped off his pads. Four of his first five boundaries, in fact came off his outside edge. Generally, the edges came from an uncertain front-foot stride, but he wasn't doing too much wrong besides that. He was playing close to his body, with soft hands, and leaving a large percentage of balls. As the morning session wore on, particularly after Anderson and Stuart Broad went out of the attack, his front-foot stride grew increasingly assured, and he was soon playing the effortless drives he is known for, through cover and mid-on.

Vijay took India to 106 for 1 at lunch, in the company of a fluent-looking Pujara, and England were looking increasingly bereft of ideas or even bowling options. They lacked a genuine spinner and Stokes was their fourth rather than fifth bowler. It looked at that point as if Anderson and Broad were in for an exhausting first Test, never a good idea in a five-Test series.

But Anderson dismissed Pujara right after lunch, and Broad produced a nasty delivery that straightened and bounced out of nowhere to dismiss Virat Kohli in the very next over. India had lost their two best batsmen in the space of ten balls. But Vijay and Rahane remained unruffled through a difficult period, against Anderson's reverse swing and Stokes' tight line just outside off, scoring only 13 in a 10-over period but knowing that release would come soon. It did.

Vijay moved into the 80s with two fours in the 51st over of the innings, driving Plunkett through cover and then steering him behind point. Cook then brought on his only spinner, the allrounder Moeen Ali, but he was milked for 21 runs in five overs. India finished the session in a secure position, even if they had lost some of the initiative, and built on that in a final session that brought them 82 runs for the loss of one wicket. India aren't in a dominant position by any means, but they will take 259 for 4 on the first day of the series, particularly considering how the first day of their previous series in England went.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • landl47 on July 10, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Both sides worked hard today, but in the end neither was able to counter a dead wicket sufficiently to establish a commanding position. England would have wanted at least 2 more wickets and India would have liked to be 300+ going into day 2. I'd give India the edge at stumps, but a couple of quick wickets tomorrow and the momentum could shift. Anything over 400, though, would give India a strong platform for the rest of the game.

    One thing that was clear is that the most difficult player for England to replace is not KP but Graeme Swann. If Moeen and Root between them can only bowl 10 overs a day and give up over 50 runs in doing so, even 4 seamers might be overworked. Mind you, India by omitting Ashwin for the medium-pace ODI bowler Binny have voluntarily put themselves in much the same position.

    Not an exhilarating first day's play, but India slightly ahead in my view.

  • on July 10, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Huge error in picking Roger Binny for this Test match, given the nature of the wicket and his lack of batting temperament. He should have committed 100% to the shot that got him out. Jadeja continues to do injustice his batting abilities. When will they learn and value these opportunities?

  • Sexysteven on July 10, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Only people from the subcontinent will say this pitch isn't dead cos these pitches are normal to them but they are dead boring to me it's pretty much a dead pitch to me yes there's abit of reverse but it's so slow and low the batsman have time to adjust this isn't agood advert for test cricket when the only way to get a wicket is through batsmen error somebody like Dravid could bat the whole five days himself on this wicket his concentration was that good when he was in his prime seriously apart from self destruction there's only one result in this game u could put your house on it and still be relaxed it's that much of asure thing we all knew that about five mins into the game yesterday that's not good for cricket u want all three results possible for as long as possible even if the game doesn't go the distance it beats these lame draws any day

  • ladycricfan on July 10, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    The ball hit way too high above the knee. How can the umpire give that out????Vijay was unlucky. Missed out on 150 and possibly a 200.

  • on July 10, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    crazy decision from the umpire. that definitely did not require the replays to suggest it was going above the stumps. Very poor decision. Well played Vijay. And very unfortunate. was looking good to take advantage of the tiring bowlers in the next session.

  • on July 10, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    world's best umpire is umpiring in this test match, the one who gave a batsman out when the ball hit THIGH PAD

  • on July 10, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Vijay was clearly not out, The ball hit the pad so high..How could the umpire give that out? Hawk eye showed it went way above the stumps, Really lucky England! But Dhoni is still there..Beware!

  • madras_boy on July 10, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    I pity VJ. He got out to a bad decision !

  • on July 10, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    It is because of Vijay.. India crossed 300 in first ever innings in England. Good performance

  • on July 10, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Good 1st day for india. But the start of the 2nd day has been sooo boring im starting to feel sleepy. Wasting valuable time on a dead wicket. Stop being negative and get on with it. The bowlers are there for the taking.

  • landl47 on July 10, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Both sides worked hard today, but in the end neither was able to counter a dead wicket sufficiently to establish a commanding position. England would have wanted at least 2 more wickets and India would have liked to be 300+ going into day 2. I'd give India the edge at stumps, but a couple of quick wickets tomorrow and the momentum could shift. Anything over 400, though, would give India a strong platform for the rest of the game.

    One thing that was clear is that the most difficult player for England to replace is not KP but Graeme Swann. If Moeen and Root between them can only bowl 10 overs a day and give up over 50 runs in doing so, even 4 seamers might be overworked. Mind you, India by omitting Ashwin for the medium-pace ODI bowler Binny have voluntarily put themselves in much the same position.

    Not an exhilarating first day's play, but India slightly ahead in my view.

  • on July 10, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Huge error in picking Roger Binny for this Test match, given the nature of the wicket and his lack of batting temperament. He should have committed 100% to the shot that got him out. Jadeja continues to do injustice his batting abilities. When will they learn and value these opportunities?

  • Sexysteven on July 10, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Only people from the subcontinent will say this pitch isn't dead cos these pitches are normal to them but they are dead boring to me it's pretty much a dead pitch to me yes there's abit of reverse but it's so slow and low the batsman have time to adjust this isn't agood advert for test cricket when the only way to get a wicket is through batsmen error somebody like Dravid could bat the whole five days himself on this wicket his concentration was that good when he was in his prime seriously apart from self destruction there's only one result in this game u could put your house on it and still be relaxed it's that much of asure thing we all knew that about five mins into the game yesterday that's not good for cricket u want all three results possible for as long as possible even if the game doesn't go the distance it beats these lame draws any day

  • ladycricfan on July 10, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    The ball hit way too high above the knee. How can the umpire give that out????Vijay was unlucky. Missed out on 150 and possibly a 200.

  • on July 10, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    crazy decision from the umpire. that definitely did not require the replays to suggest it was going above the stumps. Very poor decision. Well played Vijay. And very unfortunate. was looking good to take advantage of the tiring bowlers in the next session.

  • on July 10, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    world's best umpire is umpiring in this test match, the one who gave a batsman out when the ball hit THIGH PAD

  • on July 10, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Vijay was clearly not out, The ball hit the pad so high..How could the umpire give that out? Hawk eye showed it went way above the stumps, Really lucky England! But Dhoni is still there..Beware!

  • madras_boy on July 10, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    I pity VJ. He got out to a bad decision !

  • on July 10, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    It is because of Vijay.. India crossed 300 in first ever innings in England. Good performance

  • on July 10, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Good 1st day for india. But the start of the 2nd day has been sooo boring im starting to feel sleepy. Wasting valuable time on a dead wicket. Stop being negative and get on with it. The bowlers are there for the taking.

  • on July 10, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    The Indian captain has stood up for the team, The team will stand up for him now.. It has happened before, It will happen again.. And Vijay is just of this world, He's batting like an alien..

  • on July 10, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    The Murli Vijay is back........... with 122*

  • on July 10, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    it is vijay ,pujara and rahane played beautifully.if indian batsmen do good then pitch is flat or lifeless .how can you say this till both teams did not bat on this

    Jnanendra veer

  • on July 10, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    i did not agree that pitch is lifeless or flat. it is a bit slow but not lifeless. in the second session ball was late seaming and reverising. vijay and rahane played superbly in second session if one more wicket after kohli fall cheapley ,then i am sure india would be all out or near to be on first day.it is vijay ,pujara and rahane played beautifully.if indian batsmen do good then pitch is flat or lifeless .how can you say this till both teams did not bat on this

  • on July 10, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    @slinga_Malinga Oh dear . you mean to say Srilanka are very good players on swinging and bouncy pitches :P . lolz you must be kidding.

    now just you felt that india may win this series so you started to show India win less significant than Sl.

  • AricentHarish on July 10, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    @ Slinga_Malinga, Lanka has not won a single test in India. Does that mean they cannot play well even on flat tracks ? It would be better if we just comment on this game in progress. The score at stumps reminds me of the 1st test in SA last year. SA came back strongly to bowl out India in the opening hour the next day. Hope MS and Duncan learnt some lessons from that match and go for the kill starting from the first hour today.

  • on July 10, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Here is a question for England fans. If Plunkett is good enough for Tests now , then why wasn't he considered for the Australian Ashes recently? Surely he had to of been a far better option than taking a out of sorts Finn , unfit Rankin , and Tremlett who only went from past performances. And with the extra Aussie bounce surely he would of even have done better than what Anderson did.

  • switchmitch on July 10, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    The supposed "fact" of Indian batsmen being not good in foreign conditions has gained so much traction that people are not even willing to give credit to them when they prosper (non Indians, that is). Vijay was superb yesterday and looked every bit a top class batsman. Anyway, the English bowlers were also good (inspite of the benign pitch) and the match is far from over. The first session on 2nd day will be crucial. If India survive without much damage, they can take control of the match but if they falter, the match will be wide open.

