England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day July 13, 2014

India bat all day in stalemate

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India 457 (Vijay 146, Dhoni 82) and 391 for 9 decl (Binny 78, Bhuvneshwar 63*) drew with England 496 (Root 154*, Anderson 81, Bhuvneshwar 5-82)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Play 01:03
Binny the unlikely match saver

Having started the day with the draw seemingly a formality, India suffered a serious scare as England took three wickets for 17 runs in the first hour of the morning. But Stuart Binny steered them back to safety and was looking on course for a century on debut before Moeen Ali had him lbw with ten minutes to go for tea. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then scored his second half-century of the match - only the second time anyone had done this from No. 9 - and England didn't even get to begin a second innings as the players shook hands when MS Dhoni declared at the stroke of the final hour.

By then, Alastair Cook had treated the Trent Bridge crowd to one over of donkey-drop offspin and one over of gentle medium-pace, with which he had Ishant Sharma caught behind down the leg side. Cook's Bob Willis impersonations summed up the Test match, during which it had become increasingly difficult to assess the two sets of players, on a surface with close to nothing in it for the bowlers. Years from now, it will mostly be remembered for the lower-order batting records it produced.

Binny showed his batting ability, but it can't be said he completely justified his selection, even if it would be harsh to judge his seam bowling on this pitch. He might even find himself in the strange position of being left out of the second Test after coming close to a century on debut and helping save a match from a wobbly position.

Binny walked in with India six down and leading by 145, with two-and-a-half sessions remaining. England's seamers were getting the ball to reverse under cloudy skies, and Ravindra Jadeja had faced 33 balls at the other end without getting off the mark. But Binny radiated calm right from the start, and looked more secure in defence than either Jadeja or MS Dhoni had done before him. He punished the loose balls confidently, and had moved to 26 by lunch to take the lead close to 200.

The seventh-wicket partnership moved to 65 before James Anderson finally dismissed Jadeja, having tormented him all morning. Jadeja had been beaten numerous times before finally edging the angled delivery to Matt Prior. India's lead at that point was 210, and England might have felt they still had a sniff but Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in and dampened their hopes, proving as immovable as he had been in the first innings.

Binny by then had moved into the 30s, and he didn't take long in getting to 50, pulling and steering Liam Plunkett for successive fours before reaching the mark with a single. His strokeplay grew in range when Moeen Ali came on, and he moved quickly into the 70s with a boundary nearly every over against the offspinner, including a reverse-sweep and a flat, inside-out six over extra cover. With plenty of time left in the session it looked as though he could complete a century before tea but Moeen turned one in from around the wicket to trap him lbw.

The day had begun after a 15-minute rain delay, and Stuart Broad and Anderson immediately found reverse swing under cloudy skies. In the second over of the morning, Broad snaked the ball into Virat Kohli and struck him just in front of off stump. First ball of Broad's next over drew Rahane forward. Having seen both bowlers finding consistent reverse into the right-hander, Rahane chose to play at the ball to protect his off stump. It stayed its course, however, and kissed his outside edge through to Prior.

Broad could have had another wicket four overs later. MS Dhoni went after a length ball outside off and got a thick edge that went to Alastair Cook at first slip but he dropped a simple knee-height chance. It didn't prove a costly miss, though. Dhoni and India had only added six more runs to their respective totals when Plunkett replaced Broad and struck first ball. Dhoni, looking to play across the line to a full, inswinging delivery, missed the ball and saw it ricochet off his front pad onto the stumps.

England at that point might have sensed a first Test win in 11 months, having been down and out at one stage. India might have feared yet another overseas defeat in a Test match they had dominated for long periods. Neither side was good enough to force a win on such a surface, but both sides seemed bad enough, at times, to lose.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on July 13, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    I remember in 1960, Australia & West Indies were engaged in one of the greatest Test match of all times at Brisbane which was so thrilling to the last ball that it ended up in a TIE after nearly 1400 runs were scored. This match at Trent Bridge also ended up in a Draw with about the same runs scored in 5 days as at Brisbane. The only difference was this match lacked the high quality of cricket, Zip & Fight exhibited by the 2 Teams of that Era. The highlights of this Test were: India got 111 run stand for the 10th wkt. while England did one better 198 for the 10th wkt. India in their second innings got 78 runs from their #8 bat & 63* from their #9 bat. What does this show? England bowler Broad blamed the pitch for lack of ZIP in it. Best bowlers always find a way of getting batsmen out. How did India get the first 7 England batsmen out but failed to wipe the tail off & the same for England bowlers too. Unless both the teams raise the intensity in bowling,Test Cricket will become BORING!

  • Monoz1976 on July 17, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    These flat track bullies couldn't win matches in NZ. They won't be able to do it in Eng as well even though they get flat wickets. The reason being their mentality works with only flat wickets at home. Best thing for them to stop the continuous record away losses is either to play at home or import the home turfs with the crowd.

  • fguy on July 15, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    we've found the seaming all rounder that we were looking for - no, not binny but bhuvi. shami has been bowling absolute rubbish since SA tour. he's bowling short &, even worse, on both sides of the wicket. plus his pace has dropped majorly from 140 to <134. also he hasnt been able to get the ball to reverse. he should be dropped for aaron. we need some one with pace in the side. would get pankaj singh who was apparently bowling well in practice games in for ishant. jadeja should not be in the test squad let alone in the XI (for that matter he shouldnt even be in ODI's). for how much longer is dhoni going to attempt to transform him into a international-level player? he had a good year as bowler last year but now that everyone has realised that he doesnt actually turn the ball he's lost his effectiveness. plus he doesnt trust his defence & so just slogs everything while batting. ashwin too is ineffective outside india. if he & SRJ are our top spinners than our spinning cupboard is bare

  • fguy on July 15, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    how come the proponents of drs havent said anything about the stuart binny dismissal in 2nd innings. seeing it live & even on replays i felt it was plumb out & was shocked to see the hawkeye projection show that it was missing the leg stump by a long way. the amount of turn it was estimating that moeen ali got from that dead pitch was more than an ajmal would've gotten on a spinners pitch. serious questions remain.

  • Surajrises on July 15, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Binny played really well to save the match but Ashwin should have certainly played in the 1st match considering the pitch was brown. I am sure Ashwin would be regretting about making statements in front of the media that he loves to attack but in the last tour he was told to hold up the other end and that surely din't go down well with Captain Dhoni because he indirectly meant that his Captain is defensive. It is true that MS is defensive and unfortunately it is a series between 2 defensive Captains but Ashwin could have been selective with his words or rather not spoken at all about this because he ended up digging his own grave. Plus with Binny's performance, I am not sure if Ashwin will really get a chance in this tour unless he falls on his Captain's feet to apologize.

  • JG2704 on July 15, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    @SLSup on (July 15, 2014, 4:35 GMT) Have to say your comms are a little one eyed. What about some credit for India who managed to survive a tough final day morning and come out on top at the end of the day and who showed more fight in one test than they did in the whole of the 2011 series?

  • SLSup on July 15, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Test # 2128 done and dusted with. A total of 1344 runs were scored (without a ball being bowled in the 4th Inning) in a Test that Dobell rightly called GIFT WRAPPED for batsmen.

    In the past 20 years, Tests in ENG have averaged 1051 runs PER TEST. This aggrgate is 3rd only to IND averaging 1081 PER TEST and AUS at 1103 runs PER TEST.

    WHAT a great feat by ENG to bring IND to its knees on 5th morning. And what a pity that IND saw it OK to waste the day away getting to nearly 400 for no real reason.

  • on July 14, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Ashwin should definitely play instead of Jadeja, he is a better batsman and bowler in Tests. Binny deserves more games and should be given enough chances to bowl, he can be helpful in swinging conditions. Rahane and Rohit can play alternately. Both have played only 6 tests and Rohit has the better record so far. I would try Gambhir at least for a couple of games if Dhawan fails. Finally I know Ishant has done pretty well in tests recently. He is just 25 and can only get better from here ( i hope)..

  • JG2704 on July 14, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    @5wombats - I think it's a bit harsh associating the comms from one or 2 with the Indian cricket fan. And I feel that with one or 2 exceptions most Indian fans are talking more about the game itself this time I would also say that India came out on top in this match - I don't fancy our batsmen to chase anything over 350 on any pitch right now , batting last I'm not sure when the last time was we chased a substantial target down when batting last. To be fair to India they have already shown more fight in this test than they did in the whole of 2011. Glad the health issues are settled

  • on July 14, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    I think first tests overall arrangement were the stratazy of English think tank. England is going through bad patch. So they need some confidence and also they may wanted to chk Indian strength. Providing flat track now they can plan accordingly in remaining four tests. And if so I am finding advantage England. On flat track our middle order failed miserably. Today we can say only Pujara can play fluently on any track. Though Vijay scored huge in first test, his ability on jucy pitch is akways questionable. Dhavan, Kohli, Rahane failed in the test. If Prior have taken the catches of Dhoni & Vijay, the result may turned in Englands favour totally. Now at Lords, England definately will go for jucy track. And India must think about playing Rohit Sharma. If not in place of Binny, then instead of Jadeja. Cse in histry no spinner had any success at Lords. In first test flat track India performed well with four pacers. So India should think about strenthening batting. Rohit must play in 11.

  • Nampally on July 13, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    I remember in 1960, Australia & West Indies were engaged in one of the greatest Test match of all times at Brisbane which was so thrilling to the last ball that it ended up in a TIE after nearly 1400 runs were scored. This match at Trent Bridge also ended up in a Draw with about the same runs scored in 5 days as at Brisbane. The only difference was this match lacked the high quality of cricket, Zip & Fight exhibited by the 2 Teams of that Era. The highlights of this Test were: India got 111 run stand for the 10th wkt. while England did one better 198 for the 10th wkt. India in their second innings got 78 runs from their #8 bat & 63* from their #9 bat. What does this show? England bowler Broad blamed the pitch for lack of ZIP in it. Best bowlers always find a way of getting batsmen out. How did India get the first 7 England batsmen out but failed to wipe the tail off & the same for England bowlers too. Unless both the teams raise the intensity in bowling,Test Cricket will become BORING!

  • Monoz1976 on July 17, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    These flat track bullies couldn't win matches in NZ. They won't be able to do it in Eng as well even though they get flat wickets. The reason being their mentality works with only flat wickets at home. Best thing for them to stop the continuous record away losses is either to play at home or import the home turfs with the crowd.

  • fguy on July 15, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    we've found the seaming all rounder that we were looking for - no, not binny but bhuvi. shami has been bowling absolute rubbish since SA tour. he's bowling short &, even worse, on both sides of the wicket. plus his pace has dropped majorly from 140 to <134. also he hasnt been able to get the ball to reverse. he should be dropped for aaron. we need some one with pace in the side. would get pankaj singh who was apparently bowling well in practice games in for ishant. jadeja should not be in the test squad let alone in the XI (for that matter he shouldnt even be in ODI's). for how much longer is dhoni going to attempt to transform him into a international-level player? he had a good year as bowler last year but now that everyone has realised that he doesnt actually turn the ball he's lost his effectiveness. plus he doesnt trust his defence & so just slogs everything while batting. ashwin too is ineffective outside india. if he & SRJ are our top spinners than our spinning cupboard is bare

  • fguy on July 15, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    how come the proponents of drs havent said anything about the stuart binny dismissal in 2nd innings. seeing it live & even on replays i felt it was plumb out & was shocked to see the hawkeye projection show that it was missing the leg stump by a long way. the amount of turn it was estimating that moeen ali got from that dead pitch was more than an ajmal would've gotten on a spinners pitch. serious questions remain.

  • Surajrises on July 15, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Binny played really well to save the match but Ashwin should have certainly played in the 1st match considering the pitch was brown. I am sure Ashwin would be regretting about making statements in front of the media that he loves to attack but in the last tour he was told to hold up the other end and that surely din't go down well with Captain Dhoni because he indirectly meant that his Captain is defensive. It is true that MS is defensive and unfortunately it is a series between 2 defensive Captains but Ashwin could have been selective with his words or rather not spoken at all about this because he ended up digging his own grave. Plus with Binny's performance, I am not sure if Ashwin will really get a chance in this tour unless he falls on his Captain's feet to apologize.

  • JG2704 on July 15, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    @SLSup on (July 15, 2014, 4:35 GMT) Have to say your comms are a little one eyed. What about some credit for India who managed to survive a tough final day morning and come out on top at the end of the day and who showed more fight in one test than they did in the whole of the 2011 series?

