India in England 2014 July 15, 2014

Stuart Binny set to play again

India's preparations at the nets, coupled with their policy of not dropping a player after just one game, suggest that Stuart Binny could keep his place in the team at Lord's
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Two days before the Lord's Test, there remained a right mystery around the Lord's pitch. It was left uncovered for only a brief while, and looked green, a stark contrast to the sawdust-colour grass on the Trent Bridge pitch.

Mick Hunt, the Lord's groundsman, stayed unavailable for comment. Chris Wood, the ECB pitch liaison officer, was seen in a long conversation with Hunt, but there was no official communication as to how Lord's was reacting to the widespread criticism and frustration Trent Bridge brought.

Intrigue surrounded the pitch as Stuart Broad tweeted it looked similar to two days before the Test against Sri Lanka. The cover over the pitch was not the huge and well-ventilated hovercraft, but an orthodox one, which stayed on surface as opposed to hovering over it, in effect providing a bit of window underneath. A school of thought suggests this was being done to retain some moisture, which would disappear if kept under the hovercraft.

There was little uncertainty around the India camp, though. Stuart Binny's selection - his match-saving fifty on the final notwithstanding - raised a lot of debate, and drew criticism from such experts as Michael Holding, Ian Chappell and Martin Crowe. Those knocking Binny down have been of the view that he is much closer to bits-and-pieces than allrounder, that he bowled only 10 overs which was well short of what his primary role was, and that R Ashwin is a better choice if India do indeed want to go with an extra bowler. Those with Binny suggest the pitch at Trent Bridge was not conducive to his kind of bowling, and that he did play an important role with the bat.

Possibly looking at the green grass on the Lord's pitch, or possibly following their policy of not discarding a player based on just one match, India seem set to play the same XI at Lord's. When in the nets, the Indians batted in the same order as before the first Test. The three main quicks got a separate net to finish their batting before they could come to bowl in the main nets. The remaining batting order in the nets remained the same as the first Test, with Binny bowling his bit before coming in to bat at No. 8.

Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir did not do much in the nets, but Ashwin and Rohit Sharma bowled a few overs towards the end of the session.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY toucheandsuch on | July 15, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Chances are high that the groundsman will leave a decent amount of grass on the pitch. If that happens and there is some swing, all the Binny doubters will eat their words. In any case, I don't see Binny being dropped as he looked more assured than every other Indian batsman except perhaps Vijay & Pujara. If the Anderson/Jadeja fiasco does not go well for India, then India will be forced to play Ashwin. If the pitch is indeed greener than Trent Bridge, I would play Jadeja over Ashwin. Let's not forget that Ashwin has not performed in alien conditions while Jadeja can at least do the job of controlling runs. A quicker wicket will also suit Dhawan & Kohli's batting so I would play the same team if everyone is fit!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 16, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Binny is a good choice in England conditions

  • POSTED BY champx on | July 16, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    @ young_Ind you seem to be hell bent on criticizing only stuart.What has he done expect save India at moment of crisis.What about Dhawan,Rahane,Kohli,the people who are supposed to score runs? This is stuart's first test match.I guess if had lost a match and stuart had scored a !00 and taken a couple of wickets you would only blame him.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 16, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Ind top batting order looks vulnerable. Dhawan is out of form, Kohli is still trying to come to terms with donning the role of SRT, Pujara and Rahane are unable to convert starts. If the ball does anything better than it did in the last match, it is hard to see how Binny, MSD and Jadeja scoring many runs. Ind should look to strengthen their batting because if there is any swing, Kumar and Shami are there to take care of bowling dept.

  • POSTED BY parthaacs on | July 16, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    I don't understand how people keep saying that Jadeja is better than Ashwin. Granted Ashwin didn't do the job in SA or NZ in the one or 2 test he played but Jadeja didn't do any better. The otherday some guy put a stats for both of them in away series and they are both equally bad but Ashwin has a better batting record. It seems Jadeja played 50 balls in an innings for the first time in the 2nd Innings of the last test. Ashwin is a far better batsman than Jadeja and even in bowling he is defintiely better. If we have Ohja or soembody then we can question why play ashwin over that spinner but there is no comparison with Jadeja

  • POSTED BY vadula on | July 16, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    pankaj singh should be playing for binny and gambhir for dhawan