  • crzcric on July 10, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    India Shoud get 400+ Other wise they will be in trouble.day 2 and 3 will be best days to bat.I'm sure cook will get a big hundred. Its right time. The way England need to get 500+ on this track.Otherwise they will be in big trouble in their second inning.But my feeling is This is heading towards a Draw.So much win for India.

  • on July 10, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Weldone India bit disappointed form Kohli.. On the other hand Naman Ojha has done very well in India a against Australia a 1st innings 219not out then second 101 not out superb..

  • on July 10, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    lets play one test again SA OR AUS OR ENG at Wanderers,perth,centurian or any fast pitches.

    just one difference. swap the bowlers of india with SA or Aus or Eng ones.

    then it will tell the story who plays badly on swinging and bouncy pitches? india or

    any other :P ..

  • JAHID_OMAR on July 10, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    I've never seen this kind of a FLAT Pitch ever in England. SL got much more greener n Bouncier pitches comparing to What Indians got. Any way let see wht Indians can do on this Flat placid track since they are very good on FLAT TRACKS..!!

  • on July 10, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Its always complaind that Indian batsmen dont play well out side. what i feel is we always play really well out side. only problem is our bowling which leakes huge runs consistently. when ever our bowlers did well we were in winning situation in all two matches at SA and NZ as well.

    but same bowlers leaked huge in second iniings that costed us match.

    it would be interesting to see SA,Aus,Eng even at their homes , when india will be having bowlers like styne,morkel,fillender,Anderson ...

  • on July 10, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    A slow, low pitch almost certainly dictates that the draw is the overwhelming favourite result at the moment. A lovely innings by Vijay that I enjoyed watching. As an aside, when I looked at the scheduling of the series, I'm amazed at the compactness of it - the England players are going to be run into the ground. Starting a Test (the 3rd) on a Sunday? Madness!

  • on July 10, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Just a fluke. India will be all out for less than 300 in the lunch session

  • on July 10, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Look what happened in Adelaide during the Ashes as that was one of the flattest pitches anywhere in the world and Australia made a good score first up but then England collapsed big time during theirs on the same flat wicket. So who is to say the same can't happen here if India make it above 400 as scoreboard pressure can be tough as just proved.

  • on July 10, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    dhavan should be replaced with gambhir bcoz he is not in good form and he is not a good opener as compare to gambhir so gambhir is far better choice than dhavan .....

  • on July 10, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Lion_Wallaby. Ah the SL fan! Perhaps you should check Indias performance in the NZ and SA series. And whats with all the negative talk mate? Remember you call yourself are a Lion.

  • CricLover316 on July 10, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    "England bat first, it's not a flat wicket it's a "Belter" on a "Great day for batting" and the story is India's Weak bowling attack."

    Couldnt have put it any better(Courtesy- Social Media)

  • on July 10, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Naresh28. Why only 300? India should target atleast 450 and if MSD døesnt insist on playing it like an ODI its possible. No reason why Vijay cannot make a big double hundred.

  • Biggus on July 10, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Marginally India's day you'd reckon. First session crucial. Vijay looked very good.

  • on July 10, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    WaqayIlyas. I dont think England did any favors to India with the pitch. First people question Indian batsmens ability to score on foreign soil then when they do you discount it over the pitch. People talk as if England dont have good batsmen. With the exception of Cook, every batsmen, even Stokes have a 100 this season. Even Prior was amongst the runs in the SL series. All this pitch talk just exposes the insecurities regarding Englands ability.

  • kkirank6119 on July 10, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    MSD showed that he can be counted as a full batsman. Even his avg says so. The problem is he has no belief in himself to bat up the order. In fact he always middles the ball much better than many other pure batsmen. Style / technique apart. Even on this front he has copybook + noncopybook both approaches.But what is projected by commentrators like manjrekar is that he is completely non-standard. Even manjrekar yest wondered how come MSD can dcaor so many runs in spite of non-bookish technique. The answer lies as above, IMO. Nevertheless if he continues to bat at 6 at least in future ( inspite of 4 bowlers) it will be good. On how many occasions he batted with tail enders and sacrificed his runs to shield them ! These things are never counted. People see avg and hundreds scored, and top ordered batters are previlaged for the same.

  • Sheikasif on July 10, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Virat got out for 1 so I dont think that pitch is batting friendly. I think Indian batsman are doing well. They are trying to stay on crease and play wisely unlike the past. Dhawan is a problem,,,,

  • on July 10, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Arun Bose. You said it well mate. The conditions are the same for both sides. Sure, India batting first is an advantage but going on and on about the pitch is just pathetic. I saw every ball yesterday and yes it was dry and slow but the ball was reversing after lunch because of that and spin may come into play later on. All these are just excuses. Anderson said yesterday he døesnt mind the pitch being slow but atleast the snicks should carry to the keeper. Why can't the keeper stand a bit ahead? The snicks of Dhawan and Kohli's bat carried alright.

  • PrinceTN on July 10, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Congrats on Vijay for his century and patience...well played and he should continue same trend till end of the series...Good batting from Pujara, Rahane and Dhoni... morning session is very critical for India...hope they dont lose any wicket...and bat longer and score above 300+ or atleast 400 on the board....

    Regarding about Dhawan...he got to perform well otherwise he will be replaced by Gambhir...

    Now only concern about our bowling....its might be weak depends how well India bowl...especially, when Ishant in the team makes the bowling weak...i expected Pankaj to play in this match...anyway, give Ishant one game and see how he perform...if he dont bowl well...he should be dropped....

  • on July 10, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    @Waqar Ilyas- The pitch and conditions are same for both sides, I wonder if England had piled up the same score for 1 or 2 wickets then you wouldn't had blamed the pitch but Indian bowlers, Media and fans would have ripped our bowling attack, Nobody would have complained abt the pitch, It's very strange that whenever Indian players do well the response would be like it was bcz of the pitch, Dead bowlers, Good conditions and whatnot but never they would say that Indian players played well based on their talent and skills.. I don't think the cricket fans have grown up yet and that's why it's (Cricket) is miles behind football.. Fans need to grow up and appreciate good talent no matter which country they are from..

  • hellraiser9 on July 10, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Wow so many comments criticizing the pitch. Just admit that India played very well. The application shown by Vijay was fantastic. He played the grinding type of cricket. Left the balls alone and hit only the ones that were targeted towards his body. He played extremely well. Rahane, Puajara played a very good supporting hand. England didn't bowl badly. They were very disciplined in the 2nd and 3rd session. But surprise of the day was from Dhoni. Never expected him to dig and counter attack. He attacked, ran between the wickets very nicely. He kept his end secure giving good support to Vijay. Longer Dhoni stays at wicket that much trouble Eng is in. 2nd day of the test Dhoni and Vijay 1st session if they can play well and see through first session then loads of runs in store. Other than Anderson no one looks threatening enough. Broad is ok but Only Anderson looks like troubling the batsmen but not much. Good luck India.

  • CricLover316 on July 10, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Nothing slows an English pitch down like a subcontinental batsman making runs.

  • on July 10, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    @LionWallby : the same day you managed.yo.draw test against Bangladesh in your home ground allowing BD.players to hit double.centuries....lol

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 10, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    @ Lion_Wallaby I remember them bowling your mediocre team for less than 100 in WI. LOL. And when was the last time you won a test match in IND or in AUS, or a test series in SL, or a test series outside SL(before eng series), or an ICC tournament outside Asia, or being in the top 3 in test ranking. That's right never. You won one series against ENG and jump like u r the best. Both IND and ENG are 100 times better than your team. Both have been no. 1 in test cricket. On the other hand u have never been in the top 3. You clearly have minnow attitude like bang fans, who win one thing in decades and jump for months. LOL.

  • on July 10, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    The reverse swing will be a big factor in this match bcz Shami is a great exponent of reverse swing, He will be itching to bowl with the old ball as well as new ball.. If bhuvi can do that too then this English batting line-up will be in real trouble as we all know reverse swing is most effective to pick up wickets in a jiffy.. And going by English batting form, It won't be impossible to fathom a batting collapse when they come on to bat.. Fingers and toes crossed..

  • SeanB on July 10, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Vijay, Pujara and Rahane showed patience. Two dismissals were more for the catchers than the bowlers. Definitely, batting looks better this series than in 2011 and hope we see more centuries. Now, for the bowling, hope one seamer - Ishant - is replaced by a spinner (only Ashwin is available) for the remaining matches.

  • on July 10, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    it was defensive strategy by England to go in to the test match with such a dead wicket & the likes of Anderson & Plunket were wasted on this wicket as they found very less assistance for them. England played India on their strength by providing their batsman a good pitch. Moreover, MS should have played only one alrounder from Binny or Jadeja because to win a test match you need to take 20 wickets which can only come with specialist bowlers. This one seems to be going towards a draw

  • Naresh28 on July 10, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    A lot hinges on the first morning session of the 2nd day. If the two set batsman can dig in and then go after a target they would have ensured India crosses the 300 mark - SOMETHING THAT WAS NOT DONE IN THE LAST TOUR HERE. India's bowlers are a worry and must learn from past mistakes. Games are won from bowling the opposition out.