  • SLSup on July 15, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Test # 2128 done and dusted with. A total of 1344 runs were scored (without a ball being bowled in the 4th Inning) in a Test that Dobell rightly called GIFT WRAPPED for batsmen.

    In the past 20 years, Tests in ENG have averaged 1051 runs PER TEST. This aggrgate is 3rd only to IND averaging 1081 PER TEST and AUS at 1103 runs PER TEST.

    WHAT a great feat by ENG to bring IND to its knees on 5th morning. And what a pity that IND saw it OK to waste the day away getting to nearly 400 for no real reason.

  • on July 14, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Ashwin should definitely play instead of Jadeja, he is a better batsman and bowler in Tests. Binny deserves more games and should be given enough chances to bowl, he can be helpful in swinging conditions. Rahane and Rohit can play alternately. Both have played only 6 tests and Rohit has the better record so far. I would try Gambhir at least for a couple of games if Dhawan fails. Finally I know Ishant has done pretty well in tests recently. He is just 25 and can only get better from here ( i hope)..

  • JG2704 on July 14, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    @5wombats - I think it's a bit harsh associating the comms from one or 2 with the Indian cricket fan. And I feel that with one or 2 exceptions most Indian fans are talking more about the game itself this time I would also say that India came out on top in this match - I don't fancy our batsmen to chase anything over 350 on any pitch right now , batting last I'm not sure when the last time was we chased a substantial target down when batting last. To be fair to India they have already shown more fight in this test than they did in the whole of 2011. Glad the health issues are settled

  • on July 14, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    I think first tests overall arrangement were the stratazy of English think tank. England is going through bad patch. So they need some confidence and also they may wanted to chk Indian strength. Providing flat track now they can plan accordingly in remaining four tests. And if so I am finding advantage England. On flat track our middle order failed miserably. Today we can say only Pujara can play fluently on any track. Though Vijay scored huge in first test, his ability on jucy pitch is akways questionable. Dhavan, Kohli, Rahane failed in the test. If Prior have taken the catches of Dhoni & Vijay, the result may turned in Englands favour totally. Now at Lords, England definately will go for jucy track. And India must think about playing Rohit Sharma. If not in place of Binny, then instead of Jadeja. Cse in histry no spinner had any success at Lords. In first test flat track India performed well with four pacers. So India should think about strenthening batting. Rohit must play in 11.

  • on July 14, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    ashwin have to play at lords.let's give him a chance. then say anything. England had lot of left handers. why not try him.atleast he have 40+average in test cricket with the bat.

  • Meety on July 14, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    @JG2704 on (July 14, 2014, 8:45 GMT) - I suppose there is always 2 sides the story - or rather 2 ways at looking at the same situation. I think that a batsmen is on a hiding to nothing if they come out with no time to build a big innings. Its why you often see Clarke looking to declare just after Tea, if you have been in the field two sessions, go to Tea, then come back out again to field, your mind is more likely to be "tired" then sharp. I think Cook is a top class batsmen & is not far away from turning things around, but I don't think an hour and a bit on the 5th day (if he was lucky), would give him form. Anyways - know where your logic is coming from & can't prove either opinion to be right or wrong!

  • JG2704 on July 14, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    @CodandChips - Not sure I stand anywhere on Prior. I'm not as familiar with all the 1st class keepers. What I would say is a definite no to Buttler. You'd be bringing in a guy who has a worse average and slightly less SR in 1st class cricket than what Prior has in tests and from what I read his WKing is not that great either. For me , if I was to replace Prior it would be Read for reasons which I've listed before

  • chaskamaska on July 14, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    After a long time i have seen a boring test match where on a second day itself result was obvious adding to that boring commentary .

    Commentators blaming pitch its not the pitch its the quality bowling given the same pitch if shane warne can get a result out of it or gramee swann can bundle out this indian batting lineup.

    India playing only three regular bowlers ishant, bhuvi and shami i dont think jadeja is a complete bowler or a complete batsman at this level he should not feature in this side he cant spin the bowl and binny might have bowled more overs but dhoni never trust the new talent always goes with rohit sharma or jadeja or ishant sharma

    Go for ishwar pandey he is better than ishant where is amit mishra english batsman always strugles to play leg spin bowling why cant he be in the side

    why dhoni as a captain give him a break and get gautam gambhir binny looks better batsman than dhoni

  • brusselslion on July 14, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    @grizzle: You've summed up things very nicely (although which of the two sides is happier is open to debate).

    Re the condition of the pitches: I'm certainly no expert when it comes to these matters, but can we realistically expect the pitches to be much different throughout the rest of the series? Sure, a bit more grass might be left on them for longer. Maybe less/more watering, but if the problems are the fundamental nature of the turf, and the drainage systems, etc. then there is surely only a limited amount which can be done in the short term?

  • CodandChips on July 14, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    @JG2704 It's widely accepted that Cook mishandled Kerrigan in that test. Yes Kerrigan was woeful but Cook should have backed him more. We're seeing exactly the same thing with Ali.

    Where do you stand re Prior. Personally I want a wicket keeper to catch everything. The nature of test cricket is that it's so momentum based. One wicket can bring four. One drop can change momentum. Remember every hundred Hashim Amla scored in England in 2012 he got dropped earlier on in his innings, especially in ODIs by Kieswetter. I know you're a Read fan and also a Buttler fan, though wouldn't pick him in tests. My attitude to Buttler is that he's a magnificent batsman, and is improving his first class game,but I wouldn't have him keeping in tests. He can get away with it in white-ball cricket but this having a genuine keeper is so important. Though he can't do worse than Prior.

    Over the last 2 years I've been blessed to watch Foster, Bates, Davies, Read and Rouse. It pains me to watch Dhoni and Prior

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Rohit Sharma cannot be put in this team in the place of Binny.. If anybody should replace Binny it should be Ashwin.. India needs five bowlers.. Jadeja retains his place.. Shami goes and Aaron comes in.. We cannot have 3 Medium pacers in a team and expect to win a series.. Even at home.. We need a genuine quick bowler.. Rohit Sharma if he comes in, should either replace Kohli or Rahane.. In their respective current forms, I don't see that happening either.. Hence Rohit sits out for a while until he shows some sort of consistency at the A level or in Ranji Trophy..

  • grizzle on July 14, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    A pretty poor display from both sides to be honest. The game could have been taken by the scruff of the neck on many occasions, but neither side was up to it. Suspect England will be the happier of the two sides having come out better than India at the end after being considerably worse off after tea on Day 3.

    Unfortunately, the match did not make for riveting cricket. Most are blaming the pitch, but it says a good deal about the teams as well. Hope not all the tests are like this.

    As an Indian fan though, it's a relief to know it won't be a whitewash this time! The scoreline from 2011 is still a distinct possibility though! :)

  • WhoCaresAboutIPL on July 14, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    It seems many correspondents have little idea about (a) English pitches and (b) Test cricket. This was as dead a pitch as you would ever see outside Asia - I would be very surprised is SA or Oz bowlers would have performed any better - certainly no Oz bowler was outstanding last summer, only on the quicker home pitches did they prosper (who can forget how poorly MJ bowled in 2009). Both sides picked 4 seamers expecting a bit more life (and more cloud cover = traditional swing) - here getting the ball above stump high was a real effort. Until there is a bit more life then we will probably have more high scoring draws - the only time wickets fell regularly in this match was in the interim period when there was some reverse swing and the ball was still hard - ie overs 25-50. I have not checked, but suspect this will be seen by analysing all three innings.

  • Nutcutlet on July 14, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    @ram91106 (July 14, 2014, 8:30 GMT): I see your point. Joe Root, however, was instrumental in shielding Jimmy from the majority of the bowling, especially earler in the stand. Some thought that the farming went on too long (I did), after Jimmy was into his stride and he realised that this was his day - if ever there was - on a wicket in which even one with his limited capabilities could fill his boots - such was the nature of this dreadful pitch. Thus, Jimmy's exploits owe a great deal to the mentoring and leadership of JR. Are you getting the idea? Batsmen bat in partnerships; one is often materially responsible for the success of the other. Ditto bowlers that, again, most successfully hunt in pairs, even though the distribution of wickets may be unequal. Cricket is a complex game and to select any one player as MoM is artificial. It runs counter the idea of a team game. I stand by my original post because I see these add-ons as representative of values that seem to me to be false.

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Player of the match Anderson? really do not the logic behind this award. He has done nothing as a bowler and scored 81. there are other players who out performed him. Bhuvi, saved the game for India in both the inn with the bat and got 5 wickets... Root played a grt inn of 140+*

  • JG2704 on July 14, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    @CodandChips on (July 14, 2014, 8:16 GMT) It's a tough selection dilemma. Personally I would not drop Bell right now as he looks in good enough touch and is playing fluently , unlike in 2012 when he looked terrible at times in UAE/SL. I think Cook's attitude has to change and if Kerrigan (presuming he plays) has a bad 1st spell he should not be put off bringing him back. If his mindset is that if he has a bad spell to totally discard him for the rest of the test then he may as well not go in with a specialist spinner. I thought he missed a huge opportunity not bringing him back on vs Aus in a dead rubber game.

  • CodandChips on July 14, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    @JG2704 spot on re Dhoni's declaration. I said it before play started. India would never bowl out England in under a day on that pitch. And it allowed England's bowlers to get more exhausted and one of them at least could have possibly got injured.

  • CodandChips on July 14, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    @ram91106 I thought Davies was dropped prematurely from ODIs. He wasn't given the same level of chances as Kieswetter for example.

    Re the tests no reserve to Prior has played when called up as cover for an injury/problem. There was the Headingly ashes test in 2009, Bairstow in Brisbane, Davies at Headingly in 2012 and Buttler this tests. England just don't like dropping Prior, as shown by his reinstatement into the side despite being dropped and injured.

    Re Roy, I don't think he keeps but he does bowl a bit...

    Re Bell, yes. The sloppy dismissals when set. He needs to take Responsibility. Perhaps if he opened and captained he'd be more responsible. Or he could be dropped for a game as a kick up the backside.

  • Tamimfan on July 14, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    I feel india should play ashwin instead of jadeja. Eng has a lot of left handers and ashwin can pick wickets in pitch like lords... And ashwin is much better test batsman than jadeja who is a slogger.. i dont know why india fans like jadeja so much when ashwin has better records than him

  • ideal123 on July 14, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    We have played one test match of the series and such over reactions from fans!!!!. It appears neither most of the people commenting here are from T20 and 50 over era only (leaving out SL fans - who seriously need to find another wall to post their comments!). This match as much about flat pitch is also about some quite extraordinary performance by lower order batsman. Lets bear in mind this is the same pitch on which the top order of both teams have been found out..

    Why not appreciate Bhuvnesh, Shami, Anderson, Binny for their tenacious effort.. The weather does play a part in easing out the pitch or making the ball wobbly as we found out yesterday morning with overcast condition. We really are very poor followers of game and very little patience.. Either most of people here are dont understand test cricket or more evidently dont care. Can we all re-read what we are posting here to encourage healthy discussion.

  • JG2704 on July 14, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Re Dhoni's non declaration I thought it was long term a smart move. It kept our bowlers out in the field and when the tests are so close together ... The 1 good thing is that Cook had the common sense to bowl Root and Ali so many overs towards the end Re MOM - Jimmy would be probably be 5th on the list. Kumar would be 1 (definitely) , Root 2 , Vijay 3 , Broad 4 and then Jimmy Finally , enjoyed the Cook (as bowler) dismissal. It was nice to see a guy having some fun after all the pressure he has been under

  • devdutt_2000 on July 14, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Binny showed character. But it should be horses for courses . Indian team management could assess conditions at Lord before deciding final 11. Maybe Binny/Jadeja has to sit out for Ashwin . Also getting tailenders out should be a vital strategy, Ashwin adds variety to the attack and can possibly be a better bet against tailenders.

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Why Ashwin is nt getting chance??? Who is bettr???? Ashwin, Jadeja or Binny???? Ashwin is a superstar both in batting n bowling....

  • Tamimfan on July 14, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    As a neutral i was very surprised to see Anderson get MOM. His performance in the match was ordinary - 3/123, 81, 1/47.. thats total 4 wickets in 59 overs. also he was hit for a lot of runs in 1st innings.... India's B.KUMAR had much better all round performance - 58, 5/82, 63*... he got 5 wickets in 30overs and scored crucial runs in both innings... And Murali vijay batted superbly - 146, 52.. he got a bad decision in 1st innings but looked brilliant with the bat.. If an England player was to be given MOM it could have been Joe root who scored unbeaten 150+ and saved eng from an embarrassing defeat.. It was very biased to give Anderson the award for his ordinary performance.. My choice for MOM would be in this order 1) Kumar 2) vijay 3) Joe root... Anderson isnt even a contender..