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 16, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    If binny is to play he better be given more than 9 overs yo bowl .He is got into the team as a fifth bowler . With bhuvi and shami showing so much application and even Ishant batting for 52 balls in second inns I would be tempted to get in another seamer and ashwin in place of jadeja and binny Drop djawan for Rohit/Gambhir .If rohit is chosen get Rahane to open and let Rohit bat at 6 .Dhoni to come at 5 .This way we would have batting till 8 atleast with 9 10 able to bat a bit and 5 bowlers .Binny played a match saving inns but the guy just doesnt cut it as a fifth bowler and jadeja cannot be a lead spinner in tests .In odis he can be but not in tests.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_Rabhadiya on | July 16, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    @young_ind : Okay ignore binny's performance in bangladesh , But we need an effective and productive all rounder like once we had robin singh (who was underestimated for long time ) . Binny has some characteristics like robin singh . & without giving chance how can you say that binny is not international player. We always used to play with 7 batsmen & 4 bowler (though they don't score as they should, bcz they think thy have 7 batsmen :D ) hence our 3 quick bowlers ( not considering spinner As our spinners never take wickets in away tests) takes wickets initially but when they get tired they stop taking wickets (This things happened in Last two test series against SA and NZ where bowlers unable to take wickets of tails) , So we need another bowler who can take wickets So if we get it in form of allrounder than it wud be gr8 for team india. We have given enough chances to rohit sharma, He may replace any batsmen bt not allrounder. We should play atleast one all rounder in test team.

  • POSTED BY young_ind on | July 16, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    @Rahul_Rabhadiya, the bangladesh pitch was a sub standard wicket.Giving credence to such dubious results is absurd. Binny is a two bit bowler, he is not even a genuine bowler.

    @toucheandsuch. look at binny FC record. he is at the level of ashwin.so tell me what the hell he is going to accomplish to prove his doubters wrong.

    don't cite me bangaldesh or that 78.

    In international cricket, a strong batsman is expected to average 40 and a bowler under 31.that's the standard process required to maintain a quality team at this level.

    some posters have even their basics wrongs .this is a not menial office job.This is international sport we are talking about. only in india would we see so many backing a mediocre player

  • POSTED BY young_ind on | July 16, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    binny will never be an international success.he has a mighty FC average of 36 with the bat. even if he replicates for internationals, it is not good enough to hold a position in the top 6. and this is coming at the expense of tiwary or rohit who can be developed in the meantime!

    India's strength is batting talent. to see it criminally wasted for a mediocre like stuart is madness to say the least. Dhoni's incompetence at the level of strategy and vision is hurting the team.

    Instead of accepting that the india's pace resources has limitations, he is making destructive moves that is harming our transition.

    No seam allrounder in the world can even provide minor repair to our inability to take 20 wickets in certain conditions. He is wasting everyone's time with sub par strategy and ideas.

    what is mighty stuart supposed to achieve with his two bit batting and bowling abilities? NADA.

  • POSTED BY toucheandsuch on | July 15, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Chances are high that the groundsman will leave a decent amount of grass on the pitch. If that happens and there is some swing, all the Binny doubters will eat their words. In any case, I don't see Binny being dropped as he looked more assured than every other Indian batsman except perhaps Vijay & Pujara. If the Anderson/Jadeja fiasco does not go well for India, then India will be forced to play Ashwin. If the pitch is indeed greener than Trent Bridge, I would play Jadeja over Ashwin. Let's not forget that Ashwin has not performed in alien conditions while Jadeja can at least do the job of controlling runs. A quicker wicket will also suit Dhawan & Kohli's batting so I would play the same team if everyone is fit!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 16, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Binny is a good choice in England conditions

  • POSTED BY champx on | July 16, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    @ young_Ind you seem to be hell bent on criticizing only stuart.What has he done expect save India at moment of crisis.What about Dhawan,Rahane,Kohli,the people who are supposed to score runs? This is stuart's first test match.I guess if had lost a match and stuart had scored a !00 and taken a couple of wickets you would only blame him.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 16, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Ind top batting order looks vulnerable. Dhawan is out of form, Kohli is still trying to come to terms with donning the role of SRT, Pujara and Rahane are unable to convert starts. If the ball does anything better than it did in the last match, it is hard to see how Binny, MSD and Jadeja scoring many runs. Ind should look to strengthen their batting because if there is any swing, Kumar and Shami are there to take care of bowling dept.