  • ladycricfan on July 10, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    If the pitch doesn't help, swing will help the bowlers, Conventional swing and the reverse. We have seen barrage of bouncers from Plunkett, but where were the Yorkers. The pitch is same for both teams. The fact that the score was only 259 at the end of the day's play means the pitch was not a belter either. Slow low pitches are difficult to score for the batsmen as well. Well done Vijay for sticking it out during difficult times and coming out on top. Looking forward for more of the same.

    Contrary to earlier forecast, today is going to be an another fine day, no rain.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on July 10, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    259-4 is pretty much even Stevens. A good session will give India the upper hand. For England, there's a lot of work to be done, since they're looking at at least 300 in the first innings. I suspect this pitch isn't going to get any easier as the game progresses.

  • on July 10, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    450 + is a must .Big task ahead for Dhoni Vijay Binny and Jadeja .Eng have 9 test centurions in their lineup with all 8 batsmen + Broad scoring .Anderson and Plunkett also do not give away their wickets easily .Eng will mostly take the first innings lead but that lead will be a small one if we score 450 runs .No one realises the depth in the Eng lineup and Sharma Bhuvi Shami Binny Jadeja all will have to take atleast a wicket or two and should ideally go for 3 rpo .I hope .Lot of hardwork for Ind tomorrow .Vijay and dhoni should start off slowly and get set again in the first ten overs and play like they played today .

  • Lion_Wallaby on July 10, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1-With the bowlers you have got you would have to ball at least 10 days to get this English team out!When did your bowlers bowled a team out last time? LOL

  • on July 10, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    @Mohamed fayaz : what was that.... come again.... kohli must be dripped???? thanks man that was nice joke.I have heard in days... keep.going...

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 10, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 Binny is still faster than the only decent (FAST) bowler you have ever had in your history. VAAS. LOL.

  • CricLover316 on July 10, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Hope MS gets a big one. I've been really critical of him when it comes to selection, but really want him to do well. Great,attacking approach shown by him in his batting as he said he would before the Test Series started. This is such a positive start from India's Point of view. Led by their captain. England are so negative,one bad day and they start their outrage against the pitch,had Eng won the toss,they wouldn't be complaining about the pitch. TB is the one of the most result oriented pitches in England. Eng are playing on the same home pitches(Slow,Low) since last Ashes home series which they won 3-0 as they had swann to exploit the conditions. You didnt complain then,now when Asian teams are doing well,you start complaining. Indian batting wouldn't have minded fast pace tracks,specially Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane. Green tracks would suit India's bowlers even more. India expected a green track,but they got a slow track,by no means flat if Eng had a decent spinner.

  • ramz30380 on July 10, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    @Herath-UK - stop cribbing! If it was cold and dismal for SL, it was same for Eng, if it is a flat pitch for India, so will it be for Eng! The better team plays well - infact personally I wud have preferred a green top - as it helps bowlers get wickets! If not for tht tests can lead to a boring draw - if its an exciting draw then its fine!

  • on July 10, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    I don't understand why ppl blame pitches, If you're good enough then you can win on flat tracks too and if you're not then you can't.. Stop blaming the pitches and play good cricket.. Reverse swing was very evident from 32nd over onwards and only when Jimmy was bowling, This Plunkett guy is just a one trick pony, All day long he just kept on bowling around the wicket and he let batsmen get set and also pretty unimaginative captaincy from cook, He kept a fielder on deep square leg all day long and leaked runs through third man, That fielder was reduced to being a spectator.. I agree for first 45 minutes or one hour you mustn't keep a 3rd man but not when batsmen are set and scoring runs through third man mostly.. This is not good captaincy at all.. Yeah, He rotated bowlers well but you must do something different with the field placings.. The ball wasn't bouncing much and Indian batsmen didn't played any hook or pull shot..That fielder at deep square leg was wasted all day long.

  • CricLover316 on July 10, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    England bowled far too short in the 1st session and were hammered. Also,they bowled far too outside off which were easily negotiated by the batsmen. Going with 3 seamers and a Stockes and the part time of Moen wasnt going to post threat to a batting side like India who have played better fast bowlers in more hostile conditions. Not one comment or article I saw,saying Eng bowled poorly or apart from Anderson bowled below par. Just think of it, its difficult for them to bowl a side out cheaply with just 3 bowlers+Stockes. Stocks and Ali were easy pickings for India. Jordan should have been picked. Indian batsmen played the 3 Seamers well, Eng had them 100 odd for 3. Whining about the pitch is so poor of them. The same pitches are being prepared in england since the last ashes. The same pitches were prepared in the last series. Had the bowlers bowled well or they had swann to pick up wickets,you'd be singing a different tune.

  • pritamdas_circ on July 10, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    We lost wickets every time we came back from a break, 2nd and 3rd right when 2nd session began and 4th when 3rd session began even 1st wicket went within 7 overs of 1st session, they hadn't lost any more and spent rest of the sessions 2nd and 3rd time stabilizing thus overall rate is looking a bit low, near about 3.5 would have been perfect at the loss of same four wickets but they needed to stabilize which is understandable. And I believe India can easily fasten the R/R today in 1st session if Vijay-Dhoni survive first 15 overs but I have a feeling that one wicket at least will fall right when the day will begin which is worrying me. 450 runs is MUST for India keeping in mind that we might not be able to restrict England on less than 300 runs. Kohli's failure made me disturbed I hope he compensates it in the 2nd inngs. No complaints from Pujara, and Rahane also because it was not about Rahane's fall on 30 odd runs but his partnership with Vijay for 72 runs which was really required.

  • CricChina on July 10, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    If anything, most of the Indian batsmen batted with patience and application. The worst thing that can happen is their first innings of the first test was a failure that will affect their morale, added pressure and lose the test. The Indian condition themselves well with the bats, if their bowlers do the same and bowl tightly, Englaand will be having some difficult tests this summer...!

  • on July 10, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    nice batting MSD and MV keep it up. we need to win that one.

  • Oracle_Magus on July 10, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    The 2nd and 3rd day is crucial for both teams. If the English bowlers does not manage to break this partnership by lunch, then their batsmen will also have to toil equally hard to ensure that Indian team does not run away with the match. The longer MSD stays at the crease, the more difficult it will be for England to stop the run flow. And it will also allow Binny and Jadeja to play their Natural game. The key here is to get MSD out early and game can tilt in England's favour. Cheers!!!

  • on July 10, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Indians should not get too elated because day 2 can be difficult on this pitch. I think India will make about 325 all out.

  • JustIPL on July 10, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Really feel for Kohli/Pujara all eyes were on them but they missed despite an india like batting strip. Kohli was certainly under pressure to repeat his century against SA. He definitely went unnoticed in the first test in SA and scored 100 later on he was measured and could not score any hundreds in next two tests. In the 2nd test against NZ his hundred did not matter at all. Rahana showed how he will behave on faster tracks and Dhawan is not yet out of the lean patch. Dhoni was in good touch and the guy who got the best advantage of the belter was Vijay who was already written off by the fans. Test will be drawn for sure.

  • CricLover316 on July 10, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    @Michael Flynn- Did you check your pitches since Last Ashes,they've been mostly flat,with SC conditions. You won the Ashes on those wickets,when you had Swann. Forgot Lords,the borefest or even the last match ? Pitches were flat. Why single out India ? You're Ground staff is making sure that test matches last 5 Days to get more crowds. What that has to do with India ? The SAME pitches have been prepared since your home Ashes Series. If the roles were reversed,would you be crying so much as you are now ? India needs green tops,as their batting is quite capable of scoring runs on them and the only concern their bowling will be helped only by green tops as they are playing 4 Seamers,not by these wickets. Grow up. Dont embarrass yourself here.

  • ramli on July 10, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Why should Matt Prior struggle? Can't he and the slips move a bit forward to ease themselves!!! All of this flat-pitch are trash. Just admit that Eng of today does not have the requisite skills to get the better of India batsmen.

  • VenkatChetlur on July 10, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Its ridiculous to jump up and blame the pitch right off. If Eng could pick up 4 wickets for less than 200, I don't know what Nasser Hussain is talking about, blaming the pitch. That said, there are already some interesting questions that Dhoni and Fletcher have to face - some of it courtesy the team that the selectors have handed them. I can't recollect when Dhawan last came good or even looked like doing so. Maybe its time for Gambhir to have a go, though his presence in the squad is by no means beyond question - but can't be worse than Dhawan has been. The bigger conundrum is of the bowling. Any attack with Ishant as one of the wicket taking options has serious problems. He has to go - not just from the playing 11. And if JAdeja is the first choice spinner, Ashwin is not even needed in the 16.

  • on July 10, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Days 2 and 3 are going to be best for batting. If Vijay, Dhoni and co do not see off this 2nd new ball cautiously and get bundled out for anything under 350, England will be in a very commanding position.

  • on July 10, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    I'm Impressed.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 10, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Congrats to M.Vijay. Hope you will continue to good work and score a 200 and if India got 450+ score, it will be interesting to see how England face Jadeja. All the best for the 2nd day.

  • the_blue_android on July 10, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Anyone who thinks Ashwin is a better spinner than jadeja needs to see the test matches they both played in the last year or so. Ashwin has made a career out of pretending that he's a spinner.Just look at his overseas performances!!

  • on July 10, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    I am keen to see india's bating on the 2nd day of the test match. It's expected to be overcast and wet morning which will help the likes of anderson and broad to swing the ball much more than the 1st day.