  • krishnaSun on July 14, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    India did not get out Jimmy because of playing Jadeja. He also wated many balls for nothing to get 30 odd runs. If Ashwin was there instead of Jadeja than match would have been in india's favor for win. I dont know what has happened to Indian selector or is Dhoni favors Jadeja??

  • JG2704 on July 14, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    @Meety on (July 13, 2014, 22:10 GMT) for once I disagree. You could say about getting Cook out would dent his confidence more but also to build any sort of confidence Cook needs time in the middle and India by not declaring are denying him that time - even if the main reason is to try and tire our bowlers out

    @bobbo2 on (July 13, 2014, 23:37 GMT) Interesting you should comment on BM when it was his late declaration that almost certainly cost NZ the home series win vs Eng last year. Cook is a boring captain but he could not declare for India so not sure how he can be blamed here - not that I'm blaming MSD. As others have pointed out already it was not the sort of pitch to take quick wickets on by and large

  • ram91106 on July 14, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    @Cod&Chips...Being in the playing eleven is different to being the water-boy don't you think??? He was great when he was given chances...till Prior re-emerged...I remember that tour to UAE when during the ODIs he was explosive...he may be the best bet for England along with Jos Buttler...Also does Jason Roy keep wickets?? Seems like he is in the purplest of patches....Regarding your comment on Bell's disastrous performance in Australia...i think you will agree when I say that the other batsmen including Cook and Prior and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did not exactly cover themselves in glory...yet from what I have seen of him against SL he seems to be in good touch...except for his old failing of getting dismissed in an infuriating manner after making attractive starts...maybe more time shadow-boxing than on PlayStation for Bell??:) Cricinfo pls publish

  • ram91106 on July 14, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    @NutCutlet... Contrary to what most aggrieved Indians and fair-minded English think I believe that it was Jimmy who turned the match around with his batting...when he came in at 298/9 England were still on the chopping blocks...somewhere around 310 and India would still have had a lead of 140...That would have made MSD go for a result...probably 340 in 70 overs considering his mindset but still..it would have given India a chance to bowl at England under cloudy skies and who knows what the result might have been?? Though I was shocked to not find Bhuvi as the MOM recipient at first the decision made sense to me later...But regarding your opinion about the culture of handing out MoM...could you shed some light on when this practice started in Cricket?? I think Kerry Packer with all his efforts to glamorise his version introduced this American concept of MVP...But if it incentivizes someone to strive to give his best should the practice be abhorred?? Cricinfo pls publish

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    everyone is sayin that that the INDIANS are inexperienced...how many english players are experienced of playing 50 odd tests in the lineup

  • CodandChips on July 14, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @ram91106

    "Bell is England's best batsman" on what basis? When was his last hundred. He disappeared in Australia like everyone else, and hasn't scored runs since. Just a couple of 50s. He was outstanding in the home ashes but has disappeared since and was invisible between then and 2011.

    I wouldn't mind him opening. He opens in ODIs. It would accommodate the players in the middle order that are actually scoring runs. And it would allow Bell to take responsibility for once.

    Re Davies I thought he was a tailor-made Prior replacement. He was the only keeper (other than Prior in form) who could both bat and keep to a high standard. He should have been reserve keeper for the ashes and I wanted him to play vs Sri Lanka. However near the start if the summer he gave up the gloves. Sad news.

    He has been selected since coming out. He was reserve keeper vs West Indies at Edgbaston in 2012. But didn't play. Prior played with conjunctivitis. Though Prior plays through any injury/problem.

  • ladycricfan on July 14, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    @Nutcutlet, I can't put it as eloquently as you did but I agree cricket is a team game and MOM award should not be there.

  • wanatawu on July 14, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Cook took a wicket, maybe he should bat at number 11 and become a bowler full time. I ,think Jimmy deserve a higher place in the batting line-up.

  • Siddee on July 14, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    It seems like people who wanted Ishant to be dropped are now want to keep him.. and same goes for Vijay too.. And now they want to drop Dhawan.. !! common on . India played really well than the experienced Eng players.. especially Bowlers..

    Ashwin should have played this test, and he would have attacked left handed Anderson.. That would have defined a result in the favor of India..

  • on July 14, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    @nampally Didnt watch the 1960 test read lots tho and couldnt agree more. Great observation and would like to discuss more cricket with you in the future. #attacking cricket fan from aus

  • ste13 on July 14, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Critics of Trent Bridge pitch have no gound. This test just shown, how poor bowling line-ups of both teams are. I am pretty sure that any of these teams playing vs Australia (Johnsona and Harris) or South Africa (Steyn and Philander)on this wicket would loose in 4 days. Lord's will most likely produce another draw due to bowlers' incapacity.

  • Nutcutlet on July 14, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    In common with many perplexed India supporters and fair-minded English ones, I thought that Anderson's MoM award was entirely ill-judged. Bhuvanesh Kumar's overall contribution was absolutely outstanding. If we are to have such tacky add-ons such as MoM awards, then, for heavens' sake, let them be judged fairly. And that brings me to one of my regular gripes: MoM awards are a relatively recent creation. It feeds off and into the the Celeb Culture - a particularly artificial aspect of the contemporary ad man/publicity agent's world of false values. The glorification of the individual at the expense of society/ family/team, etc. is one of the many, many scraps of nonsense and amorality that have been foisted upon us by a world that is desperate to come up with gimmicky novelty, regardless of genuine value.

  • ram91106 on July 14, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    @5wombats...Contrary to popular notion us Indians don't hate test cricket and the Aussies can themselves attest to our way of play when we visited them in 03-04 and also the acrimonious 07-08...Apart from the Saffas Indians have been the most impressive team home and away from 2000 to 2011 having won series everywhere except for South Africa and Australia....but expecting the world from a bunch of twenty somethings on their maiden international tours to conquer the world is foolhardiness...we have looked for the bright sparks,have found them and are content that this team is heading in the right direction...if MSD hangs his boots in Tests it will be even more wonderful since there are more technically sound wicketkeepers waiting in the flanks...After all Tendulkar in his first 5 years averaged something around 41...that did not portend of things to come did it??? India this time around may surprise everyone which won't be a surprise to us though!!! #BLEEDBLUE. Cricinfo pls publish

  • ram91106 on July 14, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    @Cod&Chips...Your line-up seems almost revolutionary...But no Bell???? He hasn't been wafting at balls outside off or swishing at thin air...he is scoring at a fair clip...his only problem for now is he seems to get out inexplicably...it would be unwise to bin him and go for a squad that is full of youthful freshness and promise but lacks experience...at times of crisis it would help if a grizzled veteran was in the midst calming agitated minds and quelling unrest...Bell is England's best batsman and he could open the innings(?? Dravid did in 2011)...Ali at 3...Ballance,Root,WK,Woakes,Stokes/Jordan,Broad/Anderson,Finn/Spinner,Pacer...

    How is Steven Davies doing on the county circuit???He could be a good prospect...His coming out shouldn't scupper his national chances should it??

  • on July 14, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Well. The test ended in to draw. But what most significant things came out of it is the old slogan catches win matches. In our NZ tour what most hurted us the drop catches. In first test Vijay dropped Williamson & in second test Virat droped Maccullum & both went to score big hundreds and India lost the series 1-0. In this test England lost the opportunities to win the test. Matt Prior is the culprate. In first inning he droped Dhoni & in second inning he again dropped Vijay. Dhoni was on 50 & Vijay on 0. Dhoni made 87 & Vijay 50 plus. Now the big test is coming ahead at Lords. What will be Indias stretezy now. Definately at Lords England will be going for bowling friendly pitch. I think Rohit Sharma should come in playing 11. Cse though Vijay scored huge runs in first test, his ability to face pace bowling on pacy track is questionable. We cant just rely on tail every time. On flat track we played with four bowlers only as Binny bowled just few. Rohit Sharma should come in. ATB India.

  • vkumar_086 on July 14, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    @SLSup...playing more than 400 ODI's at a whopping average of 30 and playing 130+ tests at whopping average of 45+ is the greatest achievement for SL..defines the term LEGEND....India drew the test comfortably by sweating out England bowlers...our inexperience batting side played nicely...SL has 4 players who played more than 100 tests, but still able to save the test in last over by saving last wicket...truly class act

  • gundapps on July 14, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    While Binny deserves all credit for saving India from dire straits, he needs to check his impetuosity to play T20-like inventive shots while playing tests. His defense against Moeen was definitely suspect and the ball was also not turning much. On the other hand, Bhuvi looks like a much better Test batsman than Jadeja or Binny as he has a sound defense and knows where his off stump is. Shows that first class averages do not tell the full story. Jadeja put up a gritty show with the bat but is far from convincing anyone that he can be depended on to hold one end up in tests, particularly if the ball is doing a bit.

  • ram91106 on July 14, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    No disputes regarding the Dhawan dropping...He should be someone who is exclusively used for sub-continent like tracks where he does not fear to advance to any bowler and hit on the up...But considering including Rohit would get us to the same position...can't play the moving ball...no footwork or lazy footwork...has a tendency to poke outside the off...only possibility is Gambhir and a prayer that he doesn't keep fishing outside off...Him and Vijay can be the best opening partnership India can have at the moment...it is funny that everyone who was demanding the removal of Ash from the test squad because he was "useless" is clamoring for his inclusion now...However he may offer a good possibility against the five lefties in the English line-up...Seems like Bhuvi despite his excellent performance may have to sit out...

    Vijay/Gambhir,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Binny,MSD,Ash,SRJ,Shami,Ishant,Pankaj...two spinners..three pacers...three all-rounders... Comments??? Cricinfo pls publish

  • on July 14, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    isn't it time we found a way to get rid of these ridiculous "draws" and instead found a way to get a result out of them?

  • yogesh.gg on July 14, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    SL fans need to take rest , as recent loss to SA in their own backyard seems to have impacted their thinking. Just one lucky test series win and they are on cloud nine. India has done that multiple times in past. We will see how your team performs after Mahela and Sanga retire. Please learn to give respect to other teams in order to get respect in return.

  • NalinPerera on July 14, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Why India couldn't declare early and give England to bat , Why we all miss a fight after five days. By the way Dhoni is the only captain I see in my life who doesn't have proper Test Batting Technics. Now so many Indians can say many things for that as usual. But it is not test when I see Dhoni is batting in Test. Its true he won so many matches to India and his records shows it. Well done England

  • ITJOBSUCKS on July 14, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @SLSup I've heard Warne(rated SRT as No.1),Mcgrath(rated SRT as No.1), Gillespie, Lee, Ambrose,Donald(must have said zillion times that Sachin was the toughest batsman he had ever bowled to), Pollock, Walsh, Wasim, Waqar saying them Sachin & Lara were the BEST batsmen of last generation but never ever heard them saying same thing about Sanga!!! To be rated as the BEST you've perform everywhere & particularly against the BEST teams which were AUS & SA(2nd best in TEST) esp in their own backyard in the last 2 decade!!! On top of this, SRT & Lara dominated BEST bowling attacks in their backyard which sanga has never done that & sanga has admitted this!!!! Just scoring tons of runs on SC pitches/taking tons of wickets doesn't make anyone the BEST!!!

  • CodandChips on July 14, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    (continued)

    If you want more batting, go with Foster. Rouse or Read. All are excellent glovemen.

    I'd like Lyth to come in for Cook who's been woeful for a year. And Kerrigan for Bell as Bell hasn't scored a hundred in a while and with the bowlers in this squad there is enough batting to warrant it.

    Plunkett and Anderson to be rested. Jordan and Woakes to come in.

    1.Robson 2.Lyth 3.Ballance 4.Ali 5.Root 6.Stokes 7.Woakes 8.Broad 9.Jordan 10.Bates 11.Kerrigan

    Only problem is no captain

  • sammysam on July 14, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Binny and the pitch saved India this match.. When India bats its looks like a wicket is just around the corner. When India bowls it looks like a wicket will never fall. The India A team in Australia is MUCH better than this bunch. Dhoni should not be playing tests. He cannot bat with the red ball. Hoping for a fast seaming pitch at Lords to really show how bad this current Indian team is. This from a frustrated Indian supporter.