  • POSTED BY parthaacs on | July 16, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    I don't understand how people keep saying that Jadeja is better than Ashwin. Granted Ashwin didn't do the job in SA or NZ in the one or 2 test he played but Jadeja didn't do any better. The otherday some guy put a stats for both of them in away series and they are both equally bad but Ashwin has a better batting record. It seems Jadeja played 50 balls in an innings for the first time in the 2nd Innings of the last test. Ashwin is a far better batsman than Jadeja and even in bowling he is defintiely better. If we have Ohja or soembody then we can question why play ashwin over that spinner but there is no comparison with Jadeja

  • POSTED BY vadula on | July 16, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    pankaj singh should be playing for binny and gambhir for dhawan

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 16, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    If binny is to play he better be given more than 9 overs yo bowl .He is got into the team as a fifth bowler . With bhuvi and shami showing so much application and even Ishant batting for 52 balls in second inns I would be tempted to get in another seamer and ashwin in place of jadeja and binny Drop djawan for Rohit/Gambhir .If rohit is chosen get Rahane to open and let Rohit bat at 6 .Dhoni to come at 5 .This way we would have batting till 8 atleast with 9 10 able to bat a bit and 5 bowlers .Binny played a match saving inns but the guy just doesnt cut it as a fifth bowler and jadeja cannot be a lead spinner in tests .In odis he can be but not in tests.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_Rabhadiya on | July 16, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    @young_ind : Okay ignore binny's performance in bangladesh , But we need an effective and productive all rounder like once we had robin singh (who was underestimated for long time ) . Binny has some characteristics like robin singh . & without giving chance how can you say that binny is not international player. We always used to play with 7 batsmen & 4 bowler (though they don't score as they should, bcz they think thy have 7 batsmen :D ) hence our 3 quick bowlers ( not considering spinner As our spinners never take wickets in away tests) takes wickets initially but when they get tired they stop taking wickets (This things happened in Last two test series against SA and NZ where bowlers unable to take wickets of tails) , So we need another bowler who can take wickets So if we get it in form of allrounder than it wud be gr8 for team india. We have given enough chances to rohit sharma, He may replace any batsmen bt not allrounder. We should play atleast one all rounder in test team.

  • POSTED BY young_ind on | July 16, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    @Rahul_Rabhadiya, the bangladesh pitch was a sub standard wicket.Giving credence to such dubious results is absurd. Binny is a two bit bowler, he is not even a genuine bowler.

    @toucheandsuch. look at binny FC record. he is at the level of ashwin.so tell me what the hell he is going to accomplish to prove his doubters wrong.

    don't cite me bangaldesh or that 78.

    In international cricket, a strong batsman is expected to average 40 and a bowler under 31.that's the standard process required to maintain a quality team at this level.

    some posters have even their basics wrongs .this is a not menial office job.This is international sport we are talking about. only in india would we see so many backing a mediocre player

  • POSTED BY young_ind on | July 16, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    binny will never be an international success.he has a mighty FC average of 36 with the bat. even if he replicates for internationals, it is not good enough to hold a position in the top 6. and this is coming at the expense of tiwary or rohit who can be developed in the meantime!

    India's strength is batting talent. to see it criminally wasted for a mediocre like stuart is madness to say the least. Dhoni's incompetence at the level of strategy and vision is hurting the team.

    Instead of accepting that the india's pace resources has limitations, he is making destructive moves that is harming our transition.

    No seam allrounder in the world can even provide minor repair to our inability to take 20 wickets in certain conditions. He is wasting everyone's time with sub par strategy and ideas.