  • TheShawshankRedemption on July 10, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    This pitch is flat but one should not take away credit from Vijay. The way technically sound Pujara and Kohli were cracked down by Eng and having watched those dismissals from other end it was way to easy for Vijay to have gifted his wicket. It was pleasing to see a T20 specialist temperamentally strong and was calm. Dhoni too deserves his due respect for having rotated strike pretty well. Indian bowlers should learn to pitch the ball up unlike Eng seamers who bowled short and outside off. Apart from Broad no one looked disciplined but Eng's field placement was decent enough in the 2nd session. Fletcher needs to find a way to juggle with this 4 seam attack and create chances. Eng bat deep and hence not easy for Ind unless we bowl in proper channels. Day 1 was clearly one sided with Vijay still Not Out. Keep it UP and create nerves in English camp for rest of this match.

  • playitfair on July 10, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    Well done Murali. You proved your detractors wrong. excellent concentration and patience. Just hope this is not a 'flash in the pan' innings and hope we witness many more such innings from him. Good luck India.

  • on July 10, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Waiting to see, how our Indian bowlers perform on THIS pitch!

  • on July 10, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Congrats to Vijay. Very well deserved century. There were a few dangerous escapes, very close to the outside edge and one inside edge, which could have... let me not say it... and jinx him. We need a similar show from him on second day too; at least till lunch.

    The best thing was his success in curbing the 'millionaire' tendencies. Occasionally, it cropped up, but in the nick of time he pulled back his bat. Special congrats for that. His pull-back of the bat is also as elegant as his drives. Nice to watch him bat.

  • sergio11 on July 10, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    Even though its a flat deck..good to see vijay getting a ton..he was every unlucky in NZ..got out to very good balls or to balls that kept low..for Dhawan it will be huge challenge to face Anderson,who is so good with new ball against left handers..now Dhoni is the only batsman in the line up who dnt have a ton outside subcontitnent..for a guy who bats with the tail at number 7 its nt that shameful though,he must get min of 3-4 tons in Eng now the test in AUS combined..a score of 500+ wil surely win india the test..if jadeja comes good..

  • on July 10, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    If anyone is tempted to say that Gauti would have been a better opener than Dhawan, I can only say that both have very similar tendencies to let their bats kiss the ball lightly on its lips (edges), and then let it go to the loving palms of the boys waiting around.

  • on July 10, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    @Y2SJ on (July 9, 2014, 19:40 GMT):

    Yes; you are right. Spinners can play a significant role in the second half. But where are they? Unless you are using the royal plural to refer to Sir Ravindra. The two batsmen Raina & Rohit can roll their arms to spin out a few batsmen, but they are not in the XI.

    The pitch does not look helpful to the main bowlers in the XI. Hope, I am totally wrong. If they don't deliver, it will provide excellent grit for crying out loud about the absence of Ashwin & Rohit.

  • on July 10, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    I dont think the track was that bad or flat. There was enough swing to trouble India in it. England bowled short doing 2nd half of first session that costed them lot of runs. They quickly corrected it and that is why India scored only 250+ on this wicket batting whole day. If it was that flat then India would have scored 350+. Also it is expected to break and start to turn from 3rd day. The problem was with initial line and length that England bowled and also the determination of Vijay.

  • on July 10, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    @Criclover316 : you just reflected my thoughts there.... but you know they are "ENGLISH, POINEERS OF.CRICKET AND EVERYTHING"

  • on July 10, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    this was the same situation when Aussie toured India last time and. dhoni cane with his blitz and scored and incredible 200 and that was series deciding inning... I am not expecting dhoni to hit 200 but let Vijay play all long as he can just give him a good support and this is your.best chance to score a century and dominate.... atb... another 200 should be enough to add to this score.... and jadeja should play a TESTA MATCH... not a t20 blitz that he.played.in NZ....

  • on July 10, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    how about ishant Sharma bowling a double ton for two wickets. lol. mark my words.

  • dee135 on July 10, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    What a pitch lol with no bounce n carry....matt prior had to struggle hard the whole day to collect the ball behind the stumps and even the edges were falling short of the slip fielders.....need a sporting wicket

  • on July 10, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    Virat kohli must drop fm this squad ,

  • on July 10, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    The pitches are flat, sluggish this that everything is because of the pitch blah blah blah.. The same cry of excuse from Poms again, Your bowlers are so mediocre that they can't bowl anywhere else other than green tops? And who prepared these tracks? India? BCCI? No, your counties and ECB prepared this track.. Imagine if India bowled and England piled up 259/4 then the whole british media and commentators would have been blaming Indian bowlers for bowling rubbish, Try to be gracious and appreciative when opposition plays well.. Loved that standing ovation by English crowd when Vijay struck that century.. This is how it should be, Respect the opposition no matter where you're playing.. India played well after initial setbacks..

  • on July 10, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    well done Murali Vijay...........

  • pandian_ikku on July 10, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    This pitch seems to be a very flat track. Do not expect any result on 1st Test other than a draw.

  • dunger.bob on July 10, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    India have their nose in front after day 1. Lot's has been said about the pitch and how hard it makes it for the bowlers. The other side of that coin is that they're usually hard to score runs on as well. Runs on the board are invaluable and India have them.

    A pitch is a pitch. Pull your socks up and just get out there and play. Enough excuses. Just play.

  • ren1 on July 10, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    congratulation VIJAY. xcellent Job, Great ton

  • GrindAR on July 10, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    I would say, it is even at stumps on Day 1. eng were sharp in fielding, and bowling was penetrating. Except Dhawan (soft wicket), other 3 were for a beautiful ball/fielding efforts. Cook really cooked the Day 1 well - contained the scoring rate rocketing over 5 rpo at session 1 to under 3, which is a big thing, and in the process, cleaned-up dangerous batsmen at the top. Now for India to post a decent total (>400), they have to have at-least 3 more 50+ partnerships, including current partnership to add another 50+ to the score.. It would be good in if the tail play professional batting... (earning better price for their wickets). If India bat till end of the day tomorrow at the same scoring rate or better, it would be good.

  • on July 10, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    The writer tried to soften any potential criticism against Dhawan & Kohli, alluding to the fact that they got out to good balls. Both of them owe Karthik a dinner.

    But, good test batsmen with the right temperament could have tackled them. Both batsmen have the techniques; but temperament is still an issue.

  • on July 10, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    the delivery to kohli was no where near nasty. It was just short of a length 3 stumps outside off that Kohli could have easily left.

  • on July 10, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    What good score by Indian team. They can start to dominate the match from this position. England play last day with turning wicket give India very good chance to win first match. Ashwin not playing bit worrying sign. Good luck India.

  • arbaazsabri on July 10, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    I like the way dhoni batted.. He truly played with the positive intent .. Vijay was absolutely gem.. They together gave asolid platform to build on.. If these two can take the score past 350 then binny and jaddu can cash on it and will help india to make a formidable score.. I think 450 would b a gud score on this track.. once agn well played vijay.. All d best india..

  • sudhindranath on July 10, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    First hour is crucial tomorrow. If India get another 100 runs or so, they will be in quite good shape (as long as their bowlers don't give away 500+ runs!).

  • opto_pus on July 9, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    murali Vijay was very good on day 1

  • on July 9, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    Seriously, what's even the point of the test match? The pitch is ridiculous, it isn't an English wicket. In order to make the test match go on for five days, they're ruining the quality of cricket. Lol, England doesn't even have a home advantage anymore, the pitch is way too unresponsive.

  • on July 9, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Binny is a part-time bowler. If he is going to bat at 8, it makes no sense. Abhishek Nayar can bat at 6. He is a left-hander. His batting average in first-class is above 50, compared with Binny's 38. As bowlers, Nayar and Binny are equal; they are also similar in age. They might as well get Rohit Sharma bowling offspinners and batting at 6 instead of Binny.

  • on July 9, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    where is all the vijay bashers now. he has got the best technique and temprament for test cricket after pujara in this side. if some one needs to sit out it should be dhawan!! how many time have you seen dhawan edging it to slips and wicket keepers no technique what so ever.

  • SAboucher on July 9, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 typical petty s.lankan or bd fan you are... :)

  • on July 9, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Gambhir should have been given the chance !

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 9, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    @ Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug

    "Lol a few 'quirky' field settings aren't going to make Cook instant nor and credible captain... Tomorrow he can watch India pile on a massive total whist waiting for a text from Warnie on what he should do to get a wicket."

    And thinking his response will be somewhat similar to Andrew Strauss recent faux pas regarding KP, I sincerely hope when Cook receives that text he ain't standing in the vicinity of a TV mic.

  • B.R.K.R on July 9, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    it was not a typical english pitch at all ! no seam movement no swing whatsoever, low slow flat, anyhow impressive inns from vijay hope he continues and makes a 200 and dhoni too was impressive playing assertively hope he too goes on to make a 100, my feeling is that the test is heading for a boring draw !

  • Front-Foot_lunge on July 9, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    As an England fan, I can't help feel that perhaps the reason the bowlers weren't getting much from the pitch, was only because they're simply not good enough to extract any sideways movement, or generate enough pace for nicks to carry.

    It seems were more famous now for complaining than playing, both fans and players included. I remember our brief time in the sun when we crowed, its now replaced with pessimism. Winter has come.