  • CodandChips on July 14, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Not a dreadful result because of the pitch, but there are still changes that need to be made for Lord's.

    Anderson and Broad should have some rests this series. Given they are our best seam bowlers I would alternate them. For example Broad to play at Lord's, then Anderson at the Ageas Bowl or vice versa.

    Good to see Kerrigan in the squad. I hope he plays. If he does I wonder who for. Personally I wouldn't replace a seamer with him, because if he bottles it again that leaves an attack of 3 seamers plus Ali. But I would not remove Ali as he scored that hundred vs Sri Lanka therefore deserves his place and could also be a reserve spinner in case Kerrigan bottles it.

    The 3 droppable players are also the only real captaincy options. A nice dilemma for the selectors over Cook, Bell and Prior. Personally I'd get rid of them all (though I'd have Bell in the squad). Wicketkeepers need to catch. Bring in a proper keeper for Prior. Michael Bates. The bowlers would give enough batting.

  • joe_antony on July 14, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Truly one of the highly boring test match this. India could have managed to save this one, but there are lot of potential weaknesses of the Indians were exposed here. First and foremost, the void created by the great Rahul Dravid's retirement, is not getting filled up by any 'the next big thing' young player, be it Kohli, Pujara or Dhawan. None of these have managed to convince to build that middle order legacy India had all those years. India was never been very confused about picking its bowling attack like this time. There was not plan or combination in Indian bowling attack, it was just like 'bowl what you know and see if something happens' type. Jadeja and Binny are clueless what their role in the team is. Even if you argue about Vijay's form, it has come in a sedate pitch. I would wait till he gets his solid 50 in a sporting pitch. So I would say there are no positives for India to take from this Tests, only questions and ambiguities.

  • on July 14, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    I agree with Chappel about his selection for India. There is a few considerations that could be made. First of all, Shikhar Dhawan should be dropped, and Rohit Sharma should replace him as opener, however, this is extremely unlikely to happen. Secondly, Jadeja should be dropped, despite his excellent FC stats, his batting reminds me of any tailender and shouldn't be near the top 7. On top of that, Ashwin is a better TEST bowler, and his experience, albeit not success, overseas should inspire him to turn things around. Ashwin is also a better TEST batsman than Jadeja. Unfortunately Binny was selected but played very well on his debut, however, If Dhawan is not dropped, Rohit Sharma should play at 6. Id sack Dhoni as TEST captain, give it to Rohit Sharma or Kohli(VC the other). Keep the 3 seamers, they did well. If Rohit replaces Dhawan then Binny stays in the side. 1. Vijay 2. Rohit/Dhawan 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rahane 6. Rohit 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Ishant/Yadav

  • nikhil_24 on July 14, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    A lot of positives for India after this match like Vijay looking settled as an opener, Good bowling display by India (except the last England wicket) and Bhuvi displaying qualities of an all-rounder. Kohli has not been at his best in this test match but I am sure he will be back to his usual aggressive display in next match. And yes, Happy to see SL fans frustrated and posting as usual comments after they lost their home series for the first time against SA.

  • on July 14, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    @nuindian, doni is indeed more of being lucky than any special captaincy material. But as long as a team wins under a certain player's captaincy it is great for that team but as far as captaincy abilities are concerned he clicks because his script is to succeed rather than there is any special captaincy talent in him. look at the number of tosses he wins - it is simply mind boggling, I agree toss winning does not automatically mean a win but especially when the team travels abroad winning tosses is a great boon. Also when he is the captain the off form players he chooses or persists almost always perform great, the opposition in-form players very commonly lose form, some umpiring decisions go in favor of him etc etc you name any it all goes in his favor. Sachin or Rahul or Saurav's captaincy was never inferior to doni's but they especially Sachin had no luck at all. When Sachin was captain he too batted well & took correct decisions but still he always lost, no luck at all for him.

  • ram91106 on July 14, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    @SLSup...The so-called GOD does not have good batting records eh???That the aforementioned Colombo Legend is an all-time great is undisputed...but factor in his more than Bradmansesque scoring against Bangladesh and his average does fall a bit...after all 15 tests against the proven occasional flash-in-the-pan test minnow is a task any batsman worth his salt would relish...out of the 11000+runs deduction of a 1500 against this team and the average looks mortal innit??? And it is really laughable that you think the GOD does not have good batting records...Maybe you started following Indian cricket post 2004 when he had a career threatening tennis-elbow problem...he has faced the finest bowlers at their best...has played in pitches that were true to their character..and he played for 24 years!!!! Lets face it..First is Bradman...Headley...Sobers...Tendulkar-Lara...Sanga-Ponting-Kallis-Dravid...And that is the cold hard fact...nothing is gonna change it...keep on hating...Cricinfo publish

  • on July 14, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    I think the MoM decision may have had something to do with failed attempt from Anderson and how he took it in the last game vs SL? :) Nevertheless, my choice would've been B Kumar for he did it with the ball and he did it the bat twice!! Very easily they failed to recognize how crucial they were in deciding the fate of the game!!

    Also, Dhoni should have asked Jadeja and Binny to go for it once they crossed 210.. a change in mindset would've made Jadeja more confident and considering they both were settled they would've liked that call from Dhoni (if it had come) play for 250 and declare with 45 overs to play for England.. very teasing target and both sides could've felt confident.. Dhoni's thought process is very different in test matches.. May be he didn't trust his bowler's enough? I don't blame him though.. It is not easy to trust Indian bowlers, especially with Ishant Sharma in the line up! =)

  • on July 14, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    @greatest_game know what :world's best batting line up means" It doesnt mean scoring centuries to prove so but also geting you out of tough and embarrasing situations which unfortunately no other team in the world except India can do!!Tell me any instance in the last ten years where India have been bowled out for less than 100 in any format? SA bowled out for 98, SL bowled for 65 ,96 and other many uncountables, NZ bowled for 25,perhaps, and what about aussies? GREAT!! 47 all out!! 93 all out!! Tell me any instance where India have been embarrassed!!

  • Worldcricketlover on July 14, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    @Slinga_Malinga. Ask any english bowler he will tell you that english pitches were dry even SL was playing Test . In ODI the two matches were different. Moeen Ali played well agsinst SL even so called great Hearth was playing . Look how you have been trash by SA in your own back yard . Now get ready for Test .

  • on July 14, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    I think rather than providing their experts comments here SL fans should go to the stadium and support their cricket teams and system. Grounds were empty during SLvSA ODIs.

  • ram91106 on July 14, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    @LionWallaby... Agree completely with you...I was deliberately trying to be provocative and I could sense the anger and the pains that you have taken to elaborate on the upcoming Sri Lankan players...Agree Dhoni's hasn't set the trail blazing but we have have lost all our seniors to either retirement or indifferent form...its a completely new crop of players that are playing and except for Ishant and Gambhir and Dhoni himself they are all palyers who have debuted under Dhoni.. A line-up consisting of Pujara,Kohli,Vijay,Rahane however daunting it may be in the future does not exactly inspire the awe of Dravid,SRT,Ganguly,Laxman at their pomp...Barring the fiasco of 2011-12...Dhoni took over the reins of India test captaincy at the end of 2008 and lost his first series in August 2011...which included tours to SA and NZL... so give these players time too...my point was when is Kaushal,Tharindu going to be regular fixtures in the SL line-up???Contd in next post....Cricinfo pls publish

  • FlatTrakBully on July 14, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    MOM was selected by Sky Sports Team..Even Anderson was surprised by the POOR decision!!!!

  • ITJOBSUCKS on July 14, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    @RamanSilva @Sinhaya & other Sl fans...It's really weird to see SL fans venting your frustration of losing to SA over here..I can't understand the logic.....BTW, i haven't seen any Indian commenting on Sl's loss & also on suchitra's action!!! You Sl fans must be really embarrassed & frustrated about SL's performance esp in Test as SL are yet to win a test series in SL ever since muruli retired!!! Is Sl ever going to win a test in India & Australia ??? LOL

  • on July 14, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    India should now go for Rohit Sharma in place of Rahane in order to have a part time off spinner and Ashwin for Jadeja as a specialist spinner for the Lords Test. Binny should to continued in the team for the taste of the conditions and confidence for current series . His swing bowling will come into play later in the series. Binny is the dark horse . Dhawan should be given a chance to prove in the Lords Test and if fail to deliver , call Gambhir as his replacement for the entire series even if Gambhir fails.

  • vsroc on July 14, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 14,2014). Team India performed well in the first cricket test match against England under the able leadership of M.S.Dhoni. It lacks killer instinct quality in bowling.This is getti- ng repeated ever since we commenced playing against S.Africa in their soil during last year.Perhaps,we need a better bowling all rounder to get successful breakth- roughs in dire situations.Let us all hope to to get this type of all rounder to get in- to our test cricket team shortly.

  • Lion_Wallaby on July 14, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    @ram91106: Same thing was said when Jaya/Murali/Vaas left. At that time no one knew about Sanga/Dilshan/Herath. Dilshan was batting at No 6 with not even a single 100 to his name. Herath wasn't too good at that time. When Sanga/Mahela finish there will be new ones. Unless you give them good exposure and keep faith there will be no new legends born. When Dilshan was there in the test squad Kaushal Silva couldn't come in.When Hearth is there Tharidu Kaushal could not come. Just compare Chandimal's and Dhoni's outside Subcontinent test record. Chandimal has played better than Dhoni. Angelo is getting better and better with both as a player and a captain. We have to talk about what we have in our hands right now. You are talking about something in another couple of years' time which includes lot of if's and but's which we have to see by that time.

  • nuindian on July 14, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Dhoni is running out of luck.....Its a known fact that no one in the England team plays spin well than pietersen ......if dhoni was a strude tactician he would have chosen a spinner instead of ishant sharma.............its just a matter of time when the people who have been praising the captain cool sees his wrong side...In India your tactics would do but abroad series is also about mind games ....no matter whatever the conditions are....in the first test by fielding no specialist spinners ...it was all advantage England.....and to make matters worse the oldest coach in intl cricket with his loads of experience doesn't know it....is ridiculous....wonder when we will get a worthy coach...

  • on July 14, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    This game clearly reflects the highly defensive approach employed by India. After being in a clear position to dominate the game, India failed to pick up just one final wicket when all the talks before the game were surrounded by the lack of the ability to pick up 20 wickets. Indian batsman played overly defensively in the first innings when conditions were much more Indian than English. Binny's pick was not justified as he was barely giver enough opportunity to prove his worth although he did play a role in saving the game. But Jadeja as a lead spinner is not worth a place in the side and we are likely to see Binny dropped and hopefully replaced by a quick. The star for India remained Bhuvi who dominated with the bat (second highest run getter for India so far) and also ball. But India certainly need to learn how to play aggressively as performance like this would help avoid defeats and whitewash but not grant the team a much desperate away win.

  • JAHID_OMAR on July 14, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    it's seems Indian supporters are very much happy for the draw. Why not indeed after been humiliated over the past 3 years continuously by several opponents AUS/ENG/NZ/SA and specially embarrassing defeat to England in their own back yard might have made their fans to be delighted for this result. Hope they can at least pull out a victory in this series even though it seems so unlikely to happen. England will thrash them in to pieces in next four matches for sure..!!

  • anver777 on July 14, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Anderson rightly deserves the MOM award !!!!!! his personal best & the 10th wkt world record partnership really saved the match for ENG... a lead of 150+ for IND, would have been a huge advantage at that stage..... though Cook failed to regain his lost form overall it was a good test !!!!

  • Hareendra on July 14, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    I don't understand how Anderson ended up getting the man of the match award He got a total of 4 wickets in the match. Lots of better performances Vijay, B Kumar, etc.

  • on July 14, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    done may go with different action plan in 2n test

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 14, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Definition of a legend in Sri Lanka :- If you can go out for a toss and stand on a field for 50 overs you are a Legend of the Game. To become God of Sri Lankan cricket you will have to play 400 odis at an average of a whopping 30. Even lower than Sir Jadeja who is Indian no. 8. LOL.

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 14, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    @ SL fans, Its so funny to see SL fans vent their frustration out on this page after getting humiliated at home. I don't know how it will help their untalented team of colombo track bullies. Their Legends average 30 after playing 400 odis. LOL. And other Legend has 5 100s outside SC after playing 124 tests. This has the be the most pityfull team ever. They just make legends out of mediocre players to make themselves happy. They win 1 match in decades and sing for next decade. LOL. PnG and Namibia can put a better team if given these many chances.