    what is mighty stuart supposed to achieve with his two bit batting and bowling abilities? NADA.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_Rabhadiya on | July 16, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    If anybody have seen Binny's performance in Bangladesh in cloudy conditions then They would not be arguing whether binny should be there in team or not.. He is good bowler in cloudy conditions where pitch support seam and swing.It was unfortunate in tent bridge where pitch was slow and that's why dhoni has given 10 overs to binny. India dont have any good spinner neither ashwin or jadeja creates threats in oppositions. So it is better, team india goes with 3 fast bowlers , 1 spinner (We have no options rather than ashwin :D. team india should have one genuine spinner who can atleast spin bowl in any conditions) , 1 all rounder That is binny(Not Jadeja because we are not playing in spinning track). Binny has shown in last test that he can bat well actually in better way than jadeja and dhoni. Even he played well in practice match. So rather underestimating him, dhoni should give him chance & dhoni is doing that I think ;D.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Very tough luck for Rohit again. Once again Rohit is in danger zone. Remembering 2012 Aussie tour. Before that Aussie tour Rohit won MOS vs WI. With that performance Rohit was selected in test side against Aussie. Rohit even started well with two hakf centuries in both the tour matches. But didnt even able to find place in playing 11 in all four tests. So Rohit sat almost for two months without any match. Then came Tri series and he lost his valuable form miserably. Once again it seems to be Rohit again falling in same situation. Rohit's record in tests - 6 tests, 450 runs at 56 avg. Double than anybody in current Indian batting line in their first 6 tests. Ans what will more frustating for Rohit is missing presigious opportunity performing at Lords in tests. Without critising anybody only will say its totally bad luck for Rohit and feeling very sorry for him. Especially remembering his last test match saving inning with Virat in NZ, 31 no. I only pray Rohit dont be upset. All the best

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    I still feel Rishi Dhawan would have been a better bet than Stuart Binny as a 4th seamer.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    The variety of opinions on the lineup bring out one truth which isnt explicitly said The Indians neither have a strong batting, pace or spin bowling strengths with the kind of wicket Lords will present The result is the attempt to cull out 11 player combinations none of which look satisfactory Whatever is Dhoni's choice the stark fact remains that unless the batsmen put their heads down and play in the V skirting temptations outside the off stump And unless the selected pacemen bowl line and length and make the ball move that much, they have slim chances of saving this test As for the spinning options one cant see much cexpected either from Jadeja or Ashwin under the given conditions

  • POSTED BY AncientAstronaut on | July 16, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    I don't really get the experts. Binny may not be the perfect all rounder, but after his match saving performance in the previous test, he deserves another chance, especially if the pitch is swing-friendly. Ashwin - many people fail to remember - is a poor performer overseas. He's taken more than 90% of his wickets in India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Binnu should play at No 6 if he is in the team. No point playing him after Dhoni and jadeja. I like Binny, I really do. But just think dropping Rohit and not allowing him to play overseas will only kill one of the best batsman of this current generation. Rohit can be used as a 5th bowler too ala JP for SA.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Binny remaining is fine, but Ashwin shd come in for Jadeja. Jadeja is useful only where there is assistance for spinners. In English conditions, Ashwin may or may not pick up wickets, Jadeja won't for sure. Besides, given the large no of lefties in the English lineup, an offie shd be a logical choice. Especially if his batting is quite reliable too... apparently not one gathers.

  • POSTED BY a4abhik on | July 16, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Its strange that some peoples are accusing Dhoni for not giving Binny more than 10 overs. Those who have seen the match already know that Binny was leaking runs and nowhere looked like possible wicket-taker with his swing plus 120 kmph military pace. Rather, India had to bowl with one bowler-less for that. And regarding the batting prowess, nothing to take away from him, but Anderson, Broad and Plunkett already exhausted then in that dead pitch, even Bhuvi scored another fifty there after. More importantly, Indian side needs a genuine 4th seamer / 2nd spinner to truly implement the 5-bowler strategy and Binny hasn't fitted for that role, yet ! In Lords? May be ! We will see.

  • POSTED BY chrismpofu on | July 16, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    I am not sure about England's chances in this match either.Though India has a poor attack, but the Lankans with a mediocre attack managed to beat England.The home team is in a sorry state and it will be difficult for them to clinch a victory.Indians have their problems too and if the pitch is result oriented then it wiil bring for an interesting contest.The team which makes less mistakes will have a good chance.

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | July 16, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    I really doubt if India would be able to take 20 wickets if they persist with the same team.. Binny played a good innings, but we need to understand whether he is a batsman or bowler.. Also he came to bat in the second innings, when Anderson/Broad/Plunkett have all bowled almost 50 overs each in the match.. they were tired and worn out.. You can't expect the same conditions in all test matches.. If Binny is going to play, then he should be allowed to bowl 20+ overs and he should bat after Dhoni.. And Jadeja has proved to be useless for the third test in a row.. In the past 3 tests he has taken only 1 wicket.. Ashwin went wicketless in one lifeless pitch in SAfrica and was taken out.. If the same yard stick is applied, Jadeja should not be selected.. If India wants to take 20 wickets, then they need to take a proper bowler in place of either Binny or Jadeja..