  • opto_pus on July 9, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    I can't believe that Virat Kohli had the chance to take a run and get away from strike with Vijay on over 50 and yet the sheer arrogance of Kohli got him out, Virat Kohli is a first class egomaniac of a prat who by the end of this series would not have improved on his highest test score of 119 which in itself is not that high a score. I would give Virat Kohli 2 tests then bring in Rohit Sharma instead of this "Kohli the Ego" and allow Kohli to sulk all he wants. Kohli should only be considered as a one day specialist and never play test cricket outside Iindia. The only reason Kohli looked good three years ago was because all the Indian test team were old men Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman 36 to 39 in 2011 fro the 4-0 against England.

  • thozar on July 9, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Even after our win, people will say we only beat a ordinary side. It might be true as England are playing like a poor side and look only as good as Bangladesh. But still beating any team away from home counts. Alarm bells should have rung for England when Lanka beat them at home in all formats. This is the same SL that have not won a single test in India or Australia. If you get beaten by SL in a test series at home, then you are simply not good enough. Now, Aussies would know that they only beat a very ordinary side and so their 5-0 victory, and that too at home, does not have much meaning. And to top it all, this mediocre England side beat them 3-0 last year, hahaha.

  • thozar on July 9, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    cricinfo regulars would know that I have always been saying that India will thump this mediocre England side 5-0 or 4-0. And, on the first day of the series, my predictions look like they will come true. India are well set for a huge total tomorrow. England batting is worse than their bowling. If you cannot face Dhammika Prasad, you cannot face Shami, Bhuvi, Ishant, and the new boy Binny who I tip to become a very useful player for India. The ominous sign for England must be the fact that Kohli, Dhawan, and Pujara did not score that many. And, yet India ends day 1 at 259-4. Take a bow Murali Vijay. And Dhoni? What a player.

  • on July 9, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    But still India cannot relax. At least more than 450 need to score, then India can expect one draw; otherwise in second inning batting collapse enough for lose the match.

  • on July 9, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    "The pitch is winning this contest" Said Nasser Hussain. Hard to argue with that.

    Probably just going India's way at this stage I'd reckon, this pitch is already playing like a day three wicket, anything over 350 will put India in the game, 400 may just put them in command, 20 wickets for either side is going to be tricky here, though.

  • JG2704 on July 9, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    You'd have to say India's day although the one slight positive was that they didn't run away with the scoring esp after the 1st few overs Congratulations Vijay who judging by many comms wasn't everyone's 1st choice.

  • Y2SJ on July 9, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Pitch seems a flat track. Hope India scores 500+ and Indian spinners use the worn out pitch

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 9, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Great days' cricket today. Yes the pitch is odd (something quite amusing watching a 90mph bowler banging the ball in short, only to see it skid passed the batsman's shins and bounce several times on the way through to the keeper!) - but credit to both teams. Vijay has played a little gem of an innings and set a lovely platform for tomorrow. The England seamers bowled well I thought, especially that spell after lunch; there was much more evidence of 'thinking/strategies' today that was completely missing during the previous series against Sri Lanka. The one big hole/worry for England today... (well, O.K. two): 1. unsurprisingly, lack of potent spinner; 2. wherefore art thou third man (over one quarter of today's runs picked up there!).

    Lovely start to the series. Vijay will want to grind on tomorrow, with big MSD maybe setting off a few fireworks; after that there's a long/unknown tail to come. England just need to stick at it and bowl more inventive/creative if there's naught else.

  • on July 9, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    First of all hats off to India for a professional day with the bat , especially Vijay. But don't get ahead of yourself as England can quite easily come out tomorrow morning and take the last 5 wickets for 50 runs or so as stranger things have happened in cricket! India need to score atleast 400 to avoid being able to lose the game , then take it from there with there bowlers as you never know with it keeping low.

  • ProdigyA on July 9, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Im not sure what the fuss about the pitch is all about. Yes, it is good for batting but it does not mean it is a belter. I cant understand the rant by the commentators, specially Mike about the pitch. How about giving some credit to the Indian batsmen, Vijay in particular.

  • on July 9, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    why did they drop chris jordan , that was a stupid move by england

  • Coolcapricorn on July 9, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Funny how many Indian fans didn't want Vijay in the team at all before the start of the Test - think he has answered his critics with his performance today. He may not have the flamboyance of Dhawan or Kohli but players with his temperament & stickability are equally important in the team composition. Really well done to him! Great MSD has risen to the additional responsibility of batting at No. 6. Hopefully the team will continue to build a good total tomorrow,

  • on July 9, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Good day for India, and not a bad day for England. M Vijay played really well. A couple of wickets would have made the difference for England. But this is just first day of the test. So its too early to say anything. India put a lot of effort on day one. Now its a question of how they are going to convert it. If the remaining or tail batsmen able to add 150 runs to this score, then India is safe. Disappointment from dhawan, Kohli, Puraja and Rahane. But this is going to be a long series. So we will expect something special from them. Remember England had a very decent day. So they will come strong tomorrow.

  • RandyOZ on July 9, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    You can put this down to the Aussies. The English are absolutely terrified of bouncy pitches now, their poor technique against the short ball ruthlessly exploited by Mitch J and co.

  • on July 9, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Neil99 Absolutely spot on about the pitch. ECB won't help England just themselves. India could have ordered this wicket with no pace, carry or movement. A huge vote of thanks to the people who 'run' our cricket.

  • on July 9, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    neil99. I agree we need sporting tracks that strike a balance between bat and ball. However I dont understand the part where you ask what is Cook supposed to do. He should do his job. The conditions are same for both Teams so its a contest like any other. My interest in this Test match has not waned because of the nature of the track. Sure India has the advantage of batting first but that could have been the other way too. To me this just sounds like an excuse.

  • RandyOZ on July 9, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    You can put this down to the Aussies. The English are absolutely terrified of bouncy pitches now, their poor technique against the short ball ruthlessly exploited by Mitch J and co.

  • on July 9, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    India's day without question...brave decision to bat by Dhoni and the pitch holds no fear for his team. Should get 450 and all the pressure is on England. No way are England going to bowl India out twice in this series.

  • GSCric11 on July 9, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Bowling wide outside is considered negative but I am surprised that no-one has issues with constant targeting of rib cage area from round the wicket. One or two are fine as it tests the skill of the batsman but constant bowling in that area is as good as bodyline bowling. England has always been a negative side and they are giving more proof of the same.

  • Herath-UK on July 9, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    What a sunny day to cap the flat pitch for the indian batsmen. They should score over 450 easily.The cold dismal weather that greeted the Sri Lankan batters gone, india shoud build a huge score here.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 9, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Lol a few 'quirky' field settings aren't going to make Cook an instant nor credible captain. They obviously weren't his ideas either otherwise we'd have seen them whilst England were getting hammered. He's probably been watching re-runs of Clarke's excellence to give him some ideas. Tomorrow he can watch India pile on a massive total whist waiting for a text from Warnie on what he should do to get a wicket. Excellent approach by India to nullify the nullified bowling and set up for a big one tomorrow.

  • CricLover316 on July 9, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Poms always complain about the pitch when opposition does well. ALWAYS. Had they won the toss and batted and scored heavily,you'd be tearing apart the Indian Captain and the bowlers performances. Or had India been 250/7,you'd be criticizing them. Really come to think of it, You are giving absolutely no credit to the batsmen whatsoever. This is biased journalism tbh. Feel good about it to criticize the Pitch when things dont go your way or blame whoever you want. These sort of pitches are being prepared since the last ashes when games last till 5 days or some close finishes with the 1st 2-3 days not being all flat. Its not as if India dont have a good batting line up with such an inexperienced batting attack,they've done very well overseas. Had Eng been 250-4,Indian bowlers woud've been blown away by the media. Blame pitches,never blame the players or give credit to opposition. Just Sad. Not1 Engh journalist gave credit to India in the 1st session and were already crying about the pitch

  • CricketMakdi on July 9, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    I decided to cut my hair only when Ishant is out of the team.

    My God, how many chances this guy gets and every time he gets into the field he is decimated, clueless, and he 3rd or 4th change bowler.

    seriously ? Indians are slow in decision making!

  • CricketpunditUSA on July 9, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    I don't understand Ashwin being left out. R Jadeja can NOT be the frontline test spinner for India. This series will prove it. With all the left handers in it, India should have played Ashwin ahead of Jadeja. He takes six-plus wickets in a spin friendly track - btw Ashwin should have played in that as well.. Now, we have two bits * pieces players who can't change the outcome of the game. Get over it guys. Vijay is the best opener and Ashwin the best spinner India has got right now. People complaining about Vijay earlier and Shikhar now, look at the failures and chances Gambhir and Viru got.. 20+ innings more than two years - Gautam didn't score a fifty and a meaningful knock for 4 yrs before he got sacked. Same thing with Viru. The current openers have done well. They will improve.

  • bhushanB on July 9, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    A very good toss to win and a good decision to bat first...

    Good temperament shown by Vijay....something he has exhibited batting against Steyn in SA.. given that the tail is long and not experienced, he should try to bat through the innings, without worrying about scoring rate.

    If Binny comes good with a good 30+ score and some quiet overs to give the pacers the much needed rest...then India have found the right direction to compete on away tours....

    Hoping for the best....