  • ram91106 on July 14, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    @LionWallaby...we didn't have to go through the emotional wrangle of our greats closing out their careers and enjoying a swansong tour of England having never won a series before...But Sanga and Jaya if it wasn't for the last ball burst by Prasad would have for all their glorious records gone without ever winning a series in England which lets face it is at their weakest...and also the weakest of the three line-ups namely South Africa,Australia and England...And most of these Indians on their first overseas tours to SA and NZL were exceptional...2011-12 was an aberration...In England we were faced with injuries,rotten luck,poor form of the aging seniors...(10 players injured)...and we faced them at their mightiest...they had rolled out SL for 68(LOL)..Aussie tour was simply a nightmare...accepted..but we have moved on...the performances have been in sparks and encouraging...it won't take long before thes tykes start bossing around evryone...What about SL after Sanga,Mahela,Herath???

  • on July 14, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Bhuvanesh Kumar made a 58 in the first innings , got 5/82 when he bowled , came back in the second innings and scored an unbeated 63* .. what more does a guy have to do to get a MoM ?

  • ram91106 on July 14, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    @RamanSilva...a quick Statsguru check reveals that Kohli has 5 of his 19 hundreds against Sri Lanka...and more than 1500 runs in 35 matches too...at Sri Lanka when he was still 22 or 23 he has an average of nearly 41 with a century too...Thank You for accepting Sri Lanka produces flat pitches...(P.S-Sanga on his first England tour after playing three test matches has a mighty average of drum roll...21...)

    @Sinhaya...it saddens me that someone like you has resorted to petty trash talking..I was going through the archives here and clicked on the link to the last Indian tour to Sl...and you have been so courteous and gentlemanly..granted that hate mongers exist on our side too but as lovers of cricket we could be above these petty trash talking...otherwise add a disclaimer like "for the haters".. Cricinfo please publish..

  • rohanbala on July 14, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Even Chris Martin, Danny Morrison & Courtney Walsh would have made a Century each on this Trent Bridge pitch.

  • Lodhisingh on July 14, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Is some one talking about Kohli's extended lack of form or that he has lot to prove? What game do you guys follow? Kohli has scored 100s in his first tours of AUS, SA and NZ and he has scored 2 100s in his last 4 tests.

  • on July 14, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    India should drop jadeja.he trys to whack in test cricket.that game doesnt work if u r selected as an allrounder.his game plan needs to be changed.india should replace ashwin with jadeja and we might see binny been dropped after 1st test for rohit sharma.whats worth having seam bowling allrounder bowl just 10 overs!absolutely rubbish.but than binny has scored runs.than its a battle between ashwin and jadeja.because india need a seam bowling allrounder rather than jadeja.my playing 11 would be:-1)vijay.2)dhawan.3)pujara.4)kohli.5)rahane.6)binny.7)dhoni.8)ashwin.9)bhuvi.10)shami.11)ishant

  • vaidyar on July 14, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Years from now it'll be remembered as only the 4th time India hasn't lost their first test in England. India won the series in all 3 previous occurrences. If they don't win this time, it'll go down as the exception, else will be part of that 1st test bogey for them.

  • crzcric on July 14, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    So India Whitewashed England.well done.Why don't they play in a road instead of this pitches.So boring.If other matches also like this, This is gonna be most boring test series ever.great way to improve averages if Indian batsman.They will count it as away average.But we know its not in a green top or in cold weather.Just as same as india.

  • Sniper on July 14, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Kohli has a lot to prove now. Can he make big scores in England? Sniper

  • Chris_P on July 14, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    @5wombats. Good to see you up & about. Hope all is better for you. And agree with your thoughts on @ThePacifist. Delusions of grandeur are always there, it wasn't a loss outside the sub continent, so it was "a truly outstanding result"!!

  • yogicoolboy on July 14, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Well They should have Made England bat for atleast 3 Hours, After The total was safe. As it would have put some pressure on England as cook isnt in great Form.They could have taken some wickets and that would have been a morale boosting win to. Good luck to both teams in remaining test

  • Siva_Bala75 on July 14, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    Binny and Jadeja can be considered 'batting allrounders' while Ashwin is a bowling allrounder. India should not play both Jadeja and Binny. Choose one, probably Binny for England, and bring in Ashwin. Looks like that is what will happen in Lords.

  • Mervo on July 14, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    While I am most surprised that Anderson was MotM, this kind of game where no one wants to take the initiative on an easy wicket, is the death knell of Test cricket.

  • Lion_Wallaby on July 14, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    What a relief for Indian team after getting whitewashes series after series and losing back home against the same opposition. But still loads of work to be done to win at least one match outside Indian soil.

  • on July 14, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Trent Bridge saw a fierce battle to superimpose authority between Dhoni and Cook before true nature of the Pitch prevailed. Batting displays of Vijay Dhoni Binny Bhuvi Root Robson Balance and Anderson were noteworthy. But bowling efforts of Bhuvi Anderson Broad were especially praiseworthy as pitch was their natural enemy. MOM should have been BHUVI. THE BATTLE shifts to LORD'S and promises to be fiercer. AMEN.

  • Sinhaya on July 14, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Cool batting paradise imported from India. Wish if Sri Lanka also got this type of surface to help our tail inflate their batting averages. No way would Indians have drawn this test if not for this unique Indian highway.

  • on July 14, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    There are a few lessons for India.

    1. Some of our key batsmen, despite their best attempt to adapt to the test format, instinctively lapse into the short-format mode, in the choice and execution of their strokes. The worst offender is Dhawan. The best improvement is shown by Vjay.

    2. Our best batsman , Kohli is on an extended loss of form. So far there is no sign of recovery, not for lack of talents, but for the missing confidence. That is where guys like Paddy Upton, and other decent mental conditioning coaches can be of help. Duncan can't do it. Of course, one good innings will bring him back.

    3. Dhoni, though the best captain and finisher in the short format, is NOT a good test batsman. Even Bhuvi is a far better test batsman (repeat test batsman).

    4. We keep on lamenting about the lack of a seaming all-rounder, when Bhuvi can be moulded into one, if you care to do.

    5. It is too early to make a judgement about Binny. He certainly is a better TEST batsman, than some regulars.

  • bigwonder on July 14, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    I am surprised on MOM. I would rate B. Kumar higher than Anderson in this match and deserved MOM.

  • on July 14, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    "...Years from now, it will mostly be remembered ..." as a "Tale of the tail-enders". Nothing more to crow about.

  • sasisurineni on July 14, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Gutless Captaincy from Dhoni. He should have declared n try to take wickets.But he has not shown that fighting spirit.

  • DTiger97 on July 14, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    MoM should've been Bhuvi for good swing bowling in testing conditions and also covering up the poor Indian top order batting..

  • Indian_Kari_Pakku on July 14, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Once again poor captaincy by Dhoni. He could have let England to bat after having a 250 lead. Who knows. England may collapse. India need a captain like Brendon Mccullum. It's time to get rid of Dhoni.

    Please replace Kohli with Gambhir in the next test match. Kohli is useless out side India.

  • dunger.bob on July 14, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    I'll be keeping an eye on this Bhuvi bloke. He batted really well in this match and if he continues to show the same form throughout the series there'll be a case for changing his designation from fast bowler to bowling all-rounder.

  • Ramansilva on July 14, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    What was the contribution by flat track bully? - less than 10 in each innings What was the contribution by mediocre bowlerr? - two fifties in each innings India should be ashamed of relying on bowlers for the rescue act.

  • Sexysteven on July 14, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    Thankfully this game is over apart from afew moments where the batsmen threw there wickets away cos that was the only way they were going to get out on that pitch what aboring test that was not much in the wicket apart abit of reverse swing every now and again we can't judge the teams and see who has the advantage cos nobody knows cos that pitch wouldn't allow the players to show case there skills therefore we have a stalemate next hope lords is better although that pitch is always good for batting so not holding much hope for a result there either sadly yea I think kumar should of been mom for any bowler to get afive wicket bag on that pitch is amazing to go with his two fifties that should of been a no brainer kumar for the mom award

  • on July 14, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    "...Neither side was good enough to force a win on such a surface, but both sides seemed bad enough, at times, to lose..."

    This one sentence from Karthik sums up the match, succinctly.

  • dunger.bob on July 14, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game: So, who do you really think is the top batting side? Hang on, let me have a guess. .. I'll just feed in a few parameters, push the button and wait. .. Whirr, click ding. Out comes the result and, knock me down with a feather. Why, it's South Africa!!

  • on July 14, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    Bhuvanesh with two unbeaten fifties and 5 for 82 should have been man of the match, otherwise Root, but not Anderson. Crazy that Stokes scored a century in Australia at 6 and is moved down to 8. Stokes is England's fifth bowler and no 6 batsman. Prior looks like he over the hill, Jos Buttler selection beckons--what a strong no 7 he would be. If Binny is going to continue playing, he has to bat at 6. He is not a bowling allrounder. Dhoni at 7. The other option at 6 is Rohit Sharma, who can be used as a fifth bowler or an adventurous option is Ashwin batting at 6, a strong fifth bowler. Jadeja would have got wickets in the 2nd innings if England had batted on day 4 or 5. He is the main spinner in the side and could bat okay at 8.

  • Jagger on July 13, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    All four of England's pacemen bowled over 50 overs for no result. They have a three day rest and must do it all again. And they reckon boxing is a hard way to earn a crust. Too much cricket being played these days.

    I would even go as far to say if the bowlers were coming back after 6 months off and didn't have to play for another week, England would have won.

  • M-S-R on July 13, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    I'm not an Indian fan but what else Bhuvneshwar has to do to be the MOM?? Good luck young man for the next match-- !!!

  • on July 13, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    Sooner than later ICC should come up with clear guidelines for Test match Wickets or else RIP test cricket. Apart from some individual brilliance rest was pretty average from both sides. how both side failed to uproot tail-enders is laughable. However I see more positives for England than India.Mr dhoni should be the captain of India not Chennai super kings. India lost batsman against reverse swing in second innings but Jadeja was pathetically unequipped to play t test match level even at this dud wicket and how on earth can he come up the batting order before binny only dhoni can explain.Also Dhoni fails to provide proper support to binny in bowling in his first test match.

  • bobbo2 on July 13, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Boring captains. Look at what McCullum did a week or so back - he risked losing the series to win the game and gave us a great contest. Why do India and England never take risks?

  • CricketFirstLove on July 13, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    I am always the one to praise Dhoni but not this time. He should have some sportsmanship and declared when the lead was 250 then there could have been a chance for some result if not at least more interest and excitement in the game. Don't be a Tendulkar who lived and died for records - not for the game of cricket. With captains like him Test Cricket will die out. Why didn't you declare. Played till the last ball of the day. Shame.

  • CricketChat on July 13, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Terrible advertisement for test cricket. This type of cricket will surely driver away fans from longer format. When will ICC change rules to impose over restrictions for tests to produce a certaiin result?

  • 5wombats on July 13, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    A truly outstanding result for India. @ThePacifist10 on (July 13, 2014, 14:50 GMT) "I can comfortably say we can match our opponents outside India". What about what happened in New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, eh? Comfortably match..... yeah, right.

  • on July 13, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    As stated, just the slightest of sniffs for England in the morning session, quickly snuffed out by the Indian lower order (again). On now to Lord's.

  • creekeetman on July 13, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    as many have said, kumar for m.o.m, even Vijay or root had more of a case than jimmy. hope for a more sporting pitch in the 2nd test. cook's captaincy and batting has become painful to watch.

  • cricpolitics on July 13, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    Both teams piled up runs but for what purpose? What has test cricket achieved from this match?

  • on July 13, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    Costly drop from Cook. OK Dhoni perished soon after but England's best chance was one of those rare spells from Broad where he rips the opposition apart. Cook takes the catch, Broad has three on the trot and there's no stopping England...

  • Meety on July 13, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Negative finish to the match. Yes India did well to ensure a draw - but they should of declared when the lead was 300. Not only would it give them a one in a million chance of winning, it would give them a chance to have another look at an out of form Cook & inflict some damage coming into the 2nd Test. For 3 days India were on top, England took most of the latter running, so they would be confident of having momentum into the next test. India (Dhoni) could of had a real crack at addressing this with an hour or two at the England batsmen.

  • landl47 on July 13, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    For once, I have some sympathy with the proposition that test cricket can be tedious. When it is played on pitches like this and in 5 days of play the third innings of the possible four isn't completed, then it's not much fun for anyone. It's all the more frustrating because Trent Bridge has always been a good results pitch.