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | July 16, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    If both teams are unchanged india will lose the Lords test. History is on England side.

    If Kerrigan comes in for Ali England will lose.(judging from Kerrigon's ashes debut)

    If Ashwin comes in for Binny/Jadeja India has a chance to win.

    Will Dhoni go with the same XI or will he listen to the experts' opinion?

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    one feels sorry for despite his gutsy second innings performance in the first test , it is difficult and incorrect to select him again. Shortage of the fifty bowler was acutely felt during the last match, while it is true that Ashwini does not have much of a record abroad , he would still be a better bet than Stuart who is unlikely to pick wickets in the longer format of the game where players have the advantage of being cautious. If not Ashwini, any other spinner would be preferable. The team should remain same except a spinner comes in place of Binny. But what about him - regardless of how he performs , he would be an asset in the ODIs where he should be the first choice for the all rounder's slot.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Binny should play the coming test. Jadeja and Ishant should be replaced by Ashwin and Mohit. Ashwin is better bowler and batsman than Jadeja. And any one is better than Ishant.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 16, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Ishant 3/150 sharma set to play again?! Flabbergasting. Obviously, there is something in him which MSD sees but we can't! Clearly, India needs a few changes. We have 3 reserve seamers. Give 2 of them a look-in. Shami was down in pace as well as movement. Direction wasn't great either. Get Aaron and Pandey in. See if they are up to it at this level. MSD has already taken one big decision to bat at 6. Time for him to make a few more bold moves! Surprise us MSD. Please.

  • POSTED BY Prem_Nistal on | July 16, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    It's Amazing how people forget that there are 10 players in the team other than Binny. Six batsman including Dhoni and four bowlers. Now it looks like Binny has to win match for India with his bowling and batting. If Binny is replaced by some Tom , DICK and Harry, seems like India will win every match. Fact is that in recent times Binny on his own, has won match for India with his bowling (Bangla-Six wickets) and has saved a test match with his batting(First test). Show me One other cricketer who has delivered the same with bowling and batting for India in recent times.

  • POSTED BY sanh on | July 16, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    I am surprised that not many are scrutinizing Jadeja's role in this match. His bowling was in-effective, which was anyway expected under English conditions but his batting is much below par for a Test No.7. It hardly evokes any confidence even for future. There is no harm in trying Ashwin in the next match - he clearly has the advantage of 5-6 Lefties in opposition team. It will give team much better balance. Considering Bhuvi's show with bat, if team management is serious about going with 5 bowlers, Binny could be replaced with Pankaj Singh. It would still be a better lower order with Ashwin & Pankaj in place of Jadeja & Binny with bowling much strengthened. In case Dhawan continues to struggle, Gambhir must be in for the 3rd test.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    I just don't understand why the fuss around playing Ashwin? He doesn't even take wickets on fifth day pitches overseas and consistently go for 4+ runs per over.

    I'd definitely play Binny if there is some moisture or grass on the wicket, because he can swing it without a doubt. Dhoni should have faith in him and make him bowl at least 20-24 overs per innings.

  • POSTED BY DC75 on | July 16, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    India should play Ashwin and probably one of Pandey/Mohit/Pankaj in place of Jadeja and Binny. Noting against Binny except that we need a 4th pacer to remove the tail. Jadeja is good for ODIs and tests in India, I would not trust his batting outside the sub con - Ashwin is better batsman than Jadeja in long format. Binny's batting contribuion inseaming pitch can be easily povided by Ashwin and Bhuvi

  • POSTED BY devilznitein on | July 16, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    This is serious fun, when did binny save the match? He was one of the sole reasons that India could not win that match. India were effectively playing with one bowler short. As far as his batting is concerned, noting to discredit his effort, but even bhuvaneshwar kumar scored 50s in both inings, if ppl want to compare binny, then compare him with bhuvi who scored more and took more wickets in the match. And all this Ashwin bashing looks funny, 1 poor test in south africa in an unfavourable track doesn't mean he has notin to offer, 6 left hand batsman in the english side and u dont have a off spiner is bad selection

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | July 16, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    India better retain the same side that drew the first test unless their are some serious fitness concerns. Once the combination clicks at Lords then some fine tuning can be done. This draw is a win for India keeping in view the whitewash in the last outing.