  • toucheandsuch on July 9, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    I was impressed with Vijay's concentration and technical improvements today. Earlier I thought he was too stiff and straight when on the front foot. I did see a change in NZ and today was almost perfect - great balance, eye over the ball and nice touch. You will however see the media cautious in their praise for Vijay. Heck, Virat was supposed to slaughter the bowling right? I also think Rahane played well but to a great extent, did not cash in. In fact he allowed the bowlers to strangle the run rate. Dhoni's focus looks ominous for England. Despite all the expert talk about Binny, I think he will be a revelation, particularly if the ball keeps lower as the hours go by. Shami must be licking his lips too!!

  • Kinguru007. on July 9, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Looks like India is doing well. I totally agree with Botham when he said the pitch looks like the one in Chennai only bit more grass on it but still good for batting. I think India is well on the way to score 450 plus. Then again first hour tomorrow is what decides. Some how I have a feeling that this will still be a good batting track until day four. If I'm not wrong the pitch will start spinning from day three but there won't be any huge turn. Looking forward for tday two. Lankan fan

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 9, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    I'm a huge fan of test cricket, but this abject. The pitch is a disgrace - it's tracks like this that'll kill test cricket rather than T20. Notts management and the ECB should be lambasted. What chance has Cook got when he's given this to work with? And what chance have we of raising our game to play in Aus & SA with pitches like this? It's boring.

  • OttawaRocks on July 9, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Vijay had a great innings today. The real story for me was his temperament. Even after his hundred he still seemed intent on continuing, playing patiently and with responsibility given the heart of the Indian batting order was gone. He had to work hard for those extra runs after he scored his hundred but he gritted on, working a nice partnership with Dhoni. Vijay's hundred is extra important given India are carrying one less batsman and if one wicket falls the whole side could easily collapse. In my mind, 259/4 is still a score favouring England. India can get to 375 it will be a par score for me and 425 will start becoming safe. We will see.

  • on July 9, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Real dissappointment for the pitch.I was expecting a typical English pitch with balls swinging around and good bounce but it proved to be a sub-continent-esque pitch with no real lateral movements and balls staying generally low.Now,I like test cricket because I got to see fast bowlers running in and bowling absolute gems(of which Jimmy Anderson is a master) but what I got today was a game with dead pitch proving tiring for the fast bowlers more than anything..Murali Vijay played well though and thus deserves to be applauded.

  • on July 9, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Good start to the tour by the Indians as far as the previous series is concerned. Seeing sensible batting from the youngsters is a warm spectacle to the eye, eventhough this was their first tour. Most importantly the way they did not panic like their predecessors in the previous tour speaks volume about their grit. Nice going India. Hope Vijay and Dhoni convert their good starts to a double hundred and century respectively.

  • on July 9, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    All people were against the idea of playing Murali Vijay but he has given an excellent answer.

    But I don't get it why they have selected Dhawan ahead of Gambhir? I really think Vijay-Gambhir pair would be better. And I have not been suggesting this after today's play, I was saying this before the series. Also, Dhawan is quite a resilient player, he has the ability to comeback with a good innings. So, we can also expect fireworks from Dhawan in 2nd Innings.

  • bhushanB on July 9, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Stating the obvious... but the game is evenly poised.. India took the first session, 2nd session belongs to England (key wickets) and then the third is shared...

    As per the trend, India is set to lose a couple early tomorrow morning. If they can see off the initial barrage from Anderson & Co in the first hour with the new ball, they can stamp their authority..weather permitting.

    Exciting day ahead..

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 9, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    This day is balanced, with India having a slight advantage. The ptch was quite flat and sluggish, but then again there's very few pitches around the world these days that are pure green tops.

    Credit goes to Vijay for a very gritty innings. He left a lot of balls and showed good levels of concentration. In the past, he's been getting out in the 30s and 40s, so good to see him get a 100! Pujara and Rahane played well, before a great catch by Bell and a lapse in concentration removed both respectively. Kohli missed out, with the ball reversing although he did play slightly away from his body. I've noticed that Dhawan seems to have a very tight top handed grip. He should play with soft hands, late as possible. A very nice counter attacking 50 by MS, where it seemed England had a slight opening.

    England bowled okay. They toiled hard on a benign pitch. Lack of a quality frontline spinner will hurt them.

    450+ will put India in a good position. Can they take 20 wickets though?

  • on July 9, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Everyone is talking about Vijay and rightly so .He has scored a good century .But MS Dhoni has scored a crucial 50 in quick time .Its good to see him play his natural game which is on the aggresive side .He had scired a brilliant 79 at lords on the 2007 tour and that was a similar knock but came when he was batting with the tail . He is the teams most experienced batsmen and also the highest run scorer in the Indian teamright now with more than 4000 runs .Would look forward to him bat at 6 and score a lot of runs .I do not want to judge the Eng performance on just 1 day and a flat pitch but I feel Aus bowling attack will be a much much bigger threat . This bowling lineup lacked any sort of variety . All four bowlers bowling between 130-140 and all being right armers .They need a spinner .Clearly moeen cannot continue as main spinner . Would be very disappointed to see India 350 all out before lunch tomorrow as all the good work would be undone .Binny Jadeja have to bat properly 450 min

  • Gzero on July 9, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Lol.. how immature are people who compare Vijay & Rahane. They are playing for the same team, understand guys.

    When it comes to Rahane, He has proved himself in both SA & NZ with Excellent knocks. Vijay had a well deserved maiden century away. His concentration was superb today. If he & dhoni manages to take India par 500, They have a chance here.

  • ladycricfan on July 9, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Well done Vijay, solidly played. Chanceless century. Pujara, Rahane, and Dhoni batted well. Pujara was unlucky. Before he realised the ball was reverse swinging he got a good ball and was excellently caught by Bell. Dhoni was looking good. Continue tomorrow and get the score close to 400. Excellent day of test match to start off the series.

  • on July 9, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    @animesh agrawala yes vijay is an ipl player , not an international player , very correct

  • Nampally on July 9, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Aided by a superb century from Vijay, India reached a fairly good total of 259 for 4. After losing Kohli & Pujara in quick succession after lunch, India had to fight back thru' Rahane & Vijay. However Skipper Dhoni, coming after Rahane's dismissal to a barrage of short pithed balls restored order to the Indian batting with a quick 50 @ S/R of 78. Vijay & Dhoni had an unbeaten partnership of 81. Indian fortunes for a total in the range of 400 depend on these 2 batsmen, who must continue their good work on Day 2. It was a dry wicket with not much bounce. Both Kohil & Dhawan were out playing at balls outside the off stump. Pujara was brilliantly caught at the short mid on when he tried to place the ball past the fielder- which went uppishly & wide of Bell, who made a fine diving catch. Full credit must go to Vijay for his valuable knock + sheet anchor role which included 20 fours & a Six. India may have folded <200 but for Vijay's fine innings. India need at least 400 to be competitive!

  • on July 9, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    gambhir should definetly back in place of dhawan .... as he knows the condition very well and he is one of the most expirience player in the squad...

  • on July 9, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    @KusalJayasuriya who are u talking about indian performance outside sub continent. look at lanka,s record and also lanka cant win a single test in india.

  • 2MikeGattings on July 9, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Anyone at Trent Bridge last year? Anderson's offcutter to get Chris Rogers caught at silly mid on. David Saker got the credit then. Whoever was responsible this time around, it obviously can't have been anything to do with Alastair Cook. Because everyone with a TV subscription knows that he is not the real captain, except when things go wrong.

  • MiddleStump on July 9, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    There are a lot of Indian fans posting without understanding test cricket. This innings will settle the issue once and for all. Murali Vijay is the best test opener in India. He narrowly missed a century in South Africa but he got a well deserved one here. The others simply don't have the temperament to be a test opener.

  • stumpedlloyd on July 9, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft: This is test cricket, not the pajama T20. Just because one gets to a hundred doesn't mean he should start throwing his bat around. Murali Vijay's goal is to be there and score as many runs as possible, especially considering his side has a long tail that could come apart faster than a wet napkin, and also doesn't have the bowlers capable of defending a smallish score and getting England out cheaply. He did exactly what was asked of him in *test* cricket.

  • bablankalhan55_youtube on July 9, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Well played India..good decision to replace Rohit with Binny..Gambhir should be brought in place of Dhawan in next test as he had played some county matches last year and had showed form in recent Ipl

  • on July 9, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Ah Vijay. This is a really pleasant surprise. Actually his 38 in the second inning of the 1st test vs safrica and 97 at Durban were also quite good but after his poor performance in New Zealand I'd written him off, again. My mistake. Lots of concentration. Good application. Very very solid knock against a disciplined bowling line up. MSD also contributed toward a good finish to the day. He will be quite positive tomorrow with a 50 under his belt.

    Flat, flat pitch. I felt Broad and Anderson were quite good but they should put in more physical effort, especially if the pitch doesn't help. Plunkett IS one dimensional but he is also their workhorse-bowler. I don't really blame him. Perhaps they will do that tomorrow. In any case, Vijay's day.