    I'd have given the MoM to Bhuvy- in fact, Anderson would have been fourth on my list behind Bhuvy, Root and Vijay. All of them did a great job, but Bhuvy was the only bowler to return respectable figures as well as batting well in both innings when India was in a spot of bother.

    So it's off to Lord's, where hopefully we won't have to use the words 'dead' and 'wicket' in the same sentence. If we do, then the ECB seriously needs to look at the basis on which groundsmen are preparing pitches. It's no good having games that go on for 5 days if no-one wants to watch them.

  • iamgroot on July 13, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Why should Dhoni declare? Dhoni did the right thing to put Eng on the field for 284 overs thats massive in any way you look at it.Some tired legs in Eng team now. Ind team will be in far better shape than Eng especially after having fought hard on 5th day with sensible batting from Bhuvi, Jaddu and Binny. They have batted superbly to take Indian team to safety. And what is so encouraging in the pitch that Dhoni has to generously declare and let Eng bat for last two sessions ? Eng bowlers tried everything and gave up. Both teams were well aware that this is not a pitch where you can bowl out opposition in a hurry. Eng took 123 overs to take 9 wickets and still last wicket was left at the end of the day. That is enough evidence to vindicate Dhoni. Did Cook declare after reaching 457? no they didn't they kept going till 496 right? If the pitch was so responsive why did root, ali bowl last 40 overs? Dhoni knows better. Good luck India. Fighting cricket from Indian team. Well done.

  • on July 13, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    so people are saying why didn't dhoni declared,he isn't aggressive as steve waugh..have everyone forgotten the aussie bowling attack under waugh,and dhoni has ishant sharma as frontline seamer.. don't just start compqring,uae logics first..everyone knows indian bowlers Could have never bowled out england in 40-50 ovr on a pitch where no.10are making batting records... so then why tire own bowlers, when you can make opponent work..

  • xylo on July 13, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    I believe Jadeja will be replaced by Ashwin for the next match. Binny's position is hardly under threat.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 13, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    Although draw is result,at end of it all Eng look an unstoppable unit going to Lords and rest of series. Expect to see some positive results-Ws-in the next 4 games from them. C'mon,pls publish.

  • Sidura on July 13, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Great warm up match for India. Boring match for rest of the cricketing world! What a waste of time. India should have batted in nets or with a bowling machine all 5 days without wasting others time. Poor cricket by India.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 13, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Jimmy for m of match.Pretty straight fwd. decision that.Absolute no contest.Best bowler and best bat-@ no.11!-by far.Only 1s can think of,the pitch,for helping with all those batting recds.!Or Cook for Thompsonesque 97k W of Ishant!:)C'mon,pls publish.

  • Cric__Dude on July 13, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    People deciding places after just one match. Jadeja should be replaced by Ashwin (Has Ashwin proved anything in his chances overseas). And some say Binny should be replaced (after a match-saving innings??). Guys, you want performers or your idols playing even when they dont deserve? Binny is giving the team a superb balance. If he can bat well in crucial situations, thats more than enough. Anything from his bowling is a bonus. If Binny bats well, think of 6th position to him and Dhoni at 7. Now make all combinations from the remaining 4. (a) Jadeja, Ashwin, Shami, Bhuvi. (b) Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishwar. etc. Anyway India play 4 bowlers anytime. So think anything from Binny a bonus. He is a value addition. He might fit into playing 11 in India as well.

  • Chris_P on July 13, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Other grounds have lost test matches over thee. If Notts keep producing pitches like this, other grounds need to be looked at. @Greatest_Game. Good points & agree fully. Even though we won the series in Sth Africa, no doubt in my mind your guys have the most talented line-up in all conditions. And will only be bettered by performances not by words from one eyed "fans". Come on curators, give us pitches for all players.

  • SandipManjrekar on July 13, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Depleted side played better than us. Bowlers are doing batsmen's job while batsmen are competing with tortoise. I admit my team plays worst boring test cricket than anyone in the universe. So much negative mindsets!!

  • on July 13, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Virat Kohli should not be a part of Indian test team. He is a ODI player who can only perform in India.

  • madras_boy on July 13, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Looks like Dhawan, Kohli and Rahane are taking their places for granted. Probably Rahane deserves another game but from the way Bhuvi and Shami playing, Dhawan and Kohli can be replaced by Ashwin and Pandey... :-)

  • MiddleStump on July 13, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    On a pitch with nothing in it for the bowlers, India's middle order was exposed. Kohli (1 and 8) and Rahane (24 &32) combined for 65 runs in 4 innings. To make things worse they bat at 4 and 5 in the order which means two quick wickets in succession. India will be tested at Lords. And it wouldn't be just their bowling.

  • on July 13, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    I hate limited overs cricket, I only watch Tests and would happily see ODIs and T20s banned. However, that Test was awful. It cost me £60 to go on Friday and I watched the other 4 days on TV. I fell asleep on every day, even Friday when I was in the stadium. Pitches like that will kill the game. Trent Bridge (any any other ground that produces a pitch as dead as that) should forfeit their right to stage ANY international cricket the following summer.

  • on July 13, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    @Greatest_Game. It's because Anderson cried when SL beat England so they must of felt sorry for him. Kumar well deserved it.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 13, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    If this is what Test cricket is all about, thank God I am not a fan of it. 5 valuable days wasted by everyone who followed this game.

  • on July 13, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    India and england played well in patches!but it was a good game of cricket.it was india's game till day 3 but then the last wicket patnership change in the game in england favour.but again a last day fight changed it again.proper test cricket i should say.dhoni was defensive.he could have declared when india had a lead of 270 but he wanted to see england on the field more.161 overs in 1st innings and 123 in the 2nd innings!tired bodies would be out there because nxt test is in 3 days.i favour a 2-2 result at the end of the series.

  • Ibanezfan on July 13, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    A) Boring! Was it only 5 days? The match was so slow, it felt like 2 weeks. B) The best performer in the game (Bhuvi) was ignored for player of the match. C) India's top order is bringing back the early 90s with a vengeance. After all the hype by the fans and commentators, Pujara came up with only passable 50s at number 3. What was worse was how he got out. Just find some big match players already, BCCI. D) Enough with the laughable trash talking. I'm looking at you, Kohli. Big talk followed by two duds. E) India's bowlers dismiss the opposition top order and then go on to squander a match. Again. F) The batsman who saved India on the last day may just be rested to make way for, of all people, Rohit Sharma! Really, Ian Chappell?! Why is Rohit Sharma in the reckoning at all? This is not the subcontinent. It's bad enough Jadeja snuck into the test team. G) England was as bad as India in this match. I hope the rest of the series isn't as boring.

  • JG2704 on July 13, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Plenty of negative comms re this match but I'd say it was a decent game for a draw on a mostly tame looking pitch. When I left India were 6 down and Jadeja looked less than comfortable at the crease so I was a little disappointed when I tuned into the radio early this afternoon and found Eng had taken no more wickets. I think India almost certainly came out on top but there were plenty of twists and turns throughout the game with wickets often falling in clusters and some amazing last wicket stangs from both sides. I'm sure both teams will comeout with "IF ONLYS" and maybe both made selection mistakes, It certainly seemed strange preparing a dry wicket and not going in with a specialist spinner and India copying our formation although Jadeja's stats suggest he's better than a part timer. India will almost certainly take more out of the game as their lower order has shown more fight in this test than they did for the whole of the 2011 tour

  • on July 13, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Bhuvaneshwar Kumar should be Man of the Match as he scored 58/63* respectively in 1st and 2nd Inn. And also bowling fifer/82 in 1st inn

  • on July 13, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Mom should have been bhuvaneshwar kumar 5 wickets plus 2 fifties in match.

  • on July 13, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    india shd make 2 changes for nxt match.Ganbhir and ashwin shd replace dhawan and jadeja respectively

  • fair_paly_1 on July 13, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Boring draw...should make better pitches.

  • Greatest_Game on July 13, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    @ Sathish Babu comments "This batting lineup is improving with each and every series and within one year this might be the best batting lineup in the world."

    Perhaps it might be the best in the world, within a year. Perhaps. (Although you can't claim Dhawan is improving: his cumulative average continues to drip, & is at it's lowest EVER.)

    But, I responded to Ashokdmightyindian's claim that "There is always a reason why India has world's best batting line up." He claims India's is the best line up NOW! If so, why did their #8, #9 & #11 need to rescue them from Eng's rather limp bowling. Binny & Kumar, #8 & #9, top scored in the 2nd innings!

    India has 1 top 10 ranked batsman, Pujara at 8, & he is sliding down the rankings ... though not as quickly as Virat's free-fall! However, with the strength of Bhuvi & Shami & Binny, India's line up certainly might be the best in the world, within a year. But they will be battling Eng, headed by the mighty Anderson, for the title!

  • pradeeplasantha on July 13, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Poor cricket from India. They should've given at least a few overs to bat for England. It could've boosted the moral of India by taking few wickets. Especially keeping Cook under pressure. Now both team under pressure but I recon England have a slight advantage over India.

  • on July 13, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Dropping binny would be so wrong. First of all dhoni used his bowlers as if he's playing with 4 bowlers. Binny was the 5th bowler, wasn't he ? Suprisingly dhoni gave murali vijay the bowl even though he had binny.How can one decide whether he disrupts the balance by just one match. What if in the next match we see a seaming wicket. Will ashwin come in handy where there's not turn. he couldn't put any pressure on batsmen in practice matches.

  • on July 13, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    What's a batting paradise up to 1350 runs

  • on July 13, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Just In. Bhuvneshwar Kumar & Shami will open the innings at Lords and cook will be England's strike bowler

  • nagrajbc on July 13, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    @ londondoc, I truly agree with you...the MOM should have been B. Kuamr.

  • CalvinTheCricLover on July 13, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    @ liz1558 really with this sort of pitch, you are actually expecting a result. where the last wickets are getting 100 run partnerships comfortably? vaughan and Nasser were always terrible captains. England were lucky the last time to face aging seniors. This young team will rip apart in the next 30 days

  • laxeyar on July 13, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    What a shame. both teams play safe, to an empty ground, and another bunch of youngsters bored stiff and wanting to go home early, who will go and play football instead, and be lost to the game. They will be talking about Argentina v Germany in the playground tomorrow, not England v India. Very sad, another nail in the coffin for Test cricket.

  • Sal76 on July 13, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    This comment is in response to Chappell and Agarkar's remarks regarding Binny disrupting the balance of the side. I disagree. Given the way Virat Kohly plays in test matches, and the way he failed recently, I would be inclined to replace him with Rohit Sharma and keep Binny in the side.

  • vkumar_086 on July 13, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    obviously India have done well by making comfortable draw of this test match, unlike last over draw by saving one wicket...this test match is proved that tailenders also can bat....murali vijay, binny, Bhuvi, Shami and Anderson registered their highest scores in test...dhoni took good decision today without heading to declare innings...good batting practice for Indian batsmen...i feel Bhuvi was the better selection for man of the match (took 5 wickets and scored half centuries in both innings, whereas anderson took only 3 wickets for 120 runs and batted well)...next match is very important for both teams to have firm grip over the series...best of luck for both teams

  • on July 13, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    So who is the real all rounder in the Indian cricket team? Can we play Ashwin in the next game instead of Jadeja?

  • thozar on July 13, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Amazing innings by Bhuvi again. What a game he had? Two half-centuries and a 5-fer in his first test in England. Mark my words, this guy will become an all-rounder for India in the future if properly groomed. Why oh why did he not get the MotM award? Anderson got lucky with his 81 and bowled pies mostly. Bhuvi was lethal with the new ball and used the old ball well too. Besides, his half-century with Shami as the other batsman in both innings was made under crucial circumstances. Admittedly Anderson also pulled England out of a hole but Bhuvi did it twice. Anyway, looking forward to a century from India's #10:)

    Binny has also performed now although Dhoni should give him more of the bowling. It was the debut nerves for him in the first innings. He will flourish in these conditions. Ashwin in for Jadeja next test.

    Kohli was the only failure but he is allowed one once in a while. England must be wondering what they must do to win as they almost lost despite Kohli failing.

  • StevieS on July 13, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    TrueFactors wrong, give the England batsman 5-6 overs and if you get Cook out his confidence would be even more shatted and if he bats for 5 overs it's not like he would gain anything. Thats what a thinking captain would do but oh no Root, Balance and Cook will be too tired to bowl the next test.