  • POSTED BY Sexysteven on | July 16, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Big mistake if they play binny I would have rahane at the top with vijay rohit at five dhoni at six jadeja at seven ashwin at eight kumar at nine ishant and Aaron that would cover all bases for me three good pacers to good spinners and eight decent batsman including jadeja n ashwin that team cover whatever type of pitch is produced to technical openers and pujara to get through the new ball plus kohli sharma dhoni to take advantage of the old ball and afew tailenders to add valuable runs at the bottom perfect team for me

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    When you compare the First Class averages of Stuart Binny against his dad Roger Binny, Stuart has a more favorable record. Roger had a fairly memorable test and limited overs career for India and there is no reason why Stuart shouldn't. Interestingly Roger has a better test bowling average than over his first class average. Stuart May well prove to be a good bet on tours outside the sub continent. After all be has learnt the tricks of the trade from his dad.

  • POSTED BY sray23 on | July 16, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    Select Binny again for sure. Ashwin is only good in subcontinent - and a complete lamb abroad. He is unfit, has no strength & endurance in his hips/legs and therefore puts no body into the ball to work revolutions on the ball (like when Amit Mishra bowled last time India toured Eng & was a total failure). So, if the pitches do not spin, Ashwin with his action has no impact. He will continue to struggle overseas, like he always has. Jadeja on the other hand has the fitness to put his body into his bowling ball after ball over after over - which is why he has been much more successful overseas.

  • POSTED BY baskar_guha on | July 16, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Looks like the same team -- Jadeja is Dhoni's default spinner for a while and Binny would be in if the track looks even a shade less brown than trent bridge. Outside of Pujara, I have little confidence the rest of the batsmen can handle true seaming conditions. The bowlers may actually do justice on such a track. Tough test ahead it would appear.

  • POSTED BY Lodhisingh on | July 16, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Gambhir for Dhawan? really? after dhawan score a 95 and 100 in 2 tests in NZ, he should be replaced after one test failure for a player who has been away from the game for more than a year?

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    I think it would be very harsh to drop a player after they save a test. It is not his fault he only got ten overs - that's the captain's decision and it could reflect that the Indian management badly misread the nature of the pitch.

    I think Jadeja should be replaced, Ashwin averages over five wickets a test - that is world class. He should be playing.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Chetan Asher, u must be joking about Rohit over Rahane and about scoring quickly. Highly funny.

    Rahane looked in excellent touch in SA and even here. its just that he is getting out to decent bowling. He is the future of Test and ODIs. Rohit is a balloon which can deflate any time. He does not have half the technique of Rahane.

    Fortunately MSD is more practical than few of the people here. All I would do is give Dhawan one more chance else bring Gambhir. Binny/Jadeja should be replaced with Ashwin as there are 6 left handers in England line up.

  • POSTED BY crindo77 on | July 15, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    Lord's pitch will likely be livelier than Trent Bridge; the weather forecast doesn't predict a scorcher. Hence India will probably play an unchanged team, which is fair. Dhawan should give way for GG if he flops again, defo if India lose in London. Rahane's confidence is an issue. The mode of his dismissals in his first Test in Kotla (2nd Inn) and in the WT20- brain freeze under pressure. Even in Notts, the moment the ball did a bit under clouds on day 5 morn, he promptly nicked it. I do appreciate he got runs against NZ, but again not a hugely fast pitch or great attack. No 5 is crucial esp if your playing 4 bowlers + Jadeja and Binny. I have a feeling Rohit will be more effective; he can counterattack more effectively. Also he bowls some spin, which is great. Dhoni might contribute a few runs out of responsibilty, but the way Jadeja is bent on playing everything that doesn't need to be played, he will be out in 5 balls. Comments re trashing Binny, should therefore be ignored.

  • POSTED BY SRAM20 on | July 15, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    If I were Dhoni, I would play Ashwin in place of Jadeja at Lord's. Ashwin is a more specialist spinner than Jadeja, and Ashwin (on experience) is a better bat than Jadeja in tests, especially abroad. He had great tour of Australia with the bat last time when India were blanked 4-0. He has test centuries to his name and can stick around as well as score runs long enough to win or save games.

  • POSTED BY zoot on | July 15, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    I don't understand why India are leaving out two of their best players (Rohit Sharma and Ashwin).