  • on July 9, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    KusalJayasuriya One test win and you are crowing about India. SL has to still win in INdia which is still S/C or any other places and situation becomes more perilous once Sanga is gone

  • on July 9, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Several Indian fans believed Vijay got into the team because he was a Csk player.... He's shut all of them up with one awesome knock. He's proven his talent against good swing bowlers in swinging conditions. How many balls outside off stump has Vijay left today??? Extraordinary patience. Impressive. Before the start of the match, the focus was on Pujara, Kohli and Rahane and Dhawan..... But Vijay has shown that he's as good too, and he means business. Brilliant batting by Pujara and especially Rahane who ensured there wasn't any dramatic collapse following the dismissals of Pujara and Kohli off consecutive overs. Team India showing they are here to compete, and they won't roll over like last time. Let's go. It's time to win one for the captain who's accepted responsibility for the defeats so far. All the best.

  • BradmanBestEver on July 9, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    England play 4 right arm over serviceable trundlers and a part time spinner. We are therefore, not surprised that an average-quality opponent is 4 for 259 at stumps.

    When will the English selectors choose a specialist spinner???

  • social_monster09 on July 9, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    India is on the way for 450+ score. Anything more than 450 is a par score in any test match even on this type of flat pitches. Match is still open, England will still to bat. Result will come for sure.

  • ramz30380 on July 9, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Excnt show Vijay! When everyone was talking abt Pujara and Kohli, Vijay silently and effectively climbs up the ladder...

    1st test century abroad 2nd Indian to hit a century in his debut innings in England after Ganguly 100th test century @ Trenbridge

    Vijay held forte when all the others were finding it difficult - its soo good to see one opener showing this committment - dis shud continue thro the series as one of them have to play a long innings. Dhawan will be under pressure in the next innings, if not we may see GG replacing him soon.

    Kohli hasnt been his best since the IPL, hope tht he makes it count next innings! Pujara, Rahane and MSD, well played! Still there is a job on hand - India have to get to 400 minimum. Tomorrow showers are forecast so, it may get difficult to bat, they will have to stay put and go on as long as they can.... ATB India! By the way, wht was Cook thinking letting Root for one over even when the new ball was available?!

  • ishaan1997 on July 9, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    @rajeshj Rahane did score only 30 odd runs, but if hadn't, then maybe there would have been a major collapse, atleast he and vijay stabilized the innings till tea, without loosing any more wickets. Rahane and Pujara were both undone by some brilliant catching, i would say both were a bit unlucky.But, there are still 9 innings to go, and i hope they succeed in them. Also congratulations to murali vijay, he played a very good innings today, should silence people asking for gambhir in place of him. I won't say India are in a good position, but it is fine, dhoni, at 6 seems a bonus move!!

  • chucking_thug800_wickets on July 9, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    m just 23..n hv bn huge fan of tendulkar.dravid. laxman..nt just bcz of batting. .bt thy way thy hv always carried themselves. .superstars. .bt very humble. gentle. . n this new generation hs ovr d last year and so hv earned my respect. they know thy are stars n superstars in making. .n thy love flaunting it..with all ths tattoos n ear rings n moustaches..n styles..plus..they hv bn gradually improving on the field as well..true thy hv lost sm matches overseas. .bt I hv belief In thm.thy are progressing. n thy will show results as well.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 9, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Vijay blocks and blocks even after his hundred; crazy fellow!

  • CodandChips on July 9, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    It's generally been a disappointing but predictable day from an England perspective.

    First and foremost, Murali Vijay batted brilliantly. He was very patient and has probably given the Indians a lot of confidence. People will make point of the flat pitch and Cook's captaincy, and the one-dimensionality of England's attack, but Vijay played excellently nonetheless. And the other batsmen looked comfortable.

    Dhoni and Vijay look good to bat tomorrow and enjoy the pitch. Though the rain will have its say. And an hour to go today

    India may find it hard to bowl out England without a 2nd spinner. But they do have some handy bowlers and England are fragile.

    The lack of a front-line spinner is looking the problem that many of us predicted. But Kerrigan subbing is encouraging. Perhaps he'll get a go this series. We'll certainly need a spinner or 2 come the West Indies tour.

    But surprisingly the overrate is pretty good, especially considering there have been hardly any spin overs.

  • on July 9, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Were the sky commentators urged to praise Alistair Cooks field placings? 'Something being done about it' [to counter Warne's real assessment of inept captaincy?

    Cooks field placings earlier, were not rocket science, they have been exercised before, inter alia, by Michael Clarke, very recently . lets see how the match and the next tests pan out, and how Cook bats against the pitched up ball, then if Cook wins and bat's well he can be praised, until then the jury is still out on him losing the captaincy

  • ak928 on July 9, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    cant undestand why people are before rahane.................such a quality player......played very well in sa and nz...........he is better than dhawan rohit etc...........will score big scores in eng too.......so no need to panic

  • ren1 on July 9, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Congratulation VIJAY. Excelent job. Great Ton.

  • Rajeshj on July 9, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Rahane scored just 30-odd runs and every one is praising him... But the true player of the day was Vijay with his splendid century and no words of praise from any one.. What can we say when such things don't get appreciated and acknowledged.. The English crowd gave a rousing applause for his century.. but here only the 30s of Sir Rahane and Sir Pujara would be celebrated...

  • RednWhiteArmy on July 9, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    At 196/4 the game is nicely balanced. Sweet!

  • Mike_Tyson on July 9, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Painfully slow batting, England will be scoring a lot quicker than this.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 9, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    If dhoni play at least 100 balls any one innigs these 5 tests i will agree he is test batsman.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 9, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Vijay and Rahane are too slow. Whether you bat slow or fast India always lose in foreign tours so why not score fast?

  • on July 9, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Great Batting by RAHANE...WOW Still how many days he need to make a mark...lol...Any way great SIR RAHANE

  • mshyder on July 9, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    As expected England were too afraid to loose another series after the loss to SL, and that's why they prepared a completely benign pitch to make sure they do not loose no matter if you get a drawn series or two. Indians, the indirect beneficiary must be overjoyed as they will be able to get rid of the tag of permanent tour losers because of england's unwillingness to take any chances to win.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 9, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    @mikkkk, when you call India an average team how do you want to describe ENG who is keep on losing all the ome tests? ENG's lucky days are gone now. It was India (with it's over confidence and under preparation) who gave the crown to ENG in 2011. ENG couldn't sustain at the top place even for 1 year.

  • BradmanBestEver on July 9, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Solid fightback by India - England's lack of bowling depth being exposed

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on July 9, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    I think i can see the wall ability next to Dravid, is Ajinkya Rahane! ATB india.

  • on July 9, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Vijay is playing a great innings. Such great composure and even his defence looks really good. His boundaries have been a delight to watch. Hope he carries on like this and scores a Ton !

  • on July 9, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    1. India needs an aggressive sehwag--like upfront. watching dhawan play makes me feel very sleepy. 2. ishant Sharma ~ what can I say about him, we all know.

  • on July 9, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    pitch is a disgrace.!! hope ishant wont get the blame for the poor pitch. batting 1st was the right thing to do. this pitch wont last 5 days. if india can score 500 then englands weak batting line up will be under tremendous pressuer. 4th innings will assist spinners. I see jadeja getting plenty of wickets and MOM

  • on July 9, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    @ramli : being an India you need not say that "it's not about pace" ... but.yo get wickets for someone like binny he need some helpful condition which I am not seeing in this.pitch... all I said was FOR THIS.PARTICULAR PITCH ASHWIN WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER, and binny should have been tried in more helpful pitch...anyway..let's hope he contributes....

  • on July 9, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Nice Batting pujjar and dhavan

  • young_ind on July 9, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    @ramli."it is the knack of getting wickets even with limited pace" ... there are basic mistakes in your understanding...binny is a two bit bowler....his bowling standards are well below guys like genuine swing bowlers like Praveen or his father...understand the difference first

    when there are genuine bowlers to do a job, saying a bits and pieces guy is needed is totally illogical and irrational

    its true roger,chetan,praveen have good records in one tour of england ...however they have also screwed india more often. they are 35+ average bowlers...you cannot sustain a top team with these kind of bowlers...what happens in the 80's stays in the 80's.

    AT this point in indian cricket, we have to three to four bowlers who can average under 32 in overseas conditions as a start

    these 120k trundlers who are goingto struggle to average around 35 overall ,are not going to cut it. In the entire history of test cricket, there is no 120 k champion.

  • on July 9, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    @mikk : and pitches in SA, ENG, AUS makes and very mediocre seamers into world beaters... come to.sub continent and even tail enders will score 6 runs and over for these fast bowlers from overseas.... stop scribbling about pitches.... if pitches can decide what type if players he is then why do other countries need to visit some other countries.... 've mature...there is something called diversity and it applies to cricket also... pitches can't be same in every location.... the more I see these kind of comments regarding pitches the more I think that cricket doesn't have matured fans anymore

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 9, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    The pitch is a disgrace. Day 1 and the balls bouncing 2 or even 3 times before the keeper takes it.

  • on July 9, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    And there you go bye bye to kohli.

  • yezdi70 on July 9, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Personally I'd have preferred Rohit Sharma over Binny for this test. On surfaces that dont assist the pacers much, Binny is useless. At least Rohit would have provided a spinning option apart from better batting than Binny

  • yezdi70 on July 9, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    @King-cobra. Saw the stats of Vijay. Looks like you need to see it again. Let me summarise for you. 1. He averages 26 in the last 12 months. 2. Outside the subcontinent he averages 18. Good for him he has got a flat pitch to deal with today else you could have betted on yet another failure.

  • Cricketlover54 on July 9, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Is this game held in Trent Bridge or Bangalore? Incredibly flat pitch, draw for sure.