  • on July 13, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    @AS7777: Come on , why would you bring in BCCI for this ? Curator said before start of the match that he does not want teams to be bowled out for 180 ! Also there was a need for the fifth day to contribute to revenue (little)

  • liz1558 on July 13, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    There are always two kids in the class that, when it comes to picking football teams, no one wants in their side. In the end, they are the last two standing after all the best players have been chosen, and the PE teacher is forced to say: 'Cook - red shirt and Dhoni, blue shirt', as the teams in red and blue protest. With these two blokes in charge, I can't help a terrible sinking feeling that this series may even end 0-0. Utterly awful game of cricket, regardless of Anderson's batting. The England side of a couple of years ago would've forced a result here; or at least Strauss or Vaughan would've made every competent effort to do so.

  • on July 13, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Boring test match. Eeew so dull. Good luck England for the next game. Wishes from Sri Lanka

  • sumit1982 on July 13, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    If India want to play with 5 blower.Then you must drop binny and bring back ashwin.Binny more look like batting all-rounder rather bowling all-rounder who can ball 20 overs in each innings.

  • Retour on July 13, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Ind usually starts poorly in an overseas test series so it is good to see Ind start off w/ a draw. The positive is that everyone got a decent hit in the middle which should auger well for the upcoming games.

    I have only watched the game in bits and pieces with the Soccer World Cup on. However based on the scorecard and what I have seen, the following could be considered for the next tests - Gambhir (Dhawan?), Ashwin (Jadeja? if only one spinner is required), Panday/Pankaj (Ishant?).

  • on July 13, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    this match gave a lot of happiness to tail endrs specially.

  • londondoc on July 13, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Wonder who decides the MOM and what logic was applied. B Kumar scores 2 crucial half centuries and takes a 5-for and Anderson gets the MoM. Defies Logic

  • TrueFactors on July 13, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    NOT DECLARING THE INNINGS was one very good thing Dhoni did today. Obviously there was no results expected. Then why shouldn't India use English bowlers as their bowling machines and do some valuable and useful batting practice? With this, English bowlers have been tired now and I am sure, one of their key bowler will get injured of fatigue (very much like India on last tour) and others will not be able to perform well with their full freshness in next matches. So, this will help India very highly in upcoming matches. India's bowlers are fresh and have done good batting practice. They have seen English bowlers closely from 22-yards on how they throw balls on which length and line. So, great learning. Indian batsmen have done next to nothing, so they are fresh anyway.

  • TrueFactors on July 13, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    This pitch has turned out a ONE OF TRULY BOWLER-FRIENDLY one. Only bowlers have performed. No batsmen with Vijay as an exception have performed. (Root has bowled few overs too.) All bowlers have either bowled well, or batted well or both. All batsmen have lost their plot..

  • on July 13, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Dear , aumlan guha , It's b coz , he was the only guy who truely deserve the award , b'coz he was the only who have changed the game .

  • priceless1 on July 13, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Indian finally manged to draw A Test match in England !!, congratulation to Dhoni and his men :D

  • on July 13, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    The Teams also kill Test Matches........apart from the dead pitch India should have declared with 280-300 lead and tried to bowl Eng out. Test Captains need guts like Steve Waugh

  • karnamgiridhar on July 13, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    @cheguramana. Why compare one game to the other.mixing revenues, skills etc etc. each game as its importance. please....

  • Greatest_Game on July 13, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    How does Anderson get the MoM award? Really? As a neutral it is pretty easy to see that B. Kumar returned much better bowling figures - 5/82 vs Anderson's 3/123 & 1/47 - and twice delivered match saving tail end innings. His 58 and 63* are clearly more of an accomplishment that Anderson's 81. (Root's 154* & Vijay's 146 outweigh Anderson's 81.)

    Anderson, a veteran of 95 tests, contributed 4 for 170, and 81 runs. Kumar, in his 7th test, contributed 5 for 82 and 121 runs. Each was dismissed once, and ironically, it was Kumar who dismissed Anderson with the 32nd ball he bowled to him! Anderson's total of 31 deliveries to Kumar returned no wicket!

    Anderson's bowling was shoddy. He was expensive and took no more wickets than Broad, Ali, & Plunkett. Kumar out bowled them all! And he out batted Anderson.

    There is absolutely no reason why Anderson deserves the Player of the Match Award, when Kumar, a rookie playing an away test, clearly outplayed him in every respect!

  • tests_the_best on July 13, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    There have been a lot of comments about the pitch being to India's advantage whereas actually it's not. If one looks at test match history in India, it's usually the flat and spinning tracks (or atleast spinning on the 3rd/4th day) kind of pitch which makes India favorites when the likes of Ashwin, Ojha or other spinners take a handful of wickets. This Trent Bridge pitch was a flat pitch but not a turning one, these kind of pitches in India would also results in draws more often than not.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 13, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Best moment of the match for me was undoubtedly Cook's Bob Willis impression! Great stuff.

  • on July 13, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Vijay 198 runs Root 154 runs B Kumar 121 runs & 5 wickets but who gets the MoM award? Anderson 81 runs & 4 wickets.

    #RIPLogic #IndvsEng2014

  • PeerieTrow on July 13, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    @NP_NY: Come off it, if the BCCI selected a TEST team to represent their country how can it possibly be considered to be a "B Team." Are you suggesting that the BCCI actually chose to select and field a team that was not the best for the conditions of the game?

    @Ronan McCarthy: I would suggest because his contribution directly influenced the outcome of the game and put Dhoni firmly on the back foot with respect to his approach to the remainder of the contest. Anderson turned Dhoni's strategy around to the extent that he as good as ignored Root in the vain attempt to get Anderson's wicket.

  • ladycricfan on July 13, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    2nd no9 in the history of cricket to get 50 in both the innings. He also got a 5-for and still couldn't get MOM. Bhuvi was unlucky. But congrats Anderson. His 198 run partnership with Root saved the match for England.

    It was a dull pitch and the match ended in a draw. But there were many good performances and many exciting moments in the match. The match was still alive into the afternoon session on the fifth day.

    Kerrigan, the spinner has been added to the English squad. There is talk of another dry pitch at Lords. Dhoni is happy with the XI played at nottingham. Will he go with the same team? We'll wait and see.

  • vkumar_086 on July 13, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    @KusalJayasuriya....winning one test in 3 years outside subcontinent is far far better than winning one in 20 years....SL, a subcontinent country yet to win SINGLE TEST in India, another subcontinent country...plz worry about the future of SL cricket...no young batsmen/bowler are performing, playing since from 3-4 years....already lost ODI series against SA in home (lions den)....playing more than 400 ODI's at whopping average of 30 is great achievement for SL...our half of the batsmen have more than 35 average in ODI (two batsmen with 50)

  • on July 13, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    yeahh.. TEAM INDIA played well.. and what a mind MS that he didn't declared...

  • cheguramana on July 13, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    This test was a magnificent example of what's wrong with Test cricket as a sport. Five day game with no result. Boring play for the most part. Sure, stadium was for most of the game. But most of cricket revenue comes from TV. And there far better alternatives there. The football World Cup just demonstrated what tough physical sport is about. Almost concurrently was the Hockey World Cup which was also tremendous spectacle of athleticism, skills, speed and stamina. We also had Wimbledon recently. And all these sports have definite results within a few hours. Test cricket, except for its devotees cannot survive the competition for long!

  • NP_NY on July 13, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: Don't forget this Indian side is a young team. After 24 matches Kohli's average is better than Sangakkara's (when he had played 24 matches) and most other players you have mentioned. Besides, no one in the cricketing world thinks (or wishes) Kohli is a deadweight....

  • El-Nino on July 13, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Good MatchPoint analysis by Ian...he is very insightful and great to have him for India matches...wish he could also be doing some of the commentary. Good set of questions by the host.

  • AS7777 on July 13, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Hard to think which team would be happy after this outcome. England had the home disadvantage and India had the away advantage. India failed to win the test on the flattest track ever seen in the cricket history. Both teams posted a century partnerships for the last wicket and what other justification need to say it. Its looks like no one really wants to antagonize the BCCI by providing sporting wickets and ECB is no exception.

  • Beefy_B on July 13, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Ronan McCarthy 'Why was Anderson man of the match? Surely kumars all round effort was better.'

    I agree, bizarre not to give it to Kumar.

  • OttawaRocks on July 13, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Looks like the guaranteed 5-0 England whitewash won't happen.

  • iamgroot on July 13, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Draw was expected. If there is no result then you have to ask the Eng curator. 22 players agree that there is NOTHING at NOTTINGHAM. Having said that lets look at what Ind have achieved from this test. First superb batting from M.Vijay, 146 and 50+ in second. He has shown that he can be trusted. Then Bhuvi he looked more assured than others. With 58 & 63* he has given something to cheer for Ind supporters.Dhoni came up with 82* when almost everyone was ripping him apart. Shami came up with 50 and then you have Jaddu with 25 & 30+ to save Indian team when it is required. And Binny he played extremely well for his 78. Above all ENG was on the field for 284 OVERS compared to IND who were on the field for 144. Y should MS declare?Dhoni did the obvious that is to make opposition field as long as possible. commentators pointed out Eng were having 9 centurions among them against inexperienced Ind team who fought well against experienced Eng team. Tired Eng at lords? Yeah? Ind did well.

  • pritamdas_circ on July 13, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    If one more day of play was left, I wouldn't have been surprised to see Shami-Bhuvi play till Tea tomorrow!!

  • on July 13, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Why was Anderson man of the match? Surely kumars all round effort was better.

  • Greatest_Game on July 13, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    When batting, Cook scored at 0.5 runs per ball. When bowling, Cook conceded 0.5 runs per ball! But, he took a wicket, so it is safe to conclude that his bowling was worth more than his batting. In fact, he has the best bowling ave in the entire English team! Whaddaplaya!

    The players who perform best should be used appropriately in the line up. Clearly, James Anderson should open the batting, and Cook should open the bowling, but with a limit of 2 overs! After that he should only field - anywhere but in the slips, where he has show a remarkable lack of proficiency - and pretend to make captaincy decisions while the rest of the team make the actual decisions & get on with the game!

    This would allow the English team to achieve the full Monty Python status it threatens. Those who remember Python's "Upper Class Twit of the Year" sketch know what is needed to get the best out of people from "our kind of family!"

    Perhaps Idle or Cleese is available to replaces Moores?

  • on July 13, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Well played Binny... Players like rohit Sharma take their place for granted. Binny should get another crack... Might play a crucial role in the series

  • Selfishkar on July 13, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    When Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman toured England, they could not even draw a single match in the last series. Murali, Pujara, Dhoni, Binny have proved they are better

  • on July 13, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    If the first Test were a representative of the whole idea of Test cricket, then there is no one more idle than Test cricketers, and no activity less productive than a cricket match.

    For five days, they played and played, they procrastinated and delayed, and when they thought they shouldn't delay more, they just sat on it and delayed it further. It was unclear whether the teams wanted to win or lose. They played and played and found it tough to either win or quit, just as one keeps lying down in the winter sun, finding it tough to get up.

  • NP_NY on July 13, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    @Chomolungma: The match was still in England in English weather conditions, in front of an England crowd. Besides, there is no such thing as a moral victory. If anything this is is a step up for the young Indian side after losing all matches (although it was a India B team) last series.

  • on July 13, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Bhuvaneshwar Kumar should have been the man of the match.

  • samvarma on July 13, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Not sure how to evaluate this match as I am filled with mixed emotions. But being a positive critic of my national team, I cannot digest that fact that we allowed a 198 run stand for 9th wicket. There is something wrong with the skill set or think tank. This has to be rectified soonest for Indian cricket to move forward.

  • wolf777 on July 13, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Total of 135 runs between Jadeja and Binny for the match. There is the 'sixth batsman' for those who are obsessed with playing six batsmen...don't forget that both of them are more than capable bowlers and good for few wickets.

  • on July 13, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    @Greatest_Game Kohli a dead weight??? For what??? having failed in a single test match???? How many runs did he score in SA and NZ and Aus??? He is India's best batsman in all formats and one match doesn't change those facts. This batting lineup is improving with each and every series and within one year this might be the best batting lineup in the world.