  • POSTED BY LegSpinBowlr on | July 15, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Ashwin in place of Jaddu and maybe Gambhir in place of Dhawan should do the trick

  • POSTED BY desiboy454 on | July 15, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    I would still give binny a go, if the lords pitch has grass, I would play binny, cuz then you will need an extra seam option. But the biggest debate should be between Jadeja/ Ashwin & Dhawan/GG & potentially Shami/Aaron/Pankaj... 1) Ashwin as a test batsman is much better than jadeja, and with a little bit of green grass on the pitch, I think ashwins 2) bounce can be tricky. jadeja will bowl flat and his batting in tests has been baffling. Now with Dhawan out of sorts, GG has to open with Vijay, GG has a lot more guts and determination than dhawan. This will settle the opening slot. 3) Since his test debut series, Shami has been pedestrian, exclude his first series and in 5 matches all away! he has taken 18 wickets and is pretty expensive, gives away boundary balls often. I know this is a long shot, but Aarons Pace and bounce on the lords pitch can be different! Aaron can also bowl out tailenders. He might not be as talented as Shami, but he should def get a go!

  • POSTED BY Ranjit_sourav on | July 15, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    Given a chance again and If Dhawan scores a sparkling 100 and if Murali Vijay fails?, Do you guys want Gautam Gambhir in place of Vijay in the third test. Dhoni is sure with his opening combinations, he just want Gambir as a reserve opener in case anyone gets injured as this is a long test series. After scoring 2 good 50's in the warm-ups and still Gambhir warming up the bench says it all ..

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | July 15, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    If MSD isnt changing his team and wants to stick to the same XI, it only shows his lack of learning! His policy of not changing XI had almost ended the career of poor Rahane who at last got a chance on the retirement of Laxman. MSD, if ur not learning, plz hand over the mantle to someone who will and play as a wkt keeper batsman!

    Ashwin has to be brought in for SRJ or Binny has to be dropped for Ashwin. MSD is never confident abt Binny the bowler it showed in Trent Bridge, it showed in the ODIs in NZ. He is def not a better bat than Rohit, nor is he a better bowler than Ashwin - so its better tht u get any one of these in. Ideal though wud be to retain Binny and swap SRJ with Ashwin. Ashwin is a better test batsman than SRJ!

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

    its not making sense on talking about the inclusion of Binny as he kept the expectation alive and so its about inclusion of Ashwin over any one.so its jaddu spot which is weakened for replacement.case of gambhir should also been given a chance over dhawan .so my choice of team for lead will be vijay,gambhir,kohli,pujara,rahane,msd,binny,ashwin,bhuvi,sami,ishant.

    if no ashwin, then rohit shuld replace rahane so jaddu,rohit can burn the spin overs.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Changes I would consider seriously - 1, Gambhir for Dhawan. 2. Aaron for Shami 3. Ashwin for Binny. 4. Rohit for Rahane Gambhir because he is more of a fighter than Dhawan, Shami looks to be out of rhythm so I replace him with Aaron who at least generates more pace, Ashwin for Binny since that gives me a better bowler without impacting the batting by too much. Rohit is more likely to score at a fast clip than Rahane.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 15, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Only one change is likely if Binny is retained in the XI. Ashwin or Rohit Sharma will play as an off spinner to counter 6 LH England batsmen. Dhoni would prefer a batsman in Rohit if he prefers Rohit to Ashwin. But he is fooling himself if he expects Rohit to perform as well as Ashwin, as an off spinner. He already has Binny to play the role of a seamer, when he is NOT up to Test standard. The right approach is play "specialist" bowlers or "specialist" batsmen. Kumar is already playing as a Pace bowling all rounder based on Trent Bridge showing. Does India also need Binny? If Dhoni wants a seamer, get a real one like Aaron, Pankaj or Pandey. Have Kumar, Shami, Ishant & Aaron as 4 seamers + 1 off spinner in Ashwin. Get Binny back in XI, later in the series. Lords is not the place for Binny to shine in batting or bowling. It is a very long series. Choose right horses for the right courses. A green wkt. a Lords rules out Binny. Select Jadeja, Ashwin or Rohit as the solo spinner.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 15, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    rohit should play at lords

  • POSTED BY TimeKiller on | July 15, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Good decision. He will bowl much better at Lords. There will be swing. He can bat better than some batsmen currently in the team.