  • NP_NY on July 9, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Chappell is right this time, Binny is a bits and pieces player and not an all-rounder. He is a Ravi Bopara kind of player except Ravi is a better batsman and a cleverer bowler, and England didn't even pick him. His selection in the playing eleven seems like a throw of dice.

  • on July 9, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    gambir was better option than. vijay and ishwar pandey than ishant

  • ramli on July 9, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @young_ind ... you will be the only person to say that CSK suffered from MSD ... Roger Binny, f/o present Binny, was merely a pedestrian seamer, but the breakthroughs he gave were vital ... there have been many before who did well in England ... Binny may be the bit-and-piece needed now by India to take 20 wickets .. you never know

  • ramli on July 9, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    @Vishwas Reddy ... it is not about hurting people with pace ... it is the knack of getting wickets even with limited pace ... Binny has shown this acumen in all forms of cricket ... let us hope that he extends that to test cricket ... Ashwin will get his chance

  • mikkkk on July 9, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Only in England do you get pitches prepared for the opposition. Staggering. India should get at least 500 here but then so would any team on this track. These are the sort of pitches that have killed Test cricket in India and it seems the money men are determined to do the same in this country. We have already made a very mediocre SL side look like world beaters this summer, it looks like we are about to do the same with a very average Indian side.

  • King-Cobra on July 9, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    For crying out loud, stop screaming for Vijay's head. People who follow test cricket will know that he has merited a place in the side, because his recent form has been very good. Check the facts first and then comment: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/237095.html?class=1;template=results;type=allround;view=match

  • on July 9, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    keep calm n watch pujara..he ll play the role of dravid ths time..

  • on July 9, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    ashwin would have been very usefully instead of binny in this match... pitch looks dry and binny's 120kph speed won't hurt even taileneders....

  • CodandChips on July 9, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Both these batsmen look very comfortable. And the rate they're scoring at is slightly alarming given they're the grafters. At least Ashwin isn't playing, otherwise we'd have to bat against 2 spinners on this pitch.

    Encouraging to see Kerrigan subbing? Will England give him a go later on in the series. Will he be added to the squad but not play?

    Cook's captaincy has been ok but Ali should have bowled perhaps one or two overs more, Anderson should not have bowled such a long spell, and he started setting defensive fields. At least the overrate his decent

  • ladycricfan on July 9, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    The pitch has already gone flat. The ball is not carrying to the keeper. Vijay and Pujara is batting very comfortably. Going to be hard work for the bowlers.

  • Rajeshj on July 9, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    @Rahul Nair: I think Vijay has silenced his critics by scoring a composed fifty... but he won't get credit and even in next match there would be calls to remove him from team.. grow up dude.. Vijay has played far better in seaming and pacy pitches than Dhawan and still no one talks about his removal.. And word is that this pitch will assist spin and its a mystery why Ashwin is not there.. Judging by what has happened so far, Ashwin will play in one match where the wicket will offer zero assistance for spin and would get branded as an India-only bowler.. crazy stuff.. One has to acknowledge the fact that he is the best available spinner in India at the moment and sad to see him getting sidelined in favour of Jadeja and Binny...

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    I have seen first 20 overs .The four bowlers used are bowling between 130-135 on an average and only some are touching 140 s and late 130 s .Also all four are right armers .Very little variety .Same with Indias bowlers .They are even slower and this surface is flat .It might boil down to the spinner in the side and Jadeja holds the advantage over Moeen .

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    SINCE INDIA IS iN without the umpire decision review system, I hope they dont quibble about umpire decisions; looks like they are going backwards on technology, and taking their opponents along with it. its high time the board realises that what is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander!THE board should also know by now , that technology makes less mistakes than umpires, and agree to it as other countries have done.

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    here starts the same story getting repeated from last 3 decades....!!! fairwell series for Dhoni as a test captain at English soul...best of luck MSD....n yes Binny the late debutant... thanks to Indian selection team...!!!

  • young_ind on July 9, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Dhoni has only himself if he goes on his way out. he has solved certain problems of indian cricket and has been a asset in some ways but his flaws are hurting indian cricket very deep outside asia.

    he does not have great technique and he lacks understanding in crucial strategic areas. His appreciation of specialists and allrounders is poor. Bits and pieces guys like binny have no place in a top international team. how does he expect deep rooted bowling problems to be solved by "rest given before new ball" is only he can answer.

    His defensive settings are a god send for the one remaining recognized opposition batsman. His faith in 120 k trundlers despite the history of cricket reflects lack of knowledge of history and relevant data.

    His faith in allrounders is misguided.both india and csk have suffered from this.

    I really cannot see indian cricket moving too forward with such ideas

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    @animesh rohit over vijay??? this is test match cricket dude.

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    what about the gautam gambhir???

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 9, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    India be care with ben stockes.

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    and there goes the over hyped dhawan... wonder why people chose dhawan over Vijay....

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 9, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    So Ind go in with a 4 man pace attack with Binny @ 110 kph as their 4th 'quick'.Says something of Ind's bowling 'strength'.At least Binny the bowler is better than Rohit the batsman,whom he replaced! -:)

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    its a good choice stuart binny in but in place of murli vijay ,rohit or gambhir has to be considerd..MV is ipl playar not international player...

  • subnys on July 9, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Gambhir not finding a place ahead of Vijay or Dhawan is a bit strange. Conditions are seam friendly and Dhawan is no good at that. Dhawan can pull and hook -- but only in India.

    Pujara, Kohli and Rahane have a big platform to test their character. If they can do it, then it a run for money as far as Rohit is concerned.

    I feel Binny might come handy to hold up one end and help the others take rest.

  • CodandChips on July 9, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Both selections confuse me slightly.

    I think India should have played 2 spinners. The pitches in England have been very dry. 2 spinners would have been useful. Ashwin would have enjoyed 6 left handers in the England side. Ashwin can also bat; he was the 2nd best Indian batsman when England last toured India.

    Both Binny and Stokes at 8? If both are playing as genuine allrounders, surely they should bat higher? Stokes playing means England only have 3 front-line bowlers, of whom 2 looked absolutely exhausted vs Sri Lanka.

    Jadeja's international record with the bat is poor. No doubt he can bat as his first class record suggests, but his international record suggests he shouldn't merit a place in the top 6.

    What I would have done based on the India squad (had Yadav been in the squad I'd played him): 1.Vijay 2.Dhawan 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Rahane 6.Aswhin 7.Dhoni 8.Jadeja 9.Kumar 10.Shami 11.Another seamer that isn't Sharma

  • CodandChips on July 9, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Both selections confuse me slightly.

    I think India should have played 2 spinners. The pitches in England have been very dry. 2 spinners would have been useful. Ashwin would have enjoyed 6 left handers in the England side. Ashwin can also bat; he was the 2nd best Indian batsman when England last toured India.

    Both Binny and Stokes at 8? If both are playing as genuine allrounders, surely they should bat higher? Stokes playing means England only have 3 front-line bowlers, of whom 2 looked absolutely exhausted vs Sri Lanka.

    Jadeja's international record with the bat is poor. No doubt he can bat as his first class record suggests, but his international record suggests he shouldn't merit a place in the top 6.

    What I would have done based on the India squad (had Yadav been in the squad I'd played him): 1.Vijay 2.Dhawan 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Rahane 6.Aswhin 7.Dhoni 8.Jadeja 9.Kumar 10.Shami 11.Another seamer that isn't Sharma

  • subnys on July 9, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Gambhir not finding a place ahead of Vijay or Dhawan is a bit strange. Conditions are seam friendly and Dhawan is no good at that. Dhawan can pull and hook -- but only in India.

    Pujara, Kohli and Rahane have a big platform to test their character. If they can do it, then it a run for money as far as Rohit is concerned.

    I feel Binny might come handy to hold up one end and help the others take rest.

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    its a good choice stuart binny in but in place of murli vijay ,rohit or gambhir has to be considerd..MV is ipl playar not international player...

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 9, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    So Ind go in with a 4 man pace attack with Binny @ 110 kph as their 4th 'quick'.Says something of Ind's bowling 'strength'.At least Binny the bowler is better than Rohit the batsman,whom he replaced! -:)

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    and there goes the over hyped dhawan... wonder why people chose dhawan over Vijay....

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 9, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    India be care with ben stockes.

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    what about the gautam gambhir???

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    @animesh rohit over vijay??? this is test match cricket dude.

  • young_ind on July 9, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Dhoni has only himself if he goes on his way out. he has solved certain problems of indian cricket and has been a asset in some ways but his flaws are hurting indian cricket very deep outside asia.

    he does not have great technique and he lacks understanding in crucial strategic areas. His appreciation of specialists and allrounders is poor. Bits and pieces guys like binny have no place in a top international team. how does he expect deep rooted bowling problems to be solved by "rest given before new ball" is only he can answer.

    His defensive settings are a god send for the one remaining recognized opposition batsman. His faith in 120 k trundlers despite the history of cricket reflects lack of knowledge of history and relevant data.

    His faith in allrounders is misguided.both india and csk have suffered from this.

    I really cannot see indian cricket moving too forward with such ideas

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    here starts the same story getting repeated from last 3 decades....!!! fairwell series for Dhoni as a test captain at English soul...best of luck MSD....n yes Binny the late debutant... thanks to Indian selection team...!!!