  • on July 13, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    I personally felt that Bhuvaneshwar Kumar should have been the Player of the Match .. He has taken 5 wicket haul with 58 63=121 Runs ... . I agree that Anderson 81 was a saviour for England

  • Prem_Nistal on July 13, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Binny took six wickets in Bangla tour and set the best bowling record by an Indian bowler in ODI and here he proved himself as someone who can do well with the bat under pressure. He is someone we can groom. If we can give Rohit so many chances in the name of the talent and if we can carry Ishant for years for one or two performances I am sure we can do the same with Binny keeping world cup in mind.

  • ram91106 on July 13, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    @GreatestGame...I have always noticed that you have been an astute observer of the game and have always commented sensibly on all team forums...However I find your recent comment regarding the Indian batting line-up in response to another user a bit condescending...The Indian team has always consisted of exceptional batsmen who have performed collectively and as individuals and have always fought fire with fire..While the grouse around the cricket world is that India doesn't find enough pacers to complement the work of these batsmen..Earlier it was Sewhag,Dravid,SRT,Ganguly,Laxman..the greatness of these players cannot be questioned..Similarly a line-up of Vijay,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Rohit though doesnt evoke the same fear still has a ring of potential greatness around it.and bear it in mind that these players will serve Indian cricket through the next decade.India has always and always will be a hotbed of batting talent.its the bowling and especially the pace battery that worries us:(

  • NP_NY on July 13, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    @KusalJayasuriya: Don't worry, India is going to win at least one test match on this tour for sure. How is SL doing in the one day series against SA by the way? They should be strong favorites at home, right? Oh, oops :)

  • neil99 on July 13, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Thanks Notts for providing a poor 22 yards. With the next test starting Thursday, we really needed Anderson & Broad bowling putting so much effort in for nearly 60 overs apiece. And thanks for the non spectacle of a game in so many sessions.

    However, in the end both teams should think themselves lucky this wasn't a result pitch. A loss could've spelt disaster and a heavy series defeat.

    Looking to Lords, England will probably remain unchanged despite more failures from Cook, Bell and Prior. Possibly Kerrigan or Jordan for Plunkett, who didn't have a great game.

  • PeerieTrow on July 13, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    India provided in warm sunny conditions with what Kapil Dev and Wasim Akram described as a subcontinental wicket and faiedl to force a result. Moral victory to England.

  • ram91106 on July 13, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    @Kusal Jayasuriya-Really mate? If you would have cared to follow the whole match you would have seen that fortunes fluctuated wildly for both teams.so before you get on your high pedestal and start sermonizing on your account of having won your second out-of sub continent series win after nearly 20 years please have a look at your own bowlers..Eranga 31.79..Pradeep 71+..Dhammika after his incredible last match heroics has an average of 50+..Kulasekara still has an average above 35..while ours has been a promising display of bowling..Eng were 202-7 on a dead pitch at the risk of following on..yet it was Root who took the match away from us..while theirs was a partnership between a batsman and a tail ender though it shouln't have happened...still we will take heart from twin 50s from Bhuvi...his 5 wicket haul..Shami's 50,Vijays batting..Binny coming good..and provided a decent pitch any team is going to struggle against these Indian pacers..We havent lost a series having drawn the 1st!!!

  • on July 13, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    kushal well even Indian tail is batting well in last 2 inn....... Then even eng bowlers cant take a wicket

  • binojpeter on July 13, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    I kind of thought Dhoni might declare at the end of 90 overs when Binny just completed his 50. At that point, India had a lead of 239 runs and 48 overs left. Assuming 2 overs will be reduced for time lost during the break, England will have a target of 240 runs from 46 overs. But then I kind of understand Dhoni's mindset. With a flat pitch like this and with Jadeja the only recognized spinner in the team, he might not be confident to get any more than 5 English wickets during that period. He might not want to tire his bowlers for that.

  • keerthitommy on July 13, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    @KusalJayasuriya Indian last pair added 111 So you are saying the english bowling worse which has anderson and broad ???. It s not the bowlers but the pitch. Getting the opposition to 207-7 is a good achivement for ind bowlers.

  • Greatest_Game on July 13, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    @ Ashokdmightyindian observed "There is always a reason why India has world's best batting line up."

    It might be a little early to start claiming that Bhuvi Kuman & Shami are the "world's best batting line up." They may well be India's best - I'm not arguing with that - but they will need a few more good knocks to take the title. Besides, as long as they have deadweights like Kohli & Dhawan hanging around their necks, it is going to be very difficult for them to rise above guys like Amla, Clarke, de Villiers, Sangakkara, etc. Important to remember too is that James Anderson has to be under consideration too - and he outplayed them in this test!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 13, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Well,the expected outcome as I predicted. A draw.But take the honors and look like an unstoppable unit going to the Lords and rest of series.Only part of jigsaw is Cook. Which am sure will be put in place in his most fave. ground Lords.

  • SILVERSANGA on July 13, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    @wapuser are you serious about getting Eng bowled out in 30 overs? Well the last time their last pair faced more than 50 overs alone against this Indian attack, didn't they?

  • SILVERSANGA on July 13, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Indian bowling is below average. That explains why they haven't won a single test match outside home since 2011! 3 years without an overseas test win is a terrible record! The best result they can expect is a draw and that too due to the pitch and their batting which is somewhat not that bad.

    How long will they have to wait to get a test win outside home? I can't see it happening in this series. If the last pair of the opposition can add 200 runs what else you want to say about such an attack?

  • Stat1977 on July 13, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    What a boring match..A flat track and no result probably.England need to make sure they will have green pitches for rest of four tests.

  • yogesh.gg on July 13, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Posted by MaruthuDelft on (July 13, 2014, 14:50 GMT): Its still his early days , he is only 25. He certainly has the potential , worry about your SL players.

  • on July 13, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Totally waste of time to watch test match like this not understand dhoni tactics , he no more aggressive captain he should declare earlier and put pressure on England. He should retired from test cricket although he not technical correct player, outside India u should take chance to win the test match he not taking that risk.

  • on July 13, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Would love to see India declare now and have a go at England. Its impossible to chase 330 runs in 30 overs but if the wickets start falling, we might have a result.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 13, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Oh please oh please let Lord's be a nice pitch with plenty of juice in the track. The match needs to be interesting. Though disappointed earlier, I must admit I was taken aback by our batsmen and bowlers' response to the various situations that came up in their faces. Quick wickets and sturdy defence when needed, despite flaws here and there. Nothing is truly perfect, though I can comfortably say we can match our opponents outside India. I got flustered but thank goodness they didn't! Good luck boys!

  • MaruthuDelft on July 13, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Kohli flops. In New Zealand too he flopped even though he scored a century when the match fading into a draw. Indian fans, please stop comparing him AB De Villiers. AB De Villiers is far better than even Tendulkar and Lara.

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 13, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Would like to add that it is nice to see Binny put some application, after the silly mistake he did in the 1st innings. He put a price on his wicket and showed a better technique than Sir. Unfortunately, Binny isn't a pure all rounder and I doubt he'll play many Tests. India is crying out for an all rounder like Kallis or Flintoff. Would be glorious if we unearthed our own Kallis.

    I was thinking why Mishra or even Ojha don't get picked. Ojha would get bounce with his height and Mishra of late has done fairly well in the ODIs.

    Dhoni has been a legend, but it is time to find a wk/batsman who has a sound technique. Kohli should eventually be given the captaincy, as he is fiery and attack minded.

    As I said before, we need to groom some genuine pace bowlers. Diet and athleticism is required, which Indians lack. Sporting wickets in India should also be prepared.

    Yadav and Aaron are promising. Need more and they must be looked after,

  • Sahotas800 on July 13, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    India have never lost a series in england when they have drawn first test of series. In 1971,1986 and 2007 india won the series in england after the first match ended in a draw

  • on July 13, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    I hope India makes a dash and puts on a target of 350. I am sure Binny will fancy a bowl.

  • Chn2 on July 13, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Nice 2 see cool & composed Binny with bat. The way he has applied himself, he can be more than handy at No:7 in the line up. Now time has come when Jadeja should be replaced with a high quality spinner like Mishra or Ojha.

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 13, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    The India team for the 2nd Test should be:

    Vijay, Dhawan/Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit/Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ishant, Shami and Aaron.

    Need raw pace to unsettle the English batsman. Bhuvi is fodder when the ball stops moving tbh. Ashwin provides a bit of mystery spin, but even though he hasn't done well overseas, at least he has aptitude with the bat.

    Wish Umesh Yadav was in the squad.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 13, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    Jadeja just missed the century balls by just 2. Still a great achievement. And congrats for passing his first half century balls.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 13, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    @Iresh Fernando loz did you mean like 65 all out and 96 all out ?? when you cant bat in your own home, I can only wonder how you will fare in world cup!!ha ha!!There is always a reason why India has world's best batting line up.They always get out from tough situations u

  • anoop3301 on July 13, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    @Iresh Fernando: The same skills and technique which helped SL to win plenty of test matches in Ind and Aus ?

  • on July 13, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Moeen Ali the only bowler taken two wickets and bowled less then stokes. Moeen 13 overs 2 wickets and stokes 16 overs for none. Shouldn't moeen be used more then him.

  • on July 13, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Now match will be drawn no result seems, wait for 2nd test.

  • Cricketlover54 on July 13, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Thanks India for restoring confidence in the entire English team, only team India. What a team.

  • yogesh.gg on July 13, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    By all accounts, Stuart Binny is looking a more accomplished batsman in swinging conditions than either Dhoni or Jadeja. But given Dhoni's absolute lack of confidence in him, it somehow seems that he is sadly going to be a one-test wonder.

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    If india is bowled out with below250 run lead England should go for the kill batting as if it is 20 20 game.If Binny can bat till tea his position in team will be strenghtend.

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Jittery morning for India, as a neutral I'd love to see them bowled out with a lead of 220 odd and 50 overs left... I want to see how the new English line-up responds to a run chase. This would have made a great pitch for a timeless test!

  • ladycricfan on July 13, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Binny and Jadeja are saving the match for india. If they add few more runs and eat up some overs it will be England's turn to panic. With over cast conditions and the ball is swinging india could still win the match. Exciting two sessions.

    For the next match: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit/Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant.

    The choice between Rohit and Jadeja depeneds on the management whether they want to continue with the 5bowler policy or play 6 batsmen.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 13, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    "Ravindra Jadeja, who faced more than 50 balls for the first time in a Test innings"

    I almost got tears. But the most important thing is this "but India will probably need to score a few more runs and eat up a bit more time to feel entirely safe"

    If Jadeja and Binny just stick for another 15 overs then we are bailed out.

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Little bit of overcast and cold conditions make and Indian batters are struggling. You need to have better skills and technique to play in England as Sri lankan batsmen.

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Little bit of overcast and cold conditions make and Indian batters are struggling. You need to have better skills and technique to play in England as Sri lankan batsmen.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 13, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    "Ravindra Jadeja, who faced more than 50 balls for the first time in a Test innings"

    I almost got tears. But the most important thing is this "but India will probably need to score a few more runs and eat up a bit more time to feel entirely safe"

    If Jadeja and Binny just stick for another 15 overs then we are bailed out.

  • ladycricfan on July 13, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Binny and Jadeja are saving the match for india. If they add few more runs and eat up some overs it will be England's turn to panic. With over cast conditions and the ball is swinging india could still win the match. Exciting two sessions.

    For the next match: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit/Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant.

    The choice between Rohit and Jadeja depeneds on the management whether they want to continue with the 5bowler policy or play 6 batsmen.

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Jittery morning for India, as a neutral I'd love to see them bowled out with a lead of 220 odd and 50 overs left... I want to see how the new English line-up responds to a run chase. This would have made a great pitch for a timeless test!

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    If india is bowled out with below250 run lead England should go for the kill batting as if it is 20 20 game.If Binny can bat till tea his position in team will be strenghtend.

  • yogesh.gg on July 13, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    By all accounts, Stuart Binny is looking a more accomplished batsman in swinging conditions than either Dhoni or Jadeja. But given Dhoni's absolute lack of confidence in him, it somehow seems that he is sadly going to be a one-test wonder.

  • Cricketlover54 on July 13, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Thanks India for restoring confidence in the entire English team, only team India. What a team.

  • on July 13, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Now match will be drawn no result seems, wait for 2nd test.

  • on July 13, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Moeen Ali the only bowler taken two wickets and bowled less then stokes. Moeen 13 overs 2 wickets and stokes 16 overs for none. Shouldn't moeen be used more then him.

  • anoop3301 on July 13, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    @Iresh Fernando: The same skills and technique which helped SL to win plenty of test matches in Ind and Aus ?