  • POSTED BY TimeKiller on | July 15, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Good decision. He will bowl much better at Lords. There will be swing. He can bat better than some batsmen currently in the team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 15, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    rohit should play at lords

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 15, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Only one change is likely if Binny is retained in the XI. Ashwin or Rohit Sharma will play as an off spinner to counter 6 LH England batsmen. Dhoni would prefer a batsman in Rohit if he prefers Rohit to Ashwin. But he is fooling himself if he expects Rohit to perform as well as Ashwin, as an off spinner. He already has Binny to play the role of a seamer, when he is NOT up to Test standard. The right approach is play "specialist" bowlers or "specialist" batsmen. Kumar is already playing as a Pace bowling all rounder based on Trent Bridge showing. Does India also need Binny? If Dhoni wants a seamer, get a real one like Aaron, Pankaj or Pandey. Have Kumar, Shami, Ishant & Aaron as 4 seamers + 1 off spinner in Ashwin. Get Binny back in XI, later in the series. Lords is not the place for Binny to shine in batting or bowling. It is a very long series. Choose right horses for the right courses. A green wkt. a Lords rules out Binny. Select Jadeja, Ashwin or Rohit as the solo spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Changes I would consider seriously - 1, Gambhir for Dhawan. 2. Aaron for Shami 3. Ashwin for Binny. 4. Rohit for Rahane Gambhir because he is more of a fighter than Dhawan, Shami looks to be out of rhythm so I replace him with Aaron who at least generates more pace, Ashwin for Binny since that gives me a better bowler without impacting the batting by too much. Rohit is more likely to score at a fast clip than Rahane.

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

    its not making sense on talking about the inclusion of Binny as he kept the expectation alive and so its about inclusion of Ashwin over any one.so its jaddu spot which is weakened for replacement.case of gambhir should also been given a chance over dhawan .so my choice of team for lead will be vijay,gambhir,kohli,pujara,rahane,msd,binny,ashwin,bhuvi,sami,ishant.

    if no ashwin, then rohit shuld replace rahane so jaddu,rohit can burn the spin overs.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | July 15, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    If MSD isnt changing his team and wants to stick to the same XI, it only shows his lack of learning! His policy of not changing XI had almost ended the career of poor Rahane who at last got a chance on the retirement of Laxman. MSD, if ur not learning, plz hand over the mantle to someone who will and play as a wkt keeper batsman!

    Ashwin has to be brought in for SRJ or Binny has to be dropped for Ashwin. MSD is never confident abt Binny the bowler it showed in Trent Bridge, it showed in the ODIs in NZ. He is def not a better bat than Rohit, nor is he a better bowler than Ashwin - so its better tht u get any one of these in. Ideal though wud be to retain Binny and swap SRJ with Ashwin. Ashwin is a better test batsman than SRJ!

  • POSTED BY Ranjit_sourav on | July 15, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    Given a chance again and If Dhawan scores a sparkling 100 and if Murali Vijay fails?, Do you guys want Gautam Gambhir in place of Vijay in the third test. Dhoni is sure with his opening combinations, he just want Gambir as a reserve opener in case anyone gets injured as this is a long test series. After scoring 2 good 50's in the warm-ups and still Gambhir warming up the bench says it all ..

  • POSTED BY desiboy454 on | July 15, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    I would still give binny a go, if the lords pitch has grass, I would play binny, cuz then you will need an extra seam option. But the biggest debate should be between Jadeja/ Ashwin & Dhawan/GG & potentially Shami/Aaron/Pankaj... 1) Ashwin as a test batsman is much better than jadeja, and with a little bit of green grass on the pitch, I think ashwins 2) bounce can be tricky. jadeja will bowl flat and his batting in tests has been baffling. Now with Dhawan out of sorts, GG has to open with Vijay, GG has a lot more guts and determination than dhawan. This will settle the opening slot. 3) Since his test debut series, Shami has been pedestrian, exclude his first series and in 5 matches all away! he has taken 18 wickets and is pretty expensive, gives away boundary balls often. I know this is a long shot, but Aarons Pace and bounce on the lords pitch can be different! Aaron can also bowl out tailenders. He might not be as talented as Shami, but he should def get a go!

  • POSTED BY LegSpinBowlr on | July 15, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Ashwin in place of Jaddu and maybe Gambhir in place of Dhawan should do the trick

  • POSTED BY zoot on | July 15, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    I don't understand why India are leaving out two of their best players (Rohit Sharma and Ashwin).